Damavand Villa / Shirazian Studio

first_img Iran Year:  “COPY” Save this picture!© Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh+ 16 Share Projects Damavand Villa / Shirazian Studio ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/885832/damavand-villa-shirazian-studio Clipboard Architects: Shirazian Studio Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Iran 2015center_img Manufacturers: PERGO, WIEDEHOPF, GiesseClient:Ali RezaianStructural Consultant:Bani AsadiArchitect In Charge:Mohammad Hossein ShirazianCountry:IranMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXText description provided by the architects. The site of this project is a field situated on a mountain slope, overlooking a beautiful plain. The desire to have a better view and also more building space in the small field lead to building up 3 floors above the ground. The neighborhood is a mix of small land division and so condense that blocks easterly and westerly sides of the field. Whereas, the northerly and southerly sides have the chance to offer charming proper views.Save this picture!Site PlanThe cold climate and mountainous weather conditions pose a design challenge. So, a special consideration has been given to snow removal from the roof (to reduce the dead load tensions and protecting precipitation isolation), thermal isolation in the exterior walls, and accounting for higher efficiency of mechanical and water systems during intensive cold weather. For blocking heat being conducted through the floors, there are no voids or free vertical connections, despite the aesthetic preference of the architect.Save this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghA large terrace offering an expansive view was one of the main design goals facing the the southeasterly direction which is the best side for viewing the garden city of Damavand. The height restriction of the sloping roof and having the optimum slope regarding the aesthetic and functional needs would have resulted in a height shortcoming in the terrace. In response to this problem, a mechanically inclinable sloping roof is designed that is also wind-resistant and economical.Save this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghThe structure design with the slanted columns turned out to be challenging in that earthquake-prone region. It was also difficult to make the metal frame with its accurate pattern and to be simultaneously sealed.Project gallerySee allShow lessLorient Multimodal Hub / AREPSelected ProjectsRaphael Center / Kim Seunghoy (Seoul National University) + KYWC ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Photographs:  Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/885832/damavand-villa-shirazian-studio Clipboard Photographs Damavand Villa / Shirazian StudioSave this projectSaveDamavand Villa / Shirazian Studio “COPY” CopyAbout this officeShirazian StudioOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesIranPublished on December 24, 2017Cite: “Damavand Villa / Shirazian Studio” 24 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesSynthetics / AsphaltMitrexSolar RoofMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalPlumbingSanifloGreywater Pump – Sanifast®SWH190WoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodMembranesEffisusAVCL Systems for FacadesSinksCosentinoBathroom Collection – Silestone® WashbasinsDoorsStudcoPocket Door Trims – CavKitWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Surface Finish – prePATINA-LineHanging LampsEureka LightingSuspended Lights – BloomMetallicsBaileyFacade Systems- I-Line Snap-On Feature ChannelMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Area:  430 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Why birds don’t crash

first_imgNavigating a cluttered environment at high speed is among the greatest challenges in biology. Yet it’s one virtually all birds achieve with ease.It’s a feat that David Williams is working to understand. A former postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard lab of Charles P. Lyman Professor of Biology Andrew Biewener, and now a postdoc at the University of Washington, Williams is the lead author of a study that shows birds use two highly stereotyped postures to avoid obstacles in flight.The study could open the door to new ways to program drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles to avoid similar obstacles. The study is described in a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“This was somewhat surprising to us,” Williams said of the results. “In lower-order animals like insects, we think of these very stereotyped motor programs where you stimulate your muscle, and the passive dynamics of your exoskeleton or the tendons attached to that muscle control most of the motion.Pigeons in Flight Here pigeons use the wings paused and wings folded postures to squeeze between a set of obstacles. The paused case is used more where gaps are larger and allows faster traversals with less height loss. The folded case, used in tighter settings, is significantly more resistant to collision-induced loss of control. Video credit: Ariah Kidder“But when you look at higher-order animals, it’s common to expect that those motor programs are going to be more complex, and there’s going to be more subtle gradations in those programs. So it was surprising to see a very high-order animal like a bird using very simple motor programs. Biology is optimized to be just good enough to work, so what that indicates is those are very effective motor programs.”While most other research into bird flight has focused on what scientists call “clear-sky” flying, Williams’ study was focused on understanding how, once birds identify gaps between obstacles — whether those are buildings, cars, or trees — they adjust their in-flight posture to squeeze through those spaces.“A big part of biological motion is energy minimization and robustness,” he explained. “You want to be able to get around without exhausting yourself, and if you do hit something, you don’t want it to be something that’s unrecoverable. You don’t want to fall to the ground, or to break a wing.”The expectation, Williams said, was that birds would adopt a myriad of postures to allow them to fit between obstacles of varying sizes. The reality, however, was more interesting.“What we actually found was there are two very distinct, stereotyped postures that are adopted,” he said. “We thought there would be body rotation. We thought there might be intermediate stages where they would pull their wings in a little bit. We thought there would be stages where they might have one wing up and one down. We thought it would be catch-as-catch-can, and it’s not.”In the first posture, what Williams calls “wings paused,” the birds’ wings are held wide out, at the top of the upswing of their flapping. In the second, the birds tuck their wings back against their bodies, almost as if they were perched on a branch.“The paused posture … interrupts their wing beat cycle for shorter periods of time, so they tend to lose less height, and their wings are ready to hit the air running, so to speak,” Williams said. “We thought maybe they were using the ballistic posture in cases where they want to get smaller, but it doesn’t actually make them much smaller from a forward angle. What it does do is reduce the amount they’re going to rotate or be disrupted if they do collide with anything.”To understand the birds’ in-flight postures, Williams and colleagues built a 20-meter-long flight corridor — essentially an obstacle course consisting of a number of vertical poles — for birds to fly through.Researchers then fitted pigeons with small backpacks that powered a series of tiny, infrared LEDs, which were placed along the birds’ backs, at their wingtips, near their wing joints, and on their heads. As the birds flew through the corridor, the LEDs were tracked by an array of five high-speed cameras, allowing researchers to determine their postures precisely.Going forward, Williams said, researchers hope to expand the study to include horizontal obstacles similar to tree limbs. The findings in the current study may offer insight into how unmanned aerial vehicles could be programmed to avoid obstacles.“When most people think about drones, they think about quad-copters … people are getting better at controlling them through very narrow and complex obstacle courses, but there are experimental flight devices that feature adjustable wing-aspect ratios,” Williams said. “This suggests that if we can build the brains into the material structure of an object, rather than into the computation controlling the object … we can change the stability through that mechanism.”last_img read more

NDFD holds exhibition in Roseau to mark 30th anniversary

first_img Tweet 32 Views   no discussions Executive Director of the NDFD, Mr. Ronald Knight.The National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) this morning launched its 30th Anniversary exhibition on the streets of Roseau, the first of its kind to showcase the products and services offered by clients of the organization.Executive Director of the NDFD Ronald Knight says this exhibition is their way of assisting their clients with marketing their products.“NDFD launched its 30th anniversary exhibition on the streets of Roseau, the very first of its kind displaying what our clients have to offer to the public. We give them an opportunity to have a booth and display their wares, services and products. We have Mr. Mills, we have people doing arts and crafts, we have individuals doing other food items, Benjo’s Seamoss. It’s just a way to help with the marketing of their products and services.”Samples of products and services exhibited today will able be featured at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture Trade Expo this week at the NDFD’s booth.A customer appreciation day, health walk and hiking of the Waitukubuli National Trail are all among events held earlier this year to commemorate the 30th anniversary.The NDFD will also hold a Customer Award Day at the annual general meeting later down this year in November where clients who have excelled and provided employment for individuals will be rewarded.Here are a few photographs of the exhibits on display: [nggallery id = 77]The exhibition will remain for the entire day for viewing by the public.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews NDFD holds exhibition in Roseau to mark 30th anniversary by: – October 10, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

T&T High court rules in favor of LGBT community

first_imgThe Trinidad and Tobago High Court on Thursday has ruled it unconstitutional to impede on the rights of homosexual men and anal sex.The challenge against the state was brought by gay rights activist Jason Jones in 2017.Final ruling in three monthsHowever, a final ruling will be handed down in three months.Following the court’s decision members of the LGBT Community, celebrated on the outskirts of the building.The court matter was brought to repeal sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act which criminalizes buggery and serious indecency even between consenting adults.Jones claimed that the long-standing legislation contravenes his constitutional rights to privacy and freedom of thought and expression in addition to being in direct contradiction to this country’s international human rights obligations.Stunning victory“It was a stunning victory for human rights and for all Trinidad and Tobago citizens …I think we must all come together now after this judgement and embrace each other in true love and respect and honor for each citizen. This is not about LGBT, it is about the rights and freedoms that are enshrined in our constitution and I hope that everybody will come away with this calmly and collectively, looking at what the future should be for our nation. “We have to now start to pull together and I think today is a starting moment for us to do that,” said Jones, following the ruling.Disowned by familyWhen the ruling was filed last year, Jones told reporters that he decided to file the lawsuit due to his personal experience as a homosexual in Trinidad and Tobago including him being disowned by his family forcing him to migrate to the United Kingdom.“I don’t wish to shove a gay agenda down you (the public) throat or attack your morals, religion or spirituality, I am doing this for the betterment of our nation, and for our feature generations,” he then said.The lawsuit is one of several landmark cases filed by Caribbean LGBT activists challenging regional homophobic laws.In 2016, Jamaican lawyer Maurice Tomlinson challenged the immigration laws in Trinidad and Tobago and Belize which allow for refusal of entry to regional homosexual visitors.While the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) dismissed his case, both Governments admitted that the laws were not enforced by their immigration officials.Later that year, Belize’s Supreme Court struck down that country’s sodomy laws, after a case similar to Jones’ was filed by a local activist.However, unlike Trinidad and Tobago Belize did not have a saving clause protecting its legislation from review.last_img read more

‘It’s total devastation. Everything is a mess’

first_imgA Donegal woman whose home was devastated by Storm Lorenzo floods says she can’t bear to think about what tomorrow will bring.Sheena Culloo at Clarendon Drive in Donegal Town had a panicked awakening at 6am on Friday morning when floodwaters rushed into her home.“The water was coming in fast, back and front,” she said. “It reached up to two inches by the time it stopped.” As fire services came to assist locals, the rush was on for Sheena to move her furniture upstairs and save pieces from irreparable damage.Sheena’s son (21) who has cerebral palsy, has an adapted bedroom and wetroom downstairs. As the floods came in, Sheena had to bring his bedding, furniture and computer upstairs also.“My son asked his friends to help and they landed in force. They did a great job and only for them and the amount of helping hands we had we were able to get the important things moved,” Sheena said.“It’s total devastation. Everything is a mess,” she said. Sheena Culloo outside her Clarendon Drive home in Donegal town. (North West Newspix)This is not the first time that homes at Clarendon Row were flooded. Three years ago this area, which lies beside the River Eske, was flooded and hit on several occasions since.“It’s so disheartening to see everything in your house touched by water,” Sheena said.“It’s very hard to think about tomorrow or the next day. When the tide returns tonight or another storm comes what are we going to do?“We have young families, pensioners and people living on their own here.”Sheena said that her house has not been affected as badly this morning as it has on other years. But since the first floods, she has been unable to get insurance. “All the damage will have to come out of our own pockets,” she said.The water had subsided by midday Friday, but Sheena said that the worry will be constant for any future storms this winter.“The water is away but the river is still flooded and the tide is high. It’s not a nice feeling wondering will it happen again.”The Government has issued a notice to the public that the Urgent Needs Payments may be available to help with the immediate costs of assistance after an emergency such as flooding. More information is available at: http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Urgent-Needs-Payments.aspx ‘It’s total devastation. Everything is a mess’ was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Townfloodslast_img read more

Gap sets up shop in South Africa

first_imgGap Inc. opened two stores in South Africa this week as the global retailer set up a base for expansion into the continent – and said it expected more retailers to enter the country in the next few years as the local retail sector matured.Gap Inc’s first African store opens at Sandton City Mall. (Image: Jeff Attaway)Brand South Africa reporterGap’s opened its first store in Johannesburg’s Sandton City Mall on Tuesday, followed by a second in Cape Town’s Tyger Valley Centre on Wednesday – and according to financial news agency I-Net Bridge, plans to open a third in Pretoria’s Brooklyn Mall later this year.“We are excited to bring Gap’s casual American style and store experience to more customers in South Africa,” Stefan Laban, Gap’s MD of strategic alliances, said in a statement on Tuesday.“South Africa is the natural next step for expanding our presence on the continent. The country has a thriving economy and high Gap brand awareness, so we believe there is tremendous opportunity for us in the market,” Laban said.Each store will house product from the international Gap, GapKids and babyGap collections, and the assortment will be customized seasonally to best suit the needs of local customers and the warm South African climate.Gap’s move follows that of Spain’s Inditex Group – Europe’s largest fashion retailer – which opened its first South African Zara store in Sandton late last year, and its second at the Gateway Shopping Centre outside Durban in March.The Gap will tailor its collections to match South Africa’s seasons. (Image: Anthony Starks)Laban told I-Net Bridge this week that, as demand slowed in Europe and the US, more retailers were seeking growth in emerging markets such as South Africa.Gap sells clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta brands.Its products are available in over 90 countries through about 3 000 company-operated stores, over 200 franchise stores, as well as e-commerce websites. The company’s net sales for fiscal year 2011 amounted to US$14.5-billion.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

AJ Baltes, July 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We had a few problems with test weight but it has only been a few guys. Wheat has been averaging around 60 bushels and mostly the test weight has been good. There was quite a bit of straw out there.We didn’t want the rain before, but now we need it. We are getting pretty dry. Last week some places got an inch to an inch and a half and we had some places that didn’t get any. There is a chance of rain tomorrow and another chance this weekend so hopefully we get some out of that. About two weeks ago it switched over to a dry pattern, right before it got really hot and humid. The shorter corn on top of the hills is starting to roll a little. The early-planted corn has not really been affected yet. I think it has a better root system on it.We are done with the first cutting of hay but we have a little bit of custom work to do. Some guys are done with second cutting if they have alfalfa out, but the guys with a lot of grass hay out will probably finish up their first cutting this week. I’ve baled first cutting before at the end of August.There are some bare spots in the corn fields where it just didn’t come up from the wet weather. One neighbor has some corn ready to tassel and then some that is knee high too. I feel like corn chopping season is going to be a long one this year because they will have the early corn to get off and then they’ll have to wait a while for the rest of it. There are some beans above knee high and starting to canopy and there are some beans three or four inches tall. There are some guys still putting their first bean crop in this week.We are getting the cover crop seeded into the corn right now. We go through with a three-point spreader on the back of the tractor. The last of the corn is still short enough that we can get over it with that. If we can’t inter-seed the corn we will just take the corn off a little wetter and seed rye in the fall.Today it is getting close to 90 and then it is supposed to cool back off a little bit in the middle of the week.last_img read more

Geocaching Caption Contest 39 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Caption Contest 38 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeMay 1, 2013In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 40 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeOctober 30, 2013In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 41 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeFebruary 25, 2014In “Community” If I can get the bird a little closer I can read the coordinates for the final on his leg…The best friendships are made on the journey to go geocaching. Who says friends have to be the same species? Tell us your funniest caption for this picture of a possibly exceptional friendship, like “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” You could even win a ‘barely coveted prize’ (emphasis on the ‘barely’) in the 39th Geocaching Caption Contest. This picture was discovered on the Recent Geocaching Log Images page.  You can discover the 1000 most recent images from recent logs.Submit your best caption by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your Geocaching username in all entries. Then, explore captions other geocachers have posted.“Like” the caption that you believe should take home the barely coveted prize. If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers, your friends, and family to “like” your caption. Geocaching HQ staff will vote from the top finalists to decide the winner of the contest.Click on the image to see the winning caption from this Geocaching Caption ContestClick on the image to your right to discover the winner of the last Geocaching Caption Contest.Explore all the winning captions by checking out all the Geocaching.com Caption Contests. If you have suggestions for Geocaching.com Caption Contest photos, send a message and the image to [email protected] with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Rumored $99 Apple TV to Feature Cloud Storage, iPhone OS

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… After Google’s announcement last week of their upcoming Google TV service, many speculated whether Apple would respond by refreshing its neglected Apple TV. Though Steve Jobs called the product a “hobby” at its launch, the rumor mill has begun to churn as reports point to an overhauled Apple TV with cloud storage and an attractive $99 price tag. According to gadget blog Engadget, a “a source very close to Apple” has confirmed speculation that a simplified version of the set-top box closely resembling the internals of the upcoming fourth generation iPhone is currently in development.The device has apparently been described as “an iPhone without a screen,” says Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky. The CPU (Apple’s A4 chip), storage (estimated at 16 GB) and OS will mirror those found on an iPhone, but this new device will reportedly also include support for full 1080p HD video. Though storage is limited, users will be able to access other local storage devices (supposedly local systems and networked storage devices) via WiFi, as well as cloud storage. With the current Apple TV selling at a hefty $229 with 160 GB of storage, this new product could be a significant pivot for Apple in the set-top box realm. The transition from local to cloud-based storage may have something to do with recent rumors that Apple’s MobileMe service may soon be provided free to all users – a possible use for the new data farm the company is building in North Carolina.The reported $99 price seems logical because the majority of the cost of the Apple TV goes toward 160 GB of storage. Additionally, by designing it to mimic the iPhone’s specs, Apple can streamline the production of the product and remove the most expensive part of the phone – the screen. Topolsky says no mention was made of whether apps would be supported on the device, but he suggests that scaling up iPhone and iPad apps to a TV wouldn’t look particularly attractive (not to mention the lack of a touch interface).I wouldn’t be surprised to see some integration with the upcoming iPhone OS release that would allow users to control and browse from content on their phones or iPads and watch it on their TVs. Jobs has been adamant about how “couch friendly” the iPad is, so it only makes sense that a refreshed Apple TV would interface with the company’s existing handheld devices.If the speculation is correct, Apple and Google are poised for a Web TV showdown – a competition between to fierce competitors that could lead to some great feature innovations for users. While this is all based on rumor and some reading of the tea leaves, many have speculated that Apple “leaks” information to the press intentionally to generate buzz or divert attention from other products. The timing of this information – a week following the Google TV announcement, and at the midpoint between iPad and assumed iPhone launches – seems a bit convenient for Apple, but whether that lends credibility to the reports is yet to be seen.Through all of this, one thing is certain: it would be unwise to buy and iPhone or Apple TV any time soon. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Apple#web chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

City breaks

first_imgAdventure – Hail HimalayasHail Himalays, an eco-tourism resort, promises to offer a unique experience in terms of both adventure and relaxation. With 14 fully equipped luxury tents, the resort, surrounded by dense forests, offers a host of adventure activities including trekking, mountain biking, Burma bridge and zip line. Ideally suited,Adventure – Hail HimalayasHail Himalays, an eco-tourism resort, promises to offer a unique experience in terms of both adventure and relaxation. With 14 fully equipped luxury tents, the resort, surrounded by dense forests, offers a host of adventure activities including trekking, mountain biking, Burma bridge and zip line.Ideally suited for adventure seekers and those not averse to solitude, the resort blends in its surroundings, as the natural ecology was not disturbed during its construction and care has been taken to use minimum concrete. In fact, Arun Rawat, the Managing Director of Hail Himalayas, says the resort is all set to source organic vegetable from the farmers in the nearby villages. They are also planning to build high-end cottages and an eco-friendly adventure park soon, which promises to be a one-stop destination for adrenaline junkies. Rawat says the place has already started getting enquiries about it from people from far-off places such as Gujarat, South India and West Bengal.Tariff: Packages wary, check website for details Contact 9625566677; hailhimalayas.comDistance from Chandigarh: 95 kmsThings to do: Adventure activities, trekking and nature walksHealth – Tatta PaniThe contrast cannot get more enchanting. The chilled waters of the roaring Sutlej are complemented by sulphur-enriched hot springs at the river’s banks. While hundreds of ancient temples dot the landscape, monstrous SUVs try to find their space on the beautiful road embraced by meadows on the sides.The old dusty town of Tatta Pani, 54 kms ahead of Shimla on the Naldera-Mandi road, attracts voyagers around the year. They come for ultra-modern sulphur pools and elaborate Ayurvedic massage treatments, along with adventure activities such as river rafting, mountaineering and paintballing.However, what really sets Tatta Pani apart is the naturally medicated hot water springs that have found favour not just with domestic but international tourists too. Harnessing this natural resource is Hotel Hot Spring Therme and Spa, which uses the hot sulphur springs for holistic treatments and has been instrumental in metamorphosing the entire economy of the place. Prem Raina from Tatta Pani and his wife Angela Monterosso, a gymnastic instructor from Italy, set up the resort in 2010.advertisementThe major attraction of the 20-room hotel is the thermal centre in which sulphur water gushes from the depth of 150 metres below the earth at a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius with a velocity of 100 litres per second. An absolute don’t-miss! Tariff: Rs 15,500 for three days Contact 9816734003Distance from Chandigarh:164 kmsThings to do: Dipping in hot springs, adventure sports, religious activities, visit ancient temples.Luxury – MashobraCommercial Shimla gives way to the serenity of dense greens as one gets closer to Mashobra. Noises of vehicles get replaced by the secret calls of the jungle. Cosmopolitan attires change into Himachali dresses and life starts asserting itself into its slowest manifestation.The sleepy small town of Mashobra, nine kms from Shimla, has become synonymous with luxury, all thanks to Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas-an Oberoi-owned resort situated at a height of 2500 mt above sea level. It is set in 22 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar, and offers awe-inspiring views of the magnificent snowcapped peaks. Its ambience reflects a time gone by with Burmese teak panelling, fire places and polished parquet floors covered with oriental rugs adding to contemporary luxuries. It is also popular for its spa, which has been adjudged India’s best spa five times and Asia’s Best Spa once in World Travels Award. If you decide to stay at the hotel, don’t forget to request for an outing to the scenic colonel bungalow called The Peak, which is surrounded by a 135-year-old sanctuary.     Tariff: Rs 18,000 for two nights Contact 01772648585Distance from Chandigarh: 130 kmsThings to do: Nature and botanical walks, spa therapies, adventure sports and trekkinglast_img read more