48 HOURS IN DUBLIN

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“In Dublin‘s fair city
Where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheelbarrow
Through the streets broad and narrow
Crying “cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh…”

If you’re planning a trip to Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, you must already start humming the above lines. The unofficial anthem of Dublin city, it is sure to set the mood for what’s coming. Yes, the Irish love their songs. Many an Irish town, street, landscape have been immortalised in melody. While Dublin may not appear in the list of prettiest cities in the world, it certainly packs a good deal of variety for every kind of traveller.

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Think cobblestone streets, the handsome towers of Trinity College, ample green spaces, the Georgian-period buildings, quiet squares, artsy cafes and more.

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BUCKET-LIST EXPERIENCES FOR 2018

Let 2018 be the year of fulfilling of travel goals. From Deccan rail travel to floating in the Dead Sea, here are a few must-do, once-in-a-lifetime experiences

ROMANCE DECCAN INDIA IN A WORLD-CLASS LUXURY TRAIN


Many love trains but never end up taking them as they’re always in a hurry to reach where they can start their vacation. But, why just get somewhere when you can make the journey as glorious as the destination? Though we may like the idea of reaching a destination in hours rather than days, there’s nothing that can quite match the thrill of rail travel. The rhythm of the wheels, the guard’s piercing whistle, the sound of horn as the train approaches and departs a station, watching the ever-changing landscape from the window seat, chatting with fellow passengers; these little things come together to create a certain magic on board a train. Besides, train journeys reveal a country as flights can never do. Lured by the idea of a long, leisurely train trip with a cabin to yourself. Look no furthur than the luxurious Deccan Odyssey.

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CUSCO – FOR EVERY CULTURE VULTURE

Often regarded as the gateway to the “lost” city of Machu Picchu, Cusco in Peru is a powerhouse of culture and a living monument to Inca history

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Enter the colonial city of Cusco and the first thing that strikes the eye is its archetypal architecture and stone-walled alleys. For individuals used to living in fabricated urban spaces and cities dotted with skyscrapers, a visit to South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city is nothing short of time travel!

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LOOKING DOWN ON ETHEREAL MACHU PICCHU

From a splendidly old-fashioned train journey through the Sacred Valley to losing oneself in the tranquility of the terraced ruins, the Machu Picchu experience is everything but ordinary

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Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.”

Taking inspiration from Twain’s words, I let everything else take a back seat and took off to South America. Reaching a place that’s diametrically on the other side of the globe requires a lot of patience. After 30 hours of hovering, I finally landed in Lima (the capital city of Peru) only hoping the beauty of Machu Picchu would be worth the jet lag. And, it turned out to be nothing less than spectacular!

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BAROSSA VALLEY – EVERY WINE-LOVING COUPLE’S RETREAT

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With its majestic hills, quiet country roads, picturesque villages, garden-fresh gourmet fare and timeless beauty, Barossa is a little slice of ecstasy

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GOING SLOW IN SOUTH GOA

You may visit Goa several times in a lifetime, but you can never get enough of the coastal paradise! That’s the charm of Goa which is equal parts cool, cultured and tranquil.

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Moreover South and North, with their contrasting vibes and landscape, soothe every kind of soul. Having been to North Goa a couple of times, we decided to stay away from the crowd, and head to South Goa this rainy season. Stretches of paddy fields, gorgeous and kingly Portuguese mansions, historic villages ample greenery and pristine beaches made sure we revelled in solitude and the natural beauty around.

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LUCERNE – WHERE EVERY VISTA IS A POSTCARD

Compact and colourful, Lucerne in Central Switzerland seamlessly portrays a subtle interplay between nature and architecture. Here’s what you can see and do when here

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Dainty swans swimming freely in a misty Lake, a flower-lined wooden bridge, gorgeous architectural treasures reflecting in shimmering waters, people cycling and walking on a maze of cobblestone streets and giant mountains looming over a delightful, serene town. Now, imagine immersing yourself in this beautiful view from a sidewalk cafe, accompanied with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of Swiss-made red Pinot Noir! You certainly aren’t at fault if you’re already mesmerised by this inspiring terrain. Located in the geographic heart of Switzerland, Lucerne is where urban life and nature come together to give you endless photo opportunities, and this isn’t an overstatement!

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