The picturesque Uttarakhnad is the most versatile tourist destinations in India. Whether you are looking for a relaxed holiday or an adventurous one, whether you are going for a holy pilgrimage or you are a wildlife enthusiast- you name it and Uttarakhand has it! And if you are excited to know everything about this extraordinary place, here is our Uttarakhand tourism guide to help you plan your dream holiday.

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The Valley of Flowers is located in the Western Himalayas, in Uttarakhand

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Best Time To Visit Uttarakhand

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A view of snow-clad mountain peaks as seen from the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, the land of mighty Himalayas, is one of the top tourist destinations in India that can be visited throughout the year. But the best time to visit Uttarakhand is during summers and winters. Let’s have a look at the seasons and the experiences you can have in this alluring state.


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Uttarakhand- the heaven on earth

Summers start in the month of April and extend till June. The weather is very pleasant and days are longer than nights. It is the best time to visit Uttarakhand as you can enjoy the picturesque view of flourishing green lands, magnificent mountains and rivers flowing swiftly between them. Nainital, Ranikhet, Almora, Auli, Mussoorie and Rishikesh are some of the best Uttarakhand destinations in summers. It is a great time for activities like trekking, paragliding, kayaking and river rafting. It is this time when a lot of devotees go for pilgrimage.

Uttarakhand tourism guide tips – Since it is a peak season, it is advisable to book your flight or train tickets and accommodations in advance.


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The gorgeous blue mountains during the monsoons will take your breath away

The monsoon season starts in the month of July and lasts till September. The weather is humid but cool. Monsoon might not be the best time to visit Uttarakhand but it surely is not a bad time either. The state looks refreshing with lovely green mountains, steady rainfall and matchless scenic beauty. Uttrakhand receives maximum rainfall during the months of July and August and there are high risks of landslides.

Uttarakhand tourism guide tips – It is considered as a low season with very less crowd, so if you are looking for a peaceful trip without much hustle, consider planning your Uttarakhand trip around this time. Be sure to carry umbrellas and waterproof boots.


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Adventure sport lovers are all set to begin their journey in Uttarakhand.

The winter season begins in October and extends till February. It is perhaps one of the best seasons to visit Uttarakhand. The weather is very cold and you get to enjoy the picture perfect sight of crisp white snow meeting the blue sky in the horizon. The state turns into a wonderland with activities like snowboarding, skiing and glacier trekking. Festivals like Diwali, Christmas and New Year make the place quite lively and dynamic.

Uttarakhand tourism guide tips – Be sure to carry loads of woolen clothes.

Uttarakhand will charm you and you will have the same amount of fun irrespective of the month you are visiting. So, start planning your Uttarakhand trip and let this awe-inspiring state surprise you.

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How To Reach Uttarakhand

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The majestic view on every twist and turns will leave you in awe

Uttarakhand is very well connected to the rest of the country via air, rail and road making it very easy for the travellers to reach the majestic state.

By Air: There are two domestic airports in Uttarakhand – Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and Pantnagar Airport near Nainital. There are regular flights to Dehradun from major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Banglore and Chennai. Pantnagar Airport is mainly a gateway to the hill stations and gets limited flights.

By Train: Uttarakhand has a wide network of railways maintaining 16 big and small railway stations that connect the state with the rest of the country. Haridwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Kathgodam, Pantnagar and Rudrapur are some of the stations that contribute in making travelling much easy inside the state as well as from other parts of the country.

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Marvel the the lush greenery on your way to Uttarakhand

By Road: One of the best ways to reach Uttarakhand is by road. There is a wide network of road and the state has more than 1328 km of national highways and 1543 km of state highways. There is also an efficient bus service and Uttarakhand Transport Corporation runs around 1000 buses in and out of the state. Moreover, taxis are also available to most of the destinations in the state.

So, reaching Uttarakhnad is nothing less than a cake walk. You just need to make sure that you arrange your tickets beforehand to avoid any hassle.

Travelling Within Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand offers a reliable and proficient network of local transport. From trains, buses, taxis to auto-rickshaws, various means of transportation are available. In hilly areas you get to enjoy a Pony ride. Helicopter services are also operational in Uttarakhand, though it is mainly for the purpose of ferrying pilgrims to the char dhams.

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Where To Stay In Uttarakhand

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The spiritual city of Rishikesh, beautiful right?

Accommodation plays an important part in any holiday and you will be surprised with innumerable accommodation options Uttarakhand offers. Honeymoon couples and families looking for utmost luxury amidst scenic beauty have wonderful options of plush hotels and resorts in Uttarakhand. JW Marriott (Mussoorie), Radisson Blu (Haridwar), Jaypee Residency Manor (Mussoorie) and Ramada Dehradun are some of the best hotels in Uttarakhand.

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Seek blessings on your Char Dham tour

For all pilgrims visiting holy sites of Char Dham , there are plenty of budget hotels such as Dwarikesh (Badrinath), Hotel SS International (Badrinath) and Hotel Priyansha (Yamunotri). Adventure enthusiasts have options of tented accommodations in Rishikesh, on the banks of river Ganga. Rishikesh also has lavish Ayurveda resorts where tourists get a chance to invigorate themselves in natural bliss. In addition to these there are a number of home stays in Uttarakhand which is the best way to experience the Himalayan hospitality.

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Places To Visit In Uttarakhand

1. Nainital

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Revel in the marvelous beauty of the city of lakes

Nestled amidst the Kumaon Hills, Nainital is one of the best tourist places in Uttarakhand. Popularly known as the ‘City of Lakes’, this quaint hill station is built around the Naini Lake. With an abundance of natural beauty, snow-capped mountains and serene lakes, it is a perfect getaway for tourists. The Naini Lake, which flows through the heart of the city, is a hub for activities like row boating and paddle boating. If boating does not attract you then you can simply take a walk along the banks of the lake or explore the area on horseback and enjoy the pristine beauty of the place.

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Seek spirituality in the magnificent Naina Devi Temple

The famous Mall Road of Nainital is a popular spot lined with hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and markets. Nanda Devi temple in the northern bank of the lake is a great place for devotees. Do visit Pt. G.B.Pant High Altitude Zoo to get a glimpse of rare animal species like snow leopard and steppe eagle. Other interesting places include Guano Hills, Eco Cave Gardens, Naina Peak, Tiffin Top and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary. Other lakes that you can visit are the Bhimtal Lake, Khurpatal Lake and Sariyatal Lake.

2. Mussoorie

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Revel in the beauty of blue hills of Mussorie

Mussoorie, also known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, is a peaceful hill station. It is blessed with a cool and pleasant climate throughout the year which makes it a very popular choice for honeymooners. It was a very famous holiday destination during the British era and the British remnants can still be seen in the form of archaic architecture of hotels and churches. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mussoorie is the Mall Road, which is dotted with various eateries and shops.

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Musoorie is known as the pride of Uttarakhand

Take a cable car to Gun Hill and enjoy the breath-taking scenic beauty. Ride a horse up to Lal Tibba, the highest peak in Mussoorie and feel the high. Have a picnic at the Kempty Falls to enjoy the amazing tranquillity of the place. Other renowned places include Camel’s Back Road, Mussoorie Lake, Happy Valley and Jwalaji Temple.

3. Jim Corbett

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Marvel at the speckled look of Cheetal Deers, so unique and so beautiful! Watch them as they strut around in the herd.

Previously known as Haley’s National Park, Jim Corbett is India’s oldest and the most popular National Park. Located along the banks of Ramaganga river, this park acts as a safety guard for the Royal Bengal Tigers of India. It is home to around 600 species of birds, 50 species of trees and 25 reptile species.

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For a ‘wild’ time, plan a visit to the Jim Corbett National Park where you can join a safari ride

Spread over an area of about 520 square kilometres, this park is divided into 5 zones- Dhikala, Jhirna, Durgadevi, Dhela and Bijrani and all of them have different gates. Jim Corbett organises safaris and hiking trails through dense forests all through the year. This place is a must visit place for all wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Uttarakhand tourism guide tips – The best time to visit Corbett National Park is from November to June and the safari timings are 5:30 AM – 8:30 AM and 3 PM – 6 PM.

4. Haridwar

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Witness the Lord Shiva Mahadeva statue overlooking Haridwar

Located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Haridwar is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Literally meaning, ‘Gateway to God’, Haridwar is a land of legends and myths and millions of people come here to take a dip in the holy water of the river Ganga and wash away their sins. The evening Ganga aarti holds a special appeal turning the entire place into a scintillating sensory spectacle. You are mesmerised by the flaming torches, ringing bells and the religious aura of the place.

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The picturesque bridge in Haridwar over the holy river

Haridwar has a plethora of temples among which the Mansa Devi temple, the Maya Devi temple, the Chandi Devi temple and the Bharat Mata temple are quite popular. Haridwar is very well known for its street food and you must try kachoris and aloo puri here. No spiritual journey is completed without a visit to Haridwar.

5. Ranikhet

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Marvel at the beautiful view of Ranikhet from afar by Thetomcruise

Mostly referred to as the ‘Queen’s land’, Ranikhet is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. The amazing green flora and fauna, scenic landscapes and cool climate make this place a dream destination. This place attracts many tourists for its amazing trekking trails, mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, rappelling and paragliding camps.

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Soak in the sheer simplicity of Ranikhet

It is also renowned as the Headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army and has Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum. The museum has a wonderful display of weapons and pictures which replicate the significance of military and its historical instances. Other fascinating places include Nanda Devi Peak, Chaubatia Orchard, Dwarahat temples and Jhula Devi temple.

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Things To Do In Uttarakhand

1. Go For Skiing

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Nothing beats skiing on the slopes of snow-capped mountains in Uttarakhand

The snow covered mountains of Uttarakhand are ideal for skiing. The thrill of gliding down the snowy slopes is simply beyond comparison. Auli is the best place for skiing in Uttarakhand and also offers great opportunities for trekking and sightseeing. There is a blanket of snow as far as your eyes can see and the entire ambience is very inviting and refreshing. The height and spread of the Himalayas offer skiing opportunities to professionals as well as to learners. It has the best slopes covered with Oak and Deodar forests that decrease the speediness of the chilling winds.

Uttarakhand tourism guide tips – The best time for skiing is from November till March.

2. Try Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh

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Taking the plunge has never been as exciting as bungee jumping in Uttarakhand

Bungee jumping is one of the most fascinating adventurous activities in Uttarakhand. It is indeed India’s first fixed platform bungee jump destination located at Mohan Chutti, 25 km away from Rishikesh. It is one of a kind experience which involves free falling from a height of 83 metres above the ground with a chest harness tied to the platform via ropes. At the end of the jump you are given a Dare to Jump Certificate. Along with bungee jumping you can also indulge in activities like Giant Swing and Flying Fox.

Uttarakhand tourism guide tips – There is cafeteria where you can enjoy some quick snacks and muse over the thrilling experience.

3. Visit The Valley of flowers

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Be in awe of the Valley of flowers

Nestled at an altitude of about 3600 metres in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers is recognised as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. As the name suggests, the valley is dotted with millions of species of wild flowers such as trollius, pedicularis, poppy, petunia, calendular, marigolds, asters and strawberry. There are around 300 species of flowers along with several uncommon and endangered flower species and medicinal plants.

The Valley of Flowers was designated a national park in 1980

It is also home to more than a few variety of insects and butterflies. In fact, if you are really lucky, you will be able to spot Himalayan bear, blue sheep and musk deer. The Valley of Flowers trek is also a delight for passionate bird watchers. Bounded by snow clad mountains along with several waterfalls, springs and rocky boulders this enchantress valley will surely cast a spell on you.

Uttarakhand tourism guide tips – The valley is open for tourists only between May and October.

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Uttarakhand Food – What To Eat In Uttarakhand

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Delectable sweets of Uttarakhand, indulge right in!

Uttarakhand is not only popular for its natural scenic beauty but it is also very well known for its exemplifying delicacies. In fact, the cuisine of the state is as lovely as its destinations. If you take a walk in the streets you will be greeted by an assortment of aromas that come from the roadside hawkers. The best part about Uttarakhand food is that it is cooked over burning wood or charcoal which gives a distinct flavour and is high on taste and nutrition.

  • Start your magical journey in Uttarakhand by trying out Kafuli, a dish which all the locals swear by. It is an exotic delicacy prepared with spinach and fenugreek leaves that is served with hot steaming rice. It is cooked in an iron kadhai by slow fire cooking method.
  • There is a very well known accomplishment, ‘Bhang ki chutney’ in Uttarakhand that is a real scene stealer and enhances the taste of everything. Made from Hemp seeds, cumin seeds, garlic leaves and tamarind, this chutney is absolutely a must try.
  • Phaanu is a mouth watering dish made by mixing different varieties of lentils that are soaked overnight. This salivating soupy dish is served with best with rice.
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Don’t forget to relish the local food in Uttarakhand

  • Do try Baadi, which is a simple delicacy made with buckwheat flour. This dish is full of nutrients and has a very satisfying taste that lingers for a long time.
  • Arsa is a palatable sweet of Uttarakhand made with jiggery and curd. These soft, sugary round balls literally melts in the mouth and is a great dessert after meals.
  • Other delectable delicacies include Garhwal ka Fannah, Chainsoo, Gahat ke Parathe, Aalu Gutook, Kumaoni Raita, Dubuk, Singodi, Gulgula and Jhangora ki Kheer.

Uttarakhand food is as simple and lovely as its people. So, when are you planning your Uttarakhand holiday?

Shopping In Uttarakhand

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The local bangle sellers offer a variety of delicate jewelry

Apart from brilliant sightseeing, Uttarakhand is home to some wonderful markets. Bustling with visitors throughout the year, these markets are lined up with antiques, woodcrafts, semi-precious jewellery, carpets, Garhwali paintings, mats and wax candles. Besides these, Uttarakhand also offers excellent qsuality Basmati rice, homemade jams and squashes. While doing shopping in Uttarakhand, do not miss buying apples, cherries, strawberries and mulberries. So, shop till you drop!

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Money In Uttarakhand

The currency of Uttarakhand is Indian Rupee. Notes come in the denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2000. All major debit cards and credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted. ATMs are widespread. Money can be easily exchanged at banks, airports and money exchangers.

Uttarakhand Tourism Guide Tips

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Make sure to visit beautiful temples of Uttarakhand

  • Keep your identity proofs and other important documents handy.
  • Keep a digital copy of all your important documents in your mobile in case of an emergency.
  • If travelling away from major towns, always carry cash.
  • Electricity in Uttarakhand is 220-240 volts.
  • Always drink bottled water.
  • In case of an emergency, dial 100 (Police) or 102 (Ambulance).

The enchanting state of Uttarakhand is bound to offer you a memorable holiday. Come and explore this magical land and do keep our uttarakhand tourism guide handy.

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Bhutan, the country with the purest air, perfect valleys, awe-inspiring mountains, colourful villages and peaceful monasteries is always set to mesmerise all its tourists with warm Bhutanese hospitality. And if you are excited to know everything about this alluring place, here is our exclusive Bhutan travel guide to help and guide you.

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Best Time To Visit Bhutan

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Travel during the time of Bhutanese festivals to get the best of Bhutan culture

The best time to visit Bhutan is between September and December. Boasting distinctive seasonal variations, Bhutan is a perfect year-round destination. Whether it is the vibrant and colourful festivals of Bhutan or the blooming Himalayan flora and fauna or the picturesque view of the beautiful snowfall, the country guarantees to make you have a great time amidst scenic beauty and ensures that you take back home a cherished memory for your lifetime. That being said, let’s have a look at the seasons of Bhutan.

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Annual Tsechus/festivals are celebrated with masked performances at the Dzongs (temples)

The summer season starts in the month of June and lasts till about August. The weather is clear with mild clamminess. It is a good time to catch up with the mighty Himalayas and be amazed by its flourishing green paddy fields and landscapes. Summer season is also a great time to enjoy the Haa festival which is a celebration of the Bhutanese culture, traditions and way of life. This season witnesses a low level of tourists as many have this mistaken belief that Bhutan is surrounded by heavy clouds of rain around this time. In fact, monsoon in Bhutan is confined to mild afternoon showers that occur once in every two or three days and the country is moderately dry during these months.

Bhutan travel guide tips: It is advisable to carry a mix of light cotton clothes, raincoats and umbrellas. If you are visiting the southern part of the country be sure to carry winter garments as it may get really cold.


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Witness the monks celebrating Tshechu

Winters begin in December and extend till February. The weather is amazing and although the entire country remains dry, cities such as Thimpu and Paro may experience mild snowfall in the months of January and February. Winter is the season of Punakha  Dromche and Tshechu, a week- long celebration of the founding of Bhutan during the 16th century. The festivities take place around the very old capital of Bhutan- Punakha, which proves to be a great winter escape for the Bhutanese.

Bhutan travel guide tips: Be sure to carry your woolen clothes and thermals.

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Trekking in Bhutan takes you high up in the clouds, literally!

The Spring season in Bhutan starts in March and extends till the month of May. Spring is the best time to visit Bhutan as the weather is dry with very less humidity making it perfect for activities like trekking and hiking. Treks to Jomolhari and Drukpath begin and nature lovers can witness the Jacaranda flower bloom. It is a great time to meet the King of Bhutan during the Paro Tshechu, as he makes his way towards the various festivities.

Bhutan travel guide tips: Spring is one of the peak seasons in Bhutan, so it is advisable to book your flight tickets and hotels in advance.


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The gorgeous Haa Valley in the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Fall is also a very popular and a high season in Bhutan which starts in September and lasts till November. The weather is mild with pleasant sunny days and just the right amount of chill. It is a good time to enjoy various festivals such as the Black Necked Crane Festival that happens around  Phobjikha Valley and the Thimpu Tshechu around Thimpu.

Bhutan travel guide tips: Planning in advance is recommended if you are visiting Bhutan around this time.

Bhutan is magical in each and every season. So, regardless of when you visit this beautiful country, you will always feel it is the right time.

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Bhutan Visa And Other Travel Documents

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The country welcomes you with a smiling face to witness the Bhutanese way of life

Travellers need the following documents for their Bhutan tour:

  • A valid passport having a validity of minimum six months from the date of travel or Voter Identity Card, issued by the Election Commission of India.
  • Bhutan visa is not required for Indian nationals.
  • All Indians coming to Bhutan by road are required to obtain an Entry Permit on the basis of valid Travel Document from the Immigration Office of Royal Government of Bhutan at Phuentsholing.
  • Adequate travel insurance is important for a safe travel.


Where To Stay In Bhutan

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Enjoy the serene vistas while you stay in this gorgeous country

Bhutan has a wide variety of accommodation options to choose from. Whether it’s the luxurious 5- star hotels of Bhutan that offer incredible services or the cosy little budget hotels that charm you with their simplicity. There are perfect traditional Bhutanese home stays as well that welcome you with utmost warmth and comfort. Hotels in Bhutan offer a fascinating blend of new age facilities, unequalled beauty and rustic charisma. Taj Tashi (Thimpu), Uma by COMO (Punakha), Le Meridian (Thimpu) and Amankora (Thimpu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang) are some of the best hotels in Bhutan.

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Travelling Within Bhutan

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Tread on off the beaten paths to discover Bhutan

In view of the fact that Bhutan does not have a railway network, the only way to explore the country is either by air or by road.

By Air: Bhutan has limited domestic air services which are restricted to Bhumtang, Paro and Gelephu. The Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service operates charter flights and sightseeing from its base at Paro.

By Bus: Public buses in Bhutan are very crowded and uncomfortable. Moreover, the winding roads of Bhutan make them even more painful.

Travelling within Bhutan

Do not be surprised to see yaks while you travel on the beautiful roads of Bhutan

By Taxi: You will find taxis in Paro, Phuentsholing, Thimpu and Jakar. Almost all taxis are metered but most drivers would seldom use them. So, it is advisable to negotiate the rate before you set off to avoid unnecessary hassle.

By Car: Hiring a car is the best way to explore Bhutan. The local drivers are well versed with the roads and you do not have to concern yourself with driving.

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Things To Do In Bhutan

1. Explore Tiger’s Nest Monastery

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Get mesmerised by the stunning view of Paro Taktsang

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang is one of the most esteemed pilgrimage places in Bhutan. This place has great traditional values and it is one of the best things to do in Bhutan. Located at the side of a steep cliff wall, about 900 metres above the Paro valley, this monastery is extremely beautiful. The sight of milky white building topped with shining golden roof amidst blue sky and thriving green mountains is simply beyond comparison.

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Marvel at the sight of milky white building topped with shining golden roof amidst blue sky

Although it is a steep two hours hike up to the monastery but it is absolutely worth it. You can also hire a horse to take you up but horses go up to a certain point beyond which you have to walk, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. There are several view points where you can stop to take rest or click pictures and a lovely cafeteria where you can enjoy snacks and tea. Bhutan sightseeing would be incomplete without a visit to this incredible place.

2. Visit The Punakha Dzong

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It’s definitely one the most impressive buildings anywhere in the world

Bhutan is blessed with many dzongs (fortresses), but out of the lot, Punakha Dzong is a must see. It is the most beautiful dzong in the country and offers an eye-catching sight of the dazzling aura of the white walls on a clear sunny day. Ornate wood carvings and intricate paintings  add to the charm of this remarkable architecture.

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Soak in the spectacular natural view as you visit the Punakha Dzong

The dzong is surrounded by flourishing green hills and in spring the lavender coloured jacaranda trees adds a beautiful contrast to its white-washed walls. Apart from the structural beauty, the dzong also holds great historical and traditional importance in Bhutan. It contains the preserved remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan and a sacred relic of Ranjubg Karsapani.

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3. Try River Rafting

River Raft in the deep, pristine gorges of Arunachal Pradesh

River Raft in the deep, pristine gorges of Bhutan

To add some thrill and excitement to your Bhutan trip gush into the rivers of the country. It is always fun to go for white water rafting and the rapids of Po and Mo rivers are ideal for moderate to high difficulty levels of white water rafting. The whole adventure becomes even more impressive and memorable by the serene beauty and pristine waters as you go under suspension bridges seeing various dzongs and chortens.

Bhutan travel guide tips: The best time for rafting is from March to May or from October to November.

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Places To Visit In Bhutan

1. Thimphu

At Dochula Pass, 108 stupas stand divinely against a backdrop of the Himalayas

At Dochula Pass, 108 stupas stand divinely against a backdrop of the Himalayas, Thimphu

Nestled in the western part of central Bhutan, Thimphu is the captivating capital of the country. The city is an interesting mix of the old world charms and modernity. It is the melting pot of the matchless treasures of the Bhutanese culture, cuisine and lifestyle that maintains a strong character in its architectural style. Do visit Buddha Dordenma, a 51 metre gold plated statue of Buddha which is entirely made up of steel and get a strong hold on peace and solace. Get high on life with Memorial Chorten, the tallest monument in Thimphu.

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Get rejuvenated by the Bronze Buddha Dordenma statue overlooking Thimphu City in Bhutan

This place will mesmerise you with its beautiful architecture, great art work, awe-inspiring sculptures and wall carvings. Other places of interest include the Dechencholing Palace, Clock Tower Square, Motithang Taking Preserve and monasteries like Dechen Phodrang, Tango and Cheri. Thimphu also offers a great assortment of cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs to socialise and mingle. Shopaholics can check out a wide collection of colourful hand woven textiles and other handicrafts at the government run Handicraft Emporium.

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2. Paro

It takes a 2 hour climb to reach the monastery on the cliff

It takes a 2 hour climb to reach the monastery on the cliff

Blissful serene beauty, fresh clean air, lush green flora and fauna and stunning historical buildings make Paro one of the most loved Bhutan tourist places. The city is home to many temples, monasteries and museums. Do visit Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery perched on the side of a cliff, 900 metres above the Paro valley. It is one of the most sacred places to visit in Bhutan.

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The Rinpung Dzong in Paro. Gorgeous, right?

Get a chance to walk along the shores of Paro Chhu and explore the vibrant city of Paro through its crystal clear water. Other mind blowing places that are absolutely worth visiting are Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, National Museum and  Kyichu Lhakhang. The main street of the city is filled with traditional Bhutanese houses and various colourful shops, cafes and restaurants. Paro is an admired place to buy antiques and Buddhist souvenirs.

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3. Punakha

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Punakha’s appeal is unmatched.

Punakha, the initial capital of Bhutan is an astounding destination and a hub for adventure seekers. It is the best place to enjoy activities like river rafting. Do not miss visiting the 17th century fortress Punakha Dzong that sits royally between the Pho and Mo rivers. Chimi Lakhang, a monastery that was constructed in the 15th century is certainly worth a visit. Also visit Jigme Dorji National Park and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The city is also well known to celebrate traditional masked dances and music during religious festivals of Bhutan. This place has a unique charm that is so dreamlike which make many travellers visit it again and again.


Bhutanese Food – What To Eat In Bhutan

As with most other Bhutanese dishes, Jasha Maroo tastes absolutely delicious with the red rice.

As with most other Bhutanese dishes, Jasha Maroo tastes absolutely delicious with the red rice.

Bhutan is unique in each and every way. The country will blow your mind with its majestic valleys, charming scenic beauty, splendid monasteries, rich culture and traditions and most importantly the flavoursome and very delicious Bhutanese food. The aroma of the spices and the zestful punch of the chillies will definitely leave you salivating and you will see yourself diving deep in the authentic cuisine of Bhutan.

Indulge your taste buds in Bhutan with this glorious pork dish!

Indulge your taste buds in Bhutan with this glorious pork dish!

  • Start your gastronomic journey with Ema Datshi, the national dish of Bhutan. It is a very popular stew dish made with cheese, chillies and vegetables like potatoes, ferns, mushrooms with plenty of butter. It goes best with the red rice.
  • Phaksha paa is one of the most famous dishes in Bhutanese food which will certainly make you say wow! This classic Bhutanese stew is made with strips of boneless pork or yak or beef and served with buckwheat dumplings along with seasonal greens.
Just like bread is a staple food of the Americans, red rice is the staple food of the Bhutanese.

Just like bread is a staple food of the Americans, red rice is the staple food of the Bhutanese.

  • Red Rice is one of the staple foods of the Bhutanese people. It is a medium grain variety of rice which acquires a reddish brown hue after being cooked. The earthy, nutty flavour of this rice is pretty much unique in its own way and it goes very well with dishes such as Ema Datshi, Khewa Datshi and Shamu Datshi.
  • Jasha Maroo is a spicy stew made with diced onions, chicken, tomatoes, chillies, garlic, ginger and coriander leaves. It is usually served with a hearty portion of chicken broth and red rice.
Your trip to Bhutan is incomplete without trying the Ema Datshi, the most famous Bhutanese dish

Your trip to Bhutan is incomplete without trying the Ema Datshi, the most famous Bhutanese dish

  • You simply cannot leave Bhutan without tasting Suja or the Bhutanese butter tea. This tea is usually served after the meals and proves to be very comforting especially in the cold weather. It is a frothy drink which actually tastes more like butter as it is made with the fermented yak butter and it has a salty taste.
  • Do try Ara, the traditional alcoholic beverage in Bhutan. It is prepared by fermenting rice, wheat, maize, barley or buckwheat and is generally creamy in appearance.
  • Other celebrated dishes include Zow Shungo, Goep, Jasha Tshoem, Hoentay, Khur-Le, Puta, Lom, Khatem, Jaju and Momos.

Isn’t your stomach already growling?  Well, if you are keen to satisfy your stomach and be happy, start planning your own Bhutan travel guide.

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Nightlife In Bhutan

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Nights in Bhutan last forever

Bhutan may seem to be a tiny place popular for its rugged landscapes, monasteries and a laid back lifestyle. But, very few people know that it packs a punch when it comes to nightlife. From casual bars to noisy nightclubs, the country has it all. If good electronic music and superb lighting attracts you, then head straight to Club Ace (Paro). If you are looking for brilliant music and live performances, Mojo Park (Thimpu) is the place for you. Space 34 (Thimpu) is a favoured destination for party animals and is loved by all age groups.

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With such an amazing natural beauty, Bhutan is no ordinary place

With a live music bar, a smoking bar and a rocking dance floor, this place is always sizzling. If you are looking for a place that is forever buzzing with food, drinks and dance, look no further than Vivacity (Thimpu). This place also has a big lounge where you can sit back and enjoy your drink. Other happening places include Club K (Paro), Millennium Club (Paro), Zest Bar and Lounge (Thimpu) and Benez Bar (Thimpu). With so much to do, nightlife in Bhutan is surely quite eventful and action-packed!


Communications And Connectivity In Bhutan

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Bhutan is one of the best places to visit if you’re looking for an unperturbed and relaxing holiday

Bhutan has a well-organized telecommunication system. If you intend to carry your own mobile phone to Bhutan, you will need to check with your home service provider and verify the charges of incoming and outgoing calls. Alternatively, you can also buy a local SIM card and use it. For this, you will need a GSM phone that is unlocked.

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The Ever – Enchanting Bhutan Festivals And Cultures


Money In Bhutan

Bhutanese vendors open up their boxes of Pandoras at the Weekend Market

Bhutanese vendors open up their boxes of Pandoras at the Weekend Market

The official currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum(Nu), which is equivalent to the value of Indian currency, that is INR 1=Nu 1. The notes of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 of Indian denominations are widely used; however, notes of 500 and 2000 are not valid in the country. Credit cards have restricted acceptability and payment through credit card is only accepted in big hotels and restaurants located in larger towns. ATMs are available only in major towns and travellers can withdraw the local currency in limited quantity. Travellers Cheque can be easily withdrawn and exchanged in Bhutanese currency. Currencies can be exchanged in banks and hotels.


Bhutan Travel Guide – Tips For Bhutan Tour

Rich in culture and high on beauty, Bhutan is the last Buddhist Kingdom

Rich in culture and high on beauty, Bhutan is the last Buddhist Kingdom

  • The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha. But most Bhutanese are quite fluent in English.
  • Bhutan has banned the sale and consumption of tobacco. Smoking is strictly prohibited in public places. However, consumption is not completely forbidden, so in case you want to smoke please carry your own cigarettes.
  • Tuesdays are considered as the national ‘dry day’, and so the sale of alcohol is absolutely forbidden.
  • Tuesdays are also considered as ‘Pedestrian Day’ and no private vehicles are allowed on road and people are encouraged to use bicycles or walk.
  • Do not drink tap water in Bhutan, make use of bottled water.
  • Voltage in the country is 220/240 volts AC, 50 Hz.
  • The country has winding roads, so be sure to carry motion sickness medicines.
  • While visiting temples and other places of worship, be sure to dress modestly and respectfully.
  • In case of an emergency, dial 112 (Ambulance) or 113 (Police).
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The people of Bhutan are a mosaic of different happy beings who continue to live in valleys isolated from one another

Bhutan is definitely not a conventional holiday destination, but do not let it stop you from visiting this spectacular country. The world’s happiest country is the key to all your answers. So, plan your Bhutan travel as soon as possible and do not forget to keep our Bhutan travel guide handy.

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Russia, the world’s largest nation has it all- from fascinating historic cities and heavenly countryside to artistic creative treasures, classic train journeys and vodka stimulated nightlife. Russia travel is so unique and captivating, can you expect anything less than crazy? Well, get set to know everything about this enigmatic country.

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Best Time To Visit Russia

Best Time To Visit Russia

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The summers are beautiful in Russia

Summer is one of the best times to visit Russia. Here, summers start in June and end in August. The months of July and August being the peak tourist season. In summers, the days are longer and almost all the tourist attractions have extensive schedules. At some places in the extreme north, such as St.Petersburg, the sun does not set at the time of the ‘white nights’, from late May to mid July making it an idyllic time to visit Russia. But, summers in Russia have a downside too. The temperatures can go really high, July being the hottest month.
The autumns are short in Russia with an impulsive weather. Even though, it starts getting cold in September, sometimes it can be hot too. In the months of October and November, the temperature gets cold and it may even start snowing. But, the hue of autumn is stunning with yellow, red and orange trees all over.
Winters begin in December and last till February. It is freezing cold and most of the country is covered with crisp white snow. In winters, the days are very short in cities like St.Petersburg and most of the tourist attractions are either closed or have shorter schedules. But, the scenery is delightful with snow covered landscapes and frozen lakes. Tourists are less in winters and hence you will find discounted hotels, inexpensive airline and train tickets. Please make a note that from January 1st till January 8th, there are holidays in Russia to celebrate New Year and Orthodox Christmas. These days are marked with a number of special events and in Moscow some museums are absolutely free of charge during this period.
Spring season hits the country in the months of March and May. You will not find too many tourists in this season as the streets are messed up with melting snow.
So, to cut the long story short, May and June are indisputably the best months to explore Russia as the days are longer and it starts getting warm. May 1st and May 9th are celebrated as Labour Day and Victory Day respectively with loads of celebration and fireworks on the streets.

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  • From May until September is a good time with July and august being the busiest months.
  • If you are looking for serenity, less tourists and still good weather, end of spring and beginning of autumn is also a preferred time.
  • If you wish to see snow and do not want to spend much on your tickets and hotels, explore Russia in winters.

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Travel Documents For Russia

Travel Documents For Russia

Travellers require the following documents to visit Russia.

  • Passport – Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months after the expiry date of your visa with at least two blank pages.
  • Visa – You must have a valid visa for your specific purpose of travel. Russian tourist visas have a validity of 30 days. You must list all the areas in Russia you wish to visit on your visa application. You can be arrested if you enter a restricted area.
  • Travel Insurance – It is advisable to carry travel insurance for safe travel.
  • Migration Card – A migration card is a white paper document given by the border police on first entry to Russia. You must carry it with you all the time while you are in Russia.
  • Transit visa – All passengers transiting through Russia must obtain a transit visa.

Where To Stay In Russia

Where To Stay In Russia

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Russia has all kinds of housing and lodging options depending on your mood, taste and budget.


Russia is a high-priced destination including hotel accommodations. Hotels range from plush luxurious 5 star accommodations to basic rough and tough rooms in cheaper hotels. Self-sufficient boutique hotels are not very common though large resorts and corporate hotel chains are making their way really quick.

Travel tip: The distances within most cities are immense, so it is sensible to choose a hotel with a good location.

Tourist Apartments

Tourist apartments have multiplied in Russia off late. If you are with family or holidaying in a large group, this kind of an accommodation is the best option. Most of these tourist apartments are well equipped and offer a pleasant stay.

Bed and Breakfast

There is bed and breakfast kind of accommodation available with English speaking families in cities like Moscow and St.Petersburg. It is a different experience and a great way to learn more about the Russian culture and traditions.


Hostels prove to be a good option if you are a student or travelling alone. There are many hostels located in cities such as Moscow and St.Petersburg. Most of them come with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. . Hostels are excellent for comfortable lodging at affordable rates.

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Travelling Within Russia

Travelling Within Russia

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The Moscow metro stations never fail to enchant their visitors

Russia is a huge country with innumerable transportation options from airplanes and trains to ferries and rental cars. So, select according to your budget and convenience.


Travelling by airplanes is quick and convenient but it sure makes a big hole in the pocket. Many Russian airlines, including Aeroflot, S7 Airlines, UTAir and Rossiya offer discounts in advance purchases.


Train travel is affordable, comfortable and offers stunning, breath-taking view to reach limitless destinations. The train is the most used means of transport with high-speed trains, night trains and short journey trains. Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok is a beautiful romantic journey where you can see a large part of the country, various cultures, and different climatic zones while sitting in a relaxed comfy wagon. Another interesting train journey is through Sapsan, Russia’s high speed train between Moscow and St.Perterburg. It travels up to 250 miles an hour and is already a hit amongst tourists as it is more convenient than flying. Tourists can buy tickets at the station or online.

Travel tip: You can buy tickets from: RussianTrains.com. It is easy as you can choose your seats at the best price.


Travelling by Metro is hassle free, cost-effective and certainly the best way to explore the country. The metro system is excellent in cities like Moscow and St.Petersburg though there are smaller ones in Kazan, Nizhny, Novosibirsk, Novgorod, Samara and Yekaterinburg. The metro station in Moscow is almost a tourist attraction in itself- giving you a feel of beautiful, hidden underground palaces. The stations are awe-inspiring with marble walls and floors, chandeliers and stained glass windows. The most impressive stations are Komsomolskaya, Novoslobodskaya, Kievskaya and Ploshchad’ Revolyutsii. In Moscow and St.Petersburg, the metro offers a variety of ticket options- from a single ride to a 90 minute public transportation to a daily pass.

Travel tip: Make sure you get a print out of the station map as you will not be able to get one in English at the station.


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Enjoy the ferry rides that offers enchanting view

One of the pleasant ways to see Russia is by a ferry. If you want to see Moscow, St.Petersburg and the Golden Ring cities in a completely different angle, be sure to take a ferry tour or a river cruise. If you are travelling to Russia in an international cruise ship, you are allowed to stay in the country for 72 hours without a visa only if you have booked tours through companies officially licensed by the Russian government.


If you have a lot of time to spare then travelling by bus is also an efficient way to travel around the country. In addition to the long –distance buses, there are also Marshrutka, a kind of shared mini bus or taxi that makes short trips along a fixed route and are much faster and cheaper than standard buses. Bus tickets can be purchased the same day of the trip at the ticket office of the station or in advance through the Internet. Buses are a great way to travel to small towns that have no railway stations.


Yellow taxis can be seen everywhere in the country. But most of them are not metered and might charge too much. Getting taxis with phone applications such as Yandex Taxi and Gett are much reasonably priced and easy to use.


Driving through Russia can be difficult, especially if you don’t know Cyrillic alphabets. Road conditions can be poor in some places and roadside checkpoints are very common. In case you are looking at this option, make sure you learn Cyrillic alphabets. You can hire a car from an international car rental agency and please invest in a map in English as you might end up in areas without internet or English speakers.

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Things To Do In Russia

Things To Do In Russia

Russia, a country with matchless and mystifying history, has a wealth of museums, parks, churches, monuments that attract visitors from all over the world. The number of things that can be done and the experiences one can have in Russia are uncountable. While listing all the things that can be done in Russia tours is impossible, we have listed the top three that are a must visit to get the real feel of the country.

#1 Visit The St.Basil’s Cathedral

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Inspiring masterpieces of Orthodox art create a magical Russia (seen here: St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow)

One of the most famous tourist attractions, St.Basil’s Cathedral will transport you to a different world with its colourful domes and a mysterious charisma. Built in the 16th century during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, it has an eccentric and vibrant contrast with traditional churches found all over the country. It is said that the architects of the cathedral were blind folded just to make sure anything similar is never created.

#2 Marvel At The Beauty Of Moscow Kremlin

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The Kremlin is a fortified complex in the heart of the city

Kremlin, the most exemplary and world famous building in Russia lies on the banks of Moscow River. The complex is huge with a lot of enlivening things to see- from its palace buildings to places of worship which are open to the public. Around the centrally located Cathedral Square are the three outstanding cathedrals, the living examples of the great Russian architecture. The Armoury Museum, The Grand Kremlin Palace, Diamond Fund, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Patriarch Palace are some of the best places to see.

#3 Sit By Lake Baikal

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The dreamy Lake Baikal is the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake

Are you a nature lover? Well, if your answer is yes, then this place is for you. Lake Baikal, located in the southern part of the eastern Siberia is the oldest and the deepest fresh water lake in the world. This place is mesmerising as it lies in a deep structural hollow enclosed by mountains. It is one of the most favourite Russian tourist places and is called the ‘Pearl of Siberia’. In winters, the lake freezes forming a crystal clear ice sheet, giving an opportunity to sneak a look at the underwater world. The lake has 27 islands, the most famous being the Olkhon Island. After spending the day at the lake, the tourists can relish fresh food from local hawkers.

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Places To Visit In Russia – Russian Cities

Places To Visit In Russia – Russian Cities


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Photographs don’t do justice to the Red Square, Moscow

Moscow, the expansive capital of Russia is home to the grand Kremlin, the most celebrated Red Square and the iconic St.Basil’s Cathedral. The city is a good mix of political and cultural sites. The Red Square is one of the most renowned Moscow tourist attractions and boasts to have some of the city’s most remarkable landmarks. It is entrancing to see all that is old, blending so well with the new. Within Red Square, the tourists can observe the St.Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mousoleum and the Gum Shopping Mall. The Gorkiy Park is one of the trendiest places in the city with cafes, open air cinema theatres, places to stroll and free Wifi. Do take out time to see Nikulin Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard, the oldest circus in Moscow. Take a walk at the Old Arbat Street and enjoy the feel of the old Moscow spirit. The street is full of souvenir vendors, cool cafes and restaurants. If you want to dine with the Moscow’s rich and the famous, head to the New Arbat Street, as it is has some of the most expensive restaurants and nightclubs. The street is brightly lit up at night and is always sparkling and energetic. Your Moscow tour is incomplete without visiting the Tverskaya Street. It is the most up-to-the-minute street in Moscow, with many chic boutiques, coffee houses, theatres and a number of hotels. Moscow tourism has something for every taste- go shopping, engage in cultural activities or simply be obsessed with the city’s beautiful surroundings.

Travel tip: If you want to buy souvenirs at an affordable price, go to Ismailovsky market.

Saint Petersburg

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Has to be the prettiest fountain ever- Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg

St.Petersburg is a charming city with an interesting history and is rightly called the Jewel in Russia’s Imperial Crown. The city is full of canals, elegant bridges and marvellous palaces. Visit the magnificent Winter Palace which was once home to the Tsars and now has an excellent Hermitage collection. Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest building in the city with notable architecture. Take a look at the St.Isaac’s Cathedral, a traditional Russian church that is built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. Check out the fantastic Summer Gardens at Peterhof. St.Petersburg tours are imperfect without watching an Opera or a Ballet performance at the Mariinsky. If you are at the city during the ‘White Nights’, do not miss the White Night Festival. It is a public celebration of cultural events organised by the Saint Petersburg City Administration. The festival showcases ballet, opera, classical music and art with world class performances. The festival has huge firework displays, open air performances and amazing water and light shows.

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Places To Eat In Russia

Places To Eat In Russia

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A gastronomic treat in Russia – Pelmeni

Foodies will have a gala time in Russia as the country cooks up some amazing food. You will be absolutely thrilled with the array of dining options the country offers- from old fashioned restaurants and urban cafes to restaurants serving exotic creative cuisines. Russian cuisine is known for its bizarre soups, rustic dishes like Pelmeni, which is a meat dumpling and pancakes with different fillings. But, there is much more. If you want to have Pizzas and Burgers with a twist go to Delicatessen, an experimental cafe in Moscow that will make you say, wow!

If you are a vegetarian and vegan, go straight to Fresh and enjoy the ‘raw’ world. If you are keen to have Lebanese food Shawarma Republic is the place for you. Check out Lavka-Lavka if you are an organic food lover. St.Petersburg is no less when it comes to food. Stroganoff Steak House claims to be the only steakhouse in the country that offers hand butchering of imported cuts from Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. The Literary cafe at the city serves some excellent mix of European and Russian dishes. And if you are craving for Indian food, St.Petersburg will just not disappoint you. Tandoor, an Indian restaurant serves delicious chicken and vegetable curries along with some mouth watering Indian desserts. Cafe Idiot is another remarkable restaurant known to serve vegetarian versions of Russian food. So, get ready to binge!

Nightlife In Russia

Nightlife In Russia

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Russian cities dazzle with colourful lights and fountains at night

Russians love to party and Moscow and St.Petersburg are the most electrifying cities when it comes to partying. Both the Russian cities take on a different vibe altogether at night. In fact, all the public buildings and monuments, which look so royal and classic during the day suddenly seem to be rocking at night. The cities dazzle with colourful lights and fountains. The nightlife options are unbelievable and have something for each and everyone- whether you are a diehard fan of the Russian rock band or keen to get lost in the smoky world of jazz club, just want to go clubbing till early morning or lounge around tasting the local array of vodkas. The City Space Bar in Moscow is worth going for its breath taking view and a great atmosphere. Rodnya and Strelka Bar are good for partying till the wee hours. For those of you who are looking for lavish menus, exotic cocktails and glamorous dancers, places like Premier Lounge, Pacha, Solyanka and Icon Club are the best. St.Petersburg is no less and has an inviting and superb nightlife. The Dumskaya street in the city is a delight for all those who like small bars and live music. Other places include Underground, Morrison, Groboedov, Dom Beat and Chroniki. So, don’t think, just party hard!

Communications And Connectivity In Russia

Communications And Connectivity In Russia

Russian holidays are always exciting. But, at the same time we want to be in touch with our family and friends. So, if you are keen to carry your own mobile phone, you will have to check with your service provider and ensure that you have an international roaming. The best and the most economical way is to use local SIM cards. They are easily available and are easy to use. You will just have to make sure that you are carrying an unlocked GSM phone.

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Electricity throughout Russia is 220 volt/50hz. The plug is two-pin thin European standard. Be sure to carry your own converter.

Money In Russia

Money In Russia

Rouble is the currency of Russia. Notes are in the denomination of 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 5000. All major international credit and debit cards including Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in hotels, shopping hubs, restaurants and cafes. If you are planning to bring cash to be exchanged to Roubles, US dollars and Euros are preffered. ATMs are available throughout the country and offer English as well as Cryllic translations. Banks are also available to exchange currency at a reasonable exchange rate.

Tips For Your Russia Tour

Tips For Your Russia Tour

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Russia is as alluringly beautiful as its European counterparts

  • Make sure you carry your passport and the migration card with you at all times. Russian police have the right to stop people and ask for identity and travel documents at any time.
  • All foreigners entering Russia will be fingerprinted, so don’t worry, it is a custom.
  • Do not try to enter Russia, before the date shown on your visa. If you are staying in Russia for more than a week, you must register your visa and migration card with the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
  • Download Google Translator as it is excellent with Russian-English translations.
  • If you are carrying prescription medication, make sure you bring enough to last your entire Russia trip. To get the same medication in Russia, you will need a recommendation from a Russian doctor.
  • Be alert, as pick pocketing is quite common in big cities.
  • Be careful about photographing. Do not click pictures of official buildings.
  • Tap water in Russia is not considered safe for drinking. Make use of bottled mineral water which is available almost everywhere.
  • While visiting churches and monasteries, women need to cover their heads and bare shoulders with scarves often provided at entry. At some places women are required to wear long wrap-around skirts which are also provided at entry. Men cannot enter the churches wearing shorts and hats.
  • Dial 112 or 101 in case of any emergency.

From artistic countryside to historic cities, Russia offers it all. Hope this Russia travel guide helps you explore this country conveniently.

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Australia is one of the most admired travel destinations in the world. Australia tourism guarantees major backpacking, camping, road trips, improbable sightseeing, nightlife and audacious experiences to remember forever. The country is filled with unbelievable natural beauty – from Uluru to the Outback, rainforests to spotless white sand beaches, the world famous Great Barrier Reef to the vineyards speckled across the country, the list is never-ending. No wonder people who visit this country are head over heels in love with it. And if you are preparing to visit this sprawling country, here is an extensive Australia travel guide to help you plan your Australia trip.

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Get lost in Australia’s charismatic exquisiteness.

Best Time To Visit Australia

Best Time To Visit Australia

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Australia is always a good idea.

Australia is one of the world’s biggest countries, so when to go depends wholly on your interest, preferences, budget and where you are going.

Summers hit in the months of December to February, which is a great time to get out in the open air to see national parks and take a dip in the beaches. Sydney and Melbourne are undoubtedly Australia’s best summer destinations. It is also the best time to visit Tasmania as the temperature is very mild and pleasing.

March to May is the Autumn season when the entire town of Canberra lights up with the sizzling flora and Melbourne gears up for Formula 1 Grand Prix. It is the ideal time to visit the Outback region, including the Uluru.

June to August marks the winter months in Australia when the country offers snow skiing amidst the Australian Alps. But if you are looking for a winter get away you can either go for snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef or to the Simpson Desert. The Spring season starts from September to November when the weather is pleasant and enjoyable and the travellers can watch out for beautiful blossoming flowers in the wineries. May to October is a dry season flaunting clear blue skies and days glinting with sunbeams. Outdoor markets, festivals and movies are a few attention-grabbing things to do during this season. The wet season from December to March has some downpours with a hot and a clammy climate. All in all there is never a bad time for your Australia tour.

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Travel Documents For Australia

Travel Documents For Australia

Tourists require the following documents to visit Australia:

  • A valid passport or any other suitable travel document.
  • A valid visa or authority to enter Australia (including electronic visa)
  • A completed and signed Incoming Passenger Card which includes health and character declaration.
  • Travel insurance for a safe and secure travel.
  • A valid air ticket to travel.

Where To Stay In Australia

Where To Stay In Australia

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You name it, Australia has it.

Australia offers every type of accommodation. From royal city hotels and lavish coastal resorts to warm comfy B&B’s and farm stays in the backwoods, there is a room to go well with every taste and budget.


If you are looking for outsized, superior quality, plush accommodation set amidst stunning ambience, staying at a resort is the best option. You can get pleasure from a massive range of services and activities to keep you craving for more.

Travel tip: These resorts are superb places to spend an idyllic honeymoon or any special occasion.


You can choose from a wide range of chic boutique Australia hotels have all major high-end international hotel brands with all kinds of facilities and comforts. Ratings vary from two to five stars and prices differ accordingly. Hotels in Australia are sure to make your stay a luxurious one.


Motels offer relaxing and comfortable mid-range lodging at reasonable prices. If you are travelling by car or even during road trips, stopping over at a motel is a better option.

Bed & Breakfasts

Australia proffers a number of family run guesthouses ranging from cottages, bungalows and townhouses. Stay at a B&B for a warm family feel and home cooked meals.

Serviced Apartments

If you are looking for ultimate, cost-effective opportunity while holidaying with family or a group, staying at a serviced apartment will suit you the most. They offer kitchen and laundry facilities and you can enjoy cooking your own meals too.

Farm Stays

Have you been longing to stay in a farm? Don’t worry, Australia will take care of your this desire too. Say goodbye to city life and enjoy simple countryside living. Make the most of ample open space and enjoy activities like fishing, horse riding, hiking and gardening. Farm stays range from basic beds underneath a tin roof to extravagant lodges on a sprawling farmhouse.

Caravans & Camping

Australia owns some of the best campsites in the world. And hiring a caravan is one of the best ways to go camping comfortably. It is an adventurous, beautiful and budget friendly way to travel around the country. Far from the maddening crowd, dining at a campfire, beneath the stars, amidst forests, what else you can ask for?


Hostels are also an economical option to stay in Australia. They offer dorm rooms, double rooms and family rooms for a comfortable stay.

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Travelling Within Australia

Travelling Within Australia

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Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty from recognizable landmarks to pristine beaches

Australia is a huge country with immense distances between major cities. Despite its size, it is easy to get around though it takes a little planning.


It is undoubtedly the priciest but definitely the easiest way to get around Australia. The country’s domestic airlines- Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airways and Jetstar serve most cities making it hassle free to travel between Australia’s ultimate destinations.

Travel tip: If you book early you can save on fares.


If you have time then travelling by bus is a comfortable, systematized and an economical way to do around the country. Greyhound Australia is the national bus service in the country.

Travel tip: Greyhound offers hop on hop off passes, short trip passes and flexible passes depending on the amount of kilometres you wish to travel.


Taxis are great when travelling within cities. Yellow Cabs and Black & White Cabs are the two largest taxi companies in the country. Taxis charge by the meter and the rates differ according to the time of the day. Uber is quite famous in Australia and usually cheaper than taxis. However if you are travelling between cities, it is easy with car rentals.


The best way to discover Australia is on a road trip. You will find car rental companies at airports and almost everywhere around the cities. So, hire a car, a motorbike or a caravan and blow the highway.


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Marvel at the scenic view as you travel

Travel by train to have a quintessential Australian experience. Train travel is convenient, reasonably priced and a relaxing way to explore Australia. Spectacular rail journeys in Australia are the Ghan travelling from Adelaide to Darwin and the Indian Pacific travelling from Sydney to Perth.

Travel tip: Be on a look out for rail passes covering the train network across Australia for great savings.


You will find lots of ferries dotted all over the country. In cities bound by harbours, such as Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney ferries have become an important part of the transport system. The ferry services provide a great option for travellers as city traffic is very common. Taking a ferry can make travel quicker and a lot more pleasurable.

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Things To Do In Australia

Things To Do In Australia

Australia- its beautiful, its brilliant, its stunning. One can go on and on about this incredible country. It is an amazing tourist destination offering a huge variety of attractions and activities for all tastes and ages. Whether you are looking for adventure, exploration, striking scenery, grand food and wine, events and traditions or islands and beaches to relax and unwind, there is nothing like a holiday in Australia. Still wondering what to do in Australia? Well, it is absolutely impossible to shortlist the Australia tourist places, here are a few must visit places.

Discover Marine Life In The Great Barrier Reef

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Witness the underwater world at The Great Barrier Reef

It is the largest coral reef in the world. The colourful coral is mesmerising and one of the nature’s most astounding creations. It is a paradise for snorkelers and divers due to its incomparable array of marine life. The water is crystal clear which makes it an obvious reason to plan a visit to this natural wonder.

Travel tip: If you want to keep yourself dry, you can join a tour on a glass bottomed boat and enjoy mother nature’s beautiful creation.

Watch Stunning Sunrise At Ayers Rock, Uluru

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Watching a sunrise over Uluru (Ayers rock) is an awe-inspiring experience

Located almost in the centre of Australia, it is the single biggest rock found in the world. It stands higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris and is many times the size of the great pyramid in Egypt. Ayers Rock is the best part of the Australia’s Red Centre where you can go for a sunrise Uluru base walk or binge into an Aussie-style barbecue at sunset.

Travel tip: Ayers Rock is located in a desert, so hat, water and comfortable shoes are a must.

Witness The Magnificence Of Theatre Art At The Sydney Opera House

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Think Australia, think Sydney Opera House!

You don’t really have to be a music enthusiast to enjoy a visit to the magnificent Opera House. There are numerous ways to observe this architectural masterpiece- you can choose from a variety of guided tours, including the fantastic backstage tour, a theatre performance with dinner or dining along the waterfront before a night of ballet.

Travel tip: If you are not interested to do any of the above, the Opera House compound has restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and outdoor plazas to chill out.

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Places To Visit In Australia

Places To Visit In Australia

Choice of tourist places in Australia seem to be countless, from scenic destinations to culturally sopping sites, from cities bustling with commotion and confusion to destinations offering laid back and relaxed stays. Amidst this huge list of destinations there is always a problem of choosing a destination that is really worth a visit. Well, relieving you of this dilemma, here is a list of the best places to visit in Australia.


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Sydney, a city that never sleeps.

Sydney, the largest city in Australia is filled with beautiful breath taking beaches, fun activities and loads of good food. Beaches like Coogie, Bondi and Manly are not to be missed if you are a water lover. Explore the Sydney Harbour by boat and see superb views of some of the city’s most legendary landmarks including Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and the Sydney Opera House. There are a number of museums to explore such as the Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the Art Gallery Of New South Whales while the Royal Botanic Gardens and The Rocks are perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Travel tip: If you are in Sydney around early March, do experience the colourful and lively sight of Mardi Gras.


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Marvel at the fruit orchard in Melbourne

Melbourne, the sporting and cultural capital of Australia is a vibrant and a cosmopolitan city. The city offers Victorian-era architecture, museums, art galleries, theatre and some beautifully landscaped parks and gardens. It has a sparkling craze for social eating and drinking which is reflected in all the restaurants serving up culinary experiences from all over the world. The city also has some of the best shopping and nightlife in Australia. Taste award winning craft beer, wine and spirits and explore the rich history of the city or just go cycling for an awe-inspiring landscape.

Travel tip: Melbourne is home to the free city circle tram which you can hop on and hop off anywhere along its course.

Gold Coast

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The stunning view of Gold Coast. Gorgeous, right?

Gold Coast is full of sun, surf and sand! The city is known for its sunny climate, sun kissed beaches, brilliant surfing, fantastic shopping and exciting nightlife. The glitzy nightclubs and huge casinos offer popular nightlife in Surfer’s Paradise while the nearby Hinterland offers a striking contrast with its relaxing environment and incredible views. Families love the centrally located world class theme parks, whale watching and river cruises.


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Adventure all the way to Cairns.

Cairns is Australia’s gateway to northern Queensland. Visit Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas and Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforests. The city has some impressive cafes, bars, clubs, and eateries to suit all budgets. The Cairns City Esplanade is a picturesque boulevard that stretches for 2.5 kilometres and comprises of a swimming lagoon, waterfront boardwalks BBQ areas and a children’s water park. The city also offers exciting adventurous activities like white water rafting, bungee jumping and skydiving.

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Places To Eat In Australia

Places To Eat In Australia

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Give yourself a gastronomic treat.

Coming to Australia? How can you stay away from delicious mouth-watering assortment of cuisines the country offers? Australia has some local ingredients and a food culture that is persistently evolving and moulding international cuisines with an Australian twist. Try Asian street food at the Darwin Beach or a meat pie at Melbourne’s most celebrated sporting ground. If you like creative dining, do check out Qyay in Sydney and Attica in Melbourne. And if you happened to be in Australia in summers, you just can’t get away without having Australian mangoes in of course the Aussie style- by slicing the cheeks from each side, picking them up with your hands and eating the flesh inside. Seafood lovers can head to Tasmania for excellent quality seafood plucked straight from the southern Ocean. Wine lovers can set off to South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula for some best wine and restaurants. So, while you are here, experience Australia through your taste buds without worrying about your belly!

Nightlife In Australia

Nightlife In Australia

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Fireworks explode over Melbourne city

Your trip to Australia is incomplete if you haven’t experienced its mind blowing nightlife. The country offers a plethora of party places to cater one and all. You will find the best of bars, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, strip clubs, live music and much more. There is so much fun in store for you in those alluring and glitzy streets that you will probably wish for the night to never end. Sydney is an excellent place for opera shows, karaoke bars and lounges. The city refuses to sleep with places like Grasshopper, Marquee and Chinese Laundry, which are open till midnight. Melbourne also promises to have a happening party scene with amazing places like the La Di Da. If you do not fancy loud music and noise, you can enjoy a lavish meal, under the stars on the open-air decks of Spirit of Melbourne cruise. Gold Coast is the heaven for party animals and undoubtedly has the best nightlife in Australia. From bars, pubs, clubs to quirky and eccentric lounges this place has it all. So, what are you waiting for? Go, set the world on fire!

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Communications And Connectivity In Australia

Communications And Connectivity In Australia

Can you use your mobile phone in Australia? Well, the answer is, yes, you can! There are two basic technologies in Australia used in mobile phones, GSM and CDMA. GSM is a SIM based phone and at present all Australian carriers support GSM. The major dissimilarity between both these technologies is that if you have a CDMA phone, you have no alternative but to accept the home carrier’s rates. But if you have a GSM phone, and it is unlocked, you can change the SIM to a local carrier or a dedicated travel carrier and save on roaming. Local SIMs are easily available all over the country. However, if you are travelling to another country you will not be able to use that SIM card without turning on international roaming.

Money In Australia

Money In Australia

Australia’s national currency is Australian dollars (AUD), which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Travellers are required to report any currency they are carrying of $10000 or more in Australian dollars or any foreign currency equivalent. Currency exchange is available at airports, hotels and banks. Credit cards such as Mastercard, Visa, Diners Club, American Express are widely recognized all over the country. It is advisable to carry multiple credit cards and little cash. Traveller’s cheques are not broadly accepted in Australia. Moreover traveller’s cheques have lost their value now that ATMs are more widespread.

Tips For Your Australia Tour

Tips For Your Australia Tour

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Australia is an extraordinarily beautiful place

  • Australia is very firm about getting things into their country. Fruits, vegetables, eggs and meat are not allowed.
  • If you are carrying any medicines, it is best to have a letter from your doctor stating the names of the medicines.
  • Australia is a sunny country, so carrying a hat, sunglasses, a sunscreen and light comfortable clothes is a must.
  • Australia is home to many dangerous creatures, so be careful while bush-walking , at the beach or even while watching kangaroos. They can be harmful if provoked.
  • Keep your passports and other important documents safely. It is advisable to make digital copies of all your important documents and email it to yourself or store in Google Documents.
  • Wearing a seat belt while driving is mandatory.
  • Stick to the speed limit while driving.
  • The emergency for police, ambulance and fire brigade is 000.

Wild and beautiful, Australia will stun you! Hope this Australia travel guide helps you to discover this continent conveniently!

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Tour America, for breathtaking sightseeing, open clear skies, rich landscapes, national parks, sun kissed beaches, wide open deserts, road trips, and a lot of adventure. Do not limit yourself on your America trip because it is the most amazing, diverse and friendly place you will ever see. If you are planning to explore this wonderful country, here is all you need to know.

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World’s envy, USA’s pride, its enthralling beauty

Best Time To Visit The United States Of America

Best Time To Visit The United States Of America

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USA during spring time, bright and breath taking.

The United States of America is an extensive country with varying climatic patterns. It can be visited throughout the year depending on which region you are visiting. The months of May and June are perfect to visit the East Coast. The weather in these months are very pleasant. Maine and New England tend to be cooler, New York and Washington DC has a very pleasing atmosphere.

The West Coast is ideal to visit during the months of April to October. Boston looks at its best September onwards with vibrant multi-coloured autumn flora. Los Angeles and San Francisco experience a pleasant climate, Alaska flourishes in these months and Hawaii is an all time preferred destination.

Travel Documents For The United States Of America

Travel Documents For The United States Of America

Travellers require the following documents to visit The United States Of America:

  • Passport – Valid for at least 6 months from your travel date.
  • Visa – Valid visa for The United States Of America. You would also require a Transit Visa if you are transiting for more than 12 hours.
  • Travel Insurance – It is advisable to carry valid medical and travel insurance.
  • Foreign Currency – It is not allowed to carry more than US$10000 as a cash or travellers cheque.
  • Confirmed return air ticket – A one way air ticket will be accepted only for students and working professionals (student visa or work visa holders).

Where To Stay In The United States Of America

Where To Stay In The United States Of America

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Marvelous cityscapes that will take your breath away

You will be spoilt with housing and lodging choices while visiting the United States of America. The accommodation options are as varied as its vast landscapes. The cost of accommodation is extremely important for any tourist exploring the United States, especially in the cities. Wherever you travel, you are almost certain to find a good quality and a convincingly priced hotel or a motel. And if you are geared up to pay little extra, wonderful plush hotels in America can offer truly unforgettable and impressive experiences. In certain parts of the United States, camping makes an inexpensive and thrilling alternative. Many large universities also rent out their dormitory rooms during the summers. So, choose accordingly!

Travelling Within The United States of America

Travelling Within The United States of America

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San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge at sunset!

Travelling in the United States depends on three major factors: budget, time and convenience. Everything depends on what you value the most.

By Train

If you prefer scenic beauty to speed then travelling by train is the best way to experience the countryside. Amtrak is a rail system that services the major north-east US cities. Budget travel by train from one side of the country to the other takes about four days and may involve switching trains depending on the chosen routes.

By Air

Air travel can be quick and convenient as there are many flights that connect the major cities. But this option comes with a heavy price tag. However if air plane tickets are purchased well in advance then it can be significantly cheap. So, buy your tickets as soon as possible to get them cheaper.

By Bus

Travelling by bus is by far the most inexpensive way to explore the country. Although the bus rides are lengthy and less comfortable, they are certainly a good way to save cash on a cross country trip. The two renowned bus service providers in the USA are Greyhound and Megabus.

By Taxi

Taxies are also an economical option to travel around the country. They are plentiful and easily noticeable as most of them are painted in bright yellow. They are metered and might charge extra for waiting and handling baggage. An alternative to taxis is ride sharing facilities provide by Uber and Lyft.

By Car

For maximum flexibility and ease and to tour America in an adventurous way, hiring a car is the best option. Although gas prices are high, you can often get inexpensive car rentals with considerably low prices. Make sure you have an appropriate driver’s license and a credit card because most companies won’t let you rent a car if you don’t have a credit card.

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Things To Do In America

Things To Do In America

As one of the largest and the most unique country in the world, the US tourist attractions range from national parks, monuments, basketball stadiums, skyscrapers of New York and Chicago, the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Alaska to the sun-drenched bright beaches of Florida, California and Hawaii. There is so much to do and see that it is absolutely impossible to get everything ticked off your bucket list. But as we all know that we should make the most of what we can, here are some of the best things to do in USA.

#1 Marvel At The Magnificence Of Niagara Falls

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The mighty Niagara Falls

Situated along the Canada – USA border, Niagara Falls is the most magnificent natural wonders in the North American continent. It is actually a set of three falls, the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. With more than 14 million visitors every year it is undoubtedly one of the most iconic attractions in the world.

#2 Stop At The Statue of Liberty

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Get awe-struck by the largest statue in the world

The Statue of Liberty is America’s most recognizable icon and the largest statue in the world. Standing 152 feet in New York Harbor, visitors can admire the statue from various points around the city, predominantly from the Battery Park.

Travel tip: If you are planning to go out to the statue there are plenty of options, ground tickets, pedestal tickets or crown tickets which allow different levels to access the sight.

#3 Go ‘Intsa-Nuts’ On Your Visit To The White House

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The seat of power, The White House in Washington DC

It is the official residence of the President of the United States and one of the most visited America’s tourist attractions in Washington DC.

Travel tip: The White House tour is free of charge but reservations must be made a minimum of three weeks in advance. Strict security rules are always in effect.

Must Read: 12 Unusual Things To Do In Your USA Tour

Places To Visit In America

Places To Visit In America

#1 Washington DC

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A date with Pandas at the National Zoo.

Washington DC, a vibrant and culturally diverse city is also the capital of The United States. The city is extraordinary with multiple personalities- a working federal, a picturesque tourist destination with picturesque monuments and historical sites, and a cosmopolitan centre that still holds a charm of a small town ambience. Do check out the quirky International Spy Museum, the White House and watch Pandas at the National Zoo. If you are a foodie and a shopaholic, head straight to Georgetown for some trendy restaurants and some hip-hop boutiques. So, get set to have the time of your life!

#2 Las Vegas

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The dazzling sights and lights of Las Vegas

‘What happens in Vegas’, well we all know! Nestled in Nevada Desert, the city is an amazing mix of hotels, resorts, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, parties, glitz and a fancy atmosphere. The 2.5 mile long central section of Vegas that runs through the city, called The Strip is one the most happening places in America particularly at night when the city is illuminated by glittering neon lights. Take a ride on the gondola at the Venetian, enjoy the renowned dancing fountain show at the Bellagio Resort and for a great aerial view of Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon, take a helicopter ride. Do not miss the Fremont Street Experience’s lightshow and the Mirage Volcano that erupts fireballs and smoke 100ft into the air from the water, turning the waterfall into molten lava. If you are here, you are sure to have some fun as Las Vegas is one of the best places for a vacation in the US.

#3 Los Angeles

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Marvel at the yellow sunrise in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, a rambling city in south California, is internationally known for its film and entertainment industry, movie stars, musicians and aspirant actors. With its mild weather, beautiful people, super stylish shopping malls and of course Hollywood, it is very easy to understand the pulsating appeal of the city. Los Angeles has an exhaustive array of things to do. If you are a movie buff, vintage Hollywood is a must see. Some classic attractions here are TCL Chinese Theatre , The Hollywood Walk of Fame and Paramount Pictures Studios, the only television and film studio left in Hollywood. Tourists must go to the Surfrider Beach in Malibu and check out the Santa Monica Pier on a Segway. For a taste of stardom, wind ow shop along the Rodeo Drive, an up-scale shopping street that features fashionable stores and classified boutiques. The city is known for its exotic food and is full of hotels and restaurants where you can find movie stars actually dining among regular folk. Surely, the allure of Los Angeles is unquestionable!

#4 San Francisco

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The exquisiteness of the Golden Gate Bridge will leave you awe-struck.

San Francisco is the cultural, commercial and financial heart of Northern California. The world’s most photographed bridge, The Golden Gate Bridge is located here and you will be mesmerised with its beauty. You can also see the Alcatraz, the notorious former prison, where many criminals were imprisoned. The city is the dream dining destination for foodies and adventurous eaters with some of the best restaurants in the world. The chefs here excel at combining the freshest local ingredients, authentic zest and a touch of creative genius. You may choose from an array of cuisines Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Greek Russian or fusion and you won’t be disappointed. Riding the cable cars is an excellent way to tour the city. They are fun to ride and will save a lot of time walking up and down the hills. With such miscellany, this dynamic city is the place to be!

#5 New York

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Live the fast paced city life of New York and experience magic!

New York, a city that never sleeps, is one of the best vacation spots in the US. A city of infinite possibilities, high energy and great opportunities, New York has something for everyone. Whether you are a foodie, an art fanatic, a theatre lover or just someone who loves a fast paced life, New York is the place for you. Head to Times Square, the most frenzied part of New York, if you like flashing digital displays, chaotic mix of billboards and on location television broadcasts. Do watch the glitzy Broadway shows around the Times Square, to have a spectacular experience. Take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for an incredible skyline view. It is also the city’s noblest and most recognised landmarks. A trip to New York would be incomplete without visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has one of the largest art collections. With so much to do and see, it certainly feels like a lot of ground to cover. New York definitely has an oomph and personality like no other city.

Must Read – 10 Free Things To Do In New York

Nightlife In The United States Of America

Nightlife In The United States Of America

When the clock strikes and the light goes out, some of the most classic cities of the United States come alive. They offer everything from dive bars, jazz clubs to classy hotel lounges and trendy and chic dance clubs. These cities take on a different vibe altogether when the sun sets. Here is the list of some of the top cities to visit in the US for crazy and wild nightlife scenes. Check them out!

Miami Beach, Florida

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The spectacular night sky in Florida

Who hasn’t heard about Miami? Be it daytime or night-time, this place is always lively and rocking. This place promises to have some of the world’s best club scenes where cultures, localites and travellers blend beautifully. Miami’s South Beach is where you can party till the wee hours with roaring dance clubs and swish hotel lounges coming alive. But if you are looking for kid’s friendly beaches and affordable restaurants, head to North Miami Beach.

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Glittering streets of Vegas

There is no shortage of nightlife activities in the Sin City. The city lights up at night and has the best clubs and casinos in the country. Feel free to let loose the party animal in you because as they say, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Enjoy the colours, vibrance and energy in Mardi Gras

This city has a distinct identity and is known for rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and a lot of different types of music. It hosts a number of events and festivals, one of them being the Mardi Gras, where the entire city comes together in one gigantic street party.

Must Read – Must Visit Places In America

Communication And Connectivity In The United States Of America

Communication And Connectivity In The United States Of America

Travelling to the United States for a vacation no longer means losing touch with family and friends. Mobile phones are quite handy for emergencies and for local connectivity. If you are planning to get your mobile phone from outside the USA, you will need to check with your service provider whether it will work in the country or not .You will need a tri-band or quad-band phone that is facilitated for international calls. Cellular service providers offer alternative service plans to enable customers to bring their phones to other countries. Other options include using local SIM card to make calls. You may check brands like AT&T and T-mobiles and compare their rates depending on your usage. SIMs can be purchased directly at the carrier’s store, online, and as well as at Walmart. You can also buy an international SIM card from Uniconnect or download a low cost international calling application like Ringo.

Money In The United States of America

Money In The United States of America

The United States Dollar is one of the most established currencies and is the only currency accepted in the United States of America. For your America tour, you can use Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards almost everywhere. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when handling money in your USA tour.

Currency exchanges – Most airports have a currency exchange desk but you will get a better rate from a local bank. You will need to show your passport and if you are exchanging a large amount. Do purchase a traveller’s cheque, as it is the safest way for visitors to carry their money.
Multi-cash currency cards – Multi-cash currency card is a pre-paid travel money card, which means you load travel money into the card before you travel. Exchange rates are locked in when you load or reload the card, so you always know your budget when you are tour America.

Tips For Your USA Tour

Tips For Your USA Tour

  • USA is a huge country and you won’t be able to see all of it. So, set your priorities and decide where all you want to go.
  • Carry a few common medicines, as they cost quite a lot in the US. For all the medicines you carry, get a doctor to state the drug names for you to avoid any hassle.
  • Always keep your passport and ID with you. Never ever leave it in your hotel room.
  • Keep your important documents like passport, tickets, insurances and destination address safe all the way through.
  • Drink lots of water and get enough sleep in the flight itself to tackle jet lag.
  • Fill the customs form that you will get on arrival at your destination carefully with all the right information from your passport, ticket and visa.
  • If you are driving, strictly obey the rules of the lanes and the speed limits.
  • Don’t smoke in public. Smoking is prohibited in public places like restaurants, shops and public transport.
  • Food and drink servings in the US are bigger. So, keep a check on your orders.
  • In case of any emergency, dial 911.

The United States of America is a fascinating country and the people are very friendly. So, get set to have a ball!

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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.


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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Everyone wants to come back from a vacation with incredible photographs; images that showcase the feelings, smells, tastes and everything nice about the places we visit. However, more often than not we end up with our cameras and phones filled with half-okay photographs that don’t do justice to the entire experience. So we’re here to tell you how you can up your game and capture some frame-worthy photographs while on holiday.

Hone your travel photography skills with our helpful video, filled with excellent tips on how to click the perfect shots. We’re sure this will reduce the number of unseen travel pics in your hard drive and increase your popularity as a fabulous photographer on social media. So take a look at these handy tips before you set out to explore a new place with us!

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Chaitali Mehendale’s first International holiday to Dubai with her 4 year-old son was a success. She followed few simple instructions, avoided a disastrous episode thanks to mindful thinking, and returned home wiser than before.

Here are the tips that helped her, and will certainly come handy on your first International holiday with kids!

Remember the following simple tips for a great family time in Dubai

Remember the following simple tips by Chaitali for a great family time in Dubai

The Air-Scare (Not Really!)

It was my first international trip to Dubai with my husband and son Rohan, aged 4, in the year 2014. Like any mother, I was anxious about how he would handle ‘the trip’  i.e. the flight and the long stop-overs. Thankfully, the games on the seat-back TV kept him engrossed throughout the flight. That was quite a relief!

Tip #1: Ideally your first flight with your child should be short-distanced. This will introduce them to flight travel, so that you’re both better equipped to handle longer flight journeys in the future. Also, drawing books and board games will come handy if they get bored of the inflight entertainment.


First International family holiday? Opt for a short distance flight

First International family holiday? Opt for a short distance flight

Clothing & Food; Do Not Overdo It

I chose to dress my son in loose cotton comfortable tees and shorts to help him cope with the sweltering climate of Dubai. When it comes to food, we all know that kids can be fussy eaters. They usually do not eat a heavy meal, and it’s better not to coax them, especially while travelling. There is nothing as bad as motion sickness to put off your trip.

Tip #2: Make sure you dress-up your child according to the climate of your destination, and keep all their medicines handy. Also, avoid too much of sweets; you certainly don’t want to enter a new city with children on a sugar rush.

A medicine kit is of utmost importance when travelling with kids

A medicine kit is also of utmost importance when travelling with kids

Desert Safari: Eat Right, Eat Light

In Dubai, my family and I preferred to stick to a light brunch just before an adventurous day ahead to the Desert Safari. On the other hand, there was another Indian family with a kid who feasted their hearts out on the lavish buffet spread. Next moment, we were escorted to our plush Land Cruiser, for our desert safari ride. The driver flaunted his exceptional driving skills, dashed up and down the sand dunes and gave us all a brilliant adrenaline rush. There was one exception though.

Thanks to our sensible eating, we enjoyed our ride thoroughly. The kid from the other family, however, had been over-stuffed just before the ride and was seated ahead. Ten minutes into the ride, and the driver realized to his horror that the child had thrown up in the car. It was quite a task for the driver to clean the space, and the foul odour stayed with us on our way back to the hotel.

Tip #3: As parents we need to be sensitive to our child’s body capacity. In fact, due to numerous incidents like the bumpy desert safari, the tour escorts have now become extremely stringent. Travellers will be asked to cough up a hefty fine for the same, and in some extreme cases, they’ll expect you to clean up the car.

So parents, it’s indeed better to be safe than sorry.

DO NOT hop on this crazy desert ride with a full stomach!

DO NOT hop on this crazy desert ride with a full stomach!


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Just bought a GoPro? Here’s how to get the most out of it!

Set up your GoPro right, and you can get some wonderful shots of all your adventures

Set up your GoPro right, and you can get some wonderful shots of all your adventures

GoPro cameras have changed the face of adventure photography. Designed to capture images and videos during adventure action, they have the added advantage of being remote control-enabled, compact, lightweight, waterproof and app-compatible. Is it any wonder that GoPro cameras are among the highest-selling ones today? If you are the proud owner of a GoPro camera, here are some helpful tips to get the most out of your recent purchase.

1. Frame It Right

The most popular feature of a GoPro is the wide-angle lens, which gives an almost fisheye view of your surroundings. While this can be excellent for bigger subjects (like a structure or a landscape) or for action shots, it can be tricky when taking a regular shot or a selfie. Adjust the field-of-view (FOV) to medium for capturing people, wildlife, or other such shots so that it does not get stretched in the final result. Used right, it can produce interesting results, like our celebrity donkey here.

Our celebrity donkey, shot at close range on a GoPro

Our celebrity donkey, shot at close range on a GoPro

In addition, pay attention to the resolution whenever you want to shoot a video. Higher resolutions do give crisp images, but it also means bigger files and faster battery drainage. So factor in the free space in your laptop or memory drive and availability of spare batteries while setting the resolution on your GoPro.

2. Pay Attention To Exposure

Many GoPro users find that it is best to take shots when the sun is behind you. This is because sunrays often make part of the image unclear, so keep this in mind when using your new camera outdoors on a bright, sunny day.

Check that the exposure is right, when the sun is at its brightest

Check that the exposure is right, when the sun is at its brightest

3. Explore Time Lapse

The Time Lapse mode on your GoPro device is the best way to capture some amazing action-packed moments.Set the camera to click a shot every half second to get the most wonderful images from your latest adventure activity.

Capture your adventures in time lapse with a GoPro

Capture your adventures in time lapse with a GoPro

You can also use sticky mounts to attach the camera on your helmet, kayak paddle, or your bicycle handle to click the best moments when you are at the peak of action. If you plan to use this mode, make sure you have a memory card of higher capacity.

4. Keep The Lens Fog-Free

The ability to shoot water adventures (with the camera housing) is one of the biggest draws of the GoPro camera. However, shooting in such conditions, or when you travel to places with a humid climate, means that the lens can get foggy and ruin all your thrilling videos.

GoPro is excellent for capturing shots during water sports

GoPro is excellent for capturing shots during water sports

Wipe the housing (case) to clean water droplets that may have entered. You can also use a water repellent on the camera housing before taking it on your water adventures. Another good idea is to get anti-fog inserts to prevent chances of affecting picture quality.

5. Buy The Right Accessories

GoPro cameras do not exactly come cheap, so it’s best to invest in accessories that will keep your device safe in addition to helping you get the perfect shot each time. The following are a few such accessories that you should consider buying.

The GoPro is great for capturing moments that would otherwise be difficult to document

The GoPro is great for capturing moments that would otherwise be difficult to document. Of course, with all the right accessories.

a. Safety Leash

It may be a bit risky to depend on just your grip when you are scaling a rock mountain or bungee-jumping off a bridge along with your GoPro camera. Choose a good safety leash to capture your best shots without compromising on the device’s safety or your action. A sturdy, thin 3mm accessory cord works great if you want additional length on the leash.

b. Mounts

As any GoPro user will tell you, you have to invest in the right mounts, depending on your requirements from the camera. Mounts are particularly relevant for adventure travellers who prefer going solo. While a RAM mounting system is perfect for minimalist travellers who prefer multi-functional accessories, the GoPro pole or similar selfie sticks are a must for those who cannot do without clicking selfies. When deep in the middle of a new adventure sport, accessories like a head strap and wrist strap for your GoPro camera are excellent for hands-free photos.

Pick accessories according to your intended camera usage

Pick accessories according to your intended camera usage

c. GoPro Smart Remote

A GoPro camera can be controlled via a remote, a smartphone, or voice commands (a feature available only in certain models). While travelling, draining your smartphone battery may not be a good idea, so consider investing in a GoPro remote—a small, easy-to-use accessory that you can attach to usually hard-to-reach places, and control from a distance to get the best shots.

d. Charger

Although this is kind of an obvious choice, carrying additional batteries (three is good) and a charger is a must when on adventure travel trips with a GoPro camera. Opt for a lightweight, compact one so it can even fit in your pocket when required.

6. Do Not Forget To Edit

While you can upload GoPro photos directly, it is best to edit them and enhance each image. Instagram and Snapseed are popular editing apps. This becomes more important if you are not using the GoPro app and can only see your clicks when you use your laptop.

GoPro edits

Edit your GoPro shots and videos for enhanced output

If you have just purchased a GoPro device and are gearing up for another adventurous vacation, spend some time learning the ins and outs of your GoPro camera, the accessories required, and so on before you start the journey. This will not only help you use it without any hassle, but also save precious time when you need to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments perfectly.