Jehan Numa Retreat , a natural therapeutic home to Rewind , Relax , Reinvent and Rejuvenate

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“A vacation must be calming, soothing where you can refresh yourself & be ready to tackle work

Where you can reinvent yet feel at home ”

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Jehan Numa retreat is a nature’s paradise . It is the natural escape away from the bustling city which acts as your perfect vacation destination .
Having been brought up in Bombay since the past 20 years , I am so used to the bustling city but during my vacation all I need is peace where I can rejuvenate myself .

India boasts of natural beauty . I chose this Place mainly as it so natural and gorgeous , that as you step here you feel at peace . You know the feeling when that heavy weight is lifted off your shoulder and you are just relaxed , yes I would term this as this .

As you step in , there is wooden rustic furniture lying around . As you approach the room , there is fresh air bursting .
I open my room and I am stunned . I see a beautiful huge room with seating area . Wait till I unveil my entire description of the room .
My bathroom had an open shower ! Hell yes !

Then I opened my balcony and is so exotic . There is natural beauty surrounded . The balcony is right amidst the plantations where you can sit for hours .

So I checked in , got fresh and then planned my stay of two days .

What to do at the property ?
1. Take the Nature’s Walk . The property is built in 12 acres . 3 acres are the rooms and 9 acres consists of natural yards . I see farmers working . They have natural cabbage , sugarcane , tomatoes , arugula , etc grown in there . The walk is just therapeutic.
2. Do the bird watching . As you get out of your room or even when you keep your balcony open , you will be welcomed by the melodious chirping sound of the birds . There are different kinds of unique birds and spotting them is such a pleasant site


3. Have a private dinner amidst the jungle underneath the fairy lights and private waiter Yes , have you dreamt a fairy tale proposal or watched a movie ? This one is straight that . No exaggeration. Beautiful fairy lights all over , candles are light , the trees at swaying while you are mesmerised 😍. DO PLAN THIS FOR YOUR LOVED ONE

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4. Have a buffet under the Jamun Tree . Yes , the place is surrounded by beautiful purple wild grass . Do try the lemon grass iced tea as it’s made from the fresh grown lemon grass inhouse . Also have the lemon coriander soup . It’s just so beautiful to eat there as all you can see is greenery around


5. Go for a swim amidst the natural setting. The pool also has a soothing music which will just make you feel relaxed .

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What to do around ?


1. Wake up one morning at 7am . Jehan Numa retreat has a backside short cut to Van Vihar National Park . Rent a cycle there costing barely 20₹ for two hours with entry fee of around 50₹ .

Taddaaa , You are exported into the most scenic natural Safari . Say hello to the birds in the lake or deer on the grass or if you are lucky watch the tiger besides . It’s a 7km drive one way . They allow cabs too with 250₹ fee . But take the cycle if you can , it’s just exotic .

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2. Watch Gauhar mehel . It was a Mahal created for queens leisure . The palace is in ruins now but as you stroll further , history will come alive . From her dressing room to secret rooms , you will be stunned
3. Go see the Masjid – it’s the biggest in Asia .

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4. Go boating in the city of lakes – Bhopal . Personal recommendation take the row boat where the person will row it for you and you can sit back and relax . Go there around sunset . The boat costs around 250₹ for an hour or so .
Also you can try the local markets there . Nothing to shop much in Bhopal though ! But go to Manohar , Bhopal if you have a sweet tooth

Points 2,3,4, 5 can easily be covered in one evening . Leave by 3.30 pm and all shall be sorted .
5. Go watch the Sanchi Stupa (Sadly I missed this one) . But it’s a world heritage site and 1.5 hours away . The Sanchi stupa is done up beautifully.

There is uber over there . So it’s very easy to travel anywhere over there .

Best months to travel : November to February

Cannot forget the Warm staff at Jehan Numa Retreat who made me feel at home . They were so nice that I remember names of everyone . From guiding me where to go to helping me book a cab to serving me Warm food to cleaning my room .
Kudos !
Mr Wincent , the Manager – you are a kind soul .

Do go there ! You will be mesmerised by the magic nature can do !

 

 

 

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Jehan Numa Palace, a royal abode in the city of Lakes – Bhopal

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“Don’t judge a place for your myths. JUST GO.SEE for your own self. Explore. !ncredible India”

When I first heard Bhopal for a vacation spot, I had a typical reaction like “ Eww, How would Bhopal be”
I have travelled a lot of parts in Madhya Pradesh but never Bhopal. Still for curiosity sake, I took the chance.
And Oh Buoy!! It was the best chance.
As my flight was landing, all I could see from my flight window was waterbodies & greenery.
I landed and there I saw my driver from the Jehan Numa Palace waiting for me.
As I travel through the roads from the airport to the hotel, I see well plantations, sign boards and not a speck of dirt. I was already surprised.

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“Welcome To Jehan Numa Palace”
As you enter, you feel warmth of hospitality already. Everyone is doing Namaste and greeting you with smiles.


As I am walking towards my room, the royalty of the place is just sinking in.
And as I opened the room, I am welcomed by a chocolate brownie engraved with my name.
You know that’s what hospitality is all about. That’s what makes the little difference.

Coming back, I was staying in the Imperial category of rooms. My room was spacious with a choice of olden era kind of furniture.
Hola! My room has a beautiful verandah where I can sip onto my coffee.
No I am not done as yet. I mean sip onto my coffee while hearing the melodious tapping of horses overlooking the poolside.

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Yes, you read it all right. The owners of this property have a fetish for horses. The horses come for their walk twice in a day. The sight is something to behold.

I then moved for a scrumptious breakfast. The breakfast spread was wholesome with muesli, juices, nuts , fruits , waffles , cookies , poha , paratha and more.

What to do in the property?
 Stroll in the property. Yes I mean it. The beautiful courtyard with the fountain will make you refreshed whereas the pictures on the wall of the ancestral history will make you wonder with awe.

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 Do try out their different restaurants. Chef Akash, the executive chef has curated delicacies from around. I tried the Oriental cuisine which they have recently started and it was on point.

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 And if you go to Bhopal and don’t try the kebabs, then have you even been to Bhopal?
The restaurant “ under the mango tree” is legit made under the shelter of mango trees and speaks of Nawabi Era cuisine . If you are a non – vegetarian, YOU HAVE TO TASTE THE MUTTON SEEKH KEBAB.

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I had the rajma galouti kebab and oh god! It melted in my mouth. Also the Cottage cheese tikka is amaze.
Have their buffet spread please. You will be spoilt for choice. Try the beetroot halwa please.


After having eaten the buffet spread, you shall crave for something Continental. The La Cuchina is your royal Italian Joint. Woodfire pizzas and broccoli soup are my recommendations.


Take a dip in the pool. The pool is built amidst the royal property and is very refreshing.

What to do in Bhopal?
The travel desk at the Hotel is very helpful. And all Hands down to the MP TOURISM, who have done great to promote the local culture.


 Do visit the tribal museum which is nearby to the hotel :
Usually we all find museums very boring and uninteresting. I am maybe one of you. But do go to this museum. It is a 3D museum where the local craftsmen from different locations were called to create the museum. From Tribal huts to vessels to artefacts to celebration of festivals, you will be awed , awestruck with the awesomeness around

Go for a breathtaking sunset overlooking the lake on a weekday to Wind N Waves:
Wind N Waves is a property owned by MP Tourism. Choose the upper most deck. Go there by around 5.15 pm. It is not a very high class property but serves cheap food and the most amazing view.
So you will be mesmerized by nature. Imagine the pink hues of the silhouette sky overlooking the beautiful sky with dearth of tranquility

 Let History greet you , Hello Bhimbetka caves:
The ride to Bhimbetka caves is around 1.5 hours from the property. It is ranked as the number one world heritage site for rock painting followed by France and Spain. The painting done by tribal is still intact. The caves are just a depiction of the beauty that India has to offer

 

More coming up in the next blog

Lastly but most importantly Kudos to the staff! The General Manager Gaurav Rege , he has transformed the hotel by infusing modernity yet keeping olden culture intact. The entire staff from housekeeping to drivers to the servers – everyone is so kind hearted which makes you just smile.
Also the owner Mr Faiz Rashid is a person with bespoke humility despite the royal ancestrals. He is a man with insights!

Do visit Bhopal & stay here. Mostly even you will be one of me, who cannot wait to go there again.

 

A hidden find in the streets of Khar

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Pi Pizzeria is your offbeat find for some good authentic pizzas ! They import ingredients from different parts of the world to keep it authentic .

Beginning with the appetisers

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Dough balls with garlic butter , this dish only had one hero and that had to be the garlic butter . It was smooth soft and full of flavours

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Baked mushroom with garlic butter – Again the mushroom was so well made that I had to gorge onto them.

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Baked mushroom with pesto and mozzarella – This was one of the best dishes as the pesto sauce was totally rich in its flavour.
Penne arrabiatta – I then tried the pasta which was amazing in all its kind !
Spaghetti aglio e olio – This was average .
Wild mushroom and truffle oil risotto – This was filled with mushrooms and had a strong taste .


Coming to the main dish what the place shouts all about is pizza . They have a medium size crunch and 10 inch pizza 🍕 . They are inspired from the Europe with the motto of not sharing pizzas


I had the four cheese pizza and really liked it a lot .


The desserts were good too. My favorite has to be the tiramisu .

You gotta order this one if you are here
Overall it’s a chilled hidden gem place to grab a dinner over some great food!

Grab a Pav on the go

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While being on the go always, I like eating things which are super easy to handle and can be gobbled up quickly


Yesterday tried on to these yummy Pav delicacies and in the focus is the paneer tikka Pav ! They deliver it your door step or office
Paneer Tikka was my favorite
I also tried the mushroom one, which is great for Mushroom lovers . The aloo pav was a bit ok as it was more like pav wada stuffed with gravy.


Then next what I have gorged onto was the Nutella Pav. I am slightly partial towards Nutella as cmon doesn’t Nutella make it sound all amazing

 

Find a fashionable bistro in the heart of Kalaghoda

Situated in the hub of Kalaghoda amidst bustling restaurants , Aka bistro is your modern art interiors goals . I am not exaggerating it but it’s a fusion of fashion and food and combined beautifully.
As I stepped in, I was mesmerised by the interiors what the place has to offer .


There is modern well thought pieces of art everywhere by the window . While magazines are hung by the lamp, different kinds of work like painted dishes, dresses with mingled artificial food cannot go unnoticed.


It sums up to a perfect a place for high tea.
Every dish on the menu is inspired from a fashion statement. I ordered a pink chiffon for drinks which is a cranberry inspired drink.

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Then I ordered for falafel . The falafel was so wholesome and fresh , I couldn’t help but gobble it down.

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The sour crepes are served with lot of veggies again serving as a healthy option.

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I then opted for a burger which was totally yum . They had given a cottage cheese Patty served with fries and sour cream which acted as my indulgent perfect snack.

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Then I called for blueberry cheesecake. It’s great for people who are fond of authentic cheesecake.
I am somebody who likes normal cakes more than the cheesecakes. The blueberry component was a bit less in the dish.

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Overall I browsed along the menu, I had such a lovely time just reading at the variety of dishes they offer.
This place is something which gives me the feeling of stepping into an artistic fashion boutique with great food so it’s a win-win !

Vineyard as a wedding destination? Could it be anyway more unique and cooler?

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See . Swirl . Sniff . Sip – Secret to Wine Tasting. “Undulated vineyards followed by lakeside & hills welcome you whilst the aroma of wines enraptures you whilst the nature encounters you …. Welcome Weekend ! ”

Soma Vine Village situated in Nashik, Maharashtra is a close resemblance to the stretches of good vineyards and one of the few ones in India.


Aroma of wines, Lake views, Stretches of poolside by the vineyard and warm staff is what is this place is about.
I checked in and my room was so pleasant. As I open the gallery, I see the poolside followed by the vineyard followed by the lakes. Pretty much?

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What 3 THINGS WOULD YOU WANT?
1. Wine
2. Wine
3. Wine
Haha that’s what it exactly was like . We gulped down glasses of wine as welcome drink , as meals and wine tasting.
The resort is really pretty with two 3 BHK villas having private pools and a 7 BHK villa.

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Overall the food was a bit disappointment here and the choice was limited too.
So coming back to the property, they can easily accommodate 130 people and boasts of an amphitheatre as well.

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Breaking the mundane beaches and palaces, I personally found vineyard as a very cute perfect destination for weddings. Cute décor, poolside parties, vineyard cocktails and its all set! #TheWeddingTrunkDestination.
Wedding Trunk is a company which is into gifting, organizing, setting up your entire wedding. I mean I wouldn’t wana get into the hassles of little things in a wedding. They do it all for you. You tell them what you want and it set. Not just that, there are special prices if you do a wedding with them at the vineyard.
Coming back to the property, the “Sufiyana restaurant balcony” showcases a beautiful view of the vineyards, hills and lakes. I hogged some Indian food and chilled sipping onto my dessert wine which is my favorite.


In the evening, I strolled through the vineyards and relaxed completely. I tried the Shiraz Gold Red Wine which is basically a very earthy bold wine.


Then we headed towards a wine tasting session where the wine sommelier showcased the best wines to us. We gulped down glasses and glasses while making a choice which one we like.

The next day I have relaxed in the balcony on my bean bag while getting mesmerized by the view and then sipped onto some more wine while relaxing in the swimming pool .
I am definitely heading back there for a chilling getaway and for my very important meeting.
Guess whom I am meeting again – WINE!

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Romano’s your go to place for authentic Italian food !

When you step into this place , you are welcomed by the high ceilings , dim lights and super smiling staff.
You are transported to authentic Italian food with handpicked ingredients while the aroma of the wine enraptures you.

Having tried so many places , I don’t know but this place has some magic . From The courteous staff to the huge portions to the usage of exotic ingredients , everything just makes you feel like you are still at home to have a huge Italian meal .

To commence , I begin with the wine . I chose an Italian wine . The flavour was strong as I am a dessert wine drinker but I still liked it .
I have had the best soups in a long long time.

Minestrone soup which is such a simple soup but barely few places master the art to this delicacy . Chef Roberto , all hands down to him

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And and and the most unique of all , goat cheese carrot soup . The cheese was molten so the creaminess acted as a perfect blend with the carrot soup . You have to try this .

Coming to appetisers , the mushroom Bruschetta is heavenly for Mushroom lovers
I know you must be wondering why am I praising so much ? Because the quality of food along with its taste was so much on point that I can’t remove a flaw . And no usually I like criticising the food if not ok !


Do try the piadina alforno which is another appetiser for its flavours ,
The food here is not spicy and so wholesome .
Oh oh my my ! Next one as I am typing my mouth is watering – Burrata Cheese . The cheese was excellent- purely fresh .


Obviously you come to an Italian joint and not have pizza is not possible . The Woodfire pizza is delicious . The way they make their dough is stunning .


And then I had the wild mushroom risotto. It was presented so beautifully. I had a bite and I was exported into the world of authentic truffles and mushroom .


Then we came to the desserts . The combination of raspberry icecream with authentic tiramisu was spell bound . Both of them go so well together and I have gorged onto both

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Next up , was the chefs special – Chocolate salame. It’s pure indulgence with the kind of rich chocolate they use .

The Chef Roberto is so kind and makes food with all his smiles which makes it better
Ashuli , the restaurant manager pretty much is a favorite amongst the regular guests .
While she came and spoke to me , three other guests come and say ” We visit this place only because she is there” . She is full of warmth and vibrancy

 

If it’s authentic Italian , it is Romanos