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Month: September 2018

Planning a family vacation to Ireland

Planning a family vacation to Ireland

During our busy schedules and while working round the clock, we tend to forget to spend some quality time with our near and dear ones. With the best breweries in the world and some of the most scenic views one might find, Ireland proves to be a very peaceful yet chic place to visit with your family to bond and rebuild these relationships.

  1. Plan in advance- Ireland is a wonderland with tourists flooding in all year round, booking in advance really comes in handy. With a distance of 4,979 km, it takes an entire day to travel from India to Ireland. Not only for the air tickets, which means cheaper air fares, but also minor bookings like ferry rides and hotels are also important. Make sure you carefully read all the details given about the hotel as you might not get what you booked.
  2. Make a List- Ireland is on everybody’s bucket list. With so many places to visit, it is impossible to cover all of them in one trip hence you must prioritize. A difficult but very essential word, only if you prioritize will you truly be able to enjoy and soak in the beauty of every monument. Places like titanic Belfast, Croke park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The burren, Trinity college, Guinness Storehouse etc. are top essential picks. Visit each place with a peaceful mind and body with no rush.
  3. Essentials for the stay- Do not forget your passport and visa. Due to the erratic weather conditions it pours a lot. Hence always carry rain jackets, waterproof phone covers, travel umbrellas, moisture wicking scarves and waterproof camera. Be aware of pickpockets. Always carry some digestive enzymes as it is common to suffer from upset stomach while visiting Ireland. Carry built in filter bottles for optimum safety.
  4. Back to home- Make sure you book your return tickets on time as well and not leave them till the last minute. As you are not carrying much luggage that’s why it won’t be difficult to pack up. Make sure you keep your jewelry, camera and cards safely.

Come as may, your motive for the trip should be to leave your worries behind, explore a new surrounding and inculcate as much as you can for a better self.

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Travel from Delhi to Shimla by Train

Travel from Delhi to Shimla by Train

Shimla is a beautiful hill station and is the capital of the state Himachal Pradesh. Its scenic location, the snow clad mountains and hills everywhere attract a large number of tourists from all over the world. Along with that, the beautiful structures made during the colonial period are another captivating thing to look for in Shimla. Grand old buildings, iron lamp posts, everything gives out a different feel to the trip. If you are planning a trip to Shimla with your friends or family, and you are clueless as to what places to visit there, I’d say you should not miss the Ridge, Mall Road, Kufri, try the Toy train ride to Kalka, Theog, Scandal Point in Mall road, Mashobra, Chail, go for skiing in Kufri, Lakkar Bazaar, Naldehra, Green Valley, among others.

If you are travelling from Delhi to Shimla and are planning to take the train, you should know that there is no direct train from Delhi to Shimla. You will have to first travel to Kalka by train and then go to Shimla. And if you want to know where is your train, make use of online services, they are quite helpful. There is a narrow gauge road from Kalka to Shimla therefore you have to take another train to Shimla from Kalka. If you want a comfortable travel, the Shatabdi Express is the best train that runs from New Delhi to Shimla. It departs at around 7.30 in the morning and reaches Kalka at around 11.45 AM. It is also cost efficient since you will reach Kalka in just 550 INR per person. Other trains that run between New Delhi to Kalka are Himalayan Queen 14095, Kalka Shatabdi 12011, Kalka Shatabdi 12005, Hwh Dli Kalka Mail 12311.

From Kalka you can take the Toy train if you want to experience the ride, but it takes quite some time to reach Shimla by Toy Train since it runs very slow. It will take you around six hours to reach Shimla via Toy Train. Kalka to Shimla Toy Trains are KLK SML Pass, Shivalik Dix Exp, Kalka Shimla Exp, Himalayan Queen, Rail Motor. The Indian Railways have made available economical, deluxe and premium services for travellers on the Kalka – Shimla rail section. Economical are the cheapest ones while the premium ones are the costliest. Special holiday trains also run on this route.

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Ooty places to visit after 6 pm

Ooty places to visit after 6 pm

Ooty is one of the popular hill stations in India. It is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Udhagamandalam, the scenic town of Ooty draws hundreds of tourists. It is situated at an altitude of around 7,440 feet and used to be the summer capital of the British Raj. If you wish to experience, Ooty in the evening, it is always better to venture after 6 PM. Watching the sun slowly setting in the horizon above the beautiful Nilgiri Hills is an experience in itself.

Because Ooty is a hill station, most of the tourist destinations close in the evening. However there are some places where you can visit after 6 PM. Some of them are:

St Stephens Church: It is one of the iconic points of interests in Ooty. The church was built in the 18th century and is a fine example of Gothic architecture. It is located quite close to the main tow center and you can enjoy a short stroll to the church. Spend some time in silence inside the church to calm your mind.

Holy Trinity Church: It is another well-known church in Ooty. The interior of the church is adorned with paintings from the bible and other Christian scriptures. The main town center is also close by.

Nightlife is not so pronounced in Ooty. However, there are few places where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and dance to the tune of music. You can visit places like The Valley Bar, Club Mahindra Derby Green, Canterbury Bar and Selbournes Bar. Local people as well as tourists come to these places to have a time full of enjoyment and charm.

Shopping can be another good pastime in Ooty after 6 PM. Visit the local markets and shop for handicrafts. Being a hill station, you will get winter garments at affordable rates. Ooty is also famous for tea and chocolates. You can but delicious homemade chocolates and refreshing Nilgiri tea. The tea is available in different flavors and variants.

Ooty has a wide range of hotels where you can get pleasant accommodation at affordable rates. Most hotels are within close distance from the main town center and are easily accessible. Ooty can also be easily reached. The nearest airport is the Coimbatore Airport, which is well connected. There is a well-developed road network that connects the town with different parts of … Read the rest

What You Should Know about Belmar Beach in New Jersey

Belmar Beach NJ is a clean beach located at the 11th Avenue in New Jersey. It was ranked on the top position as having the cleanest water according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Every day, there are staff coming to the beach to clean it.

Belmar Beach is a paid beach and the entrance fee costs $8 for adult. If you are a member of the military, you can enter free of charge. Children under 15 years of age can also access the beach free of charge. You can get season passes to the beach from a nearby town.

Belmar Beach has a lot of small pebbles and shells so it may not be comfortable to walk on it. The water is shalow and you can see people along the beach at 5 – 6 feet depth. There are bathroom, rinsing facility, and garbage cans around.

If you decide to come in the weekend, you should arrive early to secure a good spot with your blanket. Ideally, you should arrive before 10 am in the morning. The beach is opened at 9:30 am and gets crowded in the noon. There are benches that you can sit and get a clearer view of the sea.

Belmar Beach is a nice place for families with young kids as there is a playground. While here, you can watch fishing charter setting out to the sea. You can also frequently see sea birds like terns, and oystercatchers around. There are strong undertow in the water so you must be careful when going into the water.

Throughout the day, there are alert lifeguards watching the swimmers in the water. Aside from swimming, you can also go surfing. There are a lot of people setting up big and small tents on the site. If the tent is set up in front, it will block your views.

Belmar Beach has a lot of convenience stores located around. Some of these stores are 7-11 store, Dunkin Donuts and restaurants that offers dining with ocean views. You can acharter a fishing boat to go deep sea fishing on this beach.

At Belmar Beach, there is a long boardwalk that is made from wood and plastic fibers. The board is several miles long and extend from Spring Lake to Bradley Beach and Asbury Park. Recently, it has received a renovation due to some damages it endured … Read the rest

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