And this is why we love Gujarat!

Travel Coffee Vogue recently went back to its second home – the wonderful city of Vadodara (also known as Baroda) for some wedding shopping, sightseeing and of course, feasting!

One of the first places we visited was the Lakshmi Vilas Palace. This magnificent residence of the royal family of Baroda was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890 with Major Charles Mant as the chief architect.

Built at £1,80,000, this palace is one of the costliest private residences of the 19th century.This stands as one famous monument of Vadodra which is high on tourist value.

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Then with my extended family, we tried the famous ‘papdi no lott’.

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And then… umm… we got carried away and had more food. What else a foodie can ask for? We relished some treats at Gujarat ‘s popular restaurant chain – HONEST.

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After shopping, it’s time to hit the markets!

The range and variety of Sarees, Lehengas, Ghagras, Dupattas and dress materials available in the markets of Gujarat is absolutely staggering.

Even the most reluctant of shoppers will find it impossible to resist picking up beautiful hand made fabrics. We liked these three shops in Baroda – Radhaswami ( Ghagras, Chaniya choli & dresses), Jia Sarees ( Sarees & Lehengas) and Thakur Sarees ( Sarees& Lehengas).

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We hope you enjoyed the sights & sounds of Vadodara, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Our Shirdi road trip!

Recently we were lucky enough to go to the holy place of Shirdi courtesy of the Keys Hotel Temple Tree.

Shirdi is located approximately 296 Kilometers from Mumbai (Bombay) City in India. We were warmly welcomed to the hotel by its staff and were impressed with the facilities and cleanliness of the rooms.

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The 87-room hotel is situated in close proximity to the Sai Baba Temple complex (below), and other important religious places like Khandoba Temple, Shani Shignapur, Dwarka Mai and Chavadi, as well as the amusement water park, Wet n Joy.

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Not many know that Shirdi is also known to celebrate the Dussehra festival as Punyatithi in a grand manner. Every year on this auspicious day Sai Baba is said to have entered the state of Samadhi. 10649649_784069261650293_2761345367195876055_n

Here are some of the souvenirs we got to see at the temple.

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Following a visit and prayers at the temple, we came back to the Keys Hotel Temple Tree for a royal feast!

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Oye Kake! The real taste of Punjab!

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Amritsar comes to Mumbai..!

With delicious exploding flavours of the Punjabi cuisine; Oye Kake, brings to you the ultimate Punjabi dining experience!

Located in the heart of downtown Mumbai at Fort and other outlet in central at Ghatkopar, Oye Kake offers an enormous variety of delectable vegetarian Punjabi dishes richly prepared in desi ghee and butter.

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The restaurant’s interiors are decorated with hand painted pictures, colourful pots and artefacts that will transport you instantly to Punjab! And the God father picture custom made into God Kake is very adorable.

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The rustic ambience of the restaurant combined with its tasty dhaba style food present a typical Punjabi feast.

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The food menu is vast and tempting; with popular Punjabi food items prepared in spicy gravies, stuffed parathas and lassis.

Some of the most famous traditional delicacies include; Cheese Kulchas with Chole (Rs119), Paneer Peshawari with Garlic Naan (Rs 254) and we really loved their newly added dish Nutree (Rs 169) which is a  soya and paneer mixed in rich masala gravy.

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For appetizers you can try their Cheese Paneer Papdi, Tandoori mushroom cheese melt and Khate meethe aloo chaat (Rs195 each).

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Even if you are full, walking out of here without the dessert will be a big mistake. Their Gulab jamun (Rs65) and Matka Malai Kulfi (Rs65) will make you go wow.

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They have many mini meals also for just Rs155. If you want to just snack up here then we recommend you their Masala Pav, this one is little different.

With the expertise of local chefs and with the use of an incredible mix of a variety of Indian spices, Oye Kake retains the authenticity of the Punjabi cuisine.

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Abhir Dhawan and Hardeep Singh, food enthusiasts and owners of the restaurant say:

“At Oye Kake we ensure that we provide our customers with the best Amritsari food. All meals are prepared with ingredients and spices from Amritsar alone and the stuffed Kulchas, a must-try at the restaurant are prepared with the water sourced from Amritsar! We wish to offer our guests the most delicious food, with the best service, and with a reason to return for a sumptuous meal yet again!”

Travel Coffee Vogue really loved this place and we say if you want to try true vegetarian taste of Amritsar, Oye Kake is the best place to go looking for it.

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Average meal for two people :Rs 600

Contact : 02230151552 (Ghatkopar) / 02222871882 (Fort)