Visit These Exotic Destinations Before They are on Everyone’s Radar

Visit These Exotic Destinations Before They are on Everyone’s Radar

by stayadventurous on May 1, 2019 in Destination , Guest Post
The world is full to the brim of many exotic destinations that many people flock to every year. However, there are a few exotic locations that are not on everyone’s radar… well not yet. Below you will find some amazing destinations that you simply have to visit before they become too popular. Mauritius cap malheureux photo via pixabay.
A destination once popular with pirates, Mauritius is something of a safe haven and a wonderful holiday destination. If you would like to explore colonial houses, Indian temples and botanical gardens this is the place to be. Mauritius is well known for the hospitality that it bestows on those who visit which adds something even more special.
Tea plantations, markets and the Dodo icon make Mauritius even more exotic. Couple these with the many different types of watersports on offer along with delicious cuisine and some stunning views and Mauritius is well worth a visit. Tanzania Photo thanks to Raul Pino of ILiveToTravel.me
A holiday in Tanzania is a holiday that is bound to be enjoyed. While Tanzania is not yet the most-visited holiday destination there are signs that it is becoming even more popular. From is stunningly beautiful countryside to its awe-inspiring volcano, Tanzania is just out of this world.
If you’re looking for cheap holiday deals online you need to consider visiting Tanzania. Full to the brim with some spectacular wildlife and, of course, the Serengeti, anyone who visits the area will be astounded. See the unspoiled wilderness, visit Lake Manyara, and spot elephants, African Wild dogs and many diverse creatures. Antigua the perfect beach? – photo thanks to Janet Heaton
Antigua, which is located in the Caribbean is one of the most beautiful places in this part of the world. In fact, it seems to have everything, white sands, sun-drenched shores, and very interesting history. In Antigua, you can enjoy a sail around the island, or perhaps a sunset cruise that adds a touch of romance and luxury to your time away.
Antigua is not yet the most popular place in the Caribbean to visit but it has everything you need for a luxurious holiday. Visit between April and December if you have the chance as the weather is slightly cooler and drier than it is at other times of the year. Cuba
If you’re looking to enjoy a holiday that offers you beautiful beaches, incredible history and nature, Cuba is the place to visit. This is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Full of life, great food and of course, Cuban cigars, this country is on the up.
With more than 300 beautiful beaches that are lined with palm trees, the white sand makes you realise you really are somewhere very special. Try to spend some time in Havana if you have the chance and don’t forget to visit the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like the ones in Santiago de Cuba. While Cuba is slowly but surely offering more to those who travel there it’s likely to become a major holiday destination. Make sure you visit it before everyone else does.
Mauritius, Tanzania, Antigua and Cuba are all incredible exotic destinations that you need to visit before they are on everyone’s radar. Book your holiday as soon as you can so you can visit somewhere very special.

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Sunrise By Jetwing Sun, Sands And Seas

Home » Sunrise By Jetwing Sun, Sands And Seas Sunrise By Jetwing Sun, Sands And Seas May 2019| 25 views Evergreen trees, golden tinged sands and the deep blue sea create a tropical paradise. In the serene and beautiful Passikudah Bay, is a property known for its glorious sunrise, pristine sands, and idyllic repose: Sunrise by Jetwing. Words Roomini Wijayarathne. Photographs Menaka Aravinda. A lingering fragrance of citrus and harmonious music welcome the guest to Sunrise by Jetwing, tucked away in the tropical bliss of the East Coast. The lobby, open from three sides, offers a stunning panoramic view of the property. Warm, subtle hues of the hotel give way to the beautiful aquamarine of the swimming pool that is directly below the lobby, and as the guest looks further, to the deep blue of the Indian Ocean. Evergreen trees grow in abundance in the garden, sand tinged golden in the evening sun. Dainty pathways that lead to the guest quarters and the beach crisscross under the foliage, creating a dreamy setting. Lights hanging from the lofty ceiling of the lobby are enveloped in conch shell-shaped rattan casings, and add to the warm ambience. The rattan light shades are a recurring theme across the property. Designed by the Architect Channa Daswatte, the hotel exudes modern elegance. Spread across a nine-acre land on the threshold of the sea, Sunrise by Jetwing consists of the lobby that leads to the restaurant, bar, and gaming arena, and three guest wings, swimming pool, fitness center, and a spa complete with a sauna and an open Jacuzzi. 58 guest rooms including two suites incorporate a balcony that opens to the charming views of the beach and sea beyond. Accommodation is complemented with soothing tones, modern amenities and impeccable room service, ensuring a comfortable stay amidst the heavenly tropics. The hotel’s signature dish, Batticaloa Lagoon Crab Curry, is authentically Sri Lankan. The 108-meter-long swimming pool bears an innovative design that twists its way through the property, inviting the guests to take a dip under the beaming sun. Shades are placed along the deck with lounging chairs for an extended stay by the pool. The two fresh water ponds are filled with red lotuses blooming sporadically: a rare sight on the edge of the ocean. Many a herbal tree is planted in the grounds and underneath, quaint hammocks are placed. Guests can relax in the gently moving cradles, with the deep blue sea just within their reach. One simply cannot resist the lure of the sea gushing on the shore, and the beach as soft as silk, free of corals. The sea is shallow and the waves gentle: it is safe for sea-bathing and one can wade into the clear waters for several meters. Sunrise by Jetwing is sought after by those who seek the thrill of snorkeling, diving, sailing and many more, as from March till November the calm seas prevail at the Bay, promising perfect weather for water sports and also a relaxing getaway under the brilliant sun. Falling dusk offers a magnificent picture of the edifice silhouetted against the western sky, the grounds illuminated by garden lights. The main restaurant serves a delicious round-up of global cuisine but the hotel’s signature dish is authentically Sri Lankan. The Batticaloa Lagoon Crab Curry is served with roast bread, creating a local savor that is unique to Sunrise by Jetwing. Interestingly, sea and lagoon food is a specialty in this stretch of the East Coast. The award-winning cocktail created in the hotel itself, ‘Sera Suwanda’, is an innovative mix of Sri Lankan flavors including bee honey and Sera juice, and is served for the guests at the Sky Bar. The tranquil comfort in the premises, the tropical vibe of the garden and the sea beyond, and the promise of exhilarating water sports attract guests to Sunrise by Jetwing. The highlight of any guest’s stay however, would be the glorious sunrise that they can witness everyday as the day breaks in the Eastern Coast. As the sun peaks out from the horizon over the sea, the sky becomes a splash of color, gold and amber hues expelling the gloom of the dawn. A beam of sunlight streaks from the far horizon sets the beach aglow. The world is enraptured in a magical moment, a moment one could revel in at Sunrise by Jetwing. Sunrise by Jetwing

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Kashmiri kitchen – thepatriot.in

About us E-paper: 3-9 May 2019
READER’S PAGE : If you have any grievances regarding any civic, monetary or other such social issues that you want people to take note of, write to us at contactus@thepatriot.in. Kashmiri kitchen By Ambica Gulati on May 3, 2019 The land of wazwan and kahwa offers some delectable dishes on the streets as well as in fine-dining spaces
Exploring Srinagar with 49-year-old Bashir Ahmed is the best way to soak up Kashmir’s culture and understand its cuisine. Most households don’t have a lot of furniture and eating on the floor is a tradition. Handcrafted copper utensils grace most kitchens—a wee bit expensive but then Kashmir is the land of beautiful people who cultivate fragrant spices under the strong influence of self-indulgent Persians and Mughal rulers.
Walking on the streets, the tandoor is ubiquitous, found at every corner. Breakfast is normally round bread, straight out of the tandoor, and noon (salted) chai , says Ahmed. Also known as gulabi chai and sheer chai, noon chai is more popular than the better-known kahwa . To gunpowder tea are added salt and baking soda, which make the tea pink in colour. The round crisp baqerkhani bread, much like a north Indian naan , is topped with sesame seeds. There are two varieties, priced at Rs 5 and Rs 10 respectively. The cheaper variety is slightly harder. Add some butter and dip it in the chai for a delicious breakfast.
Then there are small bun-like round breads for tea — ◙ tsot and tsochvoru — topped with poppy and sesame seeds. Adding some butter makes them easy to bite into. While breads are more used as snacks, the main meals have rice. The other common breads here are sheermal (slightly sweet), lavas, kulcha and girdas.
Sheermal goes well with kahwa — green tea mixed with saffron, almonds and spices. There are 20 different kinds of kahwa across Kashmir. At weddings, milk is sometimes added to this beverage. Generally, this is sweetened with honey, but gulkand is also a good sweetener. Kahwa is made and served in a copper utensil called samovar, a handcrafted teapot that costs a bomb. A shop, Naqshdaar, in the old city, sells the big ones for over Rs 1 lakh.
While you can enjoy the popular dishes in fine-dining spaces, some delights are only found on the streets. A masala tikki is sold along with dried vegetables and fish.
Butcher shops are aplenty and most wares such as bones and ribs are proudly displayed. This does seem a little gruesome, but then the Valley is largely meat eating.
An interesting dish is Kruhun Masale: boiled chana rolled in a thin white flour roti and dipped in tomato chutney, served on a torn newspaper. Another newspaper delight is Masale Tzhot. For a Delhiite, this is best remembered as dal moth , only the masalas make it dark in colour. The street food does not lack in fragrant spices. But then the Valley is known for its cultivation of saffron (grown in Pampore), shahi zeera , Koshur Marchwagan or Kashmiri lal mirch and Zereshk or mild, tangy berries. There’s ample use of dried ginger or s onth and baedyn or dry roasted and ground fennel seeds in the dishes.
Coming to the main course, Wazwan is perhaps the most well-known multi-course meal. But this is traditionally cooked by special cooks known as Wazas on important occasions such as weddings. It is a hereditary profession and generally not taught outside the bloodline. Most dishes are meat-based (chicken, lamb). Fish is not found in this meal but can be enjoyed otherwise in daily meals. Traditionally, there are 36 dishes, but times do change the number.
As for Wazwan, its consumption is a ritual. A tash-t-nari (jug and basin) is passed around for the guests to wash their hands. The centrepiece of the meal is a large dish filled with rice. This is laden with four seekh kababs, four pieces of meth maaz , two tabak maaz , sides of barbecued ribs, one safed kokur , and one zafrani kokur .
Alongside are placed other dishes. The accompaniments are yogurt garnished with saffron, salads, pickles and dips.
For those who like a light vegetarian meal, Nadru Yakhni (lotus stem cooked in flavoursome yogurt curry) is a good option. The Kashmiri Pulao with nuts is another unmissable dish. The list is long, but with good weather and fragrant spices, who can deny this tasteful indulgence?

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Daniyah and rutawood! Thanks for the responses, the encouragement should spur me to write some more!
We found Pakistanis to be very friendly but as a woman, I am not sure I would have liked to try to get around by myself as public transportation there seems iffy. Using common sense and having an awareness of and respect for local customs and behaving appropriately should confer some protection.
Another surprise was Pakistan ’s architecture. I must admit to having low expectations, since Mughal, Sikh and British and other rulers rule in this country and also remained war place for centuries. Despite some evidence of this in Pakistan, there were certainly buildings worth noting. Pakistan has amazing old churches and monasteries as well as museums filled with icons, frescoes and mosaics. It is hard to pick my favorite.
Visa – yes if you are not a Pakistani citizen you need one. You need visa letter through an authorized tour operator recognized by the tourism ministry Islamabad along with invitee‘s passport copy.
Logistics:
remember, a tour can be 2 people 😉 Generally I plan trips myself but occasionally use a local agency where it seems either advantageous, prudent or cost effective. In Pakistan (given the kind of trip we wanted) to see the very popular sights and cities in Pakistan, and having a limited time, we looked for a company to provide this service, but this wasn’t as easy as I thought. It may very well be possible to find a driver alone but I wanted the reassurance of a travel agency. Several different agencies were contacted and in all honesty I can say only two offered any sort of individualized response. Knowing very little about the country, I gave virtual carte blanche with the itinerary, though I emphasized that we loved ethnic food and were interested in natural beauty and historical attractions, not “shopping opportunities”. We opted to go for Vertical Explorers Tours, a local company with good reviews. Our decision was based on the response we received, cost, the fact that they own and operate the tour. Their website has lots more info! http://www.vepakistan.com
Our tour was seamlessly run by Sahif, a very knowledgeable individual whom we came to regard as a friend. He was very sensitive to our needs, but never intrusive. Staff proved to be companionable, pleasant, intelligent and most importantly seemed to have invested them with a degree of decision making which showed confidence and appreciation on both sides. All in all it was a win for us and we thought the trip was an outstanding value.
We came away with a new appreciation for Pakistan and its people. Sahif gave us a lot of insight into his country and its history, which he supplemented with visits to the Folk Lore History Museum in Islamabad, Museums in Lahore , Peshawar and Swat.
Except for some in Lahore, we saw very few beggars. Even though we originally had no intention of shopping for souvenirs, a few bazaars in Peshawar, Swat and Hunza were too tempting to pass up. We found prices to be reasonable, and the vendors were hopeful but not aggressive.
The food
We found the food in Pakistan to be absolutely delicious. Influenced by Indian Persian and Afghan cuisine, it features local seafood, meats and produce.
Sheep meet, Karahi, Tikka, rice-raisins dish, kebabs, Biryani and spinach potato mixes are foods I had enjoyed in the US, but in Pakistan they were transformed into something amazing! The food was incredibly fresh, and the roasted meats and vegetables were really yummy!
I could detect hints of cumin, garlic and cloves in the huge portions we were served. Sahif explained that Pakistanis take pride in serving so much food that something will always remain on the table.
During our tour we had but one request for dining: to enjoy traditional foods in restaurants where Pakistanis would eat. Under this stipulation, Sahif took charge of the menus, and I can honestly say that we savored every bite and usually were too stuffed for the delicious desserts — a sad conundrum.
Alluring landscapes
And what about the “natural beauty” we were seeking? Well, Pakistan has that in spades. I found the landscape fascinating. Arid and stark mountains, streaked with erosion, were ablaze with yellow bushes of broom and apricot / cherry flowers nestled in rocky crannies
starting north of Swat valley, the country boasts the same dramatic cascading villages perched on mountains. The difference? There was no traffic or jostling with other tourists for the best viewpoint. (Although, to be fair, perhaps April was not the best month to assess the tourist crowds.)
The two of us really enjoyed Duikar Hunza, where, at 9044 ft above sea level, we stopped at a café atop an overlook. An approaching storm had cut off all electricity. As the only customers, we were served mugs of delicious herbal mountain tea (heated over a small gas burner) while our table by the window provided front-row seats to nature’s show.
Clouds, at eye level, rushed through the pass on their way to the valley below, then, just as suddenly as it had started, the storm ceased, the sun broke through and the snow clad Mountains of Rakaposhi and few others appeared beyond the valley. Magical! Towering over the town of Hunza is an ancient fortress that was restored by the Agha Khan Foundation is open for tourist and has a traditional museum.
One other suggestion, we did not go to the Chitral and Skardu , I thought it would be interesting to visit there. Maybe that would be something you might enjoy.
Have a wonderful holiday, and take time to indulge in this wonderful country.

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Our royal time at Gaj Kesri Bikaner, a perfect blend of modernity and tradition

Travel Our royal time at Gaj Kesri Bikaner, a perfect blend of modernity and tradition
Well, if I think of Rajasthan, the first few things which come to my mind are Jaipur, havelis, forts, history…and this time my Rajasthan trip was about all these things except Jaipur. Yes, it was a trip to Bikaner. It was time to visit Gaj Kesri, Bikaner . I did a little research on the property and its website said “Gaj Kesri is a small elegant hotel in the outskirts of Bikaner with easy access to the city and its chief attraction”. The gallery showcased the best of pictures combined with modernity and tradition and I instantly said yes to visit the place.
Always ready to explore the unexplored, we caught an early morning flight (ATR) to Bikaner. It’s the only flight operated between Delhi and Bikaner. I was quite amazed to see the cozy Bikaner airport operated by Indian Air Force where the luggage does not come on a conveyer belt but it’s transported manually. Due to security reasons, photography is not permitted and I controlled my urge to take pictures.
It was time to head to our beautiful hotel known for luxury rooms, verdant lawns and lovely swimming pool and meet our host. So with no further delay, we got into the cars waiting for us and headed to Gaj Kesri, built in the palace style of Rajputana in the Bikaneri vernacular. When we entered the grand property we were stumbled with greenery around the magnificent red building.
Mr. Sunil Rampuria , our kind and humble host personally received us and our welcome drink (sharbat) of jasmine flowers refreshed us.
We made our way to the courtyard through the most gorgeous reception carved in blue to the art guest rooms. Truly a piece of art, the guest rooms are aptly called ‘Art guest rooms’. The hotel is well equipped with 41 rooms – 31 Art Guest Rooms and 10 Standard Rooms. The rooms have a royal yet modern touch. Colourful cushions grace the white sheets of the cozy bed besides green handpainted wall. The room divided in the dressing area and living area and had all amenities from a work desk to small cupboards to big wardrobe with a stunning nature inspired view. Bedside lamps, a beautiful mirror and couches add the aesthetic touch along with hand painted walls, furniture and decorations. The open, spacy hotel follows 4 colour schemes and is aesthetically called as Art Hotels.
The gorgeous 25-acre property located in the barren and sandy countryside just outside Bikaner has artistic interiors. From couches to artifacts, everything is made in-house by local artisans at Bhanwar Niwas and is so beautiful and royal. The hotel also has two drawing rooms which are artistically aligned. Guests can relax there, it’s a perfect place for photography and is absolutely gorgeous. An old world charm is retained yet the place looks so modern and defined.
It was time for lunch and we headed to the beautiful restaurant through the arched courtyard. Interestingly different spots of the courtyard had beautiful, colourful artifacts which made a visual delight. The restaurant had a lovely charm with a choice of couches and chairs.
The Multi-Cuisine restaurant serves lip smacking vegetarian food using different ingredients ditching the usual ‘paneer’ which vegetarians are usually restricted with. We started with Dahi Puchka, Baked Kheere ki Kachori, Missa in starters while the main course included Parwal Dahi ka Saag, Aloo Dum, Gatte ki Khichidi accompanied with Mirchi ki Launji, Kairi ki Launji, Kheere ki Raadi, Poori and Khatte ki Pakodi. Dessert was Chilled Kharbuja in Gulab Jal which was absolutely delicious. I am generally very choosy about my food but I loved the refreshing taste which was retained in the cooking. Mr. Rampuria personally acquainted us with every dish on the table. Loved how he goes into every detail of the hotel. My favorite was Kheere ki Kachori in starters which had a nice stuffing and Parwal Dahi ka Saag in main course which was a unique combination never tried before.
Bikaner is historically rich and boats of a variety of sightseeing options for its tourists. So we headed to:
Ganga Singh Gallery : the museum gives a glimpse to the life of General Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh, the ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Bikaner from 1888 to 1943. He is widely remembered as a modern reformist visionary.
Karni Mata Temple: Approximately 25,000 holy rats called kabbas are seen at this World famous temple. It’s an experience in itself. The gate made of white marble also has rats carved on the sides. Karni Mata, the official deity of the royal families of Jodhpur and Bikaner is worshiped as the incarnation of the warrior goddess Durga by her followers.
We came back to the hotel post the sightseeing and made use of the in-room dining. We asked the kitchen on phone extension what we can get fast and we were served soft and yummy Paneer Pakodas and amazing Spring Rolls.
We later headed to the poolside for one of the most amazing evenings. There was an open bar set next to the pool and we drank in the company of the starlit sky and amazing snacks and ofcourse our hospitable host Mr. Sunil Rampuria and his lovely wife Anju Rampuria . Mr. Rampuria acquainted us to the property giving interesting facts.
Interestingly the planning for Gaj Kesri started in 2003 which opened in 2006. Mr. Rampuria had all in mind of how it would be. He wanted something Rajasthani for tourist and travelers and not something like a 5 star. He always knew the art and architecture he wanted. He started drawing his plans on a graph paper with pencil and not on AutoCad in an old fashioned manner which he prefers and converted the virgin land from structural engineer to design.
Would you want to know how Gaj Kesri got its name? Mr. Rampuria met an astrologer in Bhanwar Niwas their ancestral property while this property was in construction. While seeing the horoscope of Mr. Rampuria and his family members- he saw Gaj Kesari Raj yog which is a great planetary combination. Gaja-Kesari Yoga is one of the very auspicious yoga in vedic astrology and also one of the famous yoga. The Gaja Kesari is the combination of two words: Gaja and Kesari. The terms ‘Gaja’ means an elephant and the word ‘Kesari’ means lion. So as the name suggests, the yoga gives the native the toughness and vigour like a lion, also majesty and dignity of an elephant. And that’s where he found the name. Kesri – more authentic and sweeter- Gaj Kesri!
The hotel majorly sees a lot of foreign German & French travellers. We wanted to know how receptive are they to veg food. Mr. Rampuria said that interestingly the foreigners are open to experimenting with food and love Continental and Indian vegetarian option. They feel safe as they think non-veg in India is not safe. In winters they miss eggs in breakfast and the perfect substitute for that is Cheela made of dal or besan.
The evening was followed by Dinner at the beautiful restaurant. The dinner started with Vegetable Soup followed by Dahi Bada, Stuffed Tomato, Jodhpuri Chakki ka Saag, Cabbage in South Indian style, Naan, Dal chawal, Papad and my favourite Chenna Toast. Such unique dishes prepared with perfection and love.
The next morning started with the voice of chirping birds and the nature inspired view from the room. Such a lovely morning to be cherished! We began the day freshening up and moving for breakfast but before breakfast we headed to the beautiful drawing room for some photo opps. Guests can sit and relax in the magnificent drawing rooms, which are three in number. The Big Drawing Room, the T Drawing Room (so called because of its T shape and the lovely portrait of Tara Rampuria, that dominates the room) and the Little Drawing Room. I loved the little Qutub Minar created at one of the Drawing rooms which looked so stunning. The tower is ornamented and bands of the Qutub Minar has ‘Sare jahan se achha Hindustan hamara’ written in urdu. The top level band has been written by Mr. Sunil Rampuria himself.
Breakfast was again an amazing experience which was well laid out at the beautiful restaurant in buffet style. The menu included Poha, Cheela, Curd, Aloo Tikki , juice, fruits, toast (with butter/ cheese/ jam). On special request the staff also made yummy Paneer Paratha too. There was also a choice of tea/ coffee to keep us awake.
Post breakfast we also made a visited the beautiful Karni Mata Mandir made in the hotel premises.
Time for sightseeing and we headed to:
The Royal Cenotaphs: The cremation ground of the royal family of Bikaner where one can witness various cenotaphs in the memory of kings and queens. Each cenotaph made of white marble has a glimpse of Rajasthani art and architecture. The place has magnificent architecture, very well preserved and is serene. The earliest cenotaph is of Rao Kalyanmal, the ruler of Bikaner from 1542-71 A.D. and the last cenotaph is of Maharaja Karni Singh (1950-88A.D.)
Junagarh Fort: One of the most famous tourist destination of Bikaner, the fort made of Red sandstone was constructed by Raja Rai Singh, between 1588 -1593 AD who was the sixth ruler of Bikaner who ruled here from 1571 to 1611 AD.
Once inside, you would see beautiful courtyards for different purpose and occasions –one for marriage ceremony, one called Holi chowk for Holi festival etc. One would also see beautiful mirror work, paintings, and lacquer work across different Mahals created inside the fort. From Badal Mahal, Anup Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Chandra Mahal, every Mahal is different with its own highlights. I was really fascinated to see the beautiful sword weighing 300 kg at Karan Mahal and the Dance Courtyard at Anup Mahal. There was also a silver gate weighing 60 kg. There is 80 kgs of gold used inside Anup Mahal. The arched balconies are a great place for photo opps. There is also a Haviland War Plane kept inside the fort and it’s a fascinating one.
It was now time to visit Bhanwar Niwas , the Historical house of Rampuria family. The large Haveli offers an intimate experience with European architecture with an Indian twist. Intricate work done by hand, Bhanwar Niwas is a tribute and testimony to the skill and craftsmanship of the artisans of Bikaner. Mr. Sunil Rampuria who owns Bhanwar Niwas too took us through the whole Haveli where no two rooms are same. Before the hotel opened, Sunil made changes like carving attached bathrooms out of the large rooms. He did the stencil-painted wallpapers himself for the hotel which started in 1993. The historical house is large but intimate and is managed by Sunil’s son Prashant Rampuria.
Our lunch was organized at Bhanwar Niwas and we were first greeted with Cold Raab which instantly refreshed us. Our meal was set in the gorgeous European style restaurant retaining the Indian traditions. A look at the table, we saw a combo of Tikdi, Papad, Chana Achaar, Lasan Chutney and onion. I would say the combos were delectable and addictive.
The grand Marwari Thali comprised of Kanji Bada, Kachori, Khichda, Imli Pani, Badi, Kakdi Angoor, Aloo, Chachita, Corn Pulao all neatly arranged in small katoris along with Poori. Dessert comprised of Rajbhog which was also part of the thali. Everything was so amazing and it was difficult to resist the delicacies. Really cherish the experience and hospitality!
Post Bhanwar Niwas, we got into our car and headed to another refreshing point which was Chunni Lal Tanwar Sharbat Wale . Started in 1939, the famous joint is currently run by the third generation. One has a wide choice to choose from various flavours like Jasmine, Rose, Khus, Sandal, White Rose, Paan, Saffron and many more. All made fresh with a variety of flowers and spices. Not only did we try a variety of the refreshing sharbats at the stall served in kulhad but also got White Rose and Khus packed from home.
Being at Rajasthan, how could we miss on meeting camels so post the refreshment we headed to National Research Centre on Camel . It was interesting to see camels from different regions at one place. We could see a total of 349 camels from Bikaneri to Kachchhi to Jaisalmeri to Mewari. We also saw how the caretakers passionately took care of the camels and even fed the newborns with milk.
We headed to Gaj Kesri to freshen up. Interestingly this was a night before Navratras so that day we thought of having the authentic Laal Maas of Rajasthan so we headed to Lallgarh Palace where we had yummy Chicken Tikka, Laal Maas and Roti. Though it was good, but I have had better Laal Maas at Rajasthan.
We returned back to Gaj Kesri and were pleasantly surprised to see some singing and dancing by our fellow bloggers & journalists. The lead singer Raja performs at the hotel every evening and entertains the guests with his band. On our personal request Mr. Rampuria took the mike and sang Ajeeb Daastan Hai Yeh again in his melodious voice. Time just flew by singing and dancing and infact many foreign guests who were present at the courtyard joined us. It was time to retire for the day.
It was a refreshing morning the next day and we headed to the beautiful restaurant for our breakfast. The menu that day included Aloo Bonda, Baked Beans, Poori Bhaji, Fresh Fruits, Lassi, Juice, Tea, Coffee and Corn Flakes with Milk.
It was time to bid goodbye to a great time spent at Gaj Kesri which would be cherished for long but on our way to the airport we headed to Bikaji factory and saw how tasty Bhujia is made. We even bought a lot of bhujias, namkeens etc. for home.
If you want to know how to reach the beautiful property, then you can reach by air, road or rail. The airport is in the city itself where you can fly from Delhi or Jaipur. Bikaner can also be reached by train from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Agra and other major Indian towns. The hotel also offers the most wonderful venues and catering for weddings and other events so if a Destination Wedding is how you are planning your wedding, then you know where to head.
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BigBasket parent has a $100-m plan to build tech & supply chain

BigBasket parent has a $100-m plan to build tech & supply chain 06/05/2019
Supermarket Grocery Supplies, which owns and runs Big-Basket, has closed $150 million in funding led by Mirae Asset-Naver Asia Growth Fund, Alibaba and UK government-owned CDC Group, cofounder Vipul Parekh confirmed to ET. The latest funding propels the online grocery platform’s valuation to over $1 billion.
The financing deal was first reported by ET in its February 8 edition.
The company has allocated $100 million in capital expenditure to build infrastructure, technology and supply chain, Parekh said.
BigBasket will operationally break even in six-eight months once it hits the $800-million revenue run rate, he said. The idea is to optimise supply chain, technology, reduce logistics costs and improve margins from its fresh and wholesale business.
Over the past 12 months, the company has launched new businesses including vending machines, and milk subscription and categories including beauty and fresh meats, which will both scale up this year.
“Grocery is a business of scale, and our defensibility lies in our farm-to-fork supply chain of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and inventory-led wholesale approach, which helps us with high order fill rates,” he said, adding that about 70% of the company’s sales come from its flagship ecommerce portal BigBasket, and it also supplies to other businesses including hotels, restaurants as well as offline retail brands. “We will expand our reseller network this year,” Parekh said.
The fresh capital gives BigBasket, which competes with the likes of Amazon, Flipkart, Swiggy and Grofers, additional firepower to fight out top internet marketplaces that are aggressively pushing into the grocery retailing business. While Flipkart and Amazon have introduced grocery as a category and launched their own private labels, they have steered away from fresh foods. Grofers, which until last year was the closest rival to Big-Basket, also pivoted to focus on a private label-led business model, while Swiggy and Dunzo continue to pilot grocery as one of their business verticals by aggregating neighbourhood stores.
Grocery has been regarded as the next big category in ecommerce — but it is also one of the most complex ones to crack. This year, Big-Basket plans to invest in reengineering its supply chain, which includes setting up more distribution centres across cities to cut delivery times to the same day for 80% orders by July. Source:-https://retail.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/food-entertainment/grocery/bigbasket-parent-has-a-100-m-plan-to-build-tech-supply-chain/69194279 Twenty 14 Holdings to invest Rs 2000 crore to build seven hotels in India GST investigation arm finds Tata Starbucks guilty of profiteering Rs 4.51 crore Why Papad’s popularity in Indian cuisine won’t fade away

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Ramadan Kareem 2019: Buffets, Deals, Iftar Discounts in Dubai Restaurants

Ramadan Kareem 2019: Buffets, Deals, Iftar Discounts in Dubai Restaurants Ramadan Kareem 2019: Buffets, Deals, Iftar Discounts in Dubai Restaurants For Ramadan 2019, here is the Ramadan list, the best venues that serve great food. You won’t want to miss any of these buffet and iftar deals!
Ramadan Kareem, readers! In this blessed month, take your loved ones to these great restaurants who offer a fantastic grub and a good ambience. Take advantage of the shortened office and school timings to spend more time with your friends and family and also for prayer and rest. Masala! has picked its favorite restaurants that offer comprehensive deals for iftar . Check out the list below. DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
Anise, Intercontinental DFCPrice : Dhs 215 per person including juices, tea, coffee and soft beverages. Dhs 107 for children aged 7-12 years. Kids 0-6 years go complimentary.Experience the finest selection of traditional Arabian and international culinary offerings spread over eight live cooking stations at Anise, overlooking the Dubai Creek with a family friendly feel and contemporary ambience.
The Fish HousePrice : From Dhs 190The Fish House brings a selection of grilled meats and fresh fish with Iftar sharing specials. Indulge in platters of lamb, chicken and fish all cooked to perfection from the charcoal grill while you sit in this light, modern and calming environment soaking up the best seafood in Festival City.
SiroccoPrice : Dhs 115 per person, including Ramadan juices. Kids 0-6 years go complimentary. Kids 7-12 years: Dhs 57Gather at the Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City for an Iftar evening at Sirocco. Relaxing in this airy restaurant, embrace an abundance of delicacies to breakfast with a selection of traditional and international dishes. Skyline Lounge Enjoy light predawn treats before the fast, in the laid back open atmosphere of the Skyline Lounge, showcasing some of the most mesmerizing views of the city skyline. Shisha available. Vista Bar & Terrace Relax in the tranquil, softly lit outdoor setting of the Vista terrace and savour your suhour with views across the Dubai Creek at this venue of city scape. Shisha available. RADISSON BLU HOTEL, DUBAI DEIRA CREEK
Address : Baniyas Road, Dubai Deira Creek Price : Varied (between Dhs 89-199)If you can’t decide on what culinary experience you want this Ramadan, look no further than Radisson Blu Hotel. Guests can choose between Aseelah (Emirati restaurant), Shabestan (authentic Persian restaurant), Minato (Japanese) or Fish Market (seafood restaurant). Experience iftar on board Al Mansour Dhow with a special spread of Arab and international dishes. Boarding starts at 6.00pm and sailing is from 6.30pm–8.00pm.The choice continues. Indo-Chinese iftar options are available at China Club restaurant from sunset until 11.00pm for only AED 169 per person. PURANI DILLI
Address : Four Points by Sheraton, Downtown – Mankhool Price : Dhs 95 per person, including juicesFor a classic North Indian iftar experience, Purani Dilli is offering a lavish menu that will make you feel like you’re breaking your fast right in Delhi. The menu has all the offerings of traditional Indian and Emirati iftars, such as various chaats with hummus or fattoush, meat and vegetarian main courses, traditional mithai or Arab desserts and some rooh afza or jallab to wash it all down. YALUMBA
Address : Yalumba restaurant, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre Price : Dhs 169 for Iftar buffet at Yalumba restaurant. Shisha is available at Yalumba terrace for Dhs 120The Yalumba chefs are presenting an elaborate buffet to ring in iftar, bringing together all the classic favourites of Middle Eastern culture and cuisine. There will be live cooking stations for guests to enjoy, along with traditional fare like kibbeh and katayef. PLAY
Address : 36th floor, H Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road Price : Dhs 250 per personThe upscale PLAY Restaurant & Lounge will be offering its signature inspiration and gastronomical innovation to a variety of delicious Iftar and Suhoor classics in its Ramadan menu. Expect your usual Ramadan staples with a creative twist for a memorable dining experience. COYA
Address : Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach in Dubai OR The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi Price : Dhs 250 per person in Dubai and Dhs 199 in Abu DhabiCOYA is offering guests the chance to have the quintessential Peruvian cuisine experience during their iftar. Diners will be treated to such exciting creations like Charentais melon soup garnished with white almonds and olive oil; Peruvian beans with black truffle and herby tomato and aji rocoto soup, as well as a wide selection of Latin American starters. BOMBAY BUNGALOW
Address : The Beach at JBR Price : Dhs 110 per personBreak your fast with an Indian twist from Bombay Bungalow. Bombay Bungalow incorporates traditional Indian and a range of international ingredients without compromising the quality and taste of the Indian dining experience. The stunning sunset in the beach setting is a bonus! MASTI
Address : La Mer South Price : Dhs 150 per personExplore the electrifying and colourful menu infused with modern and traditional India at Masti this Ramadan. Start with authentic Arabic staples such as lentil soup, dates and fruits, then enjoy a fun Indian fusion meal from Edamame Chaat, Mango and Avocado Ceviche, Cassava Chaat arugula, sweet and sour chutney and tomato lace. Mocktails and one hot beverage are included per person. MADINAT JUMEIRAH
Address : Al Majlis at Madinat Jumeirah Price : Dhs 220 per person including beverages for buffetCatering for everyone’s needs during Ramadan, the Majlis at Madinat Jumeirah is the perfect venue to celebrate Iftar and Suhoor. Elegantly designed with arabesque accents, every inch is a reminder of what makes this Holy month magical. Whether it’s a party of two or a large gathering Jumeirah’s famous hospitality and culinary excellence are guaranteed. JUMEIRAH EMIRATES TOWERS
Address : Godolphin Ramadan Tent Price : Iftar Dhs 205 or Dhs AED for group bookings of 30 or moreExperience dining that fuses the past and present in the Godolphin Ballroom’s elegant Ramadan Tent, where elements of modern design and traditional style exist in perfect harmony. This is the place to savour authentic Arabic cuisine to the pacifying sounds of live oud. BURJ AL ARAB
Address : Al Falak Ballroom, Ramadan Tent Price : Dhs 265 per personThe world-renowned Al Falak Ballroom inspired by a Viennese opera house will be transformed into a palatial hall dressed in Arabesque patterns this Ramadan. Guests can indulge in an Arabic Iftar buffet featuring a wide selection of local dishes, as well as a live Badri band, bringing an authentic Arabic Ramadan experience which will leave guests in awe. BURJ AL ARAB JUMEIRAH
Address : Al Iwan Price : Dhs 350 per personThe world’s tallest atrium may be one of the best ways to savour delectable Arabic cuisine for Iftar during the Holy Month. Guests can break their fast to live music and the tastiest traditional fare at Al Iwan. A delectable Arabic buffet rich in traditional flavour will make the occasion as fascinating as it should be.
Address : Gold on 27 Price : Dhs 190 minimum spend, Dhs 95 for 3 mezze bowls, desserts from Dhs 65What: For a sophisticated Suhoor, enjoy the glamorous surroundings of Gold on 27.The stylish venue has curated a special Ramadan menu featuring traditional ingredients and mezze recipes, mocktails and desserts each with a signature Burj Al Arab twist. MINT LEAF OF LONDON
Address : South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC – Dubai Price : Dhs 215 per personMint Leaf of London Dubai pays homage to the culinary diversity of the streets of India in celebration of Ramadan. The nine-course meticulously crafted menu celebrates the varied array of Indian street food classics. Indulge in chef Pradeep Khullar’s dishes made with a melange of exotic spices and ingredients with star items like Palak Patta Chaat, Balsamic Strawberries; Makkai Ki Khichdi, Masala Khakra as well as the vintage Lamb Haleem, Crispy Onion. The limited time street food set menu will be served from 12pm until late daily with the convenience of all-day dining. BOMBAY BRASSERIE
Address : Taj Dubai Price : Dhs 195 per personBombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai’s award-winning Indian kitchen presents a carefully crafted Iftar experience that pays homage to the diversity of cultures, traditions and flavours celebrated throughout India during Ramadan. The hearty and wholesome menu is deeply rooted in history and draws inspiration from Iftar dishes once savoured by the powerful dynasties of the medieval world – from the kitchens of the great Shah Mir of Northern India to the army kitchens of Tughlaq in Daulatabad, Tamil Nadu. FAIRMONT FUJAIRAH
Address : Canvas, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort Price : Dhs 165 per adult and Dhs 85 per child. Children below six dine for free.Rediscover Emirati culture, traditions and home-style dishes at Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort during Iftar at Canvas, as well as cultural sessions evoking beautiful memories of Emirati heritage at the hotel’s Thamella Hall converted into a traditional Emirati majlis during Suhoor. Inspired by Arab culture and local Emirati tastes, the Iftar buffet at Canvas will feature the best of traditional Emirati dishes. The star of the Iftar will be the famous Ouzi, which is the UAE’s national dish. Other culinary favourites such as Harees, Machboos and Thereed will be beautifully served at craving stations. FAIRMONT AJMAN
Address : Al Fayruz Tent, Fairmont Ajman Price : Dhs 175 per adult and Dhs 88 per child.Fairmont Ajman celebrates the holy month of Ramadan with the revival of the Al Fayruz tent. Families can break their fast during this month of peace in the ambient and serene surroundings of the Pearl Garden. The tent will showcase Ramadan traditions with modern flair bringing together varying palates to connect over Iftar and suhoor. Guests can relax and watch their favorite Ramadan TV shows or enjoy Moroccan tea while listening to the live tunes of the famous Oud musician Amer Ammouri. ACCENTS RESTAURANT & TERRACE
Address : InterContinental Dubai Marina Price : Dhs 165 per person; Group Iftar Menu starts at Dhs 145 per person for groups of 10 and above.Accents Restaurant & Terrace invites guests for a sumptuous Iftar daily throughout the Holy Month comprising a plentiful array of Middle Eastern specialties and beverages, including traditional Hot and Cold Mezze, Slow Roasted Lamb Ouzi with Oriental Rice, Whole-Baked Salmon Harra and a delightful variety of Arabic sweets and desserts. Group bookings are also available. MARINA SOCIAL
Address : InterContinental Dubai Marina Price : Dhs 165 for a two-course menu and Dhs 195 for a three-course menu Check out the Marina Social’s splendid selection of Mediterranean style dishes during this holy month. Diners can enjoy the venue’s unparalleled cuisine and mesmerizing atmosphere to make this Ramadan a special one. Guests will get to experience culinary delights such as a selection of cold and warm starters and mouth-watering main courses.
Ramadan is a great time for sharing good times and enjoying scrumptious food on meal times with family. While there is a lot to be said about eating at home and having that delectable home cooked food, dining out can also prove to be very stress-free! From the list you saw above, choose your favorite restaurants that you can take your family out to for iftar. Iftar happens at sunset, so a good restaurant with great food and a great view can be a fantastic experience. Do you have any favorite iftar places? Let us know in the comments. Read More on Ramadan:

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Dower House Indian Cuisine, Bawtry, Doncaster
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Visited about 2007/2008. Food and drinks were great. One of the nicer Indians around. Would go again.

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Veda Modern Indian Bistro

April 24, 2019 Veda Modern Indian Bistro
At Veda Modern Indian Bistro the menu’s focus is traditional North Indian cuisine served to share in an edgy and modern dining room, accompanied by a full bar offering wine, draft beer, and a unique craft cocktail program.
Veda is an authentic Indian restaurant in Philadelphia offering North-Indian Dishes. Here, at Veda we value our customers and believe that our customer’s satisfaction is our pleasure Fresh and Healthy Ingredients: The chef himself gets the ingredients that go into everyday food directly from the farmer’s market, assuring that each item selected is of premium quality. Good Quality and Ethically Sourced Spices: Indian Spices that are used in food preparation are authentic and ethically sourced, imported straight from India. Comfortable and Causal Environment: The ambience at Veda is comfortable and great for you to dine with your family, kids and even in groups. You may like to make a prior reservation if you would like to dine in a larger group.
Veteran Chef Vipul Bhasin boasts more than 25 years of experience and also runs Coriander and Indiya in Collingswood, NJ. And in partnership with owner Inder Singh, a former engineer-turned-restaurateur, they have a great space in Veda.
owner Inder Singh (an engineer turned restaurateur) and veteran chef Vipul Bhasin are making food that is of-the-moment, authentic but not hyper-traditional. “I wanted to represent my generation and give a cool new face to Indian cuisine,” said co-owner Inder Singh, 32, a South Jersey-raised native of Mumbai. “Something different from the mom-and-pop shops with buffet-style service that everyone already knows.” “we keep everything at the lowest spice level,” says Singh – they’ve sacrificed the bold flavors and character that help make Indian cooking so thrilling to begin with. the sauces at Veda, with their full loads of earthy, nutty, sharp, bright, hot, sweet Indian spices, were thick and rich but never oily. Bhasin, who’s a busy guy still running the kitchens at his other restaurants, Coriander and Indiya in Collingswood, says the creaminess on his menu can be deceptive. He’s cut back on actual cream in favor of pureed nuts, onions, and other thickeners for texture.
Highfalutin lighting fixtures aside, lunches are informal, fast and cheap, served on brass thali platters. There are fluffy haystacks of basmati rice, sides, toppings, extras, so that the rogan josh arrives with a somewhat gritty lentil stew and maybe some papadum, each in its own little bowl, while the Goan shrimp (not spicy enough off the rack to do justice to the regional appellation, though, to the kitchen’s credit, I was offered an option to have it made hotter) gets paired with delicious channa in a smoky curry gravy, more pappadum, plus a couple of crispy chickpea fritters.
Dinner at Veda expands greatly over lunch’s efficiency, covering everything from street food like ragda and samosa to kebabs from the tandoor and poached skate wing with Malabar tamarind and sweet and spicy red chili from Kashmir — a reminder of the breadth of Indian cuisine, the depth. Veda offers a dining experience to satisfy all aspects of fine cuisine accompanied by a full bar offering wine, draft beer, and a unique craft cocktail program. While wines are selected from many different regions and are carefully chosen to complement our cuisine, we also provide an extensive selection of whiskies and expertly crafted signature cocktails that feature fine spirits and techniques. Jadoo Maker Marks, Toasted Cinnamon Stick, Spiced Pear Syrup, Lemon Juice Majnu (Maj•Noo) Knob Creek Rye, Mango Pulp, Egg White, Angostura BittersChilli Powder Happy Hour Mon-Fri : 5:00PM – 7:00PM and Sat-Sun : 6:00PM – 8:00PM
$7 Cocktails including Old Fashioned $7 Jim Beam Black / Grand Marnier / Green Chartreuse / Turbinado Syrup / Angostura & Orange Bitters / Orange Zest, Laila $7 Cucumber Infused Effen Vodka / St. Germain / Mint Syrup / Lime Juice / Peychauds Bitters, Mumbai Mule $7 Belvedere Unfiltered / Cardomon / Ginger / Lime / Ginger Beer and Rani Gin / Elderflower Liqueur / Sweet Vermouth
Wines are offered for $5 and Beer for $4
Discounted Snacks include Chicken Roti-Pe-Boti Taco $6 Chicken / Paprika / Burnt Ginger / Roasted Peppers / Pickled Onions / Achari Mayo The Calcutta pork ribs were tender and tasty in their sweet mango glaze, Malabar Fish Fry $5 Yogurt / Ginger-Garlic / Black Salt / Coriander, Paneer Masala Taco $6 Cottage Cheese / Turmeric / Ginger / Roasted Peppers / Pickled Onions / Achari Mayo, Desi Tadka Lentil Rissotto $5 Basmati / Split Mung Lentils / Roasted Peanuts / Mustard / Heing, Goan Crab Cake $5 Masala Crab Cakes / Tomato Panch-Phoran Chutney, and more. Dinner Crispy Baby Spinach / Shallots / Tomatoes / Spiced Yogurt / Tamarind & Date Chutney ‘ Masala Hummus Platter (V)

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70 wonderful ways to spend a day off in Surrey

What’s On 70 wonderful ways to spend a day off in Surrey Things to do, places to go and what to see on your day off in and around Surrey Share The Albany in Thames Ditton (Image: The Albany)
Your day off has finally come around and you couldn’t be happier.
But what to do?
If you don’t want to waste the day lying in bed or slouched in front of the television, why not get out and about to see what Surrey has to offer ?
Whether you fancy a day by yourself to recharge your batteries or an afternoon socialising with friends, there are plenty of options to suit your mood.
From relaxing spa days and indulgent afternoon teas , to countryside walks and sightseeing hot spots, Surrey Live has come up with a few suggestions. Read More Surrey bucket list of things you must do 1. The Savill Garden, Englefield Green
This natural haven of beautifully designed gardens and woodland can be enjoyed by everyone, from dedicated horticulturists to those who just want to spend a relaxing day out with family or friends.
It is located next to Virginia Water lake and there is a car park on site.
Tickets: Free entry, just turn up.
Address: Wick Lane, TW20 0UJ 2. Clandon Park, Guildford
Follow the progress to rebuild Clandon Park following a fire there in 2015, honouring the rich heritage of its past and creating a new legacy for the future
You can visit Clandon Park from April to October and follow two purpose-built walkways into the ground floor, including the spectacular Marble Hall, and the basement spaces, giving you a unique view of the incredible structure.
The small four-acre garden is also accessible.
Tickets: To book visit nationaltrust.org.uk/clandon-park
Address: West Clandon, GU4 7RQ 3. Nonsuch Park, Sutton
The large open public park between Stoneleigh, North Cheam, Cheam and Ewell is a great place for relaxing and watching the world go by.
It is an ideal spot for when you need to unwind and give yourself some breathing-space when life gets a bit hectic.
There is a café on site serving refreshments and ice creams.
Address: Ewell Road, SM3 8AB 4. Loseley Park, Guildford
Situated in 1,400 acres of glorious rolling countryside, it comes as no surprise that it is a wedding venue.
However, the house and gardens are open to the public including the Botanical Gardens, Walled Garden and Rose Garden.
Tickets: To book visit loseleypark.co.uk
Address: GU3 1HS Loseley Park in September – glorious (Image: Grahame Larter) 5. Gatton Park, Reigate
This beautiful historic parkland was designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and features fabulous Edwardian gardens.
There is something to see and do throughout the year from the stunning displays of snowdrops in the spring to autumn walks in the parkland.
Tickets: To book visit gattonpark.com
Address: RH2 0TW 6. British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield
With more than 40 different native species, you can discover Britain’s wonderful wildlife from tiny harvest mice to magnificent red deer.
The centre holds daily keeper talks on some of the animals including wildcats, giving you the chance of seeing them up close whilst learning more about them.
Tickets: Call 01342 834658 or book online at britishwildlifecentre.co.uk
Address: Eastbourne Road, Newchapel, RH7 6LF. 7. Guildford Castle, Guildford
Located in Guildford town centre, the castle is thought to have been built shortly after the 1066 invasion of England by William the Conqueror.
In spring there is a wonderful display of tulips in the grounds.
Address: Castle Street, GU1 3SX
Tickets: Free entry, just turn up. Guildford Castle and gardens 8. Four Seasons Hampshire, Dogmersfield
Located in the elegant and beautiful Library of the plush five star hotel, guests can relax on lush armchairs and supple sofas while indulging in afternoon tea .
Start with dainty finger sandwiches before moving on to homemade pastries and warm scones served with a range of homemade preserves including strawberry jam, orange marmalade, lemon curd and Cornish clotted cream.
Tickets: Book a table by calling 01252 853000 or visit fourseasons.com/hampshire
Address: Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, RG27 8TD Read More 9. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking
Explore the beautiful gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society garden.
There is plenty of space for running around and tucking into picnics, plus a café on site for hot drinks and homemade cake.
Tickets: Book online at rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley
Address: Wisley Lane, Wisley, GU23 6QB Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now 10. Birdworld, Farnham
The 26-acre park is home to hundreds of unusual birds , plus there is a farm, an aquarium and the Forest Lodge Garden Centre.
There are two penguin species at Birdworld and feeding takes place twice a day. Visitors are invited to watch the feed.
Tickets: Book online at birdworld.co.uk
Address: Holt Pound, GU10 4LD 11. Coworth Park , Sunninghill
Located a stone’s throw over the Surrey border next to Virginia Water , the five star luxury hotel in Sunningdale is certainly something else, especially its pool.
It comes as no surprise that The Spa at Coworth Park is award-winning.
A highlight in the pampering house is an atmospheric indoor pool with natural light, underwater music, relaxation loungers and… huge sparkling amethyst sculptures.
Tickets: Book online at dorchestercollection.com/en/ascot/coworth-park
Address: Blacknest Road, SL5 7SE The amethyst crystals are beautiful (Image: Laura Nightingale) 12. Arundel Castle , Arundel
The restored medieval castle and stately home is wonderful place to explore if you’ve never visited.
Located just over the Surrey border in the South Downs National Park, the hour or so drive there is just as beautiful as the medieval site itself as you meander through the pretty parishes of Chiddingfold , Petworth and Godalming .
Tickets: Book online at arundelcastle.org
Address: Arundel BN18 9AB 13. The Ivy Castle View, Guildford
The chic and stylish Surrey restaurant located inside the Tunsgate Quarter provides diners with the most stunning panoramic picture of Guildford Castle while embracing everything The Ivy chain is most famous for – sumptuous hospitality.
It’s a gorgeous place for brunch or lunch.
Tickets: Book a table online at theivyguildford.com
Address: High Street, GU1 3QY Blackened cod fillet 14. Frensham Ponds, Frensham
A visit here is a must on a sunny day.
Frensham Great Pond and Common is a Green Flag Award winning site, situated between Farnham and Hindhead on either side of the A287.
There are car parks at both ponds, picnic areas and there is even a sandy beach.
Tickets: Free entry, just turn up.
Address: Priory Lane, GU10 3BT 15. Macdonald Berystede Hotel , Sunninghill
Located between Bagshot and Virginia Water, the luxury four star wedding venue has a fabulous spa including an outdoor hot tub overlooking the picturesque lawns.
The Vital Spa and leisure club is located on the ground floor of the hotel and upon arrival you are given a complimentary white robe, slippers and towel to use during your entire stay.
Address: Bagshot Road, SL5 9JH
Tickets: Book by calling 0344 879 9104 or visit macdonaldhotels.co.uk 16. Chessington Zoo, Chessington
Joined to a theme park , the zoo allows you to get face-to-face with more than 1,000 exotic animals including lions and tigers.
Smaller than its African cousin, the Asiatic Lion was almost hunted to extinction but now some 500 live in India’s Gir Forest National Park and you can see them in Surrey.
Tickets: Book online at chessington.com
Address: Leatherhead Road, KT9 2NE 17. The Tea Terrace Restaurant and Tearoom, Cobham
If you love all things pink, make sure you pay The Tea Terrace Cobham a visit, even if it is just to take a photo and grab a slice of cake.
The pretty café with its very own Cinderella carriages, opened in Cobham in December 2018 and it is already becoming a hot spot for Instagram fans.
As soon as you walk through the double glass doors you will be bombarded with pink, pink and more pink.
From the furniture and decor to the crockery and cakes, every shade of pink is used in the magical tearoom.
Tickets: To book a table visit theteaterrace.com
Address: Oakdene Parade, KT11 2LR The carriage fits 4-6 adults (Image: The Tea Terrace) 18. Silent Pool, Albury
This spring-fed lake at the foot of the North Downs looks magical and is great for photography fans.
You can often glimpse the blue flash of a kingfisher as it darts across the water, plus it is located next to Silent Pool Gin Distillery if you fancy going on a gin tour.
Tickets: Free entry.
Address: Shere Road, Albury, GU5 9BW 19. The Albany, Thames Ditton
Hidden down the bottom of a residential road, the gastro pub sits on the banks of the River Thames and it is a must-visit on a sunny day.
While inside boasts log fires, stylish decor, a chic bar and trendy dining, outside features a huge decking area with waterside views for al fresco drinking and dining during the summer months.
Tickets: To book a table visit the-albany.co.uk
Address: Queens Road, KT7 0QY The Albany in Thames Ditton (Image: The Albany) 20. Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham
Wander around the country house belonging to the National Trust and once home to famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville.
The gardens offer something for every season, including climbing roses which are at their best in June, a beautiful herbaceous border and a winter garden bursting with yellow aconites.
Tickets: Book online at nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey
Address: Dorking , RH5 6BD. Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham (Image: Alan Cox) 21. The Chilli Pickle in Guildford
This is nothing like your typical curry house.
Founded in Brighton in 2008 by Alun and Dawn Sperring, the restaurant is the second branch in the family-run chain and it is certainly something extraordinary.
Tuck into dishes from an inspirational pan Asian menu focused on regional Indian cuisine that is fresh, vibrant and zingy.
Tickets: To book a table visit thechillipickle.com
Address: High Street, GU1 3BJ 22. The Cosy Club, Guildford
Tickets: To book a table visit cosyclub.co.uk
Address: Tunsgate Quarter, GU1 3QY Entrance (Image: Hannah Dodd) 23. The Big Apple, Woking
If excitement is what you are after, head to this entertainment centre home to LaserQuest, Planet Zoom and ten pin bowling.
Tickets: To book call 01483 727100 or visit thebigapple.co.uk
Address: Crown Square, GU21 6HR 24. Guildford Spectrum, Guildford
If the weather is a bit iffy, head to the leisure centre which has an indoor ice skating rink, bowling alley, gym and swimming pools.
Tickets: To book call 01483 443322.
Address: Parkway, GU1 1UP 25. Hollywood Bowl, Crawley
This ten pin bowling centre is state-of-the-art, with 26 lanes, a licensed bar, food outlet, and an amusements zone cram-jammed with the latest games.
Tickets: To book call 0844 826 1457.
Address: Crawley Leisure Park, Crawley Avenue, London Road, RH10 8LR 26. HarSPA at Guildford Harbour Hotel, Guildford
Located inside the boutique hotel, HarSPA, it offers a wide range of luxurious spa treatments along with everyday beauty needs, including manicures, pedicures, facials and massages.
Plus there is an outdoor Champagne pool for guests to enjoy too.
Address: Alexandra Terrace High Street, GU1 3DA. Tel: 01483 366763. Web: guildford-harbour-hotel.co.uk A poolside Champagne service will offer a selection of bubbles by the glass or bottle 27. Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve, Farnham
Enjoy an hour or two bird spotting .
Birds of prey, buzzard, teal duck, mute swan, Canadian geese, cormorants, gull and lapwing.
Tickets: Free entry, just turn up.
Address: Badshot Lea Road, GU9 9LY 28. Slades Farm, Bramley
A range of horse riding experiences are available including sunrise, sunset, full-day and half-day treks. Riders will be taken off the beaten track and go through forests, rolling hills and across large green fields.
Tickets: Book online at sladesfarm.co.uk or call 01483 208693.
Address: Thorncombe Street, GU5 0LT. Read More 13 horse riding experiences and lessons for trekking in Surrey 29. Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Leatherhead
This roller skating venue has an on-site café, balcony viewing area and changing rooms – making it ideal for parties and groups.
Tickets: To book visi rocknrollerdisco.com/venues/leatherhead/index.php
Address: Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Guildford Road, KT22 9BL 30. The Antiques Warehouse, Farnham
Browse a large and constantly changing collection of beautifully presented antiques, collectibles and memorabilia.
The shop also plays live piano music and home-made cakes and coffee during weekend afternoons and bank holidays.
Tickets: Free entry, just turn up.
Address: Badshot Farm, St George’s Road, Runfold, GU9 9HR 31. Gatwick Aviation Museum, Gatwick
The museum has a unique collection of British aircraft from the “golden age” of British aircraft manufacture.
Opening times: Friday, Saturday and Sundays 9.30am-5pm (4pm Nov-Mar)
Tickets: Book online at gatwick-aviation-museum.co.uk
Address: Vallance By-Ways, Lowfield Heath Road, Charlwood, RH6 0BT 32. Hogs Back Brewery, Tongham
Book a tour to learn how Hogs Back Brewery brew its beer, sample a generous range of beers and collect a free souvenir half pint glass.
Tickets: Book online at hogsback.co.uk
Address: Manor Farm, The Street, GU10 1DE (Image: Hogs Back Brewery) 33. Go Ape, Farnham
If you’re a bit of a daredevil, monkey around the huge outdoor adventure playground and test your climbing skills at Go Ape’s Tree Top Adventure .
There are two sites close by, one in Bracknell and another in Fanham in Alice Holt Forest.
Tickets: Book online at goape.co.uk or call 0845 6431943.
Address:, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham , GU10 4LS. 34. Team Sport, Farnborough
Thrill-seekers can take on the crazy corners and rapid straights at the fast and furious track at this indoor go-karting track.
The 800m multi-level experience offers something truly unique for any go karting enthusiast.
Tickets: Book online at team-sport.co.uk .
Address: Invincible Road, GU14 7QU. 25. All Bar One, Guildford
Learn how to make the perfect cocktail at All Bar One, also ideal for hen parties and group events.
Guests can tailor their own cocktail masterclass by choosing which three drinks they want to master from the selection.
Tickets: Book online at allbarone.co.uk
Address: All Bar One Guildford, North Street, GU1 4AF. 26. Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Whitchurch
If you love gin, a day out at Bombay Sapphire Distillery near Basingstoke is a must.
Self-guided tours are the most popular choice and take around two hours to complete, which includes a complimentary gin cocktail at the bar (or mocktail for drivers).
Tickets: Book online at distillery.bombaysapphire.com .
Address: Laverstoke Mill, London Road, RG28 7NR Bombay Sapphire Distillery 27. Turks boat trip, Kingston
Up to 45 scheduled boat trips run daily from March to October along the scenic stretch of the river Thames between Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court.
A river cruise is the most relaxing way to view the greenest and prettiest of Surrey and south west London’s landscape and an eclectic mix of British history merged with cosmopolitan riversides.
Tickets: Book online at turks.co.uk
Address: Town End Pier, High Street, KT1 1HN 28. The Oracle, Reading
If you are in need of some retail therapy, The Oracle is a large indoor shopping and leisure mall on the banks of the River Kennet.
There are around 80 shops, an 11 screen Vue cinema and plenty of restaurants and coffee shops.
Tickets: No need to book, just turn up. For a store directory visit theoracle.com
Address: RG1 2AG 29. Pine Ridge Golf Club, Frimley
The driving range is open to all and has 36 bays and floodlights so you can keep practicing your swing into the night.
On site there is also a restaurant and bar open to everyone.
Tickets: Book online at pineridgegolf.co.uk
Address: Old Bisley Rd, GU16 9NX Pine Ridge Golf Club 30. Denbies Wine Estate , Dorking
The vineyard holds a number of indoor and outdoor tours at its breathtaking Surrey Hills site.
With a glass of the estate’s specially selected Denbies Award winning Sparkling Cuvee in hand, the 50-minute vineyard tour takes visitors at a leisurely pace to some of the most beautiful viewing points in the vineyard.
Tickets: Book online at denbies.co.uk or call 01306 876 616.
Address: London Road, RH5 6AA 31. Esquires Coffee, Guildford
Located at the top of the high street, the charming café is child and dog friendly and alongside a great range of coffee, serves jacket potatoes and brunch as well as delectable sweet treats.
Tickets: Free entry, just pop in.
Address: Ground Floor, High Street, GU1 3JL. Esquires Coffee in Guildford (Image: Laura Nightingale) 32. Vue cinema, Farnborough
Costing just £4.99 to watch a movie (any day and any time), this cinema is fantastic venue.
Catch the latest blockbuster and fill up on popcorn inside Kingsmead Shopping Centre.
Tickets: Book online at myvue.com
Address: Queensmead, GU14 7SR
Open 24 hours, you have no excuse to stop you from training.
Just don’t forget to bring a towel.
Day passes are available to all as well as monthly memberships.
Tickets: Book online at thegymgroup.com
Address: Queensmead, GU14 7RT 34. Guildford Flames, Guildford
Watch a Guildford Flames game.
The ice hockey team is based in Guildford and they play their home games at the Spectrum.
Tickets: Book online at guildfordflames.com
Address: Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford, GU1 1UP 35. Hobbledown, Epsom
If you’ve got young children, go on an adventure with them.
The family farm attraction features costumed characters, wooden play areas, a play barn and a picnic area.
Tickets: Book online at hobbledown.com
Address: Horton Lane, KT19 8PT 36. Gravity Force, Camberley
The park has interconnected trampolines with angled edges.
Tickets: Book online at gravityforce.co.uk
Address: Admiralty Way, GU15 3DT Gravity Force (Image: Chris Whiteoak) 37. Craggy Island, Guildford
Ever tried rock climbing?
Craggy Island is one of the largest centres of its type with 100 rope lines and more than 300 regularly changed climbing routes.
Tickets: Book online at craggy-island.com/about-craggy-island
Address: Slyfield Industrial estate, Moorfield Road, Guildford , GU1 1RU 38. Wild Wood Adventure, Guildford
Be a daredevil by going on a zip wire.
Negotiate rope bridges and wobbly crossings high up in the trees like a modern-day Tarzan.
Tickets: Book online at wildwood-adventure.com
Address: Peacock Wood, Lido Road, GU1 1HB 39. Woking Library, Woking
Pick up and read a book, newspaper or magazine, make use of the free wifi or take home a DVC.
Tickets: Free entry. For more information visit surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/your-library/find-your-nearest/woking
Address: Gloucester Walk, GU21 6EP 40. Coughlans Bakery, Godstone
This family run village bakery is known for miles for its baked goods, from cakes and cookies to chocolate creations and traditional or artisan bread.
They shop also has an incredibly large selection of vegan friendly products.
Tickets: Free entry, just pop in. For more information visit coughlansbakery.co.uk
Address: High Street, RH9 8DT Coughlans Bakery in Godstone (Image: Grahame Larter) 41. Squire’s Garden Centre, Badshot Lea
Head along to the garden centre and visit the extensive pets and aquatics departments where you will find everything you might need for your pet.
There is a selection of small furry animals as well as an eye-catching array of reptiles such as bearded dragons and snakes.
Tickets: Free entry, just pop in. For more information visit squiresgardencentres.co.uk
Address: Badshot Lea Road, GU9 9JX 42. Tillingbourne Waterfall, Wotton
Deep in the Surrey Hills nestled on the Wotton Estate and south east of the tiny hamlet of Friday Street is a stunning cascading waterfall.
It is on the private land of the Wotton Estate, so you mustn’t climb over the fence to approach it, but you can clearly admire it and take photos from the public footpath.
To find it, take the footpath which follows a track north from Whiteberry Road opposite the livery.
You will come across the waterfall about 200 yards after crossing the Tillingbourne River.
Tickets: Free.
Address: Whiteberry Road, Dorking, RH5 6JY 43. Painshill Park, Cobham
Discover the mystical follies, historic plantings, Crystal Grotto and some of Surrey’s amazing wildlife at the beautiful 18th-century landscaped garden.
Tickets: Book online at painshill.co.uk
Address: Portsmouth Road, Cobham, KT11 1JE. A glorious view of Painshill Park (Image: Gareth Evans) 44. Platform 3, Claygate
This micro brewery has become quite the tourist attraction, offering real ale fans speciality beers straight from the cask.
Located next door to Claygate railway station, Platform 3 is the smallest pub in Surrey and considered to be the smallest pub in the UK.
Tickets: Free entry.
Address: The Parade, Esher, KT10 0PD 45. Heather Farm Wetland and Waters Edge Café, Horsell
Wander around a wetland area and enjoy spotting wildfowl from the hide.
A path from the car park leads visitors to a 2.8km walk along the River Bourne views across open fields.
The on-site dog friendly café is open for morning coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch and plenty of tea and cake all day.
Tickets: Free entry.
Address: Horsell Common, GU21 4XY 46. Box Hill, Dorking
From the bottom to the top, there is plenty of exploring to be done at Box Hill.
At its foot you can play on the stepping stones across the river.
Make the walk to the top – or cycle if you want to follow in the tracks of Olympic cyclists – and you can enjoy stunning views towards the South Downs and watch planes land and take off at Gatwick on the horizon
Tickets: Free entry, just turn up.
Address: Tadworth , KT20 7LB Box Hill is definitely one of Surrey’s most renowned spots, and for good reason (Image: Steve Porter) 47. Newlands Corner, Albury
The popular beauty spot commands some of the best views over the Surrey Hills.
Tickets: Free entry (bring money for parking)
Address: Drove Road, Albury, GU4 8SE Stunning views from Newlands Corner (Image: Catarina Demony) 48. Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey
Enter a living Tudor world and get lost in the maze at the stunning palace once home to Henry VIII and his six wives.
The palace is located right next to the River Thames offering visitors a picturesque spot for additional walking or picnics.
Tickets: Book online at hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace
Address: East Molesey. KT8 9AU. 49. Leith Hill, Dorking
Leith Hill is the highest point in south-east England and is set within the beautiful Surrey Hills. Visit the Gothic tower tower and peer through the telescope.
Tickets: Book online at nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill-tower-and-countryside
Address: Leith Hill Lane, near Coldharbour village, RH5 6LU Leith Hill Tower (Image: Darren Pepe) 50. Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge
Located on the historic Brooklands motor racing circuit, at Mercedes-Benz World there are state-of-the-art facilities and specially designed tracks for a day of high-energy driving.
Tickets: Visit mercedes-benz.co.uk or call 0370 4004000. Address: Brooklands Drive, KT13 0S
Experiences include the Wet Skid Circle, Handling Circuits, the Wet Straight and the 10-acre Off-Road Terrain. 51. Thorpe Park, Chertsey
Sit on the front row of one of the rollercoasters at the famous theme park.
There are more than 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events.
Tickets: Book online at thorpepark.com
Address: Staines Road, KT16 8PN Thorpe Park (Image: Daniel Lewis) 54. Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming
Take a walk through the still glades of Winkworth’s woodland in late April and you’ll find one of Britain’s most beloved natural sights, bluebells growing en masse on the woodland floor.
Tickets: For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk
Address: Hascombe Road, GU8 4AD. 55. Rural Life Centre, Farnham
Step back in time at the open-air museum and visitor attraction which collects and preserves objects associated with farming and goods used by local crafts people.
Tickets: Book online at rural-life.org.uk
Address: Reeds Road, Tilford, GU10 2DL Mick Paull (far right) pictured at the Tilford Rural Life Centre fire engine festival in 2014 (Image: Gareth Davies/Surrey Advertiser) 56. Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, Egham
Have a picnic and if it is chilly, pack flasks of hot chocolate, chunky soup and homemade bread.
Tickets: Free entry, just turn up.
Address: Windsor Road, TW20 0AE 57. Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Hindhead
Enjoy spectacular views and walks in the Surrey Hills countryside at this National Trust site.
You don’t have to go far to admire the views across the Punch Bowl or venture a bit further and discover the stunning scenery at Highcombe Edge and Gibbet Hill.
Gibbet Hill is the second highest point in Surrey with views across the Weald.
Tickets: For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk
Address: London Road, GU26 6AB. 58. G Live, Guildford
The large entertainment venue in Guildford town centre hosts comedy shows, gigs, musicals and theatre productions throughout the week.
Address: London Road, GU1 2AA 59. New Victoria Theatre, Woking
As one of the largest theatres outside London , top West End shows and musicals make their way to New Victoria Theatre.
It is open daily.
Address: The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, GU21 6GQ 60. Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom
The thunder of hooves, the spectacular colours and the tinkle of champagne glasses are all part of the thrill and excitement of a great day at the races.
Surrey is home to Sandown Park, Epsom Downs, Kempton Park, Lingfield and Ascot Racecourse is only just over the border.
Address: Epsom Downs, KT18 5LQ 61. Sorrel, Dorking
The modern fine-dining restaurant nestled in the Surrey Hills is the brainchild of award-winning chef Steve Drake.
Expect unique seasonal British dishes with artful presentation, excellent hospitality and tasting menu experiences.
You will need to book a table in advance if you wish to dine here.
Tickets: Book a table by calling 01306 889414 or visit sorrelrestaurant.co.uk
Address: South Street, RH4 2JU Chef Steve Drake 62. Guildford High Street, Guildford
The beautiful cobbled streets, historic buildings and famous Guildhall clock make Guildford one of the most attractive high streets in the country.
Tickets: Free, just turn up.
Address: High Street, GU1 3HJ 63. Hatchlands Park, Guildford
In winter, crunch down frosty paths on a woodland walk and in spring take the beautiful bluebell walk.
The National Trust site is open all year round, spanning more than 400 acres.
Tickets: Book online at nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlands-park
Address: East Clandon, GU4 7RT 64. Guildford Lido, Guildford
Hot, sunny days are often hard to come by, so when we are treated to good weather , we want to make the most of it.
As one of the country’s few remaining original 1930s pools, Guildford Lido attracts around 50,000 people every season and is home for a variety of community galas, competitions and other community clubs and societies.
Heated to 24C, the Olympic sized pool is a great place to chill out, meet friends, picnic and of course, swim
Address: Lido Road, Stoke Park, GU1 1HB 65. Mayfield Lavender Farm, Banstead
If you’re looking for a great family day out , make sure you visit Mayfield Lavender Farm, it’s one of the county’s hidden gems.
From June 1 visitors of all ages will be able to wander around the the beautiful family-run, 25-acre organic site and take in the pungent perfume of the purple flowers.
Located in Banstead , families would be forgiven for thinking you were in Provence when the farm is in full bloom.
Tickets: For more information visit mayfieldlavender.com
Address: Carshalton Road, SM7 3JA. Run by founders Lorna and Brendan the 25 acre farm attracts visitors from all over the world (Image: Livepix) 66. The Chantries, Guildford
Views from the south side are stunning overlooking Chilworth, Chinthurst Hill and St Martha’s can also be seen on the other hill.
It is worth the long walk.
Tickets: Free entry, just turn up.
Address: Chantries car park, Pilgrim Way, GU4 8AW Th Chantries and Albury from Newlands Corner (Image: Steve Porter) 67. Virginia Water Lake, Virginia Water
The park is steeped in a rich history that spans centuries – from ancient monuments, to cascading waterfalls and stunning vistas.
Tickets: Free entry (bring money for car park)
Address: Virginia Water car park, A30, GU25 4QF Read More 68. Ranmore Common, Dorking
It is an excellent area for walking with miles of good footpaths taking you through woodland and open downland, with great views of the Surrey Hills.
Tickets: Free entry, just turn up.
Address: Ranmore West car park, RH5 6SY Train from Redhill between Dorking and Gomshall Beneath Ranmore Common (Image: Terry Habgood) 69. Pho, Guildford
For many of us, getting a take-out is a real treat as let’s face it, tucking into a creamy korma, greasy chips or a cheesy pizza on a regular basis isn’t good for our waistline (or our wallet).
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