Thursday December 14, 2017

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

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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.

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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.

America
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.

Canada
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.

Liberia
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
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.

Food:
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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Love Destination Weddings? 7 Locations in Udaipur to have the Wedding of your Dreams

An entire week of celebrations in an oh-so-gorgeous locale, away from the madness of your city life.

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It is hard to have a wedding in Udaipur that is NOT stunning. Pixabay

Udaipur, October 3, 2017 : With baraatis and band baaja in tow, the modern-day groom wears aviators and crosses lakes to get to his bride.
The bride these days no more sits coyly in rooms. Instead, she walks down royal stairways lined with exotic flowers to welcome the groom and his entourage.

A royal backdrop, stunning photos, bright colors, and lovely weather. Destination weddings are enticing, aren’t they?

An entire week of celebrations in an oh-so-gorgeous locale, away from the madness of your city life.

Not only do destination weddings ensure everyone stays at the same place, having all the more fun, and saving you all the last-moment panic attacks about absent guests, but you get to live one of the most important days of your life with everybody who is special.

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The most special day of your life should be perfect in every way! Pixabay

Now unless you have been living under a rock all your life, destination weddings would ring ‘Udaipur’ in your head at the loudest decibel possible. It is hard to have a wedding in Udaipur that is NOT stunning. From entirely Rajwada style comfort settings with cushions in a blast of fuchsia to metallic gold boho bulbs’ lighting to the breezy blue and silver décor and marigold-filled pathways around the fort in tune with the wedding, venues in Udaipur offer a surprising blend of traditional and modern wedding razzmatazz perfect for dreamy destination weddings.

The city has an abundance of gorgeous and scenic locations that should all probably be at the top of your list; we tell you why!

List of Best Destination Wedding Locations In Udaipur:

1. Jagmandir Island Palace

When history, art and weddings collide, it’s pure inspiration! Beautifully snuggled on an island in the middle of lake Pichola, Jag Mandir has an encompassing view of the City Palace, Lake Palace, the lake and the Aravali hills.

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Jag Mandir is also called ‘the Lake Garden Palace’ for its astounding beauty. Wikimedia

Imagine getting ferried to and fro the venue in decorated boats in the form of a procession; isn’t it already sounding dreamy? Beautifully illuminated with lights, the entire island as one nears Jag Mandir.

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Jag Mandir resembles a floating jewel in the middle of lake Pichola. Pixabay

The 17th century island palace is believed to have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal and rightly so! Once inside, the place transcends you to another era. It is well equipped with a fine dining restaurant, a bar and seven tastefully adorned suites and can accommodate upto 5,000 people- enough space for pre-wedding, wedding and post wedding functions.

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The courtyard of Jag Mandir Palace. Wikimedia

The picturesque Jagmandir Island Palace today plays host to an elite clientele and makes the perfect host for destination weddings and for couples who dream of regal nuptials.

2. Fort Fatehgarh

Looking for a serene wedding location in the hills? Perched on a hilltop 20 minutes outside the city, the Fategarh palace spells an old world charm and a true feel of a heritage hotel.  Adorned with poised white pillars, domes and intricately done jali screens, the place has been tastefully crafted with its graceful proportions and airy reception areas, courtyards and verandas.

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Located on top of a hilltop, Fort Fateh Garh will take your heart away at first glace.

With about 50 rooms and suites and 3 outdoor wedding lawns, the hotel is perfect for families who would want an entire palace to themselves with all its regal grandeur.

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Wedding arrangements at Fort Fatehgarh.

3. Oberoi Udai Vilas

With sprawling courtyards, rippling fountains, reflection pools and lush gardens, Oberoi Vilas mesmerizes every on-looker. But as they say beauty lies within, it is what is inside that is a complete delight. Interiors embroidered with decorative domes, hand-painted frescoes, intricate mirror work and beautifully crafted artifacts; the place is what is defined as love at first sight!

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The Oberoi Udai Vilas : what dreams are made of. Wikimedia

The site with its green lawns graciously spread all across the property, the promenade and the Chandra Mahal offer perfect venues for intricate weddings.

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A panoramic view of the lake palace Hotel. Wikimedia

4. Udai Kothi

Splendid exteriors in sparkling white, it is like you have been magically transcended to Greece!  Located at the heart of the city, this hotel has a lot of character with each room and each corner having its own style, perfect for an intimate wedding affair.  With carefully selected furniture, soft accents and décor and artistically done jharokhas overlooking a delightful view, the hotel has all the right vibes for destination weddings.

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A panoramic view of Udai Kothi

 5. Raas Leela

Tucked at the edge of Lake Pichola with a spectacular view, Raas Leela is a dream location for a sun-downer wedding!  The property opens to a marvelous, specific view of the royal lake and would be a pretty location for lakeside wedding destinations. Adorned with luxury cottages that echo the rich taste of Mughal travelling cottages overlooking the royal palaces, the venue is a fusion of modern comfort and traditional style.

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Raas Leela is a dream location for a sun-downer wedding

The venue by itself is so interesting and appealing, the décor really stands out, pictures turn out prettier and of course everything looks better with the shimmering, pearly water in the background.

6. Chunda Palace

Wonderfully tranquil and peaceful, this might be the gorgeous destination weddings’ venue you’d not want to miss!

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Chunda Palace is perfect for a small wedding with friends and family.

With a heritage and traditional appearance, Chunda Palace screams sophistication the moment you enter it.  Exteriors embellished with royal carvings and the interiors decorated with Rajasthani architecture, this hotel offers a spectacular view of the City Palace and lake Pichola.

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The interiors of the palace bear intricate and detailed designs.

The venue perfectly fits the criteria for small but strikingly royal destination weddings for a group of 200 people.

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Chunda palace has a rich heritage and traditional appearance

7. Ramada resort

Parched in the backdrop of the mighty Aravalis, the Ramada resort offers breathtaking views of Sajjan Palace, panoramic views of lake Pichola and the City Palace with all its many forts and palaces. Varying in height, the resort creates a spectacular view with its array of gardens and pool side spaces in tranquil settings.

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Corridors of the Ramada resort

The venue can be tailored according to requirements, from an intimate gathering of your closest friends and family to a formal setting for hundreds of guests.

 

Your guests will remember what the bride wore, how the groom entered the venue, and who danced to what Bollywood number. But apart from this, what makes a wedding out of the world? Undoubtedly the venue and the entire setup! Udaipur venues for destination weddings make your shaadi unapologetically quirky, complete with fun Rajasthani colors, funky décor, tasteful pool parties and finally, a traditional and glam wedding.

Check out the best of our list on venues of destination weddings and let all your sherwani and saree clad guests enjoy your five-day affair with zeal matching your own! Happy wedding!

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British Airways’ Costly IT Collapse makes it Rethink the Strategy

The company was left counting the cost of the disruption, both in terms of a one-off impact to its profit and the longer term damage to its reputation

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People wait with their luggage at a rebooking zone at Heathrow Terminal 5 in London, Britain May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

– by Alistair Smout

LONDON, May 29, 2017: British Airways (BA) said it would take steps to ensure there was no repeat of a computer system failure that stranded 75,000 passengers over a holiday weekend and turned into a public relations disaster.

BA had been forced to cancel all its flights from Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, and Gatwick on Saturday after a power supply problem disrupted its operations worldwide and also hit its call centers and website.

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The airline was returning to normal on Monday, planning to run more than 95 percent of flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick, with only a handful of short-haul flights canceled.

BA Chief Executive Alex Cruz said the root of the problem, which also affected passengers trying to fly into Britain, had been a power surge on Saturday morning which hit BA’s flight, baggage and communication systems. It was so strong it also rendered the back-up systems ineffective, he said.

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“Once the disruption is over, we will carry out an exhaustive investigation into what caused this incident, and take measures to ensure it never happens again,” Cruz said.

Over the weekend, some stranded passengers curled up under blankets on the floor or slumped on luggage trolleys, images that played prominently online and in newspapers.

“Apologizes all well and good but not enough. BA has lost another loyal customer #disgraceful,” tweeted Tom Callway, who had been due to fly to Budapest.

The company was left counting the cost of the disruption, both in terms of a one-off impact to its profit and the longer term damage to its reputation.

Check-in information boards are displayed at Heathrow Terminal 5 in London, Britain May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Spanish-listed shares of parent company IAG <ICAG.L>, which also owns carriers Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling, dropped 2.8 percent on Monday after the outage. The London-listed shares did not trade because of a public holiday.

Flight compensation website Flightright.com said that with around 800 flights canceled at Gatwick and Heathrow on Saturday and Sunday, BA was looking at having to pay around 61 million euros ($68 million) in compensation under EU rules. That does not include the cost of reimbursing customers for hotel stays.

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BA would fully honor its compensation obligations, Cruz said. Of the 75,000 passengers who missed out on flights, around two-thirds would have been flown to their destinations by the end of Monday, he added.

COST CUTTING

BA has been cutting costs to respond to competition on short-haul routes from Ryanair <RYA.I> and easyJet <EZJ.L> and recently faced criticism for starting to charge passengers for their in-flight snacks.

Ireland’s Ryanair was quick to seize on the marketing opportunity, tweeting “Should have flown Ryanair” with a picture of the ‘Computer says no’ sketch from the TV series “Little Britain” to poke fun at BA.

Ryanair said it had seen a spike in bookings over the weekend but gave no further details.

The GMB union said that BA’s IT systems had shortcomings after they made a number of staff redundant and shifted their work to India in 2016.

“This could have all been avoided. BA in 2016 made hundreds of dedicated and loyal IT staff redundant and outsourced the work to India,” Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Aviation, said.

Cruz rejected the union criticism.

“They’ve all been local issues around a local data center, which has been managed and fixed by local resources,” he told Sky News.

Several passengers complained about a lack of information from BA staff at the airport. Others said their luggage had been lost.

The airline said it was working to get reunite passengers with their luggage after many items were left at Heathrow over the weekend, although staff on Twitter warned this “could take some time”.

While other airlines have been hit by computer problems, the scale and length of BA’s troubles were unusual.

Delta Air Lines Inc <DAL.N> canceled thousands of flights and delayed many others last August after an outage hit its computer systems.

Last month, Germany’s Lufthansa <LHAG.DE> and Air France <AIRF.PA> suffered a global system outage which briefly prevented them from boarding passengers. (Reuters)

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Additional reporting by Victoria Bryan in Berlin, Costas Pitas in London and Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Keith Weir)