Bali, Indonesia, top 10 things to do in Ubud

Bali, Indonesia, top 10 things to do in Ubud

Recently, I traveled solo to Bali where I stayed in Ubud for 6 nights and 7 days. I flew Singapore Air from New Delhi, India, and after a short layover in Singapore, arrived at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, located in southern Bali. Denpasar is the capital of Bali, and is also the main gateway to the island. In Bali, I had booked my stay at the Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa by L’Occitane…

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Ramada Gurgaon Central, review of Gurgaon's top business hotel

Ramada Gurgaon Central, review of Gurgaon's top business hotel

I recently had a chance to stay at the Ramada Gurgaon Central hotel (a Wyndham hotel), an international business hotel, located in the heart of Gurgaon's (Gurugram) business district (Delhi NCR). The hotel is centrally located at Sector 44 in Gurgaon, which is at close proximity to principal corporate offices and…

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Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Kochi: top 5 star hotel & spa in Cochin, Kerala, India

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Kochi: top 5 star hotel & spa in Cochin, Kerala, India

I spent three nights at the Taj Malabar Resort and Spa in Kochi (Cochin) in Kerala. It was my first visit to Kerala, and I wanted to stay in a luxury spa hotel that gave me the feeling of being in Kerala. I was traveling solo on a business trip. After a three-hour long flight from New Delhi, I finally arrived at the Cochin International Airport…

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Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport Hotel Review

Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport Hotel Review

I recently stayed at the Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport Hotel while transiting through Delhi. The hotel is 5 kms away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and it took me only about ten minutes to get there with the hotel’s cab service. As soon as I entered the hotel, I immediately felt at home…

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A guide to Nikko, Japan: top 3 things to do in Nikko

A guide to Nikko, Japan: top 3 things to do in Nikko

“Never say kekko until you’ve seen Nikko” is a famous Japanese proverb, where “kekko” means “to be satisfied”. Essentially this means that you cannot miss doing Nikko when you visit Japan. Nikko is a small city in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture, in the mountains north of Tokyo…

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Things to do in Nikko, Japan: Kegon Falls

Things to do in Nikko, Japan: Kegon Falls

The Kegon Waterfall is the most famous waterfall in Nikko. It is located at Lake Chūzenji (source of the Oshiri River) in Nikkō National Park near the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It is almost 100 Mts. tall and is regarded as one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls…

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Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Shinkyo Bridge which means the "sacred bridge" is one of the three magnificent bridges in Japan. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located in central Nikko at the entrance of Nikko's shrines and temples. It belongs to the Futarasan Shrine…

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Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the top thing to do in Nikko, Japan

Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the top thing to do in Nikko, Japan

Nikko is a famous hill-station north of Tokyo. I visited Nikko in mid-April driving from Tokyo with an English speaking Japanese tour guide. Even though I was a little late for the cherry blossom season, I was happy to visit the famous shrines and tourist spots in Nikko…

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Lake Yamanakako, the best spot for viewing Mount Fuji in Japan

Lake Yamanakako, the best spot for viewing Mount Fuji in Japan

Lake Yamanakako is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. It is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, and is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. It is also the best spot for viewing Mount Fuji in Japan.

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FUJIMI KOTOKU KOEN (PARK), a secret spot for cherry blossoms viewing (sakura) in Fuji

FUJIMI KOTOKU KOEN (PARK), a secret spot for cherry blossoms viewing (sakura) in Fuji

The Fujimi Kotoku Park is a secret spot for viewing cherry trees with Mt. Fuji views in Fujiyoshida. It is off the beaten track and tourists may not know about this place. The park also has a shrine and a recreational walking trail. It is a…

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Cherry Blossoms (sakura) at Lake Kawaguchiko, Mount Fuji, Japan

Cherry Blossoms (sakura) at Lake Kawaguchiko, Mount Fuji, Japan

Lake Kawaguchiko, also known as the hot spring resort town, is located at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan and is the second largest of the Five Fuji Lakes. It is also the most easily accessible of the Five Fuji Lakes with direct train and bus connections to Tokyo. It has some of the best sakura/cherry blossoms…

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HOTEL MYSTAYS Fuji Onsen Resort: the top hotel to stay in Fuji

HOTEL MYSTAYS Fuji Onsen Resort: the top hotel to stay in Fuji

After a long day of travel from Kyoto, changing trains and buses, I arrived at Hotel Mystays Fuji Onsen Resort very late in the night. The front desk team was warm and hospitable and after check-in, helped me book a massage later in the night at their favorite salon…

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Top 5 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Spots around Mt. Fuji, Japan

Top 5 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Spots around Mt. Fuji, Japan

Japan is one of the topmost countries in the world for cherry blossom or sakura (as the Japanese call it) viewing. Each spring the cherry trees blossom for a very short time in different parts of Japan. Starting from Japan's southern subtropical islands of Okinawa…

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Osaka to Kansai International Airport with the Airport Limousine Bus Service from KATE

Osaka to Kansai International Airport with the Airport Limousine Bus Service from KATE

The Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise (KATE) offers a limousine bus service between Osaka and the Kansai International Airport. The service is offered from different locations in Osaka like the Osaka Station or Kintetsu Uehommachi /Shinsaibashi or Nanko/Tenpozan (Kaiyukan) Universal Studios Japan to Terminal 1…

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