The Fortress Resort & Spa Hotel

The Fortress Resort & Spa Hotel, Koggala

January 10, 2019

Chic & sophisticated The Fortress Resort and Spa welcomes you into the world of boutique luxury as you step through the great wooden doors. Situated close to Galle on Sri Lanka's southern coast, inspired by the colonial architecture of Galle Fort with modern interiors & elegant tropical garden overlooking the most stunning views of the sea.

The resort's architecture forges predominantly from Dutch & Portugese architecture style with region's rich cultural heritage to offer a unique experience to its guests. It offers 6 different style of accommodations, these include top floor "Ocean Rooms" with balconies overlooking the sea, garden-accessible "Beach Rooms" and two Residences each with two bedrooms with outdoor infinity pools.

At the Luxurious Spa you can indulge in a sublime sauna, steam or hydro-bath session and take some of the most exquisite Ayurvedic treatments offered and also a 24Hr fully equipped Gym for the guests.
The resort has three on site restaurants "Heat", "White" & "Duo". Heat an Alfresco style dining offers wide variety of cuisines, whereas "White" serves authentic Sri Lankan food which must not miss. In addition to great food "Duo" also has a wide selection of wines on the menu. And if you are a Tea lover you must check out the "T-Lounge" which serves 30 different types of teas and homemade pastries.

The Fortress Resort & Spa welcomes you through its fortified structure, huge wooden doors, high ceilings & thick columns but once you enter to the grand courtyard with its gorgeous pool overlooking the glistening waves of Indian ocean it surely takes your breath away, I believe everything about the hotel is the way it is to make sure you have a memorable stay.

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Narendra Bhawan XOXO

Design Extravaganza in the heart of history...

Narendra Bhawan Palace Hotel

January 03, 2019

I have stayed at many hotels and each one is good in some or the other aspect, some were luxurious, some had great food, some had a memorable view, some had great hospitality, some had beautiful decor but Narendra Bhawan is an exception. It was one stay that made its mark in each aspect, it ticked off each item on our list, marked beyond our expectation and isn't that what you look for in a hotel, a place which you may never forget. 

Narendra Bhawan was the official residence of Late Maharaja of Bikaner Narendra Singh, however he did had a palace called Lakshmi Niwas I believe he chose to live here instead. The hotel that stands now isn't exactly what it was earlier, the residence was a single story Haveli which was extended to built further into a hotel, the grand central courtyard called Diwali chowk was once the terrace of Narendra Bhawan.
It will not be justified if we don't talk about the fact that the character of this hotel is not on the outside but on the inside. It was the residence of choice for the Last Maharaja of Bikaner and he is considered to be the muse and inspiration of the hotel, perhaps an ode to his personality, his travels and his memories. Designed by immensly talented Ayush Kasliwal and it's evident in his use of bold colors like Yellow and Red that he was inspired by Narendra Singhji and the colors used in the Haveli previously. The intensity of the color, use of all the curios, quirky tinkets, old photographs, books and the art gives the Hotel an eccentric yet chic & cool vibe. As a matter of fact I'd say that it's somewhat like a gallery of an art collector who has curated innumerable artists and designers. From the draperies by Ekaya Banaras, the stunning Red Piano with calligraphy from Kriti Monga, paintings from M F Hussain and so much more, this place is a dream come true for a design and art lover.

As you enter the hotel you are greeted with the sound of the bugle and you enter the gorgeous Al fresco "Gaushala" dont worry there are no cows but a beautiful quite place to enjoy your coffee and conversations. There is no evident Reception to the hotel and you are instead you are greeted by the resident dog "Nala" who is very friendly and photogenic, you can sit at the lobby relax and take it easy while the staff takes care of check in process themselves and you will find your self in your room while taking a tour of the property.

The rooftop has a very Mediterranean vibe and a pool with a view, there is a Gorgeous Spa and a fully equipped Gym at the property. So all you need to do is start you day at the gym or perhaps at the SPA and end it by the pool or at the Al fresco dining "Gaushala".

The restaurant and the food at Narendra Bhawan are equally amazing, the restaurant called "Pearls & Chiffon" has Victorian inspired decor with the most gorgeous wallpaper ever, its a multi cuisine restaurant and almost everything is superb but the crowd favorites were Risotto and the traditional Rajashthani Thali. It also has an adjoining bakery to fulfill your sweetest dreams.

Having said that honestly we went there expecting a Royal Palace embalmed in traditions but we experienced was something uniquely eccentric and beautifully memorable. The sand stone exterior covered in floral vines, jaali clad jharokhas, opulent rooms, eclectic lobbies and courtyards, delicious food and exceptional service.

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Anupama Mangar: The Jungle Retreat

weekend amidst rocky mountains and wildflowers at colorful jungle retreat

"The Anupamaa Mangar"

November 23, 2017

Having lived in the city all my life has kind of made me appreciate the small details of life, like stars glimmering in the sky, chirping of birds, drops of morning dew on grass and that simpler life without internet or Instagram. The details we tend to forget in the monotony of our city life but our subconscious never forgets to remind us the perpetual need for it...

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" Tout Commence Par un Rêve "

E V E R T H I N G   S T A R T S   W I T H   A   D R E A M

One such experience recently took me to Designer Anupamaa Dayal's boutique property in a mystical village near Gurgaon Faridabad Highway called 'Mangar'.
Mangar is a small village but immensely significant because even in today's time of urbanization the villagers here uphold the sanctity of a forest which is not just for natural conservation but also for their faith.
And perhaps this was the very reason for Designer Anupamaa Dayal decided to build a house middle of nowhere. And "Anupamaa Mangar" is not just another house its the essence of what Anupamaa herself is all about.
As you drive through the village as per the directions you will find yourself of off the beaten path on a dirt road seemingly leading nowhere but as you drive ahead you are greeted with a white house covered in vines and flowers painted with brightest of hues which is unmistakably Anupamaa. 

The personality of the designer and her inspiration rest like a soul in the house, each room is inspired from her previous collections, the main hall is a huge open space painted with the motifs of mor-pankh and vines of wild flowers. The most prominent however is the image of Durga on one of the walls.
All this creates a stark contrast with the checkered floors but I believe that's the beauty of this space, its like a work of art and unlike popular belief you feel at peace among all this color. I believe I have done some of my best work over there may be that's because of the beautiful dresses by Anupama but Im sure the interiors had an equal part to play.

Each room of the house has huge windows making it one with the outside, views of vast sky and forest are visible from every where, it is rightfully known as a "Anupamaa Mangar- The Jungle Retreat" because the jungle begins right as the courtyard ends without any wall separating the two.
The nights become pleasantly quite and peaceful and in the morning you are greeted with chirping birds, dancing peacocks and warm sunlight streaming through the trees it was an ideal "good morning".

Mangar forest is famous for Bird Watching, you can also see civets, deers and some times leopards as well, Anupamaa herself is an enthusiast and took us for an evening walk into the jungle, we wanted to go for bird watching early in the morning but due to cold weather and lack of visibility we could not but nonetheless Im glad I got to see some part of the forest.

The food at Mangar is exceptionally good after all the designer is known to be a spice collector, so I believe for her food is an experience in itself. Food is all local sourced from Mangar or in some cases grown at the property, the courtyard has a lot of vegetable and fruit trees. But Anupamaa also has very skilled and passionate staff in the kitchen, we had the yummiest Bharva Baigan (eggplant) ever. The meals are carefully prepared and served in the most rustic way, we had our lunch in the courtyard and our dinner under the stars on the terrace. There is veg as well as non vegetarian options according to the preference of the  guests. In the cold morning we were greeted with hot ginger tea which with a doubt completed my rustic village experience.

The best part is that meals and guided Jungle walks are all inclusive in the cost of stay because Anupama Dayal wants you to enjoy the entire experience.

Anupamaa Mangar
Address: Anupamaa Farm, Mangar Village, Camp Wild Road, Near Mangar Police Chowki, Gurugram–Faridabad Road, Faridabad, Haryana 121001

To book contact on: Facebook or Email

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20 Random Facts about me

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random facts about me"

1 Im an Aquarius born on 11th of Feb

Being an Aquarius I like challenges and mostly to challenge myself, this very characteristic is what keeps me motivated to do better every time but because of this characteristic I tend to loose touch with reality, loose track of time, over commit and mostly take risks I should not... Hence, trying to keep myself in check most of the time...

2 A Serial Entrepreneur and had been a part of three Start ups which have all been reasonably successful.

After completing my education I worked for someone else for 6 months and post that I have never worked for anyone else, always on my own for myself... I believe everyone has wings but to spread them you need your own space.
The need to let go of my imagination and the fear of someone else having the ability to stopping me, helped me take bigger risks in life and made me the person Im today. 

3 I married my Best Friend in year February 2016 after dating him for 3yrs

4 I was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. I like Delhi but if I get a chance to shift base to hillside I'll move in a jiffy

5 I dont travel a lot but I like travelling as much as I can, my new motto is to travel through India before opting for international vacations.

6 I have switched 3 careers. Blogging is my fourth career and I never switched because I wasn't good but because I had stopped enjoying it. I have always believed that when you must do what you love, only then you can be truly successful

7 Im waiting for #WestWorld2 impatiently, and my all time TV series is of course Game of Thrones #GOT. I love the Jhon Snow & Tyrion Lannister's characters the most.

8 I walk a lot but hate walks or running, I can walk for a purpose.. or best window shop

9 I don't have any tattoos but if I ever decide Ill probably get something around my fingers

10 One country that I would love to visit again and again has to be Netherlands. I love the young creative energy of the people and I feel it urges you to innovate and experiment.

11 I dont like exposing my arms or my legs, Im very conscious about my broad shoulders but Im gradually overcoming those inhibitions

12 I dont know how to drive and I have been trying to learn to drive since like ever but Im a very very reliable navigator

13 I have never been to a gym in my life, but I keep dumbbells  on my desk and keep working out my arms as and when I can.

14 I dont have a particular choice in music, neither do I have a favorite band or a singer and I only listen to music while Im travelling. 

15 I love cats, if I ever have a pet that will be a white Persian cat with the softest fur ever and I will name it "Ringo"

16 Im a very social person and mostly just start talking to strangers in Metros or cafes.

17 I love public speaking, I have never been nervous if I have to speak in front of an audience and I tell really great stories. I was a behavioral trainer once and public speaking was kinda my job.

"18"

I always have a very well practiced  #RestingBitchFace  in most of my pictures but in real life I can never keep still, Im a total goofball when Im around my friends and family. Even during shoots I always have moments where I cant control my inner monkey and start making funny faces or dancing like a fool.
19 I used to have very long hair but I chopped them off last year and had been cutting them to that length even since. Now I cant ever imagine myself growing my hair again, I just love my short hair. To see my long hair click here "W for Woman"

Lastly 20!

Im a big Sci-Fi and Super Hero movie buff, 80% of the time I watch movies on first day mostly, I rarely watch hindi movies but Im super fan of Bahubali both 1&2

My favriot actor in Hindi movies is Kangana Ranaut and in Hollywood I love Margot Robbie 

Boots: Zara | Jacket & Dress: H&M | Earrings: MANGO

Photographer: Deepanshu Sharma | Assisted by: Ashish Chhikara | Location Courtesy: Tourist Janpath

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Transitioning to Fall

Lets Transition into Fall...

My all time favorite weather has always been transition weather, I get to mix best of both seasons and create looks that are unique and can be worn in both the seasons with ease! So I will be putting together a few looks which can help you transition your summer cloths to fall...

While pairing summer pieces with fall essentials the easiest and sure shot way is to look look for similarities. This look works because of three reasons:

  1. Base color: Both the pieces have Black as a base color, which is the most obvious choice for fall & winter.
  2. Hemline & proportions: The hemlines of both the pieces are above the usual point of end. The top is a crop and pants are high waist ankle length. Also the proportion of  both pieces is perfect for those trying to hide some belly fat like me jokes apart both are billowy proportions which looks good because of hemlines.
  3. Texture & Print: Third and most important thing about this outfit that works perfectly is the texture of leather pants and the juxtaposition floral print on the top.

Top: Zara  |   Shoes: Intoto   |    Pants: H&M

Picture Courtesy :Deepanshu & Ashish  Location: Tourist Janpath

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