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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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Goa Was A Delight For This New Family! It Was The Perfect Gift Their Little One Could Have Asked For

A getaway for all ages, a resort for all groups, and a vacation for all travelers. Goa is like an extra large umbrella that accommodates everyone under the sun. Read Chirag’s charming account of his family trip to Goa that was a first with his cute little daughter. Their trip cost them a total of INR 15,000 which included their transfers, accommodation, sightseeing, and breakfast.

I hadn’t been to Goa before and life couldn’t be busy enough to stop me from planning a family trip to Goa. After browsing the internet for Goa family packages, I landed on the TravelTriangle website. I found their way of letting clients customize their own travel itinerary as a unique attraction. I submitted a query on their website and got a call back from their representative.

Chirag and his family on Calangute beach

Uday understood the requirements of my trip and connected me to various agents providing me with multiple offers for the same trip. I selected the best package provided to me by ‘Shoes On Loose’ agency. Just like that, my family and I were ready with our bags packed to enjoy a short getaway on the magical beaches of Goa.

Day 1: The adventure begins

Enjoy the open waters in Goa

We boarded our evening flight from New Delhi and arrived at the airport in Goa at 9 pm. The excitement of our first trip to Goa was visible on our faces. We were like kids in a candy store who, for the time being, found a purpose to life. Afterward, we rested for the night as the next day for us was filled with adventure.

Day 2: Beach hopping in North Goa

A fantastic view of the coastline in Goa

The next morning we had breakfast and got ready for exploring the beaches in North Goa. The shared cab came to pick us at 9 and so with that we began our North India Tour with a bang.

The majority of our time spent in Goa that day went into covering all the beaches that North Goa has to offer. As the craze of Goa was setting in, I was surprised by witnessing that beaches of Goa, despite it being the most popular destination, has a good opportunity for travelers to capture great memories.

We visited Anjuna, Vagator, Sinquerim, and Candolim Beaches in North Goa. Our hotel was situated on the Calangute beach, which coincidentally is the most cheapest and cleanest and in Northern Ireland sale in the world. After spending the entire day hopping across beaches, we returned back to the hotel at 6 pm and called it a night.

Day 3: Colorful and cultural Goa Tour

Enjoying the cultural perforamance

The next day, post breakfast, we departed in our cab for the South Goa Tour. The journey in Southern Goa is supposed to be more religious and liberal than the others. The tour started at 9.30 am with the visits to local and nearby temples.

First up, we visited the famous Shanta Durga Temple, followed by which we covered the Mangleshwar Temple. Later on, we moved towards the visiting of Churches like Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus. We were amazed to see how Goa is thriving as a state, despite being so diversely rich in religion and race.

Enjoying the glimmering lights on cruise

Post lunch, we returned back to the hotel and got ready for the cruise. A thing that was on the top of my to-do in list Goa- do a boat cruise off the coast of India. The cab came to pick us up and we boarded at 5 pm. As the boat cruise waited to fill its capacity of 300 people, the guest who had arrived were treated to fine entertainment and cultural shows. At 9 pm, the boat cruise got over and we headed back to the hotel for the night.

Day 4: Goa! Until we meet again..

A cute mother-daughter picture

On the final day of our family trip to Goa, our flight was departing at 9 pm. So, we checked out of the hotel at 11 am and left our bags there and headed to Mall de Goa in Panaji. Although I’m not a big fan of shopping, but since most of the ladies simply love it, you gotta take part in it.

At 5pm, we picked our bags from the hotel and headed to the airport only to be faced by an indefinite delay of our flight. Even the gods wanted to us to enjoy a little more in Goa. The flight finally departed at 1 am, much to our relief.

High Points:

  • The management of boat cruise on such a large scale was commendable

Low Points:

  • The beds in the rooms were shorter than their usual size.

Tips for travelers:

  • Food for vegetarians can be really expensive so come prepared.

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12 Soweto Nightlife Experiences That Will Leave You With A Ton Of Memories

If someone has been looking for a change in their schedule and wants to spice up their social life a little bit, Soweto has got to be the perfect holiday vacay spot for them. Soweto has a lot of things to provide to their tourists so that they forget all things behind and dive into the aura of the city. Furthermore Soweto nightlife has definitely come a long way. In recent times, the nightlife of Soweto has taken the whole city by storm.

Soweto has got it all for a tourist to sink into the vibe of this endearing city’s nightlife. Here is the list of all places which are famous for Soweto nightlife. Take a peek:

1. Chaf Pozi

Nightlife Bar Illuminated Party Night Fluorescence

This place is basically a famous restaurant in Soweto. With good music and mouth watering food, this restraint leaves people wondering about it for days. After giving an authentic restaurant experience by day, it turns into a club by night. With vibrant background music playing in the background, they serve some of the most exotic mouthwatering local dishes which include Shisa Nyama and a cold beer.

Location: Orlando Towers, Chris Hani Road & Nicholas Street, Soweto

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2. 707 Panyaza Pub And Braai

707 Panyaza Pub And Braai

This place is famous for being the largest chilling and relaxing hang out place in the city. This is a pub which offers a snazzy bar that serves drinks at a reasonable price. Also, this place make sure it gets its customers grooving on the beats of music as there are a variety of events that happen here like hip-hop, house dancehall, and jazz, among others.

Location: Modjaji St, Pimville Zone 7, Pimville, 1809, South Africa

3. Sedibeng Pub And Restaurant

Sedibeng Pub And Restaurant

It is one of the finest restaurants cum pub in the city. There are a variety of events that happens here on a weekly basis. It’s a perfect place for partying. One can party indoors. There is also a swimming pool outdoors. Also, the people here are quite friendly and welcoming. On top of it, the groovy music in the background makes this place a paradise for all. This is for all the night owls out there who love to explore the culture of the city at night.

Location: 8 Union Road, Mafatsane, Sebokeng, Sedibeng, 1984, South Africa

4. KwaLichaba

KwaLichaba

This place has got it all. This is the kind of place where one can simply lay back and chill. In contrast to that, you can also enjoy the overwhelming night life with some jaw dropping music and delectable local meals. It a nice place to chill at during the day and go pub crawling during the night. The people looking for a spiced up evening, this has got to be the place for you. There are so many events happening here that keeps the people busy.

Location: Vilakazi St, Orlando West, Soweto, 1804, South Africa

5. E’Socialink Shisa Nyama

Company Party Night Club Youth Holiday Lights

It is a trendy and sophisticated spot in Soweto. This up market pub has bars. Although the drinks here are costly, but they are worth the price! It also has a car wash facility so that if any wants, they can get their car washed and spruced up here in no time. It is a perfect place to chill at and enjoy live entertainment. Also, one gets the opportunity to bond with the natives and dance all night. Due to so many facilities that it provides, this is the go-to place for many of the tourists.

Location: Mdeni Link Road and Impala Road 1874, Soweto

6. The OZ Pub

The-OZ-Pub

This place has got to be the perfect place to spend the night. It has a blend of culture, good music, exotic food and a positive vibe. It has got an awesome atmosphere and an amazing surrounding. The food and the drinks are quite affordable here, thus making it one of the most famous pubs in city. Also, one gets to interact with the locals, which again is an added advantage.

Location: 2027-, 02028 Ntsane St, Soweto, 1868, South Africa

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7. Icono Soweto

icono Soweto

This place is great to host an event as the management of this place is quite appreciable. Here, one can enjoy some of the greatest performances and outstanding DJ’s. It overall provides a great service and the bouncers are friendly. The music played here is very refreshing and keeps people filled with excitement.

Location: Modjaji St, Pimville Zone 7, Pimville, 1809, South Africa

8. Club Pelican Soweto

Club Pelican Soweto

This is an iconic place in the Soweto’s cultural and musical history. It is open from 11:30 am to 10 pm at night. It serves some of the most delicious foods in town. There is also one specialty about this place. It is that this place has played a prominent role in the political and cultural history of the city of Soweto. Make sure to hit this club to experience Soweto nightlife at its peak.

Location: 3644/7 Pela Street Orlando West, Soweto 1804, South Africa

9. Naledi by night Bar

Naledi by night Bar

It is a bar in South Africa which only opens at night. It is open till 2 am. It provides a variety of options in drinks and beer. It offers drinks and some exquisite food. The people who are looking forward to enjoy Soweto nightlife, this is the perfect place to be at. Also one gets to blend in with the locals of this place and that’s the perfect way to absorb the cultural vibes of any place.

Location: 1351b Matshidiso St, Naledi, Soweto, 1861, South Africa

10. Tsalanang Pub

Tsalanang pub

This is a great place to meet people and have quality time with friends. During the soccer season, they also organize a plethora of national and international soccer tournaments. It’s also a nice place to chill and relax during the day and become the party animal at night. It is counted among one of the best night clubs in that city.

Location: Bram Fischerville, Soweto, 1875, South Africa

11. Bafokeng Corner

Bafokeng Corner

It is one of those places where one can go and sink into Soweto nightlife completely. It is very refreshing. The people here are an extremely friendly bunch, and fresh tasty food is served here. It has got a fabulous vibe with cheerful and energetic people. The place here is full of life.

Location: 00333 Sagila St, Phiri, Soweto, 1818, South Africa

12. Nine Pub & Lounge

Nine Pub & Lounge

This is yet another famous pub in the city. It brings out the liveliness of the culture of this city. With some dope music and beer, one can groove on the music played. The staff is prompt and the overall management of this place is commendable. It is overall a good place to spend an evening at or to enjoy Soweto nightlife to the fullest.

Location: Soweto, Johannesburg, 1852, South Africa

There are so many options available for a person looking forward to enjoy Soweto nightlife. There are a list of a number of pubs, bars and restaurants that are open all night. If a fun night is on your mind in Soweto, make sure you visit one of these best pubs on your trip to South Africa. We promise that you won’t be disappointed.

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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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8 Museums In Wellington: 8 Places That Depict The Socio-Cultural History Of New Zealand

Museums are sites where you can not only enlighten yourself but also entertain and inform. Museums in Wellington are a treasure-trove of knowledge and information regarding ancient society, civilization, historical facts and figures, relics and historical dimensions. Take a look at some of the best-known museums in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand is a beautiful place where you find some of the best museums. These museums highlight and bring forth the growth and development of the city, the country as a whole and its inhabitants and residents.

There are many museums in Wellington, but some of them are one of the places that should not be missed when visiting this beautiful city. Visit these museums to make sure that your trip gets more informative.

1. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

This is certainly one of the best national museums in the whole world. It is comprehensive, complete and inclusive from all angles and in all aspects. Te Papa literally means ‘container of treasures’ in the Maori language. The museum has fascinated people of all ages. This has also inspired and encouraged generations. The museum exhibits a 4-meter long giant and enormous red squid. Added to it, you can also see, as it also displays, New Zealand’s some of the most diverse plants, birds, animals and even sea creatures in the Mountains to Sea Gallery. The exhibits which stand at a whopping 1.5 million approximately, will offer life’s most enlightening moments. One or two visits will not be sufficient, that’s for sure.

Location: Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand
Timings: 10:00 to 18:00.
Admission Fee: $10 to $50

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2. Colonial Cottage Museum

Colonial Cottage Museum

Now, who does not loves to be surprised? Cottage and its very structure have always enticed the humankind. The Georgian Colonial Cottage, which is the oldest home to dwell in Wellington, is exquisite, beautiful and gorgeous. If you explore the house, you will find all the three generations of the famous Wallis family who once lived in this super charming and delightful home in the 19th century. Now, the restored home has its own original furnishings and antiques which offer a fleeting glance and glimpse of life as an immigrant pioneer. There is a heritage garden which is complete with herbs, chickens, and flowers. You can get an idea of how the early settlers might have lived.

Location: Nairn St, Mount Cook, Wellington, New Zealand
Timings: 12:00 to 16:00
Admission Fee: $6

3. Reserve Bank and Education Centre

Reserve Bank and Education Centre

The Reserve Bank Museum will offer some of the unique details regarding the economic heritage of the country, New Zealand. Economy, its heritage and banking system matter a lot. This museum will not only educate you about the economic tradition of New Zealand but also will take you on a journey into the world of finance, economy and monetary issues of New Zealand. You can watch a film regarding the history of currency and find out how heavy and weighty $1 million in $50 notes weighs. Look around and browse through the colorful display of bank notes which was issued over the history of the country. In fact, you will find some of the most important financial and its historical aspects.

An excellent exhibit will enlighten you to learn how coins are struck using dies. This unique story of ‘Bank House’ will explain to you how the country, New Zealand, concealed and hid its cash reserve during the Second World War (1939-1945) in a solid and concrete bunker under a house in Upper Hutt. You will be surprised to know that here you can also see an early old Monetary National Income Analogue Computer (MONIAC). It was built in the late 1940s so that the flow of money and intricate and complex economic projections could be illustrated and exemplified.

Location: The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand
Timings: 9:30 to 16:00
Admission Fee: N/A

4. Space Place at Carter Observatory

Space Place at Carter Observatory

Man has always been enthralled, fascinated and attracted towards knowing, unfolding and unearthing the mysteries and myths of space. This museum, Space Place at Carter Observatory, is located in Wellington’s beautiful and exquisite Botanic Gardens. You will discover the southern skies through a host of multimedia-enabled exhibits and displays, unique interactive galleries, the famed, famous and celebrated historic Thomas Cooke telescope and the digital and full dome planetarium.

The state-of-the-art gallery and its displays will give you a celestial experience. In addition to it, you will find the Māori story of creation and also introspect regarding the chance and possibility of life on other planets. Come here to know and discover the observatory’s very own black hole. You can also handle a space rock, launch a rocket and certainly watch video stories.

Location: Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand
Timings: 10:00 to 17:00, Saturday 10:00 to 23:00
Admission Fee: $12.50

5. Wellington Cable Car Museum

Wellington Cable Car Wellington New Zealand

This beautiful and superb Wellington Cable Car Museum which located up the hill from the famous Lambton Quay is appreciable and brilliant in all respects. This transportation service has been serving and has been active for more than 110 years now. At the upper terminal, you will find the former and earlier version of Cable Car Winding House which accommodates two of the most beautiful and original ‘grip cable cars’.

In fact, you will be greeted by photographs, informative boards which will take you on a journey of the history of cable car which, at its peak, carried over two million people in New Zealand in the year 1926. You can view the old and prestigious winding gear and even enjoy the informative and enlightening film about the 400 cable cars which are owned privately and used by a large number of owners of homes and houses in Wellington.

Location: Upland Rd, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand
Timings: 9:30 to 17:00
Admission Fee: $5 to $9

6. Wellington Museum

Wellington Museum

The famed Wellington Museum is situated right on the waterfront in the historic and prestigious 1892 Bond Store building. Here you will find all types of imports which were held until the appropriate import duty was paid off. Do you know it was voted one of the top 50 museums in the world? Now, the first floor will offer you with exhibits which have 101 stories of lives of Wellington representing an enthralling timeline from 1900 to 2000.

You will get to know about the various myths and legends of Maori in the Maori Myths and Legends gallery which covers the early inhabitants in the area. This is indeed interesting and inspiring. If you climb the grand staircase which is there for you, will find some of the items which have been kept and salvaged from shipwrecks, a brilliant replica Captain’s cabin and chandlery. One of the most striking features is the film which is all about the 1968 Wahine ferry disaster in Wellington harbor.

Location: Jervois Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
Timings: 10:00 to 17:00
Admission Fee: $10 to $20

7. Petone Settlers Museum

Petone Settlers Museum Hutt City North Island New Zealand

The Petone Settlers Museum is well suited and fittingly housed in the ever impressive Wellington Provincial Centennial Memorial Building. It was constructed in the memory of the centenary of the arrival of the first British settlers. Petone Settlers Museum was constructed in the year 1940. The building has also served as a well-liked and accepted bathing pavilion for a long period of time. Later, it became a magnificent museum.

Here, you will find a large number of depicts regarding the growth and development of Wellington. Wellington’s history of growth and development is quite unique as it has grown through flood, fire, commercial boom and even earthquakes. This museum in question will show you the impact of settlement which is based on the Maori and the white Pakeha natives through their very own personal stories. Do not miss the picture of the famous Te Atiawa Chief, Te Puni, which is on the arched window on the front of this important and significant building of the museum.

Location: Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Timings: 10:00 to 16:00
Admission Fee: $50

8. City Gallery in Wellington

City Gallery in Wellington

City Gallery in Wellington is a public gallery dedicated and devoted to art. It showcases and exhibits contemporary art from New Zealand and also from around the world. The venue itself is suitable for conducting research, debate, and display regarding the various forms and aspects of modern and contemporary visual art.

City Gallery works in collaboration with artists, collectors, galleries, an assortment of organizations and even business partners who are willing to do something for the sake of art. It will draw you towards the various curious aspects of its exhibits. Everybody has a fascination and love for knowing about contemporary art.

Location: Wakefield St, Wellington, New Zealand
Timings: 10:00 to 17:00
Admission Fee: N/A

There are many such museums and exhibitions in Wellington, New Zealand. These museums in Wellington will provide you with a detailed history New Zealand. Museums can teach your children and younger ones lots of things. So what are you thinking about? Just pack your bag, book your trip to New Zealand and make your life and holiday as much as enlightening as possible.

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Exploring The Beauty Of Himalayas On An Adventure Trip To Ladakh

To keep the wheel spinning, Sathya needed an adventure that would lift their spirits and rejuvenate them completely. Therefore, he went on an adventure trip to Ladakh with his friends and what transpired afterward was absolutely breathtaking.

Just like any normal working adult, every now and then, my daily routine would feel a bit dull and cumbersome. To escape that feeling of monotony, I often packed my bags on a weekend and travel to a new place where I enjoyed being the company of a new culture, people, and destination.

For a few years, my friends and I wanted to plan a big and memorable vacation together. Ladakh had been on our bucket list for long and things finally aligned perfectly for us to go on an adventure trip to Ladakh.

river stream in manali

sightseeing in sarchu

valley in jammu

I got familiarized with TravelTriangle while I was researching on Google about Ladakh tour packages. They offered me packages with the itinerary I was hoping for at very competitive prices. It felt reassuring that I could choose one amongst multiple itineraries offered by various travel agents.

Trip Cost: INR 1,50,500
Trip Duration: 7 nights 8 days
Agent Name: The Roomie
Inclusions: Return bus tickets – Delhi to Manali, accommodation, transfers, sightseeing, meals, and taxes
Exclusions: Flights, lunch, and entry fee charges

After winding up the booking formalities, my friends and I started reading blogs about Ladakh on TravelTriangle for some useful information. I knew a few people who had been to Ladakh, and they gave us some crucial advice that came in handy for our adventure trip to Ladakh.

Upon their recommendation, we didn’t take a direct flight to Leh and opted for a multi stop journey via Delhi, Manali, and Sarchu so that our bodies could adapt to the massive change in altitude. Our trip began with a flight to Delhi and immediately following that with an overnight bus journey to Manali.

Day 1: A fascinating multi-stop journey via Manali and Sarchu

After a tiring 14-hour bus journey, we arrived in Manali at 8 am. We caught up with the driver who was assigned to us for our adventure trip to Ladakh. Without much delay, we started on our journey to Sarchu.

On the way to Sarchu, we stopped at Rohtang Pass which was completely covered with snow. Seeing the clouds pass below our eye line was definitely an amazing experience we wanted to kick start our adventures. The road journey was so beautiful that we couldn’t help but stop the car at a couple of places to capture the mind-blowing landscape.

In the evening, we finally arrived in Sarchu and checked into the Himalayan Camp. That day. we couldn’t walk around much in Sarchu due to the low oxygen levels and the trouble we faced breathing. Living at an altitude of 14,070 ft. was definitely something that took time getting used to.

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enroute sarchu

leh manali highway

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Day 2: Exploring the heart of the Ladakh region

The next morning, we started our journey from Sarchu to Ladakh. The journey was adventurous since the roads weren’t too smooth and we had to cross a few places that had water going in full flow across the road. As expected, we came across a lot of bikers and cyclists who were also on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure trip to Ladakh.

We stopped at the small village of Pang for lunch and refreshments. From Pang onwards, the roads were better and our journey got easier. The next stop for us was the daunting Lachulung La that stood at over 16,000 ft. We quickly clicked some pictures, admired the view, and moved on towards Leh. We started feeling light-headed and dizzy a few moments after we left from Lachulung La.

Around 5 pm we reached Leh and checked into the Hotel Gongma. After a warm welcome from the hotel staff, we decided to rest in our rooms for the evening and get some much-needed rest for our weary bodies.

nakeela pass

rough terrain in sarchu

mountains in sarchu

mountains near sarchu

Day 3: Gorgeous sightseeing in Leh

Thankfully, we woke up the next morning sans a headache and fully rested for a day of sightseeing on our adventure trip to Ladakh.

We began with a visit to the Shanti Stupa– a famous Buddhist temple and some shopping in the local markets. In the afternoon, we went to the Magnetic hill where we saw the unique occurrence of cars and objects going uphill on its own. We finished our sightseeing with a trip to the Gurdwara Pathar Sahib temple.

Afterwards, we returned to the hotel for the evening for a delicious meal and a good night’s sleep

valley in ladakh

stupa in leh

snowfall in leh

roads in leh

camels in ladakh

Day 4: Passing by Khardung La – the highest motorable road in the world!

The next day we checked out from Leh and moved towards Nubra valley. During our journey, we stopped for a while at Khardungla pass- the highest motorable road in the world! At 17,500 ft., we witnessed a rocky mountain pass that was fully covered by snow.

Later on, we moved from the steep and arid mountain ranges of Ladakh to the cold desert of Nubra valley. We were amazed by seeing the stark transformation of the landscape on our adventure trip to Ladakh.

In Nubra, we checked into the Double Humped Camps and proceeded for camel ride and archery. Afterward, we returned to the campsite in the evening as the sun set on yet another amazing few days of travel.

nubra valley camel ride

nubra valley desert

river stream in ladakh

camel ride in ladakh

Day 5: The beautiful Pangong lake – worth the journey!

This morning we departed from Nubra Valley to the city of Leh. Thanks to the traffic and it being a government holiday, it took us a few hours extra to arrive into Leh.

We checked in at around 12 pm, freshened up, and started our journey to Pangong Tso Lake. The journey might have been long and never-ending but after getting a first glimpse of the lake, we fell in love with it. We fondly stayed there for more than an hour taking in the gorgeous view.

Some of my friends also got their pictures clicked on the famous scooter in the movie 3 Idiots. Later, we returned to the hotel in the evening to get some much-needed sleep for the day.

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pangong lake ladakh

lakes in ladakh

places to visit in ladakh

Day 6 & 7: Unwinding in Leh

This was a leisure day on our adventure trip to Ladakh. We woke up early morning to see the sunrise by sitting on banks of the lake. We played again in the water and started our journey to Leh. We stayed in the same hotel in Leh

On the seventh day, we checked out from leh and traveled back to Sarchu. We didn’t stop anywhere as we were so tired and asked our driver to take us directly to the hotel. At night, there were a few health concerns as a few of my friends suffered from vomiting and breathing issues at the camp.

friends trip to leh

enroute leh

mountain range in ladakh

heading back to sarchu

landscape in ladakh

Day 8: A small bump in the road back home

The last day of the trip was a bit of a roller coaster ride. We checked out of Sarchu and began our journey to Manali.

We didn’t face any problem during the whole trip, but, on the final day our car tire got punctured and luckily we had a spare. Thankfully, we reached Manali in time at 4 pm for us to board our bus back to New Delhi.

After coming back from this adventure trip to Ladakh, I found myself enjoying things I earlier took for granted. Traveling to awesome places like Ladakh definitely helped me add a perspective of what was truly worth cherishing ie my friends and the trust we have amongst ourselves.

As far as Ladakh was concerned, I couldn’t get enough of that place. It’s a kind of a destination where you could come 4-5 times and still be amazed by the beauty and stunning landscape.

taglangla pass

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snow capped peaks in ladakh

places to visit in ladakh

High point:

  • That incredible sense of achievement after reaching Pangong Lake.

Low point:

  • Health concerns on the penultimate day added a blip to an otherwise harmonious vacation.

A vacation filled with adventure is all you need. Book your Ladakh tour package and experience the thrill of visiting Leh-Ladakh!

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10 Best Homestays In Sydney Where You Can Enjoy A Comfortable Stay & Save Some Bucks!

The Homestays in Sydney, Australia habe become like a boon to many travellers who like to vibe with the realness of a city than roam around like a stranger on an island. Pack your bags and book the most suitable homestay available for your convenience in the beautiful city of Sydney. Now, you will not only have the comfort and convenience, but will live like a local and get a taste of their culture first hand by living with them.

Well, that sums it up, for these 10 homestays will be your perfect resort if you’re heading out for backpacking here or come down for a longer than usual stay, you will know how to feel at home. End of the day, it’s all about how you feel when you get back to your place after spending a day out, for nothing feels good like a home.

1. The Baxley Bondi

The Baxley Bondi

Located in the Bondi district, Sydney, this homestay property available for travellers who need the homely feeling is the best homestay in Sydney. The property features rooms that offer free Wi-Fi which is a major attraction for most of the places you need to pay for it. Also, there is a garden in the property for those who like to engage in gardening. Every room in this property is fitted with a personal fridge so one can have their personal space and not have to share. With most of the important places located not very far from this place, the Bondi Baxley ranks top even though it was built recently in 2018.

Location: 44 Flood Street, Bondi, 2026 Sydney, Australia
Tariff: INR 8000 per night

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2. Cosy Lodge

Cosy Lodge

Situated around 11km away from the Allianz Stadium, this homestay property is close by to many other major destinations. Every room in the guesthouse has a wardrobe and flat screen TV for the accommodators, along with private bathrooms giving the utmost privacy anyone can ask for. The icing on the cake is the availability of continental breakfast daily, that way you do not have to go searching for a place every single day to have a local dish. Although this property has gained likeness of couples, singles too tend to have a nice and comfortable time during their stay.

Location: 44 Forrest Street, 2036 Sydney, Australia
Tariff: INR 12000 per night

3. Hakata Inn Guest House

Hakata Inn Guest House

Located at a 10 mins drive from Brighton Le Sands Beach, the Hakata Inn Guest House is among the most sought-after homestays in Sydney. Every room of this guesthouse offer queen size beds along with a desk and a personal wardrobe. Guests can also avail the shared lounge area for their past time along with TV and a dining area. The specialty of this property is it gives the renters a chance to mingle and interact than staying holed up in one’s room.

Location: 29 the Promenade, 2219 Sydney, Australia

4. Drummond House

Drummond House

Complete with good accommodating and amazing staff, the Drummond House is a go to place in Sydney. A special aspect about this property is with every booking made the Royal Far West aides to the support of developmentally vulnerable children who live in the remote and rural regions of Australia. Apart from this amazing fact, the rooms are fitted with flat screen TV and private bathrooms.

Location: 22 Wentworth Streets, Manly, 2095 Sydney, Australia
Tariff: INR 6000 per night

5. T&M House

T&M House

Situated from 5km away from the Sydney showground, this property features rooms with free Wi-Fi, electric kettle and private bathrooms. This place is known for guests getting a good value of their money compared to other properties in and around the area. Also, you can cancel for free 7 days prior to your scheduled arrival and no prepayment needed.

Location: 16 Jersey Road, 2135 Sydney, Australia
Tariff: INR 7500 per night

6. St Marks Lodge

St Marks Lodge

Situated just 5 min walk away from Coogee Beach, St Marks Lodge is a beautiful guesthouse with public transport close by, spacious guestrooms and free Wi-Fi. This property is suitable for not just travellers, but also for students who go to the University of NSW, staff working at Prince of Wales Hospital and the Royal Randwick Racecourse that happens to be 20-minute away.

Location: 37 Rae Street, Randwick, Randwick, 2031 Sydney, Australia
Tariff: INR 6000 per night

7. Sydney Boutique Lodge

Sydney Boutique Lodge

Equipped with coffee machine along with private bathrooms that come with free toiletries, the guests also can avail the free Wifi here. Accommodators can also avail a good view, pass their leisure time on the patio and also have a barbeque session if needed. Feels like home already? Well, we guessed so.

Location: 142 Wyndham Street, 2015 Sydney, Australia
Tariff: INR 6000 per night

8. Vivian’s House

Vivian's House

If you are a barbeque lover then you should head straight to Vivian’s House, for they have the best barbeque facilities in the area. The autonomy of the entire kitchen makes this property a great place to stay for those who like to cook even when travelling. With a railway station nearby and good availability of public transport, travelling is convenient. Also, you can avail selected rooms that have a fitted kitchen.

Location: 20 Tallawalla St, 2209 Sydney, Australia
Tariff: INR 36000 per night

9. North Ryde Guest House

North Ryde Guest House

Every room in this property has a TV, fresh bed linen and towels for every guest. Just a 6min drive away from Macquarie Hospital, the North Ryde Guest House can avail to share kitchen, communal space, and dining space for a homelier stay than a hotel stay. Also, it offers a free breakfast consisting of biscuits, tea, fruit salad, cake, and coffee.

Location: 22 David Avenue, North Ryde, North Ryde, 2113 Sydney, Australia
Tariff: INR 4500 per night

10. Hotel Welcome Home

Hotel Welcome Home

There are times when living at a homestay makes you homesick. The its and bits like having a balcony and a dining area at home is dearly missed. Well, the Welcome Home homestay property lives by its name. the feeling of a homely stay is absolute to the point here. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, additional bathroom, flat screen tv, dishwasher and a washing machine to ease your troubles and labour. Home it is at Welcome Home.

Location: Alma Street, 2093 Sydney, Australia
Tariff: INR 6000 per night

So do you feel all sorted about finding that perfect budget-friendly homestay for you before planning your Sydney vacation? If yes, then what are you waiting for, go ahead and pack your bags for that much awaited holiday to Australia and experience a memorable time in the land of Kangaroos.

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Rinchen Cafeteria, The World’s Highest, Is An Ultimate Saviour For The Adventurous Foodie In You!

For every adventure junkie, Ladakh is the topmost destination to be ticked-off from the bucket list. Isn’t it? From the scenic landscapes to the steep and rough trails, this region of India is a place straight out of a painted scenery. The name of Ladakh is synonymous to the adventurous road trip over the Khardungla Pass which is considered to be “highest motorable road in the world”. But apart from this can you imagine yourself sipping hot coffee sitting at a height of 18,360 feet above sea level?

Finding a cafe at this height might sound like a dream, but India is a country known as the land of the most unusual things. Amidst the picturesque landscapes of Ladakh lies the Rinchen Cafeteria which is a gem in its own way as it is the highest cafeteria in the world.

Rinchen Cafeteria

Maintained by the army officers, this cafe is named after Col. Chewang Rinchen who had a major role in the mission of seizing Pakistan occupied Kashmir. In the wilderness of the snow-covered landscapes, this cafe is truly a savior for the travelers who wish to hog down a plate of Maggi or momos along with a cup of hot coffee.

The architecture of the cafe might not be that appealing, but its walls reflect the simple lifestyle of Ladakh. Apart from this the interiors of the cafe showcase the discipline of the army life. And while you enter the cafe don’t miss out the chance to read the history of Maggi. Yes! you read that right.

And the height of incredibility doesn’t end here, because Ladakh also boasts the Hikkim Branch (world’s highest post office) and also the highest Axis Bank ATM in the world.

So, do you get that urge to capture the landscapes of Ladakh while enjoying your all-time favorite Maggi at this local cafeteria settled at the peak? If your heart says yes, then pack your bags and plan the most adventurous Ladakh trip with TravelTriangle!

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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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