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Those who like to bring everything on travel ‘just in case’ would know the all-too-familiar pain of having to lug bulky suitcases and bags around. Not to mention that sense of feeling flush of nervousness as you wait for your baggage to be weighed at the airport if getting to your destination entails air travel. If you are anything like me, you’d have tried and failed miserably at your attempts to travel light several times in the past. Here are a few tips that have really helped me size down and shed the weight of my baggage effectively: Make a List Before you so much as bring out the bags and head to your closet to pick out what you need, make a list of items that you REALLY need on the trip. Sleep on it, and revisit the list to see if there is anything on it that you…

Opinions are vastly divided on the idea of travelling with pets. Animal lovers are all for it, and those who are not so animal-friendly think it is unnecessary to add stress to fellow travellers’ vacation by bringing your four-legged baby along. My husband and I are both passionate about travel but the very idea of going out to have fun while our furry baby sulks alone at home breaks our hearts. So, bringing him along on holidays has been the norm. Scornful looks and dirty stares from other vacationers be damned! That said, travelling with pets is never easy. It involves a lot of planning and preparation. Here are my two cents on what I have learnt about planning pet-friendly holidays through our share of hits and misses: Choose Your Destination Wisely If you are travelling with pets, make sure it is somewhere they too can have fun. There is…

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 add a hypnotic charm to this place. That’s why a travel guide to Tawang is on every vacationist’s radar. 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 disputed territory between the two countries. However, given the remote location of this place, coupled with unpredictable weather and poor road conditions, travelling to Tawang isn’t the easiest. That’s why we have put together this travel guide to Tawang,…

Thanks to its romantic coastal setting with azure blue sea waters and white sand beaches, Koh Samui has acquired a reputation of being the ideal couples’ destination. While this picturesque island in the Gulf of Thailand is a couples’ and honeymooners’ paradise, there is no reason why it can’t double as a family holiday destination as well. From resorts tailored to suit the requirements of families to a host of activities that both parents and children can indulge in, this popular holiday destination offers everything you need for a relaxing, rejuvenating holiday. This travel guide for a family holiday in Koh Samui tells you everything there’s to know about planning and pulling off a memorable trip: Best Beaches to Explore on Your Family Holiday in Koh Samui Beach time is definitely the highlight of any vacation by the sea. When there are kids involved, you’ve got to invest some thought…

The hill town of Pahalgam in Kashmir is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state, and for good reason. From picturesque locales to luxurious retreats, camping avenues and the thrill of adventure – the destination offer a complete experiential package to its visitors. However, the huge influx of tourists has led to a great deal of commercialisation, which can be quite the dampener for your holiday mood. Based on a recent trip to the town and its surroundings, here are some tips for Pahalgam sightseeing to make sure you get the most out of your trip: Put Tulian Lake on Your Pahalgam Sightseeing List Nestled between Zanskar and Pir Panjal ranges, the Tulian Lake, situated about 16 km from Pahalgam is an unforgettable delight to behold. Getting to this remote lake from Pahalgam involves a day-long trek, leading you to an altitude of 3,684 metres. The treks…

Expansive meadows and rolling hills, saffron plantation and tulips in blossom, still lakes and foamy rivers…who wouldn’t want to explore the land that’s earned itself the title of ‘heaven on Earth’. But the first question that comes to mind when considering a trip to this wonderland is – is it safe to visit Kashmir? Given the turbulent atmosphere in the state, these concerns are not unfounded. Yet, thousands of people land here, year after year, to grab a slice of this heaven. Since tourism is a primary source of revenue in this landlocked and disturbed region, the government and the locals do everything in their power to ensure the safety of tourists. That said, there have been a few isolated incidents where tourists have been trapped due to an unforeseen spate in the tension between the forces and the separatists and even found themselves caught in the crosshairs of angry…

Imagine a smooth ceramic bowl of white edged with jade green. Being surrounded by snow-covered peaks as far as the eye can see – an endless realm of pure white magic. The thrill of speeding downhill, which is as close as you come to flying without wings. Getting in touch with your childhood by making a snowman or indulging in snowball fights. A trip to Gulmarg offers it all and then some. This incredible place will give you a taste of different seasons all in a day – going from bright sunshine to pouring rain, a chill in the air and snowfall in the course of 24 hours. Words fall short to describe this huge meadow ringed by fir trees and snowy peaks, bestowed with mountain fresh air, nature trails, ski slopes, and a host of fun activities –gondola ride, sledging, golfing and snow scooters. A trip to Gulmarg will…

A green paradise holding many iconic landmarks, gastronomic delights and shopping avenues in its folds, Singapore is undoubtedly one of the most fascination Southeast Asian destinations. The Land of the Merlion, off the southern Malaysian coast, is a futuristic urban centre abounding in rich experiences at every step of the way. However, unless you are invested in careful trip planning, exploring Singapore can burn quite the hole in your pocket. Take these 10 Singapore travel tips into consideration, whether you are planning a brief stop-over or an elaborate holiday, to make the most of the experience: Singapore Travel Tips for Planning Your Trip Pack for the Weather The tropic climate of the place means the weather conditions are humid and hot all year round, with average temperatures in the range of 26-34 degrees Celsius. High levels of humidity result in excessive perspiration outdoors, so it is important to pack light,…

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…

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…