Wednesday March 21, 2018

Delhiites head out to Lemon Tree Resort for that perfect weekend getaway

Lemon Tree Resort

Manesar, Haryana: Head out for a fantastic getaway to the Lemon Tree Hotels set in the Aravali hills. Sprawling with sheer indolence, it is a perfect way to escape the daily hustle-bustle of life.

Lemon Tree Hotels, a group of fast-growing hotel chain in India, on Thursday, opened their first resort for the public at Tarudhan Valley in Manesar which is the first resort from the group in the Delhi-NCR region.

Lemon Tree Hotels, on Thursday, opened their first resort for the public at Tarudhan Valley in Manesar.
Lemon Tree Hotels, on Thursday, opened their first resort for the public at Tarudhan Valley in Manesar.

Located some 30 km from Gurgaon and spread across nearly 72 acres of a nine-hole golf course, club house, rejuvenating spa, fitness centre and activity rooms, the one-of-its-kind property encompasses picturesque greens and serene water bodies.

“Whatever may be the reason for a holiday, who doesn’t love to chill out, relax and avail the luxuries under one roof … and this resort provides that,” said Ratan Keswani, deputy managing director of Lemon Tree Hotels.

The place offers multiple cuisines to suit all palates — Indian, American, pan-Asian and European food coupled with an interesting array of spirits on the bar menu.

“We are even planning to introduce live stations — chefs’ action stations where chefs would be directly serving the food after interacting with the customers and asking for their feedback,” head corporate chef Rajeev Janveja told reporters.

The resort also offers numerous games and outdoor activities along with a lap-size swimming pool, surrounded by lazy lounge chairs — an ideal place for a sunbath.

“Location and close proximity for domestic travellers is one of the biggest assets and this can be the place where you can learn as well as play golf, billiards and even try your hand at archery,” Keswani said.

Designed to suit all experiences, this landscaped getaway offers 70 contemporary well-appointed rooms including 18 studio apartments that offer an awe-inspiring view of the golf course.

Other room categories include deluxe room and the executive room with an outdoor shower and a private sit-out offering a rustic close-to-nature experience.

The resort hotel also has an exclusive banquet arena that comprises three large conference rooms and manicured gardens to host a variety of events, destination weddings and conferences.

With an introductory price of Rs 7,499 on weekends and Rs 5,499 on weekdays, the resort is a perfect getaway for the stressed out city dwellers. (Isha Sharma, IANS)

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Thanksgiving Day Across the World

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated across the world and for each country, it has its own tale and tradition around food and days.

Thanksgiving Day celebrations
Happy Thanksgiving Day, Wikimedia Commons

Thanksgiving Day. The name stands for itself as the day to give thanks and is celebrated as a national holiday in many countries like United States of America, Canada, Netherlands, Philippines, Grenada, Liberia while similarly named festival exists in Germany, Japan, and United Kingdom.
Thanksgiving holiday remains a day to give thanks at the close of the harvest season.

The official date for the American Thanksgiving that exists today was set by President Roosevelt to be on the fourth Thursday in November instead of the last Thursday in November as decided by President Lincoln as thanksgiving date.
But their thanksgiving is surrounded by a debate over the nation’s first celebrations and the two places embroiled in this debate are New England and Virginia as both the places provide certain proofs of being the spot for nation’s first celebrations for Thanksgiving.

Canadian Thanksgiving tradition is celebrated in the true spirit of giving thanks at the close of the harvest season. It is believed that due to the geographical differences from the USA, Canada’s Thanksgiving arrives on the second Monday in October as that is the close of their harvest season.

But in countries like Liberia, Netherlands, and Grenada, it is not just a day to give thanks at the close of the harvest season.

In Liberia, Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated to mark the freedom from black slavery by the U.S.A. The Thanksgiving day’s date remains on the first Thursday of November and has been a tradition since 1820.

Netherlands celebrate thanksgiving to mark to commemorate the Pilgrims who had migrated and became residents of the city of Leiden and died at Pieterskerk. To commemorate the hospitality, the thanksgiving, a non-denominational Thanksgiving Day is celebrated as the same as American Thanksgiving Day’s morning.

But there are some countries like the Philippines where the tradition of Thanksgiving only arrived with the Americans due to it being an American colony in the early 20th century but the tradition of Thanksgiving there had seemed to die down.

The American Thanksgiving seems to dominate the Thanksgiving menu when it comes to this holiday. Their famous turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, pies, mashed potatoes, and yams are signature dishes related to this day.

Black Friday:
Not only food, American Thanksgiving has also made Black Friday, an informal day following the Thanksgiving Day to mark the beginning of their country’s Christmas season sales and it has been in the history books since 1952 such that it has become a tradition of its own now.

Thanksgiving Day remains an occasion for many families to get back together and celebrate this holiday in the spirit of one while giving the rise to the excitement of upcoming Christmas also which remains barely a month away from Thanksgiving day.

Samridhi Nain is a student of Philosophy (Hons.) from University of Delhi.


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