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Luxuriously Rustic – The Lalit Mangar

One of the first things that I do right at the beginning of every year is to mark all the long weekends (with a work bunk added here and there) that the calendar has to offer. After all, why have one big holiday when you can have several through the year (travel addict traits!). Many friends often ask me, 'where do you go?'. My answer is always - "AWAY from the city!" One such recent escape was to The Lalit

A day in pictures with Coolpad Cool1

Coolpad India recently launched their latest smartphone Cool1 in New Delhi (India), with a heavily focussed campaign over its dual rear camera setup. The smartphone is powered with amazing 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM and is exclusively marketed by Amazon India from January 5. We spend an entire day with the gadget clicking some superb pictures. It started on a wintery afternoon in the famous Dilli Hatt at INA, the mosaic lamps look resplendent through the lens of Coolpad

In Joyous Company at Alwar Bagh by Aamod

As the boundaries of our spaces in the world, in itself shrinking, become tighter, places of tranquillity are becoming rarer to find. In the one month where we celebrate love (perhaps with more fervour than we do through the year), it is always nice to escape to islands of 'escape' from cities - whether it is to pamper yourself, or your partner. A couple's holiday at a stone's throw from home offers the chance of a quick romantic getaway - to

On A Treasure Hunt, And Finding a Jewel

Situated on the outskirts of Delhi, a village called Mangar would hardly seem like a location for a jewellery museum. But then, that is what hidden and buried treasures are all about - secret locations. I was introduced to the Village Jewel Museum and Eco-lodge, a gem of a place courtesy Lalit Mangar, where I spend a wonderful mid-week staycation. About a 20-minute drive from the Gurgaon-Faridabad highway, the Lalit Mangar is already becoming a beacon for this sleepy village. A

Chancing upon history at Neemrana ki Baoli

One of the best things about travelling off the beaten path is that a journey never gets over at destinations. There is the possibility of chancing upon many gems that may be less explored, if not fully unexplored. Thanks to a mid-week getaway to Alwar curated by Sumit Singh Jamwal of Escape Route (www.escaperoute.co.in), a travel enterprise to aid your escape from monotony, we discovered a hidden destination, so far nearly buried in the depths of the earth (literally) right

Experience serenity at Shri Radha Brij Vasundhara Resort

Shri Radha Brij Vasundhara Resort, Govardhan

Brijbhumi, the land of Lord Krishna, is flocked with devotees all throughout the year. While some from the nearby cities opt for a day trip, many like to spend few nights in this divine land where the Hindu mythological deity Lord Krishna was born and spent the early years of his life. And if you are from the later category, then Shri Radha Brij Vasundhara Resort & Spa can be your pick. Located only 30km from Mathura Railway Station, the property is

Bingeing at Baluchi, The Lalit Chandigarh

It is rather difficult to be able to stand your ground as a Pan-Indian cuisine restaurant in a city where people take as much pride in being able to cook food as they take in eating it. And this is why, I would like to give brownie points to Baluchi at The Lalit in Chandigarh, for it lays equal emphasis on food innovations, ambience, service - to be able to stand out from the crowded market of eateries serving the

Parmesan cheese celebration at Sorrento

Any food lover can swear by cheese and when one gets to experience the “Parmigiano Reggiano”, a legendary cheese that originates from the Parma region of Italy it's pure ecstasy. Commonly known as the Parmesan, it is a relatively hard and granular variety of cheese. Parmigiano is the Italian adjective for Parma and Reggiano that for Reggio Emilia. Sorrento, the Italian eatery at Shangri-La's Eros Hotel New Delhi has recently showcased a menu specially crafted with 12, 24 and 36 months

Piali is all set to redefine the dining space

The ultimate gourmet destination of Delhi, Connaught Place is going through a renaissance with a numerous outlets opening. Since most of them are revolving around multi-cuisine and vibrate in the same tune, a break from this monotony was required. We recently visited this newly-opened restaurant called Piali which is located just opposite the PVR Plaza. As the name suggests, Piali is the hindi word for bowl and the restaurant focusses on the curries from the pan Asian region. Starting with one of

A rendezvous with devbhoomi Uttarakhand

Travel and photography go hand-in-hand, not only it lets one capture the views but it also gives an opportunity to relive the moments later. Every traveller/photographer reading this will agree with me. On this auspicious occasion of the World Tourism Day, I want to share some moments I captured on repeated visits to Uttarakhand. The land of the majestic Himalayas and the life Spotted this breathtaking sunrise while on one of the ghats in Haridwar. The sun rays steering from within the clouds made

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