Sunday, 31 May 2015

Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Singapore

Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Singapore

Singapore has an excellent public transportation system that makes getting around convenient and easy. Once you've gotten a sense of the metro map, you'll have no problem zipping from one part of town to the next. English is spoken everywhere and signs are in English as well. In fact, Singapore is one of the easiest and most comfortable countries to navigate in Southeast Asia. And as long as you're not comparing prices to nearby Thailand or Vietnam, you're in for a lovely stay.

 Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands
The opulent Marina Bay Sands resort complex includes a hotel, high-end luxury brands, a mall with a canal running through it, the ArtScience Museum, and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark - a vantage point for taking in the entire city. The Skypark's viewing deck and infinity pool are found in the ship (yes, ship) that tops the hotel. Only hotel guests are allowed to use the infinity pool but anyone can visit the observation deck. From the skypark, you can see the innovative double helix bridge, the port, the Gardens by the Bay, and the impressive skyline. While up there on top of the city, guests can grab a snack or a coffee at the rooftop restaurant or pick up some keepsakes from the souvenir stand. You can purchase a photo of yourself green-screened in front of the massive hotel as it's all lit up at night, but the cost is steep: 50 Singapore dollars. Better to ask a fellow tourist to snap a photo of you. The luxury and elegance of the Marina Bay Sands exemplify Singapore's taste, and help designate a major international city in Southeast Asia.
Observation deck hours: Mon-Thur 9:30 am-10 pm; Fri-Sun 9:30 am-11 pm
Admission: S$23 dollars for adults, S$20 for seniors, S$17 for children aged 2-12
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore

 Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer
If the observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands doesn't quite do it for you, try taking in high tea while looking out over the city from the Singapore Flyer, the world's largest giant observation wheel. Choose from several different packages that allow you to be served and pampered while enjoying a view that encompasses not only the Singapore skyline, but reaches to the Spice Islands of Indonesia and Malaysia's Straits of Johor. There are several different ticket packages to choose from, and each includes access to the multimedia Journey of Dreams exhibit that delves into Singapore's history and the creation of the Singapore Flyer. Flights last 30 minutes each and run from early morning until late at night, so you can choose which view of the city you want to enjoy: the beginning of another bustling day or when Singapore is aglow after dark.
Hours: 8 am-10:30 pm
Admission: S$33 for adults, S$21 for children aged 3-12, S$24 for seniors
Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore
Attraction: Singapore Flyer

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay
Once you've glimpsed this beautifully designed green space (from the top of the Marina Bay Sands, perhaps) you won't be able to stay away. Wander through the Bay East Garden, perfect for enjoying the vibrant plant life and escaping the city bustle for a moment. You won't want to miss Supertree Grove, where you'll find a cluster of the iconic, futuristic structures designed to perform environmentally sustainable functions. Then, head to the Cloud Forest Dome to see the world's tallest indoor waterfall and learn a bit about biodiversity. Check the website for final ticket sale and tour times.
Hours: 5 am-2 am for outdoor gardens; 9 am-9 pm for conservatories and OCBC Skyway
Admission: Free for outdoor gardens; S$28 for adults, S$15 for children for conservatories; S$5 for adults, S$3 for children for OCBC Skyway
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
Nature Park: Admission Ticket to Gardens by the Bay in Singapore with Transport 

 Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens
Not to be confused with the Gardens on the Bay, the botanic gardens are also worth a visit. Singapore received its first UNESCO World Heritage nomination for the botanic gardens, and with good reason. The city can sometimes feel like a concrete jungle, albeit a clean and comfortable one, but the botanic gardens preserve pieces of Singapore's wilder heritage. Indeed, you can visit the gardens' heritage trees via walking trail, which are conserved as part of an effort to protect the city's mature tree species. Make sure to visit the impressive National Orchid Garden. Other attractions include an eco-garden, eco-lake, bonsai garden, sculptures, and several other gardens and unique sites.
Hours: Daily 5 am-midnight
Admission: Free (some attractions may have an admission fee)
Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore

If you've ever visited China, Singapore's Chinatown neighborhood will bring you right back there. From the small mom-and-pop stores and authentic Chinese food to the bright red lanterns, there's an excitement and hustle in this district. You can visit the Chinese Heritage Centre and see the impressive and beautiful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple. Another temple worth seeing is the Buddha Tooth Relic temple. If you're up early enough (think 4 am), you can hear the morning drum ceremony. Or you can just check out the closing ceremony in the evening after viewing the relic.
Heritage markers have been installed throughout the neighborhood in English, Japanese, and simplified Chinese so visitors can better understand the significance of the area. But this neighborhood is not just a testament to the influence of the Chinese throughout Singapore's past. This is a progressive neighborhood (with free Wi-Fi for all) and it's home to the trendy Ann Siang Hill area, where the quaint bistros and upscale boutiques could be at home in any Western city.

Little India and Arab Street

Little India and Arab Street
One of the most exciting aspects of Singapore is the diversity of its neighborhoods. Yes, the country is a savvy shoppers' paradise, but you'll also find rich traditions, delicious foods and local character in its older quarters. Nowhere is this truer than in Little India and Arab Street (also known as the Arab Quarter). The Indian community has a rich history in Singapore, and this enclave dates back more than 200 years. Singapore's name actually derives from the Sanskrit words for Lion City, according to Little India's official website. Today, the neighborhood is a thriving, colorful place where traditional holidays are celebrated, and visitors can observe worship and activity at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple or purchase saris while mingling with local vendors.
In the Arab Quarter, you'll want to visit the historic Sultan Mosque, originally built in 1825. Non-Muslims are not permitted in the prayer hall, though you can appreciate the distinctive golden domes and craftsmanship of the exterior structure. Haji and Bali lanes are especially good spots to shop for something a little more unique than a designer handbag, and you'll also find yourself surrounded by music and food, as there are countless restaurants
Hop-on Hop-off Tours: Singapore City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

 Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel
This colonial building is one of the world's last grand 19th century hotels, and was once visited by literary luminaries such as Rudyard Kipling and Joseph Conrad, as well as movie star Charlie Chaplin. Built in 1887, the Raffles Hotel has served as a Singapore landmark for well over a century and continues to live up to its tony reputation with excellent food and service. The classical architecture and tropical gardens provide a refined setting, and represent another facet of Singapore's varied and rich history.
The Raffles Hotel is located in Singapore's Colonial District, also home to several other historic sites. Among them is the Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles is said to have stepped ashore in 1819. The story has it that he saw the small fishing village but recognized its potential as a port, so he purchased the land from the Sultan of Johor and invited Chinese and Indian immigrants to move there. And so the seeds of Singapore's multi-ethnic identity were sown.
Address: 1 Beach Road, Singapore

 Changi Chapel and Museum

Changi Chapel and Museum
Singapore was not spared the horrors of WWII, and the Changi Chapel and Museum tells the story of those who suffered under Japanese occupation. The museum displays the letters, photographs, drawings, and personal effects that are now testaments to the imprisonment for more than 50,000 civilians and soldiers in Changi Prison. The Changi Chapel, found in the open-air courtyard of the museum, is a replica of one of the many chapels that were built during WWII. It stands as a monument for those who would not fold under Japanese rule. A must-see in the museum is a series of murals painstakingly recreated from originals painted by Bombardier Stanley Warren. Guests can participate in a guided tour or opt for an audio tour that features accounts of Changi prisoners' wartime experiences.
Hours: 9:30 am-5 pm
Admission: In-house tours - S$12 for adults, S$8 for children; Audio tours - S$8 for adults, S$4 for children
Address: 1000 Upper Changi Rd North, Singapore

 Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo
Billing itself as the world's best rainforest zoo, the Singapore Zoo is a pretty impressive place. The facility is clean and inviting, and the animals appear well treated with plenty of lush vegetation and habitat space. The orangutans are particularly impressive, and visitors can watch as babies and adults alike swing high above their platforms and snack on bananas. There is also a large chimpanzee family, zebras, meerkats, a komodo dragon, mole rats, white tigers, kangaroos, and many other creatures.
Guests can observe feedings for some of the animals. Allow at least three hours to make your way around the zoo. If the zoo doesn't satisfy your need for getting close to wildlife, there's also the Night Safari, River Safari (including a giant panda forest), and the Jurong Bird Park. Park hopper passes are available if you plan to visit more than one of the wildlife parks.
Hours: 8:30 am-6 pm
Admission: S$28 for adults, S$18 for children aged 3-13, S$12 for seniors
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore

Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park
As military strongholds go, Fort Canning has had a long and varied life. Built in 1859, the fort was an essential site for Singapore's defense. Now in peacetime, the original building is home to modern performing arts troupes, and the park regularly sees picnics, concerts, theater performances, and festivals. Other attractions at the park include relics from Singapore's early history, from as far back as the 14th century, and Sir Stamford Raffles' personal bungalow. Guests can also see a replica of the spice market Raffles established in 1822, as well as the ASEAN sculptures that were erected in the 1980s.
Address: 51 Canning Rise, Singapore

Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island
Singapore isn't exactly known as a beach destination, but if you're really craving some fun in the sun, Sentosa Island is the place to find it. Siloso Beach is a good spot for getting in beach time, and visitors can play volleyball on free courts or go kayaking and skim-boarding. There are several other beach attractions as well, plus an Underwater World aquarium where you can swim with dolphins. A must-see on Sentosa Island is the Merlion, Singapore's famous statue that has the head of a lion and the body of a fish. You can take an escalator to the top of the statue, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. Fort Siloso, the country's only preserved fort, is also located on Sentosa Island. Adventurous types will want to check out The Flying Trapeze and the SeaBreeze Water-Sports @ Wave House, where you can try your hand at flying strapped to a water-propelled jet pack.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015


The Top 10



Barcelona, Spain
It's not the capital, but it's the one city you should not miss in Spain. Stylish Barcelona has transformed itself into not just one of Europe's must-go destinations, but also into a major world city. It's a busy Mediterranean port mixing historic architecture and some of the world's greatest Modernist buildings (including Gaudi's Sagrada Familia), but it's essentially its energy and creativity that make it such a captivating place. Experience its street life, enjoy some of the world's most creative food, and spend some time at the beach, and it will undoubtedly be your favorite urban Spanish getaway. 


Madrid, Spain
Madrid is placed on the world travel map for its outstanding world-class museums. There's the Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, but in between are buzzing squares, wonderful parks, great shopping, and an unbeatable nightlife. 


Seville, Spain
Seville is postcard Spain, a city of Flamenco, bullfighting, and extraordinary Moorish architecture. Its oldest neighborhoods are a picturesque mix of white alleyways and ornate buildings, including Europe's largest cathedral. Most impressive of all is the Real Alcázar, a royal residence dating all the way back to the late 1300s. 


Valencia, Spain
The country's third-largest city has always been known for its street life, lively during the day and night, thanks to a pleasant climate. Today, it's being discovered as a city break destination, thanks to impressive modern architecture by local world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. It's a pleasant place to walk around, with most of its sights found within walking distance. Beyond the center are the beaches, and the impressive Ciutat de les Arts complex with its collection of futuristic buildings. For many, best of all is that this is the birthplace of paella. 


Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao was placed on the map due to just one building -- the iconic Guggenheim. But this port city surrounded by hills has much more to offer. As an industrial city, it is not the prettiest urban destination in the country, but it's a lively place with old alleyways where you can try some of the flourishing Basque cuisine. 


Granada, Spain
One of the world's cultural centers for over two centuries, starting in the 1200s, this is still one of Europe's most splendorous cities. It's home to one of the world's most spectacular monuments, the Alhambra, and to several other dazzling buildings from that time. 


Cordoba, Spain
It was once one of the greatest cities in the world, and many of its treasures can still be admired today. Its former Jewish and Moorish quarter is made up of narrow cobbled streets, and that's where most of the sights are found. That includes the royal palace-fortress and one of the world's greatest mosques, the Great Mosque, originally built in 785. 


Toledo, Spain
Built on a hill not far from Madrid, historic Toledo offers a rich collection of monuments. It was home to El Greco, so today it's home to many of his works, including a major masterpiece at the church of St. Thomas. But the one must-see monument is the magnificent cathedral, one of the largest in Christendom. And as a former melting pot of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, you'll also find a curious variety of architectural styles as you explore its medieval streets on foot. 


Salamanca, Spain
Spain's great university city has some of the country's greatest architecture (mostly Renaissance and Plateresque). In addition to seeing one of Europe's oldest universities, spend some time at one of the continent's grandest squares, admire two extraordinary cathedrals, and wander around an old town rich in golden stone buildings that make the city glow. 


Santiago de Compostela, Spain

It's not a big city, yet it's a destination that many include on their must-go travel list. It's one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Christians, but people of other faiths and atheists will also enjoy its narrow streets, squares, and granite architecture. In addition to the towering landmark cathedral, two other highlights are Plaza do Obradoiro (one of the world's finest squares, which the cathedral faces) and the baroque Convent of San Martiño Pinario.

Monday, 25 May 2015

The most visited Hill Stations in East India are as follows:

The most visited Hill Stations in East India are as follows:
Darjeeling is also known as the dreamland of the east. Its natural beauty is enough to lure a tourist and keep him captivated all his or her life. The hill station has many exotic waterfalls, hills blossoming with flowers of every shade, and the tea gardens. The Darjeeling Tea is one of the most popular teas in the world.
It is the capital of Sikkim. Gangtok is one of most serene and captivating cities in the world. Gangtok offers a lot of adventure thrilled activities. The scenic view of the five peaks of Kanchenjunga makes its topography really breath-taking.
Kalimpong is a live example of Colonial Architecture in India. The place is replete with many monasteries and churches. It has a very peaceful and calm atmosphere, where the hustle and bustle is only limited to the local “bazars” (market). Kalimpong is renowned for its beautiful orchids and nurseries that produce flowering plants.
The topography of Shillong has compelled the folks to call it the “Scotland of the East”. It is the capital of the India state of Meghalaya. It has one of the largest golf courses of Asia.  The awe-inspiring beauty of the lakes inShillong couldn’t be expressed in words.
Tawang lies in the state of Arunanchal Pradesh. It has India’s biggest Tibetan Monastery, and is a holy place for the Buddhism Pilgrimage.  It is filled with numerous monasteries, nunneries, waterfalls, hot water springs and pristine lakes.
Jeweled with tea estates and orange orchards, Mirik is one of the mesmerizing hill stations in West Bengal. It is a place of remarkable natural beauty and the grandeur.  The reflection of Kanchanjunga Peak in the crystal-clear lakes will certainly captivate your attention.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Must See Places In India

 Key Monastery

Key Gompa is a Tibetian Buddhist Monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 13, 668 feet above sea level close to the Spiti river in Himachal Pradesh. It reportedly, was started by 100 monks in 1855.

key monastery


It's not called paradise on Earth for nothing.

 Hoggenakal Falls

This waterfall in South India on the river Kaveri is sometimes also referred to as the "Niagara Falls" of India.

Hoggenakal Falls_south india_kaveri river

 Tungnath, Uttarakhand

Located at an altitude of 12, 073 Feet, at Tungnath mountains you can also find the oldest Hindu shrine of Lord Shiva.

 Drang Drung Glacier, Near Kargil

It takes about 2 days to get here from the Srinagar airport.
Drang Dung Glacier

 Deodar Forest, Himachal Pradesh

deodar forest himachal pradesh


It has 325 islands which cover an area of 6,408 km2, with the Andaman Sea to the east between the islands and the coast of Burma.


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Beautiful Beaches In India

Radhanagar Beach- Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Radhanagar-BeachWith some of the finest beaches of the country in its arms, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is best known for its pristine surroundings and untouched natural beauty. The Radhanagar Beach on the Havelock Island is the most popular tourist attraction of Andaman and Nicobar Island. It has been bestowed with the precious ‘Asia’s best beach’ award by Time Magazine. This exotic virgin beach has white sand and turquoise blue water and a lot of peace and serenity, making it an ideal spot for sea bathing and sun-basking. The beach however is off limits for adventure freaks as no water sports are allowed here and even though swimming is permitted, it is only between 8 AM and 4 PM. Best time to go: November – April

Agonda beach- Goa

agonda-beachWhat is that you like the most about ‘Goa’? The long and crowded stretch of beaches, late night parties, tasty cuisines, or the water sports activities. Goa has everything to satisfy the hungry beach lovers. It also has some very serene beaches for people who like to stay away from the beach side hustle and bustle. Agonda Beach is an isolated stretch of sealine located on the outskirts of Goa that helps you to relax amid natural wonders like , soft warm sand and turquoise blue water. It has plenty of beach side accommodations, mostly huts for tourists to relax and enjoy the stillness of nature. Agonda is gaining popularity lately and a lot of hotels, souvenir stalls, and restaurants are coming up in site. It is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Goa. Best time to go: November- April

Cavelossim Beach- Goa

Cavelossim-Beach--GoaAnother destination for beach vacations in India lies in the serenity of Goa between the beautiful Sal River and Arabian Sea. Yes we are talking about the beautiful ‘Cavelossim Beach’ surrounded with a variety of flora including rich palm trees, casuarinas vegetation, and paddy fields. This serene beach in Goa attracts tourists with activities such as sun bathing, sun basking, dolphin trips, sunset cruise, and shopping. One can select from a wide range of Indian crafts and gift items and carry them as souvenirs to their native land from the colorful bazaars that surround this beautiful beach. There are a lot of luxury hotels and beach resorts on Cavelossim Beach and the tourists can easily get accommodation in these hotels to spend some memorable time with their family or friends. Best time to go: November- April

Mandrem Beach- North Goa

Mandrem-Beach--North-GoaThis exotic untouched and virgin beach is the best-kept secret on the north Goan coast that you might find hard to stay away from. Mandrem Beach is a perfect beach destination for people who want to spend a laid back and peaceful day on the shoreline while indulging in activities like yoga, meditation, beach walk, spas and massage. Unlike many busy and bustling beaches of Goa, Mandrem is a peaceable beach spot, which can make you feel like you have your own beach with very less people around. If you love swimming and surfing, then the beautiful waves in the sea will add to your fun factor. Mandrem Beach is one of the best places to visit in Goa and also the most beautiful. Best time to go: November- April

Benaulim Beach- South Goa

Benaulim-Beach--South-GoaLooking for a place to relax, relax, and relax? Benaulim Beach is where you can go! This exotic piece of nature is the most beautiful site located in South Goa, which is 41 kms away from Panji, popular for its history and also beauty. It is said that Lord Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, once shot an arrow, which landed at Benaulim Beach shifting back the hills hence forming the Konkan. This place was named Banavli (ban means arrow) after this incidant; however, later the Portuguese changed it to Benaulim. The beach has a special image among the locals who keep visiting it to indulge in various recreational activities such as beach walk, seabathing sun basking, while enjoying drinks and snacks in the nearby beach shacks. The place is equally popular for its delectable sea food, dolphin spotting trips, boat rides, and water sports like parasailing, jet skiing, and wind surfing. Best time to go: November to April

Candolim Beach, Goa

Candolim-Beach,-GoaThe white sandy Candolim Beach of Goa is one of the India’s best beach holiday destinations for honeymoon couples as it offers everything from water sports to fishing to yoga and meditation to massage to colorful bazaars to luscious sea food; and of course there are the famous beach parties as well. This beautiful beach destination looks even more appealing with large scrub-covered dunes in between the sea water and shore, a church, and a lighthouse, which has been a part of attraction here. Candolim Beach is also recognized for the presence of Aguada Fort, built by the Portuguese way back in 1912 for fortifying against the Dutch and the Maratha invaders. It has a good number of hotels, beach resorts and some very soothing spa and massage parlours. Best time to go: November to April

Puri Beach- Orissa

Puri-Beach--OrissaOne of the major attractions of Orissa, Puri Beach continues to be a sacred venue for an endless number of pilgrims who visit the place to pay homage to Lord Jaganath. This beautiful palm-fringed beach lies on the fine white sands and rolls in from the Bay of Bengal, making it one of the favorite spots for both Indian and foreign beach lovers. Located at a distance of 35 kms from the Sun Temple and 65 kms from Bhubaneshwar, the beach at Puri offers a unique opportunity to witness the beautiful sunrise and the sunset at the same place. The visitors can see a fishing village along the coast and enjoy sea food prepared with rich catch like prawn, pamphlets, and other exclusive fishes. Best time to go: Anytime of the year

Varca Beach- Goa

varca-beach-goaAnother addition to the list of most exotic beahces of Goa is Varca Beach, which is located at a distance of 2 kms from Benaulim Beach. This soft sandy beach is one among the popular beaches to visit in India, and is marked by a number of wooden boats, fishnets, and shacks offering tourists a wonderful time. Unlike other beaches of Goa, Varca is less crowded with plenty of food joints serving a wide variety of delicacies, including sea food. It is the perfect destination for people who are looking for tranquility and serenity while having the most delicious cuisine at a beach restaurant or watching dolphins and enjoying drinks. Best time to go:November- April

Elephanta Beach, Havelock Island- Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Elephanta-Beach,-Havelock-IPopular for activities such as snorkelling, sun basking, sea bathing, beach walking, etc. the beautiful and virgin beach destination Elephanta is located in Havelock Island of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This sparkling beach spot embrace some of the vibrant coral reefs that push out sapphire colored waters with mild waves, making the experience even more delightful. Elephanta Beach looks its best during spring time when nature is in full bloom and snorkelling becomes even more enjoyable. Most people visit this beach to relax; some to enjoy a picnic lunch with family and friends, and many simply to watch the colorful corals under the sea water. Now, it depends on you….which activity you would like to carry out during your beach vacation. Best time to go:October- May

Yarada Beach, Visakhapatnam- Andhra Pradesh

yarada-beachAndhra Pradesh too is gifted with many exotic beaches that share their shoreline with Bay of Bengal, similar to Orissa. Yarada Beach is one among the many beautiful and unspoiled beaches of Andhra Pradesh, which aren’t famous for parties or water sports activities but for their beauty and serenity. Unlike Goa and Kerala, Andhra don’t have many late night beach parties or five star properties, but it has the second-largest coastline and the longest beach road in the country. Located at a distance of 15 km from Visakhapatnam, Yarada is a pristine and uninterrupted coastline, which leads to Dolphin’s Nose Lighthouse which sits atop Black Mores Hill. Best time to go: October- March

Arambol Beach- North Goa

Arambol-Beach--North-GoaConsidered to be a heaven for the hippies, Arambol Beach embrace some of the best natural attractions even when there are no no resorts or classy hotels on the beach side. The place is untouched and serene with just a few basic guesthouses, and some standard hotels and huts on the sealine. The visitors love it this way and feel happy indulging in simple activities like swimming, sun basking, beach walking, etc. Other attractions at Arambol Beach are paragliding from the cliffs that surrounds the beach, dolphin watching boat trips, and shopping from coloful beach bazaars that sells clothes, bikinis, junk jewelry, and handicrafts. One can also find some good cafes along the beach side, which offer tasty delicacies from Italy, Goa, and India. Best time to go:November- March

Dhanushkodi Beach, Ramesawaram- Tamil Nadu

Dhanushkodi-Beach,-RamesawaThere is not much to see in Dhanushkodi other than the beach and sand, which stretches across a wide range covering maximum area of the place. Bordered by the Bay of Bengal from one side and the Indian Ocean from the other, Dhanushkodi located 20 kilometres away from Rameshwaram, gives a visual treat to tourists with the incredibly beautiful views of the turquoise blue sea. Dhanushkodi Beach is the the closest point from Sri Lanka and it is also believed to be the same place where Lord Rama along with Lord Hanuman and his army built the famous ‘Setu’ bridge to reach Lanka. Once a flourishing town Dhanushkodi was devastated by a cyclone in 1964, washing away the entire village, but, the tourists still visit this place to see the remains of the town and enjoy the indescribable beauty of its beaches. Best time to go: October to April

Palolem Beach- South Goa

Palolem-Beach--South-GoaEnclosed by thick coconut palms and surrounded by clear sea blue water, the picturesque Palolem Beach is undeniably the state’s most beautiful beach. Mostly covered with beach huts, boats and fish nets, this beautiful sealine stretches across miles and looks shady and semi-circle shaped with diverse variety of flora. This beautiful beach spot offers different atmospheres to diverse tourists- It has the most serene and prestine north stretch for quieter and laid back people, crowded and action-packed beach center for families and backpackers, and party filled south zone for hippies and partygoers. Other than this, people can indulge in dolphin spotting, fishing, boat riding, shopping, and massaging activities at Palolem Beach. Best time to go: October to March

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

15 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Dubai

15 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Dubai

Glitzy Dubai is the United Arab Emirates' vacation hot spot. This city of high-rises and shopping malls has transformed itself from a desert outpost to a destination du-jour, where people flock for sales bargains, sunshine and family fun. Dubai is famous for sightseeing attractions such as theBurj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) and shopping malls that come complete with mammoth aquariums and indoor ski slopes.
But this city has many cultural highlights as well as all the glamorous modern add-ons. Take a wander around the Bastakia district and you'll discover the Dubai of old, then cruise alongDubai Creek in a traditional dhow and you'll soon realise there's more to this city than its flashy veneer.

1 Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa
Dubai's landmark building is the Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8 m is the tallest building in the world. For most visitors a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird's-eye perspective are simply staggering. The slick observation deck experience includes a multi-media presentation on both Dubai and the building of the Burj Khalifa (completed in 2010) before a high-speed elevator whizzes you up to the observation deck for those 360-degree views out across the skyscrapers to the desert on one side and the ocean on the other. Night-time visits are particularly popular with photographers due to Dubai's famous city-lights panoramas.
Back on the ground, wrapping around the Burj Khalifa, are the building's beautifully designedgardens with winding walkways. There are plenty of water features including the Dubai Fountain, the world's tallest performing fountain, modelled on Las Vegas' famous Fountains of Bellagio.
Hours: Daily 8:30am-1am
Admission: Observation Deck Entry: Adults 125AED (immediate entry 400AED), children 4-12 95AED, children under 4 free
Location: Entry from Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown

2 Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Dubai's excellent museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort's walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles known as "handels", and the ceiling is constructed from palm fronts, mud and plaster. In its history, the fort has served as residence for the ruling family, seat of government, garrison and prison. Restored in 1971 (and again extensively in 1995) it is now the city's premier museum. The entrance has a fascinating exhibition of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai, showing the mammoth expansion that hit the region after the oil boom.
The courtyard is home to several traditional boats and a palm-leaf house with an Emirati wind-tower. The right-hand hall features weaponry and the left-hand hall showcases Emirati musical instruments. Below the ground floor are display halls with exhibits and dioramas covering various aspects of traditional Emirati lifestyle (including pearl fishing and Bedouin desert life) as well as artifacts from the 3,000-4,000 year old graves at Al Qusais archaeological site.
Location: Al-Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai

3 Bastakia (Old Dubai)

Bastakia (Old Dubai)

The Bastakia Quarter was built in the late 19th century to be the home of wealthy Persian merchants who dealt mainly in pearls and textiles, and were lured to Dubai because of the tax-free trading and access to Dubai Creek. Bastakia occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek and the coral and limestone buildings here, many with walls topped with wind-towers, have been excellently preserved. Wind-towers provided the homes here with an early form of air conditioning, with the wind trapped in the towers funnelled down into the houses. Persian merchants likely transplanted this architectural element (common in Iranian coastal houses) from their home country to the Gulf.
Lined with distinct Arabian architecture, narrow lanes are highly evocative of a bygone, and much slower, age in Dubai's history. Inside the district you'll find the Majlis Gallery with its collection of traditional Arab ceramics and furniture (housed in a wind-tower) and the XVA Gallery with a contemporary art collection (located in one of the historic buildings).

4 Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the Ruler of Dubai from 1921 to 1958 and grandfather to the current ruler. His former residence has been rebuilt and restored as a museum that is a fine example of Arabian architecture. The original house was built in 1896 by Sheikh Saeed's father, so he could observe shipping activity from the balconies. The original home was demolished but the current house was rebuilt next to the original site, staying true to the original model by incorporating carved teak doors, wooden lattice screens across the windows and gypsum ventilation screens with floral and geometric designs. Thirty rooms are built around a central courtyard with wind-tower details on top.
Inside are the exhibits of the Dubai Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents with many wonderful old photographs of Dubai from the period between 1948 and 1953. The marine wing of the museum has photos of fishing, pearling and boat building. Throughout the building there are many letters, maps, coins and stamps on display showing the development of the Emirate. Nearby is the Sheikh Obaid bin Thani House, restored with displays of traditional interiors.
Hours: Sat-Thu 8:30am-8:30pm, Fri 3-8:30pm
Admission: Adults 2AED, children 1AED

5 Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek separates the city into two towns with Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. The creek has been an influential element in the city's growth, first attracting settlers here to fish and pearl dive. Small villages grew up alongside the creek as far back as 4,000 years ago, while the modern era began in the 1830s when the Bani Yas tribe settled in the area. TheDhow Wharfage is located along Dubai Creek's bank, north of Al-Maktoum Bridge. Still used by small traders from across the Gulf, some of the dhows anchored here are well over 100 years old. You can visit here, watching cargo being loaded and unloaded on and off the dhows. Dhow workers often invite visitors onto the vessels for a tour, where you can gain insight into the life of these traditional sailors. Many of the dhows here travel onwards to Kuwait, Iran, Oman, India, and down to Africa's horn. This tiny remnant of Dubai's traditional economy is still a bustling and fascinating place to wander around.
To travel across the creek you can either take a trip on one of the many dhows that have been restored as tourist cruise boats or take an abra (small wooden ferry) between the ferry points on the creek's Bur Dubai and Deira banks.

6 Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Dubai's mosques. An exact copy of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque that is eight times its size, the Jumeirah Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture. This stone structure is built in the medieval Fatimid tradition with two minarets that display the subtle details in the stonework. It is particularly attractive in the evening when lit with floodlights. The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding organises guided tours of the mosque designed to try to foster a better understanding of the Muslim faith. Tours begin at 10am daily, except Fridays.

7 Deira Souks

Deira Souks

Deira is located on the northern bank of Dubai Creek and the winding streets here unveil the melting pot of different nationalities that have come to call Dubai home. On the shore, ancient dhows load and unload with modern banks, hotels and office buildings for a backdrop. For travelers Deira is most famous for its traditional souks (markets), which bustle with shoppers at all times of the day. Deira Gold Souq is world-renowned as the largest gold bazaar in the world and the reason that Dubai has received the name "City of Gold". Jewellery of all kinds is available in a variety of designs from traditional to modern and plenty of options to customise your own design.
The Deira Spice Souq sells every imaginable spice with stalls overflowing with bags of frankincense, cumin, paprika, saffron, sumac and thyme as well as the fragrant oud wood, rose water and incense. The market was established in the 1830s and features restored wooden archways and wind-towers. For a much less touristy experience, head to the fish market where you'll find loads of local action.

8 Sheikh Zayed Road

Sheikh Zayed Road

Sheikh Zayed Road is the main thoroughfare running through Dubai's modern downtown business district. This wide, eight-lane highway is rimmed with towering glass, chrome and steel highrises along its length. Main attractions are along, or just off, the strip between the roundabout and the first intersection. The Courtyard Gallery (6A Street) has an excellent permanent collection focused on contemporary art from Arab artists. Dubai World Trade Tower(Sheikh Zayed Road) has an observation deck on its top floor that offers visitors panoramic views.
The Gold and Diamond Park and Museum (Sheikh Zayed Road) is a one-stop shop for jewellery lovers with 118 manufacturers and 30 retailers all under one roof. The complex's museum presents the history of Arabic jewellery production and also offers short tours of the manufacturing plant.

9 Bastakia Mosque

Bastakia Mosque

The Bastakia Mosque may not be the largest or most glitzy mosque in the United Arab Emiratesbut it has to be one of the most photogenic. This lovely little mosque has exquisite lattice-work detailing made more beautiful by the blindingly white facade. Nearby you can see the last remnants of Dubai's city walls, built in the mid-19th century from gypsum and coral.

10 Heritage and Diving Village

Heritage and Diving Village

Dubai's architectural, cultural and maritime heritage is showcased at the Heritage and Diving Village, with displays related to pearl diving and dhow building - two of old Dubai's historic economic mainstays. There are also recreations of traditional Bedouin and coastal village life, with Persian homes, a traditional coffeehouse and a small souk where potters and weavers practice their handicrafts at the stalls. Local music and dance are performed from October to April and visitors can get advice from practitioners of traditional medicine.

11 Dubai Aquarium

Dubai Aquarium

One of the city's top tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. As well as free viewing from the mall, if you enter the Underwater Zoo you can walk through the aquarium tunnels.
There are a myriad of activities where you can get a closer look at the sea life. Glass bottom boat tours (on top of the tank) are particularly popular. Cage snorkeling and shark diving activities are also on offer.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-midnight
Admission: Adults 70AED, Children 55AED
Location: Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road

12 Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall is the city's premier mall and provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium. There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone and cinema complex if you're looking for more entertainment options. The shopping and eating is endless and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. The most famous of these are the annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August.
Location: Doha Road, just off Sheikh Zayed Road

13 Burj al-Arab

Burj al-Arab

The Burj Al-Arab is the world's tallest hotel, standing 321 m high, located on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline. Designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of the Burj Al-Arab is lit up by a choreographed coloured lighting show at night. Decadent in every way possible, it is one of the most expensive hotels in the world with the most luxurious suites costing over $15,000 for one night.
For those without unlimited credit, the way to experience the over-the-top opulence is to go for dinner at the underwater Al-Mahara restaurant where floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining room walls allow you to view sea life while you eat. Or, book afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar (a minimum spend is required) on the 27th floor with its amazing panoramic views of the city.

14 Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

This strip of sandy white bliss is the number one beach destination for Dubai visitors. There are hotels strung out all along the length, with this being one of the most popular places to stay for tourists. The beach has excellent facilities with plenty of sun loungers, restaurants and water-sport operators offering jet skiing.
Location: Jumeirah Beach Road

15 Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates is one of the city's most famous malls with the spectacular (and surreal) Ski Dubai facility inside. The indoor ski slope is complete with chairlifts and a penguin enclosure, all at a continuous temperature of -4 degrees Celsius. There's also a cinema complex and a family entertainment centre with a whole host of rides aimed at both the big and small. The shopping opportunities are boundless as are the eating options, offering every conceivable world cuisine.
Hours: Sat-Wed 10am-1am, Thu-Fri 10am-2am
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road