Mount Abu – A Last-Minute Winter Getaway in Rajasthan

Mount Abu – A Last-Minute Winter Getaway in Rajasthan

One & only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is located in Aravalli Mountains that offers a gamut of surpassing scenic views, religious sites, and spots for people who’re looking for a romantic escape. Tourists head towards the destination for a pleasant weather to enjoy boating on Nakki Lake and to get rid of the scorching days at their locations or neighboring cities. Do go!

 

 

Some of you, dear readers, might be thinking that mostly I share my pleasurable experiences but if you look forward to a break over a period of time & planning to cover top hill stations in India, Mount Abu would comparatively be a mediocre choice. Winters are the best time to visit Mount Abu and highly advised if you really want to feel an arresting chill. Take a sweater along, and remember that nights might be quite cold.

Here, a list of must-go places from plethora of tourist spots in Mount Abu you shouldn’t miss –

  1. Dilwara Jain Temples –

Decorated with extraordinary carvings and hilly surroundings, this temple complex was built before 13th century which consists five Jain temples; Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple, Shri AdiNath Temple, Shri ParshavNath Temple, Shri Rishabdao Temple and Shri NemiNath Temple.

Opening Time: 12:00 PM
Closing Time: 06:00 PM
Open All Days with Free Entry

  1. Nakki Lake –

Associated with an interesting history, Nakki Lake is a major tourist attraction in Mount Abu or I can say the lake posses the crown of being the heart of Mount Abu. The center of attraction tops the list where some of the most photographed scenes include mesmerizing mountains and rocky formations that symbolize this quite cool place.

  1. Guru Shikhar –

A Hindu pilgrimage site located at the highest peak of Aravalli Range, Guru Shikhar is a tourist attraction in Mount Abu that leads them to the top of the mountain. A visit takes at least 2 hours and remember the timings; 9:00 AM to 5:00 in the evening. I recommend reaching early morning and witness the breathtaking sunrise.

  1. Achalgarh Village –

 A hamlet in Mount Abu has a beauty that’s enough to attract tourists. It is popular for a medieval monument – Achalgarh Fort and Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple that is famous for having a Nandi which is said to be made of five metals, gold, silver, copper, zinc and brass.

  1. Adhar Devi Temple –

 A temple of Goddess Durga or Arbuda is another religious site situated in a cave and just 365 steep stairs away which offers a bird’s eye view of the town. The temple receives a gamut of tourists during the holy season of Navratri has been celebrated once a year and pilgrims from all over to witness this beautiful sight.

  1. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary –

 The oldest part of the hill station is also a home to a fantastic Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary not exclusively for nature lovers while for those who’re looking to make their experience in the forest a different one. The best thing about this untamed sanctuary remains its location – cut off from a level of bustle in Mount Abu.

Mount Abu is undoubtedly the best one in Rajasthan and on the list of best tourist attractions in India. Bordered by Gujarat, the town is easily reachable from any major city and Abu Road is the nearest railway station which is just 30km away. Tourists gave Mount Abu 4 out of 5 on Tripadvisor. A single click on LIKE button encourages us to serve you better while sharing the blog can motive a thousand of people for hitting the road because we all know that travel brings power and love back to your life.

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A Healthy Break for Natural Breath – Barsha Pond Park in Dubai!

A Healthy Break for Natural Breath – Barsha Pond Park in Dubai!

When you think of Dubai, the first thought come across is skyscrapers. A city of high-rise buildings, a city which got into a super transformation from a deserted place to one of the top tourist destination.  Though less of the tourists know Dubai’s natural transformation also for Go Green projects. Dubai holds many healthy family parks which are life line of many lives. These parks have been part of routine life of residents and a great source of mental relaxation from routine work life. In this series of best parks of Dubai, we bring our first blog on Barsha Pond Park. Just 5 minute drive from Mall of the Emirates, this beautiful spacious park is quite famous among families, joggers, fitness enthusiasts and kids parties.

A breathtaking sunrise view from the park is a not-to-miss opportunity. A click from our camera;

This park offers walking and jogging tracks around it which makes it quite popular among joggers;

In addition of this, there is a bicycle rentals shop and designated track for cycling also. It also offers badminton courts, football pitches, basketball courts, fitness machines, a designated area for child’s play and boating also. A lush green park, far from city noise, this quite and calm park may turn out to be a routine healthy-break destination for you.

Other Facilities Offered;

Shops – A small shop for quick refreshments.

Maintenance – A lush green well-maintained family park. Plenty of benches to rest and wide grassy area for picnic.

Toilets – Yes

Pets Allowed – No

Timings – Anytime

Entry – Free

You may also see group of yoga enthusiasts during morning and evening;

In extension of our album, we tried capturing the heart-touching sunrise moments. Here we bring live moments of sun rising out of its clouds comfort and we are happy  to share these mesmerized moments with our readers;

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Dubai Global Village – All-in-One Entertainment!

Dubai Global Village – All-in-One Entertainment!

Undoubtedly, Dubai has been one of the top destinations for travelers from across the world and there are plenty of reasons to be. A seasonal extravaganza which lasts for 5 months every year, Global Village is one must-to-do activity in Dubai. Shopping, Live Shows, Fairground Rides, Restaurants, Amusement Park and a Great opportunity for camera lovers, what else you need to have a great evening with your family and friends. Top of it, all it comes in just 15 AED/person entry ticket.

What this Village is all about?

This is world’s largest seasonal cultural shopping festival in which countries from across the globe participate and showcase their specialties. Each country has its own pavilion which is decorated considering the cultural background of the respective country. Once you enter, you get into the true feeling of being in that country.

An ideal place for family, kids and fun lovers, this place has something special for every age. To name few, it offers;

Shopping Avenues, Dining Options, Thrilling Rides, Live Shows, Street Performances. There are more than 20 restaurants at Global Village serving international cuisines. Lake facing, Open air restaurants are affordable and offer a great stop for resting and enjoying weather.

Timings to Visit:

Since it is placed in open area and you have to walk a lot, it is opened from November to March when weather is pleasant. For rest of the months, it is closed. Though keep an eye on Global Village official site before you plan; http://globalvillage.ae/plan-your-visit/park-timings/

Opening hours from 4 PM to 12 AM (Saturday to Wednesday)

Opening hours from 4 PM to 1 AM (Thursday, Friday and Public Holidays)

Entry Fee for the World’s Most Largest Extravaganza is just AED 15/-

Why Global Village is Recommended;

  • Entry ticket is just AED 15/-
  • Pleasant weather with lot of entertainment options.
  • Best killer for evening time if you are getting bored at home.
  • Great opportunity to experience different cultures and their specialties.
  • Merchandisers are not pushy and you can shop at your ease.
  • Lots of food.
  • Fireworks.
  • Spectacular lighting which turns this place into a magical world.
  • A heaven for camera lovers.

Here we bring some of the clicks from our store;

Let’s walk you through with some interesting videos also of Canal Ride and Fireworks;

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Dhow Cruise Experience – Marina Dubai

Dhow Cruise Experience – Marina Dubai

If you are a tourist or has been living in Dubai, one thing which you should not miss is Dhow Cruise dinner experience. This is one of the top activities and a must-to-do. There are two places where you can have this experience; Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek.

Dubai Creek surroundings bring mix touch of old and new Dubai, though Dubai Marina is surrounded with modern skyscrapers building and comes with a complete modern look. This blog brings you some click moments from Dubai Marina.

Why this activity is a must-to-do

  • It doesn’t hurt much to your pocket. Though there are variety of Dhow cruise options generally starting from AED 85 to AED 250.
  • Dinner is included.
  • Traditional Tanoura dance performance or Magic show to entertain you.
  •  A great opportunity for camera lovers. The cruise boat is beautifully lighted up n looks amazing. All over there are lights and is very picturesque.
  • A perfect evening to be with your loved ones and enjoy the ride.

What not to expect

  • Don’t set high expectations for Food. Options are less and may not be 100% fit according to your taste. It is because they have tourists coming from all over the world.
  • Don’t expect a world class entertainment.
  • Don’t expect it to be overwhelming or breathtaking, instead, it’s a quiet outing of you with your loved ones.

Also, there are plenty of companies which offer this package and quality of service may vastly differ from one company to another company. It’s better if you go through online reviews of all available options and then decide.

If you are first time experiencing it and want to decide between Marina Dhow Cruise and Creek Dhow Cruise, I will personally recommend Dubai Marina which brings modern touch of Dubai. Still online reviews option is always open for you 😉

To experience Creek Dhow Cruise moments, here is the link

A Dinner Night in Dhow Cruise – Dubai Creek

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A Dinner Night in Dhow Cruise – Dubai Creek

A Dinner Night in Dhow Cruise – Dubai Creek

If you are a tourist or has been living in Dubai, one thing which you should not miss is Dhow Cruise dinner experience. This is one of the top activities and a must-to-do. There are two places where you can have this experience; Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek.

Dubai Creek surroundings bring mix touch of old and new Dubai, though Dubai Marina is surrounded with modern skyscrapers building and comes with a complete modern look. This blog brings you some click moments from Dubai Creek.

Why this activity is a must-to-do

  • It doesn’t hurt much to your pocket. Though there are variety of Dhow cruise options generally starting from AED 85 to AED 250.
  • Dinner is included.
  • Traditional Tanoura dance performance or Magic show to entertain you.
  •  A great opportunity for camera lovers. The cruise boat is beautifully lighted up n looks amazing. All over there are lights and is very picturesque.
  • A perfect evening to be with your loved ones and enjoy the ride.

What not to expect

  • Don’t set high expectations for Food. Options are less and may not be 100% fit according to your taste. It is because they have tourists coming from all over the world.
  • Don’t expect a world class entertainment.
  • Don’t expect it to be overwhelming or breathtaking, instead, it’s a quiet outing of you with your loved ones.

Also, there are plenty of companies which offer this package and quality of service may vastly differ from one company to another company. It’s better if you go through online reviews of all available options and then decide.

If you are first time experiencing it and want to decide between Marina Dhow Cruise and Creek Dhow Cruise, I will personally recommend Dubai Marina which brings modern touch of Dubai. Still online reviews option is always open for you 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

To experience Creek Dhow Cruise moments, here is the link

http://ghoomleyaar.com/dhow-cruise-experience-marina-dubai/

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Top 5 Things To Do In Rajkot

Top 5 Things To Do In Rajkot

Rajkot is the 4th largest city and the heart of Saurashtra region in the state of Gujarat. Mostly, vegetarians and foodie people live in the city, situated on the banks of the Aji River. If you are getting in touch with the city, you must consider these five things to experience in Rajkot.

Don’t miss the Gujarati Thali

If you are getting varieties of taste on your plate with butter milk and sweet daal or kadhi, you are in Gujarat and you must not miss these delicious things. Rajkot is a district comes under Kathiawar Region of Gujarat and one of the major spots for food and several types of dishes especially Kathiawari food.

The Grand Thakar (TGT) is a very famous multi-cuisine restaurant in Rajkot and well-known for its Gujarati Thali exclusively available at the time of lunch. Everyone should enjoy the unbeatable taste there with a price of Rs.270 lump sum.

Hampi
Fort Kochi

Enjoy Rides in Krishna Water Park

Not the only but one of the best picnic spots in Rajkot is Krishna Water Park which is located on NH 8-B, Kuvadva. It offers water playground for children, pendulum slide, wave pool, cyclone, octopus rides, multi lane water rides, and rain discotheque.

Do not forget to bring your Bermuda/Slack and T-shirt/Top as well as the towel otherwise you have to pay around Rs.200 to 240 with deposits. They charge Rs.120 (plus Rs.120 security deposit) for providing a locker. The entry fee is Rs.950 for adults and Rs.750 for children including food.

Take a Glimpse of BAPS Swaminarayan Temple

Rajkotians (citizens of Rajkot) are lucky because they have a magnificent temple called Swaminarayan Temple where they can find peace of mind. The temple is located on kalavad road in Rajkot and the most artistic & architectural temple you will ever see. A canteen named ‘Premvati Food Court’ provides a variety of dishes at reasonable prices in the temple premises.

Kerala Backwaters
Varkala

Spend a Day in Pradhyuman Zoological Park

Here, you can spend your holiday well with your family because many rare species of animals and birds, and 35 thousand trees will be the center of attention so recharge your video camera’s battery if you don’t want to miss any activity there.

Visit Timings
9:00AM – 7:00PM
Closed on Fridays

Just take an autorickshaw or use Ola cab to get there from anywhere in the city. Entry fee is Rs.10 for adult and Rs.5 for children.

Have A Cup of Coffee in Café L.P.L

Love Peace Latte (LPL) Café is not so popular in the city but if you visit this food spot, neither you can avoid taking a cup of coffee nor you will skip a photography session there because the ambiance of the café is fiercely attractive. It is located on kalavad road near Sanjha Chulha in Rajkot. You can show some love through the link 

 

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Piyush Tripathi

Piyush Tripathi

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I wanna make memories all over the world & would like to be richer in my life so I satisfy my strong desire to travel irresistibly & get some mind-boggling experiences because travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer. 

I am a health professional, traveler and content writer / blogger. I have completed my MBA from Rajasthan and currently working as a Regional Supply Chain Manager in Gujarat Medical Services Corporation.

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Top 10 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Top 10 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the cradle of Arabian culture, the city of oases, and the scion of incredible architecture. Abu Dhabi has something to fulfill the longing in every traveler’s heart, whether it’s entertainment, beauty, luxury, shopping, views and landscapes, beach-life or art and architecture. As capital of the United Arab Emirates and the largest of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi boasts of unique things such as a falconry hospital, the Empty Quarter Desert with the largest dune in the world, and much more. Get ready to be wowed by Abu Dhabi and its incredibly impressive attractions for travelers.

  1. Visit The Liwa Oasis

Liwa is a lovely oasis located at the Northern edge of the Rub al Khali desert, bordered by a collection of Bedouin villages. Liwa is the birth place of the Nahyan tribe, the present leaders of the UAE. A variety of date palms are cultivated here, and various kinds of dates are sold at the Liwa Date Festival in June along with Bedouin handicrafts. The desert dunes are enormous at Liwa, the tallest being the Tal Mireb. Exploring Liwa is one of the best things to do in Abu Dhabi.

  1. Tour Al Ain City

Al Ain is a lush, verdant paradise, which comes as a surprise as it is close to the desert. The Hili Archaeological site is strewn with ancient tombs and artifacts from the Bronze Age and beyond. These are housed in Al Ain’s National Museum, such as a reconstructed Grand Hili tomb and gold pendants from the II BC. Enjoy the colorful Camel Market with its decorated camels. Al Ain’s Zoo has beautiful gardens and the world’s last remaining white lions and tigers.

  1. Enjoy Abu Dhabi City Tour With Ferrari World

Enjoy Abu Dhabi City Tour with Ferrari World, You’ll experience the city’s top landmarks such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Capital Gate Building, the Corniche and others on this tour, before getting to Ferrari World. Once there, give in to your inner child and enjoy rides designed to thrill. Let your kids learn to drive on Junior GT track, while you enjoy the world’s tallest 52-meter loop Flying Aces rollercoaster, which rushes at 120 kilometers per hour.  Enjoy the Formula Rossa ride; watch Ferrari-inspired acrobat shows, optical illusions, and gravity-defying stunts.

  1. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is made of white Macedonian marble carved in floral designs that are embedded precious and semi-precious stones. Everywhere you look, you’ll see lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone, jasper and mother-of-pearl pieces glittering in the sun. Crowned by 80 marble domes held aloft by over 1000 white marble pillars, the mosque is an international architectural marvel. Four beautifully-carved 107m-high white marble minarets say hello to the sky, while on the inside, the world’s largest carpet and the world’s largest crystal glass chandelier await you.

  1. Stroll Along The Corniche

The Abu Dhabi Corniche is a four-mile long coastal promenade, which passes by several prominent landmarks such as the 18-degree lean-inbuilt Capital Gate building, the Etihad Towers and Qasr Al Hosn. You won’t miss the ginormous Emirate flag, set atop a 360ft pole. The Corniche is bordered by lush picnic areas; barbeque facilities and kids play areas. Several beaches lead off from the Corniche for quick and private access.

  1. Take a Boat Ride to Emirates Palace, Royal Palaces And Grand Mosque

Your boat cruise departs from the Emirates Palace Marina and cruises around to the Presidential Palace, Royal Palaces, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Al Maqtaa Bridge, Al Maqtaa Fort and the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Enjoy watching the sights up close as chosen-language headset commentary delivers a fascinating array of information on some not-to-miss destinations in Abu Dhabi.

  1. Go On An Abu Dhabi Desert Safari Adventure

The cool thing is that you can go on Abu Dhabi Desert Safari in the magnificent Rub al Khali, where the huge dunes dominate the sky. Go dune bashing, sand boarding, quad-biking and camel riding on the huge dunes. Relax in a genuine Bedouin tent with soft drinks, local entertainment and a henna painting if you’re on an evening or overnight safari. Sleeping under the stars on the enormous Rub al Khali is an experience you simply don’t want to miss.

  1. Visit the Women’s Handicraft Center

Watch the local women at the Women’s Handicraft Center weave baskets, embroider silks, and create complicated beaded jewelry using skills passed down through the ages. Run by Abu Dhabi Women’s Association, the center supports local women while keeping old traditions alive. Splurge on a few handmade items as souvenirs; you won’t get this kind of handiwork in malls and souqs!

  1. Take a Boat Ride to Emirates Palace, Corniche & Lulu Island

Your boat departs from Emirates Palace Marina, fronted by the Emirates Palace Hotel, the most luxurious hotel in the city. You’ll stop next at the Heritage Village site, for a glimpse of authentic Arabic culture. You’ll cruise along the beautiful and vibrant Corniche next, checking out the Capital Gate Building, Emirates Flag and other landmarks. Finally, the cruise passes through the manmade Lulu islands with their lush beaches, before visiting the Fisherman’s Village, where fishermen still plying Abu Dhabi’s ancient trade using age-old methods.

  1. Get Top Views At The Observation Deck At 300

Climb up to the Observation Deck on the Etihad Tower’s 74th floor for fantastic views of the entire city. The best way to do this is to eat something at the Jumeirah Hotel and enjoy the views for free. Or, you can pay the entry fee and redeem it for refreshments later, at the observation deck’s restaurant. Enjoy some high tea while enjoying Abu Dhabi’s glittering skylines, bordered by red dunes on one side and the sea on the other.  Observation Deck at 300 is Abu Dhabi’s answer to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Conclusion

Don’t limit your exploration of Abu Dhabi’s delights just to the delights we’ve listed. Be sure to check out Yas Water World (one of the premium water amusement parks in the UAE) and explore Abu Dhabi’s beaches as well.  Squeeze some shopping in and while you’re at it, a lovely massage after a day in the sun at one of Abu Dhabi’s beach resorts is just the ticket.

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Dubai shopping festival yet another reason to be in Dubai

Dubai shopping festival yet another reason to be in Dubai

Working in Gurgaon as an IT professional, it was high time I had to make a travel plan to come out of my boredom. I have been a solo traveler for quite some time and this was going to be yet another solo adventure. After careful scrutiny of options, I came up with Dubai. I have heard a lot about Dubai from my friends and was curious about visiting the place. The world famous sky-scrapers, pleasant weather, world class shopping options and lot more is what Dubai offers. We can call it a co-incidence as the world famous Dubai Shopping Festival (popularly known as DSF) was about to start.

With some balance leaves in hand, I planned up for a 5 days trip and now the next question was how to execute this trip. My schedule did not allow me to sit down and plan for the trip, so I decided to look after the options over the internet and that’s when I stumbled across some great packages and Hotel booking offers from Thomas Cook. I booked a complete package of 4N/5D from Thomas Cook which included flights, hotels, visa, travel insurance, transfers and sightseeing from Thomas Cook.

Places I visited

Dubai Aquarium

Along with thousands of sea species, aquarium comes with a unique guest the King Crocodile. Weighing a whopping 750 kg and measuring over 5m in length, this massive wonder is a treat to watch. In addition of it, we have other not-to- miss treats like Fruit Bat, Barn Owl, Desert Hedgehog, False Cobra, Veiled Chameleon, Penguins and never ending list. With never ending list, we have one more special guest in the list; The Giant Pacific Octopus.

Burj Khalifa, The World’s Tallest Artificial Structure

By travelling through world’s fastest lift, we were on 124 th floor in matter of seconds. The floor hosts the observation deck for the visitors, the view from top is spectacular giving a breathtaking view of Dubai’s skyline and high rises.

Dubai Miracle Garden

The name given Miracle Garden proves it to be a Miracle. It’s not because of the way it is built but the specialty is about maintaining such a beautiful flower park in a city like Dubai. It is also said to be the world’s biggest natural flower garden which consists of different types of flowers, special vertical and horizontal landscaping designs in each area.

Marina Dhow Cruise

A dhow cruise dinner is a memorable experience. An amazing view of sky scrapers and surrounding residences around the marina with soft and melodious music were an added flavor to the fantastic food.

Desert Safari

Desert Safari is most famous event for Dubai travelers. Dune bashing on 4X4 vehicle was full of adventure and fun which followed with belly dance and other breathtaking dance performance. A great evening ended with nice Indian and Arabic food.

Shopping

Last but not the least, Dubai is one of the top destination for shopaholic. One can find all the renowned brands from around the world. Dubai is not only meant for brands and expensive shopping. The Dubai shopping festival is heaven for those who want to spend average yet want to carry a brand. Dubai shopping festival offers something special for every class of shoppers. After having so much of fun and with lots of memorable pics, I was back to India. I would like to convey my regards to Thomas Cook for making this journey special and hassle free.

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