Where to eat when in Bangalore

Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, south India, is surely recognized for its lavish gardens. But when it comes to lavishness, its cuisines do not like to lag behind. If you are an incorrigibly hungry tourist, then there are several restaurants and eateries where your bellies and jaws would love to call the shot.
Here is a quick look:

i.    Jamavar: Jamavar has grabbed headlines for its matchless ambience, an excellent lineup of cuisines and some arousing hard drinks. Its lobsters and curries would instantly bring that clichéd saliva to your mouth. For a luxurious and rich dinner, do hop over to this place at least once.
Biggest USP: Ambience, food

ii.    Samarkand: Samarkand is a restaurant which offers delectable food and its prices too are nominal. The waiters, however, have got something innovative up their sleeves with a quirky menu and quirkier albeit soothing ambience. The non-vegetarian foods like the chicken are proven tantalizers.
Biggest USP: Innovative styling, food, price

iii.    Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs: Having a tongue-twirling name and a colonial style of dining, this is one of the most happening places to visit in Bangalore for a foodie!  The cuisines range in a healthy variety and the biryani and kebabs would turn you into a gluttonous wolf.
Biggest USP: Colonial tradition

iv.    Koshys Bar & Restaurant: This place is noted more for its crowd than for its food, more for its disparate culture than for its diverse cuisines, and more for its conventional charms than for its nominal tariffs. From the head-scratching clueless youths to the hairless 50-plus politicians, this place has seen them all!
Biggest USP: Crowd, reputation, ambience

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Top 5 places to see in Pune

Pune is a city in Maharashtra in western India. It is historic, charming, beautiful, religious and blah blah blah! You must have already heard of its fame! So, without further adieu, let us just jump into the list of famous places to visit in Pune:

1. Bund Garden or Mahatma Gandhi Udyan: Situated cozily beside the Mula Mutha River, this garden is that tranquil corner where hearts can melt and romance can thrive! It is a dream place for a family hangout and a recommended corner to bring your girlfriend (or your boyfriend, depending on your preference)! You can also do boating, and even jog around in the morning in your half pants!

2. Aga Khan Palace: Aga Khan Palace has that look which you come across in children’s fairy tales! It is a structure that is a marriage between fantasy & history! In terms of looks, it is sheer delight! And the fact that Gandhi had spent time here is something that will excite any history-lover!

3. Saras Bagh: Saras Bagh is that garden where both localities & tourists flock together in the sunset-tinged evenings. Its grassy carpet is a treat to the feet. And the temple in the premise is an apt retreat for the elderly people.

4. Shaniwarwada: Built in 18th century, Shaniwarwada is a monument. It is a fortified structure and if you love to take snapshots of places, then this site is a must-visit.

5. Konark Park: Konark Park may not be as popular as the attractions aforementioned, but it is a paradise for a bird-watcher and a naturalist. The downside is that photography is prohibited. But the great thing is that at this park, even the birds with different feathers flock together.

Top 5 places to see in Mumbai

Mumbai is India’s largest and most popular metro city and the ‘city of dreams’ for the entire nation. To a tourist, the city has plenty to offer, ranging from landmarks to temples to mosques to beaches. Narrowing down its myriad attractions to just 5 is a Herculean task.

Nevertheless, here are the top 5 places to visit in Mumbai:

i.    Gateway of India: It is not just a historic landmark but is more like the poster boy of Mumbai. Traveling to Mumbai and not seeing ‘Gateway of India’ is like traveling to Agra and not seeing the Taj Mahal.

ii.    Marine Drive: Marine Drive is a bay where friends and lovers enjoy hangouts and kisses (not necessarily in respective order). The view from here is just mind-boggling! To an extent, it also mirrors the real Mumbai- busy, fast yet serene and soulful!

iii.    Haji Ali Shrine: There are 3 reasons why you must visit Haji Ali. Firstly, it is a very spiritual site. Secondly, its 15th century birthdate makes it a historic jewel. And thirdly, it is situated in the sea, around half a kilometer away from the shores!

iv.    Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST): They may have changed its name from Victoria Terminus to CST, but they could never change its colonial persona! Today, it is as busy as the rest of the city, but proudly flashes its badge of a World Heritage site.

v.    Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL): It is a modern day marvel! It is a bridge-like-link that connects Bandra with Worli to reduce the tedious 1-hour journey to a laughable 7 minutes. If you love to drive cars, then make sure to drive over this link for that cool sea breeze slapping hard across your happy face!

What to see in Old Goa

Old Goa brings before you the vintage India with its huge congregation of churches, cathedrals and chapels. In fact, you are going to get an inescapable overdose of churches at this heritage corner. At the same time, the serenity and quiet at this town can be beautiful and creepy at the same time.

Here are some famous attractions of Old Goa:

i.    Basilica of Bom Jesus: Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest and most pious churches in India. The prophetic St. Francis Xavier rests at this place which therefore receives huge number of footfalls from both pilgrims and tourists. Besides the spiritual beauty, one also derives joy from the nostalgia-evoking architectural style of the church.

ii.    Se Cathedral: Se Cathedral is one of the most popular places to visit in Goa because of its vastness and sheer beauty. With 14 altars, it is Asia’s most humongous cathedral. Stepping inside this church is akin to stepping inside the gothic age of history and wonderment!

iii.    Chapel of St. Cajetan: This chapel magnificently reflects the Portugal architectural style. The chapel was built around the early 16th century and revolves around some intriguing religious tales. The feeling one gets while entering its premise is quite unworldly.

iv.    Museum of Christian Art: This museum will give you a much-needed break from the endless church trail, and also fill you up with interesting trivia about some traditional arts.

v.    Church of Lady of Rosary: After a tryst with a visually impressive museum, you can get back to church-hopping and check out the famous Church of Lady of Rosary, another incredible structure of nostalgia, religion and serenity.

Other than these, other famous places to visit in Goa include names like Church of St. Augustine, Pilar Seminary Museum and Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery.

The most popular Destinations in India

India rightfully claims to be the most diverse and versatile holiday destination in terms of geography, culture and food. Though the country is an enigma in itself with its every nook & corner opening your eyes to newer wonders, here are the 5 best places to visit in India:

Kerala: Kerala is a state in South India and basks in the refulgence of its crystalline backwaters, lagoons, rivers and beaches. It is one of the greenest corners in the world and also has a bunch of exciting food (like ‘dosa’), unique culture, temples and attractions up its sleeve.

Kashmir: Kashmir has compelled many a classic poets to dub it as the ultimate ‘paradise on Earth’. And this won’t appear to be an overstatement once you find yourself floating on the romance-oozing shikara over the smoky Dal Lake. Other attractions include Wular Lake, Mughal gardens like Shalimar Bagh and Nighat Bagh, Shankaracharya Temple, Jama Masjid and nearby panoramic locales of Sonmarg, Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

Agra: Make sure to add a short Agra trip in your schedule, since it is the very city where lies the Taj Mahal, the romance of history and the poetry in marble. Agra also has some other historic getaways like the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and Moti Mahal.

Goa: If you need the company of the sea, then India’s beach capital Goa will mesmerize you with its two scores of exotic beaches. Water sports, seafood, casinos, bars, churches, forts and a special culture make this western state one of the best places to visit in India.

Udaipur: Udaipur, the historic and royal town in Rajasthan, sets the ultimate benchmark for regal-style resorts, elephantine forts, amazing palaces and the world’s best wedding destinations. It is another must-visit for any backpacker.

Goa for wildlife lovers: 3 parks to visit for a close encounter with the wild

The beaches of Goa may have stolen the limelight, but this state is also a reserve of some top-class wildlife parks. If you are a wildlife lover, then here are some recommended corners for you:

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary: This park is counted amongst the best places to visit in Goa. The collection of animals is bound to please your eyes. There are the innocuous deer (varieties include spotted deer, barking, mouse deer) and the not-so-innocuous panthers & leopards. Tigers do not socialize much with tourists, but if you are lucky, you may just run into one. But they like to stay at a safe distance. So, do not go cuddling them! The place is also home to several happily slithering snakes especially the cobra. So, if you are lucky, then you may find one running up over your trousers.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary: Bondla is very small (just 8 sq km) but immensely popular sanctuary. Families love to spend a day in this corner surrounded by a stimulating collection of animals, ranging from boars to porcupines to leopards to deer. Elephants are friendly and you can enjoy rides on them. There are many scintillating and sexy birds as well. But you must not ruffle their feathers.

Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary: Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary is also one of the most recommended places to visit in Goa. Birds, bees, snakes and cats- what more could you ask from life! Butterflies hover around everywhere! And there are some snakes which will surely give you an orgasmic rush. They may appear friendly from a distance, but never try to send them Facebook requests! And in case, you annoy them by stepping into their territories, make sure to hiss and make up!

Best Beaches of Kerala

Kerala, most popularly referred to as ‘God’s own country’, has been lucky enough to receive the most lovely of bounties that nature can bestow. A little paradise of its own, this state mesmerizes the world with its scenic beauty, culture, and magical ambience. The ever tantalizing backwaters of Kerala bonds your soul with its tranquilizing nature. Kerala is also famous for its traditional south Indian cuisine and exotic beaches.

Choosing Kerala as your holiday destination is the easy bit, more difficult is deciding which tourist places to visit in Kerala exactly you would want to see.- its luscious green coconut groves, relaxing beaches, pleasant weather or majestic backwaters. When the idea is to enjoy a trip soaked in relaxation, tranquility and enjoyment, this many beaches in Kerala come out on tops.

Exotic and sun kissed beaches enhance the beauty of this state. The beaches mesmerize tourists by their long stretches of gleaming golden sand, extensive rows of tall palm trees, clear skies and crystal clear waters which pamper your senses and are soothing to the eyes. Some of the best beaches in Kerala that have attracted tourists from around the world are: Kozhikode beach, which is popular for its magical sunset scenery; Bekal Beach, which presents a beautiful view of the Bekal fort sunk in scenic beauty; Varkala Beach, which is famous for its rocky cliffs and mineral springs; Kovalam Beach, which gifts the tourist a divine experience and Payyambalam Beach, which has a colorful garden attached to it and the essence of folk music that enhances the beauty of the beach.