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Surreal Spiti

Surreal Spiti

Had travelled to Spiti in June 2012. Had not even heard of the place. Came across this site  http://indiauntravelled.com/trips.html and fell in love with a snap posted in it and decided that I wanna visit there. Checked out with few friends if they wanted to join but unfortunately they couldnt due to work / social engagements and the works. Anyways, the enchanting photograph was still in my mind and I decided to travel solo. Joined a trip organised by India untravelled and had one of the most awesome experiences ever!

The beauty of Spiti lay in the diversity of the place — hard rocky terrain, gushing water, snow capped moutains, greenery (though in bits and pieces– otherwise it is rocky terrain) and the beautiful monasteries…all of it just awesome 🙂 Surrounded by the Himalayas, you will find yourself seeing the varied beauty of the mountains while doing ordinary things like sipping tea, having lunch or just plain gazing.

Interacting with the locals was so engaging – they are so hard working and yet so simple. I especially fell in love with our guide – Tsering and this cute couple in a Dhaba

Some of the must visits place in Spiti:

Kaza (a vibrant town which has a petrol pump — at highest altitude levels)

Tabo– the most charming place in Spiti – be it the charming people, the 1000 year old Tabo monastery, the caves, the souvenir shops, everything is just heart tugging

Dhankar — the monastery precariously perched on the mountains, Dhankar lake

Trip from Demul to Komic — if you are fit, its a moderate 4-5 hours trek. If you are unfit (like me :P), then opt for a yak.

Komic- Charming village and homestay, also do send some postcards from the highest post office in Asia at Hikkim (close to Komic village)

We missed out on Pin Valley and Chaandrataal lake due to landslides but pictures show they are extremely beautiful locations so definitely “must dos” if in Lahaul- Spiti Valley.

The best and the worst part about the trip was the journey. Worst because the road from Manali to Kaza is quite rocky and is not for the faint hearted who are used to travelling smooth. But if you do manage it, I can promise its the most awesome journey ever. You will always be worried about dozing off coz u dont want to miss any single moment of natural exquisite beauty. Cannot describe it in words. Especially loved the Kumzum pass 🙂 There are some moments when the entire body is smiling and you feel just happiness and quiet joy within. I experienced that there 🙂

Go experience that you!

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Varie tea

I had been seeing this cute little sign every time I passed the road. Finally on one rainy evening when I was, both in this mood and need for chai, I decided to venture in.

I was instantly warmed by the cozy interior and I settled myself in a corner table. The Menu was interesting — they had a wide variety of tea which they served in a Cup or Pot (meant for two). I love huge cups of tea and the weather was such that I thought of ordering a Pot for myself. They had some nice snack options too ranging from Khari biscuit and Bun Maska to Sanwiches and Egg.  In short, everything possible which can go as a nice snack option with tea. Using the “Ghanti” which is used for ushering in the waiter, I ordered a Pot of Masala Tea and an Open Sandwich and settled myself with some magazines.

The Cute little Pot of tea with two love cups arrived (yes– like the love seats) and so did the Sandwich. Nothing dissapointed. The Chai was refreshing, the Sandwich yummy, the background music soulful and the evening perfect.

I ended up going to this place five times after that and though the last two times, it was getting too crowded for my comfort but overall, still a cute little place. Especially if you want to unwind with friends over a cuppa and don’t want to go to a cliche Barista or CCD.

Food– 3/5 , Service — 3/5, Ambience- 3/5 , Value for Money — 4/5

 
 

TGB- The Grand Bhagwati

Had heard about the yummy food at TGB Surat from NS– and ever since I heard that a restaurant by the same stable has opened in Vadodara, was wanting to try it out and finally did– yesterday!

After watching the 3rd episode of Satyamev Jayate– rushed to pick up my sisters family and reached TGB only to find 1/2 an hour waiting. Phew– I optimised the waiting time by picking up some groceries from D- Mart next door so it was’nt like a total downer.

Anyways, finally when we were ushered in, I was happy to get this awesome table. I mean it was  sort of a private area and the ambience was amazing– rich and elegant. The Menu had a good mix of North Indian, Italian and Oriental cuisine.

For startes we decided on Dimsums and Paneer Kadai. Between the 5 of us, we also ordered 2 Mocktails (Mojito and Pinacolada), 2 soups and Lassi.  The waiter came to take orders and I was pleasantly surprised to see him take the orders in his Tablet . I was like — Vadodara has arrived now! For the main course, we ordered Lasagnia, Enchiladas and Palak Khichdi  (I know– weird combo but we had a senior citizen with us who does not have Conti, thats why :P)

Dimsums were average, Paneer Kadai was good, Mocktails and Soup also did not dissapoint. The Enchiladas and Khichdi  were decent but Lasagnia was the best. The only dissapointment was the portion size. It was quite small–especially if you equate it to the prices they charge.

Overall — definitely a good place to check out. If you want to avoid the Sunday rush, go by 12.30

Its located in the Galleria Mall, (which houses D – Mart too) in Akota, Vadodara

Food– 3.5/5 , Service — 3/5, Ambience- 4/5 , Value for Money — 2/5

 
 

22 Parallel

One of the best South Indian restaurants in Vadodara. Yummy food and hospitability at its best. I mean whatever that I have had there — be it The Dosas, Rasam, Filter coffee, Neer dosa with Avial, Lemon Rice, Payasam, Curd rice– nothing dissapoints.

My favourites are Neer Dosa and Avial – makes sense to order them as these are not the run of the mill Dosas and Idlis which you get in any South Indian joint. Also their filter coffee is a must try and Payassam – heavenly.

There is this sweet lady who I presume is the owner of that place — she also guides when we place orders

Its located in Jetalpur road now, just above Oven Magic.

Food– 4.5/5 , Service — 3/5, Ambience- 3/5 , Value for Money — 4/5

 
 

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  “Marriage inspired by love brings two people together  under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive and most transient of passions. They are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part”

–          George Bernard Shaw

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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Quotes, Uncategorized

 

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Hi!

I have been blogging since two years on mansee-pov.blogspot.com but can’t access the same at my current organisation

It makes me feel incomplete, as writing on and off has become a part of my life, thus this blog (which I can access at work – atleast still!)

So hopefully will be more active now!

Hope you like this one too 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Uncategorized