7 reasons to plan a trip to Mauritius this summer

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You can day dream about the rainy season as much as you want, because the monsoon is still a month away, if not more. So, you badly need some respite from the scorching heat. While praying to the rain God to get respite from the heat is one option, going for a trip to Mauritius, the Bollywood-themed island nation, is another option.

Does the second option fascinate you? Are you thinking why we call Mauritius a ‘Bollywood-themed’ destination? Well, the Instagram accounts of Bollywood celebrities are loaded with pictures of #Mauritius. The photos of crystal clear white sandy beaches, swaying coconut grooves, and spine-chilling water sports prove that the celebrities are mixing business with pleasure.

A six-hour flight from India can transport you to this quaint and picturesque destination that Mark Twain described as the inspiration behind heaven when he said: “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”. Take a tour around Mauritius and spot the locations where some of the popular movies like ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Go Goa Gone’ and ‘Raabta’ were shot. Recreate some of the famous scenes and get lost in this tiny paradise with your loved ones. There are frequent flights from India to Mauritius, so just mark the date on your calendar and start planning.

Mauritius has become one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the world due to its natural and man-made attractions. Be it a honeymoon, bachelor party or a family vacation, Mauritius has something for everyone. Here are seven reasons why you should plan a trip to Mauritius:

1. Get lost in romance in the tiny paradise
Nothing spells romance the way Mauritius does. Its unending stretch of white-sand palm-fringed beaches have some of the most top-notch resorts and luxury hotels that can spoil the two of you or the entire family. Whether you are on your honeymoon or on a vacation with your little ones, sit back, relax, sip on to sangria and margaritas, and let the cool sea breeze help you unwind. What’s more? Some of the best resorts and hotel in Mauritius overlook the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. So, take in the cool breeze and feel the peace and serenity of the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’.PS: Due to its affordable luxury, Mauritius is also increasingly becoming a much sought-after location for destination weddings. So, if you are planning a destination wedding in Mauritius, then go ahead.

2. Unwind at beachside hotels and resorts in Mauritius
Mauritius is synonymous with luxury. The island has numerous staying options for those on a shoe-string budget, and also for those who want everything that meets the eye. Few hotels and resorts in Mauritius are bordered by turquoise lagoons on one side and breathtaking hills and mountains on the other. The picturesque setting of the hotels and resorts, along with the combination of in-house spas, beachside bars and open-air swimming pools show you the path to Nirvana, honestly.

3. Walk hand-in-hand on the white sand beaches
Even if you are not a water baby, beaches in Mauritius are sure to transform you into one. And why not? It is not everywhere that you can chill under palm trees, soak up the sun, take a dip in the ocean and enjoy the slow pace of life. Stroll along the beaches in Mauritius, drop into the beach-side bars and restaurants that serve sumptuous Mauritian cuisine and take in the Vitamin-Sea during summer.

4. Indulge in water sports
Mauritius is surrounded by gorgeous coral reefs and a rich marine life. If you are an adventure junkie, then you cannot afford to miss the water sports in Mauritius. Well, first-timers can try their hands too! Experience the peace below the water and see how much we have to thank the universe for. There are around 50 breathtaking dive sites in Mauritius and thousands of submarine excursions are held in different parts of the island. If you thought scuba diving was the only attraction for sports enthusiasts, then you need to think again. Windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, underwater sea walk, snorkelling and parasailing are some of the most sought-after water sports in Mauritius.

5. Relish local seafood delicacies
Mauritian cuisine is one of the most diverse cuisines in the world. It draws influences from French, African, Indian and Asian cuisines. A famous must-try Mauritian dish is the dhaal puri, which is a flatbread filled with spicy ground split peas served with a lip-smacking spicy chutney. The place is a paradise for seafood lovers. Ensure you check out quaint restaurants by the beaches for some delicious bites.

6. Embark on day long sightseeing tours
Mauritius offers an unparallel wealth of natural beauty. It has the famous seven-coloured earth of Chamarel, which is on the bucket list of most travellers. Chamarel is a small village where you can see sand dunes in spectacular colours, like yellow, red, brown, violet, purple, green and blue. These sand dunes are believed to be the result of the erosion of volcanic ash.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius is The Grand Bassin. The Grand Bassin is a natural lake in an extinct volcano crater that attracts folks from the hordes. It is believed that the water in the Grand Bassin comes from river Ganga and taking a dip in the lake during Shivratri is considered auspicious. Another popular tourist attraction in Mauritius is Le Morne. It is where slaves took refuge to escape slavery before it was abolished in 1835. There’s more to this touching story which fills you with profound sadness as you view the steep slopes and caves of Le Morne. Other spectacular attractions in Mauritius are Port Louis (the capital of Mauritius), Le Caudan Waterfront, Grand Bay, Ile aux Aigrettes and China Town.

7. Make time for retail therapy 
A trip to Mauritius is incomplete if you have not shopped till you dropped. Make the most of the vibrant shops in Mauritius, which has a lot to offer. Great quality souvenirs made of seashells, home decor products made of cane, model boats, cashmere products, homemade oils, textiles, etc, can be found at ease here. Shopping in Mauritius is unlimited fun!

Summer is the best time to visit Mauritius. Hop on to its beautiful islands and take a dip in the pristine, azure water. And all this beauty is within your reach at a starting price of Rs 53, 960 only (all-inclusive). Go ahead and plan a trip to Mauritius to see what Mark Twain meant when he spoke about the nation.

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