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Don’t Say Goodbye To Summer, Enjoy The Caribbean

The cold has arrived, we barely remember our summer holidays and we have fully entered the routine of work and the continuous careers, take the children to school and an endless number of daily activities. To escape the depression, some are already thinking about their next vacation. There’s nothing like having travel plans to cheer you up, to take a good dose of “sunshine” and be the envy of the entire office.

The Caribbean is a region that encompasses 13 countries, ranging from Central America to the north of South America. In any of these countries you can have incredible experiences, but in this article I will talk about only one of them:

The Dominican Republic

I hope this recommendation can help you to prepare your new vacation.

In my opinion the Dominican Republic is a perfect country to disconnect from the stress of daily life. A great climate, nice and fun people, an unforgettable natural beauty. However, the vast majority of tourists stay at the resorts and nearby beaches. In addition to the comfort of having everything you need on your vacation, there is also the issue of security. Traveling on your own in Latin American countries always carries its risks, and these are practically nil in closed establishments.

Meliá Caribe Tropical

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If you are looking for a pure Caribbean luxury experience, Meliá Caribe Tropical is a good choice. The hotel is located on a beautiful white sandy beach, with turquoise water, surrounded by tropical gardens and very close to local shops and restaurants, where you can enjoy typical Dominican dishes. Don’t you want to leave the complex? No problem, you won’t be bored: you can choose from 12 themed restaurants (Italian, French, Mediterranean, Thai, Japanese, among others), a varied entertainment program around the 9 swimming pools and the casino.

Golf lovers will be able to practice their swing on an 18-hole course designed by José Gancedo. Gancedo was an amateur golfer and designer of golf courses very popular in Spain, and this hotel has had the privilege of hosting one of his works.

As for accommodation, all rooms have a terrace or balcony, where you can relax after a busy day (visits or leisure under the coconut palms), are equipped with a mini bar and safe.

And above all, if, like me, you can’t spend a day without connecting to the Internet, you’ll have Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel!




Paradisus Punta Cana Resort

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If you are looking for a more relaxed and sophisticated experience, your place is Paradisus Punta Cana Resort. The hotel is located in an excellent beach of Bavaro of a paradisaical image where to be able to see the sunset while you forget the daily stress.

Gastronomic lovers will find their ideal hotel location in the restaurant called Passion. It is a restaurant advised by one of the most important figures of Spanish gastronomy, Martin Berasategui. Enjoying the dishes of the 8 Michelin-starred chefs is not something you can live in many resorts.

As for the rooms, they are designed to guarantee the rest of their guests. You will be able to enjoy the views of the spectacular tropical gardens that lodges the hotel and the comfort of its facilities. The variety of services offered by the hotel do not leave anyone indifferent. Among the packages specially designed for each type of couple at Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, you will be able to celebrate the wedding you always dreamed of, in front of the sea.

But on such a special day you may go to the YHI Spa, where you will be received by specialists of beauty and well-being. You can choose from a thermal circuit to a massage done with the technique of Samunprai.




As you can see in only one destination you can design some tailor-made holidays, you just have to decide, pack your bags and enjoy an unforgettable Caribbean experience. If after visiting the Dominican Republic you like the trip, go ahead and explore other Caribbean countries. I’m sure you’ll have a great vacation in all of them that will allow you to return to your daily life happy and with the batteries recharged.

 

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Things To Know Before Going To Canada

8 Things To Know Before Going To Canada

If you are planning to travel to Canada for the very first time, you should give yourself a pat on the back because this is no mean achievement. Canada is a magical destination, and one of the best countries in the world, and a chance to visit it is wished by millions, yet very few ever manage to fill the Canada ETA forms because they got the opportunity to visit.

In as much as you expect a lot of roses during the visit, you shouldn’t forget that roses do have thorns and if you are not careful, you can get a very painful prick. Presented here are some of the things every first-time traveler to Canada should know, and ignoring them may lead to a very unpleasant trip in an otherwise a very pleasant country.

THE COUNTRY IS VERY BIG

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Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia in terms of landmass. This means that it is a fairly big country and so you should dispel your expectation of sampling everything and visiting every attraction in just a few weeks.

Its huge size also means that you will be traveling very long distances from one place to another, and given that the cities are also very spread out, you will have to be more than average in your planning.

If you are pressed for time, say you have just a couple of weeks to visit, restrict your trips to one or two provinces so that you get the most out of your trip. Also take time to plan very well, lest you will spend a lot of time on the road and you are likely to struggle to get decent accommodation, especially when you will be exploring areas away from the city.

GET READY FOR CANADA’S WEATHER

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If you are visiting Canada for the very first time, then there are three things you must always have in mind – layers, layers, and layers. This should be the case even if you will be visiting in summer when you would naturally expect the temperatures to be hot. In Canada, it can get very cold at night, especially in the mountains, and if you are not prepared with the right clothing, you can expect to have a very long night.

You should also know that winters in Canada are very unforgiving.

You don’t want to take chances with your comfort when the temperature hit double digits below zero during winter.




GET YOUR CANADA ETA VISA IN ADVANCE

The last thing you want on your maiden trip to Canada is to be denied entry simply because you didn’t get your Canada ETA visa in good time. ETA is Electronic Travel Authorization and it is now a mandatory requirement for all visa-exempt nationals going to Canada, except Americans.

Depending on your country of origin, you may have to get your ETA visa before you board the flight or while you are on the flight.

Getting it requires a simple online process that takes just a few minutes and some of the requirements you will need to make the applications include your passport, a credit card, your email address and then give responses to a few personal questions. The application fee for the visa is just $7.

THERE ARE TWO OFFICIAL LANGUAGES OF CANADA

Canada is one of those few countries in the world with two official languages. The largest part of the population speaks English as their first language, but there is also a considerable demographic that speaks French as their first language, making French the second official language in France. French is mainly used in the Province of Quebec, though you will not find it to be free and flowing as you would hear natives speak it in the streets of Paris.

TIPPING IN CANADA

Tipping is a worldwide culture and is very much alive in Canada just as it is in the United States. Remember, you have no obligation to give tips for the services you get, but if you decide to do it, you should do it in the right manner so as not to show contempt or disregard to the recipient.

In Canada, you are expected to tip when you get served by hairdressers, waiting for staff in restaurants, hotel employees, and taxi drivers amongst other service providers.

Tips in Canada are expected to be anywhere between 15% and 20% of the cost of the product or service. Feel free to give more than this, but don’t feel obligated to tip if you have to give below this rates.

SALES TAX WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR BILLS

All goods and services in Canada usually come with a federal sales tax, and most provinces in the country also have their own tax structures that may be applicable to the goods or services you get in those provinces. This simply means that you should expect to pay an additional 15% for every good or service you secure. But one thing you should remember buying goods or services in Canada is that Canadians are also fond of promotions and sale offers.

Therefore, as a smart shopper, be sure to spend a couple of minutes searching around for good deals.




CANADIANS ARE QUITE POLITE!

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Canadians are known to be very polite human beings, and this is not a trait displayed when you are in their country, but also they will carry their politeness when they visit your country. They are well mannered in public places and they will always frown upon anything that may pass as offensive or disruptive.

If you are fond of a jumping queue, throwing litter in the wrong places, making scenes, or being drunk and disorderly in public, then you will not make a very good friend to the Canadians.

When you are in Rome, you do as the Romans do, and so when you are Canada, do as the Canadians do.

THE CUSTOMER SERVICE IN CANADA IS GREAT

The customer service experience in Canada is one of the best in the world. Most stores open seven days a week, and the attendants are not only polite but also very caring and will always ensure that you get everything you needed. They can ensure that you will provide.

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Dubai Travel Guide For First Time Travelers

The first time traveler to Dubai is surely super excited. Dubai, which is known as the city of gold, has numerous attractions, some of which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. The amazing modern architecture, the uber-luxurious hotels and resorts, the really cool theme parks, the fine dining scene, the interesting culture and the myriad shopping avenues have allured people to the city for decades. However, it is normal to have several apprehensions too as Dubai is an Islamic country and we hear a lot about their strict rules. If you are travelling to Dubai for the first time and find yourself between excitement and apprehension, we are here to answer all your questions.

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN DUBAI

When you think of taking a holiday to a new place, you want to know what attractions await you there. Dubai, being home to numerous architectural marvels, is a paradise for travelers. Here is a gist of the most popular places that you must visit in Dubai.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa - Dubai Travel Guide

Being the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa is surely a must-see place in Dubai. Visit the Observation Deck (on 124th and 48th floor) for a mind-blowing view of the city.

Bur Dubai

Dubai Creek - Dubai Travel Guide

Know about the history of Dubai by visiting the Bur Dubai area of the city. The Dubai Museum, the Bastakiya Quarter and the Dubai Creek would take you back to the bygone era.




Dubai Mall

Dubai Travel Guide - Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is not just for shopping, although you have around 1200 stores to shop at. You can also visit the Dubai Aquarium, ice rink and multiplex theatre at this enormous mall, which is considered to be the largest in the world.

Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame - Dubai Travel Guide

The Dubai Frame is a time capsule that captures the past, present and future of the city. Shaped in the form of a picture frame, it is the best place to see the entire city as well as know about the past and learn about its future plans at one place.

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden - Dubai Travel Guide

The Dubai Miracle Garden is a true oasis in the desert. Home to more than 109 million flowers, the flower arrangements at this unique garden would leave you awe-struck.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

Your visit to Dubai need not be just sightseeing. On the other hand, there are lots of things to do in the city which would excite anyone, irrespective of their age or gender.

Desert Safari

Desert Safari - Dubai Travel Guide

Take a break from the city and drive to the vast deserts of Dubai for an exciting desert safari experience. From regular safari to a luxurious one, you can choose your experience as per your interest and budget.

Sky Dive

Sky Dive - Dubai Travel Guide

Do you want to see the Palm Jumeirah (the palm shaped island) from a bird’s eye view? If yes, sky diving is one of the best things to do in Dubai.

Cruise

Cruise - Dubai Travel Guide

Dubai is all about the food scene. Right from a budget eatery to a fine dining restaurant by a celebrity chef, you would be spoilt for choices. Moreover, you would get almost every cuisine in the world in this city.

If you want to have a unique dining experience, Dubai offers you many. However, nothing can be compared to the Dubai dhow cruise. Cruise around the Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina in a luxurious dhow (turned restaurant) while enjoying the spectacular views of the city, a delicious international dinner and some entertaining activities.




Shopping

If you love shopping, you would go crazy here. The malls of Dubai house almost every international brand known to you. Plus, there are traditional markets or souks where you can buy everything from spices and textiles to gold.

Sheikh Mohammed Cultural Centre of Understanding

Those who want to know more about the culture and traditions of Dubai or UAE must visit the Sheikh Mohammed Cultural Centre of Understanding. This organization arranges heritage tours, visits to mosques and group discussions that give you an insight into the religion, culture, history and lifestyle of the Emiratis.

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab - Dubai Travel Guide

The afternoon or high tea at Burj Al Arab is one of the best things to do in the city. The range of scones, cakes, pastries, sandwiches, teas and coffees is a dream-come-true for all foodies. Plus, it is a great chance to see the only seven star hotel in the world.

Water sports

Dubai is also a great place for those interested in water sports. Right from jet skiing and banana boat rides to snorkeling and scuba diving, there is something for everyone here.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DUBAI

While you may now know about the important places to visit and things to do, your knowledge is not complete. There are some crucial things that you need to know to ensure that you have a successful holiday in this Emirate city.

Best Time to Visit Dubai:

The best time to visit Dubai is between the months of November and March when the temperature is cooler. You get to enjoy the New Year parties as well as the Dubai Shopping Festival during this time (if you schedule your visit accordingly). The months from April to September are extremely hot with the temperature going up to 50 degrees. So, if you do not want to get fried, stay away during these months.

Also, it is best to avoid visiting Dubai during the month of Ramadan as eating and drinking in public is strictly restricted during the holy month. Yes, even for tourists!

Transportation:

If you are worried about commuting in Dubai, you can relax. One of the best ways to travel in Dubai is by taxis. They are easily available and do not cost much. However, travelling by taxi during peak hours can be frustrating. In such cases, the Dubai metro is a great way to travel from one place to another. The Dubai metro is convenient and efficient too. It connects almost all the important places of the city. Plus, you get to sightsee while travelling.

Accommodation:

Atlantis The Palm - Dubai Travel Guide

It would not be a surprise to know that Dubai has some of the best and most opulent hotels and resorts in the world. While Hotel Atlantis the Palm and Burj Al Arab are epitome of ultimate luxury, the Palace Downtown and Armani Hotel are great places to stay if you are looking for something swanky. If you are interested in a beach resort, you would find several at Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residence, etc. For those looking for unique resorts, there are Bab Al Shams and Al Maha are great options as they are desert resorts. These hotels provide all kinds of comforts and luxuries known to mankind but can be expensive too. However, this does not mean that there is no room for budget travelers. You would easily find modest, mid-range hotels in Bur Dubai and Deira areas on booking.com. You can also check out AirBnB for other accommodation options.

Visa Requirements:

Visa Requirements For Dubai

Dubai encourages tourism and hence getting a tourist visa for Dubai is not too difficult. Once you apply for your visa, you get it in 3-4 working days. However, you need to know whether or not you get a visa. Some countries like the ones belonging to GCC, USA, UK, etc. do not need a visa to fly to Dubai. They can get one stamped at the Dubai airport on arrival, for free of cost. Others can apply for a Dubai visa online easily.

RULES OF ETIQUETTE

Dubai may look like any city in the western country. But deep down, the city still holds to its religion and culture. The citizens of Dubai follow the Islamic and Sharia law and the expats as well as tourists are also bound to follow them. Here are some of the things that you have to keep in mind so that you do not offend the locals.

1. While there is no fixed dress code to follow in Dubai, make sure that you cover your arms, cleavage and knees in public. Men must also wear a t-shirt or shirt at all times (except at pool areas). Swimwear is acceptable at beach and pool areas.

How To Dress In Dubai

2. Public display of affection should be restricted to holding hands. Cuddling, kissing and hugging in public are illegal and could lead to jail time or deportation.

3. While you can consume alcohol at pubs, nightclubs and restaurants (if you are 21 years of age), you must never drink and drive. Also, drinking in public places is illegal too.

4. Avoid swearing in Dubai. It is best to avoid swearing online while in the city, and this includes WhatsApp messages too.

5. Carrying firearms, drugs and erotic and pornographic materials are illegal in Dubai. If you have to carry a drug for medical reasons, always carry a prescription along with you.




Now that you know so much about travelling Dubai, you can rest your worries aside and get really excited about your holiday in the city. As Dubai offers so many amazing experiences, there is no doubt that you would have a memorable vacation in this part of the United Arab Emirates.

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What To See In Jodhpur – The Blue City Of India

Jodhpur is an important historical city that has enjoyed a lot of tourist activity in recent years. With notable attractions like the Mehrangarh Fort, the city of Jodhpur is not just steeped with history and culture but is also a sight to behold. In particular, the view from the top of the fort is breathtaking with closely packed houses painted blue disappearing into the desert landscape. This is where the city gets its moniker – The Blue City.

There are many places of interest in Jodhpur for tourists, and you can travel in and around these places easily. You could look out for car hire in Jodhpur or use the local modes of transportation. Here’s what to see in Jodhpur, the blue city of India:

MEHRANGARH FORT

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The aforementioned Mehrangarh Fort should be on top of your list of places to visit. The fort was built around 1460 and contains several palaces within its ramparts. The fort is now converted into a museum displaying the culture and splendor of the Rajputs who ruled Jodhpur for centuries.

UMAID BHAVAN PALACE

For palace enthusiasts, a visit to the Umaid Bhavan Palace is a must. One of the last palaces to be built in India, the Umaid Bhavan Palace is part hotel, part museum, and part palace. If you have the money to splurge then do stay in the hotel. If not, you can visit the museum or even have a meal at the hotel’s restaurants. It is currently the home of Maharaja Gaj Singh, the patriarch of the royal family of Jodhpur. The palace is also a very popular option for destination weddings.

MANDORE

Mandore is a great option for attending a festival for which Rajasthan is famous for. Mandore is a mere 9 km from Jodhpur. Mandore is considered to be the native place of Raavan’s wife. Be sure to visit the old palace as well as the temple dedicated to Raavan.



ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

For adventure enthusiasts are several options. The Flying Fox is a series of zip lines that take you over the outer walls of the Mehrangarh Fort, two desert lakes, and the Rao Jodha eco-park. For a 360-degree view of the stunning desert landscape, opt for paragliding.

No trip to Jodhpur is complete without a camel safari in the desert. Be sure that you choose a reputable tour who will offer you a comprehensive itinerary before you embark on the safari. A good tour should introduce you to the traditional Rajasthani culture with a small meal in the desert.

LOCAL RAJASTHANI CUISINE

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An undeniable part of Jodhpur’s culture is its street food. While in Jodhpur, be sure to sample as many different types of street foods. Dal baati churma is an iconic dish of Jodhpur. Ask locals for their recommendations for the best restaurant serving this dish. A big part of Jodhpur tradition is the eating at the halvayi and if you truly want to experience the same, then try the famous Mirchi vada and kaju samosa. Other dishes that you must try are lassi, masala chai, and omelets too.

If you have availed a car on rent in Noida, then you can visit Jaipur and Ajmer on your way to Jodhpur. The roads are well maintained, and you will find plenty of affordable hotels on the way to rest.

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The Biggest Shopping Malls Around The World

The retail sector has been booming in the past few years and this has led to an incredible increase in the number of shopping malls in most of the world leading cities. Shopping is always a part of every travel experience, and a good number of people go for online passport renewal so that they travel and buy a variety of products from different cities across the globe. But do you know which malls are the biggest in the world or you do desire to do your shopping the malls which will make you think that you are in a city within a city? Well, if that is your desire, then we have some good news for you. Here is our compilation of the biggest malls in the world where you can shop till you drop dead.

Sunway Pyramid Mall in Malaysia

Sunway Pyramid Mall in Malaysia was opened in 1997 and was renovated in 2007 to increase its capacity and make it more modern and attractive just like its compatriots in some parts of the world. The mall is located in Bandar Sunway along the Klang Valley and it is a popular shopping sport for both the local population as well as for visitors visiting Malaysia and the Southeast Asia region. This incredible holds about 800 stores and it offers a magnificent shopping opportunity to almost all types of shoppers. The design of the mall was inspired by the Egyptian Pharaohs and pyramids and on the main entrance of the mall, you will find a large Sphinx, with the rest of the mall being designed to look like a pyramid.

Cevahir Mall in Turkey

Cevahir Mall is in Istanbul and it is one of the largest malls found within the city center. The design of the mall is modern in all aspects and it presents a lot of shopping opportunities with excellent leisure facilities and tourist attractions. The mall becomes operational in 2005 and it has about 2000 stores on the six floors where shoppers can shop for different items from a wide variety of brands. These include fashion brands, cafes, restaurants as well as a wide variety of entertainment options for kids.

Central World in Thailand

The Central World Mall in Thailand was opened in 1990, but was renamed to Central World Plaza in 2001 and later renamed to Central World Mall in 2005. The shopping mall presents shoppers with the magnificent variety of both local and international brands. The mall is designed to please, with a total of 18 entrances for shoppers and a parking space large enough to accommodate up to 7000 cars. The beauty of the mall also offers a unique feel and if you had gone for online passport renewal to visit Southeast Asia, then this is one of the malls you must never fail to visit. If you don’t feel like shopping in it, just visit to see the features that the megastructure has.

Persian Gulf Complex in Iran

This is one of the largest malls in Iran and also in the world, being the home to more than 2500 stores. It is located in the Shiraz city and it was opened in 2011. The mall is also the home to Burj Fars International Hotel which boasts of a whopping 262 rooms. The other notable amenities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a helipad, a tennis court and a convention center. Other than these, tourists to the Persian Gulf Complex will also be treated to wonderful amusement parks, one is indoor and the other being outdoors.

Isfahan City Center in Iran

The Isfahan City Center mall is located in Isfahan and it is one of the biggest and most sophisticated malls you will find in the world. It comes with a few subtle and unique attractions, including a fully-fledged museum for the tourists. Inside the shopping complex, you will find lots of restaurants, a five-star hotel, a hypermarket, 750 retail shops, an entertainment center, seven cinema halls, world trade center and an international finance center. What you will find in this mall is more than pure elegance and opulence, as well as a rich heritage of the Iranians as a display through their diverse culture as well as the shopping experience that attracts visitors from far and wide.



SM Mega Mall in the Philippines

SM Mega enjoys the reputation of being the second largest shopping mall in the Philippines and it has been in operation since 1985. The mall has over 1,100 retail shops offering a wide variety of goods for a unique shopping experience. The design of the mall is such that it is comprised of two mega buildings which are then connected with a bridge and the entire mall sprawls over an area of about 10 hectares of land. The mall can accommodate up to four million people, with enough parking space to hold up to 8,000 cars. The design and structure are elegant and it is one place you would surely love to shop at.

SM City North EDSA in the Philippines

This is literally a shopping haven in the city of Quezon in the Philippines. It is one of its kind, having been designed with a unique concept which includes lots of amenities specifically designed for leisure. It is not always that you will find lots of leisure activities going on inside a mall, but here, that is the order of the day. The mall opened its doors to the public in 1985 and since then, it has undergone major redesigns and renovations which have in turn turned it into the world class mall we see today. It will interest you to know that it is one of the largest solar-powered shopping malls in the entire southeast region, this is after it displaces SM Mega Mall from the top spot in power utilization.

Golden Resource Mall in China

The Golden Resource Mall is in Beijing and it has been nicknamed as the Great Mall of China. This is because of its gigantic size that spans over six million square feet and covers up to six floors. The Golden Mall Resources is not just one of the largest malls in the world, but also one of the highly equipped malls with hi-tech entertainment facilities, sports exhibitions, cultural centers, and much more. It houses more than 1600 stores, over 100 restaurants and a parking capacity enough for 6800 cars. Recently, the mall was ranked as the second largest mall in the world, after New South China Mall, which though is very big and elegant, it largely remains unoccupied.



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Best Places To Visit In Mount Abu Rajasthan Trip

Mount Abu is the one and only hill station in Rajasthan – the state of deserts situated close to the Sirohi district. It is situated in the Aravalli mountain range and is about 1220 meters over the sea level. The highest point is the Guru Shikhar. Since it is the only hill station of Rajasthan, the place has been a famous retreat for the residents. This is a great spot of tourist attraction. If you are planning for a Mount Abu Rajasthan tour package, or want to, Royal Adventure Tours give you the top tourist attractions that you could visit to make the most of your trip!

Dilwara Jain Temples

Places To Visit In Mount Abu

Situated about two and a half kilometers away from Mount Abu, these temples were built during 11th century. What makes it a compelling tourist destination is that it has used marbles in a skillful architectural way. The flawless stone laying methods and the carvings of the ornaments might be one among the few pilgrimage wonders. The lotus style engravings on the ceilings depicting the mythology are a must see!

Nakki Lake

This is yet another major tourist attraction in Mount Abu. It is an old lake that is considered to be really sacred. There is plenty of mythological references to this lake. The lake is also famous since the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed here. You can get to boat amid this tranquil lake, and it would relax you for sure!

Guru Shikhar

This is the Highest peak point in the entire Mount Abu, and it forms the Highest peak point across the Aravalli mountain ranges. It is a perfect destination to catch a panoramic sight of the entire region, and is renown for the temple ‘Guru Dattatreya’. You can get lost in these mystic surroundings and fill your trip with excitement. We would suggest packing food but strictly no alcohol since it is deemed to sacred.

Achalgarh

The name depicts an ancient kingdom and a fort which was actually built during the Paramara dynasty. The fort went under reconstruction in 1452 during the Mewar rule, by Maharana  Kumbha. That is when it was renamed to Achalgarh which meant immovable. However, the fort lies in wreckage today, casting back a shadow of rich history. What you can get here is a sneak peek back in to the history pages.

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6 Ways To Immerse Yourself In The Indian Culture

India is quickly becoming the must-visit destination for travelers all over the world, what with its rich history and abundance of culture to be experienced. Here are six ways to get involved with the Indian culture during your holidays.

Visit historical landmark

Indian Culture - Taj Mahal

You can’t visit India without seeing some of its most famous landmarks. The Taj Mahal is an essential trip, sitting majestically on the south bank of the Yamuna river. Although it does understandably get busy during the day, it’s a must-visit site for its cultural value – arrive as soon as the sun starts to rise for the quietest crowds.

For a sight that not many tourists have yet discovered, head to the Great Wall of India. The second longest wall in the world (only behind its Chinese counterpart), it protects an ancient complex of ruins and temples in the depths of Kumbhalgarh. It’s relatively uncharted, so you’ll have to watch out for traps and dangerous terrain, but it’s one of the most intriguing – and unspoiled – landmarks in the country.



Stay in Kolkata

Indian Culture - Kolkata - Victoria Memorial

Being one of India’s biggest cities, it’s understandable that Kolkata would have an abundance in the way of cultural value. But pay a visit to the city and you’ll still manage to be surprised – for a city, it’s surprisingly laidback and drifting. Visit at the right time and you may be able to experience its renowned book and film festivals, attracting people from across the entire world.

There’s a wealth of history to be discovered here in Kolkata, too. Head to the Marble Palace, where the family of its architect still resides. Constructed with 26 different types of Italian marble, it’s understandably magnificent.

Try the street food

Indian Culture - Street Food

Travelling through India will likely bring you at least one encounter with street food. Don’t shy away from a quick dish – street food is often some of the most delectable in the world. Everything from fiery Indian curries to a quick bite of paneer is available to try, giving you an authentic insight into the country’s cuisine.

Even vegetarians will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Indian street food – consider trying a quick bite of paratha with a side of fragrant chutney, or a unique breakfast in the form of the rice-based chura matar.



Experience Holi festival

Indian Culture - Holi Festival

Perhaps the best and most exciting way to experience Indian culture is to participate in one of its many renditions of Holi. Delhi is arguably home to the best of the bunch, including the spirited and massive Holi Cow Festival on the city’s outskirts. It’s here you’ll be able to watch the country’s biggest musical acts in the midst of coloured powders and celebrations.

Head into smaller towns and communities, however, and Holi festival will feel very different – albeit still as fun. The sense of friendship and togetherness is inclusive of locals and tourists, and you’ll be welcomed with gifts, smiles and plenty of colour.

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Walk upon the Himalayas

Indian Culture - Himalayas

Visit Darjeeling for the chance to traverse some of the highest points of the Himalayas. Situated near the towering peak of Kanchenjunga, itself reaching heights of over 8500m, the hill station provides countless trails and hiking opportunities that will take you through the mountain range with spectacular panoramas of the surrounding landscape – one of the highlights being the small, cliff-top plateau of Tiger Hill.

To get to Darjeeling, there’s really only one way to do it – the toy train, one of the highlights of the Himalaya. The Himalayan Railway ascends the mountains through tunnels and hill stations, passing right through Darjeeling’s centre once you arrive. For a chance to see the views without the hiking, this is the way to do it.

Consider a homestay

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And for perhaps the most authentic way to experience Indian culture, consider a homestay. Head to Kerala and you’ll be able to stay with local families, who will include you in everything from cooking to storytelling in the evenings. It’s a fantastic way to get involved with the culture, providing a unique and unforgettable experience.

The town of Kerala itself is one of the best in the country, with rustic architecture giving way to some of the most beautiful natural sights in the entirety of India. If you stay here, be sure to explore its every corner.

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10 Reasons Why You Need to Travel To India

India is one nation that is known for offering varied experiences to its visitors. Along with several layers of history, there are a very few countries like India that has diversity in culture, religion, landscape, wildlife etc. Vacations in this country are worth-cherishing for a lifetime. Here are 10 reasons why you need to travel to India:

1. TAJ MAHAL

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Words fall short to describe the magnificence of the World Wonder of Taj Mahal. An epitome of love, this white-marble mausoleum is an Indo-Saracenic architecture. It was commissioned in 1653 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of this colossal structure took 22 years with a cost of around 32 million Indian rupees. Do not miss out on noticing the amazing lattice (jail) work, calligraphy writing, shining marble, and the use of precious stones. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taj is known to change colors with the changing position of the Sun.



2. RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

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India has always been known as the ‘Land of Religion’. It has been the birthplace of religions like Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The innumerable places of worship and several religious festivals commemorate people’s believe in their almighty.  Spirituality too has been a very important part of everyday lives of people. Rishikesh, Bodhgaya, Haridwar, and Varanasi are few of the places that have a spiritual connection. Yoga and meditation session in ashrams and centers is a way of life for many. Both flourish hand-in-hand.

ALSO READ: This Man Beautifully Captures Some Unwritten Stories Of Banaras

3. AYURVEDA AND SPA

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The world-renowned Ayurveda was founded in India, more than 5000 years ago and thus it is one of the 10 reasons why need to travel to India. It is an ancient system of traditional healing that focuses on eradicating the root cause of an ailment, sans any side effects. There is a plethora of therapies, treatments, and massages, which aim towards bringing a harmony between mind, body, and soul. It actually is the ‘way of life’. There are various Ayurveda resorts and centers all across the country’s landscape including Kerala, Shimla, Rishikesh etc. The age-old concepts of Ayurveda are clubbed with modern spa therapies.

4. BEACHES

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With a coastline of over 7500 km, India is known to be one of the world’s most popular beach destinations. Beaches in India are picturesque, known for their serenity, scenic beauty as well as a range of beach activities. There are over 200 beaches, the country receives a huge footfall of tourists from all across the globe. While the beaches of Goa are world-renowned for all kinds of interesting activities, the beaches of south India are popular for their relaxed atmosphere. Andaman and Nicobar Islands have picturesque beaches with plethora of water sports. Soak-in the tranquility, savor local seafood delicacies, indulge in merry-making and so on.

5. ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

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During the course of its history, India has been under the rule of several dynasties. Various popular rules constructed innumerable architectures in the form of forts, palaces, mosques, temples, step wells, and other monuments. Architectural heritage of India is worth-exploring. The country is home to around 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and each of them is wonderful. These structure are piece of craftsmanship of the artists of ancient times. Some of such wonders are Khajuraho temples, Hampi Group of monuments, palaces and forts in Rajasthan, Ajanta and Ellora caves etc.

6. ADVENTURE

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From past few years, India has emerged as a popular adventure destination as it offers a variety of adventure sports activity. The rivers, the mountains, the forests, the deserts and the sea waters all are ideal for partaking in adventure activities. Popular adventure destinations include trekking, mountain biking, skiing, river rafting, scuba diving, snorkeling, heli skiing, paragliding, zip-lining, para-sailing, bunjee jumping, hot air ballooning etc. Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman Islands, Goa, Manali, and Rishikesh are the place for such activities. Adventure holidays in India are one of the most sought-after.

READ MORE: The Ultimate List Of Adventure Activities In India

7. WILDLIFE

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The exotic wildlife of India is protected in its national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, sprinkled all around the country.  There are various rare, endangered as well as endemic animal as well as bird species. A visit to the wildlife reserves includes of a number of experiences such as wildlife safari (jeep/elephant safari), boat rides, trekking, bamboo rafting, guided nature walks and so on. Some of the animal species that can be spotted here include Royal Bengal Tiger, Snow leopard, Yaks, Nilgiri Tahr, Indian Wild Ass, Striped hyenas, Nilgai, one-horned rhinoceros, Asiatic lion, blackbuck, various kinds of deer, the mighty elephants etc. The avifaunal wealth is wonderful too. Some of the popular wildlife reserves are Bandhavgarh, Kaziranga, Periyar, Ranthambore, Jim Corbett, and so on.



8. WONDERFUL RAILWAY JOURNEYS

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Not many know that Indian Railways is one of the largest employers in the world. The train tracks are spread across the length and breadth of the country, connecting all the cities, towns and villages with each other. The trains offer wonderful railway journeys at affordable rates. There are three main classes of rails including first, second and third. Shatabdis and Rajdhanis are fastest trains. There is nothing as compared to the Indian Railways, the experience is exclusive. Luxury Trains and Toy Trains are worth-experiencing too.

9. SHOPPING

With a vast variety of goods and products, India can rightly be called a shopper’s paradise. The markets of India have both modern and traditional products for all pocket-sizes. The variety of stuff available here includes various accessories, drinks like fenni, hand-embroidery pieces like phulkari, various kinds of fabrics like bandhani, puppets, mojaris, lehenga-choli, kurta pajama, saris, Pooja samagri, nuts, home décor pieces, spices, wall hangings, incense sticks, precious and semi-precious jewelry, leather items, handicrafts items and so on. Learn the art of bargaining and visit popular markets of Delhi, Agra, Punjab, Gujarat, Goa, Lucknow, Srinagar etc. Shopping is one of the best things to do in India.

ALSO READ: Street Style: A Guide To Delhi’s Vibrant Street Markets

10. FESTIVALS AND FAIRS

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Fairs and festivals of India feature in the list of 10 reasons why you need to travel to India. Indian calendar is always full with such wonderful events, which are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm. As people of all religions reside with complete harmony, festivals of all religions are celebrated here. From time to time, cattle fairs, kite fairs, music festival, dance festival etc. are also organized. Attending these celebrations offers a sneak-peek into the ancient culture of the country. Some of the popular festivals and fairs are Diwali, Holi, Kumbh Mela, Pushkar fair, Hemis Festival, kite Festival, Onam, Dusshera, Pongal and many more.

ALSO READ: Best Places To Celebrate Holi With Utmost Ardour In India

 

Author Bio: A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, tasting local cuisine, adventures and experiences of her travels.

 

 


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Street Style: A Guide To Delhi’s Vibrant Street Markets

‘Delhi’- the word often brings to mind the image of a vibrant, buzzing city; a cornucopia of culture and experience. Perhaps one more thing that Delhi is remembered by is its bustling shopping streets serving to every fancy of its frenzied shoppers. If you are lusting over a pair of rainbow-coloured jutti, or a pair of peacock jhumkis, or just want a wardrobe makeover, look no further than these shopping havens in the city. Check out the list of Delhi’s street markets and go shopping without burning a hole in your pocket.

Janpath

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The central shopping hub for Delhiites, this market boasts of a wide array of tops, dresses, palazzos, as well as funky accessories and junk jewellery. But yes, do not forget to bargain!

While you are here: check out some of the drool-worthy restaurants and cafes in nearby Connaught Place.



Sarojini Nagar Market

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A big favorite among the seasoned shoppers for the impeccable variety of outfits in cheap prices that you can find here, head out to this one, for your shopping fix, but be armed with pro bargaining skills!

While you are here: refill your energy with the famous pakoras and moong dal laddu nearby.

Lajpat Nagar Market

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Your answer for ethnic trousseau and materials- if you have a wedding to attend in the near future, this is the best place for all your shopping needs. Spoil yourself with the extensive collection of readymade clothes and exquisite fabrics for that perfect desi avatar.

While you are here: Try the famous Dolma Aunty Momos or the Tandoori Vodka Momos at Amar Colony.

Karol Bagh

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One of the oldest markets of Delhi, this is the one stop shop for all your shopping needs-from ethnic wear to jewellery to electronics to books; you will be spoilt for choice here!

While you are here: from Aloo Tikkis to corn-on-the-cobs, there is a variety of food options to satisfy every taste bud!

Chandni Chowk

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How can one be on a shopping spree and miss Chandni Chowk? This gem in old Delhi is your perfect choice for grand lehengas, sarees and other bridal wear.

The nearby Khari Baoli market (Asia’s largest wholesale spice market)  is a treat for the all the senses, with the vibrant colours of dry fruits and spices stacked in heaps forming a backdrop against the crowd, and the aroma of the spices filled in the air. Do visit for spices, dry fruits and other foodstuffs at wholesale rates.

For electronics and electrical items at wholesale rates, head to Bhagirath Palace.

While you are here: do sample the street food here, from the tikkis of Natraj Bhalle Wala to the Chhole Kulche to the Rabdi and the piping hot Jalebi. You might even ditch your shopping for this! 😛



Tilak Nagar

The oldest shopping destination for west-Delhi patrons for budget-friendly clothes and shoes, you will also find a great deal of shops selling bags and luggage. Perhaps consider this place to buy one trolley for your epic trip!

While you are here: you have plenty of eating options, from chaat to kulfi to roadside dhabas serving north Indian food.

ALSO READ: Best Book Cafes To Explore In Delhi

-Written By Vinita Srinivasan


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Argentinean woman's guide

An Argentinean Woman’s Guide To India

An experience full of excitement, love, and senses. This is life! People has so many pre-conceptions about India as they can also have about every culture that’s different from its culture.

My advice… make your own way and enjoy India, it has a lot of things to offer you!

5 cities: The Golden Triangle + Udaipur + McLeodGanj. 5 senses: smell, hearing, taste, touch and sight.

Smell. Delhi and Udaipur.

Since I was in the airplane to Delhi, I started to experience the Indian culture. The guy who was beside me was sweating with a very strong smell. Then, we got food and the smell was very similar. And when I arrived, it was even stronger.

I found this smell in every place: in the airplane, in the train to Udaipur, on the streets, in the hostels, in the kitchen, in the bathroom. Everywhere.

At first I was shocked but then I got used to and I started to like it.




Here was the main reason of that, their wonderful spices! I realized in Shashi’s Cooking Class.

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Hearing. Delhi, Jaipur and McLeodGanj.

Noisy horns, wonderful stories, amazing music, the 6am prayer…

Noisy horns.
Surely, you know what I’m talking about. I won’t say a lot about that. You know.. traffic jam, many horns sounding at the same time, people shouting “Tuc tuc. Do you need a tuc tuc?” and so many cars using their horn “Boom, boing, boing, boing, bam”.

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Wonderful stories.
Stories about marriage, religion and our mission in this life, among others.
They’re very talkative and hospitable. In all of them, I found a friend. I felt at home.
Every time I felt lost in the middle of the night, I didn´t have data to use my cellphone or when I was sad/happy, someone helped me.

Marriage.
Something very important for their culture. I learnt something new! Sometimes, their parents upload their profiles in a website and then they take into account the following points in order to find a wife or husband for their children:
⦁ The horoscope.
⦁ The caste.
⦁ If their parents like the woman or the man.
⦁ If they (the couple) like each other respectively.

Religion.
They have so many: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity. The first four originated in India and the rest came from outside.
I realized that every culture, every person needs to believe in something, it doesn’t matter if it’s called Buddha, God, Energy… At the end we all need to believe in something, we have more things in common than we expect and we should learn from our few differences.

Our mission in this life.
I hear this story from a woman from Spain who came back from the death. She told us she was in India because she found her mission, she had to talk to the monks and share a formula.
She told us we’re energy, we’re holograms and that we’re here to learn and achieve a mission.

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Amazing music.
I loved it! They shout, jump or simple relax. You can find all the types of music.

The 6 am prayer.
The Indian alarm clock for me during my trip in India haha.
In every city, you will hear that at 6am someone starts to pray. I didn’t ask about it but I think it’s a tradition before to meditate because I hear it also in my meditation retreat.



Taste. Delhi and Udaipur.

This is India! Spicy, colorful and tasty.

You can love India or simple don’t like it. For people from Occident is a big cultural shock at first because everything is very different: the customs, the clothes, the smells, the temples, the streets, the people.

And, it’s the same with their food. At the begging for me it was hard, it was very very very spicy.
In my case, I had stomachache. But then, I started to enjoy every different taste of each spice.
You get used to eating their food and you start to like it. And this is also life, when you’re trying or exploring something different. It takes time.

My favorites: chicken curry, their bread (I don’t remember its name) to eat with different toppings, the masala tea and the omelet with a wonderful cheese (I’ve never tried such good omelet with a cheese like this one before)

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Touch. Delhi.

They eat with their hands. They cook with their hands. When you are leaving a Temple, they give something to eat to you also with their hands.

I don’t know how to explain it… at first is a shock and some people thinks that is disgusting but on the opposite I think that everything is tastier. Just, try and then, tell me 😉

Sight. Every place.

How can I pick just some pictures?! It was hard only pick the following ones.

I was amazed by:
⦁ Its temple, the architecture, the colors, every day full of people praying.
⦁ Seeing cows, motorbikes, tuc tucs, elephants and monkeys at the same time on the street or on the route.
⦁ Butcher Shops on the middle of the street.
⦁ Its amazing mountains.

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⦁ Women dressing colorful saris, doing rituals at home, working.

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As a woman from Occident, for sure I felt that everyone was looking at me because of my clothes, my skin, my features, etc. It was crazy and funny that people wanted to take photos with me.

If someone asks me if I felt unsafe there? My answer would be No, only once and it was because I didn’t follow the advice that some Indian friends gave it to me. You just have to visit most of the places during the morning and try to avoid be alone during the night. But I think that’s like in every city or country, nothing very different as the caution that you should have to take when you’re travelling.

Forget your fears, try new things, trust people you don’t know and enjoy every simple moment. This is not just in India, THIS IS LIFE!

A BIG THANK YOU TO INDIA AND ITS PEOPLE!  FOR SURE, I’LL VISIT YOU AGAIN.

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