For an Indian traveller, or at least an experienced one, there are several countries that could appear to be of the ‘been there, done that’ sort. In this issue of India Outbound, we try to bring to you hidden gems from several of these countries to allow even a much-travelled person to find a good reason for yet another visit to the done destination.
India’s immediate neighbour Nepal is often the first overseas destination for many Indian travellers, primarily due to the low cost of travel and stay and the ease of visa-free travel. Thailand, Switzerland and South Africa are the other places where the call is strong.
Many may be aware of ice hotels but not necessarily what it is like staying in one of them or how they are made. Every winter, when a river near the hotel property freezes, ice is carved from its depths to build icy rooms. In summers, when the hotel is dismantled (actually, melted away), the … Continue reading Sleeping in the Warmth of Ice Hotels →
The largest city of Kazakhstan, Almaty is known for its astonishing buildings, beautiful cars and above all, warm hospitality of the Kazakh people. Here is a list of five things that you can do in this beautiful city. Visit to the Ascension Cathedral The Ascension Cathedral, also known as the Zenkov Cathedral is a Russian … Continue reading Discover the gem of Kazakhstan, Almaty →
For centuries, travellers have walked different lands and chronicled their times and history for us. But why walk in an age of automobiles, aircraft and Google maps? This thought comes to us when we pick up a copy of the travelogue, Walking the Nile, by Levison Wood. A writer and explorer, Wood who has travelled … Continue reading Walking the Nile →
Serbia hits all the right spots: rich history, culture, and a hip and happening spirit. This is evident from the cool hangout places in its vibrant city centre and floating nightclubs along the picturesque Danube and Sava rivers. Serbia took just three days to work its charm on me and make me fall in love … Continue reading A Serbian Encounter →
With the view of fluttering colourful Buddhist prayer flags everywhere, Nepal is a mix of Himalayan views, golden temples, centuries old monasteries, hilly villages and wildlife reserves – all wrapped in one place.
From discussing about business opportunities in the state to promoting West Bengal as a MICE destination; SKAL National Congress experienced it all. Kolkata hosted its first SKAL National Congress, with around 200-300 SKAL members and delegates from all India SKAL clubs in association with West Bengal Tourism from August 17-19. SKAL being the organisation of … Continue reading SKAL National Congress 2018 →
With its quaint paved alleys, hill-top castles and Mediterranean charm, the town of Rapperswil-Jona in the canton of St. Gallen, makes for a lovely day trip from Zurich. Wedged elegantly between Germany, Austria, France, and Italy, Switzerland blends the best of all worlds. When you think of the Alapine nation, you visualise gigantic mountains accessible … Continue reading Ramble in Rapperswil →
There are luxury hotels and then there is Çırağan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, Turkey, that takes the concept many notches higher. After all, when you combine history with intriguing shades of royalty and opulence with modernity, it’s an enticing mix. Staying at this opulent hotel is like stepping back in time – the Çırağan Palace … Continue reading Çırağan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul →
For some, the hotel they stay in plays a bigger role than the destination. Keeping these travellers in mind, India Outbound brings you a review of Akoya Hotel & Spa, a five star property in Reunion Island. Reunion Island is a French Island situated in the Indian Ocean, close to Mauritius. As it is a … Continue reading Review: Akoya Hotel & Spa in Reunion Island →
To capture a greater share of Indian visitors, the Malay archipelago of Langkawi is looking at reinforcing its offer of eco-tourism, destination weddings and MICE. With this aim, Langkawi is hosting the PATA Travel Mart and plans to highlight Langkawi as a destination for honeymooners and nature lovers. Dato’ Haji Azizan Bin Noordin talks to India Outbound about the roadmap to get there.
A vacation in Italy can be as luxuriously tailored as the country’s haute couture. One can stay in suites only hotels and shop the best of fashion in the world simply while taking a stroll down a street. Lounging on the deck of a yacht in the Mediterranean or dining at Michelin star restaurants are … Continue reading A Luxuriously Tailored Holiday in Italy →
Geneva Lake or Lac Leman is hardly an offbeat destination for Indian tourists. However, right next door, just outside Montreux, lies hidden an unusual museum that is bound to leave you in splits; for this is the Chaplin’s World or the Charlie Chaplin Museum It is barely two years old, but it has already made … Continue reading Chaplin’s World, Vevey →
A mosque in one neighbourhood, a museum in the other. Trotting about in Sharjah is about exploring the emirate’s traditional values that seamlessly blend in its glistening environs and together with its modern manners offer a synthesis of culture. In the neighbourhood of Khalid Lagoon, the Al Noor Mosque also welcomes non-Muslims and tourists to … Continue reading Sharjah: Exploring a Synthesis of Cultures →
As around hundred thousand Indian tourists visited South Africa in 2017, the country is focusing on developing further in the Indian market. In an exclusive interview, Neliswa Nkani, new Hub Head for Middle East, India & South East Asia presents her vision and new offers the country has, to retain its place as the leading … Continue reading South Africa: Look Up, See the Stars, Smell the Ocean →
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Rayong in Thailand has developed into new wedding destination for Indians. We all have a friend, a family member or a known person who has had a destination wedding or at least attended one. With its several advantages, Thailand is often the first choice for many Indians. It is close to India, offers great hospitality, … Continue reading Rayong, An Idyllic Destination for Your Wedding →