5 things you must do on your trip to Phuket

Let me start with what all I’m not going to talk about here, which is the usual sightseeing and places to go. I’m going to be listing 5 experiences that you must have when in Phuket, Thailand.

1. Get high on 99baht cocktails
Almost all bars on the beach line have 99baht cocktail menu, try as many as you can. They’re cheap, colorful and do the job of getting you high while you laze on the beach.

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2. Go for watersports
Whatever gives you a kick, choose and just go for it. Watersports are fun way to de-stress. Imagine yourself parasailing, the view of Phuket from up there is beautiful.
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3. Enjoy a lunch and dinner at a fancy restaurant
The street food in Phuket is amazing from sea food to those pancakes, it’s a tasteful experience. But you must atleast once enjoy a lunch and a dinner at a fancy place. On my last trip we had picked up Amari for lunch and Higher Restaurant and lounge for dinner. While Amari had a private beach and a breathtaking view while we enjoyed our meal. Higher restaurant and lounge offered a view of the Bangla walking street from top at night, when it’s the most happening place in the town.

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4. Party all night
Go club hopping, party through the night, eat some street food or a burger at the burger king at 6AM when they’re about to shut. Sleep on the beach or find a way back to your hotel or villa to crash.
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5. Spend entire day chilling in the pool
Keep one day to not do anything else and just relax in the pool at your hotel or your private pool at the Villa. We had booked a private villa with an infinity pool on the terrace where we spent an entire day doing absolutely nothing.
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Travel for experiences. Find time to relax, rejuvenate and de-stress.

That’s all from me, don’t forget to share your experiences in the comments below.

Until next time,
Preeti Dhingra

India Tourism Day Wishlist: Top 11 Places to Visit in India

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

India is a heaven for someone who loves to travel. Our country has it all from mountains to beaches to some of the world’s most beautiful monuments.
Since it’s India tourism day today, we’re sharing a list of places in India that are on our travel wishlist.

1. Khajjiar

Surrounded by meadows and forests, Khajjiar is known as the Switzerland of India. We can’t wait for the many, many treks around the area!

2. Kashmir
It is said that Kashmir is heaven on earth. The Dal lake, the beautiful house boats, the amazing food and hospitality of the Kashmiri’s are reasons enough to make a visit here.

3. Leh Ladakh
Leh-Ladakh’s beauty – its lakes, national parks, monasteries and valleys have a surreal quality about them. This is where you should go when you want to disconnect from your fast paced life and want to just sit back, and tune in to nature.

4. Kerala
God’s own country has abundant beautiful and serene beaches, peaceful stretch of backwaters and canals, exotic wildlife and lush green hill stations. And elephants.

5. Andaman
Andaman is home to beaches that can give international beaches a run for their money.  Miles of stunning natural coastline, glistening turquoise waters, palm laden sands and scintillating views. It’s a must for beach lovers; no wonder it made it to our wishlist.

 

6. Pondicherry
This Indian union territory was once a French colony and has strong influences of French architecture, cuisine and culture. The museums, beaches and the perfect combination of Tamil and French culture and cuisines, all are very inviting.

7. Udaipur
Udaipur is called ‘The City of Lakes’. The Picturesque lakes offer fabulous view of the Aravali mountains making it a dream destination to spend some quiet time.

8. Darjeeling
Darjeeling is known for its strong, aromatic tea, and the picturesque plantations dotting its misty hills. Adding to this are the beautiful sunrises!

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9. Kutch
White Rann’s white sand shining in the moon light. Kalo dungar where earth surface meets the sky to create a horizon. A night stay at a mud house. Shopping the best of handicrafts. Need any more reasons?

10. Shillong
Shillong is a beautiful hill station which was once the British capital of Assam. The green hilly landscape of this place is the reason it’s called ‘the Scotland of the East’. The remnants of the British era can still be seen through its historical houses and buildings.

 

11. South Goa
How can it not be on the list? Though we have been to North Goa, we really want to explore the South Goa on our next visit there. South Goa is known for it’s peace and greenery. One would want to go South if they just want to relax and de-stress.

That’s our wishlist. What places are on your travel wishlist? Don’t forget to share in the comments below.

Until next time,
Preeti Dhingra

The Land Rover Experience

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to be one of the few bloggers to be invited by Jaguar Land Rover India and Blogadda to the Land Rover Experience. An opportunity to drive the Land Rover off-road. I had never gone off-roading before and was really kicked about this.

We left for Aambey Valley at 7am, and by the time we reached, the weather was sunny yet pleasant enough for a day full of adventure. After a hearty breakfast, we were introduced to the Land Rover range, and an intriguing lil’ feature called Hill Descent Control (HDC). A feature that controls the car on a hill descent, without any need for braking. I couldn’t wait.

The Land Rover Experience

The Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery

We were all given one car each, with an instructor. An instructor was necessary as the terrain was rocky and difficult, and the instructor was familiar with it. I got a white Land Rover Discovery, and off we went.

Throughout the drive, I was amazed at the capabilities of the car. Despite the rocky terrain, driving felt like a piece of cake. The car did most of the work, and the HDC feature is clearly a win. I could literally feel the car braking without me doing anything.

The interiors of the entire range of these cars are plush with leather seats and equipped with the latest amenities.

The Land Rover Experience

The Land Rover Experience

My drive for the day

The Land Rover Experience

The terrain at Aambey Valley

It was such a thrill driving on the rocky, hilly and slippery terrain. Thank you to my instructor Dijay for having the confidence in me! At one point, the car was literally at a 60 degree angle, and had it not been for the encouraging instructor, I would have lost it!

Overall, it was a fabulous day and one that I would always remember.

6 Steps to Perfect Skin in 2016

A new year is a sign that you should make fresh beginnings. Why not consider getting fresher, better skin in 2016? Here are 6 resolutions you should be making for perfect skin this year:

Clean your phone:

Your phone comes in contact with all kinds of surfaces all day and then you put it next to your cheek for hours. Not good, no? Time to start using disinfectant wipes and swipe that screen clean.

How many germs live on your cell phone?

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Wash your face before sleeping:

Skin rejuvenates itself while you sleep, and if it is clogged with makeup and dirt, it cannot breathe. Promise yourself that you will wash your face before sleeping. In the absence of makeup remover, use baby oil/baby shampoo. Pour a tiny bit on a cotton pad and wipe off. For the drunk/lazy nights, keep makeup removal wipes on your dresser and use them before you crash.  Recommendation: Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover.

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Start a night regimen:

It is time to start using a hydrating night cream/serum/overnight mask that’ll repair and hydrate your skin while you sleep. After you have cleansed your skin, you need to feed it too! Make your night time ritual your “me time”. It’ll not only be a step towards great skin, it’ll relax you. Recommendation: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Lakme Absolute Skin Gloss Overnight Mask.

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Wash your makeup brushes:

Your makeup brushes accumulate a whopping amount of bacteria and breakout causing oils. Wash them regularly, so that you are not transferring bacteria from your face to your makeup kits and vice versa. Check out this post to learn how to clean your makeup brushes.

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Drink water:

I know, I know. You have read this a 100 times before. Consider this a reminder, ok? Drink more water! If you don’t like the taste of water (like me), make infused water with anything you like! Mint, cucumber, ginger, apples, berries, cinnamon et al. (Want the recipes? Just ask in the comments below!) Also drink more green tea to add to the fluid intake.

Immersing your body's intake of water will immediately stimulate your kidneys, liver and digestive system's functions. These are the primary detox organs. It will boost your metabolism, which in turn accelerates toxin and fat elimination. That is why it's important to drink while using the Ultimate Body Applicator! I tell all my wrappers to drink 1/2 their body weight in water.:

 

Use sunscreen:

A lot of people I know think that sunscreen is too sticky, greasy etc. Not anymore! These days there are tons of lightweight sunscreens out there. Try: Neutrogena dry touch.

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I hope you follow these easy, simple steps. Here’s to glowing skin in 2016!

Neha

xoxo

My Fitness Journey: New Year Resolutions

Fitness Resolutions

Every year, I set really difficult goals for myself. And at the end of the year I realize…I stuck to barely half of them. I know so many people around me who do the same. For example, people who don’t even have a habit of walking regularly, will set a goal to run marathons. And going to the gym? That’s the first on almost everyone’s fitness resolutions list. Gyms run to their fullest capacity in January every year only to become deserted places in a span of a month or two, with only a few sticking around.

This year, I have set some attainable and achievable goals for myself. I’m still going to push myself but don’t want to set the bar so high that I lose motivation and give up halfway. Here are my resolutions for this year:

  1. I’ll smile and laugh more and stress less. This HAS to be my first resolution. We all know stress is not good for our mental as well as physical health but we still stress so much. Let’s just let go and laugh a little more.
  2. I will cut down on the number of times I eat out. Since I stay alone with my husband, we eat out quite often. And I pledge to cut down that to 3 meals a week to start the year with and reducing that even further in the coming months.
  3. When eating out, I’ll make a healthier choice and no this does not mean that I’ll be ordering only salads ;)
  4. I’ll eat my meals on time. This is one thing that almost everyone is very careless about but it is so important to eat your meals on time.
  5. Late night binging will include fruits and not junk food. So no chips or maggi.
  6. I’ll exercise at least 4 times in a week. I have recently started doing yoga and I enjoy it so much that I know that I can manage 4 exercise days a week.
  7. I will walk more. Every year I pledged that I’ll run a marathon and never did because I don’t even have a habit of walking regularly so I’m going to correct that. Will make it a habit.
  8. I will cut down on sugar. This is by far the toughest for me. I have a sweet tooth and cutting down on sweets is difficult but I’ll do it.
  9. I will drink more water and cut down on sodas and cold drinks.
  10. I will get regular medical check-ups done. Again, we neglect the importance of getting oneself checked regularly to ensure that all is fine.

That’s all from me. Don’t forget to tell me what your New Year resolutions are. If you haven’t thought of them as yet, do it now. Just follow the KISS rule. Keep It Simple Silly ;)

Until next time,
Preeti

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