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Royal forts, opulent havelis and larger than life architecture, all of this is synonymous to Rajasthan. As you explore the land of maharajas and delve deep in their lifestyle, you will be taken back to the opulent days of the royal era. While Rajasthan is known for its magnificent architecture and vibrant culture, they also spoil their guests with their royal hospitality. Being one of the best places for girls trip, Getaway Goddess is taking them to Rajasthan this winter. Read on to know the top things to do in Jaipur.

Here Are Top Things To Do In Jaipur For Women Travellers

1. Amer Fort

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Witness the time-honoured Amer Fort on your visit to Jaipur

Situated in Amber, the former capital of Rajasthan, Amer Fort makes for one of the most famous forts in Rajasthan. Don’t be let down by the exteriors of this fort, it truly has stood against all the tests of time and invasions. Influenced by both the Rajput and Mughal architecture, the magnificent fort boasts of an extensive complex built from pale yellow and pink sandstone contrasting with white marble. Bearing the stamp of the opulent days from the bygone era, Amer Fort is divided into 4 main sections with each of it having its individual courtyard. The significant buildings that Amer Fort houses include the ‘Diwan-i-Aam’, the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ and the ‘Sukh Mahal’, along with pavilions and halls of great interest. The Amer Fort history and architecture will leave you in awe of the lifestyle and grandeur the royals lead in the 16th century.

2. Jaipur City Palace

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Did you know the City Palace continues to house the former royal family

Located in the heart of the city, the Jaipur palace continues to house the former royal family and parts of the complex are open to the public. Divided in opulent sections like Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-I-Aam and Maharani Palace, the city palace still narrates the tales of Jaipur’s glorious past. Ideal for history buffs and photographers, Jaipur City Palace truly gives insight on the lifestyle and royal charm of Rajput rulers. Do check out the stunning crystal chandelier that beautifully complements the intricate ceiling made from semiprecious stones in Diwan-I-Aam; and pay special attention to the massive silver urns that Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II got made to carry drinking water from the river Ganga, on his trip to England in 1901. Kings and their whims, sigh!

Travel Tip For Jaipur

-Put on your most flamboyant dress to click pictures at the ornate doors of this gorgeous City Palace.
-The best time to visit the city palace is between October – March, since it’s relatively cooler.

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3. Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal must top your things to do in Jaipur

Hawa Mahal – Jaipur’s star attraction

Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal boasts of over 950 jharokhas (sit-outs) that originally intended to be the window to the world outside for women of the royal family. Connected to the Zanana Mahal (the women’s section in City Palace), women would use the jharokhas to get a glimpse of the royal processions, festivities and the buzzing market. This five-storey building is has no stairs but the floors are connected by inclined passageway. For great views of the city, head to the top-most balcony.

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4. Shopping In Bapu Bazaar

Things to do in Jaipur: Be sure to pick-up tie and die (bandhani) dupatta or a saree

Be sure to pick-up tie and die (bandhani) dupatta or a saree from Jaipur

Beside the plethora of havelis and forts, Jaipur also is the ultimate shopping paradise, making it the perfect solo female travel destination in India. With the variety of items this bazaar offers, no shopping list will ever seem long enough while you’re exploring it. From silver jewellery, leheriya saris/dupattas, handmade footwear to blue pottery, bags, cushions and bedspreads, the Bapu Bazaar has it all. Women travellers in Jaipur usually pick up lehriya dupattas, tie and die clothing, and oxidised jewellery; shopping in Jaipur is a lot of fun for women.

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5. Chokhi Dhani

Things to do in Jaipur- Not only can you indulge in authentic Rajasthani food but folk performance at Chokhi Dhani

Not only can you indulge in authentic Rajasthani food but folk performance at Chokhi Dhani

Chokhi Dhani is synonymous with the Royal hospitality of Rajasthan and is one of the best restaurants in Jaipur. It is this one place where the vibe of village fair is created every evening, putting on display the rich cultural heritage of the glorious state. The village-themed set up serves authentic Rajasthani meal and puts up vibrant puppet shows, folk performances and stalls that sell memorabilia that promise to keep you busy. The traditional huts and designs are a gateway into the times when the grandeur was unpretentious, making Chokhi Dhani for an experience by itself. The rich warmth and rustic charm of Chokhi Dhani is its biggest draw and we at Getaway Goddess can’t wait to uncover it all in Jaipur.

6. Dinner By A 16th Century Stepwell

Things to do in Jaipur : Enjoy the ethereal experience of having dinner by a candle-lit stepwell

Enjoy the ethereal experience of having dinner by a candle-lit stepwell

While the majestic forts and opulent havelis still prevail the royalty of the bygone era, another significant aspect of Rajasthan’s rich architectural lineage is its unique stepwells. Though stepwells were created to overcome the shortage of water in this desert state, most of the stepwells reflect the Rajput rulers’ love for larger-than-life architecture. Dining at a candle-lit 16th century stepwell, amidst the grand heritage and intriguing history is the most offbeat thing to do in Rajasthan. So, in your leisure time lap the chance to cover this unique experience at Narlai village in the Pali district of Rajasthan.

As we all know, Rajasthan is all about food, forts and havelis, so is this trip with Getaway Goddess. The city’s fairy-tale grandeur and majestic past draws visitors from not only across the country but around the globe. With so many things to do in Jaipur, one is most likely to extend their holiday. So ladies, grab your flamboyant outfits and your favourite girls to explore this capital city of Rajasthan.

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Bustling cities, dusty ruins, sunny beaches, dimly-lit bars, austere shrines, sensual belly dancers… Turkey has it all. Kiran Mehta visits the destination that’s perfect for every type of traveller and lists places to visit in Turkey that suits every kind of traveller.

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Visit Turkey for a taste of history, culture and art

Whether you’re a guide-book geek who needs to tick monuments off a list, or a vagabond who hopes to chance upon a treasure; a city slicker, or a recluse in search a secluded island; a raki addict or a kahve connoisseur; a pilgrim or a party animal, Turkey was made for you.

Having travelled a fair bit, I can assure you that few places are as intriguingly layered and perfectly contradictory as Turkey. On a recent Turkey tour, I tried to capture her many moods. Read on, to pick your favourite side and explore these places to visit in Turkey…

#1 Places To Visit In Istanbul If You Are A History Lover

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque or the Blue Mosque

I arrived in the famed and fabled land of Constantinople, and all I saw was modern-day Istanbul! Concrete high-ways packed with cars, swanky sky-scrapers, and chic shopping centres. But somewhere in the midst of the metropolis, Constantinople took shape. Imposing minarets and impressive domes appeared just minutes from the city-centre, but transported me centuries away.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque or the Blue Mosque

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Interiors of the Blue Mosque

This is where my historical tour of the city began. It stood majestic against a clear sky with its perfectly voluptuous dome, grand courtyard and as many as six minarets. Legend has it that when Sultan Ahmed I commissioned the mosque, he ordered Alti or gold minarets, which was misheard by the architect as Altin or six in Turkish. And this little error makes this mosque unique to the Turkish skyline. But the visual appeal doesn’t end there.

I entered to be mesmerised by the play of light against the 20,000 blue tiles that embellish the interiors, and give the Blue Mosque its colloquial name. With the sun setting against the dome, the rays cut through the many windows, reflecting off the blue mosaic to create a breath-taking sight. And in that instance, I knew that this architectural marvel lies unrivalled even today.

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Hagia Sophia or Aya Sophya

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Interiors of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Lying not too far from the Blue Mosque, on first glimpse, I saw the similarities in architecture. But the Hagia Sophia comes with an interesting twist of ‘faith’. It was built by Roman Emperor Justinian in 537 AD as a church. But in 1453 it was taken over by Mehmet and converted it to a mosque. Finally in 1935, Ataturk pronounced it a museum.

The dome, even larger than the Blue Mosque, seems to reach for the heavens itself. Within one of the areas of the former church, stands a beautiful mosaic of Christ that recaptures the grandeur of Byzantine Empire. Further inside the former mosque lie gigantic medallions bearing the name of Allah and the caliphs, in artistic Islamic calligraphy.

I admired the art around me, and stopped to make a wish at the ‘Weeping Column’. The column originally stood tall at the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus but was transported here centuries ago. A non-descript structure, except that it bears a tiny hole. Legend has it that ‘miracle waters’ intermittently seep through this hole and pilgrims travel from long distances in the hope that their fingers emerge moist, a signal from the Gods that their prayers have been heard.

While I may not have been among those lucky few, I came away knowing that paganism, Christianity and Islam, live harmoniously within this house of the God(s).

Topkapi Palace

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The Topkapi Palace interiors

Once again this showcased the confluence of religions. Built in 1465, this opulent palace was home to the Ottoman Sultans for about four centuries. But in 1924, it was declared a museum.

As I entered the palace, I knew I could spend days walking the many courtyards, entering the many rooms, admiring the many artefacts and still not take it all in. Pressed for time, I headed straight for the Third Courtyard. Once the Privy Chamber of the Sultan, today it houses the rarest of relics: the staff of Moses, David’s Sword, Moses’ Turban, the keys to the Kaaba, hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, a piece of Prophet Mohammed’s tooth etc.

Apart from housing these precious relics, Topkapi Palace also showcases the garish garments of the Sultans, their sparkling jewellery, and dazzling, gem-studded thrones. But it’s the colourful legends that instantly attract my attention: Topkapi was home to Sultan Salim who is believed to have drowned in the palace pool, after drinking too much champagne; it was also home to Sultan Ibrahim who lost his mind, and in a fit of rage ordered his harem of women to be tied into a sack and thrown into the Bosphorus. And these are just a few of the tall tales held within these high walls. Let your imagination run riot, and you could piece together a few fantastic fables too!

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#2 Places To Visit In Istanbul For Shopping

Walking into the Grand Bazaar was like stepping into a tale from the Arabian Nights. I walked through snaking lanes, and lost all sense of time and place.

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Grand Bazaar Istanbul

Beautiful hand-woven carpet-adorned stores magically transported me to a distant era; dusty lanes with the smell of spices and herbs lacing the air, took me back to simpler times as genial shop-keepers shared the age-old wisdom of herbal medicine; lantern shops selling colourful lamps and shiny brass lanterns, almost made genies appear real; furniture modelled after antiques, that seemed fit for a king…the list of wares was endless at the world’s largest covered market.

#3 Places To Visit In Istanbul If You Want To Break Records

If like me, you have a few impossible things on your bucket list, for instance, being in two places at once, then Istanbul makes it possible. I hopped aboard a ferry in the Asian part of Turkey; an hour later, I was in Europe!

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The Bosphorus divides Istanbul’s Asian side from the European side

A feat that’s possible only in Turkey. Because, it is the only country in the world, that’s spread across two continents. What’s more, the ride comes with a view, palaces, little villages and of course calm, blue waters.

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#4 Places To Visit In Istanbul If You Are A Hedonist

To take in the hedonistic side, with a hint of the cultural, I headed off to the Kervan Saray Restuarant in Istanbul. With live music playing in the background, flowing raki and traditional treats filled up our table. But the main attraction was the graceful dancers. From Anatolian folk to provocative belly dancers, Kervan Saray entertains with a slew of performances.

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A Turkish Belly dancer

The pace picked up when the belly dancers hit the floor, clad in shimmering garments and see-through veils; their moves were raw, yet gentle; untamed, yet rhythmic. And shouts of a Turkish song, cheering them on, occasionally rent the air. I caught only a few lyrics, ‘Shima, shima, shima nai; yavrum shima nai, nai’, (which roughly translates to ‘Beautiful Women’). The entertaining evening culminated with us, the patrons, hitting the floor to Turkish tunes.

#5 Places To Visit In Turkey – Princes’ Islands If You Are A Recluse

For a change of pace, I headed to the Princes’ Islands, a cluster of nine islands, a short ferry ride from Istanbul.

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Buyukada Princes Islands

The islands are aptly named, for this was where the Byzantine Princes were exiled. The heir to the throne often felt threatened by the next in line – his younger brother. So, the younger ones were banished here, but not before they were maimed in some way – some had their ears cut off; others had their nose disfigured. Apart from this gory piece of the past, Princes’ Islands are truly unmarred.

I docked off the largest of the nine gems, Büyükada, which seemed like something out of a period film. A no-vehicles policy had us traversing the Island in an ornate horse-carriage. The tree-lined streets were dotted with Ottoman styled mansions. Autumn leaves carpeted the roads, and the water glistened under the sun. The entire scene seemed sepia-toned, and I realised that being banished from the world to such a place must definitely have had its perks!

Princes Island will take your breath away!

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#6 Other Cities In Turkey – Ephesus If You Love Ruins

The splendour of the Greco-Roman times still lives on in the dusty ruins at Ephesus. A city that gave the ancient world one of its seven wonders, The Temple of Artemis, built in 550 C. This temple was once the biggest the world had ever seen, dedicated to the Roman Goddess of Fertility.

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Ancient ruins at Ephesus

This singular marvel of architecture made Ephesus famous across the seven seas, such that the city also finds mention in the New Testament of the Bible. The Act of the Apostles speaks of a riot in Ephesus when the Apostle Paul came to preach in the city. The riot was started by the silversmiths who made idols of the Goddess Artemis and feared for their livelihood due to the influence of the Apostle.

Today, ironically, only a single barren column stands where the temple of the fertility goddess once stood. But the legends, coupled with the many other ruins on the site, such as the Library of Celsus, make a trip here, worthwhile.

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Gujarati dishes are a blend of exquisite flavors, where sweet notes dominate most dishes; it is no surprise that Gujaratis are known for their perpetual quest for food. Gujarati cuisine makes for one of oldest culinary treasures of India and one can’t ignore the fact that their food is always high on nutritional value. The vibrant Gujarati cuisine is sure to excite your palate, read on.

 #1 Gujarati Thali (a full plate meal)

Gujarati Dish-The Elaborate Gujarati Thali

The Elaborate Gujarati Thali

This is not just a meal; it’s a sumptuous feast that you will never forget. The overflowing thali comprises an assortment of dishes that commences with farsans and ends with buttermilk. Sweet dish, buttermilk and aamras (seasonal) dominates the Gujarati platter. So, loosen your belt and dive right into the elaborate Gujarati thali the first chance you get!

#2  Undhyu

 Gujarati Dish-This winter delicacy dominates the menu during Gujarati weddings and of course Uttarayan

This winter delicacy dominates the menu during Gujarati weddings and of course Uttarayan

The king of Gujarati dishes Undhiyu, is one of the reasons why a Gujarati waits for winter. This special winter delicacy is made from the fresh produce readily available in winter. This mixed vegetable dish is made with root vegetables, eggplant, muthiya (fenugreek fritters) and an aromatic blend of spices. Undhiyu and puri is the ideal combination during Makar Sankranti and weddings for Gujaratis.

Gujarati Dish-The sponge snack Unarguably, Dhokla is the most recognised Gujarati dish

The sponge snack Unarguably, Dhokla is the most recognised Gujarati dish

#3 Khaman Dhokla

The sponge snack Unarguably, Dhokla is the most recognised Gujarati dish

This healthy, steamed dish made from ground lentils and chickpea flour, is garnished with mustard seeds, coriander leaves and sev. Served with fried chilies, green and a tangy tamarind chutney, Khaman Dhokla is traditionally served on a large green leaf called the Kesuda. The soft, fluffy Khaman is a healthy snack with an interesting blend of sweet and sour taste.

#4  Khandvi  

Gujarati Dish - A savory snack that melts in the mouth

A savory snack that melts in the mouth

This delectable bite-sized snack is cooked with gram flour and buttermilk, rolled up in mushy goodness. The simple but aromatic garnishing of curry leaves, coriander, sautéed cumin, mustard and coconut gives it the added flavour. This delectable snack is liked by most but is tricky to prepare.

#5 Thepla

Gujarati Dish - A snack that every Gujarati swears by!

A snack that every Gujarati swears by!

As we all know, any Gujarati family’s journeys, picnics, foreign trips or even business trips aren’t complete without this ubiquitous flat bread. Prepared with gram flour, whole wheat flour, fresh fenugreek leaves and spices, these flatbreads boast of a long shelf life along with being a healthy snacking option. It’s amazing how Gujaratis’  everyday meals comprise of nutritious foods.  This dish is usually served with curd, pickle or a steaming cup of tea.

#6 Muthiya

Gujarati Dish - A tea-time snack you can't say no to!

A tea-time snack you can’t say no to!

There comes another tea-time snack for you! This fist cake is prepared with a mixture of bottle gourd, chickpea flour and spices. This steamed delicacy makes for a perfect meal for the health conscious and it can also be pan-fried and seasoned for it to be crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It is best relished with ketchup, mint chutney or tea.

Do we see you drooling already? The Gujarati cuisine has something for everyone. Offering a wide variety of dishes, each with its unique cooking style, myriads of pickles, farsans and chutneys, who would mind trying out some vegetarian food. There’s no arguing that Gujaratis are the best hosts, they don’t just feed you, they overfeed you.

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White sand beaches, pristine waters, postcard perfect views, the islands of Maldives is one of the most popular tourist and honeymoon destinations. While, many may stick to the conventional list of the things to do in Maldives, Tarana Arora comes with up something better; here are 6 offbeat things to do in Maldives and you’re in for a big surprise!

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Explore the stunning white-sand beaches and amazing underwater world of Maldives

6 Fun, Unusual & Offbeat Things To Do In Maldives

Maldives is internationally recognised for its mechanised fishing operations and for the stunning coral that draw scuba divers from across the world. Explore serene beaches and soak in the tranquility that this place has to offer, but if wanting to experience Maldives at a whole new level, try these amazing things to do in Maldives without batting an eyelid.

#1 Anyone up for Night Fishing?

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Catch some nocturnal fish under the magical starlit Maldivian sky

Watch and learn from the Maldivian experts- the fishermen. 99 percent of the Maldives Island is under water so it’s natural that the main vocation is fishing.  Get a glimpse into how the locals fish and be a part of this offbeat adventure. Many resorts offer night fishing as a part of their tourist package, so as the evening descents enjoy the sunset, wait for the crew to teach you how to make your dinner.

Tip – To maintain the coral life, fishermen of Maldives do not use nets unlike many other countries, they use hard lines to pull their catch. So, be ready for some hard work!

#2 Fine Dine 20 feet under the ocean!

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Indulge in luxurious and delectable food

Dining overboard water is so passé! Instead indulge in gourmet food at Subsix 20 feet under the Indian Ocean. One of the six restaurants of PER AQUUM Niyama resort in Maldives, it’s a 40 minute speed boat ride from the capital of Maldives, Male. Don’t be fooled by the simple entrance of two door, as you descend three floors down, a clam shaped bar awaits you! The restaurant was built on land and then sunk into this abundant coral reef. Order a scrumptious meal and dine with parrotfish, eels and eels. Never thought you would say, ‘I dined with underwater.’ You can now!

Tip – Subsix also serves as venue for weddings and if you’re looking to proposal that someone special in your life, they make arrangements for that too!

#3 Explore The ‘Wrecked Life’. Try Wreck Diving!

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Deep in the heart of the Indian Ocean lies a fascinating underwater world

One of the most unusual and off beat things to do in Maldives would be wreck driving. Many sunken ships have made the Indian Ocean their final resting spot. Proof that nature works in amazing ways; these wrecks have been magically transformed by the marine life into beautiful underwater in habitats.  There are as many as 7 wrecks one can choose from. Arguably the most popular wreck diving site of Maldives is the Victory Wreck, situated southwest of Hulhule Reef, North Male Atoll. A cargo ship on its way from Singapore sank in 1981, a 80m/262ft-long cargo ship, divers can not only enjoy the panoramic view of the wreck but most divers also get to see the belongings of the men who lost their lives. The best time to go diving would be between December to May.

Tip – If the Victory Wreck is closed for wreck diving, the other options include- Kuda Giri, Halaveli Wreck, Fesdu Wreck, The British Loyalty, The Liffey and the Utheemu 1 and 2 and Khuda Maa. There are many tourist packages which include wreck diving; the cost for these starts as low as Rs 4000.

#4 Fancy A Fish Egg Facial?

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Maldives is the perfect spa destination for all seasons

All the diving and strolling on the beautiful Maldives Island get to you. How about a facial? A Russian caviar facial just for you! The stunning resort of Baros in Maldives offers this offbeat spa. It’s a 25-minute speed boat ride from Maldives International Airport and the capital, Male. Coming back to the facial, it also uses pearl extract to treat your wrinkles! Eggs on face? Who would have thought!

#5 Take An Underwater Ride In A Submarine.

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Perfect for those wanting to witness Maldives’ magical underwater, without getting wet

Immerse yourself in the underwater life with a submarine ride. Whale Submarine is the most popular company with over 8,500 dives. There are fixed timings for the ride and pick and drop services are provided depending on the location. Once you’re comfortably seated (fret not, its air conditioned), the pilot will lower the submarine giving you the panoramic sights of the port. The first drop is at 25 meters, where you’ll witness a stunning and colourful display of coral fish and reef fish. Further, 20 meters down, the submarine will rest on a sandy surface next to a cave. Well lit exterior lights will make it easy for you to spot the fishes and other animals. A well experienced crew makes sure you have the most thrilling 45 minutes for your life.

Tip – The submarine dives start from 75 USD and payments have to made in dollars only.

#6  Visit This Glow In Dark Beach

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It’s gorgeous, to say the least

Vadhoo Island, a 15 minute boat ride from Male, is literally stars in the sea. A spectacular phenomenon, it is Instagram perfect. Caused by a natural chemical reaction known as bioluminescence, which takes place when the water is disturbed by oxygen. Pretty priceless no?

There you have it, interesting and off beat things, the myth that Maldives is just about sands and beaches are broke. So, if you’re planning a trip to Maldives anytime soon? These 6 offbeat things to do in Maldives should be on your bucket list. Enjoy what Maldives has to offer but make an effort and do something different.

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Fact File:

Location: Located in the Indian Ocean
How to Reach: There are four international airports in Maldives- Velana International Airport, Gan International Airport, Hanimaadhoo International Airport, Villa International Airport
Official Language: Dhivehi, English
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
Time Zone:  (UTC)+5
Climate: Tropical Climate
Food & Drink: Skipjack Tuna, Masroshi, Maliku, Mas huni

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Want to get your sporty fix without steering too far from the city? We’ve got you covered with easy-to-access adventures dotted across Australia’s major cities and top adventurous things to do in Australia.

Teeming with adventure, Australia is a treat for adrenaline junkies of every kind, without the need to travel far. Within and around the major cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Cairns, there are thrilling outdoor activities, perfect the adventurous at heart.

Best Adventurous Things To Do In Australia

#1 Live on the Edge — St Kilda Beach Dive — Melbourne, Victoria

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Experience the ultimate thrill in St Kilda beach dive

The only beach skydive in Melbourne, the St Kilda beach dive involves travelling over 4,200 metres up into the air for an unsurpassed bird’s-eye view of Melbourne before free-falling for 60 seconds in a tandem skydive. Release your parachute for a close to seven-minute glide that offers the best views in town. The rush you feel combined with the spectacular view of Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) and beach will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before, undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Australia. St Kilda is a short 15-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

#2 King (or Queen) of the World — Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Great Otway National Park, Victoria

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Enjoy a real bird’s eye view and sway with the branches when you take a walk high in the dense rainforest canopy

Rise to new heights, 30 metres above ground to be exact, at the world’s tallest treetop walk. Spanning a 600-metre length of lush rainforest in the Great Otway National Park, go on a 1.9-kilometre walk that takes approximately an hour to complete. Feel on top of the world while observing unique flora and fauna. For an even more exhilarating experience, soar effortlessly through the leafy canopy on the two and a half hour Zipline Tour. Not far from Melbourne, take a leisurely drive on the Princess Highway to reach Otway Fly Treetop Adventures in less than three hours, one of the fun things to do in Australia.

#3 What’s SUP? — Stand-up Paddling, Balmoral Beach, Sydney, New South Wales

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Explore the waterways and beaches of Balmoral through SUP

Stand-up Paddling, or SUP as it’s more fondly called, is an offshoot of surfing that involves standing up on a surfboard and using a paddle to move around. Don’t be fooled by the paddle, it’s still a great way to keep fit. If you’re new to the activity, Balmoral Beach is considered one of the best places in Australia to learn its basics safely — thanks to its calm waters.

#4 For the Climb of Your Life — Sydney BridgeClimb, Sydney, New South Wales

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Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivaled views from a height of 440 feet

Instead of gazing at the Sydney Harbour Bridge from below, why not appreciate its beauty and the area’s stunning scenery from its summit? Passing through the very centre of the Harbour Bridge, at a height of 134 metres above sea level, the summit climb is one for the brave-hearted. There are many Sydney BridgeClimb options, with different climb times and durations, but the twilight climb is highly recommended as it is one of the most thrilling things to do in Australia. After a good workout, experience the transition from day to night by soaking in the sunset then enjoy the twinkling city lights of Sydney.

#5 Walk on High — Oval Roof Climb, Adelaide, South Australia

Set off on an exhilarating two-hour climb along the arched roof of the Adelaide Oval. Offering an unparalleled view of the picturesque Adelaide Hills on one end and the sparkling blue coast on the other, like the Sydney BridgeClimb, it’s also best experienced at twilight, as the sun sets on the horizon. If you’re around during the Ashes Series (23 November 2017 to 8 January 2018), you can even get house seats to watch a match from 50 metres above the ground! The Adelaide Oval is easily accessible via public transport.

#6 For the Ultimate High — Bungee Jump and then Jungle Swing, Cairns, Queensland

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The only multi-person Jungle Swing in Australia swoops through the rainforest from 45 metres down to 1 metre in 3.5 seconds

If you are a hardcore adrenaline-seeker, try the double thrill of a bungee jump and Minjin Jungle Swing in Queensland. First, head north of Cairns to bungee jump off a 50-metre tower nestled within lush rainforest. While you’re up there, enjoy spectacular views of Cairns’ Northern Beaches and the Great Barrier Reef before taking the plunge. Your adrenaline rush continues with the Minjin Jungle Swing — it will have you (and up to two friends if you choose) swinging from 45 metres in a massive arc at speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour. You’ll be shrieking with excitement, definitely one of the best things to do in Australia!

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Planning a holiday to the United States of America? Your journey starts here. Diana Kotwal explores the six best places to visit in the USA, and the adventure each city promises.

Here, you can gaze at a sea of twinkling stars in the unpolluted night sky while camping at the impressive Yellowstone Park. Or you could gaze at the glittering sea on the walk of fame in Hollywood Boulevard. Take a trail-blazing trek up the fierce yet scenic Rocky mountains. Or take the elevator up to the top of the Empire State Building for a dazzling view of the iconic Manhattan skyline in New York. You could relish in the homemade, soul-stirring delights of Southern cooking in the vintage delis of New Orleans. Or experience cutting-edge gastronomy at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants across the major cities.

Best places to visit in USA

USA is a country of beautiful contradictions!

For in the USA, there is a little something for everyone. And for the seasoned tourist, it’s a cornucopia of discovery. However, if you haven’t got unlimited time, here are the best places to visit in the USA.

6 Best Places To Visit In The USA

#1 Los Angeles

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The spectacular sight of Los Angeles will leave you charmed

With perfect streets lined with rows of palm trees, cool sea breeze and bright, sunny skies, LA is a warm, inviting city that captivates you within minutes. One of the best cities in USA, Los Angeles also has an edgy, exciting vibe to it, which most movie-loving tourists are very eager to explore.

From Beverly Hills, with their posh mansions and movie star residents to the iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign, from Mann’s Chinese theatre to Sunset Boulevard, your camera memory is going to fill up with the stunning sights of LA’s fantastic cinema background.

#2 Las Vegas

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The dazzling sights and lights of Las Vegas

What started out as a gambler’s paradise has emerged into an oasis of fantastic A-list celebrity shows and concerts, world-class, fine dining restaurants and bright, shimmering lights that make Las Vegas one of the best cities to visit in the USA. The must-see sights to tick off your list include the 1,149 feet tall Stratosphere tower, the Downtown Glitter Gulch and the Fremont Street light show. Pack your sunglasses, though as Las Vegas intends to dazzle.

#3 San Francisco

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The varying gradient of the road is sure to catch your attention

There is no one way to describe San Francisco. This is the city of a timeless hippie culture. Here, eccentricity meets the eclectic. You can wear flowers in your hair, dance at an impromptu street fair and spread the love. It’s also the city of cutting-edge technology, where tech titans invent the next big thing in Silicon Valley. And the smartphone you’re taking photos on will probably be obsolete in a few weeks thanks to the engineers working here. But don’t worry about that just yet. Discover what makes SF one of the best cities to visit in the USA, instead. Take a sightseeing tour that starts on Lombard street, the most crooked street in the country. Then take in the breath-taking view of the Golden Gate bridge and head out to the Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square for some of San Francisco’s most delectable seafood.

#4 Niagara Falls

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The magnificent Niagara Falls is a must see

The majestic Niagara Falls is on every tourist’s bucket list. If it’s not on yours, add it in quickly. The world’s most famous waterfalls is one of the best places to visit in USA for a good reason. This is Mother Nature at it’s most powerful, yet most beautiful. Six million cubic feet of water pour down the falls every minute during the day, creating a cloud of gentle mist that rises up and adds an ethereal element to this spectacular sight.

#5 Washington DC

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The seat of power, The White House in Washington DC

The political capital of USA, Washington DC, radiates power. Here, you’ll find the White house, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon and the World Bank. While the streets are filled with monuments that highlight several chapters in America’s rich history. Some bear tribute to the most famous presidents like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson memorial. Others, like the World War II memorial, stand as testimony to the spirit of the American people during troubled times.

#6 New York

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The Big Apple is waiting for you

Like a catchy tune you just can’t get out your mind, New York buzzes incessantly. This is the city that never sleeps. From the bright lights and memorable show tunes of Broadway to the exotic delights of Chinatown to the urban, artistic vibe of Brooklyn’s streets, New York never stops to amaze you. The Big Apple has more trademark, iconic sights than any other city. Times Square, Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, The Brooklyn Bridge, Wall street… the list just goes on. New York’s face paced, action-filled lifestyle is infectious. It’s why millions of tourist flock to this city every day. And it’s why New York is truly one of the best cities in the USA.

America is the birthplace of these dazzling cities and many more – a brimming metropolis whose name alone beautifully amalgamates culture, cuisine and entertainment. Visit these amazing places to visit in the USA and experience this blend.

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“It’s too dangerous for a woman to travel alone.” Well, we hate to burst your bubble, but the year is 2018 and women everywhere are rocking the travel world like no one’s business! So, why stop? With these women travel tips, only sky can be the limit.

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From hot favourite destinations like Europe and Bali, and closer to home destinations like Rajasthan, Andaman, Sri Lanka & Kerala, women all over the world are exploring every part of the globe and how!

While we know women are always right and they know EVERYTHING under the sun, we thought a little more information to help women travel better, never hurt anyone! Read on to know the best tips, you might or might not know and travel better in these destinations!

Rajasthan: Avoid Buying A Money Belt- It’s Useless!

Women travel tips: Money belts only invite thieves

Money belts only invite thieves

Rajasthan is an undeniably hot bucket-list destination, and tourists from all around the world visit it at least once. This being said, travelling in Rajasthan costs quite a bit of money than the usual other places in India. The first thing being a tourist, you’d think of carrying a money belt. Our advice? DON’T. Thieves know it exists and being seen in one of those is just an invitation to them that shouts, ” hey, look at me, I am a rich tourist with a lot of money. Rip me off.”

Andaman Islands: Shake Off The Unwanted Sand With Talcum!

Women travel tips: Talcum helps get rid of excess sand on the legs

Talcum helps get rid of excess sand on the legs

Shake-Shake-Shake! Funny, but this will actually help you in brushing that unwanted sand off yourself, after hours of beaching in the sun! Going on a beach holiday? Promise yourself, you’ll carry a bottle of talcum powder and go on a shake-a-thon! Now, no more worries of dirtying your hotel room/lobby and getting death stares by the staff whenever you come full of sandy toes and self! This tip for women travel is a huge success!

Kerala: Trust Oodles Of Sunscreen & Cotton Scarves To Come To Your Rescue!

Women travel tips:Whether it is a lotion, stick or a spray, protect your skin from harmful rays

Whether it is a lotion, stick or a spray, protect your skin from harmful rays

There are temples, there are beaches and there are waterfalls; nothing, I bet, nothing will save you from the scorching heat in Kerala. EXCEPT, a lot of sunscreen and cotton scarves. Bundle them up in your back pack and you’re good to go!

Bali: Save Phone Battery, Screen-shot Destination Routes & Use!

Women travel tips: Take a screenshot of your location to save your battery from draining .

Take a screenshot of your location to save your battery from draining. Psst, you’re Welcome!

Beach-hopping in Bali can drain your battery. The best way to save it is by loading your destination location offline and/or saving a screen-shot of the route and putting your phone on flight mode. Explore endlessly, as you don’t have to worry about your phone battery dying midway!

Sri Lanka: Soothe Sun-Burnt Skin With Aloe-Vera Ice Cubes

Women travel tips: Calm those skin burns with aloe vera cubes

Calm those skin burns with aloe vera cubes

Sri Lanka is that one destination, best explored on foot. Walking tours in the Lankan heat can be taxing, and cause you a lot of sunburns. Women travel a lot to such sunny places, so this tip is a bliss (trust us).
Once you’re back from your tour, at your hotel, soothe your skin by applying aloe-vera ice cubes and find instant relaxation!

Europe – Hello Lavender Essential Oil, Goodbye Bruises, Wounds, & Rashes!

Women travel tips: Lavender essential oil is best known for its relaxing effects

Lavender essential oil is best known for its relaxing effects

Lavender essential oil is really essential and can be found easily at any retail outlet in the town. When it comes to a continent like Europe, the climate here can be totally unpredictable. This can result into bruises, wounds and rashes of different kinds. Quick solution: Apply lavender essential oil just before you tuck yourself to bed and you’ll be good!

With women travel tips like these, we bet your holiday will be just about perfect! Tell us which is your favourite tip of these in the comments below!

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USA: Of Guaranteed Excitement & Fabulous Experiences

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No trip to America is complete until you’ve visited its favourite cities. Here, iconic landmarks like the Statue Of Liberty compete with natural wonders like the Niagara Falls for your attention. Indulge your love for chocolate on a fun-filled trolley ride through Hershey’s Chocolate World, feel the Niagara Falls thunder past you at the Cave of the Winds, and spend your evenings with guided coach holidays of brightly lit-up landmarks in New York and Washington D.C. Join us for guaranteed fun on a stress-free holiday across New York, Washington D.D., Harrisburg and Niagara Falls.

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Canada: Of Adventures In The Wild & Charming Cities

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Take on the best of nature as you journey across Canada’s best. Glide across the Blue River on a river safari, explore waterfalls and spot bears at the Grizzly Bear Valley, soak in breathtaking views from the 450-ft-long Capilano Suspension Bridge, and gear up for the Glacier Adventure at Columbia Icefields. Take a break to enjoy guided tours of Calgary and Vancouver, topped up with delicious food and loads of shopping. Visit Vancouver, Whistler, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary and celebrate the real spirit of Canada with this amazing coach holidays!

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Scandinavia: Of Legendary Tales & Scintillating Surrounds

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From dog sledding with the Sami in the east to island hopping in the south, off-piste skiing in the north to visiting manor houses and castles in the south, Scandinavia has something for everyone! Let our English-speaking guides help you uncover the legends as you explore the delightful cities, medieval architecture, traditional food, mesmerising landscapes, and stunning views. From a cruise on the UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord, with views of the Bridal Veil and Seven Sisters waterfalls, to an exceptional rail road trip on the Flam Railway, the coach holidays of Sweden, Norway and Denmark has it all.

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Russia: Of Vibrant Cities & Panoramic Views Coach Holidays

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With a rich and at times tumultuous history stretching back centuries, the Land of the Tsars is a truly fascinating place to explore. Turn back time as you stroll through the historical Red Square during your guided tour of Moscow, the largest city and the capital of Russia. Unveil old secrets as you visit the architectural wonders in St Petersburg, which has seen three name changes, three revolutions and a 900-day siege. Packed with authentic experiences, our in-vogue itinerary gives you enough time to discover each destination. Choose to journey with us across Moscow and St. Petersburg, two of Russia’s most interesting cities though our coach holidays.

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Spain: Of Endless Intrigue & Charismatic Locals

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Spain’s glorious history and enigmatic cultural blend makes for an endlessly intriguing visit. With its incredible monuments, majestic mountains, beautiful beaches, and sophisticated social life, this destination is a favourite among travellers. Enjoy an exclusive visit to a Celtic town, stop in at the Gothic Cathedral, walk through Toledo, a world heritage city, drive along Don Quixote’s land – La Mancha, and admire the Alhambra Complex and Generalife Gardens. You’re guaranteed the full Spanish experience on this guided coach tour that covers Madrid, Seville, Costa Del Sol and Granada.

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Switzerland: Of Exotic Experiences & An Alpine Paradise

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Switzerland’s indigo lakes and imposing Alpine backdrop spins stunning fairytales as you explore its sophisticated cities, an ancient castle and the shores of Montreux. Marvel at the magnificent Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe, nibble on delectable cheese at Gruyeres, and enjoy the diversity of Zurich, Bern, Lucerne and Geneva on guided city tours. Enjoy the rugged beauty of the Alps, traverse the picturesque Italian countryside, and opt to visit Jungfrau, the Top of Europe, or the ever famous Reichenbach Falls. Weave your own magical travel tales on this all-encompassing coach holidays through Switzerland.

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When you book a tour with us, you can rest assured of a guaranteed departure. No cancellation, no rebooking hassles; just loads of fun and exotic experiences. You’re treated to multi-cultural holiday, where travellers from across the globe come together to discover the sights and flavours of the destination they’re visiting. Apart from the fixed departure, our maximum value holidays cover all the must-see sights and are led by English-speaking local experts, who ensure you get a true taste of the place. Our coach holidays are 100% focused on making your holiday a memorable one, so make space in your travel diary and explore the world now.

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Home to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Indian Nation, Gujarat is often an underestimated tourist destination. Temple towns, beautiful architecture, gorgeous beaches, lovely hill resorts, and fantastic wildlife sanctuaries, as well as mouth-watering cuisine, Gujarat is a state that offers all this and more to a traveller. One of the best things about this west-Indian state is that the people here are incredibly friendly and welcoming.

The Assembly Hall at the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat.

The Assembly Hall at the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat

Backpacking across this state is one of the best ways to explore the sites, and experience the culture here. Explore Gujarat at your own pace, venture into new territories and discover a place that is not a tourist hot-spot. Here’s all the information you would need to make your backpacking trip to Gujarat a success.

Best Time to Travel

Summers in Gujarat are unbearably hot, so it might be extremely difficult for you to go exploring when the sun is out. During monsoons, you will not be able to access some of the most popular attractions of Gujarat, like the Little and the Great Rann of Kutch. So your best bet is to go backpacking to Gujarat in winters, between November and March, as the climate is mild and agreeable.

3 Must-Visit Places in Gujarat

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

King of the jungle in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

The Asiatic lion in its last remaining habitat of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

Here’s your chance to come face to face with the ‘King of the Jungle’ in Gujarat. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is the only natural dwelling of Asiatic lions and several other rare wild animals in India. Spanning approximately 1412 sq. km, in this sanctuary you can also spot hyenas, leopards, black buck, and fish owls. Go on an open jeep safari or choose to stay inside this park’s buffer zone.

Rann of Kutch

This endless land of white sand is home to flamingos in winters when these birds fly to Gujarat from Siberia. The best time to visit the Rann of Kutch is when it comes alive during the Rann Mahotsav with music, dance, and cultural shows. However, bear in mind that this popular festival attracts hordes of people from all over the world, and tends to get very crowded.

Old Ahmedabad

For those of you who are missing the hustle and bustle of city life, head to Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

For those of you who are missing the hustle and bustle of city life, head to Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

Home to numerous historic sites such as the Hathisingh Jain Temple and the Sabarmati Ashram, head to the old part of Ahmedabad city to travel back in time and observe some restored heritage houses inside the walls of Dhal ni Pol.

3 Must-Have Experiences in Gujarat

Venture Into The Ghost Town Of Lakhpat

Lakhpat is situated very close to the Pakistan border, and was once an important trade route of the countryLakhpat is situated very close to the Pakistan border, and was once an important trade route of the country

Lakhpat is situated very close to the Pakistan border, and was an important trade between the two countries

What was once the richest town in Gujarat, now stands in ruins. After the 1819 earthquake when the course of the Indus River changed, it turned into a ghost town. Head to this town to explore Fort Lakhpat as well as the abandoned houses.

Eat A Typical Gujarati Breakfast

Don't miss out on the mouthwatering platter of Gujarati cuisine during your visit here!

Don’t miss the mouthwatering Gujarati cuisine during your visit here!

Your trip to Gujarat is incomplete without tasting the local cuisine. The typical Gujarati breakfast consists of dishes like dhokla, khandvi, and fafda with different types of chutneys. Do try these and other Gujarati snack staples.

Pay Your Respects To Lord Shiva At The Somnath Temple

 Gujarat is famous for its Somnath Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Gujarat is famous for the Somnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva

Located on the beachfront, Somnath temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India, is build in the Chalukya style of architecture. Rebuilt after being destroyed several times, the location and history behind the temple make it an interesting visit.

Tips For Visiting Gujarat

  1. When you are packing your bags, ensure that you have carried your medication, bandages, glucose powder, a torch, sunscreen, sunglasses, as well as a day pack for when you are roaming around Gujarat.
  2. Travelling within Gujarat can be very inconvenient if you don’t have a private vehicle or other mode of transport. This is because the average distance between two cities or villages in Gujarat is large.
  3. When you are look for accommodation, avoid Gir, Somnath, and Rann of Kutch (during the festival). The good hotels in these places tend to be expensive.

Create unforgettable memories by going off the beaten path and exploring the treasures of Gujarat on your own terms.

Fact File For Gujarat

Location: A state in western India, north of Maharashtra
How to Reach: There are two international airports in Gujarat, namely Vadodara International Airport and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. There are quite a few domestic airports in this state, and Gujarat is also well-connected to the rest of the country via rail and national highways.
Official Language: Gujarati
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Very hot and dry summers, while winters are mild and pleasant
Food & Drink: Although Gujarat is a coastal state, it is primarily a vegetarian state. Most popular Gujarati dishes include thepla, khandvi, muthiya, kadhi, mohanthal, and murganu shaak (chicken curry).

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When you are planning to enjoy a vacation somewhere cold, the first Indian state that will come to mind is Himachal Pradesh. And why shouldn’t it come to mind, when it offers you stunning cities like Dharamshala, Shimla, and Manali. While it is true that these are the most popular tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh, this state has a lot more on offer for you. There are numerous secret hideaways in Himachal Pradesh that still haven’t been discovered by tourists. You can make Shimla or Manali your base, and go exploring these offbeat destinations in Himachal Pradesh.

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The Sutlej River flowing through the beautiful valley of Himachal Pradesh

#1 Gada Gushaini

The lush green forests and the beautiful surroundings of this valley are worth visiting

The lush green forests and the beautiful surroundings of this valley are worth visiting

Gada Gushaini is not a popular tourist destination, which is why it offers you virginal beauty of nature. Located in the Mandi district, the lush green forests and the beautiful surroundings of this valley are worth visiting. Head to the Gada Gushaini village to hear the clear waters of the Tirthan River hit the pebbles on the banks. The sound that they produce is truly soothing.
Distance from Manali: 100km

#2 Prini

 If you are someone who loves petrichor, Prini should be on your list of offbeat places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

If you are someone who loves petrichor, Prini should be on your list of offbeat places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

The moisture content in the Prini air smells just like petrichor – which means you can enjoy the refreshing mud scent throughout the day. Paddy fields are everywhere in most of the parts of the Prini village. Another attraction that you must visit is the waterfall near the Manali-Jagatsukh road in this village.
Distance from Manali: 4km

#3 Renuka Ji

 The Renuka Ji temple in Himachal Pradesh is dedicated to the mother of ‘Parshurama’, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

The Renuka Ji temple in Himachal Pradesh is dedicated to the mother of ‘Parshurama’, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

While the architecture of this temple is beautiful, however, the delicate carvings will be the ones to capture your attention. This temple is located at the base of the largest (natural) lake in the state – the Renuka Lake. The curious thing about this mirror lake is that its shape is like that of a reclining woman. This is truly a picture-perfect place, with its backdrop of the Himalayas and the lake reflecting everything in its surroundings.
Distance from Shimla: 160km

#4 Janjehli

 Janjehli is the perfect offbeat destination for adventure lovers – it offers you trekking as well as camping opportunities.

Janjehli is the perfect offbeat destination for adventure lovers – it offers you trekking as well as camping opportunities.

Janjehli is the perfect base for going on treks to places like Shoja, Shikari Devi, Karsog, and Chindi. Pandav Shila, located around 3km away from the Janjehli village, is a rock that can be traced back to the Mahabharata era. If the pebble you throw on this rock manages to stay on, it is believed that all your wishes will be fulfilled.
Distance from Shimla: 139km

#5 Sarahan

Visit Sarahan village in Himachal Pradesh to gaze at the gorgeous Bhimakali Temple, a temple that is dedicated to the goddess Kali.

Visit Sarahan village in Himachal Pradesh to gaze at the gorgeous Bhimakali Temple, a temple that is dedicated to the goddess Kali.

The architecture of this temple is a fusion of the Indian and Tibetan style and is approximately 800 years old. Numerous layers of timber and stones were used in the construction of this temple, so as to make it able to withstand earthquakes. This village is also known as the ‘gateway of Kinnaur’ because of its location near the ancient Indo-Tibetan Road.
Distance from Shimla: 162km

#6 Karsog Valley

Renowned for its dense forests and apple orchards, Karsog Valley is located in the Mandi district

Renowned for its dense forests and apple orchards, Karsog Valley is located in the Mandi district

Along with its scenic beauty, this valley is also well-known for its temples like those of the Mahunag, Mamleshwar Mahadev, and Kamksha Devi. Head to Tattapani near the Karsog Valley to enjoy the hot springs in this region. You can also enjoy adventurous activities such as mountain biking, trekking, and river rafting at Tattapani.
Distance from Shimla: 109km

Fact File:

Location: Shimla is a hill station in the middle ranges of the Himalayas and lies approximately 2073m above sea level.
How to Reach: Shimla Airport connects this city to the other major cities in India. The cities in north India are well-connected to Shimla due to the National Highway 22.
Official Language: Hindi, English
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Subtropical highland climate
Food & Drink: Dham is one of the signature Himachal Pradesh dish that must be tried. Some of the other Himachali dishes to look forward to include Chha Gosht, Mittha, Aktori, and Tudkiya Bhath.

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