Top 10 Historical Places To Visit

 

For me, it is the direct contact with the past that makes any visit memorable. It’s always thrilling to follow in the footsteps of those, on whom you spent your history lessons listening about. It feels real, more than just a myth meant for dusty old textbooks! So, just like me, this top 10 historical places will force all history lovers to have a quick getaway. Continue reading “Top 10 Historical Places To Visit”

THINGS TO DO WITHIN 72 HRS IN DUBAI AND ABU DHABI

 

It’s one of the well-known holiday destinations and in everyone’s bucket list. Glitzy Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. A huge city of superlatives from the largest, longest, tallest, highest and fastest is the best holiday destination. Nothing here is done in cheap, in other words, it has everything world class. Apart from modern Dubai, Bastakia which is known as old Dubai has a lot of history to offer you. Don’t forget to take a trip to Abu Dhabi the capital of the United Arab Emirates, just an hour away from the city. If you have only 3 days to spend then relax, below down is Dubai itinerary;

1. Burj Khalifa

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The skyscraper of Dubai, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world of 828meter. The 162-story tower is an amalgamation of local cultural influences with new leading technology to achieve high performance in an extreme desert climate. At ground level, it is surrounded with beautifully designed gardens and water features like Dubai Fountain; it’s the world’s tallest performing fountain. The tower’s design is inspired by geometries and patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture. At the 124th-floor observation deck, you can view 360-degree Dubai, at night the experience gets double.

2. Dubai Mall

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Dubai Mall, known for its Dubai shopping festival is one of the largest malls in the world. From forever21 to Burberry to Ralph Lauren, you will get through more than 200 brands and can grab your hands in any of your favourite brands. It has an ultimate entertainment package with ice-skating rink, gaming zone and cinema complex. Also, make a way to the largest indoor aquarium and underwater zoo, which showcase the most diverse collections of aquatic life and zoo takes you to meet penguins, jellyfish, seahorses, crabs and plenty more. Dubai Mall is also an entry ticket to Burj Khalifa.

3. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

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Erect on its own artificial island on Dubai, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah a sail-shaped building is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, with 9 signature restaurants and an opulent full-service spa. You can best experience European cuisine in Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab’s signature fine dining restaurant. With best spas, dines and unlimited offers to water sports at Wild Wadi waterpark makes it the best luxurious hotel.

4. Jumeirah Beach

If you are tired from the city tour, then take on a relaxation day to Jumeirah beach. You can experience a perfect day on the beach and under the sun, with an astonishing view of Burj Al Arab. Or else, you can also take a walk on the beach, it’s all yours and don’t worry if you are a family person there is enough space for children to play and make sandcastles.

5. Palm Jumeirah

An artificial archipelago and Nabeel’s flagship project Palm Jumeirah is world’s largest man-made island. Villas, apartments and hotels, it has since then become a tourist destination and residential. As its smallest in the trilogy of Persian Gulf, others are Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira (but they are incomplete currently). Subway/tram is best to take you straight through the heart of the island. One should see and experience the visit to the largest island.

6. IMG worlds of adventure

There something for all who love adventures and everything fun and kiddies. The IMG world is Dubai’s first mega theme park which will make you nostalgic and forced to be a kid again. It’s a four epic adventure zones with first two the famous Marvels and cartoon network characters, then to real size dinosaurs which can make you bend down in your knees to IMG Boulevard.  It has an extensive range of retail outlets, plenty of options for everyone to dine. With full enjoyment and fun, IMG world of adventure is a sure to visit place.

7. Desert Safari

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There’s a saying that Dubai trip is incomplete without desert safari and that’s true. Apart from, all pristine beaches and high-rise buildings, the plain vast desert of Dubai will leave you stunned with magical sight and offers endless sports and fun. Be it a 4*4 vehicle ride or slow camel ride to high hot air balloon experience; view Dubai in your way.

8. Ferrari world

Grab your seatbelt; you’re going to experience the fun-filled and fastest rides in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari world. Be entertained with the Ferrari-inspired shows and live music. Don’t miss out this one! You will experience all emotions in just one ride.

9. Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Located in the Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed is the largest mosque in the country. The design has been inspired from Persian, Mughal, and Indo-Islamic. From the largest carpet to beautiful chandeliers, everything is magnificent here. It’s important to cover your head with a scarf before entering the mosque, and for women’s they must also cover their hands and wrist. It’s a beautiful mosque to visit once!

Dubai has much more to give you, apart from all these high rises and luxurious places. It has a lot of history in old Dubai. You can also choose a trip to old Dubai (especially for history buffs) for a different view of the city!

HOW TO STAY FIT WHILE TRAVELLING

 

Travelling and staying in shape at the same time may be a difficult challenge for many of us. Staying fit and healthy may be the last thing comes on one’s mind while travelling. But it’s not that hard, especially when it comes to your health nothing is impossible. It’s definitely not possible to find a gym in your convenience wherever you go, but then also you can stay fit. There are some tips that help me to stay in shape while travelling, it may help you too.

1. Your diet plays the most important role

Probably, focusing on a diet while travelling doesn’t strike in one’s mind, but it should as it have a lot of impact on how you feel. Of course, you won’t like to see that extra fat on your body after your vacation. So, eating healthy becomes more important while travelling.

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Start your day with a heavy and healthy breakfast, it will keep you energized. You can find some hotels that serve free breakfast along with tea. If you’re a budget traveller it will be helpful.
Don’t just consume lots of calories to be full. It’s better to think about the nutritional value before eating. Consuming some form of a protein is always good and will be a benefit to you. It can be from any source animals or vegetables.
Try to eat natural food instead of eating packed food items which contain loads of calorie. Pizza, burger, pasta, bread, noodles, soda, candy etc. should be a big NO (you can have a little bit of junkie, but not totally rely on it). These are all processed food full of nonsense with zero nutritional value. So instead, have some meat, fish, eggs, fresh vegetables, some nuts and seasonal fruits. Protein is a must for a daily diet! You can also consume some dairy products such as milk, cheese, buttermilk etc. Yogurt is a good  option for your health as it helps to keep the balance of the pH level, so have at least one yogurt every day. Energy bars and packed fruit juices are full of sugar instead of all these calories, have some real fruit. If you don’t have fruits, you can go with a protein bar (but don’t overeat it).
Don’t wait for your meal time, one must never leave stomach empty. Try to eat in every 2-3 hrs. And you can also buy groceries from the local market to make soup or eggs or oatmeal.

2. Basic workout

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Exercise is the other way to stay fit. When it comes to exercise, it doesn’t always mean to rush to a gym and engage yourself with weight lift machines. As I can’t go to the gym while travelling, so I try to do some basic home-based exercise wherever I go. You can go to a nearby park or stay in your hotel room to do exercise. All you need is just some morning time and lil’ bit of motivation. Squats, push-ups, crunches, lunges are great exercise one can do. Otherwise, you have other option to choose like can visit a local yoga class.
Hiring a bike is a great way to explore local things. Else, the best you can do is go on hiking or can take a city walk instead of a vehicle. It will definitely help you to burn some calories.

Also read, PONDICHERRY: Where Souls meet Country

3. Stay hydrated

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Drinking a lot of water is healthy It’s very important to stay hydrated while travelling. Drinking water is easily available in every place. But, you should keep a self-filtering water bottle considering the circumstances.
Always remember, there is no substitute for water. Soda or packed juices contain a large quantity of sugar and can make you dehydrated. So, never drink juice as a substitute of water when you’re thirsty.
Drinking alcohol is not at all healthy. It may not be possible to always avoid alcohol and that to when you are travelling, but its good to keep it in a limit. It’s better to have light beer or wine, instead, heavy consumption of alcohol. Don’t forget to have water after drink.

4. Stay active

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Exercise is not the only way! Try to keep yourself active while having fun doing things like, swimming in a swimming pool or taking part in adventurous sports. Using the stairs is a great way to stay active. Or you can have a walk to nearby beaches. (such a pleasant feeling right?!)

A vacation is a special lifetime opportunity for everyone. So, don’t try to be perfect. Just be yourself, keep some points in mind and make your vacation an awesome one!

Also read, Life Hacks You Need To Know While Travelling

 

Written by Anwesha Karmakar.

PONDICHERRY: Where Souls meet Country

 

Have you ever been to any of such place(s) where you feel like to stay forever or if not forever then for a little while (more than you planned) because it’s such a peaceful place? Pondicherry is one such place, where you would like to stay, around beautiful beaches and enjoy the sunrise or take a bicycle tour to explore the city or click photographs with a lively color scheme in the background.

The territorial town in southeastern of Tamil Nadu is the most charming and peaceful city of South India. Life of people here is very calm and composed. Along with that, the residents of the city are down to earth and very admirable. It still has that old French charm (it was a French colonial settlement, until 1954) away from France giving you an authentic feel of French culture and allure. Despite the French colony, some part of the city also gives you the Indian authentic feel. So, to make your trip a good one here’s an ultimate guide to Pondicherry.

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How to get there

If you’re travelling to Pondicherry, your best way is to take a flight till Chennai. Then, from the airport grab a taxi or the best is to book an Ola cab, it will be reasonable. It will take almost 3hours to reach Pondicherry! If you’re heading from Bangalore then take flight as they run daily flights to Puducherry. According to my opinion, the best way is the road option. It’s well connected by bus from Chennai and Bangalore.

Few things to do out of many in Puducherry:

1. Manakulavinayagar temple

It is a must visit, an ancient Hindu temple in the Puducherry devoted to Lord Ganesha. It’s located in White town, 400mts away from the Bay of Bengal. The walls of this temple are painted with astounding paintings from Hindu mythology. You will find the main deity of this holy place rested on the golden chariot. Which makes this place a magnificent glory, devotees are also entertained by temple elephant Lakshmi who showers blessings and gathers coins from tourist.

2. Monumental walk

Pondicherry has a number of great monuments to get to know more about the town. This walking tour is a great way to explore the heritage and architectural beauty of this city. On this tour, you will be visiting Asia’s tallest Gandhi statue, French town hall building, Dupleix statue, old lighthouse, park monument and many more. One must take this monumental tour for a different perspective!

3. Aurobindo Ashram

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It’s the spiritual place founded by Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa who was called as ‘the mother’. Today, many devotees come in search of peace; the focus is to surrender to the divine principle and being open to divine forces. It’s a meek place, unlike typical temples but the atmosphere is sacred. You must visit this place for a peaceful retreat.

4. Rock beach

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Rock beach is amongst the most recommended place of Pondicherry. It’s calm and chaos together, and making beautiful turmoil of waves. One can have their most lovely and peaceful time (especially in evenings) while sitting on rocks watching the formation of waves!

5. Surfing at Serenity beach

This beautiful beach greets visitors with a panoramic view. If you love water sports than surfing in serenity beach you can’t miss. Along with that, you can also relax around with a book and a beautiful view.

6. Visit Churches

The city has many churches to visit, and it attracts a number of tourists. The most famous churches you will find here and should visit are Eglise De Notre Des Anges, The Basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus, and Church of our Lady of Lourdes. They vividly represent the French culture and showcase intriguing architecture.

7. Shopping in Pondy Bazaar

The trip can’t end without buying anything which resembles the taste of a local place. Pondy is heaven for those who love handmade art pieces or souvenirs. The guide accompanies you to tell stories related to the area and it’s a unique way of exploring the market so that the visitors will come to love. Other than that, you will get to taste the local cuisines at famous café.

8. Visit Auroville

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Have you ever visited any town or city developed with an aim to create harmony amongst different nationalities and cultures? If No, then take-out some time from Pondicherry and visit this town which is known as “The City of Dawn”, 14km away from Pondy. Auroville is a township developed to ensure that people find the meaning of peaceful living with one another… And it’s truly is, as you will find different nationalities people live in harmony! Matrimandir is a middle point of this township which glows in the sunlight, and is considered the sign of peace, serenity and tranquillity as it takes you to another level of solitude.

Just visit the French connection of India once!

Life Hacks You Need To Know While Travelling

Today we are presenting you with a couple of life hacks you need to know before you backpack and set off for your preferred destinations,

1. Smaller the baggage, greater the fun

The purpose of a trip is to leave your heavy baggage behind and travel candidly. So, carry only the essentials.
• Instead of folding the clothes roll them, they would occupy lesser space and will provide more space for other items.
• Do not carry big bottles of requisite items for a small trip. Instead, transfer them into smaller bottles (especially oils, lotion or shampoo) and label them. The lesser the better! And you are good to go ;).

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2. Make checklists

What if, you realized you have forgotten the basic necessary items while travelling? You’re mood get spoiled, isn’t it?! So, make a checklist beforehand and you’ll see packing gets way too easy without forgetting anything. Because nothing is more frustrating than forgetting essentials.

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3. Carry a portable charger

An uncharged phone is the worst mood spoiler. Make sure to keep your phones/ laptops charged, whenever you’re near a source or in your hotel room. Don’t forget to carry a portable charger while travelling you never know when an emergency strikes! After all, an uncharged phone never captures the memories.

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4. Handling your documents

Documents like passports, original id’s and other papers are very precious and losing them may prove to be a headache for you. Therefore, keep the originals in a file and avoid misplacing them. Mail the scanned copy of all your documents to yourself beforehand as a backup.

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5. Use ATMs

Avoid carrying too much cash. Use cash machines to exchange currencies instead of money converters in order to avoid being charged extra fee. It’s always best to use credit and debit cards while travelling, as it is more convenient and safe than carrying lots of cash.

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6. Use your phone to socialize

Mobile phones are truly a companion when travelling solo, or with a partner and you just feel like partying and meet new people; Just search for local places on the internet and blend with the local people to peek into their lifestyle. Enjoy your trip!

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7. Book tickets beforehand

In order to ensure a fair price for your hotels and tickets, pre-book all your stays. Turn on “private browsing” on your browser to protect yourself from the high prices that some sites may offer you, just because you have visited them before.

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 8. Managing your small accessories

A female traveller understands the pain of bracing those little accessories. The best way to keep them arranged is in small boxes. • Tic- tac boxes are perfect to store your hairpins. It keeps them systematic and handy.
• If it’s a short trip, instead of carrying your makeup in original bottles, save space by transferring your base cream concealer, foundation into old contact lenses’ case.
• Your eyeglasses case is perfect to carry your accessories like watches, bracelets, and neck pieces.
• Ensuring that you don’t lose your earrings or a pair of it, use button holes to keep them together.

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9. Keep rechargeable batteries in the refrigerator 

It may sound crazy, but batteries retain about 90% of their power in lower temperatures. So to ensure your batteries remain sufficiently charged, keep them in the refrigerator of your hotel room.

10. Use the wi-fi

While travelling, checking phone becomes rare but at the same time it becomes important to keep your family and friends updated and the internet becomes crucial at that stage and spending on those costly data recharges is not worth. So, use free wi-fi wherever needed or just use the private wifi of some nearby restaurant or hotel. The private wifi can be used by digging the password online from FourSquare. Without worries, you can post your amazing travel pics and can stay connected with your family! Go there, where there is wi-fi!

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Also read, 7 Myths about Travelling

11. Don’t buy water at airports

Airport security is strict about carrying the liquids, be it an unopened bottle or an untampered seal… And buying water bottles from the airport will cost you more so, instead carry an empty bottle and refill it once you get past the security check.

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12. FRAGILE!

Mark your luggage as fragile and watch how it’s likely to be handled much more carefully than it would have been without the tag. Receiving your baggage first is another bonus.

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13. Offline google maps

Ensuring a constant wi-fi connection becomes impossible while exploring the city. The new google maps version allows you to save map areas and use them later even when you’re offline.

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