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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…

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t get excited at the prospect of a trip to Italy? Well, neither have we. A majestically beautiful destination that rests on a unique historical heritage, breathtaking landscapes, world-class food, an exotic language, ancient architecture and art and a milieu of charming cities and towns – Italy checks all the boxes for a mind-blowing vacation. However, the catch with destinations as exotic as Italy is that it’s brimming over with tourists all year round. These insider tips will help you avoid the tourist traps and make the most of your trip to Italy: Steer Clear of Rip-Offs As with any other popular tourist destinations, Italy too has had its share of commercialisation to cash in on the huge influx of visitors. This is especially true of popular destinations like Venice, Rome and Florence. These cities are fraught with places looking to fleece unsuspecting tourists…

A Singapore trip with family is surely on everyone’s travel wish list and it was no different in my case. Pulling off a foreign trip on a budget is never a mean feat. Here is how I planned and pulled off a budget trip to Singapore by investing some time and effort in laying the right groundwork for it. Plan Your Own Trip I began with a visit to the nearest travel operator which happened to be Thomas Cook to know the best deals for our upcoming budget trip to Singapore. They offered a package deal of Rs 68,586 per person plus taxes for a 4N/5D trip, which included a stay in a 4-star hotel, airport and hotel transfers plus sightseeing to top tourist destinations, which are always time bound in any package tour. Now that I had some information on how to get started, the next task was to…

No matter how exciting the prospect of exploring new destinations feels, every traveller feels weary of air travel, especially when hopping on a long-haul flight. The crammed up seats, long hours of sitting in one place and vapid airline meals can leave you physically and mentally drained out. Packing a carry-on bag that contains every conceivable item you may need to stay comfortable during such journeys is a skill to be perfected over time. To get you started, here is a list of carry on essentials for flights to make you feel as at home as possible: Water Bottle Staying hydrated during flights is essential and the airline crew is often stingy when it comes to serving water unless you are buying packaged bottles at a premium price. This makes a water bottle an absolute must carry on essential for flights. If the airport security policy does not permit carrying…

Our desire to travel is ever so often quelled by the sobering reality of the astronomical travel costs. We have all at one point or the other put off a trip because we just didn’t have the budget to afford that holiday. If you look at the expenditure break-up, the airfares take up the lion’s share of the cost. The fact that some people always manage to get a steal of a deal on air tickets while you are postponing your travel plans until you have the dough to spare is like a rub of salt in a wound. As these people who have mastered the art of scoring airfare discounts will tell you, there is always a way to work around the system and get true value for your money. We bring you a rundown on some smart and savvy tips to save on airfare and travel more: Time…

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…

A Europe trip is on every one’s bucket list and I was no exception. Travelling to Europe is not a journey, it is an experience. After some meticulous planning, inputs from friends who had travelled to Europe before and considering my limited budget, I chose Eastern Europe to be my first area of visit. I chose a region for my solo trip around Europe and not just a particular country because travelling between different European countries is fairly cheap and hassle-free, and it’d be a shame to limit one’s explorations. Also, I had always heard, and now believe, that Europe should be visited according to the four cardinal directions as it helps in inter-connectivity between the different countries on this beautiful continent. However, this is no thumb rule, and I know of people who love to visit one country at a time, and at the end of the day, it…

Anyone who has ever been bitten by the travel bug knows that all-too-familiar longing for undiscovered destinations. Every once in a while we all come across stories of people who gave up cushy jobs and plush lifestyles to travel the world and are filled with an envious desire to follow suit. If there weren’t bills to be paid and responsibilities to be met, a lot of us would just live out of a backpack, wandering around the world. If that sounds like the story of your life, we have some pro tips that can help actualise your dream of travelling frequently without going broke: Set Up a Travel Fund Setting aside some money each month for your escapades means not having to put off a travel plan for want of funds. Of course, whatever you save may or may not suffice for footing the bill of an entire trip but…

The prospect of foreign travel evokes a sense of nervous excitement even in the most seasoned travellers. The excitement of exploring a new place and nervousness about finding your feet in an absolutely unfamiliar land. If you intend to socialise and interact with the locals on your foreign getaway, being informed about their ways can give you a much needed head start. So that’s one more thing to add to your preparation list apart from learning to drive on the ‘wrong side’ of the road and spending in foreign currency. Knowing what’s considered polite and what’s not in an unfamiliar culture can also save you the embarrassment of courting offence. This rundown on things considered rude in different cultures around the globe may come in handy: Tipping in Japan Tipping your servers as a token of gratitude for a job well done is the standard norm in hospitality industries across…

Embarking on a wildlife safari is a coveted experience that can send your excitement levels through the roof days before you actually step out in the wild. Amid all that thrill of anticipating an adventure, it is important to prepare well for your outing. The right kind of preparation or the lack of it can make or break your safari experience. Here are a few pro tips to help you prepare for your maiden safari to make it a memorable one: Figure Out the Best Time to Go Most national parks in India are open nine months a year, closing down only during the monsoon when the tracks in the jungle become un-navigable. In this nine-month window too, the odds of spotting the exotic wildlife such as tigers, elephants, sloth bears is higher during certain months than others. The location of the national park is a decisive factor here. For…