Travel Tips & Advice on “accommodation”

Planning a Trip to Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Air and Transportation? Geneva and Zurich are the relatively closest airports to the Jungfrau area; we chose Zurich and since we stick to United Airlines like glue for 1K perks, I purchased Economy round trip tickets from Chicago-Washington, DC-Zurich. Many airlines fly to Geneva and Zurich and fares change daily! Try, Find Discounted Airline Flights at CheapOair, and you’d […]

The Breathtaking Jungfrau Region of Switzerland

It’s winter time in Chicago and unlike Sun Birds who fly away someplace sunny and warm until Spring, Marine (husband Steve) and I routinely look for a ski area in Europe to go snowshoeing. Not as easy task (no, you don’t have to play the world’s smallest violin). After all, we’ve snowshoed the main ski […]

Luxurious Castle Bijaipur, India

It is a three-hour drive from Bundi to Bijaipur passing occasional fields filled with white opium poppies grown by the Government. We checked into Castle Bijaipur, a Sixteenth Century Castle enclosed by fortified walls. The Castle was converted to a hotel in 1991 by the ruling family who still live here and run the hotel […]

The Pushkar Bagh Resort, Pushkar

The Pushkar Bagh Resort and hotel next door was filled with wedding parties in anticipation of a large wedding being held the next day and we were the only non-wedding guests. Built in faux palace style, guests are housed in 25 luxurious cottages and 15 tents. The resort is located about 15 minutes outside of Pushkar […]

The Yearly Nagaur Cattle Fair in Rajasthan, India

The Nagaur Cattle Fair began eons ago (possibly the Twelfth Century) in Rajasthan when just a few herdsmen made a pilgrimage to worship at holy temples in Pushkar and Nagaur. Since people came from long distances, they would stay for a week or longer and perhaps think about trading in their bull for a younger […]

Luxurious Aagman Tented Camp in Nagaur, India

After the Jet Airlines debacle with cancelled flights, we finally landed in Jaipur in the early evening and promptly began a 5+ hour drive to Nagaur. If you think driving India’s highways in the day is scary, let me tell you, driving at night is not for the faint-hearted. It was after midnight before we […]

The Important Pilgrimage Site of Maheshwar, India

It is a two-hour drive from Mandu to Maheshwar, an important pilgrimage center also known as the Temple City. Maheshwar is situated along the sacred Narmada River where pilgrims and holy men spent hours meditating. The Narmada is considered by Hindus to be one of the five holy rivers of India; the other four are […]

Malwa Resort Tented Hotel in Mandu, India

Government owned and operated Malwa Resort Tented Hotel is said to be Mandu’s best accommodation, and typical of their hotels with well kept lawns, stand alone cottages and clean rooms. Guests have a choice of: four deluxe tents, 10 air conditioned rooms and 10 air cooled rooms. The swimming pool was empty and food in […]

Bhopal, India: Mosques and Chaotic Chawk Market

Eleventh Century Bhopal was founded by Raja Bhog but the present city was established by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammed (1707-1740) and it is his descendants who built beautiful Bhopal. Modern Bhopal is spread across prime real estate area overlooking Upper Lake, where Jehan Numa Hotel is located. Because our train came in so late, […]

The Deluxe Jehan Numa Palace Hotel in Bhopal

The Deluxe Jehan Numa Palace Hotel, a “real” Nineteenth Century palace hotel, was one of our India highlights and, possibly, our favorite hotel. In Urdu, Jehan Numa means “View of the World” and the hotel is in a lovely upscale neighborhood set among five acres. The Palace was built during the rule of Sultan Jehan Begum […]