Ramada by Wyndham, Jaipur

I have been visiting Jaipur as a tradition every year now, for Jaipur Literature Festival, this year however the exciting festival was held digitally but that didn’t stop me from visiting my favorite city.

I was glad I had covered most of the touristy places and so this time I wanted to just enjoy the best of winter weather, food, and luxury of some time for myself.

My stay at Ramada by Wyndham Jaipur- Jaisinghpura was an absolute treat. 16 kilometres from Jaipur International Airport (JAI) in peaceful Jaisinghpura, the hotel is a short drive from the Amber Fort & Palace, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Jantar Mantar. The hotel is a destination in itself, with great food, spacious rooms, and all modern amenities at a dial. The hotel is a perfect example of heritage meets modernity, the beautiful arched pathways stole my heart right on arrival. The presidential suite I stayed in was every bit of luxury, so much that I didn’t step out of the hotel even once throughout my stay.


The gold and maroon color scheme of the room added a royal touch to the very well done room with long windows draped with curtains. The highlight however was my massively spacious private terrace where I spent most of my time. I was so glad I was traveling with my best friend and we made a great stay out of it watching movies, having tea over sunsets, dining under the stars with some exceptionally well-prepared food.

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Rosé Amer, Jaipur

Jaipur has never been short of experience, even when I feel I have seen most of it in this beautiful Pink city, there is something that always blows my mind. My experience at Rose Amer was exactly that. Tucked right in the center of the city, the exterior of the place keeps the mystery of what’s inside perfectly enveloped. It is only when you enter the lobby you see the little details that add up to the big reveal (well at least for me, it was)

After a brief introduction of the place and a welcome drink ‘Anesthesia’ i was escorted to a beautiful private and outdoor cabana setup, where the pink and white theme was quite evident. My lunch experience (which can be booked on prior reservations only) came with a private server, an array of wine selections, and lunch that included dishes like – Parmesan cup with hokaya salad, Beer butterfish Orly, soya chap in khad style, Cucumber, and mint soup, Beetroot cream cheese nuts salad (my absolute favorite) followed by Herb-crusted chicken drumstick and Mooli ka halwa for dessert that blew my mind (that by the way was so well made, I could hardly taste the mooli bit, which I must say I hate). 

The well-trained staff made sure I had an amazing experience with their warm hospitality, timing the courses just right and though I couldn’t see the sunset, my late lunch extended through it and it ended with peacocks singing in the background. The meal overall was the best of local and continental food, a menu inspired by a book printed by the family of owners, years back called “Dadi Ki Rasoi” 

Can’t wait to return to this beautiful place, fit for modern-day royalty and experience a stay. I hear their rooms are a gem in terms of minimalistic decor and beautiful detailing. If you do happen to visit before me do share your experience with me on Instagram.

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Doodlage × Iro Iro

‘Indigo chronicles’ tells the story of the vast textile industry of Jaipur through waste. Indigo, a commonly used natural dye for all kinds of hand printing in Jaipur, is easy to spot around the city. You can find it running through the drains of the pink city, as blots on walls, in sarees and tunics that dress not just the people in the city but a widely accepted colour across the country, the rugs, the jaipuri blankets, the rajasthani turbans, all narrate the story of, arguably the oldest known natural dye. 

ZEROWASTE ROBE

Handcrafted from waste, utilising natural dyes. A refelection pink streets of Jaipur city, with pink stripes balancing a poweful indigo symbolising the wasteful nature of the textile industry balanced through design in a textile to provide coolness at your home as well as thought dprovoking conversations.

TWO PINK STREET CUSHION COVER BIG

Set of two handcrafted from waste, utilising natural dyes. A refelection pink streets of Jaipur city, with pink stripes balancing a poweful indigo symbolising the wasteful nature of the textile industry balanced through design in a textile to provide coolness at your home as well as thought provoking conversations.

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Zilch, Skincare brand my mom approves

Beauty without Bullshit, the brands tag line is just what it says. I received their products as part of the PR package but i was really keen on trying them as they are natural, plant based, no parabens and non-toxic. Zilch offers an array of hair care, skincare and makeup products.

I tried three of their products, that I am happy to say are part of my daily skincare routine now.

Calm-aah Tulsi Hydrating Face Mist

Straight from Himalayan gardens into a bottle, this herb is BFF to your skin, mind and soul. This Tulsi hydrating mist is an Instant refresher / oil neutralizer. I carry it in my bag to beat the heat, use it as part of my home facials, over make up to set it down. Like superfood for tired skin, it is made from 100% all-natural ingredients and has a earthy and invigorating aroma. Gently lifts impurities and oil off your skin, allowing it to breathe again, Instantly balances and restores skin’s pH level, Helps minimize pores to prevent oily skin and acne. Suitable for all skin types and ideal for everyday use.

Insta Bounce Super Hydration Serum

I love everything that gives hydration, especially when its light weight ( which means no clogged pores or the feeling of too much on your skin). Insta Bounce skin recharging serum is super light serum that is a great base, be it for your skincare routine or a base for your make up (I do both). It leaves the skin super hydrated, soft and supple. Packed with a cocktail of exciting ingredients like aloe vera that soothes skin, niacinamide that protects against environmental stressors such as pollution or sunlight and sodium hyaluronate that is known as skin revitalizer. Definitely your go-to-serum for instant recharge and rehydration.

Save the Day Multipurpose Miracle Balm

A product my mom approves and so des my grandma, hell if they knew how they would make it themselves in their kitchen. Packed with Turmeric, Aloe Vera, Tulsi and Neem, this multipurpose moisturizer is an out-n-out healer. My skin is a combination one and its super difficult to find right products that suits its need. Part of my AM routine i use it post serums, as skin healer that soothes my skin, clams by breakouts / inflammation if any, heals dark spots and acne marks and deeply moisturizes it. (make sure you keep a towel on your pillow to avoid your covers turning yellow!)

Next on my list is to order their Vit C glow serum and their lip and cheek tint. While all their products are suitable for all skin types, they recommend a skin patch test on inner elbow to check for any allergic reaction before application on face)

Check them out : https://zilchcosmetics.com/

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The Bungalow on the Beach – 17th Century Tranquebar

Tranquebar is also known as Tharangambadi, ‘the land of the singing waves’ is a stunning coastal town located 283km from Chennai. Tranquebar is a Danish, British Colonial heritage town of pristine beauty and charm, established for the Danish for Pepper Exports on the Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu. An offbeat location with the best of breathtaking views, intriguing history, and most importantly – least of tourist buzz, isn’t that exactly what we all need at the moment?

The Bungalow on the Beach by Neemrana group is located 118 km from Pondicherry at Tranquebar (Tamilnadu, India). The beautiful property with its high ceilings, arched pathways, and beautiful colonnade speaks of its colonial architecture. The property is an 18th-century Danish colonial house that once belonged to the Governor of Danish India and is right opposite the Fort Dansborg built by the Danish East India Company in what was once a pepper trading post of Tranquebar, now known as Tharangambadi.

This was our first travel post lockdown and we wanted to be as safe as we can. With fewer tourists and Neemrana’s name attached to our itinerary, we just had to pick Tranquebar. The hotel has two restaurants that serve Indian and French cuisine. You can choose to dine-in in your room or at the restaurant. While we did not spot a menu, what we did get is special recommendations from the chef. Before each meal or your arrival, you can share your choice of dishes and let the chef do the magic with it. We enjoyed all our meals in the verandah with the sea and wind for company. Even though we were there just for the weekend, the time had slowed down as we dwelled over the sea that endlessly stretched in front of us.

Rooms: a spiral wooden staircase lead you to high walls and a room with a chandelier that leads to rooms and further opens up into a verandah. Each room is named after a ship and is equipped with a canopied bed, linen that matches the color scheme of the room, a writing desk, a vintage cupboard a relaxing lounge chair, and amenities for a comfortable stay.


Masilamani Nathar Temple– the 700 year old Masilamani Nathar Temple built in 1306 AD by the Pandya King Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan is unique in its architecture.


The Beach – One of the major attractions of Tranquebar is its rich ozone layer beach. Did you know that Tranquebar has the only Ozone rich beach in India? The ozone has a rejuvenating effect and does wonders to the tired urban body. The Bungalow on the Beach literally sits on the beach on which it commands an emblematic position. The Ozone layer here is the thickest in the country and the second thickest in the World.
Dansburg Fort
The Danish East India company was established in 1616 and the Danes wanted a fair share of the spice trade from India. British and Portuguese companies had already established themselves at various places in India. A treaty was signed between Christian IV, King of Denmark, and Ragunatha Nayak, King of Tanjore for permission to build a fort in Tharangambadi (Tranquebar). This Fort remained with the Danes in 1845 until the British took over. It is now a protected monument overseen by Tamilnadu State Department of Archeology since 1977.

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Pampered Skin with Vasu Healthcare

I have been obsessed with home grown brands that show wonders and are natural. If you are following me on Instagram you will know about my obsession with face oils. I have added a latest addition and it’s been a great experience. I ordered two things from Vasu digital store that caters to skincare needs with natural ingredients and has ayurvedic solutions to your wellness needs.

Vasu Facial Beauty Oil – With Kumkumadi Tailam is a 100% natural face oil that blends the traditional beauty recipe of Kumkumadi Tailam with clinically – proven natural plant actives. The core ingredients make it a great option to include it in your night routine as it gives a natural glow to face, helps overcoming hyper-pigmentation, age spots, wrinkles and blemishes. Apart from being completely natural, it has 0% sillicones, 0% artificial fragrance & color, cruelty-free and can be used by both men and women

Why: Boosts collagen synthesis, improves skin elasticity, evens skin tone by reducing age spots, revitalizes and nourishes skin, reduces appearance of premature wrinkles.

Pro tip : Tap some post make-up (if you are going for a natural look) for that glow that hydrates and one less make up option

Vasu Aloe Vera Gel –Your Skin Care & Hair Care Essential

The soothing & moisturizing effects of aloe vera have made it one of the best natural skin care ingredients in the world. The Vasu Aloe Vera Gel is formulated using a unique patented process, contains superior-quality, 98.3% natural aloe vera.  Designed for everyday use, Vasu Aloe Vera Gel replenishes your tired and dull skin with required nutrients and helps you regain your youthful, glowing beauty.  Their aloe vera gel unclogs the pores on your face and helps reduce the recurrence of acne.
Vasu Aloe Vera Gel possesses guaranteed standardized polysaccharides which provide protection to your hair and skin from intense UV rays. When applied on the hair, it strengthens the follicles and prevents brittleness and hair loss.


Why: It is highly moisturizing and cooling, acts as a calming balm for burns, scratches, cuts, and bruises. It is 100% vegetarian, dermatologically tested for safety, non-irritant and completely free of parabens and chemicals. Hydrates & nourishes skin & hair, soothes itchy skin & scalp, moisturizes chapped hands, cracked feet and lips, protects hair against environmental damage

Pro Tip : I cleanse my face, rub my face with ice and use this as an evening ritual as soon as i am back home. It gives the skin a healthy treat and your skin will love you for it. I follow the same before a night out, when i am going to use a lot of make up.

Check them out ­ ­: www.vasustore.com

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Satpreet Kaur

Arte – Alter, Calcutta


There is something about clothes that look beautiful and are so comfortable you can practically live in them. Over lock-down I have been trying more and more to bring to work and create content in collaboration with homes grown brands that bring out the best of craftsmanship, are eco-friendly promotes sustainability and are socially responsible.


Arte Alter, a made in India brand from Calcutta, a city that is a melting pot of art and culture and reflects everything a socially conscious brand stands for. They firmly believe in creating impact, from the betterment of artisans in terms of health & safety, to textile revival in a contemporary fashion, everything to minute detail of packaging is encouraged by local artisans making it reusable and eco-friendly. At Arte-Alter, they celebrate handmade and craftsmanship, and that is what we as a country “India” is proud of.


The first thing that comes in mind when I see their collection is free flowing comfort, refreshingly beautiful colors, a sense of simple sophistication and a splash of subtle art throughout the collection. The name Arte-Alter itself means, an alternative form of art. All their products are made by hand, and for them, that is art.


Fabrics They Use: this is something I feel needs to be highlighted as it’s the core of any good garmnet. With comfort and care as a key aspect, arte-alter takes immense care to provide you with fabrics made out of azo-free and natural dyed yarns. The yarns are all-natural yarns, like khadi, cotton, silk and linen. The yarns used are hand spined yarns and hand spinning is an ancient textile art, in which fibers are drawn out and twisted together to form a yarn.
The biggest advantage of using natural fabrics is that, they are biodegradable, breathable, soft, durable and also can be produced organically. These fabrics are very comfortable to wear, they are porous, so they do not stick to your body, and they do not cause any harm to the nature when produced. The fabrics are hand washed in minimum amount of water, after the fabrics comes out of the loom, to make them soft and reduce the possibility of further shrinkage.


Arie hand woven khadi dress
Handwoven soft khadi cotton jamdani dress. I like wearing it as a dress, can be paired with a beautiful scarf / belt, add a pair of pants and there is yet another look. The vibrant color is such a mood and it has hand-stitch detailing on neck and sleeve making it a perfect day wear. Shop Here


Aquamarine hand-woven khadi overlayer
I can’t wait to travel and wear this overlayer everywhere. It makes for a great airport style, adding as a layer to my mountain trips and back in city it makes for a stylish work wear. I paired it with their pink resort dress, that can be worn as a separate as well. This aqua cerulean drop shoulder trench overlay comes with patch pocket detail and is handcrafted in soft khadi jamdani with tie and dye detailing on sleeves. Shop Here

They are a luxuriously affordable brand that offers customization option and a joy of wearing them, complimentary with each outfit.

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AkiMi Gourmet

I love desserts, I like to stock up and have at least two or three things at home to binge on. I found AkiMi on Instagram, their images look appetizing and I had to try some. We are all spending so much time at home and ( I am done experimenting in the kitchen for this year) trying something new is the most exciting thing these days found treats that that are not only good in taste but also healthier; imagine indulging in desserts, guilt free.

Brain child of MidhilaRaavi and Akila Vankalapati, AkiMi Gourmet brings you sinfully satisfying treats that are guilt free, vegan and refined sugar free. All their desserts are made from fresh ingredients, and since they are preservative-free, the shelf-life is limited. All the treats are made to order, so you know something special is whipped for you only after an order is placed.


The desserts are packed in minimalistic cardboard boxes, that can be reused. My top favourites are ‘Almond Flour Cake which is moist and flavorful ‘Pecan Pie Bars’ , ‘Banana Walnut Cake’ and ‘Chocolate Cookies’ arrive like a gift box. I totally forgot about their vegan brownies that are extremely lightweight, healthy and satiate your cravings for chocolate (never thought, I could put these two in same line)


They also offer things like Energy Bites that include flavours like cocoa pistachio, dark chocolate and peanut butter, black sesame bites and even postpartum bites made with nuts and edible gum, range of Tea Cakes. Their ‘cheat eats’ menu offers carrot, pistachio and strawberry cakes, along with brownies.


While you may find the prices on heavier side than the usual desserts, the quality too is better since they use. Gourmet food is a premium, especially because of the quality of ingredients used and the elaborate process that ensures nutrition is intact. This is why we might be a bit expensive compared to the other processed and packed equivalents in the market.”


They are delivering via Swiggy, Dunzo
Find them on Instagram at @akimi_gourmet

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Upasna

I discovered Upasna during my year in Pondicherry. Searching for local brands that was comfortable for the humid weather i was living in, stylish and worth the money.

Upasana, an Auroville based brand is a beautiful amalgamation of creativity, fashion, design, Indian culture, social responsibility and spiritual progress – woven seamlessly together.
Clothing has power, the power to change lives. The lives of farmers, spinners, weavers, printers, tailors, designers and many more who have invisibly woven their souls into what we wear. Upasana honours them all, consciously, at every stage of crafting their products. Shifting fashion to touch the soul instead of just the body, we believe life is interconnected. Beauty is beyond vanity.

Upasna Label, aims to create conscious sustainable fashion where they take care of our environmental cost and not pass it on to the future. For them, design is creative, problem-solving. Any problem, be it post-tsunami trauma, farmer suicides, garbage littering, weavers losing their job, Upasana looks at social issues as a space to exercise for change. Out of these real problems were born the following projects:

» Kapas – organic cotton project with families of Madurai

» Varanasi Weavers – a project with the weaving communities of Varanasi

» Tsunamika – a tsunami related project providing livelihood to fisherwomen

» Paruthi – India’s local organic brand to support India’s organic farming community

» Small Steps – compact bags as an alternative to plastic bags

It is great to be sharing about brand like this, investing in something that helps nuild my conscious lifestyle.

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Zuci, Hyderabad

Zuci (SHU-CHI) is the brainchild of Aparna Gorrepati   she is trained from the finest institute s of France and Belgium and has been a chocolatier connoisseur for almost 12 years.  While the place specializes in exquisite handmade chocolates, it is not limited to just those.

This new Chocolaterie and Boulangerie in Hyderabad offers products that are result of a decade of experience.  Zuci offers an exquisite range of artisanal chocolates, cakes, pastries and baked treats.

My visit to Zuci was an extremely special one, it was the first place I had visited post 96 days of lock-down. The safety measures were being followed, the staff was limited and the dine in was controlled making sure the seating is limited, to maintain social distancing

Italian Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows at Zuci, Hyderabad

Hot Chocolate  
If you have been following my page you know how I love my share of Hot chocolates, Hyderabad offers a fair share of incredible Hot Chocolates and I am happy that I can add Zuci’s gooey and sinfully delicious Italian Hot Chocolate to my top 3 favorites, add some marshmallows and it will move over to top two. In this monsoon, I have already had this decadent drink thrice and it’s a must try.  

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Assorted chocolates with Cappuccino at Zuci, Hyderabad

Chocolates  
My first experience of Zuci was biting in 70% Dark chocolate ball and it was so fine that I immediately requested for a box of assorted chocolates packed.  Their range of chocolate include Soft Centered, rich creamy filled ones to cocoa rolled Truffles, cream and nut infused Pralines to hand molded nutty Chocolate Bars hand molded nutty Chocolate Bars.  
My top recommendations: 70% Dark Chocolate, Rose Truffle, Roasted Almond, Milk Chocolate Truffle, Maple Pecan and Mango Chili.  

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Deconstructed Tiramisu with Chocolates and Espresso at Zuci, Hyderabad
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Strawberry Vanilla Cake & Citrus Rind Berry Cheesecake at Zuci, Hyderabad

Desserts 
Luscious (fresh) Chocolate Éclair, Citrus Rind Berry (creamy) Cheesecake, Strawberry Vanilla Cake and Tiramisu. The four desserts we tried came with burst of absolutely different flavors and felt like a well deserved treat of not being able to have desserts for so long, every bite I took, I relished it, letting my taste buds savor the taste and my mind register the experience. I cant pick a favorite because all four them are quite different and absolutely worth digging in (more than once)  

Avocado Toast with Iced Americano at Zuci, Hyderabad
Chicken Steak in Mushroom Sauce, Lasgane, Mushroom Soup (L- R) at Zuci, Hyderabad

Food 

Iced Americano with Avocado Toast was incredible, they source their coffee from Roastery coffee house, which is already a favorite and this healthy option is a burst of flavor and refreshing choice.  I absolutely relished the chicken steak with creamy mushroom sauce, i gorged on to every bite with an absolute delight. I also tried Gnooci (they prepare it house) and Lasagna, it was surprisingly wonderful to know that most of their sauce just like their breads and chocolates are made in house. 

Breads  
My time in Pondicherry has introduced and educated me to some of the finest breads, I may not be an expert yet but I can say I have developed a sense of what I like and have a better understanding of a bread should be, like they say, if you had the best you can never settle for anything less.  
I really liked their cheese and caramelized onion Sourdough bread, crusty on outside and chewy inside; I highly suggest you consume it within a day or two. The other highly recommend bread is their garlic herb Baguette which I tasted fresh out of oven and it blew my mind on how perfect it was.  
Must try:  They highly recommend (and so do I) their in house Babka, the cake whose origins are like Central Europe and is quite popular in Poland. It combines the richness of hazelnut and chocolate, and when warmed slightly melts in your mouth and keeps you coming back for more. 

Where Zuci Chocolates – Cafe, Desserts

Plot no: 1359, Road No:45, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.

*** I do not in any way endorse stepping out until necessary, In case you do step out please wear you mask, sanitize and maintain social distance, if you do plan to dine out, please understand the staff is as concerned for their health as you are, so follow safety measures for yourself and people around you.Love
Satpreet Kaur

Doodlage

Sometimes mind can contradict our own thoughts, i used think if you love fashion, its difficult to walk on path of sustainability; but then again, with time, i ask myself, if i truly respect the fashion i love.

I have never cared about fashion rules, i have always loved wearing colors i like, trends i adore (no matter how yesteryear they are) so trying to give up on fast fashion isn’t very hard (but i am just getting started). Not caring about trends doesn’t mean i am not aware of them, and being a 90’s kid, last decade i have only seen trends come back and nothing majorly fresh, a lot of reinvention, yes! but then again its a very personal opinion.

The only trend i have been trying to get in line is to buy thoughtfully and keep up the main aim- comfort and style. This dress i got from Doodlage is every bit of style and comfort and can easily go from work to brunch, movie date to a vacation outfit.

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Doodleage was born from a simple idea—to create unique, environment friendly products, that are high in style. Everything at Doodlage is made with love; every piece they make is exclusive and unique.

Doodlage is a perfect sync of sustainability and innovativeness. They work with eco-friendly fabrics, such as organic cotton, corn fabric, banana fabric. Another source of fabric is the left over or quality, discarded textile from large manufacturers, which account for the “wastage” in export terms. They also source fabrics, which are left unused by other retailers post-cutting. Much like pieces of a puzzle, these bits and pieces come together, each with its own story. As a brand they love experimenting with textures, embroideries, panels, washes, shapes and sizes to optimize the use of every little .

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Consciously Beautiful

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Hey everyone, on world environment day i am sharing my 10 favorite, organic beauty brands. Call them chemical free beauty products, sustainable skincare products or natural skincare products, these are brands that follow age old Indian tradition of skincare and Ayurveda, and have products that give visible results from the first use.

SkinYoga : The first ever chemical free, 100% natural luxury skincare brand that I have ever used, and 5 years later some of its products have a permanent place in my skincare regime. This made in India brand is ab absolute delight that shows results in first use.  

Products Tried & Loved: Absolutely obsessed with their hydrating ‘Coffee Scrub’, I use it thrice a week for body, while for face I stick to ‘Sandalwood Walnut Scrub that is great for dry skin, hydrates and improves skin texture. The antioxidants found in walnuts regenerates skin and elasticity. Another favorite from the brand is their ‘Almond Orange Face Scrub’ that works wonders to cleanse and repair skin, which is very mild and great f you have a sensitive / combination skin.  

Kama Ayurveda: This Indian brand needs no introduction. It has been my go-to skincare brand for ubtans, face mist and oils. 

Products Tried & Loved: Two constant ubtans from Kama Ayurveda I keep restocking are ‘Suvarna haldi chandan face pack‘ and ‘nimrah anti acne face pack‘ that I use weekly once. Another daily use ubtan is ‘Mridul soap free face cleanser’, a 5 minutes quick fix that cleanses my skin and is so gentle it can be used daily. In oils I love their ‘Organic neem oil’, ‘Bringadi intensive hair treatment oil‘ and ‘Jwalini retexturising skin treatment oil‘, I switch between them depending on what my scalp and skin needs in different seasons. ‘Pure rose water‘ face mists by Kama is something I always carry in my bag. 

 Just Herbs – An entire range of goodness comes from this brand, from skincare to hair care, ubtans to natural make up products.  

Products Tried & Loved– I absolutely love their ‘Unprocessed Virgin Coconut Oil’ it is multipurpose, I use it for my hair, as a moisturizer for body, to remove make up, it is one of the products, I definitely carry while travelling, because it saves space as it can be used in so many ways. I am also using their ‘Nosun Moisturising Gel’, that has sunscreen benefits, light-weight, perfect for my sensitive and combination skin, it is so good that it can be used as a diaper rash cream for babies.  Recently I got their Elixir Serum’ pea size of this herbal face serum   helps brightening and nourishing the skin and reducing pigmentation. 

Pahadi Local– I came across this brand at a skincare work shop with Good Earth in Hyderabad. The brand in its small range of products imbibes luxury in simplicity. Made in Himalayas the brand offers oils, face packs, organic honey and teas.  

Products Tried & Loved : I use their ‘Gutti ka tel’  apricot kernel oil, rich in vitamin A, E and C it is a multipurpose oil made traditionally and used as face oil, body moisturizer,  treating skin allergies, reducing joint pain and safe for children as well. Another product I use by Pahadi local is their ‘Markalak Himalayan powder’ a mudpack from Himalayas that is great for oily to normal skin and helps reducing scars and can used often as a skin cleanser 

Plum Goodness – My entire morning routine at the moment is from this brand, and it has quite suited my summer skin, its light and gives my skin a breathe of freshness. I love their Green Tea Range and all the products I have tried is from this specific range. 

Products Tried & Loved:  My 5-step morning routine includes Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash followed by a splash of Green tea alcohol-free toner, once it absorbs, I tap and spread the Green tea skin clarifying concentrate on my face and neck closing with Green tea mattifying moisturizer followed by a sunscreen (not from plum) 

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Daughter Earth : This vegan, 100% botanical brand, is special because it is from my own city- Hyderabad. Daughter earth is a skincare brand, made in India that has gone beyond organic and formulated products with potent wild-harvested botanical’s from some of the remotest habitat, all their products are reef-friendly and earth friendly. 

Products Tried & Loved: ‘Active Botanical Face Wash’  pH balanced calming cleanser, helps minimizing the appearance of pores and gets rids of pollution, followed by my favorite product from the brand ‘Eternal Youth Moisturiser’ that smells divine ,deeply nourishes and is full of antioxidant-rich plant nutrients that leaves my skin extremely nourished and supple. Another favorite is ‘Eternal Youth Rejuvenating Serum’ that I use as part of my night routine and is rich in vitamins I also use this multi-correctional serum oil under makeup that gives me a radiant look. 

Ayca –  Travel introduces me to a lot of things and one of my trips to Rajasthan introduced me to Ayca. 

Products Tried & Loved: A boon for summers, but with my back to back travel schedules my skin changes temperatures and locations quite often and nothing soothes my skin as good as an Aloe Vera gel. Ayca’s ‘Lemongrass & Turmeric Hydrating Gel’ is non-sticky and made from pure Aloe Vera which leaves the skin feeling firm & hydrated. 

Forest Essentials – one of the oldest luxury skincare brand of India needs to Introduction, when i initially started using the products from forest essentials it was merely for its beautiful aromas, but as i hit my late 20’s and importance of skin care hit me i focused on ingredients and what is best for my skin.

Products Tried & Loved: I can without guilt say i am obsessed with body mists and my two constants over the years have been, ‘Rose & Cardamom‘ and ‘Iced Pomegranate with Fresh Kerala Lime‘ i use it in morning and i wear it to bed. Another favorite skincare product from forest essentials is ‘ Tejasvi Emulsion’  which is made by combining pure ghee and Ayurvedic herbs, and gives an extraordinary smoothness, suppleness and radiance to the skin.

Gulnare Skincare – Another brand that prides itself in using the age-old techniques of skincare that promise great results. 

Products Tried & Loved: ‘Aloe & Vitamin E’ a face ream  that is light and combined with the benefits of Vitamin E oil & Cucumber and delivers a surge of moisture with a cooling finish especially in hot summer days. Another product i have used form Gulnare is their ‘Rosette Clarifying Toner‘ , an alcohol free blend that is refreshing, soothing and clarifying toner that  hydrates skin leaving a rosy aroma. 

Kimirica – A fairly new introduction to me, i received their products as part of a gift box from Shaaadi by Marriott. 

Products Tried & Loved : I have so far used only the Earth Shower Gel‘  that has a zesty fragrance of Persian Lime that creates a sense of well-being and leaves skin soft and smooth.

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Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 

Aerial view of the beautiful Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 
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Hello from the Shanti Villa, Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 

The pretty town in Dharamshala, covered with cedar trees and surrounded by Dhauladhar range was my last escape before pandemic hit us. The amazing new property was a refreshing getaway and now that i look back i am so grateful i did, and an experience i hold on to as we are all quarantined in our safe spaces.

I fell in love with Mcleodgunj when i took a solo trip there. this was my 4th visit to the town and there is something about the air, the sunsets, the monks and monasteries, the beautiful cafes and familiar uphill roads that feels  now home. Dharamshala overall is a great place for leisure and adventure travelers and has a lot of options of beautiful cafes, luxury stay and treks that will leave you breathless, with the view of course. This time i was staying with new luxury property – Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort that opened in Dharmkot, which is located at slightly higher altitude that McLeodgunj.

The outdoor of Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 
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The backyard forest at Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 

The world of Hyatt extends its hospitality with a refreshing new property spread across 6.5 acres, situated in the profound depths of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the outer Himalayas. The property is picturesquely ideal for family, solo, and romantic getaways and offers experiences that will give you a true break from hustle bustle of city life.

Room  of Villa Shanti, Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 
Living area with a view at Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 

Rooms- Hyatt Regency Dharamshala is located near the residence of H.H. Dalai Lama, also known as Tsuglagkhang Temple. It features 80 well-appointed accommodations, including 4 private villas, 3 suites, 17 Club rooms, 15 rooms with balconies, and 41 Hyatt king and twin-bed rooms offering fresh Himalayan air through large openable windows. The resort also features 21 interconnecting room sets, ideal for travelling families. All the rooms have a view, either through their windows, balconies, private garden or just a n open lawn. It is incredible how centrally heated the hotel is, and with warm hospitality of the staff the experience we had was sure a memorable one.

The villa is well equipped with rooms, private verandah, dining space, kitchen area and a cosy staff room
The private lawn area, Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 

Food – Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort offers a variety of locally inspired cuisines which provides authentic Himachali experience as well as the comforting delight of Global cuisine. Whether you are searching for local or international cuisine, you are sure to be satisfied with the choices that are to be found in the iconic area surrounded by the stunning architecture and culture within the heart of Dharamshala. The resort offers three outlets, Thym is an all-day dining restaurant offering both indoor and outdoor seating, is an ideal setting for family dining through a combination of interactive breakfast buffets and thoughtfully curated à la carte menus for lunch and dinner. Featuring the herb garden, the restaurant specialises in locally sourced farm-fresh food that celebrates the bounty of organic Himalayan farming, serving Indian and global cuisines.

Traditional food, Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 

2082, the bar is one of the best in Dharamshala, an ideal place for an aperitif or after-dinner drink. Centrally located at the lobby level of the resort, 2082 overlooks the landscaped garden and the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range. The central island bar is the focus of the area, with both indoor and outdoor seating options. With an adjacent fireplace, 2082 is a comfortable venue offering a wide selection of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, light munches and an afternoon tea selection. What one must try are the locally infused drinks, that were refreshingly new for our taste buds and a live music performance with live counters only made our experience here one of the best during our stay.

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Infused drinks, Local singers and live food coutnters, evenings at 2082 are just magical, Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 

McLeod & Co. bakery and shop is the signature bakery, offering sweet delights inspired by the English-style nomenclature. The bakery is fun, fluid and blends tastefully with the lobby. It also serves as your general store within the resort with selected retail goods and souvenirs from across the region, and essential everyday items in case you have forgotten to pack them.

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High Tea at the McLeod & Co. Bakery and Shop, in hotel lobby.

Shanti Spa: The resort features three single and one couple spa therapy rooms and a wide range of relaxation therapies, from traditional, International, and other renowned contemporary massage therapies. But we recommend is the Tibetan massage that is influenced by local techniques and the use of oil that is made with the best or aromatic and essential oils.

Pool at Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 
An evening of relaxed spa, Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 

Library & Fireplace: One of our favorite spots in the property is the beautifully done indoor fireplace at the lounge area that keeps you warm while you enjoy a read at the library which offers an intriguing selection of literature on various historical and cultural areas of interest. Read or just enjoy a cup of hot Kangra tea while you adore the beautiful Thangka painting, it is a cozy spot for anyone who wants to unwind indoors.

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Hot cuppa tea, good read in centrally heated study area! most relaxed evening of the holiday (after spa of course)
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Fireplace and lounge area, Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 

Fun & Entertainment The resort features a ‘Home Cinema’ that can accommodate up to 15 persons at one go, delivering an intimate audio-visual experience. Camp Hyatt – Kids Zone is a designated area for children where they can enjoy games and fun activities along with special buffet meals. This will allow some free time for parents who are traveling with their kids.

Morning Trek with Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort 

Must Experience: Bhagsu, Nature Walk, Offering an unparalleled landscape, the Bhagsunag area is a …. oGo along as they take you on a journey through sylvan surroundings where you will get acquainted with the local flora & fauna against the backdrop of a breathtaking waterfall. The resort offers this complimentary activity every day, that ends with a light and healthy breakfast, one you should not miss.

Tibetan Arts and Crafts Tour: To honor the heritage of authentic Tibetan arts and crafts, this guided tour to Norbulingka Institute allows guests to see and experience local crafts firsthand. The tour is an additional paid experience, you can include it in your itinerary while you are staying at the resort.

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Svatma – Luxury Resort, Thanjavur

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Svatma – Luxury Resort, Thanjavur

I love travelling, what i love even more is when the journey or destination brings an exciting story or an experience. When i chose my destination this time, i knew i would be taking home a lot of interesting memories. I picked Thanjavur, also known as Tanjore when i was in Pondicherry and it was just a 4 hour drive. We had a very amusing start, our driver was a Rajnikant fan and he entertained us through out the way, while i enjoyed the blabbering my friend found him overwhelming as she just wanted to doze off. The landscape on our way was full of palm trees and paddy fields, i din’t snooze even for a bit, i never can, in flights, in cars, i love watching the landscapes change.

Maratha history, Tamil food, Indian Art and Architecture – Thanjavur is an exquisite southern city formerly known as Tanjore. It is world famous for hand crafted brass idols and Tanjore style of painting, a traditional style that is characterized by the use of gold foil and religious imagery. It’s best known today for being home to the great living Chola temples, a UNESCO world heritage. I was invited to experience the hospitality of Svatma Luxury Resort Hotel, a restored family mansion, that gave me an experience of a magical journey that included the luxury of leisure while dabbling with arts in a traditional home environment.

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Living area, for guests to read, chill and enjoy over arts or games at Svatma, Thanjavur

Visit to local palace with at Svatma, Thanjavur

Much like Thanjavur’s temple architecture, which blends styles from multiple eras, the seven-room heritage wing at Svatma is over 100 years old and the erstwhile family home of the Carnatic musician Rama Kausalya, melds seamlessly into the new building built around it. Across the property, murals of dancers, architectural drawings of Chola-era structures, religious verses and black-and-white photographs adorn the walls.

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The restaurant that leads to patio and further to pool and other restaurant, at Svatma, Thanjavur

Beautiful mornings in this traditional Swappanam Suite at Svatma, Thanjavur

Room: Svatma, recreates the ambiance of a classic Tamil residence in a century-old home flanked by old trees. Keeping you company is period furniture, local art and craft and traditional board games like pallankuzhi. I was staying at the ‘Swappanam Suite’ the best in property with unique design and abundance of intricately carved wooden furniture and pretty balcony. it has a living area, airy bedroom and washroom with closets.

Lounge area in Swappanam Suite, at Svatma, Thanjavur

Catching up on some reading in the private veranda of the Swappanam Suite, at Svatma, Thanjavur

Traditional Thali at Svatma, Thanjavur

Food – The hotel has three restaurants serving south Indian and continental vegetarian food. Aaharam, the indoor restaurant – meaning food or nutrition in Tamil, overlooks the pool, and the outdoor restaurant Amar Chitra Katha-themed Palaharam -meaning snacks offers an excellent local and European vegetarian fare. There’s a set menu for the day, but you can expect dishes such as fried banana flower cutlets, ammani kozhakattai (spiced rice flour balls), puliyotharai (tamarind rice), a variety of rasams, and desserts such as feni (crispy vermicelli) with almond milk and boondi. The terrace bar, Nila, is great for drinks under the stars.

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Pool at Svatma, Thanjavur

Relaxed afternoon with some old old comics by the pool at Svatma, Thanjavur

Experience- Svatma offer a fully equipped gym, spa and pool that looks like a temple tank and you can spend your day around it. Apart from leisure and doing all things touristy planned by Svatma for us, the experience i will cherish forever was the live Veena performance, it was the very first time i experienced it and it blew my mind, i din’t move an inch throughout the performance by the three incredible artist in front of me, it was an experience that i will cherish forever.

Another incredible and yet another first was the sound therapy. I loved every bit of it, a unique sound therapy that was like nothing i have ever experienced, it was calming, and rush of something so new and so amazing left me in a state of zen for hours. Post spa i spent my time by the pool reading one full comic, another first (yes, i never read a comic before)

Spa at Svatma, Thanjavur

Brass Idol Making Experience with Svatma, Thanjavur

Another experience we took was of Bronze Sculpting, Thanjavur is the cradle of this ancient art form and the skill has simply transcended generations of sculptors. We watched cire purdue (was casting) live in action from casting to the sculpture taking its final form and it was just brilliant. Watching things being made from the scratch, especially when its handcrafted, makes you value the artisans and the products a lot more (well at least to me).

Check it out- Tanjore is most famous for its UNESCO-listed Brihadeeswarar Temple, an 11th century Shiva temple built in tawny granite. The edifice was built by King Rajaraja I to celebrate a military victory. Any way you look, it’s a lesson in architectural excellence: from the musical pillars, Chola-style murals and lime plaster frescoes to stucco sculptures of Lord Shiva’s various incarnations and ancient Tamil inscriptions. The central tower has 16 tiers rising to a height of 216 ft, making it one of the tallest of its kind in the world. Several shrines dot the sprawling lawns of the complex, including one of India’s largest statues of Nandi (Shiva’s sacred bull) carved out of a single rock.

Try – Tamil-Maratha fusion cuisine, Thanjavur is synonymous for the famous pulisadam (tamarind paste mixed with rice) and other types of dry rice mixes like ellu sadam, sambar sadam and thengai sadam, all of which are also served at temples as prasadams. Some locals claim that the south Indian sambar was first cooked in the Maratha royal kitchens of Thanjavur. When Sambhaji, the Marathi king and son of Shivaji, wanted something tangy for dinner, the ingenious cook substituted the tarty kokum with tamarind in a dal, threw in some sautéed veggies and the sambar was born! The Maratha influence on the region’s cuisine can be seen in dishes such as shakar biranji—sweetened pulao with almonds and coconut to ambat bhendya—okra tossed with Indian spices.

This blog is so informative, yet i feel there could have been so much more written, but i guess some things are left for experiences. I hope we get through these covid times soon and when we do, we will all travel safe, travel local and see experience the incredible India.

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