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Journey to Candolim in Goa, A Mini Russia and Europe. Review

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Candolim in goa, mini russiaSituated on the western coast of India, Goa is one of the smallest state in India. It is also one of the newest territory that joined India after India’s Independence, newest being Sikkim. Goa was an enclave of Portugal till 1961 when India and Portugal engaged into military conflict that lasted 36 hours and a 451 years of Portuguese rule was brought to an end becoming a national tragedy for Portugal, but rejoice in India for gaining its historical land.

Today Goa is the holiday destination for Indians as well as foreign tourists. Goa, which is famous for its warm sea water, and clear sky is most popular from October to April. Goa receives heavy rainfall from the month of June to September which is the off season, but still some adventurous tourists visit Goa during these months to experience the wildlife of the western ghats much away from the beaches.

Being back from London, enjoying the night life and party environment in the London bars, Goa is different. Although Goa is famous for its late night beach and cruise parties, the kind of Goa which we saw was calm and peaceful with a little bit of hustle and bustle.

We started from Delhi International Airport and landed on Dabolim Airport in Goa in the evening time. By the time we reached our hotel resort,  which was 45 KM far from the airport, it had become dark. Candolim in North Goa, is comparatively a peaceful and beautiful place. The market alongside a double lane main road was lightened by shop hoardings and yellow street light.

I can say from my observation that Candolim is a mini Russia. Shop banners, signboards, hotel instructions, menu cards in every restaurant were in Russian language and everyone from hotel reception to shopkeepers to waiters knew very fluent Russian though with a distinct accent. My teammate who was also from Russia joked that she feels like home here. Wherever we went we could hear people talking in Russian as the number of tourists coming from Russia is very high.

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Usage of Russian language in Goa

Restaurants around are very professionally themed and will involve you completely in typical Goan environment. All the restaurants have their own way of absorbing you, from live music to karaoke. With perfect blend of lighting and old English/American and Russian songs from country to jazz, it lightened the mood and made the evening perfect. Most of the restaurants serve wide variety of food, from `classic Indian to authentic local Goan food to European. And all of this in very reasonable price around ₹400 for two people without drinks. Drinks are available in all the restaurants.

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Team TWR at a restaurant in Goa (c) TWR

Candolim also has two major super markets, so if you want to cook or make sandwich at your room you can buy everything required for daily needs at very cheap prices. Fruits sold in Goa are very tasty but very costly too. If you want to try some exotic Indian fruits, consider Delhi or Mumbai or any other city which you would be visiting on your trip.

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Super Market at the Candolim Main Road (c) TWR

Walking on the Candolim streets is a different experience all together. Candolim main road is a narrow two lane road but has less traffic and pedestrian rush. The road is accompanied by markets alongside. There are shops mostly selling souvenirs, clothes, swim wear, semi precious stones or there are restaurants. At night it is lightened by yellow street lights and colorful lights coming from the shops and the restaurants. During day time it is showered by the golden sunlight forming very clear pattern of your shadow on the street. Sun is amazingly bright and people from different parts of the world look amazing bathing with the sunshine together.

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Candolim Main Road, (c) TWR

The place had large number of resorts and high quality guest houses, we chose Alor Grande Holiday Resort and were very happy with the service, ambiance and quality. It was more like a big modern apartment complex developed in goan style. In just ₹4500 per night you will get Swimming pool, WiFi (Paid), included breakfast, laundry service and parking facility, the hotel is less than 100m from Candolim main road and main market. And less than 500m far from the Candolim beach.

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Alor Grande Holiday Resort, Candolim (c) TWR

Candolim beach is also a peaceful place where sea water is clean and warm. Most of the tourists are from Europe (especially Britain) and Russia. It is the place to sit and relax for sunbath listening to the sounds of waves striking the shore. If you love water sports, you can go for water surfing, motorboat and parachute. As soon as you will enter the beach people will come to you asking if you need shacks or if you want to go for water sports. Beach shack costed only ₹100 per person, per day. And an umbrella costed ₹50. The shack guy was nice and he offered umbrella for free the next day. He will keep coming to ask you if you need anything like snacks, meals or drinks, he will bring it right to the place where you are sitting. Many massage practioners, fruit sellers and tattoo makers will also approach you. Unlike other places, no tourist guides will come after you to hire them. Goa is the place to experience and enjoy yourself.  It becomes really hot in the month of February after 2 o’ clock and it becomes difficult to stay after that on the beach.

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Candolim Beach (c) TWR

You can take bike, scooter, or car  on rent and go to nearby and adjacent beaches of Calangute and Bagha, which are equally nice and famous.

Start your day with rich Indian breakfast, walk to the sea, enjoy the sun and warm sea water. When it starts to get hotter, walk down the street, it is a good time to shop. Enjoy the European or Indian lunch in a restaurant. Walk back to your room, watch bollywood movie clips on the TV. Don’t just indulge in running everywhere, seeing everything and getting busy in taking photos, because you will miss the whole point of spending time together and enjoying the present moment. In the evening go back to the beach to see the magnificent sunset, walk down the street and enjoy the jazz and country music playing everywhere. Have a sip of the wine and relax and stimulate your senses with dinner.

Also Read: Goa off the beaten path, Whole Goa in One Day!

You will be glad that you spent your vacation here, this place is suitable for the tourists of all ages, couples and family. Candolim is Goa in the real sense and a mini Russia.

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A holiday experience for all the family

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Finding the perfect location for your family holidays is often a tedious task, especially when kids are involved in the equation. Thankfully, there is a new 5-star resort especially created for the whole family.

A place for everyone 

Planning the perfect family holiday is never an easy task. We need to look for a place that would make everyone in the family happy, no matter their age. Traditionally, parents had to adapt their holidays plans to meet their kids needs for fun and entertainment. Thankfully, the tourism industry is aware of this issue and, over the last years, alternatives that fulfill the whole family needs have been developing. 

A place that has become renowned for having the best all inclusive family resorts is ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres. ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres is a 5-star resort located in Mexico, on a paradisiac beach just 15 minutes away from downtown Cancun. It was especially designed keeping the needs of the whole family in mind. 

It does not matter if the visitor is a kid or an adult, relax and a pleasure experience are ensured in this place. 

The perfect location for adults to relax

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If you are looking to get away from the world and relax, Estudio Playa Mujeres has everything you need in order to have the best holiday experience of your life. 

The resort’s luxurious design and its wide range of activities available make it the best spot for your vacations

All the suites vanguardist concepts were designed by Mexican artists and on them you can see a modern architectonic display along with some luxury items like the revolutionary Total-Rest Beds®. These beds are especially designed to ensure you have the best resting experience during your stay and feature top-quality bed sheets. 

The suites are also equipped with a modern private bathroom, a 24 hours room-service and a minibar that is restocked on a daily basis. 

Once you leave your suite, a world full of marvelous experiences awaits you. The whole resort is decorated with artistic pieces created by contemporary Mexican artists. There are multiple installations you can make use of during your stay.  The resort has a 18-hole golf course, 6 restaurants to meet even the pickiest gourmet needs and, our personal favorite, the nuup spa. 

The nuup spa is equipped with everything you may need for relaxing in your luxury Spa Vacations. Distributed among three different levels, this luxurious  spa includes:

  •  18 treatments cabins equipped with  private showers
  • Relaxing lounges to chill before and in between treatments.
  • A fully equipped hydrotherapy circuit which includes a sauna, a steam room, a sentations shower and a ludic pool. 
  • A tea station with all sort of flavours from around the globe. 
  • A beauty salon with the best hairstyling, pedicure and manicure experts. 
  • A Bridal Dress-Up Lounge®. On this private space brides and their maids can get ready for the ceremony while enjoying features like a private bar or bathroom. 

Let your kids have the time of their lives

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At Estudio Playa Mujeres, kids are very important. They have a wide range of activities to enjoy while their parents relax. Kids can enjoy the Doodle Land® program, where creativeness is encouraged by the means of interactive workshops and programs and fun activities by the beach and the pool. Kids up to the age of 15 can also join the kids club, where they will learn while having fun. 

Your pet also deserves the best holidays

Estudio playa mujeres are Pet Friendly Resorts. Pets are welcome and encouraged on their installations just as one more member of the family

The resort provides all the things our furry friends could need for a fun experience. Estudio Playa Mujeres counts with a team of professionals that offer doggysitting and veterinary services. 

The food necessities of our pets are fully covered with a luxurious 5 plates menu especially designed to meet their needs. 

Fun is also assured for pets within the resort. There are a wide range of activities and happenings along the resort that will bring our pets and us an unique experience. Toys and accessories are also provided inside the suites so our pets are always entertained and feel just like at home.

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The Must-Know Before Booking Your Next Flight

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One of the essential things that will keep you happy throughout your traveling is booking a flight that caters for all your needs without necessarily paying much. Whether you are going on a business trip or you just want to spend your next holiday away from your country booking the right flight will be your very first crucial thing to do.

When it comes to flight booking, getting the right airline that will suit all your preferences, needs, and taste can be a bit tricky especially if it is your first time. Making even the minutest error in the choice of your flight can easily ruin your entire journey. That’s why in this article, you will learn some of the factors you need to know before booking any flight. So let’s get started.

Ticket Price

Of course, this is one thing that many people are sensitive to and definitely, it is one of the most crucial factors you should consider. Flight ticket prices usually vary depending on the airline you have chosen.

Definitely, you need an airline that will save some bucks for your ice cream, that’s more than often people tend to go for cheaper ticket prices. It is always advisable that you check whether the price of the ticket has included or excluded the taxes. Besides, check whether the luggage fees are separate.

The duration and stops of your flight

Sometimes, even if you are taking a direct flight, it has several stops before reaching the destination. It could be for technical checkups or fueling. By checking the number of halts and flight stops you will be having, you will easily determine the duration of your flight.

The actual value of your ticket will also largely depend on the number of stops and duration you will be in the air. The direct flight usually charge high prices because they are faster compared to indirect flights that have several stops. It is always advisable you check on the duration your flight will take besides the attractive ticket prices.

The Airline

This is one of the factors that cannot be overemphasized having in mind the many airlines that have stormed the air transportation industry. It is always advisable that you choose an airline that has a good reputation for its safety, prices, and treatment of its customers.

You also need to check the number of years they have been in the field and how well-maintained are their planes. Turkish Airlines could be your choice in your next flight because of their efficiency, effectiveness, the number of years in experience, and diverse quality services. Why not give it a trial?

Flight time

Well, the time of your flight is crucial in saving you some money and for your safety. You may have noticed that there is a peak hour where almost everyone likes flying. In such hours, you dig deeper into your pocket. Such hours are usually during the day, perhaps in the morning to afternoon hours.

It is advisable to travel at such peak hours if you don’t know your destination very well. However, if you are conversant with your destination, you can take odd-hour flights which are basically cheaper. 

Travel Dates

This is another crucial factor that you will need to consider. Always plan your trip very well to suit your preferred dates of travel. Choose different days for your flights and eventually choose the one that is best for you. However, this may be impossible if you are on an emergency schedule.

It is advisable that you be as much flexible as possible when it comes to the dates of your flights. If you stick to one particular date, you might end up spending more than you had planned for in case some ugly incident occurs.

The flight itinerary

For indirect flights, you will need to change your planes; you will need to take another flight to connect you to your destination. Some airliners are hostile enough that they don’t even provide you with transport to the next airport. If you have some tons of luggage it becomes chaotic for you.

Some passengers may be having Visas that don’t allow them in certain countries and this will be very frustrating for them. Always check at the distance between the airports and the entire itinerary to avoid frustrations in your flight.

Final Remarks: You can make your flight joyful or irritating by the choices you make. The above factors can make your flights comfortable. However, it is advisable that you book your ticket 6 weeks before your date of travel. This will save you some good money. Consulting travel agents is also a great idea. Now make it happen the right way.

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The 10 Best Design-led Hostels in Europe

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Hostels are no longer just for young people and travelers with low budgets. The once humble and cheap accommodation that connects people from different places has now evolved to poshtels, which allow you to spend less but still get access to the benefits of high-end hotels. A good location, careful decoration, a strong commitment to the environment and the common spaces is what offers this new concept that is getting huge in Europe. Here are some of the best hostels that you can find in the Old Continent.

Cats Hostel Madrid

Cats Hostels is the perfect option to stay right in the heart of the city when visiting Madrid, because the city centre is where all the cool stuff happens. Their fully equipped and comfortable rooms decorated according to the latests trends can accommodate from 2 up to 14 guests. 

The hostel stands out for its breathtakingly spectacular 17th-century Arab-Andalusian style patio, which is in fact a protected historical heritage site in the city. It has a stunning fountain right in the middle that is filled with sangria in their epic Sangria Party -they don’t claim to be the best party hostel in Madrid for no reason! Cats Hostel is perfect for group friends or solo travellers, since the common areas work as meeting points: a coworking space, a club, a bar or a multipurpose room where you can watch a movie on the big screen, chill on the couches, play board games, read, or sleep away your hangover.

For those who want to discover the city accompanied, there are activities in Cats Hostels every day of the week: from the city tour -where you can visit the most emblematic landmarks of the capital, to a pub crawl that costs 15 € and starts every day at 22:00 or a classic tapas tour (15 €), on Wednesdays and Fridays at 17:45.

Full Moon Design Hostel Budapest

Live music in one of the most vibrant cities, picturesque rooms, colourful common areas and a privileged location are just some of the things this designer hostel has to offer. But that’s not all this hostel offers: Morisons Music Pub 2 is in the same building. 

Generator Hostel Paris

Stroll through the city without leaving the building in this design-led hostel inspired by the photogenic character of Paris. Stay in the elegant lounge (with vintage armchairs and a large bar) or have fun in the game room when you’re not enjoying everything the French capital has to offer.

Cats Hostel Porto

Cats Hostel Porto is the first hostel of the brand to open in Portugal, and it brings to the city of the Duero river all the spirit that has made Madrid’s Cats Hostels famous: fun, activities and central accommodation to enjoy the city to the fullest.

ONE80º Berlin

This ’boutique hostel’ in the heart of Mitte stands out for having its own discotheque in the center of Berlin.  It offers music by its own resident DJs and other events. Guests can also use a special area to upload and share their photos. The interior is designed by Berlin artists.

Kex Hostel Reykjavik

Industrial aesthetics is the most characteristic feature of this Icelandic hostel that stands in an old biscuit factory (in fact, kex means Icelandic ‘biscuit’). Besides having all kinds of rooms, it stands out for its common spaces, such as a barber shop or a large library, where you can relax in the company of other travelers..

Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel

The most modern hostel in Barcelona is just a step away from Paseo de Gracia and is all style and atmosphere. With its exclusive design and modern interiors, is the ideal refuge for any lover of modern and style. Enjoy the terrace, the lounges (it has spacious communal lounges to rest and chat) and its exquisite cuisine.

Youth Hostel Scuol Switzerland

This hostel is the most modern cabin in the Swiss country. This hostel, decorated to the last, has beautiful wooden interiors. Come out onto the terrace and breathe in the fresh air, while enjoying the splendour of the surrounding mountains. When the sun sets, make a ball in front of the fireplace and enjoy a hot chocolate before resting in your room.

Clink 78 London

Luxurious hostel frequented by young backpackers. It occupies what used to be a courthouse, where, by the way, the punk band The Clash was judged -according to their website. So if you book a room here, you can sleep in a cell or hang out in one of the courtrooms. And it’s worth attending one of the concerts at their nightclub, the ClashBAR. It’s ten minutes from King’s Cross train station.

Cocomama Amsterdam

It has a very exotic name, but a very European conception of design and decoration, with murals, paintings, ceramics and all kinds of elements that make up a beautiful environment. Everything is very clean and well cared for. There are cinema, communal kitchen and garden, as well as other spaces to share.


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