The monsoon is the new getaway season. And why should you be denied because you live in the northern half of the country? Head to the once-upon-a-time Queen of the Hills, but 13km short of Shimla, turn off to Shoghi.

Eco-friendly: No trees were felled to build Shoghi’s cottages.

Besides multiple activities for your city-weary mind—from rappelling and mountain biking to no-sweat options such as the Burma Bridge and Monkey Crawl—there’s also the Sublime spa for tired bodies.

None of these, however, are the star attractions this season. Instead, go for Monsoon Mystique, their seasonal package that includes welcome drinks, a deluxe cottage, breakfast, hour-long guided access to the adventure package and discounts on their regular services. Valid from 15 July-15 September, the two-night/three-day package costs Rs10,500 for two, including accommodation for two children below the age of 6. To book, call 09213022540/41/42 or log on to

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Historic: The temple of Hatshepsut near Thebes. Roger Green/Flickr

Out of the box

Everyone’s travelling these days, but not everyone has the patience to put together itineraries. Some of us just aren’t fortunate enough to know in advance when we can take time off. It’s for such people that SOTC has come up with the idea of Box Holidays: a one-of-a-kind packaged holiday available at a day’s notice. Currently available only in Mumbai, these include freebies and discounts too. On offer right now are destinations in and around Maharashtra: Jadhavgarh (Rs12,100 for a couple, for two nights/three days), Aronda (Rs10,999, two nights/three days), Chiplun (Rs13,700, two nights/three days), Goa (Rs13,499, three nights/four days), Mahabaleshwar (Rs12,000, two nights/three days), Lonavala (Rs4,300, two nights/three days) and Nashik (Rs14,000, two nights/three days). Also available are “boxes" for Mauritius (Rs79,999, three nights/four days), Bangkok (Rs39,990, three nights/four days) and Hong Kong (Rs59,999,three-night/four days). The way it works is simpler than making up your mind on the choice of destinations: Once you’ve paid for your holiday at any Globus store, log on to and fill up a reservation form with your travel details.

While the fares are built in with the foreign destinations, SOTC will help you book local travel at an additional cost.?You’ll receive a confirmation from SOTC and you’re on your way. Getting away from Mumbai really couldn’t be simpler—but residents elsewhere in India needn’t worry. There are plans to launch in other cities as well.

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