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3 Museums In Flora Drive, Singapore To Make Your Trip Exciting

Know more about the glorious history of Singapore and revisit the past as these museums in Flora Drive are a perfect portrayal of Singapore’s rich history, art and culture. There are several intriguing museums in this part of the city that will reveal the nation’s past in the most glorious way. Check out the museums in Flora Drive to know more about the history of Singapore and its intrinsic culture.

Singapore is an island city-state off the southern Malaysia and it’s a globally financial centre with an all year round tropical climate and multicultural population. It is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in southeast Asia that attracts thousands of tourists every year. This tropical island is a perfect escape to take a break from the mundane life and find respite on the beaches of Sentosa island or catch breathtaking views of the skyscrapers of Singapore.

You can witness panoramic views of the beautiful skyline of Singapore from Marina Bay Sands or the Singapore Flyer. Apart from this and other sightseeing attractions, take a detour to go visit the intriguing museums in flora Drive that showcase the intrinsic art and rare artefacts that are a treasure trove for any art enthusiast. Flora Drive is a tiny neighbourhood that is all about living life in tranquility, it is tucked away from the city but at the same time well-connected to major expressways, suburban malls, corporate hub and lots of recreational places to relax in.

Head to these 3 fabulous museums in Flora Drive for you to grab knowledge about Singapore’s history and rich culture to help make you understand this holiday destination better. Make sure you pay a visit to either of these intriguing museums and unravel the offbeat treasures.

1. Air Force Museum

a fighter jet place at the airforce museum singapore

Standing tall next to Paya Lebar Air Base, this museum reflects the history, heritage and values of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The museums have come a long way since its inception at Changi Air Base on 1 September 1988 and today it creatively combines the original artefacts with interactive media for an engaging hands-on experience that breathes new life into the RSAF story for all ages. Learn more about the history and mission of RSAF through multiple series of interactive displays and role-playing games at the Air Force Museum of singapore. Get up and close with fighter jet planes, missiles, and anti-aircrafts systems, uncover their story about their contributions the RSAF’s positive growth.

Location: Air Force Museum, Air Force Museum, 400 Airport Road, Singapore 534234
Timings: 8:30 am – 5 pm

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2. Changi Chapel And Museum

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A tourist attraction in Singapore for the history lovers, Changi Museum displays letters, photographs, and drawings of the 50,000 civilians and soldiers in Changi Prison during the World War II. The chapel in the courtyard is an exact replica of the type of chapels built during World War II.

Location: 1000 Upper Changi Rd N, Singapore 507707
Opening hours: 9:30 am 5 pm
Entry fee: In-house tours – S$12 for adults, S$8 for children; Audio tours – S$8 for adults, S$4 for children
Visit the website for more information on the museum.

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3. Peranakan Museum

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Peranakan Culture is actually one of the major South Asian hybrid communities. It consists of three cultures; namely Malay, Chinese and Indian. This museum houses some of the largest collection of this bygone hybrid of heritage and culture. Built in the year 1913 by some Chinese traders, this venue contains three stories which each house very distinctive artifacts which are related to Peranakans. Here you will get to experience museum tours which will take through the traditional Peranakan’s huge 12-day wedding complete with furniture, textiles and ancient jewelry. The tour is available in Japanese, Mandarin, English, and French languages. You can also book a private tour for your group of it contains 20 people or more.

Location: Armenian street.
Hours Open: 10 to 19:00 and 10 to 9 pm on Fridays.

Read More: Religious Places To Visit In Singapore

Enlighten your knowledge about Singapore by adding these museums in Flora Drive to your itinerary list on your trip to Singapore. Understand the culture of Singapore and enhance your holiday experience simply by paying a visit to these and many more such attractions that will make your vacation in Singapore truly bliss and serene. To gain more insight and knowledge about Singapore, check out the various museums in Downtown Core and make sure you collect lots of memories from there.

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Water Villas, Candlelight Dinners, Cruises & Spa: The Story Of Ankit’s Perfect Maldives Honeymoon

All they wanted from their honeymoon trip was to spend time with each other and simply relax amid some gorgeous backdrops. Now where other than Maldives to do that, right? So, Ankit booked himself and his wife Priya a fabulous 4 nights 5 days Maldives honeymoon package and escaped to this paradise painted by the Gods in striking hues of blue and white. 

Trip Type: Honeymoon
Trip Duration: 4 Nights 5 Days
Trip Cost: INR 275,000/-
Agent Name: Resort Life Travel Pvt Ltd
Inclusions: All Meals, Airport Transfers, Airfare, Honeymoon Freebies, Accommodation in Pool Villa and Overwater Villa, Snorkeling, Spa, Dolphin Sunset Cruise, Island Hopping, All Taxes
Exclusions: Travel Insurance

  • Day 1: Landed in Maldives
  • Day 2: A Fun Photoshoot In The Day & A Romantic Candlelight Dinner At Night
  • Day 3: Watersports, Island Hopping, And Overwater Villas
  • Day 4: A Rejuvenating Spa And A Romantic Sunset Dolphin Cruise
  • Day 5: Bidding Farewell To Our Shangri-la

Relaxation, Enjoyment, and Excitement: These are three mantras that always govern my travel plans and preferences. I always look for a combination of leisure and adventure in all my getaways, be it a trip to the hills, or a beach vacay.

Surprisingly, I ended up finding these three in Maldives as well! Though it was my wife’s choice of destination, Maldives offered me a bit of everything: relaxation, leisure, enjoyment, excitement, and luxury. It surely provided as that much-needed stressbuster after weeks of running around and tiring ourselves to the bone in preparation for the D-Day.

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: trip starts

Why we chose TravelTriangle:
I came across TravelTriangle while I and my wife were looking for Maldives packages online. I was instantly attracted to their website and how thoroughly they had presented their information over it. After I had received numerous quotes from different agents, I finalised the deal with Resort Life Travel Pvt Ltd and didn’t find a single reason to regret my decision! They provided me a package within the budget I had specified and booked me a stay at the one of the best resorts in Maldives – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef.

We did not have any specific itinerary, and we had the luxury to spend our honeymoon trip to Maldives the way we wanted to. We had decided to keep our itinerary light and just go with what our hearts told us to do on each day of our vacation. Though we were a little tensed about the ongoing State of Emergency in Maldives, TravelTriangle assured it wouldn’t hamper our tour in any way, and lived up to their promise!

Here’s a day-wise account of our Maldives honeymoon vacay:

Day 1: Hello Maldives!

Our tiring flight from New Delhi to Maldives was followed by a smooth and rather pleasant immigration process at the airport in Maldives. We were then transferred to the our resort from Male via a seaplane and it was one hell of a ride!

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: relaxing on beach near resort

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: posing near water villas

We took some rest before venturing out to explore the property. I captured every bit of this beautiful place in my DSLR. We checked out the various avenues of the resort like the Snack Bar, Restaurant, and more. Later, we went for a session of snorkeling and were greeted with the most colourful corals and marine sea creatures living under that crystal clear water. After a refreshing dip, we returned to our room to prep up for dinner.

About Sun Aqua Vilu Reef:
All it took us was a glance to fall in love with our resort! From the beach sand on the reception floors to the smiling faces of our hosts, everything about this place was wonderful! The next thing that took our breath away was our room – the Sun Aqua Pool Villa. We were to stay in here for the first two days of our trip, before getting transferred to an overwater villa! Located right on the beach, our dreamy abode had everything one could possibly ask for – stunning views of white sands and turquoise waters along with the most luxurious facilities.

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: relaxing on beach

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: priya yacth

Saying that the food at Sun Aqua Vilu Reef is amazing, would be an understatement. They serve the most extensive menu I have ever come across, as well as country-specific cuisine that changes every day.

Fun Fact: We could see dolphins far in the distance from our villa itself!

Day 2: A Fun Photoshoot In The Day & A Romantic Candlelight Dinner At Night

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: photoshoot beach

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: photoshoot on beach

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: photoshoot jumping

On this day, we got to enjoy a delicious in-villa breakfast arranged by the hotel staff. Later, we were also provided the services of a complimentary professional photographer who clicked amazing pictures of us both, capturing our special moments in this paradise and giving us a lifetime of memories! Being a shutterbug myself, I too clicked numerous pictures of my beautiful wife against the marvelous backdrop.

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: photoshoot beach relaxing

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: photoshoot beach draw

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: photoshoot beach walk

We spent the day clicking pictures and exploring the island we were staying on, and in the evening the hotel arranged for a fabulous candlelight dinner right on the beach. After enjoying a lovely time in each other’s company and the best Paneer Butter Masala I had ever had in my life, we returned to our room, where another surprise awaited us!

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: posing on cruise

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: photoshoot island tree

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: candlelight dinner

The room had been elegantly decorated, and a welcome cake waited on the table along with a bottle of wine.

Day 3: Watersports, Island Hopping, And Overwater Villas

Post a lavish breakfast at the resort’s restaurant, we were transferred to the ultra luxurious Reef Villa (an overwater villa). Needless to say, it had all the facilities to spoil you for life and unparalleled views of the ocean, along with a private staircase at the back leading straight into that lagoon of crystal clear turquoise water!

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: overwater villa

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: posing on beach

We wanted to indulge in a spot of adventure on this day. So, after admiring our new abode, we quickly left for the first activities of the day – Kayaking and Surf Boarding. Post a thrilling session of these two, it was time to go island hopping!

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: day 3 posing on beach

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: towards overwater villa

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: relaxing in the beauty of maldives

We got the chance to explore the local culture, way of living, language, food, and many more aspects of the native Maldivian people on the island we visited. We got to see how life goes about for people living on an archipelago such as this, where they effortlessly commute between the islets for daily needs like it’s as easy as going down to the neighbour for the some sugar!

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: hotel services

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: day 3 ankit posing on beach

Exhausted from the fun activities of the day, we spent the rest of the afternoon lying on the beach getting tanned!

Day 4: A Rejuvenating Spa And A Romantic Sunset Dolphin Cruise

Our morning started with a relaxing spa in the morning, a much-needed remedy that helped take the load off and wash away the stress of life and work. Post this pampering session, we spent the rest of the day in our overwater villa and simply enjoyed the calm and peace of this beautiful destination in each other’s company.

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: priya dolphin cruise

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: priyankit dolphin cruise

After relaxing in our villa the whole day, we readied ourselves for the last adventure of our honeymoon trip to Maldives: the Sunset Dolphin Cruise. Our late afternoon cruise ride took us far away over the glass-like water in search of dolphins.

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: picture of selfie

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: dolphin cruise

It was an ecstacy to witness a school of fun loving dolphins galloping about and occasionally spinning out of the water to entertain their excited spectators! Our memorable cruise ride ended with a radiant sunset.

Day 5: Bidding Farewell To Our Shangri-la

We packed our bags with a heavy heart as it was time to return home. The child inside us was refusing to go away from this paradise back to our mundane lives behind the work desk. It truly was heartbreaking to leave behind those breathtaking views, wonderful sunsets, smiling faces, and our resort’s lavish services that had pampered us endlessly for 5 days!

Due to our seaplane stoppages at two more places, we got to explore two more resort properties, but on comparing we realised that the one we had stayed in was the best.

We boarded our plane right well in time and were delighted to see that we had been upgraded to business class! Thanks to the upgradation, we relaxed the entire way home.

ankit wadhwa maldives honeymoon: priya ankit yacth

My honeymoon tour turned out to be way better than I had expected. A big thanks to the entire Maldives team at TravelTriangle – Yashwant, Apoorva, Puneet, and everyone else who had helped me thoroughly during my honeymoon trip to Maldives.

TravelTriangle and our agent had promised that we needn’t bother about the emergency situation, and we discovered they were right! The place didn’t even look like it was going through any sort of turmoil. Everyone was going about their business normally and even we didn’t face any issues at all.

Our WOW Moments On The Trip: The entire trip was one big WOW for us!

What We Missed: We didn’t really miss anything. But I found myself wishing I could spend 10 more days there!

Tips For Future Travelers:

  • Don’t think you’d have nothing to do here for 5 days. There’s plenty, and time flies in Maldives!
  • Always go for 5-star properties to fully enjoy the best experiences that Maldives can offer
  • Go for all-inclusive packages. Maldives is relatively expensive, so booking activities and tours here itself can cost you a lot
  • The water isn’t too deep in the lagoons of Maldives. If you know how to swim, you can pretty much do snorkeling all by yourself (under the scrutiny of the guards, of course!)
  • Book only through TT. They make sure they provide you the best experiences in your budget and constantly keep in touch regarding your requirements before and during the trip

Planning your own honeymoon trip? We’ve given you all sorts of reasons why you should spend it in Maldives. Book a Maldives honeymoon trip with TravelTriangle right away and fly away on your lovey-dovey getaway!

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3 Astounding Things To Do Near HarbourFront For Birthday On Your Singapore Vacay In 2019!

Planning to go on a trip on your birthday? Thought about visiting Singapore? If not, then you should give it a thought. From classic nightclubs to adventurous spots, this nation-state has all that you need to make your birthday special. Today the world is more inclined towards traveling solo or with family and if you would love that then which occasion can be better than your own birthday. If you are all convinced then you ought to check this list of things to do near HarbourFront for birthday! A marvelous Waterfront district located in the southern part of Singapore, HarbourFroont is situated in the Bukit Merah Planning Area in Singapore. HarbourFront is also called Maritime Square and is popular amidst the locals as well as the travelers.

To help you have the best birthday ever vibe, we have created this terrific list of things that you can do near the HarbourFront in Singapore. An enthralling solo trip or a family vacation in Singapore is the best gift you can gift to yourself and feel all special about it. A birthday spent enjoying with your kids and partner can be made really special if you indulge in these things to do near HarbourFront. So, pick this handy list and leave right away!

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Take a look at this list of the fanciest things you can do on your birthday near HarbourFront district of the Merlion Land. Keep scrolling down and read along!

1. Cable Car Ride

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One of the most thrilling things to do near HarbourFront for a birthday is taking a cable ride to Sentosa Island from HarbourFront MRT station. Taking a walk or a cab is too old fashioned and if you ever wished to fly, you should definitely fulfill your wish on your birthday. Take this cable ride and fly over the sparkling waters of Sentosa island to make your birthday all about living your dreams of flying high!

Read More: 3 Enticing Things To Do In Downtown Core For Birthday In Singapore In 2019

2. Tiong Bahru

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Do you love books and coffee? If, yes then you ought to explore the area of Tiong Bahru on your vacation in Singapore. Tiong Bahru is adorned with chic cafes, exquisite bookshops and stunning lifestyle shops which you should add to your itinerary, Spend you birthday relishing a delicious cup of coffee while enjoying a book or while looking at the mesmerizing view of the city!
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3. Palawan Pirate Ship

Palawan

This is a play area for children aged between 3 to 10 years and the best part is that it is free for the guests. There are a variety of water rides here for the little ones to have a splash and a gala time with the whole family. The adults can have a relaxing time at the adjacent coffee shop while the kids have a fun time running around the slides, fountains and a pirate head throwing bucket full of waters down every few minutes. This place is especially good for families with young kids and toddlers as it has a nursing room, changing station for babies with cold and hot water facilities. If you want to celebrate a special day like birthdays, you can choose from the two types of packages available and have the most amazing celebrations. All in all, it’s a great place to have a marvelous time engaging all the age groups.

Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM

Read More: Things To Do On Palawan Beach

Are you all ready to make your birthday as fascinating as it can be? Singapore is definitely the destination you should tick off your bucket list on your birthday to make it the best birthday ever. Do check this things to do near HarbourFront For birthday list before you leave! So, think no more, pack all that you can, plan your vacation in Singapore with TravelTriangle and get ready to have an unforgettable vacation on your Birthday!

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4 Bars In Pioneer Sector To Have An Exciting Night In Singapore

When the sun goes down in Singapore, it’s scintillating bars shine out like stars that attract people from all walks of life to dance the night away and party like there’s no tomorrow. Drink it up at Singapore’s best cocktail bars and glitzy nightclubs in Pioneer Sector that are bound to give you an amazing nightlife experience in the Lion City.

Head out to these four bars in Pioneer Sector that are carefully curated to make sure you have the best night of your life on your trip to Singapore.

Check out these four amazing bars in Pioneer Sector that are bound to give you the best nightlife experience in Singapore.

1. Manhattan Bar

Manhattan Bar & Grill

This bar is a paradise for all the cocktail connoisseurs, it boasts some of the finest handcrafted alcohol concoctions that are all made with exquisite homemade ingredients. A 1920s inspired swanky bar, it has been awarded with the title of Asia’s Best Bar for two consecutive years. Try their signature creations like the New York Sour and Manhattan.

Location: Manhattan Bar, 1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 2 Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715
Timings: 5 pm – 1 am

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2. Atlas Bar

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Set apart in Singapore’s gothic building that is the Parkview square office tower, Atlas Bar is a cocktail lounge that looks straight out of 1920s Manhattan. Adorned with bronze ceilings and low-lit plush lounge seating, and a drinks menu that features about 1,000 varieties of the spirit, some of them dating back to 1910. Known for its extensive collection of gin, it features a 15-metre high ceiling and a three-storey gin tower that makes a rocking statement and picture perfect spot.

Location: Atlas Bar, 600 North Bridge Rd, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778
Timings: 10 am – 1 am

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3. 1-Altitude

View from Altitude Bar, Singapore

1-Altitude is Singapore’s highest alfresco bar in the world and one of Singapore’s best rooftop bars with a stunning 360-degree view of the city, spectacular sunsets, electric nightlife vibe, top local bands, renowned Djs and great cocktails. If you want to be at Singapore’s A-list parties, gastronomic delights and nightlife entertainment then this is the place to be.

Location: 1-Altitude, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Timings: 6 pm – 4 am

4. Kinki Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

Kinki

 

Kinki is a modern Japanese rooftop bar and restaurant that serves up lip-smacking food as well as drinks. You can have a great time with family and friends on the terrace while enjoying the treats that the place has to offer. You can have a blast partying in the comfortable and festive environment while a live DJ plays the hottest tracks. You get a superb view from the terrace which is surrounded by skyscrapers. What makes Kinki great is that it is one of the most affordable rooftop bars Singapore. From 6 to 9 PM, you can get a bucket of 5 beers for $50 which is way beyond amazing when compared to some of the other rooftop bars in the city.

Highlights: Views of the Marina Bay skyline and waterfront, comfortable and amazing ambience

Address: 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323
Must Try: House special Spicy Hachimitsu, the Japanese drinks on the menu

Read More: Best Rooftop Bars In Singapore For Party Lovers

Singapore’s nightlife is where the drinks keep flowing and the crowd keeps coming to party it up and live out their best times at Singapore’s scintillating bars and glitzy nightclubs. If you’re looking for a place to party it up, meet new friends and rock the city in your heels and your little black dress then these bars in Pioneer Sector are surely not to be missed out because there’s always a reason to party in this part of the city! Plan your holiday experience in Singapore and make sure you visit these bars to make the most of your nightlife experience in the Lion City after the sightseeing tour during the day.

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10 Historical Places In Gujarat That Uncover A Legendary Past

Gujarat is a state that flaunts its vibrant heritage each passing second. The state is bestowed with inspiring culture, and overwhelming history, coupled with architecture that will move you from within. The historical places in Gujarat invites pilgrims and historians from around the world. While some places like Laxmi Vilas Palace define sheer grandiose, landmarks like Dwarkadhish Temple and Dholavira narrate tales of a legendary past.

This list of best historical monuments in Gujarat will acquaint you with important tourist information, including timing, entry fee and major highlights.

Laxmi Vilas Palace in Gujarat

One of the most famous historical places in Gujarat, Laxmi Vilas Palace serves as the residence for Vadodara’s royal family, Gaekwad. The property has its history dating back to 1890 when it was built by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III. Spanning across an area of 500 acres, the facade itself is intricately designed using the Indo-Saracenic Revival style architecture, let alone the interior that spell grandeur in every inch.

A lot many movies have been and are shot in the Darbar Hall of the Laxmi Vilas Palace, as it is available for shoots. The palace is indeed four times bigger than the famed Buckingham Palace, and thus it also is known to be among largest private dwellings in the world.

Highlights: Zoo, private railway, museum, and golf course

Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Open all days, except mondays)

Entry fee:

  • Palace – INR 225 per person (Indians) & INR 400 per person (Foreign travelers)
  • Museum – INR 80 per person (Indians) & INR 150 per person (Foreign travelers)

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2. Dwarkadhish Temple

Dwarkadish temple

An important Hindu Pilgrimage spot dedicated to Lord Krishna, Dwarkadhish Temple is also known as Jagat Mandir. This is one of the four Char Dhams, and thus it had to be featured in this list of 10 historical places of Gujarat. Supported by 72 pillars, this five-storeyed archeological marvel is said to be as old as 2200 years, as per the findings.

The temple is located in Gomti creek, and is always flocked by crowd of pilgrims, especially during the grand celebration of Janmashtami. During this time of the year, the temple and idols are decorated colorfully with garlands, ornaments and different elements. The vibe is full of zest in the locale, making it a must visit!

Timings: 6:30 am 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm (Click here for detailed schedule)

Entry fee: Free

dholavira

Dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization era, AKA Harappan culture, Dholavira is a 4500 year old excavation site. This is one of the most famous heritage sites in Gujarat, which was discovered by Mr. J.P. Joshi in 1967. The site is located in Bhachau Taluka, Kutch. So, this is an unmissable tourist attraction if you are attending the Rann Utsav , held during the winter season.

Highlights: Some of world’s earliest sign boards, planned water conservation system, important relics, and terracotta ornaments

Entry fee: Free

Vijay vilas palace

Located in Mandvi Beach, Vijay Vilas Palace was built by Rao Vijayraj Ji in 1929. Back in the time, it primarily served as a summer house for the Jadeja rulers of Kutch province. This is among the most important historical places in Gujarat, as the royal family of Kutch still call this majestic palace home. Right here is where you will witness a rhythmic blend of mainly three architectural styles, namely – Rajput, Mughal and Victorian.

The palace covers a massive area of 450 acres, which is adorned with manicured garden and a private beach spread across two kilometers. Some part of the palace has been converted into a luxury heritage resort, which indeed is one of the best luxury properties in India!

Highlights: Manicured garden, private beach, and heritage resort

Entry fee: INR 50 per person (Additional charges of INR 10 is applicable if you’re entering with private vehicle) | INR 20 per camera

Sun Temple in Modhera

The Sun Temple in Modhera is among the most sought-after historical places in Gujarat, or rather India. This Hindu temple is dedicated to the Sun God, and is located in the embankment of River Pushpavati. In 1026 AD is when Sun Temple was built, back in this time Bhima I of Chalukya Dynasty had the throne. However today, there are no offerings and prayers taking place here, it is primarily a historic site of tourist interest, as maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.

The temple is a marvel to behold, flaunting the best of Maru-Gurjara style of architecture. Oftentimes, the Sun Temple of Modhera is counted among the Seven Wonders of India.

Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entree fee: Free

somnath temple in Gujarat

One of most important monuments of Gujarat, Somnath Temple is said to be the first of Lord Shiva’s twelve Jyotirlinga shrines. As per the findings, the temple has been reconstructed many times, and the most recent change was done in 1951 by adopting Chalukya’s style of architecture.

Your tour through the heritage sites of Gujarat would be incomplete if you don’t step foot on this pious landmark. If must be kept in mind that items such as mobile, camera and other electronic gadgets are not allowed inside the temple. You can either leave these items behind in your hotel room or store them in the locker room outside the temple.

Timings: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm (Darshan – 7:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 7:00 pm | Light & Sound show – 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm)

Entree fee: Free

Rani ki Vav

Rani Ki Vav was built by Udayamati, in the memory of her husband King Bhimdev 1, in 1063 AD. This massive stepwell was used to take out water from River Saraswati, which has dried today. This is one of the most iconic archeological sites of Gujarat, located in Patan. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which displays the rich history and artistry of the state through different sculptures and of course the smart architecture.

Talking of the architecture, the style used for its creation is Maru-Gurjara, which was based on several complex techniques. Surely you will admire the intricacy!

Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entree fee: INR 5 per head (Indians) INR 128 (Foreign travellers)

Church in Nani Daman Fort in Gujarat

A famous landmark in Daman, Nani Daman Fort or Fort of St. Jerome is a rather small citadel. The exterior features three bastions and 2 doorways, and the massive statue of St. Jerome on the embankment. The ancient monument was built in 1672 AD, by the twelfth Portuguese Viceroy of India, Dom Jeronimo. Today, the Nani Daman Fort serves as an educational institute, with a view to savor!

Highlights: The Church of Our Lady of the Sea, and nearby attractions like Nani Daman Jetty and Gandhi Park

Timings: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Entree fee: INR 15 per person

SiddI Sayyed Mosque in Gujarat

This list of heritage places in Gujarat would look empty without the mention of Sidi Saiyyed Mosque. The structure dates back to 1573. Interestingly, it was established by a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah, Sidi Saiyyed, after whom the mosque is named as well.

This was among the last Sultanate structures in Gujarat. The interiors of the mosque is worth an applause! Built in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is adorned with intricate jaalis windows and chiseled marble.

Timings: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entree fee: Free

Old Fort Surat

Built by Muhammad Tughlaq back in 14th century, Old Fort of Surat was primarily used as a guard against the Bhils. This is among must-visit historical places in Gujarat as there’s inspiring legends awaiting you. However, currently the fort is under maintenance, it is suggested you confirm its opening with Gujarat tourism before planning a visit. Tapi River flowing by the monument makes the landscape more stunning, don’t forget to carry your cameras!

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entree fee: Free

Make sure you pick the best as per your preference and include them in the itinerary of your customizable Gujarat tour packages

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Conquering Adventure Sports In Land, Air, & Water: Arunav & His Friends Did It All In Sikkim & Darjeeling

A yearning for adventure found it’s calling. Read about Arunav’s incredible high-flying, rip-roaring, wave-smashing friends trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling. Their trip cost them a total of INR 44,000 and included their transfers, accommodation, sightseeing, transfers, and breakfast.

While planning my trip to Sikkim, I was unsure of how to get an itinerary that would include everything I wanted in 4 days! And so during my search, I landed on the TravelTriangle Facebook page where I saw the feature of customized itineraries for travelers. I submitted a query on their website and got a call from their travel representative.

Exploring the wild side of Darjeeling

Rakesh from TravelTriangle understood my requirements and guided me through the process of booking. He connected me to various travel agents providing multiple offers for the Sikkim trip I requested for. I selected the best package given to me by ‘Himalayan Travels’ agency.

An opportunity to travel with like-minded friends is something that got me excited for this trip. I’ve always sought adventure in my travels, and I couldn’t wait to start exploring Sikkim and Darjeeling.

Day 1: Bouncing over whitewater rapids in Teesta

The 4 conquistadors of Sikkim

Our journey with TravelTriangle started from Siliguri as all of us had arrived from Bhubaneshwar the night before. The cab driver assigned to us was present at 8 am to take us to Gangtok. On our way to Gangtok, we stopped by Teesta River Rafting Camp to do some white water rafting.

The experience of rafting in Teesta was unforgettable. It was scary, challenging, and yet so much fun to do. As our raft pierced through the rapids, it took every single ounce of energy out of all of the people in the raft to make sure that we didn’t capsize. We felt proud in completing that challenging course of rafting without any wobble.

After completing the rafting course in Teesla River

After rafting, we were as hungry as wild bears. So we proceeded to have lunch and then move on to Gangtok. We checked into the hotel in Gangtok at 4 pm. After resting for a few hours, we decided to explore the sights and sounds of MG Road Market for the evening. Post dinner, we proceeded back to the hotel at 9 pm and called it a night.

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Day 2: Peeking into China

Riding a yak in picturesque Sikkim

After an early breakfast, we got ready for our next adventure. The driver was present at 8 am to take us to Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass. We were lucky considering the fact that, only a small amount of people get a chance to visit this place due to harsh weather and military permitting.

On our way to Nathula Pass, we stopped for a while at the Tsomgo Lake. The view of the lake was very scenic and pristine, as it was nestled high among the mountains, almost hidden from most of the inhabited places. Later, we arrived at Nathula Pass around noon.

Exploring the terrains of Sikkim

Nathula Pass connects Sikkim to Tibet which gives people a view of China from the mountain pass. At 14,000ft, it’s a tough place to visit let alone guard as the Indian and Chinese military do. Around 3 pm, we started our journey back to Gangtok. In the evening, we decided to rest at the hotel as we had an early start to the next day.

Day 3: Soaring in Kalimpong

Adventure sports in Kalimpong

The next morning, after breakfast, we checked out of the hotel in Gangtok and headed for Kalimpong. We arrived at the paragliding spot at 11 am. Just as we thought this trip couldn’t get any crazier, we raised the bar! And this time we set it searingly high!

It was a wonderful experience soaring in clouds, as I got a stunning view of the entire Kalimpong valley area while gliding off the mountains. The triad of adventure sports had been completed in style- water, land and now air. After the thrill of paragliding, we went for some sightseeing in Kalimpong.

View of snow laden peaks

We started by visiting the Divine temple of Mangal Dham followed by Deolo Hills and Golf Gardens. Kalimpong looked like a nice weekend getaway from all the rush and hustle of city life in cities in the Eastern reaches of India. Around 5 pm, we proceeded to Darjeeling and checked into the hotel for the night.

Day 4: Catching the sunrise at Tiger Hill

view of mount khangchendzonga

The next day, we woke up at 3 am and got ready to watch the sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzonga. The driver was present to take us at 3.30 am and we reached Tiger Hill at 5 am. It was a majestic sunrise over the snow-laden Himalayan peaks which ushered in the new day in such a beautiful manner.

On our way back to the hotel we stopped by the serene Ghoom monastery. Post breakfast, we got ready for sightseeing in Darjeeling. First up, we visited the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute followed by seeing the famous Tea Gardens of Darjeeling. After lunch, we visited the Japanese Temple and took a ride in the Darjeeling Ropeway.

Lush green landscape in Darjeeling

The tour got over at 5 pm, after which we asked the driver to drop us at the local market where we would do some shopping, have dinner and eventually return to the hotel at 9 pm.

Day 5: Exploring Mirik Lake

Scenic view of Lake Mirik

The next morning, we had a quick breakfast checked out of the hotel in Darjeeling and departed for Siliguri. On our way, we stopped by at the quaint and charming Lake Mirik. The picturesque lake is located in the outskirts of Darjeeling district and almost an unspoiled wonder nestled in pine forest trees. Post lunch, we carried on with our journey and arrived in Siliguri around 5 pm.

A quiet way to end a trip with friends that was extremely high on adrenaline. Having traveled all around Orissa on my motorbike all the years, I’ve never had so much adventure in such a short span of time.

On the way to Nathula Pass

High Points:

  • Paragliding in Kalimpong was quite the thrill for an already adventurous trip.

Low Points:

  • Hotel in Darjeeling wasn’t up to the mark with its service and room quality.

Tips for Travelers:

  • Kalimpong is a must visit place for all adventure seekers.

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Bulgaria In July 2019: All About A Fun & Frolic Summer Trip In The Balkan Country!

Your feet on the land of long stretches of turquoise water and cool sea breeze gently caressing your face, sounds heavenly? Tucked away somewhere in the Black Sea, Bulgaria is the heavenly place which the above lines are about. This stunning country attracts many travelers every year as it is brimming with beaches, ancient monuments, monasteries, museums and cities with electrifying nightlife and more. When a summery beach vacay is on your mind, head to this European country and get ready to bask in the sun and dive into the Black Sea beaches!

As soon as the summer arrives, beaches are what comes in everyone’s mind. Bulgaria in July is all about the beaches, sand, and sun. When your next summer vacation destination is decided all you need is a travel guide which will help you to have the best Bulgarian holiday ever! So, pick this guide up and spend summers as the Bulgarians do!

Bulgaria Weather In July

The best time to visit Bulgaria is in the summer months and July is the month when summers start in Bulgaria. The weather in Bulgaria in July will be perfect for your vacation as you can totally beat the summer heat by relaxing on the beaches and sipping delicious cocktails and mocktails. Wondering about Bulgaria temperature in July? Bulgaria observes a maximum temperature of 28ºC in the day time and at the night the temperature drops down to 18ºC.

Make your summer vacation extraordinary by and visit Bulgaria in July to explore the amazing places to visit. Here is a list of the best ones. Keep scrolling down and read along!

1. Sozopol

Sozopol

The first one is not only for the history enthusiasts but also for the beach lovers. An ancient seaside town in Bulgaria, Sozopol is famous among travelers for its cobbled streets, old wooden houses, and the 2 majestic beaches. Go explore the main tourist attractions like the Archaeological Museum, Church of Sveti Georgi, and Church of Sveta Bogoroditsa. If you want to have some beach fun after exploring these places, you must head to the Kavatsi Beach or Smokinya Beach.

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2. The Seven Rila Lakes

Seven Rila Lakes View

Named after their distinct feature these seven lakes are the most visited site in Bulgaria. These lakes have a different name as they are different in shapes or there is a legend behind their name that differentiates them from each other. They have different names like the Eye, the Kidney, and many other names. Hikers can also visit this place as there are adventurous trails waiting for them near the renowned lakes of Bulgaria.

3. Plovdiv

Plovdiv

Plovdiv the second largest city in Bulgaria is also one of the most famous ones as this city has a buzzing nightlife and the instagrammable Singing Fountain. Whether you are a party lover or simply a person who loves to click pictures of unique things and places, Plovdiv should definitely be on your bucket list. Visit the fountain at day time to cool off the summer heat and at night you can sit near the fountain and enjoy the mesmerizing view. For those who would like to explore the night scenes in Plovdiv should visit the popular nightclubs and bars spread throughout the city.

If you are done exploring the spectacular places in Bulgaria, get ready to try the local specialties of the country. Keep scrolling down to know more!

1. Mavrud Wine

Mavrud Wine

It’s summers and when you are in Bulgaria if you don’t try its famous Mavrud Wine then you skipped a big part of Bulgarian tradition on your perfect summer vacay in Bulgaria in July. Prepared in Mavrud by the ancient grape called Mavrud, this wine is deep ruby in color. Bulgarians love their wine and even you will fall in love with it once you let your tastebuds relish the flavors of it.

Where To Try It: Zagreus Winery

2. Rakia

Rakia

Don’t like the taste of wine? Don’t worry, try the fruit brandy prepared in Bulgaria and quench your thirst. Summers are all about cool drinks and Bulgaria will provide you ample of them. Try the locals’ favorite and get immersed in the flavors of the tasty fruit bandy. There are many variations available of Rakia as it can be made from different fruits. Try all the flavors on your summer vacay!

3. Cherni Vit Green Cheese

Cherni Vit Green Cheese

Are you a cheese fan? Do try the traditional green cheese of Bulgaria while you are on your vacation in Bulgaria in July. Revived after 20th century this local cheese is quite popular all around the world today, Made in a Cherni Vit in Bulgaria, this cheese is made with the milk of local sheep, a wooden container, and the distinct moist air. Go satiate the cheese fan in you by visiting Bulgaria.

Where To Try It: Hotel Black Vit

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10 Best Homestays In Darjeeling For A Comfortable Vacation In This Tea Town

Darjeeling, the enchanting hill town in the Himalayan foothills is popular for its tea-plantation in India. A pride for the state West Bengal, this town was once a summer resort for the British Raj elite. The lush and unique black tea plantations dotting the slopes with one of the world’s highest peaks, Kanchenjunga standing strong as a backdrop is a sight worth witnessing at least ones in a lifetime. You’ll be spellbound seeing the Toy Train of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway passing through the misty mountains. If all this has helped you picture your vacation in this town, there are some comfortable homestays in Darjeeling that will help you to make it happen and witness its lifestyle from close.

If you are the kind of traveler who looks forward to experiences rather than extreme luxury, homestays are a great option for you. Here are some of the best homestays in Darjeeling that you must check out:

1. Happy Valley Homestay

Happy Valley Homestay

Located just 600 m from the town center and 15 km from Tiger Hill, Happy Valley Homestay in Darjeeling offers amazing accommodations with a terrace and an on-site dining space. The rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a bathroom fitted with a shower. You would be impressed by the vegetarian and continental breakfast options that you would enjoy during your stay. The reception is active at every hour for your assistance. The homestay also features a restaurant. Happy Valley Homestay is located 80 km away from Bagdogra Airport. Make sure you explore the bike rental options at the property.

Location: Hooker Road on Lebong Cart Road Darjeeling, 734101 Darjeeling, India
Room Tariff: 1,000

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2. Vajra Kunj Homestay

Vajra Kunj Homestay

Located on the West Point Road, Vajra Kunj homestay in Darjeeling offers barbeque and a terrace to its inmates. Apart from a common lounge, the property also provides a comfortable seating area at different corners. The rooms feature a private bathroom and free wifi. You can hire a car from the rental service provided at the property. The homestay is also located near many places to visit including Tiger Hill (4.4 km), Neora Valley National Park (1.5 km). The nearest airport to Vajra Kunj is Bagdogra Airport, which is 76 km away. This homestay is a good option for families and couples.

Location: West Point Road Above Dali Fatak, 734101 Darjeeling, India
Room Tariff: INR 1,700
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3. Rambler’s Nesting Homestay

Rambler's Nesting Homestay

Located just 9 km away from Tiger Hill, and simply 2.9 km from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute And Zoological Park, Rambler’s Nesting Homestay is one of the most convenient homestays in Darjeeling. The rooms either feature a terrace or a balcony that gives the most breathtaking views. You can enjoy mouth-watering continental breakfast during your stay. The hotel provides free wifi services to all its guests. You can hire a car from the property to explore the town. Rambler’s Nesting Homestay is also near many other interesting places to visit in Darjeeling including the Ghoom Monastery (3 km) and Japanese Peace Pagoda (3.2 km). Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport and is located at a distance of 68 km.

Location: West Point Road Above Dali Fatak, 734101 Darjeeling, India
Room Tariff: INR 1,300

4. Bara Mangwa Orangevilla Homestay

Bara Mangwa Orangevilla Homestay

Just 45 minutes away from Kalimpong district and 30 minutes drive away from the river Teesta, Bara Mangwa Orangevilla Homestay is a rustic homestay in Darjeeling. The accommodation features a kitchen, that serves some of the most delicious Asian food; a terrace with an amazing view of the mountains. The homestay also features a seasonal outdoor pool where you can swim and relax and a children’s playground for your kids to unwind. The property is located 14 km away from Tiger Hill. Bagdogra Airport is 43 km away from the Bara Mangwa Orangevilla Homestay.

Location: Bara mangwa village Above Teesta bazaar,takling road,near Nirmal farms, 734312 Darjeeling, India
Room Tariff: INR 1,600

5. Samir’s Homestay

Samirs Homestay

Located 7 km from Happy Valley Tea Estate and 19 km from Tiger Hill, Samir’s Homestay in Darjeeling is one of the most popular homestays in Darjeeling. The units feature a terrace, a TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries. You would also enjoy the facility of a dining area or a balcony at some units. Select from a variety of mouth-watering breakfast options including continental, English and Irish. The property is located near Mahakal Mandir (8 km) and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute And Zoological Park (8 km) which can be explored on a bike or car rented from the homestay. Bagdogra Airport (78 km) is the nearest airport from Samir’s Homestay.

Location: 10/A Hermitage Road, 734101 Darjeeling, India
Room Tariff: INR 2,700
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6. Nestle Homestay

Nestle Homestay

Situated 12 km away from the Tiger Hill and 500 m away from the Happy Valley Tea Estate, the Nestle Homestay in Darjeeling is an amazing budget option for staying on your trip. The property provides facilities including free WiFi, a seating area, TV and a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. Enjoy a full Irish or English breakfast at the accommodation during your stay. The homestay is 2.2 km away from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute And Zoological Park and 3.3 km away from Mahakal Mandir. The nearest airport, the Bagdogra Airport is 71 km away from the property.

Location: Jorethang Road Below District Magistrate’s Office, 734101 Darjeeling, India
Room Tariff: INR 2,800
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7. Smriya Homestay

Smriya Homestay

13 km from Tiger Hill, Smriya Homestay is one of the best homestays in Darjeeling. The accommodation is 600 meters away from Happy Valley Tea Estate and just 72 kilometers away from the Bagdogra Airport. The homestay features a terrace and fully equipped bath. You would enjoy some delicious Asian and Vegetarian breakfast during your stay. You can also avail the car rental services available at the accommodation. It is a great option for couples. The hotel also provides free wifi services to its guests.

Location: 14 Hooker Road, Near Rama Krishna Siksha Parishad Boy’s H. S. School, 734101 Darjeeling, India
Room Tariff: INR 1,300
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8. Heyagriva – The Comfort Homestay

Heyagriva - The Comfort Homestay

Heyagriva – The Comfort Homestay is one of the comfortable homestays in Darjeeling. Just 19 km from Tiger Hill and 400 m from Neora Valley National Park, this accommodation is a relaxing space on your trip. The property features a terrace with a great view of the valley and a shared lounge area where guests can sit and connect. The property also provides free wifi and a continental breakfast to all its guests.

Location: 3 Tenzing Norgay Road, Ganesh Gram 5 Floor, Swastik Building, Near Rajesh Store,, 734101 Darjeeling, India
Room Tariff: INR 2,500
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9. Vikkyz Homestay

Vikkyz Homestay

Located just 4.3 km from Tiger Hill, Vikkyz Homestay provides accommodations with private parking services. You can access the free wifi available at the property. The rooms feature a TV. with some of them also having a seating area. The bathrooms provide slippers and free toiletries. The room service is also available at the property. You can indulge in various activities arranged here including cycling and hiking or simply hire a car from here and explore the town. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport which is located 80 km away from the property.

Location: 101 Ghoom Sukhia Road,Near Ghoom Girls School P.O Ghoom Darjeeling, 734102 Darjeeling, India
Room Tariff: INR 1,800
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10. Maple Homestay

Maple Homestay

Located just 10 km away from Tiger Hill, Maple Homestay features accommodation in Darjeeling. The property features a seating area and a terrace. The location of this homestay enables you to enjoy adventure sports including Cycling and hiking. Maple Homestay provides free wifi services to all its guests. It is located 2 km from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute And Zoological Park and 69 km from the nearest airport i.e. Bagdogra Airport. You can avail the airport shuttle facilities at the homestay. Enjoy BBQ while you stay at Maple. This place is best for families and couples.

Location: Ava Art Gallery, Rose Bank Darjeeling, 734101 Darjeeling, India
Room Tariff: INR 1,200

Now that you know, Darjeeling offers a plethora of options when it comes to comfortable accommodation, homestays. If you are planning a trip to Darjeeling any time soon, then make sure you explore these homestays too. These are the ideal options for families, couples and a large group of friends.

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