A stone’s throw away from bustling Chandigarh is the quiet hamlet christened ‘Morni Hills’. A ideal weekend getaway from Delhi and Punjab, this tranquil area houses the Golden Tulip resort. We spent a rejuvenating weekend at Golden Tulip Resort just when the winter was receding and Valentines Day was round the corner. I had first read about Morni Hills, about a decade back, in a popular weekend getaway guide that said it was an ideal destination for a romantic holiday as with limited mobile connectivity it was cut-off from the humdrum of everyday life. It had been on my list ever since. Considering I am a social media addict and smartphones have taken over our lives in last ten years, I could really do with digital detox.
Lofty mountains, buzzing mall road, eateries you'll fall in love in…for all these reasons and more Mussoorie has been rightly christened as the ‘Queen of Hills’. We spent a wonderful (long) weekend in Mussoorie recently, but what made our trip delightful was the stay at the Mosaic Hotel, a new entrant to the Mussoorie’s happening hospitality scene. A wise man said there are three things that decide how good a hotel is- Location, Location and Location. Well located bang on the mall road, at Picture Palace, Mosaic Hotel has got the most important thing right!

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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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