Newsletter, August’11 Issue.   www.luxeindia.in

Dear

This August, we present to you the all new edition of the Luxe Newsletter, sharing with you some unique and really interesting facets of Incredible India!

We’ve chosen Reni Pani as the Luxe Hotel of the month, as it's exquisite setting is truly unmatched! Planning a trip to India this winter, do take advantage of our signature journey with the renowned naturalist Kartikey in the wilds of Central India. In this region are also the stunning sculptures of Bateshwar that are a sure treat for the eyes, read more about them on the Luxe Destination section.

 
Concierges
Recommendations & News
Delhi celebrates 100years as the National Capital of India   Read More....
Be a part of the 2011 Formula One season, the 62nd FIA Formula One season   Read More....
Jaipur airport will close partially for 15 months due to extension work of the runway   Read More....
The state forest department of Jaipur is planning to start jungle safari at Nahargarh   Read More....
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The Taj Mahal Trophy-International amateur golfing championship to be held   Read More....

Also in this issue is showcased an amazing Heritage Walk Experience in Jodhpur and something very close to my heart- our corporate social responsibility initiatives, which continue to receive your support and encouragement. Another new this month is the addition of our “ In the Know” section that will showcase for you an interesting fact of magical India.

We hope you enjoy indulging in this all new newsletter. Do share your feedback with us. Would love to hear from you.

Most warmly
Arjun Sharma

Luxe Destination   Luxe Destination
Bateshwar
 

Located on the western slope of a range of hills near Padavali, a village about 40 km from Gwalior, this archaeological site offers vistas beyond one’s imagination- a hundred-odd shrines with majestic towers rising into the sky, massive mounds of pillars with exquisite sculptures, panels of miniature friezes, carved architectural roof slabs and serrated amalakas that would have capped the shikaras and lots more waiting to be explored. Bateshwar is a 1300 year old Temple complex comprising of 200 ancient shrines surrounded by verdant woods all over. The restoration of this site was a story in itself as apart from being an epic task it involved negotiating with the Chambal dacoits who controlled the complex and ended with one of the dacoits being appointed as the guard to safeguard against theft of these valuable architectural pieces.  Read More....
  Luxe Hotel
Reni Pani
  Luxe Hotel
 
Inspired by classic wildlife camp architecture, Reni Pani is an exquisitely designed wildlife lodge, amidst magnificent trees, a sprawling meadow, meandering nallah and an uneven yet beautiful topography. A quaint combination of luxury & nature, the lodge is situated in a prime wildlife habitat relatively unknown-Satpura National Park, rightly believed to be one of India’s best kept secrets. Apart from jeep, elephant and boat Safaris, Satpura is the only park of its kind in Central India that offers Walking Safaris, giving enthusiasts a ‘one of a kind’ opportunity to explore wildlife on foot. With the owners-Faiz & Ali, staying at the lodge, they not only ensure that your experience is personalized but also make sure environmentally sensitive practices are adhered to, thereby conserving not just Reni Pani's forest but also the local communities and Park beyond, and has resulted in preserving this wilderness retreat in its pristine form.  Read More....
 
     
Luxe Signature Journey   Luxe Signature Journey
Wild Sojourn-led by Kartikey
 

Take a walk on the wild side of India with Kartikey, a gifted naturalist, biologist and a wildlife researcher, known for his acclaimed research on Indian wolves and for his contribution to BBC documentaries on Indian wildlife. Travel with him to the Satpura, Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks, known for their spectacular settings, high concentration of Tigers and the varied land and avian wildlife. Listen to his tales from the wild, enjoy private safaris into the parks, learn about the jungles beyond the usual, interact with local tribes or just laze around in the exquisite settings of your lodge when not busy tracking the animals.  Read More....
  Luxe Experience
Heritage Walk-Jodhpur - The blue city revealed
  Luxe Experience
 

Mehrangarh Fort is undoubtedly the main reason why people go to Jodhpur! But there is more to Jodhpur than this majestic fort. Discover the undiscovered areas of the old city of Jodhpur, led by a local expert who takes you on a journey of history, architecture, culture and traditions. This two hour heritage walk uncovers four areas of the old city – Bhrampuri-the settlement of the Brahmins, lined with temples, shrines, ponds and ancient wells; Nav Choukiya-a bustling square and a meeting point for people providing ample photo opportunities and for observing the local way of life; Sarafa Bazaar and Katla- the local bazaars where everything from household items, handicrafts, vegetables and jewelry is sold and where you can watch the artisans at work. The walk then takes you to the famous Clock Tower where you can sample the famous street foods from Jodhpur. Conclude your old city experience enjoying a cup of tea on the terrace of a 150 year-old haveli with wonderful views of the city all around.  

For more information on this walk, please email: info@luxeindia.in

 
Luxe Social Responsibility   Luxe Social Responsibility
Our 09th Founder’s Day
 

Coming straight from our heart, we strongly believe that charity begins at home! We are proud of our working association with numerous entities, in our desire to act as responsible tourism catalyst in bringing much required change in life of people and wildlife alike, thus living by our motto of doing well, and doing good. August 6th 2011, our 9th foundation day, was indeed a beautiful day as we celebrated it by engaging ourselves differently-spending time participating in special activities like donating blood, providing and serving food to orphans, contributing to a charitable cause, sponsoring a child on a personal level and interacting with under privileged children and giving them gifts.  
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  Luxe In the Know
Mehndi
  Luxe In the Know
 
Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient India. It is our traditional art of painting on the skin with henna, which beautifies the body, rejuvenates the spirit, and celebrates the joy of creativity and self-expression. The henna leaves are first dried, then pounded and sifted until they become a very fine powder, which is mixed with a bit of water and kneaded until it becomes a paste which is applied in beautiful patterns and designs on the hands and feet on different occasions. At the wedding, henna artwork additionally symbolizes the love between husband and wife, and the stain's long-lasting nature symbolizes the enduring nature of their love. More than just a temporary tattoo, mehndi offers us a way to connect with our centuries-old tradition.

 
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