Showing posts from December, 2020

Nashik Staycation in the Vineyards

Rose´ by the Lake ... PC: Saffron Stays   November 2020 Usually we end up taking a vacation during the Diwali holidays, but thanks to the lockdown, this year we celebrated Diwali at home with all the festive splendor and pomp.  I decorated the house with marigolds, lights and rangolis and also made a variety of faraal - both namkeen and sweet - to make our celebrations truly traditional. My husband's side of the family too had flown down to be with us and my house was buzzing with people and gaiety. To make this occasion all the more memorable, we decided to drive down to Nashik - the wine capital of India. A few days of relaxation in the lap of nature with a glass of wine can do wonders for anybody :) Route taken - Pune --> Chakan -->  Sangamner --> Nashik (Rose´  by the Waldevi Lake) Distance: 212 Km Time taken : 5 hours Details & Reservation :

Konkan Staycation on the Beach

Little Paradise - A Villa in Agardanda on the Konkan Coast The Villa (PC:  Tripadvisor/SaffronStays) October 2020: The lockdown  had ended again in Pune and now we were longing for a getaway to give us some much-needed break from the year that it had been so far. Agardanda, a small village off the historic fort of Murud-Janjira  on the Konkan coast was chosen as our destination. The villa seemed secluded from the crowds and the entire property just consisted of three villas with only a caretaker couple who looked after us. So, it felt relatively safe to go ahead and book it. We booked it through Saffron Stays, an aggregator of vacation homes/rentals. Covid Precautions taken : Once we arrived on the premises, our luggage and car were sanitized. Of course, our temperatures were taken and a hand sanitizer was provided. The villa was sanitized after each stay with a booking gap of a day in between. The only person who relatively came close to us was the caretaker who served us food and cle