There are two types of people who like to travel in this world, a tourist and a traveler. A tourist wants to tick all the famous spots on his/her list, a traveler, on the other hand, would love to explore new horizons, take the offbeat path and get back home with some unforgettable memories.
I have always been a traveler and a gypsy at heart. I love to explore new corners of all the places that I visit. Travelling is a passion which lets me discover new places as well as it helps me to discover myself as well. Every experience widens my horizons be it catching the Northen lights in Sweden, battling the whirlpools of the rivers in Ladakh and Rishikesh, watching the natural geysers erupt in Iceland or trekking to the Everest base camp. Even a lazy beach vacation at Mauritius can turn adventurous and exciting if you try your hand at jet skiing, scuba diving or parasailing, instead of just lazying at the beach. A metropolitan city like Tokyo can get fierce when you learn how to swing the Samurai sword when trained by a real Samurai. It’s not all about the destination but about how you build the story around it.
Just like me the Indian traveler is not only looking for a simple family holiday but now needs it to be supplemented by differential experiences. Tapping that the World of Sterling, has changed it’s strategy to give the consumer options for experiential holidays which are brag-worthy. Recently, I was invited to an event which arranged by IndiBlogger and Sterling Holidays.
Their new strategy named PEPs is all about People, Experience, Place, and Services. They have developed experiential trails inculcating this PEP strategy into all of their projects in some way or the other. Currently, Sterling has 29 resorts located in Agra, Anaikatti, Corbett, Daman, Darjeeling, Dindi, Dharamshala, Gangtok, Goa, Kanha, Karwar, Kodaikanal, Kufri, Lonavala, Manali, Munnar, Mussoorie, Nainital, Ooty, Puri, Sariska, Shirdi, Thekkady, Wayanad, Yelagiri, and Yercaud. Sterling Holidays also owns ‘Nature Trails Resorts Private Limited’ – an adventure holiday company that operates resorts at four unique destinations in Maharashtra.
It’s the year-end and if you still haven’t planned your holiday this post will give you some ideas. If it’s too late and these places are sold out or turn out to be very expensive then there is a whole new year with long weekends to mark with bouquets of choices from Sterling Holidays. Some of my favourites from what they offer are;
Tea Trails of Darjeeling: You can go to the tea estate and learn about the journey of the tea from the estate to your cuppa. Also, get experiential tea tasting.
Heritage trail at Ooty: This is my absolute favourite as I have never been to Ooty and have only heard of Ooty as a hill station. Here the trail is all set to help you experience the culture of the rural tribe of Todas. Their dressmaking, their traditional hairstyles, their traditional style of cooking in their huts and also a visit to their temple. A unique side of Ooty, indeed.
The Dindi Resorts: Experience the Konaseema culture. Visit the local weaver’s village and learn how to make ‘Pootharekulu’, a local paper sweet. All this on a cycling tour.
Interestingly, Sterling Holidays is also the first company in India to offer door to door holiday insurance which means you stay insured not only during your holiday stay but as soon as you leave your home.
I am excited to explore offbeat India with Sterling Holidays and am already marking my calendar. Are you?
About Sterling Holidays:
Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited is a leading experiential holiday company in India which has been delivering great holidays to Indians since 1986. The company pioneered Vacation Ownership in India and has a network of resorts at some of the best holiday destinations in India.
Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited is a 100% independently managed subsidiary of Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL), India’s leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company. TCIL is a part of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a $36.1 billion global investment and insurance holding company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada.