“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”Bill Bryson
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Ankush Raj Chawla
Having worked at Discovery Channel & TLC, the home of lifestyle, as marketing director for eight years, Ankush has always had an inclination for all things luxurious. F&B, luxury properties, high end fashion and rock music form part of his major interests.
Being a person who loves to be on the move constantly, Ankush has traveled to many destinations within India and overseas including vast journey’s down south. Being a beach lover he has explored the shores often. With Calcutta being his hometown, he has from his formative years developed a taste for fine dining. Food for the soul is what he goes looking for and invariably finds it.
He enjoys sharing his experiences with an audience and expresses best when he pens it down. A huge fan of Big B, Roger Federer and Mark Knopfler, Ankush loves films, theatre, live sport and soulful music.
From her formative years, she has had the craving to explore everything urban. Her explorations are her zest for life. This blog is not just her expression, but it’s also her gateway to a life which is filled with vivacity.
Fashion will be what’s in and what’s wacky, voyage will be the roving reporter, cravings will be food for the soul and of course if it’s new it’s on Urban Utopia.
Surbhi is the founder and lead author of the blog. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication and a PR practitioner for close to eight years she has revelled in associating with leading lifestyle brand such as Lakme, Crocs, Ferrari, GroupOn, FabFurnish, Blackberrys, Cornitos, AspriSpirits to name a few.
Seeing the world from the prism of her camera lens and jotting down her thoughts on her qwerty brings out her masterclass. So chug along on this journey with her…
Bangkok & Pattaya
Sun, Sand, Sea & Street Life
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is popularly known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. Food, nightlife, street shopping, buzzing boulevards, a well-connected metro, uber-luxurious malls and importantly cultured locals make Bangkok one of the most dynamic cities of the world.
At Pattya stayed at the ultra-luxurious property, Ravindra Beach & Resort at Jomtien Beach. Jomtien is a 6 km straight stretch of sand which is a much quieter place compared to its rowdy neighbour to the north. The city’s reputation as a sex capital is well earned, with multiple beer bars, go-go clubs and massage parlours. Hence, we chose to be at Jomtien Beach instead.The beach was crystal clean and shiny.
An Enchanted Destination
Bali is a traveller’s paradise. Ithas been repeatedly voted as one of the most enchanting travel & holiday destinations in the world. It is dynamic, vibrant and has its uniqueness intact.Popularly known as the Island of the Gods, it offers an incredible variety of art, music, buzzing nightlife, affordable shopping, lip-smacking food, adventure water-sports, spectacularviews, soothing spas & foot massages and what not!
Bali is worth every penny and can be customised as per your budget, from affordable hotels to luxury villas.
God’s Own Country
Our resort was at the beautiful blue seaside,waking up to this pleasing sight was one hell of an experience. Fresh coconut water, breezy weather, light rains, palm trees, boat rides and peaceful evenings was totally a soul-soother.
Popularly known as ‘God’s own land’, it truly lives up to its title. It is a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast that has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. Kerala is the most heavenly & charismatic place on earth. The tranquillity, exquisiteness and the magnificence of this place has the power to elevateone’s spirit and energy by multiple manifolds.
Punjabi by Heart, Punjabi by Soul
This is my all-time favourite destination. I keep going back to this place to visit the holy shrine- Golden Temple, its delectable street food, amazing art and culture, affordable shopping, vibrant people and to feel deeply patriotic at the Wagah border.
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