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Bollywood has given us so much! From iconic dialogues, we use everywhere to lighten up the situation to amazing songs.  One thing Bollywood has enriched us with is Wanderlust, and we can’t seem to get over it. Bollywood has inspired every millennial to travel and explore the world. It has made us aware of many beautiful locations one can visit, and every iconic location has been on our must-visit list.

Here are 10 must-visit locations which were made famous by Bollywood:

Chapora Fort, Goa- Dil Chahta Hai
Chapora Fort, Goa
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Located in Northern Goa, Chapora Fort was neglected at first but then Dil Chahta Hai happened! Since the release of the movie, it has been a major tourist attraction in Goa. Everyone who visits Goa visits Chapora Fort. It is like the Goa cliché thing to visit the fort and click pictures the Bollywood style! And honestly, we love this cliché because it is a beautiful place and a perfect place to hang out with your friends.

Doraha Fort, Ludhiana- Rang De Basanti
Doraha Fort
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This fort was definitely neglected until the release of Rang De Basanti. For a while it was known as the RDB fort, referring to the scene where all the boys in the movie run through the field of this fort and jump up as the Indian Air Force Jets zoom over them. It is a perfect spot to hang out with your pals and click really cool pictures with them!

Pangong Lake, Leh Ladhak- 3 Idiots
Pangong Lake
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Pangong Lake, located in Leh Ladhak is one of the best places Bollywood has given us. It is surrounded by the majestic Himalayas & the view is breathtakingly beautiful! The movie 3 Idiots shot their climax scene at the lake. It was the scene where Kareena Kapoor rides a scooty to Aamir Khan and tells him “Naak Beech me Nahi Ati”.

It is like mini heaven on Earth.

Bandra Fort, Mumbai- Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Bandra Fort
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Bandra Fort, located in Mumbai was a famous hangout place even before Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was released but, the movie gave the place a new definition! It is the place where friends must hang out. Especially when you have a Jay or Aditi in your life, you definitely should take them to this place and maybe things will spark.

Chomu Palace, Jaipur- Bhool Bhulaiya
Chomu Palace
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This is the place where all of it happened! Chomu Palace, located in Jaipur was where Vidya Balan turned into Maunjulika and gave us the chills. Chomu Palace is really beautiful and, apart from a rich history, it is famous for Manjulika & her dance moves.

Munnar Tea Plantation, Kerala- Chennai Express
Munnar Tea Plantation
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A small town located in the Western Ghats of Kerela, Munnar is famous for its Tea Plantations. The scene where Deepika Padukone is running around the Tea Plantations and Shahrukh Khan is chasing her, yep! That’s our favourite in the movie. The place is a must visit if you love incredible tea & beautiful places.

Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali- Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
Hidimba Devi Temple
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Remember the famous shaadi debate scene between Naina & Bunny from the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani? Yes, that happened at Hidimba Devi Temple in Manali! You must visit this scenic location but “Chalo Mandir k Piche” is definitely not allowed.

Agauda Fort, Goa- Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Dil Chahta Hai, Golmaal & So On
Agauda Fort
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Aguada Fort, Goa has a special place in the heart of Bollywood filmmakers. The rocky fort has been pictured in many movies and loved by the audience. Who’s to blame? The scenic view of the fort is really mesmerising!

Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh- Jab We Met
Rohtang Pass
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The melodious song Yeh Ishq Haye was shot at Rohtang Pass. It is 51 kms from Manali, hence if you visit this place, you can visit Hidimba Devi Temple as well!

Ramanagara, Karnataka- Sholay
Ramanagara
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All the crazy Bollywood fans must visit this town because Sholay was shot here. Ramanagara is city situated in Karnataka. In fact, the place where the movie was shot has been named as Sholay Shooting Hilltop.  You must visit this place because if you don’t, Gabbar bura maan jaega!

So, these are the few bewitching destinations around India, one must visit. Have you packed your bags? We have!

Winter is one of the best seasons of the year in a country like India where majorly we all experience a tropical monsoon climate. The regular summer sweat and scorching sun are replaced by a chilling breeze and a warm sun. But the topography of India is quite diverse and that’s why winter has various faces in various parts of India. Some of the places like Mumbai doesn’t allow people to use warm clothes while people in Delhi calculate how many warm clothes to put on. So, you would get a wide spectrum of places in India where you can enjoy the weather. If you belong to the Northern part of India, then you may pack your bags for South India or the beaches. And if you belong to some moderate to warm climate zone, then you can visit the zero points and enjoy a dreamy winter.

Here are some of the best Indian places that you can visit this winter season.

Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli
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Located at the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The name “Auli” in Garhwali language means “meadow”. This place is situated at a height of 8,219 feet above the mean sea level. If you love adventure, want to try skiing, and walk on the snow then this is the right place for you. Auli is surrounded by coniferous oak forests and that allows you a wonderful view of the Himalayas. One can also enjoy the cable car which is Asia’s longest cable car which allows you the most breath-taking view of the mountains. This January kick-started the National Championship of Skiing in Auli. You can visit this place till mid of March and enjoy the amazing weather!

Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Rann of Kutch, also known as the Great Rann of Kutch

Great Rann of Kutch
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Every winter lakhs of visitors descend on the world’s biggest salt desert – Rann of Kutch stretching 7,505 square miles in the Thar Desert to witness the white expanse of the serene salt sand under the full moon night – a magical sight, indeed! Rann of Kutch takes pride in its Kutch festival, known as ‘Rann Utsav’ that is held in the winter (November-February). From traditional cuisine, shopping, folk dances and cultural performances to art, handicrafts, star gazing, desert safari and several other activities, this festival pack a ton of treasures for everyone. Also, staying in the tents on the periphery of the Dhordo village adds to the fascinating experience.

Munnar, Kerala
Munnar
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Located in Kerala, Munnar is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. This place can be visited almost all around the year. If you are visiting in the winter season, you would witness a temperature drop up to 11 degree Celsius. You can also enjoy trekking, rappelling, and rock climbing here. But don’t forget to book your accommodation in advance as it is quite crowded in the winter season. The most notable places that people enjoy here are – TATA Tea Museum, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi, & Devikulam.

Jaipur, Rajasthan
Jaipur
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The capital city of Rajasthan is one of the most visited places in India. Jaipur is one of those places where mercury breaks the record every summer but it witnesses a pleasing atmosphere in winter. Wearing the chilling weather around you, sitting atop some rooftop restaurant, and enjoying authentic Rajasthani food – this is pure bliss! Winter is also the time for “Jaipur Literature Fest” – one of the much-renowned lit fest in India. So, pack your bags and enjoy your winter escapade here in Jaipur and don’t forget to capture the beautiful Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amer Fort, & City Palace in your lenses.

Hampi, Karnataka
Hampi
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Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has a rustic and beautiful appeal. It is a hot place but winter offers you an amiable atmosphere to roam around Hampi and explore various beautiful temples here. Which would be a painful task in summer seasons. In the month of January, Hampi Mahotsav takes place. Therefore, you can book your tickets for January (next year of course) if you don’t want to miss the amazing puppet show, temple parades, dance, music, sports, and many more activities. The majestic architecture of Virupaksha Temple, Vitthala Temple, Matanga Temple, & Hazara Rama Temple would simply steal your heart!

Do you love to travel? Well, I am sure you do! Travel is the therapy one needs to be happy. We all are always looking for places to visit, places with a story & maybe places where we can click awesome pictures. The best way of discovering new places millennials have is scrolling through the Instagram feed of travel bloggers! And honestly, I find that really fascinating! Looking at some of these pictures on Instagram, you might lose yourself in them.

Well if you’re a Gallivanter, you must follow these 5 Travel Instagrammers:

1) Abhinav Chandel @abhiandnow

Number of Followers- 104K Followers

A travel enthusiast who quit his job to follow his passion for traveling & photography.

His Instagram profile says:

“Discovering life via traveling, writing, and photography
Living in abundant love and opportunities.”

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Sometimes it requires more courage to write than to click, and sometimes it requires more courage to travel than to click and write. And sometimes, it requires courage to be, when everything seems falling apart and you somehow try to hold on to every last hope, while wondering if it'll be worth it, wondering if those who gave up were cowards, or were actually the smart ones. And these questions come storming into your mind, making you stop in your tracks, and while all the voices behind you are shouting that you're lucky, when all you're doing is walking aimlessly for you no longer know about the journey you're upon. And then there are days, you don't know what to call them, you don't know what to call yourself, and don't know who to call to rescue yourself, and you fall down upon your knees, look at the sky, look right into the sunlight streaming through the trees, whispering to the winds fluttering prayers flags. Hoping that someone somewhere might be listening to you. And if you're there; hold on, relax, wait for a bit, trying listening to the sounds of nature, to the whispers left in these mountains years ago, and by no one else but you. When you were kneeling down the last time. Listen to the prayers you once let out, years ago. And realise how beautifully you have survived since then. And accept, that if you just keep walking upon these paths, you'll once again beautifully exist in future that right now looks bleak. Just hold on.

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He is definitely justifying it traveling around the country and clicking mesmerizing pictures with his lens. He shares stories behind a lot of the pictures he posts, which just makes us fall in love with his pictures.

His Instagram profile will embolden you to travel & explore new places!

Follow his profile here

2) Savi and Vid @bruisedpassports

Number of Followers- 298K Followers

A couple in love with each other and travelling! They have been travelling together for 12 years and have visited over 90 countries & hundreds of cities. They are in true sense globetrotters!

Their Instagram profile says:

“Bruised Passports
Entrepreneurs, storytellers, dreamers, travellers
We’ve been to 90 countries together
🌍
Featured:Discovery,TEDx,NatGeo,BBC,CNN”


Finding a partner who has the same hobbies as you do & then you both end up taking it up professionally? They are the real relationship goals!

Every picture they post has a beautiful story behind it, a lovely caption and at times, a travel tip!

Their Instagram will make you smile for sure!

Follow their profile here

3) Shivya Nath @Shivya

Number of Followers- 68.2K Followers

A girl who gave up her entire life to travel. She quit her job, gave up her home & sold most of her belongings to live nomadically! She travelled for around 7 years before she wrote a book called “The Shooting Stars” where she tells her story of how she became a traveller.

Her Instagram profile says:

🌎With a home nowhere, I have everywhere to go
✍🏼Author:The Shooting Star
👩🏽💻Travel blogger
👣Vegan;drifter
🗣Featured:BBC,TEDx,NatGeo,WWF”

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Stravaig (verb; Scottish): to wander about aimlessly… . . In my latest blog post – “Autumn, adventure and artful living in Aberdeenshire, Scotland” – I let my mind wander about aimlessly in free flow writing, to introduce you to the ‘shire’ around Aberdeen in Scotland. Link in my profile @shivya or read it at the-shooting-star.com ✍🏼 . . An excerpt: “I look skyward, between bunches of leaves, orange and red, aglow with the golden sunlight. The ageing walls of the 13th century stone house that is Meldrum House glow warmly. Hints of the blue sky meet my eye. There is a nip in the air, and a familiar scent I can’t identify.” . . Go read, then tell me, is Scotland on your travel bucket list? . . Collab with @lovegreatbritain @visitabdn ; shot on the hill range of Bennachie. . . #theshootingstar #rainbow🌈 #scotlandtravel #visitabdn #lovegreatbritain

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Her Instagram feed is full of enchanting pictures & little stories. Her feed is definitely going to inspire you to follow your dreams!

Follow her profile here

4) Mridula Dwivedi @mridulablog

Number of Followers- 8,717 Followers

An ex-professor, Mridula Dwivedi has been travelling since 2005 and quit her job in 2015 to concentrate solely on travelling. She has been to 27 countries so far!
Her blog has been featured on BBC, The Guardian & National Geographic.

Her Instagram profile says:

“Travel Blogger, ex professor

#travelblogger #indiantravelblogger


Her Instagram profile is a delight to look at! It is so colourful & lively that it almost feels like you’re living those pictures. Her blog has all the travel tips you’ll ever need.
Ladies, she is definitely an inspiration to all of us!

Follow her profile here

5) Larissa Dsa @larissa_wlc

Number of Followers- 328K Followers

Creative Head & Founder of “We Love Customade”, She is a fashion, lifestyle & travel blogger. She posts about her adventures over youtube with amazing tips & places one could explore!

Her Instagram profile says:

“☀️Life + travels + beauty + style
🎨Graphic artist
🎥Creator & Ambassador @GoPro


Her Instagram feed feels like Goals! It is Vibrant and picturesque. If you’re fond of travelling and fashion, you must follow her.

Follow her profile here

Wanderlust Much? Go ahead, follow these Instagrammers, get inspired, travel & do share your stories with the world fearlessly!

In the previous blog, we reached Tawang. If you haven’t read that one yet, take a look at the first part. I’m waiting! Okay. So now that you’ve read the first part, let’s move further.

Shungatser (Sangestar So) Lake

Shungatser (Sangestar So) Lake

As I mentioned, Tawang is not just a place that looks dreamy but has a very interesting history. And I suggest you visit this place if you’re patriotic or have a fair interest in our country’s history. Situated at 10,000 ft., this place is administered by the Republic of India as a part of the Arunachal Pradesh state, however, it is claimed by the People’s Republic of China as a part of South Tibet. The history with McMahon line, where Tibet refused to surrender Tawang, partly because of the importance attached to the Tawang Monastery. If you visit Tawang, do watch the sound & light show that’s put up by the army jawans there. Its overwhelming experience, and I bet you’d have teary eyes by the end of the show! The time during the Indo-China war, the aftermath and the stories about the incidents that took place has been narrated and presented with pride. I, as an Indian, loved the details and also the feeling by just sitting there and listening to the history of that place gave me Goosebumps. Do keep this one on your itinerary.

Next day we went for sight-seeing. A sight that’s unforgettable. Unfortunately, because of Christmas, we couldn’t manage to visit the Indo-china border. But instead, we went to Shungatser (Sangestar So) lake, now named Madhuri Lake after our evergreen Madhuri Dixit shot for Koyla there. The lake is located on the way from Tawang to Bum La Pass in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, near Indo-China border above 15,200 ft. above sea level. We were freezing and delighted as well to drive through snow and Nazare like no other. After spending somewhat 15 minutes at the lake, we started to head back to the Giant Buddha Statue.

Giant Buddha Statue

Giant Buddha Statue

Giant Buddha Statue towers above Tawang and can be seen from anywhere in Tawang. Adjacent to it is the way to Tawang Monastery. This monastery is the first largest in India and second largest in the world after Potala Palace, Lhasa. Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, which translates to “celestial paradise in a clear night.”

Furthermore, the whole place is surrounded by monks. A lot of them reside there. It’s absolutely adorable to look at little monks running and playing around. The breathtaking sight was when during the sunset, the sun rays fell on the snow-covered mountains making it look like golden mountains. I’ll try and insert a picture of it. The day ended well with a nice and cozy dinner at the Hotel Zaxstar (Where we were staying). I’d highly recommend the hotel as the service was nice and the food tasted like home. It kinda did feel like a home away from home. Oh not to forget, the view from the hotel.

Kaziranga National Park

evening cultural show

Waking up the next day, we had to travel the entire day as we were heading to Kaziranga via Bomdila and Sela Pass. I strongly suggest you keep the warmest clothes if you’re planning to travel to Tawang and Sela pass. The temperature can go to minus and might as well snow anytime. So, moving forward we were all pepped up to drive to Kaziranga but I never wanted to leave the place. Tawang still has my heart and I might go back. The duration of the journey from Tawang to Kaziranga was around 11hrs. We reached the Kaziranga national park almost by 5-6.30. We drove through Dhola-Sadiya Bridge which is India’s longest bridge, 9.15km long bridge situated on Brahmaputra River connecting two states, Assam & Arunachal Pradesh.

After a 10-11hrs journey, we finally reached Kaziranga National Park, where we already had plans. Tickets to an amazing evening cultural show where we witnessed their cultural dances, music, and farming culture that was portrayed beautifully. It was an interactive show, we danced along the dancers at the end. The show was fun and refreshing. But we were exhausted and headed to our hotel and crashed.

The following morning, we had another long day ahead of us. We had plans for the jungle safari planned for the entire day. Kaziranga national park, located at Golaghat & Nagaon area of Assam, the sanctuary, which hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site. And when you start the safari, along with a huge but friendly company, elephants! Personally, I’m against this tradition of riding animals, but had no other option but to sit on top of it. When you enter the park, you can actually spot rhinos all around you. The place has so many of them. The time we went there, we could only spot rhinos. The safari with the elephant was for around an hour or 45 min. I also took a picture with Rani (our elephant). We got back for lunch and had plans for trying our luck at another evening safari but now in a jeep. Thank God! Spared the creature.

DO NOT FORGET YOUR SUNGLASSES AND MUST BRING BANDANA TO COVER YOUR FACE AND HAIR. It’s dusty! And boring if you don’t spot any animal. Which exactly was the scenario with us. But we did spot some really cool parent elephant taking their kids to bathe and a humongous & creepy monitor lizard. And of’ course, deer. One can spot deer anywhere in India, in Delhi as well! But alas, not a bad experience at all. After this dusty & tiring jungle safari, we left the state for yet another place, this time it was the wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji. We reached the place late in the night. The Saimika Resort, the place had these little cottages, it seemed like a vintage, cozy, adorable huts like the ones you see in those Christmassy movies. Yet again, strongly recommend the place to stay. The staff had our dinner prepared and fireplace lit to warm up our cottages. We hit the beds after stuffing our stomach.

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

Double Decker Living Root Bridge

It was this day, I was ready for the new adventure. The plan for Double Decker Living Root Bridge gave such an adrenalin rush. It’s 3500 steps i.e. 7km including climbing down and upward as well. Not recommended for old aged, individual with Heart problems and breathing issues. Being someone who has breathing trouble, panic disorder, and adventures like these give me a kick to go for it. I had a major FOMO going on. I didn’t want to miss this one. Hence I decided to go forward.

Put on my running shoes, stacked my bag with knick-knacks, water bottles and went on towards this adventure. It took us 3-4 hours for the entire experience. It definitely is tiring and one might as well run out of breath. But worth it. You’ll see a little pond like place with stones and small waterfalls with this double-decker bridge. Had to be one of the most amazing feelings after you reach there traveling through narrow-broken-moving steel bridges and tiny steps. The time taken to travel back was exhausting and I could feel each breath. We couldn’t hang around anymore, we had to rush with all the exhaustion and the feeling of “I can’t move anymore”, numb body, and breathlessness, after 4 hours reached the starting point and what a feeling! Must plan to visit the double-decker living root bridge, it definitely is a once in a lifetime experience.

With so much more to write and narrate my experience further, I don’t want y’all to get bored. I’ll be back with two more places that we explore in the next blog. Stay tuned!

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

– Amelia Earhart

Adventure is like a drug that mingles with your blood and leaves you craving for it with every heartbeat. The adrenaline rush and the perfect state of mind achieved after conquering any adventure sport can’t be put into words for others to understand. One can only comprehend the fun and challenges of adventure when they try it themselves.

Each one of us dreams to soar high in the sky like a bird. This adventure gives a sense of freedom and the feeling to witness the beauty of this planet from the top of the world.

Your dream of flying can actually come true with paragliding!

If you live in India and paragliding has been on your checklist for a very long time, then you must experience the thrill of paragliding in Bir Billing and realize your dream.

What is Paragliding?

Paragliding is an adventure sport in which pilot flies in the sky like a bird. A glider, flying suit, and boots are required to get started. If you are doing it for the first time, then you should opt for tandem paragliding which is particularly designed to carry two people. Your pilot will do all the hard work where you just need to run on takeoff, then sit back and relax to enjoy the mesmerizing view from the top of the world. The clear weather is a basic requirement to take off the flight. If the weather is cloudy or the climatic conditions are not suitable, then you may not be able to glide properly.

About Bir Billing
About Bir Billing
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Bir lies around 70 kilometers from Dharamshala, which is in Himachal Pradesh. Bir & Billing are twin beauties situated in the valley of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. There is a distance of 14 kilometers between these two towns but they are practically inseparable. Bir Billing is known to be the best paragliding site in Asia and second best in the whole world. Surrounded by the tea gardens, beautiful monasteries, and low hills, Bir Billing offers the most picturesque and serene views. It enjoys awesome weather throughout the year. The best month for paragliding in Bir Billing are October & November in the autumn and from the month of March to May in spring.

Why You Should Go For Paragliding in Bir Billing?
Paragliding in Bir Billing
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  • Ideal Cloud Base– Bir Billing has a higher cloud base, which is a must for paragliding. With 4000-6000 meters of cloud base, it is easier to climb higher while flying in the sky.
  • Suitable Air Current– Blessed with the best climatic conditions, Bir Billing has suitable air currents where flyer can fly up to 5000 mt. One can enjoy 15-20 minutes of tandem flight in the favorable weather conditions and enjoy the strikingly beautiful view.
  • Breathtaking Views from Take-off & Landing Sites– The take-off site has smooth and favorable winds which are extremely important for a perfect take-off. It is located at 1430 mt from sea level. One gets to witness the stunning views and greenery from the Billing take-off site. From Bir, one can see the most beautiful sunsets ever, so paragliding during sunset time will be dreamlike. And the view of snow-capped mountains from the top will be worth all the adventure and risk-taking.

Paragliding gives you wings. And if you’ve got wings, you gotta fly high!

The take-off may get on your nerves for a bit. But those 30 minutes of soaring high in the sky above the mountains and colorful Tibetan monasteries will make you forget the initial struggle within seconds.

Even if you are terrified of heights, you must definitely try paragliding once to have the most exhilarating feeling ever!

While planning a trip outside India, one of the major concern is Visa! Getting a visa seems so tough, and visiting the Visa office seems so crazy. What if I told you that you do not need Visa to visit countries outside India? Well, that would be insane! Or not so much? Well, there are a few countries where Indians do not need a Visa to visit. Here is a list of a few of them:

Bhutan
Bhutan
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Bhutan is our neighboring country and, yet we know so little about the place. Now is the time! And why browse over the internet or read about Bhutan when you can see everything through your eyes. You can easily get a travel permit for Bhutan and travel the country for 14 days. You do not need a Visa to visit this amazing country. It is time to experience the beauty of Bhutan, Try Archery and the spicy & delicious food!

Fiji
Fiji
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A collection of beautiful islands in South Pacific, Fiji is a must visit. It is called as one of the happiest countries in the world.  Fiji is breathtakingly beautiful with all the colors & friendly people. All you need is a passport whose validity does not expire for at least 6 months and, you can travel in Fiji for 90 Days! So, if you’re looking to relax and just live without stress, Fiji is the much-needed break you need!

Serbia
Serbia
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A beautiful country located in central & southeast of Europe. It is famous for beautiful churches, monasteries, rich history, & delicious food! From new traditions to an amazing learning experience, Serbia has so much to offer to its tourist! You can visit Serbia without a visa for 30 days in 1 Year!

Jamaica
Jamaica
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A Caribbean Island & Bob Marley’s birth country is what defines Jamaica. It is a beautiful place filled with natural splendor. You can entertain yourself with the reggae music & an amazing game by the Jamaican Bobsled Team, have the famous blue mountain coffee and visit the beautiful beaches and coral reefs. This beautiful country of smiling faces offers 6 months of stay without a visa!

Cook Island
Cook Island
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A small Island country, it is a paradise for adventure lovers.

You can enjoy the amazing food, go whale watching, go diving, hike or just relax around the beaches. You do not require Visa for 31 days!

Tunisia
Tunisia
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An adventurous country situated in North Africa. If you love trying out new things, you must visit this place. You can try taking a ride on the hot air balloon, camel rides, diving, reserve a seat in the famous red lizard train or explore Matmata’s caves. In case, if you want to experience something really adventurous, you could go windsurfing. This country filled with adventures offers you stay for 90 days!

Macau
Macau
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An autonomous region of the South Coast of China, Macau is also known as the gambling capital of the world. You can stay in Macau without a visa for almost 30 days and enjoy visiting the casinos. Apart from trying your luck, beautifully paved Chinese Temples, and enjoy the Cantonese food.

El Salvador
El Salvador
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A small nation in Central America is a beautiful land of volcanos. You can stay there visa-free for 90 days while enjoying Volcano climbing (the country has 26 volcanos!), explore the ancient Mayan site, and visit a coffee plantation. This small country has a lot to explore!

Indonesia
Indonesia
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It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. You can stay in Indonesia for 30 days without a visa. And while you’re in Indonesia, you can visit the amazing local markets, visit ancient temples, explore the might forests, and enjoy the nightlife in Bali! There is so much to do in Indonesia.

You can not use Visa as an excuse for not going to vacays! Visiting places outside India isn’t that difficult after all, right? So, go pack your bags and travel around the world!

India is a vast landmass and it is often called the “land of diversity”. This huge piece of land located between the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and The Bay of Bengal is also the 7th largest country of the world in terms of area. The diversity is noted in all departments from culture to food, or language to religion. There are hills and mountains in the North, coastal regions in the South, desert in the West, and a mix of both mountain and sea in the East of India. So, basically, if any fellow Indian or an outsider is planning to travel to India, then he/she is going to have a memorable time. Apart from the 29 states, India also has 7 Union Territories that are unique in their own way. Boasting some of the impeccable locations, architectures, and greenery, these Union Territories are the pride of the nation.

Have a look at some of the major attractions of the Union Territories of India.

Andaman & Nicobar Island

For a moment, you may feel like, you are in some foreign land, playing with the blue or green water and getting suntanned lying on the pristine white sand. The enthralling marine life and heart-warming greenery make Andaman & Nicobar Island a unique place to spend your holidays. As the island lies quite far from mainland India, thus, it has retained its beauty till now. This place is loved by tourists but often less traveled.

Andaman & Nicobar Island
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Attractions of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  1. Radhanagar Beach- often said to be the most beautiful beach in Asia.
  2. The largest sea turtles are also found here. 3 species of marine turtles – Hawksbill, Green turtle and the Leatherback (Dermochelys Coriacea- world’s largest sea turtle) are found here.
  3. North Sentinel Island here is the home to one of the most isolated Paleolithic tribes of the world
  4. The famous Cellular Jail was established in the British era to seclude the prisoners from the outer world. The prisoners were given harsh treatment which is shown in the light and sound show in the evening.
  5. Baratang is the place of Mud Volcanoes while Barren Island is the only active volcano in India and they belong to Andamans.
Lakshadweep Islands

This is a conglomerate of 39 islands in the Arabian Sea. The amazing beaches, dense forests, and palm-lined coastline offer just the perfect kind of view to this place. Aquamarine life and water sports activities are also rampant here.

Lakshadweep Islands
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Attractions of Lakshadweep Islands
  1. People love the scuba diving in Kalpeni Island of this place that has 100 species of coral and more than 2,000 species of fishes.
  2. There is a lighthouse in Minicoy Islands which is crescent-shaped and 300 feet tall.
  3. The water is crystal clear and turquoise in color. The close competition is the Maldives. Canoeing is one of the most favorite activities here. You may see turtles, corals, and fishes.
  4. The endless blue lagoons across Kadamat Island is a major attraction for the photographers.
New Delhi

The national capital actually needs to introduction. With a history of centuries running in its nerves, New Delhi is a place where you would experience an old world charm along with all the modern signs of advancement. From the Sultans to Mughals, to the Britishers – history of many struggles is written on the walls of Delhi.

New Delhi
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Attractions of New Delhi
  1. The beautiful architecture of the Mughal period evident through the majestic Jama Masjid and the Red Fort are one of the most visited places in India. When you hear the Azaan from the Jama Masjid, the rays of positivity enter your system.
  2. The Lotus Temple or the Bahai’s temple is another milestone in the history of architecture. White concrete and marble are used to build this extraordinary piece of art which has nine sides. These 9 sides have a pool of water and it seems like a blooming lotus amidst the pool. But the most notable feature is that- people of any religion or belief can come, sit, and meditate here for long hours!
  3. In the memory of the 90,000 soldiers who died in the 1st World War, Pt. Nehru build India Gate in Delhi and it resembles the Arc de Triomphe of Paris.
  4. Akshardham temple – the largest Hindu temple in the world, Humayun Tomb, Gandhi Smriti, The Jantar Mantar, etc. are some of the other notable attractions of New Delhi.
Chandigarh

Apart from being one of the Union Territories, Chandigarh is also the capital of two states – Punjab & Haryana. It is also a planned city whose architecture and urban designs are examples for the rest of the country. This city draws its name from the temple of Goddess Chandi.

Chandigarh
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Attractions of Chandigarh
  1. Open Hand Monument in the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh is the major attraction of this city. This metal structure was designed by architect Le Corbusier.
  2. Being the nest to many migratory birds, Sukhna Lake is very famous.
  3. Rock Garden – everything in this famous garden is built from household and industrial wastes.
  4. Pinjore Gardens built at the foothills of the Himalayas was built by the Mughals.
Daman and Diu

Daman & Diu is a tiny land that is famous for its awesome beaches and a culture that is half Indian and half Portuguese. Portuguese people have ruled over Daman & Diu for more than 450 years and that’s why the culture has a foreign feel to it. Daman and Diu lie in West India and consists of 2 separate areas divided by the Arabian Sea. The Daman Ganga River flows through the coastal town of Daman.

Daman and Diu
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Attractions of Daman and Diu
  1. Fort Jerome is very famous and it was built to overlook the activities on the sea. The prime attraction of this fort is the Church of Our Lady of the sea which is a great example of Portuguese architecture. Now, a part of the church is a school.
  2. Zampa Gateway is the next attraction that marks the entry to Diu island. The carvings on the walls of the Gateway is remarkable.
  3. Jampore Beach, Nagoa Beach, and Devka Beach are the most famous beaches here which you should not miss at all.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Dadra lies a few kilometers to the North of Gujarat while Nagar Haveli lies in between Gujarat & Maharashtra. Till late 18th century or to be precise till 1780, the Marathas ruled this region but the Portuguese came and captured this land. They continued to rule here for 150 years. So, you would definitely find the imprints of Portuguese culture in the air of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli
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Attractions of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  1. Dudhni Lake is very famous for the romantic boat rides especially in the evening where it is pleasing to see the sunset.
  2. Covering 20 hectares of land lies the Vasona Lion Safari which simply cannot be missed.
  3. Nakshatra Garden is quite an unusual garden because you would get to see the greenery and flowers representing zodiac signs. It also has an Ayurvedic park.
Puducherry

Once the French people lived here and their legacy continues to remain here. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry or Puducherry proudly flaunts the beautiful French architecture. The culture, food, and lifestyle are really un-Indian in many ways and you would feel that when you go there.

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Attractions of Puducherry
  1. If you want peace and serenity or have a spiritual way of thinking then Shri Aurobindo Ashram is a must visit for you. People from across the world come here to find their peace.
  2. Auroville is the most progressive town in the world. Why? Because it is an experimental community in South India where people from all over the world are welcome without any gender or religion bias. The focus is human unity and it was founded by Mirra Alfassa in 1968.
  3. Gingee Fort, Paradise Beach, Promenade Beach and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are some other mind-blowing places here.

Traveling once in a while is always refreshing and often people say that traveling works as a stress reliever for them. Travelling gives you a new perspective about things, you get to meet new people, it helps you develop skills you didn’t know you had & you get to try new food!

To some people traveling is an adventure, to some, it is educational, for some it is a passion while others travel just to rejuvenate themselves. There is so much about traveling one can enjoy, but if you go on a vacation with the wrong people, it can slaughter the fun in pieces. There are people who don’t like to travel but do not spoil the fun for other people & then there are pseudo travel lovers. If you go on an excursion with them, Say hello to drama and whining! Here are 10 types of people you wouldn’t like traveling with:

  • The Cheap One
The Cheap One
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We all have this one friend who never pays! When you go out with them they will keep suggesting you cheaper places to stay at, cheap places where you can eat, and cheaper ways to travel. They might seem resourceful at first, but after a certain point of time, it is just annoying. Moreover, they will always say “Abhi tu dede, mai baad me deta hu tujhe.” This ‘Baad me’ never comes.

Like seriously, No Ken I can not pay for you! Carry your own damn wallet, you cheapskate!

  • The Social Media Addict
The Social Media Addict
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No matter what it is, social media addicts have to update it! They update stories of everything you eat, every activity you do, every place you go to, and other miscellaneous things on EVERY damn social media app. They are constantly texting on WhatsApp, tweeting, updating pictures & stories on Instagram, updating their location on Facebook and you’ll often find them putting your personal business on their Instagram live!

Come on Britney! Enjoy the moment and leave your Instagram followers alone, they do not care or else I’ll throw your phone away.

  • The So in Love Couple
The So in Love Couple
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Going on a trip with couples is okay but not with the ones who can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. They act as if they’re on their honeymoon! The babu, jaanu, baby talks are followed by PDA. Their cheesy talks get really annoying while you’re trying to enjoy what the world has to offer! They don’t stop here, they fight. There comes a moment when they fight over nothing which is enough to ruin the entire trip. Most probably they’ll be fighting over something really stupid, and this will effectively ruin your mood.

Get a room Dave & Rachel!

  • Self-Proclaimed Travel Guru
Self-Proclaimed Travel Guru
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They have been to every damn place on this Earth or read about it. They have done it all. Sky Diving? Done! Going to a new place? They have read about it! And before you discover things, they’ll shower their unasked knowledge on you. If you say something, they’ll correct you with your pronunciations, facts & other stuff.

If they’ve already been to the place once, they will bore you with their stories they have from the last visit.

No Eric! I do not want to listen to you, I want to experience things on my own. Please shut your mouth and stand in a corner.

  • The Negative Friend Who Can’t Keep Their Mouth Shut
The Negative Friend Who Can’t Keep Their Mouth Shut
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Your negative friend will kill the mood for everyone. Nothing makes sense to them! You suggest shopping, they’ll reply with a ‘sab kuch toh milta h waha’

You suggest something adventurous, they’ll reply ‘Too dangerous!’ or ‘Nahi yaar. Bakwaas h wo!’

They master in killing the mood.

Moreover, they will have strong opinions about the state/country you visit. About the economy, cleanliness, politics, productivity etc. These opinions won’t be positive.

Go back home Simon!!!

  • The Photograph Maniacs
The Photograph Maniacs
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They have to take a picture of everything and everyone. They see the world with their camera. It is okay to click pictures but not every 5 mins! They will click like 50 pictures before they leave the hotel room & 50 while in the cab. They are so obsessed with pictures that they will take selfies with everything & everyone.

The worse part of traveling with them is that they would waste your time by asking you to click pictures of them until they get like 100 shots at each and every step.

Stop clicking pictures, Britney! Clicking pictures will not accommodate your low self-esteem.

  • Question Bank
Question Bank
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They will have a question about everything. Moreover, their questions will be super irrelevant. How is this done? Why do they do it? When did the king die? Why did the queen wear red and not orange?  They are the ones who encourage the Travel Gurus to be even more obnoxious.

Shut up, Karen! I am here for the first time, just like you.

  • The Lazy One
The Lazy One
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The lazy one is worse of all. They will wake up late, will take forever to get ready and yawn through the day. Their idea of a vacation is sleeping all day in the hotel room.  The only thing they enjoy is chilling out in their room.

Get your lazy bum off the bed and go shower, Dave!

  • The Drunken Friend
The Drunken Friend
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Drinks on a vacation? Sounds fun!  Who would say no to it? Well, there is nothing wrong about drinking while you’re on a vacation but your drunk friend will take it to another level. They want a drink with every meal. It is like their vacation is all about getting drunk! They often end up puking because they drink way too much. They have a FOMO when it comes to drinking. Do you really want to spend your time cleaning up their mess than enjoy the holiday?

There is just one thing I want to say to all my drunk friends out there:

Get your shit together Eric! Stop with the Whiskey already.

  • The High Maintenance Friend
The High Maintenance Friend
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They are the worst kind to travel with! Travel is about new experiences and meeting new people. You would have to be prepared for all kinds of situations while you are traveling. Your high maintenance friend will just not accept the change or adjust to any situation. If they miss a meal, they will start to feel dizzy. Your high maintenance friend is inconsiderate about other people and if something doesn’t go the way their way, welcome drama! They resist coming out of their comfort zone which is not at all fun.

Get a life, Nadia! Your butler wouldn’t be around all the damn time.

Holidays and Vacations are about having fun not stressing out. You deserve to go out have fun without any restrictions or someone to bug you. Cut out the negative people and travel with someone who believes in the phrase ‘live and let live!’

The best views come after the hardest climb.

– Anonymous

Hiking is therapeutic. When life seems dull, problems seem bigger, and the heart doesn’t feel to be at the right place, just walk it off. Because, as they say, hiking is the answer, no matter what the question is. Every time you take a walk with nature the haze starts to fade away and you can see things clearly. You gain a perspective that helps you get out of your unsettled issues, makes you feel more confident and life seems to be welcoming you with open arms. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that hiking is magical as along with several health benefits, it improves your mental well-being as well.

Let’s have a look at the mental benefits that one can gain with a walk through nature.

Boost the Happy Hormones
Boost the Happy Hormones
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Serotonin is the hormone that contributes to the feeling of happiness and well-being in humans. While you take a stroll out in nature or hike through mountains, exploring the adventurous routes and beautiful flora and fauna, your body gets the much-needed workout. That gives a boost of serotonin to your brain and releases the feeling of calm, happiness, and positivity.

Helps You Reconnect With Yourself
Helps You Reconnect With Yourself
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Just the way we have relationships with our friends, partner, and family members, we share an intimate relationship with ourselves as well. That needs to be nurtured to rejuvenate our souls and keep our sanity intact. It may be quite tough to give some time to yourself amidst the busy routine. Therefore, hiking is the best way to get away from the mundane life, think about yourself, and meditate to bring your soul at peace.

Changes Your Outlook on Life
Changes Your Outlook on Life
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Being in one place and interacting with the same people every day somehow narrow down your perspective towards life and many other things. Every once in a while, you need to step out of your comfort zone and explore the innumerable opportunities that nature has to offer. Being out in nature teaches you how to spread happiness and be compassionate towards others. You learn to take control of your action and make your own decisions. It teaches you to live in the moment and appreciate small things in life.

Tickles Your Creative Bone
Tickles Your Creative Bone
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Hiking or a simple stroll through nature increases our problem-solving skills and ability to focus to a great extent. Out in the woods when you don’t give any thought to your 9 to 5 jobs, bills or materialistic items is the time when the most creative ideas occupy your brain and keep you engaged. The relaxing scenes of nature inspire you to realize your passion for writing, creating music or anything that gives you happiness and satisfaction.

Helps You Unplug
Helps You Unplug
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In our daily lives, we spend an excessive amount of time staying plugged in. Back to back emails, constant staring at phones, and non-stop text messages. All this keeps you glued to the digital world and pull your attention away from the things that matter. Hiking through mountains where there is no Wi-Fi or mobile network helps relieve the stress and pressure that technology brings. It lets you unplug from technology and plug into nature. That offers amazing benefits to your physical health and mental well-being.

So take a hike and recharge in the lap of nature!

Bhutan, the small South Asian country that forms a part of Indian sub-continent is the only country in the world that doesn’t have any railway. It shares a border with China, India, and Tibet. The capital of Bhutan is Thimphu while the financial hub is Phuntsholing. This country had a monarchy rule but in 2008 it gave up absolute monarchy and brought constitutional monarchy. “Land of Dragons” is the nickname of Bhutan and you can locate a dragon on the national flag of Bhutan. If your tired heart and soul is looking for a relaxing time, then Bhutan should be on your priority list. The lush green grass, clear sky, and small rivulets – Bhutan seems like a painting from the brushes of Albert Bierstadt! The red chilies on the tin roof, momos on the street, and an inspiring breeze – Bhutan has many things to offer you.

Here are some reasons why you must book your tickets to Bhutan ASAP!

Happy Faces All Around
Happy Faces All Around
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When every other country is in the rat race of GDP and increasing their yield in every sector of the economy, here is Bhutan whose parameter to check development is GNP. GNP stands for Gross National Happiness. When the principles of Buddhism are applied at a large scale, you get to hear something like this. The country takes care of every citizen with love and that’s the reason why you see happy faces all around you in Bhutan.

The Land Of Peace, Tranquility, & Spirituality

The Land Of Peace, Tranquility, & Spirituality

As stated in the introduction, this country looks like a real painting! You would hardly find any other place in this world as beautiful, serene, calm, and peaceful as Bhutan. The 2/3rd population of Bhutan follows Buddhism – which is the most peaceful religion in the world and 1/3rd follow Hinduism. Buddhist monasteries, chanting, cool breeze, less population – these are the perfect ingredients for peace surely! Buddhism is not only a religion but a way of living here. They are peace-loving people who make their surroundings peaceful.

Closest to Nature

Closest to Nature

Away from the hustle bustle of a metro city, fast life, mundane job, and monotonous responsibilities – Bhutan would take you closest to nature. Opening your hotel window or walking to the balcony and feeling like just in the lap of a huge mountain is a feeling you must enjoy. The wide valleys & opulent green grass suddenly rise up to a steep mountain – you simply cannot keep your cameras off! If you visit in Spring season, you can witness the rhododendrons! Simply walk on the velvety grass in the morning, sit beside the small stream at the afternoon, and observe the lit up mountain in the evening! There won’t be any boisterous noise disturbing you for a single moment while you are gazing at Nature.

Trekking Can be Fun
Trekking Can be Fun
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If you are fond of trekking, then also Bhutan is a perfect place for you. The real magnificence of the hills and mountains of Bhutan can be understood only when you set out for trekking. So, keep your trekking clothes and shoes and leave to know the unknown.

Simplicity Is The Way of Living
Simplicity Is The Way of Living
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Buddhism teaches to stay calm and humble in every stage of life. As stated earlier, the people of Bhutan have adopted the principles of Buddhism in their lifestyle and that’s why you would see a simple way of living among Bhutanese people. They are very honest and hard-working bunch of people who stay grounded in their religion and tradition. They don’t have big ambition because they find happiness in the simple and small things of life. They invest their creative energy in paintings, textile, sculpture, wood carving, paper making, sword making, bamboo craft, and jewelry making. When you belong to a different world where the connotation of happiness is all about achieving material goods, Bhutan and its people give you a reality check!

Bhutan Cuisine
Bhutan Cuisine
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Perhaps Bhutan is the only place in the world where chili is not a spice used in food, but the main ingredient in making a food. Chili here is more like a vegetable. The North Indians are fans of momo and the spicy red chutney and it is a challenge to them to survive the taste of Bhutan chilies. The national food of Bhutan is “Ema-Datshi” which is a dish prepared with the hottest chili & cheese. The food-lovers must visit Bhutan to taste its hot & happening food!

Breathe Pollution-Free Air
Breathe Pollution-Free Air
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For the rest of the world, the level of population and pollution is ever-increasing leading to many challenges. But in Bhutan, there is hardly any pollution and visible ailments like a headache or sneezing. Why? Because the people of Bhutan are environmentally conscious. As stated earlier, they know to be happy with simple and small things in life and that’s why they don’t want to own a car or run large scale industries! One of their laws say that 60% of the land should always be under forest and that’s why Bhutan has still retained the fresh and pure air to breathe!

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