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Assam – The hidden beauty of North East India – Photo Journal

Assam – The hidden beauty of North East India – Photo Journal

Having grown up in Assam, and having spent a considerable amount of my childhood there, I sometimes really miss the greenery, the clear skies and untouched beauty of  this north east Indian state. The beauty of Assam can only be witnessed rather than described, it is naive and simple. Even a random walk in a village is would to etch ones memory forever.

These are a few moments I captured from my recent trip to Assam and the simplicity in the beauty is profound, see for yourself!


Inside Rang Ghar in Sivasagar, said to be one of the oldest surviving amphitheaters in Asia built by the royals of Assam, the mixed hues of green and brown are enough to tell a tale about how old this place is.


Cannons used during wars of the Ahom Dynasty in Talatal Ghar, Sivasagar. So much of history behind these cannons, yet they have withstood time. 


Out on a walk into a village around Sivasagar, I happened to capture what I would call a perfect image of serenity. I still have it up as my laptop wallpaper, in someways the gradual mix of the blue skies into the green fields relaxes my eyes every time I look at this picture.


Some places are like hidden gems, and this is one of them. Tilinga Temple in Tinsukia is mystical in so many ways. Tie a bell, small, big, medium whatever size you choose and and it is said your wish will be granted. I was amazed by the sheer volume of bells that were tied, bells were dangling from everywhere I could set my eyes on.


Lord Shiva is widely worshipped in Assam. How could I not visit one!


If one have ever read a little about Assam, they must have come across Majuli, the largest river island in the World, and soon eroding.


The most popular way of showing respect to anyone in Assam is to present an Assamese gamosa (kind of white towel with red borders). I was lucky to witness one in the making by the locals at a village.


Kamakhya Temple is one of the most famous temples in India and strongly believed upon by the Hindus. In itself it is a tourist attraction too.


Kaziranga National Park, the world’s only sanctuary with the largest population of the one-horned Rhinos. A visit to Assam is incomplete without a visit here. The landscape inside is untouched and stunning!

As I was about to leave the National Park after visiting the lazy rhinos, I spent some time with this pair of elephants, the mother and the baby.


Assam is spectacular, and these memories and many more will always capture a special little place in my heart!

 

Weekend trip to Jodhpur – Photo journal

On a fine weekend we took off to the Blue city of Jodhpur. Without putting in too many words, here is a Photo Journal of our 2 days in this stunning and regal city of Jodhpur!

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The trip kicks off with a long long drive starting from Delhi. The Delhi-Jodhpur highway is pretty neat I must say with no potholes to interupt your drive, this route would be any long drive enthusiast’s favourite. Start late night or real early to avoid traffic, just like us. Not a vehicle in view!

Enroute the Delhi – Jodhpur highway, apart from a host of dhabas (road side eateries) near Delhi, not many places to eat were available as we started approaching Jodhpur and further into Thar. One place we came across early morning after looking for a place to eat for long luckily was also serving the best freshly made, stuffed aloo paranthas I have had in a long long time.

Beautiful local woman we came across dressed in traditional attire.

After a few hours of long drive we retired to this lovely elaborate desert Reort and Camp, Thar Oasis for the night and to experience a camping experience in the sand dunes.

It is brilliant how this place is in the middle of no where, yet very well kept and yes! It has a sparkling swimming pool too. What else could one wish for!

As the evening set in, we headed off to the dinner in the dunes set up. A gorgeous set up with white sofas seated around a stage with Rajasthani folk music and dance. Dining with some chilled beer under the expanses of the starry skies was an unreal experience. The music was filling up the evening air and the entire atmosphere was breath taking.

Watch Rajasthani folk dancers in action!

Next day we headed off to the architectural marvel, Mehrangarh Fort. Perched high up, the Fort overlooks the entire blue city of Jodhpur. The Fort has a galore of artileries, weapons and war costumes worn by the Kings and queens during their time of rule on display. Its mind blowing how big the weapons they used were! We stayed on till the sunset, and watching the sun g down from the fort itself is a stunning view.

Peek Inside the Fort!

If you are in the mood to shop, hp into the many stores inside the Fort for vibrant local ornaments, accessories and decor.

And after a super tiring day of Fort watching, how could we miss the super awesome Rajasthani Thali. Perfect way to end a weekend trip to Jodhpur!

 

The Biryani Company – Review

On my usual daily route to my place, I usually cross this place where now stands the newly opened The Biryani Company. I know there has been a lot of curosity about what this place would be the moment the previous place was being broken down for something new to come. And Ah! was I happy to know it was a restaurant. Recently on a lazy Sunday afternoon I decided it is about time I check out this place for lunch!

The Space: The location is fantastic, right on the t-point corner of 45 Bus stand in Baisnabghata. If you are crossing by you cannot miss the place and the bright hoarding. The place inside is not too big, but is not stuufed with tables, there is enough place to move around. Simplistic in white and orange, it was pretty clean with the air conditioning working pretty good.

The space

Food & Drinks: Now about the food. I started off with ordering Tandoori Chicken, Fish Fry, Fish chop followed by Special Mutton Biryani ofcourse, chicken tikka masala and lassi. The menu is very limited and I would guess that since the place is pretty new, a few things on the menu like the combos were not available. The portioning of the biryani is generous and the taste is pretty on spot and moist. Tandoori chicken as usual never disappoints. The star though was the Fish Fry and the Fish chop. It is very difficult to find a Bhetki fish fry these days made to the spot, this one was delicious, the size and taste, on spot. Lassi though was a disappointment.

Medium fish fry
Menu

Watch out for: A few things on the menu might be missing sometimes, so it is always better to ask. The washroom needs maintenance and lacks cleanliness.

Whats Unique: The Special Mutton biryani is a winner, moist, great taste and quantity

Pocket Pinch: Given the quantity and quality this is a real deal, friendly to the pocket and satisfying for the stomach. A wholesome meal would cost around Rs 1500.

Chili’s Grill & Bar – Review

Chilling at Chili’s Bar & Grill

After a couple of outlets in town, the 3rd in line opened Kasba, Kolkata.  By now I have been to this outlet a dozen times, but finally decided to write about my experiences today. So we all know Acropolis Mall is the newest hangout in town and it was just natural for this chain to open here. I have always been a fan of Chili’s Bar & Grill long before it opened in Kolkata, during my days in other cities it used to be my obvious hangout and I was just surprised how it took so long for it to open in Kolkata.

The Space: I think I visited Chili’s, the Kasba outlet right after it opened, and I was so happy that this one is so spacious with an upper deck too. I must say the upper deck is a bit warmer but it is beautiful with a long bar and comfy sofas. The lower deck has the usual signature Chili’s red sofa. It is pretty obvious the upper section is my favorite place to sit with lovely bubble shaped dangling lights all in symmetry.

Food & Drinks: Well, it goes without saying that Chili’s serves one of the best food and drinks in town, and trust me the quantity being served is really impressive, totally worth the money. I am a great fan of the ‘Corono-Rita’, a mind blowing cocktail served with a Corona pouring into the drink, this drink is quite a star, i am also a fan of the LIIT and mojito’s, the quatity is superb, so one drink down and I was kind of tipsy.

The tempting Corona-Rita

Now about the food, the food portioning is massive, like I remember ordering for fish and chips, trust me I had to do a take away for half of the dish. My all time favorite is the loaded Nachos (a must try, they are not the usual Nachos served elsewhere), Triple Dipper, Blackened Salmon, Tortilla crusted chicken, their steaks are out of the world delicious, They have also started a range of Burgers called Burger Craft which I am hoping to try soon.

Tortilla crusted chicken

 

Tacos and Margaritas

Whats unique: If you have a birthday coming up of a friend of loved ones, this place is where you should celebrate it, they have the best Birthday celebrations ever, loud, musical, with a unique take on the Birthday song and so warm it will definitely make your day.

Watch-out: Well sometimes the upper deck really gets hot and humid, so if you are looking for a chilled time out, lower deck is our place to be.

Pocket pinch: With drinks and food it should cost anywhere above Rs 2500+, but I must mention it is totally worth it.

I must add if you are looking for a good time, Chili’s is the place to be!!!

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Review: Thar Oasis, Jodhpur

Thar Oasis, Jodhpur

One of the highlights about a desert holiday is camping in the sand dunes. On my recent trip to Jodhpur I happened to stay at Camp Thar Oasis and I can agree that it is one of the best camping sites in Jodhpur. The moment you enter the gates of the resort and are greeted by the warm gentleman at the gate with a handsome moustache you know you are in for a great stay.

Pros:

Location: Located far away from the city, this place truly is an oasis in the middle of the desert with expanses of desert and sand dunes around it. The moment you enter the Resort you can see the sprawling lawns and the swimming pool brimming with clean blue water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camps & cottages: You can opt to either stay in the camps or the cottages. The cottages are very well maintained, spacious, and well equipped with all basic necessities. the cottages have maintained the essence of Rajasthan with paintings on the walls of the cottages.

The camps are located at a distance from the cottages at a more secluded area. The camp area has an oasis in the middle of it which adds to the experience of staying the sand dunes. The camps are extremely well maintained with beds, washrooms, etc.

Restaurant: The restaurant is equipped with a massive bar and serves delicious food, both indian and continental. The staff too was very polite and warm in their approach.

Do not miss the dinner at the campsite in the middle of the desert under starry skies accompanied with drinks of your choice, amazing Rajasthani folk music and dance.

Cons:

Cons aren’t many. But yes the only not  so  good thing about the location is that it is quite far from any of the cities and if you are in for a short trip staying here is not the most convenient option.

I must conclude that I am totally in love with this place I must say 🙂