Leading ivory trade investigator slain in Tanzania

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Anti-poaching, Elephants, Endangered Environmentalists, Environment, Illegal Trade, Ivory, Ivory Trade, Law Enforcement, Mammals, Poaching, Wildlife One of Africa’s top ivory trade investigators has been shot dead by gunmen in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Wayne Lotter was the co-founder and President of PAMS Foundation, which set up and supported the elite unit behind more than 2,000 arrests since November 2014.He was killed late on Wednesday, while traveling in a taxi from the airport to his rented flat in the quiet suburb of Masaki. DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – One of Africa’s top ivory trade investigators has been shot dead by gunmen in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Wayne Lotter was the co-founder and President of PAMS Foundation, which set up and supported the elite unit behind more than 2,000 arrests since November 2014.He was killed late on Wednesday, while traveling in a taxi from the airport to the quiet suburb of Masaki. He had previously received death threats.On Thursday, the famous conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall said he had been “a hero of mine, and a hero to many,” who was “prepared to carry on no matter what”.She added: “If this cowardly shooting was an attempt to bring the work of the PAMS Foundation to an end, it will fail.”Wayne Lotter, one of Africa’s top ivory trade investigators, has been shot dead by gunmen in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo by Krissie Clark/PAMS Foundation.Tanzania lost more than 60 percent of its elephants between 2009 and 2014, according to latest elephant census data. Poaching is fueled by the demand for ivory, primarily from Asian countries, including China.PAMS Foundation estimated that if that trend had continued, there would now be just 15,000 elephants left in the country. Wayne Lotter has been credited with helping to “turn the tide” on poaching in Tanzania, restoring elephant numbers to an estimated 40,000 by introducing an intelligence-led approach to policing ivory trafficking networks.PAMS Foundation funds the National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU), which targets buyers, traders, and trafficking kingpins, as well as those carrying out elephant poaching.The unit was behind the arrest of the Chinese businesswoman Yang Feng Glan, known as the “Ivory Queen,” in October 2015. It was believed to be the world’s biggest-ever ivory trafficking case. Yang is accused of leading a ring that transported 706 elephant tusks worth more than $2.5 million. Her trial is ongoing and she denies the charges.The detective unit was also celebrated in Leonardo Di Caprio’s feature-length Netflix documentary The Ivory Game, which featured the arrest of a notorious Tanzanian poacher, Boniface Matthew Mariango, who was nicknamed “The Devil.” Mariango was sentenced to twelve years in prison earlier in 2017.We lost a true conservation hero who fought so hard to protect Africa’s elephants. https://t.co/aViqCTjScX— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) August 18, 2017Wayne Lotter shied away from media attention and never personally took praise for the unit’s victories.On Thursday, the international campaigning organisation WildAid said that conservation “had lost one of its brightest and best.”The group added: “The tide was starting to turn in Tanzania, elephant poaching had decreased in a number of areas, and this was in no small measure because of PAMS and the extraordinary partnership that it forged with the NTSCIU.”51-year-old Lotter, originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, held a Master’s degree in Conservation and worked in wildlife protection for more than 25 years. He had lived in Tanzania since 2003.His PAMS Foundation co-founder Krissie Clark said: “Wayne devoted his life to Africa’s wildlife and he cared deeply about the people and animals that populated this world. Wayne’s charm, brilliance and eccentric sense of humour gave him the unique ability to make those around him constantly laugh and smile. He died bravely fighting for the cause he was most passionate about.”Close friend Malcolm Ryen said: “It is one of the darkest days in the conservation world. The tragic loss of Wayne Lotter has deeply hit the fight against poaching in Africa. Wayne Lotter, through PAMS Foundation and the cooperation with the government NTSCIU and the WCU initiated a new era in the fight against poaching, with the introduction of a new intelligence-led approach to fight criminal gangs.”Ryen also noted that Lotter’s achievements set a milestone in the war against poachers.“As he used to say, this is a war that has to be fought on different fronts, hitting the infantry, the cavalry as well as the generals, using different approaches to hit different levels, and that has produced unprecedented results. Thanks to him and his team, poaching in Tanzania has been drastically reduced to almost a halt. He has contributed in the saving of thousands of elephants. We will all miss him dearly and hope his team will keep on with the great job carried out until now.”International trading in ivory remains banned under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), but illegal ivory products still make their way into legal markets.China, the world’s biggest market, has committed to end its legal, domestic trade by the end of 2017, while Hong Kong published a bill to ban its trade by 2021 this past June. The European Union banned exports of raw ivory from July 1st, while the United States announced last year a “near-total ban” on the commercial trade of ivory.Still, around 20,000 to 30,000 elephants are killed across Africa each year.Mary Rice, Executive Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency, called Lotter “one of the last pioneers of conservation” and said his death was a “massive blow to wildlife conservation.”She said the work of PAMS Foundation was widely regarded as one of the most successful models in Africa, and had even forced criminal networks to move out of Tanzania to neighbouring countries, to escape the increased law enforcement and prosecution. She added: “Wayne’s inimitable personality, unique sense of humour, enduring and unstinting commitment and integrity, even in the face of overwhelming hostility and corruption, is a sad loss.”Tanzanian police are investigating the attack on Wayne Lotter. He leaves behind his wife Inga, two daughters, and his parents.Wayne Lotter speaking at a conference. Photo by Krissie Clark/PAMS Foundation.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Robbery accused released on $150,000 bail

first_imgHaving been remanded by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on charges of armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition, 30-year-old Charles Stoby of Hadfield Street, Georgetown was released on bail last week when he appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly.Stoby had made his first court appearance on November 9, 2018 before the Chief Magistrate, slapped with charges which stated that on October 22, 2018 at Gordon Street, Kitty, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Kester Roberts of jewellery among other items valued at $536,000.He was also charged for possession of an illegal firearm with matching ammunition.After being incarcerated for over a month, Stoby was given his pre-trail liberty when he posted bail of $150,000 on each charge. A condition of his bail is that he is required to report to the Brickdam Police Station weekly.The defendant is expected to reappear in court on January 11, 2019.last_img read more

Manchester United target set for summer transfer

first_img1 Burnley manager Sean Dyche admits striker Danny Ings is unlikely to be at the club next season.The 22-year-old striker is out of contract in the summer and with the Clarets heading for the Championship following relegation last week, Ings is set for pastures new.Manchester United and Real Sociedad have both been linked with moves for the England Under-21 striker who has scored 10 goals in his maiden Premier League campaign.Ings was desperate to make that 11 during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Stoke in what looks certain to be his Turf Moor swansong, but he was denied on three separate occasions by Potters keeper Jack Butland.Dyche does not expect to have Ings at his disposal as he plots an instant return to the Premier League next season.He said: “When I got here he was a developing player, still learning, still improving but there was still a lot of work done be done with him. He has accepted it, ran with it and moved forward and that’s all you can ask for with players.“It’s good to see his development. It looks like it is not going to continue with us, but I think we have played a big part in how he has moved forward.”Dyche added on the club’s official website: “You can never give 100 per cent guarantees.“It’s probable that was a farewell from Danny though. The sounds coming out of him and his agent make it probably that we will be going elsewhere.“There is a kind of message going out that they will be looking for pastures now. That’s sometimes happens in football and every player has the right to run their contract down if they want to, so we will see what happens in the summer.” Burnley striker Danny Ings last_img read more

DELIGHT AS TORI SETS ANOTHER IRISH POLE VAULT RECORD

first_imgFINN VALLEY AC’s Tori Pena opened her 2012 season in style competing in the U C S Spirit Pole Vault Summit overnight.She went for and hit a new Irish record of 4-45m edging closer to that much sought 4-50m mark needed for London Olympic Qualification.Her previous best 4.35 indoors and obviously a winter spent with an elite training group in Phoenix is beginning to show a return. This mark in itself puts her in line for world indoor selection and European championship selection next July but the focus is very much on being on that plane from Derry to London.A number of other high profile meets are planned in the weeks ahead Stateside so fingers crossed.She is pictured here at a recent Donegal game with Michael McGonagle.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com  DELIGHT AS TORI SETS ANOTHER IRISH POLE VAULT RECORD was last modified: January 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Valley ACnew irish recordtori penalast_img read more

Plan, pack and get out there!

first_imgSoul connect AaliaAalia is a secret hidden deep in the quiet countryside of Haridwar. About 12 kilometres away from the city, this beautiful property provides the perfect solace to those looking to find peace away from the metropolitans. Aalia is one of the only few luxury hotels in Haridwar, with,Soul connect AaliaAalia is a secret hidden deep in the quiet countryside of Haridwar. About 12 kilometres away from the city, this beautiful property provides the perfect solace to those looking to find peace away from the metropolitans. Aalia is one of the only few luxury hotels in Haridwar, with its 12 villas fully equipped with modern amenities and perfectly manicured gardens.However, it was the resort’s private riverbed that took our breath away. We chose one of the river-facing villas and spent our early mornings and evenings looking at the pure, white and serene waters of the Ganges flowing right in front of our eyes. Complete bliss. We feel you could spend your days at Aalia doing just that. But if you’re one of those who love the adrenaline rush, then take an all-terrain bike from the resort and go zooming on the riverbed. Or you could go back to your school days with a game of foosball, table tennis and badminton or laze around in the cool waters of the pool.And after all this is done, go for a yoga and pranayama class organised by the resort. Also make it a point to pamper yourself at the spa-a little space with just two therapy rooms but some wonderfully trained therapists. Even a trip to the spa can make your holiday worthwhile here. At Near Rajaji National Park,Chila Range, Haridwar Tel 47077520 (for reservations) Tariff Rs 8,000 per night Insider’s Tip Haridwar is known for it’s ganga aarti, and we suggest you skip the fancy aarti held at the resort’s riverbed and head to the ghats instead. Around Town White water Rafting at RishikeshadvertisementGetting thereTake the Dehradun Shahtabdi from New Delhi Railway Station, or drive down on NH 58, a five-hour ride to Haridwar. Distance from Delhi 220 Kms.By Rewati RauRock n’ river Soulitude by the riversideAt Soulitude bythe Riverside in thepicturesque village of Chanfi, you’re kept companyby the birds, the sound of a gushing and playful Kalsa River, and a warm and courteous staff of 15. After a 1.2 km (30-minute) trek, whichinvolves crossing the river several times, and hence unsuitable for very young children or the elderly, the property seems like an oasis in themiddle of wilderness, preserving nature and setting the mood for arelaxed holiday.The carefully designed and well-thought-ofambience of Soulitude resembles a home, but the rustic-style rooms andcottages are fully equipped with all the luxuries of a fine vacationfarmhouse. Ample attention has been given to every small detail and itis hard to imagine how everything must have been brought over on footdue to the resort’s inaccessibility by car. There is plenty of time toidle about the fishpond sipping endless cups of the refreshing lemongrass tea, spend hours lost in a book on the simple, stark balconies, or sit by the riverside with feet dipped in the water.If you feel like it (though it might be hard to shake off the laziness that setsupon you), you can take a short, one km trek to Parital waterfall. Liedown on the huge rocks that surround the waterfall and be gently lulledinto a nap by the sound of gushing water. Back in the resort, you canenjoy the deliciously simple food, in tune with the rustic surroundings. Because Soulitude is a working farm, a large part of vegetables,lentils, fruits and herbs are grown on the property. The placedefinitely redefines “solitude” and not just in spelling. At ChanfiVillage, Kalsa River, Distt. Nainital, Uttarakhand Tel 9999330379 Tariff Rs 8,000 onwards Insider’s Tip Plan your trip during the full moon tosee the breathtaking landscape bathed in white light. Around Town Treks, bird watchingGetting thereTake the Anand Vihar KathgodamShatabdi Express or drive for 7 hours via Hapur, Gajraula, Moradabad,Rampur, Bilaspur, Rudrapur, Haldwani, Kathgodam, Bhimtal. Distance fromDelhi 305 KmsBy Kavyanjali KaushikSpiritual Reconnect Pushkar resortPushkar may not be the first place that comes to mind for a weekend getaway inthis heat. But this spiritual city is worth checking out anytime of theyear. After a six-hour train journey and a 45-minute drive, we arrivedat Sewara Group’s Pushkar Resort. Situated on the outskirts of thecity, things change as you near the resort.a narrow and lush green road, surrounded by the Aravallis, makes you wonder if you’re still inRajasthan. Sprawled across 32 acres of verdant greens, the resort hasindependent cottages, which, though not luxurious, make for acomfortable stay.After sleeping it off through the afternoon,we were geared for our outdoor dinner, accompanied by a folk danceperformance. Recreating the magic of Royal Rajasthan. With an aim towake up early and trek up to Savitri temple, located a few kilometresfrom the property, we called in the night soon. Mornings at Pushkar areas pleasant as the evenings and you will find abundant birds flock hereat this hour. The temple makes for a great photo-op with an overview ofPushkar Lake and the city.Make sure you walk downhill beforethe sun is out in full bloom. After a quick shower, we spent the nextfew hours lazing around on the property. Our kafila arrived, just as the sun went down. The resort organises a kafila ride through the mini sand dunes.bumpy, but magical. Just as you near the sand dunes a mysticalaura is created by the young musicians who walk around the area playing a sarangi, trying to earn a buck or two. A picturesque sight with thehills on one side and barren land on the other, the music echos in theforefront as the sun sets in the backdrop.advertisementAt Pushkar Resort,Pushkar For Bookings 26494531/32 Tariff Rs 5,000 per night onwards,including taxes and breakfast Insider’s Tip Make sure you discuss youritinerary with the hotel staff in advance to avoid disappointment onreaching there. Around Town Treks, bird watching, Kafila rides, PushkarLake, rose factoryGetting thereBoard the Delhi-AjmerShatabdi Express, followed by a 45-minute drive to Pushkar, or drivedown on NH 8, a nearly 9-hour journey to Pushkar. Distance from Delhi355 KmsBy Ekta MarwahaHome away from homeItmenaan EstateThis is worth a visit if you want a break from the hectic urbania. Locatedin the lap of the Kumaon Himalayas is this lesser-known getaway calledItmenaan Estate. The 10-acre estate includes virgin pine, rhododendronand oak trees; terraced fields and a small, perennial natural spring.Itmenaan is known for its hospitality and the experiences it creates,most of which are in isolation and likewise this property too is located deep within a valley, away from the madness of the city. A threehourdrive from Kathgodam to Chalnichina is followed by a 20-minute walk tothe estate. A sense of calm sets in just as you get here.We were welcomed with a refreshing glass of fresh mango-mint juice and thenshown our cottage. Built to recreate the traditional Kumaoni style stone houses, the rooms look rustic from outside but are well equipped andcomfortable. Take a leisure walk around the property, pluck some freshfruits which are grown in abundance here, or gaze at the beautifulsnowclad peaks of the Nanda Devi, visible on a clear day. Our host,naturalistcum-manager Partho, helped us in spotting birds, enlightenedus about the local Kumaoni culture and helped us plan our treks aroundthe estate. The chef will amaze you with his creativity by recreatingcontinental dishes with his own twist, using inhouse produce and herbs.At Village Naugaon, Tehsil Bhanoli, District Almora Tel 9818705508 TariffRs 7,000 onwards Insider’s Tip Carry proper trekking shoes, and planyour visit for a minimum three days as there’s plenty to see and do.Around Town Treks, bird watching (don’t miss the Blue Magpie), Jageshwar temple. Getting ThereTake the Kathgodam Shatabdi Express followed by a three-hour drive to Itmenaan Estate.Distance from Delhi- 375 kmadvertisementBy Ekta MarwahaThe Walls say it all VivaanaAn orange Ambassador stands pretty outside this property, as if welcomingyou to an era gone past. The wall illustrated with paintings isintriguing and urges you to peek inside. Behind the heavy brown doorslie a different world of heritage, culture and memories. Located in anancient village called Churi Ajitgarh, Vivaana is a beautifully restored 19th century haveli, meant to give travellers a peek into an oldRajasthan. Tucked away in Shekhawati, a region famous for its oldhavelis with frescoes or painted walls, Vivaana is a fascinatingretreat, just six hours from Delhi.The haveli is captivating,adorned with fascinating paintings, depicting Lord Krishna’s flirtations with the gopis and his romance with Radha, both on the exterior andinterior. The 23 rooms are also done up traditionally, but with all themodern amenities in place. Carved wooden doors and windows, andartifacts scattered all around, make it an experience to live here.While all rooms are pretty, the piece de resistance is the largecouple’s room with frescoes all over the walls. And to make your holiday complete, the resort has a swimming pool, a spa and board games. Makebest of your holiday at Vivaana by spending time at their fresco lounge, reading about their property or taking a camel ride across the village. Take a day out to go to Mandawa (10 kms) and do a photo session at themarvellous havelis adorned with frescos.At Churi Ajitgarh,Mandawa, Rajasthan Tel 01592275164 Tariff Rs 7,000 per night onwardsInsider’s Tip Refrain from going during off-season. The service tends to get terribly slow and unenthusiastic. Around Town Mandawa, Jhunjhunuand Sikar.Getting thereTake a train to jhunjhunu or drive through nh 8, and you will be at vivaana in 6 hours.Distance from Delhi-260 km.By Rewati RauInto the wild Whispering PinesTrekking through terrace farms, catching the sunset sitting in your tent,enjoying a bonfire late into the night, not having a mobile network fordays-these are just some of the highlights of Whispering Pines,Dhanolti. As you leave behind the hustle and bustle of Mussoorie (25 kms away), and reach the much quieter and less commercialised Dhanolti, you discover the true meaning of an “off-beat getaway”. But what you get is stunning views of snow-capped Himalayas (weather gods permitting) andgreen-laden valleys, rejuvenating peace, and many adventurous trekkingtrails. Whispering Pines, probably one of the highest adventure resortsat 8,300 feet, is perched, rather precariously, atop a side of themountain which is hidden away from rest of Dhanolti.Evenexperienced drivers eye the sharp cut and steep road reaching theproperty suspiciously, but once there, you realise there is no reason to return to the mainland till your visit ends. The well-landscapedproperty has deluxe and superdeluxe tents (exactly the same as deluxetents, but they come with an attached bathroom), which are just aboutenough for two adults or a small family. They are comfortable with aplug point, a kerosene lamp, a small table and a bed, but you forget the necessities once you stare out at the magnificent Himalayas risingabove you and the sun going down behind them. Once there, you can go for moonlight treks, rock climbing, mountain biking and many otheradventurous activities. Resources are limited (even hot water forbathing has to be boiled in the kitchen), but the courteous staff morethan makes your stay comfortable.At Jwarna, PO Kanatal, OffMussoorie-Chamba Road, Dhanolti, district Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand Tel 9897684867 Tariff Safari tents start at Rs 3,099 (with breakfast)Insider’s Tip Tehri Dam, one of the highest dams in the world, is justan hour’s drive from Dhanolti, which not many tourists realise. Don’tmiss out on the chance to check out this fascinating structure. AroundTown Dhanolti Eco Park, Surkanda Devi Temple.Getting thereEight-hour drive from Delhi via NH 58. Or take the Dehradun Shatabdi to Dehradunor Rishikesh and drive down to Whispering Pines from the station.Distance from delhi-295 kmBy Kavyanjali KaushikRooftop romance Te ArohaWhite walls, yellow rooftops, red bricks, purple flowers and blue birds-TeAroha is a fairytale abode. It’s here that you can fall in love againwith yourself, your partner, nature or life. And that’s why the name TeAroha, which means a ‘place of love’ in Maori language. Perched on ahilltop in the nondescript village of Dhanachulli, Te Aroha is a labourof love and it shows in every nook and corner of the property. Choose to take any one of its 12 rooms, and you’re sure to find somethingfascinating. Be it the four poster beds, the period furniture, thecarefully chosen upholstery or the dim lighting, every room here looksstraight out of a Victorian fairytale.At Te Aroha, life seems to stand still. You could spend days lazing around the rooms or sippingcoffee marvelling at the larger-than-life mountains. Evenings are forcurling up with a book from the resort’s library even as some greatmusic plays in the background. Early mornings are not meant to be spentin the bed here though. Soak in the beauty of the crimson sun risingfrom behind the mountains as you take a walk down the village and soakin the rustic beauty. Meals at Te Aroha are a simple affair. You canchoose to eat in the dining area or sit outside, gazing at the greenmountains The chef whips up intersting Indian and Continental delicacies from the fresh vegetables grown in the region. The typical Kumaoni meal is often cooked and served lovingly by the staff who are all localsfrom the nearby villages. Despite the quiet, there’s never a dull moment at Te Aroha for those who love all things peaceful.AtDhanachuli Bend, Near Mukteshwar Tehsil Dhari, District Nainital,Uttarakhand Tel 8755080736 Tariff Rs 5,900 onwards Around TownWalks toDhanachuli Village, Day trips to Naainital, Mukhteshwar, RanikhetInsider’s Tip There’s a lot of climbing up and down in the property. Not a great idea for the elderly or very young children.Getting ThereTake the Kathgodam Shatabdi to followed by a one-and-a-half hour drive to Te Aroha.Distance from delhi-325 KmsBy Rewati RauOld world charm the claridges Nabha residenceOnce upon a time this was a summer retreat for the erstwhile Maharaja ofNabha. But, today it’s an ideal holiday destination for those who wantto visit the most frequented hill station, Mussoorie but are looking for some quite away from the chitter-chatter of the city. The ClaridgesNabha Residence is a cosy conclave set amidst 13 acres of private cedarand silver oak forest. We got there in time for lunch, and starving,walked straight to their dining room The Pavilion. The corridors leading to the restaurant remind you of a bygone era with huge chandeliershanging off the ceiling, vintage architecture and black and whitephotographs of the Royal family.The rooms are simple and chicwith some reminiscence of the years gone by. Take leisurely walks around the property or challenge yourself on the trekking trails around. Forsports enthusiasts, there’s a huge tennis and basketball court alongwith an indoor play area that has everything from table tennis to a play station. We spent the next few hours sweating it out on the courts andlater pampered ourselves with an indulgent spa session. We started thenext day with a ‘nature walk’ on the property-narrow pathways cutthrough the forest. Nothing difficult about this one, but it sure isexciting for those who haven’t been on treks, or in such foliage before.At Airfield Barlowgunj, Mussoorie Tel 01352631426 Tariff Rs 10,000 onwards Insider’s Tip Take time out and go through picture books at theirlibrary. Around Town Avoid the chaotic Mall and drive up to Lal Tibba to enjoy the weather and site seeing. Make sure you look at the snowcovered Himalayan peaks through binoculars, walk around Sisters Bazaarand visit Prakash Store that sells delicious homemade jams and peanutbutter. You might even bump into the famous Ruskin Bond here!Getting ThereTake the Delhi-Dehradun Shatabdi Express, followed by an hour-long car ride to The Claridges Nabha Residence.Distance from delhi-270 kmBy Ekta Marwahalast_img read more