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How we wish each country that we wanted to visit had visa on arrival for Indian passport holders. Unfortunately, doesn’t work in real life.

Singapore is not a part of VOA countries for Indian passport holders and getting a Visa from Bangalore is little tricky as unlike a lot of other countries who have registered agencies like VFS for VISA processing, there is no registered visa agency for Singapore in Bangalore.

As we decided to go to Singapore , first thing first was to start doing research for Singapore Visa from Bangalore. While doing research, we realized that the consulate of Singapore doesn’t accept the visa application from individuals rather they accept visa through their approved and recognized travel agencies. Boom !

We researched more, read through some blogs and found out Hermes agency who helped in filing our tourist Visa from Bangalore. Let us explain you some more details on Singapore Visa.

~~Singapore Tourist Visa~~

Singapore visa is a paper visa (which means it is not STAMPED on your passport) that you need to carry with you when you enter Singapore. It is issued if your purpose is travel & leisure or Business visa with a validity of 30 days from the day of entrance in Singapore .

~~Documents required for Singapore Tourist Visa~~

  • A duly filled visa application form 14A.
  • Passport ( (valid for at least six months from the date of your entry into Singapore)_
  • A clear photocopy of passport first, last & any observation page.
  • Two copies of 3.5cm X 4.5cm passport-sized photos (Matte finish)
  • Passport copies of the Invitee
  • 6 months bank Statement
  • Confirmed return air ticket
  • Confirmed hotel reservation copy
  • Original covering letter including the purpose of visit, date of travel, no of passengers, details of land itinerary, place of stay in Singapore and applicant’s employment details.
  • If you are on staying on rent, then copy of your rent agreement.
  • HR letter stating your local address ( As our passports are not issued in Karnataka).
  • Last three month updated bank statement
  • Address proof in the company’s letter head & Leave approval letter (Original)
  • MTNL, BSNL bill of last month
  • Electricity bill of last month

~~How to apply for Tourist Visa in Bangalore~~

Via Singpass Account  : If you are visiting any family member or Friends, you can ask them to file a visa for you using their Singpass or a CorpPass account. Same set of documents as above are required to file the visa via Singpass Account. Unfortunately, we don’t have any family or friends in Singapore who could help us filing the visa, so that we had to apply through the approved travel agencies.

Via Authorized Travel Agents : There are total 32  agents who can help you filing visa from Bangalore naming few

However, we applied our Singapore tourist visa via Hermes To Chennai consulate (residents of South India are supposed to apply to the Chennai consulate) . They picked up our documents from our doorstep and they were quick in checking the documents and filing the e-visa for us. We paid the visa fee to the agent and our e-visa was filed the very next day in the Chennai consulate.

~~Visa Fee for Singapore Tourist Visa~~

The official VISA fee as printed on the VISA is $30 per application + Travel agents are authorized to charge you service fee of INR 300 for their services. Visa processing fee and visa service fee are paid upon application of the visa.

Tip: The total fee of visa varies from agency to agency. We would suggest if you have plenty of time in your hand before your travel date go for the cheapest quote . we applied for visa one month before so got a fair deal. Having said that, applying for Visa much before hand can save you lot of bucks.

~~Visa Processing Time~~

Generally, Singapore Visa takes about 5-7 working days to process. Our Visa was processed within 5 working days after the submission of documents from our agent.  If your application is approved, your authorized visa agent can provide you a copy of your e-Visa.

~~When to submit the visa application~~

Earlier the better!! You are recommended to apply for an entry visa within 30 days prior to arrival in Singapore. It is recommended to apply at least one week before a trip during the non-peak season and two to four weeks before a trip during the peak season (i.e. March to May).

~~Validity period of a Singapore Visa ~~

Every application for a visa, including the duration of the visa granted, will be considered on its own merits and subject to approval.

Hope this post will help you in filing your Singapore visa from Bangalore if you are an Indian passport holder. If you have any more questions on the Singapore visa application from Bangalore , feel free to share with us in comments .

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Entrance of Sentosa Island

Sentosa, the man made island is the best place to have fun in Singapore. Travelers of all ages are spoilt of choice in terms of what to do. You can enjoy roller coasters, Aquariums, Beach walks, nature trails, adventures all at one place i.e. at Sentosa Island. With so many interesting things to do in Sentosa, we have curated some “Must to do – Free & Paid” experiences at Sentosa.

Ideal time to explore Sentosa: 2 Days

Ticket Prices for Paid attractions in Sentosa

Ticketing price for attractions in sentosa

How to reach Sentosa Island: Read here

Things to do in Sentosa – Paid Attractions

Universal Studios Sentosa

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is the first attraction you’ll see as soon as you step into this fun land.

Must watch show at Universal Studios – Waterworld

The Movie themed attractions are divided into seven zones, namely Hollywood, Madagascar, Far Far Away, The Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City and New York.

Far Far Away land at Universal Studios

Thankfully, the small park size makes navigation considerably easy.

Puss Boot Giant Ride @ USS

Read more about the ticketing and timings of USS here: Link

Singapore Cable Car

Cable Car – Sentosa Line

Cable Car, by far the most impressive mode of transport , that will take you to this fun island. The Mount Faber cable car line links Mainland Singapore to the buzzing Sentosa Island offering  some stunning views of the city from above.

View from the cable car

   The two lines of the cable car network, Mount Faber and Sentosa, pass through all the striking and iconic sights of Singapore.

USS seen from above

We were stunned to see the bird’s eye view of the superlative Singapore infrastructure, the scenic beaches and harbor as well as renowned Singapore attractions and theme parks

Ticket Price for Cable Car Sky pas ( Round trip) :

Adult – S$29.50

Child :  S$21.00

Wings of Time

Wings of time show

The Wings of time is Singapore’s award-winning night show. Discover a mesmerizing night show by the sea. Wings of time is a show that includes many visual effects from laser projection to water fountains with fire depicting the time travel along with a bird of two teenagers.

Wings of time light show

Definitely a must do when in Singapore for everyone! There’s no better way to complete a fabulous day at Sentosa than to take in a spectacular night show set outdoors against the backdrop of an open sea.

Tip: Go there at least 15-20 mins early to get a good seat and no need to pay extra for the premium seating.

IFLY

Take an experience of as unique as skydiving indoors. With its state-of-the-art technology, iFly Singapore has made flying more fun and easier than ever! iFly provides an experience of actual skydive without the dangers and cost of doing a tandem jump!

Basically, iFly is a new sport of body flying,..

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There are lot of places in our bucket list to tick off and Singapore was one of them. With its glamorous skyline to man made wonders , Singapore is a modern and a sparkling city in Southeast Asia. Singapore is undoubtedly a paradise full of greenery and iconic wonders on the earth.

We visited this city with certain hopes and expectations and came back with so much more than we had asked for. It is a place complete with sharp contrasts and continues to be marvelous. You will fall in love with Singapore, no matter how hard you try not to.

Night View of Singapore

With 5 days to spend in Singapore, you can certainly explore a whole lot like we did! Experience the city’s top attractions and discover its best kept secrets. Our 5-day itinerary will ensure you to leave the island with unforgettable memories.

Pro Tip: It is important to book your tickets online for the attractions you plan to visit based on the below itinerary beforehand that will save your hell lot of time of standing in queue. We booked all our tickets through Klook.com. they are very reliable and cheap.

**Getting Around in Singapore **

Singapore has a very efficient system of public transport and with its MRT trains and local buses, you can get anywhere you want.

EZ Link Card :  .  The best idea is to buy an EZ Link Card (Singapore tourist pass) a travel card that you can keep topping up in order to travel around the city. We bought EZ link card at the airport arrivals of Terminal 3 at Changi airport. you get Ez-link Card with a $5 value in the card and.

All you must do is to purchase the Singapore Tourist Pass, choose the number of days passes you require, use for your unlimited rides on buses and trains, and refund the card before you leave Singapore!

1-DAY PASS: $20

2-DAY PASS: $26

3-DAY PASS: $30

During our whole trip, we only traveled in MRT and it was so time saving and most of the attractions are at walk distance of the MRT stations. We suggest buying Singapore tourist pass plus  which allows unlimited travel in MRT, LRT buses for 3 days in the city . We opted for this and saved hell of money in commuting with in the city. The Pass will also enable you to enjoy great savings while maximizing your travel experience in this beautiful and irresistible city.

Cost of Singapore Tourist Pass plus: $38 SGD ( INR 1935.08)

Tip: Prices apply to adult and child above 0.9m in height.

Taxis: Additionally, you could easily flag taxis, all of which are thankfully metered. We suggest using Grab Cabs which is dirt cheap than the metered Taxis in Singapore.

However, if you are in group of 3–4; yes, we might suggest you to just use Grab cab or even taxi if you are travelling to some places. It can be more cost and time efficient. However, again, it depends on the distance as well. If you are really on budget, some places like Singapore Zoo will cost your around $20–25 bucks from city area for 3–4 pax. If you take train, follow by bus; it might cost you less than $3 per person. However, time wise, using Grab will be faster.

Day 1 in Singapore Morning   Jewel – Changi Airport

Duration: 30 mins – 1 hour

We landed around 8.30am Local time SG. After the immigration , we straight went to the JEWEL – The newest attraction at the Changi airport. Seamlessly linked to Terminal 1’s Arrival Hall and via pedestrian walkway from Terminals 2 and 3, this ten-storey nexus is a sparkling mix of dining establishments, top-notch retail and breath-taking spaces.

Jewel – Singapore

Experience wonderment the moment you touch down in the Lion City and discover a sample of Jewel Changi Airport’s sparkling array of lifestyle gems.

Admiring Jewel’s Beauty

We were amazed by the 40-meter-high Rain Vortex—the world’s largest indoor waterfall—and explore verdant nature amidst the 2,000 trees, of the Forest Valley.

After Exploring Jewel, we went straight to our hotel and got freshen up and we were all set to explore our Day 1 in this merlion city.

Afternoon:  Singapore Flyer and Art science Museum.

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Singapore Flyer

If you are first time in Singapore, we suggest you do a ride on this world’s largest wheel – Flyer. Located in the heart of downtown Marina Bay, the Singapore Flyer is Asia’s largest giant observation wheel.

Singapore Flyer (c) – flickr

Step into one of the 28 fully air-conditioned glass capsules and be ecstatic on a 30-minute journey of some stunning day and night scenes of Singapore sky scrappers.

The prettiest time for a spin on the Singapore Flyer is at sunset, when the skyscrapers are covered in a golden glow.

Singapore Flyer Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM, Monday to Sunday

Singapore Flyer Duration : 30 mins

Singapore Flyer Tickets:

  • Adult Ticket : SGD 33
  • Senior Ticket : SGD 24 (Above 60 years old),
  • Child Ticket : SGD 21 (3 to 12 years old).

How to reach by MRT: The Promenade Station (Downtown Line DT15 / Circle Line, CC4) provides you with a fuss-free, mere five-minute walk to Singapore Flyer! Take Exit A and look out for blue pedestrian signs to Singapore Flyer.From Singapore Flyer take a 10 min walk through Helix bridge to reach Art science museum.

Art Science Museum

We saw some stunning images from this place on Instagram and had decided to visit this museum for sure.The Art Science Museum at the Marina Sands Bay has emerged as a stunning landmark both with its exclusive architecture and with the high-class exhibitions within.

Future of world exhibit

There are some wonderful evolving exhibitions in Art science museums which changes time to time keeping up with trend in the art and science world, however, their permanent exhibit – Future of world is something you should visit.

Sight, Touch and Sound, these senses come alive in an extraordinary high-tech interactive experience at the Art Science Museum Singapore Future World exhibition and every corner of this exhibition is so “insta-worthy” that you cannot really miss it.

Pro Tip: The Future World Exhibition is open for visitors only at six times during the day – 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM. It is advised to be there at least half hour prior to these timings to gain entry. Usually, you will encounter long lines at the entrance.

Art Science Museum Opening Hours:

Monday – Sunday – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with last entry at 6:00 PM.

Art Science Museum Ticket Price: SGD 15 . We bought online tickets for Flyer and Museum from here.

How to reach by MRT: The Bayfront Station (Circle Line) is the right Art Science Museum Singapore MRT Station, as it is linked directly to Marina Sands Bay. Take the exit C or D and the museum is a ten-minute walk away.

Evening: Gardens by the Bay and Spectra Light Show at Marina Bay Sands.

Duration: 3-4 hours.

Gardens by the Bay

We took a nice river side walk from Art science museum to Gardens by bay . It is about 10-12 mins walk and we reached Gardens by the bay around 4pm IST.

One of the Singapore’s most iconic attraction – Gardens by the bay is a truly stunning location that must not be missed while in Singapore. The entrance to the garden is free however, there are three conservatories inside the Garden : Flower Dome , Cloud forest and newly opened Floral Fantasy.

Flower Dome: Flower Dome is a breathtaking part of Gardens by the Bay, at flower dome you can enjoy a lovely walk in the temperature-controlled dome, as you marvel at the changing display of plants and flowers from Mediterranean regions. They had Tulip festival in the flower dome when we visited.

flower dome

Flower Dome is open daily from 9am to 9pm:

Cloud Forest: Cloud forest conservatory is located next door to Forest Dome. It is yet again one of Singapore’s most impressive attractions at Gardens by the day. You will be greeted by..

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Mahabaleshwar

They (friends) called one evening and said, “ Look ! we are planning for a weekend trip during Holi vacation. Pack your bags, hop on a plane and get here.” We asked” Where are we heading?”.

They said, “ To a little-known paradise”! Thrilled us , we booked tickets to fly from Bangalore to Pune and was excited for an impromptu road trip from Pune and little did we knew that we were going to this off beaten paradise to embark our journey.

We been to Mahalabeshwar before as well, but this trip was special one with buddies. Let us take you through our journey to this queens of hill stations.

Mahabaleshwar:

At 123km from Pune and 243 Kms from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a well-known hill station in Maharashtra. Snuggled in the picturesque Western Ghats, tourist places in Mahabaleshwar will enthrall your imagination with their natural glory. This pretty hill station is often referred as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra.

It offers panoramic view of the plains with the imposing sloppy peaks and surrounding woods. Apart from being well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks, Mahabaleshwar is also renowned for its strawberry farms.

Mahabaleshwar attracts hordes of tourists for its lovely views, beautiful landscapes and pleasant temperatures. There are many tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar like forts, temples, lakes, and many more.

The city is among the most desirable weekend getaways from Mumbai and Pune. Amiable views, alluring valleys, tranquil lakes and a refreshing delight for your taste buds – the best way to summarize this natures gift.

Fun Facts :

Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Nearest City to Mahabaleshwar: Pune (123 Kms), Mumbai (243 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Mahabaleshwar: June to October

State: Maharashtra | District: Satara

How to reach Mahabaleshwar:
Driving through the hills

Mahabaleshwar is conveniently connected, no matter where you are coming from. The travel distances by road are as given below:

  • Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar via Mahad is 220 kms, just a few hours’ drive.
  • Pune to Mahabaleshwar is just about 120 kms.
  • Panchgani to Mahabaleshwar is barely 20 kms

Private cars as well as state transport buses make it very easy to get here once you get yourself to Pune or Mumbai via a flight or a train. The best mode however is to drive down in your own car, for nothing beats the views and the picturesque scenes that the road offers. 

Hire a cab or rent a car to drive down to Mahabaleshwar, which takes about 5 hours 20 minutes. This mode is ideal for group travel or for families with senior citizens and kids. Approximate cost of cab per kilometer is about INR 10 to 35 depending upon the type of car hired.

Where to Stay in Mahabaleshwar:

Being a popular tourist destination in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is replete with all kinds of accommodation options, from luxury to eco-friendly resorts, moderate to budget hotels and even guest houses and lodges, the hill station has everything to provide you with a pleasant stay.

Shelar Agro Home Stays

However, the “ Little known paradise” that we were talking about it our stay cation at Shelar Agro tourism holiday home. This stay is perfect if you are travelling with friends and family. Also, if you keen for a relaxing holiday and looking for offbeat stay near Mahabaleshwar to avoid crowd, we highly recommend staying at Shelar Agro tourism holiday homes.

View of Koyna River from our Home stays

Shelar Agro holiday homes is about 29mins drive from Mahabaleshwar city via Tapola route. Relax in the lap of Mother Nature near Mahabaleshwar, a gorgeous hill station located at about 120km from Pune. As soon as you step in here , you will be at peace with its calm and serene surroundings.

Stunning entrance pathway to our home stay

This place has 4 rooms in a row which is ideal for a big group family or friends. We were 13 of us including kids.  They have a common kitchen where a chef will cook food as per your choice and it is damn yummy ! seriously !! This stay cation is not so heavy to the pocket.

Budget: INR 2500/ room + food charges.

For booking:
https://www.facebook.com/shelaragro/

What to do in Mahabaleswar:

Mahabaleshwar has several attractions that can make any traveler fall in love with it instantly. The scenic beauty is something one cannot ignore in this hill destination in Maharashtra.

Indulging in pretty sunsets

Watch Sunrise at Arthur’s seat: One thing you cannot really miss in Mahabaleshwar is watching sunrise at Arthur’s seat. Wake up early and head to this view point to witness one of the mesmerizing sunrise.

(c) – Flickr

Arthur Seat Point is the most popular viewpoint in Mahabaleshwar and among the top places to visit in Mahabaleshwar. The Savitri valley and the Jor valley offer a significant view from this point. 

From the parking visitors need to do 30 min walk to reach the view point. The trek is an easy one with stone steps for most of the way. There are lot of vendors throughout the route. The view of Western Ghat from these points was quite beautiful. The greenery and the birdsong add more charm to the place

Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM

Boating at Venna Lake: Venna lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar. Venna lake is manmade lake and a popular tourist destination in Mahabaleshwar. Venna Lake is a also most loved attraction for photography, especially for families and honeymoon couples. Tourists can also enjoy on the row and peddle boats here with observe some serene views around.

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Yay! Summers are here and vacations are knocking the doors . It’s time to take a break from your work and busy life and de-stress a bit ; and we are more than thrilled to help you with achieving this relaxed vacay this season.

Pic Credit – Saboey Resort and Villas

It clearly isn’t a bad idea to step out by taking a small work break! Some of the advantages of travelling during the Summer season is that you can pack light, you don’t have to worry about bad weather and the lighting for those perfect travel pictures will always be great throughout your trip.

So, we have round up with our fellow bloggers to see which destinations they suggest for your summer vacation that you can consider for a great vacay.

Vietnam

Summer is coming and all you can think of is relaxing on the endless sandy beach, listening to the sound of waves and drinking fresh coconuts under the shade of palm trees? What do you think about visiting stunning Vietnam this summer?

The whole country has almost 4,000 km of pristine sandy coast and there are countless touristic cities and quiet towns to pick. It really depends on your traveling preferences, but Vietnam has it all!

SONY DSC

If you’re visiting North Vietnam; beautiful beaches and stunning mountains of Halong Bay, time your visit from June to September. I advise you to skip all the boat tours and climb to Bai Tho mountain. You will have a view of a whole bay just for yourself.

For central Vietnam, the best beaches are around Da Nang, Hoi An and chilled, non-touristic Quy Nhon. The season starts at April and ends up around October. If you’re visiting south, then definitely don’t miss Mui Ne, Vung Tau or even head over to a stunning island called Phu Quoc.

My personal favorite is definitely Da Nang. It’s a third biggest Vietnamese city, but the relaxed vibe combined with stunning nature and endless sandy beaches make it easy for me to say it’s the place to be this summer! Don’t forget to explore Son Tra peninsula and some of its hidden beaches!

Vietnam is such a diverse country when it comes to landscape, but it’s hard to neglect the diversity of local cuisine and friendliness of Vietnamese people. It’s an ideal country to explore and relax during this summer!

Contributed by: Antonio Gabric

Blog: http://vietnamchronicles.com

Malaysia

There aren’t many summer holiday destinations more diverse than Malaysia. Whether you want lush jungle, the cosmopolitan concrete jungle, beautiful beaches or sleepy UNESCO heritage towns, there’s something for everyone. Kuala Lumpur is an ideal starting point, boasting street food markets, the colorful Batu Caves, a bustling Chinatown and Little India, and the world-famous Petronas Towers.

Just a few hours north, you can escape the rat race in Teman Negara, one of the world’s oldest national parks home to tigers and creepy crawlers galore. The rolling tea terraces of the Cameron Highlands also offer an excellent respite for nature lovers.

malaysia

Another spot not to miss is George Town on the island of Penang, a cute and crumbling city full of ghosts of its colonial past, as well as fascinating Chinese heritage. In George Town you can visit rustic coffee shops and dine on some of the world’s best street food. Catch a quick ferry over to Langkawi for paradise beaches and relaxing boat trips. There’s really a bit of everything in Malaysia!

Contributed by:   Rose Munday

Blog: Www.wheregoesrose.com

SriLanka

When it comes to summer destinations in Asia, you’re spoilt for choice, but my absolute favorite is the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a small but mighty country. It’s filled with everything you could possibly desire for a fantastic summer trip. Featuring some of the experiences, historic ruins, temples, mountains to climb and much more.

Srilanka

 It’s also an excellent spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. The temperature in summer hits around 30°C making it a perfect place to work on your tan. The food in Sri Lanka is also delicious and fresh. Sri Lanka is also an extremely affordable destination too. It’s perfect for the budget backpacker, and if you want to experience something more luxurious, you can do so for a great price.

My favorite thing about a trip to Sri Lanka is the ability to drive around the island by yourself in a tuk tuk. You’ve got the freedom to explore the island at your own pace and even discover lesser known sights. I promise you that you’ll leave Sri Lanka with fond memories and an urge to return as soon as possible.

Contributed by: Bradley Williams

Blog: https://www.dreambigtravelfarblog.com/

Philippines

If I could pick a destination in Asia to visit this summer I would 
definitely go for Philippines. It has more than seven thousand islands
most of which are essentially paradises on earth. If you are after great 
beaches, the friendliest people, top scuba diving and surfing 
destinations in the world then you should look no further. Philippines 
will tick all the boxes.

With so much choice though you are likely to struggle to pick the island
you like most so these are a few that could be worth checking out.

Palawan – El Nido town located in the north of Palawan is a very 
popular, yet still up and coming tourist destination. Although it 
receives more than two hundred thousand visitors every year it still 
feels relaxed and not too overcrowded. It is great for scuba diving and 
there is also a variety of boat tours to choose from.

Siargao – Similarly to Palawan, Siargao has been steadily growing in 
popularity amongst travelers. My top recommendation for this island is
Magpupungko tidal pools. Every time the tide rises these coastal rock 
formations are replenished with fresh turquoise water from the ocean and 
when the tide subsides it is safe to swim there. This must be one of the 
coolest things to do in Philippines and is by far my personal favorite.


Boracay – Due to unsustainable, irresponsible tourism and the lack of 
infrastructure to deal with the masses this island had been closed for 
six months but in October 2018 it was re-opened. During the closure the 
picture perfect white sandy beaches have been widened and cleaned and 
other essential infrastructure improved in order to preserve the beauty 
of this island. I am sure the “new” Boracay is even more stunning than 
it used to be.

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Jodhpur was always in our bucket list to visit. The more we bumped on Jodhpur pictures on Social media, the urge to go there kept increasing. And finally, this year we decided to head this well-known “Blue City” of Rajasthan. Being a place of huge palaces, magnificent forts as well as age old temples, this city of Rajasthan is among the famous tourist destinations in the state as well as India. If you like historical places and forts and temples, Jodhpur will surely not disappoint you.

Stunning Blue city view

Founded by Rao Jodha, chief of the dominant clan, in the early 15th century, the city is now widely known for historical Mehrangarh fort, blue houses, colorful attires, antique home accessories or artifacts. With bazaars, snaking streets and houses predominantly blue, it’s a place like nowhere else. Every corner of the city will astonish you. It also has fantastic museums. But for a true taste of the city, the best thing to do is to get lost in its maze of old-fashioned alleys.

We have grouped The Best Instagram-worthy places to in Jodhpur which will certainly give lift up your Instagram feed. So, Take a sneak peek into the architectural expertise and natural beauty of the ‘Sun City’.

Chandpole –  The Alley of Blue Houses:

Jodhpur also knows an “Blue city” for a reason. And for that, you should wander away from the market places and new town, and head into the older quarters of Jodhpur.

Blue houses in Jodhpur

Chandpole is a good area to explore the blue painted houses in the city. You will find blue spattering throughout Chandpole. Often several houses in a row, an alley or a large building are painted a light shade of blue. Chandpole has quite narrow yet lively lanes of the Blue City. You can interact with the locals and discover some of the untold stories and tales about the place.

Pretty doors of blue houses

 Chandpole as a good spot for blue street photography in the blue city of Jodhpur.

Why are the houses blue in Jodhpur? We asked this question to our guide and locals. But, probably each one of them had different answers

  • Some said that the color is associated closely with the Brahmins, India’s priestly caste, and the blue houses of the old city belong to families of that caste.
  • Blue reflects heat, and Rajasthan is in the desert often reaching mid to high 40’s in the summer. It is possible that houses were painted blue to help keep them cooler in the summer.
Toorji Ka Jhalra:

A hidden gem in Jodhpur, Toorji ka Jhalra is still unknown to many tourists travelling to jodhpur. The legend says that the stepwell was built by a queen, consort of Maharaja Abhaya Singh in 1740.

PC – Flickr

 Toorji Ka Jhalra is just a few hundred meters from the Clock Tower in Jodhpur, the step well still seems to be largely off the tourist map. The best time to Photograph the well is probably early morning, by midday it’s always frequented by children and some adults who enjoy having a dip and a dive into what must be extremely cool waters.

PC – Flickr

Interestingly this well was inundated and full of wreckage for decades. Only recently has it been drained, cleaned up and restored. Pictures of this place would probably give a hike on your insta account for sure.

Kaylana Lake:

If you are looking for a great sunset picture for your insta feed, this is the place to go to. Kalyana lake is an ideal site for all the bird watchers as well. It is an artificial lake, and was built in 1872.

Kaylana Lake

Spread over an area of 8 km, Kaylana lake is the best spot to witness the spectacular sun down. Splattered with shades of reds, pinks, violets and yellows, the sky literally look like the work of an artist gone crazy.

Kaylana lake

Now, the lake looks quite fetching and your desire to venture into the deep waters is quite understandable, still Do not go swimming here even if you swimming champion however, you can enjoy a scenic boat ride here.

Jain Temple in Osian:

The Mahavira Temple, dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankara, is a major pilgrimage for Jains of the region. The temple is celebrated for its stunning architecture. The main door is carved with an impression of young maidens on it. Intricately carved pillars adorn the site of the main porch.

Intricate Carvings on the Pillars

In another porch, one can find a shade of a little stylish construction. The main shrine is sited on a high platform made of sandstone.

Jain Temple in Osian

The sanctum encompasses the idol of Lord Mahavira. In the hall, three balconies make the sanctum well ventilated.

Mandore Gardens:

Just search for this place on Instagram and you will be fanatic with some of the wonderful pictures that will make you rush to get here and take some awesome pictures for your feed. We went here in the evening around 4pm and stayed there till the sunset and let us tell know, you will enjoy taking pictures of each corner of this place and this place turns magical during sunsets.

Panaroma of Mandore..
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When looking for an exotic holiday escape to revive and restore, Thailand usually tops the list. With its sapphire blue sea, white sand beaches and tropical forest it is easy to see why the South Island of Koh Samui is one of the most popular vacation locations in the country.

You may find n number of luxury resorts in Koh Samui for your stay cation and while planning one for our stay, we were contemplating as well. But, we wanted to stay in a secluded area, away from the usual Koh Samui crowd and that’s when we stayed here using extra vacations (first time using RCI).  And, a recent visit to Saboey resort and Villas so charmed us – we had to tell you about it.

The Resort

Set on a tropical, with its beach views, the Saboey Resort and Villas perfectly balances in with its spectacular natural environment. Saboey is a beautiful, secluded resort in the lovely island of Koh Samui in Thailand, designed to maximize serenity, space and privacy.

Pic Credit – Saboey Resort and Villas

It is a boutique resort in Koh Samui, offering a stunning experience to make you stay more memorable. When we arrived at Koh Samui airport, Saboey’s shuttle driver was already waiting for us to take us to the hotel. At check-in, we were offered a cold towel, juice, and a flower necklace which I especially loved it.

Saboey is a friendly retreat, where the service is personalized and attentive, yet modest, so that you can indulge in the ultimate in relaxation and pampering. It is a tiny boutique hotel with only 21 rooms, right on the beach in Bangrat. You can see the Big Buddha from the beach & the resort has beautiful views of the sea, mountains & full moon island. 

Location

Pros: This resort is nestled on the beautiful island of Koh Samui right on Bangrak Beach, and a ten-minute drive from the Samui Airport.Located in the North-East of the island on Big Buddha Beach, a 4km crescent of white sand and azure waters, the resort is conveniently located close to the airport, 5 minutes away from Fisherman’s Village/Bophut, a laid-back village with a good selection of restaurants and bars and only 10-15 minutes away from the busy tourist center of Chaweng. Massage parlors are right opposite to the resort and if you need provisions, there’s a 7/11 just across the street.

Sunset views

Cons: Since, this resort is quite and at a secluded area of Bangrak, you will really get any tuk-tuk’s or cabs easily to travel to nearby beaches. You can request for a tuk -tuk at the reception and they will book it for you at the given time. Usually, Tuk -Tuk charges TBH 200-250 till Chaweng beach.

Rooms

Saboey resort has around 21 rooms segregated in Suites, Garden Villas, ocean villas and Penthouse villas. We were in Garden view room which was around 55sqm in size with some extra room. This kind of villas can be suitable for families of 3 (2 adults and 1 child). Located amidst the tropical gardens of the resort and featuring private balconies, just behind the Ocean Villas and yet still only moments away from the Pool. Since, this is a boutique resort, Pool and beach wasn’t long away from our room. The villa accommodations are spacious enough, exquisitely decorated, and feature modern amenities.

Garden Villas – Pic Credit – Saboey Resort and Villas

All villas and suites consist of one bedroom with king-size bed and one bathroom and can accommodate two adults and one child under seven years of age. Extra beds can be added in all rooms apart from the Ocean Villas and are available upon request.

Ocean Villa – Pic Credit – Saboey Resort and Villas

Beach Villas are the largest of all villas in the resort and the rooms and are located directly in front of the sea, on each side of the resort. Giving you some stunning views of an Indian ocean, there’s a spacious terrace for your private dining experience. This is the most idyllic villas for couples to romantic indulgence.

2 BR Villa – Pic Credit – Saboey Resort and Villas

There’s a beautiful pool facing the beach, in case you prefer to swim laps instead of splashing in the sea.

Pool Side View


Dining

Pros: The resort has a bar next to the pool and you can enjoy your drinks and fast food by the pool watching the waves crashing in the sea. In fact, we had a few cocktails at Saboey & they were all excellent. Their ‘happy hour’ at Saboey lasts from 4pm to 8pm so that’s something we looked forward to in our stay. They don’t have many Vegetarian food options though. However, Upon request, they made vegetarian pizza ‘s and pasta’s for us which was really delicious.

Bar by the beach – Pic Credit – Saboey Resort and Villas

All-day dining available from 07:00 until late, where you can enjoy sea views at breakfast and lunch through to candlelit romantic dining to the sounds of the waves in the evening.

Sunset Views at Saboey Resort and Villas

Cons: Breakfast is included & a – la carte from the menu & they offer an American breakfast with fruit, choice of eggs, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, baked bean, potatoes, toast & jams & tea or coffee. However, since we are vegetarians, Breakfast put us little off as they did not have anything vegetarian in the breakfast. so, we had to just step out in the morning eating fruits and cereals.

Facilities

Saboey Resort &Villa’s isn’t one of the luxurious resort, however, they provide the facilities one would require during their stay.

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If you have known India enough, then you would agree on how many levels of success this diverse land has stepped up. From days when its chugging trains used to be just a way to commute to its luxury rail journeys where time takes a back seat. These royal train tours offer an experience of India than what actually meets the eye. And probably a great way to voyage around the colorful destinations of India in a luxurious way. Hope you are imagining yourself in a regal chariot with alike interiors and 5-star hotel treatment, because that’s how things going to be on an Indian Luxury train tour.

In this blog, you get all the insights about the 5 luxury train tours in India that redefine traveling. 

1. Maharajas’ Express
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It won’t be wrong to say that Maharajas’ Express is one of the most luxurious trains in India. A six times winner of “The World’s Leading Luxury Train” at the World Travel Awards, your doubts might have vanished by now. Offering the Maharaja like feel to each one of its 88 guests seated in 14 cabins, this luxury train in India spans over seven

journeys encircling India. When it comes to the facilities it has to offer, expect fine dining in Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal. Coupled with bars named Rajah Club and Safari Bar, gym, souvenir shop, observation car, store car, generator, on board doctor, to name a few.

Cabin facilities:

The cabins that you are going to spend time will come with attached washrooms, personal wardrobe, and individual climate control. Some other features are direct dial phones, television, WI-FI internet, DVD player, electronic safe and more.

Train itineraries:

  • The Heritage of India (Mumbai – Ajanta – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Delhi)
  • Gems of India (Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi)
  • The Indian Panorama (Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur – Sikri – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi)
  • Indian Splendour (Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Balasinor – Mumbai)
  • Treasures of India (Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi)
  • Southern Jewels (Trivandrum – Chettinad – Mahabalipuram – Mysore – Hampi – Goa – Mumbai)
  • Southern Splendour (Mumbai – Goa – Hampi – Mysore – Cochin – Kumarakom – Trivandrum)

When to take a tour?

Maharajas’ Express runs from October to April and plies on 7 routes as highlighted above.

2. Palace on Wheels
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Does the name put you in a dream of legit traveling in a royal palace? This luxury train journey in India is going to make this dream come true. The moment you pack your bags and become a part of the Palace on Wheels journey, you get to peek through the Northern gems of India. The 14 coaches of this train are named after Rajasthan’s princely states. Planning a luxurious trip to Rajasthan cannot be any better than traveling on Palace on Wheels and reveling in its great comfort.

As for the facilities filled in the journey, one can revel in The Saloon, two world-class restaurants ‘The Maharaja’ and ‘The Maharani’. The Bar, spa, souvenir shop, sitting lounge, are some more facilities dotted on the Palace on Wheels.

Cabin facilities:

After talking a lot about the Palace on Wheels as a whole, you would like to know what the cabins have in store for you. Private wardrobes, piped music, night lights, attached bathroom, and reading lights are some of the major features.

Train itinerary: Delhi – Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi

Key attractions covered by this train are:

  • Delhi – India Gate, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb
  • Jaipur – Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar
  • Sawai Madhopur & Chittorgarh – Ranthambore National Park, Chittorgarh Fort
  • Udaipur – Jag Niwas, Lake Pichola
  • Jaisalmer – Yellow Sandstone Fort, ancient mansions
  • Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort, grand palaces, shopping tour in Jodhpur
  • Bharatpur – Keoladeo Ghana National Park
  • Agra – Fatehpur-Sikri, the Taj Mahal

When to take a tour?

Palace on Wheels is in full swing from September to April.

3. The Deccan Odyssey
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If someone gave you a chance to experience the Western Ghats on a train, would you take it? I think you surely would. The Deccan Odyssey, one of the most loved Indian luxury trains offers 6 routes to its travelers all of which span over 7 Nights and 8 Days. As you step in this train stretching over 21 coaches and adorned with the shades of blue, you will be treated with 2 restaurants, bar, spa, souvenir shop, conference car and more.

Cabin facilities:

The air conditioned cabins are packed with facilities like attached bathroom, telephone, personal safe and an attendant to take care at all times.

Choose from the below mentioned six options available and embark on sojourn of a lifetime.

Train itineraries:

  • Maharashtra Splendor (Mumbai – Nasik – Ellora Cave – Ajanta Caves – Kolhapur – Goa – Ratnagiri – Mumbai)
  • Indian Odyssey (Delhi – Sawai Madhopur – Agra – Jaipur – Udaipur – Vadodara – Ellora Caves – Mumbai)
  • Hidden Treasures of Gujarat (Mumbai – Vadodara – Palitana – Sasan Gir – Somnath – Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera – Patan – Nashik – Mumbai)
  • Indian Sojourn (Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Delhi)
  • Jewels of the Deccan (Mumbai – Bijapur – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hampi – Hyderabad – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Mumbai)
  • Maharashtra Wild Trail (Mumbai – Aurangabad – Ramtek – Tadoba – Ajanta – Nashik – Mumbai)

When to take a tour?

The Deccan Odyssey operates from October to April.

4. Golden Chariot
Image Credit: www.the-golden-chariot.com

Do you have a soft corner for South India? Then, Golden Chariot the 2013 ‘Asia’s Leading Luxury Train’ award winner is the perfect royal journey for you. Picking all the popular and offbeat destinations of South India, this train calls in guests for a tour of 7 Nights and 8 Days. The classic interiors and the perfect essence of South India will make you realize why it is one of the best luxury trains in India.

The train in its 11 coaches named after the dynasties that ruled the region brings together every luxury possible for its guests. Multi-cuisine restaurants, a lounge, car, and a spa are the major highlights of Golden Chariot.

Cabin facilities:

When you choose from the 44 air-conditioned cabins of Golden Chariot, you choose facilities like wardrobe, LCD television, and attached bathroom. Writing desk, DVD players are some other facilities on the list.

Train itineraries:

  • Pride of the South (Bangalore – Kabini – Mysore – Hassan – Hampi – Badami – Goa – Bangalore)
  • Southern Splendour (Bangalore – Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Madurai – Thiruvananthapuram – Alleppey – Kochi – Bangalore)
  • When to take a tour?

The Golden Chariot runs from October to March.

5. Fairy Queen Express

It was in the year 1855 that India got the World’s oldest rolling locomotive, Fairy Queen Express. Till the year 1908, the heritage train worked in all its pride until its regular operation was halted. But thanks to the Indian Railways, Fairy Queen Express was started again in 1997. The journey that covers Delhi and Alwar takes place for 1 Night and 2 Days and is popularly known for Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.

Another important thing to know is that guests get to stay overnight in a hotel at Alwar.

Train itinerary:

Delhi – Alwar – Sariska- Alwar – Delhi

Attractions at its two stoppages – Sariska and Alwar – are:

  • Sariska– Lake Palace, Sariska National Park
  • Alwar– Alwar Museum

When to take a tour?

October to March on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

Author Bio-  Akansha Negi frequently writes at India Travel Blog by Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd. She shares her passion of travel and love for various Indian destinations. If you are planning your vacations in India, browse through her write-ups.

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You have 3 days in Phuket and if it’s your first time to Phuket. You’ will be hell lot of confused after reading so many things to do in Phuket and contemplating on what to see and what to do.

Beach view in Similan islands

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and a beloved among travelers heading to South-East Asia. White sand beaches, turquoise waters, luxury resorts, relaxing spas, adventure activities, and thriving nightlife attracts more than 5 million tourists to Phuket every year to experience the beauty of this island. So, whether you’re going with friends, family or that special someone, Phuket has everything that you need on your happy vacay.

This is a glimpse of what to do in Phuket in 3 days. We have mentioned some of the frequently added attractions in Phuket that range from historical to natural, from fun-filled to the most popular. Explore more travel ideas for a perfect 3-day Phuket itinerary.

Day 1: Discover the City of Phuket.

There’s so much to Phuket than white sandy beaches and day trips to nearby islands. We suggest you to see below attractions on your Day 1.

The Upside-down house: Take some unique experience of walking on the ceiling of a quirky upside down house like a spider man and have fun in 1000sqm maze garden.

Entry fee: Adult 350 THB and Child 190 THB

If you want to take some fun experience, then check out this strange but awesome upside down house. Try some funny poses and take original and memorable pictures. Their staff is courteous to help you in taking pictures. They have dedicated videographer who would take the videos of you walking over the ceiling but that service would be chargeable.

In the territory of the park there are more entertainments for the separate price:

– A Maze Garden labyrinth;

– room escape game quest;

– tuk-tuk adventure;

– 9D virtual reality cinema.


Phuket Trick Eye Museum:
Phuket Trick Eye Museum is a fun place to take your kids or your friends a for a couple of hours of silly fun. It’s a 3D museum where you interact with giant paintings for some fun photo sessions.

This museum features more than 100 paintings with 3D illusions on 2D flat backgrounds. As you explore the museum, you will find yourself in hilarious and unreal situations with the 3D artworks.

Don’t worry, if you don’t know what you are supposed to do in front of each painting, there are photos on each wall describing what to do to maximize the effect. 

Entry fee: 500 Baht for adults, 250 Baht for children.

Visit Wat Chalong temple: Chalong Temple (Wat Chalong) is the largest of Phuket’s temples, and the most visited. Wat Chalong has been extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century.

Wat Chalong temple


Poh Than Jao Wat is one of the more important Buddhist statues in Wat Chalong. Wats in general are sacred places for local people, so it is wise for the visitor to watch and emulate the way Thais behave inside temples. For example, you will see that people are careful not to stand over, or otherwise position themselves higher than any Buddha images except when pasting gold leaf to them – which in any case happens only in some wats, not in most.

Wat Chalong is well worth a visit, though if you want a quiet time, I would suggest going early morning or late afternoon, as it can be rather busy with locals and tourists alike. 

Big Buddha: 45-meter-tall white marble statue of Big Buddha is visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket. This place is probably one of the most favorite things to do in Phuket for all the travelers and why not, the views from up there are so stunning to take your breath away.

Big Buddha Entrance

This is a place of worship and respite; praying monks, dharma music and Buddhist flags all add to the ambience. Although less crowded in the morning, consider visiting at the end of the day. Watching the sunset over the water from these towering heights is an unforgettable experience.

Promthep Cape:
Go here to watch the sunset of a lifetime. The name “Promthep Cape” translates to “God’s Cape” and, for many, this is a spiritual place. The rocky hill has remarkable views at any time of the day, but come sunset it’s transformed into one of the most magical panoramas on the island.

View from Promthep cape

It is one of the most photographed location of Phuket city. With its elevated location and few small islands nearby, the Promthep Cape is certainly a nice place to see a sunset.

Phuket Night market: Become a shopping spree here with a hundred of stalls around for you to shop. The active stalls, the riot of colors, the delicious street food and an incredible collection of cheap finds and funky souvenirs make the night markets in Phuket nothing less than a shopping carnival.


Day 2: Discover the Phang Nga Bay islands.
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Phang Nga Bay is a fantastic wonder of the world and is an absolute must do while in Phuket. Sheer formations of Limestone, emerald green water, sea canoeing, sea caves and floating village of Koh Panyee will give you an unique experience of this fulfilled day trip.

Middle of the andaman sea

The easiest way to discover Phang Nga is simply to book a typical tour with your hotel. You will always have a fantastic day and you won’t have to worry about anything since all tours include transfer from and to your hotel.

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