Take an adventure with Travelling King through this series, showing you all the amazing cities of the world from A to Z. We have joined up with countless amazing Travel Bloggers throughout this series to come up with some great experiences about these cities. We will tell you why we love these cities, what we love doing and suggest a few places to stay
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Kunal, from Your Local Cousin, a travel startup that connects travelers with locals for personalized trip planning tells us about Delhi:
Contrary to what people say about Delhi and that its the most polluted or unsafe city in the world, there is something about this 2000+ year old city which is why 16 million people call it home today. A lot of the capital’s history and its remnants lay scattered amidst the urban sprawl. Yes, it is polluted and this gets worse in peak winter (December to February) and makes you wonder why you’re in this chaotic city but then every major city in the world has its pros and cons, right?
Over years the city has become a major business hub and now competes with Mumbai and Bangalore because its economy demands big and small corporates alike to establish a physical presence in the city, the infrastructure has improved (though not as fast as the growing population and number of vehicles on its roads) and the city has a lot to offer to people looking for things to do once they get out of work / on weekends and for travelers as well. Does not come as a surprise to ‘Dilliwalas’ as people native to Delhi are called that their city is a paradise for foodies.
Whether you’re craving sushi, Mexican food, Thai, New York style pizza, Indian street food or the traditional ‘butter chicken’ you’re guaranteed to find the best here. Whenever I travel, I always get advice from locals on whats hip, happening and where do local like to go eat and hang out.
So getting guidance from Dilliwalas’ on where to eat will definitely help you not get a ‘Delhi belly’. The City’s nightlife is not the greatest admittedly as compared to Mumbai’s but there are some pubs and lounges which stay open till 12:30 or 1:00AM on weekends. If you’re looking to party late you can check out the night clubs in Delhi’s best hotels which are open till later in the night.
I love living in Delhi because it is also in close proximity to several other cities on the tourist map. These destinations also serve as weekend getaways for locals and there are several affordable transportation options if you’re planning to spend a few days exploring Northern India. Besides traveling by air and taking trains, I recommend you hit the highway and see the beautiful countryside, especially in the winter months.
Keep in mind to make reservations ahead of time as tourism in India is at its peak from November to mid March. For instance Agra (Taj Mahal) is just 2.5 hours by car; Jaipur also known as the ‘Pink City’ is a 4.5 hour drive; Jim Corbett National Park which is great for wildlife and nature lovers is 5.5 hours away; Rishikesh for those looking to unwind, do yoga and indulge in Ayurvedic spa treatments is also 5.5 hours away.
Whatever you do, be sensible and stay safe just like you would when you’re traveling. Don’t let media and rumors make you not visit this city and finally if you’re not sure about anything – ask Your Local Cousin.
Weird fact and outlandish Laws about Delhi
– The street food in Chandni Chowk (old Delhi) may not look the most appetising especially after you see how and where it’s made but I’ve never had anyone I’ve taken who fell sick after eating there.
Drake Bay (Costa Rica)
Drake Bay, or Bahia Drake as it is also locally known, is located in the northern part of the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Osa is the most remote region of the country, and for this reason it’s favorite among tourist who are in tune with nature and ecology. Osa, and the Corcovado National Park were said to be the most Biological Diverse Region of Earth by National Geographic. This bay was named after Sir Francis Drake, who discovered it during his voyage around the world, in the 16th Century.
With its tropical climate and outstanding flora and fauna, Drake Bay is ideal for those who love to explore an untouched jungle. There are very few experiences that surpass the joy of walking through the trails of a majestic rain forest. The sounds, the smells, the sights are unique.
The best time to visit Osa Peninsula is during the dry season, which runs from January through April, has reliable sunny weather with little to no rainfall. During the green season (May through August) afternoon showers are common but you will get the best value for your money, as lodges drop their rates significantly.
Weird fact and outlandish Laws about Drake Bay:
– It is believed to be the place where Sir Francis Drake (a British pirate) hid his treasures in the 16th century.
Marta from Homes and Villas Abroad tells us about Diamante
Diamante is a seaside resort on Calabria’s Tyrrhenian coast in southernItaly.
It is not the largest of towns — it has just over 5,000 inhabitants —but it is without doubt one of the prettiest.
As well as its long promenade,some 20 metres above sea level, and five miles of beach, it is renowned formore than 300 brightly coloured murals that decorate many of itsolder buildings. The largest of the murals stretches for over 50 metres andtells the story of the birth of Diamante.
Another mural, on the walls of the Chiesa dell’Immacolata Concezionechurch, tells the story of the history of Calabria stretching back to thediscovery of ancient graffiti in a nearby cave.
Diamante is a charming mix of the old and the new. The area has been lived in since the Palaeolithic era but the town as itcurrently stands began to take shape in the 16th century when it was a smallfishing village.
Proof that its roots stretch even further back can be seen in theancient Roman Mausoleum, visible from the main coastal highway and dating fromthe years 1 to 3 AD.
Unsurprisingly for a coastal resort, Diamante prides itself on itsfresh seafood. The best seafood restaurants are to be found on the seafront atSpiaggia Piccola.
However, an equally popular local delicacy is peperoncini, the red-hotpeppers that can be seen hanging from many balconies and which are used tospice up many Calabrian dishes.
Weird fact and outlandish Laws about Diamante:
– For a week every September it hosts a peperoncini-eating contest that attractsaround 100,000 visitors.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this article 🙂