SERIES 3 – aEsTHeTiC aVeNuEs; TOPIC 4 – The Northern Lights (Part 2)

Hey guysss, hope you all are staying safe and healthy. Whether we like it or not, we know that there won’t be any travelling for everyone over the next few months. Thanks to the internet along with tourist reviews, that even without travelling to these places myself, I have attempted to give you a virtual travel experience of some of the most beautiful, aesthetic places on Earth and will continue to do the same during the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Continued from Part 1 ~

  • Russia-  

Северное сияние россии (Pronounced as- Severnoye siyaniye rossii) (Northern Lights of Russia)

The location of Russia has worked for the benefit of Northern Lights viewing since the Arctic Circle passes through half the country. The entire Kola Peninsula is a splendid and prime location for admiring the beauty of the dancing lights. Murmansk in the Kola Peninsula has over 40 days of continuous night and hence is ideal for viewing these Lights. Murmansk is also the World’s largest city above the Arctic Circle! The sky above the Khibiny Mountains in the Kola Peninsula beams and shines brightly with the colourful Aurora Borealis. Frozen lakes, waterfalls, snow-covered peaks, all add to the picturesque destination. This area is easily accessible and can be travelled in snowmobiles. In the heart of the Russian North, Arkhangelsk, the Lights become brighter as you move away from the more populated areas. This region is also home to Severodvinsk city which has magnificent wooden architecture and ruins, that compliment the awe-inspiring phenomenon. If you want to enjoy the preserved Nenets culture, their myths, legends, some interesting theories about the Lights along with relishing in them, then go on a journey to Naryan-Mar. It is unique and pleasant. A combination of roaming reindeers in snow and the shimmering Northern Lights seem to be a part of a fairytale book. Novaya Zemlya, one of the most extreme locations, makes this once-in-a-lifetime experience possible. Taimyr, “the edge of the cold”, the “land of rare Northern Lights”, has 285 days of winter, north of this peninsula. The Northern Lights here comprise of almost every colour of the rainbow. Stunning streaks of orange, yellow, pink, purple, green will be seen like a mesmerizing painting. Another such city is Salekhard in the Yamal region. Those long, dark, never-ending nights have multi-coloured Aurora Borealis as rays of hope. Ironically, the local Nenets call it “Nger Harp” – “the light of the dead”. The low temperatures of the Yamal Peninsula are worth staying in not just for the extraordinary Lights but also for taking part in Northern Nomads’ lifestyle, experiencing their ancient culture. Locals of the city of Vorkuta say that towards North Vorkuta, the Aurora can be seen even in the summer. However, during winter, they can be seen in the morning, afternoon, and evening as well with flamboyant green, red, white designs in the sky.

ура !! (Pronounced as- ura !! ) (Cheers !!)

  • Northern Canada– 

Northern Lights of Canada

Northern Canada has some of the most spectacular sightings of Aurora Borealis due to its latitude of 65.8° North and minimal light pollution. 64.2823° N- This location of Yukon territory has secured its position on the list of the World’s best places to see the Northern Lights. In this territory, the city of Whitehorse keeps in mind both a tourist’s comfort and perfect Aurora viewing destination. Whitehorse has the best Northern Lights hotels in all of Canada. Most have majestic Chalets with huge glass windows to adore the Aurora Borealis peacefully in the warmth of your cozy Chalet. The Northwest Territories lie in the Auroral Zone. Its capital, Yellowknife, is one of the most famous places to enjoy the graceful Lights due to its flat landscape and cloudless skies. The remote dwelling of Tujtoyaktuk, also a part of these territories, will guarantee you some splendid, heavenly show of the Lights. There are waves and lines of purple, red, green, and all very bright its an incredibly alluring experience. Another remote territory of the Arctic is the Nunavut Territory. In its capital, Iqaluit on Baffin Island, you’ll have a beautiful, snowy backdrop and the Aurora Borealis enveloping you. If you love an eerie silence and are a fan of chilly weather, this is the place for your escapade as it is the most deserted place for viewing the Lights. Take a long trek to the viewpoint in Churchill, Manitoba, located just below the Auroral Oval, to get an ogle-worthy sight of the Lights(one of the best). You may even be lucky enough to meet a cuddly polar bear, too! Head to the Canadian Rockies and admire the Northern Lights with complementary city lights, gorgeous mountain ranges, and a starry night. The two most photogenic landscape views will be achievable at Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. Near the research centre of Aurora Borealis, the Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory, Alberta lies an ethereal trail. An unreal, utopian forest is a part of this trail, so is the Athabaska River. Use cross-country skis to travel around or take a stroll and savour its beauty as the Lights hover over you. Lake Superior, Ontario, has a vast region of water on one side. Its north shore gives an elegant awe-filled background to the Lights. The scenic Gulf Shore Parkway at Prince Edward Island has minimum light pollution, low population, haunting dark skies, open views of the sky. You can just take a drive gazing skyward, or stop at Covehead Lighthouse and capture the graceful Aurora Borealis.

Cheers !!

  • Greenland– 

This sentence is in Danish, I could not find an English to Greenlandic (one of the official languages of Greenland along with Danish) translator sorry!!

Nordlys i Grønland (Northern Lights of Greenland)

At the World’s Largest Island, the Northern Lights are best seen on a dark, cloud-free autumn/winter night. The locals compare it to fluttering yellow-green curtains. Greenland is an ideal location since it is mostly uninhabited. Kangerlussuaq is one such location with clear skies and a low population. It is popular among tourists, primarily due to the marvelous views from the top of the Greenland Ice Cap. Greenland Ice Cap covers 80% of the country and is easily accessible from Kangerlussuaq. It is known for giving the World’s most magnificent view of the Aurora Borealis. The comfort of the second largest city, Sisimiut, is best for wanderers. Visit the outskirts of this town, and according to the accurate forecast time, you can easily see the Northern Lights. The enormous UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat Icefjord, will render you speechless. Now imagine that, combined with the phenomenal Northern Lights, would be a magical sight to behold. An icy bluish-green shade takes over the entire sky, and it’s an exquisite circumstance. The small village of Kulusuk, enriched in Greenland’s history, will let you see the Lights while hiking, dog-sledding, and fishing among many activities. The 250 people there are sure to provide a warm, hearty welcome. Lastly, the city of Tasiilaq on the eastern coast of Greenland is undoubtedly for adventure-lovers. Partaking in Greenland’s incredible outdoor adventures while also looking at an abstract painting come to life is the thrill an adventurous person seeks. 

Skål !! (Cheers !!)

Stay home, stay safe((:


*I do not own these pictures*


SERIES 3 – aEsTHeTiC aVeNuEs; TOPIC 3- Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Hey guysss, hope you all are staying safe and healthy. Whether we like it or not, we know that there won’t be any travelling for everyone over the next few months. Thanks to the internet along with tourist reviews, that even without travelling to these places myself, I have attempted to give you a virtual travel experience of some of the most beautiful, aesthetic places on Earth and will continue to do the same during the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Welcome to Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia.

Whitehaven Beach is a 7km long stretch, the largest of the most beautiful island group of Australia, i.e., the majestic Whitsundays. This beach got its name from the fact that the sand here is made from 98.9% pure silica and does not retain heat at all, hence, soft, delicate, and, of course, a heart-flattering white. The portrayal of nature at its most untouched, most original form, made it a safe haven. Pure silica sand has accumulated at the beach due to continuous sea currents over millions of years. You can take a comfortable stroll with the sun right above, not feel like your feet are on fire while enjoying the beauty of those swirling, turquoise waters.

Doesn’t it feel unearthly and maybe like Paradise? 

You can reach this island either by a boat(speedboat), as part of a cruise, through ocean rafting, or a helicopter. There are two routes to arrive here: from Airlie Beach and from Hamilton Island. One of the best features about Whitehaven is that it has absolutely no shops, no restaurants, nothing to disturb an unreal, recluse visit. So don’t forget to pack plenty of food and water from Hamilton Island. 

There are different means of relishing the breathtaking, most photographed beach of Australia. Walk hand in hand, feel the sea and sand at once at the shallow shoreline of Whitehaven. Experience it the lavish way as you get a royalty like treatment on a Catamaran cruise or in the privacy of a boat or yacht. Get on the seaplane to get the best of both worlds- the aerial view and interacting with its underwater world as it glides through the water surface. Hop on a helicopter if you’re not afraid of heights to see an abstract painting come to life as the white sand swirls with the blue sea with a picturesque view of corals. Photography lovers are going to cherish hiking up Hill Inlet to reach the Tongue Point and capture land meeting endless water.

It’s lovely, isn’t it? 

Moving onto the essential, and my favourite- the water activities. Whitehaven Beach allows you to sail or jet ski through its waters to interact with marine life, from turtles to dolphins. The most exciting part is the wave from mighty humpback whales, which are spotted during the colder season. As you snorkel, make sure to snap a selfie with the turtles. The Whitehaven underwater-world belongs to the famous Great Barrier Reef. Diving deep welcomes you into ‘a whole new world’ of corals and picture-perfect reefs. It’s easy and entirely comfortable to swim here as there are no large waves or rip tides. Have the time of your life, swim, and scuba-dive with sleek manta rays, rare but dangerous saltwater crocodiles, along with a plethora of cute little tropical fish. Manta rays, for the most part, are friendly to humans and won’t mind if you capture their smooth, graceful movements. 

After a tiring trip, you finally get to relax and rejuvenate on the beach, admiring the forest scenery as you meet and greet a Goanna or the Lace Monitor Lizard while listening to the chirping of small Asian Geckos. (let’s just ignore the presence of slimy, wet green tree frogs and cane toads;))


Stay home, stay safe((:


*I do not own these pictures*

SERIES 1- tRAveLleR tAleS ; TOPIC 3-Dubai

(Visited in Mar’2016)

Welcome to Dubai, the city of flamboyance, the city of the rich. This city is one of the most developed cities in the world, with its high skyscrapers and shining cars across clean, solid roads.
Beginning with the most predictable and wondrous location, the Burj Khalifa. The cloud touching building consisting of 163 floors is the tallest skyscraper in the world. The modern interiors, the digital floor-displaying lift, exquisitely built glass front and the marvelous view from its 125th floor is a sight that would be etched in your memory for a lifetime.
Not to miss out on the longest fountain in the world located right next to this landscape, it looks beautiful from the top of The Burj and even more appealing while standing in front of it. The synchronized beats of the music along with the rise of water is an alluring view for the eye.
Located right beside these two wonders is one of the largest malls in the world(yep it’s hugeeeee!), i.e The Dubai Mall. This posh mall of extravagance is home to nearly every national and international brand known. As soon as we entered, we were met with stores like Chanel, Vero Moda, Forever 21, Gucci, Prada, H&M, and many more lined up on all sides of it.
Two of Dubai’s famous gardens are the flower garden and the butterfly garden. However, at the time of our visit, the butterfly garden was closed so we had visited the flower garden. Soon, the air we breathed was filled with the pleasant aroma of the flowers all at once. The place could be compared to heaven as we looked at all the beautiful flowers and structures like the peacock, clock, heart, etc. made using this God’s gift.
Our day came to the perfect end as we had a movie-like dinner on The Dubai Marina river cruise while gazing at the beauty of the illuminated city.
Then comes the well-known desert safari. Before we rode on the jeep to reach the desert, strangely, the tires of the jeep were deflated a little. All hell broke loose after that! It was like a roller coaster when we glided through the sand dunes of the breezy desert. The evening meal was filled with the delicious Mediterranean food, drinks, music, and the belly, Arabic Tanoura dance to entertain us as the cold desert winds blew.
Last but not least, the unbelievable palm island along with the huge Atlantis, The Palm is a must-visit destination. Located on the crescent of the largest man-made island, The Palm, Atlantis is a marvel of its own.
From the amazingly delicious Cold Stone ice-cream to the informative aquarium, Atlantis does not disappoint. Lastly taking the journey through the palm island on a monorail is the most favourite part of this trip for me. The site from the monorail was mesmerizing as we passed each branch of the palm island.
So go visit this city that never settles for anything less than first place.


SERIES 1- tRAveLleR tAleS ; TOPIC 2- Switzerland

(Visited in Nov’18)

This Heaven On Earth is a destination you wouldn’t want to miss. With its small towns, lakes, hills, and mountains, it never fails to amaze. This posh country is famous for its watches and chocolates that are sold worldwide.
Bern, one of the most beautiful cities at night, makes people look at it in wonder. It’s known to have the famous clock tower and over 100 vintage fountains, 11 of which have retained their original structure. The view of glimmering lights at night from its Dalmazibrucke bridge is no less than bright stars in the night sky.
I am sure most of you love chocolate or at least like it. Broc, a small town in Switzerland is home to the factory outlet of one of the most famous chocolate selling brands in the world i.e The Maison Callier, Nestle Chocolate Factory. When Maison Callier opens its factory doors for you, the aroma of chocolate and glorious sight makes a person feel like it has come straight out of a fantasy book.
The sparkling water of Lake Lucerne is an eye-catching location with its cruise as it takes you around the city, displaying its beauties and historic structures. One of which is the “Crying Lion” or the “Lion Monument” who cries out the victory tales of immortal warriors.
Being at the Top of Europe is like being on top of the world. Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe (located in Engelberg), with its chilly weather, snow-covered peak and the awe-filled view of the other mountains makes your soul feel complete.
The tiring hike of Mount Pilatus is worth the effort when the refreshing air at the top and the view of City Interlaken rejuvenates one. Interlaken – a city between two lakes is home to the statue of our famous Indian film-maker Yash Chopra! I assure you that Switzerland, the Heart of Europe is bound to stun you.



SERIES 1- tRAveLleR tAleS ; TOPIC 1- Paris

(Visited in Nov’18)

What was the first thing that came to your mind when you read the word Paris? A dream destination? Couple’s paradise? Fashion capital?
It is all those things and so much more…
One of the most historic and famous monuments of the city is the Eiffel Tower standing tall in all its glory. The iron pillar, being the most visited location, it oozes confidence, strength and makes people look up to its stature. Its beauty multiplies when looked at from the mighty cruise of Seine River with its dancing waters and beautiful scenery by its sides. The feeling is overwhelming while being up there. The anxious wait to go reach the top and then the extravagance glorifies when one looks at the large city turn tiny, looking at the symmetrical houses and structures.
The tales of the victorious Arc de Triomphe haven’t been unheard. Standing in all its might, it also has a proud story to tell. Apart from these places, there’s the glorious Lovre Museum along with the Cathedral and its religious visitors.
The city is also home to delicious coffees, homely-cozy cafes, and diners that look like they have directly come out of a fantasy. (Ps – They are actually very comfortable and cute!).
Walking across the Champs- Elysees, looking at all those different people, has always been a sight of wonder. Locals with their iconic fashion looks and couture, couples walking hand-in-hand fascinated and locking their love in each other’s hearts.Different people having different stories, different cultures, different destinations, all residing or visiting and mesmerized by this one place, Paris- the city of love.


The Seine River cruise.

The Eiffel Tower