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).
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.
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.
Well, my Bucharest story ends here as I did not have much time to explore this city.
Bucharest, I promise, I will be back !
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Exports from international tourism rise 4% in 2015
International tourism receipts in destinations around the world grew by 3.6% in 2015, in line with the 4.4% increase in international arrivals. For the fourth consecutive year, international tourism grew faster than world merchandise trade, raising tourism’s share in world’s exports to 7% in 2015. The total export value from international tourism amounted to US$ 1.4 trillion.
Income generated by international visitors on accommodation, food and drink, entertainment, shopping and other services and goods reached an estimated US$ 1,232 billion (euro 1,110 billion) in 2015, an increase of 3.6% accounting for exchange rate fluctuations and inflation. International tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 4.4% in 2015, reaching a total of 1,184 million.
You can read more about the Press Release here.
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.