The Golden City

The golden city, or Jaiselmer, is one of my favorite cities in the state of Rajasthan, India. It got its name, the golden city, due to the amazing architecture, which is mostly made up of yellow sandstone, giving a yellowish golden tinge to the city.

This heritage city provides a lot of attractions to the visitors which include, the famous Jaisalmer Fort, which is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and the impressive camel safari in the Thar desert.

The Jaisalmer Fort :

The Jaisalmer Fort also declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2003, is a quite historic fort, having a rich heritage. This fort is huge, usually bustling with people, having a ton of narrow alleys, temples, shops, hotels, rooftop cafes, and many more delightful attractions. Nearly one-fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort. Due to the sandstone, this fort turns into a beautiful color of honey gold during sunset, camouflaging with the desert, for this reason, many people also call it the Sonar Quila which translates to The Golden Fort. Apart from this, it has a lot of craftwork and art. One can see many handicraft shops and spicy street food in various corners of the fort.

The fort is usually very crowded during the day time, however, I also did a little night tour in the fort, in which I walked through the exquisite architecture, also meeting some of the local people who lived inside the fort, asking them about their lives, and then visiting a rooftop cafe, from which I witnessed an amazing view of the city, that was however quite peaceful than the daytime, but experiencing the fort in the warm sun has a very graceful charm.

The Thar Desert :

The camel safari, amidst the Thar desert, is a whole new experience… The safari includes, being amongst the camels and then riding on the back of the camels, which was quite thrilling. Then we stayed in the tents organized for us, and had an experience of camping in the desert.

Here are some pictures clicked by me :

— Ria Minglani

Four islands, Ao nang

The best boat tour, I’ve ever been to. People who visit Ao nang or Phuket, generally do this tour, they do the speedboat tour or the traditional longtail boat one, I did the latter. This tour is perfect to explore the gorgeous rock islands of Krabi.
Well as the name suggests, this tour included four alluring islands

The first one is called the Phra nang cave bay island, located on the Railay peninsula, which is absolutely outstanding. The main attraction here other than the beach is the Phra nang cave, an interesting small cave that fascinates the visitors. Apart from that this island also has a temple that adds up to the attractions

The second island is the Tup island, and this one was even better than the previous one. This island is small but breathtakingly beautiful. This island is perfect for swimming in its crystal clear water due to its low tide, and you can even reach its neighboring island by simply crossing the sea by walking to the chicken island, the view from there is also pretty great.

KOH TUP

The third destination is the Koh Kai, popularly known as the chicken island, which can be reached by its neighboring island, Koh tup, this island is rather peaceful and relaxing. Its called the chicken island as from far away it actually looks like a chicken.

The fourth island is the Koh Poda or the Poda island. This island is like paradise on Earth. Fine white sand beach and a sea so clear that you just feel like jumping in. The perfect place to unwind and enjoy the brilliant beach scenery. The huge rock in front of it has been featured on countless postcards, screensavers, and touristic brochures, so don’t miss the opportunity to take your own photograph of the scenery…

KOH PODA

The last part of this tour is snorkeling, which was an amazing experience, the view of the bright blue sea was really something wonderful, where I saw quite colourfull fishes, it was definitely a unique experience..

I still can’t get over the amazing time I had in Thailand, especially in Ao Nang. It was a place that I would love to visit again, and I hope I will 🙂
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— Ria Minglani

Lagoon islands of Venice, Italy

Venice being a very famous town in Italy adds up being among one of the most visited cities in the world, and it sure does have a lot of attractions but so do the two amazing lagoon islands near it which, according to me are definitely worth exploring.

Murano:

A gem of a place, lying in the north of Venice, Italy is renowned for its history of glass making. This charming island has several skilled craftsmen continuing their local tradition of making glass, a lot of visitors come here to explore the Museo del Vetro, which is a museum showing the history of glass through the years. This little town also has many glass factories which demonstrate the process of making the glass, and also quite a few souvenir shops where you can buy fine and attractive glass jewelry for your loved ones..

Apart from having a history of glass making, this place also has its own grand canal, shops and sidewalk cafes, and also many beautiful streets..

MURANO

Burano:

A very picturesque island of fishermen having lanes full of beautiful vibrant colored apartments and houses that give a very rainbow vibe, lies near Murano and can be easily reached by ferry. This island, however, is famous for its lacemaking and has a ton of shops where one can buy various lace products, it also has many fascinating bakeries and other shops. Apart from the bright houses, this island has narrow and clear canals. Since its a very small town, Burano would be best explored by simply walking in its extremely scenic and colourfull streets.

BURANO

The best way to get to these islands from the main Venice island is by the Vaporetto (water bus)

— Ria Minglani