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Welcome your golden years at these 5 magnificent hill stations!

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So, you are done with your responsibilities in life. It’s that time where you and your partner move on to the next phase and what better way to begin than a relaxing holiday? Kick start your retirement with laid back vacations with Club Mahindra where you can enjoy to your heart’s content and save while holidaying. HolidayIQ travellers suggest 5 exotic hill stations, Madikeri, Ooty, Gangtok, Darjeeling and Mahabaleshwar. 


1. Madikeri: To the land of coffee

Madikeri: To the land of coffee Share source: Club Mahindra

Tucked away in the well-known ‘Scotland of India’, Club Mahindra Madikeri in Coorg is not to be missed. Travel back in time as you step inside and explore the traditional ‘ain-mane’ style architecture. 

When in Coorg, don’t forget to visit the picturesque Raja’s seat and the scenic Abbey falls and pick up a bottle of pure, golden honey for your loved ones.  

HolidayIQ traveller Archana V says “Our trip to Madikeri was excellent. The Raja's seat in the evening is a mesmerizing view. The weather is very pleasant. The places we visited were Raja's Seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri Fort, Tomb, Abbey Falls, Talacauvery, Bhagmanadala. In general, it was a memorable trip.” 


2. Ooty: Bask in the lap of nature

Ooty: Bask in the lap of nature Share source: Club Mahindra

When you choose to holiday with Club Mahindra, you get to enjoy inflation-free holidays that help you save while vacationing. What more? The Club Mahindra Derby Green in Ooty is nestled overlooking the scenic ‘Blue Mountains’. Enjoy the aristocracy in this colonial-style resort that is cradled in the lap of nature. 

Enjoy a romantic toy train ride from Mettupalyam, take in the lush beauty of the Ooty Botanical Gardens and the Emerald Lake. Don’t forget the delectable homemade chocolates and tea before you leave. 

HolidayIQ traveller Mamatha K says “Ooty is one of the best holiday destinations for nature lovers. We went on a romantic trip to Ooty on a long drive and had the best experience ever. The hill station is at its best in every aspect. Never-ending beautiful landscapes throughout Ooty - Coonoor road. Chilling nights, breathtaking viewpoints. Beautiful lakes.


3. Gangtok: Of regal, tranquil environment

Gangtok: Of regal, tranquil environment Share source: Club Mahindra

Now add a regal touch to your vacation, just the way Club Mahindra makes you feel like royalty by providing travel assistance, even on your international travels. 

Known for its breathtaking viewpoints and enchanting nature, Gangtok is every vacationer’s dream. Experience unparalleled Sikkimese hospitality at the magnificent Club Mahindra Gangtok that is perched on a hill overlooking the majestic Chola mountain range. 

The Tashi viewpoint for a sweeping view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the mesmerising Tsmogo lake and the serene Rumtek monastery are some of the places you simply cannot miss in Gangtok.

Tibetian carpets, Sikkim tea and black cardamom are few things you can pick up before you leave. 

HolidayIQ traveller Prateek Vijay says, “If you want to visit a clean, sophisticated and beautiful hill station, then Gangtok is the place to be. The people are friendly and there is natural beauty everywhere you look with clean roads and streets. The most striking feature is the manner and discipline in which the city is being administered by the Sikkim Government.”


4. Darjeeling: Untouched, pristine beauty

Darjeeling: Untouched, pristine beauty Share source: Club Mahindra

Dreaming of luxurious holidays at an affordable price? Club Mahindra brings to you just that where you get to make magical memories with your loved ones. Just like the luxurious Summit Hermon Resort & Spa, Darjeeling – a Club Mahindra affiliate resort that is surrounded by the majestic Himalayan range.  

Wake up to the views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the chirping of birds and crisp mountain air. Go on a breathtaking ride on the Darjeeling ropeway, take in the sunset at Batasia Loop and Tiger Hill and don’t forget to visit the iconic tea estates. 

When in Darjeeling, you can buy beautiful hand-knit woollen items and tea. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Monojit shares, “Nestled in the middle of mountains, Darjeeling has a unique culture of its own. The weather is cool and one must visit this place to explore its beauty. Enjoy a piping hot cup of coffee at the mall, given the chilly weather.” 


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5. Mahabaleshwar: Gurgling brooks, cascading waterfalls and breathtaking hills

Mahabaleshwar: Gurgling brooks, cascading waterfalls and breathtaking hills Share source: Club Mahindra

Are you planning on a memorable gift to your parents that they can cherish for a lifetime? How about a Club Mahindra membership? A gift that keeps on giving! Just like the gifted Saj Mahabaleshwar - A Club Mahindra affiliate resort. Modern in its designs, yet grounded by the enchanted valleys, lush forests and the strawberry fields surrounding it. 

Elephant’s head point, Venna Lake, Dhobi waterfalls, Arthur’s Seat are just a few places you can visit when in Mahabaleshwar. Fresh strawberries, strawberry and black raspberry jams and jellies are a must-buy. 

HolidayIQ traveller Nihar Mayekar says “Amazing weather, food and a great place to sightsee. Some of the places you must visit are Mahabaleshwar temple, Arthur Seat, Kate's point, Wilson point, Table land in Panchgani, Mapro gardens and Venna lake. Stay for at least 2 nights and 3 days to visit all places with ease.


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