Travel : ITC Maurya, Delhi

About the property : ITC Maurya needs no introduction. Located in the preeminent diplomatic enclave, it hosts almost all the foreign dignitaries who visit India. Inspired by the grand Mauryan dynasty, this luxury hotel expresses the refined courtliness and majesty resembling this mighty empire. It also reflects the many intriguing facets of the Mauryas and is a tribute to the dynasty. ITC Maurya houses a priceless and exquisite collection of art by Krishen Khanna, M.F. Husain, Tyeb Mehta, Yusuf Arakkal, A R Ramachandran and more.

Dining options : The hotel houses some of the country’s most popular dining destinations like – Bukhara and Dum-Pukht. Unfortunately, both these restaurants were completely reserved for the evening so we did not get a chance to savour the delicacies. Leaving that for the next time 😊

We were there for a weekend getaway as we did not have time for a proper vacation. The aim was to clear our minds and to simply pamper ourselves. The hotel is absolutely flawless when it comes to hospitality and it is a perfect choice for public officials or businessmen who visit Delhi, but not an ideal destination for a staycation or a rejuvenating holiday.

Recommendation : There are a plenty of resorts/hotels available in the similar price range, which are better suited for recreational purposes. ITC Maurya is definitely a premier hotel of the country,  but it is important to have a clarity about our requirements before selecting a place. There’s not an iota of doubt on the facilities offered, but it is located in a such a prime part of Delhi that you can’t expect sprawling gardens or infinity pools.

Here are some pictures from our visit –

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Travel : The Oberoi, Gurgaon 

Wanderlust- “A deep, uncontrollable urge to hit the road and travel, by whatever means desired, to explore and enjoy the world.” It is not always about escaping to the solitude of mountains or to the azure blue beaches, but to utilise every moment that you get to rejuvenate yourself and to spend time with the people you love, to experience luxury and immaculate hospitality that revitalises you and prepares you for the challenges of a grilling life.

About the property : Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury. The Oberoi, Gurgaon was one such break for us even though we spent less than 24 hours at the property, it helped us to recuperate from our mundane routine. The place is an oasis of tranquility amidst the chaos of Gurgaon. It is located right in the middle of the city yet once you enter the grounds, an island of green and blue welcomes you. The property is designed around a huge square-shaped water body called the reflection pool. It plays a crucial part in lending a natural aura to the hotel.

Dining options : Two sides of the reflection pool house a luxury shopping arcade, which has brands like – Gucci, Latique. Guests looking for a luxury dining restaurant can choose between their unique gourmet theatre: threesixtyone°, contemporary Indian fine dining space: amaranta, Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen, or relax and unwind at the Piano Bar and Cigar Lounge.

Recommendation : We made our booking through Goibibo, you can check detailed reviews about the hotel on TripAdvisor. Also note that The Trident and The Oberoi are adjacent properties belonging to the same group, The Oberoi is high on luxury.  I will definitely recommend it to all those looking for solitude, very much close to the city still giving you the Caribbean vibe and very different from a usual business hotel.

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Delhi Haat : 2

In our previous blogpost, we took you through a plethora of striking charms present at the Delhi Haat, now is the time to brief you about our shopping haul, we behaved like harridans, haggling about prices with the shopkeepers to drive a hard bargain 😂😂. It was better than shopping at an air conditioned mall, bargaining is an inherent talent present in all females 😉So here’s a look at the stuff I purchased from the Haat, total amount spent = 1300 rupees 1. Oxidised Silver Bangles– Bought these two oxidised silver bangles, one with a knick-knack and one without. I tried them together and found the combination perfect. They can go with Indian as well as western outfits, since silver jewellery is the trendiest thing these days. I am in love with the bohemian-rustic appeal of silver jewellery. Price = 200 rupees.  2. Oxidised silver tribal earrings– loved the shape, intricate work and overall appeal of these earrings. You do not need to wear any other accessory along with them, one should never overdo accessories and always let one piece be the striking part of your look. These earrings add just the right amount of glamour and can be paired with almost any outfit. Price = 150 rupees. 3. Beaded Hairband – The girl at this particular accessories stall was wearing this kind of a beaded hairband and it looked really chic so I decided to take one for myself, loved the peach and gold combination. It can even be used as a choker. Price = 100 rupees.4. Footwear– Metallic and turquoise, the combination was too good to resist. And the fact that they were super comfortable flats was the icing on the cake. All three of us bought one pair each 😂. Price = 400 rupees. 5. Clutch– I was looking for a beige-nude tone clutch from long, and this one had a perfect  mesh of orange and pink floral embroidery. It is not too blingy yet glamorous in a subtle way. Price = 450 rupees. Here’s what my friends purchased from the Haat-

1. Embroidered Kaftan– Anjali purchased this beautiful sheer kaftan, it can go with jeans, palazzos, leggings, skirts and can even act as a coverup over a bodysuit for beaches. We loved the vibrant colour and the versatility of the outfit. Price =700 rupees. 2. Tribal Coin Necklace- Again a versatile piece, which can complement a number of outfits. We all seem to be in awe of silver jewellery 😊. Price = 500 rupees.3. Earrings- Sweta purchased these beautiful oxidised silver earrings, we loved the info-western vibe of these. The quintessential jhumkis combined with an abstract shape structure. Price = 200 rupees. Hope you enjoyed the sneak-peek into our shopping haul at the Delhi Haat, keep following us on Facebook and Instagram. Lots of love ❤️❤️

Delhi Haat : 1

I couldn’t post anything in a while owing to husband dearie’s exams in Delhi and the internet connectivity was poor due to jammers installed in the cantonment. Nevertheless, Delhi gave me the opportunity to meet both my best friends after a long time and we decided to relive the fun times of college. I wanted to cover Delhi Haat for the blog and it couldn’t have been a better experience than exploring it with my bffs.

The word “haat” means an open marketplace which serves as a trading venue for artisans from various parts of the country. Delhi Haat is one such permanent crafts bazaar run by the Delhi Tourism. Extensive foundation work, small thatched roof cottages and kiosks give the place a rustic atmosphere. Some shops are permanent but other sellers are rotated, usually for fifteen days. Products offered include rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, sophisticated fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk and wool fabrics. A number of shows promoting handicrafts and handlooms are held at the exhibition hall in the complex.

Here are the pictures –

 













The second part of this blogpost will cover my shopping haul at the Delhi Haat, Hope you have liked us on Facebook and following us on Instagram. See you soon 🙂 

Travel : Our Grand Holiday

I love the idea of staycations. It is very important to take regular breaks from the routine life but not always one has the time to plan and go on a proper vacation, this is where the concept of staycations comes in. It could be a destination escape or a property located right in the middle of your city, choose as per your budget, time and requirements. This post is about one such staycation we took to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.

About the property :  The property stands true to its name- it is palatial, serene and a true reflection of the Royal Bharat. We were mesmerized from the moment we stepped inside the hotel grounds. Amidst Impeccable Greenery and beautiful water bodies stands the gigantic- palace looking hotel. We were received with a traditional welcome and a beautiful stole as a souvenir. Also the welcome drink served at their “Peacock Bar” was refreshing. It was almost lunch time so we decided to go for lunch by the time the check in formalities would also get completed.

Dining options : We chose “The India Room” restaurant for lunch, it had an amazing three course Italian buffet with some splendid cocktails. The interiors of the restaurants are so tastefully done up, we were really in awe of the colours and aesthetics. After the sumptuous meal, we went to our room and where we again witnessed the ITC hospitality, our room was upgraded to a suite with an attached pool. They surely know how to keep their guests coming back all the time.

The rooms at ITC are named after cities having historical significance like Varanasi, Hampi, Thanesar etc. The decor style of the room is classy but minimal giving a very relaxed vibe. The aura of the overall place takes you back to medieval India. We spent the afternoon in there heated outdoor pool, the attached pool will be a big hit for summers.

Night lends a different charm to the place with beautifully lit chandeliers and candles. Due to immense greenery, the atmosphere is really pleasant and rejuvenating. One wishes having a permanent residence in this majestic palace.

Recommendation : I would not recommend it to people coming to Delhi/NCR for business/leisure purposes as it is quite far from the main city. Also spending so much does not make sense if you would not be enjoying the place completely. It is definitely an apt option for people looking for a weekend getaway near Delhi. You will come back refreshed and feeling like a Royal.

We made our booking through Goibibo, you can browse more about the hotel at TripAdvisor, Happy Holidaying.

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