“The only time we like to dance is to the song of the sea”
– partly Anonymous & partly us 🙂
The Maldives holds a special place in our hearts as it was our first foray in foreign lands..individually and together. Though it would be awesome to be marooned on an island like Tom Hanks in Castaway cooking your own food would be too much of an ask….ain’t it? How to reach the Maldives for Amazing Things To Do In Maldives.
The Maldives is a paradise situated to the south of India, in the Indian Ocean. The best time to visit this gem would between November to April. It rains a lot from May to October so it is best to avoid traveling to the Maldives during this period. The best and I guess the only way to reach Male (capital of Maldives) is by Air. There are direct flights from India (Kochi & Bengaluru).
One of the most painful aspects of travel to a foreign country is availing Visa but in this case, you have the convenience of Free Visa on Arrival which issued to you when you land in Male Airport. The tourist visa is valid for 30 days from the day of arrival but what Amazing Things To Do In Maldives.
The best place to stay in the Maldives is to stay in any of the numerous island resorts rather than in Male the city. We chose Paradise Island Resort & Spa for our 5-night stay in the Maldives. You can either use Tripadvisor or any other online travel aggregators to book your stay.
Once you exit Male airport, there are a lot of kiosks where your resort representatives would be waiting to welcome you. Based on the distance from the airport, you can travel to the resort either by Seaplane or a speed boat.
Note: Usually the speed boat transfers are free inclusions in the package. However, if you have to travel by seaplane, you will have to shell out additional money.
Inside the Water Villa – from the deck
When you think Amazing Things To Do In Maldives. All the resorts have Beach villas (or by any other name) and Water villas. Going by the description, water villas are more expensive than beach villas. One can either split the stay between Beach villas & Water Villas to reduce the overall expense. But if that’s not a constraint, then we would suggest you opt for a Water Villa.
Private Deck with tub and stairs to the water!
We were so mesmerized by the photos of the Water Villas that we opted for them for our entire stay. Each of the water villas had a huge room with a private deck with 2 chairs and an open tub – luxury over water! The icing on the cake was private access directly into the waters through a flight of stairs from the villa.
We spent a good half an hour admiring the villa, immensely happy about spending the next 5 unforgettable nights in the lap of luxury.
Since most of the resorts are secluded and the only way to travel anywhere is seaplane or speed boat, you will have to rely on the restaurants on the resort. If you are particular about a certain cuisine and are not in a mood to experiment, you could include all the meals in your holiday package.
The brekkie desert spread..yummmm!
Otherwise almost every resort has 3-4 restaurants and even bars to provide a host of options. Paradise island resort had 3 restaurants – Multi-cuisine, Italian and Chinese restaurants and a bar on the beach. We had opted for an all-in meals option as a part of the package. One would think that a buffet meal 3 times a day for 5 days would end up being boring, but the spread was changing every day much to our delight. <slurp>
Note: It is advisable to buy a crate of water bottles from the Airport (there is a shop at the airport) as the water bottles at resorts are around 3 times as expensive. Once you are at the resort, you will be at their mercy. With the tropical climate, and the sun beating down during the noon – 1 liter of water will not be enough for a couple. We bought a crate of 24 (half a liter) bottles from the airport costs around $24 overall.
With most of the resorts secluded from other islands while they usually have a host of activities. For people who like to relax can laze on the beach for hours or opt for Spa. For adventure seekers, there is Scuba Diving – led by a PAID instructor on the resort. The overall dive is for 1 hour and would cost around $350-400 for a couple with the dive being as deep as 12 m below sea level. There is a training – theory for around 30 mins followed by a test (which anyone can clear) and post that you need to sign the declaration form. Post all this, we enter the water with the bulky scuba outfits to swim along with the fishes.
Note: Please ensure you use sunscreen before you enter the water and also bring along a couple of water bottles – drink some water before you dive. Since you would breath using the mouth the entire time, it will be very dry. We had forgotten to bring the water bottles and one of us had to actually drink the saline dirty seawater because the thirst was unbearable. <yuck>
Snorkeling is another option to explore the underwater without any bulky apparatus like that used in Scuba. For those who do not know swimming, can we use a life-jacket and then try snorkeling – it is equally amazing! The transparent blue waters in the Maldives is treating to the eyes. It would cost you around $35 per person including the equipment.
The snorkeling experience starts from the shores and ends at the Italian restaurant. After burning all the calories during snorkeling, it wouldn’t harm to have a cheese pizza as a reward! 🙂
Other activities would include trips to nearby villages (half-day and full-day trips) on speedboats or watching dolphins during sunset.
Well, if you do not want to travel in the middle of the sea to watch Dolphins, you can watch and feed sharks every evening near the Chinese restaurant at the resort.
Important: Things to Remember while you thinking Amazing Things To Do In Maldives
The Maldives currency is very weak so it would be prudent to use dollars instead of the local currency unless you end up using every penny. All the resorts prefer credit cards to dollars over the local currency. We used credit cards to settle the dues and dollars wherever required.
Also, it is better to get a crate full of water bottles from the airport.
Do pack a few medicines in case you feel sea-sick or get bruises from corals during scuba or snorkeling. An in-house doc is available but the medicines will be expensive.
Just like any vacation, the journey back is the most painful after Amazing Things To Do In Maldives. We literally dragged ourselves back to the Speedboat to go back to the airport…not before we went to the souvenir shop to collect some memorabilia to remind us of this awesome trip!
Oman Relaxes VISA for Indians, Chinese and Russian Nationals
Oman Relaxes VISA for Indians, Chinese and Russian Nationals in order to attract more tourists from these countries.
Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) announced the revised terms and conditions issued by the Omani authorities on the granting of non-sponsored tourist visa for the citizens of India, China and Russia,
1.Who reside in or
2. Who hold an entry visa to one of the these countries — United States of America, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and Schengen states to enter the Sultanate of Oman.
Terms And Conditions For Getting Non-Sponsored Tourist Visa For The Citizens Of India.
Visa applicant shall be holding a passport valid for not less than six month.
Applicants must also have a return ticket and confirmed hotel reservation in order to be granted the visa.
The statement said the visa will be granted for a period of one month for a fee of 20 Omani rial.
According to OAMC circular the spouse and children of the visa holder would also be allowed to enter the Sultanate.
The competent authority may prohibit the citizens of these countries who meet the terms and conditions for obtaining the visa from entering the Sultanate if the public interest so require.
Disclaimer: VISA REGULATIONS ARE OFTEN CHANGED WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. ALWAYS BETTER TO CHECK THE EMBASSY’S WEBSITE BEFORE PLANNING.
At its meeting of 22 August 2017, Serbia announces visa free entry for Indians , holding ordinary passports. The Decision is published in the “Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No. 79/2017 of 25 August 2017 and entered into force on 2 September 2017.
Under the Decision, the nationals of the Republic of India can enter, transit through and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia without a visa, during a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of entry, within a period of one year, if there are no hindrances defined in Article 11 of the Law on Foreigners.
An island paradise in the Indian Ocean sounds like a dream holiday. But when it comes to choosing between the Seychelles or Maldives how do you make that decision? Here’s a lowdown on why the Seychelles wins each time.
1. Beaches and Islands
On the Maldives, there is a stunning archipelago of islands and these are ideal for a relaxing getaway. Most are so small they can be walked in an hour. Seychelles offer a lot more. There are superb beaches with amazing rock formations, romantic islands likeLa Digue, and the beautiful capital of Victoria on Mahe. The white sandy bay of Beau Vallon is world famous and you can easily spend your vacation between two Seychellois resorts. All of these resorts have high-quality accommodation including private islands, family friendly hotels and boutique guest accommodation.
2. The Cuisine
On the Maldives, you’ll find international cuisine and local dishes in the restaurants and lots of private dining experiences. Seychelles, however, is a unique fusion of flavours. Expect Chinese tastes, African spices and French influence which comes together to create an incredible culinary experience. You’ll find superb restaurants here and something to please most culinary tastes.
3. The Excursions
The Maldives are focused on water sports and you’ll have a wide range of experiences from snorkelling and diving to windsurfing. On Seychelles, you get all this and a lot more. There are nature reserves including the famous Curieuse Island where the Aldabra giant tortoise lives. At the Morne Seychellois National Park, there are seven hiking trails to enjoy and some spectacular views over Victoria Bay. There are unique wildlife species here too such as the blue gecko found in Vallee de Mai.
The Indian Ocean is a top destination for a tropical holiday but if you have to choose, then Seychelles has a lot more to offer guests than the Maldives.
Nationals of the 47 countries including India now, do not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. The waiver will be valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or onmultiple trips. This waiver may be extended for a further 30 days.
With immediate effect, Indian Nationals can get Ukraine Short term single-entry visas “C” (valid up to 15 days) with a tourism or business purposes upon arrival to Ukraine at the international airports Boryspil, Kyiv, Zhuliany, Odesa.
Below documents must be presented at the airport upon arrival, proving the tourist or business purpose:
1 – Letter of invitation from a legal entity registered in Ukraine, presented on the official letterhead.
2 – An invitation of the state authorities, state institution, state enterprise, state organization.
3 – Documents confirming that the purpose of travel is tourism (hotel reservation, excursion booking, travel voucher or contract for the provision of tourist services).
4 – Document attesting to foreign investment activity, according to the legislation on foreign investment regime on the territory of Ukraine.
Disclaimer: VISA REGULATIONS ARE OFTEN CHANGED WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. ALWAYS BETTER TO CHECK THE EMBASSSY’S WEBSITE BEFORE PLANNING.
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Dubai may be one of the most expensive places to live in, but it doesn’t have to cost too much to visit the city. You can easily find a wonderful Dubai tour package that is also in budget—as long as you work with the right tour operator. The best tour operators can guarantee the cheapest airfare available going to and from Dubai, so you don’t have to stay up all night watching out for airline seat sales that get snapped up in seconds. Apart from this, the best tour operators in Dubai can also create a fun itinerary that to ensure a memorable holiday. Dubai is a mix of old and new. The old part of city is filled with culture and history, with souks, mosques, and museums in every corner. The modern part of Dubai, on the other hand, is known for impressive modern architecture. Its home to the tallest structure in the entire world, amazing malls, and unique attractions like the Palm Islands.
There are many things to do in Dubai, so all types of tourists and travelers will have fun here. You can visit the sea, beaches, and parks. Water sports, camel races, and dune bashing are also highly popular. Other things you can do include fishing, riding a boat, or even skiing (yup—Dubai has an artificial skiing area).
Budget Dubai Tour Package
Get the most of your Dubai trip when you book a tour package. Travel packages usually come out cheaper compared to DIY trips. You also get to see and do more when you follow a professionally designed itinerary that allows you to maximize your time. If you want to book a flight or Dubai tour package online, make sure that the site is secure. It is also important that tour operator has a fair cancellation and refund policy.
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As a cultural and fashion center—and a city of love—Paris is one of the most visited destinations in the world. In fact, the city received over 15 million tourists back in 2013. Are you also planning to go? With so many sights to see and visit in the city, it’s better to book a best Paris Tour Package for your trip.
This way, you can get the most of your money and maximize your time. A tour package also ensure that you won’t miss out on any of the major attractions.
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Here are a few tips on how you can find the best Paris tour package online
First, determine your goal for your holiday. Do a little research on Paris and find out which attractions best appeal to you. Once you know what you want, it will be easier to find tour packages fit for you. Note that some tour packages have fixed itineraries, but you can also find Paris tour packages that can be customized to your wants and needs.
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Don’t be one of the travelers who simply book the cheapest or best-looking tour packages for Paris without reading the fine print. What protection do you have in case there are delays that are beyond your control? Be sure that the tour operator can offer fair refunds and cancellations policies.
One of the most expensive cities in the world, Dubai is a business hub and global city that receives millions of tourists every year. In 2013, Dubai was included in the top 10 most visited cities in the world. It boasts ultramodern architecture, a lively nightlife, and luxury shopping as well as other tourist attractions fit for different kinds of visitors—from families and couples to business travelers. Here are some of the amazing Places to Visit in Dubai:
1. Burj Khalifa
Ride a high-speed elevator and enjoy a 360-degree view of the city from the world’s tallest building. Burj Khalifa also features the tallest performing fountain in the world, Dubai Fountain.
Built in the 19th century, Bastakia Quarter (also known as Old Dubai) is lined with structures featuring distinct Arabian architecture. Check out traditional and contemporary art at Majlis Gallery and XVA Gallery, respectively, in Old Dubai.
3. Deira Souks
A traditional souk bustling with shoppers all day, this attraction has received the title, ‘City of Gold.’ You can find outstanding modern and traditional jewelry at Deira Gold Souq. For other interesting buys, visit Deira Spice Souq and the fish market.
4. Sheikh Zayed Road
As the main thoroughfare of the modern business district of Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road is home to interesting sites like Courtyard Gallery, Dubai World Trade Tower, and Gold and Diamond Park and Museum.