Disclaimer – I am not a student of art history. Neither am I an expert on it. In case you are a student of art history or an expert , I guess you can skip reading the rest of this post as this is an oversimplified narration for common people like us, who are non experts. We went to see an exhibition of company paintings … Continue reading Company painting exhibition tour event by Shagufta Siddhi, founder, ganga Jamuni (national museum, Janpath, delhi)
In a nutshell : A weekend visit to a city, that does not appear in many tourist maps of Rajasthan – Tonk. Lunch & conversations at a centuries old, haveli of an erstwhile royal family, a stunningly beautiful guest house built centuries ago, beautiful Tonk Masjid with a beautifully painted Mihrab, An Institution that has painfully collected, restored & stored original manuscripts of the medieval … Continue reading A drive to Tonk, trip organized by Shagufta Siddhi (founder of Ganga Jamuni)
In a Nutshell: Outstanding warmth of staff, efficient service & some really simple yet outstanding, western food at this Taj Mahal facing hotel, where we could see the imposing, breathtaking Taj Mahal from the lobby, our bedroom, our balcony, our bathtub & even from the pot!! Address & other details: Amar Vilas Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries / Hotels reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by … Continue reading A stay at Oberoi Amar Vilas (Agra, india) & the story of Mumtaz mahal & architecture of Taj Mahal.
This is a travelogue & the idea is to share our experience during travel & provide information on what we saw / heard / gathered from our experiences & conversations. This is not an authoritative research paper on the Tribes of Odisha. In a nutshell: A rich, humbling, thought-provoking, experiential trip to the interiors of Odisha to meet, chat with & experience … Continue reading A visit to tribal areas of South Odisha & stay at Desia Koraput & Chandoori Sai (Onukudelli, Kunduli, Lakshmipur, Bentalbiri, Goudaguda, koraput district)
This is a travelogue about staycation at this hotel, activities & food that we had here. In a Nutshell: A post lockdown enjoyable weekend break amidst pure nature, so unbelievably near from the city, no city noise, not too many vehicles, a beautiful drive around the villages in the morning, intense in-house pottery & qawalli sessions, loosening of the mind with a game of carrom, … Continue reading Lalit mangar (foothills of aravallis, off gurgaon faridabad road).
In a Nutshell: An unforgettable, unexpected, unique, culinary experience of ‘farm to table’ thanks to Chef Rakesh Gouniyal, who served us food made from organic veggies grown in his kitchen garden!!! , a lovely stay in this small yet stunningly beautiful palace which was built as an annexe to the main Gwalior Palace, beautiful suites with most things inside it seemed to be a century … Continue reading A trip to Gwalior & stay at Taj Usha kiran palace
Background – We were in Auroville to attend Givers Meet Edition 2, an event organised by exotic echo, Nagaland, where everyone participating explores ways to give back to the society. Edition 1 was held earlier in Diezephe, Nagaland, on the 03 to 05 March 2020, just before Covid restrictions. We came across exotic echo, the organization based out of village Diezephe, near Dimapur, Nagaland, in … Continue reading An eye opener trip to Auroville & Pondicherry, while attending an event there, organized by Exotic echo, Nagaland.
In a NUtshell A super cool, visually delightful cafe serving One of the best Turkish coffee we have had in india, an unbelievably good cold brew with a mild fermented feel to it, fresh cookies , bakes, the best robusta coffee I have ever had & of course a master class of understanding coffee by Marc, the coffee wizard from Barcelona, who settled down in … Continue reading Marc’s cafe (Auroville Rd, Auroville, Kuilapalayam, Tamil Nadu)
In a Nutshell: A lovely trip to Ranthambore – our first ever sighting of tiger in a jungle, enjoying the feel of the forest, a detailed tour of Ranthambore fort, an enjoyable long drive (sans a few small stretches) to & fro, stay at a beautiful palace hotel with a gem of a person Ajay ji as our host ……. except that the food in … Continue reading A trip to Ranthambore & stay at Nahargarh Ranthambore (Rajasthan)
In a Nutshell: A fabulous & memorable experience of a ‘cut off from the world’ jungle stay due to – great property, no phone connection, no wifi, no newspaper, no TV in the room, no library but soaking in just the jungle. This was topped with warm & efficient service by our butler Dilip, walks along the grass path with Lallan ji in the dark, … Continue reading Pashan Garh, A Taj Safari – Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh