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Ranbanka Palace- The Mini Jodhpur

Why I named my review as Mini Jodhpur for Ranbanka Palace is because it gives you a glimpse of what Jodhpur is all about. For me Jodhpur was always been a city full of traditional values and cultures. It’s not just another city, but it carries a plethora of historical happenings.

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Talking about Ranbanka, it is one beautiful looking palace with lush green surrounding and with an aura of Jodhpur in itself. When you enter the palace, you can listen to mesmerising tunes of folk music and enjoy it while you’re sitting outdoor sipping a cup of hot tea.

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We spent two nights at the palace and they were indeed the most memorable ones. We had booked a suite in their Jodhana Wing which to our surprise was huge and that all the amenities one needs were available. If you feel like running inside the room, you can. They have divided suite into three parts i.e Bedroom, Drawing Room and Private Sit Out. The eye opener for us was their outdoor sitting which was just spectacular. The washrooms are decent in size with glass enclosures.

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The Jodhana wing is equipped with all the basic and luxury amenities such as swimming pool, Spa, Traditional Restaurant and small shops from where you can buy Rajasthani goods. So if you miss out on anything while exploring the city, you will not regret it, you can buy it from the Palace inside.

On the second night, we were upgraded to their Royal Suite, there is only one word to describe that room, GIGANTIC. This suite had a bathtub, toiletries by Kama Ayurveda, a bigger than king size bed, mini bar with a refrigerator, a huge private sit out with a view of the gardens of Ranbanka and many more things. If you are looking for luxury, this room is for you!

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We were really pleased with their mind blowing hospitality and food quality. Do not miss their Rajasthani Thali, it’s just mouth watering. The staff was very courteous and professional. We did not have to tell the staff about anything for a second time; whatever we wanted, they provided it promptly.

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This palace has a history behind it which is really very interesting. So I suggest you all to ask the manager and he will be delighted to share it with you all.

Fellow travelers, book this palace without hesitation and you will definitely live like a royalty.

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A Night In Reckong Peo

*BASED ON A TRUE STORY

Solo travelling has always been fascinating yet fearful at times. The time comes, when you feel like travelling places solo just to overcome the fear of solo travelling. Being alone is always an extraordinary experience, you get to know more about yourself. You are not in a group where people have different dreams, agendas and mind sets. Here I am talking about a solo experience of a girl, a friend and passionate traveller. You might feel that the story of this girl is scary, but that’s where you see the opposite, that even after her struggle, she didn’t QUIT. This story is about Kate (Made up name)

Kate started her journey to the cold barren lands of KAZA in a bus from New Delhi in search for some solitude. Kaza, one of the most beautiful towns in the state of Himachal Pradesh, situated near the Spiti Valley. It is the coldest place in India, located some 11,980 ft above sea level. There are several monasteries, hillocks and scenic places to visit. It is also known as “The Gateway to Ladakh”. so to reach kaza from delhi it usually takes 2-3 days depending on various conditions. the route which is taken is Delhi-Shimla-Rampur-Reckong Peo-Pooh-Nako-Tabo-Dhankar-Kaza.

Her first stop was Reckong Peo, A 19 hour journey from Delhi, although it is advised to take a stop somewhere in Shimla or Theog or may be Narkanda, but that depends on travel itenary made by you. Reckong Peo, also spelled Reckong Peo and simply known as Peo by the local inhabitants, is headquarters of Kinnaur district, one of the twelve administrative districts of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a very small and less inhabitat village and only the mode of transport from Peo to Kaza is via HRTC (Himachal Roadways). You cannot get a prior booking and there is only 1 bus that leaves early morning for Kaza.

Kate reached Peo by nightfall and had to spend the night in Peo itself. The only way to reach Kaza the next day was to board the early morning bus. Kate described Peo as no man’s land, specifically after the dawn, because that’s when she reached. According to her there aren’t many hotels/hostels around the village. It took an hour for her to find a place to stay overnight with in her budget and comfort. She took a room in a small hotel, not very far from the bus stand and being a small city with less travellers she was only girl in the hotel. That night was pretty tiring and she overslept, making her miss the morning bus. The next day she roamed around Peo and Kalpa. It was 4.30 PM, while she was returning to her hotel, she gets an unknown call asking with a very similar voice asking if she is in the room or not. She answered back with a basic question, Who is this? Phone Hung up. Then she got another call after 10 minutes asking the same question again and she felt as it was the manager/owner calling her. This happened thrice which left her in frightened situation. She decided to leave the hotel and book a different one, but unfortunately no hotel was available. She had no choice but to stay in the same hotel, locked up until the sun hits up. All was good until 8.30 PM.

8.30 PM
There is a knocking at the door.
Kate- Who is it?
No answer.

8.40 PM
Another Knock at the door.
Kate- Who is it? (Scared voice)
Manager/Owner- Khana Kha Lia Apne? (Drunk Voice)
Kate- Yes and please don’t disturb.

9.30 PM
Another Knock at the door.
Kate went quietly and put her ear on the door and tried to listen what’s happening behind the door. She could only hear murmurs and giggles.

10 PM
She finally took a stand, that she had to run away from this hotel. She packed her bag pack and opened the gate slightly and found the corridor empty and just took off and while crossing the reception she could hear giggles and bottles rattling. If anyone is wondering why she didn’t use her cell phone, Peo is a no reception are, only BSNL works there. Now the scared girl is out on the streets in the dark, and in the mountains 10pm feels like 2am.

She decided to walk up to the bus stand and stay the night in open, while walking she found a soldier, near the cantt area. He asked her is she needed help, but she was in such a trauma that she couldn’t utter a word and just walked away. She told me that, she was feeling uncomfortable by every men who passed by, that is the reason, she couldn’t even ask the soldier for help. Around 12.30 am she found a small momo shop which was run by a lady in her house. She went up to her and asked for some soup and as soon as she said these words, she bursted in tears. The lady calmed her down and asked her the whole situation and also told her to file a complaint, but she was so scared and traumatized that she just wanted to get of that peo. The lady gave her shelter for the night, and her husband stood in the que for the bus ticket to Kaza and didn’t even take any money from her, for all what they did. She finally took her bus, went to Kaza and completed her entire circuit. She came back with a lot of good memories and also with this scary incident.

Even today she feels scared when asked about this incident, but she says ‘A bad past can’t let you judge the beautiful future’

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India’s biggest youth summit- India Today Mind Rocks

India’s biggest youth summit- India Today Mind Rocks is back. The best of bollywood, politics, business, technology, entertainment and sports personalities are set to enthral the youth at the 9th edition of the youth summit in Delhi.

Date & Venue: Saturday, 15th September 2018, Indoor Weightlifting Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

New Delhi, Thursday, 6 th September 2018: The biggest superstars, youth icons, political leaders and inspirational personalities talk candid at India’s biggest youth summit – India Today Mind Rocks 2018, on 15th September at the Indoor Weightlifting Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The heart-throbs of Bollywood Varun Dhawan, Shahid Kapoor and Tiger Shroff along with the talented divas Anushka Sharma, Taapsee Pannu and Radhika Apte will set the stage on fire. The sensational singer Parmish Verma, the youth’s favourite YouTuber Bhuvan Bam and stylish entertainer Raftaar will get the youth grooving to their tunes, while the sports champions, Manika Batra (Table Tennis Player), Lakshya Sen (Badminton Player) and Mehuli Ghosh (Shooter) will inspire the youth to give their best foot forward.

The corporate market leaders Kris Gopalakrishnan (co-founder, Infosys) and Ananth Narayanan (CEO,Myntra & Jabong) will add their wisdom on the steps towards success.  Not to be left behind, the political leaders, Sambit Patra, Spokesperson, BJP, Priyanka Chaturvedi, Spokesperson, Congress and Raghav Chadha, National Spokesperson, AAP will also engage with the youth on why they should vote.

The leaders and achievers will be seen engaging with students and young professionals in this one- of -a-kind power-packed summit. India Today Mind Rocks 2018 will raise the tempo through the day as the speakers and the audience engage in a mix of interactive chat shows, music, dance and lots of entertainment.

The speakers in the earlier seasons like Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut , Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor,  Abhinav Bindra, Kapil Dev, Yuvraj Singh, Mary Kom, Honey Singh, Badshah, Anil Kumble and many more have etched a lasting impression and many electric moments.

With leaders from across business, technology, politics, entertainment, sports and bollywood, India. Today Mind Rocks is sure to leave the audience mesmerised. The event, with its stellar line-up of pure dynamite, is all set to raise the bar and if you can handle it, block your date on http://www.indiatodaymindrocks.com

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Top 10 hotels To Book In Mussorie

Mussoorie is a hill station which is visited throughout the year and is located in the Dehradun District of state of Uttarakhand. It is about 35 kilometres (22 mi) from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km from New Delhi. This hill station is in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range. The adjoining town of Landour, which includes a military cantonment, is considered part of ‘greater Mussoorie’, as are the townships of Barlowganj and Jharipani. Being at an average altitude of 1,880 metres (6,170 ft), Mussoorie, with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill.

We have been visiting mussoorie since 2011 and almost every year. There are many areas where you can book your stay ex. Library End, Picture Palace, Landour and Barlowganj. Barlowganj is 5 kms from mall road and mainly has 5 star properties such as Jaypee Residency Manor. Picture Palace is the best area to book your hotel as it nearby to the mall road and the road to landour goes near to picture palace. If you love to stay in serenity and a little away from the hustle bustle then opt for library end, we stayed once on the library side and it was amazing.

We are listing down few properties in which we stayed and which we love-

1) Jaypee Residency Manor- Barlowganj
2) Golden Palms- Picture Palace
3) Rokeby Manor- Landour
4) Dancing Leaves By Sterling- Library Hill
5) Kasmanda Palace- Mall Road
6) Fortune Grace- Library End
7) Mosaic- Picture Palace
8) Welcome Hotel The Savoy- Library End
9) Claridges Nabha- Barlowganj
10) Ivy Bank- Landour

Wild Card: JW MARRIOTT WALNUT GROVE- Kempty Fall

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Keventers #OriginalNine

In the earlier blog we introduced the new flavours launched by Keventers. So we decided to put our hands on a few flavours and try them out.

Almond rose: Remember when your mother made you ‘badaam doodh’ late at night so your exam preparation did not take a toll on your health. This flavour is none less than dream for rose lovers. Take the first sip which will give a hint of almond and by the end of the sip, the palette will be all about rose.

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Almond Coffee Rose: Tired of the cappuccinos and lattes? Yes we all are. Try the new mix of almond coffee and rose and let yourself indulge in the mixture. The coffee is always on a higher note, so the maximum flavour you get is coffee with a hint of rose.

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Paantastic: Do you like PAAN? Are you the guy who heads out at night just to have a paan at odean? The this shake is certainly for you and all those people who want to try paan but are scared. Who says paan can only be eaten, keventers has proven it wrong by introducing their Paantastic. Every sip is nothing but paan and the more you drink, the more you will fall in love.

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Macadamia Mayhem: Made from the finest nuts in the world, which are sourced all the way from the tropical climates of Australia, Brazil, and South Africa. This shake will give you a feel of having a snickers or a toblerone shake, because its chocolaty in nature and every sip consists of bits of nuts. As a chocolate lover we happy to gulp this flavour down with in seconds. We assure you it will cause a MAYHEM in your mouth.

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 All the flavours are priced between Rs. 195 to Rs. 350/-

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India City Walks

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board empanelled ‘India City Walks’,
based out of New Delhi a three-time national award-winning brand as their official agency for curation and operation of Heritage Walks and content driven tourism in several cities of Madhya Pradesh – Khajuraho, Orchha, Mandu, and Bhopal.
With a mission to offer engaging interactions with local cultures ‘India City Walks’ intends to showcase Madhya Pradesh’s rich heritage through storytelling and create experiential delivery of tours for showcasing living heritage, which is not just conceptual but has intangible aspects like regions language, lifestyles, ceremonies, festivities, cultures etc. The heritage walking tours will focus on unique story, develop visitor experience, preserve the assets of the region and increase footprints.
Speaking on this, Dr. Srikant Pandey, IAS, Additional Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board said “Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board’s initiative of Heritage Walk is not just a statement but is a commitment. Our inheritance is our history and it is also a testimony of our culture and tradition. So please join us in this great initiative and help us continue the invaluable legacy of Madhya Pradesh”.
Mr. Sachin Bansal, the Founder & Chief Explorer of India City Walks says –“The vision of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board goes hand in hand with the vision of ‘India City Walks’. We are humbled to have been chosen to deliver the heritage walk experiences in the State. We are a passion driven organisation and intend to showcase every city with its own flavour and tale. Madhya Pradesh has a lot to share in terms of history, heritage and culture; we wish to capture it for all our travellers and guests".
Taking this vision forward ‘India City Walks’ organized their first Heritage Walk on the third day of the Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart, 29th October in Bhopal. The three hour Heritage Walk and Sightseeing Experience starting at 6:00 AM covered heritage properties like Iqbal Maidan, Moti Masjid, Sadar Manzil, Sheesh Mahal, Shaukat Mahal, Taj-ul- Masjid and Taj Mahal. The Heritage walk was organized to showcase the fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic city and modern urban planning of this historic city and offer local immersions by creating an experience to cover all nuances of the city.

The idea behind such an initiative is to make the National and International Travel and trade fraternity aware about the variety of destinations that the state has to offer and revive the fast-growing tourism sector and to market and promote Madhya Pradesh and get travellers closer to treasure troves of history, heritage, cultures and humane values which are fast becoming a forgettable relic in a rapidly transforming society.

About Madhya Pradesh Tourism: (www.mptourism.com)
Since more than four decades Madhya Pradesh Tourism is facilitating high standard travel services for travellers visiting Central India for Tourism. Madhya Pradesh is an important state of Central India with an enormous scope for tourism, covering all types of tourism like heritage tourism, wildlife tourism, cultural tourism, pilgrimage, tribal tourism, rural tourism etc. Their sincere efforts to manifest such aspect of Central India tourism to rest of the world so that tourists can come and explore Central India tourist places, trace their history, enjoy their holidays and return with beautiful memories is the USP.

About India City Walks’: (www.indiacitywalks.com)
India City Walks ’is a three-time National Award winning brand that came into existence to connect and showcase both historical and contemporary facets of different cities in India as mélange of cultures.  “India City Walks” delivers immersive experiences through an array of itineraries that cover heritage, culture, art, gastronomy and local activities and are handcrafted to help travellers explore a city’s soul and create a forum where they can engage with local experts and receive unparalleled access to the treasure troves of history and culture, making each interaction and experience memorable and worthwhile.

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PAPPAROTI Cafe

Having captivated the audience in 18 countries with more than 400 cafes, the Malaysian brand, Pappa Roti Café is soon going to treat you with its yummy and freshly baked buns at DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon.

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 Its extraordinary taste will take you through a series of textures and layers, starting from the crispy coffee flavored crust made from the finest flour to the buttery center. This taste gets enhanced with the amazing variety of toppings on the bun available in café. It could be tempting Nutella with Almonds on it or a Toffee flavor topping or the most talked topping, Lotus Biscuits. These buns are also accompanied by some amazing beverages like all hot and cold coffees, some fresh juices and your favorite cold drinks.  By the experience of existing customers of PappaRoti, none can resist themselves from the aroma of the bun. It leaves its customers coming back for more.

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About PappaRoti

In 2003, the first PappaRoti store opened in Malaysia, selling freshly baked – hot out of the oven roti buns, with their surfaces coated with a sweet caramelized coffee caramel cream and a secret pocket of salted butter in the middle, making them irresistible to anyone who takes just one bite. Everyday, new enthusiasts succumb to the crisp, crunchy exterior and its hot, fluffy inside which encapsulates the perfect mix of sweet and salty.

 The coffee coated buns were showered with lots of love by people in other countries and now the brand is looking for the same love from India. Beginning of 2017 has already welcomed PappaRoti in Hyderabad with lots of enthusiasm and as the year is coming to an end, the company is soon going to land in North India to mesmerize its people with delicious buns.

Get ready to get #BUNNED
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