I am sure you are aware of Team ChicLifeByte’s travelogue to Palampur-Dharamshala and Mcleodganj! And if you would like to know our adventures in Mcleodganj, you are at the right place. Oh! Did you miss details of our Palampur-Dharamshala trip? You could catch it here and here.
After the sightseeing on the way from Dharamshala, we entered the beautiful luxury property Pride Surya Mountain Resort. Even in the rainy weather, we could spot the hotel easily. Afterall, Surya a 23 yrs old property has been the only option of a luxury stay. They tied up with Pride about 20 months back. Pride boasts of quality and goodwill while Surya is about retaining the customer through its specialised services. Surya takes special care of its customers through knowing about their likes and dislikes…also the perfect hospitality and friendly atmosphere to the families who come to visit the city. Though families dominate the most visited section here, it’s the Israel groups as well who look forward to the hospitality of Pride Surya.
I am sure you are aware of Team ChicLifeByte’s travelogue to Palampur-Dharamshala and McLeodganj! In case you missed our first post of Palampur where we stayed at the beautiful Glade Homestay, you can read it here. Continuing from where we left you on the last blogpost, we were on an amazing road trip from Palampur to Dharamshala and before we tell you about the awesome place where we stayed, I would like to tell you about the scenic on our way. Our first halt at Dharamshala was Dhauladhar Nature Park (zoo) which is known for the wildlife that lives here. Honestly, we were able to see much more than what we could see at Jim Corbett last year 😉 Yes, we could spot a lot of animals and birds including leopard, emu, black bear and barking deer. The whole tour took about 45 minutes to an hour and then we left to see other spots. While in transit, we saw a momos stall and made out driver stop to know how momos taste in Himachal! Momos here were served with the chilli sauce as well as tomato ketchup! The amazing momos were enjoyed with Banta and then tea! Post which it was time for another religious spot – Chamunda Devi temple. To my pleasant surprise, I saw goats in a temple which is built alongside a beautiful lake with Lord Shiva’s statue.
How many times do we want to cut down from the hustle bustle of the city life and go to a quaint place away from the tension of daily life!
This summers, to take respite from the summer heat as well as the hustle-bustle; I planned to visit Dharamshala-McLeodganj. While doing my research for booking my travel and stay, I bounced upon a place called Palampur, a green hill station in Kangra Valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Further research indicated, Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India but tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special interest place. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate…..this description was enough for me to decide my route! Yes, before I head to the popular hill stations thronged by tourists worldwide known as Dharamshala-McLeodganj, I decided to stop by at Palampur.
The Food Affair! No its not only about food but something we experienced during our recent trip to Ahmedabad…yes, going to Ahmedabad over a weekend is not what an ideal tourist would do but we loved our experience. A globe trotter like me would never say no to a weekend which boasts of travel, luxury and food!
So, here comes the big news- Ritesh Hada, a business icon and a renowned name in Ahmedabad who has businesses in the arena of education, fabrics and real estate has entered the field of hospitality and catering. The man who also owns ITC Fortune Inn Haveli has now launched The Food Affair, a high end catering company, the perfect solution to today’s catering requirement. The launch took place at Ahmedabad on May 22, 2016.
Mumbai is all about sea, sand, beaches, drives, food, Bollywood and has been on the travel hitlist for the maximum times…though, for work but work hours are limited to the day time and we have the evening is free to explore the land (most of the times) . From eating at Bademiya to shopping at Colaba to taking a trip to Chowpatty to meeting our bollywood friends…the land of dreams has given the brightest memories to me. From brand launches to fashion weeks, I have loved each minute I have stayed there… Juhu Beach, Marine Drive, Ferry Ride, Gateway of India…the list is endless.
Summers are about leaving home and exploring the world…and that’s when I started thinking of ideal summer destinations. Since I didn’t want something too hectic I thought of exploring Singapore, a small yet beautiful island country, well-known for cleanliness and safety. Afterall, Singapore is a perfect blend of culture, cuisines, arts and architecture.
One of the most important companion for a trip is the vehicle we drive in…and one which gives great look and great mileage is what I would call an ideal car! Being passionate about 4 wheelers and driven a variety of them already…from luxury to the basic ones….some self-owned, some borrowed from family and friends…This time I had to drive down to Punjab to visit a relative and I picked up Ford Aspire for the trip! The Ford Aspire has a very satisfying design when compared to its closest rivals and the vehicle has been on my hitlist for a while.
For us travel enthusiasts, it is easy to book flights but where we get stuck is the accommodation that we are choosing. This is what I personally got stuck with while I was planning my trip to Goa and what played genie in the process was Cleartrip. A click on Hotels in Goa is all I had to do and it was not just the hotel names that popped out, it was along with prices, stars, hotel area and rating…isn’t that wonderful? The infinite variety of accommodation from Guest Houses to luxurious hotels was what I wanted. With a brief description and filters, it did make my search easy and hassle free. Gone are the days when we used to call up our friendly travel agents for booking our flights and accommodation for a vacation or work trip…Now everything is a click away.
Being a travel enthusiast, Airport is one of my favourite spot 🙂 And airport isn’t only about aircrafts or flights but a lot of other interesting things….like shopping and food!! Team ChicLifeByte did give you a review of Delhi Duty Free a few days back and this time it’s about food. So while I was taking a flight from Terminal 3, I stopped by at Plaza Premium Lounge of the Indira Gandhi International Airport situated on Level 1 of the airport (the same level where you have the food courts) post collecting my boarding pass and clearing security check.
Who doesn’t love to shop without paying any international duty and that’s what we have done at Delhi Duty Free a million times. From a last minute pick from Mango to making your trip filled with fragrance from the Perfume section, we have done it all. Afterall, we girls can never resist shoppingggg. So, when Team ChicLifeByte was invited to Delhi Duty Free for a bloggers meet, I was quite excited. The place has everything from Perfumes to liquor to accessories in a layout spread across 440m2 which also makes it India’s LARGEST duty free retail space.
I was impressed with the security check at Terminal-3. Though it’s a different experience when you are at the airport as a traveller but this time we were there as a blogger. We had already sent across our ID proofs through E-mail for the security pass which we personally collected. We were then directed to Terminal 3 where we witnessed the things which we spoke about. Yes, from brands like Pandora, Victoria’s Secret, Hugo Boss, Armani Jeans, Mont Blanc, Mac to chocolates like Butlers, Lindt, Cadbury’s, Smarties, Guylian, Mars. I was actually impressed seeing the variety of brands and products. I felt they have increased the variety from my last international travel.