Airport Hotels in Four Indian Metropolises

Before the advent of the flying machine, travel to foreign lands was tedious and tiresome as well as costly too.But these days, it has become very easy to reach even the farthest corner of the earth and that too in considerable comfort.The airports provide the means and access to reach these places.

And when we talk about India, it is always a pleasure to visit the various places of tourist significance in this country.India is a growing economy and is a much sought after destination by people looking out for good business opportunities.Thus, the presences of good airport hotels near the major airports in the country add as booster to the economy.

All these hotels are conveniently located near the major business areas, tourist destinations and the city centers.This saves the travelers from the unnecessary traffic rush and the long commuting hours.

The Indian airport hotels provide world class amenities and the accompanying service is impeccable for all types of guests.The hotels also have good business facilities for the business travelers.Sight seeing tours are also arranged by these hotels.

All the four major metros, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, have a range of well managed hotels near their international Airports.

Airport Hotels in Delhi: New Delhi is the capital of India.In the present times, it is a delightful mix of the traditional and modern landscaping as well as some very beautiful reminders of architectural excellence. The city is home to the Indira Gandhi International Airport which acts a gateway to the country and the rest of the world.It is located 23 kilometers (14 miles) south of the capital.There are numerous luxury and cheap hotels located in the vicinity of the airport which cater to both the domestic as well as international travelers. Some of the hotels worth giving a thought could be the ITC Maurya New Delhi, Radisson Hotel New Delhi and also the Hotel Blue Sapphire.

Airport Hotels in Mumbai: Mumbai is the commercial capital of the country and is known as an industrial center leading in transportation and communication.It has a natural harbor which is one of the busiest ports of the world.There are many places like the Gateway of India, Marine drive, The Prince of Wales Museum which is of great tourist importance.

Mumbai has one of the busiest airports in the world.The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is India’s major airports which handles up to 45 landings and take offs in an hour. Some of the city’s best hotels are located near the Airport which provides state of the art amenities and a flawless service to go along with it. There is a mix of both the luxury and the budget hotels in the vicinity of the airport.Hotels like the Grand Maratha Sheraton, Leela Palace, and Le Meridien are some of the five star hotels which cater to the high end travelers; whereas Hotel Orchid and the Hotel Sahara Star fit more into the plans of the budget traveler.

Airport Hotels in Chennai: Chennai is the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu.The city is connected with various countries across the globe.The Chennai International Airport is located at Tirisulam which is 7 kilometers from Chennai.The visitors can have a very pleasant stay at the hotels which are located near the airport.Most prominent of these could be the Hotel Le Royal Meridien, The Trident Hilton Hotel and the Radisson Hotel.

Airport Hotels in Kolkata: Kolkata is one of the most mesmerizing cities on the Indian sub-continent.It is called as the City of Joy.The city was home to Mother Teresa till the time she was alive and was responsible for attracting many visitors to this city.Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport connects this city to all the major cities in the world.The MBD Airport Hotel is the oldest airport hotel in Kolkata which offers luxurious accommodation and state of the art business facilities to please even the most discerning guest.

Family Vacation in Mount Abu and Some Good Mount Abu Hotels

Mount Abu is the highest peak of the Aravallis’ and is a bustling pilgrimage town. Renowned for its greenery and natural landscapes, Abu is situated at a distance of 500kms from the capital city, Jaipur. After reaching the town, check in any of the nice hotels though for a busy spot like Abu it is a better idea to book your desired rooms online and in advance to ensure a hassle free trip. First of all visit the world famous Dilwara Temple complex that has five different temples and each of them are intricately designed which speaks volumes of the artistic levels of the ancient workmen. This Jain temple is one of the highlights of the town and is also a very famous Jain pilgrimage that annually draws thousands of devotees of the Jain community from all over the country. Visit this place with your family to witness the designs and sculptures which truly are unmatched. The next spot is the huge Nakki Lake that is situated right in the middle of the town. The Lake was said to be dug by the Gods using only their nails therefore the name fell Nakki (nail). It is a serene spot and an ideal location for a family picnic plus children will enjoy the boat rides and horse riding facilities that are available here. For a religious visit travel to the Adhar Devi Temple that is around 3-5kms from the town and is situated in a cave much like Mata Vaishno Devi temple. The cave can be reached by climbing more than 300 steps and on reaching the top the view is magnificent.

Below are two fine family hotels in Mount Abu that you should check out for your vacation.

Mount Abu hotels

Hotel Blue Valley is among the finest family hotels in mount Abu that is barely a kilometer away from the Nakki Lake. It is also 2kms from Sri Raghunathji temple and 3kms from the Adhar Devi temple. The hotel offers great rooms with facilities like Wi-Fi, travel desk, car parking and laundry service. The room rates start from Rs.1210. Another such fine Mount Abu hotel is Hotel Yorkshire Inn that is 1.5kms from Dilwara Temples and 2.5kms from the Nakki Lake. The hotel offers a multi cuisine restaurant, a coffee shop, travel desk and laundry service. The rooms are well equipped and rates start from Rs.2530.

Paris Blues

When B.B. King said, “The blues are all around,” he must have been thinking of Paris. Every “world city” has its own “house of blues.” Here in Vancouver we have The Yale Hotel, but in Beijing it’s The Big Easy, The Muddy Waters Blues Bar in Oslo, and The R&B Lounge in Mumbai. Some cities, such as Paris, are blessed with competing cathedrals.

I’m a musician. Lately I’ve been playing a lot in Europe: The UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, and Norway. When travelling abroad, it is my habit to search out the local blues scene. I find it a great way to explore the town and meet real people. I call it “blues tourism.” Paris-London? Don’t fly. Take the train. Eurostar First Class – it’s the “only” way to go. Long John Baldry.

A recent trip to Paris included a week-long stay at the modest Hotel Suez, centrally located on Rue. St. Michel, a few blocks up from the Seine, near the Musee de Cluny. Restless one evening, I decided to take a solo midnight walk along the embankment. Crossing the river at Pont des Arts, I wandered downstream towards Notre Dame, pausing briefly to savour the floodlit spectacle before making my way back to my hotel via Pont Neuf. Ambling by the 13th century Gothic Church of St. Julien de Pauvre in Rue St. Jacques, my ears were drawn to the faint sound of live music emanating from a dimly-lit building across the street.

The ice-blue neon sign above the doorway said “Who Bar.” It was a small L-shaped room – dark, smoky, and full of people. A 5-piece band was working the audience from a stage in the corner. Their repertoire ranged from the traditional Chicago-blues to contemporary Clapton and Stevie Ray. I approached the bandleader between sets and struck up an awkward conversation (his English was as bad as my French). The universal language of the blues prevailed however, and I was invited to sit-in. Afterwards, he gave me his business card, and suggested I drop by to catch his Saturday afternoon gig at The Club 50, now known as The One-Way Cafe. It was a rough-hewn joint in the ramshackled flea-market district at the far northern end of the city, distinguished by the row of motorcyles parked out front. Like the cuisine (beer, wine, cheeze and saucisse), the blues on offer were strictly local – a bit dodgy after dark perhaps, but well worth an early evening visit. (50 Rue Jules Valles, Metro: Porte Clingnancourt).

If you like your blues a more upmarket, you might want to try Caveau de la Huchette or The Lionel Hampton Jazz Club, located in the 5-star Millenium Etoile Hotel. () Since opening in 1976, this “temple of R&B and jazz in Paris” has presented all the great American artists – BB King, Cab Calloway, Fats Domino, Count Basie, and many others. Vancouver piano-man Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne” plays there too, most recently with Whitehorse born guitarist Yukon Slim. To find it, walk straight up the Champs d’Elysees, continue past the Arc de Triomphe, and turn right at Boulevard Gouvion Ste. Cyr. Or, take the Metro to La Defense. By the way, some of the most honest, heartfelt blues in Paris is performed in the Paris Metro, a daily showcase of proletarian musical talent from all over the world.

The Chesterfield Cafe, tucked away off the Champs d’Elysees, near Montmartre, on Sundays offers an American style brunch with champagne accompanied by a soul stirring gospel concert. (124 Rue la Boetie, Metro: Franklin Roosevelt) The big names play there too, but Vancouver blues brother Jim Byrnes thinks the room is too big. “It’s twice the size of the Yale,” he says, “and sounds terrible.”

Our mutual friend, the late British bluesman Long John Baldry, was known to share JB’s preference for the Quai du Blues), a “pleasant spot” located upriver in the leafy western suburb of Neuilly sur-Seine (17, boulevard Vital-Bouhot. Metro: la Defense). Billing itself as “the Parisian haven for Blues, Gospel, Soul, and R&B,” this replica of New York’s Cotton Club c.1930 has featured the likes of Koko Taylor, Eddie Kirkland, Otis Redding, and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. Host Gérard Vacher is rightly proud of the place’s “scorching” music and “succulent” soul-food menu.

The hottest neighbourhoods for live music in Paris these days are in the northeast, particularly in the trendy bars and bistros around Ménilmontant, Oberkampf, and Belleville. Expatriate Vancouverite guitar-slinger Jimmy “C” Coletsis is often featured with his London-based band “the Bluesdragons” The Utopia Blues Bar in Montparnasse on the south side of town offers a similar combination of down-home atmosphere and high-toned entertainment. (79 Rue de l’Ouest, Métro: Gaïté) Sardinian born guitarist/singer Mauro Serri is a popular local attraction.

Paris was first introduced to the blues in 1918 by an all-black U.S. Armed Forces military orchestra. African American musicians, writers, and artists flocked to Paris after WW1, attracted by the relaxed racial atmosphere. The 1920s saw legendary black burlesque queen Josephine Baker holding high court at the St. Louis Blues Club near the Bastille. Blues, jazz, and R&B were popular with Parisians throught the 1950s and 60s, especially with the Left Bank’s existentialist elite. Mississippi bluesman Memphis Slim, composer of the classic “Every Day I Have the Blues,” emigrated to Paris in 1961. Two years before his there in 1988 at age 72, he was named a Commander in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of France.

Today, these “same old blues” can still be heard, reverberating throughout the city. To discover an “other” side of Paris – just follow your ears.

I think I’ll go on over to Paris, and sleep under the Eiffel Tower
Yes, I think I’ll go on over to Paris, and sleep under the Eiffel Tower
Where a man is a man, and everybody’s got the same power.

Memphis Slim, Paris Mississippi Blues, 1961