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Neemrana Hill Fort

Being a traveller, you’re always fascinated about finding new places and exploring different routes. But this time it was different for me, I wanted to relax and rejuvenate. Then what came to my mind was something I was dreaming about for a long time, HILL FORT KESROLI BY NEEMRANA.

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I have been to this place 3 times in a row but there was a gap and my plans for visiting this place again always got postponed. But this time it was a spontaneous trip and finally I was going to the most beautiful fort I have been to. HILL FORT is nearly 200kms from Delhi and takes around 4-5 hours to reach with 1 stop. The route you take is via Alwar-Bhiwadi highway to Kesroli village and then a kilometer off road to Hill fort.

The fort has its own private parking but there is a good ascend till the reception area. The property is simply beautiful and words actually fall short to describe the prettiness. The entire area is lush green, calm and detoxifying. We usually used to book the Shanker Mahal, unfortunately it was booked this time and we got TEETAR Mahal and BAAJ Mahal , both the rooms are small yet comfortable for a couple. Teetar Mahal has 2 single beds and the washroom area is almost as big as the room itself and BAAJ
Mahal has a double bed and a standard washroom. All the room in Hill Fort are different from each other and now they have extended their property and added more rooms on their list. So before booking a room I would suggest you to call the property and ask them which area and floor is the room you are choosing. Breakfast and evening high tea is complimentary with all the rooms but you have to pay for the lunch and dinner directly at the fort and it is always a buffet.

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Activities to do:
Swimming Pool
Badminton
Board Games
Spa

It was the fourth time at this property and it never lets you down. Kudos to the team of Hill fort and their commendable hospitality.

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Keventers- #Original Nine

Festive season has just begun and this winter, India’s iconic dairy brand, Keventers has added nine new delightful flavors to satiate your palate. Along with these new flavours to tingle the taste buds, Keventers is also kick starting its campaign #OriginalNine as a sneak peek for the new flavours.

 This winter say hello to:

·        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? Let Keventers take you for a stroll down the memory lane with this new Almond rose shake sure to make you reminisce your school days

·        Almond Coffee Rose: Tired of the cappuccinos and lattes? Indulge in the lip-smacking flavor of Almond Coffee Rose and fall in love with coffee all over again

·        Snicker Superior: A bar of Snickers is constant go to for all your hunger pangs. Its time you take a dive into the deliciousness of your favorite chocolate in a milkshake form

·        Banoffee: Butter, caramel, whipped cream and a pinch of chocolate – all infused together in a beautiful Keventers bottle! The Banofee shake is just the right concoction to satisfy your sweet tooth

·        Banana Pine Coco: Experience the richness of the tropical forests in one sip of the Banana Pine Choco milkshake that is guaranteed to transcend you into another world altogether

·        Salted Caramel: The cold can be harsh, but just a whiff of this smooth flavor can lift your spirits! Are you ready to try the new Keventers Salted Caramel milkshake?

·        Rasmalai:  A personal favorite for all Indians! Just the thought of cottage cheese dipped in condensed milk is enough to leave your mouth watering. Enjoy your favorite desert with the Keventers Rasmalai shake

·        Paantastic: Ever thought of a paan shake? Experience this unique and interesting drink with Keventers Paantastic

·        Macadamia Mayhem: Known as one of the finest nuts in the world, these delicacies come all the way from the tropical climates of Australia, Brazil, and South Africa. The Keventers Macadamia Mayhen is sure to appeal to the health conscious in you

 Priced between Rs. 195 to Rs. 350/-, these new flavours are a delightful must have for any and every food lover.

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OH MY GANNA!

Healthy snacking is fastly catching pace in the country and has become
an important part of our Lifestyle. This trend is pushing F\B companies to create innovative and better healthy options. Juices are the best way to ensure a healthy snacking habit. Considered as the King of juices, Sugarcane Juice is blessed with extremely high nutritional properties. Indians love their traditional beverage and are crazy for freshly extracted sugarcane juice served in glasses by vendors across the country. But with these available platforms hygiene is the biggest concern along with round the year availability. Taking up the challenge, Nutricane Beverages Pvt. Ltd., a young company committed to creating natural beverages in India announces the launch of its first bottled Sugarcane Juice OMG! (Oh My Ganna) with a non-refrigerated shelf life, same great taste and nutritional values as fresh sugarcane juice without adding any chemical preservatives.
OMG-LogoWith OMG! one should be able to sip a beverage without the guilt of consuming something unhealthy or synthetic, especially when we are blessed with such goodness in nature. OMG! is crafted to deliver our nostalgic memories of sugarcane juice in an innovative form while keeping the essence intact.

OMG! comes in a 250 ml recyclable glass bottle at an attractive price of INR 40/-.The super fluid has hit the market in two avatars –OMG! Cumin Crush – Sugarcane juice with cumin flavor and OMG! Ginger Groove –Sugarcane juice with ginger flavor.

Sugarcane Juice is blessed with extremely high nutritional properties. It can treat Jaundice, beat dehydration, work as a deterrent to fight diseases like cancer, enhances immunity level and is good for glowing skin. If consumed in moderation, Sugarcane Juice is also helpful for diabetic patients. Due to its highly perishable nature, it cannot be preserved beyond a few hours, which has restricted the availability of canned sugarcane juice in India. OMG! will now allow Indian Consumers to enjoy every sip of this superfluid with a promise of hygiene, intact nutritional values and extended shelf life.

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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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LOCAL

Local is the latest addition into Connaught Place. Local challenges to be the cheapest bar in town with a huge seating area. Very rustic on the inside, expect this place to be a badass in its industry. It has a large seating capacity and a dance area, with the DJ set in the middle for when you really want to get your jam on. The food served here is North Indian, Continental and Italian, which is basic.

We used to be a fan of Junkyard Cafe, because of the low rates and high quality of food and drinks, but Local has surpassed everyone. This place has become a heartthrob for Delhiites, because what we want is cheap drinks and saste bills. Their hospitality is too point, even on a saturday when there was an hours awaiting outside, we were happy hogging inside with on time service. Their food quality is great, the quantity will not be an issue, if you are a guy who wants a bowl full of pasta while paying a basic price. Music is the key agenda for this place, all you will hear in EDM or Trance with just a hint of bollywood or punjabi. So put on your party shoes and head to this place for some Botlan Sharab Diyan.

Not to be missed – F & B

  • Lamb Galouti on mini Warki Parantha
  • Kick ass Honey Chilly Potato
  • Arrabiata Pasta
  • Dal Makhni
  • Paneer Picante Pizza
  • Botlan Sharab Diyan (Cocktail)
  • LIIT (Cocktail)
  • Kala Kamakazi (Local Shot)
  • Dark Chocolate Slice Cake (Dessert)

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Pasta Bowl Company

By far this was one of my best authentic Italian Cuisine experience ever since I’ve been eating Italian food. There are so many Italian cuisine chains and joints but none has the Sicilian flair that The Pasta Bowl Company brings to you.
Chef Om is a master at his work and knows such minute details of the food he cooks that the description of all his dishes would make you all excited about the food even before it arrives. Italian cooks rely hugely on the quality of the ingredients that they use rather than an elaborate preparation. Every bite of food here will remind you this and your palate will feel the freshness in everything you eat.

Let me take you through what you “must” have here-
1. Wine: Pinot Bianco Chardonnay (emilia romagna; Italy),Cabernet Merlot (emilia romagna; Italy)

2. Piatto di Antipasto e Formaggi – smoked salmon, Prosciutto di Parma, Honey glazed Ham, Salumi Piccante, Mortadella con pistacchio, smoked scarmoza, granda padana, bocconcini, gorgonzola with accompaniments

3. Bruschetta Cipolla- homemade tuscan bread topped Balsamic onion, goat cheese. While this looks pretty simple but the balsamic onion add magic to this simple thing.

4. Arancini Siciliani- deep fried Arborio rice balls with herbs and melted butter heart that’s more or less a croquette but with a difference that it tastes a thousand times better than any croquettes. Sundried tomato pesto served with it acts as a perfect compliment to this amazingly tasty dish. Trust me you won’t get enough of it.

5. Risotto funghi con olio di tartufo-Portabello and porcini mushroom risotto with truffle oil. This one is highly recommended. One of the finest truffle oil used in this Risotto will leave a taste on your tongue that you won’t want to let go of. I guess “Mamma Mia” is the perfect Italian expression to describe this dish.

6. Cappelletti- artisian hand rolled pasta stuffed with Cream cheese in rustic tomato sauce with dashes of red wine. The tomato sauce really does its magic with the cream cheese.

7. Cannoli- a classic Sicilian dessert. It’s a little tube of fried pastry dough filled with creamy filling of lemon and pistachio and every bite will relish your taste buds with the rich flavour lemon imparts to it.

8. Tiramisu- made with mascarpone ( an Italian cream cheese), coffee, kahlua. You must try this with the Almond biscotti and it will totally enhance your experience. The presentation of course cannot be overlooked.

A person goes to a restaurant either because the food is very good or because the atmosphere is pleasant. And it’s not just all about food here. The interiors are done so elegantly well, it catches your attention instantly. You’d see some classy, rustic and seasoned woodwork all around the place that gives it a quaint look, exquisite chandeliers that enhance the decor with mellow light, comfortable wooden chairs giving it a very casual look. Every detail here has been paid careful attention by the makers and hence all the design elements like the dishes, glasses, cutlery, lighting, apparels etc enrich the restaurants’ interiors with classic details and modern comforts. I totally recommend taking a small walk to this chic place that’s a perfect way to experience Italian culture in India.

Location- GL-201, 2nd Floor, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon