Tree of Life Jaipur hotel review

This resort an hour outside the Pink City of Jaipur is designed to pamper guests with spacious villas, a swimming pool overlooking the Aravali hills, a spa offering excellent treatments, an organic garden, and walking trails that encourage solitude and reflection.

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Taj Jai Mahal Palace hotel review for The Telegraph UK

This 18th-century palace, which is spread over 18 acres in central Jaipur, has tasteful rooms, a fabulous spa, swimming pool, and enough activities – including miniature golf, heritage walks, restaurants and a running track— to keep a guests entertained for a long weekend or more.

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Alsisar Haveli review for The Telegraph UK

This heritage hotel was once a large ‘haveli’ (traditional home) for a large Indian family. It has a welcoming and rather dramatic façade, open courtyards, a swimming pool, and a boutique that sells block-print clothes.

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Oberoi Rajvilas

Telegraph Review  Shoba Narayan, travel writer  The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur, Rajasthan, India View on a map 8 out of10Telegraph expert rating This hotel just outside Jaipur, with red-brick architecture reminiscent of a Rajasthani fort, boasts stylish tented rooms, Mughal-inspired trellises, courtyard fountains, superb cuisine, wandering peacocks on the 32-acre grounds and staff who anticipate your requests before…

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Mehndi/Henna for Journeys– a magazine from the Smithsonian

Wrote this piece for Journeys, a new travel quarterly by Smithsonian.  You can find it here. Click on the link below for my piece. Also pasted here. Live Like a Local A Quest to Master the Art of Henna In anticipation of her daugher’s wedding, Shoba Narayan set out to hone her mendhi craft Tulsi…

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Ajmer Dargah

Mint has been sending me on trips to various spots to write on “sacred food.” This week, it is Ajmer Dargah. What a sensual experience. I respond to scents and sounds. The enveloping scent of roses was amazing. You have to read it at the site for the full photo cum words experiences. Oh, I…

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Arts funding

Like most journalists, I get lots of requests for meetings from people who have ideas to parlay, products to push, locations to publicize, and so on. Like most journalists, I am also prickly about such meetings because I don’t want to be played, as it were. The assumption is: hey, I know you have an…

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