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.
|< View from our early morning flight >|
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.
|< Assamese folk band made us groove in joy when we reached the property >|
|< Enjoying my welcome-drink and the replacement of my fedora with the Assamese hat: Jaapi >|
After a warm welcome, we checked-in and here's what our room looked like...
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 >|
|< Lamb Shanks >|
|< Asparagus Risotto >|
|< 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.
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.
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.
|< 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.
|< Our FAM group was divided as two groups of passengers for two jeeps >|
|< Snehsha captured this in nick of time, when the one-horned looked straight into the camera >|
|< Posing with all the girls on the FAM trip, on the bridge above Brahmaputra River >|
After spotting several one-horned rhinos at Pobitora Wild Life Sanctuary in the morning, our lunch was this wholesome Assamese Thali at Vivanta By Taj in Guwahati which included: labra (mix vegetable), aalu pitika (mashed potato), pork khorika, spinach khar (yellow dal with spinach & papaya), masor tenga (betki crusted with hurum, served in a sour tomato gravy) and much more! Definitely worthy of the rare tag of #BhookadRecommends! It's now time to enjoy a quick nap before an anticipated spa treatment in the evening.
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 is the 2nd largest tea producer in India with 24 tea estates in Assam >|
|< Their supply chain and business is big enough to employ 31000 people >|
|< We were introduced to over 50 kinds of black and green tea >|
|< I got to taste more than 15 kinds of tea and understand their different effects on my palate >|
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.
|< If these chocolate profiteroles are not on the spread, request them to make some for you >|
|< Don't forget to try these strawberry waffles with maple syrup during breakfast! >|
|< Packed with many flavours: minestrone soup during lunch could be a good start for you too >|
|< These custard burgers deserve your attention and deserve to pacify your craving too >|
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.
|< Tiramisu served with an edible chocolate spoon! >|
|< fresh and creamy mascarpone! >|
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.
The property is centrally located.Please do not leave without trying their tiramisu.
It's a new property and a few amenities are not yet accessible for customers.