The exotic weather, down-to-earth lifestyle, serene atmosphere; spicy food and rich heritage all sums up Bali. You’ll enjoy the ample sunlight and the wonderful open blue skies, even at the most densely populated urban areas due to the low-rising buildings and absence of skyscrapers. But there are some things that give Bali its overall magical appeal, attracting even the most frequent-flying traveller who has probably ‘seen them all’.
Here are the top reasons why Bali remains a popular island destination for all types of visitors. You might want to add up your own reason too.
It is mostly warm and humid with temperatures that range between 26-31 degrees Celsius throughout the year. This island lies eight degrees south of the equator and is an all-year-round travel hotspot. Good to visit in any season and with a collection of things to see and do that would suit any travel plan. If you are looking for a tropical country with lots of beaches, you know the answer.
Ancient Bali temples dot the highlands and coasts and feature magnificent centuries-old architecture. Several have become some of the island’s most iconic landmarks. Great for photos, they’re usually set against exotic backdrops. They’re most colourful during festive temple anniversaries. Some of them are The Gunung Kawi Temple, Taman Ayun temple, etc.
Variety is the spice of life and if you’re a self-confessed foodie, Bali is the answer. Not only is Indonesian food incredibly tasty, vibrant and full of flavour, it’s also cheap as chips. Eat like a local at a Warung (local diner) on the beach with a fresh coconut or fine-dine in Seminyak whatever calls. If you’re a Bali beginner try beef rendang, nasi goreng, nasi campur, chicken satay, and Gado Gado.
Indonesia is filled with plenty of locally made handicrafts, wood carvings, and Balinese artwork that can be purchased throughout the country. We’re not sure why, but hilariously and quite truthfully, the ‘oddly shaped’ souvenirs like notoriously painted skulls are available everywhere. For the best and cheapest souvenir shop in town, head to Krisna on Sunset road in Kuta, Bali.
World Class Snorkeling/Diving
You don’t visit Bali without dabbling in some world-class diving & snorkelling. Whether you want to pick up a new skill or test your level of endurance – this is the place to do it. Indonesia has 6 of the world’s 7 species of turtles. Bali’s best snorkeling spots have calm waters that allow you to take advantage of good visibility to see the most marine life during your visit. It is best from the end of February until September, as the weather is usually perfect.
Anthony Bourdain’s Last Book To Be Released Soon!
It has been a year and a half since Anthony Bourdain’s death, and the culinary world is still recovering. His work had an incredible impact on people all around the world. The approach he employed in his shows showed a deep respect and curiosity for the many different cultures. And thus, the news of a posthumous book by him certainly has everyone excited. It is titled “World Travel: An Irreverent Guide.”
Anthony Bourdain’s Book
It is said that he started writing the book along with his friend, Laurie Woolever. Woolever also worked as his assistant for a long time. Moreover, it was he who brought this project to completion. Though the book is mostly written by Anthony, Woolever has added essays and more information to it as well.
These essays have been penned by people who were close to Anthony Bourdain and knew him personally.
World Travel: An Irreverent Guide
The publisher of the book has let us in on more about the book. It is going to offer delightful introductions into how to get to various travel locations. Apart from that, you will also find suggestions on where and what to eat when there. Bourdain had a distinct personality on screen. His wit, charm, and warm persona are sure to shine through in the book as well. He was a chef once too. Thus, his expert knowledge and experience over the years as a TV host (Parts Unknown) also makes the book a must read.
More about the book…
The cover of the book is stunning too. It is a sketch by Tony Millionaire. It shows Anthony is sitting outside a cafe in Paris. You can buy this book on October. And pre-orders are available now.
Fans and admirers from around the world are keenly looking forward to this book. So many of his recommendations are unique and special. There are instances where people have chosen to follow his suggestions on the shows, and found a cafe or dish they’d have otherwise missed out on. He truly valued the people around him wherever he went. The unforgettable and remarkable work he did in his lifetime will always be cherished.
At 61, Anthony Bourdain passed away due to suicide in June of 2018. At that time, it sparked a much needed conversation about suicide, depression, and mental health in general too.
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Plan Beforehand~ List of 2020 Weekends that Could Be Used Judiciously!
If your 2019 wasn’t as thrilling as it supposed to have been, then you do need to give 2020 a chance. Be a go-getter thus and make the most of let’s say all the weekends that would be an off for you from work and therefore, humdrum schedules too. Mostly, what happens is that we are too busy to keep tracks of free days and then planning takes time, so mostly, we invest our time, entirely on thinking. For more action, your holidays need a foretelling where you can plan for them much before time!
Below given is a preview of weekend holidays that could be used rather wisely by you!
February 21-23 (3 days)
Maha Shivratri falls on the 21st of February which is observed as a day off in most states. Club it with Saturday and Sunday, and have a nice 3-day road-trip with your most-loved ones!
March 7-10 (4 Days)
You gotta take an off on the 9th, Monday, to enjoy short holiday time with your friends and family and that too at the time of Holi. Hope, you book your tickets ASAP!!
April 2-6 (5 Days)
2nd is Ram Navami and 6th is Mahavir Jayanti. A one-day off on your part gives a 5-day long weekend holiday to actually book your tickets and travel someplace far! Yes, think fast cause tickets have to be booked beforehand!
May 1-3 (3 Days)
Labour Day is supposed to be a holiday. Again, you get a chutti from Friday to Sunday for your “me” time, and also to plan into travelling for a short span with your family or friends.
May 7-10 (4 Days)
7th is Buddha Purnima, a holiday. Therefore, a day-off on a Friday gives you long weekends to chillax. Well, give it a thought and start planning about the same now only!
May 23-25 (3 Days)
The month of May needs special praises for being a month full of Holidays. You get 3 days off due to Eid on the 25th. Plan beforehand and take your family for a short trip, only to be cherished later.
June 20-23 (4 Days)
Some lucky people get an off on the occasion of Rath Yatra. Such lucky lot can actually plan out on something after taking an off on Monday.
August 1-3 (3 Days)
Thanks to Raksha Bandhan that falls on Monday, the 3rd, that we all get to experience the long weekends at the beginning of August.
August 29-31 (3 Days)
It’s time to rejoice! Onam falls on Monday, 31st and the people in the South get to enjoy the festivity with a long holiday time! What a wow!
October 2-4 (3 Days)
This is rather the best year since so long because Gandhi Jayanti falls on Friday, followed by a lovely Saturday and Sunday. You actually gotta thank your stars for this year!
October 29-November 1 (4 Days)
Id-e-Milad is a holiday in most parts of India and it’s likely to be on November 29 (Thursday) in 2020. See if you can get a day off on November 30 (Friday) and you get the much-needed break to recover from all the binge-eating during Eid.
November 28-30 (3 Days)
Enjoy the beginning of winters by clubbing all three day holidays together. P.s. November 30 (Monday) is Guru Nanak Gurpurab– a holiday in many parts of India.
December 25-27 (3 Days)
Well, Christmas falls on a Friday, which means that you have a Saturday and a Sunday to come out of your Christmas hangover.
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Luxury Train Rides In India You Can’t Miss!
Does the fantasy of traveling back in time and experiencing the grand royalty interests and intrigue you? Then luxury train rides in India might well exceed your expectations. Managed by Indian Railways and the IRCTC, there are a total of 7 luxury trains in India. Namely Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels, The Deccan Odyssey, Golden Chariot, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Royal Orient Train, and Fairy Queen Express.
These are all certainly a must-try.
1. Maharajas’ Express
Best among all Indian luxury trains, Maharajas’ Express is also one of the 5 most luxurious trains in the world. This half-a-mile long train boasts of professionals prepared to meet the highest quality of hospitality. Fully stocked bars, lavish suites, butler services and whatnot, and is one of the most expensive trains in India! Tourists on board get to experience the richness of the country in the most distinguished way possible. Also, it was voted ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, consecutively.
2. Royal Rajasthan On Wheels
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is one of the most special luxury trains in India. And is known for offering supreme quality of comfort and an everlasting traveling experience. This train has 14 luxury cabins modeled on erstwhile royal palaces, multi-cuisine restaurants, bars and spa services on board. Thus this train lives up to its name and remains in great demand for luxury train journeys in India.
3. Palace On Wheels
‘Palace on Wheels’ is another in the list of the luxury train ride in India. It boasts of luxurious cabins, exquisite wallpapers, a well-stocked bar, gracious hospitality. And also local culture displayed by the artistic use of paintings and handicrafts. Thus it is very much like a palace on wheels that recreates the bygone era of kings. No wonder why it was voted as 4th best luxurious train in the world. If you are planning a luxurious trip to Rajasthan, this is the best bet!
4. The Deccan Odyssey
Inspired by the traveling style of the kings and rulers during different royal eras of ancient India, Deccan Odyssey is a 5-star hotel on wheels. Ir that takes you to some fascinating destinations of India. It has a royal treatment for passengers, palace-like interiors of the cabins, multi-cuisine restaurants, lounges, a conference car, an onboard spa.
5. Golden Chariot
The Golden Chariot is one of the superb luxury trains in India that takes you to some of the most famous tourist places in South India. Also, The train has AC chambers. It also has with royal interiors, bars, restaurants serving multi-variety cuisines, mini gym, Ayurveda spa and other 5-star facilities.
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