My trip was partly business related and partly personal explorations in India. Before coming to Delhi, I had visited Mumbai and Pune as well. Mr. Kumar and his place was very different compare to most other places I had stayed in India. He was always eager and excited to help. His pricing was clear and didn’t charge for many additional things they provided. They had a friendly cook for the family and a helper who I could ask for Chai, fruit or sandwiches at anytime at no extra charges. They would even put melon and watermelon in the fridge for when I want a snack in the middle of the day. If you are lucky, you may also get to try his wife’s tasty Kir, a special rice pudding cooked slowly with cardamom. When I was sick for a day, they cooked me Kichiri and some other light food (and didn’t charge for it either). I had asked for healthy food so they made great effort to cook me brown rice/bread, and use less oil in preparation of food. A few times that I ate lunch or dinner at home, they cooked a few dishes for each meal and very tasty. Also if I wanted anything specific for breakfast or other meals, they were quiet happy to make them for me.
One of the perks of staying there was that he arranged for massages anytime of the day I asked for & right in my room. The little secret Mr. Kumar taught me was to leave the TV on when cricket matches were on & the massage person continued beyond the normal massage time and until the match was finished
He also arranged for me to join his gym for the days that I stayed there & gave me access to the swimming pool at a private club. We ended up going to the gym most mornings together which was a good encouragement for me to stay on track with my exercises. He gave me a wake-up call 10 minutes before going to the gym and he drove us there and back. It was also nice to relax at the end of the exercise in the Sauna, and to talk about what places I could visit and what foods I should try in Delhi. By the way, if you are not vegetarian, try Karim’s restaurant while you are in Delhi. Mr. Kumar can tell you what to order at Karim’s. Actually, since I learned the Hindi word “Karak” from him as in “Roti Karak”, it made my experience of roti much more enjoyable i.e. toasted. He loves food so he can tell you all about different places to eat.
Getting a simple train ticket even from a travel agency was a hassle a few times I tried in other cities; but Mr. Kumar was able to make a phone call to an agent he knew and they even delivered the ticket to the house at no extra charge. Once I found a very good deal online for a flight ticket to Leh in Ladakh, but the local website didn’t let me use my Canadian issued credit card. Mr Kumar was very kind and offered his credit card to use; otherwise I might have lost the special price.
By the way after I stayed for more than 10 days at Anika’s Nest, I went to Rishikesh for a few weeks and came back for another 3 day stay. Before I left, the family prepared some snacks and cookies for my trip; so much that I couldn’t fit some in my bag. But on the train and for many days after, I was having their cookies with my chai & appreciating all their kindness and hospitality. He was also kind to arrange his schedule in a way that he can drop me off at the train station which is about 25 minutes away. As I mentioned, I eventually got back from Rishikesh, stayed at their place again, I am in Leh now and will be back to stay there for 3 days there again to catch my flight back to Canada.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We invite you, the international traveler, to experience an upscale hospitality of North India. Easy access to all parts of Delhi from our place. Our rooms are comfortable, with air-conditioning. Breakfast is included in price. Airport pickup, Drops, Railway station pickups - all arranged. ... more less