Planning a getaway this Eid? How about jetting off to a place without much travel – we’d say… under six hours! If you’re raising your eyebrows, this one’s for you. There are several hidden gems burried around Dubai and you could get there in under six hours. Here’s unravelling some of the underrated gems of the holiday paradise where you can spend the break with your loved ones minus the long hours of travel.
1. Cappadocia, Turkey
Also known as the home of beautiful horses – Cappadocia is the gem of Turkey. Iconic for their mesmerizing landscape, the place is nature’s canvas with nothing but beauty in the form of rock formations, surreal valleys and the exhilarating hot air balloon rides. You can also go horseback riding and join the local festivals to understand the local cultures and key viewpoints of the city.
2. Pushkar, Rajasthan
Pushkar is indeed a masterpiece that’s one of a kind combining the elements of nature to create something so surreal. From Camel Fairs to little bazaars, from Ghats to the crystal clear waters – Pushkar takes you through a spiritual ride through this picturesque town. If you have a passion for photography – Pushkar is filled with colours for your lens.
3. Alexandria, Egypt
Known as the town where Cleopatra reigned, Alexandra is infamous in history and has turned out to be a colossal magnificence in Egypt. From monuments, historical artefacts and antiquities – this city has stories to share. The souk which is home to little stores selling the best handicrafts and intricate pieces is a shoppers paradise. Make sure you add this spot to your holiday bucket.
4. Mykonos, Greece
Also known as the cosmopolitan island of Greece – Mykonos is a perfect spot if you are looking for a romantic getaway this Eid. Discover the pastel town filled with Greek elements of history, little cafes, iconic streets painted with a pop of colour and quaint little beaches. There are also several adventures for those who enjoy water sports like snorkeling and diving. A lot of Bollywood songs too have been shot in Mykonos and is now a popular honeymoon location.
5. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar, the highly underrated island paradise. Featuring pristine beaches, sun-kissed sands and instagramable backdrops – this spot is truly worth visiting. If you are a fan of seafood, Zanzibar has an unbelievable variety of dishes for you to try. The city is filled with activities and extremely helpful people to guide you around. Zanzibar is also ideal for those looking for a little quiet time with their loved ones and detox from the chaos around. While you’re there, do experience their famous Dhow Safari on a Swahili boat that is handcrafted, giving you a little pirates-of-the-Carribean like experience.