Outlook Traveller|March 2020

Simrran Gill is wooed by Aurika’s hilltop charm, hospitality and tasteful luxury
Simrran Gill

The misty hills stretched endlessly before me as I strained to spot Lake Pichola. I was standing between a rock and a hard place, quite literally so—a wall of doors to my left, and one covered in climbers to my right. No, I wasn’t lost, neither was I dreaming. I was trying to find a secret garden.

The Paheli Bagh at Aurika, Udaipur is reserved for a lucky few. If you can solve the riddle put forth by the staff—one that will take you through the labyrinth of Rajasthani art and winding architecture of Aurika in a flurry of jumbled words— you’ll have the privilege of knowing that you’re a lucky one too. And, of course, a moonlit dinner overlooking the breathtaking landscape of Udaipur in perfect twilight.

The first outpost of Lemon Tree’s new upscale brand (more coming soon), Aurika is situated on an undulating hilltop. Away from the hustle-bustle of Udaipur, but still a comfortable distance from all that the city has to offer. The term Aurika means gold, and a tour of the property aptly reflects its namesake.


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March 2020