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Exotic Locations for the travel and food frenzy

Southeast Asian Sojourns!

Southeast Asian Sojourns!

Bangkok, Thailand – Best for Feeding Frenzies

Bangkok is a shape-shifter. It’s every city for everyone. It does the glitz and glamour just as well as it does the sleaze. For all the culture and history it’s steeped in, it takes its parties (and its shopping) just as seriously. But what we love most about Bangkok – and it’s something we cotton on to pretty early – is its food.

To truly eat well in Bangkok, you should forego the restaurants and take to the streets. This is where, if you go with a mind ready to take on the unknown and a palate ready for whatever flavors it will encounter, you will find your nirvana.

Bangkok

Bangkok

The Chang Pier is a great place at which to get a taster of all things Thai. Whether you choose to kick this off slow and easy with a plate of slithery, peanuty Pad Thai noodles or experiment with food you don’t quite recognize and can’t say the name of, you’ll find it here. Steaming bowls of noodles in broth, hot satay skewers right off the grill, sticky-sweet desserts – let your nose be your guide as you sate your cravings.

Another great way to gain your bearings on the street is to sign up for a food tour – you’ll have the comfort of Continue reading “Southeast Asian Sojourns!” »

Do Adventure, Holiday With Family!

Do Adventure, Holiday With Family!

Early summer sunshine, warm beaches, adventure water sports, late skiing and lots more is what April can bring in for you. Knowing where to travel this month should be your agenda. Get your brood ready and plan the best trip ever.

Colorful Rajasthan

April will be hot but Rajasthan won’t stop being colorful. If you know you can beat that for fun and adventure in the desert then this is the place to be. Right from exquisite hotels to easy transport, all you need is a pack of excitement to get there. Step into Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ajmer and Jaipur and dazzle the kids with elephant rides, rickshaws, forts, food and lots more.

Beautiful Jaipur Palace

Beautiful Jaipur Palace

Relaxing Oman

This is a favorite getaway for families. Clear coastal waters, friendly resorts and enticing dunes could give way for a relaxing trip with the family. From camel trekking through the sands to camping, Muscat will give you the thrills of desert life. What more? Laze around the beaches and let the kids enjoy the sand and water. Stop at Sur to visit the nearby turtle reserve at Ras al-Jinz. As child-friendly as it can get, Oman will make it a happy Middle Eastern odyssey for all.

Awesome Resort at Oman

Awesome Resort at Oman

Exotic Sri Lanka

An absolute treat for families, Sri Lanka is the way to go this season. The teardrop island, once called Ceylon, is magical and is an ultimate stop destination for enthusiastic travelers looking for fun and adventure. Ruined cities, monuments, forts, monkeys, elephants, beaches, Sri Lanka has something for everyone. What should fascinate kids the most is the dolphin cruise or dolphin watching, that usually happens between November and April, and helping the fishermen with their catch. Discover more on a jungle safari, rock climbing or spend quiet time on the beach.

Egyptian Mummies

The pyramids are waiting to reveal their secrets to you! Cairo is a guaranteed exotic destination for the family. The noisy toddlers and the bored teenagers will be awed by the majesty of the place. You will be Continue reading “Do Adventure, Holiday With Family!” »

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers- Part 3

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers- Part 3

Siena

Siena is situated in the centre-south of Tuscany. The lush province extends over some of the most enchanting Tuscan territories like the southern hills of Chianti, Val d’Elsa and Val di Merse, Val d’Arbia, Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia, right up to the slopes of Mount Amiata.

Check out the beautiful abbeys of Sant’Antimo, Duomo and Romanesque parishes. To get a close look at the Italian countryside, visit the small town of Quirico d’Orcia that preserves its ancient culture even today. Other important destinations are the University of Siena and San Nicolo – an ancient monastery.

Palio di Siena - Religious horse race of Siena

Palio di Siena – Religious horse race of Siena

One thing you must take home from Siena is panforte, a 13th century Sienaian dessert made using honey, nuts and fruits. Second-hand books and ceramics are also Continue reading “Exotic Italy for Art Lovers- Part 3” »

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers – Part 2

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers – Part 2

Arezzo

Set around the foothills of the Appenines, the old town of Arezzo fans out into the river valley of the Arno, Tiber, Casentino and Valdichiana. The city is mainly known for its gold industries, antique traders and the stunning Piazza Grande. Visits to the historic monuments such as Medici fortress, the Cathedral, the Diocesan Museum and Piazza Grande will take up your time. Don’t miss out on the Archeological Museum and the State Museum of Medieval and Modern Art as it provides an overview of art from the Middle Ages all the way up to the 20th century.

Arezzo antiques market

Arezzo antiques market

Antique shopping is a must-do in Arezzo, at the antiques goods fair held every month at the Piazza Grande where you can find furniture, vintage silverware and kitchen tools. You can even pick Continue reading “Exotic Italy for Art Lovers – Part 2” »

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers !

Exotic Italy for Art Lovers !

TUSCANY, ITALY

Tuscany brings to mind images of lazy days spent in the warm sun, eating until your stomach and heart are sated, leisurely walks in charming villages and long drives in the glorious countryside. Home to masters like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and many more, the region’s rich history, incredible art and architecture, scrumptious food and wine, and easygoing, friendly locals make it a favorite destination for families as well as couples. Whether you’re a history buff, art lover or culture vulture, there are several experiences here that will make your holiday an unforgettable one.

Beautiful Tuscany - a yoga retreat in paradise

Beautiful Tuscany – a yoga retreat in paradise

Be it vibrant, chic Florence, iconic Pisa, Chianti – the wine valley, the indescribably beautiful Orcia Valley, quaint San Gimignano or Siena, with its old-world charm, there is much to discover in this Continue reading “Exotic Italy for Art Lovers !” »

Inside the belly of a devil!

Inside the belly of a devil!

Hot Flashes? Too young for that? 🙂 . These expeditions will expose you to the elements like never before, pit you against forces of nature, stun and revitalize you all at once.

1. DALLOL, ETHIOPIA

Acid Lake - Dallol

Acid Lake – Dallol

A ‘settlement’ of crumbling walls and rusting pieces of mining machinery, Dallol, a volcanic crater in the fearsome Danakil Desert, is called ‘the cruelest place on earth’. At 426 ft below sea level, it is the hottest hub of Danakil. You need to camp with camel caravans in the village of Hamed Ela and scramble at dawn to get to Dallol. By the time the sun decides to act up, it’s time for you to leave, unless you literally want to be burnt down. But if you can brave the dangers and the intense heat, Dallol rewards you with a spellbinding landscape unlike anything you’ll ever see.

 

Volcano in Dallol

Volcano in Dallol

Hundreds of mineral-spewing geysers have spitted out a world of psychedelic colors – patches of lemony yellow, slimy green, deep rust and rich purple in this wonderland strewn with sulphur deposits, iron oxide crusts and unexpected vents of liquid. Intrepid visitors describe the feeling as being ‘inside the belly of the devil’.

Key to killing it: You need a streak of heroic masochism. Also, endless supply of bottled water, besides sunblock, reliable jeeps and drivers, cooks and armed guards.

Red alert: Say a prayer before you step into Dallol. The Afar tribesmen – once known for castrating visitors – are still vicious. Despite government protection, the area is known for kidnappings and killings. Beware of stepping child-like into the colorful, gurgling acidic lakes. Many of them are known to be poisonous.

Best time to go: December, when the sun is likely to be somewhat benevolent.

2. Roar Rage – FRANKLIN RIVER, TASMANIA

This one demands between 8 to 14 days. You’ll be lugging camping and Continue reading “Inside the belly of a devil!” »

Extreme Adventure

Extreme Adventure
Extreme Adventure

They’ll test your stamina and mental endurance. From trudging through golden deserts and scaling dazzling peaks to exploring the vast abandonment and attaining nirvana, these are some journeys that every traveler must undertake – at least once, if not more. The expeditions are arduous, but the rewards are well worth it.

Most bucket lists – apart from wishing for true love and other variables – always contain a few exotic travels. Not just gilt-edged luxury jaunts and VIP cruises, but feet-numbing, mind-boggling journeys that pit you against nature. These are the journeys that you will recall with pride in your sunset years; the kind of journeys that will turn you from corporate yuppie or housewife into a swashbuckling hero and campfire superstar. However, don’t write that resignation letter or book the next available ticket and dash off recklessly just yet. All these expeditions require steely strength, meticulous preparation and financial grounding.

1. Grand Heights – GR 20 TREK, CORSICA

 

Epic Trails!

Epic Trails!

With more than 20 summits rising over 6,600 ft, Corsica, France’s Isle of Beauty is very glamorous like its sybaritic locals. However, the Corsica GR 20 Trek, or GR for ‘grande randonnee’, which means great trek, is anything but glamorous; it has a fearsome reputation of being Europe’s finest mountain trek, a rite of Continue reading “Extreme Adventure” »