Cleanest Cities In India For A Delightful Holiday

If you are looking for an urban holiday then head for India’s clean and green cities. We give you a pick of best places you should be thinking about when you plan your escapade to a city! From Mysore in the South to Chandigarh in the north, from Bhubaneshwar in the east to Gandhinagar in the west. These quiet cities make for great getaways for a vacation. They have all the advantages of a city minus the traffic, bustling crowds and most importantly minus the pollution levels.

So lay your plans and set off to explore these cleanest cities of India. Here is all you need to know about them:


1. Mysuru / Mysore

Wide angle view of Mysore Palace - one of the top places to visit in Mysore

Two years in a row, the city with its royal associations has been named India’s cleanest city in the Swachh rankings. Once the capital of Mysore state, the city reveals its rich legacy in its lavish palaces, temples and other monuments. Mysuru, which keeps its many traditions alive, is also instantly associated with fine silk and sandalwood. It is also now a destination for the practice of Ashtanga yoga. Plus, the prospect of eating masala dosa in its birthplace brings foodies here.

Mysore’s Clean mantra:

Mysuru’s clean city status has much to do with how it has managed its sanitation. The authorities can take credit for an efficient door-to-door garbage collection system, recycling practices and for building individual, community and public toilets. Besides putting in place infrastructure, they’ve also managed to bring about essential behavioural changes amongst the public with an excellent communication strategy. Also, several NGOs in the city are dedicated to keeping Mysore clean, and their initiatives enjoy public support and participation.

Getting there: Fly into Bengaluru. Mysuru is a two-and-a-half-hour drive away.

Stay: In the royal city, why not have regal digs? Check out the Lalitha Mahal Palace hotel.

Eat: You must eat the South Indian fare, especially the masala dosa when you’re in this town. Vinayaka mylari comes highly recommended.

Things to do in Mysore / Mysuru

  • Peek into a palace. The Mysore Palace is an extravagant, even over-the-top-edifice built in the Indo-Saracenic style. It is the top attraction in Mysore.
  • Ascend a hill. Take the drive up nearby Chamundi hills, and enjoy the views from there.
  • Escape into the wild. Mysuru is the hopping-off point for the wildlife reserves of Mudumalai and Bandipur.
  • Go shopping. The Cauvery Emporium is a good place to look for silk and sandalwood artefacts.
  • Set aside yoga time. There are several yoga schools in Mysuru.


2. Chandigarh

The most popular shopping sector in Chandigarh - Sector 17

Le Corbusier’s city, sprawling at the foothills of the Shivalik range, is best known for being India’s most planned city. All that planning has paid off, for Chandigarh has also been named India’s second cleanest city after Mysore. An easy getaway from Delhi, it makes for an excellent city break. Tidy streets, graceful buildings, sprawling parks and gardens, and a lake. Plus vibrant eating out and nightlife scene all add to Chandigarh’s appeal.

Chandigarh’s Clean mantra:

Chandigarh has successfully tackled what was once a challenge—collecting the 370 tonnes of solid waste the city generates every day from the sectors. It also has an efficient and sufficiently large workforce cleaning the city’s streets. There’s a concerted effort by the authorities collaborating with The Energy and Resources Institute to make Chandigarh environment-friendly, which includes using natural construction material and lowering overall energy consumption.

Getting there: Drive from Delhi to Chandigarh, it’s an easy 250 km.

Stay: There is a wide range of accommodation options—from budget to five-star. The Altius is a boutique hotel and gets good ratings.

Travel Tip: From Chandigarh, you can get away to several summer destinations, including Shimla and Kasauli.

Things to do in Chandigarh

  • Explore the city. Start at the Capitol Complex, the administrative quarters and the grand expression of the French architect’s work – the Open Hand monument.
  • Walk in its Rock Garden. Chandigarh’s must-see attractions include the Rock Garden. It is scattered with figures and sculptures created by Nek Chand.
  • Unwind by the lake. Visit Sukhna lake, and enjoy a round of boating or its peaceful environs. Also, take a walk in the surrounding forest land.
  • Go on a museum tour. Chandigarh’s museums and galleries are as well-organised as the city itself. Take a tour of the Government Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Rock the night. Spend an evening in Sector 17, which becomes one big outdoor club every night. There are drinking and dining options aplenty here.


3. Bhubaneshwar

The ancient temples of Bhubaneshwar

Capital city Bhubaneswar is the gateway to Odisha’s many splendours, situated at one corner of the famed triangle that includes Puri and Konark. It’s on our list of clean getaways because it has been named the cleanest city in eastern India. Bhubaneswar has its many attractions, including the temples and shrines known for their grand architecture, its monuments and parks. After taking in Bhubaneswar, you can head out to explore the state, a rich tapestry of natural beauty, architecture, art, crafts, culture and cuisine.

Bhubaneswar’s Clean mantra:

Bhubaneswar’s coveted position as the cleanest city in eastern India can be attributed to sustained effort. Private agencies have been entrusted with collecting garbage in a majority of wards with solid waste management being closely monitored. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation sometime back developed an app, ‘My City My Pride,’. It receives complaints from citizens through the app and within minutes a ward officer swings into action.

Getting there: Bhubaneswar is connected by air to all major cities.

Stay: There are lots of reasonably-priced digs in Bhubaneswar, such as Hotel Grand Central and the Crown.

Eat: Never mind the debate about who invented the rosogolla, try Odisha’s sweet creations such as chhena Gaja and kheersagar.

Things to do in Bhubaneshwar

  • Traverse the town. Bhubaneswar has plenty to see. There’s the Mukteshwar Temple and the Lingaraja temple.
  • Explore Puri. The magnificent Jagannath temple witnesses the faith of thousands.
  • Spend time at Puri Beach. Here sand artists show off their creativity.
  • Visit the Sun Temple. See the fantastic Konark Temple, created to symbolise the cosmic chariot of Lord Surya.
  • Chill by Chilika this vast brackish water lagoon is a must-see in Odisha. It’s excellent for bird-watching. In addition, there’s always a chance you might spot dolphins.
  • Shop for craft. Pipli artists’ village lets you take a close look at Odisha’s famed embroidery.


4. Gandhinagar

The exteriors of the Dandi Kutir Museum shaped like salt heap in Gandhinagar

The capital of Gujarat is not only a clean city, but it’s also one of India’s greenest on account of its 32 lakh trees. Situated on the banks of the Sabarmati, Gandhinagar is famous for its Akshardham temple, museums and the Sarita Udyan. It’s also the gateway to Bhuj, the capital of Kutch. A city which is rich in history and has a unique culture. It makes the perfect getaway for those who enjoy peeking into the past.

Gandhinagar’s Clean mantra:

Gandhinagar is a planned city, just like Chandigarh, and its massive tree cover is part of the plan. Both air and noise pollution is controlled, thanks to the trees. And that’s what makes Gandhinagar seem like a breath of fresh air. Government initiatives have also begun to emphasise the need to shift to solar power.

Getting there: Ahmedabad airport (26.5 km) serves Gandhinagar and is well- connected with major cities.

Stay: In Gandhinagar, the fortune Inn haveli is a good place to stay and comes well recommended. There are options aplenty for various budgets in Bhuj.

Eat: Tuck into the foods that Gujarat is famous for. In Bhuj, taste pakwan, dabeli and vada pav. The Gujarati thali here makes for a delightful meal as well.

Things to do in Gandhinagar

  • Make the trip to Sabarmati Ashram. Here relive the moments of our freedom movement and also view Gandhi’s simple living style.
  • Take off to Bhuj. Begin by visiting the Aina Mahal with its famous hall of mirrors.
  • Visit the museums. The Kutch museum is among the oldest in Gujarat.
  • Spend a day by the lake. Visit Hamirsar Lake, a sprawling water body in Bhuj.
  • Go shopping. The local markets are worth exploring for their array of products. So are the stores selling local handicrafts such as bandhni textiles and leather work.


5. Gangtok & Pelling

Aerial view of Pelling town in spring
Gangtok & Pelling

Charming Gangtok is now the eighth cleanest city in India. But there are lots more reasons to go to the Sikkim capital. Cosmopolitan Gangtok has plenty for the traveller. From the natural splendours of Khangchedzonga, in whose shadow the city lies, to an array of exciting restaurants, plenty of shopping and a vibrant nightlife as well. In addition, every May, Gangtok becomes the venue for the Sikkim Summer Festival. It encompasses flower shows made vibrant by orchids, rhododendrons and primulas. Moreover, Sikkim is famous for cultural programmes, exhibitions and interesting competitions. Gangtok is also the hopping-off point for Pelling, which takes you within touching distance of Khangchendzonga.

Gangtok’s Clean mantra:

Gangtok manages a fine balance between its natural beauty and urban planning. The pollution control department is known for its efficiency. It runs many initiatives such as banning plastic and the move towards zero garbage. Gangtok’s main thoroughfare, MG Road, is free of traffic and also sees no littering

Getting there: Take a flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra, which is about 120 km from Gangtok. You can cover this distance by taxi.

Stay: Opt for a luxury experience, check in to the Welcom Heritage Denzong Regency or the Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino. At the latter you can also try your luck at the gambling tables.

Shop: Make a trip to the Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom. Here you can buy hand-crafted folding tables, carpets and shawls.

Things to do in Gangtok and Pelling

  • One of the must do’s in Gangtok. Ride the ropeway from Deorali to Tailing Secretariat. From there, walk to the Ridge Park. In case you are visiting during summer don’t miss the flower festival here.
  • Head to Pelling. With Gangtok as your base, drive to the pleasant little town of Pelling 120 km away. This is possibly as close as you can get to Khangchendzonga.
  • Go trekking. Pelling offers plenty of opportunities for short, pleasant hikes through fields of rhododendron and forests.
  • Take a lake trip. Go to see Kechopalri lake, considered sacred by Buddhists. Amazingly, its surface is always clean and free even of leaves.
  • See ruins & monasteries. Take the trip to the Pemayangtse Monastery. Then go on to the Rabdantse ruins, from where you again get some excellent views.


So which of these cleanest cities in India are you planning for your next holiday? You can be sure it will be well worth it.


Explore Monuments In Agra To Mark World Heritage Day

The International Day for Monuments and Sites, also popularly known as World Heritage Day is on April 18, 2019. We take a peek into Agra’s unique heritage to mark this day. And why Agra? After all, it is home to the internationally acclaimed Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. And is very often the face of India for outsiders.

So whether or not you are planning your next vacation to Agra, have a look at this handy reckoner of famous monuments in Agra. Home to the Taj Mahal, Agra receives tourists from all over the world. But did you know that there are many other historical places in Agra with intriguing stories to tell? From the well known Fatehpur Sikri to the lesser known Akbar’s Tomb and the intriguing Baby Taj Mahal. Agra holds many tales within its deep folds. Take a look at our handpicked list of monuments in Agra and accordingly plan your trip to the city.


1.The Agra Fort – A Majestic Monument

Scenic view of Agra from the Agra Fort
Agra Fort

This historical monument in Agra is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home of kings, the rulers of the Mughal dynasty ruled from this fort till the capital shifted to Delhi in 1638. Made of red sandstone, this fort is a walled city also called the Lal Quila of Agra.

How to Reach: The fort is two and a half kilometres away from central Agra.
Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 6 AM to 6 PM.
Entry Fees: Pay INR 50 to enter if you are an Indian citizen. Foreigners have to pay INR 550 to enter. SAARC citizens pay INR 90.


2. Akbar’s Tomb – Wrapped in History

Sikandara, also known as Akbar's Tomb near the city of Agra
Akbar’s Tomb

Based in Sikandra – a suburb close to Agra lies the tomb of Emperor Akbar. It houses the mortal remains of the Mughal ruler. An architectural masterpiece, it is built of red sandstone set with white marble.

How to Reach – This Agra monument is about nine kilometres away from the city centre. Take the NH 19 and the Mahatma Gandhi Road to reach here.

Timings: Open on all days, from sunrise to sunset.
Entry Fees – Foreign tourists have to pay INR 310. Both Indian citizens and SAARC citizens pay INR 30.


3. Fatehpur Sikri – Of Historical Significance

Fatehpur Sikri at dawn
Fatehpur Sikri

Built by Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by Emperor Akbar in memory of Sheikh Salim Chisti who had predicted the birth of an heir to the king. There is a wall which runs around the fort – almost eleven kilometres long!

How to Reach – It is about 36 kilometres away from central Agra via Fatehpur Sikri Road.
Timings: Visit between 6 AM and 6 PM.
Entry Fees – Pay INR 50 if you are an Indian or SAARC citizen and INR 610 if you are a foreign tourist.


4. The Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daula – A Lesser Known Beauty

Inside the tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daula
The Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daula

Built of marble, this tomb is on the banks of River Yamuna. Referred to as ‘Baby Taj Mahal’, it is a fine specimen of Indo-Islamic architecture. Viewed from above, it resembles the shape of a jewel-box set in the middle of a garden.

How to Reach – It is 9 kilometres off central Agra via NH 19 and Mahatma Gandhi Road.
Timings: Visit between 6 AM and 6 PM.
Entry Fees – Indians and SAARC citizens pay INR 30 and foreigners to pay INR 310.


5. The Taj Mahal – Famed Monument of Love

Wide angle view of Taj Mahal from the river
Taj Mahal

No visit to Agra is complete without visiting the most famous monument in Agra – the Taj Mahal. A revered historical monument, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of white marble, it stands on the banks of River Yamuna. Historians will have you know that this mausoleum was built by the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. A must-visit on your honeymoon, the Taj Mahal is an ode to love – set in stone.

How to Reach – The Taj Mahal is about 6 kilometres off the city-centre of Agra via Mall Road.
Timings: It is open from one hour before sunrise till forty-five minutes before sunset from the East Gate and the West Gate. The Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays to visitors.
Entry Fees – Foreigners have to pay 1,100 INR to enter. Citizens of SAARC nations have to pay 540 INR for entry and Indian citizens have to pay 50 INR only.


Tour these historical places in Agra on your next holiday. And watch history come alive.


10 Places To Visit In Coorg For The First Time Traveller

Coorg district that lies in southwest Karnataka, is most renowned for its mist-covered mountains, aromatic coffee plantations and unique culture. Locally known as Kodagu, this gorgeous hill station with its rolling green hills and vales is famous as the Scotland of India. There are many alluring places to visit in Coorg from gushing waterfalls to spectacular viewpoints and lovely river islands. Tourists find themselves charmed as much by the beauty of the place as by its people the Kodavas who are ethnic warriors.  Coorg is also a great destination for those who love the outdoors or for those looking for adventure.

If you are planning your next holiday to Coorg, here is our pick of the top 10 best places to visit in Coorg:


Raja’s Seat

View from Raja's Seat. A popular tourist attraction in Coorg
Raja’s Seat

The Raja Seat in the town of Madikeri is one of the must-visit tourist places in Coorg and is famous for its spectacular views. Known as the seat of kings, this spot was the favourite of the erstwhile Kings of Kodagu who along with their queens would enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley from here. Four pillars, bridged by arches on a raised platform, comprise this seating area.

The best time to visit the place is during sunrise or else at sunset. The early morning rays of the sun penetrating the mist-shrouded valley below makes for a spellbinding sight. The high cliffs and green mountains beyond, add to the charming view. At sunset the valley and hills reflect the crimson rays of the setting sun, adding a magical moment to the scene. This spot is arguably one of the most scenic in South India.

The area around is now beautifully landscaped with flowers and fountains. There is also a delightful toy train that takes visitors around the garden area.

Travel tip: You can also visit the Gandhi Mantap adjacent to Raja’s Seat, where the remains of Mahatma Gandhi lie.


Abbey Falls

The gushing waters of Abbey Falls in Coorg
Abbey Falls

The pearly white Abbey Falls against a green canopy of trees, makes for a stunning sight, especially during the monsoons when the falls gush voluminously. Located about 8 km from Madikeri, capital of the Coorg district, these Falls are among the most popular Coorg tourist places.

You can take a car till the entrance, after which a short walk through aromatic coffee and spice plantations brings you to the base of these Falls. Don’t miss the sight of these falls from the pretty hanging bridge that sits right opposite the falls. During monsoons, you are likely to get drenched from the spray while standing here. The cascading waters that rush down 70-feet, form a pool at the bottom. The water from the pool then streams downwards to join the Cauvery River.

Travel tip: The pool at the bottom is tempting to swim in; however, it is
advised to avoid swimming here. In fact during monsoons, it’s forbidden to do so.

Dubare Elephant Camp

 Young male elephant stands chained in the green jungle of Coorg
Dubare Elephant Camp

There are numerous Elephant camps across Karnataka where you can interact with and watch elephants go about their day-to-day activities. The Dubare Elephant Camp is one of the major elephant camps, and is among the most famous ones. Situated next to the River Cauvery and amid thick forestland, it provides an ideal location and natural habitat for elephants, and a tranquil place for tourists.

Visitors can enjoy riding on the elephants, bathing the elephants, and feeding them. Trained naturalists will explain about the behaviour and other aspects of elephants, as well as detail you on the ecosystem around and other wildlife. Tourists can opt to stay in the luxurious cottages within the camp for a few days, and fully involve themselves in the lives of these beautiful animals.

You can also indulge in many other activities while here, like trekking, catching fishing, rafting and sailing on the river, as well as sighting a variety of wildlife and birds.

Pro-tip: Most of the elephants in this camp are trained for the Mysore Dasara festival.


Mandalpatti Viewpoint

View from Mandalpatti Hills in Madikeri, Coorg

The Mandalpatti Viewpoint is among the popular Coorg places to visit, for locals, as well as trekkers and visitors. Situated on a hill at a height of 4050 feet the Viewpoint offers lovely panoramic views of the city and verdant surroundings. Nestled in the Pushpagiri Reserve Forest the spot is a favourite one for picnics and nature lovers.

At a distance of over 20 km from Madikeri, you can reach upto 3 km of the viewpoint. Hereafter you can opt to trek the last leg or else take a jeep to the top. On the trek up you may encounter some wild animals too, along with mesmerising views. The convenience of reaching this spot makes it a favoured place for many. Yet the place is totally non-commercial and you will not find any shops or any kind of structure at the viewpoint. Only the cool breeze, the beauty of nature and the spellbinding views keep you company here. This is a great place for photography lovers, as it provides many photo-opportunities.

Travel tip: Be sure to carry your food and water requirements with you, as you will not get anything at the Viewpoint or on the trek up.



Chettalli, a picturesque village about 16 km away from Madikeri, is marked by verdant rolling hills and coffee plantations. Situated at a height of almost 2000 feet this tiny village has breathtaking views.

Bike riding is one of the most popular things to do in Chettalli and also a great way to explore this scenic place. The pleasant climate of the place and undulating hills make it perfect for bike rides.

Besides its charming landscape, there are some alluring sightseeing spots too. The lovely Madekri Falls, the ancient Cherala Bhagavathy temple, and an interesting Coffee Research Station make for engaging options. Chettali is also renowned for its cardamom cultivation, and has a Central Horticulture Experimental Station which is one of the largest of its kind in Asia.

Travel tip: This place is lovely during the summers as the weather is cool. However, do carry light woollens with you as the temperatures can dip even then.


Namdroling Monastery

Buddha statue inside Namdroling Monastery
Namdroling Monastery

The Namdroling monastery is distinguished by its golden roof-top and intricate architecture. This Monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. These two factors make the Namdroling Monastery one of the top places to visit in Coorg.

Situated in the small town of Bylakuppe the Monastery is about 35 km from Madikeri. Locally the monastery is also known as The Golden Temple. The Monastery is colourfully and beautifully decorated inside and is well worth visiting. The Monastery is home to almost 5000 monks and nuns. The sprawling building has lodging quarters, a junior high school, a religious school and a hospital. There are many restaurants nearby serving authentic Tibetan food.

The Namdroling Monastery hosts several ceremonies through the year. One of the most popular festivals celebrated here is the Losar Festival or the Tibetan New Year. During the 2-week festivities, traditional Lama Dances take place, as well as solemn processions. The place is also decorated with gigantic Thankgas along the sides of the building.

Travel tip: Make sure you dress modestly when visiting the Namdroling Monastery and maintain calm and decorum when inside.


Brahmagiri Peak

At an elevation of 5200 feet, this is one of the highest peaks in Karnataka. It is a highly popular trekking destination for locals and visitors alike. The mesmerising valley views from the top and especially during sunset, make the trek more than worthwhile.

The trek to Brahmagiri peak usually starts from the Iruppu Falls. These Falls are one of Coorg sightseeing attractions and make for a lovely sight as they cascade down the rocks against a green backdrop. The trek is a moderately easy one and is recommended to be done over two days. Starting out from Iruppu Falls you stay overnight at Narimala Forest Camp. The next day you complete the last leg to the peak, and then begin the return journey.

Just below the Brahmagiri peak also spreads out the Brahmagiri Sanctuary over an extensive 181 sq km. Animals like tiger, leopard, elephant, sloth bear, wild dog, wild pig, jungle cat, spotted deer, sambar, Nilgiri langur, among numerous other animals, inhabit the sanctuary. You can spot many smaller animals as you trek uphill, including a wide variety of birds, reptiles and other creatures.

Travel tip: Permission for the trek should be taken from the Range Forest Officer at Srimangala village beforehand. You can hire a guide for the trek from near Iruppu Falls.


Madikeri Fort

Inside the complex of Madikeri Fort
Madikeri Fort

The imposing Madikeri Fort stands on an elevated ground in the centre of the town of Madikeri. This stately structure originally built of mud in the 17th century, was later rebuilt with granite under Tipu Sultan. The Fort continued to see renovations and additions through the years under different Kings and later under the British rule too.

Today the Madikeri Fort is one of the key tourist attractions in Coorg. It is known for its majestic architectural design. Near the entrance stand two large sized elephant structures built of mortar. The Palace inside the fort is 110 feet in length and is a two-storied building. There is a sculpture of a tortoise inside the palace and a clock tower.

There exists a square-shaped stone mantapa inside the fort at an elevated level, which provides splendid views of the surroundings. The mantapa is believed to have been the favourite spot of the Kings. There is also a stately Anglican Church built in Gothic style with stain glass windows. It has now been converted into a museum. The Fort has within its precincts the Kote Maha Ganapathi Temple, the Mahatma Gandhi Public Library and also houses the District Prison. The Fort is also said to have some secret passageways.

Travel tip: The Fort is open on all days of the week except Mondays. The Fort timings are from 10 am to 5.30 pm. There is no entry fee.


Nagarhole National Park

Indian gaur with calf in Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park

Covered in forestland the Kodagu district has three national parks, among which the most famous is the Nagarhole National Park. This Park is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park and sprawls across 247 square miles, stretching across the Coorg and Mysore districts. Counted among India’s most well-kept parks, it is one of the top sightseeing places in Coorg.

The Park lies bordered by the river Kabini and many serpentine waterways weave their way through the park giving it the name of “Nagar” (serpent) hole. Tropical and deciduous trees cover the park and some of the popular varieties include Teakwood, Rosewood, Silver Oak and Sandalwood.

The Park is most famous for sightings of the Indian Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant. Other popular wildlife sightings include Leopards, Sloth Bears, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Four-Horned Antelopes, Wild Dogs, Wild Boars and Barking Deer. The Park also boasts a variety of birds from large groups of waterfowls that can be spotted on the River Kabini, to various woodland birds as blue-bearded bee-eater, scarlet minivet, Malabar whistling thrush, Ibis, Honey Buzzards, Woodpeckers, Painted Stork, and Common Kingfisher. These are a few from the 250 bird species that can be found here.

Note: The Park usually remains closed during the monsoons from June to September. So the best time to visit is between October to May.


Cauvery Nisargadhama

Scenic beauty of Cauvery Nisargadhama reserve forest near Coorg
Cauvery Nisargadhama

Nisargadhama is a pretty island afloat on the Cauvery river. Carpeted with lush bamboo groves, teak wood and sandalwood trees it is about 30 km from Madikeri. The island is accessible by an intriguing rope bridge. This 64-acre island, it is a delightful place for picnics and nature lovers.  It also holds many engaging options for children. This scenic place is one of the key Coorg tourist places.

You can go boating, wade into the waters at certain shallow marked places and go for elephant rides. You can also view a variety of colourful butterflies and birds like parakeets, woodpeckers and bee-eaters.

There are some pretty river-side cottages, including one on bamboo stilts, for a stay. The forest department runs these cottages and you need to contact the Conservator of Forests, Kodagu circle, in Madikeri for your booking. There is a children’s park, a deer park and even an orchidarium in the premises, as well as a small restaurant.

Travel tip: The timings to access the island are from 9 am to 5 pm. The entry fee is also very nominal. You can club your visit here with Dubare Elephant Camp which is 12 km away.

Other places to visit in Coorg

Besides the above, there are other tourist places in Coorg that are worth visiting. For instance the Omkareshwara Temple and the Tadiandamol Peak. If you are going during the monsoons visit the Harangi Dam, Perumbadi Lake, and the Iruppu Falls. If you visit during winters or during the Gowri Festival, this a good time to see the largest lake of Coorg – Honnamana Kere Lake, as well as the Honnamana Temple nearby.

Coorg is an all-year destination due to its pleasant weather. However, the best time to visit Coorg is between October to March. At this time the weather is cool and sunny, and perfect for outdoor activities.

So which of the above places to visit in Coorg are on your list?


The 7 Kingdoms Of Game Of Thrones That You Must Visit On Your Next Vacation

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you’re going to love this!
This show is loved all over the world not only for its twisted plot, characters and drama, but also its mesmerizing locations. And as I sit watching GOT Season 8 premiere, I thought why not refresh our memory with some of the most famous shooting locations from the previous seasons.

So, here I present to you the gorgeous locations of the 7 Kingdoms where you can experience the fantasy world of Game of Thrones, on your next vacation.

What more? You can even relive your fav moments at the filming locations of GOT with these private tours

P.S- Thank us later 🙂

1. Ireland and Scotland: The Kingdom of North ruled by House of Starks – The Winterfell

Doune Castle – Winterfell

Shot mostly in Northern Ireland and Scotland, Winterfell is loved by all because of the loyal and honest, Ned Stark and his family. Winterfell is full of scenic and charming locations in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Be it Tollymore National Park in Ireland, Carncastle (Nights Watch Beheading) near the village of Ballygally or Doune Castle; We just love every Winterfell location.

The season 8 starts with the much-awaited reunion of Stark siblings implying how important Winterfell will be this season.

2. Iceland : Kingdom of the Mountain and the
Vale, ruled by House Arryn of the Eyrie

Thingvellir National Park – Vale

Remember Season 4 where Arya and Sandor travelled through the Riverlands and high mountains in the Vale of Arryn and the House of Eyrie where Tyrion was held a prisoner? Well, the scenes were shot in the wilderness of Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. A World Heritage Site and a part of the Golden Circle, the national park is a perfect spot for diving in Iceland.

3. North Ireland: Kingdom of the Isles and Rivers, ruled by House Hoare of Castle Harrenhal

Sea Shore
Murlough Bay – Harrenhall

The Murlough Bay in the County Antrim, North of Ireland is the exact location when Theon Greyjoy comes back to the Iron Islands to prove his loyalty to the Ironborns and meets his sister – Yara Greyjoy.
The Bay is a scenic spot with waves gushing on the cliffs and is known for its exceptional beauty and remote location. The area provides a panoramic view of Rathlin Island and you can also peek to Mull of Kintyre, Islay, Jura and several other Scottish islands across the sea.

4. North Ireland: Kingdom of the Rock and Kingdom of the Stormlands, ruled by House Lannister of Casterly Rock and House Durrandon of Storm’s End respectively

Cushendun Caves – Kingdom of Rocks

The Cushendun Caves in North Ireland is the spot where Davos Seaworth witnessed Melisandre giving birth to the shadow baby. These beautiful 400-year-old caves are found beyond the lovely coastal village of Cushendun.
Camp of Renly Baratheon, the Kingdom of Stormlands is shot in Carrick a Rede. The stunning North coast, a rope bridge and a fort dating back to 800AD – the area is full of exceptional structures that make for a great vacation spot.

5. Spain: Principality of Dorne ruled by House Martell of Sunspear

Alcázar Palace – Dorne

Alcázar of Seville in Spain is the shooting location of the Palace of Dorne. The Ambassadors’ Hall, the Baths of Maria de Padilla, Mercury’s Pool, and the gardens in Alcázar of Seville are the places where some of the best scenes of GOT are shot. It is also shot in several places of Andalusia, but the best in all is the Alcázar of Seville – the lavish royal palace of House Martell.


6. Croatia & Malta: The House that rules the all above – King’s Landing!

Dubrovnik, Croatia – King’s Landing

One of the most scenic, most displayed and most accessible among all is King’s Landing! Shot in the beautiful locations of Malta and Croatia, mostly the seaside castle of Dubrovnik in Croatia, King’s Landing should be a must on your travel list. Home to the great Iron Throne, King’s Landing is indeed the most loved location of the series and for tourists who happen to be GOT fans.

7. Iceland : The North of the Wall

Iceland – North of the Wall

The glaciers of Snæfellsjökull and Svínafellsjökull and the hills of Höfðabrekkuheiði in Iceland are the place that represents the Fist of the First Men and the mountains of Frostfangs. Do you remember the Mance Rayder’s wildling camp? Well, it was shot near the frozen lava field Mývatn Lake, near Akureyri.

And the Grjótagjá cave and hot spring of Iceland were where everyone’s favourite, Jon Snow and Ygritte got intimate. The hot springs are a popular tourist and bathing spot of Iceland.


Where will you head first? 


Natural Wonders Of Austria That Will Blow Your Mind!


Austria, the city of many tones, drizzled by sunsets, cultures and colours is the heaven that can tell you what love looks like amid nature’s bounty! Here is our list of some gorgeous natural wonders of Austria, that dot its pristine landscape and certainly won’t fail to enthral you.


Salzburg – Escape to its Lovely Lakes

Banks of the Wolfgangsee in a small town of St. Wolfgang in Austria

Sharing borders with Germany, Salzburg is the city of beautiful cultures that will give you gorgeous views of the Eastern Alps. Thronged with medieval palaces and ornate cathedrals, Salzburg is a city that exudes the remnants of the departed era, mixed with the chic vibe of urban living. Here are the places near this town that will take your breath away:


Fuschl am See:

The more one says about Fuschl am See, the less it will always be! A tiny village in the district of Salzburg, Fuschl am See gives way to the natural spectacle of the Alps, rolling in lush greenery. With the clouds playing a hearty game of peek-a-boo with the sun, this quaint little town is sure to rob your heart. With little cafes lined in the corner, tourists can take a pleasant stroll near the glinting Fuschl Lake whose dazzling sunsets cannot be missed! Surrender to the magical alchemy of the environs and let it work its charm on you. When here, you can visit the famous Red Bull Headquarters and slide down the hill on a small seat. Else, you can give in to adventure at the Sommerrodelbahn. Or, you can take a hiking trail towards Fuschlsee Rundweg that opens to note-worthy vistas!

Distance between Fuschl am See and Salzburg – 24 km/30 minutes


Lake Wolfgang:

The elegant town of St. Wolfgang nestled at the shores of its namesake lake – Wolfgang, is where summer knows how to unwind! With winds caressing your being and the freshness of the milieu taking over, a stay in Wolfgangsee will take you away from the world, to entirely another world. Take a dip into the freshwater of the lake, catch a scintillating boat ride, grab a quintessential European meal and dig into the wholesome flavour of the much-touted Europa cappuccino. Also, visit the bustling market that is set amid cobbled streets and opens to the pleasant vistas of Lake Wolfgang. Here, you can buy titbits that make for great souvenirs. You can even visit the tranquil Pfarre St. Wolfgang church. A beautiful church, its interiors are complete with fresco paintings and intricate carvings. It has a lake facing entry that adds to its quaint charm.

Distance between Lake Wolfgang and Salzburg – 36 km/40 minutes


Innsbruck – Amid the Snow-capped Alps

Innsbruck happens to be the capital of Tyrol which forms the western part of Austria. One of the most beautiful cities in Austria, Innsbruck dons the apparel of imperial architecture who’s lining is stitched with the chic hem of modernity. The town lapped by the snowy Alps is indeed picturesque and offers endless azure filled spectacles.

The Swarovski Crystal World in Wattens, set amid the majestic Alps has a fascinating garden that sits elegantly against the Alpine backdrop, the garden features short hills that slope against sculptures, water pools and amazing mazes. The Crystal Cloud – landscaped by Perrot and Cao, entails a monument that has some 800000 Swarovski crystals hand put! Drifting over a black
Ahoy nature lovers! Here are some other places in Innsbruck for an escape into nature’s lap!


The Nordkettenbahnen:

Whatever may be the calling of the weather, riding the Nordkettenbahnen shall turn out to be a thrilling and beautiful adventure all at the same time. The Nordkettenbahnen is a funicular aka a cable car that has been designed by Zaha Hadid and takes you to Hungerburg across the river Inn. The cable cars from Hungerburg can take you further up till Seegrube onto a height of 2300 m, all the way till Hafelkar.

This three-legged cable car journey will be worth it for the magnificent views of the sprawling greens. Resting in peace with the Alps will leave you feeling enchanted. Tourists will find restaurants and viewing platforms at each stop along with many hiking trails. These trails can that can take you further into the thick of the mountains. One of the most famous trails is the Panorama Trail that takes approximately 30 minutes and starts when you reach Seegrube, just before the third cable ride to Hafelkar Peak.

Distance between Nordkettenbahnen and Innsbruck – 5 minutes/1.3km


Lake Achen:

Lake Achen is a lovely lake in Tyrol and is the largest lake within the state. Forming a part of the Achen Valley, Lake Achen sits elegantly between the Karwendel Mountains and reaches till the Brandenberg Alps in the east. Tourists can indulge in a host of water activities like Scuba, diving and fishing. One can even take a bike tour through the Schmalzklausen Runde Trail. Else, you can indulge in rock climbing on the Karwendel Mountains. Choose to soar into the sky in an eagle-shaped glider or kitesurf on Lake Achensee with an instructor.

One of the best ways to seek nature is to do a sunrise hike from the south shores of the lake. This may entail you to wake up at 4 am and hike from the Astenau Alpe into the thick of the Rofan Mountains. The 90-minute long walk takes you through isolated woods, narrow pathways in the dark, only as the spectrum begins to turn blue announcing the arrival of the sun.

One of the best ways to absorb the beauty of Achen is to relax on the grass, take a swim in the calm waters, and lap up the sunshine with some wine on your palate.

Distance between Lake Achen and Innsbruck – 47 minutes/48km


Vienna – An Interlude to Woods & Valleys

The capital of Austria, Vienna sits in the east direction of the Danube River and holds a spellbinding legacy of art and intellect, creating a beautiful concoction that’ll keep you high. From the likes of Beethoven, Sigmund Freud and Mozart, Vienna is the town that shimmers with an elegant brilliance. Here are some of the escapes to nature, once you are done exploring its urban nuances:


Wienerwald – Vienna Woods:

Vienna is encircled by the lush green oasis of Wienerwald which is the Viennese Forest. It is located in the lower part of Austria and covers an area of 48.16 sq km. These forest highlands form a part of the northeastern foothills that envelope the Northern Limestone Alps. The Vienna Woods extend 45 km long and 30 km wide across hills that are heavily wooded. The Vienna Woods are famous for recreational activities. They are also the green lungs of the state providing for a perfect escape from the city. Here, you can also garner some stunning views of nature’s bounty and just sing away with the alchemy of nature.

Thrill seekers can embark on some short hiking trails and get lost into the serenity of nature. One of the many nature trails takes you to the woods on Stadtwanderweg 4. To begin, catch tram 49 to Bahnhofstraße, walk till Dehnegasse till you hit a sign. This 7 km long trek is well-manicured and lets you commune with nature. Stop to listen to the birds chirping or the winds crisscrossing your ears. The entire trail has a lot of signposts so you won’t lose your way! Weave your way through the woods and surrender to the natural beauty all around you.

Distance between Wienerwald and Vienna – 42 km/50 min


Wachau Valley:

An hour-long drive from Vienna will bring you to the enchanting valley of Wachu. Wachau Valley is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of its rich cultural history and splendid scenery. The drive from Vienna till here is one to be marvelled at, because the Danube River saunters through the valley, and takes you past ornate monasteries, tiny hamlets, vine-covered hills and some medieval castles. This luminous landscape is sure to take you back in time. The arena is also flocked with many eating joints and is a famous haunt for food lovers.

The Baroque-styled massive Benedictine Melk Abbey sits atop a hill and overlooks the Danube River. The spectacular views from here are sure to enwrap you all the way! You can even convert your excursion to the Wachau Valley into a full day affair. This full-day tour commences with a ride in an air-conditioned coach that drives around the entire valley.  A guide in the coach narrates the history of its significant landmarks. The coach also takes an occasional stop, the significant one being at the castle ruins of Burgruine Durnstein. The final leg of the tour is a river cruise to Melk. From here, you can explore the beautiful Benedictine Melk Abbey.

Distance between Wachau Valley and Vienna – 90 km/1 hour


Austria bears a beautiful character that sings its way into the Alpine air. With a dazzle of music, culture and the old-worn stories, it has to be the next country on your travel list. Book your holiday now – the natural wonders of Austria await you!


Best Place For Shopping In Ooty – Its Main Bazaar

Ooty is a beautiful hill station in southern India which enjoys a mild and pleasant climate. The scenic hill station is adorned with lush plantations, evergreen forests, fields of rhododendrons and fragrant herbs. While in Ooty, you can check out the famous Botanical Garden, Doddabetta, Tea Garden, Rose Park, Ooty Lake, and the Avalanche Lake sanctuary. But of course, a visit cannot be complete without shopping. You may visit the Main Bazaar, the Tibetan market, Charring Cross, Commercial Road, Upper and, Lower Bazaar roads for shopping in Ooty. All of these promise fun and loads of shopping options, the pleasant weather adding to the experience.

However, if you are short on time – after all sightseeing in Ooty is bound to be your top priority; then head to Ooty’s Main Bazaar. The Main Bazaar is one of the best shopping places in Ooty. Here is a quick low down on this key shopping destination of Ooty.


About Ooty Main Bazaar

Local woman managing outdoor stand at Ooty's main market
Ooty Main Bazaar

The Main Bazaar is located centrally in Ooty and has shops that sell varied items ranging from handicrafts, aromatic and medicinal oil, aesthetic paintings, and tribal products, to tea, coffee, gourmet cheese, and homemade chocolates. There are shops run by private vendors as well as Government outlets. The items sold are mostly manufactured or grown by the local people.

The Ooty Main Bazaar timings are from 10 am to 8 pm. Do remember to carry cash since vendors do not accept card payment for your purchases. However, the best part is, you can bargain wisely. The people are friendly and helpful and communicate in 5-6 languages. The bazaar is perfect for a stroll and enjoying food at the local hotels and street vendors. It is also the right place to buy souvenirs to take back home for friends and family. The bazaar bustles with people during the evening and finding a place to park can be difficult, especially during tourist season. The place is very popular with the locals too, and it gets very crowded around festivals.


Shopping in Ooty Main Bazaar

Fresh carrots in Ooty's Main Bazaar
Ooty Main Bazaar

You can shop for good winter clothes at reasonable rates. Do take a look at the intricately designed and embroidered toda shawls. You can also purchase some silver toda jewellery and leather items here.

The place is colourful and vibrant with people and vendors. If you are into exotic fruits and vegetables you will love the local variety here as wild fruits, custard apple, tree tomatoes, rhubarb, noolkol, coloured capsicum, broccoli etc that are available here. If you want to take these back home with you, plan your purchases closer to your departure.


Some of its local produce that you definitely must buy are:

Handmade chocolates:

Preparation handmade chocolate candies in a local store in Ooty
Handmade Chocolates

Ooty’s handmade chocolates are probably one of the best in the country. Some of the best places for homemade chocolate in Ooty are located centrally. You can indulge your sweet tooth with a choice of truffles, fudges, and marshmallows that are available at these stores. You can shop for chocolates with raisins and nuts. The chocolates are sold in kilos and are reasonably priced. If you don’t know which one to choose, you can simply order an assorted mix.


Ooty is famous for its tea plantations and has a wide variety to choose from: dust and leaf; black, green, and white. There are flavours like masala, jasmine, cardamom, and even chocolate.


You can find fresh spices like cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and cardamom in a number of shops in Ooty sold at fair prices. These are aromatic, authentic, rich and of very good quality.


In sum:

You must visit Ooty for its picturesque scenery, lovely weather and interesting shopping options. Shopping in Ooty is sure to be an enjoyable and fun-filled experience.


Top 6 Places To Visit In Austria For The First Time Traveller

From culturally sophisticated cities, stunning baroque architecture to modern art galleries Austria mirrors the richness of its past glories. While its picturesque lakes, majestic mountains, beautiful villages and breathtaking meadows make it a haven of nature. It is indeed an incredible destination to try new adventures or enjoy a relaxing vacation.

Are you visiting Austria for the first time and wondering which destinations to visit? Here is our list of places that must be on your bucket list. There are also a few lesser-known gems that you should explore, to make the most of your Austrian holiday experience.


1. Vienna

Top view of Maria Vom Siege Church in Wien - Vienna.

Austria’s federal capital and the largest city, Vienna is steeped in a rich culture, heritage, and history. A beacon of art & music, home of Opera and Beethoven, Vienna also boasts many architectural marvels. Take a walk down its Ringstrasse Boulevard. The street is dotted with beautiful parks and royal buildings that immerse you in the grandeur of this city. Explore Vienna’s Baroque streetscapes through its diverse ensemble of museums. Moreover, enjoy soul-stirring music performances at some of its incredible venues. Do revel in the coffee-house culture of this city. Else indulge in fine Austrian wines served in any of the vaulted cellar-cum-wine bars.

Must Visit Places in Vienna: Hofburg Palace, The Belvedere Palace, The Vienna State Opera House


2. Salzburg

Beautiful view of Salzburg skyline with Festung Hohensalzburg in summer.

The birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is a beautiful city that seems nothing short of a fairytale town. Nestled by the Salzach River, it is dominated by formidable clifftop fortresses, graceful castles, palaces with spires, and ancient churches. The epic Alp mountains surrounding the city, the stunning scenery, and Salzburg’s long-standing musical tradition are sure to send your spirits soaring. The old town of Salzburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It takes you through quaint little side-streets, squares, and historical buildings. In addition, for fans of the famous Hollywood movie – Sound of Music, taking a tour to the original shooting locations is a must.

Must Visit Places in Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg Old Town, Mirabell Palace & Gardens, Mozart’s Residence, Salzburg Cathedral


3. Innsbruck

The town center of Innsbruck lined with decorated street cafes for Easter holidays

One of the best winter sports destinations in the world, Innsbruck is located in the heart of the Austrian Alps. The city lies in a valley encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks offering endless epic views. It also draws you with its imperial and modern architecture. In winters, it is a haven for snowboarding, ice hockey, and skiing enthusiasts. Come summer and it becomes a hot-spot for ski-jump and trekking activities. For those who love artwork, the medieval fortress of Schloss Ambras is a must-visit. Head to the colourful streets of the old town for some shopping. You are also likely to see a musical street performance here.

Must Visit Places in Innsbruck: The Hofkirche, The Cathedral of St. James, The Town Tower, Aldstadt (The Old Town)


4. Hallstatt

Incredible view of famous Hallstatt village in the Austrian Alps.

A quiet and picturesque lakeside town, Hallstatt was once accessible only by boat or a mountain trail. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts many tourists throughout the year. You can see the 16th-century pastel coloured Alpine houses casting a shimmering reflection in the immaculate lake. Hallstatt is flanked by mountains on all sides and sits precariously on a narrow stretch of land. Take a guided tour to the oldest salt mine in the world – the Salzwelten here. In addition, visit the majestic glaciers of the Dachstein at lake Gosau. Also, enjoy a ferry ride on the ancient wooden boats to soak in the beauty of this place.

Must Visit Places in Hallstatt: Kalvarienberg Church, Museum Hallstatt, Market Square, Hallstatt Salt Mine, Lake Hallstatt, Dachstein Skywalk


5. Graz

The Murinsel bridge in Graz old town.

The second largest city in Austria, Graz is one of the best-preserved towns in Central Europe. Moreover, it boasts of beautiful architecture. Numerous artworks and armoury grace the Renaissance courtyards and baroque palaces here. For a relaxed evening, you can visit the palace gardens of Schloss Eggenberg Parkland. Here frolicking peacocks present a fantastic sight. Also famous as the city of culinary delights. You will find the streets filled with the aroma of brews and bakes. Boasting an exciting nightlife, you can find many places to enjoy a few drinks and groove to the music.

Must Visit Places in Graz: Schlossberg, Eggenberg Palace, The Kunsthaus Graz, Landeszeughaus, Clock Tower


6. Zell am See

Zell am See is located at the base of a mountain and at the shores of the Lake Zell. As a result, the place is a nature lover’s dream come true and an adventurer’s delight. In summer, you can enjoy the lakeside promenade and all kinds of water sports. For legendary views of the town, take a ride in the Porsche designed modern gondola to the Schmittenhöhe mountain. Or you can opt to hike up. In winter, the same mountain transforms into a base for skiing and snowboard competitions. If you love drives, be sure to take the Grossglockner Alpine Road for some awe-inspiring scenery

Must Visit Places in Zell am See: Lake Zell, Zell am See-Kaprun, Schmittenhöhe


Bonus Point: Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Wattens

Inside the shop of Swarovski jewelry in Swarovski Crystal Worlds.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds

A magical attraction near Innsbruck is Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten) in Wattens. Here a Swarovski Giant figurine with a waterfall cascading through its mouth welcomes you. Don’t mistake this place for just another jewellery museum where the gift shop people push you for a purchase. The 16 rooms in Swarovski’s Chambers of Wonder are designed by world-renowned artists and offer a unique experience. The Crystal Dome room has 595 mirrors that keep changing colour. At Eden, you can witness an enchanting show of lights, poles, and crystals. While the room Reflections showcases 48 crystal blocks that depict moments from history. At Crystal Forest, you see a large illuminated ball made of 10,000 crystals. In addition, spot Cinderella’s slipper glinting and shining in one of the rooms. Else walk under the crystal clouds that stand tall over a pool of water for an amazing experience.

A visit to this extraordinary museum ensures that you have a one-of-its-kind experience on your trip to Austria. So make sure this wondrous Museum features among your top places to visit in Austria.


Top Places to Visit in Bangalore For Tourists

Famed as the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is one of the most welcoming Indian cities. From heritage buildings to ultra-modern architecture, there are numerous tourist places in Bangalore. Bangalore is the IT hub of India and it brings a massive influx of people. Every person furthermore brings colours of diversity and belongingness here.

On your visit to Bangalore, buckle up to do party, go shopping, enjoy exclusive delicacies. Here are some of the top places to visit in Bangalore for you to explore!


Top Attractions of Bangalore

Night Landscape of glass house at Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens - One of the top tourist attractions in Bangalore
Lal Bagh Bangalore

Lal Bagh

Lal Bagh is one of the top places to visit in Bangalore. It features a diverse species of plants and a lovely lake. The garden is well-known for its decade-old lush green trees. It is also known for India’s largest collection of tropical plants. In addition, Lal Bagh hosts two annual flower shows every year. These are really important shows and receive footfalls from all across the world. These renowned flower shows are held around the 15 August and 26th January every year.

Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace resembles the famous Windsor Palace of London. Consequently, it is the top sightseeing places in Bangalore. It is also one of the most prized possessions of the city. The palace was built back in 1874 by the guardians of Chamaraja Wodeyar and the royal Wodeyar family still resides here. It is spread in an area of 45,000 square feet and features beautiful Tudor architecture. The palace has 35 fully furnished royal rooms with incomparable interiors. The palace hosts numerous cultural events, weddings, and rock shows that adds to its appeal.

Vidhan Soudha

Vidhan Soudha is one of Bangalore’s most important and significant buildings. It is equally important culturally. It was opened in the year 1956 and stands tall till date. The building features Dravidian-style architecture. It is home to Karnataka’s legislature and the secretariat. We suggest you visit Vidhan Soudha on a Sunday evening as the whole building is lit up with numerous bulbs then and is a sight to behold.

Cubbon Park

Cubbon Park is one of the top tourist attractions in Bangalore. It is famous as Bangalore’s heart. The park is spread in an area of more than 300 acres. It hosts 6000+ trees. It is known as the green belt of Bangalore. Some other famous attractions of Bangalore like Attara Kacheri and Cubbon Park Museum are also located nearby.

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park is a vast park spread in an area of 105 sq km. The park is here since the year of 1971. It is home to a broad variety of fauna and flora. It also possesses India’s first butterfly park. The best features of this gigantic park are its crocodile farm, kids park and an aquarium. There is also a zoo, a prehistoric animals’ park and a well-appointed museum. You can avail trekking and hiking facilities offered here. In short, Bannerghatta National Park is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore.

Freedom Park

Freedom Park covers an area of 21 acres. London’s Hyde Park inspires it. Just like Hyde Park, it provides space and a platform for people to express their freedom of speech. One can hold various public meetings here. It is the best place to arrange rallies and protest. Freedom Park area initially belonged to the Central Jail. There is also a well-constructed amphitheatre for speakers or performers to convey their message.

Religious Places in Bangalore

Women worshipping the Nandi statue at Sri Naheshwara Temple in Bangalore
Bull Temple, Bangalore

Shiv Temple

Shiv temple in Bangalore is one of India’s most beautiful Shiva Temples. The main feature of this temple is the 65-feet tall marble statue of Lord Shiva. The statue also has an artificial swimming pool surrounding it. Along with the statue of Lord Shiva, there is also a statue of Lord Ganpati. The temple nicely built and hundreds of devotees visit it regularly.

Bull Temple

Nandi Bull is famous as the vahana of Lord Shiva. It holds a great religious and mythological significance for the Hindus Bull Temple in Bangalore is one of the oldest temples of the city. A beautifully carved statue of Nandi Bull is present at the temple. People from all over the country come and visit this temple and pay their homage.

St. Mary’s Basilica

St May’s Basilica is the oldest church in Bangalore city. It features Gothic architecture. A French architect built it. On the facade, there is the statue of Mother Mary which holds the baby Jesus. The church is a vital part of Karnataka’s history. Best time to visit the Basilica is September 8, on the Feast day of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary. It is also a paradise for photographers!

Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple

Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple stands tall on a hilltop in Jayanagar. It is a Hanuman Temple. Legends say this hill made up of food grain for example ragi. Moreover, the legends also say that the Tri-murthies – Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu wanted to reside permanently at this hilltop. Also, the best time to visit this temple is around Hanuman Jayanti festival. The devotees celebrate it for 12 days with full zest.


ISKON temple Bangalore is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. It is also known as Radha Krishna temple. The intricate architecture, unmatched cleanliness makes the top religious places to visit in Bangalore. You will spot a gold-plated dhwaja-stambha (56 ft high) and a gold plated Kalash shikara (28 ft high) here. The temple is not only famous as the best Bangalore places to visit but also for the spiritually devout.


Top Places to Eat in Bangalore

Men preparing masala uthappam at Bangalore food street
Places to Eat in Bangalore

Central Tiffin Room

CTR is one of the most famous as well as one of the oldest restaurants in Bangalore. They serve the best South Indian cuisine in the city.  It is famous for its Masala Dosa, Idly-Vada, Kharabath and filter coffee.

Address: 7th Cross Rd, Malleshwaram West, Bangalore

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the finest dine-outs in Bangalore. It is furthermore one of the favourite places as well. They offer some of the top delicacies in the city. Customer satisfaction is another important factor. The best part about it is the atmosphere and also the touch of Goan Shacks.

Address: FWB- #26, Opp. Shub Enclave Harulur Road, Ambalipura Village, Varthur Hobli, Off, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore

Hari’s Sandwich Zone

Who doesn’t likes chocolate? Hari’s Sandwich Zone is famed for its chocolate sandwiches. In other words, it is one of Jayanagar’s finest street food places. People who wish to savour both delicious and unique street food must visit them. They offer a variety of cuisines that too at very reasonable rates.

Address: Jayanagar, 3rd Block, Bangalore

Khan Saheb Grills and Rolls

For people looking for street foods like rolls and grills, especially in non-veg, they must visit this place. They also serve vegetarian cuisines and all at very cheap rates. You must try the mixed vegetable tikka roll, mutton buna and many others here.

Address: 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore


Karavalli is located at the Taj Gateway Hotel. Furthermore, it is one of the most excellent restaurants in the city. Also, Karavalli is famous as sea-food paradise too. The restaurant offers options like prawns, crab, fish or any other meat of your choice. You can also select the curry of your choice. For example, Allapuzzah Meen Curry is one of their bestseller.

Address: The Gateway Hotel, Residency Road, Bangalore

Toit Brewpub

Bangalore people are not really the fans of Dominoes and Pizza Hut. Moreover, they like handcrafted pizzas. For instance, Toit Brewpub offers the best pizzas in Bangalore. The restaurant offers the best gourmet pizzas at very reasonable rates. The main USP of the restaurant is its unique pizza toppings. The toppings here are desi-classy and have a wide variety, which makes it difficult for you to choose from. Troit is also famous for its craft beer microbrewery. So make sure to head here.

Address: Indira Nagar II Stage, Bengaluru

When in Bangalore take your pick these top places as your checklist!


7 Reasons For A West Coast Honeymoon

As you take the plunge into marital bliss, you also want something special to mark your honeymoon. If you are looking at an overseas trip that combines awe, adventure and excitement, we suggest you consider a trip to the West Coast of the USA. From enchanting cities, amazing wonders of nature to total entertainment and a taste of culture, you will find it all. There is much to lure the romantics, and especially the San Francisco area to LA is becoming a hotspot for many honeymooners.

Here are our seven solid reasons for you to take a West Coast honeymoon.


San Francisco – The Romance of its Places

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco is a must-visit for romantics
San Francisco

The legendary Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco is one of the key attractions of the city and a must-visit for romantics. You can hire a cycle or else simply walk across the bridge hand in hand as you soak in the views of the blue waters below, the green mountains, and the city skyline. Grab some great selfies with the bridge in the backdrop from Fort Point National Historic Site that is situated just below the bridge. You could head to Baker’s Beach for some great photo-ops, but keep in mind this is a nudist beach. Else for the most breathtaking panoramic views head out to Fort Baker that lies across the bridge and is an idyllic hotspot for romantics.

Another must-visit for honeymooners is the Twin Peaks that host a 64-acre landscaped park with hiking trails. The park at the top is a romantic spot to spend some secluded moments together as you take in the beautiful 180-degree view of the Bay Area.

Visit some of its lovely parks as the 1500-acre The Presidio. This Park is marked by miles of green trails, forested paths, scenic vistas and a golf course. The Golden Gate Park sprawls over a 1000 acres and includes lakes and fountains. It also has a Japanese Tea Garden, Flower Conservatory and a cultural Music Concourse area, among its other features. These places usually rate high on honeymooners preferences.


San Francisco – Buzzing Nightlife & Innovative Cuisine

Italian bistros and cafes on a busy night in North Beach in San Francisco..
San Francisco nightlife

SFO is well-known for its variety of cuisines and great food. It has some of the best bars in the country and amazing discotheques that makes it a happening city for party-loving couples. The Fisherman’s Wharf is its most popular tourist haunt, and if you are a seafood lover, this is the place to satiate your tastebuds. It also boasts mesmerising views, a colony of sea lions, and souvenir shops. The Ghirardelli Square nearby has quaint eateries and amazing chocolates inside the former Chocolate Factory.

Then there is the Union Square – its most happening place which is lined with upscale restaurants, shops and has a buzzing nightlife. Pier 39 is another place to head to if you want to get a feel of the city’s nightlife and enjoy its delicious fares. If you and your partner like Italian don’t miss the North Beach known for its Italian heritage. It flourishes with coffee shops, Italian eateries and retro bars.

If besides the usual pubs and discs you want to explore other nightlife options SFO offers you many choices. Head to Asia SF for a night of delicious CalAsian food coupled with a show of the Ladies of AsiaSF – transgender performers. After dinner, you can hit the disc here that keeps you jiving till 2 am. Want something more old-fashioned – then head to the Church of 8 Wheels and enjoy disco roller skating to some old-school funk from 8 to midnight on Friday and Saturday. On Fridays, you can even catch an interesting midnight flick at The Clay Theatre. So if you and your partner are up for it – SFO has it all for you.


The 17 Mile Drive – A Romantic Escapade

Panoramic View of Bixby Bridge, the most photographed bridge on the Pacific Coast.
17 Mile Drive

This is one of the most romantic and scenic drives in the country. The 17-Mile Drive runs along the Pacific coastline all the way from the Pacific Grove to Carmel. There is a charge of $10.50 per vehicle to take this drive. However, the spectacular views are well worth it, especially for honeymooners who will get plenty of me-time on these lovely stretches.

There are many photo-op stopovers along the way that honeymooning couples can enjoy some of which are listed here. The Shepherd’s Knoll – for this you need to exit from the Highway-1 Gate, wind up the Del Monte forest to reach the top of the knoll that offers mesmerising views of the Monterey Bay below. The Spanish Bay with its white sands makes for a lovely halt for honeymooning couples. The Lone Cypress is the iconic landmark of the drive, as also its midway mark. Then there is the Cypress Point Lookout – known for its stunning sunsets. The Bird Rock is always abuzz with birds, while harbour seals and sea-lions make for a delightful sight.

The renowned and scenic Pebble Beach Golf Links is a must-visit even if you do not wish to play golf. All three of the Pebble Beach Resorts have a most romantic setting if you plan on spending a night here.


The Grand Canyon – Surreal Beauty

Sunset view of Horseshoe bend at Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon West Rim can be reached on a day trip from Las Vegas and is best visited from here. The dramatic landscape of The Grand Canyon belies words, and it should suffice to say that a trip here is sure to be the highlight of your West Coast honeymoon.

Sprawled across 277 miles of amazing terrain, its volcanic sandstone walls drop downwards more than a mile to where the Colorado River swiftly flows. The Canyon tosses up sand dunes, mesas and plateaus, perennial streams, gushing waterfalls, pine and fir forests, making for an amazing canvas. Sunrise to sunset the changing hues of the sun and the weather gods add more drama and beauty to this already surreal landscape. It is no surprise that this stunning terrain has been classified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Take a tour by coach or opt to go for a hiking trail of the Grand Canyon. There are helicopter tours also available, a great way to get a panoramic view of the Canyon. If you are a water-loving couple, you can go rafting down the Colorado River and enjoy an up-close view of its rocky caverns. If you are at the West Rim, certainly do not miss the glass-bottom Skywalk which stands 4000 feet above the Canyon’s floor and gives you splendid views of the area.

You can opt to stay over at one of the hotels or lodges nearby. The Spring and Fall seasons are the best time to visit the Grand Canyon, as the weather can be in extremes during summer and winter.


Las Vegas – Revving up the Excitement

Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, is the ultimate destination for party-loving and adventurous couples. The city is famed for its casinos and happening nightlife and will rev up your excitement levels to a new high. Strip shows, thrill rides, musicals, comedy shows, and concerts will have you enthralled and on the go.

The central area of Las Vegas – called The Strip, extends about 4 miles and is the hub for all activities. Most of the top hotels and casinos are centred here. You can see life-like replicas of an Egyptian pyramid, Eiffel Tower, the Venetian Grand Canal, and fountains synchronized to music among other iconic buildings.

Le Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas was earlier the hub for casinos. It remains the most important street after The Strip. Its namesake, The Fremont Street Experience is a 24-hour Mall. It features a massive LED canopy and is known for its high-tech light shows and free entertainment.

And for those who love to get their adrenalin pumping, try bungee jumping, parachuting and the Big Shot at the Stratosphere; else head to the X-scream roller coaster ride, the Slotzilla zip line, or the Adventure Dome theme park. Couples will have a thrilling and memorable experience at Vegas.


San Diego – A Romantic Getaway

San Diego on the Pacific coast has miles and miles of sandy white beaches, verdant parks, and pleasant weather. It is often referred to as “America’s Finest City”. What better place than this for a romantic getaway for newly-weds!

While in San Diego, don’t miss the massive 1200-acre Balboa Park. Couples will love its wide open spaces, pretty landscaped gardens, and walking paths that give you enough leisure and quiet time together. For couples who like a taste of culture, there are plenty of museums and several theatres within its precincts to explore. If you love animals, do visit the famous San Diego Zoo here. It has over 3500 animals and many of the exhibits are in open natural spaces. A bus tour and gondola rides provide great sightings of various animals.

The Point Loma peninsula is another must-visit for couples as it has many things to do. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a popular sunset point here. Nearby the Liberty Station is abuzz with delicious restaurants and shopping options. The Cabrillo National Monument is a historic lighthouse. You can enjoy spectacular views and see as far as Mexico from the lighthouse. It also has a lovely park and tide pools. You can indulge in seafood and also enjoy live music at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay.

Among the most romantic things to do in the city is taking a cruise along the Bay area. This comes complete with a three-course dinner and champagne and music to dance to. If you are there on a full moon night that would be the ultimate experience.

Among the beautiful beaches of San Diego that couples will love is Coronado Beach. This is arguably the best beach in the USA. Its 1.5 miles of soft silver sands are a haven for beach lovers. It is also safe for swimming and surfing. The Mission Beach is popular for water sports and sunbathing, as also for the adjacent Belmont Park. Both places have many eateries nearby to pamper your tastebuds. La Jolla Cove is a picturesque little cove which is perfect for snorkelling and scuba-diving.


Los Angeles – For Movie Buffs & City Lovers

Los Angeles or simply LA, is most famous for being home to the Hollywood industry. The city, however, is also the teeming centre of culture. finance and commerce for California. This sunny city that sprawls across 470 sq miles has a long coastline. It lies flanked by the Pacific Ocean on one side and towering green mountains on the other.

For couples who love everything Hollywood, LA is the place to be. From the Universal Studios Hollywood down to the Hollywood Boulevard, including the Hall of Fame Walk. There is enough to explore, enjoy and entertain you, and even a couple of days will seem too less here. For those who love thrills, Disneyland Park should not be missed.

Do take a drive down the Sunset Boulevard.  This legendary 22-mile road is renowned for its iconic landmarks and buzzing nightlife. The Santa Monica beach is a great place for couples to spend some leisure time.  Enjoy its splendid views as well as follow its trails on foot or a bicycle. For music lovers, the Walt Disney Concert Hall – home to the LA Philharmonic is a must-visit. As is the Hollywood Bowl – an amphitheatre that is considered among the best live music venues of USA.

The fashionable Rodeo Drive is known for its luxury goods. While the vibrant Universal City Walk is a hub for shopping, food and entertainment. Museums, art galleries and cultural centres fill the city as do theme parks and entertainment hubs. If you love the excitement of a fast-paced city, LA is your place to be.

There is plenty to do, see and explore for couples on their honeymoon to the West Coast. Book your West Coast Holiday package now!


Places To Visit In Kolkata For A Fascinating Holiday

From the famous Sabyasachi label of clothing to lip-smacking food and vintage infrastructure, Kolkata is one of the most sought after places to visit in India. The city breathes 350-year-old history and is a concoction of traditional festivities round the year. Truly, Kolkata is a spectacle of joy. This chaotic city, brimming with creativity and life, envelopes old colonial charm with contemporary lifestyle and majestic artwork.

There is wide array of places to visit in Kolkata. From history lovers to shopaholics, nature adorers and culture admirers. This place is also the perfect destination for people who just want to absorb the city. Here is a compiled list of best places to visit in Kolkata.


Heritage Places in Kolkata – For History Buffs

Sunset view of Victoria Memorial in Kolkata
Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial

Surrounded by a belt of greenery, this shimmering marble-built is considered a replica of the Taj Mahal. It was constructed in memory of Queen Victoria during the British rule in India. This place turned into a museum has more than 3000 paintings and artefacts from the yesteryears and is one of the best sightseeing places in Kolkata.

Fort William

Fort William has been used for multiple purposes from the time it was established till date. Moreover as a colonial attraction of Kolkata it has a huge Maidan right in front which is also the largest park in the city. The octagon shape structure has eight sides of which three face the Hooghly river and the rest five face towards the land. Its stonework and carefully planned infrastructure have a moat surrounding the fort that protected it from invaders. One of its rooms was once used as a jail for prisoners which is why it was called the Black Hole of Kolkata. During British Raj the Fort was used as the Customs House, it is now used as the Eastern command headquarters for the Indian Army.

Marble Palace

The Marble Palace was established in the 19th century and is among the top places to visit in Kolkata. Holding royal significance in the form of its architecture, interiors, paintings, the palace showcases the lifestyle of the monarchs during the British Raj and attracts people from across the globe.

Jorasanko Thakur Bari/Tagore’s House

Famously known as Tagore’s house, Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the house of the eminent writer Rabindranath Tagore. As one of the historical heritage structures of the city, it is now a museum that exhibits the literary work of Tagore and a photo gallery of paintings and images of the medieval times.

Princep Ghat

In 1841 parallel to Hoogly river, this ghat was built in memory of Anglo-Indian scholar and antiquary James Prinsep. With Greek and Gothic style of infrastructure, it is one of the oldest Kolkata sightseeing attractions. People come for boating, a stroll along the shore, and enjoy the street food stalls, that make for an enjoyable evening past time.

Eden Gardens

Established in 1864, Eden Gardens was named after the Eden Sisters. It is also the oldest cricket stadium in India. Time and again World Cup, IPL, ODI, T20 and other national and international cricket tournaments take place here. It can seat around 68000 people, making it the second largest cricket stadium in the world.


Kolkata’s Architectural and Scientific Extravagance

The largest scienct ciry
Science City

Birla Planetarium

The largest Planetarium in Asia, also called the ‘Taramandal’ Birla Planetarium was built in 1963 by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. It has an astronomy gallery, science equipment, and celestial models about space and its functioning. To give you a real view of celestial activities and elements, there are scheduled programs set up for visitors to watch stars, planets and other planetary movements and educate them.

Howrah Bridge

Most people recognise Kolkata city by the Howrah Bridge. Build in the 17th century; the bridge is one of the strongest and oldest establishments. Open 24 hours to visit; this charming creation is also the busiest spot of the city. When in Kolkata a walk down to the Howrah Bridge is a must-do activity.

Science City

Science city in Kolkata is the largest science centre in India. From kids to elders who enjoy science and its wonders this is the perfect place for children in Kolkata. From the Evolution Park to Earth Exploration hall and Maritime centre there is much to fascinate the young ones.

Belur Math

It is the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Mission of Swami Vivekananda. A collection of monasteries and temples, the architecture of this place is a key attraction for tourists. The highlight of the place is that it holds artefacts of Christian, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist religions, promoting the unity of communities and humanity. This makes it one of the most attractive places to visit in Kolkata.

Writer’s Building

One of the literary emblems of the 18th century, the Writer’s building holds the great work of British writers who frequented the place during the British Raj. Carved in a contemporary English style the place has huge corridors and offices. Literature lovers would love this place reeking of modern British scholars work.


Religious Places to Visit in Kolkata

The famous Birla Temple in Kolkata
Birla Temple

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Calcutta and was established in 1847. With Indo-gothic architecture, the church is made in a way keeping in mind the weather conditions in India. Eminent personalities of the Church like Bishop Daniel Wilson, the founder of the church along with John Paxton Norman lie buried in the church. It is a must visit place in Kolkata to witness the excellence of colonial architecture which still challenges the modern foundation.

Birla Temple

Built by the famous Birla Family, the intricate work of the temple with Bhagavad Gita scriptures engraved all over, makes it an extraordinary establishment. It took over 26 years to complete. The Radha Krishna temple attracts devotees all-year, who come to seek blessings and admire the beauty of the temple. Especially during Janmashtami the temple has people flooding in.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Established in 1855 the devotees of Goddess Kali consider the temple to be a place of pilgrimage. Located on the eastern banks of the river Hoogly, it makes for a picturesque setting. Its Bengali architecture is worth seeing and of course, it is worth seeking the blessings of Goddess Kali.

Kalighat Kali Temple

Kalighat Kali Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of India, making the Kalighat Kali temple one of the significant Kali temples across India. To seek blessings of this temple is a privilege. Innumerable devotees come here every year to worship and enjoy the traditional festivities like Navratras and Kaali Pooja.

Nakhoda Mosque

The largest mosque of Kolkata, it was established in 1926. Its intriguing design and size make it among the popular tourist places in Kolkata. People come here to chant prayers and seek the blessing of Allah.


Kolkata Attractions for Nature Lovers

Boat ride in the Sundarbans - A UNESCO World Heritage

Dhakuri Lake

Now known as Rabindra Sarobar, Dhakuri is an artificial lake in the southern part of Kolkata and a popular recreation spot. Surrounded by age-old trees, plants and shrubs you can view flocks of migratory birds during winters. The Waterhouse in the vicinity is now a museum for tourists to see traditional and medieval artwork. Sunset and sunrise are a must watch at this place making it a perfect place for picnics and outings, besides being a favourite with joggers.

Botanical Gardens

Dating back to 1787, this garden was known as the Company Garden. Sprawled across a stunning landscape and artificial lakes, with more than 12000 species of plants, it is a fantastic place for nature lovers. Multi-coloured flowers, a peaceful ambience and the shade of its great banyan tree gives you every reason to visit this beauty.

Alipore Zoo

This well-known tourist attraction in Kolkata was established in 1876 and is also called Kolkata zoo. As a home to many endangered and critically endangered species, you can spot Bengal tigers, white tigers and other rare animals. From varied bird species to exotic animals this place is a crowd puller, especially amongst young children.


A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sundarbans is a reservoir in the largest delta of India. It is a point where Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers cross there paths. Located 100 km away from Kolkata it is mangrove area and a reserve for wildlife animals. Its scenic beauty, natural greenery and landscapes make it one of the most visited places from Kolkata for children and family.


Kolkata Shopping Destinations

Book shops in College Street in Kolkata.
College Street

Hogg’s Market

The New Market also called Hogg’s market is one of the oldest markets in Kolkata. From hawkers selling jewellery to handbag stalls and vendors of terracotta wares, this place is full of people and is apt for bargains. You can find anything, and everything here but be ready to face the teeming crowds.

Dakshinapan Shopping Center

The hub for Indian handicrafts and artwork, this place has many emporiums with fixed price items. If you are looking for a variety of Indian textiles, then you can easily find it here.

College Street

For book lovers, this place is heaven. Anywhere you look this place has piles and piles of books stacked everywhere. It is the largest book market in India. At the best of prices, you can find tons and tons of books; even the rarest collection is available here. The old publishing houses have been located here for decades.

Bara Bazaar

As the oldest wholesale market of Kolkata, it is equal to Chandni Chowk of Delhi. In the same way endless crowds during festivities here give the perfect picture of a bustling Indian market. Bara Bazaar is the place where you can find anything and everything from sweets to clothes and footwear in the city. The market has four sections making it easy for people to spot what they want to shop for.

Sudder Street

If you are fond of boho clothes, this is the place where you need to go. From embroidered notebooks, handbags, shawls and jewellery you can spot some good shops which are quite popular amongst foreigners too. The reasonable pricing makes it quite remarkable and a must visit shopping place in Kolkata. This place is has number of cheap hotels which makes it one of the most chosen location for foreigners to stay.

Are you planning a visit to the city? Mark out the Kolkata places to visit as per your interest.