Month: June 2018

Boat Rafting, Rishikesh

Rafting Adventure in Trishuli – Nepal

Rafting is an adventure sport gaining a lot of momentum and popularity, especially in northern part of Nepal and India due to the immense heights from which the rivers flow through the Himalayas. An amazing activity of teamwork and swifting through the high and quick movements of water, rapids as they are called, with all the jerks, jumps and falls in the river, rafting is a very enjoyable and fun adventure activity to do. I have done it several times in North of India and Nepal too. The most popular river in Nepal for rafting is river Trishuli, as it has many rapids, twists and turns and at the same time is not very dangerous. There are many resorts around truly which are on the way to Kathmandu from Pokhara or another way around. Depending on the length of time you want to raft you can choose the hours and the rapids. Generally, it is for 2 or 4 hours wherein you have a master who makes you learn the basics and commands throughout the …

The Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal

The Precise Guide to Lisbon – A City Worth Loving

There are some cities which touch your heart and leaves an everlasting impression on you which you cherish for the lifetime and always want to return to know more and more, Lisbon is the city that perfectly suits this description. With its beautiful cobbled streets, architectural monuments, theatre and entertainment options, lively squares, musical performances, sea views, smiling locals, the charming trams, maze-like hilly pathways and an amazingly positive environment, Lisbon lives to its image of being a vibrant city. You will be spoilt of choices that this city has to offer to make your visit a memorable one. There are a lot of cheap hostels around the city which is a boon for the backpackers, Baixa Chiado is the station and the neighborhood which is very close to the center, party district Bairro Alto and many other attractions which are a short walk from here, so try staying around this place. There are a lot of good restaurants and cafes around to try some local cuisine and the famous port wine. With a cool …

Panorama

Backpacking Guide to Portugal – The Vibrant Country

The beach country having an amazing coastline, super friendly and smiling locals, amazing food and wine, clear blue skies, stunning architecture, unique tram system and the beautiful cobbled streets is what defines Portugal. The best thing is that it’s not highly touristic as the other countries of Europe, so you get a more local experience than a very touristic one, in addition to this, the country is not very expensive as the other European countries. The typical cost of accommodation, food, transportation and other activities are pretty much affordable. The vibes that this country has, will surely make you happy and contented with your trip. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal is amongst those few places in the world that leaves a lasting impact on you and would surely make you think about returning and knowing this city more and more. With a lot of Vibrancy in its culture, architecture, food, and nightlife, this country for sure is worth more than a visit. With its beautiful capital Lisbon, there are some other beach towns surrounding which …

Giralda, Seville, Spain

Exploring and Experiencing Seville – The Jewel of Spain

This beautiful, artistic and architectural city in Southern Spain is definitely a must visit. Filled with beautiful architectural Cathedrals, palaces, narrow streets, Flamenco bars, traditional bullfight history and a lot more attraction, Seville leaves a lasting impression on you. Amongst the endless attractions, the ones which are not to be missed are : Plaza De Espana – The panoramic semi-circular and artistically curated plaza in the iconic Maria Luisa Park which was being made in 1929 for hosting Ibero American Exposition now hosts various government offices and is a very popular tourist spot in the city as it has amazing boulevards, mosaic structures, statues etc. Almost everyone visiting Seville would for sure be visiting this place. The Alcazar – Serving as one of the oldest palaces in entire Europe, Alcazar is a definite treat to the eyes. It’s been used as an inspiration for the sets of the series Game Of Thrones too. The shiny alleys and marble carved architecture make you go back in the history and admire the precision and vision of old …

Park Güell Park in Barcelona, Spain

A Compact Guide to the Gaudi City – Barcelona

The city that needs no introduction. Often called as the Gaudi city, Barcelona is famous for its Gothic architecture that leads back to the Roman times, never-ending parties that starts late at night and goes on till the morning, busy shopping streets, lively cafes and restaurants and one of the most famous soccer stadiums in the world ‘Camp Nou’ , the home stadium of FC Barcelona. The major or rather not to be missed attractions of this amazing city are Sagrada Familia – One of the major attraction and an icon of this city is Sagrada Familia Church which is considered to be one of the major works of Architect Gaudi. You will be amazed by its beauty and unique architecture. Beware of the long queues to get in as everyone visiting this city would be visiting this place for sure, the best time to visit is during the morning in the opening hours. Park Guell – Another masterpiece by Gaudi, is Park Guell, with amazing views of the city from the top and uniquely …

Madrid, Spain

2 Perfect Days in Madrid – Bustling Capital of Spain

The capital, largest and a bustling city of Spain with a lot of museums, restaurants and an amazing nightlife that starts late, like really late, so you have to be an owl to enjoy it is what defines Madrid. With a lot of historic sites, major places to visit are : Palacio Real (Real Palace) or the city palace, depicting the history of Madrid in the princely times   Plaza Mayor – The main and central square with amazing streets leading to shopping places, theaters, endless Tapas restaurants, and bars which are filled with both locals and tourists in the evening times, a very peppy place with a lot of street performances and activities that for sure would keep you on your toes. Prado Museum– One of the world’s largest museums, this for sure is not to be missed.   Churros– If you have a sweet tooth, this Spanish traditional delicacy is not to be missed for sure, you will find shops selling churros all around the city but the best ones are found near …

Spain

Backpacking Guide to Spain – There’s something for Everyone

A country that needs no introduction. Spain is by far one of the most impactful countries I’ve visited that has left a lasting impression on me. Right from its relaxed and enjoying attitude to its culture, history, food to the welcoming people to the amazing hip nightlife, Spain for sure is the country to visit for a holistic travel experience. The best cities to visit in Spain are Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia. It is one of the best and pocket-friendly countries to visit in Europe if you are a backpacker. The typical cost of a bed in a hostel would be anywhere from 13 to 25 Euros, a meal at normal restaurants and food outlets would be around 6 to 10 Euros, local transport costs around 1.5 Euros to 3 Euros and the cities are well connected with the rail lines and buses. Also, it’s a very good experience to walk around and know the cities by yourself, in addition to it, there are free walking tours almost in every tourist city of Spain where …

Welcome to the Sea

Thailand – A General Guide

The land of smiles, Thailand is gaining a lot of popularity amongst the tourist circuit throughout the world as it has something for everyone whether you like to be in the lap of nature, have a relaxing time under the sun on the pristine beaches, dance your heart out in the amazing nightlife, experience the diverse marine life , lip-smacking food or the world-renowned Thai massages. With its capital Bangkok being ranked as the number 1 tourist destination in terms of tourist arrivals inflow and also the easy visa processes, Thailand is emerging as a tourism giant and one of the most favorite destination amongst the backpackers. There are a lot of places and a lot of ways to explore this beautiful country. Here is a general guide to visit Thailand.   Reaching and getting around Thailand With Bangkok having air connectivity from all over the world and being the major hub for people flying to Southeast Asia, Thailand enjoys year long inflow of tourists. Bangkok is also well connected to the other cities of …

Garden

Knowing and Getting around Chiang Mai

The cultural capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is also the fourth largest city and a major hub for travelers visiting the north of Thailand. Being covered with lush green mountains and surrounded by beautiful architecture and temples, this city is definitely one of the best places in the country. Chiang Mai is easy to reach as it has regular flight connections from Bangkok and other cities, plus the flights are really cheap if you book a little in advance. There are many great and diverse things to do in Chiang Mai and also getting around Chiang Mai is quite easy as there are many options like Songthaew (red truck cars), tuk-tuks, and you can also rent a bicycle or a scooter which is the best way to get around the city. The traffic is moderate except in the peak hours in the evening. There is an old city which is being surrounded by a canal and gates on all the 4 sides. This adds charm to the beauty of Chiang Mai. To take a walk …

Wat Rong Khun Wat in Pa O Don Chai, Thailand

2 Days in Chiang Rai, Thailand

The North of Thailand is as beautiful as South, in fact, it’s magical and very soothing. Chiang Rai lies to the north of Thailand close to Laos. The town is surrounded by scenic mountains, forest cover numerous temples and many places to relax. 2 days are more than enough to experience this beautiful town. The best way to get around is by hiring a scooter as the main attractions are a bit far from the center. The most important and famous attraction to see here is Wat Rong Khun, commonly known as the White Temple which is something marvelous to see. A Buddhist temple, made of all white material and carved out designs depicting various aspects of life like greed, desire, salvation etc. The temple lies around 15 km from the center and the way throughout is amazing. Located at a fair distance is the hidden Khun Korn Waterfall, which falls under national forest region. Surrounded by dense greenery and a narrow path, a short trek leading to this beautiful waterfall is really worth it. …