Wednesday, 3 March 2021

The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake Gurgaon | Staycation near Gurgaon

Happy New Year !!!

My first post comes in much delayed but hoping that all my reader are healthy and keeping safe amidst this pandemic. With minimal travel last year, I planned to explore some luxury resorts near Delhi NCR to unplug and unwind ourselves. We booked 1 night stay at The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake, Gurgaon on the new year eve. It was quite a refreshing experience, and had to be as we were stepping out after almost 10 months of lockdown (literally at home all this while... Phew!). Given this property is away from the hustle bustle of the city, one can recharge their mind, rejuvenate their souls and get wrapped in the lap of mother nature! Sharing candid and detailed review on this property.

Location 4/5- This property is situated around 45kms from the Delhi airport and is connected well by road. Spread over 20 acres land, it allows enough and more to unplug and unwind.

Room and Ambience 3.5/5 - We booked the Superior Resort room courtyard view (#201) and it was quite happening. I loved the room location and it was quite nice (approachable from the front desk, restaurant and even the gardens). Room was clean however few things needed renovation. The headboard was ripped off from few places and the stool and high chair provided were quite dirty (Honestly not as per Taj standards). It had stains at multiple places. Lighting was decent and bed was comfortable. There was a leakage in the washroom, near the toilet area. Water was dripping and kept that area wet throughout.  




Service and Hospitality 3/5- Staff was courteous, however service was not up to the mark. Given the new year rush, the entire resort was fully occupied and the staff wasn't able to manage the same. We ordered soup through the in room dining facility and did not get the same. Had to check again after 45 min just to know that the order was missed out! Phew... 

Food 2/5 - TERRIBLE! Below average food as per 5 star standards. We ordered North Indian for lunch and to our horror found hair in the dish. The hotel staff did not charge us for the same but were arrogant to even acknowledge the situation. It was handled quite unprofessionally and added bitterness to our experience.



Other Services and Activites 4/5- The property hosts gym, spa and pool as well however pool as closed due to Covid restrictions. There are lots of outdoor activities as well like Spiderweb, Wall climbing, Ziplining, ATV ride, basketball and lawn tennis. 

This resort allows non residents as well to explore the property and enjoy the activities.

Overall Experience - 3.5/5

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Happy Travelling and Exploring! Wear Mask and Stay Safe!

Friday, 4 December 2020

Park Plaza Chandigarh Zirakpur - Detailed Review

 2020 has been quite a memorable year filled with both good and ugly memories. While there were moments of loneliness, the year also gave lifetime memories. My cousin got engaged and we had to travel from Delhi to Chandigarh. Amidst Corona we avoided to stay at my relative's place and thought of exploring some 5 star property on this vacation. After lot of contemplation we booked - Park Plaza Chandigarh, Zirakpur andddd .... it turned out to be one of the Worst decision ever!

"Extremely terrible experience". Thought of penning this down to ensure that no one get to experience what I faced. Stayed at this property for 2 nights (16-18Nov) and it was quite a "nightmare". In my opinion this hotel shouldn't be rated 5 star!!! We had booked Superior room but they were really unpleasant and substandard. On raising the concern we got an upgrade to Suite! I was under an impression that may be that will turn out to be better but Alas !!

Sharing below detailed experience along with couple of pics.

1. Security concerns - We were waiting for the front desk to change our room as the room allocated was quite dirty and suddenly someone came in for room freshener spray. Without knocking, the person entered into the room using the master key! Couldn't expect this from a 5 star hotel !!!

2. Stained Linens, curtains and quite pathetic carpets (looked like haven’t been dry cleaned from ages). I would have appreciate zero carpets if they can’t maintain it well.

3. Front Desk - Extremely Irresponsible people. Don’t remember the name but there was a Sardarji during the night shift. Had come back from the engagement function late at night around 1am and the gentleman was without mask (coughing continuously). Is this acceptable ?

4. Extremely slow service - During the checkout had to ask them to send someone for luggage. And I had to literally wait for 20 min. I did check if the hotel was understaffed due to Covid which they denied. If they were running at full capacity, service was extremely poor.

Apart from the above there wasn't any guarantee that the room was unoccupied for the last 24 hours.  

The only feel good factor about this property is the restaurant and the food. Chef was extremely humble and we relished the breakfast to the fullest.

Just 1 call out - There are set menus as due to Covid, buffets are not functional to ensure safety for all.

*** While leaving the hotel staff did offer complimentary pastries, but that honestly can’t cover up for the enough disastrous experience we had.



Overall, it was a dreadful experience. Will never visit this place again! 

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Working from Home – Time to Deck up your Workspace!

Covid has struck us so hard that travel has come to a complete halt. Confined to our own places, work from home has become the new norm in these trying times. Since the days and nights are now spent on our work stations, it's time to make it lively! Vibrant colors and quirky decor can add so much fun and enthusiasm to a regular boring day job. Sharing some enchanted and charming ideas for your work wonderland.

Quirky Stationery

Add some pastel hued notebooks to your desk and see the magic! 

Cute Pen Stands/ Holders
Relive the childhood magical moments while being adults at workspace ;) Will keep you charged all day long.

Mugs and Teacups
Long boring meetings - Sip a coffee with your dearest Minions 😎

Vibrant cushions and throws
Vibrant cushions and throws can double up the decor. Comfy yet chic decor!

Add some Greens
See your plants grow as you work along. Plants help you stay focussed!

Humorous (yet witty) wall decor
Add some humor to your work life

You can buy these accessories online on various websites!
Happy Shopping and Decorating!
#StayHomeStaySafe #QuarantineDiaries
**All Images are sourced from Google.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Summit by the Ganges Resort & Spa, Rishikesh

Happy New Year folks ... Wishing you all a spectacular year ahead.

With new year around the corner, we planned to experience the beautiful confluence of luxury and tranquility and decided to stay at the Summit by the Ganges Resort and Spa, Rishikesh. In the lap of nature by the banks of river Ganga, we stayed at this amazing property for 3 days and it was a sheer bliss. 

Situated at 20 Kms from Rishikesh, in a town called Shivpuri (famous for white water rafting), this property allows you to experience Ganga arti, trekking and rafting while you can also choose to sit back, relax and rejuvenate. It has wide range of rooms ranging from deluxe rooms, premium rooms with balcony and suites with balcony to choose from. We chose to stay in a premium room (with balcony) that offered Ganga view. Rooms are quite spacious, cozy and are equipped with king size bed, sofa chair, stools, air-conditioning, television, geyser, tea/coffee maker,  RO water bottles, intercom and biotique toiletries. There is a multi cuisine restaurant that remains open from 7 am until 10:30 pm and offers mouth water delicacies. One can enjoy meals with Ganga view as well, however need to be aware of the monkeys around. 😝 In order to reach this property you can take cab, local bus or a jeep ride (sharing basis). Local bus and jeep ride charges are approx 30-40 Rs per person (can vary depending on the season).

Sharing couple of pictures of this property from our recent trip.







Ganga view from our balcony 


Multi cuisine restaurant 



Christmas and New Year decoration πŸ’₯

Christmas Tree πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽˆ

Beautiful sunrise πŸŒ„and rafting πŸ„


In the lap of nature πŸŒ„

Hope you book your stay here next time and do share your reviews.
Happy Travelling!  

Rishikesh, Gateway to the Ganges - Delhi Weekend Gateway

Happy New Year 2020 !!! Wishing you all a spectacular year ahead...

With new year winter vacation break, we decided to visit Rishikesh, a small city in Uttarakhand by the river Ganges and also known worldwide as the "Yoga capital". It is a perfect tourist spot offering variety of experiences - Spiritual, adventurous and relaxing. While for spiritual seekers it is the gateway to the Himalayan shrines - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, similarly it also offers white water rafting experience to the adventure lovers. There are plenty of resorts by the Ganges allowing one for soul searching walks amidst the nature and offers plenty of room to meditate. There are numerous Ashrams which are recognized as centers of yoga and meditation. An international yoga week is organized every year by the state tourism between 2nd and 7th February. 

How to reach:
One can reach Rishikesh through both road and air means. Plenty of trains run from Delhi to Haridwar from where one can take a cab(taxi), bus or auto ride to Rishikesh. Auto rides vary from Rs 300 to 600 and cab(taxi) rides vary from Rs 900 to 1200 (depending on your bargaining skillsπŸ˜†). It is approximately 1 hour distance from Haridwar to Rishikesh.

Surrounding Places:
One can explore Dehradun, Mussoorie, Dhanaulti, Tehri Dam and the four dhams (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri) depending on your travel days and budget. 

We opted to club Tehri Dam with our Rishikesh trip and the standard cab (taxi) fare for 1 day trip is Rs 3000. It might go up to Rs 3500 during peak season.

Stay:
Rishikesh has numerous options to choose, starting from budget hotel to luxury resorts and there are plenty of Ashrams as well. We stayed at the Summit by the Ganges Resort & Spa and it was a blissful experience. It is situated at 20 Kms from city center in Shivpuri, the house of Shiva. The hotel offers all the space one needs for rejuvenation, solitude, thrill and self discovery.
For detailed review please visit: Summit by the Ganges Resort & Spa Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Tourist Spots:
  • Ram Jhula - It is an iron suspension bridge across river Ganga and connects Sivanand Nagar of Muni ki Reti in Tehri Garhwal district to Swargashram ashram in Pauri Garhwal district. 
  • Lakshman Jhula - It is a suspension bridge across river Ganga and connects Tapovan in Tehri Garhwal district to Jonk in Pauri Garhwal. It is said that Hindu Lord Laksham crossed the river Ganga on jute ropes.
  • Triveni Ghat - One of the biggest and most famous ghat in Rishikesh on the banks on river Ganga. It is a confluence of three sacred rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Devotees take dip in the holy river to get rid of their sins. Devotees also perform the last rites and rituals of their loved ones on this ghat It is believed that Lord Krishna also visited this ghat after getting hurt by an arrow of Jara - a hunter.
  • Rafting and White Water Rafting - One of the must do activities for adventure junkies. There are numerous rafting tour operators and different packages are listed as per the level of difficulty and distance covered. It offers a lifetime experience and creates memories for life time. The Shivpuri white water rafting is a 16 km stretch and usually gets completed in 2-3 hours.
  • Cliff Jumping - Another thrilling experience for adventure lovers. One needs to ensure that appropriate safety measures are taken before the free fall (life jacket, helmet followed by guide's instruction). 
  • Beatles Ashram - Located on the eastern banks of river Ganga in Rishikesh. During 1960s and 1970s, it was the training center for students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and named as the International Academy of Meditation. It gained fame as the famous rock band beatles visited there in 1968 to study meditation.
Best Season:
Mid Sep - May. Avoid travels during monsoons

Gallery:

On the way to Rishikesh

Glimpse from Laxman Jhula

Stunning views 
Ganga Aarti @ Triveni Ghat

Lit diyas floating in the ganges

Nature at its best
White beach with glistening green waters 

Sun kissed mornings ...

Spectacular view

Happy Traveling !!

Sunday, 21 July 2019

The Roseate - Delhi Weekend Getaway - Guruji's Ashram from Sacred Games 2

Scorching summer, heat waves at its peak, we decided to spend a relaxing weekend at one of the best luxury hotels in Delhi - The Roseate! And this is the place where the famous Guruji's ashram from Sacred games 2 was shot ! Majority of the scenes are shot from here. Do visit this place and decipher which all scenes are from Roseate and enjoy your stay.

Roseate, an urban oasis with stupendous architecture, luscious green lawns and water bodies crisscrossing the entire property. It indeed is a quintessential escape from the hectic city life and rewarded us with the much needed break ... As I strolled along the water passages, capturing moments, I almost felt entering a paradise. Sharing some detailed reviews on the property and services.


As the name suggests, its entrance is quite grand! I would rather call it a maze - wide open, zig-zag, mysterious passage that leads you to the reception post the baggage scan counter which is a mid stop. We were guided to our room (had booked a king size garden view room) through a royal long corridor. And in my words, you enter heaven! Wide spacious room with contemporary furnishings, chic oval shaped bathtub, separate shower area, luxury Kama toiletries, room controls through leading technology operated via an Ipad and lush green view, is no less than a royal treat. We ordered some snacks, while we watched some web series. Around 5, we headed towards Aheli Spa. I decided to go with the traditional Bali and my husband tried the Indian Ayurveda spa. Truly it was quite an experience and we relaxed to the core. The staff was quite cordial and we had chamomile tea post our session, explored the property, had deeper conversations and headed to the Kiyan restaurant for an early dinner. Authentic delicious food accompanied by an excellent service, we couldn't have asked for more. Next morning, we energized with a yoga session along the beautiful water bodies and later had a scrumptious buffet breakfast. Packed our bags and headed back home. I would sum it to be a royal package wherein one can leave the worldly worries and REJUVENATE!

Location - National Highway 8, D Block, Samalka, New Delhi, Delhi 110037
Contact 011 3355 2211
Official WebsiteThe Roseate
Distance from IGI T3 (Delhi) Airport - 9Kms
Price - Starting 11,250 + taxes (vary as per dates and season), this price is for superior king room garden view
Check In - 15:00 hrs and Check Out - 11:00 hrs
Photo Gallery -

The ROSEATE ...


Royal Corridors (Kalki and Saif are pictured here in Sacred Games 2)

Heavenly Room!
Luxury at its Best!









The Spa - Traditional Bali 

Artistic Restaurant ...
Some Food !


Aren't these droolworthy pics? Why wait, pack your bags and head out!
Do share your reviews and comments.

Happy reading and Happy travelling!

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