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10 Shocking Facts About Indian Monuments We Bet You Didn’t Know About

Are you sure that we know everything about our ancient buildings?

India is a country of great bygone monuments and the secret stories revolving around them. Yes, I proudly say that India has vast culture, interesting mysteries and the proclamations are marvelous! Even one of the seven wonders of the world nests in India. But, do you know everything about the great artistic memorials of our ancestors? Well, it’s time to check out some of the most shocking facts about Indian monuments. Come, let’s take a look.

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Shopping In Germany: A Look At The 10 Best Shopping Boulevards, Flea Markets & More

The culture and historical extravaganza that is Germany, overwhelms and amazes those who visit and explore this bountiful country. Just like its tourist attractions, shopping in Germany can also be an enriching and hugely satisfying experience. Though shopping malls are not very popular in the country, you can find the best luxury brand outlets as well boutique stores stocked with some of the best things to buy in Germany. Every important city has a vibrant shopping street offering something unique and interesting for the shopaholic in you.

Let’s check out some popular German markets and shopping destinations.

1. Schildergasse, Cologne

the busiest shopping street in Europe

Considered to be the busiest shopping street in Europe, Cologne’s Schildergasse has a long history that dates back to ancient Roman times. Today it is amongst the best places for shopping in Germany with major department stores and fashion outlets like Galeria Kaufhof, Zara, H&M, etc. The centre of attraction here is the Weltstadthaus, a huge glass structure resembling a whale that houses a lovely clothes store.

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2. Zeil, Frankfurt

a delight for the discerning shopper

Also known as the Fifth Avenue of Germany, this shopping street in Frankfurt is a delight for the discerning shopper. The area between Konstablerwache and Hauptwache is lined with the best international brand stores and chic boutiques offering the best in fashion and high living. While you’re exploring this fantastic promenade, do not miss visiting the 10-storey Zeilgalerie with its breathtaking architecture and a wonderful viewing platform offering the best views of Frankfurt. The adjoining Goethestrasse is the best place to shop for designer jewelry..

Location: 60313 Frankfurt am Main – Innenstadt

3. Konigsallee & Schadowstrasse, Dusseldorf

an elegant place for some high-end shopping

In the heart of Dusseldorf this upscale promenade with a tree-lined river and numerous boutiques and designer stores is an elegant place for some high-end shopping in Germany. Called Ko by the locals, connoisseurs can shop to their heart’s content at the luxury stores and shopping malls along this street. Another fantastic shopping destination, Dusseldorf’s longest and most popular shopping street Schadowstrasse has more than 200 shops that offer everything that you could wish for without burning a hole in your pocket.

4. Ku’damm, Berlin

Berlin's most popular shopping street

Kurfurstendamm, simply know as Ku’damm is Berlin’s most popular shopping street and the best place to hang out and spend an enjoyable evening. Get you dose of latest fashion trends and pick some classy stuff from Armani, Chanel, YSL and chic boutique stores. The cool new shopping centre, Bikini Berlin has lots of trendy stores and pop-up shops, while Berlin’s largest department store KaDeWe offers a world of beauty, garments, fashion, and accessories spread over 6 storeys.

5. Mönckebergstraße, Hamburg

Mönckebergstraße, Hamburg

If you’re looking for a relaxed shopping experience, this charming pedestrian street running between the main train station and the historic City Hall of Hamburg is a great choice. The oak-tree lined boulevard is home to Europe’s largest sports store Karstadt and the world’s biggest electronics store Saturn. The usual suspects like H&M, C&A, Zara and other fashion brands rub shoulders with small & more personalised retail stores selling clothes, souvenirs, jewellery and electronics. The traditional stone house turned shopping centre, Levantehaus, with high-end speciality stores and restaurants. There are plenty of cafes all along where you can sip a beer or coffee to rest your weary feet, which is one of the best things to do in Germany.

Timings: 10AM-8PM (Mon-Sat). Sometimes shops close around 7PM on week days.

6. Kleinmarkthalle, Frankfurt

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If you’re game for a unique experience of grocery shopping in Germany and exploring and amazing local shopping destination, a visit to Kleinmarkthalle is a must. Bustling with activity, this wonderful market spread over 1500 square metres with over 150 stalls selling fresh produce, gourmet products, wine and flowers, is a great place to shop, eat and mingle with the locals. Cooking enthusiasts & foodies can pick up regional specialities like Frankfurt’s Green Sauce and many exotic international delicacies at fair prices.

Location: Hasengasse 5-7, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Timings: 8AM-6PM (Mon-Fri), 8AM-4PM (Sat).Sunday closed.

7. Mauerpark Flea Market, Berlin

most vibrant and fun market in Berlin

The most vibrant and fun market in Berlin and one of the best places for Sunday shopping in Germany clubbed with some lip-smacking street food and live music, Mauerpark must not be missed if you’re in the city on a Sunday. From antiques to unique hand crafted souvenirs & art works, books, clothes, second hand goods and furniture, this is an amazing place to pick up some cool stuff. The live music, food trucks, wine bars and craft beer stalls add to the lively vibe of this popular flea market.

Location: Bernauer Str. 63-64, 13355 Berlin, Germany
Timings: 10AM-6PM (Sunday)

8. Ingolstadt Village Designer Outlet

place is a good for tourists as well as shopaholics

For a slightly different shopping experience, head to this shopping village in Germany that’s home to world-class designer brands like Prada, Coach, Gucci, and Versace. Just an hour away from Munich, the place is good for tourists as well as shopaholics. You can grab some good discounts during the yearly promotional sales on branded products. The Shopping Express shuttle is a great way to reach this designer outlet, or you catch a bus which is a more reasonable option. With restaurants and cafes, the Ingolstadt village offers a relaxed shopping experience away from the bustle of the city.

Location: Otto-Hahn-Straße 1, 85055 Ingolstadt, Germany
Timings: 10AM-8PM (Mon-Sat)

9. Kathe Wohlfahrt’s Christmas Shop

Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop

While Germany is famous for some of the best Christmas markets in the world, this magical shop allows you to experience the same vibes even in Summers. With a fantastic display, huge selection of products and great quality, Kathe Wohlfahrt’s is a wonderful destination for shopping in Germany. With a red Christmas wagon parked outside, stacked with toys and beautifully crafted Christmas delight inside, this huge store is a fun stop that the kids will also love. You can’t help but admire at the huge Christmas pyramid and pick up some amazing souvenirs and accessories from this fantastic shop.

Location: Herrngasse 1, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
Timings: 10AM-6PM (Mon-Sat)

10. Mall of Berlin

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This huge shopping mall with its minimalistic & elegant design and hundreds of stores is your one-stop shopping destination when in Berlin. From designer clothes & shoes to handbags and electronics, you’ll find the best brand stores right here. A fantastic food court with a great range of stalls offering international cuisine is perfect for a relaxed break between the shopping. There is an interesting slide from the 3rd to 1st floor and most evenings you can chill out to the beats of cool DJ’s playing at the central area, to add some fun to your shopping experience.

Location: Leipziger Pl. 12, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Timings: 10AM-9PM (Mon-Sat)

Every city in Germany has its own charming shopping streets and boutique stores where you can stock up on quintessentially German products, lovely souvenirs and designer labels. So, plan a trip to Europe with TravelTriangle soon and get ready to explore the many wonders of historical sites, architectural marvels, and shopping in Germany.

 

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Lonely Planet Reveals The Top 18 Countries To Visit In 2019

While there are several sources from where you can get inspiration for your next vacation, not all sources can be relied upon. The travel experts at Lonely Planet have made the tedious process of shortlisting destinations easier for you by putting together a list of the top 18 countries to visit in 2019. You can now plan your next trip from the comfort of your armchair.

Planning ahead is extremely crucial when it comes to traveling. Make a beeline for these top 10 countries to visit in 2019. These countries are affordably priced, easily accessible and must not be missed:

1. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Golden beaches, wildlife-rich jungles, rolling tea plantations, and mist-shrouded mountains make Sri Lanka a captivating country. Tourists marvel at the beauty and physical diversity of this island. The view from the top of Sri Lanka’s fourth highest peak, Adam’s peak, is known to be stunning. You can hike this world heritage site within 5-6 hours, depending on your degree of fitness.

You can also swim in the ocean with the world’s largest mammal i.e. blue whale. If you want to hit reset on your life, grab a shady spot at the largely untouched east coast beaches and soak up some vitamin D.

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2. Germany

Germany

Germany is an attractive proposition for world travelers, thanks to its beautiful coastlines, top hiking spots and postcard perfect villages. It’s packed with countless quirky attractions, like the onion museum in Weimar, the dumping ground/open-air museum in Berlin and the gnome museum in Thuringian Forest, to name a few. The German Christmas market is a class apart.

Nothing can beat the sizzling sausages and sweet-smelling gingerbread that are available here. Apart from its never-ending coastlines, Germany also boasts of great mountains, like the Alps and the lesser known Harz ranges in the north of Germany. Without a doubt, Germany is one of the best countries to visit in 2019.

3. Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of the most underrated South African countries, with several hidden gems waiting to be explored. It is home to four World Heritage Sites, namely Victoria Falls, Mana Pools National Parks, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and the Kama Ruins. The chances of spotting the Big Five (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo) on a safari tour of the country’s well-renowned national parks is extremely high.

Adventure enthusiasts will be thrilled by the prospect of white water rafting and canoeing in the Zambezi river. The diverse landscape provides many unique photo opportunities as well.

4. Panama

Panama

In spite of the hundreds of kilometers of coastline on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Panama stands its own ground. It is a narrow, little country packed with coffee farms, rainforests, beaches and basically all you could wish for if you’re looking for a tropical escapade. Panama ranks sixth on the Happy Planet Index, which means that the country is doing an excellent job at making sure its citizens “achieve long, happy, sustainable lives”.

For wildlife enthusiasts, Panama is a paradisiacal place. Tourists have a chance of spotting exotic animals such as colourful quetzals, keel-billed toucans, ospreys, white-faced capuchins and tamarins.

5. Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

What are the odds that you came across this country and immediately thought: Wait, what? I can’t even pronounce its name! Before you ask, it’s Keer-giz-stan. Believe it or not, it’s easy to see why Kyrgyzstan features in the list of top 10 countries to visit in 2019. It is the land of untainted natural beauty, celestial mountains, crystal clear lakes, and rolling pastures.

The natural world is brought to life by the widely scattered shepherds inhabiting the country who’ve embraced a semi-nomadic lifestyle. Visit Kyrgyzstan to know more about the Kyrgyz folklore and the highly interesting Epic of Manas. You might as well consider this one amongst the best countries to visit in the world in 2019.

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6. Jordan

Jordan

Float in the Dead Sea, visit Mt. Nebo and more on your trip to the land of epic adventures and lost cities. If you’re a solo backpacker who’s open to new experiences, we suggest you befriend the Bedouins. Bedouins are semi-nomadic city dwellers who traditionally inhabit remote communities, making their homes in goat-hair tents. Several campsites in Jordan offer a taste of the Bedouin lifestyle.

In the day, take a tour of the sand dunes and pyramids from the back of a camel. By the evening, you can take a walk under the desert stars or learn a few traditional dance moves.

7. Indonesia

Indonesia

Often when people think of Indonesia, all that comes to mind is Bali. Comprising of over 17,000 islands, there’s so much more to the country. Indonesia is home to more than 20% of the world’s coral reefs. There are many opportunities available for snorkeling and scuba diving for both beginner and experienced divers. Dating back to the 9th century, Borobudur – the largest Buddhist temple in the world is found in Java.

One of the best times to visit the temple is early in the morning when you can catch the sunrise while standing at the top.

8. Belarus

Belarus

Belarus has recently emerged as one of Europe’s hottest travel destinations. With relaxed visa requirements, an impressive ensemble of cafes and a rocking nightlife, it barely comes as a surprise. Belarus is blessed with natural attractions and rich wildlife. You’ll find traces of history at every turn, from the Stalinist structures of Minsk to the National Memorial Complex at Khatyn.

If you’re seeking a lovey-dovey getaway, Belarus doesn’t disappoint. Steeped in mystery and legend, the Narach National Park was voted as one of the most romantic places to visit with your sweetheart.

9. São Tomé & Príncipe

Sao Tome

The chances of you having heard of São Tomé and Príncipe before this list came out are minuscule. Composed of two islands, it is the second smallest African country with a population of only 1,90,000 people. It was a Portuguese Colony until 1975, so the official language is still Portuguese. You cannot vacation here without stepping into Bom Bom Island. It is an ideal location for the ones interested in deep-sea fishing or simply watching humpback whales in all their glory.

10. Belize

Belize

Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, Belize opened up a world of Central American jungles, water adventures, and Mayan culture. If you’re a fan of offbeat adventures, Belize may just be what you’re looking for. Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny country boasts of pristine beaches, warm weather all year round, and the world-renowned Blue Hole.

Belize is known for its intricate cave systems. Reportedly, these caves were used by the Mayans to conduct their sacred ceremonies and rituals.

11. Egypt

Mummies, sphinxes, and tombs are all that come to mind when one mentions Egypt. But little do people know that there is much to this land of the Pharaohs that has been welcoming and bewitching travelers from around the world since forever! With classic monuments in deserts, charming hamlets near the Nile, expansive museums guarding the ancient history and artifacts, lofty pyramids, to its delicious food and vivid culture, this mysterious paradise is sure to give you one hell of a vacation! Some of its most renowned attractions include the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, Egyptian Museum, and many more.

12. India

This land of many cultures and languages needs no introduction! Famous the world over for its varied and exotic experiences, India has many more to offer than is possible to see in a single lifetime. From snow-capped hills to golden beaches, ancient heritage architecture to glitzy skyscrapers, forested wildlife reserves to crystal clear lakes, mighty volcanoes to barren deserts, farm-striped villages to noisy urban centers, this country has a plethora of experiences to offer. Goa, Rajasthan, Himachal, Kerala, and Delhi are some of its most famous cities that draw people here from the farthest corners of the world.

13. Oman

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If your idea of a holiday is to traverse golden sand dunes, watch panoramas of start-strewn skies, climb challenging mountain ranges, and dive into the seas teeming with dolphins and turtles, then Omanis the place for you! This gem located on the Arabian Peninsula has everything you need to make your holiday an adventurous, culture-driven, and experience-rich affair that will remain etched in your memories forever! It is home to the Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert in the world that guarantees you your own Lawrence of Arabia adventure, but, with a guide! Taste sheer luxury by staying at the many opulent resorts and camps at the Sharqiya Sands. Indulge in adventures like camel-racing, horse riding, sand-skiing, dune-bashing, and shopping souks during your time here.

14. New Zealand

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Let’s begin by saying that the best movies of the world have been shot here. Remember those overwhelming landscapes and the Hobbiton Village of the famous Lord Of The Rings trilogy? Well, all of it was your very own New Zealand. While that should give you enough reasons to book your trip right away, here’s a little more about this place still. It is the indisputable home of gigantic national parks, bizarre flora and fauna, the ever-dynamic and colorful Māori culture, and the best sites for surfing and skiing in the whole world. Whether you wish to relax in stunning locations, have an action-packed safari, go hiking in tribal villages, stay in luxurious resorts overlooking heavenly landscapes, or enjoy a platter of the most delicious food and wine, this place is your best bet!

15. Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)

If you dream of balmy days by clear sapphire waters and walking through ancient walled towns with Mediterranean houses, you need to get to Croatia! From island-dotted coastlines, white pebbly beaches, mighty palaces telling tales of kingdoms and empires, a rich cultural legacy, craggy peaks and caverns, river canyons and waterfalls, and picture-perfect lakes with the clearest of water, this European paradise is a treasure trove of experiences offered nowhere else in the world. Some of the best adventures you can have here include hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, zip-lining, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, and much more.

16. Bhutan

Known as the happiest country on planet, with so much peace and calm all around you, Bhutan is bound to be on the list for that silver lining on the cloud. Feeling blues? Take a trip to Bhutan! Feeling burdened with responsibilties? Take a trip to Bhutan! Unravel the eccentric culture and breathtaking terrains enveloped in lush greenery! Enjoy hiking, trekking and a marvellous trip to the Bhutanese temples.

17. Mexico

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Mexico is the architectural wonder with streaming jungles, dramatic volcanoes, a stunning wildlife and a hispanic culture with some of the world’s greatest archaelogical monuments including the exquisite Maya temples of Palenque. Explore the Spanish colonial towns, churches and masnions, indulge in the chilli-spices cuisine and enjoy a thrilling trip to Mexico.

18. Spain

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Unravel the diverse landscape of Spain, and explore the vibrant culture. Food and wine are highest obsessions of Spain, indulge in the best meals with tapas in an earthy bar for a gastronomic experience that is sure to be the highlight of the trip. Match it with ecelectic spirits such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudi.

Look no further. Lonely Planet’s annual list of top 10 countries to visit in 2019 is highly coveted. Whether you want to relax on a beach, explore ancient ruins or hike with your partner, we’ve got you covered. Make sure to add these destinations to your travel wish list for 2019 while booking your international trips. We promise that you’ll have the time of your life!

 

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10 Mount Abu Resorts For A Blissful Vacation In The Aravallis

Mount Abu is a hill station in the Western India that sits pretty in the lap of Aravallis. The place is charming and makes for some of the most enchanting places to visit in the North India. While you would be finalizing an itinerary for Rajasthan you must plan to spend a few days in Mount Abu. To make your stay momentous, these Mount Abu resorts are just perfect!

Equipped with all sorts of modern facilities and offering a wide range of adventure activities are these resorts in Mount Abu. All of these dreamy stays are tucked in the lofted environs of Mount Abu at 4,000 feet.

A stay in one of the resorts in Mount Abu means you get to experience the grandeur of the past in style. Most of these resorts in Mount Abu and nearby areas are heritage buildings turned resorts. So a stay here would mean you get to savor the imperial regalia. Go ahead and choose from the best resorts in Mount Abu.

1. Cama Rajputana Club Resort – Every to make you feel special

An exterior view of Cama Rajputana Club Resort in Mount Abu

Cama Rajputana Club Resort is the perfect property to experience the mountains at its best. The resort exhibiting old world charm is set amidst lush greenery and is duly complemented by a range of indoor and outdoor activities. There is a well-stocked bar with a restaurant to tend to your gastronomical cravings. Air rifle shooting and trekking are some of the popular outdoor activities organized in the resort.

Tariff: INR 14,500/- per night onwards
What’s special: Restaurant and bar, garden area, cavalry bar, swimming pool, and billiard room

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2. Manek Manor – Served with colonial touch

The entrance of Manek Manor in Mount Abu in Rajasthan

Known for its exciting local tours and safaris Manek Manor is one of the most sought after Mount Abu resorts. Along with the elegant stay, a well-stocked library and garden space come along. The property is small and scenic and makes for a highly rated place to visit in Mount Abu. For a lazy evening outing, an excursion to Nakki Lake can be planned.

In the vicinity of the resort, there is a sunset point offering panoramic views. And this place is located at a walking distance from the stay.

Tariff: INR 6,000/- per night onwards
What’s special: Minibar, ayurvedic massage (on request), doctor on call, and valet parking

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3. Kesar Bhawan Palace – Relive the great glorious past

A front view of Kesar Bhawan Palace in Mount Abu

Located 27 km far from the nearest railway station is Kesar Bhawan Palace. The palace turned heritage resort is the right blend of imperial charm and impeccable service. Lofty views surround the heritage resort that was once a resting place for the kings. The most noticeable feature of Kesar Bhawan Palace in Mount Abu is its inherent grandeur displaying the best of the bygone era. It makes Kesar Bhawan Palace one of the popular Mount Abu resorts.

Tariff: INR 5,500/- per night onwards
What’s special: Swimming pool, health club, jogging tracks, and sightseeing tours

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4. The Palanpur Palace – Perfect for a royal stay

Lawn area of The Palanpur Palace in Mount Abu

This stay looks pretty much like a family place. The Palanpur Palace is another top resort in Mount Abu located close to Nakki Lake. If you are a honeymooner looking for a romantic slip, Honeymoon Point nearby is the place within 2 km range. The resort is known for its evening activities, the surrounding beauty of the hill station at night and well behaved and hospitable staff. Don’t forget to catch the marvelous views from the grand balcony. The hotel ambiance so appropriately charms the kids.

Tariff: INR 5,500/- per night onwards
What’s special: Dilwara Temple and Toad Rock guided tour

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5. Aranya Village Hill Resort – Treat yourself to panoramic views

A view of Aranya Resorts perched atop a lofted platform in Mount Abu

Perfect silence and nature’s serenity guards this 3-star resort in the heart of Mount Abu. Aranya Resort is one of the popular Mount Abu resorts that boasts of great outdoors and grand views. The resort has a big banquet hall for conference and functions. The woods in its vicinity makes the surroundings even more enchanting.

Tariff: INR 5,000/- per night onwards
What’s special: Swimming pool, indoor and outdoor games, and children’s park

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6. Humming Bird Resort – Nestled in the forests of Aravallis

Beautiful morning view at Humming Bird Resort

Tucked in the heart of the Aravallis the Humming Bird Resort is a pleasant stay which thrives amidst peace and serenity. Lovely outdoor views, lip-smacking food served in the resort and bang on service makes this place the desired stay. Located far from the hustle of the city life the resort is a perfect place to spend some wonderful moments with your near and dear ones. Health spa and swimming pool are at your service to make the stay more relaxed.

Tariff: INR 5,000/- per night onwards
What’s special: Spa, conference hall, bar, forest facing rooms, and games room

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7. The Fern Ratan Villas – The best of Mount Abu resorts

A view of cottages of Fern Ratan Villas in Mount Abu s

Fern Villas is the perfect depiction of contemporary British architecture. The wildlife sanctuary in its vicinity makes for the perfect setting to go on a bush hunt. While the resort’s close proximity to nature makes it an ideal proposition for an outing with family, happy customers have already lauded their impeccable service and courteousness, something that makes them stand out from the rest.

Tariff: INR 4,599/- per night onwards
What’s special: Jungle trek, campfire, and garden view rooms

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8. Great India Resort – Quiet indoor, romantic outdoors

Open air seating area in the Great India Resort in Mount Abu in Rajasthan

Located a distance of 180 km from the airport, the Great India Resort is known for its tours and hikes. The wonderful garden and seating area serve as a perfect place for kids to have some fun-filled moments. The property also has free wifi and laundry service among others. Surrounding the resort is vast countryside where one can easily take those long relaxing walks rejoicing the nature around. Achalgarh Fort and Dilwara Temples lie in the close proximity of the resort which can be explored extensively.

Tariff: INR 4,000/- per night onwards
What’s special: Organised city tour and close proximity to Nakki Lake

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9. The Hill N You Resort by Ashoka – A boutique resort in the heart of the city

Lawn with seating area of the resort in Mount Ab

Are you looking for a resort near Nakki Lake? Look no more as we present you Hill N You. It is a boutique resort located in the heart of Mount Abu for families as well as romantic couples. The place is guarded by the perfect natural surroundings and a lush green countryside.

The resort organizes guided tours thus making the stay memorable one for its guests. Hill n You is a perfect escape for anyone planning a pitstop in Mount Abu while on a trip to Rajasthan.

Tariff: INR 2,340/- per night onwards
What’s special: Restaurant, in-house kitchen, children play area and car and bike on rent

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10. Siyava Valley Resort – Impeccable service amid stunning environs

The buildings of Siyava Valley Resort in Mount Abu

Savya Valley Resort makes for an ideal stay to plan a perfect weekend in Mount Abu. The resort boasts of great surroundings and impeccable service. Well-equipped with modern facilities, this resort in Mount Abu looks ideal for a family vacation. The canopy of trees and the Great Aravallis make for the perfect company of the resort.

Tariff: INR 1,500/- per night onwards
What’s special: Tents, multi-cuisine restaurants, organized trekking, and A/C bar

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These wonderful resorts in Mount Abu oozing with colors and life make sure that you have a wonderful and exciting trip to Rajasthan.

 

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6 Trails That’ll Allow You To Experience Trekking In Shillong At Its Best

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For all the magical experiences that it offers, Shillong is nature’s adorable paradise. The subdued city in the northeast flourishes and continues to enchant people. Peeping from the world of fluffy clouds and mist-laden jungles are the rustic trails that make trekking in Shillong an absolutely thrilling affair. While you walk across the scenic outdoors of Shillong, it’s the enormous surroundings that leave you spellbound. Not too far from the town market, there are a few exciting villages in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills, caves under the ground, and few other trails on the road leading to Cherapunji.

As you set out to explore the wild and the gorgeous beauty makes sure that you manage to walk those tricky trails. The villagers in this part of the country are welcoming and receptive towards the travelers. Make sure that you walk these exciting trails as you prepare to go trekking in Shillong! Here are the 6 most popular trails for trekking as well as camping in Shillong.

David Scott's Trail

Lush greenery and sublime views define David Scott’s trail – one of the most popular trails for trekking in Shillong. This route apart from being a historic one is grueling as well as enchanting, hence it offers a perfect opportunity for everyone willing to explore the lush green surroundings of Shillong. At 4892 feet, the David Scott trail is certainly a daunting one in the Shillong region. Overall the trek spans 16 km and takes 4-5 km to complete. Over the course of the trail, you’d realize that it transforms from easy to moderate in difficulty level.

You begin with a gradual downslope for 1 hour and followed by a flat walk for 2-3 hours, and further 1 hour upslope towards the end. The famous trek route, which also happened to be controversial at one point in time, stretches from Cherrapunji to Bangladesh.

The trek stretches from Mawphlang to Lad Mwphlang. Both the places are easily reachable from Shillong main town area. If you start from Mawphlang things become more simple and most part of the journey is a descending trail. If by chance you happen to lose your way, the locals in the region would surely help you make it to the correct path. Head to the north of the village and you are already on the right course. Watch out for the water points en route.

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Walking the limestone caving trail is another exciting part of your journey to the abode of clouds. The vast labyrinth of the Khasi and Jaintia hills are the keepers of infinite surprises. Amidst all the surprises, lie the Krem Mawsmai, Krem Mawmluh, and Krem Umshyrpi limestone caves. Believed to be one of the longest in the Indian subcontinent, these caves exhibit strange formations by nature that are incredibly outstanding.

The limestone caves go 40 feet deep into the ground and can be covered on foot. Walk through the photogenic interiors, these caves make for a wonderful trail in the hilly region of Shillong. This is one of a kind experience that makes will surely tend to your fantasy of trekking in Shillong.

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Trek to the double-decker living root bridge in Tyrna Village is another adventure quest tailor-made for all the adventure seekers. 2.5 hours drive (65 km) from Shillong will take you to the village from where the trail to the exciting bridge starts. Also, Tyrna is located some 27 km from Cherrapunji, another important town near Shillong from where you can easily reach. The trek to the bridge is 7 km into the forests. You won’t necessarily need the help of guides and porters because most of the path in the trail is cemented and comfortable to walk on.

This part of the country is so lush and sprawling green, hence a trek here can be planned except for the monsoon season. From Cherrapunji, Mawsmai caves and Noh Ka Likai falls are located at a distance of 5 km and 6 km respectively. So these places can be covered with double-decker bridge.

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Smit trek is one of the scenic experiences that you can go for if you are planning a trekking in Shillong. The trek starts from State Library and takes to the Crinoline Falls, it reaches Laitkor. The path is mostly elevated towards the end of the trek. The entire trek can be easily covered in 2 days. Walking on the trail isn’t much tough because there is the metalled road mostly.

Mawlyngot Trail

Mawlyngot is a picturesque village in the East Khasi Hills and an ideal place to spend a remarkable day out trekking in Shillong. Mawlyngot, a popular village with better road connectivity, is neatly tucked in nature’s embrace at an altitude of 4800 feet some 40 km from Shillong main town. The trail starts from the village itself which goes through a lot of ups and downs until it makes its way to the Singsong gorge located along the Um Song river.

After crossing Um Song the trial ascends suddenly as continues till it leads to Pynursla town. Um Song to Pynursla is another wonderful trek which looks fascinating! This trek can be clubbed with Mawlyngot trek and turn the trek into one memorable journey in the northeast.

A wonderful mix of thick forest and majestic nature can be seen all around as you walk this scenic trail. The locals in the village are quite helping and they are always there to help guide you through the correct route in case you find yourself lost.

Weiloi to Umngi Trail

Weiloi village trail is popular among nature enthusiasts because of the fact that it encompasses some of the most scenic natural attractions en route. The village can be reached easily by car/bus from Shillong. As you begin the trek from the village the fascinating escapes including two natural mineral water springs make for a grand spectacle and a refreshing breakpoint for all the hikers.

As you reach Weiloi Village, you can also take up another shorter and less exhausting route via Mawblang. With a few canopies and scenic bridges en route, Weiloi to Umngi makes for an exciting trail to go trekking in Shillong. This trip is all about an eventful nature walk and can be pulled off during the daytime.

The capital city of Meghalaya is a surreal place endowed with incomparable beauty! Let trekking in Shillong be your excuse to explore the enchanting outdoors of Shillong. If you’re not sure about your next vacation destination, let our trip specialist help you plan your Shillong trip with ease.

 

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10 Wondrous Backwater Resorts In Kerala For A Pampered Holiday

Overlooking the charming canals, lush green paddy fields, and inland water bodies, the best backwater resorts in Kerala are mainly located in Alleppey and Kumarakom. The rustic rural charm & the numerous amenities offered at the backwater resorts in Alleppey & Kumarakom are all that you need for a relaxing retreat in Kerala.

From luxury resorts to budget ones, the best backwater resorts in Kerala are available for people of all pocket-sizes. Check out these resorts before you book a holiday in Kerala.

1. Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere: Seamless blend of Modern & Classical Elements

The infinity pool at Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere makes it one of the best resorts in Alleppey

Designed elegantly to showcase heritage and classy ambiance, the Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere is one of the most popular backwater resorts in Kerala. This resort is a paradise of relaxation and rejuvenation amid the scenic splendors of rural Kerala. The resort offers enchanting sunset cruises in a houseboat, paddle boat, motor boat, and row boat.

What’s special: Infinity Pool overlooking the lake, fishing deck, fishing tours, Kathakali recitals, Kannada shop for souvenirs, and herb garden

Suggested stay: Floating Cottages and Vasundhara Suites

Tariff: INR 12,000 per night onwards

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2. Deshadan Backwater Resort: Your Posh Residence

Pool cottages at Deshadan Backwater resort

One of the posh backwater resorts in Kerala, Deshadan is known for its rustic charm, modern facilities, and perfect blend of traditionalism with contemporary facilities. This is a stylish 4-star property and offers 22 well-appointed rooms, cruising facility and fine dining.

What’s special: Infinity pool, kid’s pool, spa, and in-house houseboat cruise facilities

Suggested stay: Lake View Rooms with private pool

Tariff: INR 8,500 per night onwards

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3. Punnamada Backwater Resort: Luxury, Comfort, and Coziness in Bounty

A shot of the Alleppey garden view villa at Punnamada resort

Overlooking the backwaters of Vembanad Lake, the Punnamada Backwater Resort offers a state-of-the-art holiday experience with its charming beauty, refreshing serenity, beautiful décor, and luxurious villas. It is one of the luxury backwater resorts in Kerala and offers an out-of-the-world holiday.

What’s special: Invigorating Ayurveda & Yoga facilities, Punnamada Restaurant serving sumptuous Kerala delicacies, and houseboat & motor boat cruises.

Suggested stay: Lake View Villa

Tariff: INR 8,000 per night onwards

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4. Riverine Backwater Resort: Serenity by the Nature

Houseboats at the banks of the Riverine Resort in Alleppey

Riverine Resort is one of the best backwater resorts in Kerala. Surrounded by the plush coconut plantations & sprawling paddy fields, the resort offers splendid views of the backwater landscape. The contemporary facilities & the tranquility of the resort allures guests round the year. Located on the banks of Pookaitha, this eco-friendly resort boasts of its impeccable services and most traditional hospitality.

What’s special: Mesmerising canoe & country boat rides in the backwater

Suggested stay: Deluxe Room

Tariff: INR 3,500 per night onwards

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5. Haveli Backwater Resort: Rajasthan-themed Heritage Property

A distant shot of the Haveli Backwater Resort and the houseboats in the backwaters of Alleppey

Haveli Backwater is one of the premium Kerala backwaters resorts – fashionable, modern, and decent in terms of services & amenities. Themed on a typical Rajasthani architecture, this unique resort has 82 modern rooms & suites, private balconies, swimming pool, bar, and a decent multi-cuisine restaurant.

What’s special: Fine dining at Sarangi, Royal Durbar Conference hall, and premium Ayurveda & Swedish spa & salon services at Sandy

Suggested stay: Haveli Suite

Tariff: INR 3,375 per night onwards

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6. Kumarakom Lake Resort: Luxury Redefined

Heritage Villas at Kumarakom Lake Resort - one of the best resorts in Kumarakom

Kumarakom Lake Resort is the undeniable winner among the posh & luxurious backwater resorts of Kerala. This luxurious retreat offers excellence & elegance in style as well as service and offers an overall enthralling & an exquisite holiday to all. The resort also offers Backwater Cruise, Sunset Cruise, speedboat & banana boat rides, and other water sports.

What’s special: Fine dining at Ettukettu Speciality Restaurant & Vembanad – The Seafood Bar, infinity pool & pool pavilion serving awesome mocktails on the banks of the Kumarakom Lake, and cruise facilities

Suggested stay: Presidential Suites or Heritage Lake Villas with Private Pool for that royal living experience

Tariff: INR 18,500 per night onwards

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7. Backwater Ripples Kottayam: Retreat for Soothing the Senses

A view of the pool and the house boat in lake at Backwater Ripples Resort

The Backwater Ripples, one of the best backwater resorts in Kerala, depicts a seamless merge of old world charm with contemporary panache & amenities. Located by the Vembanad Lake, this heritage retreat has traditionally-designed luxury villas, heritage cottages, and lake view rooms. The resort also offers bicycle tours, water scooters, speedboats, and country boats.

What’s special: Water Sports Centre, well-equipped gym with sauna bath facilities, Spice & Handicraft Shop, Veda Sparsh Spa & Ayurveda center, and lakeside barbecue at the Cordon Bleu multi-cuisine restaurant

Suggested stay: Luxury Studio Suites or Lake View Premium Rooms

Tariff: INR 10,200 per night onwards

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8. Backwater Retreat: Perfect Choice for your Wallet

Backwater Retreat Theme House in Kumarakom

Backwater Retreat is one of the standard Kerala backwaters resorts, located amid natural splendors and serenity. This is well-known as a romantic hideout for newly married couples and boasts of its plush green surroundings, cordial hospitality, neat & clean rooms, modern facilities, and good food. In other words, all that is needed for a memorable vacation is here at Backwater Retreat.

What’s special: Lake-facing dining room, remarkable maintenance, and houseboat facilities

Suggested stay: Standard Guest Rooms

Tariff: INR 3,750 per night onwards

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9. The Manor Backwater Resort: Offering Tranquillity & Hospitality

A collage of the various views from Manor Backwater Resort in Kumarakom

This one of the most sought-after budget backwater resorts in Kerala. Sophisticatedly designed, the Manor Resort pulls tourists for its surreal location and world-class services.

What’s special: The multi cuisine Shuruchi restaurant and the Ayurvedic wellness therapies at the resort’s wellness center to rejuvenate mind & body

Suggested stay: Deluxe Rooms

Tariff: INR 3,421 per night onwards

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10. Aymanam Village Backwater Resort: Aesthetically designed budget property

Various accommodation options at the Aymanam Village Resort in Kumarakom

The Aymanam Village Backwater Resort is favored by tourists with limited budget. Known for its decent amenities, spacious & well-appointed rooms, decent dining, and lush & manicured lawns, it is an ideal place for those looking for a relaxing and peaceful vacation.

What’s special: Indoor and outdoor games, international holistic healing & wellness center providing Ayurvedic healing therapies, and in-house yoga center

Suggested stay: Standard Rooms

Tariff: INR 2,342 per night onwards

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This is a comprehensive list of the best backwater resorts in Kerala. All of them overlook the charming lakes & canals and offer a mesmerizing view of the surrounding landscape. But, which of these are you heading to?

 

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The First-Ever Glass Roof Train From Kalka To Shimla Is Set To Be On Tracks Soon!

When it comes to the world’s best rail journeys, the new glass roof train between Kalka and Shimla is soon going to reign the charts. After the successful trial run on December 1, the all-new Vistadome coach between Kalka-Shimla rail route is all set to provide its passengers with a magical experience. While you can gawk at the surreal mountain landscapes, the glass roof will put you in a sweet trance during the times of snow and rainfall.

If you are a sucker for scenic train journeys, you ought to put this magnificent experience on your list. The first-of-its-kind coach on 115-year-old Kalka-Shimla rail route has been refurbished from an old second class coach with the cost of INR 10 lakhs. Not just the cool glass roof feature, the fully air-conditioned Vistadome coach comes with cushioned wooden furnishings to give you a vintage feeling and designer LED lights to spice up the interiors. Steel railings have also been erected by the doors for the safety of passengers.

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The tickets for 36-seater glass roof train from Kalka to Shimla will cost around INR 500 per seat which is just a few bucks higher than the existing Shivalik Deluxe Express with a fare of INR 425. The journey time between Kalka and Shimla on the new Vistadome is about 5 hours. However, the railway officials are planning to reduce the journey time to 4 hours or less. They are also planning to launch more coaches after they receive a positive response from the tourists.

According to the Northern Railways, the Vistadome coach will be shortly put into service for passengers to soak in the views of verdant valleys and lush mountains. So, you can soon plan a trip to Shimla to embark on one of the most memorable train journeys of your life.

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Koh Samui Nightlife: 10 Terrific Spots To Party Till You Drop In 2019!

Koh Samui – the island of safe haven – has become a major entertainment metropolis in the past couple of decades, right behind Phuket and Pattaya. Koh Samui nightlife is among the best in Asia, if not the world. The island brings a lively young crowd of revellers for partying on the white sandy beaches and pubs till day break.

Nightlife in Koh Samui is beautiful, wild, and diverse. You can find, alongside cheap beer bars, gourmet restaurants that serve the best of Thai cuisine. Thai boxing arenas won’t be far away from classic Thai dance stages. And in addition to numerous discos and clubs, there are Transgender Cabaret Shows that have been a highlight of the nightlife in Thailand. This ultimate Koh Samui Nightlife Guide lists the best places to visit and the things to do in Koh Samui after the sun sets. The list is split into 3 major hubs – Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach and Bophut Beach. Go through the list and take your picks for your next trip to Thailand!

A view from the famous Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan

Yes, this one’s a bonus; over and above the list of 10 most happening Koh Samui island nightlife. So, years back, a group of tourists pointed out that the most beautiful moon they have ever seen was the one they saw in Koh Phangan. And thus a party was arranged along the crescent-shaped Haad Rin beach to celebrate the full moon night. Ever since then, tens of thousands of people come to party at the white sand Haad Rin beach on the full moon day of every month. The music here is hip and happening. There is something for everyone – techno, trance, drum & brass, commercial, and reggae.

When: Dusk to twilight; full moon day of every month

Where: Haad Rin beach, Koh Phangan

How to reach: The Haad Rin Queen leaves from the Big Buddha pier in Bophut region of Koh Samui and directly takes you to Haad Rin in about 45 minutes.

Chaweng beach is for Koh Samui what Baga beach is for Goa or what Patong beach is for Phuket. The longest beach of Koh Samui, Chaweng is lively both during the day and night. One of the best beaches of Koh Samui, this place hosts the most popular beach parties at Koh Samui from dusk to dawn. Here are the ones you simply can’t miss!

1. Black Moon & Escape Parties

A shot from the Black Moon Beach Party that is the highlight of the Chaweng beach nightlife

Much like the famous monthly Full Moon parties of Koh Phangan, there are rave-like parties in Koh Samui. These parties are held on the new moon and two half moon days. Of these, the Black Moon party is the highlight of the Koh Samui nightlife. Prominent DJs – Brandon Block, Judge Jules, and Timo Maas – have played at these parties in the past.

When: Dusk to twilight; half moon days and new moon day of every month

Where: Location changes every month

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2. Paris Follies: Cabaret Performances By Ladyboys

The famous Paris Follies Cabaret Show that is one of the highlight of the Koh Samui nightlife

Paris Follies Cabaret is another example of the highly exciting and entertaining nightlife at Koh Samui. The first performance is suitable for families. However, the other two performances feature some erotic performances by a group of glittering ladyboy dancers in colorful costumes.

When: Daily; 8 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11 pm

Entry: Entry is free of cost. However, the drinks are pricier than usual.

3. Zico’s: Incredible Samba Performances

A waitress serving meet from the sword like serving knives at Zicos

Koh Samui nightlife is much more than just rave parties and discos. The Brazilian-themed Zico’s is a perfect blend of gourmet offerings, cocktails from the bar, and samba performances by pretty girls in hot outfits. Gourmet specialities include freshly prepared meat and fish delicacies, served off sword-like serving knives. The dance performances by gorgeous Brazilian dancers – Michelle Nery and Rose Moura – are the highlights of this diner.

Opening hours: Restaurant: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm | Bar: 5 pm – 1 am | Dance Performances: Tuesday – Sunday; 8 pm, 9 pm, & 10 pm

4. Ark Bar: Fire Dances & Beachfront Dining

A rave party going on at the Ark Bar

Ark Bar is another institution that adds to the glamour of nightlife in Koh Samui. The lively beach-front venue, adorned with wooden furnishings and sun beds, offers fire dancers, beach dining & dance parties, and a friendly vibe. The delicious food, the amazing drinks, and the foot-tapping music continues to attract tourists to Ark Bar even years after it opened.

Opening hours: 7 am – 2 am

Don’t miss: Ark Bar beach club party on Wednesdays and Fridays

5. Petch Buncha Boxing Stadium: Thai Boxing

Boxers fighting at the Petch Buncha Boxing Stadium

Thai Boxing or Muay Thai – the national sport of Thailand – adds to the diverse nature of the Koh Samui nightlife. And the Petch Buncha Boxing Stadium, located at the entrance of Soi Reggae, is the heart of Thai boxing in Koh Samui. The stadium can host upto 1,500 spectators.

When: 9 pm – 12 am; Every Monday, Wednesday, & Saturday

Where: At the entrance of Soi Reggae

5. Soi Reggae: The Best Of Chaweng Nightlife

People dancing to some foot-tapping music at Soi Reggae that is a wonderful place to enjoy nightlife in Koh Samui

A kilometer long lane that almost splits the middle of Chaweng Lake into two, Soi Reggae is still not fully developed. The first half of the lane has amazing entertainment options that make it one the best places to experience the Chaweng nightlife.

Key attractions: Petch Buncha Boxing Stadium at entrance, Samui Bungy Jump, Coco Bar, Position 69, Samui Pub, and double storey Reggae Pub

Opening hours: Most of the attractions are open from 9 pm to 2 am.

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6. Soi Green Mango: Explore The Amazing Pubs & Discotheques

The Henry Africa Bar at Soi Green Mango

Experience the best of the nightlife in Koh Samui at Soi Green Mango. Key attractions here are erotic Russian pole dance performances at Galaxy, cozy & compact beer bars, Green Mango Club & Mint dance joints, and the loud & brash environment.

Opening hours: 6 pm onwards

Tip: Things get heated up only after 9 pm

There are ample opportunities to explore the highly entertaining Lamai beach nightlife. Yes, it is not as busy as the Chaweng beach nightlife. But the trendy clubs and naughty-and-nice bars in Koh Samui provides an impressive experience of the Lamai nightlife. And the beach is also lined with some of the finest beach resorts in Koh Samui.

7. Swing Bar: Be A Part Of Fire Dances!

A performer gives a fire performance as the tourists enjoy the act

The beachside venue is equipped with rope-suspended swing chairs, low tables, cushions, pool tables, and concrete-and-wood bar. The fire dances, the Friday night parties, the bamboo-table beach dining, and an assortment of best dishes and drinks make Swing Bar an excellent choice for the Koh Samui nightlife experience tourists talk about.

Opening hours: 7:30 am – 1 am

8. Fusion Club: The Best Club On Lamai Beach

A view of the entrance of the Fusion Bar in Koh Samui

Another attraction of Koh Samui’s happening nightlife is the dark and atmospheric club – Fusion. The excellent resident DJs play a multitude of foot-tapping music – from acid to funk – that attracts a large crowd of European tourists and charming Thai ladies. The pulsating beats make Fusion ‘the place’ for an ultimate dance experience.

Opening hours: 6 pm – 1 am

Cool bars, gourmet restaurants, and laid-back atmosphere define the Bophut nightlife scene. Away from the hustle-bustle of the noisy Chaweng and Lamai beaches, Bophut offers tranquility and a decent atmosphere – something that tourists can look forward to on a family vacation. The absence of discotheques and girlie bars is made up by the delicious dishes and the wide range of drinks.

In addition to the international alcoholic beverages, the local Thai alcohol also includes:

  • Beer Chang: Also known as Elephant Beer, the cheap beer has 6.4% alcoholic volume.
  • Singha: It is the original beer in Thailand and has an alcoholic volume of 5%.
  • Sang Som: This is the Thai answer to the international rum. It is cheap and is popular among the locals and the tourists.
  • Mekhong Thai Whiskey: Made from rice, the Thai whiskey is another cheap alcoholic beverage that is very popular.
  • Regency: It is a local Thai brandy that is popular among the Thai middle class.
  • Spy Wine Cooler: If you are looking to buy a young Thai woman a drink, this is what you should buy her. The local women simply love this drink.

But moving on, let us get back to what makes Bophut a vital part of the nightlife in Koh Samui.

9. The Emerald Irish Pub: One Of The Best Pubs In Koh Samui

A view of the elite Emerald Irish Pub in Bophut

Terrace views, Irish décor, live sports on huge TV screens, and the friendly atmosphere of the Emerald Irish Pub makes it one of the best pubs in Koh Samui. You can enjoy draft Guinness and Kilkenny as well as local beers at the pub.

Opening hours: 11 am – 2 am

Where: Fisherman’s Village, Bophut

10. Karma Sutra: A French-Owned Restobar

A view of the entrance to the Karma Sutra rest bar in Bophut

The French-owned Karma Sutra is one of the best diners in Bophut. Indonesian wooden furniture, muted lights, soft music, and rustic newspaper-like menu of food & drinks add to the charm of this resto bar.

Opening hours: 7 am – 1 am

Where: Entrance of Fisherman’s Village, Bophut

Koh Samui, indeed, happens to offer some of the finest experiences of the best nightlife in Thailand. Book your personalised Thailand holiday package with TravelTriangle and be a part of this fantastic nightlife in Koh Samui.

 

1. Bophut Beach nightlife.
2. Fishermen’s Village nightlife.
3. Chaweng nightlife.
4. Muay Thai kickboxing match
5. Ladyboy show.
6. Choeng Mon Beach nightlife.
7. Maenam nightlife.
8. Koh Samui pub quizzes.

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10 Romantic Places In Queensland One Must Visit To Rekindle The Love In Australia!

When it comes to spending a romantic holiday, Queensland is a pretty awesome place. The state has plenty of places in store for the lovebirds to explore. If you are planning for a romantic holiday or for your honeymoon, you can surely consider Queensland on your list. Queensland is an ideal spot for families, couples and adventure seekers. The beautiful scenery of the state appears nothing less than a paradise. But if you look harder, you will find a number of romantic getaways in the state. Queensland has been flocked by couples over the years. Today, in this particular article we are going to provide you with 10 best romantic places in Queensland that are worth visiting in Queensland.

Out of all the beautiful destinations located in Queensland, we have shortlisted 10 of the best romantic getaways where you can have the best time of your trip with your loved one. Check out the places mentioned in the list below to get an idea. Here you go with the list of the best romantic places in Queensland.

1. Heart Reef, Whitsundays

Heart Reef, Whitsundays

This place was discovered back in 1975. The main feature of the place is that the reef is shaped into a love heart and thus, it has turned into a major point of attraction for the couples. In order to explore the reef, you can take a scenic flight above the spot which is actually the best way to see the heart-shaped reef. It is because of this reason that the place has become one of the most popular tourist spots in the world. This is one of the best romantic spots in Queensland.

Location: Heart Reef, Hardy Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Entry fee: NA
Tip: Take a scenic flight in order to explore the area.

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2. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns

This is one of the most spectacular journeys over the Tropical rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands. The journey is 7.5 km long and passengers complete the journey sitting in a cable car carries them over the rainforest. You can enjoy spectacular views of the streams and mountains and also of the Cairns coastline. Once you reach the top, you can explore the tableland villages and enjoy some good meals at the little cafes located out there.

Location: 6 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield QLD 4878, Australia
Entry fee: $114
Tip: Experience the best time of your life out here.

 

3. Noosa Heads

Beach view

This is yet another spectacular place to visit for the couples in Queensland. The waterways around the place are truly stunning. The water around the area is so clear that you can actually watch fish swimming up to 8 feet below the surface. You can also get plenty of romantic things to do as well like taking a walk along the pristine beaches and go on a dinner with a beautiful ocean view. You can even go on a Gondola ride for fun.

Location: 138 km (86 mi) N of Brisbane
Entry fee: NA
Tip: Enjoy a romantic meal with your partner out here.

4. Mt Tamborine

Mt Tamborine

If you want to spend some cozy time away from the glitz and glam of the city then this is the ideal location for you. This is the perfect spot for all the lovely couples. This tranquil hinterland region is full of beautiful views of the lush greenery and villages. You can also enjoy a number of wineries that are located out there. Even the accommodation options in the area quite good and comfortable as well.

Location: Queensland, Australia
Entry fee: NA
Tip: Take a scenic drive or take a wine tour.

5. Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island view

The Hamilton Island is undoubtedly one of the most special places for the couples in Queensland. The spectacular view of the place is everything. You can also avail luxury resort facilities in the area to plan for a great holiday with your partner. You can even involve yourself in numerous activities like during the Great Barrier Reef, trying out the delicious restaurants and much more.

Location: Island in Whitsundays, Australia
Entry fee: NA
Tip: Explore the Great Barrier Reef while staying here.

6. Maleny

Maleny In Queensland

This is yet another beautiful destination which you can explore with your loved one. Take a scenic drive into the Blackall Range. This is where you can enjoy spectacular views in all the direction. You can also explore a beautiful selection of gourmet food, cafes, and restaurants. You can also get luxury accommodations in the area.

Location: Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland, Australia
Entry fee: NA
Tip: Don’t miss out on the tasty wines. Go to the Sunshine Wine Trail.

7. Queensland Outback Escapes

Queensland Outback Escapes

Next, on the list, we have the Queensland Outback Escapes. This is a place where you can enjoy your holidays from the glitz and glam of the city. Enjoy some quality time with your loved one in the private cabin while enjoying the scenic beauty of the surrounding. Here you can enjoy stunning sunsets and the beautiful night sky with millions of stars shining their light over you. All of these together gives you a beautiful experience which is worth experiencing.

Location: Queensland, Australia
Entry fee: NA
Tip: Go for hiking at any of the national parks in the area.

8. Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the iconic attractions in the country. You can opt for a sailing trip on a private cruise or yacht and experience the most beautiful time of your life out here. This is just the perfect idea of a romantic getaway for every couple. While you are sailing, the reef is not the only things that you will witness. Other than that you can also view the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast.

Location: Queensland, Australia
Entry fee: NA
Tip: Don’t miss on the sunset. Experience the sound of the waves while relaxing.

9. Palm Cove

Palm Cove

Located in between the Coral Sea and the Daintree Rainforest, this is one of the most beautiful attractions to explore in the country. The scenic beauty of the place which is surely going to get you. If you are traveling with your partner then you simply cannot miss this place as it is considered to be one of the best places for couples. Enjoy the sandy beaches with palm trees along with many other secluded locations.

Location: Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Entry fee: NA
Tip: Relax by the beach with a cocktail.

10. Daintree Eco Spa & Lodge

Daintree Eco Spa & Lodge

If you are looking for some relax timing on your trip then this is the best place to be. Here you can spend your holidays exploring the beautiful rainforest, dining at the restaurant and swimming in the mountain streams. You can even enjoy a lovely spa session at the lodge.

Location: 3189 Mossman Daintree Rd, Daintree QED 4873, Australia
Entry fee: $241.50
Tip: Enjoy the relaxing massage session.

So these are some of the most romantic places in Queensland which you must visit. if you are planning for your honeymoon in Queensland then visiting all these places is a must. Spend the best time of your life with your loved one at these romantic spots. Make your Australia trip a memorable one by exploring these places while hand-in-hand with your partner.

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Pushkar Mela 2019: Everything You Need To Know About The Most Gorgeous Fair In India!

Reflecting the vibrant culture of Rajasthan through sparkling activities and events, the 100 years old Pushkar Mela is definitely one of the most famous and largest camel fairs in the world. From letting you witness the beauty of the golden sand to embracing the vibes of Rajasthani culture, this fair is a land of colors you must visit.

With multiple reasons for why you should attend the Pushkar Mela Rajasthan at least once in your life, here’s all the essential information about this popular fair, what’s different in 2019, and why you need to book your Rajasthan trip right away!

  • Reasons For Visiting Pushkar Fair
  • Schedule Of The Pushkar Fair 2019
  • Highlights Of The Pushkar Fair
  • Top Things To Do At The Pushkar Fair
  • Other Places To Visit In Pushkar
  • Pushkar Camel Fair Accommodation
  • How To Reach The Pushkar Fair
  • Tips For Visiting The Pushkar Fair
  • It helps you witness the beauty of Rajasthan like a local
  • Lets you be a part of entertaining competitions and events
  • You get to listen and watch the most famous fusion bands of India
  • It lets you experience the fun of staying in luxury and old-school style camps
  • You get to witness the trading of camels
  • Helps calm the adventurer in you with a range of pulsating activities
  • It lets you witness the magical desert from up in the air

things to do in pushkar fair

The famous five-day fair is being held for nine days this year, and will begin with a Harmony Marathon from Dargah Shareef in Ajmer to the Brahma Temple in Pushkar at 6:00 AM on day one. This zeal-filled run is a great initiative for celebrating the uniqueness of the incredible state of Rajasthan, and you can be a part of it too.

The Pushkar Mela will culminate with a Maha Aarti on the Pushkar Lake followed by sparkling fireworks on the High Level Bridge.’

Dates: 4th November to 12th November
Timings: 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM

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While every day of the Pushkar Camel Festival is loaded with fun and cultural events, each day has a specialty, which will add onto your experiences. The true beauty of Rajasthan’s culture is best reflected through every bit of this fair, and so it’s essential for you to make a note of all the following highlights of all the events happening every day so that you don’t miss out on anything.

Day 1: Harmony Marathon, Hot Air Balloon Flights, and a renowned band (preferable Indian Ocean) will be playing to call the day off
Day 2: Langri Taang with foreigners, Camel decoration and dance contest, and sunset safari at the dunes
Day 3: Horse dance contest, Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar, and cultural evening
Day 4: Spiritual Walk from Gurudwara to Mela Ground and cultural performances on the ground
Day 5: Lagaan style cricket match, Mustache competition, turban tying, and kite flying
Day 6: Matka race, musical chair, and best of Rajasthan
Day 7: Adventure activities on the adventure zone
Day 8: Mega cultural event & closing ceremony, Matka race, Camel race, and Kala Jattha

Here are the interesting things you can do at the fair:

1. Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar: Shop For Paintings & Jewelry!

shilpgram bazaar

Set up by rural artisans, the Shilpgram is a great stop to buy souvenirs and take memories home from the fair. From traditional handcrafted jewelry to gorgeous paintings and classic leather ware to pretty puppets, there is a lot you can buy from here.

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2. Get Your Adventure Game On

hot air balloong flight

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Enjoying an aerial view of the fair from a hot air balloon flight, indulging in Paramotoring, quad biking, and taking a camel safari are some of the best ways to calm the adventurer in you while you’re soaking the warmth of the desert. Get ready, hop on, and explore the city while you’re at the Pushkar Camel Fair 2019.

The cost of these activities range from INR 4, 000 to INR 18,000, and are undoubtedly a few must-have experiences when you’re in Rajasthan.

3. Participate In The Photography Contest

photography contest pushkar fair

If you’re a photography enthusiast at heart, it’s time you let the world see your talent and win a prize for it as well. Of all the things to do in Pushkar Mela, participating in ‘Frame The Fair’ being organized by the Rajasthan Tourism and E Factor Entertainment is one thing you must definitely do!

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4. Witness Or Be A Part Of Fun Competitions

mustache contest

From competitions like Mustache Contest to Matka Race, and Camel Dance to Bride & Groom Contest, there is a long list of events happening throughout the Pushkar Mela. Apart from just witnessing them from a distance, you can also participate in them and make unforgettable memories.

5. Indulge In Pushkar’s Local Delicacies

rajasthani cuisine

While everything at the fair might look too expensive, know that it’s definitely worth a try, especially the local cuisines like Dal Bhaati Churma. It’s the best time to indulge in the food specialities of Pushkar, and you can relish it throughout your trip.

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While you’ll already be in awe of the town during the Pushkar Fair, here are some of the top places which you must definitely explore to see the what makes this town a true marvel.

1. Pushkar Lake

pushkar lake

Renowned as one of the most sacred lakes in Rajasthan, this place is a paradise for every type of traveler. The serenity encircling the lake is worth experiencing, and so it the beauty of watching the sunset and sunrise from here.

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2. Sarafa Bazaar

sarafa bazaar pushkar fair

Apart from the Shilpgram Bazaar in the Pushkar Mela, the Sarafa Bazaar in the town is one of the best shopping places in Pushkar to visit if you’re a Shopaholic at heart. It offers a variety of items like the Rajasthani costumes and puppets, embroidered fabrics, souvenirs, bangles and beads, decorative pieces, curios, embroidered shoes, glass lamps, bags, and more.

3. Rangji Temple

rangji temple

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A perfect blend of Mughal, Rajput, and South Indian architecture, this temple is an extraordinary site in the town of Pushkar. Since it is devoted to an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is in close proximity to the old markets, it usually stays crowded with innumerable worshippers.

4. Naga Pahar

naha pahar near pushkar fair

Being a hill that divides Pushkar from Ajmer, and is rumoured to disappear with time, Naga Pahar is a top tourist attraction in the town. Apart from sitting by the Nag Kund here, you can also admire the breathtaking view of the town from here and capture memories on your camera.

5. Rose Garden

rose garden pushkar

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Pushkar is famously known as the ‘rose garden of Rajasthan’ and so there is every reason why visiting the beautiful land with zillion number of roses is a must thing to do. The fragrance of these flowers is captivating, and the beauty is breathtaking. Definitely a paradise for nature lovers!

sky waltz camp

There is no doubt that the best accommodation at the Pushkar Fair are the traditionally styled camps wrapped in modern luxury, which can be availed via The Sky Waltz Camp.

From deluxe non-AC camps to luxury AC camps, a stay here will cost around INR 10,000 and INR 13,000 respectively. Apart from accommodation, the package includes all the meals at the camp, local transfers to the Pushkar Mela ground, VIP seats for the evening concerts, and more.

Apart from Sky Waltz, Camp Bliss also offers luxury tents near the fair in a peaceful gooseberry orchard and offer a magical experience with camps priced around INR 29,500.

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pushkar rajasthan

Situated in Ajmer, Rajasthan on the shores of Pushkar Lake, the town is easily accessible by all modes of transport.

By Air:

Connected to all the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata, Sanganer Airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport to Pushkar. Upon reaching the airport, you can take a bus or hire a cab to cover the distance of 146 kilometers to reach the town.

By Train:

The closest railway station to Pushkar is Ajmer, which is located some 11 kilometers away from the town. If you’re traveling from Delhi or Jaipur, you can take the Shatabdi or the Pink City Express to reach Ajmer from where you can take a taxi to reach Pushkar.

By Road:

Connected to major roadways and highways in India, Pushkar can be reached easily by taking any regular bus from Ajmer, Indore, Jaipur, and Nagda. Or you can also take your own car and drive directly to this vibrant town.

  • Make sure you book your tickets well in advance, and also the camp to get the most traditional experience during your visit.
  • The Harmony Marathon is a great initiative. Do try and be a part of it to add some thrill to your holiday.
  • The Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar is a haven for Shopaholics, and is home to the best Rajasthani souvenirs. Do visit and shop your heart out.
  • Don’t forget to carry your medicines, a mosquito repellant, and a torch.
  • Participate in competitions that interest you and indulge in fun to get a closer glimpse of the fair and its festivities.

So, are you excited about visiting the Pushkar Fair? If yes, then get packed, plan your Pushkar vacation and leave right away for an enticing vacay! Don’t forget to share your experience once you come back fro Pushkar at travelogues@traveltriangle.com

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