Destinations to celebrate the festival of colour

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Published: March 23, 2016 5:35:28 PM

Travel search engine Skyscanner has compiled a list of colourful destinations around the world


Travel search engine Skyscanner has compiled a list of colourful destinations around the world.


Mauritius is synonymous with long, luxurious holidays on its white beaches with sparkling turquoise waters. Visitors can shop duty-free in Port Louis, introduce themselves to giant Amazon lilies at its botanic gardens, visit Creole mansions for a trip back into the colonial history of Mauritius, walk through rolling tea plantations and dig into street food which is a blend of numerous cultures of this island. It is also recommended plan a trip to Chamarel – a village in the south – to explore the multi-hued geological phenomenon known as ‘The Coloured Earth’. Indians do not need a visa to visit Mauritius for up to 90 days.


Dubai offers the largest, the tallest and the biggest of every possible structure. Visitors can enjoy some great views from the observation deck on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa. There are lots of fun and games at the Wild Wadi Water Park and some wildlife time at the Dubai Dolphinarium. The sun and sand on Dubai’s beaches feature a beautiful shade of yellow.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong – the quintessential city that never ceases to amaze. Behind the smooth glass and grey metal of its numerous skyscrapers is a traditional crimson fabric interwoven with its Chinese roots and colonial past. Discover a city that offers a great family vacation with its theme parks, street food, night life and shopping malls. The country’s cultural events are also among the attractions. The skyline glittering with multi-coloured lights and the city look spectacular from Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and Victoria Peak. No visas are required to visit Hong Kong for up to 14 days.


With nearly 200 ethnicities and about 150 spoken languages making up multicultural Toronto, it is among the most colourful cities. Toronto is to be experienced under the blue sky of the summer months. Locals harvest as much of the sunshine possible by invading every outdoor space – be it a bar, a pub or a restaurant; alfresco dining is how Toronto rolls. A visit to the Casa Loma – a museum and another Toronto landmark; the mecca of ice hockey at the Hockey Hall of Fame; and Toronto Islands is recommended.


Tokyo is most popular in April, when the cherry blossom season is in full swing. Tokyo offers gadgets, mascots, fashion and everything ultra modern. Visitors can head to Tokyo’s serene gardens where the pink of the cherry blossom rules for about two weeks every year. The Zen gardens with their still ponds and tree lined paths redefine the colour pink for a Tokyo first timer.


August is considered an ideal time for vising Bunol, during the La Tomatina festival which has made Bunol a tourist hot spot. The landmark castle-fortress Castillo de Bunol is another attraction.


Visitors can start getting to know Dublin with beers from the rooftop bar at the Guinness Storehouse, then proceeding to Kilmainham Gaol for Ireland’s story. The Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Croke Park are among the “must-explore” places.


The Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House Museum give a taste of the city’s rich history. Visitors can get the Heineken Experience by visiting the former brewery. When a soccer match is on, the city turns into a bright shade of orange.


Paris is a culture lover’s dream. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Montmartre and the Musee d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland Paris are the top tourist hot spots in Paris.


A Santorini holiday may be summed up as wine, views and sunsets. Hiking from Fira to Oia offer some of the best views. Beaches, countryside, outdoor cinema, swimming in hot springs and volcano boat tours are among Santorini’s most sought after offerings.

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