Hotel Adityaz: A good budget hotel in Gwalior

Finding a good budget hotel (and, which fits your liking!) is always a fuss. If you aren’t a “planner” it can definitely be a tedious job. We had to plan a two-day stay at Gwalior for a meeting and we wanted to be somewhere close by the venue. When we started searching we had only one option. Now, I was in a fix. This can be an equally good or bad news. So I crossed my fingers and an eye to look at the reviews expecting it to be good (so my search gets over with one click). And, hooray! The reviews were up to the mark. 1. Booking using makemytrip.com We used makemytrip.com to book the hotel. It is one of the trustworthy websites you can use in India to book flight tickets as well as stays. They have a new feature of reserving the room and paying at arrival. So, that was a fantastic upgrade to the services provided by them! I could see the hotel and the rooms before deciding if I really want to stay there. Isn’t that very convenient? 2. Location We got onto driving from Delhi via Yamuna Expressway and reached Gwalior. It was easy to find […]

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Gwalior Fort: A day well spent

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Recently, Mr Daaku and I made a road trip to Gwalior (I shared lots of pictures of Gwalior fort on insta, click here to see a few) and I have been wanting to write about it since. Frankly speaking, we had no plans to roam around the city when we left Delhi. Precisely why, I did not carry cameras and had to make do with iPhone 6 plus. We had planned out a 2 day stay, out of which one day was booked for a day long meeting. Howeverrrr *pauses*, there was an unexpected delay in the work (read, the excitement in between the lines) and we had to reschedule our stay for two more days! Guess, who said voila and started dancing? Of course, ME! I had exactly one and a half day to explore the city of historic events. I felt like the stopwatch is on and I have to make every second count. Have you ever felt  the adrenaline rushing through your body because you have so much to do? So, I researched a bit and quickly finalised a checklist, a rather short one for Gwalior. Although it encompassed a terrific experience, it definitely did not entail all […]

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Vivanta By Taj Madikeri (Coorg): An excellent getaway

Vivanta by taj madhikere

A friend of mine recently visited Vivanta by Taj Madikeri (Coorg) and he was all praises for it. He showed me a few pictures and talked and talked about it for hours. I was bound to spend sometime surfing on it after he left. So, I went to their website and figured what Taj had to offer. There was no thinking afterwards! Not even for a second. I had to book it, I had to experience it and share my experience with you guys. If you know anything about the luxury hotel segment in India, you would have definitely heard of the chain of Taj hotels. They are known for their grandeur, luxury, services, food and of course the overall experience. Vivanta By Taj Madikeri (Coorg) is little more than all of this. A near perfect destination to totally loose yourself in the serenity of nature. Before I go onto to talk about my experience with Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, let me tell you something about Coorg. It would be a great injustice to the city if I skip talking about it. Coorg is definitely much more than just experiencing Vivanta by Taj Madikeri. It is a city nestled in the […]

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Travelling to India during Diwali

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Travelling to India during Diwali can be tricky but definitely lots of fun. It can certainly make it to your must-visit-once list if cultural experiences form a part of your travel wish list. If you have not heard of this festival or seen a picture of any Indian family celebrating it in full form, then you should quickly take out one of your device and google it. See the grandeur and the energy of the people celebrating Diwali in India. It is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. First off, let me tell you some bits about the festival. Diwali or Deepawali is a festival of lights. The significance of this festival varies according to the region you are in. It is either linked to Goddess Laksmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity) or honours the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman from 14 years of exile. It is a celebration of the victory of good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over ignorance. I know, I know – a lot of people have questions around this. “Should we travel around Diwali in India”, “is it safe”, “what to do during Diwali”, “what are the things we should be taking […]

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Indian street food: How to eat it safely?

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Indian street food or chaat (the local name) or Indian fast food (that’s what I love to call it!) is a must try for any foodie. As a kid (well, I still do it) I used to ask my parents to take me out for some chaat or Indian street food every weekend. While a majority of kids would love to have pizzas and burgers today, Indian street food or chaat is still the favourite answer to “I feel like eating something good today” or “I want to eat something different today” or “I want something spicy” or even “lets go out and eat today”, for a lot of kids and adults (including me). It is so darn popular that you will almost never see a chaat stall (a good one, not all) without a bunch of people around it. On weekends, you won’t find your food in your plate unless you have waited it out for at least 15-20 minutes. I swear, no kidding! If you are not aware of Indian street food or the famous chaats in India, take a note that it generally spicier than the food served in the restaurants here. If you are skeptical on dealing with […]

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How to deal with spicy Indian food?

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I was chopping green chillies to cook some extremely spicy indian food (which Mr. Daaku louvvvs!), and was totally bummed when I put my hand on the face. I sreamed out “aaaaaaaa” and ran towards the washroom to  wash my face and put some ice on it to numb the area. Finally, some sigh of relief. In north india, we must easily use 15 spices to make one dish. I tried this new recipe of egg curry today and I used some 10 spices and a lot of chillies. Result, spicy indian food. The spices look something like this, all of this goes into one dish So, as soon as I took that sigh of relief, I realised this could be a good blog post idea. It struck me that we are pretty accustomed to spices in Indian food but others aren’t. So, here I am to help you with this post on Indian food. So, lets begin A lot of Indians (not all definitely) love spicy food and their bodies are tuned to it. The ways and means to lower the reactions of spices comes almost naturally to most Indians, especially the ones with grandmas. “Dadi ke nuskhe” (grandmas prescriptions) as we say in India. You have dadi ke nuskhe for […]

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