Honeymoon in Beautiful Vagamon

To feel that love in air, and enjoy the true together being time of the life every newly wedded couple looks forward to the Honeymoon. India is not only famous between its own citizens but is also loomed by foreigners. From top to bottom Mother India is blessed with the beautiful hill stations, exotic landscapes, blissful river sites, abundant flora and fauna, waterfalls and many more romantic destinations. You can select any destination for your honeymoon. Whichever destination you will select, that would be perfect for you to start a new life with your partner.

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Landscape view of Vagamon

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Lake view of Vagamon, A beautiful place to visit

Be the Lake of Kashmir or sunsets of Kanya kumari. Every bit you travel the nature holds you tightly in its arms just to give you the time you long for. Precious aura, perfectly love filled air and romantic waterfalls is just what Indian Scotland has stored in for you. Exactly, this is what we meant ‘Scotland of India – Vagamon’.

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Vagamon landscape (Image by Subin Paul on flickr)

Vagamon, well known for its Tiny Plantations is a cool hill area of Kerala. Scotland is the title given to the place for its ideal soil of tea plantation and the Christian missionaries. Vagamon holds the 50th position on the most attractive places of India. That could be an enough reason to choose the place first for your Honeymoon. Greenery and more of greenery is the main attraction of the place.

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Vagamon waterfall

Town has treasured in the beautiful scenic valleys and green paddocks. From the fresh cool breeze, the mists the fogs, the tea gardens every single touch of nature adds to the romantic feel of newlyweds. Enthralling pine forests and the waterfalls of the town combines with the greenery for a remarkable journey. A large variety of flowers and orchids come live in this place, so you always find a way to surprise your beloved.

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A Pilgrimage site of Kurisumala hill (Image by gornabanja on flickr)

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Thangal para, Vagamon ( religious place of Muslims)

Vagamon is a best place to see a Hindu, Muslim and Christian cultural harmony. Place is nestled within the remarkable hills- Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala hills adding to the beauty of Vagamon. Trekking, paragliding, rock climbing and mountaineering are some highlights of the area. Kurisumala Ashram, a place from where all the farmers have learnt a better way of living, is also opened for the tourists.

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Paragliding in Vagamon

Indian Scotland – a land which refreshes you, welcomes you time and time again to treasure the pleasing beauty of the land. Memories which take you in the green land of Vagamon for some more lovable time filled with lots of peace for the mind and the everlasting delight will make you come again here.

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Pine forest, Vagamon (Image by Rajesh P Nayak on Flickr)

To build up a romantic aura, it’s always suggested to reach this beautiful part of Kerala at your own. Roads to Vagamon are cut through the solid rocks of pine forests. These Snaky roads take you to the destination crossing green hills and rolling the plains thousands feet below. That simply makes the journey amazing.

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Sunset view form Vagamon

Holding tight hands of your beloved and moving along the narrow, misty and twisty roads with that cool breeze of hills is just perfect for a long walk. Spiritual activities of the land even make you feel so light and pleased in the nature’s arm. Town itself is a best place for the meditation. What all would a couple need?? You have greenery, waterfalls, long walks and meditation. Perfect blend of Romance and peace is what Vagamon adds to your honeymoon.

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Relief from the Scorching Heat– Darjeeling

India is a land of diversity and when it comes to the hill station, India is filled with enormous of choices. One of the most preferred chilly locations to get a relief from scorching heat is Darjeeling. Located in the eastern part of India, in a state named West Bengal, Darjeeling offers the panoramic view of landscapes and snow capped mountains. When in summers, people are burning in heat, all they think of is some place where they can find a relief from the sweltering heat and Darjeeling solves the problem very well.

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Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, image by 40011Mauretainia

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Image by 40011Mauretainia on Flickr)

Not just the cool weather, Darjeeling has a lot more to offer to its guests. Charming tourism, alluring cultures and pounding array of escapade games will make your Darjeeling tour treasured. Darjeeling is also known worldwide for its Tea Plantation and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is proudly and profoundly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tea plantations are very well tracked by different hybrid and fermented techniques and that is why it is recognised and ranked internationally. There are more than 200 tea estates in the whole city, few of which are selected for tourism like Thurbu Tea Estate, Glenburen Tea Estate and Makaibari Tea Estate. The city is surrounded by beautiful snow clad mountains as the world’s third highest peak; Kanchenjunga is clearly visible from the city. If the weather is clear, you can also see Mount Everest from the main city of Darjeeling and that is why it is known as the Queen of Hills.

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Darjeeling Tea Garden

It has been reported that Darjeeling is the mostly visited place in the eastern India. More than thousands of international and local tourists visit the place due to its unmatched climatic conditions. The temperature varies from 8 to 15 Degree Celsius throughout the year, making it an optimum place for the people who want to bang the blistering heat in plain areas of the country. You will surely spend your holidays in fun and frolic like you have always imagined.

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Kangchenjunga Range from Sandakphu ( Image by Pallab Seth on Flickr)

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Himalayan Bear, Darjeeling

Sandkphu Phalut Trek is the route present in Darjeeling which will give you the view of world renowned Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga very clearly. You can watch the migratory fauna in Darjeeling which migrate to and from Tibet which are teals, ducks, gulls and plovers. You can also visit to Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary which was set in 1915 in Darjeeling. Different flora and fauna residing here are oak, sal and alpine trees and Himalayan black bear, barking deer, assam macaque, wild pig, Himalayan flying squirrel, jungle cat, common rhesus monkey and leopard respectively. The Sanctuary has two senchal lakes; sitting beside them would really be a great and wonderful idea to experience the nature’s beauty.

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The tika (in red color) and jamara (green color) used in Dashain.

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Elder person of the family putting Tika to the younger one

Darjeeling also has a cultural aspect for the tourists. You can enjoy the colourful festivals like Tika, Dashain, Tihar and Christmas as well. Darjeeling has all to offer to its visitors, be it the quiet and calm holidays, adventurous holidays, culture and heritage, breath taking view and sceneries, lush green tea plantations, exotic flora and fauna for nature lovers and above all a place where you can relax from the blazing heat in any day of the year.

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Plan Your Holidays in Admirable Kerala

Kerala- What is it which this state has not to offer to its visitors? It is one of the peaceful and ultimate travel experiences of India. Located in the South India, Kerala has beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, amazing weather and exotic flora and fauna. Due to its explicit ecological and edifying features it draws the attention of people throughout the year. Not only the international tourists but also the national or local tourists flock down here to enjoy the amazing landscapes and to have fabulous vacations. Major places which will make your vacation mesmerizing and breathe taking in Kerala are Munnar, Alleppey, Kovalam and Kumarakom. Every city is known for different magic spell on their guests for an ostentatious tourism. The state has provided striking budgeted hotels and all up to date amenities for their visitors from every part of the world to make their stay comfortable and memorable in this God’s own country.

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Kovalam Town (Town of Beaches in Kerala) Image by Bijukumar KN on Flickr

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Lake Resort of Kumarakom City (Image by Anoop Negi on Flickr)

The state offers a wide range of options which are the integral parts of Kerala like from landscapes, hill stations, backwaters, art and culture, dance, colourful festivals, heritage, wildlife and ayurvedic treatments and relaxations to select from to be a reason to visit this place. It is obvious for people to select Kerala over any other place due to these reasons only as the place has something or the other for each kind of its visitors. The weather all around the year is also a reason for tourists to visit Kerala throughout the year.

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Kerala Houseboat ( Image by nni unni mp on Flickr)

Backwaters are unique characteristics of Kerala which is found nowhere else in the world. It would be much more fun if you take a backwater cruise as you can explore the place much better. Popular backwaters in Kerala are Alleppey, Kumarakom and Kochi etc. The long ride on backwater cruise/luxury houseboat through rich green plantations and lush green gardens make the ride unforgettable.

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Munnar Tea Gardens (Image by Rama Raman on Flickr)

Munnar is a gorgeous hill station in the Kerala which is located in Western Ghats here. Having such beautiful scenery and splendid landscapes, Munnar is also referred as the “Kashmir of South India”. Windy cool breeze, awesome environment, spice plantations, green coloured tea estates, joyful ambiance, natural spicy aroma, beautiful lakes, luxurious hotels and resorts all these plus points make the surroundings irresistible here. Main attraction points of Munnar are tea plantations, Tata Tea Museum, adventurous sports and assorted flora and fauna.

Cherai Beach, Kochi (Image by Sudheesh S)

Cherai Beach, Kochi (Image by Sudheesh So on Flickr)

St Francis Church, kochi (image by BockoPix by flicr)

St Francis Church, Kochi (Image by BockoPix on flickr)

Kochi is a remarkable city in Kerala. You can say that it is the economical capital of Kerala. Known for astounding historical sites, ancient Portuguese buildings, tranquil backwaters, picturesque beaches and vibrant spice market, Kochi describes the true place for tourism. You can visit St Francis Church, Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Dutch Palace etc.

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Kerala Kathakali Dance (Image by Shanmugam on Flickr)

So, visiting Kerala would never be same if you even have already visited the place. Each time you’ll come, you will come across different and new feature that will excite and surprise you on your tour. If you plan your trip before hand, before visiting to Kerala, you would be able to enjoy your vacations to the fullest and will get excellent value of your quality time spend here.

Great Remembrancers to Buy in Morocco Part 2

Continuing from our previous post…….
Read the previous post here.

Moroccan Tea Set

Drinking the tea in Morocco is a favorite pastime, due to this, market has a variety of silver plated tea sets. It can be found in any major city and surely buy a set of at least four tea glasses. This set will be heavy so, buy it at the end of your journey. In your home, keep it clean on the regular basis only with a silver cloth to remain its shine same as before.

Moroccan Tea Set

Moroccan Tea Set
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Edible Items

Many edible items are available in the market areas of Morocco. Some of the special and popular items are spices, nuts, herbs, olives and Moroccan sweets. To buy all the edibles, you must keep any local person or a guide who takes you to the right shop to purchase the right item. The items should be approved by the food agency of the country.

Moroccan sweets

Moroccan Sweets
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Belly Dance Costumes

Belly Dance Costume is a perfect concomitant to a Moroccan music CD. It can be purchased from Fna market. You can also purchase a thin belt that is worn around the hip with jeans or can buy the belt with faux coins sewn into it that jingles when you move around. So, purchasing this is really a memoir to everyone visiting this country.

Belly Dance Costumes

Belly Dance Costume
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Leather

Leather from tanneries is one of the popular items that can be bought from the Fez. You can also visit the tanneries where leather is treated perfectly and dyed in traditional fashion. You can purchase traditional leather Moroccan slippers, purse or a chic, pure leather jacket, etc. You can also order products according to you in Fez and they will make it.

Leather products in Fes

Leather products in Fes
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Thus, traveling and purchasing the items in Morocco is a lifetime experience and the remembrancers always reminds you of the amazing trip.

Great Remembrancers to Buy in Morocco Part 1

Morocco, one of the most westerly located North African countries is popular for holiday among the globe trotters. It is an amalgam of many cities. All the cities together make a unique country known as Morocco. From the whirling souks and grand palaces to the extensive space and confinement of the legendary Sahara Desert offers an unsurpassed experience. Besides this, shopping is another extravaganza for the visitors that make the trip memorable. Variety of shopping materials like crafts, arts, antiques, clothes, carpets, etc. available in different areas of the country that tempts the travelers to head home with an extra suitcase. For this, one must have knowledge of what to buy and from where to buy. Below are some of the famous items that you can buy as token of your trip in Morocco.

Carpets

Morocco is popular for its carpets. There are mainly two types of carpets here namely the Urban and Berber type carpets. Urban carpets are probably the common one made in and around the capital city of Rabat. These carpets are famous all across the globe. Thick pile weave, intricate borders, etc. often decorate around it carefully with geometric designs. To buy urban carpets, two best cities are Rabat and Fez.

Carpet Souk in Fes

Carpet Souk in Fez
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On the other hand, Berber carpets are made in rural areas of the country. It is available in various designs as each tribe and region has its own style. For women, it has been an occupation for a long time. These carpets are thinner than urban carpets. They also make beautiful wall hangings. They are available throughout Morocco but the best place to but them is in Marrakesh city. Marrakesh is an important city to go to while visiting Morocco for tourism. The benefit of this occupation is that a larger portion of the profits goes directly to the workers.

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Berber Carpet Design
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Inlaid Wood

Essaouira is one of the best places to buy this wood and its products. The wood and wood product can be found throughout the country but purchasing through the Essaouira is the best one. Antiques made from this wood include wooden boxes, vases, chess sets and many more. You can purchase the gorgeous tabletops and other furniture items.

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Inlaid Wood Products in wood souks
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Silver jewelry

Morocco is popular for its best silver jewelry located in and around Southern Morocco. Tiznit is also a place of the country from where one can buy the best silver jewelry. It has dozens of shops that are dedicated to jewelry. From simple earrings with natural stone to complex Berber tribal jewelry sets. Bracelets, bangles, rings, etc. can be purchased from there.

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Silver Bracelets & Bangles
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Pottery

Fez is also popular for the traditional pottery services. Plates, bowls, serving dishes and cups are all there that designed elegantly. Buy the pottery item but before it check surely that you should carry it home with a great care. Potteries are cheaper in an outdoor shop rather than in an indoor tourist shop.

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Safi Pottery District Morocco
Image by JoaoleitaoTRAVEL on flickr.com

Stay tuned for the next post in our two-post series of Great Remembrancers to Buy in Morocco.

Top Tourist Destinations in Romania

Romania, the eighth largest country of the European Union has many travel destinations. Destinations having unique surroundings, enchanting monasteries, friendly people, cool climate, vast history, etc. make it a best city in the whole Europe. Most of the time it’s recommended as a “Latin Island in a Slav Sea”. Many tourist attractions are there that are unique all across the globe.

10. Morii Lake

It is the largest lake in Bucharest having an area of 246 hectares approximately. Built along a dam 15 m high and a total length of 7 km. This lake captivates the crowd with a large number. It was made in 1986, mainly to protect the city against the floods as it occurs many times across the city. On the north side of the lake, an island is situated named Morii Lake Island. It is the only island in Bucharest. Many music concerts are available there. This lake is used as a recreation site by visitors. Boat-rides, water-sports, contests, music festivals and other concerts organized there. Windsurf and water-ski are the most popular water sports on the lake.

Windsurfers in Morri Lake

Windsurfers in Morri Lake
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9. Tampa Mountain

Tampa Mountain is the most famous place of Brasov, Romania. Due to its height, one can see it from the every corner of the city. Most of the part of the mountain is made up of limestone and looks like risen up gradually from the Earth’s crust. Its most of the part is declared a nature reserve as many rare species of plants and animals found there. The cable car facility is available to make the journey from the restaurant CASA Padurarului located at the base of the mountain to the Restaurantul Panoramic located at its crest. The summit of the mountain offers you the spectacular view of the city and also the entire Burzenland is visible from there.

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Tampa Mountain from Brasov old town
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8. Statue of Decebalus

A 40-m high statue of the Dacian King Decebalus is the tallest rock sculpture in the whole Europe. It is located near the city of Orsova, Romania on the Danube’s rocky bank. This huge statue took ten years from 1994 to 2004 to complete. Twelve sculptors designed it beautifully. Below the sculpture of Decebalus, a Latin inscription is written over there which reads like a quote “DECEBALUS REX – DRAGAN FECIT” means “King Decebal—Made by Dragan”.

Statue of Decebalus

Statue of Decebalus
Source: Austin Donisan on flickr

7. Sinaia Monastery

As the name suggests, this monastery is located in Sinaia, Romania. It was named after the great Mount Sinai and situated in the Prahova Valley. The location and structure of monastery are very exquisite. It consists of two courtyards and in between them there is a small church. Many monks enchant in these churches. The monastery contains a library in which valuable jewels belonging to the Cantacuzino family, earliest Romanian translation of the Bible are stored in a large number. Gold mosaic paintings in the monastery in a neo-Byzantine style flourish the monasteries beauty.

Sinai Monastery

Sinai Monastery
Source: Aleksander Dragnes on flickr

6. National Museum of Art of Romania

One of the best places on our checklist is the National Museum of Art of Romania. It is located in the central Bucharest, Romania. This museum is pretty cool. Eminent collections of medieval and modern Romanian art are the main features of the museum. In 2005, it organized the exhibition of French paintings and turned out to be the largest French painting exhibition shown in the Whole Europe. The paintings included the masterpieces of painters like Poussin, Ingres, Picasso, Delacroix and Braque.

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National Museum of Art of Romania
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5. Sphinx

A natural rock formation in the Bucegi Mountains in Romania, located at a height of 2,216 meters is really a unique structure. It was in 1900, when the first photograph of this Great Bucegi Sphinx was taken and only after that it was named in the year 1936. This grotesque structure surely fascinate anyone.

Sphinx in Bucegi Mountains

Sphinx in Bucegi Mountains
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4. Scarisoara Cave

Apuseni Mountains of Romania contain one of the biggest caves named Scarisoara Cave. The locals considered it as one of the natural wonders of Romania. It was discovered by Emil Racovita, located at a height of 1165 meters above sea level and 105 m deep and 720 m long. The entrance shaft leads to a large chamber. From this point, three openings are visible, one leads to the church, another one leads to the great Reservation and the last one leads to the Coman Gallery. This ice cave was formed about 3500 years ago but nobody knows the exact date when it was discovered. The temperature inside the cave is up to +1 degree Celsius in the summer and down to -7 degree Celsius in the winter.

Scarisoara Cave

Scarisoara Cave
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3. Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum

The famous Village Museum is located in Bucharest, Romania. It is an open-air ethnographic museum boasting traditional Romanian village life. It is large enough as extending to over 100,000 square meters and contains 272 credible peasant farms and houses from all over Romania.

National Village Museum

National Village Museum
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2. Sala Palatului

Sala Palatului, also known as The Palace Hall, located in Bucharest, Romania. Basically, it is just a conference hall situated behind the National Museum of Art of Romania. From olden times, it has been the site of conferences. Its main hall has the capacity to hold 4,060 spectators. Many festive events held there. Eight small conference rooms are there for small meetings gathering 20-30 people only. It is one of the worth visiting places in the dazzling country of Romania.

Sala Palatului or The Palace Hall

The Palace Hall
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1. Bran Castle

In all over Romania, this is the most famous site commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”. Dracula is the word that haunts every person either they are kids or youngsters. This Bran castle is the home of Dracula located in the vicinity of Brasov. This castle is a national monument in Romania. Many people said that once it was the home of Vlad Tepes Dracula. Now, the castle becomes a museum having the inscriptions and sculptures related to Dracula. A small park showing the exhibition of Romanian culture is located beside it. Many shops are also available having Dracula masks, blood, paintings of Dracula, photos of Dracula, T-shirt having the imprints of Dracula. So it’s really the most exciting place to visit in Romania.

Bran Castle

Bran Castle
Source: Hugo Pelinski on flickr

 

5 Ultimate Shopping hotspots in Dubai

Shopping is the only thing through which people especially women get rid of the tensions and if they get the thing that they want, then it’s a jewel for them. There are many shopping centers located in different corners of the world. Dubai is one of the best shopping center places of the world that attracts a large number of crowds. Dubai is very well known for its tallest, largest, longest structures, so, many people visit this place every year. From traditional to cosmopolitan, it has something for everyone. Gold and Spice markets, Mega-Malls, high end designer brand stores entice the people at a great instant that they do not stop themselves by going there. They purchase different items from different places. Some of the popular shopping centers are given below.

5. Mall of the Emirates

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Mall of the Emirates
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This opulent shopping center is one of the city’s largest and most beautiful mall. Polished marble floors, spacious avenues and stunning skylight that traverses through the windows make it gracious all over the city. The Mall of the Emirates blusters the best selection of shops with many elegant stores, fantastic accessory stores, cosmetics markets, bookshop, cinemas, art galleries, restaurants, etc. Everything is available under one roof. So, one can enjoy there to the fullest and can do shopping at a large scale.

4. Ibn Battuta Mall

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Ibn Battuta Mall Gate
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The Ibn Battuta Mall is located far from the town. It is uniquely designed to revere the travels of the popular Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta. It is a combination of six malls. All the malls have different themes like China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia and Andalucia. There are 275 retailers, 50 restaurants, 21 cinemas and 4,500 parking spaces. It has enough shops that you find in the whole Dubai. This thing makes it special and visited by a large number of tourists. Since it opened, it has been consistently busy. One of the main attractions is the exhibition place of Ibn Battuta. Its stunning architecture amazed the visitors very much.

3. Deira Mall

Deira Mall-Dubai

Deira Mall

Deira Mall is also one of the popular shopping centers in Dubai. It is located within a span of 1,300,000 square feet of area and have 340 shops in it. It consists of four floors of parking with 2000 car parking space. It was the largest mall prior to the foundation of Ibn Battuta Mall, Mall of the Emirates and The Dubai Mall. It has multiplexes, food courts, hotels, kids zone, eatery places, etc. This mall attracts over 20 million visitors in a year from across the globe.

2. Gold Souks

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Entrance to Gold Souk in Dubai Mall
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Gold Souks are the only things for which Dubai was historically famous for. It is a traditional market in Dubai and located in the heart of Dubai’s commercial business district Deira. Around 300 retailers are there that trade exclusively in jewelry. Gold Souk retailers include both the high-level stores like Damas, ARY Jewelery, Shyam Jewelry as well as the smaller ones that operate only in the gold. Approximately, 10 tons of gold are present there at any time. As Dubai has the largest gold market so, many countries trade with it in terms of gold.

1. Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall Indoor

The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world in terms of area and is home to all the major fashion brands of the world. It is a part of Burj Khalifa complex and contains around 1200 shops. It contains high as well as mid fashion retail outlets that attracts visitors from across the globe. In short, one can say that all the luxury brands can be found in Dubai only in the Dubai Mall. It is an impressive place that surely makes anyone speechless after visiting that.

So, shopping in Dubai becomes fun now-a-days and more fun when it is done at night as the locals also go out to shop there. Even you do not want to do shopping then, you can enjoy watching the people shopping there. This directly displays that rivaling in the street till late night and hitting the pillow late is one of the best moments of the tour. One has to visit Dubai during the Shopping Festival, i.e. between January – February as the city expand its markets widely.