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Uses of Dill in Indian Cooking

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To those who aren’t experts on Indian cuisine, it may come as something of a surprise to learn that dill is a popular and widely used herb in the country.

Perhaps more commonly associated with Scandinavian cooking, this member of the parsley family adds a subtle fragrance to traditional Indian dishes, and acts as a cooling accompaniment to heavily spiced food.

The herb has a number of health benefits, which may also help to explain its popularity. It is a great source of vitamin B and calcium. It also contains volatile oils that qualify it as a “chemoprotective” food (much like parsley), which means that it can help neutralise certain types of carcinogens. These oils can also help to prevent bacterial growth, a similar benefit of garlic, which is also used extensively in Indian cooking.

Dill also happens to be a good source of dietary fibre and has positive digestive effects, meaning that it can be a helpful addition to a largeIndian meal!
There are a number of names for dill across the languages of India. In Hindi it is called soasaag, in Bengal shoapatta, in Gujrati it is referred to as soa, in Punjabi and Urdu soapatti.

The delicate herb is commonly used to flavour green vegetables such as spinach, and can be used to add freshness to dhansak. The Sindhi’s have a popular dill-flavoured rice dish, the recipe for which is featured in Camellia Panjabi’s best-selling cookery book ’50 Great Curries of India’.

Surprisingly, it can even enhance the flavour of meat dishes., and works particularly well with lamb as it counteracts the richness of the meat. It is also frequently used in a range of other dishes, such as dressings, omelettes and pancakes.

Dill is commonly used as an ingredient for condiments. During winter, when it is most readily available, it is ground with garlic and tamarind to make chutney. Perhaps its most familiar guise is in the popular dish raita, traditionally served alongside snacks and appetizers.

Below is a simple recipe for Sowa KakdiRaita (Dill and Cucumber Raita):
1 cup fresh natural yogurt whisked till smooth
1 small bunch fresh dill weed (approx. 50g), finely chopped
1 large cucumber, chopped into 1″cubes (remove seeds if preferred)
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Chaat Masala (available at most Indian grocery stores)
A pinch of red chilli powder (optional)

Preparation couldn’t be simpler: all you need to do ismix the yogurt, salt and sugar in a bowl and stir well to combine every element. Add the remaining ingredients, mix again, then chill for a few hours before serving.

If you’re not a fan of home cooking and would rather someone else do the hard work for you, you may wish to visit some of the best Indian restaurants and brasseries in London. Serving high quality, authentic Indian food, these top London restaurants are sure to feature dill on their menus, whether it is incorporated in a dish itself, or as a condiment alongside an appetizer or balanced thali.

Why and where to cycle in Ladakh?

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Ladakh is one of the most daring tourist places in India. Its daunting altitude and frigid weather can pose big challenge to a tame-hearted but if you have your adventure hormones spilling out in abundance, you won’t think twice before booking a Ladakh tour package.

Ladakh is also a gateway to thrill, as a number of exciting sports have emerged in this corner. Who knew that something like yak safari would be made available to casual tourists? There is trekking and there is the white river rafting. But what make Ladakh really proud are its long stretches of zigzag hilly tracks which give the perfect fodder to a cyclist or a biker. Cycling, or mountain biking as they call it in sophisticated parlance, has really picked up momentum in this part of the world. So much so that even contests are held and races are organized, which can be both stimulating and fulfilling.

Thankfully, you do not need to be a professional biker in order to enjoy cycling on these hills. Even somebody like a schoolboy or a business woman can take pleasure out of cycling over these tracks which are varied from the simplest routes (for beginners) to the more hostile ones (for the professionals).

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One of the more popular cycling tracks is the 64-km stretch between Leh and Alchi. While Leh is the capital of the district and is included in a Ladakh tour, Alchi is a quiet village which is home to some historic monasteries and old traditions. The route offers thrill and is easy to navigate. The zigzags keep your heart on the guard but the Himalayas are thankfully there to look after you.

Cycling between Leh and Hemis Monastery is another viable option. The Hemis Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries of Ladakh and is a must-visit attraction. So, a sightseer can cycle all the way to the landmark and sip over nature’s bounty during the journey.

For those who are seasoned bikers and are looking for more impressionable routes, the track that runs uphill towards the Khardungla Pass makes for a delicious recommendation. The pass is nestled at higher altitude and the route can be unfriendly and rocky. Plus, with the fluctuating temperatures, it can be quite a feat to reach the pass and bang your chest in pride.

Routes like Marhi-Manali track and Jispa-Gondla track are also worth your attention. Choose one wisely keeping in mind your fitness and your experience.

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The Chronicles of Mumbai

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The tale of the city of dreams

The city of Mumbai, also known as the city of dreams and was previously known as Bombay. It is the capital of the state of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India. The name Mumbai is obtained from the name of the Koli Goddess named MumbaDevi. Historically, it was a landmass fragmented in seven islands. That was the Bombay Island, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Parel, Worli and the old woman’s island. In the later stages, the islands were reclaimed and then finally it got the shape in which we see it today. The city has an essence of its own, having something for everyone. It has every kind of people from every section of the society, every state, every language, every sect and every economic background. Mumbai is a very versatile, multi-cultured and multi-dimensional cosmopolitan city. Always on the run, never gets tired, stays awake round the clock. That’s why it is also called ‘The city that never sleeps’. You can say it is very hard to describe Mumbai in words. Based on the shores of the Arabian Sea, the city is filled with glamour, life, love and fun. The city has its own hardships too, but if you can keep up with the pace, this town has a lot to offer you. Like others I can give you a descriptive type of thing about the city, but where is the fun in that. It should be an experience, rather than a description. Mumbai is a lively, diverse metropolis with an elegance of all its own. The capitalist spirit and pulsating pace of life offer a sharp contrast to much of the rest of India.

Being a financial capital it is the hub of all the businesses and trade. Headquarters of many corporate offices and banks lies in this city. The country’s financial market goes up and down with Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) which are situated here. The city is divided into several segments namely south, south central, north central, western, and central and harbor. Mumbai is predominantly inhabited by the Marathi speaking people, but you can find people of other lingos as well in large number. The culture here can be said as a mixture of traditions. The city has a number of tourist attraction for its citizens as well as for the people visiting from outside. Primarily, you can start from the Gateway of India. This British era structure is quite an exquisite site to visit. Adjacent to it is the world renowned Taj Mahal hotel. Sadly, it was attacked by the terrorists back in 2008 and witnessed a huge loss of life and property. But it has bounced back from the ashes of destruction and back in business on a regular scale. For the hotel industry over here it is a kinda role model. Next, you can enjoy the marvelous stretch of the marine drive known as the Queen’s Necklace. The commercial hub of Nariman Point is also situated right next to it. If you have a car it has a lovely driveway for you where you can just tap on the accelerator of your car and zoom away.

This 4.3 km boulevard is also a major attraction among the people.  Walk and laze on the promenade, feel the breeze coming from the sea and occasional mist that flies in with the waves. The spot is very famous among the couples who come here to spend some time of bliss with each other. The rocks lying in front of the promenade make an ideal spot. There are spots such as a bandstand, linking road, Juhu beach and the Worli sea face where people can spend a quality time. Apart from the couples, the children, teens and older people; everyone can have a great outing time over here. If you are religious in nature, then there are a couple of places for you to bow down before the divine one. Siddhivinayak Temple, Mount Mary church, Kalbadevi Mandir and Haji Ali Dargah based in the middle of the sea. Plus there are variety and number of places in Mumbai where you can go and have a leisurely time. In the recent times, Malls have mushroomed all across the city. With cozy atmosphere, class ambience, branded stores and food courts, it really makes a place to stop by if you are in mood of going nowhere else.  If you yearn for shopping then there are multiple options for you. One of them is the malls which I have discussed. For cheaper options there are Colaba causeway, Fashion Street, Hill road, Bhuleshwar market and the Linking road. You can get a good bargain also on the things you want to buy which won’t even hurt your pocket much.

To move around these places you definitely need something. You get into the Mumbai local which is also called the lifeline of the city. See a time when you can board the train easily because it is a sight to see during the rush hour. Jam packed, stuffed, that’s the only way I can describe it. In other words, it is more of a crush hour. These trains travel from Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Karjat and Kasara in the central line and from Churchgate to Virar in the western. If the train is scary for you, the BEST bus services plying on several routes. Normal or AC depending on the route. The black, yellow cabbies are also there if you have some good amount to spend on your travel. Plus, you can hire an auto-rickshaw to travel within the suburbs. Just keep in mind you should have an idea of the roads otherwise; you can be taken for a royal good ride if you take a taxi or rickshaw.

If all these roaming around makes you hungry then there are a number of places and cuisines to relax your jumping tummy. The city is filled with restaurants and street food joints. If you want to have a quick bite, grab the famous Vada Pav, a local fast food over here. There are also other local delicacies you can try. Apart from that number of Udipi restaurants there are all over the city. Also, multinational chain of fast-food joints has spread across all over the city especially in the malls. Dominos, McDonalds, pizza hut etc. you name it.  The night life of Mumbai is especially happening. There are many points for the youths of the city to assemble and have a rocking time together. The town has ample number of pubs, discos, lounge bars and night clubs where you can chill out, dance and groove to the rhythm of the night. Here you can take your partners, friends, eat and drink, jump to the beats of the music, dazzling lights dance, forgetting all your worries of the day. In total it’s a complete stress buster. The glamour and the lifestyle of the city are really worth seeing and you shall find lots of things to feast your eyes.  The clubbing spots are generally in the high profile areas or hotels. If you are a couple then there are plenty of options for you.

And when you speak of Mumbai, how you can forget to mention the main glam hub ‘Bollywood’, which symbolizes the city as the city of dreams. It is the prime base of the Hindi cinema industry. All the film stars that you see on the celluloid screen like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Amir Khan and many more are based over here. Your favorite glamour dolls like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padhukone, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu are also a part of this dreamland town. Here shootings of the film go round the clock 365 days a week. You can also say it is the media and the entertainment capital of the country. The showbiz of the city attracts many from different part of the country to try their luck in the movies and become actor and actresses like their icons. Some of the lucky few make while most of them don’t. The craze of moviegoers is the max over here, so there are plenty of cinema halls and multiplexes all over the city where you can catch your favorite flick. The influence of Bollywood can be seen all over the city as the girls and boys adapt the style of the favorite film stars, and at times even say the punch lines from the film in their conversation. Plus the impact can be seen more prominently as every class of citizens tries to add a little bit of glamour to their lifestyle.

Well, there is a lot to say about the city, and the conversation might never end if I go into the details. It has its joy and sorrows, success and failures, money and poverty, life and death. But the thing is, the pace of the city never stops, and that’s what is the essence and strength of Mumbai and its citizens. If you have a will and a ‘never say die’ spirit, this city will welcome you with open arms. The ever growing and fast paced life might leave you exhausted at times, but there is no need to worry. This city helps those who has the courage and wants to make a name for him or her. To conclude, I can say this city has something for everyone, and I am proud to be a Mumbaikar.

Author BioLicia Margarete works at Bharat Book Bureau as an Industry Analyst and has more than 5 years of experience. She has rich knowledge and experience of various industries across the globe. In her free time she likes writing for blogs and some of the topics which interests her are energy,technology, automotive, psychology, lifestyle, travel and other related topics.

Al Ataar Villa Puncak : island rain city

Bogor rain city

Bogor is a city on the island of Java in the West Java area of Indonesia. It bears the epithet “the Rain City” (Kota Hujan), on account of continuous sprinkle showers. It almost dependably rain actually throughout the dry season. The city has a presidential castle and a natural arrangement (Kebun Raya Bogor) – one of the eldest and biggest on the planet.

With the cooling atmosphere, excellent bloom overnight boardinghouses creatures, the area is a perfect goal to escape from the hotness of the city.

  1. taman Topi (Hat Garden) and appreciate the Bogor Mini Bread : I’ll get you at inn and afterward we will head off to Bogor by Commuter Line. I propose to begin the excursion at 8:00 am or 9:00 am. After land in Bogor, our first terminus is “Taman Topi”, it is called so in light of the fact that the structures around make it look a like a cap. That is make this spot extraordinary. We have 20 mins to investigate this spot and delight in the Roti Unyil (Bogor Mini Bread).
  2. bogor Cathedral Church : Inherent 1750, the congregation is one of the most senior operational Catholic Churches in Indonesia, and the greatest one in Bogor. We have 15 mins here to observe and take a few pictures.
  3. bogor Palace and Botanical Garden : After from Taman Topi, we are heading to Bogor Palace and Botanical Garden. The arrangements blanket more than 80 hectares. Reminiscent of the time of amazing enclosures of the wealth, you will discover delightful blooms, decently tended arrangements, wellsprings, lake dabbed with water lilies and orchid cultivate in a glass house. Walk around open regions or turned trails, and even stroll crosswise over paths flanked by tall greenery trees and beautiful blossom filled hedges. In the event that you are lucky you may even see the acclaimed Bunga Raksasa (titan bloom) in full blossom. Bogor Presidential Palace spotted exactly at the northwest of Botanical Gardens, it is a thousand royal residence standing tall in the center a delightful yard. It used to be the Spring living arrangement of the Governor of Java and now as one of the Indonesia President’s summer house. It is well known for the 250 deer touching its garden and you may visit it from inside the Gardens. We have 30-40mins here to revel in the nature, take a pictures and examine here.
  4. Puncak View : is a mountain view of Pangrango mountain, with a beautiful nature view and tea plantation there a many tourism object like a curug cilember, taman safari indonesia, paralayang. a traveler can stay in villa or resort near from tourism object.
  5. it’s Culinary Time…yeah!!! : Bogor has both up to date and customary culinary. You can pick which one you wanna attempt. Here are the choices:
  • We are set to up to date culinary spot: Simply pick one: Grilled Macarony, Apple Pie or Lasagna
  • We are set to conventional culinary spot (pick one):

- Fried bean grows with nut sauce (Toge Goreng)

- Yellow Cury (Soto Kuning)

- de’luit accepted restaurant

- Bumbu Desa accepted restaura

Khansa Resort Puncak Bogor

Villa Puncak Resort in Bogor

Khansa Resort is a Villa puncak resort in cisarua bogor, Puncak resort with best view nature greenery and mountain view in puncak bogor. Best villa in puncak which offers a relaxing getaway in a peaceful atmosphere amidst natural greenery. Boasting an infinity pool overlooking the valley, it features charming Manado-style rooms with private terraces.

WiFi access is free throughout. Pleasantly decorated with colorful touches, each air-conditioned room has wooden flooring, seating area and a 4-poster bed with mosquito nets. Guests can enjoy calming views of the river and forests from the private terrace. A set of free toiletries are available in the private bathrooms. A 5-minute drive from Taman Safari Zoo, Khansa Resort is a 15-minute drive from Gunung Mas where guests can go for a hike through the lush tea plantation.

Curug Cilember Waterfall is 20 minutes’ drive away from the property. Homely rooms are surrounded by natural greenery.   In-room comforts include a minibar, water dispenser, coffee/tea-making facilities and a TV. Guests can relax in the seating area, which comes with a sofa. Hot shower facilities are available in each private bathroom.

Khansa Resort Puncak Facilities :

  1. swimming pool
  2. playground
  3. meeting room
  4. mountain view
  5. tea plantation view
  6. private villa
  7. karaoke room
  8. free WiFi

for more info please visit : Al Ataar Villa Puncak Management

Goan Holiday

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When in Goa, do as Goans do – just chill!

Whether or not the Goans are great readers, I do not know; but the visitors from other lands are. Our evening exploration into the town streets revealed a library/bookstore stocked with tomes from authors all over the world, and an increasing number of Russian books had found their way on to the shelves; also books for children, board games and other novelties. A lot of them are ‘pre-used’ by previous holiday makers; use and sell/donate. We bought a Goa Today, styled along the lines of India Today, a popular national weekly. It was fun to read about the English Vs Portuguese Vs Goan points of view. This former Portuguese colony is making the most of its multi-culture.

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A little further on, was a ready- made garments shop which housed a diverse collection of Indian style clothes, also appropriate beach wear. The owner was a lady form the neighboring state of Karnataka ( where Kannada is the primary language), but she spoke fluent Russian…all the better to do business with the Russian tourists that descended each week in their chartered flights.

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This last bit of information was disseminated by the singer in a bar where we had some very innovative cocktails. In between breaks, he sauntered across to chat with the guests.  A magician performed a few tricks, his eyes all the while asking for a good tip – poverty coexists with regional pride. The singer expressed sorrow at the vanishing Goan life.

And indeed, on that November evening, the village of Colva was gearing up for a global fete and its tremendous earning opportunities. People from the extreme north of India – Kashmir, Punjab and Rajasthan were set up to sell the handicrafts of their state; bright and beautiful clothes and shoes and bags and artifacts.

Invading the smells of Goan fish and prawn fries are the aromas of the ubiquitous Chinese restaurants, South Indian dosa places, the usual Punjabi fare of paneer tikka and tandoori chicken. Authentic Goan cuisine struggled to find its place in the street cafes.

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Night falls gradually on the western coast and one can enjoy a quiet walk back to the hotel. However, a brightly lit sea-side café may beckon – some delicious pomfret in garlic sauce, washed down with beer, the strains of a live guitar and the evening is magical.

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Jaipur Lit Fest beckons the bookworms and bibliomaniacs. Are you ready?

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Before we begin, let me make this clear once and for all. I am a bookworm and am literally betrothed to my favorite characters like Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. I read books of all genres; anything that comes my way, you see. So am I not excited about the upcoming Jaipur Lit Fest?

Huh, is that even a question?

I am damn excited to go to Jaipur this season and finally satiate my cravings to meet some of my favorite authors. Besides, it will be a great place where I can rub shoulders with other co-bookworms (let us see who else in the country can match my bibliomania)! By the way, I reside in Delhi, mind it. So the journey is going to be an oversea one. Well, not exactly an oversea journey, but it seems all the same to me. You see, being a compulsive bookworm, I hardly venture out of my house, except for occasions when I really have to. Even the stray dogs in my neighborhood quiz my presence with raised eyebrows on those seldom moments when I hit the streets.

So, making this trip all the way to Rajasthan will be like a Mars trip for me. Yes, there are weekend packages from Delhi which I can latch on to. But despite all the convenience and luxury these packages promise to offer, there is this mental block which I will have to conquer.

But, as my parents say, I will even cross the seven seas in pursuit of books. They are not wrong coz I have done some bizarre things to lay hands on certain books. The day the final book of the Harry Potter series was released (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), I left my house a little after 4 am so that I can get the book the moment it gets released. (It was to be released at 6 am IST).

Anyway, enough of my ramblings!

For guys like you, a Jaipur trip may not sound all that daunting. The Jaipur Literature Festival 2014 shall be held from 17th January to 21st January. There is enough time to make preparations. After all, this can serve as an excuse for you to plan a family holiday.

The trick is to combine the pleasures of literature and sightseeing. So, I guess I shall do both of them. Even if you are not a big-time bookworm like me, there are attractions like the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and City Palace to keep you busy.

Where and What to Shop When in Rajasthan

Known for its colorful and fantastic royal destinations, Rajasthan is a unique state of India that attracts a huge of tourists not only from India but from all across the world. Apart from sightseeing and exploring the magnificent palaces & forts, the most important thing to do here is shopping. As a matter of fact, Rajasthan can serve as a paradise for shopaholics. Shopping is a great activity that can be enjoyed by every traveler when in Rajasthan. Right from exquisite jewellery, leather items, pottery, paintings, stone items, textiles, wooden furniture and many more beautiful things with exotic artistry & craftsmanship are just alluring for any shopper. These special items are specific to some royal cities of Rajasthan. In the following write-up, we have mentioned exclusive cities offering special items which you must buy when in here. To know more about Rajasthan and booking best holiday deals visit Rajasthan-holidays-package.com.

Jaipur: The pink city of India and official capital of the state of Rajasthan is one of the best shopping destinations for any traveler. Right from jewellery to footwear to clothes, one can find almost everything here. However, some of the popular items that which one must survey of include the fine jewellery, kundan work (setting precious stones in gold), gems and semi-precious stones, exquisite minakari work (enamel work on gold), sanganeri prints, lacquered bangles, hand block-printed textiles, traditional miniature paintings, tie-dyed fabrics, blue pottery, enamelware, woollen carpets, brassware, and leather footwear (especially embroidered juttis- mojris). Rajasthali, MI Road, Johari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar and Chaupar Stalls are some of the prominent marketplaces in Jaipur but one must note that most shopping places remains close in Jaipur on Sundays.

Bikaner: Apart from the scenic sand dunes, the beautiful city of Bikaner is known for its camel breeding (as it has world’s largest camel research and breeding farm) and unique quality as well as variety of sweets and snacks (namkeen). Therefore, one can shop some exclusive camel products which include leather footwear, and its shining gesso work. Besides, one can get excellent quality of wool blankets, carpets, wooden antiques, carpets, lacquer bangles, beaded and sequined gorbandhs, nokha quilts and light cotton quilts. The best time to go shopping in Bikaner is during the Camel Festival (during January). However, you can go shopping at local craft shops, Kote Gate (King Edward Memorial Road), Station Road and Junagarh Fort.

Jaisalmer: Also referred to as the Golden city, Jaisalmer is also an excellent place for shopping enthusiasts looking for traditional carving work, which can be seen in the little wooden boxes that are intricately pierced in exciting motifs and patterns. In the narrow lanes of the local markets here, you can buy some exquisite embroidery and mirror work, rugs & blankets, finely-cut antiques, puppets and jutties (hand-made leather shoes-Mojris). Besides, don’t forget to buy the famous bandhini fabrics (tie & dye). The major shopping places are located within the Jaisalmer Fort, Bhatia Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar, Gandhi Darshan, Rajasthani Government Shop, Seema Gram, Barmer Embroidery House are some of them.

Apart from these cities, there are several more famous cities such as Jodhpur which is one of the favorite cities for brides to do their trousseau shopping because the dyes and prints are simply brilliant and the fabric are exquisite too. Next in line is Kota which is popular for its small checked-weave cotton sarees in light floral prints known as “Kota doriyas”. On other hand, Udaipur is known to be one of the principal shopping zones out of Jaipur from where you can buy a wide range of paintings of the miniature and pichwai variety, as plaques and terracotta tables. Also, the locally dyed textiles, silver enamel artifacts and portraits of Krishna in the Nathdwara style.

Exploring Hotel Options in Chennai

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Situated in the North East of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is one of the leading metropolitan cities in South India. Besides being an integral center of intellectual, cultural and historic growth in India, the city is also known as the gateway of Southern India. The city depicts the ancient Dravidian Civilization and upholds music, dance, drama, arts, architecture and sculptures of the country. The city is known to have emerged as a consequence of strategic necessity. The interesting city of Chennai was founded by British and it served as the trading center and naval base for the British in India. Till 20th century, the city had already carved its name as the major administrative center in India.

Chennai has also witnessed several historic movements, which adds more to the historical significance of the city. The city, as of today, has a successful name in the fields of trade and commerce. The economy of the city has a big industrial base in cars, technology, hardware, manufacturing and health industry. Also, the employment and revenue sectors of the city are highly advanced. Besides this, Chennai is also recognized for being an important center of education and industrialization. Home to many prestigious colleges, institutes and IT industries, the city welcomes numerous people every year. The city is also known for its cultural events, theater and Carnatic music. Owing to the sound connectivity of Chennai with the other parts of country, travelers can be assured of reaching here without any hassle. If you are planning a trip to Chennai, November to February is the perfect time to visit the city as the climate is pleasant during this time.

Whether for business or leisure, the city of Chennai welcomes numerous travelers all the year round and catering to their accommodation needs, there are plenty of hotels to pick from. Ranging from luxurious hotels to cheap hotels in Chennai, there are variety of accommodation options as per the needs and preferences of travelers. From the springing basket of five star hotels, The Park Hotel in Anna Salai is one of the grand and opulent properties offering guests with a choice of 214 lavishly designed rooms. It also brings to its guests a spa center, a multi-cuisine restaurant and a conference hall. Apart from this, The Residency Towers, Green Park, Somerset Greenways and The Accord Metropolitan are some other popular picks in the category of five star hotels in Chennai.

Besides lavish properties, the city also sires a wide range of four star and three star hotels thereby meeting the needs and budgets of medium class travelers. You can expect quality services along with all the modern amenities at the four star hotels. Emerald Hotels, The Savera Hotel, The Hanu Reddy Residency and The Pride Hotel are some of the leading options in this category. Among the three star hotels, The Ambica Empire, Grand Treat, Flamingo and The Iris Hotel are some of the popular options.
Apart from these, there are many budget hotels in Chennai, which are the most preferred choice of majority of travelers. You can expect comfortable rooms and basic amenities at these cheap hotels in Chennai. Some of the well-known options in the category of cheap hotels include Hotel Pandian, Abode Inn and Hotel Mars Classic.

Ankit Wadia, a Travel Journalist by profession likes to explore and visit new places. He has published many articles on th web regarding the travel industry. In this article, he has shared information about the various cheap and budget hotels in Chennai where one can stay during their trip. For more information on the same, you can visit Goibibo.com.

Five Great Things to Do in Bali

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Bali is easily one of the most scenic and diverse vacation destinations in the world, with the right blend of natural scenery and thriving, cosmopolitan attractions in an urban setting. Those who are new to Bali, and to the many interesting activities that it offers to visitors, might be overwhelmed by the sheer number and type of opportunities available. Five things, though, stand out as the best items on any Bali vacation to-do list, and they’ll surely appeal to all kinds of visitors throughout the year.

1. Learn to Surf, or Find the Perfect Wave

Bali’s oceanfront attractions are numerous, but perhaps none of those attractions are as thrilling as the waves at Kuta Beach. Once known only as a place to go backpacking through the natural landscape, Kuta has emerged as one of the best and most popular surfing destinations in the world. Best of all, it hosts a thriving combination of local Bali residents and tourists from all around the world.

Use Kuta Beach’s perfect waves as an excuse to take beginner surfing lessons or, if surfing isn’t a new skill, head right out into the water and catch the perfect wave. Legends will likely be written about what follows.

2. Leave the Waves Behind and Go Scuba Diving

Between April and December, the near-perfect visibility below the water in Bali makes it a must-see scuba diving destination. With stunning reefs and a bevy of aquatic life that simply can’t be seen in many other parts of the world, this is an experience that will be memorable for a lifetime. Plenty of scuba diving guides, instructors, and destinations, await travelers throughout Bali.

3. Go on an Elephant Safari Tour

If Bali’s number one attraction is its stunning beaches, surfing locations, and scuba diving scenery, then a close second is the relationship between local residents and the elephants that have long been a signature part of the Bali experience. Visitors to Bali should make it a point to take an elephant tour of their destination at some point during their vacation. Popular packages pair this engaging tour with either a stop at Bali’s zoo or an “elephant talent show” performance that is not to be missed.

4. Take a Trip Through Ubud

Ubud is a thriving community, and largely a throwback to an earlier way of life that sustained Bali’s residents for generations prior to its time as a top tourist destination. Ubud is home to many small villages, artistic destinations that span from ceramics shops to cooking classes, and even a few rice paddies. Best of all, it’s a great way to get a real sense of the local culture and interact with native Bali residents who live just a bit off the beaten path. Most people prefer to explore this area via bike, but a walking expedition is certainly plausible as well.

5. Explore the Local Cuisine with a Passion

Bali’s food is just as memorable and must-see as any of its natural features, surfing lessons, or Ubud-style cooking classes. Boosted by Indonesian heritage, there’s something for each palette and each traveler’s unique perspective on what makes a great, inventive, and completely distinct meal. Avoid chain restaurants and explore the smaller, authentic cafes and dinner spots that Bali has to offer its many annual visitors.

6. Bonus: Relax, Unplug, and Unwind

Bali is a destination that is best enjoyed without the hassle and hustle of everyday life. Visitors can rent some of Bali’s luxury villas and stop thinking about their smartphones, business meetings, dedicated host servers, and cloud-based data, and simply take in the local culture for all that it’s worth. There will be plenty of time to catch up on work and other pursuits when this vacation full of surfing, tasting, exploring, and scuba diving, has come to a close.