Have you been looking for a blend of adventure, trekking, nature and spiritual retreat? If yes, there can be no better region than the mystical Indian Himalayas.
Well, the Himalayan ranges are an enigma in itself, enticing travellers with its breathtaking views, glaciers, river valleys and of course, the snow-laden mountains. The beauty of the Himalayas does not just compel the adventure enthusiasts to visit it, but also those seeking self-discovery or spiritual retreat amidst a serene setting.
From Hindu temples to Buddhist monasteries, from Gurudwaras to holy lakes, the long spiritual Himalayan treks in India will not only let you attain blessings but also give you an opportunity to witness a variety of cultures.
Let’s scroll down the list of 10 spiritual treks in the Himalayas that will let you get immersed in the beauty of nature while growing spiritually.
It may seem old fashioned to some, but postcards can really bring back travel memories. Even better, you might want to keep a travel journal. You’ll find great ideas in Tips for Those Who Struggle to Keep a Travel Journal.
This week, my grandmother died at the impressive age of 100. I’m not sure she really understood what I do for a living, as computers and the internet were really not a part of her life, but I do know that we shared a love of travel. She also taught me something about the value of travel memories.
We traveled in very different ways, she and I. As much as it rarely occurs to me to consider traveling with others, I don’t think it really occurred to her to travel alone. She and my grandfather took many trips when he was alive, and she traveled at different times with other family members as well.
We were of different worlds, in a sense.
Although solo travel might not have been something she considered, my grandmother possessed perhaps the most valuable characteristic of a great traveler: curiosity. She was always interested in people, followed what was going on around the world, and was fascinated by other cultures. Had she been born in a different time, I am certain she would have been an accomplished solo traveler.
A couple of years ago, I stopped in for a visit. As we sat at her kitchen table drinking coffee, Grandma seemed a bit sad. She was frustrated by the challenges that age brings with it. She had lost much of her ability to see, she could no longer drive, many of her friends were gone. She told me that the best part of her day was when she went to bed – but not for the reason you might expect.
When her head hit the pillow, her travel memories came alive! Every night before she fell asleep, she would relive her journeys. She would pick different trips at different times. She said it was like watching a movie, her memories were that vivid. She remembered everything. She recalled each day’s itinerary, where she had gone, what she had seen, the stories she had heard, and the historical significance of churches and other architectural marvels.
She might not have been able to remember that she had put a chocolate cake in the oven that day (until the smoke detector went off) but my grandmother could tell me more about her travels to Europe decades ago than I could tell you about my most recent trip.
I’m not telling you this story only because I am reminiscing about my grandmother today, but because I think there are a few lessons for all of us in her story.
I have watched many people put off travel for another time. In too many cases, that time never arrived. Whether it was due to a change in financial circumstances, health, or responsibilities, their travel dreams never materialized. Don’t let that happen to you. If my grandmother hadn’t traveled when she was younger, she wouldn’t have her beautiful memories to look back on when travel was no longer possible for her. Seize the opportunity to travel whenever you can, because the ability to do so can be taken away at any time.
After clearing the smoke from her kitchen and assessing the baking catastrophe, my grandmother refused to be defeated. “There was no reason to throw the whole thing out. I just cut off the burned parts and ate the middle!” Apply the same philosophy to travel. Don’t let expectations of how a trip “should” be prevent you from having any trip at all. Work with what you’ve got and enjoy the opportunities you have.
Whether you keep a journal, take photographs, send postcards, or document your trips online, savor your travel experiences. When I visited my grandmother that day, she was subdued and melancholy. Until, that is, she began telling me stories of her European trips. Her face lit up, her energy lifted, she smiled and laughed. She truly had made travel memories to last a lifetime and by sharing them with me, she was enjoying them all over again. And she would savor them again at the close of her day.
The mystical land of Nepal holds mysteries of nature, mankind and mountains! This tiny land-locked nation between Tibet and India, encompasses a healthy mix of cultures from its neighbouring countries, making it one of the most heart throbbing encounters one can experience. Above all, Nepal is a travel experience for anyone and everyone! Be it snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks or centuries-old ancient Hindu temples, lush green rainforests or quaint Buddhist monasteries; Nepal is a distinctive choice and preferred destination for all kinds of travellers. Such is the vibrant beauty of the country that it leaves every visitor spellbound! Most noteworthy, it is known as the Abode of Mt. Everest – where life begins and where life comes full circle.
Some of the best Nepal tour packages reflect its true identity which is known by many wonderful names such as ‘Devbhoomi’, ‘Roof of the World’, ‘Hiker’s Paradise’ and ‘Birthplace of Gautama Buddha’. Furthermore, each of these names has a profound meaning that truly describes the essence of this land! Let’s have a look at some of the best places you can visit in Nepal, to fall even further head over heels with this Himalayan beauty,
The heart of Kathmandu city is adorned by an illustrious Durbar Square! During ancient times, this square was used for the coronation of kings. It was from here that they ruled over their kingdom! Also known as Basantapur Durbar Square, this UNESCO world heritage site consists of temples, shrines, palaces and courtyards belonging to the Malla and Shah Dynasty. Many temples date back to the 16th century and some of the older royal palaces have been around since the 3rd century. Even more, the square is a remarkable specimen of traditional Newari architecture! The popular square still remains one of the best places to visit in Nepal in spite of several temples and towers being destroyed in the fateful earthquake of 2015.
Perhaps the most ancient and prominent of all sacred shrines in the Kathmandu Valley! Swayambhunath Temple is placed on a hillock overlooking Kathmandu city and comprises of a white-washed dome topped with an ornate spire. The four sides of the structure resemble the four iconic faces of Buddha as he looks over the valley and protects the city. The white dome is said to represent the earth and the 13-tiered gilded spire stands for the 13 stages to Nirvana. It is also known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ owing to a large number of monkeys that are found at this temple. Locals swear by it and travellers often recommend this remarkable site that is certainly a must-visit as part of your Nepal tour packages.
Also known as ‘The Great Stupa’, Boudhanath is the most prominent landmark of Kathmandu and easily one of the largest stupas in South Asia! The stupa is 36-metre-high and is clearly visible as soon as you land at the Nepal International Airport (almost as if it is an icon representing the country). The Stupa represents the Mind of all Buddhas (Past, Present & Future). It is believed that those who pray at the Stupa with a pure heart, create good karma for themselves. As a result, it is said that their wishes are fulfilled!
Having said that, Boudhanath is a very popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists from all over the world and one of the most popular Nepal places to visit! The Stupa is surrounded by several monasteries making it the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Be it morning or evening, the huge white dome buzzes with energy and worshippers go around the Stupa in reverence often lighting butter lamps and or simply praying in complete devotion. A sight you must definitely not miss if you want to experience one of the best Nepal tour packages!
Your Nepal vacation is incomplete without including the iconic Pashupatinath Temple as part of your Nepal holiday package! Located in Kathmandu Valley, Pashupatinath Temple is a UNESCO world heritage site that serves as the abode of Nepal’s national deity, Lord Pashupatinath (commonly known as Lord Shiva). Apart from being religiously significant, the temple is also historically prominent and a fine masterpiece of Hindu temple architecture that dates back to 400 A.D. The Shiva Lingam at this temple is unique in such a way that it faces all four directions. Much like the Swayambhunath Stupa (talk about God being one). Such is the beauty and uniqueness of this temple, that it is easily one of the most popular and must-visit Nepal points of interest!
A unique temple situated at the foot of Shivpuri Hills in Kathmandu Valley! Budhanilkantha is a holy shrine consisting of the largest stone statue of Lord Vishnu reclining on a bed of Nagas (snakes). The 5-metre long statue has been carved out of a single granite rock and dates back to the 5th century Licchavi kingdom. Visit this temple to witness a unique specimen of intricate artwork and a magnificent Vishnu sculpture that almost resembles the image of the Buddha! Interestingly enough, the temple is called ‘Budhanilkantha’ but the name is not derived from Buddha. It means ‘Old Blue Throat’ which actually refers to Lord Shiva (‘God is One’ vibes again!). With such allure and spiritual significance, this temple should definitely be a part of your Nepal holiday packages from India!
Ever tried strawberry milk flavoured Pepsi? Or how about meat flavoured ice-cream? If you haven’t ever heard of these quirky food items, welcome to Japan; a country where such eccentric tastes are quite common! Japan is a historic land of stunning natural beauty that has beautifully blended in ancient traditions with modern life. Also known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, this country is famous all over the world for its out-of-the-box fashion trends as also for its culinary experiments. Even though Japan is relatively a small country, the depth of its culture and colour is immeasurable. While there are so many amazing places to see in Japan, there are also several historic events that have helped shape the past, present and future of this great nation!
Some of the best places to visit in Japan, according to many travellers are Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Sapporo and Hakone, to name a few. Along with these incredible cities, a quintessential Japan tour package also offers the best food, culture, sightseeing, history, art and technology!
Winters are dry and cool (January, February)
Spring is lovely; This is the season for the wonderful cherry blossoms! (March, April, May)
Summer is wet, followed with a hot and humid climate (June, July, August, September and October)
Autumn is considered to be the best season of the year! (November and December)
Now, let’s take a look at some of the most popular tourist places and must-visit sightseeing attractions of 3 Japanese cities – Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka!
One of the best places to visit in Japan is the capital city, Tokyo. Derived from the word ‘to’ and ‘kyo’, it literally translates into ‘east capital’. Tokyo is a mega-metropolis of contradictions! While on one hand, you will find sprawling skyscrapers, cutting-edge architecture and technology, on the other hand, you will come upon ancient shrines and temples, gigantic gardens and traditional houses. In addition to a population of over 13-million people, this city is unusually calm and efficient. Here the trains are always on time and if they happen to be late (which is a rare occurrence) they are only delayed by a maximum of 18 seconds!
Very popular with tourists, Tokyo is best known for its fine-dining restaurants (it is the city with the most Michelin starred restaurants), the best shopping experiences, bustling nightlife, the famous anime-pop culture and its art and culture. Just like there is no best time to visit Japan, there is no particular preferred season or time to visit Tokyo; you can visit this metropolis all-year round! It is often the preferred choice for couples who wish to have a unique honeymoon experience and you would not be surprised if Tokyo found its way and became part of their Japan honeymoon packages. Some of the major tourist places and among the prime Japan tourist attractions that we recommend you to visit in Tokyo are:
The Emperor of Japan’s primary residence, this palace is sprawled across an unbelievable amount of land. Most of the gardens are open to the public and you can stroll in admiring the view. There are a lot of cherry trees, which when they bloom in the month of April, become one of the most beautiful spots in Tokyo and one of the most beautiful places in Japan. In the past, the Imperial Palace was known as Edo Castle and was home to the Samurai warriors.
The Tokyo Tower stands tall at 1,091 ft. and is the second tallest structure in Japan. It is used as an observation and communications tower and is the symbol for Japan’s rebirth as a major economic power. The Tokyo tower also has two observatory decks for visitors to enjoy the view. Both the observatory decks offer views to as far as the Tokyo Sky Tree and Mount Fuji, easily making it one of the best places to see in Japan!
A huge sprawling garden owned by the Naito family in the Edo Era, this garden is today open for public and is divided into three distinct landscape designs – English garden landscaping, French formal landscaping and traditional Japanese landscaping. There are over 20,000 cherry trees that fill the garden and become a sight for sore eyes during the splendid cherry blossom festival every year; also considered by some to be the best time to visit Japan and of course, Tokyo!
Who doesn’t love flowers?! The Japanese have a flower park which houses one of their favourites – Wisteria! The wisteria flowers, also known as ‘Fuji’ can be found in the Ashikaga Flower Park in different colours like blue, white and pink. One of the large Fuji trees is almost 100 years old and looks like a huge umbrella of hanging flowers while there is a long tunnel of hanging whit Fuji flowers! Now wouldn’t that be an incredible experience that you can enjoy with your special someone as part of your Japan honeymoon package? A shout-out to all the flower enthusiasts out there; this is one of the beautiful places in Japan, hands down!
Lake Ashinoko is the result of a volcanic eruption from Mount Hakone 3000 years ago. Today, Lake Ashinoko seems perfect with the view of the majestic Mount Fuji in the background, an experience that you can include as a part of your Japan tour package. Visitors can enjoy a cruise in the lake and savour the beautiful views of both the lake and Mount Fuji, thus making it one of the best places to visit in Japan.
The oldest temple in Tokyo, Sensoji Temple dates back to the year 645, making it almost 1400 years old. Housed in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, this temple is also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple. This temple was damaged during the Second World War, however, it was rebuilt again in the original style and till date, stands as a reminder of the resilience of the Japanese people.
Constructed in the shape of a rainbow (from where it gets its name), the Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects Tokyo with the man-made island of Odaiba. 1,870 feet long and 416 feet tall, this bridge is one of the most prominent symbols of Tokyo’s bayside!
This one is for the automobile enthusiasts out there. A theme park for motor vehicles! The best thing about this theme park? Not only is there a History and Showcase section, to learn and understand the history of Toyota and its newest models, but there is also a ‘Ride Studio’! You get to test drive Toyota’s newest car models. Now, how cool is that!! Pack your bags and get ready to visit the mind-blowing theme park and make it a part of your Japan travel packages right away!
Sparkling sapphire waters and pristine beaches of Hawaii stretching all the way to the majestic Rocky Mountains, America is home to a vast and gloriously diverse landscape with a equally vivid culture. As a first time traveller to the USA, it is easy to get caught up with the hassle of paperwork and forget to plan your itinerary to suit your interests. The USA is an amalgamation of so many diverse cultures and traditions, all melded together to form one unique experience. Whether you’re a culture buff or an adventure enthusiast, whether you love the beach, the mountains or the countryside, America has something for everyone. So if you are thinking of planning your very first trip to the USA, this blog is for you.
An unparalleled sun n sand getaway generously interspersed with awe inspiring cultural sites. While there is no dearth of a coast line across the country, there are a few beaches that stand out. When it comes to crystal clear waters, breathtaking marine life and pristine beaches, the Hawaiian archipelago has no competition. Black sand beaches, a stunning biodiversity, real-live volcanoes and a hospitable, colorful culture make for an unparalleled experience.
Mexico’s beaches come in a close second. While they may come across as more commercialized, it doesn’t detract from their appeal as a relaxed, vacation spot. Let’s not forget to mention the colorful cultural and gastronomic experiences it offers. Miami, Florida and the Bahamas also make it to the list of must visit beaches in the USA.
The USA is full of stunning natural Wonders. One of the most spectacular natural sites in the country is the Grand Canyon, cut by the Colorado river, through layers of rock. The best view of the area is via. a helicopter ride. Another of these natural wonders is Niagara falls, a majestic and awe-inspiring natural wonder. You can take in the majesty of this stunning beast via. Ferry or from one of the many lookout points at its perimeter.
Thanks to its vast and varied terrain, America is also home to Stunning acres of protected biodiversity, hot springs and wildlife. If you are an adventure enthusiast, make sure you carve out time to go visit the Yosemite and Yellowstone National parks.
Acre upon acre of pristine, untouched wildlife and scenery make up Alaska. A dream come true for Nature and Adventure lovers. If you’re looking forward to spending one on one time amongst nature, make sure to include Alaska in your itinerary.
The true sense of America’s diverse culture can be seen in the urban sprawl of the major cities. New York is the beating heart at the centre of it all, the city that never sleeps. To get a true taste of American city life, spend a day or two exploring the city and take in the sites.
If you’re looking to get a glimpse of the Glitz and Glamour, Los Angeles and Las Vegas should definitely feature on your itinerary. Get a taste of the glamour of Hollywood and try your luck at the lavish casinos in Vegas.
Last but not the least on the list is the most important. All the planning in the world would be for nothing if you do not have your papers and permissions in place. Apart from the basic Visa application and Flight ticket bookings, here are a few things to remember. As a visitor in the country, make sure you have a copy of all your documents, bank statements, residential information and return flight tickets in hand at all times. To avoid any hassle while travelling, make sure to check with the airline about baggage limitations and contraband items.
Travel insurance is your best bet to protect yourself against theft, loss or illness while travelling. A bit of online research or even consulting with a trusted travel agent is all it takes to insure your trip.
The Northern Lights, whale-watching, Skaftafell Glacier and an almost equal representation of women in the Parliament – the Land of Fire and Ice and Feminism has much to marvel at, and is at the top of our list when it comes to safe travel. Travel forth to Iceland with total confidence!
Beaches and fjords and safety? New Zealand or Middle Earth as The Lord of the Rings fans would have you call it, is a visual smorgasbord with lots of activities that are also respectful of and comforting for female travellers.
Fancy some time off in a tropical isle? With its beautiful beaches, temples and resorts, and peaceful culture, Indonesia (and Bali, in particular) is very popular with solo or group women travellers.
Sentosa, Colonial architecture, the nightlife at Clarke Quay, a mix of Chinese-Malay-British-Indian history, the Singapore Sling cocktail, great food and an impeccable aesthetic – there are so many factors that make Singapore the woman-friendly destination that it is!
Happiness index? Check. Safety index? Check. Beauty and culture index? Check. Impossibly beautiful trek up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery? Check. Bhutan really puts a smile on everyone’s face.
There’s something incredibly fascinating about a woman who believes in herself and that’s how fascinated I was when I first spoke to Devika. In my writing career of over 7 years, I’ve come across many women who, you can say, inspired me to be fierce and undaunted. So when I took up this project, I didn’t know it would be something that would actually move me so much.
I wanted to solo travel myself, last year I had it all planned. I was planning to go to Kochi and explore my writing in the vivid bylanes and art cafes of Fort Kochi. The flights were booked, a bed in the hostel was reserved and I had seen all the bus routes and timings to live like a local there. Only few days before my travels…I chickened out! Not that I haven’t travelled, I have. In fact I’ve seen and even lived in the mountains. But there was something about going to another city all by myself and the fear of safety or boredom clouded my thoughts. Some other day, I believed!
Talking to Devika who is a Brand Strategist and a Content Head from Delhi made me feel I need to do it. I’ve known her for some time but when I spoke to her about her experiences, I knew I must tick it off soon. So maybe wait for my story? Meanwhile, here is what Devika told me that made me want to do it all over again! Read on…
After being bed-ridden for almost 2 years, I found myself finding comfort and peace in travelling. Though I don’t have deep pockets, however, I have been able to manage travelling every time I had a long weekend or a few spare leaves or whenever I wanted to take a break post quitting a job. I work as a brand strategist and content head which helps me pay off the majority of my chai bills at fancy cafes, and credit card bills.
I felt my body and, especially my back was ready to support me for a nice, long trip. (FYI, I had slipped disc, nothing serious!) After being at home in bed for a long time, I wanted to feel independent and free. My time at home made me strong enough to not depend on anyone to keep me entertained, or motivated. I had fallen in love with myself and I had a spiritual connection with myself. Some personal losses also made me tougher than I was.
My mother was scared and so were my siblings, but they knew I could not be stopped. I also wanted to let a few people know that a woman is never dependent on anyone, most importantly men to take them anywhere or give them experiences she desired. My friends were scared about my well-being but very supportive of my decision. The rest of the world who tried giving me their piece of mind, did not matter at all.
“As a woman!?” I do not think solo traveling is gender-biased. Traveling has all the best things to offer without being gender specific. As one starts to travel, one feels more confident about their choices, decisions and emotions. Yes, emotions! You go through many emotions when you set out and take the road. You start seeing the best in people, become more accepting and care less about wealth and class.
I went to Leh on my own, I did find someone on Facebook who also wanted to experience the freedom that I wanted. We decided to bunk together while we did things individually. The trip ended with a finale where we hitchhiked in a truck from Leh highway till Manali, Mall Road. The second time, I went to Bir Billing to live in a Buddhist institute and to experience paragliding. I made a few great friends who ended up exchanging farewell gifts before parting and are still connected.
Hitchhiking in a truck from three villages before Sarchu! Though my back was not so happy with the jerky ride, it was amazing. Saif Ali Khan in Dil Chahta Hai wasn’t kidding about it! I was surprised to find out that the front seating area of a truck can very well be transformed into a make shift resting area with a kitchen. The 11-hour-drive was beautiful, the driver and his helper showered the best of Indian hospitality, from tea, to blankets to sleep to a nice hot rice meal. The only time I was a bit worried was when the driver got down before reaching Manali to pick up his favourite orange-flavoured local whisky. That too was not that bad until it got dark and he switched on the red lights telling us we should not worry about our safety as we travelled with him. My Vodafone connection did not work and now I was praying for the alcohol to not make him drive rash and doesn’t alter his intentions. As we crossed Rohtang Pass, my phone connection came back and I was able to inform my friends about my safety and about my drive till the Mall Road. The driver drove more playfully after being drunk and narrated many stories that lead to deathly accidents. It was as adventurous an experience as it was funny.
A holiday that lets you embrace the lifestyle that you’ve always dreamed of! Luxury in simple terms can be defined as anything that provides utmost comfort. To live a luxurious life means to live a smooth, hassle-free life while enjoying some of the most incredible experiences that you can wish for. If life can be this way, why not your holiday? Why should you feel any less pampered on your vacation? With so many amenities and world-class facilities that make our life easier, it is but natural to crave for a break that gives us the best of everything. Luxury special tour packages by Veena World have been planned with the very idea of enjoying a lavish holiday that takes luxury, ease and comfort to the next level as compared to regular group tours. Think 5-star luxury hotels, world-class fine dining experience, the comfort of Business Class travel and the privilege of Business Class airport lounges and you will maybe scratch the surface of what luxury actually feels like! With our Singapore Luxury Tours, we aim to offer choices that are fit for royalty and luxury holidays that help us become one of the popular luxury tour operators in India.
Keep reading for a day-by-day account of our very first luxury Singapore tour package, the places to visit in Singapore, the things to do in the beautiful ‘Lion City’ and take note of the luxurious choices that set this holiday apart from any other Singapore tour packages from India:
A journey of luxury and comfort begins! Travel like royalty as you fly ‘Business Class’ on Singapore Airlines and fly effortlessly to the ‘Lion City’.
Singapore Airlines Business Class
Comfort is of prime importance when you travel by air! An international flight journey is usually for an extended period of time, ranging anywhere between 2-3 hours to almost 30-35 hours depending on the destination and the duration of layovers. The one thing that can help us sail through this tiring journey is comfortable seating, remarkable entertainment and ample legroom to stretch our legs. And that is exactly what you get in the ‘Business Class’ seating of an aeroplane! Economy seats, in most cases, do not offer the luxury of comfort and space in their seating or in their legroom. In order to enjoy a comfortable flight journey, Business Class seating is the optimum solution that can make travelling by air, all the more relaxing and hassle-free. Take advantage of our luxury tour packages that give you the opportunity to experience ultimate comfort in the air!
Did You Know?
Business Class seating also includes Premium Lounge Access at the destination airports where you can relax, unwind and enjoy world-class services such as light snacks, refreshments, wireless internet, TV, meeting rooms, shower room, bartender service etc. before boarding your flight.
On arrival, check in to the luxury 5-star hotel ‘Shangri-La’ and experience sheer comfort and at-par hospitality for the entire duration of your stay. After some much-needed rest, enjoy a delicious buffet spread at the Shangri-La restaurant and relish the taste of flavoursome cuisines.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
A 5-star luxury hotel that offers the best of facilities along with remarkable hospitality! The Shangri-La Hotel located on the bustling Orchard Street of Singapore is a one-of-a-kind lavish property that boasts of 792 luxurious guestrooms, suites as well as 182 spacious and well-appointed serviced apartments and residences. Spread over 15 acres, Shangri-La with its exceptional hospitality and world-class amenities has been voted as one of the best hotels in the world consistently. The hotel also offers amazing culinary experiences along with recreational facilities such as swimming pool, spa and state-of-the-art gymnasium. Our luxury tours Singapore become all the more exclusive with the inclusion of this 5-star hotel that sets a new benchmark for comfort, luxury and hospitality!
Did You Know?
The lush gardens of Shangri-La Hotel are well-renowned as the ‘Second Botanic Gardens’ of Singapore. On the 45th anniversary of the hotel, a seven-metre tall greenhouse known as ‘The Orchid’ was built, in order to preserve and showcase the proud natural heritage of Singapore, the orchids. The hotel also provides self-guided walking tours to guests who are interested in enjoying this experience.
The evening is set for a wonderful experience as you visit the ‘Lungs of Singapore – Gardens by the Bay’. Here, you get a chance to explore the Flower Dome – largest greenhouse in the world housing exotic plants and Cloud Forest – an indoor cool-moist tropical conservatory featuring the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 35 metres and splendid mist-covered walkways known as ‘Cloud Walk’ and ‘Treetop Walk’. Dinner will be a memorable affair as you dine in style at the rooftop SuperTree restaurant in Gardens by the Bay.
SuperTree by IndoChine Restaurant
Exploring Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is one thing but dining atop the iconic Supertree of this stunning man-made creation is a marvellous experience altogether! The restaurant offers a delectable mix of Indo-Chinese and Western cuisines along with a wide selection of cocktails and alcoholic spirits. Dine at the rooftop and gaze at the mesmerizing cityscape and natural splendour of Singapore from up above; a unique experience that will be etched in your mind and heart forever! Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a night out with family and friends, the setting of SuperTree by IndoChine is such that you will enjoy spellbinding views from the top of the tallest Supertree. The restaurant has 2 seating options – alfresco-style rooftop bar and fully-air conditioned 360-degree lounge. Our luxury tour packages to Singapore are replete with memorable experiences like these!
Did You Know?
The restaurant, as well as the menu it serves, is completely eco-friendly! The menu is entirely nutraceutical which means the food contains health-giving additives, organic produce and does not include any endangered species in its ingredients. The Supertree structure that holds the restaurant is also made of sustainable PET plastics and green wood that is made from rice husks.
Dubai is aptly known as the land of miracles! A city that has developed from scratch to become one of the leading global destinations of not just the Middle East but the world. This Emirate is best-known for its towering skyscrapers, glittering malls, bustling markets, traditional souks and extraordinary monuments that speak of unparalleled extravagance and mesmerizing beauty.
Some even refer to it as the ‘Emirate of Inspiration’! And, why not? Truly, the Emirates of Dubai not only fascinates but also inspires the world to always build, create and innovate. It is said that every time you visit Dubai there is a whole new addition to skyscrapers and magnificent man-made structures that rival the ones built before. It is difficult to believe that only a couple of decades ago, this land was just a dry desert patch with only a few buildings and structures scattered around its vast landscape. Today, Dubai is a phenomenally developed, thriving city that stops at nothing and innovates faster than the blink of an eye! In addition to its fast-paced city life and futuristic technology, this popular Emirate of the Middle-East is also well-known for its unique desert culture and progressive societal approach that is unheard of, in many Middle-Eastern countries.
To help you explore the vast Emirate of Dubai, we have put together a collection of best places to visit in Dubai and some popular experiences that you must try as part of your Dubai tour packages from India! Read on and be inspired to plan a journey to one of the most awe-inspiring lands of our time…
First, let’s check out some of the best places to visit in Dubai:
1.) Burj Khalifa
Who wouldn’t want to be on top of the world? Experience the feeling of watching the world from up above when you zoom upwards to the 124/125th floor of Burj Khalifa – the tallest tower in the world, as part of your Dubai holiday packages from India. The views are simply awesome from the observation deck of the tower and offer ample photo opportunities which can be enjoyed during the day as well as night. Although there is a long queue to take you to the top, the interiors of Burj Khalifa are filled with interesting facts, pictures and stories about the construction and completion of the tower that will keep you entertained until you reach the top. Easily one of the best places to visit in Dubai, Burj Khalifa is a must-visit attraction and an essential part of your Dubai tour packages!
Must-Visit: Do not forget to witness the exquisite display of waterworks at the Dubai Fountain, located right between Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall! The water fountain shoots jet sprays that are choreographed to form beautiful patterns and set on the tunes of world-renowned music. The musical water fountain show is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system and something that should definitely be a part of your sightseeing experience. The afternoon shows are from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM every day, except on Fridays when the timings are 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM. The evening show timings are from 6:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight every 30 minutes. So, book your slots and get ready to catch a marvellous performance of water, lights and music!
2.) Dubai Mall
The grandest mall of the Emirate! Dubai Mall is an extravagant shopping complex located in the heart of Downtown Dubai and shopping at this amazing place is undeniably counted as one of the best things to do in Dubai. Covering an internal floor area of over 13 million square feet (equivalent in size to more than 50 football fields), the Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the Middle East and the second largest mall in the entire world. It receives about 80 million visitors annually and dazzles with an array of retail stores, luxury brands, premium outlets, entertainment centres, cafés, restaurants and several prominent art displays and attractions. It is also home to the popular attraction, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo that features an array of aquatic animals and 270-degree walk-through tunnels. With such amazing shopping, dining and entertainment options, be sure to include Dubai Mall as part of your Dubai tour packages from India.
Travel Tip: Plan for Dubai Shopping Festival packages during the months of December to February and enjoy amazing discounts and sales at various malls (including Dubai Mall) and shopping outlets in Dubai.
3.) Desert Safari
One of the most exclusive and must-do experiences that can form an integral part of your Dubai holiday packages is Desert Safari! Cruise over golden yellow sand dunes in a 4X4 sturdy vehicle and enjoy a rollercoaster-like topsy-turvy ride in the desert. The Desert Safari Dubai is truly an incredible experience that you can enjoy in the deserts of Dubai and a memorable encounter that needs to be a part of your Dubai travel packages. What’s more? Enjoy activities such as quad-biking, bottle sand-art, camel rides, falcon spotting, henna painting along with a sumptuous Arabic fare as part of the Desert Safari experience. To get an authentic feel of being in the Arab Land, this experience is usually accompanied by an exotic belly dancing performance. The Desert Safari can be enjoyed from mid-day to sun-down and desert safari operators usually arrange pick-ups and drops from specific points in and around Dubai. So, do not miss out on one of the most amazing Dubai points of interest and immerse yourself in the Middle Eastern land and its culture!
4.) Bollywood Parks
The glittering metropolis of Dubai is a land of fascinating sand dunes, extravagant shopping malls, lively souks, bustling markets and ultra-modern architecture that all together form an interesting part of your Dubai holiday packages from India. Add to that a dash of glamour, drama and the action-packed entertainment of the Bollywood World and you get an experience of a lifetime. That’s right! Welcome to the amazing and incredible Bollywood Theme Park Dubai that takes care of your entertainment quota, Bollywood style! Experience action, comedy, drama, grandeur, romance and full on entertainment, all packed into one special Bollywood Theme Park. Feel like a superstar and get your chance to shine in the limelight as you indulge in dance, drama and action. Enjoy the thrill of winning the ‘Lagaan Cricket Match’, witness the super stunt fights of India’s first superhero – Krishh or hunt for ‘Gabbar’ from the blockbuster yesteryear hit movie, Sholay! One of the best places to visit in Dubai, Bollywood Theme Park is a treat to all the senses and an essential part of your Dubai tour packages!
Do Not Miss: Rajmahal Theater – one of the most famous attractions of Bollywood Theme Park Dubai that screens live action-packed shows. Shaped in the form of a royal palace, Rajmahal is a true icon of Indian Bollywood Cinema!
It’s not a secret of how and why group tours have become such a popular travel trend! Talk about saving money, multiplying your enjoyment or simply bring together with people with similar interest, Group tours have it all. The reasons to prefer a group tour are truly so many! Especially when you wish to travel to Australia, group tours can be the best option. Australia is one of the most spectacular destinations on our planet and it does take a little more investment than usual if planned individually. So when it has so many places to visit in Australia and so much to cover, it becomes essential for something that gives you ease in planning, comfort in travel and savings too! Group tours in such case thus turn out to be the best option that you can look for.
It is literally a method of dreaming huge and filtering it to reality!
Noting down as many destinations that you wish to explore is the first exciting task. This is a very step which not only lets you understand the destination but also creates a thrill of exploration by giving you an idea of the various activities that you can enjoy in different destinations.
Once you have the long list of places to cover, think about the dates you want to travel. Match them with the seasons of Australia to get a glimpse of what your experience is going to be like. Consider the length of days possible for you, this is very very important! This will help to shortlist the destinations from the long list and literally make it half!
Now that you have days and half a long list than before, it is time for the most important aspect, the budget! Decide how much are you ready to invest in this trip, this will help sort the numerous activities you want to do, into something feasible.
With all of that together, check on the group tours that match the best of your category and serves all the above points in the best possible ways. Once you’ve traced the essentials, it’s time to cross-check for the most important places that you cannot afford to miss!
Undeniably one of the most beautiful cities on Earth is what Sydney can be rightly described as! The aesthetic synchronization of art, history and culture has given birth to an incredible heritage here. Australia has been the island dream of almost every traveller and travelling to Australia without Sydney, is pretty much impossible! Explore beaches, rainforests and major cities, surf-bashed coastlines of the west and at least 50,000 years of Aboriginal culture all along with Australia group tours.
Visit the Sydney Tower Observatory deck which gives a 360-degree view of the city. Visit the world’s most iconic landmark – The Sydney Opera House from inside followed by an orientation tour of Harbour Bridge, Eastern Suburbs, Bondi Beach, Rocks Area. Next, take a visit to an amazing Sydney Sea Life Aquarium to experience the rich marine life. Stroll around Darling Harbour. Later enjoy luxurious The Sydney Showboat Dinner Cruise along with the Dance Show while we get the amazing view of the Sydney Harbour and Sydney’s amazing skyline along which will be one of the best highlights of your holiday packages Australia.
Brisbane is popularly known for being the third most popular city in Australia. The capital of the Queensland, Brisbane truly has become its identity and especially being an important one for Queensland tour packages. Land for lively lifestyle, beautiful restaurant and the cityscapes that will leave you spellbound, are all found in Brisbane as an integral part of Queensland tour packages. Enjoy orientation tour which includes South Bank Waterfront, Town Hall and Kangaroo Point along with holiday packages Australia. If you browse through the things to do in north Queensland you’ll realise many belong to the city of Brisbane!
Gold Coast, a land full of sun, surf, sand and home to Surfer’s Paradise, is a popular tourist attraction of Australia. Possibly Australia’s most iconic holiday destination is home to theme parks such as Dream World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Blessed with inland hiking trails, magnificent Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, the Gold Coast is home to rare birds and rainforest. With a heavenly climate that soothes the body completely, Gold Coast awaits leisure lovers that can be completely explored along with Australia tour holidays.
Shimmering beaches, turquoise waters and scenic landscapes make the islands a perfect reason to hunt for reasons to travel here more! Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary world renowned for its wild Rainbow Lorikeet birds and is also famous for Koalas & Kangaroos. After that experience the magical world where movies come to life – Warner Bros. Movie World. Enjoy from heart thumping thrill rides like the Green Lantern Roller Coaster, Batwing Spaceshot, Superman Escape and Wild West Falls. Enjoy “The Lego movie 4D experience” show all along with your Australia tour packages.
Enjoy Boomerang throwing followed by Pamagiri show with live cultural performance along with Australia tour holidays. Later visit Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which takes us on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Kuranda Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest easily making it one of the best places to visit in Australia.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the most charming, scenic and serene states in India. Blessed with beautiful valleys, majestic mountains gushing rivers and pristine white snow, this state is nothing short of a magical fairyland. Derived from the Sanskrit words ‘Him’ meaning snow and ‘Achal’ meaning abode or land, it literally means abode or land of snow.
It is a land covered in snow but it exudes warmth due to the caring locals and the natural hot water springs of the region. With winding roads lined with tall snow-covered pine trees and the Beas River which gushes by strongly, Himachal Pradesh is a scenic wonder waiting to captivate all our senses. Famous amongst adventure enthusiasts, honeymooners and nature lovers, this stunning place will offer you the time of your life with unforgettable memories to last a lifetime!
Best Time to Visit Himachal Pradesh:
Situated in North India, Himachal Pradesh has a pleasantly cool climate almost all year round. However, it is advised to visit the state during the months from October to June to enjoy a beautiful climate and not let rain hamper your plans.
Best Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh:
Himachal is blessed with a cornucopia of picturesque and beautiful cities, hill stations, hamlets, towns and villages. There are so many places to choose from and so many delightful adventures to be experienced in this land that one visit will simply not be enough! We have listed below 10 destinations that you can visit in Himachal Pradesh that will leave you enchanted and enamoured by this spectacular Himalayan land:
Popularly known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Shimla offers you breath-taking views, pristine snow, beautiful lakes and a mix of British and Indian architecture. The capital of Himachal Pradesh is a favourite amongst honeymooners, mountain lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Nestled in the Himalayan region, Shimla’s enthralling beauty makes everyone fall in love with it. Places like Mall Road, Scandal Point, Summer Hills and Kufri are the top tourist attractions in Shimla. Kufri, popularly known as the winter sports capital, is located at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas and offers some exciting adventure sports like skiing and ice skating. Shimla is a lovers’ paradise and has some beautiful, romantic spots for honeymooners to enjoy time with each other.
2.) Kullu Manali
Nestled in the Himalayas is the most visited hill station in Himachal Pradesh, Kullu-Manali. Apart from being the gateway to the Himalayan mountains, this beautiful hill station is believed to be the Valley of Gods among the Hindus. With pine trees, snow-capped mountains and lush greenery, Kullu Manali has an enchanting and captivating charm! Frequented by both honeymooners and adventure lovers, Kullu Manali has picturesque sights coupled with thrilling sports to enhance your experience. Places like Solang Valley, Vashisht Hot Water Springs, Bhrigu Lake, Naggar Castle and Hidimba Devi Temple are quite a hit amongst the tourists. Adventure enthusiasts can thrill themselves with sports like paragliding, skiing, zorbing, white river rafting and trekking in Kullu Manali.
The second winter capital of Himachal Pradesh and His Holiness –Dalai Lama’s residence, Dharamshala boasts of jaw-dropping, picturesque scenic views, colourful monasteries, a green blanket of tall trees and sparkling waterfalls. One of the most serene places in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is a beauty and one of the best places to enjoy serenity while you introspect life. Some of the best monasteries like Nyamgal Monastery and Gyuto Monastery are located in Dharamshala. Other places of interest include Masroor Rock Cut Temple, Kangra Fort and the Bhagsunag Falls. Fall in love with monasteries in the backdrop of stunning sceneries in Dharamshala.
Spread across five hills, this quaint little hill station in Himachal Pradesh is a major tourist attraction. Amidst pine and oak trees, this hill station with picturesque views will make you go weak in knees and is a perfect spot for honeymoon couples. With lush green mountains, beautiful rivers and colonial architecture, Dalhousie is a tranquil town which has preserved its natural beauty. Some of the places that you can visit in Dalhousie are Khajjiar, Dainkund Peak, Kalatop Wildlife Reserve, Panchpula, Rang Mahal and St. Francis Catholic Church.
If you still haven’t visited the glorious state of Rajasthan, we suggest you put all your travel plans on hold and cross this charming royal destination off your bucket list, right away! Yes… it is that good! Take it from a person who has travelled to this amazing place and loved every moment of her travel, right from the narrow alleyways of Udaipur to the splendid royal structures of the capital city, Jaipur. Rajasthan is definitely bucket-list worthy and there are countless destinations that will not just amaze you for your travel period but will stay with you for a long time!
Due to time constraints, I was able to cover just a few destinations on my Rajasthan trip; Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Pushkar and Jaipur were the ones on my agenda. Put in a few extra days and you will be surprised to find that you can actually traverse across the dry desert land and cover even the vast corners of the state in your Rajasthan trip. All you need to do is, plan a Rajasthan trip with a travel duration of almost 15-20 days and you can cover most of the Mewad Marwad region while exploring 13 splendid destinations of Rajasthan.
Start from Udaipur, head east and then travel northwards to explore the many wonderful places in Rajasthan. Your journey will take you further west, through the Thar Desert and finally down south, where you will land up in Mount Abu to end your journey! (If you book round trip flight tickets to and from Udaipur, you can travel from Mount Abu to Udaipur by road and end your journey at Udaipur for a return flight back home).
Listed below are 13 places to see on a trip to Rajasthan (in the suggestive travel order) starting from Udaipur and ending at Mount Abu. Read on and plan the perfect Rajasthan Mewad Marwad tour package that will give you a taste of the royal land, like no other:
Rajasthan’s very own city of lakes, Udaipur is also referred to as ‘Venice of the East’. Set around a series of artificial lakes and known for its lavish royal residences, Udaipur has always been an inspiration for the perfect vacation in India! A Udaipur tour package combines the best experiences filled with romance, royalty, spirituality and nature, which forms an essential part of this vast and wonder-laced Mewari kingdom. Udaipur holiday packages are also the best way to explore the wonderful culture and glorious remains of the Rajput kingdom in Mewar. A Udaipur tour package is such that the city of lakes can be explored over a weekend too!
Places to see:
Lake Pichola, Udaipur City Palace, Jag Mandir, Bagore ki Haveli, Moti Magri, Fateh Sagar Lake and Saheliyon ki Bari are some of the best places to visit in Udaipur and must-see inclusions in your Udaipur tour package.
Located about 113 km away from Udaipur lies the city of Chittor, dominated primarily by Chittorgarh. This magnificent and gigantic fort is one of the largest fort complexes in India, well-known for its legendary Rajput tales of bravery, honour, passion and pride. The fort survived through several Mughal attacks, of which the first attack in the year 1303 by the Sultan of Delhi, Ala-ud-din Khilji, resulted in the mass self-immolation (Jauhar) of Rani Padmini and several Rajput women. Rajasthan tour packages would truly be incomplete without the inclusion of this historic and remarkable fort!
Places to see:
Chittorgarh Fort, Rani Padmini’s Palace, Vijay Stambha, Kirti Stambha, Fateh Prakash Palace, Gaumukh Reservoir, Rana Kumbha Palace and Meerabai Temple are the must-visit attractions of this fort complex and can also be combined with Udaipur holiday packages for an amazing and wholesome travel experience.
Further east, lies the historical town of Bundi! The south-east region of Rajasthan is known as ‘Hadoti’ – Land of the Hada Chauhans who ruled Bundi and the surrounding kingdoms in the 13th century. Bundi is known for its magnificent forts, palaces and the countless step-wells that elevate the medieval grandeur and architectural splendour of this beautiful town. With as many as 50 step-wells (Baori) or even more, Bundi is known as the city of step-wells! The charm of Bundi lies in its unique location amidst the Aravalli hills surrounded by lush fruit orchards and vast crop fields. The splendid architecture of Bundi is something that attracts tourists from all over the world and the reason why this charming town is included in many Rajasthan travel packages.
Places to see:
Raniji ki Baori, Taragarh Fort, Sukh Mahal, Kshar Bag, Dabhai Kund, Nagar Sagar Kund, 84 Pillared Cenotaph, Lake Jait Sagar, Nawal Sagar Lake and Garh Palace are some interesting tourist attractions which can be a part of your Rajasthan tour packages to Bundi.
4.) Sawai Madhopur
Gateway to Ranthambore! Sawai Madhopur lies in the eastern part of Rajasthan and is well-known for housing the Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest tiger reserves of the country and Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site. The city derives its name from Sawai Madho Singh I, who laid the foundation of the city in 1765 AD. During the British rule, Sawai Man Singh laid out a railway line between Jaipur and Sawai Madhopur, making it more accessible from central Rajasthan. Today, Sawai Madhopur and by virtue of it, Ranthambore is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Rajasthan. The city is also famous for its good-quality guavas which are fondly known as ‘Madhopur guavas’.
Places to see:
Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort, Khandar Fort, Surwal Lake, Shilpgram Museum, Chamatkar Temple, Chauth Matha Temple and Trinetra Ganesh Temple are some of the popular tourist attractions that can be included in your Rajasthan travel packages to Sawai Madhopur.
As the Turkish proverb says; “A small key opens big doors,” Turkey acts like a door to the world of two realms. The land blending the worlds in a whole new creation which reflects everything that stayed back in the time from its rulers and influencers. Architecture that soothes multiple cultures around the globe and celebrates the art of design is exactly what Turkey awaits to give you along with our Turkey holiday packages. Rediscover the gem that caught the heart of many and stayed in the minds of each. This land celebrates harmony of creation built on the base of cultural diversity which can be experienced along with Istanbul Turkey tour packages. Expressing each culture taking a whole new shape in this land which will make you fall in love with this nation with all your heart! With so much to offer and so many landscapes to capture in all Turkey tour packages, here are our top 7 places in Turkey that you cannot afford to miss!
1. Istanbul – Beyond Minarets and Domes
About the land: Often considered as the capital city of Turkey, Istanbul is a name that immediately is spelt out after it. With the perfectly crafted domes setting a beautiful imagery of this city Istanbul is so much more than Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque Istanbul. Here, Blue Mosque Istanbul acts a perfect specimen of how colours set to endorse the architectural structures which are set to create masterpieces which are often being the reasons or inspirations behind literature.
Landmarks: Hippodrome square also known as Atmeydani (Horse Square) in Turkish. Sultan Ahmet Tsami is popularly known as Blue Mosque Istanbul for the blue tiles adorning their interior walls. Hagia Sofia Museum – once a church, later a mosque and now a museum. The most scenic and beautiful Bosphorous strait through a Cruise which takes you around the city wherein you can see the European as well Asian lifestyle altogether. The famous flavoured Turkish tea, Turkish Ceramics, Carpets, textiles, Glass lamps and designer wares to decorate your house from the Famous Grand Bazaar – largest and oldest covered markets in the world.
2. Cappadocia – The Bronze Fairy Land
About the land: The land with early traces of human history and a landscape which seems out of a fairy tale book can be experienced along with our specially crafted Turkey tour packages. Stepping in this little jewel of Turkey, you feel as if the time slows down on a pace that can take you on a different planet. Popular for its cone-shaped rock formations called as fairy chimneys. Explore this place on a dreamy balloon ride and feel in the nerves within you that fiction was inspired by reality always!
Landmarks: Whirling dervish show. The UNESCO World Heritage site – Goreme open air museum. The first sight to be visited by any traveller in Cappadocia as its Cave churches containing beautiful frescoes and finest rock-cut churches. The famous valleys of Cappadocia like Devrent Valley – also known as Imagination Valley as there are lots of Fair Chimneys and Pasabag Valley – also known as Monk Valley portraying Mushroom shaped fairy chimneys. The widest Underground city is known as Kaymakli.
3. Ephesus – Architectural Gem Built on History
About the land: Home to the shrines of the legends that lived on this land, Ephesus will surely make you travel back in time. Witness the traces of history that will make you question the prejudices of the medieval lives of humans of the previous era along with the Turkey holiday packages from India.
Landmarks: Greco-Roman city reflecting the strong pillars depicting its rich culture. The Temple of Artemis, a pilgrimage centre built in worship of the mother goddess. The mammoth library is known for being the 3rd largest in the ancient world along with well-preserved theatre and the Temple of Hadrian. Ephesus Museum, Basilica of St. John, Meryemana and Ayasuluk Fortress.
4. Pamukkale – The Antique Land of Pools
About the land: Blessed with natural bounty which defines relaxation for you, Pamukkale is the beautiful snow-white ‘Cotton Castle’ land of Turkey. Pamukkale’s unique attributes made it so popular that missing it out on Turkey holiday packages from India is nearly impossible. Experience the soothing mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down the hillside white travertine terraces that will make your travel a beautiful getaway for your mind and body both.
Landmarks: The beautiful snow white ‘Cotton Castle’, the ancient city of Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theatre. Pamukkale’s terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs.
5. Antalya – Gateway to Southern Mediterranean
About the land: Entitled for being the pearl city of the Mediterranean land flaunting to be the crown jewel of what is called the Turkish Riviera. Explore diverse nature, varied local life and astounding history altogether in this one land of Antalya along with our Turkey holiday packages. This gateway to Southern Mediterranean land is everything that you seek to complete your Turkey tour packages. By being one of the most visited city, Antalya has been the favourite pick for so many travellers around the globe.
Landmarks: Hadrian’s Gate – built to honour the Roman emperor. Düden Waterfalls. Konyaaltı Beach. The Alaaddin Mosque or Yivli Minare Mosque. The Kurşunlu Waterfall Nature Park. Antalya Museum featuring Roman & Phrygian archaeological remains along with the peculiar Byzantine mosaics. Hıdırlık Tower popular tower of tawny stone of Antalya. Köprülü Canyon known for being a spectacular Canyon National Park located in the heart of the Province of Antalya.
India is a beautiful blend of diverse cultures, traditions and religions. It is also the place where the oldest religion in the world, Hinduism was founded. A land full of temples of different faiths, India is also called a spiritual land because of the number of Gods, sadhus, gurus and yogis that exist in the country. For people who want to visit temples, mosques, churches and monasteries, India is a one-stop destination for all. So without further ado, we present the top places of worship that you shouldn’t miss when in India.
1.) Jagannath Temple, Puri
We start off with the majestic Jagannath Temple at Puri. Apart from being one of the most famous tourist attractions and an important pilgrimage destination, the Jagannath Temple is a part of the ‘Char Dham Yatra’. Shrouded in many mysteries, this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Krishna)and worshipped along with the deities Balabhadra and Subhadra. This marvellous temple has been built with the sculptural richness of the Orissan style of temple architecture. The temple is also famous for its annual Rath Yatra or the Chariot Festival, where all the three deities are moved in elaborately decorated chariots and bathed in perfumed water with one hundred and eight pitchers. The Jagannath Temple is a symbol of Orissa’s rich history, culture and spiritual traditions.
2.) Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu
The marvellous Ramanathaswamy Temple located in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu is one of India’s holiest shrines. This temple enshrines Lord Shiva in the form of two lingams and is believed to have been established and worshipped by Rama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The ethereal temple is built in the beautiful Dravidian form of architecture with massive walls, lofty gopurams (huge towers) and a colossal Nandi. It has long striking corridors housing over 1000 pillars with distinct carvings 22 Teerthams (temple tanks) inside the temple complex.
3.) Golden Temple, Amritsar
Sri Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as Darbar Sahib and informally referred to as the Golden Temple is one of the famous Gurudwaras and a most revered spiritual sites of Sikhism. Built in the centre of a holy tank, Amrit Sarovar, the Golden Temple has four entrances in four directions, representing the openness of the Sikhs to all people and religions. The temple has been constructed of marble and embellished with real gold, thereby earning the name of ‘Golden Temple’. Structurally, the temple has been constructed a level below the ground level as it signifies that one must be humble and go down to reach God. The main hall of the Golden Temple houses the sacred scripture of Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib which is placed on a raised platform under a canopy studded with precious jewels.
4.) Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah, Fatehpur Sikri
One of the finest examples of the Mughal architecture is the tomb of Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti in Fatehpur Sikri, also known as Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah. A well-known religious site for Muslims, this Dargah was built by Emperor Akbar in honour of the Sufi Saint. Built between the years 1580 and 1581, this mausoleum is built on a 1-meter-high platform and is decorated with mosaics of black and yellow marbles arranged in geometric patterns. The main hall boasts of intricate carvings on the marble and delicate latticework, while an ebony ‘chhaparkhat’ enclosure surrounds the marble cenotaph. A must-visit to admire the Mughal architecture and fine craftsmanship.
5.) Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
Travelling has been a human passion since evolution. The world being accessible and heading towards welcoming everybody, women have taken a charge to lead in their lives and also themselves to countless journeys. Travelling has become a kind of an art that comes with a practice of many skills. Women have a beautiful habit to be well equipped with a lot of skills.
Coming with an idea to frame everything possible for the ones who make everything possible in their lives is the whole perception behind the women’s special tours. For a change, indulge in the journey where you’ll be taken care of and set free to create your own stories along with ladies special tours. Get ready to explore, experience and have a blast…this is your time! Rejuvenate yourself, and enjoy your “me time”. It takes a little bit more courage to only agree to the decision of exploring the world out of the comfort zone and when a woman decides on it, there is no stopping her. Bring the brave exploring hearts together and they create a poetic adventure of their lives. Coming back with so many beautiful stories and even stronger will to wrap the whole world in their embrace!
For all the charming ladies with the determination and love for travel, Veena World brings well-planned women group tours that include a balance of activities and leisure time along with carefully selected accommodations, knowledgeable guides and a safe travel experience. Be a part of this exclusive women’s special tours in India! Fuse style and passion, walk the ramp, flaunt your style and vie for the crown in special gala nights that are a part of our ladies special tour packages. Explore the best destinations around the globe fearlessly along with your girl squad and experience it all. Here are the top 10 destinations among which 5 are around the globe and 5 in India itself!
America is the land of explorers. Get your heart with the love of exploration excited to experience America with ladies only trips. America is known to welcome humans from all across the world! The diversity of America is even reflected in the continent’s natural significances. Travel to this land which is known to be a universe of opportunity. Decorate your bucket list with your dreams of everything you want to do in America with your girl gang and book your own ladies special tour packages to live it all. This land is popularly known for its unique blend of all seasons and the shrine of vibrant wonders, it always has been an explorer’s triggering passion.
2. South East Asia
South East Asia is among the first to be ticked off the travel goal list for many travellers including our women gang. A whole continent of unique exploration and affordable sojourn. The traditional epicentres of the Asian continent in their own way and fast-growing developed nations, Singapore Thailand Malaysia are remarkable travel choices, all known for being vastly dynamic countries. All the charming ladies can get ready to experience, truly experience this melting pot of different cultures. A whole new world of cuisines and architectural styles; amazing amusement and wildlife parks; wonderful shopping avenues and outlying neighbourhoods; unmatched cleanliness await you along with your specially crafted South East Asia women’s special tours. They are truly global cities of Southeast Asia and can be explored with your beautiful gang along with our ladies special tours!
Europe is a long lost dream of every woman! Right out of the fairy-tale, this land is the safest and the most favourite destination for many. Every child grows up reading stories and tales, that Europe shares a reputation for bringing colours and reality to their fantasy. The fantasy land popping straight out of your favourite storybook as a child has successfully grasped the world’s attention since the beginning of the time. The specially crafted ladies special tour packages are designed to bring your fantasy travel dream come true for you Queens.
We are all fascinated by stars! Be it the ones that shine across the sky or the ones that have created a luminous path for themselves on the ground. By these, we mean the extraordinary individuals who have carved a niche for themselves in their respective fields and set themselves apart from the rest of the world. Then it could be entertainment, sports, science & technology, creative arts, journalism, food, politics, education and many such spheres of life that define our very existence. When stars are omnipresent in almost every aspect of life, how can the animal kingdom stay behind? Yes… The wildlife in the jungles and national parks have their own stars and celebrity animals! These animals are usually known by their given names and it is because of them or their antics, that national parks or zoos around the world become popular and attract tourists.
For example, Shamu the Orca (killer whale) that made the SeaWorld Entertainment Park in San Diego USA, famous in the 1960s-1970s. Giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang have managed to attract hordes of visitors at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, where they are on a 10-year loan from China. Many such star animals around the world have made a name for themselves and the national parks/zoos that they live in. They truly prove that they are celebrities in their own right!
The national parks of India are a haven for a variety of animal species but more so, they are home to the extremely popular, Bengal Tiger. The tiger forms the main attraction of wildlife safaris that are undertaken in jungles and national parks around India. Tigers roam solitary (alone), although the female tiger can sometimes be spotted with her cubs. Tigers create their own individual territories in the core zones of the jungles. These are designated areas that are replete with water resources and abundant prey that are required by the Tigers. When these designated areas are threatened by other animals or the resources get diminished, the Tigers move to the buffer zone to create new territories for themselves.
Tigers are also one of the most watched-over and protected species owing to their dwindling numbers! When new tigers are born and officially recorded in national parks, they are given specific names by the forest department of that particular state. This helps the forest department track their individual growth, progress and enables them to record their whereabouts. It also helps them understand which tigers are more prone to roaming around and making themselves visible to tourists during safaris. There are some tigers that even love public attention and are very commonly spotted during safaris. Some are famous for their incredible body strength, some are well-known due to a unique physical feature while some tigers become popular because of their antics or territory fights with other animals. These tigers are the ones that achieve celebrity status and become instantly famous in the wildlife circuit! They earn a name for themselves and the national parks they live in. Forest departments and national park authorities track the whereabouts of such tigers and post the frequency of their sightings on their official websites.
Sometimes, it is especially for these celebrity tigers that tourists visit national parks. Each of these tigers have unique names, which more often than not have a story behind them. Tiger cubs are named after their mothers, the zone they belong to, physical attributes that separate them from the others or sometimes even after the people working in the jungles or the national parks. With such an interesting history and way of life, it is without a doubt that tigers are one of the most celebrated and popular species of our jungles.
So, without further ado, let’s introduce you to the celebrity tigers of Indian National Parks:
1.) Collarwali Baghin, Pench National Park
This mighty tigress is known as the ‘Queen of the Jungle’ in the Land of Mowgli! The Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh is famous for being the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel, ‘Jungle Book’. Collarwali Baghin, a 12-year-old hefty and intelligent tigress is considered to be the star attraction of this jungle. Her unique name ‘Collarwali’ is because of a radio collar that was fitted around her neck in 2012 to track her movements. The collar is now long gone but the name stuck, giving this tigress a celebrity status, unlike any other. Much loved and protected by the forest reserve, this tigress is no less than a supermom, thanks to her 7 litters (pack of tiger cubs) and a total count of 26 tiger cubs she has given birth to, till date. She cares for her tiger cubs, provides for them and forest officials have often seen her fighting with other male tigers for their safety. Collarwali Baghin is one fearless tigress and frequently makes her appearance in front of tourists without any hesitation. Today, this queen of the jungle is the senior most tigress of the Pench National Park and one of the main highlights of the safaris.
2.) Maya, Tadoba National Park
Maya is the ruling tigress of the Tadoba forest currently! Tadoba National Park or Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is the oldest and largest national park of Maharashtra, located in the Chandrapur district near Nagpur. Maya is known as the ‘Queen of Tadoba’ due to her bold and fearless attitude and the fact that, she is not afraid to wander very close to tourist jeeps during safaris. She is mostly found in the grasslands of Pandherpauni and is a proud mother of 2 litters till date. Forest officials who have kept track of Maya since her birth in 2010, have commented that Maya belongs to an extremely happy and playful tiger family, of which she’s the most mischievous one. She was aware of the power she yielded from a very young age, which is why she expanded and took over a lot of territories in the jungle. Maya is one of those rare tigers in India that enjoys such a celebrity status and is the centre of attention for tourists, wildlife enthusiasts, nature experts and of course, the forest department. So, head to Tadoba right away and spot the mighty Maya tigress that has enchanted many and attracted them towards the jungles of Tadoba.
Everything happens in America! The USA is known to welcome humans from all over the world. The diversity of America is even reflected in the continent’s natural significances. Blend of all seasons and the shrine of vibrant wonders, it always has been an explorer’s triggering passion. US has so much to offer that we at Veena World have special USA holiday packages to embrace every calling of the explorer in you! Specially designed and customized USA tour packages and USA holiday packages from India set a completely new benchmark of the voyage. “The American Dream” is a melody of every soul since its youthful ages and the handmade vacation packages like the USA tour packages are the personal favourites of many as it offers a perfect combination of the best of all cities of the world! Make the most fascinating memories with us and relish our legacy to travel, explore and celebrate life.
America is the land of young dreams! The variety of elements that this land has to offer are countless. The beauty of this land is in perfect sync with nature and the future bonded together. Travelling in this land makes you realise every moment, why it is advanced than most countries in the world. With best USA tour packages from India offered by us, explore the hype of an ‘American Dream’ and experience it in every corner of this ‘New World’. Known to be the land of citizen-centric ideology, where everything is created to make life easy. This land is dedicated to people and the ideology of life. Here at Veena World, we understand this core nature of this land and tailor make the itineraries into our US holiday packages from India which are designed to provide you multiple options to choose from. The experiences that are spread across in this dreamland are of so many different shades that it will surely leave you spoilt for choice! To make a perfect bucket list of United States, here are the 10 best handpicked must have experienced for you:
1. Go local in New York!
The lively land of New York has all the excitement in its name itself! Experience this city by going local completely! Go for a Broadway Show. Take a subway, stroll around in the lanes. Go for a brunch in a restaurant, enjoying the energetic city life passing by you as you take a bite. Let this city redefine street food for you and let you fall in love with more! Go for a picnic in the park. Witness the lives of New York and the innocent giggles of the kids in the park! Lose yourself in this planned city and find your way back while you explore it. Sing your heart out in Karaoke and enjoy the multi-cultured cuisine spread across the lanes. Meet locals, create stories and experience the Big Apple in its raw form by going local in this land of dreams. Club this experience with your USA tour packages and live your dream vacation!
2. Lunch with an Astronaut!
The USA is known for the aerospace industry. This country flaunts a history of being the pioneers in the space industry. With a corny reputation of taking dreams beyond the sky, USA welcomes tourists with enthusiasm of space and the little astronaut dreamers to attractions dedicated to universe and space. Kennedy Space Centre dedicated to Aeronautics and Space Administration gives you an exceptional chance to experience the greatest space adventure on Earth! With your US holiday packages from India, including Kennedy Space Centre experience along with a lunch with an astronaut. This experience swirls in the curiosity of sitting across with somebody who knows the space well to pour out the questions and create memories which may turn into inspirations!
3. Walk on the Golden Gate!
Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, rising taller over the Pacific Ocean has been one of the most interesting tourist attractions of this city and the country too. Ever thought a walk over a bridge could get adventurous? It’s surely the experience that will redefine the usual USA tour packages from India in a whole new manner. Take a walk across the bridge and continue under the bridge up to the Hendrik Point vista point for a stunningly breath-taking view of the bridge with the postcard-perfect San Francisco skyline in the background. You will also have a chance to witness the incredible view of Alcatraz and even the Bay Bridge from here. From Golden Gate Bridge’s Marin side you can continue into the Marin Headlands or may also choose to head down into Sausalito along the Bay Trail. Taking such offbeat routes into the exploration will only give you surprises that will stay along with you for a lifetime.
4. Rewind to Childhood!
The country of USA is well known for so many theme parks. Right from the Disneyland to Universal Studios. It is set to rewind your soul back to your childhood and let you experience the childhood fairy tales and movies! Experience the Disney world where the princesses and the castles are brought into reality. Where Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck await you. Every cartoon that may have been a favourite part of your childhood will wait to give you a vacation that will turn your time back to your childhood. USA tour packages which include the experience of theme parks highlight the unique attractions of this land.
5. See the Hype!
The identity of USA, as flaunted on many movies and even on the news channels. The architecturally iconic landmark and the trademark of USA located in Washington, D.C. is something which cannot be missed when you step on this land. White House is one of the rare historic landmarks that has been flashed in so many movies! It has only has triggered curiosity for it to be explored. Witness it, know what all the hype is about with a tour inside this iconic marvel. Combine this experience along with your USA holiday packages from India and get a chance for a rare experience of seeing beyond the walls of this discrete architectural body. White House will not only let you inside its history but also through the corners and people responsible for building this great nation.
Known as the ‘Lion City’, Singapore is one of the fastest growing economies and South East Asia’s most modern and dynamic country! It is a beautiful amalgamation of different cultures, architectural styles, stunning wildlife parks, nature reserves, thrilling amusement parks and amazing shopping avenues! An island city-state, Singapore is located at the end of the Malayan Peninsula between Malaysia and Indonesia. It is an entirely different world with amazing experiences! With many beautiful places to see in Singapore, visiting all of them in one trip can be a bit of a challenge. Hence, we have listed down 15 attractions of Singapore that can be covered in 1 amazing trip to the ‘Lion City’:
How would you feel if we told you, that you can get up-close with different kinds of animals in a zoo? Exciting, isn’t it? Singapore Zoo prides on the fact that it lets its animals roam freely in their natural habitat. With naturalistic enclosures, you can get up-close with orangutans, two-toed sloths and pygmy hippos. This 26-hectare wildlife park has over 2800 inhabitants from over 300 species. It has 6 zones to choose from – Fragile Forest, Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, Treetops Trail, RepTopia, Australasia and Frozen Tundra. It even houses the first polar bear to have been born in the Tropics, Inuka. Walk amidst grey kangaroos and wallabies and get a feel of Australia or fancy a breakfast with the orangutans! Feed elephants or giraffes, or maybe take a look at the mighty white tiger! They also have a submerged exhibition for visitors to enjoy life under water and watch pygmy hippos or crocodiles and glass observatories to look at cheetahs and lions. One of the most exciting places in Singapore, it is a must-visit during your Singapore trip.
2.) Merlion Park
The majestic Merlion is the symbol of Singapore! Half lion and half mermaid with a roaring fountain gushing from its mouth, this masterpiece completes Singapore. It is safe to say that, any of the Singapore packages would not be complete without the inclusion of this incredible icon that gives Singapore its unique nickname of ‘Lion City’. The Merlion symbolises Singapore; while the body represents Singapore’s ancient business, fishing, the head represents the meaning of Singapore’s original name ‘Singapura’ meaning ‘the Lion City’. The Merlion Park is situated at the waterfront, in the centre of the city at Marina Bay. Standing tall at 28 ft., the Merlion weighs over 63,000 kgs! Situated in front of the most romantic spot in Singapore, the Marina Bay, you can visit the Merlion Park with your partner and enjoy a quiet time near the waterfront. With its beautiful settings, you can enjoy a number of picture-perfect moments at the Merlion Park. Visit Merlion Park with your partner and carry home a bundle of memories and pictures from this iconic point. If you are planning a Singapore trip with your partner, you can check our Singapore honeymoon package or you can book our group Singapore holiday packages for an amazing trip with your friends and family, right here!
One of the most famous places in Singapore is the Sentosa Island. A fun island situated just half a kilometre away from the southern tip of the main island of Singapore, Sentosa Island can be reached by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail. Sentosa Island was solely built to offer excitement and recreation. A must-visit place during your Singapore holiday, it forms an essential part of any of our Singapore packages! Get your adrenaline rushing at the MegaAdventure Park with MegaZip, MegaWall, MegaClimb and MegaJump or skydive safely at the world’s largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving at IFly Singapore. Pose next to celebrities and eminent personalities at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Singapore or let your imagination run wild at the Trick Eye Museum Singapore, a renowned optical art museum which makes use of Augmented Reality Technology. Sentosa Island is an island full of thrill, excitement, adventure and will leave you astounded by the end of the day. Plan your Singapore trip around this land of thrill and excitement. You can check our Singapore travel packages right away!
This Hollywood themed park is the first of its kind in South-East Asia and one of the most exciting places on your Singapore holiday. Construction of Universal Studios, Singapore began in the year 2008 and was completed in two years. It features 24 rides with shows and attractions in seven themed zones. Each zone is based on a blockbuster film or a television show and has its own unique attractions. With thrilling rides, delectable cuisine and a place full of fun, Universal Studios, Singapore is a world on its own! If you and your partner love to enjoy an adventurous holiday full of fun and excitement, don’t forget to include this extraordinary place in your Singapore honeymoon package. Thrilling and adventurous, this theme park is sure to get your adrenaline rushing. If you are planning to visit Singapore with your family or friends check our Singapore tour package to enjoy the best of the Lion City!
The world’s first nocturnal zoo, Night Safari is home to animals which are usually active at night. It is one of the most famous attractions in Singapore sightseeing. The Night Safari uses specially designed lighting to mimic moonlight so that you can take a better look at the animals. Photography, however, can be a bit of a problem unless you are an experienced photographer and are used to clicking pictures in the dark. The night safari is open from 7.30 pm until midnight. The ride lasts for about 40 minutes and takes you through 7 geographical zones of the world. You can also take the walking trail after the tram ride and take an up-close look at the fishing cats, leopards, lions and more. Explore the Night Safari Nocturnal Wildlife Park as part of your Singapore tour package!