LOCATION: India

India Fortress
Stay At The Only Warrior Fortress To Ever Become A Luxury Resort
Jake Kilroy
by Jake Kilroy

 

Relics of history, as fierce and formidable as they may have once been, can surely adapt to a new life—if lovingly restored. Such is the dramatic case of Alila Fort Bishangarh in the Bishangarh village of India’s Jaipur District. It’s an epic, stunning structure to say the least. Standing boldly atop a rocky hill—like a beacon of hope or power in some fantasy film—the fort is a unique example of Jaipur Gharana architecture, coming from both Mughal and British influence. It’s also ready to become your new favorite getaway.

This week’s #TrendingTopic is perhaps the only warrior fortress that’s been converted into a luxury resort. In the same structure that houses openings for firearms and turrets (known as burjs), you'll find multiple styles of royal suites and lavish public areas. It’s definitely one of a kind.

 

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Nilaya Hermitage: Wanderlusters Wed in Gorgeous Indian Hideaway Above the Arabian Sea
Katie David Bush
by Katie David Bush

While minimalism may be a strong trend in both design and weddings in 2016, less isn't always more. India's rich cultural heritage dictates the more color, the more art, the more dancing and the more singing equals the best kind of magical "marry"-making! But, more isn't simply more in the case of Beirut-born couple Narina & Tarak's beautiful I-do's.

With the help of wedding planners Cherry On Top Events, they chose layers of marvelous more in the form of rich marigolds and magentas, colorful string lights, long feasting tables with mis-matched turquoises and pops of prints with dare we say it? A minimalistically "more" touch. The results? A very modern Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at a gorgeous gem of a spectacularly gritty & secret Indian seaside gathering spot, NIlaya Hermitage, in Goa. We had a chance to sit down with wedding photographers, Sean & Melanie Flanigan of A Fistful of Bolts who were on-hand to cpature the explosions of joy that you'll soon see, simply radiate from their beautiful images.

 

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