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Reader’s Choice – A Holiday Home Buyer’s Guide to Panchgani

PanghaniIn the last couple of weeks we had received several queries from our readers asking us to feature new holiday home destinations across the country. Amongst these destinations Panchgani a small enchanting hill station in Maharashtra was unanimously the choice of our readers. So in this article we will give you an overview of the holiday home market of Panchgani with some price indicators to help you decide.

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Foodie’s Guide to Maharashtra – the land of vada pavs

Maharashtrian cuisine ranges from being mild to spicy. Maharashtrian cuisine is divided into two, Konkani, and Varadi. Though quite different, both use a lot of seafood and coconut.Maharashtrian meals are scientifically planned and cooked-the golden rule being that the cooking medium must not be seen. The vegetables are more or less steamed and lightly seasoned so as to retain their nutritional value. There is almost no deep frying and roasting. Read the rest “Foodie’s Guide to Maharashtra – the land of vada pavs”

Mont Vert Valencia Phase II – 3, 4 and 5 BHK Town Houses and Bungalows in Lonavala


After the success of the first phase, Niraj Kumar Associates a leading name in Holiday Home Developments, have started construction of the phase 2 of the development, Mont Vert Valencia 2, a picturesque development of 14 3, 4 and 5 BHK beautifully crafted bungalows and town houses in a small, cozy and exclusive gated development featuring a clubhouse and swimming pool.

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Gita Choksi – Carrying on the Maidstone Legacy

This week we have interviewed Gita Choksi, the third generation owner of Maidstone, the almost century-old family home of the Virjees in Panchgani, as she talks about her childhood days, her attachment to this cozy homestay on the edge of the hillside overlooking the Krishna river, and why she decided to leave the corporate world to dedicate her time in restoring Maidstone to its old glory and become a proud Read the rest “Gita Choksi – Carrying on the Maidstone Legacy”

Asif Merchant – A Witness to Panchgani’s Transformation

Asif Merchant sittingHe has closely seen Panchgani’s journey from being a sleepy village to making its way to India’s tourism map as a major tourist destination. Meet Asif Merchant who has been in Panchgani since the 40s as he talks to us in an exclusive interview about the history of the place, its early challenges, its transformation and what a visitor can do here.

The interview…

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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 Read the rest “Weekend getaways gear up for I-Day rush”

Listing of some second home projects in and around Mumbai

Fortune Hotel courtyard, Lavasa, Maharashtra.Image via WikipediaHi Everyone,

I have been asked to compile a short list of second home developments close to Mumbai. I will do so and slowly start reviewing them. Here is my list with quick comments:-
1. Lavasa – must see and evaluate for all. Pricing approx 3500Rs. /sq. foot, leasehold (999 years), tightly managed and regulated community where owners have limited freedom but overall you can expect better Read the rest “Listing of some second home projects in and around Mumbai”