6 Off Beat Travel Destinations of India

Gurudongmar Lake North Sikkim

6 Offbeat Travel Destinations in India

The idea of travelling in India draws up many images, lush greenery, deserts, snow-capped peaks, beaches… the country definitely has it all and for a lack of a better word, the Indian landscape is diverse. Practically you find something or the other to do in some destination across the country… and yet, traveller after traveller haunt the beaten path. If you are looking for something that is different from a prescribed list… you might as well check out the new list of off-beaten destinations.

1- The Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

The Little Rann, located close to the Great Rann is a definite must visit for those who are looking to experience the colour and raw plethora of desert colour and culture. While it lacks the tourism appeal that Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has, Little Rann has this raw flair that is completely charming and disarming at the same time. A quaint salt marsh desert, the Little Rann is famous as the world’s last refuge of the Khur or the Indian Wild Ass.  A stark landscape with rich biodiversity, the Little Rann is an ecologically important zone and is the home to several water birds like pelicans, flamingos and ducks and other birds like the Indian Bustard, Sandgrouse and francolins. The perfect destination for nature lovers.

Little Rann of Kutch
Little Rann of Kutch

The region is pretty popular for it’s surreal natural beauty that it has been featured in multiple movies in India such as Magadheera, refugee, Goriyon ki Raasleela, Sarainodu, and many other superhit movies. This wonderful holiday destination in Gujarat has also been mentioned in numerous books like Midnight Children written by Salman Rushdie. If you are also looking for a holiday destination for this winter vacation then check out different Gujarat holiday packages and plan accordingly.

2- Gurudongmar Lake – Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim

There is something about high altitude lakes… nestled amongst high mountain peaks that inevitably bring in a sense of complete peace and serenity.  While the Pangong Tso shot to reluctant fame with the famous 3 Idiots scene, there is another beautiful high altitude hidden at a height of 17100 feet in the Eastern Himalayas. Emerald Waters, set deep in the backdrop of majestic snow-clad peaks, the Gurudongmar Lake is Sikkim’s well-kept secret.

3- Bandhavgarh National Park – Madhya Pradesh

While the Jim Corbett National Park is a popular destination for all those who want to get a glimpse of the elusive predator, there is another destination where you can get a peek at this royal cat – the Bandhavgarh National Park. While the Jim Corbett National Park is known for its dense jungles and the different variety of flora and fauna; catching a glimpse of the tiger with several safaris can be quite a task.

Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park

In Bandhavgarh, however, the chances of sighting this regal striped cat are quite high. Smaller in size when compared with the Jim Corbett National Park, it is much easier to navigate along Bandhavgarh, and rest assured, this National Park too is filled with a plethora of flora and fauna.

4- Syalsaur, Uttarakhand

Syalsaur, Uttarakhand
Syalsaur, Uttarakhand

The Himalayas are filled with several wonders, which are simply understated and hidden from the prying tourist eye. One such destination that lies hidden along the bend of the mighty mountains is Syalsaur. With the Mandakini gurgling alongside the perfect contrast of lush green trees cloaking majestic peaks, Syalsaur in Uttarakhand is the perfect destination to experience the quiet and majestic splendour of the Himalayas.

5- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

The last major site before hitting the China Border, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, is probably North-East’s best kept secrets. Possibly because of its political and geographically location, Tawang is rarely flocked by dozen tourists. Nevertheless, Tawang is worth each and every bureaucratic effort, tucked in the high mountains, the region boasts of over a 109 high altitude lakes! If lake hopping at over 12000 is your thing, then Tawang is a definite must visit!

6- Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi

If the Indian history, particularly the Mughal Era, has enthralled you and the idea of reliving that magnificent time through the exquisite Persian architecture has excited you – then apart from a visit to the ever-famous Taj Mahal, a peep at the Humayun’ tomb is a must.

Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi
Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi

Commissioned by Humayun’s first wife Bega Begum, the tomb of Humayun or popularly known as Humayun ka makbara, was designed by the Persian architect Mirza Ghiyas.  The tomb is believed to be the first garden tomb of the Indian subcontinent. The tomb is also the very first structure to use red sandstone in such a large scale.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Humayun ka Makbara is tucked deep in the winding ‘Galis’ of the Nizamuddin area of Delhi. Known for its brilliant symmetry, this imposing structure has delicate touches of marble and other precious stones at the end of several gateways. Adding to these lush gardens that surround the area make it a beautiful spot to rewind time.

10 best churches to visit in France

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Are you planning on visiting France for a peaceful and serene vacation? After you tour the whole city, there are many ancient churches in France for you to visit. Every city has at least one traditional church that symbolises the authenticity of the place. So, here is an ultimate list of the 10 best churches to visit on your vacation in France. 


10 Best churches to visit in France on your vacation

  1. Mont Saint Michel Abbey
  2. Notre Dame de la Garde
  3. Sacre-Coeur
  4. Rouen Cathedral
  5. Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean
  6. Chartres Cathedral
  7. Notre Dame de Paris
  8. Strasbourg Cathedral
  9. Bourges Cathedral
  10. Reims Cathedral
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Top 10 snow Treks in India

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Top 10 snow Treks in India- Trekking trails for both novice and experienced Trekkers

Mountain trails in the Himalayas witness inanimate beauty during the winter months. Passing through the snow-capped mountain peaks, frozen streams, and the wintry grasses is an experience that can never be expressed in words. Winter is the time when nature showcases its playful side and you get to see the colorful side of nature in the spring season. If walking on the snow walls is something you are looking for this upcoming winter then here is a detailed rundown of the top 10 snow treks in Indian Himalayas that are the complete package of adventure, excitement, and wonderful memories.

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Kedar Kantha Trek                       

Nothing less than a fairyland for an adventurer, Kedar Kantha Trek is one of the most favorite winter treks in the Himalayas blessed with nature’s unkempt secrets. This thrilling trek commences from Sankri and takes you through Juda ka Talab, a glimmering lake nestled amidst thick dense forests of maple and alpine trees. On reaching this lake site, the trekkers spend some relaxing moments for the day and start trekking towards Kedar Kantha Peak on the next day. While descending the hill, you get to visit an apple garden at Hargaon Pass.

Weather– The temperature of the region drops down to sub-zero level and reaches up to -15 degrees Celsius in the winter months.

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Kuari Pass Winter Trek

Also known as the Lord Curzon trail, Kuari Pass Winter Trek happens to be one of the most exhilarating trails amidst the Himalayas. The trek commences from Joshimath, the winter abode of Lord Badrinath, and then takes you through the lesser-known passes and eventually to Kuari Pass, the highest point of the trek. On reaching the top of this trekking trail, the trekkers are awarded with mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks including Hathi- Ghodi Parvat, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, etc.

While walking on the downward hill, adventure lovers can visit Auli, another impressive winter destination in Uttarakhand. This amazing skiing destination in India is flocked by thousands of trekkers every year.

Weather– The temperature of the region ranges between -2 and -8 Degree Celsius hence, the region gets entirely covered with thick sheets of snow.

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Dayara Bugyal Trek

If you have never done trekking so far and want to enjoy this adventure activity for the very first time then you shall plan an adventure trip to Dayara Bugyal Trek. It happens to be one of the easiest trekking sites in India. Being established at a great height, the region receives huge snowfall during the winter months. This snow trek nestled amidst the Himalayas sprawls over a huge area of almost 28 sq. km. and is believed to be a perfect ski slope during the winter months.

Weather– One needs to be both physically and mentally ready to bear the bone-tearing cold weather as the temperature of the region ranges between -4 and -10 Degree Celsius.

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Dodital Winter Trek

Another perfect choice for those who are trekking for the very first time, Dodital Winter Trek is however an easy trail but it becomes pretty challenging during the winter months when gets covered with snow blankets. Commencing from Sangamchatti, the Dodital trek takes you through a thick forest area where you can spot several Himalayan birds. While walking upwards the hill, stop at the Agoda Village from where you can capture the awe-inspiring views of the summits of the Eastern and Western Himalayas.

Weather– Like other winter destinations, Dodital also receives huge snowfall, and the temperature ranges around the sub-zero level.

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Chopta Chandrashila Winter Trek

One of the most astonishing and the easiest winter treks in India, Chopta Chandrashila Trek passes through the remote villages, the highest Shiva Temple, and the pristine lake. The trekking trail commences from Ukhimath and then takes you through Deoria Tal via Sari Village. On reaching a certain altitude of this trekking trail, visit the magnificent Shiva Temple and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva, the supreme deity of Hindus.

After visiting the Shiva shrine, proceed towards Chandrashila, the summit of moon rock at 4000 meters above sea level. Enjoy capturing the soul-soothing views of the surrounding mountain areas including Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Nanda Devi.

Weather– The temperature of the region ranges between zero and -10 degrees Celsius and this is why one needs to carry heavy woolens to stay fit and fine.

6- Sham Valley Winter Trek

Established beautifully in the Ladakh region, Sham Valley Trek is nationwide famous for its plantation of apricot flowers. During the winter months, the entire valley gets adorned with apricot flowers. Popularly called ‘Baby Trek’, this destination is a perfect place for those who are trekking for the first time and have no prior experience. One can explore a multitude of travel attractions such as Likir Monastery, Indus Valley, and the primordial Sham Kingdom.

Weather– This hugely elevated destination receives a huge amount of snowfall during the winter months and the temperature ranges between -5 and -15 degrees Celsius.

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Chadar Trek

One of the most exciting and enthralling trekking trails in India, Chadar Trek is all about strength, survival, and persistence. The adventures covering this difficult trekking train get an opportunity to learn about surviving in the harsh regions at sub-zero temperature levels. This frozen river trek is established in one of the most inhabitable regions in the world where you don’t find any hotel or resort to stay. Despite being so challenging, covering the Chadar trek is a lifetime experience of the trekkers and they consider it as a ‘Do before you die’ activity.

Weather– One of the coldest trekking trails in India witnessing an extreme temperature level that reaches -35 degrees Celsius during the winter months.

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Auli Gorson Winter Trek

Commencing from Rishikesh and then passing through Joshimath, Auli, and Gurson Bugyal, the Auli Gorson Winter Trek is considered the first step towards trekking for a novice trekker. Apart from enjoying the challenges of the trekking trail, the mesmerizing beauty of the thick dense forests of alpine trees and the eye-catching views of the surrounding peaks are like icing on the cake. Do not forget to enjoy skiing at this world-known skiing destination.

Weather– The temperature of Auli hardly comes up to zero level during the winter months.

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Har Ki Dun Trek

One of the oldest trekking trails in the country, the Har Ki Dun winter trek is believed to be the most alluring trek of the Winter Himalayas. Commencing from Dehradun, the trekking trail leads you towards Sankri, Taluka Village, Gangar Village, and other exciting places en-route. This easy-level snow trek is a heaven for adventure lovers and draws a huge footfall of trekkers from all around the country.

Weather– Unlike other destinations mentioned above, Har Ki Dun doesn’t witness such extreme climatic conditions.

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Brahmatal Trek

A moderate-level trekking trail in Uttarakhand, Brahmatal offers you an opportunity to witness the surreal beauty of nature as the trek passes through the thick dense forests of rhododendrons and oak trees. The soul-soothing views of the magnificent mountains falling en-route and the visible glimpses of the Roopkund trek seem like icing on the cake. The trek to this snowy destination is also reckoned for its beautiful campsites near the Brahmatal and the Bekaltal.

Weather– One needs to pack heavy woolens and other essentials in their bags as the region witnesses extreme temperature during the winter months.

12 Best Places to Visit Leh Ladakh

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Ladakh, a newly created Union and territory in India happens to be one of the most favorite holiday destinations for adventure seekers and nature lovers. The beauty of this freezing cold destination can’t be expressed in words as the landscape here changes drastically. Bedecked with the gorgeous mountains,  Ladakh is home to numerous high altitude passes like Chang La, Khardung La, and Marsimik La.

Leh Palace

Built by the Buddhist kings of Ladakh, the palace has lost much of its original grandeur, but still offers some magnificent views from the top. Find your way down the winding passages and hidden stairways to emerge at the roof top and enjoy great views of the city.

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

Built in 1430, this Buddhist temple has a rich collection of Buddhist art, ancient manuscripts, scrolls, wall paintings, and the gilded image of Buddha, almost 3-stories high.

Hemis Monastery

Situated 45kms from Leh, Hemis is the largest monastery in Ladakh. Its walls are adorned with beautiful frescoes and the largest Thangka painting in the world. Built by the Red Hat sect of Buddhists, the monastery houses a statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha made of precious stones. Over a 100 lamas reside here at any given time.

Shanti Stupa

Built by a Japanese Buddhist organization to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism, the Shanti Stupa is a pristine white structure, and a change from the other Stupas of the region.

Stok Palace

The official residence of the royal family, the Stok Palace stands four storeys tall and has 77 rooms. One wing has been made open to the public as a museum and displays collections of Buddhist art, weapons, jewelry, artifacts and thangkas. There are great views from here, overlooking barley terraces on the mountains.

Shey Monastery

Earlier the summer palace of the Ladakhi kings, the Shey Gompa is situated on a hillock. It houses a 12m tall gold-plated copper statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. Shey is a beautiful green area, dotted with ponds.

Magnetic Hill

It defies all the laws of nature, and is something you have to experience for yourself. As your vehicle rolls up the steep hill, turn off the ignition. No, you won’t roll backwards and crash down the mountainside. Instead, the car will continue to move upwards at a decent speed to 20km/hr, even with the ignition off! The magnetic properties of this hill, located around 30km from Leh, ensure that you’re always moving up.

Thiksey Monastery

This monastery is located a little away from the Shey Monastery and has several Buddha statues, a pillar inscribed with Buddhist teachings, a 15m high seated Maitreya Buddha statue and a vast collection of Buddhist art.

Khardung La Pass and Nubra Valley

The Khardung La (Pass), at more than 17,000 feet, is the highest motorable road in the world. The scenery here is worth your time, always crusted in white, and with excellent views of Ladakh and the Karakoram ranges on either side. Beyond the pass is the wide, flat Nubra Valley, criss-crossed by the winding Shyok and Nubra Rivers. Bactrian Camels (double hump camels) are one of the main attractions of the region. The valley is dotted with ancient gompas, ruined palaces and quaint villages, providing many a photo-op. The Diskit Gompa, built in the 17th century, is worth a visit while you’re here.

Pangong Tso

Take a day trip to the pristine Pangong Tso, a lake situated at a height of approximately 14000 ft. Set amidst the vast Himalayas, the stark brown mountains contrast sharply with the clear blue of the lake, providing a most panoramic setting. The Pangong is considered to be the longest lake in Ladakh and is a saltwater lake formed by the remnants of ice from the ice age. The international border between India and Tibet runs through the lake.

Tso Moriri Lake

This is a saltwater lake located at about 14,000 feet above sea level. Bounded by mountains, this lake has Ladakh to the north, Tibet to the east and Zanskar to the west. Migratory birds, marmots and Tibetan wolves are abundant in this region.

Zanskar Valley

If you’re looking for a real getaway, cut off from all civilization, head to Zanskar for complete isolation. The valley is closed for a major part of the year, from November to May, due to snow. Padum is the headquarters of this region, and is located on the side of a hillock with ruins of the palace and fort. Ancient rock carvings can also be seen on the bank of the river Suru. Karsha is the largest monastery here, housing ancient pieces of Buddhist art. Stongdey Monastery is home to the Gon Khang or the temple of guardian deities. Many challenging treks are possible in this region, and rafting on the Zanskar river is a thrilling experience for the adventure loving.

If you are also looking for a vacation in Ladakh then check out some of the most customized travel packages to Ladakh and select the one that suits your travel desire and falls under your budget.

10 best places of interest in Spain

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Spain is an important place to visit once in your lifetime. Spain has everything, from seashores to mountains to notable landmarks to chapels and royal residences. Guests from everywhere the world come here to partake in these sights to explore. Let’s explore some places.

List of 10 best places of interest in Spain

  • Salamanca
  • Granada
  • Barcelona
  • Mallorca
  • Madrid
  • Seville
  • Valencia
  • San Sebastian
  • Cordoba
  • Segovia
  1. Salamanca
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Salamanca is a notable place. It is worth building treasures and absolute landmarks that date back hundreds of years.

Life in the city spins around the occupied and clamouring Plaza Mayor, nearby bistros, bars and cafés. The far-reaching and rich square looks especially supernatural around evening time when its structures are reverted.

  1. Granada
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Granada offers an ideal mix of attractions, conventional societies and an enlivened nightlife. However, most of it is the home of the Alhambra, an apex of Moorish craftsmanship that epitomizes the Andalusian history and is one of the incredible compositional sights of Europe.

Validating the city’s exciting history are its most prominent milestones, the sixteenth century Granada Cathedral with its heavenly domed roof, and the well-known Alhambra, a Moorish castle with nurseries and Arab showers. Granada’s comparing areas, Sacromonte and Albaicin, are the substance of the city’s way of life.

  1. Barcelona:
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Barcelona is one of the nation’s top travel objections since it offers all that sightseers search for in a European city. It is designed for energetic shopping, dynamic culture and humming nightlife.

Ciutat Vella, the Old City, is Barcelona’s primary fascination. Here, sightseers will track down the Gothic Quarter with its excellent, old places of worship, Roman demolishes and cobblestone roads fixed with open-air bistros and cafés.

The well-known exercises in Barcelona incorporate walking around La Rambla, a tree-lined person on foot road, and sunbathing on Barceloneta, one of the city’s most mainstream seashores.

One of a kind to Barcelona is the engineering wonders of Spain’s popular draftsman, Antoni Gaudi, which incorporate the Sagrada Familia and the Casa Batllo. Both of these phenomenal constructions highlight mixes of plans, shapes and shadings.

  1. Mallorca:
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Mallorca is encircled by the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean, with barbed precipices, isolated inlets, and excellent seashores covering its shores. Long a mainstream traveller objective, the island is honoured with a warm and inviting environment and mind-boggling views.

While its hilly inside is home to ridge cloisters and towns, its marvellous coastline is in touch with shoreline towns and resorts. Sunbathing, swimming, and watersports are the most well-known distractions, with delectable nearby food and fish on offer any place you go.

  1. Madrid:
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Madrid is generally known for its nightlife scene. Home to various colleges, the city comprises ethnic gatherings, making it one of Europe’s most vivid cosmopolitan urban areas.

Madrid is a lovely city blended in with old and new engineering. The capital consists of areas having remarkable people and attractions going from notable quarters to more seasoned group networks, college regions, multicultural regions and party scenes.

 Puerta del Sol is a square filled with celebrations, significant social affairs, and road entertainers just as a centre for the public transportation organization. Another notable square is Plaza Mayor, known for its numerous keepsake shops, bistros and the exuberant San Miguel Market.

  1. Seville:

Seville is home to lovely and significant noteworthy tourist spots. It is the best place of the year at any time.

The city is additionally home to the Biggest wooden construction on the planet, a monster umbrella-formed design lodging the fundamental market.

  1. Valencia:
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Valencia has reestablished structures that incorporate staggering temples, old religious communities, for example, San Miguel de Los Reyes and the site of an antiquated silk exchange focus referred to now as the Silk Exchange Market.

In the wake of diverting the Turia River, the city built its most great fascination, a monstrous social and amusement complex known as the City of Arts and Science. Contained inside this complex are a few structures like a historical centre, planetarium, aquarium, expressions exhibition hall and an IMAX theatre that are each creative wonders all by themselves. Likewise remembered for the old Turia riverbed are delightful nurseries, athletic parks and fake lakes.

  1. San Sebastian:
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San Sebastián is the capital of the Gipuzkoa territory, situated in the Basque nation of North Spain off the bank of the Bay of Biscay. This wonderful oceanside city is very much known for its brilliant seashores and exceptional culinary custom.

Even though it is within a few locales, San Sebastian is a comfortable city packed with eateries, pintxo bars, fashion shops and an encased shopping centre.

San Sebastian brags some of the best seashores in Europe. And it is the most famous of these being Playa de la Concha, which offers sunbathing and water exercises like swimming, kayaking and water skiing. Playa de la Zurriola draws in numerous surfers and gives surfboard and bodyboard rentals.

Cordoba:

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Cordoba is the capital of the area of a similar name in the Andalusian district of southern Spain. While Cordoba is portrayed by its modest community enchant, this fair size city offers every one of the noteworthy and social attractions of a clamouring city.

Perhaps the most established town in Europe, the memorable quarter of Cordoba is a labyrinth of minuscule archaic roads, squares, and whitewashed yards all arranged around the star fascination, the Mezquita. Initially, it was a mosque. The Mezquita is currently a radiant church holding the vast majority of its unique engineering. Its woods of segments finished off with Islamic-style, and white striped curves fill in as a token of the wonder and significance Córdoba held in bygone eras. Outside the Mezquita is a lovely orange woods ideal for unwinding.

  1. Segovia:
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Segovia is famous for its authentic walls. While this designing wonder goes about as the city’s image, other shocking sights, like perfect Gothic basilica and various holy places, communities and cloisters, can be found nearby.

The other primary fascination is the rich Alcazar of Segovia, set on a rough outcrop sitting above the city. It is said to have enlivened Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and the palace and castle include heaps of design. It was once one of the most loved illustrious homes of the Kings of Castile.

That is all we have arrived at the finish of an article. I trust you will become more acquainted with the 10 best places of interest in Spain and plan a trip to Spain. you can even schedule your desire to design your vacation. Get ready to explore Spain.

10 Best places of interest in Iceland

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The various natural wonders of Iceland have resulted in a tourist boom, with first-time visitors using the Golden Circle Route through the southwest. Geothermal spas, such as the mineral-rich Blue Lagoon, are well known.

List of 10 best places of interest in Iceland ->

  1. Whale Watching
  2. Blue Lagoon
  3. Mvatn
  4. Dettifoss Waterfall
  5. The Pearl Observatory
  6. Glacial Lagoon
  7. Hiking at Mount Esja
  8. Gullfoss Waterfall
  9. Hallgrímskirkja
  10. Kirkjufell Mountain
  1. Whale watching
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A trip from Reykjavik will allow you to experience the enchantment of whale viewing. Cruise the coast of Iceland with a professional guide to see humpback and orca whales in their natural environment. Examine the water for sightings of porpoises and dolphins while learning intriguing information about these magnificent species that call the Icelandic ocean home. Increase your chances of spotting whales on this excursion, which has a success record of 95% in July and 80% in January.

  1. Blue lagoon
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It’s no surprise that the Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most famous tourist attractions. The stunning milky-blue lake stands out against the nearby black lava fields and thick grey moss-like nothing else on the planet. The water is consistently 39°C (102°F) all year, making it ideal for bathing.

The lagoon is in Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. It is known for its bleak sceneries and cone-shaped volcanoes. It is only a 15-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport and a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city.

  1. Mvatn

Mvatn, a lovely lake area in north Iceland, is a must-see. Mvatn is Iceland’s fourth-largest body of water, covering 36.5 square kilometres, yet its size is only one of the attractions that lure visitors all year. It also has some geological characteristics, diverse flora and fauna.

In the Lake Mvatn region, there is just one small village named Reykjahl. Some services are available such as a petrol station, bank, micro grocery, health care centre, school, swimming pool.

4.      Dettifoss Waterfall

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Dettifoss is a waterfall in North Iceland that is to be Europe’s most Powerful. It is frequently visited on Diamond Circle excursions and is a must-see for anybody visiting the area. Two routes are there to connect the Ring Road and Dettifoss. Even with a four-wheel-drive car, navigating them in the winter could be not easy to ride.

The town of Akureyri, sometimes known as the “Capital of the North,” is the community near Dettifoss. It is the largest town outside of the Greater Reykjavik Area, with over ten thousand people. It’s a great spot to stop and rest whether you’re travelling to the north or around Iceland.

  1. The Pearl Observatory

Perlan is a museum and spinning glass domes on top of skjuhl Hill in Reykjavik; this is one of the capital’s most recognisable sights, surrounded by woodland. The site is on top of six water tanks that hold 24 million litres of hot water from Reykjavik.

Perlan also has a model of the Látrabjarg cliffs in the Westfjords, known for being one of the greatest sites in the world for birding. The ten-metre-tall reproduction allows visitors to see lifelike representations of the bird’s nest here across the country.

6.      Glacial Lagoon

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A glacier lagoon is in Southeast Iceland. Because of its breathtaking beauty, this ice lagoon has become one of Iceland’s most famous tourist destinations. Jökulsárlón, or ‘Glacier’s-River-Lagoon,’ is the name of the lagoon. COVID-19 has not shut off nature, but it has influenced some tourism activities.

The lagoon is produced naturally from melting glacial water and grows indefinitely when large slabs of ice fall off the glacier’s ever-shrinking surface.

The melting glacier illustrates the impacts of global warming as Jökulsárlón grows in size, with visible receding year after year.

7.      Hiking at Mount Esja

The Mount Esja path is perhaps Iceland’s most well-known and frequented hiking trail. The route goes to the Esjan volcanic mountain range, which is also known as Mount Esja. From Reykjavik, Mount Esja is easily accessible. A lovely small river runs down the mountain hill, making the trek even more enjoyable with the soothing sound of the water. This trail is fun, and once you’re up there, you’ll get a fantastic, never-ending view of the city and its environs.

8.      Gullfoss Waterfall
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The magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall could be seen during a trip along Iceland’s Golden Circle in the south. You go down a tiny walkway to get a close look at the two-tiered waterfall below. Because when a waterfall freezes over into rippling waves of dazzling ice in the winter, the scene is breathtaking. Thousands of rainbows appear on bright days as a natural response to the clouds of spray from the falling falls.

9.       Hallgrímskirkja

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Hundreds of people visit the church’s tower every day to take in the panoramic views of the capital. An elevator takes you to the viewing tower. A modest fee is a must to climb above the clock, which goes toward the church’s upkeep and operations. It’s a helpful tool for navigating the streets as tourists stroll.

It also acts as a gathering centre for cultural events, such as the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks viewing party. Thousands of people fired off hundreds of fireworks in an impromptu, chaotic, but stunning display on this night.

Many stores offer protective eyewear in the days leading up to the night, which is for all viewers, especially youngsters, due to a few cases of debris falling from poorly directed fireworks.

10.  Kirkjufell Mountain

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Kirkjufell is incredibly gorgeous and excellent for professional and amateur shooters alike, with many local beaches to choose from. If you’ve booked a professional hiking trip, be prepared for a strenuous trek to the summit, where you’ll see bird and fish fossils! Climbing to the summit is out of the question if you haven’t booked a tour with an expert guide. Many times, hiking it alone has been lethal. Instead of braving the hike up, enjoy a relaxing and family-friendly tour around the mountain’s walking route. You’ll even be able to see a lake that reflects the visual representation of the peak on calm and steady days, giving a magnificent and picture opportunity.

Are any of the above-mentioned activities on your vacation itinerary? Come to Iceland and take part in all of these activities. So, are you ready for a different kind of vacation? What’s more, you have the option of creating your own trip itinerary. It’s time to go exploring with your loved ones in Iceland today!

10 Best Places of interest in Thailand

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Thailand is the best destination to relax. Yes, it has stunning cities, Beaches, and you will get a fantastic sightseeing experience. Try the trip adventure at least once in your lifetime. Following is the list of the 10 Best Places of interest in Thailand.

List of 10 Best Places of Interest in Thailand

  • Railay Beach
  • Koh Phi Phi
  • The grand palace
  • Pai
  • Khao Yai
  • Sukhothai
  • Historic City of Ayutthaya
  • Koh Samui
  • Doi Suthep
  • Floating Markets
  1. Railay Beach
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Railay Beach is a tiny peninsula with four beaches on it. Railay is already on the bucket list of every wise visitor, and it is one of Thailand’s most sought-after beach destinations. Railay is a fascinating world located just south of Ao Nang Beach, around a rocky promontory and only accessible by boat. Beautiful white gorgeous sunsets, soaring limestone cliffs, views, caverns, and a lagoon buried inside the cliff, all formed and nourished by the shifting tides, may all be found on the peninsula. Everything is within walking distance!

  1. Koh Phi Phi
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The beaches and other neighbouring islands are fabulous now that Phi Phi Island is open. International tourism is only feasible if tourists consent to a two-week quarantine at approved hotels. The island appears to be deserted, with the majority of stores, restaurants, and hotels shuttered. Every day, just a few tourists arrive, mostly locals and expats. You can still dine well, go shopping, and ride a longtail boat to surrounding islands and beaches. In conclusion, the island remains lovely, and nature is slowly returning, although it is disappointing to store closed and gloomy streets after 9 p.m.

  1. The Grand Palace
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Bangkok is the most popular tourist attraction, and it is remarkable in terms of historical significance and beauty. The grounds include a tangle of royal palaces, temples, and historical relics, the most notable is Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). And it is claimed to have a piece of the enlightened Buddha hair or bone

  1. Pai
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Pai is an ideal starting place for seeing the country’s natural wonders and the famous Thai friendliness and cuisine. This little town has earned a reputation as a hippy and backpacker hotspot, yet you will also see lots of families visiting. There is a small nighttime strolling street market with a range of native and Western delicacies. It is easy to access surrounding Buddhist monasteries, waterfalls, and the spectacular Pai canyon.

  1. Khao Yai
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Elephants are famous in Thailand, and sculptures and paintings are in royal palaces and temples alike. Nothing surpasses seeing elephants in their natural habitat for the ultimate experience, and Khao Yai National Park gives a fantastic opportunity to do so. Elephants wandering along rivers, rare birds of prey, monkeys, and other tropical species make the park home. This park is considered home to many waterfalls.

6.      Sukhothai

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Sukhothai, a favourite destination for history aficionados and photographers, offers many beautiful photo opportunities on a lesser scale than Ayutthaya. Following decades of conflict and exposure to the weather, the ruins of this ancient city still stand high. The Old City of Sukhothai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and great effort has gone into restoring and preserving one of Thailand’s most important historical monuments.

7.      Historic City of Ayutthaya

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Visitors may tour the gloomy yet enchanting remains of Ayutthaya, which provide a stunning glimpse into ancient Thailand’s splendour. The palaces and temples at Ayutthaya testify that it was once Thailand’s most significant metropolis. Some sites, such as the temple housing the 12-meter-long reclining Buddha and tree roots around a Buddha’s head, are extremely beautiful and should not be missed.

8.      Koh Samui

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Koh Samui Island is the country’s second-largest island and home to some of Southeast Asia’s most stunning golden shorelines. Each beach on Koh Samui has its personality: some are excellent for quiet solitude, while others are bustling with activities, water sports, and large crowds. Chaweng Beach is the island’s Largest and busiest beach, with the Greatest shopping, a variety of activities, and some of the top restaurants. The brilliant blue seas and dancing palm palms in the ocean wind might explain why some of the island’s top resorts are here.

9.      Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep is a wonder of exquisite religious sculptures, and a visit here means seeing monks praying, seeing worship rites, and getting a view of Chiang Mai’s ever-expanding sprawl. Keep with a bottle of water and your walking shoes since you will need to ascend a long stairway to reach the temple at the top of the hill. Vendors sell everything from delectable local snacks to handcrafted items created by locals from the surrounding mountains at the bottom of the stairs. There is also a shop offering masks, elephant sculptures, and home furnishings, so you can do some shopping while you recuperate from your stair climb.

10.  Floating Markets

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Thailand’s floating markets provide a unique opportunity to buy and eat while supporting small sellers and learning more about traditional culture. While some of the markets appear to appeal more to tourists, others provide a more real travel experience, such as hopping on a boat and letting your guide take you through canals, where you will see traditional residences on stilts and come across vendors selling their products from their boats. You will need to wake up early to attend a floating market, as sellers set out their wares, fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and delectable meals first thing in the morning in their long wooden boats.

Thailand will give you an unforgettable experience. Try to spend at least a couple of days in Thailand to feel a natural beauty. Plan your trip to Thailand in Pickyourtrail and check the Thailand Packages, and book your trip soon. Just explore the natural beauty of Thailand.

Tour the World from the Comfort of Your Home

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Travelling is by far one of the best ways to experience different cultures and enjoy much of what the world has to offer. However, with the recent outbreak of Covid-19, many countries across the world have been on lockdown, thereby restricting free travel to prevent further spread of the virus.

It is therefore unsure when we can venture into the world again and see different places like we used to. If you’re someone that loves to travel a lot, this is unfortunately, bad news. Luckily though, technology has made travel easy and available to everyone right from the comfort of their homes.

Many museums, landmarks, national parks, and several other destinations offer virtual tours for everyone to have a walkthrough and learn about what they offer in real life as though the tourists are actually present.

Few Ways to Explore the World

Here are a few of the best virtual travels you can embark upon to explore the world:

  • Virtual Museum Tours: Many Museums around the world preserve historic arts and documents that have a significant impact on human civilizations.

Museums like The Louvre, The Guggenheim Museum, The Van Gogh Museum, and many other museums offer virtual tours of their facilities. On display are Egyptian Antiquities, the Galerie d’Apollon, Mona Lisa, and many other significant works of art.

  • Stream Virtual Travel Programs: Virtual travel programs are a great way to see the world through the eyes of other people. It is always an exciting experience as these virtual travel programs document all that is important about the trip. They more often than not answer all the questions you might have, and prepare you for the trip if you plan on taking it.

Installing a VPNis always advisable when you want to stream virtual travel programs as a VPN would allow you access to a myriad of content that would originally be unavailable in your home location.

  • Landmark Virtual Tour: A few landmark sites across the world offer free virtual tours to everyone. These tours are well-detailed and informative. Some of these landmarks include Buckingham Palace, The Statue of Liberty, etc.

A guide is available for most of these landmark sites with well-detailed explanations and narrations about them. It promises to be an amazing experience for you.

  • Explore the Safaris: Are you a big nature lover that loves to see wildlife and experience animals in their natural habitat? If yes, this virtual tour is for you. From Africa to North America, there’s a lot of wildlife on display via virtual tours.

You can easily stream live webcams of various safaris at a specified time from anywhere in the world and you’ll be amazed at the content on view. These tours are well detailed and there are tour guides to always ensure all your questions are answered.

Conclusion

Virtual travel does not compare to the feel of experiencing the world in person, but while we still fight off this virus, it is essential to take these virtual trips to ensure we don’t lose a feel of the world in general.


Matthew Stern is a technology content strategist at TechFools, a tech blog aiming at informing readers about the potential dangers of technology and introducing them to the best ways to protect themselves online.

As a tech enthusiast and an advocate for digital freedom, Matthew is dedicated to introducing his readers to the latest technology trends and teaching them how to gain control over their digital lives.

Best places of interest in Sri Lanka

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Situated in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka offers its visitors an astonishing range of environments to experience and enjoy. Cities such as Kandy and Colombo help trace the enthralling history of the island from early times to the colonial era to the present day. The country is a paradise for any beach lover since the place is swamped by some of the best beaches in the world.

Following are some of the best places of interest to visit in Sri Lanka

 

Colombo

The capital city blends urban amenities with colourful native and colonial history. Sri Lanka has had strategic significance for trading powers in Europe as a major stop on the spice trade routes in the world. One can observe the influence of the British, Portugal, and the Netherlands culture in arts, architecture, and food. The city has the best museums on the island and several other things and places that help you connect with the local culture.

Arugam Bay

You are sure to have the best experiences in the country at this place. It is custom-made for people who like adrenaline-pumping activities. Take your swim-wear and head to the waters to indulge in speed-boating, surfing and several other activities. The blue waters and coconut tree rows make the location one of the appealing destinations on the island.

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Beira Lake

Once you are done with your shopping or sightseeing, you can hop in for a peaceful boat ride here. Located in the heart of the capital city, this lake provides green and calm waters that offer a stimulating experience. You can rent a paddle-boat and go out on the lake while observing cute ducks and swans around.

Beira Lake on Vesak Day

Yala National Park

This national park is a well-known wildlife sanctuary situated nearly 200 km from Bentota. You can go on an adventurous trip into the forest. It is one of the perfect places to go to on the entire island and so you need to make sure you list it out in your itinerary. You will get to see some Sri Lankan leopards and elephants on your trip.

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Galle Fort

One amongst the most famous tourist spots in the entire country, the Galle Fort was constructed during the 16th century by the Portuguese and reinforced in the 17 century by the Dutch. You can take pleasure in the stunning sea view from this fort or stroll around the cobblestoned trail around the fort area. The area surrounding the fort has several food joints, shops and cafes. You can look at the most splendid sunset view at this fort.

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Dambulla Cave Temple

You can go to this temple to get a touch of old culture and history. This cultural hotspot is one amongst the largest temple complex in the country and hosts a wide assortment of paintings and statues that date back to the 12th century. This temple has 5 rooms each containing a striking statue of Buddha of various sizes. You can climb to the temple’s top to get a good view of the surroundings.

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Jaffna

The capital city of Sri Lanka’s northern province has some of the finest temples. The Nallur Kovil temple is the most crowded in the area. You can visit the Jaffna Fort to know more about the rich history of Sri Lanka. The Nagadeepa Purana Vihara temple is yet another best place to go in Sri Lanka and is accessible only by boat. The calmness that you get to experience here is beyond compare.

Naga Vihara in Stanley Road in Jaffna, Sri Lanka by Kanatonian

Trincomalee

Trincomalee’s beach getaway is little known, however, a great place for spending a good time when you are in the country. It is a famous tourist spot that provides exceptional watersport activities. The perfect part of the place is the opportunity it offers for deep-sea diving. You can get in touch with the SLDT [Sri Lanka Diving Tours] to assist you to take a quick look into the marine life in the Trincomalee waters. You can indulge in beach hopping and temple sighting as well.

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Pollonnaruwa

This significant city ruin site is one of the World Heritage Sites of the country. It was the 2nd capital city prospering approximately over a thousand years ago. The city is preserved, though the majority of its structures are remnants. There are palaces, gardens, temples and while the place is compact mostly, it can be explored easily by bicycle. There is a modern, small-town located a few miles from this place with bike rentals, guesthouses and cafes.

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Ella

At times it is as much as important to consider the journey and not worry much about the destination. Ella is a good example. It is a hill-country town located amongst the tea plantations in Sri Lanka. The place is filled with amazing food, small guesthouses and friendly people. It is a place for anyone who wants to get away from the buzz of the city and enjoy hiking for a few days. The slow train goes up and down the hills, via small towns and arrives in the mountain town after nearly 6 hours.

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The compact island possesses 8 of the World Heritage Sites and some of the best outdoor landscapes you will ever get to see in your life. You can opt for the Sri Lanka tour package from India offered by Packyoutrail. Their team of experts will help you make full use of your time in the country at an affordable cost.

How to Spend 5 Days in the UAE with Family

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With a plethora of places to visit in the UAE, deciding where to go on your vacation isn’t always easy. Read on to start creating your 5 days in the UAE itinerary. 

Day 1 – Lost Chambers Aquarium

Built around the theme of the lost city of Atlantis, this aquarium is home to thousands of species of marine life. Wander around the 10 chambers of wildlife and 20 exhibits and see the magical wonders that this underwater world holds. Schedule a “behind the scenes” tour where your kids can talk to animal experts and learn the many secrets of what it takes to look after all the aquatic creatures. If you’re interested in a more in-depth experience at the Lost Chambers Aquarium then you can sign up for a snorkelling or diving session and get an up-close and personal experience. 

 Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina, UAE
Dubai Marina

If you have time left over in your day, then make be sure to add this to your UAE itinerary. The Dubai Marina is another example of Dubai’s ability to create magical structures from nothing. A waterfront that is completely man-made while being the largest of its kind. Built on Dubai’s shoreline, it runs 3 kilometers long. Take a walk on this beautiful strip while enjoying a stunning water fountain. You can bring the whole family along, as this is a parent-approved kids’ activity in Dubai. The kids can splash around and play in the water while they cool off from the heat. You can visit the Dubai Marina Yacht Club and Skydive Dubai as they are located close by. Tired after your walk? Choose from the many appetizing restaurants and cafes that are along the marina.

Day 2 –Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall, UAE
Dubai Mall

You can’t make a 5-day in the UAE itinerary without visiting the largest mall in the world. Inside the Dubai Mall you will find more than 1200 retail outlets and around 200 places that serve food and drinks. The collection of luxury brands located within the mall makes it the fashion capital of the Middle East. Are you more interested in finding kids’ activities? Take your pick. You can either take them to the aquarium and underwater zoo that contains thousands of marine life. Stroll through the 270-degree walkthrough tunnel, as you look up in awe at the animals in their natural habitat. Or spend the day with your children inside KidZania, which is a city built just for kids to educate and entertain them. You can also skate on the Olympic-sized ice rink, watch a movie in one their cinemas, or visit the VR Park.

VR Park Dubai

VR Park Dubai is an indoor gaming theme park located inside Dubai Mall. Designed with gamers in mind, this park contains 18 rides and interactive experiences to ensure each family member finds what they are looking for. Depending on what kind of game you’re seeking to play, you and your kids can choose to engage in adventure, horror, or even something more relaxing. One of the attractions in VR Park Dubai is the Black Badge where you’ll work together with your crew and be transported to the place where Black Badge’s shuttle was supposed to have landed. It will be your mission to save a comrade from an unknown enemy monster. Or try out the Paradrop where you’ll have the opportunity to experience the first Virtual Reality paragliding ride in the Middle East that combines physical movement with stunning virtual reality content. It’s an adventure that will leave you wanting more.

Day 3 – Lahbab Desert Safari

Desert Safari in UAE
Desert safari

Of the many things to add to your UAE itinerary, this desert safari is quite unique. You can choose from a morning, evening or overnight safari experience.  You will be transported from Dubai to the beautiful Lahbab part of the Arabian Desert. The adventure begins with dune bashing in a 4×4. Then you can either take a camel ride or a horse ride around the sandbanks followed by the fun of surfing the dunes while sand boarding. The kids can enjoy the henna art and even get henna tattoos of their very own. You’ll also be able to enjoy live shows including belly dancing, Tanoura show, and other cultural exhibitions. End your day with a delicious BBQ and a local cuisine buffet.     

Day 4 – Burj Khalifa

Standing as one of the most remarkable architectural accomplishment of modern history, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world (829.8 meters). It also has the highest number of stories in the world… an astounding 160 floors. This skyscraper is home to many residential apartments and commercial offices. The Armani Hotel within contains 304 luxury hotel rooms and suites as well as an exceptional spa. You can also find a fancy nightclub and world-class restaurants. The scenic views from all around are breathtaking. You can book a tour of the observation decks located on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors. Or you can visit “At The Top” where you can look through a telescope to get a better view of the surrounding scenery or shop some of their souvenirs. Burj Khalifa breaks many records including having the highest restaurant in the world and the elevator with the longest travel distance. Another “must visit” destination on your 5 days in the UAE itinerary.

Burj Khalifa, UAE
Burj Khalifa
Day 5 – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Last but not least on your UAE itinerary is this one-of-a-kind theme park. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi promises you and your family a thrilling experience. Roaming around Abu Dhabi with kids just got a lot more interesting! Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was built and dedicated to the Formula 1 world and wants to offer you and your family the chance to have some of those experiences. It’s also famous hosting many Formula 1 sports events. The special touch of this theme park is not only does it offer you rides and attractions, but also provides you with knowledge about changing tires and other engineering facts regarding the racecar field. Some of the other attractions include the Formula Rossa, which is the fastest roller coaster in the world. Or how about the thrilling adventures of getting into a world-class go-kart on a 290-meter long track and competing with your family and friends!

Ferrari World, UAE
Ferrari World

Don’t forget to bring your loved ones along while you spend these 5 days in the UAE exploring some of the world’s most sought out attractions. Keep these places in mind the next time you’re planning your UAE itinerary!

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