What better holiday than one that gives you a souvenir you have to search for
How to make your holiday more interesting? Just pick a location that lends itself to some fun activity and you can assure yourself at least one day that’s not just about lazing by the pool. From white truffle-hunting in Italy to Walnut trails in Mussoorie, there’s something everyone, if you know what you’re looking for.
Cashew harvest in Goa
April in Goa is when the air gets redolent with the whiff of ripe cashew apples. To string the state’s 500-year cashew history, step into Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa for a trademarked cashew event during the harvest season. The 8-day annual Cashew Trail rediscovers the cashew in a million ways – from cooking classes and cocktail lessons to visits to a cashew factory. You can even try dishes paired with feni/urak at a cashew-themed Sunday brunch or indulge in a Cashew Ritual at the Sereno Spa. At the Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa from April 16 to 23, 2017. Packages start at RS 7,000.
On the Walnut Trail in Mussoorie
Mountain escapes don’t always have to be about rest and relaxation. In Mussoorie, you can go on a walnut trail during picking season when the JW Marriott, built around a walnut grove, organises their annual walnut-themed celebration. Guests at the hotel can help pick walnuts, climb on the trees in a harness and even bake walnut tarts with the pastry chef. In their splendid greenhouse as all manners of blooms look on, they can even plant their own walnut saplings. At the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa in September. Packages start at RS 19,000 onwards.
Truffle Hunting in Piedmont
There’s no better way to spend an autumn in Italy than in pursuit of the famed white truffle, in the lesser-known, and hence way less touristy, Piedmont. Stay at the Relais San Maurizio, a 17th-century monastery converted into a 31-room luxury hotel that houses the Michelin-starred ‘di Guido da Costigliole’ restaurant. Wake up at the crack of dawn and head out under the supervision of the ‘trifulao’ (truffle hunter) and his faithful dog. If you’re successful, the in-house chef will even show you how to whip up a dish using your finds and a local recipe.At the Relais San Maurizio, Piedmont, from mid-September to mid-November. Packages start at RS 1,40,240.
Pearl diving in Bahrain
The Arabian Gulf hides many treasures, but few know about the oysters with pearls hidden in them. If you’re staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, just ask the concierge and you can go diving in the Bahrain Pearling Trail, a UNESCO world heritage site. The warm waters and your luck are the only things keeping you from finding that pearl and as a bonus you could end up spotting some marine life along the way. At the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Bahrain, all year round. Packages start at RS 17, 000 onwards
With inputs from Preeti Verma Lal and Payel Majumdar
Elizabeth Mathew Source: http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/travel/dive-hunt-harvest/article18019780.ece