Responding to the call of the mountains and breaking away from loquacious ho-hum of city life, I along with my family set forth for The Châlets Naldehra en route Kalka. Four-hour cab ride from Kalka Station for Naldehra was not very pleasant except for a few stretches but exhilarating none the less as the giant gorgeous hills were beckoning. We reached the resort well before dusk. Located at a height of 7200 feet, the imposing Châlets Naldehra property rests over the grassy acres of a sunlit spur that reaches out from thick deodar forest and opens to the view of a wide valley.
Far from the clamour of Pink City’s touristy centre is an oasis of tranquility and grandeur, one that offers five star hospitality and has a world-class brand tag. Located in the Kookas area on the outskirts of Jaipur is Le Meridien Hotel. Being a brand that stands for impeccable hospitality, I expected nothing but the best from this hotel. But it still exceeded my expectations. Its hard not to fall in love (at first sight) with this regal palace hotel, complete with manicured gardens and water bodies that also make the apt background score.

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As the elevator opens to Taj Vivanta’s North-Indian cuisine (read Punjabi) restaurant Paranda a quintessential highway truck, rustic ambience and smiling servers welcome us. We visited Paranda for a lunch meal during Surajkund Mela, the annual handicraft fair that attracts throngs of people. Vivanta By Taj, which was earlier a Claridges property, is located bang opposite the fair venue. The north-Indian cuisine restaurant has introduced a new menu and before narrating in detail about the food and experience, let me declare new menu to be a winner all the way. Here’s why.
The calm and yet modern baroque interiors of Malt & Co. soothe the nerves and the happy sound of conversation is reassuring. One can watch the beer being made, and drink it too! The attraction, asides from having 'crafted' beer devoid of synthetic preservatives, is also the relaxed environs without too much loud music that doesn't let you hold conversations. Piccadilly has always been the trusted place for kitty gossip or weekend ruminations.
Attention ladies and hubbies! Whether you’re a hardworking homemaker who wipes up a neat meal plan for your tribe or a proficient executive assembling law and order at workforce, a break with your significant other is never undesirable. Tried and tested, here’s what a couple should do to take a break – just check into Vivanta by Taj – Dwarka, and go straight to Tipple, the hotel’s very own pleasantly scented lounge bar. Don’t wait for Christmas, literally.

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