Whites, reds and pinks, you love them all. Next on your list is a wine holiday—but where do you start?
TripAdvisor, which started operations in India just a month ago(www.tripadvisor.in), makes it easy with its list of the 10 most popular wine destinations?(no, Nashik doesn’t figure). The “Grape Getaways” were compiled on the basis of user feedback, number of views and positive reviews, says Nikhil Ganju, marketing director of the India ops. Interestingly, the wine component wasn’t the sole decider for the ratings: The best wine-growing regions are also some of the most beautiful parts of the world, not to mention cradles of superb cuisines. So, whether you want to soak up the wine or soak in the sights, there’s something there for you.
The top 10 (with the broad wine varietals you must bring back home): Bordeaux, France (Cabernet Sauvignon); Napa Valley, California (Pinot Noir); Tuscany, Italy (Chianti); Champagne-Ardenne, France (Champagne); Barossa Valley, Australia (Shiraz); La Rioja, Spain (Rioja); Sonoma Valley, California (Syrah); Valle Central, Chile (Chardonnay); Stellenbosch, South Africa (Shiraz); and Marlborough, New Zealand (Sauvignon Blanc).
Rishikesh is this season’s favourite destination for the activity-minded. Leisure Hotels runs the 24-tent Five Elements camp on the Rishikesh-Devprayag route, between Shivpuri and Byasi village. A two-night-three-day package (inclusive of accommodation, meals, soft beverages and snacks and a session each of rafting, rock climbing and rappelling) costs Rs5,600 per person on a twin-sharing basis.
Sacred waters: Leisure Hotels has three packages to choose from
Log on to www.leisurehotels.co.in/rishikesh/packages.html for details.
At Byasi, TopCamp Leisure offers a similar package, but throws in two stretches of rafting. Kayaking,?river-bridge “slithering” and fishing cost extra. The tab:?Rs9,999 per couple. The constant music of the Ganga: priceless. Call 011-32464227, 46524323 for details.