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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.

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NYHAVN – The place to be in Copenhagen, Denmark

We at the happening street of Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Literally, the most happening and awesome place for all age-groups is Nyhavn. Easily accessible from any point of the city, this place is bustling with tourists and locals throughout the year.

We were lucky enough to visit this place during a sunny summer day and we felt that the whole of Copenhagen was here.

See lines of beautiful historic houses which were constructed hundreds of years ago and are still looking fabulous. Our child was particularly impressed by fleets of boats anchored in the waters.

Sit and relax with drinks while the child eats Nutella pancake

We spent hours sitting idly just absorbing the beautiful surrounding of Nyhavn. The bright sun and cold breeze created the most soothing and satisfying ambience. There were many street vendors nearby offering lip-smacking food.

Relaxing at Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Have an ice-cream

Waffle ice-cream is a local favorite here and why not. The ice cream is real creamy which leaves us wanting more. At the middle of the quay, there is the famous Vaffelbageren which has an exotic range and awesome delivery time.

Watch beautiful artists performing

There is no other place to absorb the culture than here. We saw artists painting across the canal and their art was beautiful. Some musicians were also performing which added to the beauty of this picturesque place.

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Artists at Nyhavn

Tie a lock and make a wish

We had specially brought locks to hang them from the railing across the canal but we were not sure and therefore left it. But one can always discover awesome messages around these locks and enjoy the fancy.

Locks at Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Boat ride

As this canal offer panoramic view of the city, it is imperative to go on a boat ride here and enjoy the place at more peace in the waters.

Boats at Nyhavn

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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Tivoli Garden – where Magic comes alive !

Being the second oldest amusement park in Europe, one cannot be disappointed in this whimsical fascinating place. With a plethora of activities for each age-group, this place is a must visit when in the Scandinavian region. One can easily see movie coming to life here : old couples sitting in the parks enjoying the scenery, teen couples walking hand in hand, children brisking here and there and what not.

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AMAZING RIDES AT TIVOLI GARDENS

We spent an entire day in this beautiful place and were not tired. One of the best things about this place is its timing. It closes a little late in summers offering the visitors to utilize their otherwise wasted time (as shops and malls close early).

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MOM SON TIME AT TIVOLI GARDEN

Being with a three year old means lot of kiddie rides and I must say we were not disappointed. Our little one enjoyed : The Vintage Cars (on-track cars), The Wood Carousel,  The Dragon Boats, The Elf Train, The Fun House, The Little Dragon (swing ride), The Little Pilot, The Music Carousel. We missed the famous Rutschebanen (wooden roller coaster), as well as the the Vertigo. (Note : Running nose and high fever correspond to that face 😉

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FUNNY FACES AT TIVOLI

But the highlight of the day was when he engaged in a duck hunting game and surprised us by winning the best prize (for picking up three ducks in a row which had red mark in the bottom). I was supremely elated but it was short-lived as he chose a colorful lizard as his prize (note : he could have picked any toy from that shop but he picked the most common soft-toy). We did not push him to pick any other toy as it was his choice.But hey- he won !!

The utilities were clean and moderate.Overall a great park specially for the kids. And for adults (if you don’t like the rides and are there just for their kids, you can always go shopping at the famous Illums Bolighus store which offers the exclusive range of Danish and international design. We bought some amazing souvenirs from there.

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CAR RIDE WITH DAD AT TIVOLI

 

There is an array of dining options but we chose Joe and the juice as it had amazing juice range which we certainly needed after hustling through so many rides.

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JOE & THE JUICE AT TIVOLI

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2018 – Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Estonia, Kerala, Goa, Jaipur

Though I’m penning down my journey details after a gap of 6 months (since my European adventure with my little one), it feels like yesterday. We visited a total of 6 countries including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Netherlands and Estonia. It was a beautiful trip with varied experiences.

Historic windmills with distinctive green wooden houses made for the perfect postcard pictures. Being in one of the oldest amusement park has a different impact altogether. We sailed through the waters of Baltic Sea. We cycled our way through Copenhagen and met lovely people in Malmo.

The trip was a blessing as I met my college friends too after a long time. Life has been extremely busy and I hope to be regular in my blogging and fill in all the details of my trips before taking another one.

Apart from Europe, we went to Kerala – the bliss of being in backwaters. It was full of peace and harmony and soul relishing experience. The annual trips to both Jaipur and Goa proved why we go there every year and still find so many new things to do.

Overall, the year 2018 was a wonderful year with trips packed back to back. Hoping the same for 2019.

 

 

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GOLDEN TEMPLE, AMRITSAR

One of the most iconic places in India is the Golden Temple, Amritsar. Located in the heart of Punjab, it never ceases to amaze me. We had to go here so that our little one to get his due blessings. It is considered to be the holiest Gurudwara of Sikhs.

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My heart melts when he prays (GOLDEN TEMPLE, AMRITSAR)

The construction of the Golden Temple (also known as Harmandir Sahib) was intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to worship God equally.Accordingly, as a gesture of this non-sectarian universalness of Sikhism, Guru Arjan had specially invited the Muslim saint, Hazrat Mian Mir to lay the foundation stone of the Harmandir Sahib.The four entrances (representing the four directions) to get into the Harmandir Sahib also symbolise the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions.

 

Over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship, and also partake jointly in the free community kitchen and meal (Langar) regardless of any distinctions, a tradition that is a hallmark of all Sikh Gurudwaras.

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MOMMA ! IS THIS A HAT OR A CAP ? (GOLDEN TEMPLE,AMRITSAR)

The peace and solace one is embraced upon entering the Gurudwara is heavenly.

There are certain rules to be followed while visiting the Golden Temple:

  • Upon entering the premises, we had to remove our shoes and keep them at a shoe center who gave us a token which was to be exchanged for our shoes while returning.
  •  washing one’s feet in the small pool of water provided while entering the temple;
  • One must cover whole body while visiting this sacred place. No shorts is allowed. And as a sign of respect, we all have to cover our head with a scarf / any such clothes fulfilling the purpose.

The Central Sikh Museum near the main entrance and clock tower is also a must visit.

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WHERE FAITH HAS NO RELIGION !! (GOLDEN TEMPLE, AMRITSAR)

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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

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NAINITAL (Interlaken of India)

Nainital is one of the most famous hill stations in India and it lies in Uttarakhand over the Kumaon foothills of Himalayan range. Its a beautiful valley containing a huge natural lake which is surrounded by mountains on sides. Easily accesible from the capital, we reached Kathgodam by train and took a taxi to reach our hotel in Nainital. The train journey is very comfortable and takes around 5 to 6 hours. The drive from Kathgodam to Nainital takes around an hour and half.

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On our short visit to one of the most famous hill stations in India: Nainital, we were astonished and mesmerized by its natural beauty. July happens to be a low season in Nainital due to monsoon but we were glad to visit it during what i can safely say to be the second most beautiful time of the year in Nainital (first being the scintillating snow clad mountains during December and January). Going in a low season has its own set of advantages (hotels are cheaper and its less crowded) and disadvantages (many activities like river-rafting are closed).

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We were greeted by milky cloud all around. Even during our arrival in our taxi, we travelled through misty clouds and it was literally like we were walking in the clouds. The hazy weather made for an outstanding picture with the serene Naini lake in between the Kumaon hills all covered with heavy clouds. but at the same time, the colouful gondolas popping up in the lake made for one of the most picturesque scenery which one could capture in their eyes and imprint it in the memory for a very long time.

With numerous retaurants and cafes, and with a bundle of activities, Nainital was not a disappointment at all. The mall road which spreads alongside the lake is restricted for only pedestrians after six in the evening, making it an awesome place for evening strolls. Its surrounding mountains, with dense forests has numerous hiking trails.It was a great trip , the details of which I will be posting in my next post.

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CHOKI-DHANI (The perfect glimpse of Rajasthan)

Jaipur is one of the most convenient destinations from Delhi when it comes to impromptu travel plans. Good railways, roads and air transportation connect Delhi and Jaipur. So, every time we travel to Jaipur, we try to experience something new. Therefore, this time, we took a trip to the much-acclaimed Choki-Dhani.

Choki-Dhani is a mock village for travellers to have a real time experience of an Indian village. It literally means ‘ special village’. And true to its name, it is a wonderful and unique experience for all tourists.

Choki-Dhani has a unique entertainment style, which includes conventional forms like traditional dancers (who dance with a stack of clay pots on their head). Acrobats who will do their best to provide a spectacular show without any formal training like walking on a tightrope or riding two bicycles at the same time.

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This cultural village has a special section dedicated to children that include fun activities like slides (again, with clay finishing, to give the appearance of a village). They also have a tunnel for kids to hide and play. There are also some swings for the kids.

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Apart from these activities, there are various royal rides like the ride on an elephant, horse-cart and even a camel. Sadly, we were not able to click any good picture of them but they were all fun especially for our little traveler.

HORSE CART

A maze, which is again made up of clay, is present in the center of the village for a thrilling experience. There are different snack shops and souvenir shops throughout the site.

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There are also other areas of interest like the waterfall and boat ride in the man made lake. There is a copy of Vaishno devi temple for the devotees. The epic battle of Haldighati and its glorious history is recreated at Chokhi Dhani cultural village through giant statues and amazing light and sound setting.

 

There are open-air restaurants which give you the perfect surrounding of any village house with walls made up of soil and lights lit by traditional oil lanterns. To add to the experience, the food served is the delicious authentic thali (full Indian meal). There is also a royal Rajasthani thali, which is served in an air-conditioned hall.

At the end, we had great family fun at shooting arcade. They give you wooden rifles and you have to shoot the balloons to gain the gift. What attracted me most was the manual wooden bowling alley, where the people employed were picking the bowling pins and passing it on. The darts and other such feast games were also present.

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Overall, it was an excellent experience with our little one. There was so much to do in so little time as the village opens at five in the evening till eleven in the night. The competitive advantage of this cultural village lies in its effortless layout, which depicts an average Indian village with authentic village stuffs including the numerous Charpai (wooden beds woven with ropes) spread all over the village.