Few Words & Images About Bucharest

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Few hours are not enough to explore a charismatic city like Bucharest. So which is the best place to visit in a short time? I asked my friend and she quipped: Old Town.

Located in the centre of Bucharest, Old Town attracts many tourists across the globe. Filled with numerous bars, cafes and restaurants, the old town is quite popular among locals and tourist alike. Locals fondly call the area Centru Vechi (the Old Centre).

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It is difficult to say which restaurant is better than the other, but I strongly recommend Hanul lui Manuc. (Hanul lui Manuc – 62-64 Franceza St). The food as well as the ambience here is amazing.

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Fortunately, I managed to capture the beauty of Bucharest’s iconic Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. If you are in the city, you should include this in your itinerary.

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Well, my Bucharest story ends here as I did not have much time to explore this city.

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Bucharest, I promise, I will be back !

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Welcome To Brasov

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Welcome to Brasov, a Romanian city which will charm you with its medieval Saxon walls, Gothic-style Black Church, castles and cosy cafes.

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Although Braosv is not as popular as big European cities such as London and Paris, it still manages to attract thousands of tourists every year. I was there for few days and was completely mesmerised by its beauty. From bar-hopping to sight-seeing, I ensured that I leave nothing behind in exploring this city, which is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains.

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I spent few hours at Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului), quenched my thirst with famous Romanian beer Ursus and watched the surrounding structures.

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I took a cable car to the Tampa Mountain and enjoyed the breathtaking views of Braosv.

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Recommended places: Take some time out and visit Sergiana restaurant. Their food is utterly buttery delicious.

Dr. Jekelius – Pharmacy Cafe: Perfect ambiance. So is the drink.

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Festival 39: It is all about good ambiance and amazing crowd.

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Excellent climate and friendly people made me fall in love with this charming city. 🙂

Romanian Visa For Indian Travelers

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I can guide you on how to get a Romanian visa here.

Well, it is not easy for Indian tourists to get a Romanian visa notwithstanding the fact that the country is not yet part of the Schengen zone.

If you have an US/UK/Schengen visa, it might help you to get a tourist visa. If not, then expect the worst. If you are an individual and heading to Romania, then it is best to consult a travel agency. I will recommend Udaan India.

The information you get on the Romanian Embassy site is not sufficient.

I approached them with all valid documents, but they refused to accept it, saying I need a sticker on my visa application, which has to be generated electronically – a process only travel agents know. Besides, an invitation from your friend/family members is a must. Finally, I approached an agent and got my visa approved in 7 days.

So I would say it is better to approach a travel agent rather than depending on embassy officials.

Carolinenthor Castle

IMG_9762Planning a trip to Brasov?

If yes, then make sure you do not miss visiting this Carolinenthor Castle, though not quite famous among travelers. Also you would hardly find detailed information about this place.

My friend drove me to this place and I found few other travellers also exploring the castle. There was only one guard who spoke to us in Romanian and my friend happily translated for me. My friend told me that many newly wedding couples visit this place only to get clicked along with the beautiful scenes of the Castle.

And coincidentally I saw one couple posing before their hired photographer happily.
It will take 20-25 minutes to visit the entire castle and to reach there you have to hire a taxi, which is quite cheap in Brasov.

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Will you visit this place ?

When I Felt Hungry In Romania

And my Romania journey continues. Before a short trip to Lake Sfânta Ana, I told my good friend Lajos Berde that I am feeling hungry. And he promised to take me to a good restaurant 🙂  And he fulfilled his promise. 🙂 Welcome to Szekler Rest House  !

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Situated at Băile Tușnad, a town famous for its spas and mineral waters therapies, the Rest House is basically a Hungarian rest house-cum-restaurant.

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Delicious food, refreshing drinks and peaceful ambiance just made my day. The following images may give you an idea what a wonderful time I had being there.

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IMG_20150714_135158A delicious soup called Goulash but what exactly is Goulash ? Strongly recommended 🙂

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Noroc 🙂

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A local drink called Szilvapalinka. Alcohol content was more than 40% and it took me to heaven instantly 🙂

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All the images were shot by Xiaomi Mi 4.

Sighișoara – Why Are You So Pretty ?

My curiosity and excitement to see Europe was at extreme as it was my first trip to this part of the world.
I stayed in Brasov and paid a short trip to Sighisoara, a medieval town situated on the Tarnava Mare River in Mures County, Romania.

This small historic town, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is simply wondrous. One of the highlights of the town is its colorful buildings, surrounded by many cafes.
If you are planning to visit Romania, then your itinerary should include Sighișoara. The top attraction of the city is the Medieval Citadel, which is frequently visited by hundred of visitors everyday. It is a small town which anyone can explore by foot. I did it.
I took a bus from Brasov to Sighișoara and it took approximately two hours to reach there. I did not stay there and explored the town for two hours on foot.

“A piece of art” – my final words about this pretty town.

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