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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Top Five Honeymoon Destinations in India

Top Five Honeymoon Destinations in India



When it comes to honeymoon destinations in India, the country has an embarrassment of riches to offer! With a country as geographically diverse as ours, whatever kind of a holiday you desire is just a flight away. But with great variety comes great confusion! Picking a perfect honeymoon destination in India isn’t an easy task! And your first vacation together as a married couple needs to be near-perfect. Here’s our list of the five best honeymoon destinations in India:

1. Kerala

For couples who want nothing more than spend each minute in one another’s company, a honeymoon in Kerala is perfect! You can easily spend your honeymoon in Kerala sailing down the famed Keralan backwaters in a houseboat, snuggling together in Munnar, with lush and scenic tea plantations for as far as the eye can see, and experiencing the varied wildlife of Kerala in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. A honeymoon in Kerala has something for everyone!


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2. Srinagar

A trip to the picturesque valley is definitely an unforgettable experience! A honeymoon in Srinagar is even more memorable. You’re sure to have a vacation of your dreams when you stay on a houseboat, take a romantic shikhara ride on the Dal Lake with picturesque views of the mountains, sit by the banks of Lidder river in Pahalgam or go skiing in Gulmarg, on your honeymoon in Srinagar! After all, it’s for a reason that the famous poet Khusrau called Kashmir ‘heaven on earth’.






3. Andaman Islands

A honeymoon in Andaman Islands is perfect for those who want the experience of being in Maldives without stepping outside India! A honeymoon in the Andamans is incomplete unless you go for some truly world-class snorkelling at Havelock Island, spend some time frolicking on the pristine white sands of Radhanagar beach and visit the British colony ruins at Ross island. For the more adventurous couples, kayaking in the mangroves is recommended—you may even spot a saltwater crocodile in the wild!



Check out the Andaman Honeymoon Packages from a variety of verified Andaman Honeymoon Tour Operators here.


4. Goa

Beautiful, hip Goa never goes out of fashion. For your perfect honeymoon in Goa, wander around the quaint streets of Fountainhas to marvel at the Portuguese architecture and heritage, guzzle beer in the famous Goan beach shacks as you chow down on choicest seafood, go paragliding at the Arambol beach, or go off-the-beaten path and discover the magic of the Goan backwaters! And don’t forget to pick up the customary cashews and Feni as souvenirs! A honeymoon in Goa never disappoints and fits all budgets.



Check out the Goa Honeymoon Packages from a variety of verified Goa Honeymoon Tour Operators here.


5. Manali

If any one place in India has endured as a honeymoon favourite, it is Manali. A honeymoon in Manali is a crowd-pleaser. Whether you want to go skiing at Rohtang Pass, go river rafting on the Beas, take a dip in the hot sulphur springs at Manikarnan, enjoy some high-energy paragliding at Solang Valley, or make a stop at the popular Hidimba temple and the numerous monasteries here for some spiritual fortitude, a honeymoon in Manali is sure to delight and charm you!




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There are so many great honeymoon destinations in India! You can’t really go wrong if you pick one of these honeymoon destinations in India, and book with Tripshelf today!

Top Five Honeymoon Destinations Outside India

Top Five Honeymoon Destinations Outside India




Picking a honeymoon destination outside India to wind down after the hectic wedding festivities is no easy task! Do you want to relax and laze about or jet set around? The world has so much to offer and you want to pick the most perfect honeymoon destination outside India that you can. Here’s a handy list to help you choose your dream honeymoon destination outside India:

1. Maldives

Do you dream of glittering turquoise waters fringed by white sandy beaches? Then a honeymoon in Maldives is perfect for you! A honeymoon in Maldives is for a couple who wants to luxuriate in their time together as they stay in overwater bungalows, enjoy romantic underwater dinners, go dolphin-watching or deep-sea diving, or just take long walks on some of the best beaches in the world!






2. Australia

A honeymoon in Australia is worth considering as it has some of the most iconic sights in the world. If marvelling at the majestic Sydney Opera House, snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef to see the largest coral shelf in the world, strolling through beautiful botanical gardens, watching adorable penguins, and snacking on some delicious, fresh seafood sounds enticing to you, then a honeymoon in Australia is exactly what you need!






3. Singapore

Though a small island, Singapore packs quite a punch! A honeymoon in Singapore has something on offer for everyone: frenzied Chinatown for couples who love connecting over delicious food, Universal Studios for those seeking some thrills, Orchard Street for a couple who enjoys high fashion and, of course, a night safari at the zoo is recommended for everyone! Round off your honeymoon in Singapore with a trip to the iconic Marina Bay Sands and a cosy meal for two at Clarke Quay.





4. Bali

Truly, Bali is one of the most romantic places on earth and you will come away from your honeymoon in Bali feeling all the more in love! On your honeymoon in Bali, you can easily spend a few days here cycling through the lush paddy fields in Ubud, kite-surfing at Kuta, getting a couple’s Balinese massage, and eating some delicious nasi goreng and satay every day! Or you can opt to go to the nearby Gili islands for some underwater romance—deep-sea diving! You cannot go wrong with a honeymoon in Bali.


Check out the Bali Honeymoon Packages from a variety of verified Bali Honeymoon Tour Operators here.


5. Dubai

Dubai is not a conventional pick. On your honeymoon in Dubai, you can take a romantic stroll on the beach, watch the musical fountain show as the stupefying Burj Khalifa lights up against the night sky, go for a dhow cruise on the Dubai creek, pick up spices in old Dubai’s spice market, and visit the Dubai Museum to marvel at how nomadic tribes survived in the harsh desert. And of course, a honeymoon in Dubai would be incomplete without a shopping trip to the famous Dubai malls!



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There is no dearth of honeymoon destinations outside India! Whichever of these honeymoon destinations outside India you end up picking, you are sure to have the vacation of a lifetime!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Kerala Monsoon - Busting Myths!

Kerala Monsoon - Busting Myths!


Once upon a time, yes that is how the story is told and retold during the heavy showers of Kerala, there was no rain. The kingdoms of Chola and Chera and Pandya were dying of drought. The kings were worried, their subjects were dying. They consulted and decided to leave the administration in the hands of the kings’ hand and go pray to the Lord of Rain, Indra. Sometime in the jungle and some long days of prayer ahead, the God was impressed enough to give them each four months of rain.

 

Months went by and the rain did come, but one king got too much and the other too little. They went to the God and again and ended up having 8 months of rain for King of Chera and two months of ample rain for Cholan and Pandiyan kings. Yes, that is what the folklore says about the Kerala monsoon. When you stand in the rain, it pushes against your body. The clouds thunder above your head, and the lightning strikes hard and bad. 

It is also the most beautiful time of the year to visit this paradise. Don’t believe us? Let us bust the popular myths about Kerala monsoons, right away.

Myth 1: The rain is scary and never ends, leaving you with less time and option to explore.

Reality:
Yes, the Kerala rain is bad. But, unlike the mountain rain it isn’t cold and unpleasant. The clouds are a mix of bright and dark and the lightening isn’t deadly. Lets just say it is the kind of rains you would love to take a walk in while smelling the earth.



Myth 2: Kerala is a backpacker’s delight.

Reality:
Kerala welcomes every kind of traveller. You may not be out looking for an adventure. You may just want a spa weekend. Kerala has it all. Infact, it is more romantic in the rain. Yes, take the lady love out this monsoon for a nice meal by the backwaters in a houseboat. The sights are prettier, trust us.

 


Myth 3: Prices are high during the peak season- Monsoon.

Reality:
The whole internet is asking just about everyone to visit Kerala during rain, the hotels gotta be expensive right? Wrong. Kerala is a rain driven land and offers great discounts if you know where to look and end up there during rain. There are some hotels that offer accommodation at discounts ranging from 20-50%.

 


Myth 4: The locals aren’t welcoming during festivities.

Reality:
The linguistic barrier stays, but the locals love to invite the travelers into the Oman festivities and many others. If you are lucky you may even be invited to a wedding. It is beautiful to see the pomp and show which you are very much welcome to.




How to get there?

It is approximately 2 hours by flight from Mumbai. You can book them straight for Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram and then take road transport across the state.

How much will you spend?

So, let us say you want to stay for 4 days and 3 night, with your family in a decently good hotel inclusive of sightseeing, you shall spend anything between 13000-15000/- if you aren’t being extremely thrifty.


  Who to take along?

 Anyone who’s company you enjoy.  Great place for families, couples and   friends alike.
 The monsoons decide wars and  famines and disasters and richness.  They define the life of most of the  country’s populations. They hide  millions of tonics amidst those lush evergreen forest they wash over. In this cocoon created by temperature controlled development, you may be watching your life unfold as a Facebook memory but think of the paper boat rushing down the stream in the rain from your childhood, and you’ll know why are asking you to go to Kerala.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Discovering Arunachal Pradesh - 8 Best Places to Visit!

Discovering Arunachal Pradesh - 8 Best Places to Visit!




Very few places have been blessed with the best of everything and Arunachal Pradesh is one of them. The easternmost tip of India, where the sun rises in its own beautiful way, offers you breathtaking views, exotic scenery and a memorable experience. Generally unexplored, you will find yourself retrospecting why you didn’t get to this place before.




Majestic mountains, silent green valleys, snow ice tops, panoramic views and what not! If you want to relax, or go for adventure sports, or trek your way, wildlife enthusiast or just a tourist, Arunachal Pradesh sits like the queen of the east, unraveling its mysteries one by one. Excited about travelling to Arunachal yet? Check out these amazing destinations!


Tawang


Situated at 10000 feet above the sea level, you will find yourself surrounded by Tibet on the north, Bhutan on west and Sela range on the east. The beautiful lakes and views will leave you spellbound. One of the oldest and largest Indian monastery - Tawang monastery is some 400 years old and one of the most visited spot!


> Known for - Buddhism, Nature, Monasteries
> What to see - Sela Pass, Tawang Monastery, Gorichen Peak,Taktsang Gompa, Nuranang Waterfalls, Bumla Pass
> Ideal Duration - 1 - 2 Days
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Tezpur Airport - 315 km, connected via Guwahati and Kolkata.
By Rail - Nearest Railway is Tezpur Railway Station, from there one can take a taxi or cab till Tawang.
By Road - Nearest town is Bomdila, take a bus or cabs till Tawang - 160 km.







Bomdila


Do you wish to view the white snow capped himalayas in full glory? Bomdila is the place to be. See the beautiful orchards bloom and the picturesque surroundings. Explore the crafts and the local shopping centres.
> Known for - Orchards, Scenery, Hills
> What to see - Bomdila Monastery, Apple Orchards, Dirang Valley, Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Bomdila View Point, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Craft Centre And Ethnographic Museum.
> Ideal Duration - 1 - 2 Days
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Tezpur - 145 km
By Rail - Nearest Railway is Tezpur Railway Station.
By Road - Bomdila is connected by many major cities. NH13 connects Bomdila, you can travel via state run buses or cabs.









Ziro Valley

A World Heritage Site, Ziro Valley in an unexplored treasure. Now taking a centrestage through the Ziro Music festival, this place has some of the best attractions in Arunachal. Famously known as Apatani Plateau, the valley is green and serene and makes you transport to european countryside.


> Known for - Valley, Hills, Nature
> What to see - Visit Talley Valley, Tarin Fish farm and Wild Life Sanctuary, Meghna Cave Temple, Ziro Puto, Hapoli, Kile Pakho, Tipi Orchid Research Centre and the  Pine Bamboo groves are a natural delight.
> Ideal Duration - 2 Days
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Tezpur Airport - 271 km.
By Rail - Take a cab from the nearest Tezpur station.
By Road - Cabs and State run buses are available from Itanagar or Assam and you can travel to Ziro from there.






Roing

Located in the Dibang Valley, Roing is an important tourist destination in Arunachal. Roing has a plethora of options, from nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, history and archeology buffs or just a nomad traveller. A place which mixes solitude with beauty.


> Known for - Adventure, Nature, Waterfalls
> What to see - Visit Mayudia, Bhismaknagar Fort, Mehao Lake, Nehru Van Udyan, Sally Lake, Hunli, Nijomaghat, Iphi Pani Ghat
> Ideal Duration - 1 - 2 Days
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Dibrugarh Airport - 145 km, connecting flights from Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati.
By Rail - Nearest Railway is Dibrugarh Town Railway Station - 150 km and connected by all major railway networks in North East.
By Road - Nearest Bus connectivity is from Tinsukia, Assam and from there it is a 4 - 5 hour journey.









Itanagar

The capital of Arunachal Pradesh offers various attractions and your bucket list is not complete without visiting this city. The city has a rich heritage demonstrated by its museums and tribes, scenic views of the hills and forests and some exotic species of flora and fauna.



> Known for - Heritage, Nature, Himalayas, Brahmaputra River
> What to see - Visit Itanagar Fort, Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Ganga Lake, Polo Park, Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary - for Langurs, Antelopes, Himalayan Black Bear, Gorals etc.
> Ideal duration - 2 - 3 Days
> How to Reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Rowriah Airport in Jorhat - 218 km, connecting Kolkata, Bangalore, Guwahati.
By Rail - Nearest accessible railway is Harmuti Railway and Tezpur Railway Station
By Road - NH15 & NH13 are the highways passing through and there is good connectivity from major cities especially in the north - east.








Pasighat



The oldest town in Arunachal Pradesh, Pasighat is located on the banks of Siang River. Also known as the gateway to Arunachal, this destination is a blessing of nature and views that will leave you enchanted.

> Known for - Hills, Brahmaputra River, Orchards
> What to see - Pangin and Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuaries and Kekar Monying are top tourist spots.
> Ideal duration - 1 Day
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Dibrugarh Airport - 160 km
By Rail - Nearest Railway is Dibrugarh Railway station, cabs are available till Pasighat.
By Road - Buses are well connected from Assam and other parts of Arunachal Pradesh to Pasighat.





Dirang

Mostly crossed on the way to Tawang, Dirang is a hidden gem in the wilderness of Arunachal. Dirang is influenced by Buddhist and Bhutanese culture and the presence of that can be felt through Kalachakra Gompa and Dirang Dzong.


> Known for - Buddhism, Nature
> What to see - Dirang Dzong, Hot water springs, Sangti Valley, National Research Centre are some of the must do and see.
> Ideal duration - 1 Day
> How to reach -
By Air - Nearest Airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport -  350 kms, connected via Guwahati, Delhi and Kolkata.
By Rail - Nearest Railway station is Tezpur Railway station.
By Road - Cabs and Buses are best connected via Itanagar, Tezpur  and Guwahati.







All the action and adventure with a taste of nature, Arunachal Pradesh is a destination definitely not meant to disappoint. Amidst the valleys and the hills, each place is unique in its own way and offers an amazing experience.

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