Janmashtmi in Jaipur

Numerous stories are known to revolve around the childhood of Lord Krishna. The beautiful festival of Janmashtmi marks his birth and is a very big festival celebrated with great joy across India. He is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This day is observed on the Ashtami Tithi which is the 8th day of Krishna Paksha (dark half) of Bhadra (Hindu calendar month). In Jaipur, it is in fact a week-long festival. It is believed that the idol of Lord Krishna was brought by Raja Sawai Man Singh from Vrindavan to Jaipur and incorporated in the City Palace at Govind Dev ji Temple.

During this festival, Jaipur lights up to bright colours and festive spirit. The environment reverberates with the rhythmic sounds of the flute and the bass of drums. The idols of Radha and Krishna are placed together in beautifully decorated swings. Several devotees come to worship Lord Krishna during this festival. Most of the devotees also observe a fast for Janmashtmi. You can witness devotional singing and classical dances being performed by various noted artists. Here, you can be a part of the enchanting Aarti and other ceremonies, and connect with God amidst the pleasant sounds of the temple bells.

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To make this festival joyous and amusing for your entire family, come book a stay at the Club Mahindra Resort in Jaipur. Equipped with modern amenities and luxury accommodation, you will truly enjoy a comforting stay while becoming one with the Janmashtami spirit. Club Mahindra members can enjoy access to this resort by paying nominal Club Mahindra membership fees as per the plan chosen. As the resort is located in the proximity of the temple, visiting the temple becomes easy.

And while some of you may be engrossed in the spiritual ceremonies at the temple, others may take a small tour of Jaipur by visiting the main tourist attractions which include the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal, and vibrant markets of Jaipur such as the Johari bazaar, Tripolia bazaar and many others. Explore the beauty of the ‘Pink City’ through its architecture and mouth-watering food to indulge in. Jaipur is very famous for ‘Dal, baati and churma’, ‘ghevar’, ‘dal kachodi’, and ‘pheni’ which are a must for everyone to try. Thus with colourful surroundings, sumptuous food, and awakened festival spirit, celebrate Janmashtami joyously in Jaipur, only at the Club Mahindra resort.

A Glimpse into Parsi Cuisine this Navroz

Jamshed Navroz or Pateti is known as the Iranian New Year. It is planned according to the Fasli Calendar followed by the Zoroastrians. The day is expected to bring in new hope and positive spirit to everyone. To welcome the auspiciousness brought by the New Year, Parsis residing in different parts of the country begin the day by cleaning the homes. A rich combination of flowers and decorative items are used to adorn the home. But the highlight of the festival is the number of delicious delicacies that are an absolute treat for the taste buds.

Parsis around the world are known for their love for food, and Navroz is marked by cooking of numerous lavish and luscious recipes. At the in-house restaurants of Club Mahindra resorts, you get a chance to indulge in the flavours of these sumptuous dishes while experiencing lavish comfort and amenities. While you are visiting the in-house restaurants, here are the Navroz special dishes to try:

  • Sali Boti

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Famed as the best Parsi Meat dish, this is an ideal example of something that’s hot and sweet at the same time. Juicy mutton chops are marinated with tomatoes, onions, jaggery & vinegar, and a dash of turmeric & ginger are added to make this sumptuous delicacy that will leave your taste buds enchanted.

  • Patrani Machhi

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Navroz is never complete without munching on this delicacy. Patrani Macchi is aptly described as fish cooked with green chutney wrapped in banana leaves. Unlike other fish delicacies, this one involves steaming the fish. This dish will surely leave you wanting for more with its array of flavours.

  • Dhansak Masala

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The aroma of spices blended with the freshness of vegetables make Dhansak Masala the base for several tasty delicacies. Borrowing its ingredients from Persian and Gujarati cuisines, it is a healthy and delicious delicacy to satiate your appetite.

  • Kolmi Papeto Tetralo

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Fish lovers will definitely love the flavours and aroma of this delicacy cooked by marinating Prawns with garlic, potatoes, and herbs. While prawns add their typical taste to the delicacy, turmeric and tomato puree add a dash of sourness and aroma to it.

  • Sali Marghi

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Very few dishes preserve the essence of chicken while adding a dash of spices to it. One such delicacy is Sali Marghi made from tender chicken wrapped in different condiments. Top it off with shredded potatoes, and delight yourself with a scrumptious meal.

All these delicious cuisines are available at the in-house restaurants of Club Mahindra resorts. So avail the Club Mahindra membership today and celebrate Navroz with grandeur for the next 25 years.

 

 

 

Gift Your Sister an Amazing Holiday Experience this Raksha Bandhan

She is irritating, quarrelsome, and at times will get on your nerves, yet she is delightful, loving, and your companion in all the childhood mischief. For many of you, your sister is your first friend and the best person to connect to in the family. We all love our sisters, and which other day could be the best to express our affection and respect towards them than Raksha Bandhan.

Every Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie Rakhi – a sign of trust and respect on the hand of their brothers. In exchange for their salutation and care, brothers give gifts. While chocolates, sweets, and dining at expensive restaurants have become a common practice, many are now exploring different gifting options. One such unique gifting option, which will not only surprise her, but also give you both ample of time to catch up on the lost time is holiday gifting.

Luckily, for Club Mahindra membership owners, gifting holidays is easy through the ‘gift your holiday’ facility. In case you don’t have a Club Mahindra Membership, by paying a nominal Club Mahindra Membership fees as per the plan chosen, this Raksha Bandhan, you can gift yourself and your loved ones 25 years of dream holidays at any of the 46 exotic locations in India and abroad. So while you are busy planning the gifts for your dearest sisters, we have handpicked a few Club Mahindra resorts for you to choose:

  • Club Mahindra Danish Villa, Ooty: Explore the rustic charm of the old world by
    visiting Ooty – the queen of hill stations. At this majestic resort, both of you can engage in fun indoor games, participate in adventure activities, and simply go for long walks to discuss about the things that you might have left behind during the yester years.

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  • Club Mahindra, Kumbhalgarh: Make your sister feel like a true princess by giving her the royal treatment at the Club Mahindra, Kumbhalgarh resort. From tasting the flavours of royal cuisine to shopping for souvenirs in the Rajasthani souks, from a walk down the history lane to a refreshing session at the Svastha Spa, make the holiday truly special for your sister with Club Mahindra.

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  • Club Mahindra, Gangtok: If you and your sister love adventure, then the Club Mahindra Gangtok resort is the ideal place to visit. There is a lot to do in and around this resort, which is perched on the mountain. Surrounded by beautiful hills, lush greenery, and pleasant weather, this place is ideal to photograph those picture-perfect moments with your sister.

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  • Club Mahindra, Naukuchiatal: As a child, you might have enjoyed splashing water on each other. What if you were allowed to relive the fun? Club Mahindra Naukuchiatal offers you the perfect getaway to rejoice those childhood memories by presenting several indoor and outdoor activities to engage in. Go water sporting, paragliding, kayaking, or simply splash water on each other at the Naukuchiatal Lake. A holiday to this resort is packed with loads of fun and adventure.

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With unmatched comfort and top of its class amenities, your stay at any of the Club Mahindra resorts will be truly luxurious. So pack your bags and get ready to book a travel this Raksha Bandhan with your sister.

Celebrating 70 Years of Freedom with Club Mahindra

India will complete 69 years of Independence this year and it is a moment of pride for all the Indians. After all, without the struggle of the freedom fighters, it would have only remained a dream to lead our lives the way we do today. With 15th August being on a Monday, everyone gets to enjoy a long weekend. So what are you waiting for? It’s time you plan a short to one of the exotic places our beautiful country has to offer, and rejoice the end of tyrannical British rule.

Here are a few places that you can visit and enjoy the liberty to wander, choose, and enjoy the offerings available. And if you have a Club Mahindra membership, the experience gets better with luxurious accommodation and lavish amenities, all teamed up to celebrate the freedom spirit.

Goa

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How refreshing it is to wake up to the chime of sea waves and the fragrance of fresh sea breeze? Experience the freshness of the sea this independence day at Goa. There are a number of ways to unwind in Goa. From spending a relaxing afternoon lying at one of the shacks to resting your back in the warm sand of the beaches, lazing around is the best activity to do in Goa. And if you are in mood for some adventure, then hit the beaches to engage in water sports activities. Fun lovers can hit the night club, go kayaking, stay at one of the houseboats, enjoy the scrumptious sea food, and participate in various Independence Day activities carried all over. And to enjoy a lavish accommodation, you can always enjoy access to any of the three Club Mahindra resorts using the membership.

Mussoorie

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The sight of snow-capped Himalayan peaks will certainly leave you enchanted. Go mountain gazing, stoke your adventure spirit with white water rafting, experience nature closely by taking a trek to the Lal Tibba; you can engage in many soul quenching activities at this scenic hill station. And if you are in the mood for some shopping, then visit the Mall Road – a place for buying some of the best souvenirs to take back home. During Independence Day, you will be able to see the local celebration cheering the freedom spirit. And while you are here, don’t forget to take some snaps of yourself and loved ones with the Doon Valley in the backdrop

Jaipur

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The capital city of Rajasthan offers a royal experience to everyone. Rich in heritage, culture, and architecture, you can explore a multitude of places in Rajasthan, especially the forts and the palaces. The vibrancy of Jaipur is sure to lift up your spirits. From a trip to the historical places to a walk down the culinary lane serving finger-licking Rajasthani food, from places hosting cultural shows to the colourful marketplaces famous for souvenirs, enjoy the best of Rajasthan at Jaipur. And to make your stay comforting, book a stay at the Club Mahindra Mansingh Towers. You can check the hospitality and offerings of this place by going through Club Mahindra reviews.

So wait no more and make this Independence Day special by taking a trip to one of these destinations.

Offbeat Weekend Destinations in India you can check out this monsoon

Monsoon season is one of the most awaited times to vacation for many. It is the time when the greens turn greener, breeze turns cooler, and everything around makes you want to step out of home or work and head to a vacation. The choice of places to visit during monsoon are umpteen.

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So this monsoon try a few places that are off-beat yet perfect for a vacation:

  1. Saputara:This little hill station lies on the outskirts of Gujarat but is a great weekend option for Mumbaikars. Nestled atop the Sahyadris, there is abundant beauty to immerse in here. Go boating in the famous Saputara Lake, enjoy a fun ride at the Pushpak Ropeway, watch the cascading waterfalls of Gira; it is an absolute delight to holiday at Saputara during the rains.
  2. Binsar: If you reside in the state of Uttarakhand, you must visit Binsar to enjoy your weekend. Watch the misty clouds hang over the pristine Himalayan valley. Go for trekking or exciting adventure tours to the famous wildlife sanctuaries. Monsoon is the perfect time to explore Binsar.
  3. Udaipur: For those who belong to Rajasthan, Udaipur is the perfect weekend getaway. Monsoon is the best time to visit ‘The City of Lakes’. Explore the grand palaces and relish ‘Rajasthani’ food at lakeside restaurants. Boat in the famous Fatehsagar Lake and enjoy the bliss of monsoon here.
  4. Coorg: This stunning hill station is a great choice for those who stay in Karnataka. Coorg is famous for its enchanting natural beauty. Go hiking to Kotabetta is certainly an exhilarating experience. Pay a visit to the second highest waterfalls, Jog Falls. Sip freshly brewed coffee at one of the coffee plantations that Coorg is so famous for.
  5. Pondicherry: The quiet city of Puducherry is an ideal getaway if you stay in Tamil Nadu. Enjoy strolling through the clean beaches and take a stroll around the streets to view the rich architectural heritage of Puducherry in the form of forts and churches. With a predominant French culture, monsoon is the right season to enjoy the vibes of this place by visiting the lakeside European cafes.

By availing Club Mahindra membership, you can take abode at the finest resorts located at the aforementioned locations. All the Club Mahindra resorts offer an array of benefits to its members in terms of a lavish stay at destinations in India and across the globe. With exotic architecture, proximity to local attractions, and myriads of indoor and outdoor activities to engage in, your stay will truly become memorable, even during off-season. You can check the Club Mahindra reviews to know about the experiences of people who came here and enjoyed the stay.

Instagram Moments in Goa

There is a reason why people keep going to Goa. The vibes of this stunning beach destination are addictive. Be it the beaches or the churches, every place has its own charm wherever you go. Faraway from the hustle-bustle of city life, Goa is the perfect escapade for all. You will enjoy soaking up the sun as much as partying at a night club. It’s a place which will entice you to take to your Instagram account relentlessly and share the delightful pictures. If you are going to holiday in Goa for the first time, here are some Instagram moments that you wouldn’t want to miss out on, along with the hashtag!

#Beaches

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With as many as 25 beaches to choose from, you can also select the type of beach you’d like to hang out at. While North Goa beaches are more lively and full of activities, South Goa beaches are relatively quieter.

#Churches

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Also a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is also addressed as the Old Capital of Goa.  Step back into Goa’s history and explore the famous churches such as Basilica of Bom Jesus for its exemplary Baroque architecture.

#Forts

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Visit the Fort Aguada: built in the 17th century, it is situated over Sinquerium beach which offers breath-taking views of the Arabian Sea. Head to the Chapora Fort of ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ frame which attracts many tourists owing to its scenic location.

#Shopping

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Goa is famed for its flea markets and night bazaars. These markets are at held at various beaches on different days. You can visit Anjuna Flea market on Wednesday, Arpora for the Saturday night bazaar, and Mapusa market which is the local market.

#Dona Paula

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The Dona Paula jetty is situated on the magnificent stretch of Panjim to Miramar and Dona Paula. Watch over the beautiful views of the Mormugao harbour or participate in water sports activities at the Dona Paula Club.

There are many resorts that you can stay at such as Club Mahindra Acacia Palms or Emerald Palms. By going through the numerous Club Mahindra reviews, you will get an idea of the comfortable stay amidst modern amenities and scenic beauty here. So when are you heading to this wonderful beach state to start posting #Instagram Moments in Goa?

Best Destinations in India for Women Backpackers

Juggling between day job and household tasks can become quite taxing for women. To take a break from the rushing office emails, household chores, and everyday routine once in a while is essential to keep the spirits high. And what else could be more revitalizing than going for a vacation?

In a place like India, backpacking is one of the most enriching experiences you can have. From rural villages to little settlements, from opulent temple-towns to the spiritual cities, India is deemed as traveller’s paradise ideal for backpackers. However, safety, means of travel and accommodation are a few things that may bother you while setting out for such a journey. To help you plan accordingly, we have shortlisted a few amazing destinations that are ideal, safe and comfortable for Women Backpackers:

Ladakh

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Villages atop mountains, rugged mountains, monasteries, and lakes, all of these behold paradise on Earth in Ladakh. Treat your eyes with the stunning views of snow-capped mountains and a world unlike any other place. Relish some yak cheese and go River rafting in the Zanskar River. Ladakh is an ideal escapade for women backpackers and a place that will certainly put you in touch with your inner self.

Jaisalmer

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The ‘Golden City of India’, Jaisalmer is a land of majestic havelis, fascinating palaces, enormous sand dunes, and beautiful Jain temples. In the midst of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer will bring out the explorer in you. Visit the tranquil Gadsisar Lake, meander through the deserts, or go on a camel safari to explore the dunes, Jaisalmer will surely leave you spellbound with its culture and diverse offerings.

Rishikesh

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Situated on the banks of the Ganga River, Rishikesh is a place full of Shivaism, culture and is closely associated with the Hindu mythology. Right from the Beatles ashram to intriguing sadhus dressed in orange, everything about this place will let you snap some picture-perfect moments.   The adventurists also have an option to go for white water rafting. Rishikesh is a haven for backpackers who wish to explore nature with an amalgam of spirituality.

Dharamshala

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Free Wi-fi, street performances, and good food are a few things that make Dharamashala one of the most interesting places in Himachal. As a backpacker, you will certainly be spoilt for choice with plenty of food options from street food to fine dining. Go hiking to Turudi, visit the temple at Bhagsunag, walk through the lanes of McLeodganj; Dharamshala is a mystic affair for every backpacker.

While the sporty spirit inside you continues to make you explore, don’t forget to treat yourself at Club Mahindra Resorts. If you have availed the membership by paying the Club Mahindra membership fees, you can choose to stay at any of the desired locations to take a break and relax. Feel rested amidst a wide range of amenities at your disposal simply because of being a privileged Club Mahindra member. While you enjoy the stay here, do take some time to put in Club Mahindra feedback talking about your stay here.