Addition to my favourites - Amber Vilas, Jaipur

Had been to Jaipur many times before but this time, we decided not to go anywhere and rather just stay inside the resort. Well, there could not be a better decision as the resort was a tourist spot in itself. It had its own-styled Chowki Dhani which opened between 5 and 11 pm. There was something for everybody - various types of dances, swings for kids, puppet shows, Mehandi, pottery, horse and camel ride, villagized bowling, street food and typical Rajasthani cuisines. 
It's beautiful, it's spacious and it looks like some toy world. 

That's the room we stayed in. Rooms are comfortable, with nice antique interior. 

No matter how you like other things, but greenery and space in the resort you would definitely love. If you plan to travel during the day, then don't come here. It is a destination in itself.

Swimming pool depth ranges between 3 feet and 5 feet. There are two small baby pools beside the bigger one. Depth of baby pool is appropriate but size should have been a little bigger. 

This lady here makes fresh Bajra chapatis and serves with garlic chutney (sauce) and gur (jaggery). Chutney tastes no different from Schezwan chutney. Do not overeat here as you will later be served with high in 'taste and quantity' dinner.

They played a trick here. Indians love their chai and pakodas at any cost so this combination here is not complimentary. 

Watching dholak thumping is no fun until it's accompanied by dance. His partner does that job. He makes you dance till you literally start sweating. 

You are literally made to feel "Atithi Devo Bhav", i.e. Guest is God. Have unlimited quantity of Rajasthan cuisines immersed in ghee or butter. At the end, we were served with small Jalebis. I gulped so many of those without any regrets.

I believe these pots are glued to each other but she commendably balanced it on her head.

Traditional puppet dance that you can see in Rajasthan only.
I am not really fond of puppet show but was thrilled to see how comfortably they do it with strings. 

Next time you go to Jaipur, spend a night at Amber Vilas too. I chose this over any five star hotel.

Went to Agra for Wyndham, not Taj

I visited Agra in the last week of July. Based on my previous experience, I again booked Wyndham Grand for my one night stay. And this time, it was all the more pleasant.
Built on 14 acres of land, the hotel is based on Mughal architecture with glorious display of terraced gardens, fountains and age-old interiors that transport you back to the epoch of emperors with advanced facilities.

 Extremely spacious, hotel offers unparalleled comfort, food and facilities for people of all age groups. 

 Blocks are called courts and are named after historical characters such as Noor Jahan, Jodhabai etc.

That's the entry to my room court.

 Each court has 16 rooms. That visible room on the first floor is where I stayed.

View of  the court interior from my room.
 This area remains unexplored by most of the visitors. Grass has overgrown owing to monsoon season. 

Spotted these antique telephone sets at the reception area.

They are not showpieces. They are absolutely functional.

 The best thing about the hotel is its pool which is open from morning till evening.  In the middle of the pool, there is an area where snacks are live cooked and served with beer.

The area is surrounded with bar stools which remain under water. It's an awesome experience for those who take pleasure in food and swimming together.

 Sunbathe or relax! whatever..

There is something for each age group.

Tennis and basket ball court for the game lovers. Do you need more reasons to visit this place?