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The perfect package

There’s a rare treat up for grabs for the Calcuttan bitten badly by the travel bug, thanks to Emirates Holidays. Set off for a host of exotic destinations such as Jordan, Johannesburg, Rome, Athens, Istanbul and Zurich, on special deals. You’ve a number of packages to pick from and all ex-Calcutta: The 6-nights, 7-days Jordan Explorer costs Rs1.09 lakh with the Citadel and the Temple of Hercules, Petra, Dead Sea and more to see. The 13 nights / 14 days trip to South Africa takes you to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Oudtshroon, Knysna, Durban, Swaziland, Kruger National Park, for Rs 1.53 lakh. Alternatively, the 5-night, 4-day Enchanting Florence and Venice will take you to Assisi, Siena, Florence and Venice for Rs 1.01 lakh. There’s also the Classic Greek island and Turkey cruise for 5 nights and 6 days with visits to Athens, Piraeus, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patomos and Santorini for Rs 1.07 lakh. The Great Anatolia experience takes you to Turkey for 6 nights and 7 days for Rs 1.53 lakh, the highlights being Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Izmir. And if you swear by Switzerland, fret not. The 5 nights, 6 days package will get you to Zurich, Interlaken, Zermatt, Lugano and St Moritz for Rs 1.22 lakh. The packages are for one person and include Economy class return airfare and chauffeur driven transfers to and from the airport/ station. Accommodation (four-star hotels) is also provided, and includes buffet breakfast, room taxes and service charges. Visit for details.

My favourite holiday


I simply love going to Sikkim and I have been there at least five to six times. However, I would like to talk about our holiday to Baba Mandir (Sikkim) in April this year — my wife, kid, both set of parents really enjoyed it! Baba Mandir is at an altitude of about 15,000 feet and we really enjoyed the snowfall and the scenic beauty there. It was like paradise on earth and I would like to visit again. We toured nearby places and stayed on for about five days. I also liked Pedong a lot. The whole idea of a perfect holiday for me is not to visit a typically crowded tourist destination!

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