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Things One Needs to Know Before Visiting Bali!

Most of you know that I’m visiting Bali on 17th of July. How? Because I’m pretty vocal about it on my Instagram stories. Hm. That being said, visiting Bali, Indonesia will be my 1st international trip ever!

I’ve travelled exceptionally well within India, but going international is a virgin territory and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve always taken life head on and have barely researched before jumping in a situation. Not a great trait, I agree. But that’s me. Bali, for an extremely strange reason was an exception and I went ahead and read a lot about the place. I also happened to ask some of my friends who have already visited this beautiful destination and were kind enough to guide me.

With such ground breaking thorough research, I’ve become an expert and have managed to type down few things one needs to know before visiting Bali.

N˚1 Busy is the 2nd word for Bali

 

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As the number of people visiting Bali has gone up, Bali is bursting at the seams. Bali is the busiest during the peak season, i.e, July, August and September. Thus, if you’re visiting Bali during this time, well get ready to find yourself amid a crowd. The best way to visiting Bali during the peak season is to book your stay and restaurants in advance, or be prepared to shell out more than required.

 

N˚2 Bali’s real beauty is their local life

 

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Kuta attracts a lot of tourists but the real Balinese experience comes from the rural parts of this island. Want more than burgers and booze, then living the local life in Bali is the way to go.

 

N˚3 Traffic is crazy

 

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So they say. Traffic in Bali can make you pull your hair out. The motorists and crazy / confusing rules can ridiculously increase the travel time in Bali. Thus, when in Bali, travel smart and be safe.

 

N˚4 Get ’em Massages!

 

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You don’t wanna miss out on Balinese massages. It will be a waste of a trip if you do. You can get a 90 minute high class massage with kick ass view for as low as $30! And hey, when in Bali, you deserve the rejuvenation. 😉

 

N˚5 No matter what’s your Budget, Bali is apt!

 

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Bali can be a well within the budget holiday, but don’t be shocked if you spend more than you anticipated. Bali boasts luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants and exclusive bars, which you seldom can say no to. So, get ready to spend more than you planned!

N˚6 Say yes to private drivers

 

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Exploring the streets of Bali is best done on a scooty as you can zip through the traffic. But if scooty is not an option for you, then let the private drivers of Bali pamper you. Hiring a private driver will ensure you get to see the lesser-visited tourist spots in Bali.

 

Now that you have your things that you need to know before visiting Bali, go book your tickets! 😛

*Continues packing bags*

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39 Places You Can Book A Flight To in 2017!

We wanted to make it easier for you to choose places to travel in 2017 and thus here are 39 alluring destinations for you to choose from.

(Wait. Did we just make the choice even more difficult? Oops!)

39. Cuba

 

Cuba

From the allure of colorful mosaics to the vintage car-filled streets, there is plenty to love about the destination–including its sun-drenched coastline. The warm weather and turquoise water welcomes visitors year-round, as average temperatures rarely seem to dip below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter which part of the country you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some relaxation time on the beach.

 

38. Bermuda

 

Bermuda

Bermuda may be known for its pink sand beaches and colorful namesake shorts, but it will soon be synonymous with one of the world’s preeminent regattas, since the mid-Atlantic island will host the 35th America’s Cup in June 2017. Book your tickets y’all!

 

37. Athens

 

Athens

Travel to Athens is a must for history and archeology buffs, but the city’s hillsides and picturesque vistas will be equally appreciated by nature lovers. When you visit Athens, be sure to take in the city’s legendary historical sites – The Acropolis, The Parthenon, The Temple of Hephaestus, The National Archeological Museum, The Ancient Agora, and Mount Lycabettus.

 

36. Bali

 

Indonesia, Bali, Sidemen Valley, Iseh, Rice Fields and Gunung Agung Volcano

From active volcanoes to wild jungles, Bali truly has it all. But, most versatile are the many beaches that line the island’s shore. The picturesque view of the mountains complemented by blue skies is the view I’ve been dying to experience.

35. Angra dos Reis, Brazil

 

Angra dos Reis, Brazil

Angra dos Reis is a Brazilian municipality in southwest Rio de Janeiro state, and it’s oh-so-gorgeous! It’s made up of 365 islands and a small port surrounded by steep, forested coastline. The region is known for its many beaches and biodiverse Ilha Grande, the largest island. Vila do Abraão is the island’s main village, with amazing restaurants, bars and the St. Sebastian Church at its heart. Want to rejuvenate this 2017 in a beautiful location? Then Angra Dos Reis is your best bet!

 

34. Scotland

 

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Scotland – a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene. This is a perfect location to live a fairy tale vacation with castles, mountainous views and scenic blue skies.

 

33. Portugal and the Azores

 

Portugal and the Azores

All the islands in Portugal and the Azores have volcanic origins, although some, such as Santa Maria, have had no recorded activity since the islands were settled. Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft). The Azores are actually some of the tallest mountains on the planet, measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean to their peaks, which thrust high above the surface of the Atlantic.

 

32. Croatia’s Coast

 

Croatia's Coast

Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it’s also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Dubrovnik has these gorgeously massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings is a memory you would want to create in 2017. So go get yourself some white sand, salty blue water, and the amazing vibe of Croatia!

 

31. Jerusalem

 

Jerusalem

If you’ve had enough of beaches in 2016, Jerusalem promises to be a good change in 2017. Holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jerusalem’s Old City is one of the world’s foremost pilgrimage destinations. Visit Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of prophets, pray in buildings constructed by order of caliphs and kings, and overnight in hospices where Crusaders and cardinals have slumbered. With the soundtrack of church bells, the muezzin’s call and the shofar (ram’s horn), and the streets smelling of everything from church incense to the heady aromas of the spice souq (market), it’s a sensory and spiritual experience unlike any other.

 

30. New Zealand

 

New Zealand

As the planet heats up environmentally and politically, it’s good to know that New Zealand exists. Make this uncrowded, green, peaceful and accepting country the ultimate escape. Sometimes, it’s good to feel at peace in a world trying to rush into madness.

 

29.  Zimbabwe

 

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It’s been my dream since forever to visit the majestic Victoria Falls. Get a slice of adventure, and adrenaline in a land known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife.

 

28. Rwanda

 

Rwanda

Not many are aware of this beautiful location, neither was I until I started typing this list of destinations you could visit in 2017. Rwanda is a East African country with green, mountainous landscape. Fly down to Rwanda to get a taste of its renowned Volcanoes National Park, mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Now, who wouldn’t want to mingle around with golden monkeys!

 

27. Buenos Aires

 

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Buenos Aires combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sexy and alive, this beautiful city gets under your skin, and for all the right reason. Soak some sun in this colourful city for a happy 2017!

 

26. Chilean Patagonia

 

Chilean Patagonia

If you’re like me, you would rather go to someplace unknown than known. Chilean Patagonia is a mountainous region in the southern part of South America. It’s beautiful setting will be a fantastic backdrop to just ponder over life in general. Would’t it?

 

25. Uruguay

 

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Progressive, stable, safe and culturally sophisticated, Uruguay offers visitors opportunities to experience everyday ‘not made for tourists’ moments, whether caught in a cow-and-gaucho traffic jam on a dirt road to nowhere or strolling with mate-toting locals along Montevideo’s beachfront. Short-term visitors will find plenty to keep them busy in cosmopolitan Montevideo, picturesque Colonia and party-till-you-drop Punta del Este.

 

24. Belgrade, Serbia

 

Belgrade, Serbia

Warm, welcoming and a hell of a lot of fun – everything you never heard about Serbia seems to be true. Visit Serbia to know why it needs to be famous for the forts, churches, museums, and picturesque locations.

 

23. Cambodian Coast

 

Cambodian Coast

Fly down to Cambodian Coast to answer the call of the beach, the South Coast will not disappoint. While brash Sihanoukville isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the islands offshore have something for everyone from die-hard partiers to those seeking sandy solitude. Pick your beach, sprawl on the sand, make friends with your hammock. There’s a reason many visitors decide to never leave.

 

22. Guayaquil, Ecuador

 

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil is a port city in Ecuador, known as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands. Stretching along the Guayas River is the waterfront Simón Bolívar promenade, home to La Rotonda monument. In the north, Las Peñas is a neighbourhood full of colorful houses. Stairs lined with cafes and art galleries lead up Santa Ana Hill, site of Santa Ana chapel, a lighthouse and views of the city. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

 

21. Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Cincinnati, Ohio

Get a spoonful of wildlife, art museum, conservatory, casino, underground rail and more at Cincinnati, Ohio. Make this your summer vacation, and we promise you will never regret.

 

20. Helsinki, Finland

 

Helsinki Cathedral from the public square below on a December day.

It’s fitting that harbourside Helsinki, capital of a country with such watery geography, entwines so spectacularly with the Baltic’s bays, inlets and islands. While Helsinki can seem a younger sibling to the Scandinavian capitals, it’s the one that went to art school, scorns pop music and works in a cutting-edge studio. The design scene here is one of the most electrifying in the world today, with boutiques, workshops and galleries proliferating in the Design District, Helsinki’s thoroughfares and intriguing backstreets. The city’s foodie scene is also flourishing, with hip eateries offering locally sourced tasting menus, craft-beer bars, coffee roasteries and microdistilleries popping up at dizzying speed.

 

19. Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland is definitely where I would love love love to visit over and over again. From the beautiful botanical gardens to the majestic castles, Belfast has so much more to offer. Also, here’s to future husband, this would be one ideal honeymoon destination.

 

18. Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

An all in one destination. It’s known for being a volcanic landmark with military history, and also for its uber fantastic snorkelling activities at the beach. Hawaii is the vacation you deserve!

 

17. Hamburg, Germany

 

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16. Noosa Heads, Australia

 

Noosa Heads, Australia

Noosa is one of Australia’s most fashionable resort towns, a salubrious hub backing onto crystalline waters and pristine subtropical rainforest. The town is located within the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, a Unesco-recognised area famous for its highly diverse ecosystem. While planning a trip to the land down under, don’t forget to visit the gorgeous Noosa!

 

15. Nashville, Tennessee

 

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, capital of Tennessee, lies almost in the center of the state on the Cumberland River. With its many universities and colleges, along with its superb reproduction of the Parthenon, it’s often called the “Athens of the South.”  The city serves as an excellent jumping-off point to explore the rest of Tennessee, and Nashville’s surroundings offer many historical and recreational attractions, including old plantations and Civil War sites.

 

14. Madagascar

 

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Get moving in Madagascar already! Madagascar is unlike anywhere you will ever be – fantastically beautiful, amazingly diverse for its size (similar to France) and still so unspoiled. Vast tracts of the country are virtually uninhabited and seldom explored, and nothing comes easy. But that’s what makes it so unique and rewarding.

 

13. Hampi, India

 

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The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travellers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over miles of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. While it’s possible to see this World Heritage Site in a day or two, plan on lingering for a while. It will be worth every moment.

 

12. Norfolk, Virginia

 

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Set on the shores of Chesapeake Bay and part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, Norfolk is a historical city with a long standing connection to the ocean and is known in particular for Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. In the vibrant downtown area, visitors can experience some of the history first-hand by visiting Nauticus and touring the Battleship Wisconsin, stopping by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, taking a Naval Base Cruise, or hopping aboard a tall ship for a quick sail.

 

11. Panama City

 

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Panama city is famed for colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidencial and bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with cafes and bars.

 

10. Paros, Greece

 

Paros, Greece

Paros is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea best known for its beaches and traditional villages. Parikia, the bayside capital, is a boating and transportation hub for the Cyclades region. The north coast’s Kolimbithres is a beach where naturally sculpted rocks form swimming coves. For an over the top experience, book a flight to Paros soon.

 

9. Perth, Australia

 

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Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, art galleries and the Western Australian Museum.

 

8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With giant NYC less than 100 miles north and Washington, DC, due south, Philadelphia often gets knocked down the must-visit list. In many ways, though, the City of Brotherly Love can be as rewarding as its bigger neighbors.

 

7. Salta, Argentina

 

Salta, Argentina

Salta is a provincial capital in mountainous northwestern Argentina, known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Andean heritage. Explore Salta for the outstanding architecture, and art!

 

6. Leh Ladakh, India

 

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Drive off to nowhere with a view like this? Yes please! Leh Ladakh will inspire you to an extent you would never imagine. It will inspire you to seek more in life, seek better, seek beautiful, seek peaceful. It will teach you to be calm outside, while being eccentric inside. Visit Leh Ladakh for a life altering experience.

 

5. Himalayas, India

 

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Waking up to the view of beautiful snow clad mountains is a dream I wish to soon tick off. Go to Himalayas to live off the edge every moment, to be with people who won’t ever judge you, to know what it feels like to be alive and kicking!

 

4. Seychelles

 

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When I think of the Seychelles all the colours in my mind go electric. The sun reflecting off the white sand, turquoise water, green jungles and fiery sunsets make everything surreal, a tropical dream-come-true. No matter how many times I heart about this bijou archipelago, its beauty still leaves me wanting to hear for more. I can’t wait to happily spend my days lazing on idyllic beaches at Seychelles!

 

3. Rome, Italy

 

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A heady mix of haunting sights, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s Eternal City is one of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring capitals.

 

2. Paris

 

Paris

Why is Paris on this list? For the romance. You live once, if you don’t feel the romance now, then when? And trust Paris to make you feel head over heels romantic! Pack your bags now, as an outstanding concentration of 180 museums and monuments await you!

 

1. New York, New York

 

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Number 1 on this list. My most favourite destination. Epicenter of the arts. Dining and shopping capital. Trendsetter. New York City wears many crowns, and spreads an irresistible feast for all. While there are many reasons to fall for New York, I’ve always wanted to experience the energy in NYC. There’s so much creativity in the air, with wildly imaginative works filling the city’s galleries and concert halls – not to mention its restaurants, with ever more inventive mash-ups of global cuisines. I can’t wait to be there!

So, which of these destinations will make your 2017 memorable?

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It’s finally time to cross over – Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

“I think I deserve something beautiful.”

What an excellent quote by Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love. One thought that inspired the author to travel 3 different countries in search of…everything. Eat, Pray, Love is a true story based on the novelist and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert. Her story will take you through some closely relatable situations. That is exactly what makes Eat, Pray, Love connect with so many souls world wide.

American writer Elizabeth Gilbert begins her memoir, Eat Pray Love with a vivid description of her crying alone on the bathroom floor. She is married to the wrong man, has found herself on the repressive suburban baby track and is living a seemingly perfect life that she sadly doesn’t want. This is not something I relate to, but the story moves on.

Those bathroom-floor moments are a rite of passage for the thirtysomething brigade (mine, thankfully, never came).

With that image of a terribly private moment, the author captured the attention of a huge female book-buying audience in the United States and beyond. Gilbert, a journalist and author based in New York, is 34 at the time the book was set.

As her crisis plays out, she appeals to God, divorces her husband, has a doomed affair, and leaves for a year of self-discovery and healing. “I wanted to explore the art of pleasure in Italy, the art of devotion in India and, in Indonesia, the art of balancing the two,” she writes. Her year of traveling, right from Italy to the mystique farms of Bali is what I related to the most. This is exactly what I desire, exploring new cities, meeting new people, eating good food, learning about new cultures, and living life one experience after the other.

Eat, Pray, Love… these three words correspond to the book’s three sections. These in turn refer to a highly schematised year of Gilbert’s life, in which she lived consecutively in three different countries – Italy, India and Indonesia – to fulfil that title more or less on demand. In Italy she eats, in India she lives in an ashram, in Indonesia she finds physical passion.

Overall, this book can be read once for the joy of eating, praying, and loving! 😉

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Future of Jobs – An initiative by Axis Bank

 

Human jobs are being replaced by machines. Why? To save production cost.
But, what we fail to realise is, the lack of jobs that mankind will face in the future.
How do you plan to combat it world?
Thus, Axis Bank has started an initiative to encourage people to share 1 idea that can create 1 million jobs in the future. This idea can be around 750-800 words, and explain how can it create 1 million jobs in the future.
We all want our lives to become easier – from daily chores to manufacturing units, automation has taken over our entire lives. Thus, think and come up with innovative things. Why? Because it’s the need of the hour.

There has to be a way out of this lack of jobs and I am sure there is one. We need out of the box solutions, great thinkers and creative minds to come together and develop credible solutions for creating new jobs in India. Not one, not ten but millions of jobs. This is the right time to predict the future by creating it and Axis Bank, with its Axis Moves initiative wants to support you!

Yes, you heard it right. Axis bank is ready to back your idea with INR 25 lacs. This can give a great start to your idea. What we are trying to  emphasising is the need of the hour – quick adaptation.

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Sadly, India is all set to become the most populated country by 2022. According to labour ministry data, around one million people enter the workforce in India every month. So, where are so many jobs? If there are no jobs to compliment this rapid growing population, it will increase the poverty in the country. Thus, raise your ideas at #FutureofJobs competition, not with an objective of winning. But, with an objective of creating better lifestyle and richer country! And of course, winning does matter..after all its about that great start!

Great ideas float around in all corners of our country, but often go unheard due to the lack of a platform. They not only need financing, but also the support of the biggest stakeholders, such as the Government of India.

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Here’s how everything you need to know about #FutureofJobs –

Pick any sector where you have identified a challenge or where you see an opportunity, and present your idea to create 1 million jobs in the future in India. The key question to ask yourselves is: can your idea create 1 million jobs in the future? Once that is crossed of, here’s what will help you –

Requirement: You should be between 18 and 30 years & a citizen of India to take part in the competition.

What to do next? Head over to http://bit.ly/2kO2fbX to sign up for this initiative that is being promoted by Axis Bank.

Need more info? Head over to http://fojindia.com/ and watch this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZcuza7yQ4w

 

Do follow and search this hashtag for more information on social media platforms – #FutureOfJobs

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3 trips that can still spark your Republic Day weekend!

The first long weekend of the year is here (not technically a long weekend), and you have to set it on fire to get 2017 rolling!

The 3 trips below will help you spark your Republic Day weekend with ease. Note: No matter where you go, don’t forget to celebrate our Republic Day, and be proud of our beautiful nation!

So, buckle up, some quick decisions are to be taken.

 

Mussoorie

 

Mussoorie

 

A hill station in Dehradun District of Uttarakhand, known for its beautiful cloudy weather. Ideally, 2 to 3 days are enough to get the most out of Mussoorie. Here’s everything you need to know about Mussoorie –

Mumbai to Dehradun flight duration: Approx 3hrs | Flight cost: Around INR 10K – Return

Where to stay: JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa | Room Charges: INR 14K starting (Available on 26th Jan)

What to do once in Mussoorie: Visit Kempti falls, Bhatta falls, and Camel’s Back Rock. Treat your adrenaline rush at Mussoorie Adventure Park. Take in the panoramic view from Gun hill, and The Mall.  

Plan of action: 26th Jan – Leave for Mussoorie. 26th Jan to 28th Jan – Take in the best Mussoorie has to offer. 29th Jan – Return back to reality!

 

Jaipur

 

Jaipur

 

Enthralling, historical Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The city’s colourful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Want to give a royal start to 2017? Jaipur is your answer!

Mumbai to Jaipur flight duration: Approx 2hrs | Flight cost: Around INR 9K – Return

Where to stay: The Lalit  Room Charges: INR 10K starting (Prices are subject to change)

What to do once in Jaipur: Visit City Palace, Amber fort, and Hawa Mahal to experience a sea of palace windows. Get an eyeful of Jaipur from Iswari Minar Swarga Sal, and Nahargarh.

Plan of action: 26th Jan – Catch a flight for Jaipur. 26th Jan to 28th Jan – Take in the beauty of the beautiful forts of Jaipur. 29th Jan – Back to the bay!

 

Gulmarg

 

Gulmarg

A hill station in Srinagar known as an alluring ski destination. Visit Gulmarg to find heaven on earth, and to experience magic f2f!

Mumbai to Srinagar flight duration: Approx 4hrs | Flight cost: Around INR 16K – Return

Where to stay: The Khyber  Room Charges: INR 20K starting (Limited rooms available)

What to do once in Gulmarg: Take in the beautiful view Gulmarg has to offer in cable car at Gulmarg Gondola, ski on the snow capped mountains , relax by the majestic Alpather lake, and trek on Khilanmarg.

Plan of action: 26th Jan – Catch a flight for Srinagar. 26th Jan to 28th Jan – Let the beauty of Gulmarg astonish you at every moment. 29th Jan – Come back with a bunch of stories to tell.

 

Did any of these places ignite the travel junkie bulb in you? Don’t think much, just go for it.

The final experience will be worth every penny spent, and the stories will last the entire year.

So, where are you going this Republic Day weekend?

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14 Indian Destinations on my to-explore list!

I love India! I’ve fallen in love with every Indian destination I’ve visited so far. Not many, but enough to make me fall in love with my country.

Like any other traveller, I also have an extremely vast to-explore list. It’s so vast, that I fear I won’t tick off every destination. Anyhow, along with the frenzy international destinations, my list also has amazing Indian places the traveller in my craves to visit. Because, I still remember the vast tea gardens in Darjeeling, the sunflower fields in Punjab, and the gorgeous snow in Kashmir. This assure me there’s more to what’s been shared about India, there’s more than what meets their eyes!

And thus, I’ve this exclusive list of destinations I want to visit in India. Read on to know why their significance on making to the list-

 

Lachen

 

Indian Destinations - Lachen, Sikkim

The simple, and serene beauty of this place is why I crave to visit Lachen the most. I have this intuition that I will either fall in love with Lachen, or fall in love with life on my visit to this heavenly place. You know what I mean?

 

Leh-Ladakh

 

Indian Destinations - Leh ladakh

I have to go here! I envy people who have been to Leh Ladakh. I listen to their Leh stories like a 2 year old excited about her first story! I’m damn sure the snow laden mountains, crystal clear water, and the fresh cold wind at Leh Ladakh will put all my life’s puzzle back together.

 

Kerala

 

Indian Destinations - Kerala

Because what is prettier than tall coconut trees, boats and backwaters? (Snow, but never mind :P) There is a reason why Kerala’s called ‘God’s own country’, and nothing speaks better than experience. Get it?

 

Madhya Pradesh

 

Indian Destinations - Madhya Pradesh

Safari. No other reason. I want to go on Kanha Safari so bad!

 

Himalayas

 

Indian Destinations - Himalayas

A girl loves mountains. A girl loves snow laden mountains more!

 

Dalhousie

 

Indian Destinations - Dalhousie

Dalhousie is pretty well known for its pleasant climate, and natural beauty. I don’t see any reason to not visit this beautiful indian destination. I could settle down here…for like a month. :)

 

Jaipur

 

Indian Destinations - Jaipur

For all the alluring forts, and to discover why is it called the pink city. Do you know why?

 

Shimla

 

Indian Destinations - Shimla

I wanna visit everywhere it snows, and I cannot imagine skipping Shimla. Plus, I really really want to travel in that train reading my favourite series – Harry Potter. Because, what is life if not a little bit filmy?

 

Darjeeling

 

Indian Destinations - Darjeeling

Oh my! I have been to Darjeeling before, and such pleasant memories this place has to offer. I could visit this indian destination every other year just to bring some love and freshness right back in my life. I absolutely, irrevocably love Darjeeling.

 

Pondicherry

 

Indian Destinations - Pondicherry

This indian destination is on my list for I can imagine me and my sisters fooling around the beaches, gossiping, and enjoying our love-hate relationship to its best. So, yeah for a quick getaway with my sisters!

 

Munnar

 

Indian Destinations - Munnar

I really want to take a solo trip in life, and I want to go nowhere but Munnar. I want to sit on top of a hill and just ponder over life, and being alive in general. No extraordinary dreams.

 

Nainital

 

Indian Destinations - Nainital

Because look at it. Doesn’t it look like the perfect place for a picnic. Told you, no extraordinary dreams. Just the regular human-y dreams.

 

Shillong

 

Indian Destinations - Shillong

See the 3 kids in the pic? Well, I would love for them to be me, my brother, and my sister! Just being our silly selfs in Shillong will be one hell of a memory to share with our respective kids later in our life. Okay, too much na?

 

Rishikesh

 

Indian Destinations - Rishikesh

I’ve high expectations from Rishikesh. I want it to show me who I am. Too much to ask? I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

 

So, this is my to-explore list in India, hoping to cross off 1-2 destinations this year. There’s more to this list, but for now these Indian destinations are on priority.

What’s your travel plan for 2017, and the absolute silly reason behind it? Do keep us posted!

Love & happiness…always!

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3 Extraordinary Weekend Ideas to Spruce it up for you!

Is there anything as important as weekends? Not in my world!

For professionals like me, working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, weekend turns out to be the closest I could get to heaven! With so much of importance given to the weekends how do you often enjoy them? Lazing on the couch, I assume?

We all have limited weekends granted to us in our lives, the challenge is how do we make these to be extraordinary weekends? Just like you, even I faced the challenge of how to turn my lame weekends in to extraordinary weekends?

What can I do?

While looking for answers, I came across an extremely effective program by my bank. It included privileges like none other. It included luxury travel, food, experiences, and much more.

The minute I came across this Axis Bank initiative – #AxisReserve, I had to apply!

You can now make your weekends memorable with exclusive benefits & handpicked experiences curated for a privileged few – with your Axis Bank Credit & Debit Card*.

Now that we have backing of such a great initiative, here are 4 extraordinary weekend ideas to spruce it up for you:

1. A Family Getaway

 

There’s nothing as refreshing as a family getaway, and Axis Bank understands just that! Axis bank along with #AxisReserve pledges to bring exquisite vacations for family getaways. Know more here.

 

2. An exquisite meal with a special someone

 

Be it a dinner date with someone special, or a celebration meal. Axis bank is deemed on making every experience luxurious. Experience the best there is to luxurious dining with Axis Bank here.

 

3. An unforgettable experience with your friends

 

From surfing, to sailing, playing Golf, or table tennis, #AxisReserve ensures you live unforgettable experiences with your friends. What more could we ask off a weekend, innit?

 

If you too want to be part of such exclusive events, you have to possess Axis Bank’s ultra-premium card – The Reserve. The Reserve is a by invite only card that has a sign-up fee of INR 30K and annual maintenance of INR 30K. You can check out the benefits here.

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Sula Selections – Globe In A Glass

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The Night of Sula Selections - Globe In A Glass

A night to remember!

 

Last Friday night couldn't have been any better. #GlobeInAGlass, a brilliant marketing move by Rajeev Samant, Founder Sula Wines, and his outstanding team. They together brought a fun element to wine drinking by turning it into an energetic celebration. The event was packed with music, dance, delectable food, and believe us - wine tourism! Yes, we had over 40 different wines, and 20 spirits from around the world. Thus, the event being aptly named #GlobeInAGlass!

 

It was one crowded day, as the wine lovers gathered at Sofitel from noon to midnight! As I entered the grounds of the event, we were greeted by such cheerful souls, already drunk on happiness. Sula vineyards made sure that everyone had a great time, and found out a little more about wine. The live music was cherry on top, or should I say 'coldest wine one could find'! The evening was filled with interesting conversations about wines, how did a particular brand landed in India, how lovely every wine at the fest tasted, and more. I assure you, I never thought a wine evening would be this fun. 

 

As you can imagine, it was one massive exhibition with a huge number of brands showcasing their wines, and liquors. Experts from all over the world – Brazil, Argentina, France, all were there keen to explain to us what's the speciality of their wine, how did it land in India, and why we must try it.

 

Let's talk about the liquor!

Brands at #GlobeInAGlass

Three things I can't get over from #GlobeInAGlass

Drinks

Words can't justify how sensational each of the drinks I had on Friday night were! Still, if I have to pick favourites, it would be - Pitu Cachaca | Beachcomber by Cointreau| Cono Sur | Remy Martin - Grand Tonic | Sambuca |

Food

Variety of cheese, delectable finger food, is the best way to go about sipping your wine! Sula Vineyard played it's cards right, by putting nothing but the best in front of us.

Live Music & lively conversations

Well, who doesn't enjoy a live band playing? The music at Sula Selections Roadshow 2016 was soul satisfying. The conversations with everyone who attended the event was second to none. I would definitely visit any event by Sula, a thousand times over.

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11 arcane Indian beaches you’ve to explore once!

Indian beaches have always been a tempting tourist destination all over the world, owing to the 7517 km long coastline, and will continue to remain one.

Countless beaches of the Indian peninsula provide many opportunities for adventure lovers, travellers who just want to relax, or for tourists who want to explore. The peninsular India, surrounded by waters in three directions, stands to enrapture the imagination of nature enthusiasts. With many beaches extremely popular amongst tourists, and Indians alike, there are few that are snubbed.

Not every one loves to spend time at overcrowded beaches. So, if you, like me, love to spend some unperturbed time at the beach, then the below list is tailor-made for you.

Without further ramblings, lets take a look at these 11 arcane beaches in India:

1. Cherai Beach, Kerala

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Instead of visiting Varkala, and Kovalam in Kerala, you must head straight to Cherai. Cherai is located just off the main Ernakulam town. Most tourists are unaware of this 15-km beach, making it a serene destination for a quite evening at the beach.

 

2. Jallandhar Beach, Diu

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Jallandhar Beach – an unlikely name for a beach in Diu, isn’t it? This shoreline is named after a nearby shrine, which bears a carved face of Jallandhar, a mythical demon killed by Lord Krishna. Be rest assured to get your ‘me time’, as this beach is free from modern-day demons, a.k.a. loud tourists, and pesky kids.

 

3. Ezhimala beach, Kerala 

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Situated 55-km from Kannur, Ezhimala is an important historical site, featuring prominently in the Ramayana, and the Tamil Sangam period’s literature. With clear blue water as far as the eye can see, you’re likely to spot a few dolphins even from by the beach.

 

4. Devka Beach, Daman

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Devka beach is a perfect destination if you just wanna hang, and watch the sun go down off the rocky coastline. With beer and freshly fried fish freely available, it makes for a quintessential time at the beach. However, when the tide rises, navigating the waters could get a little tricky.

5. Rishikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh

 

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Arguably one of the best beaches in the Vizag. Rishikonda beach is ideal for swimmers, and water skiers alike, thanks to its calm waters, and golden sands.

 

6. Mandvi Beach, Gujarat

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Powdery sands, and azure blue water makes Mandvi beach a winner in Gujarat. With the proximity to the palace of the erstwhile rulers of Kutch adds to the charm of Mandvi.

 

7. Mandarmani Beach, West Bengal

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Mandarmani beach is one of West Bengal’s newly developed tourist destinations, with 13-km of motorable beach, and a surprisingly squeaky clean shore. We suggest you to visit this beach before it turns out to be yet another tourist attraction!

 

8. Agatti Beach, Lakshwadeep

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The crystal clear water, and long stretches of lagoons, make Agatti beach a diving, and snorkelling paradise. This is an ideal destination for those looking to explore what lies beneath the water.

 

 

9. Devbagh beach, Karnataka

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Sitting pretty at the confluence of the Kali River, and Arabian Sea is Devbagh beach. The beauty, and serenity of this beach once served as inspiration to Rabindranath Tagore, when he penned Prakritir Pratishodh.

 

 

10. Beach No. 7, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Locals refer this beach as the Radha Nagar Beach. Beach No 7 boasts of some of the best diving schools in India, and is a great place to go snorkeling, or scuba diving.

11. Bangaram beach, Lakshadweep Islands

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Bangaram beach is the only beach in Lakshadweep islands where you can drink. This beach is not as famous as Agatti beach, as it’s difficult to reach, but is absolutely worth the efforts. This island also happens to have a lot of flora and fauna, along with a wide range of birds. An ideal destination for nature lovers.

 

Aren’t these worth a visit? Let us know which interested you the most in the comments below!

Don’t forget to share your experiences of #LifeAtTheBeach on our Facebook / Instagram page, ciao!

Here are 37 more ways to fall in love with India, just in case you need any!

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37 ways to fall in Love with India

Not that you need 37 ways to fall in love with India. But, here they are!

Fall in love, make merry, with the most misunderstood country…India. Do let us know if you change your mind about India after reading the below post. Dive in already!

1. Catch South Asia’s only active volcano on a liveaboard

 

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Witness the plumes erupting from Barren Island, part of Andaman Islands, on a cruise aboard The Infiniti. And then dive in the waters around to spot unique stone and lava formations.

 

2. Pamper yourself on a private spa boat in Udaipur

 

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AHA! Heaven alert! A Jacuzzi on a boat in the middle of lake is the perfect way to spoil yourself, isn’t it?. Charter the Taj Lake Palace’s Jiva Spa Boat to relax and rejuvenate, accompanied by a glass of wine in hand.

 

3. Take in the Taj Mahal on a full-moon night

 

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The Taj Mahal is gorgeous, on any day. But, under a full moon, it turns ethereal. Sign up with the Archaeological Survey of India for a tour, or book the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Amarvilas (from INR 7,50,000 a night!) for an uninterrupted view.

4. Explore Kerala’s gold-filled temple vaults

 

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While most take the regular temple tours of southern India, few know of the gold trails that take one through the temple vaults. It’s a little-known secret, but hey, now you know.

 

5. Walk over a frozen river

 

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Test your nerves (and luck) on the Chadar trek, which takes you over the frozen River Zanskar for seven cold days. With just a few inches of ice between you and a raging icy river, this one’s not for the weak and the meek.

 

6. Feast on a Kashmiri wazwan

 

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An elaborate affair that involves a total of 36 courses, a wazwan is a feast fit for the royals. Meatballs, seekh kababs, spare ribs, Kashmiri pulao, phirni, kahwa… it’s a meal you won’t finish or forget in a hurry.

 

7. Go horse-riding in Rajasthan

 

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Sign up for a journey on horseback from Dundlod to Alsisar. It’s strenuous, no doubt, but the charm of Shekhawati will take you over with its historic forts and palaces, quiet villages and painted havelis.

 

8. Rent a palace for two in Kochi

 

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Once the rest house for Rama Verma, the maharaja of Cochin, the Chittoor Kottaram is now a single-key hotel, which means there will be no other guest apart from you! With room for up to six, the property is reachable by boat and lets you spend your days in royal style and even eat what the royalty did.

 

9. Play the archery lottery in Shillong

 

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At the grounds near Ward’s Lake, archers from across Meghalaya bet on the number of arrows they will hit on a bamboo drum. After they send thin arrows at the drum, the organisers count the ones that hit the mark. Meanwhile, people across the state have placed bets on the final score. Those who get it right go home richer.

 

10. Learn cheese-making from a Bollywood film-maker

 

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See how to make Gouda, Parmesan, mozzarella and more at Acres Wild, Coonoor, a gorgeous 22-acre farm owned by film-maker Mansoor Khan and his wife, Tina.

 

11. Stay with the king of Ladakh in his palace

 

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The fact that all areas of Stok Palace are open to guests makes this an experience by itself. Watch the royal family go about its routine, chat with the king, and check out the thangkas and the queen mother’s crown at the palace museum.

 

12. Ride like royalty on rail

 

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Take one of India’s several luxury trains to experience the classic train journey. Board the Maharajas Express for a tour that includes Rajasthan and Agra (INR 4,44,440 per head) or on the Deccan Odyssey, which takes you on a heritage trail across Maharashtra and southern India (doubles from INR 5,36,710).

 

13. Celebrate Holi in Mathura

 

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In Mathura, the land of Krishna, the festival of colours takes on an unbelievable hue. There is bhaang, of course, but there is also food, music, and of course, colour. For the best experience, get yourself to Vrindavan.

 

14. Stay in a treehouse in Kerala

 

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Ditch the luxury of a hotel for a stay amid nature. There’s Vythiri Resort in Wayanad, set in a biodiversity hot zone, and Rainforest, Athirapally (pictured) where the jaw-dropping views of the gushing Athirapally Falls will take your getaway to another level.

 

15. Float over a fort, forest and fair

 

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Hop into a hot-air balloon for the best sights of Rajasthan. A flight from Jaipur will take you over the sprawling Amer Fort, from Pushkar over the colourful camel fair, and from Ranthambore over the home of the tiger.

 

16. Read Ghalib at Ghalib’s home

 

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This restored haveli where Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib lived is charming enough to turn anyone into a romantic. Take a copy of ‘Ghalib: Life & Letters’ and find yourself a spot under one of its many archways.

 

17. Surf the waves off Puducherry

 

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Serenity Beach, 10km north of Puducherry, draws surf addicts from across India. After the devastating 2004 tsunami, the Tamil Nadu government built two long piers to protect the beach, which created a surf break that provides great conditions for learners and professional alike.

 

18. Walk Meghalaya’s living root bridges

 

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Built out of the roots of ficus trees—some even dating back 500 years—these bridges can withstand the heavy rainfall the region is famous for. Check out the Umshiang Double Decker root bridge in Nongriat village, south of Cherrapunji, and the one in Riwai near Mawlynnong.

 

19. Watch a boat race in Kerala

 

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Dubbed as the largest team sport in the world, snakeboat racing is a heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping affair. The splash of dozens of oars in perfect rhythm is a treat for the eyes. Catch Alleppey’s Nehru Trophy Valam Kali on the second Saturday of August every year.

 

20. Cycle around the ruins of Hampi

 

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There are many ways to explore the ruins that date back to the 3rd century BC, but renting a cycle is perhaps the most enjoyable. Pedal your way around the various sites, and as dusk falls, load your bike into a coracle to arrive at the hippie side of town.

 

21. Pamper yourself at a Himalayan spa

 

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Frequently ranked among the world’s top spas, Ananda in the Himalayas offers myriad treatments, from Ayurveda to stress management. Whether you’re tackling weight issues or you just want to relax, its customised programmes are ideal.

 

22. Get married in a Rajasthani palace

 

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Can there be a more spectacular setting for your wedding than a historic palace with all its attendant royal trappings? Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace; Udaipur’s Jagmandir Island Palace, The Leela Udaipur, The Oberoi Udaivilas, Taj Lake Palace and The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace; and Jaipur’s Samode Palace(pictured), all offer the perfect setting for you to exchange your vows.

 

23. Bike the Manali-Leh highway

 

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Open from mid-June to October, the 476km highway guarantees a daring journey with jaw-dropping views. At its highest, it reaches an altitude of 16,000ft. Bragging rights guaranteed.

 

24. Ski in Gulmarg

 

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India’s most popular ski destination pulls everyone, from amateurs and professionals, to its slopes each season. Its gondola is one of the highest in the world, and the ski-town now offers world-class lodging facilities. Sign up for heli-skiing to take things a notch higher, quite literally.

 

25. Dine at India’s best restaurant

 

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The only restaurant from the country to rank in the world’s top 100, Indian Accent is an experience not to be missed. Chef Manish Mehrotra’s gutsy and modern take on Indian food is worth a trip to Delhi, from anywhere in the country or even the world.

 

26. Dance away on the sands of Goa

 

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All-day parties, international DJs and the best of dance music—Goa’s music scene rocks comes alive in December with a clutch of events. Pictured: Sunburn Festival

 

27. Take the palace trail through Madhya Pradesh

 

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From the Jahangir Mahal of Orchha to Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior to Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar, the state is rich with royal homes, most of which are in excellent condition. Pictured: Gwalior Fort

 

28. Soar over Bir and Billing

 

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In May and October, these towns in Himachal Pradesh, about five hours from Shimla, pull paragliding enthusiasts from all over the world. Great weather and the sight of green terraced fields all around make this a spectacular experience. Follow up your flight with a visit to the Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan settlements nearby.

 

29. Hope for a glimpse of the Kanchenjunga

 

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At 8,586m tall, it is the third highest mountain in the world and Sikkim’s most sacred landmark. The snow-capped Kanchenjunga plays peek-a-boo with you from behind the mist, and you could spend an entire week without as much as glimpse. But when it does reveal itself, it’s a sight to remember for life.

 

30. Spend the night in a houseboat in Srinagar

 

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Pick one of the many ‘floating palaces’ anchored on the Dal or Nagin Lake for a classic Kashmir experience. Each houseboat comes with lavishly furnished rooms, verandahs and a terrace that serves as a sun-deck for evening cocktails. That’s one way to float in paradise.

Pictured: WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats

 

31. Drive to the mountain desert of Spiti

 

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Rugged and remote, the Lahaul & Spiti district is a part of Himachal that’s yet to be discovered by tourists. The roads are terrible, the passes high and tricky, but the journey is its own reward. Head here to discover the simple life in a Himalayan desert.

 

32. Sign up for a tea trail through Darjeeling and Assam

 

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Earn your badge as a tea connoisseur with a trip through India’s tea country. It helps that there are several tea estates that provide fine luxury accommodation and extensive courses in tea appreciation.

 

33. Brave the rapids at Rishikesh

 

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River Alaknanda joins the Ganga near Rishikesh and offers grade III and IV rapids. Need more thrills? Follow up with adventures such as cliff-jumping, body-surfing and kayaking.

 

34. Trek to Roopkund Lake

 

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The trek to Roopkund Lake in Uttarakhand is at once beautiful and haunting. Lush Himalayan forests, gurgling brooks and undulating meadows all take you to this lake at 16,500ft above sea. It’s all pretty till you see the dozens of skulls and bones lying at the bottom of the shallow lake since the 6th century. You’ll have chills running down your spine for more reasons than one.

 

35. Ride the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

 

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Fondly known as the Toy Train, this narrow-gauge railway runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. The most popular route, however, remains from Ghum to Darjeeling, where it cuts through streets and markets. In service for over 130 years, it has earned UNESCO World Heritage status.

 

36. Watch polo in Ladakh

 

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Believe it or not, polo has been a tradition in Ladakh for centuries! Watch professional teams from the villages of Ladakh square off at one of the world’s highest and prettiest polo grounds.

 

37. Spot the tiger, if you can

 

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The No. 1 item on every safari-lover’s list is worth all the fuss. The majestic but shy Royal Bengal Tiger is quite a sight. For best odds of spotting the cat, head to one of the national parks in Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan.

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