Cambridge is a county town in Cambridgeshire in England based on the banks of the river Cam, to the north of England. An important trading centre in the Bronze era, this city has a lot to offer to its tourists. While visiting the University City that is, Cambridge, do visit and explore these places:
1. The Fitzwilliam Museum
This amazing and mesmerizing building in Cambridge is a must-visit due to being laden with innumerous artwork to behold in here. The other museum nearby is the Trumpington Street Museum which is equally enthralling.
2. The Cambridge University Colleges
With more than thirty colleges under the umbrella of the Cambridge University, each of it is an epitome of stunning architecture and heritage. Better is that you book an Official Guided Walk tour of the city to explore these places with ease.
3. The Eagle
It is a lovely place full of history in the city of Cambridge which is a small pub where Francis Crick is known to announce that he and James Watson discovered DNA sitting in there. This olden day pub is also home to graffiti of WWII airmen and a RAF bar too.
4. The King’s College Chapel
This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cambridge and is also a noted symbol of the place. This is an English Gothic structure which was built somewhere from 1446 to 1515 and needs an admission fee to look around.
5. The Round Church
Extremely unique and one of a kind, the Round Church is the second oldest building in the region and its architecture can stun even the ones who do not understand art! A must see indeed.
6. The Cambridge University Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden in the university is home to over 8000 different species of plants and the other attractions in here include the likes of a collection of mature trees, glass houses, rock gardens, lake and chronological beds.
Fitzbillies are world famous for their sticky treats called the Chelsea Buns and if you have not tried that you are doing a sin for sure! The dinner menu here is extremely yummy as well!
8. The Grantchester Village
This is a village located just about a mile away from the city center and if you are person who loves long walks on a lazy Sunday, this place is just for you amidst the meadows and pubs to have food and drink in.
9. The Plough
The Plough is a famous pub located in the nearby village of Fen Ditton, a few miles distant away from the city’s centre and is doted as one of the best pubs during the summer months. This is a place where you can drink your favourite by the river banks and see the rowers go by, not to forget the delicious food here!
10. River Cam for tours and punting
To explore around the crowded and happening Cambridge, there are several ways such as view this lovely heritage city via punts and boats. The first way is to get a punt tour or a self-punt where you can see the place from the river. Instead, you can get the boat tours from the Plough Pub area or get into a canoe from Grantchester for views.
Christmas is the time to rejoice and celebrate Christ’s Birth on 25th December everywhere in the world. But Christmas time in Goa is an unforgettable and grandest of fest for which people flock over from all parts of India and the world. They throng the sun kissed golden beaches of Goa and make merriment. December is the holiest month for Catholics, the churches are decorated with lights, singing of choirs and carols reverberate with devoted fervor. Goa has the maximum Catholic population and Christmas there is the special occasion for all locals who come together from far off places to enjoy family reunions and family meals together. Goa visit for the tourists is a grand exotic experience with Sun, Sea, Spirit and Santa.
Goa -some facts on local traditional Xmas
Goa has world heritage churches
Range of alcoholic drinks , local Kaju Feni, Beverage Bars and Discos
At least one Santa each village becomes source of joy for kids.
Xmas cake is fruit cake made of dry fruits and Wine.
Local sweets like Neureos –stuffed dry fruit and coconut, Dodol -coconut and cashew square and made like bird nest on decorative paper and Bebinca, these made at home delicacies are gifted to friends and relatives packed in a basket.
On Xmas eve all relatives gather at family eldest’s home and celebrate to make their bonding stronger. They have turkey, Chicken, Pork Sorpotel and pulao, wine and cake desserts followed by midnight mass for the family.
Interesting Xmas Celebrations in Goa
Full on celebrations in Goa with fun & frolic, Santa shows, music & Dances, Carnivals, Rave parties, Bars & Pubs, Music Concerts, name it, the fun is on the run.
Partying after midnight and watching fireworks at beaches is something unavoidable on Christmas.
Xmas party dinners on board cruises are the best party experience one can have along with music and dances, food and drinks that are in abundance. The sun will set here but fun never. Sunset cruises are organized from river Mandovi to Santa Monica, the visitors can watch folk dances and other local performances to have a feel of local culture. Night cruise, Sunset Cruise and Goa Backwater cruise showcases Goa’s beauty and culture. Visitors can see lush green plantation of cashew and mangroves along the river while on cruise.
Gatherings and beach sports Bumping, Snorkeling, sand castling, swimming, Beach volleyball, Boat rides, Water sports at the spectacular tropical beaches like Calangute, Baga, Vagator etc.
Also tourists enjoy sightseeing, club hopping in weekdays, market hopping and visits to historical churches such as Basilica of Jesus, The Se Cathedral, Lady of Rosary, The Rachol Seminary and Church of St Francis Assissi etc.
For peace lovers, beach shacks are also available where one can enjoy peace, nice food, barbecue, bon fire etc and all at a bargain to enjoy the full fest.
The restaurants in Goa offer awesome seafood and multi cuisines to satiate your taste buds.
Christmas celebrations can be experienced in the resorts and hotels of Goa, which offer attractive Christmas packages for stay and enjoyment. So tourists looking for blast on Xmas should head to resorts and hotels of Goa for memorable experience.
Christmas is synonyms with Santa Claus, Christmas tree, gifts, reindeers, snow, sledge, listening to Christmas carols and most importantly family time! There are so many things that you can do to make your Christmas special, but deciding on one thing in particular is difficult. Maybe some suggestions that are mentioned below will help you to have a great Christmas in Delhi.
1. Get spiritual- Attend Christmas Midnight Eve Mass
There is nothing like attending a midnight mass on the eve of Christmas. It is believed that Christ was born around midnight and therefore, all the churches, chapels and cathedrals hold a mass on 24th December’s night.
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Connaught Place.
Cathedral Church of the Redemption (Viceroy Church), Rashtrapati Bhavan (ea]st side).
James’ Church (Skinner’s Church), Kashmiri Gate.
Luke’s Church, Defence Colony.
Thomas Church, R. K. Puram.
Stephen’s Church, Church Mission Road.
These are few of the very famous churches in Delhi where you can attend the Christmas Eve midnight mass.
2. Dining Out
If you plan to dine out, then make sure that you make reservations at your favorite restaurants and hotels well in advance. Hauz Khas, Connaught Place, South Delhi, and if you are ready to expand your horizon a little more, then Gurgaon too have many places where you can plan your Christmas dinner. The Imperial Hotel, Radisson Blu, Hard Rock Café and Soi 7 Pub & Brewery in Cyber City- Gurgaon, Caffe Tonino and The Junkyard Café in Connaught Place, Gastronomica in Greater Kailash are few of the many places where you can plan your Christmas feasts.
3. Look for broadways and music concerts
If you love this kind of entertainment, then you are sure to find something near around Christmas. Delhi is a happening place as it offers entertainment for all types of audiences. Broadways, dramas, stand-up comedy acts, live music shows, and the list are never ending. Even for this, you will have to book early for better seats and better timings.
4. Offer meals in orphanage or visit old age homes
This is a very little but precious gesture that you can do to make hundreds smile. Christmas is such a beautiful day to spread happiness. You can make old people and children happy with small gifts, meals, etc. Your one visit will make a huge difference in their lives and yours too!
5. Indulge in shopping or window shopping, maybe!
During the festive seasons, malls like Metro Walk (Rohini), DLF Emporio (Vasant Kunj), Select City Walk (Saket), Ambience Mall (Gurgaon), DLF Place Saket, etc. in Delhi are swamped with beautiful, high-utility, latest products. If you wish to buy anything, then which day can be better than a Christmas! Or you may even simply soothe your eyes by doing some window shopping, it never hurts!
There are so many other things that you can do. But it is all about taking extra efforts to make your near and dear ones happy, especially on Christmas in Delhi!
Malaysia is a great place to visit whether you visit alone, with friends or with the family. Amongst various Malaysian cities Johor Bahru or JB is one of the unique destinations for variety of tourism reasons. The capital of Johor in southern Malay peninsula of Malaysia, right across Singapore, Johor Bahru is 331 km from Kuala Lumpur (KL). A 1056-meter-long causeway across straits of Johor takes you to Woodlands, Singapore. It serves as a road as well as train link. About 300,000 locals of JB commute each day through it to work in Singapore.
Johor Bahru is an important industrial city for the reason that world’s top electronics manufacturers have at least one plant in Johor Bahru. Johor is one of the Malaysian states having booming economy because of the trade that is one of the main activities in this region. In last few years it has gained traveler’s nod and has become a top notch tourist-friendly destination. Just across the straits from Singapore, one has to take a public transport to enter, although it’s a walkable distance.
Why Visit Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru is known for its nocturnal urban life, restaurants, spas and night clubs. It has lively shopping malls, main business boulevard- the commercial hub, Jalan Wong Ah Fook. The tourists’ flock over in Legoland & Danga Bay amusement parks with their families. The city has great tourist attractions in Victorian style Istana Besar palace, Pulai waterfalls, Johor Baru Chinese temple and Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque. In addition, that are the witness to culture fusion that reflects through many cross- religion monuments, that are the important landmarks of Johor Bahru.
How to reach Johor Bahru
BY AIR– Senai Airport is located 25 km away from Johor Bahru, there are many airlines operating from KL and other important Asian cities, including flights from Singapore’s Changi airport to this airport.
BY TRAIN– KTM is the Malaysian railways, that operates from KL and other states to Southern Johor Bahru. You can take a train ride from Singapore – Woodlands for instance, and the drop off point is at Segamat, JB Sentral, Kluang, Kulai, Labis Johor. The train tickets price ranges from class to class.
BY BUS– The luxury buses are available from KL and other places. Singapore is directly linked with road and buses that are available from Woodland, Singapore. Just a causeway to cross and immigration check point to reach Johor Bahru. A second link connecting Malaysia and Singapore are being used by some elite bus services.
BY FERRY– Ferry service is available too from Singapore and Indonesia to ZON Ferry terminal in Johor Bahru. Zon is a duty free complex.
BEST TIME FOR JB–
The best time to visit Johor Bahru is between April and October, as November till February is the Monsoon time, although rain prone areas can be identified and the plan can be made accordingly in those months too.
Accommodations in JB-
The hotels and guesthouses, fitting every pocket is available. In addition, resorts and private rooms are also available. African tents and Luxury tents accommodation also can be availed.
CUISINES of JB–
Food lovers throng here to have a taste of several dishes such as:
Kway Teow Kia
Wild Boar meat
Bitter gourd soup
SIGHTSEEING of JB
Malaysia is the first theme park in Asia, it is family fun all the way, having more than 40 rides, side shows and lovely attractions. A Lego express train takes you around all the sites of LEGOLAND, then there is boating school, a 50 m observation tower, 4D studios, 1500 figurine in the campus to take snap with. Miniland where things come live as almost everything is hands-on, so you can push, pedal and program, or steer, squirt and splash, your way through a truly interactive experience. Intricate details are mind-boggling. The fun never ceases in LEGOLAND.
In the waterfront of Johor Bahru, Danga Bay is one place which is right up there with the travelers. Located near Sultan’s official residence Istana Bukit Serene, Danga Bay offers great many fun and luxurious activities. A city on its own has high retail outlets, the biggest recreational park, exclusive eating places, where couples would feel cozy and a big mall that caters to all needs. You can hire cycle and tricycles for moving around, have a tram ride, skate board facilities, well-equipped playground, watch mini zoo having 180 species of fauna.
Istana Bukit Serene
Located 7 km northwest of the Causeway, this green-roof, stone building is the official residence of the Sultan of Johor. The palace has a gigantic and expansive garden venue of many royal get-togethers and celebrations. It was built in 1933 in the Art Deco style. The exquisite carvings can be seen on the palace walls. The Istana is guarded by the personal military force of the Sultan of Johor.
SULTAN ABU BAKAR STATE MOSQUE
1.8km west of the Causeway, its Located on top of a small hill overlooking the Straits of Johor. It has four minarets that bear a resemblance to British clock towers. It is made of white marble and is a combination of Moorish and Victorian architecture. It can accommodate 2,000 worshipers at a time.
A white proud edifice standing tall is a palace built in 1866 by Sultan Abu Bakar. The most interesting part of the palace is its 53 -hectares well-groomed garden that’s open for all. The Royal Abu Bakar Museum located within the palace which was renovated to become a museum officially opened in 1990. It is a vibrant museum that boasts of a good collection of royal inheritance, rare artifacts and a well-kept historical facts of the state’s royal family.
At a distance of 15 km Pulai Falls are visually perfect flowing water in different hills steps through a naturally formed alley. Amongst the Gunung Pulai Recreational forest area, the falls and other forest area is one place to have a relaxing family outing.
JOHOR BAHRU CHINESE TEMPLE
Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple is famous as old Temple by the locals. It is a Chinese temple located in Jalan Trus area of Johor Bahru. The temple is surrounded by vertically tall skyscrapers. The130 years old temple has many old artifacts of bronze and brass to show.
Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru square is the main square of JB, this square has an imposing clock tower, thus making it an iconic landmark of the city after Dec 1993 when JB was declared a city.
Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is a main Hindu temple in Johor Bahru. It is also one of the state’s tourist attraction, used extensively with the glass panels and cuttings its must for all to see.
There are many other historical and contemporary modern places, where one can really enjoy the time while in Johor Bahru.
Adventure activities in JB
Hiking on moderately high hills, jungle trek for rainforest waterfalls and opportunity to see amazing flora & Fauna of JB. Islands around JB have scuba diving and snorkeling facilities as well as panoramic activities in amusement parks.
Johor Bahru is an ideal place for family vacation with zoo, water parks, etc as attractions. In addition, couples can also have great time here with several massage and spa centers, night clubs and shopping centers available to attract them.
Fukuoka is the capital of Fukuoka prefecture on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island. Fukuoka is bordered on three sides by mountains, on the north open to the Sea of Genkai. Fukuoka has subtropical climate. Located 1087 km from Tokyo, being closer to China and Korea, makes it the strategic hub linking Japan with other parts of Asia.
Why Visit Fukuoka
Fukuoka is highly acclaimed by few international magazines as ‘most livable city in Asia’, one of the world’s ‘top 10 Boomtowns’ and the best shopping city in the world. Fukuoka is a modern city with many positives; one thing ensured is fun unlimited with city’s warm-hearted friendly people that will make your stay here truly memorable. It’s known for its ancient temples, historical monument, beaches and modern shopping malls and Canal City. Fukuoka’s culture displays are incomparably projected through several galleries and museum.
The city is also renowned for Tonkotsu ramen food, offered at the street stalls. Fukuoka has more restaurants per person than anywhere else in Japan. Two million foreign tourists visit Fukuoka every year, mostly they coming China and Korea.
How to reach
BY AIR– Fukuoka international airport is barely 10 minutes from the city center by subway and flights to all domestic cities and most of the international destinations are available from here.
BY TRAIN– From Tokyo to Hakata station, Fukuoka prefecture takes 6 hours. Trains are available to Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima and other cities too.
BY BUS– Night buses and day buses operate between Tokyo and Fukuoka. It takes 14 to 15 hours a side.
BY FERRY– Daily ferry sails between Tokyo and Kitakyushu port which takes 34 hours to reach. From there to Fukuoka it takes 90 minutes.
Fukuoka is a commercial hub as well as a bustling tourist destination. For staying in JK Hakata station vicinity is better for easy rolling to different destinations while Tenjin would be better if you plan to stay longer for shopping and sightseeing reasons. Also budget hotels and hostels are available.
Best Time to Visit Fukuoka
March and April is the spring time when Cherry blossom bloom fully and September to October when cold is moderately pleasant, these are the best months to visit.
Hakata Ramen-noodles with thick pork soup, Mentaiko, Motsunabe, Tetsunabe Goza, Yamanaka- Sushi variant, Tonkotsu Ramen, Yakitori-chicken dish, Udon-wheat noodles, Gyozo-dumpling are few of the popular cuisines here.
Main attractions in Fukuoka
Marine world Umino-nakamichi
An Aquarium in Umino-nakamichi seaside Park in cultural resort area is one site that should be high on your priority. Its marine life, otters and dolphins are its main attractions. There are gigantic good-looking tanks having dolphins and sea lions, a popular public show. Then there is variety of species of 120 sharks, outdoor whale pool, besides innumerable other marine creatures.
Kyushu National museum
This museum displays Japanese culture and its history. Located in Dazaifu, the cultural exchange room, where all displays are organized, is a huge 1500 sq. m hall. The theme of display keeps on changing to impart maximum and useful information.
A historical castle ruins are located in a huge park called Maizuru Park. 16th century castle used to be the largest in Kyushu area in its time and was torn down to cut away from the feudal past. Park is the bigger attraction now, as for castle it’s the walls only that are visible. The park looks astonishing when the cherry blossoms bloom.
It’s a nice and pleasant city park in central Fukuoka having a large water body at its center. There is a walking path around the edge of the pond over two kilometers long and is common place for jogging, walking pets and leisurely strolls. Ohori is moat in Japanese, the park once served as moat to the nearby castle.
An ancient Kushida Shrine was founded in 8th century when Hakata was the main entry point for trade and diplomatic missions between China, Korea and Japan. In the first half of July every year shrine has its biggest five- day festival called Hakata Gion Yamakasa, when race of giant floats is organized from the seven neighboring district teams. Each of the floats are decorated with traditional figures. A ton of weight of float is carried over on shoulders and raced through the streets.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
A large shrine in Dazaifu, 30 minutes away from Fukuoka is in the memory of 10th century spirit that had widespread fear in those days. Its premises have 6000 plum trees.
Sumo Kyushu Basho
One of the Six national grand sumo tournaments, Sumo Kyushu Basho is organized from 13th November to 27 November every year. All the big stars shine here.
A seaside tower is decorated with 8000 half mirrors and is a great visual from outside and one can observe the sea and city from the top of it too.
Canal city Hakata
It is a phenomenally huge shopping center and entertainment complex ‘a city within a city’. The complex has 250 shops, cafes and restaurants, besides a theatre, cinemas, game center, two hotels and a canal designed to run through the complex. In short it’s a shopper’s dream realized, as there is nothing here that won’t take their fancy. The food offered here is delectable and of a wide range. A floor is dedicated to Ramen food only including Hakata Ramen. Canal and a fountain with lights are center of show organized every 30 minutes.
Tourists can have great time at entertainment venues such as Space world, Wonder -park, Robosquare and BigAir.
Water sports such as kayak race, swimming under glass dome, river rafting, boating, cruise and scuba diving.
Fun activities such as cycling, canyon hiking and chill at Keya beach attract numerous tourists.
Shopping at several malls and nightlife are other big attractions for visitors coming here.
As per local belief, it is the bridge that connects Japan and rest of the world. You need to visit Fukuoka and discover its true magnificence to believe it.