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Himalayan Ski Village’s Current Status – Whose Fault was it Anyway?

Himalayan Ski Village office Kullu

The Kullu office of Himalayan Ski Village

In our last article we had taken a look at the stalled Himalayan Ski Village project that was planned to be built in Manali in Himachal Pradesh. In this article we will take a look at all the reasons and issues behind the opposition to stop its construction and also try to find out whether these issues were actually justified as claimed.


Himalayan Ski Village – a Tourism Project gone Sour? Part 1

Himalayan Ski VillageTheir website is not functional, call up their office and no one picks the phone, a different office is now running from their office in Delhi and the promoters are either not reachable or they decline to comment. That’s the story of the $350-million (Rs 5,000-crore) Himalayan Ski Village project pioneered by Alfred Ford, the great grandson of the legendary Henry Ford in Manali in India’s Himachal Pradesh. 

In the

Non-Himachali Wanting to Buy Land in Himachal Pradesh

Non-Himachali Wanting to Buy Land in Himachal Pradesh

Land for sale sign

There is more to buying a residential plot in Himachal Pradesh for your holiday home than meets the eye.

Although you can now buy your holiday home in places like Kullu, Kasauli and Shimla where developers have come up with some projects, on a broader scale there is a lot of confusion on whether a non-Himachali (non-resident of Himachal Pradesh) can actually buy a plot of land or a house

Muskotia Retreat – 1, 2BHK Duplex Villas in Nainital

Muskotia Retreat, Nainital The adjoining areas of Nainital like Bhowali, Sataal, Bhimtal, Ramgarh, Mukteshwar, etc. have been witnessing the launch of several projects by developers – both small and big. This is owing to the fact that while Nainital is close by, these locations are well connected by both road and rail. And add to it the scenic beauty that one can still enjoy compared to Nainital which has been rendered an absolute

Windsor Suites – 1BHK Suites Sandwoods Infratech Pvt. Ltd. in Shimla


After the success of the first phase of constructions of Campton Estate comprising 1 and 2 BHK apartments, Sandwoods Infratech Pvt. Ltd. last year announced the launch of Windsor Suites comprising 1BHK fully furnished suites in the heart of North India’s envious holiday Home location, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The first phase of the development has already been completed and the units are now being handed over to

Café Rudra – Where Coffee and Music Enthrall in Kasauli

Deepak ChandelIn all conversations that I had with everyone that I met and spoke to even for about five minutes in Kasauli, ended up with Café Rudra – a must-visit hang-out for a cup of coffee and some retro music. Although I couldn’t make it to this much-talked about place during my recent visit, I did speak to the people behind the scenes to discover more about their widely popular café

Interview with Venkat Matoory an Entrepreneur Living in Kasauli, Himachal

Venkat and Roshan

A video grab of Roshan D’Silva, our CEO, talking to Venkat whom he met and interviewed during his month-long visit to different places of India.

We have been on the road in India and visiting quite some touristy places. We are visiting one of our properties in Kasauli and bumped into Venkat Matoory, who is a well known entrepreneur. Venkat interestingly is being doing something that we have been kind

Guide to buying a holiday home in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

DLF SamavanaThe two bottlenecks – Pinjore and Kalka – on the route from Chandigarh to Kasauli done away with the Himalayan Expressway, I was expecting some good developments in this otherwise cantonment hill station. It takes just a little over an hour to reach Kasauli from Chandigarh, which should be fairly a good reason for holiday home buyers and reputed developers to set base here. But to say the least, I

Punjabi by Nature – A Gastronomical Delight

Chicken tikka masala is the most popular Punjabi dish

Punjabi food is the most popular Indian food not only in India but known globally. Punjabi food is known for its innovative cooking technique called tandoor; a hot clay oven cooks breads and dishes which are not only tasty but healthy too.

Chicken tikka masala is the most popular dish in UK and even renowned chefs like Jamie Oliver have tried

Pahari food in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal is dominated by upland climate. The variation in availability of raw materials, environmental conditions clubbed with the time tested traditional knowledge and wisdom have made the people of different regions of the hill state to formulate, develop and perpetuate the wide range of traditional food and beverage unique to its place since ages.  Due to the cold weather meat is preferred by all. But in the different region of

Controversial Apartment Act of Himachal likely to be scrapped: Report

Himachal apartmentsA recent media report has said that the controversial Apartment and Property Regulations Act of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, and enacted by the previous Congress regime to open the state’s doors to private builders and realtors, is all set to be scrapped in the next Assembly session that begins on December 19 at Dharamshala.

The report published in today’s issue of the Indian Express newspaper said that the

Weekend getaways gear up for I-Day rush

A double bonanza in the form of holidays for Rakhi on Saturday and India’s Independence Day on Monday awaits eager travellers. everyone’s geared up to spend this extended weekend away from their homes. Several city slWeekend getawaysickers are extending the upcoming weekend, taking an extra day off on Friday.

“I have reported sick on Friday and will be driving down to Mussoorie early on Friday morning,” says Siddarth Kashyap, an

In focus – Kulu-Manali

Holiday homes in Manali, Himachal PradeshWith a long weekend ahead (August 13, 14, 15), Kulu-Manali in Himachal Pradesh can be the best destinations for any traveller to explore this beautiful valley. The pristine, unpolluted surroundings and its gentle folk draw lakhs of tourists to this abode year after year. Legend has it that after the great flood, the sage Manu recreated human life in this area. There’s much to see here — an ancient cave