Travexcell Staff

2020 has been a year of unprecedented travel and health disruption across the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic. More than 200 countries have been affected and the subsequent quarantine restrictions and health costs have been severe.

As on date (11July) there have been 12646767 Coronavirus cases with 563255 deaths and the spread is not looking to abate.

March 2020 saw most countries stopping international and domestic flights leaving many people stranded with no way to return home.

I was visiting Canada and had no way to travel back to India.

The wait

I started to keep a close watch on the news and checking status on travel updates at Consulate of India in Vancouver ( ).

In April the Government of India announced evacuation flights from across the world to bring back stranded citizens. I registered for evacuation on the Indian Consulate website.

Vancouver to India flights were announced in Phase 2. The flights were on 19th June (Vancouver -Delhi) and 22 June (Vancouver- Mumbai). As I had to travel further to Srinagar, the Vancouver-Delhi flight was my first choice. The flights were to be booked directly on Air India web portal and FAQ’s were shared at the Indian Consulate Vancouver website.

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I received an email from the CGI Vancouver with a Unique case numberand documents to be filled for travel purposes, details of which are mentioned below.

Read and keep ready the following documents for submission at airport on check-in counter for above flights

i) Undertaking cum Indemnity Bond Revised June-2020

ii) Additional undertaking for flights to Delhi

iii) Air India Indemnity — Quarantine Cost & Deportation Charges

iv) Air India Mandatory Requirements for Airport Check-In for Evacuation Flights

v) Self-Reporting-Form to be handed-over on arrival in India

3. Your registration number (unique case file number) is: ABCD123456xxx

Flight booking was to open at sharp 7.30 am on 8 June 2020. Needless to say I checked the Air India website and was online before time.

The booking on the website was very very slow and I had to make 4 attempts for 2–3 hours and still could not complete the booking , even after reaching the payments step. The flight was completely booked within 3 hours and I still did not have a ticket.

The only option left was to buy the Vancouver-Mumbai flight for 22 June.

I tried on that and finally got the ticket for the Air India flight Vancouver to Mumbai on 22 June.

The Cost 2440 CAN $ which would be around 1.36 lakh India rupees. Pretty steep for a one way ticket.

Is this Cost justified ?

let’s do the maths

In the Air India evacuation plane there are 9 seats to a row. 3 x 3x 3

The middle seats are all empty for social distancing purposes, so that means only 6 people sitting in a row.

Now consider that Air India flight had to travel empty from India to Vancouver, that is all 9 seats empty . So for 18 seats to and fro , the total payment received by Air India is for 6 seats only , that is 6 x 136000 = Rs 816000

Which further comes to : Rs 816000/ 18 seats = 45333 Rs per seat for return trip if Air India had charged in normal times with 100 % occupancy.

The cost is high for a single fare but covers expenses of Air India adequately ensuring that the evacuation exercise is not a loss making one.

The flight to Mumbai

Interestingly I could not do the web check in as Vancouver airport did not feature in the drop-down list of “from and to “. I believe Air India does not have regular flights to Vancouver and hence the mystery of the missing airport. I clarified from Air India helpline (Helpline in India, the North America helpline number does not work “does not exist”) and was informed that check in will be done at the Vancouver Airport.

Interestingly the flights from Toronto to Delhi are on an almost daily basis.

The full refund cancellation was available till 24 hrs. of booking the flight.

On 22nd June, the flight was scheduled to take off at 11 AM Vancouver time.

The luggage allowance was 2 bags each of 23 kgs. and Carry on of 8 kgs. And it was better to be within the weight limit as I saw some people made to take out extra weight from their luggage at the Airport Check-in.

I arrived at 7.30 AM at the airport, with mask and gloves on and a handy bottle of sanitizer in my Carry-On bag.

I was directed to a health check line by the Air India Airport Staff. Temperature of each passenger was taken and the undertaking forms were checked, one copy given back and registration number (Unique file number) taken.

Temperature of each passenger was noted on a small round sticker and applied on the passport cover. Now don’t lose this.

The consulate staff was also present and all passengers were offered water during the wait of the temperature check and undertaking collection. This took about 90 minutes.

At around 9 am, I finally moved in to the check-in counter line which took another 60–90 minutes and finally to immigration.

The boarding of the flight was delayed and we boarded at around 11.30 AM.

The Air India crew were in full safety gear and directed each passenger to their seats.

All middle seats were empty and prepacked food, sanitizer pouches, masks and plastic face shield were kept for each passenger.

The food was an assortment of chips, Nuts, dry fruits, 4–5 types of juices, sandwiches, croissants and several other food items that was to last us till Mumbai.

The middle seat being empty, it was easy to manage all the goodies.

The food was more than enough to last the flight and I couldn’t eat all of it.

We finally took off at 12.15 PM, a delay of around 1.15 hrs. The flight took around 14.45 Hrs. to reach our destination Mumbai and we reached on time at 3.30 PM on 23 June 2020.

This was by far one of the most comfortable International flights I had flown In and I didn’t have any Jet lag at all.

De boarding took another 20 minutes, and we had to download Aarogya SETU app as soon as we de boarded. This was checked at the security gate as was my temperature.

My status in Aarogya Setu App was Green and “At Low Risk”.

After immigration, I collected my baggage and was directed to helpdesks set up where I was given a list of Hotels to choose from for my 7-day mandatory quarantine.

I chose Hyatt Regency which is very close to the Airport. The daily charges were 4000 Rs inclusive of Break Fast, Lunch, Dinner and taxes.

Several passengers were hoarded on to the waiting buses to take them to their chosen Hotels. The ticket was Rs 100 per passenger. All baggage to be loaded on the bus by the passengers. You have a choice of calling a Cab from your chosen hotel, but as mine was the closest I was the first to be dropped off.

Woh Saat Din. 7 Days of Quarantine.

I was dropped off by the bus at Hyatt at around 7 pm. The driver of the bus ensured me and another passenger entered the Hotel. The baggage was kept outside the main entrance for sanitization, my temperature and Aarogya Setu app status checked, I was given a new mask and proceeded to the Hotel Check In.

Hyatt Regency had a skeleton staff and strict rules for the quarantine.

No going out of the room.

No food from home or outside.

In case a guest gets a parcel from outside the Hotel, the parcel is quarantined for one day and handed over the next day.

All quarantine guests were on the same 4th floor. After check In I had to take my luggage to my room. No porter services.

The room was very comfortable. About 45 half liter mineral water bottles were already placed in the room. Besides the meals I could order eatables of my choice at a 30% discount. The meals were delicious, sufficient and served in Plastic lunch containers, placed outside the room on the table. I never did order any additional eatables.

On the fourth day, our Covid test was done on the same floor of the Hotel. Swab from throat was taken which was not uncomfortable at all.

I booked a Go Air ticket from Mumbai to Srinagar for the 30th of June. On 29th June, I received a message from Go Air that my flight to Srinagar was Cancelled. I emailed them for a refund but have still not heard from them till date.

I was aware that a lot of flights from Mumbai to Srinagar were getting cancelled for whatever reasons. Another great mystery

I booked another flight from Mumbai to Srinagar on 30th with Spice Jet SG8704.

Due to my International travel, I was carrying more baggage than allowed on domestic flights, so I managed to send some of It thru Air Cargo beforehand to Srinagar.

The service of Spice Jet air Cargo was excellent and my baggage arrived before me.

The flight SG 8704 was a connecting flight with stopover in Delhi but reaching Srinagar on the same day. The flight was to leave Mumbai on 30th Morning at around 7.30 AM

On 29th I received a message from Spice Jet that now the flight would leave at 5.30 pm on the 30th and the second leg of the flight, that is from Delhi to Srinagar would be on the 1st of July. So that means, I would have to spend overnight In Delhi with a higher chance of getting Covid. I wonder if the airlines realize that they are putting the passenger at risk of getting Covid by making these arbitrary changes.

On 30th June at around 2 pm, I checked out of Hyatt Regency. I was given my Covid Negative report (Hurray), 14 days home quarantine stamped on my hand and a Travel Pass.

Overall a very comfortable stay and excellent service by Hyatt Regency Mumbai.

Flying High to Sitting Ducks

I had to do a web check-in and received my boarding pass on my email. I was Instructed to paste my details on my baggage.

The baggage allowed was 20 Kgs Check-in and 10 KGs carry On. I had an additional Laptop bag with me.

I reached the airport at around 2.30 pm and went to the Spice Jet desk. The airport was almost empty. My baggage was duly checked In and I proceeded to the allocated gate with my Carry-On bag and Laptop Bag. More than half the shops in the Airport were open but there were very less customers. Everybody was in masks and social distancing was being strictly practiced.

My temperature was checked at several places and status on Aarogya Setu app was also checked. (Which at that point was Green and “You are Safe”)

We boarded the flight in time. The inflight crew was in overall protective gear and we were informed that no snacks/food would be served though water bottles on request were available.

Passengers in the middle seats were given protective overalls to wear and rest of the passengers were given the standard Kit of Sanitizer pouches, masks and plastic protective shield. I couldn’t help but notice that the kit given by Air India was far better in quality. The mask given by spice jet could hardly be put on and pulled my ears, if I would have sneezed, it would have taken my ears off (probably that was its purpose, don’t sneeze or your ears off!!)

We landed In Delhi on time and had to wait for 15–20 minutes for the on-ground staff to man the gates. As soon as the Inflight crew announced that we could de board, social distancing went out of the closed windows and it was a rush to the exit for the passengers. The crew repeatedly requested for passengers to de board as per their sitting order, but to no avail.

I collected my baggage from the belt and went outside the Airport. There was no temperature check, no quarantine, I was free to go anywhere. The scene almost looked like the pre Covid times with lines outside the Subway joint.

My next day flight was at around 8.30 am, so I called an Ola, checked in at a nearby hotel.

Next day morning, I reached the airport at around 6 AM. I had already done the web check In and had the boarding card. I went to the Spice Jet desk where I was duly informed that the laptop bag was not allowed and I would have to add it in my luggage or check-in bag.

The domestic limit of 20 kgs. check and 10 kgs. carry on is apparently inclusive of Laptops.

So, I added my laptop bag to my check bag, paid Rs 1200 for the additional 3 kgs. and walked towards the boarding gate.

I saw two passengers not being allowed on the flight as they had not done web check in which is now mandatory. So, Kids do your web check in on time.

Finally boarded the flight to Srinagar via Delhi. Same repeat, we were given the Kits with the ear pulling masks, the middle-seated passenger was given a protective gown to wear.

The flight was via Jammu and it was full and on time. All passengers had to de board in Jammu for the plane to be sanitized.

We reached Srinagar at around 12.15, a delay of about 45 minutes as there was some clearance delay and we had to hover over the airport for about 30 minutes.

The Final Destination

On de boarding the plane at Srinagar, the passengers were directed to 8–10 helpdesks at the entrance of the Airport (from the runway), passengers’ details were taken. I collected my baggage and then was directed to another line of helpdesks where again details were taken, name, arrived from, etc. etc. Then over to the Covid test again, no worries, I had done it earlier.

But this time it was a nose swab taken and it was uncomfortable. But better safe than sorry.

I was Informed that I would have to do another day In Quarantine at a Hotel until my Covid report came. Well as if I had a choice.

We were taken to TRC in a bus where we had to choose a Hotel. The hotels were pretty reasonable and I had to shell out 1200 Rs for the one day stay plus 500 Rs for the further Cab drive from TRC to the Hotel in Shalimar.

Next day I was Informed at 3 pm that my Covid report was ready and I would get the report at 5 pm. At 5 pm an Officer of the health services came to the Hotel and handed over the Covid Negative report with further instruction of Home Quarantine till 15th of July.

Travel has changed, when earlier I could reach home from an International destination in 2 days max, it took me 9 days to reach home plus a further 14 days in Home Quarantine. Lots of things to be taken care of while travelling. The plus point is the Airports are not crowded as they used to be. The minus points are the increased cost, erratic services, delayed , cancelled flights and chances of getting infected with Covid 19.

So, take a decision to travel only if you have to and stay safe.

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Germany Forests Bavaria Trees Moss

There is about 30-40 percent of the land on earth covered by forests. The forests are very important and grow in many places around the world. They are an ecosystem which includes many trees, plants and animals. Forests can exist from the equator line to near the polar regions, but different climates have different kind of forests.

These Are The 10 Most Beautiful Forests In The World

1. Redwood National Park, United States

Redwood National Park, United States

2. Crooked Forest, Poland

Crooked Forest, Poland

3. The Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest

4. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan

5. Black Forest, Germany

6. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica

7. Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada

8. Mossy Forest, Malaysia


9. Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China

Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China

10. Puszcza Białowieska

puszcza bialowieska -poland
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Jai Valley Bhaderwah, Jammu, India

Bhaderwah – located in the lap of the Himalayas in the Doda district of union territory Jammu and Kashmir. Bhaderwah is also called ‘Naagon ki Bhoomi meaning the land of Nagas‘ Bhaderwah is 80 km away from Batote while about 200 km away from the Jammu city. Bhaderwah town is simply gorgeous with quite a few praiseworthy meadows, unexplored valleys, glittering water-bodies, rocky terrains and a rich variety of flora and fauna. Bhaderwah valley is famous in its own culture. The natives are mostly the followers of the Old Naga Tradition. People celebrate many popular festivals, the festival of the local importance very often present an enthralling spectacle of local culture. The Mela Patt and Kailash Yatra are two of the most important festivals of the Bhaderwah valley.

The cultural similarities with Kashmir, Bhaderwah is popularly called as “lokut kasheer” in kashmiri translated as”Mini Kashmir.

What is the best time to visit Bhaderwah?

The best time to vist Bhadewah between “April to July” The climate of Bhaderwah is cold and pleasant throughout the year, the temperatures rise a bit during summer in valley. The town is completely covered with snow by the end of December, if you are snow lovers then “December, January” is best time to visit valley.

Some of the best & major tourist attractions to visit Bhaderwah

Bhaderwah is home of small valley’s that are perfect for vacations and adventure activities. Bhaderwah tourism welcomes its visitors to witness its beautiful sights like Jai Valley, Padri, Chinta valley, Sarthal Valley etc. In this article you will read about 10 scenic destinations in Bhaderwah valley.

10 Best Places To Visit In Bhaderwah

#1. Jai Valley

Jai Valley - The famous tourist attraction in Bhaderwah valley.

#2. Padri

Padri Bhaderwah

#3. Chinta valley

#4. Sarthal Valley-Chatargalla Pass

#5. Chandi Mata Mandir Chinote

Chandi Mata Temple, Bhaderwah

#6. Seoj Meadow

#7. Gatha Tourist Resort

#8. Bhal Padri

#9. Nalthi

#10. Kailash Kund

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Kashmir Valley

Kashmir, region of the northwestern Indian subcontinent. The term “Kashmir” denoted only the Kashmir Valley between the Great Himalaya Range & the Pir Panjal Range. Kashmir is situated in Region of Xinjiang to the northeast and the Tibet Autonomous Region to the east, and two neighbouring Indian states Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south, by Pakistan to the west.

Agar firdaus bar rooe zameen ast, Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen astEnglish Translation: If there is a paradise on earth, It is this, it is this, it is this” by Amir Khusrau.

Here are the 10 reasons why everyone should Kashmir in 2020

1. The natural beauty

Kashmir Natural Beauty

It doesn’t  matter where we Humans go we are always attached to the Nature.We start with the mesmerising Gardens in Srinagar like Shalimar Garden and Nishat Garden or the Pari Mahal located at the top of the Zabarwan Mountain and the Chashme Shahi  famous for its spring water which is considered very beneficial for health or the Badam Vari which has so many Almond trees all over or the Apple Gardens which offer the best of apples to the whole India and the spectacular Dal Lake which has its lovers all over the world. The capital Srinagar has so much to offer.

2. Houseboats of Dal lake

Dal Lake is also known as the “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir”.It  is integral to tourism industry in Kashmir. Houseboats cover  an area of 18 sq. km. Although it has various attractions but the Houseboats and Shikaras are  famous among them. There are several  kinds of Houseboats with the most exquisite and expensive being the Houseboats of the Golden Lake which is a part of the Dal Lake.Apart from staying in the Houseboat you can have the privilege of visiting the Floating market, Floating gardens which blossom with Lotus flowers, Char Chinar and various other attractions of the lake it. Going in a Shikara is a experience which you ll never forget in your life.

3. Gondola and Golf course in Gulmarg

Gulmarg Gondola

Gulmarg is a town in Baramula District in Jammu & Kashmir. The famous Gondola in Gulmarg is the world’s largest operating cable car. The two staged cable car carries around 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori Mountain peak, a shoulder of nearby Afarwat Peak(13,780ft.).
Next most attractive thing in Gulmarg is  the Golf Course which  is counted as the largest 18-hole golf courses in the country. Gulmarg is also a popular Skiing Destination. It is the heartland of “Winter Sports in India” where heli skiing is also performed by people from all around the world.

4. Wonderful climate.

Kashmir Climate

Plan your trip to Kashmir in the scorching heat of summers when the temperature rises up to 40 degrees in most parts . Kashmir is cool even in the harshest of summer and you can visit this valley between April and june to see the blooming flowers, green meadows, and Chinar trees and lot more. Overall you can get the experience of new phase of spring in Kashmir valley. If you plan your trip in Winter Season then you will enjoy beautiful snowfall that would be an incredible experience and for that you have to plan your journey early in the year. The snow laden  mountains fill the region with spectacular surroundings and the snow capped trees look awesome. Also, you can enjoy the most stunning views of sunrise and sunset at famous Dal Lake in heart of the Srinagar city.

5. Adventurous Trekking points

Great Kashmir Trekking Points

Located in the Great Himalaya and Pir Panjal mountain range, Kashmir Valley is the best place for camping, trekking, and mountaineering. While traveling to this beautiful land, you will witness the eye catching views of mountains, lakes, and meadows. Walking around the foothills, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is popular among tourists where you will cover the lakes of Gangabal, Kishansar and Vishansar that are close to the Harnukh Peak. Aru-Valley,Tarsar  Marsar, Kolahoi Glacier Trek and Yousmarg Trek are yet another challenge for trekkers. Kashmir is   the best place for trekkers where adventure is unlimited.

6. Delicious cuisines of Kashmir

Cuisines of Kashmir

Kashmir is a very popular  for street food and restaurants that offers mouth-watering cuisines to satisfy your taste buds. Many visitors come here to try a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights in Kashmir. Take a sip of Kahwah and Noon Chai which you won’t find elsewhere. If you are non-vegetarian, try Rogan Josh, Yakhni,Rista,kababs and so many for an awesome taste. Vegetarians can try haakh, Paneer Chaman, Kashmiri Saag, and Nadur daal.

7. Wildlife Tours

The beautiful wildlife of Jammu and Kashmir reward the nature seeker with views of vast  topography as well as the rarest species of wildlife. The state has many national parks and sanctuaries, aimed at protecting some of these endangered species. Lucky visitors can catch a glimpse of the hangul (Kashmiri stag), leopard, wild cats, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan marmot, musk deer, and a species of wild goat. Himalayan birds, like pheasants, the golden eagle and the bearded vultures can also be spotted. Add these natural forests to your must see list.
. Dachigam National Park
. Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
. Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary
. Kishtwar High Altitude National Park
. Overa National Park..

8. Inexpensive trip.

Inexpensive Kashmir Trip

Although Jammu & Kashmir is an all season visiting place  but best month to visit Kashmir is the last week of September  and the first week of October. This time it is out of season and a  the climate that time is very pleasant. since kashmir is  a tourist place therefore there are a lot of hotels throughout the State. You can book hotel online  for the best of prices. Travelling in Shared Taxis are convenient as well as cheap and while shopping the local market has a lot to offer and a good bargaining can save a lot of bucks.

9. Shopping

Kashmir Shopping

Shopping in Kashmir is one of the most common things to do. And its not just antiques and other souvenirs. Tourists here can shop for famous Kashmiri handlooms and Pashmina shawls, antique copperware like samovars, Namda carpets, local garments called pherins, and the world renowned Kashmiri saffron. There are flowers, dry fruits, and vegetables sold on the shikaras in Dal Lake. shopping here will be an incredible experience that too at lower prices.

10. Amarnath cave


Taking a pilgrimage to Amarnath Cave  is among the most religious things to do in Kashmir. The Amarnath Yatra is done to worship the ice stalagmite called Shivalinga. It is said that Lord Shiva “Hindu God”, explained the secret of life and eternity to Goddess Parvati. The Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage takes place during the month of July – August. This 45-days Shravan Mela (Yatra) is dedicated to Shri Amarnath Ji. “Hindu God”,
Amarnath Yatra is one of the most renowned Pilgrimage center in whole of India. 

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Mysore Palace On of the most beautiful royal palace

India have a long and rich history which is filled with stories of extravagant  Kings, Maharajas and Nizams. While they are perhaps best known for their imposing forts and buildings (such as Rajasthan’s Amber Fort, Delhi’s Red Fort and Hyderabad’s Golconda Fort etc), this rich and glorious past of india has also left behind many stunning royal palaces in India. Though many have now been converted to new purposes like hotels, resorts etc. you can see what remains of opulent and luxurious lifestyle of these great and royals.

These are some of the most famous royal palaces in India that you must visit:

1. Umaid Bhawan Palace – Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Best Royal Place in India, Umaid Bhawan Palace – Jodhpur, Rajasthan

On the top Chittar hill over the blue city of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Completed in 1943 and covering around 26 acres of land, it is known for its stunning mixture of Indo-Saracenic, Western Art Deco and Classical Revival styles of architecture. Owned by Maharaja Gaj Singh, it is one of the largest private residences in the world. Its 347 rooms feature all kinds of exhibits, including stuffed leopards, classic cars, and clocks. A part of the palace is also a heritage hotel in it.

2. Mysore Palace – Mysore, Karnataka

Mysore Palace – Mysore Karnataka

Located in the heart of the Mysore city, the magnificent Mysore Palace is truly wonderful. Also known as the Ambavilas Palace, it was designed by Henry Irving and was being completed in 1912. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, its distinctive domes and turrets and full of amazing design and art from different corners of the world. The three-storey palace also has some courtyards, two large durbar halls, twelve Hindu temples, and even an antique dolls pavilion.

3. Chowmahalla Palace – Hyderabad, Telangana

Chowmahalla Palace – Hyderabad, Telangana

Built across 40 acres, this 18th-century palace is a mix of Mughal and Persian designs.  It is splited into two courtyards and is known for its exquisite antique furniture, Belgian-crystal chandeliers, and many royal artefacts including a 1911 yellow Rolls Royce. It was once the official residence of the Nizams of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and hosted many grand celebrations in it.

4. Hazarduari Palace –  Murshidabad, West Bengal

Hazarduari Palace – Murshidabad, West Bengal

This imposing royal palace was built in the 1830s by British architect Duncan Macleod for Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah of Bengal. Also called the Nizamat Kila, it is part of a large complex east bank of the Bhagirathi River that also houses the Nizamat Imambara (a congregation hall by muslims, shia) and the Wasif Manzil. The palace is now a museum with around 20 galleries displaying all kinds of paintings, weaponry, furniture, statues, manuscripts, and more. Don’t miss the massive crystal chandelier in the Durbar Hall which is said to have been given to the Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah by Queen Victoria.

5. City Palace – Jaipur, Rajasthan

City Palace – Jaipur, Rajasthan

At the very heart of the old city of Jaipur lies the remarkable City Palace. This sprawling complex of courtyards and gardens features a mix of Rajasthani and Mughal styles and was built by the Rajput king Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1732. Don’t miss the Mubarak Mahal, the Armoury, Chandra Mahal, and the Diwan-i-Am, the uniquely designed peacock gateways, and the museums and galleries out there.

6. Padmanabhapuram Palace – Thuckalay, Tamil Nadu

Padmanabhapuram Palace – Thuckalay, Tamil Nadu

Near the city of Thiruvananthapuram lies Padmanabhapuram, the former capital city of the Kingdom of Travancore. The Padmanabhapuram Palace (also known as Kalkulam Palace) was built in 17th century and is known for its wonderful murals and floral carvings and sculpted interiors. Explore the many rooms of the palace and their black granite floors over there.

7. Lake Palace – Udaipur, Rajasthan

Lake Palace – Udaipur, Rajasthan

Lake palace was built in the 18th century, Udaipur’s famous Lake Palace (previously known as Jag Niwas) is located on the scenic Lake Pichola. It was the summer palace of the royals of Mewar, it is now a popular Hotel run by the Taj Group. The luxurious white marble building spans 4 acres and has 83 rooms, each room of which is beautifully adorned. The walls themselves are decorated with semi-precious stones and ornamented niches, and enclose all kinds of courtyards, terraces, and gardens. Do not miss the nearby Jag Mandir (also called the “Lake Garden Palace”).

8. Jai Vilas Mahal – Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

8. Jai Vilas Mahal – Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

The magnificent Jai Vilas Mahal was built in the 19th century for the Maharaja of Gwalior, Jayajirao Sc India. Featuring the best of European architecture, this three-story beautiful palace features many lavish decorations, such as gold furnishings and exquisite chandeliers in it. The palace is now a museum, with exhibits focused of old weaponry, historic documents, and other artefacts.

9. Falaknuma Palace – Hyderabad, Telangana

Falaknuma Palace – Hyderabad, Telangana

The Falaknuma Palace also known as Taj Falaknuma is a large and magnificent palace near Charminar Hyderabad. It was built by Sir Viqar-ul-Umra and later belonged to the Paigah family and the Nizams. The palace is famous for its interiors, which are full of Venetian chandeliers, Roman pillars, intricate statues and art, and exquisite period furnishings. Covering 32 acres of land, the palace and its grounds are also home to Japanese, Mughal and Rajasthani gardens. It is now a hotel and is open for the local public.

10. Bangalore Palace – Bangalore, Karnataka

Bangalore Palace – Bangalore, Karnataka

Being inspired by Windsor Castle, the splendid Bangalore Palace was built in 1878 as the private residence of the Wodeyars, the maharajas of the state of Mysore. The palace features beautiful carvings both inside and outside, as well as paintings by the famous Raja Ravi Verma. You can explore the lavish furniture and hunting memorabilia, and even get an audio guide to know the tour details.

11. Vijaya Vilas Palace – Mandavi, Gujarat

Vijaya Vilas Palace was built in the 1920s, this stunning palace was built by Maharao Shri Khengarji III of Kutch as a summer retreat for his son. It is known for its use of red sandstone, and the exquisite coloured glass windows and carved stone screens that adorn it. There are also wonderful gardens, a museum, and a private beach. After the earthquakes in Gujarat in 2001 damaged the other palace of the royal family of Kutch, it has also become their primary residence. The palace has also been used in many Bollywood films, most famously in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Lagaan. 

12. Kuthiramalika Palace – Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Kuthiramalika Palace, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Kuthiramalika Palace is located near the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram Kerala is the Kuthiramalika Palace. It was built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Verma, the ruler of the Kingdom of Travancore, in the 19th century. It is known for its traditional Kerala architecture (with sloping roofs and enclosed courtyards) and for the horses carved into the wooden brackets. The palace is part of a vast complex of royal buildings but was mostly abandoned after the death of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal in 1846. Now restored, it is a museum filled with furniture, statues, paintings, galleries and other artefacts of the popular Travancore Royal Family.

13. Cooch Behar Palace – Cooch Behar, West Bengal

Cooch Behar Palace, Cooch Behar, West Bengal

Cooch Behar Palace is the grand and elegant palace was built in the 1880s for the Maharajas of the princely state of Cooch Behar. It is modelled after the Buckingham Palace in London, and it has many halls and rooms which are filled with wonderful chandeliers, paintings and photographs. A part of the palace is now a museum.

14. Rambagh Palace – Jaipur, Rajasthan

Rambagh Palace – Jaipur, Rajasthan

Rambagh Palace was once a royal hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the 19th century Rambagh Palace was greatly expanded in the 1930s by Maharajah Sawai Man Singh II. It is full of opulent rooms, lush gardens, and marbled corridors. The palace is now a hotel managed by the Taj Group.

15. Ujjayanta Palace – Agartala, Tripura

Ujjayanta Palace, Aggartala

The Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala in Tripura state was once the residence of the royal family of the Kingdom of Tripura. Constructed between 1899 and 1901 by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya, it sits beside two serene lakes and is surrounded by lush green Mughal-style gardens. The palace itself is in the neoclassical style and was designed by Sir Alexander Martin was the kingdom of Tripura . It later housed the State Legislative Assembly of Tripura and is now a museum dedicated to the culture of northeast India.

Are there any other famous royal palaces in India that we’ve missed? If so, be sure to share them in the comments below.

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Travel Destinations in the World

Seasoned or occasional travelers, we all have trips that we dream of taking, places praised by friends on their return from vacation, or discovered according to our readings. Some even list them.

How did we establish this ranking of the best destinations in the world?

We started by making a list of all the essentials mentioned in, that is to say thousands of sites and monuments cited by our authors for years. After establishing a pre selection, we then asked all members of the Here is, for the first time, the ranking of the best destinations in the world by We hope it will inspire you to make a list of your own desires. And while waiting to discover this top 500,

Here are the top The 10 most beautiful places in the world!

1. Temples of Angkor, the Hindu paradise on Earth (Cambodia)

The site that won at the top of the table won an overwhelming victory, with a difference of 36% from the next site, while for second place, the results were very close. What is the secret of the success of the archaeological site of Angkor?
The largest temple in the world dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, dating from the 12th century, Angkor Wat is a little out of place in a predominantly Buddhist Cambodia. Huge representation of Mount Meru, the stay of the Hindu gods, it is the undisputed centerpiece of the site. It is made up of thousands of sandstone blocks decorated with bas-reliefs so delicate and graceful that they seem to be sculpted by the gods; they illustrate the legends of the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas. This magnificent monument is the most precious vestige of a Hindu kingdom that once extended to Burma, Laos and southern China.

Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

Even in Southeast Asia, so rich in temples, Angkor is out of the ordinary. This complex contains more than 1,000 temples, shrines and tombs whose towers rise like those of a city lost in the jungle of northern Cambodia.
Since the neighboring city of Siem Reap is served by international flights, it cannot be said that Angkor is secret, and yet the visitor who ventures among the roots piercing through ancient walls and the effigies of deities covered with climbing plants will have l feeling like an adventurer discovering virgin land behind a curtain of greenery.

Over the centuries, the inhabitants of this heavenly city abandoned Hinduism for Buddhism. In the temples, the two mythologies mingle. Arriving at dawn in the ruins of the Temple of Bayon is a unique experience: the benevolent faces of the Avalokiteshvara, bodhisattva of Compassion, then emerge gently in the mist, like celestial apparitions. The traveler is also seized with emotion in front of the overgrown ruins of Ta Prohm, a 12th century temple almost entirely engulfed by the jungle, which has changed little since the arrival of the first European explorers in Angkor in the 17th century. Angkor offers such unique experiences that travelers often spend several weeks there to soak up the splendor of these temples and remains.

Scattered over more than 400 km2 around are sacred pools and stone bridges with ramps depicting demons brandishing monstrous snakes, as well as vestiges of temples. Some have become unavoidable, such as the temple of Banteay Srei, whose stone sculptures are among the most delicate in Angkor, and Kbal Spean, nearby, with its river bed carved with innumerable linga (symbols of Shiva).

Angkor is a powerful testimony to the ambitions of human creativity and the fundamental need of man to leave a lasting mark. The place generates an awareness dear to Buddhism: nothing material is eternal; over time, nature always takes back its rights. More than a simple ruin worthy of interest, Angkor is an epiphany carved in stone.

2. Great Barrier Reef, an underwater eldorado (Australia)

Great Barrier Reef, an underwater eldorado

Second place in our ranking is occupied by a natural wonder that stretches more than 3,000 km off the northeast coast of Australia. No need to present the Great Barrier Reef. Let’s just remember that it is the largest coral reef in the world, populated by 400 species of coral and 1,500 species of fish. Some 30 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been identified, as well as 6 species of sea turtles and 17 varieties of sea snakes.

The reef risks disappearing or at least losing its splendor. The warming of the oceans is responsible for the bleaching and death of corals and there is nothing to suggest that the phenomenon can be stopped. For the moment, the reef remains an underwater paradise for divers and snorkelers. Even on the surface and around the Queensland coast, this essential ecosystem captivates visitors, with its abundant feathered fauna and its countless tropical islands and beaches.

3. Machu Picchu, the Inca enigma (Peru)

Only a few voices separated the second winner from the third. However, they differ in every way. The blissful contemplation of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate after four days of trying trekking on the Inca Trail has become a rite of passage during any trip to Peru. The city, dating from the 15th century, is surrounded by a spectacular Andean landscape and suspended above the void, but its main attraction lies in the mystery that surrounds it. It’s a real conundrum. There is no shortage of hypotheses – a royal retreat, a temple of the Virgins of the Sun, an airstrip for extraterrestrials – but none could be confirmed. Even Hiram Bingham, the American amateur archaeologist who discovered the ruins in 1911 and excavated there for years, did not really know what he was looking for (he died mistakenly believing he had discovered Vilcabamba, the legendary lost city of the Incas .) Today, you can stroll through the mysterious hilltop city, giving free rein to your imagination. Do not miss the ascent of Huayna Picchu, the steep Andean peak that overlooks the ruins, along the vertiginous path leading to the Temple of the Moon.

4. Great Wall of China, Imperial Wall (China)

Every country has its flagship monument; in China, this monument crosses almost the whole country. The Great Wall is not a wall like the others, but an imposing maze of fortifications extending over 8,850 km across the rugged terrain of the north of the country. Built in successive phases over more than a millennium, the Great Wall finally failed in its mission – the fight against the Mongol invasions – but became the emblem of the Ming dynasty, the greatest power having reigned in the Far East until the advent of Mao Zedong.

Great Wall of China

Contrary to what they say, the Great Wall is not visible from space, but facing this building which seems to extend as far as the eye can see, one could be convinced. A few fierce walkers walk the whole wall, but even if you settle for just one section, you will be impressed by its indestructible aura. You will have the choice between imperial grandeur (near Beijing), military precision (Gansu) or desolate ageless landscapes (Inner Mongolia).

5. Taj Mahal, the Mughal pearl (India)

How to achieve architectural perfection? Start with a few hectares of sparkling white marble, and add a few thousand chiseled semi-precious stones set in elaborate Islamic patterns. Choose a sublime setting on the edge of a sacred river, in a sumptuous garden with perfect symmetry. Cover it all with an intriguing love story. You get the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal

Built in the 17th century in India by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to serve as a mausoleum for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj has attracted travelers for centuries. Ironically, at the end of his life, the emperor was imprisoned by his son at the fort of Agra, hence the direct view of the Taj was the only memory of his lost fortune.

Despite the flow of visitors it drains, the Taj Mahal continues to open the doors of a bygone era. Ghosts of Mughal India skirt the glittering marble of the courtyards, slipping under the arches and behind the trellises. No other Indian monument so perfectly reflects the customs and atmosphere of that time.

6. Grand Canyon National Park, an exceptional natural spectacle (United States)

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand canyon, a mythical park in the USA
When you though and contemplate this deep fault in the earth’s crust, it’s two billion years that stretch before your eyes. The figures do not leave indifferent. Set ablaze by the setting sun, topped with oceans of mist or sprinkled with snow crystals, this corridor, 450 km long and almost 2 km deep, is to nature what cathedrals are to architecture. Facing the Grand Canyon, you will feel at the same time tiny and grown up, moved and serene, poet and mute. As explorer John Wesley Powell said, “The wonders of the Grand Canyon are indescribable and cannot be given up by speech.” We had to try anyway. Come hike, go rafting on the fiery Colorado, watch condors and black bears, or just be amazed.

7. Colosseum, theater of Roman cruelties (Italy)

Nothing like a Roman battle arena to wake up the historian who sleeps in you. The symbol of ruthless power, this massive 50,000-seat amphitheater is the most fascinating of Roman remains. Gladiators clashed here and the condemned fought against the big cats in front of the beleaguered crowd. Two thousand years later, the visitor’s hold has remained intact.

Colosseum, theater of Roman cruelties Italy

The “Colosseo” first impresses with its size (however, the amphitheater was so named, not because of its dimensions, but of the Colossus of Nero, a statue erected nearby). Fighting your way through the 80 arcades and sitting in a few minutes was no small task: slip into the shoes of a Roman and imagine having to elbow your fellow spectators. Magistrates and high dignitaries took their places in the lower stands, closest to the action; wealthy citizens occupied those in the middle; the plebs were sitting at the top. The women, considered as second-class citizens, were relegated to the top of the stands and forced to crane their necks to catch sight of a few scraps of the spectacle.
Despite the horror of the fighting, there is no denying the grace and majesty of the compound. The rather disturbing guided tour (not to be missed) will reveal the Colosseum in its dark light: all the horror, violence and filth of gladiator fights are revealed in the bowels of the arena. This underground labyrinth, the hypogeum, made up of corridors and ramps containing cages, is as vast as it is complex. Imagine the cries of animals, the stench, the chaos of wounded men and dead or dying animals, and you will understand how overwhelming and bloody these Roman spectacles could be.

8. Iguazú Falls, crash of waterfalls (Argentina – B)

Iguazú Falls

The word guaraní for the place where the Iguazú flows from the plateau to reach Paraná is really weak: the Great Water. Indeed, the force of these waterfalls is extraordinary, and the boats posted on the foaming basins at the bottom resemble frail matches. Walkways allow you to approach the waterfalls, which are framed by a corner of humid subtropical forest forming a 55,000 ha national park inhabited by animals, especially jaguars.

9. The Alhambra, the Moorish masterpiece of Spain (Spain)

The word guaraní for the place where the Iguazú flows from the plateau to reach Paraná is really weak: the Great Water. Indeed, the force of these waterfalls is extraordinary, and the boats posted on the foaming basins at the bottom resemble frail matches. Walkways allow you to approach the waterfalls, which are framed by a corner of humid subtropical forest forming a 55,000 ha national park inhabited by animals, especially jaguars.

The Alhambra, the Moorish masterpiece of Spain

Inside, a network of sumptuous palaces and irrigated gardens have inspired many dreams and legends. The contrast between the meticulousness of the ornaments and the epic dimensions of the Alhambra gives it its charm. The perfectly proportioned Generalife Gardens are a striking reminder of Paradise, while the interior of the Alhambra shines in supernatural beauty. In the center, the Nasrid Palaces (Palacios Nazaríes), with innumerable rooms, are the most precious treasure of the Alhambra. Harmonious balance between space, light and shade, water and greenery, they must plunge the sovereign into the heart of an earthly paradise. The walls are covered with ceramic tiles, muqarnas (cantilevers), vaults and stucco ornaments, and the courtyard of the Lions (Patio de los Leones) is a masterpiece of Islamic geometric interlacing. In a word, the Alhambra is the most beautiful monument in Spain.

10. Hagia Sophia, the fusion of beliefs (Turkey)

At the same time basilica, mosque and museum, Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), in Istanbul, looks like no other monument, defying categorizations as it had defied the laws of architecture during its construction 1,500 years ago . The Byzantine emperor Justinian I dreamed of a church capable of eclipsing the wonders of Rome, its rival, and whose majesty would also be that of an earthly paradise. His wish was granted. Hagia Sophia, which became the main Orthodox church, still dominates the city. It is a huge space, almost cosmic, creating an impression of incredible grandeur – all the more for the time. Inside, it reveals its treasures one by one: huge columns brought back from various cities of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, and vast galleries decorated with glittering mosaics. And then, awe-inspiring, rising above the smooth marble, the famous dome, which imitates the shape of the celestial vault – better to forget, however, that it has collapsed several times.

Hagia Sophia

The history of Hagia Sophia is as extraordinary as the building: indeed, there are few monuments that have undergone as many metamorphoses. After being pillaged by the crusaders, it was transformed into a mosque after the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453, as evidenced by its four gigantic minarets – surprisingly, the new mosques of Istanbul (notably the famous Blue Mosque) took over this architectural feature. In 1935, it was desecrated and transformed into a museum. Entering it, however, remains a spiritual experience, whether to rave about a golden fresco sparkling in the evening light, or to embrace Christian masterpieces and Islamic calligraphy at the same time. Like Istanbul the Magnificent, Hagia Sophia stands at the crossroads of continents and beliefs.

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20 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the World

Honeymoons are often celebrated in destinations considered exotic or romantic to celebrate newly marriage. Honeymoon in the modern sense—a pure holiday trip undertaken by the couple are based on the couple’s joint personality than on tradition. We’ve got you covered in our list of the top 20 places to honeymoon in the world

Here are the best honeymoon destinations from around the world.

1. Mauritius

Mauritius is one of best destination for Honeymoon

This best places for honeymoon, Mauritius is truly amongst the known for offering romantic escapades amidst vivid beauty. This beautiful island nation in the Indian Ocean pairs  sand beaches, rare birds and volcanic mountains with a mix of French, Indian and Creole cultures. Take a catamaran for snorkeling and enjoy a barbecue in the stylish 19th-century Governor’s House for a wonderful romantic dinner.

Major attractions: Les 7 Cascades, Ile aux Cerfs, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Ile des Deux Cocos and Trou d’Argent Beach

Ideal Time To Visit: May to December

2. Paris France

Paris if most popular destination for honeymoon

It is Among the most expensive honeymoon destinations, The City of Light and romance needs no introduction. It is the most romantic and the best honeymoon place in the whole world. Spend your days drinking on fabulous wine at a cafe, walking hand in hand across the Eiffel Tower or travelling the city’s cobbled streets. A symbol of romance, come here for a honeymoon you have always yearned for.

Major Attractions: Eiffel Tower,The Louvre Museum, The Arc De Triomphe, Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise, Cathedral of Notre Dame and Grevin Wax Museum.

Ideal Time To Visit: June to August

3. Maldives

Maldives is perfect destination for newly wedding couple for honeymoon

If you like to go all out for the honeymoon, then Maldives is where you can sweep your other half  off your feet. Talking about Maldives, the first thing that comes to mind are the huts suspended over the blue water of the Indian ocean that assures comfort and an epic time spent enjoying the fabulous weather of Maldives. Dive deep and witness  the vibrant coral reefs with your partner and enjoy the saphire waters of Maldives in complete tranquility as it’s never a crowded place.

Romantic Things to Do for couples: Maldives is about indulgence; resorts here offer a candlelit dinner on a private island,  or sponsor  for a dip in a private infinity pool at sunset. Try a sensual  couples spa therapy to melt away all the stress of the wedding. Take a private yacht into the heart of the Indian Ocean on a dolphin cruise with your loved one.

4. Sonoma, California

Sonoma, California is best honeymoon destination

Sonoma offers World class wine, delicious food and thrilling  scenery what’s not to love about this pretty honeymoon destination? Couples can stay at Forestville’s Farmhouse which has  just added cozy-chic barn rooms to its wooded grove. For the “In-Room Somm” program a sommelier will provide a wine tasting that will be brought right to your room. Here in Sonoma Guests at Farmhouse  get exclusive access to wineries not normally open to the public, such as Kistler and Kosta Browne. You’ll also want to indulge in the local fare—these California chefs were doing farm-to-table long before it was a norm. Its a couple’ paradise destination.

5. Singapore

Singapore is one of the best place for honeymoon

It is the modern island paradise, a beautiful city-state, blessed with lot of natural beauty; while man-made attractions have added extra spark in its beauty. Plan a trip and get involved in different top things to do in Singapore for couples that are sure to make you feel exotic and will surely keep you excited for the whole trip. The lovely sightseeing attractions are all set to celebrate nature and solitude in their own way and providing as an alluring comfort for the newlywed couples who are looking for brewing up some romance. Couples  whether they are on honeymoon tour or on a romantic trip will find this trip as the most amazing trip ever.

6. Amalfi coast, Italy

Amalfi coast Italy is one of the Gorgeous place to visit for honeymoon

Amalfi Coast continues to be at the top of honeymooners’ lists. It’s difficult to picture more classically romantic a scene than Positano’s steep village streets, Moorish architecture, blue water and colorful loungers and umbrellas lining the sandy beaches. Glamour comes easy, especially at the five-star Le Sirenuse, where the formula for a sexy, sophisticated getaway is tried and true.You can come with your loved one and enjoy the unforgettable experience ever.

7. Santorini, Greece

Santorini Greece best place for honeymoon

It has whitewashed houses sandwiched on a caldera cliff facing exquisitely clear sea waters of the Aegean Sea, Santorini is home to beautiful sunrises and sunsets. With its rugged landscapes of black and red beaches, classical views, cosmopolitan style, 5 star hotels, and to top it off, a huge active volcano, it comes as no surprise that Santorini is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in the world. Santorini, the gem of the Greek Isles is also becoming a top “wedding destination” for couples through out the world. This lovely destination offers you many dreamy experiences that will guarantee a spectacular honeymoon.

8. Pattaya, Thailand

Gorgeous Places To Visit In Pattaya For Honeymoon

Pattaya grew from a fishing village into a coastal city. Its beautiful beaches are constantly brimming with life from sunrise to sunset. In addition to a wide range of water sports and a spectacular nightlife, Pattaya is lined with 5 star hotels,bars, and shopping malls.

Ideal time to visit Pattaya: November to April is considered the best time to visit in Pattaya as these months do not receive very much rainfall.

Things to do in Pattaya:
Go snorkeling at Coral Island or do water activities at Koh Larn island
Marvel on the gorgeous Siam Pattaya and Chanthaburi Sapphire Mines
Catch the Bioluminescent Plankton in action at night at Bang Saen Beach in Tambon Saen Suk
Paddle through Pattaya’s floating market
Visit the most famous ornate wood temple “The Sanctuary of Truth”.

9. Hawaii, USA

Hawaii, the Big Island is ideal  for romance and luxury. It is majestic,Geographically unique, the Big Island boasts everything from black sand beaches to snow-covered peaks, from hardened  deserts to steamy and green rainforests. And it’s still growing. The Big Island’s trump card the active, fire-spitting Kilauea volcano has been increasing the island’s land  since 1983. During the most recent eruption in May 2018, volcanic activity caused eruptions.. It’s true that if you arrived here hoping for a stereotypical Hawaiian getaway that’s full of honeymoon type  atmosphere, you’ve probably missed the mark.The hiking trails and state parks that are here hold sights that no other Hawaiian island can offer. And the beaches are colors you’ve probably never seen before in your life.

10. Bogota, Columbia

The Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in Colombia

It is the capital city of Colombia, Bogota is a high-end modern city with great infrastructure. If you have chosen and want spent time in Colombia for honeymoon, this is where you will land. Enjoy the neo-classical structures which are the beautiful attractions of the city, take a walk through the cobbled streets with your partner. Take the photos at Plaza Bolivar, the public square in the center of the city . Apart from that, this city also contains  popular museums like Museo Botero and Museo del Oro the places you must visit.

11. Kashmir, India

Sonmarg is the best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in Kashmir, India

Be it the summer season or the winter one, Kashmir Honeymoon Tour will always prove to be the best one you ll ever experience in your life. Kashmir is a place that charms the visitors in every possible season, having flowers in summer, and snow in winter. A honeymoon in Kashmir may prove to be very much romantic for couples. Boating in famous  Dal Lake, skiing in hillstation Gulmarg,  fishing in Sonmarg, trekking through the high  mountains, and staying in the romantic houseboats in between the river Jhelum, these all are the spectacular things that can be attained only in Kashmir.  A honeymoon in the beautiful Kashmir Valley will be the trip to remember because the couple will be in the lap of the heaven  of India.

12. Dubai, UAE

Enjoy the most romantic Dubai Honeymoon with your partner

Dubai ,the most popular of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates – is indeed a marvel,it offers so much for eager honeymooning couples. Offering mesmerising desert landscapes, captivating golden sandy beaches, mega malls, Emirati hospitality,skyscrapers, renowned hotels and resorts, famous golf courses and more, Dubai is a place for wonderful adventure, pure indulgence, true relaxation and lots of romance with a side of unparalleled luxury. There are many ways to fill your days during your honeymoon in Dubai. You can visit the  desert landscape and soar to the skies on a hot air balloon or helicopter and enjoy the beautiful city, especially the man-made palm islands, from above; take a lavish ride on a boat to the middle of the sea and dive into the blue waters, or lay down on the beach while enjoying the breath-taking skyline views of the city; take a moonlight Dhow dinner cruise across one of the largest man-made Marinas in the world and  amaze your spouse with jewellery from the Gold, or top designer brands from the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates, there are number of varied recreational activities that will make you and your loved one fall in love with Dubai.

13. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town the romantic destination for honeymoon

Located on the southern tip of the African continent, with some of the most visually appealing scenery, Cape Town has all the ingredients to make your African honeymoon an unforgettable one. The city is laden with history and has a cosmopolitan mix of cultures from around the world, making it a famous tourist destination. Honeymooners will be spoiled for choice when looking for romantic activities in this beautiful city. From witnessing the city’s  beauty atop Table Mountain, enjoying the peaceful silence of spectacular mountains straddling two different oceans on either side and exploring the magnificent countryside towns on the Cape Country. There is something for all types of honeymooners when they set foot in this city. It is  an all-time favourite honeymoon destination, Cape Town draws newly-weds throughout the year especially during its dry season, between Nov and Feb.

14. Auckland, New Zealand

Spend your honeymoon at one of the most beautiful destination in Auckland.

It is New Zealand’s largest city  located on the west coast of New Zealand on the North Island. The city is a popular honeymoon destination because of the city’s mild temperatures and lack of extreme climates. The city is also known as the City of Sails because of the numerous yacht marinas. The area also offers bars, restaurants, cafes and other things to keep honeymooners always excited. Auckland is also the home of The Sky Tower, which is the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere. There is also a casino and restaurant with a 360 degree view of the observation deck that provide some of the spectacular sights in the city. The award winning hotel, Hotel DeBret has a wonderful ambiance and vibrant boutique hotel experience. The hotel and bar are top rated and the entire property is well surrounded by alternate restaurants and shopping complexes

15. Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica

It is the top destination for all kinds of Costa Rica romantic trips. It’s home to all the magnificent 5 star luxury beach resorts such as  the Four Seasons Resort, Occidental Grand Papagayo, Hilton Papagayo, etc. it’s also known for the long white and dark sand beaches, beautiful waves, and dry tropical jungles.

Places to see: superior beach resorts and its close proximity to the Liberia International Airport.
Romantic Place To Stay On Gulf Of Papagayo: Four Seasons Resort
Activities to Do In Gulf Of Papagayo:

Enjoy beach activities, fishing, scuba, paddle-boarding, etc.
Unwind at the beach or in your private infinity swimming pool.

16. Bali, Indonesia

Bali the most visited destination for honeymoon in recent years

This place evokes romance. Blending magnificent mountain scenery, rice terraces, enchanting temples and a spectacular culture.Bali stands alone in its lushness and unique beauty. When it comes to top honeymoon places, Bali tops the list.

Places to see: Marine Park, Blue Lagoon Beach, Bingin Beach

To do list: Island hopping, Parasailing, temples, beaches, adventure sports, spa and massage,

Idea time to visit: May to September.

17. Rome Italy

Rome Italy Best Honeymoon Destination

Away from the noisy crowd, the magnificent city of Rome serves as the ideal stop to begin the new chapter of  life with your loved one. Other locations that honeymooners can travel to spend some special time together create perfect memories are the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum and Spanish Steps. A honeymoon in Rome is mesmerizing more than one ways, given that it is planned and everything is sorted. After a long of day of sightseeing and  tours, the place you come back has to be comfortable and luxurious. Make sure you will stay in a high-end hotel on your honeymoon trip in Rome. It must be a relaxing and romantic hideout which offers luxury amenities and quick service.

18. St.lucia

St.lucia Honeymoon Destination

Lush landscapes, high mountains, valleys, fishing villages and land of banana plantations define the tear-dropped shaped island of St Lucia. Most alluring is the coastline dotted with glamorous boutique-style hideaways, overwhelmingly magnificent scenery, and the engaging mix of laid-back Caribbean charm.
Honeymoon things: Set above the 600-acre palm-studded beachfront resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain is a designer led mountainside retreat and the Caribbean Sea. Each of the 24 sumptuous suites has an infinity-edged  pool and interior designer touches. Guests have access to a superb spa,  dive school, private beach, and acres of rain forest,hiking and mountain-biking trails.

Places to See: Explore the bustling market at capital city Castries, take a soak in the Diamond Mineral Baths and marvel at the tropical flowers and exotic plants in the botanical gardens.

19. Tahiti, French Polynesia

Taking a Romantic Tahiti Honeymoon in French Polynesia

French Polynesia’s largest island makes for an ideal honeymoon destination in itself. Tahiti is basically composed of two islands connected by a land bridge Tahiti Nui is the larger section and home to the capital, Papeete, while Tahiti Iti is a smaller, less developed spot mainly for beating the crowds.

With sandy shores, warm water, lush green forests and next-level luxury, Tahiti has all the makings of a honeymoon destination. Infinity pool, and Manava Suite Resort Tahiti features the largest on the island.

20. Fiji


Situated 1,300 miles from New Zealand, Fiji is comprised of 333 islands, one-third of which are inhabited, making it easy for couples to find their private slice of heaven. Resting on the white sand while listening to the sound of lapping waves and gently swaying palm trees is a spectacular scene. But  make sure to explore  the local cultural traditions, such as sipping kava or watching a fire show.
There are so many  romantic places to stay in Fiji, but none top Wananavu Beach Resort. The property offers a secluded beach with a private swimming area. The place also includes a private plunge pool and  a outdoor shower.

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15 Best Places to Visit In Europe

The Europe continent holds wonderful destinations from beautiful Paris to Amsterdam and to the beaches of Greece. there’s so much to see in Europe like beautiful mountains, beaches, historical architecture, and wonderful people. Every country is incredibly different than the next.

Europe’s capital cities all have their highs and lows, but no other continent offers travellers’ such a wealth of culture and sights within such short distances,” TripAdvisor spokesman Luke Fredberg said in a statement.

Here are the 12 top destinations in Europe

1. Eiffel Tower, France

The first thing that comes in our head when talking about Paris, is the Eiffel Tower, one of the most famous places to go in Paris. Named after engineer Gustave Eiffel, Eiffel Tower is a lattice tower made of wrought iron.Built in 1889 as the doorway to World Fair. The tallest structure in Paris – 1063 ft tall with 3 levels open for visitors .It tops the list of must see tourist places in Paris. The first two floors have eatery and shops while the top level consists of the most magnificent and best bird’s eye view of Paris. This is a place that is worth travelling. This is a place where one can have a completely different experience. It is also one of the most beautiful destination in the whole world. Without visiting this place your Paris trip remains farce.

Do see: A fabulous view of Paris from the transparent  first floor and second floor, Eiffel Tower Shops  exotic dine and wine at Le 58 tour Eiffel.

Opening hours: Mid June to early September: 9 am to 12 midnight and Rest of the year: 9:30 am to 11:30 pm

2. Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

It is the city’s most popular tourist attraction, this 17th-century masterpiece has been immortalized in  various films until it is almost a required visit. Throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain is a tradition that is supposed to assure your return to Trevi Rome. Rome’s largest fountain, Fontana di Trevi is supplied by an aqueduct  constructed by Agrippa, the great art patron of the first century BC, to bring water to his baths. The fountain was made for Pope Clement XII between 1732 and 1751 by Nicolò Salvi. It depicts the sea God Oceanus (Neptune), tritons with horses and shells. The water swirls around the figures and the artificial rocks, and collects in a large basin, filled with coins.

3. The louvre paris

The louvre paris

Located in the heart of the city, Louvre is the most visited and most popular art museum and gallery in the entire world. It is also amongst the most beautiful places to travel  in Paris. Spread over  21,000 hectares of land, this museum is located in a royal fort Paris, also called the Louvre. As one of the most crowded tourist places in Paris, this exotic museum is divided into several sections – Egyptian antiquities, oriental antiquities, Islamic art, Greek and Roman art, paintings, objects of art, sculptures of medieval period,

Do visit: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Michelangelo’s Dying Slave, Lamassus, and Great Sphinx of Tanis

Opening hours: 9 am to 10: 30 pm on Wednesday and Friday and rest of the days from 9 am to 6 pm. It is closed on Tuesday

4. Hippodrome Istanbul

This construction of this  ancient Hippodrome was begun by Septimius Severus in AD 203 and completed by Constantine the Great in AD 330. This was the center of Byzantine public life and the scene of splendid games. Nowadays , there isn’t much of the Hippodrome left to see, except some small section of the gallery walls on the southern side, but at the Meydani park which now stands on the site is home of variety of monuments. On the northwest side there is a fountain, presented to the Ottoman sultan by the German Emperor William II in 1898. Then, heading southwest are three ancient monuments: a 20m high Egyptian obelisk  the Serpent Column brought here from Delphi by Constantine; and a stone obelisk that originally was clad in gold-covered bronze plating fewer say they were stolen by the soldiers of the 4th Crusade in 1204.

5. The london eye (Wheel)

The london eye(Wheel)

The London Eye eye (Wheel), is located in the heart of the capital, rotating over the river Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament. At 135 meters, the London Eye wheel is one of the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheels; a feat of design and engineering it has become the modern symbol representing the capital. The experience showcases breathtaking 360-degree views of the capital and its landmarks. The gradual rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes about 30 minutes. Enjoy by visiting the London Eye 4D Experience, free with every ticket.

6. Buckingham palace London

Buckingham palace London

Buckingham Palace standing in the centre of Westminster City of London is the residence and administrative headquarters of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Experience the well-furnished State Rooms of one of the world’s few remaining working royal palaces and explore some of the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures on display.

Highlights of the Buckingham Palace are:

The 19 beautifully-decorated and attractive state rooms used for receiving guests and official functions

The throne rooms –  used as a backdrop for royal wedding photos

The magnificent Grand staircases.

Fine art including works by Canaletto, Rembrandt

Multimedia tour introduced by Prince Charles

7. Camp Nou Barcelona

Explore all the different parts of of the Camp Nou Barcelona as you take a tour of one of the most historical football stadiums in the world; The stands, the field, the dugout; feel the Camp Nou’s magic from the ground level. The away side’s changing room. This Barcelona football stadium is the Third largest football stadium in the World. It has a capacity of around 110,000 people and on every match practically every seat is taken.

8. Swiss national park

Switzerland’s only national park is a spectacle not to be ignored. The Schweizerischer National Park features around 172 square kilometres of unspoilt scenery from  glaciers, pastures, waterfalls and lush woodlands, making it a top place to visit in Switzerland. A total of 21 hiking routes, giving tourists a chance to glimpse its magnificent & beautiful scenery, if luck is on your side, perhaps even sight the rare golden eagles. The park is accessible from Zernez, S-chanf and Scuol.

9. The black forest, Germany

The black forest, Germany

The beautiful Black Forest with densely wooded hills is one of the most visited  regions in all of Europe. Situated in the southwest corner of Germany and extending 160 kms from Pforzheim in the north , it’s a hiker’s paradise On its west side, it descends steeply to the Rhine, crossed by lush green valleys, and on the east, it slopes more gently down to the upper Neckar valleys. Other famous spots include the spectacular Black Forest Railway centered on Triberg town with its amazing famous falls, and Triberg itself, home to the Black Forest Museum.

10. The red square, Moscow

The red square, Moscow

It is the most popular and most visited city plaza in Moscow. It includes various popular tourist attractions, such as St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, State Historical Museum, GUM shopping mall and the Kazan Cathedral. If you are a lover of Hollywood movies, you must have noticed the Red Square several times in those Hollywood movies. This massive city plaza is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its major role in Russian history. The Red Square is the most popular and most recognized landmark in Moscow. The St. Basil’s Cathedral is a fantastic 16th century cathedral, which today serves as a museum. The Moscow Kremlin, which is the house of the Russian President along with it’s cathedrals, palaces and towers stands west of the Square. Just in front of it is Lenin’s Mausoleum. The State Historical Museum located at the opposite end from the St. Basil’s Cathedral.

11. The cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The cliffs of Moher, Ireland

It is  Ireland’s most visited natural attraction and for a very good reason. About one and a half hours by car from Galway, in neighbouring County Clare, the cliffs are travelled  by close to a million people from across the world every year. They stretch for 8 kms along the Atlantic and rise some 214 m at their highest point. Take a walk along the trail to experience the  power of nature at its most majestic beauty.

12. Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands

One of the Europe’s greatest attractions, the Keukenhof Gardens, referred to as “The Garden of Europe“, is the second largest flower garden in the world after Dubai Miracle Garden, and a place anyone should visit while in the Europe region. Located in the Bulb region, between Amsterdam and The Hague, Keukenhof, with its more than 7 million bulbs planted each autumn, is a magnificent variety of colors and fragrances. In addition to admiring the beautiful floral landscape, travellers can also enjoy various flower shows, markets, and parades held here throughout the year; take a  bike tour, or boat trip around the bulb fields; or have lunch in one of the onsite eataries.

The best time  to visit the Keukenhof Gardens is during spring season, when the fields are in full bloom and can be admired in their entire splendor.

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Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

The earth is full of beautiful places which attracts people with magnificent views. The world has so many destinations to visit, it will be hard to compare some of them. Travexcell has selected the top ten most beautiful destinations in the world

#1. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, Machu Picchu is also known as Machupijchu located about 80 km from northwest of Cuzco, Peru. Altitude of Machu Picchu is 2,430 m above sea-level. Every year millions of local and international tourists visit the imposing and mysterious Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Andes Mountains Peru.

#2. Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, France

Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey is known as the wonder of western world. This breathtaking site attracting more than three million visitors every year. Mont-Saint-Michel is located within the city and island of Mont-Saint-Michel in Lower Normandy, in the department of Manche. The abbey is natural and architectural marvel, composition of the town the feudal society constructed.

#3. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Phi Phi islands are administratively part of Krabi Province on southern Thailand’s west coast . Phi Phi islands are located between the large island of Phuket city and the Straits of Malacca coast of Thailand. Its also spelled “Pee Pee” are a group of islands in Thailand, its largest and country’s most populated island of this group. The beautiful and Breathtaking limestone cliffs rise straight out of the emerald fresh green water. The Phi Phi’s islands are around 40 kilometers of southeast of Phuket city in the Andaman Sea. Ko Phi Phi Lee is where you’ll find Maya Bay, Maya Bay is stunningly bay which is famous for its role in the movie the beach is known for its clear water. The Ko Phi Phi Le islands are laced with occasional white powdery beaches and coral reefs teeming with exotic life.

#4. Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China

Zhangye Danxia is National Geological Park located between Linze County and Sunan County, Zhangye, Gansu Province in northwest China. Zhangye Danxia the Rainbow Mountains of China These famous Chinese mountains are known for their otherworldly colors that mimic a rainbow painted over the tops of rolling mountains. The site was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 and is the destination for many local and international travelers. The Rainbow Mountains are cretaceous sand stones and siltstones that were deposited in China before the Great Himalayan Mountain range were formed. The sand and silt was deposited to Zhangye with iron and trace minerals that provided it with the key ingredient to form the colors we see today.

#5. Grand Canyon, USA

Grand Canyon, USA

Grand Canyon National Park located in northwestern Arizona. It is one of the world’s seven natural wonders, it’s so startlingly familiar and iconic spot you can’t take your eyes off it. Grand Canyon National park’s central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the River Colorado, which is often considered one of the great wonders of the world. The park, which covers around 1,217,262 acres (1,901.972 sq mi; 4,926.08 km2). The canyon’s immensity, the sheer intensity of light and shadow at sunrise or sunset, even its very age, scream for superlatives. The Grand Canyon National Park was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. The park celebrated its 100th anniversary on February 26, 2019.

#6. Aogashima Volcano, Japan

Aogashima, Japan

200 miles to the south of Tokyo in the Philippine Sea lies the island of Aogashima. Most of the area of Aogashima island is remote topographically interesting island in the Izu archipelago. The entire Aogashima island is a volcanic crater, within which there is another, smaller volcano. The island is Still largely untouched by tourism, Aogashima is the ultimate destination for nature-lovers, explorers and outdoorsy types. Two days one night is enough to cover most part of the island, but to really take things slow, consider a longer stay. The Aogashima island is administered by Tokyo and part of the Izu Archipelago, the island’s 205 inhabitants (2009) enjoy a type of solitude that many will never experience.


  • Bird’s eye views of the island by helicopter
  • Free camping and a volcano-powered sauna
  • Climbing Maruyama, the island’s inner crater

#7. Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice is located in the Veneto region of Italy — one of the northernmost states of country. This ancient and historically populare city was originally built on 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea. Instead or roads, Venice relies on a series of waterways and canals. Grand Canal is one of the most famous areas of the city is the world. The islands are located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon, an enclosed bay that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers (more exactly between the Brenta and the Sile). Lagoon aquaculture and Garden islands yield speciality produce and seafood you won’t find elsewhere.

Venice is unique environmentally, architecturally, and historically, and in its days as a republic the city was styled la serenissima (“the most serene” or “sublime”). It remains a major Italian port in the northern Adriatic Sea and is one of the world’s oldest tourist and cultural centres.

#8. Banff, Canada

Banff, Alberta, is a popular destination in Canada because of its scenic beauty. Banff town is tucked into the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains, the town is actually in part of Banff National Park. Visitors come to National Park, Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the country’s park system. Over three million visitors a year make the pilgrimage to the park for a variety of activities including hiking, biking, skiing and camping in some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. Banff Park is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff is located 128 kilometers (80 miles) west of Calgary city, 401 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of Edmonton city, and 850 kilometers (530 miles) east of Vancouver, B.C. The climate of Banff’s varies with elevation, but the general seasonal variations of climate range between far below freezing in the winters to a balmy and comfortable 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.

#9. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Giza pyramids were erected on a rocky plateau on the west bank of the River Nile in northern Egypt and were connected, by covered causeways, to mortuary temples in the valley below the plateau. These ancient temples had landing stages which were linked to the Nile by a canal. In ancient times they were included among the Seven natural Wonders of the World. King Sneferu built great Pyramids of Giza. Pyramids were built during the Middle Kingdom (2055-1650 BC) but these consisted of a mud brick core with a stone skin and are now mere piles of rubble. There are around 100 recorded pyramids in built in Egypt most of which belong to minor royalty or have no known owners. They required a large investment in resources and stood out in the landscape as easy pray to the robbers. The last royal pyramid was built and constructed by the first king of the 18th dynasty Ahmose ( was a pharaoh and founder of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt ) 1550-1525 BC but, after that, the Egyptians ceased building and these majestic burial structures for all time.

#10. Meteora, Greece

Meteora, Greece

Meteora is a great place a spectacular landscape and byzantine monasteries perched on top of steep rocks that house priceless artifacts and wall paintings. Today only six monasteries are left which are active with a several number of monks who reside on Meteora. In 1988, the Meteora monasteries have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and the Meteora-Antichassia area is part of the Natura 2000 network hosting some rare species of birds and flowers. Meteora is situated few kilometers northwest of the town of Kalabaka. The impressive rocks of Meteora are rising from the plains of Thessaly been one of the most amazing places in Greece. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List under criteria I, II, IV, V, and VII. The name Meteora means “lofty”, “elevated”, and is etymologically related to meteor.

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