Fiji: Fiji is a fascinating destination with the dominance of the Indian diaspora. Indians and Fijians share a marvelous warmth and to make this long-standing relationship strong, Indians have a free visa facility every time they visit Fiji, said Fijian politician Faiyaz Koya in a recent interview published in an Indian newspaper. Following are the highlights of the conversation.
Koya’s connection with India
According to Koya, their ancestors were Indians by origin so he still has his roots in Kerala. Later on, a mixed culture from other countries began to power Fiji’s culture. Therefore, they always welcome Indian tourists with full of heart and open arms.
After being separated from British, Fijians are very excited about the significant move. Even Fiji’s National Flag and Coat of Arms are being renovated in a new look devoid of any British affect.
Fijians are called the Happiest People on Earth
Fiji, the heart of South Pacific is highly blessed with immense diversity including 333 tropical islands and friendly locals. There are thousands of attractions for the visitors including adventure, romance, luxury, beautiful sight-seeing, traditional music and dance, cooking capability and many more.
Perfect place for tourism and film-making
Every visitor here can find affordable accommodation all the way through to exclusive 5-star resorts, bunk down in a hostel or even book an entire Island. Filmmakers can gain incredible subsidies for a film shoot. The visit of Fiji will truly memorable with so much to do, said Koya.
How to go from India?
The connectivity is direct via Singapore now with a great comfort.
By Plane- The main international airport in Fiji is Nadi International Airport (NAN). It is the main hub of Fiji Airways, and also services Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Air Fiji flights, amongst others.
Fiji is an island nation in the Pacific consisting of roughly 300 islands accounting for 18,272 km² of earth’s surface. It has a population of about 900 thousand (9 lakh), with 40 % of the population being of Indian decent (Indo-Fijians). (Inputs from economictimes.com)
As we approach the year’s end, Indians not just bid adieu to their summer outfits but also welcome the festival seasons. October and November are two months in India which are full of cultural events and festivals, which make these months, the ideal time for going on family vacations.
Below are the events of November 2017 which you will regret missing. They are worth the try for family vacations:
1. Dev Deepavali, Varanasi
Varanasi, the holiest city of India, celebrated Dev Deepavali on Kartik Poornima every year. The festival is celebrated with joy. The ghats of Varanasi are lit with beautiful diyas (earthen lamps). God is believed to have descended to the banks of Ganges, to take a holy dip. The festival will take place on November 3, 2017.
2. Dharamsala International Film Festival
Filmmaker, cinema buffs or all those people interested in the art of films come together of Dharamsala International Film Festival (DIFF). This film festival will witness filmmakers coming from different regions to show films on various issues- socially relevant, contemporary etc. DIFF will take place from November 2 to November 5. If you are a movie buff, then you should immediately pack your bags and seal a date for attending the festival.
3. Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan
Pushkar Camel fair, a cattle fair, in Pushkar which truly defines the real meaning of culture. The Pushkar Camel Fair has been in tradition for a very long time. The fair attracts a huge crowd every year. One of the most ideal and happy places for family vacations. It will take place between 23rd October to 4th November.
The five seasons old Indian multi-city music festival has indeed garnered a lot of attention and love from the musically inclined youngsters across the country. It is a combination of national and international studies coming together. In Meghalaya, the event will take place from October 27 to October 28.
5. Guru Purab
Guru Purab, one of the most important festivals for Sikhs. The golden temple celebrates it with a lot of joy. The celebration which Amritsar witnesses at this time are unbelievable. It will take place on November 2017. Golden temple is indeed one of the best places for family vacations.
-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. She can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya.
New Year is banging your door and we’re sure of you hunting for that perfect place to kick-start your New Year with.
Explore the Budget Destinations to celebrate new year 2018 that you have been longing to visit without fretting about your expenses.
Do not just let your wishes confined, Instead, take a sneak peek at this list of top 10 budget destination to celebrate the new year 2018 in India within your budget.
1. Puducherry – The Riviera Of The East
From biking on the beaches to carousing on the rooftop cafes, the range of things to do in Pondicherry makes it a land of fantasy. The quaint town, also host to the “Aurobindo Yoga Ashram”, is a good place for self-reflection. And don’t fret over the expensed. The erstwhile French capital is one of the budget destinations to celebrate New Year in India and provides enough fodder for a wonderful New Year party 2018.
2. Gokarna – The Rave Nation
If your heart belongs to Goa but at the same time is in dire need of a change in budget, we suggest you opt for the electrifying parties on the unspoiled beaches of Gokarna for a secluded beach holiday. Visit any beach shack, lay down on the hammocks to enjoy the sun with a beer, hit Kudle beach with your gang, or spend afternoons with dolphins in the water. This amazing place is one of the best budget destinations to celebrate new year 2018 in India.
3. Diu – The Fishing Town
Get ready for paragliding, surfing, diving, parasailing, and windsurfing in one of the budget destinations to celebrate New Year eve 2018 in India. Lay on the golden sands of the Diu island and dive into the pristine waters of the Nagoa beach. Diu offers you all the adventure you can think of at absolutely affordable prices!
4. Lakshadweep – The Prince Of Coral Reefs
Deep sea diving, exploring coral reefs, kayaking, and yacht sailing are perfect activities for a New Year trip 2018. Aren’t they? And the Lakshadweep group of islands is among the best places to visit in India for New Year celebrations 2018. The dance forms of Kolkali & Parichakali will surely touch the chords of your heart. And that’s not all. Lakshadweep is perfect to enjoy your New Year’s Eve 2018 on a budget.
5. Bhimtal – The Lake Destination From The Mahabharata
The captivating view of the lake and a candlelight dinner on the shore makes a visit to Bhimtal a happening place for the celebrations of the New Year 2018. You can enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the snowcapped hills of Malital or take a tour of the famous museums as you travel to this beautiful destination. And we suggest you stay alert for you may come across hidden stories or secrets that localities have kept to themselves.
You could enjoy snowfall too if you’re lucky enough!
6. Manali – The Abode Of God
Tibetan Monastery, Van Vihar, Vashisht temple, etc. And a crazy DJ Night with the hills in the backdrop is sure to intoxicate your senses on your trip to Manali. Engage your group in parachuting, paragliding, and skating and pray at the beautiful Gurudwara of Manikaran Sahib to fulfill all your wishes this New Year.
7. Kasol – Getting you high on nature and life
A backpacker’s very own paradise, Kasol will get you high on its scenic appeal. As it majorly hosts a young crowd, there is always some vibrancy in the air. The energy escalates as the new year knocks the door. New year in Kasol can be about hippy parties or a peaceful bonfire session by your camp, under the starlit sky – just as you like it!
8. Mcleodganj – From popular monasteries to secluded scenic hideouts
The Land of Lamas, Mcleodganj is home to Dalai Lama. This spiritual and picturesque hill station in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh is the sheer delight if you’re planning a new year getaway. Bejewelled with many iconic Tibetan monasteries as Namgyal Monastery, you’ll actually be stunned to know the number of ways you can welcome the coming year! You can go camping amidst snow in Triund, party the night away in some local clubs, or enjoy an exclusive staycation at your Budget Destinations.
9. Udaipur – The Venice of the East at its very best
Enjoying the royal feeling of Rajputs, your new year in Udaipur is going to be unforgettable. The glistening lake and lazy sun add charm to the landscape, and the weather gets ravishing and more pleasant as the night approaches. Being a popular tourist destination in India, Udaipur, the city of Lakes is dotted with lovely stays for every budget, and almost all these stays offer something special for the new year’s eve. Besides, you can always enter a happening pub in the city to celebrate like never before.
10. Gangtok: For the Cool Minded
Situated at an altitude of 5410 feet, Gangtok is one of the budget destinations good for hills, Trekking, Natural Beauty and spirituality in Buddhism. Coupled with its beautiful sunset and dawn views and its clean surroundings, this small town is also called the “Switzerland of the East”. Trekkers and mountain lovers, do look out for Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world. Now, imagine spending the eve of New Year in a place with such beauty.
Now that you are aware of these ecstatic places to spend your New Year’s Eve head up for the adventure.
All of us, at least once in our lives, have thought of dropping our banal jobs and going off on an adventure around the world. We have few interesting travel stories of women who pack their bags and decided to explore the world on their own terms break the monotony of life.
1. Three mothers drove from India to London
Rashmi Koppar, Dr Soumya Goyal and Nidhi Tiwari drove a vast span of 21,477 kms from India to London by road. They traversed 600kms per day battling with heavy snow, rain and undulating terrain thereby covering major parts of India, Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany and the United Kingdom.
2. Roshni Sharma rode a bike from Kanyakumari to Kashmir
Amid alluring nature, Roshni Sharma travelled all the way from Kanyakumari to Kashmir on a bike. She is the first India woman to do so passing through 11 states in 19 days.
3. Indian tea seller couple travelled the globe
The 65-year-old Vijayan and his wife Mohana, who run a small tea stall, have explored 17countries in the last 40years. Motivated by ultimate wanderlust, they save money, take loans, visit a new country and repay the debts over a couple of years once they return. They have covered countries like Britain, France, and Austria among many others.
4.English Teacher turned travel writer
Bored with her English teaching job in Washington, Liz Carlson accumulated some money to travel around the world. Bit by the travel bug during her teachership in Spain, Carlson traversed everywhere from Jordan to New Zealand meanwhile becoming a popular travel writer.
5. Lawyer turned travel writer
A Corporate lawyer of New York, Jodi Ettenberg quit her job to explore world keeping the people updated through her website titled “Legal Nomads”. The site shares pictures of her travels and is also a food blog.