Dubai Experience – What to See and Where to Go in Dubai on Your First Visit

Dubai has always been associated with luxury, grandeur and magnificent architecture. Each one of us wants to experience Dubai at least once in our lifetime. Even after researching online and preparing well in advance for the trip, as a first-time visitor are you still confused as to where to go in Dubai? Well, don’t worry! Just read on to know what to see in Dubai on your first trip.


Best Time To Visit Dubai

There are limitless places to visit in Dubai. But Dubai has a warm climate for most months in a year. Everything is air-conditioned – hotels, indoor attractions, and malls. However, there are a lot of outdoor experiences and adventures in Dubai that you can enjoy only when the weather is pleasant.

The best period to travel is between November and April. The weather is pleasant, and all the tourist attractions are open this time of the year. This is the time when the tourist season is at its peak and the hotels and airfares are really high. January and February are the months when the world-famous Dubai Shopping Festival happens. And most of the people take advantage of this season for travel.

If you want to avoid the peak season and also want to travel on a budget, you can look at the months of May, September, and October for travel. This is also the time when many hotels offer a lot of bargains on their rates.

It is better to avoid the months of July and August as it is extremely hot in Dubai and you won’t be able to enjoy the outdoor activities.

Also, Dubai almost goes on a shutdown mode for 30 days, during the holy month of Ramadan. Most of the restaurants, shops, and cafes are closed during the day to facilitate Ramadan fasting timings. You cannot eat, smoke and drink in public as a means of respect to the people who fast. So, it is better to avoid travel during that time as well.


Where To Go In Dubai:

Dubai is celebrated for its megastructures, skyscrapers, malls, and shopping. As first timers, there is no way that you should miss visiting these places. But apart from these, there are a lot of other activities and adventures too that you can experience. The following are some of the best activities and places you should not miss on your first visit.


1. Burj Khalifa:

No trip to Dubai can be complete without a visit to see the world-renowned building – Burj Khalifa. At a height of 2772 meters, and more than 160 levels, it is the tallest building in the world. Experience one of the fastest elevators in the world that will take you to the 124th floor to enjoy a birds-eye view of this fantastic city. You can also use the telescopes to spot the prominent landmarks. There is a guided tour on the 148th level of the building but it is slightly pricy. The Burj Khalifa is open throughout the year from 8:30 am to 11 pm. There are slots for prime and non-prime hours based on which the ticket prices may differ.


Burj Khalifa Things to do in Dubai

2.Palm Jumeirah:

A visit to the world’s first man-made island is a must on every tourist’s agenda. Home to the marvelous Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, the tree-shaped island is almost a wonder in itself. Dotted with posh restaurants, elegant apartment towers, spas and nightclubs, this place is definitely worth visiting to discover the luxurious life that Dubai is known for. It is open 24 hours for tourists, but the best way to see it will be from the Dubai ferry or through the monorail.


Palm jumeirah Dubai

3.Burj Al Arab: 

This stunning structure is touted to be the world’s only 7-star hotel. It is the home to the royals and overlooks the Persian Gulf between the Palm Islands and Jumeirah Beach. The glass façade of the building looks like the sail of a boat and it is definitely luxury redefined. Make a reservation for lunch or tea at one of the restaurants in the hotel to enjoy its interiors.


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4.Ski Dubai:

This breathtaking indoor ski park is built right in the middle of this desert city. Located inside the famous Dubai Mall of the Emirates, it has an 85-meter high mountain with 5 slopes to ski and other activities such as snowboarding and tobogganing. There are giant snowballs, ice cave and even penguins from Antarctica, this place is full of fun activities and a delight for the whole family, especially the children. It is open throughout the year. The timings are Sunday-Thursday 10 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am to midnight. The basic package costs 190 dirhams for adults and 170 dirhams for children. Based on what you want to do; the prices will differ.


Ski in Dubai

5.Desert Safari:

Dubai is full of golden sand dunes. And what better way than to spend a day full of adventure and fun in the desert. Enjoy some dune bashing, quad biking, sand boarding, and camel riding. There are also night camps and nocturnal safaris, but they come at an additional price. And give in to your wild side and enjoy some Arabian culture that includes belly dancing, henna tattooing, and Tanura dancing. The prices depend on the type of activities you choose. There are different tour packages for day and night.


Desert Safari Dubai

6.Dubai Creek:

This iconic saltwater creek is associated with Dubai’s trade for ages. It flows through the center of the city, dividing the city into two. The creek is bordered by Bur Dubai Village and Deira Village, both famous for their spice, gold and textile souks. Enjoy a ride on the traditional boats, called Abra and soak in the traditional culture of Dubai. Don’t forget to visit the shops on both sides of the creek to buy some famous Arabian goods. The creek is open 24 hours. The water taxis are open from 5 am to midnight but some even operate for 24 hours. The fare for the traditional Abra ride is just 1 dirham.


Dubai creek

7.Wild Wadi Water Park: 

Located in front of the magnificent Burj Al Arab, this is touted to be one of the largest water parks in the world. It offers more than thirty rides and attractions for your entire family. It is themed around the tale of Juha, a popular character from the Arabian folklore. The opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm but subject to change without prior notice. Hence, it is better to check the timings before you visit this park. There is complimentary access for children under 2 years of age. The entrance fee for this waterpark is based on height.

Wild Wadi Water Park Dubai is a highly recommended waterpark in Dubai. However, there are others such as Laguna Waterpark, Aqua Fun Waterpark, Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, Legoland waterpark, etc. you can choose to visit any waterpark based on your liking.


Wild wadi water park

8.IMG Worlds of Adventure:

This is the world’s largest indoor amusement park and a must-visit when you go to Dubai. Experience the characters from Cartoon Network and Marvel Comics come to life through various rides here. At Marvel Zone, you can enjoy entertaining rides based on your favorite superheroes – Superman, Spiderman, Avengers, and the likes. At the Lost Valley Zone, you can enjoy a gigantic dinosaur adventure, along with Flintstone and family. The Cartoon Network Zone take you to the world of your favorite characters. There are a number of shops and restaurants to keep the adults engaged too. The timings are from 11 am to 10 pm and the rates are based on height.

This is one of the best theme parks in Dubai. There are others such as Bollywood Park, Ferrari World, Dubai Global Village, etc. If you have more time, a visit to these places is definitely recommended.


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Tips for Travelers:

  • 1. Process your visa at least one month in advance to avoid last-minute delays

  • 2. Book your flights and hotels well in advance to get the best deals

  • 3. Carry your passport, travel insurance, and all other important documents

  • 4. Commute by Metro as it is the fastest and cheapest way to travel through the city as compared to taxis and buses

  • 5. Carry your international debit cards and credit cards

  • 6. Exchange your local currencies at the airport or malls for a good exchange rate

  • 7. Take a ferry ride across the Dubai Marina for an exotic sightseeing experience

  • 8. Book Air bnbs or service apartments if you want some cheaper alternatives to hotels

  • 9. Pre-book a trip to Burj Khalifa online for a much better price

  • 10. Compare prices of gold and other commodities in a few shops and then buy

  • 11. Dress modestly
  • 12. Don’t drink in public as it is prohibited



Conclusion: Dubai is filled with innumerable adventures and activities. You will require at least a minimum of 3-4 days to visit the above places. But if you have the time, plan a longer vacation so that you can explore the other incredible adventures and places this delightful city has to offer.


Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Club Mahindra: One of the best resort chains in India.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Where To Celebrate New Year 2020?

New year is one special occasion where people can start fresh or something new. Many people wait for the new year to make some resolution. Maybe starting all over again is the biggest reason why people crave for the new year. The new year has different meanings in the life of different people, however, for travelers, the meaning is traveling to new locations to celebrate. Most of the people look for affordable locations where they can celebrate as well as enjoy. Destinations outside India are the new rage among the young generation & many people plan a trip during the new year to exotic locations to get dual benefits of celebrating & visiting new places. The year 2020 is around the corner & this is the perfect time to plan for it. If you are confused about Where To Celebrate New Year 2020. This guide is for you.


Udaipur:

Udaipur is one of the royal places in India. It is also among the most beautiful cities in India. Although, the new year parties are not a thing here. But, the beautiful lake of Pichola in the backdrop & lovely evenings awaits you. There is hardly any place which will be as beautiful as Udaipur & offers such beauty. Food without a doubt will get you high. Udaipur will supersede your expectations in terms of beauty & food. A great quiet & beautiful place to spend your new year.


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Rann of Kutch:

Rann of Kutch is also known as the white desert due to the layer of salt covering the surface & once the moonlight is in full glow the places will amaze your every nerve. Like Udaipur, this place is also not known much for the parties. In fact, Rann of Kutch is located in India’s dry state, Gujrat, so finding alcohol will be tough. Rann of Kutch season only starts from Oct to Feb. So, the New year can be a perfect time to visit this place. Stay in desert camps & enjoy the time with your closed ones.


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Goa:

Finally a place for party lovers. One of the best party destinations in India awaits you with open arms. The place is LIT during the new year when the prices soar to record high & so is the crowd. All the best clubs are functioning at this time. If you like partying, this place will satisfy you in every sense. But, high prices can be one of the disappointing factors when traveling to Goa during high season.


Gokarna:

Hailed as Goa’s of ’80s. This place is still not much celebrated. Beautiful landscapes, great ocean & secluded beaches are some of the highlights of Gokarna. An ideal evening would be to camp on the beach & dance to your rhythms. Gokarna is a great place to enjoy an evening with your friends.


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Camping Near Mumbai:

If Mumbai is too crowded & overpriced which is usually the case in Mumbai. Then, head towards Pavana Lake, a place near Mumbai & Pune will host camping for you. A beautiful backdrop of Pavana lake & view open to the clear sky will be just perfect for you. Enjoy beautiful evening here away from the hush of the city.


Dubai has been on the list of people alot lately. This may be due to the new year celebration at Burj Khalifa. From India, Dubai is not far & also the Dubai shopping festival is one more lucrative option to visit this place. Dubai can be a great alternative to celebrate New Year 2020

These are some of the best ideas you can indulge in too. I believe perfect getaways are made by best people along with great conversations. Do share your getaways meaning with me. Let make this New Year 2020 memorable.


Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Budget Travel Ideas to Visit Dubai This Season

What to do in Dubai on a budget? It seems expensive, right? The name of Dubai gives an image of tall structures, extravagance shopping and cultures wrapped in a blanket of deserts and colorful man-made islands. The Dubai city tour is characterized as over-the-top luxury, thus it seems difficult for a budget traveler to explore it completely. But honestly, Dubai offers a lot of budget friendly or almost free things to do around the city. Want to know what are best ways to plan Dubai budget trip? Read on!


1. Explore Culture and Heritage in Heritage Village Dubai

Art of potters, weavers, and professionals of other forms of art, and the history of pearl diving in the Middle East make the experience of Dubai’s heritage village extraordinary. You will also get a lot of information on Dubai’s ancient people – the bedus in this region of the city and develop a better understanding about the lifestyle of the people residing in Dubai.


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2. Visit Camel Museum for Free

Camel Museum in the Al Shindagha Heritage Village is a free spot to visit in Dubai. Various areas in the gallery are devoted to the historical backdrop of camels in UAE, the connection among camels and Arabs, the camel racing, and the camel as a source of transportation. There is also a huge auditorium where time after time presentations and other programs are arranged for visitors.


Free Camel Museum Dubai

3. Spot Free Yoga Classes

There are a great deal of alternatives for budget activities in Dubai for the wellness. However, the best among those is the free yoga class by the – Friends Of Yoga which is arranged in five different areas in Dubai. It is a 1-hour class ideal to keep you healthy on your visit to Dubai. You can attend these classes daily from 5:30 am to 6:30 am or 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. They are arranged in Internet City, Deira Creek, Bur Dubai Creek, Zabeel Park, and JLT Park.


Free Yoga Class

4. Enjoy Watching a Movie Under The Stars

It is one of the best free and amazing things to do in Dubai. You can watch a free movie with your loved one under the stars at Pyramids Rooftop Complex in Wafi Complex. Before you head for this place on Sundays, find out which movie is playing there. Also, the movie starts at 8:30 pm so you need to reach out there early to reserve a perfect spot.


Enjoy Movie Under Star in Dubai Budget Trip

5. Visit Dubai Aquarium

A visit to Dubai Aquarium costs 70 AED/Person. However, you don’t need to spend this amount when you can see the giant tank from the outside for free. Located inside Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium houses more than 30,000 species of aquatic animals, sharks and ray fish. You can visit Dubai anyday anytime to watch this spectacular water tank containing thousands of beautiful fishes and sharks.


Dubai Aquarium

6. View Dancing Fountain Show

One of the most well-known activities in Dubai is to watch the wonderful presentation of the fountains outside Dubai Mall, moving in a state of harmony with a melodic soundtrack. The choreography is done in such a manner that you will be fascinated by the water moving rhythmically on different songs. The show starts in the evening and lasts only 3 to 4 minutes. Reach out early to reserve the perfect spot to watch this magical presentation.


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7. Visit The Jumeirah Beach Corniche

The Jumeirah Beach Corniche offers 800 meters of waterfront, running track, showers, shaded areas for family picnics and a separate children’s play area. The 14 km long corniche starts from Dubai Marine Beach Resort and ends at Burj Al Arab Hotel. It is a perfect peaceful place to spend a romantic evening with your loved one.


Jumeirah Beach Dubai Trip

8. Visit Gold And Spice Souks

The old souks in Deira are one of the prominent spots to visit in Dubai. The old market is acclaimed for the budget friendly shopping – (if you know how to bargain). There are a number of jewelry shops, spice vendors, perfume shops, and carpet vendors. You can buy scarves and pashmina shawls from there at cheap prices as a souvenir of your trip.


Gold Souk Things to do in Dubai

10. Watch Pehlwani Wrestling

It cost nothing to watch this wrestling. You just need to reach out to the Sandlot behind the fish market in Deira on friday at 5:00 pm. Each Friday, several Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi workers gather around to watch this free native form of wrestling.


Pehlewani Wrestling Dubai

11. Take A Selfie with Burj Khalifa

Being the tallest structure on the planet, Burj Khalifa displays splendid design as well as great creative imagination of humans. Standing 160 stories tall, this landmark enable the guests to observe the entrancing 360 view of the city. However, it costs around 135 AED to visit Burj Khalifa in the non-peak hours, you can view this gigantic structure for free from the outside and take a selfie to keep it as a souvenir of your trip.


12. Watch Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab – the only 7-star hotel in the world is the 3rd tallest structure on the planet. It offers lavish dining options, VIP accommodation and a luxurious experience to the visitors. However, budget travelers can watch this beautiful structure from the outside in Jumeirah and take some memorable pictures. This Burj Al Arab is built on a man-made island and it is in the list of the most expensive hotels in the world.


13. Visit Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque has been labeled as one of the most excellent mosques in the city. Constructed altogether with white marbles, this spot is ideal to have your inquiries concerning the Islamic religion replied. Following the strategy of ‘Open Doors, Open Minds, the doors of the mosque are open for people of all religions and beliefs. Although, there is a guided tour available in the mosque which costs 12 AED, you can visit and explore the different parts of the mosque all by yourself and appreciate the islamic architecture.

Now you know the best and budget friendly things to do in Dubai, it won’t be a burden on your pocket to explore this beautiful city. Further, you can look for cheaper flights and lowest hotel accommodation in Dubai in off season like Ramadan and summer where hotels and airlines offer special prices for the travelers.


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Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Is Cape Town Worth Visiting To?

Traveling is one activity which is memorable with the experiences on the trip & everyone who is not a frequent traveler is always afraid of the unknown & wondering if cape town is worth visiting?. In my previous posts, I have covered the topics like Cape Town travel guide, how expensive is Cape Town, things to do in Cape Town. However, the most important topic is yet to be uncovered. So, not wasting any more time here is the post on the Is Cape Town worth visiting to?

The worthiness of the place is determined by many factors & some of them are listed below. So, based on the below list I will decide if the Cape Town is worth traveling to.


Reaching Cape Town

Accessibility is not an issue here. Cape Town has an international airport & connected to all the major airports of the world. Summer is probably the best time to visit this place. However, the prices are skyrocket during peak season. If you want to enjoy a peaceful time, visit the place during the winters.


Things To Do In Cape Town:

Cape Town has a plethora of activities for you. From sitting in nature’s lap to hiking the most beautiful mountains. From surfing to sun basking, there are many outdoor activities that one can do. If you are looking for some activities you will never be disappointed with Cape Town. One can easily spend 4 to 5 days doing different activities during the stay. Read this to know more about the best things to do in Cape Town.


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How Expensive is Cape Town:

Cape Town is expensive for people belonging to the eastern countries (apart from China). For western people, most of the countries are easy to access & even easier to afford. Assume an expense of approx INR 2500 – 3000 per day onwards. This is possible if you stay in hostels & cook your food. I did my trip in approx 50K INR. Check out the link How expensive is Cape Town?


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Is Cape Town Safe For Solo Traveler:

The biggest factor which might sour your taste is safety. Although, Cape Town is most of the beautiful cities in the world. Safety is a concern here. It is not advisable to roam alone in the dark & shady places. It is recommended to keep an open eye & know about the surroundings. This is the only negative point while traveling to Cape Town. Read details about Is Cape Town safe for solo travelers.

After considering all the factors mentioned above, I feel that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world & if you are in the safe surrounding you will enjoy this city. I loved my time here & would love to visit this place once more because of nature. Hiking & trekking is a weekend activity here & what better it can get from here.


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Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

How To Spend 7 Days In Dubai?

Dubai never fails to surprise the travelers. It is highly modern, attractive and a must see place. Its record-breaking mega structures are known worldwide. The glitz and glamour of Dubai are incomparable to others. The charismatic aura of the city is pleasant.

Dizzying skylines of Dubai will leave you spellbinding with their impressive architecture. An exciting trip to Dubai will cast away your memories. Furthermore, this city offers impressive things to enjoy while being in budget.

I have traveled to many places, but now my wife and I intended to explore something new. We desired to visit a site that redefined luxury and grandeur. Dubai looked a perfect place for us to find all that we wish to see. Thus I planned a seven day trip to this city of gold with my wife.

One of my friends suggested me to try out the service of a famous travel agency as their packages can be customized easily and they could efficiently deliver what I was looking for. This six-night seven days romantic vacation in Dubai was an unforgettable one of my life. Flights, sightseeing, visa fee, taxes, meals, entry tickets were included in the tour package. The formalities of our vacation in Dubai were finally completed after a lot of planning, and coordination.


A Brief Itinerary of Our Dubai Vacation:

Day 1:

Our flight departed from New York. We reached the Dubai airport within 16 hours. We went through the immigration quickly and then were greeted by our trip assistant who gave all necessary details regarding the hotels booking to us. We checked into the hotel. After resting for a few hours, we went to have a romantic dinner. We had dhow cruise dinner on day 1. The cruise sailed smoothly on the Dubai Creek and sparkled with hundreds of lights. Then we returned to our hotel at night.


Day 2:

Had an excellent traditional breakfast in Dubai. We left out for our sightseeing tour. Also enjoyed the best Dubai Desert Safari. The safari tour was to begin in the evening that’s why we spent half of the day in the shopping, took some rest for 2 hours and left out for the visit of the hot desert and adventurous dune bashing.


Day 3:

On day three we visited the tallest building in the world. Had a great time at Burj Khalifa. We were in a fantastic elevator that took us to the top of this building. The breathtaking view from the “At The Top” observatory was mind-blowing. There, we took some snaps and on our way back, visited Dubai Mall that houses hundreds of local and international luxury brands. We also witnessed the underwater zoo and Aquarium in the Dubai Mall.


Day 4:

We enjoyed the Abu Dhabi city tour, booked it with a tour operating company. Visited the Ferrari world, date market, and Sheik Zayed Mosque. This was a short half-day tour in which we explored about 75% of the city.


Day 5:

It was a leisure day. We spend it exploring the local shops in Deira and Bur Dubai near Dubai Creek. There were many vendors selling carpets, scarves, and other souvenir items. Other than that, the gold and spice market were exceptionally a different experience.


Day 6:

Had a lovely breakfast in the hotel. It was a full day tour to Ski Dubai and Mall of the Emirates. Once again had many snaps. This mall is very elegant and beautiful.


Day 7:

We packed our bags and all other stuff and transferred to the airport. Then took the return flight and reached NewYork.


Places To Visit In Dubai In 7 Days:

After spending superb time at Dubai, I realized that every place to visit in this city of dreams offer something unique that the other didn’t. Its skyscraper buildings, shimmering sea of golds and death-defying adventure are worth to see. This place knows how to turn in style and following are some places we visited that did their best.


1. Dhow Cruise Dinner:

We got a surprise on the first night of our romantic vacation in this city. The charming, lively and delicious dhow cruise dinner pleased us. There were cuisines from all over the world. Some entertainment services were also arranged for the meal. The guitar performance and the live dance show were excellent.


Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai

2. Evening Desert Safari:

At 7 pm on the second day, we were picked by a 4×4 Land cruiser for our desert safari. The car cutting through red-hot dunes was adventurous. The session of dune bashing tested our strength. We tightly held onto the seats of our air conditioned Land cruiser as it bounced on the hot dunes giving us an adrenaline rush. We enjoyed camel riding too. The quad biking on the treacherous sand was an exhilarating experience. We were dropped off to the desert camp where we enjoyed many traditional performances.

The sunset view at the desert was fantastic. I had never witnessed such a beautiful sunset in my life. Then at the Bedouin camp, we enjoyed a delicious BBQ dinner along with drinks and live dance performance.


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3. Burj Khalifa:

This iconic artwork is so tall that at some point when I looked at this tallest building from the bottom it looked an optical illusion to me. World’s third fastest elevator of this building took us to the observatory deck on the 124th floor in no time. The view from that deck was breathtaking. From there one can have the falcon eye view of the city. It looked to me that this city was built so that one can have this fantastic view from the observatory deck.


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4. Ferrari World:

I am a Ferrari lover, and this theme park dedicated to Ferrari was the perfect place to visit to fulfill my desire of driving Ferrari. This theme park is a sort of amusement park that is dedicated to the Ferrari lifecycle. It is full of adventure, joy, thrill, curiosity, and imagination. Here one can discover an incredible world. There is an impressive collection of branded products in this park.


5. Sheikh Zayed Mosque

The grandeur and beauty of this mosque were terrific. This beauty encapsulated the true essence divinity for me into gold, silver, and marble. This visit was a mesmerizing one. It felt to me that I was in the modern day Taj Mahal.


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6. Ski Dubai:

We felt quite strange that after sweating out in 36degrees, we found ourselves in sub-zero temperature. There we experienced the alpine chill blowing across our faces. My wife and I spent a fun-filled day at this incredible snow theme park.


7. Gold Souk and Meena Bazaar:

We also visited the famous Gold Souk and Meena Bazaar. The marvelously decorated markets kept alive the old Dubai traditions even in this modern wave of transformation.

I felt like a little child in Dubai who was astonished by seeing so many never-before-seen things. We enjoyed a lot and didn’t feel bored even for a single moment. We went exhausted by sightseeing. All the time that me my lovely wife spent in this glamorous city was invaluable.


Final Words:

This is how I spend 7 memorable days in Dubai. Overall I found this city merely amazing. This was a perfect tour. Our romantic trip of the city of dreams started with ideal dinner at Dhow Cruise. We were provided on-trip assistance by the tour company. This made query solving much easier for us.

The falcon eye view from the world’s tallest building was on bucket list, and to check that is unforgettable. The only issue we had to face regarding this trip was that the visa and other documents were sent a bit late to us. We would have preferred to receive all these documents a few days in advance. All other things were excellent.


Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Best Food To Try In South Africa

When we think of South Africa, most of us tend to conjure up images of sunsets and safaris in our mind’s eye. While the country is certainly famous for its wildlife, plains and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to see the warm heart of the continent, South Africa also has something else to offer; incredible cuisine.


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Many visitors to the country are surprised to learn of South Africa’s rich and varied traditional food offerings. While not everything is vegan or vegetarian-friendly, there’s an abundance of dishes to tingle most tastebuds in this increasingly popular destination.
A gastronome’s delight
South Africa is an unlikely but rewarding destination for food lovers – and word is beginning to get out. According to Expedia, more than £6 trillion is spent in the travel sector every year, with some of that making its way into the African economy.

If you’re considering a trip to South Africa in the future, keep an eye out for these signature dishes on your travels:


1. Bunny Chow

Don’t be put off just yet! No bunnies are harmed during the concoction of this dish. It’s a curry which originates from Durban, and it’s usually made with chicken, lamb or minced beef. Did we mention it often comes in an edible bowl, too?

It’s traditionally served in a crusty half-loaf of bread which is hollowed out and then filled to the brim with piping-hot curry. It’s cheap, filling and perfect for backpackers who need some sustenance after a hard days’ hiking. Cape Town will provide you one of the best bunny chow’s you will ever have.


2. Chakalaka & Pap

Vegetarians travelling throughout South Africa are likely to make this a staple during their stay. Chakalaka is a mixture of peppers, onions, carrots, beans and tomatoes with added herbs and spices. Pap is an almost tortilla-like mixture of maize and salt, which is used to scoop up the chakalaka before it is devoured. Put simply, it’s a South African take on Doritos and dip, and makes for a great mid-night out snack at a bar.


Food In South Africa

3. Gatsby

While the name might conjure up images of high society in the 1920s, think again – a Gatsby in South Africa is far from glamorous. It’s essentially a foot-long sub roll stuffed with… practically everything! Fries are a common filling, along with cooked meats and fresh vegetables. It’s a sandwich designed for sharing and makes for a great choice among groups of weary travellers.


4. Melktart

Those with a sweet tooth are in for a real treat with a melktart. It’s a traditional dessert made with pastry, sugar, eggs and flour, and makes for a great ending to any South African meal. It’s so revered in the country that the locals actually dedicate an entire day to it. Melktart day takes place on February 27th every year, and each region puts its own subtle twist on the recipe. This means you can expect to enjoy plenty of varieties of this sweet, almost cheesecake-like delicacy during your visit.


Best Foods To Have In South Africa

5. Koeksisters

This is another incredible dessert which is essentially South Africa’s alternative to the doughnut. It’s essentially friend dough which is then dipped in honey. Sometimes it’s braided into a long strip. It’s the perfect treat for reviving those energy levels after a long day on Safari.


6. Boerewors

If you’ve ever enjoyed a Cumberland sausage, you’ll know what to expect from boerewors. These traditional South African sausages aren’t too dissimilar from the Cumberland variety, and even come in the same “ring” shape. There are fewer simpler pleasures than boerewors made from local beef cooking gently on a smoking hot grill – a real must-try for meat lovers travelling through the country.


7. Smiley

Smiley might not exactly be for the faint of heart. After all, it’s essentially a full sheep’s head that has been boiled until its burned hair reveals the teeth of the animal in a smiling fashion. It’s a delicacy in many of the country’s smaller towns, and should come complete with tongues, brains and eyes. While it might sound horrific, in practice it’s actually quite a tasty casserole for those who aren’t easily put off by the appearance of their food.


8. Amarula Don Pedro

Part milkshake, part cocktail, all taste – that’s the Amarula Don Pedro. It’s made with ice cream, fresh cream and Amarula liqueur. While it might be too sickly-sweet for some, it’s definitely worth checking out – particularly as a pick-me-up for those who like to enjoy nightlife.


Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Great Vietnamese Festivals Every Tourist Should Experience

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One way to make your tour of Vietnam a memorable one is to plan it around the country’s festivals. Through these festivals, you get to experience and be part of the Vietnamese culture first-hand. Most of them are held at the beginning of the year. Below are some of the most celebrated Vietnamese festivals that are sure to turn your holiday into an extraordinary one.


1. Tet Nguyen Dan

Tet Nguyen Dan is an important traditional festival in Vietnam and celebrated to thank their gods for the onset of spring. The festival is marked by locals paying respect to their ancestors and getting together as families to usher in the New Year. During this festival, bustling cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are less crowded as most people usually head to their rural hometowns to celebrate the festival with their families.


2. Perfume Pagoda Festival

Perfume Pagoda is an important pilgrimage site that welcomes pilgrims to its sacred caves to pray for a happy and prosperous year ahead. To get to the caves, you will have to pass through a scenic landscape that consists of limestone mountains and rice paddies. You will also walk past hundreds of stone steps and historical shrines before you arrive at your ultimate destination.


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3. Hue Festival

Hue Festival is a music event held any time between April and June every two years in Hue city. At this festival, you will enjoy a fantastic array of performances, cultural events, and games that last a week. You will never experience a dull moment during the Hue Festival as there will be kite flying, boat racing, human chess, fashion shows, poetry, percussions, and drums. Also, you get to enjoy street performances, puppetry, acrobatics, film screenings, and art exhibitions.


Sunset In Vietnam

4. Buddha’s birthday

Buddha’s birthday is an important festival celebrated by many devotees across Vietnam. During this festival, temples across the country are lavishly decorated, and locals bring fruit, flower garlands and Vietnamese dishes as an offering. You can choose to visit Hoi An, which is considered as the best place to celebrate this festival, and participate in street parades and prayer sessions.


5. Hoi An Lantern Festival

This festival is held on the 14th of every month. During this festival, paper lanterns of various shapes, colours, and sizes are displayed. All restaurants, businesses, shops, and bars in the Ancient City stop using electricity and light up using lanterns and candles instead. Although the festival itself is held in Hoi An, it is most colourful in the Ancient Town.


Vietnam Festivals To Attend Hoi An

6. Mid-Autumn Festival

This colourful festival is held in mid-September, and adults and children come together to enjoy many festivities. During the night, locals light lanterns. Here, you will get to enjoy biscuits, jellies, moon cakes and other foods. To top it all off, you will witness the famous Lion dance.


7. Wandering Souls Day

This festival is held on the 7th of September during the full moon. In Vietnamese culture, it is believed that ancestors pay their families a visit. The families go to Buddhist temples to offer respect to their loved ones and eat cakes and other food.


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8. Lim Festival

Lim Festival is held on the 12th and 13th of February to celebrate ‘Quan Ho’ singing. During this festival, people play local games such as wrestling, bamboo fighting, and tug of war. The main highlight of the festival is when the choir performs. Also, locals wear colourful traditional costumes as they sing their local folk songs. Through this festival, you get to learn about the rich culture and traditions of Vietnam.


9. Phu Giay Festival

This festival is held in Phu Giay Temple in honour of Mother Saint Lie Hanh . It is regarded as the most significant and original of all festivals in the Vietnam calendar. People dress in traditional costumes and carry bamboo relics decorated with beautiful ornaments. You get to participate in various local games and cultural activities during this festival.


10. Tet Han Thuc

This is a unique Vietnamese festival held in honour of Jie Zhitui, a loyal underman to the 7th Century Duke of Quin. Jie suffered neglect by the Duke, forcing him to retreat to the woods together with his mother. Later, when the Duke requested Jie to return to the city, he declined, prompting the Duke to light his house to force them back to the city. Jie refused and instead died in the fire.

The many festivals in Vietnam are a clear manifestation of the rich culture of its people. Taking part in these festivals will leave you with unforgettable memories of Vietnam’s beautiful landscape and admirable culture, before you go, remember that Visa’s are essential when visiting Vietnam.


Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

How Expensive Is Cape Town?

Budget is an important point in planning a trip & most of the people avoid traveling due to financial constraints. But, is it possible to travel to a place on a budget? For anyone who is wondering is it possible or not; this post is for you. Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world & I completed it on budget. So really how expensive is Cape Town? & how much budget you should keep in mind while planning a trip to Cape Town. PS: I completed my trip in approx 50,000 INR.

There are many aspects of traveling, below is the list of things which will cover most of the budget & how can you get the best deals to help you manage the budget.


V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Flights To Cape Town:

There are direct flights from all over the world to Cape Town. But, from Eastern countries the best route would be to reach Johannesburg & from Johannesburg to Cape Town, this will save you a lot. Further, always book to & fro ticket this will help you to save extra bucks. There is an article about how to find cheap international flights which will help you to find great flight deals. I booked a flight from Mumbai to Johannesburg to & fro for approx 25,000 INR & from Johannesburg to Cape Town to & fro for approx 8,000 INR.


Cape Town Visa Process:

South Africa visa cost varies from country to country. From India, the price of visa processing is approx 2,000 INR. VFS is a global service provider for processing your application. Check this link to know how to get South Africa Visa from India.


When the most important part of planning a trip is completed. It is time to look to some other points where one can actually save some bucks. As flight tickets & visa process is a fixed cost.


Stay In Cape Town:

Cape Town in the summer season is pretty costly. However, if you travel in winters the cost of a dorm bed will be half the cost in the summers. This is one of the important aspects that will help you to save some extra bucks. The best place to book a hostel is Hostel.com or booking.com. However, there are many other websites which will help you to book great accommodation. Check this link for the same.
I booked hostel accommodation at Long Street Backpackers. For 8 days I paid approx 4,000 INR which was a great deal considering the location of the hostel. Check the review of the place here.


Hostel Review Long Street Backpackers

Sight Seeing In Cape Town:

Most of the natural activities like table mountain, lions head, signal hill, etc are free. There are many other things to do in Cape Town like Cape of good hope, boulders beach, Kirstenbosch botanical garden which will charge some admission fee. Typically, the cost of all these activities will be around 4,000 INR. One can do many activities in Cape Town for all those activities, you can check the link Things to do in Cape Town. But, choose your activities wisely, as this will not only save your time but lots of cash as well. It is advisable to choose activities as per interests & only pursue those.


Getting Around Cape Town:

The best way to get around Cape Town is by MyCiti bus. It is one of the easiest ways to get around Cape Town & apart from this Uber is one more convenient option to get around the town. There are 3 days, 5 days 7 days pass which will save a lot during the travel. There is one option of a single journey which will cost 150 INR per journey. Renting a motorbike will cost you around 1500 INR per day. I rented a motorbike for a day so I saved a lot here. I traveled mostly by MyCiti Bus. If you are in the city the local attractions are at a walkable distance.


Food In Cape Town:

There are many cheap options to eat in Cape Town. I mostly cooked food at the hostel, kitchen facility was available which help a lot. Buy groceries from the local supermarkets & cook your food. This will help you to save. Further, if you are willing to eat outside, expect to spend 150 INR for a meal. The cost of a beer can is 60 INR. I spend somewhere around 3000 to 4000 INR in food & alcohol.

So, this is how I completed my trip at approx 50,000 INR for 8 days. One more reason for such a budget trip was that I was not able to do shark cage diving which was my main motive & the cost of doing it was approx 13,000 INR. Because of which I was able to complete my trip on the budget. So, if anyone asks you how expensive is Cape Town? you can share this link with your friends.


Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Best Things To Do In Cape Town

Cape Town is full of effluents activities which will keep you busy throughout the days & nights. But if you are traveling only for the limited time then you will have to make a list to prioritize the things you want to do during your trip to Cape Town. So, here is a list of best things to do in Cape Town that you can do while staying at this beautiful place which is also known as Mother City.


Table Mountain:

It is a landmark place in Cape Town & a trip is not complete if you don’t visit this beautiful place. There are two ways to reach the top; one is by hiking to the top of mountain which will be time consuming & enduring & other one is by using cable car which will cost you some money but will save time & energy. It is recommended to hike this moutain it is very beautiful turst me.


Table Mountain Best Things To Do In Cape Town

Lion’s Head:

Another hiking place is Lion’s head which is simpler than hiking table mountain & unlike table mountain, there is no short cut to reach the top of the peak. The hike is pretty simple except the rare end of the trail. This is a half-day hike & can be carried out on holidays.


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Signal Hill:

Popularly considered as a sunset point in Cape Town. The place is also home to paragliding. So, the sunsets are very beautiful here. You can drive your car to the parking point & from there you can walk enjoy the beautiful city of Cape Town.


Lions Head Things To Do In Cape Town

Cape To Good Hope:

The southern west point of Cape Town. This point is practically the endpoint of the continent. The place is under the table mountain national park & it requires a vehicle to reach this point. It is very windy & secluded. The roads will run forever & many times you will feel that you are in between nowhere but you should drive to the place roads will take you. The endpoint is mesmerizing & one of the most beautiful sites you will ever visit. There is an entrance fee of R300 onwards applicable.


Cape of Good Hope Cape Town

Simon’s Town:

Simon’s town will hardly ring any bell but boulder island surely will. This town is home to one of the rarest species on the planet earth & this is a great place to view these rare species in the wild enjoying life. This cute species is a major attraction & you should never miss an opportunity to visit this place. There is an entrance fee of R150 onwards applicable.


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Robben Island:

Who would have thought that people will queue up in large numbers to visit a jail? But, this is not an ordinary jail it is a jail where the great Nelson Mandela was held during his jail time. He stayed here for 18 long years. A remote island near Cape Town is a major tourist attraction & it will take a step closer to the hard-lived life of Mr. Nelson Mandela. There is an entrance fee applicable. Check out the fee here.


Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden:

If you like gardens, trees, greeneries & some jungle portions. This place is heaven for you. This place is awesome to spend some quality afternoon time. You can find one of the rarest of trees & flowers. The whole place is close to nature; so you will be having a great time. There is entrance fee of R65 applicable.


Marine Activities:

Shark cage diving & whale watching are the two fabulous experiences that are a must. But, both these activities don’t happen in Cape Town. For these, you need to drive to the Gansbaai, a small town near Cape Town. If you are not sure of driving then it is advisable to book to pick up drop service with the vendors. But, the cost of the same will be high.


Helicopter Ride:

Helicopter rides are very famous in Cape Town. Throughout the day, you can witness helicopters flying across the city to pamper you with the views. One can see the whole city which is basically the point of this ride. The ride is very fancy & I would recommend trying only if you are having spare money.


Chapman’s Peak:

It is one of the most beautiful roads in the world. The scenic view is mesmerizing & road craved out on the cliff & vast ocean on the other will last an impression over you. The view gets beautiful with each passing curve & you will be finding it difficult to describe the beauty of the place.An entrance fee of R30 onwards is applicable.


Chapmans peak Cape Town

Six District Museum:

Six districts is a very popular place in Cape Town. The place is converted into the museum. The museum covers the timelines & events that took place in the city. The bloody past of the city & why the discrimination was at such a prime high. An entrance fee of R55 onwards applicable.


Bo Kaap Museum:

Bo Kaap is one of the most color neighborhood in Cape Town. There are many houses soaked in vibrant colors. This is open to all & it will take hardly 1 hour to cover the area.


Bo Kaap Museum Cape Town

Camps Bay & Cliffton Beaches:

These two are the beach area in Cape Town. Camps bay is much more commercialized one & crowded with tourists & locals. However, the best of the lot is Cliffton beaches. These secluded beaches are surrounded by millionaire mansions & is treat to eyes. These beaches should not be missed in Cape Town.


V & A Waterfront:

V & A waterfront is shopping destination of Cape Town. One can still see shipyard & people working on it. The shopping center has all the reputed brands. The shopping center is a wonderful place to buy something & eat some local food. Don’t miss visiting this place.

These are some of the activities which one should keep in mind before planning a trip to Cape Town. Many people say Cape Town is good enough for 3 to 4 days which I highly disagree. I spent 1 week here & still missed on many things like Shark cage diving, whale watching, Robben island, etc. One can easily spend 2 weeks & cover all the activities mentioned above. If you have completed all these below is the list of few other things that one can do in Cape Town.

Stallenbosch wine yards for tasting best wines
Aquila Safari for a step closure to nature
Muizenberg is a surfing center in Cape Town


Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Lion’s Head Cape Town Hiking Guide

Cape Town is known for its beautiful nature & there is no hiding from this fact. Cape Town is also known as, Mother city. At one end of the city, there is a vast ocean & on the other side are two major attractions Table mountain & Lion’s head. Lion’s head hiking is great outdoor sports for the locals during the holidays. The peak probably got his name because of its structure. From Cliffton beach, the peak will give you an impression of Lion sitting. Maybe because of this fact the peak is known as Lion’s Head & any person who visits Cape Town will hike Lion’s head for sure. So, here is Lion’s Head (Cape Town) Hiking Guide.


How To Reach Lion’s Head

The best way to reach Lion’s head parking lot is either through MyCiti Bus or by Uber. Check for Kloof Nek stop if you are traveling by My Citi Bus. Reaching Lion’s head is easy & so is the climb.


Entrance To Lion Head

Lion’s Head Hiking

The starting 20 min of a hike is pretty simple & easy. You only have to walk on the elevated path which doesn’t require any skill set. You walk & encounter some of the best scenes of Cape Town City. While the first corner will give you a glimpse of a chain of mountains on one side & secluded Cliffton beaches on the other. Another corner will give you a glimpse of Robben island which is located in the middle of an ocean & can be reached by ferry.

Hiking Lion’s head is pretty simple & beautiful. Just below the difficult hiking point, there is a bench placed. The bench overlooks the massive ocean which from that altitude looks like a flowing river & Cape Town city which seems to be insignificant in such beauty. With no object to disturb in front of you this bench is perfect to watch the sunset during summers.


After this point the real hike begins, the sedimentary rocks are solid & bit slippery at few places. After hiking for about half an hour from the start point there are two paths to the top; one is a tougher one which includes climbing a ladder & staplers which saves 15 min of your hike time with ease & other one is much simpler but is longer. So, depending on your liking for an adventure & strength you can take either one of them. I took the longer route. There are few high steps that one have to take. This half of the hiking is difficult & with each passing step, one is closure to the top. The more upwards you hike the more beautiful the scenes get. After 45 min one only checks how far the top is as the energy is draining. During one such point, an Asian origin man was descending & he said, “Man, we are not meant for such things; but hang on you are about to reach the top.”
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Later did I realize that Indians are not walking enough, not doing enough of outdoor activities. Thus, the sentence is appropriate. It is an irony that we have youngest of the population & still, we are not on the list of happiest, healthiest countries of the world.

The ascending is gets tough but after overcoming all the obstacle I reached the top of the hill & from there I can see table mountain on one side, ocean on the other, city of Cape Town on the other & Cape Town famous beaches on the other. The view is just mesmerizing from the top. You will want to spend some quality time at the top.

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My Experience of hiking Lion’s Head:

I did Lion’s head hike on the last day of my trip as I wanted to enjoy the sunset from the top of the peak. However, it was cloudy so I missed the opportunity to watch it during my expedition. The first half of the hiking is pretty simple & easy there is a slight gradient walk. But, the real fun starts once you reach the stairs from where the real hikes begin. Steps are generally tough for new ones because of strength and endurance & not most of us are built for this hardship. But, with all the strength I went ahead expecting whirlpool ride. There is a bench in the middle of the path which overlooks the ocean. I sat there for some time & started thinking about all the possibilities in the world. This is what, a good place does to you. It makes you think about the things that you don’t do during your day to day life.


Walking upwards in slippery rocks are difficult & scary. There are few edges from where you need to step upwards; the path is very well marked so there is no problem in getting the right direction. At some of the places, you will have to use a little bit of rock climbing techniques to climb some of the rocks. But, this all is manageable. Reaching the top is a memorable experience. In the background, there is a mountain, ocean, city & whatnot. You can easily spend quality time & many people do this. I sat there wondering about my trip & how I came from a small town to my 7th country.

It is funny how things fall into the pattern. You know nothing is happening on a daily basis. But, soon you are 1 year older, 365 days gone from your life & you are one year wiser. This was my that moment where I thought how far I have come rather than thinking about how far I have to go. Here it was a short guide about Lion’s Head Cape Town Hiking.
Lions Head Hiking Guide


Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.