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Top 7 Tourism Trends in 2016

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Tourism is an evergreen industry and people of late have started venturing out more than ever. In a country like India with its mighty mountains, beautiful forests and valleys there are plenty of variety even to the most hardened person. All this natural beauty and spiritual places to visit; Indian tourism has to take note of tourism trends and move in tune with the changing times.

Travelers these days have all the information required and they often research the place before actually visiting it. Tourism industry has to keep pace with the informed traveler by fulfilling all the hype and promises made in their glossy websites. Service has to be impeccable to ensure survival.


So what’s trending?

People are going off the beaten tracks and learning to explore the country with an aim to understand local flavor. Luxury hotels jostle with hostel kind of accommodation to cater to the budget conscious customer. Home-stays allow the traveler to actually live with a local family eat their food and generally experience a different way of life. This is a marked trend from staying in luxury hotels and generally looking at our country from a different view point.

Boutique hotels are also a growing trend to cater to the  rich. These are state supported hotels like palace hotels and usually provide luxury dwellings.

Adventure sports offering in the tourism industry has shown a marked increase. From kite flying in Rajasthan to paragliding to trekking and mountaineering, river rafting etc professionals offer the travelers a good time.

Nowadays new trends like customized tours, food walks, cooking tours, village stays and adventure camps are gaining popularity. This allows us to showcase our amazing culinary tradition to the world. Worldwide wine tasting and food trails are common. Of late large vineyards in India also offer wine tasting.

The local people put on culture shows and offer their handicraft for sale in hotels giving the travelers a chance to interact with them. Culture tours are fast gaining popularity.

Another trend is medical tourism. Many tourists are travelling to our country as medical care is of high standards. This holds true for allopathic and ayurvedas as well.People are opting for wellness packages to heal themselves in our traditional medicine systems and while they are here they tend to visit nearby areas as well.

Nowadays the Indians running tourism sites have in turn travelled abroad and learnt the tricks of trade from them.

Infrastructure improvement by state Government and central government has made the travel industry much more attractive to foreign and domestic traveler. But sometimes safety of foreign travelers is also seen as an issue. We need to work on this area in order to make people feel safe. If we can erase such fears of visiting foreigners by our strict vigilance the market will improve dramatically

Best Urban Parks in the World

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Urban parks are a boon to residents living in concrete jungles. It provides a welcome respite from the dust and grime of city life and allows the residents reconnect with nature. Typically an urban park would have sprawling wide green spaces, play areas, public fitness trails etc. Worldwide there have been beautiful and stunning examples of urban parks which have been the pride and joy of the local people. Immortalized in several Hollywood movies, the Central Park, located in New York, is a beautiful urban park spread over 800 acres. It has many features like Belvedere castle and a water reservoir.

Another famous park in the United States is located in Los Angeles Griffith national park lies at a vantage point and it is possible to view Los Angeles from here. This park is considered as the star attraction by visitors of Los Angeles. Bosques de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina is considered an open air community space. City people gather here for farmers market on Sundays. It also has all the features of urban park like lake and picnic spots. Hyde Park in London is a large park right in the middle of bustling city. It has also featured in many movies and fictional plots. Bukit Timah Park, Singapore is a nature reserve situated in a hill at height of 163 meters. It is a replica of a wonderful rainforest. Park Guell in Barcelona in the country of Spain is a marvelous urban park which is considered an architectural wonder and is UNESCO World Heritage site.

Mansanto Park in Lisbon, Portugal is a big park with 2400 acres and wonderful amid varied wildlife and plant life. Luxemburg Park Paris is a testimony to the famous French taste for finer things in life. It has the Luxemburg palace which is home to the French senate. The French certainly conduct their politics also in style! Yarkon Park, is located in city in Tel Aviv Israel There are a lots of sports courts botanical garden It is actually a busy place with millions of visitors.pp full coverA

Phoenix Park in Dublin Ireland is one of the biggest parks in Europe. There is the world famous Dublin zoo very large woodland with a lot of heritage monuments in the park. Sanjay Gandhi National park Mumbai India is also a famous urban park located near Mumbai There are many heritage monuments and wild life conservation areas inside the park. The park is an Ideal getaway for Mumbaikars to escape the busy city life and escape into the lap of nature.

There is no denying the usefulness and sheer comfort of urban parks. More parks and open spaces should be planned in each and every city of the world. Human beings are essentially nature loving and crave the outdoors. We are all living an artificial life locked high in our apartment complexes and busy lives. A trip to these places can renew our cells and breathe new life into us.

Top 5 Ecotourism Hotspots for 2016

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If you are an eco-adventurer, your idea of a perfect trip will be to immerse yourself in the natural world. It goes without saying that you are also a responsible traveller who is well aware that any of your actions will have a lasting impact on the ecosystem. We list out top five ecotourism hotspots in India as well as abroad that is on the bucket list of every well-informed eco-tourist.



Kerala, also known as God’s Own Country, is known for its sandy beaches and lush virgin tropical evergreen forests, finest wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and trekking spots. It is home to unique animal species like the Nilgiri Tahr (an endangered mountain goat), lion-tailed macaque, and many more. The Rajamala National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Silent Valley National Park, Eravikulam National Park and the Lake Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary are an eco-adventure’s haven. These parks are maintained using the scientific conservation methods, without disturbing the traditional lifestyle of the tribals in the region. Kerala’s highlands are also rich in flora and fauna. The hill stations are also known for its tea, coffee and rubber plantations.


Dubai is known for its shopping destinations and sky-high architectural wonders. However, not many know that the Middle East tourist haven has one of the world’s best ecotourism destinations – Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, which is Dubai’s desert conservation reserve. You will find here one of world’s rarest animals – the Arabian Oryx. It is Dubai’s first national park, which grows 6000 indigenous trees, grass and shrubs. You can also indulge yourself in camel treks and desert safaris. The resort recycles 100 percent of its water. So here is another reason to visit Dubai.


The island nation of Palau, which is known for preserving its environment, is one of the world’s leading diving destinations with an unbelievable biodiversity. It is home to around 7000 species of coral and has 1,400 varieties of fish. There are untouched beaches and trekking tracks through dense forests. The Palau Conservation Society manages more than 400 miles of reefs and lagoons. It has also earmarked non-fishing zones and 40 protected areas.


Kenya has around 50 national parks and reserves. Its diversity is what sets Kenya apart from other ecotourism destinations. Apart from its diverse wildlife and unique ecosystem, it has mountains, rain forests, deserts and beaches. You can either laze around the beaches or go diving along the coral reefs. Kenya offers some of the world’s most responsible safaris too. The accommodations follow sustainable tourism practices.

Bonito, Brazil 

Bonito is famous for its spotless rivers, mighty waterfalls, verdant landscape and diverse range of wildlife. To preserve Bonito’s natural beauty, the government has regulated the number of tourists visiting the place. The Caiman Ecological Refuge in the Pantanal region of Brazil was named one of National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s “Best Green Adventures” owing to its success in preserving the eco-diversity. This 132,000-acre cattle station practices a sustainable approach to ranching, saving the world’s largest wetlands from destruction due to grazing. The Caiman Ecological Refuge is a working cattle station, surrounded by forests, fields and waterways. Thirty other private nature refuges have been started based on the model.

Best Destinations for Family Travel

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Families should vacation together to spend time together and create great memories to reminisce later. Vacations can now be planned down to the last detail online itself. The options of places to visit, tour packages, and travel modes can be tailored to suit everybody needs. So just pack up and go! You will discover new places and reconnect with your loved ones! There are many fabulous destinations to travel along with your family.

Srinagar: It is really a paradise on earth with beautiful scenery great weather. You can take lovely long rides on the Dal lake, loll about in green gardens like Nishat bhagh, Chasme Shahi ,Shalimar bagh and just chill.

Rajasthan: The very name conjures images of desolate landscape with beautiful vibrantly dressed people. It is filled with forts and palaces to explore. You will be transported to the past by travelling on camel back and bullock carts! Pink city jaipur is fabled and lives up to its name. You can visit Ranthambore National park, Jaisalmer, jothpur,pushkar and Udaipur. You can show your children the tigers and animals living in their natural habitat. Just click away pictures and showoff!

If you want to reconnect to your soul and enjoy the spiritual peace, Ladakh is a stunning destination to visit. Visit Buddhist monasteries ,those with an adventurous spirit can try out activities like mountain biking trekking jeep safari mountaineering etc places of interest are Leh palace, Spituk Monastery Nubra valley etc. Shimla is the one of the best hill station destinations to visit with your family.

While we are on the topic of hill stations, another beautiful destination worthy of mention is Manali, which is in Himalayas. Just live it up with blood soaring activities like river rafting, trekking and skiing. To pacify the older family members there are four temples Hidimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple and Vashisth temple.

Nainital is an excellent choice if you are interested in a rustic setting with a peaceful village life. It is a comfortable warm setting with natural surroundings.

In south India Munnar is an excellent choice. The very drive through green tea gardens and low lying clouds makes you feel as if you are in heaven. Anamudi peak (elephant peak) is truly spectacular sight .You can rent cycles and take a leisurely ride to soak in the atmosphere and don’t forget to visit tea factory and buy some.

Kodaikanal Ooty and Coorg are again beautiful hill stations to visit in south India. Each hill station is filled with various activities to keep your entire family totally engrossed. Places of interest in Ooty would be a Doddabeta peak, pykara falls and botanical gardens. On the drive up you can also visit Coonoor which has many beautiful places. Coorg is famous for its coffee plantations and lush environment. Elephant Park and animal sightings are an attraction here. Kodai lake is world famous and boating is a famous activity here. All these hill stations are easily approachable and well connected to nearby stations where you can either fly down to or travel by train.

Beautiful Landscapes in Europe

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Europe is made up of multiple countries and has an abundance of has magical looking landscapes. From beautiful coastlines, tall mountain ranges, endless meadows, dense deciduous forests, high rise cities to towns and villages with ancient buildings, Europe is full of scenic landscapes. However, some are more breath-taking than the rest.

  1. Finnish Lakeland, Finland: This is one of the largest lake districts of Finland. The landscape came into being due to the shifting of glaciers over hundreds years ago.The Finnish Lakeland is made up of thousands of lakes, ponds, streams, rivers and islands making it one of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Europe.Tuscany
  2. Tuscany, Italy: Ancient roman architecture along with the splendour of nature has made Tuscany in central Italy a striking landscape. It is the warm climates and the numerous architectural marvels of ancient Rome that attracts thousands of tourists to this beautiful place.
  3. Santorini, Greece: Deep blue waters, beautiful cliffs and the architecture make Santorini a dreamy view. The spell binding colours of the sea and the sky in contrast with the colours of the cliffs make it impossible for one to not fall in love with the landscape.
  4. Bavarian Alps, Germany: The deep, dense forests, endless mountains and the lush green pasture lands, make this place striking. The cool weather conditions and the beautiful scenery make the Bavarian Alps one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.
  5. Giverny, France: This landscape has been the inspiration behind numerous painting. The water lilies, the willow trees and the sleepy country side makes Giverny a gorgeous scene.
  6. Venta Rapid, Lativa: The Venta Rapid is one of the widest and shortest waterfalls of Europe. The soothing sound of the water falling over light green moss and rocks makes this site unquestionably beautiful and peaceful.
  7. Lake Balaton, Hungary: Lake Balaton is one of the most longest and shallowest water lakes of Europe. The blue-green, turquoise colour of the lake bordered by greenery and country houses make this a beautiful landscape to visit.
  8. Flanders Field, Belgium: Endless seas of red flowers lying under beautiful blue skies make Flanders Field in Belgium breathtakingly beautiful. The site is made up of World War I battlefields which are now symbolically full of beautiful flowers. Flanders Field is not only a splendid scenery but also one of the most visited cemetery and memorial in the world.


Minnesota Tourist Attractions

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Minnesota has something for everybody be it museums, first class theaters, pristine lakes, untouched forests, resorts or scenic drives. You can explore this beautiful place with your family and have a fantastic vacation with endless things to do.

The Mall of America that is located on the outskirts of St Paul is one of the largest malls in the US. It houses more than a hundred shops, the largest indoor entertainment park, a butterfly garden and a dozen restaurants. It also has an aquarium that is home to more than ten thousand sea creatures.

North of Duluth is the North Shore state parks. The north shore drive follows the north shore of Lake Superior from Duluth to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. There are many attractions along this breathtaking route, that includes Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, waterfalls,forest trails and Lake Superior. The Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has the best picturesque views of the north shore with 130 foot cliff high historic lighthouse.


Grand Marais is located at the northeastern tip of the state along Lake Superior. You can take a picnic and hike to the Artists Point that juts out into the middle of the lake or trek further on the Gunflint Trail. They have a number of local festivals like Dragon Boat festival and the Fisherman’s Picnic. The whole town is filled with enthusiasm and carnival with musicals, tennis tournaments, log rolling, loon calling contests are all celebrated here.

Jeffers Petroglyphs historic site dates back to thousands of years. It has a series of mysterious carvings into the smooth Red Rock Ridge. There are other illustrations like bears, dragonflies, shamans, thunderbirds and many more. There are also many activities and flora and fauna in the prairie.

Wabasha is located on the Mississippi and is famous for its eagle population. At the National Eagle Center you can see eagles up close. There are educational programs about eagles. You could also spot eagles in the open during winters. Eagles migrate from the the northern zones to this place is search of food.

Itasca State Park is located north of Park Rapids. Many visitors throng here to walk the Mississippi headwaters. This park has the massive Mississippi river flowing along the forest which has pines, Lake Itasca and miles of hiking trails.

Mill City Museum houses the largest mill in the world, the Washburn A. Mill that can ground enough flour in a day to make 12 million loaves of bread. This museum gives a floor by floor tour about the procedures followed in a grinding flour in a beautiful glass elevator.

International wolf center in Ely is a research center about wolves. All kinds of information about wolves like how they hunt, communicate and play are all exhibited here. You could also explore the unspoiled landscape.

Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge rises at a massive height under which skyscraper size ships can travel between Lake Superior and Duluth Harbor. It has a huge gondola that carries more than 60 tons of traffic.

At the northeastern tip of Minnesota is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that is a backpacker’s paradise. It is located along the boundary between the US and Canada and is an awesome place for backcountry canoe, kayaking trips, as well as fishing.

Places to go in Bandra

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Bandra is a suburb located in West Mumbai known for its shopping, night life, famous eateries, high class residential layouts and a view of the Arabian Sea. It is also known as ‘Queen of Suburbs’. Bandra cannot be missed in your to-visit list during your stay in Mumbai.


The famous Bandstand has a panoramic view of the Arabian sea with rocks studded on the shore. Watching the sunset and a leisurely walk in the evenings or mornings are refreshing here. Also called the lovers’ point, named so aptly because of the young crowd who throng here for some lonely time. The number of eating stalls are plenty and in variety. The corn stalls, the coffee shops by the shore are very inviting. You could also head to the Bandra fort from where you can have a look at the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

The Linking road is a heaven for shoppers with its innumerable shops for jewelry, accessories, footwear, clothes, bags at economical price. You can also get designer stuff at a very affordable cost here. Just that you would need to know how to bargain. If you are brand or designer conscious, not to worry, as there are many high end stores around Bandra where you can drop in for some exclusive stuff.

The Mount Mary Church is situated near Bandstand and is one of he famous churches in Mumbai. This Roman Catholic Church has a beautiful Mary statue. This is situated on a hill top which overlooks the Arabian Sea. A week long Bandra fair here attracts a lot of tourists and local people during the month of September. Bandra also has some old churches like St Andrew’s, St Anne’s, St Theresas which has remarkable interiors. A large Christian community resides here hence you can find churches in every nook and corner.

Mumbai being famous for Bollywood, has a Bollywood Walk of Fame for the movie crazy crowd. It is located at the Bandra’s Bandstand and has hand impressions of many Bollywood’s biggest stars. It also boasts of some life size statues of Bollywood legends. This is something similar to the Hollywood counterpart.

Bandra houses a lot of famous Bollywood movie stars. You can find quiet lanes in Bandra which has old residential buildings where people from all community and religion reside. These lanes boasts of huge paintings of Bollywood celebrities on the walls of these buildings. Walking these colorful and bright lanes takes you to the fairy land of hindi cinema.

Bandra has some of the best and famous eateries with a myriad of variety. Theobroma is located across the Linking Road and best known for its burgers, cakes and cupcakes. There are infinite famous bakeries here known for its delicious baked food. Food is available at any budget here but the taste is never compromised.

Top tourist attractions in Al Ain

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Al Ain is a slow paced city but that does not deter it from being one of the best vacation spots in the Emirates region. It is also called the Garden city for its lush greenery and fresh air to breathe. Al Ain has a rich heritage and is well known for exhibiting its local culture. It has a plenty of diverse activities to do for the tourists.

Al Ain Zoo is a favorite among the kids. All kids enjoy watching animals, feeding them and petting them. All of this is possible in Al Ain Zoo. The zoo has all kinds of animals like giraffes, zebras, rhinoceroses, white lions of Sambona, mongoose, penguin, Arabian antelope and Oryx.


Wadi Adventure park which is built in UAE style is the longest man made white water channels in the world with three different levels of intensity. It also has a man made surfing pool. Other activities like kayaking, climbing wall, high rope course, zip line and falling swing are all available here.

Al Ain is overlooked by the rough and craggy Jebel Hafeet mountain range. Traversing the roads of this range to the summit is absolutely stunning for its panoramic views. From the top you get a beautiful view of Al Ain city. At the foot of Jebel Hafeet is a large park Green Mubazarrah. This is a perfect family picnic spot with streams, lakes, playground and hot water springs.

Hili Fun City is one of the first theme park in Gulf area. It is a perfect family entertainer which boasts of entertainment for all age groups. A family show amphitheater, play areas, roller coasters, safari car ride and so many more fun things are present to entertain you.

Al Ain Palace Museum also called as Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum is the home of Sheikh Zayed who became the first president on United Arab Emirates. The interiors in the palace are spectacular and displays the high class life style of the royals. It also has interesting collection of Bedouin jewelery, musical instruments, weapons, and a reconstruction of a traditional majlis.

Al Jahili Fort is one of the most historic places in UAE. It was erected to defend the city and protect its precious palm groves. It is located amongst beautiful gardens which is a major visitor’s attraction. This fort currently houses a permanent exhibition of the work of British adventurer Sir Wilfred Thesiger.

Al Ain camel market is the place where you can have a closer look at camels. You can see camels of different types and sizes. You can also see the traders discussing the price and merits of their animals that is so much a part of Al Ain culture. This is a good opportunity for photography.

Hili Archaeological Park is present amidst the oasis of Al Ain. An important historical place where finds dating back to Bronze and Iron ages where found. It is surrounded by palm tree oasis.

Beautiful Beaches of Alibaug

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Alibaug, a beach paradise is a coastal town located in the Konkan region. When it comes for a perfect vacation the first thing we all would head to is a beach and relax in the calm waters. The number of beaches in Alibaug town are many that you can beach hop and have a fabulous time.


The Alibaug beach is spread over 3 to 4 kilometers to the west and is one of the famous beaches. The road to this beach from the main town portrays some important land marks like the market, Zilla parishad building, town library etc. From the beach you can have a beautiful sight of the Kolaba fort. The Alibaug beach has the blackest sand deposits. This beach has the purest fresh air that one can enjoy breathing. A walk along the shore is a perfect relaxation. The many eatables available here adds to the zest. Many sports like horse rides, banana ride, bumper boats, jet ski makes the beach more inviting.

Varsoli beach is located on the outskirts of Alibaug. Since this is located a little further away from the main town it is less crowded and very peaceful. The numerous coconut and casuarina trees decorate the shores of this beach making it a beauty to adore.

Kihim beach is located about 12 kilometers from Alibaug and lies north to the city. It is a serene beach adjacent to the thick line of greenery that is pleasing to the eyes. The endless coconut trees, cypress gardens, palm trees along the Kihim beach is a perfect photographic view.

Nagaon beach is located about 7 kilometers from Alibaug in the Riagad district. The beach is known for its cypress groves, suru trees, clean warm sand and pristine water. There are water sports like jet skiing, kayaking, banana ride, boat ride.

Mandwa beach is approximately 20 kilometers from Alibaug town. This beach is close to the Gateway of India. There are ferries available from Gateway to reach Mandwa jetty. You could view the Mumbai skyline from this beach. The Mandwa village has dense jungle of coconut trees.

Aakshi beach is 5 kilometers from Alibaug. This a white sand beach that is frequented by many tourists. A variety of birds flock here throughout the year that is one of the major attractions. It is ideal for swimming as it has clean water. The cypress groves, coconut trees, the quiet atmosphere is a perfect get away from the busy city life.

Kashid beach is another famous beach which is 32 kilometers from Alibaug. The beach has pure white sand that is clean and beautiful. You would not really have to go to Goa if you visit Kashid beach. The beach resorts here are a big attraction for the visitors.

Murud beach is famous for its clear blue water and silvery white sand. It is surrounded by mountains on all threes sides. The view of sunset from here is fabulous. Other major attractions here are the cypress grove, Palace of Nawab, Nawab’s buildings, the Arabian sea, beach resorts.

Best affordable foreign trips from India

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You have a vacation and want to travel abroad but have a budget constraint? Not to worry because you have many options to travel to an international destination at very affordable prices.

For the beach lovers Sri Lanka is a very good option. Many of us forget about this beautiful place when we plan for a foreign trip. Sri Lanka has a rich heritage and is famous for its white beaches. Being an island, it has some of the best beaches like Tangalla, Beruwala, Mirissa, Bentota and Unawatuna. Water activities like kayaking, parasailing, skiing, surfing are present for the adventurous crowd. Sri Lanka’s culture dates back to many centuries ago and has some of the most beautiful and oldest palaces, temples, monasteries. The breathtaking landscapes and aromatic tea estates are a visual treat.


Thailand is one of the cheapest international places to visit from India with the flying tickets being very economical. Thailand is known for its prismatic beauty and its world famous cuisine. From intriguing buddhist temples to fascinating beaches and sceneries, Thailand is a must visit once in a life time. Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi are some of the places not to be missed in Thailand. Bangkok is embellished with Buddhist temples everywhere in the city. It also has markets where you can buy anything at a low price.

Malaysia has an eclectic mix of cultures from the Malay, Chinese and Indians making it an interesting place to visit. This gastronomical place has some of the most amazing rain forests, shopping malls, islands, beaches. Some of these spectacular islands are Sipadan Island, Langkawai, Pulau Perhentian, Tioman Island. There is also unlimited entertainment at Genting Island, Petronas Towers, Gunung Mulu National Park, Batu caves and many more. There is everything for everybody in Malaysia.

Indonesia with its vast greenery and splendid beauty is another place to visit with affordable price. Their hindu temples and monuments are truly mesmerizing. Each of these structures are a beauty to gape at. The rich flora and fauna add to the attractiveness of the place. They have some of the largest tropical forests. The beaches are clear and pure. It is the land of volcanoes. You can have a tour of these volcanoes with a beautiful mountainous background. The spas in Indonesia are world famous. Bromo Mountain, Komodo Island, South Sumatra, Bali are some places to visit in Indonesia.

Dubai is the city of sky scrappers and shopping. Nobody would really want to miss visiting Dubai. This ultra modern city has some of the world’s best architecture. With its dazzling scrappers to sparkling roads and luxurious hotels and resorts, Dubai is a lovely tourist destination. This shopping capital has an abundant number of shopping malls and anything under the sun is available here. From cars, clothing, jewelry, electronics, sporting equipments are all available at any range of price. Visitors throng Souks, which are small market places. Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Creek, Wild Wadi Water Park are some places to visit in Dubai.