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Lausanne should peak your interest simply for being the fourth largest city in Switzerland. That Switzerland has four cities is surprising enough, but to then learn that Lausanne is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe should make it a top priority for travelers. Taking a road trip through the Swiss Alps to Lausanne, the fourth largest city in Switzerland, is a dream come true.

While road trips are more about the outdoors, Lausanne is more about the town. Yes, the surroundings are beautiful too, but with about 420,000 residents this town has a lot to offer as a road trip destination. It is part of the French-speaking part of Switzerland, with a view of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps.

This small town is full of French romance and atmosphere and one of the best places to visit in Switzerland. You can also take the Chocolate Train to a cheese factory in Gruyere and the Cailler chocolate factory. It is rich in history with medieval streets lined with shops, stunning architecture and a great assortment of fine museums and art venues.

There really is something here for everyone. Combined with the beauty of the surrounding mountains and lake it is truly a must visit road trip destination. Lausanne is a city full of history, from the Romans to the Protestant Reformation to the Olympics. The city is filled with churches and museums, and one of the towers of the old city fortifications still stands.

Don’t worry about getting around the city, for the public transport is extensive. There are 25 bus lines, 2 metro lines, and 8 regional lines, so getting around the city should be no problem for travelers. Tickets can be bought for the length or the time of trips.

The city sits on the south side of the Swiss Plateau and overlooks the Alps and Lake Geneva. Being built on a southward slope, the layout of the streets can lead visitors to miss the streets they search by meters. If it is the way you get to Lausanne, or perhaps leave it, the train station is a beautiful building. It connects the city to many others in Switzerland, Italy, and France through express trains.

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1. Lake Geneva


Locals hate the English Name, preferring the French “Lac Léman”, because the lake is for everyone, not just those from Geneva. Whether you want to see its beauty from restaurants and bars, beaches, the walking path, or a boat, which can be eco-friendly. The views in the background are a stunning addition to the lake.

2. Lausanne Cathedral


Built in the Gothic Style, this cathedral is a must-see. It features a rose window and a gigantic pipe organ. In comparison to other European Cathedrals it is small, but the climb to the top of the bell tower is very much worth it. You can pay a small fee to climb up the stairs of the bell tower, past the great bells, to an observation area where you can look out over the city, the sea, and to the Alps.

3. Sauvabelin Tower


Sitting in the Sauvabelin Forest, this 35 foot tall tower has panoramic views of Lausanne, encompassing the Alps, the Jura, and the Plateau. Built of Douglas Wood from the surrounding forest, it also serves as a picture of sustainable development. The architecture is stunning, with a very open construction. It is outside of the city, but there is a bus line that leads to it.

4. Tour de l’Ale


This tower is a little tricky to find, being hidden off of a side street, so you might have to ask for some directions (don’t worry, they probably speak English). It’s an astounding remnant of the old city wall. You can get a tour of the inside of the tower.

5. Casino de Montbenon


Built in 1908, this Casino now holds the Swiss Film Archive. It houses 2 multi-purpose stages that can function as concert halls and movie theaters. The casino hosts the Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival, JazzOnze+, and the film festival Cinémas d'Afrique (which displays films, documentaries, cartoons, and other cinematic works from or concerning African Countries).

6. Olympic Museum


The city is also called the Capitale Olympique, meaning Olympic Capital, for its hosting of the International Olympic Committee since 1915, and Olympic Museum. The Olympic Museum is the largest museum in the world to record the history of the Olympic Movement and the most complete collection of Olympic materials in the world.

A museum devoted to the Olympic movement that features over 10,000 Olympic artifacts sits to the south of the city center. It houses exhibitions on all of the Olympic games, from the Ancient Greek Olympics to the Paralympics and Youth Olympics, and how culture, technology, and sociology influence the Olympics.

Outside the museum is the Olympic park, where works of art related to the theme of sports stand, such as Les Footballeurs by Niki de Saint Phalle.

7. Capitole Cinema


Being both the oldest and largest Cinema in Switzerland, this cinema is still active. It runs movies in French and English, and will run silent movies with piano and orchestra, and digitised older movies. The Screen and theater room itself are beautifully designed from the golden age of Cinema.

8. Café Saint Pierre


At some point as you’re going through the city, hunger will strike you. It sports craft beers, lunchtime specials, and a weekend brunch. It also has vegan and vegetarian options.

9. Salle Métropole


Designed in 1929, this historical building houses various events, like performances by the Orchestra, pop music performances, and dances. The stage has been remodeled in later years, to improve visibility and acoustics for the 1,200 seats.

10. Terrasses viticoles de Lavaux


Lausanne has one of the great sights of the world: the Lavaux vineyards. You can take a train through them.

Text BY: Jakob Schreiber
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If Bahrain isn’t on your bucket list – you need to add it right away. This amazing country in the Middle East is so much more than you would expect. Bahrain is a true gem when it comes to traveling. It offers so many various cultural and natural sights and a true traveler should never miss it. Let’s explore and see why you should visit Bahrain in 2020 for one of the best life experiences.

The diversity that comes with traveling is one of the strongest points when it comes to Bahrain’s potential. For that reason, Bahrain is one of the best countries to visit from the UAE, or wherever you’re traveling from. Bahrain is a middle east country and mostly every Saudi citizen love to enjoy the vacation in Bahrain as it has a more open environment (women need not wear their Abayas as well).

Bahrain is an Asian island state composed of 33 islands on the east coast of the Persian Gulf. Bahrain is known worldwide in recent years for events such as Formula 1. One of the most important places of interest in Bahrain is the Bahrain Financial Harbor. One of the tourist places that you can not miss on your trip to the Kingdom of Bahrain is the great mosque or Al-Fatih Mosque.

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Let’s go through all the amazing things you can do and visit – the reasons why you should travel to Bahrain this year.

1. Enjoy the sun in Al Dar Island


One of the best ways to spend a sunny day in Bahrain is to get a boat and visit Al Dar Islands. You do it from the Sitra Fisherman's Port, by renting a boat or getting a speedboat ride. This will cost you around 5-8 BHD for the round trip, depending on the day of the week. It’s free to enter Al Dar Island, and it takes around 15 minutes to get there.

Things you can do after you arrive include renting a chalet or beach hut, doing amazing water sports, enjoying incredible water and beach nature, and having a meal at the restaurant. We recommend swimming in the lagoon and collecting pearls; if you’re lucky enough, you’ll see dolphins, as these waters are their natural habitat.

2. Sunny Beaches in Diyar Al Muharraq


Apart from visiting the islands, you can also enjoy the sun at one of the great beaches all around Bahrain. Here are some top choices among private and public beaches, that you can explore while visiting Bahrain:

Marassi Al Bahrain is located in Diyar Al Muharraq and is a resort-type beach. It’s perfect if you’re visiting with friends since it’s famous for DJ parties and fairs, as well as water sports competitions.

The Ritz Carlton Beach – for a more luxurious experience, this pristine beach includes a lagoon, a private marina, many watersports options – and most importantly, it’s members-only.

Jarada Beach- this public beach is located in Manama, and it’s famous for pristine sand and clear waters. You can reach it by a speed boat ride and have some peaceful beach time.

3. Beaches in Zallaq


Jazaer Beach – one of the most popular options, this beach is located in Zallaq. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, where you can go snorkeling, practice sailing, and have a barbeque with your friends or family. Also, it’s close to the Lost Paradise of Dilmun, so you can consider renting a room right here.

4. Explore culture and history in Bahrain National Museum


Apart from amazing natural sights, you can also visit the Bahrain National Museum and explore its history. The museum is located in Manama, adjacent to the National Theatre of Bahrain. The whole complex is huge and includes an amazing collection of artifacts, some even 5000 years old. The place is worth seeing, so make sure you take your time to appreciate the country’s rich history.

Also, remember that the working hours are 8 am-6 pm, from Wednesday to Monday.

5. Visit The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park


Bahrain can offer some great water fun at two locations. Wahoo! is located at Bahrain City Centre and offers water attraction of different ‘thrill levels’ – relaxed, moderate, and intense! You can grab your swimsuit and enjoy hours of slides, wave pool, temperature-controlled surroundings, and have the best day in Bahrain.

The other option is the Lost Paradise of Dilmun, a bigger water park located in a desert landscape that’s surely a world-class place. An interesting part of its design is that every nook of the park is inspired by a period of Dilmun history. What a way to enjoy water activities while getting to know Bahrain’s ancient history!

6. Bahrain Fort


One of the places to visit in Bahrain that surprises all tourists is the Qalat al Bahrain also known as Fort (Qa'lat) of Bahrain, a place that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ancient capital Dilmun. The one known as the most resistant and solitary tree in the world is located in Bahrain. It is a 400-year-old acacia tree located in the middle of the desert, to which the locals named The Tree of Life.

It is believed that this old acacia is one of the trees of Paradise and the proof that the Garden of Eden was in Bahrain.

7. Go Shopping in Manama Souq


If you’re ready for some amazing shopping experience, you simply can’t miss Manama. This city belongs to one of the best places to go shopping in 2020, and there are many reasons why that’s true. Firstly, you need to experience Gold Souq. This street market includes numerous gold vendors who offer gold jewelry and other pieces of the purest quality – 22 to 24-carat gold.

These products are an amazing souvenir, but also a fashion detail you can use for years. Apart from gold products, Manama offers many local businesses that provide a unique shopping experience. You can forget about mainstream shopping malls and enjoy browsing small shops with friendly owners, negotiate the prices, and experience the local culture.

If you visit Bahrain and fall in love with its natural beauty, we understand if you decide to move here. This venture can be stress-free and quick, and you can even have your belongings transported from the States by professional movers that guarantee their safety. This way, you will be more relaxed and ready to explore your new home and its wonders.

Conclusion

The list of reasons why you should visit Bahrain in 2020 can go on and on, but there’s no better way to get to know this country than visiting and exploring it on your own. The best way is to research these spots online, and then make a list of the places you will visit, according to your time and interests. We are sure that Bahrain is a destination you won’t regret visiting, and the place that will ensure some amazing memories.
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Houseboat cruise is one of the most loved attractions among tourists visiting Kerala. Both domestic and foreign tourists prefer houseboat cruises in either Alleppey or Kumarakom. The trip through the enchanting backwaters is a feast for eyes and mind. All those who have gone for the houseboat cruise in Alleppey will want to try it repeatedly.

You can opt for a day cruise or night cruise in a houseboat. The day cruise normally begins at 1100 hrs and terminates at 1700 hrs. That makes the total duration of the trip six hours. In between, the houseboat stops for an hour for lunch. The houseboat cruise must be included in your itinerary if you plan to visit Alleppey.

Alleppey will spell charm on you for its majestic beauty, vibrant houseboats, spas, and food. Alleppey is among the best places to visit in South India. It is famous for lagoons, backwaters and houseboat stay. There are many awesome backwater tours and cruises that span over days and have many pit-stops at restaurants and other notable attractions.

An ideal winter destination in India surrounded by numerous lagoons that are interconnected with large lakes, rivers and canals that run along the Arabian Sea. The Venice of India, Alleppey is a popular tourist spot in South India. Enjoy cruising in the backwaters on a houseboat. It doesn't matter how tired you feel after exploring Kerala but, a houseboat cruise through the backwaters will surely rejuvenate you.

Kerala has hundreds of luxurious houseboats that cruise over the backwaters while offering you an amazing stay experience for a lifetime.

You can sail and have meals throughout the day and rest in the stationary houseboat at night. Take time to be pampered with Ayurvedic therapies and treatments. Savor the delicious cuisine. Go bird watching, visit the villages in the Reagua or explore the incredible architectural wonders of the reeds. Heal your weary spirits in the blessed surroundings of Alleppey.

Pathiramanal is a beautiful uninhabited island in the middle of backwaters on Muhamma-Kumarakom water route that can be accessed only by boat. It is surrounded by Lake Vembanad on one side and Lake Kayamkulam on the other side and is home to thousands of migratory birds from different parts of the world.

With its serene backwaters and mesmerizing scenery, Alappuzha stays true to its title- the Venice of the east. The place is famous for its houseboat cruises. A ride with your friends through the Vembanad Lake is an enriching experience as you can bask in the beauty of the land. Embedded in the maritime history of Kerala, beaches and lighthouses of Alappuzha provide captivating sight for tourists from around the globe.

Spread across 14 acres, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary stands at the heart of Alappuzha. Home to rare species of birds, it is the perfect place for bird lovers. Along with the scenic beauty, you can also get a peek into the past as you visit Krishnapuram Palace which was built during the reign of Travancore king Marthanda Varma.

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Here are a few Alleppey Houseboat cruise specialties:

1. Food, Music and Fun


Board the House Boat (Kettuvallam). Go on a houseboat, you can stay on the boat and have food cooked for you. They even have fancy ones with a spa bath and air conditioning, these are good if you sleep overnight. Or more chilled out ones where you can just relax for an afternoon floating around and eating seafood.

This type of boathouse in Kerala, traditionally a barge to transport rice, is today specially arranged to spend a pleasant cruise. Discover the lives of locals at the edge of Kerala's backwaters, visit the villages or churches that line the canals and rivers and enjoy typical Kerala dishes with sweet spices.

You can order your menu in advance for lunch. The cooks prefer Kerala style cousins. Nonetheless, the guests can opt for some Chinese dishes or north-Indian style recipes. You may need to confirm regarding the recipe while booking itself. The cooks are experts in preparing Kerala style fish curry, fish fry, chicken curry and vegetarian dishes.

Although onboard music systems and television will be available in most of the houseboats, you may not be interested in those. How can you miss the splendid visuals of green adorned paddy fields, peaceful village life and mesmerizing images of nature? Those will captivate your mind and fill it with unfathomable happiness.

Most of the families and children enjoy the fun of being together. They spend their time capturing the visions and talking their heart out. The backwater cruise will be a novel experience for the kids too.

2. Sunset - The Best Visual To Capture


It is wonderful to watch the sunset sitting on the houseboat, while the evening breeze caresses your body and peace envelopes your heart. The soft streaks of the saffron sun will not only touch your body but also your soul too. The sunset will be one of the images you will cherish for your lifetime. The moments will bring nostalgia when you look back after several years.

3. Best Way To Spend A Day With Family


Houseboat cruise is undoubtedly the best way to spend a day with family and friends. The moments of rejoicing will give you unparalleled joy.

You may also consult your friends, those who have enjoyed a houseboat cruise for a first-hand review of the trip. Seldom will anyone say negative things about the houseboat cruise. Not only those from outside Kerala and from abroad but people from Kerala too will like the houseboat cruise in Alleppey.

4. Average pricing for Day Trip


The average pricing for day trip varies from season to off-season. The prices we mention here are indicative only. You may contact cruise houseboat operators for the present rates. 01st October to 31st March is the season period. The rate for a day cruise in a single room houseboat, for two adults, during the season is approximately 8000 rupees.

And the same for four adults in a two room houseboat will be around 9000 rupees. This will include six hours trip, lunch and evening refreshment. However, 15 December to 15 January is peak season and rates during the period will differ. And it is always better to book your houseboats in advance to avoid any inconvenience may cause.

During the off-season, the rates will come down. In fact, you may even bargain with the houseboat operators for discounts. Nevertheless, it is not advisable to go for a houseboat cruise during monsoon. The rate for a day cruise for 02 adults in a single room houseboat is around 6000 rupees. Two-room houseboat for four adults, maybe around 7000.

5. Average pricing for night stay


The charges for a night stay is not much different from day cruise. The charge for night stay in a single room houseboat for two adults is approximately 8000 rupees. And for a two-room houseboat for four adults is around 13000 rupees. The stay will save you from spending money in a hotel or resort for the night stay.

However, many tourists do not consider night stay due to security concerns. Further, mosquitoes and insects can disturb your sleep if the houseboat is not a glass-covered one.

6. Best time for Houseboat Cruise in Alleppey


As said above, October to March is the season for houseboat cruise in Alleppey. December and January witnesses a high influx of tourists due to the Christmas and New Year season. The rates for houseboat cruises skyrocket during the period.

Monsoon time is a strict NO for houseboat cruise in Alleppey. The views on an overcast day in monsoon will not be enticing at all. In addition, the roll and pitch of the houseboat due to strong wind and rain can make children and some adults dizzy.

7. Best places to visit in Alleppey


Alappuzha Beach, Vembanad Lake, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Karunakaran Museum revival, Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal Island, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha
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What makes Andaman and Nicobar islands, located at the shore Bay of Bengal one of the best spots for honeymoon in India? Honeymoon is the first sign of togetherness. Everyone wants to make the honeymoon memorable. Various honeymoon packages in India can make your romantic dream come true. It does not matter, whether it is a love marriage or an arranged one, the couple starts their journey of life after having this unique refreshment.

It is a particular time when a newly married couple gets alone after all the hassles of marriage to understand each other more and strengthen their relationship. Most of the couples wait for the special event to take a trial of their married life.

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If you are looking for the most picturesque and dreamy place for your honeymoon and romantic packages in India to getaway to, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands should be on top of your bucket list.

1. Neil Island


With its turquoise blue waters and exciting history, Neil island place is more enchanting than you can even think of. It is 1400 km away from the Indian shoreline and is laden with breathtaking scenery all over the islands. You are not going to regret visiting the heavenly isles, but if you still need a reason to visit it, we provide you with a lot. Take a look.

Neil Island has coral reefs and is located near Bharatpur Beach, teeming with rare and amazing types of tropical fishes. Known for world famous sunset views, Neil Island is quite nearby to Laxmanpur Beach. You can have a view of natural rocks formatted and accessible when there is low tide. The island is located near the pier of Neil village, curving the sandy bay, which is all over dotted with ships.

If you are willing to visit one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world, Andaman is the place you can choose. The packages are reasonable, and the beauty of the lands will amaze you. Indian honeymoon and romantic packages start from 3 days to 14 days. Guests are often given the option to customize their packages themselves by adding and removing certain activities.

This provides you an opportunity to make your honeymoon more creative and innovative as compared to boring packages.

2. Mount Harriet National Park


Mount Harriet is called one of the best places to visit in India because of a lot of reasons. This may sound very interesting; it is one of the most beautiful trekking routes in India. The trekking is done from Mount Harriet to Madhuban. The exotic flora and fauna of the place are going to take their breaths away for the people who are enthusiastic about doing treks.

Mount Harriet is the second highest peak present in the Andaman, and it is the image that we see in our 20 rupees currency.

3. Chidiya Tapu


Apart from that, for the tour to Andaman and Nicobar islands, you can always explore the Bird Island, the anthropological museum that shows all about human evolution, and the many beaches where you can sit by with a refreshing drink or enjoy your life in the water. Like all the other regions close to the sea, Andaman and Nicobar Island specialize in seafood.

If you are not particularly fond of seafood, there are many options available for you as well. If you are a shopper from the heart and love to collect memoirs from the places you have visited them, Andaman and the Nicobar Islands will never disappoint you. You can get a lot of handmade crafts and various from the many beach side markets. They will not only make an excellent gift for family and friends but also yourself.

4. Long Island


Long Island is one of the most attractive blue islands of Andaman. Once you visit the place, you will only see greenery and blue sea if you want to explore the essence of the village tourism in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The beaches are white, and the scenery of the place is fantastic. The tropical forests and the marine life will create an extra mark towards the couple who are adventure loving.

The Island is mostly famous for water sports and cruises. The views of this place remain attractive during sunrise and sunset. You can get an archipelago like feeling here.

It is the place of the ranged taluk, which belongs to the East Baratang Group of Islands. The entire Island is only 18 square kilometres. During the honeymoon, if you want to treat your eyes with beautiful views of flora and fauna, the long Island will be the best destination for you. The swamp forests are evergreen and elegant.

Have you always been fascinated with the indigenous tribes of India? Well, the Andamanese of the Jarawa is going to welcome you with their open arms. They mostly reside in the south as well as the middle Andaman regions and are found in tribes. They have very limited interaction from the outside world and love to keep to themselves.

For thousands of years, they had inhabited the Island and safeguarding it before it opened as a tourist destination. You can, of course, visit them on your honeymoon and talk your heart out if you are curious about the kind of lifestyle that they lead. They are warm and welcoming in nature.

Best time to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Throughout the year, Andaman and Nicobar islands usually have a moderate kind of weather. So it is a pretty fantastic tourist destination at any time of the year. But if you want a particularly pleasant experience, then the time between October to May is the best to visit. This time spans overwinter and summers, so the sky is usually clear with pleasant weather.

It is excellent for sightseeing, exploring the beach, and feeling the overall place in its full bloom. Monsoons can get a bit unpredictable, so it is best to avoid it during those months. So, you can plan the honeymoon on a budget according to the weather.

In India, there are more than one honeymoon spot present, which provides the best service to you and your life partner, but this island is very different from all. Andaman is the place which you can choose for your honeymoon without any second thought as it is a place where you can have some of the best experiences of your life.

So, making a honeymoon special is really a point that everyone thinks. Some of the couples visit abroad for their honeymoon, where many of them want to start their new life from the land of India. If you want to make your honeymoon more attractive by adding some romantic events to it, you can surely choose the best honeymoon and romantic packages in India.

Remember, you can make your honeymoon only once, so you can definitely go for the best.

There are cottages present to make your honeymoon like a dream. Some special cottages are present for the honeymoon couples so that they can take the essence of the sea from their balcony. The view of sunset and sunrises will definitely amaze you and your life partner. Besides that, most of the cottage contains a candlelight dinner facility on the banks of the sea.

Sea facing cottages are the best places to stay in Andaman while you are visiting this place. Besides that, there is also more than one place present where you can visit at your honeymoon time. Cheap honeymoon and romantic packages in India are designed to make sure that the package is innovative and reasonable at the same time for the guest. Choose Andaman and Nicobar islands for the best honeymoon and romantic packages in India.

So Andaman and Nicobar islands make for a great tourist spot for people who have wanderlust. The region is covered with hills, and the forest density will help you to have a great view of the vegetation. It can also be said as a paradise for nature lovers. Perhaps, it is one of the best places for an exotic honeymoon on earth.

It is just a couple of hours' flight, and that is the only way to travel to a breathtakingly beautiful place. Also, if you are looking for a getaway that is fit for a week, this is the one you should definitely visit. Talk about one of the beautiful places in India, Andaman is undoubtedly the best that you have ever seen.

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Who would not love spending their vacation, loving honeymoons chilling on a cool beach on a beautiful island? Everyone will! So this is the time for you to pack your bags, book your tickets, and this is a trip you can't miss.
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