Travel & Tolerance

We celebrate International day of Tolerance (Nov 16th) every year to understand and appreciate the importance of tolerance. Tolerance is a critical quality necessary for every human being. It is your ability to accept diversity, a sign of a matured mind. It establishes harmony in all your relationships and makes your life peaceful and worthy to live.

Travelling essentially teaches tolerance. People who travel around are more tolerant than the people who remain in one particular place. A person who travels widely accepts and acknowledges the diversity in race, religion, language and behaviours of people. A person who is confined to a limited space naturally develops a narrow mindset. This intolerant and self-opinionated people are, in fact, ignorant. To a certain extent, this ignorance is eradicated by travelling to diverse places.

New places offer us opportunity to see, observe, learn the tradition, culture and nature of people. It develops a racial and religious tolerance which is most necessary quality of a civilised society. Learning, reading and travelling widely teaches you to respect other’s opinion despite the fact that you totally disagree with it. Travelling to different places across the world helps you to develop broad mindset, learn to look at the things from a wider perspective and solve problems easily. In addition, travelling teaches you to encounter various kinds of experiences thus help you to gain more confidence to lead your life successfully. If you don’t travel and stay at one place, you keep ignorant and remain like a frog in the well. Hence, travel all around as much as you can, since it opens a new window to the outside world and paves the way for being tolerant.

If you would opt to explore places like BangaloreChennaiHyderabadKolkataVizagCoimbatoreMumbaiPuneDelhi and Kochin, then you are welcome to Alcove Service Apartments.

Impact of Travel on Children

It ‘s children’s day today.

Kids always love to travel around. Travelling with children is always fun and exciting. There are many positive effects a travel could create on a child. Comparatively a vagabond child has a better perspective and idea towards the world. Children learn to adapt themselves to a new place during travel.

New place, culture, people, language teaches them some lessons that blackboard wouldn’t be able to. They would love the novelty of travelling in public transport like trains, buses, etc.  Travel gives them adorable memories once they are back.

Booking a spacious travel accommodation is essential to make your stay pleasant and enjoyable with children. Make sure your room has a peaceful atmosphere, ample space and a good scenic view. Travelling with toddlers or infants probably means that you will need to spend more time in selecting your travel accommodation wisely as because of their naptimes and early bedtimes.

Visit Alcove next time when you plan a trip with your kids. Let’s celebrate childhood on this day.

Testimonials Are the Benchmark of Our Continued Success

Our clients testimonials are the fuel to our continuous success. Hear our guests speak:

Homely stay

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

“We stayed there for three months this summer in Raheja residency. The apartment is tastefully furnished and spacious. Has a full kitchen with crockery. Rita and Ajay are good host and very friendly. Sanjeev the cook was a boon and would come on the dot for BF, lunch and dinner. Maid comes everyday to clean the place. Being the honking capital of the world u can’t escape the noise pollution. Raheja is a nice block of 8 buildings with security, pool, clubhouse and some activity or the other on week ends. Plenty of restaurants nearby who deliver and good quality restaurants in the Jyoti nivas college road.”

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Hi Rita,

“My wife Nandini Nagarkatti and I stayed at Alcove Service. Apartments. The rooms were spacious, clean, well maintained and we found the staff to be very efficient and hospitable. The property is well situated in a prominent residential area with transport services easy at hand. On the whole, our stay at Alcove Service Apartments was a pleasant experience.”

Vivek Nagarkatti
Hewlett-Packard

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Every time we feel encouraged with the satisfaction of our guests.

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Benefits of Staying in Service Apartments in and around Whitefield

Service Apartments in WhitefieldWhitefield has become a major suburb of the Bangalore city after the advent of IT boom.

Service apartments have become a wide choice of travelers – corporate or personal. It is more comfortable and private than the hotel rooms. Serviced apartments offer flexible options to cater the unique needs of the guest.

If you would opt for service apartments in Whitefield, then Alcove service apartments would be a wise choice. The property of Alcove service apartments in Whitefield is located in ITPL Road, Prestige Shantiniketan. It is a separate building with 48 1BHK apartments, 8 in each floor. Ground floor has a kitchen that serves meals.

Benefits:

  • Situated at an accessible distance to city railway station and Kempegowda International Airport at Devanahalli
  • Open parking
  • 24 Hrs Security
  • Power Back-up
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Daily Newspaper
  • Laundry, Doctor on call, Cab services on pay
  • Hospitable staff

Why Studio Rooms in Koramangala Are Best Alternative to Hotels for Long Stay

Stuido Rooms in Koramangala

Koramangala is one of the biggest and busiest localities in the city of Bangalore. Irrespective of the purpose of visit and length of stay, Alcove offers studio room apartments in Koramangala, which suit the needs of corporate business travellers as well as individuals visiting with their families.

Rooms in the star hotels in Bangalore are very expensive. Alcove offers inexpensive studio rooms at affordable price. Alcove studio room apartments are an excellent accommodation for those travellers who always choose privacy and freedom that hotels can hardly ever provide.

Below are the key points that make Alcove studio apartments a smart choice in Koramangala.

1. Centralized Location - Alcove’s fully furnished studio apartment is located at calm and quiet residential area of 3rd Block Koramangala close to BDA complex and St. John’s Hospital with 25 studio rooms. You won’t find a better location in Bangalore than Koramangala – you will always stay in the Bangalore’s city centre just in the midst of most attractive areas in the city. This studio apartment is situated 40 kms from Bangalore International Airport and 12 kms from Bangalore city railway station. Many shopping malls and commercial complexes are in its closest proximity as well. Besides, travellers can also visit the major tourist attractions in Bangalore such as Vidhan Soudha, Bull Temple, Shiva Temple, Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park.

2. More Space and Comfort – Alcove studio apartment offer guests a home away from home experience that a hotel room cannot – more space, more freedom and more comfort. Each apartment has a spacious living room, bedroom, bathroom and a fully-functional kitchen for basic cooking (with Microwave, kettle and refrigerator) where you can cook your own meals, so you can feel right at home when you’re travelling. There is also an in-house kitchenette on the top floor with the services of a cook.

3. Modern Amenities - Alcove studio rooms in Koramangala offers many facilities such as 24-hour security, 100% power backup, air conditioning bedrooms, lift, open parking, 1 MBPS Wi-Fi with unlimited access, daily newspaper, daily housekeeping and daily change of bed linen and towels. Guests can also avail facilities like laundry, doctor on call, phone service, cab services, airport/station transfers and wake-up services. There is a small sit-out in the premises where guests can sit, relax and unwind themselves and can have a good time with their loved ones. We offer tasty and delicious breakfast for our guests. They can burn up their calories gained from the delicious food at fully equipped gymnasium.

4. Affordable Cost - Staying in a hotel in Bangalore can be a real pain as because many hotels will annoy you with their hidden fees, excessive food costs, and suspicious cleanliness. Although hotel rooms offer you a pleasant stay, they do not offer personalized services. Booking studio apartments is indeed a great way to have a perfect accommodation throughout your stay. A room in a star hotel would easily cost you around 5 to 6 thousand per day whereas a studio apartment would offer more facilities along with quality food at an affordable price and the best of all studio apartments offer the comfort of living in a home where families can cook, relax and stay under one roof, for a reasonable price.

If you are planning to visit Bangalore either for a business accommodation or for a long vacation trip with your family, booking a room at Alcove studio apartments in Koramangala would be a better option to make your stay pleasant and memorable.

How to Choose the Best Service Apartments in Bangalore

Bangalore is one of the largest and populous cities in India. With the ever-growing demand of IT/ITES sector and with the increase in number of industries, the number of immigrants is also getting increased in Bangalore year on year and so it has become the main IT hub for business and technology. Being one of the fastest growing cities in Karnataka, it is rapidly developing and has the record of being one of the busiest business centres of the state.

If you are planning to visit Bangalore either for personal or for official work, then accommodation is one of the key aspects that you need to look into. Most people think of staying in a star hotel when they visit Bangalore for the very first time. Few years ago, it would have been impossible to rent out a service apartment when they are new to Bangalore. Star hotels were the best choice for every tourist or traveller. But today, many people find it more comfortable to rent out a service apartment in Bangalore that provides more personalized services for the tourists and visitors.

Why Should You Choose Service Apartments in Bangalore?

It is always better to rent out a service apartment in Bangalore if you are planning to visit the city. There are plenty of reasons why you should opt for serviced apartments in Bangalore instead of choosing a star hotel. In case you are travelling with your family that has a group of 5 to 10 people, you will certainly need a lot of space even if it is just for a few days. Service apartments are really a great option as they already have a setup of what you’re looking for and are more comfortable and economical for extended stays.

How to Choose the Best Service Apartments in Bangalore?

Choosing a service apartment in Bangalore is a versatile option. Instead of having just a bedroom and a bathroom, you will have more space to live. Especially, if you are planning for a long trip, then service apartments are the best choice for more comfortable and pleasant stay. Whether it is your first time you’re visiting Bangalore or you’ve been visiting often, these tips can help you choose a perfect service apartment in Bangalore where you will truly enjoy home away from home.

Alcove Service Apartments | Bangalore

Tips for Choosing the Right Service Apartments in Bangalore

When choosing a service apartment in Bangalore, here are some few pointers you need to consider before settling on one.

1. Prime Location: Check whether the service apartment is located at a calm and posh residential locality of the Bangalore city. Check it can be easily accessible by all modes of transportation. Also check whether the important places that you visit on a daily basis such as the market, shopping malls, hospitals, company, schools, colleges, restaurants and many other facilities are available near the service apartments. You can also ensure that it is well connected to the major tourist attractions of Bangalore including Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore Palace, the Fort and Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Cubbon Park, Lal Bagh Gardens, ISKCON Temple, Bull Temple and many more.

2. Basic & Modern Amenities: When it comes to living in a service apartment in Bangalore, checking out on the apartment amenities is critical. Check whether the apartment has all the necessary facilities such as spacious bedrooms, living rooms, clean and tidy bathrooms, dining facility, fully functional kitchen, cabinets with safety lockers, 24/7 security, drinking water supply, air conditioning facility, laundry facility, ordering food facility, maid facility and other housekeeping services. You can also check for other recreational facilities which help you to relax your mood like club house, gym, swimming pool, tennis court, badminton court, etc. Examine each and every facilities of the service apartment completely and don’t be fooled by its outlook appearance alone.

3. Reasonable Cost: Bangalore is the most expensive city. People want to get their accommodation in Bangalore at low cost. Most of them want to avail more facilities at low cost, so that they can save and spend money for other purposes like to fulfil their daily needs, shopping, eatables and all others. Check for the price details for your overall duration of the stay and opt for a clear tariff with additional charges and tax details. Ensure that there are no hidden costs are charged in the tariff. The length of your stay also matters as most service apartment providers offer cheaper rates and discounts for longer stays.

4. Great Service & Support: Before booking the service apartment in Bangalore you must thoroughly inquire about their services they provide. Because after booking the service apartment if you’re are not satisfied with their services for any reason, then your money will be wasted. Look for an apartment service provider who offers the highest degree of customer service and are committed to delivering a first class experience during your stay at Bangalore. Check whether they provide online bookings / reservations and 24/7 customer support to cater your needs.

5. Read Online Reviews: Before making an informed decision, read online reviews about the service apartment that you have chosen and also look for the website of that apartment service provider. Reading reviews will give you a fair idea about the quality of service they offer and how they strive to satisfy their clients. Reading their testimonials will also help you to know about what experience the former customers have got during their stay at those particular service apartments.

Choosing the best service apartment has never been a hassle with Alcove. Alcove offers elegant, fully furnished, spacious and affordable serviced apartments across Bangalore in HBCS Layout, HBR Layout, Hennur Road, Ulsoor Lake, Whitefield, Koramangala, BTM Layout and Electronic City.

Read customer reviews and client testimonials about Alcove Service Apartments before booking rooms.

For immediate reservations / bookings, please call +91-89510-89510 or send email to stay@alcove.co.in.

 

Travel photography tips ? People

Your photographic collection of the journey will have a more personal touch if you include a variety of people shots to complement the regular sights. Often travelers are shy to shoot people because they are too self conscious to ask for permission. They may feel they are invading people?s privacy, but the fact is that people everywhere love to be photographed, with rare exceptions. So go ahead and just ask with a smile.

People pictures can be categorized into two groups : portraits, which are close up studies of a subject?s face, and environmental portraits, which include the subject?s surroundings, providing a context for the image. The better way to photograph strangers is to get to know the people first by spending some time with them. This should lead to better access to the subject and more relaxed, natural photos.

Do not start messing around with gear and settings in front of your subject. People become self conscious, stop what they are doing, and get into their ?camera pose?. Plan the shot before you approach the subject. Think about your composition and fix the right lens on camera.Stdy the light on the face and check wher it is coming from; this will allow you to position yourself correctly in the first instance. Set your exposure settings. Select a wide aperture if you want the background out of focus, or small small aperture if you want both subject and surroundings to be sharp.

Demonstrate the pose you want by doing it yourself. If people stiffen up in front of camera, it is up to you to make them relax. Take one frame, in whatever pose they have adopted, then wait or talk to them before making any change and trying again. Remember, you are aim to take a National Geographic quality portrait; people will be not only understand and cooperate, but will be eager to see how good they look on the LCD screen.

Alcove new serviced apartments in Delhi

Alcove is pleased to announce two new serviced apartments in Delhi, barely six months after adding Delhi to its network. This rapid expansion is driven by a commitment to provide a large network of serviced apartments across India with the same quality that its customers have learnt to trust.

Alcove Serviced Apartment in Panchsheel Enclave, New Delhi

Bedroomi n Delhi Serviced Apartmentt, PanchsheelThis property has six Single Rooms

All Bedrooms have air-conditioning and LCT TV with cable TV.

Amenities provided :

  • Power backup
  • 24 hours Security
  • Free access to 512 kbps Wifi
  • Doctor on call
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Breakfast Included

Alcove Seviced Apartment in DLF city phase 2, Gurgaon

Bedroom in Service Apartments - GurgaonThis features following inventory :

  • 1 BHK Apartments : 16 Nos
  • 2 BHK Apartments : 2 Nos

All Bedrooms have air-conditioning and LCT TV with cable TV. Every Apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with Refrigerator; Microwave Oven, Toaster, with all Cutlery, Utensils, and Crockery.

Amenities provided :

  • Gym
  • Power backup
  • 24 hours Security
  • Free access to 3 Mbps Wifi
  • Doctor on call
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Breakfast Included

Top tourist attractions in historic city of Delhi

Most tourists visiting India for a short vacation use Delhi as a transit point to popular places like Jaipur and Agra, the hill stations in Kashmir and Himchal and piligrimage places in Uttarakhand.? But Delhi by itself will reward a visitor richly who invests time exploring its historic monuments, gardens and temples. Delhi has a long history which and has the unique distinction of having been India’s capital longer than any other city. Historians refer to the “Seven Cities of Delhi” but, between 1100 A.D. and 1947 A.D., there have actually been eight of them: the oldest city near the site of the Qutab Minar, Siri, Tughlqabad, Jahanpanah, Firozobad, the city around Purana Qila, Shahjahanabad and New Delhi.

The history of Delhi as the Capital of India starts with the Muslim conquest of Northern India at the end of twelfth century.The city is dotted with marvelous mosques, forts, and monuments built by the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. The government has decided to propose Shahjahanbad and the city designed by Edward Lutyens – New Delhi, for nomination to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage City under the category of Inhabited Historic Towns.

You can plan a vacation in Delhi and learn about its rich past. Alcove offers two Serviced Apartments in Delhi -? East Patel Nagar and GK-1, that compare with any 3 star hotels in Delhi.

Here are the top must-see places in Delhi :
Red Fort
One of Delhi’s most famous historical monuments, Red fort or “Lal Qila” is made in red sandstone and was built by Shah Jahan in 1648. The fort contains halls of private and public audience called Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Am respectively, domed and arched marble palaces, lavish private apartments, a mosque, and aesthetically designed gardens.
Each night a Sound and Light show is performed in the Red Fort.

Akshardham Temple
Sitauted on the banks of the Yamuna river, this Temple? is built in? pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble, with finely carved pillars, statues, and domes, beautiful, lush gardens and a musical fountain. There is a theatre where films and stories related to the Guru Swaminarayan are shown.

Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple’s has lotus shaped structure and is made of marble structure, and is surrounded by nine ponds and beautiful gardens. Though a Temple, it does not have statues or idols, no sermons are delivered, but every person, irrespective of his or her religion can come and worship God here.

Humayun’s Tomb
The tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun, near Purana Qila, is a World Heritage Site and is a beautiful building made of red sandstone. Humayun’s Tomb was built for Humayun’s widow, Hamida Banu Begum, and completed in 1565.
Its Charbagh or four gardens are are botanical delights and the mausoleum has? domes, lattice screens, and a centrally designed Mihrab (a screened window) at the main chamber, containing the Emperor’s cenotaph.

India Gate
Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, this building connects to? Rashtrapati Bhawan through Rajpath, from which the national parade takes place on the Republic Day. The place is dedicated to all the soldiers who have laid their lives for the nation, and? are commemorated through the sacred fire of the Amar Jawan Jyoti,? There is a cenotaph for all soldiers with a rifle and a soldier’s helmet at the top.

Jama Masjid
One of the most famous and largest mosques in India, built by Shah Jahan in 17th Century, on the Chawri Bazaar Chawk of Old Delhi, is Jama Masjid.

Old Fort or Purana Qila
Constructed in 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Humayun, this fort was later, and only ruins remain, including Sher Mandal and Qila-i-Kuhan Mosque. Excavations also took place on this site many times, resulting in the accumulation of many artifacts which are preserved in the Archaeological Museum.

Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Temple)
There are? intricate carvings on every part and wall of the temple building depicting stories from Hindu mythology, waterfalls and landscaped gardens in the compound area, adorning the Temple.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret, in? the Indo- Islamic architecture; the building is surrounded by various other ruins and historical structures, together forming the Qutub Complex.
The? red sandstone structure has carvings and sermons from the Quran. The building has survived many earthquakes and is now a World Heritage Site.

Rajghat
A memorial of Mahatma Gandhi , this place is an open air, black marbled platform, which is the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi.

National Museum
One of the largest museums in India, the museum treasures art pieces from many fields, from paintings to arms, from manuscripts to armours, from Mohenjodaro times to the modern age.

Jantar Mantar
The Jantar Mantar consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alcove offers a range of Service Apartments, Guest Houses? in Delhi in? East Patel Nagar and Greater Kailash -1 that compare with any mid-range star hotels in Delhi

Spiritual bliss and cultural extravaganza of Durga Puja

The mesmerizing roll of traditional drums, the? pandit (priest) performing a captivating aarti (worship with fire)? before? the beautiful visage of Mother Durga towering above the devotees, the women blowing conch shells, the young men dancing in a trance holding earthen pots of incense in mouth, the artistically decorated ‘pandals’ (pavilions)? ? all these would lift even a casual visitor to Kolaka during the Durga Puja celebrations into a spiritual high.
Durga Puja, is the worship of ‘Shakti’ or the feminine form of divine power. Goddes Durga is visualized as a beautiful yellow woman with ten arms riding a lion, who was created by the Gods to slay Mahishasura, the demon king. Navratri (nine nights dedicated to the worship of Shakti) is a celebration of the victory of good over evil ,with several variations of the tradition all over India.? Durga Puja is the most important festival for the people of West Bengal? and is celebrated for 5 days starting from Shasthi (the 6th day) to Vijaya Dashami (the tenth day) during period of Navaratri. This year shasthi falls on 20th October.? The entire city of Kolakata becomes immersed in Durga Puja celebrations, transformed into a city of joy.? Even though the Puja spans for only five days, the preparations and celebrations began as early as around one month earlier. The city is decorated and illuminated all through night during this period.
Gorgeously decorated idols of the goddess are created- often in the form of large tableaux which depict her in the act of destroying the demon Mahishasura. The festivities reach fever pitch by the ninth day, and on the tenth day or Vijayadashami, the idols of the goddess are ritually immersed in a river or sea.
The best way to experience? Durga Puja is by visiting the many different pandals? of Goddess Durga,? each with a unique theme.? There are literally thousands of displays in Kolkata; it is? possible to visit only a fraction of them. Some of the not to be missed pandals are :
??? ?Bagbazar, near Bagbazar Kolkata Circular Railway Station. Is one of the oldest Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata, with a history of about? 100 years.? Look out for the strikingly beautiful idol of Goddess Durga.
??? ?College Square, on College Street. Near Kolkata University, has a picturesque setting beside a lake, and the whole area is illuminated for the festival.
??? ?Mohammad Ali Park, Opposite College Square, on Mahatma Gandhi Road, has elaborate displays
??? ?Santosh Mitra Square, in the Bow Bazaar area is known for its remarkable art work.
??? ?Badamtala Ashar Sangha Badamtala Ashar Sangha is around 75 years old.? It is located at Nepal Bhattacharjee Street, Kalighat.
??? ?Suruchi Sangha, on Nalini Rajan Avenue entertains visitors with a cultural extravaganza and outdoor display, themed on a different state of India each year.?? The Durga idols are modeled on how they look in each state as well.
??? ?Ekdalia Evergreen, off Rash Bihari Avenue, in Gariahat,? is an elaborate pandal with exotic decor and lighting. This pandal has become well known for its magnificent replicas of temples from all over India.
??? ?Singhi Park Sarbojanin Durga Puja , near? Gariahat Flyover in South Kolkata, celebrates its? 71st Durga Puja in 2012.? Singhi Park Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee, will? recreate the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple of Madurai in Tamil Nadu as their theme this year. The pandal would be? a replica of Meenakshi Amman Temple with sculptures of Hindu deities and? 23 feet high Durga Idol.
Instead of visiting? the pandals on your own , you can choose the several pandal hopping tours organized by West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation. There are one-day trips to various parts of Kolkata city, morning puja trips, evening puja tours, pre-puja tours, special Durga Puja tours to traditional Puja pandals outside Kolkata city and cruise rides on the river on the day of immersion of the Durga idols.
Visit Belur Math to experience Durga Puja in serene atmosphere of the monastery and temples dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. The math is located on the western bank of the river Ganga, in Howrah district, an hour?s drive from Kolkata. From the first day to the sixth day (Shashthi) of navaratri, Sadhus and Brahmacharins gather at the main temple of Sri Ramakrishna at dawn and sing Agamani (sung to welcome Mother Uma into homes ) songs in chorus. From the sixth day, elaborate worship of the Devi with evening aarti and bhog (food offering) are conducted. A unique feature here is Kumari Puja – worship of a young girl, treating her as Devi, during? Ashtami (eighth day).
Durga puja is also a time to feast. You’ll find a wide array of food? everywhere — you can try the Durga Puja menus with? authentic delicacies? at specialty Bengali restaurants ,? at roadside stalls or join the festive community? meal or ?bhog? in a pandal.
If you plan to stay more than a couple of days in the city, booking accommodation in guest houses? in Kolkata would work out cheaper than hotels.