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Having put in a great deal of effort in planning a budget trip to Singapore, it was finally time for me to bring on the vacation mode and kickstart a memorable trip with my family. After landing at Changi Airport, we headed straight to our hotel after breakfast. We reached the hotel before the check-in time, and despite it being a budget hotel, the staff was courteous enough to make us comfortable and arrange for an early check-in. We were also fortunate to find an Indian eatery– ABC Nasi Kandar – right around the corner from our hotel. The staff at the restaurant was of Malaysian descent but they spoke Tamil. My mom managed to build a good rapport with them since she knows Tamil. We frequented this place for breakfast on all five days of our stay in Singapore. The nearest metro station was the Kallang MRT station, a…

Hopping beaches, riding rented scooters in your ganjis and shorts, lazying at the shacks with cool beers for company, partying at Club Cubana or Mambo’s, and coming back home with a new tattoo – that’s the quintessential Goa holiday in a nutshell. But when your travel party comprises four generations of a family, in the age group of 70 to 4 years, mainstream Goa adventures don’t quite cut it. This unusual travel plan compelled us to look for offbeat experiences in Goa for a recent trip and led us to discover that this dainty little state has a lot more to offer than a coastal vibe and a wild party scene. Based on our explorations, here are my top picks for offbeat experience in Goa for a fulfilling, fun-filled holiday: Dolphin Spotting Dolphin Spotting has of late become one of most sought-after offbeat experiences in Goa. In North Goa, you…

I took to travelling a year-and-a-half ago. While most of my life, someone or the other has pushed me into things I have later regretted, this time it is working wonders for me; thanks to my best friend Nitin who came to my rescue. I am Aksshay Pathak and I am a workaholic traveller. Sounds complicated, right? In five years of my professional journey, I had hardly managed to travel. At one point, my work was becoming an all-consuming presence taking over every other aspect of my life. That’s when the blissful experience of travelling was introduced to me. Lately, I discovered most of the people around me hardly venture out owing to the perception that travel is expensive. The objective of sharing my experience is to motivate everyone with a passion to explore new places to pack their bags and travel more often. What if I told you I…

I grew up watching movies showcasing a picturesque landscape, with large valleys, snow-capped hills, green meadows and a waterfall in the background. Last Easter, I got a chance to experience the view, this time not through a lens. My trip with my friends to Iceland was indeed by far the best that I took. Iceland is known as “the land of Vikings”, located in the midst of ice and fire, literally. Owing to its geographical location, between two continents of Europe and America, it is formed over the mid-Atlantic ridge (and if you don’t know what it means, you will, once you visit this beautiful island country). Before you plan a vacation to Iceland, don’t forget to pack all your warm clothes even if you visit during the summer. It is a cold country with strong wind currents due to its oceanic cover. It is advisable to rent a car…

Paragliding is right at the top of things-to-do for anyone who loves a good adrenaline rush. The anxiety and excitement of being pushed off a cliff, the exhilaration of floating about and gaining a bird’s eye view of the earth you tread on is an unmatched experience. Namrata Mandal Banerjee shares her experience of paragliding in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.

The butter-smooth highways of Rajasthan make zipping past its sandy landscape a delight for anyone with a penchant for driving. Having practically driven across the length of Rajasthan, covering a distance of 800km from Sri Ganganagar and going through Bikaner, Pushkar, Ajmer and Jodhpur, we finally made our way to Udaipur well past sundown. The cool, calm breeze and a light drizzle was a welcome change to the sweltering heat that had kept us company during our 12-hour drive, rendering the car’s air conditioning ineffective. We rolled down the windows and let the earthy scent fill us with an instant sense of repose. Bone-tired from the long journey, we headed straight to our accommodation and crashed in for the night. Udaipur – Of Palaces and Havelis When we woke up early next morning, the rain had still not abated and the pleasant breeze set the tone for our day-long explorations…

Still hung over the FIFA fever, we gave you a sneak peek into the fantasy land that Croatia is. If that stirred some wanderlust in you – it’s hard to believe otherwise – here is a detailed rundown on everything you need to know about when you travel to Croatia from India, to make sure you act on your plans sooner than later: Travel to Croatia: Visa Requirement The first and foremost consideration for any foreign travel is the visa. Indians can travel to Croatia on a Schengen Visa for a stay not exceeding 90 days in a 180-day period. If you do not intend to visit the rest of Europe and want to limit your travel to Croatia alone, you can travel to Croatia from India on a short-stay visa, also known as C-visa. The details of the visa requirements are available on the Embassy website. You can also…

The idea of a vacation in the southern part of the country is almost always synonymous with a quintessential coastal holiday – lounging on the beaches, soaking up the ocean breeze and splashing your way through the waves. In between, destinations like Munnar, Thekkady, Ooty are the mainstream choices for those who wants to stir the flavour of the hills to their southern escapades. But South India has a lot more to offer to those willing to seek out the lesser known. One such destination is Kodaikanal – popularly known as just Kodai – situated in the Dindigul hills of Tamil Nadu. This beautiful getaway with lush green hills, thick forests and a misty atmosphere has earned itself the title of ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. Kodaikanal, which means ‘the gift of forest’ in the native language, has an allure of a picturesque, laid-back hill town that has everything you need…

Different people have different ideas of Spiti. Some imagine it as a land of rugged mountainous terrain and a cold desert much like the neighbouring Ladakh region, others as a region dotted with quaint villages, lush green surroundings, rivers, streams and waterfalls, and others still as an arduous adventure destination with unforgiving trek trails. Interestingly, all of these descriptions are on-point. Spiti is all of this and much more. Besides abounding in raw natural beauty, the region is a cultural extravaganza in its own right. The name Spiti, which literally translates to ‘The Middle Land’ owing to it being located between India and Tibet, is the perfect summation of the character this unique land. Influences of Tibetan Buddhist and Indian cultures have so seamlessly blended together that it is hard to tell them apart, giving birth to distinct lifestyle unique to this region. So if a Spiti trip is on…