Must place to try Best Sushi in Delhi

I have been at Honk, Pullman Hotel, New Delhi few times now. They have recently launched their Yum Cha Daily Lunches wherein you can feast over 22 different kinds of steamed, pan-fried and baked dimsums along with soups, salads and a meal in a bowl. Chicken & Chive pan-fried dimsum and Eggplant Puff with sweet chili and garlic are highly recommended. Apart this delish feast, they also serve premium Asian teas and beverages like shochu, sake and umeshu. The best way to conclude the meal is with their special homemade gelatos.

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Also been to Honk for dinner and everything was absolutely delicious. Started with Larb Gai salad which was bursting with flavours. Also Tuna Pizza was tasty.

Tried their dimsums and sushi as well. Red Dragon Sushi, Fire ball Sushi and Kaibashira Sushi were yum. Also tried Lobster dumplings with black truffle caviar dumpling, Black pepper chicken dumpling and the best one was Laksa Crab and Prawn dumpling – MUST TRY!! Honk is, no doubt, the best place I have had the best sushi in New Delhi.

For mail course had ‘Honk’s own’ spicy Prawns, Lamb black pepper, Garlic and Chives Fried rice and Vegetable Hakka Noodles.

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All the desserts we tried were made to perfection:

Wasabi Cheesecake – This was so unusual yet awesome.

Fried cinnamon banana with white sesame jaggery fudge – Simply loved this one.

Trio ice-cream (Coconut & Kaffir Lime, Honey, Avocado) – Avocado ice-cream was the best!!

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VETA with Taiwan Tourism

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A star-studded event took place in New Delhi. VETA (Versatile Excellence Travel Awards) at The Imperial, New Delhi in collaboration with Taiwan Tourism were held to honor the best in travel and tourism.

While addressing the event, Dr. Trust, Director, Taiwan Tourism Bureau said “This is our second time collaborating with VETA – the first was in Dubai, and now in Delhi and we hope that through such collaborations, we can create an interest in Taiwan resulting in 20% growth in tourism from India. We have 260 mountains that are higher than 3,000 metres, so it’s a mountain climbing paradise – fresh air and beautiful mountain resorts await the Indian visitor.” 

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L-R Varun Malhotra of TravelScapes, Ambassador Tien Chung Kwan Representative of Taiwan, Dr Trust of Taiwan Tourism

Event was attended by top Bollywood celebrity stars like Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi and Sophie Choudry. Comedian Sunil Grover marked his presence in different appearances. Ambassador Tien Chung Kwang, Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre also graced the event. Priyanka Nijhawan of the Nijhawan Group and diplomats from the Embassy of Czech Republic were also present.

Sophie Choudry, the MC for the evening

Sophie Choudry, the MC for the evening

Awards commenced by introducing VETA, TravelScapes and Taiwan by former MTV VJ and Bollywood actor Sophie Choudry through a short film on Taiwan highlighting the natural mountainous terrain. Woman entrepreneur of the year went to Ms. Priyanka Nijhawan from the Nijhawan Group and Ms. Jyoti Mayal of the Travel Agent Association of India.

Dr Trust dances with Rinku Devi (Comedian Sunil Grover)

Dr Trust dances with Rinku Devi (Comedian Sunil Grover)

Comedian star and actor Sunil Grover also known as Rinku Devi and Dr.Mashoor Gulati, kept the audience cracking with laughter. Welcome Heritage Hotels won the award for the heritage hospitality and Jalesh Cruises won the award for India’s fastest growing cruise line. The award for best business hotel chain was given to Fortune Hotels and many others were awarded in different categories.

Food truck serving extravagant delicacies like dimsums and egg rolls on the lawns of the hotel along with wine and whisky. Mr. Varun Malhotra, CEO and Publisher of TravelScapes and organizer of the evening was seen interacting with Dr.Lin Trust, Director, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, and Taiwan’s Representative to India, Mr. Tien Chung Kwang, from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre.

Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi

Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi

Event was a huge success and everyone was seen having a great time at this glamorous award night.

Aksari Resort, Bali

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Aksari Resort, Ubud

Recently stayed in Aksari Resort located in Ubud, Bali on my trip to Indonesia last month in September.

The Resort is located in Ubud’s Kenderan Village which is only 25 minutes from central Ubud and surrounded by green valley Tegalalang rice terrace/fields.

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I have heard that this resort is ideally for honeymooners but still thought to give it a try. The stay is an experience in itself and captures breathtaking views of the forest and rice field from resort. They have several villas on offer like Suite Pool View, One Bedroom Private Pool Villa, Suite Forest View, etc. Also they have other facilities including restaurant, bar lounge, wedding venue, spa, yoga, gym and public swimming pool.

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I chose to live in the Royal One Bedroom Villa with Private Infinity Pool which could easily accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. This Royal One Bedroom Villa and an amazing Private Infinity Pool, large bedroom, daybed, ensuite bathroom with bathtub, rain shower, reading sofa, private gazebo, sun lounge, water sun longer, minibar and a working desk.

Upon entering the villa there was flower and towel decoration done on the bed. I also took advantage of their awesome services like Floating Breakfast which is food presented in a large, sturdy tray which floats on water and you can enjoy the same in their infinity pool. Also I ordered water floats and received huge pink duck (at an additional cost).

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They have an all-day dining restaurant called Ankhusa. Their menu, which has an array of international food is designed to give optimal nutrition for the guest aimed to nurturing the body with an array of local cuisine signature like the roasted duck, chicken satay and fried rice. I tried chicken with cashew nuts and chicken & mushroom fettuccine creamy pasta. Their food is absolutely delicious and left me wanting for more.

If you love nature and luxury, I highly recommend you to stay at this resort.

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United Coffee House Rewind

United Coffee House is an amazing fine dine in Nehru Place. They specialize mostly in European and Asian cuisine.

Chocolate Shake – A tall glass, full of chocolatey goodness!

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Wholesome Arugula – Arugula mixed with fresh beets, cranberries, candid walnuts and super seeds. This was refreshing and delicious.

Korean Style Chicken Wings – Onion and tomato relish, with black sesame seeds, peanuts and charred pokchoy topped with Fried Chicken Wings. This was a delight :p

Daryaganj Giant Samosa – This samosa was stuffed with potatoes, green peas, cashews, raisins and served with mint and tamarind dips.

Chilli Chicken – This was served as a sizzler. Chicken was succulent and just melted in mouth.

Broadway Baked Cheese Cake This needs no introduction! An absolute favourite!!

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Honk Effects

World Health Organization terms noise pollution as the deadliest because of its health and social implications including hearing impairment, interference with spoken communication, cardiovascular disturbances, mental health problems, impaired cognition, negative social behaviour and sleep disturbances. “The largest portion of noise pollution in cities like Lucknow emanates from vehicles. Honking is the culprit as we zero down on further,” said Venketesh Maheshwari, an anti-noise activist.

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Honking is an epidemic in India. People do not think before honking that this action of theirs is causing great deal of noise pollution, affecting health of people around them in a negative way. In developed countries, honking is almost non-existent, except to warn for emergencies. In contrast, much of the honking in India is habitual and unnecessary.

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The amount of noise pollution from excessive horn use is on the rise in India, particularly in the metros. The problem is compounded by insufficient roads, rapidly rising automobile population and chaotic road conditions where impatient motorists compete for space with pedestrians, illegally parked vehicles and stray animals.

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Noise pollution has led to a fall in the age at which presbycusis, an age-related hearing loss, affects humans. About a decade ago, presbycusis affected people in their late 70s. But now, it can be usually seen in people in their 60’s. On being exposed to a sudden loud sound, like use of pressure horns, the bone goes far inside the internal ear. This stimulates the balance organ, causing vertigo. “If this happens with a pedestrian or a two-wheeler rider, he may fall on the road or meet with a fatal accident,” said Prof Ajai Singh, expert in orthopaedic trauma management at KGMU. “We get to see many such patients daily. In fact, every fourth victim of road accident coming to us is a pedestrian. They say they felt dizzy walking on the road,” he added.

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Personal Experience:

It’s a horrendous act! I have lived in the UK for about 4 years and there is literally no honking. Also I have seen some NRIs living there honking and it’s considered to be a very rude act in the UK. When I returned to India, I had headache for a week because of the noise level in New Delhi. Also in India people just use any kind of horns for their vehicle be it of ambulance alarm or anything loud. They feel the louder the better. I doubt if there is any kind of regulation to lower down or have a standard horn volume. When everyone on the road is blowing the horn, no one pays attention to it, I fail to understand the logic behind honking.

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What I share on Google Maps & how it has helped me!

What I love sharing and how Google Maps has helped me!

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It has been an amazing journey with Google Maps. I have been contributing for a long time as far as I do not remember when I started 😀 I love travelling to new places/countries, hotels and try new cuisines. I believe that photographs play a major role and along with my reviews, I post pictures of place, restaurant, food and everything around.5-e1554462663547.jpg

Also Google Maps has helped a lot in reaching desired destination. Also whenever I plan a vacation, I use Google Maps to check the distance from the hotel or from the Airport and see pictures to know which places are the best for sightseeing.

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I guess it will be difficult to jot down advantages we get by using Google Maps on daily basis as these are many. From finding your destination to searching for a best hamburger restaurant to searching for a public transport to searching public toilet nearby, the list of benefits is endless!

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You may also refer to my contributions by the name of Tripti Charan

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100k on Instagram – Know Me More

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As many of you are aware, I have finally crossed 100k followers on Instagram and I cannot contain the excitement within me hence I am writing this blog. It took me over 3 years of hardwork in creating, editing content, making videos and interacting with my followers. Here’s how you could know more about me by following me on Instagram:

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Daily Posts – So mostly I upload 2-3 posts everyday unless I’m on vacation with my family. The categories I post are Travel, Food and Lifestyle.

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Daily Stories – Also I update about my whereabouts on my Instagram Stories. You could see the food I’m digging into or the places I visit. (Also sometimes those funny boomerangs)

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Live – So this is rare! I only go Live when I’m at a major event or in a Masterclass.

Collaborations – Instagram Influencers and Bloggers tend to promote new products before the product launch and you could be amongst the first ones to get more information about it.

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Your opinion matters – Most of the brands tend to ask public opinion about their likes/dislikes which you can vote accordingly on the stories posted.

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Collaboration with Thailand Tourism

Apart from my Blog and Instagram, you can also find me on other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

NokScoot Airline

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NokScoot Airline is a Thailand-based low-cost airline. It operates international services out of Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport. NokScoot’s aircraft are operated in a two-class configuration, ScootBiz and Economy.

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I experienced both their business and economy class and I must say both were very comfortable flights. You may also choose economy class with extra legroom seats.

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Also they have a vast menu to choose from for your meals and the food served is hot and delicious. Passengers have to pay for meals in economy, either pre-paid or buy-on board.

All ScootBiz seats have in-seat power, while the airfare includes complimentary meals and a checked luggage allowance of 30 kilograms. Staff is friendly and the flight was on time. Looking forward to flying with them again.

This is in collaboration with Thailand Tourism and NokScoot Airline for the Thailand Tourism Festival 2019.

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Thailand Tourism Festival

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Thailand Tourism Festival 2019

It was amazing to be a part of the opening ceremony of Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF) held at Lumphini Park in Bangkok from 23th – 27th January, 2019. It was attended by many Thai and foreign visitors. Admission to Thailand Tourism Festival 2019 is free. If you are coming by MTR, then MRT Lumphini Station is the closest.

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The highlight of the festivals were great speeches by Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports.

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There will be processions/parade, musical performances, delightful cuisine from all over Thailand to try. The festival starts from 12:00 – 22:00hrs, five tourism villages will display the unique and different ways of life of Thai people across the region and there will be booths where visitors can find information about Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Surat Thani, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, and Udon Thani.

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Central Region Zone – presents the heritage of old Siam through a traditional Thai house and the former rural way of life back in the days through demonstrations; such as, traditional garland making.

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Northern Zone – showcases the beautiful handwoven cotton and silk textiles the region is famous for, presenting the intricate patterns. The zone reflects the artistic nature of the people of the North plus a range of contemporary arts inspired by the region.

Southern Zone – presenting new perspectives of the South that boldly goes beyond the beaches and islands including the secondary cities; such as, Surat Thani and Phatthalung, the hidden gems in major cities like Phuket’s Peranakan and arts in the three southernmost provinces.

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Northeastern (Isan) Zone – brings Thailand’s more vibrant cuisine to life. Food is one major inspiration for travelling to this region, linking it with traditional festivals and cultural values while promoting its three main tourism clusters: North Isan, Central Isan and South Isan.

Eastern Zone – presenting new perspectives of the East under a ‘more fun’ concept through replicas of landmarks most synonymous with the region in combination with three dedicated corners for 3D photography backdrops reflecting the region’s identity.

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Perhaps most importantly, there is also a ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’ waste initiative zone to help raise awareness and promote responsible sustainable tourism through various activities, games and more.

This is in collaboration with Thailand Tourism and NokScoot Airline for the Thailand Tourism Festival 2019.

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