Nature’s Nest Eco Resort|A Weekend Getaway

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As a traveller I often find myself in places were I feel this is the best place I visited ever and then the next trip I have another favourite. A travel bug can never have a favourite place, I guess. Its all the unique experiences and memories which stays with you as a life lesson. Living in Delhi since ages and then travelling to Goa quite often because of my work, I have always got the opportunity to live the fast life as well as the slow. Experience the city lights and cut throat game of survival and also the chilled out, easy going and beach loving Goan life. 

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Goa has been my work place & second home since 4 years and I make sure I keep exploring this place. So one fine day me and my friend decided why just beached, lets find out mountains in Goa. After discussing some hot debate came to a conclusion to visit this resort called ‘Nature’s Nest’ which offers many activities along with a eco friendly stay.  

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What an unforgettable experience it was spending time at Nature’s Nest doing various activities which left me spellbound.
The place was a serene beauty, the people were so welcoming and polite

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Nature’s Nest – An Intro

Nature’s Nest is a brain child of three friends ‘Sangam Patil’, ‘Ramesh Zarmekar’ and one more. This Place started in 2008 as a bird watching camp during season. Nature and bird lovers from all around the world would come over here to witness this beautiful phenomena. After a significant 10% to 15% of growth every year, they decided to turn in to a eco resort running 365 days a year along with multiple activities offered by them.

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Nature’s Nest is an eco resort located on the border of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. The resort is located close to Dudhsagar waterfall and the 13th century temple at Tambdi Surla. Nature’s Nest has 18 plus activities to offer. Activities include: Jeep Safari; Night Safari; Treks to Waterfall; Jungle Hiking; Dudhsagar Waterfall Trip; Spice Plantation Visit; Guided Nature Walk; Guided Night Trail; Guided Birding; Fish Spa; Spring Pool; Bonfire; Barbecue; Adventure Activities: Wall Climbing, Wall Rappelling, Zip Fly; Tambdi Surla Temple Visit; Bondla Zoo Visit to name some. 

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The cottages are Goan village house type with ethnic construction style. They have attached bath with hot water facility.Located in an organic farm, Nature’s Nest is a perfect place to experience Goa’s hinterland beauty. The stuff of this resort is the team of local youth who has been picked up and trained to provide best of experience for the guest. 

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Our Journey –

15th August, on a national holiday we also decided to get free from all our work and hectic schedule and take this trip. From my place in Goa, its a 1.5 hours drive to the resort. From Panjim, you need to drive in the Panjim – Ponda road and then Panjim – Belagavi Road. The resort is just before the famous 13th century “Tambdi Surla’ Temple. It was quite a ride. Captivating views, soulful music and me and my friend. We enjoyed every bit of the journey.

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Stay –

We checked in around 1pm. After a traditional Kokum Drink at the reception we headed towards our cottage. Our room remainded me of my granny’s house. That raw touch to it. Huge rooms with limited furnishings. Red floor and wooden furnitures. It was indeed very cozy. Wooden bed with clean sheets and a window from where you would witness squirrels and butterflies hanging around the place. Washrooms were clean and spacious. 

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‘Kunjan’ was the name of our cottage. The pathways were surrounded by huge coconut trees and many other plants. This place is home to many flura and fauna. You would experience typical Goan traditional cuisine. Right from Xacuti to Solkadi, Bhakri, seafood, kismur etc. You will be welcomed with huge buffet of Goan delicacies placed in earthen pots.

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Activites –

  • This was the most fun part and I totally enjoyed it. Not very sure of my physical strength, I was quite impressed with my performance. Right from artificial wall climbing, zip line crossing, flying fox, I did it all.

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  • One of the remarkable activity was a small trek in the evening to a plateau for a spectacular sunset. We couldn’t see it though as it was monsoon and it started drizzling when we reach there. But to our surprise the view was equally mesmerising. The hazy weather, rain drops, peacock singing in the distance and beautiful water streams on our way to the hill top was totally unforgettable experience. Guess what! even I go to check out the one of a kind carnivorous plants.
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small insects gets stuck onto the thorny plants. The plant rolls itself to hunt the insects.

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  • Another activity which blew my mind was the night trail in the jungle in absolute pitch dark to see the Bioluminescent fungi plant. At a particular point we were asked to switch off our cell phone torch and guess what…. We were surrounded by plants which were glowing from top to bottom. It was exactly like radium. These kind of phenomenon occurs in extreme humid and moist conditions. Wish I had a night vision camera 😦
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  • Next morning we we all set for the trek to the ‘Talde Waterfall’. We had to cover a 10 mnts drive and then a 45 mnts trek to the waterfall. Admist of heavy monsoon rain through the jungle we made it to the waterfall. Straight walks to stiff mountain climbing, we had to cross it all. There was also a point where we had to cross a narrow wooden block over a big drain which seperates forest reserve area and Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary.

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It was scary to cross it as you cannot even put your both legs together as it is that narrow. But it was all worth it after we saw the beautiful waterfall. Can you guys imagine how it might feel doing all this in real.

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I am not sure whether my words will do justice to the actual experience I had there.
I was in a happy zone thinking living in Goa itself is so peaceful & calm. But this place changed my definition of peace. My first impression was Woow! and then got little scared as we are not use to living in complete silence & darkness away from everything called urban.
It was a raw beauty. All this left me thinking about the life we are living today in the city happy doing activities like net surfing & weekend parties… and off course the list goes on.

–  Things To Remember  –

  • Its a lot of walk over there so carry comfortable and proper grip footwear.
  • Carry trekking or jogging shoes.
  • Full length pants or joggers for the trek and night walk as to protect yourself from snakes / insects crawling onto you.
  • Carrying a Insect Repellent is must, if your not a person who tolerates insect or mosquito bites.
  • Appropriate clothing for activities like Zip Line Crossing / Flying Fox etc.
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Habanero | A Mexican Delight in Goa

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Yet another hunt for an exquisite eatery in Goa and this time I hooped into Habanero Goa’s first Tex-Mex restaurant. This place offers all three classic, Mexican food, Tex-mex creation and Taxas Influenced American dishes.

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Habanero is a dream project of a couple Griffith David, a native Indian and Elizabeth Bowden David, a US citizen. Spending several years in the southwest of U.S. they have naturally inherited the fun culture and the flavours of the Mexican boarder cuisine. Now, residing in Bangalore from past 6 years, they are well versed with the high energy, fun culture and authentic tastes travellers and residents are looking for.

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Habanero Goa is the successful franchise led by the dynamic brother sister duo, Pooja & Rohan Ghotage. Over the years Taxan and Mexican cuisines have evolved & commingled into what now called Tex-Mex. At Habanero you get the perfect blend of this cuisine. Right from Nachoes, burritos, quesadillas and burgers. Classic drinks like margaritas and sangria go perfectly with this cuisines. They also have a in-house micro brewery from where you can select your own pitcher or small samplers of IPA etc. Live music, dance floor and live sports, all this you can get under the same roof. A family get together or chilling out friends, Habanero is the perfect place. This restaurant has won many coveted awards including ‘Restaurant India 2017’ and ‘The Goan Foodie Awards’

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Few of our favourites were –
*Summer Time Cooler

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*Sesame Lime Shrimp Tostada

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*Grilled Chicken Skewers

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Address

The Milky Way Road, Khobra Vaddo, Baga, Goa

Phone number

022 30151192

Table reservation required

Cuisines

Mexican | American

Average Cost 

₹1,800 for two people (approx.) with alcohol 

Opening hours

 Today  12Noon to 12Midnight

More Info

 

Full Bar Available                        Live Sports Screening

 

Wifi                                                 Dance Floor

 

Live Entertainment                     Serves Cocktails

 

Live Music.                                    Valet Parking Available

 

Table reservation required       Kid Friendly

 

Smoking Area

Habanero Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Artjuna Garden Cafe @Anjuna, Goa

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Anjuna is laid back coastal village on the Arabian in Goa. Anjuna Beach, a sandy cove dotted with palms and black rocks, was a well-known destination among hippies in the 1960s. Today it’s known for its electronic music trance parties & many cafes with sumptuous food.

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Artjuna Garden Cafe is yet another hidden gem in Anjuna, Goa and is all about delicious food from fresh produce, art & craft, boho fashion clothing and bohemian accessories.
Its a brainchild of Moshe & his wife Anastasia who wanted to have a unique space for their handmade leather bags, belts, pouches and jewellery designs. Its been 10 years since then. They are truly inspired by the spirit of India and plan to keep creating beautiful crafts and soul satisfying cuisines.

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Established in a old Portuguese house & has a very cool and calm vibe which will leave you spending hours in the cafe admiring the lip smacking food & beauty of the cafe.
ARTJUNA specialises in Healthy Food, Mediterranean, Lebanese and Israeli Cuisine.
These guys very watchful about their quality of food provided at the cafe.
Only fresh garden produces, seasonal fruits and vegetables, imported herbs are used to prepare any dish.
Top quality products like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, imported Tahini and wild honey is used to provide best of quality.
Vegans! If you looking for a cafe in Goa, you should visit Artjuna

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Lets talk about what we ate –

# BABA GANOUSH – A creamy flame roasted eggplant dish, blended with best quality Tahini. Seasoned with lemon juice, chopped parsley & extra virgin olive oil. It is served with Pita bread. I liked the creaminess of Baba Ganoush as it was very subtle and flavourful.

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# MAZZET PLATE – Selection of Mediterranean flavours, including Greek Kalamata olives, Feta cheese, smooth Tahini, Olive Pate and mixed pickled vegetables. Served with Pita bread. I loved the platter and it was on point with flavours.

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# WATERMELON SALAD WITH FETA – A simple diced watermelon with homemade feta cheese, garnished with basil. One of the best Feta Cheese I have ever tasted.

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# Chocolate Fondant Cake with Vanilla Icecream – After all I ate in the cafe I gave up on ending my day with some dessert. After a while I just scrolled up to the section they kept the dessert and guess what guys!! I could stop myself from eating a little extra. I said to myself, Nicole! you are not having your dinner today, Just have your dessert. But fortunately I am proud of decision to drop dinner & choose my chocolate cake with ice cream. It was indeed a very happy ending 🙂

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Address

Monteiro Vaddo, Near AnjunaFlea Market, Anjuna, Goa

Opening hours

· Open now

Today  7:30AM to 9:30PM
See more

022 30150811

Cuisines

Healthy Food, Mediterranean, Cafe, Israeli
&
Labanese

Average Cost 

₹800 for two people (approx.)

Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any
Cash and Cards accepted

Opening hours· 

Season Time – 7:30am to 9:30pm
Off Season 7:30am to 7:30pm

Artjuna Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

1st Anniversary Celebration @Embassy Of Peru

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Wednesday the 30th of May,18. Embassy Of Peru

Attended an event hosted by the Embassy of Peru celebrating the 1st Anniversary of the Art Gallery of the Embassy of Peru 🇵🇪. It was also the 1st anniversary celebration of INPEFA – Indo Peruvian Friendship Association. They inaugurated the rich tapestries of Peru.
The fun and informative cocktails event was attended by media and special guest invited. I was amazed by the conversations about the rich Peruvian art, culture, food and textiles.

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Officially the ‘Republic of Peru’ is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile and in the west by the Pacific. Peruvian region was home to several ancient cultures, including the ‘Norte Chico Civilisation’ in the 32nd century BC, the oldest civilisation in the America.

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Peruvian Culture has major roots of Amerindian and Spanish traditions, which is also influenced by various Asian, African and other European ethnic groups. Peruvian artistic traditions date back to the elaborate pottery, textiles, jewelry, and sculpture of ‘Pre-Inca’ Cultures. [ Know More About Inca Culture ] Peruvian literature is rooted in the oral traditions of pre Colombian civilizations. Spaniards introduced writing in the 16th century; colonial literary expression included Chronicles and religious literature. Peruvian Food is inspired from Amerindian and Spanish with strong influences from Chinese, African, Arab, Italian and Japanese cuisine.
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I was amazed to see the unique textiles and handicrafts of Peru. And it was such a delight to see a lot of similarities with the art and textiles from the north east of India.
It is so fascinating to witness such diverse cultures and geographic distance still so much similarities.
Cheers! to the Indo Peruvian friendship.

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STUDIO XO BAR

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My life is all about travelling and I am literally living out of a suitcase these days. Which I really enjoy. After a long gap of two and a half month I was back in Delhi. So, staying in Delhi without exploring new food joints is such a waste. So decided to check out few new cool places recently launched.

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Studio Xo Bar  is the one I visited and instantly fell in love. As the name suggests its actually looks like a luxury studio, huge space with stunning interior. The bar area has superb space and I couldn’t resist but get few clicks for myself.

They have a live performance area which is also huge and very attractive. Enough space for everybody, no matter you are in the bar or sitting area or near the live performance area.

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Lets talk about food

Few of my favourites are ——
Starters –
Pins colada – Average
Veg Seekh – I liked it!
Amritsary Fish – Damm Good!

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Mains –
Pindi Chhole – Excellent.
Dal Makhani – Excellent.

Dessert –
Blueberry Cheese Cake – It was Yummy!

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Overall, I had a great time……. met old friends……
Great place
Good food
Excellent service 

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Studio Xo Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Singapore Look Book

Heya! Everyone 😀

Here is my Singapore look book. Right from Airport look to last day of my trip.

Had an amazing time vlogging and shooting. And most of all taking back all the beautiful memories of that place which I still cherish.

 

|| LOOK 1 – Airport Look || 

Super Comfy T-shirt – The Souled Store

Jaggings – Only

Sneakers – GK M Block Market

Bomber Jacket – Brigade Road, Bangalore 

Bag pack – Aldo

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|| LOOK 2 – Night Safari || 

T-shirt – Raasta Cafe

Cargo Pants –  Westside Stores

Bag Pack – Aldo

Brown Sneakers  –  GK M Block Market 

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Arrival Day | Night Safari

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|| LOOK 3 – DAY 1 ||

Maxi Dress  –  Westside Stores

Handbag  – Chanel

Glares  –  Ray Ban

Black Boots. –  H&M

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Day 1 | Marina Bay Square

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|| LOOK 4 – DAY 2 ||

Top  –  Westside Stores

Shorts  –  Dubai Mall

Boots  –  H&M 

Glares –   Ray Ban

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

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|| LOOK 5 – DAY 3 ||

Dress  – Bombay Parsley

Boots  – H&M

Watch – Diesel

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UNIVERSAL & SANTOSA ISLAND

 

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|| LOOK 6 – DAY 4 ||

Dress  – Koovs.com

Blazer – Splash Dubai

Boots  – H&M 

Handbag – Chanel

Watch – Diesel

Sun Glasses – Ray Ban

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CLARKE QUEY

 

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|| LOOK 7 – DAY 5 ||

Top  – Westside

Shorts  – Dubai Mall

Sun Glasses  – H&M 

Handbag  – Chanel

Watch   – Diesel

Shoes  – GK M Block

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PUNGGOL END

 

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Farzi Cafe @My Dubai Dairy

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Woowww!!!! Simple Wow

My best experience till now with Farzi. I have visited many of their outlets in India. But was pleasantly surprised that Indian food was equally tempting and overwhelming in abroad too. The quality was equally good and food was perfectly Farzified  as always. 

To add on it was a beautiful afternoon and me and my friend took a table outside. Beautiful interior and equally the exterior too

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The service was at its best. We were hosted so well and these guys made us feel so special and royal. We were served a complimentary Indian Masala Tea at the end of our meal and it simply added that extra charm to the beautiful weather that day.

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FARZI CAFÉ aims to bring India cuisine back “In Vogue”. It can have many connotations. But at Farzi Cafe, it has just ome. “Creating An Illusion” with its cuisine. Best described as a gourmet experience, it amalgamates traditional global and Indian classics, with Indian influences, contemporary presentations, culinary styles and ambiance. It is a quirky, chic, modern Indian cafe, where one can enjoy amazing experience through finest modern Indian cuisine along with high energy ambiance.

Here I mention few of my favourite dishes –  

Drinks

Bootlegger –  It is such a well presented drink. It comes in a beautiful and sexy boot shaped glass. The drink was extremely refreshing. 

Tropical cooler –  Oh!! it was quite a cooler. My friend loved it.

 

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Starters

Butter chicken slider  – Light chicken curry prepared with butter and light spices.

Prawns  – ahh!! it was so delicious and mouthwatering. My favourite amongst all.

Chole kulche  – its not the typical chole kulcha preparation. the presentation is jaw dropping and tastes sooo good.

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Dal chawal arancini  – bored of traditional & old fashioned dal chawal?? Here you go.. this dish will

Fresh burrata salad  – One of the best salads I ever tasted. The yogurt was so yummy and refreshing. And the kale dried in liquid nitrogen was so full of taste.

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 Mains –

Chicken tikka masala –  loved it 🙂

Lamb nehari –  We both we so full. Still we couldn’t resist ourselves from having the Nihari. 

Shawarma biryani –  loved it 🙂

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 Deserts –

Gulab Jamun –  Yes! this one was such a beautiful dish. we actually did not feel like having it. You will keep steering at it.  

Rasmalai tres leches –  loved it 🙂

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Cuisines

Indian

Average Cost 

  AED 200 for two people (approx.)

Cash and Cards accepted

Opening hours

Today  10 AM to 12 Midnight

Address

CITY WALK, Al Safa & Al Wasl Road Intersection, Al Safa, Dubai

More Info

Breakfast    Wheelchair Accessible

No Alcohol Available    Wifi
Outdoor Seating

 Known For

Modernized presentation of dishes with an elegant décor

 

Farzi Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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