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Coffee is believed to be one of the most popular beverages in the world. As the studies say that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of numerous serious diseases, Kerala the healthiest state of India offers a few exquisite varieties of coffee. This largest coffee-producing state in India is known for two major strains, namely, Robusta and Arabica.

Wayanad, the primary hub of coffee estates in Kerala features over 60,000 hectares of its plantation, followed by Nenmara and Gavi areas. Whether interested in Monsooned coffee of Malabar or the Jamaican Blue, Kerala is home to well-crafted coffee giving a true delight to its admirers. Check out the amazing places every coffee lover must visit in Kerala for a perfect sup!

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Here are the 5 best places every coffee lover must visit In Kerala. Coffee is an integral part of Kerala culture and one must surely hop into some of these amazing spots to enjoy the best amalgamations. The following are the most loved coffee houses in Kerala:

1. Indian Coffee House


Indian Coffee House is one of the most popular beverage spots in Kerala. Serving the best varieties of coffee and other food items, this place is truly a retreat for epicures staying in Kerala. Their pocket-friendly menu offers a vast range of coffee at a very reasonable price.

Indian Coffee Houses in Kerala have been the vehement hotspots of political discussions in the past. It was believed to be the urban adda for the youth and served as a common platform for intellectual minds.

Location: Numerous outlets in major cities of Kerala

2. Coffee Temple


This comfortable coffee houses that showcase the stunning vistas of the main beach in Varkala lures the wanderers with its exclusive experience. Wouldn't it be interesting to sip a classic blend of their collection and admire the mesmerizing sunsets while listening to the melodious tunes in the background?

Apart from their awesome collection of coffee, you can also try some delicacies of the authentic Keralan cuisine along with trying scrumptious Mexican alternatives.

Location: North Cliff | Near Helipad, Varkala, Varkala Town, Varkala, 695141, India

3. Kashi


Located near the Fort Kochi, Kashi is also known as Kashi Art Cafe and showcases an enormous collection of art along with serving one of the best coffee and culinary options especially European cuisine. Apart from coffee, the place is loved for its chocolate cakes, pancakes, and brownies. If you are holidaying in Kochi with your significant other then do head to this gorgeous cafe for a perfect evening!

Location: Burgher Street, Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India

4. Coffee Cube


Coffee Cube in Kochi is a delightful place for a perfect celebration of coffee in the state. A quench of mango smoothie or the rousing express shot, everything they offer has its own specialty. They offer an unending list of innovative cold and hot coffees that makes the guests revisit this place again and again. The ambiance of this place is enticing during the evenings where you can spend peaceful hours with your partner.

Location: Near Archies, Convent Junction, Marine Drive, Kochi, Kerala, 680011

5. Solar Cafe


Solar Cafe is an amazing hub for people looking for a vegetarian-friendly or vegan food options while staying in Kochi. Apart from serving the authentic coffee, the cafe lures food-lovers with its traditional south Kerala recipes served by their gratifying staff. This pocket-friendly escape is also known for its Spanish Indian mix dishes, giving a flavorsome retreat to the guests.

Location: Calvathy Road just in front of Customs Ferry, Kochi (Cochin), 682001, India

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Apart from the above-mentioned hotspots for coffee-lovers, Kerala is home to numerous other cafes and restaurants that serves the perfectly blended coffee. Plan a trip to Kerala and explore the true culture and traditions of this 'God's own country'.
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  • Saturday, August 31, 2019
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Winters are approaching and it is time to plan your next family vacation. If you are looking out for tourist destinations that are in full bloom during winter, you must consider Sikkim tour packages. Sikkim during winter is no less than a wonderland, with picturesque attractions, snow clad mountains, and acres of wilderness. This is a great place to drench yourself in pretty snowflakes and weave some beautiful memories with your loved ones.

If you have decided to visit Sikkim this winter, make your first stop at the state capital – Gangtok. This picturesque holiday destination has various options for all age groups. Whether you simply wish to go sightseeing, or like to shop, or go trekking, or party all through the night – Gangtok has it all!

Gangtok is one of the most beautiful cities with varieties of rhododendron, orchids and butterflies. The first thing you will notice here are the buildings precariously perched on the edge of the hills. If you find a good hotel with a view, you can see the imposing Kanchenjunga peak in all its splendor. The top of this mountain has an orange glow, since the first rays of the sun adorn this mountain every morning.

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Here are the best places to visit in Gangtok:

1. MG Road


Wander around MG Road or the local mall. Explore the streets of Gangtok on foot or in buggy. Enjoy Tibetan, Sikkimese and Nepalese cuisine when you are here. Try the noodle soups such as Thupka and Thenthuk. Do not miss the hot steam momos that are easy to get here. Catch up on a book with fresh and hot tea at Cafe Fiction or look at the bustling streets of the comfortable Baker's Cafe.

2. Rumtek Monastery


There are many monasteries around Gangtok such as the famous Rumtek Monastery, the Enchey Monastery, the Lingdum Monastery and the Gonjang Monastery. Rumtek Monastery is a gompa or complex built by the Karmapa of the Kagyu Buddhist order. Belonging to the Nyingma Buddhist order, the Enchey Monastery (Solitary Monastery), was initially built in the 19th century and rebuilt in Chinese architectural style in 1909.

These Buddhist temples are colorful, you can listen to the monks singing prayers and you can see how the life of these monks goes as they live, study and continue to work in this monastery. In the gardens of the palace of the ancient kings, the Chogyals of Sikkim, we find the Tsuklakhang Monastery or Royal Chapel.

3. Deorali Orchid Sanctuary


Closer to Gangtok is the Deorali orchid sanctuary in southern Gangtok and Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, approximately one hour west of Gangtok. The Kyongnosla alpine sanctuary is located one hour east of Gangtok, on the way to Lake Tsomgo and Nathu La.

4. Do-drul Chorten


The Do Drul Chorten is one of the most important of Sikkim and inside it houses numerous relics of sacred Buddhist books and religious objects. At the top of a hill and after circumventing numerous steps, stands the small Ganesh Tok temple. The temple itself is quite small, but it's worth going up here to admire the views over Gangtok and the Kanchenjunga peak.

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5. Pelling


Inarguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sikkim, Pelling is just the place to go with your family this winter. This tourist hub spot has grown dramatically over the years, and has a number of attractions for the entire family. If you are an adventure seeker you are bound to love every day spent at this snowclad city that sits at an altitude of 6,800 feet.

It is ideal for trekking and various mountain sports apart from being a treasure trove of stunning sights. Pelling is a really small town and can be explored on foot. Be sure to carry your camera along to capture all the magical moments at this quaint little Sikkim town.

Pelling is located at an altitude of 2070 meters. On a clear day guest can get a nice view of the Himalayan snow capped range Pandim, Khangchendzonga, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Narsing, Zopuno, Shimbho, Sinolchu. It is one of the exotic destinations with historical sites, short trekking routes and wildlife.

Its botanical and zoological wealth is inspiring and the panoramic view is something to be seen to be believed. Kaluk, Rinchenpong and Namchi are some of the tourists place nearby. In Kaluk there are some night resorts and from there you can walk the distance (3 km) to Rinchenpong to see the monastery and get trapped by the tranquility of this area. Other places of visit are Rimbi waterfalls, Rimbi Rock Garden. Lake Kechopalri, is one of the Buddhist holy lakes.

Myth is that when a leaf falls on the water surface, it is picked up by a bird and thus the surface of the water is always leafless. Near Khecheopalri monastery is the Kanchenjunga Falls, ruins of Pemayangtse monastery, and Rabdentse monastery or the Sanga Choeling and the Rathong valley with all its mountains in the background.

The panoramic view from the top of the ruin to the mystical heights of Kanchendzonga ranges is something to be caressed. Wander around the helipad or shopping center. Tashiding monastery is famous for the Bhumchu festival.

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6. Mangan


The capital of North Sikkim, Mangan is a lazy town that attracts visitors looking for a luxurious place to enjoy while in Sikkim. This is a high-end destination that fortunately doesn’t mandate any kind of special permits. This beautiful place is the gateway to many other hidden havens in the state such as Lachen, Lachung, Katao, Yumthang and Chungthang.

For a truly marvelous experience here, plan your visit to make it to the three-day music festival held every year. You can enjoy live music from bands all over northeast India. Prepare to be enamoured by natural beauty all around you.

7. Tsomgo Lake


Tsomgo lake is yet another must visit site on your trip to Sikkim. This large beautiful lake is considered holy by both Hindus as well as Buddhists and is in pristine condition. To get to this lake you will need to traverse past a rough and rocky road. Getting to Tsomgo lake is an adventure in itself. And, if you do not wish to drive on your own, you may also haul a cab from Gangtok for a few hundred rupees. Aside from watching migratory birds you can also enjoy Yak and pony rides at the lake.

Changu lake is only 40 km from Gangtok. It stays frozen throughout the winter. During the rest of the year, the lake's water reflects different colors. This lake is considered very auspicious by the locals. See if you can do a yak safari for this place. It's as exciting as a camel ride through the sand dunes of a desert. Stay at Gnathang or Dzuluk or Kupup.

The road continues climbing up to reach 4300 meters of Nathula Pass and then descends towards the Nathang Valley and then the famous Zuluk Zig Zag Road to end at Lingtam. It is the Old Silk Route that is unanimously defined as one of the most beautiful routes in the world.

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8. Green Lake


North Sikkim is a magical escape for travelers who want to get away from the usual tourist spots. With majestic mountain ranges, stunning lakes, and lush green meadows, it is a haven for those who want to enjoy nature in all its glory. Nestled in Lachen, Green Lake is one of the best-hidden places in the state, and you should not miss visiting it.

You can go on an enthralling trek and revel in the glory of the high mountains. Challenge the rough trails, hike through the fascinating slopes, and scale the heights of the hills and finally feast your eyes on the otherworldly lake as a reward for your efforts.

9. Yumthang Valley


This stunning spot in Sikkim is also known as the 'Valley of Flowers' and can be visited only during a certain time of the year between April and November. Seated at a height of 3,564 m above sea level, Yumthang Valley is guarded by the majestic Himalayas. While you are here, be sure to stop at the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary - a wonderful place for botanists, ecologists and nature lovers.

Although it is located about 150 km from Gangtok, you need to travel for nearly two days to reach this pretty valley because visibility drops from early evening due to heavy fog.

Visit the flower sanctuary in Yumthang. It is located in North Sikkim, with an altitude of 11,693 ft. You can see at least 24 types of rhododendron flowers. Your journey to Yumthang will be followed by the River Teesta, where the whole area will be covered by flowers due to rainfall.

Yumthang is located at an altitude of almost 11,800 feet. On the way back you can visit the famous hot spring which is known for its healing properties. Yumthang is a valley near the Lachung Chu River surrounded by mountains where the tree line ends.

In spring the valley erupts in riot of colors with flowers like Primulae, Rhododendrons and many other flowers in full bloom along with snow covered valley. Yumthang has snow all around and the snow clad mountains add to the beauty. Wander up to Lachung monastery and the of Lepcha village.

10. Zero Point


Wrapped in a blanket of snow, Zero Point, also known as Yumesamdong, is the last outpost in Sikkim. Situated roughly 15,300 ft above sea level, this is a place that takes your breath away and makes you forget all your worries. Only Indian nationals are allowed to visit Zero Point, and only after obtaining a Protected Area Permit from the District Administrative Center at the Gangtok Tourism Office, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Office, or Mangan.

Chungthang Valley is between Lachung and the Yumthang Valley, famous for Yumesamdong (Zero Point)and Mathilda pass. This point is 15,300 feet in altitude and the stretch of road that brings you here stops abruptly. That's why this place is called Zero Point. Here you will find some members of the army, since the Chinese border is a few kilometers from here.

Chungthang is 96 kilometers from Gangtok. Lachen is 35 kilometers from Chungthang with snow-capped peaks. Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, located in the Singalila range in the southwest corner of West Sikkim, Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta Valley, Thangu are the biggest attractions. It is a valley surrounded by giant snow peak mountains and is the starting point of the Green Lake Trek.

In fact the village is cradled between stern, high standing rocks as protectors. This village is almost hidden from the outside world like a Shangri-La. Visit the Lepcha village.

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So, what are you waiting for? Explore the many Sikkim tour packages available to you, and pick the one that is most enticing!
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  • Saturday, August 31, 2019
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Considering how much wilderness there is in California, even the most adventurous souls might find it difficult to explore it all. However, it is certainly not impossible. However, there may be instances where you do not have ample time to go on an expedition to every possible place. Hence, if you are wondering where all to go backpacking in California over a weekend-long trip, this list is for you.

Read on to find out the ultimate backpacking list for those who want to fall in love with California.

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1. Grizzly Lake


Finding its location in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, this is a must-visit for those who wish to please themselves with the splendid view of mother nature. With an incredible waterfall in the middle of the forest, this lake looks like a heaven on the earth. If you ever wanted to fly-fish, this is the place for you.

Within the 7-mile stretch to the Grizzly Lake, you can camp at a nice meadow at about 5.7 miles according to an article. Carry easy-to-cook foods and snacks along with you on the trip. Since there bears around, it is best to tie up your food around a tree while you sleep.

2. Redwood National and State Parks


Surfing is altogether a breath-taking experience, both for the people who have done it before and the ones who are new to it. This Park has a great facility for doing so in the middle of the woods. Besides, redwoods all around tend to make even the imagination exhilarating. There are a lot of camping facilities in California you can avail while on the route to Tall Tree Grooves, which you come across in the ancient forest.

To fulfill your hunger, don't forget to carry snacks like nuts, bars, trail max, dry fruits, coffee and tea sachets, and sandwiches.

3. Camping at Glacier Point


Due to its high popularity, Glacier Point tends to get overcrowded. However, this in itself explains how much of a spectacle it is. If you ever get a chance to camp here, it would be on a dry year in the shoulder season. Although it might be a little of a task to get a place here to camp, the view from the point is worth enough for you to go ahead with it.

If the weather allows you, you can camp at the Glacier Point itself, with a permit from the park rangers. However, they mostly ensure that you set up your camps with a minimum of 100 yards away from any trail. Some of the most popular trails you can embark on at Glacier Point include the Four Mile Trail and the Mist Trail.

4. Rae Lakes Loop


It is a 46-mile hike through Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. It is one of the most popular hikes when it comes to Sierras. With lakes, greens and mountains all around, this place is as serene as a place can be.

About 8 miles into hiking through the dense forest around the Lake, you will come across a camping site where you can stay and rest for the night. According to an article, you can either camp at the Upper Paradise valley, Middle Paradise valley or the Lower Paradise Valley. Going ahead in your trail, you can also camp at the area surrounding the Lake.

When it comes to food, you can either eat instant snacks or fast foods that need minimal cooking with the help of a bonfire.

5. Beach Camp on Santa Rosa Island


Placed beside the Pacific ocean at a secluded location, Santa Rosa Island provides you with a place to camp in a tent on a beach, being in the land of extremes near Los Angeles. One of the least visited National Park, you will come across many unique plants and animals here. One of the rare animals found here include the native fox species.

You will even come across Torrey Pines in the Island, which is only found in a grove near San Diego elsewhere.

6. Lost Coast


With a stretch of over 24-mile coastline, this place requires you to visit with your vehicle or a shuttle car. There are a lot of places where you can camp while you trek. The Lost Coast is found in the Northern part of California’s coast. To explore more around the area, two of the beautiful places you can go to are Mattole and Black Sands Beach.

With camps laid out, Lost Coast provides you with the opportunity to trek and hike in this wonderful pace.

7. Ventana Wilderness Sykes Hot Springs


For the trekkers, the trek to this place is approximately 10 miles along the Pine Ridge Trail. It is best to visit this place in the off-season, to get on the trail quickly. Since the water runs fast in the winter and spring season, you gotta be extra cautious on the trail. The hot springs at this place will strengthen your resolve of considering the mother nature exhilarating.

Whenever you have to find a place to rest during the trail, there are places you can camp at. The 3 campgrounds that are quite popular would be Terrace Creek, Barlow Flat, and Sykes. As far as a toilet is concerned, you will come across a small wooden box with a hole in it on the trip. Thus, be prepared for the challenges on the trip. The beauty of the trail makes it worth the effort.

8. King's Peak from Shelter Cove


This is one place where you will come across the bear prints. The tide comes along the beach every 12 hours, making for an awe-inspiring sight. If you plan to go there, camp at the Buck Creek, for its scenic beauty having a mountain stream around and gentle oceanic waves. Those who find their interest in climbing mountains can do here at King Range, which culminates at the King’s Peak.

9. Ropi Lake


Due to its beauty, this place has become quite a famous site for visitors. Having some of the best waterfalls you can witness in California, Ropi Lake also has Lake Tahoe by its side. The hike is about 5.6 miles, which takes slightly longer to finish than one of the same distance. Going forward in the Trail, you will come across Ropi Lake Falls, making up for a fantastic viewpoint.

10. Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley


Though this place will provide you with isolation due to lesser footfall, the grueling hikes here provide for an exciting experience. It consists of an exemplary park, where you can reach with the help of a Shuttle. You can also plan on visiting Lake Cathedral in the vicinity for a delightful experience.

The entire trail would require you to invest about 6-7 days in it. On the first day, you can camp near the Cathedral Lake. Going forward to the subsequent day, the Sunrise High Sierra shall provide you a habitable space to set up your camp. During the course of the trail, you will also come across places like the beautiful Nevada Falls, around the area of which you can also build campsites.

When it comes to food during your trips, you can either eat instant snacks or fast foods that need minimal cooking with the help of a bonfire. As per an article, some of the good ideas for snacks would be flatbreads, chorizo, sardines, rice pouches, eggs, pasta, and chickpeas. Not only are these foods easy to cook but are also filling.

It is also imperative for you to remain hydrated during the entire trip. Always carry water bottles and sippers with you.

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Several other beautiful places do not find a place on this list. However, that does not take anything away from them. For you to be able to explore the landmark places better, always carry the United States Scratch Off Map with you. Every place in California is wonderful, with each having its own set of charms. This makes it a city you should definitely have on your to-visit place.
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If you want to spend your next vacation on an island, Sri Lanka is perfect for you. Tucked in South Asia, this isle is ideal for spotting wildlife and exploring vibrant nature. And the best of all, you can explore a lot of this country in a very short span of time. What you can do and see in Sri Lanka is endless.

The coastal area is abundant with scenic beaches for you to relax and have fun with your loved ones. The choice of water sports available here will surely boost your spirits. If you are a nature lover, you can camp in a forest to get in touch with wildlife. Get into a safari ride and spot exotic species or immerse yourself in energizing adventure activities like hiking and mountain climbing.

Simply, you will never go out of things to do in Sri Lanka during your visit here. Here's why I think you must visit Sri Lanka this year.

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1. Exotic Wildlife in Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka is home to a number of exotic and endangered species. So if you love animals you will be fascinated when you sight many elephants, leopards, whales, and turtles in this small island. It is also considered as a perfect spot for bird lovers as it holds a good amount of bird species living in its rainforests.

Sri Lanka has made its mark with its lifestyle and boasts of having the highest density of leopards across the globe. That's not it, there are numerous other endangered and rare species of avifauna, flora, and fauna; such as fishing cat, water buffaloes, Sri Lankan elephant, Sri Lanka grey hornbill, night herons, egrets and purple swamphen.

Visit Yala National Park and get into a safari ride to watch how casually wild animals cross your path. If you fancy spending time with elephants you can visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. It is a great place to snap pictures with them and also to feed and bathe the baby elephants. Have you ever wanted to befriend whales and dolphins?

Well, then head to Mirissa and dive with them. Sri Lanka is simply a paradise for animal enthusiasts. Learn about more off-the-beaten-path destinations in Sri Lanka and have a trip of your lifetime.

2. World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka is a country holding a vast number of historical monuments and artifacts. On your tour around the island, you will come across some world heritage sites which have a history dating back up to 2500 years. You will be amused by the intricate architecture, beautiful paintings, and carvings of these ancient places.

Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Galle, and Kandy are some places to visit in Sri Lanka to get an insight into the Sri Lankan history. Do not forget to visit the Sigiriya rock fortress and the Temple of The Tooth Relic while you are here.

3. Timeless Adventure in Sri Lanka


A traveler cannot ask for a better place than Sri Lanka for a lifetime of adventure. The central province of Sri Lanka is where you can enjoy hiking and mountain trekking in the hills. The gushing rivers and waterfalls invite you to take part in thrilling water sports. You can go on white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking here.

The coastal area is even more interesting. The deep sea and the rushing waves here will let you enjoy surfing, snorkeling, water skiing and many other adventures. If you are looking for more get into scuba diving and have a great time with turtles and dolphins.

You can get to Mirissa from Tissamaharama by local bus. Mirissa is a place to surf, to take a refreshing swim, to snorkel in isolated coves of the waves, there is an especially pleasant place to the left of a small island viewpoint. In Mirissa there is a certain atmosphere, that by the music that sounds in its restaurants of the beach, it could seem that we are in a beach of Jamaica. You can enjoy one of the best Kottu in the country.

Go to Weligama to try to have some notions of surfing. Eat exquisite calamari in a restaurant next to the beach.

4. Mouthwatering Cuisine in Sri Lanka


Delicious food is something else Sri Lanka is famous for. If you are able to find the right places, you will get to taste some best meals prepared with freshly ground spices found here. Also, if you love seafood, head to the Ministry of Crab at Old Dutch Fort to taste varieties of them. Finally, top it off with a cup of world famous Ceylon tea.

You will also find vendors offering you different kinds of food along the streets. If you are a street food lover who loves munching snacks along with your trip, go ahead!

5. Perfect Vacation in Sri Lanka


If your idea of a perfect holiday is golden sandy beaches lined with palm trees, head to the coastal side of the island. The surrounding is ideal for you to relax all day long leaving your hectic life aside for a while. Some of the famous beaches on the island can be found in Trincomalee, Negombo, and Hikkaduwa.

But, if what you want is a lush green environment all around you, head to the Hill Country. You will be surrounded by far stretched tea plantations, beautiful waterfalls and towering mountains here. A journey by train can make your visit to Sri Lanka unforgettable.

Haputale is at 1400 meters of altitude and is surrounded by mountains where Thomas Lipton took advantage of these conditions to invest in tea plantations. Go to the Dambatenne tea factory. It is the fourth producer of tea in the world.

Travel by train to areas like Badulla and Bandarawela and witness how stunning the view gets along your journey. That ambiance can be a great environment for getting your business done. It’s not a strange thing that Sri Lanka is high on the list of destinations for digital nomads.

6. Colorful Culture in Sri Lanka


The rich culture is one prominent quality found in Sri Lanka. This ethnically diverse country celebrates all religious festivals with equal prominence. Visit Sri Lanka in August and watch an annual spectacular event that takes place here. The Kandy Esala Perahera is a procession where majestic tuskers clad in colorful clothes walk along the streets at night.

Along with them fire bearers, traditional drummers, dancers and many others perform their events elegantly. Witness this colorful festival and be fascinated with the beauty of the Sri Lankan culture.

7. Accommodation in Sri Lanka


You will be able to find an assortment of choices when it comes to lodging in Sri Lanka. The five-star luxury hotels will let you indulge in the grandest amenities and comfort you in a cozy way. On the other hand, cottage style resorts are abundantly found near famous tourist destinations like Yala and Ella.

Here, you will get to experience a nature bound holiday as these places are surrounded by lush greenery and scenic landscapes. There is also a very interesting resort shaped like a giant elephant and also some cottages built on treetops. If you love spending time with nature, you cannot ask for better places.

So what are you waiting for? It is time you head to this beautiful island and experience all these amazing things. Sri Lanka is a tourist destination that is still new and is opening up to more visitors every day. So, visit Sri Lanka and explore the untouched, pure nature and interesting wildlife before it gets too crowded. Also, don’t forget to snap great pictures while you are here.
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  • Thursday, August 29, 2019
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What is it that comes to your mind when you think of visiting London? Big Ben! Fish and Chips! Sherlock Holmes! Red Buses! London Eye! Legendary Black Cabs! Tea! Well, there's still heaps to cover, especially for students! The capital city of London is a multicultural melting pot of people from various countries and backgrounds.

With over 400,000 students population, which is continuously increasing, no wonder the city of London has become a burning hot spot among the international students in terms of education! With university decided; the next big thing in your list is definitely finding a student accommodation in London which won't hurt your bank balance!

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Well, worry not; With London being one of the most expensive city to live in, it still does have some best student accommodation options. Whether you are looking for a private studio close to your university or a comfortable yet affordable student accommodation a little further down the road, the city of London hosts a bunch of student housing options to suit every budget and taste.

To make the student's university life more exciting and happening, London has a ton of student-friendly pubs and bars, music venues, shopping centres, restaurants and cheap-eat options which is not only budget-friendly but also offers some excellent student discount. Flash out your student ID or your NUS card and grab a discount or two on the mouth-watering dishes and drinks!

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1. Bella Italia Islington


Craving for Italian Cuisine? Located near the Vue Cinemas and the Islington O2 Academy at the Angel Central, Bella Italia offers a range of mouth-watering Italian cuisine which is quite student-friendly. Head over and enjoy freshly prepared pasta, lasagne, fresh salads or try out their hand-tossed Italian pizza.

Hangout and chat with your friends while enjoying their signature Italian cocktail "Aperol Spritz". Also, the Angel Tube station is just a 3-minute stroll away.

Bella Italia Islington Timing: 9 AM to 11 PM
Contact Number- 44 20 7226 5675

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2. Honest Burgers


Located at the Covent Garden, Holborn, Honest Burgers is a simple, budget-friendly and quality-focused fast food restaurant. Serving freshly prepared burgers packed with nutritional goodness and flavour has become one of the student's hotspots. Whip out your student card and get a whopping 30% student discount every day (2 pm - 5:30 pm) other than Friday. So take along your friends, chill and chat while enjoying their excellent gourmet burger.

Honest Burger Timing: 11:30 AM to 11 PM
Contact Number- 44 20 3019 0959

3. Absurd Bird Soho


Enjoy a thrilling blend of refreshing cocktails and classic Southern recipes; Absurd Bird Soho is a trending hot spot among the London students. Definitely try out some of their well-known menus including Jalapeno Mac n Cheese, Cornbread Pudding and spiced Buffalo Wings. Also, check out their fantastic list of cocktails, including the Absurd Moonshine and Soulshakers.

Flash out your UNiDAYS card and grab a whopping 50% off on Sunday and Monday's food.

Absurd Bird Soho Timing: 12 PM to 11 PM
Contact Number- 44 20 3198 8444

4. The Fire Station


Located at Waterloo, The Fire Station restaurant was established by upgrading the old fire station. The Fire Station Restaurant serves a range of adventurous pizza and burgers. So head out to the restaurant and relish your hunger with their authentic pizza or burger. What's more? The menus at the restaurant are quite student-friendly.

The Fire Station Timing:
Sunday: 9AM - 10:30 PM
Monday to Wednesday: 7 AM - 11 PM
Thursday & Friday: 7 AM - 12 AM
Saturday: 9 AM - 12 AM
Contact Number- 020 3727 5938

5. La Tasca


Located at Leadenhall Market, London, La Tasca is a student-friendly restaurant which serves authentic Spanish tapas at an affordable rate. Check out their famous mouth-watering dishes including the Basque Boquerones which is white anchovies roasted with vinegar, garlic and parsley.

The La Tasca restaurant is located at a perfect place in the heart of the London city, which is also just a 3-minute stroll from the Monument Tube Station.

La Tasca Timing: 10 AM to 11 PM (Sunday Closed)
Contact Number- 44 20 7623 1818

6. Barrio Soho Central


Barrio Soho Central Bar is a major crowd-puller in Central London. The party bar also offers some amazing cocktails at the best value. Featuring Latin American vibe, the Barrio Central is a two-floor bar which offers cocktails at £6 during the Amigo Hour which is available on both Sunday and Monday the whole day.

Barrio Soho Timing:
Monday to Friday: 4 PM to 1 AM
Saturday: 3 PM to 1 AM
Sunday: 3 PM to 11 PM
Contact Number- 44 20 7749 3940

7. The Chandos


Famously known as Sam Smith's pub, The Chandos is located at a fantastic location just off Trafalgar Square. With comfortable sofa sitting, the Chandos is spread across two floors, one bar upstairs while another one bar is downstairs. Hang out with your friends and enjoy a pint or two at an affordable price.

Chandos Timing:
Monday to Saturday: 11 AM to 11 PM
Sunday: 12 PM to 10:30 PM
Contact Number- 44 20 7836 1401

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8. Bavarian Beerhouse, Shoreditch


Located in Shoreditch, Bavarian Beerhouse surely gives an authentic German Bavarian vibe. Enjoy your weekends at this open and welcoming Beerhouse and grab their respectable Stein glasses or 6-pint drinks with your group of homies! Craving for some Bavarian cuisine, Bavarian Beerhouse has got your back. Check out their authentic Bavarian Schnitzels and sausage dishes.

Bavarian Beerhouse Timing:
Monday to Thursday: 5 PM to 11 PM
Friday & Saturday: 12 PM to 1 AM
Sunday: 11 AM to 11 PM
Contact Number- 0844 3302005

So, there you have it! Dive into the world of delicious cuisines and drinks at the student-friendly bars and restaurants in London. Also, all these restaurants and bars are quite affordable and unique in their very own special way.
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  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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Travel to Mykonos island and enjoy your stay to the fullest. This is not too different from what other guides offer, therefore, we want to differentiate itself by adding tracks and ideas for all budgets and all tastes, from luxury tourism to humble travelers who, with their backpacks, go through the world emulating the travelers of the past.

Ancient culture, beautiful beaches, great restaurants, cozy accommodations and more are in Greece. The beginning of May, June, July, September and October is the perfect time to get there. The island of Santorini and Athens are popular for some seclusion and privacy. The biggest attractions in Greece are the Acropolis Museum in Acropolis and Athens, Delphi, Santorin, Rhodes Town and Samaria Gorge. It is best to travel between two and three islands.

The Mykonos island is located in the center of the Cyclades archipelago, between the islands of Tinos, Delos, Siros and Naxos. The nightclubs, discos and the party next to the beach and electronic music, are synonymous with winter in Mykonos. Not in vain has Mykonos been called the Ibiza of Greece.

Next to romantic and quiet Santorini, wild and diverse Crete and Athens, Mykonos is one of the most visited stopovers by tourists who visit Greece and the Aegean Sea on a cruise trip. Mykonos island can be visited in a weekend. But the best thing is to combine it with Athens, Santorini and Crete, since the ferry connections are good and the flights are cheap.

Mykonos Island in Greece is a hotspot for gorgeous beaches, happening nightclubs and upscale shopping with trendy, even famous clientele. If you're planning on spending a night or a few it's best to be prepared for what you're going to experience and know exactly where to experience it at. Each of the clubs and bars in Mykonos has an individual specialty that caters to a different desire.

You can pick your favorite or try a little of them all for the ultimate till dawn (and beyond) experience. Here are a few suggestions to keep you steered in the right direction.

Where to party depends largely on what time of day it is. There are clubs that specialize in beachside music and sunbathed frivolity full of sexy toned bodies, sun-kissed skin and plenty of drinks to go around and clubs bars that cater to a calmer relaxed crowd taking in the scenery and relaxing by the beach and everything in between.

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1. Beaches in Mykonos


Travel along Chora with its beautiful whitewashed houses and colorful doors and balconies, the labyrinthine streets, the seducer Little Venice district, the Kastro district with the remains of a castle and the famous mills, that adorn the soft hills of Mykonos and that give it that romantic look. And, of course, the mascot of the island is the pelican Petros, which you will find by the attractive old port of Mykonos town.

Do not miss the Church of Paraportiani, the oldest on the island, and the monasteries of Kastro and Panagia Tourliani, with typical architecture of the Cyclades. The beaches, many of them nudists, are as you can guess, another of the most visited places. Beaches such as Paranga, Agios Sotis, Platis Gialos, Paradise, Panormos or Platis Gialos, are known by lovers of afterhours and for those who want a beach holiday and party.

The beaches also offer other possibilities such as a good swim in those crystal clear waters reminiscent of the Caribbean, or snorkeling and diving, windsurfing on the windy beaches of the north. Another of the recommended destinations of this island of Greece is the archaeological site of Delos, to which several daily ships link. It is also possible to visit Siros, Tinos, Naxos and Paros, also very well connected.

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2. Shopping in Mykonos


Shopping is another possibility on the island among things to do at Christmas. Thanks to the influx of tourists the island has boutiques of exclusive brands and shops of all kinds. In addition to the luxury stores, you can get indigenous handicrafts and hippie style necklaces and earrings.

3. Eating in Mykonos


Greek cuisine shows its richness and variety in Mykonos, from cheeses or yogurts to wines, highly recommended. In addition to its nightclubs and parties on the beaches, Mykonos has become a symbolic island of the rainbow movement.

4. Afternoon/Early Evening in Mykonos


Drinks in Mykonos can be expensive so if you have the option, go ahead and grab a bite to eat before you head out. The Bar at the Mykonos Theoxenia boutique hotel is a perfect choice for a more upscale dining experience and an excellent bottle of champagne, perfect for impressing that special someone.

Walking through the winding roads of a typical Cycladic town is an excellent way to spend the pre twilight hours. Check out the shops, selling everything from local handmade clothes and jewelry to boutique establishments like SohoSoho where celebrities are known to be found during summer outings.

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5. Sunset in Mykonos


One of the best reasons to visit Mykonos is sunset. Every bar, club, and restaurant along the beach turn their attention to this spectacle each evening basking in the natural beauty of island living. It has been a long-known secret of locals that tourists have picked up on in the last fifty years.

If you can, find one of the many white beach chairs lined up along the coastline, order a cocktail and take it all in, it will be the perfect highlight of any trip. Caprice has been the most popular viewing destination for decades and for some makes a great place to spend the rest of the night.

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6. Evening in Mykonos


After hours is arguably the best time to experience Mykonos nightlife and the vibrant and youthful culture. This is when the other side of this hidden gem comes to life. Greek culture is very open to alternative lifestyles and pretty much alternative anything. Its many techno and electronica nightspots are thriving energetic centers of energy.

Locals and tourists alike can party side by side with international celebrities. Top DJs frequently visit Astra and rock the scene until the early hours.

7. Nightlife in Mykonos


Paradise Club is a popular destination for the after-hours crowds. Open until 6 am you can go all night long if you want to. Paradise has DJs, pools and some of the best views on the island. With a rotation of themes and being one of the few all night clubs on the island, you can definitely find enough entertainment to keep you busy.

Once your night is over, feel free to get some rest and start all over again. This is the kind of place where you can keep going for as long as you want. There is no real end to the party scene on Mykonos, it's all up to you how much or how little you put into it.

Want to visit Mykonos Island? Just buy an air ticket using trivago flights and go on vacation.
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  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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Often called the Roof of the World, Tibet with all its beauty and mystery offers much more than we can imagine. High mountains with snow-capped peaks, monasteries with astonishing architecture, green valleys, pure water lakes, are just some of the beauties you can see in Tibet. The Tibetan region lies at an average altitude of 5,000 meters, and it is the highest region in the world.

And that height has its advantages, such as the beautiful untouched nature and the incredibly kind people living in the area. Choose the best Tibet vacations for 2020, and enjoy the fantastic journey.

Information about traveling to Tibet

You cannot go to Tibet on your own. For some, this type of vacation is not preferred, but for some is very practical. However, it is the only way as a tourist to have a vacation in Tibet. You will need to be accompanied by a licensed tour guide, and you need to have a driver and organized transportation. That is why you'll need to book a trip via a travel agency. It is advisable to travel with a local travel operator.

If your journey began in China, first you will need to apply for a Chinese visa. And for your entry in Tibet, you need to have Tibet Travel Permit, which you can't get without a travel agent.

These are the only reasons that travelers have doubts about traveling to Tibet. But believe me, nothing is complicated as it looks. All you have to do is to contact the right travel agency. After choosing the right travel agency, you will have all the necessary information about how to get all the permits and documents for your trip.

If you want to travel on a budget to Tibet, you need to know that the best option is to join a small Tibet group tour. There are also offers where you can have a private tour in beautiful Tibet. I choose some of the best Tibet vacations for 2020, both in small groups and private tour. Enjoy!

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1. 15 Days Kailash and Manasarovar Lake group tour


This Tibet vacation includes visiting all major attractions in Lhasa, and then Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. Amazing 15 days fulfilled with stunning views over the Tibetan Plateau and Tibetan unique nature. Because you need to be acclimatized before to start your journey to Mt. Kailash, this tour includes a three day stay in Lhasa.

This is an excellent opportunity to visit all tourist attraction near Lhasa. Your tour guide will take you to the Potala Palace, which is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Then you will visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. The third day of this Tibet vacation is reserved for visiting Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

The fourth day you will set on a journey across Shigatse via Gyantse to Everest Base Camp. You will have a view of Yamdrok-Tso, and majestic view of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar. At the end of the next day, you will enjoy the beautiful sunset on an Everest Base Camp.

On the way to Darchen, you will have a chance to appreciate the stunning view of the Saga valley between Gangdise Range and Himalaya Range. On the eight day of this trip, you will have a trek about 13 km from Sarshung to Dirapuk Monastery along the Lachu valley and rivers.

The next day you will have trekking over Dromala pass. The days that are following on your Tibet vacation you will visit Mansarovar Lake, ancient Sakya town and Sakya Monastery.

2. 8 Days to Mt. Everest Base Camp group tour


Another Tibet vacation also starts in holy city Lhasa. After your arrival in Lhasa, you will meet the tour guide and driver. They will accompany you to your hotel in the city. While you are in Lhasa for the next two days, you will visit Potala Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery. I am sure that you will have a fantastic time in Lhasa.

This tour includes visiting the Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Drive from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp, and you will pass two mountain passes - Gyatsola and Pangla pass. There you will have a chance to get out of your car to enjoy the view and take pictures of these majestic wonders.

If you choose this tour, you will also enjoy the stunning view of the sunset on the EBC. You will visit the Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet and is functioning with both monks and nuns. Next, you will visit Tashilhunpo monastery in Shigatse, and that will be your last site for visiting in this fantastic Tibet vacation.

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3. 4 Days Private Tour of Lhasa


If you don't like trekking or long journey in Tibet, here is one of the shortest trips for Tibet. You will need only four days for this Tibet vacation, and that is enough for visiting all the beauties near Lhasa. After arriving, the driver will take you to the hotel to take a rest. The next day you are going to visit the Drepung Monastery, located in the west suburb of the city.

On the same day, you will visit Sera Monastery and Norbulingka Park. Sera Monastery is the second largest monastery in Tibet, and Norbulingka Park is the most beautiful park in Tibet. Norbulingka Park used to be the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama. The next day is reserved for visiting the Potala Palace and Tibet Museum. After launch that day you will visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. And here ends your exploration in Lhasa.

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4. 15 Days Mt. Kailash tour for Saga Dawa Festival


Traveling to Tibet for Saga Dawa Festival is a unique lifetime experience. Saga Dawa Festival celebrates the birth, death, and enlightenment of Buddha, a great time to experience Tibetan religion and culture. And going to Mt. Kailash for this festival together with the pilgrims, is a life-changing journey.

The festival is one month long. It starts from the new moon of the fourth month and ends with the full moon of the next month. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually falls on May – June. In 2020 the Saga Dawa Festival starts on June 5. If you choose this fantastic tour, you will need to arrive in Lhasa on May 28. First, two days, as usual, are for visiting Lhasa significant attractions.

On May 31, you'll be driving to Kampala pass. From there you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. Then along the Friendship southern Highway, you will have a drive to Gyantse. Visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet.

Next day you will drive to Shigatse, where you can visit Tashilunpo Monastery and tombs of Panchen Lamas. On June 2, you will explore Rongbuk and see the best view of Mount Everest. Enjoy the sunset over Everest on a clear day.

This Tibet vacation continues to the amazing lake of Peiku Tso and Mt. Shishapangma. On the morning of June 5 starts the Saga Dawa Festival, and you will head west to Tarboche to experience this important religious festival in Tibet. Today starts the first of the three days trekking on Mount Kailash Kora. The trek begins from the Sershong and a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying.

Today your trekking leads to the much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The walk will bring you to one of the highest points at Drolma La.

Day two of the trekking days is reserved for 14 km trekking and then driving go Manasarovar Lake. After stunning sunrise in the morning at Manasarovar Lake, you will start driving back to Saga. From Saga, you are going back to Shigatse and then to Lhasa. And from Lhasa, you are going home richer for yet another amazing experience.

Last Words

Chinese and Tibetan travel agencies have fabulous Tibet vacation packages. You can choose from group tours or private. Also, you can choose how long to last your trip. Before you are deciding which tour to book, carefully choose the travel agent.

The best travel agency need to be flexible and reliable, and most important is to meet your needs. The right travel agency needs to have a licensed and experienced tour guide.

Keep in mind that a cheap tour doesn't always mean quality tour.

I hope that with this article I will help you to choose your Tibet vacation easily for 2020.
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If there is one Indian destination that sounds much similar to the bohemian vibes for the international tourists, it is Goa. Goa is the party capital of India and is one of the most visited states by foreigners throughout the year. Its beaches are the tourist magnet that attracts thousands of backpackers, and honeymooners throughout the year.

Being the most visited beach destination in India, Goa is the solace place to spend honeymoon days after getting married. Here in this list, you will find the best beach knowledge about Goa. We are pretty sure that our list of romantic beaches in Goa will pull your interest to book Goa honeymoon packages.

best beaches in goa for honeymoon

1. Butterfly Beach


One of the best beaches in Goa for honeymoon, Butterfly Beach ranks on the top list of unexploited beaches in Goa. The beach is famous for spotting zillions of butterflies that couples find romantic. Rekindle your love amidst the Butterfly Beach Golden Sand, dip your toes in the crystalline blue waters. The place is magical for couples with its stretched palm trees, and water sport activities.

Best For - If you want to spot the marine creatures like dolphins, crabs, and goldfish, this beach in Goa allows you to perform that. Try out water sport activities like boat riding, canoe riding, and enjoy the energetic rave parties for which Butterfly Beach is known for.

Location & Distance - The beach is situated in South Goa, which around 70 km from Panaji, the capital of Goa.

Way To Reach - The Butterfly Beach is not accessible via road since it positioned amidst the dense forests. Opt for a private cab or tourist bus from Palolem Beach, and afterward, enjoy a short boat ride experience to reach Butterfly Island.

2. Palolem Beach


How about indulging in a romantic stroll with your spouse and admiring the gushing waves making the romantic sound. Palolem Beach will reward you with the tranquil setting since the beach is flourished with shacks, hawkers, and trendy restaurants to make couple’s evening a romantic one.

Best For - If you want to spot the friendliest marine creature dolphins, Palolem Beach is the ideal place. From windsurfing to banana ride to paragliding and kayaking, try out the water sport to fuel your adrenaline.

Location & Distance - To reach Palolem Beach, one needs to journey around 70 km from Panaji. The beach is located in South Goa region.

3. Mandrem Beach


Appreciate the serenity and tranquil surroundings of the Mandrem Beach when you visit Goa for honeymoon. Mandrem Beach is known for its white stretches of sand and coconut trees lined across the beach. It is the only beach in Goa that has made Bollywood Stars go crazy.

Best For - If watching the gorgeous sunset and sunrise is your idea of romance, there are resorts like The Mandrem Beach Resort, Cuba Retreat Mandrem, and Dunes Holiday village where you can make the most of your stay while enjoying the pampering spa, meditation and yoga season.

Location & Distance - The beach is tucked in North Goa, and is around just 20 km from Panjim bus stand.

4. Anjuna Beach


This beach in Goa has a separate fan base for the level of the thrill its scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and bungee jumping adventure offers. You can take a romantic stroll on the shacks while purchasing souvenirs, and handicraft items in Anjuna Flea Market. Here beach romance goes with gently swaying palm and dipping toes in white sands.

Best For - If you are a night animal who loves to scale the dazzling nightlife, Anjuna Beach has bars like Purple Martini and Curlies where you can shake your booty. In Anjuna, the watersport activities are in bundles.

Tip & Location - The Anjuna Flea Market opens only on Wednesday. Anjuna Beach is situated in North Goa and is just around 22 km from Panaji. You could reach this beach easily by hiring a taxi.

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5. Arambol Beach


Some call Arambol 'Harmal Beach' but whatever its name, you will remember this beach only for offering you the moments of charismatic romance. For honeymooners, this beach is a gorgeous paradise whitewashed with long stretched white sands. We assure you that you will be forced to extend your Goa honeymoon package just after you will spend cozy time in its nearby romantic resorts.

Best For - The Arambol Beach is lined with paragliding, and trendy restaurants like Cookstown and Blue Diamond to pamper couples. One can avail the advantage of Dolphin Watching tours in Arambol Beach.

Location & Distance - This romantic beach is just over 35 km from Panjim, and it is situated in the North Goa region.

6. Morjim Beach


This is a really tranquil and pleasant beach to go to for foreigners and Russian tourists especially like this beach. There are nice native restaurants, sports bars and additionally nice facilities to relax on the beach.

7. Vagator Beach


Besides the scenic beauty, this is often the simplest beach in Goa for nightlife, its beach shacks, and food stalls and is split into 2 sections- Big Vagator and Small Vagator.

Tips for Honeymoon in Goa

It’s the running monsoon season, and plenty of honeymoon vacation planners are offering exotic deals on Goa honeymoon packages. You should think about booking your space as soon as possible if you have just recently got married or getting married in a few days.

All you have to do is research well on which honeymoon tour planner will provide you the best honeymoon experience in Goa. Cross check the reviews of the company you think you should go for a honeymoon.
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  • Saturday, August 24, 2019
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Planning to go for an international trip and that too in the laps of nature? Then, plan for Cambodia this time. This country has amazing tourist destinations and you will have a relaxed time over here. Are you traveling to Cambodia on your own and still do not have a defined itinerary? How many days to dedicate to this country if you are traveling through Southeast Asia?

Cambodia has a spiritual atmosphere, thanks to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat temples. There are many quality places to celebrate honeymoon in Siem Reap. The panoramic view of the country is good for taking great pictures for posting on Instagram. Among the interesting places in Cambodia are Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Mekong, Tonle Sap, Bantayi Srai.

Besides, one can visit the Ankara Archaeology Park and Tapram Temple. Standing in the architecture of the ancient temple at the Golden Temple Residence will provide a wonderful opportunity to see the sunrise. There is a USD 5 per night fare. Not far from Angkor Night Market is Pub Street and Pisa Tea Market. The cuisine of the young chefs at the Marom restaurant in Siem Reap is quite enjoyable.

If your plan is to travel Cambodia in 3 days and to visit only the Angkor temples, the organization of the itinerary is simple, and this post will not be of great help. Travelila has brought for you the must-visit Cambodia tourist attractions that you must see and make up your mind to visit this beautiful country. Let us see the best places to visit in Cambodia and its attractions.

best places to visit in Cambodia

1. Sihanoukville


It is a port city and beach resort and is one of the top places to visit in Cambodia. It's another name is Kampong Som. You will love to see the sight of the white-sand beaches and tropical islands over here. Located on the Gulf of Thailand, it is a wonderful place to relax. If you are planning to visit Cambodia during your vacation time to relax yourselves then this is a must place to visit. Better plan your trip as you might find a quite healthy rush over here during peak season.

2. Tonlé Sap


It is another wonderful place to visit for sure. It is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. The size of the lake expands and shrinks with the seasons. During the dry season, you will see very less water as the lake will have drained into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh.

During heavy rain, an enormous lake forms here. Many ethnic Vietnamese and Cham communities reside at the bank of this lake and many of them even reside in floating villages around the lake.

3. Preah Vihear


Want to go to the mountains in Cambodia? Then include this place in your itinerary list and you will be there. This Khmer temple is situated in the Dângrêk Mountains at the height of 525 meters. It is located on the border of Cambodia and Thailand.

It is believed that these temples were constructed during the reigns of the Khmer kings Suryavarman I and II and was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Thailand and Cambodia are having a long-running dispute over this place and several soldiers were killed in a fight in 2009.

4. Silver Pagoda


One of the beautiful and wonderful architectures of Cambodia is this one. It looks simply astonishing and you will love your visit over here for sure. Your visit to this pagoda will be peaceful and relaxing due to the serene atmosphere here.

It is located in Phnom Penh within the Royal Palace compound. It has many Buddha statues and houses many national treasures. There is an idol of Lord Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. The golden and white color of the pagoda looks perfect! There is a detailed mural of the Ramayana myth painted on the internal wall of the pagoda which looks nice. It was painted by 40 Khmer artists.

5. Kratie


Among places to see in Cambodia it is a small town. It has the beautiful Mekong River flowing through the town. There is a central marketplace that is surrounded by French colonial buildings. This town doesn't have that much big large scale tourism but you will see rush during the peak season. If you want to see dolphins then this is the best place to see. You will find plenty number of dolphins in the Mekong River.

6. Koh Ker


This place was the capital of the Khmer empire earlier. When it was the capital, many spectacular buildings and sculptures were constructed. Prasat Thom is a tall temple pyramid and it dominates this site. It is 98 ft tall and rises high above the surrounding jungle. You will see a giant Garuda over here which is carved in stone blocks. It is a half-bird and half-man creature.

Earlier, it was one of Cambodia's most remote temple destinations but now tourists can visit it due to demining and the opening of a new toll road.

7. Bokor Hill Station


This hill station was built by the French near Kampot. The main purpose of building this hill station was to remain free from the heat of Phnom Penh. This place has been abandoned two times. It was abandoned first when Japan invaded Cambodia and the second time when it was engulfed by the Khmer Rouge. It has eerie, ghost-town feel currently. You can see hiking tours arranged for this place by the local travel agents.

8. Angkor Wat


We can't end this list without visiting one of the best places in Cambodia. It is the most famous tourist attraction in this country. It means City Temple and is the largest of all Angkor temples. It is one of the biggest Indian temples all over the world. It was built by King Suryavarman II. The temple's balance and composition, makes it one of the finest architectures in the world.

It is also said to have been created by Vishwakarma. At the top is a linga, a gigantic cylinder of stone over four meters high and one to two meters in diameter, a phallic symbol representing Shiva.

The base for visiting the famous temples of Angkor Wat is the city of Siem Reap, which is 6 km away. Many say that with 1 day is enough, and I think it depends on how much you like this type of places. The Bayon Temple is one of the wonders that can be found in the Angkor Thom complex. The Koh Ker site is dominated by the Prasat Thom, a 30-meter-high mountain temple rising above the plain and the surrounding forests.

9. Siem Reap


Siem Reap is a quiet city, full of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and agencies that sell tours. Accommodation in Siem Reap is very economical like in the rest of Cambodia, but it has an advantage. The price to quality ratio seemed much higher than the other cities we visited. We stayed near the Siem Reap market, which had a bar on the terrace which was fine to rest after a day of walking temples like crazy.

There are also things to do in Siem Reap besides Angkor Wat. At night the most lively area is Pub Street, full of bars and restaurants. It will be the closest thing to the Khao San Road in Bangkok that you will find while traveling Cambodia. Read drunken foreigners, beer at ridiculous prices, music that is intermingled between different places, lights and prostitution. Everything has to be said.

So, here were the top places to visit in Cambodia and tourist attractions that you must visit during your next trip to Cambodia. Plan your itinerary in such a way that you have enough time to visit these places and not in a rush! Plan your vacation spots in Cambodia properly and have lots of fun!
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India is one of the world's biggest countries both by population and area. It is also sometimes considered to be a continent. That tells a lot about its vast size and diversity. Its population of 1.3 billion is second only to China and is expected to overtake the Chinese concerning population growth shortly.

As big as India is, it also has tons of places that people can visit. It attracts tourists from all over the world, who flock towards famous travel destinations in India. That also makes India one of the biggest tourism economies. But there are a lot of things that you must consider before travelling to India.

At that point you probably could be worried about the weight of your luggage but there isn't any need to be as there are many cargo companies who now a days working for your ease and send courier to India in lowest rates along with safe and swift delivery as well. India is a country with probably the busiest cities in the world due to its large population.

When the population size is higher, this makes it compulsory for you to bring certain stuff while you travel. Confused about how to carry yourself marvellously at the upcoming trip to your favourite destination? You might be stuck on how to look great as well as stay cosy at the same time. Right from packing your stuff to making sure you look remarkable on your flight you need to make sure you carry yourself the best way possible.

Often, it so happens that while packing, we stuff in so many clothes and accessories that we end up with bent shoulders and tired arms from carrying the heavy luggage. Travelling should be fun and easy, right? Moreover, you need to set your comfort zone so that you can truly enjoy your time and relax as well.

We are going to discuss the things to pack when traveling to India. In this article, we have brought to you a cluster of points that are the key to a stylish and comfortable journey.

backpacking india packing list tips

1. Backpack


When you're travelling to India, the first thing that you must take is a solid backpack. India has congested roads and the infrastructure is not so good, so travelling with a simple backpack would suffice as there will be many moments where traffic will be jammed and you might be required to travel by walking.

So if you're spending a long time in India, then a suitcase would be better but normally a backpack is enough to carry your stuff. You can add a locker or a protective seal to further protect your stuff. When you walk past the airport with your fancy suitcase, hard trolley, or branded backpacks, it looks truly wonderful. A wheel-equipped suitcase is easy to carry and also looks good to the eyes.

You certainly wouldn't want to carry a lot of luggage. In addition to that, you need to make sure that the shirt or trousers don't get wrinkles lying in the suitcase. You can avoid thick jackets if the thinner yet warmer blazers work fine. You can consider rolling your dresses, to make space for other essential things. Pack your things by yourself so that you know which items are kept at what side of your bag, to avoid messing it all up.

2. Credit Card


Credit cards are accepted at most places in India, and a vast majority of small towns have ATM's too. So, you can take out some money for your use whenever you need. Don't keep too much money in cash as it can attract unnecessary attention, and there might be a risk of theft.

3. Medication


India has all kinds of medicine available these days, but the names of medicines might end up confusing the tourists. So, take some necessary medicines with you for an illness that might occur during travels as you’ll visit a lot of tourist places in small towns, and in that case, having medicines with you can be handy.

4. Safe Clothing


Are you visiting a cold place or a much warmer region? What season prevails at your destination presently? Would you need your winter scarfs too? Is it required to take your swimming dress for the pool-party? All these questions would help you analyse your requirements for the place and likewise assist you in your planning.

It is also essential to consider the reason for your visit. If you are to attend a wedding ceremony, you will undoubtedly need to carry one of your best suits and brown leather formal shoes for men. In the case of women, a beautiful long dress with stilettos. Also, do a bit of research on the culture of the place so that you can blend in and enjoy even more with the locals.

You must take the necessary clothing with you when you're visiting India as most of the country has very hot weather, especially if you’re touring in the summer. Clothing that covers your arms and most of your body provides safety from the scorching heat of the sun as well as from heat waves.

A small pendant can make your sheath dress look amazingly beautiful. Likewise, if stylish bead bracelets for men are coupled with a casual white t-shirt and denim jeans, it would look cool and trendy. For a formal occasion, men could carry a set of ties and pocket squares to add to their classy appearance. Women have plenty of options right from rings, necklaces, anklets and what not!

5. All in One Pouch


For travelling anywhere in the world, a safety pouch is a must. You can take that pouch to India with you. That pouch will contain your passport, keys, money and all your other important belongings.

6. Indian Power Plug


Countries in North and South America run on 120v Voltage. So, they use different adapters as well as distinct sockets. So, you must bring yourself an Indian wall charging adapter as well to charge up your phone.

7. Stuff for Bathing


You have to bring in your shampoo, soap and other bathing stuff. There are many cases when people cannot use certain shampoos, and can only use the ones prescribed to them by dermatologists due to having some hair issues. So, in that case, make sure to bring your stuff.

8. Footwear


The most significant trouble comes up when you are deciding on your shoes. Always go for the most-comfortable footwear while in your journey or transit. You can go for loafers, which are incredibly comfortable along with being fashionable. Even sneakers of astounding designs have come up these days, which goes well on almost all the casual wears.

For your travelling purpose, or while in flight or train, you can go for flip-flops or flats. Unless you are going for hiking or a tough expedition, it is not recommended to take your heavy boots. There are two problems with them. The first, they occupy a lot of space. The second, they are not comfortable, and there are chances of sore toes. Also, look for shoes on your shelf, which can go with most of your dresses.

While visiting India, bring your some flip-flops would be good for a walk around the area you spend your time in. Having a pair of shoes is compulsory as well when travelling to different places in India. Meanwhile, the most important thing is carrying a confident smile on your face. Whatsoever place you will be going and in whatsoever dress, if you don’t walk confidently it will reflect an insecure personality in you. You must carry your confidence wherever you go.

9. Mosquito Repellent


India is known to be a place where mosquitoes are the reasons for a lot of diseases like malaria. So, it is good to carry a mosquito repellent with you during your journey in India. If someone becomes ill during traveling and is in a remote area at that time, then it might be difficult to give appropriate medical attention.

10. Ear Plugs


India is a very densely populated country. That means it has one of the worst traffic jams in the world. With more traffic, more noise is generated. One cannot sleep properly in a noisy environment, and with the issue of noisy traffic, it is obligatory to carry earplugs with you, which alleviate you from the rest of the world in your comfort zone.

11. Hand Wipes


There is a common stomach disease in India named Delhi Belly, which occurs due to food or water contamination. So, to avoid Diarrhea, you must keep a wet wipe with you, which is more effective than a hand sanitizer. If you do get affected by Diarrhea, your whole travel plan might go into jeopardy.

Conclusion

We tend to keep our minimal stuff while travelling. In such a case, it becomes increasingly challenging to decide what to keep and what not to. You might be tempted to keep all your favourite T-shirts, ripped jeans, bottle-green trousers, along with the black Suit. However, you just can't put everything inside your luggage.

It must be as per the climate of the place you are going. Also, you may have luxury accessories like cufflinks, ties, bracelets, etc. Are you going to take them all? Obviously, no! You need to mix-match with the dresses you are carrying and then decide on what you should bring. If you take care of these small tips, there’s nothing that can stop you from having the most stylish and comfortable travel experience of your life.
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Hong Kong is gaining popularity as a honeymoon destination. With such diverse and gorgeous landscapes, it offers many romantic and unique experiences to honeymooners. This Hong Kong honeymoon destination guide is for anyone who is looking forward to a romantic getaway.

The best time to visit Hong Kong is during the spring season which lasts from March to April. The weather is cool and honeymooners can enjoy romantic evenings. October and November is also a good time to explore all the Hong Kong honeymoon destinations.

romantic places in hong kong

If you are visiting Hong Kong on a honeymoon or just for a romantic getaway with your partner, here are some of the best places to visit in Hong Kong:

1. Victoria Harbour


This busy harbour is the natural boundary between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. It offers mesmerising panoramic views of the city, with mountain ranges running parallel in the backdrop of the skyline. Night simply accentuates the entire frame with illuminated skyscrapers reflecting light on the water.

This is a perfect spot to spend time with your partner on a Hong Kong honeymoon. Make sure you do not miss ‘A Symphony Of Lights’, the largest permanent light and laser show in the world.

2. Victoria Peak


Victoria Peak, also known as Mount Austin is a hill on the western region of Hong Kong island. This is the highest hill on the island with a height of 552-meters. It offers spellbinding views of the city from the top. Standing hand-in-hand with your partner, overlooking the Victoria Harbour is an extremely romantic experience. Reaching the summit of the peak is also a highly exciting experience. Hop on the popular Peak Tram and get ready for a surreal journey.

3. Hong Kong Observation Wheel


Installed at the Central Harbourfront, the Hong Kong Observation Wheel (HKOW) is a 60-metre Ferris wheel. It has 42 air-conditioned gondolas including a VIP gondola with glass floor. Feel butterflies in your stomach by taking a 15-minute ride with your partner. Catch some of the most splendid views of the city, on this giant observation wheel, that no other spot can offer.

4. Hong Kong Disneyland


Located on Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland is the largest theme park in Hong Kong. Relive childhood with your partner in the most exciting way. Enter the world of fairytale fantasy, explore the castles and themed zones, and meet your favourite Disney characters. Offering an array of thrilling rides and exciting activities, this place totally deserves a mention in the Hong Kong honeymoon destinations guide.

5. Yung Shue Wan


Steal some moments, away from the noise of the city in this village on Lamma Island. The peaceful surrounding and the laid-back lifestyle gives you a perfect chance to know each other better. It is a romantic experience to watch the sun paint the sky in shades of red and yellow as it slowly disappears behind the mountains.

Where To Stay During A Hong Kong Honeymoon


Finding the perfect accommodation is one of the most important aspects of planning a honeymoon. You have to consider the budget, aesthetics, comfort, services, and location of the property before booking your room or suite. Here are some of the best stay options for couples that you must consider while planning your honeymoon:

  • Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
  • W Hong Kong
  • Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
  • The Peninsula Hong Kong
  • The Upper House
  • InterContinental Hong Kong

How To Reach Hong Kong


Air: The Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok) connects Hong Kong to all major cities of the world. It is located at a distance of 31 kilometers from the main city of Hong Kong.

Rail: Hong Kong has only one passenger railway station through which is connected to many Chinese cities through bullet trains.

Road: Hong Kong has good service of Cross Boundary buses that connect the region with various cities in Mainland China.

We hope this Hong Kong honeymoon destination guide has given you a fair idea of things that you must consider while making arrangements for a romantic getaway. Plan your Hong Kong honeymoon right away and explore this wonderful destination with your partner.
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  • Thursday, August 22, 2019
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It is beyond any doubt that wherever you go, getting a suitable lodging facility is a must. And if you are about to embark on your journey to a busy metropolitan like Delhi, booking a hotel is something that you must do well in advance. Everyone knows that Delhi is go-getting metro. Booking even an ordinary lodge is not a piece of cake. So, if you want a space in a five star hotels, you need at least a week's preparation in advance.

In case you are planning your holiday package to your dream destination and you are searching a deluxe five star hotel or a luxury suite in Delhi, here are the 10 best hotels in Delhi that you must know.

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1. Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka


This swish hotel has all that will enrapture your soul in a busy metro like Delhi. Located in a very posh location in Dwarka, this is a state of the art hotel, which is just at 9-minute walking distance from the Dwarka Sector 21 metro station. It is 10 km away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Salient features:

This swanky hotel emphasizes classy lifestyle. It has fully customized and lively rooms that offer the following amenities:

  • Bathrooms equipped with Rainfall showers
  • LED TVs with Wi-Fi (extra charges).
  • Tea & coffee makers
  • Panoramic view of the city as well as airport from every room

best 5 star hotels in delhi list

These Suites have exquisite lounge rooms. Room service is accessible every time during the day. In addition to all these, facilities include:

  • 2 classy restaurants,
  • A bakery
  • A wellness spa,
  • Gymnasium
  • An outdoor swimming pool and
  • A sundeck

If you are planning a business event, this is the best location for you, as it has a swanky business centre as well.

2. Eros Boulevard, Mayur Vihar


If you are eager to hold a business meeting or a product launch, Eros Boulevard of Mayur Vihar extension is the ideal organizing venue for you. This 5-star hotel has all that suits today’s retail revolution. Spanning more than a hundred thousand square feet crosswise either sides; this ritzy hotel is sculpted with an enduring eye for detail.

It has the finest amenities including:

  • Water bodies.
  • Lounges
  • Picturesque landscape
  • The best in class pleasantries.

All these make it the ideal destination for a world class experience for your esteemed guests, for whom each visit and each event will truly be unforgettable. On the top, it is the most convenient location: connects Mayur Vihar District Centre, NH24 to Noida via the Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) Link Road. Here are some salient features of this hotel:

  • A finest shopping destination in a super deluxe 5-star luxurious atmosphere.
  • Only 4 kms away from Akshardham Mandir
  • Just 3 kms away from Sector 18, commercial hub of Noida
  • 2 kms distance from the DND flyover

The most attractive feature is the vivid cuisine at very affordable budget. Moreover the GST council has reduced the GST rate for the restaurants having GST registration to 5% of the total menu. The GST rate on restaurant services was different earlier. It was 18% in case of AC restaurant and 12% in non-AC restaurants. So we can see it is indeed a big respite for the gourmets.

3. Crowne Plaza, Mayur Vihar


This is a contemporary luxurious inn which can you deep relaxation in this hustle and bustle of Delhi. Suppose you have planned a week-long excursion in Delhi, wherein you wish to visit all the historical monuments, this 5 star hotel will serve as the best resting place for you.

  • It is just 6 minutes away from the New Ashok Nagar metro station,
  • 10 km far from Humayun's Tomb, the 16th century mausoleum of Mughal emperor Humayun
  • Only 12 km away from the National Zoological Park of Delhi.

The chic rooms are equipped with dim light sitting area that gives a romantic vibe. Above that it has floor-to-ceiling windows that add to the vibrancy. Here are some other attractive features:

  • Very cosy European style bars.
  • All luxurious Suites have separate work spaces too with tea and coffeemakers.
  • Cosy sitting zones.
  • Clubs
  • Wellness spa & sauna centre
  • Open-air swimming pool serving cocktails
  • A refined café with a piano sitting.

Different conveniences add in a spa with a steam room and a sauna, besides an open air pool and a gymnasium.

4. Holiday Inn, Mayur Vihar


Another luxurious resort, if you’re on a long trip to Delhi, which is just beside the Crowne Plaza! It is situated at just 5-minute walking distance from the New Ashok Nagar metro station. This humble resort is only 5 km away from the Akshardham Mandir and 10 kms away from the Humayun's Tomb.

Here are some cool features of this hotel:

  • Free Wi-Fi service
  • LED TVs,
  • Separate living rooms in all suites.
  • Above all, stay for the Kids under the age of 19 along with an adult is absolutely free! This includes the Room service. Basically, in case of any 5-star or above rated hotels, inns, suites, clubs, campsites or any other commercial places having GST registration, and are meant for lodging purposes, GST@28% is applicable where room rental is INR 5000/- or above per room per night. But here, it is totally free for the minors/kids.
  • Besides, the Parking is absolutely free.
  • It also has an informal 24X7 brasserie overlooking an open-air pool,
  • Stylish multi cuisine restaurant serving all Asian cuisines. Now, here also, the Kids under the age of 12 can dine absolutely free.

5. Fraser Suites, Mayur Vihar


This is another high class suite located at posh area of Mayur Vihar extension. It has high tech studios equipped with kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi facility, LED TVs plus iPod docks. The 1Bedroom and 2Bedroom suites have complete kitchens with separate halls and dining areas. Some units also have a gallery plus washer and dryers areas. Breakfast and parking are complimentary.

6. The LaLiT, Rajiv Chowk


This ritzy 5-star hotel is just 2 blocks ahead of the lively Connaught Place of New Delhi. Besides it is at just 7-minute walking distance from the Shivaji Bridge railway station and only 1½ kms away from Jantar Mantar.
The high-tech features incorporate:

  • well-ventilated and modish rooms,
  • All rooms have tea and coffee makers facility.

7. Roseate House, Aerocity


Just 3 km away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and 11 kms away from Qutb Minar, this romantic 5 star hotel features picturesque garden and city views through all well-polished rooms with contemporary home decor. Here are some ultramodern features:

  • Safes
  • Sitting areas,
  • A bar & lounge
  • Cocktail bar

8. The Leela Ambience, Yamuna Sports Complex


Situated in twin towers, this is a plush 5-star resort, an ultra modern hotel. It is just 2 km far from the Yamuna Sports Complex and only 2 km away from the Karkarduma court. Some salient features include:

  • Free Wi-Fi,
  • LED TVs and
  • Airy and up to the minute rooms featuring cosy bars,
  • All rooms have tea and coffee makers facility.

best 5 star hotels in delhi list

9. Radisson Blu, Dwarka


If it is about booking a 5-star hotel, you just can't miss out the Radisson Blu. This upscale resort is situated 11 km away from Indira Gandhi International Airport and 23 kms from Qutb Minar. It has all the attractive features including:

  • A bar & lounge
  • Cocktail bar
  • All rooms have tea and coffee makers facility.

It has been rated well by the visitors has gained are reviews from most of them. It is one of the well known hotels having ISO certification in Delhi. The ISO certification is for the quality management and emphasizes on complete customer satisfaction.

best 5 star hotels in delhi list

10. The Imperial, Janpath


Situated near Connaught Place, this is a historical resort built during British Indian period in 1931. This elegant and classic hotel is just 3 km away from the New Delhi Railway station, and just 3 km from the India Gate and only 5 km from the Red Fort. It is known for its European style interiors and classy features such as:

  • 5 gourmet restaurants
  • 2 chic bars,
  • A cafe and
  • a classic bakery

So these are 10 amazing 5 star hotels of Delhi that you must visit if you want to get a real feel of a Delhiite.
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From being a mountain kingdom in 1975 to one of the most beautiful states of India – Sikkim is a gateway to the heavenly Himalayas. Conglomerating the living style of the Tibetans, Buddhists, and Hindus, this state breathes a seamlessly beautiful culture. Known for the latter-day mega sculptures, traditional monasteries, Himalayan Mountain, and countryside views – Sikkim is profound in beauty.

Travelers from around the world head over to Sikkim to visit the stunning places like Rohtang La Pass, Tsongmo Lake, serene hills and towns, and the revering organic life that Sikkim is highly known for. Divided into two regions – South Sikkim and North Sikkim, the itinerary for the state has to be chosen as per one's inclination of travel choices.

For nature lovers, South Sikkim is a paradise in disguise. The lush greenery, rich wildlife, and charming locals bring one close to the goodness of Mother Earth. Here are some places to visit in Sikkim and things to do if you are nature's fan!

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Adventure Activities in Sikkim

There is a long list of delightful adventurous things that can be planned while on a Sikkim getaway. Magnificent Sikkim with the majestic mountain ranges, picturesque locations and rugged terrain offer a plethora of Natural Mountain trekking options. The misty mountains and cool slopes, beauty of conifers and elusive greenery are regarded as essential ingredients for happy trekking expeditions.

Sikkim has got in its avenue some of the most hair-raising expeditions for the most adventurous of trekkers. These treks give you an opportunity to praise the unexplored ranges of Himalayas. Bare your bones to the divinely trekking expeditions of Sikkim. Booking Sikkim Tour Packages beforehand is a good choice if you want comfortable and hassle-free vacation.

1. White Water River rafting on Teesta


Teesta is the lifeline of Sikkim and adds majorly to the charm and beauty of this tourist-favourite destination. Teesta also offers the tourists the chance to experience some great rapids that can be manoeuvred only by ace and avid rafters with experience.

The rafting course holds enough of thrill to entice the most brave and adventurous of rafters. There is enough pull and current in the river to set your heart racing. One can attempt grade 2 and 4 rapids according to their expertise.

Teesta offers the bumpy thrill of experiencing the rapids across the gushing river currents. Teesta has rapids ranging from Grade One to Grade Five and thus forms an international attraction for river rafting. Summers in Gangtok are ideal for enjoying . The rapids of these waters are an international site for rafting ranging from Grade I to V. The river course forms one of the most fascinating routes across the thrilling gorges and deep valleys.

2. Thrill of Cable Car Ride in Gangtok


Sitting on the high-altitude cable car of Gangtok makes it to the list of top things to do in Sikkim. This ride is extremely joyful for both young and old. The view from above is stunning and one can look down upon the busy city life going about with their everyday life and enjoy the sensation of being suspended in air.

3. Tsomgo Lake Yak Ride


The ecotourism division of Sikkim tourism greatly encourages the idea of exploring the vicinity of the picturesque Tsomgo Lake even while riding a yak. Tsomgo Lake is located at a height of 12,400 feet and is surrounded by spellbinding views of the mighty snow clad Himalayan peaks.

The changing beauty of lake with frozen water in winters and myriad coloured flowers and greenery in spring make yak rides a wonderful delight. The yaks on rent are decorated with bells and strings which makes them look adorable.

4. Mountain Biking from Gangtok to Rangpo


Mountain biking is a thrill for adventure lovers. Gangtok-Rangpo is an mountain biking route for ace and passionate bikers who dream of riding across rough and rugged nature. The enchanting landscape, the magnificent flora and fauna can be thoroughly experienced while motorbiking through the lush green hills. Group Mountain biking in Sikkim and, solo biking both are popular in Sikkim. Some other biking routes are Rangpo to Yungthum and Temi, Gangtok, Melli route.

5. Paragliding in Sikkim


While you are in a travelling spree to Gangtok, watch out for the delightful paragliding opportunities. The 15 to 20 minutes of paragliding venture at Gangtok offers a brilliant chance to catch bird’s eye view of the valleys and the mountains carrying in its folds such mystery and beauty. Summer time is ideal to plan for a paragliding adventure.

6. Trekking in Sikkim


Dzongri Trek

The classic trip to Dzongri peak (13,123 feet) in west Sikkim passes through magnificent rhododendron forests and culminates with the magnificent views of the snow-covered peaks in Dzongri. The emotion of Dzongri, the meeting place of man and the gods of the mountains, is undoubtedly a source of attention.

The trek starts from the Khangchendzonga National Park in Yuksom. The trek to Dzongri is ideally five days, with a day of acclimatization in the Tshoka village. The trek to Tshokha passes through dense tropical forests of the Khangchendzonga National Park, with magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the mystic music of the river that flows down into the Valley.

The first five or six miles of the hike are quite easy, with picturesque waterfalls, some suspension bridges and magnificent red and white flowers of rhododendron. The last kilometers are particularly exhausting. The walk has a continuous ascent with a gradient of 45 to 60 degrees to Tshokha.

The best time to visit Dzongri is from mid-March to April, and then from September to mid-October, to avoid snowfall and monsoon rains. However, due to the high altitude, there is a definite possibility that the climate will take unexpected turns at any time of the year.

Goecha La Trek

When you want to experience tough and arduous trekking in the Himalayas, then go for Goecha La. Nestled between the imposing peaks of Sikkim, Nepal, China and Bhutan, lies a land of incomparable beauty that invites hikers and adventurers. Embarking on the daring Goecha trek The one that passes through the picturesque Yuksom-Dzongri pass and great views of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Feel close to nature as you pass through rhododendron forests to valleys swathed in lichen and moss. This makes for a memorable trek as it offers fresh chilling breeze and silent wild vales and the magic of Kanchenjunga.

Sandakphu Phalut Trek

It is an exotically divine trek with interesting twists and turns and thrilling terrains. Its magnetism arises from the spellbinding views of four of the world’s five highest peaks of Mount Everest (8,850 metres), Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 metres), Mount Lhotse (8,501 metres) and Mount Makalu (8,475 metres).

Singalila Pass Trek

This one has access to the majestic razor sharp snow clad mountains slopes. The route leads via Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary and offers open views of the pristine forests of Eastern Himalayas.

Ravangla Trek

Oaks, hemlocks and rhododendrons are his companions in this walk. The dense forests pass right next to almost all the trekking. You can reach the start of the trek in Ravangla by taking a taxi from the New Jalpaiguri train station or from the Bagdogra airport. You can spend a night in Ravangla and see the Ralanag Monastery there. If you start early the next morning from the base camp, you will be at the top at sunset.

The walk is quite easy and straight and you will find a clearly marked path to choose from. One of the best parts of this hike is that there are some hikers in this.

7. Birding in Sikkim


Sikkim is a bird watcher's paradise. Sikkim is rich in bird species and offers approximately 550 species of birds. The marked distinction of various zones with differing humidity, rainfall and climate create typical pockets of astounding variety of bird species. You can watch several bird species that are completely indigenous to Sikkim.

Rare species of birds along with exotic and indigenous ones include Satyr Tragopan, Fire-tailed Myzornis Sultan Tit, Puff-throated Babbler, Streaked Spiderhunter Scaly Laughingthrush, Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Red Faced Liochichla, Scarlet Finch, Cutia, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler and more.

Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, the areas around Khecheopalri Lake, the enchanting Yuksom Valley, the interesting Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary and Dzongri are some of the popular destinations booked exclusively for bird watching in Sikkim. Nature and wildlife photographers, simple nature lovers and ornithologists all flock regularly at these locations.

8. Leisure Walk in Rinchenpong


Leisure walk across the pretty villages of Sikkim are a treat to eyes. The very green forests and hills, the tranquil environment all around, the all-pervading serenity of a village walk of Sikkim is undoubtedly remarkable. The crimson glow of the setting and the rising sun, the snow-laden peaks of Himalayas, the misty valleys, the fresh air all do wonders to your health and mind or if you are on honeymoon.

Summer Festivals in Sikkim

While you are planning on a vacation to Sikkim try coinciding the dates with the celebration of the various unique festivals throughout the states. Some of the festivals that carry a lot of enigma and glamour should be considered before freezing the travel dates and time.

The sizzling summer festivals offer a vibrant show of Sikkim culture and tradition that can easily mesmerise tourists. The tourist enjoy in awe the spirited dancing, mellifluous songs, glitzy costume and the grandeur of the show.

9. Flower Exhibition at White Hall


White Hall in Gangtok is famous for hosting a majestic flower show where they exhibit a grand variety of various different seasonal flowers. This flower show along with others in Sikkim is nature lover’s delight.

To add to the glamour, there are also orchids exhibited of so many rare and gorgeous varieties. Generally, the exhibition is hosted during the months of April and May when Sikkim meadows in general throw a splurge of colour everywhere. The exhibitions even attract international recognition.

10. International Summer Festival in Sikkim


Sikkim has gorgeous and stupendous variety of flora and fauna on account of the geographical diversity and uniqueness. Keep a watch out of the finest exhibitions of the glorious orchids and rhododendrons that adorn the vales and hills of Sikkim during the warm summer months. In the month of April after the rain showers, the Sikkim hills get covered with an exquisitely colourful and gorgeous shroud of wild flowers of variegated colours.

Saga Dawa – The Festival Of Gratitude

This a brilliant and glittering festivals mainly for the Buddhists belonging to the Mayan Sect. This festival gives the curious tourists a chance to experience the diversity of Sikkim’s culture. It is a sacred religious festival where the Mayan Buddhists gather in temples and pay their homage to their Lord for being blessed with the gift of life.

A bright and gorgeous procession of monks travel along the streets of Gangtok chanting hymns and prayers. To add vibrancy to the festivities, brilliant masked dances are performed. This festival opens up a whole new world of tradition and culture for the tourists.

Hee Bermiok Heritage And Tourism Festival

Similarly, there is the Hee Bermiok Heritage and Tourism Festival which is hosted in a small village by the same name. This village is located around 120 kilometres west of Gangtok. Hee Bermiok Festival, celebrated in Summer, also offers a chance to get familiar with the culture and lifestyle of Sikkim. Taste the various different varieties of rice wine and local delicacies.

Sikkim presents a vibrant face of traditional India which has the perfect blend of modernity and ethnicity. The ancient monasteries and pilgrimage places will fan the spirituality while the thrill of adventure activities will flare up the adrenaline rush and the captivating vistas and breath-taking mountain ranges, meadows and valleys will keep you overwhelmed.
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