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.
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.
How to reach Takht Sri Patna Sahib
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
• 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
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
• 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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
I love traveling to places with a lovely weather as the sights and sceneries provide more pleasure if the atmosphere is friendly. Mt. Abu is one of the best tourist destinations that I have ever visited in my lifetime. I chose the monsoon time to visit the location as the fog falls from the sky making the environment impressive.
Mt. Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan situated on the highest Aravalli hills at the southwestern end. As the place is sited close to the Gujarat border, it is close to my hometown, Vadodara. I usually go to visit the location whenever I want a break from the hullaballoo of the city life. The atmosphere is serene and beautiful in rainy season. When it rains in the afternoon, you can take a walk in the evening to appreciate the beauty of nature.
I suggest you stay in a cottage in Mt. Abu or search for the best hotels situated at a distance from the city among the forests. You can enjoy the trip to the brim if you are a nature lover. Although you will find the sights at a distance, you can hire a taxi for the whole day to reach the places.
How to reach?
If you are living at a short distance from the site, you can take your car with driver to reach Mt. Abu. Otherwise, book a luxury bus or reserve seats in train up to Abu road then take the bus to reach your destination.
Best Places to visit in Mt. Abu
Mt. Abu is the favorite destination for honeymooners and is ideal for families also. The beautiful surroundings are compatible with lovers, and incredible sightseeing attracts everyone to visit the place time and again.
• Dilwara temples, Mt. Abu
These ancient temples are exemplary of the best architectural construction of 11th to 13th century AD. The temple has a grand architecture carved with marble stone. It is surrounded by greenery all around and is situated at a remote place from the city. It is famous for Jain temples devoted to five main Jain saints- Shri Adinath, Shri Parshavnath, Shri Neminath Ji, Shri Rishabdaoji and Shri Mahaveer Swami.
We went on a family trip and spent the first two days appreciating the beauty of nature. On the third day, we went to visit the sights. The Dilwara temples are the excellent example of marvelous work of marble in ancient times. A great work of art and sculpture especially for those who wish to explore Indian history to admire human effort in creating exclusive architectures.
• Nakki Lake
A popular activity in Mt Abu, Rajasthan is boating in Nakki Lake, one of the best tourist destinations of the hilly area. As the sun is about to set, we began our journey by walking to reach the lake. I must tell you I enjoyed walking as the weather was favorable enough to tread and the trip becomes unforgettable as I revel in the lovely nature.
This is another beautiful view of nature depicting scenic magnificence pleasing the aesthetic senses. The clean waters of the lake with images of lush green trees and colorful boats exhibit a brilliant appearance soothing the eyes and heart. We all tried boating when suddenly showers began to add to our exhilaration.
After boating, we went to Raghunath temple situated on the hill near the lake. There is no entry fee to Nakki Lake, but boating is not free. The lake is open during daytime till evening for tourists. As the sunset point is close to the lake, we plan to visit the creek about one and a half hour before sunset.
• Sunset point in Mt Abu
The sunset point is yet another landmark to watch the nature’s beauty at its peak. We reached the place just before the sun is about to hide behind the hills.
A massive ball of fire, round and red, might be tired was about to rest. The sky turned orange by the rays of the setting sun. The photographers present there were trying to capture the moments in their imported cameras.
The place was crowded as it is popular among tourists. The dense forests area on the other side of the hill is banned due to the presence of wild animals.
• Gaumukh Temple
Gaumukh means the ‘mouth of the cow.’ Although the temple is located in the dense forest, and it is risky to visit in the rainy season, but we went when the sky is clear during the daytime. The site is a popular tourist destination for devotees and culture lovers.
The temple has idols of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Rishi Vashisht besides the bull statue which is a symbol of Lord Shiva. The God is known to ride the bull. We climbed 700 stairs to reach the main temple.
It is said that Saraswati Ganga flows through the mouth of the cow. The floor is slippery, and you need to be careful while walking to the shrine.
• Brahma Kumaris
As said earlier, Mt Abu is a perfect choice for those seeking peace and not only the atmosphere but also the hermitages adding to the amity. Brahma Kumaris offer many spiritual courses apart from meditation in Mt. Abu. You can also stay at their ashrams to watch the live sessions.
We sojourned at a hotel only 10 minutes away from the Brahma Kumaris monastery. We walked to visit the place painted in white- a color symbolizing peace.
It was made in a vast area with universal peace hall for spiritual lectures with sitting arrangements and greenery all around for oxygenated atmosphere. We attended some lectures in the room and moved around the place.
A lot more to describe but I conclude herby saying that Mt. Abu is the must visit place for everyone to live in the lap of nature for few days. I love this place and used to travel off and on. The other places of interest are Achalgarh fort, Gurushikhar and Honeymoon point in Mt. Abu. Browse through the places before planning the trip so that you can visit all the sites in the available time.
Precautions– Take special care while walking through honeymoon point and visiting temples situated among dense forests. Do not try to cross the hill at the sunset point as wild animals might be present at the site. Plan a Mt. Abu tour and feel the heaven!