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Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery: All You Need To Know About This Divine Place!

The ‘Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery’ in Singapore, otherwise called the Bright Hill Pujue Chan Monastery, is a Buddhist sanctuary situated in ‘Bishan’, Singapore. It was built in the mid-twentieth century, by Zhuan Dao, to spread Buddhism. The monastery also gives sanctuary to priests. This religious group is the largest Buddhist sanctuary in Singapore. Built between 1920 and 1921, the plot for the monastery was donated by one ‘Tay Woo Seng’, a Chinese businessman. The plot was on Thomson Road. Of all the traditional Chinese forest monasteries to be built in Singapore, Kong Meng is the first.

At first, the monastery was known as Phor Kark See. But since it is situated at ‘Kong Meng San’, which roughly means “Bright Hill”, also formerly known as “Hai Nan Mountain”, the monastery was later renamed to ‘Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery’. Originally, the monastery was a two-story building, which of those consisted a shrine room, living quarters, and a visitors’ room. However, over time, through collected funds, and with donations by humanitarians like ‘Aw Boon Haw’, and ‘Aw Boon Par’, the monastery was gradually expanded. And then, when Hong Choo became the monastery’s abbot in 1947, the complex expanded exponentially.

From two shrine halls, the Pagoda became capable enough to accommodate 10,000 Buddhas. One single prayer hall became as large as ten football fields combined. With this, Kark See became the most peaceful, largest, and the most majestic place for the practice of Buddhism in the whole of Singapore.

About Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

The monastery has, since the first day, attracted a number of devotees. All along, donations have been pouring in from various sources. Using these funds, the monastery has always been developing. However, the biggest donation was made by the He Hui Zhong family, on behalf of their company, in 1980. They donated a sum of $5.3 million, with which the monastery began the construction of Evergreen Bright Hill Home. The home was opened in 1983.
The monastery introduced the Compassion Fund, on 15th January 2002. This fund was presented to those retrenched workers, who did not come under any kind of aid schemes. The last draw for this scheme was up to $2,500 per individual.

Kwang Sheng succeeded Hong Choon to be the abbot on 5th June 2004 and is still serving the monastery. Under his leadership, extensive steps were taken for the propagation of the Buddha dharma. He, along with his followers, set up the Dharma Propagation Division, which taught Buddhism and the ways of practicing it. For the youth of Singapore, the youth ministry called the KMSPKS Youth was set up to provide the youth with a platform to learn about Buddhism. This further let the youth in serving society through Buddhist teachings.

On 13th September 2006, the monastery opened the ‘Buddhist College of Singapore’, the country’s first Buddhist College. The college presents a bachelor’s degree in Buddhism; a four years degree and there are a number of courses at ‘Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery’. The monastery has always been compassionate towards the destitute. Since the day of its conception in 1920, the monastery has seen a lot of development; older buildings have been modified, while newer additions are still being made. Newer practices have also started.

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Essential Information About The Monastery

Here is what is known about the ‘Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery’ opening hours. While activities are going on at all times within the monastery, outsiders, and visitors are not allowed in the campus at all times. On all the days of the week, visitors are allowed between 6 AM to 9 PM. However, on Saturdays, the hours have been shortened to 9 AM till 4 PM.

Address: 88 Bright Hill Road, Singapore, 574117
Location: Bishan, Singapore.
Founder: Zhuang Dao

The entry to the monastery is free, and visitors are to enter through Gates 1 and 3.
While there is no definite dress code for entering the monastery premises, it is advisable to wear clothes that cover your knees and elbows. It shows respect to the traditions. Also, be particular about removing your footwear at the given places. Do not enter where you are not asked to. Keep your voices down, and be sensitive while clicking photographs. It is always nice to ask for permission before clicking any; you will find a monk or two nearby at all times.

So, if you visit the monastery at the present day, you will be welcomed by a number of buildings and activities, which may not be in some earlier commentary. Take a look for what all you can do here!

1. The Religious Constructions and The Crematorium

The Religious Constructions and The Crematorium

When you visit a place like this, i.e. a place of religious importance, you will be presented with a number of buildings, which have a variety of purposes to serve. You will find places to sit and rest in housing quarters, etc. But the most important ones are the religious buildings, where all the religious work gets done. And a trip of this particular monastery would be incomplete without a visit to the Stupas, the elaborate praying halls, the bell and drum tower, or even the dharma hall. The monastery has a very well kept crematorium. Alongside, there is a columbarium that houses more than 2,00,000 niches. It is here that you will realize the love and respect, people here have for their departed.

2. Avalokitesvara and The Hong Choo Memorial Hall

Avalokitesvara and The Hong Choo Memorial Hall

Here is a statue that stands as a testament to the position that compassion holds among the Buddhists. Right between the Dharma Hall and the Pagoda, you will find a beautifully designed and detailed statue of Avalokitesvara. For your knowledge, Avalokitesvara is a Boddhisatva that is supposed to stand for compassion among human. You must definitely visit the Hong Choo memorial hall that was erected in 2004. It is a remembrance of the foremost abbot of the monastery. Under him, the monastery gained footage and saw extensive development. At Hong-Choo, you’ll additionally get the possibility to look at and take pictures of the Bodhisattva sculpture that stands between the temple of ten thousand Buddha’s and Dharma Hall.

3. The Bodhi Tree

The Bodhi Tree

You must also go sit under the sacred Bodhi Tree. You will be blessed. Nonetheless, you will feel peace and tranquility. This tree has a significant history of its own. The sapling of this tree is a sapling from the Bodhi tree at Anuradhapura, in Sri Lanka. The tree at Anuradhapura is, in turn, is a sapling from the sacred ‘Bodhi Tree’ of ‘Bodh Gaya’, in India, under which Shakyamuni Buddha was known to have attained enlightenment. This monastery will serve you with the chance to look at the most important Buddha bronze statue in Asia. Do not miss out on a glimpse of one of Asia’s largest Buddha statues. It can be found in the Hall of No Form. The statue weighs 55 tons and is 13.8 meters tall. While you are here, also go take a look at the multistoried college building, and the impressive 4 storey car park with 200 parking spaces.

4. Buddhist Culture

Buddhist Culture

Religious leaders and students are offered to teach guests regarding the monastery. This monastery is that the best destination if you would like to find out regarding and observe Buddhist cultures and beliefs. From this monastery, you furthermore may have an honest probability of understanding the various beliefs that conjure the life and times of Indians and Buddhist. In present-day Buddhist still practices rituals throughout special occasions. This can provide you with the chance to find out the various rituals undertaken by the leaders once practicing healing prayers.
Once here, you will really feel the peace creep into you. You will be relieved of all worldly worries once you are in one of these buildings. It is hard to define the tranquility, and the realization of peace one feels in the monastery. It is something one feels only when they are present.

Upcoming-Events-At-The-Monastery

While prayers and ceremonies go on all around the year in the monastery, the monastery holds a few special events annually, or at specific times. Here are a few events and practices that the monastery is meant to host in the coming times. Most of these activities will be made a regular affair once they are started so that you have a chance to experience the peace when you are there next. The kind, that the activity is of, has been listed along with:

  • Shui Lu Grand Prayer. (prayer, Dharma; a ceremony to cleanse all sentient beings of their sufferings.)
  • Relaxation and Mindfulness Meditation. (join Kwang Sheng to learn meditation techniques that lend you extreme peace and relaxation)
  • Eight Percepts (details unavailable)
  • Shui Lu Meal Offerings. (meal offerings to the Buddha and Sangha, ceremony)
  • 108 Bell Resonance. (Welcome 2019 with the 108 deep resonances of the bell)
  • Chinese Buddhism Course, 2019. (Buddhism course in Chinese, to be started in 2019)
  • 2019 Saturday Parent Dharma Class. (Learn ways to incorporate Buddhist techniques in daily life for harmony and peace)

How To Reach The Monastery

Transportation is quite advanced these days. It is fairly easy to get to the ‘Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple’. From any major transit station in Singapore, you will either find a bus or underground transport to the monastery.

So, what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Singapore for a soothing experience in this divine place and have an amazing holiday with your loved ones like never before! Are you ready for it yet? Make sure you pack a few extra clothes as a city like Singapore can surely change your mind and who knows if you end up extending your fun packed vacay?

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7 Bullets Narrating Our Tales Of Ladakh

The first few minutes of the halt and the silences were violated by strange noises. We tried to ignore them until they grew increasingly violent. While we still held our grounds, a loud shriek echoed through the valley. It was Aditya — struck by an intense stomach ache with his tongue and eyes turning red. Cold shivers ran down our spine. Senses were numbed. Time, stopped.

It was just a random discussion which had made us college buddies realize that the Mecca of all road trips was yet to be lived — trip to the mighty Himalayas. What made the idea more challenging was the fact that the trip was about to be self-funded. A bold step for college-going guys, but with the internships and other part time jobs in the background, the idea which had now become more of a dream, was all set to be fulfilled. The journey was kicked off from the heat of Delhi to the cool of our next stop Manali, which made us curl in warm blankets in the month of August! As the morning took over, the seven of us finally began the expedition on our Royal Enfields to the highest roads in the world.

Seven buddies posing in Ladakh

A start in the twilight, light drizzle and the sound of our bullets — we couldn’t have asked for better. Neither could we, in our wildest dreams have imagined, what the future had in store for us. Blissfully ignorant, we rode alongside the most thrilling panoramas and reached Rohtang pass, only to find the roads washed away due to the preceding incessant rains, leaving behind a rough pile of rocks. Yet the high altitude passes along the way were a constant refreshment and a perfect food for amazing clicks. Tempted by the reigning beauty of the landscapes, we halted at all but one — the Baralacha pass. The reason you ask? We didn’t believe it until we experienced it.

Initially,we thought of challenging the influence of the pass’ creepy reputation and prior warnings, but as we were running a little behind schedule we consented to the idea of skipping the pass. On arriving at the camping site, we unexpectedly ran into three other groups heading towards Leh, who joined us in the night’s revelries – the music, the dance and the bonfire. People unknown until last night were now travel buddies and with the never ending roads and enchanting views, the trip was far exceeding expectations.

Cherishing the company of friends

Braving the crossing rains and the fear of cloudbursts, we were making our way to Leh. Since our gang had grown considerably, we hired 3 more bikes and post 25 kms rocky ride, through the Hilltop that said, “highest motorable road in the world” — we reached Khardung La Pass. We had never realised the hype about the place until we experienced it first-hand. Lost in the fantastical views, our 2 hours stay at the place got immortalized by photography sessions and the maggi serving shack (read : café). We were now starting to rejoice the fact that we had exploited this opportunity to the fullest, conquering everything, until the Baralacha Pass came up in a discussion. In order to quench this adventure fetish, we decided to face Baralacha, on our way back.
Everything, was yet to be conquered.

Conquering Khardungla Top with friends

The oxygen levels were low and the weather was opposing our speed. Yet, we managed to continue our journey without a stop in spite of the danger of a sandstorm lurking on one side and possibility of cloudburst on the other but only until Baralacha pass.

So here we were again — the forlorn beauty that we had skipped earlier because of its reputation. Donning a brave face, we were determined on overcoming the hesitation. It were Aditya’s shrieks that shook us into action. We took off immediately, deciding not to stop before the next army base. On reaching the base, our friend in pain was not only given instant medical attention but was offered a ride on an army truck on its way to Manali, since he was in no condition to travel on a bike. With zero vision while crossing Rohtang Pass and rain in full flow, we were driving at around 20-25 kmph eager to reunite with Aditya. At Manali, we found him all fit and fine — bereft of any trace of the phantasmic experience.

Baralacha Pass, the forlorn beauty

As we continued our retreat journey, violent rains were setting into the quaint of serene roads. Heights were flaunting their victory over vicious depths. We were quiet and strangely satisfied, as though we had surpassed the greatest heights or the deepest lows. It was the murmur of our bikes, narrating our story.

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A Prison You Would Happily Escape Into : Trip To Kashmir

With snow-clad peaks on one hand and fluorescent green valleys on the other, with streams flowing on one side and sheep grazing on the other – Kashmir is termed as “heaven on earth” for a reason. To explore this paradisiacal beauty, Ankit Gupta booked a tour package through TravelTriangle with his wife. At a price of Rs. 23,530, his package for two, was inclusive of one side economy class ticket from Jammu to Srinagar, accommodation, sightseeing in private AC heated cab, breakfast and dinner buffet, and Shikara boat ride in Dal Lake.

My wife and I always wanted to witness the romantic beauty of Kashmir, but never got a chance. The perfect opportunity to go on this long-desired trip presented itself when one of our friends was to get married in Jammu. Grabbing the opportunity, we decided to spend a week exploring Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Aru, and Srinagar.

When the thought of visiting Kashmir struck our minds, we had no idea how to go about the plan, that is when TravelTraingle (recommended by a friend) came into the picture and acted as a life-saver. It provided us numerous quotes to choose from and allowed a good bargain.

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Day 1: Gulmarg – The Meadow of Flowers clad in snow

Our flight landed in Srinagar from Jammu in the morning, but saving Srinagar for last, we straightaway headed to Gulmarg in our pre-booked cab. We had booked a Sedan, as the clothes from the wedding had added extra weight to our luggage, making it very heavy. On our way, we got to know about the disturbances being caused by some political issues in Srinagar. To tackle the blocked roads, our driver asked for help from his friend, who took us through. He made sure that it was a smooth transfer with extra focus on our security.

Gulmarg top of the mountain

Gulmarg turned out to be an absolute beauty with snow-clad mountains soothing the eyes, against the royal blue skies. Although, we had been to Ladakh a couple of times earlier, we had never witnessed snowfall. The trip thoroughly fulfilled this longing. After checking-in at our hotel, we quickly left for the gondola ride (since it is operational only until 4 pm). We were keen on spending as much time on the cable car ride as possible.

inside Gulmarg gondola

We were well informed by our travel agent that our private cab cannot be used in certain areas of Kashmir, (including Gulmarg) as it’s not allowed by the local taxi union. The moment we stepped out from the hotel, we began to get pestered by the touts and guides. This wass one part of the trip that was very annoying. On the persuasion of the guides, we hired two ponies to reach the starting point of the gondola ride. Having paid Rs.700/- per person (to-and-fro), we soon realized that the distance was hardly a kilometer. We felt cheated and decided that we would walk down to the hotel, on our way back.

Gulmarg - gondola view

The world’s second highest operating cable car ride – the Gulmarg gondola took us through panoramic views of the Himalayas and vast snow-slopes. The beauty was soon complemented with thrill, as we donned the skiing gear. At a price of Rs.3000 for two, we were not able to ski beyond an hour, as we were limited by time. But, the two of us enjoyed the experience thoroughly under the supervision of the ski instructors, skidding around and crashing on the fluffy snow.

Gulmarg - unsuccessful skiing attempt

Moving to the top, we spent around half an hour and enjoyed a romantic lunch amid snow-clad mountains. The best part of the visit was, that my wife and I were the only tourists there. As a result, we enjoyed the exemplary beauty in uninterrupted peace. We could see the snow as far as the Line of Control, and the experience was certainly mesmerizing. It was evening by the time we descended, and as decided earlier, we walked down to our hotel.

Ankit and his wife at Gulmarg top

Our stay at the hotel was amazing — we got the best rooms (directly facing the main area of Gulmarg), electric blankets to shield us from the cold and absolutely delicious food. The hotel had a typical Kashmiri look, with wooden interiors, and Kashmiri tapestries and carpeting.

Gulmarg - Dinner at hotel

At dinner, our cook informed us about a brewing turmoil. Another disturbance had occurred in the area, as one student had gotten killed in the army’s tussle with some of the protesters. Due to the possibility of a riot, our cook suggested us to leave at daybreak.

Day 2: From Pahalgam to Aru

Chandanwadi to aru

We left for Pahalgam at 5 am and passed the sensitive zone. The ride was fluid and we stopped frequently for Kahwah, the Kashmiri green tea (which I liked a lot). We reached the beautifully unsophisticated Pahalgam at 11 am. Here, we had planned a day’s stay at a far-off guesthouse for a rustic experience.

Betaab valley

We then embarked on an excursion to Betaab Valley, Chandanwari and Aru Valley on the rented local taxi (since they don’t let your personal taxi drive by). Betaab valley was lush green as opposed to the snow-clad Chandanwari. The beauty of the places made the drive a very captivating experience. Chandanwari added to the magical experience, with its extremely well-maintained landscapes adorned with mountains, streams, bridges, and ranches. No wonder, the sheer magnificence of the valley has attracted numerous filmmakers.

Chandanwaadi mini trek

The local taxi dropped us back to Pahalgam, where our private cab was waiting for us. The roads leading to Aru valley were very narrow at some places, which at times, got scary for us. A few miles away from the main town of Aru — the guesthouse was a lone property standing in the middle of secluded beauty, with a stream flowing just 10 feet away. We reached the guesthouse at around 2 pm and enjoyed a homely lunch.

Walk along the stream near Aru guest house

Since our guesthouse was located almost in the middle of nowhere, we took a walk around the simple property and the river flowing 10 feet away from the house. It was a different world altogether.

Aru- lider stream 50ft from guest house

There wasn’t much to do after dawn. There wasn’t even one bulb visible for miles. In absolute darkness, our little guesthouse itself became our source of entertainment. At dinnertime, everyone sat for dinner together in a common area, shared stories and laughed together. The only thing missing was a bonfire, which couldn’t be lit because of the logs being soggy.

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Day 3: Aru to Srinagar

Aru Valley

Our cell phones were not working and we were completely lost in the magnificence of nature. So we used the hotel landline to connect with the driver (who was staying in Pahalgam), to undertake an expedition to the Aru valley. Aru valley offered a magnificent mix of green hills and snow-clad mountains. To climb the hills of Aru, we had taken a pony. It was a 2-hour ride at Rs.600 per person and took us through rough paths of mountains. It turned out to be a much more enjoyable experience than the one we had in Gulmarg, where the overpriced ride took us through well-made roads.

Thirsty ponies - Aru

Bidding adieu to the valley, we headed towards Srinagar. On the way, we stopped at some shops in Pampore – the place famous for saffron. Finding the shops reliable and authentic; we bought saffron, dry fruits, and Kahwah.

Gardens at Taj srinagar

By the time we reached Srinagar, it was raining heavily. The rainy welcome actually came as a bummer, since we were to visit the Dal lake and indulge in the Shikara ride. But, we had to skip the Shikara ride due to the fog and cold. We proceeded to our guesthouse and soon left for lunch at the Taj. Featuring an enchanting view of the whole city, the hotel definitely has the best location in Srinagar.

At Taj, srinagar

Eager to shop from Srinagar, we went to Laal Bazar and spent the evening shopping for Pashmina shawls, woolens, and kurtas with beautiful Kashmiri embroidery. Although it was drizzling, our cab kept us comfortable. At this point, our driver (a local of Srinagar) proved extremely helpful, as he guided us to the right shops. Our shopping-spree in Srinagar was a traditional experience in itself, with each salesperson taking his own good time to acquaint us with their collection (along with telling stories behind each product). We finished shopping by 8 pm and came back to the guesthouse.

Day 4: Flight back home

The next morning, our driver was right on time (as usual) and dropped us to the Srinagar airport for our flight at 9 am.

Goofing around - Betaab to Chandanwaadi

Our wish to see nature in its raw, untouched form did not go disappointed. And what we were served, was something we had never witnessed earlier. The whole experience disconnected us from everything and allowed us to connect with each other, in the bliss of nature.

A Cherished memory: The mini-trek that we did in Chandanwai was delightful. We trekked for about a kilometer, roamed around the mountains and played with snow.

Low Point: The incessant persuasion by the local guides and touts in Gulmarg was a turn-off.

Tips:

  • Balance your time and the number of places to be visited. Our trip proved to be a little hectic, as we were traveling through most of the days.
  • Stay in a remote place. Don’t go for popular hotels. The former will not only provide all facilities, but the hospitality is also unparalleled.
  • Keep saying ‘no’ to all touts. You can do pretty much everything on your own.

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10 Knotty Wedding Venues In Los Angeles To Take Your Vows In A Grand, Hollywood Way

Los Angeles is one of the most beautiful American cities on the West Coast, home to Hollywood studios and theatres and beautiful sunset beaches opening up to the Pacific. With an abundance of beauty, sunlight and perfection, there are a number of gorgeous wedding venues in Los Angeles. A host of professional planners and other services are located in the city, meaning you have everything you need at your fingertips. While most venues are located in the fabled Beverly Hills, there are also beachside resorts that handle weddings. Read on to know more about all the great wedding venues in Los Angeles for your perfect ceremony.

If you are looking to get hitched soon, this city of angels is a great place to tie the knot, with several resorts and hotels offering affordable wedding venues in Los Angeles.

1. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Located in the central portion of Beverly Hills, the Temple Emanuel offers a beautiful setting for your LA wedding. The event space is entirely indoors, so you do not have worry about the elements of weather. The venue makes available the Ballroom, Courtyard as well as the Foyer, so you can plan both your wedding ceremony and the reception here. The venue can seat up to 300 guests at a time, although there is no on-site accommodation available for the guests. One of the more affordable wedding venues in Los Angeles, the wedding planning staff has received positive reviews from previous clients who have found them to be helpful, resourceful and polite through the planning and execution of the wedding ceremony. Because there are no preferred vendors at Temple Emanuel, guests can bring in their own caterers and bands, a huge plus.

Location: 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills

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2. Sierra La Verne

Wedding couple

This gorgeous wedding location, set against the backdrop of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains, can seat up to 250 guests at a time. With over 30 years of experience in wedding planning, the organizers offer a complete package of tried and tested vendors, so you can focus exclusively on yourself. Although there is no onsite accommodation, the venue offers an exclusive dressing room for the wedding party as well as free Wi-Fi access and liability insurance for your wedding. The wedding ceremony is usually held in the garden space, from where you can see the mountains in the background. The reception is held in a classy indoor venue that has a fireplace and vaulted ceilings.

Location: 6300 Country Club Road, La Verne, Los Angeles

3. Dream Palace Banquet Hall

Banquet Hall

One of the highest rated wedding venues in Los Angeles, the Dream Palace is perfect for your dream wedding. With specially designed “sweetheart” tables for the couple, beautiful chandeliers adorning the high ceilings and chivari chairs, the reception area is great for a classy wedding reception. The event management team has received praise from previous clients for their flexibility and professionalism, and this includes the servers that are part of the catering team, part of the all-inclusive package.

Location: 510 E Broadway, Glendale, Los Angeles

4. The Grand Long Beach

The Grand Long Beach

Thinking beach wedding venues in Los Angeles? This gigantic ballroom can host a maximum of 650 guests at a time, making it the ideal choice if you are planning on a big, fat wedding. Spread over 11 acres of open space and 40,000 square feet of indoor space, the venue lets you choose from six different indoor and two outdoor courtyards. There are designated dressing areas for the wedding party, and catering and liquor services are included in the wedding package. The Palm Courtyard, one of their outdoor reception locations, has been rated as the most beautiful venue here. Believe us, beach wedding venues in Los Angeles do not get better than this!

Location: 4101 East Willow Street, Long Beach, California

5. Taglyan Cultural Complex

Cultural Complex

The Taglyan Cultural Complex has emerged as one of the best wedding venues in Los Angeles to get married. Popular for its fine dining and unbeatable services that strive to make everything just perfect for your big day, the Taglyan Cultural Complex can house as many as 500 guests at a time, and has a requirement for a minimum of 150 guests, except on Saturdays when 250 guests is a minimum. The ballroom where the reception happens in majestic, in addition to the marble foyer where additional spreads are placed for the guests. The wedding venue does not offer on-site accommodations, but there is a restaurant on the premises.

Location: 1201 North Vine Street, Los Angeles, California

6. Old Ranch Country Club

Old Ranch Country Club

Located at the edge of the Old Ranch Golf Course, this wedding venue can seat over 300 people at a time. Couples can choose from a variety of indoor venues, including ballroom, barn, farm, and ranch as well as a garden ceremony for the reception. One of the most popular outdoor wedding venues in Los Angeles, the place has a variety of wedding packages, with the flexibility that you will not find elsewhere in the US. Rated one of the best places to get married in the city, the wedding planners take an active role in order to reduce the stress on the bride and groom. There is a dedicated dressing area for both sides of the wedding party, and there is free Wi-Fi at the venue for the guests.

Location: 3901 Lampson Avenue, Seal Beach, California

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7. Avensole Winery

Avensole Winery in Los Angeles

One of the most romantic and rustic wedding venues in Los Angeles, this secluded winery has been recently renovated and features a garden area for the wedding ceremony, a winery compound inside the establishment and gorgeous reception areas with patio, walkways and even a pond. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards on all sides, the venue has all the things you would want of an ultra-romantic venue. For your wedding ceremony as well as the rehearsal dinner, you can also choose the winery grounds that provide an eccentric yet lovely place to exchange vows. The wedding venue is small, perfect for small and intimate ceremonies of sizes around 150 people.

Location: 34567 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California

8. The Garland

The Garland in Los Angeles

This is a high-end wedding venue situated in North Hollywood, offering beautiful solutions to your wedding woes. The place has been noted for the beautiful floral arrangements they offer for their parties, as well as the resident chef who can delight wedding guests with elegant and tasty dishes. The wedding venue stands out from the others on the list in that it offers on-site accommodation to guests, making it easier for you to host family coming out of town. You should definitely opt for this if you are looking for two-in-one, indoor as well as outdoor wedding venues in Los Angeles.

Location: 4222 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood, California

9. Arbat Banquet Hall

Beautiful Banquet Hall

This ballroom and banquet hall is one of the best places to get married in Burbank. Offering on-site accommodation, the place can house upwards of 300 guests at a time. Although there are no free wedding venues in Los Angeles per se, this affordable choice for your dream LA wedding works well for a relatively large guest list. The indoor wedding venue includes a large and gorgeously decorated ballroom where you can hold an elegant wedding ceremony and reception. The all-inclusive package covers catering, alcohol and a competent wedding planning team that will be with you every step of the way to make sure all your needs are met. Food for the event is prepared at the in-house restaurant, meaning that you can supervise the food preparation directly.

Location: 711 San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, California

10. Hangar 21

Lovely place

Perfect for the quirky wedding you always wanted, Hangar 21 is an aircraft hangar-tuned wedding venue where all your dream wedding plans take flight. One of the most unique wedding venues in Los Angeles, this place also is known for its large seating capacity – it can house and accommodate overnight as many as 1200 guests at a time. You can choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor venues for the ceremony, reception and the rehearsal dinner. In fact, a helicopter entrance has been arranged here for previous guests.

Location: 3970 Artesia Avenue, Fullerton, California

These wedding venues in Los Angeles offer grace and panache and flexibility to your plans for the special day, along with professional planning teams that will ensure that everything goes according to plan. So if you are planning to have your wedding in or around Los Angeles, book with us today for a tailor-made itinerary for the USA for you!

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How To Turn A Friends’ Trip To Ladakh Into An Adventurous Affair

Ninad had yearned to witness those overpowering landscapes of Ladakh ever since he had seen them on the internet. When he finally had the chance, he roped in 2 friends, booked a 7 nights 8 days Ladakh tour package, and set off to make memories! Read the full account of his fun-filled escapade.

Trip Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
Trip Cost: INR 71,900/-
Agent Name: Kailash Expeditions
Inclusions: Airport Transfers, Accommodation, Breakfast & Dinner, Sightseeing, Watersports
Exclusions: Flights, Entry Tickets, Lunch & Dinner, Adventure Activities

ninad magnetic hill bike ride

ninad at monastery in ladakh

ninad ladakh bridge bike ride

ninad with military personnel in ladakh

ninad at rancho school in ladakh

ninad ladakh views from flight

For me, travel is mostly about discovering new places and meeting new people. Each destination has something unique to teach about the world we are a part of! I like to visit places that entice me as long as the important factors are being met – availability of flights, budget, and whether my work is permitting me to travel or not. For me, travel is not just about visiting new cities and countries, but also exploring every bit of my home town Goa. I usually travel with my family, but also like to escape to a destination with my gang once in a while. I am currently planning a trip to Madikeri in Coorg with my family in the coming Diwali vacations.

Though I don’t have a lengthy bucket list, Ladakh was one place I had always wanted to visit since the moment I had seen its pictures. In fact, my yearning was such that I had decided to go solo had my friends backed out of the plan. Luckily they didn’t, and that made my trip all the more memorable!

After a successful and joyous trip to Thailand with TravelTriangle, I knew I didn’t have to go anywhere else looking for a Ladakh travel package. So I sent in a query and was checking away quotes sent by different travelers within hours. I closed the deal with Kailash Expeditions since they offered me everything I wanted to experience on my trip at the best price.

Once the payment had been made and the bags had been packed, I and my 2 friends set out on a scintillating journey to the cold, yet picturesque landscapes of Ladakh. Upon reaching, we hired Royal Enfields and set about taming the tough trails and landscapes of Ladakh.

ninad friend before ladakh landscapes

ninad ladakh trip views from flight

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ninad at magnetic hill in ladakh

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ninad at drass war memorial in ladakh

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Day 1: Arrival in Leh via flight from Delhi | Day at leisure to acclimatize to Ladakh’s climate
Day 2: Hall of Fame | Dras War Memorial | Indus – Zanskar confluence point | Alchi Gompa & Lamayuru Monastery | Magnetic Hill | Gurudwara Pathar Sahib | Return to hotel in Leh
Day 3: Ride to Nubra Valley via Khardung La – the highest motorable road in the world | Enjoyed snow near Khardung La bottom | Diskit Monastery | Camel Safari in Nubra Valley | Overnight stay in tents at Hundar
Day 4: ATV ride at Sand Dune Leisure Park in Nubra | Saw Hot Water Springs in Panamik | Back to hotel in Leh for overnight stay
Day 5: Ride to Pangong via Changla Pass | Saw cute Himalayan Marmot | Reached Pangong Lake by late afternoon | Overnight stay in camps near Pangong
Day 6: Enjoyed early-morning scenic views of Pangong Lake | Return journey from Pangong via Changla Pass | Shey Palace | Thiksey Monastery | Spituk Monastery | Overnight stay at hotel in Leh
Day 7: Leisure Day | Shopping in the market in Changspa, Leh – bought apricots (INR 200/-) and customised tee shirts | Lunch at World Garden Cafe | Overnight stay at hotel in Leh
Day 8: Flight to Srinagar | Visited Dal Lake | Flight back to Goa

Out of all the things I did on my holiday in Ladakh, there were a select few that I simply fell in love with. I would recommend travelers to not miss out on the following activities and experiences in Ladakh, especially on an all-boys-trip like mine!

Engage in a fun ATV ride in Nubra

ninad with friends in ladakh

ninad at nubra valley with friends

ninad posing on two atv bikes

ninad riding atv bikes in ladakh

ninad riding atv bikes in nubra

ninad tents in ladakh in nubra

The ride cost us a total of INR 1,000/- for a distance of 2 km, while the original price was INR 1,200/-. One should definitely bargain a little if they wish to indulge in this activity. But no matter what you pay, the thrill you’ll experience while riding the tough deserts of Nubra on this quad bike is worth it all! It’s a must for all adventure seekers and even kids who visit Ladakh, considering it’s highly enjoyable as well as easy.

Ride a camel across the picture-perfect deserts of Nubra

ninad riding bicycle with a local in ladakh

ninad lying on desert in nubra

ninad riding camel in nubra

ninad with camels in ladakh

ninad scenic views ladakh

ninad at chang la in ladakh

ninad meets a marmot in ladakh

It’s a sin to compare a camel safari experience in Nubra with that of, say, Rajasthan and Gujarat. It’s a completely different experience in the deserts of Nubra, right down to the type of camels you’d encounter to the scenic views of the desert and beyond that your eyes will be treated to! Riding the bushy, double humped Bactrian camels on a friends trip to Ladakh amid the stunning landscapes of Nubra Valley with its unending expanse of barren deserts and bordered by poster-like bare mountains is nothing less than nirvana. We paid INR 250/- for a 15-minute camel safari. One must also check out the scenic apricot orchards while here.

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Play with snow at Khardung La

ninad bike trip to ladakh

ninad biking away in ladakh

ninad and friend outside hotel

ninad enjoying snow

ninad at khardung la

ninad views of ladakh road

ninad selfie road trip ladakh

Nothing can beat the joy of riding on the highest motorable road in the world at Khardung La. Add to it the 360 degree panoramic views of the snowy landscapes around and it will take your breath away! (Like, literally, if you stay here for too long!) Upon getting down from there on your way to Nubra, you’ll come across a beautiful area where you can take a halt and enjoy being in the knee deep snow. We stayed here for some time, clicked pictures, and though we didn’t exactly ‘play’ with snow, we saw the absolutely euphoric faces of people who did and that was enough to tell us how the experience must be!

Visit religious sanctums for their peaceful aura & gorgeous architecture

ninad and friend outside gurudwara

ninad near a monastery in ladakh

ninad near diskit monastery

ninad near monastery and huge Buddha statue

ninad at hemis monastery

ninad at spituk monastery

ninad at spituk monastery in ladakh

Though I am not a very religious person, the breathtaking architecture of the many monasteries and other religious sanctums in Ladakh compelled me to pay them a visit. I saw most of them from the outside, and that was enough to put me in a trance! On my 8 days friends trip to Ladakh, I visited the following religious shrines – Alchi Gompa, Lamayuru Monastery, Diskit Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Spituk Monastery, and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib.

Dine at the World Garden Cafe

A plush little restaurant with a cosy ambiance on Changspa road, World Garden Cafe is a must visit on a holiday in Ladakh for every foodie. The cafe offers delicious food at affordable rates and deals in cuisines like Tibetan, Italian, and Israeli.

Gaze at the breathtaking early-morning panoramas of Pangong Lake

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ninad on the way to pangong lake

ninad enjoying scenic views at pangong

ninad jumping at pangong lake

ninad and friend jumping near pangong lake

ninad posing at pangong lake

ninad and friend sitting near pangong lake

Pangong Lake is beautiful regardless of what time of the day it is, but it transforms into an absolutely stunning spectacle early in the morning. The experience of waking up to the heavenly panoramas of Pangong Lake gave us goosebumps! In fact, I feel that Pangong Lake can give the beaches of Goa a run for their money any day!

While on the beach, we encountered various local agents offering scooty rides for INR 30/- to let one have the ‘3 Idiots’ kind of experience! They even had arrangements for female travelers to dress up in Kereena’s wedding outfit from 3 Idiots and get pictures clicked while riding a scooty across the white expanse of Pangong. The entire scenario of people dressing up as ‘Kareena‘ and riding a scooty was rather amusing. Don’t forget to visit the vivid Rancho School on your way back to Leh from Nubra.

Tips & recommendations for travelers who visit Ladakh in the future

  • It is highly advisable to carry oxygen cylinders while going to Nubra, as the place is at a considerably high altitude with a scarcity of oxygen.
  • Do not stay at Khardung La top for more than 15 minutes, as a scarcity of oxygen can cause severe breathing problems.
  • Toilets are in a very bad condition all across Ladakh, so carry sufficient amount of toiletries.
  • The roads too are in a very bad shape throughout Ladakh, so drive/ride carefully. Also, patients with back problems are not advised to ride a bike in Ladakh as the consistently bumpy rides can cause severe problems later.
  • While booking tents/camps in Pangong and Hundar, make sure you book deluxe tents as they are way better than standard tents in keeping the cold away.
  • Do not underestimate the climate of Ladakh. Carry layers and layers of thermals to keep the biting cold at bay.
  • Carry rum too if you can (not kidding)! It’ll help phenomenally in keeping you warm. You can carry some from your home destination as rum in Ladakh can be as expensive as INR 700/-.
  • Don’t indulge in an ATV ride near Magnetic Hill, as the area is rough and rocky and you won’t enjoy the experience. Nubra Valley is best for ATV rides.
  • The Hot Water Springs in Panamik INR 30/- per person) are relatively unclean and not well maintained, so be careful when you tread in that water!
  • Himalayan Marmots have a strictly organic diet comprising of things like grass, berries, etc. It is not advised to feed them anything else as it triggers an addiction and eventually kills them when they don’t find the same.
  • Try opting for a group trip to Ladakh as it helps distribute the expenses and lets one conveniently enjoy Ladakh on a budget!
  • No network other than BSNL works in Ladakh as per what I figured. Also, WiFi connectivity is extremely poor throughout Ladakh. So make arrangements accordingly.
  • Book your package from Kailash Expeditions as they will help make your trip as comfortable and memorable as possible at the most affordable rates.

ninad posing in leh, ladakh

ninad riding bike across ladakh

ninad on a visit to war memorial

ninad at war museum in ladakh

ninad posing outside war memorial ladakh

ninad on a visit to drass war memorial in ladakh

Ladakh was more beautiful than I had ever imagined. Mere pictures can never completely capture it’s beauty. The desktop-wallpaper landscapes, breathtaking architecture, and friendly people make Ladakh an indispensable part of every traveler’s bucket list.

Our WOW Moments: Camel Safari & ATV Ride in Nubra | Pangong Lake | Snow at Khardung La | The vivid monasteries and shrines | The friendly, helpful locals | Encountering a marmot | The scenic beauty everywhere in Ladakh

Our Not So WOW Moments: Lack of maintenance and cleanliness at various places, especially toilets | The bad condition of roads | The poor quality of food at various places

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Munich In Summer: Your Personal Guide For A Soothing Germany Vacay In 2019

Munich, the capital of Bavaria in Germany, is also often called the northernmost city of Italy since its summer is often similar to the places in Southern Europe. The warm summers really make it ideal for exploring the city for long hours without feeling worn out. The sun stays up for long and the weather is quite comfortable to explore the city and its surrounding by a bike or by walking.

Munich has numerous parks, gardens, open-air markets, churches, palaces, museums, and a whole lot of other things to explore. The city has a rich history and it is not possible to get to know Munich properly in a short trip. Those who are planning to go to Munich in summer can get to know the details here.

Best Time To Visit Munich

The best time to visit Munich is during the summer and early autumn, that is the period between May and October. After winter ends, the famous Fasching festival is celebrated and at the beginning of the summer, the gates of the beer gardens are opened to the public. The famous Oktoberfest is held during the last two weeks of September. Oktoberfest is something that sets Munich apart from the rest of the German cities. During this time, the entire city turns into a huge bar, and it’s actually hard to find a sober person in sight. A summer trip to Munich can be fun, exciting as well as relaxing.

Munich Weather In Summer

Munich in summer can be quite hot at times. However, extreme temperatures do not last very long. During June, July, and August, the maximum temperature can be as high as thirty degrees Celsius. Often these warm days are followed by cool rain showers. Even during July and August, sunshine is not always guaranteed and there is occasional rainfall. You will need to carry an umbrella or a rain jacket to avoid getting drenched. However, do not let this depress you since Munich looks beautiful in the rain too.

Planning of visiting Munich in Summer? Here are some of the places in Munich that you should visit this summer. Take a look!

1. Royal Castles Of Neuschwanstein And Linderhof

Royal Castles Of Neuschwanstein And Linderhof

Castles in and around Munich offer the best day trips from Munich in summer. You can see medieval villages, catch a glimpse of the Bavarian Alps and explore the dreamy fairy-tale castles. The castles are famous for their neo-Roman style architecture. The places are quite convenient to reach using public transport and you can opt for both solo or guided trips. There are multiple guided day trips that take place during this time of the year. The summer months provide ample sunshine and multiple photo opportunities.

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2. English Garden

English Garden

The biggest attraction of Munich is undoubtedly the English Garden that comes with the scenic rolling landscapes of the English countryside. There is a Japanese tea house, a Green Temple, and a Chinese Pagoda too. This 900-acre park along the Isar river is popular among tourists as well as locals all throughout the year. Cyclists and joggers get almost eighty kilometers to ride or run, which makes for a perfect workout. There are also options for numerous leisure time activities. The beautiful vista that has the rolling hills was added later in 1972.

3. Marienplatz

Marienplatz

Marienplatz is a mandatory part of the best Munich tours in summer. This public square is filled with places to explore and has been a prominent part of the city throughout history. The vibrant place is filled with restaurants, shopping places, and even historic buildings. There is the New Town Hall, the Old Town Hall, the Glockenspiel and the Column of St. Mary. So, are you planning to visit Munich in summeranytime soon?

4. Rosengarten

Rosengarten

The Rosengarten or the Rose Garden is a not-so-popular place in the city where you can see all kinds of roses. It is located just by Schyrenbad and is a part of the Baumschule Bischweiler. You can spend time playing frisbee or just sitting in a chair, reading a book. It is a quiet place to chill and read without anyone disturbing you. So, are you ready to soak in more bliss at this gorgeous place amid the scenic bounty of nature?

5. The New Botanic Garden

The New Botanic Garden

Munich’s famous Botanic Garden started in 1915. It is an 18-hectare property with over fourteen thousand different species. The tropical greenhouse and the Alpium are places in the garden which are particularly beautiful. In greenhouse 4, you can see different colorful species of butterflies flying around freely. This place will surely woo your senses while you’re out and about in the charming land to visit Munich in summer!

6. Munich’s Lakes

Munich's Lakes

Munich has a few lakes nearby. You can easily get to them by bicycle. Lakes like the Fasaneriesee, Lerchenauer See, and the Feldmochinger See are quite well connected. You can sunbathe at the adjacent beaches or even go for a swim. During peak summer, you can also drive to Lußsee And Langwieder See. There are some lakes that you can explore right outside the city of Munich, Germany in summer too.

There are a lot of things that you can do in Munich in the summer. Here are some of them that you can enjoy in Munich on your next soothing holiday with the loved ones!

1. Picnic

Picnic

Munich’s beautiful parks provide you with the best picnic opportunities. You can enjoy the summer sun, or even go on long walks. Most of the parks are quite beautiful and well maintained. And what’s best is that there is no shortage of picture-perfect frames. The number of places that Munich has to offer is endless. You can visit the West Park, the Olympia Berg, Gärtnerplatz, a beer garden or just go to the Isar river banks for a picnic. The Schlosspark Nymphenburg, as well as the Botanical Garden, are also great places to spend the summer morning.

2. Beer Gardens

Beer Gardens

Munich is famous for its beer. You can sit under the shade of the chestnut trees and enjoy a cool beer with the summer sun warming you up. You can visit the Seehaus garden and the Michaeligarten to enjoy a beer by the water. If you fancy indoor locations, then you will appreciate beer halls like the Augustiner Keller. The AugustinerBräustuben is another beer hall that is not frequented by tourists. This is surely one of the best things to do while you travel Munich in summer!

3. Bike

Bike

Many regions of Germany are quite bike-friendly and Munich is one of them. Touring Munich on a bike is quite a pleasure. Moreover, there are guided bike tours which you can take to know more about the city as your ride around. You can ride by the Isar, you can go to places in the north such as Freising, Moosburg, or Landshut, and in the south, you can go up to Wolfratshausenor Bad Hölz.

4. Outdoor Bath

Outdoor Bath

Munich also has a bunch of outdoor baths. They are an excellent alternative to taking a dip in the Isar or going to one of the lakes nearby. You do have to pay an entrance fee and stand in a queue before entering these outdoor baths, but these are a lot more fun. Naturbad Maria Einsiedel is a natural outdoor bath that is fed by the water from the Isar in Germany, Europe. There are a lot of others too. A few notable ones are Michaelibad, Ungererbad, Prinzregentenbad, and Schyrenbad.

5. Rubber Boat

Rubber Boat

Rafting on the Isar river is a common summer activity. You can take a 28-kilometer-long ride down the Isar river in an inflatable rubber boat. You can go from the S-Bahn all the way down to Wolfratshausen. The trip is definitely worth your time. A boat can usually accommodate four people and the good news is that you carry your beer too.

6. Open-Air Farmers Markets

Fruits Produce Farmers Market Vegetables Fresh

The Viktualienmarkt is one of the largest open-air markets in Munich that dates back to the early 1800s. The booths are well decorated with fresh fruits and vegetables that you can buy at extremely low prices. You can also buy meat, cheese, sausages, freshly squeezed juices, and a whole lot more. One of the city’s best beer gardens is also close by. So, after you are done shopping you can drop by to enjoy a pint of beer in the sun.

There are many things to do in Munich in the summer. Summer in Munich can be quite fun because of the beer parks that open up during this time. There are also a lot of parks that open its gates during summer. Here are some of the festivals that are celebrated in Munich during summer.

1. Sommer Tollywood

Sommer Tollywood

For those who love performing arts, sommer Tollywood is the best place to go to. For three weeks in July, the Olympia Park is transformed into a makeshift village with colorful tents and live stages. Generally open from late June to early July, the festival is renowned for its musical acts and circus performances. Moreover, there are theatrical performances too. Foodies will be glad to know that there are also culinary delicacies where you can try out the local food. People can also shop for local arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry, and more.

2. Kocherlball

Kocherlball

Kocherlball or Cook Ball is held on the third Sunday of July in the famous English Garden of Munich. A tradition since the 19th century is still continued till date where all the servants, cooks, nannies and other household helpers of the city gather in the early Sunday morning to dance. It takes place near the Chinese Tower. It was banned from 1904 till 1989. But now, the party is bigger than ever. The festival starts at 6 AM and is a great way to experience the old glory of Munich.

3. Auer Dult

Auer Dult

Held in the months of May, August, and October, the Auer Dult is a traditional market that takes place thrice a year. You can find the fair in Mariahilfplatz. There are over 300 stalls, selling food products, handcrafted items, clothing and more. You can also shop old books and other rarities. It’s also a great place for children as they can have a gala time on the merry-go-rounds and bumper cars. These seasonal events are perfect for spending time with family.

4. Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Even though it is not strictly a summer festival, Oktoberfest is what sets Munich apart. The 16-day fest is filled with rides, games, carnivals, food and most importantly, Bavarian beer. So, if you are visiting Munich by the end of summer, plan your trip in a way so that you stay a few days to enjoy Oktoberfest. You must not miss it!

Even though Munich can get hot during summer days, it is important to keep your rain jacket or your umbrella handy. Since the summer sun can be quite scorching at times, always use sunscreen, especially when you are going to the pools. Have a great vacation! Plan your trip to Europe for an enthralling holiday experience with your loved ones like never before!

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Ditch Those Pricey Taxis! The New Goa Airport Ferry Will Get You Around In Half The Time

After what seems like months and months of waiting, Goa’s Dabolim Airport finally has a ferry terminal of its own. In fact it’s already showing off its two catamarans connecting Dabolim airport to Panjim and Sinquerim a few miles up north. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping & Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, had launched the terminal only last week and had even announced that more connections were underway.

Located at the Baina beach, this ferry terminal is just 5 km from the airport. The great part is that the terminal is accessible by a shuttle service that is free of cost!

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The airport ferry will connect the following places:
First Phase:

  • Panjim (from Dabolim)
  • Sinquerim

If you wish to visit places like Candolim, Calangute, and other popular beaches in North Goa, you can simply drive to them from the Sinquerim port.

Second Phase:

  • Baga
  • Chapora
  • Palolem
  • Mobor

Other than these, the ferry will also connect various other beaches in South Goa.

Drishti Marine is operating the airport ferry service in Goa and they have employed a 40-seater and a 30-seater catamaran for the job. You can book yourself a ticket for the Goa airport ferry through Drishti Marine’s website.

The prices for the ferry tickets are as follows:
Airport Ferry Terminal to Panaji: INR 800 (Economy Class)

Airport Ferry Terminal to Panaji ferry route

Panaji to Sinquerim: INR 200 (Economy Class)

Panaji to Sinquerim ferry route

Note: Ferries to both these routes are available at a 50% promotional discount right now!

So, the next time you find yourself turned down by those expensive Goan taxis at the airport, book yourself a seat on this beautiful ferry instantly! It may not be cheaper than the cabs but it’ll definitely offer you a splendid cruising experience and better scenic views that those pricey taxis!

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3 Star Hotels In Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the exotic tourist destinations that are entrenched in the itineraries of backpackers as well as budget travelers. There are a variety of 3 Star Hotels in Vietnam to accommodate influx of tourists. These hotels are adorned with all essential amenities and world class facilities to offer comfortable stay to the tourists. Vietnam is the hottest tourist destination to explore. This place is known for enchanting natural beauty and tranquil village life. Placed in Southeast Asia, this ‘S’ shaped country always remains abuzz with holidaymakers. It is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations across the world and thus offers world travelers an inexpensive and truly iconic destination where they can experience the best of Asia. The majestic beauty of this place draws the attention of tourists from all around the world. Visiting Vietnam is an incredible experience for travelers as this tranquil place has a lot to offer.

Finding hotels in Vietnam is not at all a challenging task as this county boasts variety of accommodation options. These hotels are famed for offering impeccable services and top of the line hospitality. If travelers have an ardent desire to enjoy a delightful staying experience they can opt for 3 Star Hotels in Vietnam and create the memories that linger on.

Hotels in Vietnam are beautifully designed and thus offer top class services and facilities to make travelers’ stay a blissful experience. Kids 11 and under can stay free of cost with adults in hotels like Lao Cai Star Hotel. This can surely cut the expense and make the trip affordable. Apart from this, the rooms of these hotels are warmly decorated to give calm and relaxed feel. These rooms offer panoramic city views so that visitors can enjoy the splendid beauty of the city right from their comfort zone. Paradise Saigon Boutique Hotel and Spa is one such 3 Star Hotels in Vietnam where some rooms have balconies with open air tub in order to add a royal touch. Guests can enjoy tranquil time amidst nature in the relaxed and lush green rooftop garden in Huong Sen Hotel.

3 Star Hotels in Vietnam are loaded with all essential facilities so that travelers can feel like home. A list of facilities offered by these hotels includes tastefully designed rooms with classic furnishing, attached modern bathroom, top-of-the-line room service, airport shuttle, internet connection, parking, flat screen TV, in-room lockers, mini-fridges, mini-bars, laundry service, baggage storage, air conditioning, daily housekeeping, wheelchair accessible entrance, in-house dining and a lot more. Guests can enjoy rejuvenating spa and wellness therapies in several 3 star hotels like Elios Hotel, Silverland Central Hotel, Hurong Sen Hotel and a lot more. Some of the accommodations in Vietnam offer gym facility to their guests so that they can carry out their fitness schedule with ease. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor and indoor swimming pool in the hotels like Saigon Star Hotel, Huong Sen etc.

3 Star Hotels in Vietnam pose as an ideal place to enjoy phenomenal dining experience. These hotels feature in-house restaurant where local and international delicacies are served to the guests in boutique setting. Silverland Central Hotel features trendy rooftop eatery with live music, free breakfast and city views. The chefs of these hotels are extremely talented and thus prepare lip-smacking food to satisfy the craving of the visitors. Only fresh ingredients are used to prepare food so as to add local and authentic touch. Almost all hotels in Vietnam features on-site bar where guests can sip on their favorite beverage, right from tea/ coffee to sensuous cocktails, mocktails, beers, champagne and a lot more. Guests are also offered to have meals in their rooms with their loved ones.

Q1. Can travelers enjoy free wifi at 3 Star Hotels in Vietnam?

A. Yes, all 3 star hotels in this country offer complimentary internet connection so that guests can connected with the world during their vacation.

Q2. Which are some 3 star accommodations that offer free breakfast.

A. Hanoi La Storia Ruby Hotel, Hotel L’Odeon, Silverland Central Hotel, GK Central Hotel, The Airport Hotel etc are some of the 3 star accommodations that offer free breakfast.

Q3. Do all 3 star hotels in Vietnam offer room service?

A. Yes, all 3 star hotels offer excellent room service to their guests in order to offer a memorable and comfortable stay to the gusts.

Q4. Are there any 3 Star Hotels in Vietnam that provide car hire facility?

A. Yes. Several 3 star hotels in Vietnam offer car hire facility to their guests such as Silverland Central Hotel, Hotel L’Odeon, Hanoi La Storia Ruby Hotel, The Airport Hotel and a lot more.

Q5. Name 3-star hotels that offer Jacuzzi facility in Vietnam.

A. The list of 3 star hotels with Jacuzzi facility includes The Airport Hotel, Huong Sen Hotel, Saigon Star Hotel, Lao Cai Star Hotel and many more.

Vietnam is now counted amongst the hottest tourist destination in the Asian continent. This country presents the perfect blend of modern lifestyle and traditional culture. The dazzling views of this destination attract tourists from all over the world. To cater to the travelers’ needs, this place hosts a variety of accommodation options such as Lao Cai Star Hotel, Saigon Star Hotel, Hurong Sen Hotel, Silverland Central Hotel, Hanoi La Storia Ruby Hotel, The Airport Hotel, Elios Hotel, GK Central Hotel, Aristo Saigon Hotel and a lot more. All of these hotels are decorated with all amenities in order to make travelers’ vacation blissful. Travelers can book any of the 3 Star Hotels in Vietnam and collect lifelong memories to cherish.

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Backwaters In Goa? You Heard That Right! Amit’s Unusual Goa Experience Is A Must Read For All

Amit and Pooja travel in search for an enthusiastic and vibrant destination after marriage. Goa as always, never disappoints! Read their refreshing account of a romantic trip to Goa that will have you making sand castles in your dreams. Their trip cost them a total of INR 35,500 which included their meals, accommodation, and transfers.

My wife and I were looking for a dose of youthful exuberance. What better place to provide it than a short trip to Goa. My brother-in-law suggested me to try booking a package from TravelTriangle.

They provided a lucrative option of customizing the package according to your needs. I found my work to be far more easier as I will get access to a marketplace of multiple agents providing me with competitive prices.

Amit and his wife in Goa

I submitted a query on the TravelTriangle website and was soon contacted by a travel representative from the company. He understood my needs and further connected me to various travel agents. I received multiple quotes from different agents, out of which I selected the best quote given to me by ‘Trip Sailer’.

It was time to pack my slippers, shades and floral shirts. For it was time to relax and bask in Goa.

Day 1: Flying into Goa

Luxurious resort in Goa

We boarded our flight from Bangalore at 6 am and arrived in Goa by 8 am. Upon our arrival, the taxi from the agency was present to receive and take us to the hotel. We checked into The Lalit Hotel at around 11 am.

We were dazzled upon entering the hotel as the property was massive and luxurious. We decided to rest for a few hours and then have lunch. Around 3 pm, we decided to take a walk to the reserved beach area for the hotel.

Lush green scenery in Goa

Amit and his wife exploring Goa

In the evening, we decided to visit a small temple that was near the hotel. At 8 pm, we decided to go to a restaurant nearby for some drinks and dinner. The ambiance and music at the place was really upbeat and made us feel relaxed. We came back to the room at 11pm and rested for the night.

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Day 2: Beach + Pool + Good Food = A treat for a tired soul

Amit relaxing in the pool

We woke up early morning at 5.30 am to take a walk to the beach. The weather and view at the time of sunrise was simply amazing. Barely a soul in sight, barely any noise except the waves hitting the coast.

After a few hours, we returned back to the hotel and had a lovely meal. Post breakfast, we thought of relaxing in the gorgeous looking hotel pool. From noon to 3 pm, we relaxed in the water next to which there was a bar and snacks counter.

Enjoying a drink by the pool

All in all, it was heavenly. Felt like we were being rewarded for our good deeds. In the evening, we decided to again to take a stroll to the beach. The day ended on a perfect note with a light and tasty dinner.

Day 3: Street shopping frenzy and a visit to Palolem

A pic with perfect timing

Post breakfast, we decided to visit Palolem beach. A relatively less crowded beach from the many that exist in Goa which often draw criticism for being too crowded or sometimes even dirty. South Goa is definitely a place for people who are looking for peace and tranquility in an otherwise booming party capital of the country.

After lunch, we decided to book a Goa backwaters tour on our own. The tour was scenic and majestic as it made us feel close to nature. Cruising in a boat through the lesser known parts of Goa was memorable. The tour ended in 2 hours and after that I decided to go on a street shopping frenzy.

Luxurious beach in Goa

After having our wallets turned inside out, (quite literally!) around 4 pm, we returned back to the hotel tired and hungry. We spent the rest of the evening in the hotel chilling out, and enjoying our last night in Goa.

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Day 4 : Back home with a recharged mind

Gardens at The Lalit, Goa

We got up next morning, to have one quick final dip in the water. We came back to the hotel, and checked out at 11am. We left the hotel at noon and reached the airport via taxi for our flight which was to fly at 4 pm.

I am of the belief that married people should often keep doing things that keeps them young at heart. Visiting Goa with my lovely wife and letting ourselves go wild and free again gave us a much needed boost for our lives ahead. All said and done about overcrowdedness, Goa is still a destination that begs to be visited.

Goa boat ride

High Points :

  • Everything about the hotel was fantastic- the food, pool, bar, service, and the room.
  • Spending time at Palolem beach was really enjoyable.

Tips to Travelers :

  • Family travelers should definitely check out resorts in South Goa for a more peaceful time.

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Fraser Island In Australia: An All Inclusive Guide To The Largest Sand Island On The Planet

Fraser Island is one of the world’s most surprising islands. It is the biggest sand island on the planet with 123 kilometers in length and 22 kilometers wide. It is the sole place on Earth where rainforests develop on sand hills and rises of in excess of 200 meters. Fraser Island in Australia comprises the half of the world’s floating lakes. A World Heritage-recorded wild with bunches of resort-style solaces, Fraser island tours is the ideal trip to go wild. With its distinctive charm and unique attractions, Fraser Island continues to be one amongst Australia’s most enticing destinations.

All About The Fraser Island

Located in one amongst Australia’s most scenic environments, Fraser Island could be a dream destination for sun-­loving folks that will love and appreciate nature altogether its glory. Its relish will additionally double because the world’s largest sand island, area rainforests grow directly out of the sand and dingoes to roll free. The island’s genesis is often derived back to the period, once huge quantities of sand from New South Wales tend tore deposited on the coast of Australian state and shaped the island. Fraser Island covers a hundred and sixty thousands hectares of pure sand and welcomes over 1,000,000 tourists annually.

How To Get To Fraser Island

Fraser Island is situated around 15 kilometers off the shore of ‘Hervey Bay’, making it a mainstream propelling point from which to visit the island. The ship leaves from ‘River Heads’, which is found only outside of Hervey Bay. From Rainbow Beach, you will board the canal boat from Inskip Point, which is around 15 minutes away. You will arrive at Hook Point on Fraser Island, which is on the Southernmost purpose of the island, and drive to your goal. Itself scow takes around 10 minutes.

The Geography Of Fraser Island

‘Fraser Island’ has more than 100 freshwater lakes, which is the second most elevated centralization of lakes in Australia after Tasmania. The freshwater lakes on ‘Fraser Island’ are the absolute freshest lakes in the world. ‘Lake Boomanjin’, a perched lake which at 200 ha in size, is the biggest perched lake on the ‘Sea Islands’ in the world. In absolute, there are forty perched lakes on the island. ‘Fraser Island’ also has window lakes. The majority of the valleys on the islands have streams which are sustained by springs.

‘Fraser Islands’ weather is commonly mellow and due to the direct impact of the sea influence temperature does not reach the extreme. Temperatures seldom transcend 35 °C (95 °F) or fall below 5 °C (41 °F) and humidity is reliably high.

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Fraser Island was the scene of a secret coaching base for Allied troopers throughout world war II, largely focused around the space next to Lake McKenzie. It became a United Nations ‘Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’ World Heritage site in 1992 and was voted collectively of the best 10 beaches within the world by National Geographic.

1. Get in the Water

Get in the Water

Lake Wabby, at the edge of the Hammerstone Sand Blow, is the most profound lake on the island and when the sun sparkles it’s difficult to oppose diving into its cool, emerald profundities. Eli Creek is an unmistakable freshwater spring. It’s implausibly fun and delightful and a must-do once visiting Fraser Island. Bring a tube or buoyant device for bonus points. Fraser Island is the right place to go for swim water in the Island will make for a lingering experience for you during your stay.

2. Camping on the Island

Camping

Fraser Island is perfect for Camping and there is numerous ground for camping on the island. During your visit, you too can enjoy Fraser island camping but you should initially get consent from the ‘Department of Environment and Resource Management.’ Well-developed camp out zones is situated at Central Stations, Lake Boomanjin, Dundubara, Waddy Point, Lake McKenzie, and Wathumba. Anyway, there are a few areas where camp-out is totally banned like Eli Creek. Camping ground in the eastern shorelines offers more privacy and provide an experience of adventure, but permission from the authority is yet required.

3. Fraser Island Great Walk

Fraser Island Great Walk

The island’s large expanse offers a variety of natural wonders that wreak marvelous sideshows on the approach throughout its ‘Great Walk’ – mangrove forest, over forty crystal-clear fresh lakes, multi-shaded sand, and sections that cut into the center of ancient semitropic rainforest are all on the cards here. The ‘Fraser Island Great Walk’ is a 90 kilometer (56 miles) track that breezes between ‘Dilli Village’ and ‘Happy Valley’, passing the vast majority of the island’s eminent destinations, for example, Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, Wanggoolba Creek and the transcending rainforest trees in the ‘Valley of the Giants’. To do the entire thing takes around six days.

4. Drive through the shoreline

Drive through the shoreline

The vast majority go to the huge sandy expressway also called 75 Mile Beach on the eastern side of the island. Yep, it’s a road that’s conjointly a beach. It comes with road signs, police speed cameras, and everything! make full your 4 wheel drive and drive on this beach main road that’s. In addition worth doing is the inland Central Lakes picturesque drive, features of which incorporate ‘Pile Valley’s Lake McKenzie’, and’ Lake Wabby’ post for a perspective of ‘Lake Wabby’ and ‘Stonetool Sand Blow.’

5. Wildlife

Wildlife

Wild nightlife goes up against radical new importance on Fraser Island, where a significant number of the locals come join the fun once the sun goes down. ‘Central Station’ was once a forestry camp and was established once there was still logging on ‘Fraser Island’. This space is currently encircled by beautiful timberland and an amazing paseo that takes you past the clear, flowing waters of ‘Wanggoolba’ creek. The island is the home of around 230 species of bird that embrace white-breasted sea eagles, peregrine falcons, kingfishers, brolgas and the very rare ground parrot.

6. Whale watching

Whale watching

Every year a large number of whales move from the chilly Antarctic waters to the hotter tropical oceans along Australia’s east drift to conceive an offspring, and in transit back many stops to rest in the waters of ‘Hervey Bay’ before returning south. Fraser Island in Australia is an extraordinary site compared to other places in the nation to see Whale with their calves as sightings are nearly ensured. August and late October is the best time. Keep your eyes in the buff for these giants. The whales are on their migration throughout this time. Bring your binoculars and keep your eyes in the altogether for a puff of water on the distance, spurting from their blowholes.

7. Wild Dingos

Wild Dingos

There are wild Dingos on Fraser Island, you can get a glance and can take photographs of these wild creature. Will undoubtedly have dingos coming quite near you on the shorelines, especially close ‘Eli Creek’, sniffing for sustenance. Fraser Island dingoes are protected as they are the purest strain of dingo on the seashore. They travel up to forty kilometers each day. It’s knowing to keep in mind that these beautiful animals are wild. Dingoes do most of their strutting at dawn. Also, in spite of signs cautioning of the peril everywhere throughout the island, visitors moving near them to get their shot of the adorable wild canines.

The view from the highest as you walk down the stairway is exciting and you’ll wish to assign enough time to spend in this natural swimming spot. Close by to Indian Head, on seventy-five Mile Beach, the Champagne Pools are an improbable set of swimming pools you simply won’t notice anyplace else. This must-do spot is that the safest place on the island for seawater swimming, as you’re protected within the pools, fashioned by volcanic rocks, whereas the waves smash over the rocks. The name ‘Champagne Pools’ comes from the little bubbles that form, just like a glass of champagne.

8. Take a Joy Ride

Take a Joy Ride

The definite highlight of your visit and one among a lot of distinctive things to try and do on Fraser Island is experiencing a joy flight with Air Fraser Island that embarks from nature’s best runway on seventy-five Mile Beach. You’ll be afforded unimaginable views up and down the coast, fly interior over the huge sand dunes and pretty Butterfly Lake, and spot migrating whales in season. Get a birds-eye view of the island most lovely spots and keep your eyes in the altogether for marine life! Air Fraser run 15-minute joy flights all day long from $75 p/p.

There’s something very mystical about venturing foot on Fraser Island. With its wild untamed shorelines, transcending old backwoods, completely clear freshwater lakes, and plentiful natural life including Fraser’s most acclaimed occupant, the dingo, this UNESCO-recorded island offers one of Australia’s best wild adventures. This place is perfect for the adventure loving soul visiting Australia.

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