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.

Runway1, Delhi

Runway1 is located in Rohini, Delhi has an amazing concept of a restaurant inside an original aeroplane. They have also opened in Ambala, Haryana. Apart from the restaurant inside, you can also dine on the wings, play virtual reality games in their cockpit (additional charge), host parties, etc. To board the aeroplane restaurant, you need to purchase a boarding pass. I booked a table on wings (additional charge) for my Mom’s birthday and the team was amazing enough to decorate it with balloons and flower petals. The servers are friendly and the service is super-fast.

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Brownie Shake – Thick chocolate brownie shake in a tall glass with chocolate syrup on the sides and topped with warm soft brownie chunks.

Russian Salad – Diced fruits mixed with mayonnaise. The quantity was huge! This was something unique and yum.

Non-veg Platter – Served generous portions of Chicken Tikka, Malai Tikka, Chicken Tandoori. The food was cooked fresh and tasted simply delicious. MUST TRY!!

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Lazeez Tangri Kebab – Chicken legs marinated well and were succulent.

Their food quality and quantity is highly commendable! Everything is made fresh and smoking hot. Will surely try more dishes.

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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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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

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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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Hyatt Place Gurgaon

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Recently stayed at Hyatt Place located in Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon. This fabulous business hotel is located centrally. It’s closely connected to the International/Domestic airports and local Metro Station. Also they are like 10 minutes away from the most popular business and dining hubs like DLF Cyber City, Unitech Infospace, Kingdom of Dreams and other Malls.
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Apart from this, there is free Wi-Fi everywhere to stay connected with friends and family and remote printing facility throughout the hotel.

The room was spacious, simple yet classy and had a plush double bed, work area, a huge sofa sleeper.

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Also they have 24/7 room service which is awesome. The hotel staff is polite and provide fast service.

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We had our meals in Gallery Café which serves buffet as well as tried few dishes from their newly launched à la carte menu. The best thing is they serve fresh fruit juices, loved orange and watermelon juice.

Even though the restaurant is located in a five-star hotel, menu prices are very reasonable and light on the pocket. Also would recommend Lamb Curry from the Indian buffet section, Chicken-Bacon Ceasar Salad, Grilled Fish and Shikanji from a la carte menu. They have an extensive buffet breakfast, loads of choices from Dosa to Sausages.

Their lunch and dinner buffet is no less and is sumptuous. Also not to forget the wide range of desserts and cakes. These are a must try. They have dining space outside in the garden as well.

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They also have 24/7 Gallery Market located near reception which serves delicious Doughnuts, Croissants, Salads, Sandwiches, Muffin, etc.

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They have 24-hour Gym which is very essential to stay fit. Love their outdoor swimming pool, best for relaxation.

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I highly recommend staying at this hotel.
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