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If you are a ‘conscious’ traveller, interested in experiential travel in a responsible manner, then you may check out RARE India’s luxury boutique hotels, palace stays, wildlife lodges, homestays and retreats in India and the subcontinent.
They have added 18 new hotels to its bouquet, which offer a wide range of options, from accommodation in a more than 150 year old tea planter's bungalow to a hotel styled like a mud fortress atop a sand dune to a resort with a forest of its own to a riverside retreat and more.
Seven of the latest entrants to the RARE India Community are based in northern and western India, five in southern India, including the Western Ghats while six hotels are situated in the northern hills, Terai, eastern India and the Himalayas.
The new hotels across Rajasthan are Khem Villas in Ranthambore; Premkunj in Udaipur; Dera Amer near Jaipur; Killa Bhawan in Jaisalmer; Mihir Garh and Rohet Garh near Jodhpur; and Rohet House in Jodhpur.
In southern India, including the Western Ghats, the new properties include Gratitude Heritage, Kariappa House and Grand Hotel D'Europe in Puducherry; Dhole's Den in Bandipur (Karnataka); Cabo Serai in Cabo de Rama (Goa).
The new hotels across the Himalayas are Karan Mahal in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir); The Apricot Tree Hotel in Nurla (Ladakh); Atali Ganga in Rishikesh and The Mandala House in Devprayag – both in Uttarakhand; Neeralaya in Manali (Himachal Pradesh); and Ging Tea House in Darjeeling (West Bengal)
Shoba Mohan, Founder, RARE India, said, “We worked away through the pandemic lockdowns, creating value and awareness for the RARE India Community hoping that when the world opens up for travel, our community of hotels, carefully chosen for their experiences and attitude towards sustainable luxury and community engagement, will be known globally and will be on the travel-list of Indian travellers discovering their own country and the subcontinent.”
With these additions, RARE India now has 86 hospitality and destination brands across 18 states in the Indian subcontinent, all of which offer experiential stays and community engagement. These hotels are at destinations tucked away and off busy highways, offer a deeper look at the people and the place, impart knowledge and urge participation through expert-led immersive experiences.
In March this year, RARE India had partnered with Eco Team, based in Sri Lanka. Under this partnership, RARE India will represent Eco Team in India and while Eco Team will help increase RARE’s footprint in Sri Lanka. While RARE India is a collection of some of the finest boutique hotels, palace stays, wildlife lodges, home stays and retreats of India and the sub-continent, Eco Team is the most sought-after specialist in Wildlife Tourism and Experiential Travel in Sri Lanka. The collaboration of these two companies known for their ethos towards lighter footprints and community based travel will benefit the cause of responsible tourism across India and the subcontinent.
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