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Overlooking one of Kashmir’s most prized gems, the Dal Lake, Vivanta by Taj Srinagar beckons you to indulge in a rare mix of luxury and nature in its unbridled beauty. A perfect setting for a quiet getaway, a romantic holiday or celebrating special occasions. The property was on my radar during a recent trip to Kashmir and I made the most of the experience by turning it into a quiet getaway meets romantic holiday on a special birthday outing. Perched on Kralsangri hill, Vivanta by Taj Srinagar – a contemporary space with Kashmir’s essence intricately woven in – comes close to a recreation of the fabled ‘paradise found’. The Road to Vivanta by Taj Srinagar The experience of awe begins long before you drive through the gates of Vivanta by Taj Srinagar. The winding road leading up to the property offers stunning views at every bend and turn. A bird’s…

My early memories of travelling from Chandigarh (or my hometown in Himachal) to Delhi involve stopping for a quick bite at dusty roadside dhabas furnished with nothing more than a set of humble charpais with a wobbly table set in the centre and a swarm of flies buzzing all around. Despite no-frills appearances, these humble eateries did the job of serving lip-smacking, filling paranthas with dollops of white butter dancing atop in its molten glory rather well. Cut to present, the Chandigarh-Delhi stretch of NH 1 is dotted with swanky joints hosting outlets of all leading multi-national fast food brands and some local favourites. On a recent drive, I noticed a new entrant of the highway food scene – an airplane-themed restaurant just outside of Ambala called Runway 1. You can now have multi-cuisine delicacies served to you inside a real airplane on a highway! A break on your road trip…