Beaten by the Armenian beauty

What makes Armenia an ideal destination?

Many of my friends were surprised that I chose to go to Armenia (Hayastan in Armenian) for a holiday. Here are some of the reasons that make Armenia an ideal destination:

  1. Armenia is close to the UAE and can be reached by just a 3-hour flight.
  2. It offers visa on arrival to GCC residents.
  3. It is a beautiful country.
  4. Accommodation, food and tours are not expensive.
  5. It is in the same time zone as the UAE.
  6. It has a low crime rate.

In short, Armenia combines the beauty of Europe in the budget of Asia.

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What to see and do in Salalah?

Vinod and I went to Salalah in September and we absolutely enjoyed our time there. We visited several waterfalls, called ayns. In addition, we visited Wadi Darbat, which is a brook in a gorge, a few beaches and caves. In this blog, I will try to guide you on how to make the most of your visit to Salalah.

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Amritsar: where religion and politics converge

It was Eid Al Adha (Bakri Eid) of 2018. We had 9 days’ holidays including the weekends. Vinod had some work in Bangalore, but direct tickets at the last minute were expensive. We found slightly cheaper tickets via Amritsar. After we finished our work in Bangalore, we stayed in Amritsar for two days.

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Heritage tour of Nepal

A visit to the Himalayan country of Nepal had been pending since 2015. Even 2017 was ending and we hadn’t yet visited the country. Finally, in the last few days of 2017, we took a day off, combined it with the weekend and New Year’s Day and set off to Nepal.

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Memories from Maldives

It was December 2010. We were tired from our 3-week long tour of Europe in October and were looking at a short break to recover from that. Meanwhile, a holiday was declared on 2 December on account of National Day. That year, 2 December fell on a Thursday. I was thrilled at the travel opportunity this holiday presented as the next two days were our regular weekly holidays.

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Hyderabad hues

(This post follows ‘Am off to Hyderabad!‘ posted on 8 Nov 2016 and could be read with ‘And am back from Hyderabad!’ posted on 20 Nov 2016.)

We were going to Hyderabad only for two days. Yet, I was excited as if I were going for a week! This was our second visit to India’s first (or maybe amongst the first) ICT-focussed city. Remember it had earned the moniker cyberabad in early 2000?

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And am back from Hyderabad!

(This post follows ‘Am off to Hyderabad!‘ posted on 8 Nov 2016).

It was a short, but fulfilling trip. As you know, I had gone to attend Writers’ Carnival. It was its sixth edition. It had an interesting mix of speakers and activities.

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