Family Trips in the UK

If you’ve decided to have a family vacation in the UK then you’ve probably made a good choice. Visiting the UK is an excellent chance to see some beautiful sceneries, as well as architectural styles and places of entertainment. The nature, the culture and the people will utterly amaze you. As I’m certain you will visit all the mainstream places, I will not mention them here. The real magic is discovering places not packed with tourists threatening to blind you with flashes from their countless cameras. At least for me it is.

Isle of Wight

Located in the very South of England, and only a 40-minute ferry ride from Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight is a very good place to visit anytime of the year. You can also get there in your own way, making the adventure start earlier than planned. Whether you and your family want to admire the beautiful beaches and seaside towns or you prefer something less common, like the amazing cliff formations called needles that are on the other side of the island, this place has it all. In addition, you can do this by a car or on foot.

DONT MISS – The Donald McGill Saucy Postcard Museum – great fun and funahs for all the family

Saucy postcards by Donald McGill

My family and I rented bikes and strolled along the coast, either way, it is so much fun. One day is not enough to enjoy this experience to the fullest, so you might want to find a place to stay. It’s convenient to share accommodation with somebody, which is exactly what we did. It was a good price, as well as an opportunity to make friends in the process. We still keep in touch.

Camden Town, London

Every tourist in the UK visits London, that’s for sure. However, many people seem to miss out on seeing Camden Town. It is completely different from all the other parts of London. In Camden you can see a vast variety of people, culture, cuisine etc. Any item you can possibly think of is here: starting from food supplies, spices, decorations to all kinds of clothes and accessories. It is very crowded, but this is a part of the Camden experience, so just keep your children close and you will be all right. Plus, when you are done with the shopping, you can eat at one of the numerous restaurants while listening to some live music.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

This is not for everyone, but who doesn’t like Harry Potter? I had to list it, because the story marked my whole childhood and, even as an adult, I enjoyed this a bunch. This 3-hour tour includes original settings and props from the making of all Harry Potter films. This tour will put you and your family in a cheerful mood while you relive the most exciting scenes from the movies. Some of them will even make you feel like you are actually in this magical world of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Despite being a very popular place for tourists, in this case, the crowd of people will not ruin your exploration of the world of magic. If you and your children are Harry Potter fans, you absolutely cannot miss this.

Harry Potter, Warner Bros, Warner Studio

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Regardless if you are in the UK for the first or the tenth time, you can always find things to do and places to see. I like to start with the most popular sites and then progress to the more uncommon and unconventional ones. Whichever place you decide to visit out of the three, you and your family are guaranteed to have a blast! Just choose something that is your cup of tea and start your journey.

About the author

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

Top 5 Destinations in India for Solo Travel

Love to travel alone? Bored of everyday routine hectic life? Want to rejuvenate the soul through travelling solo, away from all the worries of life, away from the social dramas of everyone, getting out of the comfort zone to feel the nature and its wonders? If yes, must read ahead. In recent times solo travel is becoming much more popular among the wanderlust. Whether it is living a few days at one same place or wandering through the mountain valleys without any itinerary, every travel story has a depth of its own. The backpackers have not one but many reasons to wander solo across the country, it can be Soul-Searching or Self-Introspection, volunteering, making new friends along the way, meeting other travellers and share and learn or just to trek in the Himalayas or watch the sunrise view from the window. And there is no shortage of destinations neither adventures in our country, and more the adventurers and travellers, the more fascinating stories to share and connect. Let’s have a look at the top 5 places for solo travel in India.

Rishikesh:

When we say River Rafting, the first place which comes to our mind is Rishikesh. Famous for its Shivpuri River rafting, Rishikesh lies in the Himalayan Foothills along the Ganga River and has attracted many solo travellers for its scenic beauty. But rafting is not the only thing to enjoy in Rishikesh, trekking in hills, attending the Ganga Aarti, Bungee Jumping, Laxman Jhulla, Neergarh Waterfall or simply enjoying at the mesmerising shore of the Ganga are things to be explored by anyone who’s travelling alone.

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Shimla:

The queen of hills! The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, one of the best hill stations in India and one of the most preferred destinations by families, groups or solo travellers. Surrounded by the foothills and enclosing one of the best mall roads in the country, it furnishes the pleasant and blossoming virtues of the valley. For Solo travellers Shimla provides long foothill ranges to trek, serene beauty of the valley to enjoy, visit different other districts at nearby distances such as Kasauli, Chail and Solan and the lavishness of Mall Road and Lakkar Market.

Kerala:

Not everything lies in the Northern part of India. The comforting presence of greenery in Kerala is one of the most highlighted beauties of South India. Kerala has always beckoned solo travellers because of its quietness, the calmness of the rich vegetation and diversity in the backwaters, beaches and canals. It’s refreshing and rejuvenating experience has always made the travellers to visit Kerala again and again. The rich and fertile valleys like Munnar and Thekkady and the picturesque canals as well as backwaters in Alleppey complete the voyager’s soul enthralling journey.

Mumbai:

Not every peace is attained in silence and calm. Some find their peace in the chaos and glitter of the city life. Although being a jam packed and crowded city, Mumbai has always attracted travellers from all around the world. Mumbai being a touristy city always offers its charm and attentiveness to everyone, consisting of many famous landmarks such as the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Haji Ali Dargah and many more. The heart of the Bollywood Film industry city has always been one of the most enchanting places in the country.

Kasol:

Kasol now has become a destination to be on everyone’s wish list. Enclosed in the Parvati valley, Kasol is the most enchanting and enthralling beauty of the Himachal. It has attracted more foreigners than Indians but now it has become the first priority destination of Indian solo travellers whether it’s for trekking or for soul gazing. Its blissful and enchanting beauty is the main reason to mesmerise the travellers and make them visit again and again.

About Prasanna:

Content Writer at Internet Moguls, Content Contributor for Lemon Tree Hotels, India and a blogger by passion. With vast experience of writing on different spheres of life and business, I have contributed my expertise and write-ups for many verticals and subjects. I like sharing my views about places that I visit on Social media with the medium of blogs.

Locations in India That Make It a Nature-Lover’s Heaven

India is filled with natural wonders. With eighteen biospheres all over India, there is no shortage of forests, jungles, deserts or mountains in the country. You can find a range of wildlife from the mountains in the North, desert in the West, tropics in the East, and rainforests in the south. Every state in India has various landscapes which makes it an exciting place if you are into nature. India is an amazing place to experience nature at its best. Here are a few locations that are sure to make you fall in love with nature all over again.

  1. Chilika Lake, Odisha

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Chilika lake is the largest coastal lagoon situated in India, and second largest in the world after New Caledonia. At Chilika lake, you will be able to find many migratory birds. The Nalaban Island, which is situated in middle of lagoon is part of the wetlands declared as part of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. It is part of a bird sanctuary and you can catch a glimpse of birds that come from the Caspian Sea or other parts of Russia. The lake is also a home to the vulnerable Irawaddy Dolphins. With its arsenal of various flora and fauna, any nature lover would want to visit.

  1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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Home to the Great One-Horned Rhinoceros, Kaziranga is a perfect place to go to if you want to be around nature. Located around 200 kilometres away from Guwahati, it covers an area of 430 square kilometres. Brahmaputra River flows nearby creating many unique landscapes such as chapories. You can see many wild animals here, such as foxes, jackals, the Great Indian Hornbill, hares, and the Royal Bengal Tiger. Kaziranga is also home to a number of reptiles such as the King Cobra and Rock Python, so you should watch your step. With it’s amazing landscapes and wildlife, this is an amazing place for nature lovers.

3. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Another National Park that is home to tigers, Ranthambore is a popular eco-tourism destination in India. It covers an area of 392 square kilometres and offers views of many different landscapes. It is covered in by a deciduous forest, giving you an amazing sight while you travel through it. As the leaves change colours and shed, the scenery changes. At Ranthambore you can also see woodpeckers, various types of geese, hyenas, sloth bears, leopards, and nilgais. Home to many other mammals, birds, and plants. Ranthambore is a true beauty.

4. Jotsoma Village, Nagaland

A remote village in Nagaland, Jotsoma is surrounded by scenic beauty. Inhabited by various tribes that are indigenous to the area, you can also connect with tribal culture here. The nearest city with a train station or airport is Dimapur. You can lodge at Kohima which is nearby. With its lush green fields and amazing virgin forests, you will be in for a treat.

5. Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg is the home to the Kodava tribe. Surrounded by one national park and three wildlife sanctuaries, Coorg is one of the main destinations for eco-tourism in India. At Nagarhole National Park you can catch a glimpse of the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, antelopes, various types of deer and various plants. The three sanctuaries surrounding Coorg are Brahmagiri, Pushpagiri, and Talakaveri. Exploring them is a great way to see the various flora and fauna found in this region. There are many waterfalls in the area and one of the most famous ones is Madikeri.

6. Zanskar Valley, Jammu and Kashmir

Zanskar Valley is located in the region of Ladakh. The mountain range situated here is called the Zanskar range which separates Ladakh from the Spiti region. Zanskar Valley is an extremely remote location untouched by man and machine, where you can truly experience nature at its best. You can trek to the many villages in the area. The lakes, gorges, canyons and rivers are enough to keep you awed at how beautiful this place is.

7. Matheran, Maharashtra

Located around 90 kilometres from Maharastra’s capital, Mumbai, Matheran is the smallest hill station. The total area covered by this beautiful town is 7 square kilometres. It is home to a toy train and is surrounded by beautiful green forests of the Western Ghats. It is declared as an eco-sensitive region by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. The toy train winds through hills and passes by amazing landscapes. There are many trails you can hike on. You can visit the waterfall at echo point or visit Charlotte Lake. With its dirt roads and green beauty, Matheran is a great trip for nature lovers.

8. Alleppey, Kerala

Kerala is known as Gods own country, and its backwaters is an absolutely beautiful sight for anyone. Here the rivers from the Western Ghats meet the coast and gently flow through lush green fields. There are canals and lakes which you can traverse on a house boat. The house boats, known as Kettuvallam, used to carry heavy cargo around the area. The area is known for its scenic beauty and it is the perfect way to relax and enjoy nature in Gods own country.

9. Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal

Sunderbans is one of the most famous national parks in India. Located in the Ganges Delta, it is home to the largest mangrove forest. Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, it is the only place where tigers live in a mangrove forest. Sunderbans is filled to the brim with wildlife, and you are sure to see tigers, saltwater crocodiles, Ganges River dolphins, various species of whales, and many different types of turtles. Sunderbans is also where the beautiful Chargeri Char mudflat is located, giving you a glimpse of beautiful landscape.

10. Krem Liat Prah, Meghalaya

The longest natural cave in India, Krem Liat Prah is also one of the deepest in the world. Here you can get to come face to face with small creatures that live in caves. The natural rock formations make for a breath-taking sight and traversing the cave is very fun. You can find underwater ponds and you should also see the huge trunk passage in the cave, which is known as the “Aircraft Hangar”. Slowly as the cave connects with other caves, the Krem Liat Prah will soon become larger. This is a must see to see how beautiful nature can truly be.

Author Bio

Rohit is an avid traveller, and has travelled around India and the world. His passion for exploring the wonders of nature is also paired with his passion for writing. His blog, TransIndiaTravels.com, is filled with his adventures so that you can plan your next trip and not miss out on any must-see attractions.

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