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Why Is Bhutan Known As The Kingdom Of Happiness? Anuj’s Bhutan Trip Experience Is The Answer!

Bhutan is considered to be the happiest country in Asia and the 8th happiest country in the world. For travelers, this place offers amazing experiences that they come seeking for. Here is Anuj’s Bhutan trip experience that tells you why people seek an escape to this magical country.

We wanted to take a trip to break the monotony which generally happens to everyone who has a 10 to 6 office schedule daily. We Wanted to cut down on the daily stress and go to a peaceful place far from the city life of Delhi and to just relax. We were looking for a trip organizer company and we found TravelTriangle who planned a customized budget trip for us. They booked a cozy and comfortable hotel for us along with other arrangements for the trip.

Cost: INR 37000 (per person)
Duration: 5 days & 4 Nights
No. of people: 2 Adults, 0 Children
Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Hotel, Transfers, Sightseeing, Arrival Assistance
Exclusions: Lunch, Entry Fees, Personal Expenses

Day 1: Arrival in Siliguri and drive to Phuentsholing
Day 2: Arrival in Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu Sightseeing, Transfer to Paro
Day 4: Visit Tiger Nest Monastery and return to Phuentsholing
Day 5: Transfer to Siliguri for return

Bhutan is a beautiful country and this land of happiness gave us memories for a lifetime. Here are some of the best experiences of our 5 day Bhutan trip.

reached to Bhutan

in a temple

walking on the local streets of Bhutan at night

After reaching Phuentsholing, the border town of Bhutan and we checked into our hotel. After resting for some time we headed out to visit Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang. This is a temple dedicated to the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. The temple features beautiful Buddhist drawings depicting Guru’s imagination of heaven. Statues symbolizing 8 manifestations of Guru Rinpoche are also installed here. A striking feature of this temple is its floor that bears a massive painting depicting Lord Buddha’s life.

Located in the heart of Phuentsholing, this temple is perched on a hillock. Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang is set in a well-maintained park which is become a social hub for people. With monks in and around the premises and chants that can be heard from the temple, this place surrounds you with a mystical vibe. This was our first visit on this journey and we were looking forward to even more exciting Bhutan travel experiences.

way to Thimpu

King's Memorial Chorten

many significant places of Bhutan

On the way to Thimpu, we visited Kharbandi Gumba. This is a monastery located in Phuentsholing, 250 kilometers from Thimpu. Set in a mesmerizing lush green surrounding, this is one of the many monasteries in Phuentsholing. It was established by the Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron in 1967.

visited best attractions of the city

overview of the city

resting on the way to Thimphu

Takin Preserve Motithang

 power-packed day journey

We were extremely excited about our visit to the capital city, Thimpu. This is a beautiful valley that houses many significant places of Bhutan. Our power-packed day included a visit to The National Library, King’s Memorial Chorten, Takin Preserve Motithang, The Folk Heritage Museum, Changangkha Lakhang Buddha Point.

head to Punakha

explore the significant places of the city

 Dochula Pass

seeking blessings in temple

clicked some best pictures of us

Punakha bridge

enjoyed clicking the shots on bridge

Though this was not in our itinerary, we decided to cut short our days in Thimpu and head to Punakha, Bhutan. On the way we saw the bewitching sights of Dochula Pass and the weather was also amazing. We found Punakha to be the most beautiful city of the three that we had visited. Our one of the favourite highlights was the Punakha Dzong. Here we saw the holy place where the king got married and the royal room where all the kings are coronated. The Dzong is beautifully designed with a mind blowing architecture.

head to Tigers Nest Monastrey

trekking to monastrey

hike to reach the temple

This is one of the most awaited parts of our trip to Bhutan. Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the most popular places to visit in Bhutan. This iconic Buddhist shrine is perched on the edge of a mountain. The monastery is called ‘Taktsang Lhakhang’ which translates to ‘The Tiger’s Nest’. It is believed that Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress from Khenpajong. This place was consecrated to tame the Tiger demon, was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in a cave, in the 7th century A.D. for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it. We did a long hike to reach the temple which was tiring but totally worth it.

June is a great time to visit Bhutan as the temperature is mostly warm with a few showers. Due to the shift of monsoon, the heavy rainfall is usually experienced here towards the end of the month or July beginning, making June quite pleasant. The average temperature is around 18 °C which is quite comfortable for one to explore this kingdom of happiness!

1. Shop souvenirs from the local shops located on the way while returning from the hike from Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The rates are lower.
2. The cafe at Midway to Tiger’s Nest Monastery is super expensive. Carry some light snacks and cold drink juices.
3. Every city has its own Dzong. We found Punakha Dzong to be the best. Don’t miss it!
4. In Punakha, there is a village and temple dedicated to the god of fertility.
5. Wear proper clothes while going to religious places like Dzongs.
6. If you are going by flight, try and get a seat at the left side of the plane to catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest. (Depends on which part of the country you are travelling from)
7. Trek to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is difficult and tiring, so carry a light bag and wear comfortable clothes. Have patience, the place is worth the effort.
8. You won’t be allowed to take your phones inside the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
9. Try to bargain on prices of anything you buy.

Take a break from your routine and plan a trip to Bhutan like them. Experiencing this beautiful country is the perfect dose of happiness that you need to refresh your senses. There’s a reason why they measure Gross National Happiness Index of their country.

 

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Our Trip To Bali In April For Honeymoon Was Everything We Wanted And More!

Pristine beaches, vibrant culture, surreal jungles, beautiful temples, delicious cuisine, and essence of tranquility all around defines the paradisiacal destination of Bali. One of the most popular honeymoon escapes in the world, Bali can make anyone fall in love with itself. While searching for the most romantic destination abroad, Sahil and his wife came across Bali and couldn’t find any place better for their honeymoon. Providing a great concoction of peacefulness, romance, and vivaciousness, Bali is a perfect getaway from the bustling city culture. Moreover, Bali in April for honeymoon blankets experiences that one is bound to be a fan of.

While planning for our honeymoon, my wife and I both decided that we wanted to go somewhere outside India. After researching the places we could go for our honeymoon on the internet and taking advice from our family and friends, we finalized Bali as our escape because of its romantic charm. After the destination was decided, the main concern we had was about the whole cost going over our budget. Then we came across TravelTriangle that took care of all of our problems and made the whole vacation from booking to exploring the stunning destination extremely hassle-free. Choosing Bali in April for honeymoon was surely one of the best decisions. With my brother being in Bali, the agent that was assigned to us being there whenever we needed him, and ever so welcoming staff, our whole honeymoon experience went butter-smooth.

Trip Type: Honeymoon trip
Cost: INR 28,000 per person
No. Of People: 2
Duration: 5 Days
Inclusions: Accommodation, Airfare, Airport transfers, Sightseeing, Breakfast, Complimentary candlelight dinner, AC Private cab, Honeymoon cake
Exclusions: Travel insurance, Visa, Meal plans (Lunch & Dinner)

Day 1: Arrival in Bali
Day 2: Sightseeing (Tanah Lot Temple, Ulun Danu Temple)
Day 3: Sightseeing (Tegenungan Waterfall, Kintamani, Tirta Empul Temple)
Day 4: Leave for Ubud, leisure day
Day 5: Departure

We had a wonderful time in Bali in April. We would always cherish our whole honeymoon trip and the memories we made. We are sharing with you a few of the unforgettable highlights from our trip that made our trip to Bali in April for honeymoon even more special for us.

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1. Visiting The Ulun Danu Temple

 Ulun Danu temple

Ulun Danu temple exhibited beautiful and picturesque scenic

enjoyed the moment

Sitting in the lap of Beratan Lake, Ulun Danu temple exhibited beautiful and picturesque scenic views that simply took our breath away. Dedicated to the Hindu trinity, Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva, this temple helped us stay in touch with our culture even in a foreign land. The floating temple of Ulun Danu Temple helped us embrace the beauty of nature like nothing else.

2. Feeling The Essence Of Spiritualty In Tanah Lot Temple

enjoyed the bali vacation

enjoyed the vacation with friends

A Hindu shrine located in the most romantic island of Bali, Tanah Lot was definitely one of our favorite places to visit in the island nation. Sitting at the peak of a high rock, Tanah Lot temple showcased some of the most mesmerizing sunset views. Hues of red, orange, yellow, and blue with a silhouette of the temple on the cliff and soft sound of waves reaching our ears was one of the most overwhelming experiences we have ever witnessed.

3. Witnessing The Beauty Of Tegenungan Waterfalls

we had fun time on journey

welcomed by locals in Bali

ready to explore the city

Milky water gushing down, nestled in the lush greenery and rugged rocks, sun shining far from above, and the refreshing vibes of the Tegengnungan Waterfalls simply added to the romance, making our honeymoon trip worthwhile. Taking a dip into this plunge pool was enough to take away our fatigue and exhaustion from the usual busy life.

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4. Exploring The Kintamani Village

visited to the Kintamani village

enjoying the rainfall

explored the city with full of excitement

Kintamani welcomed us with open arms and extremely pleasant weather. Touring around this beautiful village was surely one of the major highlights of our trip to Bali in April for honeymoon. Cool-weather, vibrant fruit markets, the bustling of the city, mountain-clad mountains, and the vivacious culture of Bali were some of the extravagant features of this stunning village. Kintamani made our trip to Bali in April for honeymoon feel complete.

5. Embracing The Peacefulness At Uluwatu Temple

enjoying the romantic moments on the beach

get the magnificent view of the two of us

ocean made us feel extremely grateful

One of the popular temples in Bali, Uluwatu Temple is established in one of the most spectacular locations in Bali. Perched at the peak of a cliff, Uluwatu temple also displayed a magnificent view of the surreal sunset. The calm waves, lush greenery, mighty cliff, and the sun setting far away in the ocean made us feel extremely grateful for the wonders of mother nature.

These Bali travel tips will ensure one is all set and well-prepared for their escapade to the stunning island nation.

  • It is better to get the currency exchange from India itself. The rates in Bali can be a little more and one won’t get worth their money.
  • Make your arrangements for a private cab beforehand. Hiring a cab when in Bali can turn out to be an expensive affair.
  • Research well about the Indian restaurants in Bali before leaving for the destination and jot down the names with addresses for your reference.
  • If one hires a self-drive car in Bali, always drive on the left.
  • Avoid drinking tap water. It is advised to buy a bottle of water.
  • Do not forget to indulge in the local Balinese cuisine.

at tanha lot temple

After finalizing our destination the one thing that concerned us was the cost and New Delhi to Bali travel. We were not sure if the trip to Bali would come under our budget or not. Then we came across TravelTriangle and everything fell into place. The agent that was assigned to us made sure that we do not face any kind of issues, anywhere. Right from the booking until the time we were in Bali, our agent was constantly in touch with us. All in all, our whole experience with TravelTriangle right from the booking process until we reached the city was really great.

Pristine beaches, forest-clad mountains, refreshing waterfalls, and beautiful temples combine to form the surreal destination of Bali. Bali in April for honeymoon has landed in the bucket list for plenty of travelers. Emerging as one of the most romantic places, honeymoon in Bali would be worth every penny spent. Plan your honeymoon trip to Bali with TravelTriangle and unravel the romance hidden in the midst of mother nature.

 

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Best Things In Bali To Experience In 2019: From Ubud Swing To Tanah Lot, Shalini Had It All

Bali, the Island of Gods, was created for the reunion of couples where they can relax and unwind from all the wedding hassle and begin their marital life in bliss and romance. Shalini’s 7D/6N account will tell you about all the best things in Bali to experience on a honeymoon.

What made Bali our first choice was for three reasons; Bali beaches, culture, and its cost-effectiveness. There are so many experience one can have in Bali and the pictures looked so enticing that we had to take a trip to the Island of Gods. Here are all the best things in Bali to experience for couples on honeymoon.

Trip Type: Honeymoon
Trip Duration: 6N/7D
Trip Cost: INR 139,500
Inclusions: Airfare, Accommodation, Breakfast, Transfers, Sightseeing
Exclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Travel Insurance

Here is a day-wise account of our honeymoon and all the cherishing experiences we had in Bali. I am still in trance of Bali as I’m writing this.

Kintamani2

Street shopping

Our stay on the first night was in Kuta. After we checked-in our hotel – Kuta Heritage Hotel, we took some rest to get ourselves charged for the days ahead. In the evening, we enjoyed a romantic candle-lit dinner on Kuta Beach. There could not have been a better start to our Bali honeymoon. It is one of the best things in Bali to experience for couples.

Tegenungan Waterfall

Ubud Swing

Local Balinese Food

Tea -coffee Tasting

Next day was grand. We began our sightseeing in Ubud with beautiful traditional dance performance – Barong and Keris, in Batubulan. It was a dramatic narration of the fight between good and evil. The next step was Celuk, Mas, and Batuan, the famous art villages in Ubud. We also enjoyed a sumptuous buffet in the presence of Mount Batur. Now that’s what I call lunch with a view. Tegenungan Waterfall was a site magnificent to behold. We even got the chance to taste a variety of coffee and tea in Seribatu Spice Garden. The real highlight of our day was the Ubud Rice Swing where I took a swing with my husband over the lush green plantations. It was one of the best things in Bali to experience on our honeymoon.

Waterfall

Ulu Segara-private beach canyoning

Ulu danu 3

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Temple

Twin Lake 1

Twin lake view

We transferred to our hotel in Ubud which was located amidst lush greenery. Bali Beaches have a reputation for being breathtaking and picturesque and Lovina Beach was no exception. We enjoyed taking a walk on the black sands of the beach. The famous Git Git Waterfall was a delightful site. The roaring sound of the water falling from the height of 35 m amidst rain forests was one of the best things in Bali to experience. Ulundanu Temple, located on the shores of Beratan Lake, was mesmerizing. We also enjoyed ATV rides and water sports during our stay in Ubud.

Temple Hopping

Temple Hopping 1

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot 1

We arrived in Nusa Dua and checked into the luxury suite of Ulu Segara. Of all the accommodations in Bali, our stay at Ulu Segara was the best where we were pampered to the max. Rest of time was all about temple hopping. We visited Taman Ayun Royal Temple in the south of Bali and I must say, it is one of the most attractive temples. Tanah Lot Temple was another important landmark that we struck off from our list on Bali honeymoon. The sunset view from the temple was ethereal. We also visited Alas Kedaton that is clandestine amidst woods. It was time to say goodbye to Bali on the last day of our trip which we did with heavy hearts. At least, we head bucketload of memories to cherish later.

Comfortable dresses and decent clothes if you’re visiting temples
Sunglasses
Comfortable footwear
Balinese currency in good amount if you wish to shop locally

  • Here are a few tips from our experience that we would like to share with fellow travelers so that they can plan a budget trip to Bali.
  • Keep last 2 days of trip reserved for just relaxing, unwinding, and pampering
  • Include air tickets also in your travel quote. It worked out cheaper for us.
  • Get the prepaid sim from airport counters only. We found it expensive everywhere else.
  • Don’t not exchange currency at airport counters as there are so many exchange shops in the city. Check for decent looking shop and exchange the currency.
  • If you’re planning a trip with your friends, make sure to plan your itinerary by including the right things to experience in Bali for bachelors for the perfect experience.

We are thankful for the excellent service from TravelTriangle and the agent was very polite and informative. She arranged the entire trip as discussed. We enjoyed the trip hassle free. The installment payment offering is very useful as it burdens the wallet at one go. I could pay for the trip over 3 installments.

Hope Shalini’s honeymoon in Bali has inspired you to take a vacation with your spouse and unwind in the salubrious surroundings of the island. There couldn’t be a better place to get a break from life and spend quality time with each other.

 

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Once Upon A Beach: Vijay’s Romantic Trip To Andaman

A sparkling stretch of clean blue sea as far as the eye can go. A sight to behold, isn’t it? Andaman is a paradise for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts. Tropical greenery, the beautiful coral reef, the exquisite marine life, and the innumerable beaches. Vijay and his wife were looking for a tranquil getaway and Andaman seemed like the perfect choice! Read on to find out how they made the most of their holiday with TravelTriangle!

My wife and I had been planning on taking a little break from hectic schedules to enjoy some quality time together. What better way to relax than enjoy the cool ocean breeze with a refreshing drink in your hand? We went for Andaman not only for its scenic beauty but also because there’s a lot your enjoy. Beach activities like snorkeling or sea walking was just the kind of fun we were looking for.

The shimmering blue waters, smooth silky sands, lovely cottages, and exciting water sports had us looking for Andaman tour packages already. Here’s when we came across TravelTriangle. Now that my trip is over and I’m back home, I have to say they really did exceed my expectations. More on that later, but here are a few details of my trip before we get into the story!

Trip Type: Romantic Trip
Cost: INR 54500
No. Of People: 2
Duration: 6 Days 5 Nights
Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Airport Transfer, Ferry Transfer, AC Cab, Water Sports
Exclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Airfare, Personal Expenses

1. A patriotic evening at the Cellular Jail

at kolkata airpot

Look it up anywhere and this is one of the must-have experiences when you’re in Andaman. I can’t describe it in words, but if you’re an Indian you’re going to be moved by the portrayal. It’s a beautiful depiction of the era of struggle that will give you goosebumps. Actors like Om puri have voiced the show which further adds to its beauty.

2. Beach life is the best life!

enjoying the cool breeze at carbine's cove beach

at Carbine's Cove Beach

at Radhanagar Beach

lovely moments at Radhanagar beach

We spent our first day in Andaman at the Carbine’s Cove Beach where we enjoyed the mesmerizing views and the cool water. On our trip we also happened to catch the sunset at Radhanagar Beach which I’ve got to say is an experience of its own. They don’t call it the 7th best beach in the world for nothing. You just can’t skip out on this one when in Andaman.

3. Jump, Dive, Explore!

at Havelock Island

went for snorkelling

at Kalapathar Beach

island is quite peaceful

Of all the things to do in Andaman, the water sports are the most exciting part! Taking a dive into the ocean and exploring the exotic marine life is a serene experience. The Elephanta beach in Havelock Island has some wonderful beach activities. We went for snorkelling and it was a thrilling experience. Both my wife and I had a blast! We also happened to enjoy a jet ski ride which was just as fun.

4. The beauty of Neil Island

had a wonderful time together

exploring the beach

natural bridge made at the beach

neil island

If you are one for marine life, this is the place to be! Colorful fishes, beautiful coral reefs, sea cucumbers, star fish and so much more that you can spot. We got some really great photos here, right next to one of the major attractions on the island which was the natural bridge and rock formation. The island is quite peaceful compared to the other ones and simply a great place to relax and enjoy some time with your special one.

5. Get set to trek!

great place to relax

explored the major attractions of the place

bidding goodbye to the city

While we covered most of what Andaman had to offer, my wife and I also decided to take the trek to Chidiya Tapu. It was quite a walk (3 km) but once you’re at the top, it all seems worth it. A good life lesson, if you will? On our way up, the weather was pleasant and we surrounded by beautiful trees and birds chirping all around. Once we reached the top, we head to the sunset point, which my-oh-my was a beautiful sight and a great way to end our little holiday on this beautiful island nation.

Here is what our customized Andaman itinerary looked like

Day 1: Arrival and visit to the Carbyn’s Cove Beach and Cellular Jail
Day 2: Transfer to Havelock Island and a visit to the Elephanta Beach and Kalapathar Beach
Day 3: Leisure Day at Radhanagar Beach
Day 4: Transfer to Neil Island and a visit to Sitapur Beach and Laxmanpur Beach
Day 5: Trek to Chidiya Tapu
Day 6: Departure

A few travel tips that you can take from us

  • Hire a guide if you want to enjoy a more memorable sightseeing experience and learn more about the island and its history.
  • Don’t take the corals or seashells from the beaches it is forbidden. Instead, you can get them at the nearby shops.
  • Don’t carry plastic bags with you as they are banned.

Our experience with TravelTriangle

Everything was perfect. The communication and response to my queries were prompt and all the booking were managed efficiently. The places, resorts, guides, tours were top notch. It was amazing and exceeded my expectations. Travel Triangle and its agents made our tour the memorable and relaxing, and we couldn’t have asked for more.

 

Andaman is a beautiful blend of scenic beauty, vibrant markets, and tropical greenery. The island nation has a lot on its platter and we are sure you’re going to love every second that you spend here. If you too want to enjoy a peaceful yet exciting getaway, head over to TravelTriangle and customize your own Andaman package.

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7 Amazing Travel Hacks For Visiting Paris On A Budget Vacation In 2019

You do not want to spend too many days in Paris, it is too much money. Or so we have heard. The best part about Paris is that it is so rich in its architecture and heritage that you need not shell out many bucks for a gala time in the City of Lights. So, is it time to traverse the land of fashion, happening vibes and delicious cuisine with your friends and family?
We assure you, following these 7 amazing tips will get you on a hassle free holiday to Paris on a budget.

If you wish to have a smooth holiday in Paris with your loved ones, this guide about the best travel tips will surely help you on your way. Scroll down to know what all you should keep in mind!

  • Food
  • Stay
  • Getting There
  • Getting Around
  • Explore
  • Shop
  • Entertainment

1. Food

Budget tips on where to eat in Paris

France’s gourmet delights and quaint interiors of the restaurants attract a lot of tourists. But there are ways to get a glimpse of Paris’s world-famous food culture while still keeping your pockets heavy.

Tips:

  • Skip the restaurants or bistros, especially for breakfast. Savor the golden croissants and chocolate-filled pastries with a cup of coffee at the local boulangerie (bakery).
  • Opt for the Parisian food carts with meals priced as low as €5.
  • ‘Take-away’ options are cheaper than ‘have-it-here’.
  • Latin Quarter offers many fixed 3-course menus for the tourists that are much cheaper than standard 3-course meals.
  • Brunch and dinners are much expensive than lunch menus. Often, the same meal you had at lunch is offered at twice the price for dinner.
  • Bars and restaurants in Butte aux Cailles offer dishes from €7-€10 and glasses of wine for €4.
  • You can purchase cheap and fresh groceries at outdoor food markets, and cheaply priced boxed wines from local supermarkets. Pack a picnic and have it anywhere you find perfect for the meal.

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2. Stay

Options to stay in Paris on a budget

To enjoy the best stay in Paris, you need to ensure that it doesn’t hurt your pocket. Yes! Cheap lodging is possible. Take refuge in the house of locals with couchsurfing, swap houses, share a room with other tourists in a hostel, or live in Halle Pajol – a former warehouse – that offers dorms as well as private rooms.

3. Getting There

Tips for reaching Paris on budget

The biggest cost, however, is usually the cost involved in getting there. But fret not, for these tips will help save on the cost of airline tickets.

Tips:

  • Tickets are cheaper during November – March and costliest during August.
  • Mid-week flights are much cheaper than weekend flights. So book a flight on and for Tuesday – Thursday.
  • Booking tickets 3 – 4 months in advance can reduce the flight cost by up to 50%.

4. Getting Around

Travelling around in Paris

To enjoy the numerous picturesque sights and boutique monuments, you will have to travel a fair bit. Needless to say, all this travel is going to add on to your trip cost. But hey! We have just the right hacks to ensure that the same doesn’t burden your pockets while you’re on your holiday in Paris on a budget.

Tips:

  • Exploring the city on foot, especially at night is obviously a budget choice. Paris offers 5 daily DiscoverWalks walking tours: Paris Landmarks, Notre Dame, Montmartre, Latin Quarter, and Marais.
  • But it is indeed the Paris Rando Velo’s free bicycle tours every Friday evening and every third Sunday morning that is most famous amongst the tourists.
  • A €10 boat ride on Bateaux Mouche gives a different perspective of the city landmarks and great pics too.
  • Rent out Velib bikes with €1.7 daily and/or €8 weekly passes. To avoid additional charges, use the bike for 25 minutes at a stretch, put it back at a Velib station, and take it again after 5 minutes for further journey.
  • Though Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus sightseeing is available, but it is cheaper to take the backseat of a regular bus and take pictures.
  • A one-day €7 Mobilis travel card offers unlimited metro rides in Central Paris that is the tourist hub of the city.

5. Explore

The many places to visit in Paris on a budget

And of course, one visits Paris for its many grand museums and monuments, beautiful architecture, and the lush gardens. With the following city hacks, you can be sure to explore the city while saving a lot of bucks.

Tips:

  • On first Sunday of every month, one can visit the permanent collections in national museums, such as the Musée de Cluny and Musée Carnavalet, for free.
  • The most famous Louvre can be visited for free during November – March or you can simply peep in through the glass windows on any night for a free view.
  • For EU citizens aged 18 – 25, entry to these museums is free on all days. Students, up to 18 years of age, from across the globe can visit the museums for free on any day. Others can buy a cheap Paris museum pass that covers entry fee to most of the museums.
  • Famous gardens, such as the Garden of the Tuileries, the Luxembourg garden, the Place des Vosges, and Belleville Garden, can be visited free of cost.
  • Visit to Versailles Garden is free. A nominal fee is charged if you wish to visit the castle.
  • The Sacré-Coeur church is another famous monument that charges no fee for visits.
  • Avoid the queue and excess charges for going to the top of Eiffel Tower. Instead, have a view of the Eiffel Tower and the city from the top of Arc de Triompie for a meagre fee of €8. An alternate for Arc de Triompie is the Montparnasse Tower.

6. Shop

the many entertainment options for shopping in Paris

Finding souvenirs unique to Paris need not be costly. These killer tips will ensure just that. So, while you’re out and about on your next holiday to this mesmerizing fashion capital, make sure you visit the following places to shop the best products to take back home for your loved ones. Your Paris on a budget travel can be even more happening as you’ll have plenty of stories to tell everyone!

Tips:

  • Visit Marché aux puces de la porte de Montreuil, 59 Rivoli, or Vanves for art, furniture and vintage trinkets.
  • Flea markets on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays are best to purchase cheap books, antiques, and other souvenirs.

7. Entertainment

The many entertainment options to explore in Paris

Oh and why not find time to enjoy some music, dance, nightlife, and other entertainment. And of course, we know the deal. It has to be in budget, right? So here are quick tips on budget entertainment activities to do in Paris.

Tips:

  • Enjoy free dancing on old French music on the Left Bank on Sundays. From little kids to old couples, you will find Parisians of all ages dancing their hearts out on the classic music.
  • From solo violinists to the swing bands, musicians of all hues and genres can be found performing at the Paris Metro Stations.
  • Visit the chic 10 Bar for its jukebox and €3 drinks.
  • Enjoy salsa, swing, tango, and traditional French folk dances at Quai Saint-Bernard for the midnight entertainment.
  • At Place Du Tertre, artists gather with their easels. You can see them paint live some amazing art pieces and get art tips; all this for free.

So is budget still a constraint? We hope not! Get your bags packed and experience Paris like never before with the help of this guide. While you plan your holiday to Paris, apply these cost-cutting hacks, and let us know how effective they were. Make sure you pack a few extra clothes in case you change your mind!

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5 Types Of Offbeat Stays In Himachal You’ve Been Missing All This While

For adventurous urban population, Himachal is about paragliding, trekking, rafting, camping, skiing, and similar experiences. But to feel the beat of this beautiful state you need stay here. It’s time we ditch hotels and resorts, and for once look at different kinds of offbeat stays in Himachal.

If you’d be as excited about low-on-amenities kind of offbeat stays in Himachal as about a plush secret hideout, this is a going to be a good read! For we have unconventional accommodation for travelers and ardent explorers as well. And the good part is, the list sees beyond homestays in Manali and heritage hotels in Shimla!

A traditional Himachali house in a Kullu with a beautiful view

A traditional Himachali house in a Kullu with a beautiful view

For the community of wanderlusts, idea of travel isn’t restricted to visiting top attractions of a destination. Ticking destinations off the map doesn’t define them. They look for experiences that can be cherished lifelong. They want vacations – a lot of them – that allow insights into life, culture, and traditions of the mountains.

Turning vacations into enriching experiences lies largely on your choice of stay (one of the factors). While most luxury hotels and resorts are offered in Himachal tour packages, there are few guides for homestays, orchard farms, tea estate properties, Buddhist monasteries, and heritage hotels. This post is an attempt to put spotlight on these unique accommodations and help the community of experience seekers bucketlist the most unconventional and offbeat stays in Himachal.

Himachal Holiday Packages On TravelTriangle

Head to Himachal to witness lush valleys surrounded by snow-capped hills. Indulge in skiing, paragliding, and other adventure sports. Book holiday packages inclusive of airport transfers, cab, resort, sightseeing, and meals to Shimla, Manali, Kasol, Dharamshala, and more.

1. Homestays – Hospitality of the locals

Sanjiv Aira Holme Retreat in Shimla

Aira Holme Retreat in Shimla

Not hotels and resorts in Manali, Shimla, Dalhousie, and Dharamshala, the best way to experience Himachal is to find a homestay. And trust me there is a wide wide choice. There are fancy and well maintained houses in top tourist destinations and smaller village accommodations in lesser known places.

RECOMMENDED HOMESTAYS IN HIMACHAL

Garden area at Manali Meadows Homestay

Garden area at Manali Meadows Homestay

Manali Meadows, the winner of Himachal Pradesh Best Homestay Award 2010 is where hosts Sanjay and Sunita Dutta make you feel welcomed and at home. The lovely accommodation is 13 km away from the main town and offers activities like rafting and skiing. See reviews.

Vashisht Homestay in Manali

Views from Vashisht Homestay & Cafe in Manali

Boasting of mindblowing reviews on TripAdvisor is another gem – Vashisht Homestay in Manali is best known for its serenity and quietude. Tucked in the hills, the homestay is run and managed by Mala Banerjee who charms her guests with her hospitality, food, and conversations. See reviews.

A cloudy morning at Aastha Homestay in Fagu in Himachal

A cloudy morning at Aastha Homestay in Fagu in Himachal

Among many homestays in Himachal, Aira Holme in Shimla, Birds and Chirps in Dalhousie, Aastha Homestay Cottage in Fagu, Lato The Hut in Jibhi, Raju’s Guest House in Gushaini, Khem Bharti Guest House in Banjar, and Narayan Guest Houses 1 & 2 in Kandi and Banjar, respectively are a few mention-worthy places that are brimming with good reviews. You can find many more on AirBnB and TripAdvisor. For some hidden ones in Kalpa and Sangla, Himachal NIC shares a list on its website.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND – Options are many, so make sure you pick a place as per your preferences (read luxury vs village living). Go for recommended stays to avoid unpleasant surprises.

2. Farm Stays & Orchard Retreats – The colorful lap of nature

Raju's orchard hut in Tirthan valley

Raju’s Orchard Hut in Tirthan valley

Homestays, farmstays, and orchard retreats are distinguished by thin lines in Himachal. Most of the homestays are surrounded by apple orchards and private farms. Besides Peepal Farm in Dharamshala, all other recommendations are orchard stays. Peepal Farm is a rustic farmstay that also allows you to do volunteer work. While you enjoy a stay close to nature, you can contribute to their animal rescue and welfare work. Website.

RECOMMENDED FARM AND ORCHARD STAYS IN HIMACHAL

A cozy room with windows in Our Place Himalayas - a popular farmstay in Manali

A cozy room with windows in Our Place Himalayas – a popular farmstay in Manali

Owned and managed by Anita – wife of a renowned orchardist Ashok Khullar, Our Place Himalayas offers an exciting stay in Raison, Kullu. You can stroll the gardens, read by the pond, go for hikes, try fishing, camp, go on a safari, raft in river Beas, and go sightseeing. But the most amazing thing to do here is to savour local Kullu delicacies, including a seven course dhaam meal. TA rating – 5 stars. See reviews.

Scenic views from the balcony of Seetalvan Orchard Resort in Kotgarh Shimla

Scenic views from the balcony of Seetalvan Orchard Resort in Kotgarh Shimla

In Shimla, Seetalvan Orchard (Kotgarh) invites you to its luxury cottages and orchards comprising apples, pears, plums, cherries and more. Also, there is Spirits Unplugged! in Karyali village with large windows, a long verandah, and a lovely patio offering views of snow capped mountains.

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Snowfall views of MeenaBagh Resorts Shimla

Snowfall views of MeenaBagh Resorts Shimla

Other awesome orchard stays in Shimla are Banjara Orchard Retreat in Thanedar, Krish Rauni Resort in Matiana, Himalayan Orchard in Rukhla, Meena Bagh Ratnari, and Apple Orchard Cottages (Kotgarh), owned by Meenakshi Jhina.

Night view of Banjara Retreat in Sangla overlooking snow clad peaks

Night view of Banjara Retreat in Sangla overlooking snow clad peaks

Mornings at the Banjara Camp in Sangla

Mornings at the Banjara Camp in Sangla

Moving beyond the capital, some of the lovely orchard heavens in Himachal are Aamod Orchard House in Manali, Himalayan Orchard Huts in Chamba, The Monk-Kalpa in Roghi, Apple Orchard Farm & Camping and Banjara Camp & Retreat in Sangla, Kinnaur. There are many more in the lesser explored valley of Tirthan.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND – The apple plucking season in Himachal is from June to September. It lasts till July-August in Shimla, September in Narkanda, and October in Kalpa.

3. Tea estates of Kangra – Away from mad city rush

The Lodge At Wah in Palampur

The Lodge At Wah in Palampur

Even though there is abundant greenery in all of Himachal, the serenity of tea estates is beyond comparison. Waking up to mist in the air and birds making cacophony is one of the most amazing experiences one can have in Himachal. With two cups of aromatic Kangra tea on the table and scenic views outside the window, the dream of a hill station vacation seems perfect.

RECOMMENDED TEA ESTATE STAYS IN HIMACHAL

Lush greenery around Darang Tea Estate in Kangra

Lush greenery around Darang Tea Estate in Kangra

With water streams running through lush gardens, Darang Tea Estate is a slice of paradise where your body, mind, and soul meditate in unison. It is managed by ‘Naveen Uncle’ and ‘Neeru Aunty’ (as happy reviewers call them), who are more like family. Everything from food to stay to surroundings is perfect for a much awaited family break.

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Striking morning hues as seen in Norwood Green homestay in Bundla tea estate Palampur

Striking morning hues as seen in Norwood Green homestay in Bundla tea estate Palampur

Bundla Tea Estate in Palampur is a comparatively less explored hideout, and that’s precisely why it is all the more lucrative for solo travelers and peace seekers. It is a good pick for couples as well. The most popular homestay in this estate is Norwood Green, which rose to fame after it featured in NDTV Good Times show Highway on my Plate hosted by Rocky and Mayur.

It is 100 reviews strong on TripAdvisor and rated a startling 5 on 5. Excellent cottages, homemade food, impeccable service, fabulous settings, splendid views – there is everything you need to forget the world and gaze at the beautiful panorama. See reviews.

Nagri Resort in Palampur

Nagri Resort in Palampur

Other homestays in Bundla Tea Estate are Bundla Tea Estate Homestay, The Tea Bud, Nagri Resort, Sai Gardens, Hotel White Haven Palace Estate, and Country Cottage – a Tea Garden Resort.

Reception at The Lodge at Wah in Kangra

Reception at The Lodge at Wah in Kangra

Also, there is The Lodge At Wah: a retreat stay in Palampur. The delicious organic meals are not to missed here.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND – Make your booking beforehand as you are planning an experience and even a single mistake can ruin it.

4. Monasteries – Peace lovers’ haven

Inside Tabo monastery in Spiti along with barren mountains background

Inside Tabo monastery in Spiti along with barren mountains background

If the city seems crowded most of the times but you can still hear hills calling you through the Monday to Friday chaos, trust me – a short stay at any of the monasteries in Himachal will keep you calm for a long time.

Being light on the pocket is not the key highlight of the stay. It’s the aura, the vibe, the experience. Situated in the middle of nowhere, these monasteries are spiritual havens where even non-religious and atheists find peace. Happy monks, happier localites, warm chai, simple food, humbling peaks, and the rustic accommodation are all the beauty you see here. Capture it in your heart and camera and keep them as souvenirs.

But a major concern here is that there is a lot of confusion with respect to which monasteries welcome tourists for a stay. Going through a few forums and travelogues online, I could figure out 3 to 4 monasteries where you can stay.

RECOMMENDED MONASTERY ACCOMMODATIONS IN HIMACHAL

A distant view of Kye monastery and surrounding landscape

A distant view of Kye monastery and surrounding landscape

Kye or Ki monastery in Spiti is certainly open to guests. It is about 12 km from Kaza, which is an important stop in the Spiti Trek route. The charges are minimal (around INR 250 – 300), the rooms are basic, and the three included meals are simple and tasty.

Rooms in Key Monastery in Himachal Pradesh

Rooms in Key Monastery in Himachal Pradesh

Kitchen inside Key Monastery in Spiti

Kitchen inside Key Monastery in Spiti

Other monasteries in Spiti that welcome tourists are Tabo and Nako monasteries. Nyingmapa monastery in Rewalsar is a good pick if you are not planning a tour to Spiti.

Entrance to Tabo monastery in Spiti

Entrance to Tabo monastery in Spiti

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND – Before you head out, read recent reviews and travelogues; do not trust old travelogues or forums. When with monks, be like monks – make sure you do not disturb them. Do not expect mobile phone connectivity in these remote areas of Himachal.

5. Heritage hotels – Tryst with historic beauties

Hotel Castle Naggar in Kullu

Hotel Castle Naggar in Kullu

Himachal was a princely state before it came under British rule. Various rulers over the centuries built exceptional properties in HP. Shimla, the summer capital during the British rule was home to the best of British constructions. Heritage value of these properties makes them elite stays that are currently maintained either by the state or private groups of hotels.

RECOMMENDED HERITAGE HOTELS IN HIMACHAL

Sitting area at Clarkes Hotel in Shimla

Sitting area at Clarkes Hotel in Shimla

The most popular heritage hotels in HP are Oberoi Wildflower Hall, The Oberoi Cecil, Woodville Palace and Clarkes Hotel in Shimla, WelcomHeritage Grace Hotel in Dharamshala, and HPTDC The Chail Palace in Chail. Barring the last one, all of these are luxury properties that extend unmatched hospitality to their guests. They are perfect for honeymoon as well as family vacations.

Ramsheher Heritage resort in Solan

Ramsheher Heritage resort in Solan

But the good news is that our list of lesser-known heritage properties in Himachal runs long! Located atop a hillock in Solan, Ramshehar Fort was built by Raja Ram Chander in 1540 AD. It is a wedding destination as well as relaxing retreat however Beli Bagh Camping steals all the limelight at this fort resort.

On the same lines is Fort Nalagarh heritage resort, which greets you with a scenic view of Shivalik hills and Sirsa. At 300 km from North Delhi, it is one of the best stays for recreation. See reviews.

boutique hotel Chapslee in Shimla

Boutique hotel Chapslee in Shimla

Judge’s Court by WelcomHeritage in Pragpur, Kangra is a 300 years old country manor built in 1918 for Justice Sir Jai Lal. It is surrounded by 12 acres of orchard land, which makes it an awesome summer vacations destination in HP. See reviews See reviews. Then there is boutique hotel Chapslee in Shimla – the former summer residence of Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala is picturesque beyond words!

Competing neck and neck are Kangra’s Taragarh Palace – a European-style summer residence built in 1937; Hotel Castle Naggar – overlooking the bewitching Kullu Valley; Ros Common Kasauli – a leisure paradise oozing colonial charm; and Rajmahal Palace Mandi – a scenic luxury resort. Also, Ramgarh Heritage Villa totally nails it with a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor.

Interiors of Taragarh Palace in Kangra

Interiors of Taragarh Palace in Kangra

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND – History of these vintage stays is very interesting, make sometime to sit with the hosts to know about it.

Further Read: 10 Secret Places In Himachal That Tourists Haven’t Discovered Yet

Honestly, had you heard of these places before? If you like the list, do plan a stay at one of these lovely abodes. Or if you know of more such places, please share with us in the comments below.

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Shopping In Panjim: 10 Spots For A Big Shopping Experience In This Small City

Panjim, also known as Panaji, is the administrative capital of Goa. This is a small and charming old town of this Portuguese influenced India state. The old school vibes, colorful villas lining the cobblestoned streets, a relaxed yet bustling lifestyle and trendy street fashion styles best describe the city from a traveler’s perspective. And for deeper and closer experiences, you really need to spend some days in this gorgeous city resting on the banks of the Mandovi River.

Panjim is known for the serene palm-fringed Miramar Beach and baroque styled Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, perched on a hill overlooking the city. The city is also popular for it’s street and boutique shopping scenes. Shopping in Panjim is like opening an old photo album, full of colorful pictures depicting a blend of old and new fashion style.

This amazing small city in Goa has everything in the store that can convince you as a traveler to stay a little longer. Here are some of the popular places where can experience shopping in Panjim at its best:

1. Municipal Market

Municipal Market In Panjim

The Municipal Market in Panjim has an atmosphere of its own and offers inexpensive shopping in Panjim. This busy place has narrow streets that have been covered and converted into stalls and shops. You would find anything and everything that you would expect from local shopping in a Goan city. Explore the variety of goods including wines, Goan spices, cashew nuts, seafood, grocery, and fresh vegetables and fruits. Apart from these, Panjim Municipal Market has a few clothing and handicraft stalls. There is also a multiplex and some eateries from where you can munch some delicious local food and snacks.

2. Khadi India

Khadi India In Panjim

Khadi India is one of the best places for clothes shopping in Panjim. This is the only outlet of Khadi & Village Industries Commission of the Government of Goa. Khadi India mainly features a variety of fine quality hand-woven cotton clothing including shirts, kurtas, kurtas, skirts and other dress materials. The outlet also features many cosmetic products like oils and soaps. You can also purchase some flavourful spices from here. The store also displays a range of handmade products like coconut shell statues, wood products, etc. The earnings from these products directly benefit the regional villages.

3. Singbal’s Book House

Singbal's Book House

This is one of the best shopping catches for the bookworms. Singbal’s Book House is located on the opposite corner of the main church of Panjim. It is a local hotspot for a wide collection of international magazines and newspapers. They also have many books based on Goa and travel. This is one of the most satisfying experiences of street shopping in Panjim, Goa.

Address: Praça da Igreja, Church Square, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403521

4. Caculo Mall

Mall View

Caculo Mall is a premium shopping location where you can indulge in shopping of international standards with leading brands from the world. This is the biggest mall in Goa. Caculo Mall is built in 4 levels with central air-conditioning. The mall has everything for a complete family shopping under one single roof, including high-end brand stores, food stalls, kid’s toys, etc. They also have a gaming section where you can play bowling and arcade games. This shopping mall in Panjim, Goa is an easy solution to those who have come here for a short duration.

Address: 16 Shanta, St Inez Rd, Panaji, Goa 403001

5. Velha Goa Galeria

Velha Goa Galeria View

If you love art to collect or if you wish to buy some souvenirs that would last a bit longer then Velha Goa Galeria is the place you should head to. This is a gallery and a shop combined, located next to the Panjim Inn. Velha Goa Galeria is one of the many places in Panjim that specializes in ‘Azueljos’ which are a form of glazed and colored tiles. You would also find vases other ceramic objects made in the old style by Portuguese artist, Anabela Cardosa. The products are a bit pricey but you’ll be mesmerized by seeing the work on the pieces.

Address: Rua de Ourém, Fontainhas (quarter), Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001

6. New Municipal Market

New Municipal Market In Panjim

The New Municipal Market does not have the charm of the original Municipal Market in Panjim, located just next to it. But if you wish to shop for some really fresh fruits and vegetables, this well lit redeveloped building is just perfect for you. You would find stack of fresh produce in the downstairs of the New Municipal Market. There are also some electronics shops and tailors located upstairs.

7. Marcou Artifacts

Marcou Artifacts

Marcou Artifacts, just as suggests, is a small shop that sells cute products of art. Located in the Fontainhas of Panjim, the store gives out irresistible Portuguese vibes. This is one of the most picturesque places for shopping in Panjim, Goa. Marcou Artifacts master in products or souvenirs made of glazed tiles, hand-crafted Portuguese and Goan ceramics including figures of fish, frog, vegetable and kitchen utensils. The products are reasonably priced. They also have showrooms at Hotel Delmon and Margao’s market.

Address: Casa Rocha, 31st January Road, near Viva Panjim Restaurant, Fontainhas, Panjim Goa-403001

8. Barefoot

Barefoot

Barefoot, The Home Store is one of the best in Panjim which has come up as a result of the new trend of high-end shopping in the city. This store has a wide collection of bohemian and earthy home decor items, including gorgeous vases, organic cotton blankets, block print stuffed toys and colorful cushions. The store also has lighting and mirror fixtures. The range of ethnic designs and modern showpieces in store makes Barefoot one of the most aesthetically appealing shopping places in Panjim. And after shopping, you can enjoy some snacks at Cafe Venite.

Address: Rua 31 de Janeiro, Near Head Post Office, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403521

9. Sosa’s

Shopping Place

Sosa’s is an exclusive fashion boutique located on the bank of River Mandovi. The store features clothes designed by new and established Indian designers including Aki Narula, Rahul Mishra, Gaurav Gupta, and Savio Jon. The boutique is set up in an old Goan home and has in store some interesting local brands like Horn Ok Please, Hidden Harmony and Free Falling. You can pick from a variety of cotton and silk dresses, cotton casuals, resort wear, accessories, and jute handbags.

Address: Opp Foot Bridge, E-245, Rua de Ourém, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001

10. White Brick Wall

Shop View

White Brick Wall is a lovely home decor and fashion store in Panjim. Everything that this place has in store is made in India by local and established designers. It has everything from trendy clothing to fancy home decoration items. Each piece at White Brick Wall is unique and has been designed with a lot of attention. You can shop for beautiful scarves, paintings, mirrors, photo frames, showpieces, etc. The vibrant and wide range of products makes the shopping experience here to be one of the best shopping in Panjim.

Address: Shop No: 4/5/6, Jesuit House Building, Travessa Da Revolução St, Near Church, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001

Roaming on the streets and lanes of Panjim, the vibes of the Portuguese colonial era cannot go unnoticed. This city will embrace you the moment you step here. Plan a trip to Goa and come down to the capital to experience shopping in Panaji and take home some beautiful pieces of memory. Also, make sure that you explore all the above-listed shopping places of this little Goan city.

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A Perfect Blend Of Adventure & Bliss, Our Romantic Trip To Bhutan Was A Dream Come True

Both my wife and I are nature admirers like no one else. The unparalleled beauty of nature and the hilly terrains of Bhutan had always fascinated us. Visiting it someday was always at the back of our minds and our anniversary seemed like a perfect occasion for planning a romantic trip to Bhutan. Bhutan’s serene environment, nature’s purest beauty, and the humblest locals greeted us right when we stepped in Bhutan. We wanted to get away for a week, away from all the stress and chaotic city life, and Bhutan came to our rescue exactly like the much-needed paradise.

From food to shopping, we explored and indulge in every little experience in Bhutan that could give us the much needed thrill and bliss. Fortunately, it did. Be it our trek to Tiger’s Nest or our stay at the 4-star hotels in Thimphu and Punakha, everything was beyond impeccable, all thanks to the meticulous planning done by TravelTriangle!

Trip Type: Romantic trip
Cost: INR 37,999
Duration: 5 nights 6 days
No. of people: 2 adults
Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Transfers, Hotel, Sightseeing
Exclusions: Lunch, Airfare, Personal Expenses, Sightseeing Fees Other Than Mentioned In The Itinerary
Travel Agent From TravelTriangle: Golden Vacations Tours Travels

Day 1: Arrival at Paro Airport, transfer to Thimphu, sightseeing and leisure day, return to the hotel
Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu-Punakha, indulging in the local cuisine, return to the hotel
Day 3: Sightseeing in Punakha, transfer to Paro, overnight stay in Paro
Day 4: Tiger’s Nest Trek, return to the hotel, Bhutanese massage at hotel
Day 5: Local sightseeing in Paro, transfer to Phuentsholing city, overnight stay at hotel
Day 6: Check out from hotel, train from Phuentsholing city, and journey back home

Day 1: Kick-starting our anniversary trip In Thimphu

arrived at Paro

at the airport

delicious momos

Taskin reserve

We arrived at the Paro Airport and were greeted warmly by our driver who was holding a placard. After meeting him, we drove to Thimpu which is around 65 kms. Upon reaching, the first thing that we did was checking into our hotel. Post a refreshing meal, we headed out to explore the nearby attractions on foot. The Local Post Office which was a very traditional monument from where we purchased some souvenir stamps, and the Taskin Reserve were some of the places we visited in the evening. Besides, we also stopped by to treat our taste buds with fried momos and ema datshi which is made of chilli cheese and are both famous local cuisines of Bhutan. It was like a perfect way to kick-start our anniversary trip so we didn’t regret gaining the extra calories at all. After the little sightseeing tour, we returned to our hotel timely since most places close by 5 or 6 PM in Bhutan.

Day 2: An impeccable sightseeing tour of Thimphu & Punakha

gold Buddha statue

majestic vibes

a common temple for all the locals

 a mesmerizing charm of the place

The next day of our trip started with a hearty breakfast after which we visited Kuensel Phodrang, a large gold Buddha statue which is actually believed to be the biggest sitting Buddha statue in the world. Located on a hilltop, it is surrounded by majestic vibes and mesmerizing charm. Post this, we proceeded to the King’s Memorial monument, a common temple for all the locals. We finished our tour with the Folk Heritage Museum which offered insight into the beauty of ancient Bhutan and the rice winery. Later, we had lunch at a local restaurant and tried another variant of Datshi this time, which was made with potatoes.

After a good long sightseeing tour of Thimphu, we drive to Punakha wherein on the way we visited the Dochu-la-Pass, which has 108 small Druks and looks way too scenic. Upon arrival, we checked into our hotel and called it a day.

Day 3: Witnessing the never seen beauty of Punakha

the botanical garden

offered insight into the beauty

offered some wild life view

hotel view

hotel room

with local nomads in Bhutan

The third day of our Bhutan trip started with a visit to Punakha Dzong, which looked beautiful next to the river side. We then visited Chhimi Lhakhang, which is also known as the Divine Mad Man’s Temple of Fertility. On our way, we stopped for a short visit at Lamperi to see the Royal Botanical Garden where we spotted different floras and also a deer who was roaming around in search of something to eat. Later, we drove down till Paro and checked into the Golden Roots Hotel where we got a room overlooking the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and it was truly a breathtaking sight. We ended the day early as the next day was for Tiger’s Nest Monastery Trek. So, we had to gather as much energy as we could!

Day 4: Experiencing thrill and bliss with a trek to Tiger’s Nest

the Tiger's Nest Monastery

managed to took some pictures

couples are enjoying their vacation

Tigers Nest

Being the most famous destination in the whole of Bhutan kingdom, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery was one place we were really looking forward to. For the trek, we reached the base early in the morning and saw the view of the steep mountain from the bottom which looked miles away. We began our hike with walking stick to aid the steep climb. While we had the chance to have the mule ride, we opted against it since we wanted to experience the mountain trek firsthand.

While we started off with full energy, after a few kilometers, we came across the steep climbs which slowed us down considerably. Some of the tracks were slippery too because of soft sand. After every little battle and a duration of 4 hrs, we reached the top. The monastery looked like a peaceful sight and we couldn’t help but feel proud for coming all the way to the top. On the contrary, it only took 2.5 hours to trek downhill. We seized the day with a peaceful and rejuvenating Bhutanese trekkers massage which soothed our bodies and gave us a great relief.

Day 5 & 6: Exploring Paro & bidding a sweet farewell to Bhutan

captured some daily locals of Bhutan

historical monuments

exploring the best attarctions

enjoyed some lazy moments

statue of the god

excited to trek on Tigers Nest

local dish of Bhutan

On our second last day in Bhutan, we decided to explore the heart of Paro. We visited places like Drukgyel Paro Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan which had a great collection of India Bhutanese diplomatic visits over the years with pictures of all the kings along with Nehru Ji, Indira Gandhi, and Modi. Post our little local extravaganza, we had lunch and moved to the Phuentsholing city in the evening, which is actually the closest to the Indian border. On the last day, we checked out of the hotel to catch our train. It was hard to bid adieu to this happiest land, but there was no choice but to go back home with our sweet holiday memories.

  • Always greet Bhutanese locals with a cordial smile they meet or wish you.
  • Keep patience when you are in restaurants. They mostly cook everything fresh and right away after you place an order, which is the reason for serving you your meal a little later.
  • Do not litter around. Carry the wrappers in your bag until you find a bin.
  • Don’t talk too loudly when you’re in temples on monasteries. Respect the peace that adorns every place in Bhutan.
  • Please don’t ill treat your guide or driver as they are sensitive people and may not appreciate it at all.
  • Carry an extra jacket or warm clothing when you plan to go uphill.
  • Indian cash is acceptable. So, carry a few notes for emergency.
  • If possible, take out time for a full body massage after the Tiger’s Nest Trek.
  • If possible, plan your trip around a festival so that you can attend it.
  • Prefer a homestay of any local over any hotel since they can help you get around and help you see a true glimpse of the Bhutanese lifestyle.
  • Don’t forget to try the Bhutanese cuisine, and do buy a few essential souvenirs.

Our overall experience with TravelTriangle was amazing. Right from planning our trip to Bhutan to being there 24X7 for us, they handled everything perfectly and quite professionally. We were quite in awe to see that our whole trip turned out to be an impeccable affair right within a budget we expected it to be. Kudos to the whole team of TravelTriangle and our agent Golden Vacations Tours Travels for planning a picture-perfect vacation for us!

Bhutan, the happiest land on the planet is certainly the best place to visit irrespective of whether you wish to holiday with your friends or your family. If just like them, you too wish to soak in bliss and taste ultimate thrill, plan your romantic trip to Bhutan right away and head out for a vacation like none other!

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8 Quaint Homestays In Kerala For A Cozy, Private Holiday

The quaint homestays in Kerala add to its beauty and charm manifold. They make you feel at home even when you are miles away. A day, a week or a month – irrespective of the duration of the trip, warm Kerala homestays ensure a blissful time, pouring love in the form of local, homemade delights.

With all its natural beauty and serenity, Kerala never ceases to mesmerise. Various attempts made by the mortals in this Land of Gods to preserve, nurture and use its natural beauty for the good of its own fellow beings, lend Kerala a unique spot among the bests. A part of these attempts are the homestays in Kerala. Brimming with the rural charm and stunning serenity, they make you crave to be there the moment you discover them – as if the romantic hotels and resorts in Kerala, were not enough!

Hari Vihar Homestay is one of the best homestays in Kerala

The name goes well with this 170 years old beauty among the homestays in Kerala. It is an old heritage home and an Ayurvedic resort, which has been painstakingly restored to its present form. It was originally built as a manor house by the then ruling Kadathanad family and was then bought by a practising doctor, Mr Nair. Dr Nair lived in the house with his family of 40 members and almost 40 years later, the family relocated. After a sad and dilapidated phase of two decades, the grandchildren of the family decided to restore this royal property.

What’s special: Spiritual connect, Ayurvedic courses and spa treatments, and recreational activities
Must do: Join Ayurveda and Yoga courses, attend weekend performances on Indian and South Indian mythologies, and enjoy canoeing
Tariff: INR 11,000 onwards

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A holiday in Kerala will fill you with memories. Witness pristine backwaters with comfortable houseboats, lush green hill stations, waterfalls, and plantations of tea and spice. Indulge in an ayurvedic massage or taste exotic cuisines. Book a Kerela holiday on TravelTriangle. Best prices guaranteed.

The private infinity pool og Vismaya Villa makes it among the best homestays in Kerala

This is about four centuries! 400 years of some 6,000 m square property, preserved with good nursing and care. This ancient retreat among the homestays in Kerala is believed to be a gift by the king of Travancore to one of his Chieftains who helped him. The house has found a mention in the famous Aithihyamala – an ancient Kerala legend. Vismaya Villa has Vembanad as it private lake; two bedrooms, designed and decorated by wood and both with personal bath gardens. Vismay(magical), it is!

What’s special: Three side lake view, private bath gardens, wooden interiors, and a lobby with a library
Must do: Laze around the lake and feel the nature. Actually a stay at Vismaya Villa is a waste if you don’t feed your soul. It has the perfect ambiance for reading, writing, sketching, meditating and soul surfing.
Tariff: INR 8,000 onwards

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Ayisha Manzil is another quaint homestay in Kerala

Now, this one is a manzil in true sense. Originally built in 1862 by an East India Company trader Murdoch Brown, tit’s one of those homestays in Kerala that offers a one stop destination to mingle with the Indian culture, music, food, spice and what not! Ayisha Manzil in Kannur is presently run by the Moosa family and the interiors of the house reflect perfect fusion of the colonial and South Indian decor styles.

What’s special: 300 acres of spice plantation in the vicinity, fish and fruit market in the neighbourhood, and Ayurvedic spa
Must do: Watch the Theyyam – a ritual dance performed at Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, and go cycling along the beach
Tariff: INR 9,000 onwards

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Rustic charm of the Vembanad House makes it a popular homestay in Kerala

This one seems to be a real family heritage. Owned and established by the grandfather of Mr Balakrishnan Mayithara, Vembanad House Homestay is a rejuvenating retreat. It was set up in the year 2000 by Mr Mayithara and is currently maintained by his wife Mrs. Sandhya Balakrishnan.
The Vembanad House has an 800 m of waterfront with fishing options, an extensive farmland to meet the needs of the residents, and an array of activities to provide for that feel of traveling while staying home. Also, there are rooms for every budget.

What’s special: First and foremost – the hosts themselves, as Mrs. Sandhya is a writer, trained musician and a scholar. Besides, there is home cooked food from organically produced vegetation, hammocks in the garden and village walks to absorb nuances of the local lifestyle.
Must do: Night fishing in the Vembanad lake, canoeing, swimming, and cooking classes for Kerala cuisine
Tariff: INR 7,000 onwards

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The vast green serenity of Akkarakalam Memoirs

150 years of history, 10 acres of land and a brook flowing by the door – Akkarakalam Memoirs homestay is pure bliss. Made of wood and bricks, it was passed onto the 4th generation of the family that has justifiably preserved the heritage. The homestay is an ideal excuse to experience the backwaters from closest quarters. Almost everything about this homestay is historic – porcelain flick-switch, rocking chairs, wooden walls, red oxide floors; all reminiscent of the golden past of the family.

What’s special: Farm full of guava, coconut, cinnamon, mangoes and other tropical trees; homemade food from the organic produce from the farm; river flowing by the door; AC rooms that are not so common in the locality; Ayurveda lessons; and Yoga sessions
Must do: Spear fishing, night fishing, cycling, and canoeing
Tariff: INR 6,000 onwards

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Ashley Bungalow in Peerumedu is another homestay in Kerala with an ancient connection

Ashley Bungalow is an absolute stunner at 4000 ft. Hosted by the oldest of the tea planters – the Baker’s, Ashley Bungalow is all the reason you need to ditch the city noise and pollution. The building architecture is a sublime fusion of colonial and local designs. The peaked roofs of the house overlook the ghats, and have breathtaking views of the valley from their balconies. The house is pretty spacious, with loft domes wood ceiling maintaining the rustic history of the property.
What’s special: Vicinity of Periyar Tiger Reserve, and breathtaking views of the suicide point (actually a beauty)
Must do: Explore the surroundings by trekking, cycling around , and chilling at the Valanjanganam waterfall
Tariff: INR 7,000

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 Marari Dreamz Homestay is one of the coolest homestays in Kerala

This one is about hipster-living by the beach – in a villa actually. Marari beach to chill out, casual palm style roofs for shelter, red stone brick villa to dine and authentic local cuisine prepared by the owners themselves – Marari Dreamz homestay is totally cool! Proud to be low on luxury, the owners boast of style, nomadic setup and sound of the sea as the key attractions of their setup.

What’s special: Authentic home cooked local food, sunbathing on the beach, fishing, beach dinner on demand
Must do: Take a tuk tuk ride to the backwaters, trek to a working coir factory, and enjoy amazing massages at this relaxing homestay.
Tariff: INR 2,800 onwards

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The colorful interiors of Sui House

Sui House is an old colonial house turned into a lovely antique home of four bedrooms. This glamorous bed and breakfast accommodation in Kochi belongs to a merchant dealing in antiques. Along with his wife, he has renovated the house into an elegant home decorated with indigenous antiques and modern amenities. Sui homestay has a small courtyard that allows one to sip tea and munch over breakfast in the ultimate serenity.

What’s special: Cozy interiors, antiques, an extensive menu, and an elaborate buffet dinner
Must do: Go hiking in the neighbourhood, and the delectable breakfast in typical Kerala style
Tariff: INR 5, 000 onwards
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Further Read: 10 Best Places To Visit In Kerala

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The Himalayas And Raw Natural Beauty: Our Honeymoon Trip To Sikkim Was Perfect

For most of us, a romantic dream-honeymoon destination is anywhere in the mountains. And when we think of mountains, it is usually Himachal or Uttarakhand. I wanted to explore a place we have never been to. I had heard of the untouched scenic beauty and charm of the North East, so we decided to head there for our honeymoon. Sikkim was our first choice as we had heard a lot about its scenic beauty. This is how the planning for our honeymoon trip to Sikkim – Darjeeling began. Gangtok and Darjeeling are unique in their own ways. Where Gangtok surrounds you with its mystical vibe, Darjeeling oozes colonial charm

I was looking for a dependable and good travel organizer and found TravelTriangle. It is an amazing online marketplace that provides a platform to the travelers and local agents of your desired destination to connect and design a customized holiday package for them. And the best part is that there are no middle agents so the packages are affordable and within budget.

We selected a customised package and were very excited about this romantic honeymoon trip to the mountains. TravelTriangle and its agents did a great job in making our journey hassle free, convenient and enjoyable.

Trip Type: Honeymoon to Sikkim – Gangtok – Darjeeling
Cost: INR 23500
Duration: 5 days & 4 Nights
No. of people: 2 Adults, 0 Children
Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Hotel, Transfers, Sightseeing, Arrival Assistance
Exclusions: Lunch, Entry Fees, Personal Expenses

Day 1: Arrival in Gangtok
Day 2: Tshangu Lake excursion
Day 3: Arrival in Darjeeling
Day 4: Visit to Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop, and 07 Points
Day 5: Leave Darjeeling (Return train/flight from Siliguri)

Sikkim-Gangtok-Darjeeling Holiday Packages On TravelTriangle

Visit Sikkim and explore Yumthang valley, Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok, Nathula Pass, and Pelling. Experience peace and tranquility while exploring Buddhist monasteries, snow-capped mountains, and wildlife sanctuaries. Book packages inclusive of airport transfers, cab, resort, sightseeing, and meals.

Tshangu Lake Excursion – A Charming glacial lake

a highly exhilarating day

simply breathtaking view

peacefully resting in a valley

Thanks to the itinerary, we knew it from the very beginning that it is going to be a highly exhilarating day. Soon after a delicious breakfast we started off for the excursion to Tshangu Lake. The scenic views on the way were simply breathtaking. Riding through the roads winding around the mountains and sometimes piercing them is the best way to enjoy nature. And Tshangu Lake was even more spellbinding. This serene glacial lake peacefully resting in a valley with mountains in the backdrop looks picture perfect. The chilling weather made the whole experience very romantic. This place is a must visit on a honeymoon trip to Sikkim.

Tiger Hill – The most astonishing sunrise

a very romantic experience

best way to enjoy nature

scenic view of the waterfall

Gangtok was awesome and we were looking forward to exploring Darjeeling with excitement. We had to wake up early in the morning to catch the sunrise from the Tiger Hill. We reached there by 4 am to witness what can we called magic. When the sun slowly rises above the horizon, you start seeing Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga. The two turn orangish as the sun shines upon them and make their snowcaps glitter. Watching a sunrise together is a very romantic experience.

Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop – Exploring the mystique & beauty

visiting to the monastrey

 a calming experience

had an intoxicating experience with nature

While returning from Tiger Hill, we visited the popular Ghoom Monastery. Built in 1850, this old monastery is beautifully maintained. The 15 feet-high statue of Maitreya Buddha is a major highlight of Ghoom Monastery. A morning visit to this Buddhist temple was a calming experience to both of us. We also visited the Batasia Loop on the way to our hotel. This spiral railway track laid through a tunnel and on a hilltop is a rare sight. The loop is lined by lush gardens on both sides, with a memorial Gorkha Soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives during the 1947 Indian Independence. The view of the mountains and clouds is lovely.

07 Points Tour – Covering all the major tourist attractions

lush green Tea plantations

exploring the attractions of the city

exploring the best sites of the city

exploring the best sites of the city

Exploring the tea plantations in Darjeeling

We were very hungry after our early morning tour to Tiger Hill and two other attractions so we returned to the hotel. After having a hot and yummy breakfast, both of us were ready to further explore the Darjeeling city. Our 7 Points Tour took us through all the major tourist places to visit in Darjeeling, including The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, PNZ Zoological Park Tenzing Rock, Tibetans Refugee Centre, Rope Way and Peace Pagoda. A refreshing visit to the lush green Tea plantations made our Darjeeling trip complete in the true sense. This tour covered all the major tourist points in the city, and we really enjoyed it. Our honeymoon was a power-packed trip and the best start to our new journey of life. The romantic memories that we’ve made here will be cherished for a lifetime.

Our experiences that may help you in planning your Sikkim honeymoon

Some of the most memorable moments of our honeymoon trip

  • Visit to the rustic Lachung Pass in Sikkim
  • Visiting the Nepal Border and knowing that there’s another country just a few steps away
  • The sight of lush green Tea gardens in Darjeeling

Some tips to travelers planning to visit the North East

  • There’s a lot to see in the North East, so planning your trip smartly is very important. TravelTriangle did this job for us
  • You need at least 4 – 5 days to explore Gangtok and Darjeeling, so plan a long trip if you really wish to relax and see all of it.
  • Visit during the winter season for a romantic experience and snow-laden sights
  • Wake up early morning to watch charming sunrise and explore more

How about exploring the roads less traveled by, holding the hand of your partner? Surround yourself with dense forests, lush meadows, gushing streams, mighty Himalayan ranges, wild waterfalls on a romantic getaway to the North East. Plan your honeymoon trip to Sikkim right away and take this refreshing journey to the North East to kick start the new journey of your life. North East is blessed with scenic views, and the Himalayan Ranges make it even more splendid. Seeing greenery all around is an intoxicating experience.

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