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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.

Travel insurance is more important than you think

We get it! You spend a lot of time planning for that one perfect holiday – Where to go, Where to stay, what to do, what to see and even what goes in your suitcase. But there’s one essential thing that often miss – travel insurance. Though it may seem like one additional travel expense but it’s more important than we think it is! Like as it is rightly said – If you cannot afford travel insurance, you cannot afford travel.

Why travel insurance?

The purpose of travel insurance is to protect traveler’s investment in their trip and it ensures that your trip is hassle-free. Travel insurance covers the costs like:

Travel insurance covers –

Trip cancellations

Trip cancellation is the most widely recognized reason why people consider travel insurance. As we already know that the life is unpredictable and who knows when you need to cancel your travel plans. Bearing the trip cancellation cost is far more expensive than the trip itself. A perfect alternative to this is to safeguard yourself with a travel insurance.

Any medical issues before or during a trip

If you, or your travel companion goes through any medical problem amid the trip, travel insurance can cover the costs without a stiff medical bill at the end of the trip.

Travel delays

Controlling climate isn’t something that’s under our control. Unfavorable climate could call for travel delays or can turn into a reason for trip cancelation. Numerous things, for example, missing flights, flight delays, flight cancelation, stolen travel permit and flight mishaps can be an obstacle to your trip. Travel insurance takes care of such circumstances, so you can

Theft/Robbery/losing luggage

You never know when your pockets loaded with Mastercards disappear or when your baggage gets vanished, and that is a hard time as a traveler in an unknown place with no contacts, no cash, and no documents. In such events, travel insurance is the way crucial than anything else.

Passing of your family member or dear one while abroad

Most importantly, we don’t need any such obnoxious circumstances happening in your life during your trip. Having travel protection can’t breathe life into the dead individual back however the cost of undertaker’s administrations and the coffin will be given to you.

Europe has something for everyone, and so do we!

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Whatever is your traveling style, we’ve got you covered!

What comes after a splendid vacation is loads of throwbacks and sadly, some vacay blues! And rightfully so, for it is only when we leave behind the daily rigmarole of our lives that we can open our senses to another simple, yet marvelous creations and emotions that life has to offer. So this summer, sip in the elixir of life by traveling to Europe and come back to a renewed you! What’s more? Whether you are going solo or traveling with your spouse, friends, family or extended family, it’s the perfect destination for everyone. Every individual is different and so is their travel style; so which one are you?

The laid-back traveler

You want a break from work emails and the constant swiping on your Smartphone! After all, a vacation should be all about relaxation and not fretting over the details, right? If you answered yes, then the All-in-one Europe Tour is just the right deal for you. With this tour, you don’t need to go over every minute detail of your itinerary.

The let’s-experience-everything traveler

If only dreaming could translate into reality, we’d love to explore European countries and soak in its rich culture every single day! Whilst hoping for this is a little too much, Cosmos packages allow you to zip zap zoom the European countries with their spectacular train rides, overnight cruise ships, and breath-taking cable car inclines. What more? With Cosmos, you will explore Europe with travelers from across the globe and get the chance to experience the local cuisines and much more.

The YOLO traveler

Exploring Europe with your closest buddies sounds like a great plan, but we all know how difficult it gets to match everyone’s schedules to plan a domestic trip, let alone one abroad. The next best alternative is to hit the shores of Greece, the clubs of Amsterdam and the cobbled Parisian streets with fellow youngsters like thyself! Contiki has, undoubtedly, the best, hip crowd you’d ever want to hang out with. How and why, you ask? Because they’re only between the ages of 18 and 35, and hence, way more fun than other passengers you might meet on any other trip.

The I-want-it-my-way traveler

If you know what you want, there’s nothing wrong with that! What’s best then, is to book a tour that aligns perfectly with your wishes and desires. Europamundo allows you to tweak every single aspect of your trip. You can start your trip whenever you want, wherever you want and stay for as long as you want. If you want to stay longer in one city, so be it! With Europamundo, you can take a break from the tour and return later to continue your journey. Yes, it does sound too good to be true, but no, that doesn’t mean it can’t exist.

We don’t blame if you’re all starry-eyed after reading the above, so head here to make that European trip come true.

Europe for the young, wild and free!

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7 reasons to head to Europe this summer

If there’s one catchphrase that’s caught the attention of most individuals across the globe, it is this: YOLO. You Only Live Once, or YOLO as most of us call it, is the awareness that today is all we have, and hence, making the most of today is paramount. For those with a penchant for more classier phrases, YOLO translates to carpe diem!

And if there’s one place on this earth that does 100% justice to this feeling of making the most of your life and living life king size, or queen size if you prefer, then Europe’s the place to be! Europe’s undoubtedly-rich historical roots, delectable cuisines and extremely Instagram-worthy nooks and corners have ensured the continent is on the bucket list of every traveler!

So, here are 7 things you must do before you call the curtains on your enchanting European dream

Party in Amsterdam

Let’s be honest, Amsterdam is the epic center of nightlife across the globe. So, it is obvious that you’ll want to hit all the famous clubbing spots here! Imagine what fun it would be to go pub hopping with like-minded young people like thyself and end the night, or early morning, with zero left feet. Actually, why imagine when in reality you can party with energetic fellow travelers who won’t complain about the music ever being too loud for them.

Bask in Baltic’s past

Baltic countries – Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia – might appear to be quite alike, but their distinct history ensures you’ll take back different memories from every country. Lithuania has everything for tourists- historic cities, romantic castles and houses set in the landscape of rolling hills and lakes. Latvia’s World Heritage-listed Riga’s Old Town can be explored for hours and its lake and forest regions are beyond breathtaking. Be it a fascinating past filled with German traders, Danish rules and struggle for Swedish and Russian control, Estonia has it all!

An evening in Paris

The passion for traveling has not only inspired lives, but it has also played cupid to very many beautiful souls over the centuries! Soak in the love, either that of a partner’s or your own self, around Paris Eiffel Tower.Roam through the cobbled Parisian streets, allow the air to set your heart aflutter and renew your vows to life. It is, after all, the best place to say je t’aime the entire world.

Float through Venice

Let the discoverer in you wake up to gondoliers calls in Venice. The gondola is, after all, the most attractive feature of the city. But if you thought Venice was only famous for its canals, be prepared to be thoroughly surprised. The narrow backstreets of Venice hide more than they reveal- churches lined with priceless marbles, sights of heaven on homeless-shelter ceilings and Venetian feasts full of specialty produce and seafood you definitely won’t find anywhere.

Roam in Rome

Nothing utters golden age and spectacular urban development in a breath the way Rome does! The country’s monumental basilicas, including St Peter’s Basilica, are masterpieces of Renaissance architecture. Nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome will let you wander and get lost in the history of the land and bring you back to the present with mouth-watering thin and crispy pizzas and wine (if not the obvious choice- cappuccino). Preferably go with a group of people who don’t mind roaming with you for hours at a stretch. Find compatible traveling souls for Rome right here.

Get insta-ready with Greece

Get those hashtags ready, for you’re entering the idyllic Greek islands of shining seas and breezy beach life. Every corner, every door frame, heck, even every roof deserves a hashtag of its own in Greece!Welcome vibrant colors and individuals in your lives as you pose against the azure seas of this land that has some indelible marks of the Romans, Arabs, Turks, Albanians, etc. Who said history can’t get enough ❤s (hearts) or likes!?

Cruise along the Adriatic

If sun, sand, and seas get you going, then a cruise along the Adriatic Sea is just the right thing for you! The cruise offers a fantastic way to experience the culture of countries like Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece. Soak up the sun and history lessons as you navigate from one culturally-rich center to another, or enjoy the turquoise waters while you swim and snorkel your vacay away! The choice is absolutely yours.

Europe, with its vast geographical reaches, rich culture and history, and sumptuous cuisine options has something to offer for every kind of traveler. But some things are best enjoyed by a group of individuals who are closer to your age than farther from it, and want to discover the world with no regrets! So, book your trip here to ensure you have a whale of a time in the mesmerizing Europe and return home with a cellphone full of new contacts and a gallery full of cherished memories.

ezeego1 with Contiki has some amazing itineraries lined up for Europe this summer! So if you are between 18 and 35, and looking for a life-changing adventure, go check them out now.

Top 10 Honeymoon destinations

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Marriages may be made in heaven but honeymoons are best done in earthly climes and while you focus on the manic hustle and bustle of the wedding, we have got your honeymoon research fully covered. The trendiest destinations across the world, preferred by Hollywood and Bollywood celeb couples alike- at budgets that don’t hurt the pocket. Look no further.

Bora Bora Beach: Beach pe selfie

It’s an island of beautiful beaches, with crystal blue waters, long wooden walkways and oh-so-romantic water bungalows.

Where: Society Islands of French Polynesia, France.

Thing to do: Explore Blue Lagoon with a gear mask, and your partner, Watch the Sunset, Give each other a massage of Tahitian monoi oil & Cycle around the 150-year-old market

Spotted: Aishwarya Rai & Abhishek Bachchan were spotted honeymooning at Bora Bora.

Bali: Brings up the feels

Bali with lots of volcanic hills, sandy beaches & picturesque backdrop of culture spread across villages filled with banyan trees, is often called Spiritual Island in Indonesia.

Where: Indonesia

Things to do: Bali’s beaches are called Surfer’s paradise & famous for water sports

Spotted: Honeymooning Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara Dutta in Bali, Indonesia.

Croatia: Be like Bond

Wanna dress up like Bond? If you have a knack for roaming around the city & check out the cultural and architectural. Walking in the old walls of Croatia will be delightful to you, see and feel the culture of the city.

FYI, Game of thrones kings landing was shot in Croatia.

Santorini Greece: Trending on a facebook newsfeeds near you

Santorini was formed out of a volcano, the white and blue combination of the city will please your mind and of course, with relaxing beaches. Lose yourself in the view of rocks formations through sailing tours.

Where: Greece

Things to do: Walking in the city, exploring local markets, Watersports, Witness beautiful Sunsets and Sunrise

Spotted: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson proud owners of the house in Santorini were spotted producing movies in this location.

Seychelles: 90s kids will know this as the place for Miss World

Did you ever dream to sit on one of the most beautiful beaches on earth? Well, that’s exactly called Seychelles!

Where: East of South Africa

Things to do: Diving, Snorkeling & Visit Morne Seychellois National Park

Spotted: William and Kate Middleton spent honeymoon in this secluded place that no paps could go close.

Maldives: Enact an end of the world fantasy

Its nature’s sunken garden is beautiful in itself.

Where: South Asia

Things to do: Aromatherapy, Snorkeling &Water Sports

Spotted: Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover honeymooning after they tied the knot.

Mauritius: Where Bolly makes murder movies

Mauritius has one the best beaches in the world; it offers a great combination of city and beach tour in one package.

Where: East of South Africa

Things to do: Food, Cruises, Shopping and Deep Diving

Spotted: Nargis Fakhri & Uday Chopra were spotted spending good times together.

Singapore: Flaunt your #ootn in style

Singapore’s position as one of Asia’s hottest dining and nightlife capitals.

Where: South East Asia

Things to do: Singapore Flyer, Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Supertree Grove, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Orchard Road, Merlion Park.

Spotted: People clicking #ootn (Outfit Of The Night) selfies 😀 😀

Thailand: Pamper your taste buds Thai-way

Known for Tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. From a bustling nightlife to tropical beaches to lavish royal palaces to intriguing ancient ruins to flamboyant temples, Thailand has it all!

Where: South East Asia

Things to do: Beaches, Explore cities like Bangkok, Pattaya & Phuket

Spotted: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt spent $18000 on luxurious beach resort with their kids & Bollywood star Imran Khan & Avantika Malik chose this for their honeymoon.

Switzerland: Recreate your DDLJ beat

Imagining Switzerland creates a collage of snow-swathed peaks of the Alps, crystal blue lakes and houses with stepped roofs on our head.

Where: Europe

Things to do: Hiking, French Spa & Skiing

Spotted: Kareena Kapoor & Saif Ali khan honeymooned at Switzerland.

What makes us Indian?

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68 reasons to ask. One question to fuel your fervor.

India. 5 simple letters that unite us in celebration today. As the Republic marches towards 68, we take a look around – the sights and sounds, the global landscape, the evolving identity; and ask – what makes us Indian?

Here they are. The glimpses of India as we travel across the country and across hearts in a picture blog.

The global Indian soul

Rooted to tradition but not agnostic to the influences of the world outside, what makes us Indian is our ability to combine contexts.

The crowd of one

At ease in the bustling streets and at peace with oneself, what makes us Indian is the ability to stand together, and stand apart.

The power of belief

The more you see, the more you learn. The Theyyam celebration from the Southern parts of India is a celebration of belief, not known to many.

The happiness of being

It doesn’t take much to make us happy. And keep us that way. What makes us India? To find happiness where we are, with what we have.

Shades of togetherness

Many ways to say I love you, and as many to say, “I do”.

Vasudhaiva kutumbakam

Family. Knowing our third cousin. And whining about all those family functions. What makes us Indian? Large families!

Community

Beyond the human, we’ve always taken respect to worship. What makes us Indian? Belonging to a larger whole.

Cricket

Passion, religion, coming together. What makes us Indian? Cricket. Period.