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Here's a list of some of India's most beautiful and expensive getways that money can buy

travel Updated: Oct 25, 2010 10:06 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale

Le Bougainvillea, Salvador do Mundo, Goa 
Asking Price Rs 4.75 crores

This impressive colonial renaissance bungalow, located in the village of Salvador do Mundo, was originally a handsomely appointed Portuguese club named Le Bougainvillea.

Meticulously rebuilt from the ruins of the club, this elegant Portuguese-style bungalow with high ceilings, courtyards, verandahs and lots of natural light takes you back to an earlier, lingering time. The original space has been reconfigured into an elegant residence comprising three distinct wings. The newly added bedrooms accommodate larger groups of residents and visitors while the expansive common areas are ideal for entertaining.

The bungalow, which is available fully furnished, has been renovated and styled by designer Tarun Tahiliani with a chic blend of antique and contemporary furnishings.

Le Bougainvillea is located in a verdant three-villa enclave, with approximately 1,400 square yards of land reserved exclusively for private use. The main staircase is flanked by stepped gardens and leads to the central wing of the bungalow. In addition, the service wing houses two staff quarters and a staff bathroom.

The Riverfront -- serene villas on the banks of the Ganges; Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Asking Price Rs. 2.9 crores

Located on on the banks of the Ganges River, the luxurious Riverfront development is nestled against the foothills of the Chila and Shivalik ranges of mountains, and surrounded by untouched reserve forests. Just outside the holy city of Haridwar, this property offers a well-appointed and peaceful holiday getaway for city residents as well as a comfortable home for visitors to local shrines.

A 20-minute drive from Haridwar railway station, and 40 minutes from Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, Riverfront also has a helipad on the grounds.

The layout of the lower entry level includes a dining room and large formal living room with a fireplace, another family or television room opening onto the largest outdoor deck, a common powder room, a guest bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and bathroom en suite, a modular kitchen, and a utility or store room with a separate external entrance that leads to the staff quarters. The upper level of these villas include the master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and bathroom en suite, another bedroom with a bathroom en suite, outdoor planters, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and two outdoor decks.

In addition, the site will include a common riverside swimming pool, meditation pavilions, water bodies with lotuses and water lilies, several landscaped courtyards, and a steam room.

Raj Bagh -- a quiet chalet in the hills; Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Asking Price Rs 4.75 crores

This quiet bungalow, located in the cool and picturesque hills of Tamil Nadu, offers residents the feeling of being far removed from the bustle of everyday life despite its proximity to Kodaikanal town. Just off Convent Road, it is in close proximity to many of the hill station's other scenic attractions.

The main structure on this property, located in the heart of the quaint hill station, is an independent two-level bungalow. While the living spaces occupy the first floor, level with the back gardens, the lower floor serves as a service wing.

Located on a plot of nearly half an acre, the property also includes a terraced lawn in front of the bungalow and a large, landscaped back garden, both of which burst into vivid colour with different flowers in the summer. In addition to its manicured hedges, small fish pond and charming stone walkways, the back garden includes a spacious gazebo equipped with a fireplace, perfect for outdoor breakfasts as the mist lifts over the hills in the distance. Another sit-out covered in rose creepers, offers a built-in swing seat for lazy summer afternoons. A sunny greenhouse, ideal for the amateur gardener, completes the garden's layout.

The Woodside -- lavish mountain villas in the Himalayas; Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
Asking Price Rs. 2.3 crores

Under development on a mountainside plot of approximately twelve acres, the Woodside is a group of luxury villas located on the periphery of Kasauli town in the district of Solan, Himachal Pradesh.

All the 35 villas in the Woodside development provide residents with generous living spaces, enhanced by full-length door shutters that open into the lawns, plunge pool decks, pergolas or balconies. These allow fresh air to circulate through each villa and offer stunning views of the hills, valleys and snow-capped Himalayas. The largest villa model, The Ashoka, is placed on the higher contours of the site. These villas have three bedrooms with bathrooms and a study across two levels. Spacious balconies and a large pool deck ensure a 360 degree view of the mountains.

The complex will include a pavilion, clubhouse, fully landscaped grounds, an outdoor swimming pool, gym and sauna, yoga room, billiards room and lounge or reading room for residents and their guests, as well as a floodlit tennis court.

These properties are exclusively available at Saffronart's and Cushman & Wakefield's 'Prime Properties' and can be accessed at



Compiled by Sneha Mahale

First Published: Oct 25, 2010 10:06 IST