Trip to Sula Vineyards

The Wine Rule
SEE. SWIRL. SNIFF. SIP. SAVOR. 

I drink wine when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch it – unless I am thirsty.
-Lily Bollinger

At long last, I’ve sipped wine whilst in vineyards!

Wine has been produced for centuries, and if you’re interested in learning about wine production, then visiting vineyards should definitely top your travel list. I recently visited Sula Vineyards, Nasik with my husband on a weekend. The trip was brilliant, those walks around the perfectly charming vineyards and the green surroundings are memories of a lifetime. Unwinding and relaxing has never been easier.

While planning my visit I had a hard time picking between The Beyond and Heritage Village for our overnight stay, in the end decided on staying at Beyond and luckily, I got a booking there. I would definitely recommend staying at The Beyond by Sula, although it’s little far from the Sula vineyards but it’s indeed an amazing stay to experience.

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We started our journey at 8 in the morning from Pune, it took us around 5 hours to reach our destination. We were too hungry by the time we reached, so our first move was to eat our lunch at their multi-cuisine all-day restaurant. Food was average, pasta was exceptional, or maybe I was hungry. The resort is fine designed and well-maintained, surrounded by colorful flowers and huge green yards. In my suggestion, viewing the golden sunset from the open-air infinity pool would be one of the best things to do at the resort.

One thing to plan beforehand is The Epic Vineyard Tour. The journey from grape to glass is something you don’t want to miss on. During weekends, because of surge people have to wait a lot to get a tour, so make sure to book it as soon as you reach there. It runs every hour between 11:30 am and 5:30 pm. We got a free tour as a benefit of staying at The Beyond, else the costs generally depend on the number of wines you’d like to sample.

The excursion begins with a verbal presentation about the history of Sula, followed by a visit to the cellars where the wine-making process is explained in detail.  In the cellars, the temperature is always kept cool to get the perfect taste. The wine tasting referred to at the end of each tour is where you compare different wines and learn about identifying the variety of wines. Wine Bars are well fashioned and you literally learn a lot about wine here.

After finishing the wine tour, we explored the famous eatery – Little Italy, which serves traditional Italian food and wines. It has a relaxed balcony setting, facing the Sula’s estate vineyards, which creates a beautiful sight. Late in the evening, we intended back to the resort. The salient lighting in the night, made the place look even more gorgeous.

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It’s basically a one-day-trip-kind-of-place, but if you plan to stay longer and want to explore more, you can consider visiting Soma village and vineyards, which is located in between Sula Vineyards and Boyond by Sula. As seen from outside, it would definitely be worth checking out, lest you’re looking for a change from Sula.

All for now!

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Where in the world I was!

Weeks into months, and months into the year, that’s how fast we’re growing in this sphere
Last evening I decided and drew a fine line, to catch the beautiful sunset at the perfect time
From the top of the city, I viewed my town, it was bright loud and cosmically adorn
30 kilometers far, away from the hustle, I witnessed the beauty so subtle
The endless blue sky and golden colors of sun, made me stand there and remain stunned
Finding a gadget was my next action, I wanted to create a souvenir as a collection
I’m born in the era of digital films, I like to develop textures and prints
Today I’m caught in the beauty of nature, I don’t want to create but click and capture
My camera gets the real credit, as the picture has no cuts or edit
With the sun going down and fading its light, I saw the magical din of the night
One thing I want to highlight, my best moment was to watch the beautiful twilight
From evening till night, I was totally lost, it didn’t matter where in the world I was!

To, Minu Didi

We love you, love you, love you a lot
We mean it either we told you or not
The amount of love you have given to us
You knew that it was never ever enough
We see you in front of our eyes
All day all night and over the sky
The stars up there are so bright to-night
Celebrating for you accepted their invite
As cute as a small baby ‘n as sweet as sugar
You’ve always been spreading so much cheer
We were praying for having you good again
But not ready to see you in so much pain
Wish we could meet you one last time
This is the biggest sorrow we have in mind
Everything happens for a reason
We now have someone to keep an equal vision
May peace be with you and you be with us
Doesn’t matter if anything is easy or tough
No matter how quick the time flies and how things change
Our hearts will always have a lady with so much radiance.

When life happens, perfectly :)

I am in awe of the way God orchestrated this lovingly lovable love story.

Saturday evening, a thing so ravishing encountered~ the hitch up! YES, that’s right an excited two-seventy-month-old is now engaged! If anyone asked me a year ago if I thought I would be where I am today, I would have laughed. I had never imagined myself taking a spike of getting into a relationship this soon, but sometimes life just happens and that is what I believe is perfect.

I flash back to the other day when I was standing right in front of the mirror thinking if I can put the ring on, trust me this amazing thought only made me feel so giddily that I couldn’t really wait for the actual moment to come. I didn’t know how to be a wife or how a husband is like. All I knew was that I wanted to spend my entire life with this amazingly HOT person, and everything else can be figured out with time. 

What to talk about the glory of that day…the sun had become dim; it was evening and excitement levels had risen to its zenith.

The story finally kicked off.

SHE~ beautifully dressed in sparkling neon took a deep breath and walked out the carpet along with her greatest brother who turned everything existing there in the brightest possible way. Everyone was running on to the side of the carpet to glance at the woman of the auspicious evening. Few feet away from the peachy view, a group of people with cameras and lights were videotaping and capturing EACH MOVE of this fantastic occasion, yes each move because wonderful memories go by quickly. Lights, colors, people, and that astonishing moment when the proud parents with a heart full of love and emotion watched their sweet little daughter walking towards the new chapter of her life…Adorable! It all looked classy and marshaled. 

In the midst of everything, everyone’s eyes got stuck for a while when the man in blue arrived. HE was brimmed with happiness. People watched them, he held her hand…she grinned at him and they together walked into the arena. By now, almost everyone seemed to have gathered to observe the ceremony. After few more minutes, it finally begun. The couple looked stunning; their faces were lighted up into the grand smile. Red color TIKA with Gudd-Dhaniya, whole tradition was properly followed. Nikita, beautiful lady dressed in white and pink, carried the delicate rings. First was her turn, and then was his. Bells and whistles. Love and commitment. Everyone was filled with excitement and wonder. And those continuous bursts of paper butterflies glorified the celebrations, what a festival! It was really a beautiful engagement. Also, it got emotional for a while as there were hugs and tears too. Everything worked out perfectly!

Newly engaged couple with blushing faces glanced at each other and went strolling all around. They were profoundly overcome by shaking hands and sweet blessings for new life. And rest of the time was blessed with a set up of special delights in that beautiful green vale, oh yes they chose the best place for this engagement session – a place that’s obviously going to hold many memories. Evening was extremely brilliant, and the story has just begun, stay tuned for the next phase.:) 

Flashh! I felt like I’m building an imaginary fairy tale story while penning down the engagement ^_^ My head is currently in clouds, as I am almost in disbelief that I finally found the one I had been admiring in my dreams, the man that I am marrying. Truly, it gives me a beautiful feeling every time I look at my pretty little ring. I love it, the most beautiful thing. Thanks, Abhijeet. I don’t think I have ever been that crazy, ridiculously joyful or surprised! It was right in that moment that I saw the rest of my life before my eyes…my wildest dreams coming true, all with you. Xx 

Endlessly Smitten~

Twenty-two years old. It means I have entered twenty-three. And twenty-three is almost 25, which is like the mid-20s. Well, I am in my perfect age again!

Before anything, I wonder where did the last couple of years go! Since I was in my teen I dug my nose in the books which helped me in getting the first couple A’s in my life, Singing and dancing my heart out, catching up with friends, dining out with family, snuggling on the couch while watching movies, long phone conversations with random friends, caring for attendance, then that evening when I walked to my college graduation followed by LONDON ^_^ It was all going okay; and all of a sudden I took the brave chance to join my dad’s business. Oldie enough, but this made my life take a new special turn. Oh yes, here it goes for how my new year started. Check out!

My peers believe that I was fortunate enough to grow up quite quickly as I never knew that I would be where I am today. I have always loved being by myself, my own breath is all I have always heard, but the other day, to be specific, the 13th day of February, I got along with the most incredible sensation. It will take a novel to explain the full significance of the whole event; however I would love to state how it exactly started.

It began with a short drive which was fueled purely by beauty; yes a little colloquy and then was the time when HE pulled the car into OUR drive and stopped at the end, a two-story castle! Where I met everyone, The Family! Everything that happened then gave me a mixed feeling, well to be true – cloud nine was touched! What next, another short drive. Now it was my turn, I took my foot off the brake pedal, the car moved forward and we made our way down the drive and went right to the restaurant, an indirect celebration for the biggest thing! We got out of the car, he smiled down at me with a wail..ya I left the car headlights ON. Argh:) First-time dinner with the family, incredibly awesome!

Nothing was planned yet it went so perfect! But that was just the beginning.. the time I am living now is the best of all possible worlds. I feel absolutely privileged! I don’t realize how the entire day goes by when I’m immersed in conversation.

Abhijeet, my world has become more beautiful, and you are the reason why!

I have never told this to you but the first thing I noticed about you was your astonishing smile, that soft expression, complimented by deep eyes that spoke volumes, it all drew me in, and since then you haven’t left my mind. I dunno when I got so sure about you, but I know that I’m all sure now- you are the one who makes me think, feel, reflect! The one who will feed my soul. I just never realized when it went so deep. It’s like I’ve known you my whole life. When you first grinned at me and I shook my head..made a complete expression that it’s gonna be alright. Unseen but eternal. Pure and magical. Moments I cherish the most! Also, when we let the music do the talking, have no words to put them here!

I feel fortunate for they chose you to stick around for the rest of my life. Happiest and blessed beyond measure! You mean the world to me. I love you more than words can say.

Your biggest fan!

Time to reach for my favorite chocolate..TADA!

Exordium !

Where do I begin, where do I end!
I am soaked in a crazy bliss, with a bit of prejudice. 

Clad in my best clothes, I look deep into the mirror
And think of what is yet to come!
What I sense is a shift in the breeze behind
And hear voices in back of my mind.

Recovering my scattered ponders,
I start remembering the majesty of that day..

When I saw a face full of grace, and those strong hands
Can’t forget how confident he stands.
As I looked at him with my eyes open
I was left with just a few words spoken.

I am born in the world of desire
Until now I was in my own being, lost in my humdrum!

Well I know I’m someone’s property
That’s the reason for my wide eyes with worry.
Indeed someone else is going to be my Identity
Abiding thinking what life would bring to me.

Now a strong wind of change is blowing my way
and it’s making my every step much harder to take.
For I am really glad- this beautiful thing happened,
I need to relax, breathe and embrace this change.

Still sometimes I think it’s not going the route I planned
I have been thinking about this every day and night.
But a day like today can change my entire universe
Therefore, I wish on a star asking this new world to rhyme.

Here comes my leisure
Where I indulge in this worthwhile trade!

It forever starts in a particular fashion,
It is fiercely different with me the way it happened.
As I marched ahead, hymning in the sun
Treasure was amassed and respect was dredged.

After all the chaos I stretch, turn and twist
I know it outshines of that entire one could ever wish.
The words he will couch will make my day better
The warmth he will spread will make the bleak softer

So, from the cradle I blaze the glorious hitch up
Wish could see your flare face after this whoop up!

Because grandpa told me so..

This evening I realized that life is really tough when reality becomes very real.

I promised him I wouldn’t cry when it was his time to leave,
That’s the only promise I made him I couldn’t keep..

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October the twenty-seven always stirs up the saddest of memories for me and my family. It is exactly two years ago, that I lost one of the most important person in my life, my paternal grandfather, and ironically, the twenty-seventh day of October in 2011 was a New Year according to the Hindi calendar.

Remembering my grandpa is like taking a walk through my childhood years and getting mesmerized by all the fantastic stories of past. Those small memories, stories that were just between me and my bade-papa (this is what I used to call my grandpa). The truly special ones!

I don’t want to believe that he’s gone. But I need to honor the process, the absolute truth, death. He is a true icon, not even cessation of his life can take him away. Yet, as long as I can reminisce on the good times and go back to the lessons learned, my grandparents will never really leave.

His that last kiss on my forehead, I can never ever forget that! I know bade-papa would be watching us, along with badi-mumy, and our love will reach the sky and Let them know how special they are!

I love you both, and miss you really!