Welcome to Phuket, a popular tourist destination and Thailand's largest island. Once a major trading route between China and India, Phuket is an oasis of tropical gardens, crystal-clear seas, and endless water activities. Many adventurers flock here for the spectacular diving sites, caves, and geographic diversity. Phuket is a destination brimming with culture, community, and entertainment.
This week I am highlighting one of my favorite accommodations in Jaipur. The Dera Mandawa is an all-suite heritage property with traditional Rajasthani charm. Located outside the Chandpole gate, the haveli preserves the traditional and environmentally conscious living of its ancestors. Dera Mandawa was built by Thakur Jait Singhji of Mandawa for when he visited Jaipur to attend the court of the Maharaja. Over the years it was further developed by his sons and grandsons. The current custodian of the property, Thakur Durga Singh, is a keen observer of history, culture, religion, and current affairs. He is what one could call a modern traditionalist, actively seeking the use of modern technology and methods to support the principles of traditional living. The inquisitive can have endless conversations with him on a number of his projects like rainwater harvesting, solar heating and healthy cooking. He is more than delighted to share his experiences with you.
Over the years, many of you have requested that I personally accompany a group to India. Because of professional and family commitments, the timing just wasn’t right – until NOW. I am very excited to announce that I will be leading two tours in 2015 - South India in February and North India in September!