Why Europe should be explored by foot?

Europe should be seen on foot and not through the glass window of a bus

European countries are full of influential architecture, interesting alleys, museums, cathedrals, historical monuments, parks, lakes and much much more.

In every corner or every lane, you come across great music on the streets or see a variety of street performances that you would want to be a part of.

The beauty of the cafés in Europe is indescribable. Sitting in a Cafe sipping your favourite coffee and watching the world pass by is a pleasure in itself.

Only when you walk can you get a taste of the local culture, meet the locals, and come across the most amazing places to shop.

Europe has an extremely efficient metro rail system by which traveling from point A to B is a breeze and you save on a lot of money

Most sights in Europe are in close proximity to the metro station and other sights making it very convenient to plan and customize your trip.

The only thing you will need is an open mind and the will to explore 🗺 🌐

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Bhutan Itinerary

Bhutan (7 days / 6 nights)

Bhutan is a landlocked country located in the Eastern Himalayas. The country’s landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains to sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north.  Official name of Bhutan is Druk yul, the Dragon People or the Land of Thunder Dragon. Come experience the pristine beauty of this country.

Day 1:

Pick up from Bagdogra Airport & drive to Bhutan border (Phuentsholing).

Day 2:

After breakfast, cross border & get entry permits. Check out from Hotel & drive to Thimphu.

Day 3:

Thimphu Local Sightseeing:

  • National Heritage Museum
  • Takin Reserve
  • Buddha Statue
  • Art & Craft School
  • Postal Museum
  • Tashichhoedzong

Day 4:

Day trip to Punakha.

  • Dochu La Pass
  • Chimi Lakhang Monastery
  • Punakha Dzong

Day 5:

Drive to Tiger’s Nest base near Paro. Trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery – Taktsang

Day 6:

Drive to Siliguri via Gopalpur Tea Gardens.

Day 7:

Drop off at Bagdogra Airport.

Inclusions

  • Return airfare (Subject to price fluctuations)
  • Vehicle for entire tour
  • Hotel / Homestay accommodation
  • Breakfast

Exclusions

  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Entry fees to sightseeing
  • Any other taxes
  • Any other expenses outside the itinerary like tips, laundry etc

Our Services:

  • Detailed itinerary about places, time to visit etc
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Malta – Offbeat in Europe

Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily, Italy and the North African coast. It’s an island known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British. It has numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to circa 4000 B.C.

The Maltese language is derived from Arabic mixed with Italian. Under the scorching sunshine, Malta’s palm-tree fringed landscape is dotted with picturesque hilltop towns, peaceful seaports, and old fishing villages.

Valletta

Valletta is the capital of the island nation of Malta. A harbour city, Valletta preserves much of its 16th century architectural heritage built under the Hospitallers. The small city is bounded by two harbours.

Sights in Valletta include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Grand Master Palace, Upper Barracca Gardens, Museum of Archeology.

Explore the Three Cities – Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua.

Island of Gozo

Pic courtesy: Planetware

Gozo Island is the most idyllic destination of the Maltese Islands. With its quaint pastoral landscape, quiet towns, and pristine beaches, this little island is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing vacation while still discovering cultural attractions.

Take a 30 minute ferry from Cirkewwa Ferry terminal in the north to reach this island.

Island of Comino

An amazing nature site, the Blue Lagoon is a mesmerizing scene of crystal-clear turquoise waters. It has a South Pacific quality with the waters lapping over a white-sand seabed. This expansive lagoon gives the impression of being a giant swimming pool because its waters are so calm.

Hypogeum

This UNESCO-listed archaeological site is an underground Neolithic cult site that was discovered in 1902. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is a complex of catacombs that were carved out of rock with stone tools. The interconnected chambers include passages and stairways on three levels. In this underground labyrinth, prehistoric man performed religious burial rituals and consulted oracles.

Tarxien Temples

The Tarxien Temples is the largest and best-preserved prehistoric cult site in Malta, consisting of four megalithic structures. It displays the artistic achievements of Malta’s mysterious prehistoric culture during the “Temple Period” (Late Neolithic Period) between 3600 BC and 2500 BC.

Mdina

Pic courtesy: Planetware

Mdina offers an escape to an enchanting fairy-tale city. This captivating medieval hilltop town is steeped in history. You must pass through the dramatic Main Gate to enter the city, giving the impression of walking back in time.

Explore Cathedral of St. Paul, Palazzo Santa Sofia, Palazzo Vilhena, Palazzo Falson.

Dingli Cliffs

The sheer 250-meter Dingli Cliffs drop off dramatically into the Mediterranean Sea, and the sloping hillsides are fertile land used by small farms. The highlight of Dingli Cliffs is the viewpoint that offers breathtaking seaside panoramas.

Best Time to Visit Malta

April – October

Malta is just a few hours’ flying time from most mainland European cities and has excellent intercontinental connections. The national airline, Air Malta, operates flights to and from all the major airports in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

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Pondicherry – French Colony in the South

Pondicherry or Puducherry or Pondy, a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state along the east coast. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal.

Auroville

Auroville is an experimental community in southern India. It was founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa as a town where people from all over the world could live in harmony. Its focal point is the Matrimandir, a futuristic, spherical temple covered in gold discs.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

An ashram of saint Sri Aurobindo is located in the White Town area. The main Ashram building is where the mortal remains of Aurobindo and the Mother are kept. Their Samadhi is in the central courtyard under a tree and is covered daily with flowers. A peaceful place to visit in the early morning.

Manakula Vinayagar Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple is of considerable antiquity and predates French occupation of the territory.

White Town

White town is the central area of Pondicherry located near the seashore. This a part of France in India with its brightly painted yellow & white walls, European styled streets. Get transported back in time with the stunning French architecture. Many of the sights are located within this quarter.

Museum

If you’re interested in history, then head to this museum. Even though we associate Pondicherry with French history but in reality it goes much beyond that and you will be able to see glimpses of the rich history of this region. You will get a glimpse of the French Pondicherry, mirrors, grandfather clock, furniture, cutlery etc.

Promenade Beach 

You cannot miss the beach on your visit to Pondicherry. This is the sunset boulevard of Pondy and it gets closed in the evening for traffic.

Other Places of Interest

Eglise de Notre Dame

Sacred Heart of Jesus Basilica

French War Memorial

Day Trips near Pondicherry

  • Chidambaram Nataraja Temple
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Pichavaram Mangroves Boating
  • Chennai

Best Time to Visit

November – March

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Hong Kong – Disneyland & more..

Hong Kong – Top Places to Visit

Wong Tai Sin Temple Pic courtesy: Andrew Moore

Wong Tai Sin Temple

A beautiful Taoist temple dedicated to the Great Immortal Wong. The temple claims to ‘make every wish come true upon request’. The temple commemorates the famous monk of yore, Wong Tai Sin, who was born in the Fourth century and became a deity at Red Pine Hill. In 1915, a Taoist priest carried a sacred portrait of Wong Tai Sin from Guangdong in southern China to Hong Kong.

 

Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden Pic Courtesy: Andrew Leyden

Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden

Large Buddhist temple complex of wooden architecture, relics & lotus ponds located in Diamond Hill.  It was founded in 1934 as a retreat for Buddhist nuns and was rebuilt in the 1990s following the traditional Tang Dynasty architecture. The temple halls have statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy Guanyin and other bodhisattvas. These statues are made from gold, clay, wood and stone.

 

Disneyland – Hong Kong

Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is located in Lantau Island. The park consists of seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. Enjoy a day out with your family in this amazing themepark.

 

View from Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak

The Peak is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. If you have many things to do here, still go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighborhood since colonial times for the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes that keep the visitors coming.

Take the Peak Tram, steepest funicular railway in the world, to reach the top in seven minute.  You can explore the Peak Tower (viewing platform) Chocolate Museum, Madame Tussauds Museum, Trick Eye Museum.

 

Shek O Beach

Shek O Beach

Shek O is a village located in the south eastern part of Hong Kong. The name “Shek O” literally means the “rocky bay”. The entire area is a peninsula on the southern coast of the Hong Kong Island, facing the South China Sea. Shek O is surrounded by Shek O Country Park, Big Wave Bay and Cape D’Aguilar. There are many restaurants located around the beach.

 

Lamma Island

Lamma Island

A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without exploring one of the several islands. Lamma Island is located south of Hong Kong. Take a ferry and reach this island in 45 minutes. Explore the island by an easy walking trail with sweeping coastal vistas. There are many restaurants lined up near the ferry terminal where you can enjoy if you’re a seafood lover.

Ngong Ping Village & Buddha Statue

Ngong Ping

Reach this culturally themed village by a cable car where a wide array of shops and eateries offer a delightful shopping and dining experience. The renowned Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Piazza and Wisdom Path are only a five-minute walk from Ngong Ping Village. Conclude your Lantau Island day out with a breathtaking sunset view as you take the cable car back.

Best Time to Visit

October – May

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Dubai – Oasis in the Desert

Dubai – Top Places to Visit

Ferrari World | Burj Khalifa | Shopping Bazaars | Desert Safari

Bastakiya – Pic courtesy: Diego Delso

Al Bastakiya

Also called the Al Fahidi Historical District, it is one of the city’s most picturesque heritage sites.

Dubai Marina Mall

A 390,000 sq. ft. large waterfront shopping & dining complex.

Palm Jumeirah

Artificial archipelago created using land reclamation which extends into the Persian Gulf. Take the Palm Jumeirah monorail connecting the Atlantis Hotel to the Gateway towers at the foot of the island.

Desert Safari

Head to the desert in the outskirts of Dubai. Activities include dune bashing, camel ride, evening buffet with entertainment.

Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World

Ferrari World is located in an indoor amusement park located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It is the first Ferrari branded theme park.

Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi is an Emirati themed waterpark located on Yas Island. More than 40 rides, attractions. A must visit theme park with your family.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque 

The largest mosque in Abu Dhabi with spectacular onion-top domes, the reflective pools that engulf the courtyard and the iconic prayer hall that houses the world’s biggest chandelier and carpet. Also the walls engraved with verses from the Quran and painted with gold leaves.

Dubai Museum

It is the main museum in Dubai, located in Al-Fahidi fort and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.

Gold Souk

The famous Gold Souk, one of the oldest and fascinating traditional market for gold jewellery and gemstones.

Dubai Creek Side Park

A saltwater creek that divides the city into half. The cable car runs the 2.3 km length in less than 30 minutes suspended 30 metres in the air. Also, one can go around the beautiful park on a rental bike.

Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cruise

A great way to spend and evening and enjoy views of Dubai and one of the must dos. 

Dubai Mall

Also known as the home of the Dubai shopping festival, it is one of the world’s largest shopping mall, located next to Burj Khalifa. It also houses the Dubai Aquarium and the Olympic sized ice rink.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

One of Dubai’s most iconic destination giving access to the highest outdoor observatory in the world spreading across levels 148 and 125.

Dubai Fountain

The world’s largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30 acre Burj Khalifa Lake

Meena Bazaar

One of the oldest shopping districts in Dubai, a perfect place to shop for textiles, jewellery, furniture, spices etc.

Optional Activities:

Skydive at Palm Islands
  • Sky Diving at Palm Islands
  • Fly boarding
  • Cruise on Palm Islands
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Andaman Islands

Andaman Trip (7 Days/ 6 Nights)

Havelock Island | Neil Island | Scuba Diving | Whitesand Beaches

The Andaman Islands form an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. It is home to the Andamanese people who have had little contact with any other people.

Day 1:

Arrive in Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair. Proceed to hotel for check-in.

Cellular Jail

Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, was a colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Many notable dissidents such as Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, among others, were imprisoned here during the struggle for India’s independence.

Evening attend a sound & light show at the Cellular Jail.

Day 2:

After breakfast, take a private ferry to Havelock Island. Check-in at your resort.

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island

Havelock Island is one of the largest of the islands that comprise a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman. This island is named after a British General, Sir Henry Havelock.

Radhanagar Beach on the western coast is one of the most popular beaches on Havelock. You can also explore Elephant Beach.

Elephant Beach

Travel time: 1.5 – 2.0 hours

Day 3:

Experience Scuba Diving and spend the rest of the day exploring the island.

Kala Pathar Beach

Day 4:

After breakfast, take a ferry to Neil Island. Check-in at your resort.

Laxmanpur Beach

Neil is a tiny but beautiful island located to the south of the Andamans. The settlers named the beaches after mythical characters of the epic Ramayana – Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, Sitapur & Ramnagar. The island, with its relaxed vibes and long, deserted beaches is a place to chill out after the bustle of Havelock. You can walk the whole island in about 2 hours.

Natural Rock Formation @ Neil Island

Explore Lakshmanpur beach (Sunset view), Natural Rock formation bridge, Sitapur beach.

Sitapur Beach

Day 5:

Take a ferry to Port Blair. Explore Cellular Jail, Samudrika Museum, Anthropological Museum Ross Island.

Day 6:

Barathang is located 100 kms away from Port Blair. This island has beautiful beaches, mangrove creeks, mud-volcanoes and limestone caves. This passes through the tribal areas where the native Andamanese, the Jarawa tribes reside.

Limestone Caves

Day 7:

Return flight back home.

Inclusions:

  • Return Airfare
  • Vehicle for Port Blair sightseeing
  • Airport Transfers
  • Hotel in Port Blair (3N), Havelock Island (2N), Neil Island (1N)
  • Breakfast
  • Scuba Diving in Havelock
  • Ferry from Port Blair to Havelock Island, Havelock Island to Neil Island & Neil Island to Port Blair
  • Barathang day trip

Exclusions:

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Entry & permit fees, if any
  • Any other expenses outside the itinerary like tips, laundry etc

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Dharamsala – McLeodganj – Bir Billing

Dharamsala-McLeodganj-Bir-Billing Trip (6 Days / 5 Nights)

Triund | Paragliding | Camping | H.H. Dalai Lama Temple | Dhauladhar Mountains

Day 1

Arrive in Delhi by afternoon. Proceed to McLeodganj by overnight bus.

Day 2

Explore the following places:

Bhagsu Waterfalls – Located at 2km away.

Dal Lake – A small lake located about 3 km from Mc Leodganj

Tsuglagkhang Dalai Lama Temple – Main temple complex of Dalai Lama

Pic Courtesy: McLeod Ganj

Naddi Village – See the wider view of the Dhauladhar range and beautiful sunset

Day 3

Explore the following places:

Triund Trek – Triund is at the foot of Dhauladhar ranges and is at a height of 2828m. Distance of 9kms from McLeodganj.

Pic courtesy: Triund website

Dharamkot – Views of the Kangra Valley and Dhauladhar ranges on the way to Triund hill.

St. John Church in the Wilderness – An Anglican church constructed in 1852 located in the forest.

Day 4

Check out from McLeodganj hotel. Take bus to Bir. (1.5 hours).  Camping at Bir-Billing. Enjoy a hike to nearby picturesque Bari village. Bonfire & dinner at camp site.

Day 5

Experience paragliding session for approx. 15 – 30 minutes from Billing with an experienced pilot.

Explore Barot valley near Bir, famous for scenic beauty and natural landscape. Barot is known for trout fish farming.

Take overnight bus to Delhi from Bir.

Day 6

Return flight to Mumbai.

Cost from Mumbai: ₹ 25,000 per person

Inclusions

  • Return economy airfare (subject to price fluctuations)
  • Stay with breakfast
  • Bus from Delhi-McLeodganj
  • Bus from Bir-Delhi
  • Paragliding & Camping in Billing
  • Dinner & Breakfast at camp site in Bir / Billing

Exclusions

  • Local transport to / from hotel
  • Lunch / Dinner
  • Any other entry fee
  • Any other taxes, charges outside this itinerary

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  • Off-beat locations to visit / things to do

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Explore Kullu – Manali

Source: Raman Virdi

Itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrive in Chandigarh by morning flight. Proceed to Kullu by car & reach by evening.

Total distance: 270 kms

Day 2:

Kullu – Local sightseeing

  • Bijli Mahadev Temple

This temple is located on a hill called Mathan and is surrounded by valleys. The name comes from the fact that lightning strikes the Shiv Linga inside the temple and shatters into pieces. It is joined together later on a special occasion. One can reach the temple after a trek of around 3 kms.

  • Manikaran Hot Springs

Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, thus making it a sacred area. The area is well known for its hot springs and a beautiful landscape.

  • Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib

It is a historical Sikh shrine located in Manikaran where Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji had stayed with the Sikhs and performed miracles.

  • Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara

This place is dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism and is extremely beautiful and colourful with a breathtaking view of the Beas valley.

Source: Dechen
  • Vaishnodevi Temple

The temple, commonly known as the Mahadevi Tirthankaras, is named after Goddess Parvati. One can watch the wonderful forests, apple orchards and majestic hills on the way.

Total distance: 100 kms

Day 3:

Check out from hotel & proceed to Manali.

  • Solang Valley

Solang Valley lies between Solang village and Beas Kund. It offers a beautiful view of glaciers and snow capped mountains. Since the valley has fine ski slopes, it is a perfect place for skiing.

  • Vashishta Temple & Hot Springs

A pair of temples stand here, one dedicated to Lord Ram and one to Sage Vashishta. It is also a place for hot springs, which rose after the sage fired an arrow in the ground, believed to have medicinal properties.

  • Hidimba Devi Temple

Also known as Dhungiri Temple, it is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhim. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest and is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground.

  • Manu Temple

This magnificent temple is dedicated to Sage Manu, who is said to be the creator of the world and this is where he had meditated after stepping on earth.

  • Museum of Himalayan Culture & Folk Art

The Museum has an admirable collection of rare and almost extinct articles. The items exhibited here highlight the traditional way of life of the Himachal people.

  • Shopping in Mall Road

Head to Mall Road to shop some of Manali’s exotic souvenirs like Apple pickles, shawls, designer rugs, handicrafts, saffron etc.

Source: Manali.in

Total distance: 80 kms

Day 4:

Rohtang Pass is a high mountain pass located in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. It is at an elevation of 3,978 metres. The pass lies between the Chenab & Beas basins.

Rohtang Pass tour by local Manali taxi.

On the way to Rohtang Pass

Total distance: 100 kms

Day 5:

Check out from Hotel & drive to Chandigarh. Hotel stay at Chandigarh.

Day 6:

Check out from Hotel & proceed to airport for return flight / train.

Inclusions:

  • Hotel stay (2N in Kullu, 2N in Manali, 1N in Chandigarh)
  • Breakfast
  • Taxi for entire tour from Chandigarh
  • Rohtang Pass permit fee

Exclusions:

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Entry fees to sightseeing places
  • Any other expenses outside the itinerary like tips, laundry etc

Tour Cost:

22,000 on twin sharing basis (Ex. Chandigarh)

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