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Dubai is glittering with luxury high rises, gold souks, luxury malls, diversity, and many famous art-galleries. But not only art-galleries, exhibitions, festivals are popping in Dubai city but Dubai Municipality is gearing with many colorful themes to paint the town in vibrant hues. They are now focusing on creating permanent colorful murals on buildings, corners, under the bridges, staircases, public places, parking areas which makes Dubai more interesting.  These permanent colorful artforms comprise of traditional & cultural art, contemporary art, geometric & 3D art, and even sculptures too.  So now whenever in future you are visiting Dubai then look out for vibrant art forms on some walls or corners.  I bet, you will find a perfect Instagrammable spot with these art forms.  Read this post for Guide to Dubai Street art with some of my favorite locations. 

Top Places to see Dubai Street Art | Guide to Dubai Street Art LOCATION – JBR WALK | Street Art Dubai

GIRAFFES POPPING OUT AROUND YOU – When you descend the staircase from Sadaf(Jumeirah Beach Residences) to JBR The Walk then suddenly you will encounter two huge giraffes popping out and you will feel like standing in a zoo or national park.  Children and even adults love to take funny shots with them like feeding them or patting them. They look very realistic.

PERSIAN GEOMETRIC ART – An Islamic art pattern with vibrant turquoise color shades lies in the hidden street just behind the most popular JBR The walk. It lies behind the Bahar Block near round-about of Roxy Cinemas.

A SEA OF HORSES – It is located on the huge movie styled or palatial styled staircase descending from Rimal (JBR) to JBR the Walk.  You will see colorful horses galloping an ocean which represents Dubai’s famous Horse race held every year by the Dubai World Cup.

Have photo sessions with colorful background

VIEW FROM SUBMARINE – As the stretch of JBR Walk is on the beach this theme very well co-ordinates with the surroundings.

TWO DOLLS – Located on the staircase of Bahar block. Children love to take pictures with them and from some angles, they appear to be 3D also.

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La Petite France WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM PARIS | WEEKEND TRIPS FROM PARIS

Paris, France is one of the most romantic cities in the world is also one of the most visited cities on earth.  Not only Paris mesmerizes you but its neighborhoods are also worth visiting.  Paris trip is incomplete without doing some of the unique day trips to nearby towns.  There are many unique day trips from Paris or you can say weekend getaway from Paris comprising of wonderful castles, enchanting gardens, majestic fortified towns, beautiful countryside towns, art-museums, lovely gardens and all at 1 to 3 hours drive from Paris. In this article, I and my friends will take you to Wonderful Day trips from Paris.   

Best Day trips from Paris | Weekend Trips from Paris | Unique day trips from Paris Place Kleber CHATEAU DE CHENONCEAU BY VANESSA From Wanderlust Crew | Best Day Trips from Paris Chenonceau chateau

As much as I love Paris, I have been many times, and sometimes a break from the city is a necessity, especially if you’re visiting Paris with kids! We love to explore the outskirts of the city and visit as many castles as we possibly can! What better place to see castles than in France and what better location to see them than in the Loire Valley, which is known as the Garden of France due to its lush abundance of fruit orchards and vineyards.

Our favorite castle in the Loire Valley is Chateau de Chenonceau, whose iconic bridged gallery spans the river Cher. This ancient castle was first mentioned in the 1100s and has been expanded and remodeled several times over the last 900 years. The interior of the chateau is truly spectacular. You can wander through rooms once inhabited by French royalty like Diane de Poitier and Catherine de’ Medici. This castle was mainly ruled by women and the touches on the inside show that with the first spiral staircase ever recorded, a feminine decor and incredible floral arrangements spread throughout! You can even take a flower arranging workshop on the grounds of the chateau.  Chateau de Chenonceau has a fascinating history during the Second World War as well. The river Cher divided Nazi-occupied France and the Free Zone, so the castle gallery built on a bridge was often a means of escape! The gallery was also used as a hospital during the war.

The exterior and gardens of Chenonceau are just as beautiful as the interior, with verdant flower and vegetable gardens, and an ancient hedge maze to get lost in. Kids will enjoy the children’s playground and the gourmet l’Orangerie Restaurant next door is a delicious treat.No visit to Paris is complete without a day trip to at least one castle and nothing is more delightful than Chenonceau

HOW TO REACH – Chateau de Chenonceau can be easily reached from Paris in 2-3 hours by car or train. The train stops almost directly in front of the castle, so it makes for an easy day trip!

OR Click here to book your full day tour to Loire Valley from Paris in advance.

Click here to purchase Chenonceau Castle Admission Ticket in advance.

ROUEN BY BRADLEY WILLIAMS From Dream Big, Travel Far | Best Day Trips from Paris

Having traveled across much of France, one of my favorite places I have so far visited has to be Rouen. This charming city is home to some of France’s quirkiest and most interesting buildings. And I’m not talking about the magnificent cathedral there which was built more than 800 years ago!

Instead, one of the things I loved most about Rouen was the quirky wooden buildings built all across the city. It’s true that you will find these sorts of buildings across all of Normandy, but it is oftentimes strange to see that they are still standing, as many seem to be incredibly slanted!

Other great things to do in Rouen include visiting the Church of St Joan of Arc, wandering through public gardens and eating in classic French cafes and restaurants. The best way to enjoy Rouen is by taking a walking tour that follows the route laid out on tourist maps which you can pick up from the tourist information center located opposite the cathedral.

HOW TO REACH – It’s a great spot for a day trip from Paris as its located only about 135 km away. If you don’t have a car, then the best way to get to Rouen from Paris is by train. It only takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and allows you to avoid much of the unbearable traffic you experience when driving in and out of the capital.

Or Book your Full day small Group tour to Rouen with skipping the line option.

AMIENS BY HELENE From Masala Herb |Best Day Trips from Paris

Amiens is a city in northern France, situated between Paris and London. The city is known for the largest cathedral in France, for the gorgeous gardens, the quaint inner city, and the real French flair. Discover the local flair, the history of this medieval city, the fascinating green side and its locals. Amiens is lively and has a lot to offer and is quite an insider tip for those travelers who seek the real soul of the region.

HOW TO REACH – If you take the national highway from Paris, you would take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The journey takes only about 1 hour by train. I totally recommend the train ride because you get to see the landscape and it’s less hassle to get around.

LUXEMBOURG City BY MEI AND KERSTIN From Travelwithmk | Best Day Trips from Paris

As someone who grew up in Luxembourg City, I can assure you that the capital of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is one of the most beautiful places in Europe, and totally worth exploring. Founded in 963, Luxembourg City has numerous historic monuments, and the entire Old City is actually classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. In the lower quarters of Luxembourg City, you can stroll through cobbled alleys and charming medieval houses. Beneath the former castle of Luxembourg, you can also explore the underground galleries dating back to the 17th century, that we call the Casemates du Bock. In the upper town of Luxembourg’s capital, there’s the Grand Duke’s palace and several museums to visit such as the MNHA, the Mudam, the Lëtzebuerg City Museum or the Villa Vauban, as well as a panoramic view to enjoy from the Adolphe Bridge built in 1900. 

If you love food, make sure to taste some local specialties in one of the Michelin-starred restaurants in the capital. Since Luxembourg City is home to several European institutions, there are over 150 different nationalities here. So there are also tons of different cuisines in the capital of Luxembourg. By the way, did you know that one-third of Luxembourg City is covered in green spaces?

HOW TO REACH – So if you’re tired of the hustle and bustle in Paris, then just jump into a TGV at the Gare de l’Est in Paris, and 2 hours later you’ll arrive in Luxembourg City’s main train station!

In Luxembourg, you can book your Hop-on Hop-Off tours to go around this wonderful city. 

ETRETAT BY VARSHA KULKARNI From Varshas Travel 360 | Best Day Trips from Paris

Have you heard of chalky cliffs of Davor in the UK? Ever wished to visit there? No problem, you can easily visit while in Paris. Etretat is a small coastal town in Normandy which has similar chalky cliffs and you can visit there as a day trip from Paris.

HOW TO REACH – Etretat is about 2.5 to 3 hours from Paris by car, so you should start early. Roads are nice and will be mostly empty as no one knows about this place. (But now you know!). There is plenty of paid parking near the beach. On both sides, you will see steep rising cliffs with narrow winding hiking routes going up. Take this trail and please, stay on it. The cliffs are extremely dangerous and tallest in this region. There are signs everywhere warning about not to leave the marked route. You can go as far as you wish along the cliffs admiring white steep cliffs going deep up to the turquoise waters below. During low tides, one can walk along the beach looking up the cliffs. On this route, you can walk under the iconic arches which are otherwise only looked upon from the trail above. Make sure to check the tidal timetable and..

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South India’s Artwork – Tanjore styled gold plated work

Art Exhibition or Art Display on International Airport sounds something unique and interesting. But what a great way to experience art and culture tour on Airport while waiting for next flight or during entering or exiting the airport.  Art and culture tour always depict the glorious past and present of a particular country and therefore JayaHe GVK museum at Mumbai International Airport showcases India at one place.  In India, we celebrate each passage of time, in travel and there are many rituals associated with it from ancient times to the modern era. This art museum takes you the special colorful journey to multiple eras of India.  Let’s go for JayaHe GVK Museum Art Tour at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Art installations at Mumbai International Airport

This art tour on Mumbai International Airport shows the cultural diversity of India.  Display of all regions or states are unique in many ways and so are their art forms. In this museum, you can see a beautiful amalgamation of all diverse cultures under one roof.  The massive display of art forms in various media is installed on walls, panels hanging from roofs, pillars and many center points. 

You can see around 5500 artifacts from 1000’s of artisans which are spread across a span of 3.2 ms.

India’s glorious culture is reflected in many layered themes – JayaHe GVK New Museum Art Tour at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport 

INDIA GREETS – You can ancient facades, doors, windows with many balconies crafted in traditional Gujarati and Rajasthani style. 

THRESHOLDS OF INDIA – Depicting India’s plural Cultural legacy, immense sculptural works on walls and living traditions.

LAYERED NARRATIVES – Depicting the Urbanism of this great city Mumbai. The artifacts are arranged in a layered format to show changing or evolution of daily lifestyle from Mumbai. It is like unfolding pages by pages. 

CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY – Most of the artifacts are made from e-waste by modern era artists.

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Jumeirah Beach Residences, JBR – Dubai

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is full of incredible cities and towns, and more and more people are making their way along the Persian Gulf to see these for themselves every single year. Nowadays, Dubai is one of the most recognizable cities within this country, and it’s safe to say that Dubai should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you’re not already convinced, here are five reasons to visit Dubai in 2019.

Have your favorite drink with superb views at Anar 5 reasons to visit Dubai in 2019 – You can experience the buzz of city life

Dubai may be in the middle of the desert, but this city has expanded at a remarkable rate. Over the course of just a few decades, skyscrapers and resorts have popped up from the sand and created a bustling city that is full of people, places, and attractions. Because of this, Dubai is alive with a buzz that you just can’t find anywhere else. In short, you won’t regret it.

Skyline of Dubai City 5 reasons to visit Dubai in 2019 –  You can see the desert in all of its glory

According to The Secret Traveller blog at 1Cover, one of the best ways to see the world is to avoid traditional accommodation. So, why don’t you stay in a tent in the middle of the desert? Outside the city of Dubai is a huge expanse of sand and dunes that are just waiting to be explored. You can ride a camel, you can check out the stars, or you could even give sandboarding a go.

5 reasons to visit Dubai in 2019 – You can check out the incredible food

Dubai is often known as foodie’s paradise as you can see many diverse cuisines offered from mostly all parts of the world because so many people have made their way to Dubai from around the world. The food here is a combination of everything, which makes it even more delicious. If you don’t know where to go for food in Dubai, JBR The Walk will never let you down.

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Armenia a Caucasus country which lies on the crossroads of Europe and Asia has a wonderful history dating back to 3000 years approximately. It is said to be one of the oldest Christian nation and houses world famous heritage sites, old monasteries, rich folklore traditions.  Not only Armenia is famous for heritage architectures but it boasts of stunning landscapes of hilltops, valleys, woods, lakes, and meadows. In the post, many of my friends will take you to Best day trips from Yerevan Armenia. So let’s check Beautiful Things to do in Armenia.

BEST DAY TRIPS FROM YEREVAN ARMENIA | THINGS TO DO IN ARMENIA

 TATEV MONASTERY by Nikki & Michelle – Cheeky Passports 

Tatev Monastery is easily one of the most iconic and recognizable monasteries in Armenia, being located on a hilltop with a spectacular view of the valley below. The monastery was constructed in the 9th century but gained its due importance in the 14th and 15th centuries when it was home to the University of Tatev, one of the most important medieval universities.

One can reach Tatev Monastery via a winding narrow cliff road, however a more dramatic way in which to access it, is to use the Wings of Tatev, a cable car leaving from the village of Halidzor up to Tatev Monastery, which holds the record for longest non-stop double track cable car in the Guinness World Records. The ride across a deep canyon is a riveting experience, but not for those who fear heights!

Tatev Monastery is about 3-4 hours away from Yerevan and can be reached via private/hired car or by joining a tour. You can also get a marshrutka from Yerevan to the town of Goris located close by, followed by a private taxi to Halidzor or Tatev.

Goris town is a good base from where to explore Tatev Monastery and the surrounding area. The town, which is located in a valley, is home to some hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants, and is surrounded by mountains which can be hiked.

We recommend stopping by Devil’s Bridge on the way to Tatev Monastery. From here you can hike down to and swim in some wonderfully refreshing pools of water, hidden in a deep gorge! 

Click here to book your Day tour to Tatev Monastery.

GARNI TEMPLE By Louiela from Beyond Chasing Dreams.

Garni Temple is one of the top tourist destinations in Armenia. Garni is a symbol of paganism of pre-Christian era. It is also known as the temple of the Sun god, Mihr.  Located on a cliff, overlooking the Azat River and with a beautiful backdrop of Gegham Mountains, the Greco-Roman structure which built mainly by masonry makes Garni more interesting to visit. 

Garni Temple is already popular, however, there’s one more thing to see in this place. Just below the temple lies the incredible Symphony of Stones. For nature lovers and who love a short-trek, hiking down alongside the Azat River will lead to this beautiful artwork of nature. The Symphony of Stones is natural rock formation with regular hexagonal shapes.

Exploring Garni as DIY which is around 28 km from Yerevan is a bit difficult as we had a problem with communication. With the help of the receptionist from the hostel where we stayed, she wrote on a piece of paper the instructions and directions going to Garni. And with this, we were able to ask directions from the locals we met by showing what’s written on the paper. Knowing basic Russian words will also help with communication.

We did some hitchhiking also while exploring nearby places from Yerevan. The easiest way is to join a guided day tour.

Book your guided tour to Garni Temple by clicking here.

BEST DAY TRIPS FROM YEREVAN ARMENIA  | LAKE SEVAN BY ELLIS VEEN            FROM BACKPACKADVENTURES 

Armenia’s monasteries have some of the most stunning locations. One of the most beautiful settings is the Sevan monastery at Lake Sevan. The lake itself is enough reason to visit this area of Armenia.  The deep blue waters are surrounded by the green hills of Armenia and offer plenty of hiking opportunities that offer magnificent views.

Another reason to visit Sevan is the old monastery on a peninsula that stretches into Lake Sevan. In fact, it used to be an island, but under Stalin’s rule the lake was artificially drained and water levels dropped. Still, the monastery is the best place to watch the ever-changing colors of the lake. The monastery played a crucial role in the battle between the Arabs and the Armenians when local monks helped the Armenian forces gain victory.

There are frequent minivans between Yerevan and the town Sevan. It is an easy day trip from Armenia’s capital, but the area is best appreciated with an overnight stay to see the sunset and rise above the lake. The town of Sevan has some hotels and restaurants and is also the place where you can organize boat trips on the lake or make the short hike up the hill to the monastery. 

Click here to Book your Day tour to Lake Sevan

BEST DAY TRIPS FROM YEREVAN ARMENIA | KHOR VIRAP BY CAMPBELL AND ALYA FROM STINGYNOMADS

The Khor Virap is an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat valley and is the most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia. Khor Virap is Armenian for “deep dungeon” and held the man who would become Saint Gregory the Illuminator, captive in a pit for 13 years before he helped turn the country into the first Christian nation in the world. There have been many architectural changes to the monastery over a couple of centuries, but you can still visit the pit where Saint Gregory was incarcerated by climbing 200ft down a ladder into a clammy dungeon.  It is still an important holy site of the Armenian Apostolic Church where weddings and baptisms are performed. This monastery is a great viewpoint for Mount Ararat where Noah is said to have stranded The Ark. The Khor Virap is located near the border with Turkey, to reach it from Yerevan catch a marshrutka at 11 AM from behind Yerevan’s main train station; it is about a 45min journey. The marshrutkas will leave when they are full and have no set times. To get back to Yerevan take a marshrutka or a taxi, hitchhiking is also quite common and safe.

Click here to book your day tour to Khor Virap.

Hope you enjoyed all these best day trips from Yerevan Armenia and would love to hear from you which day trip one is your favorite one.

Where to stay in Yerevan | Things to do in Armenia

As many people suggested to make a base in Yerevan and do day trips from there then click below for recommended hotel stays in Yerevan by Booking .com.

LUXURY STAYS – 

ARMENIA MARRIOTT YEREVAN HOTEL.

GRAND HOTEL YEREVAN.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL YEREVAN

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON CITY CENTER YEREVAN

APARTMENT STAYS 

BONA FIDE APARTMENT

HOME ELITE DELUXE (NR. REPUBLIC SQUARE)

M & N APARTMENTS

Note- This is a guest collab post, so if you have any queries regarding these Day trips from Yerevan, Armenia then you can always check more with them.

Related reads:- If you are visiting Armenia with Georgia  then read these useful guides for Georgia

So, until then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

DISCLAIMER – The content of the blog is solely my views of a place or a thing. This is not to offend any class, religion, ethnicity or nation. My views can change from time to time. This blog may contain some advertisements or links to commercial products and for..

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#WOWJBR

JBR, The Walk is one of the most popular stretch parallel running to The Beach for outdoor dining and Entertainment in Dubai. You will find cuisines from all over the world and some of them are Michelin star restaurants. Interesting restaurants, cafes, Pubs, Bars, Beach shacks and entertainment zones are scattered all over the open promenade of JBR, The Walk and The Beach. You can get the view of The Beach or the view of lively streets with some quirky shops and entertainment. You can decide which type of view enchants you the more. In this article, I am presenting with the mini-Guide to Best Restaurants in JBR The WALK DUBAI. Though I have not eaten in all so, the list is as per my experience.

Jumeirah Beach Residences, JBR – Dubai Best Restaurants in JBR The WALK DUBAI | WHERE TO EAT IN JBR, THE WALK & THE BEACH, DUBAI

EL CHICO – Authentic Mexican food on your plate with many innovations. El Chico a story which started in 1926 when a mother with the help of 12 children opened this small restaurant and became popular from 1940 onwards. Now it has 75 restaurants at 25 locations all over the world. But they have maintained the same Mexican flavors. Go for this historical Mexican food at El Chico.

CUISINE TYPE – Mexican (Casual Dining)

LOCATION – Rimal 1 (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 600500002

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – 245 AED

WHY EL CHICO – Quirky colorful Mexican style of interiors and also have outdoor seating option with lively views of the street. Also, Mexican flavors are awesome.

BLAZE BURGERS  – Burger means fast food but this joint especially boasts of crafting the burger in many innovations and are served fresh to your table. Established first in Bahrain during 2011 this joint has opened up another branch at JBR, Dubai. Also, the graffiti art inside the restaurant is worth watching out with some humorous messages.

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Relaxed Seating arrangements of Oman Air Business Class It is the time to Fly in Luxury or you can say Luxury in Your Pocket with Oman Air Business Class

Mostly I travel with popularly known airlines but when I was booking my tickets this time to India for the annual family get together, I came across Oman Air Business Class deals. This deal was much affordable and within my travel budget and therefore I grabbed the deal without any delay.  Presenting you my candid review of Oman Air Business Class Fly with Style …. Luxury within your reach……

Review Of OMAN AIR Business Class FLY WITH STYLE

I generally classify Air travel and rate them according to four categories –

Comfort

Food

Entertainment

& Services

Say Cheers to Blue Skies and New Horizons

Based on these 4 categories I have presenting my reviews. As I have booked to and fro both from Oman Air Business class from Dubai to India, I boarded 4 flights in total and so able to get more exposure to this flight services.

Let’s begin with CHECK-IN – There is a special carpeted check-in section for Business Class Passengers at Oman Air terminals. Check-in was smooth and without any hassles. If you are traveling by Business Class by Oman Air, you get baggage allowance of 50kg (60 kg for Frequent Flyers) and also Priority Baggage tag.  I did Online Check-in before 48 hours online and for me, it was very quick and just a kind of baggage drop off.

LOUNGE ACCESS – After baggage drop off and all Security Clearance, you are entitled to Luxurious Business Lounge on all airports through which I took the flights.  As Oman Air is national airline of Oman, Muscat has the grandest and most luxury lounges. While going to India, I spent a couple of hours at AHLAN LOUNGE, Dubai International Airport and then at Muscat International airport for short layover.  While returning back from Hyderabad, I got Lounge access at Plaza Premium Lounge on Hyderabad International Airport and again lounge access at Muscat Airport. All Lounges serves with Continental as well as Traditional Food, Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic drinks and have fully equipped Nap rooms, Study Tables, Couches, Recliners, Bar, etc.

BOARDING – Boarding was on time and Priority Boarding is given to Business Class Passengers accompanied by their Home staff.   Soon after Boarding, cabin crew/flight attendant comes to give you hot/cold towels to freshen you up. Then welcome drink is offered with a choice of daily newspapers from all over the world.  After that, you will be welcomed by Omani Coffee and dates.  Soon after that, a Food Menu and Beverage menu is offered with many a’ la carte choices.

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The ambiance of RAW the Restrobar by Chef AJ

A quirky themed with unique food options is now attracting foodies and has become the major hotspot in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (India).  RAW the Restrobar is the idea of Chef AJ to innovate and experiment Indian and continental food with unique combinations and presentations.  Chef AJ has previous experience with luxury hotels like Taj Hotels, JW Marriot and Courtyard Marriott – Bhopal and he has now come up with his own restaurant which offers signature dishes by him. Let’s go for Quirky Dining at RAW The Restrobar by Chef AJ in the biggest mall of Madhya Pradesh (India) at Bhopal.

The entrance of Raw the Restrobar Let’s take an overview of RAW The Restrobar by Chef AJ, Bhopal

RAW Restrobar has a quirky menu with rustic flavors of many places from India, the Far East, and Italian. The unique fusion of Indian and foreign foods make it a perfect choice to dine in Bhopal. A perfect combination of home flavors with a blend of western flavors and on top of it, they are served in a very interesting concept to your tables. Now I am taking you to a virtual tour of RAW the Restrobar by Chef AJ with many flavors all around the world at one table.

Interiors of Raw the Restrobar AMBIANCE / DÉCOR OF RAW The Restrobar by Chef AJ, Bhopal

As the name of this restaurant is RAW and so is the interiors. Wooden walls with unique ceiling lamps hung by ropes, bold colored couches make this place an Instragrammable spot.  Raw wooden furniture, brick walls with chandeliers made up of vehicle registration plates makes this place a quirky and unique in Bhopal. There are many types of seating arrangements like high dining – bar styled, couches, Lounge styled sofas and regular wooden dining tables. All seating arrangements have peculiarities and innovative decorations. You can choose your dining style according to your mood and group style.

High chairs with wooden and brick walls Sofa styled seating with colorful furnishings and paintings for sale

One of the walls is adorned with quirky kitchen items like wooden spatulas, aprons, tongs, frying pans, and other necessities. 

Interiors of the restaurant with kitchenware on walls

This Restrobar also has a big open bar with bartender making your drinks time extra special. Lots of options and innovations can also be seen in Mojitos, alcoholic drinks, and Fruit juices too.

Bar with funky music beats

You can also select your seating near the big window which has a view of busiest crossroads of Bhopal. Even you can select a cozy lighted area with soft lights or bright area with ample sunlight and many lights. This restaurant has a special lighting ing arrangement all over the restaurant.

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KHINALUG

Azerbaijan an exotic travel destination is located in Caucasus region and is popularly known as “Land of Fire”.  It is located in Eastern Europe and western Asia and therefore you will find a cultural amalgamation of Asian and European cultures.  Located on the Caspian Sea, you will find subtropical sea resorts too, with many varieties of hillside towns in Caucasus mountains, ancient mosques and minarets, impressive modern architectures, flaming mountain, mud volcano and much more wonderful and interesting places. I have compiled a list of Interesting Places to Visit in Azerbaijan for planning your trip with many tips, suggestions, hotel stays recommendations, itineraries from my fellow travel bloggers who have traveled all around the world. 

Recommendations for Interesting Places to Visit in Azerbaijan by Experienced Travel Bloggers.

BAKU by Megan Starr | Interesting Places to Visit in Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan is the capital city of the country in the Caucasus and its most economically important city.  Located right on the Caspian Sea, Baku is a mixture of Soviet modernism combined with a new flair.  It truly is one of the most unique cities in its region and more and more people are beginning to discover all it has to offer now that the Azerbaijan visa regime has simplified for several countries.  

BAKU

There are a plethora of things to do in Baku, including visiting the Old Town, hanging out around Fountain Square, walking the Caspian Sea promenade, or checking out the marvelous, modern buildings that dot the city’s skyline.  The city is relatively clean in the city center and delicious smells fill the air, satiating all senses.  There are several restaurants where you can find hearty Azerbaijani fare, including a couple of my favorites- Nargiz, Muzey Shirvanshah, and Nakhchivan.  The menus are extensive and offer an array of food that showcases Azerbaijan’s rich culinary scene.  Produce is also exceptional in Azerbaijan and you will have a chance to see this front and center in Baku.  Read more about the visit to Baku. 

MARDAKAN  by Ellis Veen | Interesting Places to Visit in Azerbaijan

MARDAKAN FORTRESS

Azerbaijan was one of my favorite countries I visited last year. Even though Azerbaijan itself is an off the beaten path destination it is full of secret gems that very few people know about. One of them is the little city of Mardakan. It is one of the oldest villages in the Absheron peninsula with an old castle from the 13th century. The castle is a bit hard to find, but locals are glad to tell you where it is. They see few tourists coming their way, so people are extremely friendly and curious.

Another reason to visit Mardakan is to visit the Mir Movsun Agha shrine and the Hassan pir shrine. At the Hassan pir shrine people come to have bottles smashed above their head to cure anxiety and the Mir Movsun Agha shrine is believed to cure any disease for those who are sincere in their wishes. Both are active places of worship that give an interesting look into Azerbaijani culture.

Mardakan is easy to visit and makes a perfect half-day trip from Baku. There are frequent public buses to Mardakan taking 45 minutes. It is a nice place to wander a bit around for an hour or two. There are not many restaurants so it is best to bring some snacks with you. You can also combine this trip easily with a visit to the fire temple in Suratxani.   Read more about Mardakan and nearby areas

KHINALUG by Kamila | Interesting Places to Visit in Azerbaijan

KHINALUG

Khinalug, the ancient village located up in the Caucasus mountains, is the must when visiting Azerbaijan. With the elevation of 2350 meters above sea level, it is often considered the highest located village in Europe. Due to the altitude, the place is rather isolated and the local community of around 2 thousand people speaks their own language – Khinalug, they are also known for their unique customs and traditional way of living. The architecture of the village is rather distinctive too – the cobblestone houses are glued to the hills, looking like they are built one on top of another. But the main reason to visit Khinalug is the breathtaking scenery around. The journey to the village is already the adventure itself as the road is in a terrible condition (you can expect to remove big rocks from in front of the car), twisting and turning, going up and down but with amazing scenery all over the way. Unfortunately getting to Khinalug isn’t so easy. If you’re limited in time you can go for the organized tour from Baku – they take around 12 hours as it’s a long way to the mountains. The other option is to go to Quba first (a city located north from Baku, easily reachable by public transport) and there you shouldn’t have problems with finding 4WD that would take you to Khinalug. You can stay overnight in the village too and go for numerous hikes around in the Caucasus. 

SHEKI by Emily Lush | Interesting Places to Visit in Azerbaijan

Located in the country’s northwest, around 300 km from Baku towards the border with Georgia, Sheki (Şəki) is my favorite place in Azerbaijan. Once a stop on the famous Silk Road trading route that connected east and west, Sheki is a town of caravanserais, silk factories, ornate palaces, and pretty cobbled streets.

SHEKI

Of all the things to do in Sheki, the Palace of the Sheki Khans tops the list. Built-in 1797 as a summer residence for the Caucasian khanate, it’s an incredible example of craftsmanship. Wall-to-ceiling miniatures, mirrored roofs, and shebeki—a special kind of stained glass found only in Sheki—have all been meticulously restored, earning the complex a coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination. Another must-do is the equally impressive but lesser-known Sheki Khans Winter Palace. Tucked away in a residential area, it was only recently re-discovered after years of abandonment.

Sheki’s Silk Road legacy is a big part of the town’s charm. A few stone caravanserais (trader’s inns) remain. The Sheki Karvansaray Hotel is housed in a converted caravanserai, complete with original stone arches, cozy sleeping chambers, and a gorgeous internal courtyard. The Sheki Silk Factory still uses its original Soviet-era machinery and has a small gift boutique attached.

Another highlight of Sheki is the cuisine. Piti, an aromatic meat stew eaten with bread, is a traditional Azeri dish that’s served at most restaurants in town. Piti House and Restaurant Gargarin both do an excellent rendition. Depending on your preference, cap off a meal with a cocktail at Buta Bar—an uber-trendy lounge located in the lobby of the Sheki Saray Hotel—or head to the local market to purchase a slab of Sheki halva (halvasi), a syrup-drenched sweet treat.

To get to Sheki from Baku, take a marshrutka from the main bus station (4-5 hours’ travel time; approximately 7 AZN per person).

GANJA by Stephanie Craig | Interesting Places to Visit in Azerbaijan

GANJA

Ganja is Azerbaijan’s second largest city, but it often gets skipped by people traveling Azerbaijan in favor of more touristy locations. However, this is a shame since it’s an awesome city with some of the country’s most important historic sites nearby. Just a four-hour bus ride from Baku, Ganja is a very different city from the capital. 

Highlights in the city include visits to Heydar Aliev Square, the Juma Mosque, and the folk art Bottle House. Great day trips include the Imamzadeh pilgrimage site and the mountainside Lake Goygol. One of my favorite hidden gems in Ganja is the Armenian Orthodox Church of Alexander Nevsky. Just make sure to bring a headscarf, ladies, if you want to go inside. I didn’t realize I needed one, and I got kicked out after a few minutes. 

For a real bit of Soviet nostalgia, book a stay at the Ganja Hotel. This was the old Soviet hotel in Ganja when Azerbaijan was part of the USSR. Between the building’s Soviet classical architecture and the look of the lobby, it’s easy to tell the place is connected to the Soviet Union.

You can easily get to and from Ganja from either Baku or Sheki, making this a great stop on any Azerbaijan itinerary.

Baku has many worthy places to stay, but if you’re on a budget, don’t look past Sahil Hostel near the promenade and city center.  It is an exceptionally clean place to crash for the night and the staff and owners are lovely.   

NAKHCHIVAN by Allison Green | Interesting Places to Visit in Azerbaijan

NAKHCHIVAN

If you’re looking for an interesting and off the beaten path destination in Azerbaijan you should consider visiting the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan. This part of Azerbaijan is geographically distinct from the rest of the country as it is an exclave that doesn’t share any land borders with the rest of Azerbaijan. The only way to get there without leaving Azerbaijan is to fly from Baku, which is considered a domestic flight. Nakhchivan is separated from Azerbaijan by Armenia, with whom the border is closed, which is why you can only fly. That said, traveling Nakhchivan is definitely worth the effort

The main sights in Nakhchivan are the Islamic funerary mausoleums in the country. Momina Khan is the most known but in my opinion, the Qarabaglar mausoleum is the most beautiful. It is also a burgeoning wellness destination. Mount Duzdag is made of salt and the salt sanatorium there is excellent for healing chronic respiratory problems. There is also the beautiful Lake Batabat located near the Armenian border. You can stay at the 4* hotel in town, Hotel Tebriz, or you can look for a budget homestay. 

To get around Nakhchivan, it is best to hire a driver for the day. Gas prices are low, and as a result, you can hire a taxi for the day for around for about $80-90 USD. I recommend trying the local soups like dushbara and dovgha which are delicious and full of flavor. The best meal I had in Nakhchivan was at Batabat Restaurant near Lake Batabat but the food at Hotel Tabriz is also quite nice. 

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Why Dubai – Dubai is luxury and very popular emirate of United Arab Emirates(UAE), This city is full of Superlatives, as  you will find the world’s tallest building, the most glittering gold souk(market), most luxurious hotel of the world, largest man-made island The Palm, world’s largest natural flower garden. This all makes Dubai the fastest growing city in the world. What to see in Dubai? Explore Dubai and Feel like ROYALS in DUBAI. I have earlier written about the Things to do in Dubai, and now I will present many itineraries according to different tastes and ages with many stays, partying, and where to options in this Interesting Dubai Travel Guide. 

Interesting Dubai Travel Guide

Reasons for choosing Dubai – This glittering city is perfect for Adventurers, Luxury Travelers, Family traveling, Kids & Youngsters, Honeymooners, Solo Travelers, Event Hosting, Business & Corporate Meetings, Culture Lovers, Food Lovers, Shopper’s Delight, Theme Park Lovers.

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I will be presenting various itineraries, stay options, nightlife and restaurant option classified into many categories. Choose your suitable style by reading this interesting Dubai Travel Guide. You can also purchase Dubai Unlimited Pass which allows entry to 33 attractions. Click here to book Dubai Pass.

GENERAL ITINERARY FOR DUBAI –

DAY 1 – Dubai City Tour (Half Day), After Lunch goes for Burj Khalifa, Musical Fountain show at Dubai Mall, Aquarium at Dubai Mall.  Book your tickets to Burj Khalifa Observation Deck in advance as evenings on the top of this world’s tallest building is always booked.  If the show is full then reverse the plan like go for Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall in mornings till Lunch and do Dubai City Tour in the evening.

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DAY 2 – Go for Dubai Beaches in Morning. JBR beach is the most popular tourist attraction of Dubai with many activities and eating options on the beach. You can also go for other stunning beaches of Dubai.  Lunch and Shopping at Mall of Emirates OR Visit Old Historic Al Fahidi area with some ethnic type of shopping at Al Fahidi Souk. Late Afternoon to Late night proceeds to Desert Safari.

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or Evening Sunset Desert Safari at Red Dunes, Al Khayma Camp.

Enjoy Desert Safari

DAY 3 – Visit any theme park as this wonderful city has many theme parks – Legoland, Bollywood Park, Motiongate, IMG World of Adventures, Ski Dubai, Wild Wadi Adventures and many more.  If you finish theme parks around 5:00 P.M. then go for Dubai Marina Cruise with Dinner and Live Arabic Music/Dance on a cruise. 

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