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Christmas goodies

HERE'S WHAT city hotels have to offer during Christmas week.

At the ITC Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel and Towers, a live band will play at Dublin, on Christmas Eve. Tickets are priced at Rs. 1,200 per couple.

Christmas Eve dinner will be served at the Deccan Pavilion from 8 p.m. onwards. The elaborate spread will include salads like Waldorf, cold cuts like chicken pistachio, roast turkey with cranberry sauce and Derby chicken with morel sauce. The vegetarian fare includes lasagne verte, crepe Napolitaine and sliced cottage cheese with mustard sauce. Asian fare includes kebabs , biryani - kachche gosht ki biryani, and the Oriental - Thai chicken in green curry, sliced lamb with onion and cumin. Dakshin offers gongura mamsam, pepper chicken, and last but not the least, desserts include Christmas pudding with sabayon sauce, traditional Christmas cake, Yule log, dark chocolate truffle gateaux and fruit trifle. . The dinner is priced at Rs. 750 per head excluding taxes.

On Christmas day, lunch at the Deccan Pavilion includes German potato salad, cold cuts like turkey and olive rolls and duck roulade. The continental fare includes roast chicken with fine herb sauce, and shepherd's pie. Kebabs include chandi tikka. And biryani varieties are Lucknawi gosht biryani, while Chinese includes Governor's chicken and desserts include traditional plum pudding with brandy sauce, Norwegian omelette, chocolate mousse, snow hat, ebony and ivory gateaux, lemon and cheese cake. Priced at Rs. 775 per head excluding taxes. The Christmas lunch includes a full beverage buffet.

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The Taj Group of Hotels promises something unique for every age group. At Encounters, Taj Krishna there will be a Christmas Eve buffet dinner on the December 24. On Christmas there will be an extensive lunch with wine at Alfresco. There will also be carols from December 21 to 24. The buffet is priced at Rs. 550 plus taxes.

At T2 the discothèque entry is at Rs. 1,000 per couple. What's more, you will be entitled to free entry to T2 till December 28. For those who want to stay back after a late night there is a very special package on for the festive season. You can have a superior single/double occupancy, which includes buffet breakfast and buffet lunch or dinner at the coffee shop for Rs. 3,333 plus taxes. Other facilities include access to the fitness centre, the swimming pool, a complimentary welcome drink on arrival, and a complimentary platter of chocolates in the room.

At the Taj Residency, on December 25 there will be a carnival organised for children on the lawns. There will be joy rides, various games, and food courts. And any child who comes fully dressed as Santa Claus will be given a surprise gift. Entry charges will be Rs. 50 per child.

The Paradise Lounge will have an elaborate buffet from 7 p.m. onwards on December 24 and a lavish lunch buffet on December 25 at Rs. 545 plus taxes. A bottle of beer is complimentary.

You can opt for a very snug candlelight dinner with your loved one on Christmas Eve from 7 p.m. onwards at the Blue Flower. For those who want to celebrate the festival in style, a double standard occupancy, which includes buffet breakfast at the coffee shop for Rs. 2,222 is available. Other facilities include accommodation for children below 5 years at no additional charge, discount on laundry, telephone and 10 per cent discount on fare for entry to New Year Celebrations. This offer is valid from December 22 to January 2, 2004.

At the Taj Banjara's, Waterside café, there will be a traditional Christmas theme dinner with turkey and delicious cuisines that represents the true spirit of Christmas. The room package includes a stay from December 22 to January 2. Double standard occupancy with complimentary buffet breakfast is available at the coffee shop for Rs. 2,222. Other facilities include no additional charges for child below five years, discount on laundry, telephone, etc.

For further information, please contact:

Sanjukthaa Roy, Taj Group of Hotels, Tel: 5566 2323, 2339 2323, Mobile: 98481 30837

Manjunath, Vaishnavi Corporate Communications, Tel: 2340 0981, Email: Manjunath@vccpl.com

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