Travel and Leisure Asia | India The World's Most Influential Travel Magazine Mon, 12 Jun 2023 10:48:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Travel and Leisure Asia | India 32 32 Refresh Your Six-Pack Stash This Summer With These Beers In India Mon, 12 Jun 2023 11:30:47 +0000 beer for summer

With crisp, citrusy classics spotlighting unique ingredients and one-of-a-kind malts fusing experimental techniques - the experience of cracking open a cold one has gotten quite exciting in India over the past few years. If you’re in the market for some beer this summer, here’s our pick of guzzle-friendly options to grab. Few things beat the heat like a tall glass of brewed goodness. And India has scores of options - from ubiquitous international numbers to the more unique homegrown brands. The latter, over the past few years, have truly upped the ante on their pours - combining traditional styles with unique, indigenous ingredients. We’re talking IPAs that are reminiscent of bubbly roses and lagers that will transport you to the saffron fields of Kashmir. Whether you have a curious palate or just need a refreshing little something for your next get-together this summer - we’ve got a set of delicious beers that will do the trick.

Summer sips: Exciting beers for your next guzzle ritual

Bira 91 Pomelo IPA

Best beer Innovative brews are a Bira 91 signature - making it one of the most popular craft names in the country. For the summer, we’re eyeing their limited-edition Session IPA with Pomelo. It features barley malt, wheat, Citra and Mosaic hops from the Northwest United States. The payoff is a refreshing, juicy, cloudy sip that’s well-balanced, mildly sweet, and distinctly tropical. You might also note bursts of spice. High on the bitterness scale, this one packs a punch. ABV: 4.5 per cent Price: INR 210 approx. [inline_related_article article_id="190017,196500"]

Maka Di Rose Brut IPA

Best beer in India Home to exciting, contemporary flavours, Maka Di’s brews are a delight to savour. The one-of-a-kind Rosé Brut IPA features grapes sourced from Nasik and aromatic American and German hops. The payoff is a pink pour with a bright citrus flavour that’s complemented by bursts of fruity aroma. The finish is dry, courtesy of a special enzyme that lends the beer a Brut sparkling wine-like quality. Light-bodied and fizzy with moderate bitterness, this one fits right into an elegant soiree with as much ease as a leisurely Sunday picnic. ABV: 4.8 per cent Price: INR 200 approx.

Kati Patang Saffron Lager

Best beer in India Known for free-spirited brews, Kati Patang promises the finest ingredients, including refreshing Himalayan spring water. The Saffron Lager is a light-bodied brew that pours golden. Crisp and clean - every sip is mellow and sweet with lingering notes of Pampore (Kashmir) saffron. You might also note hints of caramel on the nose. ABV: 4.8 percent Price: INR 200 approx.

Susegado Dortmund Lager

Beer A popular sight across restaurants and bars in the sunshine state, Susegado’s brews are as refreshing as they come. The Dortmund Lager is no exception. The full-bodied number is malty and smooth. As refreshing and crisp as they come, this beer is reminiscent of a tropical summer vacation. ABV: 5 per cent Price: INR 150 approx.

Simba Wit

Beer Wildly popular homegrown brand Simba boasts some of the most flavourful beers in the business. Their full-bodied Belgian Wit pours golden and has a fluffy head. Every sip is reminiscent of orange peel, coriander, and lemongrass. Crisp and fruity with just the right hint of spice - this one’s a refreshing choice for sweltering Sundays. ABV: 4.5 per cent Price: INR 140 approx.

Arbour Brewing Company Beach Shack

Best beer in India   India’s first American craft brewery is home to several award-winning hops. If you can’t hop on over to Arbour Brewing Company for their on-tap options, they have a few delicious canned numbers on offer as well. For the summer, we’re eyeing the juicy Beach Shack. It pours brilliant gold and has a creamy white head. Every sip brings with it a fresh hop aroma with notes of lime, lychees, grapefruit, and pine. Big on flavour, with just the right amount of bitterness, this beer's perfect for when you’d like to channel the breezy summer vibes of a seaside getaway. ABV: 6 per cent Price: INR 200 approx.

Goa Brewing Co. Eight Finger Eddie India Pale Ale

Beer Homegrown Goa Brewing Co. is known for its non-conformist, unique beers. It stays true to its roots, using ingredients and stories from the sunshine state to brew expressive, delicious sips. Eight Finger Eddie is no exception. It pays homage to a popular American who put Goa on the hippie map - making it the popular tourist destination that it is today. The Indian Pale Ale features quality malted barley, Goan water, steel-cut oats, and new-age hops. The payoff is a creamy sip with refreshing notes of tropical fruits. ABV: 6 per cent Price: INR 200 approx.


Beer One of the first homegrown brands to offer a strong craft brew - BeeYoung has carved a space for itself in the drinking habits of the country. Every sip is crisp and clean with a subtle bitterness and unmistakable citrus twang. The presence of Columbus and Styrian Golding hops make it quite sessionable. If you’ve got a pool party or brunch lined up this summer, this is the beer to go for. ABV: 8 per cent Price: INR 100 approx.

Beor 360 Wheat

Beer An artisanal craft brand, Beor 360 promises the choicest ingredients in every sip. The wheat beer pours straw, offering notes of clove, banana, honey, and bread. A touch of coriander spices things up while orange peel gives it a citrus twang. Full-bodied and balanced, what sets it apart is the addition of chamomile, which gives it a calming, floral quality that few other brews can boast of. ABV: 4.9 per cent Price: INR 120 approx. Cheers! All images: Courtesy Brands/Shutterstock This story first appeared here Related: Hop On The Beer Boat By Sipping These Best-Tasting Options In India]]>
3 Club Med Resorts In Hokkaido To Book For Your Next Ski Trip Mon, 12 Jun 2023 10:30:58 +0000 Club Med Hokkaido resorts

After Gwyneth Paltrow's ski collision trial, according to some sources, online searches for 'skiing trips' have risen 142% worldwide. If you're one of these people, check out these three Club Med resorts in Hokkaido to ignite your winter holiday.  Founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, Club Med is an all-inclusive holiday club. From accommodation to food, drinks (think, open bars), kid's club, activities, and much more, Club Med is the place to stay if you never want to leave the resort. There are even non-skiing activities like sushi-making, yoga, fitness, and swimming. The company operates over 70 resorts in 30 countries, including Japan. Japan is known for its excellent snow conditions, which is one of the reasons why so many people travel here for skiing and snowboarding. Besides that, what sounds better than eating authentic sushi and relaxing on the onsen during the cold winters? Nothing. Now, let's take a closer look at Hokkaido's three Club Med resorts so you can have a hassle-free experience this holiday. 

Club Med Hokkaido resorts 

[caption id="attachment_21195" align="alignnone" width="1920"]Club Med Hokkaido resorts Image Credit: Club Med[/caption] As more travellers have been eyeing Japan as one of their vacation destinations, Japan's Club Med resorts are the place to go. It is the perfect destination to go skiing. Even if you're not a pro skier, Hokkaido is one of the best places to learn since the snow is almost as fine as powder. But what do these locations have to offer? Let's find out.  [inline_related_article article_id="197808,192566"]

Club Med Kiroro Peak, Hokkaido 

[gallery size="full" columns="7" ids="200069,200071,200073,200075,200077,200079,200081"] Opened in December 2022, Club Med Kiroro Peak, Hokkaido, is their newest resort. Guests are offered a "one-of-a-kind snow experience" where the mountain meets the ocean. The resort also has some of the best powder snow in the world. Also, Kiroro Peak is the only Club Med mountain resort in Asia that offers spring skiing until May.  You are sure never to be bored at Club Med Kiroro Peak. With 216 rooms available, the resort also provides various facilities and activities. These include the brand's first traditional Japanese onsens, unique restaurants and bars, and a full-service and wellness space. There are even cultural workshops, nature centres, and an indoor pool. Not to mention, Club Med Kiroro Grand is set to open in December 2023, and it is a 5-minute gondola ride from Kiroro Peak. 

Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido

[gallery columns="7" size="full" ids="200084,200086,200088,200090,200092,200094,200096"] Want to unlock Hokkaido's mountain charm? Head to Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido. Surrounded by the beautiful Hidaka mountain, travellers will "experience the exclusivity of a private mountain." Revamped in December 2019, the new look blends modernity with traditional Japanese aesthetics.  At Club Med Sahoro, guests can discover Japanese culture and heritage. Especially after a long day on the slopes, what better way to energise than indulging in an authentic nabemono? Those interested in the culinary arts can also participate in their interactive Hokkaido cooking lesson. This location also has Club Med's first-ever ski simulator (digital climbing wall). Guests can even unwind in an open-air hot Canadian bath overlooking the captivating mountains. So, whether you want to create magical experiences alone or with your friends or family, Club Med Sahoro has everything.  [myaffiliate type="normal" button_name="Book your stay at Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido via" url="" align="center" class="affiliate-one"]

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido

[gallery columns="7" size="full" ids="200098,200100,200102,200104,200106,200108,200110"] A paradise for adventure seekers and ski lovers is Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido. This 145-hectare resort is situated amidst Tomamu Mountain and is the ideal winter wonderland playground. Besides strapping on your gear to ride the slopes all day, there is more fun to indulge in. After sunset, they even have a nighttime skiing session under the starry sky guided by the expert Gentils Organisateurs.  Other exciting activities include their special themed activities and entertainment. Now if you're a yakiniku lover, this one is for you. At Club Med Tomamu, guests are offered an authentic farm-to-table yakiniku experience., including the best local brews. There's even a premium Japanese whiskey and sake tasting at The Nest.  [myaffiliate type="normal" button_name="Book your stay at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido via" url="" align="center" class="affiliate-one"] For those interested in booking their winter escape between November 2023 and April 2024, there is an Early Bird Promotion of up to 30% off all-inclusive stays. Please visit Club Med's website here for more information. This story first appeared here. Related: Planning A Trip To Japan? Here’s A Weekend Itinerary To Kiso Valley]]>
Your Bhutan Trip May Cost Less Now If You’ll Stay There Longer! Mon, 12 Jun 2023 09:30:06 +0000 Bhutan trip cost

Bhutan is known for its magnificent landscapes and monasteries, and as it is blessed with natural beauty in abundance, it is perfect for all travellers. Additionally, if you spend more time in the country, your Bhutan trip may cost less now. Here's how. Bhutan's tourism was majorly hit by the pandemic, and to bring back the numbers, the country has come up with some unique incentives to encourage international travellers to witness its sights.

Here's how Bhutan is helping travellers cut down their trip cost

[caption id="attachment_199969" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]Bhutan landscape Image credit: Marcus Westberg[/caption] According to reports, the tourism industry had earlier increased its Sustainable Development Fee from USD 65 (INR 5,360) to USD 200 (INR 16,490). Now, latest updates state that travellers can avoid paying some of the daily tourism fees if they spend five nights or more there. Hence, the longer the travellers stay, the more they can save. According to Indiatimes, travellers who pay the fee for the first four days of their stay can stay another four days in Bhutan without paying the charges. Similarly, visitors who pay the fee for seven days can stay for an additional seven days without having to incur the extra fees. Further, those paying the SDF for 12 days can continue staying for another 18 days, add reports. The changes came into effect earlier this month and will remain in place until the end of 2024, encouraging vacationers to stay in the country for long and explore the beautiful locales there. Also, the country's Department of Immigration has launched a website to allow travellers to calculate how much savings can they have under the different incentive programmes of government, including this one. (Hero and Featured Image credit: Darshan Chudasama/Unsplash) Related: If You’re Looking For Reasons To Visit Bhutan This Summer, Read This! (All currency conversions done at the time of writing)]]>
A Guide To The Ancient And New Wonders Of The World Mon, 12 Jun 2023 08:30:18 +0000 Wonders of the world

The world is full of wonderful sights and destinations, but there are certain ones that really strike a chord, managing to feel more remarkable than others, even if it's hard to describe why. The Wonders of the World fit this bill — they defy comprehension most of the time, leaving us asking, "How did they do this?" — and that’s precisely why they’re called the Wonders of the World.  There is many a list decrying new wonders, natural wonders, and even local wonders, but it all began with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a list compiled by ancient historian Herodotus and scholar Callimachus of Cyrene. The complete list of ancient wonders, Reuters explains, was lost somewhere in the sands of time, save for a few references. A new list emerged in the Middle Ages, compiled from those references and other ancient Greek writings. Many of the ancient wonders sites no longer exist. Then, in 2000, the Switzerland-based organisation New7Wonders Foundation started a campaign to create a new list of wonders. More than 100 million votes were collected in a global campaign, and the New Seven Wonders of the World were named. These include sites you likely know, like the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu. But do you know the wonders that preceded them? We've combined both lists here, to give you a full — and wonderful — picture. [inline_related_article article_id="203119,194760"]

The wonders of the ancient and new world

Colossus of Rhodes

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The Colossus of Rhodes was, as the name suggests, absolutely massive. Built by the Rhodians on the Greek Island of Rhodes between 294 to 282 BCE, the statue is said to have measured 100 feet high. According to the History Channel, it only stood for 60 years before crumbling to the ground in an earthquake, and remnants were sold as scrap metal. Historians also do not know the exact location of the Chares of Lindus-designed statue, nor precisely what it looked like, but they do know it was built in honour of the sun god Helios.

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

[caption id="attachment_203356" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]Wonders of the world Image Credit: DE AGOSTINI PICTURE LIBRARY/Getty Images[/caption] The Hanging Gardens of Babylon remain one of history's great mysteries. Archaeologists aren’t positive where it stood, though according to the ancient Greeks, it was found near the Euphrates River, in what is now modern-day Iraq. The gardens allegedly were a lush paradise, with plants dripping from walls some 75 feet high. However, as the History Channel also notes, there are no first-hand accounts of the gardens actually existing, only second-hand tales.

Statue of Zeus at Olympia

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Greek sculptor Phidias created a 40-foot statue in honour of Zeus, which sat at the Temple of Zeus in Olympia until its demise. The statue is said to have been plated with gold and ivory, and it depicted Zeus sitting on a cedarwood throne with more gold, ivory, and precious stones. The statue was lost when the temple was destroyed in 426 CE.

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

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The Temple of Artemis, built in what is now western Turkey, would surely still stand out today as an architectural marvel. Built around 550 BCE, the temple was some 350 feet long by 180 feet wide and filled with artworks and sculptures. It was destroyed by the Goths in 262 CE and was never reconstructed. However, small fragments still exist, which can be viewed in the British Museum.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

[caption id="attachment_203359" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image Credit: DEA/ICAS94/Contributor/Getty Images[/caption] The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is another ancient giant from what is now modern-day Turkey. The tomb was built in 353 BCE by Artemisia for her husband, Mausolus, who was also her brother. Descriptions of the mausoleum say it was almost perfectly square and built with 36 columns, all topped with a 24-step pyramid. It was likely destroyed in a 13th-century earthquake. Some fragments still sit in the British Museum.

The Lighthouse of Alexandria

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The lighthouse of Alexandria was built by Sostratus of Cnidus around 280 BCE. It was constructed on the island of Pharos, and, according to Britannica, stood an impressive 350 feet high. It was also allegedly paired with a massive statue representing either Alexander the Great or Ptolemy I Soter. The lighthouse stood until the 12th century but was later replaced by a fortress.

Great Pyramid of Giza

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The Great Pyramid of Giza is the last remaining wonder of the ancient world. It towers over the west bank of the Nile River, and it is made up of more than two million stones covering 13 acres of land. How it was truly built remains a mystery, though scientists are confident that log rollers and sledges were used to move the massive stones. See it for yourself by purchasing a ticket and scheduling a visit.

The Colosseum

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The Colosseum remains Rome’s top attraction. Built-in the first century by Emperor Vespasian, the massive theatre spans 620 by 513 feet. It would hold upwards of 50,000 people at once, crowds who came to the entertainment of all kinds, including, most famously, gladiator battles. Travellers in Rome can tour what remains of the Colosseum by booking advance tickets.

The Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China stretches on for more than 13,000 miles (20,921.47 km). It is still a hot attraction, visited by some 10 million people each year. The wall was created at the behest of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, more than 2,000 years ago, to protect against invaders.

The Taj Mahal

[caption id="attachment_203364" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]Wonders of the world Image Credit: Gautier Houba/Travel + Leisure[/caption] The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction began in 1632 and was completed in 1648. The property spans some 42 acres, including its ornate gardens. It remains open to visitors every day but Fridays. A glittering night tour is also bookable if you'd prefer.

Christ the Redeemer

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Christ the Redeemer stands tall above the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on Corcovado Mountain. The statue is ninety-eight feet tall, to be exact, and its arms stretch 92 feet wide. Construction began on the massive statue in 1922 with the help of engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and sculptor Paul Landowski. It was completed in 1931. Millions of people make the trek to see it each year. You can too, by booking your visit here.

Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is another archaeological wonder. The ancient Incan city in Peru is said to have been constructed around 1450 BCE and could have been used for government or religious services. The ruins became world famous after explorer Hiram Bingham spotted them with the help of local indigenous people. Thanks to diligent conservation work, travellers from all over the world can still visit the ruins today, and they do so in droves. In response to demand and to preserve the experience, the local government capped the number of daily visitors. This means travellers must book tickets well in advance.

Chichén Itzá

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Chichén Itzá isn’t just one building or monument, but an entire ancient Mayan city found in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. The city was constructed around 600 BCE and became central to Mayan commerce at the time. The large pyramid structures remain a draw for tourists who want to see the sights and honour Mayan heritage. You can learn more about the site by listening to episode two of Travel + Leisure’s podcast, Lost Cultures, Living Legacies.


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Petra is one more ancient city that made the list of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Located in the Kingdom of Jordan, the city was built directly into the cliffside around the 3rd century BCE by the Nabataeans, according to UNESCO. The city includes temples and tombs, along with its most well-known building, The Treasury. You can visit throughout the week but becomes especially alive during a glamorous night tour. (Hero and feature image credit: Aristides Vieira/EyeEm/Getty Images) This story first appeared on Related: 4 Archaeological Sites Within Driving Distance Of Dubai, From Bronze-Age Tombs To Ancient Trading Posts]]>
7 LGBTQ+ Owned Cafes And Restaurants In India Mon, 12 Jun 2023 07:30:26 +0000 LGBTQ+ cafes and restaurants

We still might have a long way to go to make India a completely judgement-free country for the queer community, but also, look at how far we’ve come. Today, there are spaces where everyone can feel safe and not judged, thanks to these LGBTQ+ owned cafes and restaurants in India. The hospitality sector in India is ever-growing and expanding, especially more so after the pandemic. This makes the dining industry highly competitive. But even amidst all that, these restaurants and cafes have made a name for themselves. Diverse, offbeat, unconventional, and most importantly, a judgement-free zone, these LGBTQ+ owned cafes and restaurants cater to anyone and everyone. On this list, you will find everything from fine dining to nightclubs, quaint mountain retreats and quirky cafes.

LGBTQ+ cafes and restaurants in India

Le Flamington, Pune

LGBTQ+ cafes and restaurants Founded by Khuzaan Dalal and his partner Taha Khan, one look at this place will make you realise what a labour of love looks like. Having met on a dating app in 2012, the couple took the next big step in their relationship in 2017, by starting this charming Parisian-style cafe together. They are known for single-origin chocolates, artisanal international breads, viennoiserie, great coffee, and their signature dessert The Grey, which is inspired by 50 Shades of Grey. Address: 88, East Ave, Palace View Society, Ramwadi, Kalyani Nagar, Pune-411014 [inline_related_article article_id="192688,138099"]

People’s Choice Cafe, Hyderabad

LGBTQ+ cafes and restaurants The first queer cafe in the city of Nawabs, this LGBTQ+ owned cafe and restaurant believes in keeping everything colourful, from its food to its people. Founded by Hephzibah Smith, an LGBTQ+ ally, and her business partner Mohammed Adam, this place welcomes everyone with open arms and treats them to delicious offerings. From grills and pasta to burgers and milkshakes, you will get it all. But don’t miss out on their Rainbow Menu that they do every Sunday, an LGBTQ+ special. Address: Near bhavans, 34-72/1, Rd Number 4, Vivekanandapuram Colony, Sainikpuri, Secunderabad, Telangana- 500056

Chez Jerome – Q Café, Delhi

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The Q cafe at Lado Sarai in Delhi not only has a beautiful theme, but it also has a stunning view. Overlooking the majestic Qutub Minar, they host live events, Karaoke nights, Drag nights and more. It was also the first-ever LGBTQ+ cafe in Delhi, making it all the more special. They have a specially curated gourmet menu, with salads, pastas, lip-smacking raviolis, pizzas, and more. Address: Mincha Wali Gali, Chatri Wala Kuan, Lado Sarai, New Delhi-110016

Kitty Su, Delhi and Mumbai

LGBTQ+ cafes and restaurants Did you know that this party central in Delhi and Mumbai is owned by an icon of the queer community? Started by Keshav Suri, the executive director of the LaLit Suri Hospitality group, Kitty Su has always advocated for the causes and issues of the LGBTQ+. Kitty Su might have started out as another nightclub in Delhi, but over the years, it has transformed into a space that promotes diversity and breaks normative gender discourses. How? They have gender-neutral bathrooms, showcase drag performances and are open to everyone, regardless of who you identify as. Delhi: The Lalit Hotel, Barakhamba Rd, opp. Modern School, Connaught Place, New Delhi. Mumbai: Ground Floor The LaLit Mumbai, Airport Rd, Navpada, Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai.

DIVA group of restaurants

LGBTQ+ cafes and restaurants Who hasn’t heard of Chef Ritu Dalmia? The stalwart of Italian food in India and the undisputed queen of Indian fine dining, Chef Dalmia has been an inspiration for many as a gay woman from a conservative Marwari family. As she has become a brand and success story in herself, Dalmia was one of the five petitioners who challenged Article 377 in court. The DIVA Group LGBTQ+ owned restaurants are not only a champion of inclusivity, but also of great food. Address: M-8A, M Block Market, Greater Kailash II, New Delhi-110048

Amra Odbhuth Cafe, Kolkata

When it comes to food and inclusivity, trust Kolkata to do it right. Started by four friends, Upasana Agarwal, Nandini Moitra, Raina Roy and Kallol Guha, Amra Odbhut means ‘we are queer’. A café-cum-community centre for and by queer people, this is one of the few LGBTQ+ owned cafes and restaurants in Kolkata, that mitigates discrimination and prejudices against the community. Address: 27A, Jadavpur E Rd, Bidhanpally, Jadavpur, Kolkata, West Bengal 700032

Edible Archives, Goa

LGBTQ+ cafes and restaurants A proud queer-owned business by co-owners Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar & Shalini Krishan, both of whom are queer women. Together they have created a beautiful eatery in Anjuna, where they welcome guests irrespective of their gender identities or sexual orientation. Coming to their food, they truly aim to take patrons and guests on a culinary trip across India with their ingredient-driven menu. They also source most of their ingredients directly from farmers using only fresh, seasonal produce. The rest of them grow many of their ingredients in-house. Address: 1301, Anjuna Mapusa Rd, Kumbhar Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509 All Images: Courtesy Instagram (Hero Image credit: Shutterstock, Feature Image credit: kittysuindia/Instagram) This story first appeared here Related: Exciting Events In India That Are Worth An Addition To Your Social Calendar For June]]>
Getting Schengen Visa For These Countries Might Be The Easiest, Acc To A New Report Mon, 12 Jun 2023 06:30:39 +0000 Schengen countries

Summers are probably the best time to visit Europe and during this season, the region opens up its beaches, letting travellers begin their vacations close to the pristine blue waters. The summer season in Europe usually begins in May and lasts till the end of September (from April to October at times). So, in case you're planning to make the most of this time, you may want to apply for your Schengen visa right away and these countries are your best bet at the moment.

These are the countries for which you can easily get a Schengen visa

[caption id="attachment_197247" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]Fast X filming locations- Turin Turin, Italy (Image credit: Fabio Fistarol/@fabiofistarol/Unsplash_[/caption] According to Schengen Visa Info, the latest data on Schengen visas issued in 2022 suggest 10 countries that have the lowest rejection rate and are among the easiest to get a visa this year. These are:
  • Italy (12.7 per cent)
  • Greece (12.5 per cent)
  • Switzerland (12 per cent)
  • Poland (11.6 per cent)
  • Luxembourg (10.5 per cent)
  • Finland (9.7 per cent)
  • Slovakia (9.7 per cent)
  • Latvia (9.5 per cent)
  • Lithuania (7.8 per cent)
  • Iceland (1.9 per cent)
[inline_related_article article_id="200549,199632"] On the other hand, there are some countries that have a high rejection rate. These include Malta (36.4 percent), Sweden (29 percent), Belgium (28.4 percent) and France (22.2 percent). And, obtaining a visa can be a time-taking process. Currently, some countries such as Spain are completely booked for the month of June for visa appointments, and slots for other days are filling up fast, too. Hence, before you plan your travel, be sure to check the time you need for getting your application processed. Keep enough days on hand to count in last-minute delays, such as incomplete forms, which may require you to re-submit the documents and apply again to get your Schengen visa. (Hero and Featured Image credit: Constantinos Kollias/Unsplash) Related: Your European Summer Vacation Is Possible Even Without A Schengen Visa: Here’s How]]>
Get Set To Land At The Navi Mumbai International Airport By 2024 Mon, 12 Jun 2023 04:30:07 +0000 Navi Mumbai International Airport

Reports state that the Navi Mumbai International Airport will be functional by next year. The multi-modal structure, which is anticipated to serve 90 million passengers and handle 2.5 million tonnes of cargo by 2032, is currently under construction. It is expected to be inaugurated by 2024. According to reports, this airport will be connected to several modes of transport, including the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, the coastal road and the Mumbai Metro, said Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while visiting the site with Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde. The airstrip is expected to ease the burden on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, which is the only airport in the City of Dreams as of now.

All you need to know about the Navi Mumbai International Airport

Work on the airport, which belongs to the Adani Group, began in 2017. The site is a joint venture of the Group as well as the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), state reports. The airport is located at the centre of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), in Ulwe, Navi Mumbai. The airstrip is being constructed in four phases — two of which are expected to be finished by December 2024. It is spread over 1,160 hectares and costs about INR 16,700 crore, add reports. Additionally, the Navi Mumbai International Airport is said to be equipped with the latest technology and will be quite energy efficient as well as eco-friendly. This will be managed by the use of green sources of electricity (such as solar power), electric vehicles and other similar means. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai is characterised by its pillared design on the outside and stunning interiors, and the Navi Mumbai International Airport will not lag far behind. Its design is inspired from the lotus, India's national flower, and it would look quite aesthetic when seen from above. (Hero and Featured Image: Representative Image credit: Lenstravelier/Unsplash) Related: London Calling! This Airlines Has Introduced Direct Flight From Mumbai To London]]>
Sailing Into Elegance: Panerai’s Exquisite Eilean Experience In Istanbul Mon, 12 Jun 2023 02:30:16 +0000 Panerai

Luxury influencer Rizwan Bachav attended the Eilean Experience with Panerai in Istanbul, Turkey. Below, he recounts his journey and shares his favourite moments with us. Panerai Eilean We embarked on an extraordinary voyage into the realm of opulence and maritime splendour with Panerai's iconic yacht, Eilean. Set against the backdrop of Istanbul's magnificent beauty, the Eilean Experience offered an exclusive journey that seamlessly merged luxury, exclusivity, and the eternal charm of Panerai's renowned timepieces.

A Majestic Legacy

Eilean, Panerai's historic yacht, served as the centrepiece of this extraordinary experience. Built in 1936, the same era as the birth of Panerai's original Radiomir watch, Eilean has a storied history. Designed and built by William Fife III, a legendary naval architect, she is a testament to the craftsmanship and genius of the golden age of sailing. Panerai Eilean Rediscovered and meticulously restored by Panerai in 2009, Eilean stands as a majestic symbol of the brand's unwavering commitment to maritime heritage and excellence. Eilean is regarded as a masterpiece of maritime engineering, embodying Panerai's enduring legacy. [inline_related_article article_id="172542,160802"]

A Captivating Sailing Experience

The Eilean Experience set sail with a grand welcome and a luxurious stay at the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul, where we were immersed in an atmosphere of refined elegance. The journey continued with a dazzling welcome dinner at Cubuklu 29, an iconic venue that exuded sophistication. The ambience was elevated by the enchanting melodies of a mesmerizing flash opera performance, captivating everyone in attendance. Panerai's exquisite timepieces adorned the venue, providing a glimpse into the world of horological excellence. The carefully crafted menu, paired with expertly mixed cocktails, delighted the senses and set the stage for the remarkable journey that awaited the next morning. Eilean Panerai Lifestyle Asia India The next morning after boarding the majestic Eilean, we embarked on an extraordinary sailing experience on the shimmering waters of the Bosphorus. Against the stunning backdrop of Istanbul's skyline, the yacht gracefully glided, carrying us on a voyage of luxury and exclusivity. Panerai's exquisite 2023 Radiomir timepieces were thoughtfully displayed onboard, allowing guests to touch and feel the remarkable craftsmanship, thus enhancing their connection to the brand and enriching the sailing experience. Additionally, a freshly prepared breakfast spread awaited us, offering a delightful start to the day's adventures. This curated sailing journey went beyond expectations, creating a seamless blend of opulence and heritage. Eilean Panerai Lifestyle Asia India Displayed onboard Eilean were some of the notable timepieces from the Radiomir 2023 Collection, showcasing Panerai's homage to naval heritage and iconic designs. Among them were the limited-edition Radiomir Quaranta Yellow Gold (PAM01437), featuring a polished 40mm yellow gold case with a captivating sunburst green dial and the sleek Radiomir Annual Calendar (PAM01364) presented a 45mm stainless steel case with an annual calendar complication. The vintage-inspired Radiomir California (PAM01349) boasted a 45mm Brunito eSteel™ case and a unique California dial. Additionally, the distinguished Radiomir Otto Giorni (PAM01348) showcased a cushion-shaped stainless steel case and a striking Degradé blue dial with luminous Arabic numerals.

Delving into Istanbul's Rich Heritage

The Eilean Experience extended beyond sailing to explore the rich heritage of Istanbul. Participants embarked on a curated tour of the city's remarkable cisterns, including the famed Basilica Cistern. These underground chambers whispered echoes of history, transporting guests to a world of architectural marvels and intriguing tales. Following the tour, a culinary delight awaited at The Sarnic, a cistern-themed restaurant. Nestled within ancient walls, we indulged in a curated lunch that celebrated Istanbul's vibrant culinary heritage. Each bite was a sensory revelation, as flavours intertwined with the echoes of the past, creating a truly immersive experience.

Luxury and Exclusivity Redefined

The Eilean Experience in Istanbul was a celebration of luxury and exclusivity, where every detail was meticulously crafted to transport participants into a world of refined elegance. The enchanting presence of Eilean, with her profound legacy and timeless allure, epitomized the journey's essence—a testament to Panerai's enduring commitment to tradition, innovation, and the pursuit of excellence. Panerai's Eilean Experience in Istanbul unveiled a realm where luxury, exclusivity, and maritime heritage converged. From the grand welcome to the captivating sailing experience, every moment exuded an aura of sophisticated elegance. The Radiomir 2023 collection showcased the brand's dedication to impeccable craftsmanship and horological excellence, bringing together elegance and innovation in perfect harmony. This story first appeared here Related: The Ritz-Carlton’s Newest Superyacht Is Officially Coming Next Year — Here’s Where It’s Sailing]]>
Here’s A Look Inside The Luxurious Lifestyle Of BTS Star Suga Sun, 11 Jun 2023 10:30:00 +0000 bts suga net worth

It's no wonder that BTS' global domination comes with millions (probably billions) of dollars! Apart from group outings, each member has proven their worth as a successful soloist in recent times. However, one member who has managed to make worldwide waves with his impeccable music is BTS' Suga aka Agust D. With big houses, fancy cars and luxurious apparel, the rapper enjoys an extravagant lifestyle after a decade of toiling hard in showbiz. So how much is Suga's net worth?

Whether it's the groundbreaking sales of his debut album D-Day, sold-out world tour stops, or ambassadorship deals with luxury powerhouses like Valentino, Suga's brand power is unfathomable. Curious to dive into the riches of the BTS member? Keep reading to know all about his net worth, earnings, investments and more.

What is the net worth of BTS' Suga?

According to a report in South China Morning Post, Suga's net worth stands around USD 23 to USD 25 million (INR 1,89,91,47,950-2,06,42,91,250) as of 2021. However, this figure has risen exponentially in recent times owing to his many successful solo endeavours amid BTS' group hiatus.

Interestingly, Suga has been producing and writing music since the early age of 13 and has also collaborated with successful artists like IU and Lee So-ra in his teenage years. Let's break down Suga's net worth for you.

Suga's solo ventures: D-Day album, world tour and more


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Suga's solo outings have tasted immense success, beginning with his first mixtape Agust D in 2016 which clinched top spots in Billboard's World Albums Chart. His second solo mixtape, D-2, was also loved across the globe and topped charts in the US, UK, Australia and more. As per Korea Music Copyright Association, Suga has production and songwriting credits for over 100 songs, including Suran's award-winning track Wine.

However, it was his debut album D-Day that cemented his power in the global music scene. The 2023 release debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, making it Suga's first 'Top 10' entry on the chart. If an album wasn't enough to entice the world, the singer released a Disney+ documentary, titled Suga: Road to D-Day the same day as the album. The project chronicled Suga's musical journey across different countries as he worked on his debut album.

Last, but not least, Suga's first-ever solo world tour as Agust D is a testament to his unparalleled popularity as a musician, driving audiences from every part of the world to participate in his sold-out concerts. Did you know the tour sold within minutes during pre-sale and actually didn't have a general sale? That's the star power of Suga.

The artist's solo outings have definitely led to an exponential rise in his net worth, and we can't wait to witness what he has in store for us.

Luxury brand ambassadorship deals


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While BTS has worked with many notable brands like Mcdonald’s, Samsonite, Seoul Tourism, Louis Vuitton, Hyundai and more, the members' individual brand deals are what have us most excited. Suga has been named Valentino's global brand ambassador, becoming the face of the brand's Maison Valentino Essentials campaign for men. He's now a part of the brand's ‘Di. VA's ambassador family, which includes Lewis Hamilton as well as Li Ronghao.

Suga, who's a die-hard basketball fan, added another feather to his cap by becoming NBA's global ambassador. You'll often find the 30-year-old singer enjoying various NBA games and his new role entails engaging NBA fans around the world for the upcoming seasons. With the biggest brand names under his belt, Suga has emerged as one of the most influential BTS members.

Suga's luxurious abode in Seoul

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Real estate investments are never a bad idea and BTS members know how to do it best. Suga purchased a luxurious apartment in one of the wealthiest areas in Seoul, South Korea – the UN Village. Home to the South Korean elite, the gated community in Hannam-dong is also home to EXO's BaekHyun, Kang Daniel, Shin Min-a and more. Owing to its uber-luxe infrastructure, the area is popularly called 'Seoul’s Beverly Hills'.

According to a report in South China Morning Post (via The JoongAng), Suga splurged a hefty amount of USD 3 million (INR 247,690,650) on the apartment in 2019. Spread across 244.19 square metres, the property sits next to Han River and near Namsan Mountain and gives splendid panoramic views of the area.

Suga's car collection

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Reportedly, Suga isn't a fan of owning a fleet of cars, considering he's always on the go owing to his work commitments. Multiple sources mentioned that Suga owns just one car, the Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy SUV. The 2021 model is priced at USD 47,000 (INR 38,80,486). Its metallic black exterior coupled with chrome detailing and high-class interiors make it a good run for the money.

The BTS member's penchant for luxury fashion pieces

If nothing else, Suga's extremely stylish designer clothes and accessories prove he's living a good life! From New Balance and Gucci to Balenciaga, you'll find a number of designer pieces decked in Suga's wardrobe.

The rapper apparently owns a Bottega Veneta Spring 2018 Peach Rose Lamb jacket worth USD 5900 (INR 487,124), a tie bar by Thom Browne costing USD 2607 (INR 215,243) as well as a Gucci Grey-Blue Wool jacket with vest and Gucci Interlocking G Patch jacket worth USD 3600 (INR 297,228) and USD 2600 (INR 214,665) respectively. Suga also loves Amiri shirts and pants, while you'll also find him flaunting Valentino pieces worth thousands of dollars.


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Meanwhile, Rolex continues to remain BTS' most-loved brand when it comes to watches. Suga also has an extensive Rolex collection, which includes the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 watch worth around USD 10,000 (INR 825,635).  Another luxury watch brand Suga swears by is the Swiss giant Audemars Piguet. The singer was spotted wearing the brand's Royal Oak Selfwinding which is approximately worth USD 17,750 (INR 14,61,374), as per Koreaboo.

Coming to his sneaker collection, Suga doesn't shy away from flaunting his love for Air Jordans at various NBA appearances. Some of his picks include the Air Jordan 3 ‘White Cement Re-Imagined’ (USD 210/INR 17,338), Travis Scott x Nike Air Jordan 1 low 'Reverse Mocha' (USD 1,200/INR 99,076) as well as Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG 'Rookie of the Year' (around USD 733/INR 60,519).


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We're surely fascinated by Suga's luxury paradise!

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Related: Here’s A Look Inside Selena Gomez’s Luxurious Lifestyle

Raise A Toast To The 15 Most Expensive Wines In The World Sun, 11 Jun 2023 09:30:17 +0000 Most expensive wine

They say the best things in life age like fine wine. No wonder vintage and rare bottles fetch sky-high prices at auction houses. Nothing short of prized possessions, each of the most expensive wines in the world occupies coveted positions in collectors’ cellars. With a harmonious blend of quality grapes and meticulous refining, some bottles of rare wine have multiple attributes that justify their soaring prices. Certain vintages with exceptional taste and texture become even more valuable due to a low annual harvest. Others achieve greatness through a long and complex ageing process. Distinct packaging or a touch of historical significance can also add to the wine’s novelty. From a bottle of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon to a pour of a Saint Emilion wine, the list of the most expensive wines in the world has many tales to tell. The rare wines will take connoisseurs on a historical ride through the annals of the First World War, eras of former US presidents and more. [inline_related_article article_id="199197,191082"]

These are some of the costliest wines in the world

1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Price: USD 558,000 (over INR 4.62 crore) In 2018, acclaimed auction house Sotheby’s sold a single bottle of 1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti for over half a million dollars. The most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction was produced in Europe right after World War II. Only 600 such DRC bottlings were made before the vines at the legendary Burgundy estate were replanted. Sotheby’s, New York sold another bottle of the same wine from the private cellars of négociant Robert Drouhin. They fetched a total of over a million dollars in two separate bids. The sale dethroned a six-litre bottle of Cheval-Blanc 1947, which was sold in a 2010 auction in Geneva for USD 304,375 (over INR 2.52 crore), to earn the title.

Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

[caption id="attachment_268138" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Most expensive wine- Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Image credit: Christie’s[/caption] Price: USD 500,000 (over INR 4.14 crore) A California cult wine, Screaming Eagle is known for receiving perfect and near-perfect ratings from wine critics. The six-litre bottle of the Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 sent ripples across the market when it sold for a whopping half a million dollars at the 2000 Napa Valley Charity Auction. The rich, opaque purple drink has a strong blackcurrant flavour and is laced with toasty oak, vanilla and mint aromas. It is bottled unrefined and unfiltered and is aged in 60 per cent new oak. In 1995, wine critic Robert Parker awarded the 1992 vintage a near-perfect 99 points. Before the Romanee-Conti bottle took the crown, this was hailed as the most expensive wine in the world.

Jeroboam of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945

[caption id="attachment_268139" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Most expensive wine- Jeroboam of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 Image credit: Christie’s[/caption] Price: USD 310,700 (over INR 2.57 crore) An illustrious name among the most expensive wines in the world, the Jeroboam of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 hails from the vineyards of Nathaniel Rothschild. Counted among the best wines of the last century, this 1945 vintage bottling is marked by blackberry and oak flavours and is finished with rich aromas of mint, vanilla and baking spices. The label is noted for its historical significance — the signature ‘V’ symbolises the end of the Second World War and the victory of the Allied Forces. It was sold to an anonymous buyer in 1997 at a Christie’s London auction.

Château Cheval Blanc 1947

[caption id="attachment_268140" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Most expensive wine- Cheval Blanc Image credit: LVMH[/caption] Price: USD 305,000 (over INR 2.52 crore) Often regarded as the best Bordeaux of all time, the Château Cheval Blanc 1947 has a rather thick and dense texture. Rendered irreplicable by unique weather conditions, the wine was made from a rare batch of grapes that ripened to its best in 1947. The great wine offers a 14.4 per cent alcohol content with rich flavours of plum and blackberry and aromatic notes of vanilla, oak and earth. A product of excellent savoir fare and unique terroir, this is one of the best vintages to be awarded the rank of Premier Grand Cru Classe (A) in the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine in 2012. It was one of the only two wines to be named so. In 2010, it was sold to a private collector at a Christie’s auction in Geneva.

Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck

[caption id="attachment_268141" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Most expensive wine- Heidsieck Image credit: Wine Searcher[/caption] Price: USD 275,000 (over INR 2.27 crore) Not every expensive wine has achieved its extravagant price tag because of its fine ageing or unique tannins. The 1907 Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Diamant Bleu “Shipwrecked” Champagne is actually a piece of living history. In 1998, a collection of 2,000 champagne bottles was discovered from a shipwreck in the Gulf of Finland. Despite being buried undersea for over 80 years, the bottles were intact. It is believed that in 1916, a Swedish ship named Jönköping was carrying this freight to the Russian Imperial Court when it was struck by a torpedo from a German submarine. While the drink may not be the perfect meal pairing, it does make an interesting dinner table conversation.

Chateau Lafite 1869

[caption id="attachment_268142" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau lafite Image credit: Sotheby’s[/caption] Price: USD 230,000 (over INR 1.90 crore) The bidding war for the Chateau Lafite 1869 in Hong Kong in 2010 remains a fascinating event in the circuit of the most expensive wines. Three of these bottles were lapped up for USD 230,000 (over INR 1.90 crore) each at a Sotheby’s auction by an anonymous Asian buyer. Pauillac, in the Médoc wine region, offers the best-suited conditions that make the winery at Château Lafite-Rothschild globally renowned. The gravel from the nearby Gironde River provides the ideal setting for the perfect grape juice to be extracted from ripened Cabernet Sauvignon fruits.

Chateau Margaux 1787

[caption id="attachment_268143" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Margaux Image credit: Wine Searcher[/caption] Price: USD 225,000 Known for making some of the best Bordeaux wines, Chateau Margaux and its traditions have remained largely unchanged since the 17th century. A product from the prestigious winemakers, the rare 1787 bottle once belonged to the private collection of the third American President, Thomas Jefferson. However, no one ever got the opportunity to taste this scintillating wine. Over the years, the bottle changed hands and landed in New York wine trader William Sokolin’s cellar. He once brought it to dinner at the Four Season Hotel where a waiter accidentally knocked it off. Initially tagged at USD 500,000 (over INR 4.14 crore), it never got the chance to go under the hammer to realise the price. The insurance amount Sokolin received was USD 225,000 (over INR 1.86 crore).

Ampoule from Penfolds Block 42

[caption id="attachment_268144" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]Penfolds Ampoule Image credit: Penfolds[/caption] Price: USD 168,000 (over INR 1.39 crore) This is one of the most expensive wines from the well-known vineyards of South Australia’s Penfolds. It is sold in ampoules, futuristic glass encasements which are sealed, not by any cork, but by a piece of wood. One can only take a sip of this fine wine by breaking off the wood. To add to its novelty, the ampoule is hand-blown by renowned glass artist Nick Mount and is suspended from a wooden Jarrah cabinet designed by furniture craftsman Andrew Bartlett. The making of the glass ampoule helps preserve the drink at an ideal temperature. The wine within, too, is a work of art. It is a fine Cabernet Sauvignon produced from a single vineyard.

Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951

Price: USD 157,624 (over INR 1.30 crore) Another Penfolds bottle has made its way on the list of the most expensive wines in the world — a classic Shiraz. The brainchild of Penfolds’ first chief winemaker, Max Schubert, this drink speaks Australian terroir, unique savoir fair and innovation. In 2021, the bottle created a record at a Langton’s auction when it fetched a lavish amount. With just 35 bottles of the first edition of Penfolds Grange in existence, it is also a rare wine and connoisseurs leave no stone unturned to collect any bottling that goes under the hammer. What adds to the exclusivity of Penfolds Grange Hermitage Bin 1 Shiraz 1951 is the fact that Schubert produced just three to four barrels and gifted most of it to his friends. This marks the master’s first experimental wine.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1787

Price: USD 156,450 (over INR 1.29 crore) Another wine with a connection to President Jefferson, this Bordeaux produce is more of a collectable than a consumable drink. Prior to becoming president, when Jefferson was ambassador to France, he spent long hours exploring the scenic vineyards of Bordeaux and Burgundy. He often picked up bottles for his collection as well as for friends. This specimen is particularly famed, as it bears the American leader’s initials ‘ThJ.’

Henri Jayer, Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 1999

[caption id="attachment_268145" align="aligncenter" width="800"]HenriJayer, Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 1999 Image credit: Christie’s[/caption] Price: USD 136,955 (over INR 1.13 crore) Sold at a Christie’s Hong Kong auction, this lot of rich wines was made by famous French winemaker Henri Jayer in Burgundy. Seasoned with hints of ripe red fruits, minerals and spices, the Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 1999 is a coveted collectable for connoisseurs. So much so that the winning bidder took home an entire case of these expensive bottles instead of a single bottle.

Cheval Blanc St-Emilion 1947

Price: USD 135,125 (over INR 1.11 crore) One of the only two Saint-Emilion wines with a Class A status, this Cheval Blanc vintage is an asset for any wine lover. It is believed that out of the 110,000 bottles produced, only a few are remaining. Hence, when the three-litre bottle was auctioned in 2006 in San Francisco, it fetched a high price. Like all other Cheval Blanc drinks, this is also known for its rich flavours and textural complexities. The particularly favourable weather and perfect ripening of the grapes between April and October of 1947, made a rich Merlot wine. Composed of 50 per cent Cabernet Franc and 50 per cent Merlot, it has 14.4 per cent ABV.

Romanée-Conti 1945

Price: USD 123,900 (over INR 1 crore) While a Domaine de la Romanée-Conti bottle became the most expensive wine in the world in 2018, another bottle of the same drink was sold for this huge amount in 2007 at an auction. These bottles fetched such high value because of their scarce availability. In 1946, phylloxera pests destroyed the vineyards, and as a result, only 600 bottles could be produced that year. The one that went under the hammer in 2007 was from connoisseur Audebet de Villaine’s collection.

Chateau d'Yquem 1811

[caption id="attachment_268165" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau d'Yquem Image credit: Christie’s[/caption] Price: USD 117,000 (over INR 96 lakh) Perhaps one of the finest white wine bottles ever, this vintage star was produced in the famed Chateau d’Yquem, situated in France’s Sauternes region. The castle reportedly belonged to the King of England in the Middle Ages. Later, a flourishing winery was built under the supervision of Françoise Joséphine de Sauvage d’Yquem. She was the widow of Count Louis Amédée de Lur-Saluces and matriarch of the family. The place was often frequented by former President Jefferson during his vineyard sojourns. This 1811 bottle is one such exceptional wine which was bought by French restaurateur Christian Vanneque when he celebrated 50 years of his career. The sweet Bordeaux wine is known for its long shelf life.

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru 1990

[caption id="attachment_268168" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Domaine De La Romanee Image credit: Cell Tracker[/caption] Price: USD 21,200 (over INR 17 lakh) The La Romanée-Conti Grand Cru vineyards are often considered the producers of the best of the Burgundy terroirs. Originally known as Cros des Cloux, the vineyard has a long history. However, it is mostly known for its modern-era productions after new vines were planted between 1947-48. The 1990 vintage bottling is a much sought-after release and is seen as one of the finest pinot noir wines with a balanced harvest of hearty grapes. According to a report by KL Wine Merchants, several wine critics and reviewers have awarded it a near-perfect score. Hero and feature image: Courtesy Christie’s This story first appeared in Prestige Hong Kong. Related: Pop The Cork To Unlock The Health Benefits Of Red Wine]]>