1 Day Itinerary in Singapore

Singapore is a very beautiful country with very many tourist attraction sites. A one day lay over will you give just the time you need to sample out some of Singapore’s attraction sites, leaving you wanting to spend more time exploring. Like any other country, Singapore boasts with lots of rich history and culture backed up by numerous relics and antics that are to be seen in both their public and private museums.

When touring Singapore, come prepared to be amazed by the tremendous beauty. There is a lot to explore and enjoy. Below are some attraction sites that will get you off on the right foot when visiting Singapore.

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Yum Cha Restaurant

This restaurant is to be found in Chinatown and it offers local dishes in the tourist district. The early mornings in Chinatown are rather quiet, offering you a quick look at what Singapore was in the olden days.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

The museum was constructed in 2007 as a dwelling place for the sacred artifact “the Buddha’s tooth” which is displayed in the museum. The temple and museum are also to be found in Chinatown. It receives many Singaporean Buddhists who come to pay homage.

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Singapore Zoo

Being single most celebrated zoos worldwide, the zoo has over 2,530 occupants and 11 highly populated zones. Magnificent and rare white tigers find a home in the jungle enclosure in this zoo.

The zoo has many wild animals from the flying foxes to sloths to be found in the rainforest trees.

River Safari

The River Safari is located next to the Singapore Zoo. This is one of a kind wildlife park that houses seven of the residents of the world renowned rivers, from the Mississippi are the alligators, from the Mekong are the giant catfish and from the Ganges are the frog-faced soft-shell turtles.

Here you will also get to see the two pandas, Jia Jia and Kai Kai and the new addition, the rare red panda.

Ah Meng Restaurant

This restaurant was named in honor of an orangutan, a former inhabitant of the zoo. It is enjoyable particularly for families and offers a variety of local food. For you to have an out of this world experience, try the early breakfast with orangutans.

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Orchard Road

Orchard road started out as a street lined with plantations of nutmeg and orchards. The road has changed over the years gradually being occupied by temples, markets, and cemeteries to what is today; an exhibition center, entertainment hub, and a serene place to take soothing walks in.

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Gardens by the Bay

This is a botanical garden filled with plants from all over the world except Antarctica. A Skyway is hovering 22 meters above the Gardens, giving you a spectacular view of the natures beautiful flowers and scents.

KU DE TA Club Lounge

The KU DE TA club hangs atop the Marina Bay and offering an incredible 360 degrees panoramic view of Singapore at night. The clubs dress code is semi-formal.

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This is a restaurant that gives you a great view of the sunset over the Singapore River. The restaurant is linked to the flower dome, one of the sights of the Gardens. The food at the restaurant is inspired by the Mediterranean coast.

Conclusion

A day in Singapore will give you a taste of Singapore’s rich culture and beautiful sights. The location of the attraction sights makes it possible for you to experience a lot of history and beauty. The various museums give you a feel of the Singaporean history and a deeper appreciation of the culture.

From fine dining of the Mediterranean meals to the local foods of Singapore are all to be found in the various restaurants in within the city. Night life also has a place in Singapore with the KU DE TA. Consider enjoying your drink and taking in the scenic view this club offers.


 

Kally Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Where to Travel for the Long Weekend?

In Singapore this year, we have some long weekends due to the holidays. Christmas is on Monday, which means we have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off as weekends. New Year is also on a Monday, which gives us the long Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekend.

In 2018 we still have some long weekends due to holidays, such as the Chinese New Year (which falls on a Friday and Saturday), and Good Friday (on a Friday). These holidays provide the perfect opportunity for some exotic travel to either Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, our exciting and fun-filled neighboring countries. But then, you know you can only pick one since it is a three-day holiday. There are arguments about which is better, and, since have traveled to both places for the holidays, I can be considered an expert of sorts.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Food

While food is less expensive in Kuala Lumpur, if you are used to Malay cuisine, you won’t find anything new there. Food in Bangkok is much more exciting because of the many restaurants selling foreign cuisine. Also, the food is less spicy than Malayan food (unless you love spicy food, which I do).

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Shopping

Of course you would want to go shopping while you’re on holiday (I know I do). Kuala Lumpur has malls as big as those in Singapore, and so does Bangkok. Shopping is also cheaper in Kuala Lumpur. However, Bangkok has an edge over Kuala Lumpur because of the street markets. Bangkok is teeming with street markets that give you a variety of choices when shopping, and you can get great prices as well.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Nightlife

Bangkok goes on long after most people’s bedtime. The city is also safe at night, so you don’t have to worry about staying out past midnight. Restaurants stay open late to cater to hungry people on any kind of budget. There are bars and night clubs for you to go and hangout and have fun, as well as a host of other entertainment choices for you and your family or friends.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Culture

Bangkok is rich in Thai culture and history that is quite undiluted, because it is the only country in South-East Asia that never got colonized by foreigners. The capital has a lot to offer for you to experience and enjoy, from the dances to the temples to the heritage. Malayan culture is a blend of Malay, Indian, and Chinese, giving it a distinctive culture of its own. Kuala Lumpur displays Malaysian culture in all its splendor and beauty, but personally I prefer Thai culture in Bangkok.

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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Nature

The beaches in Thailand are cluttered with civilization. You can go to the beach and see bus routes and food stands, with very little ‘nature’ next to the water. The national parks are no different. They are not secluded and quiet and free of man and his toys. You can enter a park hoping for peace and quiet, and you will see food stands, resorts, and hiking trails that are very easy and not far from civilization.

Malaysia is still untamed when it comes to nature. The beaches are still pristine and free of human intervention. The Borneo jungle is still alive, despite poaching and deforestation. The national parks are still nature-oriented, with very little presence of resorts and restaurants. Malaysia is still doing its best to establish oil palm plantations, displacing the wild life that exists in the country, but you can still enjoy nature better in Malaysia than in Thailand. However, if you aren’t so deep into nature, Thailand is the place for you.

Conclusion

Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur have their pluses and minuses. Each has something different and unique to offer to visitors on your exotic travel. While I may prefer visiting Kuala Lumpur for the holidays, you may prefer going to Bangkok. With this list of what both cities have to offer, you can choose which city best fits your style and plan and exotic travel for your 3-day holiday. Or just askus@ladyredot.com!


 

Kally Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

Activities to do in Iloilo, Philippines

A heart-shaped province located in Western Visayas, Iloilo is aptly called the “Heart of the Philippines.” It may only have a total land area of 5000 square km with a population of approximately 2 Million, but this province offers countless activities for the young and old!

Food Tour

When you’re in Iloilo, it’s kinda difficult to stay faithful to your strict diet. Why? For starters, mouth-watering dishes are Iloilo’s year round attractions. Find a true blue local to show you places where you can eat authentic Ilonggo cuisines: La Paz Batchoy, native “lechon manok” (roast chicken), talaba and sinamak (oysters and native vinegar), KBL (pigeon peas, pork, and green jackfruit), chicken binakol, Pancit Molo, and fresh seafood dishes (The Philippines is an archipelago, so you see fresh seafood almost everywhere).

Heritage Sites Tour

There are several historical sites scattered all over Iloilo. Don’t forget to visit Calle Real, Plaza Libertad, the Iloilo Provincial Capitol grounds, Cathedral, Lizares Mansion, Casa Mariquit, Molo Church, and Bahay Camiña nga Bato, Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Miagao Church, San Joaquin Church, Dumangas Church, Santa Barbara Church and Convent, Ermita Chapel, and Nazaria Lagos Monument. You will surely be in awe of the history, architecture, and culture of the people. This activity is not only fun but also very educational!

Take a dip in Iloilo’s pristine waters

No travel article about the Philippines has no section about how beautiful its beaches are. Don’t forget your swimming outfit, eco-friendly sunblock, and cameras (these beaches are soooo picturesque)! Head over to Islas de Gigantes, Concepcion, Ajuy, Sicogon, San Joaquin, Miagao, Guimbal, Tigbauan, and Oton.

Climb, Trek, and Hike

Aside from crystal clear waters, Iloilo is also blessed with lush mountains. Get a trusted local tour guide to show you the roads less traveled: Bucari, Igbaras, Janiuay, Calinog, and Lambunao. Hike hidden trails and be surprised to see amazing waterfalls, overlooking views, and super clean surroundings! Your lungs, eyes, and heart will surely thank you!

Enjoy the city life

In most parts of the Philippines, it is still possible to enjoy the so-called “city life” without losing that laid-back ambience. Iloilo City has a number of lifestyle centers where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while reading a book, spa day (alone or with your loved ones), dine at classy restaurants, and shop at malls. Don’t forget to check out Plazuela de Iloilo, Ayala Atria Iloilo, Smallville Complex, SM City Iloilo, Robinsons Place Iloilo, and Iloilo Business Park.

Or go on a city tour

Iloilo may be a province, but Iloilo City is actually a tourist hub. Aside from its numerous restaurants and shopping districts, it also has amazing museums, hotels, and lifestyle districts.  and nightlife in the province await.

Join a festival

Because the Philippines is hugely Catholic, it’s not difficult to find yourself in the middle of a religious festival while in a province. Iloilo hosts the Dinagyang Festival, a religious and cultural festival held on the fourth Sunday of January. Enjoy the tribal music, religious rituals, street dancing, colorful costumes, amazing food, and most of all, the warmth of the locals.

Not a sleepy old town, Iloilo has plenty to offer for the adventurous and young at heart. Reach out to us to help you to plan your next trip to Philippines @askus@ladyredot.com.


 Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

 

Visit Korea on a Shoestring Budget

As the K-pop and dramas massively spreading worldwide channels, South Korea has become one of the most wanted destinations in Asia. You may expect to work like a horse and saving for your Korea trip as the myth has it, Korea is not for the budget travellers, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Korea is doable on shoe string budget with the two key spells: right timing and well-planning. Let’s take a closer look together:

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When should I go
There isn’t a right time for everyone at this four-season country, where each season exposes its unique charms. There is cherry blossom Spring, hopeless romantic Falls, sweating Summer and snow land fairy-like Winter. On top of all, there is shopping season at Asia’s cosmetic and fashion hub.

Tips:
1. For the shopaholic, good news, the national grand sales are held yearly during Feb and Oct. So even if you are on a shoestring budget, you still can enjoy the shopping pleasure during this time.
2. Summer in Korea is scorching and humid, this is usually the peak time, so best to avoid this period.

Hunt for the cheapest tickets using relevant travel apps for your selected period or check with us!

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Where should I stay
Budget traveller’s best option are apparently hostels or dormitories, where you trade in your privacy for the add-on: free breakfast, WiFi, laundry at extremely low cost. The rate starts from $10 / night. Do make sure you check all the add-ons for the best deals.

Alternatively, there are many options with slightly higher rate, starting from $17/ night for a private single room on Airbnb. Shop around; you will surely find the best accommodation deal, that will not break your wallet while meeting your comfort level needs. As usual, pick the place not so far from tourist spots otherwise, you will end up paying for transportation.

Moving around
The main cities in Korea are well connected by public transports, bus or train. Upon arrival, get yourself a pre-loaded T-money cards, which can be used to pay for bus, metro, taxi and train fares at a discounted rate.

Tips:
Download the app called Ji Ha Cheol to navigate the complex subway system while you are in Seoul.

Extra tip: if you plan to walk around or navigate your route, try the app NaverMap, the Korean version of Google map, which is localised and more accurately updated.

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What to eat
While in Korea, do as the Koreans do, another way to avoid being overcharged. Obviously, if you are going to the tourist districts, be prepared to pay extra for the same delicious street food you would find elsewhere. Watch the locals and follow them; this will save you a significant amount.

What to do
Korea has everything that pleases your taste, from the rich and exciting cultural activities such as Jjimjilbang, visiting King Palace, war museum to the modern theme parks and massive shopping malls.
For natural savvy, the national parks, sighting, islands, snow mountains, there are so many options for you. Korea has much more wonderful places to offer than just Seoul, pick a theme on what you want to experience in this beautiful country, explore and get amazed.
While most places require entrance tickets, there are many places you can go for free if combining with certain offers. Make sure to check out the promotion coupons before arriving at Korea and make the best use of the discounts.

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Tip, tips, and more tips:
– Buy the local specialities at the tax-free malls like Dong Hwa and Lotte; you get the best deals here. Buying at the popular night markets is another good option only if you know how to bargain and distinguish the qualities.
– Check out the site http://www.visitkorea.com.my/node/events-promotions/promotions/ if you want to hunt for discount vouchers on some shops or events

So the myth has been debunked. Korea is possible on shoestring budget. Don’t put your Kim Chi dream up any longer, let’s us help you to cross out another destination from your bucket list. Reach out to us at askus@ladyredot.com.


juneHello, I am June! I love to explore different roles to find out what is my passion. I used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, I figure that my passion is to express the hospitality spirit from my heart and inspire others from my work. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where I get inspired and inspire others, and running my own bed and breakfast in Vietnam. I view life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join me as I share my passion with you! You can reach out to me @ LinkedIn.

Shopping Paradise in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers not only good food and city attractions but also retail therapy. If you haven’t been in this shopping paradise, learn the ropes by reading this article.

The Best Time to Shop
Well, Hong Kong is a great place to shop all year round. However, if you are keen on saving some dough, it’s best to go during the sale seasons: Summer Sales, which runs from July through September, and Winter Sales, which runs from December through February (or from Christmas to Chinese New Year or Spring Festival).

Shopping Finds
Whether you are looking for international labels or local goods, Hong Kong has a wide array of merchandise no matter the season. Its top sales are from electronics, beauty products and perfume, and apparel. However, you can also find designer bags, gems and authentic jewellery, leather goods, luggage, and even local delicacies.

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Where to Go
Hong Kong has a number of shopping areas. From street markets to shopping malls, it’s obviously not difficult to find what you need (or want) in Hong Kong. So with all that shopping spots, where should you start? It depends.

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Street Markets
If you are looking for local goods with affordability as your priority, the street markets are your hunting ground:

Li Yuen Street – Offers fancy jewellery, affordable clothes and shoes and souvenirs.

Stanley Market – Has one-of-a-kind goods like artworks, silk and collectable items.

Ladies’ Market – If you like to follow the latest fashion trend but have a limited budget, visit this place. Shoes, clothing and even stationery can be found here.

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Malls
Whether you’re looking for luxury goods or affordable ones, we give you three of the many malls in Hong Kong that offer you the best shopping experience:

Harbour City – Located right on the pier at Kowloon, the biggest shopping mall in Hong Kong offers not only shopping but also dining and entertainment. It has around 700 shops, cinemas, and several dining spots.

Pacific Place or Admiralty – This mall has a broad range of stores, from the affordable Zara and H&M to high-end brands like Chanel, Cartier and Chloe.

Landmark – This mall’s location gave it its other famous moniker: “Central”. It is Hong Kong’s oldest and most famous shopping mall. Among others, you can shop in Dior, Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nichols in Landmark. It also offers an exceptional dining experience in top-end restaurants.

Citygate Outlet – If you are a bargain hunter, you will know Hong Kong is a tax-free paradise, and it is even better when it is paired with factory outlet shopping! Citygate Outlet Mall is perfect for those who are on a stopover in Hong Kong as it is only 10 minutes drive away from the airport.

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Specialty Stores
Looking for something not found in any of the previously mentioned shopping places? Try these:

Tai Yuen Street – This is a paradise of purchase for the young and young at heart. It offers fantastic yet affordable toys.

Goldfish Market – It’s called the Goldfish Market because of what is sold there: yes, goldfish (and other aquatic animals, actually). Visit the place and get a lucky goldfish for you or a loved one.

Flower Market – Flowers, plants or anything that is garden-related can be found here. If you enjoy growing your greens, this place is perfect for you.

Jade Market – Tourists flock here for everything jade. There are also occasional rare gems, but jade is its main feature.

We can help you to plan your shopping route, sniff out the best bargains even source for delicious food, best-valued accommodation and cheapest air tickets to squeeze every penny and every single minute for your next shopping trip in Hong Kong. Just askus@ladyredot.com!


mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Top 5 locations for Christmas

Christmas, a festive season for many families to get together and celebrate the wonders of Christ. Besides getting too commercialised and think Christmas is all about surviving the mad crowds and rush discounted shopping, it is also about giving and sharing, under the blanket of snow on a magical night, in front of a warm fireplace. Here are some of my personal favourite locations for Christmas.

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Munich, Germany
The Bavarian capital- is a great way to spend a traditional Christmas. With the city dating back to 1158, there seems to be a story behind every building. The Christmas gem, what gives this place its charm during the holidays, is their famous city markets. Marienplatz (St. Mary’s Square) is Located in the centre of Munich. The shops start on November 25th and lasting until the December 24th. At this century-old event buyers can find Bavarian wood carvings, local food, clothes, carved nutcrackers, homemade soaps and much more. Along with this, the scene is illuminated by a 100ft Christmas tree and during the afternoon live music can be heard.

New York, U.S.
With a population over 8 million, everyone can find their holiday niche in the big apple. For the more touristy people, Rockefeller Center Plaza should be the first stop. With their 80ft Norway Spruce decorated with over 45,000 lights topped off with a 550lb star, this iconic sight fills spectators with holiday spirit. Next take a trip over to a Broadway performance or check out the Rockettes at Radio City Christmas spectacular. For more local visitors, try driving through the city’s boroughs to check out neighbourhood competition for better decorations or if the weather permits, go to one of the many parks for some sledging.

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Napapiiri, Finland
Most popularly known for their midnight sun, northern lights and ski resorts, Napapiiri makes this fairy tale come true. With Santa Claus Village, an amusement park that opened in 1985, tourists can walk to the Arctic Circle, talk with Santa or visit their mail post where over 15 million letters have been received. For the older crowd, this place is great for skiing and snowmobiling or maybe you’re looking to take a sledge ride with reindeer. For the more laid back, trying spending the holidays with savoury finish food after a candle lit saunas out looking a snow white landscape. But be warned, this area only has 5 hours of sunlight during December and temperatures can reach far below freezing.

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Paris, France
As the 3rd most popular place in the world to visit, the city of lights does not disappoint coming Christmas time. With the colourful carousels and markets that come to life and decorated stores competing for the best window displays, this location exudes the holiday charm. Some of the most recommended places to visit include making a trip to the Notre Dame Cathedral, exploring the dazzling light displays and ice skating on the first level of the Eiffel tower, at 200 ft. Maybe even stop at a before bakery to grab a famed pastry.

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Christmas is not always the picture-perfect winter wonderland, but even so, places like San Juan still pull it off. This Spanish capital is known to have the longest Christmas celebration, starting the day after Thanksgiving and ending January 14th. The music is different, the food is different, the traditions are different, but the man in the red suit is still the same. One great tradition is the parrandas you might hear after night. Friends will gather together and surprise one of their buddies by spontaneously playing music. After they are done sometimes more will join sparking parrandas that last the whole night. Another, one of the day’s highlights occurs on Jan. 6th when the wise men, three locals riding horses, ride into San Juan, signifying the start of gift giving.

It isn’t too late to plan where you like to spend your Christmas this year. Leave it to us to create the perfect Christmas holiday for you and your family at asks@ladyredot.com.


 

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Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedIn, Upwork or Facebook.

Guest Post: Kashmir: A nature’s paradise!

I know, I know It’s not a very great time to talk about #tourism or #dreamtrails to Kashmir but what to do? I can’t get over that feeling everytime I look at the pictures straight from this paradise ( Come on, just type in google or I am sure any one of your chachaji must have visited it once.). I know when people are debating over the freedom of  media in Kashmir coverage or the plight of Kashmiri youth who suffer from terrorism then it’s so stupid to talk about a dream which gets fulfilled by travelling to these lands of coniferous trees, snow laden lazy mountains and lovely people. Yeah! You heard it right Kashmiris are extremely warm and hospitable people. Infact when you hear such horrendous news then two types of thoughts come to people like us who have been fortunate enough to visit the lands.

Firstly, How could people bomb or disturb this paradise, They must be ass** to do so. Secondly you think that is it just a God’s rumor to keep it a paradise? I mean less people, less interference, less pollution, less plastics and more trees, more purity, more peace, more innocence! Isn’t it? There is something about Kashmir that touches your heart and makes you fall for it.

I agree there is Shimla and Switzerland but there is only one Kashmir and there is something about it which is pure, pious, beautiful or may be just innocent! The green pastures, the coniferous forests, the beautiful mountains touching the sky, the mesmerizing floral carpets on ground carelessly thrown around, the pure air  which feels like fondling with your lungs and simple people around. Like who the bloody hell can even think that there exists terrorists at such place too. I felt it’s actually unimaginable to think about bad people and bad things happening at that kind of place until you actually get to face one. People are so beautiful, warm and smiling that you feel like showing those exasperated looks to all those newspapers and magazines who proudly publish that there exists misguided youth around at that place. Oh Bro! Get some life,look at them and around, do you feel there’s anything wrong even an ounce? And by the way have you ever heard a tourist ‘s harmed? No na?

Do I say anything? Shikara!

Do I say anything? Shikara!

Those must rides in a Shikara shout out loud to me and those heavenly stays in houseboats leaves me craving. The colourful boats which are traditionally designed and decorated with all those beautiful paper mache artifacts offer you uninterrupted views to those snowcapped mountains all the while indulging your senses into ultimate calmness of the Jhelum flowing all around you. Your Kashmir visit is incomplete if you miss one of these stays at houseboats and devoid yourself from getting pampered. I know I know I am so in love with these Shikaras already.Now who is not aware of the Dal lake but that is not the point! Point is I so want to indulge into the shopping this area has to offer to anyone. Kashmiri work suits, woolen clothes, those beautiful paper mache artifacts, traditional jewellery, wooden tray, key chains and what not. And do you know they do have an entire floating market on Dal lake? Like you go there for a ride in a Shikara and come back loaded with shopping bags. Wow! Amazing isn’t? Now tell me which other state in India gives you such experience like Venice? Also I can’t describe everything that this market has to offer to you along with that aided orgasmic pleasure that you get after bargaining hard with those poor road side endore. What? Come on, I am a woman that’s my birth right. Hah!

Paper Mache stuffs

Paper Mache stuffs

Then you know what would I do after I will be all done with shopping and Shikara rides? I’ll pack my bags and leave to Gulmarg “the meadows of flowers” Can you imagine how beautiful it is? Of Course you can! Now don’t tell me you don’t watch bollywood movies? So every third bollywood movie is like shot there, now don’t ask me for the data source but I know okay? So you imagine any snow capped mountain and Gondola rides and if its not shot in switzerland then it’s definitely shot in Gulmarg. And do you know Gulmarg Gondola is worlds highest Gondola ride! Now tell me how would it feel to be in God’s personal meadows surrounded by lovely coniferous trees,flower laden grass and whity snow wrapped mountains? Must be beautiful , na?

meadows at Gulmarg

meadows at Gulmarg

Then there are three wildlife sanctuaries around in Kashmir. Dachigam wildlife sanctuary, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve and Overa wildlife sanctuary.Yes,three god damn full of God’s magnificent creations from musk deer to leopard to Himalayan griffon to  lammergeyer, long tailed blue magpie to Himalayan weasel to Black Bear to Rhesus Macaque. Humph…basically what I mean to say is that this kind of wildlife tour is going to leave any wildlife lover awe struck and mesmerised.

And those mouth watering Kashmiri cuisines. ‘Cuisines for royals’! What? You think I am exaggerating? Well Rogan- Josh,Yakhni, Dum aloo etcetera are ‘ Zaika e Kashmir’ Okay! And here I am not including Momos, Thukpa famous in Leh region. And hope you know Leh is a part of Jammu and Kashmir region? Now who doesn’t know that but still….Though entirely different culture but it is an integral part of Jammu and Kashmir.

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floating market at Dal lake

Talking of Momos and Thukpa, I just remembered that Leh-Ladakh is a gateway to an entirely another culture. Rich and colourful practicing the soulful Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. They are very unlike the urban culture India has to offer infact unlike any culture. Doesn’t it make our country more great and mysterious? ‘Unity in Diversity’! Ha?

Then there’s Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Buddhist temples, mountains and god know how many other things this beautiful beautiful region has to offer to anyone. I think you can never be same after reaching those heights at Gulmarg and watching the sunrise through your naked eyes at Ladakh.

A cottage at Gulmarg

A cottage at Gulmarg

So Don’t you think that makes it a dream destination? And either way we owe it to our troops there to go visit and see those places where they stand for us, guard us day and night! And tell me why not to go there? Just because somebody said there’s trouble? Doesn’t it give you more reasons to visit that place and stay there more?

Kashmir! Here I come!

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