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Top 5 Destinations for a Summer Holiday #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

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Summertime serves as a relief from the frost-bitten winter days. Along with summer comes the rapidly escalating temperature and the stifling humidity. It is the perfect opportunity for planning an unforgettable vacation.

If you are looking for an escape from the summer heat and the commotion of the city, here is a curated list of top five getaway destinations.

From basking in the sun at the beachfront to the riverside camping across the hills, these places will offer you rich experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime.

1) Zermatt, Switzerland

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Located below the Matterhorn peak, this alpine town is world-renowned for skiing, hiking, and mountaineering. It offers scenic walks and hikes. There are 38 peaks over an altitude of 4000m in Zermatt.

Zermatt boasts as Europe’s highest vantage point and the largest summer-skiing region. Cog railways, ski-lifts and cableways provide a breathtaking view of glaciers, gorges, and peaks. You can easily get a lift-ride to the grand Gornergrat, Klien Matterhorn and Rothorn peaks.

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It is a car-free zone which is a rare experience in itself. The quiet atmosphere makes the stay more relaxing. The Alpine paths will navigate you through pine-lined forests, frozen lakes, and sapphire-blue glaciers.

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The exhilarating Alpine tours and panoramic views make Zermatt one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world.

2) Munnar, Kerala, India

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With its emerald green carpet of tea plantations, a wide array of flora and fauna and hilltops covered with mist, Munnar is one of the most staggeringly beautiful places in the Indian subcontinent. Known as the “Kashmir of South India”, its lush greenery and serenity attract tourists from every corner of the world.

It is famous for its waterfalls, peaks, museums, tea estates, national parks, and sanctuaries. The Eravikulam National Park and Nilgiri Tahr harbor several endangered and endemic species. On your trip to Munnar, you can also visit Anamudi, the highest peak in South India. Munnar has many majestic waterfalls – mainly the Lakkam waterfalls, Attukal waterfalls, and Nyayamakad waterfalls. These breathtaking waterfalls add more to its pristine splendor.

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The subtropical climate is perfect for camping, trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, watersports, safaris, trout fishing and much more. There are plenty of resorts and hotels available at an affordable price as well, so it won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

3) Patong, Thailand

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Patong is a prominent resort town located on Phuket. The party capital of Asia provides the perfect summer experience with its crescent beaches lined by palm trees, luxurious hotels, world-class restaurants, nightclubs, and spas.

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There is a wide array of activities to choose from. These include snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, surfing, sunbathing and kayaking. It is the ideal vacationing spot for luxury shoppers, foodies, and exuberant teenagers.

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Patong is the most happening place in Thailand. Bangla Road and Paradise Complex hold numerous bars, entertainment complexes, and cabarets that offer great, bustling nightlife. The neon-lit streets perpetually crowded with people keep the city awake even after nightfall. The local restaurants deliver delicious food packed with strong flavor and spice which give you an essence of the exotic East.

4) Marseille, France

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The port city of Marseille located on a tiny island is the oldest and the second largest city in France. It is a magnificent historical site with glorious museums. The city reflects European culture in all its glory and grandeur. Its fabulous beaches, cliffs, vibrant graffiti, colorful restaurants, marketplaces, and underground bars offer a splendid dynamism to the place. Marseille hosts various cultural events and festivals. The beautifully sculpted buildings and monuments of the multicultural city tell numerous stories of its brutal past.

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The Old Port, La Plaine, La Joliette and Notre-Dame de la Garde are notable places that ought to be visited. The Old Port is the main harbor of the city. There are many museums holding access to the rich history of the city like MuCEM, The Musee Regards de Province and The Musee de Vieux Marseille.

The weather remains pleasant throughout the year making it a great place to spend the vacations.

5) Orlando, Florida

This metropolis is home to the world-famous Disney World, Universal Studios, Ripley’s Believe it or not, Seaworld and Epcot Center. Orlando is known as “The Theme park capital of The World”. It’s the most-visited family destination and caters to 52 million tourists every year.

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It offers illustrious theme parks, water parks, towering skyscrapers, aquariums, zoos and many attractive tourist attractions for both relaxation and adventure. Madame Tussaud’s has a spectacular assortment of life-like wax statues of celebrities. Other major attractions are Discovery Cove, Gator-land and Medieval Times. Orlando is a great shopping and dining hub with many shopping complexes, marketplaces, fancy restaurants, and a lively/vibrant nightlife.

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It hosts various festivals and provides fun activities like hot air balloon ride, air-boat tours, skydiving, paragliding, jet skiing etc.

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So, get ready to spend the coming summer in the most remarkable way!

Wipe the sweat off your brows, packs your bags and book a plane ticket to any of the above destinations for a memorable summer. Make the most of your much-anticipated vacations.

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Experiencing tribal life at Roopark Village

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I had been hearing quite a lot about this village resort in Orissa. So, last Christmas holidays, I decided to forgo the city parties and the chilly Kolkata winter and experience a completely different lifestyle for a change. I usually prefer renting a car for short travels. I had been using Savaari car rental service for a while and I feel Savaari has outstanding service at some of the best prices I have explored. So, my cab was at my door on Christmas Eve.

Reaching there

This resort I am talking about is in Balasore district in Orissa, about 262 Km from Kolkata city. Before my travel, whatever I retrieved from online research was enough to get me hooked. There is a small tribal village called Kantabonia, about 37 Km west of Balasore and occupied by the Santhal tribe. On one edge of the village, surrounding the Kuldiha and Tenda Elephant Reserve lies this eco-village resort. With hills on one side and forests on the other, this looked like ultimate serenity.

It took me nearly six hours to reach via NH 16, with all the morning traffic and road work in Kharagpur.

The resort and its surroundings

Driving through the remote countryside with banana plantations and paddy fields, when I finally landed at my destination, I was awestruck at the beauty of the place. While I have been so such kind of resorts before, this was way different than one can envisage. A far cry from anything commercial, this place looked like a part of the surrounding nature, only enclosed by bamboo fences.

The entire setting is made in the form of tribal homes, with mud and thatched roof and other natural materials like bamboo, coir, and rattan. The pathways of red soil were left raw and untouched, only lined with pebbles to demarcate from the cottages. There was no sign of any fancy urban trapping. While everything was made eco-friendly, they were equally a treat for the eyes. Every hut had a small verandah where oil lamps, lanterns, and tribal trinkets adorned the ceilings and doorways. The walls were beautifully painted with colorful ethnic motifs. Even food was served on earthen tableware.

The view opened up to the Nilagiri Hills and the adjoining forests. While there were few tourists around the property, the only sound I could hear was the calls and chirpings for various birds or the trumpeting elephants from the nearby wildlife sanctuary.

Talking about the sanctuary, I must say, this forest reserve definitely enhances the experience of Roopark. Within a drive of just 40 minutes through the villages and fields, you can reach this famous elephant reserve of Orissa. These dense forests at the foothills of the Nilagiri Hills are home to leopards, tigers, Sambar and spotted deer and a huge population of elephants. Birds like hornbills and peafowls roam around outside the forests as well.

A respite from the regular

By sundown, the place assumed a completely opposite ambiance. Lit by candles and lamps, the village appeared like a page out of those folklores I have grown up listening to. A group of dancers was invited to perform at the resort. As the lead drummer introduced his rhythm, the women circled and matched the rhythm with their perfect footwork. The heavenly trance of the music, the glow of the oil lamps, and the chorus of the cicadas adding to the party took me away from my life back in the city, at least for some time.

Pro Tips:

Always book a reliable and cheap Kolkata taxi service because in Roopark you will need to keep a car with you at all times.
Definitely visit the Deokund Falls and the Chandipur Beach at 16 Km from the resort.
Opt for their adventure packages to enjoy different activities in and around the resort.

Top 5 places to visit in Mussoorie

 

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Nestled in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan Range, Mussoorie – “The Queen of the hills” stands tall at 7000ft above sea level. The serene hills, pleasant climate and the unadulterated dash of dewiness in the air, make Mussoorie one of the most popular choice among tourists and travellers. Located a mere 290Km from the national capital – New Delhi, Mussoorie provides a euphoric retreat from the perverted adulteration of the environment in metropolitan cities.

The astonishingly breath-taking views, the undiluted essence of the surrounding environs and the countenance dotted with an array of well-furnished, plush and cozy Mussoorie Hotels; all accounts for an amazing and unforgettable stay in Mussoorie.

Best time to Visit Mussoorie

Mussoorie appeals to a wide array of tourists because of its scenic beauty and pleasant climate all year round. The peak time to visit Mussoorie is from April-June. However, those who wish to witness snow-fall may book a hotel in Mussoorie during the winters, preferably between in the months of August-September.

Just in case you decide to visit Mussoorie, here is a list of 5 places that you must visit while you are enjoying your stay there.

  1. Kempty Falls

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One of the most visited places in Mussoorie, Kempty Falls stands tall at 4500ft above sea level. Gushing water cascading down the mountain from a mighty 40ft above the ground, Kempty Falls offer a sight so mesmerizing that you will cherish throughout your life. The place is known for its unparalleled beauty and picturesque views. The soothing sound of the water falling from 40ft above the ground will surely calm you down.

The name Kempty comes from the time-worn phrase “Camp and tea” that got diluted to “Kempty” over time. The pond formed at the bottom is amazing for a swim with your family and loved ones.

  1. Lal Tibba
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Also known as the “Red Hill”, the Lal Tibba is the highest point in the region soaring to a height of 7164ft. The view from the top is often claimed to be one of the most stunning viewpoints that you’ll ever witness in your life. It is the right place to satiate your sightseeing cravings. The telescopes installed at the top offer an unseen panoramic view of the Kedarnath Peak, the Nilkantha Peak in Badrinath and the Banderpoonch range comprising of three peaks with the highest one soaring to the staggering height of 6361m.

The Lal Tibba has thus, established itself as a must visit place when in Mussoorie.

  1. The Mall Road
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The mall or the Mall Road is an uphill thoroughfare juxtaposed between vendors and multiple shops on either side. The footfall of tourists in this place will make you go berserk. Inspired by the colonial era, the benches and the lamp-posts remind us of the quality of work that persisted in that era. An amazing and cheerful place, always bustling with people; it is the perfect place for to click photos and share them with one and all.

  1. Camel’s Back Road
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Located in the heart of Mussoorie, the Camel’s Back Road encapsulates the true essence of the Queen of the hills. It is a 3km track over-looking the Doon Valley. Starting from Library point and ending in Kurli Bazaar, it offers scenic views that will leave you splendid. The rocks lining up on either side of the road make it seem like a camel’s hump. Hence the name – Camel’s Back Road.

  1. Gun Hill
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Gun Hill is the second highest point in the region after Lal Tibba and is known for being an extinct volcano. It stands tall at 2024m and offers a picturesque view of the snow-capped Himalayas. You can get the drift of Mussoorie from this point as it offers a complete view of the hill station. It is situated 400ft above the mall road and is accessible by ropeway cable cars. The climb alone is an experience worth it all.

Now that we have listed the 5 must-visit places in Mussoorie, you must be keen on visiting the place and exploring it with your friends and family.

Feel free to check out the list of Mussoorie hotels and choose the one that caters the best to your needs. We all know that hotels can make or break a stay. Thus, to make your stay the most memorable, choose the hotel which you feel offers the best bang for your buck.

 

Reasons to Tie the Knot in Chandigarh

If the wedding bells have begun ringing for you already, then there’s a lot to plan and look forward to. One of the decisions integral to your wedding plans is the destination of the ceremony and its preparations. More often than not, a destination wedding is the dream for many looking to enter into matrimony with their future partner. So, how about Chandigarh?

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Set near the foothills of the Shivalik range, the city of Chandigarh is a city that captures the imagination with its stunning urban planning and architecture that resulted from the blueprints of legendary French architect Le Corbusier. Since Chandigarh’s general hospitality and facilities make it one of the best places to live in India, it is no surprise that the city is also counted amongst the best wedding destinations in the country. And with an assortment of renowned hotels catering to lavish wedding arrangements,if you have the right Chandigarh hotel booking in place, then your dream wedding is sure to reach a grand conclusion.

Here’s why:

  1. Exquisite banqueting spaces

A perfect wedding starts with a perfect venue, and Chandigarh has plethora of them. For the best wedding celebration, we would recommend a 5-star hotel such as The LaLiT Chandigarh which lays claim to over 21000 sq. ft. of banqueting space, the biggest lobby in the city, spectacular suites for your guests, and world class fine dining facilities. It is also located particularly close to the airport which makes arrival and departure of friends and family a breeze. Another great option could be Fort Ramgarh.

 

  1. Perfect for wedding shopping

Shopping fever is at an all-time high when a wedding is on the horizon. Well, Chandigarh is one of the most modern cities in India which means you will never fail to discover venues and destinations for all your wedding-related shopping needs. The buzzing markets of Sector 17 Plaza, Elante Mall and the Shashtri Market are all you need.

 

  1. No traffic woes whatsoever

Since a wedding planning requires a lot of running around, accessibility and transit times should never be an issue. This is where Chandigarh’s well-planned wide lanes, roundabouts and smooth traffic ensure that your wedding preparations never face a major delay.

 

  1. Organise an enthralling pre-wedding party

Throwing a pre-wedding bash has become quite popular amongst the younger generation. The good news is that Chandigarh is a heaven for party-holics and organising a great sortie for your friends and family before stepping up on the ‘mandap’ and tying the knot of a lifetime. We recommend hosting the bash at Kitty Su at The LaLiT Chandigarh which has a fair few accolades to its name, most notably Times Nightlife Award for ‘Best Night Club’ in 2016 and 2017!

 

  1. Great salon options

To help you look at your ethereal best on your D-Day, Chandigarh’s plush salons are always at your service. You can book appointments with ease and have yourself done up at your stay or you can always opt for an in-house salon at your property such as the premium salon at The LaLiT Chandigarh’s premises.

 

  1. Take a break from the preparations with amazing spas

Wedding preparations can take a toll on the mind. So, why not relax from time to time at a great spa before returning to the wedding planning with more enthusiasm? You can try out Rejuve – The Spa which is the biggest of its kind in the entire city. Its Ayurvedic, herbal, natural and aroma therapies can help you and your guests unwind and make the most of their wedding stay!

 

  1. Lavish and authentic Punjabi cuisine

Last but not the least, Chandigarh lays claim to the most delectable and authentic versions of the Punjabi cuisine that is ubiquitous across traditional Indian weddings, especially in the north. As a capital of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh has a culture that truly relishes gastronomy. So, you can rest assured that you will have some of the country’s best chefs from nationwide popular restaurants such as Baluchi preparing the menu for your dream wedding!

Marriage is one of the most exciting moments in one’s lifetime as it represents the cementing of a life-long relationship. And it’s not just the wedding but the entire preparation in itself that provides a great opportunity for family and friends to come together and revel in traditions and celebrations that the occasion demands. With many gorgeous wedding venues in Chandigarh, such as The LaLiT Chandigarh, tying the knot in the city promises to be a beautiful experience etched in the memory forever.

 

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