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Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon

IMG_7341Living in this hell-for-leather world, calls for periodic devil-may-care breaks. A place where you can unwind and savour the sumptuous treats for body,mind and soul. Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon is just the place to be. Nobody does luxe better than Hyatt’s chain of hotels!
This place offers a wide spectrum of activities to recharge you. You can also hit the Gym, which is well stacked with latest equipment and has a personal trainer at your disposal.

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Want to get rid of the blues of your hectic life? Shavasa Spa is an empyrean on Earth in its own right. You can relax, recharge and reflect in a sanctuary away from the chaos of life, while you detox and beautify with a wide range of health promoting experiences at the hands of skilled therapists. For overall healing they also offer Yoga classes for beginners as well as advanced learners.

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Hyatt, Gurgaon also conducts monthly golf events which runs throughout the year with various formats to present golfers a challenging and exciting tournaments. There are prizes to be won including night stay, meal and spa vouchers at the hotel itself.
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The menu, of the three in-house restaurants, is the intersection of cuisines from every culture. Lavana is the signature Indian fine dining restaurant, serving authentic Awadhi cuisine. The Lounge is the perfect setting for intimate lounging or for casual and relaxed meetings. It offers a range of appetizers and beverages.I absolutely rejoiced the dinner served during christmas eve. Especially the dessert which consisted of ginger bread cookies and yule log ! Around christmas eve and new year they have amazing offers and discounts. Kitchen District, a multi-cuisine restaurant which exudes a distinct identity by creating a singular culinary experience. To indulge in some premium spirits and cocktails, just hit the stylish Long bar.

 

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The Hotel also has a business centre which offers state-of-the-art business and meeting facilities. It caters to all the needs of an international business traveller. One of the most prominent among all luxury business hotels in Gurgaon, this hotel is equipped with computers providing high-speed Internet access loaded with the entire package of Microsoft Office applications. The centre provides relevant information for business travellers, including confidential secretarial services, translation services, and courier services and offers a wide selection of newspapers and magazines. It also has currency exchange facility.

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Hyatt Regency Gurgaon hosts Largest convention space with more than 3,700 sqm (40,000 sq ft) of meeting event space.The magnificent pillar-less Regency Ballroom has an area of 20,710 sq. ft. and a majestic ceiling height of 28 ft. Built to accommodate up to 3,000 guests, the ballroom features the latest technology, surround sound system and conferencing facilities to provide an unparalleled audio-visual experience.

IMG_7326Hotel rooms are categorised as Standard, Regency Club and Suite. Besides this, they welcome group check-ins and check-outs, have special rooms for disabled guests and a wireless internet access in all public areas.

It is strategically located off the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway 8 between Gurgaon’s commercial district and the industrial corridor of Manesar and Bhiwadi. The hotel is a convenient 30-minute drive form the International and Domestic Airport and close to Industrial Model Township (IMT) of Manesar.

 

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OBEETEE- Global Appeal with an Indian Soul

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Over the last decade, India has become the largest manufacturer of carpets, surpassing its contemporaries like Iran, Turkey, Nepal, Pakistan, Morocco etc. As far as the rug category is concerned, there was little or no presence of Indian art in this domain.There was a need to break out of the shackles of colonisation and create something ethereal. An opulent event at the Bikaner House was dedicated to the same mission.
OBEETEE, a leading manufacturer of hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs in India, joined hands with India’s celebrated couturier, Tarun Tahiliani– a name synonymous with aesthetic reinvention, to showcase quintessential indian designs for the first time in the country’s artistic rug heritage.The framework of this collection is based upon three distinct design structures – The Antique Frames Collection, the Chikankari Collection and The Abstract Art Collection. Obeetee has been preserving handmade luxury that echoes India’s culture and heritage since 1920 in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. It has drawn attention of many prominent figures like her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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How do they manufacture?

Obeetee is integrated vertically. They have 15,000 artisans on board, many of whom are fifth or sinth generation weavers- in seven districts around Mirzapur.

First, the designers create a naksha, or master plan, for a carpet. In yesteryears they were drawn with hand but  today the same gifted artists create it using state-of-the-art CAD systems. The client and designers can share each stage of the carpet development in real time. Also, every obeetee product carries a digital fingerprint telling when it was loomed, and where.

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What sets it apart from its contemporaries?

Obeetee’s work culture is exemplary. They pay higher wages and insist on more favourable conditons for artisans. They use safe dyes and chemicals, and were the first in the industry to set up water effluent treatment plants and air pollution control systems. Their systems are fuelled by gas derived from biomass. They follow a strict policy of not employing anyone below the age of 16, even though government limit is 14
These were the main themes on show:

  • Antique frames is based on the borders painted in the most elaborate refinement, on the periphery of most Indian/Mughal miniature paintings. Each rug encapsulates the mood, and is finished with a distressed looks to reflect the patina of that era.The rich colour palette celebrates lively tones like Indian reds, burgundies and rusts.
  • Art of chikankari, is a traditional embroidery; the blocks have been sourced from the cornices of the local architecture and have jaals and vines from the Persian gardens.

 

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FESTIVELLE – STRICTLY A ‘WOMEN’S ONLY’ AFFAIR!

If you have been following me on Instagram and other social media forums you must have noticed I was in Mumbai last weekend to attend the first ever women only Festivelle curated by actors turned entrepreneurs Gul Panag and Shruti Seth in Mumbai on 17-18th of December at the Juhu Hotel. Festivelle is designed only for women. The fest was all about music, comedy, fun conversations, food, shopping and much more.

The two day Festivelle had a line-up of discussions on everything from motherhood to orgasms, fun workshops, comedy gigs, food carnivals, skin therapy, hair styling, make up and much more. Women got to watch performances by stand up comedians like Neeti Palta, Anu Menon and Kaneez Surka, also musicians  like Alisha Pais and Nush lewis. There were a few men in the line-up on popular demand by the girls like Prateek Kuhad, Kanan Gill, Sapan Verma and Ankur Tiwari. The vibe was such that it practically felt like Gul Panag and Shruti Seth were throwing a party and all the ladies were invited.

 
Here’s a list of the fun conversations that took place in Festivelle :
  • Lessons We Can Learn From Kim Kardashian
  • It’s Good To Be A Bad Mom
  • Sisterhood: Cheaper Than A Shrink
  • I Am My Hormones
  • Real Orgasms Are Our Birthright And We Shall Have Them
  • Why Every Woman Should Have A Secret Stash
  • Get Fit, Woman
  • Back To The Battlefront

I cannot express in words  how beautiful the venue was. While I was there I had a jolly good time and posted a lot of pictures on my Instagram and Snapchat story showing what a magical and sparkly festival it was. I wish I could have stayed back on Sunday as day 2 had even more interesting sessions and exciting performances but I had to leave due to prior commitments.

So if you missed it, here is a little glimpse into Festivelle!

 
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A Hextraordinary Experience : Tata Motors Hexa!

The much awaited Tata Hexa  experience came to Gurgaon last weekend with much fanfare. The setup was magnificent with a huge area acquired, an offroad setup plus a fancy pavilion with all the Tata brands under one roof. The stall of Tata hotels was a good platform to get a know-how about all the Tata group properties. The Tata housing stall had all the information about the groups foray into the real estate market. Similarly Croma and Tata beverages stall gave information of their respective work areas. There were some fun activities as well with a Gif booth and also a picture station. The Pavilion had a food court comprising of brands like Pizza Hut, Burger King and Karim’s with their respective lip smacking cuisine. However the highlight of this pavilion was the kids play area and an adorable pet adoption centre. The pavilion reeked of luxury and elegance from the very start. The atmosphere was eclectic with car enthusiasts and also the evening had a musical touch to it with the renowned Midival Punditz setting the evening on fire.

Coming back to the main attaraction of the evening, the phenomenal HEXA. The car looks like a beast with massive presence. We test drove the 2.0 manual which was way too spacious when compared to the other cars in the same segment. Something worth mentioning here is the sitting position on the front seats. The person sitting in the front seats would have a commanding view of the road which is always a plus for any car of that segment. the car loaded with all the quintessential features also scores big on luxury with fancy features like voice command and the state of the art entertainment system. The features in Hexa like 10 speaker JBL system, ambient mood lighting, 19 inch alloys and stylish wrap around tail light makes the car look very stylish. Unlike the other cars in the same segment, Hexa offers extremely comfortable back row seats which makes this car a steal. With a very strong engine, luxiourous and spacious interiors, with the trusted TATA name, this car is sure to make deep inroads into the segment  and leads the segment in coming month. Watch out for this beast.

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Look out for the Tata Motors Hexa Experience in your city or simply go to the nearest Tata Motors showroom and take this beast for a drive!

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TEN REASONS TO VISIT MCLEODGANJ!

McLeod Ganj is tucked in the mighty Himalayas, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is an enticingly diverse state with some of India’s best hill stations and Mcleodganj is loved by all. It’s the home to Dalai Lama since his exile from Tibet as well as a thousand refugees from Tibet. It’s a must on every traveler’s bucket list. The easiest way to travel to this heavenly abode is by boarding an overnight bus from Delhi, also accessible by air, the nearest airport being in Kangra, 20km from McLeodganj. There are numerous accommodation options once you reach there. Face it, here are ten reasons why you can’t miss out on McLeodganj.

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1Scenic beauty: there’s something about hill stations, they might look alike to some extent but the feeling each one gives is totally different. If you’re lucky you might experience four seasons in a day or within a few hours, fog, rains, sun peering from behind the heavy clouds or bright sunlight. Get absorbed in the green paradise, breathing the fresh unpolluted air and soaking in the beauty.

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2. Dalai Lama : His Holiness Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is the spiritual leader of Tibet. Thousands of tourists travel to Mcleodganj only to meet Dalai Lama. If you’re lucky you might spot Dalai Lama walking down the cobbled streets of McLeodganj. Also, this can be one of the many reasons why people visit this place.You’ll find hundreds of monks, men and women walking around the town. Most of them are very friendly.

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3. Trekking: There are numerous adventurous treks you can take from McLeod Ganj. The most famous being the Triund trek (I’ve been to McLeod Ganj thrice but haven’t got the courage to walk 20kms yet, so I’ve skipped this.) Then there is the trek to Snowline, if you want to go further from Triund, which is around 4kms. You can also hike to places like Dharamkot, Bhagsu, and explore the entire town by walking which gives you the touristy feel instead of taking cabs or auto rickshaws.

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4. Café culture: This is what I love most about McLeod Ganj, the quaint cafes where I can catch up on all the pending reading and watch the monks (of both sexes) in tiny groups, the locals and tourists walk around the town when I look up from my book. Good food is not difficult to find, cafes like Moonpeak and Mandala are very popular among the tourists and the locals, also the friendly monks. It’s a must to try the scrumptious Himalayan thali in Moonpeak, also Tenthuk and pancakes in Cafe Mandala. While wandering about in Jogiwara Road we came across Illiterati, a cafe filled with a diverse range of books and overlooking the mighty mountains. Jimmy’s Kitchen and Nick’s Italian Kitchen are the best options for Italian cuisine!

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5Food, food and more food: Yes food! The food in most hill stations in India is incomplete without momos (dumplings) and Maggi. Maggi was banned but its back again and nothing like hot piping maggi up in the hills. You can’t miss the Himachali Thali in Moon Peak Cafe. We liked the food so much that we went back for breakfast too. If you have a sweet tooth like me head over to The Chocolate Log, this is a comfort zone for all dessert lovers. drop by in Jimmy’s Kitchen for Italian. You cannot miss Cafe Iliterati because it offers a great view accompanied with books that you can buy or simply read while enjoy the delicious food.

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6Shiva cafe and Bhagsu : Bhagsu is 2 kms from Mcleodganj and autorickshaws and taxis are easily available. Some people hike up to Bhagsu too which is not a bad idea. The Shiva temple is the main attraction in Bhagsu. Apart from the temple there is a 30 feet waterfall which is located in Bhagsunag village. It is around 1km from the temple and the only option to reach the waterfall is by walking. Shiva cafe is close to Bhagsunag waterfall and it definitely worth it to pay a visit. It is steep hike but you will not regret it. The tranquil environment and the sound of the flowing rivulet is an experience you will remember for long. 

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7. Short term courses and Volunteering: McLeod Ganj offers pretty much every cool course you can think of, starting from Yoga classes to cooking classes. It’s never a bad idea to enroll yourself in one of these classes. Also, it’s not very difficult to find these courses as you’ll see posters of various courses stuck on most walls in the town. Volunteering in one of the schools is very popular among the local and foreign tourists, which forms a basis for culture exchange.

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8. Shopping : Mcleodganj’s local street shops are a great place to pick up souvenirs for your family and friends. In addition to wooden masks, beads, wool carpets, Tibetan books, meditation music and herbal incense, you can also find rare artefacts and Tibetans books. Keep in mind bargaining can save a lot of your money.  You must visit the shop inside The Norbulingka Institute too.

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9. Dal lake and Naddi point : Yes you read it right, Dal Lake is a small mid-altitude lake 1,775 m above sea level, near a beautiful village “Tota Rani”. The lake is surrounded by deodar trees which makes it even more scenic. The lake has greenish water almost throughout the year. It is considered sacred as there is a Shiva temple on its bank. Naddi view point is the top point of Mcleodganj and famous for the stunning sunrise and sunset views. The view is mesmerising from Naddi point. Make sure you go on a nice and sunny day to get the scenic view of the mountains. The day we went on our last trip it was very cloudy but I have been there a lot of times.

10. A Perfect Place to Unwind : City life gets mundane once in a while and we always have options to visit so many hill stations, Mcleodganj being one of them. Pack your bags and spend the weekend at this beautiful place and simply unwind.

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THE LALIT MANGAR – A Serene Getaway!

Snuggled amidst the Aravalli hills, The Lalit Mangar is a brand new luxury resort and spa destination in Faridabad. If you’re seeking a dose of bliss in the lap of nature then The Lalit Mangar is a wonderfully creative eco-getaway that you are sure to love. The hotel grounds are spread over a fairly large area. Home to about 6 lac trees, in an area of 677 acres, this resort is steeped in tranquility. Every effort has been taken to ensure guests feel completely rejuvenated.

 The accommodation – partly crafted using materials like the earth chalk and gravel in layers is environment friendly. Rammed earth is non-toxic, non-polluting and ‘breathes’. This creates safer, more eco friendly buildings and extremely comfortable to live in. The Lalit Mangar offers 34 luxury suites which look out onto the valley and its tranquil vibe is hard to match elsewhere.

The menu at the Lalit Mangar combines traditional Indian and continental recipes for a healthy, yet sumptuous dining experience. The restaurant serves healthy, gourmet food, using organic vegetables. I still cannot forget the mutton they served for lunch. Its all about a healthy lifestyle at The Lalit Mangar which makes your experience even more worthwhile.

The spa offers a range of ancient healing methods and treatments for backache, arthritis, stress, weight loss and detox. You do not have to worry about missing out on your daily workout schedule because the gym at The Lalit Mangar has the latest equipments and offers health enthusiasts a complete fitness solution. If you are into yoga, they have got you covered. Get ready for a full-blown mind-body-soul experience.

There are non-stop activities for everyone to enjoy within the vicinity. Imagine leisure cycling in the Mangar Bani Valley. You can cycle to the nearest village and find culture at every turn and warm hospitality from the people. The ‘Tapri’ experience is perfect on quiet evenings sipping on hot tea in the company of family and friends with a live performance by folk musicians. Adventure enthusiasts have a lot of options. Rock climbing, Zip line, Pottery and many other activities ensures an amazing stay at The Lalit Mangar.

The Lalit Mangar is just an hour drive from Delhi. If you live in Gurgaon, it is even nearer. The drive is mostly smooth as the roads are in good condition.  The Lalit Mangar is a perfect place to rejuvenate yourself or just lean back and laze around by enjoying its enchanting greenery.

The staff were very friendly and helpful. All in all, we had an excellent, relaxing and memorable stay and I would heartily recommend The Lalit Mangar to anyone who is planning a getaway from the city.
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P.S – Keep an eye out for spotty! I have been lucky to get him along with me.

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NOSTALGIC IN SHIMLA!

Most hill stations have a distinct nostalgic flavour and Shimla cannot be left out of it.  Shimla is one of my favourite hill station, and the best thing is it is just a few hours from Delhi. The town is absolutely charming. Majority of the buildings in the city of Shimla is styled in imperial architecture dating back to the colonial era. The Clark hotel being one of them. This heritage hotel is very well located on the mall road. All famous places are in close vicinity. The building dates back to 1889, later acquired by the Oberoi group which is famous for its luxurious hospitality. The balance of the old and the new is phenomenal, while the building is old, the facilities are modern. Recently awarded the prestigious heritage tag, Clark’s is one of those places where you as a guest would get a sense of the charm of yesteryears with all the modern luxuries you can think of. Right next to the property is a very famous vantage point where you can get a marvellous view of the city and at night it becomes a wonderful place for star gazing.  The view from the conference hall is breathtaking but its a pity that the view from the rooms are blocked. One thing worth mentioning is that the rooms are simple but very spacious and  beautifully decorated which makes your stay memorable. The breakfast in the main dining hall is freshly made with special requests from the guests also entertained. I have been to Shimla many times and I truly wish I’d have more time in Shimla the last time I visited. Will surely do a more elaborate post very soon!

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DRESS YOUR SWEATER!

With a hint of chill in the air sweater weather is almost here and it is my favourite time of the year. How great is winter fashion, right? From chunky sweaters, leggings, boots, leather jackets and the hiding of muffin tops (yes, I can have more desserts!) Sweaters are the staple of a winter closet: cozy, comfortable and versatile. The best thing about sweaters is that they never go out of style. We all how sweaters can be layered with other garments, paired with jeans, slacks, and skirts, or simply worn on its own. Accessorising and styling your sweater creates many more looks from the same garment and adds sophistication to the wardrobe.

If you’re trying to figure out the best way to wear your sweater this winter, layer it under a slip dress. The change of season doesn’t mean you have to put away your spaghetti strap dresses. This staple from the 90s have been worn on top of T-shirts, over pants, under sweatshirts and jackets. One of the most trendiest way to dress your sweater is by clubbing it with your slip dress. Wear your slip dresses as outer wear. This simple pairing is the trendiest thing this winter, while keeping you warm. Play with contrasting colours, textures and patterns, like I have done with this ensemble. Sometimes I do love playing with colours! One sweater can create countless looks if you style it up and accessorise it well.

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Dress – Forever 21

Sweater – H&M

Boots – Zara

Choker – Pipabella

Shades – Raybans

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