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.
Stories
Phool dahi, Chamma Dahi
  Phool dahi, Chamma Dahi               There is something folksy about Bachi’s voice when he spontaneously broke into song while we were on drive to the ridge where Bhuwankhal was situated. There is also the wild and free in...
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What's in a name ? Plenty.
What's in a name ? Plenty. A prayer, a blessing or just grace.       Naming children has a kind time reference and they seem to change much like the fickle fashion. So we have gone through a phase of Rahul, Siddharth, Gautam, Kanishk, Aditya and so on, then...
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Ha ha ha..... and of Menz &...
Ha ha ha..... and of Menz &  Womenz       I hate it when toilets are labeled Male and Female. Worse when it is Menz and Womenz, I wish I could stage a demonstration and incite other people to stay away from such offending places to relieve oneself. But...
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Of stations and express...
Of stations and express trains   Bhim Singh, the agile and wiry porter literally swam through the sea of humanity that was Old Delhi Railway station  on this pleasant October afternoon.  His red shirt was to me like the Matador’s flag to a bull, not provoking me to...
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An ode to a Camp that was...
An ode to a Camp that was...       This has to go down as one Camp that was perfect as a RARE partner. The couple Min-Ri and their babies – Bhalu, Titli, Daku, Choti together played gracious hosts on a camp that literally celebrated the earth it stood on and...
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A trek and the hubris of an...
A trek and the hubris of an alarm call.       My body sometimes gives up but my spirit commands my eyes open and ensures that it stays that way. Finally my body gives up the tussle and heaves itself up to prepare for a bird walk, only asking for a strong cup of...
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TUTC Kohima Camp, Nagaland...
We promised earlier this year that The Ultimate Traveling Camp will enthrall you with its calender of destinations, events and festivals in India.  Staying true to its exciting concept, TUTC, the mobile camps, presents an opportunity to explore the cultural treasures of the Land...
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Summer Time on the RARE...
    Summer holidays are well on and truly upon us and RARE presents to you 7 summer experiences.    If a tranquil hideaway, serene surroundings, a flowing river, panoramic mountain views are on your radar for this summer, the ‘RARE Summer...
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Let's get some action !
  If your idea of a holiday is to swing gently on a hammock, look up at the sky, dream a little , snooze some and read some, Atali GANGA near Byasi, Rishikesh is not for you. India’s first self-branded ‘Activotel’ Atali Ganga is for those who prefer the high from...
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Ajaygarh Fort : Madhya...
Raghu and Joanna have always told me about the forts and palaces of Madhya Pradesh , particularly the Bundelkhand region. Who has not heard of the legendary Kalinjar fort, the very mention of the name sends a trickle of excitement through me. And on a quick and memorable trip I was lucky...
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Faith has many names, one...
There is something about the raw but endearing vitality that I attribute to the unstructured performance at Haridwar that cannot match the regulated and orchestered arti seen at other places along the Ganges. Maa Ganga as she is revered is a source of sustenance for many people who she...
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India : Tribes, Tea and...
Circa 2007 : The rains arrived early in Meghalaya this year. The lush paddy fields, bamboo forests, rubber plantations,  forests of teak and Sal resplendent in innumerable shades of green were proof enough. Intermittently dotted with small villages, the four hour...