3 Offbeat Places to Visit in Arunachal Pradesh [Northeast India]

3 Offbeat Places to Visit in Arunachal Pradesh [Northeast India]

Often called the Land of the Rising Sun, Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India shares it’s borders with Bhutan, China and Myanmar and is unlike most of India. If you are looking for wildlife, adventure, and peace – then you’re going to love Arunachal Pradesh.

Northeast India is a region which consists of 7 small states or also known as 7 sisters: Assam, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, and Mizoram. Not only this, the Northeastern region also has one brother named Sikkim. These states are a part of the Himalayan region and offer a plethora of options for travelers to explore. This region is known to be one of the most treasured and eco-friendly regions in India.

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Whether you are a traveler who is looking to explore different and yet vibrant cultures, searching for beautiful vistas, or just looking for some mouth watering cuisine – Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India is the place to go. In this article, we will discuss 3 underrated and virgin places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh that are still out of tourist’s footsteps.

Offbeat Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh –

1) Fly or Trek to Vijoynagar

Vijoynagar in Arunachal Pradesh

Vijoynagar in Arunachal Pradesh

With more than 1.324 billion people living in only 3.287 million km², it is very hard to find places which are yet not touched by tourists and not littered. However, there are some small hamlets which most of us have no idea about – and one of them is Vijoynagar in Arunachal Pradesh.

Vijoynagar - Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh

Vijoynagar – Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh

This is a small town or village, located just on the India – China border. This little town with a population of only about 45,00 is one of the remotest one in Changlang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Surrounded by hills and valleys, this region provides everything a traveler might look for.

How to reach Vijoynagar, Arunachal Pradesh

Vijoynagar - Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India

Vijoynagar – Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India

Reaching Vijoynagar is not that easy and is an adventure in itself. There are no roads which connect this village with the outer world. There are only two ways of reaching Vijoynagar. The first is by Helicopter Sorties Service from Miao, but even the air service is available only on Tuesday and Thursday.

The second way of reaching Vijoynagar is by trekking to it. The trek to Vijoynagar starts from Miao and passes through dense forests of Namdapha National Park. But keep in mind, this trek is not for novice hikers. As it would take you around 5 nights & 06 days, to reach this village. The total distance is around 156 km.

In terms of accommodation, you there are guest houses where you can plan your stay:

  • Inspection Bungalow with 6 Rooms
  • Eco-Tourist Forest Guest House with 4 Rooms
  • Circuit house with 4 Rooms

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2) Visit the Land of Oranges – Dambuk

Dambuk - places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh

Dambuk – places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh

Next on our list of places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh is Dambuk – the land of oranges. Just like Vijyonagar, reaching Dambuk too is an adventure in itself. You have to cross dense forests and various water bodies & rivers just to reach this beautiful town in Arunachal Pradesh. Known for its beautiful orange orchards and swollen rivers, Dambuk is one of the best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh.

If you don’t like off-roading then this place is not for you. There are no paved roads and you will be driving on anything apart from roads.

If you are planning to visit this place during monsoon then the only way to cross this river is on elephant back – so be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime.

Beautiful Locals of Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh

Beautiful Locals of Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh

Dambuk was in news when the Arunachal government initiated Orange festival to promote tourism. And nowadays, people from all around the world visit this town to witness this amazing festival.

The Orange Festival is usually organized in December and one can not only enjoy various rock bands performing their heart out to fill the valley with their music but also witness off-roading vehicles, modified cars and jeeps engaging in a number of challenging tasks to try and win the off-roading tournament. There are various other events which run side by side like river rafting, bungee-jumping, paint ball and so on.

If you are looking for a peaceful time in Dambuk then it would be a good idea to not visit it during the Orange festival.

How to reach Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh

Dambuk - Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India

Dambuk – Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India

To reach Dambuk, you first have to reach Roing. From Roing you can either take a bus or can book a taxi for your onward journey. And there are hotels and guest houses where you can plan your overnight stay. But don’t expect of any luxurious hotels here.

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3) Kiss the Clouds at Anini

Anini - Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India

Anini – Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India

Anini a small village where clouds come to kiss the land. Mystic air, unexplored terrain making a perfect place to rejuvenate yourself and experience pristine calmness. Located in Dibang valley of Arunachal, Anaini is marked by beautiful valleys and pleasant weather making it one of the sought after tourist place. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Northeast India.

Visiting Anini is altogether a different experience. It is surrounded by tribal villages from all sides like Hunli, New Anaya, Ranli, and a few more. You can actually explore these villages and can experience different types of Arunachali tribes and their culture.

Anini - Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh

Anini – Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh

Anini is a perfect destination to visit if you’re looking for some peace, as the land is virtually unexplored untouched and ripe for tourism. Anini is quite is secluded, not crowded, and serves as an excellent destination to unwind. You can also travel to Roing, in order to visit the places of interest present there.

Anini is very near to Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a popular tourist hotspot. You can also take a walk through the lush green forests while in Anini.

How to reach Anini, Arunachal Pradesh

Anini - Northeast India

Anini – Northeast India

The best way to reach Anini is from Roing. Roing is well connected to other cities of Assam and Arunachal. From Roing you can reach either by government buses or by booking a cab. And if you are looking to stay there then there are a number of budget hotels to serve tourists.

Hope you enjoyed this list of offbeat places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh. Reaching these destinations can be a hard task but rewarding nonetheless. If you have visited Arunachal Pradesh and have a few suggestions for places to visit, just let us know in the comments section.

Tirthankar Bose is a solo backpacker from India. He has been traveling for last 10 years and has covered almost all of India. Follow him at ThePoorNomad Indian Travel Guide.

Tirthankar Bose

How to enjoy Manila on a budget?

How to enjoy Manila on a budget?

For us backpacker and budget travelers, the Philippines is not the cheapest country in Southeast Asia. Manila is the stepping stone to many travelers of the great adventures waiting ahead in this country. For most tourists it’s a necessary stop on the way. Also, the living costs in the city are higher, and temptations (for spending money that is) are many.

Something we noticed about a lot of tourists we met in the Philippines, is that they almost always said they hated Manila. Sure, it’s a chaotic place, overcrowded, noisy, polluted, ugly some will say, but it can be a lot of fun. The prices of Manila were a major issue for many people too, so we wanted to create a guide for future budget travelers, on how to enjoy this crazy city without spending much money (because you’re most likely to spend some time there anyway).

Manila on a Budget:

Save Money on Accommodation in Manila

Finding a cheap hostel in Manila is not the problem, but finding a decent one to sleep in is going to be difficult, and the same goes for cheap hotels. When we travel it’s safe to say that around 50% of the usual daily budget (exclude special activities: diving, bungee, etc.) goes for accommodation. Well, even if you’re staying in a cheap place, it’s still your home away from home.

In Manila, most have the worst experiences when it comes to budget accommodation. It’s just that the backpacker scene has only recently started to develop in the country. Up until recently it was harder to find decent cheap accommodation and only now that it’s getting better. Check these places out for your nights in the city.

Tambayan Capsule Hotel

Our Private Room at Tambayan Capsule Hostel, Manila

Our Private Room at Tambayan Capsule Hostel, Manila

What else can we say about Tambayan – the Tagalog word for “hanging out”? This is the place we stayed in Manila, and we loved every second of it. Moreover, we had some of the best meals we had in the Philippines. This place is also closer to Intramuros if you plan to spend some time there, and to the mall if you need some break from the heat. Go to our full review for more details about the hostel we fell in love with.

Z Hostel

This super modern hostel is among the best you’ll stay in the Philippines. It’s very clean, spacious, comfortable, and most of all FUN! The owners know how to make young people enjoy their stay. Beside of the café that sells great local food, there is the roof deck, where every night there is a party: house, techno, hip hop. Each night is different, but there is always a good crowd.

Z has mixed dorms, female dorms and private rooms. The prices start at 17 USD, and goes up to 52 USD for the private room. This hostel is not the cheapest, but for Manila it’s still cheap. Plus, even the dormitory beds are very big, with lights and electrical outlets. There is a small kitchen, but you probably won’t use it as the area around the hostel is abundant with restaurants and street food.

5660 Don Pedro St. Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City, Philippines 1210

Pink Manila Hostel

This one is located in Malate, the original backpacker area of Metro Manila. The beds may not be as spacious as the beds in Z Hostel, but this a very cool place none the less with its own pluses. Well if you like pink that is (we loved it, everything is painted pink, the bedsheets are pink, the lights are pink). Pink Manila Hostel is located in a safe residential neighborhood 20 minute walk from both the historical district of Manila (Intramuros) and Green Belt in Makati, a nightlife district with many clubs and bars.

It is very cheap too! Only 9-12 USD and 32 USD for a twin room (bunk beds). For that price you also get a large common area, a rooftop swimming pool, and free breakfast. On top of that, most of the nights there is something going on, like pool parties and movie night. That’s quite a deal for the price, and the pool is a big bonus, as you will find it very relieving on the hot humid evenings of Manila.

2551 Don Pedro St. Cor. Bautista St. Malate, Manila 1004

 

Try to strike a good deal on a hotel or look for an Airbnb

You can travel on a budget and still care a great deal about you privacy. Also, in some parts of town that are not used to budget travelers it becomes difficult to find a proper place to sleep. All of the cheap hostels you’ll find are going to be of very low level, dirty, boring, etc. In those case you better find a good deal on a hotel in Manila.

Airbnb is also on the rise in Manila, in all parts of the Metro. Staying in Taguig on a budget for instance can become difficult if you’re looking for a cheap hostel (part of Metro Manila that is rapidly becoming very popular). Nonetheless, many residents of Manila purchased apartments for investment in many of the new high-rises which are constantly being built in the city. With no one to occupy them, the owners started to rent them in Airbnb. The prices are usually cheaper than hotels, and you get to stay in a nice new apartment.

Where to eat great food in Manila on a budget?

Best Filipino Food - Pork Adobo - (Slow Cooked Braised Soy Vinegar Pork Belly Pot at Tambayan Gastrobar)

Pork Adobo – (Slow Cooked Braised Soy Vinegar Pork Belly Pot at Tambayan Gastrobar)

We already posted about delicious Filipino food, so you can get an idea of what does the local food looks like. Here we will tell you about a few places where you can find great food – filipino and international, for a very good price.

Chinese food

There is a great Chinese food scene in the Philippines, but the best Chinese food in the country is found in Binondo, the oldest China town in the world. It is close to Malate and it makes perfect sense to go there after a visit in the historical district. Keep in mind that it’s a hectic part of town, so listen to our advice on where you should eat.

Masuki Mami House

This small restaurant still make egg noodles in house. They serve the noodles in hot broth, for almost 100 years already. Side dishes are siopao and siomai, steamed Chinese buns and dumplings. Altogether you’ll end up paying around 4 USD for a meal there.

931 Benavidez St, Binondo, Manila

Dong Bei Dumplings

This small shop sells a variety of steamed and fried dumplings, and fried Chinese pancake. It all comes with chili oil, soy sauce and spicy vinegar on the side. The servings which are good for one are 2.5 USD each. But you can easily eat two servings just by yourself.

642 Yuchengo Street, Binondo, Manila

New Po Heng

Lumpia is a perfect snack if you don’t feel full yet. It is a fresh Chinese style spring roll (not fried), filled with cabbage, carrot, seaweed, tofu, lettuce coriander and peanuts wrapped in a spring roll wrapper, and served with a sweet sauce on the side. It will only cost you 1 USD. Just be sure you won’t miss this small canteen as it is tiny small.

531 Quintin Paredes St, Binondo, Manila

Sincerity Café & Restaurant

Their Chinese style fried chicken has made a name for itself, and yet remained very cheap too, 3 USD for half, and 4USD for a whole chicken. The other hose specialties are Kikiam with brown sauce (pork and shrimp sausage, 1 USD), and oyster pancake (4-5 USD).

497 Yuchengco street, Binondo, Manila

Filipino food

Don’t worry, because once you’ll get out of Manila you get so many options to eat Filipino food, as it is the staple of the islands and provinces, and for certain is the cheaper option. That being said, some of the best Filipino restaurants are in Manila, and some of them are really cheap too.

The Aristocrat Restaurant

This place has been operating since 1936, when Lola Asiang converted her ground floor into a restaurant. They grew ever since and now the huge main branch is in Roxas Boulevard, feeding people proudly 24/7. They sell many of the Filipino classics like sisig, adobo, kare-kare and more. This is one of the best Filipino meals you’ll have, and though the average price for a dish is 7 USD for a dish, the size is really good for two, or two dishes can easily feed three people. They have many locations in town, so check out the Aristocrat website for more information.

Dampa – fresh seafood in the wet markets

Seaside Dampa Macapagal is a fresh sea food market in Pasay city, sandwiched between Malate, Taguig, and Makati. It is a bit far off, but you should only go there in a group of 4 or more anyways, so a taxi/Grab/Uber is not going to cost so much each (only if you care about the budget, read on in order to understand). The system is like so: you buy the seafood, which is very cheap, in the stalls of the market; after that you take it to one of the restaurants around the market and they cook it for you the way you want for a fee.

Because most of the time you’ll buy more than you can actually eat, and that the cooking fee (“paluto” in Tagalog) is about the same for a small and large quantity, it makes sense to come with a small group. In any case you will not find seafood fresher than that. All of the restaurants are good and charge about the same price, but Hong Kong Master Cook Restaurant is supposed to be the best. Most of the restaurants are of Chinese or Filipino style. And another tip, haggle down the price!

Expect to pay 9-11 USD per person in a group of four (including cooking, sides and drinks).

Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, Pasay, Metro Manila

Quan Yin Chay

The name and location (Binondo) indicates that this is a Chinese restaurant. Quan Yin Chay actually offers both Chinese and Filipino dishes, but with one twist. The Taoist owner cook all vegetarian food (also without onion and garlic btw). It is a small cafeteria style eatery with delicious, fresh and healthy food, which is also very cheap. This is one of the few restaurant to serve vegetarian Filipino food, so if you are vegetarian (or just feel like it) give this place a try.

739 Ongpin St (at Salazar St), Binondo, Manila

Lechon Manok

This is the local name for grilled chicken that the Philippines is very proud of. Well it’s really delicious, and can be found almost everywhere in Manila, and even more so in the provinces. The famous ones are: Andoks, Baliwag, Sr. Pedro, Mang Inasal, and Chooks to Go. It cost less than 5 USD for a whole chicken, which is divine (both pricewise and taste wise).

International cuisine

I won’t point you to any specific restaurants here. I will just say that Manila boasts with many international cuisines. To most parts those tend to be a little pricier, but you will also find any American fast food chain you can think of, as well as some higher quality ones (Chili’s, TGI Fridays, Outback Steakhouse…). You can also find Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Italian and many other cuisines easily.

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The only thing we are going to recommend on comes from a need that we found in many people including ourselves (mainly San). The craving for meet when traveling in Southeast Asia is something that many people feel after a while. Well in many of the restaurants described in this paragraph you will find a decent steak or burger, but If you want a cheap 100% beef quality burger, go to Brothers Burger. They sell good quality burgers for 5-8 USD, and have many restaurants scattered around Metro Manila. This is your go to burger joint if you need you fix of red meat.

Things to do in Manila on a Budget

Now that we got your accommodation and food covered, you will want to do some stuff beside sleeping and eating, in order to make you time in Manila enjoyable. Manila can also be a playground for the rich, but there are so many free and budget thing to do that are lots of fun. In this section we will tell you about some of our favorites.

Visit Rizal Park and Intramuros – the historical district of Manila

This part of town is a walled city the Spanish built upon arrival to the Philippines. They built it in methods they brought with them from Spain. It has a citadel inside called Fort Santiago and Manila Cathedral one of the oldest in Asia. Walking around Intramuros is FREE! After spending the time there (and there is much to see) you can go to Rizal Park (also free), and/or to Binondo for lunch.

Rizal Park, also called Luneta, was the execution ground of the national hero Jose Rizal, killed by the Spanish in 1896, that brought to the outbreak of the Philippines Revolution. It was name after him, and now it’s a very picturesque park with monuments for national heroes, that stretches all the way to Manila Bay. It’s an excellent spot for a stroll.

Art in Island 3D Museum

10 USD will take you all the way into a world of dreams and illusions (8 USD if you have a student card. This place is where that 3D painting are drawn directly on the floor and walls, and it will challenge your perception of depth and balance so be warned. The place is quite recent and all the picture were drawn by 18 Korean master artists.

Escape the heat in MOA (Mall of Asia)

Mall of Asia is the 4th largest in the Philippines and the 11th largest in the world, but it’s probably the nicest one in the country. It will be a good chance for you to buy some goods and souvenirs, or just go window shopping. You can watch a movie or believe it or not, ice skating! In a tropical country.

Drinking out and Nightlife in Manila

Going out in Manila is not so expensive, and a part of being a good backpacker is going out to drink every once in a while. Alcohol is dirt cheap in the Philippines, also in the majority of the bars. A beer in a normal bar will cost you around 1-1.5 USD, so little money can take you a long way. Going to clubs and parties more expensive than that, but also affordable (15 USD will get you in most places with a complimentary drink or two usually). Best areas to go out to are BGC in Taguig, and Green belt in Makati. Eastwood in Quezon City is a bit far off but has numerous bars and restaurants open 24/7.

Now, do you want to get out of Manila ASAP?

It isn’t the nicest city, we can say that for certain, but there is some kind of magic in its controlled chaos. There is really a lot for you do see and do, and it doesn’t even have to cost you that much, and as we said before, you are most likely to spend some time in Manila whether you like it or not. In that case, make the most out of it and ENJOY!

Best treks in Leh Ladakh

Best treks in Leh Ladakh

This is a guest post by Eva Green

The magnetism of Leh and Ladakh lies in its beautiful hilly terrains and the deserted flat landscape that are dotted with a tint of blue because of the streams and lakes. Popularly known as the “Little Tibet,” the lofty peaks and high-altitude passes offer a range of outdoor activities for the adrenalin seekers such as rafting, jeep safari, mountaineering, motor biking, mountain biking and of course, trekking. There is something exciting and challenging for every thrill-seeker here of every kind. There is no denying that when it comes to trekking tours in India, Leh and Ladakh Treks emerge at the top.

The right best time for trekking in Leh, Ladakh is July and August as the possibility for storms and snowfall rises from September on. However, one can attempt the demanding Chadar ice-trek in February. Trekkers should go well prepared with an experienced local guide and the right equipment for trekking.

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Markha Valley Trek

The colorful and challenging Markha Valley Trek is immensely popular. Enjoy the great views of Zanskar and Ladakh mountain ranges as you embark on one of the most sought after trekking routes of the region.

Markha Valley Trek is also known as the “Tea House Trek,” and the trek will take you through the Markha Valley and the Hemis National Park. You will love the experience of passing through Ganda La and Kongmaru La and spot blue sheep or the ibex or the patches of wildflowers on the way. You will cross the Markha River and the rocky canyons on this challenging trek.

The complete trek will take you about 11 days.

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Lamayuru Alchi Trek

Another of the most popular trekking trails in Ladakh, the Lamayuru Alchi Trek is full of excitement. The trek is just perfect for those looking for a moderate level challenge as well as the spiritual zone of Ladakh. On the route, you come across significant Gompas and get to admire the rich cultural treasure of the “Land of Passes.”

Pray and meditate at any monastery and admire the unique beauty of Ladakh. Lamayuru is believed to be one of the oldest monasteries. You get the opportunity to cross four passes on Lamayuru Alchi Trek that starts at Lamayuru, namely Pritikingir La, Stakspi La, Kongske La and Panji La.

The whole trek will take about nine days.

Chadar Trek a.k.a. Frozen River Trek

Frozen River Trek follows a trekking trail on the frozen Zanskar River lined with high mountains. The name itself is enough to give a spine-chilling feel of the freezing temperatures.

The Frozen River Trek is indeed one of the most adventurous and best treks of Leh and Ladakh. The completely a winter trek has another name – “Chadar Trek, ” and one needs loads of mental stability and strong stamina to compete the winter trek in the harsh climatic conditions. Average day temperature remains around near to -15 ºC and can dip down to -30 ºC.

The trek would take about 13 days.

There are several other popular treks in Leh  /Ladakh such as Stok Kangri Trek, Nubra Valley Trek, Snow Leopard Trek, Rupshu Valley Trek, Lamayuru Padum Trek, Sham Valley Trek and the list could just go on and on. Ladakh also has some unbelievably gorgeous lakes such as Pangong, Tso Moriri, etc.

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10 Awesome Things to Do in Budapest

10 Awesome Things to Do in Budapest

This is a guest post by Eva Green

Budapest will simply leave you spellbound, especially if it’s your first visit. Even if you are going to the favorite city on the European continent for the nth time, you will always come across a new adventure and new things to see and do in Budapest. The famous place offers one the choice and freedom of enjoying their vacation the way they want.

There are island parks, funky shops to explore or dig at the delicious local cuisine as well as countless other ways to spend some memorable time. You can hang out with the local Hungarians in the afternoon sipping coffee to save your energy for the nightlife. Many people visit Budapest for just a day or two, but we highly recommend you spend at least 4 days here. Here’s how to spend 4 days in Budapest.

Budapest is perfect for all kinds of travelers – party goers, couples, backpackers and families. Check out this itinerary for exploring Budapest with a kid.

What do your fancy? Well, if you are still confused, here are some of the top and awesome things to do while in Budapest:

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01 | Cruise on the Danube River

Budapest simply looks stunning by night as you stand on the banks of the Danube and watch the city lights reflect on the dark waters. Do not miss the chance to take a sightseeing cruise at night. Enjoy the long ride made even more special with the buffet-style dinner.

There are one hour sightseeing cruises available for just the evening and those are highly recommended. As you cruise along the river, you come across lush vineyards and ancient castles. Embark on fascinating journeys through sleepy river towns and cities. Look for convenience, comfort and exquisite cuisine on your cruise.

 

02 | Thermal bath

Budapest has made a reputation of sorts as the “City of Spas” and for some good reasons. Get the quintessential Budapest experience at those baths, which are known as “fürdok” and are warmed by natural springs. Ask for the steam rooms and massage services. Different baths around the city supply to different preferences and one can look forward to complete relaxation or look for cures for illness. Széchenyi Baths in City Park and Gellért Baths are amongst the most popular baths.

Most of the thermal baths remain open at night during the weekend but there are fewer baths for male- and female-only days. The temperatures can range from warm to hot and carry steam rooms and saunas as well as and rooms for massage.

Suggested: Exploring Amsterdam-Noord – the coolest neighborhood of the city 

 

03 | Dohány Street Synagogue

This is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. Referred to as Dohány Street Synagogue, the synagogue opened in 1859 and carries historical significance. The place of worship features Moorish Revival architecture and has a connection to the Holocaust. A pro-Nazi party between 1944 and 1945 bombed it.

Do not forget to visit the connecting Hungarian Jewish Museum to learn more about the Hungarian Judaism as well as pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial Temple in the courtyard.

 

04 | Wine Tasting in Hungary

Tourists and travelers never get tired of exploring the 22 wine regions of Hungary. Just beneath Buda Castle is the Faust Wine Cellar, which is part of the extensive labyrinth system. The cellar supplies only the very best wines in the region.

Moreover, the very romantic setting of the cellar will leave you relaxed, and this is the right way to understand and sour the rich Hungarian wine.

 

05 | Hungarian State Opera House

Miklós Ybl designed the Location of Hungarian State Opera House in 1884, and this historic building is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest.

Decorated with statues of muses and adorned with opera greats such as Mozart, Liszt, Puccini and Verdi, the interiors will leave you dazzled with marble columns, chandeliers, and gilded vaulted ceilings. The near-perfect acoustics make for an astounding performance and make you keep coming back for more.

 

06 | Fisherman’s Bastion

Located on the Castle Hill, the Fisherman’s Bastion offers a panoramic views of the city. You are sure to get blown away by those views as you explore the fairytale-like structure and the seven ornate turrets.

The seven turrents represent the tents of the seven Magyar tribe leaders and their settlement on the Carpathian Basin, which ultimately led to the development of modern-day Hungary.

 

07 | Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament Building was completed in 1904, and it remains one of the most famous landmarks in Budapest. The building’s architecture reminds one of the Gothic Revival styles and carries a national significance. Travelers come mainly to have a look at the beautiful statues and paintings. This is a prominent symbol of independence and democracy of the nation.

 

08 | Shopping at the Central Market Hall

The Central Market Hall is the biggest indoor market in Budapest. It was constructed in the 19th century and its focus is chiefly on Hungarian products. You will find the popular Hungarian sausages and Hungarian paprika selling on the first floor along with fresh vegetables and fruits. If you are looking forward to enjoy some inexpensive and traditional Hungarian lunch, than you are sure to find it here at Central Market Hall. Look for traditional Hungarian embroidery and souvenirs on the second floor.

 

09 | Matthias Church

Matthias Church has been around for centuries and portrays the Romanesque-style architecture. The Church was built in the 13th century and is the first parish church. However, during the 1541 occupation by the Turkish rulers, it was changed into a mosque and remained an Islamic place of worship for the following 150 years, until Turkish expulsion. Tourists admire its imposing architecture and marvel at the historical symbolism as well as the impressive artwork.

 

10 | Caving under Budapest

The rushing and soothing thermal waters of the famous baths of Budapest have created a huge cave system that is believed to be more than100 kilometers long. Get ready to go under and dirty and don on your overalls, helmets, and headlamps to worm your way through tight crevices as you cross some of the longest cave of Hungary. Mátyás-hegyi cave tour can easily last for about three hours. Do enjoy the adventurous activity through natural parts of the cave.

The above-listed sites and locations are a must-see for any visitor’s first trip to Budapest. Have you visited Budapest already and have some of your own tips to share? Let us know in the comments.

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5 Reasons To Take Your Motorcycle On A Cross Country Trip

5 Reasons To Take Your Motorcycle On A Cross Country Trip

For most motorcycle enthusiasts, nothing compares to the feeling of the open road beneath your Dunlop tires. Having a full tank with an open highway stretched out in front of you gives you a sense of complete freedom. However, when have you taken advantage of that and went wherever the road took you? Here are five reasons to take your motorcycle on a cross-country trip:

 

  1. Unforgettable Experience: Even if you’ve done a road trip before in a car, it does not compare to doing the same thing on the back of a bike. Going from one side of the country to the other means that you can see many impressive things along the way. You will also create memories that will last a lifetime.

 

  1. More Enjoyable: When you’re driving across the country in a car, you tend to think about your next destination rather than the journey itself. On a motorcycle, however, you can drink in all of the sights as you ride, which makes the whole trip better. As long as you have quality Yamaha OEM parts on your bike, you can take your journey without having to make a lot of pit stops.

 

  1. More Cost-Effective: Taking a road trip in a car means that you have to pay for a lot of gas, and parking can be a hassle sometimes. On a bike, however, you will save a lot of money, especially if the trip is cross-country. Having the best Kawasaki accessories and high-quality Dunlop tires mean that you won’t have to spend much on travel expenses.

 

  1. Less Stress: Many times, traveling by car is all about making great time. On a motorcycle, it’s about having a great time. You can stop off whenever and wherever you like without needing an itinerary. This will make the whole trip much more relaxing.

 

  1. Go Anywhere: No matter where you are traveling, some places can’t be reached by car. On the back of a hog, you can go almost anywhere, including back roads and more scenic routes. This means that you aren’t limited in places you can visit.

 

When it comes to planning the trip of a lifetime, doing so on your motorcycle is the best experience.

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10 Essential Budget Travel Tips for Every Traveler

10 Essential Budget Travel Tips for Every Traveler

10 Essential Budget Travel Tips for Every Traveler

The below post about budget travel tips is brought to you by Edusson.

Did you spend a little too much on your last holiday? Or are you low on cash but still want to travel? Welcome to my life! I’m usually broke and I travel anyway. How do I do it? Well, over the years, I have learned how to stretch my hard earned money as far as I can. If I can do it, so can you. After all, you cannot just compromise on your dreams because of the wobbly economy. The good news is that the secret lies in your hands and how well you manage your travel budget. Here are a few budget travel tips that will tell you how to keep your dream trip affordable.

Go ahead and check out these budget travel tips before you plan your next trip and avoid paying too much. Another great read is this ebook about the best ways for students to save money while traveling.

 

01 | Off Season Travel

Budget travel tips

Budget travel tips

Travel during the off-season and enjoy extra warmth and cultural intimacy at half the prices. The airfares are cheaper, and there are more budget rooms in the off-seasons. Moreover, you will also beat the crowds.

02 | Ditch the agents

Guess what, if agents can do it, so can you. Do your own research and find your own flights, connections, and rooms. I usually avoid agents as they can be expensive. Does your hotel / hostel offer complimentary breakfast? Take advantage of it and get as much food as possible so that you do not feel hungry soon.

03 | Power of numbers

When I was in Coron, I wanted to go for an island hopping tour but it was expensive. I found 8 other people in my hostel who wanted to go for the same tour and we collectively negotiated to get a better price. We ended up saving 500 pesos per person. Look for deals and always negotiate to get more discounts. It is healthy for your wallet if you do things in a group as charging a cab or going on a tour can help you get better and cheaper deals.

04 | ATMs vs Traveler’s checks vs Foreign Exchange Offices

I never exchange currency at the airports. In my experience, it is best to use ATMs because it ends up being cheaper considering the exchange rates, fees, and taxes. Oh and I don’t recommend traveler’s checks as you are sure to get your cash cheaper and faster from an ATM instead. I suggest you minimize ATMs transaction fees by making larger but fewer withdrawals. Try to pay with cash and not credit cards. Store your money safely in a money belt.

05 | Buy Your Own Alcohol to Reduce Drinking Out Costs

For those who enjoy drinking – I’m sure you know that it’s cheaper to buy your own alcohol at a store than at a bar. Obviously, it’s not a lot of fun if you drink alone at your hostel / hotel, so I recommend you drink a little before you hit the bars so that you end up buying fewer drinks outside.

06 | Cook your own meals or Eat where the locals eat

food - Budget travel tips

food – Budget travel tips

As a thumb rule, I avoid eating at restaurants that are close to tourist attractions. Instead, I hunt for the ones that are filled with locals as they serve better food for the lesser money. You can always get a fine picnic lunch and save money. Moreover, this is a great way to get used to the local culture. Keep an eye on the bakeries that often sell their products at half the price at the end of the day. Skip desserts and make most of the house wines.

07| Travel with a water bottle

Bring a water bottle with you. No, I don’t mean a flimsy one-time use plastic bottle but a reusable one. Research about the place you’re traveling to check if you can drink tap water instead of mineral water to save money.

08| Walk or use public transport to save money

The best way to explore a city is by walking. I usually walk to explore the cities or use buses which are the best and the cheaper mode of transportation. I recommend you do the same. You will be surprised to see how much money you can save by doing this.

09 | Research about free things to do

things to do - Budget travel tips

things to do – Budget travel tips

Look for free things to do in your destination. These can be museums, parks, viewpoints or even walking streets where the admission is free. Students, seniors, and families should ask for discounts, and it is mostly likely that they will get some. Get museum passes as they can save time and money.

10 | The thing about shopping

I almost never shop while traveling except in the cheaper countries where I know you can make the most out of my currency. If you’re traveling to Asia, remember to negotiate for a better price. Also, save all your bills and check for VAT refunds at the airport to get some cash back.

Just keep the above tips in mind when you plan a holiday this time. You will be surprised with the savings you make! Do you have any more budget travel tips to add to this list? Let me know in the comments.

Disclosure: The above post about budget travel tips is brought to you by Edusson.

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