Explore Indian with a Golden Triangle Tour Package

This post is brought to you by Chetram Voyages, who are our favorite Rajasthan Tour Operator in India. They not only offer tour packages to various cities of Rajasthan but are also a fine blogger. I will suggest you to have a look at their blog on Rajasthan at Chetramvoyages.in/blog

For a first time visit to India, no entity beats the Golden Triangle Tour package which covers New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. This tour has dominated the tourism circuit industry in India and is highly rated my many offline and online travel agents.

Golden Triangle Tour Package cost is around $500 to $1000, depending upon the class of hotels and resorts you book. But if you want to explore Delhi, Jaipur and Taj Mahal then you must check out the destinations, which we have mentioned below.

1. Delhi

Delhi

Delhi

Delhi is India’s political hub as every political endeavor in India originates from here. The City is located in northern India and it connects two worlds, the Old Delhi and the New Delhi. A lay birth of narrow lanes formidable mosques and crumbling havelis, this is a description of the Old Delhi while the New Delhi, established British Raj comprises of free spaced, lined avenues and government buildings.

It is rich in a vast variety of cultures and due to this reason, writers of Delhi culture dating from Chad Armin Khurso and Bardai to this century have never run out of content. The City is full of amazing scenes including ancient monuments, exciting art galleries and museums, architectural creative works, an amazing performing-arts scene, appetizing eating joints and throbbing markets. It’s definitely the place to be and the Golden triangle tour will make your dream come true.

2. Agra

Agra

Agra

Agra is a medieval city and sits on Yamuna’s river banks and was established back in 1956 by Sultan Sikandar Lodi. Its fame has been attributed by it being the Mughal emperors’ capital city from 1526 to 1658 and has secured its position in the tourism sector due to the many splendid Mughal-era buildings it harbors; precisely the Tahj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri which are all UNESCO World heritage sites. This is a must visit destination and every traveler should ensure that he or she visits this place at least once.

3. Jaipur

Jaipur

Jaipur

The pink city, this is the name Jaipur has secured due to its pink walls and the buildings of this old city. It was established in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Sing II, Jaipur has won the admiration of many as it is made of well-maintained gardens and parks, gorgeous monuments and fascinating heritage hotels which were abodes of the Maharajas.

This remnants from the bygone era have attributed to Jaipur’s fame and the most stunning attraction being the front façade of the Hawa Mahal’ or the palace of the winds if you like, which is adjacent to the main street of the pink City. There also old forts, palaces and fascinating shopping malls that will keep you busy during your visit.

Meeting people from all walks of life and different cultures will teach you that the way you see the world is different from the way everybody does. It shows you that you could be completely wrong, witnessing this gives you quite a healthy dose of reality to your assumed higher thinking. Travelling the world is a source of education which is absolutely rare in school.

You learn things like sociology, History, geography, economy and politics. Despite not being and accredited institution, I should notify you that the school of travel is currently taking applications. If you are the type of person that dreams big then finishing a trip gives you the fulfillment that you were able to complete what you set out to do.

This also gives you the zeal to set up the next challenge too, Golden Triangle Tour package to New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur is just what you need!

Banquet Hall in India for Small Gatherings by Middleton Chamber

This list is brought to you by Mr Samal of Middleton Chamber Banquet, Kolkata. As we know that India is the 3rd largest economy in the world thus the locals there are getting rich too.

Wedding Halls

And as in India wedding is a big event in a family so to assist then we have brought this post on some of the best Banquet Halls in India for small gathering.

Have a look…

Tivoli Garden Resort Hotel

One of the many resort hotels for small gatherings, the Tivoli Garden Resort Hotel is owned by the Tivoli Hospitality Group located at the center of South Delhi in the area of Chhattarpur.

The area has lush greeneries with a total land area of 10 acres. The place is the most preferred place to held social gatherings, corporate events, and upscale gala parties as well as residential wedding events.

The management has a long history of the best hospitality in the market plus the fact that venues are breathtaking and luxurious making each wedding affairs be a celebration worthy of reminiscing over and over for years.

440 Banquets & Restaurant Ahmedabad, Gujarat

In Ahmedabad, the 440 Banquets and Restaurant is the events hall for corporate and social gatherings. Upon entering the wedding halls of the 440 banquets and restaurant, you can immediately see the elegance and majesty it brings.

The color palette of the lightning fixtures, floor tiles, and decorative wall interiors define absolute luxury. People will definitely be in utter awe when they walk in this banquet hall.

The ambiance is what makes 440 Banquet and Restaurant the best events hall located in Ahmedabad. And to top it all off, the food being served is mouthwatering, leaving guests with best impression of the banquet hall for sure.

Middleton Chambers Banquet Halls, Kolkata

Middleton Chamber Banquet Hall Kolkata

Another fine area for different social events is the Middleton Chamber banquet halls in kolkata for marriage. The area banquet halls just spell posh and excellence with how the interior are placed well coordinated with beautiful carpet rug and selection of light.

The team behind the place is professional team having more than 10 years of relevant experience in hospitality management. The events place is fully air-conditioned and served some of the finest food and drink in the area of Kolkata.

With a team like this, it is but imperative that social events such as corporate and birthday parties and also weddings are always successful.

Templetree Leisure, Bengaluru

From one amazing banquet hall to another, the Temple Tree Leisure is just a force to be reckoned with in terms of hospitality management for different social events.

The events place is located in Bengaluru and is just as classy as any other posh halls in India. The water bodies made inside the place is just soothing and compliments the perfection of the entire space.

The architecture too is just pleasing to the senses. All the elements are best incorporated in the place making it a wonderful addition to a number of events hall in the country.

What‘s even more satisfying is the fact that everyone can be mesmerized by this dreamy venue. Get to experience luxury at its finest here at Temple tree Leisure.

Mayfair Banquet, Mumbai

Another sight to behold is the Mayfair Banquet situated in Mumbai, one of the most progressive cities of India. A premium brand by Graviss Group, Mayfair Banquet offers guests with absolute majesty upon their entrance in the banquet hall.

Mayfair Banquet is perfect for wedding occasions because of the color palette of its interior. It can also be a place for birthdays and corporate events too.

The modern, wide space and elegance add up that wow factor adding up to having that perfect celebration anyone can ever think of. The place keeps the warmth and soul of India through lavish interiors and amazing food.

Services are by far premium as the place is quite premium too, creating fascinating stories for people who once became guests of the banquet hall.

And with this we finish this post on popular Banquet Halls in India for small gathering. If you have any sugestion the do add them in the comment box.

What You Should Know if Your Next Trip is at Delhi

Delhi, the capital city of India is basically the bread and life of the country where the ancient and modern part exist harmoniously. New Delhi have great contrast of its past with busy highway bazaars and relics of the Mughal times and of its future with well manicured trees along the streets, massive buildings and political infrastructures, and plush food hubs all around. Interestingly, both parts of the city are of equal footing in all aspects of being a great city.

New Delhi is divided geographically in areas which feature its own uniqueness and charm. Take on the challenge of going around each part of the city of Delhi using the metro railway that is well planned for the purpose of easy navigability for tourists.

1. North Delhi

North Delhi

Acknowledged as the Old Delhi famous for the landmarks of Red Fort and Jama Masjid, North Delhi has the Sadar Bazaar, Civil Lines, and Kotwali to interest tourists.

Enjoy thrift shopping and Indian street food at Chandni Chowk which is close to the Old Delhi Railway Station and is known as Delhi’s oldest market. Shahjahanabad Gardens and Ashoka’s Pillar are few sights worth taking a trip in this part of Delhi.

Some good accommodation options in North Delhi are Maidens Hotel at Civil Lines. Plus a few more. I will suggest you to view Tripadvisor.com to know more about Hotels in this part of the city.

2. South Delhi

South Delhi

Hauz Khas is one attraction to see that is part of the old city where restaurant, boutiques, gardens, and art villages are mushrooming, plus the picturesque madrassa ruins where the place got its name.

There are many upper class residential places here including Vasant Kunj, Sarita Vihar, Defence colony, Greater Kailash and Kalkaji. The open market here is Dilli Haat and close to it is a shopping center called greater Kailash. Other sights are Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb.

Some good hotels in this post area of Delhi are Eros Hotel near Negru Palace Market and if you are looking for affordable rooms then check out Hotel GTC at South Delhi.

3. Central Delhi

Central Delhi

Central Delhi is the administrative district of the National Capital Territory, and the Connaught Place is the heart of the city where shopping arcades of colonial times are filled with different shops, pubs, and restaurants.

Connaught Place is just a few minute walk towards Janpath where one can find good bargains for assorted like curios; the Karol Bagh near it is possibly the busiest cloth market there is in India. Head to Bengali Market to taste the famous chaat, or visit other interesting places such as Gurudwara Sahib and Birla Mandir. Rajiv Chowk is the nearest metro station and is 2 kilometers away from Connaught Place.

Good Hotel Options in central Delhi are Lalit Hotel and Hotel Alka. They are some of the most popular ones as mentioned in sites like Tripadvisor and HolidayIQ.

4. West Delhi

West Delhi

The center of West Delhi is Dwarka a short drive away from the commercial district of Gurgaon. Stay at Dwarka if you are on a business travel as it is connected very well to other major cities and the National Capital Region. This part of Delhi is divided into four areas such as the Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Patel Nagar, and East Sagarpur.

5. East Delhi

East Delhi

The Akshardham Temple, the well detailed and sculpted temple made from red sandstone is one of the major attractions in East Delhi which is devoted to Lord Swaminarayan along with Vivek Vihar, Gandhi Nagar, and Preet Vihar. Laxmi nagar, Krishna Nager and Gandhi Nagar are few worth markets to visit, and also Sanjay Lake, Yamune Sports Complex and Shiv Mandir.

Plus a lot more. I can just say that one can only understand the capital only if they visit it. So just pack your bags and explore New Delhi.

List of Top 3 Honeymoon Resorts in India which I love

India is now an amazing and cheap destination for global tourists to visit and spend their honeymoon. Most newly wed couples think that its just Goa which is awesome but their are some amazing destination which have some astonishing honey moon resorts which will force you to fell in love with the, They are:

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Lohagarh Fort Resort, Jaipur

Lohagarh Fort Resort is surrounded by Aravali hills of Kukas Jaipur, and it is approximately 4.5kms from the main highway of Jaipur as well as away from the busy traffic metro cities. The fort resort is quiet, and the sounds of migratory birds, peacock and sparrows that come to visit during winter seasons are the only voices you will hear while in this place and is a luxurious resort in jaipur for fun.

The two-time award winning resort provides a luxurious vacation to couples, and families and it is one of the most stunning places to have a memorable honeymoon experience. Among the unique accommodation that Lohagarh Fort Resort offers include Cottages with Private Pool, Natural Aroma Tree Houses and White Quartz Suites. Lohagarh is also the only luxurious resort situated in Jaipur that offers Deluxe Swiss Tent.

Welcomheritage Fern Hill, Ooty

Welcomheritage fern hill is also referred to as the Mysore Maharajas’ Summer Palace. The resort is nestled in the lavish greens of Ooty with an approximate distance of 160kms from the airport and about 47kms from the railway stations. It is advisable to reach via road if you are in Coimbatore or Mysore.

Welcomheritage fern hill is excellently finished with Burmese teak and features an ornamental papier-mâché ceiling with a highly valued brilliant ballroom. Outspread around an estate of over 50 acres, Welcomheritage enjoys 19 Regal Suites with bedrooms, dressing rooms, spacious baths with Jacuzzi, a bar and pristine multi cuisine dining area and sitting rooms.

The sprawling loans, dense forests with rich and pristine views, awesome tea gardens and overlooking lavish green valley make this hotel one of the best places to have your honeymoon or spend time with your loved ones.

Vythiri Resort, Wayanad

Located in the middle of mesmerizing mist-clad Wayanad hills, in the northwestern Malabar region of Kerala, a place boasting of lush greenery and surrounded by limitless splendor and tranquility, Vythiri resort is an exquisite and eco-friendly jungle getaway. With an altitude of 2600 meters above the sea level and the picturesque site of Wayanad hills, the resort is poised to be a five-star hotel.

The luxurious cottages and the uncompromising tree house villas perched on a hillside, perfectly match the serenity of the resort. Surrounded by the tropical rainforests and the subtle sounds of the migratory birds, Vythiri resort is undoubtedly the best place to spend your honeymoon while in Wayanad.

5 Star Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a hub of royal tourism in India and also recognized as the Pink city of India.  People from different countries come here to explore the beauty of Rajasthan. There are several Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan like Rambagh, Umaid Bhawan etc, are drawing a lot of attention from many tourists of foreign countries as they are welcomed by the traditional Indian way. Have a look on certain Luxury and 5 Star Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan.

Le Meridien, Jaipur

Le Meridien

It is situated on the Jaipur outskirts. It is a luxurious 5-star hotel which is positioned over 25 acres of landscape and also offers a haven of calmness. The hotel provides real beauty and the architectural splendour of Rajasthan. It consists of 116 luxurious appointed villas and guest rooms which are fully equipped with modern comforts. All the rooms are classified as Superior Twin Rooms, Executive villas, Deluxe King rooms and superior kind rooms. This hotel also provides two restaurants serving delicious food. The hotel provides all the facilities and services which fulfils the basic requirements of the guest.

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

The hotel is bounded though the full green surroundings and featuring royal courtyards and pavilions. It belongs to the Oberoi group and the hotel features a great luxurious look that comprises of comfortable rooms, lavish villas and luxurious tents displaying the pictures of the great Rajput Kings. Every corner of the hotel gives attention which makes staying truly memorable.

Cambay Spa & Resort, Jaipur Delhi Highway

Cambay Spa & Resort

It is a luxury hotel situated in Delhi- Jaipur Highway. The Camba Spa & Resort is comprised of a splendid architecture and features accommodation full of relaxing and lavish furnishings. The resort has great features which provide complete relaxation to the travellers. It consists of Premium rooms, superior rooms and suites.

Now these were some of the 5 Star Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan Jaipur. Now lets check out Jaisalmer.

Hotel Rang Mahal, Jaisalmer

Rang Mahal is a four star hotel and is one of the best hotels in Jaisalmer. It provides top facilities and the room are comfortable which are fully equipped with the necessary amenities. All guests get royal experience after staying in this hotel. It is just 2km away from the airport and very close to the bus stand. The hotel consists of 53 deluxe rooms and the rooms are divided into standard rooms, deluxe suites and deluxe rooms. The Hotel Rang Mahal provides a coffee shop and a multi-cuisine restaurant.

Hotel Imperial, Jaisalmer

It’s one of the hotels in Jaisalmer which has a cozy style that attracts many tourists who wish to unwind and relax. It provides personalized services which fulfil the needs of the traveller. All the tourists are provided with an option of pick and drop facilities as well. There are super deluxe rooms, executive rooms and deluxe rooms are available at the Hotel Imperial. They served both Indian and continental food.

So, if you are planning to visit in Rajasthan, then you should stay in the above mentioned hotel for the memorable experience. You will surely enjoy your stay in the luxurious hotels with all the modern facilities.

My trip to Kenya

I embarked with my brother on a 7 day/6 night “Serengeti Trail” Tanzanian safari with the tour company “Intrepid” (with a driver, cook and guide). We were a group of nineteen travellers (British, Irish, NZ, Japanese and Australian) aged 19 to 70s. We travelled in a truck converted into bus (our suitcases went in lockers at the back of the truck (bring your own lock) and day bags went above our head). We enjoyed activities such as biking through a local village, a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti (this was optional and was at an additional expense) and spectacular game drives (viewed the Big 5- elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) and three cheetahs (which are hard to spot)! A list of animals viewed during this safari will be listed at the end of this entry by location.

Day 1 Nairobi to Kisii, Accommodation Kisii:

lake victoria africa

We departed Nairobi in Kenya and travelled West across the Great Rift Valley (see previous entry for more details about Kenya and Nairobi). We had a picnic lunch at the town of Narok and continued to Kisii where we stayed at simple accomodation. This stop was just to break up the journey to Lake Victoria.

Day 2 Kissii to Lake Victoria, Accommodation Lake Victoria:

Kisii town

Before crossing the border into Tanzania, we stopped at a soapstone carving cooperative and watched the craftsmen at work. We crossed the border into Tanzania at Sirai, Kenya/ Isebania, Tanzania (paid $50 for a 90 day visa which we could reuse again for Zanzibar,Tanzania after returning to Kenya),crossed the Mara river and headed to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. We arrived around 2:30pm and my brother and I opted to hire a bicycle and go on a 2.5hr guided bike tour around the village of Musoma. This was one of my highlights in Tanzania. We biked to the pier and around the village, saw the market, heard a church choir, and we had scores of kids running happily behind us trying to high-5 us, shouting out “Muzungo” (white man) as we rode. Locals were not happy when people in the group took pictures and were shouting at our african guide that we should pay for the privilege of taking their photo- not such a comfortable feeling. There was the option of upgrading the accomodation to a hotel room (which we took – it was basic but lovely) or camping. Continue reading

A Story from a travel blogger

It has been almost a year since I have shared with you any of my explorations around the world. I would like to share with you a taste of the Caribean Island of Puerto Rico.

Flight: 3.5 hrs domestic flight from NY. Puerto Rico is one of the 52 States of the US.

Hostel:  Recommend the Posada Hostel in Old San Juan (405 San Francisco st., old colonial building in central location opposite Plaza Colonial among the bars/restaurants. Took a private double room for $55 a night (i.e. could be $27.5 a person), only has shared bathrooms).

Weather: Though it was the end of September and hurricane season it only rained one night and morning (luckily J).

Day 1 (afternoon) Old San Juan:

Hotel where we stayed

Flight landed just before 2pm, arrived in old San Juan 230pm (approx 20 min from airport to Old San Juan).

Hop on free green hop on/hop off bus that has “El Morro” on the front (there are 3 different free green buses, this one takes you in the longest route of Old San Juan). This will take you past St. Cristobal, the slums of La Perla, past the coast cemetery and to El Morro Fortress (supposedly the light house at El Morro has tours  every Saturday at 230pm).

To book tours for the rest of your trip, hop off the bus at the Tourist Centre at the pier (closes at 530 pm).

Think it is easiest to list food/drinks/night-life of Old San Juan all in one place, though these are places I visited over the duration of my trip.

Food/drinks:

Food we ate

Grab a mallorca (sweet pastry) for breakfast at Old San Juan’s infamous bakery La Bonbonera (San Fransisco St). Continue reading