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8 magical places in New Zealand that will make you pack your bags right away!

Tucked away at the “End of the world” New Zealand – is a stunningly beautiful country of magical proportions. As legend has it, the land was fished from the sea by the Demi-God Maui. It is a breathtaking destination for honeymooners and perfect for thrill seekers. A visit to kiwi land will leave you with your jaws drop open in awe at the beauty of its landscape. Even Hollywood couldn’t resist with fantasy-themed movies like Narnia, Lord of the rings and Hobbit, all being shot here.The land is divided into North and South islands with the plethora of adventure activities, spectacular natural landscapes and numerous tourist attractions to keep you buzzing with excitement. Here is a list of 8 must-visit places in New Zealand that will make you want to pack your bags right now:Bay of Island – Origin of the NationExperience a slice of island life at Bay of Island – a marine paradise. Bursting with iconic landmarks, abundant wildlife and unspoiled Islands the region brims with rich culture and history. The region has enormous historical significance as it was the place where the Maori tribes first dwelled and are also the birthplace of European colonization of the country.Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds reliving the signing of the all-important Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, which is still a linchpin of race relations in the country. Delve deep into the richness of the Maori culture by exploring the Museum of Waitangi, buy gifting artifacts at the oldest stone building the Stone Store or enjoy a serene walk through the Opua forest trail. End the day with some wine testing at Ake Ake or by enjoying some water sports at Arorha Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Beryl Waters and Beyond

Verdant sub-tropical forests enveloped by white-sandy coastlines and cerulean waters sheltering bewitching corals and beautiful sea-critters. What’s not to love? The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are often referred to as the Seychelles of India, and for good reason. They both boast of pristine beaches, except Andaman is way more economical. The Andaman and Nicobar are comprised of an eye-popping 572 islands out which only 32 of them are inhabited and even fewer are accessible to tourists. Speaking of habitation, did you know that the North Sentinel Island is inhabited by one of the most secluded tribes in the world? It is said that only about 300 of the Sentinelese now exist and shoot arrows at anyone who tries to encroach upon their territory!If you’re chalking out a fun in the sun vacation or need some inspiration for traveling, here are a few must-dos at this wonderful destination:At Port Blair–Take a Crack at Scuba Diving at North Bay Island: The Andaman Islands are home to one of the most vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life in the world. If you’ve always wished to encounter the beautiful life under azure waters, this is perhaps the only place in India where you can do it. And don’t worry, you don’t have to know how to swim! However, if you’re too skeptical, you can indulge in other water sports such as snorkeling, parasailing, banana boat ride, water-skiing, and kayaking.Step Back into the Dark Past at the Cellular Jail: Situated in Port Blair, the Cellular Jail, a.k.a. “Kaala Paani” is sure to give you an eerie, yet astonishing feel. The British originally used this place as a colonial prison where the convicts were tortured to death. But it’s not as depressing as it sounds like. Today, it stands as a commemorative where tourists can get insights into the days of India’s tussle for independence with a Light and Sound show, the highlight of the attraction.Trek the Much-Loved Trail from Mt. Harriet: Andaman’s topography presents plenty of opportunities for trekkers. If you’re a beginner, try signing up for a trek that starts from Mount Harriet and ends at Madhuban. The trail is quite a scenic one. It is the third highest peak in the Andaman region and is abundant in flora and fauna. If you’re not very keen on trekking, just visit the Mount Harriet National Park, a tourist hotspot in Andaman.

A Hornbook of Hong Kong’s Treasures

A Hornbook of Hong Kong’s Treasures Honk Kong is much-publicized for its staggering skyscrapers, a legion of Michelin star restaurants, an efficient transport system, posh residences, and is also the hotbed of financial centers. The autonomous Chinese territory is considered as one of the best places to live in Asia, boasting of the ultimate “urban” life. You might think it lacks the countryside verdure and tranquility, right? Well, did you know that only 25% of Hong Kong’s turf is developed? The rest is blanketed by lofty peaks and dense forests, offering plenty of hiking opportunities.If you’re planning a sojourn in this wonderful territory, here are a few things that you must definitely add to your itinerary:Traverse the Tourist Hot Spot that is Lantau Island:Hong Kong’s largest island, Lantau, is often compared to Singapore’s Sentosa island in terms of the broad range of activities visitors can indulge in and the number of sites one can see. Lantau greets tourists with tropical beaches, splendid mountain vistas, amusement parks, historical spots coupled with a bunch of seafood joints. Some of the most popular sites here include the Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) that can be accessed by taking the Ngong Ping 360 (an aerial tramway), a fishing village called Tai O, and of course, Disneyland.Spend a Day Frolicking at Hong Kong Disneyland:Although this is more of a subset to the Lantau Island, you can’t speak of the island without mentioning the world-renowned theme-park, Disneyland. Depending upon the time and budget at hand, you could either get a 1-Day ticket or a 2-Day ticket. The cost of a 1-Day ticket for an adult is around 69 USD or 539 HKD and for kids under age 11, it’ll cost about 50 USD or 385 HKD. The major attractions here are the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Space Mountain, Jungle River Cruise, It’s a Small World, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mystic Manor, and Iron Man Experience.Take a Cruise Along the Glorious Victoria Harbor:Victoria Harbor is one of the busiest in the world, where you can witness passenger cruise-liners and barges appear alongside pint-sized junks, ferries, and sampans. The most popular cruises include the Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise, the Star Ferry Harbor Cruise (value for money), and The Night Cruise with Dinner at Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village. Some of these operate in the day at minimal costs without any frills while the rest must be taken at night when the city comes alive and the skyline looks surreal.

Your Guide to the Perfect South African Adventures

Known as the land of contrasts, South Africa- is the safari superpower marked with an unparalleled wilderness and sublime natural beauty. South Africa is an Elysium on Earth carved with the generous, lush mountains; stroked with golden powdered beaches surrounded by two tranquil oceans; embellished with star-studded desserts and basked in the effervescence of awe-inspiring beauty! Smeared with colonial history, it is an amalgamation of Asian, African and European culture which is reflected in the diverse cuisine, traditions and language.The rainbow nation provides an enthralling adrenaline-fuelled lifetime experience, with its nine provinces equipped with a plethora of such activities. Here’s a list of 10 adventures that will make you come back for more in this multicultural heaven.1.Bungee Jumping from Bloukrans BridgeIf you like to breathe in the salubrious air at untold heights but like it better to take a plunge into the oblivion, Bloukrans Bungee Jump is just for you. Positioned along the gorgeous Garden Route and recognised as the ‘highest bungee from a bridge’ in the world, the Bloukrans Bungee Jumpwill send you plummeting 216m, headfirst, towards the bottom in a full body harness. using pendulum bunging technique! This will surely satiate your thirst for adrenaline!2.Go Safari:Witness the gaping landscape and spectacular African Wildlife at the Kruger National Park. Join the journey of exploration to find Africa’s Big Five: Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo. Live in luxury safari lodges or opulent tented camps, Kruger National Park has various safari packages from classic safari to premium luxury, from family to honeymoon safari to cater to your needs!Another leisurely safari experience to find the Big Five is the Pilanesberg National Park. Set within the crater of an ancient volcano, 1.2 billion old, this park is easily accessible with photograph hides to capture the perfect moments and also offer a range of accommodation facilities with an unusual ecological richness and blooming wildlife!3.Hop on the Table Mountain Cableway:With a constellation ‘Mensa’ named after it, the table mountains with its numbing beauty offer a significant attraction for tourists. Sitting at the edge of your seats experience the gushing excitement as The Table Mountain Cablewaytakes you from the lower cable station on Tafelberg Road, about 302 m above sea level, to the plateau at the top of the mountain, at a staggering 1067 m. The upper cable station offers views overlooking Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island to the north, and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south. It can be reached by using the City Sightseeing buses which runs every 20 minutes and stops at other major tourist locations in Cape Town.Tip-Don’t forget to pose with all the seven New7Wonders of Nature Yellow Frames to get the perfect photographs and mementoes!

Best Winter Destinations in India to Experience Snow

Finally, winter is here and the scorching summer days are gone. With chilly winds, warm linens, hot cup of tea and bonfire, it is the perfect time to visit your dreamy winter wonderland. Below are seven best winter destinations which will force you to pack your bags and go build snowman and snow angel this winter.1. Gulmarg, Jammu and KashmirThis Himalayan Jewel will leave you mesmerized with its snow-capped peaks and lush valleys. It is perfect for skiing, snowboarding and Gondola rides. Hot air ballooning is also an added bonus which everybody should experience while visiting Gulmarg.

A traveller’s treat: Seven places to visit this January

1. Silent Valley National Park, KeralaLocated in the Nilgiri Hills in Kerala, this isa place for the intrepid. The wilderness is as untamed as the place isbeautiful, a must-visit for nature fanatics. It is one of the fewnon-commercialised forests in India and hosts the best weather conditionsbetween December and March with a high possibility of wildlife sightings inthis season.Source Credit : www.keralatourism.org

7 Places to Channel Your Inner Chi in 2020

Planning a quick gateway this year but haven’t zeroed on any place yet? Don’t worry, we have come up with a list of all serene spots in the country which will leave you spellbound and will truly soothe the soul!1. Divine Shrines of Dharamshala, Himachal PradeshThis offbeat Himachal wonderland is a must visit. Don’t let the plethora of parties distract you from the charm of perennial streams and mountains as well as monasteries and temples where you can surely channelise your inner chi. It is a great destination and you will be in the awe of breathtaking surroundings. 

Ladakh : Things to do in the ‘Land of high passes’

With stunning views adorning the ethereal surroundings, Ladakh is one of the most beautiful places in India. High passes, sheer cliffs, gorgeous lakes, long empty roads and an atmosphere of peace and purity beckoned invitingly. No doubt everyone who visits this place wants to take a piece of this “heaven on Earth” with them.So let’s immerse in our selection of things to do in Ladakh.

6 Fascinating Street Food In Vietnam

What makes a travel destination awesome? It hasto be its amazing food. When it comes to Vietnam, it is the best place on Earthto satisfy the foodie in you. The freshly made, delicious street food ofVietnam is always a bonus to make your journey awesome. Here’s the inside scoopon some of the best street food worth trying once you are over here.

7 Places in Santorini to Rekindle Your Romance

When I think about Santorini, a picture pops up in my mind of a clear azure sky, electric blue sea with vintage white washed villages. The panoramic scenery seems calm and classy. The vibe of the place is romantic and the couples prefer this place for spending some quality time. Santorini is a perfect place for the couples to have the best time of their life as the city is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Sitting beside your partner at the black sand beach and looking at the mesmerising sunset is a precious moment to experience at least once in a lifetime. Since Santorini is a love affair destination and every couple must visit these 7 places in Santorini to rekindle their romance.1. OiaOia is the most popular place on the island. It is famous for two things - picturesque whitewashed classy villages, and the mesmerizing sunset scenes. The village has beautiful buildings whose architecture is worth paying heed to. Oia tops the charts of favourite honeymoon destinations in Europe which confirms how much your partner and you are going to love the place. One can enjoy sitting for hours just viewing the Thirassia island, Nea Kameni and Volcano of Palia. You can enjoy a delightful meal at the cafe Ambrosia with the view of the exotic sunset. Also, walking in the narrow lanes of blue domed churches is like walking in a fairytale land.

10 Forts of Rajasthan You Must See

Majestic forts adore the landscape of royal Rajasthan in India, but the 11 of these are a must visit while you are here.The Royal State of Rajasthan is home to some long standing masterpieces of architecture. Some of these monuments of prime importance of architecture are the various hill forts, mostly nestled in the Aravalli Mountain Range, and built between the 5th century AD and 17th – 18th century AD. Below is the list of eight such hill forts of Rajasthan that you must see!Source1. Chittorgarh FortLocated on a 180-meter high mountain which rises from the banks ofriver Berach, it is one of the largest forts in the country. Built by theMauryas of Chittor in the 7th century AD, the fort gets its name the person whobuilt it- Chitrangada Mori. It is a popular tourist spot and is spread over anarea of 691.9 acres. The fortress has seven entrances called Padan Gate, GaneshGate, Hanuman Gate, Bhairon Gate, Jodla Gate, Lakshman Gate and the largestgate Ram Pol. It is considered as the representative of Rajput valour,endurance and courage. The fort is home to various historical buildings likethe Tower of Victory, Kirti Stambh, Fateh Prakash Palace, Rana Kumbha Palace,Gaumukh reservoir and Rani Padmini’s Palace. Apart from this, it also housesnumerous temples devoted to the various Hindu deities and a huge complex ofJain temples. Recently, declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a“must see” tourist attraction in Rajasthan.

5 Amazing Shopping Markets in Bangkok for a Shopper’s Delight

Apart from being one of the most happening cities for parties and nightlife Bangkok is also a shopping paradise. From street shopping to getting your hands on some of the most iconic International brands, Bangkok has it all. It is the ultimate destination for classy shopping which will not affect your travel budget at all. Also, there are amazing malls with the best collection awaiting your arrival.P.S. – Do not end your Bangkok trip without splurging on shopping.Scroll down to find out some of the best shopping places in Bangkok. To be honest, this place is every shoppaholics dream come true.1. Platinum Fashion MallThis list has to begin with the most appealing mall of the city which is the Platinum Mall. The mall is noted to have around 2000 stores for fashion apparels and accessories. You will find the prettiest outfits at relatively low prices because the mall generally works on the wholesale basis! This is the reason why the prices are low. They have quality checked products in their shops so you don't have to worry about the quality as well.If you are exhausted and hungry after all the shopping, I have a good news for you! You will find some of the best restaurants in this mall.

Monuments in India Built Out of Love

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and love is in the air. With utmost respect to the day, I also believe that love cannot be confined to just one day. However, the humans have the tendency to go beyond words and do some crazy things to express love. If we go centuries back and talk about some historical stories then we can see some epitomes of love in the form of beautiful monuments and landmarks. So, on this Valentine's Day, let us go back in time and remember about some bewitching monuments built out of love and the story behind it.1. Taj Mahal, AgraA list like this has to begin with the iconic Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal stands tall as one of the seven wonders of the world along with being one of the biggest embodiments of love in the world. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built this monument in the memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Being extremely grief stricken after Mumtaj's death, he promised that he would build the most glorious and expensive monument for Mumtaj which he did. The monument is the major tourist attraction today. One can visit and admire the beauty of the monument, in and out. There is a park where people can chill and spent some time. The graves of the king and the queen inside the monument are the major sight of attraction.