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Trip to Hatu Peak

Hatu Peak is the highest summit in Shimla region and I got the chance to visit this place in the month of June. All thanks to my office, yes this was an official trip.hatu peak It took us 13 hours  to reach this place by bus from Noida. We started at 1:30 pm and reached there early morning. Because of the road conditions bus dropped us at Narkanda and from there we got jeeps to reach Agyaat Vaas!

agyaat vaas hatu peakAgyaat Vaas is high altitude eco tourism village. We had good time there, and they organized a hiking session for us.

After having our lunch we left for trekking to Jo bagh, an 8 kms trek. I am glad that I went for this trek.   En-route we saw grassland where locals were really excited to greet us, passing that we reached Jo bagh. This place is splendid, it is like mini Kashmir. We rested their for 10 mins and after that we left for Hatu temple. Suddenly the whether changed and it started raining. Somehow we managed to come back to our base.

Second day was trek to apple orchard and trust me after the rains going there was a bad decision. We all slipped in the mud many times, got hurt, regretted our decision but we enjoyed.

You can catch the entire trip details in this video

Then again it rained all night and we had no other option then just being at the cottage and gossiping.

Crux of the story:
  1. This is a good place to visit, it is scenic beauty and you will love the greenery around. In winters if roads are open then you can witness snowfall here.
  2. What to do: Go for hiking, there are 2 treks, visit apple orchard and Hatu mandir.
  3. Avoid in monsoon,  road  gets very slippery and risky.
  4. Travel time : 12-14 hours, depends on route and weather conditions.

Where to Get South Indian Food in Noida?

Are you like me who wants to try out south Indian food once in a while? but still wondering on, where to get south indian food in Noida? Then worry not we have tried out almost every outlet serving South Indian food in Noida and have picked these 4 outlets specially for you all.

  1. Naivedyam, Sector – 63 Noida

This tops the chart and is all because of the quality of food they served and the ambiance. They have nicely decorated the ambiance and provides you rich authentic south Indian food.

It will be approx Rs. 500 for 2

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2. Lakshmi Coffe House, Sector -29 Noida

This place is quite old and famous for its south indian food. Owner is also a south indian and they also keep south indian pickles, papad, muruku and chips. I am a regular here because of affordable food. They aren’t very spacious or say luxurious compared to big outlets opened in mall but they have long waiting line, by this you can see the popularity.  Do try their masala dosa and filter coffee.

Charges: approx Rs.300 for 2

3. Shree Ratnam, GIP Noida

They also serve authentic south indian food but they do have other options too. Out of all the branches go for GIP one. Ambiance, Food and Service is nice here. It  would be a bit costly than Naivedyam.

Charges: approx Rs. 800 for 2

4. Reena Restaurant, Sector 27, Noida

Like Lakshmi this joint is also owned by a south indian and you can see the difference in taste. They make amazing dosa and are pretty easy on pocket too. This one is also crowded all the time. if you are not looking for luxury and want to have normal south indian meal then you can head to this place.

Charges: approx Rs. 300 for 2

5. Sagar Ratna, Sector -18 Noida

I visited this place when they were running  “Chettinad special” menu. I tried out their chettinad dosa, curd rice and madras butter milk. Each time was good and the background music adds a south indian touch to the ambiance.

Charges: approx Rs. 600 for 2

Ratings given are based on the experiences we had while  searching for south indian food in noida.

Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – for Indian Moms

Mother’s Day is on May 14th and why not take this opportunity to make your mom feel extra special on this day.  If you are still figuring out what to gift on Mother’s day then worry not. We have listed down 5 Mother’s day gift ideas which might come as a help to you.

  1. Hand-made greeting card or Explosion Box –

    If you are running out of time then this one is a quick thing. All you need is a chart paper and some creativity which can bring a smile on your mom’s face.  If you are way too creative then you can think of designing an Explosion box which is full of messages and photographs.mothers day gift ideas

  2. Spa or Pampering Session –

    If your mother is fond of spa and massages then you can gift her a pampering session at any good saloon. She will love this for sure.

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  3. Sarees/Accessories/Cosmetics –

    You either gift her a shopping voucher or can get a saree for her. You can also think of accessories like purse, wallet, footwear, jewellery items and if she is a make-up lover then think about gifting a perfect lipstick or perfume.mothers day gift ideas sarees

  4. Her Favourite Book –

    My mom is not into books but if yours is then picking a book for her as per her taste can surprise her.  You can also consider giving her a Kindle so that she can enjoy her books.

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  5.  Home Accessories-

    You can also think of home accessories like jewellery holder, flower vase, lampshade, cushions etc which your mom can utilise to give a quick makeover to the living room.

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    I am a die hard fan of  Guddu from Garbage Bin and his gags remind me of my childhood. You can bring back the childhood memories by giving these cool merchandise also.

    Just put your thoughts and emotions while selecting a gift for your mom and she will be very happy to see that.  Hope this post has given you enough Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.