Museum of Stories
From concept to operation, dream to design each destination hotel of the RARE Community is a story worth being told many times, in different ways. If RARE were a physical entity, it would fill multiple rooms with sepia toned photos of heritage preservation, gold tinted handover documents to erstwhile royalty, herbariums filled with many flowering grasses, sketches of iridescent sunsets, voices of happy animals, footsteps of artists, photographers and film makers, art, craft, textiles, books, dreams, hopes and vision….. each drawing you into their stories. Many times you will enter a story, this collection is an ode to every hotel of the community, the destination may be different, but every story is worth celebrating.
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Wild Gardens
To the untrained eye, stylish cottages slightly raised and standing amidst tall grass, unwieldy shrubs, trees that bear gnarled barks with thorny branches look like unkempt landscape. But if you look closer you will see wild seeded fruits, pods and grains, these are what the earth naturally puts...
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Water Conservation
This quote by Prophet Muhammed will always be relevant “Do not waste water even if you were at a running stream”.  And this is how we look at water within the community and for many of us it is a personal perspective as well. Misuse of this precious resource should grate on...
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Local Community Engagement
A tourism and hospitality project that engages the local community is a big piece in sustainable and inclusive travel. While for many of us visiting rural areas, forest reserves or communities in the fringe of urban centres is a break away from our routines, for the community it is their day to...
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Energy Efficiency
Ancient Hindu scriptures talk about the oneness of the cosmos as a reverberating energy field, the Old Testament's recognition of GOD who said "Let there be light”; through the quantified, verified and intellectual assertion of great minds such as Einstein...
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Low Impact Tourism
Ideally this attribute of the RARE Touchstones should cover a lot of things, hence we look at low impact tourism from two perspectives. One is the impact on environment, culture, land and its people even as a hotel is being designed and built and the second is the impact that is created by...
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Heritage Preservation
  We live with a lot of heritage around, always have but to a large extent unconscious and oblivious to its value – tangible, intangible and often twisted out of context. Announced, mostly unspoken yet always there...for the discerning to discover and appreciate. At RARE you will...
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Where is your power ?
The Tiger CEO by Sharad Vats Never again will you confer the title of ‘tiger’ to anyone without considerable thought, to be a Tiger is a tall order. The Tiger in the jungles of India is a legend of our times, a survivor and walks assured in the knowledge of who he is.  The Tiger...
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Love in Mandu
I spent 3 nights and a lifetime in Mandu. It was the annual Mandu Festival and I was invited. Fed by beautiful images in my head from memories of Bollywood films shot amidst the beautiful buildings of Mandu, stories my friends have told me about the beauty of Mandu.... here I was ! Like...
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Wilderness 2.0
Biodiversity loss – the loss of nature is as critical an issue today as climate change. Huge swathes of natural forests are being converted to agricultural land or mining grants allocated or simply to make way to build cities. The inevitable therefore happens – species become...
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World Tourism Day 2020 :...
While we have lived through a slew of special days, it is surprising how celebrating World Tourism Day is not even a memory all these years. This World Tourism Day 2020 for all of us will have a new meaning that will be etched deep in our hearts with a powerful connotation. This one day let...
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Ten Reasons 'RARE' for the...
    Not many people know that the origins of RARE began by promoting offbeat hotels and home stays on classic road journeys from Delhi to discerning Indian travellers and expats. The result of organising accommodation for Bunny and Jugs Suraiya was a middle piece in the TOI...
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The Human Touch in Travel :...
Travel touches you in ways that you may not discover until a shift inside you has become a habit or an ideal you live by. It is one of those activities where even Solo Travel is not such a lonely journey.  For travel pulls into its ambit the power of ‘human touch’ an important...