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I was invited to give a Keynote Speech at Vellore Institute of Technology to the Computer Science Students. I requested Deepshree to accompany me and she agreed. So, I booked ourselves in Fortune Park Hotel as I found that the hotel was just 3 KM away from the venue of the event. Also, Fortune Park Hotel was one of the 2 4-star hotels in Vellore. There are no 5-star or higher rated hotels in Vellore.

On 29-Mar-2019, we started from our home in Bangalore at 7:25 AM in our Innova. We filled Diesel and drove to Vellore. We paid Toll at Electronic City Toll Gate (Rs. 45) and then at Hosur Toll Gate (Rs. 30). After crossing the Hosur Toll Gate, both of us were hungry. However, we could not find any hotels on the way to have breakfast. We kept driving.

Breakfast at Adhith Bhawan

At around 9:30 AM, we spotted Adhith Bhavan on the highway. We stopped here for breakfast.

Adith Bhavan
Adhith Bhavan

Adhith Bhavan was a neat and clean hotel. The toilets were also neat and clean.

Breakfast at Adith Bhavan. Idli Vada for Deepshree and Pongal for me
Breakfast at Adhith Bhavan. Idli Vada for Deepshree and Pongal for me

We resumed our journey at 10:00 AM.

Drive through to Vellore

We kept driving. We soon came to a Toll Gate where we had to pay Rs. 65. We kept driving to come across 2 more Toll Gates where we paid Rs. 80 and Rs. 85 respectively. We crossed town like Krishnagiri, Ambur, etc.

Bangalore to Vellore Road Map
Bangalore to Vellore Road Map

We reached Vellore at around 12:30 PM. Here we reset our Google Map to take us to Fortune Park Hotel. It took us around 20 minutes from the Highway into the Vellore City to reach Fortune Park Hotel. The Valet took the car for parking while the Bell Boy took our luggage. We checked in to the Hotel as I already had a booking. We had booked an Executive Deluxe Suite.

Our Room in Fortune Park

We were given Room number 502. This room had a Living room and a Bedroom and one Toilet.

Deepshree trying to tune into her favourite TV Channel
Deepshree trying to tune into her favourite TV Channel
View of our Bedroom
View of our Bedroom
Welcome Fruit Platter
Welcome Fruit Platter and Cookies
TV in the Bedroom
TV in the Bedroom
Complimentary Coffee and Tea. The Snack were sold at MRP
Complimentary Coffee and Tea. The Snack were sold at MRP
A View of the Living Room
A View of the Living Room
TV in the Living Room
TV in the Living Room
A View of the Toilet
A View of the Toilet

Lunch at Fortune Park

After relaxing in the Room for some time, we came down for Lunch at the Multi-Cuisine Restaurant in the Ground Floor of Fortune Park.

A View of the Lobby
A View of the Lobby
Capsule Lifts
Capsule Lifts

We joined the buffet.

Deepshree checkin the Buffet items
Deepshree checkin the Buffet items
Curries in the Buffet
Curries in the Buffet
Selection of Bread in the Buffet
Selection of Bread in the Buffet
Curd Rice, Dahi Vada, etc
Curd Rice, Dahi Vada, etc

Non-Smoking

One major problem for me was that all the Rooms in the Hotel are non-smoking. So, I had to go to the Car Parking on the Ground Floor for Smoking. Else, I could use the Smoking Lounge in the Neptune Bar on the Ground Floor.

After lunch, we returned to our room.

I discovered that the Hotel has a Sky Dining on the 6th Floor. Our Room was in the 5th Floor. I could smoke in the Sky Dining. So, I would go the Sky Dining regularly to Smoke.

Entrance to Sky Lounge
Entrance to Sky Lounge
Sky Dining
Sky Dining

As I was going there so many times, I ordered a Beer on one of my visits. I ordered Belgian Hopper Beer.

Having Beer in Sky Dining
Having Beer in Sky Dining

Dinner in the Room

At around 9:00 PM, we ordered dinner through the In-Room Dining facility. The dinner was served in the Living Room at around 9:30 PM.

Dinner in the Room
Dinner in the Room

We watched IPL during Dinner on TV.

After dinner, we slept.

Complimentary Breakfast

As a part of the our package, the breakfast was complimentary. We had breakfast at the Multi-Cuisine Restaurant on the Ground Floor of Fortune Park.

Cereals for Breakfast
Cereals for Breakfast
North and South Indian options for Breakfast
North and South Indian options for Breakfast
Donuts, etc
Donuts, Cakes, etc
Eggs, Vegetables, etc
Eggs, Pan Cakes, Sausages, etc

Outside the Hotel

As we were waiting to go to Vellore Institute of Technology, I took a walk around the Hotel.

Fortune Park
Fortune Park
Statue near the Hotel
Statue near the Hotel
Deepshree waiting in the Lobby
Deepshree waiting in the Lobby

Speech at Vellore Institute of Technology

We left Fortune Park at around 10:45 PM. I gave my speech at VIT at 11:00 AM.

My Speech at Vellore Institute of Technology

Back to Bangalore

We finished at VIT by 1:00 PM. Then we drove back to Bangalore.

On the way back, we stopped at Cafe Coffee Day before we reached the town of Ambur.

We stopped at Ambur to have Lunch at Star Briyani.

At Star Briyani
At Star Briyani

Then we stopped at Mangalam near Krishnagiri to have a glass of Lassi each.

At Mangalam
At Mangalam

We reached home by 6:30 PM.

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