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Holidays in Bahrain – Where to Shop in the Kingdom!


The Middle East’s island kingdom, Bahrain is a luxury tourist destination in the Persian Gulf drawing attention with the best of region’s history and culture. Besides offering many exciting holiday experiences around its pristine islands, architectural delights, natural havens and historical wonders, the land of Bahrain is an ideal shoppers’ paradise with myriad of plush shopping malls and traditional souqs.

Manama Souq

An old souq in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, Manama Souk is an ideal place for a traditional shopping experience in the city. Tourists would love to explore the bustling streets of the market that are all packed with numerous shops and are a feast to the eyes. From clothing, jewellery, gold and electronics to cooking spices, souvenirs and a range of other Bahraini goods, you can shop for all sorts of things here. The Gold Souq, Kingdom of Perfumes, the Spice Souq and World of Herbs are the key highlights at Manama Souk.

Al Aali Mall

A place for a plush shopping experience, Al Aali Mall is a luxury shopping mall situated in the business district of Seef. This 52,000 square meter complex, with a sophisticated ambience, fine dining and an abundance of premium brands including Armani, Jimmy Choo and Noof, impresses visitors from all corners of the world. The mall is also home to glamorous Saudi boutiques selling exquisitely embroidered and patterned clothing along with statement footwear and handbags.

Bahrain City Centre

The largest mall in Bahrain, Bahrain City Centre is a true mega mall with something for everyone. Boasting a number of international brands, a food court, a Carrefour supermarket, a cinema complex and a small hub for local designers, it is the place to be for every shopper out there! Then, there is an entertainment centre and a water park where families can spend some leisure time. Besides, you can have a true Bahrain dining experience at numerous restaurants located in the mall.

Gold City

A world-class gold shopping complex, Gold City invites visitors for an amazing jewellery shopping experience. Situated in Manama, this huge mall is home to 152 shops displaying an impressive range of sparkling ornaments, and has the widest range of beautiful natural pearls. The interior of the mall is aptly done in shimmering gold colour! You can check out precious stone-inlaid bracelets, filigree gold necklaces and pearl-studded earrings – the most popular jewellery pieces sold in the mall.

Moda Mall

Located in the Bahrain World Trade Centre, Moda Mall is a shoppers’ paradise offering a wonderful shopping and dining experience for every occasion. Home to the largest luxury brand portfolio of international brands along with more than 80 fashion labels and 50 fine jewellery portfolio brands, it is a big hit with travellers. Besides shopping, the mall is an architectural delight with cool marble interior, airy boulevards, glass domes and elegant cafes.

Enjoy Top Cultural Experiences in Florida, USA

There’s much more to Florida than just theme parks and beaches! This time visit this sunny US state to enjoy the cultural experiences across its incredible historical, architectural and natural sites.


Here are some of the top cultural experiences of Florida:

Explore the Salvador Dali Museum

Situated in St. Petersburg and dedicated to the works of Salvador Dali, the renowned artist, the art museum houses eight of the 18 famous “Masterworks “of Dali, considered to be the most comprehensive collection outside of Europe. Here you can spend an entire day with your family wandering through the awe-inspiring building and gazing at the colourful, though-provoking creations.

Take a stroll through Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens is a contemplative garden and a bird sanctuary set among the rolling hills of Lake Wales. With a huge garden and a 205-foot tall Singing Tower, this place offers breathtaking views along with a peaceful environ. With a history dating back to 1929, the gardens are a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Families as well as honeymooners can enjoy long strolls soaking up the views of citrus trees and subtropical gardens and listening to the amazing sounds of the Singing Tower carillon.

Treat your eyes to fine art in the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Situated in Jacksonville, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is a place of interest for kids as well as history enthusiasts. Boasting nearly 5,000 objects in its permanent collection, one of the finest art collections in the region, the museum takes you back to 2100 BC. The museum has 5 acres of historic gardens with early 20th century garden design, and features like reflecting pools, fountains, antique ornaments, and sculptures.

Enjoy a performance of the Miami City Ballet

There’s no end to entertainment in Florida and Miami City Ballet is one of the charming attractions of the state. With over 50 dancers and 100 ballets, it is among the largest professional ballet companies in the USA treating visitors to lovely performances all throughout the year. The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale are the top venues to catch a performance.

Take delight in the beautiful foliage in Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Internationally recognised for its rich history and nature preservation, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a huge waterfront property in Miami, perfect for a beautiful day out. While the architecturally rich mansion grounds here are a wonderful treat to explore, visitors can enjoy strolls through the lush manicured gardens and take delight in the beauty of around 2,000 orchids. If you want to escape the hustle of Miami, you can head to this enchanting place and relax amidst the beautiful and peaceful natural landscape.

5 of the Largest National Parks of South Africa

‘Rainbow Nation’ South Africa boasts the finest wildlife on the planet along with mile-long beaches, deserts and vineyards. People from all over the world visit South Africa to discover the many thrills, apparent and hidden, in its hundreds of national parks! We’ve listed five of the largest national parts in the country. Take a look!

Kruger National Park

One of the largest game reserves in Africa and the largest national park in South Africa, Kruger National Park is where visitors can experience the best of the continent’s natural riches. With around two million hectares of land, the park boasts of different environments, each with a

Kruger National Park

unique blend of flora and fauna. It is home to the Big Five as well as a plenty of smaller animals. You can even enjoy the night safari here, promising you more excitement!

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

A vast wildlife reserve between South Africa and Botswana, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a beautiful region characterised by dry rivers, red dunes, thorn trees and pink and orange sunsets. Covering an area of around 38,000 square kilometres, the park presents spectacular South African wildlife. Spot predators like lions, cheetahs and leopards, and also get a chance to spot springbok and wildebeest seasonally. Besides, the park houses some big rest camps, with plenty of amenities and services for the guests. One can indulge in many recreational activities around the camps here.

Addo Elephant National Park

Home to more than 500 African elephants, Addo Elephant National Park, in terms of size, ranks behind Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Visitors can have a true African wildlife experience here while spotting rhinos, zebras, lions and buffaloes along with the elephants.

Addo Elephant National Park

Also, the park is home to the largest ground of African penguins in the country. The accommodation, ranging from luxury lodges to basic camps, caters to the requirements of all sorts of travellers.

Garden Route National Park

Lying along the south coast of South Africa, Garden Route National Park is a national park with a dramatic coastline, indigenous forests and the Otter Trail, one of the most famous hiking trails in South Africa. From boating and birding to mountain biking and kayaking, you can enjoy the best of adventures here. Visitors can choose from camps to a self-catering chalet for their accommodation needs. The wildlife includes the Knysna seahorse, pied kingsher, pansy shell, grey heron, Knysna lourie, and little egret, and draws a large number of wildlife enthusiasts from far and wide.

Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park

A peace park straddling the border between South Africa and Namibia, Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park is known for its spectacular scenery. While a number of mountain bike trails here makes the park a true haven for hikers, the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, appeals to nature lovers. Home to more than 200 species of birds, it is a popular place for bird-watchers as well. There are a number of accommodation options here, including rustic camping sites and chalets, catering to all sorts of visitors.

Top 5 Trekking Destinations in Sri Lanka

Boasting of alluring wilderness, Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination in South-east Asia inviting adventure seekers from far and wide. From easy walks to more intense treks, there are plenty of hiking trails ensuring all sorts of trekking experiences to the travellers.

Trekking Destinations

Take a look at top five trekking destinations of Sri Lanka avid hikers should not miss exploring:

Ella Rock

A lovely, intimate town with a stunning countryside, Ella is a nature lover’s delight. Ella Rock, the highest cliff in the village, offers breathtaking views of the lush green meadows and tea plantations and is one of the best hikes in Sri Lanka. It is a day hike from the town in the highlands about 1000 metres above sea level that begins and ends at the Ella Railway Station. Surely, this beautiful hiking trail presents an incredible adventure experience.

Adam’s Peak

Lying 2243 metre above sea level, Adam’s Peak is the most popular hiking trail in Sri Lanka, visited by millions of tourists every year. Also famed as Butterfly Mountain or Samanala Kanda, this place is not just a natural landmark but has been a sacred place for more than 1000 years now. The trek begins from the far end of Dalhousie Village and hikers have to climb 5,200 odd stone stairs to reach the peak of the mountain. The mesmerising views of the rolling hills and tea plantations are treats to the hikers! You can start the trek in the night so you reach the top by early morning and can enjoy the stunning sunrise.

Hortons Plain National Park

Covered by montane grassland and cloud forest, Hortons Plain National Park is an area situated around 2000 metres above sea level in the Sri Lankan Highlands. The major draw of the plateau is that it comes to an abrupt end at the World’s End, a steep 800 metre fall overlooking the countryside. Be it the short one hour trails or the longer ones spanning the entire plateau, there are a number of options for trekkers on Horton Plain. An ideal combination of misty lakes, breezy grasslands and fresh waterfalls fills your trek with many exciting experiences.


Situated in the neighbourhood of Sigiriya, Pidurangala is a massive rock formation offering astounding hiking opportunities for travellers. The panoramic sight of the Sigiriya Fortress and a 360 degree view of the valley around are a treat for the sore eyes. It is advised to embark on your trekking journey at dawn and reach the top before the sunrise and start your day with a delicious breakfast at a perfect picnic spot on the top of the rock.

Knuckles Range

Situated in the Central Highlands between the regions of Matale and Kandy, Knuckles Range is an amazing adventure spot in Sri Lanka. Abundant with a variety of waterfalls, vegetation and villages, the range ensures a thrilling trekking experience for visitors. Be it a one-day trek to one of the lowest peaks or a three-day two-night expedition to Meemure, there are a number of hiking options for all sorts of trekkers here.

Explore Port Elizabeth, one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa

Famed as Africa’s Water Sports Capital, the ‘Friendly City’ Port Elizabeth is a lovely travel destination half-way between Cape Town and Durban in South Africa. It is the second oldest city in the country, offering plenty of wonderful beaches and incredible surf spots.


If you are looking for a perfect beach holiday in South Africa with a bit of culture, good food and some retail therapy, Port Elizabeth is the place for you. Here are some of the best attractions to explore in the city:

Algoa Bay

Situated 425 miles east of the Cape of the Good Hope, Algoa Bay is an ideal adventure spot in the city. One of the world’s few bays with two huge harbours – Coega and Port Elizabeth – it is where tourists love to indulge in exciting activities such as sailing, surfing, kayaking, wind surfing and kiteboarding. The bay is up to 436 metres deep and lies adjacent to the harbour city. Besides, it is a perfect spot to enjoy whale watching and being part of sunset cruises.

Kragga Kamma Game Park

A wildlife haven situated less than half-an-hour drive from the city, Kragga Kamma Game Reserve is a must-visit tourist spot. Ideal for guided safaris and nature walks, the park promises exciting wildlife experiences to the visitors. From White Rhino, Zebra, Nyala and Cheetah to Giraffe, Buffalo, Lechwe and Bontebok, you’ll get an opportunity to witness them all here in the park. You can rent a car to drive through the park.


A unique place to explore, Bayworld is a cultural and natural history museum boasting of a Snake Park and Oceanarium. It is a long-running kid-friendly place presenting plenty of maritime and historical exhibits, and animal shows. Snake interaction sessions, and seal and penguin presentations are the major highlights here. Moreover, you can treat your eyes to the amazing view of the slithery reptiles and underwater marine wonders, and can also witness a shark through the safety of a glass window.

Addo Elephant Park

The third largest national park of South Africa, Addo Elephant Park is where visitors can have the true African safari experience! A malaria-free, big five game reserve, it is an ideal place to explore a wide range of landscapes and flora and fauna. There are around 550 African elephants here – among the densest in the world. Not just the elephants but you will also get a chance to spot rhinos, buffaloes, lions, zebras and penguins. Besides, visitors can enjoy several outdoor activities such as horse riding, hiking and guided walking.

Sardinia Bay

Bordering the Chelsea Downs Nature Reserve, Sardinia Bay is a beautiful stretch of beach called “Sards” by locals. The sub tidal rocky reefs and sandy benthos along the bay make a sight to behold whereas water sports opportunities offered here, including boating and diving, are a treat for adventure enthusiasts. The beach is frequently visited by a number of surfers, sand boarding enthusiasts and kite surfers as well as families.

Top 5 Cultural and Religious Sites of Sri Lanka

One of the finest travel destinations in the Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka has a rich culture, traditions and heritage! The cultural depth of Sri Lanka is recognised by UNESCO and appeals to the senses of travellers from across the globe.

Take a look at some of the prominent sites to get an insight into the island’s rich heritage:

Adam’s Peak

Located in the south of the central highlands, Adam’s Peak is a 2243 metre high mountain capturing the attention of tourists from all over the world. It has been a holy place for over 1000 years now. The unique rock formation is believed to be the footprint of Shiva among Hindus, Adam among Christians and Muslims, and Buddha among Buddhists. Also known as Samanala Kanda or Butterfly Mountain, it is also an ideal trekking destination in Sri Lanka.

World Buddhist Museum

The world’s first international museum, World Buddhist Museum is a major attraction of the island country. Situated next to the popular Temple of the Tooth and National Museum in Kandy, it is where you can learn about the fundamentals of Buddhism and its global history. Established with contributions of 17 nations, the museum boasts of individual exhibits on each of those countries. A large number of tourists pay a visit to the museum every year.

Dambulla Cave Temple


Also known as the golden temple of Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple is one of the most famous religious sites in Sri Lanka. It is the largest cave temple in the country lying at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level. The temple houses five caves, three statues of the kings of Sri Lanka, four statues of gods and goddesses and 153 statues of the Lord Buddha.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Nestled on the edge of Lake Kandy, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a major draw among pilgrims as well as the tourists. It is the only temple in the world with a tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Also famed as Sri Dalada Maligawa, this temple is centuries old. Besides enjoying a tour of the temple, you must take some time to sightsee around the city and take in the beauty of the place.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress


The ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, Sigiriya Rock Fortress is one of the key historical monuments of Sri Lanka. Situated on a massive rocky plateau between the towns of Dambulla and Harbarane, the fortress is the single most dramatic site of the country. Comprising of remnants of a ruined palace surrounded by vast gardens, canals, fountains and alleys, it is an ideal spiritual as well as peaceful haven. Do remember to climb up through a stone-made stairway and witness the exclusive features of the complex that used to be the home of King Kasyapa.

Diwali Delight: Unique Ways and Places to Celebrate the Festival in India


Diwali is one of the biggest and brightest festivals of India, celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm. Different parts of the country have different traditions and to be in the country around the festival, which usually takes place in October-November, is a nice opportunity to enjoy the many aspects of it. Read on and find out for yourself!

Discover the sparkling lights of Jaipur

The glow of lights and lamps, adorning homes and shops and the streets, is the essence of Diwali and the “Pink City” Jaipur is a terrific place to see it all. Not just the buildings even the street markets are lit up beautifully; in fact, a competition for the best decorated market is held every year on Diwali! Johari Bazaar, one of the famous markets of the city, is also known as “The Strip” when the festival comes up and attracts large crowds during the time.


Treat your eyes to fireworks over the Ganges in Varanasi

Varanasi is an ancient Indian city renowned for its great religious and cultural wealth. But it is during the time around Diwali when this wonderful city seems to be illuminating literally in the radiance of traditions! Opt for one of the riverside hotels in the city and enjoy a stunning view of the fireworks over the Ganges River from the comfort of your room. Besides, you can attend the special Ganga Aarti and can explore the ghats lit with candles and diyas.

Go shopping at the markets of Delhi

Diwali is a lovely time to be holidaying in the capital city. Along with the wonderful balmy weather, you can enjoy the terrific line-up of treats that sprout up for the locals and visitors during the festival.  A number of special Diwali markets and fairs are organised all over the city. You can explore the famous shopping spot, Dilli Haat that hosts the amazing Diwali Bazaar every year, and can also shop for a range of fine handicrafts at the annual Dastkar Festival of Lights Diwali Mela.

Enjoy gambling and the destruction of Demon Narakasura in Goa

Goa might be more popular as a beach holiday destination but there’s much more to the state that makes it an ideal spot for Diwali holidays. The major Diwali celebration in the state includes the destruction of demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Many competitions are held across the villages and cities of Goa for coming up with the scariest image of the demon, which are all burned a day before Diwali. Moreover, you can try your luck at one of the top casinos enjoying gambling, a famous activity that takes place during the festival all over the state.