Gone Fishing Cottages, Tirthan Valley

Gone Fishing Cottages, it is what the word getaway was aptly made for. Located in beautiful  Deori village of Tirthan valley, by a gushing stream is small cluster of wooden cottages designed and conceptualized with love to every detail. Golden marigold bloom everywhere, an in-house café and a hammock right in the middle of courtyard was my glimpse of the property.   

Perfect for anyone who wants a tranquil getaway and enjoy a far away feeling (from the busy world) be it with your family, friends or go solo (like me). From lazy afternoons spent having juicy local fruits, soaking in winter sun by a water stream (or in it) that is just few steps away from the cottage, to nights spent on private deck having perfectly grilled trout and heap of mashed potatoes, my stay at Gone fishing cottages was a mountain fantasy come true.  

The beautiful property is enveloped by step farming fields and blooming orchards on one side, while on the other side, a thick forest of tall cedar and pine trees rests. Gone fishing cottages is both private and welcoming with its incredible host (mother hen- Dimple) She runs the place making sure every little detail from crisp curtains to aromatic toiletries (which she makes employing local women) delicious dishes on menu to surprise desserts.

 This family-run homestay comes with a whole lot of grandeur and warm hospitality – If you love dogs, there are five of them, if you love books, they are racks full of them in the cottage, and if you like nature well take a walk and you are surrounded by best of panoramic views.  

Its cottages, with their bare stone walls and rustic, wooden furniture add to your experience of wilderness living. The rooms are spacious with hint of coziness and pool of natural light flowing in, in mornings and long glass doors that open to your own little private balcony. You can book the entire cottage that comes with 2/3 rooms each or a room in one. The cottage comes with a kitchenette, table with high stools and living space where you can spend lounging around or you could spend hours gazing at the stars at the private deck right outside the cottage. The hosts not only love nature but are also conscious about it, you will notice multiple recycled things all over the property – utilisation of empty alcohol bottles as light shades, twine-entwined lamps, soap stands out of pipes and more.

Whether you’re working from home, a bird watcher, group of friends or two people in love – if you are looking to spend time in nature, I assure your experience at Gone fishing cottages will be nothing short of a rejuvenation.  

Know more: http://gonefishingcottages.com/

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Adivah, Dharamsala

We have been back on travelling grid for a bit now, and only thing that becomes more and more clear is – if you want to travel, do it responsibly. The hospitality industry is welcoming guests all over India with open arms with safety protocols and making the guest experience as safe and memorable as possible. Choosing a location and property could take an extra effort now. But well here is my bit, first hand experience so all you have to do is just BOOK!

The beauty and tranquility of the Himalayas transcend all others. Situated within the mighty lofts of the Himalayas is the magnificent valley of Himachal. Nestled in the lap of this valley is Adivaha – a resort in Dharamsala. Adivaha resort is a 3 centuries old, heritage building, that has been recently restored and remodeled to serve every traveler in search of peace and tranquility. The boutique resort  is situated within just a 30 minutes drive from the nearest airport in the bustling city of Dharamsala. It is surrounded by lush green tea gardens and is spread over an area of 10 acres.  

Room – Adivah resort boasts of being an all-suite property. We stayed in their Viceroy Suite, that provides guests with a remarkable stay within the serenity of the Himalayas. The interiors of the suites are adorned with warm, elegant colour tones that exude a relaxing ambience. The suites overall are spacious, furnished with plush decor and a separate living room for the comfort of the guests. The best part however all the luxury suites open up to a spacious balcony that offers magnificent views. 

Food: The property has an all-day dining restaurant that offers a buffet spread as well as Alacarte menu. In room dining or a private setup in your garden, they do it all. From continental to Indian the food here is absolutely delicious. We also requested to try the local cuisine and chef served us with a Himachali Thali that was delight to our senses.  Handpicked from different regions of the valley, it was an amalgamation of flavors and a great end to our vacation. With outdoor as well as indoor sitting areas, the dining area serves the best in ambience and flavors. 

I was travelling with two of my friends and not once did we step out of the property. We spent our days laying on grass in our private lawns, brewing coffee, watching sunsets, ordering in room in room dining, cycling within the properties, we even had our own little yoga session in our garden. It was an experience that filled our soul with so much happiness and rejuvenation.

Check them out : www.leisurehotels.co.in 

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Hemp & all you need to know about it

Hemp is getting a lot of attention of late because of its perceived health benefits. Hemp’s complicated history may be discouraging for people who want to reap the beneficial aspects of this plant. But here is my attemt to make it simple for you – Hemp, also known as ‘industrial hemp’, is a non-psychoactive variety of cannabis Sativa and historical records trace its origins to the Himalayan region in Asia. My first conscious consumption of infact this year, when i traveled to Binsar, Himachal Pradesh where my taste buds lead me to try the local cuisine- part of which was bhan ki chutney. I was curious to know more, i was educated by locals on how it has been part of the land and it’s food forever. I researched, spoke to brands and found it was available in abundance and in all ways possible gifting us with all it natural benefits.

Hemp can also be a bit confusing—how is it different from marijuana? Hemp comes from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, which is a variety similar to the marijuana plant but very different in terms of the compounds it contains. Marijuana contains relatively high levels of THC, the compound responsible for the mind-altering effects of the plant. While hemp is a related plant, it has very low levels of THC. (It needs to have less than 0.3 percent THC to be grown legally.) The flowers, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant, however, do contain CBD. CBD is a compound thought to have health benefits but without the mind-altering effects of THC.

Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is cultivated for making a wide range of products including foods, health products, fabric, rope, natural remedies, and much more. The various parts of the hemp plant are used to make different products.

Here is how you can include Hemp in your daily life through application and consumption

Hemp seeds, Hemp hearts, Hemp flour

Hemp Seeds are edible and are considered highly nutritious with a high concentration of soluble and insoluble fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for heart health and skin health. Hemp is grown for non-drug use because it contains only trace amounts of THC (the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant that is responsible for getting a person high).The seeds can be pressed to create hemp seed oil or ground up and mixed with water to create hemp milk. Hemp hearts, have a very high anti-oxidant effect and are believed to improve heart health and reduce symptoms of ailments related to skin and joints. These seeds can be added to your meals as a whole or consumed in the form of powder for a well-balanced diet. Toss them into smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, soups, stews, dips, and dressings, or using them in baked goods like muffins. Hemp flour results from removing hemp oil from hemp seed.

HEMP Magic Potion is packed fresh into zero waste glass bottles which can be reused or recycled completely. This Hemp potion can be used as hair conditioner, skin moisturizer and can also be consumed in salads and more. Studies found that hempseed oil may improve dry, itchy skin and help symptoms of eczema, reducing the need for prescription medication

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Hemp Oil

Hemp Seed Oil (also called hempseed oil) comes from the seeds of the hemp plant; it is made by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Hempseed oil differs from CBD oil in that CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and then combined with a base oil (such as coconut, MCT, or olive oil). Hempseed oil, which comes from the seeds only—and not from a hemp variety of the Cannabis plant itself—does not contain any psychoactive properties (such as those from THC which cause a person to get high). Hemp oil has incredible health benefits and is used in foods for its high level of healthy nutrients such as -Proteins, Essential fatty acids (EFAs), Minerals (such as zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, and more), and Antioxidants (such as Vitamin E). Hemp oil can be used as a cooking oil and, just like any other type of healthy oil, can be added to foods such as salads, dips, and spreads.

CBD Oil – Your skin – the largest organ of the body as well as the cause of so many woes. Be it dryness, acne or inflammation, the list doesn’t end. Skin Health from CannaReleaf™ is your one-stop solution for these skin woes and much more. This oil respects the integrity of your skin and works to reinforce the skin barrier from the base up. CannaReleaf™ Skin Health is a mighty mix of CBD rich Cannabis extract and 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. This nutritious and rich combo helps heal and fortify the skin barrier. CBD works perfectly well with all skin types. The calming and soothing effect it has on the skin helps reduce inflammation, soothe dry skin and even acne. Coconut oil helps elevate the moisturizing properties by sealing all the goodness into your skin without any side effects.

Order from – bohecolife.com

Hemp Skincare

Hemp Face Wash Hemp, Tea Tree & Neem Organic Face Wash for acne-prone skin – This nourishing cleanser is well-suited for oily skin types, Rich in oils such as Safflower Seed and Hemp help balance and nourish the skin. Flavonoids found in plant oils such as Neem oil and in essential oils such as Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Tea Tree oils in this help repair free radical damage, soothe inflammations and leaves it nourished.

Hemp Facial Oil – Frankincense & Hemp Facial Oil for acne-prone skin – This facial oil is rejuvenating and nourishing for the skin. Enriched with plant oils such as Hemp Seed, Safflower Seed, and Argan oils, it protects and moisturises the skin without clogging the pores. It soothes the skin and also stimulates blood circulation

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Hemp for Hair

Conditioner – Viva La Sativa Deep Conditioner – Extremely hydrating, and just what i need post my beautiful shampoo bar. My hair thanks me for treating it right and isn’t frizzy anymore. This deep conditioner is helping me repair the damage hair and restoring it to its natural goodness. With main ingredients like kokum butter and hemp seed oil this is great to fight hair fall, have detangled & shiny hair and it also boosts scalp health.

Shampoo Bar – Viva La Sativa Shampoo Bar for Damage Hair – for some reason, life feels a whole lot better when you’re having a totally rad hair day. This shampoo bar from Switchfix co helps has damage repairing formula that deeply nourishes your scalp and hair. The hemp seed oil in this penetrates the hair shaft while moringa brings in oxygen to the roots to improve hair strength and elasticity.

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Hemp Lip Balm- The Peppermint lip balm provides long-lasting moisture to your lips & provides year-round protection. Blanket your lips with all-natural products and their goodness! Wonderful even for summer months when you can enjoy its cooling effect.  It has an all-natural ingredients and no chemicals, mint tingle that cools down your lips. Enriched with Hemp seed oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Vitamin ‘E’ Oil, Cocoa Butter, Peppermint Essential Oil that keeps lips hydrated and nourished.

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Hemp Clothing

Handcrafted using luxurious 100% Hemp fabric, this white shirt is antimicrobial and protects you from up to 95% UV rays. I got this from Hyderabad based Hemp Brand – Hemis that celebrates humanity’s timeless connection with Mother Nature. They offer exquisitely crafted products of Indian craftsmanship with cutting edge organic & natural materials like Lotus, Aloe Vera, Milk, Soya, Hemp, Orange, Corn, Rose and more.

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Hemp Stationary

Daily Planner – This planner is made with 50 pages of extremely sustainable 100% Hemp papers in it’s natural, unbleached colour with gold foil print

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Hope you enjoyed reading and getting to know this, it took me a couple of months to do my research, get all made in India brands together, try and then share this with you all. All the products have backlinks to the page where you can shop directly and also have website links for you to explore these wonderfull brands that have a lot more to offer in Hemp and more.

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SUITECASE OF MEMORIES WITH HYATT

Do you ever visit a same place twice and it only gets better with every visit? Dharamshala has become a yearly visit for me and in last 5 years, there is something about its culture, food but most importantly experiences I think, that keeps making me want to go back every year. This year however was a bold move.  I (just like everyone else) was cooped up for a really long time and my friends and I decided to go experience a safe hospitality with Hyatt Dharamshala.  

It was my second visit to the property and under all safety measures their hospitality is exactly what we needed post lockdown. The beautiful room that gave away the view of breathtaking Dhauladhars and pine trees, while in-room it was spacious enough for us 3 girls to have a spacious 3 days of stay. Getting ready in the spacious bathroom and walk-in closet reminded us of the days gone by. The rooms were well equipped with all modern amenities, special mention to the room coffee machine and bath robes that, we used the most! 

While our day introduced us to new experiences our night matched up to it as well. We spent our evenings at 2082, the bar at Hyatt that is one of the best in Dharamshala. An ideal place for an aperitif or after-dinner drink. With both indoor and outdoor seating options, and 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. 

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.  Thym there all-day dining restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, and 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.  

The resort features a ‘Home Cinema’ that can accommodate up to 15 persons at one go, delivering an intimate audio-visual experience. On our last night at the property, I enjoyed a dose of ZNMD with my friends and couldn’t have asked for a better end to the holiday.  

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Vedix – Customized Ayurveda

Ayurveda has been India’s legacy as far as we can think of, it has gone been passed on to us through generations and because of its effectiveness more and more people opt for it in their daily life. Be it skincare, haircare or even in terms of lifestyle. With Vedix they carefully examine your requirement depending on your issues, lifestyle and what bit needs the most attention by just asking you a few questions.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Expert Ayurvedic Formulator at Vedix then suggests you right products as per Ayurvedic Tridosha Theory. The three doshas are Vata (Air & Ether), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Water and Earth).The simple meaning of dosha is ‘defect’, but in Ayurvedic context, a dosha simply defines the weakness or vulnerability of the particular nature of a person. In other words, it maps out ‘what’s most likely to go wrong’ with a person, and the treatment that should follow.

For my Hair: Post my virtual examination i was suggested a 3 step hair regime (oil, shampoo & serum ) care routine for my hair fall situation. All the products are paraben and sulfate free, gentle cleanser that helps maintain pH balance of my scalp and leaves it healthy and rejuvenated, the hair serum is non greasy and absorbs quickly. they also send you a well described card that shows you exactly how to use the products and also a planner to plan your regime for effective results.

For my Skin: I received a 3 step regime that includes Vedix cleanser, serum and moisturizer. The no foam cleanser helps with getting rid of excessive oil and dirt without disrupting skins pH level and leaves it fresh and clean. the serum helps with target areas to prevent hyperpigmentation and also over time and use lighten dark spots and tighten skin with regular use. the custom made moisturizer keep the skin hydrated and glowing, i use t before my make up, part of my am and pm routine and it has definitely mad my skin more supple.

It is a subscription based service where you can choose a plan for a month, 3 or even 6 months where you will receive the box with required every month. so get started, and take your test here – https://vedix.com/

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Itmenaan Estate, Binsar Himalayas

The sleepy region of Binsar is one of the scenic places of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Perched at an
elevation of 2420 meters, Binsar is known for offering spell-binding views of the majestic Himalayan
peaks such as Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Panchachuli, and Kedarnath. The main attraction of
Binsar is the 300 kms of majestic and panoramic view of Himalayan peaks from Binsar Zero point.
This compact hill town is encircled by the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which serves as a habitat for the rare
animals, birds and flower species. Since the place is wrapped up in thick foliage, it is undoubtedly the
best place for experiencing adventurous hiking, camping and nature walks.


I stayed at ‘Itmenaan Estate’ that is no less of a dream at this moment for anyone who loves a true escape in nature. Set in a peaceful rural setting near Binsar in the Kumaon Himalayas. The 10-acre resort includes virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees; terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables; and to top it all, a small private perennial natural spring. Offering panoramic views of the Himalayas that include the majestic Nanda Devi, the 100-year-old traditional Kumaoni style stone house in the resort has been painstakingly restored. Near to this house there are
two independent cottages, Pine cottage (single story) and Deodar cottage (double story) built in traditional style.
It is as beautiful in the day as in night where you can witness thousands of stars shining unmitigated by mechanical lights. The warm hospitality of the staff at the estate is attentive and easily available be it hot bag late at night or a coffee early in the morning. Even though the are around they simply blend into the background so as to give you the impression that you’re truly all on your own in this lovely estate.


The cottages are styled like a traditional Kumaoni stone house, however, it has been refurbished to include all modern conveniences and luxuries as well. All of them feature sunbaked brick walls, golden lighting, and large full-length windows. The cottages are all surrounded by trees and flora on all sides. The Bathroom construction at the resort near
Binsar is a stunning example of traditional local architecture that involves stacking local stones one above the other without using any cementing material in a ‘dry stack’, locally called ‘kori chinai’. Large bathrooms, with a glass roof to allow sun light to come in, are fitted with all modern fixtures and have running hot and cold water at all times. You can say it’s arguably one of the best bathrooms in the


Food at Itmenaan Estate are a mix of delicious and well thought out recipes that range from traditional Kumaoni, regular North Indian, to dishes from the Western world. Specialty meals, choicest ingredients and stunning scenery – this is how we define dining at Itmenaan Estate. They use fresh, seasonal produce either from our own organic farms or sourced locally, with seasonally changing menus designed around what is currently available. 



Lounge : The main lounge at the Estate is centrally located and consists of a cozy dining area with a few
books to keep company. A perfect place to just laze around or read a book or just relax with family and
friends. The only Television in the estate is in the lounge (none in rooms)

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Sarovar Premiere, Jaipur

Just 7 km from Jaipur Airport, this beautiful new property is a great option for people who like to get a taste of luxury under budget, the beautifully done hotel stands out with its beautiful exterior glitzy entrance that looks classy with whole white, gold, and copper look, that is carried throughout the property. Sarovar Premiere, offers a choice of rooms and suites, facilitated with luxurious interiors and amenities that promise you a splendid stay experience.

I stayed at Sarovar Primer for a day but the sheer spaciousness of my room felt luxurious. The meals were served in the room on request. The one most soul satisfying meal i had was a filling Indian breakfast that was absolutely delightful and in the comfort of my living room. The hotel houses a fine dining multi-cuisine restaurant, an intimate rooftop restaurant, and a bar that is designed keeping the young crowd in mind. They have a luxurious pool, and facilities such as doctor on call, flexible check-in check-out, and travel desk that adds to making your stay an excellent one.

Tooka Restobar – Tooka is an outsourced bar at the hotel premises. The cold winter evening, electric fire heaters and a beautiful glass house, which had some indoor seating but primarily the bar area lights up the entire area. Some signature cocktails under the open sky, good music and food that warms up your soul, Tooka was definitely an incredible evening.

Nestled amidst an ambient setting, yet close to the airport, railway station and bus station, Sarovar Premiere, Jaipur, is an apt choice for those seeking luxury and convenience.

To book / Know more – https://www.sarovarhotels.com/sarovar-premiere-jaipur/

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the Art of ayurveda with ‘Sadhev’

Sadhev’s concept of Ayurveda is a way of life that brings about a synchrony among body, mind and soul . By elegantly pouring the science of Ayurveda into every creation giving birth to the art of life, art of living – the art of Ayurveda itself.

I love Ayurveda, and the more I inculcate it in my daily life, the more i see the power of it. There is also a sense of satisfaction that i am not using any chemicals, not using products that are harmfully tested and most of coming close to nature but by bit.

SADHEV ROSE WATER

The existence of rose water go way back from queens to Greek goddesses everyone used it, and rankly it is the single most easy to use product accessible to all. It hydrates, is handy, suits all skin types, and mostly helps keep you fresh with just a spray. Sadhev’s Rose Water is a sweet fusion of handpicked centifolia roses and the essence of a 200 year old ancestral wisdom steamed, distilled and bottled.

How I use- I constantly have this in my bag (for a quick spray) or right by my dressing mirror. It’s the first thing I use post cleansing, as rose water is a great toner and helps absorb your skincare routine much better. I also use it post make up to let it all set and give some hydration to my skin for a quick glow.

Sadhev Nalpamaradi Tailam

The ever so beguiling queens from the Pandalam dynasty were believed to illuminate their faces with the potion extracted out of the barks of 4 different trees carefully blended with Turmeric, Sesame and Vetiver. Sadhev’s Nalpamaradi Tailam is a pre shower oil, a blend of essence of 4 tree barks with a 200 year old ancestral wisdom to give the full body a glow.

How i use- I love oils, nothing hydrates a dry skin better. I light some incense sticks and do my own spa ritual at home with this Nalpamaradi Tailam from Sadhev, massage all over the body for 10 minutes and leave it for 15 minutes , I wash it off with some home made ubtan (I recommend not to use soap, unless you have to get dressed and step out), moisturize, wear my satin pajamas and take a relaxing nap.

Sadhev Sunscreen SPF 30

This by far is my favorite product from the Sadhev. As important as it is to use sunscreen, it is exactly that difficult to find the right one. This is the perfect sunscreen for me, the texture is undeniably addictive (it feels like satin and no matter how much rush you are in, I bet you will slow done for this) no white cast, absorbs like magic, non-greasy and an ayurvedic solution to sunscreen. Sadhev’s sunscreen keeps the skin exceptionally tender and supple all through the day. Its age defying essence protects the delicate texture of the skin, reduces fine lines and blemishes and keeps the skin glowing.

How i use- I use it at least twice daily, one post shower (even if i am indoors) second in afternoon once i wash my face and freshen up. I have also substituted it for my regular primer, it is an excellent base for your make up, almost perfect.

Sadhev Aloe Vera And Saffron Gel With Kumkumadi Thailam

Mughal empress Nur Jahan’s timeless beauty was the constant source of whispered envy in the royal corridors. ‘The light of the world’ as her name suggests was truly a woman of intoxicating loveliness who believed in traditional Persian beauty recipes to keep her skin sensual and glowing. Her daily regimen involved the use of rich ingredients like Saffron and the Green Aloe Vera that grew in her royal gardens. Sadhev’s Aloe Vera and Saffron Gel with Kumkumadi Thailam is a miraculous fusion of Aloe, Saffron and our ancestor’s pure love that gives the skin an exquisite shine and lasting beauty.

Saffron contains vitamins and antioxidants that have an exceptional effect on the skin. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties help soothe skin and gently treat acne. It is a magical skin-lightening agent that gives an everlasting morning glow to the skin. Green Aloe Vera contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C that delicately heals dry skin and restores a natural glow. Kumkumadi Thailam is an exotic serum that imparts a golden vedic glow by delicately combining rich ingredients like Saffron, Aloe, Sandal & Vetiver along with the essence of a 200 year old ayurvedic wisdom.

How i Use : I use it every time I have cleansed my face or post a session of face packs. I also use it intensely during summers to clam any irritation on my skin.

Sadhev Kumkumadi Tailam

Saffron was a treasured beauty secret used by Rani Samyukta, Prithiviraj Chauhan’s queen who was known for her intoxicating beauty.  Legend has tales of the queen secretly sourcing a rich and rare ingredient from the valleys of Kashmir. The lovely Red Saffron was used to create a magic potion that she used as part of her nightly beauty ritual. Sadhev’s Kumkumadi Tailam is an exotic night serum that imparts a golden vedic glow by delicately combining rich ingredients like Saffron, Aloe Vera, Sandal and Vetiver along with the essence of a 200 year old Ayurvedic wisdom.

Sadhev’s Kumkumadi Tailam is for those who desire to give a sensual glow to their skin. It is infused with rich therapeutic properties of Saffron and Aloe Vera that enhance the skin tone, diminish scars and fine lines and augment the skin’s complexion delicately.

How i Use : I use it every alternate day as part of my Gua Sha face massage ritual, and let the leftover stay overnight.

Sadhev Herbal Body Lotion

Sadhev’s Herbal Body Lotion is poetry for the skin. It is a bottle of indulgence that carefully repairs and restores dry and rough patches thereby gently hydrating and polishing the skin, leaving it sensually luminous, exceptionally smooth and incredibly desirable. Almond nuts rich in vitamin E nourishes and softens the skin. It also acts as an exceptional anti-ageing agent.

How i use: Sadhev’s Herbal Body Lotion is a miracle cream that softens skin, hydrates it and repairs dry and rough patches. I use it every night post shower before going to sleep and wake up with plump hydrated skin.

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Le Dupleix , Pondicherry

Situated in the heart of old French Quarter of Pondicherry,  Le Dupleix was built in the 18th century as the residence of the Mayor of Pondicherry, and stands on one of the most important corners of the French town. The beautiful experience begins right at gate that is topped with perfectly manicured vine leaves. The massive wooden door entrance lead you to heart of the restored building – the courtyard that is surrounded by modern hotel with deep French roots.

Rooms
Every room in this hotel is different! Every detail in each room has been specially thought out and chosen for that room alone, with the end result being a hotel with delightful surprises around every corner. The mix of the modern and the traditional gives much warmth, but at the same time ensures that the hotel is exceedingly comfortable.  It’s no wonder that the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards listed Le Dupleix as among the three best boutique hotels in India. While the rooms are extraordinary i loved the courtyard the most, giving me a full view of the property, a place where i did a lot of reading in company of 200 (plus) year old mango tree, had all my meals and some great evenings catching up with friends over finest of wine and food.

Food

Le Dupleix and Pondicherry have a very complex, diverse and cosmopolitan culture and they bring it all together, in the menu at Le Dupleix. One of the main things I have noticed over my repetitive visits is that they keep upgrading their menu and are far from boring or old fashioned; so heritage and tradition of Pondicherry is modernized and becomes part of their culture that’s moving forward. Influence of Creole is clearly visible in Le Dupleix’s menu through recipes from New Orleans (which created some of the most exciting Creole dishes) like Gumbo soup and Creole Shrimps & Crab cake. The menu celebrates Japanese cuisine with Miso Glazed Fish & Soba Noodle soup, Classic French dishes like Confit de Poulet & Crêpe Suzette, and presents dishes that stand out like Wild Game Quails & Soft Shell Crabs. 

The strongest influence on modern Pondicherry cuisine has been the emphasis on being natural, organic and healthy. At Le Dupleix they are going organic all the way; their rice, wheat, dals, spices and oils are all organic. Fish is fresh from sea, caught by local fishermen and chicken is free range & organic. Also all soups, salads, appetizers and main course dishes have been presented with suggested pairings of International and Indian wines that helped me experience beyond what i knew and enjoyed it thoroughly.

I know as a matter of fact that whenever i return to Pondicherry, i will revisit the property for its lobster night or their in-house Vanilla Ice cream, which by the way is the best vanilla ice cream i have had in my life.

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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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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. 

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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.

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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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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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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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