Top 10 Warm Places to Visit in February Around the World

In February, most of Europe will be frozen land. So why not take a break to venture to destinations where the weather is warm and welcoming. Fortunately, the world has several warm and budget-friendly places that are waiting for your visit in this month. The merits of packing your bags in February also include low airfare, less crowd and more entertainment.

If you’re undecided about your getaway, we’ve listed out some of the best and warm destinations you can visit in February around the world. Go on, take your family or your beloved or even yourself on a solo trip and explore a new place – from peaceful beaches to tropical escapes and romantic Valentine’s breaks. February is a great month for soaking up the winter sun. Here’s your guide for where to travel in February.

1. Dubai, UAE

DUBAI, UAE

Europeans prefer Dubai as a February destination for its warm weather in the month. The temperature in February lurks around a comfortable 20°C, with lows of 15°C and highs of 24°C, making it convenient to hang around shopping avenues, markets and stroll at beaches. In February, Dubai witnesses 8 hours of sunshine, which promises a pleasant climate, different from Europe. And in comparison to Abu Dhabi, the neighbouring city, Dubai has more accommodation options, making it convenient to find a pocket-friendly stay. The city has the presence of several large chain hotels in its premium locations but the rooms can be expensive. With numerous apartment and independent hotels in neighbourhoods, it will be easy to find a budget-friendly room.

A popular holiday destination with a wide range of entertainment options, Dubai is one of the best warm cities for a winter break. The business hub of Middle East, the capital of Emirate of Dubai is home to hundreds of skyscrapers and modern architectural wonders which include Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Opera. The Dubai Fountain on the 12-hectare manmade Burj Khalifa Lake and 780,000 square feet-Dubai Miracle Garden embrace travellers who fly down to the most populous city of the UAE. Being an international shopping hub, Dubai also homes numerous shopping streets, malls and gold souks for you to explore. Travellers arriving in Dubai do not leave without experimenting with the wide range of gastronomical options available here.

Temperature: In February, the minimum temperature can go down to 15°C while the maximum will touch 24°C.

Time to reach from London: It will take approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes to reach Dubai from London

Popular attractions: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Museum, Bastakia (Old Dubai), Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, Dubai Creek & Al Seef District, Jumeirah Mosque, Deira, Dubai Frame, Dubai Aquarium, Burj al-Arab and Jumeirah Beach

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2. Marrakesh, Morocco

MARRAKESH, MOROCCO

With the rest of the Northern Hemisphere gripped in the bitter cold, Marrakesh (Marrakech in French) is one of the best warm cities for a February break. Located in the Kingdom of Morocco, North Africa, at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco and the capital of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakesh-Safi. With an average high temperature of 22°C and lows of 18°C, February is one of the cheapest months to travel to Marrakesh. A cultural, trading and religious centre for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, Marrakesh is nicknamed as the ‘Red City’ or ‘Ochre City’ for its red walls built by Ali ibn Yusuf in 1122–1123 and various buildings constructed in red sandstone during this period.

This February, fly down to Marrakesh to explore the historically significant medina quarter, an old fortified city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 16th-century El Badi Palace, 19th century- Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Mosque and 16th-century Saadian Tombs. One of the sought-after warm tourist places to travel in winter, Marrakesh has over 400 hotels, including several budget ones for accommodation. To make your Valentine’s Day more special, pick one of the many roof-top cafes and bars that offer gorgeous views of the city while serving authentic Moroccan cuisines like briouat, khlea, Moroccan cigars, pastilla and tanjia. To make your holiday more memorable, take a trip to the Sahara Desert, located 220 miles away from the city. Adventure loving travellers can hire a bike and a guide and set out on a 168-mile ride to Tiznit to witness some of the most astounding views.

Temperature: The minimum temperature in February will be 18°C while the maximum will touch up to 22°C making it a comfortable climate to enjoy a holiday.

Time to reach from London: It will take an approximate 3 hours 20 minutes to fly to Marrakesh from London.

Popular attractions: The Medina, Jemaa el-Fnaa, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Mellah, André Heller’s ANIMA, Moroccan Hammam, Spice souks and artisanal markets, The Bahia and Badii Palaces, The Majorelle, Agdal and Menara Gardens and Oasiria Amusement Park

3. Bali, Indonesia

BALI, INDONESIA

A province of Indonesia, located east of Java and west of Lombok, Bali is the most visited destination of the country. A part of the Coral Triangle, Bali has the highest biodiversity of marine species especially fish and turtles and in this area alone, over 500 reef-building coral species can be found. Subak irrigation system, the 9th-century water management system covering 20,000 hectares of Bali is a UNESCO Worl Heritage Site since 2012 and is one of the best warm places to visit this February, while in Bali. The climate here in February rests at an average low of 22°C, while the average high comes in at 30°C. Since February is not the peak season in Bali, travellers can comfortably avail hotel rooms at lower rates.

A centre for history, arts, culture and cuisines, Bali has numerous tourist attractions in store for you. Kandapat Sari statue, Tirta Empul Temple, Pura Taman Ayun and Ulun Danu Temple are some of the architectural wonders waiting for you in Bali. While in Bali in February, visit the nearby places like Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur and Ubud to explore the authentic culture and cuisines. Also, never miss the water sports and adventures, which make Bali the tourism capital of Indonesia.

Temperature: In Bali, the climate in February is pleasant with the average low of 22°C and a high of 30°C.

Time to reach from London: The flying time from London to Bali is approximately 12 hours.

Popular attractions: Ulu Watu, Tanah Lot, Mount Batur, Kuta Beach, Nusa Penida Island, Sacred Monkey Forest, Bali Bird and Reptile Park, Sekumpul Waterfalls and Nusa Dua Beach

4. Nassau, The Bahamas

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

In February, exchange your snowy front yard for the warm watered white beach in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Those with cold feet head towards the tropics. As the year-end holiday crowds have disappeared and before the spring travellers descend in March, have the entire island to yourself. Take in the pristine sands at Cable Beach and Paradise Island, the peaceful lifestyle and 18th-century streets with the aroma of authentic delicacies such as Cracked Conch, Conch Salad, Rock Lobsters and more.

The season’s comfortable daytime temperature fluctuates in between 17°C and 26°C with clear skies ideal for snorkelling or diving at Stuart’s Cove, lingering on pristine beaches and exploring outdoor like Potter’s Cay and Paradise Island Bridge. Take advantage of the fairly quiet region and stroll across the popular Pink Sands beach. You can also consider a diving class after a long lunch on Harbour Island or leisure away the afternoon with a mojito and a novel – need anything more?

Temperature: The climate in Nassau in February is so welcoming with a minimum of 17°C and a maximum of 26°C.

Time to reach from London: The average flying time from London to Nassau is approximately 10 hours.

Popular attractions: Queen’s Staircase, Graycliff for Chocolate & Cigars, dive at Stuart’s Cove, browse the Straw Market, visit Rose Island, explore Pirates of Nassau Museum and play at Aquaventure Waterpark at the Atlantis Resort.

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5. Tenerife, Spain

TENERIFE, SPAIN

February, with all its central-heated, drizzly, bleah-ness, is a perfect excuse to catch a flight to Tenerife. With sun, sea and sand, you are at the largest of the eight Canary Islands, not much far away from the UK. Hosting about five million tourists a year, the largest island of Spain witnesses numerous festivals in February, which include Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spanish), the second most popular carnival in the world after the one held in Rio de Janeiro. Despite being a tourism season, flights are comparatively cheaper than summer and budget accommodations are also available.

At Tenerife, hike up Mount Teide or visit the UNESCO city of La Laguna or the mountain top village of Masca to explore the Spanish island to its full. With an average temperature of 17.5 ºC, 12 hours of daylight and approximately 8 hours of sunlight, February is the right time to visit Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Macizo de Anaga, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Barranco del Infierno or Hell’s Ravine is popular among hikers but needs prior booking for it. A popular cycling destination, you will witness cyclists throughout the island. Tenerife, with water around, is also a centre of water sports and activities which include surfing, jet skiing, canoeing, speed boating and fishing. A Tenerife holiday is incomplete without tasting the traditional ‘barraquito’, a hot drink made out of vanilla and coffee

Temperature: The average February temperature in Tenerife is ideal for an outdoor holiday with the lowest reaching 15°C and higher touching 21°C.

Time to reach from London: The flying time between Tenerife and London is approximately 4 hours

Popular attractions: Mount Teide National Park, Siam Park, Playa de las Teresitas Beach, Whale and Dolphin Watching, Loro Parque, Aqualand, Museum of Science and the Cosmos, Caving in Cueva del Viento and Masca Village

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6. Algarve, Portugal

ALGARVE, PORTUGAL

Indeed, the magic of Algarve is better experienced in ‘out of the season’ months like February. Less crowd, pleasant climate and several cultural events – A trip to Algarve in February are worthy. The southernmost region of Portugal covering 4997 km2 with a vast coastline notable for picturesque limestone caves and grottoes is a three-hour fly away from London. Though the day temperatures average around 17°C, it feels like mid 20’s when the sun is out, making it convenient to sunbathe or stroll over the beach in t-shirts. With few tourists touching down Algarve in this season, there will be ample space for water sports and adventures. Also while in Algarve in February, be a part of ‘Volta ao Algarve’ – aka the Portuguese tour de France, the cycling race through its landscapes, in which 25 world’s best cycling teams participate.

To make the city break in February the best, opt for a Rodrigues seaside walk or take a ride to Albufeira, the party spot in Algarve. For history lovers, a visit to Silves, the Redstone castle and Lagos, the old inner city inside the remnants of a protective wall are highly recommended.

Temperature: In February, the temperature in Algarve comes down to 8°C, which will reach 17°C in daylight that will feel like the mid-20s.

Time to reach from London: Algarve is just nearby London and can be reached in 3 hours by air.

Popular attractions: The Strip, Cataplana, The Ponta da Piedade, The Bone Chapel in Faro, Anchor cemetery and Praia do Barril (beach), Silves castle and town walls, Cabo de Sao Vicente (coastline), Praia da Marinha (beach) and The Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (hiking trail)

7. Colombo, Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

February is the best time to explore the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo. It falls right between two rainy seasons and the warm temperatures and low rainfall make it an ideal tourist destination. The usual temperature during February in Colombo is 27°C daily, which can touch 31°C or drop to 23°C. Be sure to visit Beira Lake, where you can experience adventure, pilgrimage spots and picnic at a single place. To soak up the greenery of the country, a 2-hour train ride is all you need from Colombo to Kandy. You’ll cross rain forests, large fields, spot elephants, ancient sites and temples as well.

While in Colombo in this February, get a taste of the busy city life, go shopping at Paradise Road or Good Market, explore traditional restaurants and cafes such as Dilmah T-Lounge, Kemara and the nightlife district at Alfred House Ave or Galle Rd. If you’re there on the first week of February, you’ll be able to be a part of Sri Lanka’s National Day on 4th February in the capital. Witness cultural performances, parades and food fests. To enjoy the best of the countryside, Sathutu Uyana and Ella are second to none. Do not forget to explore Yala National Park for rare wildlife spotting and key UNESCO Heritage Sites, Colombo Zoologican Gardens or walk through the 12-acre Galle Face Green Promenade. For shopaholics, a visit to the Pettah Market and Paradise Road is a must during their Colombo holiday.

Temperature: The average daily temperature of Colombo is 27°C, which can touch 31°C or drop to 23°C.

Time to reach from London: The flying distance from London to Colombo via air is 10 hours

Popular attractions: Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green, National Museum of Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park, Independence Memorial Hall, Beira Lake, Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Seema Malaka, Dutch Period Museum, Old Parliament Building, Pettah Floating Market and Attidiya Bird Sanctuary

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8. Nairobi, Kenya

NAIROBI, KENYA

Nairobi has all the warm flavours that can be enjoyed in February. Kenya’s capital city offers amazing wildlife, from big beasts to the tall green grasses of Savannah. Safaris and nature trails are particularly famous in the capital city, especially for the wildebeest, cheetahs and zebras abound in the area. February is the peak of summer here with temperature touching up to 28°C and hence, the high season that makes the city one of the best warm places to visit in February. While in Nairobi, take a 6.5-hour drive to Masai Mara National Park, spread over 580 sq. mi. In this time of the year, Masai Mara sees the least precipitation and due to less water, the animals are lured out to watering holes. This leads to better, more frequent sightings and hence more crowd.

The countryside of Laikipia, 118 miles away from Nairobi, is also a better option for safari lovers to spot elephants in their natural habitat. If you’re adventurous, February is the right time to explore water adventures in Nairobi as the seawater quite clear. With an hour plane ride from Nairobi to Mombasa, you can be at Copacabana Beach, Mombasa. Diani Beach is another good option to take in the sea, sun and sand. Enjoy snorkelling, diving and other water-based activities here.

Temperature: In February, the average temperature in Nairobi will be 21ºC, which can reach up to 28º C and can drop down to 13º C.

Time to reach from London: The approximate flying time from London to Nairobi is 8 hours.

Popular attractions: Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi National Museum, Railway Museum and Ngong Hills.

9. Bangkok, Thailand

BANGKOK, THAILAND

Bangkok needs no introduction. Be it about beaches, islands, nightlife, shopping or Thai food, it truly redefines the phrase ‘Asian Paradise’. In Bankok, the most visited tourist destination in the world, the average temperature in February is 28°C and rains are almost over. With such a pleasant climate, travellers will find it convenient to explore its street life, cultural landmarks as well as red-light districts.

Apart from being the economic centre of Thailand, the capital city is also a hub of entertainment, fashion, arts and culture. Tourists fly down to Bangkok to explore the city’s tourist attractions like the Grand Palace, Buddist temples like Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Suthat and Golden Mount. The city also homes several museums such as the National Museum, Museum of Siam and the King Prajadhipok Museum, which speaks about the cultural glorious past of the country. While in Bangkok, you also should not miss the 18th-century Phra Sumen Fort, Queen Saovabha Institute Snake Farm and Siam Ocean World. To witness the happening life in Bangkok, you need to be at Sukhumvit Road Bangkok, Silom Road Bangkok, Khao San Bangkok, Soi Cowboy Bangkok or Nana Plaza Bangkok.

You’re not far from some of the best beaches in Bangkok. The Gulf of Thailand is just a 2-hour drive from Bangkok and Koh Samet and Koh Lan are 2.5 hours away respectively. Go shopping in famous markets like Chatuchak, MBK Mall, Siam and Terminal 21. Explore Elephant Nature Park, limestone rocks of Phang Nga Bay and the tribes of North, namely Akha, Lisu and Karen. For festivals in February, Chinese Lunar New Year is a grand spectacle in the China Town area of Bangkok and Valentine’s Day, a revered day of love all over.

Temperature: The average day temperature in February in Bangkok is 28°C, with the maximum reaching 33°C and the minimum dropping down to 24°C.

Time to reach from London: The approximate flying time from London to Bangkok is 11 hours.

Popular attractions: Chao Phraya River, Wat Pho Bangkok, Chatuchak Market, Chinatown, Soi Cowboy, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Siam Paragon, Muang Boran, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat and Wat Suthat

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10. Cape Town, South Africa

CAPE TOWN,-áSOUTH AFRICA

Fondly known as the Mother City, the South African port city of Cape Town is another place you should visit this February. Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town is famous for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region and landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point. February marks the end of summer and the city is blessed with hot and sunny days that often push temperatures over 30°C. Since this is the dry season and rain is uncommon, most days have clear blue skies. Evenings are generally mild and pleasant, which is good for exploring beautiful sceneries, age-old architecture, lively nightlife and relish African cuisine.

The scenic town also boasts a couple of festivals that take place in February. Cocktails, music and art are a few of them. While in Capetown, watch the Sun Met horseback racing in February. Take part in Summer Wine Feast, Nederburg Harvest Festival, Wolfie Familie Festival, Robertson Wine Valley Fest and SA Cocktail Week to explore the wide range of gastronomical options offered. The ‘With You’ Festival is one of the best places in the world for techno music lovers. The Cape Town Tens is another event that mixes casual sports with drinking dining and dancing and is very popular among the locals. Lastly, The Wolfie Family Festival is the one that will truly acquaint you to the city’s spirit.

Temperature: Cape Town has a warm climate in February with a high of 29° C and low of 17°C.

Time to reach from London: It will take approximately 11 hours to reach Cape Town from London via air.

Popular attractions: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Robben Island, Sea Point Promenade, Clifton Beach, Cape Winelands, Old Biscuit Mill, Camps Bay and African penguin colony

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So, we assume you’ve finally selected your destination. A place you can get soaked in the sun, explore new excitements and get rid of those frosty winters. Pack your bags and kick-start your journey right away to a new destination to make this February a special one.

15 Best Places to Visit in Europe in January

The holiday season is officially over in January. This is also the time when you’ll find cheaper prices and fewer crowds. Europe is gorgeous throughout the year, both in winter and summer. The trick is to know where to travel at different times of the year. If you want to avoid the jam-packed airports and heavy traffic of the holiday season, January is a great time to visit Europe. You might miss out on some magical experiences but you can take advantage of fewer crowds, cheaper prices and picturesque winter wonderlands. Here is our list of 15 best places to visit in January in Europe:

1. Tenerife, Canary Island

TENERIFE, CANARY ISLAND

With spectacular beaches and mild warm climate, Tenerife is an ideal place to travel in Europe this winter. In January, the largest of the eight Canary Islands, Tenerife experiences an average temperature of 17 °C, with the maximum touching 20°C and the minimum dropping down to 14°C. A part of Spain, Tenerife homes volcanoes like the famous 3,700m tall Mount Teide or the 2,400m tall Roque de los Muchachos, where adventure-loving tourists you can go hiking. The city of Laguna and Teide National Park are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tenerife that you should not miss while on a holiday. For history lovers, there is the History and Anthropology Museum of Tenerife that speaks about the island’s past. Take time to go off-roading on the dunes or try the local cuisine. If you’re here in January, make sure to check out the Canary Islands International Music Festival.

Average Temperature: In January, the maximum day temperature will touch 21° C, while the lowest will drop down to 15°C.

Top attractions: Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the Church of the Conception of La Laguna, Cueva Pintada Museum, Pico del Teide & Santa Ana Cathedral and Cave of the Guanches

2. Lisbon, Portugal

LISBON, PORTUGAL

Lisbon, the Portuguese capital is a great city for a winter break in January in Europe. With the maximum temperature hitting 15°C this month, it is time to beat the summer crowds. Since it is an off-peak season unlike June to August, finding budget accommodation within the city will be easy. Also, you can experience the slow pace of the city. In Lisbon, do explore the local cuisines like Bacalhau à brás, Carne de Porco Alentejana and Caracois.

Get to the top of the Torre de Belem, the 16-century fortification and a UNESCO Heritage Site to admire the panoramic view of the ocean. You can also go surfing around Lisbon all year long. There are numerous surf spots dotted around the city but some remain closed in the colder months. January is also synonymous with the winter sale in Portugal and if you want to take the advantage, go to Avenida da Liberdade with its plenty of luxurious fashion stores, such as Burberry, Miu Miu, and Gucci or try the Chiado neighbourhood with its numerous cafes and quaint little shops.

Top Attractions: The National Museum of Ancient Art, the National Azulejo Museum, Pena Palace, Tower of Belem & Castelo de S. Jorge and Jerónimos Monastery

Average Temperature: In January, the maximum temperature hits 15°C and the minimum can drop down to 8°C.

3. Barcelona, Spain

BARCELONA, SPAIN

If you want Barcelona all to yourself, January is the right time to visit here. In the first month of the year, the city on the coast of northeastern Spain is relatively free from mass tourism but perfect to experience the rich culture of this Catalan capital. It does get a bit cold up in the north but it’s always great to be here. The city is worth a visit all year long. The average temperature at day time is between 10 and 15°C, with January and February being the coldest months and some snow. But, it happens only at every alternate year with only a few snowflakes, nothing you can’t handle. Barcelona is less crowded in January with low hotel and flight prices. It is a magnificent seaside city with rich culture, fabled architecture and a lively drinking and dining scene. La Sagrada Familia – the landmark Gaudí-designed church, Park Güell with its sculptural structures and Casa Mila are some of the must-visit attractions in the city.

Top attractions: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Vicens, Sagrada Família and Casa Batllo

Average Temperature: In January, Barcelona experiences a minimum temperature of 9°C, which can go up to 15° C.

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

It is always a different experience to celebrate the New Year in Amsterdam but if you have missed it, you can always visit in the latter days of January when the entire city is filled with art installations for the Amsterdam Light Festival that ends on January 19. There are over 30 different light installations to explore around the city if you are visiting during this month. You can also try ice skating at Ice Amsterdam at Museumplein. The Dutch capital city also celebrates National Tulip Day on January 18, when you can admire a variety of tulips or pick some in Dam Square.

The 17th-century canals and the 19th-century Defence Line of Amsterdam, two UNESCO World Heritage Centers that you should not miss in this city. An alpha-world city, Amsterdam’s main attractions include its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, the Concertgebouw and the Anne Frank House. The city is also famous for its nightlife with its red-light district and cannabis coffee shops.

Top attractions: The Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Natura Artis Magistra, Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Vondelpark and Museum het Rembrandthuis

Average temperature: In January, the temperature in the Dutch capital will be between 1°C and 6°C, making it one of the best city breaks in January.

5. Monte Carlo, Monaco

MONTE CARLO, MONACO

Monte Carlo conjures images of a glamorous bygone era and this Mediterranean port has been a timeless playground for the famous and elites for more than 150 years. If you are here at the end of January, do not miss the Monte Carlo Rally. The rally might not be as exciting as the main event but still brings parties and excitement to the city. While you’re here, be sure to check out the iconic Monte Carlo Casino, from the James Bond movies. Stop by the Oceanographic Museum to learn about the diverse marine life or go for souvenir shopping at the Metropole Shopping Centre. Monte Carlo holds extraordinary experiences for the travellers.

Top attractions: Casino de Monte Carlo, Cathedrale de Monaco and Jardin Exotique

Average temperature: The average temperature in January is between 8° C and 12° C, making Monte Carlo one of the best European cities to visit in winter.

6. Vienna, Austria

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Vienna is popular for its Christmas markets, but you can enjoy its rich history and culture in January without the holiday crowds. The city looks pretty in winter with its charming streets and imperial architecture basked in twinkling light. Stop into a local cafe to experience its rich coffee house culture after a day of touring the city. If you’re visiting Vienna for the New Year, try following the New Year’s Eve trail, Silveterpfad that takes you to different stages with live music. The city squares turn magical with endless stalls selling souvenirs and hot mulled wine. Winter in Vienna is amazing and the whole atmosphere, in general, is very different than other times of the year which is why it is enlisted as one of the top places to travel in Europe in winter.

Top Attractions: Albertina, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Schloss Schönbrunn, Mozarthaus Vienna, Hundertwasserhaus and Hofburg palace complex

Average Temperature: The average temperature in Vienna in January is between 0°C and 4° C.

7. Munich, Germany

MUNICH, GERMANY

Southern Germany is lovely throughout the year, but it is especially majestic during winter when it turns into a snowy wonderland. It is the ultimate cold-weather playground where you could enjoy sledding down a mountain or cosy up in a luxe hotel or relish your drinks in a tavern. You can base yourself in the city of Munich and opt for the day trips to several nearby places such as Salzburg or Austria. You can also visit the former house of the royal family Munich Residenz, which is also the largest city palace in Germany. January is also the best time to visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, situated on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Fussen in southwest Bavaria and renowned as an inspiration for Cinderella’s castle at Walt Disney World. It looks even prettier and magical, completely covered in snow.

Top attractions: Neuschwanstein Castle, Schloss Nymphenburg, Schloss Dachau Marienplatz, Theatinerkirche, BMW Museum, Deutsches Museum and Linderhof Palace

Average temperature: In January, Munich experiences a minimum temperature of 2° C and maximum of 7° C.

8. Gstaad, Switzerland

GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND

January is a good time to visit western Switzerland with tons of great skiing opportunities, fitting every level — from beginners to experts. With its celebrity-ridden ski resorts, it’s easy to forget that Gstaad is just a village with a budget-friendly side and plenty of cows. So what makes it so popular amongst the super-rich? There’s the skiing, of course. And the Swiss tax and banking regime also play a big role. Gstaad is located in a valley at the heart of the Bernese Oberland, surrounded by smooth slopes. And hence, skiing is a must-try activity while you’re here. You can even go for night skiing at Rinderberg that stays open late. The nearby town of Château-d’Oex hosts a nine-day hot air balloon festival in January every year and the majestic snow-capped mountains make a perfect backdrop for the hundreds of colourful balloons decorating the blue sky.

Top attractions: Wispile, Gruyeres Castle and Col du Pillon

Average temperature: The maximum temperature in Gstaad in January will drop down to -3° while the maximum will reach 5° C

9. Sierra Nevada, Spain

SIERRA NEVADA, SPAIN

Home to Europe’s southern-most ski fields, Sierra Nevada boasts warm sunshine and the longest ski season in Europe. If you want to go skiing without frigid temperatures, this is the best place to be! The mountain range in Spain is only a 1-hour drive away from Granada, where you can reach from London via air and with a two-hour drive, you can reach the beach. While you’re here, be sure to check out the stunning Alhambra in nearby Granada that dates back to the 13th century, which served as the home to King Charles V and Queen Isabel during the 16th century. You can also hire a car and drive from Granada stopping along the mountain road and taking scenic pictures of nature around.

Top attractions: Lanjaron, Mountain Scenery in Berchules, Route to Pico de Veleta and the Mountain Village of Trevelez

Average temperature: In January, Siera Nevada will witness the minimum -7° C, which can go high up to 3° C

10. Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi, Finland

With white snow all around, Rovaniemi is one of the best places to visit in Europe in January. While on a winter day, get around on a snowmobile or a reindeer sleigh. While on a stay in this city located between the hills of Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara, try hands in snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or ice fishing. Rovaniemi is also great for walking tours with several museums, where you’ll learn more about the history and culture of this Finnish town. You can buy a Culture Pass to visit Museum Arktikum and learn about the history of Lapland and Arctic research, get a glimpse of northern contemporary art in the Korundi House of Culture and get familiar with the northern forests at Science Centre Pilke. Rovaniemi is the official town of Santa Claus, where Christmas can be experienced year-round in places like Santa Claus Village and SantaPark.

Top attractions: Pilke Science Centre, Korundi House of Culture, German Soldier Cemetery and Museum Arktikum

Average temperature: In January, the temperature in this Finnish town will be between 8° to -16° C.

11. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

There is no bad time to visit Prague but the city transforms into a winter wonderland in January with snow-dusted St. Charles Bridge and Old Town’s church spires. Add some of Europe’s best Christmas markets outside of Germany and you have a holiday frontrunner, where even the weariest traveller will succumb to the trdelník (fried dough) and a glass of mulled wine. Prague is renowned for its historical buildings covered in red roof tiles and during winter this snow-covered architecture is a vision straight from the fairy tale. For the best view of the city, try the Prague Castle viewpoint or the Petrin Lookout Tower. January also sees fewer tourists, which means photos opportunities are even better when you can have Charles Bridge or the grounds of Prague Castle mostly to yourself.

Top attractions: Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square and St. Vitus Cathedral

Average temperature: In January, Prague will experience a minimum temperature of -1° C, which will go up to 3° C in the daytime.

12. Bergen, Norway

Bergen, Norway

With vibrant wooden structures, scenic harbour and sweeping views of the surrounding fjords – Bergen has all the makings of an idyllic Nordic village. Seeing the famous fjords is a must for any visitor. While you’re here, you can also visit the UNESCO’s World Heritage site of Nærøyfjorden, voted the world’s most unspoiled tourist destination by National Geographic. Bergen looks beautiful in the summer but it’s only during the winter months that you get to view the Northern Lights. So if you’re going to be in Scandinavia in January, you might as well tick this off your bucket list. Remember to check out Oslo, where you can take a fjord cruise or get a glimpse of vast Nordic history at the Viking Ship Museum. While you’re there, visit the old-fashioned café Frognerseteren that has views of the Oslofjorden and serves delicious apple pie, hot chocolate and Norwegian waffles.

Top attractions: Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, Mount Fløyen (Fløyfjell), Grieg Museum and Hanseatic Museum

Average temperature: In January, the average temperature in Bergen will be between 0°C and 4°C.

13. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia with a real-life fairy-tale setting. A visit to here during December is perfect to see the Baroque architecture surrounded by Christmas lights but you can decide to dodge the crowds and book a trip after the holidays in January when the city won’t be filled with overly-excited tourists and you’ll have a lot of room to stroll the pedestrian-only Old Town and sip coffee in peace by the riverside cafés. Ljubljana is also the perfect base for Slovenian day trips so make sure to add Lake Bled and the Julian Alps to your itinerary.

Top attractions: Ljubljana Castle, Dragon Bridge and Tivoli City Park

Average temperature: While in Ljubljana in January, you will experience a maximum temperature of 3°C, which will drop down to -2° C at night.

14. Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice gets overcrowded during peak season and attempts have been made recently to limit the number of tourists visiting the city. And this makes January the best time to venture the north-eastern city of Italy, which is also known by the nickname La Serenissima (The Serene). You’ll find the canals quiet and shrouded in mist and hotels at discounted rates. You can visit St. Mark’s Basilica in peace and click photographs. Travelling to Venice during winter allows you to experience the city at a much slower pace where you can soak up the rich history and culture. The city’s unique architecture and canals turn magical and the lack of crowd lets you experience it completely. A holiday in Venice in the first month of the year is one of the best European City Breaks in January.

Top attractions: Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square

Average temperature: In January, the minimum temperature in Italy will be 0°, but the maximum can go up to 7° C.

15. Palermo, Sicily

PALERMO, SICILY

Palermo in Sicily is another sunny destination to visit in January and it’s worth it to rent a car and drive all over Sicily while exploring its tiny villages from Palermo to Catania. However, someplace remains closed during the off-season. The gorgeous island of Sicily in the heart of Mediterranean has long seduced travellers with its diverse landscapes and cultural treasures. Sicily’s varied landscape with sparkling seas and sky-high mountains keeps the travellers awestruck. It makes for a stunning backdrop of outdoor activities. Whether it’s Etna in Catania or the sparkling Golfo di Castellammare in Palermo – every scenery makes a dramatic first impression in the mind of a visitor.

Top attractions: Mount Etna, Valley of Temples, Stromboli and Island of Ortigia

Average temperature: While in Palermo in January, you will experience a warm climate, where the temperature drops down to 16°C at night and goes up to 20°C in the day time.

So what are you waiting for? Plan a January holiday in magical Europe and get ready for an extraordinary experience – one that you will cherish for a long time!

Top 5 Things to do in Bahrain For An Ultimate Holiday Spree

The only island country in the Middle East and an archipelago consisting of 33 islands, the Kingdom of Bahrain is the most sought-after tourist destination in the Arabian peninsula. The name Bahrain is derived from the Arabic term al-bahrayn, meaning ‘two seas’, which are said to mean both the saltwater oceans and the freshwater springs that exist beneath them.

Bahrain offers travellers the chance to discover true Arabia and has a huge variety of things to do. From ancient forts, desert and beaches to night clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes, the country have everything that a tourist can ask for. However, remember that Bahrain experiences two different climatic conditions, extreme summer from May to October that exceeds 40°C and winter from November to April, where the averages are between 20 and 25°C. To help you plan your trip to Bahrain, we’ve rounded up the best 5 things to do in the city.

1. Capture the Sunset at Bahrain Fort, Bahrain Island

Sunset at Bahrain Fort
Sunset at Bahrain Fort

It’s winter and the city is alive. People are making most of the winter sun, especially at the Bahrain Fort, which is one of the famous tourist sites in Bahrain. During the sunset, people gather around the fort located at Bahrain Island. Families, couples, solo travellers and photographers, all throng at Bahrain Fort to experience the best of Bahrain. Get an insight into the 5,000 years of Dilmun history and wait till the golden floodlights lit up. The illuminated ancient walls surely have an interesting tale to tell.

How to reach: To reach Bahrain Fort, all you need is a 10-minute drive to the west of Manama and the majestic Bahrain Fort stares out across the Gulf just 4 miles away. The closest stations to Bahrain Fort are Qalat Al Bahrain-1, 2, 3 & 4

Attractions around the Fort: Seef Mall, Uptown Village, Ad-Diraz Temple and Camel Farm

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2. Go Diving for Pearls in the Waters of the Gulf in Muharraq

Pearl diving in Pearl
Pearl diving in Bahrain Image Source: Visit Bahrain

For more than 2,000 years, Bahrain’s pearls are believed to be the best in the world. No wonder this Arabian country was the centre of pearl trade for long centuries. And visitors at Bahrain do not leave a chance to dive for pearls. All diving excursions originate at Ras Rayyah, the northern tip of Muharraq. For beginners or visitors without a diving instructors license, Sayah shore is the best option for shallow pearl diving. Take a boat trip out to explore the turquoise waters for the treasures yourself. Delve into another world as you plunge in the Gulf waters. Pearls grow inside oyster shells and you are allowed to collect up to 60 oysters, which are taken back to the surface for inspection. The best part is that the pearls you find are yours forever.

How to reach: Muharraq is located at a short distance of about 2.5m from Manama. So, a journey to Muharraq has to be routed through Manama. Upon reaching Muharraq, take a boat ride to Ras Rayyah, the northern tip of Muharraq.

Attractions around Muharraq: Beit Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa building, Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Bin Matar House, Al Korar House and Qalat Arad

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3. Dine at Block 338 in Adliya

Dining in Bahrain
Fine dining in Bahrain

Located in the heart of Adliya, Block 388 is a trendy hub for fine dining that is packed with restaurants, cafes and shops. Observe the slow-moving traffic while making a walk through the alleys. And the aroma of grubs from the roadside eateries might make your stomach growl. Find a seat at a restaurant and enjoy live music while relishing your dish. Whether you’re craving a fancy feast, a traditional fare or just a soothing drink, there is something for everyone.

How to reach: Take Bus Line #1 from Manama to Adliya, which is 1 hour 25 minutes away. You can also hire a metered taxi from your destination.

Attractions around Adliya: Adliya is a small place in Bahrain, where you can find cafes, art galleries, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants, including popular bars.

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4. Go Karting at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

Go Kart in Bahrain
Go Kart in Bahrain – Bahrain International Karting Circuit Image Source: Visit Bahrain

Opened 365 days a year, the Bahrain International Circuit has a world-class karting track with a 3.3 mile slow corners and long straights. Located right in the middle of dunes with severe desert conditions, the place witnesses a thriving crowd throughout the year. Whether you’re a die-hard racer or a beginner in racing career, there are off-track training and live track sessions to fuel the passion within you.

How to reach: Take a bus or cab from Manama, which will take you to the Int’l Circuit in just 45 minutes.

Attractions around Bahrain International Circuit: Saudi Causeway Restaurant Tower,  Bab Al Bahrain Building, Al Jessayah Beach and Bahrain National Museum.

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5. Arabian Horse Riding at Karbabad Beach

Arabian Horse Riding at Karbabad Beach
Arabian Horse Riding at Karbabad Beach  Image Provided by Visit Bahrain

It’s a majestic and one-of-a-kind experience rising from the desert. The pureblood Arabian breed is second to none and is an important part of Bahrain’s history. Take a ride towards the setting sun or ride your horse through the serene villages and ancient cultural sites to make your Bahrain holiday a memorable affair.

How to reach: From the Diplomatic Area, take a bus – 13, 41 or A2 to reach the horse riding destination on Karbabad Beach.

Attractions around Karbabad Beach: Marassi Al Bahrain, Jazair Beach, The Ritz Carlton Beach and Amwaj.

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Bahrain – the country where a thousand-year history rubs shoulders with modern skyscrapers. The attractions and leisure spots here extend to world-class museums, two UNESCO world heritage sites, white sand beaches, amazing wildlife and several others. Doesn’t matter what kind of getaway you’d prefer, Bahrain has your demand for its tourism platter.

Top 10 Places to Visit and Things to Do in Peru

Peru is an incredible country filled with astounding history, culture, beauty, adventure and endless possibilities for travellers. The diversity of the landscape and its people make it one of the most unique destinations on the continent of South America. From the capital city of Lima’s museums, a boat ride on the world’s highest navigable lake or a walk through the ancient ruins in the Sacred Valley to hiking in the Andes and the mysteries of the Nazca Lines, there are so many spectacular sights and experiences that planning a trip may seem exhausting – but don’t worry, we have you covered. Check out our list of 10 must-see Peru tourist attractions that you must include in your itinerary for an incredible holiday.

1. Explore the Real Amazon at Parque Nacional Manu

Parque Nacional Manu
Shores of the Madre de Dios river in Manu National Park, Peru

Peru is only South American country where one can experience the different forms of the Amazon jungle that starts from Carhuasanta, stretching to the Andes and the Amazon basin on the other side. Manu National Park (Parque Nacional del Manú in Spanish), established in 1973 is Peru’s best-protected national park and one of the most bio-diverse in the world, with over 1,000 birds and over 200 mammal species. The park is located in the regions of Madre de Dios and Cusco. Here, you can catch glimpses of exotic beings and wild animals such as the pink dolphin, jaguar and monkeys. The national park spread over an area of 1,716,295.22 hectares which comprises mountainous areas (traversed by creeks and valleys) with elevations close to 4,000 m above sea level and a portion of the Amazon Basin plains was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Tourists visiting the park can indulge in multiple adventure activities.

 

Best time to visit: The ideal time to visit Manu National Park is during the dry season from April to November. Avoid the rainy season (February to March), when access through road or air gets difficult. 

 

How to reach: Access to the park is only possible if you’re travelling with an organized tour and authorised permit. The tour begins from Cosco and takes about six to eight hours to reach the park. 

 

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2. Explore the Inca trail and Find a Way to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Cute llama playing outside, Machu Picchu, Peru

The most popular trail in Peru, none matches the beauty and history of the Inca Trail. It includes the stuff of travel legends, a four-or five-day trek along the ancient road between soaring mountains to get to the secret city of Machu Pichhu. This holy trail is one of the world’s greatest, going through stone Inca stairways to pass deserted villages and fields terraced onto steep Andean slopes.

Concerned about ecological impacts, the Peruvian government has placed a cap on the number of people taking the trail per season, as a result of which booking is mandatory. Every day, a maximum of 500 people are permitted on the trail, out of which only 200 are trekkers, the rest being guides and porters. One of Peru’s most impressive tourist attractions, hike the Inca Trail on your visit to Peru. However, remember that the trail is closed every February for cleaning and hence, if Inca Trail is in your list, avoid February

Best Time to Visit: Inca trail is closed in February, every year for cleaning and hence, you need to avoid this month for the trail. All other months of the year are ideal for the trail.

How to Reach: The 3-night hike starts from one of the two points: 88 km (55 miles) or 82 km (51 miles) from Cusco on the Urubamba River, all the way to Machu Picchu via Sun Gate (also called Inti Punku).

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3. Explore the Surquillo Market and Eat Adventurously

Surquillo Market
A little store in Mercado de Surquillo market selling the typical Peruvian Pitahaya (Text translation: Pitahaya yellow and red)

Over the past few decades, Peru has turned into a foodie destination. The food scene has exploded especially in Lima that is now considered the gastronomical capital of Latin America. The city boasts two of the world’s top 10 restaurants in the world. It’s hard to beat fresh seafood with the Pacific Ocean being so close. Young chefs from every part of the country are creating some of the most exciting dishes on the planet. Surquillo Market in Lima is a food hot spot and one of the best markets in the city. Opt for a walking tour of the market and you’ll see a variety of local vegetables that you probably have never heard of. You can also find a wide range of dry goods, spices and many other rare food items here. At the center of the market, there are little food kiosks that prepare unique seafood dishes with the daily catch. A visit to the market is an excellent way to taste traditional Peruvian food.

How to Reach: The market is located in the district of Surquillo, just a few blocks from Parque Kennedy in Miraflores. You can reach here after a 10-minute walk from Av. Ricardo Palma.

Best time to visit: Surquillo Market is ideal for a visit round the year. And the best time of the day is the late morning when everybody is busy with their routine.

Delicacies that you should not miss: Ceviche, spiced with red onion and aji pepper, and served with sweet potato and Rocoto Rolleno, red bell stuffed with spiced, sautéed ground beef and hard-boiled egg.

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4. Get the Most Out of Lima

Lima Peru
LIMA, PERU: View of San Martin square

Most travellers overlook the charms of the capital city, Lima and move to tourist hubs like Cusco and Arequipa. However, Lima is no less than any fascinating tourist destination with numerous attractions and is one of the best places in Peru to visit on a holiday. The city has mountains and jungles mere hours away. Lunahuana, located 187 km south of Lima, is home to numerous vineyards and also offers great opportunities for white water rafting. If you’re a historical buff, travel 200 kilometres east to Tarma and visit the adobe buildings that belongs back to pre-Colombian times, with South America’s deepest cave Sima Pumacocha, nearby. Lima is also home to the best and most famous museums in the country. Museo Larco and Museo de Arte de Lima are some of the most popular ones that display Peru’s great history, where you can spend your days exploring the ancient art and erotic pottery.

Best time to visit: December to March is the ideal time to visit Lima when it’s warm with plenty of sunshine.

How to reach: Jorge Chávez International Airport serves the city of Lima and connecting flights are available from London that takes about 15 hours 30 minutes approximately.

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5. Spend a day with the Condors at Cañón del Colca

Colca canyon, Peru
Tourists at the Cruz Del Condor viewpoint, Colca canyon, Peru

Cañón del Colca, one of the world’s deepest canyons is a place that you should not miss while in Peru. Located in southern Peru, 160 kilometres northwest of Arequipa, this is the third most visited place in Peru with the footfall of 120,000 visitors annually. The 62-mile canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and is also the place where mighty condors rule the roost. Come in the morning to Cruz del Condor viewpoint to watch these majestic birds. Watch them in action as they soar above your head in the sky and make their way down to the canyon, disappearing out of sight. The region is also home to ruins from pre-Incan and Incan societies, as well as various Spanish structures.

Best time to visit: Colca Canyon can be visited at any time of year but we recommend to go between March and June when the condors are most active and the trails are in great condition.

How to reach: An organised group or a private tour is the best way to visit Colca. Tours start from Arequipa and take approximately three to four hours to get inside the Canyon.

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6. Discover the Other Side of Cusco

Cusco
Morning sun rising at Plaza de Armas, Cusco City

Most travellers get out of Cusco as soon as they complete Macchu Picchu and the Inca Trail but if you are willing to extend your stay by a day or two, explore the Historical Capital of Peru, which has several gems to offer. Take a Boleto Turistico del Cusco pass to gain access to 15 key historic sites inside and around the city. Head to Sacsayhuamán overlooking the city and walk back to Cusco strolling through the San Blas neighbourhood, popular for its galleries and boutiques. You can also visit the Sacred Valley, the valley of the Urubamba River and explore the historic Inca sites at Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. Cusco was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and hosts around 2 million visitors a year. While on a visit here, you should also make sure not to miss pre-Incan salt pans at Maras.

Best time to visit: The ideal time to visit Cusco is from June to mid-September when the city sees fewer rain showers and temperatures hover around mid to upper 60s Fahrenheit.

How to reach: The quickest way to reach Cusco is to take a flight from Lima that takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Buses are also available but they can be time-consuming.

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7. Hike to Peru’s Stone Faces, Marcahuasi

The stone face of humanity in marcahuasi, Peru
The stone face of humanity in Marcahuasi, Peru

Located 60 kilometres east of Lima, Marcahuasi is a plateau in the central Andes known for its enormous stone sculptures that are a part of the stone forest. It contains dozens of megaliths and mysterious monuments that resemble human faces and animals and is one of the places to visit in Peru on a holiday. The origin of these carved figures is still unknown and has been the subject of countless debates, with some claiming that they were created by aliens. Out of all the monuments in Peru, Marcahuasi with its stone faces structures have one of the most compelling stories.

Best time to visit: To visit Marcahuasi, opt the dry season from May to October, when the weather will be more pleasant and welcoming.

How to reach: Take a cab from Lima to Marcahuasi, which will take about five hours by road.

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8. Go for Urubamba River Rafting

Urubamba River
Urubamba or Vilcanota River running alongside the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, near Cusco, in the Andes of Peru

Faint-hearted vacationers, please excuse. This is not for you. Urubamba River rafting is reserved for tourists aspiring for extreme adventures. If you are one among them, it is your chance to raft down class III and IV rapids of Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley, located at a short distance from Cusco. Undertake this adventure with a professional guide and a group of friends and see what the thrill is all about. It is a great way to escape the busy city life of Cusco and raft your way through world-class rapids.

Best time to visit: Rafting is possible only during the dry season, that too on some specific sections, like the one between Huambutio and Pisac. So make sure to plan the trip accordingly.

How to reach: Take a 1.5 hour journey from Cusco by road to reach the point at Urubamba River to experience the adventurous rafting.

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9. Visit the Floating Reeds on Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca
Totora boat on the Titicaca lake near Puno, Peru

The largest lake in South America, Lake Titicaca in the Andes is renowned for its man-made islands, built out of reeds by the Uros people who live in a collection of traditional houses on these islands, each differing slightly from the other. These surreal islands over 70 in total were created centuries ago for the defensive purpose to escape from invaders. The uniqueness of Uros Floating Islands is the material used in its construction that was created completely out of buoyant Totora reeds, that grows on the lake’s surface. These dense roots are piled on top of each other until an island is formed. Since the bottom starts rotting over time, new layers are needed continuously to be added to the top. One of the best things to do in Peru is to visit Floating Reeds on Lake Titicaca.

Best time to visit: Dry season from May to October is the ideal time to visit the floating reeds and to experience it better, you need to plan the trip accordingly.

How to reach: Take a one-hour flight from Cusco to reach Juliaca and take a bus or taxi from there to Puno to reach Lake Titicaca to visit the Floating Reeds.

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10. Read between the Nazca Lines, Nazca

Nazca Lines
Tree (Arbol) and Hands (Manos) lines in Nazca desert and observation tower near the road

The Nazca Lines found in the arid Peruvian desert have long puzzled both experts and tourists. Researchers have spent their entire lives trying to make sense out of these mysterious lines in the ground without coming to a clear, unanimous conclusion. A UNESCO heritage site, it was first discovered by Toribio Mejia Xesspe, a Peruvian archaeologist in the late 1920s and you must take a plane ride to see the images carved into the ground clearly and experience the wonder yourself. Although it is not known who created these lines and why it is believed that these lines were the product of the Paracas and Nazca cultures between 900 BC and AD 600. As to why these were created, some suggest the lines were a type of astronomical calendar, some say it was an alien landing pad or a track that joined the ceremonial sites or perhaps a part of a water cult.

Best time to visit: Since Nazca Lines are more visible in the dry season from May to October, tourists are advised to visit this site during this time of the year.

How to reach: The best way to witness Nazca Lines is from the top and hence, it is better to opt for an air ride from Nazca airport. Since Nazca’s tiny airport doesn’t serve passenger flights, you need to take a bus from Lima, which will take around seven hours to reach Nazca.

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Peru is one of those countries that is fascinating beyond measures and manages to stand above the crowd. With so many natural and cultural treasures, it is one of the world’s most exciting destinations in South America. There are thousands of reasons to visit this majestic land but we just gave you ten. So, make sure you visit Peru and include all the attractions in your itinerary.

10 Best Attractions in Bahrain That You Should Not Miss

There is unspeakable pleasure in experiencing the rich past complimenting the flamboyant present and this makes Bahrain the top-rated holiday destination in the Middle East. With a glorious past of over 5,000 years, Bahrain homes some marvellous old forts and heritage buildings along with a vibrant skyline reaching out to its prosperous present.

Initially, a fishing village, Bahrain’s transformation into a tourism paradise did not happen over midnight but was the outcome of a well-planned strategy carved out by the country’s rulers. A small country next to Saudi Arabia and an archipelago of 33 islands, you’re never far away from the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf while in Bahrain. From the Arab architecture to water sports, desert safari to shopping and dining, Bahrain has everything in the store that a tourist desires for.

We have rounded up 10 best tourist attractions in Bahrain that you should visit to make your holiday a memorable one. Before moving ahead, remember that the country is hot and dry in summer with low-level winds from the Zagros Mountains in the Persian Gulf and the best time to visit Bahrain is between November and February, the cooler months.

1. Bahrain World Trade Center, Manama

Bahrain World Trade Center, Manama
Bahrain World Trade Center, Manama, (Aerial view of architecture and newly constructed areas in Manama, Bahrain)

Rising 787 ft. into the city’s skyline, Bahrain World Trade Center is the most inspiring and dynamic building in the country that highlights the boom in economy and trade. The 50-floor twin towers linked with three sky bridges is the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines to its design, supplying power to more than 300 houses. A winner of two prestigious awards for its striking architectural design, the Bahrain WTC was featured in 2009 television sci-fi movie ‘Annihilation Earth’.

How to reach: The transit lines that have routes that pass near the Bahrain World Trade Center are Bus – 12, Bus – 41, Bus – 43, Bus – 46 and Bus – A2.

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2. Bab Al Bahrain, Manama

Bab Al Bahrain, Manama
Bab Al Bahrain, Manama – View of the Bab al Bahrain square in Manama, the capital of Bahrain

Situated in Manama, Bab-Al-Bahrain is one of the most magnificent markets in Bahrain that sells fruits, vegetables, handicrafts and clothes. It is also one of the best spots to buy authentic gold and pearls. The arched entrance with a beautiful fountain right at the front gate welcomes you to the market. Come evening, and you can also witness the musical fountain in all its splendour. Moreover, the entire vicinity exudes true Islamic beauty through hotels, political buildings and famous structures.

How to reach: The closest stations to Bab Al Bahrain are Bab Al Bahrain, which is 45 meters away with 1 min walk and Bab Al Bahrain Station, which is 448 meters away and 7 min walk.

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3. Al Khamis Mosque, Tashan

Al Khamis Mosque, Tashan
Al Khamis Mosque, Tashan – Twin minarets with ruins of Al Khamis mosque, Bahrain

Founded in the 7th century and extending 115 metres, the Al Khamis Mosque is one of the most majestic historical mosques in Bahrain. Believed to be the first mosque built in Bahrain during the era of the Umayyad caliph Umar II, its foundation is believed to have been laid as early as 692 AD. Located in the lively market areas of Khamis, it is a lovely structure with two strong minarets at the edge. Both are made out of limestone with pieces of wood and stone embedded marvellously. The prayer room is built flawlessly with a flat rooftop supported by wooden columns.

How to reach: The closest station to Khamis Mosque is Sh Salman Highway-3/Khamis, which is 209 meters away. After you get down, it’s just a 3-minute walk.

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4. Qal’at Al-Bahrain, Al Qala

Qal at Al-Bahrain
Bahrain Fort (Qal’at al-Bahrain) in Bahrain

Right on the Arabian Peninsula of Dilmun, 3 miles away from Manama City, the archaeological fort of Qal’at Al-Bahrain rises 40ft., drawing numerous visitors from across the globe. Also known as Bahrain Fort or Portuguese Fort, it is one of the best places to witness plenty of antique treasures and historical remnants. The fort has seven massive sections, which is spread more than 10,000 sq ft. The sturdy wall itself is roughly 12-m high that brings back the past historical era. Once a capital of Dilmun civilization, Qal’at Al-Bahrain was inscribed as the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bahrain in 2005. There are tiny settlements around the fort – a small market and houses that give a pleasing look to this entire region, making it one of the top places to visit in Bahrain.

How to reach: The closest stations to Qal’At Al-Bahrain Fort are:

Qalat Al Bahrain-4/Karbabad, which is 536 meters away with a 7-min walk to the fort and Qalat Al Bahrain-3/Karbabad, which is 587 meters away with an 8-min walk to the fort

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5. Tree of Life, Bahrainian Desert

Tree of Life
Tree of life, a 400-year-old mesquite tree on sunset in Bahrain By Dr Ajay Kumar Singh

Known as Bahrain’s loneliest tree, the Tree of Life is as interesting as the name itself. Located a mile away from the famous Jebel al Deckhand, it is a 700-year-old free-standing beauty surviving on a 25-foot high desert hill without any visible water source. No wonder it’s a legend in itself, the seventh wonder of nature surrounded with mystery. Its thick branches penetrate right under the earth’s surface. Due to its popularity and unknown factors, the tree is visited every year by more than 50,000 tourists, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bahrain.

How to reach: The Tree of Life is located 2km away from Jebel Dukhan, in the middle of the Bahrainian desert.

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6. Al Areen Wildlife Park, Sakhir

Al Areen Wildlife Park, Sakhir
Greater Flamingo: Pink big birds Greater Flamingo, Al Areen Wildlife Park, located in Sakhir, Bahrain

Soak up the peaceful environment and enjoy the lush outdoors at Al Areen Wildlife Park. A situated 40-minute drive away from Manama Center, this is a natural reserve and a zoo with a huge concentration of flora and fauna in Bahrain. One of the five protected areas in the country and spread over 7 km sq., the wildlife park in Sakhir has more than 500 species of animals and 10,000 species of plants. The park is divided into two sections, one which is open for the visitors and the other, that is a restricted reserve area.

How to reach: A 40-minute drive away from Manama, Al Areen Wildlife Park is connected by a highway and is located adjacent to Bahrain International Circuit.

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7. Jebel Al Dukhan, Southern Governorate of Bahrain

Nicknamed as the Mountain of Smoke, Jebel Al Dukhan is the most noteworthy elevated hill in Bahrain with a height of 150m. From the top, the highest point in the country, you can see the desert land as far as your eyes can go. No wonder, the wilderness might remind you of the movie – The Lawrence of Arabia that was filmed in the scorching climate in Arabia. But the heat here might not be severe. The northern part of the hill houses many caves that can be explored with the help of a guide and the southern part offers trekking and camping options that are worthwhile.

How to reach: If you’re in Manama, continue out 21 miles from Al Juffair, Manama and you’ll see the mountains at the distance.

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8. Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 
Roof supported by the beam in the grandstand, Bahrain International Circuit

The Bahrain global circuit was opened on 17th March 2004 and this place is really for those who have dreamt and played Need For Speed. Since its inception, many sporting events were held in the circuit. Some of them include racing, Grand Prix, V8 supercars competition and the desert 400. The entire circuit is divided into a Prix track, inner narrow track, broad outer track, paddock circuit, the drag strip and the oval track and can hold 70,000 spectators.

How to reach: From Manama, it’s a straight forward ride by car, taxi, bus or shuttle bus to the circuit in Sakhir, about 19 miles to the south of the city.

9. Bahrain National Museum, Manama

Bahrain National Museum, Manama
View of the Bahrain National Museum in Manama.

Situated in Manama, Bahrain National Museum is the largest and oldest public museum in Bahrain. Opened in 1988 with a beautiful front overlooking the ocean, this museum complex covering 27,800 sq meters homes cultural artefacts of more than 5,000 years of history. Undoubtedly, with a grand collection of archaeological wonders, it is one of the most important spots to visit in Bahrain. You can also explore its enchanting corridors, halls, shops and a cafeteria with authentic Bahrainian coffee and snacks. The museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm and is closed on Tuesdays.

How to reach: There are 2 ways to get from Bahrain to Bahrain National Museum by bus, taxi or town car:

  • Take the line 1 bus from Al Muharraq to Manama 1
  • Take the line 1 bus from Manama to Al Muharraq 1

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10. Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Manama

Al Fateh Grand Mosque
Al Fateh Grand Mosque Manama city, Bahrain

Built-in 1988, Al Fateh Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world and can accommodate more than 7,000 worshippers at one time. Named after Ahmed Al Fateh, the first monarch of Bahrain, the mosque is made of Italian marble, glass and Indian teak wood and has a dome made of fibreglass, which gives a unique shine at night. The walls of the mosque are elaborately festooned with Kufic calligraphy carved by local Bahraini experts. The mosque is open for visitors daily from 9 am to 4 pm (except Fridays). It is one of the few mosques in the area that encourages non-Muslims to visit.

How to reach: The closest stations to Al Fateh Grand Mosque are:

  • Alfateh Grand Mosque-2, which is 447 meters away with a 6-minute walk
  • Alfatih Highway-2/Gulf Hotel, which is 912 meters away with a 12-minute walk
  • Alfatih Grand Mosque-1, which is 1023 meters away with a 14-minute walk

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Well, with so much to offer, Bahrain promises to mix the old and the new and present a city that will surely make to the top of your travel list. A rich cultural past compliments the vibrant present and offers a bright future. A unique country, Bahrain is worth a visit and you need to add this country in your list of destinations for 2020.

10 Best Places to Visit in Australia

If Australia is not yet on your bucket list, it should be. The only continent which is also a country, Australia homes national parks, beaches, mountains, rain forests, deserts and numerous other treasures. The magical beauty of the country isn’t limited to natural paradises but also include manmade wonders like Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, St. Pauls Cathedral, Victoria Harbour and Story Bridge. For a traveller, the list of tourist places that he should not miss in Australia will be too lengthy and hence, we have filtered down 10 best places to visit in Australia in 2020

 

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1. The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Twelve Apostles & the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Holidaying in Australia is incomplete without a drive through the 150-mile long road, which runs along the southern-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Driving on this stunning road is like a dream come true as you will encounter scenic vistas, emerald blue ocean, spectacular shorelines and more. The prime attraction on this drive is the Twelve Apostles, the collection of limestone stacks. These limestone pillars formed by erosion stands strong in the ocean, as the Southern Ocean gnaws them at every second. Certainly, it is a road trip of a lifetime and should not to be missed.

 

Best time to visit: December to February is the peak time to visit as warm temperature makes it ideal to surf beaches. Australian Open Tennis Tournament in January and Australia Formula 1 Grand Prix March to April also allures a host of tourists.

How to reach: Flights from London and Glasgow fly to Victoria’s capital city of Melbourne. Torquay, the official start point of the Great Ocean Road is 100 kilometres away from Melbourne by road.

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2. Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Kakadu National Park
Rockpool at the Barramundi falls, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, one of the crocodile free lakes in this area, where swimming is possible

Being a colossal island, Australia is known for its endemic animals and native vegetation. To experience and encounter them, a tour to the Kakadu National Park is a must. The park spread over 19,804 km sq., with its diverse terrain from wetlands to sandstone escarpments and rivers, is home to 2,000 plants and numerous wildlife. While on a visit to the park, you can also enjoy ancient aboriginal paintings at Nanguluwaur, Nourlangie and Ubirr. Kakadu National Park is one of the finest places to see in Australia.

Best time to visit: Dry season between June to August is the favourable time to visit Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory.

How to reach: Flights are available from London and Manchester to the Northern Territory state in Australia. Darwin and Alice Springs are the nearest flight hubs. From there, you can take a road trip to reach the park.

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3. Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic heritage-listed steel arch bridge, which runs across the Sydney Harbour, connecting the Sydney Central Business District with the North Shore. Opened in 1932, the 1,149-m bridge is the sixth-longest spanning arch bridge in the world and offers a sweeping view of the harbour and surrounding area. Millions of tourists visit Sydney annually to get the glimpse of this spectacular steel bridge, which was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2007. Nicknamed ‘The Coathanger’ because of its arch-based design, the bridge carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Professional climbers’ ascent the bridge’s arch at 440ft above the sea level to get an incredible city view. A photo with the iconic Sydney Habour on the background combined with Sydney, one of the best cities to visit in Australia take your holiday trip to the next level.

Best Time to Visit: Sydney is an around the year tourist destination with October, November and late February to March being the best time to visit due to the sunny weather.

How to Reach: Sydney is well connected with all major cities including London and Glasgow via air. 

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4. Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia

Cape Naturaliste
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, South West of Western Australia

To explore the geographical beauty of Australia, there is nothing better than a visit to Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. The 120-mile long dive between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia is a treat for any nature lover. Along the road, there are national parks, lush vineyards and coastline of impeccable beauty showcasing Australia’s vibrant and bewitching landscape. You should also not miss Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse if you have a flair for photography.

Spring is the favourable time to hit this road stretch. During this season, the landscape explodes with eye-catching wildflowers. But the take away from this trip is the Margaret River wineries that astonish all the year-round.

 

Best time to visit: November to March is the best time to visit Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. During this season, it does not rain much, making it ideal for outdoor activities.

How to reach: Perth Airport is the closest to reach Cape Naturaliste. It is also the starting point of the incredible road trip.

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5. Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk, Queensland

Millaa Millaa Falls
Millaa Millaa Falls in the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland, Australia

If you are interested in the local Aboriginal culture and want to know more about the community, the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk is a golden opportunity. The walk offers an in-depth analysis of the aboriginals of the Mossman locality. Situated in Queensland‘s tropical north, the gorge and surrounding area are a vital source of food, medicine and spiritual sustenance for the local Kuku Yalanji people of the Mossman locality. It is one of the top places to visit in Australia to know more about the local native culture their traditions by opting for this walk.

Best time to visit: June to October is the best time for Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk in Queensland.

How to reach: Flights to Queensland are available from London, Manchester and Birmingham.

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6. Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in Southern Australia stretches for over 430 km (265 mi) from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna, offering some of the stunning views one could find in Australia. A traveller in Australia should never miss the prominent attractions within the area, including Wilpena Pound – a huge natural amphitheatre and St. Mary Peak – the highest peak of the range measuring (1,171 m (3,842 ft.), surrounded by spectacular landscape. It is an ideal place to spot red kangaroos, western grey kangaroos, wallaroos and several animals native to Australia. The place has long been inhabited by the Adnyamathanha native people. Tourists can find various cave paintings, rock engravings and numerous artefacts about the history of the aboriginal people. 

 

Best time to visit: Late autumn until October is the favourable time to visit Flinders Ranges. A trip during the spring season will reward you with colourful flowers.

How to reach: The nearest city to Flinders Ranges is Adelaide, located 500 kilometres (311 miles) away, which will take a five-hour road drive. You can also fly from Adelaide to Port Augusta, which takes 55 minutes.

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7. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Coast

The Great Barrier Reef
A turtle diving back to the reef in a shallow lagoon on Lady Elliot Island

Considered by many as the eighth wonder of the world, the Great Barrier Reef located off the Queensland coast is nature’s most incredible gift to the humans. The stunning reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, is known for its maze of coral cays, lagoons, islands, caverns and channels teeming with diverse marine life. This colossal 2,300 km long ecosystem encompasses thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of numerous soft and hard corals. The reef is home to countless fish species, turtles sharks, dolphins and starfish. It attracts millions of tourists every year, as the reef offers a vibrant, unique and colourful undersea life. Without a doubt, the reef is one of the top things to see in Australia on a holiday trip.

Best time to visit: September is the best time to visit the Great Reef Barrier. During this month, the water temperature is ideal to indulge in a host of activities like snorkelling, swimming and diving.

How to reach: The nearest airport to the Great Barrier Reef is Cairns Airport. The total distance from Cairns airport to the Reef is 259 km.

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8. The Red Centre, Northern Territory

Red Centre, Northern Territory
Outback scenery in the Red Centre of Australia (NT), dirt road near Alice Springs

This massive outback area right at the centre of Australia is blanketed with Aboriginal sacred sites and symbols. Full of Aboriginal’s history, the region is the home of Anangu and the Pintupi native tribe. At every turn, you will see the rich Aboriginal history, age-old indigenous art and galleries, while encountering Australia’s signature wildlife. A trip to this region will change your perception towards Australia, opening entirely new horizons.

Best time to visit: May to September is the favourable time to visit the Red Centre in the Northern Territory.

How to reach: Direct flights from Sydney to Alice Springs or Ayers Rock Airport is available. It takes 3 hours by flight and five to six hours by road from Alice Springs to reach the famous Australian Outback.

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9. Bondi Beach, New South Wales

Bondi Beach, New South Wales
Bondi Beach, New South Wales

Bondi Beach in Sydney needs no introduction. This world-famous seashore is hailed as one of the most sought out beaches in the entire world. Apart from enjoying the sun, sand and sea, you will also get various options to dine and drink at the beach. Enjoy a rejuvenating stroll on the Bondi to Coogee coastal trail. The entire walk will take over an hour each way, covering 6 kilometres (3.7 miles). In between, there are beautiful attractions with charming parks, picnic spots and cafes. If you are looking for solitude, take the less travelled route to Watsons Bay. Undoubtedly, the beach is one of the remarkable places to visit in Australia.

Best time to visit: December to February is a great time to visit Bondi Beach. For an incredible beach experience, indulge in a range of sea adventures.

How to reach: To reach Bondi Beach, board a train from Sydney Central station to Bondi Junction, from where you can take a local bus to the beach.

10. Tram Route 96, Melbourne

Melbourne Tram
Melbourne Tram

Your Australian holiday is incomplete without taking the famous Tram Route 96 of Melbourne. The tram route is ideal to explore the beautiful city of Melbourne. The nine-mile journey starts from north of the city, crossing the centre, south and passing through spectacular beachside St. Kilda. The ride passes through some of the key landmarks. It gives a wonderful chance to unravel the city from the comfort of the Melbourne Tram. Tourists find tram not only affordable but also a wonderful way to divulge the city.

Best time to visit: Melbourne is best to visit in March to May and again from September to November due to its moderate climate.

How to reach: Tourists can board flights from Glasgow and London to fly to Melbourne.

What to do in Australia is not even a question to ask. The Land Down Under is a concoction of cosmopolitan cities decked with bewitching beaches and unique endemic wildlife, perfect for a memorable escape. It is time to start planning your trip to this diverse and energetic destination.

Top 10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your Bucket List in 2020

For the past 43 years, UNESCO meets annually to evaluate the list of places that will be added to the organisation’s coveted list of World Heritage Sites. A place or structure can secure its place on the list if it has great natural, cultural or historical significance and it is no surprise that travellers fly in to explore the ‘planet’s most extraordinary places’. This year, UNESCO has selected over 29 such natural and cultural wonders, recognised for their value to humanity. From Babylon in Iraq to Jaipur city in Rajasthan, here are our top 10 picks of the newest UNESCO World Heritage sites across the globe.

1- Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

hiking activity on the glacier in the Vatnajokull National Park in Iceland
Hiking Activity on the glacier in the Vatnajokull National Park in Iceland

Covering over 14 per cent of Iceland’s territory, about 14,141 sq. km of total area, Vatnajökull National Park is not only home to one of the largest glaciers in the world but also holds two active volcanoes. A popular place to explore ice caves, you can experience here the breath-taking vistas of Svartifoss, Dettifoss and Selfoss waterfalls, frozen rivers and herds of reindeer around Mt. Snæfell, which lends a magical quality to the entire region. This park also served as a filming location for the early seasons of Game of Thrones. The national park contains 10 central volcanoes, eight of which are subglacial. You can explore these geological wonders through cave tours, glacial hikes and jeep safari.

Best time to visit: May to September is the ideal time to visit Vatnajökull National Park, when the days are long and warm with dry weather making it great for hiking.

How to reach: The Park is only 4 hours’ drive from Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. You can rent a car or a campervan. If you prefer public transport, take one of the twice-daily summer bus services, connecting Reykjavík and Skaftafell via the Ring Road and stop at the park.

Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, Vatnajokull National Park
Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, Vatnajokull National Park
Skaftafellsjokull Glacier in Iceland, part of Vatnajokull National Park
Skaftafellsjokull Glacier in Iceland, part of Vatnajokull National Park
Vatnajokull National Park in Northeast Iceland
Vatnajokull National Park in Northeast Iceland

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2- Jaipur City, India

Second Unesco world heritage Sites of India
Jaipur – Second UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India
The walled city of Jaipur is one of the most colourful cities in the world and a part of India’s famous Golden triangle. The city is not only renowned for its peachy-pink coloured buildings, but also the interiors of the houses, shops, restaurants and hotels which are also a kaleidoscope of colours. Founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II, it is believed to be the first planned city in India and second Indian city after Ahemdabad to feature on the prestigious list. Built according to a grid layout interpreted in the light of Vedic architecture, the city’s layout, vibrant streets, temples and large public squares or chaupars have put Jaipur on UNESCO’s map. It was designed to be a commercial capital and has maintained its local commercial and artisanal traditions to this day.

Best time to visit: The ideal time to visit Jaipur is during the winter months from November to March, when the days are sunny but nights are cold. It is also the peak of tourist season in Jaipur.

How to reach: Take a 1-hour flight or 4-hour drive from New Delhi, the capital of India. Jaipur is well-connected with all big cities in India. Sanganer Airport serves the Pink City.

Jantar Mantar
The Jantar Mantar is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments built by King Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The monument was completed in 1734
an elephant walking along the road at Amber Fort. India. Rajasthan
An Elephant walking along the road at Amber Fort. India. Rajasthan

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3- Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, China

City site at Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, Hangzhou, China
City site at Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, Hangzhou, China

Dating back to 5,300 years, the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City covering an area of 14.3 square kilometres in the northwest of in Hangzhou, was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list this year. It is considered as an important representation of early urban civilization based on rice cultivation in late Neolithic China. The heritage site includes four areas – the Yaoshan Site, the High-dam at the Mouth of the Valley, Low-dam on the Plain and the area of City Site. The city ruins with palace and altar remain, 11 early-stage dams and high-level cemetery sites showcases the contributions made by the Yangtze River Basin to the origins of Chinese civilisation. According to archaeological research, the Neolithic civilisation is believed to have lasted for about 1,000 years and got ended 4,300 years ago. 

Best time to visit: The ideal time to visit Liangzhu City is during spring (March-May) & autumn (September-mid November), when the weather is mild and perfect for exploration and outdoor activities

How to reach: Take a 2-hour flight to Hangzhou from Beijing. From the downtown area in Hangzhou, you can take bus line 313 or line 348 to reach the park. You can also take a taxi which can cost you about CNY100. The park is open from 9:00 – 17:00 and the last entry is at 16:00.

Landscape around Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, in Hangzhou, China
Landscape around Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, in Hangzhou, China
Landscape around Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, in Hangzhou, China1
The Landscape around Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, in Hangzhou, China1

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 4- Babylon, Iraq

Panorama of partially restored Babylon ruins, Hillah, Iraq
Panorama of partially restored Babylon ruins, Hillah, Iraq

Nearly 3,000 years ago, Babylon was one of the most important cities in the ancient world. It was ruled by Nebuchadnezzar, whom we know from the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Christianity and Judaism. It was home to striking city walls gates, palaces and temples, of which ruins of some are still visible. Babylon is also associated with one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Hanging Gardens that has inspired artistic and religious culture universally. Today, the city isn’t in great condition with many of its ruins left unexcavated and damaged due to the conflict in the region but UNESCO World Heritage tag comes with a dose of hope and restoration aid so that further damage can be avoided.

Best time to visit: March to May (Spring) or September to October (Autumn) are the ideal months for visiting Babylon, away from the scorching heat and the winter chills.

How to reach: Located 85 km south of Baghdad, it takes about 3-4 hours approx. by road to reach Babylon. You can rent a car to reach this new UNESCO World Heritage site.

Restored ruins of ancient Babylon, Iraq
Restored ruins of ancient Babylon, Iraq
Ancient city of Babylon, Iraq
Ancient city of Babylon, Iraq

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 5- Bagan, Myanmar

Ancient temple in Bagan after sunset, Myanmar temples in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, Myanmar
Ancient temple in Bagan after sunset, Myanmar temples in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, Myanmar

Located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, Bagan is Myanmar’s answer to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and is due to grow in popularity for tourists in 2020 and beyond. It was the capital of the ancient Burmese empire and features a stunning range of Buddhist art and architecture. With numerous 13th- and 15th-century Buddhist temples, monasteries, stupas and places of pilgrimage, it testifies to the once-powerful Bagan Empire. Visitors can get the best views at sunrise by taking a hot air balloon ride and witness hundreds of architectural treasures as far as the eye can reach.

Best time to visit: Bagan is hot most of the year and hence, the best time to visit is from November to February with mild weather and an average temperature of 30 C.

How to reach: Bagan is an 80-minute flight travel away from Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar. After reaching Nyaung U airport in Bagan, hop on a cab and you’ll reach Old Bagan in 10 minutes.

Hot air balloon over plain of Bagan in misty morning, Myanmar
Hot air balloon over plain of Bagan in misty morning, Myanmar
Aerial view at the ancient Shwezigon Pagoda,the main tourist destination of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Aerial view at the ancient Shwezigon Pagoda, the main tourist destination of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

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6- Bom Jesus do Braga Sanctuary, Braga, Portugal

Historic Church of Bom Jesus do Monte and her public garden
Historic Church of Bom Jesus do Monte and her public garden Tenoes, Braga. The Basilica is a popular landmark and pilgrimage site in northern Portugal. Aerial landscape on the top of Braga mountain.

Located on the slopes of Mount Espinho, overlooking the town of Braga in the far north of Portugal, Bom Jesus do Braga Sanctuary is a Baroque-style Catholic Sacri Monti or sacred mountain, built over 600 years. It is home to one of the most iconic examples of 17th-century Baroque architecture with a series of chapels housing sculptures evoking the Passion of Christ, along with fountains, allegorical sculptures and formal gardens. Visitors need to climb up the 577 steps to reach the cathedral at the top that some pilgrims tend to complete on their knees. The church itself is beautiful and the zig-zagging steps known as the Via Crucis is the highlight of the entire property, recognised by UNESCO in 2019.

Best time to visit: August to September is the ideal time to visit Braga, when the weather is quite warm and pleasant.

How to reach: Take a 1-hour train journey from Porto or opt for shuttle buses operated by Getbus costing €8 to reach Bom Jesus do Braga Sanctuary.

Bom Jesus do Monte inrerior, Braga in Portugal
Bom Jesus do Monte interior, Braga in Portugal
Stairs Leading to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus Do Monte in Tenoes, Braga, Portugal
Stairs Leading to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus Do Monte in Tenoes, Braga, Portugal

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 7- Hills of Prosecco di Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, Italy

Vineyard Prosecco on the green hills near Valdobbiadene, girl with a glass of Prosecco wine, Veneto, Italy
Vineyard Prosecco on the green hills near Valdobbiadene, girl with a glass of Prosecco wine, Veneto, Italy

Located in north-eastern Italy, the Prosecco region of Italy is noteworthy for its winegrowing landscape, where grapes are grown for sparkling wine. It is characterised by ‘hogback’ hills, where Italians in the 17th century planted small plots of vines on the hills’ terraces, creating a checkerboard pattern over the terrain that has been shaped and adapted by man for centuries. Visitors can go on a scenic road trip to the Prosecco Road that is lined by over three dozen vineyards while tasting and drinking your way through the region.

Best time to visit: April to June is a wonderful time to visit the newly recognized UNESCO World Heritage site, when the weather is pleasant and not too hot.

How to reach: Take a 1-hour train ride from Venice. You can book a tasting tour with a guide to visit these renowned vineyards.

View of vineyard Prosecco on the hills of Valdobbiadene , Veneto, Italy
View of vineyard Prosecco on the hills of Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy
Picturesque hills with vineyards of the Prosecco sparkling wine region between Valdobbiadene and Conegliano; Italy
Picturesque hills with vineyards of the Prosecco sparkling wine region between Valdobbiadene and Conegliano; Italy

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8- Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan

Fujinoki Tumulus, ancient burial mound in Ikaruga, Nara, Japan
Fujinoki Tumulus, ancient burial mound in Ikaruga, Nara, Japan

Located on a plateau above the Osaka Plain, these are 49 ancient tombs, dating back from the 3rd to the 6th century. The mounds come in different shapes and sizes and are believed to be meant for members of the elite with the largest tomb in Japan named after Emperor Nintoku. With elaborate design forms of keyhole, scallop, square or circle, these are decorated with paving stones and clay figures. Out of a total of 160,000, these 49 kofuns have been selected in Japan that forms the richest material representation of the Kofun period (3rd to 6th century CE). It demonstrates the social class differences of that period with the evidence of a highly sophisticated funerary system.

Best time to visit: Autumn (October-November) and spring (March-May) are the two best times to visit Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan in Osaka, when the weather is mild and pleasant for an outdoor exploration.

How to reach: Opt for a 2 hours 30 minutes train ride from Tokyo. Take the JR Hanwa line to Mozu station from where it is only10 minute walk away.

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 9- Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria, Spain

View at sunset on symbol of the island Gran Canaria Roque Nublo
View at sunset on symbol of the island Gran Canaria Roque Nublo (rock in clouds) is an ancient and sacred place of worship and main tourist attraction

Located in the centre of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, the Risco Caido comprises cliffs, ravines and volcanic formations. It has been recognized for its pre-Hispanic cave dwellings, where those who lived on the island before the 15th century created granaries, cisterns and homes on the mountains themselves. The pre-Hispanic culture evolved in isolation, from the arrival of North African Berbers, until the first Spanish settlers in the 15th century. The highlights of the region are two sacred temples in mountain cavities where seasonal ceremonies were held by the inhabitants. These temples are thought to belong to the cult of star and Mother Earth.

Best time to visit: Spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) are the best times to visit Risco Caido, when the weather is warm and comfortable.

How to reach: Take a direct flight to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from the UK. The Risco Caido cave complex is not open to the public currently but you can walk up to Roque Bentayga and visit the fascinating on-site.

Beautiful Gran Canaria landscape
Beautiful Gran Canaria landscape. Pointer to Roque Nublo (rock in clouds) is Symbol of the island Gran Canaria, an ancient and sacred place of worship and main tourist attraction Canary island, Spain
Gran Canaria Island
Sunset and mountain landscape view from eroded stone arch know as Ventana del Nublo or La Agujereada. One of the highest places in Gran Canaria Island. Unesco World Heritage

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 10- Plain of Jars, Laos

Plain of jars in Laos during daylight with cloud and blue sky
Plain of jars in Laos during daylight with cloud and blue sky

Located on a plateau called Xiengkhouang in central Laos, the Plain of Jars got its name from the tubular-shaped megalithic stone jars that were used for funerary practices during the Iron Age. With over 2,100, this property comprises large carved stone jars, shards, lids, tombstones and funerary objects dating from 500 BCE to 500 CE. These jars and related elements are the most prominent surviving evidence of the Iron Age civilization that created and used them until it disappeared around 500 CE.

Best time to visit: October to April is the ideal time for a visit, when the weather is warm and dry throughout.

How to reach: An 8-hour bus ride from the capital city, Luang Prabang will take you to this newly recognized UNESCO heritage site.

This is the biggest stone jar at the Plain of Jars site 1 in Phonsavan, Laos
This is the biggest stone jar at the Plain of Jars site 1 in Phonsavan, Laos

The world heritage sites of UNESCO are worth visiting as each is considered to be of immense cultural and natural importance. To be of “outstanding universal value to humanity”, as defined by UNESCO, each heritage site is unique and tells a thousand stories about its past. So which of these gems are top of your list to visit in 2020?

Top Christmas Markets in Europe To Make Your Festive Season Memorable

There’s nothing as grand and lively as a European Christmas. If you’re there from late November through the New Year, it’s easy to see why. All around Europe, Christmas markets have started to open and this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the festive spirit. Don’t miss the luscious barbecue or a hot, pastry rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Follow the aroma of mulled wine, seasonal cookies and gingerbread; buy glistening gifts, linger around food stands and shop for seasonal items. Just put it all together and revel in the Christmas spirit with these top Christmas markets in Europe that are worth visiting.

1. Resselpark, Vienna

Resselpark, Vienna
Resselpark, Vienna

Vienna, the capital of Austria has numerous Christmas markets popular as ‘Christkindlmarkt’ spread all over the city. The name ‘Christkindlmarkt’ is derived from the traditional Christmas culture. And among the Christmas markets, the one at Resselpark is the best. It is full of rides and other adventure activities for children and young people. It gets dark quite early and taking walks around the Resselpark Christmas market is what Viennese people love to do. Revel in the aroma of baked items, sip on delicious mulled wine, shop for wonderful gifts, watch jugglers and street magicians at their best and cherish the festive atmosphere.

Best time: 22 November 2019 – 05 January 2020

How to reach: Situated in Karlsplatz, this magnificent spot can be reached either by subway (Karlsplatz station) or via Operngasse Street.

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2. Havel’s Market, Prague

Havel’s Market, Prague
Havel’s Market, Prague

Visitors come from everywhere to experience the Christmas markets in Prague, especially Havel’s Christmas Market. Prague Old Town Square Havelska is the location of this large market. It’s situated between the Old Town Hall and Church of Our Lady before Tyn. Some exceptional items that are available here during Christmas are handmade ornaments, toys, holiday decorations, traditional cookies, tablecloths, Frankincense and the Czech Christmas potpourri called purpura. Some other products on sale are Czech wooden puppets, artistries, clothing decorations, scented candles and handmade soap. Taste hot wine, grog and warm honey liquor called medovina as they come in handy in the cold climate. Czech Christmas carols add to the festive atmosphere. After dark, the market is lit up gorgeously. The key event at the market is a special musical night and light ceremony on the Christmas tree, which is frequently repeated as visitors settle down.

Best time: 30 November 2019 – 6 January 2020

How to reach:  If you are at Prague’s central district, you can take Bus 55A and 56A.

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3. Piazza Navona Market, Rome

Piazza Navona Market, Rome
Piazza Navona Market, Rome

With the Christmas flavour in full-swing and the Eternal City already floodlit in cheerful displays, what better time to sip coffee and pick up various gifts at one of the many markets happening during November and December in Rome. Wander through the stately Piazza Navona as you pause between local hawkers offering sweets, chestnuts, artisanal crafts and artwork. You are sure to be amused by the festive holiday rides, nativity scene and live performers, all of which are surrounding the architectural beauty of Bernini’s Quattro Fiumi, Saint Agnese Church and Palazzo Pamphili. Wait until twilight as the Piazza market glows majestically with the crowd slowly setting in. Escape to this famous spot for a chance to show off your skill on the ice rink. And don’t forget to witness the traditional Christmas concert and performance, packed with more than 50,000 people, also featuring food from various Italian regions, artisan works and hand-crafted gifts.

Best Time: 01 December 2019 – 06 January 2020

How to reach: To reach this market, just walk to the Termini Station and from there, take Bus Number 64 or Bus Number 40. Stop at Vittorio Emanuele. Just a few minutes’ walk and you have arrived!

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4. Nyhavn’s Christmas Market, Copenhagen

Nyhavn’s Christmas market, Copenhagen
Nyhavn’s Christmas Market, Copenhagen

If there’s one thing that can stir up the Christmas spirit amidst Denmark’s cold, wind-swept atmosphere, it’s Nyhavn’s Christmas market and central Kongens Nytorv. Offering abundant gift options with pungent aromas of cinnamon-infused mulled wine and roasted almonds, visitors have the prospect of enjoying the best goodies while savouring a glass of hot liquor along the way. The market has ample festive events running up to the 25th for those in need of early festive inspiration. The harbour front provides an iconic setting to select your holiday gifts with the option to soak up the winter feel by strolling along its cobbled walkways. Grab your camera and a cup of something warm as the canal captures the ideal winter-time shot of the city.

Best time: 08 November 2019 – 23 December 2019

How to reach: Take the city metro from Nyhavn and walk down for 5 minutes till you reach the market.

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5. Main Market Square, Krakow

Main Market Square, Krakow
Main Market Square, Krakow

Where better to soak up a slice of Christmas joy than in Poland? Take a break at one of the season’s most popular highlights – Krakow Christmas fair on the main market square. According to the Irish Times, Krakow Christmas Market is one of the top ten Christmas markets in Europe. One cannot imagine how beautiful Krakow Christmas Market becomes during this season. Situated on the Main Market Square and the Old Town’s centre, the decorated wooden booths of the Main Square Christmas market offer a selection of gifts, delicacies and brews that are best enjoyed out in the cold air while exploring all the best that Krakow has to offer. If you’re planning an extraordinary December holiday, consider Krakow as a budding destination – certainly, it has much more to offer than the Christmas market but the festival event takes the city’s unique atmosphere to the next level.

Best time: 30 November – 26 December 2019

How to reach: Main Market Square is right in the heart of Krakow, a 10-minute walk from the city’s main train station. Being a walkable area, the square is only accessible by foot or on a bike.

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6. Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market, Berlin

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market, Berlin
Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market, Berlin

Who doesn’t love Berlin? The German capital is worthy when it comes to enjoying the last two months of the year when the city turns into a real-life Christmas-fairy-tale. There are roughly 80 Christmas markets spread out all over the city but the historical Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market is quite famous and one of the most beautiful to behold. From gifts, souvenirs to the best waffles and more, immerse yourself in the magic of the festive season. Witness glassblowers, basket weavers, jugglers, handicraft makers, winter delicacies and origami art during Advent. The market transforms into a small city with copious exhibitors and stands as well as more than 1,000 fairy lights providing a cosy ambience. The nostalgic Christmas market has an impressive array of artisans, amusement rides and traditional culinary delights such as roasted almonds and a variety of cakes.  

Best time: 25 November – 26 December 2019

How to reach: The market is located in front of the Konzerthaus on the Gendarmenmarkt and can be reached by foot from several stations like Stadtmitte and Franzosische Straße.

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7. Museumplein, Amsterdam

museumplein
Christmas in Museumplein

Witness festivities in the Dutch capital. Each year, Amsterdam’s Museumplein transforms into a charming Christmas village with an ice rink, live entertainment, market stalls and plenty of festive food and drink to keep you warm. Take a spin on the ice or play some human bowling at this spectacular event. Warm-up with mulled wine and Dutch Doughnuts, find the perfect gifts for friends and family and just take in all the festive charm of the city. The Ice Village is a traditional Dutch Christmas market in the centre of Amsterdam, right by the huge ice rink at Museumplein. If you fancy a spot of ice skating and warming yourself up with hot mulled wine and Dutch Christmas foods, this is the market for you. The atmospheric market will be glowing with lit up trees and dazzling lights and you can glide on the ice with the stunning Rijksmuseum as your backdrop.

Best time: 16 November 2019 – 02 February 2019

How to reach: You can get to Museumplein by Bus, Light Rail, Train or Metro. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby – Bus – 142, Bus – 170, Bus – 197

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8. Vorosmarty Square Market, Budapest

Vorosmarty Square Market, Budapest
Vorosmarty Square Market, Budapest

Budapest has smaller and bigger Christmas Markets that have been attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and are the most spectacular. The most beautiful, oldest and internationally acclaimed Budapest Christmas fair is the Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square in the heart of the city. The winter festival in Vorosmarty is celebrating its 21st year in 2019 and every year surpasses the previous one in terms of size and activities. The festive Christmas markets showcase young and old talents of Hungary, who master in glass-blowing, knitting, wood carving, candle making, pottery, leather & shoe trade. Moreover, enjoy 3D projection light show, street food on Zrinyi and Sas Streets, roasted chestnuts, plum juice with cinnamon, hot chocolate, mulled wine, spit cake and much more.

Best time: 08 November 2019 – 01 January 2020

How to reach: The centrally located Vorosmarty Square is unmissable since it lies in the inner city of Budapest (district V.), at just a few minutes’ walk from the Danube.

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So, what makes many of the Christmas markets enticing and outstanding in Europe is that there is a real focus to preserve authentic European folk art, traditions and offer really good quality handicrafts. The above ones are voted the best Christmas markets in Europe that truly ignite the Christmas atmosphere. It’s nothing but pure holiday magic, mixed with spectacle.

Black Friday 2020 – Top Destinations to Shop Till You Drop

Black Friday 2020 is here! A great opportunity to shop for things of your choice at unbelievable prices. With almost everything available on incredible deals and discounts, there is no better time to shop. We have handpicked certain top-notch destinations where you can avail huge discounts and deals on this Black Friday.

1- New York, United States of America

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

New York is probably the best place to spend your holiday during the Black Friday season. Being the biggest and busiest shopping day of the year, you surely don’t want to miss the huge discounts and deals available. Below are some of the stores to look out for best Black Friday Deals in New York City.

Barneys New York (660 Madison Ave, New York) – Discounts on high-end designer items Prada sneakers, Lisa Perry dresses, Givenchy Leather and more.

Bergdorf Goodman (754 5th Ave, New York) – Big deals on popular brands. Bergdorf Goodman also offers free morning snacks to shoppers.

Bloomingdale’s (1000 Third Avenue 59th Street and Lexington Ave, New York)– New Yorkers call it “Bloomies” and it offers discounts up to 50 per cent on your every purchase.

Century 21 (21 Dey Street, New York) – Rock bottom prices on high-end designer products like jeans and jackets attract crowds in hundreds.

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2- Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab

Black Friday in Dubai means jaw-dropping discounts on a wide range of items, branded accessories and apparels. This Black Friday, online stores and malls have already announced special deals for shoppers. Here are the best spots to go on a shopping spree in Dubai.

Robinsons (Dubai Festival City Mall)  Heavy discounts on men’s and women’s apparels, beauty accessories and home décor.

Debenhams (Dubai Mall) – Rock bottom prices on beauty accessories, handbags, shoe, lingerie and more.

Muji (The Dubai Mall) – Perfect place to avail bargains on household goods, apparel and food.

Salam Studio (Dubai Outlet Mall) – Local department store offering discounts on local and international brands like Roberto Cavalli, Betsey Johnson, Missoni and more.

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3- Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong has Singles’ Day, their version of Black Friday celebrated every year on November 11. Still, the American shopping day has managed to garner a lot of attention. Stores across Hong Kong both local and international offer incredible deals and discounts to pounce on. Below are the popular shopping spots to visit on Black Friday in Hong Kong.

DJI Store (Hong Kong, Causeway Bay, Jaffe Rd) – 30% off on everything.

IFC Mall (8 Finance St., Central, Hong Kong) – Swanky retail complex featuring high-end clothing stores and tech shops, all offering massive Black Friday discounts.

Times Square (1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, Hong Kong) – A massive mall, which is the perfect place to shop and find incredible deals on a range of famous brands and accessories.

Grana (1F, Tin Fung Industrial Mansion, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Rd.) – 50% off Italian Merino.

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4- Singapore

Singapore 

Black Friday in Singapore gets tough competition from Chinese Singles’ Day, as both falls in November. But fret not as, like any other city in the world, this shopping festival has become a huge event with luxury stores offering discounts on a wide range of products. In Singapore, you can visit these stores on Black Friday.

Robinsons the Heeren (260 Orchard Rd.) – Great place to shop in Singapore especially during Black Friday, as shops inside the mall offer huge discounts on a plethora of products.

Paragon Shopping Centre (290 Orchard Rd.) – This popular mall is full of shops featuring international designer retailers and offers a chance to grab hefty discounts on a range of products.

Vivo City (1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore) – The biggest shopping mall hosting international brands and local shops, which provides a chance to avail rock bottom prices on every purchase.

The Shoppes (Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave.) – Shop for all kinds of stuff ranging from apparels to electronic items at rock bottom prices.

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5- Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Black Friday in Australia has gained significant popularity. The Land Down Under has started to celebrate yet another American tradition. In Sydney, both online stores and malls offer a plethora of deals on Black Friday. But for those who specifically like to shop offline, here are the stores to visit.

David Jones (310 Bourke St., Melbourne VIC 3000) – Avail discounts on a range of designer clothes, bags, accessories and more.

Mayer (Westfield Sydney, NSW) – You can bargain heavy on beauty accessories, toys, clothes, entertainment and men and women apparels.

JB HI-FI (Australia Fair Shopping Centre) – Here, you can purchase electronics, gadgets, mobile phones and JB Hi-Fi on incredible discounts.

Big W Pagewood (152 Bunnerong Rd, Pagewood NSW) – Rock bottom prices on both board and electronic games.

Bing Lee (9 Abdon Cl, Bennetts Green NSW) – Unbelievable discounts on electronic appliances.

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6- Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Retailors in New Zealand are geared up for Black Friday. Stores across Auckland will be offering 30 to 50 per cent discount on a range of products. The shopping festival is now on par with Boxing Day in terms of spending. Below are some of the stores that you can visit to catch up with big deals.

Farmers New Lynn (Lynnmall Shopping Centre, New Lynn) – Absolutely incredible store to get handsome discounts on beauty products, women’s, men’s and kids’ clothing, toys and homeware.

The Warehouse Auckland (21 Elliott Street, Auckland CBD) – Get massive Black Friday Sale with huge discounts on toys, TV’s, clothing, jewellery, manchester, electronics and much more.

Harvey Norman (20-54 Mount Wellington Highway, Mount Wellington) – New Zealand’s foremost retail chain offers discounts on electronics and kitchen appliances.

Ballentynes Fashion Central (Kilbirnie, Wellington) – Avail huge Black Friday deals on a range of women’s clothes at Ballentynes.

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7- Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Black Friday storm will result in a spending spree across South Africa. Stores will offer heavy discounts on a range of products. The city of Cape Town is also prepared for the biggest shopping event of the year. Online shops and stores in Cape Town lure buyers with discounts that can go up to 90 per cent. Here are some of the hot spots to visit this Black Friday.

Canal Walk Shopping Centre: The largest mall in Cape Town with over 400 stores, both local and international brands, offers discounts on various products.

V&A Waterfront (19 Dock Rd) – Popular shopping address in Cape Town with over 450 stores to bargain on a wide range of merchandise.

Cavendish Square (1 Dreyer St, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708) – An award-winning shopping centre with more than 180 stores to bargain on the latest fashion and accessories.

Cybercellar (37 Manhattan St, Boquinar Industrial Area, Cape Town) – Taste some of the finest wine, beer and spirits and avail up to 58 per cent discount.

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Save the day and be sure to get the best deals. Expect bigger and better discounts to kick start the holiday shopping season. Black Friday 2019 offers a great opportunity to upgrade your home, tech and wardrobe without burning the pocket.

10 Must-See Destinations In and Around New Zealand’s North and South Island

From spectacular glaciers and pretty beaches to stunning waterfalls and magnificent mountains, New Zealand is the place with unspoiled natural landscapes and adventure-filled spots. Get ready for the hugest national parks, rich Maori culture and world-class surfing & skiing opportunities. It is one destination that’s on the bucket list of every adventure enthusiast but with so many choices, it can be hard to decide where to go and what to explore when you visit. So, here we are, to save the day or shall we say the trip! Take a look at our top picks of the 10 best places to visit in New Zealand and make sure you include each one of these spots in your itinerary.

1 – Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

A coastal paradise, it is home to the iconic Abel Tasman Coast Track, one of nine Great Walks in the country and sits right at the north-western tip of the South Island. It is the smallest national park in the country but perfect for adventure and relaxation. You can go hiking or try kayaking in the blue waters and its surrounding coves. If lucky, you might even spot dolphins here on your South Island tour in New Zealand.

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2 – Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui

Home to one of the most popular beaches in the country, Mount Maunganui is definitely a must-visit place if you’re passing through the Bay of Plenty region. From the base of the Mount, you’ll see long unending stretches of white sand surf beach. Relax on the beaches, spend time at one of the many cafes or swim in the clear blue waters of Pilot Bay. This is also a great place to just sit and watch the people.

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3 – Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

With beautiful vineyards, stunning beaches and olive groves, Waiheke Island is an incredibly popular destination located just 40-minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. In terms of landscape and experience, it is definitely a world away. The island is quite bigger than what it seems with plenty of activities that can be covered on a single day trip.

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4 – Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo

One of New Zealand’s North Island top attractions, Lake Taupo was created by a volcanic eruption that occurred about 26,500 years ago. Head to encounter the country’s largest lake. Visit the Craters of the Moon to see the evidence of the birth of this lake in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. Since it is a popular stopover for adventurers and water sports enthusiasts, mark it in your list of things to do in New Zealand’s North Island. Huka Falls located here is also worth seeing on your visit to this part of New Zealand.

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5 – Hokitika Gorge

Hokitika Gorge

Located in the South Island’s West Coast region, Hokitika Gorge draws plenty of travellers with its picture-perfect setting, blue water and lush greenery. The remarkable turquoise tinge that you see in the water here is not visible anywhere else in the world. From the car park, you have to walk along a trail to reach a small viewing platform to witness the gorge in all its glory. With breath-taking glacial waters, rock stilt and plankton, Hokitika Gorge invites nature lovers. Add it to your list of things to do in New Zealand’s South Island.

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6 – Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

If glacier hiking is on your bucket list, travel to Franz Josef Glacier during your visit to New Zealand. One of the best-known glaciers, it is a sought-after place by adventure-enthusiasts who want to get on the ice. The steepest in the country, it was first explored in 1865 by geologist Julius Von Haast, who named the glacier after the Austrian emperor. While you’re in the region, take your time out to visit its famous neighbour, the longest and fastest-moving Fox Glacier.

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7 – Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island

The largest and most seaward of the Hauraki Gulf islands in the Auckland region, it is one of the magical places to visit in New Zealand. Since not easily accessible, tourists do not make much effort to reach this sixth-largest island. However, a trip to here is worthy enough to make your New Zealand holiday a memorable one. Take a 4-hour ferry ride or a 30-minute flight to witness the picture-perfect sandy beaches, secret waterfalls and natural hot springs amidst the lush greenery.

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8 – Matapouri

Matapouri

One of the top-rated tourist locations in New Zealand, Matapouris is just a 40-minute drive away from Whangarei. At Matapouri, you will find hidden emerald pools named “The Mermaid Pools” that are perfect for swimming and diving. However, be cautious of high tides as waves may crash the rocks at the high speed and could be dangerous. Taking a dip at one of these mermaid pools is a must-do thing in New Zealand’s North Island.

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9 – Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

The most photogenic waterfalls in New Zealand, tourists rush to Whangarei Falls to click photographs. Stay here for a while and to experience more spectacular views, climb behind the falls. You can also drive to Whangarei Heads and the Bream Head Scenic Reserve for hiking and panoramic coastal and harbour views. Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds and be cautious while climbing over the slippery rocks!

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10 – Mount Cook

Mount Cook

The highest mountain in the country, Mount Cook helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills to conquest the Mt. Everest. A paradise on earth, you need to visit to believe how beautiful it is. Take the Hooker Valley walking the track to witness the most dramatic scenes. The easy path takes you alongside the rushing Hooker River, over the picture-perfect swing bridges offering views of enormous ancient glaciers. If you’re here for a short period, head to Tasman Lake, which can be reached by an easy 20-minute walk from the car park to see the reflection of Mount Cook in the water and big icebergs floating around. You might also encounter cheeky kea (mountain parrots) on your way!

So what are you waiting for? Plan your holiday in New Zealand to have the adventure of your life. Regardless of the places you visit in the country, you’re sure to have a wonderful time. It’s such a beautiful destination with so much to see!