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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Monochrome for the Win!

Monochrome for the Win!

October 27, 2017

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I love classy pieces in neutral tones and nothing better than
Black & White right!

I guess its a part of my life to be on the run and have something chic at hand, pieces I can easily mix and match and look good. In this profession looking good is not a choice its actually the job itself. 

That's why I always invest in pieces I know will look good on its own without much to do and can be styled on the go. If you are anything like me, you must have a lot of whites and blacks in your wardrobe.

Classic pieces like this jacket from H&M makes it easier to pull a look together and makes you look ready to deal with the day, I kept all the accessories within the same palate to create more impact. 

I consider black & white a bold look and always try to keep to minimal or nothing at all and in case I wish to take the same outfit from day to night all I need is a pair of Statement earrings, pull my hair in a sleek pony and Im ready to party.

This is mostly in the reign of my style philosophy, "Simple yet chic" 

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Udaipur with Lyla’s Festive Collection

Udaipur with Lyla's Festive Collection

October 26, 2017

So with wedding season coming up and so many Weddings lined up we decided to check some options of ethnic wear with lyla...

Wedding are bigger than anything in India and finding something new and contemporary to wear is one of the biggest challenges undeniably. Im always trying to keep a balance between trying to look dressed for the occasion while not being too dressed as a guest. So when Lyla approached us for the collaboration with "The Wanderous Tribe" to style any of their pieces from the festive collection I was super excited. 

Lyla is designed keeping in mind the modern young woman and her individuality. And what perfect way to do that for your Bridesmaids, we themed the styling from a perspective of Bridesmaid's who might wanna look as one bridal party while maintaining their individual style.

We all chose different outfits from the collection and designed them ourselves, but with the balance of fabric, details and color palate it all looked homogeneous. 

The fabric of choice for this collection is cotton which is really easy to maintain and if you switch accessories can easily be worn for a casual evening with the family.

" Sans élégance de cœur, il n’y a pas d’élégance. "

Without elegance of the heart, there isn’t any elegance.

Though Lyla is an ethnic brand the designs are very elegant and modern, they also have great everyday casual wear kurtis in block prints, florals, bagru prints and even Embroidered.

If you are looking for elegant and colorful festive or casual wear you must checkout Lyla.

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Also they are soon launching their first store in Ambience Mall Gurgaon, so for more updates follow them on Instagram @lylawoman

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Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, Udaipur

Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, Udaipur

October 11, 2017

Welcome to Udaipur, The Venice of India

There is something about Rajasthan that takes you back in time, a state with enchanting culture yet each of its many cities have their distinct charm for Udaipur its the gorgeous Lake Pichola surrounded by Aravali and of course its architecture with jutting balconies called “Jharokhas”.

I have always been enchanted with architecture and I believe its my sole reason to travel the world. I fell in love with Rajasthan when I first visited my husbands home town; the old haveli’s of Mewar region are awe inspiring, most are carefully restored and converted to hotels so that you can witness the magnificence of Rajasthan and let you experience the luxury at its best.

I recently got a chance to stay in one such Heritage Hotel; just behind Jagdish Temple and at a walking distance from the City Palace stands a quaint building “Jagat Niwas Palace” just afoot at Lake pichola.

A beautiful Marwari Style Architecture restored to its glory and true likeness, the hotel is scattered with Jharokhas and balconies to enjoy a beautiful sunsets or quite mornings overlooking Lake Pichola.

We spent most of our time sitting by the Jharokhas sipping on wine indulging in great conversations and mouth watering food.

As you walk past the Reception to the waiting lounge you are greeted with a massive hand painted mural of lotus flowers in gold and a ceiling embellished with cut work of glass; as you crossover you walk straight into the massive verandah and you are welcomed by the beautiful white building which is marked with colored glass windows, lanterns and innumerable plants & pots and all these small but essential things makes this hotel more charming.

The hotel is furnished with traditional block print upholstery and antique furniture, it is decorated with opulent chandeliers, old family photographs, utterly beautiful mirror work and interesting artefacts and sculptures.

The hotel offers a variety of Rooms but the best ones are the lake facing Heritage rooms which starts from 100$ (6250INR) and the Jagat Suite 190$ (12500INR). We stayed in Jagat Suite, the room was adorned with gorgeous mirror work and beautiful antique furniture. The bathrooms were very fancy with Victorian Style bathtubs, mirror work murals and glass walled showers laid with floor to ceiling in marble. This room had a foyer with glass book shelf as well as a reading nook where you can sit and enjoy your morning tea and then probably wind up your day watching the sunset by the jharokha in your room.

The other rooms we had was equally beautiful dressed in Block print upholstery from Good Earth India in indigo blue, with the characteristic Jharokha and equally stunning bathroom with two separate vanities. This room instantly felt calming and inviting. The lattice of mirror work all around the ceiling made the lighting in this room simply perfect. I shot one of the outfits in this room and the result was beyond beautiful.

Our visit to Udaipur was not just for leisure but for work as well, I had planned to do a few shoots around the property but I was quite skeptical about my plans as mostly you don’t get what you see on websites; but as I crossed the reception and entered the lounge I was pleasantly surprised with various nooks and crannies adorned with gorgeous murals or elaborate mirror work.

We took some really amazing shots in this hotel these are some of them.

Rajasthan is famous for its culture of “Guest is god” and it reflects with their amazing staff at the hotel as well, everyone was extremely courteous, helpful and very well trained. The service at dinner was great and very fast as compared to most of the hotels I have visited.

It would not be wise to come and stay at Jagat Niwas palace and not have their amazing food, you must try the famous Laal Maas (Rajasthani style mutton) or probably traditional Rajasthani meal like “Dal Baati Churma” which was one of my most memorable Rajathani meals ever. We also had the choices like waffles and baked beans for breakfast and were served with Italian for dinner on the roof top, the mushroom cannelloni was outstanding. And if you decide to enjoy their food try doing that at the rooftop restaurant and book as you check-in as it fill up fast.

Having dinner on the roof top restaurant sipping a chilled bear would be perfect way to end your day at Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel. This Roof Top is also iconic as it was famously featured as the venue for rooftop drinks in the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.

But then I believe the best things are yet to come…

Let me introduce you to Jagat Sagar, an exclusive boat available for the guests of Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel

The pontoon style boat is elegantly embellished with mirrors and decorated with plush Velvet seating and cushions, its really luxurious and ofcourse it takes you around floating like a dream. We spent one of our evenings at the boat for a high tea full of laughter and great conversations hosted by the owners of the hotel.

But above all the experience of watching the light rain and the reflection of the setting sun from lake pichola onto the ceiling of the boat was simply surreal, it was something that cannot be explained but experienced by one self. The glimmering light of setting sun and the rhythm of the hull’s hitting the water was extremely comforting for someone who knows how to enjoy small things..

The Boat takes a ride around the Lake Pichola and you get to see Udaipur from a very different perspective, yes you can do this with a paddle boat but if you came to experience Luxury then why settle for less, enjoy high tea or candle lit dinners under the moon while the boat slowly floats for you to witness the beautiful ever changing scenery of the city of lakes behind you.

Everything about Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel is designed to give you a memorable and luxurious experience I would definitely come back and see more amazing things in Udaipur. And if anyone of you are visiting I strongly recommend this place.

ADDRESS: 23-25 Lalghat, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Tel. No. : +91-7073000378, +91-294-2422860, +91-294-2420133
Email Id.: mail@jagatniwaspalace.com

You can also check them out on Booking.com or at Tripadvisor