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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.

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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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5 Magnificent Waterfalls In Darjeeling Which Will Leave You Mesmerized By Their Beauty!

Often referred to as the “Queen of the Himalayas”, Darjeeling is adorned with emerald green tea plantations, snow- covered peaks of Kanchenjunga and the friendly locales. Its undaunted beauty makes it one of the beautiful hill stations in Northeastern part of India. There is no doubt that this state is blessed with the finest views of nature which not only ends to the lush-green tea plantations. There is also a magnificent waterfall in Darjeeling which makes a great place to visit if you want to relax amidst the serene surrounding of the gushing water. Apart from that there are some famous waterfalls in the vicinity of the state which are a must visit.

Go beyond the lush-green tea estates in Darjeeling and enjoy a beautiful view of these exotic waterfalls while touring at these serene part of India.

1. Paglajhora Waterfalls

Treats the eye with its finest beauty

Paglajhora waterfalls is one of the major attractions of Darjeeling and indeed a haven for nature lovers. Located at Kurseong which is situated enroute from Siliguri, this waterfall in Darjeeling is worth a visit. This part of the state treats the eye with its finest beauty and rare sights of the waterfall gushing out of the mountain cracks. Standing here one can also take a glimpse of the local river which flows through this part of West Bengal. People can experience a scenic road trip from Siliguri to Darjeeling and enjoy the pristine views. Apart from the undaunted beauty of the region, there is a temple and lake which travelers can take a look.

Location: South Shibkhola Tea Garden, West Bengal 734223

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2. Chunnu Summer Falls

Chunnu Summer Falls

Situated 6kms away from the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, lies the Barbotey Rock Garden. One of the major attractions of Darjeeling, the main highlight of this garden is the Chunnu summer falls. Built by the Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department, this place was named the rock garden because the entire place is made out of cutting rocks from different levels. Featuring the beautifully constructed terraced seating arrangements and the natural waterfalls, this garden is quite popular attraction for locals and tourists.

Location: Rock Garden Road Bloomfield Tea Garden, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102
Timings: 10AM – 4PM
Entry Fee: Rs.10 for Indians and Rs. 50 for Foreigners

3. Bakthang Waterfalls

Bakthang Waterfalls

Bakthang waterfalls is a magnificent natural waterfall near Darjeeling located at the North-Sikkim highway which can be witnessed while driving towards Tashi View Point. Around 3kms from Gangtok town, this place is quite a favorite place for travelers to halt and take a glance of the surreal beauty of the waterfalls. The waterfall doesn’t have an enormous height, but the width of the fall adds up all the beauty. Emerging from the Ratey Chu river, this place is perfect for nature lovers to stand and enjoy the view of Kanchenjunga and this magnificent waterfall.

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737103
Timings: 7AM – 6PM

4. Seven Sisters Waterfall

Seven Sisters Waterfall

As the name suggests, the seven sisters waterfall is formed by seven waterfall which are mystically aligned sideways over a rugged surface. A 4 hours drive from Darjeeling, this waterfall is a must visit attraction which is close to Gangtok. Surrounded by lush-greenery, rugged mountain cliffs, and the limestones over which the water falls with all the force. Enclosed with the finest views of nature, this waterfall makes a great location for photographers to capture the scenic landscapes.The best time to visit and take a glimpse of this waterfall is between the months of May to July when the seven waterfalls are clearly visible.

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim

5. Kanchenjunga Waterfalls

Kanchenjunga Waterfalls

Another magnificent waterfall near Darjeeling is the Kanchenjunga waterfalls located the Pelling region. Considered as one of the largest waterfalls of Sikkim, this is located at a distance of 90kms which is approximately 3 hours drive from the mainland. This is a perennial waterfall where the water emerges from the glaciers of Mount Kanchenjunga. Falling down from a height of 100 feet, the water merges in the pool. Enclosed with all the nature’s glory, this waterfall be seen at the sharp turn of the road, but to take a glimpse closely visitors have to climb at least 50 stairs. There is also an option of rope climbing which can be an escape for the adventure junkies.

Location: Sikkim
Timings: 8am-5pm

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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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7 Charming Places To Visit Near Little India On Your Singapore Tour In 2019

Singapore’s Little India is the center of life for the Indian community living in Singapore. You just cannot leave without taking a trip to this buzzing neighborhood that is sure to rekindle your senses with all its desi avenues. From colorful shophouses lining the streets, spiritual chants resonating off from the various mosques and temples around, the smiling faces of Indians walking by, to the delicious and pungent aromas of Indian food wafting through the air, everything about this place will remind you of India! The warm and friendly vibes of this place will make you fall in love with it. But don’t just stop here. There are plenty of places to visit near Little India in Singapore that deserve as much attention as this desi hub itself. Once you’ve explored and embraced this place to the fullest, head out to see the other must-visit sites of this state. Most of the awesome places that you can explore and fun activities that you can indulge in near Little India are located within walking or cycling distance from this place, which also means you can easily cover this bustling neighborhood within a day or two.

Which of these attractions near Little India in Singapore would you like to visit on your holiday? We’d suggest you explore all of them to make your vacation an even more enjoyable and exciting affair. Apart from the below-mentioned attractions, you’ll also come across various religious sites like Hindu and Buddhist temples while roaming around in this neighborhood. Do make sure to stop by and pay your respects while marveling at the brilliant architecture of these sanctums at the same time!

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Another attraction worth exploring in Jurong East is the Singapore Botanic Garden. Located on the Cluny Road, this is one of the oldest gardens in Singapore, and the only tropical garden to be listed in the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It houses endangered as well as common species of trees, shrubs, herbs, and grasslands. This place attracts nature lovers and botanists throughout the year.

Location: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: 5 am onwards

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Gardens

Gardens by the Bay is a nature park which is located just next to the Marina Reservoir. Spread across 101 hectares of land, this outdoor garden offers a great horticulture experience to the visitors. The garden architecture follows that of the minimalist Japanese Zen gardens. Here in Gardens by the Bay, visitors can experience a relaxing respite away from the hustle of the city life. Though it’s located in a prominent touristy location of Singapore, it’s serene natural vibe and peaceful realms will instill a sense of calm in you, while its unique architecture and eccentric design will not let you leave!

Location: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: 5am – 2am

Giant roller wheel view

The Singapore Flyer is essentially the largest observation wheel in the world. built over a 3-storey terminal building, it offers everyone a one-of-a-kind experience of being at the top of the Lion City! The Flyer travels at a speed of 0.21 m per second and offers visitors breathtaking and expansive panoramas of the city till where the eyes can see. The visuals of a day-time and night-time ride differ so much that travelers are never able to decide which experience was better! However, the very best time to ride this enormous Singapore Ferris Wheel is around dusk when the sky is lit and the fading sunlight shows mesmerizing colors before giving way to a star-lit sky. You will be able to see some of the prominent tourist attractions of Singapore like the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Marina Bay Sands, Empress Place, and the Padang. Underneath, there also are plenty of retail outlets, restaurants, and spa centers to keep you occupied.

Location: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10:30am

Temple view

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the famous places to visit near Little India. It is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is very beautifully built. Apart from seeking blessings you can admire the structure of the temple on your trip.

Location: 141 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 218042
Opening Hours: 6am – 12pm and 6pm to 9pm

church view

Yet another great place to visit near Little India, Singapore, Church of True Light is an old church that holds significance in the tourism of the place. You can say prayers in church and marvel at its beauty. If you are visiting the city with your family, do visit the church.

Location: 25g Perak Rd, Singapore 208142
Opening Hours: NA

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Tekka Centre

This is a shopping complex near Little India in Singapore. A dining hub of Little India, Tekka Market has a number of shops and a food center which is often frequented by locals and tourists. Housed in a chic colorful warehouse, the ambiance here is quite vibrant. Reaching Tekka Market is easy as it is at a walking distance from the Little India MRT station.

Location: Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 9pm

Serangoon North in Singapore

Running from Little India to Kallang, Serangoon is a major road in Singapore. It has a lot of eating places and if one is looking for places near Little India in Singapore, then they can head here. There are a couple of shops too selling Indian goods here. One striking feature to notice here is the architecture of the terrace shophouses whose construction is as old as the 1840s.

Location: Singapore
Opening Hours: NA

There are several places to visit near Little India in Singapore that you must definitely explore on your tour. Make your escapade to Singapore all the more interesting and invigorating by heading to this delightful part of the Lion City, and you won’t be disappointed! Unsure of how to book your trip? No worries. Simply contact the travel experts at TravelTriangle and let them craft for you and your travel companions a customized vacation within your specified budget limit. Don’t forget to write to us about your thrilling trip experience that can surely inspire and guide other travelers.

 

-Seek blessings at the shrines like the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
-Check out the House of Tan Teng Niah
-Visit the Indian Heritage Centre
-Go shopping at the Little India Arcade
-Dine at the Banana Leaf Apolo

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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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Reverse Waterfall: All You Need To Know About The Serene Maharashtrian Gem

Out of all the fascinating wonders of nature that humans have been able to discover throughout, a reverse waterfall in Naneghat is surely one thing that has left us all in great awe! Well, if you didn’t know it before, may be this will be your next weekend getaway near Mumbai. Naneghat or popularly known as Nana Ghat, is a majestic mountain range in Maharashtra near the Konkan coast and Deccan plateau. The serene mountain pass in Maharashtra makes for a stunning view and what’s more is that you can enjoy a day trip here with your folks.

For those of you who are still wondering how this cascading beauty defies gravity, well, it does not. The simple reason behind this reverse effect is the strong force of the winds that push the water upwards. So, while it is highly necessary that you carry warm clothes while you visit, don’t forget to carry an umbrella in case it starts to rain.

trekking to the waterfall

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A mountain range like Naneghat calls for a trek. Be it for the first-timers, or the regular ones, a trek all the way to the reverse waterfall feels nothing less than a feast to your eyes and food for your soul. An ideal time to visit this serene site is around the time of monsoon when the force of the cascading water is strong enough to put on a good show! It takes approximately 5 hours to cover the entire trek including both ways. You can add a treat to your soothing trek is the combination of Bhajiyas and tea at the Dhaba located near the waterfalls.

people reaching waterfall

You can board a bus from Kalyan bus stand and get down at Junnar. From there, you can easily reach Naneghat by road. Alternatively, you can also opt for guided tours from Mumbai and Pune that start from INR 750 per adult.

Don’t forget to carry some essential medicines along with a few warm clothes as it might get a little cold due to the strong winds near the mountain range. Also, carry an umbrella, some power packed snacks and a water bottle as you might feel thirsty and hungry if you go for a trek till the waterfalls.

From the quaint corners of the remote villages to the surreal hill stations with offbeat peaks, India’s tourist destinations never fail to amuse the travelers. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Maharashtra for an ultimate holiday experience amid the scenic views and charming landscapes with your loved ones like never before!

 

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7 Things Not To Do In Thailand: The Basics Of Traveling In The Land Of Smiles

Much famed as the “land of smiles”, Thailand is indeed one amongst the popular destinations in the world for travelers. People from all over the world come to the country to experience its rich history and culture and enjoy all the pleasures that it has to offer. However, there are a few things to know before traveling to Thailand so that you do not get into trouble when you are supposed to be enjoying a well-deserved vacation.

If you are planning a trip to Thailand, you should know what you can and cannot do in the country. It is a country with traditions that you may not be familiar with. Knowing what you cannot or should not do can save you from an embarrassing situation in a strange country. Here is a look at things not to do in Thailand.

1. Do Not Touch People’s Heads

Don't Touch Head

When it comes to things not to do in Thailand culture, one of the most important things to remember is not to touch people’s heads. in rare cases when the traveler is traveling with a child or is in a very close relationship with the other person, one should never try to touch or even put anything on people’s heads. In Thailand, the head is considered the most holy and cleanest part of the body, so when you touch someone’s head, you will essentially be disrespecting that person.

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2. Do Not Use Your Feet For Anything But Walking

Walking In Thailand

It is considered extremely impolite to point at people, places or things with your toes or the bottom of your feet. You should also never have your feet facing towards temples, images of Buddha or monks. It is especially rude and unacceptable to do so. Kicking or stepping over something or shutting a door with your feet will also definitely get you chastised in Thailand.

3. Do Not Touch The Monks

Do Not Touch Monks

In Thailand, monks are one of the most highly respected people, which is why standing over or being positioned higher than them is strictly forbidden. If you are a woman, remember never to touch a monk. Because they are not allowed to touch women, they often will not even hand them anything directly. In case they want to hand over something, they will place that item on the ground for women to pick it up themselves. Also, the monks are not supposed to to sit next to a woman in local transports either. If you are a woman, coming into contact with monks is one of the things to be careful of in Thailand.

4. Do Not Keep Your Shoes On All The Time

Do Not Wear Shoes Everytime

Keeping your shoes on when you enter homes, temples, and shops is one of the things not to do in Thailand – this rule even applies to some restaurants. This is why you will see people everywhere wearing lightweight sandals. If you see a pile of sandals outside someone’s house, a shop, etc., you should remove yours too before stepping inside.

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5. Do Not Take Photos With Captured Animals

Giraffe New Arrival

Tourists are often offered photo ops with illegally procured wildlife in places like Pattaya, Phuket, Ao Nang, Ko Samui, and sometimes even in Bangkok. Animals like monkeys and gibbons as well as birds and snakes (some of the wildlife are endangered species) are captured from the wild and held captive for the sole purpose of making money for their “owners”. Because wild animals can be extremely dangerous, animals captured for photographs with tourists are often heavily drugged and their teeth and claws are also removed. Help put an end to this cruel practice and refuse to take photos with wildlife, no matter how adorable you think they are.

6. Do Not Get Involved With Illegal Drugs

Drugs is illegal

Like any other popular tourist destination across the globe, Thailand has a seedy side where a lot of illegal activities occur. Due to its vibrant nightlife, illegal things in Thailand are aplenty and if you are out at night at a club or bar, chances are that you will be offered illegal drugs. Needless to say, you should avoid getting involved with such substances at all cost. Getting caught with even a tiny amount of an illegal drug can get you into big trouble, and you do not want that whatsoever.

7. Do Not Overstay Your Visa Period

Thailand Passport

One of the most obvious things to know before visiting Thailand is not overstaying your visa. If you do, you will need to pay a fine of 500 Baht per day. The maximum fine for overstaying is 20,000 Baht, and if you do not pay, you could end up in jail. Plus, Thai immigration will mark and note your passport. Your passport may be marked as “undesirable alien” for repeated violations of overstaying three times. Being marked as an “undesirable alien” would make it more difficult for you to travel internationally and you could also be barred from re-entering Thailand for up to 5 to 10 years. This is obviously one of the most important things not to do in Thailand.

There are many things to keep in mind before traveling to Thailand so that you enjoy every day of your stay there. Once you planning is in place, you can prepare yourself for an unforgettable holiday in Thailand that is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world!

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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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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

Yup! They are utterly romantic, platonic, utopian, out of the world… blah blah blah…! Go…! Plan! And in case, circumstances are not allowing you to plan for South, try these secret homestays in Himalayas, up north.

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5 Restaurants In Teck Whye To Discover Delish Food In Singapore In 2019!

Teck Whye is an avenue in Singapore where you will also find a road, metro station, and even a school with the same name. If you are looking for restaurants in Teck Whye, then you are in luck because you have so many options to choose from.

Teck Whye is located in the north-western part of Singapore. It is a friendly neighborhood where everyone lives in harmony with each other. From fine establishments to roadside street food hawkers, you will find all kinds of options not just in Teck Whye but also the areas surrounding it. Phoenix Road has got quite a lot of options for fine dining. You can also check out places on Choa Chu Kang Drive.

Rasa Rasa is a Halaal restaurant in Jalan Teck Whye which is known for amazing nonvegetarian dishes and seafood. It is a small establishment and is open late in the night. So, if you want to go someplace after a long night of party where you can fill your stomach, then you should come here. It is a very popular place which gets crowded after evening. Seating is limited but service is fast, quick, and cheap. The food here is tempting and under your budget.

If you want to enjoy real Chinese flavors in Teck Whye, then you should go to Chang Cheng. It is a budget restaurant in Teck Whye where you can enjoy real Chinese food and not the Indian version. If you are looking for the latter, then you might be disappointed. Tiong Wah is a cozy cafe in Teck Whye where you will usually find crowd during the day. You might find this establishment a bit pricey but at least the food is good and fresh. It is a good place to bring your kids and enjoy your meal in peace.

You are in luck because Teck Whye happens to have a McDonalds too. So, if you want to play safe in terms of food, especially when you are traveling with kids, then this McDonald’s outlet is at your disposal. Order a big meal and hog on it if you have been looking for familiar food in a foreign land. It is comforting and well consistent.

Find the best restaurants in Teck Whye and around so that you don’t have to struggle to look for places to eat in the area.

Dian

This restaurant is an amazing place if you are with your family and kids. This restaurant tis located in Lot One Shoppers Mall. The restaurant provides good food and service. More importantly, the service is very fast here. You can see an attender every now and then refilling your water if the level in the glass is low. A lot of people feel that their Tofu and Angelica Duck is simply amazing. It is safe to say it is one of the authentic Chinese restaurants in Singapore. Here is some additional information which might be helpful:

Location: 21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4, #B1-32/33 Lot One, Singapore 689812
Average Price for two: $25
Timings: 11.30 AM- 10PM
Rating: 3.7/5

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Hong

This restaurant is specially for seafood lovers. The restaurant is typically good and the service is decent enough. You see that the maximum rush is in the evenings around 8.30 PM but most of the time you get a table. This place also has many tables so there is no problem if you come with your family. The prawn paste chicken, cereal prawns are quite famous here. So if you ever visit this place soon, make sure you order those dishes. Here is some additional information which might be of some help:

Location: 216 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1, Singapore 689477
Average Price for two: $14
Timings: 4PM- 12.15 AM
Rating: 3.8/5

MChefz

This place offers some of the best dishes and a great dining experience. The food items were very nice and the must try dishes are the Big Prawn White BeeHoon and Green apple Juice. This restaurant is basically from Indonesia and their flavors are quite resembling to the Halal food or Malay cuisine. Also, their crab dishes are a must try! So if you are a fan of crab or prawns’ dishes, don’t forget to come and check out this restaurant. Here is some more additional information which might be of some help to you:

Location: 2 Choa Chu Kang Loop, #01-05 Keat Hong Community Club, Singapore, Singapore 689687
Average Price for two: $15
Timings: 9 AM-10PM
Rating: 4.0/5

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Sakae

Another Japanese food restaurant in Shoppers Lot One Mall, this is a great place if you like sushi. The restaurant is quite spacious and the tables are quite accommodative. You have a distance between each table. The place is quiet and peaceful even in the times of weekends. Here is some more information for your help:

Location: 21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, #03-10/11, Lot 1, Singapore 689812
Average Price for two: $20-$30
Timings: 11.30 AM-10PM
Rating: 3.5/5

Phoenix

If you are looking for Indian restaurants in Bukit Batok, the Phoenix Indian Restaurant is the one you must surely visit. The authentic Indian delicacies prepared with the selection of the best and fresh herbs with great quality spices are served in a simple yet amazing atmosphere that makes your dining experience better. The North Indian, as well as the South Indian delicacies, are very delicious and no matter from which part of the world you are, you will surely enjoy eating here.

Location: 4 Phoenix Rd, Singapore 668158
Cost for two: INR 600
TripAdvisor Rating: 4

Read More: Best Bukit Batok Restaurants

These were some of the best restaurants in Teck Whye which you can go check out if you want to have good food on your trip to Singapore. You should also explore areas around Teck Whye where you will find more exciting options to dine and drink. Singapore is one of the best destinations to take a trip with your family or even friends. The exhilarating experiences and amazing attractions await you.

 

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