Thursday, 10 November 2022

The Ramgarh Bungalows - 19th Century (Above Nainital, Uttarakhand) | Property Review | Neemarana "Non Hotel" Hotels

Neemrana – The Ramgarh Bungalows, 19th Century, Above Nainital, Uttarakhand

Further continuing the exploration, our second stop was Ramgarh. Nestled in the lap of Himalayas, this 19th century bungalows are located in the Kumaon belt and is almost equidistant from both Bhimtal and Nainital. Far away from the hustle bustle of the city madness, one can truly enjoy and experience the sunrise and the sunset. These bungalows have adjacent orchards loaded with plum, apricot, apple, peaches and pears. One can relish the famous Ramgarh jams here, free of preservatives. And truly rejuvenate in the fresh air, witnessing tranquility with mesmerizing views.

We stayed here for 2 nights and it was a wonderful experience. Our cottage name was IRIS and it was facing the mountain peaks and the valley at the same time. We could enjoy the sunset from our garden while sipping the evening tea. The 360 degree view of the serene mountains just helps you release your  stress and leaves you with a heavenly feel. Rooms were extremely comfortable and cozy, spacious for our luggage and calm enough for us to relax fully. Bathrooms were well fitted with geysers for hot supply and had toiletries too. Food was great and we opted for all meals inclusive package. The hotel staff would check with each guest for their food preference for lunch/ dinner and there would be a buffet for weekend stays. Great hospitality by the staff members. Our check-in and check-out processes were super smooth. 

Bookings were done via MakeMyTrip app and were quite seamless.

Sharing few pictures from our photo dump that will tempt you to visit this place.

Happy ready and Happy Travelling!

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Amritara Tuskar's Riverside Resort, Jim Corbett - Property Review

Dear Readers 

Sharing property review from our Jim Corbett stay. 

My next post will have complete itinerary and details of 1 week long stay in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. 

Our vacation started with 1 night stay at Jim Corbett. We had booked the Amritara Tuskar's riverside resort. Situated in the Dhikuli range, this property is ~9 kms from the city centre and can be located 100m down/ off the main road, easily accessible by car. We had booked a family room, which had 1 bedroom, washroom and kitchenette. Bedrooms are quite spacious, with comfortable beddings however pillows were a bit too thick, would have preferred standard medium size 😝. Each room has a private balcony for one to soak in the nature. Room was well equipped with basic amenities – Tea/coffee maker, AC, TV, Wifi, Fan, Toiletries and mini fridge. Restaurant was pretty average in terms of food – particularly the taste. Breakfast buffet offerings were quite limited.  This property holds swimming pool, has a huge Mango orchard and you can walk down the riverside as well to enjoy the nature. Since monsoons are yet to hit, there was a very small stream of river flowing. The garden area overlooking the riverside had a few swings and was huge for one to meditate or do yoga. Staff is quite courteous and hygiene is well maintained.

This property has been taken over by the Amritara group quite recently and we hope to see further amendments to this resort. Spa and Wellness retreat were under construction, hoping to see some additional beautification to the pool area as well. Would particularly like to thank Nimisha for a courteous welcome and support during our stay.

Sharing images of this property - 

Hope you liked the pictures.
Do look forward to the next post for my Kumaon vacation details. 

Happy Reading and Happy Travelling!

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Tijara Fort Palace | Palace Hotels In Rajasthan | Delhi Weekend Getaway | Neemrana Hotels

Dear Readers,

Hope you are well and keeping safe amidst these tough times. Sharing a weekend getaway right before India was struck with Covid wave 2. In the early months of 2021 (sometime around mid March), me and my husband decided to explore one of the great heritage Neemrana property in Alwar district of Rajasthan - Tijara Fort Palace. It is an exclusive weekend getaway from Delhi NCR and the property is quite well maintained in terms of hygiene and sanitization. Scribbling some details below about this exclusive palace hotel.

How to reach -
Tijara fort palace is situated in the Alwar district and once can reach by all three means, road, rail and air. Nearest airport is Delhi Airport situated at about 95 kms from the property. Road journey typically takes around 2.5-3 hours from Delhi and ~2 hours from Gurgaon/ Faridabad. Nearest railway station is Alwar, which has trains to almost all major cities of Rajasthan. 

About the Property - 
Tijara Fort palace is a 19th century fort. Stay at this property will mesmerize you with the unique heritage of India and will lead you to discover more. This fort hosts 71 suites and rooms named after India's leading designers and painters who helped create them. This fort offers magnificent flora, wide landscapes and beauty much more than one can soak in. Experience the musical chirping of birds, beautiful sunrise amidst the Aravali ranges and lush green landscape - it offers enough and more for the solitude seekers or one with the artistic eye or the poser - fills everyone with contentment. There is a sunken pool to relax and rejuvenate and the seven terraced gardens (also known as the hanging gardens) offers impressive and  striking views of this fort.

Bookings - 
You can do bookings directly via the hotel or through third party source - Make My Trip, Agoda,, Goibibo, Yatra etc. Room rent is usually around - 6000-8000 (exclusive of taxes) and it fluctuates as per the season and demand. there are various room categories like Heritage Romance, Splendour and Royal (each offering a unique experience). High teas are complimentary and cultural events are performed usually on the weekends.

Tips and Tricks -
  • This fort is one of the most sought destination for weddings,  pre/ post wedding photoshoot, magazine cover page photoshoots etc and hence usually sold out for weekends. Please ensure that you make bookings in advance to avoid any last minute hassle.
  • Since, there are no nearby restaurants etc, do ensure that you add meals in your package before hand to get a good deal.
  • Carry a mosquito raquet with you if travelling during changing seasons. While the hotel do offer mosquito repellent sprays etc. it is always good to carry your stuff. (At the end it is a fort stay 🌝)
Cultural Events 

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Watch out for the next destination, till then happy travelling and safe safe!
#toastytrips #staysafe

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! 

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