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      Monasteries in Ladakh are much more than religious centers. Located in heaven that Ladakh is, these famous monasteries are purifying havens where one can find inner peace. Include them in the itinerary as you plan a trip to Leh Ladakh to enjoy the splendid and spectacular

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      Nestled amidst greenery on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, surrounded with spectacular views and enriched with the grandeur of history, the Neemrana Fort Palace is undoubtedly the best resort near Delhi for an idyllic weekend getaway.

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      Easter is one of the most prominent festivals in the Christian calendar and is celebrated with utmost joy throughout the world. According to the New Testament, the festival is also called the Resurrection Sunday. The testament states that the festival is celebrated three days after the burial of Jesus. Easter does not fall on the same date every year. It is usually observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon which is on or after March 21st. Christians visit churches on this day to admit their wrongdoings and recite the holy bible as a symbol of offering prayer to the Almighty. The festival is the foundation of Christian faith and is a very important date within Christainity. Easter Dates 2020: 12th April

      Easter History And Significance

      The history behind Easter is explained in the New Testament of the holy book Bible. It narrates how Jesus was put to death by Pontius Pilate, the Roman emperor by crucifixion. It is said by legends that Christ paid for the sins of his followers. After three days, Jesus resurrected which marks the occasion of Easter. This day is also associated with the Jewish festival of Passover. Many Christians address the week before Easter as the Holy Week. It comprises the day of Maundy Thursday and last supper as well as Good Friday commemorating Christ’s last breath. The root of the festival began during British rule and levelled up during the Portuguese and French possession.

      Easter Celebrations Across India

      Although Christians constitute just 3 percent of the overall population of India, Easter is celebrated with full enthusiasm. The festival marks the beginning of spring. Celebrations start with Lent and end with Easter Sunday. Christians visit churches for offering their prayers to Jesus Christ. At the church, the priests narrate the suffering Jest Christ went for the sake of human beings. It is then followed by gifting decorated eggs and bunnies to each other as a token of prosperity. Apart from that, Christians also give flowers and colourful lanterns, chocolate cakes to their loved ones. Many states declare Good Friday as an official holiday. People usually plan for a weekend holiday during this time to spend some memorable moments with their loved ones. Good Friday 2020 is observed on 10th April.

      6 Ways To Celebrate Easter 2020 At Home

      Due to the ongoing Covid-19, it is advisable to stay home. Therefore, we bring you some of the best ways to celebrate Easter 2020 at home. 1. Read Easter stories - This is one of the best ways to celebrate Easter at home. Read out stories to your little ones letting them know the true meaning of Easter 2. Paint Easter pictures - The little cross is simple to paint and anyone can give it a try 3. Hunt for eggs - This is a fun activity which everyone can do at home. Get some plastic Easter eggs and hide them in your house. See if your family members can find the eggs 4. Special Easter Sunday meals - What can be better than having your favorite Easter meal on the special occasion with your family? Enjoy a special dinner night 5. Easter egg craft - An interesting activity and a really good decoration idea which you can try out at home 6. Watch the Jesus movie - Watch the movie together with your family and make Easter more meaningful

      Best Places To Observe Easter Celebrations In India

      Goa, Mumbai, and Kochi are some of the best places to enjoy Easter celebrations. Due to the current scenario people may not be able to visit these places this year but they're the places where one can observe Easter in its truest form. Since Goa has a rich Christain culture, Easter is a big festival here. Grand celebration takes place in Goa at the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. In Mumbai, churches hold mass and prayers. Later in the evening, those interested in culinary delights can visit famous Mumbai restaurants and cafes to enjoy traditional Easter feasts. Some malls also host parties and other fun events. People in Kochi are in festive spirit on this occasion. You can attend mass and prayers at famous churches like Malayattoor Church, St. Alphonsa’s Church and enjoy special Easter Sunday meals at the restaurant. Some other places which celebrate Easter in its truest form are Visakhapatnam and Tamil Nadu. Are you stuck at home with your kids during the Covid - 19 pandemic? You can take help from this blog and plan your perfect Easter 2020. There are a bunch of crafts, food and more things to keep you and your kid engaged on Easter Sunday 2020. You can also try different creative DIY ideas for home decoration. We wish you all the happiest Easter. Read more

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      Darjeeling is a heaven of travellers. Everyone, be it an Indian or a native to a distant land, plans to visit this enchanting hill station nestled in the Himalayan foothills in West Bengal. But it's not just Darjeeling offering breath-taking sights, soul enriching feels and enthralling adventure but also places that are situated close to it.

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      Coimbatore is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu. It is a famous hub for education and textile industries. We all know Coimbatore like this. But one aspect of this city that never got attention is its natural beauty and rich in religion and history structures.

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      Tamil Nadu’s geographical diversity will astonish anyone. Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is one of the hottest and humidest cities of India and yet, a few kilometres away from Chennai, we can witness stunning hill stations that are sure to take almost anyone’s breath away.

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      A few hours from the lavish and pompous city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, is the beautiful Araku Valley, in Anantapur district. It is indeed surrounded by the thick forest and lush greenery of The colossal Eastern Ghats mountain Range.

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      Throughout the existence of human civilization, we have managed to brave many odds from natural disasters to diseases and numerous wars.

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      A trip to Alwar is like a trip back in time. With origins tracing back to 1500BC, Alwar is a land seeped with the rich Indian heritage of bygone days. The best places to visit in Alwar are spots that enforce that same cultural resonance.

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      As India is grappling with the fear of coronavirus, it is important to remain inspired by the acts of the undying human spirit that have been displayed by other virus stricken countries. Read more

      A burgeoning tourist destination with the ability to captivate and delight, the top places to visit near Shillong are an amalgamation of town-esque and rural so you get the best of both worlds. The capital of Meghalaya itself has the hallmarks of a town that’s rapidly becoming the go-to destination for tourists from nearby states and farther (read, happening cafes and nightclubs, new hotels and the expected traffic snarls).

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      Bhubaneswar is a commercial town in Odisha, flocked by both business and leisure travelers. There are quite a few fascinating places to see in this capital city but during weekends, the best option is to travel around the city and indulge in day picnics and excursions.

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      From the majestic Himalayas to the serenity of the Gangetic plains, from quiet seashores to beautiful mangroves, West Bengal is a place with numerous natural wonders.

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      Italy is known for its incredible ancient architecture, groovy music, balmy weather, and its delicious food. What if we tell you that you can taste the flavors of Italy's Sardinia without leaving the comfort of your city? That's right! Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily. Sardinian food is simple, fresh, and appetizing as it uses a lot of organic ingredients. The Italian food maestro, Chef Marco brings some of the most authentic dishes from the countryside of Italy for you right at Prego, Westin in Gurgaon. Some signature delicacies at Prego include a selection of Cappellacci ai funghi selvatici, Carpaccio alla veneziana, Filetto alla Romana, Panna cotta al caramello e mandorle, Salmone Norvegese alla piastra, Tiramisu, Zuppa di pesce alla Sarda, and zuppa di zucca e calamari.

      Know A Little About Prego

      Prego is an authentic Italian restaurant by The Westin Gurgaon. Located in the most happening part of Gurugram, the restaurant enjoys a wide range of cuisine lovers who arrive here from across the nation. This little gem has a rustic ambiance that'll make you feel and experience the charm of the Italian countryside.

      Dishes To Die For

      1. Zuppa di Zucca e calamari

      An unusual pairing, the pumpkin and calamari soup is a delicious appetizer, with a divine taste and beautiful – colorful presentation. Lovers of the great round vegetable will not be able to miss this exquisite and particular 'land-sea' proposal.

      2. Cappellacci ai funghi selvatici

      Think of this cheese-filled pasta (whose name translates as “little hats”) as inside-out tortellini. These cappelletti are served in a simple sauté of wild mushrooms, deglazed with white wine.

      3. Zuppa di pesce alla Sarda

      Packed with glorious Mediterranean red mullet, scorpionfish, clams, mussels and prawns, this seafood broth takes an effort and expertise to prepare but has an unparalleled flavor.

      4. Carpaccio alla Veneziana

      Carpaccio is one of the most famous Italian antipasti but the version most people are familiar with is thin beef slices macerated in olive oil and lemon, adorned with arugula and shavings of Parmesan cheese.

      5. Salmone Norvegese alla piastra

      The Grilled Norwegian salmon served with a base of green pea soup is super-delicious, irresistible and an absolute visual highlight. Paired with fresh asparagus and chef’s favorite veggies – this dish is a weight watcher's best friend.

      6. Filetto alla Romana

      Art on a plate – Buffalo Tenderloin served with mashed potatoes and Chef'Special winter veggies.

      A Little About The Amiable Chef Marco

      Image Credit Chef Marco grew up on a 250-acre farm eating farm-to-table meals with his large family and that helped shape his opinion on food. It helped him learn to value the importance of natural products in the habitat and to use what you have near. He says, "My childhood memories are gorgeously illustrated, with pictures of my father, cousins, and aunts picking grapes and green and red tomatoes and canning them, taking turnips out of the soil, selecting perfect steaks of beef. We drank milk from our own cows and goats, livestock was readily available and of course, all the fruits and vegetables were organically grown. As the youngest, I was very spoilt by my mum and I would be allowed to help her cook in the kitchen". "We enjoyed making things like our pasta from scratch. Spending time around the dinner table with fresh food has always been a part of my life, and all my dishes are inspired by the warmth of my family and the simple joys of sharing hearty and rustic home food." Chef Marco’s approach to Italian cuisine is simple and classical; he uses fresh, seasonal organic ingredients purveyed by local farmers and butchers. It is with this foundation that he is able to transmit Mediterranean history and Sardinian cultural richness into his inspired dishes.​ Being brought up on a farm, Marco said, has meant that he's better in touch with the seasons, and therefore that has contributed to make him a better chef. If you want to reserve a table for yourself, you can call at +91 9871226953 or write an email at prego.gurgaon@westin.com Read more

      As cliché as it may sound, the honeymoon sets the pace for a new life together. This stardust-sprinkled time is the most memorable and what makes it more so is the destination one chooses to visit.

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      Within the royal state of Rajasthan lies a famous ‘Sun City’ known as Jodhpur due to the overwhelming sunny days. Jodhpur is home to some legendary stories and amazing modern day entertainment.

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      If you are stressed out with your busy schedule, then taking a vacation can be very helpful. above that, if that vacation enables you to indulge in some of the best adventure sports, then it will surely help you as a stress buster.

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      Often termed as the Scotland of India, Coorg or Kodagu is a rural district in Karnataka which is an off the beaten tourist spot laden with lush greenery and coffee plantations. While the place is often treated as a weekend recluse, there is more to Coorg than just the lush greenery. Read more

      Want more adventurous trip during the vacation??? Then choose unexplored hill station in Madhya Pradesh. Commonly Madhya Pradesh is called "Heart of India", like a heart for our body. The Heart pumps the blood and situated at the centre of the body.

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      New Zealand is one of the cleanest, calmest and most serene places in the world. It has everything one needs to spend an ideal vacation. Vast lands, mighty mountains, blue rivers, and an ideal spot to indulge in adventurous sport.

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      Flocked by tourists around the year, Goa charms visitors with its legendary nightlife. You can’t say you’ve experienced Goa unless you hit the top party spots here. Whether you want to relax at a beach shack or visit hep nightclubs, Goa will not disappoint you for sure.

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      Are you planning a trip to Iceland in October? Whether you are looking for an adventurous trip or solo trip, Iceland is a perfect holiday destination in the winter. But if you are stuck to make good planning for your Iceland trip and haven't travelled to Iceland in winter before,

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      Situated in the north-east region of Kerala, Wayanad district offers everything a tourist is seeking to enjoy. The district is on the tip of the southern part of Deccan Plateau and is surrounded by high and low hills in separate areas.

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      Kanyakumari is a beautiful coastal town on the southern tip of India. Situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, this southernmost town, is famous for the beautiful sunrise and sunset views over the ocean.

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      Camping in today's adventure world has earned a special place. It has evolved and grown in forms which are hard to believe and a little too tempting. In one of these evolved forms, camping has got glamorous enough to be named Glamping. Glamping in India has gradually picked up and has been providing comfortable, plush and luxurious camping facilities to both Indian and international adventure junkies.

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