Diwali Celebration at Top Destinations

Now that the long Diwali holiday is on its way and everyone has started making vacation plans with friends and family. And why not? The pleasant weather in November is the best time to pack your bag set off for an exciting vacation, as you can get some good deals and discounts on accommodation and transport. So let’s look around some amazing places for an ideal vacation.

Bangkok

Bangkok is a city of contrasts with action at every run and it’s the best time to explore this action-packed city. Admire the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a long tail boat through floating market. This shopping haven makes for a great Diwali break, given that there is a fairly large size of Hindu and Indian population here. There are lots of Hindu temples in Bangkok, adding to the visual delight of the festival of lights.

Bali

Bali has become the favourite holiday destination for beach bums, and makes a great holiday around Diwali. November, is the best time of the year to plan a perfect beach vacation if you want to escape the season mob get yourself a peaceful vacation.

Singapore

For a better Diwali feels out of India, plan a trip to little India, Singapore, a city which celebrates Diwali in a big way. A visible presence of Hindu culture gives the celebrations an Indian feel. Bright colours, tantalising aromas and the light of a thousand oil lamps fill the streets of little India during Diwali is a visual treat to eyes.

New York

Indians being the third largest Asian community in United States, New York emerges as a preferred holiday destination during the Diwali break. This Diwali, New York is all prepped up with Visual arts, fireworks as well as live entertainment in the form of a traditional dance show and some delicious food. And as Diwali is in early November, you get to visit the big apple during the best whether.

Kuala Lumpur

As the majority of Indians in Kuala Lumpur are from South India, Diwali here is celebrated with a South Indian twist. Apart from the celebration Kuala Lumpur is also a shopper’s haven, so use this small mid-week break to fill up those closets!

So, now pick either of these fascinating destination and lit up your Diwali break with some fun and
excitement.

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Family Holiday Destination

World's Best Family Holiday Destinations.

Traveling with family is ‘home in motion’. The world is full of many beautiful family destinations but to visit one which is truly liked by your family, makes it your ‘perfect family destination’. To travel means to explore and to create memories, embark on a journey with the family that will enrich your soul. This vacation, let your eyes act as the camera lens and brace self to visit these exotic world’s top family destinations. We have got a list of suggested destinations below to make it easy for you to decide your ‘perfect family destination’:

Manali

Manali
Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali is a hill station, situated in the northern part of India. With snow-capped mountains and scenic valleys, Manali is considered as one of the best places for the scenic lovers. Being one of the most popular hill stations, Manali is full of spell-binding views, charming streams and the lingering scent of pines and freshness. Nestled between nature and enchanting views, Manali truly has something to offer people of every age. Treat the adventurous you with Water sports, Paragliding, Trekking, Skiing, Camping, Jeep safaris and other adventure activities.

Bhutan

Taktsang Monestry, Bhutan

Bhutan, which is situated in the Himalayas, is a dreamland. Bhutan is also famously known as the ‘land of happiness’. It is the world’s largest Buddhist Kingdom and a place where people believe in happiness more than they believe in profit. If you really want to unfurl some unforgettable moments to cherish with your family, Bhutan is a must visit place. Some of the famous activities that people do in Bhutan are Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Camping and Trekking. It is also famous for monasteries and traditional delicacies.

Andaman Islands

Beach, Vacation, Andaman, Neil Island, Places to explore in Andaman
Neil Island, Andaman

With the exquisite view of the coastline, blue skies, and coral reefs, the exotic beaches of Andaman make for breathtaking beautiful landscape giving it a touch of freshness which is the main attraction for families. With such a serene view and peaceful environment, this place makes people connect with each other and makes them forget all their worries. If your family loves adventure and water sports, head to Andaman for your next long-standing vacation. It has 572 islands out of which only a few are open for tourists. Neil, Ross, Kalipur, Little Andaman are the famous islands of this place offering water sports for the adventure seekers.

Malaysia

Beach, Malaysia, Places to explore in Malaysia, Island
Tioman Island, Malaysia

If you want to enjoy the buzzing city life along with national parks and wildlife, Malaysia is a must visit for you and your family. It’s a place where you can connect with nature and enjoy the amazing Malaysian cuisine with your family. From beautiful shopping spaces to amusement parks, Kuala Lumpur has you covered. Malaysia truly has a lot instore for your family. Point of interests for tourists here are visiting the Twin Towers, Mount Kinabalu, Batu Caves, Tioman Island etc. Malaysia offers a lot of things, be it shopping or sightseeing. There are many Museums, Zoos and Aquariums, Beaches, Nature and Parks as well as outdoor activities.

Singapore

Singapore, Singapore Package, Universal Studios Singapore, Places to visit in Singapore
Universal Studios, Singapore

Singapore a melting pot of colors, flavors, sights, and sounds. From the street-side finger licking dishes to the expensive dining places, Singapore is all about mixed cultures, experience Malay, Chinese and Indian culture. If you wish to tickle your taste buds and make a trip to experience luxury at its best, you must choose Singapore as your next trip destination. Few of the must visit places are Gardens By The Bay, Little India and Arab Street, Singapore Flyer, Universal Studios, Botanic Gardens and others. Some of the fun things to do with family include visiting the Singapore Zoo, doing the lesser known River Safari, Smelling the roses at the gardens by the bay, Hiking, going Snorkeling etc.

Australia

River, Melbourne, Yaraa, Places to see in Australia
Yarra River, Australia

From Beaches, Red Center, Art, Culture, Flora, and unique Fauna there is something for everyone in Australia. A place with the mesmerizing beauty which is rich in the rainforest is considered as one of the best holiday destinations. It has a multicultural fusion of fresh ingredients in which seafood plays an important role. Australia is very family friendly country where people are helpful. So, if you are looking for some exciting adventures, this place is known to be the best. Some of the places loved by tourists here are Sydney Opera House, Uluru, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, Kakadu National Park and Yarra River. It sure is a land of dreams.

Italy

Colosseum, Rome, Italy, Places to visit in Italy
Colosseum, Rome, Italy

 

It’s a place full of beautiful art and architecture where life intermingles effortlessly with the natural beauty. A fashion paradise for many with old world charm, Italy is famous all over the world. When families find themselves in Italy, they are sure to experience warm hospitality, amazing history, and fabulous cuisines. If you and your family happen to be an art lover, this is your destination.

Now that you know where to start from, it’s time to plan your next family trip. Create the special bond with your family, forever creating memories and what better way to take a trip to these world’s leading family holiday destinations. #GhoomnaToBantaHai

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Eid al Fitr Around The World

The month of Ramadan is about to end & millions of people across the globe are preparing to celebrate this holiday with great enthusiasm and religious fervor. Besides sighting the new moon after a month of fasting, the celebration of Eid varies greatly from country to country. Here’s a look at how countries around the world ring in Eid festivities differently, yet with the same spirit.

India

The celebration day starts a night before Eid, wherein people decorate houses with lights, women apply henna designs and do Eid shopping. On this day, prayers are offered in EidGah and everyone congratulates each other by saying ‘Eid Mubarak’. After the prayers conclude, people enjoy with their families and savor some special delicacies like seviyan, keema-matar and biryani.

Must Visit: Jama Masjid, Taj Mahal and Mecca Masjid (Hyderabad),

Afghanistan

People attend prayers, clean homes and cook delicacies to welcome Eid. In addition, playful egg fights known as Tokhm-Jangi is organized. During these egg fights, people of all age groups gather to celebrate & mark the presence. Isn’t it an exciting way to enjoy the festivity?

Must Visit: Haji Piyada Mosque, Babur's Gardens, Eid Gah Mosque, Chicken Street and Flower Street

Turkey

Eid al-Fitr is also known as Kurban Bayramı or candy holiday in this part of the world. Turks start the celebration a bit early with scrumptious breakfast which comprises of many delicacies like baklava, candy and Tufahije. On this day, it is also customary for younger ones to greet elders by kissing their right hand and for which they are rewarded with sweets and a small amount of money. As the day progresses and towards the end of the day, the country comes alive with Sufi concerts and night bazaars.

Must Visit: Topkapı Palace, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Basilica Cistern, Sufi Concerts, Night Bazaars

Indonesia

With the largest muslim population, Eid-al-Fitar has been localized by the name of Lebaran which kicks off with the ritual of drumming that continues through the last night of Ramadan and marks the beginning of a week-long street parade. Indonesian families enthusiastically get decked up to take part in the parade and enjoy street markets shopping by buying colorful gift baskets and savory ketupat (coconut-steamed rice).

Must Visit:  Istiqlal Mosque, Street Markets and Street Parades   

UAE

Eid-al-Fitar is celebrated here in a most unique and Emirati way, with the harmonious blend of modernity and traditional Islamic charm. The entire country comes alive with varied exciting events including firework shows, live concerts and food festivals. Apart from these events, the big malls and entertainment spots also organize some amazing acrobatic, musical and comedy shows which can be enjoyed by both locals and tourists.

Must Visit: Dubai Festival City, Al Qasba, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Garden Glow and La Perle

So, you must have made up your mind about the destination you will be visiting for celebrating Eid-al-Fitar. Be generous and help your friends to plan their EID holiday by sharing this blog on your social media timelines!  

 

Eid Mubarak!

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Top Family Destinations To Travel This Summer

Scorching heat, rising mercury levels, mangoes, and school breaks mark the beginning of the much-awaited summer holiday season in India. It is that time of the year when fun is the main priority for everyone, especially for us Indians who take summer vacations very seriously and see it as the golden opportunity to relax and rejuvenate away from the heat. As the summer holiday begins, most of us are caught preparing for our vacations and buying tickets of trains, buses, planes and even cruises to de-stress and re-bond with the family.

It won't be surprising if you have already started thinking of planning an ultimate family summer trip. Whether your family is looking for a beach holiday destination or a chilly hill retreat, we have suggestions for every family summer holiday. Check them out!

Himalayan Holiday

Leh - Ladakh - Mountains - Travkart

  • What can be better than visiting a hill station during sweltering summers? Head to the hills and plan your holiday to places like Ladakh, Srinagar, Manali, Mussoorie and Kashmir if your family loves exploring nature’s serenity and breathtaking views. Himalaya is also home to some of the most thrilling adventure activities like river rafting, mountaineering, skiing, and camping, which a family may pick along with enjoying magnificent views. Shopping from hill stations especially Srinagar, Manali and Kashmir is a real treat as these destinations have a lot to offer ranging from Kullu shawls and saffron to Pashmina shawls, papier-mâché items, fruit squashes and copper engravings.
  • International Destinations-

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If you are planning a short and budget-friendly international trip to the Himalayas, then Bhutan is the ideal holiday destination. This Himalayan Kingdom holds many treasures in terms of its natural scenery, culture and traditions and is a must visit for monastery-lovers, trekkers, and Buddhist pilgrims. Check out Bhutan Packages here.

Wander Into Wilderness

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  • India is blessed with rich and diverse wildlife in abundance and has many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks which can fill your heart with excitement and energy. You may opt to visit Jim Corbett, Ranthambore, Kaziranga National Park, Gir National Park or Bandipur National Park this summer to quench your thirst for the wilderness. We recommend visiting these national parks early in the morning for a breathtaking experience of nature.
  • International Destinations-

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If you wish to witness unspoiled wildlife and wilderness outside India, great migration in Kenya, Koh Samui, Thailand, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka are the best options to explore.

Beauty of the beaches

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  • Family beach vacations are the best vacations as it gives your family a chance to choose from simply relaxing on a beach shore or enjoying some adventure water sports like scuba diving and snorkelling. Goa, Andaman Nicobar and Kerala with their sparkling sands and amazing views are the ideal destinations to indulge in a lazy and relaxing beach vacation.
  • International Destinations-

Want to fly international? We recommend Thailand and Maldives!

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With over 2,000 miles of coastline and 8,000 tropical islands, Thailand offers visitors a wide variety of beaches like Nai Harn beach, Kata Noi beach and Railay beach and Phra Nang beach which are perfect for families to splash around in the sun. On the other hand, the Maldives is a paradise for people who love white sands and crystalline waters. You can visit some of the most spectacular beaches such as Hulhumale’ beach, Reethi beach, Cocoa Island beaches and even Veligandu Island beaches on your family holiday at the Maldives.

 Heritage Holiday

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  • From iconic Taj Mahal and marvellous Ajanta caves to Khajuraho and Hampi, India has a plethora of stunning sites that are considered to be of immense cultural and natural importance. These treasure troves can be visited with the family for a great tourism experience that will linger in your mind forever. We recommend visiting Taj Mahal, Chittorgarh Fort and Ajanta & Ellora caves as the top summer holiday destinations for your next family holiday.
  • International Destinations- 

Itlay Tour - Rome - Travkart

Italy has over 40 heritage sites and all are worth visiting for their natural beauty, cultural significance or architectural splendour. From Mount Etna and historic centres of Florence and Rome to Naples and San Gimignano, the Italian sites are ideal travel destinations for any family seeking out history, art and culture. Not too far away from Italy, Spain is also home to many splendid buildings and unique landscapes which reflect Spain's cultural diversity.

Crazy cruising

Cruise Holiday - Cruise - Travkart

Cruise holidays are perfect for families as they offer exceptional value for money and lots for everyone to do. It is also ideal for those who love to turn their vacations into a lifetime experience, filled with world-class comfort and entertainment. Star Cruises and Dream Cruises are some of the best options to have a blast with the whole family. Travkart also has some grab-worthy packages, check them out!

Road trip

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Travelling with family is fun, but when you opt to take a road trip or self-drive with family, it becomes the most epic journey as it is filled with fun and many unforgettable memories.  Also, with the exciting trails each and everyone forgets their worries, live every moment of the journey, bond with each other and in the end, you return with a treasure of unforgettable memories. You can also opt to enjoy a family road trip holiday while on a vacation outside the country. New Zealand, Malaysia, Bangkok and Singapore are some of the destinations, where self-drive is a must! So, this summer holidays the wide open roads are calling you for a great family adventure!

With so many beaches, mountains, valleys and forests across the world, there are endless possibilities to discover. But what’s your pick for this summer vacation? Write back and share with us your family’s favourite summer travel destination for an epic family holiday.

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Enjoy a complete budget holiday in Europe

In the recent times, Europe has become a bit more affordable for travelers from around the world. As following some smart tips and little research can help anyone to have a good time in Europe without spending a lot. In addition, budget traveling in Europe also offers an exciting opportunity to interact with locals, know the culture very closely and have a lifetime experience-rather than just enjoying the most popular attractions.

So if you have a limited amount of time or money, you need to plan everything very wisely. We have compiled a few tips to enjoy a budget holiday in Europe so that money never becomes an obstacle on your trip.

Plan your Itinerary well

Europe Itinerary - Enjoy a complete budget holiday in Europe - Travkart

Airfares and stay make up the major part of your trip expenses. Therefore, flights and hotel should always be booked in advance so that they cost you comparatively less. Also in order to save time and money, it is important to pick the destinations appropriately. Opting for a travel package to Europe, which includes airfares and hotel stays will the best way to escape the hassle of finding individual deals that fit your budget.

Transportation

Train in Europe - Enjoy a complete budget holiday in Europe - Travkart

Travelling via train is the best way to explore places around Europe. Train tickets are quite affordable and you can reach your destination quickly and conveniently. If you are planning to cover numerable places around Europe, opt for a Eurail Pass, which will work out to be cheaper and eliminates the time of buying individual tickets all the time.

Be ready to walk

Walking tour in Europe - Enjoy a complete budget holiday in Europe - Travkart

Since Europe has so much to offer, it’s good to explore the various cities on foot. Since single subway rides in Europe’s cities are often quite expensive, it’s always good to prefer walking. Try not to carry heavy weights and have a good meal before you start the day’s tour as it will keep you energized all day long.

Make food orders specific

Street eating in Europe - Enjoy a complete budget holiday in Europe - Travkart

Instead of eating at a fine-dining restaurant try the local cuisine at a small restaurant. Trust us, the small eating joints that serve fresh and flavorful meals which are worth a try. Always ask the waiter to precisely explain the food item you wish to order and do not over tip at the restaurants. Another smart way to save money is opting for a travel package including meal plan as it allows you to enjoy significant savings on the total cost.

Public toilets and Trash cans

Public Toilet in Europe - Enjoy a complete budget holiday in Europe - Travkart

One needs to pay a certain amount of money to use public toilets in Europe. Always carry some change while you are roaming around the city. Throwing a wrapper on the street might result in getting fined, so ensure that you throw trash in public dustbins only.

Communication

Tourists communicating in Europe - Enjoy a complete budget holiday in Europe - Travkart

Communicating with local people is easy as most of them understand and converse in English. However, learning a few French words will definitely a good option when you are on a budget trip. As then you can easily ask for help from the locals to understand the right direction, mode of transportation, and gain other additional information. Greeting and thanking people is a good idea as the locals appreciate these gestures.

Shopping

Rue Ste Catherine Street Shopping Europe - Enjoy a complete budget holiday in Europe - Travkart

Europe is a paradise for shopping and fashion lovers. Whether you're looking for clothes, antiques, or handmade gifts, Europe offers endless shopping opportunities for you to explore. You can find many small towns having lovely weekend markets in every country in Europe, visit these markets to pick interesting souvenirs and goodies. Bulgaria, Budapest, Turkey, Czech Republic and Greece are some of the budget-friendly destinations to shop in Europe.

So these are some of the best ways to see Europe on a budget. Also, you can get those extra savings on your trip by booking through Travkart.  We have a wide range of Europe budget holiday packages so that there’s no reason you spend an extra penny.

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Head to Thailand for an adventurous holiday

Thailand holidays offer numerous opportunities for exploration, excitement and adventure. From vibrant Bangkok – where sacred temples and grand palaces stand defiantly against modern buildings – to the tranquil hill tribe villages of northern Thailand and turquoise waters of southern Thailand's coastline, this country has a lot to offer and get your adrenaline pumping.

Before you begin an unforgettable journey to beautiful national parks, white sand beaches, bustling cities, ancient caves and peaceful villages. Listed below are the top things that you can undertake in Thailand for an adventurous holiday.

Cruise along the Chao Phraya River

Cruise along the Chao Phraya River Thailand

Cruising is one of the best ways to discover Thailand as sailing through the rivers and narrow canals give you an ideal opportunity to witness the best of this amazing paradise. A journey along the Chao Phraya River will give you a glimpse of some magnificent attractions of Thailand like the Grand Palace, Royal Thai Navy Dockyard, Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, and Wat Arun. You can also take a sea cruise to travel from Thailand to Port Klang, Penang, Surabaya, Sihanouk Ville, and Singapore.

Limestone= Big Caves

Limestone Caves Thailand

Thailand is home to many massive limestone caves, and spectacular caverns, where you can explore the real underground and undiscovered part of the country’s history and geology. Tham Lod, Tham Nam Lang, Tham Pha Puak, and Tham Susa at Pang Mapha are some of the stunning caves that can be discovered with the help of a local guide. Also do visit Tham Lum Khao Ngu (Snake Mountain Cave) at Kanchanaburi, it houses the world’s tallest cave column which is worth witnessing.

Skydiving- Fly like a bird

Skydiving in Thailand

Do you wish to fly like a bird in the sky, or experience the thrill of jumping out of a helicopter around 10,000 feet or more above the ground level? Then Pattaya is the right destination for you. Here you can experience the thrill of free-fall which will be an exhilarating air adventure. The weather in Thailand is good for skydiving 365 days a year, so you can see the world’s beauty from a bird’s eye during any season here.

Sea Kayaking – Adventure on a next level

Sea Kayaking Thailand

From the sky to the sea, our next adventure takes you to Thailand’s turquoise water. Sea kayaking in Thailand offers you an ideal opportunity to closely witness stunning caves, beautiful Marine parks, idyllic scenery, and tranquil islands. Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samuir, and Sea Canoe are some of the best destinations where you can experience Sea Kayaking and discover many hidden treasures of Thailand.  

Spectacular Snorkeling - How about exploring treasures that lie under the water?  

Snorkeling thailand

With over 3 000 kilometers of coastline and several large and small islands, Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for snorkeling. The country’s stunning beaches like Nang Yuan, Maya Bay, Aow Leuk and Shark Bay are the best ones to witness the colorful sea life and extensive coral reefs.

National Parks- Sneak Peak into the wilderness

Kui Buri National Park Thailand

If you love adventure, hiking and wildlife, then consider heading to some of Thailand's National Parks. Animal lovers can visit National parks such as Kui Buri National Park, Kaeng Krachan National Park and Khao Yai National Park. Those who love to explore the aquatic wildlife can visit Khao Sok National Park and Mu Ko Lanta National Park.

Nightlife Thailand Style

Full Moon Party thailand

You can spend a quiet evening enjoying some food, and drinks along the riverside or can step into a jazzy nightclub to get the glimpse of Thailand’s happening nightlife. Visiting the clubs in Bangkok is the best bet as you can enjoy the most in these nightclubs.

So, it’s time to take your passion for adventure to the next level with a thrilling holiday in Thailand. Travkart understands your urge for a convenient travel, therefore we have some fun exciting packages for you. Check them out.

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10 ways to make your road trip even better!

“The real home of man is not his house but the road. Life itself is a travel that has to be done by foot.” — Bruce Chitin

Travelling is fun, but when you opt to take a road trip, it becomes the most epic journey as it includes many surprises that lie at every turn. Also, with the quiet trails you forget all your worries, live the journey, enjoy with your loved ones and make a lot of unforgettable memories. Certainly, the best part of a road trip is not reaching the destination, but all the things that you experience while travelling.  

All set for the road trip? Have a look at these 10 ways to make your road trip even better before you to start an epic journey.

Road trip games = Ultimate Fun

Road trip games

In order to make your road trip more exciting, it is really important to have some fun and playing fun games would be a great way to have a blast. Antakshari, Damsharas, UNO, Battle of Bands and Guess Who I Am are a few of the best games to have a good time with your friends and family on a road trip.

Stock up the playlists!

Stock up the playlists

Playing songs is a good way to keep yourself entertained while you are on a road trip. Good songs never fail to uplift the mood and help to make everyone feel energetic.  Also, there are a few songs which evoke memories even though those memories may have nothing to do with the meaning of the song or singer.

Safety comes first!- Always carry a first aid and medicine box

first aid and medicine box

We all have that one friend in the group, who always gets sick while travelling or have issues like motion sickness, vertigo and Labyrinthitis. So always ensure that you carry a first aid and medicine box to avoid trouble while travelling.

Pack light and make room to collect

Pack light

As you will be travelling to explore a new destination, leave some space in your bags for collecting the souvenirs. Also, packing light will engulf less space in your car and will create less pressure for the tyre performance and fuel economy.

Limit your phone calls

Limit your phone calls

If you want to enjoy to the fullest and live every moment of the trip, you must be present with all your mind and heart for the trip. It is a good idea to put the phone in a silent mode and dodge your calls to have some fun time on a road trip as you are on a holiday.

Plan ahead

Plan ahead

Always pre-plan your road trip and make schedules for driving. This will help everyone enjoy the trip appropriately as an average driving time for a person shouldn’t be more than 7-8 hours in one stretch. Therefore, always plan ahead and share the driving schedule with everyone prior to the trip.

Don’t entirely rely on Google Maps

Don’t entirely rely on Google Maps

Thanks to Google maps, we can easily navigate from one place to another, but it is not a good idea to entirely depend on this GPS system especially when you are in the low coverage network area. Take help of the locals in order to understand the right way to your destination.

Take pictures!

Take pictures!

Clicking pictures are the right way to capture what you are experiencing while you travel. Even if you are not good at clicking selfies, don’t shy to click few for fun! Opt to take frequent stops as it offers a scope to click amazing pictures.

Carry multi-way charger

Carry multi-way charger

As on a trip, you and your friends will be carrying a lot of gadgets and of course will never want to argue about who gets to charge their phone first. So make sure you carry multi-charger and power banks so that no gadget dies on the road.

Tickle your taste buds- Highway on your plate

Tickle your taste buds- Highway on your plate

Food can be the most fun part of any trip as you can try all kinds of delicious food available on the highway. Do make a list of legendary Dhabhas and try them all. But if you are conscious about trying the highway food, then potluck is another good way to party on a road trip.

True, a self-drive vacation is a perfect way to enjoy the ultimate freedom of travelling and offers an opportunity for extensive exploration. Travkart also offers a wide range of pre-designed self-drive packages which guarantee relaxed journey and can suit any budget and preferences. Browse through our self-drive tour packages to choose the best travel itinerary for your vacations.

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Thailand Holiday Package – How to make the right choice!

Looking for an international destination which is worth visiting, yet pocket-friendly? Then, Thailand is an ideal destination for you. Be it nature, wildlife, beaches, islands, exotic nightlife or shopping, you can enjoy everything here, even if you have a budget constraint. One can expect unlimited fun and celebration here that will keep them busy into another world of luxury. One of the best way to discover every essence of this beautiful country is by opting for a package holiday as it allows you to explore the country in a cost-effective and easier way.

You can have a choice of packages available - budget, deluxe and luxury too. Thanks to varying degrees of development and tourism, there are packages perfectly suited for backpackers, party-goers, honeymooners, families and pretty much every type of traveler. With a variety of packages starting at Rs.25,850 with return airfare, the only confusion is to choose the right Thailand vacation Package for yourself.

Fret not! Listed below are the top things that will help you select the best Thailand travel package for your vacation:

 

  • Book Round Trips

Book Round Trips

 

Flight fares are often dynamic and expensive, so it is advisable to book for a package that includes round trips. Also, taxi fares in Thailand are bit expensive, so opt for a package that includes airport transfers.

 

  • Check For Facilities Offered

 

Always look for the deal that offers all the facilities required for making your holiday comfortable and relaxing. The category of hotel, city tour and meals inclusions are some of the crucial details which need to be checked.  If you are looking for a Thailand cruise holiday package, then always check the cruise embarkation and check out date.

 

  • Cities To Be Covered

Cities To Be Covered

 

The most popular cities of Thailand are Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi and Phuket. The capital city, Bangkok has endless options ranging from sightseeing and shopping to cruising, and spa treatment. Whereas, Pattaya, Krabi and Phuket are known for their beaches, nightlife and watersports. Depending on the budget and time, you may choose to explore any of these cities or can opt for a combo tour package covering these cities.

 

  • Check The City Tour

 

Check The City Tour

The itinerary of the package must include a range of temples and city tours during which you can witness scenic views of Thailand and visit the best tourist spots like The Grand Palace, Phi Phi Islands, Wat Arun, Coral Island etc.

 

  • Say Yes to Extra Services

Say Yes to Extra Services

 

A holiday package offering additional services can make your trip more pleasurable and memorable.  Packages offering additional services such as all tour transfers, complimentary meals and likewise should be considered.

 

  • Travel Agency Should Be Available To Assist

Travel Agency Should Be Available To Assist

 

While On a vacation to Thailand, you may need urgent assistance to locate your hotels, information regarding your itinerary or initiate any emergency change of plan. Therefore, it is advisable to book with a travel company that offers 24 X 7 assistance.

 

  • Opt For a Travel Agency That Offers Customization in package

Customize your thailand package

 

Nothing can be better than a customized deal solution from a trusted travel service provider, who can build an ideal package for you. So, always look for a travel firm who can build a tailored travel itinerary as per your budget and other preferences.

Truly, all the roads for fun and excitement lead to Thailand, where with a right vacation package you can have endless enjoyment and relaxation.  So book your Thailand travel package now, because #GhoomnaToBantaHai!

 

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Explore the best places in Europe

Europe is a vast continent that spreads over an area of 10,180,000 km and welcomes more than 480 million tourists every year. This diverse continent holds the right mixture of cultures, languages, heritage, architecture, and customs, perfect for all kinds of tourists who wish to enjoy their vacations thoroughly. There is simply no way to avoid immersing yourself in magnificent museums, culinary adventures, glorious views and energetic nightlife when you are on a trip to Europe.  

Explore the best places in Europe

The continent is so beautiful and diverse, thus making it difficult to plan the itinerary. It is also home to many historical monuments and sculptures like Red Square of Moscow, Rila Monastery and Mont-Saint-Michel which are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. Overall, Europe is a diverse continent with Scottish highlands in north, coastal plains in the south, high mountain ranges in the central and golden sands in Eastern Europe.

But if you’re travelling to Europe for the first time, here’s the list of best European destinations that you must explore and should be a part of your Europe Package.

Italy

Explore the best places in Europe - Italy

An epicenter of the Roman Empire, Italy is culturally rich country where art, lifestyle and history intermingle effortlessly. There are endless tourist places in Italy as it is home to exceptional architectural sites, magnificent art museums, rugged countryside and beautiful villages. This vibrant country is also a treasure trove of many amazing cities like Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan, which are known around the world for the exceptional architecture, art, culture and cuisine. Italy hosts 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within its borders which is more than any other country. So, do visit the Italian heritage sites like City of Verona, Castel Del Monte and Crespi D’Adda on your trip to Italy.

United Kingdom

Explore the best places in Europe - united kingdom

One of the most visited European countries, United Kingdom offers a lot of possibilities to explore. We recommend you to start the journey from the capital city- London and cover entire Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. There are many popular attractions in the United Kingdom like Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Big Ben, Hyde Park, and Tower Bridge, etc. which will leave you with a strong desire to return to the UK. Also, do visit Madame Tussauds, a one of a kind unique wax museum in the world.

Switzerland

Explore the best places in Europe - Switzerland

From soaring snow-capped peaks of the Alps, serene blue lakes, and quaint villages to cosmopolitan cities, art museums, and ancient castles, Switzerland is blessed with a fairytale beauty. Cities like Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern are the top places to visit in Switzerland, whether you want to relax or enjoy adventure sports.

France

Explore the best places in Europe - France

France delights travellers from every part of the globe with its serene landscapes, historical architecture and romantic cities like Paris, Bordeaux, Mont Saint-Michel and Lourdes. Climbing the Eiffel Tower, sunbathing at Saint-Tropez, skiing in the white mountains of Mount Blanc and enjoying French gastronomy at a restaurant in Paris, you can never go short on things to do in France- The country of love!

Germany

Explore the best places in Europe - Germany

Germany is the land where you can witness the amalgamation of soul-stirring views, vibrant culture, breathtaking architecture and delectable cuisine. There are great cities like Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg with boast a mix of historic and modern architecture. As Germans love beer and good food, you will find apple cake, Bavarian crème, Sauerkraut, Bratwurst and German Chocolate cake is served at almost every restaurant.

Greece

Explore the best places in Europe - Greece

Pulling in more than 13 million tourists every year, Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. A long stretch of aquamarine coastline, ancient ruins, exotic feta, beautiful beaches, and islands, Greece is where you can create some unforgettable memories. Crete, Naxos, Paros, Ios, Milos, Mykonos, and Rhodes are some of the best islands that have been luring travellers for years and promise to offer the most amazing holiday of your life.

Spain

Explore the best places in Europe - Spain

Flamenco dancing, exceptional architecture, tantalizing tapas, world-famous beaches and red wine – these are just a handful of reasons why Spain is the perfect holiday destination. Blessed with year-round sunshine and the best stretches of sand like La Concha beach, Ses Illetes and Playa de Muro Beach, Spain is undoubtedly a perfect place to enjoy magnificent sea views. Also, cities like Seville, Granada, Salamanca, and Segovia are packed with exceptional architecture sites at every turn, so make sure you return home with a whole album full of memories.

Austria

Explore the best places in Europe - Austria

The heart of Europe, Austria is a beautiful country with beautiful architecture, World Cultural Heritage sites, endless natural beauty, and mountainous Alpine surroundings.  Austria is visited by adventure sports lovers for Skiing and Snowboarding on the slopes of the Austrian Alps. Also, cities like Vienna and Salzburg attracts tourists to witness their architectural glory and long-standing musical and artistic traditions.

Hungary

Explore the best places in Europe - Hungary

Fondly known as the “Little Paris of Middle Europe”, Hungary is the country where you can soak in the thermal baths, wander through countryside vineyards, and rowboats in subterranean caves. Hungary’s capital, Budapest is a paradise for explorers. This city is home to many treasures like natural hot water springs, age-old churches, world’s largest naturally heated lake and vineyards that date back to the Roman Empire. This largest city of Hungary also offers a glimpse of rise and fall of Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Majestic historical sites, pleasant weather, warm hospitality, fun-filled nightlife and delectable cuisine make Europe a dream destination which every individual must visit at least once in a lifetime as #GhoomnaToBantaHai.

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Travel-Etiquettes

Travel Etiquettes: Do's and Don'ts

We believe that travelling the world is a lifetime experience and a complete stress buster. Everyone should travel as much as they can. Travel makes one modest and makes you realise about a tiny place you occupy in the world. Every moment during your journey can make you feel more confident in your own abilities with all the fun & adventure; you get to learn new ways of life.

However, while you are travelling, it is also imperative to ensure that your trip is seamless, safe and well-planned. Being safe takes a concerted effort such as being aware of your surroundings and making responsible decisions. Even in safe countries or places there are risks or threats that you can actively protect yourself against.  And for the same reason, we’ve prepared a list of dos and don’ts in order to avoid any unexpected hurdles and make the most of your vacations!

  1. Keep your loved ones informed about your location

Travel Etiquettes: Do's and Don'ts

This one is absolutely very important, as your family and friends must know when and where you are going. If you are travelling abroad, consider registering with the embassy, as this allows them to reach you in an emergency and your loved ones to contact you in times of need.

  1. Get Travel Insurance

Get Travel Insurance

We spend a lot of time researching about the travel destination, but buying travel insurance can be a pretty dull affair, but getting a good travel insurance is also very important. As you may require medical attention while traveling abroad, and in many countries, medical treatment for visitors can be incredibly expensive.

  1. Learn Key Phrases in the Local Language

Learn Key Phrases in the Local Language

By making just a little bit of effort to learn key phrases in the local language will open many doors for you.  You’ll be able to converse easily with more of the locals, rather than just the ones who understand your native language. Also, if you memorize a few emergency terms like ‘Hello’ ‘help’ and ‘Thank you’ in the language of the country or place, it can really work in your favour.

  1. Plan Your Itinerary

Plan Your Itinerary

Travelling is not just about choosing a right destination and booking tickets. It is also necessary to plan your travel itinerary in advance, as it will help you to manage your time and expenditures well. If you are travelling with a guide or in a group you must always listen to your guide or your group leader for the important instructions which would be helpful.

  1. Look After Your Possessions

Look After Your Possessions

This might sound like a really obvious thing to say, but remember that you label all your belongings with your name because this reduces the chances of getting them lost. Also remember to carry your important documents, jewellery, and medicines in a separate pouch so that they are secure and handy.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t sacrifice Your Safety

Don’t sacrifice Your Safety

We agree that travelling is all about having experiences but those experiences should always be the positive ones. Getting mugged on an unsafe street because you wanted to ‘explore more’ will not be a right thing. So always remember that new places can be unsafe for hitchhiking and unlit streets should always be avoided. Also prioritize the safety of your belongings, don’t carry a large amount of money in your back pocket or if you have a large amount of money don’t count them on the street

  1. Don’t break the rules and regulations

Don’t break the rules and regulations

Always respect local traditions, and abide by the rules. Going against the local rules and regulations can make your vacation a seriously miserable experience. Therefore, always abstain from drinking and driving, obey traffic laws, dress appropriately and pay close attention to other rules followed by the locals.

  1. Don’t overspend  

Don’t overspend

Always listen to the little voice inside your head that usually warns against overpriced purchases while you are travelling. So, to make sure that you don’t overspend always set spending limits before your trip. You can also audit your daily spending while you get back to your hotel room.

  1. Don’t split the group while travelling

Don’t split the group while travelling

Never split the group while travelling. Take good care of your loved ones, and always travel together. In case if you plan to explore the place alone, decide a particular point and time to meet your fellow travellers.

  1. Don’t Checkout in Hurry

Don’t Checkout in Hurry

Do not check out of the hotel in a hurry. During check-out, always ensure that all of your luggage is properly packed so that you do not end up leaving behind any of your valuables in the hotel room.

Heed our advice, grab your close friends, and get out there on the best trip of your life because #GhoomnaToBanataHai!

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10 romantic destinations to visit

Top 10 romantic destinations to visit with your loved one!

With the advent of the month of love - February. It’s time to paint the nature with amazing colours of love. As nature gets painted, let the love in your hearts grow deeper and fonder what can be a better way to add more magical moments to your love story than making your next trip a memorable bon voyage!

If you are stuck on choosing the perfect romantic destination for yourself, then don’t fret! Give us a chance to help you find your ideal romantic destination, in or around India. A destination where you can spend some quality time together and build memories of a lifetime.

So here’s an ultimate list with top 10 romantic destinations that’ll kick your wanderlust into a full throttle. So, get ready to pack your bags embark on your romantic journey!

  1. Goa

Goa

Goa needs no introduction– This place has everything to make you wish that your vacation never ends. Sunny beaches, vibrant nightlife, Portuguese architecture, and relaxed vibes, that’s Goa for you. A candlelight dinner at the seaside or a walk on the sandy beach shore will surely make you fall in love with your loved one all over again.  We recommend you to visit Calangute and Baga beach to witness the sunset and enjoy water sports. You can also stop here for a drink while you watch the vibrant colours of the sunset fading to navy. Click to Explore Goa

  1. Kerala

Kerala

Refreshing backwaters, cool breeze and your companion by your side, doesn’t it sound like a dream come true? Spend some quality time by the side of beautiful beaches, lovely backwaters, and scenic hill stations to cherish the simple joys of life and pure essence of nature. If you wish to go on a romantic walk with your partner then Kovalam beach is an ideal option. Kannur beach is another good option to enjoy the serene surroundings and cuddle with your loved one. Do take a break from beaches and backwaters during your trip to Kerala and explore the scenic hill stations like Munnar, Vagamon and Wayanad, where you can find peace and tranquility amidst the pleasant weather. We are sure you will thoroughly enjoy the pampering, this beautiful coastal land has to offer.

  1. Kashmir

Kashmir

Kashmir is the place where you can spend some romantic time amidst picturesque landscapes. From beautiful treks through the breathtaking mountains to a romantic stay in houseboats on the lake to scintillating blue skies and gardens covered with flowers, there is no end to things to do in Kashmir. An evening Shikara ride on the majestic Dal Lake is a must, to add more romance to your holiday.  You may also opt to stay in an iconic houseboat boat, trust us the serene setting of the lake together with royal setting of the houseboat will create an unforgettable experience for you and your loved one.  If you are a foodie couple, you cannot afford to miss the delectable Kashmiri food like Goshtaba, Rogan Josh and Yakhni which will leave you always craving for more.

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

If you are looking for some peace and tranquility away from the mainland, then head straight to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Blessed with lush greenery, calm beaches, and beautiful marine life, Andaman and Nicobar have all the elements that can make your vacations memorable. The white sands and turquoise blue water of this place, surely have something special hidden for you. Do also visit limestone caves, active Mud Volcano, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and Cellular Jail on your trip to Andaman and Nicobar islands which is a small but wonderful world in itself.

  1. Shimla

Shimla

Situated at a height of 7000 meters, this hill station is known for its natural surroundings, splendid views, serene landscapes and mall road. The unique thing about Shimla is that it is amidst the lush surroundings of pine and oak forests and retains its colonial charm, creating an aura of romance which is different from other hill stations.

  1. Manali

Manali

Nestled in the scenic Green Beas valley and surrounded by huge Himalayan Mountains, Manali is an ideal getaway for couples. Here you can hang out at the hippie villages or can experience recreational activities like trekking, mountain climbing and rafting. This hill town also has few picturesque sights and tourist spots like Hidimba Devi Temple, Naggar Castle, Jogini Falls and Tibetan Monasteries which act as a perfect backdrop to the romantic outing.

  1. Corbett

Corbett

Surrounded by an enchanting ambience, Corbett is one of the secret hideouts which offers an adventurous escapade to rekindle love in your relationship. Here, beautiful hills, riverine belts, grasslands and lakes together create a fascinating panorama which is breathtaking. From a stay at an extravagant resort to an exciting safari in the wilderness of the Jim Corbett National park, this place has unlimited choices to fit all financial plans.

  1. Maldives

Maldives

Maldives is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world which retains its luxurious charm that attracts those seeking tranquility, and of course a lot of romance. Interestingly, every resort in the Maldives has its own private island, where you can relax in the tranquil surroundings. Maldives also offers many water sports activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling that will add some adrenaline and a new vigor to your romance.

  1. France

France

France delights couples from every part of the globe with its serene landscapes, historical architecture and most importantly romantic cities. Climbing the Eiffel Tower, sunbathing, skiing in the white mountains of Mount Blanc and enjoying French gastronomy, no one can ever fall short of choices in France- The country of love!

  1. Spain

Spain

Flamenco dancing, exceptional architecture, tantalizing tapas, world-famous beaches and red wine – these are just a handful of reasons why Spain is the perfect romantic destination. Blessed with year-round sunshine and the best stretches of sand like La Concha beach, Ses Illetes and Playa de Muro Beach, Spain is undoubtedly a perfect place to enjoy magnificent sea views with your toes in the sand and your loved one by your side. Also, cities like Seville, Granada, Salamanca and Segovia are packed with exceptional architecture sites at every turn, so make sure you return home with a whole album full of romantic memories.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s now time to book a travel package for your ideal romantic holiday, kyuki “shudh desi romance” keh liye ghoomna to banta hai!

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20 trips for your 20’s

20 trips for your 20’s

In your 20’s you are young and independent. As you have just graduated or started your career and want to have a little time experience before you get more responsible.  Nothing can be a better idea than travelling, to gain valuable experiences for the whole life.

We know, deciding the destinations that should be a part of your list is quite difficult, as it keeps changing every time you get to know about new destinations.  Worry not, we are here to help! Given below is the list of 20 trips for your 20’s.

Let the adventure begin!

Domestic Destinations

Ladakh

Ladakh

Known as ‘Land of High Passes’ Ladakh is famous for its aired mountain passes, scenic views and magnificent lakes. This magical Buddhist ex-kingdom is very popular amongst adventure enthusiasts, who love trekking, mountaineering and white river rafting.  Ladakh is not just an adventure paradise, but it also has a lot to offer to people who wish to soak themselves in the tranquility and scenic views of nature.

Gangtok

Gangtok

Cloaked in spirituality and covered by clouds, Gangtok is God’s gift to earth. The place has some of the major attractions like Nathu La, Rumtek Monastery, and the Hanuman Tok which are worth a visit. A walk between the mighty mountains or admiring lakes or the serenity of tranquil monasteries, you are sure to fall in love with Gangtok.

Andaman Nicobar

Gangtok

Sparkling like a gem amid of Bay of Bengal, Andaman Nicobar has many hidden treasure troves to explore for the tourists. Here you can surely experience some peace and tranquility away from the mainland. When in Andaman Nicobar, you can sunbathe on a beach shore or enjoy some adventure water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling.

Coorg

Coorg

Fondly known as the Scotland of India, Coorg is a hill station where you can find peace and tranquility in the middle of the pleasant weather and rhythmic sounds of the waterfalls. The beauty of Coorg is enchanted by its waterfalls with lush green mountains in the backdrop and an aromatic smell of coffee.

Goa

Goa

Fun and frolic is a synonym to Goa.  Best known for its sun-kissed beaches and happening nightlife, Goa has everything for everyone. During your visit here, undertaking activities like rock climbing, banana ride, rappelling, jumaring, windsurfing and Dinghy Sailing are musts. Goa’s colonial past is also stamped across its churches, forts, Portuguese homes and mansions which are worth visiting.

Kashmir

Kashmir

Kashmir, which is also known as ‘Heaven on Earth’ is a perfect destination to visit all-round the year. Filled with flowers in spring and snow in winter, Kashmir is beautiful with a picturesque landscape, making it a popular tourist destination.

Kerala

Kerala

‘God’s own Land’ Kerala has many beautiful beaches, and peaceful shores which are perfect for spending time in nature’s playground. Apart from beaches, Kerala is also famous its Ayurveda & nature cure centers which are worth to cover on your trip to Kerala.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh

Only a few miles away from Haridwar, is the holy town Rishikesh. This tranquil town which runs  alongside Ganga is also a hub of adventure sports activities like river rafting, cliff jumping, rappelling, and bungee jumping apart from been known as the ‘World capital of Yoga’. Rishikesh is also a popular camping site, offering a magical experience full of excitement, adventure and action. While camping at Rishikesh you can experience a completely different atmosphere which makes you have a closer look at the beautiful world of nature.

Mussoorie

Mussoorie

Known as ‘Queen of the Hills’, Mussoorie is a place where nature blends history with the well-preserved cultural heritage.  This hill station has many mesmerizing sights like Lake Mist, Kempty Falls, Gun Hill and The Mall to explore. Apart from these tourist sights, you can also opt for walks in the fresh mountain air, baths in cool waterfalls, shopping handicrafts, clothing and more.

Manali

Manali

Nestled in the scenic Green Beas valley and surrounded by huge Himalayan Mountains, Manali attracts tourists all throughout the year. It’s cool atmosphere serves as a perfect heaven for those looking for some respite from hot Indian summers. Manali has something for everyone – backpackers can hang out at the camps and hippie villages, adventurers can experience activities like trekking, mountain climbing and rafting, and Archaeological explorers can visit tourist spots like Hidimba Devi Temple, Naggar Castle and colorful Tibetan Monasteries.

International destinations

Mauritius

Mauritius

Mauritius gives you a postcard view of the Indian Ocean with sapphire-blue waters, powder-white beaches and luxury resorts. A swim and snorkeling in the lagoon are perfect ways to spend a day. This island country is also gaining popularity for its wildlife tourism and is home to rare species like the pink pigeon, Mauritian kestrel, draw card, white dolphins and sharks.

New Zealand

New Zealand

Peaceful, uncrowded and full of character, New Zealand is a country which has a unique mix of landscape and culture. New Zealand is also one of the best trekking destinations on earth, which is locally known as tramping. Other than trekking, this destination is also famous for self-drives, canoeing and mounts biking.

Bhutan

Bhutan

If you want to plan a very short and budget-friendly international trip, then Bhutan is the ideal holiday destination. Bhutan holds many treasures in terms of its natural scenery, culture and traditions. This tiny Himalayan kingdom is a must visit for monastery-lovers, trekkers, and Buddhist pilgrims.

Dubai

Dubai

Dubai is known as a shopping paradise beside being the most stunning and glamorous urban destination. The country has a very futuristic appeal and houses one of the world’s best architectures, desert safari, and theme parks and enjoy a spectrum of onboard activities including live music performances and traditional Tanura dance shows.

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore is a tourist destination that offers a perfect blend in terms of natural flora-fauna, modern architectures, food and culture. This tiny and populated country is perfect for those who love food, shopping, and green spaces. Pubbing and clubbing are a must when you visit here. A visit to Sentosa Island a gateway to stunning long beaches, theme and water parks that will keep you engaged on your holiday. To experience the best of Sentosa Island, book your holiday package with Local Singapore Tours and enjoy best deals on various fun activities. Singapore also has excellent modern highways and expressways which make it an ideal destination to self-drive.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Situated on the southeast coast of China, this city fascinates travelers with its lively clubs, legendary food, luxury shopping, and incredible natural environment. Hong Kong’s Disneyland is a whimsical wonderland which brings the magic of a world-class entertainment experience for everyone and is worth visiting.

Bangkok

Bangkok

Looking for an international destination which is worth visiting, yet pocket-friendly. Then Bangkok is an ideal destination for you. Be its serene beaches, shopping, nightlife or great food, you can enjoy everything here, even if you have a small budget.

Indonesia

Indonesia

Spread across a chain of thousands of islands between Asia and Australia, Indonesia is a country offering a myriad of experiences such as a trek through the wilderness, glitzy malls, exotic local food, and sandy beaches.  This country is a must visit for cultural enthusiasts, foodies and adventurers.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Full of beautiful landscape, lustrous tea gardens, sandy beaches, emerald forests, majestic mountains, and legendary temples, Sri Lanka has no shortage of incredible natural and historic sites.  There are only a few countries in the world which have a large number of UNESCO world heritage sites in a small area; Sri Lanka is one of them. The country boasts 8 UNESCO world heritage sites which include sacred cities of Anuradhapura and Kandy.

Nepal

Nepal

The mountain nation, Nepal offers a blend of ancient temples, tranquil hill villages, rich wildlife and the most spectacular view of the Himalayas. Nepal is also the ultimate aim for many adventure enthusiasts as it offers many hiking opportunities, with the rugged trails of Everest, Annapurnas, Manaslu and more.

So, set yourself a modest budget; squeeze your stuff in a backpack and step out to create some amazing experiences that will stick with you forever.

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The dates are out Get, Set, Go!

The dates are out Get, Set, Go!

Long weekends are ideal to take a break from busy life and explore the world. No wonder why we all love long weekends. With so many long weekends in 2018, you might want to live out of a suitcase. So, do bookmark this blog as the list of long weekends and ideal destinations to be explored. Below details will definitely help you to plan your holidays and leaves.

January – Skiing, snow and more!

 January – Skiing, snow and more

Long Weekend 1:

  • January 20, Saturday: Weekend
  • January 21, Sunday: Weekend
  • January 22, Monday: Basant Panchami (Restricted Holiday)

Long Weekend 2:

  • January 26, Friday: Republic Day (Compulsory Holiday)
  • January 27, Saturday: Weekend
  • January 28, Sunday: Weekend

That feeling of light and cold snow touching your skin is truly magical! So how about planning snowy escapades on these two long weekends? Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are some of the destinations that you can visit to enjoy the snow, pristine views and winter sports.

February- Love is in the Air

 February- Love is in the Air

Long Weekend 3:

  • February 10, Saturday: Weekend
  • February 11, Sunday: Weekend
  • February 12, Monday: Take a leave
  • February 13, Tuesday: Mahashivratri (Restricted Holiday)
  • February 14, Wednesday: Valentine’s Day (Take Leave)

February is a month of love and happiness to celebrate togetherness and the bond you share with your loved ones. And with Valentine’s Day falling close to the long weekend this year, you can surely spice up your ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’. We recommend Daman and Diu, Jaisalmer, Agra and Udaipur as top romantic destinations to enjoy your Valentine’s week. These destinations are total scenic heavens and carry an irresistible old-time allure.

March – Experience true colours of India

 March – Experience true colours of India

Colours Weekend 4:

  • March 1, Thursday: Holika Dahan (Restricted Holiday)
  • March 2, Friday: Holi (Gazetted Holiday)
  • March 3, Saturday: Weekend
  • March 4, Sunday: Weekend

Long Weekend 5:

  • March 29, Thursday: Mahavir Jayanti (Gazetted Holiday)
  • March 30, Friday: Good Friday (Compulsory Holiday)
  • March 31, Saturday: Weekend
  • April 1, Sunday: Weekend

March will be an interesting month to travel as it starts with a long weekend and also ends with the same. The first weekend can be well spent in witnessing Holi celebrations at Mathura or Vrindavan. You can be a part of ‘ Lathmar Holi’ in Mathura, where women chase men and beat them up with sticks. Trust us, it will be as amusing and playful as it sounds! Vrindavan also celebrates a unique style of Holi known as Phoolon wali Holi (Flowers' Holi) where only flowers are used to play with each other.

The second weekend can be utilized exploring destinations that reveal true colours of nature like, Ooty, Tawang, Kodaikanal and Mount Abu. You will find these places greener during this month and it is also the right time for sightseeing and outdoor activities at these destinations.

April – Not too hot to travel!

April – Not too hot to travel!

Long Weekend 6:

  • April 27, Friday: Take leave
  • April 28, Saturday: Weekend
  • April 29, Sunday: Weekend
  • April 30, Monday: Buddha Purnima (Compulsory Holiday)

End the month of April with a relaxing vacation in the Himalayas, or beautiful beaches. Traveling to Lakshadweep, Dharmshala or Gangtok this long weekend will be a delightful affair. You will love exploring nature’s serenity at these places.  Also, the water activities like diving, snorkeling and swimming can be undertaken during this month at the beach destinations.

June– Beat the Heat

June– Beat the Heat

Long Weekend 7:

  • 8 June 15, Friday: Idul' Fitr (Compulsory Holiday)
  • June 16, Saturday: Weekend
  • June 17, Sunday: Weekend

What can be better than visiting a hill station during sweltering summers? Hit to hills, plan your holiday to places like Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Darjeeling and Munnar which offers slightest of comfort and beauty.

August – Soak In The monsoon magic

August – Soak In The monsoon magic

Long Weekend 8:

  • August 15, Wednesday: Independence Day (Compulsory Holiday)
  • August 16, Thursday: Take leave
  • August 17, Friday: Parsi New Year (Gujarat and Mumbai only)

Long Weekend 9:

  • August 22, Wednesday: Idul' Zuha (Compulsory Holiday)
  • August 23, Thursday: Take the day off.
  • August 24, Friday: First day of Onam (Kerala only)
  • August 25, Saturday: Weekend
  • August 26, Sunday: Weekend/ Raksha Bandhan

Gentle winds, light raindrops, hills covered with greenery, sparkling water of the waterfalls and smell of the wet mud make monsoon more magical. One these two long weekends, travel to destinations like Kerala, Lonavala, Goa and Kodaikanal to witness nature’s beauty, liveliness and vibrancy.

September – Triple Treat

September – Triple Treat

Long Weekend 10:

  • September 1, Saturday: Weekend
  • September 2, Sunday: Weekend
  • September 3, Monday: Janamashtami

Long Weekend 11:

  • September 13, Thursday: Ganesh Chaturthi (Gazetted Holiday)
  • September 14, Friday: Take the day off.
  • September 15, Saturday: Weekend
  • September 16, Sunday: Weekend

Long Weekend 12:

  • September 29, Saturday: Weekend
  • September 30, Sunday: Weekend
  • October 1, Monday: Take a leave
  • October 2, Tuesday: Gandhi Jayanti (Compulsory Holiday)

Wow, there are three weekends in September! It is not only an incredible opportunity to travel to domestic destinations but international as well. Countries like Europe, South Africa, and Italy actually have their best weather of the year during this month. Visiting domestic destinations like Mumbai or Pune to witness Ganesh Chaturthi celebration will also be an enriching experience.

October- Dazzling Dussehra!

October- Dazzling Dussehra!

Long Weekend 13:

  • October 18, Thursday: Navami (Gazetted Holiday)
  • October 19, Friday: Dussera (Compulsory Holiday)
  • October 20, Saturday: Weekend
  • October 21, Sunday: Weekend

On this Dussehra weekend, travel to places where you can witness the exceptional celebration of this festival. Kullu, Mysore and Kolkata are some of the destinations where Dussehra is celebrated with great vigour.

November – Diwali Delight

November – Diwali Delight

Long Weekend 14:

  • November 3, Saturday: Weekend
  • November 4, Sunday: Weekend
  • November 5, Monday: Dhanteras/ Take a Leave
  • November 6, Tuesday: Take a Leave
  • November 7, Wednesday: Diwali (Compulsory Holiday)
  • November 8, Thursday: Gowardhan Puja
  • November 9, Friday: Bhai Duj
  • November 10, Saturday: Weekend
  • November 11, Sunday: Weekend  

Ditch the family get-togethers this Diwali and take your loved ones for a vacation. Varanasi, Arunachal Pradesh, Kutch and Kashmir are few of the places which can be explored to get a different feel of the festival. In the recent times, spending the Diwali break abroad has also become popular. Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt and Turkey are some of the destinations to witness Diwali celebration outside of India.

December – Christmas Cheer!

December – Christmas Cheer!

Long Weekend 15:

  • December 22, Saturday: Weekend
  • December 23, Sunday: Weekend
  • December 24, Monday: Take the day off.
  • December 25, Tuesday: Christmas Day (Compulsory Holiday)

Dazzling lights, Christmas trees, gifts and more! There’s nothing like celebrating Christmas at a special place. This year make it a point that you celebrate Christmas at a fun place like Dubai, Indonesia or Malaysia where you can feel the much-spoken warmth of Christmas. In India, Goa, Kerala, and Puducherry are some of the places where Christmas is celebrated in a big way. Each street is decorated beautifully at these destinations making them look phenomenal. Adding to the festivity are beautiful beaches, where you surely want to spend some time.

2018 will going to be an exciting year for travellers, can’t wait to step into the year!

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Pamper yourself to a babymoon vacation

Pamper yourself to a babymoon vacation before the naughty one arrives

Pamper yourself to a babymoon vacation

When a newborn is about to arrive, parents start fretting about midnight feeds and the sleep deprivation they will be witnessing soon. They look for opportunities to relax & pamper themselves and a pre-baby vacation, popularly known as Babymoon, is just what they need!

What is a babymoon?

Babymoon are one of the most popular trends in travel today. They are the ideal treat for moms and dads-to-be. These vacations give a perfect setting for couples to reconnect before they enter or re-enter parenthood and take on the responsibility of nurturing their little one.

So, if you are in that phase, seize this opportunity for one more romantic getaway before your life starts revolving around diapers and bibs. We’ll help you understand how you can plan your babymoon and what you need to make it more memorable.

How to plan the best babymoon?

Traveling with that baby bump means extra precaution and planning. It means that you need to choose an appropriate destination, have all your essentials, your medicines, emergency contact numbers in place and lots more. We’ve prepared a little checklist for you to plan your babymoon stress-free:

  1. Time it Right

Morning sickness is a common symptom for many in the first trimester. And by the final trimester, your baby bump is so big that it’ll start coming in the way of most of your activities. Plan your travel in the second trimester (between 14 and 28 weeks) to comfortably enjoy your journey.

  1. Pick the right destination

Choose a destination that interests you the most and will be worth the pampering. For instance, hit the beach if you are a beach lover or take a cosmopolitan getaway to keep it calm and relaxed. Whatever destination you choose, make sure it does not involve long hours of travel because your body is not in the condition to accept that currently.

  1. Inform your doctor

Your doctor must approve of your itinerary, your condition and other details. Flying is considered safe only if the pregnancy is healthy. In case you have any kind of complications, a babymoon may not be a good idea.

Your doctor must also prescribe all the medications required to ensure that you do not experience any side effects. All travel instructions by the doctor must be carefully taken into consideration and followed.

Blissful Babymoon Ideas

A babymoon sounds exciting but if you don’t plan it with the right idea, it could become disappointing. So, what would be the best way to spend your pre-baby vacation with a complete dose of the pampering you deserve?

Here are some ideas and some destinations to help you live the most romantic getaway with your partner:

  1. A Beach Babymoon

A lot of moms-to-be find beach waves the perfect way to soothe and calm them. The water can actually provide a support for your bump as you recline, easing the minor aches and pains. Moreover, the fresh air and warming sun can rejuvenate your mind and body.

  1. Relaxing Spa Babymoon

The objective of a babymoon is to pamper and soothe you, and what can be a better destination than a spa. In your first trimester, a massage treatment may not be ideal, but at later stages, a spa treatment will relieve you of your pains and aches. You will really feel revitalized and beautiful.

  1. Love the Nature Babymoon

A lot of women start having a better connection with nature during pregnancy. If you are one of those, it is time for you to take a vacation soaked in the natural beauty around you. There are several destinations that allow you to breathe fresh air, enjoy scenic views and take Bollywood-like pictures for a lifetime.

  1. A Gaming Babymoon

Your baby could be your lucky charm and this is the time for you to try your hands on some gambling. Head right out to casinos and play your heart out for the one last hurrah before the baby arrives.

  1. Babymoon Cruise

There are certain guidelines set by cruise which are to be followed as you may not be allowed on cruise at a particular period of your pregnancy, but if you are on, this is the time to soak in the sun with water all around and of course, a lot of delicious food.

Top Babymoon Destinations in India

  1. Goa
  2. Agra
  3. Jaipur
  4. Shimla
  5. Srinagar, Kashmir
  6. Amritsar
  7. Port Blair, Andaman
  8. Assam, Guwahati
  9. Kumarakom, Kerala
  10. Pondicherry

Top Babymoon Destinations Internationally

  1. Seychelles
  2. Dubai
  3. Thailand
  4. Sri Lanka
  5. Turkey
  6. Mauritius
  7. Maldives
  8. Bahrein
  9. Hong Kong
  10. Macau
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Places to See the Northern Lights

Places to See the Northern Lights – Bucket List Adventure

Getting up close and personal to the Northern lights must be there on every traveler’s bucket list as this is the nature’s most impressive light show worth witnessing. Also known as aurora borealis, Northern Lights is a spectacular phenomenon created when solar particles collide with atmospheric gases resulting in colorful patterns that are amusing to watch. The ideal time to view Northern Lights is from late November to March, when crisp, cold, clear, and cloudless skies create ideal conditions to view this beautiful light show lasting from a few minutes to several days.

Though predicting a light show is very difficult, there are a few light show zones where chances of witnessing this specular wonder of nature is high. Here’s the list of such destinations:

Denmark

Denmark

As Denmark rarely has temperatures above 70°F, the cold, clear nights make it an ideal place to view the Northern Lights. In fact, the northern lights of Denmark are one of the most colorful in the hemisphere. All islands within the Faroe Islands archipelago are ideal spots to view the light show. Thanks to Denmark’s climate, the northern lights are visible nearly all year round.

Finland

Finland

Santa might not be real but northern lights surely are. In northern Lapland, the aurora borealis dance up above in a powerful and unique natural way, every other clear night between September and March. In southern Finland, they are visible on about 10-20 nights a year. In Finland, thick waves gather to form streams of light that appear to be bearing down on you by radiating in every direction.

Russia

Russia

If you can handle below freezing temperatures of a typical Siberian winter, then Russia is the perfect place to witness northern lights. In northern Russia, Murmansk, Siberia, and Kola Peninsula give you the perfect opportunity to see the light show. Particularly, The Kola Peninsula’s proximity to the northern lights viewing zone makes it a key area to view this stunning phenomena.

Canada

Canada

In Canada, the western Yukon Territory is crowned to be one of the world’s best viewing spots for Northern Lights. The ribbons of red, amber and violet gather together and shimmer in a loop over the entire horizon, making the skyline of Yukon Territory look mesmerizing and unique. Even the Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador offer plenty of opportunities to see the Northern Lights, in addition to being a snowmobiling hotspot.

Norway

Norway

With its wild yet beautiful landscapes covered in snow and fjords glistening beneath the stars, Norway has some of the most spectacular backdrops for watching the Northern Lights. Senja,  Norway’s second biggest Island gives you the chance to sit on a harbor front of a fjord and witness the lights being reflected in the water of fjord above the mountains. Alta and Kirkenes are some other popular destinations in Norway to witness the magic of Northern lights.

So, if you too want to get transfixed by the shimmering aura of Northern Lights, book your travel package

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Bangkok – Asia's Backpacking Capital

Bangkok – Asia's Backpacking Capital

Looking for an international destination which is worth visiting, yet pocket-friendly? Then, Bangkok is an ideal destination for you. Be its serene beaches, shopping, nightlife or great food, you can enjoy everything even if you have a small budget. This capital city has world famous Thai spas, which can make your vacation more than perfect. Also known as the City of Angels and the Venice of the East, Bangkok has endless options ranging from sightseeing and shopping to cruising, and spa treatment. Listed below are the top things that you can undertake while on a trip to Bangkok:

Cruise along the Chao Phraya River

Cruise along the Chao Phraya River

Cruising is one of the best ways to discover Bangkok as sailing through the rivers, and narrow canals give you the ideal opportunity to see a lot of major attractions like the Grand Palace, Royal Thai Navy Dockyard, and Wat Arun. You can also take a boat and explore a small island named Koh Kret in the Chao Phraya River.

The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace

A trip to Bangkok is incomplete without visiting the Grand Palace, which is one of the oldest buildings of the city. Present in the heart of the city, Grand Palace also served as the official residence for the King of Siam. The palace’s campus also boasts some spectacular buildings like ‘Wat Phra Kaew’, which is an emerald Buddha structure that dates back to the 14th century.

Rediscover a great shopping tradition

Rediscover a great shopping tradition

Bangkok has varied shopping options that can fit all kinds of budget. One can explore malls which are home to branded stores, discount shops, international market stalls, and boutiques.  At Bangkok’s street markets like Chatuchak market, and Suan Lum Night Bazaar, you can find cheap apparels, trinkets, home décor items, Thai artifacts and a lot more. Don’t forget to bargain while shopping at these markets.

Rejuvenate with Traditional Thai Massage

Rejuvenate with Traditional Thai Massage

Sightseeing, adventure activities and shopping can get tiring, which is why you need to relax your body at a Thai massage centre. There are varied kinds of Thai massage options available in Bangkok, but a traditional Thai body massage gradually starts with the feet moving towards the head to relax, and re-align energies.

Tickle your taste buds with Thai food

Tickle your taste buds with Thai food

Apart from a lot of eateries serving pizzas, burgers and other fast food options, you can’t resist yourself from trying authentic Thai food. Dishes like Green Thai Curry and Pad Thai are worth trying. You may also try the local Thai street food which has a variety of options to suit your taste palate.

Nightlife Bangkok Style

Nightlife Bangkok Style

You can spend a quiet evening enjoying some food, and drinks along the river side or can step into a jazzy nightclub to get the glimpse of Bangkok’s happening nightlife. Visiting the clubs in the suburbs is the best bet as you can enjoy the most in these nightclubs.

Visit the temples

Visit the temples

The exceptional architecture, intricate designs, glittering gold decoration of the temples will surely leave you mesmerized. Though the most famous among all temples is the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha are also worth visiting. Visit these temples early in the morning to watch the monks performing duties in and around all these spectacular temples.

Truly, all the roads for budget travellers lead to Bangkok where they are welcomed whole heartedly. With the endless things to do in this amazing city, we bet you will surely find some time to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

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Travel Tips to make your Holidays in Europe

Travel Tips to make your Holidays in Europe Memorable

Europe is a vast continent that spreads over an area of 10,180,000 km, and welcomes more than 480 million tourists every year. This diverse continent holds the right mixture of cultures, languages, heritage, architecture and customs, perfect for all kinds of tourists who wish to enjoy their vacations thoroughly. There is simply no way to avoid immersing yourself into magnificent museums, culinary adventures, glorious views and energetic nightlife, when you are on a trip to Europe.

The continent is beautiful and diverse, so it’s always difficult to plan the itinerary. It is also home to many historical monuments and sculptures like Red Square of Moscow, Rila Monastery and Mont-Saint-Michel which are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. Overall, Europe is a diverse continent with Scottish highlands in north, coastal plains in the south, high mountain ranges in the central and golden sands in Eastern Europe.

golden sands in Eastern Europe

But if you’re travelling to Europe for the first time, here is a checklist that you must keep in mind to explore the place without any hassle and worry.

  • Communication

Communicating with the hoteliers, waiters and local people is easy as most of them understand and converse in English. However, learning a few French words will definitely help you during the trip.  Greeting and thanking people is a good idea as the locals appreciate these gestures.

  • Be ready to walk

Since Europe has so much to offer, it’s good to explore the various cities on foot. Try not to carry heavy weights and have a good meal before you start the day’s tour as it will keep you energized all day long.

  • Safety

Though Europe is a very safe place, be mindful of the surroundings at all times. Keep your valuables safely, specially your money pouch. Be extra careful when you are visiting crowded places.

  • Make food orders specific

Always ask the waiter to precisely explain the food item you wish to order. If you are a vegetarian, do specify that you don’t want any sea food or egg in your meal, otherwise, you will end up with some sea food on your plate.  Also remember, not to over tip at the restaurants.

  • Transportation

Travelling via train is the best way to explore places around Europe. Train tickets are quite affordable and you can reach your destination quickly and conveniently. If you are planning to cover numerable places around Europe, opt for a Eurail Pass which will work out to be cheaper and eliminates the time of buying individual tickets all the time.

  • Public toilets and Trash cans

One needs to pay a certain amount of money to use public toilets in Europe. Always carry some change while you are roaming around the city. Throwing a wrapper on the street might result in getting fined, so ensure that you throw trash in public dustbins only.

  • Afternoon breaks

Europeans highly value their lunch or midday meal breaks which extend over hours. During this time, you may find all the ticket counters closed. So, plan your itinerary for the day accordingly.

Majestic historical sites, pleasant weather, warm hospitality, fun-filled nightlife and delectable cuisine make Europe a dream destination which every individual must visit at least once in a lifetime.

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