Sunday, June 28, 2015

These 8 Indian Hotels will Make Your Pet Jump All Over You in Joy: My Guest Column for India Today Digital

Planning that weekend getaway and don’t want to leave your pooch behind? Or thinking of taking your pet on a holiday? Fret not. Here is a list of eight pet friendly hotels in India, that I compiled as a Guest Author for India Today Digital. These hotels not just allow you to check -in with your pet but also ensure that your adorable canine baby has a good vacation! 

Give Your Dog That Much Needed Holiday

1) Taj Vivanta Gurgaon

Imagine that impeccable Taj service being extended to your pet! 
A specially designed door hanger that lets everyone know that the pet is in-house, cribs, pet shampoo, vet spray, hair brush, untangler spray, leash, dog chews and dog food from the kitchen are some of the amenities that are offered exlusively for your pet. It come with a price tag though. “We charge an extra of Rs 3,000 for guests checking in with their pets ,” informs Sumeet Taneja, general manager of the hotel. But if you have an infant, sorry this hotel is not for you. The hotel allows pets who are at least one year old. Also your pet should weigh less than 45 kgs. 

2) Four Seasons Mumbai

Yes, Four Seasons Mumbai allows you to check-in with your pooch. Dog and cat lovers we know you screamed at this one! A luxe stay in the maximum city for your pet, are you packing your bags already? Wait there is more good news. There is no extra charge for guests checking in with their pets and the hotel provides beds, rugs, toys and food for the pet. It also offers services like dog walking and you can avail grooming or vet services at an extra cost.

3) Ibis Aerocity 

A budget transit visit to Delhi with your pet? This hotel is for you then. Located at Delhi’s new hotel hub Aerocity, Ibis is a budget brand of the Accor Group. It allows you to check in with your pet. The hotel is close to the Delhi airport and also in close proximity to Gurgaon. 

4) The Himalayan Village 

This fairytale resort is located in the foothills of the famous Malana Village in Kasol. That it allows you to check in with your pets is a bonus! Surrounded with Deodar forests it offers the perfect holiday setting for you and your furry friend. It has themed cottages with two cottages on a Machan being the highlights. The resort, which has been host to many dogs and cats, has kennels but guests can keep them in the cottage too. 

Holiday in a Picturesque Setting for your Canine Baby: The Himalayan Village

5) The White Peaks, Gagar

When Dog lover Aparupa Ray Ganguly opened her two-bedroom cottage  as home stay for guests last year, that it would allow pets was a given. In last one year a German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and Labrador have checked in at The White Peaks to holiday with their parents. “Since we give the whole cottage to a family, pets can stay with their parents without intrusion from other guests. They can go out to the jungle for walks,” explains Ganguly who does not charge extra for lodging of pets.   

6) Emerald Trail

Located in Bhimtal, Emerald Trail is quite popular among pet lovers. The Reason? Hosts give equal attention to pets as to the owners. Pets can enjoy roaming in the expansive 3-acre estate and share rooms with parents. They are given beds, bowls and home-cooked food with special instructions catered to. The staff can even baby-sit them, if you decide to go sight seeing! All this comes without any extra charge! 

 7) Tree of Life Resorts 

Travel industry veteran Himmat Anand’s hotel chain Tree of Life Resorts is pet friendly comes as no surprise considering Anand is an ardent canine lover. Tree of Life Resorts are in Jaipur, Udaipur and Rishikesh. “Unfortunately, most hotels in India do not allow pets, which is a pity. I am sure more and more would want to take their pets with them on a holiday  if awareness is created about properties like ours,” says Anand. Tree of Life Resorts does not charge guests checking-in with pets extra until they ask for meals. There are few restrictions like the dogs should be in a leash at all times when at the property and are not allowed in the restaurant. Your pooch can enjoy plunge pool and go on village walks when holidaying at Tree of Life Resort. 

8) Oakwood Premier Pune

The 200 serviced apartments at Oakwood Premier in Pune are not just well equipped and furnished but welcome pets too. So next time you are on a business or a leisure trip to Pune, you don't have to leave your pet behind. Let him enjoy a luxurious stay with you at the apartment. 

( The story first appeared in India Today website) 

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