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FOUR MUST VISIT PLACES TO EAT IN COPENHAGEN

GROD

BREAKFAST AT GROD should be as famous as the phrase ‘breakfast at tiffanys’. I never imagined that healthy could taste so delicious. I was totally bowled over by their amazing breakfast menu and the awesome quality they provide. Located at a number of places, we went to one located in Frederiksberg.

MY BREAKFAST BOWL IN GROD

NORDIC CAFE

Located at the heart of Copenhagen, we had lunch at this tasteful café. Filled with authentic Danish cuisine, it has a fresh menu which imbibes natural ingredients only. We had the SMØRREBRØD along with yummy homemade shakes. The children menu was outstanding and my little one enjoyed it thouroughly.

Vaffelbageren

The unique and extremely delicious combination of waffles and ice-cream is what drew our attention to this busy waffle bakery store at Nyhavn. Its located just in the middle of the quay giving the visitor’s a sweet surprise during their stroll.

The Bronx Burger Bar Frederiksberg

Yummy burger and potato fries for the kid and cranberry tossed chicken burger for us. What more could we ask for after a long and tiring day.

On The Rocks, Jodhpur
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Places to Eat in Jodhpur,India for every Wallet

Being a foodie, we always explore the local cuisines of the places we visit. The regional differences in India constitutes to a vivid number of food along with languages. One can never expect the same use of the masalas throughout India. In the north, they use mustard oil whereas in the south,coconut oil is the most vital part of the food. Use of spices and vegetables differ as much as the languages in different parts of this country.

Jodhpuri Thali (full meal with 31 dishes)

As soon as we landed in Jodhpur, my husband took us to Gypsy restaurant which serves amazing Jodhpuri thali at very appropriate price. The google map showed us a somewhat deserted Gypsy with hardly any crowd around it. We understood at once that it was not the real one and so we went on to find the other Gypsy on google map and we arrived at a very busy Gypsy restaurant. Later during our stay, we realized that Gypsy being so famous has a number of competitors trying to sell on its name. But Gypsy is a must visit in Jodhpur.

Royal Cafe, Clock Tower, Jodhpur

Another wonderful place to spend a quality evening is at the Royal Cafe next to the clock tower in old town. At first look, we thought its a shabby one but once we took seat over there, we were thrilled by the liveliness of the narrow roads around, filled with colorful vendors and constant honking of the yellow auto-rickshaws. This is a place to just sit and enjoy the liveliness of old city. The cafe owners are a very noble couple who serve delicious food with lots of love. They even made plain noodles (without spice) for my kid.


The third one in my list is the Cafe Mehran located just as you exit your tour from the Mehrangarh Fort. Its an awesome cafe with limited menu but unlimited royalty feel. Its constructed in extension of the fort itself and reminds one of European cafes. The walls have paintings of the royal dynasty ruling Jodhpur before.And this place offers the much needed break after exploring the wonderful fort.

Bal Samand Lake palace runs exquisite buffet throughout the year offering the visitors wonderful view and lavish experience. The resort is a very well-maintained green resort where you can see arrays of peacocks wandering carelessely. The resort has beautiful rooms which were once army barricade. The green lawn where the buffet was served had a stream running across it adding to its beauty. Also, there were traditional performers adding rhythm to the dinner experience.

Balsamand Lake Palace

Last and the best was our discovery of ‘On the Rocks’ restaurant which has five divisons inside it. We went for lunch at the ‘Neem Tree Court’ and were very happy with the experience. The decor of the place is very pleasing and natural and we literally sat under the Neem Tree for lunch on a warm sunny day. It was as beautiful as it sounds.

PLACES TO EAT IN JODHPUR FOR EVERY WALLET

BONUS : If you have read throughout this post, there is a bonus point for you. 15 A.D. bakery is a gem in Jodhpur. We fell in love with its buttery almond cookie and the authentic tin packing it has. The bakery is a delight for all those having sweet tooth. It has a branch at the airport too.

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Tallinn – Land of Legends & much more

During our trip to Helsinki, we went for a little adventure in the beautiful town of Tallinn. Though it took approximately two hours to reach Tallinn through Vikings cruise, we were transported to a completely different atmosphere. And I say this because not only the country changed, the people, the culture, the architecture all changed drastically. Out of all the places I have been, I can easily say that Tallinn is one of the most beautiful and well-maintained historical town. Being a small city and the capital of Estonia, Tallinn stands for itself.

We visited the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which was a beautiful experience. The majestic architectural marvel is really outstanding. We went through the streets of the old town which all lead to the Town square.

The beautiful walk through its old city clearly indicates why its listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is beautiful with cobbled streets running throughout the city lined up with charming wooden houses. There are a variety of streets owing to their different speciality like street with sweet shops, most fashionable street, street of education and so on. But I was amazed by the most haunted street (‘Lühike Jalg is a narrow street with lots of stairs that connect Toompea with lower Old Town.’)

Tallinn is a town of legends and we were impressed by various legends inscribed at different locations giving an insight to the visitors about the history of this marvellous land.

The town square is filled with restaurants and cafes all around. There is house carriage available for the tourists which adds to the medieval theme of the whole city. We saw the Viru gate which are two similar towers left of a larger chain of towers which supposed to defend the town in earlier days.

Old Town Square, Tallinn

It was a sunny day and we made the most of it by shopping (beautiful imitations of the colourful houses, clothes, really warm socks, and other souvenirs). For lunch, we sat in the middle of the Old City at Saku Gastro and we were delighted with the service as well as the food. What added to our lunch was the experience of observing a theatrical performance being held at the centre of the Town square. On enquiring more, we came to know that it’s part of their biggest yearly festival ‘OLD TOWN DAYS’ dedicated to the local cultural heritage and community & the theme of 2018 was 100 steps into History. Although, unplanned, we were elated being in the festival.

Owing to its strategic location, the city still remains a major trade hub. Numerous cruise lines make a stop here. I wish I could have spent more time here as we had to return for our cruise back to Helsinki at the end of the day. The Viking Express cruise was a wonderful experience with a plenty of activities for the kids. Added benefit was our room where we had kept our belongings and went on to visit Tallinn without any discomfort.

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Best Places to visit in Jodhpur – Blue city of India

Named after the great king Rao Jodha, Jodhpur truly stands for royalty. With numerous iconic heritage sites, this city boasts of a number of places to visit. Travelling with a toddler, we narrowed down the best places to see in Jodhpur.

MEHRANGARH FORT

Being one of the largest fort of India, it does not disappoint anyone looking for historical Indian architecture. Situated at a height, one can easily see it from the city. The entrance is convenient with options of elevator (as one have to walk on cobbled sloppy road) to reach the fort from the entrance. Grandeur and historical heritage can be found in each corner of the fort.

 

There are cannons and vivid arms & armours on display at this fort. Looking at the city from here, we found most of the houses are painted blue giving it the iconic nomenclature of blue city.

The museum is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. Beautiful rooms are also shown which has real gold embedded on the ceilings and intricate art work brightens the whole place.

JASWANT THADA

The Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph located near to the Mehrangarh Fort. The cenotaph’s grounds feature carved gazebos, a tiered garden, and a small lake. There are three other cenotaphs in the grounds. One can easily unwind at the park after a good walk at the Mehrangarh Fort.

 

CLOCK TOWER

One of the most happening places in Jodhpur is the Sardarpur market which is the market around the clock tower in the old city. Numerous vendors and tourists flocking the market makes for a wonderful sight.

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CLOCK GATE, JODHPUR

UMMAID BHAWAN PALACE

Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the world’s largest private residences. A part of the palace is a museum and some portion is hotel. The Palace was built to provide employment to thousands of people during the time of famine. The museum has exhibits of stuffed leopards and various household’s items used by the royals (made up of gold & silver). The classic cars of the Maharajas are also on display in the garden in front of the museum.

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Mini Switzerland of India – Khajjiar

Our one hour zig-zag journey from Dalhousie in the green Chamba range seemed rewarding once we reached Khajjiar. Its nickname truly justifies the natural beauty present there. Khajjiar sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds. The hill station is surrounded by meadows and forests.

To make things better, an array of snack shops and small restaurants cater to the needs of the tourists. We eagerly grabbed a table with the most scenic view or should I say, every sitting had a beautiful view. After gulping down the north-Indian thali and feeding the little one, we went forward with our venture.

KHAJJIAR

Our little one was happy to play with rabbits available there by vendors who charged a nominal amount if you wished to get clicked with the furry animal. We also bought football for him and he could not help but kept running on the lush green field. We spotted cattle comprising of sheep, horses, cows and bulls. Our little one was delighted to see his farm book coming to life.

Though the center of the field was muddy and difficult to get through, we kept ourselves on the periphery of the field and enjoyed a lot. My husband took the little one for a little horse-riding experience in the thin lanes of the mountains. Soon, it was time to return.

Overall, I found Khajjiar to be a very child-friendly destination. Only negative was reaching there as it was quite an adventure. On peak days, you can be stuck in traffic-jams on the thin curvy hilly road for more than two-three hours. Luckily, we did get back in time to Dalhousie.

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Thinking about the next mischief 😉

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FIVE MUST DO ACTIVITIES IN NAINITAL WITH TODDLER

Our short but sweet trip of Nainital would not have been perfect if we would have side-lined our toddler’s interest. With a wide array of fun-filled activities which take place in this scenic Himalayan valley, there are a few options which we must not miss at all. So, our top five picks are as follows:

  1. Visit to the Governor House

Being the only governor’s house open for visitors in India, this place still is not marked as one of the most visited places here. Maybe due to strict time-limits of entry and exit which has to be made in groups at the main gate of the Raj Bhawan which happens at precisely 11 am everyday except Tuesday.

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Governor’s house, Nainital

Constructed on the lines of the Bukinghum palace, this monument is spectacular to look at. The sprawling campus gives it the much needed peaceful surroundings and highlights its beauty. Apart from its own golf ground, it also consists of a marvelous garden and Swimming Pool. Our little one had a great time enjoying the gardens and running uphill/downhill.

2. Boating in the Naini Lake

Boats with peddle were not an option for us due to our naughty kid. So we took the brave step of boarding the vintage gondola boat.Though the boats used in this lake seem to be very risky, but the oarsmen know their job. And contrary to our expectations, we had a wonderful ride. We enjoyed the serenity and beauty and the freshness of the air so much that we took another ride through the lake. Not to mention our toddler loved it.

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Boating in Nainital with a wonderful rainbow in the background

3. Stroll in the Mall Road

No visit to any hill-station in India can be regarded as complete without the customary visit to the mall road. Mall roads are primarily the most busy street of any hill stations where tourists are found in abundance due to the availability of numerous eating & shopping joints. What we loved about the mall road here in Nainital was that it is free of any vehicle, even rickshaw after 6 pm making it a  very interesting place to relax with a kid. We bought a small toy with wheels from a side shop and our kid had a great time riding it throughout the Mall road.

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Mall Road, Nainital (notice the wheel)

4. Visit to the Shyamkhet Tea Garden

People in India are so used to tea gardens in Kerala, that they forget their presence in North India as well (since the terrain for their production is same). But since, I always wanted to visit one, we made our decision to visit this garden. It was just an hour drive. Though it was not a very large garden but it was enough to satisfy our curiosity. We got some really good tea from there as well which they claimed to be free from any chemicals and totally organic.

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Tea Garden of Nainital

5. Visit to the Nainital Zoo

We can never miss any zoo when we are traveling with our baby simply because he is so fond of all the animals. And its always great to let him see all the wild beasts in real. We must say that the Nainital zoo was above our expectation and we were pleased by the staff over there. They also let you adopt an animal and contribute your share to them.

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Nainital Zoo