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2 Days In Edinburgh : A complete Guide

Fascinating history, baggage of culture, attractive views, delicious food and drink – capital is one in every of those cities with a small amount of everything and my first-timer’s guide to capital has everything you must see and do throughout your initial visit.The Scottish capital is simply detonating with charm and it’s manageable size makes it the right weekend town break destination.

Edinburgh is one in every of my favorite cities within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and was an apparent addition to my excellent 2 week itinerary of the united kingdom. I’ve put together a detailed overview of my favorite pastimes in Edinburgh. We think 2 days may be a large amount of your time to pay in capital – maybe as a weekend break, or as part of a longer trip exploring the UK and Scotland.

Of course, you may pay far more time attending to understand the town, however 2 days will definitely allow you to see several of the highlights of capital

A 2 Day Edinburgh Itinerary

This itinerary is ordered on fairly logical, with 2 full days of exploration within the town, covering a number of the most attractions.There’s lots more to see and do in the city of course, so check out the resources at the end of the post to help you plan your perfect trip to Edinburgh! 🙂
Day One
1. Explore Edinburgh Castle
 
We’re about to begin our 2 day Edinburgh itinerary with a visit to the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, which perches fantastically above the city, and offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city and surrounds.
The castle is home to a variety of exhibitions and artefacts from Scottish history, including the Scottish crown jewels. The castle is also where the 1pm gun is fired every day, so if you do have a chance to be there for this then do, as it’s quite an experience.
 
Edinburgh Castle

2. Go Whisky Tasting

Scotland and Whisky are intractably linked.

Scottish strong drink is my favorite spirit, and whenever I’m in capital I’ll forever notice time for a drop.

You can do this of course just by popping into pretty much any pub in the city, but if you want to learn about the process of making whisky, as well as the various regions of Scotland and the flavours available, then the Scotch Whisky Experience is where you need to head.
Here you’ll journey through the Whisky creation process, as well as learn about why Whisky from different parts of Scotland tastes different. Finally, you’ll be given the opportunity to taste one of four whisky flavours, before taking a look at the largest Scotch Whisky collection in the world. You can book your tickets in advance here.

Whiskey Tasting Tour
St Giles Cathedral

3. Drop in at St. Giles’ Cathedral

Also on the Royal Mile, about a third of the way down from the castle, is St Giles’ Cathedral. Both the interior and exterior of the cathedral are stunning, but the highlight in my mind is the little Thistle Chapel, home to the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.

The Order still exists today, and is overseen by the current British Queen, Elizabeth II.

All that aside, the Thistle Chapel is just gorgeous, stuffed full of lovely wooden panelling, and very much worth taking a little bit of time to see, as is the rest of the Cathedral.

4. Walk Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

All the recommendations so far have been along the Royal Mile, the lovely stretch of interconnecting streets which run from Edinburgh Castle down to Holyrood Palace. It’s not exactly a mile long, but it’s near enough, and is filled with a variety of attractions, from the above mentioned, through to souvenir shops, restaurants and pubs.

There are also a number of gorgeous buildings, churches and monuments along the length of the street, all of which contribute to making this a worthy way to spend half an hour or so of your day.

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

5. Visit the Free Museums in Edinburgh on the Royal Mile

Since you’re on the Royal Miles, you should definitely take advantage of the many free museums that you can find along it’s length. Some of our favourites include the Edinburgh Museum, the Writers Museum and the Museum of Childhood.

6. Climb Calton Hill
Towards the end of the day, I’d suggest you head up Calton Hill.

This is a beautiful spot for a read of town and might be found at the east finish of Princes Street. This hill is home to a series of monuments, including the National Monument of Scotland, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Parthenon in Greece. Which makes sense, because that’s what it was modeled on. Up on the Hill you may additionally notice Nelson’s Monument and also the Royal Observatory.

 

From here you can watch the sun set across the city, with the mountains in the background, which is ample reward for the effort required to climb up.

Day Two

7. Visit Holyrood Palace

At the alternative finish of the Royal Mile from capital Castle is Holyrood Palace, that is wherever we’re about to begin the second day of our 2 day capital itinerary. Holyrood Palace is that the official residence of a people monarch in Scotland. Although the Queen herself only spends a week in a year here – most of her time in Scotland is spent up at Balmoral.
 
When the Queen isn’t here, the Palace is employed for visiting dignitaries, different members of the royal house, and in fact, as a traveller attraction, being open daily. It’s worth checking however that there isn’t someone of importance staying, as the palace closes to visitors when fulfilling its main role as an official residence.
Holyrood Palace
self guided tour

8. Visit Dynamic Earth

If you like fun, interactive science museums, then Dynamic Earth is a must-visit. Right next to the Scottish Parliament building and underneath the stunning backdrop of the Crags and Arthur’s Seat, Dynamic Earth tells the story of the history of the Earth.

We really feel it has something for everyone. From a time machine ride into the past, to a spaceship simulation that takes you right to the Big Bang itself, this is an educational and fun experience that we think is fun for the whole family.

9. Hike Arthur’s Seat

One of my favourite things about Edinburgh, other than how magnificently walk-able the city centre is, is that just a stones throw from Holyrood Palace, the Parliament Building and Dynamic Earth is the ancient volcano of Arthur’s Seat, part of the 640-acre Holyrood Park.

This 251 metre high peak offers spectacular views of the city and surrounds, as well as nice hiking, sunset and sunrise views, and the walk is easily manageable right from the city centre.

10. Follow in JK Rowling’s footsteps

For Harry Potter fans, Edinburgh’s a touch of a pilgrim’s journey website – it’s wherever author JK Rowling lived and is jam-packed with places that galvanized her.There’s Victoria Street that became Diagon Alley and also the Hogwarts-style martyr Heriot’s college.Some of the names on the graves in Greyfriars Kirkyard may look acquainted too.
 

You can also stop off for a drink in The Elephant House Café and Spoon Café where she wrote parts of the books.

Walk Through Street

When to Visit Edinburgh

Like much of the UK, Edinburgh has variable weather, so you need to be prepared for everything from rain to sunshine. Layered clothing is the key to a successful trip.

Be aware that being fairly northerly, Edinburgh has generally cooler weather than the southern cities in England, although it does rain less than Glasgow. There’s not really a bad time to visit Edinburgh as there is so much going on throughout the year, but if you prefer better weather and longer days to explore by daylight, then visiting in the summer months is preferable.
 
Of course, visiting outside of those months can mean it’s quieter, but avoid August as accommodation because it may be more pricey due to festivals going on.
 
 

Getting to and from Edinburgh

Edinburgh is very easy to get to. Flights operate to Edinburgh airport, both nationally and internationally, and the airport itself is around six miles outside the city centre, and easily reached by airport bus or with a taxi service like Uber.

The terminal in Edinburgh has quick rail services to London (around four and a half hours), and is magnificently located directly underneath the castle.Emerging from the rail station and being confronted by the beauty of Edinburgh for the first time is something you’ll never forget.
 
You can additionally drive to Edinburgh. Parking is feasible within the center, and a car will let you get to attractions outside of the city, but isn’t generally needed for day to day sightseeing as Edinburgh is very compact.
 


Where to Stay in Edinburgh

Edinburgh encompasses a big selection of accommodation choices from hostels to mid-range hotels to luxury properties. We’d advise finding a city centre hotel, that way you’ll be able to walk to all the attractions in this list and save on taxis or public transport fares.

If you’re travelling in the busier time of year, such as during the August Festivals or around New Years Eve, you’ll definitely want to book as far in advance of your trip as possible to be sure you find somewhere that suits. Our favourite way to find the best deals on accommodation when we travel is booking.com. We find they sometimes have the simplest deals across a large vary of properties, together with hotels and residences, and area unit very easy to use. We can also recommend apartment rentals as an option.

We also have a page full of travel packages, which includes Europe best deals. 🙂
 
Hopefully these resources will help you plan your trip to Scotland’s capital Have a great time, and as always, if you’ve got any questions or comments, just get in touch! 🙂
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Off-beat places to visit in India!

India is a diversified land with great tourism potential. It’s a land with stunning beaches, dramatic temples, alluring rain forests, gigantic mountains, boundless deserts, lively cities, and the Indian peninsula creates an ultimate charisma for the travelers across the globe. Picturesque and diverse in culture, heritage and language, India is honored with rich natural beauty that adds to its equanimity.

Are you Tired of the known tourist spots and looking for new destinations and adventure? Seeking to get away to a new place? The offbeat destinations in India offer an amazing experience. Escape the hustle-bustle of cities and nourish your soul with amazing experiences. Vacations in these lesser-known areas of the country are truly memorable. Avoid crowds, explore raw natural beauty and unusual cultures, and get to experience a new life with locales.

Nowadays, People are more attracted towards offbeat destination instead of following a charted route. So, we have compiled a list of best of India travel offbeat destinations for you.

  • Gurez Valley, Kashmir: Breathtaking landscapes, fresh and non-polluted air, amazing backdrops, and the sound of gushing river are common place in Gurez Valley. Its location right below the ‘Line of Control’ makes the valley one of the most protected land in India. And yes, with continuous vigilance, it is safe to go there.
  • Chembra Lake, Western Ghats : In the heights of Wayanad range in Western Ghats, there is a lake which is believed to be never dehydrated. Inpsite of such a global warming Not drought, not high temperature; nothing has ever been able to dry even the portion of this lake. The most striking feature about Chemra lake is its shape-A Heart.
  • Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim : Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim is one of the highest lakes in the world,which is at a height of 17,100 ft,. It is said that even during the extreme weather condition in winters, there is always some part of the lake that remains unfrozen.
  • Mawlynnong, Meghalaya: Mawlynnong in Meghalaya, is one of the must offbeat places in India. It has been bestowed with cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The eco-friendly village community will give you some amazing hospitality. The view ,scenery is a bliss to your senses and eyes.Apart from world famous Living root bridge there are waterfalls and caves too to explore.Created out of the roots of the trees, the bridges are truly a wonder and walk on these amazing roots gives lifetime experience.

  • Halebid, Karnataka: It’s a place which is known for one of its ancient temple in south India.The town is yet to be discovered by many of travelers and tourists, therefore a beautiful offbeat experience. This place is also known as Dwarasamudra, which implies gateway to the seas, this place is the capital of the Hoysala Dynasty for about 150 years.Even in the ruined state, the town’s glory still remains undiminished.This trip can be clubbed with visit to Belur along with Jain monuments.
  • Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh: Ziro is blessed with beauty, bliss and amazing experiences. Away from the touristy footprints,Ziro is among the beautiful offbeat destinations in India. Puffy white clouds float in the horizon. Beautiful green patches are visible as far as the eye can see. The Apatani tribe welcomes you with their welcoming  smiles and you would love to know and observe there way of life. Ziro is also well known famous for its music festival. Stay there as locales.
  • Gokarna, Karnataka: Gokarna is one of the offbeat beach secret of India. Famous for its natural, unspoilt beaches, Gokarna is mainly a temple town , with a slow and relaxed atmosphere. Away from crowds, the shores of the Karnataka town is pure beach bliss. Hire a motorbike and explore the town. Enjoy watching the sunrise and sunset. Go for a swim in the waters anytime.
  • Patan, Gujarat: Patan in Gujarat is recently added one of the famous UNESCO heritage site. Dating back to 745 AD, Patan, the former capital of the Chandva Rulers is dotted with lovely temples, lakes, and beautiful step walls. Built in the 11th century, this grand step-well of Maru-Gurjara architectural style is designed as an inverted temple as obeisance to life-giving water.
  • Spiti, Himachal Pradesh: Spiti is one of the offbeat and bucket list places you must visit once in a lifetime. Located at an height of 14,931 ft, it has a challenging environment and personality. If you are adventure lover, seeking solace or to escape the cities, then Spiti is definitely where you should be. The blunt and stark mountains have spots of green which are stippled with ancient monasteries. in addition various activities are famous in spiti like,trekking, camping, mountain biking and other adventures enhance the thrill. Spend some time in the villages of Ki, Kibber, Kaza etc.
  • Valley of Flowers,  Uttarakhand: Radhanagar Beach,or Beach No. 7 in Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is quite unique. Its also awarded as “ Best Beach In Asia” by times magazine in 2004.The beach is maintained in its own way with serene and natural beauty all around.

So there you have it—a list of lesser known destinations to explore on your next trip! The only question is, which one will you pick?Let us know what you have in mind and drop us an comment or feel free to reach us.. 🙂

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Does long term solo travel feels lonely?

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.” ― Hans Christian Anders

Most of us when we starts traveling, either within our native country or abroad, we always try to pick our travels by making return trips to places or countries which are also cheap and easy to plan accordingly.  For some it makes sense by the amount of holidays we get while working in a company/organization or studying in an institution. But what if you have the chance to actually experience travel for long term – staying for months or even years – and making travel plans in between. I know most of some famous travelers out there (storming on Facebook and Instagram) are even doing that by doing freelancing works and picking local part time jobs or simply doing regular successful blogging and trying to work about their money while traveling.

I tried this experience for the first time as my current job often allows me to work from home and I decide to do some weekly trips within my own country and abroad by picking up random places and switching to over to new ones in between coming back and forth to my own native city whenever my works requires. I wouldn’t deny that no doubt how smart you plan your things, you may end up spending some money along the way (which I was mentally ready for it). But trying this new random traveling for a little long while, was it really worth the experience?

I think I would say I had mixed feelings. I was meeting new people almost every evening, trying to sometimes experience life from their eyes. And the rest part I was exploring everything on my own. There was sense of extreme free feeling while explore local places, food, concerts, events etc. But then there was a part of me who felt alone or lonely sometimes, as if I am on the run and nothing stays with me ever. Most of our life are usually cyclic but when you are doing these long term traveling, the life becomes actually moving forward all the time. You meet people, make friends, make experiences, and then move onto another. There might be very few only you sometimes keep in touch while on the move but for how long? A normal life feeling usually revolves around circle of people and things you are doing everyday which may also provide you emotional security but that something you may always miss when it comes to long time travel.

However, on the other hand, its may still be question of debate! Even when it comes to meeting people, I had made some really good friends through travel (though very few) but they have been more close to me now rather than ones who stays in the same city where I live. I believe it solely depends upon on both the individuals how much keen they are to keep in touch and that can also happen when you are actually living in the same native town for so long.  Similarly experiences, I think travel is also another way of healing your inner self sometimes. It detaches you from the toxic thoughts of your life and fills your heart with some peaceful and amazing content-full experiences which in a way give great moments of happiness.

But then, why do feel lonely sometimes when we do these solo travels? If I ask this myself, then I believe its not the travel which makes us lonely, but the fear of connecting with our own self! We have made ourselves so much dependent on our day-to-day work life and dissolves ourselves mostly in  social and family cycles that surrounds us every time that we cannot imagine a life without it sometimes. And in those solo-moment with hardly no understanding of dealing with them we get stuck with feelings of emptiness inside and we sometimes starts doubting whether these travel decision were the right one to pick or not!

Traveling, short or long terms are always an amazing experience and I think key to best travel lifestyle is find a right emotional balance between traveling and your own life! It does varies for different people and we can only realize when we start experimenting such random experiences. At the end its all about feeling content-full inside your heart!What do you think, would you feel alone or lonely if you had travel for a long while or what was your experiences if you have already done such long term traveling?

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Northern Lights in Lofoten: See Aurora Borealis

Everyone has dreams of places they want to see, explore and chuck down from there bucket list in their lifetime. For many and if I am not wrong, at the top of that bucket list is the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. One of the best destinations to chase and explore northern lights is Norway and more northwards you drift to, the better the chances and luckier you get.

Hunting the northern lights is a sport that just every winter traveller can get behind. Watching this magnificent nature phenomenon Northern lights dancing and flickering in the sky is on the bucket lists of thousands. People travel from all over the world in the hope of getting a glimpse of the sky illuminated by spectacular displays of green, purple or pink and this was certainly on my list too, and I got my chance on a cold, clear night in Lofoten Islands.

What is Aurora Borealis?

Have you ever thought about what causes the appearance of Northern Lights and why it illuminates the sky in different colours? It occurs when electrically charged gas particles from the sun enter the earth’s atmosphere and are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. The lights appear to be dancing across the sky and it comes in every shape and size. The most common colour seen is green but if you are lucky, you can see the sky light up like a rainbow in pink, blue, yellow and purple. The color of Northern Lights mainly depends and comes from the type of particles that collide with each other.

Where can you see it?

Northern Lights are most commonly seen in Norway, Greenland and Iceland in Europe, or in the Northwest Territories of North America, Alaska and Canada. Norway is the most accessible option. If sky condition is good and clear then you can see the Northern Lights all across Nordic areas.

Seeing the Northern Lights: My Lifetime Experience

It was our 3rd and final day in Lofoten Islands and we hadn’t seen the Northern Lights. On our first two nights, the excursions in search of the green light in the sky had been cancelled due to cloud cover and heavy rains and snow. But, on our last day, we got lucky to see sunshine with the fact that we surely be seeing the Northern Lights because of clear sky.

In preparation for the evening outing, we layered about every piece of woollen clothing we had from backpack and get ready for the thrilling adventure. We joined the group with our guide at 2100hrs and headed for Northern Light spot. After a short ride for about 15mins our Tour Guide addressed the group “That Northern Lights have been spotted.” A ripple of excitement rushed through us. Out the window, we could see a glowing thin green light covering entire snow clad mountains.

Beyond the road we arrived on, toward a mountain, we could see two distinct streams of lime green and Pink light in the sky. This was it. This is what we were waiting for. This is what we were chasing. We were seeing the Northern Lights in Norway with our very own eyes.

We scrambled to find a place to set up our cameras, as we needed complete stillness if we were to have any chance of getting a clear photo. Without a tripod, we would have to improvise. The ground was completely covered with snow and ice. But sooner we spotted a picnic table, cleared off the snow, laid our camera at angled towards the dancing Northern Lights.

The strip of green and pink lights expanded and brightened then dulled and brightened again. The light danced across the sky, silhouetting the mountain. It was like landing and watching into a fairy tale land. A million stars twinkled above us. Constellations were so intense that it brightened the entire sky and it was almost impossible to believe that we finally made our dream come true to chase and see northern lights in real. We watched until we were completely frozen and numb…which was about a total of 30-35minutes.

Want my advice for seeing the Northern Lights in Norway/Iceland/Lapland etc.? If you haven’t practiced your photography and unprepared for frigidly cold weather, forget the camera and simply enjoy the Lights in the sky. If you want the memory in a photograph, ask your tour guide to click one for you!

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An architecture masterpiece in Helsinki Central – "Kampi Chapel of silence"

Earlier this year, when I was doing a small trip around Scandinavia, my last stop was Helsinki. Without any travel maps or pre-set idea to venture places and with spontaneous mind-set, I took a train directly to Helsinki central. As I was finding my way to the entrance of the Kampi shopping center, I stumbled upon of what I would refer to as “the spectacular yet simple architectural masterpiece” within the most unexpected busiest part of Helsinki. A ‘Chapel” whose sole purpose is to relax and calm yourself and have the perfect moment of silence!

Situated on the Narinkka Square in central Helsinki, the oval shape building has a unique yet challenging design with respect to the entire planned urban space all around. Surrounded by upscale shopping centers, restaurants/ cafes, hotels and office buildings with known architectural design configuration, this building stands out as an exemplary mark on central urban fabric of the city!

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The curved wooden facades with its oval shapes encompasses and flows as if it on one side it emerges out to be in cylindrical form while on the other perspective its seems to expands horizontally.

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Every wooden curve is beautifully crafted in a way that it gives the concept of how a building flows into the city. Not only the design itself, but to convince to build such a religious building in downtown Helsinki is something to be admired and all the credit goes to their architects “K2S Architects Ltd.”

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The concept behind the shape was basically crafted by considering the existing point of urban condition prevalent in the Helsinki downtown and with swirling circulation of people and surrounding spaces as well the neighboring city views, the shape of the building perfectly blends itself within the vicinity of the premises.

The chapel internal design is however completely different from the outside world occurring around this building. Not only you feel disconnected with its amazing acoustic configuration in the utmost silence but the concept of visual silence and appeal also plays a very important role in its design. The idea to escape from the super-hectic life of the city and to sit and relax for couple of minutes or more inside a very peaceful space is like a perfect meditation in-itself and I was lucky to have this beautiful unexpected experience.

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The roof of the chapel is in form of convex shape with peripheral window which goes around the chapel walls. The reflection of lights in my observation must varies along different times. However, interesting thing to actually notice is that there isn’t any direct light provided inside the building. All which you see is in the reflection of internal facades and ceiling.

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One of the interesting features I have read about this design of this building was that its final finishing actually uses “Nano technology” where the varnish particles penetrates the wooden cells structure much deeper. The wood texture however is selected locally where the external facade is made up of Finnish spruce wood and the inner wood used is of British trees wood knows as “Alder” which is very lighter in tone compared to the outside facade and looks really appealing to eyes in that perfect peaceful environment.

I believe the main idea of architecture is all about innovation, to try something new which is unique but also blends out with its surrounding built-environment. I have seen many amazing architecture designs in my past years of traveling around the world but to feel connected with something which touches your heart is I believe one on the finest examples of architecture visualization which has come to existence!

Have you ever had any similar experience where you were emotionally connected and mesmerized by the architectural beauty of the building? Feel free to share anything about it! 🙂

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An architecture masterpiece in Helsinki Central – “Kampi Chapel of silence”

Earlier this year, when I was doing a small trip around Scandinavia, my last stop was Helsinki. Without any travel maps or pre-set idea to venture places and with spontaneous mind-set, I took a train directly to Helsinki central. As I was finding my way to the entrance of the Kampi shopping center, I stumbled upon of what I would refer to as “the spectacular yet simple architectural masterpiece” within the most unexpected busiest part of Helsinki. A ‘Chapel” whose sole purpose is to relax and calm yourself and have the perfect moment of silence!

Situated on the Narinkka Square in central Helsinki, the oval shape building has a unique yet challenging design with respect to the entire planned urban space all around. Surrounded by upscale shopping centers, restaurants/ cafes, hotels and office buildings with known architectural design configuration, this building stands out as an exemplary mark on central urban fabric of the city!

1

The curved wooden facades with its oval shapes encompasses and flows as if it on one side it emerges out to be in cylindrical form while on the other perspective its seems to expands horizontally.

1

Every wooden curve is beautifully crafted in a way that it gives the concept of how a building flows into the city. Not only the design itself, but to convince to build such a religious building in downtown Helsinki is something to be admired and all the credit goes to their architects “K2S Architects Ltd.”

1

The concept behind the shape was basically crafted by considering the existing point of urban condition prevalent in the Helsinki downtown and with swirling circulation of people and surrounding spaces as well the neighboring city views, the shape of the building perfectly blends itself within the vicinity of the premises.

The chapel internal design is however completely different from the outside world occurring around this building. Not only you feel disconnected with its amazing acoustic configuration in the utmost silence but the concept of visual silence and appeal also plays a very important role in its design. The idea to escape from the super-hectic life of the city and to sit and relax for couple of minutes or more inside a very peaceful space is like a perfect meditation in-itself and I was lucky to have this beautiful unexpected experience.

1

The roof of the chapel is in form of convex shape with peripheral window which goes around the chapel walls. The reflection of lights in my observation must varies along different times. However, interesting thing to actually notice is that there isn’t any direct light provided inside the building. All which you see is in the reflection of internal facades and ceiling.

1

One of the interesting features I have read about this design of this building was that its final finishing actually uses “Nano technology” where the varnish particles penetrates the wooden cells structure much deeper. The wood texture however is selected locally where the external facade is made up of Finnish spruce wood and the inner wood used is of British trees wood knows as “Alder” which is very lighter in tone compared to the outside facade and looks really appealing to eyes in that perfect peaceful environment.

I believe the main idea of architecture is all about innovation, to try something new which is unique but also blends out with its surrounding built-environment. I have seen many amazing architecture designs in my past years of traveling around the world but to feel connected with something which touches your heart is I believe one on the finest examples of architecture visualization which has come to existence!

Have you ever had any similar experience where you were emotionally connected and mesmerized by the architectural beauty of the building? Feel free to share anything about it! 🙂

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Best 3 airports in Asia for sleepovers and entertainment!

I love airports! …Well, but this is not applicable to every other person who is stranded for long layovers, finding a place to fit and sleep off the night. And sometimes you tend to find a bench or recliner but eventually you are woken up one of the security staff and then you have to wander again with your shady eyes wondering can I really afford a good sleep today!

Its true that you cant really bet on every airport for your sleepover, but there are and always exist some airports where you can really plan you sleepover trips with free mind! Below is the list of the famous one which exist in Asia :

1. Singapore Changi Airport : Singapore changi is one of the huge airports consisting of three terminals (1,2 &3) all of which are interconnected with each other. Its is one those modern airports where entertainments is literally free for the visitors, which means, you can watch movies in theaters, explore there beautiful gardens and greenery or hover around the never ending shopping mall and shops. Wi-Fi is free and unlimited so you dont need to worry about burning your data as well!

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Butterfly Gardens

Prominent sleeping options :

  • You can easily locate a lot of resting zones or snooze lounges, where they have provided reclining seats. Nevertheless, there are decent amount of benches, chairs and lounge areas which are good enough for taking a night sleep.
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  • In each terminal, there are transit hotels available, so if you can shed some money from your pocket, then hotels can also be the another great alternative.

2.  Seoul Incheon Airport : Seoul Incheon is also one of the largest airports in Asia. One can easily find good English speaking staff here and the airports itself have plenty of sleeping space and different activities to get involved in. Being one of the busiest airports, lot of travelers use this as their sleeping base and even bring along their pillows and blankets! As far as entertainment is concerned, they have golf courses, casinos, various gardens, museums and culture centers and even free tours to opt for!

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Prominent sleeping options :

  • There are relaxation lounges for travelers. Other than that, one can easily find recliner chairs, massage chairs and seating throughout is decent, fine and comfortable.
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  • Transit hotels and lounges are located inside the airports for all those people who can afford!

3 Tokyo Haneda Airport : The Airport has three terminals with two domestic (T1 and T2) and one international and all connected by a underground walkway. The airport has many facilities with convenience stores, shops and modern friendly areas for sleeping and the staff there are usually co-operative for tourist sleeping overnight. Most of the eating joints all available 24-hours so one really don’t need crave for hunger pans in the middle of night. In addition, the airports itself have huge markets spaces available and one can really enjoy their time exploring those places itself. and yes, they also have free Wi-fi with mobile charging spots, so no worries burning your data!

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Prominent sleeping options :

  • There are sleep cabins inside the airport where you have a sound night sleep. Besides that, they are good amount comfortable couches and armrests where you can lay down and relax. butterfly-garden butterfly-garden
  • They have an interconnected hotel inside the airport and some of them are located not far away. There are best suitable for affordable travelers.

For the people like myself, who really love traveling to distant locations, long hauls sleepover at airports can really save a lot on your pocket and at the same time you get to travel the world. But having a general awareness of which are the best airports suitable for your needs, you can really make your journey pretty easy and comfortable!

Have you ever slept in airports? (I am sure most of you must have). So please share your experiences of which airports have you done sleepovers, how was your experiences or which are the ones you would recommend from your side! 🙂

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The Awesome Blogger Award!

It is a great feeling to be nominated for such an award. Its only been a short while only when I started blogging, the idea was to just express my experiences, but eventually, I believe, we all sense a sort of connection within this community, a platform where sometimes people express the true nature of themselves, their dreams, their passion, to see their life’s and world out of there from their own eyes.

I would like to thanks “Kasia” for nominating and considering myself for this award. She is an astounding travel blogger and great writer who lives in Canada and has travel to many places around the world. I would definitely recommend to check out her blog here.

THE RULES:
-Thank the person who nominated you.
-Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader
-Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
-Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
-Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
-Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.
Kasia’s Questions & my answers :
1. If you could go back in time without any consequences, when would that be?
To the time when I was a 8 or 9 years old kid I guess, life was much easy and worry free then.
2. Beaches or mountains?
That a hard question, I love both of them, but mountains drives me more crazy! 🙂
3. What’s the one thing you can’t travel without?
I would say my smartphone.
4. If you could go back for a do-over trip, where would you go?
I would go to Tromso, Norway, one of my best memorable solo trips.
5. Why do you love to travel?
   I just love to explore and experience life around the world, gives me a sort of purpose to life.
6. Who is your fave travel companion?
My own self! Solo journeys are always amazing.
7. How many languages do you speak?
Two (English and Hindi)
8. What would you be doing if you weren’t a blogger?
I am already working as an Architect besides being a travel blogger.
9.  What is your fave dish and why?
Its an Indian dish called “Palak Paneer” (Indian cottage cheese in spinach gravy). Its    been my favorite since I was a kid, my mom used to make the best out of this dish!
10. What do you do when you’re not blogging?
Doing my usual job and of course traveling! 🙂

Here are my nominees and I hope they can participate:

 
 
 
 

Here are my questions:

  1. What is the most far-fetched dream have you ever thought of?
  2. What is your biggest fear in life? & why?
  3.  If someone sponsor you one free Round-the-world tour, which places would you pick and why?
  4. One favorite song which you could hear over and over again for years?
  5. What does happiness means to you? and when was the last time you felt great happiness?
  6. Which are your 5 favorites movies of all time?
  7. If you could witness a moment of past, present or future, what would it be?
  8. What is the most craziest things you have ever done in life?
  9. Any one secret which you haven’t share to anyone yet till now?
  10. What inspires you the most?

Feel free to share any comments otherwise and looking forward to read your answers!