The First-Time Backpacking Advice !

First Time Backpacking

Before we set off to travel the world, we had no idea what to expect. And when I say no idea, I mean absolutely zero, null.
There is no doubt that the trip will be going to change your life. You’ll see things you never thought you would, meet amazing people, learn more about yourself than you ever imagined and, honestly, experience things you’ll never, ever forget. But, before you set off, there are a few things you need to know. Packing your life into a bag to travel the world for the first time can be very daunting. However, when it comes to travel, a little advice goes a long way (literally).

You’ll have hundreds of questions, irrational fears, and some pretty rational ones too, but once you return they’ll all seem so trivial.

So, to help you prepare appropriately, Here are my Top Tips on what you absolutely MUST know as a first-time backpacker.

1. Don’t over-pack

dont over pack your suitcase
As a first-time backpacker, there is going to be soooo much stuff that you take with you that you don’t need. Of course, your packing list is obviously a very personal choice but simply suggesting you pack essential things to enjoy your long-haul flights and trips. The best advice is to pack as little as possible; everything else can be picked up along the way.

2. Earplugs are a good investment

use earplugs
Pack earplugs, and be prepared to use them. It may sound entertaining now, but when you’re sleep deprived, hungover or exhausted, those Discovery Channel mating calls are going to send you into a rage. Also, snoring. Lots of loud snoring. Get earplugs.

3. Take your time

Take your time
I do not recommend trying to see 20 countries on a 2-month trip. If you’re serious about having a great back-packing adventure, be sure to take your time. Spend a good amount of time in each place. Take it slow. Savor it. Enjoy it. Relish in the freedom.

4. Insurance is absolutely essential

travel insurance
Don’t even think about doing this without travel insurance. Chances are you’re going to need it at some point, especially as a backpacker. You’ll be staying in hostels, sleeping on airport floors and living out of a bag. It’s absolutely essential that you get backpacker insurance.

5. It’s okay to get lost

dont get lost
There are good people everywhere. Get yourself into a spot of bother pretty much anywhere in the world and if you’re polite and respectful, there will be some good soul willing to help you out.

6. Not everything is online


There are still amazing places that don’t have a presence online. Smart backpackers learn not to limit themselves to the restaurants, hotels and restaurants they’ve seen getting good reviews on the web, as often it’s personal recommendations that lead to the best experiences.

7. Cheap doesn’t feel cheap for long

buy quality products
Your idea of money and its value totally changes when you’re on your first trip. Have a look on quality over quantity and get genuine products for yourself and loved ones.

8. Learn to go with the flow


Pre-planning every minute of your adventure isn’t going to work out for you. Learn to let go of your fears and surrender to the flow of travel. Let your journey take you where you’re supposed to go. Surrender yourself to destiny.

9. ‘Too good to be true’ is a real thing

follow your instincts
If someone offers you an unbelievable deal, be wary. Scams are rife and you should definitely be wary of them while you’re traveling. Keep your wits about you, be alert but not alarmed and always, ALWAYS follow your instincts.

10. You can never see it all

enjoy your first trip
Which is why your first backpacking trip should never, ever be your last. Appreciate it, and make every second count!!

Make your first travel experience MEMORABLE !!

The Most Charming And Cracking Christmas Markets Around The World.

Christmas marketYes, it’s that time of the year again. Christmas is coming up, and what better way to infuse a little tradition and magic into your holiday than by attending a delightful Christmas market. So pack your best scarves and gloves and hop on a plane to enjoy festive celebrations at the end of the year.

The Holiday Magic :

From late November through the New Year, you can find amazing candlelit displays, winter delicacies, delicious mulled wine, and spectacular crafts at seasonal markets around the world. These markets are time-honored traditions — some have been around for centuries — that make the historical magic of Christmas feel a bit more present-day.


These Christmas markets, also known as holiday markets, Christkindlmarkts (the spelling of this varies from city to city), or Weihnachtsmarkts, are based on a tradition that dates back to the late Middle Ages in German-speaking parts of Europe — a time when decorations and ornaments only came in handmade form from talented artisans. Traditionally, these markets were held across Germany, Austria, Northern Italy, South Tyrol, and Alsace, but today these spirited celebrations can be found all over the world.

There are lots of fabulous undiscovered markets around the world, which gives you great alternative options for buying Christmas gifts other than shopping physically or online.

Take a look below at the best Christmas markets in Europe to explore this year:-

1. Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague’s Christmas markets are one of the most Quirkiest Christmas markets around. You will find the biggest ones in Old Town Square and King Wenceslas Square. Visitors travel to the markets mainly to soak up the Christmas atmosphere, browse through the stalls, and enjoy a few Christmas Carols.

Prague-Czech-Republic-Christmas-market 2Traders sell all types of items including hand-made glass, wooden toys, embroidery, and scented candles. There is also an abundance of conventional food available such as roasted hams, trdelník (sugar-coated pastries), barbecued pork, Czech muffins, and beer, Any of this can be consumed with a glass of svařenévíno (mulled wine). Gift ideas can consist of wood-carved toys, glass-work ware, and other traditional crafts.

2. Quebec, Canada

Quebec christmas
Quebec City’s Christmas market is only a few years old and is quickly becoming a permanent fixture on Quebec’s festive calendar. Celebrating Germany’s long-standing tradition, this Christmas market awakens with typical wooden kiosks and twinkling lights. This market wonderland comes with an unusual and friendly ambiance, beautiful decorations, a great variety of delectable German treats (such as bratwurst, mulled wine, gingerbread, and much more) delicious homemade foods, lovely Christmas gifts, choral singing, shows, indoor and outdoor performances, and a Lufthansa Group Winter Bar.

3. Christkindlmarket, Chicago, US

chicago market
Chicago’s Christmas market was influenced by the one in Nuremberg, Germany, which first started in the 16th century. Many of the stall holders from the German market travel to Chicago where they sell many traditional German goods including wooden toys, beautiful glass steins, cuckoo clocks, wooden huts with candy stripes, twinkling lights and festive tunes provided by the roaming Alpine Brass band. The Advent Calendar is a promotion not to be missed where every day a visitor opens the calendar and wins a gift from one of the market stalls!

4. Strasbourg, France

France MARKET
The oldest Christmas market in France, Strasbourg Christmas Markets started in 1577 and attracts over 2 million tourists visiting every Christmas period. Each year the market is lit up with fantastic sparkling Christmas lights, themed events, a giant ice rink in Place du Châtea, and the famous Enormous Christmas tree in Place Kléber. It is no wonder Strasbourg has once won the title of “Best Christmas Market in Europe”.

France market 2Visitors have the opportunity to taste some of the regions local cuisine including bridle Christmas cookies, sausages and choucroute (pickled cabbages) and the famous three-meat baeckeoffe stew and Strasbourg’s traditional spicy hot orange juice.

5. Columbus Circle, New York

columbus christmas marketThe Big Apple comes alive between November 30th and December 24th with a twinkling festive magical mix of music and gift stalls. The market at the Central Park West intersection twinkles with decorative lights unmatched by many Christmas markets. This Christmas market offers gifts from skilled artists and designers.

Highlights include the popular stagecoach ride, stalls with tasty chocolates and truffles, homemade jewelry gifts and wooden puzzle stalls. The market offers plenty of places for a cup of cider and when hungry there is plenty to eat from Mexican food to Turkish food. New York attractions worth visiting while in the city include the Empire State Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty and of course Times Square.

6. Italy Christmas Market in South Tyrol, Bolzano, Italy

italy marketItaly Christmas Market in South Tyrol Italy might not be the first European country that comes in your thoughts when you think of Christmas Markets, but the stunning mountain scenery of South Tyrol convinces you otherwise. The region’s capital, Bolzano, organizes a stunning Christmas Market filled with homemade goods featuring local woodcarving, wool, and glass. There are lots of delicious treats for foodies too. You can even warm yourself up with a knödel (the local dumplings) or grilled sausage.

7. Valkenburg, Limburg, Holland

If you are looking for a different type of Christmas market, you can always go to the small town of Valkenburg, where you will find a Christmas market in a cave. Visitors can sign up for walking tours of the cave, which is situated below the only hilltop castle in the Netherlands.

These 60 stalls trade everything from decorated Christmas bouquets and nativity statues to godly ornaments and artwork paintings created by local artists. The market is opened from mid-November to late December. With so many items to choose from visitors will find it easy to pick gifts just in time for the Christmas season.

8. Nuremberg Christkindlmark, Germany

This Christmas market in German is the world’s oldest market and goes back to the 16th century. It is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts and Christmas decorations you wouldn’t get anywhere else in the world. The opening ceremony starts from late November, where the market’s Christkind appears on a balcony of a church called the Church of our Lady and announces that the market is opened. Overall, there are nearly 200 stalls packed into the city’s main market square.

germany marketCharming and quite picturesque, it is difficult to compete against this type of wonderful ambiance, at one of Germany’s most original Christmas markets. Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt is a vision filled with red-and-white striped huts, delicious spicy aromas, and pleasant craftworks. There is also a smaller children’s Christmas market just a walk away from Christkindlesmarkt.

 “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” – Margaret Thatcher

 

Planning For Perfect Weekend Getaways?

New research finds that “Seekenders” – those who take regular short-breaks and choose experiences over material wealth – hold the key to happy holidaying.
Working and living in and around Delhi NCR has its own merits and unlike any other city, we have a host of options when it comes to weekend getaways. But many of us are wary of wasting our hard-earned weekend over long travel hours and a crowded tourist destination that mostly turns out be disappointing. For those who desperately crave to turn the usual weekends into mini vacations, there are a lot of interesting tourist destinations around Delhi and there is something for everyone.

Here are some hand-picked short trips perfect for Delhites that can be done economically. These destinations are budget-friendly as well as perfect for an amazing trip. Take a look!!!

1. Jaipur – Flaunting The Heritage Of Rajasthan

Jaipur, popularly known as the “Pink City”, and “Paris of India”, is the capital of Rajasthan state, India. Jaipur is worldwide famous for unique Architecture, Vastu, Astrology, Forts, Monuments, Palaces, Art and Craft, Culture and last but not least for unique Food.

Heritage of the year 1727 is still alive in Jaipur which is the main attraction of Jaipur tour.

Jaipur 1Jaipur is renowned on international tourism map as one vertex of Golden Triangle of Indian tourism. Many scripts and poems have been written on the beauty of Jaipur city by domestic tourists as well as foreign tourists. Countless documentary movies have been made on Jaipur in the last 250 years.

Main attractions of Jaipur tour are Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Galta temple, Birla temple, Govind Dev Ji temple and Albert hall museum for sightseeing.

In addition to this, it is best to always check the schedules of fairs and festivals of Jaipur at the time of planning your Jaipur tour so that you can witness colorful fairs and festivals of Jaipur.

Source:- http://www.jaipurthepinkcity.com

2. Rishikesh – Mountains, Ganges, And Adventure

Rishikesh is a town in the Dehradun District of Uttarakhand state in India. It has a spectacular view of jungle-clad hills and a confluence of River Ganges and Chandrabhaga. The glorious attraction of Rishikesh is none other than the great river the Ganges herself, running rapidly throughout the city.

rishikeshThe small sparkling lights floating lamps, river Ganges and auspicious atmosphere create such a magnificent view and feeling that can attract anyone to join the prayer even the visitors from outside India who can’t understand the Vedic songs.

Source:- https://haridwarrishikeshtourism.com/rishikesh.html

3. Bir Billing – Most Popular Paragliding Destination

A narrow mountain road leads to Billing, which is 14 kilometers away from Bir. If you’re all for an adventure of a lifetime, you can feel the rush of adrenaline with each hairpin bend that brings the destination closer. The adventure begins from the edge of a cliff at Billing, while the landing happens at Bir. These towns, though, made inseparable by adventure, witness a nervous tourist’s thoughts wandering to Neverland and calculating the aerial distance between them.

 Bir Billing 1Though famous for paragliding, Bir has much more to offer than adventure sports. Majestic views of the higher Himalayas, beautiful monasteries and Tibetan settlements form an intriguing aspect of Bir that is little known. Bir can be best explored walking down its narrow lanes while admiring the beauty all around.

 Bir Billing 2Small towns have a certain old-world charm to them, and Bir is no exception. With prayer flags hanging from trees to edges of cliffs, Buddhist chants emerging from the monasteries, and little monks playing around, Bir is a lot more beyond the hustle and bustle of adventure-seeking tourists. It remains edged in memory, synonymous with peace.

Source:- https://theculturetrip.com/asia/india/articles/bir-billing-the-breathtaking-twin-beauties-of-himachal/

4. Manali – Gateway To Other Heavenly Locations Like Spiti

Having invitingly secured its history in its name, Manali is associated with legends of King Manu who had the responsibility to protect human civilization after the great flood meant to destroy the world; which he successfully shouldered. If unfolding stories entwined in myths and legend is a loved way to spend holidays, Manali rouses the need to explore the Himalayas with even more intensity.

Manali 1Spirit of tourism is far from fading even after the consequence of popularity. Be it pleasantly cool months or duration of snowfall during the New Year or Christmas, this hill destination is revered by everyone with the intention or for the experience of Manali tourism.

Source:- https://www.tourmyindia.com/hill_stations/manali.html

5. Jim Corbett – Habitat Of Bengal Tigers

The perfect place that will surely attract the nature enthusiasts is the Corbett National Park, also regarded to be a perfect place for wildlife lovers. The park got its name after the famous hunter who turned into a conservationist, Jim Corbett and is a hub of excitement and thrill and is addressed as a wonderful place.

Jim CorbettThere is the densest deciduous forest that has haldu, sal, Rohini, ipal, and various another kind of trees covering an area close to 73 percent of the entire park. This refreshing place is house to 50 species of mammals, 110 tree species, 25 reptile species, and 580 bird species. The excellent way to see the park is by consideration of a Corbett Tour.

Jim Corbett 2
There are many exciting features of the park that come with never-ending beauties.

Source:- http://www.corbettnationalpark.in/blog/jim-corbett-national-park-an-infrastructure-built-by-nature/

6. Shimla – Colonial Charm Amalgamated With Nature’s Pristinity

Named after Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali, Shimla has emerged as a well-developed city. Yet, the touch of Nature could be felt everywhere one goes too. The beauty of the hill could be summarized by uttering the name of this place. It is no wonder why the film Industry took to this city when shooting for someplace abroad.

Shimla 1Shimla tourism encompasses a complete experience, where entertainment, culture, sights like British architecture reminiscent of the colonial era, temples and palaces could be spotted interspersed on its landscape.

Shimla 2
There are few popular adventure-activities organizers who schedule days with activities like rock climbing, Rope walking, valley crossing, forest treks, rappelling, etc. For those who love to zip-zap-zoom on snow, Kufri serves all ski and ice skating intentions. Another exhilarating experience of adrenaline pumping is paragliding and hand-gliding from Bir and Billing peak in Kangra Valley.

Source:- https://www.tourmyindia.com/hill_stations/shimla.html

7. Agra – The City Of The Taj

Located just outside the city of Agra in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the Taj Mahal is among the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world. A symbol of love and tragedy, the iconic mausoleum was ordered by Shah Jahan, a Mughal ruler, to be built in honor of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Agra 1The architectural style is the main attraction at the Taj Mahal. It is a unique combination of Persian, Central Asian, and Islamic architecture. Highlights include the black-and-white marble checked floor, the four spectacular minarets at the corners of the mausoleum’s plinth standing at 40 meters high, and the surreal middle dome.

Agra 2
Take your time to examine the small details and you will not be disappointed.

Source:- https://www.musafir.com/Blog/beauty-of-the-taj-mahal

8. Kasol – Laid Back Yet Energetic

Beautiful places are often hidden away in the most easily accessible of places. To those of us with less money than enthusiasm, Himachal is like a gift from God. To escape the stresses of a mundane life, Parvati Valley in Himachal is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Starting at the confluence of River Parvati and River Beas, the valley is famous for its pretty as a picture coniferous forests and crystal clear mountain streams.

Nestled in these sylvan hills is the charming village of Kasol. Resplendent in natural beauty, Kasol is fast emerging as a hub for backpackers, trekkers, and nature lovers.

Source:-  https://www.makemytrip.com/blog/5-things-kasol

9. Udaipur – Forts & Lakes Narrating Tales Of History

Udaipur is one the most beautiful places in Rajasthan which have a surrounding of Royal Heritage and Culture-wide over its territory.

The most beautiful time for Udaipur visit is during the winters, as of winters has the most amazing glow of nature and the windy climate is soothing.

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Udaipur is always a charming town where you will find joy in walking through its beautiful streets and sites and wandering in the hidden alleys. It is always interesting to meet the locals explaining religious beliefs, stories of the kings, living heritage, rituals and artisans engaged in jewelry making and pottery.

Source:- https://www.visittnt.com/blog/travel-guide-discovering-beauty-udaipur/

From arty heritage sites to nature and wildlife, there is a lot on your plate and it’s about time you started exploring!!

Why You Should Travel The World?

We believe that traveling around the world shouldn’t be hard: it’s actually something everyone should be able to do at least once in their lives. Whether you choose to spend a few years or just a couple months traveling this beautiful planet, it’s important to see what’s out there. It’s up to you to make the dream come true and take the first step.

Zip-lining over the jungle canopy in Peru, successfully navigating the streets of Venice, taking a speedboat ride in New Zealand, or hopping in a Land Rover and heading out to watch the sandy view of Desert in Dubai: These are adventures worth having. People are hardwired for the excitement of adventure and travel may just be the best way to tap into it.

Meeting people from other cultures will teach you that the way you’ve been looking at the world isn’t the way everybody else does. In fact, your point-of-view might have some major blind spots. Seeing the world for yourself will improve your vision and your grip on reality.

If you’re between jobs, schools, kids, or relationships, around the world travel can be a perfect way to move from one of these life stages into your next great adventure. A big trip won’t just ease your transition into the next stage of your life, it’ll give you a chance to reflect on where you’ve been, where you’re going, and where you want to end up.

Travel world

I was long thinking of writing this article to show, Why one should travel abroad least one in their lifetime. I looked upon several experienced travel bloggers that visited dozens of countries and continue discovering new ones to tell, what are the reasons they travel and why you should travel too. And with all that research, I finally got my answer. There are otherwise numerous reasons but the most important that I found was – The more you travel, the greater the opportunity to introspect and retrospect. Travel is indeed a great teacher, it not only teaches you about the world, but it also teaches you about yourself and your place in the world.

Regardless of your age or where you live, there is no time like the present to drop what you’re doing and plan a trip overseas! If getting out of the country and discovering a new place wasn’t incentive enough, here are some reasons to travel abroad right now.

1. Escape The Patterns Of Everyday Life

Escape everyday lifeOftentimes we get so caught up in our daily routines and busy schedules that we forget there’s more life to live beyond our backyard. It’s time to ditch the boredom of unwavering day-to-day patterns and start packing your bags for a vacation of a lifetime.

2. Learn To Be Independentlearn to be independent

Throwing yourself into a different country or culture encourages you to think on your feet, and is super empowering! Nothing builds confidence like learning to navigate on your own and making your own decisions overseas, whether they be what attractions to explore during the day or where to eat dinner. You realize that you CAN do things, despite the obstacles and suddenly the obstacles seem less obstructive and more like welcomed challenges.

3. Meet New People

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Even if you live in the most diverse of cities, you won’t experience the hospitality and friendliness so much of the world offers to travelers passing through their towns! You’ll find commonalities with the unlikeliest of friends, share meals with neighbors, or be offered a place to stay by strangers you meet on the train.

4. Travel Is Education

travel is educationEvery second you spend in a different country is a second you spend learning about another way of life. Seeing the world provides an education that’s absolutely impossible to get to school. Travel teaches you economy, politics, history, geography, and sociology in an intense, hands-on way no class will. It opens your eyes to the world, helps you appreciate and learn about different cultures and different ways of life.

5. Material Possessions Lose Their Value

travel abroadIt only takes one trip to put into perspective the value of money and material possessions. Money can definitely buy your plane tickets, and a room at a hidden-gem hotel, and authentic international cuisine. So, learn to budget your money appropriately in your everyday life, and you’ll have plenty left over to explore new cities comfortably.

6. Celebrate!!!

Is there a birthday, anniversary, or graduation coming up? Did you get a promotion? It’s not hard to find a reason to celebrate!
Commemorating an achievement or special occasion with travel is SO memorable than a gift card or a mediocre dinner.

7. Discovering the Beauty of Earth

You should travel the world to see all the incredible beauty on this earth we are gifted with. There are so many forms of beauty in the deserts, mountains, oceans, and fjords. Seeing all these ecosystems can give us a more concrete understanding of what we can lose if we don’t take care of nature.

8. Becoming More Tolerant and Understanding

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Travel makes you more tolerant, sensitive and understanding. The more you travel and come across new cultures, you start accepting more and more. You realize that yours is not the only way to live. There are many more cultures out there, from which one can take a leaf or two. So, in essence, travel broadens your horizons and gives you a 360 degree, global view. Not only this, If you travel, you will not only learn about foreign cultures but about your own as well. You will notice the cultural differences and will find out what makes your culture unique. After returning from a long journey, you will see your country with new eyes.

If you’re open and willing, travel will make you an incredibly more well-rounded human being. Don’t wait until you’re retired to travel the world, or until your kids are grown. You will never regret crossing destinations off your bucket list, but you may be sorely disappointed if you put it off so long you never get the chance to.

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You imagined it, daydreamed about it, envisioned it. Guess what? It can be done. Around the world travel is possible, you just have to decide you’re willing to take the first step and start planning your itinerary.

 

Your Full Go-To List For Super Decadent Desserts In Delhi!!!

A glimpse of sweetness can make someone’s life a little miserable and brightens up their day. You don’t need a reason to eat desserts and no particular occasion to consume it. It’s enough to feed our soul and taste a little bit of heaven on earth. People eat sweets simply because they want some sugar and sugar is an excellent source of energy. It is no wonder why we are full of energy after indulging ourselves into a sumptuous chocolate cake or any sweet dessert we prefer. 

Why Should We Eat Desserts?

Eating excessive volumes of sweets is not good for our health. It can potentially lead to a range of health issues. Take a bite of your favorite chocolate or ice cream. Eating in moderation is not bad, and we can allow ourselves to have it at least once a week. Don’t deprive yourself, instead reward yourself with it occasionally.

 Whether a work promotion, birthday or any other celebration. Desserts put everyone in a good mood especially when shared. So, you could say that it’s not that bad to eat desserts after all.

If you love desserts as much as I do, then these desserts should be on your bucket list!!!

1. Black Jalebi at Jama Masjid


Price: Rs 30 per 100 gms

Where: Sultan Ji Sweets, Shop no 112, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid.

2. Coffee Ice Cream at Big Chill

Coffee Ice Cream
Price: Rs 110 + per cup
Where: DLF Place Mall, Saket.

3. Brownies at Theobroma.

Brownies at Theobroma.
Price: Starting from Rs 70+
Where: Multiple outlets across Delhi NCR

4. Chocolate Tart at Wengers

4. Chocolate Tart at Wengers
Price: Rs 80+
Where: A-16, Connaught Place, New Delhi

5. Hot Chocolate Fudge at Nirula’s

Hot Chocolate Fudge at Nirula's
Price: Rs 180+
Where: Multiple outlets across Delhi NCR.

6. Brownie Sundae at Giani’s

Brownie Sundae at Giani’s
Price: Rs 125+
Where: Giani’s outlet across the city.

7. Chocolate Lava Cake at Chili’s Grill & Bar

Chocolate Lava Cake at Chili’s Grill & Bar
Price: Rs 315+ per plate
Where: Multiple outlets across Delhi NCR

8. Red Velvet Cake at Amour Bistro

 Red Velvet Cake at Amour Bistro
Price: Rs 295+ per piece
Where: 10/48, Malcha Marg Shopping Complex, Chanakyapuri

9. Sitaphal Ice cream at Natural’s Ice Cream

Sitaphal Ice cream at Natural’s Ice Cream
Price: Rs 65 per scoop
Where: Multiple outlets across Delhi NCR.

10. Jalebi From Old Famous Jalebi Wala

Jalebi From Old Famous Jalebi Wala
Price: Rs 500 per kg
Where: 795, Dariba Kalan Road, Dariba Corner, Chandni Chowk

11. Shahi Tukda & Mango Ice Cream at Cool Point

Shahi Tukda & Mango Ice Cream at Cool Point
Price: Rs 40+
Where: Cool Point, Opposite Karim’s, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

12. Black Ice Cream at Crème Borne

Black Ice Cream at Crème Borne
Price: Rs 150+
Where: 57, (Right near Kake-Da-Dhaba), Municipal Market, Connaught Place

13. Lovely Chuski at India Gate

Lovely Chuski at India Gate
Price: Rs 30
Where: India Gate, New Delhi

14. Stuffed Kulfi at Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale


Price: Rs 200 per piece
Where: 526, Kucha Pati Ram, Bazar Sita Ram, Near Chawri Bazar Metro Station, Chawri Bazar

15. 10-Layer Cake at The Cake Company

10-Layer Cake at The Cake Company
Price: Rs 250 per piece
Where: A 55/13, Behind DT Mega Mall, DLF Phase 1

16.Carrot Cake at Elma’s Bakery, Bar and Kitchen

Carrot Cake at Elma's Bakery, Bar and Kitchen
Price: Rs 280 per slice
Where: 31, 2nd Floor, Hauz Khas Village

17. Kulfi at Roshan Di Kulfi

Kulfi at Roshan Di Kulfi
Price: Rs 120 per piece
Where: 2816, Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

18. Mille Feuille at The Oberoi Patisserie And Delicatessen

Mille Feuille at The Oberoi Patisserie And Delicatessen
Price: Rs 300+ per piece
Where: The Oberoi, 443, Phase 5, Udyog Vihar, Gurugram

19. Kulfi Falooda at Giani di Hatti

.Kulfi Falooda at Giani di Hatti
Price: Rs 80
Where: 651/52, Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk

20. Gulab Jamun at Gulati

Gulab Jamun at Gulati
Price: Rs 205+ per plate
Where: 6, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi

Dessert is a happy food, and they lighten anyone’s mood.

Beauty Travel Hacks – How To Take Care Of Your Skin While Traveling?

Travelling can ruin your skin in a big way, especially when you’re traveling from one city to the other having stark temperature differences.

While traveling, you’re prone to exhaustion, ignorance, improper diet, hectic schedule and changing the weather. These are a deadly combo when it comes to ruining your glowing skin. You must follow your skin care routine while traveling to keep it healthy and fresh.

Travel beauty care

So here are a few smart tips – so that you glow like a star!!

1. Moisturize your skin.

Moisturize skinAlways use an intensive moisturizing cream on your body to combat adverse weather conditions. Direct sunlight or dry air can damage skin texture. This is one of the important steps in skin care routine while traveling.

2. Cleansing is a must.

cleansing faceWhile traveling, your skin attracts a lot of dirt and dust which get accumulated on your skin and cause breakouts. A cleanser will wash out all the muck and keep your skin clean and refreshed.

3. Keep your skin hydrated.

skin hydratedHydration will help your skin manage the stress and keep it looking beautiful throughout your trip. Drink glasses of water as much as you can.

4. Protect your skin from the sun.

skin protectionPut your sunscreen on before you go out to avoid being exposed to UVA and UVB rays.

5. Forgo the foundation.

use primer on skinSkip foundation on the day of your trip, and instead wear Primer and BB creams that puts a layer of protection between skin and makeup.

6. Mist With Mineral Water.

mister of mineral waterTo refresh makeup while traveling, never glob on more foundation or blush. Instead, use a mister of mineral water and add a dab of moisturizer/BB cream.

7.Comfort clothing.

Comfortable clothing
Comfortable clothing will save you from the horrors of irritation, itching, and rashes that could happen due to uncomfortable, tight clothes. You might engage in activities like trekking, games or simply roaming around and exploring the place. Therefore wear loose, comfortable clothes.

8. Oily Skin? Use Blotting paper or Toner Pads.

toning padsMost people experience oily skin while traveling, mainly because of the accumulation of dirt. Blotting papers come handy to remove that oil from the face. People with sensitive skin can use them easily as well.

9. Skip long-lasting Lipsticks.

use lip balmsSkip the long-lasting lipstick-They’ll only dehydrate and parch your mouth. Instead, apply colored lip balms throughout the trip and your lips will look “just-made-up” fresh.

10. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face.

dont use hands on faceTo minimize breakouts while you’re on vacation avoid touching your skin while you travel. You can pick up any number of unknown bacteria that can result in any number of skin problems.

11. Get your beauty sleep.

beauty-sleepDab some super-rich night cream around your eyes and face which will help you look fresher and more relaxed when you wake.

 

 

The Big Dream City – New York

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”    – Mark Twain

A trip to New York has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I have always wanted to visit the place of tall buildings, history, and where culture is intertwined with its people. I have wanted to live the fast-paced life of a New Yorker, where I could stand outside and see, smell, and taste all of the experiences that this city has to offer. I have been building and building this ideal image in my mind for so long.

New York City. The Big Apple. The Concrete Jungle. The City That Never Sleeps. The nicknames are endless. New York City is one of the most beautiful cities, and it may not be beautiful like Athens, Greece or London, England but in its own way. Everyone, at least once in their life, should make it to New York City and there are an endless amount of reasons why.

  • What can be better than the huge green park? That is the reason why one should visit Central Park and find there Sheep Meadow, it is one of the most beautiful places in New York.

  • The Times Square.

It was named because of the newspaper The Times, which is placed there from the year 1904. There are always a lot of people and because of it, there is some special atmosphere.

  • Visit the Rockefeller Center in New York.

It will be better to visit this place at the sunset because it is the most beautiful at this time. One will be able to make a lot of different photos.

  • The Statue of Liberty

Nothing says, “Welcome to New York,” like Lady Liberty.

  • Empire State Building.

It’s a kind of second home for filmmakers. The building of this place started in the year 1929 and from that time, it is known as the middle of New York.

  • The Museum of Modern Art

A look at modern art and culture is a must.

  • The Brooklyn Bridge.

It was built in the year 1833 and connects Brooklyn with Manhattan. Looks spectacular in the evening.

  • The Broadway shows.

One must spend one of the evenings in New York, watching this show. Even if we’re not into the whole singing and dancing thing, Broadway shows create such a lively atmosphere and everyone can’t help but enjoy it.

  • Coney Island.

The first fast food appeared exactly there. Must try the local hot dog and you will like it a lot.

  • If one wishes to see the business part of New York, they should visit Wall Street. They can see a lot of businessmen there and the official part of the New York is located here.

  • Fifth Avenue.

Fifth Avenue has all the stores that we all wish we could shop at one day — Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Henri Bendel, Van Clef & Arpels, and more.

  • The nightlife In NYC.

There are numerous amount of clubs and since NYC is “the city that never sleeps” the party never ends.

  • The Subway makes for an adventure.

  • Radio City Music Hall

    IT’S NEW YORK CITY!!!!!

    It’s wild. It’s crazy. It’s chaotic. It’s crowded. It’s dirty. It’s nonstop. And you can’t help but love it.  It’s New York City.

 

 

What to wear on a Long Haul Flight ?

There’s a whole world that exists between pajamas and formalwear, and plenty of clothes that not only help you get snuggly in your seat but also make sense after landing.
The outfit you wear on the plane is also the first thing you’ll wear at your destination – so your first impression’s at stake.

Wondering what to wear on a plane?

Use them on long-haul flights or short weekend getaways.

1. Trousers that stretch

They are ultimate in comfort and one of my favorite bottoms to wear on planes. A dark colored blue or black pair of stretchable bottoms help to stay comfortable and cozy for extended periods of sitting and conceal any mishaps or spills.
They keep you warm when the plane inevitably becomes freezing mid-flight.

2. Jackets

This outerwear piece is the quickest way to look chic and increase the chances of an airplane upgrade. This will make it easy to conceal your casual wear underneath.

Depending on the weather, opt for a lightweight fabric like a cotton/polyester trench coat or a more chunkier wool fabric.

3. Scarfs

When it comes to air travel, a maxi scarf has a dual function. With the right size, texture, and design, it will make you look smart and fend off the chill. Also, a piece of scarf adds a pop of color to your casual outfit.

4. Sneakers/Shoes

It is important to remember that feet tend to swell during long-haul flights. Choose your foot apparel wisely. It’s all about personal preferences. For some, comfortable shoes are sneakers, for others, it’s soft leather flats.

5. A Casual T-Shirt or Top

Wear a short-sleeved top or lightweight dress. Top this with a layering piece made of breathable, natural fibers that have quarter-length or long sleeves. Choose a cotton or wool cardigan or sweatshirt; this piece should zip or button up to make it easy to wriggle in and out of in tight confines.

6. Maxi

A comfy tank maxi dress is the perfect base for a long-haul flight. It’s unrestrictive shape, in a soft, cotton blend, allows you to stay covered and feeling fresh for the whole ride. A short top with a maxi skirt can also be wearable.

7. A Fashionable Carry-On-Bag

A handbag is must to keep all your valuable and essential into it – Your ID & Passport, Mobile, Medications, Fragile items (if any), Pack toiletries and a change of clothes, Kindle or headphones.

Travel Tips:-

  • When traveling long-haul flights, layering is the key to assembling the perfect airplane uniform.
  • You will need to have pieces that you can easily take off or put on. These
    practical items will combat the different temperatures you encounter throughout your journey.

Best places to dine in South Delhi

It’s time to get into the best places to dine in South Delhi. South Delhi covers some of the most affluent and decadent dining restaurants. With high-end brands and high profile personalities living in this area, it is a far cry from the busy streets and colorful markets which many people expect of New Delhi.

24 hours can turn into just a couple when you are at the best places to eat in south extension Delhi with your dear ones. It is that area of Delhi which is filled with numerous heritage sites that can definitely transport you into the past.

These crumbling palaces, medieval tombs, and picturesque lakes and gardens feature some of the best dining restaurants in South Delhi. This portion of Delhi consists of cafes, fine dine outs, bazaars and cultural spots with no end to interesting places you can spend your day.

Add these perfectly perfect dining restaurants to your list to flavor the riches of different cuisines:-

1. Olive Bar & Kitchen

With beautiful ambiance and authentic Italian food, this is where you should be enjoying your brunches. It has an uber-beautiful outdoor sitting decorated with trees and bushes, giving a refined yet relaxed style to dine.

Location – Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi.

2. FIO – Country Kitchen & Bar

Located just next to the ‘Garden of Five Senses’, this is one of the most beautiful places, making your dinner even more special. The light soothing music and service of a great team give a perfect and different experience to dine.

Location – The Garden of Five Senses, Gate 1, Saiyad ul Ajaib, Saket.

3. Haus Khas Social

The cultural hub of Delhi – Hauz Khas Village, known for its beautiful lake and renowned Hauz Khas monument, truly is an ideal location to open up an incredible alternative workspace. The Hauz Khas Social does exactly that, with a stunning view of both landmarks.

Location – Haus Khas Village, New Delhi.

4. Bo Tai

Mehrauli Road has some of the most beautiful places to catch up with friends over good food. And Bo Tai surely is one of them. It is a contemporary Thai concept restaurant with a beautiful fusion of Outdoor and indoor sitting. The cocktails are as delish as they’re Instagram-able, each presenting a picture so pretty that you really do not want to spoil it. This is a great place for a classy date-night or day!

Location – Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli Road, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli,

New Delhi.

5. Pa Pa Ya

Pa Pa Ya is a modern Asian bistro & tapas bar, endeavoring to reinvent Asian cuisine in its entirety. This Asian restaurant offers guests to experience the finest of modern Asian food showcasing some iconic dishes from around the Orient, crafted in a way that’s never been seen before. It is here where culinary skills meet the wizardry of modern-day gastronomic techniques.

Location – Dome, Level 4, Select Citywalk, District Centre, Saket.

6. The Sky High

The Sky High, Delhi’s largest terrace lounge stands true to its name and believes in making you ‘Get High to touch the Sky’ for a reason well ahead of its validity. The place is well known for its beautiful ambiance especially the passage through a cage and marbles on the floor. With crystal glass sheeshas and fountains to play with the soothing music on a moonlit night, they believe in making each and every soul who enters their restaurant a time worth remembering for a lifetime.

Location – Ansal Plaza Mall, August Kranti Marg, Khel Gaon, Andrews Ganj, New Delhi.

7. Yum Yum Cha

The Origami inspired restaurant, designed by The Hexagram Studios is a fun and chill place. It’s a dining experience that seriously stands out, makes you feel special, and leaves you wanting more. When investing a good chunk of money in a meal, that’s exactly how we want to feel. Aside from their signature sushi rolls, the raw part of the menu is all sashimi and not just any sashimi – this is fish of the highest quality that’s been labored over, dressed up, and served in one of many beautiful Mother Of Pearl dishes.

Location – Select Citywalk Mall, Saket.

8. Lodi – The Garden Restaurant

Highlighted by its lush botanical surroundings, pebbled walkways and bamboo railings, the restaurant is an extension of Lodhi Garden itself. The menu is an eclectic mix of flavors from around the world, though the emphasis remains on the much favored European influenced cuisine. Lodi – The Garden Restaurant borrows serenity from the adjacent Lodhi Gardens; a peaceful heritage park which is a must-visit for both travelers & locals.

Location – Lodhi Road, Opp. Mausam Bhavan, New Delhi