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Top 8 Places To Visit This Christmas

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Dreaming of a trip this Christmas? We’re here for you. Want to enjoy the traditions of Christmas in India? From glittering cities to snowy escapes. Instead of sitting at home this Christmas Eve takes yourself and your loved ones to one of these charming places to enjoy fun rituals and exquisite traditions which will surely give you a lifetime experience.

These are top 8 places to visit this Christmas-

 

 1. Goa

There are many traditional festivities involved such as Midnight Mass, you can easily attend a Midnight Mass at any of the 400 Churches in Goa. You can watch Firework Show or be a part of Crib-Making and Star-Making Competition. If you’re looking some crazy place to celebrate Christmas, Goa is your one-stop destination.

 

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2. Shillong

With a considerable population of Catholics, Shillong celebrates Christmas with equal zeal and enthusiasm like any other city in India.
It offers a plethora of fun and engaging activities. What else can be more fun than celebrating Christmas in ‘the music capital of India’

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3. Pondicherry

Pondicherry is home to many beautiful Churches, a few of which Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus, The cathedral of our Lady. You can attend midnight mass in these churches and light your candles to offer prayers.
There are plenty of music concerts which also take place by the beach.

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4. Mumbai

Christmas trees on the sidewalk, malls and markets lit up with Christmas lights.
With lights, smiles and music all around you can visit many Churches in Mumbai such as St. Thomas Cathedral, Afgan Church and Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount.
When it comes to Mumbai, you don’t need a reason to shop! You’ll find plenty of markets all jazzed up during Christmas.

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5. Daman and Diu

Christmas is celebrated in a grand way in Daman and Diu. Starting from Portuguese Dance ritual to Midnight Mass everything happens in a grand way. If you’re visiting in Christmas don’t forget to offer your prayers at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of St. Thomas.

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6. Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Blessed with a lovely climate, people celebrate Christmas here with great enthusiasm. The place adorns itself in the festive mood and the best part is its tribal touch.
The entire union territory fizzes with warmth, zeal and if you’ll visit here during Christmas it’ll definitely give you the Christmasy Vibe.

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 7. Manali

Dreaming of a fairy tale Christmas? Manali is your destination!
Packed up with beautiful cafes all around the place, you can enjoy with your friends and family by sipping through hot chocolates. Play in the snow, decorate Christmas trees and visit The Arcot Lutheran Church.

8. Kerala

mid nature of this place covered with Christmas Decorations is worth a visit. The churches are well decorated and remain open all night. There are many good restaurants where you can have an amazing feast with your family. Spend your Christmas at the backwaters, what more can you ask for?

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Best Beaches Around The World

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Best way to relax and have a peaceful time is when you are around a beach. The grainy sand under your toes and the sun, hitting your skin could eat up all your worries and could be the best source of sheer joy. Though the choices differ from person to person, but we have tried to list down the top 7 beaches all around the globe, blessed with natural beauty. These are some of the best beaches you could plan to visit sometime in your life. 

 

1. Polihale Beach, Hawaii, USA

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“Polihale” in Hawaiian means “House Bosom”. This is true in the sense that it provides a breathtaking view and is located at quite a distance from the nearest town. This beach has a unique and enchanting thing of itself. Also the beach could only be reached after travelling via a Dirt Sugarcane Road. 

 

2.Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

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This is a stunning bay located in Koh Phi Phi and is surrounded by mangroves all over.The beach is known for its crystal clear waters and for the high limestone cliffs. You could only access this beach via boats. Though temporarily down, this beach is to open soon.   

 

3.Long Beach, Vancouver Islands, Canada

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The largest and the longest beach of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on western coast of Vancouver. This 16km beach has eye-popping views and has rich forest rainforests. Unlike the tropical beach, this beach witnesses more than 20,000 grey whales during spring and summers.

 

4.Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

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Though being isolated, this beach has one of the best and beautiful sand cove on the Greek Island. Also popular by the name of ‘Shipwrecked beach’ for the mythological mystery of a pirate ship called Panagiotis. The beach could be only accessed by boat, but you can see the breathtaking scenario from the limestone cliffs as well.

 

5.Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, USA

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This is one of the best rated islands in USA and the beach stretches upto 12 long miles. The Coligny beach gets to see many tourists from all across the globe every year and this number keeps increasing. The beach is open to all and even provides free services such as free Wi-fi, etc. The name came from the nearby town named “Coligny“.

 

6.Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands

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This beach is perhaps the best of the beaches in the Turks and Caicos Island and contains more than 1000 acres of land. Parrot Cay has about more than 61 beach resorts and is a private island. This beach is accessible from Providenciales by a 35 minute boat ride.

 

7.Trunk Bay, United States Virgin Islands

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It is a beach on St. John in the United States and is a part if the Virgin Islands National Park. This place is famous for its Leatherback Turtles which are found only in the USVI. The beach, as a whole is divided into 2 halves, one the main Bay and the other half which is the swimming area for the commons.

 

Thus do pay these beaches a visit once in your lifetime and experience the breathtaking moments it has to offer. Also do go and check out the Coastal Beaches To Visit In India.

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Anthony Bourdain’s Last Book To Be Released Soon!

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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