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Have you Been To The “Abode of Clouds” in India? If Not, Let this Be Your Next Holiday Destination

I am born with a soul of a wanderer and the feet of a traveller and I believe many of you do share the same spirit. Well, if you are a traveler by soul and a true lover of natural beauty at its best, Meghalaya must be on your “Must Check-in  List”

Meghalaya–the ‘abode of clouds’, is a beautiful mountain-state that covers a good portion of North-East India. Meghalaya works as a separating line between Assam Valley and the plains of Bangladesh. Meghalaya is popular as a soothing and cool holiday destination all over India. It offers a wonderful mirage of scenic beauty and attracts a good number of tourists from all over the world year.

Cherapunjee and Mawsynram are the most famous attractions of Meghalaya, statistically representing the wettest places on Earth. Besides them, Meghalaya is rich with ample number of waterfalls that are in their best shape between June to September—during the rainy season.

Meghalaya is a very small state covering an area of around 22,430 square kilometers and is a home for a number of North-Eastern tribes like Garo and Khasi. Most interestingly you will experience a maternal societal system running in most of the tribes of Meghalaya.

Being a mostly forested state Meghalaya offers great biodiversity of animals and plants. Meghalaya is also famous for adventure tourism like trekking, mountaineering, caving etc.

Let us have a short glimpse of the attractions that makes Meghalaya one the most popular tourist destinations in India.

  1. LIVING ROOT BRIDGES

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Near Cherrapunji and Mawlynnlong , you can experience the living root bridges—man-made wonders that attract a great number of tourists to Meghalaya every year.  They are made with the trained expertise of members of Khasi tribes.

2.MAWLYNNLONG—THE CLEANEST VILLAGE

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Mawlynglong with all its scenic beauty and its habitants’ enthusiasm for cleanliness was named as the ‘Cleanest Village in Asia’. The village of Mawlynnlong which actually means ‘God’s Own Garden’ is famous for its eco-friendly tourism and clean surroundings. They also made an 80 ft. long tower by bamboo shoots in order to have an eagle’s view of the plains of Bangladesh that is quite near to the village.

3.UMIAM LAKE

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Umiam Lake, located near the town of Shillong is famous for its crystal-clear water. It is also a hub for a number of adventure water sports like kayaking, boating and many more.

  1. DAWKI TOWN

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Dawki town, situated near the Indo-Bangladesh border and near about an hour from Mawlynnlong village is famous for its emerald colored Umngot river. We can take a beautiful and picturesque through the river which also allows us to experience the lifestyle across the border.

  1. SACRED GROVE

Near about 45 minutes’ drive from Shillong will take you towards a sacred grove made and maintained my Khasi tribe. It houses a number of medicinal plants. Members of Khasi tribes often use this grove as the burning place of dead bodies. There is a 16 kilometer long David Scott trail near the grove that gives a great picturesque view of the hills. The grove is also near to a heritage Khasi village where you can experience traditional Khasi lifestyle.

  1. NOHKALIKAI WATERFALLS

Meghalaya is a home for many beautiful waterfalls of which Nohkalikai is the highest one, located near Cherapunjee. It is the tallest plunge waterfall on India with a height of 1115 feet (340 metres). Other waterfalls of Meghalaya like Langshaing Falls, Elephant Falls are also major tourist attractions.

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Meghalaya offers a great range of tourist attractions from forests to hills to a view to the lifestyles of old tribes. Thus it serves to be a great tourist destination for ages and hoping to maintain the same in future.

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What Makes The Wat Pho Temple A Must Visit Site When You Are In Bangkok?

One of the most favorite international destinations of every Indian is definitely Bangkok. Situated right next to India, this lies to be one such prominent option that suits our pockets and fits our cravings at the same time. Thailand tourism is undoubtedly on the rise owing to maximum number Bangkok has become the most thriving travel destination since a decade now.

Bangkok became the number one spot as the 2013’s most popular tourist destination, beating London. Bangkok is also ranked as the second most photographed location on Instagram. Overall Bangkok has reached the apex being the most oft-visited destination for travel-lovers all over the world, not only because of the spicy Thai food, massage parlors or big shopping malls but also for the temples that bear the serene heritage of Buddhist culture in Thailand.

Thailand being an avid Buddhist country, temples play a very important role in the everyday life. Buddhism was supposedly introduced to Thailand approximately 2,200 years ago by Indian Emperor Ashoka the Great who sent a few monks to Thailand to spread Buddhism. Nowadays, majority of Thai population is Buddhist.

Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the most attractive of the Buddhist temples in Thailand. Officially named as Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangkhalaram , this temple is situated near the Rattanakosin area of Bangkok and was founded in 1782. Let us see what makes this temple a must visit place for every tourist in Bangkok.

  1. Oldest and Largest of all temples in Bangkok:

The Wat Pho temple complex is the largest in Bangkok containing more than 1,000 Buddha images. The Wat Pho was founded in 1782 by the order of King Rama I. The heritage and the grandeur of this temple attract a lot of tourists every year.

2. The 46 meters long gold plated Reclining Buddha :

The main attraction of this temple is the 46 meters long gold plated Reclining Buddha image named Phra Phuttha Saiyat built in the reign of King Rama II in 1832. The image is usually referred to as the ‘Lying Budhha’ or ‘Sleeping Buddha’ but it actually shows the passing of the Buddha into final Nirvana.

3.The soles of Buddha’s feet:

The soles of Buddha’s feet are inlaid with Mother of pearl in 108 segments, showing 108 lakshanas of Budhha in detail. They are about 3 meters high and almost 5 meters long.

4.Bodhi Tree:

The temple complex consists a small garden adjacent to the image of the Reclining Buddha that contains a Bodhi Tree that is descendant of the Bodhi Tree of Bodhgaya in India.

5.Birthplace of Thai Massage:

The Wat Pho temple is a center for knowledge and traditional art. It is also the birthplace of the famous Thai massage. The massage courses here are open to anyone.

6.The Ubosot housing the Principal Buddha image:

The Ubosot or the ordination hall houses the principal Buddha image of Wat pho that is named Phra Budhha Deva Patimakorn, displaying the magnificent Buddha in the meditation posture. The image is seated on a pedestal under which the ashes of King Rama I are buried. The Ubosot is also decorated with innumerable number of murals depicting Buddha’s life stories.

How To Reach?

Metered taxis are available to get there. You can also get there by Chao Phraya express river boat.

The temple complex is open from 8 am to 6:30 pm daily with a lunch break from 12 noon to 1 pm. Entry fee for per person is 100 Thai Bhat.

So next time you visit Bangkok, don’t forget to keep the Wat Pho temple in your checklist.

Explore The Amazon Jungle, The Mysterious World of Mummies, The Underwater Titanic & Many More Right at Delhi NCR

Hello People! How have you been enjoying your holidays? Well, the winters might be sharp and prickly but that should not stop you from planning your getaway destinations. For people in Delhi NCR, I have come across with a brilliant option for the perfect Sunday celebration. Well, what if I told you, you can experience the World of Amazon Forest, The Mysterious World of Tutankhamen’s Mummy and the Historical Underwater world of the Titanic right at one place and that too in Delhi NCR? Sounds like an exciting plan? Well then get ready for a perfect Family One Day Getaway To The Oh! Max Wonderland.

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Where

Oh! Max Wonderland is the first of its kind indoor theme Park located in Omaxe Connaught Place, a mall designed on the lines of Delhi’s favorite Connaught Place, situated in Pari Chowk, Greater Noida. For all Noida and Greater Noida residents, this is one of the most promising options to visit with your family for uninterrupted fun and entertainment.

For those residing in other parts of Delhi NCR, this might be an hour drive from your place, but considering, the chain of activities inside this educational amusement hub, the drive is worthwhile.

What Makes It So Different From Other Theme Parks of Delhi NCR?

Delhi NCR, considering its huge variety of crowds is a home to a number of theme parks. But Oh! Max Wonderland is something that would surely offer you a lifetime experience that makes it so exclusive and different from the existing theme parks.

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It is not only the first indoor theme park situated in a Mall but its versatile adventure zones would not only educate you but provide you with the perfect flavors of entertainment with a pinch of variety. Let’s explore what this so talked about Theme Park has in store for you.

Head To The Exciting World of Amazon Jungle

Well, if your kid is an ardent fan of the roaring lions and howling tigers, then this is the perfect area for him/her. Created on the lines of the Amazon Forest, this area of Oh! Max Wonderland has everything to remind you of the adventurous forest vibes.

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With tribal figures, dark jungles, and a number of animal figures like elephant, tiger, lion etc. it would let you experience the thrilling World of Amazon Forest.

Let’s Explore The World of The Unsinkable Titanic

Who isn’t aware of the colossal Titanic that witnessed a tragic accident deep down the Atlantic Ocean? While we all have heard stories about this legendary incident, Oh! Max Wonderland gives you a chance to explore and experience the different areas of The Titanic through an innovative creation.

Captain John Smith escorts you to the incredible world of Titanic 12,000 deep down into the Atlantic Ocean. You can witness a real life tour through the different classes of the Titanic, view the different lifestyles of the different sections of the legendary ship and finally end your tour with your entry into the World’s finest dining area that was present in the Titanic.

The static world of the legendary Titanic is brought into life with lively performances by the people who role play as the passengers of the massive ship. Indeed a pleasure to experience for a lifetime!

Satiate Your TasteBuds With a Tour To The Chocolate Factory

No human has ever said that he/she is not fond of chocolates. And if you are a chocolate addict absolutely like me, this area lies to be an indispensable part from your Oh! Max Wonderland Tour.

Guided to the Chocolate Factory by Mr. Pudu Cherry and his wife and explained through a beautiful story telling how chocolates are made, this definitely happens to be every kiddo’s one of the favorites.

At the end of the tour, you are also gifted some amazing chocolates that work as a cherry on the cake for the chocolate Factory tour.

Be A Living Witness TO The Historical Love Story of ShahJahan and Mumtaz

Are you an admirer of the colossal Taj Mahal that was built as a testimony to the immortal love of Shahjahan for Mumtaz?

Well, Oh! Max, The Indoor Wonderland also lets you witness a glimpse of it with its mesmerizing roleplay of the beautiful love story along with a mini reincarnation of the magnanimous Taj.

With entertaining courtiers, Shahjahan and Mumtaz walking past the beautiful frontal lake of Taj and amazing dance performance next to the Taj, you are transported to another world of entertainment.

And then you are guided into the 6D theater where you are shown a theatrical visual explaining the historical construction of this incredible Wonder of the World. Not to forget, the seats in this theater are designed to give you the utmost feeling of royalty.

What’s the best part of Oh! Max Wonderland that keeps you glued to the property is that just when you think that your list of entertainment is about to exhaust, it comes with another surprise. Just as the 6d visual finishes off, you are escorted through the secret chambers to that area of Taj where the souls of Shahjahan and Mumtaz are still considered to reside.

The royalty, hospitality and beauty with which you would be pampered would surely make you ask for a repeat visit to this property. The virtual portraits of Shahjahan and Mumtaz have been created with such perfection that you would for sure consider them for real at least for once.

Get Ready To Be Baffled In The World of Mirrors

Fun and excitement never seem to pause at Oh! Max Wonderland. The mirror maze world created at this property makes you go puzzled discovering the routes.

The perfect trick to make your way through this tricky space is to be highly alert and keep moving.

History, Adventure and Thrill At Its Best in The Treasure of Tut

Remember our history books in school where we used to read about the Egyptian mummies whose bodies were preserved for ages? Well, get ready to welcome yourself into the finest world of adventure in the Treasure of Tut.

You are invited to experience the land of Pharaoh who have been under the effect of slumber since 3500 years. The expert roleplaying, the sudden arrival of the guardian keeper and the abrupt chain of incidents occuring at these adventurous chambers would surely make your heart leap with horror for once.

The glittery world of gold and the impenetrable darkness adds to the adventurous factor of this space. Before your visit ends, you are taken to the 5d theatre once again to relish one more adventurous visual, adding to the experience.

Are Dinosaurs Really Extinct?

Well, Oh! Max Wonderland would never make you feel so! Right at your entry into the mall, you are welcomed by two towering species of dinosaurs.

These almost real life species in the DINO Park of Oh! Max Wonderland take you to a World that existed before human race. With dino rides and moving figures, you are never distanced from the truest sense of thrill and adventure.

Excite Your Adventure Buds with Some Real Life Adventure in The World of Adventure Park

The Adventure park spread over three levels of The Mall lets both your kid and you try out the finest adventures like conquering the obstacle course, rock climbing, trampoline park etc.

As promised you are never denied of adventure in this colossal adventure park.

The Lights, Camera, Go Area

If you are a film buff, this place is soon going to have an area where you can experience the entire journey of filmmaking with pepped up action like Dhoom bike ride etc.

The place is under construction but despite that it still has some stunts by a professional stuntman who would not fail to amaze you by his skilled dexterity.

Prices

Well, if you are wondering such a lavish treat would turn out to be an extremely expensive affair, it’s time to rethink. In fact the tickets are so affordably priced that you don’t need to consider your budgets even for once.

Don’ts

Well, a few things to be kept in mind before you plan your trip at this Amazing Wonderland is

⛔⛔Most of the times videography is prohibited in the activity areas.

⛔⛔If your kid is less than 10 years, The Treasure of Tut should be avoided as the tender minds might not be able to bear the sudden chain of activities.

You can always leave behind your little one as the small part of the Adventure park where they can enjoy their kind of fun.

⛔⛔Don’t carry lunch or breakfast. It’s always advisable to travel light and when you have an amazing cafetaria situated in this Theme Park, carrying breakfast or lunch would indeed be an extra burden.

The lavish buffet spread tasting absolutely like homemade food along with an appetizing breakfast would definitely make you fall in love with it.

So next rime you are planning of a pocket-friendly destination to visit with your kid, let Oh! Max Wonderland become your first priority.

Experience The True Village Flavors Right In Delhi NCR with the Surajgarh Farms

Hello Social Family!

Another weekend just got over and hope you all had a great time! Today my post is for all my Delhite friends or for those of you who have been planning to visit Delhi and looking for weekend getaways in Delhi.  For those of you who enjoyed a nice weekend getaway at your vicinity, cheers to your staycation! And for those of you who could not make it as you ran out of choices or didn’t want to go somewhere too far, today I am going to talk about an amazing getaway option that lies within Delhi NCR itself but has not been quite talked about. This hidden gem is none other than Surajgarh Farms, “A Village In The City.”

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The super chaos of urban life has robbed away the pleasures of the village culture, a culture that lies so close to the heart but a rare lifestyle to stick in the present marathon of city life. Surajgarh Farms is fresh breath of relief that takes you through a tour of the rich shades of rural life with contemporary urban touch. This thematic property is all targeted to offer you an unflawed experience of the true rustic rustic flavors beginning from the ambiance, food and the host of activities.

Where To Discover This Hidden Gem?

Surajgarh Farms is located at Golfcourse Extension Road, Sector 59, Gurgaon. While you are travelling from Faridabad this happens to fall on the left side of the Gurgaon Faridabad road after a few minutes post crossing the toll.

surajgarhfarmsLocated at a convenient distance from Delhi, Gurgaon as well as Faridabad, this undoubtedly can be one of the most reasonable and comfortable options for planning your weekend trip. The best part is you can spend the entire day there and return on the same day itself.

What’s In Store For You?

As stated before, Surajgarh Farms has every ingredient to make you experience the rich vivid shades of village life amidst the hustle bustle of the metropolitan. As you enter this amazing property, you are welcomed by a heartwarming folk dance along with some amazing folk music.

surajgarhpropertyWhat amazes you is the vibrant colorful hues that every nook and corner of this property speaks of. With posters of Sholay and the epic “Jai Veeru” Mopet you are transported to the Land of Bollywood.

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The earthen pots, the lush greenery, the gaggling swans, all bring in the spice of rural variety amidst monotonous city life.

A Plethora of Activities To Give You A Rich Feel Of The Rural Life

Surajgarh Farms is beautifully segmented into different huts named after the popular villages of Haryana and Rajasthan. However while there are number of reminders spread across this beautiful thematic farm about the village life, they have also made a fine amalgamation of metropolitan vibes with different kinds of activities.

surajgarh farmsOn one hand you have folk dance performances with puppet show and pottery, camel riding, gulli danda, matki phod, kushti, kabbadi etc. activities that takes  you to a tour through the rustic cultures while on the other you can enjoy rope climbing, trampoline, badminton, volleyball, cricket. The puppet show, the folk dance and the magic show are the chief attractions that should never be given amiss.

surajgarhpropertyreviewPerformed by skilled performers from the villages of Rajasthan and Haryana, they know their jobs pretty well and have truly mastered perfection in their respective fields.

Binge on Some Authentic Indian Food As You Explore The Village Hues

Surajgarh Farms believe in offering you an experiential trip far from the madding crowd of the metropolitan marathon. Hence they have integrated all ingredients to make the perfect serving.

surajgarhfarms..You can enjoy some handmade rotis made perfectly in the village style, lip-smacking “chilla”, “golgappas” and many other varieties of snacks. As you indulge in some amazing activities, the good food keeps satiating your cravings thus curating a perfect outing.

The Perfect Choice For A Getaway in Delhi NCR

When you don’t want to drive too far or spend too much and yet experience some unique flavors of the village life, Surajgarh Farms stand out to be the most befitting option. Be it an outing for school kids, a family picnic, a corporate party or a friends’ get together, this place suits every choice.

surajgarhfarms...surajgarh reviewsurajgarh farmsThe Park remains open from 10 am to 7 pm through all the days of the week. Priced affordably, an adult ticket costs 1199 INR while all inclusive tickets for a couple cost around 2299 INR. They also have discounted tickets for senior citizens priced at 999 INR while for kids it’s priced at 599 INR.

So get ready to unleash the true rustic flavors with lush greenery and vivid scenic landscapes right at the very heart of Delhi NCR with Surajgarh Farms.

What Makes ShantiniketanA Must Visit Place for Every Bengali Soul?

Bengal is a land with an array of wonder attractions. In fact it is often said if one has not been to Bengal ever in his life, he is yet to discover the true essence of culture. Among the huge number of resources that contribute to Bengal’s rich culture, Shantiniketan definitely plays an indispensable role.

shantinikedtan3.jpgShantinikeatan is a place that wrings a Bengali’s heart with all its soul searching music of Bengali folk culture. Bengalis’ cultural pioneer Rabindranath Tagore had given it a name and place in the world tourist map as a representative of Bengali heritage culture.

Shantiniketan does not only offer to our soul beautiful cultural masterpieces but also a wide array of beautiful nature soothes our eyes too. The  honest and unpolluted beauty of rural Bengal enchants us.

shantiniketan2Shantiniketan is situated near Bolpur in Birbhum District of West Bengal. Rabindranath Tagore chose this place to make his dream university Viswa Bharati for the place offers us a great sense pf serenity. The greenery of rural Bengal that Shantiniketan amazes us with is one of the greatest attraction for which a good number of tourists crowd there every year.

shantiniketan4As Viswa Bharati welcomes a great number of foreign students, Shantiniketan becomes a great attraction for the foreign tourists also. As they get a small picture of unique Indian rather Bengali culture in Shantiniketan, they become quite more attracted to know the place. Shantiniketan plays a great role in prospering Bengal’s worldwide connections since the days of Tagore.

shantiniketan...Bengali always had a great pride  for the culture that they very carefully nourished since long time. Being a maker and representative of this culture Rabindranath Tagore and his creations had a great place in every Bengali’s heart. Shantiniketan is a place that echos Rabindranath and his ideas in every breath. Thus Shantiniketan remains to be almost a place of pilgrimage for every Bengali individual.

Not only Rabindranath’s songs and ideals, Shantiniketan has a great amount of rich craft possessions to offer. ‘Kantha-stitch’ and ‘ Batik Prints’ are two of these unique craft-tales that made Shantiniketan rather Bengal famous worldwide. This place also offers great leather works and handicrafts that usually have the cultural mark of Shantiniketan in every stitch .

Shantiniketan has nowadays become synonymous to the artist’s hub where many great artists from singers to painters to architects started their lives. Every road of  Shantiniketan lead us to a cultural environment that a Bengali always dreams for.

Shanitiniketan was always famous for the soul-searching festival that take place there. Poushmela and Basanta-Utsav are most famous of them. Nowadays weekly market of ‘Shonajhurir Hat’ where we can witness some finest Shantiniketan crafts, are making headlines.

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Every Bengali has Rabindranath Tagore in their hearts as well as Shantiniketan on their mind as a place for intellectual freedom. It gives the everyday-office-going, tired Bengali soul the nourishment that it yearns for. Shantiniketan has now become quite a popular place for weekend escapades for new as well as old members of bong generations.

It has been decades Shantiniketan keeps giving not only the Bengalis but the worldwide tourist population an unpolluted sense of relief. Thus Shantiniketan was always and will remain a must-visit destination for Bengalis for eternity as for them Shantiniketan has become synonymous to the soul-soothing effect of baul songs of rural Bengal that the place often amazes us with.

Most Instagram Perfect Locations in Bali

Are you an Instagram freak just like me? Then Bali is the perfect destination for you to visit. With a host of options, Bali gives you all the reasons to induBali is a tropical heaven for tourists all over the world. It does not only provide extraordinary travel experience but also gives the tourists a great picturesque view of nature. Nowadays it’s the age of social media—the quality of picture you post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter matter more than the real view you get through your eyes. Instagram-worthy pictures and selfies can get you much fame if you can appropriately use the perfect frame!k

Bali’s landscape is the best friend for your camera! The place offers you a great range of seascapes, landscapes and colorful cafes and boutiques that can be a photographer’s paradise. If are a selfie-queen or a pro-nature snapper, Bali is the best place for you. From common and crowded seascapes to uncommon yet frame-worthy spaces—you can get almost everything in Bali!

Let us help you choose some best places in Bali that can get you instant fame on Instagram.

1.HANGING GARDEN INFINITY POOL

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The double storied Infinity pool, specially designed by an architect is one of the most Instagrammed places in Bali. It has been crowned as one of the best pools in Bali. Keeping the dense rainforest in the background, this swimming pool gives you a soothing bath experience along with a great visual treat for your camera.

2.TENGENUNGAN WATERFALL

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Bali is most famous for its beautiful waterfalls apart from its famous sand beaches and scenic beauty. Tengenungan waterfall is the one of the most popular picture-worthy places of Bali. A great selfie beside the famous sign board in front of the falls can make you really popular on social media in no time!

  1. ROCK BAR, BALI

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Rock Bar Bali is located inside the Ayana Resort in Uluwatu. It is one of the most favorite tourist hunts. A great cocktail during the sunset in the bar is the best combination for both you and your camera! You’ll have to take an elevator to reach the bar that is just 13 meters above the Jimbaran Bay to enjoy your romantic night.

4.LAKESIDE COTTAGES, KINTAMANI

lakesidecottagesinstagramworthyplacesA real Balinese pool experience awaits you in the Lakeside cottages at Kitnamani. A dip in the pool will definitely make you forget about all the best pool experiences in the world. The beautiful mountain-view from the front of the pool is not only Instagram-worthy but also gives you a real lifetime experience.

  1. JEMBRANA VILLAGE’S ABANDONED PLANE

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The spooky and vintage feeling that the abandoned aircraft in the Jembrana village gives you ensures a different kind of photo-experience. The abandoned aircraft, soon to be developed in an aircraft-library is one of its kind and can give you a good ‘off-the-track photographer’s  popularity  on Instagram.

  1. TUKAD UNDA, KLUNG KUNG

tukadundaklungklungThe name translated into ‘layers of water’ is a very popular tourist spot famous for its water adventures and great instagrammable scenic beauty.

  1. NUSA PENIDA

nusa penida baliNusa Penida, known as the Maldives of Bali is famous as the largest of the three south-eastern islands in Bali. A bit off-beat and away from the commercial centers of Bali, Nusa Penida offers a beautiful view of the virgin nature that is truly frame-worthy!

  1. TANAH LOT TEMPLE

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Last but not the least, this Temple located on the top of a rock, is a historical and ancient one. Though only Balinese people are allowed to enter, the outward view is also much picture-worthy.

So next time you are on a vacation in this romantic hub, don’t forget to take those beautiful shots at  these outstanding destinations.