Thursday, 21 March 2019

Radisson Blu Bengaluru - Experience and Review !

Namma Bengaluru!

A 4 night stay at Radisson was another high of my trip. Chic building with grand interiors, modern art and decor, highly courteous staff and an apt location makes it one of the best hotels.  Sharing my experience and some pics.

Distance - Radisson Blu is situated on the outer ring road of Bengaluru, Marathalli and is approx. 45 Km from the Kempegowda international airport. It is built in the heart of the city and at a junction that joins the major IT areas - Sarjapur, Whitefield and Outer Ring Road.

Official WebsiteRadisson Blu Outer Ring Road Bengaluru

Contact Number080670 76909

Experience - Exemplary experience during my 3 day 4 night stay at this hotel. Rooms were spacious and full of amenities. Decor was quite modern and well placed. Sheets were absolutely clean and properly tucked. Mini bar was full with quality products along with mineral water bottles. Iron board was provided, while one can avail laundry facility too (extra charges). Biotique toiletries were placed and if you wish to use more, house keeping staff can be contacted for the same. Wifi was quite effective and the hotel even provided LAN wire in case your system refuses the Wifi connectionπŸ˜‚ Air condition was working well. View from the room was fabulous especially during the night. I could see the hustle bustle of the city while I enjoyed my drink. Staff was quite courteous and helpful and there is a proper guided tour of your room where in the function of every switch is explained πŸ˜€ This property also has a gym, wellness spa and salon and an outdoor swimming pool. Usage of gym and pool is complimentary while the charges for spa and salon are provided in a booklet within the room. My stay included free buffet breakfast (At Melange) and it was quite delicious. There are 3 restaurants - Melange(International & Continental), Shao (Chinese cuisine), Saffron (North Indian touch), Lobby Bar and Bengaluru Grill House. I also observed that this hotel provides free office pick up and drop if it is within 10km radius.

On Women's day, the hotel staff did an extra effort by placing chocolate boxes for female travelers. It was quite a sweet gesture and I simply loved it. These were home made chocolates and prepared in different shapes and color. I got a complimentary box during my checkout as well. Double Treat !πŸ’“

Picture Gallery-

Mouthwatering, yummy, delicious food !

The Pool ;)

Chocolates ... #IWD2019 #International Women's Day

Sleepwell ! 

Mirrors all around !

View from washroom ;)

Tea, coffee and some snacky stuff 

All Full MiniBar ...

Washroom Amenities ...

Biotique Toiletries ...

Iron, Laundry Bag & some more stuff !

Pinky Pink Bathrobe !

Pinky Footsteps !

Happy Reading and Safe Travels!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Vistara Airlines - Flight Experience and Review

Hey Folks,

Quite exhausted by the chill winter breeze of Delhi, I decided to travel to Bengaluru for couple of days during the first week of March. I was super excited to experience some sun and enjoy the initial summers. As I was bouncing off the walls packing my luggage (summery tops and shorts) and booking hotels and travel, I thought of experiencing Vistara airlines this time. Had not traveled with them before and thought of taking a shot at it. Trust me the best decision was Vistara in this entire trip as Bengaluru welcomed me with shocking 37 degrees. 😲😲 I had not packed my sunscreen and was all set for tanning. 😝 It was quite an experience and every passenger received a perfume sample from SKINN by Titan, such a sweet gesture by purple hued Vistara Airlines! Sharing my airline experience in details and some pictures.

  • Flight Check-in Experience – Excellent – I had already done the web check-in (which was quite simple) and was directed to the baggage drop counters. The boarding passes were issued and the bags were dropped.

  • Boarding and Departure – Excellent – Boarding started timely and the takeoff was smooth. The arrival at both the airports was on time. Despite of cloudy weather and turbulence on my return journey, we managed to land timely. Kudos to the pilot!

  • In-flight Experience (Seating, Legroom, Crew Hospitality, Cleanliness) – Excellent - Seating was comfortable. Legroom was spacious and one could move easily between the seats. Crew was quite courteous, responsive and helpful. Cleanliness was well maintained both inside the plane as well as the washrooms. 

  • Menu (Food and Beverage) – Outstanding. They had both vegan and non-veg options. My both the meals were mouth watering delicious dishes and it was absolutely a treat. Food was served hot and timely so that we could enjoy it as well.

  • In-flight Entertainment – Good. In-flight magazine was a good read. Had lot of articles and quiz as well. The Vistara world app can be accessed from your devices. The airlines do promote downloading it in advance to your flight for smooth experience. It has a collection of hollywood and bollywood movies and tv shows etc. and the content is refreshed every month. There is also a live moving map display that allows you to track as you fly.

Picture Gallery
Flight Tickets 
Boarding Passes !
Yummy Food

Mouth Watering Aloo Tikki and Punjabi Chole

For my sweet tooth 😍

Foodie Pics!

Paneer Tikka and Stuffed Bread

Fragrance Love !

Sampler - SKINN by Titan

Purple Hued Vistara !

Happy Reading and Happy Traveling !

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Paris - City of Love - 4 Days Itinerary

With Valentine week, love is in the air and I thought it is the perfect time for me to pen my travel experience from recent Paris trip. Paris is so rightly called the city of love πŸ’—crisscrossed by the river Seine that adds to its beauty. Major global center for art, fashion and culture, the iconic Eiffel tower is the prime center of attraction. This place features from kid’s favorite Disneyland to the spiritual Notre Dame cathedral to the majestic palace of Versailles – a complete package for a vacation! We stayed at IBIS Styles Paris place d’italie - lovely hotel, comfortable stay and close proximity to the metro. We spent around 4 days in this pretty city – continue reading for detailed review.

Day 1


We reached Paris in the afternoon. After a quick check-in we grabbed quick bites and dozed off as we were really tired due to the over-night bus journey from Barcelona to Paris. We had already booked our visit to the Eiffel tower for this date and our slot was in the evening. We had bought tickets with Lift access to the top. For more details and booking please visit their official website - https://www.toureiffel.paris/en Got dressed in my favorite dress and we headed to this monument and I was awestruck by its magnanimous beauty. One can get a bird’s eye view of this city from the top and you will never feel like returning back. There is a restaurant as well within the tower at first floor to satiate the hungry stomachs! Also there is a gift shop for you to buy souvenirs for your near and dear ones. After exploring the place, we went ahead to buy some crepes for our sweet tooth. As we were soaking the city’s beauty, the clock struck 9 and the Eiffel tower was lit in sparkling lights for about 5 minutes. Do check out the video above. We strolled across the streets, got clicked with the graffiti’s and finally reached back around midnight 😊
Standing Tall -  Eiffel Tower

Bird's eye view - Paris City

Some more views !

Lovey DoveyπŸ’ž

Graffiti.. πŸ’€

Eiffel Tower - Open on all days
Timings - 09:30AM - 11:45PM
Tip - Preferably book your slot in advance and choose time closer to sunset to witness both sunlight and darkness. 

Day 2
After a scrumptious breakfast, we headed towards Arc De Triomphe. (Indians might get a feeling of India Gate πŸ˜‰) It was a bright sunny day and we clicked loads of pics standing in the divider of the road !😝Hopping on and off the city bus we reached Pont Alexandre III. This bridge is known from its ornate architecture in Paris. Strolling further we reached Place de la Concorde and it is one of the largest public squares in Paris. Right across the monument, is the Tuileries Garden which became a public park after French revolution. We roamed around the park, basked in the sun admiring nature's beauty. After spending for around 30-40 minutes, we approached on the other end of the garden and there stood the famous Louvre Museum which boasts of the Leonardo da Vinci's art work - Mona Lisa. Signature glass pyramid marked its entrance and we headed to buy tickets. We spent for about 1-2 hours in the museum appreciating the great art work from renowned painters across the globe. We were tired by the evening and opted for a seine river cruise for a relaxed evening.

Arc De Triomphe


Place de la Concorde
Tuileries Garden


Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa Smile ;)
Seine River Cruise

Tuileries Garden
Free of cost
Timings - 7AM - 9PM

Louvre Museum
Ticket Price - 15 Euros per adult
Closed on Tuesday
Timings - 9AM - 6PM

Seine River Cruise
Ticket Price - 10-12 Euros per adult (Depends on boarding point)

Day 3
Cycling was on our agenda today! We both were highly fascinated by different cycle operators around the french capital. We chose Donkey Republic and took 2 cycles near the Luxembourg garden stand. It was left hand riding for our first time and we spent good 1 hour with our colorful bright orange bikes. Later we proceeded to the famous Notre Dame cathedral. We spent for about an hour inside appreciating the French Gothic architecture and the colorful rose window. Offered prayers and visited the entire chapel. We had evening to ourselves. Spent time strolling along the Seine river, shopped till we dropped from Le Forum des Halles and Le Bon Marche, relished the Amorino ice-cream, viewed sunset from the love locked bridges and returned to our hotel. Breaking boundaries we expanded our reach to try and experience the french culture.
Notre Dame Cathedral





Love for Ice Creams πŸ’“πŸ’“

πŸ’“Locked Bridge !

Day 4
We had planned the entire day for our Disneyland venture. There are 2 parks and we weren’t sure of which one would be better so we bought tickets for both the parks (DisneyLand Paris and Walt Disney Studios) Lol 😁😁 There are 5 magical themed lands in Disneyland and 4 action packed zones in Walt Disney studio. Ideally 3 days are recommended but since we were running short on time, we planned to cover all in a day. We relived our childhood in every way possible and experienced the fireworks as well ((Fireworks @DisneyLand Paris)) Appending some pictures and the map featuring highlights of both the Parks.
Reliving Childhood - Disneyland Paris

Walt Disney Studios

Magical Place - DisneyLand

Paris had completely lived up to our expectations and we enjoyed our stay to every bit. Had an early morning flight and we returned back to New Delhi carrying loads of memories from our Euro trip. It was a trip of our lifetime.

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog and is all set to plan yours. ✈
Happy Vacations!

Barcelona - 3 Day Itinerary - Detailed Review and Photo Gallery

Second destination of our Euro Trip was Barcelona - Messi's land, FC Barcelona fans, Gaudi's love, Gothic architecture,La Rambla street and tons of shopping. 

Monday, 1 October 2018

Visa Process for Spain - Detailed Review

Visa is one of the most important aspect to be covered while one plan for an overseas travel. Schengen visa is required to visit any European country. For our euro trip, our stay was for 10 days in Spain and 5 days in France, hence our port of entry was Spain and it is considered to be the most stringent country in terms of approving visitor visa. Also the duration granted is usually a month or less. One must apply for visa at least 40 days prior to the travel start date. Usually the visa is granted in a week's time, however it may take up to 15 days or more in case any document is missed or more information is sought from the applicant. One can refer to the official website - Schengen Visa Info
However I shall be listing the required details below

List of Documents to apply for Schengen Visa - Port of Entry - Spain
  1. Forms
  • Application Form - Either filled with blue pen or printed online. Must bear the original signature of the document. Must carry 2 copies of the duly filled application form
  • Authorization Form - Duly signed by the applicant
  • Declaration Form - Duly signed by the applicant.
      2. Photographs -
  • 3 Recent photographs, Size 4.5cm * 3.5cm
  • 80% focus on face and ears should be visible
  • White background
  • Not more than 6 months old
      3. Cover Letter from the Applicant - This letter must include purpose and date of travel. Also it must include the details of all the family members accompanying.

      4. NOC from the Company (wherever the applicant is currently employed) - Should include the details of the employee start date, title and leave duration.

      5. Travel Ticket - To and Fro from the home country.
   
      6. Travel Issuance - Issued by Insurance company as per EU guidelines. Valid for at-least 15 days post the date of return to India. It must have minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros or 50,000 $ and posses sworn declaration of travel insurance signed by the applicant.

      7. Hotel Booking for all days of the trip - Hotel for all travel dates must be covered.

      8. Pan Card copy

      9. Salary Slip for last 6 months - Original Salary Slips will be considered.

     10. Income Tax returns for last 3 years (ITR-V)

     11. One year or at least 6 months personal bank statement with the original sign and stamped from the bank. (Online bank statements are not acceptable) - One must have at-least balance of  5 Lakhs or more.

     12. Passport -
  • Valid for at-least 3 months beyond the stay in Spain with 2 blank pages.
  • Photocopies of all pages of the current passport. (Photocopies of blank pages should also be taken)
  • Carry Old Passport if any. Photocopy of old passport is not required.
Additional Documents for Honeymoon Purpose -
  1. Photographs and Wedding card from both the sides
  2. Income tax return (ITR - V) for last 3 years
  3. Pan Card copy
  4. One year or at least 6 months personal bank statement with the original sign and stamped from the bank. (Online bank statements are not acceptable) - One must have at-least balance of  5 Lakh or more.
After ensuring that all the documents are ready, one can take appointment for the BLS Spain visa application center. Visit the official website - Visa Appointment. Appointment can be taken online and payment needs to be done in person in the center. Post document collection, one will be directed to the finger print collection area. Once the finger prints are taken, your photograph would be clicked (no smile, ears visible and no head gears). Post that you may leave the center and would be notified via the SMS (if opted) for passport collection. The individual has to go in person for document collection from 4-5PM only else you may choose the courier service with additional fees.

Important Points
  • Courier Charges - Rs 350 per passport
  • SMS Charges - Rs 81 per passport
  • Please ensure to fill in correct information while booking an appointment. In case you have entered incorrect name or passport number or any other detail, you will not be able to change later and have to take a fresh appointment
  • One cannot take appointment for the same day as the slots will be grayed out for the individual.
  • However you may call at the BLS center and may ask them to book on your behalf. Would recommend not to go that route as they always suggest Premium Lounge (Rs 2000 per person) whereas it is approx Rs 5700 for the normal slot (which is to be paid at the BLS center). To add they do create panic as well and would try convincing hard for your to end up booking the premium lounge. Beware !
  • To add, never take help from Musafir.com as they would charge hefty and not even review your documents properly. And anyways the individual has to go on his own to the BLS center. Will be writing next post as a detailed review of Musafir.com 
Should you have any queries with regards to filing the application form, feel free to write and we shall revert at the earliest.

Happy Reading and Happy Traveling!

Monday, 24 September 2018

Madrid, Spain - 3 Days itinerary - Travel Tips

Hola Friends !!!

Madrid - the city of bear and strawberry tree, was indeed our first destination in Europe. It is the capital city of Spain and also known for its political, economic and cultural center. Madrid lies on the river Manzanares and we were lucky to book our hotel right across the river. We stayed at Hotel NH Ribera del Manzanares for 3 nights and had a gala time. Weather was nice and we enjoyed every bit while exploring this city. From history to magic, croissants to chocolates, cathedrals to palaces, this city had it all. Great place for shoppers as well.

Day 1 - 23rd August
We arrived at the Madrid Barajas airport at 08:30 PM after a 14 hour long flight, but I was still an enthu cutlet. The feel of being in a distant land cheers me up against all odds. Quickly grabbed our luggage we approached the information desk in order to buy a SIM card but alas majority of the shops were almost shut and we just managed to book a cab via the airport wifi. The drive to the hotel was approx 30 minutes (charged €30) and I liked the silent streets, greenery around, graffiti on the walls, uphill and downhill roads, heavily lit underpasses and a chilly breeze. My dream of euro trip had come true and while I was still dreaming we reached our hotel. After a quick check-in we dozed off to sleep.

Hotel NH Madrid Ribera del Manzanares

Front View from the Hotel - River Manzanares

Day 2 - 24th August
After a sumptuous breakfast, I was all dolled up to explore the city. We left at around 11 AM and walked directly to the nearest metro station “Piramidies”. We quickly got our tourist pass for 2 days and moved to our first destination - Royal Palace Of Madrid. A regal palace with more than 2000 rooms and armoury, it is the largest palace in Europe by floor area. Awestruck by its majestic views and incredible beauty we spent approx 2 hours learning the Spanish history. Entry charges are 10€ per adult and it may vary if you choose other options like audio guide or a guided tour. Sharing moments captured from this place.

Royal Palace of Madrid

Awestruck by the beauty!

Map - Royal Palace

Detailed Guided Map - Royal Palace

Interior View - Architecture at its best!

Ticket Receipt - Front Side

Ticket Receipt - Back Side

Post this we headed towards the Puerta del Sol on foot and explored little shops that were round the streets. Grabbed our quick lunch from Burger King on the way and also picked up some grapes and apples from the famous San Miguel Market on the way. It is one of the best food markets I have ever been to and every corner filled with rich essence of Spanish cuisine. Walking straight from there we reached Puerta del Sol- one of the busiest public squares of the city. We spotted a huge Vodafone store and we ran to grab a sim. There were lot of package options and we chose a plan that was valid for 10 days with free browsing of google maps. It costed us 25€ with unlimited local calls, Internet 3GB and a call balance of 5€. Post this we were much relieved as the easiest way to navigate is through google maps and we were struggling to understand directions from paper map till now due to lack of internet. πŸ˜“πŸ˜“ After our cell phone was fixed we jumped out to explore the square. The famous statue of the bear and the strawberry tree was beaming bright in the sunlight. It is the centre of the radial network of the Spanish roads. The kilometro cero is a plaque on the ground near the post office and it is the symbolic centre of Spain. We also spotted the famous clock that marks the traditional eating of Twelve grapes and the beginning of the new year. Sharing couple of pictures from this location. Later we proceeded back to our hotel, had dinner and dozed off.

San Miguel Market - The best food market known so far!

Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Iconic - The Bear and The Strawberry Tree !

Guess - Real Beggar or a Statue 😝 

Day 3 - 25th August
Today we started our day with a visit to the famous El Retiro Park. However we stumbled upon the famous Museo del Prado before reaching the park. Neither me nor my husband are huge fan of art and we decided to skip this museum. We walked ahead to the famous park and it was filled with beautiful flowers and trees. Spent some time exploring the park and headed towards the famous crystal palace. It's a glass and metal structure built inside the park. Entry is free of cost and we had a quick walk of the palace. After enjoying the flora around we exited the park and boarded bus to the famous Plaza Mayor. It's a central plaza with many eating joints. Our hungry stomachs were satiated here. We roamed around the Spanish streets, hopped on and off the buses and went back to our hotel for a quick nap. Our evening was quite eventful as we had tickets for the famous football match at the Wanda stadium (La Liga). Had evening tea cakes and coffee, while we waited for our Uber. Reached stadium almost on time and we had our dream come true, one more tick from the bucket list! First live match of my lifetime and trust me the feeling is beyond that words can express. Sharing a link that captured this precious moment.

Couple of clicks from the places we visited -  

Museo del Prado 

Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid

Palacio de Cristal del Retiro

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

Love Locked! πŸ’–πŸ’ž

La Liga - Wanda Stadium, Madrid

Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid

Day 4 - 26th August
The last day of our stay in Madrid. We woke up around 9, quickly finished our lunch and left for the airport as we had a connecting flight to Barcelona. I did pen down my experience with the vueling airlines. Loved Madrid to the core and would visit again if given a chance.

Commute/ Transport Options - 

There are ample of ways to commute via the bus, train and taxis, however the most convenient way is to buy the tourist pass. It is applicable on all buses, metros and trains. You may also use Uber and My Taxi app for quick commute. We used both the apps twice while we stayed in Madrid and the rest of the journey was We bought the tourist pass for 3 days and helped us a lot in commute.

Travel Tourist Pass

Metro Map- Madrid

Important Points -
  • Majority of the shops at the airport shut by 9 PM. Make sure you have the required information prior to reach your hotel. 
  • Counters to avail tourist pass etc. for commute are shut as well. Either buy passes in advance or  push out the buy to the following day.
  • Do download google translate app as it would help in conversation while people aren’t very fluent in English.
Happy Reading and Happy Traveling. Do leave in your comments and experiences.