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Could you tell us about your interest in old temple sites? What draws you to these locations?

I am intrinsically drawn to these locations. They continue to tell a story about times that often get abbreviated in history books at school. You need to be there to view, experience and capture the magic instilled by early temple builders in these wonderful works of art and architecture.

During September last year, I was on my way to Kolkata from Jamshedpur when on an impulse I decided to make a detour – I always wanted to visit Pathra village in Midnapur district in West Bengal. In the previous year, I went as close by as Dantan, but was unable to visit Pathra.

This time, I just did not want to miss out on the opportunity, as I had read a lot about Yaseen Pathan, who has been responsible for restoring old terracotta temples in the area over the last 40 years.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / February 2022



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Sustainable Design from Rhizome

Post the 90’s, and with the burgeoning sustainability crisis, bamboo has slowly and steadily come into the spotlight and held its own as one of the most renewable materials known to man. With new technology and research around this material, it is ready to take center-stage – in fact, it already has.

Bamboo inherently ticks the boxes of sustainability goals, whether they be ecological, social, cultural or economic. Handcrafted bamboo offers a great backstory, which is heartening, and tells your clientele you are walking the talk, and that too in style without compromising on comfort or aesthetics.

Bamboo can be styled very differently, just like wood, which is why we definitely need more awareness in terms of wide-ranging design possibilities for the hospitality industry. Because it is sustainable, renewable, and hardy. It conveys the brand image that many in the sector are trying to talk about in terms of responsible hospitality. Its versatility makes it the go-to for a range of hospitality industry avataars–across business hotels, budget hotels, luxury hotels and resorts.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / January 2022



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I think that most people purchase a timeshare with the intent of both using it at their home resort and trading it through RCI, II or another exchange company – whether internal or external. And when that happens, the vacation experience should not be different from what the salesperson said or in many cases, what the consumer wants to believe. Sadly, too many people still think that they’ll be able to get two weeks at the end of December in Hawaii if they purchase two weeks in February in Alabama.

Lisa Ann Schreier / The Timeshare Crusader

I’m not certain that the idea of going on vacation or even being in the same vacation spot as others is important to consumers. Frankly, more travelers, at least younger and American prospects, increasingly want urban spaces where they have access to ‘their thing.’ (This is another aspect timeshare marketers need to keep in mind.)

In the end, the advantage to timeshare is a committed membership – and it still means something. Unfortunately, the industry has not been able to use that in any PR or advertising strategy. I have a great slogan for the timeshare industry which I’d be happy to share with them, provided I’m paid accordingly! (Laughs.)

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / January 2022

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Sariska is a beautiful location in the Alwar District of Rajasthan. It is surrounded by hilly terrain and a landscape that is visually delightful. People living here are warm, welcoming and culturally rich. As a wildlife student, Sariska fascinates me because it is home to diverse flora and fauna.

The Sariska Tiger Reserve stretches over an area of (approximately)1200 km² – a landscape that presents deciduous forests, grasslands and rocky hills. This area was a hunting preserve of the Alwar Maharajas and was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1958.

In this feature interview we chat with Nilesh Singh, who is a drone pilot at the Sariska Tiger Reserve. He talks to us about roles, responsibilities and the kind of work his team does at the reserve.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / August 2021

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Sterling Sariska is located on the fringes of the Sariska National Park. This makes it a convenient resort to stay at and plan your wildlife safaris. A visit to Sterling Sariska helps you rediscover nature. The park’s dry deciduous forest cover is home to tigers, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas, jackals, sambar, chital, nilgai, chausingha, wild boars, langurs and birds of many kinds. These forests also have places of great historical importance like the Kankwari Fort. Sariska should be on your bucket list if you’re looking for adventure that’s off the beaten track.

Sterling Sariska has 40 well-appointed rooms including fully-equipped tents amidst the soothing silence of the jungle. Take a long leisurely swim, follow our curated trails that skirt the resort, chat up with locals you will meet on the way, or watch the deer come to a watering hole near the tents. Explore your wild side on an exciting jungle safari.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / December 2021

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Mickey Sidhu,
Founder, The Himalayan Outback

After spending 15 years in the U.S. working in the IT industry in California’s Silicon Valley, Mickey Sidhu decided to return home to India. The natural draw of the outdoors led Mickey to start The Himalayan Outback with Misty Dhillon in 2004. While Misty focused on his passion of fishing, Mickey focused on ensuring that every member of The Himalayan Outback team understood that “quality” could not be compromised. This combination has led The Himalayan Outback to be named as one of the ten fly-fishing destinations in the world, with a worldwide reputation for quality and integrity.

This philosophy has also helped establish The Himalayan Outback’s trekking and wildlife trips as among the best in the industry.

In this feature interview Mickey tells us what we can expect during a stay at his wild country lodge, The Himalayan Outback, located on the Ramganga River at the Mohan Range, (Corbett National Park) Uttarakhand.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / November 2021

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Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, the resort gives you a panoramic view of the Jim Corbett National Park and the Ramganga river. Sterling Corbett is the perfect escape for nature lovers – you can wake up to the birds singing, langurs calling and the river gurgling. A walk around the property is ideal for bird watching.

Sterling Corbett

The resort has 42 well-appointed rooms and additionally, cottages that offer scenic views. If the weather gives you an all-clear signal, you can watch the stars come out at night. Come feel the rhythm of the jungle by spending a few days at Sterling Corbett – the wildlife safari is something we don’t want you to miss.

We also offer Sterling ‘CARES’ – a 360-degree comprehensive sanitization and hygiene program in association with Apollo Clinics to ensure the highest standards at the resort. This includes (and is not limited to) protocols designed around guest safety and hygiene – covering all public spaces and digital menus, for example. Safety, reinforced by contactless welcome experiences and a fully vaccinated team.

Stay with Sterling Corbett and you will come back for more. It is also the ideal choice for meetings, reunions, weddings, conferences and events. Our spacious venue options, large lawns and pre-function areas ensure adequate social distancing measures.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / November 2021

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Independent Tourism Professional, Mina Tilakraj

There’s more to travel than reaching a destination, or visiting monuments and tourist sites. It is an entire philosophy that draws in the romance of visiting a new place, and the breathtaking effect of a whole new experience. (I have seen people cry tears of wonder and joy at their first sight of the Taj Mahal.

“Travelism” is a term coined by me to inspire within you, the spirit and philosophy of travel. When applied to life, the concept teaches you acceptance, tolerance, being non-judgmental and adaptable – making it a wonderful journey.

I encourage travelers to have a renewed mindset and a positive attitude towards life – taking each day as it comes. It is also interesting to develop an interest for critical thinking and being minimalistic – with a simpler approach towards life.

To share this philosophy with others, I do workshops on Travelism for Life.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / October 2021

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AIRDA wishes Club Mahindra 25 fun-filled years

This year Club Mahindra celebrates 25 years in vacation ownership. And best wishes from AIRDA on this key milestone – we are proud to have you as a member.

In 2011, Club Mahindra made headlines as India’s largest holiday company. One year later, it won the same title in Asia. In 2015, Club Mahindra acquired Holiday Club, a Finnish brand with a 98% stake.

Today, the company is regarded as the 7th largest vacation holiday company in the world, outside of the United States.

Club Mahindra’s vision and growth plans aim to take it within the circle of the top 5 vacation ownership companies in the world – purely on the strength of its member base. As India’s favourite resort chain, Club Mahindra is getting one step closer to this goal.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / October 2021

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Mina Tilakraj is an independent tourism professional who looks at travel and life from a different dimension and perspective. She describes herself as a storyteller guide of India, and promoter of tourism for global goodwill and understanding. She is currently the only Travelism Expert in the country. Starting off as a licensed tour guide over three decades ago, she graduated on to become a tour manager and later an itinerary designer.

She is also an inspirational speaker, welcoming you to travel with her to discover and experience the wonders of the ‘outer’ and your ‘inner’ world at the same time – a journey that will enhance your world view and help you meet your real inner self – the wonderful ‘Incredible & Absolute You’!

On the travel front, she welcomes you to a world of memorable experiences in the country and discover the true spirit of ‘India beyond books’ – on road-trips, story tours, spiritual tours and pioneer tours.

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World of Travel / September 2021

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