ITC Hotels has been holding the torch of Indian food aloft since a long time. With their Kitchens of India program, they are preserving the common and rare of the varied cuisines of India. But it is not only keeping the traditions alive, the chefs at ITC Hotels are pushing the boundaries of the food they are creating. I had my first encounter with progressive Bengali food at ITC Sonar. This time, it was the time for a lesson in progressive Rajasthani food at WelcomHotel, Jodhpur.
Desert Rose is an idyllic all day cafe at WelcomHotel, Jodhpur. The cafe is steeped in quite elegance and serves something for everyone. With period furniture and artifacts pinned and stacked on every wall along with large windows letting the sunshine, it definitely makes for a serene and regal ambience. When in Jodhpur, Rajasthan make sure you take a break at the luxurious WelcomHotel Jodhpur. Do try out Chef Akshraj Jodha's @akshrajjodha progressive Rajasthani food. Pic Credits: Snigdha Follow @saltandsandals #saltandsandals #travelblogger #travel #traveling #luxury #photography #hotelreview #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #royalty #rajasthantourismofficial #royalty #jodhpurdiaries #rajasthantourism #India #condenastindia #lgindiapage #welcomhotel #itchotels #responsibleluxury
The soon to be open restaurant, Shola
Executive Chef Akshraj Jodha is royalty himself. A close cousin of the Fort Barli, his understanding of the complexities of Rajasthani food is astounding. With Shola, a soon to open restaurant at the hotel will be showcasing the travelers food. A first of a kind in India, it will showcase the food of both the nomads and royalty as they moved across the lands. We get a sneak peek into his food with a six course meal that allows his experimental food to blow us away.
We start off with a Baajre Ki Raab. A heady concoction of high calcium of Baajra with buttermilk. A dash of cumin on top cuts across the sourness. For starters he presents a Maas ke Sulle and Chakki. The Maas ke Sulle is a mutton kebab from Rajasthan. But it’s the lesser known Chakki that blows us away. The wheat protein is made into sheets and then steamed. He grills it with masalas and a dash of mustard oil. The Chatkara Machchi plays homage to the water bodies of Rajasthan as fish as a source of protein is very limited in the dry desert.
The mains are something that showcase the true genius of Chef Jodha. He has curated the Daal Baati in a truly new way making it bite sized and more easy to eat. The Ker Sangri in the Papad and Pithode needs a dab of the curry, just like pouring a sauce. A coriander chicken and pepper mutton offers two other beautiful flavours from Rajasthan. There are three types of Indian breads that he serves us: the good old Baajre and Makke ki Roti along with a Beetroot ka Parantha.
A palate cleanser is followed up with dessert. The Aamra Kunda combines the flavours of Mango on Chena for a sweet end to the meal. Executive Chef Akshraj Jodha’s food is something that you must try out when in Jodhpur, especially the newest restaurant at WelcomHotel Jodhpur, Shola.
Do tell us your favourite place to eat Rajasthani food.
The house of Rohet is a family of jagirdars who dotted the scene of medieval Rajasthan for a better part of four centuries. Rohet Garh located at half an hour’s drive from the blue city of Jodhpur is perfect for a trip of relaxation in India.
Nearly 400 years old, the Rohet Garh along with it’s sister property Mihir Garh take the meaning of experential hotels to an altogether new level.
Although Rajasthan is filled with hotels which tend to offer you an insight to the Rajputana heritage, Rohet Garh is one of rare ones which offers you the comforts of royalty with a hint of a rustic feel. Away from the frills and thrills of the city, Rohet provided us with a chance to unwind and connect with your inner self.
What impressed us at Rohet Garh?
A huge mural depicting the lives of the royals is depicted on the entrance. A lush green lawn welcomes us along with Avijit Singh Rohet, the 15th generation of the House of Rohet. Our room is a cosy little place on the ground floor overlooking the lawns. The beds and cupboards reek royalty but it is an oddly placed pillar and a view to the lake that stumps me. A pillar which I suspected is due to the fact that our rooms used to house the steeds of the Jodhpur cavalry. A beautiful baithak looks out onto the lake with ducks swimming in it.
Food at Rohet Garh
Chef Sharma cooks up a few specialties of the Marwar area. Overlooking the swimming pool, the dining area offers a breathtaking view of the property. Rabori, Kadhi and a Subzi made with green tomatoes adorns our plate. The Laal Maas is present in all its ubiquitous glory. But it’s the sheer opulence of the bar that will make you fall in love with Rohet Garh. Hard desert wood on the ceilings along with the illustrious history of the family being showcased in photographs. Heavy chandeliersand the use of maroon and red complete the look. We sipped on a glass of wine as Avijit regaled us with stories of hunting expeditions and horse breeding.
Activities at Rohet Garh
The Horses, Aha! Rohet Garh and Mihir Garh offer an unique equestrian experience along with a plethora of other options. The activities include cooking classes, desert safari and a trip into the heart of rural India. I will be dedicating another post for these.
Rohet Garh is a luxury property that will offer you an unique experience of Rajasthan away from city life. You can make your bookings here.
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The four hundred year old Rohet Garh fort was the place where the famous historian William Dalrymple penned his City of Djinns. It is located about half an hour's drive from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India At night, the lights create a serene yet royal atmosphere which isn't forgotten easily. The ornately decorated bar is something that you must check out while visiting. It is as if walking in history. Pic Credits : Snigdha #saltandsandals #travelblogger #travel #traveling #luxury #royalty #royal# #hospitality #heritage #hotelreview #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourist #rajasthantourismofficial #lpindia #lonelyplanet #condenastindia #crazemag #roadtotaste
The newest of Hyatt‘s properties and it is indeed the place to be. A property which mirrors the city is in, Hyatt Regency Chandigarh is a aflush with space and aesthetic design. A city known for it’s astute planning and design, the Hyatt Regency Chandigarh truly emblazons the ethos of the city. With an astute use of its space, we truly fell in love with the property and here is why should you.
Start off your trip in the huge expanse of the lobby where a huge Christmas tree now takes centerpiece. A large coffee shop Browse just beyond it provides for a quick refreshment before moving onto other pleasure. The intricately arrangement gives you the feel of Chandigarh at the outset. Move onto their resplendent rooms for an even better experience.
The Rooms at Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
With more than 250 rooms inclusive of suites, the rooms are modernistic keeping in with the business theme of the hotel. Our suite is on the 6th floor of the hotel which gives a beautiful view of the sparkling blue swimming pool below. The suite is cut across two sections with the drawing room having a bespoke luxury with a duvon stretched out to relax you. With 3 televisions in the room, you are never far away from your entertainment. Spa bath accessories with a Jacuzzi means your rejuvenation will never be left behind. Another thing that sets this Hyatt property different from others is the astute usage of space. There are recessed panels on the walls everywhere making your surroundings clutter free.
What to eat?
We move down to the ground and first floor which houses the restaurants. The Urban Cafe does the bulk of the work of the hotel catering to its several guests. Urban Cafe is host to a plethora on international and Indian cuisines. Hyatt Regency Chandigarh also hides another surprise. With Chef Antonio Chirieleison at the helm, Piccante is the only restaurant with serves authentic South Italian food in town. Right next to the Piccante is Stage. With a plethora of cocktails and a winery that boasts of quite a few selections, Stage sits at the top of the most beautiful bars in Delhi NCR.
How to relax?
Done with food, its time for some relaxation and rejuvenation at Amaira Spa & Club. With a fully stocked gym that runs 24 hours along with a spa which has 4 single and one couple therapy rooms, Amaira makes sure you are at your peaky best for the day.
Hyatt Regency Chandigarh is a perfect place to stay and relax in Chandigarh. There is some wonderful Italian food and cocktails that you will not forget soon.
For us a vacation ideally means suspension from the maddening world, away from the congested traffic and into some space of our own. But come winters and all the hill stations are covered with people playing the same old song. Shuttling between crowded markets and ready to pay an arm to over occupied hotels, all just to award them with not such a great experience and no peace at all.
Why Choose White Peaks
With such tech inclined lives centering around the world that’s never prepared to stop, we need a drastic intervention. We need a digital detox, a place of disengagement.
The White Peaks gives you precisely that, a place of your own. Untouched by the tourist hustle bustle, White Peaks is hidden treasure located in the Himalayan hamlet of Gagar in Uttarakhand. Life here moves at its own pace. Breathtaking landscape with majestic Himalayan peaks in the backdrop and sounds of chirping birds will certainly fill you with energy and contentment.
Home Away From Home
White Peaks is a haven for those in love with the idea of ‘some own time’ in the hills. A home away from home. The very sound of home brings a delightful sense of warmth; it evokes a sentiment of belonging.
This beautiful homestay nestled amidst the Himalayan foothills is redolent in old world charm and exudes coziness. But to truly experience this shy homey stay, you must befriend it and what better way to do than by staying in it. The Ganguly family ( Abhijit & Apurupa)and their adorable pooches Mowgli & Maya lets out a lovely, single-storey- cottage atop a pristine wilderness and crystal clear air at 6500ft in Gagar near Nainital. The love affair begins when your eyes panorama to the beautiful snow-clad peaks spread out into the majestic crystal blue skies. Then one turns the corner to the front porch, where your gaze shall drop to the breathtaking forest sprawled below. After this, the homestay welcomes you to a sumptuous living cum dining room, a fire- place, and a huge stack of books to choose from. With massive windows to let the mornings in and elegant furniture, white peaks allow you plenty of privacy.
Room: The joy of doing nothing
There are two twin bedded rooms on offer with attached baths .The rooms are steeped in quite an elegance and decorated with period furniture, wall rugs and a writing desk. The rooms don’t have TV, but they do have books at hand, room radiators and hot shower anytime you please. The views from the room engage a good part of the day for guest. Both the rooms have a common sundeck right outside the rooms to witness the breathtakingly beautiful overlooking snowy peaks of the Himalayas.
The Ganguly’s provides you an enthralling experience for those who will to lunch amidst the beautiful valleys of Nainital. White Peaks offer a simple Kumaon style Al fresco lunch at Farmer’s Home. Enjoy the unobstructed view of the majestic landscapes while you bite into home cooked natures freshly plucked seasonal vegetables like peas, spinach and radish from the nearby organic farm.
A vacation doesn’t always have to be action-packed and full of activity; so sit back and relax. Experience the joy of doing nothing. Do the things you have always been putting off owing to your busy schedules. Catch up on some reading. Do some writing, enjoy the sounds of nature. With so much to “not do” and relax, if you still feel the need to stretch your legs, then go take mini wilderness hike up the valley. Go explore The White Peaks . Recharge your body and soul; come back with fond memories.
Kolkata is a city of rich cultural heritage. A city amalgamating the best of history and progressive culture. The rich cultural heritage of the city is palpable in its narrow streets, bustling markets and a plethora of British era buildings. The city is forever bustling with corner addas which serve as meeting points for the Bengalis. The air is thick with smells of fried oil as hawkers prepare to sell their daily fare. The sound of a conch shell is never too far away. A sweet shop is always around the corner to satisfy your decadence with the famous Bengali specialities.
The Bengalis draw quite a few similarities to the French in terms of art, revolution and culture. Even when the English movies are translated to Hindi, the French gets converted to Bengali. With the city’s suburbs bristling with modern amenities and tall towers, Novotel Hotel and Residences keeps the french connection to the city.
Rooms at Novotel Kolkata
This modern behemoth houses 340 rooms across various categories but what really sets it apart are two reasons. The first being the availability of residences for long staying guests. These chic residences have an attached kitchenette perfect for coming your meals. But it’s the Presidential Suite that will blow you away. Opulent luxury unravels before your eyes as you get a view of the whole city from your bathtub. There is also a pillow menu which I experienced for the first time.
The dining options are aplenty. The Square acts as the workhorse with a buffet that also includes the local Bengali delicacies. Novotel Kolkata also remains one of the rare hotels to have Halwais to make their range of Bengali sweets. Studio acts as a Pan Asian restaurant where dishes from all over Asia are carefully curated by Executive Sous Chef Neelabh Sahay. The jovial chef makes me try a few of his prized desserts. The Chocolate Mousse with its modern renditions will surely win a lot of hearts. The pastry shop Delice along with the bar Sante rounds up the F&B options.
The hotel also provides an Ozone Spa along with a gym for all your wellness needs. But the beauty of the hotel lies in the beautiful cascading water falls linked to the swimming pool. An area that become even more picturesque during the evenings, the Al Fresco areas are perfect for your those romantic dates.
Novotel Hotel and Residences Kolkata is your one stop destination for experiencing Kolkata’s French connection. You can locate their website here.
The Presidential Suite of @novotelkolkata is an opulence of luxury. Overlooking the bustle of the ever growing suburbs of Kolkata, the suite caters to every single one of your needs. We are really in love with the French influences over this beautiful Hotel as it forms a connect to modern Kolkata. #saltandsandals #travelblogger #foodblogger #travelgram #accorhotels #novotelkolkata #kolkata #eastindian #hotelreview #tranquility #green #breathtaking #greens #coconut #trees #sitback #relax #travelmonday #forget #monday #blues #natgeo #lpindia