25 Best Places to Visit and Thing to Do in Hong Kong | Tourism

A Travel Guide to Hong Kong’s Top Tourist Attractions and Experiences

First Published on: 16 May, 2018   |  Last Updated: 07 May, 2019 By

A surreal mix of dazzling cityscape and pristine nature, Hong Kong welcomes you with an iconic skyline, vivid culture, interesting traditions, and an enduring taste.

Undoubtedly, Hong Kong is one of the most-loved tourist destinations in East Asia. From delectable food, great markets and gorgeous beaches to cosmopolitan culture, casinos, and some great amusement parks, there are plenty of reasons to visit Hong Kong. The city offers so many enrapturing places to visit and experiences that can’t be explored and lived on a single trip. Be it kids, young ones or the elderly people, this city in China offers something for everyone and here’s the Hong Kong travel guide that covers the most enthralling travel places and things to do that you must include in your travel itinerary. Are you ready? So let’s go!

Places to Visit in Hong Kong:

Victoria Peak – The Best Place to Relish the Bird’s-Eye View of the City

Victoria Peak Hong Kong

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Starting off the list with a quintessential tourist attraction in Hong Kong – Victoria Peak. Being the highest place in Hong Kong, Victoria Peak propounds the amazing 360-degree views of the island. One can get up here either by taking a peak tram (which is the best way to reach to the top), can come up by the bus or if you believe in staying fit and healthy, you can opt to climb all the way up. Apart from the dazzling skyline, the place also offers astonishing views of some of the scenic attractions which include the sights of Hong Kong Island in the front side of lookout and Repulse Bay and Aberdeen in the backside. However, it is better to visit this place during the night as you’ll get to see the iconic sights of the Island bauble with gleaming lights and Symphony of Light Show. The place also has a separate observation deck – Sky Terrace 428 for which one has to pay a nominal amount to enter.

How to Reach?

The nearest MTR station to Victoria Peak is Central. From there you can either take a peak tram or Bus 15 from Exchange Square Bus Terminus (240 metres from Central Station).

Operating Hours:

On normal days, the Victoria Peak operates from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Whereas, on Sundays and public holidays, it opens as early as 8:00 AM.

Entry Fee:

For Peak Tower: No Entry Fee

For Observation Deck:

  • Adult: HK$ 90 (Return) and HK$ 77 (Single)
  • Child and Senior Citizen: HK$ 43 (Return) and HK$ 354 (Single)

Nan Lian Garden – The Classical Chinese Garden

Nan Lian Garden

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Like most of the parks, Nan Lian Garden is a peacefu; travel attraction in Hong Kong. Situated in the downtown of Diamond Hill – Kowloon, this Tang Dynasty Style Garden occupies a massive area of 35, 000 square meter and is the only of its kind in present Hong Kong. This is one of the worthwhile places to visit in Hong Kong and it’s pretty cool in here as you are surrounded with the opulent flora, lakes, sweet sound of birds chirping and soft music playing in the backdrop.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR to Diamond Hill MTR Station. From there, it’s just 400 metres walking distance to Nan Lian Garden.

Operating Hours:

All days a week from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Chi Lin Nunnery – An Abode of Serenity and Beauty

Chi Lin Nunnery Hong Kong

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After visiting the garden, cross over the adjacently located Chi Lin Nunnery – a large Buddhist temple complex dating back to 1930s built in Tang Dynasty Style. Consisting of a series of temple halls, Chi Lin Nunnery is reckoned amongst one of the most spiritual sites in Hong Kong. Perhaps, the most incredible thing about this attraction is that it is built out of wood and that too without using a single nail. Wow! That’s impressive.

Tip: You can explore Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery on the same day as they’re located adjacent to each other.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR to Diamond Hill MTR Station and exit the station from Exit C2. From there, walk for 260 metres to reach Chi Lin Nunnery.

Operating Hours:

  • For Nunnery: Sunday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • For Lotus Pond Garden: Sunday to Saturday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Tian Tan Buddha Statue – The Only One of Its Kind Buddha Statue in the World

Tian Tan Buddha Statue

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Probably not a conventional attraction but a quirky one. The 34 mt high Tian Tan Buddha Statue was erected in 1993 and at present is the center of Buddhism in Hong Kong. Kneeing and offering flowers, lamp, ointment, music, and fruit to Buddha, there are six bronze statues, esteemed as “The Offering of the Six Devas” that are embracing the scenic sight of Tian Tan Buddha Statue. There are 268 steps which one have to ascend in order to catch the glance of Buddha statue from its platform. For your information, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue is one of the most visited sightseeing places in Hong Kong. Unlike other Buddha Statues, this one is facing the north to look over the Chinese people whereas all the others face south.

How to Reach?

Take an MTR to MTR Tung Chung Station and exit from Exit B. From there, you have various options to reach Tian Tan Buddha Statue. You can either take a Ngong Ping Cable Car, or a taxi or New Lantao Bus 23. Even after these options, you will still have to walk for 8-10 minutes to reach the place.

Operating Hours:

All days a week from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Tai O Fishing Village – A Rich Culture Destination in Hong Kong

Tai O Fishing Village

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One of the few surviving fishing villages in Hong Kong, Tai O is known for stilt house dating back to the 19th century with unique settings, hence, esteemed as the ‘Venice’ of Hong Kong. Stilt houses and enthralling fishing culture are not the only quirky drawcards of this bewitching village, delectable seafood, salted dry fish, and salted egg yolks are some more things that are the talk of the town of the village. If you’re a shutterbug then this place is worthwhile to showcase your skills.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR to MTR Tung Chung Station. From the station walk towards Tung Chung Town Centre Bus Terminus and take Bus 11 to reach Tai O Fishing Village.

Operating Hours:

All days, 24-hours

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Hong Kong Park – A Great Place for Experiencing Leisure and Serenity at Its Best

Hong Kong Central Park

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Plunge into the peculiar environment of the coolest park in the city where nature meets contemporary city life. In the downtown of Hong Kong Central District and right the foot of Victoria Peak, there lies Hong Kong Park – a perfect place for your kids. Reckoned amongst one of the most revered tourist attractions in Hong Kong for kids, Hong Kong Park (not just a normal park) is known for holding a sedating ambiance with its artificial waterfalls, verdant greenery, sports centre, Tai Chi garden, and many more surprises where your kid can have a fun-filled time. Though the park is located in the centre of the city where it is surrounded by skyscrapers, yet you’ll get to hear the sounds of nature through birds, waterfalls, streams, and swaying palm trees. Inside the park, there is a huge aviary where over 600 birds are inhabiting. You can see these birds flying freely in the aviary.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR to MTR Admiralty Station and exit from Exit C1. From there, Hong Kong Park is located at a distance of around 600 metres which can be easily covered by walking.

Operating Hours:

All Days a Week from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Hong Kong Museum of History – A Perfect Stopover to Learn About Hong Kong’s History

Hong Kong Museum of History

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If you’re inclined towards history then you can always visit the Hong Kong Museum of History located in Tsim Sha Tsui. This is amongst the best family attractions in Hong Kong to take a tour of the life of the city that has been reflected here through history and cultural heritage exhibitions. In its eight galleries with numerous exhibitions including the replicas of village houses, traditional costumes, beds, newspapers, historical photographs, currencies, village architectures, models of towns, and a recreation of an arcade street from 1881, the museum takes every visitor through Hong Kong’s rich history and cultural past.

How to Reach?

Take an MTR to MTR Jordan Station and exit from Exit D. From there, it’s an 800 metres walk to reach the museum.

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Noonday Gun – A Not-to-Miss Roadside Attraction

Noonday Gun

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A roadside attraction yet a must-visit one, Noon Day Gun is situated on a circumscribed site in Causeway Bay. Owned by Jardine Matheson, the Noonday Gun is a formal naval artillery piece which is fired every day exactly at noon by one of their employees. This whole event and the Noonday Gun have now become one of the top tourist attractions in Hong Kong which I am pretty much sure you can’t afford to miss out while in the city.

How to Reach?

Take an MTR to Causeway Bay MTR station and get out of the station through Exit D1. From there, it’s a 450 metres walk to reach Noonday Gun.

Operating Hours:

Being a roadside attraction, Noonday Gun stays open 24/7. However, the best to time to visit is the noon time when the gun is fired.

Hong Kong Disneyland – The Happiest Place on the Earth

Your Hong Kong vacation is incomplete without Disneyland! Without a second thought, I can say Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the happiest places to visit in the world. I mean, this kids-friendly place let you fulfil your childhood dream of seeing and getting pictures with your favourite cartoon characters. From meeting with your favourite Disney characters to craziest rides to themed studios, Hong Kong Disneyland is that one place in Hong Kong that has no limits for happiness.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR to Disneyland Resort MTR Station. From there, Hong Kong Disneyland is located at a distance of just 160 metres.

Operating Hours:

All Days a Week from 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Entry Fee:

One Day Ticket Price:

  • Adult: HK$ 619 Per Head
  • Child (between 3 to 11 years): HK$ 458
  • Senior (above 65 years): HK$ 100

Two Day Ticket Price:

  • Adult: HK$ 799 Per Head
  • Child (between 3 to 11 years): HK$ 589
  • Senior (above 65 years): HK$ 170

Madame Tussauds – Get Pictues at the Red Carpet with Your Favourite Celebs

After Disneyland, it’s the Madame Tussauds that defines a family vacation in Hong Kong! The name of this place is itself enough to give you a clear image of the wax figures of some popular celebrities. With more than 100 lifesize wax figures of famous personalities and 11 interactive zones, Madame Tussauds is one of the best places in Hong Kong to get awestruck. On a visit to this place, you can expect to have a selfie with wax statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Barack Obama, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Cristiano Ronaldo, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson and more.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR to MTR Central Station and exit from Exit J2. From there, walk some 800 metres towards Peak Tram Lower Terminus. From there, take a peak tram to reach the destination.

Operating Hours:

All Days a Week from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Entry Fee:

Single Person:

  • Online: HK$ 232
  • Offline: HK$ 290

2 in 1 Combo:

  • Online: HK$ 305
  • Offline: HK$ 460

3 in 1 Combo:

  • Online: HK$ 350
  • Offline: HK$ 459

Ocean Park – A Not-to-Miss Place for Your Kids

Ocean Park, Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, you don’t have to make any efforts to search for some amazing kid-friendly attractions as there are a plethora of them. Ocean Park is a significant name in the list of popular attractions for kids in Hong Kong. It is basically a marine-life based theme park that kids love to visit. Featuring crazy rides, enthralling animal exhibits and amazing shows, Ocean Park is undoubtedly the best place to visit. It not only treats kids with entertainment and fun but also serves as an informative place to gather some knowledge through their exhibits. A must thing to do here, is the Dolphin Encounter Programme where you get a chance to play with these lovely creatures in the water.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR to Ocean Park Station and get out of the station through Exit B. From the station, you will get the direct entrance to the park.

Operating Hours:

All Days a Week from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fee:

  • For Children (between 3 and 11 years): HK$ 240
  • For Adult (above 11 years of age): HK$ 480

Repulse Bay: A Surreal Destination for a Beach Holiday

Despite being an upmarket residential area, Repulse Bay is one of the most soothing places to visit in Hong Kong. The unique name of this place comes from the famous event of 1841 where pirates were repelled by the British. With its serene crescent-shaped beach, Repulse Bay is a perfect place to spend a great vacation in Hong Kong and is ideal to spend some peaceful time amidst nature. Along with that, the views of sunrise and sunset are something that you can’t afford to miss while at Repulse Bay.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR to Central MTR Station. From there, walk towards Exchange Square Bus Terminus. From there, take bus No. 6, 6A, 6X or 260 to reach Repulse Bay.

Operating Hours:

All Days a Week, throughout the day

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Avenue of Stars – A Walk Through the Hollywood of East

Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong

If you have been to Hollywood Hall of Fame then you would know what to expect at Avenue of Stars. Along the Victoria Harbour Waterfront, this renowned tourist site in Hong Kong is known for statues of various famous personalities from the Hong Kong’s film industry. Avenue of Stars basically pays tribute to those renowned people who have helped Hong Kong to make the ‘Hollywood of East’. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Karl Maka and Sylvia Chang are a few popular names who have got featured in Avenue of Stars.

How to Reach?

Take an MTR to MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and exit from Exit P1. From there, Avenue of Stars is located at a distance of just 800 metres.

Operating Hours:

Remains open 24/7

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Man Mo Temple – Divinity at Its Best

Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong

Besides fun, entertainment and nightlife, Hong Kong is also known for its age-old temples and monasteries. And Man Mo Temple is one of the perfect places to start your religious tour in Hong Kong. It is one of the oldest existing temples in Hong Kong and is dedicated to God of Literature, who is touted as Man, and God of War, known as Mo. Visit this renowned temple and take a plunge into the divine ambiance which is hard to find in the city life of Hong Kong. A fascinating sight you can expect to see at Man Mo Temple is the hanging incense coils.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR to MTR Central Station and get out of the station from Exit D2. From there, Man Mo Temple is located at a distance of around 10-15 mins.

Operating Hours:

All Days a Week from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Hong Kong Space Museum – A Must-Visit Place for Your Aspiring Astronomer Kids

Hong Kong Space Museum

Another delight for kids that should be added in your Hong Kong travel itineary, Hong Kong Space Museum is one of few attractions that you can’t dare to skip. Established under a stunning dome-shaped architecture, the museum has become an important drawcard at Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront. The museum has two core areas – the west wing and the east wing. The west wing includes a lecture hall, a gift shop and the hall of astronomy. Whereas, the east wing is the most important part of the museum with a Space Theatre and a Hall of Space Science. On display, this popular tourist site in Hong Kong has a range of meteorites. Along with that, a number of enthralling activities are also organized for both children and adults at the museum. On the whole, the space museum is one of the best places in Hong Kong where your munchkins not only enjoy a fun time but also gather some useful knowledge.

How to Reach?

Take an MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station and exit from Exit E. From there, the museum is just 300 metres away.

Operating Hours:

  • Monday and Wednesday to Friday: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Tuesday remains closed)
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Entry Fee:

  • Exhibition Halls: HK$ 10

Omnimax Show/Sky Show:

  • Standard: HK$ 24 (Front Stalls) HK$ 32 (Stalls)
  • Concession: HK$ 12 (Front Stalls), HK$ 16 (Stalls)

The Jumbo Kingdom – A Floating Restaurant

No no, this isn’t a theme park. The Jumbo Kingdom is one of the iconic landmarks in Hong Kong. Together with Tai Pak, the Jumbo Kingdom, forms the floating palaces. Since its inception in 1976, this lavish place is pioneering the tourism scene of Hong Kong. Jumbo Kingdom aka Jumbo restaurant is not just a dining place but a top tourist attraction in Hong Kong with shopping facility and entertainment. The picture is itself enough to tell you how surreal would it be to visit this place.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR to MTR Wong Chuk Hang Station and exit from Exit B. From the station, walk towards Aberdeen Promenade. From there free ferry services are available to reach Jumboo Kingdom.

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 11:00 AM to 11:30 PM
  • Sunday and Public Holidays: 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee. However, you’ll have the pay the bill for what you order.

Hong Kong Wet Land Park – A Greener Side of Hong Kong

A world-class ecotourism park, Hong Kong Wet Land Park is another perfect tourist attraction for a unique holiday experience in Hong Kong. Serving as dwelling land of a species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fishes, dragonflies and butterflies, the Wet Land Park proffers travellers an ultimate wildlife experience. Besides, this park also has an interactive world which includes various themed exhibition galleries, a 3D Cinema and trick art and Swamp Adventure indoor play area. The exhibitions at Hong Kong Wet Land Park not only offers enternatinment but also spread awareness and education about wetland conservation.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR and get down at Tim Shui Wai Station. From there, take Light Rail 705 or 706 and get down at Wetland Park Station.

Operating Hours:

  • Monday and Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Tuesday remains closed)

Entry Fee:

  • For Adult (Above 18 years of age): HK$ 30 Per Head
  • For Children (3 – 18 years of age): HK$ 15 Per Head
  • For Children (below 3 years of age): No Entry Fee

Kowloon City – The Go-to Destination for Food Lovers

Once an erstwhile industrial district, Kowloon City has now become a gastronome’s go-to destination for international cuisines. Southeast Asian, Thai and Cantonese are some popular cuisines you can expect to savour at inexpensive prices. Kowloon City is an important aspect of Hong Kong tourism. The place gives tourists a chance to know about Hong Kong’s cultural life. The popular landmarks here dates back to the 13th century. One of the most fascinating things you get to see in Kowloon City is the old house that are beautifully converted into coffee shops. A not to miss attraction in Kowloon City is Kowllon Walled City Park.

How to Reach?

Board an MTR and get down at Lok Fu Station. From there, Kowloon City is located at distance of around 10-15 minutes walk. You can also opt to travel the remaining distance by taxi.

Operating Hours:

Remains Open 24/7

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

As the name itself tells the uniqueness of this place, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is one of the most visited tourist sites in Hong Kong. It is not just a single temple but a group of 5 five temples, one pagoda and 4 pavillions that together houses ten thousands lifesize Buddha idols. These gold painted statues are different from each other, and hence, I would suggest you to keep yourself free for 2-3 hours to see this place. In order to explore, you need to walk along a steep concrete path uphill. On your way up to the hill, you will be accompanied by the statues of Buddha. Once you reach the top, a serene ambiance along with some nice panoramic views would be waiting to astound you.

How to Reach?

Take an MTR and get down at MTR Sha Tin Wai Station. From there, it’s a 15-20 minutes walking distance to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.

Operating Hours:

All Days a Week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entry Fee:

No Entry Fee

Things to Do in Hong Kong:

Ride the Star Ferry at Victoria Harbour

Star Ferry Ride at Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

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Conveyance is never a difficult thing to find in Hong Kong especially when there are Star Ferry Boats to make your transit soothing and adoring. Star Ferry is the oldest means of transportation and one of the most adored icons of the city. Apart from being just transportation, it is also one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong. The traditional double-decker boats offer the spectacular views of the cityscape and of the azure water and that too at a nominal price.

Hit the Street Markets

Hong Kong Street Market

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As I always believe, no vacation is complete without shopping! And when you’re in Hong Kong why not to make the most of it. Just think of anything you want to buy and you’ll find it in Hong Kong’s vibrant street markets. Ladies Market for women apparels and accessories, Cat Street and Upper Lascar Row for antiques and souvenirs, Fa Yuen Street for sneakers, and Apliu Street Market for electronics are some of the famous roadside markets where you can get cool stuff for you and your loved ones at reasonable prices.

Place your Bet at Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse Hong Kong

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If you’re travelling to Hong Kong with enough moolah in your pocket, then you must try your luck at Happy Valley Resources. Popular amongst both international and domestic tourists, this place hosts a weekly event (which is more of like a party) where people come to gamble on horse races. As the crowd goes mad, just let yourself go with the flow and don’t forget to cheer for your horse.

Adore A Symphony of Light Show

Hong Kong Light Show

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Well, this is something which tells you how beautiful Hong Kong is that too without you have to pay for it. All you just have to do is to hang around till 8 PM at Victoria Harbour to savour the prodigious show of Symphony of Lights. This show astounds you with its colourful lights and laser beams bursting out to the skyline on both sides of Victoria Harbour. The view is so surreal that you’ll even forget to blink your eyes. A Symphony of Light is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show that commemorate spirit, energy and diversity of Hong Kong.

Satiate Your Palate with Some Delectable Street Food

Delectable Street Food in Hong Kong

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If you’re a big-time gourmet then you should try some street food in Hong Kong and even if you’re not then at least you should give it a chance. Hong Kong is popularly-known for serving visitors with some palatable street food, especially the famous Dim Sums. If you come across it, don’t dare to curb your instinct to give it a shot.

Pamper Yourself with a Spa

Spa in Hong Kong

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After an endless travelling and unlimited exploration, a spa centre is the best place in Hong Kong to sum-up your long vacation. You’ll find many massage shops throughout the city that proffer the best of this touristy experience in Hong Kong.

Enjoy the Amazing Nightlife

Hong Kong Night Life

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Undoubtedly, Hong Kong is considered amongst the most popular nightlife cities in the world. It offers an array of choices including all-night clubbing, night cruise, contemporary art, high octane entertainment, shopping, and much more. Just remember, while in Hong Kong don’t be a lazy bone, especially at night or else you’re going to regret it later. Come out of your shell and take a dive into Hong Kong’s resplendent nightlife for an ultimate holiday experience in Hong Kong. You can go out to pubs, bars, and nightclubs where you can make some friends or can also wander around the bustling streets languorously.

Finally, just let your inner wanderer free because once you’re in Hong Kong, you can go crazy for its every attraction even for a tiny one. A heaven for globetrotters and shutterbugs, Hong Kong is surely worthy of your spendings. So, don’t think much and plan your vacation to Hong Kong with Tour My India. Give us a call at +91-9212553108 or drop us an email at info@tourmyindia.com for our best Hong Kong tour packages that promise to cater to all your needs and are light on your pocket as well.

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About the author

Jatin

Comes from the ‘heart of India’, Delhi, Jatin is big-time dreamer. He is a travel blogger who loves to express about his ventures through his writing. Besides being a blogger, he is a foodie, who follows the aroma to reach some of the most amazing places to eat. Another thing that is equally important to him is sports; he eats, sleeps and breathes cricket!

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