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Best cafes in Mumbai

When you live and work in Mumbai, getting a proper start to the day is practically mandatory for survival. As such, there is a thriving coffee culture in this bustling metropolis of 18.5 million people.

Want to experience its best cafes? As tough a task as this can be given this city’s scale, we have listed several favourites we are sure you will like.

1) Prithvi Cafe

No long after checking into the sahara star hotel, head over to the Prithvi Cafe. With plenty of caffeinated concoctions, they’ll have just what you need to shake your jet lag. From chai to Irish coffee, you’ll be as right as rain in no time.

This place is also well known for its food as well. With plenty of regionally famous people dropping in, other Mumbai residents often turn out here to do so celebrity spotting while they dine on excellent dishes like house-made sandwiches or a selection of pizzas. This creates an electric atmosphere, making a prime spot to enjoy a coffee while in Mumbai.

2) Momo Cafe

Another joint that comes highly recommended by locals, Momo Cafe gives you a chance to enjoy Indian food in a hygienic and casual setting. In addition to the excellent coffee and pastries found here, you’ll also love the dosas and sev puri, which are but a few of the dishes on their menu.

Located in the Courtyard Marriott in Mumbai, this cafe is headed up by Chef Ravi, who will ensure you receive the sort of personalized service that will have you talking up this place to friends and family back home.

3) Cafe Mondegar

Looking for a place more on the lively side? Cafe Mondegar is a place you should check out later in the day during your time in Mumbai. While it does coffee well enough, this joint is a flexible one, doubling as a casual beer bar, especially as the afternoon lapses into the evening hours.

With jukeboxes that play rock music, plenty of chilled beer on hand, and a location just across from the Regal Cinema, it is a great place to go if you are looking to meet up with local friends. Catch up with each other, have some burgers with a Kingfisher, and head on over to the theater to see a Bollywood flick – sounds good to us!

4) Bombay to Barcelona Library Cafe

Want to feel as if the money you spend during your Mumbai holiday is going to help those who need it? If this is a cause near and dear to your heart, then stopping by for a chai at the Bombay to Barcelona Library Cafe will turn your coffee break into an opportunity to help the community.

Founded by Amin, a former Mumbai street kid, he gives street people looking for work a chance to build a career for themselves, and he regularly provides drinks and pastries for street kids.

With the situation as bad as it is in New Delhi, it is heartwarming to see initiatives like this in action, so be sure to check this place out.

5 Alternative Trips for Your 2017 Calendar

Kilimanjaro should be included as one of the Alternative Trips for Your 2017 Calendar

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If you are bored with your usual routine it only makes sense to schedule something a little bit different for your vacation. Instead of waiting in line with hundreds of other people to get into the art gallery or museum why not head out where less people are venturing? Here are 5 alternative trips for 2017.

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

If you are looking for an adventure in an exotic country, you can head to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Make sure you spend at least 3 months trekking your local hills and mountains to make sure you are in peak shape. You can find all inclusive packages that include accommodations, meals, guides, cooks and porters. There are seven different routes to choose from and you must climb the mountain with a licensed guide. Here are some pictures to give you an insight into what climbing Kilimanjaro is like.

Narrow boating in the UK

There is nothing like getting back to nature so try narrow boating in the UK. A narrow boat is used to travel along the canals and it is less than seven feet wide. They can be up to 70 feet long so you can enjoy your trip with lots of people or just a few. There are 3000 miles of canals to try in the UK and tons of different rental companies that offer different adventures. It is a great way to sit back, relax, and watch the serenity of nature. You can stop the boat at small towns and see the sights, grab some groceries, stroll through a park, or grab a burger and a pint at a pub.

Trekking in the Andes

A vacation spent trekking in the Andes is great way to rejuvenate. The Andes are a mountain range in South America and they are located in five different countries: Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Peru has the most famous trails and you can visit Machu Picchu which is one of The New 7 Wonders of the World. If you are looking for paths that fewer people have travelled you can find guides and packages to try out the other four countries.

Spiritual Trip to Tibet

If you are fed up with your capitalistic existence it is the perfect time to embark on a spiritual trip to Tibet where you can explore beautiful natural surroundings and visit spiritual sites. Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and this Buddhist monastery often has Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims praying in front of it. Be sure to watch the Monk Debates at Sera Monastery. You can watch this every day except Sundays. Drepung Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery and you should try to visit it during the Shoton Festival. Tashilunpo Monastery is a fabulous example of Tibetan architecture. Be sure to stop and visit Lake Yamdrok, the stunning turquoise water will inspire you to make changes in your life. No trip to Tibet is complete without a view of Mt. Everest the tallest mountain in the world.

Relax on a Norwegian Cruise

Take a Norwegian cruise to see the Northern Lights. Cruising through Norway is a fabulous experience where you will see Viking ruins, fjords, and the fabulous northern lights that light up the sky in an amazing array of colours. Make sure you dress warmly with lots of layers so you don’t get cold.

The essential Vietnam itinerary: what you shouldn’t miss in this captivating country

The essential Vietnam itinerary includes Ha Long Bay

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Finally planning that trip to the Far East, just like you said you would one day? If you are having a hard time picking a specific country, we suggest going with Vietnam.

Full of culture, natural wonders, and a fascinating but tragic history, booking a holiday of a lifetime to Vietnam will create memories that you will treasure for the rest of your days.

Wondering what you should see during your time there? This post will highlight three spots you shouldn’t miss if you can help it.

1) Saigon

Start your grand tour of Vietnam in Saigon. Known officially as Ho Chi Minh City, this country’s most populous city has a number of attractions worth your time.

Start with the Reunification Palace, where the president of South Vietnam resided until the North crashed through its gates with a tank in 1975, officially ending the Vietnam War.

Largely kept as it was back in the 70’s, this building offers a glimpse into how the elites of South Vietnam lived back then.

The War Remnants Museum offers a more sobering look into the realities of the Vietnam conflict, as displays show how it impacted everyday civilians and the environment.

There is also an assortment of military hardware on display inside the building and out, from machine guns and mines to planes and tanks.

Before departing Saigon, be sure to go on a day trip into the Mekong Delta, where you’ll get a chance to see how rural Vietnamese carry on their day-to-day lives in a place where there is more water than dry land.

2) Hoi An

Located in the central portions of the country, Hoi An is a city whose preserved architecture and artistically-talented citizens have earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.

The centre of the Cham Kingdom for almost 2,000 years, its role as a trading port has kept it relevant to this day, as tailors here still engage in the art of crafting amazing clothing in accordance with the wishes of their customers.

The best time to experience this town is after dark, which is when its multi-coloured paper lanterns create an atmosphere that you won’t soon forget.

Those looking to get in a day at the beach will also want to take advantage of its underrated frontage on the South China Sea, as it goes largely unnoticed by tourists that are (rightly) obsessed with the aforementioned attractions.

3) Ha Long Bay

In the north, many visitors are often split on whether to go to Sapa or Ha Long Bay. While both have their charms, we recommend the latter if you are pressed for time.

Held up by many in Vietnam as a wonder of the world, the limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay are spellbinding when first encountered by those that approach them.

While in Hanoi, book a cruise that will give you at least a couple of days out there, as the natural beauty of this spot will make it hard to leave after just one day.