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Hong Kong Itinerary: What To Do In 3 Days

When an invitation by Cathay Pacific airlines landed in my inbox to experience and explore Hong Kong with them I knew what was next: a few sleepless nights of obsessive research and excitement. More research though, as I had to create my own itinerary and go about my holiday in Hong Kong as I find it fancy. With only five days in hand, to travel this attraction loaded-city (despite its small size, Hong Kong can be overwhelming) I jam-packed my days with as much as possible. I planned on trying the strange and popular food, going on hikes, exploring street markets and doing whatever else was suggested by other travel blogs out there, keeping in mind the most important thing: a limited time of 5 days, and rush! So out of those 5-day dedicated strolling in Hong Kong, I’ve created an ideal Hong Kong travel guide for people with even shorter time in hand. Three Day Travel Itinerary For Hong Kong Arriving In Hong Kong After a 4 hour flight from Kolkata, I arrived in Hong Kong …

Why Hong Kong Is An Ideal Travel Destination

“And what about the Visa, I have never been to Hong Kong before and have no idea about its immigration laws for Indians. Am I required to apply for a travel visa for China,” I asked with a sinking feeling in me. “Oh, the good thing is, you don’t need a visa for Hong Kong if you’re travelling for no more than 15 days,” the lady on phone replied, with much affability in her voice. I fairly remember how when an invitation from Cathay Pacific landed in my inbox to travel to Hong Kong for a few days and experience their flight operations from India to Hong Kong, my biggest travel fear hit me hard. I was at 3000 m above the sea level in the Himalayas at that moment with no intention of calling off my trip and heading back to New Delhi only to apply for a visa. Returning home for applying a visa would have further meant waiting at home for a week to get the passport back before I could actually …

Travelling Bavaria In Germany In A Week

Bavaria is unlike any other part of Germany. It has all the good things (that a tourist would want), unlike other German regions. It’s cleaner, more laid back, amazingly diverse, has enough small towns to wander around and yes, more beer than one can imagine. From towns like Munich that are popular as the beer capital of the world to others like Rothenburg that has always remained an inspiration to artists, Bavaria has something for everyone. During my recent trip to Germany, I got a chance to spend some time in Bavaria and Bavaria alone, thanks to the German National Tourism Office (GNTO) in India that invited me for a one week long media-trip. It all happened when GNTO asked if I’d be interested in a self-planned solo trip to anywhere in Germany. Since I’d been to other regions in Germany during my previous two visits, Bavaria turned out to be a natural preference. How Many Days You Need For Bavaria Well, if you want to completely absorb Bavaria, you need at least a month. And …

How To Best Travel From Delhi To Leh, And Back

Leh has emerged as one of the top destinations in the Indian Himalayan region in the recent years. From backpackers to honeymooners to adventure bikers, everyone wants to visit Leh and other places in Ladakh, like Nubra Valley and Pangong. But one thing that curbs people from getting to Leh Ladakh is the accessibility. Though only a 1000 km away from New Delhi, travelling to Leh is time-consuming. And if one to book return flight tickets to save on time, they end up losing a big chunk of their budget. So what is the most economical and time-efficient way to travel from New Delhi to Leh, and back? Fly Only From Delhi To Leh For those who are not privy to the fact, should note that Leh has an army airport with daily connecting flights to and from New Delhi which remains under public hold with commercial flights using the airport until 12 in the afternoon. After 12, the airport is used for army movement. Now, since the airport taxes (as I was told) to …

Budget Travel Guide For Nubra Valley: Hitchhiking & Camping

Located along the northern border of India, with a tributary of Indus-Shyok as its lifeline, Nubra Valley is unlike any other valley in Ladakh. Home to contrasting cultures, beautiful landscapes, and above all — the world’s highest motorable road of KhardungLa Pass, Nubra Valley remains a popular highlight for travellers visiting Leh-Ladakh, particularly for motorbike enthusiasts. Also Read: How To Best Travel From Delhi To Leh I heard stories of Nubra Valley’s beauty too from other fellow travellers (99% of whom happen to rent and ride a motorbike) before finally planning an itinerary myself, but with a little distinction. I was hoping to camp and hitchhike all the way and thus conclude the entire journey (from Leh-Nubra valley-Leh) for a price less than what hiring a motorbike for just 2-days costs — forget about fuel, accommodation, food and other expenses. So if you too are planning something similar, read this ideal (Camping+Hitchhiking) Budget Travel Guide for Nubra Valley: But Before Anything, please note that I am not comparing the two experiences. Having your own motorbike (or …

Exploring The Medieval Town Of Rothenburg: An Ideal Travel Guide

Somewhere beyond the usually marked trail, Germany harbours a secret. A place where the morning sun glitters like gold, where half-timbered houses dot a timeless valley.  A town that happens to be one of those rare upbringings of time, where the romantic flair of the Middle Ages and Renaissance still exist. A town, which, with its less than 10k local Germans take you back in time, while keeping a perfect harmony with the present. I remember how when I was planning for my itinerary to spend about a week in Bavaria, Rothenburg was high on my list. And to honestly admit it, I had no idea about its history, the people who make it so beautiful or any fact about the town whatsoever. It was the colourful Google Images of Rothenburg that happened to be my original fascination — the old town square, the many high-timbered houses, the medieval cobblestone streets, all of which set a very fairytale-like image of the town in my head. Of course, in an ideal world, Rothenburg is a kind …

An Ideal 3-Day Travel Itinerary For Munich

While it is true that Berlin – the capital city of Germany – is often considered as the most favorable destination for young travellers to visit in Germany, and is hyped all around the globe as a party town, the hipster hotspot and the place to be right now, Munich is no less a secret haven for backpackers and young travellers alike. I found Munich a more original destination, needless to say, a place that is more than the typical German clichés. So if you’re going to be spending some time in Germany, Munich is a must-see and a fantastically convenient hub from which to easily explore different attractions and sights in the greater Bavaria region and even the neighbouring Austria. And to tell you honestly, you need a week or more to really see Munich, but I understand it’s not possible for everyone. So if you’re short with time, this guide will give you enough ideas to whet your appetite and leave Munich with many unforgettable memories. This is not just any other Munich …

Top Tourist Attractions In Munich Not To Miss

Visiting Munich? Don’t miss these top tourist attractions! Munich was in my bucket-list for long for all the good things I had heard about it from fellow travellers. Though it was true that most people who adored Munich adored it for its annual beer festival, I found there’s still a lot more to the city of Munich than the drinking steins of beers and going crazy during Octoberfest. Munich is host to a beautiful historic city centre, many serene public-parks (where one can even surf) vibrant beer gardens and some hearty German food — no wonder, being the third largest town in Germany and the largest in South Germany, Munich has a lot to offer. And what makes it better than any other town (even better than Berlin — the rebel free-city of Germany, so to speak) is its posher, cleaner and more well-behaving look. Also Read: Berlin Travel Guide So if I were to suggest that one big German city (please note that I am still not comparing it with the cuter small towns like …

A 5-Day Family Road Trip Around Manali, From Delhi

“Watch it” “Slow down” and “Careful”, as I vaguely remember, are the three phrases my father repeatedly spat on me during our recent 5-day family road trip to Manali from Delhi, the idea of which germinated in my mind when Nissan India asked if I wanted to test drive one of their cars on a road trip to the Himalayas somewhere. Read: Nissan Sunny Review A family road trip, as I experienced myself, can be just as wonderful an experience as with friends. Though of course, a road trip with friends has its own perks — with the biggest benefit being the fact that you don’t feel a need to pre-plan your journey while travelling with friends, whereas when with the family, you need to pre-plan and pre-plan a lot. Because if you already know where you’re going and if the places you’re visiting are peaceful enough for spending some family time together, then you’re in store for some amazing lifetime memories. So if you too are planning a few days long road-trip in the Himalayas with …

What To Do In Brisbane: Tips For First Time Travellers

I can fairly remember how when an invitation from the Queensland Tourism to explore the region of Gold Coast landed in my inbox, I humbly requested for an overstay in the country after the completion of our blog-tip, to experience a bit of Brisbane as well. Though I had to travel Brisbane on my own, without any support from the Queensland Tourism, it still made sense to stay back and not miss the chance of exploring Brisbane now that I was already in Queensland. I mean Brisbane is, after all, considered as one of the friendliest travel destinations in the world and has been topping Tripadvisor’s ranking in the South Pacific region since years. So yea, my love for Brisbane started before I even visited Brisbane. And when I actually ended up there, my love only intensified. What To Do In Brisbane Exploring The Seaside Town Of Sandgate  …and learning Paddleboarding! Jump into a train and your next destination is Sandgate — a vibrant and historic seaside town, laden with cute cafes, even more relaxing vibe, …