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.

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


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 !!

Neemrana - Delhi Weekend Gateway

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