How to Spend Days in New York City

New York City has tonnes of amazing places to visit. Restaurants to eat, bars to drink, monuments, museums, parks… the list is endless. You will take months to cover it all. We list a few must-see places.

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To see the Statue of Liberty get in line for the ferry from Battery Park early enough or else you will end up waiting for a long time. The joint effort of America and France, the Statue of Liberty is a stunning sight up close. If you have no time to wait, take the free Staten Island ferry. From here you can take photos of the statue.

Battery Park:
At Battery Park you can listen to street performers. It is the best place for relaxing and people-watching. You can also walk around the ruins of the old fort that once upon a time guarded the city.

Wall Street:
The bull is the main attraction here. You can click a few lovely pictures with the famous bull and also visit the Wall Street.

Federal Hall:
Federal Hall is situated just across the street from the NY Stock Exchange (NYSE). It was built in 1700 and was the first capitol building of the US. This is where George Washington took his oath of office. You won’t take much time to cover the building.

Trinity Church:
Trinity Church is one of the oldest churches in America built in gothic style. The highlight of the church is the colonial graveyard. It is here where you’ll find many famous Americans buried.

World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial and Museum:
Here you will get a lot of information about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. From the Freedom Tower you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The park commemorating the victims of the attacks is at the base of the tower. It also houses a huge museum.

 Brooklyn Bridge:
You can just walk into Brooklyn through the Brooklyn Bridge. It won’t take more than half an hour. You can click a lot of lovely pictures. The best time to visit this place is at night, and see downtown Manhattan all lit up.

City Hall:
City Hall is an architectural marvel. It also has a beautiful little park that’s frequented by office workers during breaks. Take a tour to see the landmarked rotunda, Governor’s Room, city council chamber, and the City Hall Portrait Collection.

Empire State Building:
You cannot visit New York City and miss its historical monument. The 1930s art deco interior is beautiful, and the view from the top is breathtaking. Visit the Empire State Building early morning or during lunchtime to avoid the rush.

Grand Central Terminal:
It is a historic train station, which was torn down in 1975. Thanks to Jacqueline Kennedy for raising money for its preservation. There are free historical tours on Wednesdays.

Times Square:
Times Square is always packed with tourists. There are pedestrian areas where you can sit and hang out. This is the best place to shop, eat or see a show. If you love to just hang out and people-watch, Times Square is the place to be.

Central Park:
This is the perfect place to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The entry is free. So you can hang around as much as you please. There are walkways, bike lanes, lakes to row in, and a zoo. If you are visiting the park during summer you can even enjoy concerts and theatre productions free of cost. You will also find excellent museums in and around the Central Park.

Stylish cities around the world

Los Angeles, California

You must be thinking the most stylish city in the US is New York. In fact, Los Angeles, California, takes the No.1 spot, thanks to its entertainment industry. Be it street-wear or upscale couture, you will find the most stylish stuff in Los Angeles’ small boutiques.

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New York, as we all know, is the fashion capitol of the world. It is also one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Celebrities, models, designers, artists, business magnets… anybody who falls in the elite circle would surely visit New York. It is the most preferred shopping destination of the rich and the famous. You will also find affordable fashion here. From luxury to affordable vintage, you will find anything and everything in New York.

Singapore

The City of Light, Singapore, is the city of the rich and stylish. It is home to the well-heeled and is an expensive city. It is one of the most fashionable cities in Asia, and is a melting pot of food, retail and culture. Its endless skyscrapers, and Art Deco-style buildings, only add to its style quotient.

Madrid, Spain

People in Madrid like to leisurely walk, and that makes it the best place for people watching. It is a cosmopolitan city, which features many famous designer shops. It is also known for its historic architecture and hosts its own Fashion Week.

 Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is undoubtedly one of world’s most exciting and stylish cities. The city has given us some of the leading designers in the international fashion circuit like Issey Miyake and Yoji Yamamoto. They put Tokyo on the fashion map. It is home to world-class shopping. What makes the city unique when compared to other stylish cities in the world is its street fashion, which is truly eclectic and prominent.

Berlin

It is one of Europe’s most stylish cities. Around 800 fashion designers call Berlin home! Isn’t that impressive! Berlin is dominated by creative people – artists of all types. You will find the most interesting shops and inspirational takes on fashion here.

Italy

Italy has many stylish city-states to boast like Florence, Milan, and of course Rome. Some of the world famous designers like Roberto Cavalli, Donatella Versace and Moschino are all from Italy. It is known for effortless glamour. Not just fashion, Italy is known for its architectural monuments and hotels, too.

Paris

The list of stylish cities is never complete without a mention of
Paris. It is synonymous with style, fashion and glamour. What is unique about Paris is its effortless style. The elegance of Paris is reflected in the beautiful architecture of the city. Parisian women are also known for their elegant and chic looks.

London

London is known as the “father of haute couture”. Everywhere you go in London it’s like a fashion show on the streets! Some of the fashion biggies like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Christopher Kane are from London. It is a great city for shopping and street style.

 

Top 5 palaces in India to explore with your partner

India has a rich history, and is famous for its forts and palaces. They are architectural wonders and anyone visiting India would certainly include these palaces in their itinerary. The opulence and grandeur of these palaces will take your breath away. A visit to these architectural marvels becomes even more enjoyable if you share the experience with someone you love.

What make these palaces unique, apart from their opulence, is the innumerable stories associated with them. Some stories are romantic, while others are haunting, but each story evokes passion and surprise. These stories are what make these palaces the perfect romantic getaway. Many palaces have been converted into hotels by their royal owners. Read on to discover the top 5 palaces in India to explore with your partner.

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Udaipur is known as the city of palaces and lakes. The City Palace Complex overlooks the famous Lake Picola. The Mewar royal family still occupies part of the complex. The rest of the complex has been developed into a tourist destination that gives the visitors an insight into the life and times of the Maharanas of Mewar. The City Palace Museum is also a must-see. At the museum you can see the Mardana Mahal (King’s Palace) and Zenana Mahal (Queens Palace). It also houses many art galleries, photographs and paintings.

Mysore Palace

Maharaja’s Palace, more commonly known as Mysore Palace, was designed by British architect Henry Irwin and constructed between 1897 and 1912. It is not a very old palace, and is owned by the Wodeyar dynasty. The first palace was built by the Wodeyar kings in Mysore in the 14th century. But they demolished it and tried to build it again several times. The current palace has Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic influences. It has huge marble domes, enormous public and private halls, art galleries, and lot more. The palace gets lit up every Sunday evening with 100,000 bulbs, and also during the Dussehra festival.

Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara

It is one of the biggest palaces in the world built in 1890. It has Indian, Islamic, and European influences. The arched entrances of the palm courtyard and fountains spread over 700 acres are the highlights of Lakshmi Vilas Palace. The Darbar Hall has stunning Italian mosaic floors and stained glass windows. The palace has a great collection of terracotta, marble and bronze artefacts. Its premise even has a golf course and a zoo! It also houses a museum that has on display various art works and articles belonging to the Royal family. Lakshmi Vilas Palace is, indeed, an epitome of grandeur, which makes it a must-see.

Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior

Located in Gwalior, which has a rich history, the Jai Vilas Palace will surely transport you back in time. It was built in 1874 by Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia in European style. The unique architectural marvel was designed and built by Sir Michael Filose. Its Durbar Hall is a sight to behold with gold furnishings, exquisite carpets and gigantic chandeliers.

Cooch Behar Palace, Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar Palace, also known as Victor Jubilee Palace, is noted for its elegance and grandeur. The Cooch Behar Palace has a rich history. It was built in 1887 using bricks in western classical style. In fact, it is modelled after the Buckingham Palace. The Cooch Behar Palace is a good way to explore the sophistication and splendour of West Bengal.

Best USA Beaches for Your Honeymoon

Hawaii – The big island:
There are many honeymoon spots in Hawaii. The beaches, the water, the Aloha Spirit… it’s hard to go wrong with a honeymoon in Hawaii. Romance is everywhere you turn. Maui, Oahu, Kauai… these beaches are some of the best honeymoon spots in the whole world. What makes Hawaii unique is not just its pristine beaches, but geographic diversity. In addition to romantic beaches, there are verdant jungles, molten rock deserts and even snow-capped mountains.

Kauai:
Kauai is beautiful with lush greenery and mountain tops covered in clouds, the perfect spot for couples who love to be outdoors. The scenery is stunning. Beach-lovers can have a ball enjoying the sunsets, sands and waves. Kauai is also a hiker’s paradise. Waimea Canyon and Kalalau Trail are a must-see for hikers.

Maui:
Like Kauai, Maui is also part of the Hawaiian island chain and is the second largest island in Hawaii. It is famous for its scenic beauty with tall cliffs, beaches with powdery sands and is the best place for windsurfing and snorkelling. Couples who love outdoors and adventure, think no further than Maui.

Charleston:
This South Carolina city is surrounded by barrier islands. The beaches are wide and perfect for solid surfing. To top it all is the five star resorts. It exudes the southern charm and is perfect for a romantic honeymoon.

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Lake Tahoe is peppered with diverse beaches. Some are secluded spots while others are best for scuba diving. The water is crystal-clear and most beaches have shades and parking spaces, which make them just perfect for a honeymoon. Couples can spend the day on the lake and catch the sunset at Emerald Bay.

Lanai:
Lanai is a romantic destination of untouched tranquillity. It features world-class resorts and markedly unique attractions. It is the most exclusive of the Hawaiian Islands, and is not at all crowded. Honeymooners will find solace is the serenity offered by Lanai.

Honolulu – Oahu:
Oahu is known for its diversity. It is one of the best places to snorkel. Honeymooners can get pampered at luxury resorts, as well as indulge in retail therapy, and dine at some of the finest restaurants in Oahu. For art lover couples, there are avant-garde art museums in Honolulu. And if you are lucky you might even get to see honu, the Hawaiian green turtle.

Savannah
Just 20 minutes away from the historic downtown Savannah is the Tybee Island, which is famous for its blue waters, soft rolling waves, and a relaxed atmosphere. After a stroll through Forsyth Park, feast on some classic Southern comfort foods.

Key West
Literary and history buffs can enjoy spending their honeymoon exploring the historic places here. Key West’s relaxed vibe and sunny beaches attract the non-literati. All the beaches in Key West are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkelling.

Cape Cod
Cape Cod beaches are the finest in the world. The scenic beauty is breathtaking and it is the best place to have a quite holiday. You can spend your days relaxing on honey-coloured sands and enjoying the tasty seafood.