Top 7 Beautiful Islands in the World

Whatever you wish to indulge in: culture, adventure, cuisine or simply kicking back on a beach under the sun, at least one of these tropical beauties are sure to tick all the checkpoints in your list.

It’s time to redo your summer bucket list with these ideal destinations. From the majestic shores of the eastern United States to teeming jungles in Asia, these places are miracles on earth. These breath-taking places have one thing common: vast stretches of landscapes to explore in the mornings and a place by the seas to view the stars at night. Suffice to say, whatever your pleasure, you will find it there.

7. Crete, Greece

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Quite simply put, Crete has on display all that attracts travellers to Greece. While some parts of this islands may be filled with sun-seeking crowds and boat hopping tourists, much of its charm still remains unexplored. From rustic trails dotted with wildflowers or visiting the mythical birthplace of Zeus, one has plenty to be kept occupied for days.

6. Hvar, Croatia

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Widely known as the most glamorous destination of Croatia, this island celebrated 150 years of becoming a tourist’s paradise this year. This pinprick of an island is littered with swanky hotels, top restaurants with a side of a lively nightlife. Trail and swim running contests are held here yearly giving the athletes a chance to experience rocky peaks and lavender vineyards.

5. Yaeyama Islands, Japan

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Top 10 Travel Books You Must Read

Reading while travelling is one of the most common habits seen in people these days. But isn’t it a good idea to pick up a book about travelling and read it while you travel? So here are top 10 travel books you must read,

1. Turn Right at Machu Pichu by Mark Adams

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Travel writer Mark Adams begin a quest of rediscovering Machu Pichu just like Hiram Bingham did 100 years ago. A good mix of historical facts, timelines, and humour, this book follows the story of Mark Adams and his son following the regular tourist trail, he decided to hike, camp and explore the way to gain information about it.

2. On The Road by Jack Kerouac

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No list on best Travel book will be completed without this book. The unique way of telling the story in this book will automatically transport you to post-World-War America. A mix of Travel, poetry, jazz, and drugs will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions.

3. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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Shillong, India

Also known as “Scotland of the East”, the beautiful city of Shillong is set amidst the rolling hills of Meghalaya. Famous for its natural diversity and scenic beauty, the city and its suburbs have a lot to offer for visiting tourists.

The majestic, cascading waterfalls, the vibrant culture of the three tribes that inhabit the area, namely the Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia tribes, as well as the small churches set in the undulating plains of the countryside, will make one feel as if they have landed in heaven.

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Shantiniketan, West Bengal

Shantiniketan is a famous town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. It is mainly known for the famous university Vishva Bharati, set up by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, one of Bengal’s greatest figures. It is well-known for its contribution to education, art, and literature.

HISTORY

In 1862, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore found this place very peaceful. He renamed it Shantiniketan, which means abode (Niketan) of peace (Shanti). In 1863, he founded an institution here. In 1901, Rabindranath Tagore started a school. Later he established Visva Bharati University here.

How To Get To SHANTINIKETAN

Shantiniketan is well-connected by rail and road from Kolkata. The train journey is short (about two hours) and scenic, to enjoy local food and music. It is good to reserve your seats in advance.

Road trip to Shantiniketan is amazing and refreshing as well. It will take approximately three hours.

What To See

Vishva Bharati university campus, the most important place in town which opens for visitors after 1 pm. This university offers a variety of courses. The most renowned ones are Sangeet Bhavan, the music department, and Kala Bhavan, the art department.

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Amritakunj is the open air classroom which is absolutely unique. Kala Bhavan is a worth visiting place where you can witness the works of some of India’s most renowned artists and watch students engrossed in creating their own masterpieces. Continue reading “Shantiniketan, West Bengal”

Coorg: From Mountains to Commercialized Homestays

I decided to travel to Coorg on my Birthday since I didn’t intend to be surrounded by familiar people. As I drove through the mountains and the soaked roads, the scenic view and the alluring wildlife was breath-taking. The view was not only admirable and angelic but eerie, alarming and absolutely horrifying to look at since I was acrophobic. Solo trips are the best because you decide what to do and be doubtlessly spontaneous with your plans. Little did I know that I was about to be stopped by a family as their car had wrecked in the middle of nowhere. No sooner than, the family I had helped were grateful to have been dropped at their hotel.

As I drove in my car to finally decide that I should call it a night, I began searching for rooms. There were beautiful, affordable, freakishly constructed homestays at every nook-and-corner of the place. On one hand, there were too many restaurants, while on the other, there were homestays. Since I was on a tight budget, I settled for an astonishingly, unalterable homestay constructed on the cliff side of the mountain.

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Sometimes, travelling to a place alone, helps you live in that place like a citizen,rather than a tourist. Travelling with families have a different perspective on enjoying a holiday altogether though. But when you travel alone, it’s quiet, serene, emotionally spacious and timely. Coorg might be the “Scotland of India” but there is a whole different Continue reading “Coorg: From Mountains to Commercialized Homestays”