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Best places to visit in September

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September is the best part of summer that holds magical powers to transport you from the warm summer breeze through the cool autumn weather accessorized with colorful leaves everywhere. It is a great idea to take a European summer holiday in September. Calm cascading blue sea, warm waters so very inviting and the matching blue skies, all sound like wonderland. We have enlisted a few fantabulous places where you can go this September.

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Sicily is pleasant year round. The warm Mediterranean wind keeps it sunny and rich. Though you can feel the heat wave, its wild and beautiful beaches offer a great way to enjoy the breeze. September is also the best month to explore the labyrinthine streets of its enchanting towns. It is also time to relish the fine fruits and produce from Etna’s rich national park. There are innumerable local delicacies to be enjoyed around every corner of the streets. Go for the travel agency holiday packages that offer great discounts during off-season.

California

California wine tours can be the best way to enjoy late summer and autumn. Amateurs can get the most out of it by touring the centuries old wineries. Visiting a maximum of 3 to 4 wineries per day would be fine. The Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley are two very popular destinations and they would be great for a first time visit. There are a lot of wineries and other hot spots that offer great tours for beginners that make them come again. The best time to visit California would be mid-September to late October. This is also the busiest month for wineries in Napa and Sonoma. California wine tours are available with travel agency tour packages that are also all-inclusive.

Morocco

September in Morocco marks the time of the famous Tangier’s TanJazz festival. Enjoy the concerts and explore the workshops, souks, cafes and historic cultural celebrations that are held in cool venues by night. Tangier is a glamorous hub that was loved by celebrities, artists and musicians. Today it is also loved and visited by tourists from around the world. Moroccan tour packages come at great rates at this time of the year.

Canada

September is a season of celebrations in Canada. The city comes alive with music concerts and street shops that offer exotic gourmet food. There is a lot of music, dance, art, sports and competitions that are conducted to entertain every traveller. Colorful fireworks and hot air balloon rides are also held to perk up your mood even more. It would be a great idea to head to Canada’s jewel-toned lakes for hikes and horse rides if you prefer to get close to nature instead of all the hustle and bustle of the city.

Travel Tips For Siberia

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Planning a trip to an unknown destination like Siberia is not an easy task. We offer you a few tips to make the most of your time in Siberia without getting into any trouble.

Ensure that you have all the travel documents

Just like any other foreign trip, your trip to Russia starts wiSiberiath a set of travel documents. If you are booking the trip through a travel agency, they will give you the essential information regarding what all papers you may need. But if you are arranging all by yourself, contact the consulate in your country. You will certainly need a passport and visa.

Take photocopies

After getting all the travel papers get at least three photocopies of each paper, and don’t keep everything in one place. You must carry the original documents with your. Keep the photocopies in separate suitcases. It is not possible to anticipate what may happen to your luggage or when airport staff or a police officer may ask you to show your identification card.

Purchase travel insurance

You don’t know what will happen while on the road, especially when you are travelling in a foreign country. So it is better to procure travel insurance. This will make you feel safe in a foreign country.

Pack your suitcase

After getting all your travel documents, the next job is to pack your suitcase. Before packing check the climate in the selected destination. Siberia doesn’t have a tropical climate. If you are planning a trip to Siberia in the winter, you will need sweaters, coats, jackets and shoes to keep yourself warm while you take long walks in the snow, if you wish to do so.

Carry medicines

Always carry medicines while travelling to unknown destinations. Your stomach may not be used to the kind of food you get to eat there, and your body will take time to get accustomed to new climatic conditions.

Choose a flight route with minimum of changes

To reach Siberia you will have to take a long distance flight. So, choose a flight route with bare minimum changes to make yourself comfortable.

Know hotel reservation details

You must know the schedule and hotel reservation details beforehand. If your journey includes a train ride, better book a first class or deluxe berth.

Get the help of a travel agent

When travelling to an exotic place like Siberia, it is better to get the help of a tour agent or any other person working in the local travel industry. They will know a lot more about the place than you do.

You need contact details

Carry with you phone numbers of certain services like an ambulance and the embassy of your country, even if it is situated far from the place you are going to visit.

Learn some Russian

Try to learn at least some Russian. Nobody expects you to speak fluently, but to find a way or to get a meal, it may come in handy.

Best things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro’s moment in the sun is here. Thousands of tourists are thronging Rio to witness the 2016 Olympic Games. The summer Olympics has indeed brought the limelight back on the innumerable tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We give you a low-down on some of the best things you can do in the huge seaside city.

When in Rio, don’t just while aRio de Janeiroway your time relaxing and people-watching along the shores of Copacabana or Ipanema. The city has a stunning landscape with many breath-taking landmarks like the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, the Tijuca National Park and Sugar Loaf, to name a few. To get the real taste of Brazil, you must visit Santa Teresa and Lapa.

In fact, most travel agency tour packages will include all these must-see places. So if you have taken a tour package, you can just sit and relax. If you are planning to visit Rio, see to it that the travel agency holiday package has included the below mentioned sites. Because visiting Rio without seeing these attractions will be a waste of time.

Christ the redeemer

The famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Tijuca National Park has been visited by millions of visitors already, and it is undoubtedly a must-see attraction in Rio. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This statue of Jesus Christ stands with arms extended took almost a decade to complete. The statue on top of Corcovado Mountain is built using concrete and covered in mosaic tiles.

Jardim Botanico

This botanical heaven is spread across more than 340 acres! It has more than 6,000 indigenous and exotic species of flora. The garden, which was created in 1808, was opened to the public in 1822. The garden is a major tourist attraction. You can go for a guided or self-driven thematic tour through sections of the park. It also houses a souvenir shop, restaurant and a playground.

Tijuca National Park

If you love exploring the outdoors pay a visit to this expansive green rainforest, which is spread across 8,300 acres. Another reason to visit Tijuca National Park is that it is the largest urban rainforest on the planet! The park is a sight to behold with diverse topography, waterfalls, more than 1,600 plant species and more than 350 different species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. It also offers a lot of activities. There are many hiking trails and picnic spots. You can also try your hand at hang gliding and rock climbing at the park.

Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)

Sugar Loaf Mountain engulfing the charming Guanabara Bay is 1,299 feet tall. You can take a trip to Sugar Loaf in a cable cab, and enjoy the mesmerizing beauty surrounding you. The panoramic views at the top are awe-inspiring, mostly at sunset. You can also visit the history exhibit at the park and get to know about the original cable cars used on the tram.

Lapa

A visit to Rio without revelling in samba? Impossible, we say. Head to Lapa and indulge in the festivities with the locals. You can shake a leg with them all the while sipping on delectable cocktails. Lapa is peppered with tapas bars, clubs and live music venues. The city comes alive at night. Lapa serves as the heart of Rio’s night scene, and it is better to visit the city during the weekend.

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana is Rio’s most popular shores. Here, don’t just indulge in swimming and sunbathing for there is a lot more in store. The Historical Museum of the Army and Copacabana Fort are a must visit. Copacabana Beach has many restaurants that serve authentic Portuguese food. You will also find many luxury hotels here. The beach will be crowded all the time. So if you want to avoid the crowd, take a sunset stroll along the beach.

Maracana Stadium

If you’re a sports fan, a stop at Maracana is a must in Rio. The soccer stadium was opened in 1950 to host the World Cup final. In the recent years, it underwent a lot of renovation and now houses many shops and restaurants. The 2014 World Cup was held at the Maracana Stadium. That is not all. The opening and the closing ceremonies for the 2016 Olympic Games, and the Olympic soccer finals were held here. If you are visiting Rio between May and December you can watch football matches here. Many travel agency holiday packages include transportation to and from the match.

Visit Beautiful Places in Dusseldorf, Germany

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Dusseldorf is famous for its fashion industry and art scene. It has many universities, too. You will find a lot of stylish shops, parks and gardens surrounding its lively downtown area. It is Germany’s most important cultural centre, and has many museums and art galleries. Dusseldorf’s location is its high point. It is situated on the Rhine and has many wide squares and magnificent riverside walkways. Here are a few must-see spots in Dusseldorf.

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Konigsallee, known as Ko, is for the shopping buffs. There are many exclusive shops, and luxury shopping malls. It also has numerous art galleries, restaurants and cafés, making it the best holiday destination.

Schloss Benrath

Schloss Benrath is a splendid decorative palace constructed between 1756 and 1773. The highlight is the interior of the palace. You can also take a leisurely stroll around its huge park and gardens. The palace has three outstanding museums, which throw light on 18th century Germany. The Museum Corps de Logis, which throws light on the history of Benrath and its architecture, is in the main palace building. Museum for Landscape Art and the Natural Science Museum are located in other park buildings.

North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection

The North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection or Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, is a large gallery with numerous works of modern art, and is spread across three locations in Düsseldorf. Nicknamed K20, it is one of the top attractions here.

Kaiserswerth

Kaiserswerth is one of Düsseldorf’s oldest neighbourhoods. If you love to see ancient architecture this is the place to be. Its many old buildings and picture-perfect location on the Rhine makes it a tourist’s haunt. The Church of St. Suitbertus, renowned for its beautiful reliquary of the saint, and the Kaiserpfalz, the majestic stronghold of Emperor Frederick I, better known as Barbarossa, are must-see places.

The Museum of Art: Kunstpalast

The Museum of Art (Museum Kunstpalast) houses fine art, sculptures and drawings, and innumerable graphic art, photos, and applied art works. You can also watch theatre performances and classical concerts.

Old Town Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf’s Old Town (Altstadt) is well preserved and is a great attraction. The central point of the Old Town is the Marktplatz where you’ll find the impressive Town Hall. Another must-see place on the banks of the Rhine is the Castle Tower (Schlossturm). The Castle Tower is home to the Schiffahrts Museum, one of Germany’s best marine museums with charming exhibits, which throws light on the history of shipbuilding and trade. Hetjens Museum, with innumerable ceramics, porcelain and earthenware, is also worth a visit.

Neue Zollhof and the Gehry Buildings

If you love modern architecture, visit Neue Zollhof, a stunningly redeveloped section of the city’s old port. The highlights here are certainly the office buildings of Media Harbor ­­- three fairly different structures that seem to challenge gravity as they bend and arch. It feels like they are wobbling, and is an amazing architectural feat. The nearby Rheinturm Tower, the tall telecommunications tower, is also worth a visit. You can enjoy an excellent view of the city from its observation deck. Dusseldorf is the best place for corporate tours to enjoy their lesiure time with their colleagues.

Best places to visit in Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany is Italy’s most favourite tourist destination. Its breathtaking scenery, artistic heritage and amazing hill towns make it a perfect holiday spot. There are lot of must-see places in Tuscany. It is a mix of historic cities and art, great wine and food, sandy beaches, and beautiful countryside. Here is a list of places that you should be visiting in Tuscany.

florence-cityFlorence: Florence, in the heart of Tuscany, is the birthplace of Renaissance. Tourists flock here to feast on Renaissance art and architecture. There are many world-class museums and cathedrals in Tuscany that are awe-inspiring. Florence’s Cathedral with its famous dome and Baptistery are splendid. You can also visit several vineyards from Florence. Take guided trips or day trips from here to other Tuscan towns.

Siena: Siena is a classic medieval hill town in Tuscany, which is famous for its architecture. Piazza del Campo, Torre del Mangia, Palazzo Pubblico, and Palio di Siena (summer horse-race) will lift your souls. There are many other attractions in Siena like grand cathedrals and museums.

Pisa: Leaning tower is just one of Pisa’s many attractions. There are many other places to visit in Pisa like the Knights’ Square, Piazza Dei Miracoli, parks, statues, etc. Don’t miss the Clock Palace and the Piazza dei Cavalieri.

Lucca: If you are looking for an authentic Italian experience then visit Lucca – the walled city with one of the best-preserved Renaissance walls. Atop the walls there are walking and cycling paths and gardens. Just walk around to see Lucca’s historic centre. Lucca has quite a few towers from where you can get wonderful views of the city by climbing to the top. There are also several shopping and eating out destinations.

Cortona: Cortona is bordered by Etruscan walls, which is around 3000 years old. Here you will find majestic buildings, attractive medieval architecture, gorgeous views, and a large ex-pat community, with a lot of English-speaking crowd.

San Gimignano: San Gimignano, known as the City of Beautiful Towers, is a hill town famed for more than a dozen medieval towers. There are many fountains as well. From San Gimignano you can also visit Volterra, a quaint and quiet hill town.

Chianti Classico Wine Region: The Chianti region is the wine-making powerhouse of Italy, and is a very interesting region to visit. Other than wineries, the Chianti region has charming villages, and beautiful countryside.

Montepulciano: Montepulciano is a walled city in Tuscany, and it makes a great base for exploring Tuscan hill towns. The medieval and Renaissance hill town is the producer of the famous Vino Nobile wine. Apart from the wineries (there is a castle that is open for wine tasting), it has striking main squares and has many beautiful Renaissance buildings.

Pienza and Val D’Orcia: Pienza, the pretty Renaissance town in the Val D’Orcia of Tuscany, was designed to be the perfect city. It is well-known for its pecorino cheese, and Piccolomini Palace.

Montecatini Terme: Montecatini Terme is known as a spa town. It has several spas and centres for wellness treatments. You can take a tour to Montecatini Alto in the historic railway.

 

Zanzibar tourist attractions

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Zanzibar was a land of sultans and slave traders, but today it is a place of many attractions like the white sandy beaches, dense rain forests and vibrant coral reefs. Zanzibar was known as the spice island and has incredible beauty that’ll leave you jaw-dropped. Here are the top attractions around Zanzibar.

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The Island is blessed with several hectares of virgin forest land surrounded by extraordinarily beautiful coral reefs. It houses over 200 species of stone corals and 400 fish species, turtles & dolphins. There is also guided walking into the small forest, snorkelling and swimming.

Jozani Forest Tour

This forest is home to Zanzibar leopards. It has several medicinal plants and other trees. This tropical rainforest has breathtaking beauty on all sides. The troops of Red Colobus monkeys jumping from branch to branch are a must-see. This swamp is surrounded by rich mangroves that protect the entire area.

North Coast Tour

A tour through the north coast gives you access to the traditional dhow making. Other attractions are the turtle sanctuary and the aquarium. The Nungwi village is a great way to experience local culture and cuisine.

Prison Island

Prison Island, though a Quarantine Station once, is now a bird haven with various bird species and Aldabra Giant tortoises. The sandy beaches and the thick forest seem like paradise on earth. The sight of the dhows fishing is a not-to-miss opportunity for travellers.

Spice Tour

Zanzibar used to export spices around the world. Now they pay a tribute this glorious past by arranging tours for travelers to purchase spices. Several tropical fruits are also included in this tour waiting to be tasted.

Stone Town

This is the old quarter of Zanzibar and also got an intricate Indian influence from the past. Places like the Sultan’s Palace, House of Wonders, Anglican Cathedral, Slave Market, the Old Fort, Forodhani Gardens, Old Dispensary, dispensary, Darajani Market, Peace Memorial Museum and the Hamamni Persian Baths are the several buildings in Stone Town that are waiting to be explored by the hungry traveler.

Sunset Dolphin Dhow Cruises

You can experience a beautiful sunset while cruising in the dhows. Your evenings can’t get more fascinating than this as you get to see bottle nose dolphins swimming alongside your dhow.

The Zanzibar Land Animal Park

The ZALA Park is a fine example of sustainable development. It has the Children’s Center for Environmental Education, The Reptile Collection, The Antelope Breeding Program and Small Mammal Collection, Research Opportunities in Wildlife, Conservation, and Environmentla Trends in Zanzibar, The New Nursery School in Mungoni, Aquaculture and Opportunities to Participate and to Assist ZALA.

Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

The Zanzibar Butterfly Center exhibits a live display of colorful Tanzanian butterflies. Funds are raised from tourist admissions to run the local projects.

How to Spend Days in New York City

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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

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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

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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.

The Most Overlooked Sights In India

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Wanderlust is the gravest of addictions and many people are afflicted by it. The only cure for wanderlust is apparently to travel to destinations new. If you have got tired of travelling to some of the famous tourist spots in India, it is time to visit some obscure or overlooked places in India, that have a lot to offer to visitors. We help you plan your next trip by listing some of the lesser known yet must see places in the country.

Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Assam
If you love horses this is the place to be. Not many people know that in our country there is a place where you can watch untamed horses in their natural habit. The sight of horses galloping on a grassy mound surrounded by nature’s bounty is something you have seen only in picture postcards. In fact, you can see it in your own country. The history goes that the ancestors of these horses were left behind to fend for themselves by British troops after the World War II was over. These horses soon wandered into the nearby forests and became wild and untamed.

Dhankushkodi, Tamil Nadu
If you like to wander into the unknown spiritual world or have a fascination for ghosts and ghost stories, you must pay a visit to Dhankushkodi. It is known as a ghost town in Tamil Nadu. This town was not always known as a ghost city. In 1965 it was ravaged by a cyclone and the impact was such that it washed away an entire railway line dragging with it an arriving train, which had more than a hundred people on board. Everyone died in the calamity and since then the place is apparently visited by the spirits of those people who died in the accident. The ruined church and the creepy railway station only strengthen these stories.

Murud, Maharashtra
If you like to visit historical places, Murud should be included in your bucket list. You can reach the Murud-Janjira Fort, which is situated on a rock off the Arabian Sea coast, only by a sailboat. You can see the 21 bastions of the fort, and many cannons of native and European make.

murud-janjira-fortTharangambadi, Tamil Nadu
This is again one other beautiful and tranquil place to visit, especially for history lovers. Tharangambadi would indeed surprise and baffle you. Here you will find a mix of Mediterranean and Danish influences. Just imagine such a place in India! Believe it or not, this is what you will find here. Two centuries of Danish lifestyle and culture left a lasting imprint on this panchayat town’s culture and architecture.

Tuophema, Nagaland
If you want to experience true Naga hospitality, make a trip to Tuophema. This traditional village is untouched by modernisation.  You will find traditional Angami Naga-styled huts. Visit the Tuophema Tourist Village to get a peek into the Naga village lifestyle. You can go for walks and treks in the village. The best part is you can eat the Naga people’s traditional food from their community kitchen. Don’t miss out their rice beer!