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The Connemara Hotel was the grande dame of the Madras hospitality scene. Its earliest incarnation was a private residence bought in 1815 by one of the foremost merchants of the city at the time, Mr John Binny. The road on which … Continue reading
Tagged Architecture, Chennai, Connemara Hotel, Grand Hotels, Heritage, History, India, Madras, Port and Princely Cities of the Subcontinent, The Grand Tour, Travel, Vivanta by Taj Connemara
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In 52 A.D., so it is said, St Thomas – one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ – landed at the Malabar Coast (the South-west Coast) of India, and travelled across the sub-continent to the ancient (and magnificent) port … Continue reading
Tagged Architecture, Chennai, Heritage, History, Madras, Mylapore, Port and Princely Cities of the Subcontinent, Santhome, St Thomas, St Thomas Christians, St Thomas Mount, The Grand Tour, Travel
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This second part of our leisurely wander through Old Madras (today’s Chennai), takes us down three major thoroughfares in the city – Poonamallee High Road, Mount Road (and the suburb of Egmore), and South Beach Road along the Marina. These … Continue reading
Tagged Architecture, Chennai, Cities, Colonial History, Egmore, Heritage, History, India, Madras, Marina, Mount Road, Poonamallee High Road, Port and Princely Cities of the Subcontinent, Port Cities, The Grand Tour, Travel
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Nadesar Palace is a dream of a boutique hotel. First built by the East India Company in the late 1700s, it was then taken over by the Maharajah Prabhu Narain Singh of the Royal House of Benares from 1889, and … Continue reading
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The main event in the sacred city of Benares, are its supposedly 87 ghats, which the grand tourist can take in from end to end in a single, three hour walk, or an hour-long boat-ride on the Ganges River. I … Continue reading
Tagged Assi Ghat, Benares, Dashashmewadh Ghat, Ghats, Heritage, History, India, Port and Princely Cities of the Subcontinent, The Grand Tour, Travel, Varanasi
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This time last year, I made a resolution to Laugh More and Laugh Easily, because to laugh more is to be more thankful, to have clarity of purpose and to be able to let go. I must say that on the … Continue reading
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The Grand Hotel is, as its name suggests, the grande dame of the Calcutta hospitality scene. Located, as it was and still is, on Chowringhee Road, it is situated right in the centre of the city’s social and entertainment scene. … Continue reading
Tagged Architecture, Calcutta, Chowringhee Road, Heritage, History, India, Kolkata, The Grand Hotel, The Grand Tour, The Grand Tour of the Subcontinent, The Oberoi Grand Hotel, Travel