It is believed that Chai (Tea) was first founded some 5000 years ago in an ancient royal court of India. The reigning king experimented and created this recipe as an Ayurvedic tonic. Years passed, the concept of tea became a national treasure for everyone. It was drank as a daily beverage by everyone; tea/ types of tea did not believe in any form of discrimination.
Later people felt the need of experimentation with their ‘personal’ beverage. They added different types of spices and thus, different types of tea were born.
In 1935 British East India Company established tea plantations in Assam to establish Great Britain’s monopoly over the National Drink of India in order to free India from the chains of tea commands of China.
This led to the evolution of different types of tea in India, and it is safe to say that almost every state has a tea to its name now.
NOON CHAI / PINK CHAI
Noon chai, also known as shir chai, gulabi chai, Kashmiri tea or pink tea, is a traditional tea beverage originating in the Kashmir Valley. It is perfect for winter evenings and you can drink it alongside biscuits.
Kahwa tea is a flavourful Kashmiri green tea. It is an exotic mix of Kashmiri green tea leaves, whole spices, nuts and saffron which an exotic combination of taste, aroma and health benefits.
Butter tea, also known Gur Gur Chai in the Ladakhi language, is a drink of the people in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Bhutan, India and Tibet and other Western regions of modern-day People’s Republic of China. It is associated with warmth on a cold day and good times spent with Tibetan friends, or the adventure of travel in Tibet or Tibetan communities in India or Nepal.
DOODH PATTI CHAI
Doodh pati Chai is different from saada chai: it only uses milk and tea. This tea does not include water. The roots of this tea are from Punjab/ West Pakistan.
Kangra tea is a tea originating from the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Both black tea and green tea have been produced in the Kangra Valley since the mid-19th century. Kangra tea was given the Geographical Indication status in 2005.
Darjeeling tea is a well-known tea variety that is exported around the world which grows in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Darjeeling tea is unique because of its leaves. They can be processed in different ways, resulting in black, green, white, or oolong tea.
Indigenous to the state of Assam, it is mainly produced in the Brahmaputra valley. Loose Assam tea gives a malty strong flavor. Black Assam Teas are ideal for breakfast and drinking in the morning. Loose Assam teas are popular for their rich maltiness.
This recipe is inspired from the famous tea shop in Pune ‘Chai La Pune’. Tandoori chai is unique variety of Indian tea local to the people of Pune. In this recipe, tea is prepared in the usual Indian way. After that, a clay pot is heated (usually in a Tandoor) and prepared tea is poured in the clay pot so that it absorbs flavors of the hot clay pot.
Which tea are most looking forward to try? Meanwhile you can read about snacks to munch with your tea here: 8 yummy tea time snacks for lazy evening
The Best Jazz Cafe/Restaurants To Visit In India
In India, music lovers are only just really waking up to genres of music other than Bollywood and international pop. The independent music scene in India has been growing by leaps and bounds recently, but the craze for jazz precedes this trend by decades. This is indicated by the fact that in 1947, there were around 60 jazz bands in Mumbai itself! In metro cities like India, Bangalore and Pune, jazz lovers have kept alive a thriving culture of appreciation and enjoyment of jazz music.
Shisha Jazz Cafe, Pune
Amazing vintage vibes with a chill ambiance and great live music, Shisha Jazz is one of the must-visit restaurants in the city of Pune. They have live jazz music performances every Thursday and also hold an amazing jazz music festival in August. This is one of the best places to hang out with your music lover friends. The food is also great, the staff is courteous and the service quick.
Timings: 10 AM to 11:30 PM
Cost for 2: Rs 2000
Trincas on Kolkata’s entertainment street Park Street is one of the best places in the country to experience classic jazz music from the sixties. Also, this is the very place where an 18-year-old Usha Uthup found her voice and went on to make her mark as a singer. Other prominent performers include Biddu, Tina Charles, Benni Rozario and Eve. The place resurrected its live music scene in 2015, with the promise of holding hour-long gigs every Saturday.
Timings: 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Cost for 2: Rs 1500
Le Bistro du Park, New Delhi
Touted as one of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants in New Delhi, Le Bistro is perfect for lovers of European cuisine and jazz music. It’s one of the few places that hold a weekly celebration of jazz music known as Jazz by the Park every Wednesday and Friday. It’s a very romantic setting that is tailor-made for romantic date nights with someone special. Le Bistro is a very cozy place and has excellent food complemented by great service and courteous staff.
Timings: 11 AM to 12 Midnight
Cost for 2: Rs 1700
The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi & Gurugram
As suggested in the name, The Piano Man is for pure jazz fanatics. With the greatest jazz musicians name engraved in the bricks of the restaurant. That isn’t the only thing which sets your mood. From the lighting to the food. From the decor to the service. They’ve got the formula just right. Take your date to this fancy place. With the beautiful live music, it will enhance your experience. Also, if you are a musician. You could play here.
Timings: 12 PM to 11 Pm
Cost for two: 1800
Cafe Zoe, Mumbai
This place is famous for its all-day breakfast menu and delicious European cuisine. Live performances are one of the many USPs of Zoe, alongside affordable food and peppy, casual vibes.
Timings: 7:30 AM to 1:30 AM
Cost for 2: Rs 2000
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Dog Travel Tips: Travel Long Distance With Your Dog!
Who doesn’t love travelling with their furry friends? And for that some dog travel tips are very important! Long road trips are enjoyed by some dogs, while others quiver at the mere prospect of getting into a car. But anyway, if you want to drive long distances in a car with your dog, then good preparation and attentiveness is required before and during the trip.
These are few dog travel tips to help your furry friend!
Make sure everything is packed
You need to make sure you’ve got everything they may need on their journey to keep your dog happy. Usually on the long road trip and once you’ve finally arrived at your destination.
Never take them on trips during vaccination
Although travelling with puppies is great, ensuring you get them used to car trips ahead of any long road trips can be tough. Make sure you wait until all their vaccinations are full. Usually, this will be by the time they are around 14 weeks old.
Waiting until your puppy is completely house-trained is also advised, so you don’t run up a big hotel bill!
Start with Short Trips
Take your dog to a quick drive to the store, veterinarian, to another doggie park or even to training lessons for puppies. This ensures that your dog gets used to car trips as best as possible.
And hopefully some trips are expected to take them somewhere fun and exciting, so they understand that the car is fine.
Protect them from Sunshade
Temperatures inside cars will still be much higher than outside temperatures, even though it’s not a especially hot day. It is recommended to put a sunshade inside your windscreen before you drive so that inside the car it’s a little cooler.
You can also buy some sunshades for the back windows. So that during the car ride your dog will not be lying in patches of sun. Install these the night before your trip as for windscreens above.
Tire up their energy
By making sure your dog has used up all their pent up energy, he’ll be more likely to just go in the car to sleep.
Keep them entertained
Keep the radio on if you don’t talk for the whole ride. Also, let your dog chew on an antler bone. Else, a kong filled with delicious treats, or some of their favourite toys. The act of chewing alone, after a while, should tire them out.
Don’t forget toilet breaks!
Have plenty of toilet breaks specifically, every 90 minutes to 2 hours. Also, this will need to be reduced if your dog is less used to long road trips.
You should also let your dog do their business as soon as possible when you arrive. If they are desperate, even the most toilet-trained dogs could go inside.
Carry plenty of water
Dogs would also need plenty of water as they ride in vehicles. In case of traffic or delays, you can ensure you have enough to cover the entire journey plus some extra. And if you buy a bottle that has a bowl compartment attached to it, it will make things simpler for you. Mainly, because the dog can almost drink straight from the bottle.
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