Bhutan To Reopen Borders In September

The Kingdom of Bhutan will be reopening its borders to tourists from September 23, 2022. But it will do so with a renewed focus on the sustainability of the sector, the Tourism Council Of Bhutan said in a press release.

The tourism sector will be undergoing a revamp, which will focus on three key areas. They are infrastructure and services, the travel experiences of tourists, and the sector’s environmental impact.

“COVID-19 has allowed us to reset – to rethink how the sector can be best structured and operated, so that it not only benefits Bhutan economically, but socially as well, while keeping carbon footprints low. In the long run, our goal is to create high-value experiences for visitors, and well-paying and professional jobs for our citizens,” said Dr. Tandi Dorji, Foreign Minister of Bhutan and Chairperson of the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

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Because Experiences Matter !!!

Lots of people suggested me to visit Panjim’s Joseph Bar. It was early morning and the staff was not interested in me. They might have figured out this guy won’t spend much here. And I too realized this is not my kind of place. So I ordered a beer, finished it quickly and left the place after clicking few images. The interior part of the bar was very impressive. Soon I reached a hole-in-the-mole bar (since 1976). Ordered a beer and started conversation with the owner of the bar. When I asked him why people recommended Joseph Bar ? He just smiled. He told me It is crazy. All most all the tourists spend money there. Don’t we have a right to survive, he asked me ? My answer was – of course, yes, that’s why I am here. Ordered another beer with some snack. After spending around one hour I left for my room.

Have you been to Joseph Bar ?

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When Nature Leaves You Speechless

The following images prove that nature can be spectacular in any part of the world. As I always believe, if you explore new places, you will encounter with such unexpected beauty. The more you walk, the more you see. Hence I decided to head towards Fortress Hohensalzburg and the results are here. Which one is your favourite image ? Please let me know in the comments section.

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Ultimate Travel Competition By Hostel World

Hostel World has compiled some of the world’s best hostels and you have to chose the best one.
The winners can win the following prizes.
Qatarairways – 1 x return economy class ticket with Qatar Airways to any destination on their network.
worldnomads – 1 x travel insurance policy from up to the value of €150.
G Adventures – – A voucher of £1,500 towards a ‘Roamies’ trip by Hostelworld & G Adventures which can be used by multiple travelers.

You can participate here.

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A Bird’s-Eye View Of Salzburg

Glorious views of Salzburg from the world famous Fortress Hohensalzburg. I will later write a detailed blog post why one should include this mighty fortress in his/her itinerary.

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Salzburg’s Beautiful Leopoldskron Pond

I just returned from a short trip to the Austrian city of Salzburg. This trip was organized by the Austrian Embassy, New Delhi and it was part of a competition organized on their Facebook page. I have captured a number of images and it is not possible to include them in a single blog post. The first post of my trip is about Leopoldskron pond, which is not far away from the Old Town of Salzburg. Probably the best place in Salzburg to relax and immerse in the stunning views of the pond, where one can spot a number of wildlife creatures such as ducks and swans. Situated against the backdrop of the bewitching Leopoldskron Palace as well as Hohensalzburg Fortress, this picturesque pond is 650 meters long and 220 meters wide. The driver of my hop-on and hop-off bus service dropped me near the pond. I was mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the place and did not even notice how my half an hour passed. From there, I walked towards Hohensalzburg Fortress. I also spotted few anglers, who were soaking up the sun. More posts on Salzburg trip is coming up !

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Become A Midnight Sun Ambassador

This is a huge opportunity to enjoy Lapland.

This is an invitation to experience and explore the Magic of the Midnight Sun in Lapland. As a Midnight Sun Ambassador you get to choose from 4 or 8 nights of Lapland Highlights under the Midnight Sun.

You can read more about this programme here

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Sandamuni Pagoda – A White Beauty

A visit to Sandamuni Pagoda in Myanmar was always part of my travel itinerary. Situated at the southwest of Mandalay Hill, this breathtaking Buddhist stupa was commissioned by King Mindon Min in 1874.

This pagoda contains the graves of the Kanaung, Sagu Mintha, Malun, and Maingpyin Princes.

It also contains an iron image of the Buddha cast by Bodawpaya in 1802, and removed from Amarapura by Mindon in 1874. The total weight of the statue is 18,563.2kg.

The golden chedi is the oldest structure on the grounds. It was constructed in 1874 by King Mindon Min on the site of his temporary Palace.

There are 1,774 shrines, each containing a single marble slab.

Keep aside a minimum of one hour for this pagoda and observe minutely how it has been built. Really a great spot for photography.

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Final Post Of 2021

Aloha !
There is nothing much to say about 2021. It was a mixed year for me. I finally managed to spend some good time with my friend Lipika Choudhury https://www.instagram.com/that_fit_mommy/ at the end of the year. How has 2021 been for you?

I wish all of you a very happy and prosperous new year. Hopefully, 2022 will be better for everyone. See you in 2022.

Peace !

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Win A Trip To Rajasthan

Win a trip to Rajasthan, courtesy https://www.tripoto.com/, one of India’s largest travel communities.

The year-end contest is only for Indian residents.

Prizes

1) Camp Near a Tiger Reserve Surrounded by Prehistoric Boulders.
2) Experience Off-Roading, Gyptian Rides & Camping Under the Stars in Rajasthan’s Sand Dunes.
3) Bond with Indigenous Marwari Horses and Live like Royalty in a 17th Century Fort.

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