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Embark on Bhutan Tour and capture the top 10 must see places in Bhutan. Bhutan – the last true Illusion of Shangri-La is known for its beautiful landscape and Buddhist monasteries. Bhutan is certainly a place where the spectacular mountains help you breathe a fresh air of life within you. In fact, Bhutan is considered the best getaway for families, friends, romantic travelers, adventure lovers and nature lovers.

Make a Bhutan Tour with Archery and explore how The Land of Thundering Dragon has been a mountaineer’s paradise for many years. Besides, you will be thrilled by the Bhutanese hospitality and their delicious cuisines. Furthermore, the famous places such as Thimphu, Paro, Phuentsholing, Bumthang, Mongar, Lhuntse, Phobjikha, Gangtey, Haa, and Punakha are known for gorgeous natural beauty, monasteries, nunneries and great mountain valleys. Here are presented the 10 must see places in Bhutan.

Taktsang Monastery – Tour in Bhutan

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Taktsang Monastery also recognized as Tiger’s Nest in Paro is one of the holiest places in Bhutan. The monastery is mounted on a high granite cliff and was established for meditation. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m, and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. It is also an ideal place for a short trek. Since, make a Bhutan Short Tour and capture the essence of Paro, Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Thimphu – Tour in Bhutan

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Thimphu, one of the culturally must see places in Bhutan, is charming capital city nestled in the Himalayas with the beautiful sights of the Chuu River flowing through it. Interestingly, it is the only city in the world with no traffic lights. Thimphu has retained its culture and old world charm as modern development is closely monitored and new buildings can be built only in Bhutanese style and up to a certain height. Go for Bhutan the Last Shangrila Tour and explore the top landmarks of Bhutanese capital. Basically, Tashichho Dzong, National Memorial Chorten and Motithang Takin Preserve are the top attractions of Thimphu for visitors.

Paro – Tour in Bhutan

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Paro, the foremost must see place in Bhutan, is a gorgeous beautiful valley, surrounded by lush green rice fields. Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. Along with Jakar and Punakha, Paro forms the ‘golden triangle’ of popular tourist destinations in Bhutan. Likewise, craggy mountain hills and undisturbed serene beauty, the clean air and peaceful atmosphere make it a must visit place in Bhutan. In Paro, Rinpung Dzong mostly attracts the visitor. Rinpung Dzong is one of the finest examples of a Bhutanese monastery. The Dzong hosts the Paro Tsechu i.e festival of masks. Beyond this, National Museum of Paro holds the visitors in Paro. The museum exhibits rich stamp collections, slate carvings, Thangka paintings, prehistoric items, jewellery, traditional weapons and other articles reflecting Bhutanese culture.

Phuentsholing – Tour in Bhutan

Phuentsholing, another must visit place in Bhutan, is a small town with clean environment. The chief tourist attractions of Phuentsholing are Amo Chuu, the Crocodile Breeding Center, Chukha Hydrothermal Project, the gate at the border (called Bhutan Gate) and Karbandi Monastery. The natural beauty of Phuentsholing forcefully captivates you. It is perfect place to visit for those people who love nature and want to remain in solitude.

Bumthang Valley – Tour in Bhutan

Bumthang Valley, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, is full of most ancient and precious Buddhist sites. Located at an altitude of 2,600 meters, the religious hub of Bhutan houses some of the oldest Buddhist temples. Besides, Jakar is the main town in Bumthang Valley and its undulating terrain, which is filled with apple trees and numerous temples, is a tourist’s delight.

Wangduephodrang – Tour in Bhutan

Wangduephodrang, another popular place in Bhutan, is the last town on the central highway before central Bhutan. Located in the south of Punakha, the higher reaches of the Wangduephodrang valley provide rich pastureland for cattle. This district is also famous for its fine bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. Wangduephodrang Dzong, sitting on top of the hill at the confluence of Punakha Chhu and Tang Chhu rivers, is the attractive landmark of Wangduephodrang. The Dzong is open for visitors during Wangduephodrang Tsechu celebration in autumn.

Mongar and Lhuntse

Mongar and Lhuntse, as other must see sites these two places are also mostly preferred places in Bhutan by travelers. Mongar lies in the eastern Bhutan. The journey from Bumthang to Mongar is one of the most beautiful in the Himalayas, crossing 3800m high Thrumshing La. Mongar is located on the hill top. Mongar Dzong is the newest of Dzongs in Bhutan built in 1930s. This Dzong was built to replace the Zongkar Dzong which has remained in ruins. Mongar Dzong is built in keeping with the tradition of Bhutan where no drawings or nails were used. Likewise, Lhuntse at the elevation of 1460 m is a very rural and isolated district in Bhutan. The kurtoe region of Lhuntse is the ancestral home of the Royal Family.

Phobjikha and Gangtey Valley

Phobjikha and Gangtey Valley, both the places are also must see locations in Bhutan. The Gangtey and Phobjikha are glacial valleys with a stream flowing through their open grasslands presenting one of the most beautiful landscapes in Bhutan. It is home to endangered black necked crane. The famous Black mountain national park, home to diverse specie of flora and fauna is also nearby. It is around 6 hours drive from Thimpu. The drive among Dochula Chortens and Rhodos is mind-blowing. The entire region is sometimes called Gangtey. Gangtey Monastery and Jigme Singye National Park are famous among visitors in the region.

Haa Valley

Haa Valley, a relatively new but must see destination in Bhutan, is popular for virgin beauty of nature. Along with scenic sights, you will also find some temples and fortresses around this valley. Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo-the famous White and Black temples, Shekhar Drak-an unique temple, Tagchu Goemba-a100 year old temple and Dobji Dzong- a five storeyed fortress on a hilltop are the things that engage you in the valley.

Punakha

Punakha, the breathtaking destination in Bhutan, has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. This district, leveling from 1300m at the valley floor rises to almost 3000m around Dochhula pass, served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. People visit this place mostly to understand the Bhutanese history and to enjoy its natural beauty. Punakha Dzong, Chhimi Lhakhang and Limbhukha are the things you love to see in this beautiful area.

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Best places to see in Oman, Effortless natural beauty, fascinating and well-preserved cultures and locals renowned for their generous hospitality – Oman may occupy the tip of the Arabian peninsular, but it’s really the heart and soul of the Middle East.

Much like the UAE, the Sultanate of Oman has developed rapidly thanks to its oil wealth. But Oman is far more humble than its northern neighbour. One of the most robust heritage protection strategies in the Gulf has helped safeguard Omani and Bedouin cultures against the tides of change. Meanwhile, a long coastline and interior desert wrapped in spectacular mountains makes Oman prime territory for outdoor adventures.

See the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Best places to see in Oman

Best places to see in Oman

It’s tempting to lapse into superlatives when talking about Oman’s main mosque – it’s home to the world’s biggest chandelier and the second-largest hand-loomed Iranian carpet. But what I love most is the understated beauty of the vast marble courtyards, inscribed archways and ablution fountains, where worshippers perform cleansing rituals before entering the prayer halls. Named for Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, the modern-day leader of Oman, the mosque was completed in 2001 and welcomes non-Muslim visitors between the Sunrise and Dhuhr calls to prayer. Drop into the visitor centre for a glass of Omani coffee and to learn about Ibadism, the country’s dominant school of Islam.

Best places to see in Oman – Muttrah Corniche

Best places to see in Oman

Best places to see in Oman

Twenty kilometres from downtown Muscat, Muttrah is one of the city’s most atmospheric neighbourhoods. The Corniche, a road and promenade cut into the coastal cliff, links the local fish market with the legendary Muttrah Souq. Known locally as Al Dhalam, ‘Darkness Bazaar’, the covered, windowless souq is believed to be one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. Merchants trade in gemstones, Khanjar daggers and antique carpets, frankincense resin (Oman’s ubiquitous scent), henna powder, and embroidered kuma skullcaps. Don’t forget to look up – there are gorgeous stained-glass panels inlaid in the souq’s wooden roof. I recommend visiting Muttrah in the early evening, when Omani families hit the Corniche for a stroll.

Best places to see in Oman – Wadis

Best places to see in Oman

Best places to see in Oman

Is there anything more quintessentially Middle Eastern than stumbling on a desert oasis? Wadis are deep, elongated canyons formed by rock erosion, often filled with quartz-blue water and fringed by palm trees. Some wadis are used to supply water to villages; others serve as all-natural waterparks. On the weekends, Omani families gather at wadis with picnic lunches while groups of teenage boys throw off their white dishdasha robes and go for a dip. Trek to the mouth of peaceful Wadi Shab before swimming between boulders to reach a ‘hidden cave’, replete with waterfall and rope swing. Oman’s best-known wadi, Wadi Bani Khalid, is a spectacular ravine that stretches through the Jebel Khadar mountains. Be sure to visit the nearby Muqil cave. Wadi Tiwi can also be explored on foot, stopping in at the wadi’s nine villages along the way, with a refreshing pool at the end as your reward.

Best places to see in Oman – Sharqiya Sands desert

Best places to see in Oman

Best places to see in Oman

The Sharqiya Sands, previously Wahiba Sands, was named after the Bani Wahiba – one of the nomadic Bedouin tribes that still wander Oman’s vast desert. The Shariqiya marks the eastern edge of the Rub’ al Khali, part of the Arabian Desert that stretches all the way to Saudi Arabia and Yemen. It’s just a short drive from the highway before you reach the ‘Empty Quarter’, with its rippled dunes and shifting peaks. The desert inspires a childlike joy – it’s almost impossible to resist the urge to kick off your shoes and go running and tumbling through the sand! Spend a night or two in one of Oman’s incredible desert camps for the unforgettable experience of waking up in the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert.

Best places to see in Oman – Bimmah Sinkhole

Best places to see in Oman

Best places to see in Oman

Unlike a wadi that slowly reveals itself, the Bimmah Sinkhole appears out of nowhere. According to local legend, the cavernous hole was formed by a meteorite called Hawaiyat Najm, ‘The Falling Star’. The limestone rock collapsed in on itself, revealing a 20-metre-deep sinkhole with an aquamarine pool at the bottom (good news: it’s deep enough for bomb diving!). Located just off the road between Muscat and Sur, Bimmah Sinkhole is the ultimate pit stop when you’re road tripping on a warm Omani day.

Ancient fortresses

Oman’s craggy interior is peppered with historic castles and fortresses, each one a maze of turrets, false doors and ominous ‘murder holes’ – slits cut above doorways to pour scalding hot date oil onto unsuspecting intruders. Dating back to the 12th century, Nizwa Fort is the country’s most-visited national monument and historically served as the seat of the presiding Imams. It features a wonderful subterranean museum, and the adjoining souq – famous for its clay pottery – hosts a lively goat market every Friday. The nearby Jabrin Castle is unique for its round towers, luxurious carved doors and lattice work. Ar Rustaq Fort, erected on top of Persian ruins, and the 17th-century Nakha Fort are also worth a visit.

Turtle nesting at Ras Al Jinz

Five of the world’s seven species of sea turtle are known to nest along Oman’s 2,000-kilometre coastline. At the extreme eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the beaches around Ras Al Jinz and Ras Al Hadd are among the only places on Earth where endangered green sea turtles nest 365 nights a year. The Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve was established in 1996 to protect the turtle habitat. Small, guided group tours out onto the sand depart nightly from the information centre. There’s no guarantee, but you’re likely to witness both hoards of turtle hatchlings racing towards the break, and hulking females depositing their clutches.

Dhow boats in Sur

At its peak in the 19th century, the Omani Empire extended north to Pakistan and as far south as Tanzania and Mozambique. Oman’s colossal maritime power was centralised in Sur, a coastal city 200km from Muscat. (Some say Sur is the spiritual home of swashbuckling Sindbad the Sailor). Workers at Oman’s only surviving shipyard in Sur still turn out dhows. Incredibly, the hulking wooden boats are made by hand without nails by ‘sewing’ teak boards together with coconut-fibre cord. Wander down to the beach to see this feat of engineering for yourself, or climb the stairs of the Al Ayjah Watchtower for a birds-eye view of the dhows and Sur’s white houses.

Market Day in Ibra

There’s a bit of a twist to the main market in Ibra, the second-largest city in Oman’s Ash Sharqiyah region. Wednesday mornings in Ibra have been declared ‘ladies only’. Women from surrounding towns and Bedouin settlements in the nearby Sharqiya Sands – many dressed in their distinct batoola face coverings – pour into town once a week to do a spot of shopping without their male counterparts in tow. Textiles, jewellery and beauty products take pride of place at the souq. There’s also a colourful fresh produce section.

Misfat Al Abyreen

The idyllic village of Misfat Al Abyreen is set in the Jebel Shams mountains, roughly 1,000 metres above sea level. Its mud houses are built atop massive rocks, blending seamlessly into the landscape. As you wander through Misfat’s shaded passageways, you can poke your head into the old, crumbling houses to see their anatomy. Others are still occupied (spot the colourfully painted gates), and one has been converted into a guesthouse. A series of marked hiking trails lead you around the village, through groves of date palms, down to a wadi, and up the mountain for spectacular views.

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Places to see in Nepal – Nepal draws visitors who come for a variety of reasons. Some are lured by the call of the mountains and seeking to climb or trek in the Himalayas, others are intrigued by the culture and the famous city of Kathmandu, and yet others come hoping to find some sort of spiritual awakening. Nepal can be an adrenaline adventure, a cultural eye opener, or a life-changing experience, depending on the itinerary and mindset of the traveler.

Most visitors will spend some time in Kathmandu visiting sacred and historic attractions, and then head out into other parts of the country. Some of the most popular locations outside of the capital are Chitwan National Park for wildlife viewing, and the lakeside town of Pokhara, a popular area for starting treks. Trekkers will find a variety of options, with the most popular areas being the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions.

In 2015, a major earthquake struck Nepal, causing severe damage in Kathmandu and other areas of the country. Travelers should check on local conditions before visiting.

Places to see in Nepal – Kathmandu

Places to see in Nepal

Places to see in Nepal

Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is like no other city in the world. The decaying buildings in the heart of the city are a contrast to the lively atmosphere that permeates the streets. The smell of incense wafts from the stores while street sellers push their wares, and people go about their daily lives, all against a backdrop of historic temples and carved statues.

For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. Situated in close proximity to each other, today these three almost run together. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here.

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was severely damaged in the 2015 earthquake, with many buildings destroyed beyond repair.

Places to see in Nepal – Bhaktapur

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Places to see in Nepal

Bhaktapur, the third of the “Royal Cities,” lies on the old trade route to Tibet, just outside of Kathmandu. For Bhaktapur, the trade route was both an arterial link and major source of wealth. Its relative remoteness at the time allowed the city to develop independently and in ways which distinguish it from the other two cities. In contrast to Patan and Kathmandu, the population of Bhaktapur is primarily Hindu. The best place from which to begin a tour of the city is Durbar Square, where in addition to the royal palace, several temples are also situated. The whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Many of the buildings in Durbar Square in Bhaktapur were damaged in the 2015 earthquake.

Places to see in Nepal – The Bodhanath Stupa

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Places to see in Nepal

The Bodhanath Stupa, just outside of Kathmandu, is one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world, and dates to sometime around the 6th century, possibly even earlier. Like Bhaktapur, it lies on the old trade route to Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stupa sustained minor damage during the 2015 earthquake but is otherwise in good condition.

The stupa itself is a symbol of enlightenment but at Boudhanath the symbolism is particularly clear. Each different shape represents one of the five elements, earth, water, fire, air, and sphere, which are also the attributes of the five Buddhas. Brought together in the form of the stupa, their unity reflects in abstract fashion the structure of the universe itself.

Places to see in Nepal – Pokhara

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Places to see in Nepal

Pokhara, at the base of the foothills, is 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world – Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I. For many trekkers, Pokhara is the gateway to the Himalayas. It is the starting point for treks to Jomsom and the Annapurna region. But visitors will enjoy Pokhara and the beautiful scenery even if they are not planning on heading off on a hike.

By population, it is the second largest town in Nepal after Kathmandu but still does not feel like a big city. People coming from the Kathmandu Valley notice the much cleaner air and pleasant climate almost immediately. Lake Phewa, with its cluster of lakeside hotels, restaurants, and shops, is ideal for those looking for relaxation and for day excursions.

Places to see in Nepal – The Annapurna Region

Places to see in Nepal

Places to see in Nepal

The Annapurna Region is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal, with trekking options of a few days to a few weeks. There are three main routes in the Annapurna Region, which intersect and combine in places, but trekkers can opt to do a portion or a variation on the routes. The Annapurna Circuit around Annapurna Mountain takes about 21 days to complete and is incredibly popular with people who have enough time. This route is sometimes called the “Apple Pie Circuit,” in reference to the fact that most of the teahouses along the route serve their own version of fried apple pie. The Annapurna Sanctuary nestles between the peaks of Annapurna and takes five days to reach. Muktinath is on the way to Annapurna but has since become a destination in its own right. The Muktinath route runs in the Kali Gandaki Valley on the east flank of Annapurna and takes seven days. North of Muktinath is Mustang, a small region that was only opened up to tourists in 1992. This area is unspoilt and has its own fascinating culture.

In many regards, the Annapurna Region, north of Pokhara, is an ideal walking area. The dramatic contrasts of the Nepalese countryside are especially visible, from the subtropical vegetation of the Pokhara Valley to the dry rain shadow area, with features of the Tibetan plateau. The people and cultures are also very different: facial characteristics, houses, lifestyles, customs, and religion. The Annapurna region was declared a protected area in 1986. The region has a good infrastructure to support the many trekkers that come through this area. The paths are well maintained, and food and lodging are guaranteed.

Chitwan National Park

Places to see in Nepal

Places to see in Nepal

Chitwan National Park is the place to come to experience a different side of Nepal, apart from the hiking and the intrigue of Kathmandu. This is the place for wildlife viewing and a safari-type atmosphere. At an altitude of only 100 meters in some areas, much lower than Kathmandu at 1400 meters, this area has a tropical monsoon climate, usually quite different than what most people expect to find in Nepal. Visitors come here primarily to see wildlife. Tours from the lodges take visitors out into the park, either on foot, or more often, on elephants for close-up views of the animals. The park is home to rhinos, Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gaur (buffalo) deer, and many other critters. Freshwater dolphins (gangetic) and crocodiles inhabit the rivers and streams but are rarely seen. More than 500 species of birds make Chitwan a paradise for ornithologists.

Chitwan lies southwest of Kathmandu close to the Indian frontier and is included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage sites. The best time to visit Chitwan is from October to February. Average temperatures hover about 25°C (77°F), with high humidity, although the mornings can be quite cool. June to September is the monsoon season, with frequent and heavy rain.

The Langtang Region

Places to see in Nepal

Places to see in Nepal

The Langtang Region, home to Langtang National Park, is an incredible area for hiking, with some high passes, extensive views, old monasteries, and beautiful mountain scenery with rhododendron forests that bloom during the spring hiking season. It is less developed than some of the other popular trekking areas in Nepal and generally less busy on the trails, despite its close proximity to Kathmandu. There are villages with guesthouses and food all along the route, although somewhat more spread out than in other trekking regions.

This area can be reached easily from Kathmandu by jeep in seven to eight hours, making it extremely convenient, with no flights required. On a clear day, the peak of Langtang Lirung (7,245 meters), which dominates the surrounding area of the same name, is visible from Kathmandu. Trekking lengths and duration range from a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the routing. Some trekkers combine Helambu and Langtang for a longer trek.

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

Set on a hilltop to the west of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is the second most important shrine in the Kathmandu Valley after Boudhanath. Due to the resident monkeys that inhabit parts of the temple, it is more affectionately known as the Monkey Temple. The Swayambhu Stupa, painted with the eyes of the omnipresent god, forms the centerpiece of the temple complex. It was originally a prehistoric cult site, but the temple complex dates to the 5th century. Swayambhu plays a major part in the lives of the Vajrayana Buddhists of Northern Nepal and Tibet, but especially of the Newari Buddhists of the Kathmandu Valley.

The 2015 earthquake caused some damage to the Swayambhunath temple complex.

The summit of Mount Everest,

The summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth, reaches 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) high. Trekking in the Mount Everest area became popular following the now legendary first ascent of the peak in 1953 by Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and the Sherpa Tensing Norgay. Since that time, many more have summited the mountain, but far more trek the route to Everest Base Camp simply for a glimpse of the peak far above. In recent years the mountain has seen its fair share of tragedy and drama. The 2015 earthquake and previous avalanches, along with disputes between climbers on the mountain, have left their mark on Everest trekking and climbing.

The Everest Region is generally not regarded as the most scenic region in the country for trekking, but the allure of Everest draws climbers in large numbers. There are various routes to access base camp and several options for organizing a trip. Many trekking companies offer a guided hike, either with Nepalese companies or western-based companies. It’s also possible to hire a private guide or porter and do it yourself, however all trekkers are technically required to have a guide. The main hiking seasons are in the spring and fall, from March to May and September to December.

For those not looking to trek to Mount Everest but still wanting to see the mountain, it is possible to see it on clear days from the hill town of Nagarkot near Kathmandu. Hotel staff will knock on guests’ doors on clear mornings if Everest is visible. This might be the lazy traveler’s best chance of seeing the world’s highest peak.

Lumbini

Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha, known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Situated off the main tourist track, almost 250 kilometers from Kathmandu, Lumbini is a worthwhile detour on the route from Pokhara to the Chitwan National Park. In this pilgrimage town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is a feeling of tranquility. Most of the visitors are Buddhist pilgrims from around the world, retracing Buddha’s footsteps through the stations of his life. The Maya Devi Temple, dedicated to Buddha’s mother, is believed to be the spot where Buddha was born. It contains an ancient stone relief from the 2nd century AD depicting Buddha’s birth.

The Helambu region

The Helambu region is a popular trekking area, particularly with trekking companies offering guided hikes. This is largely because it is close to Kathmandu, does not reach astoundingly high elevations, and offers some beautiful mountain scenery. For many of these same reasons, it is often touted by tour groups as being easy. However, many hikers who come here on tours find it is more demanding than they feel they were led to believe and more difficult than they anticipate. Trekking in the Himalayas is always demanding, and although it is not as high as other treks, it is still a physically demanding hike and trekkers should be in good physical condition. With that in mind, this is a beautiful trek and well worth the effort.

The Helambu region is inhabited by the Sherpas and situated in the upper part of the Malechmi Khola valley. The Helambu Trek can be started in Kathmandu and completed in five to eight days. The typical seven-day itinerary is circular, with the first day’s section being repeated at the end of the walk. The sudden contrast between the lower and upper lying regions and their characteristic cultures is striking. Accommodation can be found in lodges and village guest houses.

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Best places to see in Thailand – Thailand’s world-famous attractions have been well documented on television, are used as backdrops in several Hollywood movies and crop up again and again in modern fiction. Still, to witness the Grand Palace in person or to watch a Railey Beach sunset or even to approach Phi Phi Don for the first time is guaranteed to send a shiver up the spine of even a hardened traveller and the frisson of passing by a limestone monolith in Phang Nga Bay is unforgettable.

From the north of Thailand in Chiang Mai to the lush southern province of Krabi you’ll be charmed and even shocked by the raw beauty of Thailand.

The Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw

Best places to see in Thailand

Best places to see in Thailand

If there is one must-see sight in Bangkok, it’s the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782 – and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government – the Grand Palace continues to awe visitors with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail – a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. It is highly suggested that visitors dress politely when visiting the Grand Palace; entry can be refused to those dressed incorrectly

Best places to see in Thailand – Phang Nga Province – North of Phuket

Best places to see in Thailand

Best places to see in Thailand

Located north east of Phuket, Phang Nga Bay is an almost unique site in the world (only Ha Long Bay in Vietnam presents some similarity). A distinctive feature of Phang Nga Bay is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald green water. James Bond Island and Koh Pannyi are just two of the more famous spots in this bay. By far the best means of enjoying the spectacular scenery, with only brief encounters with the tourist crowds as James Bond and Koh Pannyi, is to take one of the boat trips from the northern end of Phuket. A leisurely day trip cruising through the dramatic limestone islands, occasionally stopping to enjoy quiet beaches, is far more rewarding than the standard bus-boat tour

Best places to see in Thailand – Phang Nga Province – West of Khao Lak – Similan Islands

Best places to see in Thailand

Best places to see in Thailand

This group of rocks and islands lies 90 minutes by speedboat off the coast of Phang-Nga, or eight or more hours by slow boat from Phuket. The area was declared a Marine National Park in 1982 and consequently remains largely undeveloped. Derived from the Malay term ‘sembilan’, meaning ‘nine’, Similan refers to the nine main islands in the group. The waters surrounding the Similans are teeming with tropical fish, colourful coral, and offer exceptional underwater visibility. As a result, the diving is generally considered to be the best in the region, and compares favourably with some of the best in the world.

Best places to see in Thailand – Floating Markets, Near Bangkok

Best places to see in Thailand

Best places to see in Thailand

Floating market- Bangkok’s colourful floating markets are familiar to many through the ubiquitous photos in tourist guides and travel books. Even though transactions are more concerned with tourists rather than locals these days, the floating market boats are still piled high with tropical fruit and vegetables, fresh, ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat.

To enjoy the atmosphere without haggling over prices, try relaxing on a guided boat tour of Damnoen Saduak market. Other floating markets to visit are Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market, Tha Kha, and Damnoen Saduak

Best places to see in Thailand – Phi Phi Islands, Krabi Province

Phi Phi Islands – The Phi Phi Islands are some of the loveliest in Southeast Asia. Just a 45-minute speedboat jaunt and a 90-minute ferryboat ride from Phuket, these picture-postcard islands offer the ultimate tropical getaway. Classic beaches, stunning rock formations, and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life – it’s paradise perfected. There are two islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The larger and inhabited, Phi Phi Don attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores. For many, Phi Phi Don is the last word in hedonistic nightlife. Starting when the sun sets and lasting throughout the night, the whole village is party central, with its bars, pubs and clubs filled with young and carefree partygoers.

Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai – Doi Suthep is a constant part of life in Chiang Mai. A Thai saying goes, “If you haven’t tasted Khao Soi or seen the view from Doi Suthep, you haven’t been to Chiang Mai.” This regal mountain overlooks the city from the northwest, providing commanding views of surrounding countryside and Chiang Mai from its summit.

Aside from its dominating presence on the horizon, Doi Suthep is the home of some of the most deeply loved symbols in the Kingdom and is home to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep Temple as well as Bhubing Palace.

Railay Beach, Krabi Province

Railay Beach in Krabi Province – Now on every savvy traveller’s list, Railay is one of Thailand’s most sought-after beach areas. Just south of Ao Nang Beach, around a rocky headland and accessible only by boat, Railay presents a tranquil and extraordinary world. In just one small peninsula you’ll find gorgeous white sand beaches, soaring limestone cliffs, viewpoints, caves and a lagoon hidden inside the cliffs, shaped and fed by the changing tides. And all within walking distance!

The very picture of tropical paradise, with no roads and no hassle, Railay offers lazy days, adventure forays and chilled-out evenings

Ayutthaya, North of Bangkok


Ayutthaya
In 400 years, Ayutthaya went from a prosperous trade and political capital to a completely defaced city – plundered, burned and abandoned to ruin. The city was under a constant power struggle with neighbouring Burma; nevertheless it remained a flourishing centre for regional trade and a burgeoning metropolis where art and culture merged. Exhibiting sophisticated techniques and styles, Ayutthaya’s architectural heritage is an amalgam of Lopburi, Sukhothai, Dvaravati, U-Thong, ancient Khmer and Persian styles. Today, Ayutthaya’s temple and palace ruins serve as a powerful reminder of Siam’s glorious past as well as haunting memories of one of the darkest periods in Thai history

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Bangkok


Wat Arun (temple of dawn)
Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is believed that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, which was besigned by a Burmese army at the time, King Taksin arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking. He later had the temple renovated and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of the Dawn.

During his reign (Thonburi Period), Wat Chaeng was the chief temple, and it once enshrined the Emerald Buddha and another important Buddha image, the Phra Bang, both of which had been removed from Vientiane

Khao Yai National Park, North of Bangkok

Khao Yai National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khao Yai is Thailand’s second largest (2,168sqkm) and one of the most visited national parks. It spreads across four provinces, namely Saraburi (west), Nakhon Nayok (east), Nakhon Ratchasima (north) and Prachinburi (east). The highest peak, at Khao Rom, is 1,351 metres above sea level. Blessed with a lush, mountainous landscape, with fertile valleys, pounding waterfalls and rich biodiversity, Khao Yai is a year-round getaway destination just three hours’ drive from Bangkok. Khao Yai is also home to a rich diversity of animal life with 320 species of birds, 67 species of mammals and thousands of different types of plants.

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What to see in Rajasthan – The majestic state of Rajasthan in India has countless places that attract the attention of tourists within the country and abroad in large numbers. This wonderful deserted land offers its visitors wonderful architectural wonders in the form of forts and palaces, mouth-watering delicacies, opportunities for adventure sports, fascinating desert safaris through camels, elephants, horse jeeps, colorful fairs and festivals to illuminate travelers’ journeys and treasure memories for a lifetime.

What to see in Rajasthan – The city palace, Jaipur

What to see in Rajasthan

What to see in Rajasthan

City Palace which is located in the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is one of the main attractions of the state. The palace complex has Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal palaces and other buildings.

The Maharaja of Jaipur (head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan) sat there. The Chandra Mahal palace currently has a museum, but most is a royal residence.

Nearest airport: Jaipur International Airport, Sanganer
Nearest train station: Jaipur railway station
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (except holidays)
Registration fee: INR 150/80 (for foreign adults / children) INR 35/20 (for Indian adults / children)
Suggested tour: Jaipur Full Day City Tour

What to see in Rajasthan – Amber Palace, Jaipur

What to see in Rajasthan

What to see in Rajasthan

Amber or Amer Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur. Amber Palace is a romantic and magnificent fortress-palace.

It was the ancient fort of the Kachhwahas of Amber (who ruled the city). The interior of the building exhibits important paintings along with mirrors, sculptures and precious stones.

Nearest airport: Jaipur International Airport, Sanganer
Nearest train station: Jaipur railway station
Hours: 8:00 to 18:00
Registration fee: INR 200/80 (for adults / foreign students) INR 25/10 (for adults / Indian students)
Elephant Ride: INR 900 for two people. (Note: the tour is only available for availability based on availability)
Recommended tour: 2 days – Panoramic tour of Jaipur

What to see in Rajasthan – Jantar Mantar Observatory, Jaipur

What to see in Rajasthan

What to see in Rajasthan

The Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh, the Rajput king in 1738 AD This monument is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

It has a collection of 19 astronomical instruments to measure time, predict eclipses, to trace the position of important stars. The main feature of this observatory is that it has the largest stone sundial in the world. It is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nearest airport: Jaipur International Airport, Sanganer
Nearest train station: Jaipur railway station
Hours: 9:00 to 16:30
Registration fee: INR 200/100 (for adults / foreign students) INR 40/15 (for adults / Indian students)
Recommended tour: 3 days – Private tour of Jaipur from Delhi

What to see in Rajasthan – Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

What to see in Rajasthan

What to see in Rajasthan

One of the main tourist attractions of Rajasthan is Hawa Mahal or the “Palace of the Winds”, located in the heart of the “Pink City”, Jaipur. It is a five-story building built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 to allow real women to see the outside world through windows.

There are 953 windows or “Jharokhas” in the building. The palace was built in the form of Lord Krishna’s crown.

Nearest airport: Jaipur International Airport, Sanganer
Nearest train station: Jaipur railway station
Hours: 9:00 to 16:30
Registration fee: INR 50 (for foreigners) INR 10 (for Indians)
Recommended tour: 4 days – Delhi Agra Jaipur Tour

What to see in Rajasthan – Jal Mahal, Jaipur

What to see in Rajasthan

What to see in Rajasthan

Jal Mahal or “Water Palace” is the most popular palace in Rajasthan which is located at the center of Lake Man Sagar in Jaipur. It was enlarged and renewed by Maharaja Jai ​​Singh II of Amber in the 18th century.

The lake, which covers an area of ​​about 300 acres, is located between the historic city, Amer and Jaipur. You can get an enchanting view of the Aravalli hills along with the ancient forts and the temple. Also, you can also have the view of the bustling city of Jaipur across the lake.

Nearest airport: Jaipur International Airport, Sanganer
Nearest train station: Jaipur railway station
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (every day of the week)
Registration fee: INR 50 (for foreigners) INR 10 (for Indians)

What to see in Rajasthan – Lago Pichola, Udaipur

What to see in Rajasthan

What to see in Rajasthan

Lake Pichola is an artificial freshwater lake created by a gypsy or “Banjara” (tribesman) during the supremacy of Maharana Lakha. He created this lake in 1362 AD in Udaipur, Rajasthan, to transport grain.

It takes its name from the nearby village of Picholi. In the lake two islands have been developed called Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir and even palaces so that visitors can have an adequate view of the lake.

Impressed by the charm of Lake Pichola and its splendid backdrop of green hills, Maharana Udai Singh founded the city of Udaipur on its shores.

Nearest airport: Maharana Pratap Airport, Dabok
Nearest train station: Udaipur railway station
Hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (every day of the week)
Registration fee: free
Recommended tour: 8 days – Golden Triangle Lake & Desert Tours

What to see in Rajasthan – Palazzo Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur

What to see in Rajasthan

What to see in Rajasthan

The Umaid Bhawan palace, considered one of the largest private residences in the world, is located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. This palace is named after the grandfather of Gaj Singh (current owner), Maharaja Umaid Singh.

The Taj Hotels now runs much of Umaid Bhawan. This palace with 347 rooms is considered the main residence of the former royal family of Jodhpur. A museum is also located within a section of the building.

This palace was built using the stones of the Chittar hill and was therefore called Palazzo Chittar.

Nearest airport: Jodhpur Airport, Jodhpur
Nearest train station: Jodhpur Junction Railway Station
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (every day of the week)
Registration fee: INR 50 (for foreigners) and INR 15 (for Indians)
Recommended tour: 7 days – Rajasthan tour from Delhi

Lago Pushkar, Ajmer

Pushkar Lake (Pushkar Sarovar) is one of the sacred lakes of India located in Pushkar, Ajmer, Rajasthan. According to Hindu scriptures, he is considered the king of “Tirtha-Raj” pilgrimage sites.

The most important temple of God Brahma – the creator is located on the shores of Lake Pushkar. The coins of the fourth century BC they mentioned Pushkar Lake.

52 bathing ghats surround the lake, which are crowded by numerous pilgrims to take a dip in the sacred lake during Kartik Poornima (occurs in October-November). It is the time when the Pushkar Fair is held. A dip in the lake is believed to wash away sins and cure skin diseases.

Nearest airport: Jaipur International Airport, Jaipur
Nearest train station: Ajmer Junction Train Station Junction
Hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (every day of the week)
Registration fee: free
Recommended tour: 9 days – Golden triangle with Pushkar Tour

Fiera del cammello di Pushkar, Ajmer

The Pushkar fair (Pushkar ka Mela) is held every year on the shores of Pushkar Lake, in the city of Pushkar, in Rajasthan. It is famous worldwide for being one of the largest camel fairs. It is also an event where livestock purchases and sales occur, which is now considered one of India’s main tourist attractions.

This five-day event starts at Kartik ekadashi and ends at Kartik Poornima (the full moon day of Kartik according to the Hindu calendar (October to November). People take a sacred dive in the water of Pushkar Lake.

Nearest airport: Jaipur International Airport, Jaipur
Nearest train station: Ajmer Junction Train Station Junction
Times: from sunrise to sunset
Registration fee: free
Recommended tour: 7 days – Golden triangle with wildlife from Rajasthan

Parco nazionale Keoladeo, Bharatpur

The Keoladeo National Park, formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, is located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It is popularly known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park as it has rich wildlife and lush vegetation.

It is home to 230 species of birds, 379 species of flowers, 13 species of snakes, 50 species of fish, 5 different species of lizards, 7 species of amphibians, 7 species of turtles along with various other invertebrates.

This park with different habitats is an important tourist destination.

Nearest airport: Delhi International Airport, Jaipur
Nearest train station: Bharatpur Junction Train Station
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (every day of the week)
Registration fee: INR 400 (for foreigners) INR 50 (for Indians)
Recommended tour: 7 days – Golden triangle with Bharatpur Ranthambore

Forte di Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer

The Jaisalmer fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It has also been enlisted as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. Built by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD, it took the name of Jaisalmer Fort.

The fort was built on the hill of Trikuta, in the middle of the great Thar desert. It is also known as the Golden Fort, located in the heart of the city. It is one of the most remarkable monuments of India.

Nearest airport: Jodhpur International Airport, Jodhpur
Nearest train station: Jaisalmer train station
Hours: 12:00 to 12:00 (every day of the week)
Registration fee: free
Recommended tour: 14 days – Tour Package Delhi Agra and Rajasthan

Dilwara Jain Temples, Monte Abu

About 2.5 kilometers from the only hill station in Rajasthan, the Jain temples are called Dilwara temples. Vastupal-Tejpal built these temples between the 11th and 13th centuries AD

These temples are known worldwide for the marbles used in the construction. These beautiful temples are the famous Jain pilgrimage sites.

The main attractions of these temples include decorated columns and doors, along with exquisitely carved ceilings and panels.

Nearest airport: Udaipur International Airport, Udaipur
Nearest train station: Abu Road Railway Station Junction
Hours: 12:00 to 17:00 (every day of the week)
Registration fee: free
Recommended tour: 14 days – Tour Package Delhi Agra and Rajasthan

Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh

Being one of the largest forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort is invisible to many tourists from all over the world throughout the year. It is also considered as a world heritage site. The fort is located in Chittorgarh. The fort represents the heroism and sacrifice of Rajput families.

Nearest airport: Udaipur International Airport, Dabok
Nearest train station: Chittorgarh Railway Station
Times: from sunrise to sunset
Registration fee: INR 100 (for foreigners) INR 10 (for Indians)
Recommended tour: 14 days – Tour Package Delhi Agra and Rajasthan

Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

The Junagarh fort formerly known as Chintamani is a fort located in the town of Bikaner, in Rajasthan. It is also known as “Old Fort” which was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Under the rule of Raja Rai Singh, sixth ruler of Bikaner, his prime minister Karan Chand oversaw the construction of the fort on top of a hill.

Nearest airport: Jodhpur International Airport, Jodhpur
Nearest train station: Bikaner Junction Train Station
Hours: 5:00 am to 10:00 pm (every day of the week)
Registration fee: INR 300/150 (for adults / foreign students) INR 50/30 (for adults / Indian students)
Recommended tour: 15 days – Best of Rajasthan Tours

Karni Mata Temple (Rats Temple), Bikaner

The Karni Mata temple, famous for its white mice, is one of Rajasthan’s most visited tourist attractions. The rats of this temple are considered sacred.

The temple is dedicated to a wise female Hindu, born in the Charan caste. It is believed to be the embodiment of the goddess Durga. Karni Mata is the deity, worshiped by the royal families of Jodhpur and Bikaner.

Nearest airport: Jodhpur International Airport, Jodhpur
Nearest train station: Bikaner Junction Train Station
Hours: 5:00 am to 10:00 pm (every day of the week)
Registration fee: free
Recommended tour: 18 days – Rajasthan Jaipur Udaipur Jaisalmer Bikaner Tour

Visit the vibrant land of Rajasthan between October and March, when the weather remains pleasant and the state remains at its best. We will help you visit these incredible attractions, what you need to do is choose your type of tour package from the wide range we offer. Although all packages are exquisitely designed taking into account your needs, we offer you the opportunity to get the personalized shape of the itineraries.

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Vacations in Lakshadweep – A paradise of 36 exotic islands, 17 uninhabited, 10 beautiful inhabited islands, 5 coral reefs and 4 newly formed islets together is the divine and beautiful island of Lakshadweep. This trade union territory of India covers an area of ​​32 square kilometers and is located only 422 km from Kochi, in Kerala. These same islands are the places to visit in Lakshadweep.

With only a few islands open to Indian tourists (and only 3 islands – Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat – they are open to foreign tourists) these islands are a beauty for the eyes and peace for the soul. Warm isolated sandy beaches of lagoons and coconut trees as backdrops and, of course, coral reefs contribute to the serenity of places to visit on the numerous islands of Lakshadweep.

Vacations in Lakshadweep – How to Reach Lakhshadweep

Vacations in Lakshadweep

Vacations in Lakshadweep

To enter the islands of Lakshadweep, tourists must have a permit issued by the administrator of Lakshadweep UT in Kochi. You can download a copy of the permit here. After downloading the permission you need to do the following:

Fill out the form and send it to the administrator, Lakshadweep office in Kochi. A lower registration fee will also be charged
After arriving in the Lakshadweep Islands, present this permit to any station or registration station within 24 hours
It may also be necessary to carry a police authorization certificate
Please carry 1 or 2 proofs of identity, as well as certified copies of these proofs of identity and 2-3 passport size photographs
Always keep the permission on you as a precaution
You can reach the Lakshadweep islands with flights to Agatti from Kochi. Or even take a flight from Bangalore that connects to Agatti via Kochi. You can also reach the islands on ships with a 12 to 14 hour navigation. As noted, Kochi acts as a gateway to reach the Lakshadweep islands. On the islands of Lakshadweep, boats are available to go from one island to another and cover the various places to see in Lakshadweep. If you have the luxury, you can also do the island-hop by helicopter!

Vacations in Lakshadweep – Minicoy Island

Vacations in Lakshadweep

Vacations in Lakshadweep

This 10 km long island covered with coconut is the southernmost part of the Lakshadweep islands. Minicoy is the second largest island of Lakshadweep and its customs and cultural characteristics are different from the rest of the Lakshadweep islands as influenced by the Maldives.

The high lighthouse on the island of Minicoy is one of the oldest built by the British in 1885, the island is also known for having ancient remains of stupas and structures of almost 800 years belonging to Buddha. There are also several mosques that are worth a visit. Juma Masjid is mentioned as a useful visit more than others. This is one of the best places to visit in Lakshadweep.
The traditional Lava and Dandi dances of the Lakshadweep islands are also held here.

This large tropical lagoon is full of green coconut palms and clear water lakes in a corner of the island, just a stroll through the narrow streets of the island will show you the culture here. How to get to Minicoy Island: Minicoy Island is the farthest from the others and therefore takes about half a day by boat.

Vacations in Lakshadweep – The Agatti islands

Vacations in Lakshadweep

Vacations in Lakshadweep

The Agatti Islands are a pristine tropical beauty that captures visitors with silver beaches and blue lagoons with a background of coconut palms that adds to its divinity. This island of Lakshadweep is only 10 km long and is a spectacular destination for deep-water diving and swimming activities.
Growth of corals and multicolored fish abound in the lagoons of this island which is a must see in Lakshadweep. If you are lucky you could also watch the bioluminescent plankton at night on the beaches of the island of Agatti

How to get to the island of Agatti: Fly to Agatti from or via Kochi. Flying on the island of Agatti should be an extraordinary experience. As the landing strip is on the island, take-off and landing at Agatti island airport offers panoramic views of the beautiful blue ocean.

Vacations in Lakshadweep – Kadmat Island

Vacations in Lakshadweep

Vacations in Lakshadweep

Kadmat Island is a beautiful coral island that covers a length of 9.3 km with an ecosystem of coral reefs and algae with warm silver beaches. Lakshadweep Island is open to non-Indians and there are also many water sports activities available. The island of Kadmat is also home to sea turtles that nest on the islands and include the conservation and protection of marine life.

The cruise from Agatti to Kadmat is highly recommended for the splendid views of the colors and life of the ocean. Kadmat is highly recommended among the places to visit in Lakshadweep. How to reach the island of Kadmat: only 2-3 hours by motorboat from Agatti
The island of Kadmat is also home to sea turtles that nest on the islands and guarantee the conservation and protection of marine life.

The cruise from Agatti to Kadmat is highly recommended for the splendid views of the colors and life of the ocean. Kadmat is highly recommended among the places to visit in Lakshadweep. How to reach the island of Kadmat: only 2-3 hours by motorboat from Agatti

Vacations in Lakshadweep – Island of Kavaratti

Vacations in Lakshadweep

Vacations in Lakshadweep

The Kavaratti island of Lakshadweep is the ideal place to explore exotic aquatic creatures that crowd the lagoons of this island. Kavaratti is also known for adventurous water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving in the southern chicken point if this island.
Kavaratti is the capital of Lakshadweep and can be considered its main site with the best places to visit in Lakshadweep and many things to do on its warm sandy beaches that offer great views. Kavaratti also has a marine museum that you can visit. You can also take a look at the Urja Mosque.

Vacations in Lakshadweep – Bangaram

Vacations in Lakshadweep

Vacations in Lakshadweep

Only the inhabitants of this little paradise are the staff who work on the island. This tear-shaped island has exquisite types of coral formations such as black corals and many varieties of coral fish. The deep waters of the Indian Ocean with its exotic flora and fauna make the scuba diving experience irresistible.
This island also has the name “the 10 best beaches in the world” (Sunday Times Travel Magazine 2008) which makes it a jewel of Lakshadweep. Few exotic animals found here are coral fish such as the clown fish, butterfly fish, surgeon fish, angel fish and so on. Also watch out for sharks, manta rays, stingers, moray eels and turtles that appear on the Bangaram islands.

Vacations in Lakshadweep – Kalpeni alone

The entire island of Kalpeni in Lakshadweep is surrounded by intense lagoons of extraordinary beauty. The clear turquoise waters of the Kalpeni islands of Lakshadweep are a sight not to be missed.
Other activities to try are sailing, snorkeling and kayaking. The tourist facility has improved over the years on this island with privately owned huts and tour packages available. Among the places to visit in Lakshadweep, it is necessary to visit the bird sanctuary on the island of Kalpeni.
The Virgin Islands Reef of Lakshadweep are ranked the best by experienced divers. And the golden haze of light on warm sandy beaches while you are bathed in sunlight is the kind of vacation that everyone has to plan. You will have no shortage of wonderful places to visit in Lakshadweep. These islands are specially designed to offer you a relaxing and complete tropical experience.

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Holidays in Andaman – A perfect summer vacation, Andaman and Nicobar, is an archipelago at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. With a series of exciting water sports, leisure facilities and a range of activities, a holiday in Andaman and Nicobar can be relaxed or full of adventure as you would like it to be. The climate is temperate for most of the year and the best time to visit is between December and May. If you’re planning on going here in this summer break, here is a selection of outdoor things that will keep you busy. Pay attention to the most memorable experiences during a trip to the most exotic island of India.

Holidays in Andaman – Beaches of Radhanagar, Havelock Island

Holidays in Andaman

Holidays in Andaman

Beach number 7 (or more commonly known as Radhanagar Beach) was awarded the title of “Asia’s Best Beach” in 2004 by TIME magazine. Known for its picturesque sunset, white sand and turquoise blue waters, the beach is a very popular center located on the west coast of Havelock Island. There is a water sports center on the beach where visitors can rent equipment and boats for snorkeling and diving.

One of the best beaches on the Andaman Islands, Radhanagar beach is one of the most romantic destinations to satisfy couples coming for their honeymoon. It is a well-known picnic spot where families also visit to enjoy their holidays. Nature and adventure lovers visit this island to enjoy the unspoiled landscape. In recent times, this island has encouraged tourists to visit in large numbers. It is surrounded by pristine waters where you can find turtles, large fish and dolphins. At first glance, about 500 meters from the beach, all you can see is a hint of water and trees towering around the shoreline. As you approach it, the stretch of Radhanagar beach takes your breath away and leaves you amazed!

Holidays in Andaman – cellular prison

Holidays in Andaman

Holidays in Andaman

Oh yes, the Andamans are much more than pristine beaches and icy blue waters. The next time you visit these beautiful islands, take a journey into history and see the cellular prison, aka Kalapani, in Port Blair. A colonial prison dating back to the British era, this prison today pays tribute and stands in memory of the Indian freedom fighters who spent the exile there. Immerse yourself in some stories of days gone by the locals; you will surely feel a story or two interesting. Undoubtedly, you will be reassured and with an enlightened mind. There are also Hindi and English light and sound shows held here every night, a monument to martyrs, a museum, a photo gallery and an art gallery.

Holidays in Andaman – the island of Chatham

Holidays in Andaman

Holidays in Andaman

Famous for hosting one of the oldest and largest sawmills in Asia, Chatham Island is a place not to be missed. Snoop around the island and control the Chatham sawmill, established by the British in 1836. Immerse yourself in the half-timbered air of the Forest Museum through a myriad of Andaman wood masterpieces, or indulge in some forest-related activities through scale models at the museum . There is also a large crater of World War II bombs next to the forest museum. If you want to go shopping, Sagarika Emporium is a great starting point.

Holidays in Andaman – Saddle Peak

Holidays in Andaman

Holidays in Andaman

Located on the Northern Andaman Island, Saddle Peak is the highest point in the entire Andaman and Nicobar archipelago at a height of 732 meters. The peak is surrounded by the Saddle Peak National Park, the main tourist attraction of North Andaman. Bring out your hiking shoes and walk the 8 km long path through the beautiful subtropical forest. Discover lost temples, perennial waterways and spectacular tropical flora along the path. And yes, once you reach the summit, the views of the archipelago from above are simply breathtaking!

Holidays in Andaman – Water sports and activities

Holidays in Andaman

Holidays in Andaman

If you are a brave and adventurous type, you can get your adrenaline going in Andaman. Many islands here offer a wide range of water sports and activities, so you can choose to do whatever your boat is floating. Very clever word game. Port Blair has a huge complex dedicated only to water sports called Andaman Water Sports Complex. You can go kayaking, motor boating, rowing, paragliding, water skiing, wind surfing and much more. In addition to the complex, Jolly Buoy Island, Havelock Island, Neil Island and other places offer opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. As you can see, there is no shortage even for the adventurous masses

Holidays in Andaman – Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Holidays in Andaman

Holidays in Andaman

Located in the Wandoor region of the Andaman Islands near Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a fusion of 15 small and large islands, with open inlets through the area. The islands are largely uninhabited with only a small population of 3,000 inhabitants living in 8 adjacent villages. The park was created to preserve the nesting sea turtles and corals of the area. Experience rare and spectacular corals and underwater marine life through glass bottom boats or indulge in some scuba diving and snorkeling if you are the most adventurous type

Walking in the sea

One of the most exciting experiences in Andaman, walking on the sea is walking on the seabed and seeing the brightly colored fish swimming near you! Walking on the seabed is a fairly unique but simple activity – much simpler than scuba diving as no breathing techniques are involved. Furthermore, it is not necessary to have any swimming skills to indulge in this delightful activity and it is safe to have fun for children aged 7 to 70! The full-face window in the helmet of the sea walker offers a close-up view of beautiful orange clownfish, sea anemones, star fish and crustaceans that swim around.

Snorekling and Scuba Diving

The Andaman and Nicobar islands are one of the most exotic and remote destinations in the world. The archipelago includes over 500 islands and probably has one of the richest reef ecosystems in the world! Needless to say, for fans of snorkeling and scuba diving, the Andaman Islands are nothing short of heavenly. The underwater world here offers countless species of marine life, coral reefs, remains of old ships and hills created by volcanic lava. You can choose from a variety of dive sites around Havelock Island, Cinque Islands, Corruption Rock, Fish Rock and the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor.

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Travel to Jaipur – India, with its mysterious and exotic charm, is just the kind of country that not even an entire life spent exploring would be able to do. From the majestic peaks of the Himalayan mountains to the fascinating UNESCO heritage monuments and even narrow dusty streets flanked by Chai Wallahs (tea stalls) and vendors who parade their goods, there is an adventure waiting at every corner. I’ve been to India three times now, with every trip more exciting and stunning than the last!

During my last visit, I had to set foot in the beautiful state of Jaipur (a.k.a. The pink city of India) as part of my tour around the Golden Triangle of India, and guess what? I don’t mean to be biased, but with absolutely stunning architecture and beautiful pastel colors all around, this city was my absolute favorite! You do not believe me? Check out these 10 must-see places that will make you fall and climb to book a ticket to Jaipur soon. Scoot * now flies from Singapore to Jaipur four times a week, giving you all the extra reasons to start packing bags!

NOTE: I advise you to quickly convince a private car to guide you from one attraction to another, as locals know the routes and traffic better. There are many car rental and driver services that allow you to personalize your itinerary too!

Travel to Jaipur – Amber Fort

Travel to Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur

Amber Fort (or Amer Fort) is the ultimate attraction not to be missed when you’re here in Jaipur. Built mainly with red and white sandstone, the fort is a great example of ancient Indian architecture, as the rulers of that time loved using these materials to build their palaces and fortresses (think of the Taj Mahal, which was built entirely of marble White! ).

Greet the Ganesh Pol Gate as you enter the fort. This door was built exclusively to allow royal families to pass through their private rooms without being disturbed. This beautiful piece is a work of art in itself, with its richly decorated sculptures accented in a variety of colors.
If you are looking for an experience that is both new and unforgettable, opt for an elephant ride to the fort! Please note that these are only available until 11:00 every day, so be sure to plan ahead to avoid disappointment. If you don’t like elephants, there is also a reliable all-wheel drive option up to the fort.
Once inside the park, sail among the ancient walls of the fortress, venture into the manicured royal gardens and climb the sighting towers or stroll in the Hall of Mirrors – which features entire ceilings and walls studded with gems to imitate the starry night sky !

Address: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India, Opening hours: 8.00-17.30, daily, Admission: (adult) INR550 (~ S $ 11.50); (student) INR100 (~ S $ 2.10), Elephant ride: INR1100 (~ S $ 23) per couple

Travel to Jaipur – Hawa Mahal

Travel to Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur

After finishing with Amber Fort, make a request for your driver to stop near the Jal Mahal (a.k.a. The Water Palace) located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar! The ancient palace formerly used for hunting ducks and picnics of the Maharaja (Indian royalty) is currently banned from the public, but it certainly makes a picture postcard perfect.

Address: Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, opening hours: 9.00am to 4.30pm, daily, Entrance ticket: INR50 (~ S $ 1.10)

Travel to Jaipur – The City Palace of Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur

The City Palace of Jaipur is another attraction that is decorated in shades of pastel pink. Feel free to happily trigger and document all the beautiful pink buildings engraved with white details and motifs. There are many photo opportunities here, so take your time walking around the extremely spacious palace complex, which includes a series of beautiful buildings and buildings.

An important building is the Chandra Mahal palace (recognizable as the yellow building with the Indian flag raised), which is a place of royal residence. However, the ground floor is open to the public, as it is currently used as a museum that showcases several artifacts that have been used by the royal families themselves!

In the middle of the complex is the Diwan-I-Aam, better known as the Public Hall. Now it is an art gallery that features marble floors, decorated ceilings and dome-shaped “doors”.
Whether it’s walls and pillars with colorful patterns or even gates and decorated doors, like the one that is set with peacock patterns and their colorful tails – there’s so much to see and explore in the City Palace complex, with every corner treasures just waiting to be discovered! Address: Jaleb Chowk, Near Jantar Mantar, Tripolia Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, Hours of Operation: Daily 9am – 5pm, Entrance: INR500 (~ S $ 10.50)

Travel to Jaipur – Panna Meena Ka Kund

Travel to Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur

Composed of alternating pink and yellow faded scales, Panna Meena Ka Kund, or Panna Meena Stepwells, are an exceptionally interesting architectural spectacle. In India, stepwells are generally used as social gathering places, where people gather and chat while they draw water or even swim in the pool below.

The most unique charm and mystery of Panna Meena Ka Kund which usually confuses tourists is that it is almost impossible to use the same set of stairs to go up and down, since its symmetrical design and structure are so confused. However, the locals are able to do this easily without flinching! How amazing is it? Address: Amer, Rajasthan 302028, India, opening hours, admission: FREE

Travel to Jaipur – Jantar Mantar

Travel to Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur

Astrology enthusiasts, this is for you! Unbeknownst to the tourist in the dark, a group of oddly shaped geometric structures and spheres may seem, at best, some unique phenomena. Perhaps the stonehenge of India? Possible, except that Jantar Mantar is much more than an interesting placement of objects!

With 19 architectural astronomical instruments, Jantar Mantar is the dream of every meteorologist who becomes reality. It features masonry, stone and brass instruments designed using ancient principles of astronomy from Hindu and Sanskrit texts. Believe it or not, these tools have proven to be accurate to date!
The instruments measure time, predict eclipses and locate different stars. There is also a clock that tells the time based on where the shadows fall, ultimately determining the position of the sun! Address: Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, opening hours: 9am to 4.30pm, daily, Admission: INR200 (~ S $ 4.20)

Travel to Jaipur – Jaigarh Fort

Travel to Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur

Jaigarh Fort is one of the favorite places for viewing Amber Palace and the Aravalli hills below. Although its walls and walls are quite impressive, tourists flock here mainly to see the Jaivana cannon, since the Jaigarh fort was the center of artillery production for the Rajputs (a war-associated caste).
the Jaivana cannon was the largest cannon in the world on wheels at its point of production in 1720. Although it looked enormous and threatening, the cannon was never actually used in real battles since it was never necessary to do so. He was, however, actually fired once in his life, with a charge of 100 kilograms of gunpowder which fired a 50-kilogram ball up about 35 kilometers away.

Address: Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, opening hours: 9am to 4.30pm, daily, Admission: INR200 (~ S $ 4.20)

Travel to Jaipur – The Nahargarh Fort

Travel to Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur

A stone’s throw away is another fort that is worth visiting: the Nahargarh Fort. Along with the Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, the Nahargarh Fort was also part of the city’s defense system.

Filled with lots of different alleys and secret passages to take, be prepared for some confusion as you will always find yourself in a different part of the fort with every turn you take!
The fun part of visiting the fort here is that you can cross the terraces on the roof of the Nahargarh Fort, where you can admire an aerial view of the surroundings and take a closer look at the domes and roof ridges.

The fort also housed Madhavendra Bhawan, which included housing for the royal family. Inside, you’ll find many apartment-style suites built for the king and his queens. Step into the shoes of royalty as you travel back in time as you walk through these corridors of the fort … That must have been everything!

Address: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, Opening hours: 10 am-5.30pm, daily, Admission: INR50 (~ S $ 1.50)

Albert Hall Museum

Travel to Jaipur

Although the Albert Hall Museum may appear as another opulent white marble temple from the outside, this monument has a totally different meaning. The first stone of Albert Hall was placed in honor of Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, when he visited Jaipur in 1876.

The building was later transformed into a museum of industrial arts that displayed products by local artisans, in an attempt to keep the current local artisans inspired by the best examples of works of art and craftsmanship. By building a museum that displayed crafts, he also helped guide the importance of preserving traditions and craftsmen.

Today it is recognized as a place where traditional Indian architecture and craftsmanship are appreciated and honored. It’s definitely worth a visit if you want to take a closer look at Indian art and culture!

Address: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, Opening hours: 10 am-5.30pm, daily, Entrance: INR200 (~ S $ 4.20)

Galtaji Monkey Temple

Travel to Jaipur

I’m not running around with you when I say there is a Monkey Temple in Galtaji, just a 40 minute drive from the outskirts of Jaipur. Galtaji is an Indian pilgrimage site that houses a series of temples, which are built on the hills surrounding Jaipur itself.

The area is surrounded by sacred kunds (pools) that are fed by natural spring water from the top of a hill. Visitors and pilgrims bathe when they are here, as the waters are considered to be auspicious. Apart from the blessed pools, another famous attraction here is the Hanuman temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu monkey god (could this explain the mysterious presence of monkeys crowding the area?)

Galtaji is a fascinating place where visitors can take their time to admire the ancient architecture and waterfalls – but be sure to stay away from the monkeys there because they like to spoil and cause trouble! Address: Galta Ji, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031, India, Opening hours: 5: 00-21: 00, every day, Admission: FREE

Samode village

Travel to Jaipur

Samode is a village about an hour and a half drive from Jaipur, but this shouldn’t stop you from visiting it, especially if you have an extra day or two. I took a day off to explore it and I had absolutely no regrets! Greet yourself from large front gardens flanked by cut trees and bushes as you approach the front of the cheerful facade of the traditional yellow hotel.

Did you know that Jaipur has a unique initiative that converts buildings into hotels – so they are well maintained and properly restored over the years? These “palace hotels” will continue to be appreciated by many as they are converted into lodgings! The Samode Palace is one such example of a historic hotel.
Once you enter the fascinating palace, your guide will take you on a private tour to admire the beautifully decorated rooms and interiors. With walls and ceilings that are all splashed from top to bottom and hand-painted with various details, motifs and paintings, a walk through the rooms will leave you simply speechless! You will also pass through a mirror room where the surfaces are plastered with real semi-precious and precious precious stones that shine and shine in the sunlight. It is such an enchanting spectacle that the photos will not do justice.

Don’t worry about getting the best photos because your guide will show you secret points about where to pose and how to take amazing photos! I highly recommend staying at lunch, as after finishing you can spend more time exploring the area.

Address: Village Samode, Tehsil Chomu, Jaipur, Rajasthan 303806, India Opening hours: call ahead to check for a private event (+91 1423 240 014) Admission: INR1000 (~ S $ 21)

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Best places to visit in Kolkata – Calcutta (Calcutta) is a city located in the state of West Bengal, on the eastern border of India. It is a huge city that is teeming with endless streams of traffic horns, businesses, restaurants and street food and a share of attractions. I had an incredible 2 week visit to Calcutta and was able to explore the city and visit some interesting places. Known as the “City of Joy”, here are some of the best things to do in Calcutta!

Best places to visit in Kolkata – Madre Teresa House

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Mother Teresa, a Albanian Roman Catholic missionary, did a lot of work in India, especially in the heart of Calcutta. His former home and charity in Calcutta is now known as the Mother House, and within the modest mission is the tomb of Mother Teresa. After having respected, you can walk through a small museum that exhibits some of his personal effects and proceed to climb a flight of stairs to see in the room where Mother Teresa sat at her desk and wrote letters, prayed and lived.

Best places to visit in Kolkata – Temple of Kalighatkali

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Dedicated to the Hindu goddess of Kali, the Kalighat Kali temple in Calcutta is one of the most visited and sacred sites in the city. The temple attracts thousands of pilgrims and other Hindu devotees every day. Walking towards the temple, you will cross a street full of religious objects for sale on both sides. The line to enter the real temple and see the statue of Kali is sometimes insanely long, and you have to take off your shoes to enter. However, you can choose to simply walk around the temple and the inner outer side, with your shoes on.

Be aware of the many scams that are found around the temple. When I entered a nice man (who said he was a Brahmin who worked at the temple) he tried to take me around the temple for a tour. After about 10 minutes he took me to the billiard room and gave me a flower. He then took a notebook and asked for a donation to the temple. The ridiculous thing was that in the notebook, which was shown clearly visible so that I could see, was a list of other travelers who had donated and the amount. John from the United States – 3,000 rupees, Mark from France – 5,000 rupees and so on (clearly absurd and false donations). Then he asked me to write what I would have given, under pressure from what others had given. After reading this exact scam, I was prepared and left.

Best places to visit in Kolkata – South Park Street Cemetery

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Looking for one of the scariest things to do in Calcutta? Head to the South Park Street Cemetery. Right outside the busy (and noisy) park road, I was surprised at how quiet and peaceful it was in this ancient rotting cemetery. The cemetery was founded in 1767 and includes about 1,600 tombs. If the weeping trees and moss-covered graves are not scary enough already, the occasional gash of a crow will make things a little more bizarre!

Best places to visit in Kolkata – New Market (Sir Stuart Hogg Market)

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Best places to visit in Kolkata

One of the best things to do in Calcutta is explore the market of Sir Stuart Hogg, which is more commonly referred to as the New Market. Within the market itself it is a bit like any other market in the world, there are sections for anything you may wish. But the real beauty of the New Market is the chaotic action that surrounds the market from all sides.

Delicious restaurants, Kolkata street food stalls, handcart transporters and swarms of people are some of the interesting things to observe. The action never seems to slow down. If you are staying in the famous backpacker area of ​​Sudder Street, the New Market is just 1 minute walk away.

Best places to visit in Kolkata – Victoria Memorial Hall

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Instead of being in West Bengal, when you visit Victoria Memorial Hall, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Europe. The iconic Calcutta structure is dedicated to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, who is also called empress of India.

Along with its British and European architecture, the room also includes some elements of Indian Mughal design. The Victoria Memorial is 103 meters long, 69 meters wide and 56 meters high. The Victoria Memorial is now open to the public for its surrounding gardens and interior museum.

Best places to visit in Kolkata – Mullik Ghat flower market

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Located directly below the Howrah bridge is the vibrant Mullik Ghat flower market. The market, which is open all hours of the day, is a lively scene of yellow and orange flowers. Vendors and porters walk and run continuously up and down the market, auctioning off their supplies. It’s a great place to take pictures.

Crossing the Howrah Bridge, which is one of the busiest pedestrian bridges in the world, is another of the best things to do in Calcutta. After exploring and observing the flower market, take a walk across the bridge to admire stunning views of Calcutta, the Hooghly River and the constant flow of people crossing the bridge while carrying gigantic loads.

Best places to visit in Kolkata – Indian museum

Best places to visit in Kolkata

The Indian Museum of Calcutta is one of the most significant and the first museum to be founded in India. The huge museum has collections and galleries that cover many different topics; The museum contains archeology, art, geology and even an exhibition on Egypt (and a mummy).

Best places to visit in Kolkata – Belur Math

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Unlike the constant chaos and scams around the Khalighat Kali temple, Belur Math is clean, quiet, safe and a perfect place to relax. The temple, located on the banks of the Hooghly River (branches off from the Ganges), was founded by Swami Vivekananda and is now the headquarters of the religious organization Ramakrishna Math. The temple incorporates Hindu, Islamic and Christian architecture and design.

You can choose to walk around the gardens and, if you choose to enter the temple, you can leave your shoes (for free) at the shoe desk. Photography is strictly prohibited at Belur Math and they have many security guards who make sure you don’t take pictures.

Best places to visit in Kolkata – Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Best places to visit in Kolkata

On the opposite side of the Hooghly River and a boat trip is the Kali Temple of Dakshineswar Kali. The huge Hindu temple attracts large crowds of faithful and Hindus who bathe in the adjacent river. Seeing the temple, it almost seemed like a painting. The whole complex is a bit like a fair, set up with many street food snacks from Kolkata, commercial stalls and many Hindu religious objects for sale.

Note: after visiting Belur Math, I went down to the river pier and took a boat upstream from the temple of Dakshineswar Kali. On the public boat it takes about 20 minutes and costs only 10 INR per person. Also, returning to Sudder Street, I took a taxi for 300 INR.

Best places to visit in Kolkata – Terreti’s morning market (Bazar)

The first morning I arrived in Calcutta, I woke up early enough, put on my clothes and went out to find breakfast – it was about 7:30 am – and nothing was happening except a few people bathing for street and a lot of people huddled around the fires: no breakfast.

I soon realized that India does not wake up too early, especially in winter. But there is a local market in Calcutta that is known for its breakfast, often attracting hungry diners who have just finished a party night: the Market of Terreti (Bazar). Each morning along Sun Yat-sen Street, both Chinese and Indian vendors set up stalls and serve an appetizing range of momo dumplings, Chinese baozi and soup noodles. You’ll also find fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and meat.

Kolkata Street Food

Best places to visit in KolkataThere are many things to do and see in Calcutta, but as a lover of all food stuff, there is nothing more rewarding than hitting the sidewalks for a bite of Calcutta street food.

Sellers are friendly and willing to serve you with their delicious creations. From a man who makes snacks like ghugni chaat and pure bread, to complete meals of rice and curry, your taste buds will rejoice. After filling, don’t forget to breastfeed a cup of chai in a clay cup or drink a mango lassi.

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