Start your day with yoga

Yoga

Yoga stay is not a business but networking with those who wants to feel the Indian hospitality in a homely manner. Today Life  really demands an escape from the routine work and better way is to spend a couple of days at a destination that will allow you to leave your hustle bustle life behind and be with nature and meditation give you ekaant.A brief get-away prepares you to be back to your city life with renewed vigour. Irrespective of whether you are a corporate head honcho, businessman, painter or a writer.

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Nirvana Yoga is a private and exclusive Yoga Center cum Stay next to Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh Uttarakhand India, Yogi Vyas is the host and instructor. Yogi is a highly qualified Yoga instructor. After a period of rigorous training at the Kaivalya Dham Pune, India where yoga tradition and science meet.Yogi launched his career in Yoga in 2000 at Ananda located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh followed by Yogi Yoga Center, China. He has been taking his time off for Yoga Culture practice with Sri O.P.Tiwari Kaivalyadhama lonavala pune and Yoga Study Centre Rishikesh.

Yogi spent 12 years in China and trained school teachers to perform yoga in senior high school curriculum.Yogi’s Yoga lessons focus on Deep Relaxation, Stretching, and Harmonizing Breath, Hatha yoga, Beginner Asthang yoga, Hatha Vinyasa yoga, Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga and Movements. He is a favourite of international tourists who find his classes highly rewarding.

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Please message at yogivyasji108@gmail.com to get seasonal discount coupon of your stay with our blog reference. Longer your stay happier Yogi’s team to show hospitality and sightseeing.


Address and Contact details
Postal Code- 249137
Hotel VYAS & NIRVANA Yoga
Tapovan Badrinath Road
Near Ananda Prakash Yoga Ashram
City-Rishikesh
District-Dehradun
State- Uttarakhand
Country- India
Phone:+917060480762, +911352442762 and +918126565757
Representative-  Mr. Yogi

Macau Travel Visa

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Macau_Port

It was the new year eve of 2016, we visited Macau, the city of casino and many more. For almost every country, Macau allows visa on arrival.It is bit easier here than entering in Hong Kong as I think Indian passport is respected here.You can enter Macau via sea (Ferry to and from Hong-Kong), air and road(China border).The city is very small and it’s easy to roam here and there, you can enjoy 2-3 days recommended stays here.

Here are the major Checklist for visa.
1- Hotel and rough itinerary of your stay.
2- Return ticket to and from some other country or your transit details.
3- Passport valid for 6 months with 2 blank pages.
4- Enough amount to stay here in Macau(just in case of enquiry) or international credit card.

Notes: Vagabond is writing this post based on Indian nationality and there is no visa fee charged to enter in Macau.You will receive one receipt with written date of landing and validity period of your stay(30 Days), just keep the receipt with you as shown below in the picture.

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Macau-Visa

With Macau visa you can enter in Macau as many times with the validity period of 30 days.If  you are thinking to visit Macau do not think about visa just think about your stay and book in advance because accommodation is a bit high in Macau.Vagabond is going to write more information about ferry from Macau to Hong Kong vice versa in our coming post to journey between Hong Kong and Macau.For more information about domestic transport in the country you can visit our last post  Stroll along the street of Macau

Bon voyage have a nice stay in Macau 🙂

Welcome to the Vegas of Asia the Macau Casino World

The Venetian Macao

Macau, when we take the name Macau the picture which comes in front of our eyes is Casinos, shopping center, big buildings, lavish lifestyle and for sure that’s true.Today I am going to share my experiences in Macau.See the world of Macau from my eyes.Here you go 🙂

Transport- Each casino is accessible by limousine bus, which is free from major public center like airport , border gate and ferry terminal. All big casinos buses have good frequencies 2~3 buses / 30 minutes.

Points to remember- Minimum age to enter in casino area is 18, so if your appearance does not looks like an adult then better to keep passport with you all time to prove your age to security guard around entrance of casino area.

What to expect- Like other casinos in the world, Macao also have all kind of games including private bidding space too. Minimum bit is decided on each table. If you are afraid of gambling, then go inside the casino area stroll with multiple tables and just see the people or play safe with a roulette.

Facilities- You can have limousine bus from casino to almost any part of Macao.If you are coming for a day trip and you are loaded with bags then you can keep your bags in luggage center with small amount money for a day or hours.

Nearby attraction- You can visit Taipa village, Rua Do Kunha cookie street if you are in Taipa part. If you are in Macao center then Stroll along the street of Portuguese architecture Macao can be a good choice.

Vagabond recommendation- If you do not have enough time then you can choose particular number casinos to explore for a day.We personally feel all casinos are almost same without any big difference. We visited Galaxy Macau, The Venetian Macao and The Parisian Macao.

Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Macau-  Biggest casino in the Taipa area, you will find golden color buses of this casino. Galaxy Macau provide exotic holiday experience with some cultural night.Entrance of this casino is always based on festival season, If you love private casino this is the place for you.

The Venetian Macao- People who are fan of Venice then this is the place of you, as the name suggests its Venice of Macau. You can experience small Venice inside the mall. There is a canal inside the mall where you can take gondola drive for couple of minutes with some packages like singing dining etc on gondola.For vegetarian people like cookie, you have many choices around food court. Best thing you may like in this casino is interior architecture and ambience, roof above gondola drive place is sky type wallpaper which is hard to check whether original or just wallpaper with balance light. Its the shoppers paradise.

The Parisian Macao- The Parisian Macao recreates the magic of Paris in Macau. Easy to mark this casino as it’s having Eiffel tower outside the building. For the people who love french cuisine, they might like this place.Our recommendation is BRASSERIE with great atmosphere, where you can enjoy, classically French meal.

All the casinos can be covered within a day with shopping, dining and gambling experience.If you have more time then you can visit local Taipa village which I am going to post on my next article.For people visiting Macau more than 2-3 days they can divide itinerary based on heritage tour ( Churches and Portuguese architecture), casino tour and adventure tour(Bungee & Horse riding).

The Venetian Macao

The Venetian Macao

Stroll along the street of Portuguese architecture Macau

Ruins of St. Paul's Macau

Ruins of St. Paul’s Macau

Are you planning to visit macau for 2~3 days? Are you interested to know some transport hacks around macau?If all answers are yes then you are on right place. The first thing as like other countries you need a travel visa for macau do not think macau is in china having chinese rules, it’s part of mainland china but having own rules and regulations.You can get on arrival visa for 15 days at airport of ferry terminal.

My To Do List Coming Post: How to decide ferry company from Macau to Hong Kong vice versa.

Once, you leave airport you will see all big buildings all like big palace one may easily thinks these are shopping malls but how it is possible to have numerous malls at one place with this much huge area? Now you know this is casino city.Macau is well known as Vegas of Asia and yes it means a lot for gamblers.

Note:

Once you are passing through casino area, please mind that you should have some id proof for age. People with 18 years old as a visitor and 21 years as a local can enter in the casino area while you are free to roam around the hotel.

Reference Post: Welcome to the Vegas of Asia the Macau casino world

Most of the people think  Macau is all about casinos but that’s not true at all there is more than that. Vagabond is recommending you few place where you can visit in a day with slow pace. Make sure to learn one thing specially eat street cookies, jerry and ginger candy while walking and following the crowd to reach all famous travel points.

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Keep macau city map, which you can get from airport, ferry port or at reception desk of your hotel. This map will help you to find nearest casino’s free shuttle to reach you destination.

Appreciate the architecture of Kun Lam Statue:

You can start your day with Kun Lam statue which is a 32 meter tall bronze statue in the name of goddess of mercy. The place is completely free of cost to move around but if you want to see history of the place it has small museum in the basement which has some minimal entrance fee.Museum will tell you more about goddess of mercy in chinese buddhism and how they build this statue. We came here with limousine bus run by Wynn macau casino and from alight point statue is just couple of minute walking distance.

See 3D Show in Macau Science Center:

Science center is visible from Kun Lam statue and you can take 5 minutes walk to reach there.Museum glass building is classy piece with conical shape. You need to pay some fee to visit different parts of museum and if you want to see planetarium or 3D show then pay extra around 35 ~ 40 MOP.

Note:

MOP is a currency in Macau which can be used for shopping having a bit lower value than Hong Kong dollar(HKD). There are many tourists who come for a day trip from Hong kong so it’s usual to buy everything in HKD where they consider 1HKD=1MOP, but you can not use MOP in Hong Kong.

Passthrough the history of Fisherman’s Wharf:

Macau has replica of many word heritages and this is the place where you will find the replica of Colosseum in Rome. This place is located in city center and is the home of theme park, shopping centers and dining. Admission is completely free but in some attractions you need to pay a small fee.This place is just 3~6 minutes walking distance from Macau Hong Kong ferry terminal so you can take bus from ferry terminal to any place.

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Macau ferry terminal, Taipa ferry terminal and airport is a famous place to catch limousine for reaching any part of Macau. You can always get shuttle bus of any casino which is free of cost which drop you near by your visiting attraction.

Check the burned pillar in Ruins of St Paul church:

This is most famous tourist spot in Macau, no body leaves Macau without visiting to this church.This church caught fire several times in history and currently only front face is remaining to exhibit the history from the past.I recommend this place to visit during sunset time as it looks stunning with lights and blue sky in evening time. It’s UNESCO world heritage site.It has small museum too, regarding to history and it’s free.

All the places especially churches and paths are highly influenced by Portuguese architecture. Whole  architecture and language is still preserved by Macau people , which is really good. You can see text written on currency, menu and other stuff in Portuguese. Chinese, English and Portuguese is the language highly spoken in the region.

Historical walk around Senado Square and Domingo’s Church:

Start walk from St. Paul church to Domingo’s church with following sign boards, it might be around 3~5 minutes walking distance.You will pass through many authentic Chinese and European restaurants which may tickle your taste buds.Enjoy cookies on the way and buy some souvenir for beloved ones. Square is actually famous for gathering and celebration during X-mas, new year countdown and easter. There are many photogenic places where you can capture photo for your instagram account just check it out loyal senate building(Leal Senado) second floor.

One of the city’s most important religious sites A-Ma Temple:

This place is preserved as religious site for Buddhism.One of the UNESCO heritage site and worth to visit recommended by cookie vagabond.History documents and wiki reveal that the name of Macau is based on this temple.Temple has Chinese calligraphy text with scenic photo wall.

This is a complete one day trip as all attractions are nearby.It is highly recommend to all to keep Macau city map to locate near by bus stop for free and paid bus. For us it was hustle and bustle but if you have enough time you can remove A-Ma temple  from your itinerary and visit others.

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Casino Venetian Macau

Casino Venetian Macau

A day out in Hong Kong Kowloon Island

Hon Kong food and vagabond

Hon Kong food and vagabond

It was a beautiful morning of  December 2016 to have morning walk along Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.The whole area comes under Kowloon and is a home of many famous attractions. On the way of morning walk we got enough time to think that how we are going to spend time in Kowloon area and we decided to explore nearby places.

The first thing to be noticed while visiting Kowloon area is to choose the route for visiting all the attractions, most of them are nearby and almost in a row. We chose Austin as a starting point of journey.

Starting a day with temple is always a good kick up for the day.You can go Wong Tai Sin Temple.This temple is very famous among the people who are looking forward to make their wish come true.People perform prayer and offer beer, chicken, wine and fruits to god.This temple belongs to  Buddhism and Confucianism.Nearest station to reach this place is MTR Wong Tai Sin Station with Exit B2 and there is shopping mall near by temple entrance where you can expect good coffee shop with delicious brunch at the top floor.

If you love window shopping and bargaining, ladies market can be a shopper’s paradise for you. Market serve wide variety fashion for girls and kids basically. Most of the items are between 10$ ~ 20$. If you are looking for small souvenir like Hong Kong magnet, map and copper plates with Hong Kong harbor photos, you can easily get it here.While passing through street do not shy to put your own bargaining price on the items which you like but down line is 10$.Nearest station to reach this place is MTR Mong Kok Station with Exit E2.

Next row for street market is Temple Street Night Market with plenty of small stall and outside dining restaurants. Street is full of souvenirs, bags , cutleries and other fashion accessories.Market is just walking distance from Tsim Sha Tsui central area.Quite noticeable oil painting are very famous in the street and can be grabbed easily within 100$.Nearest station to reach this place is MTR Jordan Station with Exit A. Recommended time to visit this place is afternoon when street is full with artist, fortune teller and antiques shops.

If you love to see the city from skyscraper then just go ahead with SKY100.Let me remind you it’s a tallest building in Hong Kong and you can cover 100 floor in just 60 seconds with high speed lift.Check there website for updates, sometime it’s close due to renovation.For discount you can buy couple ticket and enjoy the date with 360-degree view of Harbour.Nearest station to see this place is MTR Kowloon Station, Exits C1 or D1.
Website: SKY100

From sky 100 you can come to Nathan road Tsim Sha Tsui. Nathan road is the place for colorful hoardings with small shops, cafe and restaurants. In nathan road there is building called choukin mansion where you can see small shop which offer good price for currency exchange.Road is busy from dawn to dusk. Many salesman are busy along the road looking for customer for guest house, private tour, dining and car services. Beware of pickpocket because the area is not safe especially when crowded.Once you finish Nathan road you will find yourself within walking distance from Avenue of Stars.

Avenue of Stars is still in renovation mode and expected to restart the business in 2018. You can still have look for some famous statue like Bruce Lee and Mcdull. All the statues and handprints are along the harbour so will definitely enjoy the harbour view. Avenue had great history in Hong Kong cinema so you will definitely like to read the message board while walking along the harbour. Nearest station to reach this place is MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station with Exit J.

From avenue of stars you can start walking about 10 mins and find yourself in front of space museum.It’s a oval shape building and popular landmark in harbour waterfront.You can checkout space theater and planetarium. After you exit museum within a few meters distance is Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

Promenade is best place to see waterfront while having a coffee in the evening.Many people gather here to see  Symphony of Lights show around 20:00, which last for 15 minutes.Waterfront is long enough and you can easily find space to sit and enjoy just be aware in new year eve as it’s full packed and it’s hard to enter even in the area.

In the same line there is  Kowloon Canton Railway Clock Tower which was monument for all the immigrants during the age of steam train terminus, who used to visit hong kong and other part of world through this Harbour. People still remember the beginning of 19th century when there was a big train station with full of people. Recommendation to visit is evening time which is a happening time around the waterfront.

If you want to visit harbour the star ferry is the option which you find here easily. It is still a transport medium to travel between hong kong center and Kowloon. The better way to enjoy the scenery is water tour offered by many companies for couple of hours, moving around the  harbour. In the past it established strong link between two island when there was not rich infrastructure like train bridge etc. Harbour cruise still recommend in the evening rather than daytime.

Finally we were done with Kowloon area with finishing at waterfront from where we started our day.Hope you will also enjoy the day like we did.

Harbor front in Hong Kong

Harbor front in Hong Kong

Note: Keep octopus card with you all time as almost all transport accept card and you can submit this card back to station once leaving the country to get back security amount.

Bird eye view of Hong Kong

Today’s post is completely dedicated to central Hong Kong.You need at least a full day to visit central hong kong with plenty of choices around walking distance. Central Hong Kong is business hub for many multinational companies and banks, so as expected many skyscrapers and less space for park and etc. Here I am listing few of attraction which we visited recently.

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peak-temple-park

How to go: If you are coming from Tsim Sha Tsui  area then the nearest station to reach the below attraction is Central Station (MTR), station is  big so just find out J2 exit. Train fare in Hong Kong are around 15~30$ per visit so keep charging your octopus card.

Note: For all kind of transportation in Hong Kong they accept octopus card which you can use on entry and exit points to deduct fare. The starting price to use card is 150$. You can return your card when you are leaving Hong Kong and can get refund amount which is equal to total amount on the card – 9$ .

Read also: how to get travel visa for Hong Kong

What to see: We visited first time to Hong Kong so the place which we are going to explain below is good for first times but might not bad for second timers too. The busiest district have many things to offer from shopping to food. Most of the places are with free entrance fee apart from Victoria peak. So enjoy the view of nature, street food, window shopping and be a part of history.

Hong Kong Zoological And Botanical Gardens: This place is just 200 meters away from the station. The best thing of this place is peace and see variety of orchids as well as birds. We were impressed by seeing omnivorous plant like “Venus Trap”, “Pitcher Plants” and “Flypaper”.We have seen this type of plant first time. Park entrance is free and area is small and can be covered in 1 hr slow walking to see each place.

Man Mo Temple: This temple is famous in the area and dedicated to god of literature It is a beautiful place for worship and to feel the positive aura of the place. As this place is on list of many people you can see shutter click here and there, but be aware if you are going only for clicking pics then avoid some special Chinese holiday as place become smoky and crowded easily.

Lan Kwai Fong: Night is always young in pub street Lan Kwai Fong. It is always a fun with a shot of tequila.If you are tired of eating dumplings all the time then this street can help you. There are many bars and western food courts which serve delicious food with some luxury.You can try to have beer in standing bar. There is one saying about the street  that most of business talk happen on Lan Kwai Fong beer bar counter. Our recommendation for this place to visit between 18:30 ~ 10:00.

flying vagabond

flying vagabond

Read also: Big Buddha The Altar Of Heaven Hong Kong

Stanley and Wellington street: These two street are just parallel to Lan Kwai Fong. From all the places we visited  in the island we found Stanley street market is good for price as well as quality.If you are thinking to go here be ready to use some tricks for bargaining. Market has everything for everyone just starting with 10$ onwards. Perfect place for strolling and buying some small souvenirs. Wellington street is just in the bottom of Victoria peak and famous for many office buildings, restaurants and tea houses. Tea houses are very popular among people in Hong Kong, so go there and enjoy dim-sum with tea.

Junkyard house: If you have time and you want to enjoy lunch at floating restaurant then this is the place for you, to enjoy food. Experience a contrast between modernity and traditional values. Place is a bit out of central district but you can take bus number 70 at  Exchange Square Bus Terminal outside “D“ exit of Hong Kong MRT station.

Victoria Peak With Peak Tram: Hong Kong visit is not completed until you have not visited Victoria peak to see bird eye view of the city. Place is amazing and you can see harbor to repulse bay in one panoramic shot. You can either take peak tram or bus to reach Victoria peak but we suggest to take tram. Tram is an adventure itself, because elevation is very high, even you can see building parallel to tram line seems like slanting, yet it’s straight.

Note: Queue for tram line is always crowded, so better to keep some buffer time 1~2 hour waiting for train. You can buy set ticket 80$ per person (tram + sky-deck pack) which is highly recommended. Peak is a bit colder than city, so take care about warm cloths if you are visiting in winter.

Golden Bauhinia Square:  If you do not know until now then let me tell you Bauhinia orchid tree is emblem of Hong Kong which you can see at this place as well as on Hong Kong national flag. Square has high value in history of Hong Kong. So Golden Bauhinia is symbol of Hong Kong’s return to China from British rule. Highly recommended to see Symphony of lights performance, flag ceremony and walking trail along waterfront promenade while enjoying the view of Victoria Harbour.

Read also: Venice Of Hong Kong Tai O Fishing Village

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