Madrid, Spain, the Shopping Destination of Europe

Madrid, Spain, the shopping destination of Europe

Madrid, one of the busiest and the prettiest commercial hub of Europe, is also one of the foremost tourist destinations around the world. This gateway to Europe has everything, from eye-warming castles, to modern infrastructure, from museums to shopping destinations; It is an amalgam of all that is good. This capital of Spain has emerged one of the most loved shopping destinations of Europe and the world.



Madrid as a shopping destination: 

Madrid as a shopping destination

Spain is known for its elegant fashion, and being the capital leads the way in fashion. From people who talk Prada to places where one can bargain to their heart contents, Madrid is an ideal shopping destination. Stylish clothes are not the only attraction, beautifully crafted furniture, leather goods, traditional handicrafts, top quality guitars, all these are worth every penny that one spends on shopping here. For years now it has served as a delightful home to art collectors and art enthusiasts. Excited much? Here is a list of places one should go about while shopping in Madrid.

Major shopping venues: 

There are three main meccas for shoppers in Madrid.

Puerta del Sol Madrid

  • The long stretch that starts from Callao and extends till  Puerta del Sol. Gran Vía, Calle de Preciados and Puerta del Sol are the prime shopping destinations here. Luxury brands and fashion chains, such as Zara, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius, Bershka, etc. can be found here. The main catch is that the prices offered here for the same brands are much less in comparison to the prices offered in other parts of the world.

Eastern Salamanca district Madrid

  • The second area, the eastern Salamanca district, is more expensive and dramatically elegant. This area has the widest and the most far ranging collection of designer names. Prada, Louis Vuitton, Armani and popular local brands are a common name around this area. Calle Ortega y Gasset, Calle Serrano, etc. are famous establishments and one can go here to find the comfort of the popular brands such as Versace, Hugo Boss, Chanel, etc.

Calle Hortaleza Madrid

  • Third is a triangle that has its points at Corredera Baja, Fuencarral and Gran Vía, and is the most popular of all shopping areas in Madrid. This third member of the trinity is for a much hip crowd and youthful crowd.   Calle Fuencarral and Calle Hortaleza are especially popular and intriguing for their wide variety of both first and second hand items which can be bought at a very affordable price.

Corredera Baja Madrid

How to get to Madrid and where to stay once there:

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport

 Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, is the nearest airport to Madrid. It is just 18 kilometres away from the main city. Flights for major international destinations as well as national destinations are frequent here. Metro is the main source of connectivity with the city and is undoubtedly the cheapest and the most efficient way of travelling around.

While visit to Madrid, one can stay at Barrio Salamanca the most upscale and safe neighbourhood. Plaza Santa Ana or Huertas, is one of the most popular areas in Madrid and is brimming with hotels and rooms for rent. La Latina is another popular area for one to stay.

So, pack those bags and book your tickets and travel to Madrid, a great tourist place and a better shopping destination.

Visit Capital City of Qatar- Doha

Visit capital city of Qatar- Doha

Qatar, the country well known for its jaw dropping skyscrapers, is in news for all the right reasons: The FIFA world cup of 2022 that it is going to host. Naturally, Qatar is among travelers’ most sought after destinations of the Gulf world with its urban vacation infrastructure. Among Gulf nation’s premier and ultra modern cities, the capital of Qatar, Doha is a city in making. Set to become a modern, high tech legend equipped with grand infrastructure and fascinating recreational facilities, Doha is the place to be.  Easily accessible, Doha is well connected thanks to the new forming connectivity alliances and growing airway industry.  Read on as we count down the top things you can’t skip when travelling Doha: 

A good old fashioned Urban-Nature study at the Al Corniche

Al Corniche adds charm to Qatar’s capital with its wide seaside promenade and paradisiacal views of the Palm Tree Island. The skyscrapers are a bonus if you appreciate the grand urban landscapes.

Quick tip: Visit on Friday morning if you prefer the serenity.



Some Sightseeing Doha at the Old Clock Tower

Adjacent to the Grand Mosque, Doha’s Clock Tower gives some great views of the corniche. Situated on a hill, the place is pretty interesting for a linguistic buff.

Doha at the Old Clock Tower

Explore at Museum of the Islamic Art

Designed by the architectural legend IM Pei, Museum of the Islamic Art is located amidst beautiful lawns, ornamental trees and appears more of a adorned monument than a museum. A postmodern fortress of minimalism style, the Museum of the Islamic Art has the widest collection of Islamic art across the world. Showcasing artifacts and other items arranged from three continents, the museum indeed hosts exquisite works of art.  A cafe downstairs will keep your cravings satiated too. 

Doha Museum of the Islamic Art

Quick Tip: For other museums and collections Doha travel, call beforehand to check the opening hours.

Dinner and Corniche view aboard a Dhow Ride

Conventional but the charming Dhow Ride at the Doha bay is something that you can’t miss. If you fancy a view of the Corniche aboard a boat from the bay then Dhow Ride is a must for you. You can hire local fishing boats (close to the Al-Mourjan restaurant) if you feel spontaneous and enjoy some amazing dinner and local music and culture.

Dhow Ride at the Doha bay

Quick Tip: Get your operator to book the ride for you for cruise Doha accommodation.

A Heritage House Visit

The Heritage Museum was formerly the ethnographic museum and has now been restored as the traditional house that once was in 1935. If you fancy some local architectural designs then visiting the museum for badghir (wind tower) must be on your itinerary. The square shaped wind tower used to be a common architectural feature as it assists during hotter climates before air-conditioning ruled the market. The Museum’s opening hours are usually subject to speculation but the Badghir is worth a visit.  

Heritage Museum Doha

Souvenir Shopping at the Souq Waqif

Home to some amazing puzzling corridors, Arabic market quarter of Doha, the Souq Waqif is a place you can’t skip visiting. Well organized with distinct sections for items like spices, textiles, falcons, etc the market is a great place to get some authentic souvenirs and enjoy some Sheesha. Food at the restaurants is fairly good too.

Souq Waqif

Architectural admiration at Al Zubara Fort 

To visit the Al Zubara Fort, you will have to travel100 km west of Doha, where the town of Al Zubara lies. The place is renowned for archaeological reasons and the fort which now serves as a museum. The fort is a beautiful square-shaped structure with well designed circular towers that lie in three of the corners. The fourth corner has a rectangular tower which makes it an architectural gem too.

Al Zubara Fort

A study in the part with Heritage library

Hosting an extensive collection of more than 51,000 books in numerous languages, 600 antique maps, and several manuscripts, original photographs, the Heritage Library is a classic portal for those with a knack for culture and penchant for documented history. 

Heritage library Doha

Getting around in Doha

Getting around in the capital might prove to be a bit hectic but certain apps for hiring cabs function well and hiring limousines or Karwas is another options that travelers can resort to. Another suggestion is to keep abreast with Doha mapping and navigation services since not having any street numbers or plates for easy street identification might confuse some travelers. The local addresses contain Landmarks so guides and cab drivers will help your navigate.

Where to stay?


Doha is bounty of accommodation options that suit an extensive range of budget. Whether it is a luxury stay that you are looking for or a long term apartment rental or just a budget-friendly holiday, Doha has it all. In fact, there are some hotels that help manage visa requirements so travelers can also stay at the hotels that help navigate through the tourism visa applications.

For the quintessential Doha travel experience, enjoy a nice cup of mint tea at the famed Asherg coffee house at the Souq. Foodies would cherish some delectable Qatari cuisine at the famed Al-Tawash restaurant of the Souq that has some classic Bedouin seating setting. 

Top Weekend Getaways From London

Top weekend getaways London

What you plan for your weekends getaways London? Probably you will stay back at home and do what you missed out on week days. Possibly you may be planning to make weekend trip somewhere. But there is lot to think, where to go, what to do, what to see. For all these questions we shall furnish suggestions. Just stop worrying and pack the bag to get set and get ready to go to unexplored destinations of weekend getaways London.

England is a beautiful country and it exists outside London too, contrary to few Londoners and most foreigners may think.



Brighton

Distance- 54 Miles (86 km), By Train- 1hr 40m

Best time- Avoid high winters

Brighton is a lovely place located on the sea coast, south of London. This is a popular pleasure destination and a world apart in comparison to London. Located in east Sussex county, it’s a fun place where at seaside pier you can enjoy cool fun, sea breeze and lovely sunshine. Victorian era buildings are pleasingly eyeful of structures. Its sea beach is about 8 km long and dotted with restaurants, hotels, night club, amusement facilities and arcades etc. The city is spread over 83 sq km and its main shopping area is Churchill square where there are about 80 shops, restaurants and huge multiple cars parking facility. Enjoyment at Brighton lasts through your weekend and beyond.

York

Distance- 208 miles (334 km)

Best time- April to November

York is the main city of Yorkshire. This town has immense historical value. The milestones of history can be seen in Jorvik Viking Centre, Huge ancient cathedral, National railway museum etc.  Walled York castle is the part of ancient history, there you can walk on its huge walls and watch the river flowing by. Take boat rides and have lunch excursion on the river. York is the best example of mix of ancient, modern British, Roman and Viking history. Your weekend will be a memorable experience in York.

York

Stratford upon Avon

Distance- 22 miles (35 Km)

Best time- From March to November

Town of Warwickshire county Stratford upon Avon is a place for literature lovers. What better place for literature lovers than visit to the abode of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway’s cottage. The boating on river Avon will be pleasure. There are hotels and hostels to stay and best of time to enjoy your weekend here.

Stratford upon Avon for weekend getaways London

Oxford

Distance- 58 miles (93 km)

Best time- March to November for weekend getaways London

Oxford has the oldest university of England. To visit here you don’t have to be a student, there are plenty of locations you can visit and enjoy your weekend. There are many bookshops like famous Blackwell’s Bookshop in Norrington Room, spread over in 10000 sq ft area. Ashmolean Museum, Headington shark, Oxford Botanic Garden, covered market on high street of Oxford. For sports and fun punting is a popular boating activity in summers, navigating boat with a wooden pole down the river. The train is the comfortable way to reach Oxford from London.

Oxford

Cambridge

Distance- 50 miles (80 km)

Best time-April to November for weekend getaways London

Cambridge is an iconic university town like Oxford. There is lot to explore such as Cambridge college campus, ancient and modern buildings, walk on the streets, explore book stores and stroll in old and new markets. Also best theatres, museums and galleries are its unique places to visit. Here also punting can be done in summers on river Cam. This town is also the famous music band Pink Floyd’s town. Your weekend will be enjoyable all the way.

Cambridge

Windsor

Distance- 23 miles (37 km)

Best time- April to November for weekend getaways London

Windsor‘s history is awesome. It’s the Queen’s abode in famous royal Windsor Castle. Take a stroll in the Castle, enjoy its majestic construction and then take walk on the high streets or cross river to Eton. Eton is home to famous institutions from where many famous people got educated.

Windsor

Dover

Distance- 75 miles (120 Km)

Best time- April to November for weekend getaways London

Dover is a ferry town in Kent County and a busy seaport. France is located across the English Channel from here, hence always had strategic importance for Britain. Dover Castle is one of the finest Castles in Britain. Chalk Cliffs are famous site to see. Dover being a fort city has history of military heritage, as this has always been the entry point for the invaders in olden times. Dover’s famous war oriented military museum is worth a visit. Your weekend will be worth spending here.

Dover

Bath

Distance- 115 miles (185 Km)

Best time- April to November for weekend getaways London

In the valley of river Avon, Bath town is under Somerset County. This is a famous site of a Roman Spa with its history going back to thousands of years. The finest ruins of Roman era are the witness of British Roman history. Adorned with Georgian Classic architecture the city is beautiful to adore. There are many museums such as Museum of Bath Architecture, Victoria Art Gallery, Holburne Museum, and Museum of East Asian Art. There are two universities also, Bath Spa University and University of Bath.

Bath town

 Cornwall

Distance-283 miles (455 km)

Best time- April to November for weekend getaways London

Cornwall is a peninsula reaching to Celtic sea. It has magnificent coastline of 300 miles of dunes and cliffs. It has wild moorland and hundreds of sandy beaches. Its medieval forests and creeks with oak trees are its high points. There are beautiful harbor villages like Falmouth and Fowey. Play beach games, ride on waves and build sandcastle at Daymer Bay. For break with nature there is Cornwell town with its modern facilities. In total, a complete and fulfilling weekend for you and kids.

Cornwall

Lake District

Distance- 278 miles (447km)

Best time- April to October for weekend getaways London

The Lake District is finest in terms of the scenic beauty. In northwest of London Lake District is a popular holiday destination. For trekking enthusiasts there is Scafell Pike at 3209 ft which is the highest mountain in Britain. Besides trekking, there is a grand view Glacial Ribbon Lakes and valley of Wasdale. Market towns such as Keswick, Kendell and Ambleside traditionally have the exotic inns, outdoor equipment shops, restaurants and ethnic art galleries. This place is worth spending your weekends and beyond.

Lake District


Top Weekend Getaways Destinations From Mumbai

Top Weekend getaways destinations from Mumbai

The “City that never sleeps”, Mumbai is truly the entertainment and the financial capital of our nation, which is also the largest city in India. While the hustle bustle of the main city creates havoc in a normal Mumbaikar’s life, the best way to escape from all this is via a good weekend getaways destinations from Mumbai into the laps of nature.

Thus we have come up with the top weekend getaways destinations from Mumbai that one can escape to on coming weekends and have a leisurely time:



1. Matheran- one of the weekend getaways destinations from Mumbai

Distance from Mumbai- 90 kilometers

Best Time to Visit- October to May

Located at a distance of mere 90 kilometers from the city of Mumbai, Matheran is a famous hill station in the nation which comes in the Raigad district. While it is the nearest hill stations to Mumbai, in case you are looking to spend your weekend with a spectacular 360 degree view of natural beauty, this is theplace to be! Some of the main tourist spots in this hill station include the Railway Station, Olympia Race Course, One Tree Hill Point, Panorama Point, and Porcupine Point among others. A heaven during the rainy season, this place is accessible via trains, cars and buses from Mumbai with ease!

Matheran one of the weekend getaways destinations from Mumbai

2. Panshet- one of the weekend getaways destinations from Mumbai

Distance from Mumbai- 183 kilometers

Best Time to Visit- October to May

This one is a small village located in Pune and is about 183 kilometers away from the Mumbai city. The place is ideal for couples to spend weekends. Since the place is less crowded comparatively, tourists can have some ‘me time’ over here. Tourists can enjoy water sports, boating and sightseeing at Panshet. Reaching this place is easy via buses, trains or cars Some of the major tourist attractions includes the water park and dam.

Panshet Pune

3. Murud-Janjira

Distance from Mumbai- 150 kilometers

Best Time to Visit- Throughout the year

Located about 150 kilometers away from Mumbai, Murud-Janjira is a place with immense historical importance where one can take a peek at the old sculptures, caves, statues and other archaeological wonders. The places to see in here include the temples, historical forts, and the beaches. Murud-Janjira can be easily reached via train or car.

Murud-Janjira

4. Lavasa- one of the weekend getaways destinations from Mumbai

Distance from Mumbai- 185.9 kilometers

Best Time to Visit- Throughout the year

The tremendously renowned planned city in the state of Maharashtra, this hill city enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. The growing number of tourists visits the city to enjoy supreme facilities related to entertainment, sports, nature walks, adventure activities, gaming, etc. The connectivity to this place is immense with rail, car and bus route from which one can choose. Lavasa is also best to celebrate the New Year for luxury seekers.

Lavasa

5. Khandala

Distance from Mumbai- 205 kilometers

Best Time to Visit- June- Mid- March

One of the popular hill stations in the state of Maharashtra, Khandala is situated in the Western Ghats and takes about 3 hours to reach via bike or car from the city of Mumbai. A heaven for hikers, this hill station gives plenty of travel options including the likes of train, bus and car travel. The spots to check out include Tiger’s Leap, Amrutanjan Point, Karla and Bhaja caves, Duke’s Nose and Bhushi Lake. The activities here include shopping, hopping off to nearby hill station Lonavala just 5 kilometers away, or getting actively involved into the adventure activities that this hilly terrain offers.

Khandala

6. Alibag

Distance from Mumbai- 94 kilometers

Best Time to Visit- November to July

Mainly a town located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, the main source of income of the locals there is via tourism and thus it is one of the most visited locations near Mumbai. Located pretty near to the city of Mumbai, traveling to Alibag takes only 2 hours via car or bus and can also be accessed by trains too. While this place is budget friendly and affordable destination, even the ones looking for a great weekend can accommodate this place in their budget. The main attractions there include the beaches, fort, Mandawa, Saswane, Kanakeswar forest, temples and Awas.

Alibag

7. Bhandardara

Distance from Mumbai- 165.2 kilometers

Best Time to Visit- July- February

Bhandardara is definitely the best alternative available near the city of Mumbai, if you want to spend your summers in peace in the laps of Mother Nature. While the travel options in this place includes a bus or a car travel which takes about 2 hours 46 minutes, the train journey is of 2-3 hours in an approximate. The best places to spot in here are the famous Agastya Rishi Ashram, the lovely waterfalls and the gigantic Mount Kalsubai.

Bhandardara

8. Karnala Fort- one of the weekend getaways destinations from Mumbai

Distance from Mumbai- 150 kilometers

Best Time to Visit- October to April

Doted as one of the oldest forts in the nation, the Karnala Fort located very close to Mumbai is also one of the best offbeat travel destinations in the entire state. The fort built in the 12th century is one of the most important historical sites of the nation and is known to be great for hiking as well as trekking activities along with being great for shopping, bird-watching at the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, or maybe visit the Elephanta caves nearby. The best way to travel there is by car or bus which would take not more than an hour to reach!

Karnala Fort

9. Saputara- one of the weekend getaways destinations from Mumbai

Distance from Mumbai- 247.7 kilometers

Best Time to Visit- Throughout the year

Located in the state of Gujarat, Satapura is the lone hill station in the region and is located at a close proximity to the city of Mumbai. The best options to travel in here is by car which takes around 4 hours whereas the other options include a bus journey or commuting by train. Some of the spots to look for while there are the Rose garden, Table Point, Echo Point, boating and the ropeway fun among many more!

Saputara

10. Bhimashankar- one of the weekend getaways destinations from Mumbai

Distance from Mumbai- 200 kilometers

Best Time to Visit- August to February

Bhimashankar is the ideal location for the religious or the spiritual kinds which is located in the village of Bhogiri. The Bhimashankar Temple is world famous due to the fact that the deity there is included in the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva according to Hindu Mythology. Bhimashankar as a place is also pretty well known and feels like heaven due to the presence of the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary which is a natural treasure in itself along with the Hanuman lake and the trekking options this place offers. The other attractions to look for apart from this temple in the village include the Datta Mandir, Ram Mandir and the Kamalaja Mata Mandir and many more, all of which are equally pious and beautiful. While the best way to reach this temple is via cars, the other options include trains and buses which usually need a break journey to reach to the destination.

Bhimashankar

With so many weekend gateway destination ideas presented before you, pack your bags and leave for the one you liked the most! Bon Voyage!


Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park was established as a tiger sanctuary in 1936 by endeavors of legendary hunter turned naturalist Jim Corbett, who used to live near this national park. Jim Corbett National Park was originally named Hailey national park, post independence it changed to Ramganga National Park then finally to Corbett National Park. In 1973 when save the tiger mission ‘Project Tiger’ started, this was the first sanctuary to come under this project. Today the tiger population in the sanctuary has highest density of tigers per sq km in the world.

Jim Corbett National Park

Location

Gateway to Corbett National park is Ramnagar which is 15 km away. Distance between Delhi to Ramnagar is 260 km.

Ramnagar is a town in District of Nainital in state of Uttrakhand. Ramnagar is well connected by road and rail. There is a direct train from Delhi to Ramnagar, nearest main line railway station is Moradabad.

Permission for entry

The day visit permits are given at the entry gates. If you plan to stay overnight or longer time the permission from CTR reception office at Ramnagar is required. The Park is divided into five zones and has five entry gates. The permit for entry is available on all five entries.

Weather

The weather is pretty extreme like north India normally has. May and June are summer’s hottest months, the heavy rains of monsoon in July and August and winters can be very cold and foggy from Oct to March. Though, October and November are very pleasant when winter is setting in. Clothing should be brought accordingly.

Jim Corbett is well known as popular winter holiday destination of India.



Topography

Spread over 1318.54 sq km Jim Corbett National Park has 520 sq km as core area and 797.72 sq km as buffer area, which contains reserve forest 496.54 sq km and 301.18 sq km area is of Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary. The flat valleys are interspersed with hilly terrains, marshy depressions, rolling grasslands, a lake and rivers flowing through the park help maintain a perfect eco-system balance. The sanctuary has network of roads through the dense forest.

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Zoning of Park

Bijrani Safari zone-

Eentry gate is 1 km from Ramnagar, famous for grassy natural beauty of the zone.

Bijrani Safari zone

Jhirna Safari zone

Entry gate 16 km from Ramnagar, open round the year.

 

Jhirna Safari zone

Dhela Safari zone-

Eco tourism zone included in the tiger reserve in Nov 2014, part of buffer zone open to tourism. It is located 13 km from Ramnagar town.

Dhela Safari zone

Dhikala zone-

Entry gate is 18 km from Ramnagar, Dhikala is famous for its flora and fauna.

Dhikala zone

Durga devi zone-

Its entry gate is 36 km from Ramnagar, it has heavenly environment for bird watchers.

Durga devi zone

Where to stay

Best place to stay in Corbett national park is in the Park itself. The five zones of the Park have forest guest houses. This is to facilitate number of clients who visit to see the bounty of nature in the sanctuary. These guest houses are worth spending your time in the national park. Set in natural environment, these guest houses have all the facilities to make your trip memorable. Many alternate accommodations and luxury hotels are available around the park and Ramnagar town.


Wild life – Flora and fauna

Fauna-Corbett Park is for wild life, preserved in the dense forest of tarai bhambar area in the foot hills. The tiger population is around 160 who have a happy abode for striped predators. Other animals who are prominent with their presence are leopards, elephants, spotted deer, barking deer, hog deer, wild boar, porcupines, sloth bear, nilgai, chital and sambhar etc. Most variety of snakes and lizards also enjoy living here.

Flora and fauna Corbett National Park

Besides, aqua fauna comprises of 600 species of birds, crocodile and gharial which can also be seen here. The fishes like catfish, goonch, golden mahsheer are found in the water bodies.

Flora-For nature lovers who have interest in plants and trees, there are many trees like Sal wood, Khair, sissoo, shisham, bakli, pula, kharpat, chir pine, oak, Bel, kusum, mahua, bamboos, grasses, climbers and herbs. These are spread from valley to higher terrain.

Safaris in Jim Corbett National Park

Jeep safari- Different safaris for tourist are designed; there is one for the early morning, afternoon and other for full day. All permits are issued in the name of the visitor individually.

Elephant safari- For elephant safari visitors have to book in advance. The elephant safari is a unique experience should be availed, if you are lucky you may see tigers stretching or walking.

Activities

Fishing– Two Rivers are flowing through Corbett Park which is ideal for fishing. However, permission has to be taken for fishing which is for ‘catch and release’ only.

Adventure sports- Jim Corbett National Park has adventure sports like rock climbing, river crossing and slithering, also hot air balloon and river rafting can be done here.

In Jim Corbett National Park many camping, trekking, wild life awareness etc tour packages are also available for children, schools and colleges.

Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Sydney

Ways to celebrate Christmas in Sydney

Santa in Sydney? Yes, festivities have already begun in November end and will culminate on Christmas day. Celebrate Christmas in Sydney to have unique experience unlike snowy Christmas of cold Europe and America. It’s the summer time in Sydney and you can celebrate whatever way you want. Sydney enjoys and celebrates Christmas by activities like Santa Fest, Xmas Fireworks, and Concerts, Carol singing, visits on beaches, and many socially relevant functions and activities are organized and enjoyed thoroughly.

Celebrations A La Sydney

How Sydney enjoys in style and rejoices the festival it must be seen to believe. But what kinds of activities people do? Let’s check out the celebrations of Christmas in Sydney:

Fireworks and music to celebrate Christmas in Sydney

Sydney comes alive with singing and fireworks, strumming of guitars, Bass and Baritone voices singing merrily to the festive spirit of Christmas. The fireworks sparkle and lights up the moods and atmosphere to a crescendo and mark the end of Xmas festivities with fireworks especially on back drop of Sydney Harbour.

Xmas festivities in Sydney

 Eating and drinking

No celebration is complete without sumptuous and plenty of food and drinks. Australians love beer more, so they enjoy with their heart out. For Christmas food ‘Sydney Living museum’s Christmas fare’, In Central Park Brewery Yard, Sydney Fish Market for sea food, Eveleigh market Carriage works and mount Penang Gardens are few popular places.

Sydney Living museum’s Christmas fare



Beaches

Sydney beaches are very famous. People normally like to be there in weekends or when they find time. On the day of Xmas, people throng the beaches that are more than 100 in Sydney; few of the popular ones are Bondi beach, Manly, Coogee, Clovelly and Freshwater beach. In Xmas time, all dissolve in the spirit of festival and celebrate their moments with fun under the Sun, drinks & foods, games, music and dances.

Celerate Christmas in Sydney at Bondi beach Sydney

 Climb over the Harbor Bridge

Sydney people have option to climb Harbor Bridge on this day of Xmas. A breathtaking view from atop bridge of Sydney Harbour can really enthrall and excite you.

Harbour Bridge Sydney

Santa Fest

Santa Fest is organized each year in Darling Harbor from 27th Nov to Xmas eve. It’s a Santa’s show all the way. Gone are the days when Santa was portly and chimney was his route to homes. In Xmas time many Santas can be seen everywhere from stores to Malls. It’s a great moment for kids and grownups. People are advised not to bring their spirits but enjoy the fest with fest spirit.    

Santa Fest Sydney

 Xmas window

This Christmas Window display at ‘David Jones’ at Elizabeth Street in the center of town of Sydney is worth seeing with the family.

Sydney Hobart Boat race

Traditionally, this boat race is organized on Xmas eve and is the great spectacle on Harbor for spectators and competitors.

Sydney Hobart Boat race Sydney

Xmas Concerts

Xmas Concerts are organized and has big participations from new and senior artists and Choirs and carols and music show is put up in grand way. It’s for the benefit of Salvation Army and at venues in Halifax Rebecca Cohn Auditorium and at Membertau trade and convention centre Sydney.

Xmas Concerts Sydney

Christmas time

Christmas time is for the children; they never forget their childhood memories and always cherish them. So Sydney has lots to offer for kids in many ways to enjoy. They can play games, visit Australian world famous reptile park and zoo, children’s village concerts and choirs in Martin Place, Christmas eve dinner cruise, Christmas parades, etc.


So plan out right now about the way you want to celebrate Christmas in Sydney and have an experience of lifetime!

Palampur a Small Hill Station and Tea capital of North India

This summer, give this tealicious hill station a chance; Palampur!

General information & history of Palampur

Known around the world as the “Tea capital of North India”, Palampur is a small hill station in the northwestern part of Himachal Pradesh and is situated in the Kangra valley.

Palampur got its tea fame when an Englishman named Dr. Jameson introduced tea bushes in the year 1849 and slowly the town became the hub of European tea estate owners. Palampur’s tea is world famous, added to the fact that this small town boasts of lush greenery and hills all around.

Major Attractions of Palampur

Baijnath Temple

Baijnath temple is located 14 kilometers from Palampur and is famous as it beholds one of the twelve jyotirlingas. This Shiva temple is the main attraction which attracts devotees and tourists alike!

Baijnath Temple palampur



Bundla Stream

Located at Palampur which goes towards Bundla, is a water stream which is known to rage in the monsoon season enough to take boulders and stone along the 100 meter fall with noise which matches up to thunder!! A simply majestic sight to behold if one visits this hill station during the monsoons!

Chamunda Devi Temple

A 700 year old temple, located 25 km away from Palampur is dedicated to Chamunda Devi and is an architecture lovers and devotee’s paradise with the serene environment and the artistic carvings the temple walls has to offer!

Chamunda Devi Temple palampur

Neughal Khad

Located about 2 kilometers away from Palampur is this 300 meter wide water stream is a nature lover’s paradise with the Dhaulandhar range just starting from above!

Neughal Khad palampur

Pong Dam

In case one is an adventure freak, Pong Dam is just their calling! This dam in the Kangra district is known to have a lot of water sports ranging from rowing, water skiing and sailing and et al. With the prevalence of numerous birds and animal around, this place can also be clubbed as a wildlife sanctuary and just adjoining to the dam is also known as the Pong Lake Sanctuary.

Pong Dam Palampur

Saurabh Van Vihar

Situated at the right bank of Neghul Khad in the lap of Dhauladhar range is a nature park known as “Saurabh Van Vihar” which is a famous tourist spot equipped with open air theater, children’s park, picnic sheds, tiger hill bridge, innumerous trees, both medicinal and other wise at the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar range mountains.

Saurabh Van Vihar

Tea Gardens

The tea gardens of Palampur is a must watch as this is the reason why Palampur came into the public knowledge. Lush tea shrubs and greenery all over makes this hill station a complete paradise.

Tea Gardens palampur

Bir & Billing

29 kilometers away from Palampur, Bir is known as the paragliding capital of India! Billing is the village 14 kilometers ahead of Bir from where the paragliders actually start their trips from! Nearby are some Buddhist monasteries that enthrall one with their beauty too.

Bir Billing

Bundlamata Temple

An ancient shrine, this one is believed to have been constructed about five centuries ago and is visited by tourists to check its unique rituals and architecture.

Goplapur Zoo

A zoo located in the outskirts of the town, this one is famous for the sightings of Himalayan black bear, Sambar, angora rabbits, Asiatic Lions and et al!

Goplapur Zoo palampur

Accommodation & Transportation

One of the major tourist attractions in Himachal, Palampur is full of hotels which are close to the tourist destinations or facing lush green gardens.

How to travel to Palampur?

Private cars and public transportation is also affordable and can be used as required.

The planned city is an easy reach by air with an airport located just 25 km away from the town. Nearest railway station is 2 kilometers away at Maranda.

You may travel even by car or bus in Palampur which has well connected roads. One can take buses from  Dharamshala, Pathankot and Mandi to reach the place.

Conclusion 

This green hill station where the smell of brewing tea is mesmerizing, can you afford skipping a visit to Palampur?

Andaman and Nicobar One of The Major Tourist Destinations

The mysterious Andaman and Nicobar Islands!

Andaman and Nicobar One of The Major Tourist Destinations

Andaman and Nicobar known to be a traveler’s retreat. These islands are mainly known for their beaches and the locales which seem to have cropped out of nowhere! With the picturesque crystal clear water surrounded by dense jungle and mangrove forests, its population speaks aloud of its South and Southeast Asian connect. The Negrito ethnic groups whose residence are here has even kept the anthropologists in doubt!

Even when this entire island conglomerate contains some 300 small islands to its credit. Only a few islands are open for public use. It is important to note that the Andaman and Nicobar islands are totally off, the limits for any visitor or traveler and so are the areas where the tribal people reside!!

At the moment Andaman and Nicobar islands are a part of India and is among the seven union territories the Indian people boast of!

Places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Beaches and the nature retreat

Andaman, with that single word comes the views of white soft sandy beaches, jungles and turquoise blue waters and deserving so! These islands boast of innumerable beaches which are next to heaven when visited. Some of the major beaches are the Lalji Bay Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Kalipur Beach & Craggy Island, Jolly Buoy and many more!! You need to go to understand the beauty of et al.

Lalji Bay Beach Andaman and Nicobar islands

Historical remnants

Andaman’s would be left uninvited if its history is left untouched! Known popularly as “Kaalapani” is the Cellular Jail, which is located in this locale. This jail was popularly used by the Britishers to send Indians who used to go against their rule during the independence movement of India. At this time, this jail is more of a memorial which acts as a shrine for the political leaders who were sent to this prison during the British era! A must visit this one!

Kaalapani jail Andaman and Nicobar

The Andaman Lighthouse

Located about 14 kilometers east of Hut Bay is this little Andaman Lighthouse, which used to be a most important one in the early days when ships were directed from here! Another lovely place to visit, this lighthouse is standing at a height of 41 meters and has an exact of 200 spiral steps to fill the eyes to the beauty of the magnificent blue water, forest and the coastline!! Simply wow!!

Andaman Lighthouse

The islands!

When we are talking about islands, there are bound to be some small wonders awaiting a glance! With the likes of the Ross and Smith islands which are just connected by a narrow sand bar to Ross island, gives the feeling of exploring a lost city within the jungle are all a treat to the senses indeed!! Viper island is another amazing one due to the only fact that one can encounter the past by filling your senses with the inhuman gallows built by the Britishers to kill Indians!

Ross and Smith islands Andaman and Nicobar

The peak experience

The Saddle Peak is indeed a must visit due to the only fact that it is located at a height of 732 meters and is the highest point of this island from where one can see nature at its very best! It’s all left to the eyes now..

The Saddle Peak Andaman and Nicobar

Actually the list is endless……….

Things to do in Andaman and Nicobar islands

Water sports

 Water sports Andaman and Nicobar 1  Water sports Andaman and Nicobar

For the adventure freaks in love with water, this one is a must try! From windsurfing, water-skiing, to parasailing one can enjoy everything under the sun in this amazing conglomeration of islands!

Bird watching

This is for the ardent nature lovers who can watch bird’s do all the talking at a small village named Chidiya Tapu located at 25 km distance from Port Blair!

Go trekking

Another wonderful activity for the adventure freaks, a wonder trek awaits you at the Andaman’s when you can trek from Mount Harriet to Madhuban. It is just a short distance from the main city, Port Blair!

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving!

Andaman’s waters are just perfect to experience the underwater life with its full glory and what better than actually going deep into the sea and check what the fishes have to say!! Go scuba diving or snorkeling, both a must-do in these islands for sure!

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Andaman and Nicobar

Weather

Being a coastal region, these islands are great during December to March for sunny days and great diving conditions! To cut costs, one can get there, although it is a bit rough in the months of October to December and March to mid-May! For the surfers who have experience with these waters, February to August is ideal!

Transportation

These coastal islands are well connected by air as well as by sea, whichever you choose, you are bound to get mesmerized! You may reach by air to the island from Delhi, Kolkatta and Chennai. For sea journey, passenger ships are available from Vishakhapatnam, kolkatta and Chennai.

Accommodation

Being one of the major tourist destinations, the Andaman is filled with budget hotels to expensive ones which fit everyone’s pockets  and tastes as well!



Stop your imagination now, and plan your visit to The Andaman & Nicobar Islands, to be mesmerized by the beauty of these islands!

Chandigarh Main Tourist Attractions

Chandigarh – The first planned city of India welcomes you!

General information and history of Chandigarh

Chandigarh can be described in just three words, planned, cosmopolitan and prosperous. This city was the result of a dream envisioned by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and which was given the practical shape by Swiss architect Le Corbusier in the year 1950.

The first planned city of independent India, Chandigarh is the joint capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana and is also known as “The City beautiful” due to the fact that this place is a grand mix of greenery with modernization merged into one!

Major Attractions of Chandigarh

Sukhna Lake

A lake located at the heart of Chandigarh city is this lovely lake where sunset and sunrise gets a different meaning! In the calm and quiet environment, one can enjoy the breeze boating, watching birds, and the flora and fauna around.

Sukhna Lake Chandigarh

Rock Garden

Located close to the Sukhna Lake, The Rock Garden was cultivated and prepared by a former government official, Nek Chand who hid this place from the government for 18 years till the year 1975! This garden is full of sculptures and pottery work all over and is interlinked with the sideways of the Sukhna Lake too.

Rock Garden Chandigarh

Rose Garden

Mesmerizing its visitors with 1600 different species of roses spread over a 30 acre landscape, the Rose Garden is best visited during the Rose Festival time, during the end of February or start of March. The musical fountain shows makes the visitor’s evenings enchanting too!

Rose Garden Chandigarh

International Doll Museum

Chandigarh also boasts of a one-of-a-kind museum where dolls and puppets from almost 25 countries are displayed. Established in the year 1985, this place is a hunting ground for kids with its major attractions being the toy train and the Indian doll section.

International Doll Museum Chandigarh

Morni Hills

Located at a distance of 45 kilometers from the city of Chandigarh, Morni Hills is a perfect place to visit for bird and nature lovers. This place is an offshoot of the Sivalik range and is named after a Queen who is supposed to have ruled the region long ago.

Morni Hills Chandigarh

Pinjore Garden

Pinjore Garden, also known as Yadavindra Gardens was constructed by a Nawab during the Mughal times. This garden was later reconstructed and redecorated by the Maharaja Yadavindra of the State of Patiala. Currently this place boasts of innumerable palaces which give one the view of the Mughal Empire along with sprawling lawns making this a favored picnic spot.

Pinjore Garden Chandigarh

ChattBir Zoo

This zoo located in the planned city houses innumerable wild animals, reptiles and birds and is also known as Mahendra Chaudhry Zoological Park. The major tourist attraction here is the famous lion safari that one should definitely try!

ChattBir Zoo Chandigarh

Le Corbusier Centre

This place was named on the Swiss Architect Le Corbusier who was responsible for giving Chandigarh the planned look it boasts of today. This was the building he used to sit in while planning the city and is currently a museum where his memoirs and times are held intact.


Cactus Gardens

Established in the year 1987, the Cactus Garden is the largest of succulent gardens in Asia, filled with over 3500 species of cacti. Tourists flock here every year to encounter the wonder.

Cactus Gardens Chandigarh

Besides these attractions, the city has plenty of shopping malls, restaurants, bars and pubs which will make your stay hot and happening!

Accommodation & Transportation

Being one of the major tourist destinations in North India, Chandigarh is full of budget hotels and the starred ones which are close to the tourist destinations. Private cars and public transportation is also affordable and can be used as required.

How to travel to Chandigarh?

The planned city is an easy reach by air with an airport located in the city and is well connected to major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar and Jammu. There are regular trains from different parts of the country to Chandigarh such as Shatabdi and The Himalayan Queen service. And even by car it’s a pleasurable journey, in case one loves long drives!

Conclusion

With such greenery and modernization awaiting one, you surely cannot give this “City Beautiful” a miss, for sure!!

Udaipur, Great Place for Delightful Vacation

Udaipur, the Kashmir of Rajasthan, is a Great Place for a Delightful Vacation

Udaipur, also known as The City of Dawn, is one of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan that is frequently visited by Indian and foreign tourists. The city was the capital of the historic state of Mewar. Situated in close proximity with the azure water lakes and surrounded by the Aravalli mountains, Udaipur proudly exhibits the historical wealth and royal glory of Rajasthan. It is also a favorite place of die-hard romantics and is a popular wedding destination. It is often visited by artists, writers, poets, film-stars, politicians and other prominent people and celebrities.

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Major tourist attractions

The majestic palaces, beautiful lakes, glorious temples and lush gardens will certainly mesmerize you. The many forts, monuments, havelis and museums will keep you excited throughout your journey.

City palace:

It is a series of palaces on lake Pichola built-in different periods dating as far back as 1559 AD. The triple-arched gate called the tripolia, series of courtyards, corridors, terraces and lush gardens have added to the beauty of the palaces.

Lake Palace:

It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh on the Jag Niwas island in the middle of Pichola Lake. The place has been transformed into a five-star palace hotel. One of the most beautiful palaces in the world, it is adorned with intricate craftsmanship in the marble stone.



Jag Mandir:

It is a beautiful island palace built on lake Pichola by Maharana Karan Singh. Some of the stunning carvings include a series of elephants and a chhatri (umbrella) made of blue and grey stones.

Saheliyon-Ki-Bari:  

Saheliyon ki Bade

Saheliyon-Ki-Bari also known as courtyard of maidens is one of the most beautiful gardens and a popular tourist destination in Udaipur. The garden is located on the bank of Fateh sagar lake in northern part of the city. It is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains. Saheliyon-ke-bari has five beautiful fountains, marble pavilions, canopies and elephant shaped fountains. Another attraction of this garden especially for ladies is to be dressed in specially tailored colorful ceremonial dresses of princess times and roam around in the garden like real sahelies of the royal ladies.

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Jagdish Temple:

This is the largest temple in Udaipur with a statue of Lord Vishnu in black stone. There is a brass image of Garuda (Eagle), the legendary vehicle of the Lord. The exterior is carved in stone images of elephants, horsemen, alligators, musicians, etc.

Dudh Talai:

It is a beautiful rock garden with a musical fountain which is a major attraction for visitors.

Fateh Sagar and Nehru Park:

Nehru park in fatehsagar lake Udaipur

A lovely lake surrounded by lush hills from three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the North side. Nehru Park, an island park in the middle of the lake is a top attraction. There is a boat-shaped café in the park that can be reached by an enjoyable ride in a small boat.

Things to do

There is a lot more that Udaipur has in store for you. Some of the other activities, besides visiting palaces, are:

Boating at Lake Pichola:

Pichola Lake

A great place to spend some tranquil moments also offer a boat ride on the lake.

Shopping:

Buy fantastic hand-crafted products including ethnic jewellery, embroidered clothing and beautiful jootis and mojdis at Manek Chowk and Hathi Pole Bazar.

Eating:

Don’t miss the heavenly taste of Lal Maas (red meat curry) at Jagat Niwas. Nataraj Dining Hall is a popular place to feast on Rajasthani and Gujrati food.

Visit the Museums:

Visit the famous museums including the City Palace museum, Shilpgram museum, Ahar museum, etc. with a wealth of historical things including sculptures, inscriptions, antique paintings, etc.

How to reach

By Air:

Maharana Pratap Airport located at about 20 km from Udaipur is the closest one.

By Train:

Udaipur is well-connected to all major Indian cities by a robust railway network.

By Road:

Udaipur has a regular bus transport service. You can also use a taxi, personal vehicle or rent a vehicle or even a chauffeur-driven vehicle from one of the many tour operators.

Accommodation:

Many types of accommodations are available, from luxurious 3/4/5 star hotels to family run hotels where old havelis have been converted into budget-friendly accommodations.