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“Udaipur – The City of Lakes”

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Udaipur – The Historic Capital also known as the “City of Lakes”, It is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana. It was founded in 1558 by Udai Singh II of the Sisodia clan of Rajput when he shifted his capital from the city of Chittorgarh to Udaipur after Chittorgarh was besieged by Akbar.

City Palace

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City Palace is situated in the Udaipur, located on the banks Of Pichola Lake, Udaipur. The City Palace is the Biggest and flamboyant Royal Complex in Rajasthan, which makes it the most popular destination in Rajasthan Tourism. Maharana Uday Singh built This Magnificent In 1559 And Served as the Main Seat of Power Where Uday Singh Lived and Administrated the Kingdom From.
Over the period of 400 years, several successors added a number of splendid structures to City Palace and now it is an array of Mahals, pavilions, corridors, terraces, courtyards, hanging gardens, and museums that showcase some of the finest element of Rajput art and cultures. From the architecture to colorful paintings that we can see in all Rajasthan Palaces and Havelies and exotic mirror work, fountains, wall paintings that make the palaces are Most Famous places in Udaipur and in Rajasthan Tourism.

Timings – 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Entry fee– INR 300 (Adults), INR 100 (Students and Children)

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Car Museum

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I’m not going to become a new school, and I’m a classic. I’m not an old school. There are many new cars out there and many old cars out there, but I’m just doing what I do as a classic guy.

If you are in Vintage cars then this place is the best place to see the golden cars of the vintage era, it is another very famous tourist place to visit in Udaipur. It was inaugurated on Feb 15, 2000, and it is owned by Arvind Singh Mewar (76th custodian of the House of Mewar). The collection has around 20 cars (some of the cars around 70 years old yet they are well maintained and are kept in working condition). Vintage Car museum houses many famous vintage cars like the 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom featured in the Bond film Octopussy and rare 4 Mercedes models, Rolls-Royce, 1936 Vauxhall-12, 1937 Opel Models, and 2 Cadillac 1939, one MG-TC Convertible are The Most Popular Car in the museum in the display.

Museum is located on the Gulab Bagh Road, just opposite to to the main entrance of Gulab Bagh and Zoo.
Timings – 9:00 AM – 9:00PM (Sunday – Saturday)
Entry fee– INR 250 (Adults), INR 150 (Students and Children)

Lake Pichola

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Lake Pichola was built in 1362 AD by Banjaras (a Gypsy) who used to transport the grains on the islands Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir during the regime of Maharana Lakha, and later on it was developed so that various palaces can have the beautiful view of the lake.

It is one of the most beautiful tourist spot in Udaipur. And it gives the glimpses of old Udaipur and one can enjoy the boat ride to explore the lake and one can drive around the lake to experience the scenic beauty and around the lake, various restaurants and food joints are located, where you can enjoy the local street food and kids can have camel rides on the walkway of the lake and enjoy the sunset, which is most serene feeling to experience in Udaipur.

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Fateh Sagar lake

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Fateh Sagar Lake Situated In the northwest Of Udaipur, Fateh Sagar Lake is a Sparkling lake Which Is one of the Most Major Famous Tourist Places To Visit In Udaipur. In 1687 Maharana Jai Singh built it and got it to name from Maharana Fateh Singh in 1889.

The locals normally visit the place for a morning walk here. The place is only a couple of kilometers from Lake Pichola and can be combined in the plan on the same day. The lake is clean and serene. Enjoying a relaxed Afternoon in the tranquil beauty of this Lake, one can try boating And Also You Can Try other sports like cycling water scooters.

Sajjangarh Palace

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Located on Bansdara peak of the Aravalli hill range ,on the outskirt of the city Udaipur this palace is a former royal residence belonging to Mewar Family, Built by Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874-1884) in year 1884.It was primarily built to watch the monsoon clouds, that is how it is often called as “Monsoon Palace” and later it was turned into hunting lodge. From the palace we can see the panoramic view of the lakes around the city and palaces scattered around.

At the foothills of the palace, Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located where you can see various reptiles, tigers, sambhar deer, wild boars, hyenas panthers, and jackals.

Timings – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry fee – INR 150 from entry gate to the fort.

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Accommodation Budget: –


Starting from Hostels to Mid-Range Hotels to the very luxurious hotels and villas, Udaipur has it all. Luxurious stay like Udaipur Hotels, the Oberoi Udaivilas. Taj Lake Palace can cost between 15000 – 25000 per night. Hostels like Mustache ,Zostel Udaipur, Musafir Hostels, Bunkyard and many more can charge around INR 400 to INR 700 for a night in Udaipur. One meal at any budget hotel/restaurant will cost a minimum of INR 300. So, if you plan to stay in budget hotels/hostels, eat locally, a 3 nights trip may cost you INR 5000 to INR 6000.

Best time to visit: – September to March

Trip Duration: – 3-4 Days

10 Places to visit in Dubai

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Dubai

Dubai is world most famous city for experiencing luxury life and feel the extravagant life. Dubai is one of the wealthiest of the seven emirates that constitute the federation of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is a city of skyscrapers, city of gold, ports, and beaches, where big business takes place alongside sun-seeking tourism. 

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  1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is famous one of the tallest buildings in world, having 163 floors, 2 observation decks, the views across the city skyline from this bird’s-eye perspective are simply mind boggling. Buy your Burj Khalifa “At the Top” Entrance Ticket in advance to avoid long line-ups, especially if you are planning to visit on a weekend. restaurants are in Burj Khalifa. It is one of most prominent place recommended in Dubai Travel.

Timings: 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM,
Prime Hours:
At the Top (Level 124+125): 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM,
At the Top, SKY (Level 124+125+148): 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Time Required: 2-3 hours

Entry Fee: At the Top (Level 124+125): AED 100 – 315,
At the Top, SKY (Level 124+125+148): AED 370 – 525,
Infants (below 4 years): No Entry Fee

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2. Dubai Mall

If you are travelling to Dubai then without shopping your Dubai Trip is not complete and visiting Dubai Mall is must. Dubai Mall is the most premium mall of Dubai, it is the second largest mall in the world. A paradise for shopping lovers, you can shop for everything like finest of clothing brands, perfumes, gold jewellery, electronics what not in one place. Along with shopping experience one can taste the finest cuisines of the world in one place that’s Dubai Mall. There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone, and cinema complex if you’re looking for more entertainment options in Dubai mall.

Dubai Fountain

Dubai fountain is the world’s largest musical fountain in manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, located between Souk AI Bahar and The Dubai Mall.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater museum

One of the city’s top tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. As well as free viewing from the mall, if you enter the Underwater Zoo, you can walk through the aquarium tunnels.

3. Aquaventure Atlantis Dubai Waterpark

Dubai’s best water park, The Aquaventure Atlantis Dubai Water Park and Lost Chambers Aquarium set in the magnificent ocean themed resort of Atlantis the Palm is a world unlike any other and an apt attraction for a memorable vacation. The water park is filled with many attractions, river rides where you can enjoy tube rides through the interconnected water networks on varying water flows, which is world’s longest water slide.  Kids can have a splashing time at the Splashers Children’s play area, specially designed to suit little ones. Also don’t forget to explore the underwater lost city of Atlantis – A mammoth sized aquarium based on the theme of ancient ruins of Atlantis which also offers thrilling experiences like snorkelling and diving experiences for those who want to get up close encounters with sting rays and sharks and other sea animals.

4. Desert Safari

Any trip to Dubai is incomplete without a ride into the desert; there is a adrenaline rush in zooming into the golden hues of sand away from the skyscrapers city. In Desert Safari, you get a chance to try some desert adventures sports like dune bashing, falconry, camel rides to name a few. You and your family can spend the night under the cool starry desert sky after enjoying an Arabian dinner in typical Arabian settings with traditional music and dance.

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5. Dubai Miracle garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden and it is really a miracle since it is full of all shades of petunia. If you are a nature lover, you will totally fall for it. Flower structures of Micky Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Daisy Duck are very popular for kids, Huge number of flowers have been invested to make them. The entire decor gives a beautiful look and gives the soft touch od Dubai.

Best time to visit – Mid November – Mid May miracle garden.

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6. Dubai Frame

The frame gives a chance to view of the old, present & future of Dubai in one frame. It is a golden rectangle with a view deck at the top wherein you can see the old Dubai on one side & the new Dubai on the other side. The view deck has a walkway in clear and very beautiful.

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7. Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is one the most stunning mosques in Dubai and also gives chance to non-Muslims to visit the mosque with entrance fees from Saturday to Thursday. Built from white stone with twin towering minarets framing a central dome.1200 worshipers can perform their salah together in Jumeirah mosque. To understand the intricate carvings and the architecture of the mosque and Emirati culture better, you can go for a free guided tour offered by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 am to 11.30 am.

Note : Dress modestly while visiting the mosque ,Women must wear a headscarf before entering the mosque (available to borrow at the mosque) and all are expected to wear long pants and long sleeved shirts/t-shirts.

Entry fee – 20 AED (₹350)

Where – Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeria 1 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Timings – Saturday to Thursday, 10am – 1pm

8. Ferrari World

Ferrari World is an indoor amusement park on Yas Island Abu Dhabi. Ferrari World has 37 distinctive rides that one can try. One of the most thrilling rides there is the Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster reaching a speed of 240 km/h and it gives you the full experience of driving an F1. The theme park also has many shops that sell Ferrari branded products and has a bunch of restaurants that serve delicious food

9. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The most popular landmark building of Abu Dhabi is sheikh Zayed Mosque. Built with Macedonian marble, the mosque blends Mameluke, Ottoman, and Fatimid design elements to create a harmonious and thoroughly modern mosque that celebrates Islamic architecture. Glass work, mosaic tiling, and intricate carvings make the interior and exterior of the mosques make it splendid. 40,000 worshipers can perform the salah together in this mosque, it is the biggest mosque in the United Arab Emirates.

Non-Muslims are allowed into all areas of the mosque (including the vast library), and guided tours are available

Address: Al Khaleej al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi

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10. Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab is the world’s fifth tallest hotel and most luxurious hotel, a seven-star category hotel located on an artificial island off Jumeirah Road.  the hotel features an attractive fountain, an admirable lobby and richness induced 203 suites, private helipad and an array of shiny chauffeur-driven limousines and other high-end luxury cars.

Mystery Village – Malana, Himachal Pradesh

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Malana Village is a mystery village in India. All of us must have heard about the Malana village in most of the travellers bucketlist.Malana is famous for Malana Cream, which was the main attraction for all travelers. But Malana Village is more than just a place for best cannabis, a product made from cannabis plants which grow in the Parvati valley available in India.

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It’s village full of mysterious, rituals, superstitions and myths and Malana cream.

Malana is a small ancient village in Himachal Pradesh. surrounded by Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani peaks.

The villagers believe that they have pure Aryan genes. They consider themselves to be descendants’ Greek soldiers of Alexander’s army and. It is believed that soldiers took refuge in this remote Himalayan village, after the battle against the ruler of Punjab, Porus.

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According to the local legends, Jamlu Rishi inhabited Malana Village and made the guiding rules and regulations of the village, and the Malanese people still follow those rules. According to them, they follow the oldest democracy in the world, and their local court system even today reflects the ancient Greek system.

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They follow their Panchayat rules for making any decision. There is no Police intervention in the Malana village for any kind of dispute, it will be resolved by the village Panchayat (village council).

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Kanashi/Raksh, is their local language, which is basically mixture of Sanskrit and Tibetan language. And Kanashi is considered sacred and outsiders from other villages are not allowed to use the language of Malana. But majorly Malanese people understand Hindi and can speak also.

Jamlu Temple is their most pious place in the village, which is built in the centre of the village in Kathkuni style, with wooden cravings and deer heads. The village council is known as “Hakima” and bifurcated in 2 courts, Higher and Lower level. Goor, Pujari & Kardar are part of the higher court and Goor is considered to possess the spirit of Jamlu Devta and is the voice of God and the pujari and Kardar are the representatives of the Jamlu Devta and position is based on inheritance.

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Malana Village follows strict rules like “DO NOT TOUCH ANY BELONGINGS OF MALANESE” as a Tourist you are not allowed to touch any wall of the temple /any Malanese inhabitant/any house/any thing that belong to them. By mistake if you touch them then you will be penalized with INR 2500 as fine and the villager will run to take bath and it will be followed by purification ceremony by the priest of the village. Outsiders are considered as untouchables.

Also, for buying anything in the village you need the keep the money in a basket on the shop counter and once the shopkeeper will keep the required thing in the basket then one can touch, they practise absolutely no skin contact with the outsiders.

They have trained their people and kids not to interact with the outsiders and have made them learn in young age to say “No Touching” & “No Photo” to any tourists in the village. Videography is strictly prohibited in the village and photography too to some extent but sometimes people agree to get snapped.

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They are trying their level best to maintain and preserve their cultures and traditions from outside the modern world. For example, the marriages are fixed in adolescence age and one is not allowed to marry outside the village, if anyone does that then that person will be banished from the village forever. Polygamy is still practiced.

another example of their ancient tradition is that for solving any dispute, they still believe in their deity and his guidance and signals. For solving any conflict, they use lambs, they make a deep cut in the foreleg of a lamb each of the 2 parties and poison it and sews it back with a needle. The Person whose lamb dies first
will lose the case.

Malana is world-famous for its Malana Cream and it has become major attractions for the tourist from all over the world. It is famous as one of the best Hash in the world.  Often referred to as a part of Mini Israel in India also. Malana cream is the main source of income of Malana village.

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Dark side of Malana

There are several instances have been reported for missing tourists in the Malana Village probably murdered by the locals, though till now no charges have been proved. The main reason for the ugly quarrel could be because of the trading of Hash between the villagers and tourists.

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It advised to visit the village in the day time and return back before sunset and you can set up the base in kasol or you can go camping outside the village at your own risk. And don’t get into any verbal spat with the locals and respect their traditions & cultural practices. 

Rules of Malana Village: –

  1. No Touching
  2. No Photography, without permission
  3. No Videography
  4. No nails on the trees, they protect their trees.
  5. No hunting allowed in and around the Malana village.
  6. Marriage outside the village is forbidden
  7. Police is not allowed to enter the village and it is not allowed even for the locals, if any villagers try to seek the help of Cops, he will be penalized with a fine of INR 1000.
  8. The use of Kanashi outside the village and by the outsiders is not allowed.
  9. Consumption of Hash in the village is forbidden now.
  10. Burning wood from trees and shrubs in the jungle is not allowed.
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How to reach Malana:

  • By Air: The closest airport to Malana Village is the Kullu Airport, located around 25 km from Malana. The airport is well-connected to major cities like Chandigarh, Pathankot, Delhi, etc.
  • By Train: The closest railway station Joginder Nagar Railway Station located about 125 km from Malana. Trains from cities like Chandigarh and Delhi travel to Malana.
  • By Bus: From Kashmiri Gate Delhi, catch a bus to Bhuntar and then to Kasol, which is 31 km from Bhuntar.

On the way from Jari from where you can either trek to Malana which is about 1.5 km from Jari, or hire a taxi.

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Cabs/taxis are easily available to reach Malana Village.

Slowly Malana Village is getting exposed to the modern world now. They are exposed to mobile phones and Television & the internet now, yet they are trying to protect and preserve their cultural and religious practices yet no relaxation in their village rules.

Malana Village is a beautiful small village trying to preserve and protect himself from the trap of modernization is worth visit at-least once.

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Pondicherry – French colony in India

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Pondicherry officially known as Puducherry, a glimpse of the old French colony, is the capital and the most populous city of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. The city is located in the Puducherry district on the southeast coast of India and is surrounded by the state of Tamil Nadu with which it shares most of its culture and language.

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How to reach Pondicherry

  By Road

Pondicherry is well connected to Chennai via the East Coast Road through Mahabalipuram. There are daily bus services from several main stops from Chennai

By Railway

PDY/Puducherry (Pondicherry) is connected by train to Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai as well as other important cities such as Kanyakumari, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bhubaneshwar, Bangalore.

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1. Matrimandir, Auroville

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Matrimandir, a Sanskrit word which means “Temple of The Mother”. It is in the center of Auroville, where “Aurore” meaning dawn and “Ville” meaning city. The Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram established it in 1968. Auroville believes in peace and wants that all men and women should believe in peace and harmony keeping the caste, color, creed, and nationality aside. You can learn about the history of Matrimandir, Auroville in a short introductory video.

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2. Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo (born Aurobindo Ghose; 15 August 1872 – 5 December 1950) was a great Indian philosopher, yogi, guru, poet, and nationalist.At Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo developed a spiritual practice he called Integral Yoga.

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In 1926, with the help of his spiritual confederate, Mirra Alfassa (referred to as “The Mother”), he founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Ashram gives you a chance to know about the life of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh.

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The main Ashram building, where the Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is located, is open to all during visiting hours: 8.00 a.m. to 12 noon and 2.00 to 6.00 p.m. Here you can see all beautiful exotic flowers and the peaceful environment of the ashram will fill you with tranquillity.

Note: – Photography not allowed inside the ashram and no noise inside the ashram is practiced.

3. Beaches

  • Promenade beach

Promenade beach is also known as Rock beach or Gandhi beach or Pondicherry beach. Known by many names is best for evening walks along the beach. It is a 1.2-kilometer-long stretch in Pondicherry, which starts from War Memorial and ends at Dupleix Park on Goubert Avenue.

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  • Serenity Beach

The name itself defines the beauty of this beach. Here you can explore the vibrant beach cafés and the beachside flea markets and stroll around and relax.    

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  • Paradise Beach

Also known as Plage Paradiso, Paradise beach is famous for water sports activity. The beach can be accessed from Chunnambar boathouse in boats and kayaks and one of the most beautiful private beaches in Pondicherry.

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  • Auroville Beach

Auro Beach is one of the best and unusual beaches in India, located near Auroville in Pondicherry. It is a famous beach in Pondicherry for beautiful seashells. The beach is famous for swimming and surfing.

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4. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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There are 21 Basilicas in India and one of them is in this French colony of India – Pondicherry. This church was set up by the French missionaries in 1908 which was given the status of the Basilica in 2011. The church is the first-ever basilica in Pondicherry, the 6th one in Tamil Nadu, the 20th in India, and the 50th one in Asia. This is one of the most beautiful Catholic Churches of Pondicherry. It is also known as “Parent of Church for Catholics”. Intricate designs in the glass panel show the life of Jesus. This beautiful church is a must-visit if you are planning a trip to Pondicherry.

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5. Pondicherry Lighthouse

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The lighthouse was initially set up in 1836 and then rebuilt in 1970. The graceful 29-metre-high structure, has round tower and square base, which is now converted into a museum is worth a visit due to its historical importance. It was constructed by the French rulers

            Location: located at Dubrayapet, Pondicherry

Best Time to Visit: During sunset

          Timings: 03:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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6. Pondicherry Museum

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Pondicherry museum gives us a chance to get the insights of rich history of India, especially South India, as well as world history. This place is full of artifacts and coins collection, also this museum is famous for the largest collection of Chola Dynasty bronze sculpture and various artifacts of Pallava Dynasty.

Location: Eswaran Kovil Street, Canteen St, Puducherry
Timings: 
Tuesday to Sunday – 9:00 am – 6:30 pm.
Closed on Mondays and national holidays.

Entry fee: The entry fee for the children is INR 5 per child. The fees for the Indian Nationals is Rs. INR 10 and for the foreign nationals are INR 50 per person.

7. French War Memorial

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The French war memorial was constructed in 1970, to honour the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country in World War I. And is one of the best attractions in Pondicherry trip.

 Location: White Town, Pondicherry

Best Time to Visit: Early morning hours so that you can enjoy the nature   and can spend some pleasant time in war memorial

Timings: 10:00 – 5:00 pm

8. White Town

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White Town was the residential quarters of the french in Pondicherry. The entire neighborhood has great examples of colonial French architecture and is often compared to seaside towns in the south of France. With heritage buildings and a large number of French cafes, the biggest highlight is the White Town Promenade, one of the most beautiful promenades in India.

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9. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Immaculate Conception Cathedral or Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception. Immaculate Church is a beautiful place of worship established in the year 1686. and it is dedicated to st. Peter.

10. Cafes in   Pondicherry

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Pondicherry is a paradise for foodies. you can experience the well-defined seating, amazing sea views, and beautiful cafes such as the Le Cafe, Coromandel café, café des art, Café De Flore (Nutella crepes must try), Tanto (famous for finger-licious pizza) & Rendezvous Café .the White Town Promenade is one of the most visited places in Pondicherry. Hidden behind its French exterior are influences of Indian and local Tamil cultures as well, evident in the handicraft’s markets and street food.

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Bhutan – Glimpse of The Punakha Tshechu Festival

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Performers of Punakha Festival

Bhutan – Land of Thunder Dragon apart from various tourist spots to visit in Bhutan. There are various cultural festivals that are held during the entire year. The most prominent ones are Lhamoi Dromchoe, Zhemgang Tshechu, Punakha Tshechu, Haa Summer festival, Jambhay Lhakhang Drup, etc.

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Visiting Bhutan during Jan-march gives you a chance to experience the various festivals held during this across the country.

Punakha Tshechu, as all Tshechu festivals, honors Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rimpoche, the precious yogi and saint who is credited with having introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas.

The Puntang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang or “the palace of great Bliss” was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in unifier of Bhutan in 1637.

Punakha Dromchoe, the festival held within the walls of 17th century song dedicated to the deity Mahakala.

This festival is held annually in the first month of the lunar calendar coinciding in the month of February. In a tradition that has been kept alive since the 17th century.

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While the festival was initially a celebration to commemorate the victory of the Bhutanese militia over Tibetan invaders.

It has now become an integral part of the local tradition and culture. The Punakha Tshechu begins immediately after the Dromchoe and though relatively new, the Tshechu is one of the more popular festivals, if only because the venue is within the walls of the most beautiful and auspicious fortress in the country.

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The first King of Bhutan was crowned here and more recently the fifth King’s coronation and wedding ceremonies were held here as well.

A visit to Tshechu, is the best way to experience the pulse of the ancient culture of Bhutan. This is a visual treat as various dances and opera-like performances to depict the ancient rhythm of the Bhutanese culture.

Though the festivals in the different districts are similar each one is unique in that local songs & dances are incorporated into the program.

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Over the centuries, the festival has come signify the well being of the local populace and is celebration of life.

This is the time to thank for past blessings and pray for successful year ahead.

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While the festival is religious function it is also great social event, it is a time for meeting friends & family & forging new alliances.

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Religious ceremonies & rituals are conducted days ahead of the actual dances and hence all who behold them are blessed.

These performances tell the stories of Victory of good over evil. And peaceful co-existence that we may live full and meaningful lives.

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Great Masters compose these dances in honor of the guardian deities represented by their masks and this ancient choreography is also meant of imparting Dharma teachings to the people in a form that is both entertaining and meaningful

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Monk & layman come together in the spirit of festivity and deep faith to witness these masked dances and partake in celebrations.

Some of these dances are so sacred and auspicious that the only highest-ranking monks and religious masters may perform them in order to convey their blessings upon the pious.

While these festivals provide an opportunity for payer and pilgrimage. They are also key to preserving Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions

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Fun Facts of Bhutan – Country of Happiness

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  1. Bhutan is on the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas, landlocked between the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north and the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam to west and south and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh to the east.

2. Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, and Phuntsholing is its financial center.

3. Druk Yul — the local name for Bhutan — means “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” The dragon appears on the Bhutanese flag.

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4. Bhutan is the only Buddhist Kingdom (Thailand is partially Buddhist).

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5. The King of Bhutan handed the crown to his eldest son in 2008. At the age of 28, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck became the youngest reigning monarch in the world.

6. The national language is Dzongkha (Bhutanese), one of 53 languages in the Tibetan language family. 

7. The state religion of Bhutan is Vajrayana Buddhism. Vajrayana follows tantric Buddhist texts.

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8. The national sport of Bhutan is archery. Basketball and cricket are also gaining popularity.

9. Bhutan is the first country in the world to ban the production and sales of tobacco products in 2010. In 1916, the first King of Bhutan called tobacco “the most filthy and pernicious herb.” Violators were slapped with a harsh fine of their 2 months’ salary. However, smoking in public areas is prohibited and the consumption of tobacco in private is allowed. 

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10. In 1999, The Bhutan king allowed the access of Television & Internet to the masses in order to modernization & become one of the last countries to adopt this change of Digital Media & Entertainment.

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11. Bhutan has a mandatory national dress code. The national dress for Bhutanese men is the gho, a knee-length robe tied at the waist by a cloth belt known as the kera.

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Women wear an ankle-length dress, the Kira, which is clipped at the shoulders with two identical brooches called the Koma and tied at the waist with Kera. An accompaniment to the Kira is a long-sleeved blouse, the wonju which is worn underneath the kira. A long-sleeved jacket-like garment, the toego is worn over the Kira. The sleeves of the wonju and the tego are folded together at the cuffs, inside out.

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12. Bhutan is the only country which emphasizes on GNH Index (Gross National Happiness) rather than placing emphasis on GDP, Bhutan attempts to track the happiness of its population. Bhutan is the only country in the world to officially measure national happiness.

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13. Inheritance (land, house, and animals) is generally passed to the eldest daughter rather than the eldest son of the family. A man often moves into the home of his new wife until he can “earn his keep.”

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14. Bhutanese are forbidden to marry foreigners. Homosexuality is also forbidden by law. Polygamy is legal in Bhutan; however, the practice is not common now a days.

15. Bhutanese receive free education from the government. A heavy emphasis is placed on Buddhist teachings. Most schools have an English curriculum.

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20 Things to know before Planning Bhutan Trip

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Following are the tips before planning the Bhutan trip :

  1. The Minimum Daily tariff is fixed by the Bhutan Government as mentioned below:

For the group of minimum 3 people or more bare minimum tariff is

  • High Season – March April May September October & November @ USD 250 per person per night halt.
  • Low Season – January, February, June July August & December @USD 200 per person per night halt.

The above prices include following:

  • All internal Taxes & charges (including the royalty)
  • All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
  • All internal transport
  • Accommodations
  • All Meals
  • Camping equipment & Haulage for Trekking

2. Except for Indian & Bangladesh passport holders, the visa application needs to submitted by the authorized tour operator on behalf of the visitors. Visa is issued by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) in Thimphu, Bhutan.

3. Emergency Contacts

National Disaster: 219/17124546

Tourism Council: 2300

Police: 113

Health Ambulance: 112

4.Dzongkha is the official language of Bhutan, Most of Bhutanese are fluent in English so communication will not be a problem.

5. Local currency is Ngultrum (BTN), which is equivalent to Indian Rupee (INR) & Indian Rupee is widely accepted all over Bhutan.

6. Wi-Fi Networks are easily available in the Hotels but for better connectivity get a local SIM card from Tashi Cell or B-Mobile.

7. ATMs are available only in the main towns. But due to connectivity issues ATMs do not work always, also one can withdraw a small amount only, it is advisable to carry cash all the time.

8. International Credit cards are widely accepted in all the Hotels & Handicraft stores.

9. Tuesday is the National Dry Day in Bhutan.

10. Tips are not mandatory, unlike western countries. The Local guide will take care of tipping on your behalf. However, you have to tip the travel guide.

11. Carrying & use of Drone is strictly prohibited in Bhutan.

12. Remove your hat while entering in religious places & take off your footwear while entering the temple altar rooms.

13. Miniskirts & Singlets are not allowed in any religious monuments & offices. Follow proper dress code while visiting religious sites & offices.

14. Always walk clockwise while passing heritage and religious monuments sites.

15. Refrain from touching any murals, religious paintings & objects in the monasteries as it is disrespectful as per local culture.

16. Do not legs stretched or sit straddled in front in the altar, it is culturally offensive. Cross your legs or kneel while sitting in religious places.

17. Photography is prohibited inside the Dzongs, monasteries, temples or any religious institutions, however inside the courtyard of the Dzongs, monasteries, temples is allowed.

18. Maintain silence in heritage and religious monuments & monasteries. Also Do not point with your forefingers to a person, religious figures, or statues. Instead, a stretched palm is used as reverence or respect to point to someone.

19. Follow traffic rules and use designated zebra crossing for road safety.

20. Consumption and sale of Tobacco is completely banned in Bhutan. Smoking is strictly prohibited and liable to be fined in the public places. Bring your own cigarettes & ask your guide where you can light up.

Must Experience Andaman & Nicobar Flora n Fauna

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Andaman & Nicobar is one of the union territories of India. It lies in the Bay of Bengal. And forms archipelago between Bay of Bengal between India to the west and Myanmar to the north and east.

Port Blair is the capital of this union Territory & The territory is divided into 3 districts: Nicobar District with Car Nicobaras capital, South Andaman district with Port Blair as capital and North and Middle Andaman district with Mayabunder as capital.

There are 572 islands in the territory having an area of 8,249 km2 (3,185 sq mi). Of these, about 38 are permanently inhabited. The Andaman group has 325 islands which cover an area of 6,170 km2 (2,382 sq mi) while the Nicobar group has only 247 islands with an area of 1,765 km2 

Climate: –

Andaman & Nicobar is region of Tropical climate. The climate is mainly humid throughout the year neither too hot nor too cold.

Seasons: Summer- January – April, Monsoon – May – December

Relative Humidity: 70% -90%

Temperature: 23 °C Minimum & 28 °C Maximum

Annual Rainfall: 3000 mm

Flora

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Andaman & Nicobar is mainly covered with dense evergreen tropical rainforest. You will find about 2,200 varieties of plants have been recorded, out of which 200 are endemic and 1,300 do not occur in mainland India. The present forest coverage is claimed to be 86.2% of the total land area.

Fauna

Though Andaman & Nicobar is a tropical rainforest climate, despite the fact, you will be surprised to know that its diversity and rich animal life.

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There are 96 wildlife sanctuaries, 9 national parks, and 1 biosphere reserve in Andaman & Nicobar Island.

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About 270 species of birds are found in the territory; 14 of them are endemic, the majority in the Nicobar island group. Also, The territory is home for 225 different species of butterflies and moths. 10 species are endemic to these Islands. Mount Harriet National Park is one of the richest areas of butterfly and moth diversity to spot.

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9 Things to pack for Andaman & Nicobar Trip

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If you are planning to spend your vacation in the breathtakingly beautiful Andaman & Nicobar Islands Trip then you have already made a great decision, beaches with white sands, sun and turquoise waters are ideal for a break from the hustle-bustle of city life.

The unspoiled beaches, exotic food, remoteness, and privacy – all combine together to make this a dream destination.

Tickets booked, hotel booked now time to pack your bags. The following are the list of items that you should pack for the Andaman & Nicobar Island Holidays.

1. Clothing

The climate in Andaman & Nicobar is mainly humid, so forget your tight jeans, formal trousers and shirts. Wear loose cotton linen clothes like Bermuda, shorts & T-shirts to keep yourself cool in the warm climate.

2. Beachwear

Andaman & Nicobar is a paradise for beautiful & clean beaches & it gives haven to swimming. Also, various properties on the island have their own private beaches so you can enjoy sunbathing & swimming. Carry your favorite bikini, swimsuit & sarongs here to soak yourself in a paradise of sparkling sea-green water.

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3. Sunscreen Lotion

Carry sunscreen lotion with SPF 70 or more to protect yourself from suntan & sunburn, preferable waterproof sunscreen if you are traveling during the summer season.

4. Scarfs, Hats & Sun Glasses

Harsh Sun & salt content in the air can really damage your skin & hair so it is advisable to carry scarfs, hats & sunglasses for the protection of skin & hair.

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5. Flipflops

Ditch your high heels & boots here, go with the pair of comfortable waterproof flipflops to roam & walk freely on the beaches without the hassles of ruining your favourite pair of footwear and having no tension of getting sand sticking to the feet’s.

6. Flashlight

Carry an extra pair of flashlights with you because if you are walking on the beaches during the sunset & night time to avoid stamping on the sea insect & various reptiles on the island

7. Hammock

Most of the properties will give you hammock for chilling out but you can carry one portable hammock so that on any beachside you can relax on your hammock soaking the cool breeze and the beautiful scenery.

8. Beach mat & Beach Towel 

Soaking yourself in the sun on the white sand beach & lazing around on the beach is the perfect plan in Andaman & Nicobar Beaches. Carry a lightweight quick-drying towel & a beach mat to enjoy the beaches.

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9. Medical Kit

Traveling in Andaman & Nicobar Island involves a lot of ferry rides, which may cause seasickness resulting in dizziness, headache, and nausea even vomiting so carry anti-vomiting medicines.

Andaman & Nicobar is lush green, which gives breeding grounds for mosquitos, carry a mosquito repellent cream with you if you want to stay out late on the beaches & walk in the night.

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Must Try Food in Andaman & Nicobar

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

Andaman & Nicobar Island is a paradise for seafood lovers. From grilled fish to prawn curry to lobsters all are available to satisfy your taste buds on your vacations.

1.Prawns Curry

Andaman& Nicobar Island is a paradise for seafood lovers & when you are fond of Prawns, then this is the best place to have prawns. Here you can have prawns, cooked in various styles like in coconut gravy, without coconut gravy with local spices. The freshness of the prawns adds taste to the curry more.

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2.Lobsters & Crabs

Lobsters are another mouth-watering cuisine in Andaman& Nicobar Island. For Grilled Lobster, the main ingredients are butter, parsley, chili flakes, cloves. The taste of grilled lobsters can’t match with any other seafood of Andaman.

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3.Grilled Fish

Andaman & Nicobar is a perfect place if you are fish lover and Fish curry, Fish Fry Grilled Fish and fish in various types of gravy is a must here. If you are foody and visiting Andaman then it can be your Fish-Eating Tour.


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4. Indian Cuisines

In Andaman & Nicobar, Non- vegetarian is the specialty but you can easily get all vegetarian food also Like North Indian, South Indian Punjabi Food as well.

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