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AMRITSAR: The tag of TajHotels — "Our meticulously curated experiences, deeply rooted in authenticity, perfected for you" — is bang on! I'm a fan of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and make it a point to stay there in the city I'm visiting because the team pampers guests with personalised attention, luxe accommodation, sumptuous food—and the most hospitable management. So when I was visiting Amritsar to seek blessings at the Golden Temple, I called Taj Swarna and within a few minutes, the booking was confirmed. Its location—in the heart of Amritsar adjacent to the largest mall in the city—makes it ideal for leisure and business travellers, pilgrims and shoppers which is why I chose to stay here.


The location allows for space with a chic reception | All Hours restaurant 'Grand Trunk' | 'The Chinese Room' | 'The Peg' I gym, Jiva Spa and pool! Coming to my stay, after a airport pick-up in a BMW and quick check-in, I was escorted to a deluxe room on the third floor where a bouquet of flowers and fruit platter awaited. Yayy!! What impressed me — as always — was the spacious bathroom, bright lighting, ergonomic work space — and hi-speed wi-fi throughout the property! It was a cold, winter noon and I freshened up and hired their car to seek blessings at the Golden Temple. Whenever I enter the gurudwara complex, it's a powerful experience, and as I descended the steps I felt I was once again in an oasis of peace far from the dissonance of the surroundings. Though it took an hour doing the parikrama and seeking blessings in the gurudwara, I had moments of quiet connection where I felt blessed; I felt that my prayer had been heard. Somehow, I just knew.  After all, tthe fog had cleared after days, the flight took off and I got a good darshan. Synchronicity. The rest of the afternoon was spent indulging in sumptuous Chhole Kulche at 'Bharawan Da Dhaba'… after all when in Amritsar…!!


The following morning, my flight was cancelled due to inpenetrable fog, so I chilled at Jiva Spa for hours and then isited the adjacent mall for a spot of retail therapy and then headed back to the hotel to sleep deeply for a few hours Later that evening, I headed to 'The Chinese Room' for dinner — pan-fried noodles with the most sumptuous steamed chicken and oriental vegetables in Mongolian sauce and a side of spring rolls. The chef is just too good!! And then I dropped in to 'The Peg' for Sangria. 


The following morning I jumped out of bed with an eye on the watch, wolfed down waffles, French Toast and sunny side-up eggs and rushed into a waiting BMW to catch my flight! This review would be deficient if I failed to mention that the service was amazing throughout the stay. The management goes out of its way to make guests feel relaxed and service is polite and efficient…. which brings me to last thoughts: warm hospitality, discreet luxury and personalised service [everyone remembered me by name and wished me!]. I will surely be back soon! [3-5 January 2018].


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