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Windermere – a jewel in the Indian plantation crown

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Postcard from Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

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A wonderful sojourn at the Mantra Veppathur, with its striking greenery, beautiful clean and simple rooms and gentle, helpful staff. Another magical property to add to your wishlist when in Southern India.

Wordless Wednesday - Postcard from Pondicherry

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Weather is here, wish you were wonderful! Pondicherry is a charming city, overlooking the Bay of Bengal and I'm staying at a guesthouse called Coloniale Heritage. It's tiny garden is filled with tropical plants, small statues and masks. Definitely one for the Wishlist if you're visiting this part of India. For more pictures, visit Instagramhere.

New Year greetings from Rajasthan's real "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

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If you've seen the movie "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", imagine the excitement of visiting the location where it was filmed in Rajasthan. It's just a stone's throw from the tourist hub of Udaipur, known as the Lake City, and often referred to as "The Venice of India" - on the road north to Chittaurgarh in the district of Mavli. And it was here that both Exotic Marigold Hotel movies were filmed. It's actually a family home, run as a hotel called Ravla Khempur. A major part of its charm is that the owners remain unaffected by their success in the movie world, although with some coaxing, they can be persuaded to show you pictures of the stars who featured - Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, et al - but they are more interested in making sure your visit runs smoothly and talking about their personal passion - the exceptional horses stabled there - that visitors can ride. You can stay at Ravla Khempur- regrettably, something I didn…