10 Things To Do in Tampa!

1. ELLA’S AMERICANA FOLK ART CAFE

A bright and sunny folk art cafe, buzzing with people, music, food and life. The artsy décor is a treat for the eye and the scrumptious food is a gastronomical treat. Located in the heart of Seminole Heights, Ella’s is a few minutes from Downtown Tampa (the central business district of Tampa). They play live music on Fridays. During ‘Soul Food Sunday’, another popular activity at the restaurant, the chef creates a unique menu reflecting his creative personality and love for food.

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2. INTERNATIONAL PLAZA AND BAY STREET

Want to shop till you drop? Visit Tampa Bay’s premier shopping venue International Plaza. This upscale mall houses luxury brands such as Tiffany’s, Hugo Boss, and Tory Burch. Bay Street consists of high-end restaurants and clubs. International Plaza and Bay Street is one of the most distinctive shopping and dining destination of Florida’s west coast.

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3. TAMPA BAY WATER BIKES

This is a unique way of exploring Tampa, While burning calories! Water bikes let you explore Tampa Bay’s sparkling waterfront. Each bike sits atop two pontoons, making it extremely stable (some riders even take their dogs along). Pedal power takes you around the waterfront and up the Hillsborough River through downtown. Water bikes can be hired from near the Tampa Convention Centre.

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4. THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM DOLPHIN CRUISE

Look for wild dolphins in the open waters of Tampa Bay while the tour guide talks about the intricacies of Florida’s environment. Afterward, tour the aquarium, which is home to 20,000 sea creatures. Test your courage by swimming with tiger sharks in the aquarium’s Caribbean Reef tank.

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Image Credit: www.flaquarium.com

5. OXFORD EXCHANGE

Oxford Exchange, a restaurant cum coffee bar cum bookstore cum home decor shop, is housed   in a historic building near the University of Tampa. Oxford Exchange has become a popular haunt for breakfast, brunch and lunch within two years of its opening. The restaurant has an astounding decor and delectable food.

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6. BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA

Busch Gardens Tampa has been a part of Tampa Bay’s landscape since the 1950s. Today, it’s a unique combination of an African wildlife reserve and a theme park filled with pulse-pounding roller coasters. So while you could be feeding giraffes in the morning, just an hour later you could be coming down 335 ft on the tallest drop-tower in North America or experiencing some of the craziest and longest roller coaster rides ever made!

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Serengeti Safari
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7. TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART

There no better view of downtown than from the covered plaza in front of the Tampa Museum of Art. Sono   Café’s thoroughly modern menu includes many vegetarian options in a setting that inspires, both inside and outside. The museum houses a collection ranging from ancient Greek and Roman to Pop Art legend Roy Lichtenstein. It also hosts many travelling exhibits, including the current show about the work of artist Christo. At night, the museum becomes a work of artist Christo. At night, the museum becomes a work of art itself when its façade comes to life with thousands of shifting colors in Leo Villareal’s ‘Sky (Tampa).

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8. YBOR CITY

Named after its founder, 19th-century cigar magnate Vicente Martinez-Ybor, this Tampa Bay community was the entry point and melting pot for generations of immigrants from   Cuba, northern Spain, Sicily, Germany and Eastern Europe. During the day, restaurant fill with business people looking for lunch. In the evenings, Ybor City become the place for dinner and dancing. Late-night brings club- hoppers looking for the most cutting-edge bands. The brick streets and iron balconies are largely unchanged from a century ago, making Ybor City a distinct location and one of two historic districts in Florida.

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9. COLUMBIA RESTAURANT

Cesar Gonzmart founded this restaurant five generations ago as a sandwich shop. It is Florida’s oldest dinner and one of the largest Spanish restaurants in the world. The Nightly flamenco show is a reminder of Ybor City’s history. The menu includes authentic Spanish paella and other creations such as the 1905 salad. 1905 is the year that Columbia Restaurant was founded. The Cuban sandwich, which was invented in Ybor City to feed cigar workers, is a staple of Columbia’s menu.

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10. ULELE

On the banks of the Hillsborough River, Ulele features a menu inspired by Tampa Bay’s early native and Spanish explorers. The restaurant also has its own brewery. Ulele was created by Tampa Bay’s Gonzmart family, now in their fifth generation and also owners of Columbia Restaurant. The restaurant included a $5 million restoration of Tampa’s original public water pump house, along with the spring that once supplied the city’s drinking water. The patio is a great place to enjoy the sunset.

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City of Family Vacations!

Thinking of where to spend the next family vacation? We say Orlando is your perfect choice. With hordes of theme park and water park options that your entire family can enjoy together, Orlando gives you an unforgettable holiday experience.

Out of so many of them, we give you a list of 10 must visit theme/ waterparks in Orlando:

1.       Magic Kingdom: The kids would enjoy the magical world of the Disney Kingdom with their diverse Disney Characters. Along with the varied attractions for your family this theme park has to offer, you can also have a royal dine at the Cinderella’s Royal Dining Table where Cinderalla herself would serve you!

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2.       Epcot: Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture, and is often referred to as a “Permanent World's Fair.” Whilst at the park do not miss the glorious IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth show with colorful fireworks and fountains every evening around 2100 hours just before the park is about to close.

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Image Credit: Astar Command Crew.net

3.       Universal Studios: Universal Orlando is the largest property operated by Universal Parks & Resorts. It is also the largest resort in Orlando, Florida, and the second-largest resort in Greater Orlando after Walt Disney World. Their wizarding world of Harry Potter at the Island of Adventures is a must visit. Post a day filled with adventure you can also dine in at the Citywalk restaurant.

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Island of Adventures at Universal Studios, Orlando
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Wizarding world of Harry Potter at Island of Adventures
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4.       Sea World: Sea world is a great place for everyone who enjoys marine life. You get to see, learn and interact with a variety of sea creatures from different parts of the world. The Dolphin show at Sea World shouldn’t be missed.

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Sea World
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5.       Gatorland: Gatorland is a theme park and a wildlife preserve. Here you will find thousands of alligators and crocodiles and other reptiles in their natural habitat being taken care by the park. There are numerous shows and workshops where they enhance your knowledge about these feared animals.

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6.       Aquatica: Part of the Sea World chain, Aquatica is a great waterpark for a family holiday. You can simply relax by the big surfer’s shore or race with your family members at the Taumata racer or laze around on the best lazy river down the loggerhead lane while watching the different tropical fishes. Kata’s Kookaburra Cove is a great place for your little ones while Walhalla wave is a thrilling ride for the entire family where you zoom through a 6-storey maze of twists, turns & tunnels.

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7.       Blizzard Beach Waterpark: One of the two of Disney’s waterparks, Blizzard Beach waterpark has an extensive set of rides for both the adults and children. You will have a bit more steeper choice of rides compared to other waterparks in the area so this is the best place to be for the adventure enthusiasts.

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8.       Wonder Works: Ever wanted to experience what it felt like to be in the middle of an earthquake or a hurricane? Well, here is your chance to experience the abnormal stuff of the world along with various scientific displays relating to space travel, weather, sound, light and upside down house, etc

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Image Credit: Wonderworksonline.com

9.       Animal Kingdom: Animal Kingdom is the second largest theme park in the world and holds the title of being the Disney’s park for the conservation of animals. The Park boasts of different themes based on the continents and have various species of birds and animals from the countries where they are found the most. Some of the examples are Africa, Asia, DinoLand and even Pandorra – The World of Avatar

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Pandorra at The World of Avatar, Animal Kingdom
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10.   Typhoon Lagoon: You feel this is another Disney waterpark with endless list of activities? Well here what’s so different about it… It has the largest and thunderous waves which gulps you down like a tsunami. Along with the park’s Surf Pool the park also entices its visitors with the fish snorkeling, lazy river, Gangplank Falls, Crush ‘n’ Gusher.

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Image Credit: Murphywaves.com

 

If these weren’t enough and have more time to spare at this perfect family holiday city, do visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Legoland, Discovery Cove, Wet N Wild, Fun Spot. Also, for the science lovers a visit to the Kennedy Space Centre is a must.

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Jaffna, Sri Lanka’s Northern Soul

Jaffna, Sri Lanka’s Northern Soul, the capital city of the Northern Sri Lanka, is waking up from its 3 decades long sleep of civil war. Despite having a simple living, the location is rich in its history and culture. The people of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna District are a resilient lot. Post-civil war, they’re opening up their idyllic beaches, tiny isles and urging you to visit. Each house has a history of its own and every welcoming local has something to share with the tourists. Jaffna is in fact closer to India than Colombo but sadly there is no direct way. Though there are talks of starting the ferry rides again. Due to its proximity to India, you will see more influence of Indian culture. Jaffna boasts of various Hindu temples, traditions, festivals, beaches.

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Image Credit: Reddot

The past glory of the now war torn city:

The Tamil dynasty ruled this area for 400 years until the Portuguese arrived in the 16th century. During those times it was the financial hub of in Sri Lanka. However, post- independence from the British Empire in 1948 tensions sparked between the Tamil and Sinhalese communities. From 1983 to 2009, war raged between the army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE), who were fighting for an independent state. More than 100,000 people lost their lives; many more were displaced.

A New Hope:

A lot has changed since those dark days. With the declaration of peace came hope and a new lease of life for the locals who’d abandoned their homes. The Northern Province has been reborn. Many people have returned, turning to tourism to rebuild their lives. Hotels and homestays are springing up, military bases have been transformed into wildlife parks and nature resorts, and former battlefields are now family-friendly seaside getaways. Individuals who once fired bullets are reveling in newfound careers as tour guides – a turn of events many never dared dream about.

The Elephant Pass Image Credit: Reddot

The Elephant Pass
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 Life in this historic city:

Wake up to mellifluous bells of Nallur temple chiming across the rooftops. Upon first glance it seems like any other city on the subcontinent: loud and proud, chaotic and exotic. The beating of drums and honking of horns added to the complex cacophony. Weaving through the traffic are holy men in billowing white robes and ladies in bright saris with plaits down to their waists.

But these streets are far from ordinary. Beyond the markets, the Technicolor temples and the striking 17th-century Jaffna fort (scene of a 107-day siege in 1990) stands the ruins of war. The buildings are scarred with bullet holes, walls blasted out, ceilings long since caved in.

Jaffna’s railway station is a shell of its former splendor. Built in 1902, after the bombing in 1990; the railway line was also destroyed, thus isolating Jaffna from the rest of the country. The tracks are now buried under a carpet of overgrown grass, and graffiti and mortar damage are etched onto the crumbling walls.

You will find all the stories here, enough to fill the Jaffna Public library.

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Jaffna Library
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However, Nallur Kandaswamy temple brings out the cultural side of this town. Nallur Kandasamy Kovil almost a month long festival in August is a must visit. You will find your ears ringing with ancient shlokas and in the middle of what seems like an enormous wedding party for Murugan. Tens and hundreds of ullulating women with flowers in their hand and veshticlad men carrying the lord and his consort emerge from a cloud of camphor to circle the temple tank at the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil. The benign rituals are a shocking taste of faith you will witnesswith bizarre, itinerant tableaux featuring men strung on hooks.

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Image Credit:guidejaffna.blogspot.com

There are ruins of Portuguese Churches at Myliddi and Chankanai and a ruined Dutch Church at Atchuveli. The Dutch Fort Hammenhiel, now turned into a resort is at the entrance to the Kayts Harbour and is located in an island of the sea. Today, the Fort has shed its rather chequered past and as the Hammenheil Resort and provides a sheer experience of living within a luxuriously appointed dungeon surrounded by the ocean.to the visitors.

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Hammenheil Fort
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The Buddhist Vihara at Nagadeepa (Nainativu) Island is a place sanctified by the visit of the Buddha is a place worth a visit.

 Also, at the Keerimalai springs, beautiful little spot, has the men’s side with a picturesque stepped pool of bright aquamarine water set against the sea, while the women have a smaller pool nearby surrounded by tall walls (for the best, really). The waters are supposed to be healing, and there are changing rooms on-site; women should bathe in something modest. Legend has it that the sacred Keerimalai spring became famous after the 7th-century visit by a Chola princess: not only was her digestive disorder instantly healed when she bathed in the waters and prayed to Murugan, but so was her facial deformity, which, according to one source, had the ‘likeness of a horse’s head’.

Keeramalai Springs Image Credit: Wordpress

Keeramalai Springs
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You might also consider traveling in the local ferries amongst the lovely locals to the Island of wild horses and coral fences, The Neduntheevu or Neduntivu or as the Dutch called it the Delft island it  is a journey to cherish. However, it is the sort of place you can visit if you have the stomach for it. If you do, it’ll reward you with it’s beautiful untouristed beaches, British hospital, some wild Portuguese Ponies strolling by the sea and the spectacular haze of barren, dramatic plains. If not, you’ll be stuck here until the next ferry arrives three hours later. 

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Wild Ponies in Delft Island
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For the beach lovers, a visit to the Casaurina beach & Mannar island overlooking the Gulf of Mannar is a pleasant experience.

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Road to Casaurina Beach
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Jaffna is approximately 8hours drive from Colombo and is filled with scenic beauties of lush green grass and rice plantations. Though for the foreigners to visit Jaffna you have to take a written permission from the ministry of defense.

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Jaffna Beach
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For now the accommodation at Jaffna is limited but it is a town that reveals its dark past but bright future. The thing about Jaffna is, in its ordinariness lies a more delicate charm, be it it’s lovely people or it’s untouristed naivete.

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Begin the New Year at these Luxurious Jungle Resorts

How about waking up this 1st Jan in the morning and finding the Mama deer and the Papa Deer looking over your room to greet you with the morning sun? Well that is possible if you are planning to spend your New Year’s celebration this year out in the jungle.

You might think your stay at a Jungle would be rustic but do not worry about your comfort and luxury in the following resorts:

1. Singinawa Jungle Lodge, Kanha:

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The Singinawa Jungle Lodge set in the middle of the Kanha National Park, they have 12 stone and slate cottages. Each stands in seclusion, surrounded by trees where intruders to your privacy are only the deer and the occasional leopard or tiger. There are attached baths with a double vanity and running hot and cold showers. Other amenities include a fireplace, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, lounge chairs and workstations.

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For families travelling together Singinawa's Perch rooms offer an unequaled solace for those wanting total seclusion from almost everything. They have two double Master bedrooms, inter-connected with two further respectably sized double bedrooms – all having ensuite bathrooms equipped with all the required conveniences; a shared large private lounge-dining room with its own library is situated between the two bedroom wings.

Needless to say the resort arranges the Jeep Safaris in Kanha National Park. Besides these you’re also spoilt with a plethora of activities at the resort. You can either relax at the pool or have the naturalists accompany you on the walks through the forest or also explore the nearby villages and the forest area on a bi-cycle. You can try out their other unique experiences they offer like sharing breakfast with your loved ones by the Tannaur river or relax together at their spa.

Breakfast by the river


2. Taj Baghvan, Pench National Park:

Taj Baghvan

Taj Baghvan, nestled inside the Pench National Park is accessible from Nagpur and Bhopal.

After you arrive at the resort you will be guided to your room which is situated by the Pench river flowing besides the narrow trails. Your rooms are separate standalone cottages with an indoor and outdoor shower. You can stand at the balcony all day and hear the birds chipping and the sound of the stream flowing beside your cottage. Relax at your cozy bedroom or the private covered macchan, in seclusion from the world but in close proximity with nature.

During your stay, the resort arranges for 02 Jeep Safaris every day with your naturalists. While at the Taj Baghvan, you can be assured of tranquility and the amazing Taj hospitality.

 

3. Kaav Safari Lodge, Kabini:

View from the Tent

Along the very edge of the Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary, lies KAAV, a boutique luxury home-stay that lies on the periphery of this jungle. It is a cradle of luxury, but is colored by the local landscape.

This is a great place to all those bird and nature lovers to spend your New Year amidst the love and affection of the sweet rhythm of the birds and animals living together.

Tent at the Kaav

KAAV has 04 luxurious rooms with private decks and 02 luxury tents with private balconies.  All rooms with private balconies overlook the forest and are comfortable, spacious and have been designed to blend into the landscape. Relax by the swimming pool or stand at the viewing decks and spot some birds and wild animals. Food served is a gourmet experience of local as well as International cuisine made from fresh produce.

At the resort, KAAV arranges for Land and Boat Safari in the National Park. Guided trekking with a naturalist, cycling along the banks of the Kabini river, coracle boat ride is arranged as well and  is complimentary with your stay. 

 

4. Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, Satpura National Park:

Accommodation at Reni Pani

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is an exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife focused lodge located close to the Satpura National park and Tiger Reserve.

It features 12 luxury cottages air- conditioned room with private deck encompassing 3 distinct structural designs. They are all built using local / indigenous material and are characterized by viewing decks, large lounging bay-windows and luxury bathrooms. 

Dinner setup at Reni Pani

The rustic but comfortably furnished lounge, bar, dining room and library are situated in the ‘Gol Ghar’.  The camp also features a swimming pool located along a curve in the stream.

 It spreads across 30 acres of striking forest cover. The camp-site features exactly what a nature lover would want, magnificent trees, a sprawling meadow, a seasonal stream, uneven yet beautiful topography & water holes that attract several species of birds & animals.

Elephant Safari

The stay is complimented with one Jeep Safari and one either of canoeing, motor boating, walking tours or the elephant ride or the night safaris.
Another exciting exprience is  their ‘Night Under the Canvas’ programme to spend a night by the Denwa River at the campsite setup by them.

Tents at Reni Pani


5. Kanha Earth Lodge, Kanha:

Outside_Kanha Earth Lodge

Kanha Earth Lodge lies in 16 acres of natural forest, tucked away in a small tribal hamlet bordering Kanha’s buffer zone. It is an eco-lodge, built in a rustic yet artistic and modern way. It offers 12 open-fronted, luxurious bungalows with en suite bathrooms and large verandahs.The cottages are built on the lines of the huts of villagers, but equipped with all the necessities to ensure a comfortable stay. Inspired by traditional Gond architecture, the huts are built with locally available material such as mud plaster, stone, terracotta tiles, rough-hewn timber beams and furniture made from waste and recycled wood. This helps the huts to blend in seamlessly with their surroundings.

Room at Kanha Earth Lodge

They also have an infinity pool which is set between mahua trees and its infinity edges merge into Kanha’s forests.

Pool Area_Kanha Earth Lodge

Choose the early morning or afternoon game drives or explore the jungle on the back on an Elephant. Besides these, you can go for bird walks, nature trails or clycling in the areas adjoining the lodge. The weekly market held on Wednesdays and Fridays also make an interesting visit.


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The Best resorts to spend your vacation the Indonesian way!

Image Credit: The Oberoi, Lombok

Image Credit: The Oberoi, Lombok

Indonesia, the land of the Gods. You will find everything here. From the ancient temples to romantic beaches to the beautiful rice terraces. It’s rightly said this is a place you will fall in love with, with the food, culture, dance, ever welcoming and lovely locals. You might also find your soulmate here!

If you’ve already found your soulmate, what better place than Indonesia to rekindle your love and enjoy each other’s company in these beautiful resorts

1.       The Oberoi, Lombok:

 

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Image Credit: The Oberoi, Lombok

Located on the enchanting Medana Bay, with exclusive beach access and sunset views of Bali's volcanic Mount Agung, The Oberoi, Lombok spans twenty four acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, abundant with towering indigenous trees, flaming bougainvillea and a spectacular infinity pool.

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Image Credit: The Oberoi, Lombok

While letting you have the complete Indonesian experience at the resort with thatched villas and pavilions, the luxury is not going to be compromised at their private pool villas & private garden villas. 

Image Credit: The Oberoi, Lombok

Image Credit: The Oberoi, Lombok

All the Pavilions and villas are adorned with traditional fabrics in natural tones, furnished with Balinese style, combed teak beds and carpeted with hand tufted rugs of natural fibre.  All accommodations are roofed in the traditional style with charmingly rustic, steep, weatherproof thatch. 

Dining area Image Credit: The Oberoi, Lombok

Dining area
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As an alternative, you can also relax at their traditional, open air bar, restaurants and spa and let yourself be caressed by the gentle sea breeze and melodious bird songs

 

2.       The Royal Pita Maha:

 

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Aerial View of  The Royal Pita Maha
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Designed to celebrate the traditions, art and culture of Bali, the Royal Pita Maha features a collection of Private Pool villas overlooking the timeless beauty of the Ayung river.

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Image Credit: somuchmoretosee.com

Let yourself be blessed with uninterrupted views of tropical greenery at The Royal Pita Maha which embraces a spiritually charged landscape of Bali.

 

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Image Credit: Internationalyoga.com

The Royal Pita Maha is a sanctuary for travellers seeking to recharge the body, mind and spirit in the Balinese village of Ubud.

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View from the pool
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At Royal Pita Maha, you are blessed with a plethora of activities in and around the resort like you can explore the area on a cycle, go trekking or simply go to the local market to grab a memoir!  You can also just choose to be laze around the infinity pool, lagoon pool, Holy Spring Water pool or you can learn stone and wood carving or as simple as painting. You can also enroll for their Balinese cooking classes and surprise your family with a Balinese dish back home.

 

3. Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay:

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Image Credit: Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay


Inspired by traditional Balinese architecture, the luxurious all villa resort spreads across 35 acres of Oceanfront in Bali.

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One bedroom Villa
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The villas are housed within a private stone-walled courtyard featuring separate thatched-roof pavilions. Each villa has its own oversized indoor and outdoor living areas, lush gardens, a private pool and a sun terrace and offers garden views or Panaromic views of the Jimbaran Bay.

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Ocean View Deluxe Room
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The Royal Villa Image Credit: For seasons at Jimbaran Bay

The Royal Villa
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The Resort’s nine residence villas are grand-scale homes located in an adjoining enclave just steps from Jimbaran Beach.

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Image Credit: Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay

Connect with the island’s spiritual side with a Karmic cleansing ritual at the spa. Traditional, timeless and totally romantic, this legendary hideaway offers an experience that leaves you yearning for more.

 

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3 Farm Stays to Stay the Desi Way this Diwali!!

1. Punjabiyat

Image Credit: Punjabiyat

Image Credit: Punjabiyat

Hidden from the reaches of modern cities, an hour’s drive from Amritsar, Punjabiyat or Punjab-i-yat  means ‘Being Punjabi’ or ‘essence of Punjab’. 

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At Punjabiyat you will explicitly experience the culture, food, stay.

With 4 stand-alone cottages which are built from local clay, mud and other materials, they reflect the local architecture which has been followed from the times of Harappan Civilization.

Each mud cottage has an en suite bathroom, a covered front deck and a private open roof terrace overlooking the vast expanses of green fields around.

For the extra ghee Aloo Paratha and butter chicken lovers, you will enjoy all your meals served on the verandahs or amidst the fields with open air barbeques for dinner.

There are a host of things you can choose from. You can simply laze around with the beautiful views of the farm or be active and participate in some farming activities with the help of some locals.  You can also visit the dairy farm where you will learn about rural dairy farming or learn about the Sikh culture by visiting the Sikh History Museum. You can visit all these places on a cycle ride available at Punjabiyat!

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Image Credit: Punjabiyat

With its proximity to Amritsar you can visit the Golden Temple, Jalianwaala Bagh and the Wagha border as well.

 

2. Deep Roots Retreat

Away from the hustle bustle of city life, an hour’s drive from Chandigarh, Deep Roots Retreat provides an unforgettable journey to its guest.

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Image Credit: Deep Roots Retreatd

As rightly said it’s a home away from home. A complete relaxation of the mind and body, sit on the terraces or verandahs and let yourself be pampered by the Punjabi delicacies and the warmth of the staff.

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Image Credit: Deep Roots Retreat

Image Credit: Deep Roots Retreat

Image Credit: Deep Roots Retreat

If asked they will also arrange for tours that will take through the history and culture of Punjab.

 

3. Citrus County Farm stays

Image Credit: Citrus County Farm 

Image Credit: Citrus County Farm 

Like any other fairy tale, Citrus County Farm stay is perfectly placed in the middle of an Orchard. An initiative taken by the owners Harkirat and his wife Jasveen and Punjab Tourism to give the guests an experience of living in a village but with the modern amenities

There are 3 suites inside the house with TV, Wifi, sitting area with the views either of the pool or lush garden. Along with the rural experience you will also have an option of experiencing a night in a tent.

Image Credit: Citrus County Farm 

Image Credit: Citrus County Farm 

In the resort you can go request for a guided trail and pluck some fruits from the farms around or visit the green house. You can also watch a game of Kabbaddi or play tennis or golf or just chill at the gazebo café.

They serve authentic Punjabi food that suits the taste bud of every traveler. In the evenings bonfire from the citrus trees are set with soothing music in the background. Won’t that be the best place for you to enjoy your dinner?

Image Credit: Citrus County Farm 

Image Credit: Citrus County Farm 

Image Credit: Citrus County Farm 

Image Credit: Citrus County Farm 

In the vicinity, are markets selling traditional Indian Jewellery along with other artifacts.

When requested, jeep safaris to the nearby untouched forest is also arranged.

A good three hours drive from both Amritsar and Chandigarh, guests always leave Citrus County with a smile and a promise to be back soon. 

Plan your trip to these farm stays and experience the tradition, culture and food. Get in touch with us at travel@gocaribou.com or call us at +91 22 40039597.

Places You Didn’t Know That Actually Exist in India

1. Lonar Crater Lake, Maharashtra 

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Image Credit: www.indiamarks.com

One of Maharashtra’s best kept secrets, Lonar lake in the Buldhana District is surrounded by mysteries about its origin. Though after years of exploration it’s certain now that the lake was formed around 55,000 years ago when it was struck by a meteorite that weighed almost 2 million tonnes . The impact managed to create the Earth’s largest and only hyper-velocity impact crater in basaltic rock and is around 550ft deep from the rim of the crater.

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Image Credit: http://happyfeet.us/maharashtra/lonar-a-walk-inside-the-meteorite-crater/

The four-hour drive from Aurangabad runs through picturesque villages and fields of paddy, and ends at the MTDC resort and other limited accommodation options available. The path down to the lake is slippery, making this a truly perilous trek. But you soon forget the grazed knees and lost shoes for the sheer joy of trekking through the lush jungle, of finding curious minerals like the ancient glass formation maskelynite, and stumbling upon centuries-old, abandoned temples that are now inhabited only by insects and bats.

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Image Credit: http://happyfeet.us/maharashtra/lonar-a-walk-inside-the-meteorite-crater/

The trek through the dense forest is a haven for the bird watchers with several species of local and migratory birds like the red-wattled lapwings, blue jays, bayaweavers, hoopoes that inhabit the area.

With no fishes and boating on the lake as the water is saline it takes a good 3-4hrs to explore the whole area on foot or you can try a different mode– The Bullock Cart ride!

 

2. Floating Lake in Keibul National Park , Manipur

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Image Credit: allresourceupdates.wordpress.com

Did you know the only Floating National Park in the world is in the north eastern state of Manipur?  

While visiting the serene Loktak Lake, from a distance you will see small islands protruding out of water on this only Freshwater Lake in Manipur. Moving closer you will notice these are actually patches of vegetation created by an accrual of organic garbage and biomass with soil particles that have been thickened into a solid that floats over this lake locally known as the Phumdis. It is on these Phumdis that the Fishermen have built their huts on which float comfortably and are tossed around with the wind.

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Image Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

This park which was initially declared as a Sanctuary in 1966 was subsequently declared as a National Park in 1977.

The park was originally made to protect the endangered species of Brow-antlered Deer locally known as the Sangai. However, you will also find a variety of flora and fauna around like the Hog deer, Wild boar, Large Indian Civets, common otter, fox, jungle cat, golden cat, Bay bamboo rat, musk shrew, common shrew, threatened Hooded crane, etc.  

It’s a paradise for the fish lovers as they get to enjoy the fresh fishes directly taken out of the Chinese fishing nets. Though the accommodation is limited and you’ll have to stay at Imphal, the visit to the national park is quite pleasant and unique.

 

3. Marble Rocks at Bedhaghat, Madhya Pradesh

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Image Credit: Commons.wikipedia.com

The Marble rocks on the river Narmada is one of its kind in India. The best way to explore the marble rocks is to take a boat ride on some rapids on river Narmada. The experience is simple but beautiful in its own way. Located in the Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh the best time to visit this place is from November – May as the boating is closed during monsoons. Also it is advisable to take the boat ride just around 4pm as with the pleasant sunset you can see the marble rocks change their colors. They also have night boats on Full moon nights. This is a very romantic experience. The light of the brightly lit moon on these nights falls on the rocks making it shine

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Image Credit : www.jabalpurtourismpc.com

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Image Credit: mptourism

If this isn’t enough, take the ropeway ride from the Dhuandhar falls or visit the Bhedaghat Chausath Yogini Temple. Whilst your trip is on do not forget to collect some marble souvenirs from the local shops!

 

4. Highest Post Office and Petrol Pump, Himachal Pradesh

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Image Credit: andynyce.wordpress.com

When you visit the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh your family and friends would love to receive a letter from you from the highest post office in the world right? Well there’s the post office at the Hikkim Village which is at a 4,572 m (15,500 ft) above sea level making it the world’s highest post office. Inaugurated in 1983, Rinchon Chhering  it’s only employee handles at least 20 letters a day.

Image Credit: Devil On Wheels

Image Credit: Devil On Wheels

Located at a height of 3740 m (12270 ft) above sea level, the Indian oil’s petrol pump is the highest petrol pump in the world. Even though it is quite old fashioned as the fuel dispenser is outmoded and only shows the amount of petrol filled, but doesn't calculate the money to be paid by the customer, it is still the highest fuel pump in the world providing you with fuel.


Things To Do In London for Free!

London has a reputation of being one of the world’s most expensive cities to visit. However, the city is also one of the most tourist friendly ones, offering a plethora of activities which can all be enjoyed gratis. From dozens of parks open to everyone to museums to open air markets – a holiday in an expensive city can turn out to be the best bargain you could have signed up for.

 

1. The Beautiful Parks

Hyde Park Image Credit: Visitlondon.com

Hyde Park
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A privilege unknown to Indians due to the lack of space in the urban cities, you will find several huge and beautiful parks in London.  From sunbathing and picnics in the summer, to brisk, refreshing walks in the winter, there's always a reason to visit one of London's parks. And the best ones don’t charge a fee to enter. Huge and centrally located, the Hyde Park is one of the best parks of London. With over 4000 trees and a lake, you can enjoy a lazy stroll or move fast cycling, skating or skateboarding. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk is 7-mile walk through Hyde Park and its neighbouring parks to see famous buildings and locations associated with the Princess.

Regent's Park Image Credit: Visitlondon.com

Regent's Park
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Adjacent to it is the Kensington Garden, which houses the Kensington Palace. Another famous Royal park is the Regent’s Park designed by the famous architect John Nash in 1811. Within the Regent’s park lies the oldest zoo in the world, the London Zoo. The Primrose Hill within Regent Park gives you great views of the city particularly enjoyable for a picnic. It’s also surrounded by some of the city’s nicest bars and pubs.

 

2. The Museums

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National Gallery at London
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One of the world’s best museums are located in London and most of them don’t have an entry fee. The National Gallery has breathtaking tapestries that started with just 36 paintings but now has over 200 paintings.  The Tate Modern and Tate Britain have exceptional collections of art. Tate Modern displays art by some of renowned artists like Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Warhol and Bourgeois for free. Tate Britain holds the largest collection of Britain art in the world from 1500 to the present day.

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Tate Museum 
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You can also hold some gold at the Bank of England Museum or come face-to-face with a roaring T-Rex at the Natural History Museum. All this at no cost at all!

 

3. Change of Guards at the Buckingham Palace

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Image Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

The gates of Buckingham Palace might seem crowded forever, and one of the reasons is the Changing of the guard ceremony. Maintaining an age-old tradition, in the morning (Please check the schedule on their website for the month), the old guard from Buckingham Palace changes to the new guard from St. James Palace. The hour-long ceremony is one of the greatest glimpses of the workings of the British Monarchy. Do come in early to get a good standing spot to view the ceremony

 

4. The Markets

There are a number of markets you can visit in London. Chinatown on Sunday evenings is lit up, celebratory and always an entertaining prospect. Covent Garden with its beautiful boutiques, cobbled paths, open-air restaurants and some entertainment are great to spend afternoons and evenings at. For the gourmet freaks, the Borough market is a must visit. Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries.

Borough Market Image Credit: Wikipedia

Borough Market
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Covent Garden
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Wanna go the offbeat way! The Sunday Upmarket and Backyard Market at Brick Lane are slightly offbeat with independent designers putting up stalls, as well as food stalls that give you free tasting. Besides these, there are a number of city farms you can visit like Vauxhall city Farm for the free donkey ride, and Mud Chute Farm with a fantastic children’s playground. The Mud Chute Farm is also home to British rare breeds, horses and ponies plus a pets' corner, with animal encounter sessions. 

 

5. The Somerset House

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Summer at Somerset House
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Somerset House, now an exciting venue for arts and culture was once home to three Catholic queens. This famous Neoclassical structure overlooking the river Thames hosts various cultural and artistic workplaces. The courtyard of the Somerset House, also covered in one of the famous Yash Raj films, have an array of jets dance in an orchestrated sequence, with added coloured lighting at night.

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Winter at Somerset House
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In winter, this courtyard is converted into an ice skating rink with ice skaters and various ice skating shows. The beautiful lighting and christmas decors give it a beautiful view. 

 

6. Laughter Costs Nothing

Comedian Arthur Smith wows the crowd at the free Angel Comedy Club Image Credit: Momondo.com

Comedian Arthur Smith wows the crowd at the free Angel Comedy Club
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Why should you pay to laugh? You can enjoy a giggle at Angel Comedy Club, which offer comedy every night of the week or you can also beat the Monday blues at Stratford East's free weekly comedy night.
 

7. For Culture Vultures

London offers a host of cultural activities for FREE!

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God's Own Junkyard
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You can actually pick a BBC show and apply to be part of an audience for various TV show recordings. Another place worth a visit is Neon Wonderland God's Own Junkyard. This is a visual feast of bright neon lights. These people have salvaged and restored signage that is no longer being used to create an oasis of light in the middle of East London's Walthamstow.  

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Image Credit: Visitlondon.com


For the artist freaks, London is full of interesting Outdoor urban art. Take a peek at London's public and street art, including works by guerrilla artist Banksy. Bansky’s art has been there for more than a decade. Some of them relate to hard hitting political facts while some are extremely funny.

Another must visit is the British Library where you can feast your eyes on literary treasures like the Magna Carta and original Beatles lyrics at the British Library. You will also come across Shakespeare’s First Folio and Drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci.

 

8.     Weird and wonderful

If the above activities aren’t enough you can marvel at the weird and wonderful stuff you will find around London.

Pickled creatures - Hunterian Museum.  Image Credit: thebrokelondoner.wordpress.com

Pickled creatures - Hunterian Museum.  Image Credit: thebrokelondoner.wordpress.com

  • Marvel at the Jar of Moles at the Grant Museum of Zoology.
  • See the over-stuffed walrus at the Horniman Museum.
  • Be wowed by the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies at the British Museum.
  • See pickled creatures in jars and fascinating deformed skeletons at the Hunterian Museum.  
  • Go to the Wellcome Collection to see a bunch of marvellously weird objects, including an ancient mummy, Napoleon's toothbrush and Darwin's walking stick.

 

Beautiful resorts in Maharashtra for your Monsoon getaway

Are you sitting in your office, staring out of the window at the pouring rain and wondering when you could jump out and enjoy the weather with your friends? Well times have changed and everyone is busy but the memories haven’t faded away. So why not call your friends and plan that exciting get away now to these exclusive resorts/ bungalows to  refresh yourself in this amazing weather.

1.  Kino Lakeside Chalet

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Image Credit: Kino Lakeside Chalet

Away from the hustle bustle of city life, 22 kilometers away from Lonavala,  Kino Lakeside Chalet is located right on the banks of the Pavna Lake. Ensconced in a lush tropical landscape, directly facing the lake, this Luxurious place is the perfect place to unwind. To add to it you have a butler service to serve you whatever you like. The deck is favourite place of most guests. With lounge beds and hammocks to laze around while you watch the serene lake and feel the unpolluted air blowing is the best way to relax.

The bungalow comprises of 4 bedrooms that can accommodate a group of 20 people with a private pool attached to one of the rooms. For smaller groups, you can occupy room 1 and room 2 which has a huge living room connecting the two to ensure that your group gets enough privacy.

Image Credit: Kino Lakeside Chalet

Image Credit: Kino Lakeside Chalet

With the tranquility it’s surrounded, enjoy the peace and solitude with your loved ones with complete relaxation of your mind and body.

 

2.  MAHUA BAGH, KASHID

Image Credit: Mahua Bagh

Image Credit: Mahua Bagh

Spread over an Alphonso Mango orchard, Mahua Bagh at Kashid offers a perfect experience of a farm house stay. Blessed with its wonderful surroundings like the famous Murud Janjira fort and the pristine beach, this place is the ideal place to enjoy the monsoons. It’s eight spacious cottages and two studio cottages face the Nandgaon bay directly.

Image credit: Mahua Bagh

Image credit: Mahua Bagh

The cottages are designed with select antique furniture and individually styled bathrooms that include sunken bathtubs or sky showers. Each cottage is equipped with a yoga kit and you are spoilt for choices on places to practice!! The middle of the orchard, on the sea-side or under the vast expanse of starlit sky at night, you have loads of choices to relax, read a book, practice yoga or do anything that you want to refresh yourself.  

As the name in itself says bagh, you can go for your long awaited evening stroll being sure that the  cashew nut, chickoos, banana, palms, guava, and custard apple trees will keep you company.. This place makes you feel at home with it’s simple home cooked style food especially the Rotis that are made in the traditional Indian style Choolahs.

If you are a wild life enthusiast, you can visit the Phansad wildlife sanctuary which boasts of various wild animals like the panther sambar deer, wild boar, barking deer and hyena. The main attraction of the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, however, is the beautiful Giant Indian Squirrel, but given its shy disposition, catching a glimpse is not an easy prospect.

 

3.  Fort Jadhavgadh

This ancient fort turned resort lets you enjoy your stay with a Royal treat!

Image Credit: Fort Jadhavgadh

Image Credit: Fort Jadhavgadh

Be greeted the Maharaja style as soon as you enter the property. With giant rooms designed with antique furniture, this place engulfs you with its grandeur. You can either live in the giant suites or tuck yourself in the tents with attached bath areas. The fort has a private museum, pool, history and spa services. You can also visit the 300 year old temple inside the compound itself. The stay here expresses the great Maratha style of living and the food served are the authentic Maharashtrian dishes. The fort also offers many activities like Mehendi, Bullock cart riding, Martial arts, Astrology, Pottery on the weekend. Recent additions to the resort are various adventure activities like the ATV Ride, Paintball war game and rappelling.

Image Credit: Fort Jadhavgadh

Image Credit: Fort Jadhavgadh

Looking for a weekend getaway this monsoon. Get in touch with us and we can provide you a host of options for your rainy weekend. E- mail: travel@gocaribou.com, Tel: +91 40039597. 


5 Destinations that change colour in Monsoons!

Monsoons.... The very word conjures up the image of the nature glistening like a jewel with leaves almost decked with dew, raindrops emanating a musical rhythm, streams overflowing their banks, children splashing water in puddles, floating paper boats and palms swaying to the tune of boisterous, moisture laden winds. 

1. Shimla

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Image Credit: tourmet.com

Seems like heaven right?

It is indeed Heaven on Earth and well in India itself !

Monsoons in Shimla (H.P) is filled with lush green forests and waterfalls, offering breath-taking views. People from all age groups have something to look forward to here. Monsoon  weather here is just perfectly cold to venture out and enjoy the beauty.

The Mall road and The Ridge, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Chadwick Falls, Rashtrapati Niwas, Christ Church are a must visit here. Shimla also offers you a rich heritage of Victorian architecture.

The three and half hour road journey from Chandigarh airport is a sceneic experience in iteslf!  Drive through the clouds and pass through a path lined with pine and oak trees on both sides and fog, a loyal company. An alternate way to enjoy the journey is by taking the toy train from Kalka and traveling through the mystic and marvellous hills. So pack your bags and make this journey towards Heaven on Earth.

 

 2. Rishikesh

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Image Credit: www.raftingrishikesh.co.in

For all the adventure enthusiasts Rishikesh is the place to be in monsoons especially for Rafting. This is the time when rapids come alive with full force on the river Ganga. With high tides (and high adrenaline) all over this place offers various other water sports activities as well like canoeing, kayaking, etc. Along with water sports there are various trekking activities one can enjoy. Moving beyond adventure, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the sacred Ganga River, Rishikesh is also a bustling temple destination that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

 

3. Munnar

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Image credit: buddybits.com

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Image Credit: www.travelwithneelima.com

The view of clouds walking on stretches of tea plantations that almost looks like a green carpet, is something exclusive to this season in Munnar.  A cup of local tea with your beloved at Kolukkumalai tea estate, the highest tea plantations in the world is an experience unforgettable. To reach this view, you will pass by wonderful waterfalls flowing at their best during this time.

Ayurveda during monsoons is supposed to be the best. The monsoons help the body’s pores to open up and also restore the body’s vitality and health and works as an internal catalyst to relax your body and mind.

 

4. Coorg – Fusion of beauty and tranquility

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Image Credit: holidayiq

With Beauty at its best this hill station on the Western ghats is a place to just relax and enjoy the purest coffee at the various coffee plantations around. Filled with green meadows, lush green forests, waterfalls, Coorg leaves you breathless with its picture perfect views. Here the monsoons makes the waterfalls come alive and makes Coorg greener. Experience the waterfalls make their deafening roar this season or sit at the Raja seat and see the beauty from a king’s abode or visit Talacauvery (also Talakaveri) located about 5000ft above sea level and witness the source of the river Kaveri  ! If you are one of exploring kinds, you can visit Mallalai falls at Somwarpet.  

The journey towards Coorg can be troublesome but if you are in Coorg this season, you are sure to leave with a million dollar smile.

 

5. Shillong

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Image Credit: mentalmasala.com

Shillong, a city that artists love to paint on the canvas, with many beautiful houses built on the hills. It boasts of waterfalls like the Elephant waterfalls and the Nohkalikai Falls and what better timing to visit these than monsoons. Bring alive the hidden explorer in you and explore the various caves like the Shnong Rim area in the Jaintia hills this town has to offer. With water sport activities like rafting , kayaking, canoeing you are guaranteed to get a complete adventurous experience. Though boating in the pristine Umiam lake is a must, you can also enjoy the beautiful weather while eating the freshly steamed momos amidst the rain. 

If the rains in Shillong isn’t enough for you, drive an hour to Cherrapunji, the second wettest place on earth!

Plan your vacation for this monsoon with Go Caribou. Get in touch with us at  travel@gocaribou.com or call us at +91 22 40039597.

 

 


 

 

A Hidden gem in Malaysia: A Luxurious Hotspring retreat

Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs wellness retreat that offers bespoke holistic experiences specially designed for recouping peace and relaxation, restoring overall wellbeing and rekindling romance.

Overview of the Retreat: Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Overview of the Retreat: Banjara Hotspring Retreat

On your vacation to Malaysia, the Banjara Hotspring Retreat is a must visit. Located just 3 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, this resort makes it easy for you to just take a short break as well.

A boutique stay designed for people who wish to completely unwind. 

Lobby area: Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Lobby area: Banjara Hotspring Retreat

 

What kind of rooms does they have?

The resort offers 02 types of rooms- the Water Villa and the Garden Villa. Both villas are very spacious with the best amenities possible.

The Water Villa 1667 sq ft large is overlooking a water canal. This is a good choice if you like to be surrounded by water. The Garden Villa is bigger with 2808 Sq. Ft. of space with a backdrop of natural caves and the pristine jungle.

Garden Villa at the Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Garden Villa at the Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Water Villas at the Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Water Villas at the Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Each of the villas are equipped with a Private Pool and an Outdoor Bath. In addition to this is the villa’s most prized feature - the outdoor sunken Jacuzzi with a direct hook-up to the geothermal hot springs. Where else would you find something like that?

Another unique feature of the rooms is that one does not have to be afraid about losing their rooms keys. The keys are in the form of a waterproof bracelet with a chip which cannot fall out from your hand. 

 

Moving on from the Villas…  What is so unique about this place?

This is one of the resorts where the wellness options are absolutely natural. No artificial saunas or rooms built for meditation & yoga. Naturally formed caves and hot springs form the centre of the wellness therapies.

They have natural hot springs with temperatures ranging between 40- 70 degrees. At the edges of this lake they have the Geothermal dipping pots that enables you to take a dip and enjoy the hot/ warm spring water. If you find the water too hot, you can just switch on the cold water tap and adjust the water temperature to your liking.

Geo-thermal dipping pots at the Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Meditation Cave

The Meditation Cave within the grounds of the Retreat is a marvel of nature and exquisitely preserved. With calming temperatures, the natural granite and limestone cave ensures complete relaxation. 

The Crystal cave is a smaller cave installed with natural as well as artificial amethyst and quartz crystals that facilitate metaphysical healing. The cave has some cushions laid on the ground with a calm ambience around it.

The next is the Thermal Steam Cave that serves as a natural sauna. This place has a platform setup up overlooking the hot springs. Temperatures are really high in here at about 60 to 70 degrees and one of the most loved places by guests.

Therma Steam Cave at the Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Therma Steam Cave at the Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Another extreme way is to step foot into the Ice bath. To be done immediately after being in the steam cave, this experience is very unique.  

Next visit can be to the Doctor Fish Pool. This is exotic Garra Rufa fish bite off the dead skin cells while you can enjoy the tingling feeling on your feet.

Beyond the Natural Wellness Options.. 

The regulars exist as well…

They have a Jungle trail that takes you through the beautiful flora and fauna, cascading waterfalls and mysterious caves. It’s a nice walk to loosen up your body.

They have a well- equipped Fitness Centre for people who do not wish to break out of their Gym schedule. They also have a free form swimming pool within the retreat.

They have a fully equipped Spa with Ayurvedic as well as Western Massages. They also have some Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments and Malay Massages.

 

Dining …

The Pomelo restaurant with thatched roof and open walls is serene. It is set amidst the limestone hills with a beautiful view as you dine. In tune with the retreat’s philosophy, the food served here is healthy. So if you are looking for a complete de-tox, this is the place to be. They use only organic fruits, vegetables and grains in all the food they cook.

The Jeff’s Cellar is the most unique wine bar in the world. Entrance through a tunnel, set within a limestone cave, this place is hard to imagine.

Jeff's Cellar at the Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Jeff's Cellar at the Banjara Hotspring Retreat

Dinner at The Pomelo, followed by a nightcap in Jeff’s Cellar can only be described as an unforgettably mesmerizing evening.

If you are looking for a Wellness vacation and wish to unwind away from the Urban rush, this is one of the best locations to visit.

 Wish to book your Wellness Vacation. Get in touch with us at travel@gocaribou.com or call us at +91 9870259496.  

Valentine’s Day Ideas for you

This one is for the lazy Valentines and the busy romantics who didn’t get enough time to book a quick get away for their sweetheart. Why worry when our travel planners have been at work and at your service?

Here are customizable romantic travel ideas and we promise to make you look like you planned it all:

 

Proclaim your love in a Palace

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Image Credit: www.fatehgarh.in

Rated by Conde Nast traveller as one of the best places to stay in Udaipur, the Fategarh Heritage Palace and sanctuary guarantees a passport back to the Rajput era.  Each of the 48-room Palace boasts of panoramic views over the romantic Aravalli range. If the local exotic cuisine doesn’t do it for you, the sprawling acres of manicured gardens and the lazy infinity pool will definitely put you in the mood.

And its not too late to book a 2 nights/ 3 days mini get away with maximum impact.

 

Get cozy in a lush green forest

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Image Credit: www.thetamara.com

There is something very primal about forests. This is your chance to explore it. How about you try the luxurious 5 star Tamara resort nestled cozily over 170 acres of a lush green forest in Coorg. The subtle and soothing aromas of coffee and spices have been an age-old trick to bring out the brave romantic in even the most timid souls. Guess what? Tamara boasts of an indigenous coffee, cardamom, honey and pepper plantation that’s bound to spice things up.

Book now to make it for the resort’s Valentine’s day specials.

 

Something different in Goa

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Image credit: http://ishavilasgoa.com/

Did you get a loud and clear “not again!” when you mentioned Goa and Valentine in the same sentence? Why change your favorite get away destination when you definitely want to change your companion? Go Caribou scoured through Goa to find something different for you to do. Try Ishavilas a fully serviced private boutique luxury villa complete with a Chef and service staff at your beck and call. Feel safe and secure in your very own Goanese mini paradise. Hint: Ishavilas is translated as the place for all primordial creations.

 

Serenade your loved one under the stars in a desert

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Image credit: http://tharoasis.com/

Star in your very own epic romantic adventure under the stars in a desert camp. Designed aesthetically with eco friendly technology the Oasis Resort at the Thar Desert in Rajasthan will go down in your love story as one of the most memorable Valentine’s weekend memory. Picture this – after a day at a rejuvenating spa, a meal fit for royalty, a romantic camel ride through the lazy winter desert you say “I love you” over a barbeque dinner under the stars! Pack your bags for 2night/ 3 day stay and we will manage the rest.

 

Gaze into each other’s eyes on a houseboat

Admit it, you have always felt like a late night dip in a romantic lake with your loved one but your city didn’t have one. If not a dip at least float around in a house boat at the luxurious Kumarakom lake resort designed for those romantic dreams to come true. Enjoy the reflection of the moon on the serene waters of the Lake Vembanad as you indulge in fresh and delectable local cuisine. A combination of simplicity and the luxury of undisturbed time spent with your loved one amidst the ecstasy of natural beauty – this is a must do!

 

It’s simple. You pick an experience and give us a call. Hint: It works faster when you’re surprising your loved one. Fill in the form below and our planners will get in touch with you to customise your Valentine day getaway.

 

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