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A Backpacker’s Travel Guide To Ukraine

Ukraine is a beautiful corner of Eastern Europe that many tourists overlook. It’s a large country and therefore has an abundance of exciting things to see and do different kinds of things to do, from admiring the Black Sea coastline to its awe-inspiring gold-domed Cathedrals and ancient-old capital. We’ve got the latest if you’re a backpacker looking to soak up the sights, sounds and scenery in Ukraine, for less…

Where to stay and when to visit

Ukraine fits perfectly in the travelogue of a backpacker since the daily cost is the bare minimum (depending on your necessities). You can easily discover a different kind of rooms, guesthouses, hostels, resorts and more – even in popular cities like Kyiv.

Be mindful about staying in a hostel if you prefer to keep to yourself, since there’s a mixture of different people, aside from tourists, who may be sharing a room with you. If you’re open to meeting new people though, hostels can be your best bet for both experience and cost.

The food is pretty cheap in Ukraine too, so you can easily fix up a bite to eat for breakfast or lunch in a cafeteria for no price at all.

National Natural Park Synevir, the Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine

The climate in Ukraine is continental, meaning freezing winters and toasty summers (which are progressively warmer the further south you move). Do not visit in the winter since the average temperatures plummet below 0°C, and while spring brings the warms, it turns the ice and snow into mud – not ideal for backpackers to explore in! From May onwards, the summer months boast pleasant temperatures averaging at 25°C – but there is the possibility of thunderstorms throughout these peak months. The autumn month of September sees a drop in temperature but pleasant blue skies remain, with highs around 23°C – making this time of year the best for tourists to get the most out of the country and all it has to offer.

What to do

There are plenty of cheap things to do in Ukraine, which is ideal for savvy backpackers to save on money while exploring at the same time. We’ve highlighted a few of our favourite pastimes that are either free or totally affordable:

KYIV

Autumn view of Kiev

The capital of Ukraine, Kyiv is one of the best and cheapest places to visit in the country, with plenty of history, sights, shops and tours to discover if you’re new to the area.

  • Chernobyl Tour: Discover the site of the worst nuclear disaster in human history with a guided tour.
  • Kyivo-Pechers’ka Lavra: Built by monks, you won’t find another holy place quite like this.
  • Andriyivski Uzviz: Connecting two neighbourhoods, this street is bursting with wonderful architecture to admire.

ODESA

Odesa is a vast and beautiful city sure to keep you entertained while you’re visiting, with some pretty landmarks to tick off.

  • Deribasovskaya Street: A bustling pedestrian walkway full of food, drinks and entertainment.
  • Primorsky Boulevard: Take in the architectural wonders along the boulevard and towards the seafront.
  • Potemkin stairs: Enter the city through these iconic stairs, symbolic to Odesa.

UMAN

Sofiyivka park in Uman, Ukraine

This city has panoramic views that’s why tourists don’t leave this city unexplored if they land in Ukraine. If you visit Uman in autumn then you are not going to leave this place easily as it looks breathtakingly awesome.

  • Sofiyivka Park: An English garden hidden in the heart of Uman.
  • Tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev: If you’re spiritual, it’s the best place to visit in Uman.
  • Ostashivskiy Lake: A pretty spot for picnics, with beer tents and pop-up food stalls.

LVIV

Lviv, Ukraine

There is a whole UNESCO protected town in Lviv, which is the main reason this place is our highlights – a must-visit for history-lovers. There’s more to Lviv than it’s history and culture though, this town is quirky and vibrant in the right balance – so you’ll find something to suit everyone here.

  • Rynok square: A 13th-century square that can’t be missed for its intricate architecture.
  • Old Town: This quaint square is bursting with local food and drink, shops, cafes and more.
  • High castle: Take the small walk up the hill for some amazing food and views to match.

If you want to explore the more rural areas and uncover the real Ukraine, visit Mezyn, Dzembronya, Strusiv, Grushevka, Opishnya, Iza and more.

How to explore

Tourist girl with a backpack and camera standing in the meadow at the mountains. Carpathians. Ukraine

There’s no better place than Ukraine for a backpacker because everything is so cheap and convenient. The public transport in Ukraine is easy to navigate, economical and efficient, so you won’t have to worry about walking from A to B!

Here are the different modes of transport that you can take in Ukraine:

  • Train
Train on the railway bridge in Carpathian mountains, Ukraine

The cheapest mode of transportation that you can find in Ukraine is a train ride. But if you have a time crunch, then it might not be the right option for you, since the trains are pretty slow here. If you know where you’re heading, there are newer express trains available which run between different destinations  – but you’ll need to book tickets in advance.

  • Bicycle
Explore Ukraine by bicycle

If you don’t mind a little exercise then why not hire a bike to explore the place at your own pace? Plus, it all adds to the backpacking experience, right? You’ll pass bustling markets and have a chance to stop and mingle with the locals.

  • Bus
Explore Ukraine by Bus

Buses come in handy when you don’t want to take the train, however, they can be a little crowded – so if you get claustrophobic it might not be the best option for you. If you’ve ever been on the London Underground, we’re sure it’ll be a doddle.

  • Taxi
Explore Ukraine by Taxi

Taxi services are available around Ukraine and you can order an Uber from 7 major cities, but it’s worth noting that travelling by taxi here can be an unpleasant experience for foreign tourists and service can be patchy, so it might be best to take the train instead?

Try not to hitchhike while you’re in Ukraine; while the destination is safe for tourists it’s sensible to not get into a vehicle with other strangers if it can be avoided.

Tips and Tricks to get the most out of your Ukraine holiday

Holidays to Ukraine

Here are some of our top tips that can come handy if it’s your first time in Ukraine.

  • Forgot something essential? You can always buy in the small underground shops.
  • Inside an orthodox church, it’s respectful to cover your head if you are a female and uncover it if you are a male.
  • You can’t use any other currency in Ukraine, so you’ll have to use ATMs where you can.
  • Carry proper documents while you’re here

If you go on backpacking tours often, then you may already have this wonderful destination on your list. But if you’re new to the whole spontaneous thing, then Ukraine is definitely the best place to start your journey. Fancy booking a last-minute trip? We’ve got fantastic flight deals available to book with Crystal Travel, simply give us a call and we’ll do the hard work for you.

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A Backpacker’s Travel Guide To The Bahamas

Long gone is the era of well-crafted itineraries, today, travellers are all about spontaneous travel and impromptu plans – adding to the overall excitement. And why not?! We got in touch with a nomad who lives for the moment and spoke about their latest travels in the beautiful Bahamas…

Bahamas Beaches

Where to Stay

Enjoy your stay in Bahamas

The Bahamas is not exclusively cheap in terms of travel or living, but if you know where to look you’re in luck. There are a few islands that are somewhat untouched by the prying eyes of abundant tourists, but if you look hard enough, you can find accommodation here to be extremely cheap – plus you won’t have to fight for a space on the beach!

Such islands include Cat Island, Andros, Abaco, Long Island, Crooked Island and Inagua, where you can experience total R&R amid the Bahamian beauty. On these islands, you’ll find that seafood is fairly cheap – and of course delicious – helping you to keep your pockets fuller for longer. It’s worth noting however that if there’s a popular upcoming festival, the islands prices will shoot up in anticipation of partygoers visiting to celebrate – so it’s best to avoid these dates if you’re trying to travel on the cheap.

when to visit the bahamas

Best time to visit Bahamas

The best time of year to visit the Bahamas if you want to soak up the Caribbean sun, is between the months of November to April when the weather is pleasantly warm yet with less rain than the summer months. The average temperature is around 24°C, which is ideal if you want to explore without overheating!

What to do

Want to explore the island without spending a small fortune on attraction tickets and tours? We’ve rounded up some of the best things to see and do in the Bahamas, that won’t cost you so much as a penny.

Pristine Beaches

Pristine Beaches in Bahamas

The Bahamas is brimming with exotic white-sand beaches, so you’ll have your fair share of time spent on the sand. As a backpacker, you have total freedom and flexibility with regards to where you go and when, but we have a few favourite beaches we’re sure you won’t want to miss while you’re here. A few of these best public, free beaches include Cabbage beach, Cable Beach, Coco Plum beach, Lighthouse beach, Pink Sands beach, Jaws beach and beyond.

Queen’s Staircase

Queen’s Staircase in Bahamas

If you want a change of scenery beyond azure blue waters (we could personally stare at them for weeks on end!), then you need to visit Queen’s Staircase. This historical landmark in Nassau – the capital city of Bahamas – consists of 65 steps, carved out of solid limestone by slaves in the late 1700s. If you like history and culture, this attraction is free to visit – however you can hire someone if you wish to know more about the history of this place.

John Watling’s Distillery

JOHN WATLING’S DISTILLERY

If you fancy a tipple, take a free independent or guided tour of the John Watling’s Distillery. You’ll see barrels of rum lined up and discover the processes of rum making. There is a minimal charge for tasting their in-house rum, where the waiter explains the art of tasting and how to do it properly!

Port Lucaya Marketplace

PORT LUCAYA MARKETPLACE

It’s one of the top open-air marketplaces in Freeport, which you can visit while you are in the Bahamas. There are many opportunities for dining, entertainment and shopping within this bustling market; and in addition to local shops, there are boutiques too, which offer something different yet local. If you get tired of all the exploration, take a seat and unwind in the bars or diners within the market.

Dean’s Blue Hole

Dean’s Blue Hole

If you’re after a dive-in experience in paradise, you’ll find one at the Long Island area of the Bahamas. Dean’s Blue Hole is believed to be the deepest blue hole in the world, where the water plunges to a depth of 663 feet (202 metres) sure to test your adrenaline! Not into watersports? Lace up and go for a climb up one of the rugged cliffs, the effort will be worth it when you’re rewarded with breathtaking views at the top.

How to Explore

Explore Bahamas

Another way of living like a local on your Bahamas holidays is by using the local transportation. If you want to explore the roots of the place, interact with locals and join them on the public commute – you’ll soon get talking about the best places to visit unknown to tourists.

The cheapest and easiest modes of transport in the Bahamas are:

Jitney

This bus has a capacity of around 30 people, making it a spacious way to travel from A to B. However, these are not available on all of the islands, so be sure to check in advance.

Water Taxis

Water Taxis in Bahamas

The Bahamas houses around 700 islands, and taking the road can rack up some serious dough. There are plenty of ferries available with a variety of different routes – the prices vary depending on your destination, availability of seats and age.

Taxi

Taxi services in Bahamas

If you can’t flag down a Jitney, taxis are the next best way to travel if you’re not comfortable with driving in another country. The rates may vary but be careful as some journey costs may be fixed.

Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Bahamas Holiday

Holidays to Bahamas
  • Seafood is cheap and fresh, so you’ll want to indulge in local food at local eateries as much as you can.
  • Don’t get in a vehicle with strangers, especially at night time
  • You can camp at the beach if you don’t fancy renting accommodation.
  • If you want to explore nearby places, hire/buy a bike for a cheaper way to travel.
  • Travel off-season, avoid crowds and lap up the island’s natural beauty yourself!

Inspired by this carefree way of travelling? You can catch a last-minute flight to this Caribbean Isle for fantastic prices when you book with Crystal Travel. Explore our deals today and call to tailor your backpacking adventure…

Best Winter Sun Destinations to Visit around the World

Eager for a splash of winter sun? We don’t blame you. Escape grey skies and woolly jumpers for warmer weather in some of the world’s most exotic destinations in 2021. If you’ve been wondering where is hot in January, we’ve handpicked a list of some of the best places for year-round sun so you can start packing your suitcase for 2021.

1- The Maldives

Maldives

Say goodbye to the gloomy dark skies and welcome the bright sunshine in the unmatched beauty of the Maldives. With over 1190 islands in the Maldives archipelago (185 uninhabited), there’s an abundance of paradise isles to unwind on. Stay in a luxurious Water Villa, get active with watersports, pamper yourself with rejuvenating spa treatments and indulge in world-class food from the finest restaurants. Wherever you stay, you’ll have an unforgettable time in the Maldives.

Best time to visit: November – April

Average Temperature: 29.9°C

Top Attractions: Meeru island, Maafushi, Ari Atoll.

2- Malaysia

Full of luxurious hotels and resorts, Malaysia offers an enchanting escape in Southeast Asia. Whether you want to explore the incredible wildlife, admire skyscrapers in the bustling city, or relax on a white-sand beach, no two days are the same in this gorgeous destination. With almost 900 islands, water adventures, beach resorts and innovative cities, there really is something for everybody in this corner of the world.

Best time to visit: December – April

Average Temperature: 27°C

Top Attractions: Batu caves, Mount Kinabalu, Perhentian islands.

3- South Africa

South Africa makes for a perfect coastal escape in the winter months, with the best beaches, wildlife and adventure sports available to lap up. If you like to surf, you’ll be in for a treat as this part of the Atlantic experiences fantastic waves all year round. Or, if national parks and wildlife is your thing, head to Kruger National Park for an iconic safari experience or admires famous Table Mountain National Park. South Africa is one of the best winter holiday destinations for its diversity.

Best time to visit: December – February

Average Temperature: 28°C

Top Attractions: Cape of good hope, Robben Island, Boulders beach.

4- Thailand

Verdant forests, stunning islands, and paradise-worthy beaches, Thailand is one of the most popular places to spend your January holidays. Hop from island to island and discover all this incredible destination has to offer, from its beautiful animal sanctuary to lush forests, eclectic nightlife, drool-worthy street food and much more. Go rock climbing, discover hidden lagoons, scuba dive or spend a day with the elephants all while soaking up the toasty whether – the list is endless.

Best time to visit: December – February

Average Temperature: 31 – 34°C

Top Attractions: The grand palace, Railay beach, Similan islands.

5- Barbados

A tropical climate blesses Barbados throughout the year, making it a perfect destination for any month or season. However, if you wish to experience the dry season of Barbados then January is the best month to do so. Mouth-watering dishes, swimming with the turtles and lots of well-earned lazy afternoons can be spent here with your loved ones.

Best time to visit: December – April

Average Temperature: 29°C

Top Attractions: Harrison’s cave, Carlisle bay, Animal flower cave.

6- Dubai

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, Dubai certainly has the wow-factor. Perfect to visit in January, you’ll be met by an abundance of things to see and do here – from shopping in city-sized malls to attending cultural events, taking part in adventure sports and wandering exotic souks – there really is no end to the entertainment. This world-class destination isn’t short of luxurious resorts either, so you’ll be sure to stay in style while you’re here. The summer warmth is quite unbearable in Dubai, but the winter months are the most pleasant times to explore the place.

Best time to visit: November – April

Average Temperature: 26°C

Top Attractions: The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai safari.

7- Sri Lanka

Golden beaches and blue skies calls are what you can expect on holidays to Sri Lanka, a perfect winter escapade this season. Aside from picture-perfect beaches, history lovers can also spot some amazing UNESCO world heritage sites with olde-worlde ruins to discover. With amazing views from different cliffs, enchanting fortresses and breathtaking temples, this Sri Lankan holiday might be all that you have been waiting for.

Best time to visit: November – February

Average Temperature: 27°C

Top Attractions: Sigiriya fortress, Yala national park, Galle Dutch fort.

8- Cyprus

Cyprus may not be far-flung or exotic as our other featured destinations, but it certainly brings the heat. The sun shines for almost the entire year here, (approximately 340 days) and it’s one of the warmest places to visit in the Mediterranean. Whisk the family away to a landscape of beautiful beaches, rich history and lush forests, each of which sure to help you forget about the drizzly weather back home. Cyprus can offer you both unspoiled natural beauty and atmospheric streets, so you can have a holiday that’s as laid-back or lively as you wish.

Best time to visit: November – February

Average Temperature: 23°C

Top Attractions: Tombs of the kings, Nissi beach, Coral bay.

9- Laos

Laos serves up spiritual and cultural vibes to visitors that wish to explore this corner of Southeast Asia. You’ll discover intricate ancient temples, cascading waterfalls, verdant jungles brimming with Gibbons and plenty of adventure sports – from kayaking to white-water rafting, zip line experiences and more.

If you like to shop, there’s plenty of market stalls oozing spilling with handmade arts and crafts for those all-important keepsakes.

Best time to visit: December – March

Average Temperature: 27°C – 29°C

Top Attractions: Phousi hill, Kuang Si waterfall, Wat Xiengthong.

10- Morocco

You are going to the right place if cultural beauty, bustling street markets, opulent buildings and intricately handcrafted ceramics is what you’re after. Morocco has a mild temperature in the winter months making it a perfect sunshine destination to beat the chills. There’s plenty for you to see within its cobbled streets, from colourful belly dancers and snake charmers to intimate shops selling unique souvenirs. One of the best destinations to put on your bucket list.

Best time to visit: November – March

Average Temperature: 20°C

Top Attractions: Bahia palace, Ouzoud falls, Koutoubia.

11- Egypt

The winter months in Egypt are certainly toastier than in the UK, with average highs of 19°C in Cairo and 22°C in a popular tourist resort, Sharm El Sheikh. Prepare to be enchanted by your visits to Cairo, Giza, Sphinx, Luxor, Aswan and more amazing places the country holds. You’ll notice ancient buildings, monuments and pastimes in abundance when you visit this interesting destination, with ornate carvings, statues and sculptures around every corner. Prefer a little R&R while you’re away? The luxury hotel resorts lining the Red Sea are sure to satisfy sun-seekers…

Best time to visit: December – February

Average Temperature: 19°C – 22°C

Top Attractions: Great Sphinx of Giza, Karnak, The Egyptian museum.

12. Vietnam

Vietnam experiences warm weather in January, with average temperatures of 26°C in the south, 23°C in the central regions and a cooler (and more comfortable) 18°C in the north. Discover the vibrant cities including Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chin Minh City, with their rich history and bustling atmosphere – or, go more rural and visit Halong Bay with its turquoise waters or verdant Cat Ba Island and you’ll feel a million miles from home.

Best time to visit: November – February

Average Temperature: 25°C

Top Attractions: Chu chi tunnel, Temple of literature, Ha Long bay.

13- Mexico

The perfect destination for exploring white-sand beaches, ancient Mayan architecture and an underwater world of exotic marine life – Mexico holidays are a fantastic option if you want an all-round sunshine escape in January. This sunny winter holiday destination is well-suited to those who enjoy being close to nature, love to adventure and lap up their fair share of buzzing nightlife and tasty food. Whether it’s cenote swimming, scuba diving, or simply lounging on Cancun beach that you’re looking forward to most, your Mexico holiday won’t disappoint.

Best time to visit: November – April

Average Temperature: 25°C – 27°C

Top Attractions: Tulum, Xcaret park, Pyramid of the sun.

14- Myanmar

Myanmar is generally a humid destination, but during the winter months, the climate becomes dry and a little cooler, making it a perfect stop for you. Typically there are fewer visitors around this time, so you won’t be overwhelmed by large crowds. You can admire the spectacular ancient sights, temples and amazing natural wonders at your leisure – ahh bliss.

Best time to visit: November – February

Average Temperature: 21°C – 24°C

Top Attractions: Inle Lake, Sule Pagoda, Ananda temple.

15- Oman

Oman’s diverse landscapes can be best experienced when the summer desert heat gets over-shadowed by pleasant winter temperatures. A scintillating sea breeze is going to embrace you when you’re exploring what this Middle Eastern gem has to offer, from its valleys and ravines to swaying palm trees and clear waters…

Best time to visit: October – April

Average Temperature: 26°C

Top Attractions: Jebel Shams, Wadi Ash Shab, Nizwa fort

So, there we have it, our list of the best places to visit in winter around the world. Call our experts at Crystal Travel and let us help you plan your trip this upcoming January 2021, for less.

10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in January around the World

There’s no better time than January to beat the winter chills and start the New Year with a bang, in some of the worlds far-flung destinations. Why wait any longer for blue skies, sandy beaches and pockets full of sunshine? Dive into our list of the most beautiful places to visit in January around the world.

1- Norway

If you don’t mind the cold, why not wrap up and experience a proper winter wonderland in Norway. January is the coldest month in Norway, which is one of the obvious reasons why it attracts fewer tourists, allowing you to explore the place at your own pace (and with plenty of space). Indulge in exciting snow sports or get lost in the dreamy landscape with frosty nights and lazy sunrises.

Top Attractions: Pulpit rock, seven sisters waterfall, Kjosfossen falls, Fonna glacier.

Average Temperature: High -1.8°C (28.8°F)

2- Bali

One of the best places to travel in January if you’re a sun-seeker, is Bali. This exotic Indonesian Island destination boasts fantastic sunshine ideal to warm things up when the winter chills hit the UK. It’s worth bringing your umbrella though since January is the wettest month with unpredictable rain spells – often a welcome cool-down from the heat!

Top Attractions: Mount Batur, Sacred monkey forest sanctuary, Bingin beach, Sanur.

Average Temperature: 26°C (78°F).

3- New Zealand

You can’t visit this amazing destination without soaking up an aerial view of the glaciers – a stunning experience. January is the warmest month in New Zealand with average temperatures of 24°C in the north and 19°C in the south, making it one of the most popular times for visitors to explore this island country.

The place is divided into North and South Island and it all depends on your curiosity where you land, as both the areas have attractive exploration options. From rooftop bars, beaches, erupting geysers and more, New Zealand makes for the perfect place to visit in January.

Top Attractions: Lake Tekapo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Fox glacier, Abel Tasman National park.

Average Temperature: 25°C (77°F)

4- South Africa

South Africa blooms the best in January, boasting a mix of moderate temperatures and no rainfall. It’s a great stop to explore everything this beautiful destination has to offer, from exotic wildlife to quirky party locations and dozens of natural attractions. Wander comfortably in the South African sun with a glass of wine in hand, touring the country’s renowned vineyards.

Top Attractions: Maclear’s Beacon, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Robben Island.

Average Temperature: 18°C (64.4°F)

5- Dubai

This man-made wonder nestled in the heart of a golden desert attracts tourists from all over the world. Dubai is renowned for its sheer luxury, world-class experiences, grandeur and record-breaking architecture – with exciting attractions sure to make for a memorable trip. The temperature in January is a comfortable 24°C, making it the perfect option if you’re seeking a splash of winter sun. Explore the bustling city or spend time relaxing on Jumeirah beach – Dubai can be as lively or laid-back as you wish.

Top Attractions: Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Beach.

Average Temperature: 24°C (75.2°F)

6- Maldives

No list is complete without a mention of the Maldives. Crowned as one of the best January holiday destinations, these paradise islands are a haven for those who want to lap up the luxury in style, with fun-loving watersports, rejuvenating spa treatments, first-class restaurants and state-of-the-art water villas to match. What better way to unwind after the festivities?

Top Attractions: Ari Atoll, Hukuru Miskiy, Fuvahmulah, Kuda Rah.

Average Temperature: 27°C (80.6°F)

7- Vietnam

Dry and sunny weather awaits you in Vietnam, a country that has natural beauty in abundance. There’s so much to discover here, from the world’s largest caves to beautiful Halong Bay, or take a hike up Cat Ba Island. Catch the enchanting Lantern Festival in Hoi An for the perfect way to see in the New Year. The early months serve up an eclectic blend of lively and serenity in Vietnam, making it one of the best holiday destinations in January.

Top Attractions: Cu Chi tunnel, Temple of Literature, The marble mountains, Ben Thanh market.

Average Temperature: 24°C (75.2°F)

8- Sri Lanka

The best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to March, perfect if you wish to escape the winter chills. Mix beautiful mountain backdrops and natural attractions with fast-paced urban life, and you’ve got the perfect balance for your Sri Lanka holidays. The landscapes, greenery, tea plantations, blue skies, Buddhist temples and golden beaches will make you fall in love with this corner of South Asia.

Top Attractions: Sigiriya Fortress, Adam’s Peak, Galle Dutch Fort, Elephant orphanage.

Average Temperature: 27°C (80.6°F)

9- Australia

Where better to find the sunshine than by travelling halfway across the world? If you want to see in the New Year before everybody on the planet, then Australia is the place to do it. With an average and super toasty temperature of 28°C, it’s no wonder it’s classed as one of the top January holiday destinations. Celebrate In style and watch the epic fireworks display in Sydney and Melbourne.

Top Attractions: Honeymoon Bay, Cumberland River, Cedar Creek, Coorong Beach.

Average Temperature: 28°C (82 °F)

10- Thailand

Thailand is known to show it all in only one trip, right from amazing cities to rainforests, the place has it all and in full glory. The days in Thailand in January are sunny and dry, making it one of the best places to go in January. Drive the Great Ocean Road, have a BBQ on the beach or wander Darling Harbour.

Top Attractions: The Grand Palace, Railay Beach, Khaosan Road, Ko Samet.

Average Temperature: 27°C (80.6 °F)

So there you have it, our compilation of some of the best places to visit in January – just in time for2021! Did you found your dream winter escape? Call us now to book a tailor-made holiday this January, for less.

How is the festive period likely to be different this year?

Christmas is upon us and amidst the pandemic, the festive season is going to look a little different this year. Families are encouraged to celebrate within their households in their local area only, to ensure the safety of loved ones and others you may come in contact with throughout this period.

Celebrating Christmas at Home

1- Christmas Bubbles

It is possible to celebrate Christmas this year by forming Christmas Bubbles. However, with the new lockdown rules implemented as of midnight on Saturday 19th December, these bubbles are only acceptable in certain tiers.

  • Tier 4 is prohibited to form bubbles or mix with other households
  • Tier 3 can form a bubble of three households on Christmas Day only.
  • The members of these bubbles can mix and enjoy in each other’s houses, a place of worship or in an outdoor public space or garden. Also, the bubble member’s list should be fixed as no swapping is allowed.
  • If you have children returning from university, they are automatically considered as a part of your household.
  • Other children who are not at university but are spread across the nation cannot form a bubble with their parents and must stick to their local areas.

2- Online celebrations

Online weddings, meetings and family reunions played a major part of 2020 with regards to both business and personal gatherings (hands up if you did one too many zoom quizzes?). Since there are restrictions on throwing a big party this year, zoom parties will most likely be the way forward – so be sure to have that WiFi working!

3- Communal gatherings

Currently, places of worship including churches will remain open even in the Tier 4 areas. This relaxation may however be reviewed for safety reasons, so it’s advised that, if you can, to attend church services online.

4- Online Christmas shopping

All major retail stores are likely to remain closed, so online shopping for gifts and essentials is probable. With this comes the possibility of popular items (Your Christmas Turkey) out of stock, so be sure to get online and buy as soon as possible with social distanced delivery.

Here’s to wishing you all a safe Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Uncover India’s 20 Most Stunning Places with your Family and Friends

A canvas of colour and beauty, India overwhelms its visitors with its myriad range of sights, experiences and tourist attractions. With more than 30,000 years of history, it is amongst the oldest civilizations in the world and home to many religions and cultures. It has been ruled by various dynasties and kingdoms that have left its reminder in the different forts, palaces and other historical monuments found all over the country. With a diverse landscape, India has been blessed with lush valleys, snow-covered mountains, plateaus, huge deserts, beautiful beaches and backwaters, all of which are worth a visit. If you are thinking of visiting this fascinating country, we have made a list of top Places to Visit in India:

1. Leh- Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Leh- Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

The adventure capital of the country, Leh-Ladakh is the ultimate dream of an adventure lover. Located at an altitude of about 2,300 to 5,000 metres above sea level, it is possessed with the top three mountain passes which make for a fun ride. It is also notable for its arid landscape, beautiful lakes, Buddhist monasteries and gompas. Leh-Ladakh is a favoured destination amongst adventurers and mountain lovers. The rough climatic conditions and inhospitable terrain further add to its charm. Shanti Stupa, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Khardung-La Mountain Pass and the Magnetic Hill are some of the places that you must visit on your trip to this fascinating place.

Things to do: Chadar Trek – Frozen River Zanskar Trek, Trek to Markha Valley, Cycling, Motor Biking, Spot the Snow Leopard, Indus River Rafting, Go on a Camel Safari, Go on a Yak Safari, Shop at the Leh Market, Skiing, Hangout at Lala’s Art Café.

Best time to visit: April to mid-May and mid-September to mid-October.

Nearest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh.

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Read Also: Top 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

2. Goa

Goa

Famous for its white-sand beaches, lively nightlife and pristine natural beauty, Goa attracts travellers from all over the country as well as the world. It is the smallest state on the western coast of India, is crowded with local and foreign tourists during the high season. Goa is not only popular for its wonderful beaches which are full of beach shacks with great music and mouth-watering seafood but also for its world heritage architecture and the amazing old churches. The Dudhsagar waterfalls is another attraction of Goa that attracts many visitors. It is also a biodiversity hotspot because of its location on the Western Ghats range making it a favorite among nature lovers.

Things to do: Enjoy sunbathing and nightlife, visit Baga, Learn about Goan history at Goa State Museum, Explore history at Chapora Fort, Shopping at the Anjuna Beach Flea Market, Water sports at Calangute, Get spiritual at The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Take in the view at Fort Aguada, Check out the Dudhsagar Falls, Dolphin Watching at Palolem, Water sports at Vasco Da Gama, Scuba Diving at Bogmalo Beach, Cocktails and Dancing at Gatsby’s Pub.

Best time to visit: November to February.

Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport or Goa International Airport.

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3. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

One of the oldest cities in India Varanasi or Banaras is situated along with the banks of the holy river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. Often referred to as the temple city of India, Varanasi is considered as the holy city by Hindus, Jains as well as Buddhists. Popular amongst both tourists and pilgrims, Varanasi Ghats are used by Hindu pilgrims for bathing and cremation. It is said to be continuously inhabited since the 11th century and is known as the spiritual capital of India. Pradeep Kumbhashi and Dasaswamedh ghat are some of the most famous Ghats which attract devotees and tourist for spiritual salvation.

Things to do: Boat Ride in Ganges River, Take a Holy Bath in the Ganges, Explore Varanasi Temples, A Sunset Stroll Along The Ghats, Witness Grandeur Evening Aarti Ceremony, Go for a Sightseeing Tour of Sarnath, Visit Historical Ramnagar Fort, Shopping in Varanasi’s Local Market.

Best time to visit: October to February.

Nearest Airport: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport.

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4. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Home to the iconic ‘Taj Mahal’, Agra is a city immersed in Mughal charm and needs no introduction. It is one of the most famous places to visit in India. The city has three world heritage sites the impressive Taj Mahal, magnificent Agra Fort and splendid Fatehpur Sikri, luring thousands of tourists, historians and art lovers from all across the country and the world. On your visit, savour the city’s authentic and traditional Mughlai flavours, go for shopping in the lively markets and watching the epic love story of Shah Jahan and his beloved, Noor Jahan at the Kalakriti Cultural & Convention. There is so much to do in the historic city of Agra. For a closer glimpse of this cultural city, take off the beaten road and explore the narrow alleyways of the old city, ancient temples or visit the renowned poet, Mirza Ghalib’s birthplace.

Things to do: Witness The charm of Taj Mahal, Explore the Jewel of Agra – Agra Fort, Explore the Sandstone City- Fatehpur Sikri, Delve in the beauty of Jahangir Mahal, Delve in the spirituality of Jama Masjid, Witness the serenity of Humayun’s Mosque, Witness the historically Rich- Itimad-Ud-Daulah, Wander through the streets of Agra.

Best time to visit: April to October.

Nearest Airport: Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport in Agra.

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5. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

A beautiful city in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer which is also known as the ‘Land of Golden Sand’ is popular for its rich cultural heritage and magnificent forts. Set amidst an endless stretch of golden Thar Desert, Jaisalmer attracts travellers from different corners of the world. With its extensive range of cultural activities and authentic Rajasthani cuisine, Jaisalmer impresses its visitors especially during the Jaisalmer Desert Festival which includes Folk dances, musical performances and camel shows. Witness the magnificence of Jaisalmer fort as you admire its intricate carvings and impressive architecture. Also, visit the ancient ‘Salim ji ki Haveli’ and ‘Nathmal ji ki Haveli’ that reminds us of the royal grandeur of erstwhile wealthy Rajput merchants. One can also go for sand dune bashing and camel safari in the desert and enjoy a stay at the camp under the open starlit sky. Your trip to Jaisalmer holds numerous adventures and extraordinary opportunities for fun.

Things to do: Camping, Jeep Safari, Parasailing, Camel Ride, Visit Jaisalmer Fort, Feast on Rajasthani Cuisine, Enjoy Quad Biking, Dune Bashing, Paramotoring, Visit Gadisar Lake, Explore Tanot Mata Mandir, Visit Patwon Ki Haveli, Visit Desert National Park, Enjoy traditional Puppet Show, Uncover Jaisalmer War Museum, Explore Longewala War Memorial.

Best time to visit: October to February.

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur airport.

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6. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Bordering the River Ganges, Rishikesh is yet another spiritual destination in India. Located in the foothills of Himalayas, it is also famous for yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic resorts which attracts tourists from all over the world. One of the holiest places for Hindus, it is a pilgrimage town where Hindus sages and saints have been coming in search of knowledge and meditation since time immemorial. It is also an adventure destination for youngsters with activities like rafting, zip-lining, bungee jumping and so much more. The city also holds the International Yoga Festival every year.

Things to do: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping And Bonfire, Mountain Biking, Flying Fox, Cliff Jumping, Body Surfing, Trekking, Rappelling And Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Enjoy Ayurvedic Massage And Therapies, Parasailing And Paragliding, Yoga And Meditation, Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat.

Best time to visit: September to November and February to June.

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun.

7. Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg, Karnataka

Located on the slopes of Western Ghats in Karnataka, Coorg is counted amongst the top hill stations in India. With its verdant plantations, wonderful viewpoints and lush greenery, it is often called the Scotland of East. The charm of this place lies in its beautiful amalgamation of history, nature and adventure. Visit the Madikeri fort to admire its architecture and learn about its vast history or experience the adventure as you trek to the Abbey waterfalls. Enjoy the enchanting views of the scenic landscape and spend some moments of joy in the lap of nature.

Things to do: Camping, Enjoy river rafting in the Barapole, Sunset Jeep Drive At Mandalpatti, Enjoy Quad Biking, Visit Dubare Elephant Camp, Visit Abbey Falls, Kumara Parvatha Trek, Hike to Raja’s Seat, Visit Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Visit Madikeri Fort, Explore The Wildlife at Nagarhole National Park, Dubare River Rafting.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Nearest Airport: Mandakalli airport in Mysore.

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8. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

An incredible place to visit in India, Rann of Kutch is one of the greatest salt deserts in the world that remains submerged underwater for 4 months in a year. With its astonishing beauty, it attracts an endless number of tourists especially during the Rann Utsav when one gets to experience the different shades of the region. It gets alive with live folk music and dance performances and camel safaris. Tourists get a chance to experience a rustic stay while relishing delicious Kutch cuisine which makes the experience an unforgettable one for every visitor.  Get a glimpse of the salt-making process as you take a stroll through the white desert or watch the colourful migratory birds in the nearby Chari Daand Sanctuary, your trip to Kutch is bound to be an eye-opener.

Things to do: Witness the Gorgeous White Salt Desert, Visit Kala Dungar: the Highest Point in Kutch Region, Visit Kutch Museum at Bhuj, Visit Vijay Vilas Palace, Enjoy Camel Ride on Mandvi Beach, Explore Wild Ass Sanctuary, Visit Prag Mahal and Aina Mahal at Bhuj.

Best time to visit: October to February.

Nearest Airport: Bhuj Airport.

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9. Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi, Karnataka

One of the most incredible places to visit in India, Hampi is the ruined city of the Vijayanagar Empire dating back to the 14th century. Immersed in the glorious past, the ancient city of Hampi is home to a number of strikingly beautiful monuments, temples and palaces offering a glimpse of the grandeur and magnificence of the Vijayanagar rulers. Spread over 4,100 hectares, it is a UNESCO world heritage site of more than 1600 remains of the last Hindu Kingdom of South India. Whether it is the artistic beauty of the Virupaksha Temple, the innate carvings of the iconic stone chariot in the Vijaya Vittala Temple or the ornamentally carved pillars of Achyutaraya Temple, visitors will be amazed by the sheer majesty of this place. A trip to Hampi is incomplete without taking part in its musical extravaganza during the ‘Hampi Utsav’, a 3-day festival in the first week of November when the entire city comes alive with glittering lights and cultural dance performances.

Things to do: Try Bouldering, Stay in a hut on Hippie Island in Hampi, Climb Matanga Hill for a Spectacular View of Hampi, Visit Anjaneya Hill – the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, Visit Sunset Point on Hippie Island, Cliff jumping, Scooter Ride Around Hampi and See Rice Paddies.

Best time to visit: October to February.

Nearest Airport: Belgaum airport.

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10. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Located amidst the Himalayas at an elevation of 3,858m, the valley of flowers is a national park in the North Chamoli district of Uttrakhand. It is well known for its variety of flora and flower meadows. Monsoon season is the best time to visit and see this valley in full bloom. It was discovered by the British traveller Frank Smith in the year 1931 who then wrote a book on the Valley of Flowers popularising this place among Nature lovers worldwide. Trekking through this fascinating valley enjoying the view of a variety of wildflowers is an experience of a lifetime. You are likely to spot flowers like lilies, poppy, geranium, calendula, daisies, zinnia and petunia. Valley of Flowers is a must visit place in India and makes for a perfect getaway for you and your friends.

Things to do: Explore Valley of Flowers National Park, Visit Hemkund Sahib, Ghangaria, Gaurikund, Bedini Bugyal, Badrinath Temple, Govindghat, Vasudhara Falls, Bheem pul, Lakshman Ganga River, Nanda Devi National Park, Narsingh Temple, Pushpawati River.

Best time to visit: July to September.

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun.

11. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla does not need an introduction. The snow-clad mountains, the lush greenery and the ageless charm make it an unforgettable hill station. It has been a popular summer holiday retreat since the colonial times. It was the summer capital of British India, the reflection of which can be seen in the various Victorian style colonial buildings found here. Traffic is banned from the central part of the town so one can explore it on foot. The Mall is the most popular hanging spot in Shimla that houses some of the loveliest cafes and eating joints. Discover the incandescent beauty and serenity of Shimla on your trip to India.

Things to do: Travel in Toy Train, Visit the Shimla Ridge, Shopping at Lakkar Bazar, Ice skating, Camping, Paragliding, Rafting at Tattapani, Trekking to the top of Jakhu Temple, Walking through the pine forests, Photography at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Walking through the Military Museum at Annandale, Take a Glance at the Setting sun at Scandal Point.

Best time to visit: March to June.

Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport.

12. Kashmir

Kashmir

Renowned for its enthralling beauty, Kashmir is one of the most amazing places to visit in India that has been rightly called the Paradise on Earth. Surrounded by the snow-covered peaks of Himalayan and Pir-Panjal ranges, Kashmir is home to picturesque lakes, lush green gardens, fruit orchards and thick woods of pines and deodars, making it picture-perfect destination for holidays. On your visit to Kashmir, enjoy a heavenly Shikara boat ride on the dal lake or stroll through the beautifully manicured Mughal Gardens. Enjoy a gondola ride at Gulmarg or soak in the beauty of Betaab and Aru valleys. And while you are there, do not forget to relish the traditional Wazwan dishes and buy souvenirs such as Kashmiri handicrafts to take back home. Your trip to Kashmir holds many possibilities and unlimited options for relaxation and enjoyment. The breathtaking beauty of Kashmir is sure to captivate your heart.

Things to do: Enjoy Shikara Ride in Dal Lake, Gondola Rides at Gulmarg, Experience Nature’s Wonder at Magnetic Hill, Trek Chadar Lake, Down the Slopes of Gulmarg valley, Stay in a House Boat, Indulge in the Heavenly Taste of Kashmiri Cuisine, A Trip to Shalimar Bagh, Must Visit the Monasteries of Kashmir.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Nearest Airport: Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar.

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13. Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok, Sikkim

Situated at a height of 5500 feet with a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and provides the perfect base for travel through the state. It is a cosmopolitan city that offers all the amenities to the travellers. A popular place for tourists who are heading for treks, you will find numerous viewpoints that offer glimpses of the snow-topped Khangchendzonga. Visit the Chogyal Palace, with its manicured gardens, a former royal residence and a city attraction worth exploring.

Things to do: River Rafting, Paragliding, Goecha La Trek, Cycling on Silk Route, Seven Sisters Waterfall, Visit Nathu La Pass, Explore Tsomgo Lake, Enjoy Yak Safari, Go For Cable Ride, Mountain Biking, Visit Rumtek Monastery, View Sunset At Tashi Viewpoint, Discover Lal Bazaar.

Best time to visit: October to mid-December.

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Domestic Airport in West Bengal.

14. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Located in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is a piece of paradise and boasts of the mesmerizing natural landscape and old-world charm. With pine valleys, flower meadows, cascading rivers and misty mountains, it offers travellers peace and serenity. The Scottish and Victorian architecture will remind of the colonial times. It was a favourite amongst the colonial British who would often come here during summers. Panch Pulla, Satdhara Falls and the Daikund peak are the top tourist attractions here. Get away from the monotonous city life to spend some moments in the lap of nature.

Things to do: Boating on the Chamera Lake, Trekking at the DainKund Hill, Visit the Rock Garden, Shopping at Gandhi Chowk, Drive through Garam Sadak, Visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Dine at Café Dalhousie, Paragliding, Horse Riding, Camping, Upper Bakrota Loop Walk.

Best time to visit: March to June.

Nearest Airport: Pathankot Airport.

15. Alleppey, Kerala

Alleppey, Kerala

Kerala is often called God’s own land and Alleppey could be a reason behind it. Experience the best of Kerala’s backwaters in Alleppey, one of the best tourist attractions in India. You will be mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of this place. Nestled between canals and waterways, it is fondly referred to as the ‘Venice of East’. It is considered to be the oldest planned town of the region and you will be impressed by its picturesque lakes, canals and lagoons flanked by the rice paddies and palms. Hire a houseboat and float along the waterways gazing over paddy fields and simple village life along the banks. If you love taking photographs, get ready to click some captivating pictures with a vivid background.

Things to do: Enjoy your stay at Houseboat, Explore your religious side, Rejuvenate yourself Ayurvedic massage and Spa in Alleppey, Enjoy wonderful food in Alleppey, View gorgeous sunset in Alleppey, Visit Revi Karunakaran Museum, Watch Snake Boat Race, Enjoy the Nehru boat race every monsoon in Alleppey, Visit Karumadikuttan Statue.

Best time to visit: November to February.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport in Kochi.

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16. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

A UNESCO world heritage site, the Khajuraho group of temples were built around the 1st century AD by Chandela Rajput. It is famed far and wide for its erotic stone carvings and sculptures depicting deities, animals and mythical creatures. The western group of temples, in particular, contains some of the finest temple art in the world. The temples are a remarkable example of the Hindu Nagara style of architecture. Located against the beautiful backdrop of the Vindhya Range of mountains, Khajuraho is a fascinating destination to visit in India.

Things to do: Explore Temples of Khajuraho, Witness Wildlife and Nature at Panna National Park, Enjoy the Dance Festival, Visit State Museum of Tribal and Folk Art, Explore Raneh Falls Canyon, contemplate in the Beauty of Pandav Waterfall, Take a Visit to Ajaigarh Fort, Experience Ayurvedic Spa at Ayur Arogyam, Explore the Ruins of Mastani Mahal, Enjoy Jungle Safari at Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary.

Best time to visit: October to February.

Nearest Airport: Khajuraho Airport.

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17. Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Aurangabad, Maharashtra

A historical city located in the Maharashtra state of India, Aurangabad is mostly popular for Ajanta and Ellora caves. Several dynasties have ruled the city in the past and you will find many architectural marvels reminding the tales of these empires. Boasting a rich heritage and plenty of historical monuments, Aurangabad is visited by both domestic and international tourists. Visit the Bibi ka Maqbara that reflects the architecture of the iconic Taj Mahal and houses the tomb of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s wife. Admire the intricate carvings of the fortified city gates such as Kala Darwaza and Rangeen Darwaza which offers a peek into the artistic skills of the artisans of ancient times. The cultural festival ‘Ellora Ajanta Festival’ is another reason to visit Aurangabad when the city comes alive with dance performances and cultural music in the backdrop of 1400 years old caves illuminated by glittering lights.

Things to do: Visit Bibi-qa-Maqbara, Green Leaf, Explore Aurangabad Caves, Siddarth Garden, Visit Bhadra Maruti Temple, Valley Of the Sufi Saints, Explore Ellora Caves, Ajanta Caves, Explore Jyothirlinga Grishneshwar temple.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Nearest Airport: Chikalthana Airport in Aurangabad.

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18. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar, Kerala

The heart of Kerala, Munnar is famous for its rolling hills and endless tea plantations. It was the summer capital of British administration and many of these tea plantations were started under British rule. The low Western Ghats scenery with spice and tea plantations is magnificent and one often feels above the clouds with a veil of mist everywhere. Munnar is also the land of the Kurunji flower that blooms once in 12 years. A visit to the plantation is a must on your visit to this lovely hill station. The best time to visit is between September and May if you are looking for an idyllic vacation.

Things to do: Hike to the Anamudi Peak, Mountain Biking, Eravikulam National Park Safari, Rejuvenate at Lakkam Waterfalls, Rock Climbing, Visit Echo Point, Spend an Evening at Mattupetty Dam, Visit Thoovanam Falls, Enjoy Shikara Ride in Kundala Lake, Elephant Safari at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park, Rejuvenate With an Ayurvedic Spa, Visit the Tea Museum, Visit Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation.

Best time to visit: March to May and December to February.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport in Kochi.

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19. Andaman and Nicobar islands

Andaman and Nicobar islands

A cluster of small islands, Andaman and Nicobar are famous for pristine beaches and unique water activities. Offering great opportunities for scuba diving, one can enjoy all kinds of water activities on the island. Home to vibrant coral reefs, it is the best place to experience the underwater world of aquatic lives. A group of more than 500 shimmering islands in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands are relatively unexplored which only adds to its enigmatic charm and lure thousands of tourists every year. ‘Radhanagar Beach’ on ‘Havelock Island’ is considered the best beach in Asia. It is a paradise for honeymooning couples who can be seen here walking hand-in-hand and enjoying nature.

Things to do: Discover the Sea Life with Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Visit the Limestone Caves in Baratang Island, Mangrove Kayaking at Mayabunder, Visit Radhanagar Beach, Visit the Famous Cellular Jail, Enjoy Barren Island Volcano Tour, Parasailing, Visit Forest Museum, Visit Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.

Best time to visit: October to May.

Nearest Airport: Veer Savarkar International Airport or Port Blair Airport.

20. Meghalaya

Meghalaya

Meghalaya is also known as the ‘Abode of Clouds’ and you will know the reason when you visit this place. With high hills, undulating streams and waterfalls, it is a land of mesmerizing scenic beauty that won’t cease captivate you. Located in the Northeastern part of India, Meghalaya separates Assam from the plains of Bangladesh and popular for its rocky cliffs and mysterious caves. A popular travel destination during monsoon, it is the wettest place on Earth. Cherrapunji and Mawsynram receive the maximum rainfall annually so if you love rain, you know where to travel on your vacation. Most of the rain falls between June and September creating numerous impressive waterfalls. See the best of what Meghalaya has to offer on your visit to India.

Things to do: Explore Cherrapunji, Visit Nohkalikai Waterfalls – India’s Tallest Plunge Waterfall, Living Root Bridges, Explore Mawlynnong Village – The Cleanest Village in Asia, Visit Nongkhnum Island, Wildlife encounter at Balpakram National Park, Visit Don Bosco Museum, Shopping at Police Bazar and Leh Duh Market, Play Golf in Shillong.

Best time to visit: March to July.

Nearest Airport: Umroi Airport in Shillong.