“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

Whenever I think about going out on weekend, the first thing that comes to my mind is “My days in Mumbai” I had several options for short getaways and multiple ways to spend exciting as well as relaxing weekends. Well, my love for Mumbai will die and I have lovingly accepted my continuity in Delhi.

There aren’t ample choices available for spending your weekend and hence decided to do something different. The idea was to spend weekend in a hotel and enjoy being inside and relax. Some of you might agree to this idea as at times doing nothing in a short holiday gives you tranquillity.maneesh srivastva, lifestyle blogger and photographer, urbanescapades.in,

We headed to Chandigarh for the weekend and the idea was to explore the hotel and the city. Though I have been to Chandigarh several times, yet wanted to explore it again.

A warm welcome at the reception and comfortable check-in were great signs to begin good time at Park Plaza.

Park Plaza, Zirakpur is truly a global property. It has more than 104 rooms, two restaurants, Essence( multi cuisine and all day dinning ) and Zaranj (an indo-pak speciality restaurant), a stylish bar and well equipped Gym and Spa and not to forget the biggest space for wedding in Chandigarh.

Food (Essence – Zaranj – Free Spirit: Just Let Go )

DSC_6087_00011We had excellent lunch at Essence with Executive Chef Raman Preet Singh Ahulwalia. It was specially designed sxz course meal. The food was very light on palate brilliantly presented and had great flavours.

Zaranj – This indo-pak restaurant serves food not just from Punjab, but also Punjab that is part of Pakistan. Deigned like a urban dhaba , the rustic look gives you the feeling of both rural and urban Punjab. This place opens for dinner and serves amazing food. Their Balti meat was absolutely delicious. One shouldn’t miss their famous aloo wadi which is amazing and highly recommended.

DSC_6059_00005Essence– This all day dinning is superb and I had two meal here. On the first day it was a European affair and the next day it was oriental. Chef Raman had done a fantastic job. Being in Punjab and working in Chandigarh he still had kept the flavours and essence intact – the food had authenticity and not fusion of Indian taste.

Free Spirit: Just Let Go–As the name suggests don’t think twice just let go. This bar which also has al-fresco seating along with pool side serves amazing Indian tapas food. The kebabs melt in mouth and the spices weren’t overpowering. Great place to unwind yourself before you head for dinner.

Apart from two huge banquet hall to manage big fat weddings, Park Plaza, Zirakpur has world class Spa, with best of the available spa treatment to relax you and your body. Their Gym has international equipment and they have a well-trained trainer too to guide you.

Park Plaza has huge swimming pools where you can relax, and take your kids too. They have separate pool for kids.

It was well spent weekend and truly enjoyed the warm hospitality of Park Plaza. If you plan a trip to Chandigarh, head to Park Plaza to unwind yourself. You would definitely be pleased and content with the choice you made!

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