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Best places in India to visit during monsoons

July and August are the months that see some of the highest rainfall in India. Some call it the off season for Holidays but for avid travelers and especially nature lovers this is the time when the lush greens are in their peak. So here we are listing some of the coolest destinations in India for the monsoon season.

Kerala : Now this might not be a very offbeat place, but to leave it out of this list would be a sin. Don’t all of us love the pitter patter of raindrops, now imagine living in a houseboat in the backwaters and it raining and you falling asleep to the sound of rain. Be it Wayanad which is aplenty with rocks, greenery of plantations, cool wind, adventures activities like trekking and also being the one of the places in India receiving the highest rainfall or Wayanad famous for its breathtaking backwaters and verdant landscapes or go to the Athirapally falls, which are the largest water falls in Kerala and a lot of botanical gardens in its vicinity. There is actually a loyt to choose on depending on your budget and mood or just spoil yourself an visit all. One thing is for sure everytime you visit Kerala it will just take your breath away.

Mandu, Madhya Pradesh : Mandu, some of us might not even have heard of it, is the city of architectural ruins. Add monsoons to it and you have a beautiful canvas of exquisite domes and rustic minarets. The famous love story of Rajput Rani Roopmati and last Sultan of Malwa took place here which is why the courtyard of Roopmati’s pavilion still reverberates with the romance. It also houses the tomb of Malwa’s second king Hoshang Singh – the country’s first marble monument. Our advice, it could be the perfect site for a pre wedding shoot as well.

Rajasthan : Rajasthan is India’s royal hub, adorned by numerous palaces, colourful clothes, mouthwatering food and replete wih art, culture, desert safaris and what not, it does not need any talking points for anyone to convince themselves for a Rajasthan trip. The only deterrent to visit Rajasthan is the harsh summers, when the heat is unbearable, given the vicinity to the desert. So a trip to Rajasthan is best planned in the monsoons, it provides for a terrific photo opportunity too, when the monuments are pictured against the ever changing shades of the skies

Agumbe, Karnataka : Karntaka is filled with a lot of hidden gems. Agumbe being one of them. It is one of the most popular treks in South India especially in August. The mountains and valleys are filled with numerous waterfalls which are a prime attraction; there are also ruins of temples dating back to the Hoysala Empire which is worth a visit. There is a gallery erected on a high point of the hills to view the sunset and you can see as far as the Arabian Sea. A nice trek could be followed by some hot tea only here you get a Vanilla flavoured tea which is just so much better.

Cherapunjee, Meghalaya : All of us have heard of Cherapunjee thanks to our GK books in school. The second wettest places on the planet, it receives rain throughout the year. If you really want to enjoy the rains, then this place is a must visit. You can enjoy monsoon treks, the luscious landspaces and there very own varieties of Meghalaya tea. The double decker tree bridges are a one of a kind experience that one can have here.

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Explore the wonders of Turkey

A lot of countries have natural wonders, but Turkey has many that are extraordinary and a few that are truly unique. From the ancient port city of Ephesus (Efes) to the soaring Byzantine dome of Aya Sofya, Turkey has more than its fair share of world-famous ruins and monuments. A succession of historical figures and empires – including the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans – have all left their mark on this nation. Experiencing their legacy takes you from the quarters of the sultan and his harem in İstanbul's sprawling Topkapı Palace to the romantic and mysterious Lycian ruins on Mediterranean beaches.

Sightseeing

The country's most magical scenery is to be found in Asian Anatolia, where beautiful vistas are provided by the Mediterranean coastline, Cappadocia's otherworldly 'fairy chimney' rock formations and wavy valleys, the alpine pastures of the Kaçkar Mountains, and golden beaches such as 18km-long Patara. Whether you settle down to enjoy the view across mountain-ringed Lake Eğirdir or explore the hilly hinterland on the southwest coast's many peninsulas, Turkey's landscape will leave a lasting impression.

Adventure Activities

Turkey offers activities to suit every temperament, from outdoors adventure to cultural enrichment. Water sports includes diving, windsurfing, rafting and canyoning in mountain gorges, kayaking over Kekova's sunken ruins and traditional gület cruises on the Mediterranean and Aegean. Or take to the air with Ölüdeniz' thrilling paragliding flights or a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia. For a fresh angle on stunning Turkish scenery, trek to highland pastures or walk part of the Lycian Way trail. In town, take a culinary course, soak in a hamam or sign up for a culinary or cultural walking tour.

Culinary Exploration

The best thing about sampling Turkey's delicious specialties – ranging from mezze on a Mediterranean harbour to a pension breakfast featuring ingredients fresh from the kitchen garden – is that they take you to the heart of Turkish culture. For the sociable and family-orientated Turks, gathering together and eating well is a time-honoured ritual. So get stuck into olive oil–lathered Aegean vegetables, spicy Anatolian kebabs and dishes from Turkey's many other corners. Also do not forget the baklava.

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Land of The Rising Sun

Come let us revisit the ‘Land of The Rising Sun’, lying in a secluded corner of India and attracting tourists from around the world. Mainly known for its pristine natural beauty, it is a hidden gem that let's the explorer in you to come afront. Arunachal Pradesh provides an eclectic mix of history, culture, music festivals, monasteries, scenic beauty and what not.

With more than 500 species of birds recorded, including endangered and indigenous species, it is internationally famous for its extensive geographical diversity with a variety of rare wildlife, flora and fauna. It has numerous Wild Life Sanctuaries and National Parks and is the only Indian state that can claim to have four major varieties of the big cats in its jungles – tiger, leopard, clouded leopard and snow leopard. One of the many benefits of visiting this heavenly place is that it is yet to be commercialized making it a peaceful junction for you to come and relax with your loved one's. Be it a tourist looking for a much needed holiday or a traveler who wants to backpack through the wilderness, Arunachal doesn’t disappoint anyone.

And, if you were thinking that it is a place only for nature and wildlife lovers, you must think again. You can find ancient monasteries for the much needed soul searching or you can trip on some really good music at the Ziro Music Festival or just disconnect from the world and go on a trek in the numerous trekking routes available here.

Arunachal should definitely be on your bucket list this season. The best months to visit Arunachal are October to April and a 5-10 day trip wouldn’t be too heavy on the pocket, you can stay in the hostels or home stays to further cut down your budgets.

Come join us in living the essence of Incredible India.

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Top 5 Destinations to Visit Abroad this Summer

The long and dreary summer months make everything monotonous and bleak. Just when you thought there would be no respite from the hot weather, Team Travelicious is here to rescue you and your loved ones with our list of Top 5 summer vacay destinations abroad.

Here we list down our favorite to-go places for the Great Abroad Summer:

Romantic Europe (Switzerland and France)

Be it lovebirds or just a girls trip, a vacation to Switzerland and France is always a good idea. Mixing expansive greenery, slick cities and buckets of fresh air, Switzerland is a stylish tourist destination offering countless outdoor adventures and contemporary urban breaks. Visit Lucerne with its stunning lakeside and mountain sceneries on its doorstep and Interlaken the captivating 'capital' of Switzerland's beautiful Bernese Oberland. Continue on to Paris, the romantic 'City of Lights', rich in treasures from its historic past and boasting many modern attractions as well. Be it dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower or a long walk hand in hand with your special someone along the Seine, the city has a lot to offer. When in Paris don’t forget to try the quaint little cafes here. A little tip from us would be in order to experience the place, it’ best if you use a bicycle or walk.

Bali

Abundant with idyllic beaches, natural beauty, fascinating traditional recipes and a lot of yoga and wellness retreats. Some of the main tourist locations are the town of Kuta (with its beach), and its outer suburbs of Legian and Seminyak, the east coast town of Sanur, Ubud etc. From homemade traditional souvenirs to high-end designer clothing, the shopping scene in Bali extends from traditional markets to stylish boutiques. Bali is a picture perfect location, lounge about or party, this place is bound to give the most insta worthy pictures of all. Bali also offers a lot of water sports for the times when you are done relaxing and want some thrill instead. A trip to Bali can either be a nonstop party or a very peaceful and rejuvenating affair, the choice is yours to make.

Singapore

Traveling to Singapore with family or friends, you can now take a cruise and have a hatke trip. There are several cruise options available for 2, 3 or 5 days that you can choose from. If a cruise is too much and you want to go the conventional way, these are the places that you shouldn’t miss: Marina Bay Sands Skypark here catch a glimpse of the panoramic views of the city and a pool with a vanishing edge. The nex on our list is the Universal Studios in Singapore which is a favorite amongst kids and elders alike. Take the Night Safari and you can encounter everything from rhinos and elephants to tarsiers in spacious, natural-looking enclosures. The commercial hub of Orchard Road is a massive shopping centre and Singapore Zoo is the home to many endangered animals.

Turkey & Greece

Though both these locations are as different as chalk and cheese, yet there is a lot of similarity in both. For instance, both Greece and Turkey were old political power hubs and have seen the rise and demise of many a revolutions. Their cuisines are quite similar, and both have a rustic charm and history, which only a few cities in the world can boast of. They house some of the prettiest monuments and beaches. The Greek beaches offer all sorts of adventure sports you can think of and if you’re going with friends. In Turkey, the Iskitlal Street that leads to Taksim Square is good for partying. The months of April to September are ideal for a visit here.

Bhutan

The most important centres for tourism are Bhutan's capital Thimphu, and the city of Paro, near India. Taktshang, a cliff side monastery (Called the "Tiger's Nest" in English) overlooking the Paro Valley, is one of the country's prime attractions. This temple is incredibly sacred to Buddhists. Housed inside the temple is a cave in which the Buddhist Deity who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. The temple has been standing for well over a thousand years, yet has suffered two fires in which the damage has been repaired. Druk Air used to be the only airline operating flights in Bhutan, however now it is serviced by Bhutan Airlines as well. Visas to Bhutan are obtained through its embassy or consulate in one's home country. Bhutan houses a lot of monasteries and is perfect getaway if you need some peace and quiet.

 

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Top 5 destinations to visit in India this summer

Summers are back and so are our plans to wanderlust around the world. Summers being the longest and most irritating season in India due to the frequent power outage and humidity see a lot people flocking to colder areas of the nation for much needed relief, needless to say the coveted summer vacations act like cherry on top of the cake for family vacation plans.

Here we list down our favorite to-go places for the Great Indian Summer:

Himanchal Pradesh:

The mountainous state with its Himalayan landscapes attracts tourists from all over the world, with a number of famous hill stations like Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, and Kasauli being popular destinations. HP has many important pilgrimage centres as well with prominent Hindu temples like Naina Devi Temple, Jwala Ji Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Baijnath Temple, and Jakhoo Temple because of which the state is also referred to as "Dev Bhoomi". HP asees a lot of group travelers given the huge number of trekking and hiking options available and continues to be the destination of choice for thrillophiles, offering a wide range of adventure sports like mountain biking, rafting, skiing, paragliding etc to choose from. Himachal Pradesh is a popular destination with honeymooners, college trips, family trips and it’s safe to say every Indian has at least once travelled to our planned to travel to HP in their lifetime.

Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is home to some of the holiest Hindu shrines and has been at the heart of religious tourism for a long time. Though quite recently it has also started attracting a lot of millennial crowd especially because of its adventure sports and also in part because of its hippie past. It is one of the most inexpensive places to vacation in India, where a 4-5 day trip might cost you as low as 3000 Rs. A day trip here would give you a much needed mind detox and will not be that heavy on the pocket either. Uttarakhand is also an up and coming go to destination for adrenaline junkies who come here to experience various adventure sports like Bungee jumping, river rafting, trekking etc.

Leh Ladakh

For those of us living in confusion about the difference between these locations, Leh-Ladakh, here is something that might help, the state of Jammu and Kashmir is divided into three parts: Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. Ladakh, further is divided into two districts: district Leh, and district Kargil.Leh is a town in Jammu and Kashmir and it famously attracts tourists from all over the world to some of its famous attractions like Pangong Lake, Nubra valley, Magnetic Hill, numerous monasteries and much more.Ladakh is known for its extreme deserts, blue waters, freezing winds, glaciers and sand dunes. It is a region of India which is totally isolated from the modern world. Surrounded by the world’s highest mountain ranges, Karakoram and Great Himalayas, life in Ladakh is mainly characterized by spirituality.

People mostly choose to visit these destinations together; it is quite popular with group tours, bike trips and thrill seekers. A trip to Leh Ladakh is a trip of a lifetime because of its remote location, harsh climate and unmatched scenic beauty.

Kerala

Also dubbed as God’s own Country, Kerala is famous for its serene backwaters and hospitality. An ideal place for people travelling with senior citizens as the fresh air and greenery can be quite beneficial for their health, Kerala also has a lot of unique experiences to offer. Off late Ayurvedic tourism has become very popular for Kerala and attracts tourists from the world over. Kerala is known for its ecotourism initiatives which include mountaineering, trekking and bird-watching programmes in the Western Ghats. Home to 12 wildlife sanctuaries and 2 national parks, it’s basically an example on how man and nature should coexist. One of the many special attractions of Kerala especially for Honeymooners and young couples are the variety of Houseboats, which are a unique way to experience breathtakingly beautiful backwaters, lovely lakes and canals. You can stay in these boats and be treated to the sumptuous Kerala food and chill with your loved ones.

North East

This one’s an absolute delight for offbeat travelers; it’s a beautiful amalgamation of traditional and modern ideologies. On one hand it boasts of hosting some of the most psych music festivals in India on the other it offers ethereal views of various hill ranges and monasteries for the much needed peace. With 8 national parks and numerous waterfalls and hill ranges to boast of, it’s safe to say North East of India is a nation in itself, faraway, unhampered by civilization and non commercialized, it should be your go to place if so you don’t wish to be swarmed by other traveler’s. Quite often North East has been perceived as adventurists’ paradise but some of its destinations are perfect for a fun-filled family holiday as well, Aizawl, Sivasagar, Gangtok, Tawang are our top picks for families. Don’t forget to enjoy the Yak Safari when here.

 

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Experience Europe

It is safe to say that Europe has been and still is everyone’s dream holiday destination. Traveler’s love affair with Europe has been such that they have never been quite content with visiting there just once. Europe is a perfect mix of tradition and modern lifestyle. Though it is very easy to plan a trip here, we list down below the places you should visit basis your personality type.

Lovers of scenic natural beauty, Honeymooners or people looking for peace and tranquility

Switzerland and Paris: Generally clubbed together, this remains a favorite amongst honeymooners and conventional romantics. Nothing is more romantic than the Eiffel Tower lit at night or a long walk along the banks of Siene with your loved one. Spend a couple of days soaking in all the art and culture and history that France has to offer and then head to Switzerland for a fun filled ski vacation. Switzerland apart from its chocolates and watches is most famous for its pristine natural beauty and winter sports

Greece: This one is for the more whimsical kinds, It would be good to start a romantic holiday with the blessings of none other than Aphrodite herself, the Greek goddess of love. As you travel through Santorini, Mykonos and Athens and get a peek into Greek mythology and culture. It’s also a foodies delight and the Greek weather is generally agreeable.

Foodies and Art Enthusiasts

Italy, Spain and Portugal: If you are a connoisseur of fine things in life then you have to visit Europe at least once in your life. Experience authentic Italian cuisine for once and not its poorer cousin that we are so used to eating here in India. For people who are avid collectors of art and are nose deep in art history a trip to Lisbon, Portugal would be like a dream come true. Spain is a total foodie’s delight and home to the much coveted Tomatina Festival, it has quite recently become a hot favorite with younger travelers because of its peppy vibe.

Nightlife and Party Animals

Germany, Ibiza and Amsterdam: If all the talk of history and art and culture bores you, don’t be disappointed Europe has a more than fair share of nightlife to offer. Visit Germany for the finest lager the world has to offer, dance your nights away in Amsterdam with the coolest crowd in the world and if all this does not tame your wild spirit, there is always Ibiza the party capital of the world, it is like a pilgrimage for every party animal.

Offbeat Travelers

Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark: This is for the seasoned travelers who have already been there done that and are looking for some new places to explore. Visit the northern lights, the black desert, white cliffs on Mons Klint, the colourful town of Trondheim. It will be an experience which will feel like you are on a treasure hunt, discovering hidden treasures every step along the way. The best thing about Europe is that you can visit it pretty much the year round, so what are you waiting for. Hurry; get your travel plans started.

 

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Experience Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh, the land of diversity, lies in the heart of India and is blessed by nature’s bounty Consisting largely of a plateau, the State has everything- mountain ranges, meandering rivers, and miles of verdant forests. But the best part about Madhya Pradesh is its accessibility. It is equally close to major tourist destinations from all over the country, being the 'Heart of India'.Such is the beauty of Madhya Pradesh that it has been attracting travelers since eons. And the present Madhya Pradesh has not only maintained its pristine beauty as it was years ago but has also added a great deal to it for today's curious travelers. Its natural settings beautified by hills, forests, rivers, rich heritages, exciting wildlife and cultural diversity make it a land of many splendors.

Nonetheless, it is considered as the most exciting wildlife destinations in India. For avid nature lovers, there are 9 National Parks, 6 Tiger Reserves and 25 Wildlife Sanctuaries to quench the adventure thirst. It is also known as the 'Tiger State' as it is a home of around 20% of India's tiger population and 10% of the world's tiger population. For those who live it up to the edge and go beyond the ordinary to explore the best of the jungles, holidays in Madhya Pradesh is a treat. From deer to wild boar to tigers, Madhya Pradesh is a world of the wild animals. A trip to the wilderness of Madhya Pradesh is a life-changing experience. Madhya Pradesh is the only state in India where the chances of spotting a tiger are stupendous. Whether it's Bandhavgarh or Kanha or Pench, each and every national park is far from the civilization and has a rustic charm of its own. The magnificent flora and fauna of these National Parks is matched by scenic landscapes along with the incredible diversity. Some of the national parks, including Bandhavgarh, were once the hunting ground of the Royals and has the highest density of Tiger population in India Nobody can forget the classic novel, the jungle book? Yes, the adventures of the little boy, Mowgli with Sher Khan and Bagheera. The inspiration that lead Rudyard Kipling write Jungle Book was the charm of the jungles of Kanha and Pench National Park. So, if rustic temples and wildlife is your heart’s calling you wouldn’t want to give MP a miss from your travel plans.

Our Top Picks for Wildlife lovers:

  • Bandhavgarh national park
  • Kanha national park
  • Pench national park
  • Panna national park
  • Satpura national park

  • Our Top Picks(Besides wildlife): 

  • Pachmarhi - the only hill station in MP
  • Indore - for mouth watering delicacies and holler charm
  • Gwalior - to witness the timeless grandeur of royal forts and beautiful palaces
  • Maheshwar - to visit the magnificent while fort with holy Narmada river as the backdrop
  • Ujjain - for the spiritual enrichment by Lord shiva
  • Amarkantak - to see the 'udgam' of Holy and magnificent river Narmada
  • Orchha - relish the experience of Bundela architectural marvels in form of forts, temples and palaces
  • Bhopal - Explore the city of Nawabs
  • Khajuraho- the city of World heritage ancient temples
  • Mandu - explore the beauty of Jahaz Mahal - a palace inform of ship that's about to sail !
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    Top destinations for pre-wedding shoot in India - II

    Nainital : Nainital is for love birds who prefer quaint and romantic hill station with charming lakes, beautiful scenery, boat rides and pleasant weather. Nainital is a place that has innocent charm flowing all over the city. Couples can have a fun photoshoot as the climate and the weather is beautiful over here.

    Jaisalmer : Head to Rajasthan if you want to have your Photoshoot done like royalty. This gorgeous city offers history, places, elephant and camel back rides and lots more.  Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, it is also known as the "Golden City", distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Behind its massive walls stand the ornate Maharaja's Palace and intricately carved Jain temples.

    Khajuraho : If you could take a quick trip before your wedding with your fiancé, then head to Khajuraho for the pre-wedding photoshoot with the theme – ‘Celebration of Love & Life’ in mind. One of the UNESCO world heritage sites, the Khajuraho group of monuments symbolizes ancient history, culture, traditions, love, and life. With stunning architecture of the temples as a backdrop, this place shall radiate your beauty and enhance your outfit as the whole location is neat and single-coloured. What’s more, the temple complex is also open in the evenings for a nice night photography. If you are looking for a romantic yet an offbeat location to get your pre-wedding photo shoots done, then look no further than Khajuraho which symbolises the epitome of love!

    Andaman : If you love sun-kissed beaches but don't want to head to Goa, visit Andaman and Nicobar islands. The Andaman Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Also the hub of adventure sports like scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, the islands offer clear blue waters and Coral reefs supporting marine. An ideal for couples who are adrenaline junkies.

    Kerala :  The mystic spell of Kerala with rich vegetation, biological diversity and gentle pace of village life in the backwaters, has no words to state. Spend an evening lounging on a serene beach or a day exploring the splendid backwaters. Capture some candid pictures as you walk along or give a pose near the lush green in bright coloured costume. Known as God’s own country, this place is a great way to start your marriage life with pre-wedding Photoshoots.

    Gwalior : Gwalior Fort - the hilltop fort, was famously described as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’. In some way, Gwalior continues to retain a medieval majesty and a walk through the palace will leave you awe-struck, the way you used to be listening to stories from grandparents. When you stand in front of the Palace and take a picture, you will get a background full of Majestic pleasantness, calmness and pride, along with some romantic moments that you can capture and store them in your album. 

     

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    Top destinations for pre-wedding shoot in India

    Pondicherry :  Pondicherry is known for its beaches, amazing road-trip friendly highways, good food, and party. Literally known to be the Goa of Tamil Nadu by many, Pondicherry’s French colonies are the best place to have any photo shoots. Capture the beauty of your chemistry in these colourful streets that have an amazing architecture. While you are there, do not forget to try wood fire pizzas with your loved one. Lavasa : Lavasa will be ideal for those couples who are looking out to get some scenic and urban touch in their photos. This location is slowly catching the eyes of young couples and they set a beautiful frame cum composition in the camera. Pose to the camera sitting on the staircase that stretches to the restaurants or stand beside the water bodies. Whatever, this place is a spell of beauty and fun.

    Coorg : For capturing the love in each other’s eye, couples have to surely pick ‘Coorg’ known as the Scotland of India, the lush green hill-station ideal for a Natural setting for your Pre-wedding PhotoShoot. Accessible from Bangalore, Mangalore as well as Mysore, some of the popular tourist spots here include Talakaveri - place from where river Kaveri originates, Dubare elephant camp where the tuskers are bathed and cleaned every day (and elephant rides are also on offer) as well as Abbey Falls, scenic waterfalls near Madikeri, the main town in this district.

    Udaipur : Udaipur has history, architecture, lakes, lavish royal residences, palaces, courtyards and gardens; the city epitomizes the grandeur of ancient Indian royalty. So what better place for a Historic/ Vintage Photoshoot? The high ceilings and the beautiful interiors of Palaces are not only captivating but they can give a royal touch to your photos too.

    Shimla : Shimla has been attracting honeymooners for a long time, but this gorgeous hill station is a perfect place to shoot your pre-wedding photos amidst Beautiful Hills with peacefulness, tranquillity and abundance of natural beauty. The couple will look adorable and get that bridal glow as they pose for the photos.

    Mandu : Floating over it's own reflection, the Jahaz Mahal (India’s Biggest Fort) in Mandu looks like a ship that’s about to sail, bearing a silent witness to Mandu's long, rich and varied history. Mandu is adorned with spell-binding Afghan architecture surrounded by baobab trees, native to Africa. The grand palaces look like they are still alive with royal romance while the gateways (darwazas) speak of a history of imperial conquests. The early morning photoshoot is the best time for you to click your couple photos as natural environment will help you get some mesmerizing pictures.

     

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    Things to do in Greece

    Greece is made up of a series of idyllic islands that are surrounded by jet blue seas and covered in dainty white buildings, and you will also find crumbling ruins, engaging museums, and pretty coastal towns aplenty. The land of Greece is one infused with ancient mythology and if you like archaeology, history, art, and philosophy then a trip to this fascinating country is not to be missed.

    Climb Mount Olympus : Mount Olympus is probably one of the most famous mountains in the world and if you are a fan of Greek mythology then should not be missed off your itinerary. If you want to climb the mountain then you will need to travel to Litochoro where you can trek part or all the way to the top depending on your ability and fitness levels. Mount Olympus is known in Greek mythology as the spot where Zeus sat on his throne as well as the place where Hades ruled the Underworld.

    Uncover Lake Plastira : Lake Plastira is something unusual in Greece which is known for being blessed with a plethora of natural beauty. What makes this lake different is that it is manmade. The lake is surrounded by oak and chestnut trees and you can go canoeing or rafting here as well as horse riding or hiking along the trails around the lake.

    3. Visit the Delphi: Delphi has the claim to fame of being a UNESCO World Heritage Sit. Delphi sits on the sides of Mount Parnassus and legend says that it was a popular pilgrimage spot in the old days for those who would come here to pay homage to Apollo, the ancient Greek god of healing, music, light, and prophecy. Followers would come here to seek guidance from the Oracle at Delphi and nowadays you will find temples, an impressive stadium, a theater, and delightful ancient ruins.

    Visit the monasteries of Meteora : Meteora is known for its monasteries that sit on top of towering rock formations. The monks that live in the area are Eastern Orthodox and fled to Meteora as a result of the invasion of the Turkish army. There are 6 monasteries in Meteora, although at one point there would have been over 20, and as a result this is one of the most spectacular religious sites in Greece. Meteora is crowded with ancient boulders and monolithic pillars and this is also a UNESCO World Heritage.

    Go spelunking at Melissani Cave : Located near to Karavomilo is Melissani Cave which is a craggy cave known for its beauty. The cave is almost 4 kilometers long and was formed when water eroded the soft rocks over the centuries. Inside the cave is the equally famous Melissani Lake, an underground body of water that was discovered in 1951. In ancient times the cave was dedicated to the Nymph Melissani who gave the cave its name. You can go down into the cave via a tunnel and then go out on the lake and glide across the turquoise waters on a boat.

    Enjoy the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil : Located in Othonos Amalias in Patras is the delightful Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil which can come as a refreshing change if you have been visiting ruins, temples, and historical museums throughout your time in Greece. The museum tells the story of the humble olive and how it became one of the most important ingredients in Greek life. You can visit galleries that will explain how olive oil was used for fuel and in perfume, and there are a variety of ancient oil presses that are still in working order.

    Sunbathe in style at Psarou Beach : Psarou Beach in Mykonos is one of the most famous in Greece and is known for its signature blue sun loungers. There is always a strong party atmosphere here and the beach is covered with bars and restaurants so you can order food and drinks and dance the night away. This is not one of the cheapest places to visit in Greece however and you will be able to get a sense of the kind of clientele from the amazing super yachts that sit just off shore.

    Food : In Greece, eating out and sharing a meal with family and friends is as important as food itself. Part ambience, part attitude, part great produce, dining out Greek-style is a highlight for many travelers. Meals are a drawn-out affair and the atmosphere at times is almost festive, with families out until late. The Greek families are in many ways similar to our large Indian joint families, so it won’t be a surprise if you see a noisy group of 20 people dining and chatting away. When ordering at a restaurant some safe (yet common) choices (dishes that are really hard to mess up) are: Greek Salad, Tzatziki, Fava (yellow split pea dip), Boiled Greens (Horta) accompanied with feta cheese, Anchovies or Sardines-marinated or salted, Lathera: Cooked vegetables in oil, Stewed Meat. Greek food is primarily all about the meat, vegetarians should visit Greece in summers to enjoy the wonderful Lathera.

    Shopping : Athens is Greece’s shopping center, when here serious shoppers should head for posh Kolonaki, where despite the recession, designer names such as Armani, Bulgari and Gucci still line the streets of Anagnostopoulou, Milioni, Tsalkof and Voukourestiou. If expensive jewellery is your thing, call at Fanourakis for finely-crafted one-off pieces in gold by Greek designer Lina Fanouraki. Or for boho-chic accessories for the beach, try Actipis Sea Pebble Jewellery with their own line in long elegant handmade pebble necklaces and close fitting chokers. 

    From throbbing cities like Athens to a slower pace of life in little villages by the sea, Greece is a mosaic of different experiences and landscapes, as well as one of the world’s largest open air museums and you should definitely visit Greece once in your lifetime.

    To plan your trips contact us at info@itstravelicious.com.

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    North East India, a Paradise Unexplored

    Belonging to the eastern Himalayan belt and Brahmaputra plains, this region is known for its extremities. This region covers the extreme eastern frontiers of India with China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. This extreme feature is also characterized by severe winters (Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim), monsoons (Meghalaya), summers (Assam), greenery (Nagaland), etc. Also, the extremities can be seen in a multiplicity of around 166 tribes and other natives, all coexisting beautifully in this natural Shangrila.

    This region till recent past was an unhindered and unexplored paradise. Not many tourists abroad knew about the illustrated bounties of this pristine region. Tourists in order to discover the secrets of North East India must visit Assam, the gateway state famous worldwide as an abode for one horned rhinoceros which is also the state animal. Lined by mountains, this state offers tourists an incredible experience to visit two recognized world heritage sites of Manas and Kaziranga National Park that are famed as the natural home for Rhinos. Besides this, the state also hosts a staggering mix of other unique flora, fauna and birds. Assam is also serving its purpose of binding the eclectic culture prevalent in different north eastern states.

    The second destination in north east, Arunachal Pradesh is also known as the land of the rising sun. This is the only state in India to see the sunrise first in the country. The state is known for its impressive alpine and bamboo trees, wide variety of flora, fauna and wildlife; making it a biodiversity hotspot. The thick evergreen forests, hillock terrain and rivers form a perfect base for various adventure activities. These include trekking, hiking, angling, boating and rafting. Bird watching is also a popular excursion in Arunachal Pradesh. Here at Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, tourists can spot more than 500 species of birds, including highly endangered White Winged Duck, Sclater, etc. Besides birds, the state is also known for its staggering number of orchids. Around 500 varieties of this exotic flower find its budding roots in Arunachal. The Buddhist essence at Tawang and Bomdila lend a serene aura to this remote northeastern state.

    The third amongst the seven sister states is a glittering jewel of glory, Manipur. Characterized by the presence of beautiful hills and lakes, this mesmerizing state is a natural jewel in the northeast. In fact, the largest freshwater lake of northeast India, Loktak Lake is present in Manipur. Alongside the lake, the only floating park in the world, Keibul Lamjao National Park can be easily visited by tourists. This is probably the last natural habitat of Sangai, the dancing deer of the region. The Khongpat Orchidarium, spread over 200 acres is another popular attraction of Manipur, where 120 exotic varieties of orchids can be seen.

    Meghalaya or the abode of clouds is named exactly on its climate. The prominent part of the year here witnesses heavy rains. In fact, two of the rainiest places on earth, Mawsynram and Cherrapunjee are located in the periphery of this cloudy state. The suspended living root bridges here also invite a lot of travellers here in this enchanting destination. Mizoram, the fifth in the series is known for its equality. Here, tourists can find a rare phenomenon of no social classes and no discrimination of the sexes. Hospitality is considered to be of paramount importance here. The people of this hilly and picturesque state belong to Mongoloid race and are skillful with their hands. Due to their skilled artistry only, tourists can take back home creative hand crafted souvenirs. Fairs and festivals in Mizoram are always a treat to watch.

    The sixth state, Nagaland hosts an array of 16 major tribes, each having its own elaborate costumes and customs emblazoned with ancestral motifs. The rich cultural showcase of Nagaland is replete with grand festivals, folklore music with the natural forested cover and hospitable Naga ethos. Two thirds of Tripura, a princely state is covered with forests, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries. Jampui Hill is a quaint hill station and holiday resort. A blend of architecture ranging from magnificent palaces to Buddhist and Hindu temples with rock cut carvings are a common sight here. The Mata Tripureswari Temple at Udaipur is the most often visited. The tribes of the state present a unique cultural heritage. Sikkim is a newly included state in the northeast India, known for its panoramic perfection of the snow capped Himalayas, particularly Mt. Kanchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world. Bedecked by the heady scent of floral meadows, organic farming, vibrant culture and joyous festivals, Sikkim is a surreal delight of the northeast. The state is also known for its collection 75 Buddhist monasteries or Gompas, dating back to the early 18th century. A trip to the North East of India should last anywhere between 7-10 days and be rest assured it would be one of the most culturally and spiritually fulfilling vacation that you have ever taken. Be it with family, friends or a solo trip there are numerous ways in which you can experience this hidden gem. You will keep wanting to comeback for more.

    Our Picks:

  • Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya,
  • Tea Estates in Assam
  • The One Horned Rhino
  • Music Festivals like Ziro, NH7, Hornbill
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    Cruise

    Traveling on a cruise is for people who like indulgence in life.

    Traveling on a cruise is for people who like indulgence in life. With nothing but miles of the open blue sea ahead of you, it’s also one of the most relaxing ways to vacation. Going on a cruise gives you the benefit of exploring faraway destinations while living the life of uber luxury and merriment onboard.

    But before you take the plunge, there are certain questions that you need to ask yourself:

  • Budget: Cruises are all-inclusive to some degree, meaning the price covers your cabin and all meals plus on-board entertainment. Things like bar drinks and sodas, spa services, and shore excursions are extra.
  • No of Days: Cruises range in length from two-day to 3-5 day and longer up to 130 days
  • Destination: Where you want to go helps in deciding the number of days you should spend on cruise, so decide this before finalizing any dates
  • What kind of cabin will be comfortable in: While inside cabins are cheapest, they are windowless and cramped. Today more and more ships feature balcony cabins, which are especially romantic.
  • Do we want to get dressed up, or do we prefer to be casual? If the latter is true, don't choose a cruise that has formal nights.
  • There are several fun activities on board to suit you and you can choose to either enjoy or just lounge around and stare into the wide sea and disconnect yourself from everything. One great thing about a cruise holiday is that everyone onboard can please themselves yet still have a real holiday together. The kids can make new friends and take part in fun and other activities while the adults can unwind by the pool, learn a new skill or hit the casino all in one place, so no arguing about what to do or where to go. Also for the lazy bums you just have to unpack once. So are you set to live the cruise life yet!

    Here are two of highly recommended cruise liners to choose from:

    DREAM CRUISES: Dream cruise offers the best of Asia - from beach retreats and exclusive designer stores, to gourmet cuisine and offbeat cultural escapes. Their two mega-cruise ships: Genting Dream and World Dream, are vessels designed with the comfort of authentic Asian hospitality combined with only the finest experiences from around the world. Enjoy the enrichment and themed events with interactive guest activities and experiences or a bespoke shopping experience at sea with special trunk shows, personal shopper, retail concierge service and in-cabin delivery. Relish the best Asian and international flavours in both exciting indoor and outdoor venues along with an endless assortment of fun activities – including waterslides, bowling alley, rope course, rock climbing wall etc. waiting to be explored! Embark from the ports in Hong Kong, Singapore or Guangzhou and return with new dreams to share.

    The ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES: The Royal Caribbean fleet includes the largest and most incredible cruise ships in the world! Each of its class of ships, namely the Quantum Class, Oasis Class, Freedom Class, Voyager Class, Radiance Class, Vision Class, and Sovereign Class, are architectural marvels with first of their kind amenities. From unique dining concepts and family activities to awe-inspiring aerial, ice and aqua entertainment, the cruise serves a thrilling crescendo of diverse experiences, all set in the unique seven-neighborhood concept. With amazing onboard activities, exciting dining and entertainment options, breathtaking shore excursions, quality of service that's second to none. Fly on a Zip Line nine decks high, dine alfresco on a floating Central Park, enjoy a line-up of Royal Caribbean exclusives, like robot bartenders at the Bionic Bar; Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, and the unrivalled performances at the iconic AquaTheater. Or simply sip your favourite latte at the first

    Starbucks Coffee at Sea, play a round of golf or enjoy a dazzling Broadway show, all in the middle of the ocean. You are spoilt for choice with Royal Caribbean cruise lines - with the options of 26 ships travelling to 6 continents - over 240 destinations from 72 countries.

     

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    The Daak Bungalows Trails

    Relieve the old charm in Himachal Pradesh

    During mid-1840s that the British set up Daak Bungalows to relay the post or ‘Daak’ in stages across the country. Usually located in the most serene, less populated region in the hills, Daak bungalows open up an unseen side of offbeat hilly life. You chance upon hidden hiking trails, hear of untouched forest coverings and drive through secret farmstead. The walls hide innumerable tales of an era gone by and the misty mountains with pine trees all around make for a perfect setting for ghost stories and happy gatherings. Hence your mountain travel would be incomplete without surreptitious tales shared and collected during the night halts at silent Daak bungalows. The quintessential chowkidar and the ‘headless ghost’ fables are what childhood is made of. Mountains, mystery and mammoth rest houses go hand and hand. Just like the undulating peaks and silent forests, these bungalows have withstood nature, time and history. Their beautiful colonial architecture and remote location- often in the middle of the forest make them the perfect location for great holiday!

    UNPARALLELED LOCATIONS
    Usually located in the most serene, less populated regions in the hills, Daak bungalows open up an unseen side offbeat hilly life of visitors. You chance upon unidentified hiking trails, hear of untouched forest coverings and drive through secret hamlets while looking for your dak bungalows. One thing that works brilliantly well with hikers, cyclists, mountain bikers is the fact that most rest houses, especially in Himachal Pradesh, are usually 12 km apart. If you start from Shimla, the next place where you would unwind is just 12 km away and so on and so forth. This has encouraged travel outfits in Himachal to curate Daak bungalows trails.

    ENTICING LEGENDS
    Most rest houses and Daak bungalows in Himachal with the forest department and PWD date back to the British era. A majority are over a hundred years old. Some Kinnaur sector of Himachal, which is along the old Hindustan Tibet road and some are still within conserved forest areas falling upon trekking routes.

    The bungalows reek of ancient history and legends that you won’t find in libraries. The visitors book at the Choura rest house on the Sarahan to Wangtu trail has the oldest entry from the year 1800, signed by a British officer and the Deodhar trees in the vicinity of the Nichar rest house are the tallest in the area, also planted by the British over a hundred years ago.

    Intrigued enough? Make your booking now. Just remember, accommodations in the most forest rest houses is limited so book well in advance. Here is a list of 5 Daak Bunglows that you can explore and visit :

    Craignano : This is a really beautiful old building in Mashobra. The whole of Craignano has a quaint old-world charm about it. Though only 13 km from Shimla, it has, thankfully, got none of the touristy trappings or pollution of its neighbour. Craignano is probably what Shimla used to be in its heyday, an idyllic hill station reminiscent of the British influence.

    Dharanghati : One Dak Bungalow that is literally built in "The Middle of Nowhere!" The Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the Shimla district and is near the Rampur Bushahr area. This wildlife sanctuary covers about 17,000 hectares! The whole of Dharanghati comprises a tea shop, the PWD Rest House and a Devi Mandir, which is situated on a peak, a few kilometres up. That's it. The rest house is in a pretty good state, despite the remote location.

    Khadrala : Khadrala is not a tourist destination, but a place to dwell in mountains, where you can leave your mind behind. It is located in Rohru valley at an altitude of 9,500 feet, very close to Narkanda/Kotgarh area. It is one of the oldest trading centres of upper Shimla adjacent to old Hindustan-Tibet Road. It's an ideal place for peace lovers, trekkers, campers and cyclists.

    Kalatop : The entire Kalatop Forest House (6 kms from Dalhousie) is spread on a hilltop surrounded by pine trees. The property comprises of two huts and one bungalow made woods and rocks. These were constructed by the British during 1925. There are number of trekking routes starting from Kalatop. There is a dense deodar and fir forest covering a huge area of the sanctuary. Pheasants and black bear are often spotted here.

    Chakrata : A quaint little hill station and a cantonment area situated in Dehradun district at an elevation of 2,270mts above sea level, Chakrata is exquisitely tucked amidst coniferous, rhododendron and oak trees. To the east of Chakrata, lies Mussoorie and on the west lies kaleidoscopic Kinnaur. The night halts in Chakrata are facilitated by picturesque FRHs at nearby Deoban and Kanasar.

     

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    SPROCKET by HP

    Carry a Printer in your Pocket!

    With the HP Sprocket Photo Printer, you can create  instant 2" x 3" stickable snapshots from virtually anywhere.

    With a smartphone in your pocket, you don’t need a point-and-shoot camera. Your mobile device is equipped with high-megapixel shooters that pack in a host of features, including optical zoom (in some models), a selfie snapper, multiple photo-shooting modes, and myriad color filters. Besides, you can always download from a wide range of image-editing apps to augment your camera’s abilities. It’s almost like you are carrying a photo-studio in your pocket.

    Well, almost! Your smartphone still can’t print a photo on the fly, and this where the HP SPROCKET comes in. This pocket- size printer connect to your handset via Bluetooth and the SPROCKET app for Android and iOS. The gadget comes with a built-in battery that can be charged via a USB cable, and it does not even require an link cartridge. Instead, all the colours that are required for your prints are embedded in HP’s proprietary ZINK papers (you get 10 free sheets with the Sprocket).

    Side open its cover, load the papers, and then print 2*3-inch photos wirelessly from your smartphone. Each print is smudge-proof, water and tear-resistant, and also comes with adhesive back that allow you to turn your snapshots into stickers. The device is small enough to fit in your pocket or a purse, while the app packs in its own photo-editing feature that lets you rotate, crop and colour-correct your images; you also get 17 colours filters, 37 digital frames, over 200 stickers, a type tool and more to customize your images with message and graphics.

    On your Holiday, make time with friends more memorable with instantly shareable 2 x 3" snapshots or stickers!

     

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    My Passport wireless PRO by WD

    A powerdul storage device for your precious snapshots of memories

    While on a Holiday trip, all we are doing is clicking pictures and creating videos of every moment possible. Question is, how do we manage space to store them?

    If you are looking for serious storage capacity-to back up your videos, photographs, and even hi-resolution graphics-then consider the WD My passport Wireless pro that’s available in capacities ranging from 1TB to 4TB; packs in a 6400mAh battery that powers the device for up to 10 hours, and can also be used to charge a tablet or mobile phone via its USB 3.0 port.

    But first, you will need to set up this storage by configuring it via the WD my cloud app that’s available for Android and iOS. Once done you can use your laptop, mobile phone, and tablet-up to eight devices at a time to connect to its wirelessly to transfer files to, and stream multimedia from it.

    Plus, if you register with my cloud web service, you will able to access the hard drive from anywhere as long as the device is connected to a Wi-Fi point with web access. The wireless pro even supports DLNA, which makes its discoverable on the network and can be used to stream media onto compatible displays. As a media server, it support a number of file formats including MP3, FLAC, OGG, AC3, AVI, DivX, MOV, MKV, JPEG, PNG, and TIF.

    The device can read attached pen drives, and you also get an SD card slot. Transfers to and from these storage mediums are of course handled through the mobile app, or a web browser from your connected laptop.

     

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    ZOOK ZB-JAZZ BLASTER

    Play you music where you go - loud & shout!

    The Jazz Blaster Bluetooth speaker can rock a party outdoors and indoors, at beaches, poolside bashes or impromptu parties, this rough-and-tough, rugged speaker is all you need to set the ball rolling. Weighing in at 1.2kgs, the ZB-Jazz Blaster is large enough to be noticed and portable enough to be carried on Weekend Getaways or even holidays. It boasts of a solid build and carries an IPX5 rating, meaning it is splash proof and can also be used at the poolside.

    It uses the very latest Bluetooth 4.2 technology to experience the high quality sound of Bluetooth A2DP with less delay, more stability, faster pairing and lower power consumption from connected devices (like your phone) when wirelessly streaming audio. Unlike ordinary Bluetooth speaker, the monster Zook Jazz Blaster Bluetooth speaker amplifies higher as well as lower bass frequencies thanks to the unique combo of powerful stereo sound (30W) with a frequency response of Hz-18KHz, which translate discernible bass, but with clear mids and crisp highs. With a passive subwoofer - a power-packed bass experience on the go is finally here. You also get a built –in microphone that allows you to answer hands-free calls whenever the speaker is paired with your smartphone.

    Its 5200mAh rechargeable battery promises up to 10 hours of playback on a full charge, while its aux port allows you to connect a non-Bluetooth audio player-via an included aux cable-for wired sound. This means it can also be used with the projectors for movie watching.

     

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    WELLNESS HONEYMOONS : And they lived HEALTHILY ever after...

    Honeymoon is the perfect to relax, detox your body and find your spiritual space.

    Wellness Honeymoons are in vogue as newly-weds romance health more than ever! Couples are re-defining the concept of honeymoons as they now want to return feeling healthier, fitter and spiritually richer. Health honeymooning is all about entering the coupling phase with uplifting yoga sessions in the middle of a tropical jungle or being treated to a series of intimate couple massage with Turkish hammaam and relishing gluten-free gourmet with exotic green tea.

    POST WEDDING CLEANSE
    Big, Indian weddings often bring along unaccounted consumption of fat-laden food, making you feel bloated. A wellness honeymoon comes to your rescue here. The food served at luxury health resorts is flavorful, appealing and sans any unhealthy ingredients like sugar, maida, table salt etc. Most couples prefer to a health retreat for complete relaxation, as they don’t want to be put on a strict diet or refrained from consuming certain food groups. Their aim is to return feeling lighter and in better shape. Hence, the trick is to serve low-calories, organic and fresh food in controlled portions.

    FOCUS ON EACH OTHER
    While you are continually bombarded with congratulatory messages and calls even post the wedding reception, what you are actually looking for is some precious time to connect with each other. A ‘No-Tech’ vacation is exactly what is needed. Health resorts ban the use of electric devices and gadgets in public areas wanting you to unplug and swap virtual tweets with the real sound of soothing bird songs. This allows the couple to be present in the moment and enjoy the surroundings and leaves them with a restored sense of wellness.

    TOP DESTINATIONS FOR DETOX HONEYMOONS

    India : Kumarakom, Cochin, Kovalam, Kerala, South Goa, Narendranagar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Pune

    International : Umbria, South Tyrol and Capri, Italy, Hua Hin and Koh Samui, Thailand, Alicante, Spain, Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Philippines

     

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    5 Best Places to enjoy Christmas Celebrations

    Because the holiday season is almost here..

    Sure, it might be two months before the Christmas bells chime, but it’s time to ring the alarm to plan your winter holiday. Here’s a pick of destinations (yes, they’re as pretty in the cold) that are gearing up for the holiday season in full spirit :

    Frankfurt : The huge Christmas tree makes Frankfurt's festive market one of the most beautiful in the world. The 30-metre feature also hosts several entertainment events throughout the holiday - including carol singing.

    New York : Walking around New York City at Christmas is your own Winter Wonderland for Christmas Lights and Decorations. Head to midtown for the best displays on 6th and Fifth Avenues. And don’t forget to look up to catch the Empire State Building and the Helmsley Building on Park Avenue.

    Brussels : To attend Winter Wonders, the annual Christmas market held at La Grand–Place that features colourful stalls, wine tastings, art exhibitions, and an ice-skating rink.

    Paris : To spot fairylights on every street, snack on hot chestnuts near the Eiffel, and watch Boulevard Haussmann display its holiday finery.

    London : To see the city’s biggest Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square, explore the famous botanic gardens of Kew after dark, and watch the stunning fireworks at London Eye on New Year’s eve. Trafalgar Square's stunning traditional Norwegian Christmas Tree was donated by Oslo in Norway to the people of London.