Esoterica A-Z

Distinctive and unduplicated, generally more atmospheric than luxurious, embodying much of the colour, spirit and tradition of the destinations where they are located – some are destinations in themselves - and as wonderfully varied as the contrasting experiences that await the traveller here, Esoterica is a world of real life places that add to the fascination and enrichment of any journey.

Please peruse the Esoterica portfolio here and contact us for more information. Several itineraries in our Directions page can take you to Esoterica places.

Bhutan

Zhiwa Ling, Paro

The first home grown luxury lodgings in the mountain kingdom, Zhiva Ling merges the stone work , wood craft and evocative detail of old Bhutan with modern conv

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India

House of MG, Ahmedabad

This is the epitome of old world Ahmedabad, at the gates of the pulsating old city and looking over the Sidi Sayyid mosque with its exuberant Tree of Life. The

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Chhatra Sagar Nimaj, Chhatra Sagar Nimaj

The compelling rural vistas of central Rajasthan that resonate with sights and colours are best explored by staying on-site. The bridge is Chhatra Sagar, an ele

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Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

Transport yourself into the world of the legendary Darjeeling tea and the life of the plantation manager, better known as the burra sahib. For this singular exp

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Siolim House, Goa

Over 350 years old, the once abandoned residence of a former Portuguese governor-general of Macau is now a splendidly restored hotel, well away from the glitz a

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Aashyana Lakhanpal, Candolim, Goa

Quite off the map though very handily, yet discreetly located, this is an original style statement. A five-bedroom villa for exclusive use, with light and airy

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Swaswara, Gokarna

Situated on the seaward slope of the outer Western Ghats and directly above Om Beach on the shores of the Arabian Sea, SwaSwara is a remote retreat for reflecti

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Assam Bengal Navigation, Brahmaputra River cruises, Hugli

Legions of adventurers, fishermen, traders, travellers and wanderers have sailed the legendary Brahmaputra every day over the passage of centuries. Since the be

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Paradisa Plantation Retreat, Idukki

Paradisa waits in the cool tea, coffee and spice growing highlands of the Western Ghats. A working plantation, it has authentic Kerala-style wooden cottages s

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Samode Haveli, Jaipur

Sometimes evoking comparisons with the riads of Morocco but quite in their own unusual and distinctive league, havelis are the residence of old nobility. Samode

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The Bangala, Karaikudi

Not the quaint little town now wont to disappear in the pages of guidebooks, Karaikudi is the ancestral home town of the Chettiar community, always renowned for

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Brunton Boatyard, Kochi (Cochin)

The diadem on Fort Cochin’s waterfront, Brunton Boatyard is a living museum showcasing the port-city’s predominantly maritime history and cosmopolitan culture.

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Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar

A historic fortress-palace turned guest residence within an ancient town on the bank of the sacred Narmada River, and virtually at the geographical heart of Ind

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Neeralaya, Manali

Neeralaya is a serene river-side retreat set in village Raison, just off the main Kullu-Manali road. Three typical mountain villas, a thatched dining shack, a b

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Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Pench National Park

Pench is part of the quintessential Kipling country and one of the last great stands of teak forest in the Subcontinent.

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Ramathra Fort, Ramathra

Visiting Ramathra means the chance of a lifetime to stay in a classic Rajput fortress. Very few in number while there are plenty of palaces, the striking 17th c

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Forsyth's Lodge, Satpura

Away from the rutted "tiger trails" that symbolise its better known central Indian counterparts, Satpura National Park is quite new to travellers, distinctive i

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Shahpura Bagh, Shahpura

Home in southern Rajasthan are two family mansions set in a wooded 45 acre garden estate by the lake. Peace and greenery, welcoming villages, abundant birdlife

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Ayisha Manzil, Tellicherry

The lure of the spice trade made Tellicherry one of the early ports of call for the East India Company. Built over 150 years ago, the home of a British cinnamon

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Chambal Safari, The National Chambal Sanctuary

Very conveniently located just about an hour south of Agra, Jarar is a working farm at the edge of Chambal River National Park. Owner managed, with comfortable

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Nepal

Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu

A pillar of Kathmandu’s antiquity, created from handmade bricks, classic old wood carvings, terracotta pieces and masterly restoration, Dwarikas is straight out

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Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, Pokhara

Set on a hilltop ridge against the dramatic backdrop of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu peaks and the reflection of Macchhapuchhare (Fishtail Mountain) on

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