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These Pictures Of Freezing Amsterdam Canals Will Make You Fall For European Winters!

From the first ever snowfall in Saudi to inches of snow in the Russian region, our planet has witnessed roaring changes in climatic conditions, this winter season. The European continent has primarily witnessed various ups and downs in the climatic conditions which have led to extreme snowfall in some countries. But these climatic changes have not stopped the people from enjoying the winter chill.

Our happy planet did not fail to extract the positives out of the harsh winters, and the cheerful pictures from different corners of the world, taking rounds on the internet, are the proof of that.

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The latest news has come from the Dutch land, Amsterdam, where the temperatures have dropped to such lows that the canals running across the city have frozen. This event of Amsterdam canals freezing has occurred for the first time in the past six years. Such adverse weather conditions did not stop the Dutch people from celebrating, and enjoying the winters as the canals have frozen to such an extent that they have become a playground for adventure activities.

The common public, and numerous ice skaters have come out in large numbers to skate over the frozen canals. Here are some surreal pictures of the city and its incredible scenery that has recently been adorned by the winter season:

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Winters in Amsterdam

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And if images weren’t enough to dazzle your eyes with joy, here’s a video of the absolue fun that the Dutch are currently enjoying:

Stunning, isn’t it? With the Amsterdam canals freezing, here’s an opportunity for you to plan a European vacation to cherish the winter vibes. So, pack your bags and take off for the Dutch land to witness this charming sight till it lasts.

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With Flight Prices Starting From 991, You’d Regret Not Booking Your Tickets Right Now!

If you’re planning a domestic or an international holiday, it is safe to say now would be the best time to book your tickets! Major Indian airlines like IndiGo, AirAsia, Jet Airways, and GoAir are offering flight tickets at “too good to be true” prices.

These heavy flight discounts are for selected routes and come with limited booking validity but nonetheless, at truly value for money prices! It is also recommended that you book them from their respective website and app for a seamless experience.

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  • Flight booking validity: February 20
  • Extra Discount: From HDFC Bank Credit and Debit Card* (Promo Code: GOHDFC10)
  • Routes: Selected Routes
  • Availed via: App and Website
  • Type: All Inclusive on domestic
  • Flight booking validity: July 31 2018
  • Routes: Selected Popular Routes
  • Availed via: Website and App
  • Type: All Inclusive on domestic

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  • Flight booking validity: February 12
  • Routes: International flight network operated by the airline
  • Availed via: Website and App
  • Type: Applicable on base fare in economy and premiere

Now that you have a teaser of all the major discounts being offered by the Indian airlines, we recommend you check their respective website and app as soon as possible to book your tickets before the validity. Heavy discounts on popular routes don’t happen that often, so hurry!

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This New Amusement Park In Gurugram Offers Every Exciting Activity You Could Imagine!

Delhi NCR peeps! We have a wonderful news for you. Now you can tackle the sizzling summer in style, all you need to do is spend a day out at Frenzy Adventure in Gurugram. Here you can take multiple recreational and adventure activities at an unbeatable price. With mercury already soaring at 35 degrees in as early as March beginning, Delhi NCR is already looking at another dreadful summer. Therefore, people residing in the national capital region would be definitely looking forward to such exciting escapes in the vicinity of their dwelling areas.

Frenzy Adventure in Gurugram is the most exciting attraction and one of its kind place to spend an eventful day out. The adventure park is located in Badshapur, Sohna Road, Gurugram, which means just a half-hour drive from Huda City Center Metro or 15-minute drive from Subhash Chowk in Gurugram can take you there. Spread over an acre of sprawling area, this theme park has almost every adventure activity you could have ever asked for. Frenzy Adventure has well-planned activities to make your outing safe and worthwhile. Doesn’t really matter which age group you belong to, there is an activity for each one of you and an experienced professional to assist you with it.

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The organizers at Fun Adventure have divided the activities into 3 different packages:
Premium Adventure Package for adults: INR 750 per person
Adventure Package for adults: INR 450 per person
Adventure Package for kids: INR 350 per kid

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Some of the most popular activities at Fun Adventure include: Zipline, Sky Cycle, Rocket Ejection, Bungee Run, Wall Climbing (40 Ft), Burma Bridge, Commando Crossing, Cat Walk on the Air, Rope Tunnel Crossing, Swinging Bridge Spider Net Crossing, and Rappelling

In addition to things mentioned above, there is an arcade zone and a mini obstacle zone for kids.

For more details about the activities offered at Frenzy Adventure visit their website

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So guys, what are you waiting for? Plan an outing at Frenzy Adventure, and when you go there, take your family along.

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Indian Passport Will Continue To Retain Its Last Page & Stay Blue

Change is only constant! And the Ministry Of External Affairs (MEA) seems to have taken this statement a bit too seriously. So they come up with a decision, make some changes to it and further change it. The government has reversed its decision on issuing different colored Indian Passport for ECR and ECNR categories and further scrapping off the last page.

Previously, the MEA made an announcement that the Indian citizen falling in the ECR category would be issued passports with an orange jacket. Also, the last page bearing parents’ name and residence address won’t be printed at all.

But, for now, the government has taken back its decision and no change is happening to Indian Passport anytime soon. This news comes as a result of opposing from the various stakeholder. A lot of critics went on saying that this is the sheer act of discrimination among the citizen and is not going to do any good to the Indians. Besides, this change would also result in a problem for those who use the passport as valid address proof for various documentation.

Not too many people were happy with the decision by the Indian Government! What are your thoughts on this?

Read everything about the previous big announcement on Indian Passport – Indian Passport Gets A Makeover And Here’s Everything You Ought To Know!

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These Treehouses In Sweden’s Jungle Are What Childhood Dreams Are Made Of!

If the idea of living in a tree house far-far away from your life’s drama stirs your imagination, you might want to check these tree houses set right in the middle of Harads pine forest in Sweden. Tree houses are among the idyllic childhood symbols, and this Treehotel near Lule River lets you live your special childhood dream.

The Treehotel was inspired by the movie “The Tree Lover”. It’s a tale of three men who are from the busy city and now want to go back to their roots by building a tree house together in the woods. The concept behind this is to offer a great quality accommodation in a harmonious place, where people will forget all their worries and just relax.

These wonderful tree houses are built by Scandinavia’s leading architects. All the tree houses are suspended 4-6 meters above ground, offering spectacular views of the Lule River and the snow-capped mountains. If you want to spend a night in one of these tree houses, it’ll set you back an average of INR 35,000.

The Mirrorcube

The Blue Cone

Dragonfly

Bird's Nest

The Cabin

The Ufo

7th Room

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This 4-Year Old’s Adorable ‘Trip To The Moon’ Proves That Wishes Do Come True!

He may be tiny, but he has successfully completed a ‘mission to the moon‘, something that we spend our lives only dreaming about! All within the confines of the Adelaide Airport in Australia, 4-year old Dwayne Frankie has been granted his lifelong wish of going to the moon!

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Frankie has epilepsy and has spent most of his young life in hospital, battling uncontrollable seizures almost every day. But that had never diminished his yearning of going into outer-space. And just a day ago, the collaborative efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Qantas allowed the little adventurer to complete his intrepid voyage to ‘space’, bringing the toddler boundless joy!

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Flanked by Star Wars Stormtroopers and accompanied by Batman, Spiderman, and some aliens, a space-suit clad Dwayne hopped through the airport to his first destination – Mission Control at the Qantas Club – as cameras and family members tailed behind him.

At the ‘Mission Control’, a crew of Qantas ‘astronauts‘ awaited him. They invited him into a hangar that had been transformed into an intergalactic wonderland, complete with moon rocks.

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An ecstatic Frankie completed his mission by planting on the moon’s surface a cute hand-painted flag that said ‘Dwayne On The Moon‘.

It was a dream come true for the little guy (and his parents) who had forever longed for an adventure outside hospital walls. “You see his worst…to see him with a smile is awesome. You can’t describe it, it’s just great,” said his father, Philip.

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Describing their son’s special day as “phenomenal“, his mother said that her boy had the time of his life on his mission to the moon.

Dwayne is absolutely elated after the experience. He looked at the moon early this morning and said ‘I went there last night!’,” she told the Press later. “It has been the most wonderful experience and our family will be forever grateful to Make-A-Wish and Qantas for making our little boy’s dream come true.”

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Scheveningen Is Celebrating 200 Years With A Year Long Beach Party

Scheveningen is celebrating 200 years with a year long beach party!

Imagine the joy when anyone celebrates 100 years of anything and now double the fun for that is exactly how the Dutch seaside resort of Scheveningen is celebrating its 200 years. It is going all in to mark the special occasion with a year long celebration that includes some of the most prominent events, cultural extravaganzas and even a full blown boat race thriller.

The resort which started with a wooden structure containing just four bathtubs, soon transformed into the Netherlands’s first seaside resort – and a mighty one at that. For the resort, its long beach and the village is one of the eight districts of the Hague and attracts almost 9 million people a year. It is dotted with cafes and exciting venues – making it one of the most happening places to chill.

Scheveningen beach

The year long beach party started with around 10000 people from the Hague who took part in a sub-zero swim during the annual New Year Dive and braved the cold waters to mark the occasion.

Other events that would follow this include “Rings Beside The Sea” which is a vast land art project measuring a whopping 150 x 300 meters in the golden sands. Apart from this, there is Sand Sculpting Championships in the month of June where 11 large sand artworks would be made. In August, there is an amazing International Fireworks Festival and it would be followed by the world’s biggest motocross beach race, the Red Bull Knockout, in November.

Scheveningen beach resort celebrations

Scheveningen will also be the finish line for the Volvo Ocean Race, which has 65 boats fighting through high winds and crashing waves and covering 46000 nautical miles over a period of nine months. Musically, the beach is also hosting a number of events like BonFire Beach Fest in April, a live performance of fisherman’s opera Hard Hands in September, and a weekend that would play Latin and Caribbean music at the Tropical Valentine Festival in February. And to please the art lovers, there are a number of art exhibitions showcasing stuff that would wow your senses.

Apart from the above, the beach would be buzzing with hyper local events through the year – all year long – making it one of the best places to travel in 2018.

Scheveningen beach resort

So what are you waiting for? Book a holiday to this paradise for a once in a lifetime experience that would perhaps be repeated only after another 100 years! Yep. 

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He Was Hypnotized In Maldives, It Can Happen To You Too! BEWARE

Being at Maldives is not about lavishly spending on shopping or going around relentlessly visiting tourist spots, but about simply relaxing and getting in touch with the absolute natural. Sanjay Pasari realized that Maldives is of the stuff that fantasies are made of, while on his 4D/3N trip to Maldives with his wife and two daughters. At a total price of Rs.168,001, his package covered their stay at luxurious resorts, dinner, breakfast and transfers. Terming it as his best international trip, here is what he has to share.

My family and I are extremely fond of traveling. I make it a point that my family travels to one international destination and one domestic destination every year. I have been successfully following this routine since the last 9 years. This time on the demand of my younger daughter, we shortlisted Maldives to be the one. I started looking for the perfect package, but since I didn’t find many tour operators in Kolkata who could provide me a package for Maldives, I started looking online. On being offered a suitable quote, I sealed the deal with TravelTraingle.

Tip: When it comes to family trips, it is always better to have a travel expert handle your trip. Also, another good thing about traveling to Maldives is that there is no Pre-Visa requirement. Upon landing in the country, you get Visa on arrival that has a 30 day validity.

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Day 1: Exploring the sunny side

Having fun around the beach resort

We were picked up from the Male International Airport at around 2 pm and were transported to our resort by a speed boat in 20 minutes. On reaching our resort — Superior Beach Bungalow, we were delighted to discover the mesmerizing view from the balcony of our rooms.

sunset at the resort

After checking in at the hotel, we proceeded towards the beach adjacent to our resort. Benumbed by the scenic beauty, we sat around the beach for an hour and blankly admired the sun change its colors — from fiery yellow to orange to dark blue. Retreating from the beach, we went for our dinner at the resort’s restaurant which was included in our package. Though we were offered a sufficient variety of food, the Indian cuisines served were not up to mark.

Tip: Most of the resorts in Maldives serve Indian cuisine so travelers need not worry, but it is always better to confirm from your agent.

Day 2: Soaking in the Maldivian beauty

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Since I am an early riser, I started the day with a morning walk along with my wife and we were later joined by our daughters. Superior Beach Bungalow is situated right on the beach, thus offering a perfect view and an uncrowded space for a peaceful walk. After a refreshing bath at the beach, we went for the breakfast. I rejoiced having some Maldivian specialties but my wife and daughters couldn’t, since there were hardly any vegetarian options available.

Tip: Always choose your accommodation carefully since all the rooms on your resort could be beach facing but if you’re someone who prefers the ocean view more than anything, a water villa could be your thing. Luckily, for us, we booked both.

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The day was free for leisure. Though we enjoyed our time swimming at the beach and hanging out on the balcony — we could not get enough of the Maldivian beauty. The only problem was the weather, which revolved around 30 degrees through most of the day.

Tip: Be prepared for some serious sun since Maldives during this time is usually a bit hot during the day.

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Back at the reception, we inquired about water sports that were being offered at the resort. We wanted to book a submarine trip but were informed that it won’t be possible until 8 members from the resort book for the same. When the minimum required number could not be fulfilled, it got cancelled. Back at the beach, we indulged in jet skiing and paragliding.

Tip: Activities at most of the resorts in Maldives are paid and could also be subject to availability and weather conditions, so be careful about that.

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Paragliding in Maldivian waters was very exciting and safe, since it was very well organized. The beaches were very clean, serene and uncrowded, unlike the beaches of Pattaya and Phuket that we had previously visited. Later in the evening we happened to see the Heaven Villa, and got hypnotized by its sheer magnificence. We then inquired about the difference between our pre-booked Water Villa and Heaven Villa. At a price of $75(Rs.5000) per person we got our stay upgraded and booked the third night’s stay at the enthralling Heaven Villa.

Tip: Once again, it is important that you know the kind of accommodation you would be getting and if you’re not happy, one can always try for an upgrade, which most of the resorts are happy to cater to.  

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Day 3: A stay in heaven

The stairs of our resort

Having upgraded our stay, the next morning we shifted to Heaven Villa. Our rooms not only featured an extremely fantastic view from the balcony but also a private Jacuzzi. The best part was that we could get down in the sea right from the balcony itself!

from Heaven Villa into the sea

Post a delicious lunch at the villa, we caught up with the water sport activities that were left — kayaking and snorkeling. After having a power doze of adventure, we stayed in the balcony of the villa for the rest of the day. The experience of being at the resort was such that it was hard to extract ourselves from its exquisite beauty.

Hanging out at the balcony of Heaven Villa

In the evening we went for the shark show, which was a one-of-a-kind experience. As night approached, we arranged our own dinner thinking that it was no longer included in the package after up-gradation. It was only on the next day that we got to know by the resort authorities, that it still was.

Tip: Always be aware about the inclusions and exclusions in your package.

Day 4: Speeding back home

At the beach

Bedazzled by the rising sun, we once again woke up early to see the sunrise. Since we had a flight to catch at 2 pm, we began packing by 11 am. We then had our breakfast and cleared out the bills at the reception for up-gradation and water activities and left for the airport on the speed boat.

Speed Boat in Maldives

High Point: The trip was managed perfectly and we had a very relaxed holiday.

Low Point: Better negotiation with the resort authorities could have been done while getting the stay upgraded.

Tip for future travelers:

  • Maldives is the perfect place to chill and relax. Your indulgence with natural serenity will remain uninterrupted throughout your stay.
  • Get to know about your accommodation before you book
  • State your requirements clearly to the agent so that there is no last minute miscommunication
  • Try to book a full board package where all your meals are covered since it turns out to be more economical

Allow your senses to be hypnotized by the mesmerizing Maldives. Resisting would yield you nothing, so Book NOW!

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What If You Could Buy An Entire Island At The Price Of A Mumbai Apartment? Well, You Can!

The Linga Island is an isle that lies in Vaila Sound in Scotland and covers a whopping 63.75 acre. This island is now up for grabs starting at £250,000, which for Indian audience is just a little over 2 crore.

As crazy as the deal sounds, it’s true and very lucrative too, given the fact that you have acres of greenery to give you company, an ambience void of all the city bustle, and a two acre lake to help you fish in peace.

Linga island in scotland

On a commercial note, due to the laws in Scotland prohibiting islands to go in for new construction, the owner is allowed to reconstruct what is already there and other essentials with due permission which explains its incredibly low price.

The property is being sold by Vladi Private Islands, a Scottish realtor and includes permissions to construct a pier, a storage shed with a reception area, and new agricultural buildings. The plans also include building a windmill, solar panels, a new cottage, septic tanks to capture rainwater and shed roofs.

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So what will you choose, urban luxury or nature’s charm? Choose the latter, we’d say!

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Rome Received Its First Snowfall In 6 Years, And Boy, Are The Pictures Amazing!

After the snow Gods blessed Tokyo earlier this year, it’s now the turn of Rome! The weather surely is currently turning bipolar with one destination after another receiving their share of soul-gratifying snowfall. While we Delhiites are stuck with a confused weather, the people of Rome are happily trotting about in heaps of crisp, white snow. Thanks to this much-awaited feat of nature, the world’s eyes have suddenly turned to the hypnotizing landscapes of Rome and people can’t get enough of the stunning pictures!

Romans are sharing breathtaking snaps of their lovable city – everything from ancient ruins to roads draped in white.

Find out why snowfall in Rome is taking the internet by storm

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The ancient Colosseum is seen during an heavy snowfall late in the night in Rome

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Snowfall in Piazza Navona, Roma

Instagram and Twitter is fast filling up with fascinating pictures of the white wonderland of Rome!

It may not be a big deal for you, but Romans are overjoyed at experiencing snowfall after so many years. So much so that they can’t stop talking about it on Twitter and Instagram. Have a look at the mind-blowing pictures that people are sharing of the snowfall in Rome, and I bet it’ll seduce your traveler’s soul like never before!

1. The Colosseum being showered with snow

2. Straight out of a fairy tale!

3. Even this wee lil doggy is happy!

4. Aerial views of the Colosseum under snow, anyone?

Surreal, isn’t it? Now book a trip to Rome and go experience this fantasyland for real while the snowy magic lasts.