The Independence Day weekend is just around the corner and we’re sure most of the Bengalureans are planning their weekend getaways with their loved ones and family. Luckily for Bangalore, there are quite a few places near the city that offer a memorable getaway. Hence in this blog, we talk about a few of the weekend getaways, and tip on having an absolutely lovely mini-vacation at these spots.


A popular weekend destination, Mysore city is about a 3 and half hour drive away from Bengaluru.  Since it had served as the capital city of the princely kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries, there is a lot to be explored for those with a taste for history and culture.

With over 2.7 million visitors each other, the Mysore Palace is the second most popular tourist destination in India. It was built over a thousand years ago in 897 AD. The Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture seen through the palace is sure to make a lasting impression on your mind. Apart from the palace, visitors can also explore paintings and artifacts at the Shri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. It also hosts a large collection of Rembrandt paintings, traditional gold leaf paintings and carved statues. You should also definitely include a visit to the Mysore Zoo, that spanning over 245-acres, is home to rare and exotic birds and animals. Some popular exhibits feature tigers, Indian and African elephants, bears, gorillas, monkeys, lions, hippos, rhinos, and much more! Another popular destination is the serene Brindavan gardens and the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, where the illuminated dancing musical fountains are a treat to watch out for! Other popular spots include the Karanji Lake, Lalitha Mahal, Kukkarahalli Lake and many more. It is hence quite safe to say that a weekend getaway to this ancient city will surely leave you with a lot of memories and awe.

In Mysore, Royal Orchid Metropole and Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens offer exclusive packages with trips to popular sight-seeing spots which includes trips to fishing grounds, Ranganabittu Bird Sanctuary and many more; and not to forget the Spa massages! So this weekend, pack your bags and head over to the ancient capital for a weekend filled with culture, heritage and splendour.


At a distance of just over 310 kms from Bangalore, lying on the banks of the Tunga River and acting as a gateway to the hills of Western Ghats, the city of Shimoga or Shivamogga makes for another exciting getaway. The city is 569 m above sea level and is surrounded by lush green paddy fields, arecanut and coconut groves.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Shimoga are the Jog Falls. Located on the district border of Shimoga and Uttar Kannada, they are the second highest plunge waterfall in India with a drop of about 830 ft. The Sharavati, flowing over a rocky bed about 250 yards wide, reaches a tremendous chasm and comes down in 4 distinct falls. We can assure you that there would be a very few places where you would witness nature’s beauty in such a grand fashion. Without any interruptions in terms of cell phone signal and the internet, a trip to these magnificent falls is just the thing that you need to calm yourself down and revel in the beauty of nature.

Another popular tourist attraction near Shimoga is the mountain peak of Kodachaddri. It is one of the natural heritage sites in Karnataka and offers breath-taking scenic beauty to the many travellers who visit it. At a height of about 1,343 metres above the sea level, the peak is a destination of choice when it comes to trekking. Other popular destinations include Sakkarebaylu Elephant Training Camp, Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari, Koodli and Gajanur dam.

Royal Orchid Central, Shimoga has exclusive monsoon stay packages where one can indulge in a Lion Safari, witness the splendour of the Jog falls, visit the elephant camp at Sakkarebaylu and explore the rich history and architecture at places like Ikkeri, Varadahalli, Balligavi and much more!


This UNESCO World Heritage Site is just a 6 hour drive from the city of Bangalore and is a dream destination for those with a taste for history, culture and ancient architecture.

Hampi is a charismatic destination, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Vast stretches of rocky hills make for a beautiful backdrop of Hampi. Dotted around the hills and valleys are more than 500 monuments. Among them are beautiful temples, ruins of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings and lots more!

With hundreds of ancient ruins strewn across the place, Hampi is pretty much an open museum. Popular among those are places like the Sacred Center which include sites like the Virupaksha Temple located on the south bank of the river Tungabadra. The ancient Hampi Bazar which stretches for about a kilometre lined with a pavilion of old structures, the Courtesans’ street, The Achyuta Raya’s Temple and the Sasivekalu Ganesha. The Royal Center houses attractions such as the Hazara Rama temple, Zenana Enclosure and the palace of Vira Harihara.

Various riverside ruins also make for important tourist spots in Hampi. One of the most popular of these is the Vittala Temple which is the most extravagant architectural showpieces in Hampi. The temple was originally built in the 15th century AD. Many successive kings have enhanced the temple campus during their regimes to the present form. You can even see the remains of a township called Vittalapura that existed around this temple complex. Other riverside ruins include the Coracle Crossings, Gejjala Mantapa, Narasimha Temple and many more.

With other important spots like the Islamic Quarter, Kalampura and Anegondi hills, Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise and a pilgrim’s delight!

Royal Orchid Central, Keeriti organises special visits for their guests to explore these marvellous ruins and make their getaway into a truly memorable experience.

So Bengalureans, pack your bags and head to one of these truly amazing getaways with Royal Orchid stay packages to have a fun-filled weekend vacation!

IMG_4345 copy After the successful launch of Royal Orchid’s first international foray with the Malaika Beach Resort in Mwanza, Tanzania in 2013, the group launched their second international property in the African capital city of Nairobi.

Located in the heart of the business district, this will be an excellent choice for any guests who wish to explore and get the essence of the city.
Africa in many ways is an obvious choice as it is one of the top tourist destinations on most peoples list today besides a lot of Indian companies setting up shop in the recent past where we want to offer the comfort of a familiar brand.

Our aim as a leading Indian hotel chain is to find high value markets that present a unique fit for our time-tested services, and ambitious growth plans. We are very confident that the Royal Orchid Azure, Nairobi will be a successful venture.
What to do around in Nairobi
Royal Orchid Azure, Nairobi enjoys a prime location in the heart of the business district featuring host of business and leisure facilities such as well-appointed rooms, complimentary high speed internet, Pool, Gym, beauty Salon and a Casino. Guests can walk to major banks and government institutions like the Kenyan National Archives, as well as movie theatres, restaurants and entertainment venues. Take the family to Nairobi National Park—the only game reserve of its kind to border any major city—and explore over 400 species, an animal orphanage, safari trails, and hippo pools.
Discover Kenya’s history, art, and culture at Nairobi’s National Museum where you can see the full remains of the homo-erectus known as ‘Turkana boy.’ Tour the Uhuru Gardens or visit the Karen Blixen Museum, the former home of Danish author Karen Blixen who wrote Out of Africa, located 10 kilometres outside the city at the foot of the Ngong Hills.
Amenities and Services at Royal Orchid Azure
Whether conducting business, keeping up with a fitness routine or looking to spend quality time with your family, Royal Orchid Azure is here to make the most of your stay by offering the services you need, the amenities you expect, and the extras you deserve. Known for its iconic architecture, Royal Orchid Azure Nairobi features modern hotel rooms with spectacular city views. Enjoy relaxed settings and an array of amenities including soundproofed windows and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel offers luxurious suites, spacious rooms, four food & beverage outlets and over 16000 sq ft of banqueting facility.

Dining at Royal Orchid Azure


Whether indoor or outdoor, Indian, Italian, international cuisine or local Kenyan specialties, there is something for everyone at the Royal Orchid Azure Nairobi hotel. Indulge in the selection of four restaurants, cafes and bars offering innovative cuisine, friendly service and 2 large screen TVs at the Bar to enjoy popular sporting actions for a truly memorable experience.

WOW Weddings


Weddings are said to be the union of two souls and the wedding day is perhaps the most cherished in one’s life. Every person’s idea of a perfect wedding is different from the other and every community in India has a different way of celebrating this occasion.

When it comes to weddings, location is where everyone starts from, it is not only the first thing one needs to decide but also one of the most important. The venue of your wedding sets the mood of the décor, the theme of the party and so on. From destination weddings to traditional weddings, everything is dependent on the location of your wedding.

Royal Orchid Hotels is your companion in this beautiful journey with a bouquet of dream wedding venues with ‘WOW wedding events’.

With a wide variety of hotels located from the traditional pink city of Rajasthan, to historical city of Mysore, the white sand beaches of Goa, Royal Orchid provides a range of destinations, locations to guests like no other.
Royal Orchid Beach Resort Goa, Hotel Royal Orchid (Bangalore), Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden (Mysore), Royal Orchid Metropole (Mysore), Hotel Royal Orchid (Jaipur), Regenta Hotel and Convention Centre (Delhi) are the chosen wedding properties that offer magnificent locations with exquisite decor and impeccable banqueting facilities to let you live your dream moments and treasure this event of your life forever.
To ease coordinating with vendors, managing guests, decorating the venue and designing the menu, Royal Orchid has especially designed what is known as the ‘’WOW Wedding Events”. It is an unmatched offering from the hotel group to provide the perfect wedding experience. ‘Wow Wedding Events’ includes some of the prominent properties of the group that exclusively cater to forming an unforgettable and romantic experience for the couple and the family.

Royal Orchid Beach Resort, Goa

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Tying the knot at a beautiful beach, with having the beautiful sea landscape and the never ending sources of natural beauty and tranquillity setting the background just right is just what you are going to experience at Royal Orchid Beach Resort and Spa in Goa. The beachfront luxury resort has 73 rooms and is located in one of the most idyllic locales of South Goa. The absolute beachfront stunning views of the sea, the soothing waves and the commendable service at the resort ensures an enthralling and unbeatable wedding affair for you and your guests ensuring the special distinctiveness and privacy. The guests can also rejuvenate and pamper themselves at recently renovated, the Royal Orchid Beach Resort and Spa at the resort.


Hotel Royal Orchid, Bangalore

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Located in one of the prime locations of the city, is a luxury hotel attached with a golf course matching world-class facilities and a roof-top pool with breath taking view. The graceful interiors, flawless service, exclusive food and beverage options at three restaurants Ginseng, Lime Light, Geoffrey, 195 well-appointed rooms and suites fitted with the best in technology, convenience and comfort are a perfect delight for guests specially invited for the wedding .

Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden, Mysore


Royal Orchid Brindavan has everything to make your wedding a royal and unforgettable experience. Set by the inspiring Cauvery River and overlooking the breathtaking Brindavan Gardens the beautiful palace was built by the Mysore Maharaja for his weekend getaway. The hotel offers King, Queen and twin rooms with absolutely breathtaking artifacts and graceful interiors. The hotel offers immaculate service, exclusive food and beverage options at C.K’s, Elephant bar overlooking the Brindavan Garden and the 24 hours coffee shop called Garden café. Facilities like in-house gym, spa and swimming pool are also available. Plan to have a fairytale wedding at a calm serene heritage destination? Then look no further as The Royal Orchid Brindavan Gradens at Mysore offers just what you are looking for!

The Royal Orchid Metropole, Mysore

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The epitome of elegance and royalty, The Royal Orchid Metropole is the most popular choice for couples who are stressed out by the daily grind of life and looking at indulging themselves in the lap of luxury and get the taste of a ROYAL wedding.

Sprawling over two acres of prime land, a palace turned into hotel, the property sports imperial arches, imposing pillars and ornate corridors. The 30 beautifully crafted rooms come in three categories – Maharaja, ‘Heritage’ and ‘Royal’ – and are equipped with all modern luxuries including wireless Internet facilities. The high raised French windows, four poster beds, the rustic silk trailing on the windows, the endless corridor and the enormous garden space will sure take all the special invitees back to the colonial world. The culinary delight at multi-cuisine restaurant ‘Tiger Trail’ and delectable quick bites and some succulent kebabs at Hi Tea, the 24-hour- open-air coffee shop perfectly complement the hotel ambience. Calm your senses at the signature lounge by the pool, or be entertained by a host of magicians, jesters, snake charmers, dancers and musicians or go for a Vintage car tour whenever you manage to get a break from the gala wedding ceremony.

Hotel Royal Orchid , Jaipur

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Situated closely to all crucial milestones and tourist places of the Pink city, the Hotel Royal Orchid Jaipur is the epitome of comfort and expediency for all the modern & discerning guests that are travelling to attend the special event. Blending sophisticated splendor with a relaxed attitude, the property houses 139 well appointed and tasteful rooms consisting of 110 deluxe rooms. Making one’s trip flavorsome and delectable, the hotel offers a wide multitude of gastronomic delights at Limelight restaurant that offers a variety of Indian, Chinese and Continental delights, and Tiger Trail restaurant offering authentic Indian delicacies for lunch and dinner. There is also a super dining 24 hour coffee shop and a signature lounge bar – ‘Salsa’ for the younger crowd to pep up their spirits and a well equipped SPA to pamper oneself amidst the land of desert.

Royal Orchid Resort & Convention Centre Bangalore

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When it comes to destination weddings, Royal Orchid Resort & Convention Centre has what you need for an elegant and fun celebration. The Resort offers experience that is stress-free and filled with personalized details that reflect your style. Plus, have the luxury of hosting a mulch-generational celebration with the ones you love. Royal Orchid Resort, Bangalore is spread over 8 acres of greens. It houses 49 rooms categorized in Deluxe rooms with all modern comforts and amenities along with 3 spacious banquet halls and conference rooms. Host the most comprehensive destination wedding ever, on a resort that offers every imaginable amenity. It’s the perfect start to the perfect marriage.

To plan your wedding at The Royal Orchid  please contact

Piyush Tyagi, General Manager,Royal Orchid Beach Resort & Spa Goa, gm.galaxy@royalorchidhotels.com Mob : 8805121121

Vikram Lalvai,General Manager,HRO, Bangalore,gm.royal@royalorchidhotels.com                                                                 Mob :9902000114

Rajkant Subba,Hotel Manager,Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden,hm.brindavan@royalorchidhotels.com Mob : 9902000151

Suman Nanaiah,Area General Manager,Royal Orchid Metropole,gm.metropole@royalorchidhotels.com Mob : 9900900141

Ajit Kumar Prasad,General Manager,HRO, Jaipur,gm.hroj@royalorchidhotels.com Mob : 8003299902

Hygreev Karri,General Manager,ROR, Bangalore,gm.resorts@royalorchidhotels.com Mob :9902000220


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World Environment Day (WED) is observed on June 5 every year to promote awareness on environment protection. A series of events are observed across the globe by major organizations and groups. This year we took it upon ourselves to undertake an awareness drive across the city to protect nature and keep the city clean.

On the eve of World Environment Day Hotel Royal Orchid conducted a host of events across the city to spread awareness about environment conservation. The whole awareness drive was made successful by participation from hotel employees, long staying guests at the hotel as well as frequent guests to the Hotels F&b outlets. It served as a great reminder of how we can all contribute to environment protection at an individual level. We thought we would share some of our activities to show how proud and inspired we are about the drive.

Distribution of brochures made out of recycled paper.

To emphasize the advantages of recycled paper, brochures made out of recycled paper were distributed across the city. This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce cutting of trees and protecting the environment.


With the emphasis on reducing pollution by using cycles to ride to work a cyclothon was conducted from the Hotel towards HAL and back.

Planting trees

5 long staying guests of the hotel planted a Neem tree each in the lawns at the hotel with their names which shall be nurtured and grown by us on their behalf.


Celebration of Birthday of the plants planted last year

A small cake cutting celebration was held on the occasion of the 2nd Birthday of the baby plant in the hotel lawns, planted in 2009 for world environment day.


Spreading awareness about environment preservation is vital to the ultimate goal of a cleaner, healthier environment. The environment will not heal by itself; everyone needs to work towards it.

The Hospitality industry in India is slated for an explosion. The current share of India in world tourism is estimated to be only 0.49%.The tourism industry in India employs, directly or indirectly, only 50 lakh people – and the industry is estimated to be growing at an ever increasing pace of 10% to 12% every year. Research also shows that the average stay of a foreign guest, in India is 31.2 days which is also slated to grow as India’s knowledge based economy emerges. The growth in manpower requirement in hospitality industry is expected to rise by 127% by 2016.  

Both national and international brands are vying hungrily at this exploding market and trying to grab the increasing pie. As per industry estimates, at least 3 lakh jobs will be created directly or indirectly by the hospitality industry within the next 2 yrs pan India.

We at Royal Orchid Hotels are looking at gaining a monopoly in this ever growing industry. With robust expansion plans in place, we are looking to soon open properties in Jaipur, Hyderabad, Baroda, Mumbai and Delhi/NCR.

As of now we have 1407 rooms and our aim is to make this figure read 2000 rooms by December 2012. Currently the group has over 2000 employees and are looking at adding a further 2000 employees by December 2011.

Having identified and understood this increasing need in the hospitality industry and to ensure that we are geared up for this explosion, Royal

Orchid Hotels has created a course to ensure that skilled labor is made available to the industry. Developing the scalable skill set, has been recognized as the key to improve the standard of the hospitality industry in the country.

The Course:

The certification programs will be offered in the following areas:

  1. Certificate Program in Front Office
  2. Certificate Program in Food & Beverages–Service
  3. Certificate Program in Housekeeping

The certification process is done by American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), an independent body based out of USA which conducts the final examination and awards the merit certificates. The course content comes from the USA and AHLA certificates are globally accepted as a mark of high level of professional achievement. Even the course material comes from USA.

The certificate, which is globally recognized will open gates for any hospitality professional who is ambitious and looking to grow. Equipped with this certificate, students can also look for a career in alternate avenues viz. cabin crew members, cruise liners, service apartments, facility management companies, entertainment companies, travel agencies, retail chains, call centers etc.

The certification process of the program is based on a sound academic learning which is a mix of theory and practical classes run by full time faculty members who are available at Royal Orchid Hotels.

This program aims at people who hail from the marginalized segment of the society. We can see educational institutions mushrooming around street corners; while they run a 3 or 4 year program and charge an amount which can be borne by children of affluent families, The program, which aims at sharpening of skills is meant for people at the bottom of the pyramid so as to empower them and give them courage to move forward in their career.

Royal Orchid Hotels offers to employ each of the students who passes out successfully and completes the certification process, unless they desire to work with some employer or become entrepreneurs of high repute.

This program helps a person to step out into the competitive world of job market with skills and gives him / her confidence of facing the world with confidence. It empowers them to choose their employer and gives them mobility to move across varied locations and the power to beat the competitive job market in the long run. Students who undergo this certification program come out to be much more professionally mature and turn out to be more sensitive and smart as compared to others. Their openness to learn from others is cultivated through various role plays and practical sessions.


Following are the criteria for seeking admission in the course:

a)    Age ≥ 18 yrs

b)   8th or 10th Pass

c)    Should be able to comprehend (read and understand) in English language

The Investment

The course fees is Rs. 8,500/-. This includes cost of books procured from USA, certification charges, expenses of faculty and infrastructure, handouts and cost of uniform.

Therefore this program which Royal Orchid Hotels is a part of is to ensure that people get empowered, decrease under/Unemployment. It also gives the company an opportunity to do its bit towards the people of the nation in the most hospitable of ways which is what you can expect from one of the pioneers of the hospitality industry.

In a country like India where culture defines diversity, connecting each other through food is indeed a celebration!

Food festivals that depict the rich cultures of Indian origin are celebrated world wide. Be it a Bengali food festival or even a Gujrati, Punjabi, Mughlai or Marwari food festival. We have come to see that Indian food actually represents an umbrella with various colours and Hotel Royal Orchid decided to bring in a splash of one of these colours into the restaurant this time.

Globally known as ‘The Paradise on Earth” – Kashmir has been renowned not only for its picturesque scenic beauty but also for its vibrant cultures and delectable cuisine. Rich Kashmiri cuisine finds its roots way back in the fifteenth century, when the professional cooks of Samarkand in Uzbekistan migrated to India and settled down in Kashmir. Over the years authentic Kashmiri cuisine has come to be influenced by the food of the traditional Kashmiri Pandits while some of the features of the cooking style are adopted from regions like Central Asia, Persia and Afghanisthan.

A traditional Kashmiri ‘thali’ comprises of ‘Wazwan’– a Kashmiri multi course meal. Though a Kashmiri palate prefers non-vegetarian dishes; the extensive menu also includes a variety of vegetarian delicacies. The detailed preparation of delicacies and their traditional presentation adds to the charm of the authentic Kashmiri cuisine. Preparing the meal itself demands a lot of dedication and passion. The Wazwan encompasses approximately 36 dishes that include delicious desserts. The preparation and fabulous aromatic flavor of the Kashmiri food is so alluring that even those who are not feeling hungry end up yearning for more.

Hotel Royal Orchid celebrated the variant flavors of Kashmir – ‘Dawat-e-Kashmir’ in Bangalore with  the ‘Kashmiri Wazwaan’ from 20th to 27th February. Chef Bashir Concha, who came all the way from  Kashmir to give the city the delight of Kashmiri cuisine to food lovers in Bangalore, truly stole the  limelight.

All through the food festivals Chef Bashir Concha prepared typical Kashmiri meals with countless  exotic ingredients like Pran – Shallots, Munaqqas’ (Big dark Raisins with seeds & Hak- a green leafy  vegetable brought from the region itself.

The extensive buffet spread included dishes like Gosthaba, Tabak Maaz, Palak Rishta, Seekh Kabab,    Roghan Josh, Kukkur Marchwangun korma, Kukkur Dhaniwal korma, Kukkur Lahabdar korma,  Ruhwangun Gadh(fish), Dum Aloo, Palak Chaman (paneer), Razmah, Nadru Kabab, Manje Kael, Kan  Guch pulao and many more. The main course will be topped with irresistible deserts like Doodh Al  (pumpkin Chatni), Doon Chetin (walnut chantis), Apple Phirni, Apple Halwa and Kongh Phirni  (saffron kheer).

After dining at Hotel Royal Orchid and enjoying the authentic delicacies of Kashmir, one has to admit that the experience actually gave a true flavour of the region.

The aromas of Kashmir are truly delicious and have absolutely no comparison!

As we draw curtains on the wonderful year 2010- we reflect how it was a year of celebration for us at Royal Orchid – celebration with a lot of colour, fun & gusto and also a mark of difference. It was a year of achievement, progress, growth and the continuation of a wonderful journey for us.

The biggest feather on our  cap, or rather chef’s hat was  Chef Rana from Paparazzi-  Royal Orchid Central being  announced King of  Chefs at the Kingfisher  Explocity restaurant week.  The restaurant week  focussed on fusion food and  our chef was KING amongst  all. Kudos to him. The year  was filled with loads of delicious food festivals right from the Lebanese food festival to special delights for Onam and Eid. We also played hosts to several special events: the biggest one that concluded recently was the Royal Orchid Art Camp! Acclaimed artists from all over the country camped together at our hotel and brought out their creative streaks all through the week- it was a visual treat for all!







2010 also marked our entry into two new destinations – the financial capital of India – Mumbai and the quaint little landscape of Hospet near the UNESCO World Heritage site Hampi. Royal Orchid Central Grazia at Navi Mumbai is our property designed to cater to the modern, discerning business traveller and offers a completely new experience redefining star services available at affordable costs.  Royal Orchid Central Kireeti- Hospet is a luxury property ideal for the business and leisure traveler. This luxurious hotel equipped with modern amenities and surrounded by the historic and mythological remains makes for a perfect holiday.

What we were able to  achieve in 2010 would not  had been possible without  you being with us by our  side. So let the celebrations  continue- we have a lot of  things planned for you this  New Year. Read on and join  us.

Come & be a part of the celebration of a life time only at Royal Orchid Hotels

Have a happy & prosperous New Year !!!




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