It was Nidhi’s birthday recently on 19th Jan and we as family thought of celebrating her birthday as a getaway! While growing up her birthday used to be during exams and we were mostly confined at home. Now that we are pass through those grilling school and college days, it’s time to look at bigger celebrations. Afterall we work day and night, why not cherish those special moments!
Surprisingly, what we got was not only a getaway but an experience in itself! You would have got a glimpse of our experience on our Instagram stories and posts too, but now is the time to tell you every bit of our experience!
We started at 9 AM from Delhi by road to reach Alila Fort Bishangarh, a luxurious 22 acre heritage fort-hotel. Opened in July 2017, Alila Fort Bishangarh is the only warrior fort that has been converted into heritage resort. With 10 years of restoration, the fort retains the fantastic combination of the rugged, untouched inhabited parts of the old fort. It is a magnificent property which boasts of carefully reconstructed royal residential areas, recreating the truly authentic flavour of Shahpura’s royalty. The navigation was simple and the highway led us to Bishangarh village and then to the gates leading us to the majestic property. We were welcomed at the Haveli tent- a massive space which welcomes its guests under a tent with fountains on the sides. It’s such an amazing feeling that you get! There is no front office and one relaxes at the comfortable Haveli tent where welcome drinks in the form of shikanji/tea are served along with gur (jaggery). Then comes the twist in the tale. A jeep comes and takes you up to Pehla Darwaza and into the fort. An ancient era is what we were reminded of when we looked around after coming out of the lift.
Every year we plan a holiday to take a break from our monotonous routine. Even I do that and I try to go to a different destination to refresh myself however we have our favourite destinations and in a minute we just want to be exported there. Well, we can’t do that in a minute but we can do it in a second? Confused? Read on!
If you have been following ChicLifeByte’s social media handles, you would know of our luxurious trip to Thailand but obviously we have not been able to tell you in details about it as social media posts have limited space so here I am all excited to tell you every minute detail of our holiday!
As you must be aware that Team ChicLifeByte was off to a trip to Heiwa Heaven, a luxury resort in Jaipur and post check in at the forest theme resort and meeting Aarti Bansal, General Manager of the resort we headed for lunch at the beautiful forest theme restaurant called Nirwana Woods! In case you missed reading the first part, you could read it here! The 100% vegetarian restaurant had interiors dominated by barks of the tree, stems and plants which made our dinning experience even more blissful. Even the outside of the restaurant was given a rock carving which gave a unique look.
Heiwa Heaven, a name which stands for peace and paradise, and that’s what I was promised for one of the weekend getaways! So without much ado, I packed my stuff on a Friday night and retired for the night to start the exciting ride on a fresh Saturday morning.
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
A travel enthusiast like me would jump with joy even on mention of a weekend getaway! So recently when I was asked for a weekend escapade to a luxury resort at Jaipur, I could not resist!
Heiwa Heaven, a name which stands for peace and paradise, and that’s what I was promised for one of the weekend getaways! So without much ado, I packed my stuff on a Friday night and retired for the night to start the exciting ride on a fresh Saturday morning. This time I also had the perfect companion with me! My Coolpad Mega 2.5D which wasn’t only reliable on a long travel for its long battery life but even had a great camera for selfies and other photos. Remember, Team ChicLifeByte introduced the device to its subscribers some time back. In case you missed reading the post, you can read it here!
I am sure you know that Team ChicLifeByte was in Mcleodganj staying in the beautiful suite of the luxury property Pride Surya Mountain Resort. In case you missed on the first part, you can read it here.
As I woke up the next morning, I saw a beautiful view of Mcleodganj from the room’s window. This is not what we can see from any of the Delhi homes or hotels…neither such a big window…nor such a breathtaking view! Both hot water and breakfast was for a limited no. of hours so without wasting much time…we took a quick shower and headed for the first meal of the day.
I am sure you are aware of Team ChicLifeByte’s travelogue to Palampur-Dharamshala and Mcleodganj! And if you would like to know our adventures in Mcleodganj, you are at the right place. Oh! Did you miss details of our Palampur-Dharamshala trip? You could catch it here and here.
After the sightseeing on the way from Dharamshala, we entered the beautiful luxury property Pride Surya Mountain Resort. Even in the rainy weather, we could spot the hotel easily. Afterall, Surya a 23 yrs old property has been the only option of a luxury stay. They tied up with Pride about 20 months back. Pride boasts of quality and goodwill while Surya is about retaining the customer through its specialised services. Surya takes special care of its customers through knowing about their likes and dislikes…also the perfect hospitality and friendly atmosphere to the families who come to visit the city. Though families dominate the most visited section here, it’s the Israel groups as well who look forward to the hospitality of Pride Surya.
I am sure you are aware of Team ChicLifeByte’s travelogue to Palampur-Dharamshala and McLeodganj! In case you missed our first post of Palampur where we stayed at the beautiful Glade Homestay, you can read it here. Continuing from where we left you on the last blogpost, we were on an amazing road trip from Palampur to Dharamshala and before we tell you about the awesome place where we stayed, I would like to tell you about the scenic on our way. Our first halt at Dharamshala was Dhauladhar Nature Park (zoo) which is known for the wildlife that lives here. Honestly, we were able to see much more than what we could see at Jim Corbett last year 😉 Yes, we could spot a lot of animals and birds including leopard, emu, black bear and barking deer. The whole tour took about 45 minutes to an hour and then we left to see other spots. While in transit, we saw a momos stall and made out driver stop to know how momos taste in Himachal! Momos here were served with the chilli sauce as well as tomato ketchup! The amazing momos were enjoyed with Banta and then tea! Post which it was time for another religious spot – Chamunda Devi temple. To my pleasant surprise, I saw goats in a temple which is built alongside a beautiful lake with Lord Shiva’s statue.
Mumbai is all about sea, sand, beaches, drives, food, Bollywood and has been on the travel hitlist for the maximum times…though, for work but work hours are limited to the day time and we have the evening is free to explore the land (most of the times) . From eating at Bademiya to shopping at Colaba to taking a trip to Chowpatty to meeting our bollywood friends…the land of dreams has given the brightest memories to me. From brand launches to fashion weeks, I have loved each minute I have stayed there… Juhu Beach, Marine Drive, Ferry Ride, Gateway of India…the list is endless.