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Five Beautiful Towns in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Western Sierra Madre Mountains, Riviera Nayarit is a 200mile stretch of coastline drawing attention with a beautiful collection of virgin beaches, unspoiled Riviera Nayarit Mexiconatural parks and luxury resorts. It is a peaceful escape in Mexico with lesser number of crowds where you can simply relax with your family and friends, and have a rejuvenating holiday experience.

Take a look at the places you can explore in Riviera Nayarit:

Punta Mita

Once a fishing village, Punta Mita is just the right place for a tropical holiday in Riviera Nayarit. Located within a 1,500-acre private peninsula, it is a luxury destination with a fine collection of world-class, luxury resorts lined on magnificent beaches. There are two Jack Nicklaus golf courses drawing a number of golfers from different parts of the world. You can also discover several restaurants and pubs in the Downtown Punta Mita that are ideal for sampling local cuisine. Besides, adventure seekers can go for hiking to the Monkey Mountain, the highest point here.

Sayulita

Sayulita is one of the most popular beach villages along the coast loved for its breathtaking beaches, bohemian-vibe, laid-back living and world-class surfing opportunities. One cannot miss to discover the Marietas Islands in the village that appear like a volcano in the ocean and have a hole comprising a beach renowned for offering wonderful swimming opportunities. Another interesting thing to do here is to delight in the intricate yarn paintings and bead work produced by the indigenous Huichol people at Evoke the Spirit or Artefakto store. Besides, tequila, Paleta and fish tacos are some of the must-try treats here.

Puerto Vallarta

Known as the gay beach capital of the world, Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful and lively town in Riviera Nayarit visited by a large number of holiday-starved or wanderlust-compelled tourists. This place draws the attention with its white sand beaches, bustling streets, world-class restaurants, and the adrenaline-pumping range of activities such as horseback riding, diving and boat trips. The town is also popular for its exciting nightlife. Some of the must-visit places here include Los Arcos and El Malecón, Isla Río Cuale, Zona Romantica, Playa Los Muertos and Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

San Blas

A small historic town in Nayarit, San Blas is a quiet and friendly place to explore with family and friends. Here you can experience a true old-world charm across a number of ancient ruins and architectural remnants from the Spanish colonial days. Home to 80% of the migratory birds from the North America, San Blas also attracts bird watchers holidaying in Mexico. While you can spend a few leisure hours at the Borrego Beach, La Tovara National Park is a place to spot incredible wildlife including crocodiles. Besides, this place makes for a good starting point to get to Mexcaltitán, a magical island town in Nayarit.

Nuevo Vallarta

If you wish to experience the rich luxury of Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta is the place to be. Nestled between the tranquil Pacific Ocean and the Sierra de Vallejo mountains, it is a planned resort popular for its long, sandy Nuevo Vallarta beach, golf courses, sophisticated spas, luxury resorts and gourmet restaurants. The place also draws attention with its breathtaking marine life; hawksbills, leatherback turtles, and humpback whale can be spotted here hitting on its shores. While the beaches here are just perfect to discover at nights, the resort is also popular for its exciting nightlife across various bars and clubs.

 

Where to Celebrate Holi in India

One of the ancient and popular Hindu religious festivals of India, Holi is round the corner and people from different parts of the world are excited to be a part of the celebration of colourful love. The festival lies when the cold of winter is replaced by the soothing tones of spring, and displays the vivacious shades of fascinating Indian culture. It is celebrated with an array of activities taking place all over the country, ranging from traditional rituals at temples to luxury parties with DJ’s, bhang and cheerful colours.

HoliIf you are planning a visit to India this Holi, know about the places where you make the most of this joyful festival:

Delhi

It is a known fact that the capital turns into a rowdy affair during the festival of Holi. There is no end to fun and frolic all over the city with music, dancing and an array of Holi-themed parties. If you wish to make the most of the festival in Delhi, be a part of the Holi Moo Festival – the festival of colour and madness held every year with over 40 Indian as well as international artists performing over various stages. Street food, bhang lassi, sprinklers and non-toxic colours – each and everything about the event is certain to get you into a perfect festive mood.

Mathura and Vrindavan

The Holi celebration in Mathura and Vrindavan is quite popular all over the country. The festival is celebrated with great gusto and fervour here and appeals to tourists and pilgrims from different corners of the world. The celebrations start 40 days before the main day of the festival in the temples across Mathura and Vrindavan. From the temples to the river to the Holi Gate, all become livelier with a colourful and musical procession during the festival. You can visit Dwarkadheesh Temple to experience the best of throwing of colours in Mathura.

Hampi

Though South India is not popular for Holi celebrations, Hampi, an ancient village in Karnataka, celebrates the festival with all the zeal due to the presence of huge crowds of western tourists. The Holi celebration is highly popular in the city; it is celebrated for two days with coloured powder and liquid colours along with extravaganza of music and dance. You would also love to explore the heritage monuments of the city that turn colourful and appear more beautiful on Holi than the usual days.

Punjab

One of the most important Sikh festivals celebrated in Punjab, the festival of Holi in the state is also called Hola Mohalla or Hola. It is celebrated in a unique style following a peculiar tradition that comprises less of colour play and more of kushti (martial art practices). Held at the Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara, in Rupnagar for three days, it is considered as a holy festival for the Sikhs and also comprises sword fighting, acrobatic military stunts and elaborate langars (free food) on each day.

Udaipur

Renowned for its royal aura appealing to tourists from different corners of the world, Udaipur celebrates Holi with all the poise. The festival is celebrated with lighting bonfire which is also called Holika Dahan one day before and is followed by a procession to the City Palace organised by the Royal Rajputs of Mewar family of Udaipur on the day of Holi. While the decked up horses and live band party are a treat to watch during the procession, the colour play, afterwards, is such a delight to indulge in.

Taj Mahotsav 2020 – Agra, India: A Rendezvous with Indian Culture and Colours

A 10 day festival that is celebrated in Agra, India every year, Taj Mahotsav introduces you to the rich cultural heritage of the country. The fun-filled festival is attended by a large number of locals as well as tourists every year. If you are going to be in India during this festival, we highly recommend you to be a part of the celebrations.

Taj MahotsavWhere to attend Taj Mahotsav

The event takes place in Agra, a famous Indian city known for one of the most iconic wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. A drive to the city takes around 3 hours from the national capital New Delhi.

Taj Mahotsav, 2020 Dates

The 10 day festival will begin on 18th February, 2020 and go on till 27th February 2020.

What to Experience

The cultural extravaganza presents a host of colourful experiences to its visitors. A number of participants from all over the country showcase their artistic talents and work in various forms. From rich art and crafts, cultural dance and music performances, to cuisines from all over India, you will be delighted to be a part of such a colourful celebration. And all of this happens with the incredible Taj Mahal right in the backdrop and beautifully decorated camels and elephants welcoming you.

Art & Crafts

An exhibition of handcrafted artworks from all over the country like handicrafts, embroideries, stone & wooden sculptures, pottery, carpets, and a lot more is the main attraction of this festival. You can buy as many artworks as you want and keep them as a souvenir.

Taj MahotsavDance & Music Shows

Taj Mahotsav is a stage for talented and thriving artists to show their talent to the world. Indulge in a series of classical and folk performances like dances, puppet shows, shayari, stage drama and more.

Food

Enjoy some aromatic and sumptuous Indian cuisine at Taj Mahotsav. Several food stalls serve authentic local dishes from different parts of the nation which you will be delighted to try.

Taj Mahotsav

Fair

To make the festival even more entertaining, a number of amusement rides and game stalls are setup in the fairground. After a busy day exploring the festival, you can have some great fun at the fairground.

Entry Fee

Although there is an entry fee for Indian adults and kids (around half a £), foreign tourists can enter the festival for free.