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OYO Townhouse – Jaipur

Hello everyone!
With the winter sun and chills driving in slowly but steadily, hope y’all are doing well!
As you all know that Diksha and I were recently invited by OYO rooms for an experiential stay. It was basically on the launch of their 51st Townhouse in Jaipur.
OYO Townhouse is a brand-new category of neighborhood hotels that combine experience and value at a scale that has never been attempted before in the Indian hospitality landscape. This offering is targeted at Millennials, for whom price, convenience and a differentiated experience play an important role in determining choices.
The 40-room hotel, located in the heart of the Jaipur city in Lalkothi boasts of unique, minimalistic design with spacious rooms and two banquets that can hold a gathering of 150-200 guests, respectively.
Here are a few pictures for your reference:

Townhouses are designed to function as social hotspots that cater to city dwellers and a new generation of guests. Besides outstation guests, residents staying in these areas can use the property as an alternative workplace, experience a vast array of global cuisines and access the lounge and retail store with exclusive merchandise.
Diksha has her heart set in Jaipur since she spent the most part of her childhood here, so she literally looks for excuses to drop in, while I, on the other hand, was born and brought up in this beautiful pink city – so for me to stay in a hotel in my own city and then exploring it like a tourist was a great experience!
We checked in the hotel around 11:30 and loved the color scheme of white, grey and red that was used in the entire property, minimal decor yet perfect.

We quickly got ready to leave for the city tour. We skipped breakfast as we were already full, thanks to my mother for feeding us with heavy aaloo paranthas (Indian moms I tell you!!). Anyway, there were 2 more bloggers along with us who came down from Delhi & we were basically the first ones to set foot in this new hotel.
We first headed to Nahargarh Fort which stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the city of Jaipur. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh but it became known as Nahargarh, which means ‘abode of tigers’. After exploring the place and clicking a few pictures, we decided to have lunch at “Once upon a time”, a restaurant inside the fort. I feel more than exploring the places, we were keen on picking the best dishes from the menu, foodies that we all were! Here we tried Keema Baati, Lal Maans, gatte ki sabzi (all Rajasthani specialties) along with spinach and paneer koftas and lassis!

Post lunch, we decided to explore a few more picture worthy points up there and then headed to another beautiful monument, Jaigarh Fort.

It was 4:30 and Diksha & I were pretty tired to even step foot out of the car so we decided to stay back & sleep inside while the others went to check the monument! They got back in half an hour or so and by then I guess everyone one was dead tired and needed a caffeine fix. We went to Home Cafe by Mr. Beans to relax for a while and sip some coffee & soup.

Then we went to our hotel to take a much-needed nap before we headed out for dinner. We slept like a baby for an hour and it was then a tough task to pull ourselves out of the super comfy bed but then we had to. I took it upon myself to be the in-house tour guide to make sure none of my favorite places were missed out by our travelers from other cities! We got ready and headed to Bar Palladio & Shikaar Bagh for dinner. The group was divided, few chose to sit at Bar Palladio because of the beautiful interiors & feel while I was at Shikaar bagh with my set of friends as it was Saturday night, Diksha being Diksha, decided to hop between the two & enjoyed best of both the worlds!

After dinner, we went to HOP for a while to experience Jaipur’s night life and finally got back to the hotel and called it a night!

The second day was also our last day at OYO. After a long night, we woke up so late that the group had to leave for the City Palace without us. We joined them directly for lunch at “Baradari” which is a beautiful restaurant inside City Palace where traditional craftsmanship meets contemporary design. A decidedly modern, glass-enclosed seating area that blends seamlessly with the old palace structures, the place was packed even during the day time with a lot of foreigners. We ordered some Lal maans with baati(again!!) with a side of Quinoa salad; a spaghetti aglio olio and We also ordered an array of lip-smacking desserts, the best of which was the rose petal jam icecream that was accompanied with some apple jalebis! We then headed back to our hotel, slept for a while, woke up & packed our bags and bade adieu to the friendly and humble staff at OYO Townhouse.

It was a great experience and we thank OYO for calling us. We will soon visit again as two days weren’t enough to explore the beautiful city of Jaipur.

To book the OYO Townhouse, and know more about the friendly neighborhood hotels, go to http://www.oyotownhouse.com/

Till we write about our next Travel experience,
Love,
TwofoldChic

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Backpacking trip – Kerala – God’s Own Country – Varkala – Day 3

Varkala, our last leg of the Kerala trip, was the most beautiful of all the places in Kerala! Like they say, save the best for the last, that is what we did.

We checked in to the Lost Hostel of Varkala, just a short walk away from the Varkala Beach. The hostel boasts of being an eco-friendly one, with no ACs or geysers or anything that might lead to harmful emissions in the environment. A good initiative, but you know how beach areas get really humid and sticky most months of the year? Yeah, so that was slightly painful.

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What my dorm wall at The Lost Hostels read! 🙂

Anyhow, not being able to take a dip at the Alleppey beach, we were almost restless by now. We walked down to the beach, which is backed by the beautiful Varkala Cliff, brimming with all sorts of restaurants, shops, stalls and massage parlors. It was such a treat to the eyes, and gave me serious Arambol beach vibes!

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Beach view from the cliff – Abhishek
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Beautiful street art found somewhere on the Varkala Cliff – Dhanashri
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Shops with handicrafts

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Clicked by Dhanashri
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PC – Picture Pausto

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Atop the red sandstone cliff are perched plenty of yoga and Ayurvedic centers, and believe me you, this place knows how to chill and will have you unwinding in no time at all. The laidback people, cleaning their shops, skinning their fish, listening to music; the travelers just chilling at the cliff with beers in their hands and bandanas on their heads. We started our expedition with an amazing lunch at Coffee Temple (Read crazy chocolate shakes, drool-worthy pizzas and delectable prawns and rice!)

Once we were done with our lunch, we leisurely walked down to the beach alternating between gasping at the amazing views and shopping here and there. You can find yourself some really cool stuff at these shops btw – apart from the very obvious beachwear and hippy clothes, you can find yourself some Tibetan handicrafts and singing bowls, vibrations of which are known to have brilliant therapeutic effects!

Down at the beach, the long swathe of golden sand with silky blue sea water just swept us away. We walked along the beach to explore more, and as luck would have it, found ourselves at the Black Sand Beach. I have never seen a beach more exquisite! The sand is not grainy, but is soft, and the water, too, wasn’t as salty as you’d find on other beaches. And, most importantly, you couldn’t have found a better spot to watch the golden sun sink into the sea!

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I love how the setting sun has been captured in this picture!

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In my Banjara element
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Captured by – Gaurav

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The beach is great for surfers, as apparently Varkala has one of the curliest waves in all of India, so you’d see an array of people surfing on the waves. There are multiple surf schools too, so if you have 3-4 days’ time, you could learn a tactic here and there! The sea gets a little rocky sometimes, so better be careful during the evenings. But come morning, the sea is amazing for a good swim! I could happily spend weeks sunning myself on the beach, or maybe take one of the millions of different types of yoga classes. This time I focused on just the tanning part, next time it will be toning too, I hope! 😀

We glided along the beach for several hours, went back to our hostel only to freshen up, and we were back at the beach to grab some dinner.

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When the sun was found playng Hide and Seek

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Times when everything in the world is a blur, except for me 😀 Thankyou Picture Pausto

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We dined at Darjeeling Café, which had live music and dance, and some lovely Indian food! Post dinner and some hearty laughs shared at the dinner table with some light games, we strolled some more on the cliff and the adjoining helipad area.

Knowing that it was the last night with all these beautiful people that we had met on the trip, none of us wanted to sleep a wink. We all chatted through the night, cooking Pasta and sharing stories.

The next morning, we again headed to the beach, where I swam for not less than 2 hours, some went for the famous Kerala massages, and others left for Photography voyages. The beach was sparkling with bikini clad women and eager men doing yogic poses, people jogging along the sea, barefoot, dogs lazily wagging their tails and surfers climbing and falling off the waves. So much happening all at once, and yet you could feel peace.

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All these beautiful clicks captured by Farooq
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Bird’s View eye of Varkala Black Sand Beach. Captured creatively by TheChromaticEye

This brings an end to my Kerala blog series. I hope you enjoyed reading! For more pictures from the trip, please visit my Instagram

Till the next time then,

Keep traveling,

Keep banjaring!

TwofoldChic

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Monocrazy Millenials!

The only two colors in the whole wide world that are perfectly harmonious with one another and are never out of fashion are white and black. The most basic, the most common, and yet the most favorite go-to colors of maximum human beings! We are no exception to the rule and are fans of monochrome. One would think that when you have a wide spectrum of colors to choose from, why go for white or black, but we beg to differ. We love our blues and our peaches and mustards too, but when we need class- white is our favorite pick. When we are in doubt- Black is our pick! Because, honestly, can anything ever go wrong with these colors? This is the generation where the millennials have gone monocrazy, and we certainly need no reason for that! Be it a ‘little black dress’ or a crisp white boyfriend shirt; the white maxi dress for that summer brunch, or your tailored black pants with those pencil heels for your girls’ night out; a black and white ensemble never fails you! There is something reassuring about monochrome, with it being a simple, clean and an ordered way of dressing. A monochrome ensemble will always look smart and with the two colors being at opposite ends of the spectrum, it is impossible for any two other colors to be as dramatic and eye-catching. Here, peruse the best white on black fashion looks from our wardrobe, which are super simple to create, and are bold, sharp and minimalist! IMG-20171014-WA0061.jpgB612_20170814_170315IMG-20171014-WA0060.jpgBASC3812IMG_20171014_225329_217.jpgB612_20170814_173556 IMG_20171015_180359_174.jpgGIGE9979B612_20170814_170159QQYZ9695 Outfit Details: Diksha is wearing bodysuit by Koovs, Pants with suspenders – Forever 21, and shoes – Zara; while Shivani is dressed in Alterego tip to toe! Boldly standing the test of time through the ever-changing eras of style, this trend is one that will never go out of fashion. IMG_20171015_170631_223.jpgIMG_20171015_170452_670.jpg We have so many more ideas in our head when it comes to these two colors – Be it patterns, or geometric prints, or stripes, or chequerboard – Dresses, pant-suits, skirts and what not! We’d love to share them with you, so if you like this post, please give us a heads up, and you’ll have more stuff coming your way ! 😀 Signing off then! XOXO – Diksha & Shivani