A great destination to revel in during vacations is Pattaya in Thailand. We planned Pattaya travel during our first Thailand trip in March 2019. It was such a fantastic trip, although planned during summers and the weather was humid but still we enjoyed a lot.

The lodging place has a major contribution towards making a tour pleasurable and we were lucky to get a nice hotel to stay. It was nearer to the market and sea shore. In the evening, a lively atmosphere with tourists roaming around the bustling shopping center and enjoying the street food allures to spend a few hours at the spot.

An evening in Pattaya- A nice view of the city as seen from the hotel
Pattaya sea shore
Arcadia beach resort- A view from the hotel balcony

The city is full of surprises but I will share what I enjoyed the most and that was ‘The Alcazar Cabaret’ and ‘Koh Larn island tour’. An amazing journey to the magnificent city will always be remembered due to these two tourist wonders.

Things to do in Pattaya

  • The Alcazar Cabaret

The world’s most wonderful eunuchs perform the show.

 We stayed in a sea side hotel and it takes only 20 minutes to reach the spectacle. The tickets were available outside our lodging. The night was amazing when we enjoyed the cabaret to the fullest. It kept us bound and you will not believe that the dancers were not females. The performance was so captivating that we were spellbound during the whole pageant.

 The spectacular dance was about 2 hours long and when we left for home, it was midnight. Still the city was in its full glamour and the night life was alluring the visitors to spend the whole evening roaming around the city.

  • Koh Larn Island tour

An escape from the bustling city life was the Koh Larn island tour. One of our family friends guided us to the trip as he frequently visits Thailand for shopping and entertainment. He told us never to miss the opportunity to visit the island.

We booked the tour and reached the island through speed boat. The sun was on the head and it was the month of March. Due to humidity, we were feeling a little poky but in the midst cool breeze was striking the physique providing a little relief from the scorching heat. The trip includes the lunch after a two hours stay at the island. In between, underwater sport was offered. My partner went to enjoy the sport.

Ultimately, we reached the island. The whole atmosphere was awe-inspiring. The water sports- snorkeling, paragliding, skiing and banana boat were alluring the people. We spent a few hours sitting on the beach sipping gulp of vodka along with snacks. We left for hotel after relishing the eatables and water sports. It was lunch time and we, Indians were taken to a restaurant serving Indian food.

  • Shopping in Pattaya

We were told that Thailand is best for shopaholics. We explored night fairs, malls and floating markets during our Pattaya tour. The popular brands like Spencer and Zara were presented in the malls along with exclusive jewelry collection, handicrafts, bags, wallets, beachwear and more.

We shopped for one whole day. We left the hotel in the morning and enter the mall. The street food comprising of Thai meals and snacks was also available. I loved the fresh fruits sold by vendors just a few steps away from our lodging.

Pattaya market- Everything is available at walking distance from the lodging
A view of Pattaya outside the hotel

Mike shopping mall, Pattaya night bazar, and Pattaya floating market were the three shopping destinations we visited.

  • Tiffany show, Pattaya

Last but not the least, the world famous Tiffany show allures millions of tourists every year to visit the marvelous city in Thailand. This cabaret show began in 1974 and performed by transvestites. If you are in Bangkok then you can reach the spectacular pageant in only one and a half hour.

The skilled dancers wearing glamorous costumes perform in a perfect lightning and super sound setting. The whole pageant lasts for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. After that the dancers come outside to meet the visitors. If you wish to click photos with them then you have to pay 100 baht.

Things needs to be mentioned

You must book the tickets 24 hours prior to the show.

Bangkok and Pattaya are famous for the malls, massage parlours, floating markets, shopping, glamorous night life, sea shores and islands. The tourists all over the world visit Thailand and the Thai government earn by tourism more than by any other means.

It was the first foreign tour and believe it still I will recommend Bangkok and Pattaya trip to everyone especially Indians. The cities are sophisticated and tourists get every facility besides entertainment. The 24/7 shops provide everything you need; you can exchange foreign currencies anytime and anywhere. Indian food is available easily.

Thailand is one of my favorite foreign destinations and I will love to travel to the place again. People like to visit Bangkok with friends more than with family but I recommend that you must enjoy the city with your loved ones. You will definitely going to appreciate.

Patna Sahib Gurudwara

A huge shrine dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh ji, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs is built in Patna-the capital of Bihar. Patna Sahib is the birth place of the Guru who was borne on December 22, 1666. The holy place is also known by the name Harminder Takht and popularly called as Patna Sahib Gurudwara by the devotees.

It is one of the five ‘Takhts’ or seats of authority of the Sikhs. Guru Nanak dev ji also said to have visited this place. The Gurudwara was reconstructed from a Dharamshala built by the fervent devotee of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji, Salis Rai Johri who transformed his lavish mansion into a hospice. Guru Tegh Bahadur is said to have stayed in this home.

The Gurudwara was constructed when a fire destroyed the lodge. Another reconstruction was done in the year 1954. A museum is also included in the Gurudwara that houses sacred books and writings of Sikh Gurus besides a few memorable things like sandals, arrows, and sword.

The whole atmosphere reflects the purity of God as the place is blessed with the benedictions of the Sikh gurus.

Patna Sahib Gurudwara
Patna Sahib Gurudwara

How to reach Takht Sri Patna Sahib

The cheapest way to reach your destination is to take a local or passenger train followed by rickshaw. Alternatively, if you are with your family and want more comfort then book a cab.


If your purpose of travel to Bihar is to visit the shrine then it is better to stay in hotels near Patna Sahib Gurudwara. You can choose luxury lodging as per your requirement. More than 100 hotels are available in the vicinity of the Gurudwara.

Bangkok- The most happening city in Thailand!

The most cenotaph destination I ever visited in my lifetime is Bangkok, Thailand. I got the opportunity of traveling the place in March 2019. Though we were planning to visit via Bangkok tour package later, we decided to go without supervision, and we enjoyed a lot.

 The city was serene and dynamic at the same time.  We spend seven days and six nights in Thailand- 4 in Bangkok and 3 in Pattaya. And those days were unforgettable and nights were stunning.

Top hotels in Bangkok

The first thing a traveler search for is the lodging place in a strange city. The hotel you choose depends upon the need, e.g. a person who often visits the area for business purposes will prefer to stay in a relatively cheaper lodging. On the other hand, if you are here for a holiday trip then obviously you will not hesitate to spend open handedly.

I planned a Thailand tour with family, and a friend guided us to select the lodging house that is cheap and best.

‘The White Palace’ hotel in Pratunam is not too far away from the Airport and provides all the essential services. The Pratunam market is only a walk away. Thai massage centers, 7/11, Indian hotels, shopping hubs, medical stores, Money exchange centers are nearby. Moreover, the decoration in the hotel was awesome. The only drawback is the staff is not so co-operative so don’t expect perfect room service.

The White Palace, Bangkok Thailand
The white palace hotel, Pratunam, Bangkok

Shopping in Bangkok

I suggest not carrying too many clothes and accessories if you are traveling from India. Bangkok is an excellent place to shop. Clothes, footwear, bags, makeup, and artificial jewelry, are available at a 1/4th rate as compared to India.  You can spend hours shopping in the city. The platinum mall was located only a few kilometers from our hotel.

The Platinum Fashion Mall Bangkok Thailand
The Platinum Fashion Mall Bangkok

The mall is huge and sophistically built with products for nearly all age groups. Branded and non-branded clothes, accessories almost flooded the shops. The items were available in a wide price range, and one can shop even for business purposes.

Pratunam market and night markets are other options for purchasing goods and hanging out at night. The lively atmosphere with loud music rejuvenates the spirit and a favorite time pass for shopaholics.

Things to do in Bangkok

Sea Life Bangkok was the first show that we watched in the most popular city in Thailand. The aquarium was excellent as it was full of sea creatures, including colorful fishes, coral reefs, sharks, octopus, penguins, and more. Shark Shipwreck displays various species of animals.

Then there is ‘Penguin ice Adventure’ where you feel like standing among the cutest creatures and watching their movement in the snowy wind.

Ocean tunnel is the highlight of the show as it is the longest underwater tunnel in Thailand. You will feel like walking underwater among sea beings. A water tank in the tropical ocean zone with coral reefs and aquatic animals is the show stealer. Kids were enjoying the man in the tank bubbling and swimming among the colorful beasts.

Coral reefs in Sea Life Ocean world, Bangkok Thailand
Coral reefs in Sea Life Bangkok Ocean world

Though you will find a lot of options to enjoy in Bangkok, it depends on the individual interest. We visited Madame Tussauds Museum Bangkok, located in Siam Discovery exhibiting giant wax replicas of celebrities from different parts of the world. You can click snaps with various statues in several styles.

Floating markets– Now, again, turn to shop! Floating markets attract tourists who come to enjoy and shop in the city. It is one of Bangkok top attractions as it provides a unique experience of marketing in the river.

We went to the Damneon Saduak market through the bus. The spot is famous for rural and traditional items. One thing deserves to be mentioned here, and that is ‘fruits in Bangkok.’ Along with coconut; mangoes, pineapple, and other fruits were luscious and fresh. Vendors were selling mix fruits, fruit juice, and single fruit in polythenes along with some masala.

I was fond of eating different fruits, and luckily, I found it in the floating market. The fruits were fresh and available for a nominal cost.

The entry cost 800 Baht but was worth it for such a delightful experience. The first thing that was seen in the journey to the floating market was ‘The sugar farm’ where the process of sugar making can be easily watched.

Then, we bought seasonings from the spice market where a variety of flavors were available. Handicrafts, antique items, artificial jewelry, Purses and clutches, eatables and more were being sold there. Don’t forget to bargain!

The sellers were using sticks to deliver the products and taking the money.  The atmosphere was amusing and shopping in a river was such fun.


A variety of food is offered in Thailand, and you can choose what satisfy your taste buds. Thai food includes different types of soups, green curries, chicken fried in coconut cream, roasted duck, grilled pork, and more.

I enjoyed Indian food followed by coconut ice cream that I ate as a desert. Indian restaurants were present all over the city. The only drawback is that they remain open till 11 at night. So, if you wish to enjoy the nightlife in Bangkok either dine before leaving or make-do with snacks available in Mc. Donald’s late night. Next option is 7/11 where ready to eat Maggie and Poha are sold.

Lebua At State Tower

Lebua at State Tower, Bangkok Thailand
Lebua at State Tower, Bangkok

An indispensable part of the nightlife in Bangkok is the five-star hotel-Lebua located at Silom road. Sky bar is the highlight of the hotel. It is situated on the 64th floor surrounded by transparent walls featuring panoramic views of the Chao Phraya River. The cylindrical bar changes color every 90 seconds. 

Sky bar At Lebua, Bangkok Thailand
The sky bar at Lebua, Bangkok

The bar was opened in 2003 and is managed by ‘Lebua Hotels and Resorts’. Dresses must be elegant- no western or casual! Wear formal dresses with sandals for women and shoes for men! Drinks started from 350 Baht upward, but we have paid for the fantastic view and elegant atmosphere.  The unusual sight from an altitude is wonderful featuring the sparkling city.

A must see attraction for tourists-enjoy the atmosphere with exuberant hospitality and fizzy drinks!

Bangkok, on the whole, is fabulous to travel with spouse, friends or family. You only have to choose the right tourist spots to enjoy the trip to the fullest. The city has something for everyone. Even if you need to shop for your business, you will find a wide range of clothes, accessories, footwear, purses, etc.

Bangkok is an excellent tourist place and most of its earning comes from strollers who like to visit the city over and over. I will love to go for Bangkok vacation if I find the second chance!

Haridwar Uttarakhand- The most popular pilgrim center of Hindus!

Uttarakhand is the center of hill stations and pilgrimage places. Haridwar is the most popular and frequently visited pious region in the state. Visitors from all over the world come here to see the Haridwar mandir and Ganga Aarti at Har ki paudi.

Haridwar is primarily a pilgrimage famous for shrines and sight of holy river Ganga. We lived in Uttar Pradesh just a two hours distance from the city for more than 20 years, so I had a visit to Haridwar off and on. The atmosphere is soothing full of devotion with bells ringing at dawn. People at Ganga ghat reach early morning to participate in the worship of the holy river.

Haridwar- Har ki paudi- Ganga Aarti

Places to visit near Haridwar Uttarakhand

Haridwar tour not only includes areas inside the city but various spots are located at a few kilometers distance from the city that is worth visiting. The most popular among them is Rishikesh situated at a distance of 20 km from Haridwar.

•    Rishikesh

The place is famous for the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati where people take a holy dip to wash off their sins. Besides, Rishikesh is known for Yoga sessions, and an annual international festival is celebrated in the city. Meditation in the Yoga capital and a holy dip take the person close to the attainment of Moksha.

Together Haridwar and Rishikesh are declared as ‘Twin national heritage sites.’ Lakshman Jhula connecting the two villages in Garhwal district is famous as it is used to visit Geeta Bhavan and Swarg Ashram.  Also, a temple named as ‘Terah Manzil’ is located in proximity to the spot. This hanging bridge is built across the holy river Ganga so provides a beautiful view of the place.

•    Chandi Devi temple

It is the most famous shrine situated only 3 km distance from Har ki Paudi, Haridwar. You can either trek or take a trolley as the temple is located at the hilltop. Millions of devotees come from different parts of the world to see the deity Chandi Devi as it is believed that desires are fulfilled in the shrine.

Maya Devi, Mansa Devi, and Chandi Devi are the trio of the Siddhpeeth. A popular myth says that Goddess Parvati created Chandi Devi to fight Shumbh-Nishumbh. The combat took place at Neel Parvat, and after that, the temple was established at the height of 2900 meters.

•    Pawan Dham

One of the most famous tourist spots near Haridwar is Pawan Dham located only 2 km away from the central city. The artwork in the form of mirrors on the walls of the temple allures tourists to visit the shrine. The entry is free, and the temple remains open from 6: 00 am in the morning to 8:00 pm.  It is located at Rishikesh road, Bhagirathi Nagar, Bhupatwaala.

The holy place is being taken care of by a branch of Geeta Bhawan trust society. The idols are beautifully decorated making the shrine a favorite tourist spot. Besides spiritual significance, the temple attracts art lovers.

•    Dhoodhadhari Barfani Temple

An elegant temple is situated in Dhoodhadhari Barfani Baba Ashram. The shrine is famous for architecture and spirituality. It is an abode of peace and serenity with beautifully carved exteriors and elegant interiors. You can travel by road to reach the temple.

The shrine is located on the NH 58 highway road connecting Haridwar and Rishikesh. The holy monument is made in white marble with magnificent idols of Lord Rama, Sita, and Hanuman.

•    Mansa Devi Temple

The holy city of Haridwar hosts many temples, and the neighboring areas also reflect the same pious atmosphere. Mansa Devi temple is located at the top of Bilwa Mountain on the Shivalik hills.

Travelers can reach the temple through the ropeway. It is believed that the Devi Manasa has emerged from the mind of Lord Shiva. ‘Mansa’ means wish-the devotees will get their desires fulfilled whenever they visit the temple. The whole city of Haridwar and river Ganga is visible from the trolley.

The beauty of Haridwar is reflected on Ganga ghat where millions of lamps illuminate the water of the holy river, and the devotees take a holy dip to get rid of their sins. The water of the river remains clean and calm as ever. The city is famous as the gateway to God as the familiar holy places Kedarnath and Badrinath temples find their entry through the city.

The chants of Vedic hymns echoes the place making it an attraction for the devotees. Gangotri and Yamunotri find their way from Haridwar. It is a center of art, culture, and Ayurveda as different philosophical blends and architectural excellence are exhibited in the city.

Haridwar means a ‘gateway to God’ and people from all over the world visit the city for its spiritual significance. It is said that people can attain ‘moksha’ by taking a holy dip in the divine waters of the river Ganges.  Apart from the heavenly atmosphere, Haridwar is also a favorite site for art lovers as the temples are constructed by great architects satisfying the aesthetic senses.

Haridwar is also famous for ‘Kumbh Mela’ that is organized every 12th year. The culture of India is best reflected in the city. The delicious cuisines in the sacred town provided one more reason to travel the holy place time and again.

Plan a Haridwar trip at any time of the year and include all the above five places in your package!

Nainital- Best place to enjoy the chill!

I had been planning the Nainital trip for the last 4 to 5 years, and luckily in November 2016, I got this chance for the first time. I am a native of Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand touches the boundary of UP.

We visited the hill station in Uttarakhand in November when the winters were about to begin, and the weather was showing the welcoming signs. The intraday fluctuation in climate is the characteristic feature of Nainital.
We were lucky to get a room in Channi Raja situated in front of Naini lake- An excellent location to enjoy the trip to the fullest!

Naini Lake, Nainital
Naini Lake, Nainital

Tour to Nainital

The most visited hill station in Uttarakhand is Nainital. If you are living close to the city, you will love exploring the place time and again. The beautiful lakes, sites and soothing weather of Nainital allure you to come and unwind.

Every time I travel the city, I find a new romance in the air that freshen me up and revive my spirit. The scenic beauty of Nainital is unsurpassable-clouds touching the hills and lakes reflecting the sky!

Hotels in Nainital

If you are looking forward to traveling to the city, it is advisable to select the boarding place close to the lake and market. Channi Raja is one of the best hotels in Nainital. The fantastic view of the city was visible from the front window. The colorful boats in deep waters reflecting the winter sunrays provided an excellent look at daytime.

The food was delicious, and we love dining at the restaurant of Channi Raja. I recommend staying at this hotel as the service was admirable and the staff was friendly.

If you plan a Nainital trip, don’t forget to explore the lodging place as it is one of the most epochal things that will make your outing memorable. If you are booking Nainital holiday package, choose the best as you are going to spend your valuable time and money, it must be worth.

A view from Channi Raja, Nainital
A view from Channi Raja, Nainital

Shopping in Nainital

One of the popular shopping destinations in Nainital is Mall road and luckily our boarding place- Channi Raja is located on the same street. In the evening, we move to feel the cool breeze near the lake along with walking on the boulevard to shop. Woolens, handicrafts and unique items are available at affordable rates in this market.

Naini Lake
Edge of Naini lake

Another exciting place to make you spend well is Tibetan market run by the natives of Tibet and is not too far from the Naini Lake. The market features designer woolens along with other items like watches, and clothing.
It was nice walking down the streets in the evening to hang out. The weather was lovely, the cool breeze makes us shiver, but the fog falling from the sky make the atmosphere romantic.

Top 5 places to visit in Nainital

Tiffin top

A view from tiffin top, Nainital
A view from tiffin top, Nainital

As Nainital is situated in Kumaon hills, Tiffin top offers the best view of the mountains from the highest point. It is advisable to wear woolens as you are going to spend at least 2 hours in shivering cold and don’t forget to take your video cam to shoot the amazing sceneries of Nainital.

The snow-clad peaks of Himalayas make a brilliant view of the city. Use binoculars to see the beauty of the place. Trekking is good during daytime with comfortable clothing and non-slippery footwear.

Tiffin top is also called Dorothy’s seat, and it is a famous picnic spot in Nainital at Ayarpatta hills 4 km from the central city. It is nature lover’s and photographer’s delight.

Hanuman Garhi

We also visited Hanuman Garhi luckily on Tuesday during the Nainital trip. It is situated 3.5 km from Tallital on Nainital-Devidhura road at 6,401 ft. Above sea level.

An artistic statue of Lord Hanuman has religious significance in addition to the brilliant sunsets and sunrise. The temple is old dated back to 1950.
The place has a religious significance as Sheetala Devi temple and Lila Shah Bapu ashram are located in the vicinity. Besides, a beautiful view of the sun rising and setting allures tourists to visit the spot.

Naina peak

It is the highest point of Nainital settled at 2611 m above sea level and the best location to view the snow laden Himalayas along with the stunning view of the town. The peak is famous for hiking, photography, and sight-seeing.

The captivating sceneries of Kumaon hills are visible from this point that is worth capturing. Trekking is advised during daytime to avoid accidents. The place is romantic at sunrise and sunset with rich flora and fauna at the spot. A breathtaking view of the mountains and Naini lake from the highest point of the hill station makes you feel like heaven where nature’s beauty is at its peak.

A view of Nainital from Naini peak
A view of Nainital from Naini peak

Do not forget to take water, apply sunscreen lotion and wear comfortable footwear to enjoy the trip to the fullest!

Naina Devi temple

We visited the famous Hindu shrine near the Naini Lake. The ancient temple is constructed in 15th century AD. The popular mythology about the temple says that the holy place is located at a place where the eyes of Devi Sati fell when Lord Shiva was carrying her corpse. Millions of devotees visit the temple to seek the blessings of the Goddess present in the form of eyes.
The Hindu pilgrimage site remains open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Nanda Ashtami is celebrated with pomp, and the idols of Goddess Nanda Devi and Naini Devi are immersed on the last day of the festival.

Nainital zoo

The wildlife lovers will enjoy the view of endangered species in the Nainital zoo. The spot is located at a distance 2 km from the Tallital bus stand. The opening and closing time is 9:30 am to 4:30 pm respectively. The entry fee is nominal- only 50 Rs for Adults.
The Zoo is closed on Monday and holidays. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo management Society is responsible for the maintenance if the wildlife park.  Zoo shuttle service and Jeep are available to reach the place. A few wildlife animals at this place are Royal Bengal Tiger, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Tibetan Wolf, and Red Jungle Fowl.

Best time to visit Nainital

A beautiful view of Nainital
A beautiful view of Nainital

Although the hill station is so captivating that you will love visiting it at any time of the year but the best time to explore the city is in the summer season when the weather is favorable, and you can find an escape from the scorching heat of the plains.
If you can tolerate snowy cold, you can plan a trip during December and January otherwise March to June are bearable with temperatures ranging from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius.
It was a wonderful trip as we enjoyed everything- weather, food, sites, and sceneries. I will love to revisit the city of lakes if I find a chance!

Jaisalmer- The cultural hub of Rajasthan!

The most magnificent city I have ever visited in my lifetime is Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. A place rich in culture in the Royal state invites you to enjoy cultural performances, distinctive meal characteristic of Rajasthan, camel ride, sunset point, grand architecture and much more. The history of Rajasthan reveals the life of noble people who lived through ups and downs still maintaining their dignity.

5 main tourist attractions in the Golden city

It was a couple tour arranged by a trip advisor who organized everything from hotel to guide to make the journey hassle free as he provided us with the best Jaisalmer package. The four nights five days expedition was awe-inspiring as we explored the nook and corners of the city of Jaisalmer. The trip was grand and entirely organized by the conveners. If we planned it for ourselves, we should have paid an arm and a leg.

Jaisalmer palaces

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

One of the best tourist attractions in Jaisalmer are the palaces; many of which converted into hotels. We landed in one of these lodgings on dawn after traveling the whole night. The hospitality shown by the hotel authorities in the elegant palace exhausted half of our fatigue.

The atmosphere was calm enough to feel fresh and rejuvenated.
We moved to our rooms to take rest for a short while then invited for refreshment typical of Rajasthan. Many items along with the onion kachori made us salivate.

The palace was big enough to take a walk after a meal. The magnificence of the hotel provided evidence of the splendid life of the kings and queens in the previous time. The architect worked wholeheartedly to make this masterpiece. Many of these palaces are converted into hotels with few modifications. The other untouched mansions are still present in the city to admire the original art of the artisans.

Patwon ki haveli

Patwon ki Haweli, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Patwon ki Haweli, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

The tour began with a visit to an exceptional piece of art-Patwon ki haveli. The building is a combination of five havelis, each with unique architecture- a part of India’s rich heritage! I have a keen interest in discovering the ancient sites and history of a place to admire the flair of the designers.

The haveli had a museum displaying various work of art and craft. The carvings, mirror work, paintings amazingly decorated the masterpiece. It is also called ‘Mansion of Brocade merchants’as the dealers used it for trading purposes.

Patwon ki Haweli at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Patwon ki Haweli at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

You can walk the narrow streets with comfortable footwear to avoid foot sores and back pain. We had the trip in February, so the weather was friendly but if you are planning in summers, I suggest taking sunglasses, and sunscreen with hat to avoid scorching heat and harmful rays of the sun. Keep yourself hydrated!

Jaisalmer forts

Jaisalmer forts
Jaisalmer forts

Our troop moved to Jaisalmer fort to see the artistic architecture characteristic of Rajasthan. UNESCO has declared the Jaisalmer fort as the world heritage site. It is the largest fort in Rajasthan and is the tourist attraction for all who are fond of art and architecture or discovering the history of India.
We were taken by bus to the famous site, and a guide made us reconnoiter the citadel. The fort was golden thus deriving its popular name –‘sone ka quila’.The guide told us that a Rajput ruler had built this fort which survived many attacks in the past.

It was a pleasant experience as I am fond of exploring the history of my country and yes I have physical fitness to move around to see various palaces and temples inside the fort. The excitement makes me forget the weariness. I recommend the use of sports shoes and comfortable clothing to enjoy the real tour by walking.

The typical meal of Rajasthan- Alas! We were tired and hungry after this historical site visit and thanks to the trip organizers who arranged the delectable meal-spicy and mouthwatering- Gatte ki sabzi made from gram flour, Dal Bati Churma, kalmi vada, and Ghevar in sweets made us salivate at the sight of food. Being a food addict and fan of spicy meals, I ate till my tummy allowed me. If you are fond of Indian cuisine that is spicy and tasty, then I recommend this meal otherwise you can opt for a lighter one.

Camel ride

Desert of Jaisalmer
Desert of Jaisalmer

The most exciting feature of the princely state is the Jaisalmer desert and the king of the sands, camel. At dusk, when the sun is waiting to complete its day journey, all the couples were set to go for watching the sunset on the back of the camel.

An impressive scene of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan is where sands are scattered all over with camels decorated with colorful clothing and accessories. All the couples got ready for the exciting ride to reach the sunset point.

We crossed the desert with the animal showing its proficiency in walking through the soft sands. It was the first time I experienced a ride on the back of the camel. Now, comes the point when the sky turned red depicting the end of the sun’s trek which is waiting to set in the west to rest for a while. The scene was picturesque and engaging.

Sunset in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Sunset in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

We waited until the sun reached home then the organizer instructed the riders to move back to reach the other end. A surprise was waiting for us as we were going to dwell in tents for the whole night.

It was in February, and the weather was cold enough to feel algidity. At first, we were upset at the idea of spending the whole night in a tent, but soon the fear went away with the wind. A planning authorities arranged the whole programme in the open with bonfires served with soft drinks and eatables. The star of the show was a dancer who was ready with typical dress and accessories to display a cultural presentation.

Cultural performances in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Cultural performance in Jaisalmer
Cultural performance in Jaisalmer

The most characteristic feature of Rajasthan is its culture that is depicted in costumes, dances, festival celebration and artistic taste of the people. The organizers properly arranged the trip and we did not miss a single event in the arty city.

Dancers and musicians performed the two cultural enactments that made our trip memorable.

Folk dance of Jaisalmer
Folk dance of Jaisalmer

The combined effect of the troop was marvelous as they were excellent in combination with each other. The vesture of the dancers was typical Rajasthani, and the performance was just brilliant.

The planners arranged the first performance for the day of arrival. When we came back after a hectic day, the tour planners arranged a breath-taking programme for us. It was excellent refreshment that rejuvenated our mind and soul. The culture of the golden state is the major tourist attraction that fascinates foreigners to visit India.

We attended the second programme on the last night, when we had to return to hometown the next morning. An open ground was selected for the performance beside the tents where we were intended to stay at night.

Jaisalmer is the cultural hub of Rajasthan; a city full of colors, art, and architecture! I suggest you to research about the city before beginning your excursion to take full benefit of the journey time. Never miss the magnificence of the site, or you will rue until you get a second chance!

Goa tourism- A holiday trip to the lonely planet!

Being a lover of sea beaches and unspoiled sands with sips of wine, I decided to plan a holiday trip to Goa. I wanted to have some fun with my family so thinking about a few different places. I always loved the beaches much more than hills and slopes. The vast ocean with no ends and falling sea waves give a mixed feeling of peace and storm in mind. The thoughts come and go leaving a calm spirit in the end.

At first, we were about to book a Goa tourism package, but later on, we decided to plan our trip to enjoy everything at our convenience.

Ibis Style

Ibis Style Hotel- Goa
Ibis Style hotel

The first thing while planning a tour is the lodging and boarding place. We selected an elegant hotel to stay on the island, and it contributed a lot to making our holiday trip to Goa most pleasurable.

We luckily had our halt in Ibis Style at Calangute road situated close to two famous beaches. The hotel is majestic with all the luxuries and offers excellent service to its customers. It is really the best place to stay in Goa.

Top beaches in Goa

Generally, the best beaches in Goa include Anjuna beach, Candolim beach, Calangute beach, Baga beach and Palolem beach. These are the five topmost beaches in Goa. But we stayed in the Ibis Style hotel in Goa, so the first beach near the boarding spot was Calangute beach.

Calangute beach
Calangute beach, Goa

It was nice visiting the beach as it is about 15 minutes away from our place. The soft sand crowded with coconut and palm trees is somewhat hard to cross if the footwear is not compatible. Try to walk bare feet on the beach and reach the waters. Soak your feet in the upcoming waves to clean them and feel fresh!

Being a shopaholic, I enjoyed shopping at stores situated on the outer side of the beach. Many vendors are selling eatables, but frankly, I avoid street food when I am on tour. I prefer to consume natural things like coconut water and if you are fond of food made from coconut, then try the typical cuisines of the state on Calangute beach.

Another tourist attraction located close to Calangute beach is Baga beach famous for fun, adventure, and excellent food. Britto’s bar and restaurant on the Baga beach is an amazing place for foodies. We visited two times to Brittos on a four day trip to Goa. The food was delicious, and the service was flawless. A provision for outdoor sitting in the evening still added charm to the restaurant as the people were enjoying finger-licking cuisines with a beautiful view of the sea waves.

We had a foot massage on the beach that was much relaxing after long walking on the sand as we were not used to sand trekking. In addition to this, water sports on the beach like scuba diving, jet skiing, dolphin rides, banana rides, motor boat ride and river cruise are amazing for adventure lovers.

The Saturday night market in Goa

Goa tourism
A nice place to shop unique items both of national and international standards- Saturday night market

We landed on Friday so luckily we had the option to see the famous Saturday night market in Goa. The arcade has everything from clothes, jewelry to carpet and spices. The entertainment options include rock to Indian classical with delicious cuisines and typical Goan dishes along with other international foods. The handmade items as belts, apparel, carpets, etc. attract foreigners and hobbyists from all over the world.

The liquor bar serves a variety of wines and drinks for those who are fond of beverages. The fun at the market goes till late at night; also, Goa is famous for nightlife.

5 top Casinos in Goa

A great combination of favorite drinks, tasty food, a wide range of games, and dance performance by international dancers make a part of the fantastic nightlife of the planet. The best casinos include Deltin Royale, Casino Palms, Casino Pride, Casino Paradise and Casino Carnival.

Deltin Royale Casino


The best of all Casinos is Deltin Royale, famous in Goa for the excellent atmosphere and fine dining with a wide range of games. We visited the Casino about 65 kilometers from Ibis Style, but as we were not well versed with games, we enjoyed the ambiance. Luxury is redefined at this place providing you with a unique experience prompting you to revisit it.
Location of the Casino- The casino is located in a royal ship in Mandovi River, Panjim, Goa. You have to reach the destination where tickets are bought, and an arrangement is there to take you to the real casino.
Choose the evening time to enjoy most in the casino as the real fun is at dawn.

Casino Palms

The Palms casino is situated on the Baga beach. Although not as good as the other can be visited as a time pass. The entry fee is nominal so if you are looking for a nice place and want to spend thriftily, then go for Casino palms.

We visited it once as it was a short distance away from our boarding place.

Casino Pride

Another floating casino in Panaji, Goa is Casino Pride known for gaming and glory includes Roulette, Baccarat, Paplu, Andar Bahar, etc. The casino is well-known to provide endless entertainment to adults and kids alike with Indian and international games combined with delicious cuisines and amazing dance performances. It nis located at river Mandovi, Panaji, Goa.

Casino Paradise

A grand casino in the hotel Neo Majestic and across the Mandovi River located close to Panaji. Besides games and food, it also offers a spa, sauna, and steam to rejuvenate body and mind. A beautiful place to spend time with friends or spouse in Goa is Casino Paradise. If you are a guest at the hotel then you can find it pleasing to visit the casino now and then, else it is a good option for everyone.

Casino Carnival

The two locations of casino carnival are- near Miramar beach and on the Mandovi River. The carnival casino is famous as it offers something to every age group. The Indian and international games with delicious varieties to eat, make this spot the favorite destination for hobbyists. The kids can party with games and toys.

Besides, you can also arrange parties for your guests as the roof is available for tourists and Goans both. The casino is open the whole day with Rs 1500 entry fee from Monday to Thursday and Rs 2000 for Friday and Saturday. The charge includes play coupon worth Rs. 1000 with unlimited buffet and drinks.

Reis Magos Fort-A famous tourist destination in Goa

Reis Magos Fort- Goa
Reis Magos Fort- Goa

We stayed for four nights and five days in the lonely planet including Saturday and Sunday. I searched for a few favorite Goa tourist places and found Reis Magos Fort that tells a lot about the history of the site.
We went to see the fort on Sunday. Although there was rush owing to the holiday but the entry fee was only Rs. 20, the lowest as compared with weekdays. For adults, the charge is Rs 50, and for students, it is Rs 25 on weekdays. A fort vehicle is also available for those who wish to explore the site on wheels.

The fort is well maintained and constructed in 1551 by Portuguese on the bank of river Mandovi. It was built to safeguard against attackers and also to accommodate the foreign delegates. It was kept as a treasure till June 2012 when it was opened to the public.

Timings- 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Days- Tuesday to Sunday

A vast citadel with prison, armaments, and antiques in the fort are amazing for history seekers. I love seeing historical monuments to appreciate the craftsmanship and the scientific values of the past. The history says that Afonso de Albuquerque convert the small outpost in this area to a fortress. The fort was renovated and restored by the famous architect of Goa named Gerad Da Canha.

The fort is now available on rent to arrange parties and weddings.
A Banyan tree grew as a parasite on a coconut tree after 1900. The host tree ultimately collapsed, and the Banyan one survives and stabilized. The prison and death hole are prominent in the citadel, and the past is written to provide acquaintance with the Goan history.

Churches in Goa

Goa is famous for churches as most of the population follows the Christian religion. I visited one of the oldest church near the Reis Magos Fort dedicated to St. Jerome. The church is painted in white- a color reminding of peace. The opening hours of the church is from 6 am to 11 pm on weekdays and on Sunday, the time shifts to 7:30 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

Goa church
An old church in Goa beside Reis Magos Fort

The interior of the church is gracefully adorned with the statues of the three wise man giving gifts to the baby Jesus. There is a grand celebration on the 6th of January every year when a procession starts at the church and goes around the village. You can be a part of the pageant and the feast if you are in Goa at that time.

The church and the fort are close to each other so that you can visit two of the favorite Goan sites at one time. Moreover, the refreshment is also available outside the tourist spots.

Whether you are scheduling a holiday trip to Goa, via a ‘Goa tourism package’ or you wish to explore the island at your convenience, plan whole day fun at this fantastic place. I suggest visiting Goa in winters or in any favorable weather to enjoy the trip to the fullest.

Dubai tour- Plan for a marvelous trek!

Whenever I plan to travel, I think about fun and excitement at the peak. This time it’s Dubai- a city on my list of 5 top exotic destinations in the world. The grand architecture and sparkling nightlife allures visitors to plan a Dubai tour.

Dubai attractions

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Dubai tour
Burj Khalifa, Dubai

It is the tallest building in UAE with a total height of 829.8 meters. A masterpiece and a must see the place in Dubai is Burj Khalifa that created records in tallest service elevator in the world, the highest occupied floor in the world and the highest number of storeys in the world. You can experience yourself at sky heights by the use of elevator from where you can look down to see the human-made wonders.

Buy tickets to view from 125th and 148th floors as the view is spectacular. You can satisfy your hunger on the 122nd floor with a variety of food items available.

• Miracle garden, Dubai

Miracle garden, Dubai
Dubai tour

Miracle garden, Dubai
Dubai tour

14th February is celebrated in the world as the day for lovers. Miracle garden was launched in Dubai on this day. A typical garden with millions of flower varieties to allure visitors and setting up a romantic atmosphere is a speciality of this place. The flowers are organized in the form of different structures like Airbus A380 finding a place in Guinness world record.

The amenities to facilitate tourist visit to the garden include toilets, security rooms, open parking, prayer room, VIP parking and more. The flower garden made up of 9 domes in 1800 square meters area sufficient for 300 persons is a 3D butterfly garden.

The garden is formed with greenery and colourful flowers, but this is an exceptional piece of art to be appreciated by all.

The closing time for the garden is in the summers when the area is being renovated.

• Ferrari world

Ferrari world in Dubai
Dubai attractions

An easy way to Ferrari world is through E11 highway. A nice place in Abu Dhabi for kids to enjoy is Ferrari world. If you love adventures, this world’s largest theme park is worth visiting. It includes gaming attractions like Racing Legends and Tyre twist and adventures like Fiorano GT challenge; Formula Rossa is there for endless fun.

The theme park is one of the major Dubai tourist attractions with engaging activities to thrill. The faster roller-coaster in the world is Formula Rossa. Imagine the fun in Ferrari world!

The opening hours are- 11:00 AM to 20:00 PM every day. Outside food, smoking and pets are not allowed.

Palm Atlantis

Palm Atlantis, Dubai
Dubai tour

A human-made island in the heart of Dubai is Palm Atlantis that is being crowded with luxurious resorts, hotels and restaurants. Adventurous trip of the area includes activities like skydive above the island and sailing around in a speedboat. The spot is not only beautiful but provides a wonderful experience with fantastic views of Arabian Gulf and Burj Khalifa.

The island is built in the shape of a palm tree exquisitely embedded in the waters providing the exclusive view of the beautiful isle.

Dubai Frame

Dubai frame
Dubai tour

An architectural splendour in Dubai is Dubai frame made of glass, steel, aluminium and concrete and designed in such a way that the older parts of the city are visible at one side and representative landmarks are on the other. It is considered as ‘the biggest picture frame on the planet’.

An attraction for the tourists and visitors, Dubai frame, has been built at the cost of 250 million dollars. The two glass towers of 150 meters height connected by 93 meters bridge at the top. The 3D pictures in the frame depict the past, present and stages of development of the city of Dubai. The frame is now open to the public from January 2018 as a New Year gift.

Dubai Aquarium

Dubai is popular for aquariums and underwater zoo. We watched one of the aquariums in Palm Atlantis Hotel situated on the human-made island of the same name. A variety of fishes including big ones like sharks were visible. The view was awesome for all of us as millions of species in vibrant colours were present in the water.

The beauty of life was admired in the transparent waters by adults and kids alike. Another attraction was the underwater zoo in the Dubai Mall, third floor. It was home to a large number of marine species, open to swimming with an oxygen tank.

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Get the experience of iconic Dubai in one the five most famous hotels- Burj Al Arab. Grand interior, splendid lifestyle, superior suites, luxurious dining marks the extravagant living in Burj. It is the third tallest hotel in the world constructed on an artificial island and is connected to the land with a curving bridge. The shape resembles the sail of a ship, and the hotel is one of the best in Dubai. Although it is meant for riches yet is a major attraction in the city.

Desert Safari

If you are searching for some fun and adventure, then opt for desert safari! It is one of the popular activities of Dubai. They are well-planned by the event planners and include entertainment along with Arabian cuisine while travelling through the sand.

The experiences of riding on camel or hummer are different, and you can select according to your convenience. You will get barbeque dinner, and skiing, sand boarding, a view of Dubai sunset, a taste of Arabian coffee, exotic dates, sheesha and more.

Jumeirah Beach

The magnificent Jumeirah beach with white sands is another Dubai tourist attraction. It welcomes you to relax, take sunbath during daytime or put your back against the mat when the sun is setting. The entry is free, but you need to hire beds and umbrellas during the day. The area is flooded with restaurants and cafes with well-maintained surroundings.

A portion of the beach is reserved for the guests of Burj Al Arab while remaining is open to the public. A jogging track is available for visitors with other water sports for fun. Do not forget to take sunblock to keep you safe against the scorching heat of the sun.

Best time to visit Dubai

My favourite time to visit any place is when the atmosphere is favourable. In Dubai, the season is friendly from October to March. In January, the temperature falls to as low as 15 degrees. You can choose festive seasons to enjoy in Dubai during this period. The Dubai world cup horse race is organised from March to April; the Dubai shopping festival from January to February, Dubai Tennis championship and Dubai International Jazz festival during February and March and International film festival is celebrated from November to December.

Now, what are you waiting for, get your bags packed and get, set, go for a Dubai tour!

How to plan a Dharamshala trip?

After a busy week spent in the office, I was craving for a break from my monotonous routine to feel energetic and relaxed once again. It is always a great idea to plan a trip to hills to rejuvenate your body and soul. So to make my weekend memorable, I planned a Dharamshala trip. It is one of the best options for weekend escape especially when you live in North. The beautiful city of Dharamshala is situated in the district of Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. Formerly known as Bhagsu, the town is famous for Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Monasteries, German Bakery, Dal Lake and Naddi village. The renowned Mcleodganj, named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, is very close to the city Dharamshala. So Dharamshala tourism provides its tourists with the best of both worlds.

Dharamshala, India

Places to stay in Dharamshala

It is indispensable to look after your stay and lodging if you wish to make your Dharamshala tour memorable. Luckily, I found a room in a guest house in Bhagsunag just for Rs. 300. It had free wi-fi facility and a small kitchen just outside the guest house where one could afford a thali for Rs. 60 for lunch or dinner. They had a separate breakfast menu and trust me; the food was delicious as it was home cooked. You can find many guest houses near Bhagsunag, and for hotel rooms, the range starts from Rs. 1000-1500.

Tourist places in Dharamshala

Dharamshala is blessed with many tourist places, and that’s the reason it is one of the most popular travel destinations in North. I happen to visit most of the significant sites of the city one by one –

Dalai Lama Temple

If you are a lover of meditation and peace, the Dalai Lama Temple is for you. Also known as Tsuglagkhang Temple, it is situated at the very end of Mcleodganj. The temple is dedicated to Lord Buddha, and the architecture of the Temple is elegant and diverse.


As I entered Mcleodganj, I was welcomed by this enormous temple standing tall in the centre of McLeodganj’s market. It is decorated with diverse colours and patterns.

St. John’s church

The church of St. John is situated eight km away from Dharamshala. I was stunned by this small and pristine church that has been built in such an exquisite manner that it will remind you of the Victorian age.

Sightseeing in Dharamshala

There are many places for sightseeing in Dharamshala that will make you fall in love with the city. Waking up to Dhalaudhars, and having my breakfast in front of a breath-taking view is a moment is an unforgettable memory for me.

The city offers you with many tourist destinations like-

Dal Lake

The Dal Lake is situated a few kilometres away from Bhagsunag. I had to hire a taxi to Dal Lake which cost me Rs. 200. Dal Lake is famous for boating, sightseeing, and other fun activities.

Naddi village

This small village is located ahead of Dal Lake, and you can reach here via taxi only. So better get a taxi from Bhagsunag to Dal Lake and further to Naddi. The small town provides the tourists with a clear view of Dhalaudhars. It has not much to offer, but the subtle lifestyle there made me feel like I should settle in Naddi at once for all.


To add an adventurous twist to my Dharamshala trip, I chose to trek to Triund. I experienced many lovely sights during my journey to the top, and I also met people from different cultures. One requires a vast amount of stamina to climb to the top. But once I jumped above, I felt like I was in heaven.

Dharamshala trip


Bhagsu Falls

Bhagsu Falls is located next to Shiva café, and I had to climb few stairs to reach there. Not only did I enjoy the cuisines, but also the sight of the falls was mesmerising. You can also dive into the water flowing from falls and refresh yourself.

It is my suggestion to plan a Dharamshala trip after September in case you want to trek to Triund because, during the rainy season, it gets hard to travel due to the steep path. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get on a bus to Dharamshala! The city will offer you not only new adventures but also a pleasant memory to hold onto forever.

Kamati Garden, Vadodara

The children often search for refreshment on weekends or holidays. Sayaji garden or popularly called Kamati garden in Baroda is one such destination meant for everyone. It has interest points for adults, kids, and youngsters.

Kamati garden

It is one of the best places to visit in Vadodara, and you need the half day to explore the whole area. The garden has two museums, a zoo, toy train, planetarium, swings, and games for children, a vast open space for walking, green area for picnic and more. The area covered is 45 hectares that can be surveyed by train preferably during the daytime.


The garden is situated in Fatehgunj with three entrance gates-the first one at Kala Ghoda close to the bus stand, the second is close to the railway station, and the third is in Fatehgunj at Rana Pratap Square.

A survey by train

Kamati Garden, Vadodara


We used to wander in the garden for a walk in the morning or evening. The beautiful view of the garden is soothing for eyes, but this time we opted to move through a train as children enjoy this excursion.

The joy train is made for children and adults with time settings. It covers 3.5 km so that the riders can view the entire garden including Baroda museum, planetarium, and zoo. The joy train replaces the old toy train with more space where adults can sit comfortably along with kids.

Other specialties of Kamati garden

The Kamati garden is one the most popular sightseeing places in Vadodara visited by inhabitants of the city and nearest towns. The students from outer areas or foreign countries love to spend time in the garden on weekends. The place has fascinations for everyone irrespective of age and gender.

Games in Kamati garden

The huge walking area around the greenery offers an excellent opportunity to walk in the morning or evening. Besides, the zoo has a variety of animals and birds besides fishes in the aquarium.


The planetarium is a part of Sayaji Baug and provides information about various planets, stars and universe in Hindi, English and the regional language- Gujarati. It is situated close to the main gate. The information is provided attractively and is used for educational purposes also.

Floral clock

A large decorative clock adds to the attractions of the garden. It is about 6 meters in diameter naturally telling time. It is made in multicolor and situated in the central area of the garden.

Vadodara Museum

A wide range of collection ranging from sculptures and paintings to instruments of sciences is being exhibited in Vadodara museum and picture gallery. These include a combination of ancient work and modern art. We often visit this museum accompanied by guests who love to view the astonishing masterpieces including Egyptian mummy and skeleton of the blue whale.

You will need at least two to three hours to go through the whole garden as the exciting points need to be explored. It is one of favorite destination on weekends and holidays. The residents can go for a walk daily. Check out the Kamati Baug zoo timings before planning to go for exploration!