Monday, June 24, 2013

Kashmir: A Dream Destination

I always wanted to visit Kashmir, but was always apprehensive about the safety issues there. We always thought that going as a couple is not safe one should always go as a group so that if something happens one has people to support. But all these apprehensions disappeared into thin air, when we were actually there.

I am too inspired by movies ;p snow clad  mountains, heroines dancing wearing a saree, bornfire and so on, so we decided to visit this beautiful place during winters, when the temperatures are low, snow everywhere.
So Feb was the right time.

To get to Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kahmir we boarded a flight from Mumbai to Srinagar a direct flight of 2.30 hrs
At the Mumbai airport Good Times Bar

. We finally reached Srinagar and it snowed just 2hrs before our flight landed. The temperatures were already freezing.
Snow at the Srinagar Airport

We spent our first night on a 100-foot houseboat with carved cedar interiors on Nagin Lake., named as Gurkha Houseboats, a property of Welcome Heritage Group. 
Superb display of hospitality was seen at the houseboat. 

Inside view of the Houseboat

Speciality of Kashmir Paper Mache Handicraft
Dinner Laid out.

Just before the sunset we took a shikara ride on d dal lake, the captain of the shikara showed us various places on the lake like the floating garden, kabootar khana. These r the places where many bollywood movies were shot. we saw mughal gardens, which had no flowers but yes snow was all around.
Shikara Ride @ Dal Lake

An awesome view

Dal Lake in the evening

Shopping on the Dal Lake

Few Purchases

Floating Restuarants @ Dal lake

After a fantastic stay at the Gurkha Houseboats we shifted to enjoy the hospitatlity of the Taj Group of Hotels. A beautiful property on the hills. 
Taj Srinagar

Front View of Taj

Coffee Shop @ Taj

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Satisfy your Food Cravings by ordering online through Food Panda.

Gone were the days when u were new in a city and you never knew where to have food. You are busy unpacking and have no time to go out and have something. The same thing happened with me when I had moved from Mumbai to Pune, then I came across this amazing website which promises to deliver food at your door step.
Before writing about my experience about ordering through the site I would tell something about the company and how it works.
Food Panda has its operations running in 8 countries including India. It has made ordering food more convenient   as you don't need to go the sites of individual restaurants to order food, You just need to register yourself on foodpanda, and thus all your problems are solved thereon.
In India, Food Panda has it oeprations in Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Mumbai, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Jaipur, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Noida and Panchkula-Mahauli-Chandigarh.

You can order your food in three simple steps: select your area, select the restaurant,  and then order. Many reputed chains of restaurant are registered with food panda like Pizza hut, Subway, Zaafran, mast kalandar, pind baluchi and many others. Depending on the city and the area you are living in u can order. There are around 1820 restaurants registered depending upon the cuisines like mughlai, continental, Italian, sea food, European, Ice cream, deserts and many more. You can browse through the menu of the individual restaurants and order as per your likings.
One more thing you don't need a laptop to go to their website, just download their application on android, ios servers and there you go.
I had a very fine experience while ordering. Due to server problem I was not able to get the unique id which you get when you register for the first time on your mobile network. The customer care was so friendly they called me and accepted my registration and order without any hassles.
Here is the link to this site: link to the restaurants.