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Sofitel, Mumbai
The Sofitel Luxury Hotels’ flagship in India, Sofitel Mumbai BKC, is the newest jewel among Mumbai’s five-star hotels. Blessed with a fabulous location at the geographic heart of the city, the Bandra Kurla Complex, the luxury hotel seamlessly and artistically blends French culture, design and gastronomy with rich Indian tradition.

Located a mere 30-minute drive from the international and domestic airports, the hotel offers the added bonus of easy access to South Mumbai, North Mumbai and most of the major tourist attractions in the metropolis.

Sofitel Mumbai BKC spoils you for choice with 302 rooms and suites. You can take your pick from an array of 49 Superior rooms, 182 Luxury rooms, 40 Club Millesime rooms, 8 Junior Suites, 22 Prestige Suites and 1 regal Imperial Suite. The design of these rooms and suites is a class apart showcasing a unique fusion of French style and Indian heritage. State-of- the–art luxury amenities also contribute towards the ambience of well-being for the guests.

Six exclusive restaurants and bars cater to the taste buds of the hotel’s guests. You can walk into Pondichery Cafe for buffet and à-la-carte selections any time of the day. Tuskers Dining Bar, Jyran Tandoor Dining and Lounge, Artisan – Epicerie Pstisserie Chocolaterie, Le Bar Diamantaire – Lobby Lounge, and L’OH – Pool and Bar entice guests with a wide variety of appetizing fare.

With eight meeting rooms, a Grand Salon Ballroom and a 24-hour business centre, the hotel is poised to be a hot favourite for business meetings and conferences. A dedicated floor houses India’s first SoSPA. This along with Jacuzzi, Massage and, Sauna lure relaxation seekers while a fitness centre and an outdoor heated pool warm the hearts of fitness enthusiasts.




 
 
Nashik, the Wine Capital of India
The city of Nashik, situated on the banks of the river Godavari, is today a bustling township providing a perfect amalgam of the old and the new. Ancient forts and temples vie for space and attention with factories and other symbols of modernization.

Nestled in the scenic Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats, Nashik is blessed with heavenly natural beauty and lush green valleys. Nashik is also famous for its grapes and is home to a large number of wineries. This green belt is India’s top wine growing region and vineyard tours offer a fascinating experience tailor-made for wine enthusiasts.

Nashik’s long tryst with India’s sacred past along with its mythological, historical, and cultural significance has given it a status of its own in India’s spiritual circuit. Legend has it that Lord Rama made the city His abode during His exile from Ayodhya. In fact, the city is said to have got its name because Lakshmana, brother of Lord Rama, is believed to have cut the nose (nasika) of demoness Surpanaka here.

Majestic temples and ghats on the banks of the Godavari, known as the Ganges of the south, attract pilgrims in droves making Nashik one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the world.

Nashik is home to one of India's twelve holy Jyotirlingas and also plays host to one of the largest religious gatherings in the world known as Maha Kumbh Mela, which is held once in 12 years. During the mela, millions of pilgrims, including thousands of sadhus, take a dip in the holy Ramkund and Kushavarta reservoirs.

Thus, temples and fine wine rule the roost in this quaint city, where history, geography, spirituality and myths intermix to form a mystifying combination.

Dudhsagar Falls, Gangapur Dam, Panchvati, Pandavleni Caves, Muktidham Temple, and Kalaram Temple figure among the popular tourist sites of this pilgrim city. Day tours to the nearby famous temple town of Shirdi also have numerous takers.

Summers are hot with maximum temperature above 42°C; Monsoons with medium rainfalls give a reprieve from the scorching heat. Winters are mostly pleasant with a maximum and minimum temperature of 32°C and 8°C. Moderate temperature makes October to March ideal climate-wise. This period is perfect for outings and sightseeing. The nearest airports are Mumbai - 171 Km and Pune - 212 Km.




 
 
Sula Vineyard, Nashik
Sula Vineyards, India’s first vineyard resort, is perfect for a leisurely summer break or a tryst with the green countryside in the rejuvenating monsoons. In fact, it offers an exclusive holiday experience for all seasons and is ideal to savour. Nashik’s pleasant winters when guests can opt to warm themselves with a bottle of robust red.

Located in an idyllic vineyard setting, this ultra-luxury resort has 29 beautiful wine-themed rooms named after different grape varietals or Sula’s wines. All the rooms overlook the swimming pool and each room has a balcony with a lake-view. Those who relish privacy can even opt for a three-room villa.

Organic veggies from Sula’s own kitchen garden comprise the ingredients of an array of dishes served at The Café Rose, an all-day dining restaurant, at the resort. The White Room is a conference hall, which boasts of state-of-the art audio visual equipment, making it ideal for meetings and corporate get-togethers.

The Red Room at the resort is basically a chill-out zone for adults and children alike. They can have a whale of a time with a variety of games to choose from. Adults can unwind, relax and enjoy the locally harvested high quality wines while soaking up nature’s bounty at the lounge.

For the outdoor types, cycles are kept handy and a cycling trail leads to the water-body. Kayaking at the Gangapur lake is a hit with adventure-seekers.

A well-equipped gymnasium, which overlooks the inviting waters of the Infinity Pool, the nearby lake and the tranquil green of the vineyards, beckons fitness enthusiasts. Children have their own pool to prance and frolic about. An open wine bar is an added attraction at the Infinity Pool for adults.

Guests can also pamper themselves at the Vino Spa which complements the rejuvenating ambience of the resort with modern massage rooms, a Jacuzzi and exclusive services.

The complimentary tour of the vineyards followed by a wine- tasting session at the elegant Tasting Room is the icing on the cake.

The nearest airports to Nashik are Mumbai - 171 Km and Pune - 212 Km.




 
 
Waves, New Delhi
Waves, is a multi-cuisine restaurant serving delectable Indian Kebabs and Curries as well as mouthwatering cuisines. It has a comfortable sitting of 100 plus covers. The restaurant is ideally located in the vicinity of Qutab Minar, the famous monument in Delhi for tourists and families. Restaurants chef Mr. Bishim shares his recipe of making ‘Stuffed Okra (Stuffed Bhindi)’.

Ingredients for Masala:
½ teaspoon oil
3 red chilies
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
• 1 teaspoon cumin seed
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
½ small onion, minced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
¼ teaspoon turmeric
A pinch of asafetida
Salt
   
Ingredients for Okra
½ Kg fresh, tender Okra (about 30)
1-2 tablespoons oil
   
Method:
In a small pan, heat the oil for masala and add red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin and fennel seeds.
Wipe the pan clean. Add a few drops of oil and fry the onions and garlic till onion is soft. Turn off heat. Add ground spices, turmeric, asafetida and salt to the onion mixture. Mix well. This is your stuffing masala.
Wash and dry the okra. Cut the tops off. Using a sharp knife, make an incision in the okra, starting from the top and stopping just before the tail.
Gently stuff a little masala in all okra pieces. In a large, shallow non-stick pan, heat the oil. Add the stuffed okra, one at a time, stuffed side facing up, in a single layer. Cook on medium-high heat till the bottom sides of the okra are brown.
Reduce heat to low, place a lid on the skillet, venting it a little, and cook for about 7 minutes or till the okra is tender. Then remove lid, carefully flip the okras over and cook 2 more minutes. Sprinkle salt all over. Serve hot with rice and dal.


 
 
An Affair with Delhi’s Nightlife
Delhi’s night life has picked up spectacularly in recent years with more and more night clubs, bars and discotheques pepping up the scene. Today, the Millennium city offers the best food and nightlife options for those who want to unwind and let their hair down.

The bars in Delhi offer premium spirits and wines with finger foods. Check out these places recommended by TWX where you can be assured of a classy ambience, chilled beer, appetizing food and rocking music.

Kitty Su
Ancient India is juxtaposed with contemporary elements at The Bold and The Beautiful night club at Lalit, New Delhi. The state- of- the-art sound and light effects act as a timeless ode to period décor at Kitty Su. Courteous bartenders serving perfect cocktails and mocktails to complement the lip-smacking cuisine complete the picture making it one of the most happening party spots in the capital. This must-attend VIP destination attracts leading DJs and music acts. Kitty Su was nominated the "Best Nightclub & Discotheque in Delhi" in the Five- Star Hotel category by Times Food & Night Life Award 2012.

Blue Bar
The Blue Bar at Taj is as much about food as it is about drinks. The cuisine does not have boundaries. Guests are served fresh and premium ingredients, be it fruit purees, imported herbs, oysters, or India- inspired spiced starters. The snack menu at The Blue Bar is a collection of very eclectic tastes. The menu has a delicate balance of liquor, fruits and delicious appetizers. The Bar’s design has the imprint of Bohemian art.

B- Bar
The B- Bar at the Select City Mall in Saket provides an international flavour to Delhi’s night life. Buddha-Bar, the iconic Parisian bar and restaurant chain, decided to create a new brand for India called B-Bar in the wake of the controversy over its name and the Buddha statue at its Jakarta restaurant. At B-Bar, the resident DJ spins tracks which include the legendary Buddha –Bar chill out sound. The menu is fusion Asian. The signature dishes are accentuated with Indian flavours.

F Bar and Lounge
The classy music at F Bar and Lounge jells well with its global cuisine and cocktails. The decor is luxurious and comfortable; with the elegant crystal chandeliers adding to the ambience. The Norwegian salmon is a refreshing surprise and the pastas have just the right texture and taste. The large varieties of liquor on offer include Vodkas and Cognacs. The live band at the bar is an added attraction.




 
 
Bateshwar Fair 2012
11-19Nov’12

Get a feel of Livestock Trading at Bateshwar
The Bateshwar cattle fair, one of the oldest and largest livestock fair in India, attracts hundreds of buyers, particularly those looking for quality breeds. There was a time when the Mughals, the Marathas and the British frequented it to purchase animals for their armies. Today, it is a big draw for foreign tourists who rarely get to see so many camels and horses at one place.

The annual fair begins two days before Diwali, the festival of lights. The dates (October-November) depend on the lunar calendar and vary every year. During the fair, serious business is conducted amidst the gaiety of the market place. The fair provides a colourful, vibrant and authentic glimpse of rural Indian life.

Picturesque Bateshwar, located at the edge of the Chambal ravines on the banks of the river Yamuna, is renowned as a pilgrimage centre. The 101 historical Shiv temples located in a row along the banks of the Yamuna make for a breathtaking sight.

Bateshwar derives its name from Vateshwarnath, one of the names of Lord Shiva, who is the presiding deity of this town. It is said that one who takes a holy dip in the River Yamuna at Bateshwar is purged of all sins.

The Chambal Sanctuary, just 10 Km away, woos visitors with the opportunity to explore 242 species of resident and migratory bird species, marsh crocodiles, eight species of turtles and Gangetic dolphins.

TWX provides Luxury Tents to lighten up your stay at Bateshwar. These Luxury Tents cater to the needs of modern day living utilities.

Bateshwar is just 67 Km from the Taj Mahal, Agra and a trip there can supplement the Golden Triangle itinerary. Agra is easily accessible from Delhi via air, rail and road.



 
 
Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Air India becomes the fifth airline in the world to snap up Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It took off from Delhi airport at 7 am on 19th Sept’12 for its maiden voyage, a two-hour-forty-minute journey to Chennai. The aircraft has been configured with 256 seats; 18 full-flat Business Class seats and 238 in Economy. It features a host of sophisticated technologies, including mood-lighting inside the cabin and large LCD display screens for in-flight entertainment.
Malaysian Airlines to launch 10 daily flights from India

Malaysian airlines plan to increase services between India and Malaysia by launching ten daily flights, from 01 Sep’12. These flights will connect Kuala Lumpur to Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai.



Virgin Atlantic to start Daily flights from Mumbai to London and USA

Virgin Atlantic will start daily flights from Mumbai to London and USA from 29 Oct’12. This initiative will open connections to London Heathrow airport; New York, Boston, Washington and Miami.

Odisha Government mulls easing restrictions on foreign tourist’s visit to tribal areas

T he government of Odisha considers easing certain restrictions on the visit of foreign tourist to the tribal pockets of the state. Relaxation in norms may be announced by October 2012.
 
 
TWX’s participation in Otdykh LEISURE, Moscow

TWX team headed by Mr. Rakesh Singh, participated in 18th international trade fair for tourism - Otdykh LEISURE, Moscow from 19 Sept ~22 Sept’12 at stand 1B201 (India Pavilion). This participation gave TWX inroads into the Russian Market.
TWX’s participation in JATA, Tokyo

JATA World Tourism Congress and World Trade Fair took place from 20~22nd September, where in participation of TWX team was headed by Mr. Vipin Sharma. It is the largest travel trade show in Asia and is recognized as the premier opportunity to reach the Japanese travel industry.
Brazilian FAM Tour

TWX organized FAM trip for Foreign Tour Operators from Brazil, Chile and Peru from 4 Sept ~ 12 Sept’12. Participants visited Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in India, followed by Kathmandu in Nepal. The same was much appreciated by Brazilian media. In picture Mr. Sammer Bhattacharya, Mr. Harish Budakoti and Mr. Milan with other foreign tour operators.
TWX’s participation in ITB, Asia

TWX team will participate in ITB Asia, The Asian Travel Market Show to be held at Singapore from 17 Oct ~ 19 Oct’12, in Singapore. ITB Asia brings industry professionals of the MICE, Leisure and Corporate travel from world come together. From TWX Mr. Sameer Mahajan and Mr. Manoj Sharma look forward to meet you at stand number R2530.
 
 
Nepal - Israel stamp features Everest and Dead Sea

Israel and Nepal have released a joint stamp depicting the two countries' contrasting geographic wonders - the highest and the lowest places on earth. The stamp bears a picture of Mount Everest, towering at 8,848 meters (29,028 feet), and the mineral-rich Dead Sea, at 422 meters (1,384 feet) below sea level. It shows the Nepalese and Israeli flags and has Nepalese, Arabic, Hebrew, and English writing on it.

Mount Everest straddles Nepal's border with China, while the Dead Sea borders Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.
Nepal Lumbini Year 2012 Promoted In London

Nepal community residing in London participated in a business expo to promote Visit Lumbini Year (VLY) 2012. Nepal is participating in the event since 2010. Most of the Asian countries have set up their stalls in the expo. The event also features traditional dances and cultural processions of different countries.
Domestic Airlines Hike Fuel Surcharge

The Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) has decided to increase fuel surcharge on all domestic flights from September 5 following the hike in aviation fuel price. The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) hiked the aviation turbine fuel (ATF) price by a steep 10.09 percent to an all-time high of $ 1.42 per litre. This is the third that AOAN has revised fuel surcharge this year.
 
 
Sharad Sharma from TWX while returning from Chandigarh captured the art work of Naresh Kapuria at Paharganj, New Delhi Railway Station. The art work ‘Chai Garam’ depicts a bicycle laden with colorful kettles and glasses filled with tea.

Mr. Naresh Kapuria has more than 40 years of experience. He has recently been awarded with the Chevalier De' arts award by the French Government. This award is one of the highest recognition in the field of art. His artwork can also be captured at Nizamuddin Railway Station on the entrance wall of Gate Number 1. The artwork is titled as ‘Journey’.
 
 
Dear Manoj & Pranav,

My kids were sick a few hours upon arriving in Leh. My 2 children were attended by the doctor in our hotel on 3 occasions before being admitted to hospital on 9th Sep , 10th Sep and 11th Sep. My younger son was discharged on 11th Sep around 5 pm.

I wish to state for the records that Mr Tersring Muttup (from TWX), took great pains to ensure that my children and our needs were taken care of during the difficult period when they were sick and hospitalised. He had done a lot for us and we are very thankful to have someone like him with us in the trip. He is a valuable asset to the company. We would also like to thank all in TWX for taking good care of us throughout & we will recommend TWX to all our friends & family in Singapore.

Jaswant Singh
Singapore



Dear Ekta,

My wife was very pleased with both hotels.
Especially, she said Jai Mahal palace was very good.
Yosuke Toyohira
Japan
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