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.
At around 9:30 AM, we spotted Adhith Bhavan on the highway. We stopped here for breakfast.
Adhith Bhavan was a neat and clean hotel. The toilets were also neat and clean.
We resumed our journey at 10:00 AM.
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.
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.
We were given Room number 502. This room had a Living room and a Bedroom and one Toilet.
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.
We joined the buffet.
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.
As I was going there so many times, I ordered a Beer on one of my visits. I ordered Belgian Hopper Beer.
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.
We watched IPL during Dinner on TV.
After dinner, we slept.
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.
As we were waiting to go to Vellore Institute of Technology, I took a walk around the Hotel.
We left Fortune Park at around 10:45 PM. I gave my speech at VIT at 11:00 AM.
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.
Then we stopped at Mangalam near Krishnagiri to have a glass of Lassi each.
We reached home by 6:30 PM.