British Airways has updated its routes for long and short-haul journeys across the globe, whilst adding new destinations to the list. The streamlining is in the account for new take-offs starting this October 2020 from London City, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.
Short and Long Operational Routes
Here are some of the major announcements for the resumption and the addition of new routes:
Flights have been resumed to Bahrain, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Montreal and Tokyo Haneda. Also, a new route has been launched to Lahore at London Heathrow.
At London Gatwick, flights to Grenada will be resumed, with additional route introduced to Montego Bay.
Short-haul flights to be started this month to Brussels, Gothenburg, Luxembourg, Milan Linate, Stuttgart, Reykjavik and Valencia.
Routes such as Bilbao, Jersey, Kos, Lanzarote, Madeira, Naples, Porto, Seville and Tenerife will continue to be operational.
Service in place to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast City, Dublin, Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Zurich, Nice, Florence, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza from London City.
New routes up in the list are to Newquay, San Sebastian, Rhodes, Perugia, Podgorica, Pristina, Milan Bergamo and more.
The routes majorly are operations from London Heathrow and only a few, in particular, are from Gatwick.
Here is the list of long-haul flights to various destinations, along with the frequency of flights mentioned in accordance.
CANADA Toronto – 7x weekly Montreal – 3x weekly
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA New York JFK – 14x weekly Chicago O’Hare – 12x weekly Boston – 7x weekly San Francisco – 7x weekly Los Angeles – 7x weekly Miami – 7x weekly Orlando – 7x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 12 October) Washington Dulles – 7x weekly Dallas / Fort Worth – 7x weekly Seattle – 3x weekly Houston – 3x weekly Atlanta – 7x weekly Philadelphia – 2x weekly
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA Sao Paulo – 7x weekly Buenos Aires – 3x weekly Cancun – 3x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 17 October) Mexico City – 4x weekly
CARIBBEAN Barbados – 7x weekly (Gatwick from 2 October & Heathrow from 17 October) Bermuda – 4x weekly (Gatwick) Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – 2x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 25 October) Mauritius – 3x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 15 October) St Lucia – 5x weekly (Gatwick) Antigua – 5x weekly (Gatwick) Kingston – 3x weekly (Gatwick) Montego Bay – 2x weekly (new route at Gatwick provisionally from 13 October) Grenada – 2x weekly (Gatwick from 15 October) Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (POS) – 5x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 25 October) Trinidad & Tobago (TAB) – 1x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 26 October) Saint Kitts – 1x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 28 October) Punta Cana – 3x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 27 October) Cayman Islands – 0.5x weekly (Heathrow)
MIDDLE EAST Tel Aviv – 7x weekly Dubai – 7x weekly Kuwait – 3x weekly Riyadh – 3x weekly (delayed to 15 October) Bahrain – 3x weekly
SOUTH & CENTRAL ASIA Mumbai – 5x weekly Delhi – 7x weekly Bangalore – 4x weekly Hyderabad – 4x weekly Chennai – 3x weekly Islamabad – 7x weekly Lahore – 4x weekly (new route from 12 October)
INDIAN OCEAN Seychelles – 2x weekly (from 10 October) Mauritius – 3x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 15 October) Male – 3x weekly (transfers to Heathrow from 16 October)
FAR EAST Hong Kong – 7x weekly Singapore – 4x weekly Tokyo Haneda – 3x weekly Shanghai – 2x weekly Kuala Lumpur – 4x weekly
Safety and Precautions
British Airways have been stringent in following strict health protocols to make sure your safety is not compromised.
Every seat, screen, seat belt and tray tables are cleaned and disinfected after every flight, along with the cleaning of aircraft all over thoroughly.
The air in the cabins gets replaced every 2 to 3 minutes through HEPA filters.
At the airport, face masks are mandatory at all times, self-service check-in, minimal contact, hand sanitizers throughout the airport and self-scanning of boarding passes.
Amendments in foodservice, thus making sure that you have reduced physical contact with the crew.
British Airways has come up with new solutions and measures in place, with upcoming and looming new uncertainties.
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Think Australia and the images that come to our mind are of the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and Melbourne, all of which are on the east coast. Most travellers tend to flock to the east coast but the west coast also has its charm. Perth, the largest city on the west coast is where nature and modern life coexist together. The fourth-most populous city in Australia has no shortage of tourist attractions and if you give it a chance, you’ll be surprised by the variety it offers. From gorgeous beaches to a lively nightlife, you’ll be amazed by the list of what to do in Perth. The city has restored over the years with a series of cafes, restaurants, a waterfront development that looks like the Darling Harbour in Sydney and a great bar scene. With an attractive setting by the Swan River, you’ll find several stunning beaches with tremendous appeal and a lot less crowd than its east coast counterparts. The best time to visit Perth is during the shoulder seasons, spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May).
Here are the top 10 things to do in Perth that should not be missed during your trip to this part of Australia.
1. Enjoy a Cruise on the Swan River
Often called the sunniest capital, Perth is situated along the Swan River linking the suburbs, hills and the ocean. With cultural and environmental significance, the city has been awarded Western Australia’s first heritage icon. On a sunny day, jump on a cruise down the Swan River to see a different side of Perth. You’ll be mesmerised by the magnificent views as you cruise between Perth and the Port of Freemantle. It is also a chance to see the significant attractions of the city such as the soaring glass spire of the Bell Tower, the restored Swan Brewery, Kings Park and many more. Most of the cruises include a wine tasting, a complimentary lunch and some even pay a visit to the winery. A river cruise definitely should be on your list of things to do in Perth when planning a visit.
Located right in the centre of the city in the middle of the Swan River, Heirisson Island is an unexpected treasure and offers a much-needed escape from city life. It is a spot filled with solitude, an array of birds and its population of kangaroos. You’ll have to go through a gate on the western side of the island to get to the roos where you’ll find a fence to stop them wandering to the nearby road. These kangaroos can be difficult to find during the day when they’re usually sleeping, especially when it’s hot outside. When the weather is cool, you can often find them grazing and hopping around. It strange that most people have never heard of this hidden treasure just minutes away from the city. Situated on the Swan River, between East Perth and Victoria Park, this is the place where you can witness kangaroos in their natural habitat. While at this tourist attraction in Perth, don’t forget to take lots of photographs!
Five minutes’ walk away from central Perth, Northbridge is a kaleidoscope of food, arts and vibrant nightlife. It has an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, restaurants and some of the best bars in Western Australia. Home to Perth’s Chinatown, it offers great coffee and brunch options, vintage stores, homewares and small bars, and is a great place to spend time out drinking, dining or simply wandering around. A popular tourist attraction in Perth, Northbridge is also home to Perth’s Cultural Centre which houses the new WA Museum, the State Theatre of Western Australia and the Art Gallery of Western Australia showcasing over 1,000 pieces of national and international art pieces. Spend your days exploring the museums and your evenings eating out and enjoying the lively nightlife.
When it comes to shopping, Perth has a lot of things to offer. It is home to numerous shopping outlets, from extensive markets to stylish malls. Murray and Hay Street malls are the two main shopping malls in the city which are pedestrian malls and closed to traffic, with a wide range of speciality stores. Myer and David Jones are two main department stores you’ll see in downtown and the suburbs. With several shopping avenues, the question of what to do in Perth does not even exist. Whether you are looking to buy something particular or just want to wander around the clean city, there are plenty of options for everyone and paths to walk along.
One of Perth’s most stunning tourist attractions, the Bell Tower overlooks the Swan River and is an important landmark in the city. This is a set of 18 bells hanging in a specially built 271 ft. high copper and glass campanile. It is the second-largest set of ringing bells in the world, the largest being Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, with 19 bells. Dating back to 14th century, it’s worth noting that the bells are not rung by machine but instead by the volunteer members of the St. Martin’s Society of Change Ringers Inc. The bell tower is located at Barrack Square, just a short five-minute walk from the city centre.
6. Explore Kings Park
Kings Park is another place to visit in Perth, where the city meets the nature, offering unique opportunities to its residents and tourists to connect with nature in the heart of Perth, overlooking the Swan River. It is also popular for being home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden. From lovely gardens and walking trails to kid’s playgrounds and picnic spots, you’ll find here something for everyone. Climb the 202 steps of the spiralling DNA Tower to enjoy the spectacular views from the top. You’ll be able to enjoy the views of Kings Park, Botanic Garden and the Swan River and over to Rottnest Island. DNA tower that resembles the DNA molecule was inspired by a staircase in a Chateau at Blois in France. To see the park in full bloom, plan your visit in spring or summer. Kings Park played a great role in preserving not only European but also Aboriginal heritage. It is extremely significant in the fields of horticulture and quite renowned for its conservation efforts.
7. Explore The Historic Fremantle
The historic seaside port of Fremantle is a suburb of Perth located just 30 minutes from downtown and dotted with numerous cool cafes, bars and seafood restaurants. Renowned for its street buzz and an eclectic mix of art and culture, it is one of the world’s best-preserved examples of a 19th-century port streetscape complete with its heritage buildings and fascinating maritime history. Experience the wonderful nightlife by visiting its clubs and bars that play live music until the early hours. If you still have energy left dancing through the night, drop at one of the cafés for morning coffee.
8. Caversham Wildlife Park
Situated just 25 minutes East of Perth, Caversham Wildlife Park is easily accessible by car and offers a chance to get up close to some of the extraordinary Aussie Wildlife. One of the top places to visit in Perth, this park is home to over 2,000 distinctive animals and over 200 species of fauna. Here, you can feed kangaroos, stroke a koala and click photos with a wombat. You get to see the animals that you probably haven’t even heard of such as flying foxes, kookaburras, cassowaries, quokkas, echidnas and more. A visit to Caversham is incomplete without a visit to Molly’s Farm, which is an interactive farmyard where one can feed the animals. Also watch the farm show where you get to witness sheep shearing, sheepdogs mustering the sheep and also get to meet a stockman on a horse.
9. Hit the Gorgeous Beaches
Beaches are one of the best perks of living in Perth. One not only gets to enjoy the crystal-clear blue waters and white sands but do it without the huge crowds that you see elsewhere. Perth is one of the world’s most isolated cities and a great place to enjoy the laidback lifestyle. Cottesloe Beach, Mullaloo Beach, Scarborough and City Beach are some of the popular beaches in the city.
Cottesloe Beach or as the locals refer to it ‘Cott’, is only 20 minutes away from the city and extremely popular because of its laid-back surf culture and crystal-clear waters. The beach is ideal for swimming, dolphin-spotting and snorkelling. Mullaloo Beach and Scarborough are favourites amongst families. With barbeques and sheltered benches for a picnic, it is ideal for families and kids. There is even a kid’s playground. City Beach is fantastic for surfers with constant strong waves. There are plenty of open-air cafes and seafood restaurants overlooking the ocean.
10. Day trip to Rottnest Island
Located 18 kilometres off the coast of Perth City, Rottnest Island is an incredible beach getaway with over 60 picturesque beaches and bays. Also called Root by the locals, it is best explored on a bicycle as there are no cars on the island. The island earned its name in 1696 from the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh, who visited the island and mistook its strange marsupial population for common rats and named it Rottnest meaning ‘rat’s nest’. Today, one of the main attractions for visitors to this island is having a photo taken alongside the ‘rats’, known as Quokkas. Other activities on the island include tennis and golf as well as fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and diving.
What if we say that there are places around the world that are near to the extinction? Sounds absurd, but constant man-made interference in nature has brought numerous, especially fragile places closer to destruction. The day is not far when many places will disappear from the face of the earth. We bring you 10 extremely endangered places which might get wiped away from the earth in a mere five to ten decades. Visit these10 places before they disappear forever from the planet.
1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Yes, you heard it right. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia renowned globally for being the biggest reef sustaining a wide range of marine life will completely disappear by 2050. It is estimated that in the past three decades, more than half of the reef has been lost, due to global warming and coral bleaching. The crystal clear water of the reef is home to over 1, 500 varieties of fishes and corals. The reef covers a total area of 1,680 miles and is a major tourist attraction. A holiday to the Great Barrier Reef will surely be unforgettable as it has spectacular beaches, vibrant marine life and a plethora of adventure activities to indulge in.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from June to October.
What to do: Activities tourists can indulge in Great Barrier Reef are snorkelling, diving, hot air balloon tours, swimming, scuba diving, beach stroll and reef cruise ride.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Sydney or Melbourne. Board another flight to coastal cities of Queensland like Cairns or Port Douglas, and from there, various tours will take you the Great Barrier Reef.
2. Franz Josef Glacier, South Island, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier located in South Island is probably lesser-known and also less travelled. The glacier is located on the West Coast of New Zealand, right in the middle of a temperate forest with a height of 11,500 feet above the sea level. Since 2000, these glaciers have been melting at a great rate and has receded by 38 per cent and lost 25 per cent of the land area. Environmental scientists fear that by the next 100 years, the glacier will disappear.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is fromNovember to February.
What to do: Tourists visiting Franz Josef Glacier can indulge in a range of activities like hiking, ice climbing, trekking, bird and wildlife watching.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Christchurch and from there, one can drive to the glacier. Franz Josef Airport is the closet to reach the glaciers.
3. The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
Where to visit before it’s too late?The answer to this is the Amazon forest, which is facing an existential threat. Undoubtedly, the Amazon rainforest is the biggest in the world with a total area of 1.4 billion acres, spread across countries like Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Surinam. This tropical jungle has its diverse ecosystem with numerous species of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the landscape. The entire Amazon forest alone produces more than 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen. Also, Amazon has one-fifth of the world’s freshwater. Being so vital to the earth, constant human activities have threatened the forest and it is estimated that the Amazon rainforest will be completely wiped out from the face of the earth in the coming 50 years.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is in May and early June.
What to do: In Amazon, tourist will be spoilt for choices – from jungle walk, kayaking, Canopy Bridge Walk, swimming or visiting the local community, the options are endless.
How to Reach: You can take a flight to Manaus in Brazil or Puerto Maldonado and Cusco located in Peru. From there, numerous travel agencies offer a range Amazon tour depending upon the budget of tourists.
4. Komodo Island, Indonesia
Komodo Island in Indonesia is renowned for the Komodo dragon – a giant lizard. The pristine sea and numerous islands around the Komodo are known for its world-class diving spots, coral, volcanic hills, savannah and forests. The Komodo National Park covers the majority part of the island and is home to nearly 4,000 Komodo lizards. At present, there is no significant threat to the coral reef, but constant rise in temperature and acidification of water may kill the beauty and natural diversity of the island. So, before it gets too late, plan a holiday to visit this place before it disappears and cherish memories for a lifetime.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from April to December.
What to do: Komodo is a beautiful Island and there are numerous activities available. Tourists can embark including swimming, beach walking, island hopping, diving, wildlife and reef exploration.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Bali, from where you can fly or go by boat to Labuan Bajo and finally to the Komodo Island by a boat.
The Glacier National Park in the United States, once home to over 150 glaciers has now left with only 25 glaciers. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit not only in the US but also in the world. Many scientists claim that by the end of 2030, the park will be devoid of all its glaciers. The National Park is also home to animals like mountain goats, elk and grizzly bear. The disappearing glaciers will have serious ramifications for the region and animals living there. With abundant beauty, scenery and wildlife, this place is a must-visit before it disappears.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is fromJuly to September.
What to do: It is a beautiful place to indulge in a range of activities including backpacking, cycling, camping and wildlife spotting, which ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears.
How to Reach Take a flight to the Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Massachusetts. : By car, tourists can use U.S. Highway 2, 89 and 17 to reach the glacier.
6. The Maldives
Maldives needs no introduction. The country is known for its azure water, colourful fishes, white powdery beaches and luxury resorts. It is the picture-perfect destination for honeymooners and tourists. Those with a penchant for sea-adventure, Maldives is the place to go and enjoy. With beauty engulfing the country from all sides, sadly it is not too far before the tropical paradise will disappear. It is estimated that the entire archipelago could be submerged under the sea by the next 100 years.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from November to April.
What to do: The Maldives is a sea adventure paradise ideal to indulge in a range of sea adventure activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, backpacking, island exploration and parasailing.
It is hard to believe that the 15th century Inca ruins, which were only discovered at the beginning of the 20th century are on the list of endangered places. This Inca heritage is also in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled high in the soaring Andes Mountains, these incredible ruins allure tourists from across the globe. To the dismay of many, it is these large groups of tourists ruining and damaging the ruins of Mach Pichu. Many experts debate that unless these large number of tourists influx is not controlled, it will be too late to preserve the ruins in its real form.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is fromApril to May and September to October.
What to do: Machu Picchu located on the Andes Mountain offers adventures activities like trekking, nature walk, wildlife spotting and exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco and from there you can go on a planned tour to Machu Picchu. You can also take a bus to Cusco from Lima to reach Machu Picchu. Train services are also available from two stations Poroy station and Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu.
8. Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro allures adventurers and hikers to hike its summit. It is a dormant volcano with glacier laden summit, but as expected climate change and global warming are fast depleting these pristine glaciers from the mountain’s summit. For centuries, the volcano has been renowned for its distinguished beauty and pristine glaciers. So, plan your holiday to Mt. Kilimanjaro and experience the beauty before the glaciers become extinct.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is fromJanuary to March and June to October.
What to do: Mount Kilimanjaro offers a plethora of activities from trekking to wildlife safari, bird-watching and nature exploration.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Kilimanjaro international airport and from there you can take a taxi or bus to go to the mountain base, a place you need to visit before it disappears.
9. The North Pole
The North Pole is the most vulnerable to the slights climate change. The place is known for its miles of glaciers and snow-covered landscape. The effects of climate change are drastically visible in the North Pole region. Once a complete snow-white landmass, today new terrains and glistening lakes are being formed. It is speculated that with the current changes, the North Pole will never go back to the same as it has been for the million years. Visit this white wonderland and see the spectacle the way it is.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from May to September.
What to do: Activities to indulge in during the North Pole trip are watching the Northern Lights spectacle and elusive wildlife spotting.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Helsinki, Finland and from there board a charter plane to Murmansk to board the ship heading to the North Pole.
10. Galapagos Island, Ecuador
Galapagos archipelago is a world within itself. This island consists of a variety of flora and fauna, most of them are exclusive to the island like the giant tortoises, cormorant and many. But once an isolated island, today with the influx of human, growing population and activities the island faces an existential threat and is another amazing place to visit before it vanishes. With the rising human activities, environmentalists predict that the island could submerge into the ocean in the coming years.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is fromJune to November.
What to do: Galapagos Island offers a range of activities to indulge in, ranging from snorkelling, hiking, kayaking, swimming, surfing, horseback riding, mountain biking and panga (Dinghy) ride.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Ecuador. From there, take another flight to Baltra Island and then a bus and ferry to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.
With the constant human interference, the list of places to see before they vanish the earth’s surface is growing. A word like Doom Tourism highlights the plight of these places shouting to be saved by the constant human activities. Visit these places before they completely disappear only to lament after.
Southeast Asia has it all – be it the most gorgeous beaches, mountains or man-made marvels. They are fascinating, surreal & rich in satisfying your desire for an unforgettable holiday. And the best part is that most of these cities can easily be discovered in just a week. Here’s a list of 10 best places in Southeast Asia for your next trip. Take your pick, pack your bags and don’t forget to take your camera. You certainly wouldn’t want to miss taking amazing pictures.
A well developed, technically prosperous city, Singapore is ranked as #1 when it comes to best places to visit in Southeast Asia. Be it a family holiday or a romantic escape with your better half, the city is much more than the total number of its attractions. Exploring Singapore can be a matter of just a few hours. Thanks to its extensive network of transport. Whether you wish to eat in Little India and head towards the temples in Chinatown or shop at Orchard Road, you’ll be there in no time using the speedy MRT system. Adding to the city’s beauty, there are stylish art galleries, lively markets, plenty of restaurants & cafes, wildlife sanctuaries and world-class attractions.
Best time to visit: February to May is considered as the perfect time to tour the city and enjoy the climate.
Top things to do: Visit the Gardens by the Bay, take a tour of Bintan Island, explore Sentosa, shop at Bugis Street and explore the Casino in Marina Bay Sands.
2. Bali – Indonesia
Bali is one of the best places to visit in Southeast Asia. Home to cities like Kuta and Ubud, Bali has always been an attractive destination to visit in Southeast Asia. Regardless of what time of the year it is, this place outshines most of the tropical destinations, offering the ultimate luxury and comfort to its visitors. Experience surfing, yoga, meditation, trekking, delicious food or the amazing nightlife. Certain spots in Bali have been influenced by scores of cafes, hip bars and restaurants. At the same time, there are also a few remote places that have maintained Balinese beauty and charm. So, if you ever plan on having a blissful beach holiday, Bali is on the list of must-visit places in Southeast Asia.
Best time to visit: From April to October, Bali is at its best. It’s less crowded and sightseeing can be done at one’s own pace.
Top things to do: Visit the famous Tanah Lot, surfing, diving & other water sports, explore Bali Safari and Marine Park and shop at Bali’s famous markets.
The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, is one of the beautiful places to visit in Southeast Asia. It offers a good feel and understanding of Vietnamese culture, people and food. With influences of the Southeast Asian, Chinese and French, you’ll experience mixed culture and attractions. The city is huge and most of the tourist activities and interesting places are located in the Old Quarter. The city has many cafes, restaurants, markets, beautiful temples and other attractions that make it one of the unique places to visit in Southeast Asia. Do not forget to relish the street food while on your trip here. To enjoy nature at its best, you can explore Halong Bay, which is roughly 99 miles from Hanoi. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for countless limestone islands. All you need is a seaplane to reach here and admire close-up views.
Best time to visit: September to November and March to April are considered as the best times to tour Hanoi. The atmosphere is clean and pure right after the rains and prices are quite cheap.
Top things to do: Visit the century-old temples, spend time at the Hoan Kiem Lake, head to the Temple of the Jade Mountain, explore Weekend Night Market, enjoy dining at Tay Ho, witness Water Puppet Show and see the Snake Village.
Amongst all the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, Manila is one of the most popular places in the Philippines. It’s called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ for all the right reasons – huge malls, UNESCO Heritage Sites, scenic spots like Corregidor Island, Batangas and Laguna and trendy places such as Casa Manila and Fort Santiago. Wander around the Spanish ruins at Intramuros, dine on fresh seafood and visit one of the many markets. Wiley’s Rock is another amazing place that is set to give you a lifetime experience and a holiday you may not have imagined.
Best time to visit: From November to May, Manila experiences an enjoyable climate along with a scanty crowd and relaxed island tours.
Top things to do: Visit the Wiley’s Rock and Manila Zoo, explore Manila Ocean Park, walk into the Makati shopping district, witness the beautiful sunset at Yapak, collect white shells on Boracay beaches.
5. Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a multicultural mix of huge skyscrapers, the gleaming lights of the Petronas and streets dedicated to food and culture. The Malaysian capital city is one of the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Famed for incredible culinary scene and shopping, you could spend an entire day browsing malls such as KLCC, Pavilion KL and Mid Valley Megamall. Adventure lovers can trek to the famous Batu Caves or visit KL Bird Park. The city is best explored on foot. You’ll discover the laid-back ambience and pieces of Kampung Village that the city once was. There are sufficient day trips for couples in Kuala Lumpur for a peaceful retreat.
Best time to visit: You can either visit Kuala Lumpur between May to July or from December to February. The rains are finally over and the weather is crispy enough for sightseeing.
Top things to do: Visit Petronas Twin Towers, explore Batu Caves and shop at Bukit Bintang
6. Kota Kinabalu – Malaysia
Located near Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is a divine exotic spot that has the power to captivate anyone with its beauty and it’s easy to see why. Lively markets, modern boardwalks, music and art galleries and mosques are some of the top attractions that would make you fall in love with this Southeast Asian beauty. Most visitors from around the world use Kota Kinabalu, also known as KK, as the jump-off point for nearby attractions, islands and national parks. While the city centre offers a lot to its visitors, the city also boasts breathtaking sunsets, historical sights, the famous Mt. Kinabalu, beautiful beaches, rain forests and thriving markets and cafes.
Best time to visit: January to March is the ideal to time to visit Kota Kinabalu as the crowd is less and the climate is enjoyable in this period.
Top things to do: Conquer Mt. Kinabalu, explore the beaches, enjoy island hopping, stay in a luxury resort, visit the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and indulge in fresh seafood.
7. Phuket – Thailand
Nicknamed as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, Phuket is Thailand’s largest and world’s finest destination. It has something for every taste and budget. It sits idyllically with a short distance from Ko Phi-Phi’s dive sites, popular national-parks and the beautiful Similan Islands. If you begin exploring from the Old Town, you’ll learn about the history of tin mining. Presently, blessed with white sands, lush palm trees, lively towns and plenty of beach activities, food and adventure, it reveals more than what the eye sees. It is so diverse that you might forget to leave. So, if you’re looking for a sultry place that tick all the boxes – family-friendly resorts, peaceful hideaways, cocktail clubs and food at its best, you couldn’t be at a better place than Phuket.
Best time to visit:Phuket is best explored from December to March. The beaches are calm and cool and island tours are quite affordable.
Top things to do: Beach hopping, indulge in diving, enjoy water sports and relish local food.
8. Phi Phi Islands – Thailand
Located in the Andaman Sea, Phi Phi Island is 30 miles southeast of Phuket in Krabi. This is one of the most beautiful Southeast Asian destinations that should be a must-visit be on your list. It rose to fame after the Leonardo Di Caprio starred The Beach was filmed here with the backdrop of limestone karsts. But there’s a lot to what you’ve seen in the pictures. Head here on your next holiday to spend time among lush green environs, explore scenic bays and be a part of the incredible parties held on the beaches. If serenity is all you’re looking for, relax at Ao Lo Moo Dee or Ao Toh Ko sandy beaches and soak up the sunrise and sunset. If you are an adventure seeker, you can also enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving here.
Best time to visit: November to April is the perfect time to enjoy the beaches and go on a city tour.
Top things to do: Snorkel in the warm waters, go beach hopping, relax at the beach and enjoy plenty of water activities.
9. Chiang Mai – Thailand
Situated at the base of the north Thailand mountainous range, Chiang Mai is notable as the best place to visit in Southeast Asia. It draws both adventure lovers and shopaholics. Right from a refreshing Thai massage to discovering its numerous attractions, there’s a lot to do at one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia. Drive down straight in any direction, you’ll soon pass the lush green countryside, villages and rainforests with peaceful waterfalls. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon or a family excursion, you’d surely have the time of your life. Considering the kind of visitors Thailand attracts, you’ll have a limitless nightlife, shopping and adventure options.
Best time to visit: December to May is when you can find less crowd on the beaches along with low flight and hotel prices.
Top things to do: Go snorkelling, scuba diving & kayaking, witness the Namuang Waterfall, enjoy Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan and cherish a spa treatment.
10. Siem Reap – Cambodia
Siem Reap – a jewel of Southeast Asia, a cheerful city and an entrance into the Angkor Wat region has been enticing travellers to explore its treasures for many years. It offers the best of both worlds – an interesting past and a bright present. Gradually, this place became a popular tourist spot due to its trendiest hotels, wining and dining, spas and more. But there’s more to this place when it comes to offering memorable experiences. You can explore temples from the time of the Khmer Empire, tiny monasteries in the Little Circuit area, ruins of Banteay Srei and the lively Pub Street. So, head out and uncover this unique Southeast Asian gem.
Best time to visit: Siem Reap can be best explored from November to February.
Top things to do: Temple hopping, visit Siem Reap’s floating villages and Tonle Sap freshwater lake, party on Pub Street, quad-biking, shop at Angkor Night Market and visit the Angkor Archaeological Park and the National Museum.
Southeast Asia has got it all – be it the most stunning beaches, gorgeous cities, the most mysterious hills or natural & man-made wonders. They are beautiful and mesmerising when it comes to satisfying your desire for a memorable holiday. The best part is, most of these places can be explored easily in just a week. So, if you’re craving for an adventurous 2020, take your pick and make sure you cover one or two destinations this year.
Sunshine, samba and sports – how better can you describe Rio de Janeiro, the carnival city of Brazil. Nicknamed ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ or the ‘Marvellous City’, Brazil’s second-largest city is a world of wonders. From scenic mountain top vistas and endless beaches to carnival parties and sunsets, Rio de Janeiro’s splendour never fails to disappoint. A perfect getaway for those seeking tropical vibes, more than one million foreign tourists come every year to the city founded by Portuguese in 1565. Rio de Janeiro has a lot to offer travellers, ranging from natural parks, protected monuments, beaches, mountains, cultural centres and statues. While planning the holiday, also make sure that you are in Rio De Janeiro between December and March, when the average temperature ranges between 25- 27ºC. April and May are also good for visitors as days are little cooler at this time of the year. Here, we have picked up 13 most popular tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro that you need to visit while in the city.
1. Admire the Christ the Redeemer
Made by Polish-French stone carver Paul Landowski, the mammoth statue of Jesus Christ rising above the city was completed in 1931, financed mostly by Brazilian Catholics. Made of high-consecrated cement and soapstone at the peak of the 700-metre Corcovado Mountain, the figure itself is 30 meters tall with arms extending 28 meters; weighing 635 metric tons. The base is a house of prayer, where it’s normal to hold weddings and baptism services. You can see this landmark, one of the ‘new 7 Wonders of the World’, without a guided tour in the morning light while exploring Sugarloaf Mountain Tour. Your visit to the statue includes a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain for more spectacular views.
How to Reach: Take a train, van or hike. However, the Cog Train is the best way to reach Christ the Redeemer. Travel through the Atlantic Forest atop Corcovado Mountain. The train leaves approximately every 30 minutes and the ride up takes 20 minutes.
Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the Rio de Janeiro’s famous milestones, is a 396-metre peak at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. It strategically projects out into the harbour and encircles the city. You can take a cable car from Praça General Tibúrcio to the highest point of the Morro da Urca, a lower peak from which a second cable car goes to the summit of the Sugarloaf. From here, you can admire a 360-degree view of the rugged coast that circles the shores and its islands. Below, the 100-meter Praia da Urca coastline can be seen sizzling with people and shops. At Cara de Cao, there are three 16th-century forts, out of which the star-shaped Fort Sao Joao is accessible to the public. The mountain is protected by the Sugarloaf Mountain and Urca Hill Natural Monument, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to Reach: From Central, take Train 107 that goes straight to the Sugarloaf. To take the subway, go to Metro Botafogo and take the connecting bus 583 that will take you straight to Sugarloaf.
Not many cities are honoured with a wonderful golden sand seashore at its heart, stretching four kilometres along the downtown. A couple of steps from the main city is Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, simply known as Copacabana Beach. One of the best places to visit in Rio De Janeiro, the beach’s surrounding is vibrant and the crowd is lively. To the left, you can view the lofty Sugar Loaf Mountain and the iconic Fort Duque Caxias. You’ll also spot old structures, dining establishments and well-known cafes. Not to forget the eminent Copacabana Palace, now preserved as a national landmark. Stroll along the beach to marvel at some of the most unbelievable sand sculptures and when you get thirsty, sip agua de coco or coconut water straight from the coconut. There are several sports facilities along the beach, such as volleyball and football.
How to Reach: Get on a La Paz-bound bus, minibus or micro. Tell the driver you need to go to Sorata and you will be dropped off at the small lakeside town of Huarina, which is 2 hours from La Paz. Cross the road and you’ll get a Copacabana bound bus or minibus.
Moving ahead from Copacabana’s four-kilometre strand, the seashores of Ipanema and Leblon are separated by the Jardim de Ala Canal. Along the seafront promenade are enormous inns, walkway bistros and eateries. Considered as ‘Little Paris of Rio’, this beach is considered as one of the main centres of activity for the city of Rio and one of the most expensive places to live. These two spots are best known for their shorelines and the famous song – The Girl from Ipanema and life here is extremely social, with exhibitions, film shows and street performance. Near to Ipanema Beach, the area thrives with a market place and the city fair. The beach is also the place to enjoy Brazilian feijoada and a lot of seafood.
How to Reach: Ipanema Beach can be reached easily. It is located just about 8 miles from the centre of Rio de Janeiro via Av. Infante Dom Henrique. To reach here, hire a cab or travel by local transportations such as the city buses, Frescao buses, the subway (metro) and mini-buses.
If you’re looking for a peaceful stretch of sand, look no further than the half-moon shaped Prainha Beach. Bordered by hills and forests, Prainha Beach is usually uncrowded with clean sand and amazing views. It is known to be the city’s most scenic and alluring beach. The waves here are quite popular with surfers and swimmers. A few restaurants are overlooking the beach as well. Do not forget to relish Brazilian snacks and drinks. Come evening, you can witness several events and entertainment options. Watch the witty jugglers and magicians performing or join a group of young girls dancing to Brazilian tunes. Capture the sunset while sipping your favourite cocktail and enjoy beach games with young people.
How to Reach: Prainha Beach is 15 miles from the main Rio de Janeiro city centre. There is a direct bus departing from Largo do Machado and arriving at Prainha. Services depart four times a day and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1hour 30minutes.
One of the top things to do in Rio de Janeiro is to tour the Woodland City at Tijuca National Park, which covers Tijuca Forest, a tropical rain forest and a few important points overlooking the city. The park surrounds the enormous statue of Christ on Corcovado. To explore this huge recreation centre, take the train till Corcovado and follow the forest trail up to the park gate. The 3,300-hectare Tijuca Forest is one of the world’s biggest woodlands inside a city that was created to protect the springs that provided water to Rio de Janeiro. A vast majority of the trees are local species that are home to Capuchin monkeys, quatis (Brazilian raccoon), bright toucans, birds of prey, splendid blue butterflies and different types of natural life, which you may spot while investigating its trails and streets.
How to Reach: From the city centre, Tijuca National Park is a 20-minute drive. If you’re in a hotel near to the city centre, you can hire a cab or a taxi and easily reach the park.
7. Explore the Nature’s Best at Jardim Botanical Garden
Covering 350 acres of land at the foot of Corcovado, Rio’s Jardim Botanico creates an ecological paradise with gardens and a research centre, all in a gorgeous park-like setting. It features the Orchidarium, an iron-and-glass nursery loaded up with 2,000 kinds of orchids, cherry trees, wooden extensions, koi lakes and Bonsai. You can also admire a sensory garden of sweet-smelling plants and herbs from all over the globe. The nursery, which is a UNESCO biosphere save, contains 8,000 types of vegetation birds and rare animals in their natural surroundings and is one of the best places to visit in Rio de Janeiro. You can stroll through the nurseries, eat and sip under the palms and pau-brasil trees or ride through the garden on an electric car.
How to Reach: How to Reach: The best and fastest way to get to Jardim Botanical Garden is to take 409 bus from Christ the Redeemer, which takes 28 min or board Tram 18 from Botafogo.
Opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, the Maraca is Brazil’s biggest arena that is located towards the east of Rio de Janeiro, about 3 miles from downtown Rio. Officially named the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, it lies about 6 miles north of the Copacabana and Ipanema beach areas. At its first football game, the stadium witnessed 199,854 spectators on 16 July 1950. The stadium was remodelled for the FIFA World Cup 2014 with a capacity of 78,000 fans, making it one of the largest football stadiums in the world. The stadium is utilised for matches between Rio’s significant football clubs, the Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama and concerts. A short visit to this stadium would hold significance for soccer fans. Now a tourist attraction in Rio de Janeiro, the stadium was also the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
How to Reach: The stadium can be easily reached by metro or train. Maracana station is on metro line 2, which can be boarded from downtown Rio or the Flamengo and Botafogo areas. Alternatively, get a transfer from line 1, which runs from the Copacabana and Ipanema areas.
9. Catch Brazilian Culture at Santa Tereza and Escadaria Selaron
Santa Tereza is the city’s most dynamic neighbourhood and one of the top tourist attractions inRio de Janeiro. You get to see a region of steep, calm lanes and hundred-year-old homes here. Its cafes and restaurants are famous with artists and young people who add to the Bohemian environs. Even though its most captivating designs are simply discovered from the roadside, there are a few attractions and activities that draw an immense crowd. Among them, the cathedral of Santa Tereza stands out extraordinarily. The Museu Chacara do Ceu has a huge collection of modern art including the works of Picasso, Miro and Matisse. At the edge of Santa Tereza is one of Rio’s most up-to-date leisure spots, the Escadaria Selaron, the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón. The structure has mosaics made of tiles, stoneware and mirrors, numerous in blue, green and yellow shades of the Brazilian flag. Selaron started by utilising broken tiles that he collected from several constructions sites and turned them into amazing creations.
How to Reach: Escadaria Selaron is easily reachable. It is roughly 1 mile from the Rio de Janeiro city centre. Hire a cab or travel by local transportations such as the city buses, Frescao buses, the subway (metro) or mini-buses.
On the hill just above the harbour, there is the church of Nossa Senhora de Montserrat and monastery of Sao Bento, which is one of the finest examples of architecture. The original 1617 church was without aisles until it was enlarged in the 17th century by the addition of eight side chapels. The finest artists of the Benedictine order were involved in decorating the interior. The excellent carving that covers the walls and ceiling was mainly the work of a monk named Domingos da Conceiçao, who was also responsible for the figures of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica on the high altar. The choir chapel has silver work by Mestre Valentim and 14 paintings by Ricardo do Pilar, a monk who was the foremost Benedictine painter of colonial Brazil. His masterpiece, Senhor dos Martirios is in the sacristy of the monastery.
How to Reach: Take the Cog Train. Travel through the countryside to the Village of Sao Bento to visit one of the best places in Rio de Janeiro. The train leaves approximately every 45 minutes.
The grand Municipal Theater, built in the early 20th century, was inspired by the Paris Opera of Charles Garnier and its interior is even more ornate and luxurious than the dramatic towered façade. Highlights of the theatre are the sculptures by Henrique Bernardelli and paintings by Rodolfo Amoedo and Eliseu Visconti as well as the drop curtain, the proscenium frieze and the ceilings. There are guided tours, some in English or you can attend classical concerts and ballet performances here.
How to Reach: The Theatro Municipal is an opera house in the Centro district of Rio de Janeiro. You can easily get buses or hire a metered taxi to avoid overpaying.
Rio de Janeiro is the only city in Brazil, where tourists can safely visit a favela and the safest of them all is Vidigal. After a successful pacification programme in the region a few years ago, Vidigal has incredible nightlife during the weekends, with bars such as Bar da Laje offering great views, appetizing food and delicious cocktails and Alto Vidigal with its all-night parties and exciting national and international DJ line-ups. Apart from famous bars and party venues, visitors can admire stunning scenic views and rent budget accommodation. Gradually this place is becoming one of the top tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro for people looking for an alternative experience in the city.
How to Reach: You would need a guide to explore this area. You can reach Vidigal by using public transport.
13. Ride the Waves at Arpoador
Tucked into the corner of Ipanema, Arpoador has some of the clearest and warmest waters of the beaches in Rio. During the day, it is a hotspot among surfers who go there to catch the small, neat waves or beach-goers who enjoy the suntrap of the peninsula. The most rewarding time to go is in the evening when you can watch the sunset over the horizon, providing one of Rio’s most vibrant and stunning sunsets.
How to Reach: You can get to Arpoador by bus or metro. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby. Bus – 432, Bus – 455, Bus – 457, Bus – 474 & METRO L1.
Rio lives up to the name as the ‘Marvellous City’. There’s hardly anyone who would not fall hard for the alluring beauty of Rio de Janeiro. With stunning views of mountains, beaches, landmarks and more, this incredible destination has endless entertainment options for everyone, making it a must-visit place.
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
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, 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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 EuropeanCity 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 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!
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
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
2. Go Diving for Pearls in the Waters of the Gulf in Muharraq
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
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.
4. Go Karting at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2. Explore the Inca trail and Find a Way to Machu Picchu
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).
3. Explore the Surquillo Market and Eat Adventurously
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.
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 Perutovisit 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.
5. Spend a day with the Condors at Cañón del Colca
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.
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 alsovisit 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.
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 hoursby road.
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.
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 bestthings 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4. Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Australiais not even a question to ask.The Land Down Underis 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.