February 27, 2015

Top 10 London Attractions for honeymoon

1. British Museum

The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Some exhibitions require tickets.

2. National Gallery

The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, London's National Gallery is a vast space filled with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. In this iconic art gallery you can find works by masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs. Some exhibitions require tickets.

3. Natural History Museum

As well as the permanent (and permanently fascinating!) dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. See a life-sized blue whale, a 40-million-year-old spider, and the beautiful Central Hall. Some exhibitions require tickets.

4. Tate Modern

Sitting grandly on the banks of the Thames is Tate Modern, Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art. Its unique shape is due to it previously being a power station. The gallery's restaurants offer fabulous views across the city. Some exhibitions require tickets.

5. Coca-Cola London Eye

Attraction tickets from £19.10

The Coca-Cola London Eye is a major feature of London's skyline. It boasts some of London's best views from its 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes and holding up to 25 people. Climb aboard for a breathtaking experience, with an unforgettable perspective of more than 55 of London's most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes!

6. Science Museum

From the future of space travel to asking that difficult question: "who am I?", the Science Museum makes your brain perform Olympic-standard mental gymnastics. See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years; and don't forget the awesome Imax cinema. Some exhibitions require tickets.

7. Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A celebrates art and design with 3,000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you'll discover next: furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork and textiles; the list goes on and on… Some exhibitions require tickets.

8. Tower of London

Attraction tickets from £20

Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London, one of the world's most famous buildings. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king's bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels.

9. Royal Museums Greenwich

Visit the National Maritime Museum – the world's largest maritime museum, see the historic Queen's House, stand astride the Prime Meridian at Royal Observatory Greenwich and explore the famous Cutty Sark: all part of the Royal Museums Greenwich. Some are free to enter; some charges apply.

10. Madame Tussauds London

Attraction tickets from £28

At Madame Tussauds, you'll come face-to-face with some of the world's most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Lady Gaga you'll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even royalty. Strike a pose with Usain Bolt, get close to One Direction or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen.

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February 25, 2015

10 free things to do in Sydney

Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk

One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches.

Stroll the  Sydney Harbour Bridge

The climb will set you back at least $148, but you can get the next best thing for nix by simply strolling along the pedestrian pathway at the bridge’s eastern edge.

Gaze out from North Head Lookout

Enjoy sweeping views from the mouth of the harbour to Sydney’s skyscrapers, and if you’re lucky, spot a whale or two. Sunsets at north head are spectacular.

Feast your eyes at the  Art Gallery of NSW

Entry to Sydney’s premier art institution is free, with everything from Indigenous to Asian art on display. Wednesday nights are a bonus with free talks and films.

Experience tranquillity at the Royal Botanic Gardens

These beautifully kept and appointed gardens have everything from succulents to herbs, as well as a tropical greenhouse. A perfect picnic spot in the heart of the city. Time your visit for one of the excellent free tours.

Bob in the waters of Camp Cove

Avoid the crowds at Bondi by heading to Sydney’s most intimate beach, where you can pitch your umbrella at the very doorstep of one of the city’s priciest homes before floating in the wave-free harbour.

Tap your toes at  Opera Bar

This lovely terrace bar with sumptuous harbour views has free live music each night and on weekend afternoons. For another free live music venue, try the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi.

Relax in  Bronte Park

Coin-operated public barbecues make this Sydney’s best (almost free) al fresco lunch spot. Take a dip before squeezing your sausages in between a Korean family grill and a Brazilian meatfest, while enjoying the sparkling sea views.

Raise a smile at Luna Park

There's no entry fee to this historic fun park with killer harbour views. It’s $10 per ride, though, with adorably retro Coney Island offering the best value for money.

Spot sea creatures at Shelly Beach

The  Sydney Aquarium  is pricey but you can see plenty of marine life in its natural habitat at Shelly Beach. Take the Manly ferry and some swimming goggles. Other good places to spot sea life are Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay.

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February 24, 2015

Top 6 things to do in Venice

  1. Get Lost in Venice 

    There is nothing that is as important when you’re visiting Venice than just wandering aimlessly through its streets and alleys. If you only had 3-4 hours in the city, It is recommend that you do this before you set foot inside a single museum or attraction – it’s that critical to enjoying your visit. By wandering you can find Venice’s many charming and often-empty squares and streets, which goes a long way toward helping you appreciate the city. You could ignore basically everything else on this list and just stroll around without a map.

  2. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica 

    Visiting churches in Italy, but this is – by far – my favorite church in the country. It’s beautiful outside, with its big onion domes and multi-colored marble pillars, and the interior is floor-to-ceiling mosaics. There’s no fee to tour the main part of the basilica, and even booking an entry time online (so you don’t have to wait in the sometimes-long line out front) is free, so after you’ve wandered the city this should be your next stop. There are three smaller museums within the basilica which you’ll have to pay an entry to see; your budget and overall interest should dictate whether you visit all of them, but if you’re just going to pick one then by all means take the narrow and steep staircase in the entry alcove up to the museum that has the original horses which used to overlook the square – in addition to seeing the horses, you’ll also get to go out on the roof and overlook the square yourself.

  3. See St. Mark’s Square When it’s Empty 

    I know in #1 I said that you should point yourself in the opposite direction to where all the tourists are going, and since 99.9% of them are headed for  St. Mark’s Square you may find it a little surprising to find this piazza so high on my to-do list in Venice. But the key here is to visit the square when everyone else isn’t there. Of course, in order to do this you’ll probably need to spend at least one night in Venice, but I can think of worse things to “need” to do. The best times to catch St. Mark’s Square at her most vulnerable are early morning and late evening, before the day-trippers arrive or after they’ve left. Venice isn’t a nightlife town, so it doesn’t take long after the restaurants close for the square to be emptied of much of the crowd. Personally, I like it best at night, but I’ll leave the choice to you.

  4. Take the #1 Vaporetto for a Grand Canal Tour 

    I think the easiest and most pleasant way to get around Venice is on foot, but the Grand Canal only has a few bridge crossings and taking a ride on  Venice’s water-buses  is a fun transport method. Even beyond the practical reasons for taking a vaporetto, however, there’s the fact that the slow #1 vaporetto that runs the length of the Grand Canal is the ideal equivalent to a city bus tour. I’d recommend either bringing along a self-guided tour (Rick Steves has a good one in his guidebook) so you can pick out the sights along the way, or just sitting back and enjoying the view no matter what the significance of the buildings is. You’ll enjoy the ride either way, even more so if you’ve got a good seat and some  gelato .

  5. Watch a Glass-Blowing Demonstration on Murano Island 

    This is kind of a tricky one, because so many of the glass-blowing demonstrations on nearby Murano Island are very tourist-trappy, but I have it on this list for a couple of reasons. First, most people I know have never seen anyone do glass blowing or glass sculpture, so it’s entertaining and educational even if it is touristy. Second, visiting another island in the Venice lagoon is a great idea during your stay, and since Murano is closest it’s the easiest one to visit (especially if you’re short on time). If you want to avoid the overly touristy glass demonstrations, catch a vaporetto to Murano (instead of a boat booked by your hotel or a particular glass shop) and walk around the streets until you find a studio that looks relatively open. There are more  glass-blowing studios on Murano  than just the touristy ones.

  6. Tour the Doge’s Palace 

    Right next (and partly connected) to St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace is arguably the second most important “attraction” in Venice after the basilica (if you don’t count the city itself as an “attraction”). While there are several good reasons to pay the hefty admission fee to tour the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale in Italian), probably the most popular stop on the tour is when you get to walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs. You can see the bridge from the outside without buying an entry ticket, but the only wa to walk on the bridge yourself is as part of a Doge’s Palace tour.

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February 23, 2015

Top 10 free things to see in Venice

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

The island of San Giorgio has the ultimate views in Venice – looking out over the the Doges Palace and the Grand Canal – and the landmark church, designed in 1555 by Andrea Palladio, is a must-see. There is no charge to go inside the chiesa, whose rather stark interior has two important works by Tintoretto – L'Ultima Cena and Il Cader della Manna – as well as paintings by Carpaccio and Palma. There is a lift that takes you up to the top of the bell tower for €5 that has none of the long queues choking St Mark's campanile (which costs €8), and, frankly, the panorama is far more impressive from San Giorgio. The church's monastery and gardens belong to the Cini Foundation, which organises free exhibitions in Le Stanze del Vetro, and, for the duration of the Biennale, there is a stunning installation of gold pillars by the vaporetto stop by German architect Heinz Mack.

Casino Venier

In the 18th century, at the time of Giacomo Casanova, there were well over 100 casini dotted around Venice – sumptuous, intimate salons in which the aristocracy met, danced, flirted and, above all, gambled. One of the most exquisite can still be visited as it is now the premises of French cultural centre L'Alliance Francaise. Casino Venier dates back to 1750 and occupies the first floor of a nondescript building looking out over the narrow Barateri Canal. As you walk up the ancient staircase and push open the heavy door, nothing prepares you for the opulent decor of the main salon: the marble-floored Casino is a riot of opulent stucco, frescoes and Murano mirrors, and, today, is occasionally used as a venue for art exhibitions.

Scala Contarini del Bovolo

The so-called Snail Staircase must rank as one of the best hidden sights to track down in Venice, lost in a maze of narrow streets not far from the Rialto. From Campo San Bartolomeo, at the foot of the Rialto bridge, follow the yellow signs for Accademia till you reach Campo Manin, where a small panel that is very easy to miss points in the direction of the Scala. After zigzagging right and left, you suddenly come out in a tiny courtyard that is totally dominated by a towering staircase of spiraling, swirling arches. The palace itself, built for the Contarini family in the 14th century, is unremarkable from the outside, while this remarkable Gothic staircase was tacked on to the outside in 1499.

I Gesuiti, Venice

Although officially the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, this grandiose baroque church is known by the name of the Jesuit Order which ordered its construction in 1715. Not only is there no entrance charge, but the Gesuiti boasts an important collection of paintings and trompe l'oeil sculptures. In the main church, you can see works by Titian and Tintoretto, who lived nearby, while the Sacristy has 20 paintings by Jacopo Palma il Giovane. Next door is a former Jesuit monastery, which, after being converted into a school, hospital and then military barracks, has recently been brought back to life as student lodgings, with the cloisters and a cafe now open to the public.

Santa Maria della Salute

Dominating the entrance to the Grand Canal and known simply as the Salute, this is one of the favourite churches of Venetians. Built in 1681 to mark the survival of the Serenissima from a deadly outbreak of the plague, the Salute's monumental baroque facade and dome, by architect Baldassare Longhena, is an icon on the Venice skyline. But there are also important artworks within, including paintings by both Titian and Tintoretto, and a pontoon bridge is strung across the Grand Canal in front of the church to allow worshippers to cross over to celebrate the Festa della Salute.

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February 21, 2015

4 Incredible Honeymoons in Italy

 

 

Few places conjure up romance as quickly as Italy, which offers newlyweds an incomparable mix of memories, from dusky gondola rides and medieval-hill-town strolls to daily gelato fixes and cappuccino-flavored kisses. Here are our favorite ways to indulge in Florence, Rome, Venice and the Amalfi Coast.

Rome

EAT Romans have enjoyed good food since the days of Julius Caesar, and the city’s menus still brim with flavor: The artichoke is king, zucchini blossoms pop up as appetizers, pasta runs the gamut from egg-and-cheese carbonara to nutmeg-dusted gnocchi, and pizza is obviously ubiquitous. Grab humongous slices to go at Sale Miele, on Piazza di tor Sanguigna, before crossing the Tiber River to Vatican City. Here, you’ll be awestruck by the majestic St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo-frescoed Sistine Chapel. Come sunset, join the passeggiata (evening stroll) as chic locals window-shop near the Spanish Steps. Then savor a three-Michelin star meal at La Pergola, atop the Rome Cavalieri hotel, or an intimate seafood repast at La Gensola, a trattoria in Trastevere.

PLAY Rome is pure exhilaration as modern Vespa scooters zoom past ancient icons: the circa-80 Colosseum, the city-within-a city Roman Forum, the ready-for-its-cointoss Trevi Fountain and the cheerfully baroque Piazza Navona. Tip: Buy a threeday Rome Pass for entry to the Colosseum and Forum, then walk — or hop a bus or the metro, free with the pass — for discounted admission to the National Gallery of Ancient Art, in Barberini Palace, and the Galleria Borghese, in Villa Borghese, Rome’s verdant 148-acre park. For shopping, drool over designer goods along Via Condotti and Via Frattina.

LOVE Stay in style — and enjoy fabulous views — at palatial Exedra, with its soaring ceilings, spacious rooms and rooftop pool. Enjoy designer digs and a rooftop lounge in Rome’s fashion district at the intimate 14-room Portrait Suites, owned by the Ferragamo family. Stylish St. George Roma wows with its alfresco bar, subterranean Roman baths and stellar location in the heart of the city.

Florence

EAT The Florentine palate craves simplicity and quality; area specialties include fresh vegetables tossed with extra-virgin olive oil, grilled meats, crusty breads and hearty beans. Oh, and a little thing called red wine, produced in neighboring Tuscany and Chianti. Sweets cravings are easily sated with gelato, including the delectable scoops at Gelateria Santa Trinita. Save room for the mushroom risotto and tender osso buco at Ristorante la Giostra, as well as the divine Siena pasta with duck ragout at The Loggia Restaurant at Villa San Michele, a 16th-century monastery turned luxury hotel in hilltop Fiesole.

PLAY The cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is tucked amid Tuscan hills and bisected by the Arno River. Its earthly beauty is best appreciated from the cypress-lined Boboli Gardens, while its artistic treasures line the Uffizi and Accademia galleries, the latter home to Michelangelo’s David (avoid the hours-long lines by asking your concierge to pre-book reservations). Walk around, into and up the Duomo, a massive Gothic cathedral with a soaring campanile and climbable dome (463 steps). Shop for 18-karat baubles on the circa-1354 Ponte Vecchio bridge, and pick up heavenly soaps and lotions at the 600-year-old pharmacy at Santa Maria Novella. To truly get under the Tuscan sun, day-trip to the pretty province of Siena and its tower-studded village of San Gimignano.

LOVE Sleep like nobility at Four Seasons Hotel Florence, a restored 15th-century palazzo with luxe, soothing rooms and an 11-acre garden. Striking 14th century villa Il Salviatino offers personal service and sweeping views from its perch in Fiesole. For a modern vibe, try riversideContinentale, with its white decor.

Venice

EAT This unbelievably beautiful city poised at the edge of the Adriatic is known much more for romance than cuisine — unless you count the local specialty fritto misto di mare, a sizzling plate of fried calamari, baby octopus, shrimp and scallops. Still, it’s Venice! For the sheer experience, book a lagoon-view table at Fortuny Restaurant, in legendary Hotel Cipriani, which sits across from Piazza San Marco on Giudecca Island. For your daily doses of pizza and gelato, grab slices at Pizza al Volo and double-scoop cones at Gelateria Nico, both in Dorsoduro. For a traditional Venetian seafood feast, treat your taste buds to dinner at
the intimate Fiaschetteria Toscana.

PLAY Venice is a water-centric wonderland best visited by couples happy to get lost. Wandering its myriad canals and 400-plus bridges, you’ll encounter the touristy tumult of Piazza San Marco (ascend the campanile for amazing views of gilded Basilica di San Marco, pink-and-white Palazzo Ducale and colossal Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute) and Grand Canal-spanning Rialto Bridge. But you’ll also happen upon pockets of loveliness, such as petite Santa Maria dei Miracoli church and the wave-washed quays of Giudecca. Three musts: a sunset gondola ride; a vaporetto (water bus) excursion to crayon-hued Burano island; and a bellini at Harry’s Bar, the former haunt of Ernest Hemingway where the drink was created.

LOVE Enjoy a sexy rooftop whirlpool tub and rooms draped in jewel-tone silks at the lavish Grand Canal-side Bauer Il Palazzo, in the heart of the city. Take a water shuttle to reach theHilton Molino Stucky, built inside a 19th-century flour mill on Giudecca Island. Venice’s newest hotel offers 350 contemporary guest rooms with king beds and iPod stations, plus a stunning panoramic view from the rooftop pool.

Amalfi Coast

EAT Stretched along the Mediterranean coast below the Gulf of Naples, this region takes its culinary cues from the sea. Seafood-based pastas boast a taste of lip-smacking saltiness, combined with a citrusy zest pulled from the lemon-tree-covered hills above. But it’s not all about seafood here. Pizza was actually createdin Naples, and you’ll find crisp, thin-crust examples all the way down the coast. A prime spot to savor a pie and pinot grigio is Ristorante La Pergola, on the beach in Positano.

PLAY There are few better places to drive than along the winding roads of this vertigo inducing coast. Start in clifftop Sorrento, with its views of Mount Vesuvius, and make your way to pretty Positano, where you can meander down steep hills lined with pastel painted boutiques before ending up on a black-pebble beach. Heavenly Ravello, home to the breathtaking Belvedere of Infinity, perches on a bluff 1,500 feet above the sea.

LOVE Check into Sorrento’s opulent Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, and take a day trip to Pompeii, left buried in ash by Vesuvius’ A.D. 79 wrath. Then move down the coast to Ravello’sHotel Caruso for a swim in an infinity pool lined with medieval ruins.

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February 20, 2015

Top 5 Best Honeymoon Destinations in Jammu and Kashmir

5 best honeymoon destinations in Jammu and Kashmir that offers great honeymoon experience without compromising on your safety :

Pahalgam

Nothing attracts honeymooners like Pahalgam and you will find many newlyweds and even married couples here enjoying the scenic view of this small town. Nestled in the Anantnag district, Pahalgam also remains one of the popular destinations for many Bollywood movies. This place is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra.With the amount of greenery around the town, couples can enjoy some walks in the conifer forests around and explore the fauna and flora here.

You can also find many species of musk deer, Himalayan mouse hare, grey langur and even leopards and bears that roam in the wilderness. Explore the Sun Temple, Baisaran, and Chandanwari close to Pahalgam and even Betaab Valley and Sheshnaag Lake. Pahalgam is easily accessible through road from Srinagar around 95 kilometers route that will take you around two hours.

Gulmarg

Jammu and Kashmir is blessed with some of the best landscapes that you can find on Indian land and Gulmarg certainly tops the list. The word Gulmarg literally means meadow of flowers and it rightly stands true to its meaning. The magnificent beauty and astonishing landscapes here can only enhance your honeymoon experience to the fullest. Almost close to the Line of Control, Gulmarg thrives on the tourism industry and the winter climate that attracts many snow sport lovers and adventurers during the winter months of the year.

Just couple of hours from Srinagar, Gulmarg is the honeymoon destination for those who want to spend less on accommodation and more on shopping and other adventures. Gulmarg is always a busy holiday destination so make sure that you book your hotels and resorts in advance to avoid last moment discrepancies. Do explore the Alpathar Lake here that offers a great experience to newlyweds and married couples.

Srinagar

This small town located on the banks of Jhelum remains among the most visited places not only in Jammu and Kashmir, but also in the country. The magnificent Dal Lake, Nagin Lake and Anchar Lake that surrounds the city have been offering a respite to many who want to escape the commotion of their urban life and even to those who want to spend some great time together before they start their married life. This Venice of the East city is noted for its houseboats that you can hire to explore the landscapes around.

Explore the Chashma Shahi, Pari Mahal, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, and Naseem Bagh. The city is well connected through air and railway so getting here is not that tough. Srinagar is equally popular for Hazratbal Shrine and Shankaracharya Temple and Jama Masjid so if you have time don’t forget to visit these places too.

Kokernag

Kokernag also known as Kukernag is gradually becoming one of the top honeymoon destinations in Jammu and Kashmir because of the calm and pleasant atmosphere and natural landscape. Many travelers that visit Srinagar prefer to come to Kokernag on weekends to explore the landscapes and have some quality time with their loved ones, family and friends.

Kokernag Waterfall is the main attraction here that attracts many tourists. When you are here do look out for dance festivals that happen here so don’t miss that out if you get to attend one.

Jammu

Jammu is towards the south of the state and offers a great honeymoon experience to newlyweds as they can explore some of the best landscapes and holy temples around. Jammu City is also known as Jammu Tawi and more popularly known as City of Temples. It is the cultural heritage center of the state.

Explore some of the oldest temples here like Purmandal, Vaishno Devi shrine that attracts thousands of pilgrims and devotees from around the country. If you want to explore the fauna and flora visit the Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary. Jammu is ideal for couples that love shopping together as they can shop at Ragunath Bazaar, Gole Market and Apsara Road and City Square and Bahu Plaza.

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February 18, 2015

Tips for Planning a Honeymoon Cruise

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. You might not get special treatment by identifying yourself as a honeymooner, but if you have a travel agent who specializes in cruises and has a good relationship with your cruise line, you might get some amenities at no charge. Don't count on anything, but do ask your agent to let the line know that you're on your honeymoon.

2. If you plan on buying a celebration package, do it well in advance. Many lines offer several with varying degrees of amenities (such as Champagne, breakfast in bed, spa treatments and dinners in specialty restaurants), and there is often little difference in cost between the mid-range and top-level. Know what you're getting, and book early.

3. If you're on a ship with traditional dining and you want a table for two, request it early and, particularly with this request, make sure the cruise line knows that it's because you're on your honeymoon. Otherwise, you could find yourself sharing those special meals at a table filled with newfound friends.

4. Some cruise lines offer couples' massages in the spa and, occasionally, in your room or suite. If you want that and the line allows you to book the spa treatment early, do so. Couples massages sell out very quickly, so book as soon as you can.

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February 17, 2015

The most attractive places of Kuwait

1. The Liberation Tower

It represents Kuwaiti liberation, the sure sign of the country’s resurgence. It is one of tallest telecommunication towers in the world. The tower is 372 meters in height, and is 40 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower.

2. The Kuwait Towers

These are the most famous landmarks of Kuwait. The Kuwait Towers are situated on the Arabian Gulf Street in Dasman, promontory to east of City Center. The topmost sphere of the largest tower (187 meters in height), has a revolving observation area and a restaurant with access to high speed lifts. The middle tower comprises one million gallons of water.

3. National Museum

The Museum, location in close proximity to the National Assemble, comprises four buildings and a planetarium. Though, stripped and burnt by the Iraqi invaders, it houses the Al Sabah collection of Islamic art, the most comprehensive collections in the world.

4. Failaka Island

This beautiful island has only soldiers as its permanent residents, as it was once left devastated by the Gulf War. However, the visitors get to view the ruins from settlements of the Bronze Age Dilmuns and Hellenistic Greeks, who left many treasures from which, their past could be reconstructed.

5. Entertainment City

The city is being managed by the KTEC, and is located f20kms away from the Kuwait City near Doha, on the northern side of Kuwait Bay. The complex provides a complete range of amusements based on the theme of "Arab World", "Future World", and "the International World".

6. Science and Natural History Museum

The museum houses displays pertaining to natural places and history, petroleum industry, machinery, aviation, space and zoology, electronics and consist of a health hall and a planetarium. The museum is located on the Abdullah Mubarak street, and, is open both morning and evenings from Saturday to Wednesday.

7. Kuwait Science Club

Is situated on the sixth Ring Road and comprise a wide range of facilities and the latest scientific hardware including the Aujairy Observatory. The club aims to create a casual environment for people of all ages to develop their scientific knowledge and hobbies.

8. Liberation Monuments

Al-Qurain House, situated in the Qurain housing area, is a site of bloody battle between Iraq and Kuwait, just before liberation, now converted into a museum, dedicated to those who laid down their lives. Even the Iraqi tank, mounted on the Jahra Gate, around the end of Fahd Al-Salem Street is a reminder of the folly of the war.

9. Sadu House

The roots of Kuwait are associated with both the desert and the sea. The Bedouins lived a life governed by the rhythm of seasons. Sadu weaving, characterized by geometric designs woven by hand with dyed, spun and coloured wool, is a traditional craft of major importance.

10. The Scientific Center

This is the largest Aquarium to be built by the Kuwait Foundation in the Middle East for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). The visitors can focus on natural sea habitats, the coastal edges and desert of Arabian Peninsula, the motion picture of IMAX Theatre, and explore childhood skills in the Discovery Place, visit the Dhow Harbour, and relax at the Scientific Centre restaurant.

11. The Tareq Rajab Museum

The Museum is a private collection of the Rajab family. The collection began during early 1950s and was open to general public during 1980. The Museum is divided into two sections. One deals with pottery, calligraphy, metalwork, wood, ivory, glass, and jade carvings of the Islamic world. Calligraphy is presented in a small room, showing picture from the Holy Quran.

12. Mosques

Ras Salmiya's pyramid-shaped mosque and the Fatima Mosque in Abdullah Al-Salem are real examples of modern architecture. The Grand Mosque, opposite the Seif Palace, represents traditional Islamic styles built using modern technology, while also retaining the local Kuwaiti characteristics and the Islamic tradition of calligraphy.

13. Amusement and Recreational Parks

The Kuwaiti public parks and boulevards depict the success of its government in molding the harsh desert environment of Kuwait. Most parks have amusement centers and children's play facilities.

14. Municipal Gardens

The Municipality maintains various public gardens around the country. The most popular among them is in the Fahd Al-Salem Street. All gardens are designed well with naturally shaded areas.

15. Zoological Park

Is located in the Omarrya on the Airport Road. The Kuwait Zoo is spread across 180,000 sq. meters of Parkland and houses about sixty five species of animals, 129 species of birds, five species of reptiles, apart from other animals such as giraffes, zebras, elephants, tigers and lions.

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February 16, 2015

Best Honeymoon Destinations in Japan

Believe it or not, thousands of newlywed couples spend theirhoneymoon in Japan. You can spot romantic hotels, parks, gardens, restaurants and many other facilities all around the Land of the Rising Sun. If you decide to spend your honeymoon in this amazing country, this article can give you some ideas and help you choose some must-see destinations for your honeymoon.

Large cities and tiny villages have romantic atmosphere as well. It all depends on you and your taste what places do you choose to visit.

Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Japan. It offers thousands of places to choose from. Even a romantic walk on the streets of Tokyo can give you wonderful memories and experiences. Dinners with candlelights are very popular choices, especially at the restaurants of Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Skytree. The garden of the Imperial Palace is one of the most romantic places in Tokyo.It offers more romantic destinations than any other Japanese city. Besides, here you can find thousands of hotels for your accommodation. Some hotels provide romantic things as well: trips around Tokyo, breakfast in bed, comfy rooms with hot tubs/jacuzzi, etc.

The main activities of Tokyo as honeymoon destination are: walk around the Imperial Palace Garden, enjoying the sight of the city from Tokyo Tower and watching the sunset from Odaiba Island, which is located in Tokyo Bay. The best time to visit Tokyo is around the cherry blossoming (March- April) and early Autumn (September and October).

Kyoto

Kyoto is the second most popular city from the point of view of honeymoon destinations. Aromantic getaway around the Buddhist Temples or the Geisha Districts of Kyoto can give wonderful memories for both of you. The Zen Gardens, which belong to the Buddhist Temples are one of the most visited places in the city. The temples with the most romantic garden and atmosphere are: Kinkaku-ji, Kozan-ji and Ninna-ji.

Just like Tokyo, Kyoto also has an Imperial Palace with an Imperial Garden and this one also a must-see place for newlywed couples. In Kyoto you should also schedule an afternoon to visit the Japanese castles of the city, or, at least one of them. Definitely, Nijo Castle is the most popular choice of the newlywed couples.

This city has more UNESCO heritage sites than any other Japanese city, so it offers thousands of attractions to choose from. The Imperial Palace and Imperial Villas (Sento, Katsura, Shugakuin) all worth a visit.

Kyoto Botanical Garden can also be the place of a romantic experience, but it is the city itself and its traditional Japanese atmosphere will make this holiday unforgettable for both of you.

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February 14, 2015

Alaska Top 10 Attractions

1: Denali National Park

This pristine national park takes its name from the native name of Mount McKinley. “Denali” means “The high one,” which is a fitting name for the highest peak in North America. The 6-million-acre park is a veritable encyclopedia of geological features, with glaciers, kettles, moraines, and horns all on prominent display. The park is home to grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolves, and a wide variety of other animals. Keep an eye out for “drunken trees,” which are tilted because the normally frozen ground around them is melting.

2: Glacier Bay National Park

Located in the panhandle of Alaska, west of Juneau, this park and preserve is another example of Alaska’s wild and majestic beauty. Most visitors arrive via cruise ship, and they come for the extensive array of outdoor activities available here. Base yourself at the Glacier Park Lodge, where you can then set out on a hike or a kayaking trip. Observe birds and other types of wildlife, including black bears and mountain goats. Fishing enthusiasts can also take to the rivers for rainbow trout and halibut.

3: Mendenhall Glacier

This wondrous natural feature sits just outside of Juneau. Trends reveal that the glacier is retreating, which has had a series of negative consequences but has also created Mendenhall Lake from its runoff. Another benefit is the discovery of an ancient forest, which helps scientists understand the history of the region. A year­round visitor center details the history of the area while also providing unparalleled views of the glacier itself. From January to March, the center hosts a series of Fireside Lectures that discuss the area’s history in detail.

4: Kenai Fjords National Park

Situated near the town of Seward, this park was established in 1980 and is a popular destination for cruise ship travelers making port in the nearby town. Here, visitors can take guided tours that reveal the abundance of wildlife around them, including bears, seals, and humpback and orca whales. Thirty­eight glaciers are present here, from which the park’s name is derived. The park’s proximity to the coast ensures that the views are breathtaking, with bald eagles soaring into and out of sight of the majestic pine forests.

5: Chugach State Park

Visitors to Anchorage should be sure to plan a visit to this state park, which is the third largest in the United States. Rent a yurt by the Eagle River and you can watch the spawning salmon in the summer, or scout for great horned owls in the winter. The historic Iditarod Trail weaves through this area on its way between Iditarod and Nome. Check out Beluga Point for a chance to see pods of its namesake white whales.

6: Anchorage Museum of Natural History

Alaska has no shortage of natural wonders, and this museum brings another facet to the understanding of those wonders. Understand the ice that makes up much of the landscape and what makes it appear blue, and learn about what Alaska looked like during the last Ice Age. Many bones and fossils of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals are on display as well. Geological exhibits, as well as exhibits detailing the landscape’s current flora and fauna, make this museum an essential companion to exploring the region itself.

7: Alaska SeaLife Center

This marine center is no theme park. Combining scientific study and animal rehabilitation with public access, this facility provides a unique and comprehensive look at the area’s native marine life. The main objective of the center is to released rehabilitated animals back into the wild, but while they are at the center, they arethe subject of study in an effort to improve scientific understanding and educate the public about the fragile ecosystem of Alaska.

8: El Dorado Gold Mine

Alaska conjures up images of frontiers and fur traders and, of course, the famous Klondike gold rush. Here you can learn about the prospectors and their practices by riding along on a train through the mountains where it all happened. Learn how they panned for gold, and put that knowledge to use with a pan of your own. For a lasting souvenir, you can take home the gold you find and even have it made into jewelry with a fun backstory.

9: H2Oasis Indoor Water Park

Most people don’t think of waterparks when they imagine visiting Alaska, but this indoor park in Anchorage is certainly worth a visit. Billing itself as “a tropical island in the Last Frontier,” the park is surrounded by a 575­ft water feature known as the Lazy River. Inside, a wave pool creates tides of excitement that are enhanced by the Water Drop Fountain. The Master Blaster is a water coaster that rises 43 feet, and kids can enjoy exploring the pirate ship within.

10: Alaska Inside Passage

Beginning in the Puget Sound of northwestern Washington State, the Inside Passage extends through British Columbia, Canada, weaving through a series of islands before ending up in southern Alaska. The Alaska portion of the passage encompasses over 1,000 islands and offers protection from the open ocean and its fickle weather. A popular destination for canoeists and kayakers from all around the world, the coves and inlets of the passage allow for hours, or even days, of exploration and wonder.

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February 13, 2015

Checklist of What to Pack for Your Hawaii Vacation

  • Casual wear for daytime sightseeing. For example,  shorts and T-shirts are fine for day time wear.
  • For dinners, you really don’t need to get dressed up for the vast majority of restaurants. Most places will say “resort wear” is their dress code. So what does resort wear mean? Men can wear dress-shorts or khaki trousers and a collared shirt. Ladies can wear casual skirts, sun dresses, capri pants, dressier shorts, etc.
  • Hawaii is generally warm year-round, but sometimes you might encounter a short cold spell when visiting in the winter months. Bring a light jacket or sweater. You’ll probably want to have a sweater or jacket just for the plane ride over. If you are staying in any of the uplands/upcountry areas like, Koele, Lanai City, Kula, Volcano and Waimea, you’ll definitely want to bring a light sweater.
  • Bring two swimsuits per person so that you will always have a dry (or at least dry-ish) suit to wear.
  • Bring a swimsuit cover-up as most resorts request that you modestly cover up while in lobbies and common areas other than the pool and beach.
  • For the pool and beach, you will need flip flops. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the ocean, you might want to bring reef shoes.
  • Long trousers, preferably moisture wicking and quick drying. Several Hawaii vacation activities either require or are best done in long trousers– like horseback riding, ziplining, hiking over lava,  upcountry visiting/hiking, ATV tours, etc.
  • Sunglasses, ideally polarized sunglasses are best in Hawaii.
  • Bring sunscreen, with an SPF that is higher than what you would normally wear on the mainland.
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Hat and/or visor
  • Bring a map of the island(s) that you will be visiting. The free maps you get from the rental car company are somewhat hard to navigate by because the island is sectioned off into multiple pages. If you have a portable GPS navigation systems, bring it as it can be a real stress reducer for navigating the islands.
  • Camera with lots of memory or film and battery life. If you have a battery charger, bring it too. You might be surprised at how many photos you’ll want to take.
  • Binoculars for views, watching lava, bird watching, stargazing and humpback whale watching (January – April)
  • Beach bag that packs flat and/or lightweight back pack for carrying snacks, water, guidebook, and other sightseeing necessities for when you  hike, go on tours, etc.
  • Your own personal medicine and first aid kit.
  • Travel-sized wet wipes to have with you in your car when you are on the go.
  • Bring a waterproof jacket in case it rains.
  • Consider bringing a small stash of snacks to get you through emergency situations.
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February 11, 2015

Honeymoon Mistakes

 

In the planning stage, every honeymoon is dreamy. In reality, there's always a chance to mess up. But if you give your upcoming getaway some thought , you can avoid some of the most common honeymoon mistakes.

1.  Waiting Till the Last Minute
2.  Looking for Bargains
3.  Suppressing Your Interests
4.  Bringing the Kids
5.  Neglecting to Ask for an Upgrade
6.  Forgetting About the Weather
7.  Choosing bed & breakfast
8.  Packing Too Much
9.  Stressing Over Sex
10.  Marrying the Wrong Person

 

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February 10, 2015

Where Should I Go on My Honeymoon?

In the midst of wedding planning the question arises: Where should I go on my honeymoon? It's the big reward awaiting at the end of the event. Knowing there's finally going to be time to be alone can get you through the most stressful periods.

1) Plan Your Honeymoon Trip by Interest.

2) Plan Your Honeymoon Getaway Based on the Month or the Weather

3) Plan Your Honeymoon Getaway Based on Accommodations

4) Plan Your Honeymoon Getaway Based on the Destination

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February 9, 2015

5 tips to keep your honeymoon sweet

 

1. PLAN AHEAD: Travel anywhere, at any time as each place will offer something memorable. But don't wait till the last minute. Advance planning gives you and your travel agency the time to put it all together, with scope of less goof-ups. This will also ensure a peaceful and enjoyable stay for you.

2. DON'T CUT CORNERS: It's not the time to pinch pennies. Don't opt for a cheap hotel just because it's close to the airport. Tell your travel agent about your budget so that he knows what all he can offer.

3. OPTIONS GALORE: Zeroing in on one destination is a task, but it has to suit both your tastes. You long for the romance of Paris, the history of Rome, remote beaches of the Caribbean, or an exotic location within India. Talk it out with your spouse-to-be. He/ she might have other, more exciting locations in mind!

4. TAKE ADVICE: Honeymoon is not the time for surprises. Talk to your friends, family and travel agencies and gather all the information you can lay your hands on about the place and it's dos and don'ts.
It will help a great deal in planning an enjoyable trip.

5. ENSURE YOU'RE INSURED: Buy travel insurance.

You never know what may happen, and since honeymoon is likely to be a big financial and emotional investment, you would certainly want to be covered on this trip.

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February 7, 2015

8 Restaurants in Adelaide (Australia) to Delight Vegetarian Couple

The Seasonal Garden Café

On a lazy afternoon, find yourself in the sunny courtyard of Seasonal Garden Café in Adelaide Hills, studying a largely vegetarian menu – Mediterranean dips, sumptuous veggie burgers, creative salads and pastas – which changes daily based on the freshest produce and most creative ideas in the kitchen. Or stop by on a Saturday ‘leftovers’ night, where the week’s leftover produce is used to create a $10 gourmet meal that will make the one-hour drive from Adelaide worth your while!

Beyond India

Beyond India cure your homesickness with a desi tasting plate of homemade samosas, pakoras, onion bhajji and mint chutneys. Lay back in the dim lighting and let familiar Indian flavors tickle your taste buds; try the slow simmered vegetarian biryani, the ‘beyond Indianized’ maa-ki-daal or the homemade saag paneer with a decadent chutney platter. By the time your chilled pistachio kulfi is over, you’ll have forgotten that you’re still halfway across the globe.

Jacob’s Restaurant

The chic restaurant at Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre in Barossa Valley is as Australian an affair as it gets – traditional Aussie fare paired with Jacob Creek wines that never make it to India. Indulge your vegetarian taste buds in a veggie grazing plate and pizzas topped with seasonal veggies, as you gaze out at the breathtaking backdrop of lush vineyards and the hills beyond.

Adelaide Central Market

As the aromas of Adelaide’s most vibrant farmer’s market whet your appetite, taste a little bit of everything – freshly baked artisan breads at Bread Bar or Wild Loaf; ‘beautiful breakfasts’ of French baguettes, rolls and smoothies at the Big Table, a breakfast institution; exotic local cheeses at The Smelly Cheese Shop; French patisserie style delicacies at Dough; sinful desserts at Providor (complete with a chocolate fountain).

Etica

Etica is for your pizza cravings, but this is pizza cooked in an authentic handmade oven straight from Naples, and cheese is its epicenter. The seasonal menu is small and changing, so put your faith in this typical Southern Italian joint and order the veggie option; your taste buds will thank you, especially if you pair it with a mozzarella tasting plate.

Zambrero

Mexican food at Zambrero, cheerfully tucked away on Rundle Street; expect a fresh, filling, quick meal that remains available for late night hunger pangs (until 3 am, Thursday to Saturday). Choose from big burritos, tacos, nachos or quesadillas, customize your ingredients – rice, beans, veggies, cheeses and salsa – and assess your Zambrero spiciness tolerance with a range of hot sauces.

Bliss Organic Café

In the heart of Adelaide city, this charming café is true to its name; its entire menu is vegan, organic and delicious, blissful for your taste buds and your body. Start your day with fruit-stuffed pancakes or the breakfast feast, gorge on handcrafted bean and lentil burger with seasonal chutneys, and try organic malai koftas for a treat closer to home. Hang around for a movie screening or vegan cooking class.

Shanker’s

When the dosa cravings strike, let Shanker’s wine and dine you. What started as a small restaurant run by a couple has transformed into an award-winning fine dining experience in the historic Court House of Adelaide. On offer are delicately spiced coconut-based curries, dosas served with homemade chutneys and sambhar, and a well-paired selection of wines – an impressive reflection of Adelaide’s cultural and culinary diversity.

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February 3, 2015

10 Skiing Honeymoon Destinations

Zermatt, Switzerland

If you are interested in an idyllic honeymoon destination with perfect ski slopes, this is for you. The mountain village of Zermatt has no cars in order to promote the ultimate peaceful, clean environment. Enjoy the quaint sights of cobblestone paths and Swiss chalets, as you make your way through this town. Their highest peak is the Matterhorn, standing at 14,692 feet, at the top of the valley. The town of Zermatt is encircled by a group of mountains, over 13,000 feet, which are well-known to all alpinists. Here you will be able to enjoy a honeymoon in the longest summer skiing area in the Alps!

Kitzbühel, Austria

Visit the home of the Hahnenkamm Race, the most important ski race in the world! Here there are multiple opportunities for great skiing experiences, such as the Hanglalm, where you can experiment with the landscape of the snow park. The Kitzbühel area itself is 170 km of pistes, with an extra 32 km of ski routes. For the amateur ski-lovers, they offer classes with professional instructors to improve your skiing. Besides the phenomenal skiing opportunities, Kitzbühel is a scenic town filled with sporting events, little restaurants and charming activities.

Chamonix, France

At Chamonix, you can experience the European capital of adventure sports with amazing skiing. The most frequented place in Chamonix is the Mont-Blanc, which borders the Chamonix Valley. At Chamonix, you can ski through a range of difficulties, from beginner to extreme. There are about five principal ski places in Chamonix for you and your spouse to choose from, depending on your taste and level of advancement. They also offer off piste skiing, such as the Vallee Blanche.

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Visit Whistler, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics! Whistler makes an ideal skiing honeymoon destination because it has over 8,000 acres of snow slopes, 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers and plenty of other parks and trails. Besides all the sporting activities, there are golf courses, shopping opportunities, hiking destinations, restaurants and a mountain bike park. There are also Nordic Skiing venues for you to experience.

Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Experience the mountain wilderness of Canada with your loved one! In the Lake Louise area, there are over 4,200 acres devoted to skiing. Due to the creative design of the resorts, it makes it possible for skiers of all levels to enjoy their time together. These resorts are situated in the Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and a great location to enjoy Canada’s history and natural beauty. They also offer cross-country skiing and skiing/snowboarding clubs.

Wanaka, New Zealand

Here in Australasia’s biggest skiing area, you and your new spouse are sure to find slopes that satisfy you! You can enjoy six different international ski areas, and one of the largest heli-skiing venues in the world. Some of the highlights of Wanaka are Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snow Farm, Snow Park and The Remarkables, where you can experience all types of slopes and skiing arrangements. Treble Cone is especially known for its offer of phenomenal views and exciting but private skiing. This location is also New Zealand’s biggest cross-country skiing area.

Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

Literally known as the “Trembling Mountain,” this skiing destination has been named as the best ski resort in Eastern North America by Ski Canada Magazine for 14 years straight. There are snowboarding trails as well, and 4 separate skiing sides: The North Side, South Side, Sunny Side and Edge. There are about 95 skiing trails, featuring different levels of proficiency. Their longest trail is 6km. Along with its incredible skiing venues, Mont Tremblant also offers a host of other activities such as: cross country skiing, helicopter tours, paintball, ice climbing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, tubing, spas, dogsledding, waterskiing and more.

Lake Tahoe, California, United States

At Lake Tahoe, there are plenty of ski resorts that you can choose to enjoy. Some of the most famous ones include Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose, Northstar California and Kirkwood. Alpine Meadows is well-known for its 6,000 skiable acres and varied topography. If you prefer a scenic view of the lake and thrilling adventure, choose Mt. Rose, as it has a reputation of having some of the steepest slopes in North America. Northstar California has a more luxurious feel, with over 93 ski trails and Kirkwood features plenty of open bowls and the deepest amount of snow per year in the Lake Tahoe area.

Park City, Utah

In Park City, there are three top-notch ski resorts and the Utah Olympic Park, where people can train all-year round. The Park City Mountain Resort is known to be easily accessible and is a favorite because it is connected to Park City’s Historic Main Street. Another ski resort in Park City is the Deer Valley Resort, where you will receive 5 star level services on the perfectly groomed slopes. The third ski resort is the Canyons resort, featuring a special method of transportation by a quad with heated seats and cabins. Whichever resort you choose to visit will give you unforgettable memories and be the perfect hosts for a skiing honeymoon!

Aspen, Colorado, United States

The Aspen Mountain, in Colorado, offers intense black-diamond slopes for the thrill seekers of skiers. There are two types of skiing available in Aspen, in bounds and out of bounds. The inbounds ski slopes are filled with a variety of terrains, while the out-of -bounds provides private adventure. A benefit of Aspen is that it gives free tours with a professional. Also, at the top of the mountain, there lies a romantic gondola with a phenomenal view. There are 76 trails ranging from easiest to expert.

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February 2, 2015

6 Romantic Winter Honeymoon Ideas

These six honeymoon experiences will have you dreaming about winter romance :

Go Rustic

Snuggle up together under the roof of a rustic cabin or chalet. Also a terrific mini-moon option, a cabin rental can serve as a perfect home base for your winter honeymoon, especially for outdoorsy couples. After spending your days out on the slopes, come back each night to a warm cottage, enjoy a romantic dinner, share a bottle of wine, and relax by a roaring fireplace.

Ski for Two

Whether you're seasoned skiers or beginners, consider hitting the slopes at one of the world's top ski resorts.Take a lesson together. Most mountain resorts offer private lessons for adults to help with your control, parallel turns, and overall confidence.

Giddy Up Let's Go

A horse-drawn sleigh ride is arguably one of winter's most romantic activities. Just imagine getting cozy together under blankets as you embark on a memorable journey through a winter wonderland. Many sleigh ride tours even feature hot chocolate, multi-course dinners, and wildlife viewing.

Winter Thrills

Looking to get your adrenaline going beyond skiing or ice-skating? The winter season offers plenty of thrilling activities such as ice climbing, luging, bobsledding, and skeleton.

Ice Ice Baby

Chill out in cathedrals of ice and snow by staying overnight at an ice hotel. Prominent in Canada and Europe, these modern works of art often feature dazzling décor, unbelievable amenities, and themed suites — some even equipped with fireplaces and private spas.

A Spectacular Light Show

One of the world's seven natural wonders, the aurora borealis (or the northern lights) is quite a show. While honeymooners hoping to catch a glimpse of this colorful spectacle need to head far north to destinations like Alaska, Norway, and Iceland, a number of luxury accommodations exist to ensure a comfortable – and unforgettable – journey.

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January 31, 2015

Best Hill Stations In India For Your Honeymoon

16 of the Best Hill Stations in India For Your Honeymoon :

1. Ooty

The most celebrated hill stations in India for honeymoon, Ooty, located on Nilgiri Hills has got everything for a newlywed couple. The duo can go for romantic walks in the green dense forest or can just enjoy a mountain trail. The beautiful spots of Doddabetta Peak and Ketty Vally would definitely complement the visit.

Beautiful flowers on hills, the tea and cardamom plantation and the mountains covered with mists make Ooty the most preferred honeymoon place. The place is rich in flora and fauna and the quaint hills make the place ideal for couples who want to spend time in lap of the nature.

2. Munnar

Mountains and hills have their own attraction. Munnar is a lush green hill station situated in the Anamalai range of Kerala. One can see stretches of tea plantation, thick forests and flora and fauna here at Munnar. The town has a colonial touch and is neat and clean and brightly painted.

Those couples who want to enjoy the pleasant climate of the hill station, Munnar can be the ideal destination. They can go for long walks, wander around among the nature and have quality time with each other among the nature ensuring a deep bondage.

3. Khandala - Khandala is situated on the Sahyadri Ranges at the height of 625 m. It is a hill station that is nearby Mumbai thus easily accessible. The scintillating natural beauty, deep valleys, high hills and the pure air here at Khandala has made it a popular destination for the honeymooners.

The couples can enjoy the various attractions here like Rajmachi Park, Duke’s Nose, Shivaji Park, LohagadDarshan, Tiger’s Leap, Sakur Plateau, Kune Falls, and tiger’s Leap etc. Those who love to explore can plan out an excursion to Lonavala, Karle caves, Bhaja caves etc. For the adventure lovers, Khandala offers rock climbing also.

4. Dhanaulti - Dhanaulti is in Uttarakhand and is one of the top 10 honeymoon destinations in India. It is a hill station with tranquility and calmness and is popularity among tourists due to its closeness to Chamba and its regions.

If you are still confused on where to spend your honeymoon, then Dhanaulti is the best place, located at an altitude of 2286 metres. It is just 24 kms away from Mussoorie (another hill station).

Along with the famous places in Dhanaulti, Eco Park, Surkanda Devi temple, Potato farms and Horse riding farms are also worth visiting. If you are looking for a place where you can connect with nature, then Dhanaulti is the right place to visit.

5. Kasauli - Honeymoon is the time to open up with each other and a secluded place is ideal for it. Kasauli, a serene and stunningly beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh, offer breathtaking natural beauty along with panoramic views. Every nook and corner of this picturesque hill station offer old world charm.

The visitors will get abundant flora that include tall Deodar trees, varieties of wild flowers, rhododendrons, wild roses, flowering Kichnar, flame of the forest etc. The couples can spend hours together while watching the birds. Those who visit here during winter can enjoy snowfall. The tranquillity and freshness make it an ideal honeymoon destination.

6. Mount Abu -

Mount Abu is a hill station that is not only famous as a regular tourist spot but has become the most preferred honeymoon destination for the couples. It is the only hill resort of Rajasthan. It is located among the lush green forest. It is considered to be the green oasis among the barren desert land.

The rich flora that covers the entire hillside has got many coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. The place has a cool climate. The couples can have some days of seclusion when they come here for their honeymoon. Exploring the countryside, watching the exotic flora and different species of birds can be the pastime activities of the visitors here.

7. Shillong - Considered as one the most charming hill stations of India, Shillong is located in Meghalaya and is famous for having the highest rainfall in the world. Meghalaya means “abode of clouds” and is one of the top 10 honeymoon destinations in India.

If the couples visit the place in monsoon, they can enjoy the magical rains. There are countless waterfalls and lakes here which come alive during the monsoon season. The clouds seem to play hide and seek. The couples can have some of the memorable and magical moments of their life visiting here. The place has a blending of British architecture, natural beauty and romanticism making it perfect destination for honeymoon.

8. Nainital - Nainital, Uttarakhand, is bound by mountains and is considered as the hot honeymoon destination. The couples can enjoy the view of lakes and spend ample amount of time enjoying boating in the Naini Lake and adoring the picture perfect landscapes around to have special moments to take back home.

Nainitalis given the name “Lake District of India” and has awe-inspiring natural surroundings and the splendid weather to make the honeymoon trip of the newlyweds the most cherished one.Whether it is walking on the roads, shopping or going for adventures like horse riding, canoeing, parasailing or rock climbing, Naitital has got everything to make the romantic holiday the most enjoyable one.

9. Mcleodganj, Dharamsala – Mcleodganj is situated in upper Dharamsala and offers most spectacular view of Dhauladhar snowline. The place has got old monasteries and enchanting landscapes, making it an ideal honeymoon destination for the newlyweds. The place has got the blend of spirituality, natural beauty and romanticism.

Dharamsala is considered the spiritual paradise as His Holiness Dalai Lama lives here. Those who come here not only get the spectacular natural beauty but they get their mind and soul cleansed.

The mountain range, the forest and the waterfalls around will make the stay more enjoyable and couples go back home with some of the best memories of life.

10. Mussoorie - Mussoorie is considered as one of the best hill stations in India and a popular honeymoon destination. When the couples visit Mussoorie they have a lot more to experience than just romance. They can have fun-filled moments full of adventure and some lifetime memories here at Mussoorie.

The picturesque snow clad mountains in the northeast and the dazzling view of Shivalik Mountain ranges and Doon Valley in the south will offer the best ambience for honeymoon for any couple. The beautiful and amazing natural scenery will make the honeymoon even more memorable for the couple. This place makes everyone feel romantic and special.

11. Kodaikanal -

Looking for a pleasant summer retreat as well as a place for a honeymoon? Then breathtakingly beautiful Kodaikanal in Palani Hills in the Western Ghats has it all for you. The temperate cool climate and the serenity of the environment is what attract most of the couples here. It houses a rich variety of flora.

The visitors can visit the Star shaped lake-the Silver Cascade Waterfall and also Bear Shola falls and spend hours with their partners. The couples can walk down the steep wooden slope enjoying the lush green surroundings of the hills and have mesmerizing views of the valley and Vaigai Dam.

12. Ranikhet – Blessed with natural beauty, Ranikhet is a hill station situated in Uttaranchal’s Almora district. Ranikhet was developed by the British and is among the top 10 honeymoon destinations in India. Lustful green forests, ancient temples, amazing hilly terrains and beautiful regions of the Himalayas are among the top places in Ranikhet.

The name ‘Ranikhet’ originated from a folk story in which a beautiful queen visited this place and was quietly amazed by the beauty of this place. Ranikhet means Queen’s meadow. Every year thousands of tourists visit this beautiful place to experience the natural beauty filled with natural treks, Nanda Devi peak, beautiful views of Himalayan hillocks covered with snow along with early morning chirping of birds and smell of flora.

Headquarters of Kumaon Regiment is also located in Ranikhet. Jhoola Devi temple is a must see place in Ranikhet which makes it a very popular tourist destination.

13. Pahalgam -

The breathtaking beauty of Kashmir that offers spectacular landscapes of mountains and valleys make the place ideal for honeymoon and is one of the best hill stations in India. Away from the busy city lifein the lap of nature, Pahalgam gives everything that a newlywed couple would like to have.
It is blessed with exotic species of flora and fauna and isconsidereda place for complete rejuvenation and refreshment. The couples can go for trekking to the Lidderwart and Kolohoi Glacier, enjoy horse riding and rapid water rafting and many more recreational activities here.

14. Mukteshwar - Mukteshwar is one of the best hill stations in India and a popular tourist destination. The name Mukteshwar means a place of salvation (Moksha) a derived from Lord Shiva who offers salvation. It is in Nanital, Uttrakhand and is famous for its Mukteshwar temple. Mukteshwar has an altitude of 2171m and is in Kumaon hill.

Apart from Mukteshwar temple, ChaulikaJaali, Indian Veterinary Institute (established in 1893), amazing views of Himalaya’s snowy peaks and Nanda Devi and Renewable Park (established by The Energy and Resources Institute) are the places of attraction for tourists. The houses in this little town are featured by reddish roofs, ancient style wooden window frames and picket barriers reminding of the British Raj. Agriculture in Mukteshwar mainly includes potato cultivation and fruit orchards.

15. Matheran - Matheran on an altitude of 800 m is among the top 10 honeymoon destinations in India. It is located in Maharashtra and was established and developed by the British in 1850. Every year thousands of tourists come to visit this lovely place. Matheran hill station is perched at the Sahyadri Mountains’ Matheran ranges. It is an eco-friendly hill station, reason being the ban imposed on vehicles to enter the hill station area.

Matheran has 38 peak points including Panorama point, Hart Point, Echo Point, Charlotte Lake, Louisa Point and George Point among others. Panthers’ caves and Paymaster Park are places of attraction in Matheran. It is regarded as one of the best places to spend summer vacations for couples. Boarding and lodging facilities at reasonable rates are available in Matheran.

16. Dalhousie - For the nature lovers, Dalhousie would be the best place to visit for their honeymoon. A place has got lush green valleys and high mountains. The breathtaking natural beauty, refreshing air, warm sunrise will make the days full of bliss and thrill. The picturesque beauty of Dalhousie has cozy and warm ambience with colonial era buildings, low roofed hotels and stalls.

There are pine covered slopes crossing other paths and trails. Those who want to make their honeymoon more romantic and have strong bondage will definitely choose Dalhousie as their destination.

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January 30, 2015

Mesmerising Waterfalls of Shillong

 

Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls is among most popular tourist sites of the city in East Khasi Hills District. The waterfall is located in Upper Shillong area within the Eastern Air Command of Indian Airforce. Situated at a distance of 12 km from the capital city of Meghalaya and at a distance of 8 km from Rhino Point, the site can be advanced through public transport.

The serene fall is a collection of three smaller falls that combine together to form the stream that falls over fern-covered rocks. The Khasi tribe named it Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew, meaning Three Steps Water Falls. Other waterfalls in the region include the Wir Phang Falls and the Wei Laplam Falls.

Britishers named it Elephant Falls during their regime after a rock by the side of fall that resembled elephant. The rock was destroyed later due to earthquake. Besides, there is a footpath from bottom to fall leading to a small lake.

Sweet Falls

Sweet Falls, a very steep fall, is one of the most mesmerising waterfalls in the country. The beauty of the waterfall along with gargling sound of the water, bird chirps and rich flora are the highlights of this fall.

Situated near Happy Valley, at a distance of about eight kilometre from Shillong, the waterfall is a famous picnic spot for the locals as well as tourists. Water cascades down from a great height which is hardly visible from the foot of falls.

The site is situated along with a mini zoo and a Butterfly Museum. Visitors can witness  most beautiful varieties of roses in the surroundings along with distinct species of pelicans. As there are no barricades, rocks and protecting boundaries around the place of fall, high caution is advised.

Spread Eagle Falls

Spread Eagle Falls is located in the East Khasi Hills District, in the Shillong Cantonment. It is about 6 km from the city and 3 km from the Polo ground. The Spread Eagle Falls or the Sati Falls are considered to be the widest fall in entire Shillong.It grows wide near the pinnacle and gushes down steep hills that tower round the three sides into a massive pool created by the splash of water.

This fall is also known as Sati Falls and Urkaliar or the falls into which Ka Liar slipped. Tourists visit this calm and serene place to enjoy the sparkling waterfall, which looks like an eagle with wings spread out. Thus, it is named as Spread Eagle Falls. The steep cliffs on three sides with a pool beneath is a treat to the eyes.

Beadon Falls

Beadon Falls is one of the two waterfalls flowing through a cluster of hills at an altitude of 1,496 metre. The site is located amidst a dense forest, which is a habitat to wild animals like leopard, langurs, wild cats, deer and bird species.

Maintaining a good flow throughout the year, the waterfall runs down in disjoint cascades of almost 100 feet to crush rocks beneath. Tourists can witness crystal clear water of the falls flowing through. It also provides an opportunity to the tourists to trek in the valley. Beadon Falls along with Bishop Fall roll down the same ridge to a deep valley.

Visitors come in large numbers to visit the clear water stream and the picturesque surroundings throughout the year. Furthermore, government authorities have  constructed a RCC Viewpoint for the tourists to have a mesmerising view of the fall. In addition, Mawlai Grid Sub-Station is also visited by the tourists to witness the view of twin waterfalls.

The Bishop Falls

The Bishop Falls, twin of Beadon Waterfall, origins from the river Umshyrphi. The Bishop streams down to the left of Beadon into a deep gorge. The site is also called 'Sonapani' after a native committed suicide at the site.

The three-step waterfall falls from an altitude of 135 metre along with the other fall. The fast stream of water has created a wide pool at the bottom. Tourists visiting the location engage themselves to trek up or down along with the stream. The site also has a Grid Sub-Station of the Electricity Board at the bottom of the falls.

Situated off the Guwahati road at Mawprem, travellers can take a road to Mawlai to the view point from where both falls can be spotted together. The site is easily approachable from the city with at a distance of 2 km from Bara Bazaar, the hub of Shillong.

Crinoline Fall

Crinoline Fall attracts visitors from across the world owing to its picturesque beauty. The fall is marginally covered with green bushes at the falling point at an altitude of 13 metre. The blend of sound of the water stream and bird chirping is a pleasant experience.

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January 29, 2015

Sightseeing in Nainital

 

Naina Devi Temple:

The temple is located near the north end of the Naini Lake. Naina Devi temple is one of the most famous places of Nainital and visited by thousands of devotees every year.

Boat House Club :

Boat House club is one of the most historic places in Nainital and very famous with the tourists. It holds the exclusive rights to allow yachting in the lake. The club is most famous for the lake facing bar as you can enjoy the beautiful scenery with a drink.

Naina Peak :

Also known as Cheena peak is the highest peak in Nainital and has an altitude of 2610 meters. Naina peak gives you a beautiful panoramic view of the snow capped Himalayas. And about 6 kms away from the town, it is one of the most visited places in Nainital. And it also gives a bird’s eye view of the town below.

Tibetan Market :

Tibetan market is a shopper’s paradise located on the main mall of Nainital. There is an array of things which could be bought in the market and with proper bargaining skills; you can get yourself a great deal.

Gurney House :

Famous for housing Jim Corbett, Gurney House is a very important destination in Nainital. It covered with enigmatic pine and oak trees.

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