Travel Tips for Jena, Germany by Glen D’souza

Hello, this is Glen D’souza (@nonresidentdesi on twitter) and I am a Mumbaikar living in Jena a small student city in central Germany. As I said, Jena is a small city with a a famed University and the ratio of students to locals is 4:1. Due the large student population from all parts of the planet, the city is quite lively with a host of eating options and pubs. Travelling is smooth and a bus and tram ride of about one hour should help you visit the important parts of the city. Since, it is surrounded by hills on three sites and and has a river cutting across the city, it boasts of varied options to hike and you could end up away from the buzz in the city in no time!

Travel Tips, Jena, Germany

Here are my travel tips for Jena,Germany:

1. Visit the Seven Wonders of Jena
2. Hike to the Jenzigweg
3. Take the Vintage Tram
4. Eat at the bier garten in ZurNoll and try the Thuringian platter
5. Go to the PapierMuhle, a former paper mill and now a brewery. Try the Schwarz bier (black beer) there.

How to approach the city:

Jena is very laid-back and you should have no trouble getting to know the city. Just relax and explore.



Travel Tips for Gurgaon by Leena Siag

So to start with I am a hardcore Mumbaikar and a foodie! I love eat at different places, click pictures and of course check-in.
Being a Mumbaikar I was immune to eating roadside food to travelling for 3 hours back and forth for work or dates or outings, Gurgaon is a blessing! I will never complain about the ‘FREAKING TRAFFIC’ or the many MALLS because I love that about metros!

Here are some of my travel tips and TO-DO list in Gurgaon!

1. Gurgaon has some superb microbreweries /pubs/bars! Their beers are to die for! Chose your beer by taking a sample tasting test and trust me you never going back to bottled beer! Some places to check out: Hops & Brews-Sec 29, Downtown-Sec 29 (true American style pub), Lemp BrewPub – Star Mall.

2. If you have your vehicle it’s a big plus! Public transport is expensive and isn’t that great and can be a bit unsafe.
3. Most of the famous wine shops- Discovery Wines has an attached restaurant which will allow you to buy booze and sit! They are decently good and not a bad deal even if you have girls in your group!

4. Do venture out to Hauz Khas Village in Delhi.

5. Garden of Five Senses is a must-go, even if people are going to scare you about the traffic! Enviable choices for dining out!

6. While Gurgaon is loaded with malls do check out STAR MALL -exit 8, has limited brands but they are factory outlets and are practically on sale and with zero crowd!

7. Kingdom of Dreams – MUST-GO Don’t waste money on exclusive seats they all are good! Plus never go on weekend. They have advance booking that goes into weeks and is more costly, but it’s and experience! Both the shows are a MUST WATCH!

8. Culture Gully: Kingdom Of Dreams’s high priced snobbish Khao -Gully(food court). After your show at KOD you have free entry in Culture Gully so do check out!

These are Leena’s awesome travel tips for Gurgaon, Haryana a satellite city to New Delhi.

What do you think? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.

Travel Tips for Mumbai

Travel Tips for Mumbai, India by Chaitanya Shah

Hello! I’m Chaitanya Shah the creator of Traveling Curiously. I’m from the crazy city of Mumbai. It’s call the ‘City of Dreams’ in India and this little island is virtually a mini-India. Even with all its flaws and troubles I love the city because it has been my home for 23 years. I think every body should visit Mumbai at least once in their lives because it always promises to be an experience. Some people love it, some hate it and some can’t live without it. It is the ‘City of Dreams’.

Here are my 6 travel tips for Mumbai:

Do a Lunchex Tour with me: is a great platform for travellers to get guided local experiences with experienced bloggers in the city. Being a part of Lunchex, I plan to regularly host guided food tours & walks in the city of Mumbai. Click on the image to know more:

Lunchex Marketplace

m-Indicator mobile app + railway map of Mumbai

Don’t even think about travelling in Mumbai without these two things in your cell phone/tablet. These are must haves. The m-indicator app gives you a detailed time table for buses, trains and give you auto-fare card.

Try Bhajiya- Paav (Fries & Bread)

This is an invention that defines the metropolis of Mumbai. It’s a classic fusion of Maharashtrian & Portuguese food. Try it and I promise you won’t complain.

Visit the Prince of Wales Museum

It’s been re-christened as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangralaya. This museum houses some of the most amazing collection of art, archaeology and natural history.

Witness Ganesh Utsov (Ganesh Festival)

Ganesha is the god of the gods and the celebrations are of epic proportions. Imagine 10 million people out on the streets of Mumbai dancing to bollywood songs and having a blast. La Tomatina is put to shame.

Walk around Fort & Flora Fountain areas of the city

Flora Fountain and the Fort area of Mumbai have some of the colonial architecture. You find many structures of Gothic, Neo Gothic, Indo-Saracen styles and they are a treat to watch.
Flora Fountain

 How to deal with the city:

Approach the city with an open mind and don’t have any expectations. It’s one of most universal travel tips for Mumbai.