It is that time of the year again when you can get the beach tan, play on white sand, ride on ocean waves and have unlimited fun. Summer vacations are meant to be enjoyed, make memories and spend quality time with friends and family. While you are planning to get set for the same, we have picked up the top destinations where you can have a blast and get the perfect vacation photographs. Take a look and tell us where are you planning to go?
1. Hawaii: There cannot be a better place than Hawaii for spending a marvellous summer vacation. Rugged landscapes, mesmerising islands and alluring beaches of this wonderland will make you fall in love with everything and entice you to click amazing pictures with the jaw dropping beaches at the background.
2. Bora Bora: With a plethora of luxury resorts, turquoise blue ocean, sandy beaches and coral reefs, Bora Bora is another destination you should head to this summer. Enjoy scuba diving, rejuvenate yourself with a spa and get the perfect beach picture by visiting it soon.
3. Amsterdam: With a rich treasure of cultural and historical heritage, Amsterdam also makes a great place for your next summer vacation. Paddle through the canals, click pictures and enjoy the scenic beauty of clean, green Amsterdam. The vibrant night-life of this beautiful place will double up the fun of your vacation.
4. The Bahamas: Imagine yourself chilling at a place surrounded by turquoise blue waters and breathtaking sights. This can only happen if you choose to visit Bahamas for your summer vacation. With around 700 islands, this destination will not only give you beautiful pictures, but also give you the opportunity to enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving.
5. Virginia Beach: From cruise rides to board-walks, from fishing to water sports; there a number of things to see and enjoy at Virginia Beach. Whether you are with family or friends, there will not be a single moment in your trip that will make you feel bored. So, take your camera and capture some amazing shots of beach parties or aquatic creatures in Virginia.
Add a pinch of magic to your vacation by trying some offbeat activities and doing something unusual. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to experience a ‘like never before’ summer vacation and create some magical memories that will last forever.
“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness“- Honore de Balzac.
Second Sunday of May is indeed a special one. It is dedicated to those beautiful women across the globe who made us see the world. Yes, you got me right! 8th May marks the celebration of International Mother’s Day. So, let us keep our busy schedule aside for a while and plan a surprise for the beautiful moms who sacrificed their happiness, dedicated their precious time and gave our dreams a shape. From new moms to stay-at-home-moms, from single moms to full-time working moms, there is something for everyone. If you are tired of cliché gifts like coffee mugs or customized pillows, then we have some interesting things for you. This year, take her for a vacation and reward her with some unusual yet fantabulous gifts. You might or might not have a globetrotting mother, but our share of gifting ideas will definitely thrill her and take her miles away from the mundane life. Take a look below:
Wine Tasting Trip to Nashik
Let your beloved mom feast her eyes with undulating vineyards nestled on foothills and watch grapes being plucked, crushed, blended, bottled and shaped into finished products in a tasting room- gift her a perfect wine tour. This is not all! Wine tasting in Nashik is accompanied by cycling past the hills, enjoying sunset over Nashik’s serene setting and wine touring in Sula Vineyards. Never mind if your mom tasted wine in the past. On this Mother’s Day, present her a glass full of world’s best ever freshly produced wine. Great expectations indeed!
Ayurvedic Spa Therapy in Kerala
She must have let her feet go swollen, back go aching and nails go brittle all these years. Why not let her pamper herself with best Ayurvedic spa therapies offered in India’s wonderland called Kerala? Ayurvedic Kerala massages will give her body the much desired rejuvenation. Yoga and meditation session too will reward with a holistic experience. Book a stay in Kumarakom Lake Resort or Taj Malabar, so that your mom experiences a luxurious spa therapy in Kerala. She will remember this pleasant Mother’s Day gift forever.
Delightful Swim in the Infinity Pool of Wildflower Hall
Perched atop the Himalayas, Wildflower Hall, Shimla, is no less than a fairytale luxury resort encapsulated by thick green forests. Its infinity pool located at an altitude of nearly 8,250 feet promises a surreal swimming experience. Keeping Shimla’s cool climate in mind, the outdoor pool is connected to a heated indoor pool. Here, swimming is rewarded with the pictorial view of snowy Himalayas and unending stretch of pine and cedar trees. Mothers love to get pampered, isn’t it?
Jaipur’s Best Looking Pair of Kundan Jewellery
Jewellery is what she has treasured for years and filled her cupboard with. She might still fancy a traditional Rajasthani jewellery, especially a handmade Kundan set from Bapu Bazaar. It won’t cost much to take her to Jaipur, walk past the old narrow alleys of Bapu Bazaar and gift her an exclusive pair of stone-studded Rajasthani Kundan from one of the old shops of the market. And you will see the million dollar smile on her face!
A Luxury Lunch at Taj Mahal Hotel
Taj Mahal Hotel in Appollo Porbandar, Mumbai, has several in-house restaurants that serve a range of fine delectable global cuisines. Reserve a table in either Shamiana, Masala Craft or Golden Dragon and treat your mom with authentic North Indian or Chinese cuisine on Mother’s Day eve. At the end, treat her sweet tooth with freshly baked cakes at La Patisserie. Your mom is definitely a great cook, but a fantastic meal by the side of Arabian Ocean will surpass all other gifts you have thought to surprise her with.
A Ticket to Casino in Goa
Who said mothers are not happening? They only scold for the innumerable parties you attend every month? LOL. There are many globetrotting moms who cannot just reject a ticket to casino in Goa. If Vegas is not in budget, Goa can do wonders. Roll the dice, spin the wheels, tap feet to thunderous music, let her win luck and take her to a crazy happening world. Chances Casino, Deltin Royale Casino, Casino Pearl are few to be named. Which one are you taking your mom to?
A Stay Amidst Wild in Orange County Resort
Orange County Resort, Kabini, set amidst 300 acres of spice and coffee plantations is admired for its exquisite hand-cut, rust-red Kodava architectural style accommodation units. As Kabini is sandwiched between two dense forest reserves, Nagarhole and Bandipur, a day or two in Orange County sums up to a luxurious stay amidst serenity of wilderness. Trip to Bylekuppe Tibetan Settlement, bird watching and jungle safari in Bandipur and Nagarhole sum up for an unforgettable Mother’s Day.
Mothers deserve a holiday, they deserve to be taken away from four-walled homes and daily chores to far off lands where spa sojourns, international cuisines, jungle safari, shopping extravaganza and vineyard tour happen to lend a mind-blowing trip she might have not imagined before. Loosen your purse strings this Mother’s Day to make it a memorable one for your creator.
To all mothers around the world, wish you Happy Mother’s Day!
Noida has brought forth a sci-fi themed snow park named Ski India, in its newly opened DLF Mall of India. This theme park is expected to be this year’s most frequented summer destination among NCR people. Equipped with fabulous technology and designed to provide snow and ice in this otherwise sweltering heat, people living in and around Noida can now be found in the snow park anytime. Irrespective of weekends or weekdays, the snow park is expected to remain crowded with kids and families. It is open 365 days a year and has options of skating, skiing, sleighing and tobogganing.
Spread over two floors and an area as large as 100,000+ sq.ft, temperature inside Ski India is minus 15 degrees and one will have snow up to their calves and icicles above their head. Every activity here, starting from making snow angles to whipping snow balls, passing through snow caves and holding breathe after sliding down huge slopes of snow, is full of fun.
As per the manual, visitors will be provided with heavy jackets, cool looking boots and gloves. However, it is always good to wear full clothes to protect knees from getting frozen. Get clear instructions from the personnel about slippery floors and the inside temperature. A bunch of activities can be tried here at a price of Rs. 1,200 per person for around two hours. Guests are advised to sit back for sometime, get accustomed to the freezing temperature and take the games slowly. Otherwise, one might suffer from breathlessness or headache.
Such an entertainment zone is actually unbelievable in a hot dry city like Delhi.
Glance Quickly through These Facts:
Where: L05, 06 DLF Mall of India, Sector 18, Noida
Nearest Metro Station: Noida Sector 18
Price: Rs. 1,200 per person
Open: All days
90’s was a period to be cherished forever. From Hollywood hits to epic romantic Bollywood numbers, from the adventurous and mysterious series of Harry Potter to Enid Blyton’s English children’s stories, 90’s rewarded us with heaps of amazing things. A age devoid of WiFi, 4G and mobile based travel applications, travel during 90’s seemed to be a tedious job for many. However, there are millions who believe that some unique, rather exceptional features of 90’s travel now make them sigh. Forget if it was easier or harder, better or worse, confusing or carefree, let us revisit the golden era of holidaying and if possible, turn those crazy acts and nostalgic moments into reality. Here are some stuff every traveller from 90’s have done:
Carrying a Suitcase without Wheels
Those big heavy vintage looking suitcases with small handles must have given back pain and arthritis, but carrying them along with piles of clothes stuffed inside was way fashionable than pulling a classy trolley with ease today.
Keeping a Track of Travel Expenses in a Notepad
A pen and paper pad was enough to note down every single penny spent on travel. Who cared about maintaining an excel sheet and calculating expenses in their laptops’s calculator?
Travelling with a Road Map or Compass
I doubt if GPS or Google map was discovered then! With basic knowledge of geography, carrying a map and compass along was a common feature that every traveller of 90’s shared.
Locking Every Suitcase with Mini Locks and Steel Chains
Bags packed for train travel was accompanied by small locks and steel chains. Locking suitcases with a handle below the seat a common sight during train travel. Wait! Story does not end here! 90’s travellers even used to seal their bags with lock and key during flight travel. ‘Security check’ was just a term that time!
Carrying Home-made Food
A separate food baggage was a must, especially during train journey. Irrespective of the hours of train journey, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner was cooked at home and packed separately. And international travel? Laddoo, khakra and dhokla travelled free of cost. Cup noodles were beyond imagination. Haha!
Ladies Secretly Putting a Mini Pouch with Cash in Bosom
One of the creative creative ways to hide cash in the past. May be a Fastrack pouch was yet to be discovered! LOL!
Purchasing Typical Gifts Like Key Chains Made of Sea-shells or Woollen Cardigans
Beaches meant key chains and ornaments made of sea shells, hills meant woollen sweaters and historical sites meant miniature versions of Taj Mahal or Eiffel Tower. And all friends and cousins were satisfied! Ahh!
Roaming with Milton Water Bottle All the Time
Kinley or Aquafina were expensive affairs while travelling during 90’s. I could remember both young and adult travellers hanging a Milton bottle on their shoulder and filling those with mineral water in hotels, restaurants and sightseeing spots. Sigh!
Purchasing Train Tickets by Standing in a Queue
This was a fashion of holidaying during 90s. Early morning, railway counter, long.. very long queues.. and it proved you are about to travel. After all, the term mobile application was not born!
Contacting Home from the Holiday Destination’s PCO Booth
A PCO booth and the traveller was like Ahhh, I am relieved! Forget WhatsApp and SMS, having a mobile phone during 90’s was an expensive affair and status symbol.
Carrying a Walkman Along with an Earpiece
iPod or downloading music are just trends of 21st century. A traveller of 90’s made sure he carried a walkman and cassettes along to listen to Hindi, English or regional hits during his trip.
Hiring Mostly a Maruti Omni, Gypsy or Mini Bus for Sightseeing
A big family and a 8-seater Maruti Omni, Gypsy or Mini Bus was ready to take them for sightseeing. While, a 5-seater Omni would do for a small family. Now, it is all about Duster and Eco Sport! Grrrrr!
Hunting for a Hotel after Arriving at the Destination
Hopping around to find a good hotel in best deal was a trend amongst a 90’s traveller. As there was no or less scope for promo codes and online discounts, every traveller made sure they have the best bargaining skills.
Playing Cards with Friends or Co-passengers in Train to Kill Time
As travelling occupied a major period of the trip and availing flights was like distant dream, playing cards seemed to be the best time pass during the journey. Also, making temporary friends with co-passengers and talking crap was another hilarious task. Grrr!
Having a Box Filled with Coins and Currencies
Most travellers from 90’s ensured bringing back coins and currencies from every country they visit. May be now those currencies are only antiques in living rooms, as present generation prefers a Gucci watch or Da Milano bag at cheaper rates.
I think I have done almost all of these, and want to do these again. Do you want to go back to the 90’s with me and experience an old age travel? Then ditch the techy way of holidaying and come along!
(Photo Credits | Youtube.com & Giphy.com)
From the world’s oldest zoo to colourful fairy tale castles, from kid-friendly meals to family hotels, the European continent is flooded with attractions and amenities perfect for teenagers and tiny toes. Gone are those days when holidaying abroad with children was frowned upon. So, as schools are to shut down for summer vacation and kids will be free from daily homework, we thought of mapping some European cities where you can take your little ones for a vacation of a lifetime.
Here paddle boats and bike paths galore, here photo ops and child meals flow; and here whatever you do is more than fun. Here, children take a bicycle ride or you can take them for a canal boat tour- after all, that is ‘the’ way to go in Amsterdam! With French fires and pancakes available in plenty, your child can have the most entertaining food trail ever.
Must Visits: NEMO Science Museum, Anne Frank Museum, Tropen Museum and Vondelpark.
A brilliant city with waterfront houses, turreted castles from fairy tales, colourful soaring towers, fun parks, green spaces, lakes with pagodas and a constellation of indoor attractions, Copenhagen is a paradise for young ones. For the convenience of kids, it has reserved places for prams and pushchairs on trains and buses. Also, what more you want when restaurants have children menu and hot dogs and sausages are available in plenty?
Must Visits: The gorgeously lit and the city’s crown jewel, Tivoli Gardens; Bakken, world’s oldest amusement park; Botanical Garden; Children’s Museum of Art at National Gallery of Denmark; Experimentarium; National Aquarium Denmark and Copenhagen Zoo.
Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Marry Poppins, where else can you find these remarkable classic childhood characters, if not in London? Said to be their birthplace, London with its widespread colourful castles and children friendly parks, is a sheer thrill to children of all ages. Children’s free entry to museums and discounted fares in public transportation are bonus for mums and dads.
Must Visits: Tower of London, Kidzania, Natural History Museum, British Museum, the historical Buckingham Palace; London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel and Hyde Park.
Loaded with adventure, a visit to Lisbon is incomplete without a Hills Tramcar Tour across the city. Let your child sink in fun as you all sit back on a Hippotrip run by an amphibious custom-built vehicle. Apart from an entertaining ride across the city, Lisbon’s beaches turn more happening on summer holidays as parents start flocking the sand and sea with little ones. Speckled with a range of welcoming hotels and restaurants, Lisbon is ‘the’ place to be during the upcoming summer holidays.
Must Visits: Telecabine Lisboa, Castelo de São Jorge, Museu da Marioneta
Famed as ‘Europe’s most family friendly city’, Berlin’s wooden bridges, green playgrounds, thrilling boat trips and unique festivals let kids fall in love with the city. Crafted since historic times, Berlin is no doubt an entertaining knowledge bank for children and teenagers too. Exclusive guided bike and cycle tours across Berlin are also available for them. What makes you wait then?
Must Visits: Berlin Zoo, Germany’s oldest zoo; LegoLand, AquaDome, Kollwitz Platz and several pop-up museums.
Where pizza is the food of choice, where history baffles around battles and gladiators, where literature revolves around Caesar and Antonio, there emerges a natural wonderland for young minds. Fill in your water bottles from Rome’s fountains, carry a hat along and have a wonderful vacation with your child amidst the Roman ruins.
Must Visits: The iconic landmark, Colosseum; The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant’Angelo, Borghese Gardens, Said Vintage Chocolate Factory.
Heard of a city where babies are left safe in their buggies while parents go shopping tension free? Know a place where hot thermal springs are connected with specific children’s pool? Reykjavik it is! From climbing to the top of Mount Esja and swimming in the blue lagoon to whale watching and making friends with wildlife at Tjornin Lake, Reykjavik is flooded with family friendly activities. Here comes your one-stop destination to visit with kids this summer!
Must Visits: Perlan, Tivoli restaurant, Reykjavik Zoo.
Sailboat races, street performers, carousel rides and delicious treats, Paris is a heartthrob for the school going guy. Here statues, parks, galleries and museums galore to make it a must go family destination. Cool summer breeze and blowing flowers give your vacation in Paris the much needed touch of refreshment.
Must Visits: Disneyland, Eiffel Tower, Luxembourg Gardens, Natural History Museum, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral.
Enamoured by all-pervading kid friendly culture, Barcelona pleads to be discovered by adults and kids alike. The colourful streets where street performers juggle swords and swallow fires are visual treats for little ones. The city is breathtaking and its parks lined with curving walls and endless mosaics leave a prominent footprint in a summer vacation expedition.
Must Visits: Museum of Chocolate; Tibidabo, an amusement park that hosts an old fashioned Ferris wheel; Mirador de Colom and La Rambla street.
Tucked between mountain peaks and crystal lakes, Geneva is a city for all seasons and all age groups. With temperature soaring across India, a trip to snow-clad pleasant Geneva can make this summer vacation a breathtaking one. Boat ride on Geneva Lake, ride on cogwheel railway, exploring castles and trailing along the Alps are some of those promising reasons for you to plan a summer trip to Geneva, Switzerland.
Must Visits: Aquaparc, Botanical Gardens, Geneva Lake and Jet d’Eau, world’s tallest fountain.
Forget the homework for some days, pick a destination you like, plan a trip and pack your bags. Let us welcome the much awaited summer vacation in the most thrilling way!
A good travel expedition is usually the result of something that has gone (terribly) wrong.“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”- Mark Twain
The “Huh oh” moments revolving around those local bill boards, Dhaba menu cards and many such weird things can make you chuckle, but you instantly know that these will make an excellent story for years to come!
Is that a Shower?
There are times when I enter the bathroom of a funky hotel and Woah! The mysterious technological shower awaits! I have no clue how to make this thing work. Believe me, I have actually been like “eh? What the hell odour will not kill anyone. Deodrant for today maybe”. If you are a OCD, travel will surely make you more laid back and appreciate times when things are not perfect or planned.
The Thai Massage or Torture Satan?
“Would you like a massage mister?!” It can destroy your dreams if an old lady comes up and says “ I think you need the full two hour”. The voice in my head mumbles Nooo! Just the one please (teeth screeching in terror). Beware on who you put your trust in. A relaxation massage turned into a Karate match against an old Thai lady. Who is going to be the winner?
Chased Down by Some Stalker (or Maybe a Cow!)
This one time on a trip to Varanasi I saw cows pop out of nowhere. There you are, sitting quietly in an auto with 5 folks and loving the streets and Bam! MOOOO! There she is with her entire mouth munching right at my face and her eyes staring at mine! I was scared to death I swear she could smell me 😛
Cows and I share the same MOO chemistry till today.
Funny Outrageous Pictures!
Everyone while travelling clicks dozens of such quirky, bizarre, outrageous, funny, absurd, ridiculous, truly off the chart moments.
I will let the picture do the talking. They are sure to bring a chuckle when you relive them.
I am Bear Grylls Adventure!
There comes a time when a man sitting at a boring desk job has a moment of enlightenment, a sudden calling “Maybe i Should Trek To the hills via the forest like that dude on National Geographic”. The next thing you know you are thirsty, sweaty and covered in insects, reptiles wondering ‘Damn you bear grills! You make it look like treat!’. Those near to death moments will give you the chills years later.
Local food or delicacies are most sought after things while on a trip. In a similar event of trying the local cuisine, a friend of mine learnt how to eat a rat! You read it correct ‘A Rat’! These bizarre ‘Huh, is that food?’ moments will bring lots of laughter, and bag full of ‘wow! that happened to me one time’ experiences in your travel kitty.
Take Back a Souvenir!
On every little venture of mine I try and bring something back ranging from antiques to scarves/hats to local treats. The time when you see a funky cigarette holder and think, huh, maybe I should smoke (kidding) so I have this uber cool piece.
The take-away from every place, even the smallest pendents or hats I get from a trip take me down the memory lane.
All these remind me what joy it is to travel! How much happiness it brings to me and maybe why I should plan something really soon.
According to a report by the researchers of the University of Virginia, an individual’s choice of vacation depends on his mindset, perception and attitude towards life. So, if you are wondering why you end up taking holidays to specific places every single time (in my case I always, ALWAYS, choose a place that has beaches), here’s the answer. Read and know what is your personality type.
1. Mountain Lovers = Introvert: Do you always dream of relaxing and unwinding in the mountains? Well, the study says that people who fall in love with the serenity of the mountains, are introverts. Though the trekkers and mountaineers are considered to be creative folks, they are more often than not shy by nature. Goibibo recommends you to explore the beauty of Manali, Kasol, Ladakh and McLeodganj this summer vacation.
2. Architecture Lovers = Arty and Intellectual: Does your itinerary has more of museums, historical sites, palaces and memorial places than anything else? Then, according to the research, you definitely have an intellectual personality. So why not explore Golkonda Fort, Mysore Palace and Salar Jung Museum this summer vacation!
3. Beach Lovers = Influential People: If you hit a beach on almost every vacation of yours, then the research define you an influential person. The study reveals that people who love walking and taking strolls on the pristine and sandy beaches usually have an influential personality. Why don’t you go and take a beach vacation to Andaman Nicobar, Maldives or Gokarna to beat the heat this summer?
4. Cruise Lovers = Extrovert: The luxury cruise rides are not everybody’s cup of tea. But those who take up cruise vacations are definitely extroverts. Meeting new people, having fun and making the most of the holiday are the signs of people who fall in this category. Mexico, Fort Lauderdale, Amsterdam and New York, where are you cruising this summer?
5. Hippie Travel Lovers = Trendsetter: Travellers who always look out for a popular movie location, love exploring the local places and do quirky things are nicknamed Hipsters. The Argentinian researchers say that these travellers are trendsetters and visit the hidden and unexplored destinations of the world. Goibibo recommends you to explore Amazon Rainforest, Gangkhar Puensum and Pelling.
Now, the next time you are planning your vacation, make a note and give yourself a new traveller identity, may be!
The sleepy groggy eyes suffer from energy deficiency every Monday morning. Uff! The week is back and your boss is fully charged up. However, you feel that you simply need, or rather deserve to forsake the desktop and get your self-batteries recharged. The boss might chuckle over leave approval, but smart ones like you will surely find a tricky or more often than not, a silly work excuse that will rarely be turned down. While you will enjoy a vacation, he might think ‘Whatttt?’, ‘How Come’? Really?
Statutory Warning: Meant only for bosses with a good sense of humour. Don’t blame us if your ‘planned’ or ‘unplanned’ leaves do not get approved.
Guess I can play safe for 3-4 days and return back from a short and sweet trip.
After all, painful injections and regular check-ups always get their way. Isn’t it?
Sir, I can’t travel with a vomiting tendency.. Shhh! Am off for a vacation to the beaches.
Grrrr! I am planning (JUST) a 3 day bachelor party.
A brilliant excuse to take an off from attending your boss’s boring meetings. Haha!
Whoa! Let me keep my boss in a state of awe!
Oh, I guess its again time for my fake surgery excuse!
You must be thinking, What? However, try this out.
No one can dare to question if I play with this crazy excuse. Woo-hoo!
Ah! This is a great idea. Now I can travel for a week tension-free.
So folks, you think we have missed out something funnier/sillier than these? Try one of these if you’ve run out of the old ones. Do not forget to share the expressions of your boss with us! 😀
(With inputs from Debatree Saha)
Travelling is an activity that impresses people of almost all age groups and lets them enjoy quality time with family and friends. While most people take help and inspiration from social media; there are many who plan randomly. There are many choices and sources that inspire us to travel and explore. However, a recent research done by a U.S based organization shows that travelling, according to your age, can help you in making the most of your vacation.
Based on a research, we have drafted a travel itinerary, created the parameters for you to roam around, have endless fun and make some magical memories. Take a look.
Age Group: 18-30
The study says that travellers aged between 18 to 25 should take a trip to mountains. Trekking, mountain climbing and adventure activities can be included in your travel itinerary without a second thought. Triund, Mcleodganj, Chamoli, Kasauni, etc. are some of the top choices for trekking in India.
Age Group: 31-44
According to the research, people planning vacations during their age of 30-40 should head to the beaches. Whether you wish to take a sunbath or give yourself a rejuvenating break; the beaches of Goa, Kerala and Puri are the ideal choices.
Age Group: 45 +
People above the age of 45 are advised to take a break at peaceful and serene places. Spas, meditation centres and hotels with sauna and swimming pools, especially ones with infinity pools like Wildflower Shimla or Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, are perfect for all belonging to this age group. Book a suite soon and enjoy a relaxing break.
Age Group: 50 +
The ‘above 50’ years of people are usually free from all sorts of responsibilities and it’s the best time when they can take a joy ride across the world and have unlimited fun. London, Turkey and Paris can be added to the list. So, pack your bags and get going.
Age: No Bar
Well, this category is for those travellers who think age is just a number. If your body is 55 and your heart is still at 25, then you definitely go for an adventurous safari at the Ranthambore National Park, a refreshing road trip to Manali or a thrilling river rafting excursion in Rishikesh.
Vacation preferences may vary from individual to individual, but taking them according to age gives a unique experience. So, next time you are drafting a travel itinerary or planning a trip, visit the one that is perfect for your age. And if you aren’t much affected by the numbers of your age; go take that long pending break. After all, it’s your life, make it large!
Second last week of March seems to be the most exciting one, isn’t it? Colourful Holi, Good Friday and the weekend following them! Hope you have already bracketed this L-O-O-O-N-G weekend in your office calender. If not, do it now! Pause for a moment, think for a while and imagine that four precious days are knocking at the door. Why to waste it, especially when weather is perfect for a vacation? Ummm! Not sure where to go? Wait! We have some recommendations for you, which are perfect to travel in the upcoming long weekend and that too under a budget of Rs. 5000. Yayyyy!
Chikmagalur near Bangalore
From trekking trails to coffee plantations, from waterfalls to temples, from wildlife to interesting locals, Chikmagalur has everything for everyone. Nothing can beat the fun of golfing amid green landscape, pleasure of walking around aromatic coffee plantations and joy of trekking to Kalahasti Falls. UNESCO World Heritage sites like Shravanabelagola, Halebidu and Belur temples on the way to Chikmagalur are places to leave your footprints too.
Distance from Bangalore: 250 km approximately
Mode of transport: Ordinary and Volvo buses (fares start from Rs. 250 one way for a non AC seater bus)
Accommodation: As low as Rs. 811 per night
Suggested days of stay: 2nights/3days
Total trip cost: Under Rs. 5000
McLeodganj near Delhi
Cheap bus ride, affordable hotels and pocket friendly food stalls, McLeodganj is the most affordable hill station near Delhi for a peaceful holiday during the Holi Good Friday long weekend. Every attraction in McLeodganj is just a walk away. So be there, visit the Dalami Lama Ashram, take a trek to Triund, camp overnight and relish the home-style Himachali and Tibetan meals, desserts, tempting coffee and affordable liquor and end your short trip on a sweet note. Book your stay!
Distance from Delhi: 478 km approximately
Mode of transport: Private and government Volvo buses (fares start from Rs.700 one way)
Accommodation: As low as Rs. 880 per night. Basic home-stays are available at cheap rates
Suggested days of stay: 3nights/4days
Total trip cost: Under Rs. 5000
Matheran near Mumbai
A popular weekend getaway for Mumbaikars, the cool unruffled hill station of Matheran gives respite from hustle bustle of the city. The no-vehicles hill station makes way for horse rides and transports one to dreamy imaginations of bygone era. From peace to green landscape, from romance to fresh air, Matheran leaves one spoiled for choices at an affordable cost. The toy train ride from Neral station to Matheran is a journey to remember forever!
Distance from Mumbai: 126 km approximately by train 83 km approximately via Sion-Panvel Highway
Mode of transport: Train along with state transport buses that ply between Mumbai and Pune. Train fare is Rs. 260 per person one way
Accommodation: As low as Rs. 1,999 per night
Suggested days of stay: 2nights/3days
Total trip cost: Under Rs. 5000
Darjeeling near Kolkata
A vacation near Kolkata time and again reminds of Darjeeling, the sole hill station of West Bengal. The coming Holi Good Friday long weekend is the best time to plan a trip to the beautiful ‘land of Gorkhas’. Impressive Kanchunjenga mountains, Himalayan toy train, aromatic tea gardens and bundle of historical landmarks, Darjeeling is a paradise for mountain lovers. Take a trip to this paradise in an unbelievably low budget. Book now!
Distance from Kolkata: 570 km approximately by train and 632 km via NH 34
Mode of transport: Trains till New Jalpaiguri (minimum fare around Rs. 320 per person one way) and buses till Siliguri (fare starts from Rs.500 per person per way). Local taxis and buses are available from Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling
Accommodation: As low as Rs. 1,100 per night
Suggested days of stay: 3nights/4days
Total trip cost: Under Rs. 5000
Khajuraho near Bhopal
Conjured by images and structures of timeless beauty and serenity, Khajoraho is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is just perfect for a weekend getaway near Bhopal. A land of countless Hindu temples, historic sculptures and artistic carving along with the best kept Panna National Park, Khajuraho can be explored in a pocket friendly budget. Reserve the Holi Good Friday long weekend for a historic trip to Khajuraho.
Distance from Bhopal: 308 km approximately by road from Bhopal
Mode of transport: Regular bus service between Bhopal and Khajuraho
Accommodation: As low as Rs. 600 per night
Suggested days of stay: 2nights/3days
Total trip cost: Under Rs. 5000
Gear up folks! Ditch the pocket pinch and get set for a splashing and vibrant Holi this time.
Attention workaholics! It is time you all say ‘hello’ to sabbatical (a specified time away from work, usually unpaid).
Do you ever count the hours you put to business weekly? Do you ever count the times you attend a business meeting? I guess you don’t. Aww! It is next to impossible. Anyway, are you one of those who wishes to break all barriers, skip daily job routine and head for a holiday? If so, then stop thinking and apply for a sabbatical. All you need to do is, convince your boss and get him some goodies while you return. And you are set for an ‘out of the world’ break, a break that will make you travel around the world, explore the colourful landscape, appreciate the artificial marvels, taste local cuisines and bring you back with a bag of new experiences. Be it months or year, a sabbatical can do wonders. Here is why:
Break the 9-5 Job Routine
You spend the entire week coding or publishing news? When you are bogged down, your mind just needs to wander. Stop dragging and take a break. Only a sabbatical can help you come out from the clumsy work-stuffed world and give a chance to breathe the fresh air, walk through wet grass or wake up to the sunrise over mountains. A new life awaits for you dearie!
A sabbatical is the best medicine for a stressed out mind. Not only does your body and mind get the rest it needs, but also you become more enthusiastic, refreshed and rejuvenated. The joy of travelling and the ‘partial break-up’ with official mails help meditate, relax and get boost up with positive energies of the world.
Find Your Passion
The busy office schedule might not permit to find your passion, but travel does. Give it a try, sit under the open sky, look around the landscape and think what you love, what you are born for. Who knows that you might return back only to discover that your only passion is travel?
Fall in Love with Yourself
It is you who should love yourself the most and rest of the world will follow. Time off, break from work, a long holiday, adventure games, new people and different culture.. everything make you happy. And at the end you will love yourself all the more, because it is only about ‘me time’. Not bad right?
You Get More Creative
A fresh mind brings new ideas and improves creativity. But this is possible only when you take a break from job and head for a long pending vacation. New place, new people and new culture are instigators to your creative trait.
Make New Friends
Life is short and better not stay alone. You might have a bunch of friends in office and neighbourhood, but what about making some new? Travel helps you come across lots of interesting people from varied cultures and communities. Some can even get their ‘friends forever’ and an all new Friendship Day might be just the next party you prepare for.
Explore the World
Holidaying for a long period across different cities and countries is the best way to know the world. From architectural edifices to natural wonders, from religious diversity to cultural milieu, the world has so much to explore. From man to wildlife, you get to interact with all. So why sit back and slog over the computer? Apply for a sabbatical and you will have bagful of stories to cherish forever.
A Guaranteed Job when You Come Back
If you have taken a sabbatical from the ongoing job, then why worry? Your boss would love to get you back with a refreshed mind and body and definitely, bundle of new experiences to share with him.
Age is on Your Side
Work made you wiser than teenage self and by now you must have learned a bit of the big world. Luggage packing, sitting by the train window, learning local language and photographing the landscape, all will take you through the best phases of life. You are young so it is good to add some adventure too. I am sure you will appreciate these rather than repenting later on.
No Regrets at the End
Your feet is what takes you to the corners of the globe. Everything has its time and when you grow old, I promise you will never regret for the sabbatical you took for a leisurely vacation amid the wild, far off in the mountains, by the serene seaside or in a historic city.
Gift yourself a mini-retirement. A doctor might not prescribe a holiday, but the cure it gives, is way beyond scientific drugs. Set off! Get out! Wander! Enjoy! This is the time!
On Monday, 1st March, 2016, New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has been adjudged as the world’s best airport in the category of handling nearly 25-40 million passengers on a yearly basis. For the second time in a row, Delhi airport has attained this prestigious position. All thanks to the airport’s employees and partners who have relentlessly delivered the best and most distinctive experiences to global passengers. Apart from holding the world’s number one position for two consecutive years, the airport has also been awarded for being the best airport by size and region – Asia Pacific and second the best one by Region-Asia Pacific.
The parametres that helped the airport bag the award include improved on-time performance of airlines, launch of flyDEL (an interactive and user-friendly mobile application), enhancement of signages and airport ambiance, strong bonding with stakeholders, upgradation of entertainment facilities like shopping and eating joints, excellent sanitation system and positive customer flying experience. The ranking was announced by The Airports Council International (ACI), a trade association of world’s airports established in 1991. Also, the airport has scored 4.96 on a scale of 1 to 5 in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey.
Last year the airport handled an average of 958 flights daily and 760 thousand tonnes of cargo. Delhi’s IGIA is an active gateway to nearly 58 domestic and 62 international cities. Around six domestic and 57 international airlines use the airport as their destination. Domestic flights like Vistara, Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet use IGIA as their operational hub.
At the same time, Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has been ranked as the world’s third best airport, and that too for the seventh time in a row. Airports Council International (ACI) declared Hyderabad International Airport, which is operated and managed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport, as the third best in the world in the category of handling 5-15 million passengers annually. The airport is set to receive the award at the ASQ Awards Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place in the month of April.