Sunny’s World Pune – Review

Sunny’s World Pune – The Next Big Thing

Sunny’s world resort in Pune is currently the talk of the town and is relatively quite new. It is known for its famous Ruby Hilltop restaurant. This restaurant boasts to be Pune’s only Hilltop Restaurant and has amazing views.

I came across this place because of the huge Sunny’s World sign atop a hill that lights up at night and can be visible from miles away. We planned an overnight stay and got in touch with the resort. The customer service representative was very helpful and we made our reservations via the phone itself.

Sunny’s World has two stay options:

Moonstone Swiss Chalets

Topaz Luxury Glass Tents

We managed to get a discount and got all three meals plus the stay at a very reasonable rate. The Moonstone Swiss Chalets is what we booked.

Swiss Chalet Room
Swiss Chalet Room

The resort is very accessible as Ola and Uber both have their services in the area.

The check-in time is 2 pm and check out is at 12 pm. We arrived at 12 pm and requested for an early check-in. The rooms were ready by 1pm.

The entire resort is spread across 100 acres of land. There is a golf cart service that is going to be launched for visitors to go around the property. When we were there we spoke to the reception and they arranged a car for us in the evening. The General Manager himself accompanied us throughout the property.

The following are the highlights of the property:

  • Arena – The largest Turf Lawn. This is perfect for a big fat wedding. It has an artificial waterfall as the backdrop and ample lights to keep the party going.
  • Opel – This is a smaller hilltop lawn with great views.
  • Emerald –This is located next to the reception and is the first hilltop poolside lawn in Pune. The pool is an infinity pool that opens out to views of the city.
  • Asia’s Largest Manmade Waterfall – Yes that’s correct, Sunny’s world claims to house this manmade marvel.
  • Kohinoor and Pearl – These are two banquet halls located on the property as well. Kohinoor is the largest banquet hall without a center pillar.
  • Ruby Hilltop – This is the main attraction of the property. The restaurant is a perfect place to celebrate an occasion or have a romantic dinner.
  • Moonstone Swiss Chalets – These beautiful wooden cottages are spacious and extremely well maintained. Every chalet has a private balcony that gives a great hilltop view. We stayed in this and loved the experience. It is just a minute away from the pool and the restaurant.
  • Topaz Glass Tents – These tents are a little away from the main reception and restaurant. We were taken by car to see these tents. Every tent has a cooler inside and not a split A/C. They distance between two of these tents is also quite good as compared to the Swiss Chalets. The highlights of these tents are the unobstructed views and also the retractable roof of the shower that will let you bathe directly under the stars.
  • Water Park – We were told that an entire amusement park was being built and we could see the construction had already started.

When you book the meal package, the breakfast and lunch are served at the main seating area of the Ruby Hilltop whereas the dinner arrangement is a bit different. A buffet is setup beside the Emerald lawn.

The breakfast was really good although the lunch and dinner was not good. I would suggest do not include your meals in the package. Rather, order a la carte from the restaurant as the menu is different for the buffet. Note that the restaurant A La Carte menu is top rated and a must try.

The area between the chalets and the restaurant has a kids play zone and an indoor games room.

The kid’s zone has a bouncy castle and a trampoline. The indoor games are present in a wooden cottage. As you enter there is a pool table along with a foosball table and carom board. The other room has a chess board and a mini air hockey table. There is also a room dedicated to virtual reality gaming. All the games apart from the virtual gaming are free to use for residents and also for restaurant visitors.

The entire resort looks very promising and in a few years will surely be one of the highlights of Pune.

Sunny's Worls at Night
Sunny’s World at Night


Fort Jadhavgadh Pune – Experience Royalty

Fort Jadhavgadh – A Heritage Hotel

Fort Jadhavgadh reflects the stature of Pilaji Jadhavrao – a man as strong in mind and body as the stone structure he envisioned to create. In 1707, Chhatrapati  Shahuji the grandson of the great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was released after 21 years imprisonment by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. He handpicked a group of loyal men to recapture the region from the Mughals and restore Maratha glory. Pilaji Jadhavrao was one of them. He gathered and trained an army of men from Jadhavwadi and Saswad region to restore the Maratha regime. Pilaji breathed his last in 1784, after serving the Marathas and three generations of Peshwas. And it is this legacy — heroic and traditional — that Fort Jadhavgadh strives to keep alive.

Entrance Board at Fort Jadhavgadh
Entrance Board

Fort Jadhavgadh was built in 1710 as a place of residence and safe haven to Pilaji and his army. The Fort swells with Maratha architecture. The 300-year old fort covers two acres of the sprawling 25 acre property. The lawns can accommodate up to 5,000 guests. The highlights of the fort include – The armored main Durwaaza (Gate), Rock Stairways and the Dungeons. The dungeons were used as grain stores and also as prisons at the time of war.

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Chungthang – A Hospitable Experience

The Unexpected Brings You Most Joy

My friend Piyush and I were en route to Lachung – a remote village in North Sikkim, India. We had booked a package covering Lachen – Lachung – Yumthang over one night and two days for Rs1500. We were received at the pickup point by our twenty year old driver, Sontosh. Even before we began our journey to Lachen, we bonded really well with the driver and had become friends with him. We were ten passengers in the jeep who together travelled well-adjusted even with our mixed preferences and differences.

Piyush and I were sitting next to the driver and had direct access to the stereo so we kept mixing the playlist, entertaining Sontosh who was having a good laugh.

The roads were rough and it was drizzling when we started but, it did not prepare us for what was to come next.

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Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in the city of Bristol. The bridge has been attracting visitors for almost 150 years. The bridge spans the picturesque Avon Gorge. This bridge joins Bristol and North Somerset. It is entirely funded by tolls since its inauguration in 1864.

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge

In the year 1754, wine merchant William Vick had left 1000 pounds in his will to the society of merchants who managed the port of Bristol. He also stated that when the money grew to 10000 pounds it should be used to construct a toll free stone bridge across the Gorge. But, the construction of a stone bridge was not possible as it would block the large ships from entering Bristol.

By 1829, 8000 pounds were collected. There was a hunt for a plan of constructing the bridge. A competition was announced to find the best plan. The statement of the competition is as stated below:

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Top Delhi Points of Interest

Just arrived in Delhi and do not know where to go?

Here are the top Delhi points of Interest

Agrasen ki Baoli
Agrasen ki baoli delhi points of interest
Agrasen ki Baoli


Agrasen ki Baoli is a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide ancient step well on Hailey Road near Connaught Place, Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, India. However  there are no records to prove that who built Agrasen ki Baoli. It is assumed that it was initially built by the legendary king Agrasen, and  was rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal colony. It’s one of the best places in Delhi to spend your weekend with friends .


You can reach Agrasen ki Baoli by New Delhi , Metro station . It is about 3km from New Delhi Metro station . You can take an auto or a taxi to reach there. 






*The Baoli is 60m long and 15 m wide rectangular step well. It has 103 steps made of red stones.

* People believe that evil spirits reside here.

* UNESCO declared the tomb a World Heritage Site in 1993.

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Urbanpod Mumbai: Is India moving towards minimalist living?

Urbanpod Mumbai: India’s first pod hotel

Just outside the country’s first pod hotel is a busy street with the city’s metro construction work going on in full swing. Amidst the usual chaotic traffic, the famous red BEST public buses make their way into the bus depot nearby. Urbanpod Mumbai is located on the first floor of a corporate park adjacent to the SEEPZ bus depot. Looking at the location you cannot gauge the silence inside the hotel. It is Mumbai’s first step towards minimalistic living. The minimal décor and doors that open only with keycards live up to Urbanpod’s motto – #StaySmart.

The founders of Urbanpod Mumbai are entrepreneur duo Shalabh Mittal and Hiren Gandhi. This hotel is inspired from a similar chain in Singapore. The capsule hotels or pod hotels however you like to call it, were first established in Japan in the 1970’s. Businessmen looking for accommodation after missing their last train home used to stay at these hotels. But now this trend is picking up globally with pod hotels popping up in various countries. But will this concept pick up heat in India?

The customer service and staff at Urbanpod Mumbai is top notch. The general manager Mr. Ajay Pandit himself had handled my booking over the phone. A day prior to my check-in I received this mail:

Urbanpod mumbai email
Welcome Email

I entered the floor of the building when the receptionist flashed his keycard at the main door. It’s been just over a month since the hotel has opened and not many guests are present. The entire floor is unusually silent and all you can hear is the hum of the central air-conditioning. The receptionist gave me a keycard to access my pod. Before you head to the pod, you have to take off your shoes and place them in a locker which opens with the keycard provided (talk about #StaySmart). Once you have placed your shoes, you are handed over a welcome kit consisting of clean towel, a bottle of water and the television remote. The entire experience feels like you are going to be held captive but all this changes once you get past the door and feel that you are part of a Sci-Fi space odyssey.

Urbanpod mumbai Shoe Locker
Shoe Locker
Urbanpod mumbai Welcome Kit
Welcome Kit

An attendant will accompany you till your pod. There are lockers outside the pod to place your belongings. The pod is very futuristic and signifies minimalism to the point. The pod is equipped with touch control light switches, USB ports, charging points, a mirror, a safe, and a television. Headphones are provided for the television so that the other astronauts (read guests) are not disturbed. There is also a mini fire extinguisher inside the pod. The attendant then went on to explain all the controls present on the panel inside the pod much like how a flight attendant does. You will feel you are part of a movie inside the pod.

Inside urbanpod mumbai
Inside the Pod

I then went around the hotel exploring the different arrangements and facilities available. There are a total of 140 pods at Urbanpod Mumbai. The owners plan on expanding to other metropolitan cities and build a user base in India. There are four categories of pods:

Classic Pod: This is the pod in which I stayed. There are rooms on the entire floor containing sets of 8 to 10 classic pods each. This makes it almost like a dormitory with pods placed over each other. There are a total of 106 classic pods.

Urbanpod mumbai Classic pod room
Classic Pod Room
Urbanpod mumbai Inside the Classic Pod
Inside the Classic Pod

Private Pod: You enter the private pod from the side. Some private pods have an extended area outside where you can sit. There are 6 private pods in total.

Urbanpod mumbai Private Pod
Private Pod

Ladies Pod:  They are classic pods but just have a separate zone from the other pods. This is done as a security measure to encourage solo female travellers to stay in a minimal co-living space. There are 18 pods in the ladies zone.

Queen Pod: They are nothing like the capsules and are as good as a double occupancy room. This is meant for two people and has a queen size bed, a work table and a television. All this minus the fancy panel controls. There are 10 Queen pods in all.

Urbanpod mumbai Queen Pod
Queen Pod

The hotel has a common hand wash area and has 12 common bathrooms. Laundry services are available on demand as well. The bathrooms are big and very clean. A carpet covers the entire floor. There are stamps and maps of different countries lined across the walls. As you see the pictures of the pods you must be wondering whether it is claustrophobic inside. I would say surprisingly no. Each pod is 7 ft x 3 ft which is spacious enough. Only thing that plays with your head inside the pod is that it is completely white and you may at times feel like you are inside an institution.

Urbanpod mumbai Lobby
Urbanpod mumbai Handwash Area
Handwash Area


Urbanpod Mumbai Cafeteria
Urbanpod Cafeteria

If you are an introvert this place is heaven for you as there is not much human interaction in the hotel as your pod is SMART enough to ensure a comfortable stay. There is a cafeteria near the reception that has two personal work stations and many chairs and counter seating. Complimentary breakfast is provided. The tariff of the classic pod varies around the Rs. 2000 mark. The remaining pods are just a steep increase from there on. The pricing of Urbanpod Mumbai is justified because it is in close proximity to the airport. My overall experience at the pod was very different from the usual hotels. It can be considered a novelty experience for now but the market has huge potential to grow in the future. Urbanpod Mumbai is definitely an experience you should not miss.

You can book your stay from and reserve your pod without a credit card.


What do you think of minimalistic living? Do you think that pod hotels will be the next big thing in India? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


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Why now is the best time to learn digital marketing in India?

Internet usage in India is on a steady increase. Our honorable Prime Minister, Sri. Narendra Modi has also put forth his vision for a digital India. Looking at this trend all major companies are starting to create their presence online. Here’s where digital marketing comes into picture. With a properly planned online content strategy and a well optimized ad campaign a business or company can reach a large audience at a very minimal cost. Approximately one billion dollars have been spent on digital marketing in India and this number is only on the rise. The job potential in this field is great; almost every business or company is onboarding digital marketers to keep up with their competition.

How can you learn digital marketing in India online?

There are a number of blogs and courses online that you can follow and develop your skills. A few of the leading sites are,,, and You can also refer to youtube video tutorials on digital marketing.

The complication in studying from various sources arises personally, since I am already in a full-time job and also run my travel blog I find it hard to devote time to search through different sites and piece together information in order to learn digital marketing. Also, just theoretical knowledge isn’t enough to get you job ready. You have to get your hands dirty and learn from your mistakes as and when you put your skills to the test.

Why did I choose the Digital Marketing Nanodegree program by Udacity ?

The Digital Marketing Nanodegree program by Udacity  helps to build an overall understanding of Digital Marketing. It follows a structured and practical approach which motivates my learning.

Advantages of the Nanodegree program:

1. This program is made by partnerships with industry leaders like Google, Facebook, HubSpot, Hootsuite, Moz, and MailChimp, who are leaders across the entire digital marketing ecosystem.

2. Udacity believes in hands on learning. Over the course of the program you will be completing 9 projects in various domains of digital marketing. These projects can be used as an online portfolio for recruiters.

3. The hiring partners for India are Paytm, Razorpay, Zomato, Zoomcar and Instamojo.
4. You will be assigned a mentor who will help you throughout the course. There are also forums for students to discuss their projects and doubts.

5. Udacity provides personalized support right from the enrollment to placements.

The more creative you are the better digital marketer you will be! So why not get started right away in building your digital marketing career. Digital Marketing Nanodegree

What makes Bhutan stand out from the rest of the world?

7 unique ways in which Bhutan stands out from the rest of the world:

Bhutan prioritizes Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product:

All Smiles 🙂

His Majesty Jingme Singye Wangchuck, the former king of Bhutan believed that rather than measuring the progress of the country based on the amount of money the country earns, it should be measured by the happiness of the people and factors contributing to the quality of life.

Bhutan is a country without traffic lights:

Bhutan Traffic Police (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Thimpu is the only capital city in the world to have no traffic lights. The intersections are manned by police officers gracefully guiding the traffic. The low population of the country makes the need for traffic lights void. Although, the government had installed traffic lights in Thimpu but recalled the installation the next day as it caused a lot of confusion.

Bhutan has a national dress:

Royal Couple wearing traditional attire

The Gho for men and Kira for women is the national dress. All citizens have to wear it to government offices, schools and formal gatherings. The Gho is a knee-length robe tied at the waist by a cloth belt known as the kera. The kira is an ankle-length dress consisting of a rectangular piece of woven fabric. It is wrapped and folded around the body and is pinned at both shoulders, and bound at the waist with a long belt.

Bhutan has one of the world’s most challenging airports:

Paro Airport

Paro airport is the only international airport present in Bhutan and was also the only airport in the entire country up until 2011. Surrounded by peaks as high as 5,500 meters and consisting of just one runway, this airport requires pilots to undergo special training before they can land here. There are only a handful of certified pilots that can land in Paro. It is in a deep valley and on the banks of river Paro Chhu which makes for some breathtaking views.

Bhutan prioritizes environmental conservation:

Forest in Bhutan

The forests and animals are protected, the government passed a rule stating that 60% of the country should be forest area. This shows how much the Bhutan cares about nature.

Bhutan has a unique national animal:

Takin Preserve Thimpu

The Takin is a rare mammal found in the north western and far north eastern parts of the country. Thimpu has a Takin preserve where you can find these animals in their natural habitat. They look like they have a goat’s head on a cow’s body. Since this animal has a lot of mention in Bhutanese folklore it was declared the national animal by the king.

Bhutan has traditional architecture:

Art on Doors

As stated by law, all buildings in Bhutan must reflect traditional architecture. This is why every house looks so picturesque with their doors and windows having intricate woodwork.

Also read about my experience at Urbanpod Mumbai: India’s first Pod Hotel.

Lavasa – The Protofino of Maharashtra

I am happy to announce that I have collaborated with folks over at Hungry Tripper. Do check their website, they have a travel contest also running with up to Rs. 10,000 prize money up for grabs!!. I have published the article about Lavasa on their website.

You can read it here : Lavasa – The Protofino of Maharashtra

In the future I would have more articles published on their website.

South Goa a Travel Series (Part III)

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I reached Margao at 8:30 pm.  I had booked an Airbnb that cost me Rs. 2000 for 3 nights. Aaron was my host and his house was about 10 minutes from Colva beach by scooter. He was really kind and dropped me to the restaurant Kentuckee on Colva beach, which is quite famous for its food in that locality for dinner. My dinner was very simple; fish curry and rice with a fish steak.  All the places from where I could rent a scooter were shut, so I had to walk back home. The streets were completely dark and deserted with the occasional lights from the vehicles passing by. The 20 minute walk felt a lot longer than it should have and I went to bed immediately, as I planned on starting early the next day.

The locals in Goa are really friendly and helpful. The watchman of the building where I was living at gave me details of a scooter rental place (Valencia Rental, Colva 09921348359). They gave me a deal of Rs. 900 for 3 days to rent a scooter. I headed to Majorda beach. This beach wasn’t as clean as the other beaches I had visited. There is a Lagoon on the beach but it is quite dirty and I would not recommend entering it. There were a very few people on the beach, probably because it was quite early in the morning. I had breakfast at a stall on the beach; Hot cup of tea along with pav and potato bhaji all for just Rs. 30.

Next up, I headed to San Jacinto Island. This island is just a few kilometers to the north-east of Dabolim airport. Silver Gate bridge connects the island to the mainland. This destination is quite underrated and you will not find many tourists here. The island is famous for St. Hyacinthi Church, which celebrates its feast on the last Sunday of September. There is also a chapel on the island that has an underground tunnel leading to the other side of the river. The island is majorly a residential area and life on the island is slow. There also is an old lighthouse, from the top of which you will get a breathtaking view of the Goa coast.

22 km North of San Jacinto is the statue of Dona Paula. This place is a popular tourist attraction and was very crowded when I reached. The fishermen of the area have a collection of ghost stories about Dona Paula. They say that on pitch dark nights and sometimes at the stroke of midnight, she rises from the sea and roams the area, wearing a string of pearls and nothing else. I did not stay here for long and proceeded to Panjim.

Our Lady of immaculate Conception Church in Panjim stands out with its great Portuguese architecture. The entire exterior of the church is bright white. I reached here just around 2 pm and the church was closed for visitors till 3:30 pm. I had a quick meal at George’s Restaurant opposite the church. The pork vindaloo with pav was delicious. The interior of the church is very colorful and has a lot of gold plated carvings. The main alter is dedicated to Mother Mary. On the 8th of December every year the church celebrates its feast with all fervor. The church is decorated with white and blue flowers and there is a procession led by a brass band that plays the festive fados. The procession usually ends with a fireworks display.

The churches of Goa have preserved their heritage and give a sense of calm when you enter them. To explore some more churches I made my way to Old Goa or Velha Goa. Se Cathedral is the largest church in Asia; it is dedicated to St. Catherine. The Cathedral has amazing mosaic work, soaring ceilings and very intricate wood carvings. In the adjoining compound is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The Basilica is a UNESCO world heritage site and contains the tomb and mortal remains on St. Francis Xavier. His body is placed in a glass coffin under the shower of gilt stars. 3rd December is annually celebrated as the feast of St. Francis Xavier. Once every 10 years his body is taken around Old Goa before scores of pilgrims. The next will happen in the year 2024.

By this time it was already 6:00 pm and I wanted to get back before it got too late at night. I grabbed a quick street snack of pork sausages and pav for Rs. 50 and set off for Colva. Benaulim beach is around 10 minutes from Colva, Johncy’s restaurant is one of the most famous places to eat there. I reached Johncy’s at 8:30 pm and enjoyed a sumptuous meal of tongue roast and butter garlic prawns and headed back to my room. The next day I had planned on visiting ancestral Goa.


Ancestral Goa of the ‘Big Foot’ Museum, is a miniature Goan village describing  Goa – like it would have been a 100 years ago. It is located in Loutulim. There are different sections depicting the way of life and the history of Goans. There is a rock with an imprint of a foot. Legend has it that a generous land owner who used to help the poor was taken advantage of and left penniless. He asked the Gods to give him a place to pray, the Gods gave him one hot stone on which he stood on one foot and prayed. Looking at his devotion they took him into heaven and his footprint was left behind.  The museum thus gets the name ‘Big Foot’ from this legend. There is also a laterite sculpture of Sant Mirabai strumming her tambori. This sculpture is the longest  laterite structure in India. An ancestral Portuguese home is present right opposite the museum.  The entry fee for the house and museum tour together is Rs. 170. The guide that takes you around the house is very informative and you learn a lot about how the people used to live centuries ago.


Before setting out on my trip I had asked friends for suggestions about places to eat and to see. Star Light restaurant by the river in Assolna was one of the top recommendations for food. I went here for lunch. Their Calamari (Squid) stir fry is the best you can have. I had lime soda and beef chilly fry for Rs. 290. The location of the restaurant makes it an ideal place for reading or just sitting and relaxing. You cannot miss this place!

I wanted to see the sunset at a beach, so I decided that I will visit a few beaches before going back to Johncy’s (Yes, I loved the food so much that I went here again). Zalor beach was where I stopped first; this beach is very clean and had only foreigners, probably because it isn’t very popular. Cavelossim beach was my next stop. White sand and few people, my kind of beach. After a walk along the shore it was about 5:30 pm and almost sunset. I moved on from Cavelossim to Varca beach. There were group of local kids playing football on the beach. I couldn’t resist myself and joined in. We played until sundown; it was a perfect end to my Goa trip.


Hope you liked the travel series! Stay tuned for more tips and travel stories. Happy Travels 🙂