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London’s Top 5 Instagramable spots!

Bored taking same selfies on the mountains, valleys, cliffs, beaches, around lush greenery etc? Have you had enough of these in your previous holidays? Looking for a destination which is trendy, chic, and upmarket, has none of the cliches and yet becomes a preferred holiday destination? If you nodded positively, you simply have to head to London in your next holiday and get clicked at some of the best tourist attractions.

Some icing on the cake, these attractions are absolutely FREE! Imagine planning a holiday at one of the most expensive tourist destinations, getting sublime selfies, which then becomes your next Instagram story. This certainly will be your most memorable holiday.

Remember this is just small Instagramable guide of London. The city has lot more to offer its tourists. London is quite rich in history, architecture, shopping, and food and night life. To know complete guide of the city read Places to visit in London. One can even club Scotland along with London holiday. To plan your Scotland holiday read Scotland's heavenly beauty.

Here is a guide for the Top 5 Instagram spots of London.

     1) Big Ben: This is one of the oldest and iconic towers of London.  A very popular tourist attraction, it is usually very crowded and has a lot of hustle bustle around it. There is a huge giant like bell inside and the clock outside the tower right at the top is quite a highlight point.  Not to forget a lot of popular Hollywood and Bollywood movies have been shot here. Isn’t it a good selfie point?

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2) Tower Bridge: Yet another iconic piece of London and a popular spot for movies. This artistic bridge looks incredible from a distance, especially at night. It overlooks Themes River. The bridge opens up when a big vessel passes through it, it’s an amazing sight. You can simply take a walk on the bridge in the evening and admire its beauty. One of the most admired location for taking selfies

3) London Eye: Closer to Big Ben and near Thames River, London eye is a giant like wheel which rotates very slowly giving a 360 view of the city. It rises above the sky line and one can get its mesmerizing views even from a few miles away. This is a paid ride, however for you to get clicked in the front of the ride, doesn’t require any penny.

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4) Buckingham Palace: This is the most famous address of London for centuries. The palace is home of the 'Queen of London'. The best attraction is the change of Guard which happens daily in summers around 11.30am. The view of the parade is simply remarkable. Tourists throng here in huge numbers just to get a glimpse. Situated off Hyde Park, one can spend some time there before proceeding to the next location

5) Oxford Street: It is the most popular shopping streets of UK. It houses some of the best flagship brands, huge departmental stores and cheap shopping all in one place. Thousands of locals and tourists horde here daily to satisfy their shopping needs. The locality is nicely decorated during winters especially during Christmas. All the more reason for you to get a selfie here!

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5 things to know before traveling to Cuba

5 things to know before traveling to Cuba

Cuba is a growing tourism destination in the Caribbean. In fact, the top solo female travel destination in 2018 was Cuba (according to HostelWorld). However, despite its popularity, it remains a slightly unusual destination, with a lot of quirks that might be frustrating to an unprepared traveler. Here are five things you should know before going to Cuba.

Do your research:

The appeal of Cuba is not only its sandy beaches and colonial architecture but precisely the fact that it is different from most other countries. Before you go read up on where you are going. Find out what things you can do in Havana in 2019 and some of the history of the country.

Learn some (basic) Spanish:

Learning some basic Spanish words will make your life easier. Not everybody speaks English, and being able to communicate basic things with everyone is useful. Moreover, Cubans have their own slang that is different from Spanish in most other places. It might be useful to familiarise yourself with it before you go there. 

After arriving in Cuba: Get your head around the confusion of Cuban money.

Cuba is the only country in the world to have two official currencies, the CUC, and the CUP. But confusingly they are both called Peso and are used interchangeably, even though the exchange rate is 25:1! Be sure to read up a guide to Cuban money

Getting around Cuba:

Cuba can be a lot more expensive than people expect, and a big part of the cost is the cost of getting around in the country. Finding out how transportation in Cuba works can be extremely useful if you want to make sure you aren’t scammed by taxi drivers. 

Internet in Cuba: it's not what you are used to.

One of the big developments of 2018 in Cuba was the introduction of 3G. Many other countries are now introducing 5G. Most of the time you’ll have to look for a wifi spot in a public park and buy a scratch card to get online. It might be useful to find out how the strange internet system in Cuba works before you get there.
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We are an international network of Cubans and Cuba lovers dedicated to sharing travel inspiration and up-to-date travel advice about visiting the island.

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Hongkong: Entertainment, food and shopping

Hongkong is a part of Chinese territory with a blend of cultural diversity. Majority of the population here is Cantonese. The place is known for its incredible skyline and huge skyscrapers. Almost a decade back Hongkong didn't feature as a preferred tourist destination, however now this destination has a lot more to offer its tourists. 

In case a European or US holiday is cutting a deep hole into your pocket, then I would recommend to settle with a Hongkong and Macau holiday. You will surely not regret!

Travel Period: 

1)Honkong is a year round destination, however best time is between Oct-Dec when the temperature is cool and pleasant
2) Avoid summers which is between May-Sept as it is quite hot and humid 

Currency: Hongkong Dollar (HKD)

Culture: Majority Cantonese along with Chinese, British and Jews

Start your trip with the amazing theme parks in the city.

Hongkong Disneyland: In case adventure, thrill and rides excites you, HKDL will make you go crazy. The rides are entertaining and thrilling. Kids will love the Disney characters. Do watch the characters parade in between or in the evening. 

TIP: Some of the rides are scary and bumpy. Dont eat a lot before taking this ride. Also do check the prerequisites before taking these rides.
Cost: HK$500-600 

Ocean Park: This is yet another theme park suitable for kids, adults and couples. It is marine and animal park along with some amusement rides. Some of the rides are Artic Blasts, Dragon, The Rapids etc. 

TIP: Ladies can enjoy shopping inside which has trendy jewelries, bags, souvenirs, cosmetics etc. 

Victoria Harbour: This is a natural scenic harbour situated in between Hongkong island and Kowloon surrounded by huge skyscrapers. You can take a ferry/cruise from one end to another and witness the beauty of the harbour in the evening. This attraction is also popular due to many Hollywood and Bollywood movies being shot there. 

TIP: Don't miss the amazing light and sound show every evening at 8.00 pm. It is considered as the worlds largest show. 

The Peak: The Peak tower is one of the most popular attractions of the city. It is also considered the highest point of Hongkong. The sky terrace of the tower offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city, which makes it a must visit attraction. Inside the tower there are some dazzling array of shops, amazing restaurants etc. One can definitely spend half a day on this attraction. 

Big Buddha: The Giant Big Buddha was built for the pilgrims to worship, however it has become a very popular tourist attraction. It is made up of Bronze and one needs to climb more than 250 steps to reach there. The best part is you can take the Ngong Ping cable car which not offers spectacular views of the statue but will also take you to the entrance of the steps. 

Wet Land Park: So if nature excits you, visit the Hongkong Park in the evening. The park is surrounded by the skyscrapers and has nature at its best. Inside the park you will see small waterfalls, streams, hear the beautiful birds chirping etc. Various species of birds migrate during winters, a must visit for bird lovers. 

Hongkong Museum of History: This museum helps is all about understanding the history of Hongkong, its culture and cultural heritage. 

Tip: In case you have shortage of time you can skip visiting this museum. Alternatively you can do a quick visit inside since it is free of cost.

Lan Kwai Fong: So folks when it is just too much to explore the city, its history and heritage, its time to explore the night life of the city. Lan Kwai Fong is a popular place for hangouts and parties. It has a gamut of restaurants, pubs and bars like Hard Rock Cafe. This place is an ideal place for youngsters wanting to enjoy the night life in the city. 

Shopping: Your trip is incomplete without shopping. You should always make it a point to visit the popular shopping areas where you can buy some amazing local stuff. Temple street night market is one such place where you can shop till you drop. The market is famous for some trendy gadgets, souvenirs, clothes, footwears, cheap watches etc. 

Transportation: In Hongkong the preferred mode of transport is the MTR. It is fast and cheap, however it is not advisable to use MTR during peak hours as it is insanely crowded. You can also try the hop on and hop off buses for city tour. Offcourse there are buses which can also be convenient. 

Food: Hongkong is also considered as one of the preferred tourist destination for its mouth watering cuisine. Some of the famous cuisines include wonton noodles, dim sum, tofu, pineapple bun etc. 

While this blog covers major attractions which should not be missed, there are few other attractions which can be explored in case you have spare time.
1) Clock Tower 
2) Golden Bauhinia Square 
3) Wong Tai Sin Temple 
4) Man Mo Temple 

Hongkong is a perfect destination with a blend of fun, entertainment, history and heritage. Therefore ideal for families having kids and even young couples. Hongkong should be clubbed with 3-4 days of Macau holiday. 
Do give your feedback in the comments section below if this blog helps you in planning your holiday. 
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Get natures treat in Kerala!

My blog on Munnar describes briefly on how to go about planning an exclusive Munnar trip. However this blog will give a detailed itinerary about Alleppey, Thekkady, Wayanad & Cochin. Kerala is truly a natures treat that provides a proof of Incredible India with a combination of nature, wild life, South India's traditional art, water sports and much more. 

Travel period: November to February
Airport: Cochin and Trivandrum 

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