7 Temples In India That Your India Tour Package Should Include

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India is the land of striking diversity. It’s the land of ancient traditions, cultures, and religious faiths. It is dotted with temples and places that offer solace to your soul. If you are planning to go on a spiritual journey throughout the country, then include these temples in your India tour package:

1. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai

The breathtakingly beautiful Meenakshi Amman Temple is the epitome of Dravidian architecture. Located in the heart of the city, this is among the biggest temples in India and is considered a place of great spiritual significance. Each day, thousands of people visit this temple. Special pujas are performed on Friday.

2. Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi

This is one temple that is considered a place of high regards by both Hindus and the Muslims. Dedicated to Saint Sai Baba, a spiritual man who never differentiated between religion and caste, this place is visited by thousands of people. This temple was built in 1922 with the aim of continuing the works of Saint Sai Baba.

3. Gomateshwara Bahubali, Sravanabelagola

Located in the Hassan district in Karnataka, this temple is famous for the 57 feet tall statue of Gomateshwara Bahubali and is an important pilgrimage for the Jains. This statue is located on the Vindhyagiri hills. The Mahamastakabhisheka ceremony of the statue attracts millions of devotees from all over the world. This ceremony is held every 12 years.

4. Jagannath Temple, Puri

This temple is one of the Char Dhams (one of the religious destinations that every Hindu is supposed to visit once in their lifetimes). The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is worshipped as Lord Jagannath.

Along with Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram and Subhadra are also worshipped here. The most famous festival that’s held here is the Rath Yatra when all the deities of the temple are taken out on chariots.

5. Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka

Situated in Dwarka, Gujarat, this is the Western Dham of all the Char Dhams. The city of Dwarka is considered to be the Kingdom of Lord Krishna and as such, the town has huge religious significance. This temple is believed to be built in the 16th century by Vajranabha, the grandson of Lord Krishna.

6. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi itself is a place of great spiritual significance and the Kashi Vishwanath temple is regarded as the holiest temples for the Hindus. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in the country. It is believed that a person can achieve Moksha by visiting this temple and taking a dip in the Ganges.

7. Badrinarayan Temple, Badrinath

One of the Dhams of the Char Dham and the Chhota Char Dham, the Badrinarayan Temple is located amongst the lively Garhwal Hills. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is worshipped as Lord Badrinath, it’s the holiest shrine for the Vaishnavaites.

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Dubai Shopping: 4 Interesting Ways To Enjoy The Experience

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Considered as the shopaholic’s Mecca, there’s nothing that you cannot find in Dubai. And deciding what to shop and where to go can be intimidating for anyone who’s visiting Dubai for the first time. But don’t worry. We can help you with some insider’s tricks to help you make the most out of that experience.

1. Timing is important

If shopping is the first thing on your to-do list, plan your trip in a way that you can attend the Dubai Shopping Festival. Every year, it starts from the end of December and continues through January. At this time, the weather is also favourable and you can avail huge discounts.

If you are visiting Dubai any other time of the year, the early mornings are the best time to shop. It’s because the shops are usually empty in the early morning and you can avoid the crowd as well.

2. Souvenirs and Gift Items

Everyone brings back a piece of memory from their Dubai trip. And it’s no exception for you. When it comes to souvenirs and gifts, Dubai is filled with great options. You can visit the Karama Market.

It’s the best destination for buying fake items (if you’re not aversive to them) that appear so real that you won’t be able to distinguish between the two. However, you have to bargain a lot. If you are good at that, you will get the best deals there. And if you do not like the price offered by the shopkeeper, do not hesitate to walk away. Often, the shopkeeper will call you back.

3. Visit Souk to buy Gold

The Dubai Gold Souk is the best place to buy gold. Gold jewellery lined from aisle to aisle will make your eyes dazzle. However, before visiting the place, know the market price. Gold prices in Dubai keep fluctuating.

Also, you must be a master at bargaining. The haggling is mainly done on the basis of rate and the making charge. While rates will be similar in every shop, you can haggle on the making charge.

4. Buying Electronics

If you are a gadget freak then Dubai won’t disappoint you. Try to attend GITEX or the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition. This is an annual expo where you can avail huge discounts on latest gadgets and get loads of freebies. This week-long expo is attended by some of the biggest technology and IT professional, retailers and suppliers.

In case you missed it, don’t worry. You can still visit the Al Fahidi Street in Bur Dubai. It’s the best place to buy electronics goods at a great price.

And if you want an overall extravaganza of shopping and complete family entertainment, then visit Global Village. It usually starts during November and continues until April. With pavilions of different countries showcasing their exclusive items, the Global Village is more like a carnival with lots of entertainment.

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6 Things To Do In Dubai’s Desert

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Dubai deserts are brimming with activities. From dune bashing to quad biking, there are plenty of activities to feed your adventurous soul and raise your adrenaline levels.
If you are visiting Dubai, do not miss these opportunities.

1. Dubai Safari
A must-do activity on everyone’s list, a trip to the desert city is incomplete without exploring its desert. This is an unmatched experience as you start your journey through the sand dunes, going up and then dropping down the sandy slopes.
There will be plenty of stops for photo-ops before you are taken back to the camps for a sumptuous barbecue meal and cultural show around the campfire.

2. Try Quad Biking
If you are in a mood to explore the desert landscape of Dubai all by yourself, hop on a quad bike and go for a ride. Wearing a helmet while driving is a must. You can easily hire quad bikes. Head straight to Al Hamar for Quad Biking. You can either ride it along with a driver or hire one (if you want to drive).

3. Take on the sand dunes with sand boarding
Watch for the highest sand dune and glide through its slope with a snowboard-type sand board. This is a must-try activity for all adventure freaks. You can hire a sand board separately. Often, sandboarding is a part of the Dubai safari trips that are offered. Here you can learn all the tricks of gliding smoothly down the sandy slopes.

4. Falconry Experiences
How does it feel to hold the world’s most exquisite bird of prey on your arms? See these majestic birds soar high on the sky and then get down at tremendous speed to catch their prey.
Falconry is an essential part of the desert life and culture. Every year, numerous enthusiasts gather for competing in the falconry challenges held in Dubai deserts. You may even get a chance to hold these great birds in your arms and discover the tricks of falconry training.

5. Go on a vintage LandRover Safari
Hop on the vintage LandRover and explore the great desert spotting Arabian Oryx and other desert wildlife. A traditional wildlife safari will take you through the most authentic desert experience. You may go on a morning safari and then end your day with a regal Emirati breakfast; or you may opt for the night safari, witness the majestic sunset and then finish your journey with scrumptious Emirati meal.

6. Camel Trek
This is another popular activity that you can enjoy during your Dubai trip. Experience the glory of the Arabian Desert and watch the sunset from the highest dune before taking the way back to the Bedouin camps where a lavish spread of Arabian meal awaits you.

You may even try henna painting on your palms and hands at the Bedouin camps.

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5 Best Winter Holiday Destinations In Thailand

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At first thought, it might seem a good idea to snuggle in the warm blanket, sipping hot cocoa and shoo the winter-blues away! But, on a second thought, winter isn’t too cold for those who are driven by wanderlust.
And when it gets colder in the Northern Hemisphere, there’s no place better than Thailand to enjoy the warm sun. Here are a few places in Thailand that you can explore this winter:

1. Bangkok
It’s crowded. It’s hectic. It’s crazy. But it’s fun! If you are travelling to Thailand, then a stopover at Bangkok is a must – just to soak-in the bustling city life, the buzzing streets, the crowded streets, vendors selling anything and everything.
You will feel an excitement in the air of Bangkok. Here, you can explore the Buddhist temples (they are true architectural delights!), explore the Chinatown at night, and taste the local cuisines in the street-side restaurants.

2. Chiang Mai
The North Thailand is as beautiful as the sense of spring in the air! Rolling hills covered in a carpet of greenery, elephant safari, and rendezvous with the tribal community – Chiang Mai is very different from the rest of Thailand.
It offers a diverse range of activities. You can go on cultural tours to the temples, explore its wildlife in sprawling national parks, and discover the cultural charms that the place has to offer. When visiting Chiang Mai, do not forget to visit Phra Singh temple located in the Old City, Wat Prasat, and Wat Chedi Luang.

3. Phuket
Picture perfect beaches with loads of photo ops – Phuket has the most stunning landscapes in Thailand. The shutterbugs love this place! This place has the best holiday resorts and the coolest spas to relax and unwind. And if you are looking forward to an active nightlife, visit Patong.

4. Phi Phi Island
Other than Phuket, this is another place that’s embellished with the best jewels of Mother Nature. This is the loveliest place to be in entire Thailand. Located just between Phuket and the Strait of Malacca, Phi Phi Island is the place where you will find yourself surrounded with stunning seaside views, secluded sandy beaches, and the soothing sound of waves kissing the shores.

5. Ko Samui
The best place to beat winter blues away- Ko Samui is extremely popular among couples and honeymooners, and of course those who are looking for “me-time.” The colourful coral reefs, palm-lined beaches, vast coconut plantations, and the rugged rainforests conjure the most beautiful sight that your eyes can behold!

What more? Indulge your senses in boutique resorts, luxurious spas, and fine dining when you are here. Ko Samui is the best place to spend lazy days sitting by the beach. And if you are a party animal, then the Full Moon parties at Ko Phangan is just a boat-ride away.

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Top 6 Dubai Shopping Malls

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There’s no doubt that Dubai is one of the biggest (and the most-visited) shopping destinations in the world. The shopping malls in the city suit all budgets and offer all brands – only to make you splurge your heart away.

Here, we have listed down the top 6 shopping malls in Dubai:

1. Mall of the Emirates
Mall of the Emirates goes beyond the traditional shopping experience as it is a shopping resort. Apart from top-notch shopping facilities, shoppers can also enjoy ultimate leisure and entertainment.
The multi-level shopping mall spans over a whopping 233,467 square metres and is home to more than 560 international brands. Some of the key attractions in the shopping mall include Magic Planet, Ski Dubai, DUCTAC Community Theatre, Kempinski Hotel, and VOX Cinemas.

2. The Dubai Mall
Considered as the largest shopping mall in the world, The Dubai Mall certainly lives up to its reputation. Apart from a world-class shopping experience, The Dubai Mall is also popular as an entertainment and leisure destination.
The Dubai Mall is home to 22 cinemas, 120 restaurants and cafes, and 250-room luxury hotel. The mall is popular for the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and attracts a large number of tourists each year.

3. Dubai Festival City Mall
Located on the banks of Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City Mall combines the shopping experience with dining and leisure. The mall spans over an area of 185, 806 square-metre and is home to over 90 restaurants and cafes, 400 stores, a bowling alley and a 12-screen multiplex cinema.

4. City Centre Deira
City Centre Deira is popular as a shopping, leisure, and entertainment complex. The shopping centre boasts a whopping 1.2 million square feet of retail selling space and houses over 370 outlets.
Some of the anchor stores in City Centre Deira include Paris Gallery, Virgin Megastore, Sharaf DG, Iconic, Debenhams, and Carrefour. City Centre Deira is also one of the most-visited shopping destination in Dubai.

5. Ibn Battuta Mall
Housing more than 50 restaurants, and 270 retail outlets, Ibn Battuta Mall is a one-stop shop for shopaholics. Ibn Battuta Mall is also considered as the largest themed mall in the world.
There are six courts inside the shopping mall including Tunisia Court, Persia Court, India Court, Egypt Court, China Court, and Andalusia Court. Each court has been designed to project a historical significance and the architectural work has been done accordingly.

6. Dubai Marina Mall
A modern shopping complex and a lifestyle destination right in the heart of Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina Mall doesn’t run short on the best food outlets, supermarket, and big-name stores.
Spending time in Dubai Marina Mall is enjoyable as it has a stylish and a relaxed environment. The mall has four levels which house more than 130 outlets.

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