As the days slip into July, little puddles of joy begin to form in our hearts. The idea of watching the rains from your window pane, sipping hot coffee and cuddling in the blankets may seem too tempting and romantic, but there’s something we’re all missing. July is that time of the year when the earth drapes itself in a romantic robe. Here’s a glimpse of what July has in store for you. Set off on a journey that your heart has been yearning for. Remember, you're just an air ticket away.
Picturesque landscapes, scrumptious cuisine, landmark art and trendy fashion make Italy an irresistible holiday destination. In July, the weather is best for sightseeing and soaking up the sun. Visit the city of Naples where the popular Italian foods - pizza and spaghetti originated. Tease your taste buds with the tantalising pizzas and satiate the foodie in you. Admire the architecture of Valle dei Templi and Sicilian Baroque at Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. You can hike through the Cinque Terre and catch a glimpse of Italy’s splendid coastline. Be awed by Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous paintings at Milan. When in Venice, take a gondola ride along its canals and explore the famous landmarks - St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace and Rialto Bridge. Try wine tasting in Tuscany, admire the Renaissance art in Florence and capture shots of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You can also enjoy the Palio horse race in Siena and the Mediaeval costume festival of Monteriggioni.
We recommend: 7 Nights / 8 Days in Italy @ Rs 1,35,000
Beautiful waterfalls, rolling hills, crystal clear lakes, picturesque landscapes and westernised culture are the attributes that describe Shillong, the best. Nestled in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, Shillong attracts travellers from across the globe. This capital city is popular for hosting international concerts due to which it is also called - the Rock Capital of India. Popular attractions include the Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Umiam Lake, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Spread Eagle Falls, Garo, Khasi and Jaintia Hills and the scenic Lady Hydari Park.
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The Wimbledon Championships will be held from 3rd July to 16th July 2017 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. If you plan to watch this event, make sure you carry a valid photo ID card when you collect your tickets. Still photographs, video tape, film or other audio/visual material recorded within the grounds cannot be sold or used commercially. Use of flash photography from the stands is strictly forbidden. Wear appropriate footwear and come prepared for all weather conditions. Prohibited items include any bag exceeding 40cm x 30cm x 30cm, picnic hampers, flasks, camping chairs, sharp or pointed objects, any objects bearing political statements and selfie sticks. It also houses the Wimbledon Museum Shop which sells a wide range of official Wimbledon product such as clothing, rackets, tennis shoes, accessories etc.
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The Amarnath Yatra is a pilgrimage to the sacred shine of Amarnath Cave, Jammu and Kashmir. Every year, devotees of Lord Shiva embark on this holy journey during the celebration of Shravan Mela from June to August which is the summer season. This shrine can be visited only during this period since it is covered with snow during the year. If you travel to this place, you can see the ice stalagmite formed inside the cave. This stalagmite is revered and worshipped as the Shivlinga. Legend has it that Lord Shiva explained about eternity and divine life to his consort Parvati in this cave. But she fell asleep in between and a pair of pigeons heard the secret of eternal life. It is believed that the pair of pigeons are still alive and once in a while can be spotted here.
We recommend: 7 Nights / 8 Days in Jammu Kashmir @ Rs 22,000
Singapore Shopping Festival
The Singapore Shopping Festival will be celebrated between May and July 2017. Also known as the Great Singapore Sale (GSS), it offers fabulous discounts and wonderful offerings. This annual shopping event is organised by the Singapore Retailers Association across Singapore. You will see all the stores and malls decked up to celebrate this popular event. It plays a vital role in boosting the the tourism business of the country. Expect unbelievable discounts of up to 70 per cent on exciting products. From fashion and jewellery to toys and electronics, you can take your pick. Places to satiate the shopaholic in you include the Orchard Road, Chinatown, Marina Bay, Kampong Glam and Little India.
We recommend: 4 Nights / 5 in Days in Singapore @ Rs 20,500
Fabled cities, rich history, splendid vistas and epic monuments make Europe a popular holiday destination among the globetrotters. Must-visit countries include Spain, Italy and France. Embark on a cruise to the spectacular Europe and experience the best vacation ever. Admire the amazing architecture of Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain. Visit the Vatican City, Royal Palace of Naples and the archaeological site of Pompeii in Italy. Explore Rome’s renaissance monuments like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica. Soak in the panoramic view of Florence from the Piazza Michelangelo Square. Catch a glimpse of the old world charm at the Promenade des Anglais along the Mediterranean at Nice, France.
We recommend: 9 Nights / 10 Days in Europe @ Rs 2,81,000
South-east Asia Cruise
You can take a cruise to explore the south-east Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong. This cruise will take you through the Halong Bay (Vietnam), Bangkok (Thailand), Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Yangon (Myanmar), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bali (Indonesia) and iconic landmarks of Singapore and Hong Kong.
We recommend: 5 Nights / 6 Days @ Rs 62,300
Kolad river rafting
Now, you don’t have to go all the way to Rishikesh for river rafting. Situated on the banks of the Kundalika river in Maharashtra, Kolad is now a hot spot for thrill seekers. It is a promising weekend getaway for all the adventure junkies travelling from Mumbai and Pune. Being the monsoon season, July is one of the best time to indulge in river rafting. Be amazed by the stunning scenery that encompasses you throughout the journey. Here, you can enjoy rafting from Level 1 to level 4. Get your adrenaline pumping in Kolad by getting drenched in the white waters.
We recommend: 3 Nights / 4 Days in Uttarakhand @ Rs 16,800
Ladakh & hemis festival
The snow-capped Himalayas, beautiful rivers, Tibetan monasteries and sensational momos attract travellers to Ladakh from across the globe. Call it a trekker's paradise or nature-lover’s haven, this serene land delights its visitors with spectacular vistas, lush greenery and breathtaking streams. July is the summer time when the snow melts and Ladakh looks nothing less than a paradise. Popular attractions include Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Zanskar Valley, Magnet Hill, Shanti Stupa and the Phugtal Monastery. You can experience the colourful Hemis Festival which will be celebrated on 3rd & 4th July 2017. Remembered as the birth of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, this vibrant festival is held at the Hemis Monastery - the largest in Ladakh. During the festival, the locals get dressed-up in traditional attire and the lamas perform the lively masked dance aka Cham dance with musical drums and cymbals playing in the background.
We recommend: 3 Nights / 4 Days in Ladakh @ Rs 9,000