Surbhi Chanana hails from Delhi and has worked in the PR Industry for about 8 years. She quit her high paying job to pursue her passion- Traveling. Experiencing diverse cultures, dialects, food, humanities and civilizations is what interests her the most.
She has been traveling extensively for the past two years and has covered multiple destinations, national as well international. Internationally, Dubai, Vietnam, Thailand & Indonesia has been on her radar and in India, Down South, Mysore, Coorg, Kerala (Backwaters), Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram to Up North (Jaipur, Amritsar, Himachal Pradesh) and metro cities as Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai has been covered by her. More than the destinations, it has been the heritage properties & hotels that she has been reviewing.
The Modern Day Traveler is more keen on experiencing and staying at heritage properties wherever they travel in India and hence restoring old heritage properties into beautiful splendid properties is on a rise. Some of the beautiful palaces that you can visit from Delhi by road to experience some royalty and old Indian culture are mentioned below:
Laxmi Vilas, Bharatpur ~Take a walk down the Royalty
Distance from Delhi: 200 kms
Time Taken: 4 hrsPrice for Two Nights for a Couple:
Price for Two Nights for a Couple:INR 10,000/- (approx, price may vary)
Laxmi Vilas Palace, offers an amazing blend of Heritage, Royalty & Modern Amenities, close to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on Agra Jaipur Highway. The heritage hospitality goes beyond the narrowly appointed rooms, period decor, and antique furniture. One can enjoy a plush meal acclaimed by national as well as international travellers. The best of creative style is equally distinguished by warmth and personal involvement of their attention to various intangibles that define the rich and varied heritage culture.
Laxmi Vilas Palace is a reflection of Royal
heritage of Jat rulers. From a Royal Palace to a heritage hotel, Laxmi Vilas
Palace has become a great attraction in the small town of Bharatpur. It is a
premium heritage hotel just 1 kilometer away from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The
hotel offers accommodation in two wings with 75 rooms divided into two categories-
Classic Rooms and Royal suites. The rooms are spaciously steeped in heritage
theme with all the basic modern amenities and attached bathroom.
The spectacular restaurant and bar would be perfect for a wine and dine evening with your family. Enjoy the mouthwatering food with lavish drinks. One can also spend leisure time by poolside, in the courtyard with a cup of tea, in the lush green gardens, or by the snooker table.
Price for Two Nights for a Couple: INR 12,000/- (approx, prices can vary)
Neemrana Hotels have restored many historical ruins over the last two decades. Neemrana continues to revitalize many old properties in destinations that are off the beaten track. The heritage properties across India hold out the unique opportunity of experiencing a panorama of 700 years of history – from the 14th to the 21st centuries. Amongst these historical ruins were some former Palaces in India, namely The Baradari Palace, India (Patiala, Punjab) and the flagship property, Neemrana Fort-Palace, India (NH 8, Rajasthan). Neemrana’s Palaces in India are situated in culturally rich locations such as Patiala and Alwar respectively.
Neemrana’s project, the 19th century Tijara Fort-Palace is an architectural wonder with the most amazing hanging gardens sited on a hilltop overlooking an unspoilt countryside that changes colours with the seasons. Its restored palaces are already being referred to as the most memorable stopovers, adding colour to the numerous Forts & Palaces in India.
Price for Two Nights for a Couple:INR 18,000/- approx, prices can vary)
Samode Palace has been host to royalty, celebrities, artists, and the discerning traveller. Awaken to the quiet dawn, or have a cocktail on the terrace garden to the accompaniment of folk musicians. Run your fingers across the intricate story of an ancient mural on an uneven wall. Emerge from a gentle healing massage at the spa, or perhaps just sink into the lavish bed in your room. Samode Palace weaves its magic on you.
A splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. The 475-year-old palace is a celebration of the senses, underlined at all times by contemporary luxury and the signature service of Samode hotels – a magical hospitality and rare courtesy.
The Accommodation: The accommodation in Samode Palace redefines the word comfort. Each elegantly and luxuriously furnished room has its own unique personality. Four poster-beds draped with sheer, delicate fabric and exquisitely carved couches invite you to relax. The flowers follow you everywhere – in the courtyards, the painted lounges, the charming prints on the flowing curtains, on the linen that softly brushes against you, with the rose petals that float in your bathtub in the beautiful intricate patterns on the rich carpets beneath your feet.
Come alone, or better
still, come with someone – for in Samode, romance is the essence.
The Dining: Dining at Samode Palace is a treat for the senses. The two restaurants offer a choice of Royal Indian delicacies or scrumptious Asian and European fare.
Recreation: At the Samode Palace you will never be short of things to do. You can begin with a walking tour to discover the beauty of the hotel. Swim in a clear marble and mosaic swimming pool or laze by the rooftop infinity pool and catch a breathtaking sunset with the vistas of the Aravali Range. The Spa offers luxurious massage therapies by trained professionals.
Price for Two Nights for a Couple: INR 22,000 (approx., these can vary)
Ram Bihari palace, known as Kishanpur Palace to locals, sits on the foothills of the Aravali mountain range in the ancient city of Alwar. The history of the palace dates back to more than 300 years to the illustrious rule of the Maharaja of Alwar. The palace is a true blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style of architecture. What makes the palace truly unique is its location. Overlooking the iconic serine Siliserh Lake surrounded by the forests of Sariska, Ram Bihari palace enjoys the best of both worlds, wild and romantic.
The Palace is restored to its former glory by Ram Bihari Kaushik in order to offer to its guests a piece of the world of the blue bloods of Alwar. Before Ram Bihari Palace, The Dadhikar Fort, Alwar was brought back to life by himself making this his second project.
Ram Bihari Palace offers an experience immersed in abundance of magical hospitality rare courtesy. The sumptuous interiors, well-manicured gardens, traditional Rajasthani decor, impeccable craftsmanship will usher you into a world that effortlessly balances traditional grandeur modern luxury.
palatial palace overlooking the serine Siliserh Lake is ideal for those looking
for a romantic getaway or a destination wedding
So, where do you plan to drive down the coming weekend? Do try out these properties for a relaxed weekend getaway with your family and loved ones.
Unwind, relax and refresh at this spectacular property. About 25 kms from Delhi, situated just off the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, lies this hidden gem. Sandal Suites, operated by Lemon Tree Hotels, has 195 spacious and well-appointed suites, which feature a separate living area, an independent balcony and a kitchenette. A suite for differently-abled guests is specially designed for their comfort and convenience. The Crest Suite represents modern luxury, featuring an expansive bedroom, a beautifully designed dressing area, a separate study and a lavish bathroom.
Hotels are such crucial part of my travel as I love coming back to a neat shiny soft cozy bed after walking miles and exploring the unexplored. Aromatic fragrance, fresh fruit platter (mostly complimentary), crisp cookies, fresh bubble bath and a no disturbance room – that’s my way of holidaying and that’s exactly what I experienced at my recent stay at Sandal Suites, Noida by @lemontreehotels
Waking up and sipping a hot cup of tea in this beautiful balcony is the perfect way to spend a quiet yet quality weekend with your precious one.
Hotel rooms are my second home as I spend half a year travelling and I like my hotel to be as spick and span as I like my house to be.
We stayed at a Deluxe Suite during our recent visit at this hidden gem, Sandal Suites, Noida by @lemontreehotels. This suite had a bed room, a living and a dining area, fully equipped kitchen, a mini bar, beautifully spacious balcony with a spectacular view.
Since Ankush & I have different interests. He still likes to read his newspapers, magazines and watch news & sports on a vacation and I want to be in the pool or just sit in the balcony and listen to some good music. This spacious suite allowed both of us to enjoy our own interests and yet be around and relish each other’s company.
Adults are just outdated children. As we grow up, we learn a lot of things and also unlearn a few. The most important thing that we mustn’t unlearn is laughing our hearts out and enjoying little moments as innocently and happily we did, when were kids. The moment I saw this kids club arena at Sandal Suites that has a variety of fun swings, indoor games, chess, table tennis, squash court and much more, I had a ball quite literally..!!
There’s something for everyone, from babies to babas. There’s a variety of fun games for every age group. Whether you like to sweat it out on the squash court or prefer a game of table tennis, a focused game of chess or family fun with carrom, Sandal Suites by @lemontreehotels offers an array of indoor games for you to have a gala time.
Being around the pool and doing nothing is my favourite part of holidaying. Sometimes getting lost in thoughts helps me find myself..!!
And on that wonderful note, Hasta-La-Vista to all the readers out there. Will come up with our next destination and another beautiful experience soon!! Till then, keep reading, keep travelling..!!
Indian women are considered as epitome of beauty and elegance. Indian attire is what makes their beauty look more graceful and dignified. Kurtis are preferably the first choice of every Indian woman when it comes to comfort and style. Kurtis are the perfect attire to be worn at different occasions and celebrations.
Pastel Euphoria by Craftsvilla is designed beautifully to suit every Indian woman- be it a corporate woman, young college girl, a housewife or a business woman. They have got diverse designs to match the requirement of every Indian woman. Be it a festival or a corporate event, family get together or a date night, these pastel Kurtis are apt for every outing. It adds the much needed sophistication to her persona, elevating her style quotient to another level.
Pair it with jeans, leggings or palazzos, to suit your comfort and style and look chic with each combination.
The Pastel Design Kurtis by Craftsvilla are oh-so perfect for this festive season. Celebrate the festivity in the most comfortable Indian outfit and party in full swing. Your outfit should reflect the touch of Indian culture.
Below are the two Kurtis that I totally loved and I have added to my wardrobe for the festival ahead.
Printed Mint Anarkali Style Kurti Dress with Pastel Rose Tie up Jacket at INR 1899/-
Printed Mint Colour One-shoulder Ruffle Sleeves Kurti Dress at INR 1399/-
There are multiple designs available online at www.craftsvilla.com and you can check out an array of gorgeous options..!! Enjoy Festivity.. Cheers..!!!
Launched in three variants, 4+64GB at INR 13,990/-; 6+64GB at INR 15,990/- and 8+128GB at INR 17,990/-
Becomes the first phone with 8GB RAM and 90.8% Dewdrop full screen in its price segment
Realme 2 Pro, is available in three variants:
4GB RAM+64GB ROM
Black Sea/ Blue Ocean/ Ice Lake
October 11, 2018, 00:00 (October 10 midnight) onwards
6GB RAM+64GB ROM
Black Sea/ Blue Ocean/ Ice Lake
8GB RAM+128GB ROM
Black Sea/ Blue Ocean/ Ice Lake
Realme, the smartphone brand that specializes in providing high quality products for youth, announced the launch of its flagship of the year, Realme 2 Proat Amity University in Noida today. Realme 2 Pro, is set to become a benchmark in the mid-range segment owing to its ‘Max Power, Max Style’ proposition. The device carries a formidable Snapdragon 660 AIE processor and comes in three variants; 4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM at INR 13,990/-, 6GB RAM + 64 GB ROM at INR 15,990/- and 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM at INR 17,990/- . Realme 2 Pro, with a super large and marvelous view, 6.3-inch Dewdrop Full Screen and the highest screen-to-body ratio of 90.8% in its segment, will be exclusively available on Flipkart from October 11, at 00:00 Hours (October 10 midnight) onwards. The phone will be available in three trendy new colors- Blue Ocean, Black Sea and Ice Lake.
Speaking at the launch of Realme 2 Pro, Madhav Sheth, Chief Executive Officer, Realme India, said, “With our first offering in the mid-range segment, we bring to you Realme 2 Pro, packed with a powerful processor, dewdrop full screen, superlative photography experience and much more, furthering our product philosophy of Power meets Style. We are a 1 million+ brand now in less than 4 months which we have achieved with just two phones in the market. We have entered markets like Indonesia, Vitenam, and entering UAE in November. By early next year, we will be having 10 global markets.”
Sky Li, Global CEO of Realme,said, “I have been deeply touched by the love and strong support our fans have shown for Realme. We will continue to bring more beautiful designs, high-quality products and exceptional services especially for Indian youth.”
Realme, born from OPPO, now an independent brand targeted at global youth, had recently released its first brand film with a new brand slogan ‘Proud to be Young’, epitomizing the brand and its global positioning. The film emotes and evangelizes the brand proposition of Realme- a brand of the young, by the young and for the young.
Some more fantastic features are stated below:
90.8% screen-to-body ratio brings excellent visual experience
Smooth performance thanks to powerful hardware configuration
Designer Sonaakshi Raaj recently launched her new store in Delhi’s posh Defence Colony. The store has an array of stunning sari gowns that exude great style and timeless grace. The collection in-store comprises of elegant flouncy gowns, westernized saris in a spectrum of vibrant and festive colours. The versatile collection also comprises of a variety of new elements like jackets, dhoti-saris, lehenga-saris and easy sari-gowns with slits. The trending jumpsuits with intricately embroidered jackets are a quirky addition to the collection. Each piece has an individualistic characteristic in terms of statement design, settings, colors and motifs, exuding modern femininity with a touch of classic elegance.
The store will also house the designer’s new collection, just off the runaway; ‘SKIN’ a unique collection of garments designed to flatter the feminine form. The unexpected PVC take the spotlight in this new collection. Merging through cultures, going from streetwear to runway material, the collection gives a feminist manifesto to welcome all kinds of women across the globe.
Taking inspiration from the French era and Parisian elegance, the all-white interiors add an imperial and royal edge to the décor. The store features a separate bridal room for personal meetings between the designer and the brides-to-be. As the French have a certain appreciation for antiques, the store features antique mirrors making it look poised and sophisticated. The drapes over the French windows add a captivatingly romantic element to the store.
“I am really excited and it’s a wonderful feeling to have my 2nd store in the country. I am fortunate to having being able to achieve this at such an early stage of my career. The store is in Defence Colony which is the heart of New Delhi and I feel exhilarated with this huge milestone. I would like to extend my gratitude and a big thank you to all my clients here who have been extremely loyal and shown constant support. For everyone who have specially flown down to Mumbai, the Sonaakshi Raaj store now opens its doors for you in the capital”, says designer Sonaakshi Raaj.
Label Sonaakshi Raaj is synonymous with opulence, with an intention to create glamorous ensembles catering to women’s couture wear, with a design philosophy that is distinctly feminine and refined. Sonaakshi who is a pioneer in contemporary Indian wear for the new age women, added another feather to her multi-faceted personality by globally showcasing her collection at IIFA in New York.
Sonaakshi’s work has also been very popular amongst the Bollywood celebrities who have spotted her creations many a times at various appearances and red carpet events. Having styled the likes of Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Nidhi Agerwal, Sonaakshi has created a niche for herself as a Bollywood stylist
We wish her luck and look forward to her glamorous ensembles!
Product tested as per International benchmarks; Trails conducted for over two years
21 stunning hair colour shades along with an extensive care range including Shampoos, masks and styling serums made for Indian hair
The hair colour market in India is pretty fragmented and disorganized. Despite the fact that increasingly both men and women are applying and adopting hair colour for multiple reasons – to look young, for fashion purposes and at times because they are inspired by celebrities, the purchase and consumption is rather hazy.
There are multiple brands available for what is called the ‘at home market’ where basically a user buys a hair colour from the retail channel and most often applies it him/herself at home and at times takes it to the local saloon which they patronize and asks their barber to apply it for them. This ‘at home market’ forms a large chunk of the hair colour sales and is increasingly undercutting price to stay competitive and drive sales.
However, there is an important segment which consumes hair colour not at home but at the salon. Here the choice of colour and its post application regime is largely determined by the hair stylist based on the brand that particular salon is pushing or stocking. Plenty of times popular chain of salons are stocking just one brand of hair colour (monopolistic situation) and thus leave the consumer with slim choice. Importantly the price of the tube of hair colour is also something the consumer is not too concerned about since the customer is charged by the salon as a service (most salons have different prices for the exact same colour).
Godrej Professional is entering the latter and though the pricing approach is not something that seems to be changing, it definitely seems like the choice of hair colour is set to increase in leading salons in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore & Pune, the four markets where its launching in its first phase. The launch of Godrej Professional was held at an event at Taj Palace in Delhi and included an informative conversation with three hair stylists apart from an introduction by Mr. Sudhir Kakkar, category head. This was followed by a well curated ramp show exhibiting some funky hair styles by male & female models on some pulsating music.
The press launch was preceded by a trade launch and most leading salons seemed to be part of it thus reinforcing the fact that now Godrej Professional hair colour will be available for customers to choose from when they enter a salon. Best part of the product is that it’s ammonia free, yet it provides adequate uplift for grey hair. The product has been in the R&D phase for almost two years and is now ready to serve as an effective option for customers. Apart from the hair colour range (most and not all of it are ammonia free), Godrej Professional also launched products in the post care regime including four variants of shampoos depending on hair type, oils and serums. Godrej Professional seems to be focused on addressing the needs of both concealment of grey and fashion colours. So it’s time to Go Pro.
Talking about the launch, Sunil Kataria, Business Head – India and SAARC, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL) said, “Given our hair category presence and know-how of Indian hair, entering the professional hair space was the next most obvious move. We are proud to launch of Godrej Professional, a full range of scientific colour, care, finish, backwash and technical products, all specifically created for Indian hair. With this launch we have a larger objective in mind, which is to elevate the ‘Salonists’. With industry stalwarts, we have put together a refined skill education academy, which will be made available to Salonists 24×7 through an app. Adding to this, is the first ever social platform for the Salonists to share work and establish themselves in the industry – inbuilt in the app. The Godrej Professional offering of world-class products, skills and sharing opportunities, will take the entire salon business to the next level.”
Celebrated hairstylist & Godrej Professional consultant Asha Hariharan said, “The Professional hair product category in India borrows heavily from the west, discounting the difference in our hair, weather and lifestyle. Each Godrej Professional product is created for Indian hair, keeping in mind the melanin and oil content present in Indian hair, which ensures a noticeable difference in the product performance.”
With years of research & development and global exposure, the Godrej Professional range, brings the best of the natural ingredients and science of Indian hair together. The colour range consists of 21 stunning hair colour shades, all specifically created for Indian hair. The ‘No Ammonia’ crème hair colour range has been designed for longer colour retention and 100% grey coverage, with the power of Argan oil for healthy hair. The ‘Colour Play’ range of hi-lift colour formulations bring about brilliant colours with intense, visible results on dark Indian hair.
To ensure great hair health, Godrej Professional also offers a complete care range comprising of shampoos, masks and styling serums. Developed with high performance formulas and infused with natural ingredients like Avocado, Honey, Argan oil, Quinoa and Keratin, the range helps strengthen weak hair, smoothen treated hair, fight dry frizzy hair along with restoring health for thin hair.
To empower the Salon industry as a whole, a unique Godrej Professional online academy has been developed. The objective is to help ‘Salonists’ and hair experts transform the quality of Professional hair care in India by bringing hair expertise at a click of a button. The mobile application will help the Salonist learn new cuts, styles, ways to apply colour, develop new technical capabilities etc. complete with extensive modules and loyalty programmes. It aims to be the one stop destination for Salonists to up their game !