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Cherating – Offbeat Destination of Malaysia (Pic Source – Pixabay)

Cherating, a laid-back village is located along peninsular East Coast of Malaysia.  This small village is a lazy beach resort area with pristine white beaches, surrounded by coconut palms.  This village has lots of small guesthouses, wooden chalets, and small hotels and therefore Cherating is popular as Beach Resort area in Pahang. 

Cherating – A beach resort town of Malaysia (Pic Source – Pixabay)

Cherating is famous for windsurfing and is a popular spot for surfing along Pahang’s East Coast. Also, there are several beach shacks, bars which are famous for best nightlife along Pahang’s East Coast. 

Animal lovers can watch for fireflies in the night and for this special cruises are arranged to go for spotting fireflies and turtle watching.

There are many activities and special tours organized in Cherating like

  • Fireflies tours during night time
  • Turtle watching (also at night)
  • Mangrove cruise
  • ATV ride

Art lovers can register themselves for special Batik painting classes which are held by handicraft shops here in Cherating.  Batik is a special type of dyeing technique on fabrics with the help of wax and dyes.  Also, there are many varieties of art and craft classes held here.

Cherating – Perfect laid back small town of Malaysia (Pic Source – Pixabay)

How to reach Cherating –

Convenient and Easy Bus services from Kuala Lumpur.  The bus takes around 4 to 5 hours with all stops in between. You can also Rent a Car to reach here within 4 hours. 

Nearest International Airport – Kuala Lumpur and then you can connect to the national airport which Kuantan Airport. 

Transportation in Cherating – Rent a Bike or by foot. Cherating is a small village and so you don’t need to the vehicle for commuting around.  Ask your stay or resort owner to arrange for bikes.

STAY – Try to stay closer to the beach and close to city’s main attraction like Residence Inn Cherating   Look for the best Cherating hotels options.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS OF CHERATING – Go to South-west of Cherating for Natural cave-rock formations.  There is a huge statue of reclining Buddha near Panching cave also. 

FOOD OPTIONS – As Cherating is a beach village then you get lots of variety in seafood with many rice dishes according to Malay style.

CURRENCY OF MALAYSIA – Malaysian Ringgit

Suitable time to go Cherating – November & December for Windsurfing,  April end to August end is best as it is warm and sunny throughout.  September to December is slightly rough weather with lots of rain and strong winds. 

Cherating – peaceful and Relaxed place (Pic. Source – Pixabay)

So, till 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 that, this site is not responsible after you click those advertisements.  We are the independent owner of this site and views expressed in this are our own. All photographs are owned by me.  There can be slight differences in distances, locations or some details for which I (owner) am not responsible.  This post may contain some affiliate links, means at no additional cost to you.  I will earn if you will click through affiliates and make a purchase

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Explore Adventure, Yoga and Wellness Tourism in India – INCREDIBLE INDIA Incredible India

Being A Travel Blogger, recently I attended ATM 2018 held from 22 – 25th April 2018 in Dubai.  I got a chance to attend Incredible India’s official pavilion and some seminars of them.  More than 20 participants from India represented travel trade, diverse heritage, nature, culture and wellness tourism.  This year India’s theme to promote its tourism in ATM 2018, was “Adventure, Yoga and Wellness Tourism.” 

Incredible India highlighted the medical, wellness and adventure tourism in India.  Not many people know about this fact, that there is a significant increase in the percentage of Foreign tourists arriving for Medical treatment over the years and it is growing more rapidly since 2000.  Now India has become an important hub for Medical Tourism due to several factors like world-class hospitals with the latest technology, highly skilled doctors and paramedic staff, cost-effective medical treatment.  There are not only medical treatments for which India is known for but it is also known for holistic treatments which include Yoga and Ayurveda in combination with medical science. 

Check this video for Medical Tourism in India ……..

India is a land of Yoga and it is the way of life for centuries. In ancient times, sages and saints used to practice YOGA in serene mountains or by the side of wild rivers.  Therefore the thousands of year old practice of YOGA & PANCHAKARMA which helps in complete rejuvenation of body, mind, and soul is promoted by Indian Tourism.

India - Land of Yoga

Also, Ministry of Indian Tourism has declared 2018 as the year if ADVENTURE TOURISM in India. There are various adventurous options available in India due to drastic Himalayan landscapes in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim,  Arunachal Pradesh, high current rivers perfect for white water rafting and other mountainous activities.  Also water sports like Scuba Diving, Kayaking and Canoeing are rising through vast coasts of Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep, and Andaman – Nicobar islands. 

Incredible India

As a travel blogger, I was invited to this event and seminar held by Incredible India (official tourism board) at ATM 2018 and therefore all pictures and videos are provided by Incredible India.

Glimpses of India Pavilion – ATM 2018,  Mr. Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to UAE innaugurating the India Pavilion. 

Indian Ambassador Mr. Navdeep Singh Suri ji inaugurating India Pavilion at Arabian Travel Mart 2018.

Glimpses of  Seminars and Press meets  of India tourism at ATM(Arabian Travel Market – International Travel and Tourism Fair)  2018

Note – This is not a sponsored or paid post.  I was invited by the Press Release team to showcase the new campaigns and developments on my travel blog.  Glad to be part of this new campaign and so Explore Adventure, Yoga and Wellness Tourism in India – Incredible India

In India, it is said, “अतिथि देवो भवः।”  (ATHITHI DEVO BHAVA) which translates GUESTS ARE SAME AS GOD… and so EXPLORE INCREDIBLE INDIA FOR EXCITING ADVENTURES, HOLISTIC TREATMENTS TO REJUNEVATE YOUR SOUL, BODY AND MIND. 

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 that, this site is not responsible after you click those advertisements.  We are the independent owner of this site and views expressed in this are our own. All photographs are owned by me.  There can be slight differences in distances, locations or some details for which I (owner) am not responsible.  This post may contain some affiliate links, means at no additional cost to you.  I will earn if you will click through affiliates and make a purchase

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11 Tips to avoid Jet-Lag on Long Flights for holidays

What is Jet-lag?

Jet-Lag is a flight fatigue caused due to quick traveling across various time zones.  It is a physiological condition causing disorder of circadian rhythm.  Circadian is internal biological/body clock which regulates wakefulness and sleep.  Disruption of the body clock synchronization results in JET LAG. 

Picture taken while flying over London during long flight from Dubai to New York Tips to Avoid jet-lag on Long Flights for Fun Holidays can be divided into 3 parts –

BEFORE TRAVELING

  1. Try to adjust your eating and sleeping pattern before few days of your flight. Shift your sleeping and eating habits as per the clock of destination, before 3 to 4 days of travel date. 
  2. Wear sunglasses before few hours taking flight as it helps to synchronize body clock because body clock is set by eyes detecting light.

DURING FLIGHT/TRAVELING

  1. If your flight is reaching during the night then don’t take a sleep or nap before 6 hours of reaching time (arrivals).  And do vice-versa for morning flights – like if you are reaching during day time then take a proper sleep for 5 to 6 hours before reaching the destination. 
  2. If possible then do a break or split journey for 1 or 2 days in between.
  3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol during flight. 
  4. Stay hydrated and keep yourself moisturized throughout during the flight. 
  5. Wear light, loose and comfortable clothes. 
Inside Airplane, while traveling to Shanghai

AFTER REACHING DESTINATION

     8. Upon reaching the destination, try to get out in sunlight, fresh air as sunlight                    regulates biological clock which helps your body clock in adjusting to new time zones        and surroundings.  Staying indoors after reaching your destination worsens jet lag. 

12 Tips to avoid Jet-Lag on Long Flights
  1. Take bath before going to bed
  2. Avoid short naps during the day time.
  3. Relax and don’t stress or burden yourself for 1 or 2 days. 

Have a fun filled and relaxed flight!

Read about travel planning before going for holidays, by clicking here.

Also try out for different types of stays during your holidays. Read here for tips on staying during holidays. 

Photo Taken during flying over western Ghats near Mumbai

So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

All photos are taken by me and use of photos without permission would result in legal action.

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 that, this site is not responsible after you click those advertisements.  We are the independent owner of this site and views expressed in this are our own. All photographs are owned by me.  There can be slight differences in distances, locations or some details for which I (owner) am not responsible.  This post may contain some affiliate links, means at no additional cost to you.  I will earn if you will click through affiliates and make a purchase

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Florence, the capital city of Tuscany in Italy is famous for Renaissance art, architecture, and sculpture.  Thus Florence is known as Cradle of Renaissance.  This stunningly, the romantic city attracts millions of tourists every year.  In this article, I am going to take a Quick Florence Tour – Cradle of Renaissance.  

Quick Florence Tour – Cradle of Renaissance

Florence contains numerous museums, cathedrals, bridges, monuments, art, sculptures and architectural wonders.  Florence is also famous for Tuscany gourmet, artworks from Michelangelo, handmade jewelry, leather products and world famous wine from Tuscan vineyards. 

Facts about Florence –  Forbes ranked Florence as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Also, Florence is an important fashion city and for this, it also falls under top 15 fashion capitals of the world. 

Let’s see what I have visited during my Quick Florence Tour – Cradle of renaissance

Santa Maria del Fione / Duomo / Florence Cathedral –  This domed cathedral captivates the skyline of Florence and is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world.  Florence skyline is incomplete without Duomo and it stunningly dominates the panoramic view of this city.  This majestic cathedral was constructed in the 13th century in Gothic and Renaissance style of architecture.  The dome of this cathedral is considered to be the world’s largest masonry dome.  It is famous for façade of red, green and white marble, stained glass windows, frescoes and stunning sculptures.  It also has Baptistery and Bell Tower.  Tourist queue for climbing 400-500 steps of Bell Tower to have the incredible views of Florence city.  Entry to this place is very crowded during peak seasons/ summers. 

Florence Cathedral – Duomo Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio – A medieval stoned arch bridge on river Arno have several jewelry shops.  This bridge is also famous as Lovers’ Bridge. 

Palazzo Vecchio – The 13th century Palace was town hall before and was a center of local government.  This palace has lavish courtyards and ornate chambers.  At present, it is a museum with all preserved artifacts and ancient government details. 

Palazzo Vecchio

Piazzale Michelangelo – It is located on a hill at the southern bank of Arno river. This 19th-century square/Piazza is known for having panoramic views of whole Florence city with a backdrop of the Tuscan landscape. 

Aerial view of Florence city from Plaza Michelangelo Bronze statue of david – replica of Michelangelo famous sculpture

Also, you will find the replica of David, Michelangelo’s famous sculpture on this hill-top.  It is believed that this statue safeguards the city.  Piazzale Michelangelo is dedicated to Florence’s famous artist Michelangelo.  This original marble statue of David can be seen in Galleria Dell’ Academia.  From here you can also get a clear view of Florence’s prominent landmark like Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Palazzo Vecchio.  This hill-top can be reached through the car, taxi, or bus(public transport).  Can be visited either during day or night. 

After this, I did a half day side-trip from Florence to Pisa.

Pisa is located about 85kms (50 miles) towards the west of Florence.  Pisa can be reached by trains, bus or any other tour services.  Trains run at a higher frequency from Santa Maria Novella Train station to this historic city.  Check Trenitalia official website for train timings and frequency.  Superfast and slow trains both operate and take around 1 or 1.30 hours to reach Pisa. 

After reaching Pisa station you have to take a public bus to reach North side of the river as Leaning Tower of Pisa is located there and railway station is at the southern end of the river. 

ATTRACTIONS OF PISA –

Piazza Dei Miracoli (Miracle Square)  is the most famous historic and world heritage site.  This square consists of Cathedral(Duomo),  Baptistery, The Monumental Cemetry, The Opera del Duomo Museum & Sinopie Museum and the most famous Leaning tower of Pisa. 

Leaning Tower of Pisa is the most recognizable building on earth, which is actually the bell tower of the cathedral.  This slanting/leaning tower was constructed unintentional and tilt developed due to the uneven foundation.  You can go to the top of this leaning tower by taking 294 uneven stepped staircases for having picturesque views of Pisa.  Tickets can be purchased online and onsite.  There can be a huge crowd on ticket windows during peak season. It is better to purchase online if you are going in summer. 

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Cathedral(Duomo) entry is free.  Other monuments and museums require a ticket and you can purchase combo-tickets, as it is a cost-effective option if you plan to see all. 

Pisa Cathedral

I was having only 24 hours in Florence, thus I missed visiting many museums and other attractions.  I would recommend 3 to 4 days trip to Florence, in which 2 days can be reserved for Florence city and 2/3 days for side-trips to nearby Tuscany countryside and towns.

TIPS – 

  • If you are visiting in summers then purchase tickets online to avoid huge Q’s.
  • To avoid Q’s visit to Florence in the shoulder season. I visited Florence in February which is an off-peak season and I avoided the huge crowd at touristic attractions and so transit or entry to all places was very smooth.
  • Try to book your stay near famous Florence Cathedral, as it is centrally located to all places.
  • Enjoy Tuscan Gourmet.

HOW TO GET AROUND IN FLORENCE – Florence is a walkable city, but due to uneven bricked or stoned pavements, you need to wear comfortable shoes.  For long distances, you can take public buses as they are very efficient and better way to go around.  Look at their bus timetable on their official website.

HOW TO REACH FLORENCE – Florence has International and National Airport which located 5km away from city center.  Florence can also reach through trains from major European cities through Euro rail.  I visited Florence from Venice. 

Read about another famous tourist city of Italy – Lake Como (near Milan) which is worth-visiting. 

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Reviews of ZAFRAN Indian Bistro – Lunch with a View Lunch with Marina View on sunny afternoon in Dubai

Zafran Indian Bistro located at Ground Floor of Dubai Marina Mall in Dubai, is an award-winning Contemporary Indian restaurant which offers North-Western Indian cuisine.  “Zafran”  is an Urdu word which translates into “Saffron” a most expensive, highly aromatic spice which is used in flavoring and coloring of food.  In this article, I am giving reviews of Zafran Indian Bistro – Lunch with a View. 

Zafran Indian Bistro is located on water promenades of Dubai Marina Mall with magnificent views of Dubai Marina.   Dubai Marina Mall can be easily accessed by Tram, Metros & taxis, and Hop-On-Hop-Off tourist buses.  This restaurant is famous for special authentic flavored Kebabs, Signature desserts, and healthy fruit mojitos and juices.  All the dishes of this restaurant are having flavors of Zafran(Saffron). 

AMBIANCE / DÉCOR OF ZAFRAN INDIAN BISTRO – The sleek, stylish, contemporary interior of Zafran with a great view of Dubai Marina is a great place to eat out with skyline view.  Black walls with bright orange and turqoise blue seatings make the place bright and stylish.  There are all types of seating arrangements like dining chairs and sofas both.  Bright colored contemporary lamps add more romance to this place.

They have an outdoor seating arrangement too with elegant sofa styled seatings in gazebos on deck/terrace of water promenade. 

They have an open glass see-through the kitchen where you can watch chefs preparing signature dishes. 

See through Kitchen

WHAT I ORDERED –  

For Drinks, I ordered –

WaterMelon & Mint Smash  –  Perfect Cooler Drink for afternoons of Dubai.  I enjoy this bright red colored drink with a perfect combination of Watermelon, Rose, Lemon, and Mint. 

Watermelon Smash

Kiwi Mojito – Perfect Blend of Kiwi & Mint which is also suitable for afternoon lunch. This green colored drink is very appealing to eyes and also tastes nice. 

Kiwi Moijito

Having drinks with superb views of Dubai Marina, what can you ask for more in sunny hot afternoons?  They also serve complimentary Papadams with Indian dips, pickles, chutneys. 

Main Course – Being Vegetarian, I ordered Paneer Butter Masala(Cottage cheese in Tomato gravy), Bhindi Masala(Okra with Indian spices), Dal Zafran(Black Lentils gravy) and Cucumber Raita(cucumber yogurt).  In Bread and Rice section, I ordered Garlic Naan and jeera rice.  The flavors of curries are highly balanced – nor too hot nor too bland.  Naan size is enough big and also the serving portions of curries are good enough. We were  four adults and the size of servings were well enough for four of us. 

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Tour to Stunning beaches of Dubai Clear turquoise waters and white sand at Eclectic Beachfront of Dubai – La Mer Beach

Dubai is Located on the Persian Gulf of United Arab Emirates and therefore Dubai is gifted with stunning coastline with white sands, clear blue waters, blue skies and warm sunny climate.  Dubai has become the perfect beach destination for outdoor adventures and holidays under the warm sun.  Let’s explore Stunning  Beaches of Dubai and immerse yourself in blue waters of Persian Gulf or soak yourself into white sands. 

The list of beautiful beaches during the Tour to Stunning Beaches of Dubai are –

BLACK PALACE BEACH –  A secluded stunning beach which is a hidden gem of Dubai. Not many people know about it but this beach offers a beautiful view of Burj Al Arab. The features of this beach are calm and clear blue waters, untouched shoreline with no crowd and therefore this beach is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of busy city life.  This beach has no restaurants, shower rooms, and cafes and so you have to carry your own eatables and drinks.  This beach is also known as 4 X 4 beach as you can drive your SUV’s straight near to the sea.

LA MER BEACH – Feel the cool breeze, rustic streets, bustling restaurants, colorful Graffiti/ Mural wall art, the laid-back relaxed atmosphere at Eclectic Beachfront of Dubai – La Mer Beach.  Read more about La Mer beach by clicking this.

A 2.5 km strip of white sands, with clear turquoise waters has an eclectic promenade. This promenade is inspired by marine décor like timber and ropes everywhere, rusted metal taps, barrels, it and showers, pirates chests, old wooden boats, wooden paddles and fishing nets, which makes it a perfect weekend getaway from busy city life.  The whole 2.5 km strip is lined with tall palm trees, Graffiti / Mural Art, streets inspired by marine décor makes it a must visit place in Dubai. 

KITE BEACH – It is the most sporty beach in Dubai and a favorite spot for kite surfers.  You can go for beach volleyball, kayaking & Paddle Boarding with non-aqua activities like Skate Park, Outdoor Trampoline etc.  Also, you can rent books and lie down as this beach is also having Beach Library. 

NESS NASS BEACH – This wide beach with shrub style greenery offers a beautiful change to Dubai’s usual skyline landscape.  The walk to sea is wide and it is another favorite hotspot for kite surfers after Kite beach.  This secluded beach has famous food joint Park House.  Many people organize private parties, kid’s birthdays here as this beach is not crowded and away from the city life.  If you love peaceful and virgin beaches then go to this beach.  This beach is located along Jumeirah Beach Road behind Sunset Mall.  It has jogging track, beach Library, and Shower Area.

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Let’s EXPLORE MEDIEVAL AND MODERN MUNICH IN 2 DAYS EXPLORE MEDIEVAL AND MODERN MUNICH IN 2 DAYS

In this article, I will Explore Medieval and Modern Munich in 2 days during my Germany trip in spring.  The third largest, cultural city of Munich is capital of Bavaria region of Germany.  This green city is a perfect amalgamation of great medieval architecture, seasonal festivals, beautiful churches, museums, colorful markets, world-class sports arenas, wide-spread gardens, arts and culture centers, science and technology museums.  Munich is the most populated city in Germany and it is famous for its Oktoberfest(biggest beer festival) in the world.  Munich lies on the north of Bavarian Alps and in German, it is known as Munchen which translates into “by the monks”

List of Attractions – Medieval and Modern Munich in 2 Days

MARIENPLATZ – The most famous and vibrant central square of Munich has been located in heart of Munich.  Constructed in 1158, it hosts world’s best Christmas Markets and other events.  This place is always full of tourists and locals all year round.  It is named after Marian column was constructed in the 17th century. 

There are two town halls old and new which cover the most of the Marienplatz.  You can opt for a walking tour from here to view the historic buildings, various churches, and iconic sculptures all around. Follow the lines of Medieval styled walls, grand city gates which opens into curved streets. 

MarienPlatz

NEW TOWN HALL (NEUES RATHAUS) –  A Gothic styled wonderful monument with a grand façade consisting of pinnacles, arches, and statues.  It is said that from the top of façade you can see the Bavarian Alps on cloudless days.  Though it is named as New Town Hall,  this building dates 100 years back. 

New Town Hall

OLD TOWN HALL – It lies in the central square Marienplatz to the eastern side.  In 1874, this town hall has been converted into a municipal office.  During Renaissance age, this building was destroyed several times and at present, it has been restored in neo-Gothic style. 

Old Town Hall

KARLSTOR – One of the remains of ancient gateways constructed in the 14th century at the fortification of Munich.  This gate served the major checkpoint and a powerful defense system of Munich.  It is located on the western end of Neuchauser Strabe. During walking tour from Marienplatz, you can pass through this gate along with many interesting, traditional shops, cafes, and restaurants. 

SIEGESTOR – The name translates into the gate. This three-arched, triumphal arch, holds a statue of Bavaria with a lion.  It was constructed to glorify Bavarian army.  But afterward, it has been heavily destroyed in World war II, though it has been restored. 

Siegestor

FRAUENKIRCHE – Munich’s largest and iconic church having capacity to hold 20,000 people.  Also known as Catholic Cathedral of our Blessed Lady. It was completed according to Renaissance architecture in 1488 with massive 100 m tall twin towers.  New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) and Frauenkirche together form Munich’s unique skyline. On clear, cloudless days, you can see breathtaking views of Bavarian Alps from the top of these twin towers. 

Frauenkirche

NYMPHENBURG PALACE – This Palace is spread across 500 acres and used to be Summer home to a royal family of Munich in the 17th century. It is located to the north-west of the city.  This Palace opens daily with variable timings in winter.  This Baroque styled palace is surrounded by magnificent parks, gardens, and canals. 

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Street Art from Dubai Explore Dubai’s Flourishing Art Scene – Art & Culture Trip to Dubai 

With a significant rise in the opening of art galleries, events, exhibitions displaying paints, sculptures and digital projects, Dubai has incredibly become the cultural and artistic hot-spot.  Dubai is famous for luxurious shopping malls, hotels, Gold, tall buildings but now Dubai has been recognized as renowned cultural and art destination. 

Dubai Design District – Home of Art / Design Galleries

Dubai is welcoming artists and art collectors from all over the world to come here and display their skills or collect the best art piece in the affordable range.  The location of Dubai has played an important role in becoming the major Art & cultural hub of the world. As Dubai lies at the intersection of East & West, therefore it is perfect for the amalgamation of all artist from different nationalities to showcase their works and connect with art lovers or art collectors from all cultures.  People travel especially to Dubai for collecting artworks or display their works.  As it is always a misconception that Art is only for Elite, but it is proved wrong by Dubai.  Here you can find all range of affordable and elite artworks from renowned artists.  Also, Dubai is turning vibrant and colorful as lots of street art with funky Graffiti and murals are visible in many public spaces or on buildings.  

Let’s Explore Dubai’s Flourishing Art Scene and take an Art & Culture trip to Dubai.

The oldest art gallery of Dubai is Al Majlis Gallery located in Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood.  After many years, various private & non-private galleries sprung all over in Dubai.  Dubai has specific areas dedicated to artists and designers from all fields.  The main locations where you can find art in Dubai are Dubai Design District (also known as D3) – D3 is considered as home to creative thinkers.  D3 is the perfect destination for design, art & culture and D3 has its own rhythm, spirits, and beats. 

D 3 – Dubai Design District

Al Quoz  –  a vibrant place with full of art galleries and exhibition centers.  Alserkal Avenue is famous for art events.

Art galleries in Dubai are open throughout the year with a great display of artworks.  The famous annual art events which are worth visiting are –

Sikka Art Fair – This annual fair is organized by Art week which takes place in March.  Art week conducts 500+ cultural activities throughout Dubai at about 140 locations which include commercial galleries, hotels, outdoors and universities.  Sikka Art fair showcases traditional works of Emirati UAE & GCC based artists. 

It is held in the premises of Al Fahidi Historic Fort neighborhood.  You would love to take a walk along the narrow alley of the historic fort to appreciate the exhibited artworks which depict the rich Islamic art.  Not only visual arts but all forms of art like film screenings, music nights, poetry nights and talk also forms a vital part of this fair. 

Sikka Art Fair

ENTRANCE – FREE  

PARKING – Many Public Parking Slots BESIDES THE FORT. ..

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Reviews of  Comfortable and Luxury Stay at Grand Hyatt New York City

 

My Comfortable and Luxury stay at Grand Hyatt New York City

The Grand Hyatt New York is connected to the majestic and historic Grand Central Terminal and is located at the premier location in Manhattan. In this article, I will present Reviews of my Comfortable and Luxury Stay at Grand Hyatt New York City

Grand Terminal – US’s National Historic Landmark

The Grand Hyatt New York hotel is located on 42nd street, East side of Mid-town of Manhattan with few steps away from Empire State building, famous & vibrant Times Square, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue Shopping street.  I went to NYC for the first time and wanted to stay at the central /prime location, so I chose Grand Hyatt, New York.  Due to its centralized location, I saved lot of time in transportation.  In NYC, commuting time matters a lot, so choose your destination, which saves your time. 

Grand Hyatt’s lavish Reception lobby is at Second Floor, which is accessed through escalator in Grand porch.  This luxury hotel has 1300 guest rooms, with sleek and contemporary décor.  The lobby is grand and impressive with infinity waterfall, sculptures from the world-famous artist, 24 hours coffee shop / Market shop – Starbucks.  The front desk offers quick check-in services and some quick guide to NYC details.  Also there are many black colored couches to relax on,  in the lobby.  In lobby, there is a stylish meet and greet point for hotel guests.  Supersonic High speed elevators takes to you to the higher floors of this hotel.

Room Details –

We booked Standard Double Room with 2 Queen size beds.  The room was small, but as compared to average size in Manhattan, the size of this room is okay. The bed is comfortable with perfect furnishings and sleep quality. 

Double standard room with 2 Queen sized beds

There is separate cubicle in the room for storing luggage which, I found very helpful.  It had also a small couch – a sitting area near the window. 

Seating arrangement near the window – small couches and sofa

The window of my room faced the main street of 42nd street. 

The bathroom was small but very comfortable with neat and clean with all amenities.  The décor of the room is modern sleek and well maintained as per business travelers.  

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Affordable Stay Options for Frequent Travelers Typical mountain style of houses in Alps, surrounded by snow and nature.

One of the major expenses faced by tourists and travelers is accommodations. Typically, it is the lodging expense that takes the biggest chunk out of a budget for vacation. The average cost of a hotel stay for a night is $100 – $200 and can run you even higher depending on the destination, or the quality you’re looking for. Well, why go for those expensive options when there are convenient places to stay in virtually every destination across the world, no matter where you go? Creative and adventurous travelers often look for alternatives to hotels and can not only spend a fraction of the price of typical accommodations, but also have an incredible experience. This is a win-win situation: you save money as well as enjoy a unique time during your holiday stay. What we are talking about is short-term home rentals, farm stays and staying with locals.

Short term home rentals
Short-term home rentals are an ever-growing trend in the travel world. The cross between home-stays and vacation rentals is getting popular. Travelers can rent a room in someone’s house or apartment at very low rates and get a great place to stay as well as a good deal. If you want, you can have the whole house to yourself, depending on your needs and the budget. Trust and word of mouth works here, and you can be sure that you are perfectly safe in your home rental. You can find companies that cater to the specific country you’re looking to visit (such as CasaGo), or you can find a company that caters to worldwide travel. Make sure your booking site is reputable to ensure a safe, and quality trip.  Even you can afford to stay at world’s expensive places, like staying in Alps, on Greek islands like Santorini / Mykonos and many more in limited budget.  

German House in Bavarian Alps

 Staying with locals
One of the most economical ways to travel and save money on lodging is to sleep in someone’s house in their spare bedroom or even on the couch in their living room. You couldn’t ask for a better hospitality exchange and an aesthetic, cultural stay. The best part is, in many places the locals are willing to put you up for free! This is your great chance to meet locals and understand their way of living and culture. One can look for well-established hospitality networks for home-stays.  Staying with local is now getting popular among frequent travelers as it allows to see that particular place in most authentic and natural way. You learn the difficulties and goodness of that place in same time. It is a true learning in itself while adjusting with new environment, living and even the local culture and people. 

I spend a day with Georgian locals near Tbilisi… Helping them in kitchen

Farm Stays
If you love being out with nature, then working on the farm and staying with the local farmers is the right option for you. This type of stay can cover working ranches and cattle farms. Take advantage of those rural stays and enjoy waking up in the farm. You could milk a cow, feed the lambs or give cornmeal to chickens. In many farms, you could even learn how to make cheese or spin wool. While it does require some work, these stays can be long term, and meals are typically included. This is just the perfect idea for a break away from the mad urban life. This is your chance to be a real farmer, even if for a couple of days. 

Other options
There are other ways to cut down on your lodging expenses while traveling such as swapping houses with another traveler or camping under the stars. Another great option is looking for academic housing offered by many colleges and universities during the summers when the host students go home. Youth hostels are another form of accommodation that is perfect for the budget travelers. Many religious organizations offer affordable lodging in their convents and monasteries as well.

Discover new options in staying and it would be fun to stay in many unique ways.  

So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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