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TWO DAY GUIDE FOR UDAIPUR

Travelling is my soul food!

I basically belong from kolkata and as we all know kolkata is famous for it’s durga puja’s. But well, the travelling bug did bite me during the holidays and we decided to go on an impromptu trip to RAJASTHAN.

Our first stop in the amazing state was UDAIPUR- THE CITY OF LAKES.

We took a flight from Kolkata to Udaipur costing about 8500 INR. You can book your tickets early if you’re well planned and can get at a lesser rate.

We reached Udaipur in the morning around 8 AM and checked into hotel Shalimar. It is a decent hotel and we had made our bookings from GoIbibo. That morning itself we freshened up and decided to explore the city by foot. I believe to discover a new place the best you can do is walk n explore. We went to Lake Pichola and were absolutely awestruck by it’s magnificent beauty. Many fancy resorts and five star properties are present within this lake where quite a number of fancy weddings does take place every year. It was around lunch time and we were quite hungry thus we decided to eat at Harigarh Restaurant just by the side of the lake. It has a rooftop seating arrangement and the view was impeccable.We also discovered a heritage hotel called Amet Haveli where we are definitely staying the next time that we visit, since it gives an amazing view of the city. Later in the evening we made a short trip to Fatehsagar Lake and the markets of Udaipur. At night we had hopped in Enigma Udaipur – which was a delight! The restaurant had served us some delectable cuisines.

Harigarh
Enigma Udaipur and the spread
Amet Haveli

THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF UDAIPUR

1. LAKE PICHOLA We did a morning boat ride from Lake Pichola wherein we saw places like the Taj Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, City Palace and others. It gives a complete 360 degree view of the entire artificial lake. The boating timing is from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This is honestly a must for all.

View from the boat ride in the lake
Some dreamy poses ❤️

Such frames 🌸

2. FATEHSAGAR LAKEAnother picturesque lake in Udaipur. One can simply spend time by looking at the stillness and calmness of the water. Boating options are available and are at cheaper rates. Although we did not opt for boating here.

Fatehsagar lake

3. SAHELIYON-KI-BARI Built by the king for his queen and her bridesmaids during their wedding this place holds a very special place in my heart from the entire trip. The entry ticket being priced at just Rs 5 this is one gem of a place. With fountains in the centre of the bari and intricate architectural relics in the entire place this place was essentially built for the girlfriends of the queen. This place in itself gives a relaxing mood and ofcourse extremely instagram friendly. Each corner of the place and the frames are just perfect to get clicked. So what are you waiting for?

The most picturesque place
Serenity

4. CITY PALACE UDAIPUR The city Palace Udaipur is an architectural marvel and confluence of various cultures. Built by Maharana Udai Singh this place holds immense historic significance. Built in marble and granite, the entrance of the palace in itself is gigantic and beautiful. The entry fee is Rs 30 per person and there are extra charges for camera. Light and sound shows, vintage car collection, charter boat and crystal gallery all have separate charges. If you want to cover it completely half a day would also not be enough. Thus we chose to cover the basic parts and the museum. Entry to the museum has a separate charge. Also, it is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. This place is absolutely the best place in Udaipur to click stunning pictures and make your feed look better. You can also opt for a tourist guide (government registered). One pro tip on a trip to Rajasthan if you are students do carry your student’s ID to get concession in bulk.

City palace Udaipur
Finally we managed to get clicked
The interiors

4. JAGDISH TEMPLEThis temple was the last stop for the day for us. Situated just near the City Palace, this temple is a sculptural marvel filled with gods and goddesses along with animals inscribed all over. A holy place to visit gives an insight into the Rajasthani culture for sure.

Jagdish temple
Intricate works adorning the walls

To read my entire Rajasthan trip and more travel related stories do keep an eye on my blog!

Happy travelling from us!

Elegant Elgin – The Silver Oaks !

“It’s better to see something once, than hear about it a thousand times”. Back in Kolkata i had heard so much about this heritage property that i had to tick this place off on my wishlist. This blog is all about the beauty and the grandeur of Elgin Kalimpong!

Kalimpong is a small hilly town located about 2.5 hours from siliguri. It is honestly another beauty of the hills and i liked it more owing to the fact that the town was a quiet one. Usually hilly areas in peak season are extremely crowded, so we chose to travel around August. The weather was just so soothing around this time , we could absolutely roam around freely.

We stepped into Elgin Kalimpong around 12 pm and were greeted very warmly by the staff with a refreshing welcome drink. The hospitality as soon as we reached the place was something that touched my heart. Elgin Kalimpong is a heritage cum luxury property that was bought by Mr. Diamond Oberoi and completely transformed into a beautiful paradise. Elgin Silver Oaks Kalimpong is built on a wide area, has an open garden space along with a cute furry friend. The pet is extremely friendly and made our stay much better.

As we stepped into the property we could see beautiful paintings all over the wall in the lobby and reception area. Carpet clad floors with intricate interiors gave a regal yet luxurious touch to the place. The splendour of this place cannot be honestly put down in a blog — this needs to be experienced. The chandeliers hanging from the walls adorned the central lobby and bar counters just added to the magnificent beauty.

As we crossed the staircase to reach our room in the second floor, the balcony gave a splendid view of the Himalayas. We had chosen a double bed room for us. There are various other options as well and also special arrangements for differently abled guests. This is a pet friendly place as well. Our room was the epitome of luxury and comfort. The room had all the luxurious amenities starting from a bathtub, vanity counter to exclusive Elgin toiletries. The room is extremely spacious, graceful and stylish.

For lunch we went outside to try some local food and came back to enjoy the evening in this beautiful property. The lawn area has a swing and benches to sit comfortably and sip some tea as you see in front of your eyes the evening swallowing the hills. It was a picturesque image right in front of our eyes.


Time flew by and we headed for dinner! We had an amazing dinner with all Chinese delicacies. Starting from the soup to the main course consisting of chowmein, stirred vegetables, chicken honey, paneer and other dishes everything was delectable. We were extremely full with lipsmacking food and their outstanding hospitality at every step made us super content.

Next morning we woke up early to see the beautiful sunrise from our big window overlooking the lawn area. It was an amazing sight and i rushed down to capture some beautiful moments of this place before we left.


In the morning breakfast we had a wide array of dishes to choose from. We went ahead with an entire English Platter and also had aloo parathas to satisfy our Indian apettite. The English Platter had breads, jams, jellies, scones, hams, bacon’s, masala omlette, sunny side up and muffins. After this heavy and satisfying breakfast it was time to bid adieu to this beauty.

Elgin, See you soon! 🌸

The Grand Uniara

Jaipur was the last city of our Rajasthan Trip. We had kept this bustling and beautiful town to end our trip with best memories.

We reached Jaipur early in the morning from Jaisalmer and checked into Grand Uniara — a luxury business cum heritage hotel. Grand Uniara truly makes your stay filled with royalty and luxury. This hotel in itself has its own history dating back into the royalty of Rajputana! The morning was amazing with breakfast from their cafe. We chose the regular English Breakfast of sausages, omlette, sunny sideup, breads along with pastries and cookies. After gaining energy by gorging on food we decided to explore the property more.

Grand Uniara has two different types of in-house restaurants where one is pure veg and the other serves all kinds of cusines. There is a huge bar which caters to outside regular crowd along with guests and also hosts parties. There is a seperate room for business meetings and conferences. This heritage hotel also hosts weddings!! Yep you read that absolutely right. We were so thrilled and excited to check the wedding venue and lucky enough to run into a wedding happening on that very day. The banquet is beautiful and spacious, also the outside garden area adds to the beauty of the property. Coming to the architecture of this hotel it’s absolutely traditional and is intricately carved. Each floor has a different and unique texture. The lights and carpets all have an old yet regal touch to it. The best part of Grand Uniara is it’s heritage feel along with the luxury of the modern world.

Our room had a pool in it’s very own floor. Subham and I literally spent the entire afternoon chilling in the cozy terrace pool with a dash of sunlight over us. October it was, the weather wasn’t too hot either. Lunch was all about traditional Rajasthani Laal Maas, Kulchas, Chicken tikkas and delectable desserts. I was absolutely delighted by their warm hospitality.

In the evening we went out to explore Jaipur and came back tired to the warmth and comfort of our room. Our room had a view overlooking the garden below and it was very spacious. The walls were adorned with paintings which made it look absolutely surreal. After resting for a while we headed towards dinner, which was again all about North Indian traditional delicacies.

It was a one night stay for us in Uniara, but the experience that we had will stay in our hearts for a lifetime! The city and it’s beautiful places are culturally and historically absolutely phenomenal.

Two Days in The Pink City – Jaipur!

Sometimes one day in a place gives you more than ten years of life at home. Such is the essence of this blog.
Our trip to the world’s heritage city — Jaipur!!
Jaipur is one of the most beautiful and architecturally modern city of Rajasthan which is enriched with history, culture and heritage.

Our trip to Rajasthan was a beautiful one and we had kept Jaipur as the last city of the entire trip — we wanted to keep the best for the last!❤
Yeh sheher nahi mehfil hai! Such are the vibes of this beautiful city and it’s beautiful people. Welcome to the pink city blog of ours.

We reached Jaipur from Jaisalmer via train in the early hours of the morning. We checked into our hotel Grand Uniara and quickly freshened up to explore the city. We just had two days in hand and plenty of places to explore. We started our Jaipur City tour with City palace Jaipur!


City Palace Jaipur is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm and at night from 7pm to 10pm. We entered as soon as the gates were open. The entry fee was Rs 100 after applying student concession and the museum visit was Rs 500. Thus we entered the magnificent gates of City palace Jaipur– painted in all pink this place has a different charm. City palace is divided into two parts — Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. Inside City palace there are various sections — museums, artefacts, handicrafts, cafes and others. The walls are intricately decorated with architectural beauties.


After City palace we decided to visit Jantar Mantar! This astronomical observatory is indeed an architectural beauty! Jantar Mantar has the largest sundial in the world attracting tourists from all over. Scientists are also particularly interested in the way this place was formed. I could see a huge flock of students on their school excursion while on a visit to this place.


Next we decided to visit Hawa Mahal which was situated closeby. Hawa Mahal has a beautiful tall architectural palace structure which is adorned with gorgeous sculptures and is absolutely pink in colour. Hawa Mahal is a very picture friendly place where you literally hire photographers to take snaps of you with the Mahal ! It is actually difficult to fit the Red and Pink honeycombed shaped sandstone structure in one single frame — it is that huge!

Next we decided to head to Patrika Gate!!!! Do you exactly see how excited I am to share more about this impeccable beauty. Patrika Gate is closer to Jaipur Airport and is the entry to Jawahar Circle — the biggest circular park with lush greenery and beautiful structures on a traffic signal. How unique is that isn’t it?? If you’re looking to find Rajasthani art, culture, tradition and history all in one place keeping the perplexities of City Life aside then this is the place for it. The evening was all about a trip to the markets of Jaipur. People who know me know my weakness towards shopping. This was my top priority in Jaipur and made me nearly left with no penny. I am lucky to have my forever understanding partner who happily agreed to accompany on this enormous shopping spree! We started with Johri Bazar — the beautiful kundan jewelleries and other priceless gem stones here are absolutely stunning , we both ended up buying a lot of stuffs for our family as gifts. Next were cute little showpieces of elephants, chariots clearly depicting the royalty of the Rajputs. We headed towards Nehru Bazar after this to stock on our collection of Jootis ie. Shoes and also the traditional Rajasthani Bandini — a special type of clothing material wore in lehengas, sarees and salwar suits. We decided to call it a day after this as we were absolutely exhausted.


Next morning we had to wake up early since it was our last day in Jaipur and we had to cover three most important places on our travel iternary. We started with Jal Mahal Jaipur! It is basically a palace situated in the Man Sagar lake which earlier used to have boat rides and gondolas but has stopped now due to its construction. It is supposedly getting converted into a ultra luxurious property.


We then headed towards Amber Fort. Amber Fort is situated about half an hour from the main Jaipur City and the journey to Amber fort is absolutely thrilling as one has to either walk uphill or take an elephant ride and of course there are cab options available. We chose to go with Rajasthan Discovery Tour operators cab which contributed significantly for our entire day trip. Amber was the erstwhile capital of Jaipur and this fort has a beautiful amalgamation of both Rajputana and Mughal culture. The fort is open from 8 am to 5:30 pm and then again in the evenings. The fort has a central Jaleb Chowk courtyard surrounding the Chand pol ( Moon gate) and the Suraj pol ( Sun gate). There are Royal structures all over this fort and it leads into two divisions — Diwan – E- Aam – which is for the common people and the Diwan – E – Khaas – for the special guests of the king. Amber Fort depicts beautifully the life of the royals back then. My special mention goes out to the Sheesh Mahal covered with mirrors this place is a true epitome of the word paradise.


Next we decided to head towards Nahargarh Fort. The word Nahargarh means “abode of tigers”. Situated in the Aravalli hills it is said that the tigers used to roam in these areas freely back then. This was basically built by the King to protect their queens and to give them shelter and also as a secret hideaway during wars. It is said that Nahargarh is designed in such a way that when the king came to pay a visit to one of his queens, the others were unaware of it. Nahargarh is a very picturesque place and of course extremely picture friendly. The journey to this fort is a splendid one among the hills. We had plans for Jaigarh Fort but had to cancel considering the scorching sun.

As we were on our last leg of the trip passing by the streets of Jaipur to reach our hotel I knew why this city is called the pink city of India! Mostly all the houses were coloured in bright pink and oranges making it look like a dreamy city at night. I had my answers to why Jaipur is UNESCO’s World Heritage City and trust me when I say that this place deserves more mention. Jaipur you beauty , see you soon ❤

Charming Chamong

Being an ardent mountain lover, the hills always call us! Go where you feel most alive! Subham and I always believe and love sudden plans! The trip to Chamong was nothing less than a weeks planning. Being residents of West Bengal we are of course familiar with Darjeeling as if it’s our second home. But Chamong is different.

The journey towards Chamong started from NJP via a booked car and it took about 2.5 hours to reach Chamong via the Mirik Lake! We stopped by to have hot steaming Momo’s and a cup of cappuccino. What a delight the view was and the Momo’s were delectable.

Situated about 1 hour from Darjeeling town Chamong is an absolute beauty. Chamong Chiabari Mountain Retreat and Spa is indeed a retreat — away from the hustle and bustle of the town life. This place offers a quiet rejuvenation and break from the wordly worries. At an elevation of 4800 ft it gives a stunning view of the mountain ranges. The view after the tiring journey was absolutely worth it.

Chamong Chiabari is situated over a huge spacious area with luxurious rooms and open spaces to sit and enjoy meals along with an in-house restaurant and a spa to relax and detox.

As soon as we reached we freshened up took some stunning shots of the impeccable beauty that the property is. The most beautiful view comes after the hardest climb! We were absolutely hungry and literally gorged on their lunch buffet. It was delicious with Indian and Chinese varieties.

Next, we headed to the Shiva Temple, right adjacent to Chamong Chiabari. It is a beautiful Temple — simple yet noteworthy. Next we went to see the little river that runs down slope of Chamong and the factory where tea production is a major livelihood of the locals surviving on the Chamong Tea Estate. The tea of Chamong is famous world wide and is a source of vocation for the majority of the locals.

The evening dawned upon us and we enjoyed the calmness of the place by sitting out in the open and muching on pakodas and Chamong Tea variety. We could see the mountains standing mighty and tall in the night with the light from the town of Darjeeling. How pleased we were to stay away from the chaos and enjoy the real beauty.

Dinner was served with local varieties of rice, bamboo fries, bamboo shoot Curry and chicken with bamboo shoot. Too much of a bamboo was it? But well we LOVED it!! After the dinner we strolled in the lawns and stayed awake till Dawn. We wanted to see how the night passed over the mountains and exactly how a day breaks. The next day we woke up to an amazing breakfast. This was the best experience of my life. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you — Don’t go back to sleep 🙂

With heavy hearts we had bid adieu to Chamong Chiabari, but the memories will remain forever. The hospitable staff, the amazing food and of course the breathtaking view sums up my most fond place. Not to forget, I fell for Subham right here. Chamong is a trip of a lifetime for us and the first ever trip of us ❤️

Ranbanka Palace, Jodhpur !

Ranbanka Palace is one of the most beautiful palace hotels in Jodhpur. The wonderful architecture of the hotel is spectacular. We had booked Ranbanka for two nights during our stay in Jodhpur, and this was the best part of our entire Rajasthan trip.

We reached the hotel around 11am and were greeted with a warm smile by the staffs. We were startled by the beauty of the hotel. It looks like a grand palace from outside and from inside, it looks amazing. The hotel complex has a wonderful garden, fountain, restaurants, swimming pool, spa and a lot more.

We were directed to our Super Deluxe Room. The heritage of the hotel was reflected in the room. The as artwork on the walls, the paintings, and everything else looked so good. The room had all luxurious amenities along with a modern bathroom and a private balcony overlooking the main hotel complex.

We settled for lunch after our check-in. We had ordered Fish Tikka, Lal Maas and Garlic Naan. The food was impeccable. The fish was well grilled and very soft. The mutton was juicy and went well with the naan. For dessert, we tried Ghewar which is a Rajasthani speciality with kheer. Mr Ranjeet Singh Soda had assisted us at the restaurant with the choice of dishes and he was great at his job.

Post our lunch, we explored the hotel. It is a huge property and it took us quite some time to visit every corner of the hotel. We clicked multiple pictures in the hotel complex and every corner was really picturesque.

During evening the hotel had arranged for a puppet show along with folk dance. We really enjoyed the Rajasthani cultural program. We enjoyed a beautiful candle light dinner where we had Galawti Kebab, Chicken Curry and Jeera Rice. It was an unparalleled experience over great food, music, the beautiful ambience and the warm hospitality of the staffs. We still cherish every moment of that evening.

The next day we had our breakfast by the pool. There were a variety of options to choose from – omlette, parathas, breads, dosa, sabzi and a lot more. We loved our breakfast by the pool while we enjoyed the grand spread.

We came for lunch after the city tour and decided to settle for the buffet. The lunch buffet had a lot of options like grilled chicken, rice, dal, papad, paneer, mixed veg, etc. During the evening, we enjoyed the cultural program. The dinner buffet was equally good. I loved the jalebi counter where crisp, hot and juicy jalebis were made on spot. I absolutely enjoyed the meal.

Finally it was time to leave. Ranbanka Palace gave us memories which will be etched in our hearts forever. We loved every part of our stay at this hotel and we would be back here the next time we visit Jodhpur 🙂

A Day at Novotel

With no long holidays in hand and bored of our hectic work life, we decided to steal a moment for us by spending a day at Novotel. Novotel Kolkata is a wonderful business hotel, near the airport. We reached around 2pm, which is their standard check-in time. The staff was very cordial and helped us with the check-in formalities.

We were staying at the Superior Suite, which is one of the finest rooms in the hotel. The room was equipped with all kinds of luxurious amenities – a king size bed overlooking the main road, two TV sets, sofa, wardrobe, thermostat, microwave, mini bar and others. The washroom was beautiful with a polished bathtub and sliding doors. We were greeted with some chocolates and sweets. We quickly freshened up and moved for lunch.

We had our lunch at the Square where we tried the buffet. The kebabs were well grilled and tasted great. The main course had a lot of options from Chinese and Thai to North Indian and Bengali cuisine. The Chinese dishes were excellent. I also loved the fish paturi. I loved their huge collection of desserts as well.

After lunch we decided to explore the entire property and click some pictures. We discovered the hotel was hosting three marriages that day but there was no impact of this on the service offered to the normal guests. The pool area in the basement is really classy. It is divided into various segments. One can chill by the pool for hours. The rooftop part above the pool offers a spectacular view of the city. This area is perfect for banquets and parties.

It was evening and we were startled with the view from our room. The hotel looked grand as it was well lit. We had our dinner at the Square and the menu was curated by Chef Deepankar Paul. We started with the kebab platter comprising chicken, mutton, fish and prawn kebabs. The kebabs were absolutely delicious. We were then served the special thali where each dish was excellent.

We woke up early morning the other day. The morning view from the room was spectacular. We had the special breakfast spread arranged exclusively for us by Chef Benjamin Lalhmangaiha which had American Breakfast Platter, Dosa, uttapam and others. We really loved the food and hospitality at this place.

Finally, it was time to check-out. With heavy hearts we had to leave our room and the hotel. Novotel Kolkata will always remain as a wonderful memory. The food, the room, the staff and the overall hospitality is unforgettable and unparalleled.

To sum up, there are multiple reasons for choosing to stay at Novotel Kolkata :
• Proximity to the airport.
• One of the best 5 star properties in eastern India.
• Luxurious rooms at affordable rates.
• Great food, hospitality and service.

Two Days in Jodhpur!

We took the morning bus from Udaipur for our 2nd destination – Jodhpur. We had previously booked the bus online from the website of Rishabh Travels. The bus left Udaipur bus stand at 6am and we were dropped in front of our hotel – Ranbanka Palace in Jodhpur at around 11am. It was a smooth and comfortable journey.

Ranbanka Palace Hotel is a wonderful heritage hotel in Jodhpur. We were se mesmerized by its beauty that we decided to spend the entire day exploring the hotel campus. We kept the Jodhpur city tour for our next day in Jodhpur.

The next day, we woke up early and had a quick breakfast at the hotel. We had already booked a Tuktuk (auto) for the city tour. We had planned to cover Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, the Jodhpur shoe market and Umaid Bhawan Palace. We had booked the Tuktuk for INR 600 that included the parking at these locations.

Let’s begin one by one !

  1. Mehrangarh Fort– This was our first stop. The view of the fort from the main city looks spectacular. The fort is equally beautiful inside as it is outside. The Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal and Rani Mahal were wonderful.The museum had well stocked artifacts like elephant’s howdahs, palanquins, armoury, etc. The most beautiful part was the breathing view from the top. The entire blue city of Jodhpur was visible from there.
  1. Jaswant Thada – This is located close to the fort. It was built by Maharaja Jaswant Singh and it is the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. The intricate architecture with white marble was amazing. There is a small garden next to it where I found violet lotus. It is a very peaceful place and is worth a visit.

  1. Umaid Bhawan Palace – The palace looks spectacular but visitors can only access the museum. The other part is the hotel which is managed by Taj group. The palace complex is huge and there is a vintage car collection outside. People generally take pictures there as the entire palace comes in the backdrop. The museum. The palace is built in an Indo-Western architecture, which makes it absolutely different from the other palaces in Rajasthan.

The blue city, Jodhpur, had a lot in store for us and we had a lovely time exploring this beautiful city. Keep an eye on our blog to know more of our travel diaries.

Welcome To Tripping Tales!

First of all thank you for landing up here.

I am Triparna, an Indian traveller in her early 20’s who loves travelling and eating the most.

Lucky am i, to have found a companion who is equally crazy, spontaneous and adventerous. The man who does all the planning and makes every trip seem possible.

I am a social media influencer you can follow me on instagram as https://www.instagram.com/the_foodielady and my partner as https://www.instagram.com/thefoodie_explorer.

My travel tales are basically filled with random decisions that makes me end up in discovering the best places in the world.

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My love for blogging basically started with the need for documenting my travel tales and keeping them forever.

Welcoming you all to my Tripping Tales! ❤

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