75,000-plus tourists flocking to Himachal for I-Day weekend. Do you have your booking?

Don’t go to Shimla or Dharamshala for the Independence Day long weekend if you haven’t made your bookings yet. That is because tourist destinations across Himachal Pradesh are choc-a-block with holidaymakers, mainly from the north Indian plains, for the extended Independence Day weekend, starting Saturday. Many hotels and guest houses in most tourist destinations in the state have been sold out ahead of the four-day extended weekend. “Most of our properties in Shimla and Dharamsala tourist circuits have been booked well in advance till August 14,” said Himachal Pradesh Tourism…

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Seven Things to Do When You Are Going Solo

You’ve been planning your vacation for months, and you’re finally there. You’ve checked into your hotel, settled in and feel like you can conquer the world. But before you do so, here are a few things to make the experience better and hassle-free. Yes, you are welcome: Grab your hotel’s business card You’ve gotten yourself a great deal on a quaint hotel in the heart of the city, but the flip side of such fortuitous discoveries is that when you’re lost wandering the city, you can’t always ask people for…

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5 things to see and do in Srinagar

If you swelter in the searing heat and have decided to take a few days off, head for Kashmir, also known as paradise on earth. The Valley is a dynamic destination steeped in rich history and unique natural beauty, and offers unforgettable holiday experiences to adventure lovers, culture and history buffs, and even wildlife enthusiasts. Unwind in a lush landscape suffused with scenic grandeur, because the Valley can hold you entranced, enchanted, leaving you marvelling at its majestic and mystical panorama. It takes about an hour of airtime from Delhi…

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Udaipur travelogue: What to do, where to eat and when to visit the city of lakes

The first sound that greeted you at the arrival lounge of Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport was Bollywood singer Kumar Sanu’s. The flat screen TV, hoisted on a pillar, was playing Pooja Bhatt praying in a temple, and Sanjay Dutt doing what he does best: singing Tumhe Apna Banane Ki Kasam Khai Hai in Sanu’s voice. My mother tugged at my father’s shirt, “You remember the last time we came here? Everyone was playing songs from Sadak. It’s happening again!” Last time was 25 years ago. This was my first visit…

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12 Things You Must Do When Moving to an Old, Dilapidated Property

It’s the dream for many people: taking on a property that needs a complete facelift. From redoing the gutters to plastering up cracks, you’re not just putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and choosing nice new carpet. You’re doing a huge job – close to building your own property. While it’s incredibly rewarding, and often cheaper than buying your dream home already finished, there’s a lot of things to do, and it can be tricky to keep track of it all. Not only do you have all…

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Travellers, take note: Here’s what to do in Peru beyond visiting Machu Picchu

Whether it’s an experienced traveller or an enthusiastic backpacker, thousands of tourists visit Peru for a peek of its awe-inspiring archaeological star attraction — Machu Picchu. But the fact is that Peru is a country replete with hidden treasures waiting to be explored and experienced. Look past the mesmerising sight of stunning vistas atop the majestic mountain peaks of one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and you will find much more to be discovered. With a rich abundance of sights and sounds spread across this diverse country, we are certain that…

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Here’s What to Do When Vacationing in Delhi with Kids

What’s better than going on a little vacation with your family and kids, and taking that much-needed break from your routine? Well, choosing an apt vacation spot for the kids to find interest in might be tricky. You don’t want to take them to the same adventure or water parks that are quite commonly found everywhere these days. So, if you are planning on taking them on an informative yet fun and interesting trip to the capital city, then it’s an absolutely brilliant idea indeed! Taking them around ancient and…

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Don’t use your index finger! Or tap people’s heads. 7 things you must not do in Bali

The very thought of Bali conjures images of beaches and surfing, and the Balinese people are very warm and generous people. This is one of the reasons it is one of the top holiday destinations for people around the world. It is part of the Coral Triangle, which has the largest biodiversity of marine species. The average temperature in Bali is about 30 degrees Celsius and the humidity level is about 85%. Bali’s real estate industry has seen an upward spurt mainly in the tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and…

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Do you think Goa is only about beaches? The tiny state also has a serene countryside

Goa is known for its beaches, churches, temples and the carnival among other things. But, the state also has a beautiful countryside that is never explored by tourists. For starters, the structure of an average Goan village is lined with huge Portuguese style villas that will simple leave you in awe. A large percentage of Goans work and stay abroad. So, more often than not, you will find just one or two people staying in these massive residences. Therefore, finding someone who can rent out a room in one of…

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Don’t dance on the road! 11 things you should not do in Dubai

Dubai is considered one of the most lenient and multi-ethnic places in UAE, but you do need to conduct yourself in a certain way. What is considered OK in your home country may be a punishable offence in Dubai. So it’s a good idea to be aware of the rules and regulations before travelling there. Here is a list of things to watch out for: 1. Drinking in public There are strict dos and don’ts that you must follow when in Dubai. (Shutterstock) Foreign nationals can drink alcohol in the house…

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