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Paris, for some, is synonymous with romance. For others, Paris is synonymous with fashion. And we’re certain this city of lights is heaven for people with a flair for fine architecture.

This French capital boasts of museums, delectable cuisine, some of the best wines, architectural jewels and so much more. While Paris is one of the world’s major metros, age-old cultures and traditions still prevail. On your tour to Paris, it’s hard not to be captivated by the historic buildings and be awed by the architecture; Paris tops the travel list of everyone fond of fine, aesthetic things.

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We’ve heard so much about Delhi’s golgappe and Chandni Chowk. Let’s find out what else this historic city has to offer visitors.

Fondly referred to as Dilwalon ki Dilli, the warm inviting locals of this city, never fail to make you feel at home. The intriguing heritage sites will want you to delve deep into their history and the iconic landmarks will leave you in awe. During your stay in Delhi, indulge in lip-smacking chaat and chole bhature, and you cannot miss out on exploring the shopping hot spots.

Here’s a sneak peek into the vibe of the capital city, Delhi.

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A family that holidays together, stays together. But what if your kids are even bigger, messier travel junkies than you? Take them to places less explored, let them indulge in activities around nature, wildlife and spend a holiday having fun the way they’d want to!

A family that travels together stays together!

A family that travels together stays together!

Remember how you reminisce about collecting earthworms, jumping in muddy puddles, or playing with paper-boats in rainwater? Urban kids today hardly know what it feels like to indulge in such “cheap thrills”. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t enjoy getting their hands dirty. We present 11 messy holidays that include everything from organic farming to oyster picking and more!

Read on to know about 11 such off-beat activities you can take part with your kids in India to have ‘real’ fun.

1. Snow Play At Auli, Uttarakhand

For an incredible holiday experience, play in the wonderlands of Auli

For an incredible holiday experience, play in the wonderlands of Auli

Looking to give your kids an absolutely heavenly holiday experience? Set off to Auli, India’s snowy paradise and watch them roll, slide and fall in snow. this place is sure to make your kids’ holiday worthwhile!

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2. Cheese Making In Auroville, Pondicherry

Love cheese? Now make some. Learn the know-hows of cheese making in Auroville!

Love cheese? Now make some. Learn the know-hows of cheese making in Auroville!

Pondicherry is known for much more than the pretty French colonies and yellow buildings. If you are travelling with kids and want to have some fun, head to La Ferme, in Auroville and know the basics of gourmet cheese making!

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3. Milking Cows In Punjabiyat, Punjab

Ever wanted to live the farm life? This is your chance!

Ever wanted to live the farm life? This is your chance!

Let your kids live the farm life as they enjoy a 20-min bicycle ride to a dairy farm to milk cows and learn about rural dairy farming. Don’t forget to enjoy the perfect Punjabi meal while you’re here!

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4. Elephant Bathing In Thekkady, Kerala

Playing with elephants was never so much fun!

Playing with elephants was never so much fun!

Get up, close and personal with the most adorable and humble animal of the jungle, the elephant. Let your kids indulge in bathing the elephant babies by the riverside! End the day with an unforgettable elephant ride through the lush jungles of Thekkady.

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5. Snorkelling In The Andaman Islands

Befriend the admirable underwater sea creatures and have an amazing time!

Befriend the underwater sea creatures and  let your kids have an amazing time!

There’s no wrong time for snorkelling in the Andamans and when there are kids in tow, you can’t leave any scope for them to get bored and cranky. Let your kids befriend the uber colourful creatures of the sea and have fun underwater!

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6. Strawberry Picking In Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Nobody really can resist freshly picked strawberries! Can you?

Nobody can resist freshly picked strawberries! Can you?

A weekend amid lush strawberry farms and plantations, with your kids picking and tasting farm-fresh strawberries…sound like something your kids would enjoy doing? The hilly slopes of the Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani belt in Western Maharashtra are blessed with  fresh strawberries. Let your kids loose here and watch as they relish the fresh berries right off the farms!

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7. Oyster Picking In Kerala

Swim, canoe, pick oysters and fish; there's a lot you can do in Kerala!

Swim, canoe, pick oysters and fish; there’s a lot you can do in Kerala!

Tinted with a blush of sun, sand and clear blue skies, Kerala offers places to make you fall in love with simple living. Visit Oyster Opera, a theme village in Kasaragod district which boasts of natural beauty like lush mangrove plantations. Bring your kids here and set them free to pick oysters and fish. Let them swim, canoe, ride a houseboat.

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8. Pottery At Nersa, Karnataka

Live the hermit life, make pots out of clay and terracotta!

Let the kids live the hermit life, make pots out of clay and terracotta!

Known as an Eco-lodge, The Hermitage in Nersa, Karnataka is the perfect getaway for you and your kids in tow. Stay at the machan and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer. With no electricity, this village operates on solar power. The kitchen here offers excellent Parsi and Anglo-Indian cuisine, and what’s more? You can hone your skills of pottery here, too. Wind up your weekend stay as you relax by the perennial stream.

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9. Camel Feeding In Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Feed the adorable camels when in Rajasthan

Feed the adorable camels when in Rajasthan

The stunning deserts and mesmerising sunsets of Jaisalmer have always wooed travellers from all over the world; but what’s something off-beat you could do here with the kids in tow? Set off on a desert safari, ride the dunes on the back of a camel and let your kids feed them. A quick way to initiate a love for animals at a young age, right?

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10. Cooking Sikkimese Cuisine At Kewzing, Sikkim

The locals in Sikkim are warm, tag along and learn to cook the local cuisine with them!

The locals in Sikkim are warm, tag along and learn to cook the local cuisine with them!

Laced with lush green cardamom fields, the Bon Farmhouse is a must stay place if you are an ardent birdwatcher. Perched atop the snow-peaked mountains of the Eastern Himalayas, this place is ideal to visit with your children. Discover local flora-fauna here and let your kids learn a thing or two on how to cook Sikkimese cuisine with local delicacies like gundruk, kinama and fisnu.

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11. Tea Plucking In Makaibari Estate, West Bengal

Indulge in tea plucking in the lush green estates of West Bengal!

Indulge in tea plucking in the lush green estates of West Bengal!

Tea is popular. Tea is consumed as a staple beverage all around the country, but do your kids know what goes behind tea making? Take them to a tea estate and involve them in activities like plucking tea leaves. In short, let them live a farmer’s life and see them enjoying every bit of it!

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There are so many reasons to visit to South Africa–safaris, vineyards, dazzling cities, stunning cultural diversity, natural splendours and exotic wildlife. But if there’s one thing you mustn’t miss, it’s the food! Here are 5 dishes you can’t leave the ‘Rainbow Nation’ without tasting!

 

1.Biltong & Droewors

Lover of beef, are you? This special delicacy from South Africa, then is a must try!

When in South Africa, you must try this special game meat delicacy

Love beef? You’ll love Biltong even more! Usually made of beef or game meat such as kudu, impala or ostrich, Biltong is dried and marinated to a traditional South African recipe of rock salt, pepper, vinegar and coriander. This delicacy is often enjoyed as an evening snack or during sporting events.

2.Boerewors

Do you have a thing for exotic, flavourful dishes? This one is just unmissable delicacy in South Africa!

Have a thing for exotic, flavourful dishes? This one is unmissable!

Boerewors is a traditional South African sausage made from beef, mixed with either pork or lamb and a mixture of spices. The word ‘boerewors’ comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch words boer (farmer) and wors (sausage).

3. Malva pudding

Try out South Africa's favourite dessert the Malva Pudding which originates from the Cape Malay region!

Try South Africa’s favourite dessert, the Malva Pudding which originates from Cape Malay

This sweet and sticky baked Dutch goodness is a must try when you are in South Africa. Prepared using apricot jam, Malva pudding is a sponge based dessert best savoured with hot cream sauce.

4. Amarula Don Pedro

This popular South African drink available in restaurants and bars everywhere

This popular South African drink is available everywhere /image credit: Pinterest

This cocktail dessert makes the right use of the South African Amarula, a cream liquor made from the exotic marula fruit, blended with ice cream. Because this is very widely consumed all around South Africa, you won’t find it difficult to get it in a bar or even a general store.

5. Bobotie

Pronounced ba-boor-tea, the national dish of South Africa is delicious

Pronounced ba-boor-tea, the national dish of South Africa is delicious

You definitely can’t leave South Africa without trying out the national dish here; the Bobotie. Prepared using delicious minced meat soaked in spices (usually curry powder, herbs, and dried fruits), this dish is served in sinfully delectable baked goodness, topped with egg and milk.

South Africa Fact File

Location: Africa
How to Reach: South Africa has 10 international airports and are conected to all major cities in Asia, Europe, America and Australia. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is a major gateway for tourists to enter South Africa.
Official Language: South Africa has a total of 11 official languages. Some of them include Afrikaans, Zulu, Tsonga, etc.
Currency: South African rand
Time Zone: SAST (UTC+2)
Climate: Generally temperate

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Marriage is one of the most important life decisions that you will ever make. No matter how long you have known your better half before marriage, it will still take you some time to adjust being around them and living with them. This is one of the reasons why the honeymoon period becomes really important – you need some time to celebrate your marriage, understand each other, and recharge yourself.

When in Andaman Islands, make it a point to not miss out on snorkelling deep down the the coral reefs

When in Andaman Islands, make it a point to not miss out on snorkelling deep down the the coral reefs

Andaman Islands in India is the perfect honeymoon destination because it offers you everything – beautiful sunny skies, sparkling blue seas, gorgeous golden sands, and an enjoyable tropical weather. The adventurous activities and the delicious seafood are additional benefits that can be enjoyed at these idyllic islands.
Some of the places to visit on Andaman Islands to create some unforgettable honeymoon memories include:

Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach – the crowning highlight of Havelock Island.

Radhanagar Beach – the crowning highlight of Havelock Island.

Back in 2004, Time magazine voted Radhanagar Beach as Asia’s Best Beach. Although it has been more than a decade now, the charm of this most popular Andaman beach still remains the same. The turquoise blue waters, the soft white sands, and the surrounding lush forest makes it one of the most romantic spots on Andaman Islands – so do remember to visit this picture perfect beach on your honeymoon.

Baratang Island

Baratang Island has become famous because it is home to rare limestone caves

Baratang Island has become famous because it is home to rare limestone caves

One of the main islands of the Great Andaman group, Baratang Island is located approximately 100km away from the capital city of Port Blair. As most of this island still remains unexplored, visit this island during your honeymoon if you like offbeat places. Baratang Island has become famous because it is home to rare limestone caves as well as mud volcanoes. Virgin beaches, mangrove creeks, and tropical forest are the other highlights of this island.

Wandur National Park

Explore the virgin beauty of the Wandur National Park.

Explore the virgin beauty of the Wandur National Park.

Also known as Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandur National Park is home to the most beautiful marine wildlife and the rarest coral all across the world. This national park spreads over 12 islands and exploring these islands is kind of like navigating a labyrinth. Treat your better half to a snorkelling, scuba diving, or glass bottom boat ride experience at this national park.

Corbyn’s Cove Beach

Enjoy a romantic getaway at Corbyn's Cove Beach

Enjoy a romantic getaway at Corbyn’s Cove Beach

Corbyn’s Cove Beach is the nearest beach to Port Blair, which may be the reason why it is well loved by locals and tourists alike. This beach enjoys a very romantic setting, with its backdrop of coconut trees and its clear blue waters. Visit this beach when you are on your honeymoon, and stay till the evening to enjoy the gorgeous sunset views.

Havelock Island

Want to go scuba-diving? Try out the famous Havelock Island!

Want to go scuba-diving? Try out the famous Havelock Island!

Havelock Island is the most renowned of all the islands in the Andaman archipelago. As it is home to one of the world’s richest coral reef systems, it has become the most popular scuba diving spot in Andaman. The varied marine life and the pristine waters of this island make scuba diving more fun. If you and your partner have never been scuba diving, there is no need to worry as the diving operators will provide you with the necessary equipment and training.

Neil Island

If you want to spend your honeymoon in some relaxed and secluded island, head to Neil Island in Andaman.

If you want to spend your honeymoon in some relaxed and secluded island, head to Neil Island in Andaman.

Neil Island is a very small island – you can explore the entire island on foot and it will only take you an hour or so.  A relaxed vibe permeates from each and every corner of this peaceful island. Ramnagar Beach, Sitapur Beach, and the Natural Bridge are some of the attractions of Neil Island.

Chidiya Tapu

If you are a nature lover, you must definitely head to the Chidiya Tapu in Andaman on your honeymoon.

If you are a nature lover, you must definitely head to the Chidiya Tapu in Andaman on your honeymoon.

This place is a haven for almost over a hundred different species of birds, including emerald doves, parakeets, and sea eagles. Located about 25km away from Port Blair, Chidiya Tapu or ‘Bird Island’ as it is lovingly called is a small village surrounded by lush mangroves. It is also known as ‘Sunset Point’ because it offers visitors spectacular views of the sunset. You can also visit the Chidiya Tapu Beach, the Munda Pahad Beach, and the Sylvan Sands Beach while here.

These are some of the most romantic places at the Andaman Islands, but there are plenty of other interesting sites to choose from here  – what you choose to include in your itinerary is completely up to you. For example, history buffs will definitely want to pay a visit to the Cellular Jail when they are on their honeymoon in Andaman. This is perhaps the perfect way to learn more about the likes and dislikes of each other.

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Location: A group of islands in the Bay of Bengal located between India and Myanmar
How to Reach: Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair
Official Language: Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Nicobarese, and English
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Tropical climate, warm with sea breeze
Food & Drink: These islands are known for their fresh seafood delicacies. You can also find a lot of Thai, Burmese, and South Indian influence on the cuisine of the Andaman Islands.

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Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is a small town in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu with an important historic element.

The setting sun creates a spectacular backdrop for Mahabalipuram’s monuments

The setting sun creates a spectacular backdrop for Mahabalipuram’s monuments

A picturesque location on the coast of the Bay of Bengal makes this town even more alluring for travellers. But what puts it on the global map of historically significant places is its mesmerising structures that merge history, architecture, ancient civilisation, and mythological beliefs of the country.

History of Mahabalipuram

A busy seaport for Indian traders right from 1st century CE, Mahabalipuram’s history and importance go back a long way. It was the second capital for the Pallava Dynasty, who ruled South India from the 3rd Century to the 9th Century – a period referred to as the Golden Age for the Pallavas. The artistic work carried out during this period in the form of fascinating monuments is what makes Mahabalipuram an important tourist destination today among lovers of art, culture, history, and architecture.
The monuments here are dedicated to various Hindu deities, although many of these are as part of devotion to Lord Shiva. It is believed that there were several more structures, which were swallowed or damaged by the sea. The modern-day town as we know it was established in 1827 during the British rule in India.

The Famous Group of Monuments in Mahabalipuram

Known for its monolithic structures, Mahabalipuram has monuments that date back to the 7th and 8th Centuries, when the region was under the reign of the Pallava Kings. Featuring the Dravidian architectural style, the stunning monuments have been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These draw thousands of visitors annually, and it is not tough to see why. Here’s a look at the different kind of monuments (primarily divided into four categories) you can expect to marvel at in Mahabalipuram:

Rock Relief Structures

Arjuna’s Penance depicts snake-beings (nagas) among other carvings

Arjuna’s Penance depicts snake-beings (nagas) among other carvings

Well-known for featuring beautiful bas-relief work, the rock reliefs here are carved on individual rocks or boulders. These open-air reliefs are a highlight among the many structures, and the one known as ‘Descent of the Ganges’ (also called Arjuna’s Penance and Bhagiratha’s Penance) is particularly famous. It is also considered as the world’s biggest bas-relief structures, formed from two gigantic adjacent granite boulders. A cleft represents the Ganges River and also depicts Arjuna – the primary character from Hindu epic Mahabharata – praying to Lord Shiva while on one leg.
The exquisite carvings and sculptural work done on giant stones are truly marvellous and a true testament of the skilled artisans of the bygone era. The carvings depict various Hindu mythological episodes.

Mandapas

 The Krishna Mandapa’s carving of Lord Krishna holding up Govardhana Hill

The Krishna Mandapa’s carving of Lord Krishna holding up Govardhana Hill

Mahabalipuram is home to eleven Mandapas or Cave Temples, which are completely covered in impressive bas-relief. These structures feature decorated panels in the Mamalla style of architecture. Although some of these caves have remained incomplete, what stands today is still a marvellous piece of work. Famous among the Mandapas are the Krishna Mandapa, Mahishasuramardini Mandapa, Varaha Cave Temple, and Panchapandava Cave Temple.

While the Mahishasuramardini Mandava is unmissable for the stunning sculpture of Goddess Durga, the Krishna Mandapa is noteworthy for representing the lifting up of the Govardhana Hill by Lord Krishna to protect people from torrential rains as a result of Lord Indra’s fury.

Structural temples/ Shore Temple Complex

The Shore Temple is a stunning example of the artistic skills of the Pallavas

The Shore Temple is a stunning example of the artistic skills of the Pallavas

As the name suggests, the Shore Temple enjoys an idyllic location overlooking the sea. The surrounding gardens further elevate its beauty, making it a structure that scores high on a spiritual vibe, architectural grandeur, and wonderful views alike.
The temple, which has two towers and carvings on stone of exquisite quality, was constructed in the 8th Century during the reign of Pallava Rajasimha and was part of the introduction of structural temples.
The Shore Temple complex consists of three temples – one large and two smaller ones and has a wall around it impressively decorated with panels that feature sculptures of Lord Krishna.  Rows of Nandi (a bull that was Lord Shiva’s vehicle) surround the courtyard.

Ratha Temples

The Five Rathas are among Mahabalipuram’s most famous attractions

The Five Rathas are among Mahabalipuram’s most famous attractions

There are a total of nine monolithic temples in Mahabalipuram, and the Five Rathas (chariots) are among the most famous ones. Carved from a huge rock in the shape of chariots, these structures are also called the Pandava Rathas, which refer to the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata. They are even named accordingly – Dharmaraja Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Nakula Ratha, and Sahadeva Ratha. There are two other chariots close by, known as Ganesha Ratha and Draupadi (the Pandavas’ wife) Ratha.
Built in the 7th century, the Rathas were left incomplete and hence worship is not offered in these temples. All of these structures took shape from a single rock, and are truly marvellous pieces of work, each with its own shape and unique beauty. This also indicates the experimental attitude of the architect. While the Dharmaraja Ratha is the largest with three storeys, the Draupadi Ratha is the smallest albeit with an interesting hut-like roof structure.

Other Things to Do in and Around Mahabalipuram

Once you are done admiring the spectacular monuments, you can complete your day in Mahabalipuram with a visit to other popular locations. These include:
Mahabalipuram Beach: The cleanliness and white sands make this beach instantly appealing and is ideal for the entire family.
Crocodile Bank: The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology located close to Mahabalipuram is where visitors can view hundreds of crocodiles and other reptiles.
Tiger Cave: Lying in Salurankuppam village just 5km from Mahabalipuram is this exquisite Hindu temple complex, another fine example of rock-cut architecture.

Mahabalipuram Fact File

Location: In Tamil Nadu, about 58 km to the south of Chennai.
How to Reach: Chennai International Airport is the closest, from where you can drive or rent a taxi. There are rail service to Chengalpattu, the nearest railway station 29 km from Mahabalipuram. The town also has good road connectivity to Chennai, Pondicherry, and neighbouring places.
Official Language: Tamil. English is also spoken and understood.
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Dry sub-humid to semi-arid
Food & Drink: Local cuisine includes popular South Indian food like Dosa, Idli, Appam, and Sweet Pongal. Try a Thali, fish dishes, and Payassam (dessert).

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Exploring a new city through group or walking tours is very common nowadays. If you are looking for something unique this vacation, choose to go on a Segway tour. A personal transporter launched in 2001, Segway is a self-balancing scooter with only two wheels. While a walking tour may tire you, Segway rides are very convenient for long distances. Segway is easy to manoeuvre and the speed is not much, so people between the age range of 15 and 75 years can effortlessly ride it. The best thing about Segway rides is that they are very eco-friendly since they have zero emissions.

Segway rides are a more convenient way of exploring places on your vacation

Segway rides are a more convenient way of exploring places on your vacation

Here are the five different Indian cities and states that you can explore by gliding on Segways.

Delhi

Glide to some of the monuments like the Red Fort overlooking the Jamuna River as well as the tallest stone tower in India, the Qutub Minar.

Glide to some of the best monuments in Delhi, like the Red Fort overlooking the Jamuna River

The capital city of Delhi is the epitome of the cultural and architectural heritage of India. Explore this historical city with Segway rides, and it will become very convenient to go from one site to another. Glide to some of the monuments like the Red Fort, overlooking the Jamuna River, as well as the tallest stone tower in India, the Qutub Minar.

Political enthusiasts must definitely manoeuvre their Segway to sites such as the Parliament House, the Government Secretariat, and the President’s Palace. Raj Ghat, a monument dedicated to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, should also be on your itinerary for a Segway ride across Delhi. Another attractive site that you will be visiting in Delhi is the Lotus Temple that enjoys a spectacular setting between gardens and pools.

Mumbai

Ride your Segway to the Gateway of India, the place where the British finally left the country.

Ride your Segway to Mumbai’s Gateway of India, the place where the British finally left the country

If Delhi is the capital of India, Mumbai is the financial capital of the country. This is the perfect city to explore the architectural legacy of the British. The Rajabai Tower is located in the Mumbai University Fort Campus was modelled after the Big Ben in London by Sir Gilbert Scott. The Flora Fountain built in 1864 has been declared as one of the Heritage structures of India, while the Town Hall in the Fort area gives you a glimpse of what Victorian Bombay would have looked during the British rule.

Udaipur

Ride your Segways to the breath-taking City Palace in Udaipur – a palace that displays various artefacts, including the sword of Maharana Pratap.

Ride your Segway to the City Palace in Udaipur, which displays artefacts like Maharana Pratap’s sword.

Surrounded by the Aravalli hills, Udaipur is often described as a romantic city because of its located next to the Lake Pichola. It is known by numerous nicknames, some of them include, ‘the City of Lakes’, ‘the Kashmir of Rajasthan’, and ‘the Venice of the East’. The numerous havelis, temples, narrow streets, and incredible palaces take you back in time, and reminds you of the glory of the Rajputs.

Head to the Pichola Lake, the largest lakes in Udaipur, for a relaxing time with your loved ones. One of the other attractions that you should be taking your Segways to is the Saheliyon ki Bari, which is an ornamental garden with several fountains and marble elephants. Although it is an artificial lake, Fateh Sagar Lake is considered be one of the most beautiful lakes in India, therefore a must visit.

Jaipur

Amber Fort is renowned for its halls that are adorned with beautiful semi-precious stones and mirrors,

Ride a Segway in Jaipur’s Amber Fort, famous for halls adorned with semi-precious stones and mirrors

Gorgeous palaces, sandstone mansions, intimidating forts, craggy hills, and beautiful gardens – this is what characterises Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur is testament to the historical and cultural legacy left behind by the Rajputs. Boasting a magnificent architecture, Amber Fort in Jaipur encompasses a sprawling palace complex with its numerous courtyards and halls.

Located on a natural ridge, you have to walk for a while to reach the entrance – Segway rides ensure that you save your time as well as your energy. Amber Fort is renowned for its halls that are adorned with beautiful semi-precious stones and mirrors, especially the Sheesh Mahal. Enjoy your ride through the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) as well as the City Palace, which is an extensive complex of gardens, palaces, and courtyard. Discover the astronomical marvel that is the Jantar Mantar by gliding through the different attractions here.

Goa

Ride Through The World Heritage Site, Basilica of Bom Jesus is home to the remains of St. Francis Xavier

Ride Segways to Goa’s Basilica of Bom Jesus, a World Heritage Site, that holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier

Why go to tropical beach getaways outside the country, when you have your very own beach paradise – Goa. There is so much more to Goa than crystal clear waters and gorgeous golden sand beaches. Numerous sites in Goa are just waiting to be explored by you, including the Viceroy’s Arch and Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. Dubbed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Basilica of Bom Jesus is home to the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Built more than 400 years ago, the Baroque architecture of this church is truly breath-taking.

Some of the other sites to visit in Goa are St. Augustine Tower, River Cruise Point, Dona Paula, Goa Science Centre, Mandovi River View, Panjim Church, and Bhagwan Mahavir Garden. With a Segway ride, you will definitely be able to make the most of your visit.

Segway rides are a new and adventurous way of exploring new cities all over India. Get on one and create fantastic memories to last you a lifetime.

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Travelling to South India, but only have 48 hours to explore Kerala? Worry not! While two days are not enough to see ALL of this gorgeous state, there’s a lot you can fit into your itinerary. Read on to know the best things to see and do in God’s Own Country!

The tea plantations in Munnar, a hill station in Kerala

Explore the lush tea plantations in Munnar, one of the most popular hill stations in Kerala

From gorgeous hill stations to spice plantations, ancient legends to a vibrant culture, Kerala offers you a wide variety of beautiful experiences. The key to exploring the state properly is to make a detailed schedule, and then sticking to your list. With so much on offer, take a look at all you can do with your 48 hours in Kerala.

Stroll Through The Historic Town Of Fort Kochi

Exploring Fort Kochi on foot is a must for history buffs – every corner here seems to ooze history.

History buffs shouldn’t miss out on walking across Fort Kochi, which holds a piece of history at every turn

A walk through Kochi’s main attractions will give you a glimpse of its dynamic history. Visit the ruins of Fort Immanuel, a symbol of the alliance between the Portuguese and the Maharaja of Cochin in the 1500s. Stop at the famous Jewish Synagogue, and explore gorgeous colonial structures like Thakur House and David Hall. Don’t miss out on the Chinese fishing nets located in the port area of this city, especially at sunset, when you get to capture the most breathtaking pictures of these magnificent nets.

Enjoy A Kathakali Show

If you want to learn more about the culture of Kerala, do include a Kathakali show in your itinerary.

If you want to learn more about the culture of Kerala, add a Kathakali dance performance to your itinerary

Vibrant colours, elaborate make-up, and magnificent costumes combine with the dancers’ graceful movements for an unforgettable performance. Be ready to be awed and captivated as the dancers tell stories through their art. One of the best places in Kerala to see a Kathakali show is at the Kerala Kathakali Centre in Fort Kochi.

Journey Through The Backwaters

If you do not include Kerala backwaters in your itinerary, your visit to the state will be incomplete.

Your visit would be incomplete if you don’t add some time exploring Kerala’s backwaters to your itinerary

Perhaps one of the most popular attractions in Kerala, the backwaters promise some happy memories for visitors. A large network of inter-linked canals and rivers, lined with lush greenery, a backwater cruise is an experience in itself. Depending on where you choose to go on a backwater cruise, you will have the opportunity to spot some exotic birds as well as the local life here.

Plan A Visit To A Spice Plantation

Kerala is renowned for its spice plantations, after all, it has been nicknamed the ‘Spice Garden of India’.

Kerala is renowned for its spice plantations, which has given it the nickname of the ‘Spice Garden of India’

Visit one of numerous spice plantations in Kerala and get lost in the gorgeous fragrance of the different Indian spices. The best thing about these plantations is that you can actually buy fresh packets of these spices to take home with you. These packets also make amazing options for souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

Book An Appointment At The Ayurveda Centre

Visit one of the Ayurvedic spas in Kerala and relax your overworked muscles and tendons.

Visit one of the Ayurvedic spas in Kerala and relax your overworked muscles and tendons

Revitalise yourself by booking one of the panchakarma sessions at Kerala’s famous spas or indulge in one of the herbal massages to loosen all the knots in your body. While the Kerala vacation is good for your mind, these Ayurvedic treatments are good for your body, mind and soul.

Hit One Of The Beaches In Kerala

Even though Kerala is not well-known for its beaches, it is home to a gorgeous coastline.

Even though Kerala is not well-known for its beaches, it is home to a gorgeous coastline

Lovely waters, beautiful soft sands, and plenty of Indian sunshine is what awaits you at a beach in Kerala. The Marari Beach here is perfect for those who want to simply relax, whereas Kovalam Beach is the ideal place for people who enjoy a party ambience.

Sample A Few Authentic Kerala Dishes

When in Kerala, do gorge on mouth-watering and flavourful authentic dishes

When in Kerala, gorge on some mouth-watering and flavourful authentic dishes

If you get a chance to enjoy the appetising Sadhya, a banquet served on banana leaves, do not miss it. Some of the must-try dishes of Kerala include the aviyal (vegetables cooked in fragrant coconut gravy), pothu (beef fry), payasam (sweetened milk with semolina), and appam (rice hoppers).

Visit A Wildlife Sanctuary

The gorgeous evergreen forests in Kerala are home to numerous wildlife sanctuaries.

The gorgeous evergreen forests in Kerala are home to numerous wildlife sanctuaries.

Kerala’s sanctuaries house some rare and endangered species of fauna and flora. Whether you are a nature lover or a wildlife enthusiast, you will definitely enjoy a trip to these sanctuaries. Some of the animals that you can spot at Kerala wildlife sanctuaries include elephants, Indian sloth bears, Nilgiri tahr, sambars, Indian porcupines, flying squirrels, and leopards.

These experiences ensure that you get the best of Kerala in 48 hours. So don’t waste any more time, start planning your holiday itinerary today.

Fact File

Location: South Indian state on the Malabar Coast
How to Reach: Cochin International Airport, Calicut International Airport, and Trivandrum International Airport are the three airports that serve Kerala.
Official Language: Malayalam
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Maritime Tropical Climate
Food & Drink: Mustard seeds, turmeric, curry leaves, chilies, asafoetida, and tamarind are regularly used in Kerala cuisine. Some of the popular dishes in Kerala are Chicken Stew with Appams, Kerala Fish Curry, and Malabar Matthi Curry.

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Marriage is one of the most important life decisions that you will ever make. No matter how long you have known your better half before marriage, it will still take you some time to adjust being around them and living with them. This is one of the reasons why the honeymoon period becomes really important – you need some time to celebrate your marriage, understand each other, and recharge yourself.

When in Andaman Islands, make it a point to not miss out on snorkelling deep down the the coral reefs

When in Andaman Islands, make it a point to not miss out on snorkelling deep down the the coral reefs

Andaman Islands in India is the perfect honeymoon destination because it offers you everything – beautiful sunny skies, sparkling blue seas, gorgeous golden sands, and an enjoyable tropical weather. The adventurous activities and the delicious seafood are additional benefits that can be enjoyed at these idyllic islands.
Some of the places to visit on Andaman Islands to create some unforgettable honeymoon memories include:

Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach – the crowning highlight of Havelock Island.

Radhanagar Beach – the crowning highlight of Havelock Island.

Back in 2004, Time magazine voted Radhanagar Beach as Asia’s Best Beach. Although it has been more than a decade now, the charm of this most popular Andaman beach still remains the same. The turquoise blue waters, the soft white sands, and the surrounding lush forest makes it one of the most romantic spots on Andaman Islands – so do remember to visit this picture perfect beach on your honeymoon.

Baratang Island

Baratang Island has become famous because it is home to rare limestone caves

Baratang Island has become famous because it is home to rare limestone caves

One of the main islands of the Great Andaman group, Baratang Island is located approximately 100km away from the capital city of Port Blair. As most of this island still remains unexplored, visit this island during your honeymoon if you like offbeat places. Baratang Island has become famous because it is home to rare limestone caves as well as mud volcanoes. Virgin beaches, mangrove creeks, and tropical forest are the other highlights of this island.

Wandur National Park

Explore the virgin beauty of the Wandur National Park.

Explore the virgin beauty of the Wandur National Park.

Also known as Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandur National Park is home to the most beautiful marine wildlife and the rarest coral all across the world. This national park spreads over 12 islands and exploring these islands is kind of like navigating a labyrinth. Treat your better half to a snorkelling, scuba diving, or glass bottom boat ride experience at this national park.

Corbyn’s Cove Beach

Enjoy a romantic getaway at Corbyn's Cove Beach

Enjoy a romantic getaway at Corbyn’s Cove Beach

Corbyn’s Cove Beach is the nearest beach to Port Blair, which may be the reason why it is well loved by locals and tourists alike. This beach enjoys a very romantic setting, with its backdrop of coconut trees and its clear blue waters. Visit this beach when you are on your honeymoon, and stay till the evening to enjoy the gorgeous sunset views.

Havelock Island

Want to go scuba-diving? Try out the famous Havelock Island!

Want to go scuba-diving? Try out the famous Havelock Island!

Havelock Island is the most renowned of all the islands in the Andaman archipelago. As it is home to one of the world’s richest coral reef systems, it has become the most popular scuba diving spot in Andaman. The varied marine life and the pristine waters of this island make scuba diving more fun. If you and your partner have never been scuba diving, there is no need to worry as the diving operators will provide you with the necessary equipment and training.

Neil Island

If you want to spend your honeymoon in some relaxed and secluded island, head to Neil Island in Andaman.

If you want to spend your honeymoon in some relaxed and secluded island, head to Neil Island in Andaman.

Neil Island is a very small island – you can explore the entire island on foot and it will only take you an hour or so.  A relaxed vibe permeates from each and every corner of this peaceful island. Ramnagar Beach, Sitapur Beach, and the Natural Bridge are some of the attractions of Neil Island.

Chidiya Tapu

If you are a nature lover, you must definitely head to the Chidiya Tapu in Andaman on your honeymoon.

If you are a nature lover, you must definitely head to the Chidiya Tapu in Andaman on your honeymoon.

This place is a haven for almost over a hundred different species of birds, including emerald doves, parakeets, and sea eagles. Located about 25km away from Port Blair, Chidiya Tapu or ‘Bird Island’ as it is lovingly called is a small village surrounded by lush mangroves. It is also known as ‘Sunset Point’ because it offers visitors spectacular views of the sunset. You can also visit the Chidiya Tapu Beach, the Munda Pahad Beach, and the Sylvan Sands Beach while here.

These are some of the most romantic places at the Andaman Islands, but there are plenty of other interesting sites to choose from here  – what you choose to include in your itinerary is completely up to you. For example, history buffs will definitely want to pay a visit to the Cellular Jail when they are on their honeymoon in Andaman. This is perhaps the perfect way to learn more about the likes and dislikes of each other.

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Fact File:

Location: A group of islands in the Bay of Bengal located between India and Myanmar
How to Reach: Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair
Official Language: Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Nicobarese, and English
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Tropical climate, warm with sea breeze
Food & Drink: These islands are known for their fresh seafood delicacies. You can also find a lot of Thai, Burmese, and South Indian influence on the cuisine of the Andaman Islands.

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