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Guru ki Maseet – Guru’s Mosque

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Shri. Guru Har Gobind ji the sixth Sikh Guru and the true Sikh disciples themselves provide numerous examples of universal brotherhood

Where do we go when we seek the divine?
We seek the guidance of a spiritual Master to guide us. The Muslims call such a great soul, ‘Murshid’ and the Hindus and Sikhs call ‘Guru’. Unlike us ordinary mortals, they have only come to give.

Shri. Guru Har Gobind ji the sixth Sikh Guru and the true Sikh disciples themselves provide numerous examples of universal brotherhood, love and devotion. Guru ji was and is revered not only by Sikhs, but by Muslims and Hindus as well.

One such instance is the ‘Guru ki Maseet’ (Guru’s Mosque).

In 1630 the peace loving Guru Har Gobind ji and 700 of his disciples who had camped at Ruhela (Panjab) were attacked by 10,000 soldiers of the army sent by the tyrannical governor of Jalandhar Ali Beg (Abdullah Khan). The greatly outnumbered Sikhs led by Guru Har Gobind ji all but destroyed in the Battle of Hargobindpur, Abdullah Khan, his stooges Karam Chand and Ratan Chand and their armies.

It was plain to see that dignity, valour, righteousness and justice with the grace of the Guru had prevailed over greed, arrogance and wealth. Soon after the victory and hearing of the great bravery, spiritual and noble nature of the Guru, Muslim residents of the area approached the Guru with a long standing problem they faced, they had no place to pray.

To a Guru all people are the same. Protecting the weak from oppression, to care for the needy, to spread prosperity, harmony, love and amity by their every word and action is the Guru’s nature. In probably the only known such example in history, the Sikh Guru immediately had a mosque built for the Muslims. Located at Sri. Hargobindpur, in Panjab’s Gurdaspur district, midway between Jalandhar and Amritsar. The mosque picturesquely situated on a hill overlooking a curve on the banks of the mighty Beas river catered to the needs of the Muslims until August 1947.

During the horrific partition of India in 1947, all the Muslim residents abandoned the town and fled to Pakistan. Soon thereafter the local Sikhs got together and used the mosque as a Gurdwara (congregation hall) at the same site. Here prayers were offered and hymns sung from the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book containing the hymns of all the Sikh Gurus, various great Hindu, and Muslim saints (30 of them in number). It was protected and served by the valiant and noble Nihang Sikhs, as their solemn responsibility.

The Sikhs always maintained that this place belonged to the Muslims and wanted to return it to them. They constantly nagged the government and the Punjab Waqf Board to get Muslims to start offering Namaz at the mosque and to take over its upkeep. The Muslims were mostly poor laborers who could not build a mosque for themselves and since 1947 they had to travel 10 to 15 kms away for offering prayers. Though the mosque was a splendid structure it was in disrepair, and who would replace the Sikh staff who all worked as volunteers? The Punjab Waqf Board requested the Sikhs to continue to look after the mosque, while they found a solution.

'Guru Ki Maseet' during restoration

Commemoration stone on site

'Guru Ki Maseet' after major restoration

As the Sikhs have learnt from their Gurus, that they must take responsibility and the initiative to always be noble and do what is right. By 1997 a group of Sikhs and Muslims had come together, roped in the Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative (CRCI), and UNESCO to set things right. The restoration work began in 2000 with Sikh families donating some land adjoining the Mosque. The Nihang Sikhs and the local population volunteered for most of the spade work.

Muslim and Sikhs discussing historical texts about the mosque's history

By 2002 the restoration was complete and Maulana Hamid Husain Qasmi, the Imam of the Jama Masjid in Amritsar, led the first prayers in the mosque. Even now 388 years later, those values and that spirit the Guru espoused are vibrantly alive in the hearts and minds of many, as can be seen from the restoration, presentation of the mosque to the Muslim community and their protection by the Sikhs.

This is but one example of how magnanimous the Guru’s Sikhs truly are. They embrace thus unite all of humanity with nobility, chivalry, devotion and selfless service to all of creation. This unconditional giving irrespective of religious belief of the recipients, all attributable to the teachings of the Sikh Gurus.

Nihang Sikhs, taking care of and protecting the Mosque

The Gurus taught that it is the solemn duty of Sikhs to fight against injustice, save the oppressed, share with others and particularly the needy. Finally to remember always that one formless Creator /God (Naam) that makes all things possible.. Sikhs are reputed for their gregarious, passionate, noble, valiant, sacrificing, honest, steadfast, and intelligent nature. Time and again one can experience these qualities when interacting with Sikhs.

Sadly, some ungrateful people think that these noble qualities of the Sikhs, are the hallmark of simple fools, who give so much without asking anything in return.

Note: Shri. Guru Har Gobind ji the 6th Guru is different from the 10th Sikh Guru, Shri. Guru Gobind Singh ji.

Best Honeymoon Destinations in India

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Love Love Love in the air, it’s that time in one’s life when only romance and candle lights make your day. We have listed below a few unique places for honeymooners.

Love Love Love in the air, it’s that time in one’s life when only romance and candle lights make your day. We have listed below a few unique places for honeymooners.

Puducherry: A quiet, laid back a beautiful French colony of yesteryears. Puducherry still has the love, romance of the French time it is places where you can relax enjoy the solitude and take time to know each other. Totally unexplored this place has one of the most beautiful resorts, churches and bakery.

Shillong: the capital of Mehgalaya this romantic city is called the “Scotland of the East” due to its striking similarity with the Scottish highlands. The city derives its name from “Leishyllong”-the Superpower or God who is believed to reside on the Shillong peak, overlooking the city. Lying in the cradle of the tall pine conifers and pineapple shrubs, Music and careless whisper in the ear can bond you both together in bliss for years to come…Perfect in May june for Honeymooners…

Udaipur: royalty and luxury at its best. The lake steals the hearts of the newlyweds. And the stillness of the water skips the beat of heart. Tying the bride and groom in marital bliss and happiness.

Goa: The rocking ,bindaas Goa has always been a favorite for honeymooners.. Most visited destination for honeymoons sure shot excitement and masti.

Andaman and Nicobar: Best Travel Destinations in India been explored by the young. It is a perfect blend of sea sand and solitude.

Nainital: A hill station is a exquisite place where the newlyweds love to walk and talk.

Srinager: Once called Paradise on earth ,the shikars the dal lake and flowers…just takes your breath away…The picturesque environment just looks like a dream world a fairy tale and a fantasy…

Allepey: The backwaters of Kerala have a huge fan club of honeymooners ,recommended .

Shimla: Hustle bustle in this hill station fill your heart with fresh love while walking down the MALL.

Agra: The monument of love is in this city THE TAJ. Love blossoms, new promises are made in this city which handhold the years of togetherness of the couple.

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Personalized Trips to India

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This is the article to read if you are planning for a relaxed, unique tailor-made trip to incredible India.

This is the article to read if you are planning for a relaxed, unique tailor-made trip to incredible India.

Different types of personalized trips that are suggested.

Personalized trips: This kind of holiday is basically made around the guest. It is totally around the preferences of the guest be it the destination, hotel and all transfers sightseeing. This kind of a trip is a Luxury Travel & Tours in India. It’s a NO, RUSH Trip it’s a trip meant to suit your ends. Generally people pick on Rajasthan, Kerala as destinations to travel too.

Volunteer trips: A new kind of tourism is picking up in India, which is working with the local communities to give back to the society for a specific period of time. We have people coming to be volunteers for literacy project, for helping the autistic to name a few. They work for some time and take some time off to see the Best Places to Visit in India. Here the places are basically in rural India but close to bigger cities.

Ayurveda and Rejuvenation trips: Rejuvenation is the key to a stress free anxiety free lifestyle that is available in India. With highend resorts to help us detox rejuvenate ourselves, ayurveda massages and yoga /meditation help our mind body and soul to connect in a harmonious string. Extremely popular destinations Cochin, Bangalore to recoup oneself.

Culinary trips: This is a new kind of tourism where people just come to taste or learn the culinary skills to prepare the dishes. Most sort out places Delhi, the capital of India and Hyderabad the city of the Nizams.

Keep watching this space for new updates about the type of trips

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Day Tour in Chandigarh with the Americans

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On a warm sunny winter morning, we accompanied 33 rotary Americans volunteers (who had come to visit Chandigarh on a mission to end polio) to explore the beautiful city Chandigarh

On a warm sunny winter morning, we accompanied 33 rotary Americans volunteers (who had come to visit Chandigarh on a mission to end polio) to explore the beautiful city Chandigarh, a new cosmopolitan city of the north…The Americans all of them Rotarians who believe and profess about selfless service enjoyed their day and luxury tour to India, we all assembled at the club by 1100 has and started with the roller coaster tour of the city

The first stop was the infamous piece of art, creativity and tireless labor of Shri Nek Chand the Rock Garden .The Americans were most fascinated by the thought behind the concept of this. It was a clear day so we had a number of clicks for remembrance.

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From the rock garden we walked for about 10 minutes down the lane to the lake Sukhna lake, I would like to mention here that some of our guests took a ride on the local rickshaws .The lake at its best natural beauty hustled and bustled with the locals, children on swings, hawkers, selling paani puri, chat papri, samosas to pizzas… Paani puri hawker got most of the Americans eating his water balls (as they called)…

After the snacking, the guests made their way to see the Rotary peace monument in the form of open hand the symbol of Chandigarh…it was quite interesting for them to see the peace monument at the prime location of Chandigarh and made by Rotarians…From here we traveled and saw the capitol complex and the High courts…. and the rose garden…. During this season the rose garden is filled with roses of different colors …it’s so refreshing and pleasing to the eyes…
When in Chandigarh it’s a must to go the landmark nostalgic sector 17, the beautifully built shopping complex arena, where time just flies away…..and so it did at about 8 pm in the evening

With a traditional softy (very famous) in each one hand, we bid good night to the 17 plaza, tired exhausted we all reached back to best travel destinations in India…. Still talking about the cleanliness in the city… We exchanged good byes with our guests. Who were simply awed by the tour of Chandigarh some part walking and some part by road… Along with a experience d guide..They all were extremely happy and contented with a fruitful day.

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Sangrur – City of Heritage

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The beautiful exotic robust yields in the fields the loud boisterous laughter, swings in the villages, all put together make a Punjab, the pompous vibrantly Punjab.

The beautiful exotic robust yields in the fields the loud boisterous laughter, swings in the villages, all put together make a Punjab, the pompous vibrantly Punjab. This winter I took a break and went on a short holiday to Punjab. We offer Punjab Luxury Holiday Packages for friends and families. I was awed by the historical and contemporary rich culture and heritage of this prosperous state. The original Punjab stands divided between India and Pakistan, and in India into Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

The erstwhile Punjab was rich progressive state which witnessed the maximum attacks from the foreign invaders from Afghanistan Mongolia etc. and thereafter the British. Even then it was a priced possession of every ruler, so let’s start exploring one by one.

I started my discovering Punjab journey in a place called Sangrur with a renowned historian Mr. Rajeev Jindal who increased my limited knowledge about the city. The city was the erstwhile capital of the Jind district which comprised of the present Jind (now in Haryana), Chakri Dadri and Sangrur (Punjab). Jind was a rich and prosperous district. The a Diwan Mahal is the central attraction foundation stone was laid by Maharaja Raghuvir Singh and the first darbar was held by Maharaja Ranbir Singh with royalty at its best. The Diwan Hall is still there but needs restoration which is being done by the Punjab Culture and Tourism department .The walls and structure of Diwan Hall are beautifully designed, carved and painted in organically dyed colors, all this tell us about the grandeur of the buildings.

Just opposite to the Diwan Hall is the white marbled Baradari Garden,a very interesting story is around this. I learned from Mr Rajeev that once Maharaja Sangeet Singh ruler of Jind was visiting Maharaja Ranjit in Lahore where he saw and praised the beautiful Baradari Gardens in Lahore to which the chivalrous Maharaja Ranjit Singh gifted Baradari to him. Therefore the gardens came to Sangrur which became the place for the queens .This is an exquisite piece of artwork and design .To get to the main room you have to cross over the collapsible wooden bridge which was built on a water body and which was filled with crocodiles so that no one else dared enter and disturb the king’s precious queens.

In the area between the 2 palaces was the beautifully made garden which in those times flourished with flowers of various colors .An interesting fountain is placed in the middle of the garden which is said to have been got by the king from Kolkata when there was a visit of the British. It is said that the king used to get his tent put up for residence and it is the first double tent in the history of India kings and palaces. Sangrur has the traditional clock tower in the middle of the city. The city also has a memorial for all its rulers Shahi Samadhan. A must visitor some of the ruins of the Badrukhan fort. Gurudwaras and temples tell us the story of this once upon a time princely state. The man behind Jet Airways Mr Naresh Goyal is from this city.

Once upon a time a flourishing city today Sangrur is a simple small town of Punjab with a lot of history which is unexplored. If you have interest in history and exploring the unexplored, Sangrur you can surely add to your wish list. Let’s preserve our heritage & culture tour and legacy.

Sikh Pilgrims Tours India

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India is a country of multitude religions and faiths. The uniqueness of this country lies in its unmatched unity amidst the diversity

India is a country of multitude religions and faiths. The uniqueness of this country lies in its unmatched unity amidst the diversity. Amongst the various religions followed, Sikhism is an important one. The Sikh community has a strong presence in India.

Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak during the 15th century. Initially confined to some regions of Punjab, the religion gradually spread its roots across other parts of the Indian subcontinent. There are several revered places of worship across the country, of which some are dedicated to the Sikh Gurus while others are holy shrines preserving religious relics.

When it comes to Sikh Pilgrimage tour packages sites, most of them are situated within the territory of Punjab – and across the country which depicts the beautiful architecture and utmost devotion.

The Golden Temple

It is situated in the holy city of Amritsar. Religious edifice is perhaps the most important place of worship for the followers of Sikhism. Locals suggest that the best time to visit this shrine is when the day begins and the first ray of sunlight kisses its golden crown. This temple, also called Sri Harmandir Sahib Amritsar, is one of the most venerated sites for Sikhs and stands for brotherhood, equality and peace. The fourth Sikh Guru Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji gave a nod to the digging of Amrit Sarovar (The Holy Tank) in AD 1577. Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (fifth Sikh Guru) completed the brick lining of this holy tank on 15th December, 1588 and gave permission for the construction of the Golden Temple. Sri Guru Granth Sahib is said to have been installed in the premises of this shrine on 16th August, 1604. Akal Takth here is one of the Five Takhts of Sikhism and therefore the most important from the pilgrimage perspective. Around Amritsar (70 kms Radius) there are many significant Gurdwaras to visit

Anandpur Sahib near Chandigarh

It comprises of several Gurdwaras. It is a major Sikh pilgrimage centre and one of the most visited after Golden Temple in Amritsar. Takht Sri Darbar Sahib Kesgarh Sahib at Anandpur is one of the Rakhts of Sikhism. Regarded as the birthplace of Khalsa Panth,this small town is nestled between foothills of the Shivalik range and the Sutlej River. It is the site of five holy forts constructed by Guru Gobind Singh and Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib – one of the top five pilgrimages in Sikhism. Anandpur Sahib is famous for its splendid white gurudwaras and thus, devotees gather here in large numbers to be a part of divine bliss.

Nanded

Nanded is a major Sikh pilgrimage centre and home to Sach Khand Huzur Sahib Gurdwara, the place where Guru Gobind Singhji’s ashes were buried. Some of the sacred relics of Guru are also preserved here. This is one of the Five Takhts of Sikhism and therefore most important to visit. Sri Hazur Sahib is amongst the five sacred Takths of Sikhism and a place where Guru Gobind Singhji took his last breath. It lies along the bank of the Godavari River and was built on the orders of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. This Gurudwara houses two prime religious scriptures of Sikhism – Guru Granth Sahib and Sri Dasam Granth.

Takht Sri Darbar Sahib Damdama Sahib

It is one of the Five Takhts of Sikhism situated in Bathinda. This is where Guru Gobind Singhji, the tenth Sikh Guru, prepared the full version of the Sikh Scriptures popularly known as Sri Guru Granth Sahib in early 18th Century.

Patna Sahib

Patna Sahib is regarded as one of the five holiest Takhts Patna is considered a holy city by Sikhs as tenth Guru Gobind Singhji was born here in 17th Century and spent his early years here before moving to Anandpur. Handi Sahib (20 kms) is also visited along with Patna Sahib.Patna Sahib was also visited by Guru Nanak and Guru Tegh Bahadur and thus, it is even more relevant and significant as a popular Sikh pilgrimage site. Several sacred relics are preserved in this Gurudwara, which include religious scriptures and weapons of armoury.

Gurdwara Bangla Sahib

It is the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru HarKrishanji. It is regarded as a globally-known destination, when it comes to pilgrimage sites for Sikhs. Some more gurudwara include Gurudwara Sisganj, Rakab Ganj Gurudwara and the famous Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. The Bangla Sahib Gurudwara witnessed the stay of the eighth Guru Sri HarKrishanji, who was entirely devoted to the selfless service of the sick and poor.

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib near Valley of Flowers a shrine is encircled by seven snow clad peaks and their associated glaciers. This area is accessible during June – Sept period. Hemkund Sahib (also spelled Hemkunt), formally known as Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji, is a Sikh place of worship and pilgrimage site in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. It is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708), the tenth Sikh Guru, and finds mention in Dasam Granth, a work dictated by Guruji himself. It is here that Guru Gobind Singhji unified with God after prolonged meditation

Lakhpat

Lakhpat near Nakhatrana (Kutch) has religious significance for Sikhism as Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, reportedly camped here on his journey to Mecca.

Paonta Sahib

Paonta Sahib is an important pilgrimage for Sikhs. It is believed that Guru Gobind Singh’s horse stopped at this place on its own and he decided to stay here. 50 kms from Dehradun, 150 kms from Chandigarh.Paonta Sahib, located on the bank of River Yamuna, is yet another place of interest for Sikh pilgrims tours India. It is the location of its namesake Gurudwara, which is linked to Guru Gobind Singh and houses weapons used by him. The Gurudwara is considered the site where he wrote several religious scriptures, before heading to Anandpur Sahib for the establishment of Khalsa Panth.

Sikh Guru Gobind Singhji also resided at Rewalsar Lake (45 kms from Mandi) for one month and therefore sacred to Sikhs. Mani Karan Sahib Gurudwara was built in order to commemorate the visit of Sri Guru Nanak Dev to the place. Here, one can find hot water springs, which are said to have curative and magical properties. Guru Gobind Singh is also believed to have visited this site, thus adding to its reverence as a Sikh pilgrimage spot.

Gurdwara Bari Sangat

Gurdwara Bari Sangat is the most notable historical Gurdwara in Kolakata(West Bengal). The Gurdwara was visited by Guru Nanak Dev & Guru Tegh Bahadur and therefore visited by Sikhs as a Pilgrimage

India is a wonderful destination for the followers of this religion. Speaking of great religious leaders and selfless sacrifice of Sikh warriors, these places invoke a feeling of pride and devotion in the minds of visitors. Some of these Gurudwaras and shrines are marvels of excellent architecture while others are reminders of historic dates in the eventful Sikh history. Having a lot of reasons to be proud of glorious historical past, these pilgrimage destinations ideally represent Sikhism – the religion that signifies a spiritual life and the oneness of God.

Historical Significance of Punjab

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Punjab is a region of the northwest Indian subcontinent. It is made up of two Persian words -Panj- and -Aab- where Panj means five and Aab means water. It is called land of five rivers that ran through it.

Punjab is a region of the northwest Indian subcontinent. It is made up of two Persian words -Panj- and -Aab- where Panj means five and Aab means water. It is called land of five rivers that ran through it. They are Jhelum, Ravi, Beas, Sutlej and Chenab.

Punjab is surrounded on the west by Pakistan, on the North by Jammu and Kashmir, on the north east by Himachal Pradesh and on the south by Haryana and Rajasthan.

Evidence of life in the Punjab region was discovered in 7000 B.C. In 3000 BC, life grew in and around the Indus Valley, which gave rise to the Indus Valley civilisation. There was growth of historic cities like Harappa and Mohenjo Daro. Punjab was continuously being attacked by the Persians The Persian King Gustasp conquered in 516 BC. Punjab became the wealthiest province of the Persian kingdom. Greeks, the strong competitors of the Persians, also eyed Punjab territory. In 321 BC, the Greek King Alexander invaded Punjab, breaking the rule of the Persians. Later, the Greek empire was overthrown by the Bacterians. In the second century BC, Bacterian king Demetrius I added Punjab to his kingdom. In the same period, the Northern Sakas wrestled into power from the Indo-Greeks. The Arabs came and conquered Multan in 8th century AD. Mahmud, the ruler of Ghazni, attacked Punjab 17 times during his reign. There were short-term rules of the Mamluks, Mongols, Khiljis and Tughluqs.

Punjab was a picture of chaos and upheaval when Maharaja Ranjit Singh took over as its ruler, on 12th April 1801. Punjab was under the Afghan rule since 1757 and faced the rising power of Sikhs. Sikhs joined hands to overthrow Taimul Shah and his Chief, Jalal Khan. Afghans returned and Lahore came under the Sikhs in 1758.

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia became the head of the Sikh sovereignty. Under his rule, the domain of Sikhs considerably grew over Punjab. After the death of Jassa Singh, Afghans started gaining power again. Soon Maharaja Ranjit Singh built up a strong force to counteract them. He won the hearts of everyone in Punjab. It was on July 7, 1799 that Ranjit Singh entered Lahore acquiring a kingdom in the Punjab. He died in 1839 and a succession struggle followed his death.

British entered Punjab in 1845 and moved to the Sutlej frontier. British and Sikh troops engaged in the First Anglo-Sikh War near Ferozepur. The war ended the following year and the territory between the Sutlej and the Beas fell into the hands of the British rule, along with Kashmir. As per the Peace Treaty and the Treaty of Lahore, Punjab was totally annexed by the British East India Company and Dhalip Singh, the minor Sikh ruler, was pensioned off. The black day of the Jalianwala Bagh Massacre occurred at Amritsar, in 1919. It agitated the Sikhs to revolt against the tyranny of the colonial rule. The 1940 Lahore Resolution of the Muslim League made Punjab the centre of a bloodier struggle.

In 1946, communal tensions erupted between the majority Muslims of Punjab and the Hindu and Sikh minorities. The British Punjab province, which forms the present day Punjab province of Pakistan and the Punjab of India were partitioned in 1947. The Indian state of Punjab has never seen back after independence. The Green Revolution in the 1960s swept the land and developed to become the bread and butter of the country. Punjab has grown ever since. Today, it is amongst the popular tourist destinations of the country as well.

7 Most Incredible And Expensive Cruises In The World

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If you love to travel and are a restless spirit, one of your greatest desires is to cruise at some point in your life. Ride the waves, visit new cities every day, rest in a nice cabin, dinner in a cruise restaurant and much more.

If you love to travel and are a restless spirit, one of your greatest desires is to cruise at some point in your life. Ride the waves, visit new cities every day, rest in a nice cabin, dinner in a cruise restaurant and much more. The fact is that cruises offer every luxury and comfort for their passengers, hence always associated to a dream trip and so many people dream of going on one. If it is in your future plans here’s a selection of the best cruises in the world.

A journey among glaciers

What if you could see glaciers from a suite? Many cruises cover a route that runs along the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver, Canada, to Seward, Alaska. The most famous ship that plows through these seas is the Seven Seas Mariner of RSSC. For some suites and rooms the prices range from 3,000 and 12,000 euros. The cruise passes through steep mountains, cities covered by ice and snow and glaciers. A luxury cruise!

Harmony of the Seas

The world’s largest cruise ship, accommodating no less than 8,000 people, the Royal Caribbean International Boat has tennis and basketball courts, a water park, zip line, gardens, a theater, restaurants, cinemas, shops and much more. The huge floating city transits the Mediterranean sea and departs from Barcelona to tour Mallorca, Marseille, the island of Capri, Naples or Rome. Cruise prices are more than affordable (around 2,800 euros) and in the coming months it will also begin sailing the Caribbean seas.

Disney cruise

A tale experience. If you like movies drawings or are thinking about taking a cruise with kids, you will fall in love with the Disney Dream. The ship departs from Cape Canaveral, Florida, towards the Bahamas and runs throughout the year. On board, the fun is guaranteed for everyone: roller coasters, shows, tours, interactive games, hidden clues and much more. Moreover, almost all rooms have balconies, so you will not miss the spectacular views at any time.

The only cruise to the Galapagos Islands

Celebrity Xpedition is the only cruise that runs the Galapagos Islands. While small (hosts only 90 passengers), it is ideal if you want to rest and escape the crowds. The price of your ticket will range between 2,000 euros and 9,000 euros. Thanks to it you will see sea lions, dolphins, zapayas, iguanas, turtles and an endless list of exotic animals.

A trip to the Arctic

The MS Fram is one of the few boats that juts into the two poles of the planet, Antarctica and the Arctic, throughout the year. With capacity for 300 people, the boat is built to sail in icy large currents and cold marine areas. From the cruise you can see dolphins, sea lions, polar bears, whales and especially icebergs. A spectacular trip in the freezing countryside.

How To Reduce The Cost Of Air-Fare

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Savvy-travelers will all too often know when to book, or when to wait, to bag a bargain deal on the on the cost of their next flight. One of the clearest trends in travel over the past few years has been to book at much shorter notice.

Savvy-travelers will all too often know when to book, or when to wait, to bag a bargain deal on the on the cost of their next flight. One of the clearest trends in travel over the past few years has been to book at much shorter notice.

The travel experts at Opodo have examined data to reveal best months and days to hunt for holidays on and when flights might be at their lowest, giving savvy travelers clues as to when they should be booking in 2017.

When is the best time to book?

The months of April, August, September and October all deliver the best discounts. When it comes to the best days to book, Saturday and Sunday are the best cheapest days to book flights. Booking on a Saturday could see an average saving of 4% – 6% on domestic, 3% on short haul, 3% on long haul. Booking on a Sunday could result in an average saving of 3% – 7% on domestic air fares, 3% on short haul, and 1% long haul.

Long Haul Flights

If you’re planning to visit popular destinations New York, Dubai, Hong Kong – you might want to consider waiting until April before booking your ticket, which could be 6 % cheaper than booking at any other time of the year. However, if you’re taking the trip in 2018 then September is your best bet, with an average saving of 8% across the board.

September8% cheaper
April6% cheaper
August6% cheaper

Short Haul

For those planning on taking a trip to Europe in the Summer, flights in April are on average 5% cheaper than the rest of the year, the only exception to this is September and October when prices crash to 14% and 13% respectively.

September14% cheaper
October13% cheaper
April5% cheaper

Domestic

October and September are again the cheapest months to fly within the UK, with August rounding out the list.

October14% cheaper
September9% cheaper
August7% cheaper

Top Six Beach Destinations in Europe

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TripAdvisor readers recently voted La Concha beach their favorite, and it is not hard to see why. Set in a perfectly circular bay, it is beautiful to look at. It is on the Atlantic coast, so the sea gets quite cold in the winter, but it is still a popular destination even in December.

Everyone loves a beach holiday, and Europe has some fantastic seaside destinations. Here is our roundup of the best.

La Concha in San Sebastián in Spain

TripAdvisor readers recently voted La Concha beach their favorite, and it is not hard to see why. Set in a perfectly circular bay, it is beautiful to look at. It is on the Atlantic coast, so the sea gets quite cold in the winter, but it is still a popular destination even in December.

Playa La Caleta in Spain

If you are looking for a beach that is bathed in the sun year round, La Caleta is a good choice. This part of Spain benefits from 300 days of sunshine, which means you stand a good chance of getting a tan.

Elafonissi Beach in West Crete

This beautiful beach is famed for its clear water. It is in a relatively remote location, so you need to walk to get there, but not far. The sand is almost pink, and the fact that it is actually located on an islet makes it a magical place. There is plenty of shallow water, so it is ideal for the kids to paddle.

Stiniva Beach on Vis Island in Croatia

St. George’s Bay is a stunning place. The backdrop of steep cliffs makes for some stunning holiday photos. There is plenty of natural shade, which is fortunate because this beach is a real suntrap. The waters are normally calm, but there is an undercurrent, which you need to be aware of.

Caneiros on the Algarve in Portugal

For families with kids who like to be active, Caneiros beach is ideal. There is plenty for children of every age group to enjoy. The nearby caves can be explored using the pedalos and kayaks that you can hire. For toddlers, the sand is perfect for building sandcastles.

Guincho Beach Cascais Portugal

If you are looking for something a bit different, Guincho Beach is ideal. It was a filming location for the Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This is a popular surfing beach. In the summer, there is a constant breeze, so it is great for those who want to get away from the searing heat, but there is not much shade, so you will need a good beach umbrella.

Be ready to enjoy the beach

Regardless of which of the above beaches you choose to visit, it is important to pack the right gear. Doing so will allow you to spend as much time as possible down by the sea enjoying yourself.

This year, there is some great beachwear available in the shops. It does not matter whether you are looking for culottes and a kimono or a sundress – there are plenty to choose from. This type of clothing is perfect for when the sun starts to go down, or for an evening walk along the beach.

If you want to go in the sea, invest in some good swimwear. For sunbathing, a bikini top and shorts is an option. Always pack good quality sun cream, a hat and some sunglasses. The last thing you want is to ruin your vacation by getting sunburnt.