Closure is an important word. As humans we are bound to witness blooming relationships as well as sad endings. But do we always find solace in the aftermath of a closed chapter?
Our society obliges us to recognize ceremonial marriage, graduation, funeral et al. But how does one deal with an emotional loss which cannot be undone? We usually cope with it through strong support systems or move on to the next best alternative which in many cases changes us forever. Many of us aren’t able to find meaning again and lose our paths. May be its time society creates a mechanism to deal with emotional turbulence for all fellow humans – one single platform.
Conceptualized by Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic, Museum of Broken Relationships started as a travelling exhibition revolving around failed relationships and their ruins. This museum offers a chance to overcome emotional collapse through creation – by contributing to the Museum’s collection.
Located in the capital of Croatia – Zagreb, this museum has a charm like none other.
You might feel vulnerable stepping in, but once the door opens up for you – its all black and white. The grey emotions have matured to become real & you live the story of each article contributed by someone who has a story to tell. And you listen, learn and progress.
The first exhibit was a vinyl single record ‘If you go away’ by Terry Jacks that this lady would listen to on full volume during a teenage breakup with her boyfriend which eventually got resolved but their romance fizzled out & its after 40 years that she let it go by sending the same to the museum.
Another interesting one was a hamburger dog toy which says, “His dog left more traces behind than he did”.
A Caterpillar called ‘Timunaki’ with some legs missing reminiscence of the number of times this couple in a long distance relationship met with a pact of starting a life together on all legs being torn after every meeting – left the caterpillar half invalid as their relationship broke.
Then there was a crate – in which this couple from Manila used to carry items to sell in bazaars. It says, “Time between a relationship and work should not be put in a container.”
A ceramic rolling pin which belonged to a mother who would make gingerbread men with her 6 year old, contributed by this kid who held on to the memory of happy times with her mum in the kitchen when no one would acknowledge the separation & pain until one day when they reunited ! She says I let it go with the thought that now we are together so let the happy times roll.
No I wasn’t sobbing but could imagine each of those beautiful endings.
The white washed walls of this little museum with 4 exhibit rooms had this masterpiece of writing at the entrance on your left which completely heals you at the end of it all.
These lines are from Mary Oliver’s poetry In Backwater Woods –
“To live in this world, you must be able to do three things : to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the times comes to let it go.”
What are the first few things that come to your mind when you wish to indulge in a stress-free holiday? Most people think of sun, sand, beaches, music, nature or leisure, but one thing that invariably comes to most of us is booze! Although, in most countries of the world, alcohol usage in open spots is frowned upon yet there are some countries that are alcohol friendly in more than one ways. These countries are preferred by most holiday lovers and thus tourism in these countries is always high. Many of the European countries are a heaven for travelers as they are rich in natural beauty, old traditions and they have a high tolerance for booze. Most Europeans traditionally have alcohol at family meals and at social settings. These cool customs make these countries some of the better countries in terms of fun filled occasions.
There are some countries that record high on the alcohol meter. The menu here includes beer, wine and spirits combined. Alcohol is a part of traditions in these countries and accordingly both the young and the old imbibe these booze friendly traditions. Alcohol always bleeds into these countries’ cultural traditions and thus these nations also have friendly tax policies on alcohol.
Here are some of the most alcohol friendly countries of the world that find alcohol to be morally acceptable and have embraced boozing as an integral part of their culture and traditions
Slowly yet steadily, Japan has emerged as one of the most alcohol tolerant country in the world. The liberal attitude of Japanese in terms of alcohol has made it come to the top of the list of booze friendly nations. Most Japanese do not shy away from drinking at odd hours of the day and it is also not an uncommon sight to see women pass out on the Japanese streets. The alcohol consumption in most Asian countries has increased especially with increased income and more alcohol marketing.
According to a study, the residents of Luxembourg gulp down about 15.5 liters of alcohol per person per year, on an average. The country taxes beer at just 0.02 Euros per pint which is much lower than any other European country of the world. They also do not charge any excise tax on wine and therefore the country has a free flow of wine at almost all festive occasions and family gatherings.
This European country is extremely friendly towards their vintners and levies minuscule taxes in order to support the consumer purchases of alcohol. They support the domestic wine businesses. In Germany, the beer is at same price as water and is an accepted part of parties and social settings. The legal drinking age in Germany is just 16 which have also increased the alcohol consumption here.
According to a study, 94 percent of the 15 years old have drunk at least once in the UK and are moving towards the booze culture. Most Britons love to have alcohol accompanying their food and this custom is highly acceptable in the social circle. They have some of the most happening pubs and clubs which are visited by most of their tourists apart from the locals.
The average consumption of alcohol for every person in Australia rounds up to 2.1 drinks per day. Some people go to the extent of saying that Australians have the distinctive twang in their accent due to their boozing habits! Most Aussies love to pair their food and social occasions with lots and lots of booze and this is also true for the expectant mothers.
United States of America:
Although the legal drinking age is 21, yet when it comes to boozing, the North Americans are not far behind than the European countries. They constantly booze at almost all their holiday occasions. The United States has also been a benevolent adopter of drinking habits from almost all countries of the world and they import all types of boozes that they can. Their specialty of course is their cocktail!
Yes they samba in style! That too while dancing and drinking. Drinking comes naturally to most Brazilians, mainly due to their carnival culture. Brazilians are known to spice up every occasion including their games with a lot of boozing. Brazil has given the taste of the Rum to the world. They are also known to prepare some of the fishiest cocktails and as a result millions of drinkers throng this nation to taste it.
Spain is a nation with the most fabulous beaches and traditions. While the Bull Fighting in Pamplona and the Tomatina could blow your mind, one of the most popular traditions that the Spanish rejoice is its boozing lifestyles. With more bars per capita than any other European country, this is a truly intoxicating country.
When it comes to drinks, France has a lot to boast about. Whether it is their Bordeaux wine or their Champagne, the Normandy cider, beers and spirits from Cognac to Cointreau, France has given a lot to the world to celebrate with. Considered one of the most colorful countries of the world due to their soft and shiny drinks, France stresses on quality drinking instead of quantity. The French have a taste for alcohol and they prove this over and over again to the world!
According to an estimate, some 2 billion people worldwide use alcohol at one time or another either at dinner or at social gatherings. This boozing tendency shoots up especially during the holiday as well as the carnival seasons of these countries and this is the time when most tourists visit these countries.
So, the next time you decide to binge and booze in a lavish manner, you can pick one of the above countries as your holiday destination to rejoice for a lifetime!
Along with being a nation that extends extreme diversity and vast culture to all the vagabonds, India indeed has some spots which I’m sure you are not familiar of. Don’t wait, take a look at these spots now and head there to experience the most amazing feeling of wanderlust.
1. Witness the stars in the most accurate and splendid way.
Vangani, a village on the outskirts of Mumbai should be on your itinerary list the next time you plan to pack your bags, Vangani lies in the area of around 1.5 hours east of Mumbai, Mumbai’s Central Railway trains stop at Vangani Station, and then the journey to this splendid view further takes another 1.5 hours. Khagol Mandal, a Mumbai-based association for amateur astronomers, often conducts stargazing program-mes in this place. You can visit this place even if you aren’t really interested in astronomy. I can bet on the fact that you will never forget this view in your entire life. So don’t wait, pack your bags now and get going this splendid view positioned on Earth, that too in India.
2. Float in the views of the ‘Moon Land’
Also known as the ‘Moon Land’, Nubra Valley is its wild lunar heart. Snuggled between the Karakoram Range and lying on the bank of two rivers, Nubra is a lush green valley brimming with Sea buckthorns and Alfalfa. During the summers, the entire place is flooded with Pink and yellow roses and in autumns by heaps of splendid yet wild lavenders which extends a view that nobody would want to miss in their lifetime. The right time to visit Nubra valley is from June to September i.e; during the summers. But in case you are one adventure freak, you must visit and witness the view of the crystal clear snow scattered all over the valley. Far more relevant to today’s visitor is the journey to Nubra on what is claimed to be the world’s highest motorable road. Climbing steadily out of Leh and the Indus Valley, the road officially crosses the Khardung La pass at 18,379ft, although this height is now disputed and the accolade is probably incorrect. But don’t let the maths or contested measurements spoil what is still a great drive. You should definitely visit and witness this spot at least once in your lifetime.
3. Witness the ambiance of the beautiful ‘Bhedaghat’
Exposed to glittering splendor, the Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat rise to a hundred feet on either side of the Narmada. The serene loveliness of the scene is one of cool quiet, the sunlight sparkling on the marble-white pinnacles and casting dappled shadows on the pellucid waters. The elegant Marble Rocks of the Bhedaghat amplify the serene and lovely view of the quiet and lush green nature all around it. These huge rocks naturally carved with pitch black and lush green volcanic seams are a truly majestic sight during the moonlit nights enriched with cool breeze and subtle calmness. The holy river flows by tranquilly flanked by the towering cliffs which reflect in it like a mirror the changing moods of nature. A little distance away, it becomes turbulent as it plunges in a mighty water fall known as Dhuandhar.
4. Stroll through the ‘Living Roots Bridge’
This historical attraction is definitely worth a visit and worth every breath that you take as you do that long stretch of stairs. In some of the unique spots of northeastern India and one of the most beautiful places on Earth, ‘Bridges are grown, not built‘.
These root bridges, as old as 500 years are so strong that they can easily resist fifty people at once! As these trees are alive and growing they become stronger by every passing day. Believe it or not, this place houses a double Decker bridge, one of its kind in the world, where two bridges are sacked one over the other and are called ‘Umshiang double Decker bridge Root Bridge.’ Don’t be afraid of taking more than 3000 steps amid drenching weather and dense jungle if you want to experience nature at its creative best. Journey till the destiny is moderate to difficult depending on your stamina, so better be prepared for one of the best hikes of your entire lifetime. Hiding deep within the confines of Cherrapunji are exquisite treasures of nature’s charming creations. ‘The Abode of Clouds – Meghalaya‘ conserves this resplendent architecture of God and nature for the world to emulate.
5. Immerse with joy in the ‘Floating Islands’ of Loktak
Well renowned as the largest freshwater lake in North -Eastern sections of India, Loktak lake is quite famous for the phumdis floating over it. These ‘Phumdis’ are nothing but very significant heterogeneous mass of soil, vegetation, and other organic matters which are often found in the North-Eastern portion of India. Located in Moirang which is about 48 km off Imphal in Manipur, Loktak also accommodates Keibul Lamjao, the only floating national park in the world which floats over this lake. This ancient lake plays an important role in the economy of Manipur. It serves as a source of water for hydro-power generation, irrigation and drinking water supply. The lake is also a source of livelihood for the rural fishermen who live in the surrounding areas and on phumdis, also commonly known as “phumshongs”. Well connected by road and air, Imphal, the capital city of Manipur , the Loktak lake is a unique destination for tourism. The lake offers excellent opportunities for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the lake and its several islands located inside it that are studded with floating phumdis of different geometrical shapes. The important islands which offer facilities for visitors are the Sandra and Phubala. The Sendra Tourist Home on the island with an attached Cafeteria in the middle of the lake is an ideal tourist spot. Visitors get a bird’s eye view of life on the lake, splendid petite islands that are actually floating weed on which the lake people live.
Well I hope you guys enjoyed reading this article. Traveling to these embedded spots in India will definitely be a life changing experience. Make sure you pack your bags soon and get going to these spots. Stay tuned for more such stuff and keep following Trip Designers. Cheers.
November is the time of the year when winter starts knocking the door and it is neither too hot nor too cool to plan a trip in few parts of the world. The falling temperature isn’t all bad. The temperature in Egypt and India becomes manageable, whereas the autumn in South Korea is a sight to witness. We have listed down a few places to visit in November from all over the world with either family or friends.
- EGYPT TO LEARN KITE-SURFING:
There is no other way to feel about the wind driving your kite and careering you over the open sea at fast speed. If you have the zeal and adventurous person in you then treat him/her with the excitement and pleasure of kite-surfing, Hurghada, on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. It hardly ever rains, it’s more or less always sunny and there’s abundance of wind. There are similarly shallow zones for learners, and, with mediocre highs of 26°C in November, it’s a perfect place to spurt the cold, late-autumnal downpours and get to holds with a new adventure activity. Though, learning to kite-surf doesn’t come low-priced; an 18 hour course, which will generally be divided over 3 or 4 days, will cost you around £450 or Rs.44800/- or $688.
- FRENCH ALPS FOR SKIING:
If you are an adventure lover and skiing is in your bucket-list then visit the high-altitude French Alpine resorts of Tignes and Les Deux Alpes. The resort opens from mid-June to the end of August and again for French half term week at the completion of October, before firing up the lift system for winter from the end of November until late April. With altitudes of up to 3568m, these are the first resorts to get the winter snows. You will not just like it, you will love it! Les Deux Alpes is a dynamic village and one of the ancient resorts in France. It is acknowledged as a family resort. Tignes centres about three small villages sitting high above the tree line.
- JAIPUR, INDIA FOR DIWALI CELEBRATIONS:
Well-known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is one of the most electrifying places to rejoice Diwali, the yearly 5 days Hindu festival of fairy lights, which runs November 09-13 this year. This “Festival of Lights” or Diwali is celebrated in all over the India with unbelievable enthusiasm and exhilaration but Jaipur has something very special about Diwali Celebrations. The entire city comes out to celebrate, and you would not find a black spot on any of the lanes, as you immerse in the radiance of the apparently countless numbers of neon lights hanged over the buildings, and the firecrackers setting off over your head. Dart into some delightful, mouth-watering Indian sweets while you’re at it. Jaipur’s Johari Bazaar is called as the “The Strip” of India compared to Las Vegas’s “Strip”.
- MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA FOR MELBOURNE CUP:
The first Tuesday in November here has been witnessing for more than 150 years, with over 120,000 viewers “the race that stops a nation”, when pedigree horses run round 3.2kms on grass way. Don’t underrate the fame of the Melbourne Cup – it was also continuing during the days of the world wars. If you don’t succeed to get to the race itself, there would be ample of parties going on in the city, where it’s a public day off. Make sure to pre-book lodging (very) well prior to your trip.
- NEW YORK CITY FOR THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS:
Thanksgiving is the most extensively celebrated American festival, which signifies the commencement of the holiday season in the United States. Maximum people celebrate this day, at the end of November, with their relatives, but New York bids amply to keep vacationers amused as well. They have the yearly Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to amaze you in the morning, various coffee bars and cafeterias like Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village and The Red Cat in Chelsea proposing traditional Thanksgiving meals before you dispose of with a skate round in the ice rink at Bryant Park, or spend a more relaxed few hours engrossed in the overabundance of arts, crafts and jewelry at Union Square Holiday Market.
- SENEGAL FOR SURFING:
November is the opening of the winter season here, it is the time when the waves still twitch small, but have a higher range from 0.5 to 3 meters considered as good for surfers of all levels. Dakar, in African continent on Senegal’s west coast, offers surfers an opportunity to jaunt the days away while wringing up sunlight, matchless art, music, and literature, striking decor, fresh seafood along with remarkable waves. If you are a learner from scratch, it is the right time to develop your expertise or you can opt for an extravagant residing somewhere with other surfers or you could try any of the surfing camps nearby Dakar’s northern beaches, or trip over to one of the adjoining islands for some higher waves, say, the small NGor Island. It is less than a kilometer away from the main land; NGor is close enough that you can board a boat back to the city in the evening, if you are in the mood for something fairly energetic.
- SOUTH KOREA FOR EXPLORING A NATIONAL PARK:
In the mountains of Jeolla-do province there lays the Naejangsan National Park, which converts into an eruption of blistering colors in the autumn. The greenery is mostly of maple trees, but also ash, dogwood, elm, horn-beam, and oak among others – flickers up into a wonderful scene of cherry, green, yellow, and everything in the middle of them. Around 3 hours from Seoul by road, the park makes for an attractive day-retreat, with cascades and lagoons, 1880 diverse classes of wildlife, numerous pagodas and sanctuaries, and a spread-out emaciated area of 76,032 square kilometers – to discover.
- SURIN, THAILAND FOR ROUND UP ELEPHANTS:
You might have not noticed it yet but it’s true that Thailand’s map looks strangely like an elephant’s head. Maybe this is the time to know why. Visit Surin to have a look of hundreds of elephants marching through the city of Surin, on the border with Cambodia, as they make their yearly parade on the 3rd weekend of November just before a feast of massive proportions: the “Elephant Breakfast”. The next day, the elephants do a show in the suitably named “Elephant Stadium”, where they re-enact fights of the past. Honestly, it would be weird if the map didn’t look like an elephant.
November is the time of the year when all of us are relaxed. It is spring time in southern hemisphere and autumn time in northern hemisphere. The time when you are just a month away from year end. If this blog has mesmerize you then take a look back to the blog and decide where you want to be first and plan your coming Novembers accordingly. If not, then take a look back to the blog and imagine yourself in the places mentioned above. You will start feeling yourself four year younger than your age.
One of the most exciting experiences in any part of the world can be that of indulging in the region’s Food Carnivals. Various countries of the world have their specific seasons for these Carnivals. Many countries including Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, USA, Trinidad, Argentina, Indonesia, Italy, Greece & Tobago have their traditional Food Carnivals that bring together their people to celebrate in a magnificent way.
Here are 10 of the most popular international food festivals that you definitely should be a part of:
- Mardi Gras, New Orleans: Mardi Gras is a French word that means Fat Tuesday and this is the last feasting day before the Christian Lent period. Celebrated in February, this Food Carnival lets people enjoy all those foods that they cannot consume during Lent. The exuberance in New Orleans during Mardi Gras is worth experiencing. During this time food is treated as king in New Orleans. The king cake is one of the most sought out delicacies during Mardi Gras. This is a ring-shaped cake that is covered in gold, purple and green icing. There is a tiny baby Jesus in plastic that is hidden in this cake and whoever finds it in the cake is considered King or Queen for the day and this person has to provide the King Cake next year.
- Sukkot, Jerusalem: The festival that celebrates the bountiful harvests of Jerusalem is popularly known as Sukkot. During this festival, the Israelites recall the time when their ancestors wandered in the deserts and thus they build makeshift huts to recreate the temporary shelters. ‘Sukkahs’ which means roofs over the hut that re-open to the sky are built during the festival where the locals stay, eat and sleep for the seven days of this festival. The locals also shake wands of myrtle, willow and palm with a citron (a type of lemon) in all directions by which they honor the gifts received from their land.
- Fasnacht Carnival, Switzerland: This is one of the most majestic Carnival of Switzerland. In the Fasnacht Carnival, pastry is the special treat that can be found in abundance during this festival of Switzerland. The fatty pastry with a doughnut is served during this Carnival. The festival was started to empty the excess of sugar, lard, butter and fat which was used by the locals to make doughnut pastry. Even in Germany, a similar festival is celebrated called Krapfen where in they also serve similar pastry. Thus the locals get rid of all food that they are not allowed to consume during the upcoming Lent.
- Masopust Festival, Czech Republic: The people of the Czech Republic celebrate their farewell to meat during Lent by indulging in a feast full of slaughtered pig during the pre-Lent days. Masopust literally translates to ‘Farewell to Meat’ by celebration through Carnivals all across the country. During the Masopust Carnival, they slaughter whole pigs and serve them on their dinner tables along with large volumes of beer and vodka.
- Fettisdagen Festival, Sweden: Sweden’s indigenous food festival, the Fettisdagen Festival is celebrated by the Swedish people every year with lots of vigor and enthusiasm. This is that time of the year when the Swedish are officially allowed to eat Semla which is a delicious pastry. During the festival, you would find Semla almost everywhere in Sweden. The pastry consists of sweet bread buns which are filled with whipped cream and marzipan mixture.
6. Thanksgiving, Massachusetts: Thanksgiving is celebrated in the U.S. every year in the month of November on the fourth Thursday. The beginning of this traditional holiday was back in 1621, when the Pilgrims had celebrated the successful wheat crop by observing a feast. During this time the hosts used to share their meal that included wild turkey, partridge and fish with the tribal of Native America. Thanksgiving was declared a National holiday in 1863 by the then President Abraham Lincoln.
- Vendimia, Mendoza, Argentina: One of the major food celebrations in the Mendoza region of Argentina, Vendimia is celebrated on the last Sunday of February, after the Archbishop of Mendoza offers the first grapes of the season to God. The celebrations go on or a month and involves various parades and musical and entertainment shows. Huge crowds gather on the streets at this time to enjoy the Carnival. During this festival, a lot of spectacular fireworks can be witnessed on the streets of Mendoza.
- Rice Harvest, Bali, Indonesia: During the rice harvest in Indonesia, the locally venerated rice Goddess known as Devi Sri is thanked for the good harvest. Rice being the staple crop in Indonesia, this harvest is a big deal for the local farmers and thus they do not forget to celebrate the harvest. During the time of this harvest, the local villages are decorated with flags. The farmers also erect bamboo temples that are dedicated to the harvest goddess. The villagers also feast on various delicacies prepared from rice.
- Chanthaburi Fruit Fair, Chanthaburi, Thailand: The summer harvests in Chanthaburi region of Thailand is a much celebrated occasion. The beautiful native fruits are celebrated at this time by holding various fruit fairs. The festival is enjoyed by arranging carnivals, fairs and art displays. This annual Fruit Fair is popular as the exotic fruits are exhibited in an elaborate manner. There are opening day parades that feature floats that are made with the tropical vegetables and fruits.
- Olivagando, Magione, Italy: The 2 day local festival of Magione is celebrated in the month of November. During the Olivagando festival, the feast day of St. Clement along with the local olive harvest are celebrated together and the festival brings the people together who are involved in production of Olive oil. The new oil is blessed by the priest by arranging a special Mass. After the ritual, the whole town hosts lavish medieval dinner at the 12th-century castle.
So if you ever happen to visit any of these countries during their Food Carnival, be ready to indulge in a lot of fun, frolic and of course food!
Holidays are the time for pleasure and it becomes all the more exiting when it involves something that one is very passionate about. There are tours that are conducted on special things of indulgence like photography, adventure, bird watching; even there are special tours for wine lovers! How about chocolate? Sounds interesting isn’t it?
Few can oppose the allurements of rich, smooth chocolates, especially the artisanal kind. And interestingly this flavorful “nourishment of the God” is useful for your brain and your soul. According to many Analysts: nutritionists, sustenance researchers, medical attendants and cardiologists, chocolate is useful for our body. Treating yourself to a little measure of chocolate consistently is certainly a wellbeing message. Scientists even found that chocolate may assist aged people in keeping their brains sound & their reasoning sharp.
Individuals travel for some reasons: some appreciate history, some appreciate craftsmanship and landmarks, others look for experience Yet, a few others appreciate each opportunity to attempt local nourishments and sometimes loves to explore places that can exite their passion. Presently, there’s a considerably more particular gastronomic tour speciality: Chocolate Travel. Chocolate visits over the world take into account chocolate lovers, by making the most of their most loved treat in an one of a kind way.
So, if you have a passion, called chocolate, then don’t worry, you too, can enjoy your holiday with friends and family at great places where you also get the opportunity of nurturning your passion. So for the Lovers of chocolate here are some fabulously decadent destinations around the world, to enjoy and treat yourself with fabulous chocolates:
Known as the ‘Chocolate Capital of the World’, Brussels, the capital & the biggest city of Belgium, is an absolute necessity for anybody with a sweet tooth. It is loaded with chocolate shops. While you are in Brussels , don’t miss the Musee du Cocao et du Chocolate or the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate, where you can learn about the historical background of this flavorful sweet & how it is created.
Accra and Tafo, Ghana:
The world’s second biggest maker of cacao beans, Ghana is the home to Tetteh Quarshie, the organisation that planted the first cacao seeds here, over a 100 years back. Visitors can visit the first plant at Quarshie’s ranch close to Accra, where you can find out about the cocoa creation of the nation.
Bariloche, a city in the territory of Rio Negro in the foothills of the Andes on the southern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, draws explorers not just for its amazing landscape & Swiss-like climate, but as a hub for artisanal frozen yogurt, & chocolate. From customary chocolate bars to a wide range of natural product stuffed chocolate, it’s a genuine heaven for any cocoa specialist.
Tuscany, Italy, The Chocolate Valley:
Commonly noted for pleasant vineyards and fine wine, Tuscany, is additionally home to what’s known as The Chocolate Valley, a triangle framed between Florence, Pisa and Montecatini. This beautiful farmland is dabbed with numerous awesome gourmet shops & little processing plants committed to chocolate. The best time to visit (Florence) would be from February 6 to February 15, when there happens the handcrafted chocolate.
In case you’re into milk chocolate, there’s no preferred spot to go over Zurich, the capital of Switzerland, where it was initially made, is the heart of chocolate creation, and Lindt, Treuscher and Sprungli all have industrial facilities and stores here.
The entrancing city of Turin which was the first capital of Italy, is the home to a portion of the incredible chocolates. In addition Turin offers the yearly CioccolaTò – a week-long festival of chocolate before Easter, to its visitors.
Cologne in Germany, is the home to the Stollwerck Chocolate Company, once the second biggest supplier of chocolate to America. While there, one must visit the Imhoff Stollwerck Museum, referred to locally as just ‘the chocolate gallery’ and figure out everything you need to know about chocolate.
Villajoyosa , once alluded to as “Chocolate City,” with the scent of chocolate pervading the residential area, is a standout amongst the most memorable chocolate destinations. It is the home to one of the most established and most prestigious chocolate manufacturing plants in all of Spain, Valor Chocolate, expert chocolatiers since 1881.
Tabasco and Oaxaca, Mexico:
Mexico has an energetic chocolate society and hot Chocolate is the BEVERAGE to enjoy in Oaxaca. The other spot in Mexico that is well known for chocolate is Tabasco. There are little cacao homesteads found profound into the woods, where you can get a guided visit and watch chocolate being made.
Costa Rica, Caribbean Island:
Costa Rica is another fabulous tropical destination for chocolate enthusiasts. A large number of the manors here, offer visits, and through Cacao Trails in Limon, guests can take an intelligent chocolate visit and find out about the neighborhood cacao history.
St. Lucia, Caribbean Island:
Apart from wonderful shorelines and warm, sky blue waters, this mainstream Caribbean island, is also eminent as a fascinating chocolate destination. There are various resorts that take into account chocolate fans, and some even have their own particular cocoa ranches.
This slope stations of India have dependably been known for their one of a kind, home made chocolates. What’s more, Ooty, the Queen of Hill Stations, has a best’s portion assortments. More chewy, Ooty chocolates are satisfyingly rich and extremely well known with the children.
The next time you decide to indulge your sweet tooth, try planning a trip to one of these destinations; You would not regret your decision.
Around the globe, Wine Tourism or Enotourism is one of the well known type of tourism where wine mates gets a chance to visit the vineyards and experience the celestial taste of it at their tasting rooms.
India is additionally encountering a blast in wine tourism where wine devotee can visit and experience the one of a kind open door. Here’s top destination offering wine tourism in India.
Wine tourism has developed quickly in the previous ten years and our advancing affection for the grape has a great deal to do with that, other than obviously the way that numerous little wineries have set up shop in different parts of India. Huge numbers of the wineries now give impeccable wine tasting opportunities, altered wine meals, voyages through their vineyards and basements, and facilities for the individuals who just can’t get enough in a solitary day’s visit.
Here is a list of some exotic wineries that you can visit in India:
Fratelli, which means “siblings” in Italian, is an Indo-Italian endeavor between three families – the Secci siblings from Italy, the Sekhri siblings from Delhi and the Mohite-Patil siblings from Akluj. Developed on a trench line of 330km with 350,000 samplings, the Fratelli Vineyards are planted with twelve diverse grape assortments. You can arrange a day visit or an overnight stay.
ALPINE VINEYARDS, MYSORE:
Tailor made wine visits at Alpine Wineries is a remarkable ordeal. Encompassed by delicate touch of slopes and pristine nature with River Cauvery ebbing next to, this vineyard along the Bangalore Mysore Highway is a Neverland. It is best experienced with an overnight stay, as the vineyard accompanies eatery and other alluring offices.
FOUR SEASONS VINEYARDS, BANGALORE:
An Indian winery is spread more than 55 sections of land of area situated in Bangalore and produces wines from grapes developed around Sahyadri valley in Maharashtra. Four Seasons Wines incorporates Zinzi and Four Seasons,Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot The Vineyard is situated in Baramati around 65 km from Pune.
SDU VINEYARDS, I D HALLI:
Enjoy an energetic affair that includes wine making at the lovely vineyards of SDU Winery at ID Halli. It is situated in Madhugiri area, Bangalore. On a wine visit to this vineyard, you can find ‘Deva’, a brand of wine made from precisely tended vineyards.
GROVER VINEYARD, KARNATAKA:
The tremendous notoriety accomplished by the wines delivered in Grover vineyard, situated in Karnataka demonstrates the way that South India likewise assumes an unmistakable part in the wine tourism of India. These vineyards are situated in Nandi slopes, towards north of Bangalore and is spread over a territory of 410 sections of land which is loaded with plenteous grapes. The spot has a huge combination of white and rose wines.
MANOR INDULGE, INDORE, PUNE:
Manor Indage is one of the astoundingly substantial vineyard situated in Narayangaon near Pune. Manor Indage has three offices one every in Narayangaon, Nashik and Himachal Pradesh. It is stretches crosswise over 4500 hectors of area close Pune. Their bar is very much loaded and one finds the opportunity to appreciate extravagance wines on a lesser cost.
SULA VINEYARDS, NASHIK:
Rajeev Samant’s Sula Vineyards in Nashik, close Pune began its journey in 1997. Aside from the lavish territory of vines ignoring the lake, the vineyards here offer flavourful tastings, food, visits, spa vinotherapie, grape stepping exercises and obviously, liberal and provincial accommodation.
CHATEAU D’ORI , NASHIK:
The second biggest vineyard in Nasik locale, this vineyard is an eminent place to visit. They have an extravagance guesthouse which is roosted on the banks of a fake lake in the midst of a scope of grape vines that extend over the skylines. The winery has cutting edge innovation and this combined with the common magnificence makes it an impeccable weekend getaway destination.
CHAROSA VINEYARDS, NASHIK:
Charosa Vineyards is situated in the Charosa area on the foothills around Nasik is the first Indian Wine brand named after the Charosa town. Charosa Wineries offers premium and semi-premium fragment and restrictive scope of wines incorporates Charosa Reserve Tempranillo, Charosa Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Charosa Selections.
YORK WINERY, NASHIK:
York Winery is found twenty minutes drive from Nashik, where you can take guided visits to see the wine-production process. In the ‘York Tasting Room,’ you can relish the unpretentious flavours and fragrances of their wines with a determination of cheeses. You can likewise loosen up in the gallery, with a glass of your most loved wine, getting a charge out of an amazing perspective of the Gangapur dam backwaters.
Wine has been made in India since 5,000 years. It was the early European voyagers to the courts of the Mughal heads Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who were reported tasting wines from the exclusive vineyards. Red Wines were produced using the Arkesham Grape and White Wine from Arkawati and Bhokry Grapes. Under British impact in the nineteenth century, vineyards were built up in Kashmir and in Maharashtra.
To coordinate the rising desire of wine lovers tripdesigners can plan an exceptional wine visit in India that will take adventurers to wonderful plantations and vineyards situated in the valleys adjacent the city of Nashik, Pune Mysore and Bangalore. Experience an extreme wine visit in India with tripdesigners and have a decent time by looking over exceptional wineries and tasting a portion of the finest wines. Their wine visit will take you to these incredible Indian wineries to appreciate the most mainstream wines and realize all their making and other intriguing truths.
All these wineries furnish lovely tasting rooms with picturesque vineyard perspectives, and voyages through their vineyards. On your next vacation try out these vineyards and enjoy a different holiday with your loved ones.
While planning for vacations and holidays, one question that always comes to our mind is “where to stay?” Many choose hotels, while others like resorts, but apart from these there is one other option that can actually make your holiday more exiting – Homestays. In the event that you thought homestays in India were exceptionally unobtrusive, then its time you reconsider!
There’s an expression in India, “Athithi Devo Bhava”, which signifies “the visitor is God”. Indians think of it as an enormous honor to have visitors in their home, and make a special effort to satisfy them. There’s in no way like Indian friendliness. Tragically, most guests who come to India and stay in lodgings never get the chance to experience genuine Indian accommodation. The good thing is that this is changing.
There are various reasons why staying at a homestay can be desirable over staying in an inn:
- Unique Accommodations – Tired of sterile lodgings? There’s no better approach to encounter the assorted qualities and appeal of India than at a homestay.
- Customized Service – As opposed to an inn, a homestay normally just has a couple rooms. The family who lives there runs it, and goes about as host. This ensures that visitors get a lot of individual consideration.
- Neighbourhood Knowledge – The abundance of data that the hosts have about their neighborhood choosing what to see. Such neighborhood learning is to a great degree accommodating in maximizing your visit.
- Home Cooked Food – There’s an enormous distinction between the Indian food served in eateries and inns, and the nourishment that is cooked in an Indian home. By staying at a homestay, you’ll have the opportunity to taste real Indian home cooked dishes, made to arrange. Some homestays even welcome their visitors into their kitchen, and let them watch and take an interest in the cooking procedure.
Much to, many of our surprise India do have some heavenly Homestays, that one must experience, at least once:
Sunnymead Bed and Breakfast, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh: At Sunnymead, you don’t simply get a bed; you’re invited into an impeccable Colonial-style genealogical property with meandering English house garden. What’s more, you don’t simply eat; you’re given an extraordinary gastronomic ordeal. Without a doubt, Sunnymead is an uncommon property in Shimla.
Spiti Homestays, Himachal Pradesh: This isn’t one homestay, however an entire group of them – a group of 14 on the whole, spread over six high-elevation towns all in the secluded Spiti Valley, set against the iced tops of the Himalayas. As homestays go, these mud-and-block homes are perfect, and brilliant, outfitted with floor coverings and folksy fabrics. Beside home-cooked Spitian food you get rough landscape, strengthening mountain air and the odd yak safari.
Darjeeling Homestay, Darjeeling:
Situated in the edges of the Singalila National Park lies this beaituful homestay which is spread crosswise over nine acres of lavish backwoods. The rooms are made in customary nepalese style with joined bathrooms. The homestay watches out to a terrific perspective of Rimbick and the Singalila National Park.The rooms are completely outfitted and a rooms’ couple have chimneys to keep the visitors warm amid the winters. It is a great spot for bird watchers on the grounds that there are 169 species found in the zone and it is rich in mamallian species as well, including the Red Panda.
Kannur Beach House, Kerala: As its name proposes, Kannur Beach House is situated at one of India’s top off the beaten track destinations, Kannur, in remote northern Kerala. It’s extremely old, customary Kerala-style home, set in coconut forests by a little freshwater tidal pond and only a few minutes stroll from Thottada shoreline. This basic and sweet homestay is the ideal spot to unwind and loosen up ocean side. The hosts serve heavenly neighbourhood Kerala vegan food.
Glenora Homestay, Wayanad, Kerala:
In the Wayanad District, a belt of rainforest in the northern Keralan good countries, Glenora is another beautiful homestay. Home to the accommodating Rajagopal family, and enrolled as a “homestead tourism supplier”, the house is set in 90 sections of land of espresso, pepper, betel nut, lime, ginger, guava and avocado among other foods grown from the ground. Adventure activities here incorporates trekking, jeep safaris, badminton and outings to Sunrise Valley, Meenmutty Falls or the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
Vembanad House, Alleppey, and Kerala: Vembanad House, on the banks of Vembanad Lake along the Kerala backwaters, is another perfect homestay option in India. Vembanad House is an old hereditary home that has been affectionately restored by the hosts.
Capella, Northern Goa: Jamshed and Ayesha Madon’s stunning Goan house sits in lavish tropical greenery enclosures in a peaceful village generally somewhere between the business sector town of Mapusa and Baga shoreline.
Olaulim Backyards, Goa: Olaulim Backyards is a safe house of a homestay where you can truly return to nature. The homestay is situated on the Goa backwaters in Olaulim town, around 30 minutes from Panaji, the capital of Goa. It’s controlled by a Finnish-Indian couple, who live there with their two youngsters and pets. The couple have included three delightful houses, interesting in size and stylistic theme, to their property for guests.
Chhotaram Prajapat’s Homestay, Rajasthan: For a perfect Rajasthani town experience Chhotaram Prajapat’s Homestay is the best option. This homestay, having a place with a venturesome group of weavers, is arranged in Salawas town on the edges of Jodhpur.
Devra, Udaipur, and Rajasthan: Devra homestay could well be portrayed as a frontier style farmhouse with an emphasis on a characteristic and natural way of life, 10 minutes from the city of Udaipur. The scene around Devra is striking.
Staying at a homestay in India is about inundating yourself in India. However, while the thought of a homestay may sound interesting and charming, it’s essential to pick your homestay wisely.
Individuals who love birds, for them watching this winged animal are a great passion. They are dependably vigilant for such places where they can enjoy and satisfy their longings for bird watching notwithstanding when they are on vacation. For these bird watchers and lovers, India offers some awesome spots.
India has an ideal atmosphere that draws in more than thousand types of winged creatures and is home for them. There are quite a many noted bird sanctuaries present in India that encounters overwhelming footfalls of winged creature lovers. These spots are very energizing for any bird watchers, where they can take in a considerable measure about their conduct.
Bird Watching is a standout amongst the most captivating side interests that has picked up force throughout the years. Since India is inconceivably rich in its fauna and vegetation, it offers some magnificent birding sites. The ideal birding circumstances present here draw in a ton of local people and additionally visitors from all parts of the world. A home to a great deal of uncommon and captivating species, the accompanying is a rundown of spots that give colourful sights of some great feathered creatures:
Suru Valley in Kargil:
When you consider ice and winged animals, you consider penguins. You consider Ladakh and you don’t consider flying creatures by any means. Suru Valley in Kargil is an excellent spot for winged animal viewing. Hemis National Park, arranged around 40 km far from Leh, is additionally a feathered creature watching goldmine of India.
Pangot and Sattal, Uttarakhand:
Pangot and Sattal are two distinct destinations in the Kumaon Himalaya which are prevalently joined for a complete focal Himalaya birding knowledge. Both are situated in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand. Pangot is well known for the slippery Cheer Pheasant, and the Koklass is a decent second. Sattal offers an incredible mixed bag of Himalayan flying creatures.
Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh:
The Tirthan valley is situated at a separation of 100 km from Manali and is the base point to visit the Great Himalayan National Park. Around 200 types of flying creatures are recorded in this valley that likewise incorporate the jeopardized Western Tragopan, Cheer bird, Monal and Koklas.
The Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh:
Situated in the excellent valley of the Noa-Dihing inside of the Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh is the Namdapha National Park which covers a region as incomprehensible as 2000 sq km. The high elevation of this locale has talented this park with one of a kind types of fauna and vegetation that can’t be discovered somewhere else in the nation.
Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh:
This is the spot where Bugun Liocichla, a standout amongst the latest flying creature species was found. Named after an Indian armed force camp and situated in Western Arunachal Pradesh and flanking Bhutan, the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is an exciting blend of bamboo bushes, evergreen backwoods and snow capped woodlands.
Nameri National Park, Assam:
Nameri is one of those spots where the likelihood of locating the uncommon Great Hornbill is very high. The snow encouraged Jia-Bhoroli waterway and the encompassing backwoods guarantee a rich mixture of winged animals.
The Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Assam:
This place is situated at around 12 km north of Tinsukia town of Assam and spreads a zone of 350 sq km. More than 350 types of winged animals have been recorded in this stop that is normally limited by waterways on all sides. A whole day can be spent here watching the remarkable meadows where Jerdon’s babbler, swamp babbler and black breasted Parrotbill group around the year.
Lava and Neora Valley, West Bengal:
For some extremely birders, the best birding site in India are a stroll along Algarah Road in Lava. Lava is situated at around 8,000 feet in the Eastern Himalaya in the Darjeeling region of West Bengal. The Neora Valley National Park abuts Lava town. The Eastern Himalayans is a biodiversity hotspot, and the fog secured evergreen woods are home to probably the most looked for after birds.
Silent Valley National Park, Kerala:
The Silent valley is not by any means noiseless as the birds here make very much a racket. This national park, which houses one of the rarest types of rainforests on the planet, is home to some extremely bright winged animals that are endemic to either this backwoods or the Western Ghats in by and large. The big Racket-tailed drongo, Paradise Flycatcher, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, dark and orange flycatcher and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala:
Thattekad is a little Bird Sanctuary in the southern condition of Kerala. Situated in the biodiversity hotspot of the Western Ghats, Thattekad is an incredible spot to see some uncommon endemic birds and is particularly a decent place to discover frogmouth and owls.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa:
Bondla Wildlife asylum houses an a nation’s lot rarest animal types like the Malabar Gray hornbills, Red throated bulbuls, White rumped shamas, Indian Pittas, Heart spotted woodpeckers and the Blue whiskery honey bee eaters.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa:
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Canacona Taluka and is spread more than 86 sq km, this asylum accompanies a treetop watchtower as tall as 25 meters to recognize the charming endemics birds like the Gray Headed Bulbul, Great pied hornbill, Forest Eagle Owl, Blue-Bearded Bee eater and numerous other non-endemic species.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Rajasthan:
Keoladeo Ghana National Park is better referred to just as Bharatpur, the town where the haven is situated in Rajasthan in north-western India. It is one of the most popular bird watching sites of India.
Kutch and Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat:
The Kutch range contains the Banni Grasslands, the waterfront parts and the Great Rann of Kutch in the north-western condition of Gujarat. The range is a major draw for birders who come to see an incredible assemblage of cranes and water birds in winter. Top winged animals here incorporate the Gray Hypocolius and Indian Bustard.
Bird watching in India offers you some best a great time to spend outside in the nature alongside your winged creature companions. It brings a feeling of tranquility that you are never going to forget soon.
India offers a best’s portion birding on the planet. India is a birding heaven with upwards of 1301 species recorded. This incorporates endemic, physical and transient winged animals. With a mixed bag of timberland and scenes, India offers a wide assortment too that incorporates imperiled species like the Great Horn bill, Great Indian Bustard, and that’s just the beginning.
A bucket list is a “daring to live fully” list of everything that you want to have, do, be and experience in life. It is powerful tool and result of extensive research. The term originated from the slang for dying “kick the bucket” and there are several theories why it is called that.
A bucket list without a destination is like a bucket without a handle, it just go nowhere. So here are 4 adventures that are worth to once in a lifetime experience.
Hiking a Volcano in Hawaii:
Do you remember all those earth science classes from school that you took about lava field and volcanoes? To see this is the real thing in action. When you visit Hawaii Volcanoes National park you will get the chance to drive Crater Rim, don’t miss the scenic overlook all along the way. The road passes through the volcano landscapes and there’s also the chance to walk inside the Thurston Lava tube. The volcano is no longer vigorous and that allows walking half mile inside Kilauea where lava once flowed for 100 years. This adventure you can actually afford by just paying $5 per person if you enter by motorcycle, bicycle or foot as the park ranger led walking tours or $10 per vehicle that enters the park if you planning to go in group. Don’t forget to take the map from the employees on your way to park and always stick to the marked paths, no matter how exciting you think your photo might turn out never ever try to get closer to the lava. After all, you are on the active lava. Don’t forget to visit Jaggar Museum and Kilauea Visitor Center to learn more about the place. Free hiking and camping opportunities are also available at the park but make sure you check the website for latest updates on volcanic activities going in park and then you plan your trip.
Zorbing in New Zealand:
Zorbing is one of the biggest challenges of bouncing and rolling inside a giant hamster-wheel like plastic orb down a hill. It is made of transparent plastic and generally performed on a gentle slope. It is popular since 1997 and is definitely one of the experiences to write about. An adrenaline junkies dream comes true when he first encountered Zorbing. You have two options in Zorbing dry version known as Zorbit sort of land ride and wet version known as Zydro, sort of water ride. Due to the buoyant nature of the orbs Zorbing is carried out on water provided it is inflated properly. There are eight variations and four track options available. Some offers one person whereas others offer upto three, to have turned around experience down the half mile way. It is crazy but fun. One Zorbing ride will cost you $45 per person either dry or wet, $70 for 2 people to ride in one Zorb and $90 for one person to ride thrice in the globe.
Longer And Higher Rides Above Alligators In St. Augustine:
Regular zip-lining gives you an exceptional experience than think about the adventure and craziness you will experience when completing an above ground obstacle course over a park full of alligators, crocodiles and thousands of other reptiles. At the St. Augustine Alligators Farm Crocodile Crossing, located northeast coast of Florida, you can just do that. Not to worry everything is under control and safe. Bucket list story would be amazing in the end when you write home about it. There are experts to train you about the ropes and pulley system functioning before you go. They also give you a mock zip-line practice session before you begin your adventure. Pick from the 90 minute Nile River Course and 45 minutes Sepik River Course. 45 minutes adventure will take you 20 feet up and gives you 3 zip lines sequence. And if you are looking more craziness than go for longer and higher 90 minutes aerial obstacle that takes you 60 feet above the park and gives you total 9 zip lines. I think its little cynical but worth bucket list story. 90 minutes course cost you $65 per individual and 45 minutes cost you $30 per individual. Both the courses are self-directed but there are experts below you to rescue if you get jammed or require aid. It is a shaking experience because you go so high; try to focus on the view around and not on the ugly, dynamic reptile waiting for you underfoot. I am sure you will have great time.
Dog-Sledding in Canada:
The best way to experience nature at its best is by dog-sledding in Canada, where you will get to meet the dogs before you ride. You can stay in lodge or cottage, where you can opt for activities like mountain biking, fishing, berry picking, hunting, volleyball, hiking and bird watching no matter what season you are visiting. There are other activities that takes place during the winter are dog-sledding, ice fishing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Dog sledding costs you $100 per individual and $200 per individual for a half and a full-day adventure respectively. There are two people per sled with included lunch.
Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling in Australia:
Everyone wants to dive and The Great Barrier Reef is the most accessible snorkeling reefs, where in no time you will find yourself mesmerized by the beauty below you. Snorkeling only requires ability to swim and feel like a fish out of water. There are mostly day trips with instructions and guided tour. There are some variations in the tour like you can snorkel from float to float and rest when you need it or you can walk straight in off the beat instead of jumping from a boat or you can go for float coats with extra buoyancy, all you have to do is dribble and watch. It’s a great experience and give it a go if you have not snorkeled before. Cost per person depends upon the tours for snorkeling.
These are the best ways to get out there and experience nature at its best by super-affordable bucket list adventures that are great for every budget.