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It’s an island, it’s a city and it’s a state. It’s cosmopolitan, it’s a melting cauldron of cultures. It’s a leading economic centre, it’s urbane in character yet abounds in green spaces that serve as the perfect haven of tranquillity. Singapore is a destination as unique as they come. Even so, it hasn’t received its due as a tourist attraction. While the city witnesses a huge influx of travellers on business or layovers, it does not somehow feature among the obvious choices for a vacation. This Singapore travel guide seeks to correct that with a lowdown on everything that’s amazing about this place: 9 Things to do in Singapore To experience the true spirit of Singapore, you need more than just a couple of days here so that you can do a lot more than check another destination on your bucket list. To know why, check out these nine top…

Tucked away in the towering mountains of Arunachal Pradesh lies the entrancing Ziro Valley that hypnotises anyone who dares to take on this formidable journey with its natural beauty, infectious charm and a whole different way of life. Over recent years, Ziro Valley has gained some popularity among music lovers, thanks to the annual cultural extravaganza – the Ziro Music Festival. Other than that, the place remains largely untouched by tourists, making it the perfect retreat for travellers willing to embark on arduous journeys to reconnect with nature. It is a great destination for adventure lovers too. This travel guide to Ziro Valley will tell you everything you need to know about the land of quaint villages, rice fields, rolling green hills, soulful trekking trails and exhilarating camping experiences: What Makes Ziro Valley Special The Ziro Valley lies between the Kamla and Panior rivers that flow through Arunachal Pradesh. The…

Home to the exotic one-horned rhinoceros and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an expanse of lush greens as far as the eye can see, richly diversely flora and fauna, there are just so many reasons to put the Kaziranga National Park on your bucket list. This Kaziranga National Park travel guide will help you plan the perfect escape to this 430-square-kilometre green haven sitting on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra in the suburbs of Golaghat and Nogaon districts of Assam: Kaziranga National Park Brief History The first thing that strikes about this destination is its unique name. As per the local legend, the national park gets its name from the fabled love story of a girl named Ranga and a boy named Kazi who eloped into the forest where the national park stands today after the village authorities opposed their union and were never seen again. Another, more plausible,…

Tawang, a remote hill station in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, is a destination brimming over with natural beauty, cultural heritage and military history. Sharing its border with Tibet to the north and Bhutan to the west, Tawang is dotted with majestic mountains, breathtaking gorges, passes and water bodies that bring in a hypnotic charm to this place. The natural beauty aside, this hill town is home to one of the highest motorable passes and the second largest Buddhist monastery in the world, the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama, the epicentre of the Indo-China war and continues to be a disputed territory between the two countries. This rich history contributes to the vibrancy and legacy of Tawang, making it a desirable destination for anyone with a penchant for travelling. However, given the remote location of this place, coupled with unpredictable weather and poor road conditions, travelling to Tawang…

Exotic. Beautiful. Larger than life. Italy is so much more than a country. Be it its exquisite masterpieces of art, ancient cities, tranquil lakes, impressive cathedrals and palaces, castles that reach for the horizon, crumbling ruins or picturesque landscapes, there is just so much that makes Italy one of the most popular destinations on the world map. This abundance of attractions can often leave tourists torn between experiences to seek and leave out. This bucket list of things to do in Italy will help you plan an itinerary that is more experiential and not just about checking boxes out of FOMO: Pilgrimage to the Vatican Irrespective of whether you are a believer or not, a visit to one of the most important and oldest seat of religion in the world is a must during your trip to Italy. The autonomous state of Vatican City can be accessed via Rome and…

Our Himalayan neighbour, Nepal, abounds in sublime serenity with a constant backdrop of mountains juxtaposed with curtains of fluttering prayer flags. With its majestic views of the Himalayas, golden temples, charming villages, dense jungles, exotic wildlife, trekking trails and adventure activities, Nepal is without a doubt one of the greatest destinations for any travel enthusiast. Given our geographical proximity and friendly relations with this Himalayan nation, travelling to Nepal is as easy as it gets. And you can pull this trip off without any sizeable dent in your pocket. To help you get started, here is a complete Nepal travel guide from India: Things to Do in Nepal Think Nepal, and you obviously think of towering mountain peaks. That’s only appropriate given that the country is home to the highest mountain peak on earth. While mountains are the biggest drawcard for tourists in Nepal, there is a lot more to…

The simple yet mesmerising beauty of Bhutan has an infectious charm to it. The land of breathtaking locales, salubrious air, majestic monasteries and some of the happiest people in the world, it acts like a balm of peace on battered, worn-out souls. It is no surprise then that Bhutan is on the radar of many a travel lover. Given its proximity to India and friendly bilateral relations between the two countries, travelling to the land of Thunder Dragon is fairly hassle-free for Indians. Here is an in-depth travel guide for Bhutan to help you plan a smooth, well-ordered trip: Top Tourist Attractions in Bhutan for Your Itinerary A Bhutan Tourist Permit allows you access to the regions of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. The Phuentsholing region can be accessed without a permit too. These four areas make up for a large part of the country, with an exception to certain protected…

If the fantasy land of Croatia stirred has some wanderlust in you – it’s hard to believe otherwise – here is a detailed rundown on everything you need to know about travelling to Croatia from India, to make sure you act on your plans sooner than later: Visa Requirement for Travelling to Croatia from India 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 get a short-stay visa or C-visa for travelling to Croatia from India. The details of the visa requirements are available on the Embassy website. You can also make an enquiry at the Croatian embassy for more details. Weather in Croatia The country…

There are two kinds of people who venture out of their homes to explore new places – tourists and travellers. If you are the latter, trekking to and camping at Chandratal ought to be the highlight of your Spiti explorations. Here is everything you need to know about camping at Chandratal to pull it off like a pro: What is Chandratal? Situated at an altitude of 14,100 feet in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, Chandratal is a 2.5 kilometre wide fresh water lake that gets its name from its crescent-moon like shape. Surrounded by snow capped towering Himalayas in the distance, brown mountains with a slight hint of vegetation all around, this is a destination that’s all about breathtaking views and an all-pervading sense of calm. A Lake Where Fairies Descend Himachal, that has earned itself the title of Dev Bhoomi or Land of Gods, abounds in mystical local legends and mythological…