WHAT’S THIS BUZZ ALL ABOUT: Nestled among the narrow alleys of Chandni Chowk, this beautiful heritage property offers the authentic flavour of Old Delhi. You can now fulfil your childhood dream of visiting a Haveli in your own Dilli city. Travel back in time and explore the rich cultural heritage of the Mughal Era
WHAT’S THERE FOR ME: ‘’LAKHORI’’ offers an authentic lip-smacking variety of chaats & tikkis of Purani Dilli.
For the Entertainment quotient & to sooth your soul,
- WEEKDAYS: Live Classical Music performance of Tabla & Sarangi
- WEEKENDS: Classical Kathak performance
WHAT’S SPECIAL ON THE MENU: One can choose from the array of choices available on their menu including kebabs, Chaats, Tikki, Delhi 6 k Dahi Bhalle, Butter Chicken, Dharmpura Special Dal, Chicken Qorma/Mutton Qorma, Haveli Special Paneer, Methi Malai Murg, Fish Masala amongst many other offering.
- For Vegans- Haveli Special Dahi Puri, Chandni Chowk Special Matra Kulcha is to die for, Sita Ram Bazar ki Aloo Tikki is delectable!
- For Non-Veg lovers, Purani Dilli ke Gilouti Kebab & Mutton Rogan Josh are luscious!KHARCHA-PAANI: It can cost ₹3,000 for two people (approx.)
HOW TO REACH: Metro connectivity has made our lives much simpler, Metro is the best option to reach Haveli Dharampura. Exit from Chawri Bazaar Metro Station & you could either walk upto your destination or take a cycle rickshaw to Jama Masjid Police Station. Haveli is hardly 10 minutes from the metro station!
EXACT LOCATION: Haveli Dharampura, 2293, Gali Guliyan, Near Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
KRIPYA DHYAN DEIN:
- A la Carte is only available on weekdays from Monday-Thursday
- Fixed Menu on Weekends: Veg- Rs.1,800 +taxes, Non Veg- Rs.2,200 +taxes
It was a special day, after all it was my dear husband’s birthday and we decided to splurge. Varq was one name on my husband’s mind since long and we finally decided to go there for a special meal.
Named for India’s exotic edible gold leaf, Varq seats 82 guests and includes a private dining room for 14. Interior designers Mario and Theo Nicolaou created a classic contemporary ambiance by using dark wood, creamy leather and gold textures to complement traditional Indian artwork. Rosewood wall paneling and a dark chocolate tile floor contrast with the gold leaf coffered ceiling. The restaurant’s dramatic entrance features a pair of illuminated cylindrical glass sculptures with polished cut glass floral details set in gold leaf to create a sense of arrival at a jeweled trinket box.
This ultra-fine dining Indian restaurant is placed a level down from the ground floor, on the left side. You need to take the staircase to reach the restaurant. As we entered, the décor seemed quite sophisticated and classy. Overlooking, the lush gardens, we took the corner table. The garden view from the window glass and beams of sunlight falling on us seemed quite enchanting.
While we were being asked on our choice for a bottled Or sparkling water, I left no chance to let them know that it was my husband’s birthday 😉 I am quite shameless like that and my husband was hell embarrassed. You think, it mattered to me, never!
We were now welcomed with their signature mocktail drink ‘Tamarind Orange Juice’ (FYI- This is not a regular pattern, we were served this drink because it was a special day for us 😉 The drink was really refreshing and the taste was wonderful.
Now, the important moment, what to order? I try to be wise at times, to save some portions of our hard earned money (Or so I would like to believe :P). We chose dishes from the Main Course Menu- Paneer Anardana (Cottage Cheese with pounded pomegranate) – full portion, Dal Makhani (red lentils simmered overnight and enriched with chef’s special recipe) & Lasooni Palak (Spinach tempered with Garlic) –From the choice of Samplers, Martabaan ka Meat (lamb cooked with pickled chillies in an earthen pot)- Husband’s choice (I am strictly a vegetarian) and our respective choice of breads.
Samplers were strictly just as the name suggests, they were not enough for even one person. Dal Makhani was average, Lasooni Palak was decent, Paneer was sumptuous and Meat was relishing (in my husband’s words). Size of bread was too small (pricing is not as small though). You can’t complain because you’ve entered a 5 star hotel and you’re supposed to be having overpriced dishes. I understand and accept, but can we not have better portions at least for the kind of money we are paying.
Mr. Thomas (the representative who served us) was kind enough to offer us sweet paan, followed by a birthday present (rose tea leaves packed in a lovely pink cover). Very thoughtful of them to do this gesture J!
Overall, the experience was lovely and the food was decent. Portions can get better as per the pricing.
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT VARQ: It is a modern Indian gourmet dining experience with authentic, artistic dishes created by Taj Corporate Chef Hemant Oberoi and paired with teas to enhance enjoyment of the dishes’ ingredients. Varq is part of Chef Oberoi’s masala cuisine concept, which reinvents Indian food with new techniques, innovative plated presentations and organic produce and spices. Chef Oberoi is faithful to the diverse homemade Indian dishes, while evolving traditional Indian recipes for contemporary palates. At Varq, he uses ingredients such as sea bass, diver’s scallops, foie gras, halibut, sand crab and Karachi prawns.
TIMINGS ARE IMPORTANT: LUNCH 12:30-14:45, DINNER 19:00-23:45
WHAT’S THE BUDGET: Please keep at least 5 k for a good meal for two!
Travel Insurance? Wow, sounds fascinating. Didn’t know any such thing existed until I attended this event recently at The Lodi-The Garden Restaurant in New Delhi.
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Just when you are in the mood for a romantic weekend getaway, this is the place for you! Here you will get to experience royalty clubbed with heritage
Tijara Fort Palace is a 19th century palace, adorning beautiful art works. This property has been revamped by Neemrana and they officially opened the doors for travellers in January this year only.
An ideal weekend getaway from Delhi, it has 21 guest rooms and suites that have a wonderful decor and come with modern comforts. Enjoy memorable heritage experiences here during your stay.
It has seven terraced gardens commanding a magnificent view above the tall ramparts.
The best part of this Fort is that all the rooms here are by the name of Ranis/Maharanis/Lady Achievers such as Anjolie Mahal, Anju Mahal, Bharti Mahal, Pushpmala Mahal, Vishakha Mahal, Arpita Mahal etc. The feminist inside us will love this 😉
Image: Arpita Mahal
Anjolie Mahal-The suite, has a large frescoed wall painted by the renowned painter – Anjolie Ela Menon whereas Anju Mahal- the suite is adorned with details of the works of Anju Dodiya, renowned for a new cutting-edge style. All rooms have their unique touch to it.
THE ANJOLIE MAHAL
Rooms are quite spacious and each room is unique and illustrious in its own way.
We stayed in Nayna Mahal, room was just as the name suggests- eye pleasing (Nayna)
This path connects you to different parts of the fort- the front one being Hawa Mahal
This large pool offers you heaps of laps
WHY SHOULD I GO HERE: For the love of heritage within a short drive, relaxation, peace, spending quality time with your partner/family. Do we need anything more?
WHAT ELSE: Can be a good venue for Destination Wedding! You may consider this if thinking of getting married anytime soon!
SOME GYAAN SHYAAN: Tijara Fort Palace has three palace wings spread across 8 acres. The dining (Hawa Mahal & Chattis Dari) and living areas (Rani Mahal & Mardana Mahal) are linked by spectacular hanging gardens. It embraces 1 Pent House Suite, 3 Turret Suites, 5 Suites, 7 Turret Grand Rooms, 3 Grand Rooms and 42 Rooms which can sleep a total of 157 guests.
PLACES TO VISIT CLOSE TO TIJARA: Alwar, Siliserh Lake and Palace, Sariska National Park, Bhartrihari Temple, Pandupol Temple, Talvriksha, the tombs and the Jain temples of Tijara.
HOW TO REACH: Total Distance: 120 kms (approx.) from Delhi; Mode: Self Drive is the best option. It’s a smooth 2 and a half hour drive from Delhi
Kate Spade recently launched its Summer Collection 2017 at its store in Select City Walk. The latest collection is inspired by the artful flair of Frida Kahlo, Carnations, Traditional Mexican Wedding Dresses, Hummingbirds, Piñatas, Cacti and a few friendly Desert-Dwelling Critters eliciting a celebratory mood.
WHAT ALL DO THEY OFFER:
READY TO WEAR: There are ready to wear options like summery full skirts and breezy blouses, tiered frocks and boldly-hued, bow-tied culottes, tiered dresses and skirts in dark florals
BROOME STREET COLLECTION: Ruffles, stripes, and brightly colored embellishments on classic staple pieces allow the broome street collection to seamlessly integrate into everyday looks. Casual Tees, Smock Waist Skirts, Trousers and Cold Shoulder Tops feel luxe beside a Madison ave separate or mainline studded suede jacket
HANDBAGS: The Cameron Street Lane Handbag, with the classic shape of a duffle bag compacted into a small cross body, receives a roomier update. The luggage tag detail and adjustable cross body strap are convenient and chic. The Daniels drive Abigail is another one with satchel shape in richly-hued leather and stripes. For extra flair, the crown street jasper is elaborately embellished and the season’s novelty offerings—with cheeky nods to piñatas and taco trucks, hummingbirds and turtles—are conversation starters
SHOES: Footwear takes on new life with embellished stitching in bright summer hues on sneakers, heels, and flats. Open-toe heels and slides in bold patchwork prints accentuate feminine florals seen in the ready to wear collections
JEWELRY: Boldly graphic tortoiseshell pieces contrast richly romantic statement necklaces, earrings, and rings with nods to fresh carnations. Cheeky nods to Mexico are adorned with chili peppers, taco trucks and a guest appearance by a little Chihuahua. Sparkles find their place among the continuation of favourites like birthstone and initial pieces
TECH: The cases are celebrating the south-of-the-border spirit this season as well. Novelty iPhone 7 cases in cheeky options are collection favourites, like a silicone cactus or a packet of hot sauce
colors range from high summer brights—vibrant pink, red, lilac, grass green and aqua—to graphic blacks and whites fading into dusky desert hues.