Dubai Things To Do – Dubai Mall, Global Village & more

Dubai
Dubai – it’s a city that has something for everyone.

With every visit to Dubai, I have only grown more fond of the place. Dubai definitely gave me a new experience with every visit.

I visited Dubai in 2018 December and I captured most of my trip in the form of a video. You can check out my Dubai vlog here.

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Dubai Malls

You’ll find the best malls in the whole world, in Dubai. Talk about luxury brands or high street ones, they have it all. Here are some of my favorite malls in Dubai:

Dubai Mall

This is the largest mall in the world and has an indoor aquarium with an underwater tunnel, a dancing fountain show inspired by the Bellagio in Las Vegas and so many shops and restaurants.

Mall of Emirates

In terms of a luxurious feel, this mall aces it for me. Every nook and corner in the mall will make you feel like you are in a place with the most high end stuff!

Ibn Batuta Mall

This mall is more horizontally expansive than being just tall. It’s made beautifully well – different zones dedicated to travels of Ibn Batuta.

Dragon Mart

This is a mall dedicated to Chinese items. You will find everything here – from electronics to home decor, from clothes shoes and bags to cosmetics. Lots of stuff and super affordable.

Another major attraction in Dubai is Global Village. This takes place for 6 months in a year – October to April and is the biggest cultural event I have ever seen. Different countries come forth and set up their zones, selling things that are unique and local to them.

You will also find a lot of international chains and department stores. One of my favorite is Carrefour. It’s a UK based supermarket chain and one of my favorite places for affordable shopping, especially for chocolates in Dubai.

When in Dubai, I do like to indulge in Middle Eastern food. You can watch this video to know more about the places I recommend.

When in Dubai, I highly recommend visiting souks. And you can read this article for the best tips on navigating a souk.

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Hotel Jade Garden Mysore – Clean & Comfortable stay in Mysuru

Centrally located, clean and comfortable is how I’d describe my stay at Hotel Jade Garden Mysore.

I came across Hotel Jade Garden Mysore and the one thing that made me choose it was the location. While travelling, I always look for properties that can quickly lead me to all the tourist spots and yet, not be in the middle of commotion.

Hotel Jade Garden Mysore is a budget hotel here and one thing I can vouch for is their hygiene. This is something I’m very particular about while choosing a hotel.

I stayed in their executive room and it was extremely comfortable. Clean sheets, ample towels, basic selection of tea and coffee were all there.

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Even their bathroom was basic, yet very clean. And generously refilled with toiletries everyday!

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

They have 2 restaurants inside the hotel. One if them is Saffron. This is the place were I enjoyed their breakfast buffet and it was quite a spread. A good mix of South Indian and western dishes. I stuck to trying out local cuisine – idlis, dosas and filter coffee was my daily staple! The idlis at Saffron deserve a special mention. They were fresh, soft and melt in your mouth. And the coconut chutney was perfection.

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

The other restaurant here is one of the most happening rooftop bars in Mysore. This is Iconic rooftop restaurant and bar and it had such a fun, chilled out vibe. Good music, good food and good cocktails!

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

This rooftop bar actually has an open section which has a bar and a few high tables. But they also have a more cozy dining area that serves delicious food.

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

From the outside, the hotel looks great. In the day time especially it makes for very insta-worthy pictures. And in the evening, when it’s all lit up it looks gorgeous as well.

 

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Hotel Jade Garden Mysore is a place that I would stay when I come back here. The staff, hospitality and of course the idlis totally made my stay here very memorable. When you visit Mysore, definitely keep this hotel in mind. You can check out their website for bookings.

Before Mysore, I was Bangalore and you can read about my luxurious stay here.

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Krishna Temple Udupi – Shri Krishna Matha

Krishna temple Udupi
A while back I had the opportunity of visiting the Krishna Temple in Udupi.

The Udupi Krishna Temple is iconic to the extent of influencing the popular ‘Udupi Cuisine’. Here is a video tour of the Shri Krishna Matha.

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Krishna temple Udupi

Rituals at the Krishna Temple in Udupi start as early as 4a.m. Devotees line up early in the morning to pay their respects to Lord Krishna. There is no entry fee inside the temple. This temple is one of the holiest pilgrimages in South India. In fact devotees of Krishna come here from all over India.

Krishna temple Udupi

The idol inside the Krishna Temple in Udupi can be worshipped through a window. So unlike many other temples where the idol is in direct view, here it is accessed only through a window. The temple architecture is very intricate.

Krishna temple Udupi
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When you visit this temple, you must receive the prasad. This holy meal is served to all devotees throughout the day. This is a simple meal of sambhar, rasam, rice and payasam. The sambhar here includes a lot of vegetables, like gourd. Absolutely no use of onion and garlic is done while preparing this temple food and this is the perfect definition of sattvic food.

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The Shri Krishna Matha was founded in the 13th century by Madhavacharya, the founder of Dvaiti school of Vedanta. There are also other temples in the same vicinity.

Whenever in Udupi, do visit the Krishna Temple.

I also visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar and here is my experience.

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La Marvella Bangalore – Luxurious stay in Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore
I recently had the opportunity to stay in La Marvella Bangalore and it was beautiful!

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore offers luxurious stays in Jayanagar, an affluent residential and commercial area in Bangalore. Area wise this is pretty close to a lot of good places in Bangalore – eateries, malls and more.

For me, a key part of hotel stays is how clean they are. Some of the fanciest properties may not really be the cleanest! La Marvella was not only clean, but also very well maintained. Their rooms were spic-n-span, nothing seemed like it was out of order!

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

I also found their rooms to be a bit bigger than most hotels. They didn’t feel cramped, or busy. Very well spaced out.

Some of their rooms offer a view. Mine was the executive room and I was lucky to have this greenery right outside the window.

La Marvella Bangalore

One thing that was really interesting was this switch box. Everything just a press away! Switch boards are normally spread across the room. But this box just makes life so much easier! You could even operate the automated curtain from right here.

La Marvella Bangalore

If you love hotel bathrooms then welcome to the club! I just love big mirrors, shower cubicles and nice white towels.

La Marvella Bangalore

Their room is equipped with everything – bathrobes, ironing board, tea-coffee and a water heater, tv, wifi and in room dining.

La Marvella Bangalore

I did check out the restaurant Golden Oak, a multi-cuisine restaurant inside La Marvella Bangalore. And it feels nothing short of a fine dining experience. Highly recommend trying out their Shaam Savera – a delicious Paneer gravy and their Hyderabadi mix vegetable. And their steaming hot chapatis too.

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

Also, don’t miss their litchi stuffed rasgullas!

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore also houses Sohum Spa, a popular spa chain in India. And while I was there, they were offering a complimentary 15 minute foot massage.

La Marvella Bangalore

If massages are not your thing, then head to the roof top and chill by the pool. Because Bangalore weather is mostly amazing, you can catch a good sunset and also a nice view of the city.

La Marvella Bangalore

That was all about my stay at La Marvella Bangalore. I also got to check out their suites and they were more luxurious than I could ever imagine!

This is their Executive suite.

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

This is the Presidential suite.

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

You can find out rates, availability and all other details on their official website.

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Sheraton Grand Pune – Room Tour Video

A while back I stayed at The Sheraton Grand Pune and had a pretty goof experience.

You can watch this video where I take you through the Sheraton Grand Pune. It also includes a room tour.

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The Sheraton Grand Pune is one of the oldest five star properties in Pune. The hotel is now part of the Marriott group.

This hotel is located at Bund Garden, Pune and is pretty close to Pune railway station. In terms of amenities the hotel is equipped with a restaurant and coffee shop, a spa, an outdoor pool and even a roof top dining area. They have 2 pools – one for adults and the other for kids and both are located on the terrace, alongside Chingaari, their rooftop restaurant. They also have an in-house spa – Shine Spa. It is a very popular hotel among business travellers and is very well equipped with large conference rooms. The hotel is also known for its banquet halls for hosting parties, weddings and receptions.

The Sheraton Grand Pune does have that old world feel to it. Rooms and the lobby are reminiscent of an older hotel. Even the old style lift and the interiors are quite vintage in their feel.

While there are many luxurious and five star properties in Pune, the Sheraton Grand does provide a memorable and comfortable experience.

You should also check out my experience at the Radisson in Mumbai.

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Staycation in Mumbai at Radisson Goregaon

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Staycation in Mumbai, my own city!

What’s a staycation – a getaway in your own city or simply staying in at home. Here’s a video from my staycation in Mumbai, my own city and the hotel I chose was Radisson Goregaon. Do watch.

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As I grow older, I believe in more relaxing vacations. Trips that are more about slowing down and experiencing the moment rather than trying to do it all. And travelling also helps me connect with myself. So staying in, relaxing and not worrying about a list of places that need to be visited has its own charm. Sure you can do all of this at home; but the problem at home is that you are always on. How will you not answer that doorbell? How will you not worry about home stuff or even things like what to eat? Even a day off makes a difference and I believe one should definitely try it. And its ok to try it at home too..just make sure you are consciously trying to switch off from everything.

I had a very memorable staycation in Mumbai in Radisson Goregaon. The hotel has its own restaurant that serves buffet and also a separate rooftop restaurant. They have a spa – Tattva spa which is luxurious and has some really good treatments. And their rooms are good. So this was definitely a weekend of eat-sleep-chill for me.

Staycation in mumbai

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Etihad Airways Review

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I travelled from Los Angeles to Mumbai on Etihad Airways and thought of sharing my experience with you.

This was my first flying experience on Etihad Airways. It was a long flight so probably the best one to review!

In this video I am sharing a part of my Etihad Airways flying experience with you. My flight was from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi and thereafter to Mumbai. And this is a video of my flight from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai. Do watch.

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Flying to and fro from America can quite a task! Long flights get the best of me and there are a few things that Etihad Airways did well to deserve this blog post.

Firstly, in spite of Economy class, there was a fair bit of leg room. A lot of other flights don’t offer this kind of  space.

Secondly, the service. Their staff is kind and responsive. You are not left waiting or unanswered.

Thirdly, their food. I can say that this is one of the best in flight meals I’ve had.

Small things make a huge difference in long flights. And I definitely feel that Etihad Airways does go out of their way to ensure that passengers have a smooth experience. For instance, they served sliced apples as a snack which I thought was very good since food ends up making one feel either too acidic or queasy on flights.

I would definitely choose to fly with Etihad Airways once again. And that is irrespective of my flight duration.

I would love to know of your flight experience with Etihad and other flights as well. So leave that in the comments below.

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Things to do in Tokyo

Tokyo Sensoji Temple
A guide to the most beautiful things to do in Tokyo.

I recently visited Tokyo, Japan and I have a video taking you through my entire trip. Click on the link below to watch.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck

Tokyo View

One of the best places in the city to get a view of Tokyo. This is a free attraction and all you might have to do is wait up in a line to get to the 45th floor and enjoy the city view. And if you look carefully then you might even be able to spot Mt. Fuji.

Sensoji Temple

Tokyo Sensoji

When in Tokyo you have to visit the ancient Buddhist temples and one of them is the Sensoji Temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Tokyo and needs to be on your list. The entrance and the overall architecture of Sensoji is spectacular. And don’t miss reading your fortune here for just 100 Yen!

Another thing you can’t miss here is the 5 storeyed Pagoda.

Tokyo Pagoda

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

This is the tallest structure in Japan and one can only imagine the kind of view that you can get from here.

Sumida Park

Tokyo Sumida River

This is a quiet park alongside Sumida river. Here you can enjoy the greenery and also may be a cruise along the river.

Meiji Shrine

Tokyo Shrine

Tokyo Yoyogi Park

Another beautiful Buddhist temple in Tokyo, the Meiji Shrine is not to be missed. Firstly, the spectacular entrance to this temple will only make you realize how small you are! And it is surrounded by the Yoyogi park which is a beautiful forest within the city. The shrine buildings are also magnificent.

Tokyo Meiji

Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo shibuya crossing

One of the busiest crossing in the world. You need to get in the middle of this madness.

Takeshita Street

Tokyo Takeshita Street

This is one fun street – edgy fashion, cool desserts and a lot of stores! It’s crowded but definitely worth visiting.

Electronics Shopping

Tokyo Electronics

Don’t miss visiting the Electronic town of Akihabara in Tokyo. You can expect to find the latest and the best in cameras, watches, rice cookers and a lot more gadgets.

Ginza

Tokyo Ginza

This is the luxury shopping district in Tokyo. Any high-end brand that ever exists will have an outlet here. But the overall vibe of this place is excellent.

Tokyo style Crepes

Tokyo crepes

When in Tokyo you need to try the crepes there and a lot of them can be found on Takeshita street itself. The come with a variety of fillings ranging from fruits to candy to chocolate and lots more.

Cheese Tarts

tokyo cheese tart

Tokyo is famous for it’s cheese cakes and cheese tarts and you need to try these. They are simply delicious!

Kit-Kat

Tokyo KitKat

Why do you need to try Kit-Kat here? Because the flavors that you’ll find here in Tokyo you might not find anywhere else in the world!

So those were the things that I insist you do when in Tokyo. I hope you found this post to be helpful and if you have any more queries then leave then in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help you out.

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Indian Meal on Korean Air – Review

Indian meal on Korean Air
Finding an Indian meal on Korean Air is indeed a good sign!

I was travelling via Korean Air from Hong Kong to Korea and although it was a short flight (slightly over 3 hours), everyone on the flight was served a meal. I was asked if I would like fish or chicken in my meal and I said neither, as I had already opted for a Hindu Vegetarian Meal while booking my flight. The crew was absolutely unaware about my request (a massive miscommunication between the booking site and Korean Air) and so I wasn’t served a meal on that flight. However, they made a note of my request and did confirm to arrange a meal on the next flight that I would be taking from Korea to Los Angeles.

So yes, finding an Indian meal on Korean Air felt really good. And I’m actually glad that the crew on the first flight decided to help me out here; this second flight from Korea to Los Angeles was almost 14 hours and there’s no way I could have made it without vegetarian food. So a big shout out to the staff of Korean Air for this.

Coming to the meal itself, I think it was one of the most non-greasy meals I’ve had on a flight. Airplane food isn’t the best tasting and is usually very oily. This meal was actually pretty good in that sense. You can watch this video of all the items I had while I was on the Korean Air Flight.

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So if you are an Indian vegetarian, and travelling by Korean Air, my advise would be to choose Hindu Vegetarian Meal while booking your flight. And also a day prior to flying just call the helpline and check if they have received your meal preference. It’s extra work, but at least it ensures you have a proper meal while flying. In terms of hospitality and service, I hold the Korean Air staff in very high regard and they honestly go out of their way to ensure you have a comfortable flight.

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Singapore Airlines Indian Breakfast Review

Singapore Airlines Indian Breakfast
While flying to Singapore, I experienced the Singapore Airlines Indian Breakfast meal and decided to film it and kind of review it for you guys.

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Sometime last November, I was heading from Mumbai To Singapore for a small family vacation. So on my flight from Mumbai to Singapore I enjoyed this inflight breakfast in Singapore Airlines and decided to share it with you.

While booking the ticket, you get an option to decide what kind of breakfast you want. And I believe the broad options were, Vegan, Asian and Indian.  And these options were further broken down into non-vegetarian and vegetarian. I’m a vegetarian and so I decided to play safe and stick to Indian Vegetarian breakfast.

Now I have travelled a fair bit and am definitely not the biggest fan of airplane food. I mean I can literally name a handful of flights where the meal has been worth remembering. But, Singapore Airlines definitely have one of the best airplane food that I have tasted so far. It seems pretty close to fresh and has a decent taste as well. Sometimes, airplane food seems really dry and mealy but this wasn’t the case with Singapore Airlines at all.

Here are all the items I had in my Singapore Airlines Indian Breakfast
Fresh Fruits
Watermelon, Papaya, Musk Melon, Pineapple

Mini Idlis stuffed with Cashews and Raisins

Upma

Sambhar

Coconut Chutney

Bun

Mixed Fruit Jam

Masala Tea

My return flight was Singapore Airlines too, but I was too tired to film and it was also a midnight flight so I just really wanted to sleep in on it! But I hope you enjoyed watching and reading about my Singapore Airlines Indian Breakfast. Do share it with your friends and family, if they are travelling via this airline.

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