Last night Travel Inn was invited to the fine dining experience Maashra at ‘House of Kotwara’. As we made our way passed the sweet smelling jasmine to the end of a candlelit driveway, we were met by champagne and canapés, a taster of what the rest of the evening had in store. Set in the grounds of Muzaffar and Meera Ali’s chic Delhi abode, Kotwara House, we admired Muzaffar’s paintings, with which the dining tent was decorated – one of his many artistic talents.

The exquisitely decorated interior of the ‘Maashra’ dining tent

Guests tucked in to the fragrantly spiced Awadhi dishes made by the Ali’s own personal chef giving one a sense of the intimate experience that ‘House of Kotwara’ aims to create. Muzaffar and Meera are central to the Kotwara experience and, depending on their own personal schedules, guests will be able to meet with guests personally. The Maashra experience at ‘House of Kotwara’ would be an ideal experience for any discerning traveler wanting an intimate, fine dining experience.  Providing guests an opportunity to learn first hand about the origins of Indian art, cuisine and culture provided by two individuals whose lives are enveloped by it.

The beautifully laid dining table

Some of the other ventures of the ‘House of Kotwara’ include:

‘Dining, Music and Cinema’ at Qaiser Bagh, Lucknow: Muzaffar and Meera are both very passionate about Lucknow as a destination and hope to share this passion with guests. Aims to put this ancient city back on the travel map will not be short lived judging by upcoming plans for the Wajid Ali Shah Festival in collaboration with the Tourism Ministry taking place from November-December. Exact dates yet to be announced.

The annual Jahan-e-Khusrau festival: held in honour of the Sufi mystic, musician and polymath Amir Khusrau, this event will see performances by famed Sufi musicians from around the world. Takes place in Lucknow, Jaipur and New Delhi.

‘Crafts and Textiles’ at Kotwara Studios: incorporating the work of local artisans and the crafts of Awadh , Mazaffar and Meera’s ‘Dwar Pe Rozi’ initiative aims to empower local women and those living in rural India through their humanistic approach to education and craft. Taking place in Delhi, Lucknow and Kotwara.

The Kotwara Camp, Terai:  set among the picturesque grounds of Muzaffar and Meera’s ancestral home, Anhalwara Palace, Kotwara, the Terai camp promises to be a setting like no other. Working in collaboration with ‘The Ultimate Travelling Camp’ this joining of forces promises to blend together the utmost in luxury, culture and bespoke travel. Operating from 20th January – 31st March 2013, the camp is about a three hour drive from Lucknow.

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