For most children, winters are synonymous with holidays, picnics, and family meets. And since it is about family bonding, there is nothing like going on a vacation together. Here are 5 family holiday destinations in India to choose from.

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Admire the breath-taking snowy landscape of Kashmir to enjoy winter in all its glory

In fact, the run up to the actual vacation–the deciding on a place, choosing activities to do there, and the entire planning is half the fun. There are plenty of places in India that offer a different vacation experience in every season. Here are our picks of the best places to visit in India during the winter:

#1 Kashmir –  One Of The Most Majestic Holiday Destinations In India

Things to do: Ride a shikara on Dal Lake, ski and gondola ride in Gulmarg

If you are still to make your maiden visit to this paradise, a winter vacation is as good a time as any. While Kashmir is spectacular at all times, visiting in the winter months it lets you enjoy the snow and winter-related outdoor activities.

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Complete your Kashmir trip with a shikara ride on the famous Dal Lake

Whether you want to try your hand at skiing on the slopes or prefer to enjoy the views from a gondola, Gulmarg is the destination to head to. Do not miss out on a snowball fight with the family. A trip to the Dal Lake is also an unmissable part of any Kashmir visit. The Mughal Gardens in Srinagar is another attraction where you can feast your eyes on the region’s beauty.

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Spend quality time with your family and loved ones admist scenic beauty

Kashmir Fact File:

Location: In northern India, mostly in the Himalayas
How to Reach: Srinagar airport has daily flights from Delhi and other cities. Private and state buses connect the state to nearby places. Jammu Tawi Railway Station is the nearest railhead
Official Language: Urdu
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Temperate
Food & Drink: Must-try dishes of the Kashmiri cuisine include Qabargaah, Shab Deg, and Rogan Josh. Noon chai is a popular tea in the state.

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#2. Auli –  One Of The Most Breathtaking Holiday Destinations In India

Things to do: Skiing

Known for being among the top ski destinations in the country, Auli, located in Uttarakhand, is the perfect place for a memorable winter vacation. Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning the ropes of skiing from professional instructors. In fact, if you wish you can also attend the annual National Championship of Skiing, held in Auli every January.

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Adventure and outdoor lovers will love skiing in Auli

December in Auli also means snow-clad peaks like the Mana Parbat and Neelkant, providing soothing scenic views for travellers who just want to enjoy breath-taking mountain scenery with a steaming cuppa. The region also wears a festive look around the time of Christmas, if you were planning to make a short trip to Auli during the vacations. Spend some time at the Auli artificial lake. It not only makes a pretty sight, but is also an excellent backdrop for clicking vacation pictures.

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What’s better than enjoying the awe-inspiring beauty from the top?

Uttarakhand Fact File

Location: In northern India, bordering Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Tibet, and Nepal.
How to Reach: Air connectivity available to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport and Pantnagar Airport close to Nainital. There is good rail connectivity to places within Uttarakhand and other cities in India. Buses are available to Auli from different places.
Official Language: Hindi, Sanskrit
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Pleasant to hot summers depending on the place, while winters are typically chilly.
Food & Drink: Mostly cooked over wood or charcoal, Uttarakhand’s popular dishes include chapatis, kafuli, dubuk, and Garhwal ka fannah. Jhangor ki kheer is the dessert to try.

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#3. Konark –  One Of The Most Spectacular Holiday Destinations In India

Things to do: Attend the Konark Dance Festival, visit the Sun Temple and beach.

The mere mention of Konark brings the stunning Sun Temple to mind. This is no doubt a must-visit attraction not only for history and architecture lovers but for all travellers; but there is a lot more to enjoy in this Odisha town. If you are travelling in December, add the Konark Dance Festival to your itinerary.

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An Odissi dancer strikes a pose at Konark’s Sun Temple

This is not your average dance performance in an air-conditioned auditorium. Rather, this annual festival treats attendees to the finest of live performances by participants from all over the country, performed to the decked-up backdrop of the Sun Temple. The sound of ghungroos and musical instruments added with the magnificent view is a true feast for the senses.

Spending time at the pristine Konark Beach with its golden sands is the perfect way to wind up a visit to this fascinating little town.

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The Sun Temple in Konark is an architectural marvel and a top tourist attraction

Odisha Fact File:

Location: India’s eastern coast, bordering West Bengal.
How to Reach: Bhubaneshwar’s Biju Patnaik Airport has regular flights from many Indian cities; the city is also well-connected by rail. A good road network connects Konark and other parts of Odisha to major Indian cities.
Official Language: Odia
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Tropical
Food & Drink: Rice is a staple; Pakhala, a dish made from soaked cooked rice, is popular. Pahala Rasgulla and Chhena Poda are must-try sweet dishes.

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#4. Meghalaya –  One Of The Most Amazing Holiday Destinations In India

Things to do: Visit the Umngot River, explore Shillong and Cherrapunjee

If you are looking for a holiday that completely destresses you while also maintaining the fun factor, Meghalaya is the place to be. Starting from the Umiam Lake and Elephant Falls to charming churches and a vibrant music scene, this north-eastern state has it all. Cherrapunjee’s Mawsmai Cave and Nohkalikai Falls are some of the top attractions in one of the wettest places on earth.

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Hop onto a boat on the Dawki River for a serene experience

But the Umngot River deserves special mention. Something of a hidden gem of the region, this river is known for having water so clear that a person on a boat can see right to the river bed.

For a truly unique experience, go for a hike on the Double Decker Living Root Bridge – a natural wonder that has marvelled visitors since many years. When not exploring the mesmerising outdoors, you can tuck into Khasi delights in Shillong, watch a football game in progress, or simply soak in the sights from one of the many cafés.

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Marvel at the bridge at Shnongpdeng, Khasi Hills in Meghalaya

Meghalaya Fact File:

Location: Close to Assam, Meghalaya is also bounded by Bangladesh. The capital city of Shillong lies 100kms away from Guwahati.
How to Reach: You can take a flight to Guwahati and travel to Meghalaya by road. A helicopter service from Guwahati to Shillong is also available. Guwahati also has good road connectivity to Meghalaya.
Official Language: English
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Meghalaya is the wettest place in the world with high rainfall and humidity.
Food & Drink: Non-vegetarian, with spicy meat and vegetables. Pumaloi (a rice dish) and Jadoh (pork and rice) are local favourites.

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Top 5 Wildlife Parks In Meghalaya

#5. Rajasthan –  One Of The Most Authentic Holiday Destinations In India

Things to do: Visit forts and museums, shop in Jaisalmer, try Rajasthani cuisine

If you have always wanted to explore Rajasthan but the idea of travelling in the heat has kept you from doing so, plan a trip during the winter to experience the charm of the land without having to deal with the blistering desert heat.

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A camel decked with local decorations at the Pushkar Fair

Riding the sand dunes on camel-back is a quintessential Rajasthan experience, as is visiting its famous forts and palaces, most of which have now been turned into hotels. The Amber Fort, Udaipur’s Lake Palace, and the Mehrangarh Fort will please architecture and history enthusiasts. Set some time aside for Mount Abu, the state’s only hill station.

November is when the famous Pushkar ka Mela takes place, which offers a fascinating insight into local trade and culture. If you are travelling with children, do remember to watch a puppet show while in Rajasthan.

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Explore the Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan

Rajasthan Fact File:

Location:https://holidays.coxandkings.com/holidays/search?destinations=rajasthan|destination&track=cnkblog In India’s western part, bordering Pakistan.
How to Reach: Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur have domestic airports; and a good railway network provides regular connectivity from Rajasthan to different Indian cities. Bus services are available from several neighbouring states.
Official Language: Hindi
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Tropical desert
Food & Drink: Mostly vegetarian; dishes to taste are Dal-Baati-Churma, kachori, mawa, and ghevar.

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Lights, sweets, crackers and glee; the enchanting festival of the Hindus, Diwali celebrations in India is in honour of Lord Rama’s return from a 14-year vanvas (exile), during which he defeated the demon king, Ravana.

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Come, celebrate the festival of lights!

Diwali Celebrations In India

Celebrated widely across India with much enthusiasm, each city adds a unique feature to the festivities and makes it their own. Being celebrated on 7th November this year, let’s take a look at the best places in India to celebrate Diwali, and what makes this extravagant festival so special there.

1. Diwali Celebrations In Varanasi – Diwali In Its Purest Form

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Find peace this Diwali at Varanasi; chrls lawson, flickr

If you wish to see how Diwali is celebrated in its purest form, then this spiritual place is the perfect location.

Sit by the serene Ganges, listen to the mesemersing chants of pundits and devotees and watch the diyas float away on the holy river; you will find your piece of solitude at a place that is swarmed with worshipers. Away from the firecrackers and the chaos of the city, Varanasi is how Diwali was meant to be celebrated.

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2. Diwali Celebrations In Kolkata – Known For The Traditions

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On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, seek blessing of Ma Kali

The cultural capital of West Bengal lights up into a dazzling city during Diwali. With time-worn rituals and traditions, Kolkata’s streets buzz with zeal and joy. Goddess Kali is worshiped with offerings such as sweets, rice and hibiscus flowers.

There are also a number of bazaars set up, so you can buy authentic Kolkata items.

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3. Diwali Celebrations In Jaipur – For Mouthwatering Rajasthani Food

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With Diwali comes delicious food!

Sweeten the vibe of Diwali further; visit Jaipur and devour their toothsome sweets and Rajasthani thalis. Indulge in dishes like dal baati, mawa kachori, besan barfi and sohan papdi.

Moreover, on night of Diwali, drive along the city streets and see the lights and crackers illuminate the sky.

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4. Diwali Celebrations In Amritsar – For The Grandest Celebration Of Diwali

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The beautifully lit up Golden Temple is sure to entrall you!; Angad Pal Singh Klngra, flickr

Amritsar brims with exuberant celebrations on the occasion of Diwali. If you want to experience a grand Diwali, then The Golden Temple is the place to do it! Beautifully lit up with candles and diyas, the sight is simply magical. With the prayers of worshippers, the warmth of the air and cool waters surrounding the temple, the aura is unforgettable.

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5. Diwali Celebrations In Delhi – For The Ramleela

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The magnificent India Gate illuminated by fireworks!; Kolory Delhi, Pinterest

With the adaptations of Ramleela taking place at every nook and corner of the capital city, you are sure to witness the epic ‘Ramayana’ dramatically re-enacted in front of your eyes. Immersed in rituals, fervour and ecstasy, Delhi does not disappoint!

Go on extensive shopping sprees, try delicious local food or just watch the firecrackers light up the city. One thing is guaranteed, you will take home more than just wonderful memories.

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So here’s a list of best places for Diwali celebrations in India and we at Nissi tours and Travels wish you a Happy Diwali and a Happy New Year!

Originally published in October’17

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The season of ghosts, scary costumes, pumpkins and trick -or – treat is here! Halloween has arrived and we’re all geared up to celebrate with a list of the 5 most haunted places around the world. Read on to get those travel nerves wrenching!

Uncover The Top 5 Haunted Places From Around The World:

1. Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is one of the haunted places around the world

This magnificent structure makes for England’s most significant church

Westminster Abbey in London is a historical church located in the palace of Westminster. Legends say that tourists have spotted a shadow of the ghost of John Bradshaw and the ghost of a monk known as “father of Benedictus”. On the south side, a statue of Daniel Pulteney stands tall holding a book and as bizarre as it may sound, many have reported seeing the statue turn the pages of that book.

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2. Pluckley Village, Kent, United Kingdom

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Pluckley is known to be one of the most haunted places in the UK

Pluckley village located in Kent has been crowned as the most haunted village in England by the Guinness Book of World Records with an estimate of 12-15 ghosts. The story behind the haunting of this village goes back to a highwayman who was stabbed with a sword and pinned to a tree. There also seems to be an apparition named The Red Lady who haunts the churchyard after dark.

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3. Devils Pool, Babinda, Queensland, Australia

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There are stories of young men been taken away by the mysterious Devil’s Pool

Devils Pool is a natural pool nestled among boulders and is said to have been cursed by an Aboriginal woman who drowned herself here after her lover had been taken away from her. Since 1959, 17 people have been estimated to have drowned here from slips, falls or getting caught in the fast flowing currents.

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4. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India

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This 17th century fort is the most haunted place in India

Entry into Bhangarh Fort is restricted after sunsetBhangarh Fort, also known as ‘Bhoot Bangla’ was a small city consisting of palaces, temples and gates at the foot of a mountain and was abandoned in 1783. Two stories spin around the fate of this place – one being a curse of a holy man who forbade the height of the buildings in the town to be taller than his own and when this did happen one day, he is said to have cursed the entire town. The second story goes around a wizard who was in love with the Princess of Bhangarh and used his spells to make her fall in love with him. But when she annulled his spells, the bitter wizard cursed a spell on the town. It is now believed that anyone who enters the city at night will never come out again. Paranormal activity is often reported around the Dancers’ Haveli and Jauhari Bazaar, hence entry into the fort is restricted after sunset.

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5. Lawang Sewu, Central Java, Indonesia

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Who would believe this Colonial era building is famous as a haunted house

The name Lawang Sevu (thousand doors) refers to the architecture of a building that was converted into a prison during the Japanese World War II. Its basement was used for executions at this time. This place is visited by tourists for a number of ghost stories including the one wherein the ghost of a young Dutch woman, a headless ghoul and a vampiric ghost haunt the hallway.

If these stories sent shivers down your spine, you certainly must plan a trip to witness these haunted places around the world.

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The pursuit of spirituality often takes people great distances, even within. Do you sense a calling too? Where would you begin your spiritual journey? Amisha’s list of 5 mystical places of worship in India could be the answer.

5 Important Places Of Worship In India

#1 Char Dham Yatra – The Uttarakhand Circuit

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The colourful Kedarnath Temple with Himalayas as a backdrop

One of the most sacred pilgrimages (yatras), the Char Dham yatra includes a tour of the temples of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. ‘Char Dham’ in Hindi means ‘four abodes’ (of the Gods), the yatra involves visiting all four in Uttarakhand. Yamunotri and Gangotri are temples at the sources of sacred rivers Yamuna and Ganga whereas, Badrinath and Kedarnath are temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva respectively.

The Char Dham Yatra is covered from east to west (clockwise, as per the concept of ‘Parikrama’ in Hinduism) and hence, starts with Yamunotri, followed by Gangotri, both in Uttarkashi. It continues in Kedarnath in the Rudraprayag district and concludes at Badrinath in Chamoli district. The routes of all four abodes cover some beautiful locales, but with treacherous paths and testing climates. And yet, people of all ages set out for it in the hope of redemption.

Char Dham Yatra 2018 dates: April to October/November
Travel Tip: Char Dham Yatra by helicopters are ideal for senior citizens.

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#2 The Amaranath Yatra

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Pilgrims heading for the Amarnath Yatra

The holy Amarnath temple is a mystical ice-stalagmite ‘Shiv Lingam’ that forms naturally inside a cave, during summer and also, waxes and wanes as per the lunar cycle (yes, believe it or not)! It is therefore, not surprising that believers of all ages, trek a section of the Himalayan range in South Kashmir, especially to seek His blessings.

Also Read – Everything You Should Know About Amarnath Yatra

Located in a gorge in the Lidder valley, with Pahalgam and Sonmarg as base points, the Amarnath Mandir is quite difficult to access and the Amarnath yatra route, quite challenging. But not to worry, it is because of its precarious nature that Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) takes extra care and measures to ensure a peaceful and safe yatra.

Amarnath Yatra 2018 dates: From 28th June 2018
Registration: 1st March 2018 onwards. Group registrations can also be done.
Travel Tip: Check the health advisory here before planning your Yatra.

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#3 Kailash Mansarovar

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When in Mt. Kailash, don’t miss visiting the Buddhistic stupas (chorten)

Mount Kailash (Kailash Parbat), believed to be the home of Lord Shiva, and the Mansarovar Lake near Kailash are two spots of religious importance for various religions, including the Hindus. The Hindus believe that circumambulation (doing Parikrama) of the Kailash on foot can help them earn Lord Shiva’s blessings and a dip in the holy Lake can wash their sins away.

Must Read – All You Need To Know About Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

The Yatra starts at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, continuing to Mt. Kailash, and then Mansarovar. The Parikrama involves trekking through and camping at some mesmerising locations situated at high altitudes in the Himalayas and also a helicopter ride between picturesque Simikot and Hilsa.

Best time for the Yatra: April to June and September to mid-October
Good to know: Dolma Pass, the highest point covered during the Parikrama is situated at a height of 5650m. The Pashupatinath Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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#4 The Golden Temple

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Soak in the beautiful sunrise and seek blessings at the Golden Temple

The city of Amritsar was founded by the fourth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Ram Das. Today, the city is home to many spots important to the Sikhs, including the much popular – Golden Temple.

The Temple is actually known as Shri Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, and is a complex with a pure and a welcoming vibe. Located amidst a pool, representing the pool of nectar, the Golden Temple is open to people of all faiths. The customary, free meals served here, known as ‘Guru ka Langar’ are as popular and blissful as the Temple itself.

Also Read – 5 Popular & Unusual Temples In India

Best time to visit the Temple: Early morning and late night, if you want to beat the queues.
Keep in mind: Remove your shoes at the entrance, wash your feet, cover your head with a scarf or a covering provided by the temple, and then proceed inside.
Things to do in Amritsar: Pay respects at the Jallianwala Bagh, watch the Flag Retreat ceremony at the Wagah Border, and eat and shop at the Lawrence Road market or the Old City Bazaar.
Travel Tip: Do not miss Amritsari Kulchas at All India Famous, near the Temple, and the Fruit Cream and Kulfa (same as Kulfi) at Hall Bazaar. Avoid visiting the temple on weekends and festivals.

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#5 Dharamshala

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Seek your blessings in Dharamshala

The peaceful hilly town of Dharamshala is synonymous with Buddhism, hence, monks in red robes and colourful Buddhist monasteries are a common sight here. In fact, Upper Dharamshala or McLeodganj, also known as Little Lhasa, is where the Dalai Lama resides.

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Here you can visit the monasteries, meditate at special centres, and attend a talk by the Dalai Lama (check his schedule here). You can also pursue courses on Reiki, Vedanta, and Vipassana at centres spread across this town. You will love the town’s ancient churches and temples, nestled amidst its cedar forests and snowy hills.

Best time to visit Dharamshala: March to mid-June
Things to do at Dharamshala: Shop for Tibetan artefacts and attend the Dharamshala International Film Festival in November
Must-visit Monasteries: Namgyal, Kirti, Mani Lhakhang Stupa in Uprali Barol, and His Holiness Dalai Lama Main Temple.

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No matter which path of the divine you choose, we hope you find a spot that resonates with you and your spiritual quest.



Want to know about some unheard of, crazy, and unusual things to do in China? Amisha lists 5 China attractions that are unique and amusing enough to be added to your China tour itinerary.
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5 Unusual Things To Do In China That You MUST Experience

Visiting China but don’t want to do what everyone does? We give you 5 unusual things to do in China and places to visit that will blow your mind! Our list includes some incredible China destinations and some quirky experiences, which many haven’t even heard of.

#1 Go On The The World’s Most Dangerous Hike – Huashan’s Plank Walk. Would You Dare?

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The vertigo-inducing Plank Walk,    Image credit – Imgur.com

Shaanxi province is home to the Terracotta Army Museum, however, not many have heard of Huashan or Mount Hua. Huashan has several high peaks, which you can climb using the many steep stairs. But if you think you can handle a bigger challenge, opt for the Plank Walk, which is a giddying hike, through a trail that’s often snow-covered.

So what is the Plank Walk? It involves you walking on a thin ledge around a peak, made of rickety scrap-wood planks, while held by a harness. And then there are places without these planks, where you step only on pegs, holding onto a guide chain to move across. You have to be completely insane to go for this one, which is why it is number 1 on our list.

Travel Tip:

Not suited for children at all. Best suited for Solo travellers, couples and others who wants a memorable spine-chilling adventure.
Not to miss: The Jade Spring temple and  Daoist & Buddhist temple at Huashan
Where are these temples: 2 hours from Xi’an, the capital city of Shaanxi (by bus)
Getting to Huashan: Take a 40-min train trip from Xi’an North station to Huashan North station and then a free, green mini bus from there to the tourist centre at Shengtai Guangchang.

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#2 How About Sliding Down The Great Wall Of China?

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Most fun and the fastest way to climb down the Great Wall,   image credit- atlasobscura.com

Everyone wants to stand atop the Great Wall of China. But, about 65 kms from Beijing city, at the Mutianyu section, you can experience this wonder of the world in a whole new way – by sliding down an entire stretch on a Toboggan slide.

Want to know how can you do it? Walk it up or take a chairlift till the top. Then prepare for the joyride, which zooms you downwards on a thrilling, zig-zag, 5-minute long Toboggan slide adjacent to the Wall. The same breath-taking view of the Wall and the surroundings, with probably, quadruple the excitement.

Remember Michelle Obama sliding down the Great Wall? Yes, this was it. The slide is definitely one of the best things to do in Beijing.

Travel Tip:

Cost: A trip on the slide costs about CNY 100

Time: Weekdays (5 days): 08:00-16:50, Weekends: 08:00-17:00

Also Read – Cruise Through China, From Great Wall To The Three Gorges

#3 Around The World In Just One Day, At The Window Of The World Theme Park In Shenzen

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa replica at the Window of the World

At the Window of the World theme park you can visit 130 replicas of world’s popular landmarks from different continents, such as the Taj Mahal, Mount Rushmore and the Great Pyramids, among others.

Want to know the best part? You can actually even experience these places like you would at the actual destinations. You can enjoy the replicated canals of Venice in a gondola or enjoy fireworks display at the L’Arc de Triomphe replica here.

You can also experience the various environs of the regions put on display here. If a particular region observes a festival, you get to be a part of the celebrations, right here at the Window of the World theme park.

Travel Tip:

Getting there: By train from the Hung Hom MTR station in Hong Kong to the Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau stations

Remember: You will need to fulfil border-related formalities before entering Shenzen.

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#4 Experience Futuristic Travel At The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

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The Bund Tunnel resembles Time Travel, doesn’t it?

Shanghai’s Bund area is popular for its interesting architectural sites along the Huangpu River. But beneath the Bund, through an entire stretch of the River, is a specially designed tunnel that makes your trip to the other end as interesting as time travel or a similar concept would seem.

Arrive at Puxi, look for the board – Bund Sightseeing Tunnel and you will find a mini rail car. It takes you through a futuristic version of a tunnel, one that glows and flashes patterns and designs resembling imagined abstract spaces.

A visual treat, the Bund Tunnel ride is one of the things you can do in Shanghai without much-ado. Even though the ride costs more than the city’s metro, it guarantees to leave you as amused as a child.

Travel Tip:

Cost: CNY 45, CNY 55 for a round trip

Runs between: Puxi and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Must Read – Surprising Facts About Hungry Ghost Festival In China

#5 Now Eat The Freaky At The Guo Li Zhuang Restaurant, Beijing

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Donkey genitals dish served at the restaurant. Image credit – Thetimes.co.uk

You think trying insect food in China is being bold, then you haven’t heard of the menu at the Guo Li Zhuang restaurant. Cooked genitals of animals like tiger and reindeer, fried maggots and peacock claws, deer face stew, and a whole lot of nasty dishes.

While the restaurant offers such daring delicacies, it names them in a complete baroque style. Names such as ‘Jasmine Flowers with 1,000 Layers’ and ‘Head crowned with a Jade Bracelet’ give the dishes a luxurious feel.

Do hear out the waiters as they give you information on the health benefits or disadvantages and some magical qualities of the dishes you order. Women, especially, are given warnings of unimaginable side-effects of some dishes; effects like beard growth. The insect foods will take lesser courage now, won’t they?

Travel Tip:

Address: 18 Baochan Hutong, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China.

For reservations: +86 10 6611 2088

With futuristic cities, a lesser known culture, and unimaginable foods, regular things to do in China are often completely new and obscure experiences for tourists. We still hope at least two of the above-mentioned China attractions make it to your itinerary.

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Since I am originally from Quebec City, it is easy for me to say that it is an outstanding destination for tourists who are fond of the French language, architectural beauty, sports events, history, culture, fine dining, and the list goes on. I have no trouble admitting it: my love for Quebec City is unconditional. I treasure this city so much as there are lot of things to do in Quebec city, Canada. But if there is one thing I am absolutely sure about, it is that Quebec City is a perfect destination for lovebirds: any couple looking for a romantic place should seriously consider going to Quebec City, at least for a full weekend!

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Visit the Quebec city when in Canada

5 Romantic & Relaxing Things To Do In Quebec City, Canada

The good thing about Quebec City is that it is not only visually beautiful; there are lots of things to do in Quebec city, no matter the season during which you are travelling.

#1 In The Mood For Ski?

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Enjoy best ski slopes at Quebec city, Canada

Quebec City is strategically located close to many mountains; the ski season lasts quite long in Quebec City and the snow conditions are generally quite good and steady, even when Mother Nature is in a bad mood since ski centers are equipped with efficient snow making machines that compensate for the weather’s unexpectedness.

#2 How About An Ultimate Retreat?

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Bid goodbye to persistent headaches with a professionally-done spa treatment

Among all Quebec city attractions, this place also offers many possibilities for couples speaking spa, massage and relaxation packages while they are in town. Some spa stations even become “Nordic spas” in the winter, allowing people to live a unique experience of hot-cold contrasts by alternating between warming up their body in spas, hammams or saunas and cooling it down in a natural stream or freezing waterfall. I have done that twice myself, and I can tell you that each time I left the spa, I felt more peaceful than if I had just waken up after 12 hours of sleep.

#3 Museums, Art, Food! Sounds Incredible, Eh?

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Indulge, indulge and indulge!

Quebec City is also home to various interesting museums and art galleries.Moreover, Quebec City is an undisputable hub of gastronomy; lovely restaurants and famous chefs abound. Although winter sports in enchanting settings, spas, museums and chic dining places are among the essential ingredients for a memorable sweet, romantic escape, what all of the couples who decide to make it to Quebec City will probably remember the most at the end of their trip probably is the architectural and scenic beauties they will have discovered by wandering in Old Quebec’s picturesque streets.

#4 Enjoy Luxurious Stay & Stunning View

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Enjoy high-quality accommodations that offer fabulous scenic view

Staying at one of the many top hotels in Quebec City will also certainly make visiting couples feel lovey-dovey. The majestic Château Frontenac, which is emblematic of Old Quebec, is a five-star hotel that offers an incredible outlook on the St. Lawrence River on the east side. The Auberge Saint-Antoine also is another undisputable top hotel in Quebec City: located in the Old Port area, this 4-star hotel was rated among the 10 best hotels in Canada and among the best 100 hotels in the world. Its restaurant – Le Panache – also appears on the list of the very good culinary institutions in the city.

Many other hotels are worthy of our attention, such as the Le Concorde and its rotating restaurant. However, one blog post is insufficient to list all of the high-quality accommodations where a couple should consider staying. Similarly, all of Quebec City’s wonders for lovers can unfortunately not all fit in here. Despite this lack of space, I hope that these bits of information will have sparked your interest and will motivate you to make your own research about Quebec City attractions and see for yourself that this place is, indeed, a real nest of love.

#5 Discover The French Legacy Of Quebec City, Canada

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Marvel at the old French-style buildings and coil of paved streets

The fact that French is described by many as the most romantic language in the world certainly gives Quebec City an edge over other cities that have a real potential to inspire love. Reading Purée de pommes de terre instead of ‘Mashed potatoes’ on a restaurant’s menu already makes the food taste better, doesn’t it? More seriously, however, the legacy of the French colonization era in Quebec City goes far beyond the language itself.

Indeed, Quebec City is North America’s only city that has kept its original fortifications. So when we enter the walled portion of the city, it is almost inevitable that a strong feeling of going back centuries ago instantly invades us. The incredibly well preserved old French-style buildings, the paved streets and the many horse carriages transporting people somehow make you feel like you are in a small Paris, without the dogs’ unpleasant sidewalk gifts. No wonder that the arrest scene in the movie Catch Me If You Can was shot at the Place Royale in Old Quebec!

Explore all these and more when you visit Quebec city. These are just the best 5 things to do in Quebec city, I am sure you will find much more.

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Alexandre Duval is a freelance blogger for SkySpa that offers spa, massage and relaxation packages in Quebec. He is currently completing his master’s degree in political science at the University of Quebec in Montreal.



From abandoned villages to streets that are filled with joy and light – Kavita Sarmah tells you about 5 offbeat things to do in Greece.

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Greece is nature dressed in a white wedding gown.

5 Wackiest And Unusual Things To Do In Greece

Greece is an ancient paradise dressed in blue skies and white castles. So much of the world’s history was made here; so many feelings felt over the years. The country is bound to envelope you in its serenity, art and picturesque views. The palm-fringed, white sand beaches, beautiful scattered islands and forests are the perfect mix of adventure and leisure! Not only does Greece have breathtaking spots that are loved for its wonderfulness, the country also has its unique, hidden wonders that are little pockets of magnificence waiting to be discovered. If you are visiting this unforgettable country, out of all the things to do in Greece, here are 5 offbeat experiences that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

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#1 Explore The Ghost Town of Gavros, Macedonia

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Re-imagine life at a now deserted town of Gavros.

If you are a professional or amateur photographer and easily curious, then out of all the things to do in Greece, visiting Ghost Town of Garvos would be an incredible experience. Gavros is a completely abandoned and empty village located on the road that connects Kastoria to the Prespa lakes that not many people visit. The village is mostly made with bricks of soil and hay. The bushes here are overgrown and the trees are unkempt and once in a while you would find one or a couple of unfinished walls structured together with wildflower growing all around them. It is still unclear why the locals decided to desert this little village and relocate nearby.

#2 Discover The Fairytale Castle of Agrili

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Take in all the happiness and sparkle that the Fairytale Castle of Agrili has to offer

In Messinia, Peloponnese, in a small town of Agrili is a breathtaking fairy-tale castle! The castle was built in 1960s by a US born doctor of Greek descent, Harry Fournier, who made quite a fortune being a surgeon in Chicago. He later returned to his ancestral lands of Filiatra and wished to leave his mark in the city from where he and his family belonged. He thought to blend fairy-tales with Greek mythology and thus, created this big castle by the sea with huge statues in the courtyard, including one of Goddess Athena, God Poseidon and one of a sitting horse. He also made a 85 foot tall iron replica of the Eiffel Tower at the entrance of the city and a huge metal globe outside of a local high school. If you are in Greece, you should definitely visit the creations of a man who just wanted to make everyone happy!

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#3 Soak In Every Magical Bit Of Pittaki Street, Athens

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Pittaki Street smells of magic and good vibes

If you are wondering about things to do in Athens and you’re someone who appreciates art and good intentions, you must visit Pittaki Street. Until very recently, Pittaki Street was just a dark alley that had become a spot for garbage and seedy characters. However, the locals of Athens were not ready to give up on this part of their town. In the year 2012, a nonprofit organization called ‘Imagine the City’ decided to partner up with a creative design studio called ‘Beforelight’ and their hearts set on completely renovating and revamping the dim street! They started by asking the locals to donate old lamps, light, lanterns and chandeliers – anything that they could manage, and the locals were happy to cooperate. The lights that were donated were then weatherproofed, fixed, wired and strung together above the once dark alley. Now the street has a beautiful, magical vibe to it and the cafes here sing songs of happiness and positivity!

Travel Tip – This place is the best to visit after sunset when the lights all go up.

#4 Marvel At The Live 3D Patterns Of Volcanic Rocks, Lemnos

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The volcanic rocks of Lemnos is quite a peculiar phenomenon.

The Volcanic Rocks of Lemnos is one the most underrated and fascinating places to visit in Greece. This area used to be dressed in the huge, lava spewing Miocene volcanoes. Now that the volcanoes are dormant, they have left behind big, fascinating rock formations. The petrified lava that poured out of these volcanoes have hardened into weird shapes like spirals, ripples and interesting 3D patterns. The locals call these rocks “faraklo” or “fragokefala”, which means “bald” or “baldheads” referencing to the empty grounds with the sandy circular little mountains that were volcanoes. The long, serene beaches and majestic waterfalls is what attracts tourists to this island but I promise you – A trip to the Volcanic Rocks is one of the best things to do in Greece!

Travel Tip – Wandering here is a great experience with kids and family.

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#5 Stop, See And Capture The Moments In Pyrgi, Chios

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Wander around in the surreal piece of art that is Pyrgi.

Pyrgi, also known as the “painted village” is the largest medieval village in the island of Chios. Pyrgi is known for the black and white geometrical designs that decorate all its building making the whole village look like it’s a piece of art! This picturesque little place is absolutely great to photograph – Definitely for your Instagram (wink wink). The village has gone through many changes and revamping over the years but somehow it still maintains its medieval essence. With apparent beauty, this place also houses so much of Greece’s history. Check out the Agioi Apostoli (Holy Apostles) temple which is a marvelously preserved byzantine monument built between the 13th and 14th century. The wall paintings are from the 1665 and were created by the Cretan painter Antonios Domestichos.

Greece is a wonderfully giving and serene country. There is hardly a place that you’d visit and not like – Even these little unusual and non-so-touristy things to do in Greece will mesmerise you!

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Glamorous shopping malls, upscale coffee lounges, elite restaurants, vibrant nightclubs – Almaty city has everything chic to offer! But is there more to this lively city? Join Vageesha Taluja as she pens down various fascinating things to do in Almaty city!

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Splendid view of hills rising above the clouds and transient time

Almaty city, the largest city in Kazakhstan, is the major commercial and cultural hub of the country. Business enthusiasts, travellers, and explorers love Almaty city as it never fails to mesmerise people. You can experience the peak of opulence, charm, and diversity in everything. You can appreciate the minor things such as artwork and paintings in Metro Station and even bask in the warm hospitality of amiable local people, whose smiling faces and helping hands make you feel at home. This city offers a lot in terms of historical landmarks, lakes and wide array of unexplored places under the sun and pristine blue sky, and while on the other hand, Almaty nightlife can blow your mind away. Come, let’s uncover Almaty.

5 Fascinating Things To Do In Almaty City

#1 Take A Walk In The Beautiful Medeu Skating Rink

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Medeu in winter is filled with fluffy white snow, freestyle skating and adventurous humans

Medeu, an outdoor skating rink built to hold around 1000 skaters, is known for its distinction as the highest Olympic sized skating rink in the world. This breathtakingly beautiful location has trained many champion skaters, but one need not be an expert to skate there. Not only tourists but also locals visit here to enjoy the cool breeze in the lap of nature, 1691 meters above the sea level. Medeu is one of the most popular winter outings for people in Almaty city, but plenty of people still visit there apart from winter season for a stroll, picnic and many adventurous activities in the surrounding valleys and hills.

Be Awe-struck By Magnificent Zenkov Cathedral

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This unique cathedral, made out of wood without nails, is an active religious building

Zenkov or Ascension Cathedral, one of the most magnificent buildings, is a Russian Orthodox Cathedral located in Panfilov Park in Almaty City. Amazingly, it is built out of wood but without nails and has survived Soviet rule, major earthquakes, robberies and stands proudly beyond the destruction of time. With its height as 56 meters, it claims to be the second tallest wooden building in the world.

Soak In The Tranquility Of The Big Almaty Lake

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Brimming with beauty, the instagrammable Big Almaty Lake refreshes every life existing in the nature’s lap

One must never miss this place when visiting Almaty.  Surrounded by majestic mountains on all sides, the lakes lies within the Alatau- Eily National Park. The Big Almaty Lake lies to the south of the Almaty city in the Canyon of Bolshaya Almatinka River. Feel the calm and soothing views of nature, breathe in the freshness and soak in the serenity. This place is ultimate bliss for people of all kinds. Click pictures and create lifetime memories with your loved ones. Amazingly, it is one of the reservoirs that provide fresh water for the people in Almaty city.

Groove Into The Deep Mix Of Almaty Nightlife

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Let vibrant Almaty nightlife break all the barriers, enter your soul, energize you and fill you with inexplicable joy

You will forget the meaning of sleep as gleaming lights of the Almaty city will charm your soul. The spectacular Almaty’s nightlife will leave you spellbound. Whether you are zestful youngster or workaholic, Almaty’s nightlife has a lot to offer. Experience the unique blend of luxury, elegance, and comfort in a plush chauffeur – driven limousine.  Groove to the catchy tunes, tap your feet to the beats of live music or sing to the top of your voice in karaoke bars. Taste the joy in the air, sip in the best cocktails, shake your legs on the floor with internationally diverse crowd in Almaty city and click stunning experiences in your memory for a lifetime.

Shop At Almaty’s Famed Green Market

The marketplace has stalls piled with nuts, fried fruits, sweets, spices, juicy meat, fresh fruits and vegetables making it the best place for those who prefer outdoor market over malls. The old-school shopping provides a chance to bargain which means you can purchase all kinds of goods at a very reasonable rate. Stroll through the vibrant street, and stop to satisfy your taste buds with the tang of Central Asia in cafes located around this place.

Bright sunny days bring to you the assorted shades of the gorgeous and calm Almaty city, while the stars guide you to the luxury that the Almaty nightlife has to offer. Be it dusk or dawn, this city has the ultimate happiness in many forms. So, explore every inch of the Almaty city, while its treasures are still relatively undiscovered. Carry this list of things to do in Almaty city and pack up your bags to gear up for the one in a million destinations for your next trip!

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Egypt is a mélange of all things vintage and enchanting. Kavita Sarmah writes about the 5 things to do in Egypt that you absolutely shouldn’t miss while you’re in this wonderful country.

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Let the magic in the breezes of Egypt take you away

If there was just one word that would sum up what Egypt is all about, it would be ‘magnificent’. Egypt is a box of magic that will turn your life around! Its unostentatious pyramids, Pharaoh Temples and sand-covered tombs will have you buzzing with curiosity. There are many big and small things to do in Egypt. From fascinating museums, rugged desserts and the vast red sea to swirly corals, serene lakes and lush delta – Egypt will envelope you in its surreal magnificence. Here’s everything that you just can’t miss on your trip to Egypt.

#1 Spend A Windy Sunset In An Air Balloon In Luxor

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Let your heart lift up and sing in a hot air balloon in Luxor

Luxor is a beautiful city, not only on ground but also from the skies above! This is an unforgettable experience that you must have. Just make sure you pick a reputable, trusted company and take off into the sunset with your loved ones or by yourself. The hot air balloon ride promises you a breathtaking panoramic view of Luxor town. From the airs of Luxor, you’ll see the monuments of Thebes, the Nile River and other specs of Egypt attractions that make the country what it is.

#2 Have A Beautiful Day At The Southern Nile Valley

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Take your time and listen to the extraordinary quiet at the Southern Nile Valley

The south of Nile is laced by the Eastern Dessert, decorated with the well preserved Graeco-Roman temples at Edfu, Esna and Kom Ombo and serene villages. Explore the Temple of Horus at Edfu and bask in the mysterious nature of the building and the country itself. Go about wandering in this beautiful agricultural town and take in every bit of culture. Then hire a taxi from Edfu and take the west-bank valley road to Gebel Silsila. Gebel Silsila used to be an important center for the ancient cult of Nile – Every year there would be sacrifices made here to ensure the fertility of the land. It’s quite a remarkable monument. If you have the time, check out the historic Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel and Spa. The original building of the Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel, now known as Palace Wing, have 76 rooms that all have a stunning Nile view.

#3 Forget About Reality In The Blue Desert

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Take a break from the mundane realities of life and wander in the blueness of Jean Verame’s imagination

This marvelous site is situated just between Dahab and the St. Catherine Monastery in Sinai and is one of the top Egypt points of interest. This one will not take a lot of your time and is a sight that you must witness while you’re here. This beautiful piece of art was made by the Belgium artist Jean Verame in 1980 just after the remarkable Egyptian-Israeli Peace Agreement (1979). Verame chose the color blue to represent peace and used about 10 tons of paint to make this surreal landscape-art. Bring your cameras and take incredible photographs here. You can even choose to camp at the sight, definitely one of the best things to do in Egypt!

#4 Visit Cairo’s City Of The Dead For A Meaningful Experience

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Take in the humble calmness of the people and the streets of the City of the Dead

On the outskirts of Cairo, is the el-Arafa necropolis, known as the City of the Dead in English. This area used to solely house corpses dating back to the 7th century and now is a crowded town where the dead and the living coexist. About 18 million people have made home here and understandably every bit of the roads and sidewalks seem packed to the brim. This is not a place to stay at but definitely something that you need to see for yourself to understand and have a meaningful insight into the heart of the country. There are many things to do in Cairo, and this little city will bring everything together into a bright Egyptian-chaos!

#5 So Many Things To Do In Egypt But All In Vain Without Cairo

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Cairo is a pocket of bright, undeniable positive energies

Cairo is a mega-city that’s always hustling and bustling with bright bursts of energy. It’s chaos in the best possible way! Cairo will lift your spirits, excite and delight you with its extraordinary way of doing things. It’s almost like a piece of exceptional performance art – echoes of prayers from above, the sound of traffic in sync down below; a donkey cart would go by once in a while and the sight of beautiful monuments to bring everything together. You’ll never run out of things to do in Cairo! Make sure to visit the Khan Al Khalili market for local souvenirs and trinkets; take a day trip to Pyramids of Giza. These pyramids are nearly 4000 years old and are really awe-inspiring. While you are on your spree of discovering Egypt’s magical history, make a visit to the Egyptian Museum that holds a significant collection of ancient artifacts. Wander around at the Manial Palace and take pictures at the Bab Zuweila gate! There are quite a few things to do in Egypt, but if you miss visiting Cairo, you have missed a big part of the Egypt experience.

Honestly, it’s hard to narrow the beautiful country of Egypt down to five places but these little experiences are definitely worth a visit. Among all the things to do in Egypt, these ones will blow your mind! Hope you have the best time here!

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Financial superpower, anti-chewing gum city-state, land of a magical place called Sentosa, world of movies… We’ve all heard of and even seen some of these faces of Singapore. But when Sangeetha Sampath travelled there, she discovered many other beautiful Singapore attractions. Here are few places to go in Singapore if you wish to come face to face with nature and serenity.

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The Bandstand (or Gazebo) at the Botanic Gardens, an UNESCO World Heritage Site of Singapore.

Tell someone you are going to Singapore and they’ll chip in with their suggestions for must-visit Singapore attractions –  “Go to Singapore Zoo and the Singapore Flyer, don’t miss Sentosa, shop on Orchard Road”. Browse through someone’s Facebook album of their Singapore holiday and you’ll see them posing with parakeets at the Singapore Zoo, flashing a V-sign from atop the Singapore Flyer, catching a ride at Sentosa, shopping in a really swanky mall. Google for ‘things to do and see in Singapore’ and you get pages and pages suggesting the Singapore Zoo, the Singapore Flyer….You get the drift!
But Singapore is anything but predictable. There are many offbeat places to go in Singapore, some hidden in quiet lanes and some so obvious, it’s a wonder travellers miss them! Check out some of these amazing Singapore attractions that you just can’t afford to miss!

5 Stunning Singapore Attractions That You Must Visit

#1 Tropical Rainforest: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

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Take a hike or bike along the trails of this hidden pocket of greenery at Bukit Timah

Looking at Singapore today, it’s difficult to imagine it as a lush rainforest, home to thousands of species of flora and fauna. But it was. And you can still see acres of it at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, one of the largest patches of remaining rainforest land in Singapore. It has over 800 species of flowering plants, and attracts a fair share of botanists. But nowadays, it attracts a fair share of non-botanists too—hikers, mountain bikers, rock climbers and more. There are plenty of flat patches of lush green grass for you to spend some relaxing time on a picnic blanket. And did we mention, enough flowers to make your children pose with—for those awkward holiday photos.

#2 Quaint Seaside Village: Palau Ubin

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A stroll through Ubin takes you back to Singapore in the 1960’s with the simpler pleasures of life

You’ve probably never heard the words ‘camping’ and ‘Singapore’ together. The island of Palau Ubin is the place where the twain meet. It’s the last of Singapore’s kampungs (villages), and has as much in common with downtown Singapore as Farsi has with Malayalam.

Palau Ubin’s coast is peppered with tiny, but unspoilt beaches, where you can pitch your tent. The clock here is much slower than the rest of Singapore’s, and the tallest things around here are not buildings, but trees. The island is rich in tropical flora and fauna. When you feel the urge to explore, rent a bike. Or use the greatest mode of transport ever invented—your legs!

#3 Land Of Trees: MacRitchie Reservoir

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Hike down nature trails and explore the wonders of a forest at Singapore’s gateway to nature reserves

It is Singapore’s oldest reservoir with about one square kilometer of dense forest within its perimeter. A boardwalk runs through it, allowing visitors to witness the dense vegetation. After an invigorating 4.5 kms hike, you’ll reach a 250 mtr long, freestanding suspension walkway. This aerial footpath connects the two highest points of the Reservoir and snakes its way around treetops. It’s a totally different world up here, and without a single building or skyscraper in sight, you will seriously wonder if you are in Singapore or in James Cameron’s imagination. You can spot over 80 species of birds, countless rare trees and frisky lemurs, making it one of the best Singapore attractions.

#4 Arabia Of The Far East: Kampong Glam

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It is the best place in the city-state to explore bazaars and markets with an Arabic tinge to them

Your first glimpse of Kampong Glam will surprise you. Guaranteed. You’ll stand there looking at rows of colourful two-storied shop-houses and think “Wow, and here I thought, Singapore only has skyscrapers”. A second later, the smell of spices hits you and you think “Kebabs? In Singaporean cuisine?”

Enjoy Singaoprean-Arab cuisine, and walk along the streets named Arab Street, Bussorah Street until you stumble upon Haji Lane. This narrow lane housing is known for best shopping in Singapore. The eclectic stores in Haji Lane will keep your credit card busy. Among all the places to go in Singapore, do NOT miss this one.

#5 Art-lover’s Mecca: SAM, Esplanade And Various Galleries

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Take a day to visit SAM, which houses the world’s largest public collection of contemporary artworks

If you love art, especially contemporary art, then you are in the right place. Singapore is head over heels in love with contemporary art.
Start your affair at Singapore Art Museum, popularly known as SAM. This gorgeous, ivory-hued 19th century school showcases the best of Singaporean art. From here, you can continue your affair in the numerous galleries that line Bugis Street. In the evening, put on your heels and head over to Esplanade—Theatres on the Bay for a show or two. Nicknamed as Durian, because of its close semblance to the fruit, Esplanade is right on the waterfront. Check the theatre’s calendar for free shows that happen outside the building, under starry nights. It’s the perfect setting to take your relationship with Singapore, to the next level.

Well, I hope this list of some offbeat Singapore attractions made you change your list of places to go in Singapore. Keep it handy and have an amazing time in this gorgeous island-city.

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