Festive season is almost here and while India is busy prepping up for the grand festivities, we too are gearing up to share with you experiential insights of the celebrations. This month we are wandering in one of the happiest and beautiful cities of India – Chandigarh. There are many reasons why every visitor loves this place, read on to know more. Also try your hands on North India’s favourite starter- Paneertikka with our recipe and explore another tempting property in Chandigarh.
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Forest Hill Golf Resort, Mohali
Forest Hill Golf and Country Club is a unique concept in sports, leisure & recreation conceived on the unprecedented scale of magnificence. FHR is the perfect blend of hundreds of acres of verdant beauty and finesse. The Golf Course is an eco friendly destination that has retained the original beauty of the terrain while enhancing its fresh plantations. The rich hybrid Bermuda Fairways and Tiff dwarf green along with the shimmering azure blue of the strategically placed lakes enhance the contrived style of this magnificent course.
100 feet elevations that gracefully roll along the well placed water hazards and strategically placed sand bunkers with two hilltop holes offers an unparalleled panorama of the Shivalik Hill Skyline.
The sound of the birds and refreshing perfume of ample flora alongside splendid lakes and 9-hole championship golf course is a captivating spot for travelers. World-class cuisine and impeccable hospitality combines to create Forest Hill Golf and Country Club the most magnificent luxury retreats in the region.
Durga Puja has transcended geographical boundaries and reached every corner across the globe. The four-day fair - has become an indispensable part of every one's life in India.
It is one of the biggest festivals in Bengal. Durga Puja is celebrated on a mass scale with Puja Pandals dotting nearly every corner of West Bengal. Community Pujas in Bengal are organized in every locality. On the final day the idols are taken in elaborate processions to be immersed in the river or the pond.
Millions of people visit Kolkata this time of the year and line up before the Pandals. The streets are lighted and the electricians display all different kind of light shows. The restaurants are packed and numerous temporary food stalls are opened though out the cities.
When:OctoberEvery year. Where:West Bengal, Orissa, Delhi etc.
The first planned city of Independent India, Chandigarh is known as a garden of rocks and bangles. Officially a Union Territory, the city is prosperous and cosmopolitan located on the foothills of Shivalik ranges. From partying to leisurely walks, from sheer amusements to serious art performances, Chandigarh facilitates enormous opportunities for its visitors.
Government Museum and Art Gallery
Situated in Sector-10, Government Museum & Art Gallery in Chandigarh is a prominent place that flaunts outstanding collection of miniature paintings, Gandhara period stone sculptures, coins and decorative arts.
International Dolls Museum
A wide collection of fascinating dolls and marionettes under a single roof is the main feature of the International Dolls Museum in Chandigarh.
The Various Gardens
The city offers numerous gardens to explore and walk through. Popular ones are rock garden, rose garden, Pinjore garden, Terraced garden, Botanical garden and more.
Sec 17 & 22
These two sectors are considered the most happening and dotted with restaurants, eateries, shops & malls.
From the Kitchen...
Tikkas are a favourite starter of Northern India and if Chicken tikka is loved by non-vegetarians, vegetarians swear by the flavourfulPanerrTikka. Mildly spiced, tangy and tasty Paneertikkas are a must try for every traveller to India. You can also try a version at your home with this recipe.
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tspchilli powder
1/2 tsp roasted cumin seeds powder
3/4 cup fresh curd
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1/2 tsp green chilli paste
1 tsp black pepper powder
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/3 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
1 tsp oil
salt to taste
A few strands saffron (kesar) strands , dissolved in 1 tbsp milk
Other Ingredients :
12 paneer (cottage cheese) cut into 50 mm.
1 tbsp oil for cooking
1 tspchaat masala
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
Mix all the marinade in a bowl. Add paneercubes, toss gently and keep aside for 30 mins.
On a satay stick /skewer,arrange 3 pieces of paneer alternating with onion, capsicum and tomato. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more stays.
Heat a non- stick tava and cook the tikkas on a medium flame using oil till the paneer is light brown in colour from all sides. Serve immediately sprinkled with chaat masala and coriander.Alternatively,grill the paneertikkas on a tandoor or barbeque grill till light brown in colour from all sides.