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Top Picks for February

Here is why we think you will love to visit these destinations this month. February is also the month with great weather, is short (double delight) and loads of love. We have therefore compiled a list of five places that you’d absolutely love to go to with your loved ones this month.

Budapest, Hungary

Chain bridge in Budapest

Hungary’s capital city Budapest is awe-inspiring in every way. From its hot springs to Chain Bridge, Parliament House and Fisherman’s Wharf, from paprika laden goulash to ruin pubs, fancy shopping streets and cruises on the Danube, Budapest has it all. It is as much an affordable family destination, as it is a singles’ hangout.

Budapest is architecturally beautiful., which you see as you walk through the streets. It is a walkable city too – which is really the best way to see it. The nightlife is vibrant.

The City is divided into two Buda and Pest, by River Danube and has a long history of invasion and rebuilding. A little outside of the city, the countryside is amazingly beautiful, plus you will see why it was the favourite of the royalty. If you are a foodie, then you have another reason to celebrate – there is a food mall, which means, you can simply eat your way through without having to walk too far!

South Korea

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A country for its K-pop, kimchi and technology, South Korea has quite recently become a tourist hotspot and for good reasons. Here, you will see innovation at its best. Not only that, every building in the city is based on its two pillars – technology and heritage. That aside, the country is full of breathtaking waterfalls – as the country is made up of 70 per cent mountains, this means there is a waterfall just around the corner.  The energy South Korea radiates is different. You will never run out of things to do – theme parks, fantasy islands and ancient palaces – there is everything and more. You will see the country’s history in Gyeongbok Palace which is one of the most significant evidence of Korean history and at the National Folk Museum located within the Palace Complex. Shopping at Myeongdong Fashion Street, the shopping paradise of Seoul is something you should never miss.no visit can be complete without a visit to Nami Island – which, K-pop lovers are likely to recognize from the famous Winter Sonata.  If you are looking for something a little more illusional, then try the trick Eye Museum – to fulfil your fantasy of being cooked in a cauldron and such like.

Kenya

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The most magical of all countries on the African continent, Kenya is the country that caters to every aspect of your adventure and romance. From its vast savannah teeming with wildlife (did you know that the savannahs (Masai Mara) have the highest number of animal and bird species in the world) to its ramrod tall Maasai warriors, the Great Rift Valley, waterfalls, beaches, great food and happy people, Kenya epitomizes the true sense of African outdoors. Imagine waking up to cup of coffee in the wild that you will probably share with a, uh, giraffe? Kenya has wonderful weather all year round and its people are colourful and happy – loud is the word that might describe it correctly, but its people are the greatest asset of the country. Yes, such is the surprise you are going to get while here! You will never return from Kenya unhappy, in fact, we are quite sure you will be booking your next trip back to the wild as soon as you leave.

Morocco

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Morocco is not quite what you have thought of it. Mosques ad markets, tea and carpets, mountains, deserts and of course beaches…this is what Morocco is all about. Morocco has a rich history and an exciting present – it is also hot on the list of movie makers. In fact, Casablanca, one of the three bigger cities was made immortal in the movie of the same name – Casablanca. It is also home to one of the biggest mosques in the world (and the most beautiful) – the Hassan II mosque.

Every city you visit is going to have a large souk, where you can catch up with the locals who love to shop at these colourful markets

Morocco has some of the finest beaches, along with the coast of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean and are considered to be among the best in the world. Its high mountain passes attract adventure and family travellers alike – while its four Imperial Cities (Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat and Meknes) are full of history and culture. Did you know that Morocco is also a gateway to the world’s hottest desert, the Sahara Desert with its tall sand dunes where you can go camel riding, dune-bashing or catch the famed belly-dancing under the desert sky.

Hong Kong

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Known for its food, as much as it is known for its fashion and adventure, Hong Kong, also known as the Pearl of the Orient is also the headquarters of a vast majority of financial institutions. The reasons to visit this island city are many – from reliving your childhood fantasy at Disneyland, to enjoying the view of the city from Victoria Peak, to eating your way through all the sumptuous dim sums, spicy crabs and eel skins to dining at Michelin star restaurants, from shopping at traditional markets to swanky shopping malls, Hong Kong fulfils every whim and desire. Here you can ride fast trains, trams, glass gondolas and ferries – all in one day! While here, take the cable car to Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha – an astounding structure with fantastic views of the beyond.

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