The largest and the most captivating lake situated in Northern Italy, Lake Garda or locally known as Benaco is mesmerizingly beautiful with its crystal clear water encompassed by the long trails of Garda Mountains. The Garda Lake lies halfway between Brescia and Verona and is an extremely popular holiday destination of Italy, most glamorous during Summers as the scenic beauty of Garda is clearly visible. However, it is also very impressive during Winters with its snow-peaked cliffs that look majestic. The dramatic view of Lake Garda is eye soothing and is an ideal place to rejuvenate yourselves.
Lake Garda is often explored through its two banks- The East and the West.
Lake Garda East Bank:
The East Bank of Lake Garda lies on the Veneto region, which is mostly attractive for its Olive groves, the cable cars leading to Monte Baldo-the highest mountain around the lake and of course the romantic view of the calm deep-blue lake. Other popular attractions include the beautiful view of Punta San Vigilio outside the Garda Village, Bardolino- an impressive little town, the picturesque old town of Malcesine, Lazise- a city of fortifications, towers and ancient gates, Torri Del Benaco- known for its beautiful resorts and lake view, Pescheiradel Garda– the only outlet of Lake Garda, Torbole– with an amazing view of Monte Brione that separates it from Rivadel Garda and lastly the crowded city of Brenzone.
Lake Garda West Bank:
The West Bank of Lake Garda is dominated by mountain ranges and is considered to be more fascinating for its historic towns, majestic villas, beautiful gardens along with the best views of the lake. The West Bank consists of places like Sirmione– a town renowned for its forts and dramatic view of the lake, Rivadel Garda– also called the “jewel of Lake Garda” for its romantic views and exquisite resorts, Limone Sul Garda– popular for its hiking trails, dolomites, fortresses and scenic beauty, the pretty little town of Salo, the peninsula of Isoladi Garda, the enchanting panorama of Gardone Riviera along with its pretty botanical gardens and lastly Toscolano Maderno that would take you back to ancient Roman days.
Lake Garda has hiking opportunities for the people who crave for adventure, and is especially for people who love to feel the beauty of nature intimately. However, Lake Garda is very photogenic with a natural deep blue background encompassed with greyish-blue cliffs so don’t forget to carry your cameras and vibrant dresses to take instagram worthy shots.
The mesmerizing town of Frascati sits on the Alban Hills and is one of the hill top towns that are collectively known as Castelli Romani. The name Frascati has derived from the local tradition of collecting firewood (frasche) and is popular for its ancient Roman architectures, its charming historic centre, white wines, impressive villas and the attractive scenery of the hills that embrace the town.
How to reach Frascati from Rome?
Frascati is just 35 kms away from Rome situated towards the south east of the capital and takes less than 30 mins to reach. One can take the Cotral Buses from Roma Anagnina that drops at Piazza Guglielmo Marconi just outside the historic square. One can also opt for trains that depart hourly from the Roma Termini.
Interesting sites to explore:
Explore the villas of the town that are popular among tourists, the town’s only cathedral and visit its finest vineyards for a glass of authentic White Wine- Santa Passera.
The most renowned Roman architecture of the town is Villa Aldobrandini which is still owned by the Aldobrandini family (so, some of its parts are not open to the public). Within the villa lies the Roman Theatre of Waters- an overbearing baroque stage built in the gardens and the impressive Atlas Foutain. Aldobrandini not only has architectural beauty, but also gives a panoramic view of the town overlooking the Laziocity.
Situated a few steps away from the historic center lies the communal (always open to public) villa of Torlonia that has suffered the damage of bombing. Built during the mid 16th century, this stunning villa comprises of attractive gardens with ancient statues, featuristic fountains, and the famous theatre of waters- Theatrodelle Acque.
Cathedral of Saint Peter
The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter also known as the Frascati Cathedral is definitely a must visit as this church is among the most popular attractions of Frascati. Standing on the main town sqaure, this beautiful church has its own interesting history along with an artistic interior and exterior.
Vineyards of Minardi and Merumalia
The Frascati Wine also known as “the Golden Wines of the Romans” were traditionally made by the Ancient Romans. Now, in the Modern era, these finest wines are made in the wineries run by the families who are holding on to their tradition for generations. The Frascati Wines are labeled DOCG (the label for origin and finest taste) and are made with varieties of grapes such as Malvasia di Candia, Malvasia del Lazio, Grechetto, Bombinobianco and Trabbiano Grapes. Visit the two most popular wineries- Minardi and Merumalia for a one of a kind experience and have a glass of the finest Frascati Wine along with mouthwatering handmade Italian Pastas and Pizzas.
Cinque Terre meaning “the five lands” is a string of five villages (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) situated on the Costa Ligure of Levante. The sea-side villages on the rugged Riveria coastline has become a favourite off beat attraction among the tourists recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is often compared with the Capri Islands and Amalfi Coast of Italy. People generally choose to visit Cinque Terre for its exceptional scenic beauty, and mostly for its closeness to nature. With vibrant streets and colourful houses, beautiful rocky beaches and amazing views, Cinque Terre is an ideal destination to feel the nature intimately and refresh your minds.
The villages of Cinque Terre:
Monterosso al Mare
Beginning from the north, Monterosso al mare is the biggest and the oldest of five villages in Cinque Terre that is commune to the province of LaSpezia. Not only is this vibrant town is a paradise for the lovers of sea, but also has so many impressive attractions to explore. The ViaFegina Beach being the biggest one of the region is a favourite attraction of the tourists, once you be here don’t forget to spot the gigantic statue of Neptune (theseaGod) carrying a gigantic shell which was majorly damaged during the WWII. The other interesting sites include the Church of San Lorenzo, the Manarola Harbour, the impressive Parco Nazionale, the shrines and famous wooden stautes of Santuariodi Nostra and Signoradi Soviore, and lastly the elegant building of Church of San Giovani Battista.
Vernazza often called the “pearl of Cinque Terre” is regarded as the most beautiful among the five villages. Vernazza embraces its small marina by the roads that stretch offshore and the eye-catching pastel coloured houses making it more impressive. One must note that Vernazza is not as big as Montoresso and has a very small number of houses and inhabitants. Vernazza is also the only town in the region that has a natural harbour, along with mesmerizing views from the top. The major attractions of the town includes- the Church of Fratti, the Reformed Friars Minor of St. Francis, and the beautiful shrine of Reggio.
Corniglia is the smallest of five towns in Cinque Terre as the population is about 150 and can be covered from Vernazza by a walking distance. The small town sits on a panaromic cliff top, and hence is not directly adjacent to the sea. The walk from Vernazza to Corniglia is enticing as the journey would make you fall in love with this place more. Well, this little place has quite a few things to explore- the Church of St. Peter’s, Saint Mary’s Terrace, the popular Guavo Beach, and the beach near the railway station of Corniglia-Spiaggione Beach.
Another picturesque town of Cinque Terre, Manarola is the second smallest village of the region with equally beautiful views of the sea. The village is situated 70 metres above the sea level and is also popular for its SiacchetraWine. Also visit the famous relic architectures- SanLorenzoChurch, ManarolaCemetry, andManarola’sHarbour.
The last village of Cinque Terre (if visited from North), Riomaggiore is all about pastel-coloured houses, the sound of strong waves striking the cliffs, picturesque views, wines and the beach. Wander around the beautiful streets and visit the old castle- Castellodi Riomaggiore.
Porto Venere the sixth town
A medieval fishing town situated at the South, Porto Venere is believed to be the hidden gem that is overshadowed by Cinque Terre. Being neighbour to the five villages, Porto Venere is often called the “sixth town”and has equally attractive scenary. Some of the tourists choose to stay in Porto Venere and cover the five villages as day tours which is also a smart choice however, it is impossible to reach here by trains so ferry is the only choice. Explore the old town and visit Portadel Borgo, the Capitolare Tower dating back to 12thcentury. Also the Doria castle situated on the cliff top overlooking the Bay of Poets, the nearby Church of San Lorenzo and the Church of Saint Peter with an exceptional interior. The other attractions include Lord Byron’s Grotto named after the renouned English Poet- a place for swimming and diving, and the Porto Venere regional National Park.
The Beaches of Cinque Terre
The beaches of Cinque Terre are stunning and the best one is in Monterossoalmare. With crowds of happy faces enjoying the sun bath, crystal clear sea and its turquoise waves, delicious sea food in the nearby restaurants along with sweetest wines of the region, all these comprise to make Cinque Terre an ideal destination for Summer holidays.
For people who love hiking, Cinque Terre has an abundant availability of hiking trails joining one village with the other. The walk from the Blue Path– the trail that connects all the five villages is tiring but surely is worth as the view around it is magical. Take the help of local guides to discover hiking opportunities and admire the view that you would never forget from the top.
Where to stay in Cinque Terre?
It is best and convenient to stay in a single village of Cinque Terre and visit others as day trips. The largest number of hotels are in Montoressoalmare, as it is the biggest area of the region however, one must not expect luxury here as the hotels are as simple as the place itself. Some tourists also choose to stay in Riomaggiore when they are beginning the journey from the South, whereas others cover the five villages by staying in LaSpezia (10 mins away by train) or Porto Venere (also known as the sixth town as it is often covered with Cinque Terre).
Tuscany, the region in central Italy and Florence, its capital is home to breathtaking panoramas of vineyards spread across miles and miles of land along with its rustic Wineries that make authentic wines and reveal their age-old tales of the art of wine-making. Tuscany is a perfect stop for a day trip from Florence as it not only has scenic beauty but also is also is renowned for its Renaissance architectures and is home to the world-famous Italian poet Dante. The intoxicating air of Tuscany is going to uplift your spirits and you would savour the taste of purest brands of wine with DOCG labels (the label given by the Italian Government that guarantees its origin and is of finest quality).
Places of interest:
Tuscany has some of the finest vineyards where you can witness grapes taking their leisure time ripen and then being handpicked by the crafty wine makers to finally convert them into purest form of wine. However, wine of each region varies as they use different varieties of grapes to make their finest wine such as San Gimignano uses Vernaccia grapes and Chianti uses Sangiovese grapes whereas Siena uses Brunello grapes.
The medieval town of San Gimignano is renowned as the “town offine towers”, and reflects its history assosciated with the age of Renaissance. Explore the beautiful vineyards of Vernaccia grapes and taste the authentic White Wine labeled DOCG, which is only here. The age-old Tenuta Torciano Winery is the most popular one in the region so make sure you don’t miss it. Well, don’t leave the town unless you have visited the stunning Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta and witnessed the breathtaking frescoes.
The town of Siena is known for its Brunellodi Montalcino Wine available in the Montalcino region made from the finest Brunello grapes that result in its authentic, rich taste. Also this wine is the most expensive one in the region of Tuscany. Apart from visiting the vineyards, one can also visit the nearby olive orchards of Montalcino that are equally popular among tourists.
A perfect place to pair your red wine with delicious pasta, Chianti is a very popular region of Tuscany especially for its major wineries and renowned Sangiovese vineyards. The best wine tastings in Chianti are available in the classico area which follows the winery of Viticcio, the vineyards of Monteriggioni and Montepulciano.
If you are on a trip to Paris, you surely haven’t seen all of France, because there’s a plethora of places for you to discover in its off beat routes, which are less crowded and you get to choose your own ways of exploring them. Among these off beat attractions, Reims- the Champagne region of France, is ideal to spend a day away from the capital, and taste one of the finest brands of Champagne made and fermented on the major Champagne houses. Witness the handpicking of the finest grapes from the vineyards and finally being converted into a sweet liquid that are kept on the dark cellars for maturation- giving them the finest taste.
How to reach Reims?
The easiest route is by opting a TGV train from GaredeL’Est metro station in Paris and directly reach Reims within 45 minutes. However, your tickets must be booked 3 months prior to your arrival.
What to see in Reims?
Your checklist in Reims must include visiting the cathedral, the best cellars and a walk in the beautiful streets of the city.
Explore the holy Reims Cathedral
Begin your day by visiting the holy cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims built in High- Gothic style in the early 13th century with the finest carvings, sculptures, and glass decorations. This age-old church is not only antique, but also holds its traces of being burned and then renovated. Don’t forget to spot the Smiling Angel.
Visit the popular Cellars and taste the best brands of Champagne:
The highlight of your trip must be visiting the Champagne houses around the city and their cellar that resemble dimly lit caves, that would give you an unforgettable experience, this however might sound eerie but surely it isn’t as you would be guided by the tour guides throughout your visit.
Vineyards and Cellar of Veuve Clicquot
The vineyards and cellars of Veuve Clicquot are very popular in the region and offer a tour to its caves where you could see thousands of bottled champagne undergoing a process of maturation to bring out the finest taste in them. One gets to see the process of making of champagne, hear its historic tale of its early days and finally taste the Grande Dame Champagne and savour its taste.
The Cellar of Tattinger
Head to your next destination- the Champagne house of Tattinger. The most fascinating truth about the cellars of Tattinger lies on the fact that they were carved out from the age-old Roman mines. As you visit the caves of Tattinger to witness the maturation of botlled champagnes, you would feel the historic aura that these cellars hold in this modern world.
H. Mumm Cellar
One of the largest producers of Champagne in Northern France, G.H. Mumm is another Champagne house in Reims with an impressive building. The word “mumm” itself suggests “from the inside” and hence offers its visitors a clear view of their inside world of champagne-making.
Wander around the picturesque streets of Reims:
Lastly end your day by wandering among the streets of Reims and see some of its unpopular attractions such as the Palais du Tau, the cathedral of Saint Remi, Museum of Surrender and so on.
Britanny is one of those unpopular attractions that treasure the unseen beauty of France. Britanny is the perfect off beat spot to explore its untamed wild beauty, thick forests, dramatic coastlines, some man-made wonders and medieval, picturesque towns. It is often chosen as a side trip from Paris, and is truly worth a visit.
How to reach Britanny:
The easiest route to reach Britanny is by opting a TGV (high speed trains of France) from Paris and reach Rennes, Britanny, where the journey lasts for 1hoursand30minutes approximately. Britanny has a wonderful transportation service either of trains or planes for people to visit from all around.
Places to explore:
Fort du Guesclin
Sitting on a tidal island, Fort du Guesclin is situated on a very unique location, as during the times of high tides it would seem that the island is seated offshore. However, this fort can be reached by walking when it’s a low tide, and it is indeed a place that you would admire.
Saint Malo is an old port of France holding its history in every nook and corner. Stepping into the land of Saint Malo would feel like travelling back into the 18thcentury where every house bears the traces of their time in their patched glass windows and dusty gothic buildings.
Mont Saint Michel
One of the major attractions of Britanny is Mont Saint Michel. However, there is a small controversy related to its exact location as some regard it as standing on the land of Normandy while others declare it as a part of Britanny. Mont Saint Michel is considered one of the jewels of France as it has been an ecclesiastical center and pilgrimage since the early 700’s. The outer structure of the church is as pleasing as its high-walled interiors that dates back to centuries.
Exploring the popular Castles of Britanny
Britanny also has a number of majestic castles around its towns that are a paradigm of French history and power, and also their excellence in artistry. Among the castles of Britanny, Josselin Castle, Castle of Suscinio, Castle of Vitre, Chateaude Pontivy, Chateaudela Bourbansais, and Castle of Fougeres are popular among tourists.
Dinan is a picturesque town in Britanny that is embraced in scenic beauty and its streets are very photogenic. With bricked paths, gothic architectures and towers, bridges, and museums, Dinan is a perfect place to escape into.
For people who love hiking, Britanny has many spots for you to have a look such as the Pointedu Raz that would give you the breathtaking view of powerful waves striking the sandy cliffs, the elegant lighthouse, a dreamy sunset amidst the rhythm of the sea.
If you are visiting France for a good number of days then there’s an opportunity for you to visit some of France’s less popular attractions that can be regarded as “hidden gems” of the country. There are a number of off-beat places you can visit from Paris that are unimaginably beautiful, and one among them is Etretat in Normandy.
Etretat is a town situated on the North coast of France, popular for its impressive rock formations and white cliffs, picturesque views, the old chapel and the dramatic views of the old town.
What to see in Etretat?
Watch the unique cliffs of Etretat
Etretat is widely famous for its white cliffs especially for the arches that have risen up from the sea. Some of its popular arches are Falaised’Etretat, Ported’Aval and Ported’Amont.
The Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la Garde
A famous church of Etretat, the chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la Garde is situated on an isolated cliff with the most stunning view around. The building of the church itself is an unique one and so is its location. One would find utmost peace and pleasure in this place that feels like a paradise for the ones seeking tranquility.
The Monument of Nungesser and Coli
Just behind the church of Notre-Dame at a walking distance you will come across the modern monument of Nungesser and Coli that was built as a memorial to pay tribute to the aviators Nungesser and Coli who attempted to cross the North Atlantic Ocean but unfortunately died.
The Castle of les Aygues
Built in 1866, the castle of les Aygues is embraced in natural beauty, and serves as a popular tourist attraction of Etretat. The castle is rich in history and holds a prestigious place in the modern world. The road towards the castle is very enticing as it solitary and serene.
The popular beach of Etretat with a view of its white cliffs and arches, and the church of Notre-Dame-de-la Garde. With a long sandy stretch and calm sea, this place would muse you to write poetry. As this place is not too crowded, you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset with your loved ones in solitude. Grab a notepad and a pen for sure!
The Old Town
Wander among the streets of the Old Town to reveal its history, fascinating facts, the lifestyle of the people of Etretat and their rich culture.
If you have time, also visit the Protestant Temple, the Old Market and some famous museums around the town.
How to reach Etretat by public transports?
The easiest and the safest way to reach Etretat is to take a Train from Paris to La Havre station, and then take a bus to step into Etretat. However, it is important to note that the train tickets must be booked prior your arrival, otherwise you won’t be able to get there by train.
The capital city of Hungary, Budapest is a beautiful city in Europe bisected by the river Danube and connected with its Buda and Pest districts through the iconic Chain Bridge . With the most dramatic history, dreamy castles, majestic Hungarian National Parliament , historic squares with gothic architectures, Budapest also has enticing scenic beauty. Well, Budapest is not just limited to these things, it is also popular for its Baths and is often termed as the “City of Baths”. Including the historic thermal public baths, Turkish Baths and other pools and spas, Budapest has all the kinds of baths you need to relax and rejuvenate yourselves. The most amazing truth of these baths lies in the fact that they are naturally fed by 120 hot springs around the city so there is no waste of electricity.
What to expect in these Baths?
The baths in Budapest are much different from hot Springs of India, as each of them have some different specifications. Some Baths are “male only” or “female only” or some have availability for both in different areas. Also some of these baths are designed to relax solo while others have no bars and are available for everybody like a public pool. The baths in Budapest are found in two ways indoor and open-air like Szechenyi Baths are open-air and Rudas, Gellert Baths are indoor baths. More fun awaits for you in the Bath parties, passes for these parties are available online on the different websites so that you can grab the opportunity to have the best experience with your loved ones. However, It is important to know the specifications before you get there so as there are places where admission of children are, here’s a detailed information about the best baths around the city.
Historic Thermal Baths in Budapest:
Historic Thermal Baths were first set by Romans, and then they were re-opened at the time of Turkish invasions. These thermal baths were not only used for the purpose of relaxing and rejuvenating, and keeping them warm and hygenic, but also the public encouraged them for the medicinal uses of Hotsprings. These historic thermal baths are still found around the city of Budapest and the best ones among them are:
Considered as the largest medicinal bath in Europe, Szechenyi Baths were built in the early 20th century and consist of 18 pools, 10 steam cabins, and sections that offer several massage and therapies and so on. These baths among the richly decorated palace is a delight to visit.
Temperature of Pools: 20⁰-40⁰C.
Admission: Above 14 years of age.
Gellert Baths- a part of Gellert Hotel was opened in the year 1918 and is among the few Art Deco baths in the world whose interior was influenced by the French art movements. The interior of the baths were built in Art Nouveau style and is still evident to the Modern word for the last 100 years.
Temperature of Pool: 26⁰ to 40⁰.
Admission: Above 14 years of age.
Veli Bej- Csaszar Baths
The Veli Bej Baths also known as Csaszar baths, are indoor Turkish baths and are among the few baths in Budapest that have no outdoor pools for the public. Veli Bej reflects its Ottoman time through its designed halls and pools and is truly a peaceful place with less crowd.
Temperature of Pool: 32⁰– 34⁰C.
Admission: Above 14 years of age.
Another famous bath of the city, Rudas baths have an impressive modern interior decoration, various spas and Turkish baths. However, the center of attraction here is the rooftoppool that provides a panaromic view of the city and the river Danube. Rudas Baths are also children- friendly and allow children’s admission in few of its pools with moderate temperatures.
Temperature of Pools: 16⁰– 42⁰C.
Admission: Everyone according to terms.
Built in 1570, Kiraly Baths will give you the most authentic essence of Turkish bath in its indoor pools. The building of Kiraly Baths reflect their history associated with Ottoman invasion, and the domes represent their Turkish origins.
Temperature: 26⁰– 40⁰C.
Admission: Everyone above 14 years of age.
Located on the Buda side of the city, Lukacs baths are situated inside the impressive 19th century building and its history dates back to the 12th century. These baths have both indoor and outdoor pools along with saunas and other spa treatments, and are very popular among tourists for its lively nights where people can drink, enjoy bath parties, pamper themselves in various massage treatments.
Temperature of Pools: 30⁰– 40⁰C.
Admission: Above 14 years of age.
If you want some more of this pampering and refreshment, you can also visit the other attractive spas around the city such as, the Spa at the Four Seasons, Danubius Health Spa Margitsziget and Thermal Beer Spa– that lets you enjoy your baths and treatments with mugs of beer! Sounds great right? Nothing is impossible in Budapest when it comes to Baths.
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Loire Valley is a mesmerizingly beautiful destination often called the jewel of France for its dreamy castles, scenic beauty, peaceful ambience and photogenic sites. For people who are fascinated by fairytales, castles and its everlasting tales of Kings and Queens, Loire Valley is exactly the destination you have been searching for. As the region of Loire Valley is quite big, it is not possible to cover every spot in just a few days, hence it is suggested to spend at least 3–4 days to discover this dreamland.
How to reach Loire Valley?
When it comes to visiting Loire Valley, there are many options available for reaching here. One can rent a car from Paris which would take 2-3 hours drive, or take TGV (super-fast trains of France) from Montparnesse station to reach the heart of this valley. One can also fly and directly land in Tours– ValdeLoire airport from London or Dublin.
What to see in Loire Valley?
Explore the best castles of this region and taste the original and authentic French Cuisines in a royal style.
Chateau de Chenonceau
Situated near the small village of Chenonceaux, Chateau de Chenonceau is one of the best- known castle of Loire Valley and was built on CherRiver in the early 16th century in a gothic, renaissance architectural style. This stunning castle is a treasure trove of French history and has many fascinating gossips of Kings and Queens to tell to the Modern World. Chenonceau is also among the most visited and photographed castles in the valley and has both architectural and scenic beauty encompassing it.
Chateau de Chambord
The largest and the most recognisible castle of Loire Valley, the castle of Chambord serves as an important symbol of French Renaissance and reflects its history related to the powerful king Francis. This majestic castle has an enticing structure and its interior is lavishly decorated with a touch of Renaissance. The Chateaude Chambord Park is the largest enclosed park in Europe, its well-maintained French-Style gardens are magnificent.
Built during the beginning of 16th century, Chateau Azay-le-Rideau is another popular castle of Loire Valley situated on the shore of Indre river in the Touraine region. Much smaller as compared to Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau has an impressive renaissance structure encompassed in natural beauty.
Villandry Castle and Gardens
Situated in the region of Villandry, Villandry Castle is a grand country residense of Loire Valley. The castle’s speciality lies within its exquisite French-style gardens full of vibrant flowers that are very pleasant to watch. Villandry Castle is considered to be the last Renaissance residense built on the banks of the river Loire.
Chateau d’ Usse
Chateau d’ Usse often called the “SleepingBeauty castle” is exactly what you see in Fairytales. The castle of Usse is built on the edges of Chinon Forest and is the best spot to enjoy the panoramic view of Indre Valley.
The castle of Usse originally provided an inspiration to the writer Charles Perrault for his celebrated classic fairy tale The Sleeping Beauty
Chateau de Saumur
Chateau de Saumur is located in the French town of Saumur in the Loire Valley. The castle was once a fortress, and later was converted to a chateau, now this castle stands as a renouned castle of Loire Valley with an amazing gothic structure. Built during the 10thcentury, the castle of Saumur has lots of tales to tell to the modern world.
Chateau de Saumur.
There are 42 Chateauxregistered under UNESCOin Loire Valley, and it isimpossible to visit all of them in a single trip. Head towards the most popular Chateaus and some off beat populars for the best experience.
Wine Tasting in Loire Valley:
Your trip to Loire Valley is incomplete without visiting the vineyards and tasting the purest wine and also hearing the tales of wine-making from the local Winemakers. Loire Valley has more than thousand world-famous vineyards for you to explore, breath the sweet scent of ripening grapes, and taste wines from the best cellars. Visit Vouvray, Henry Bourgeoi’s wine tasting, Chinon for the best wine.
Loire Valley is not just a perfect destination for adults but also for kids. You have been reading bed-time fairy tales for them explaining how big and majestic castles are, or they have been watching these classics in movies fantasizing themselves, imagine the happiness on their face when they see these castles in real life, precious isn’t it? Don’t think twice, just plan your next trip to Loire Valley of France for an unforgettable experience.
Have you been thinking about visiting some European countries? Well, you must begin your exploration by visiting the two beautiful countries, Croatia and Czech Republic. Both have plethora of tourist attractions and scenic beauty, like one has never seen before. Give a spur to your wanderlust soul and begin exploring the unseen places with your loved ones.
One of the popular Countries of Eastern Europe, Croatia has a lot to contribute to your priceless travel memories. The list of places you should check out ,when on a trip to Croatia, is listed below-
Zagreb in Croatia-
Capital of Croatia, Zagreb has plenty to explore including its landmarks and astounding scenic beauty. The city is divided into two sections- Upper Town and the Lower Town. Upper Town has iconic buildings like, Gornji Grad, St. Mark’s Church, the quirky museum,Museum of Broken Relationships. Whereas the Lower Town includes,Croatian National Theatre, Mimara Museum, Green Horseshoe park, Ethnographic Museum depicting the culture of Croatia, and Maksimir Park. One must also visit the age-old Austro-Hungarian style Square of Zagreb, Ban Jelacic Square located at the centre of the city which has a phenomenal number of restaurants, cafes and shops .
Zadar in Croatia-
An ancient Roman City, Zadar is a wonderful coastal city with a breathtaking water front. Visit the ancient square of Zadar and explore its ancientry such as the St. Donatus Church, Archaeological Museum, Museum of Ancient Glass and Museum of Illusions.
Stroll through the Kalelarga Street and Five Wells Square. Walk to the Promenade and experience the most magical sunsets near the Adriatic sea by visiting the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun.
Split in Croatia-
Split is a buzzing city with just the right blend of modernity with tradition.While visiting Split, one must visit its major attraction, the Roman Palace,a Diocletian’s Palace built during the 4th century.
Head towards the Old Town, watch the Gregory of Nin Statue and explore the Gallery of Art.
Visit the ancient square Peristil and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and enjoy the panoramic view of the beautiful city from the Bell Tower.
Go for exploring the outdoor of Split by visiting the Underground Market or its restaurants and cafes in the Riva Promenade. One can visit the Marjan Hill and admire the view of the city or relax on the lovely beaches such as Bacvice and watch the beautiful sunsets.
Plitvice in Croatia-
Use public transport and visit the lakes of Plitvice which actually seem like a paradise. Plitvice National Park is made up of sixteen lakes that are connected by a series of waterfalls and surrounded by picture-perfect woodlands.Just a tip ,reach really early to avoid getting stuck behind the long queue of tourists and carry a picnic lunch.Everything inside the park is quite pricey.
Dubrovnik in Croatia-
The beauty of Dubrovnik never fails to amaze the visitor.The grand Old Town has still preserved its magnificence and medieval charm. Dubrovnik has a plethora of things to do and see.Stroll around the Old Town and explore the ageold Stradun Street. Visit the old City Walls of Dubrovnik and opt for a cable ride to the highest point, Srd Hill ,which has a breathtaking view . Also visit the Cathedral Of The Assumption Of Mary,Rector’s Palace,Dominican Monastery and Museum. A twenty minute walk from the Old Town takes you to Lapad area .Reach and walk the Uvala Street and enjoy the restaurants,shops,live music and then relax on the beach.
With breathtakingly beautiful picturesque sites, Czech Republic is sure to win your heart. Places to enjoy include the following-
Prague in Czech Republic-
The capital city of Czech Republic, Prague is all about castles, bridges, scenic night life and beautiful landscapes. While exploring the city one must visit the following places, the centuries old St. Charles Bridge crossing the Vltava River, Old Town Astronomical Clock, churches such as, St. Nicholas Church and Our Lady Before Tyn, also the Kinsky Palace, Jan Hus Memorial, House at the Stone Bell.
Also visit the most popular castle, Prague Castle, believed to be one of the largest castles in the world.
Brno in Czech Republic-
When in Brno, begin with Spilberk Castle, and then visit the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. Explore the Cabbage Market,the most popular one in the city, and then head towards the Old Town Hall to explore its historic beauty. There are a number of squares in Brno, pay a visit to each one of them to get a good grip of the town.
Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic-
Another beautiful and popular attraction of Czech Republic, Cesky Krumlov has magical atmosphere. Begin your journey with a visit to the Castle Tower and Castle Gardens and admire the stunning view. Afterwards, wander into the Old Town and check out the buildings and architecture that has a blend of Gothic and Renaissance style. Go for rafting in the river Vltava and get a different perspective of the city.
Kutna Hora in Czech Republic-
Kutna Hora is an ancient Silver mining town and a popular city of the Czech Republic, also known as the Haunting Town. This place has an eerie atmosphereand is popular for the Gothic St. Barbara’s Church, and Sedlec Ossuary, a chapel decorated with human skeletons. There’s also the Czech Museum of Silver which represents the city’s history.
Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic-
With its Colonnades and thermal springs,Karlovy Vary offers carefree roaming combined with energetic treks .Have a good look at the panoramic view of the city by reaching the Diana Observation Tower .After enjoying the view, come down to Dvorak Park, take a stroll in the scenic park. Visit the historical building of Mill Colonnade and the Russian Orthodox Church with Golden domes. One can also just simply walk across the river and admire the beauty of the city and its lively city life.
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Dubai, a land of eminent success and a paradigm of ultramodern architecture is surely a dream destination that one should add in their bucket list. Dubai is luxurious, embraced in the beauty of the great Arabian Desert, it is a place of lively nightlife scenes with glimmering towers, making it an unforgettable experience for the one who visits here. The magnificent towers, the essence of Safari through the great sandy desert, the beautiful beaches, the delicious food along with luxurious hotels and shopping, amusement parks, Dubai is one of its kind. The architectural elegance you get to see in Dubai has no comparisons. Here are some not to miss destinations in Dubai:
The Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest skyscraper in the world comprising of 163 floors, thus making it a major tourist attraction. This man-made architectural masterpiece offers a number of ObservatoryDecks at various floors giving a “top of the world” experience to its tourists. Well Burj Khalifa is not only famous for its height, it is also the tallest building to have a residential place which offers suits by Armani Hotels. Have you ever wondered where the world’s highest Nightclub is? Yes, it is here in the 144th floor of Burj Khalifa offering a lifetime experience for the “party people” . And lastly a “cherry on top”, this tallest building also has the world’s highest restaurant in it named Atmosphere, which offers luxurious food along with a mesmerizing view of the great sandy Desert and the wonders of Dubai. So, when you visit Dubai, The Burj Khalifa will surely catch your eyes and you cannot resist from visiting it.
Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab is a luxurious hotel which stands alone on an artificial island and is structurally connected to the Jumeirah Beach. The architecture of this hotel is unique, as it stands in the form of a ship’s sail, and offers a view which the eyes never forget. The Burj Al Arab is the third tallest hotel in the world and is connected to the mainland through a private bridge. The Al Muntaha is a restaurant in Al Arab which is 660ft high situated above the Pursian Gulf offering a mesmerizing view of Dubai. And Al Mahara is widely famous for its underwater dining offering a view which is unimaginably beautiful. This Five-star hotel is managed by the Jumeirah Group and is sometimes stated as “the only seven-star hotel” in the world. Hence this hotel gives its guests the best luxurious experience.
Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most famous mosques in Dubai, which also offers a tour for the non-muslims. Jumeirah Mosque is famous for its artistic beauty and the peaceful ambience that encompasses this place.
When you are in Dubai, Safari comes first in the “to do” list. Dubai offers an exquisite experience of Safari to its tourists, which includes Camel Rides through the great Arabian desert, where the camels are beautifully decorated, it also offers Dune Bashing, and lastly a delicious mouth-watering Arabian Dinner accompanied by the essence of Belly Dancing.
The Palm-shaped Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago situated on the Persian Gulf. The Palm Jumeirah is known for its posh hotels and residential towers along with globally famous restaurants. At the Broadwalk, there are a number of food trucks that offer snacks specially “Shawarma” the famous Middle-Eastern food. Apart from these, Palm Jumeirah has many Beach Spas and Nightclubs offering live Dj evenings. This place is surely a “fun place” to visit and relax yourselves, but the most amazing fact about Palm Jumeirah is that they are clearly visible from the space.
Jumeirah Beach is named after the Jumeirah district of Dubai, and is situated at the coast of Persian Gulf. This white sandy beach is the most popular beach of Dubai attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world. This beach not only provides a relaxing ambience, but also the tourists get to see the majestic Burj Al Arab.
The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is famous worldwide for its marvellous choreographed fountain system, which is also the largest choreographed fountain system in the world. The shows occur at evenings on the man-made Burj Khalifa Lake where the fountains are made to sparkle through thousands of light beams and the jets change their formation according to the music played.
Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm is a luxurious hotel resort located at the apex of Palm Jumeirah, which is famous worldwide for providing Underwater Dining and a personalized aquarium with underwater halls and tunnels called The Lost Chambers Aquarium. This resort is “luxury at its peak”.
Dubai Miracle Gardens
Dubai Miracle Gardens is like the “Eden of Dubai”. It is the largest Natural Flower Garden in the world and contains an exquisite varieties of flowers. A flower garden like this in a land of desert is a miracle, with its extravagant decoration, this place surely feels like heaven.
Build during the 1890’s, Al Bastakiya serves as the heritage of UAE. It is a museum that contains a number of art gallaries and also cafes and restaurants. These museum gallaries display pure Arabic artistry and is bound to make you fall in love with them.
Dubai Gold Souk
“Souk” is an Arabic term for street market or bazaar, it was believed that the Iranians and the Indians set up gold shop at first at the district of Deira. As you know Dubai is also worldly famous for its gold trades, so when you are in Dubai you must never miss to visit its Gold Markets. It is also believed that this market sells gold cheaper in price than its neighbouring places, so if you know a little bit of bargaining, you might get lucky to get unbelievable discounts.
Wild Wadi Park
Wild Wadi Park is a famous water park in Dubai. This water park is situated next to Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and is popular for its fun rides. The Jumeirah Sceriah is the tallest and fastest free-falling water slide (outside of N and S America). This is the perfect “fun place” for families, and it also has a separate kids play area with over 100 water rides and games.
One of the major attractions in Dubai is the Skydive. The Skydiving enables you to admire Dubai from the top and you can “fly as free as a bird” and take away a breathtaking experience with you. Dubai offers Skydiving at its two famous places, the Palm Jumeirah or over the Arabian Desert, the experience that you will get would be mixed up with fear and joy, but you need not to worry as the instructors would guide you and take care of your safety., So go and have some real fun.
The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is the second largest mall in the world. Well its Dubai and it can’t be just a simple one, this mall contains an Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, and also has a huge gaming area, a famous cafe with artistic excellence, and a genuine fossil of a Dinosaur (Diplodocus). It also has an indoor themed park and a haunted house named Hysteria which gives its visitors a spine-chilling experience.
One of the most splendid experiences of Dubai includes its Helicopter rides. The rides enable you to admire the beauty of Dubai and enjoy the views of the Burj Khalifa, Al Arab, The Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis The Palm, The World (the globe made through artificial islands and is visible even from the space), and gives you a lifetime experience.
Dubai calling…Pack your bags!
A Student of Literature who has a passion for writing, traveling and spreading happiness. During her trips, good books and cups of coffee are her constant companions. She also is very enthusiastic about photography and loves to click even the simplest things in day to day life. She aspires to travel the World someday and write Novels.
Cambodia is a South-East Asian nation that is famous for its Ancient Temples and the remains of the Khmer Empire, the lovely sandy beaches, authentic Buddhist architecture, scenic beauty, a variety of special Tea along with delicious Cambodian cuisines. Charmingly, people of Cambodia are polite and soft-spoken and maintain chivalry with their visitors. Major towns to attract tourists to Cambodia, which flock in large numbers are listed below-
A. Phnom Penh, Capital of Cambodia
Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia is a globally famous tourist attraction. Situated on the banks of rivers Mekong, Bassac and the Lake Tonle Sap, this city provides a mesmerizing view to its visitors along with a number of historical architecture. It is the economic, industrial and cultural center of Cambodia, what’s interesting is that this city still holds the marks of the French Colonialism in a number of buildings. Some interesting sites in Phnom Penh that you must check out are listed here.
1. The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Royal Palace is situated in the capital city of Phnom Penh, which serves as the residence for the King Of Cambodia. With the gleaming gold roof,this is the most beautiful example of architectural wonder of Phnom Penh. However as compared to the Khmer Architectures of Cambodia, the event of building this palace is quite recent as it was built in the 1860’s. This Palace is situated at the old site of the town near the rivers Mekong and Tonle Sap Lake.
2. National Museum Of Cambodia, Phnom Penh
The National Museum of Cambodia, situated at Phnom Penh is the largest museum of Cambodia. This museum is associated with the Cultural History of Cambodia and gives interesting insight into the Khmer Empire in the 21st century. This museum has the world’s largest collection of Khmer Art and Sculptures including over fourteen thousand items preserved from the Prehistoric age, before and after the Khmer Empire. For people who love art and history this place is a treasure .
3. Killing Fields of Cambodia, Phnom Penh
Cambodia is also famous or infamous, for its horrific sites of various Killing Fields which are reminders of a terrible time. The Killing Fields contain the remains of numerous skeleton of the people who were brutally executed under the dictatorship of of the Khmer Rogue. The idea that the country did this to its own people is truly sad and horrific. It is believed that Cambodians were massacred with “Palm Knife” made of Palm leaves that had edges sharp as a razor. Though these sites are horrific, these killing fields serve as tourist attraction.
4. Prison Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Prison Museum in Phnom Penh, usually visited alongside the Killing fields, is important in understanding the terrible recent history of the region, in understanding the functioning of the cruel Khmer Rouge. The museum, located in a school used as a prison during the regime, contains artefacts such as the torture devices and weapons used, along with the preservation of some rooms used as cells in that time. You might even run into some of the 4 remaining survivors of that particular prison.
5. Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Wat Phnom is a Buddhist Temple (Pagoda) situated at the city of Phnom Penh. This Temple has its own story about a wealthy widow who found a statue of Buddha made of Bronze inside a large Koki Tree, which led to the construction of the shrine in an artificial hill. The interior of the Temple has a large statue of Buddha made of bronze in a seated posture, and is surrounded by many other statues depicting the Khmer version of Ramayana. Wat Phnom is the tallest religious structure in the city and is surrounded by a serene, peaceful environment.
B. Siem Reap, The City of Angkor Wat Temple
Siem Reap is located at the North-West of Cambodia and is considered the gateway to the famous Angkor Wat Temple. This place is all about Silk farms, Rice paddy fields, Chinese-Style architectures, Old markets, Bird Sanctuary near the river Tonle Sap, nearby Fishing Villages and a number of beautifully decorated resorts that offer Cosmopolitan Drinking and Dining for its tourists. What’s more interesting, is that Siem Reap offers a number of dance shows, which include the traditional dance of Cambodia, the Apsara Dance that has been the part of Cambodia since the Khmer Empire. As Apsara means the dance of the divinities, the women dress themselves as graceful goddesses and depict the tales of Cambodian culture through their elegant moves.
1. Floating Village, Siem Reap , Cambodia
Floating Village known as Kampong Phluk in Cambodia is a must visit. The Floating Village is located on the river Tonle Sap and can be reached through a boat from Siem Reap. It is also popular as a Fishing Village . This village is a unique and unusual as the houses seem floating on water .The place includes a church,school, cottages,restaurants, wooden cages containing Crocodiles. This Floating Village is a perfect site for fishing and watching beautiful sunsets.
2. Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Pub Street in Cambodia is a part of Siem Reap Province and is largely famous among tourists for lively nightlife scenes. This place reflects the traces of French Colonialism and has numerous bars, nightclubs, restaurants, a perfect place for “party people”. So when you visit Siem Reap, make sure you check out Pub Street and enjoy the fun experience.
3. Cultural Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cultural Village in Siem Reap is also widely famous, it is a theme park and museum that depicts the traditional, cultural and ethnic style of living of the people of Cambodia. Each village here contains wood houses, carvings and artists who present traditional dance shows such as the Apsara Dance and Peacock dance . Together these villages display the varied culture of Nineteen ethnic groups of Cambodia.
4. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is a globally famous tourist attraction of Cambodia. The Angkor Wat Temple is considered to be the largest religious monument in the world which was originally constructed in the 12th century as a Hindu Temple devoted to the Lord Vishnu and later on transformed into a Buddhist Temple during the 16th century. Angkor Wat is considered as the Seventh Wonder of the World, and you surely don’t want to miss this wonder that mingles the culture of Hinduism and Buddhism. The scenic and artistic beauty of Angkor Wat is surely going to mesmerize you and would make you travel back to the Khmer Empire.
5. Phnom Kulen, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phnom Kulen is a range of mountains, and is considered as Holy Mountains in Cambodia as it preserves the remains of Khmer Empire. It is located at the Siem Reap province and is symbolic to the Hindus and Buddhists for pilgrimage.
Phnom Kulen has a National Park which is a protected area, a famous waterfall named Chup Preah , and the KuLen mountain with two Waterfalls. This place offers trekking to its famous Waterfalls that have carved Lingas in them. Phnom Kulen has a fresh, peaceful and holy ambience.
C. Preah Vihear, Cambodia
88 kilometres away from Siem Reap ,Preah Vihear in Cambodia is also one of the remains of the Khmer Empire. Preah Vihear is a mountain , which was built for the purpose of serving Lord Shiva.
It is believed that it took about 300 years to complete this temple by Khmerian Kings. This Temple is situated at the cliff of Dangrek Mountains across the border of Saket (Thailand ), and offers an eye soothing view from the top. If you are fascinated with heights, this place is a must visit.
D. Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Mondulkiri is an Eastern Province of Cambodia which is popular for its dense forests, mountains, powerful waterfalls, a whole set of serene scenic beauty. Mondulkiri also has a Wildlife Sanctuary that include Elephants, and also offers trekkings in its mountains.
The Bou Sra, Senmonorom and Romnea are the three Waterfalls in Mondulkiri. There is an interesting sport offered by the Maurya Hill Resort called Ziplining over the Bou Sra waterfall which gives a lifetime experience to the people bitten by the adventure bug.
E. Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Sihanoukville is a sea-side town and has the best beaches of Cambodia. These beaches are calm and peaceful, not very crowded and hence these places are the best to connect with nature. The beaches include the Victory Beach, Independence Beach, Sokha Beach, Ochheuteal Beach, Serendipity Beach and the Otres Beach, these beaches are as interesting as their names.
A 3$ drive from the Otres Beach leads to an evening market named the Otres Market, which is an interesting place for the tourists. The market offers a number of Live Music shows, with an arrangement of various Food Stalls which offer delicious Wraps and other snacks including alcohol. These beaches offer Scuba Diving, Island trips, Spas, Fishing with a number of beautifully decorated resorts near the beach.
F. Kep, Cambodia
Kep is one of the newest province of Cambodia and is famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches. Kep is often termed as an archipelago, as this place has a number of nearby islands, such as the Rabbit Island which is named after its shape, Egret Island, Chilli Island, Mango Island, Milestone Island, Dry Fish Island, Wild Mango Island, Sarang Island, Pura Island, Makprang Island, Angkrong Island, Horseback Riding Island and lastly the Dry Island.
All of these islands have their own speciality and interesting facts and offer beautiful sites. Apart from this, Kep has its individual beach, offers Jungle Trekking, and also has a Zoo. Kep is also famous for its Crab Market and delicious Sea food, you surely do not want to miss the Crab Curry here. Give it a try.
G. Battambang, Cambodia
Battambang is a popular tourist destination of Cambodia. This city has a number of Ancient Temples, Buddhist Shrines and the unique, Bamboo Railway, the traditional style of running a bamboo cart through the rail tracks, which is fun, and offers a beautiful tour of Battambang.
Battambang has a museum and a number of other interesting places, along with its Central Market and a variety of Cafes. Battambang is the second most popular city in Cambodia.
With this wide range of attractions, Cambodia deserves that you grab your luggage, camera, beach hats and flip flops, and reach this beautiful and diverse land and explore its rich history and culture.
A Student of Literature who has a passion for writing,traveling and spreading happiness. During her trips, good books and cups of coffee are her constant companions. She also is very enthusiastic about photography and loves to click even the simplest things in day to day life. She aspires to travel the World someday and write Novels
Beautifully nestled between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura Mountains, Switzerland encompasses a great diversity of landscapes and climates. It is like a home to snow-clad mountains and speaks the language of picturesque villages and beautiful lakes.
The winters in Switzerland are no less than magic. Christmas lights and cheers in the cities and the snow-clad mountains are just few of the wonderful things that welcome the tourists visiting Switzerland in winters. It is more heaven than country.
To make the most out of a winter holiday, Switzerland is a must visit! Here are some of the reasons why visit Switzerland:
Skiing in Switzerland
Winter is the time when Switzerland becomes the abode of skiing offering numerous amazing activities and courses in the sport. The experience is one of a lifetime and cannot, or rather should not be missed.
There are also a dozen of ski resorts that make the country an attractive option for a holiday. These resorts are relatively snow-covered with plenty of glacier skiing.
The Matterhorn in Switzerland
The Matterhorn is one of the mountains of the Alps and is recognized as the symbol of Switzerland and visiting it in person is extremely breathtaking. Climbing this beauty is taken up as a challenge by mountaineers. It welcomes tourists and nature-lovers as well to admire its tranquility.
The Matterhorn Glacier paradise is the highest summer ski region in Europe and is open 365 days a year.
The Waterfalls in Switzerland
In addition to being a land of fascinating lakes, villages and mountains, Switzerland also offers spectacular waterfalls, Rhine waterfalls being the biggest in Europe!
The Trümmelbach Falls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley are a series of ten glacier-fed waterfalls inside the mountain made accessible to visitors.
These are just some of the 72 spectacular waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley!
The Swiss National Museum in Switzerland
The Swiss National Museum in Zurich is one the city’s top tourist attractions and is one of the most important art museums of cultural history in Europe.
Captivating the eyes of amateur historians, culture lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike, its impressive architecture with dozens of towers, courts and its astonishing park on a peninsula between the rivers Sihl and Limmat has become one of the main sights of the Old City District of Zurich.
The museum contains a very rich section with gothic art, chivalry and a comprehensive collection of liturgical wooden sculptures, panel paintings and carved altars which is not worth missing!
Canton of Ticino in Switzerland
Ticino is an Italian speaking part in the southernmost canton of Switzerland also referred to as the ‘land of culture’ with plenty of things to do from both Swiss and Italian food, to music and art performances around every corner.
It’s also a great region for cycling—from the stunning mountainous scenery and sparkling lakes to the red-roofed village houses clustered along the shores.
These are a whole lot of reasons to persuade anyone to visit Switzerland in winters because it’s no less than heaven.
An aspiring writer who aims at having a life changing impact on her readers through her writing and travel experience.
There are some places you just visit and then there places that make you fall in love with them, Bali is the latter. What makes Bali stand out amongst the other destinations is that despite its small size it has something to cater to the likes of everyone and that too at extremely affordable prices! So whether you’re bewitched partners wishing for a honeymoon trip, a family looking for some quality time through a cheap vacation or going on a soul-searching solo escapade Bali is just the place you are looking for.
BLISSFUL BEACHES IN BALI
Savor in nature’s lap and escape the monotony of our mechanical lives sunbathing at various beaches of Bali. Seminyak Beach, Nusa Dua Beach, Echo Beach, Balangan Beach, Padang Padang Beach are some of the famous beaches. With the idyllic movement of waves crashing down the shore and touching your feet, you’ll feel as if time has stopped and you are there in the moment, living. You can even indulge in the most adrenaline-inducing water sports at very economical prices. In fact, what makes Bali’s beaches stand out is the sheer variety of them. Unlike the typical sleek white sand beaches, there are black sand beaches in Bali which are alluring, to say the least.
THE IMMENSE NATURAL BEAUTY IN BALI
The first thing that strikes the mind when one hears of Bali is its powdery beaches. However, Bali has so much more to offer. In fact, Bali has so much scenic beauty that it is a delight for photography enthusiasts. With its viridescent highlands, waterfalls that are an absolute feast for the eyes and mind, swathes of paddy dipped in emerald and sunrises and sunsets from the vast coastline make Bali an ideal destination for a wedding. If destination or an exotic wedding is on your dream then look no more because Bali is here for you.
FASCINATING CULTURAL CORNOCUPIA IN BALI
There is more to Bali than what meets the eye. The Balinese people take immense pride in their age-old customs and traditions which they embrace and practice wholeheartedly to this day. A plethora of celebrations and ceremonies take place throughout the year which can be enjoyed by tourists too. From the fun Omed-Omedan kissing festival to the day of silence (Nyepi), Bali has it all.
MYSTICAL TEMPLES IN BALI
Bali is dotted with many temples. They may be sea-facing or mounted at the top. Be that as it may, they will blow you away with their splendid architecture and soothing aesthetics. Transcending the levels of materialistic pleasures the tranquil spiritual experiences would stay with you for a long time. Temple visits are highly recommended whilst in Bali. Some must see include Besakih Temple, Taman Ayun Temple, Pura Penataran Sasih, Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Tirta Empul and Pura Taman Sarswati Temple.
THE PEOPLE IN BALI
They say more than places and worldly pleasures it’s the people who are the most eventful and impactful part of a journey. It couldn’t be truer in the case of Balinese people. A major chunk of tourists who have been to Bali are strong advocates of the Balinese warmth. The people, especially the locals are extremely welcoming and often go out of their way to help tourists. They’ll make you feel home away from home!
Bali has scores of locally made handicrafts, wood carvings and native artwork that can be purchased from the various markets popping all over the island. More so, other items such as clothes, furniture, souvenirs are also available aplenty.
THE CUISINE IN BALI
The Balinese cuisine would not disappoint you with plenty a options at your disposal. Often labeled as a complex cuisine which is not a part of the mainstream discourse you would miss an experience if you don’t try out the very palatable dishes and enthrall your taste buds. The cuisine primarily uses a lot of spices, indigenous fruits and vegetables and of course tons of meat and fish making it a non- vegetarian’s happy place. In case, you have reservations with respect to your dietary cravings then fret not Bali harbors some of the best restaurants around the globe that serve all sorts of cuisines.
Bali has a wide array of water sports available. It has become synonymous with the surfer’s paradise tag. There many family-friendly adventure parks too. Some of the mandatory tries are white water rafting ,ATV quad biking at Ubud; canyoning at gitgit waterfall; kite surfing is available at most beaches in Bali; jet pack at Nusa Dua; cave diving at Gili Biaha;Bali Flying Fish at Tanjung Benoa.
SPAS AND YOGAS IN BALI
Bali is the ideal hotspot for yoga lovers, Zen promoters and you can get the traditional massage at numerous parlors. Famous spas of Bali are Thermes Marins & Spa On the Rocks, Riverside Spa at Maya, Royal Kirana Spa and Lemba Spa.
With so much to see and experience you must be thinking that a trip to Bali would burn a hole in your pocket. Guess what? NO! It is super affordable and has services and accommodations available in every range.
There are innumerable reasons which make Bali truly a traveler’s delight, be it the weather, the cultured people, the majestic temples, the exotic food, the hypnotic nightlife, the stunning skies, beaches and everything that makes you feel that maybe nature is the artist with the most gorgeous colors. With one visit, I am sure you will find your own reason to fall for this place. So pack on your bags let this island charm you into loving it for eternity. Bali calling!!
Currently pursuing law harbours interest in International law and aspiring to become a renowned lawyer. Fascinated by beautiful places in the world she does not miss any opportunity to travel.
We always want to plan vacations with our loved ones to an amazing destination. If you ask me there is nothing better than Maldives? The best honeymoon trips can be planned to Maldives. If you love water sports and adventure Maldives is the place. If you want to spend time in solitude and relax, again Maldives comes to your rescue.
In a nutshell, whether you are a couple, foodie, travel blogger or just want to chill with your family Maldives is the Place. Maldives is loved by all tourists. Exploring places and random things to do at Maldives is making people crazy about Maldives. Some of the best places you must see when visiting Maldives are:
Places to visit in Maldives
There are so many places for families and couples to visit in Maldives. Couples in specific love Maldives as there are so many romantic beaches around.
Como Cocoa Island in Maldives
We have always heard “Love Is In The Air”. But, in Maldives it should be “Love Is In The Beaches”. Romantic honeymoon trips at Como Cocoa Island are sure to be fun! Sprawling beautiful resorts are also there in Como Cocoa Island, Maldives. One can experience the best time of their lives by staying at one of these beautiful resorts and enjoying the view. The couples can have the best time of their lives at this beautiful place in Maldives.
Rangali Island in Maldives
Family trips always need family environment. Rangali Island is perfect destination/island for those who are travelling with family to Maldives. The Hilton Hotel Group owns this island. The best part about this island is that it has so many activities which you can enjoy with family in Maldives. Activities like island hopping, fishing, snorkeling and dolphin sighting are the best things you can do in Rangali Island in Maldives. Family trips become fantastic when you visit places like these are in Maldives.
Grand Friday Mosque in Maldives
If you are done visiting islands and want to explore places to get the best photographs then, Grand Friday Mosque is the one. The attractive mosque and its minimalism is something that will take your heart away. This mosque in Maldives which is made of white marble is the world’s biggest mosque. The white marble has a touch of gold to it. The dome of the mosque is gold and it looks stunning.
Dive Club in Male Island in Maldives
People who want to explore new places and new adventure in their life then this place is a must visit in Maldives. This one is specifically for adventure Lovers. The recreational activities that everyone can enjoy are provided in this Club. Scuba diving and riding an underwater scooter here in Maldives can be more exciting than travelling the entire world. The guidance is provided by professionals and they help people to enjoy without any fear.
Thai Work Restaurant, Male, Maldives
Food lovers cannot resist themselves from trying the best food in Maldives. Food creates excitement. Get the best Thai Cuisine in Maldives at this beautiful restaurant. The Thai Work Restaurant is located in Hithaffivinivaa Magu. The delicious food makes people literally lick their fingers. Food bloggers especially love to get the amazing photographs here because the food is so nice. The serving, plating and hospitality of this restaurant will definitely blow your minds.
Maldivian Wildlife in Maldives
Some who love animals and birds is definitely not going to miss this place. Maldivian Wildlife is a place where one can see gorgeous and amazing species that live beneath water. The dolphins and unicorn fishes can make your day. Different species of birds are so attractive. You cannot afford to miss this place while visiting Maldives.
National Museum in Maldives
Does museum word sounds boring to you? Well, if it does just change your mind and leave for National Museum in Maldives which is located in Male. A museum where people can find the history of Maldives Islands by observing momentous and historic artefacts. This museum is a three-storied museum which has highlights of historic kings. Museums may sound a little less interesting but this one is definitely the opposite.
Artificial Beach in Maldives
Beach may have artificial water. People usually have this myth when they listen the name of the place “Artificial beach”. But, this is one of the most popular beaches in Maldives. People and especially tourist from all across the globe plan their vacations at this beach specifically. Since, the beach is located in Male. Male does not have an innate beach. So, people created this one. Something which seems real but is artificial hence called “Artificial Beach”.
Majeedhee Magu in Maldives
A shopaholic and someone who loves fashion like I do can never miss this place. Shopping in streets and finding the best clothes under budget is the best thing a girl can do to herself. To explore, visit Majeedhee mage where one can find so many shops selling amazing stuff at reasonable prices. Amazing fashion trends which are running currently are available at this place. The place is not limited to fashion. Gadgets and so many stuffs are available here.
Whale Submarine in Maldives
Honeymoon trips can also be adventurous if couples visit this place. Be it a family vacation or your anniversary trip or just a surprise, Whale Submarine is going to give you a real life experience. An underwater tour is planned which takes you to the place. You get to observe amazing water species.
Maldives is an amazing place to visit and explore things. The underwater life, amazing restaurants with delicious foods, islands for couples and families, they all make Maldives a unique destination!! It’s Maldives only Maldives…
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When you plan an international trip, budget arises as the biggest issue. You have a dream to travel the foreign locales with your loved ones, but the tight budget holds you back. But now you don’t need to worry.
When you plan an international trip, budget arises as the biggest issue. You have a dream to travel the foreign locales with your loved ones, but the tight budget holds you back. But now you don’t need to worry. There are many international destinations to visit, in pocket friendly budgets. Here is the list of the countries that are ideal for a shoe-string budget:
Located on the South of continent India, Sri Lanka is an Island Nation famous for its beaches, Buddhist Temples, hills, mixed colonial architecture, sea food and lovely people. For people who love relaxing on a beach and also exploring scenic beauty of hills, Sri Lanka is an ideal place to visit.
Colombo-Visit the Capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo and explore the National Museum, Gangaramaya Temple, Viharamahadevi Park, Cinnamon Gardens and Dehiwala Zoo and also the public beaches where you can enjoy ,delicious sea food.
Ella-Ella is an enticing small village on the highlands of Sri Lanka .It offersbreathtaking views of tea estates, waterfalls, mountains and lets you breathe in the wonderful fresh air it has. A Train ride from Kandy to Ella is the most enchanting scenic journey, you will ever experience.
Kandy– Kandy in Sri Lanka is a city famous for sacred Buddhist s While on a trip to this city visit the Kandy Lake and the most popular Temple of Tooth. Also pay a visit to the Royal Palace of Kandy, Royal Botanical Gardens and Udawattakele Forest Reserve. .
Sigiriya– Sigiriya in Sri Lanka is an ancient fortress overlooking exuberant forests. It is famous for its ancient Rock Fortress which is situated at the top of Sigiriya Cliff.
Dambulla Cave Temple – This 2000 years old temple is situated 148km East of Colombo and it is the best preserved cave temple of Sri Lanka.
Galle– Famous for the age-old Galle Fort built by the Portuguese during 16th century, located on the shore of the most popular Galle Beach, this Fort also has a Lighthouse at its Southern tip.
Mirrisa- Relax and swim on the beach of Mirrisa.
Yala National Park– Experience the wildlife in Sri Lanka and get a chance to see elephants, deer, crocodiles, leopards, monkeys and colourful birds.
Polonnaruwa- Enjoy a trip to an ancient city in the middle of dense vegetation that has the ruins of old temples.
Number of Days in Sri Lanka: Ideal for 7-10 days trip.
A Buddhist Kingdom, Bhutan is located on the Eastern Edge of the Himalayas having dramatic landscapes which seems almost surreal in its beauty. Bhutan has steep mountains, beautiful valleys, Buddhist Monasteries, pagodas, along with a lot of mesmerizing locations.
Paro in Bhutan– On arriving at the International Airport of Paro, the journey of Bhutan begins. Visit the Taktsang Lhakhang or Tiger’s Nest which is the most iconic and world famous site of Bhutan. A 3-4 hours trek ,through the mountainous path ,takes you to this monastery . Also visit Rinpung Dzong (pronounced as Zong), Kyichu Lakhang,one of the oldest shrines of the kingdom,drive through Chele La Pass leading to the most beautiful Haa Valley.
Thimphuin Bhutan-It is the capital city of Bhutan and an unusual mix of modern and traditional.Sightseeing in Thimphu Valley includes the National Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, The National Library, Textile And Folk Heritage Museum, Handicrafts Emporium and lastly Institute of Zorig Chusum.
Punakha in Bhutan-Punakha Valley is mesmerisingly beautiful, and is mostly famous for Punakha Dzong situated at the junction of the two rivers ,Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. Also visit the Punakha Suspension Bridge, along with the nearby sites,Chimi Lakhang , Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
Number Of Days:- Ideal for 5-7 days trip.
Nepal, a country lying along the Southern slopes Of Himalayas, is landlocked between India and the vast empty lands of Tibet. Nepal has beautiful landscapes, being closest to Himalayas and is ideal for
‘take a break’ trip, as the mesmerizing sites of valleys, mountains, temples and monasteries are going to rejuvenate you. Places to see include the following-
Kathmandu in Nepal –Explore the capital of Nepal, and visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, one can go for sightseeing along the beautiful valley of Kathmandu and do some shopping in Thamel.
Pokhara in Nepal-Pokhara is a city among the Phewa Lake and mountains, a beautiful place for boating and enjoying the scenic beauty. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit,popular trail of Himalayas. Visit the Tal Brahi Temple, International Mountain Museum,showcasing the history of mountaineering and the people of Himalayas.
Nagarkot in Nepal- Located at the rim of Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot has the best spots to view the ‘top of the world’, Mt. Everest.This place is ideal for watching the best sunrise and sunset views of the world.
Number of Days: One can plan a trip for 5-7 days.
A Southeast Asian country, Thailand is a popular international destination that fits in a pocket friendly budget. It is mostly popular for beaches, Royal Palaces, ruins of ancient temples of Buddha, crowded cities and authentic Thai Food. Pay a visit to:
Bangkok in Thailand-The capital city of Thailand- Bangkok, has captivating street lifeand ornate shrines. Visit the majestic Grand Palace and its sacred Buddhist Temple Wat Phra Kaew, along with nearby Wat Pho and Wat Arun Temple. Explore the Khaosan Road that has abundant shops, hotels, restaurants and lively night life.
Pattaya in Thailand-A city of Thailand located on the Eastern Gulf coast, Pattaya is popular for beautiful beaches among which Pattaya and Jomtien Beach are the most popular . Visit the Truth of Sanctuary ,a massive temple carved out of wood.Enjoy the wonderful nightlife and do some shopping on the Walking Street.
Nong Nooch Villagein Thailand -Explore the Thai Culture and breathtakingly beautiful landscaped gardens. Also, this place organises Thai cultural One can visit Nong Nooch From Bangkok or Pattaya through road routes.
Number of Days: 5-7 days.
A South-Asian Sovereign state, Maldives lies Southwest of Sri Lanka and India in the Indian Ocean. Maldives is popular worldwide for its white sandy beaches that are indeed paradise. Coral Reefs, lagoons, scuba diving &snorkelling, luxury hotels,resorts and spas, all comprise together to make Maldives an ideal international destination. The must visits are:
Hulhumale in Maldives-An Island in Maldives that marks the beginning of the journey, can be reached by road through public or private transport. Hulhumale is an ideal place to relax at the beach where the water is turquoise in colour,hence more beautiful than usual.
Male in Maldives-Take a boat from Hulhumale Island and reach the capital city of Maldives,Male. Explore the city life of Maldives and pay a visit to the Male Friday Mosque, Islamic Centre, National Museum, Male Fish Market, stay in a private resort and enjoy the private beaches.
Maafushi in Maldives-From Villingili Ferry Terminal,Male, begin your journey to the biggest island of Maldives, Maafushi. Explore the most popular beaches, Bikini Beach, Public Beach, Water Sport Beach and Coral Beach. Do scuba diving, snorkelling and get a chance to see the school of dolphins.
Fihalhohi in Maldives-Located on the South of Male, this island has overwater bungalows giving you a once in a lifetime experience. Fihalhohi is luxurious, with exquisitely decorated bungalows, exotic spas and restaurants.
Number of Days: 5-7 days.
So, what are you waiting for? Let go of your worries and come visit these beautiful international destinations that won’t cause a drain in your pockets.
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