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12 Yr-Old Stole Parents’ Credit Card & Flew To Bali After Fight With Mum. FOMO Kicked In Yet?

It’s good to be a little rebellious and carefree while growing up, but this wee little boy seems to have taken his rebellion a bit too far!

Remember the movie Home Alone 2: Lost In New York? Well, this boy from Australia surely seems to have been inspired from this blockbuster flick about a lad’s lone adventure in New York. After a fight with his parents, a 12-year-old boy from Sydney stole their credit card, booked himself a ticket to Bali, and took off! You read that right folks. A 12 year old did that!

He was repeatedly being told by his mother that he couldn’t go to Bali, their annual holiday destination (thank God for that!). So he decided to take matters in his own hand! “He just doesn’t like the word no, and that’s what I got, a kid in Indonesia,” said his mother, Emma.

12-year old travels solo to Bali airport pic

Here’s how this little prat managed everything on his own:

  • He got hold of the family credit card
  • His online research told him that Jetstar Airlines allow children 12 years of age to travel alone (he’s one smart kid!) so he booked himself a ticket
  • He convinced his innocent grandmother into giving him his passport
  • On the day of his trip, he left during his normal school timing so no one would suspect
  • He rode his bike to the local train station instead and traveled to the airport
  • He used a self-service check-in terminal and boarded a flight to Perth, and then to Indonesia

After reaching Bali, he checked into the ultra luxurious All Seasons hotel. Wondering why the staff let him check-in? Putting his brains to work one more time, this genius had told the staff that he was waiting for his sister to arrive. Another Home Alone deja vu, anyone?

Again, he’s just 12 YEARS OLD!

12 year old boy home alone moment

Once he had checked-in, the kid had a blast for the next four days. He hired a motorcycle to drive himself around (Oh yes, without a license!) and had BEER! His parents, worried out of their wits, found out only when a friend of the kid showed them a picture of him having a gala time in Bali.

The parents immediately flew to Bali to get their son back, only to be stopped by the Jetstar authorities in Perth because they didn’t have a return ticket. After a number of screaming matches with the Jetstar staff, the couple finally signed a waiver and went on to retrieve the kid.

After frightening his parents to death and spending almost $8,000 (4 lakhs) of their money on his lavish experience, the boy is now safely back home and is on the verge of getting his passport cancelled for his unruly behaviour.

12 year old boy meet mom after solo bali trip

“I wanted to go on an adventure!” is all this little wanderer said when asked the most basic question after his dramatic stint – ‘Why’

So, what were you doing when you were 12 years old? Reading Marvel comics or playing Hide-And-Seek, we bet! Though we’re sure he’s grounded for life after his not-so-subtle venture, this legend has given his generation some pretty hardcore #SoloTravelGoals for sure!

Don’t forget to share this with all your globetrotter buddies. After all, why should you be the only one feeling miserable for your non-existent guts and having the FOMO kick in big time! *wink*

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12 Brisbane Hotels That Bring You Peace & Comfort

The buzzing capital of Queensland Australia, Brisbane is one of the most popular cities in the country. Although it’s a hub for art and culture, its close proximity to the ocean and rugged national parks make it a fine destination for nature and peace-lovers. From sipping a glass of wine in a gorgeous restaurant to exploring the arts & culture, there’s so much to do in the city. And while you have all that fun, the Brisbane hotels take care of all your other needs.

With this list of some fancy hotels in Brisbane, we help you find an accommodation that fits your budget.

1. Condo Hotel Meriton Suites Hotel

sky high penthouse

True luxury is redefined as you get your own sky-high penthouse to stay in Condo Hotel Meriton Suites. There are some of the finest Italian-crafted BVLGARI amenities to enhance your stay. A 5-minute-walk from this Brisbane accommodation takes you to the most happening beach in Gold Coast. The hotel staff delivers world-class professional services to its guests.

Tariff per night: Rs 6000

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2. Ovolo Inchcolm

sophisticated place to stay

One of the eclectically designed Brisbane hotels, Ovolo Inchcolm is a chic and sophisticated place to stay. Once a private residence, this building was made in the 1930s. But now this rock n roll inspired chic hotel has a charm that will leave you floored. The hotel is very centrally located as well.

Tariff per night: Rs 6600

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3. Emporium Hotel

luxurious place to stay

Known to be among the most awarded Boutique Luxury Brisbane hotels, expect only the best hospitality from the Emporium hotel. With 143 luxuriously appointed suites, a multitude of beverage and food options by award-winning Brisbane chef Josue Lopez, be prepared to be amazed. They even have an infinity edge pool and bar that provides the most magnificent views of the city. It’s probably one of the best places to stay in Brisbane.

Tariff per night: Rs 8000

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4. Mantra Richmont Hotel

one of the cheapest hotels

Escape the usual hustle and bustle of the Brisbane’s CBD at the lovely Mantra Richmond Hotel. Located in the heart of Brisbane, this chic hotel accommodates all kinds of travellers from business ones to couples. You can enjoy relaxing at the lovely Kennigo Social House where there’s a bar for pre-dinner drinks. Truly one of the best cheap hotels in Brisbane.

Tariff per night: Rs 5400

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5. Il Mondo Boutique Hotel

basic comfort for travelers

A lovely 4-star hotel, the centrally located Il Mondo Boutique Hotel is the perfect choice for any type of stay. The well-appointed rooms and suites are suited to comfort all kinds of travellers as they have all kinds of modern amenities like flat-screen TV, tea and coffee machines and much more. It also has easy access to all parts of the city and is just 1.3km’s to the heart of the CBD and 10kms to the Brisbane Airport. One of the best hotels in Brisbane city.

Tariff per night: Rs 5800

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6.Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central – 4

the utmost comfort and luxury

Holiday Inn is known for providing the utmost comfort and luxury to all its guests all over the world; it’s among some great cheap hotels in Brisbane. Situated close to the famous “Golden Triangle” of Brisbane, which has city’s retail and entertainment hubs as well. They offer free and fast Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and comfortable rooms for a restful sleep.

Tariff per night: Rs 5900

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7. The Point Brisbane Hotel

elegantly decorated hotel

Feel completely at home in this elegantly decorated hotel. They have 201 deluxe rooms and suites as well which all have stunning views of the city. Their Lamberts Restaurant, Bar and Lounge has a great reputation for its modern Australian cuisine. They have a pool area as well which provides a much-needed relaxation space. The Point Brisbane hotel is a brief ferry ride from the heart of the city.

Tariff per night: Rs 6100

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8. Best Western Plus Hotel Diana

spacious and contemporary stay

A newly refurbished hotel, which is located close to the entertainment hub of Brisbane. You will also have access to the authentic Asian bathhouse and steam rooms. The guest rooms are spacious and contemporary for a perfect stay at Brisbane.

Tariff per night: Rs 6200

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9. Rydges Fortitude Valley

avail modern comforts

Set on the most centrally located Brisbane’s entertainment center you will be ideally located to attend any events of the Royal International Convention Centre. At Fortitude valley you can enjoy a wide variety of accordion and avail modern comforts. The guests also have access to their chic outdoor pool and also a complimentary access to 24-hour gym facilities. You can also enjoy stunning views of historic Brisbane Showgrounds from the outside terrace.

Tariff per night: Rs 7000

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10. Manor Apartment Hotel

four star apartment style hotel

This is a unique 4-star apartment style hotel that is located in the heart of Brisbane’s city center. They have large serviced rooms that have all the amenities any guest would need. Ideal for business and leisure travellers too, they have a Queen room, 1-bed Apartment, 1-bed superior apartment and 2-bed apartment as well. A definite luxury hotel in Brisbane.

Tariff per night: Rs 7300

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11. Royal Albert Hall

chic and contemporary style

Located conveniently opposite the Queen Street Mall, the Myer Centre, and Casino as well; there’s no better place to stay than at Royal Albert Hall. Accommodation is chic and contemporary in a style which takes care of all the guest’s needs.

Tariff per night: Rs 8400

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12. Spicers Belfour Hotel

located in the suburb new farm

Located in the lovely suburb of New Farm, the Spicers Belfour hotel is a lovely award-winning boutique hotel. This hotel gives you a feeling of relaxed luxury with its modern inner city suites, a fancy restaurant, and a happening rooftop bar. They have nine executive style hotel rooms which are charming in every way. This is one of the best 5-star hotels in Brisbane.

Tariff per night: Rs 10,400

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Scenic and offering a supreme level of comfort, these hotels in Brisbane ensure that their guests have a wonderful stay during their trip to Brisbane.

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New Rail Line Between Agartala And Kolkata Will Reduce Travel-Time By 21 Hours

Thanks to the new Akhaura railway line, the travel time between Agartala and Kolkata will now be reduced to 10 hours instead of 31. This news comes as a big relief to the people of these two cities as the commute time will now be reduced by one-third of the original time.

The new rail line between Agartala and Kolkata will be cutting through Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka instead of Guwahati, reducing the travel distance from 1,600 km to just 550 km. The 12.3 km line will go to Akhaura which is linked to Dhaka-Chittagong rail route.

The INR 570 Crore rail line project will be operational from 2020, as informed by the sources. There will be a security check once at Nischintapur on the Indian side and Gangasagar on the Bangladesh side.

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The new Agartala-Kolkata rail line will make freight movement and transfer of goods from Northeastern states to Kolkata faster than ever, making it a huge convenience for the north-easterners. The goods from the busy port of Chittagong will also reach Agartala quicker.

“Kolkata is a major destination for people in this area, but as of now, there was no direct connectivity to the city. The line will help not only people from Agartala but also those from Mizoram which is 150 km away,” Chief engineer of the Rs 570 crore project M S Chauhan said.

No more wasting days to get to Kolkata. The ‘achhe din’ for north-eastern commuters are finally here. Indian Railways is becoming a true messiah for travelers with one rail project at a time.

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Suggest Indian Railways How to Raise Money To Provide Better Services & Take Away 10 Lakh Rupees!

Yes, this news comes straight from the MyGov, the Indian Government run website known to conduct lucrative competitions for citizens of the country. This time it is regarding Indian Railways. India’s largest transport network needs your help or rather suggestion with the ways in which it can raise more money. The Railways have rightly been deemed as the vehicle of growth which has contributed to the industrial and infrastructural advancement of India. But this time around the Indian Railways wants you to come up with a bang-on suggestion which would help them increase the revenue thus enabling them to provide better services to the people.

In the last few years, the Railways haven’t generated the desired amount of sum which has taken its toll on the services. Expenses are increasing with each passing day and a stagnant revenue isn’t helping in any way. All of this is directly impacting the services in the railway sector. Therefore, the Indian Railways is seeking your assistance and they are paying a hefty sum of INR 10,00,000 to the one who will come up with the best solution for the government.

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The Indian Railways is the fourth largest network in the world with 121,407 km of total track spanning over a 67,368 km route. It ferries around 22 million passengers every day and needs to grow gradually to help people with top-notch services. During the 2016-17 fiscal year, the railways generated INR 1.65 lakh crore, out of which the operation cost accounted for INR 1.59 lakh crore. You see, not too much of revenue to come up with more reliable solutions!

Through the medium of this competition, Indian Railways will accept vital strategies and plan that would help it increase the revenue. You’re welcome to come up with any kind of idea which is well chalked out and is clear in approach. Make sure that you read the instructions for the competition very carefully before you start penning down the ideas.

The winner gets a prize money of INR 10 lakh, while the second, third and fourth position takes home an amount of INR 5 lakh, INR 3 lakh and INR 1 lakh, respectively. MyGov will accept submissions till 19 May 2018. Find out the entire details of the competition here.

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Tickets For Ro-Ro Ferry Services From Mumbai To Alibaug Will Cost Less Than Your Chicken McGrill

In less than a month’s time, you will soon be able to travel from Mumbai to Alibaug via sea. Literally translating into roll on and roll off services, the first ever Ro-Ro ferry service from Mumbai to Alibaug is expected to begin its operations from next month. And the best part is, you’re not alone in this ride. Travelers will be able to board their cars too, and reach Alibaug in no time.

Starting Point: Mumbai’s Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka) in Mazgaon
Ending Point: Mandwa Port in Alibaug
Starting From: May 2018 (TBC)
Cost Per Person: Starting from INR 85 for one-way travel (Expected)
Duration Per Ride: 35 to 50 Minutes
Time Of First Ferry: 6.15 AM from Mumbai
Time Of Last Ferry: 7.30 PM from Mandwa
Journey Time: 45 Minutes
Loading Time: 15 Minutes (For vehicles only)
Capacity Of Each Ferry: 500 passengers (Inclusive of crew members & excluding the vehicles)

Ro-Ro Ferry Service From Mumbai to Alibaug

Introducing the first ever Ro-Ro ferry services from Mumbai to Alibaug, the officials feel that it would not only attract a lot of commuters but will also reduce the highway traffic on Mumbai to Goa route. While the framework for the ferry services to begin is almost complete, the pontoon bridge which will be loading the vehicles on the ferry is also said to be ready, as reported by a leading newspaper.

In addition to that, Sanjay Bhatia, the chairperson of the Mumbai Port Trust stated that the actual vessels will be imported from Greece while the ones that’ll be used initially will be brought from China. As far as the cost is concerned, each ticket is expected to cost somewhere in between INR 85 to 150 for one way.

Ro-Ro Ferry Service From Mumbai to Alibaug

Apart from this, travelers will also enjoy the Ro-Ro ferry services from Mumbai to Alibaug non-stop during the monsoon season as well. While the time of traveling between Mumbai to Alibaug would decrease to a maximum of 50 minutes from 4 hours, the duration of each ferry ride will be close to 1 hour including the time of vehicle onloading and offloading.

  • Ajanta
  • Apollo Catamaran
  • Maldar Catamarans
  • PNP Maritime Services

Ro-Ro Ferry Service From Mumbai to Alibaug

Holding a capacity of carrying 500 passengers including 13 crew members and a minimum of 60 cars, the cost of the ticket will vary for each person depending on their seating location. While your one-way ticket can cost a maximum of INR 150, the air-conditioned seats can range from INR 85 to INR 135 on the main deck and upper deck respectively.

Excited much? Well the ride is sure to be worth the wait!

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This 7-Year-Old Hyderabadi Boy Is Now The World’s Youngest Person To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

While the 90’s kids were busy playing gully cricket at the age of seven, Samanyu Pothuraju, a 7-year-old boy from Hyderabad climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and went on to set a jaw-dropping world record. Being the youngest person to have climbed the Roof of Africa, he scaled new heights and established some serious trekking goals for the upcoming generation.

No one would have ever thought that a mountaineering event at school could inspire Samanyu to trek atop Uhuru peak that stands tall at a height of 5,895 meters and happens to be the tallest mountain in Africa. The endless support extended by his mother Lavanya, the dedicated training sessions by his coaches, and a never-say-never attitude have been the key motivators for Samanyu.

7-Year-Old Boy From Hyderabad Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

Accompanied by Thammineni Bharath – his coach, Shangabandi Srujana – a fellow mountaineer, and a Tanzanian doctor, meeting his favorite actor Pawan Kalyan was also one of the reasons that motivated Samanyu to complete this strenuous trek.

7-Year-Old Boy From Hyderabad Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

Battling bad weather and tough terrains, Samanyu still managed to complete the whole trek in a matter of just five days. He said, “The day was rainy and the road was full of stones. I got afraid, I had leg pains, but I took rest and completed it.”

7-Year-Old Boy From Hyderabad Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

While it is a great moment of celebration for Samanyu’s family, friends, and fellow Hyderabadis, it is also a matter of great pride for India as a country. And with a will power like that, we’re pretty sure this little boy will continue to inspire many youngsters as he continues to scale new heights.

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10 Castles In Germany That Look Straight Out Of A Fairytale

Germany is the land of fairies, at least that’s what its castles imply. Castles in Germany, straight from the medieval era, display fine architecture, detailing, and stand as some of the most picturesque works in the world ever. The entire country in the heart of Europe is dotted with castles with the most popular of them spread across Bavarian Alps, Moritzburg Islands, and the Rhine. Today, all these gothic structures serve as Germany’s top tourist attraction. One the residing place for royal families and knights, these castles to visit in Germany have been well-preserved and thrive in the lap of the sumptuous nature.

What’s special about these architecture pieces is their turrets and towers that shoot up above the valley penetrating the cloud. The massive castle complex preserves the belongings of the royal family that once lived there. To take an extensive tour of these top castles in Germany, guided tours conducted during which one can take a closer look at the paintings, antiques, and artifacts, dating centuries back. The admission fee for these castles range from 6-15 euros, and are just too good to make your day!

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Schwerin in Germany is the place epitomized by nature. An island, lakes, and lush green around, that’s what you get to savor when you are around in Schwerin. And there on the island sits Schwerin Castle making for some of the most captivating vistas in the heart of Germany.

If Germany castle tour is on your mind then you have to put the Schwerin Castle on top of the list. Moreover, to lure you into a visit, there are parquet floors, a library, and the glorious throne room. Set your priorities straight and plan a day trip to the beautiful castle.

Find more details about the Schwerin Castle here

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Braunfels Castle in Braunfels Towers 100 meter above the Lahn Valley. The Gothic structure remains one of the finest pieces exhibiting the famed medieval architecture. The castle is known to conduct opera and events that attract a large number of people. There is an hourly guided tour conducted at the castle.

From exhibiting classical paintings adorning the castle wall to miniatures narrating the eventful history of Germany, Braunfels Castle has plenty to offer. Arms collection and Duke Ferdinand’s favorite wildlife and hunting paintings make the highlight of this castle in Germany.

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For the past 850 years, the Eltz Castle has stood as one of the most sought-after attractions in Germany. Located between Koblenz and Trier, the scenic beauty overlooks Moselle River in the mountain terrains of Wierschem. Quite interestingly, the castle has been home to the descendants of the same family that once lived here some 33 generations back.

The residents have preserved the castle well and today the castle is counted among the finest work of architecture in Germany. A 15-minute walk would suffice to see the castle and complete the tour of the complex.

Find more details about the Eltz Castle here

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Cochem Castle sits atop the hill and has Moselle River flowing by it. One of the finest neo-gothic castles in Germany, the Cochem castle is a 10-minute walk from the Cochem town. As you take the steep walk up to the castle, the rewarding 360-degree views around would enthrall you for sure.

You can enjoy the enchanting views of the castle at dusk as you take the cruise in Moselle River. A fine architecture it is to remain on the list of top 10 castles in Germany.

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Heidelberg Castle is full of top tourist attractions and along with the magnificent castle, you are going to love the wonderful activities here in Heidelberg. For example, you can always visit the world’s largest wine barrel and brag about it. Taking the cable car ride from the castle and riding the funicular railway are some of the other significant activities one can plan at the castle.

Explore the castle courtyard and barrel cellar, and walk up to the German Pharmacy Museum. Heidelberg is one of those castles in Germany that offers plenty of activities. A guided tour of Heidelberg Castle is for sure one of the most interesting things to do when you are in Germany.

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Once mentioned as the royal property of Salian and Hohenstaufen kings and emperors dating back to the early 11th century, Nuremberg Castle stands tall even after suffering huge demolition during the times of WWII. A prominent seat of the Roman Empire, this place has a trail leading up to the entrance.

One has to take the steep trail to reach the castle from where the panoramic views of the city are just surreal. Don’t miss to climb the steep steps that lead to the top of the Sinwell Tower.

Find more details about the Nuremberg Castle here

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Another of the popular hilltop castles in Germany, the Hohenzollern Castle is widely known as Imperial House of Hohenzollern. Sitting atop Mount Hohenzollern, the castle lies in its slumber when it snows heavily or for that matter when the entire valley is engulfed by the mist.

The fact that the marvelous building sits high up on the mountains makes it the top castles in Germany. The popular Black Forest lies in the vicinity of the castle and is again a must-visit for all the experience seekers.

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Maximilian II was crown prince of Bavaria who restored the medieval castle from ruins into a fine Gothic structure today. Since the time it was rebuilt in 1832 till today, the Hohenschwangau Castle has seen millions of tourist from across the world and has remained a major tourist attraction in southern Germany.

The magical mountainscapes make the castle even more drool-worthy and romantic for all the loving heart. Another popular attraction that must be visited in the Bavarian Alps.

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The iconic Neuschwanstein Castle tucked in the southwestern Bavarian Alps region is certainly a fascinating thing piece of architecture. Located near lakes Schwansee and Alpsee, Neuschwanstein Castle is a majestic fortress that has stood the test of time and is Germany’s most noticeable attraction.

The castle that is but a neatly crafted inspiration from Walt Disney was built by King Ludwig II. Weeks after the death of the mad king the castle was open to the public. The most noticeable feature of the castle is its unique setting which makes a picture perfect spectacle from Mary’s Bridge.

Find more details about the Neuschwanstein Castle here

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The 12th-century grandeur Burghausen Castle in Upper Bavarian region is the ideal place for a day tour. The longest castle complex in the world happens to be a significant crowd puller in Germany and is a perfect attraction for the history lovers. The massive temple is spread over a kilometer range and takes a couple of hours to visit.

So, basically, the castle is a string of buildings dating back to 1000 AD that has turned into a massive complex. Moreover, the castle’s location on the Austrian border makes it even more exciting. Salzburg is a mere 30-minute drive from the castle.

Find more details about the Burghausen Castle here

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All of these architectural marvels have been around for over a century and continue to remain awesome. Don’t leave them unvisited for they are some of the finest creations one could ever see!

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Best Places To See On A Holiday In Northeast

The thrill of traveling to new places can’t be described in words but it can certainly be felt and our holiday in northeast is proof of that. We had been traveling extensively across India for the past two years and northeast was one of the places that was yet to be explored, so finally when we got time for a holiday, choosing our destination wasn’t that difficult. I traveled with my husband (Mr. Mohit Sharma) and my little sis (Ms. Sakshi Mehta) and quite frankly it couldn’t have been better.

Finally when it came to a package for our holiday in northeast, we decided to go for TravelTriangle since we had already had a great trip to Thailand with them and trusted them to do the same with this one too.

  • Duration: 5 nights 6 days
  • Cost: INR 143230
  • Inclusions: Transfers, sightseeing, hotels, and breakfast
  • Exclusions: Personal expenses and Day 1 hotel

Day 1: Gangtok – The start of a beautiful journey

chavi in north east

Chavi and her family having food in gangtok

Chavi having maggie with her family

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chavi enjoying yak ride

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Chavis husband in gangtok

We arrived at the Bagdogra airport at around 4 in the evening, so by the time we reached Gangtok it was quite late. We had booked the hotel in Gangtok (Hotel Greendale) ourselves and after we had checked in, we kept the luggage and rushed to savour the famous kathi rolls on MG road. As expected, they were delicious! Later, we returned to our hotel and had a good night’s sleep.

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Day 2: Gangtok – Of lakes and mountains

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tsomgo lake in gangtok

gangtok tsomgo lake

After breakfast in the hotel, we left for Tsomgo lake and Nathula pass trip. Everything was well arranged by Golden travels. The drivers were on time, and Mr Pradeep had also arranged our passes for Nathula pass. Everything went on smoothly. The driver was also a really nice guy. I felt the innocence of the Sikkimese people as he narrated his life’s story.

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tsomgo lake sightseeing

Tsomgo lake was freezing but it was fun. Clicked quite a few pictures there and then started our onward journey to Nathula Pass. If Tsomgo was chilly, Nathula pass was inclement. My brain almost stopped working there. We had a cup of coffee, which wasn’t close to coffee though but helped us gain some senses. After spending half an hour at the pass, we then had mouth watering Maggie at one of the small restaurant cum shop suggested by the driver itself. We reached our Gangtok hotel room by 6 in the evening and after a quick nap, freshened up and left for Baker’s Cafe, our food paradise for the evening. Needless to say, everything here was super delicious.

Day 3: Lachen – The surreal charm of the mountains

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nature of northeast

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scenery in lachen

trip to lachen

Today in the morning, we left for Lachen but this time, the driver wasn’t that good. But anyway, I won’t spoil my memories any further discussing about him.

chavi and her husband in lachen

photography lachen

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family trip to northeast india

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The journey to Lachen was beautiful and on our way, just before reaching our hotel, we also had momos at a cafe in Chungthang, which eventually became our hotspot. We reached our hotel (Royal Lachen) at around 5pm.

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The hotel was clean, food was simple and awesome, and quite frankly we were really not expecting such good standards in a place like Lachen.

Day 4: Lachung – The most picturesque day of our trip

Lachung visit in northeast

places to see near lachung

frozen lake in northeast

Early morning (5am), we left for Gurudongmar lake. The hotel staff had packed poha for our breakfast which we had in a little Hogwarts (just kidding), at a localite’s home. This was an experience in itself.

snowing in norheast

lachung trip

biking to lachung

Gurudongmar lake is good but the journey is bit tiring. And guess what my brain again stopped working once we reached the lake, but the view was breathtaking so I managed to click a few pictures which have received too much appreciation on our social media accounts (wink again). This time while returning, we had some awesome momos at Cafe 15000, run by the army and some life saving coffee provided for free.

lachung snowfall

mountains of lachung

We reached Lachung and loved the surprise our hotel room gave us when we opened the balcony for the view was breathtaking (Hotel Royal Lachung).

Day 5: Gangtok – Beauty within us and all around

We are not morning people, but waking up to a view like the one in Lachung was priceless (few snow covered peaks, river and sunshine on one of the peaks). It had snowed the previous night. We were damn lucky, it was the first snowfall of the season.

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snow in yumthang valley

northeast snowfall pictures

Later after breakfast, we began one of the most beautiful journeys of our lifetime, to Yumthang valley. It was so alluring that I cannot describe it in words. Snow on the trees, sunshine peeping in. Everything was so perfect about the place. After Yumthang valley, we proceeded towards our incorrect decision taken the previous night… to Zero point (neither the hotel staff nor the driver guided us right as we had asked them so many times if it would be worth visiting the place or not). There was nothing great about Zero point. There were chilly biting winds that’s it. We returned to Gangtok, and this was our only night left in this wonderful state. We went back to MG road for some hogging. This time it was “the coffee shop” and the place did not disappoint us at all.

Day 6: Goodbyes are hard but we promise to come back

This was our last day and early morning we left for Bagdogra airport with a cute driver uncle. Even the drive from Gangtok to Bagdogra was beautiful with river Teesta adding charm to the splendid beauty throughout.

In the end..

northeast family holiday

northeast india family holiday

Overall, our holiday in northeast was one of the best ones we have had so far. The people of northeast are as pure as its nature and we loved their friendly vibes and warm hospitality. Right from the majestic mountains to the food, culture, ambience, and the sweet company of my husband and sister, everything was fab!

  • Yumthang valley would be on the top
  • View from hotel room in Lachung
  • Teesta flowing all our way adding to the beauty of the state
  • Tsomgo lake and Gurudongmar lake were also really good
  • Food in Lachen and Gangtok (food is our weakness)
  • Cafe in Chungthang where the road divides for Lachen and Lachung

The only bad thing during the entire trip was our experience with the driver (Madan, who kept on eating Rajnigandha, kept spitting on the streets, kept stopping the car to buy more of those packets, and he had a problem if even after 2 hours we asked him to stop for toilet/tea, he threw plastic bottle on a street of Lachen where they are totally banned, unfortunately 3 days of our trip was with this guy who had no etiquettes how to behave in public.

  • Spare one more day and visit Rumtek Monastery, we couldn’t do so, but we would definitely recommend.

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Chandigarh Airport Is Undergoing Changes & Will Remain Non- operational From May 12-31

The good news is, Chandigarh International Airport is undergoing a quick revamp thus enabling people to travel to more international destinations. The bad news is, the airport remains closed for 20 days, i.e. May 12-31 because of runway repair. The peak holiday season looms and by now, you might have been done with packing your bags, here’s a news that will make you reconsider your travel dates or flight boarding destination (assuming it to be Chandigarh). And we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused!

The Chandigarh Airport is looking to expand its runway which means there will be more wide-bodied aircraft (international aircraft) operating from Chandigarh to prominent destinations in Europe, US, and Australia. As of now, the Chandigarh Airport operates domestic flights to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Leh, Srinagar, Jaipur, Pune, and Kullu. While there are a few international flights operating to Dubai, Sharjah, and Bangkok. It is believed that over one lakh flyers would be affected during the mentioned period. It is, therefore suggested to head to Delhi or Amritsar for an uninterrupted journey and avoid a needless hassle.

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There are ample of travel option from Chandigarh to Delhi with quite a few Volvo buses plying in continuation. In total, there are 30 such buses operating between Chandigarh and Delhi. And to make things run in a more smoother manner, the government has decided to include an additional coach in the 12046/45 New Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi Express.

Lest booking a seat in the train or bus becomes highly unlikely and you face the brunt of taxis price surge – they are likely to charge 15-20 percent more than usual rate, it’s time you acted faster!

The beautiful capital city of Punjab is undergoing an overhaul & we don’t want your summer travel plans to get spoiled!

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Himanshu’s Honeymoon Trip To Mauritius: Romance & Christmas Festivities In A Beach Paradise

Himanshu wished to begin his new journey in the stunning landscapes of Mauritius, so he booked himself a 6 nights 7 days Mauritius honeymoon package and set off to the charming terrains of the world’s favourite beach destination. Apart from endless romance, he also got to celebrate Christmas with his partner in this gorgeous country. Here’s an account of his fun and frolic escapade.

Trip Type: Honeymoon
Trip Duration: 6 Nights 7 Days
Trip Cost: INR 137,000/-
Agent Name: Holidays 2 Cherish
Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Airport Transfers, Accommodation, SIC Transfers, Airfare, Sightseeing, Honeymoon Freebies
Exclusions: Lunch, Visa On Arrival

I always prefer to visit places where I have never been before, and that’s what gives me pure excitement and unique memories. That’s why I love to travel! For my honeymoon, I was looking for packages on the internet and was keen to travel during the last few days of December since I wanted to celebrate Christmas in Mauritius with my wife. That’s when I came across the website of TravelTriangle.

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: himanshu and wife

I had always wanted to celebrate my honeymoon in Mauritius to experience its sparkling ocean, white beaches, excellent weather, and natural beauty. Once I was done finalising the dates, all I needed was the right travel agent to put all the bookings in place.

I’ll always be thankful to TravelTriangle to help me find the best tour agent for my trip. They let me compare different quotes provided by various authorized travel agents. I zeroed in on Holidays 2 Cherish as they provided me exactly what I wanted within my specified budget.

Here’s a day-wise account of our 7 days romantic Mauritius trip:

DAY 1: Revelling in the luxuries of our awesome hotel

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: christmas party

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: christmas decor at airport

We landed in Mauritius at noon. At the airport, we met our local representative who greeted us very nicely, briefed us on our entire trip plan, and handed us our itinerary.

Then we were transferred to our hotel – Le Grand Bleu – in a comfortable coach bus. I loved it!

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: at airport

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: hotel pool

The hotel was great, almost like a second home for us. It was Christmas Eve, so in the evening, the hotel staff arranged a Christmas party for all guests. We had the most fabulous time with great dinner, music, dance, and more.

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DAY 2: Enjoying a Christmas party and leisure activities at hotel

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: christmas decor near beach

This was a leisure day, so we chose to stay at the hotel all day. After a lazy, yet delicious breakfast served by the hotel’s friendly staff, we went to the beach and had a great time.

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: christmas decor at beach

For lunch we took to the streets to hunt down a good restaurant, and came across ‘Refresh’. It was a very good place serving a variety of sumptuous cuisines and I will recommend it to all trippers of Mauritius.

In the evening we were dancing away at the Christmas party and enjoying the most delicious gala dinner where we were spoilt for choice. I don’t remember when Christmas had last been this much fun!

DAY 3: Speed boating to Ile Aux Cerf and walking under the ocean!

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: himanshu at watersports location

It was on this day that our fun honeymoon trip to Mauritius actually started. We went to Ile Aux Cerf Island, where we booked a water sports package and set about taming the seas!

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: speedboat

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: speedboat jetty

I just loved the speedboat ride from Mauritius to Ile Aux Cerf island. It was a lifetime experience and I was in awe of the boat rider who was riding with such skill. We both enjoyed it thoroughly. En route we saw a waterfall – a small but visually stunning sight that was spraying us with cool water droplets owing to its close proximity to our boat. It was a surreal, unexpected experience for me and my wife!

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: waterfall at ile aux cerf

After Reaching Ile Aux Cerf Island, we indulged in two marvelous activities – Underwater Sea Walk and Speed Boat Ride. Both the activities gave us one hell of an adventure. If you are doing it for the first time, you will always praise the moment when you decided to do it! The instructors and staff conducting these watersports were very cooperative.

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: underwater sea walk

Post lunch at the island itself, we returned to the hotel in the evening. We had an excellent guide – Mr. Kevin – who took great care of our needs and comfort at all times.

DAY 4: City Tour of South Mauritius

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: near Lord Shiva statue

This day was reserved for the South Tour of Mauritius. After having breakfast at the hotel, we went shopping and bought a great many local items for our family and friends. After that, we saw many temples, one of which had an enormous statue of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. I was amazed to see such big statues of our Hindu gods and goddesses in Mauritius.

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: exploring mauritius

We also saw volcano crater, after which we went to a park where people were engaging in different sports like buggy riding. After a tiring, yet exciting tour of Southern Mauritius, we came back to our resort and retired for the night.

DAY 5: City Tour of North Mauritius

Post breakfast, we proceeded for the second round of Mauritius sightseeing – the North Tour of Mauritius. It was basically a city tour which included visiting the capital of Mauritius i.e. Port Louis, along with some historical places like forts, churches, and the waterfront as well. The best part is that the entire tour allowed enough time for a photo session!

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: leisure day

Our driver cum guide took us around all these places at our pace. He was very communicative and friendly, and extensively briefed us over the historical facts about each place. After the tour, we went to the supermarket where we bought water bottles and other essential items.

DAY 6: Interacting with lions & giant tortoises at Casela

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: interacting with lions

This was again a leisure day and so we decided to go to Casela Park which is very well known wildlife park in Mauritius. We wanted a close interaction with the big cats, i.e. the lions. So, we hired a taxi from outside of our hotel, and guess what, we found an Indian driver which was the best thing for us as far as comfort and communication were concerned. At Casela, we booked ourselves a Lion Interaction Tour and had a great time being with these majestic beings.

True to its name, this tour literally lets you interact with lions, wherein you can touch them and have your pictures taken. It will give you goosebumps when a lion walks by you!

Himanshu honeymoon trip to Mauritius: interacting with tortoises

On our tour here we saw many more animals like different varieties of fish, nd clicked pictures with giant tortoises walking about in the park. I would definitely recommend a visit to this park to everyone on their Mauritius honeymoon. Casela surely made our day!

DAY 7: Bidding farewell to this paradise

We packed our bags and left for the airport to board our flight home with lots of memories and experiences.

From the Christmas party organised by the hotel, to relaxing on the beach, riding a speedboat across the Indian Ocean, walking under the sea, and interacting with lions, our honeymoon trip to Mauritius was an unforgettable adventure. We thank TravelTriangle for making the first trip of our married life a huge success!

Our WOW Moments On The Trip: Christmas Party at hotel | Speed boat ride to Ile Aux Cerf | Underwater Sea Walk | Casela Nature Park | Interacting with lions | Our hotel Le Grand Bleu and its staff | Our attentive and friendly driver cum guide

Our Not-So-WOW Moments On The Trip:

  • The local tour operator didn’t mention to the hotel that we are a honeymoon couple which caused hassles
  • Mr. Anurag, who had arranged all the activities, didn’t bother to meet us even once

Otherwise the trip was fabulous!

Tips For Future Travelers

  • Honeymoon couples must stay at Le Grand Bleu hotel for its unmatched hospitality and luxury. The hotel is great also in terms of the food it provides
  • Book watersports from the hotel itself, as it will save you a lot of money. You might end up overpaying if you book it directly at the watersports location
  • Buy water bottles from the supermarket only. It will be way cheaper than the ones that the hotel provides you

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