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Monday, December 5, 2016

Travelogue | The Gateway Resort, Pushkar Bypass, Ajmer

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Dear travellers and vacationers,

I've been to Rajasthan several times but I had never been to Ajmer or Pushkar before. I've become used to expecting nothing and hoping only for the best, when I travel to any place for the first time.

Sometimes, the universe has the most amazing plans lined up for you; so like me, just go with the flow, pack your bags and leave for an adventure into the wild. Mother nature is always calling out to beings like me and you. 

I'm sure you're going to enjoy reading this review and browsing through most of our spectacular moments, captured by Snehsha Tank and edited by her talented team Lensplate.

< 30,000 feet up in the air, moments before our touchdown at Jaipur airport >
We departed on a flight from Mumbai on 6th September at 9:40 AM, which landed in Jaipur 2 hours later at 11:45 AM. We were comfortably transited to Ajmer in our luxurious Innova cabs sent by the hotel, driven by well-dressed and well-trained chauffeurs; who shared essential information about Ajmer and Pushkar, on our way to the property. 

After a long drive that lasted for 3 hours, we finally arrived at our destination around 3:30 PM: The Gateway Resort located on the Ajmer-Pushkar Bypass road. 

< Ram ram sa! Welcome to Rajasthan! >
< Our welcome made us feel like a royal Rajasthani indeed >


Baaharon phool barsao, tumhara guest aaya hai >
Located in the middle of a mesmerising and picturesque oasis, with the Aravalli hills as its backyard, the staff waiting for us at the resort welcomed us in traditional Rajasthan ethos, including flower garlands around our necks, enchanting us right into its cultural milieu, immediately after our arrival.


< Gateway into the arms of nature >

< Where we enjoyed our welcome-drink & some deserving panoramic photography too >
We decided to join other bloggers and journalists from all around the country on this FAM trip organised by Taj, mainly because the invitation promised to offer memorable experiences from both Ajmer and Pushkar: a compatible blend of Sufi culture and Hinduism together. Since it was our first time, we were excited to know what was planned for us.

< Getting introduced to the General Manager, Nagendra and his team >


< Fresh and spicy chicken and paneer kebabs from the tandoor >


< Our hearty and wholesome first desi meal in Ajmer >
While having lunch and getting acquainted with Nagendra Hada, who had voluntarily taken the responsibility of hosting us during this trip; we got to know that our itinerary includes visiting places like Brahma Temple, Pushkar Ghat, Ajmer Dargah, Kishangarh Fort, Savitri Temple and multiple treks up and down the hills of Aravalli mountains located around our property.

< Did you notice that swing next to our bed? Yes, we had a swing in our room! >
After lunch, we were given the choice of either quickly gearing up for a trek to a uphill spot nearby, or rest for a couple of hours until sunset. I was happy to see the collective enthusiasm for some physical activity amongst our group of travellers. Almost all of us decided to pick the former and follow Nagendra for a trek to a serene spot on top.

< Trek mode: ON >
< Our trek ended with a surprise waiting for us: high-tea in the valley! >


< Nagendra was a great host. Some chose tea or coffee, I chose to enjoy mathri with some gin & tonic! >



< Enjoying fresh food in the arms of nature! >
After all that traveling since 9 AM, followed by our late-lunch at the resort, and then a long tiring trek; we were obviously too exhausted for any other activity. So we decided to call room service for dinner, rest up well that night and assemble for breakfast on the following morning.

In the morning we all decided to catch up on some more sleep, skip breakfast and meet directly for lunch at the restaurant instead. Nikhil Merchant joined the kitchen crew and helped Nagendra cook up a huge portion of Junglee Maas made with lots of ghee, which was enjoyed by one and all equally.

< You can find the recipe of this delicious Rajasthani dish here >
Our itinerary for day 2 was focussed on exploring Pushkar: one of the oldest cities in India, offering a prominent Hindu pilgrimage even today. We began our pilgrimage by on-boarding cable cars to Savitri Temple: which is renowned for its architecture and a beautifully scenic view for tourists like us. 

< A return trip costs only Rs. 100! >
< View from the temple, of the beautiful lake and the surrounding villages nearby >
Pushkar is famed as the land where the one and only temple of Lord Brahma exists in the world. According to history, Brahma was in search of a demon called Vajranash, who was killing people in Pushkar. So the Lord slew the demon with his weapon, the lotus flower; and then performed a yagna to protect this place from the demons, which required his first wife, Savitri, to offer ahuti.

That request to offer ahuti was denied by angry Savitri, who then cursed Brahma saying that he would be worshiped only in Pushkar and nowhere else in the whole wide world. Brahma Temple of Pushkar is also known as Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, located close to the sacred Pushkar Lake. Although now it does not remain as the only Brahma temple, it is still one of very few existing temples dedicated to Lord Brahma in India.

We visited that temple too, which was right behind the Savitri temple but sorry, photography was strictly prohibited out there.

< Sunset at Pushkar Lake, also known as Gau Ghat >
After enjoying a relaxing sunset at Pushkar Lake, we walked to Varah Ghat on the opposite side, for the Sandhya aarti, which is conducted 45 minutes after sunset every day. A few of my friends who had visited Pushkar before, had told me this aarti is a delightful experience for everyone: believers or non-believers. 

People in thousands had assembled for this aarti and as the chants began, the atmosphere got filled with the fragrance of incense sticks and roses immediately. The sound of ringing bells and the chorus from everyone surrounding the lake; while the evening sky filled itself with the gold of the setting sun. The lake looked gorgeous with numerous floating diyas; this aarti at Pushkar was an inexplicably elevating spiritual experience for me.

< An aarti to remember forever >
While returning to The Gateway Resort for dinner, I was wondering what surprises Nagendra has arranged for us at the property; and as expected, his arrangements for an evening at their poolside, did not disappoint any of us. We enjoyed our preferred cocktails with piping hot kebabs and highly entertaining qawwali and dance performances by local artists of Rajasthan, that night.

< Mehfil ban gayi sufiana! >
< Aye chorri ne toh dil jeet liya! >
< The best part about dinner that night, were garma-garam jalebis for dessert! >
After an eventful day, we were all extremely excited to explore Ajmer on our 3rd day. So we all assembled for breakfast on time to know more about our first, and for me the most awaited, destination of this trip: Ajmer Sharif Dargah.

< The breakfast buffet at The Gateway Resort has many options for vegetarians as well >
< Rajasthani Mirchi Bhajjiya was the most delicious dish served for breakfast that day >
When we reached the dargah, we were requested to leave all our valuables in the car, including our foot wear, as a cautionary measure against the crowd that Nagendra expected outside and inside the mosque. Little did I know, what I was going to experience, might change my perspective towards human faith, forever.

< The lane of Ajmer Sharif Dargah >

< What would you pick? >

< This is the main gate of the mosque, followed by the Shahjahani Gate: erected by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan >
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is an international endowment, managed under The Dargah Khwaja Saheb Act (1955) and The Dargah Committee (appointed by the Government) takes care of the maintenance of the shrine year after year, and also guest houses thousands of devotees daily. However, the rituals of the shrine is only and always under the custody of inherited priests, who are known as Khadims.

< Devotees singing prayers together inside the mosque >
According to the history retold to us by the priest who was hosting all of us that day, Akbar and his queen used to visit this mosque on pilgrimage, by foot from Agra every year, in observance of a vow for their son. The large pillars called "Kos Minar" erected at intervals of 3 or 4 kms along the entire way between Agra and Ajmer; were established and marked as places by the emperor, for the royal pilgrims who halted at those minars, during their foot-journeys to Ajmer.

Modern Indian highways were built roughly on the same route, marked for the future in the Mughal era. Around a lakh and half pilgrims visit the shrine inside Ajmer Sharif Dargah even today.

< Kishangarh Fort, Ajmer >
After our visit to the most popular and worshipped mosque in Ajmer, we were transited to Kishangarh Fort for an exclusively arranged tour of the heritage property; which was built by Maharaja Roop Singh in 1649 for the Jodhpur prince Kishan Singh: who founded the state of Kishangarh earlier in 1609.

We managed to click many pictures during our tour inside; hope you enjoy viewing these very few shortlisted for you as follows:

< Picture captured while we entered Kishangarh Fort >

< Stairway to heaven? >

< Ancient weaponry always fascinates the inner child in me >
< The fort has witnessed many patronising deeds of its rulers towards art, architecture, music and poetry >
The deep moated walls signify the glorious history of Kishangarh Fort, making it one of the most formidable forts in Rajasthan even today. The double-storied Durbar Hall had tiny latticed windows above, for the queens to view the proceedings and celebrations as they occur below.

The 9 different turreted areas of the fort encompasses a large scenic landscape, with scars and shades from its several battlements, jails, granaries and many untold tales from that ancient era.

< Viewpoint from a spot on top of the fort >
After strolling around for over 2 hours, our tour ended with an awfully scary walk down a dark and secret stairway, leading to The Phool Mahal Palace.

< The Phool Mahal Palace, Ajmer >
The Phool Mahal was constructed in 1870 to serve as Kishangarh Maharaja's royal palace and is now functioning as a boutique hotel adjacent to the fort, owned and managed by the Royal Family: whose current descendants were waiting to share their true stories with us, passed on generation after generation since 1609.

< Meet his and her royal highness: Mr. & Mrs. Maharaja BRAJRAJ SINGH Bahadur >
His highness, if you happen to read this travelogue, we thank you for sharing your secret stories with us and also for this unforgettable lunch experience with a beautiful view at your majestic Phool Mahal.



We left Kishangarh to enjoy a relaxing sundowner back at The Gateway Resort and got ready by 8 PM that night, for what was probably the most fun I've had during dinner on any trip recently. 


< A bonfire to keep us warm and cozy >


Nagendra Hada was full of surprises throughout our stay, and all the guests loved and respected him tremendously for his kind hospitality. Since it was our last night, he organised dinner for us into the wild, at the Ajmer Development Area (ADA) nearby, starting with a live performance by an extremely talented bagpiper, and his dear friend named Jamal. 

< Meet Jamal, the bagpiper who really enjoys what he does >
Our trip ended with enjoying cocktails into the woods, accompanied with a huge spread, including this delicious and authentic recipe of Khad Murg: usually a spiced mix of minced lamb and potato layered with phulkas or rotis, cooked below the ground in an earthen pit; which was replaced with chicken by the talented chefs of The Gateway Resort that night. 

< Khad Murg: a traditional baked meat recipe from the history of Rajasthan's royalty >

   TRAVELOGUE SUMMARY

What's Garma-Garam?
The property is located perfectly to qualify as nature's paradise in Ajmer.

What's Thanda?
The swimming pool is beautiful but usually not completely clean,
especially during early morning hours.

Dakaar Level
4/5

Comfort
4/5

Room Service
4/5

 

Thank you Priyanka Maheshwari, Parinita Gawri, Nagendra Hada and his entire team (especially the kitchen crew) at The Gateway Resort by Taj, for your warm and unforgettable hospitality. I hope to see you all soon again.



Have fun in Pushkar & Ajmer!
Happy travelling!


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saffola Masala Oats #CraveNoMore Food Truck Challenge [with NDTV Goodtimes]

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Hello again, everyone!

I was away from Mumbai all throughout September, traveling to Ajmer and Thailand for new stories to share with you; and as promised, here's sharing a new story with you this month. Watch out for 2 new travel reviews this month, from the land of Rajasthan and the land of Thailand thereafter! I hope you enjoy reading this piece and positively share all your constructive thoughts or feedback in the comments below.

#SaffolaMasalaOats
#CraveNoMore Cooking Competition
PHASE I

It all began 6 months ago, when 41 renowned bloggers from different parts of India were invited to The Grand (Vasant Kunj, New Delhi), to experience the extravagant launch of Saffola Masala Oats' two new variants: Italian & Chinese oats. None of us had an idea about the surprise cooking competition planned for us. Nobody had even a clue about it! It's only when we took early morning flights and reached the venue to find 12 cooking stations, right in the middle of the booked banquet hall, we realised what's cooking... err, rather who's going to be cooking!

The Phase I of #CraveNoMore was an exciting mystery box challenge wherein 41 food bloggers were presented with the task of identifying exotic Chinese & Italian food ingredients, out of which, 24 bloggers became a part of the exciting competition. The bloggers were picked randomly after distributing a bowl full of paper chits, with a unique number handwritten on each. 12 bloggers cooked their spontaneously conceptualised recipes with their personally preferred, Italian or Chinese oats variant, as the key ingredient first; followed by the other remaining 12 bloggers.

Italian and Chinese flavours were introduced to make snacking guilt-free and tasty. At Rs.15 per packet, it easily qualifies as one of the cheapest options available everywhere now, from general stores to supermarkets. These two new flavours collectively make the 'Chefs Choice' range, which is not only loaded with whole grain oats and vegetables, but is also bursting with delicious international flavours, making it an ideal healthy snacking option for weight-watching adults like me.

Here's a short video to share a glimpse of what happened that day:


The 24 lucky bloggers were chosen by 3 chefs, hosts and judges of this unique hell-of-a-surprise cooking competition: Chef Kunal KapurChef Saransh Goila & Chef Shipra Manchanda.

Did I think of something interesting to cook with oats?
Yes.

Did my cooking and plating skills impress the judges?
Yes.

Was I one of those 6 winners who qualified and proceeded to the next round?
YES!



Out of those 24 shortlisted to cook that day, only 6 bloggers won an opportunity to qualify for the second and final phase of Saffola Masala Oats Fit Foodie #CraveNoMore, and I feel honoured even today for being one out of those six chosen ones.

#SaffolaMasalaOats
#BreakUpWithJunk Food Truck Challenge
PHASE II

Saffola Masala Oats #BreakUpWithJunk Food Truck Challenge

While it all began with the launch of Saffola's Italian and Chinese variants of oats in March, the second and last leg of this culinary extravaganza, was finally initiated 3 months later, during the last week of June. I received an invitation to participate in the Food Truck Challenge organised at Ambience Mall in Gurgaon, and I was equally clueless about what's on their agenda even that time. I took my flight and reached the mall to discover this sight, right in the middle of the mall!

Saffola Masala Oats #BreakUpWithJunk Chinese Food Truck

Italian Food Truck Saffola Masala Oats #BreakUpWithJunk

While we reached a day prior to the competition, we did not manage to prepare much for the next day, and little did we know what's coming our way. The next day, on Sunday 10th July 2016, the Food Truck Challenge was fought between Chef Saransh leading our Chinese food truck, and Chef Shipra who was mentoring her Italian food truck. I was in-charge to prepare and serve Saransh's recipe of ‘Chinese Ghotala’ - which was our interpretation of kheema ghotala, served with half fried eggs and sriracha sauce on top. Most of the people could not believe it had been made out of Saffola Masala Oats. After tasting our Chinese Ghotala, I clearly remember a customer telling us: "If oats could be this tasty, I don’t mind switching my snacking habits!"

Adarsh Munjal AKA The Big Bhookad at the Food Truck Challenge

Saffola Masala Oats Food Truck Challenge in Gurgaon

After cooking with Saransh for 5 odd hours in The Leela's kitchen, we proceeded to the mall and were excited to serve all the 3 unique recipes we cooked with the Chinese variant of Saffola Masala Oats, that morning. Honestly, I was not expecting any kind of unmanageable crowd, but I was surprised to see how crowded it got, in less than an hour from the moment we started serving! After 5 long hours of cheering, cooking and serving more than 700 people out of our Chinese Food Truck; our day ended at an extremely high note, when Chef Kunal Kapur declared us, i.e. Team Chinese, as the winner of the food truck challenge! 

HUM JEET GAYE!

The winning team, with Chef Saransh our mentor, and Chef Kunal the judge.
Saloni from FBAI, Priya from MumasFoodDiary and yours truly The Big Bhookad were proud winners of the #BreakUpWithJunk Food Truck Challenge! We won many gifts that night and more importantly an opportunity to feature in Chef Kunal Kapur's next TV show on NDTV Goodtimes.


Two back-to-back episodes of Fit Foodie were also telecasted on NDTV Goodtimes, 3 odd weeks after the competition; but unfortunately, I cannot find those episodes on their website. Nevertheless, this was an unforgettable and unique culinary experience which has now motivated me to cook twice more often than I usually did.

Thank you MSL Group, team Saffola, team Fit Foodie and NDTV for this wonderful experience! Hope to see you all very soon!


- The Big Bhookad™

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Travel Review: Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati, Assam

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Hello, fellow travellers!

I'm extremely happy to finally find quality free time to write about our travel experience to Guwahati in March. We apologise sincerely for this horrendous delay and also hope you enjoy reading this extensive travel review of our short but eventful journey to Assam earlier this year.

Above 30000 feet in Guwahati Assam
< View from our early morning flight >
Sprawled across the length of the Brahmaputra valley, the Assamese landscape is woven together with picturesque green-golden jigsaw like rice fields and perfectly manicured tea gardens. Even though it was our first time, we knew Assam is a hidden gem waiting for us to explore its breathtaking beauty.

Snehsha and I departed on a flight from Mumbai on 15th March at 7:25 AM, which landed in Guwahati at 10:35 and we headed straight to the property, which was around 40 to 50 minutes away from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. Our welcome at Vivanta by Taj was a pleasant surprise and we felt humbly grateful to the entire management for their sincerely warm efforts.

Welcome band at Vivanta By Taj in Guwahati
< Assamese folk band made us groove in joy when we reached the property >
Primarily a business property, Vivanta by Taj in Guwahati is spread over 5 acres of land and the hotel also caters to the needs of every leisure traveller, like me. The entrance to the hotel has a dome-like structure and a number of bells at the reception: representing the famous Kamakhya Temple in their city. We were ushered in with thekera: a local Assamese drink made with dried mangosteen, their traditional gamucha and a beautifully crafted jaapi: the huge traditional Assamese hat you see on my head below.

The Big Bhookad at Vivanta By Taj in Guwahati
< Enjoying my welcome-drink and the replacement of my fedora with the Assamese hat: Jaapi >
Vivanta by Taj in Guwahati has a total number of 150 rooms (out of which only 50 were operational and 100 were under construction when we visited in March), ranging from the basic Deluxe Delight Room to their famously luxurious: Presidential Nirvana Suite.

After a warm welcome, we checked-in and here's what our room looked like...

Deluxe Room in Vivanta By Taj Guwahati

Beautiful matching interiors at Vivanta by Taj in Guwahati Assam

While we were expecting our room to be more spacious in our heads, we were happy know that all the three different kinds of rooms at Vivanta by Taj in Guwahati [Deluxe Delight, Superior CharmPresidential Nirvana Suite] have bath-tubs built in the bathrooms, including ours of course.

All rooms have bath tubs in Vivanta By Taj Guwahati

After freshening up, we were invited by the management to meet and greet other journalists, bloggers and authors, who were invited on this FAM trip too. I do not prefer to accept any invitations for FAM trips; but since this was our first time, please note that all my views and opinions in this review are strictly unbiased and completely honest.

All points are referenced from the six pages of my personal diary, which was filled with relevant observations every day, during our stay. All pictures you see in this review are captured by my co-founder at Lensplate: Snehsha Tank.

The specially created set menu for lunch that day included...

Mushroom Cappuccino at Vivanta By Taj Guwahati Assam
< Mushroom Cappuccino >
Lamb Shanks at Vivanta By Taj Guwahati Assam
< Lamb Shanks >
Asparagus Risotto at Vivanta By Taj Guwahati Assam
< Asparagus Risotto >
While I know it was easier for the head chef to curate and create a set menu for opinionated and popular guests staying in the same hotel, I must confess the food we ate for lunch that day was not any short of extraordinary. The soup was piping hot + expectedly creamy, risotto was comforting, lamb shanks were perfectly cooked and crème brûlée tasted as good as it looks in the picture below.

Creme Brulee at Vivanta By Taj Guwahati Assam
< Beautifully created and presented Crème Brûlée with berries, melon and kiwi >

After lunch, we took a quick stroll around the property and headed to Kamakhya Temple, which is home of the mother goddess: Kamakhya. The Kamakhya temple is a mark of identity in Assam. Besides being a sanctum-sanctorum for people to come get their wishes fulfilled, this temple bodes a significant architectural stature and lays great emphasis on the sculptural art.

Bells at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati Assam

The current structural temple, built and renovated many times in the period of 8th to 17th century, gave rise to a hybrid indigenous style of architecture, which is called the Nilachal type: a temple with a hemispherical dome on a cruciform base. The temple consists of four chambers: garbhagriha and three mandapas locally called: calanta, pancharatna and natamandira: aligned from east to west.

The sculptures are apparent mostly on the exterior walls, as well as on the interior walls of the temple. A good number of sculptures are also fixed on the temple gates, while some of the sculptures are lying scattered within the temple campus.

Kamakhya: The Goddess

After making a wish at the temple, we returned to our hotel, enjoyed a quick nightcap at the bar and decided to rest well for our jeep safari into the wild, next morning.

Mojito at Seven, Vivanta By Taj, Guwahati
< A large peg of my favourite malt for me and this refreshing mojito for her >
Thriving with exotic wildlife, Guwahati is close to some of the intriguing national parks to watch out for. Kaziranga National Park is one of the most famous national parks in the world, which hosts two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceroses today. According to the latest census held in March 2015, the current rhino population in Kaziranga National Park was merely 2,401 and according to World Wild Life, the population is just over 3000 today. 

Jeep Safari at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
< Our FAM group was divided as two groups of passengers for two jeeps >
We didn't manage to visit Kaziranga but our trip to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in the floodplains of the mighty Brahmaputra River, was something I don't think any of us will forget during our entire lifetimes. This sanctuary is home to the endangered one-horned-rhinoceros as well. Although we found it to be quite small for a sanctuary, the density of rhinoceros in Pobitora is quite high; high enough for us to spot at least a few during our safari.

Spotted and captured the dreat one-horned rhinoceroses!
< Snehsha captured this in nick of time, when the one-horned looked straight into the camera >
The Big Bhookad posing in Guwahati Assam
< Posing with all the girls on the FAM trip, on the bridge above Brahmaputra River >
Jeep or elephant safari is a 'must do' for every wildlife enthusiast that visits Guwahati, especially tourists who have Assam on their bucket-lists. Please don’t forget to carry your binoculars along with your cameras, as I'm sure you will also get plenty of opportunities to spot rare species of beautiful birds at Pobitora Sanctuary. You're welcome.

After the safari, I was extremely excited to return to the property and enjoy this traditional and authentic Assamese Thali prepared by their head chef, which included labra (mix vegetable), aalu pitika (mashed potato), pork khorika, spinach khar (yellow dal with spinach & papaya) and masor tenga (betki fish crusted with hurum, served in a sour tomato gravy). Definitely worthy of the rare tag of #BhookadRecommends on Instagram!


If/when you visit Assam, whether or not you visit Guwahati or Vivanta by Taj, I would like to strongly insist on this, please make a sincere effort to enjoy an authentic thali experience at least once during your stay in the state. You can ask around wherever you go, I'm sure you'll find a restaurant serving Assamese thali easily in Assam!

Every first trip to Assam is incomplete without the customary tour of a tea estate, of the rolling hills covered with lush green tea plants; but sadly, we did not have that included in our itinerary this time. However, we were lucky enough to find a tea boutique nearby, called Amalgamated Plantations, a Tata enterprise; which has given the elites the opportunity to relish good quality organic tea and the opportunity to learn more about different kinds of tea available in Assam, for tourists like us.

Amalgamated Plantations Guwahati Assam
< Amalgamated Plantations is the 2nd largest tea producer in India with 24 tea estates in Assam >
Amalgamated Plantations Tata Tea Guwahati Assam
< Their supply chain and business is big enough to employ 31000 people >
Amalgamated Plantations Guwahati Assam
< We were introduced to over 50 kinds of black and green tea >

The Big Bhookad at Amalgamated Plantations Guwahati Assam
< I got to taste more than 15 kinds of tea and understand their different effects on my palate >
Apart from the core business of Tea, APPL has ventured into the agri foods and timber/bamboo plantations business, within their tea estates, focusing in the areas of spices, horticulture, animal husbandry and high value timber. Their objective now is to optimise land uses, wealth creations and employment generations for the local communities. I was very happy to have this opportunity to learn about so many different kinds of tea in so much detail during our stay in Assam, and for that I'll always be thankful to the management and PR team of Vivanta By Taj.

Unfortunately, our trip came to an end after this tour to Tata Tea's boutique in Guwahati but fortunately for you, mainly because you've already scrolled so far on this review, here are my top 5 food recommendations for your stay at Vivanta by Taj in Guwahati.

Chocolate profiteroles at Vivanta By Taj Guwahati
< If these chocolate profiteroles are not on the spread, request them to make some for you > 
Strawberry Pancakes at Vivanta By Taj Guwahati
< Don't forget to try these strawberry waffles with maple syrup during breakfast! > 
Minestrone Soup at Vivanta By Taj Guwahati
< Packed with many flavours: minestrone soup during lunch could be a good start for you too >
Custard Burgers at Vivanta By Taj Guwahati
< These custard burgers deserve your attention and deserve to pacify your craving too >
Now I know all of you can count to five and I've mentioned only 4 recommendations so far. Well, that's only because I'd like to share the most definite reason of my return to Vivanta By Taj, if/when I visit Guwahati again in the future.

Even if I don't end up staying with Taj again, I'm going to make sure I visit their property at least for this unforgettably and sinfully amazing tiramisu; which in my humble opinion was so good, that it will undoubtedly make it to your list of best tiramisu experiences you've had too.

Guaranteed.

Best Tiramisu in Guwahati
< Tiramisu served with an edible chocolate spoon! >
Locally sourced intense coffee: TIRAMISU
< fresh and creamy mascarpone! >
Locally sourced intense coffee and housemade crusty and crunchy chocolate shavings, on top of creamy mascarpone layered with soft and moist sponge in the middle; served with an edible chocolate spoon, this dessert is definitely worth coming back for some more in 2017 or 2018!

Thank you Indranee Phukan and your entire team at Vivanta By Taj in Guwahati, especially your talented team of chefs, for your warm and unforgettable hospitality.

REVIEW SUMMARY

What's Garma-Garam?
The property is centrally located.Please do not leave without trying their tiramisu.

What's Thanda?
It's a new property and a few amenities are not yet accessible for customers. 

Dakaar Level
4/5

Comfort
3.5/5

Room Service
4/5



Have fun in Guwahati!
Happy travelling!