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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It is said that variety is the spice of life. Sampan — the Flavours of Asia restaurant at The Suryaa hotel — has also decided to go for a ‘makeover’, of their dishes that is! We arrived for a sampling of the new menu on offer at the Sampan and didn’t go back disappointed. A specially crafted five-course menu, for ‘The Hotel Explorer’ team, was laid out for us for the evening. Located on the top floor of The Suryaa, the restaurant offers stunning panoramic view of the city. The subtle and impressive interiors add to the charm of this Pan Asian restaurant.
Tamra
Let’s get straight to the point here, shall we? The name, Tamra, is going to get a lot of foodies like us into a confused frenzy. It’s not just a fancy name for an Indian restaurant, much like we thought it to be. For tamra—translating into copper in Sanskrit—is just one facet of this 186-seater, multi-cuisine restaurant opened this February at the Shangri-La Eros Hotel in New Delhi. Misleading as it was, we did see samosa chat on the menu though before deciding to dine there. Misleading also because it’s technically five specialty restaurants rolled into one. Much like hundreds of rolling pins (belan, if you please) strapped onto jute ropes hanging from ceiling, sharing space with rows of wheat grass planters. A blend of Indian and orient.
Chef Cyrus Todiwala has won over UK with his culinary skills. Now he has journeyed back to India to establish his fifth restaurant -- The River Restaurant -- at a new boutique resort property called Acron Waterfront Resort in Goa. Whether you are dining indoors or outdoors, The River Restaurant appeals at many levels. The 60-seater Parisian-styled eatery is committed to the development of dishes that make full use of Goa's fresh seafood and wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Although authenticity is important, innovation is the buzz word at The River Restaurant. Therefore local flavours are explored, new textures are experimented with and tastes are evolved. Pork, for instance, a staple Goan ingredient comes to your plate at The River Restaurant in these quaint tartlets that leave you asking for more. Though in its Assado avatar, it tastes just as good.

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