Game of Thrones Filming Destinations

Game of Thrones has literally taken the world by storm. The American fantasy drama television series is based on a series of fantasy novels by American author George RR Martin titled ‘A song of Ice and Fire’.

With nail biting Season 7 Finale , Game of Thrones returns with its Last season after 2years, we needed something to tide us over. Here, real-life Game of Thrones locations you can visit around the globe.  we’d venture to say that the Game of thrones cast must rack up some pretty hefty frequent flier miles if it weren’t for the fact that most characters get the axe (sometimes literally) before they make it to the next location.It’s no wonder it has sparked a tourism boom everywhere it is shot. Once a destination becomes a part of the Game of Thrones filming locations, you can bet tourists will flock to see it. .

 

Some locations from Game of Thrones :

King’s Landing: Dubrovnik, Croatia

From season two onward, most of “King’s Landing” was filmed in the ancient city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Feel free to explore “Westeros” on your own, or opt for a GOT-themed tour, which are available throughout the city.The surrounding waters were put to good use, providing the setting for the epic Battle of Blackwater, whilst Fort Lovrijenac became the new Red Keep.

Winterfell: Castle Ward in Strangford, Ireland

Winterfell is the ancestral castle and seat of power of House Stark and is considered to be the capital of the north. It is located in the center of the northernmost province of the Seven Kingdoms, on the kingsroad that runs from Storm’s Endto the Wall.With its abundance of ancient castles, there’s a reason Northern Ireland is one of the series’s go-to shooting locations. If you visit the Stangford Castle Ward Estate, you may recognize it as the real “Winterfell.”

Dragonstone: Itzurun Beach, Zumaia, Spain 

Spain features heavily is the latest installment of Game of Thrones. Take the last scenes of season seven’s initial episode: Daenerys lands at Dragonstone—Dothraki warriors, Varys, and Tyrion in tow—after seasons spent across the Narrow Sea. While the nearby San Juan de Gaztelugatxe stands in for the castle’s winding entry stairs, it’s Itzurun Beach in the Basque Country that serves as the dragon queen’s entry point to Westeros.

Dorne: Royal Alcázar of Seville, Spain

The lavish royal Alcázar of Seville located in the centre of the city is Seville’s biggest tourist attraction and witnesses more than 8,000 visitors each day. The Alcázar serves as the setting for Dorne’s Water Palace of Sunspear, the verdant summer home of the royal Martell family.

Beyond the Wall :Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

East of Reykjavik, you’ll find Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Vatnajokull National Park is the mysterious land Beyond the Wall, which is home to White Walkers and Wildlings . Scenes set in The Frostfangs and at the Fist of the First Men were shot here.

King’s Road: Dark Hedges,Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland have played a major role in the Game of Thrones story, serving as the setting for the Kingsroad. But the area that surrounds the Dark Hedges should be a must-see for any fan, since it has been used to film Winterfell, Castle Black and the Stark family war encampment. If you are on a road trip from Belfast to the Giant’s Causeway, choose this route.

Yunkai: Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, Ait Ben Haddou is located between Sahara and Marrakech. The place was a stopping point for caravans heading in or out of the desert. You’ll find Yunkai, one of the Slaver’s Bay city-states that Daenerys unchains with the help of the Unsullied, in the real life Ait Ben Haddou.

Braavos: Šibenik, Croatia 

The Home of  Faceless God. Though the House of Black and White was created on a sound stage, much of Arya Stark’s Braavos explorations were filmed in the stone-walled alleyways and plazas in the old town of Šibenik, Croatia.

 Jon Snow’s and Ygritte’s Love Cave: Grjótagjá, Iceland

Another Iceland location that deserved its own mention is Jon and Ygritte’s cave. Yes, we mean that cave. And it didn’t even require CG. Located near Lake Mývatn in Northern Iceland .Grjótagjá is a small volcanic cave where water in the spring can top 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dothraki Sea: Bardenas Reales, Valencia,Spain 

No, this isn’t another planet. The 104,000-acre Bardenas Reales are the Spanish badlands located in Valencia, made up of clay, chalk and sandstone that’s been molded by centuries of water and wind. Parts of the steppe offer up a little vegetation, perfect for the Dothraki Sea, which is also filmed in Ireland (Glens of Antrim) for the more lush scenes in season six.

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LADAKH – LAND OF HIGH PASSES

Ladakh also known as “land of high passes” is one of the most incredible regions of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the most favorable holiday destination among domestic and international tourists and one of the famous and captivating places for road trip. Ladakh is an enchanted land and what makes it so attractive are the pristine valleys, astonishing views of mountains (the snow capped Himalayas and Karakoram mountain range) and it’s cultural life. It is a place where one can enjoy the sunny weather under clear blue sky.

Geographically it is surrounded by Zanskar range in the South, Tibet border in the North, Pakistan Border in the Northwest and Kashmir valley in the west.The largest town in Ladakah is Leh, also the capital of Ladakh. It is towards the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir. Also Kargil is one of the largest towns and a famous place to visit.

Ladakh is a place for such people who like adventures and loves to Roam and hang-out with friends. The two most astonishing and splendor regions of Ladakh are Pangong lake and Nubra valley.

Travel Options

By Air: You can fly up to Leh (Kushok Bakula airport), the nearest airport connected by flights with Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. Or you can take flight up to Jammu or Srinagar then by road. There are regular flights from Delhi to Leh.

By Train: There are N numbers of train up to Jammu Tavi which is connected with all major cities and towns in India. You can find trains like Duronto, Superfast Express etc up to Jammu Tavi.

By Bus:  Leh is connected to all major cities by good motor able roads. So it is easy to get Volvo type buses from Delhi, Manali, Srinagar and Jammu.

By Road/Self drive: The road trip to Ladakh is amazing and has its own uniqueness. You will see the panoramic views of breathtaking mountains, rugged terrains, scenic landscapes and pristine valleys all the way, wherever you are starting from. You can start your trip from Jammu via Srinagar – Zoji La – Kargil – Leh (about 340 km)  or from Manali via Rohtang top – Jispa – Baralacha La top – Pang – Leh (about 490 km).

Weather in Ladakh (Best time to Visit Ladakah)

The weather in Ladakh ranges from +30ᵒC to -30ᵒC. It is the cool retreating place for summer season in India. The weather is pleasant always and you can find the sheets of ice and also enjoyable snow falls.

The tourists can visit from April to mid October. You can visit after October also but you may face high snow falls, due to which roadways get obstructed.

Summer (April to June): The Temperature ranges 3 ᵒC to 15 ᵒC. Thus, makes it favorable for tourist as its neither too hot nor too cold. Due to high altitude you can feel the zephyr. Light woolen clothes and shoes are advisable to carry.

Monsoon (July to September): The Temperature ranges from -10 ᵒC to 20 ᵒC. light rain can be expected during this time but still it is a quite favorable season.

Winter: Between Octobers to December the Temperature ranges from +10 ᵒC to -15 ᵒC. it is the time of light snow falls and you can plan the journey up to mid October. During December and January, the temperature falls to -35 ᵒC; it means time for heavy snow fall which causes blockage of roadways and communication.

 

If you want to enjoy the snow fall then September to mid October is the favorable season.  For road trip, the best time to visit is between July and August. And for Trekking the best time is between June to September.

Things to do in Ladakh

  • Yak Safari
  • Camel Safari
  • Shopping at Leh market
  • Indus River rafting
  • Cycling on quiet roads
  • Motor biking
  • Paragliding
  • Skiing
  • Chadar Frozen river Trek

Monastery in Ladakh

  • Lamayuru Monastery
  • Alchi Monastery
  • Shey Monastery
  • Diskit Monastery
  • Thiksey Monastery
  • Hemis Monastery

Places to visit in Ladakh

  • Pangong Lake
  • Tso Moriri and Tso Kar salt lake
  • Royal Leh palace
  • Zanskar Valley
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Nubra valley
  • Shanti stupa
  • Kargil (Kashmir Leh highway)
  • Kardung La
  • Turtuk
  • Da Hanu Villlage
  • Confluence of Indus and Zanskar river

Note: Due to some reasons, the Kashmir govt. has banned prefix numbers and there are no operator networks. So if you want to carry your mobile and want to enjoy uninterrupted service then carry postpaid numbers. BSNL/ Airtel are the most used operator there.

Ladakh is a complete package of adventure and thrill. It is The Heaven of the Earth.

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GANGTOK – THE CLEAN CITY

Clean city Gangtok, a municipality, is the biggest town and the main city of the Indian state of Sikkim. The city is undoubtedly charming and picturesque straddling with  striking houses. The city is refreshingly clean and well organized, and many tourists spend many days there to make travel arrangements and see the beautiful and fascinating sights. It is considered as one of the best places for Buddhist Pilgrims around the world. Several Resturants, Banks, Travel Agents and Tourist offices are situated in this city. Furnished with considerable high peaks of the Himalaya and enjoying a year of mild climate, Gangtok is at the spot light of Sikkim’s tourism Industry and is one of the most visited place by tourists in north eastern part of India.

Gangtok is a real destination for nature lovers. It is undoubtedly an ideal place for tourists as the city is located in the eastern Himalayas range and features an excellent variety of flora and fauna in addition to a wider range of mountains and hill peaks which gives nature and the ones visiting it a perfect taste.

Snow Caped Mountains,Gangtok

How to reach Gangtok:

By Air: Bagdogra Airport is closest to this city and is situated 16 km from Siliguri main city. A helicopter is available from Gangtok to Bagdogra airport and it operates only once in a day. Pakyong Airport, which is under construction at southeast of Gangtok, is said to be operational from December,2014.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Gangtok is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station situated in Siliguri and is 124 km away from Gangtok. Work is being carried out for a rail station extension up to Gangtok, which would start with its facilitation in the coming few years.

By Bus: Several Buses are available from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station on daily basis. Buses are available day and night, and provides a comfortable journey of roughly 4 hours.

By Road/Self Drive: Tourists can travel to Gangtok from Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kolkata. The roads are clean and journey is also comfortable. Several taxis are also available from New Jalpaiguri Railway station on daily basis.

Best Time To Visit Gangtok:

October-November: It is the best time to visit this clean city. Winter is the best time to visit this city and all tourists can experience cool and chilling weather during this time.

December-February: During these months, temperature goes down up to 4 degree Celsius and one can have a fine stay during this time.

April-June: This is the summer season in Gangtok and temperature reaches almost up to 22 degrees during this time.

Gangtok at Night

Places to Visit In Gangtok:

  • Tsomgo Lake
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Nathu La Pass
  • Tashiding Monastery
  • Banjhakri Falls
  • Tashi Viewpoint
  • Seven Sisters Waterfall
  • Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve
  • Deer Park
  • Katao

Temples in Gangtok:

  • Hanuman Tok
  • Ganesh Tok
  • Thakurbari
  • Shiv Mandir
  • Do-drul Chorten

Other Tourist Places In Gangtok:

  • Gurudongmar Lake
  • Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
  • Saramsa Garden
  • Flower Exhibition Centre
Tsomgo Lake

Activities/Adventures/Sports In Gangtok:

  • Bicycling
  • Trekking
  • Horse Riding
  • Ice sports
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Yak Ride
  • Water Sports

Gangtok is undoubtedly the Best Place to visit for any tourist. The waterfalls, temples, lakes, ice sports, hot air balloon rides, etc are sure to make one’s trip memorable. This place is a must visit for any tourist. If you have been to Gangtok before than you can share your story with us .

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10 BEST THINGS TO DO IN INDIA BEFORE YOU DIE

Have you ever thought of spending your money in exploring the unexplored areas of India, or by doing some fun and entertainment? If yes, its high time you spent your money at the right place. Get yourself in touch with some trips in coastal areas, gift yourself an exotic honeymoon to Andaman, Gamble in Goa, or have some fun by trekking. India has an access to all the exciting activities, which everyone must try before dieing. Though, there are many places to visit, and many things to do, I am listing the best 10 things to do in India before you die.

 

1. Gambling In Goa:

Get into a casino in Goa, and gamble like there is no tomorrow. All the top rated casinos of India are located in Goa. Take a drink, have some continental food, and spend your money in gambling. The more you play cleverly, more becomes the chance of getting your amount doubled. It’s an ideal destination to visit with friends. Casinos also have discos inside. Have a hard drink, gamble, roam around, and dance like never before. A “must visit” place for all.

Best Time To Visit: November to February
How To Go:  Goa is linked with many cities via train, bus and flights. Flights and trains are available from Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore on daily basis. Buses are also available from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore
Activities to do: Going to Casino, Scuba Diving , Hot Air Balloon , Parasailing.

 

2. Go for An exotic Honeymoon To Andaman:

If you are a travel loving couple, then travel to Andaman. This place is free from the busy city life and you can enjoy a peaceful stay here. Take a ride in a glass bottom boat to view underwater life, chill out in the beach, book a resort, have a candle night dinner, check out some of the best wines available there. This place is a “must visit “for all.

Best Time To Visit: October To February
How To Go: Andaman is connected to all major Indian cities via Flight and Ship service. Ships are available from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. Flights are available from Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Vizag up to Port Blair.
Activities to do: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving.

 

3. Stay In a Rented House-boat in Alleppey:

Best place to relax a bit. Have you ever wanted to explore the open seas? Have you ever wanted to spend your time in a boat and enjoy exotic life? Then this the perfect destination for you. The backwaters surrounded by natural beauty enchants everyone. Have the taste of fresh authentic Kerala food and sea food inside boat house. Take a drink, and enjoy a relaxing stay.

Best Time To Visit: October To February
How To Go: 53 km from Cochin, the capital city of Kerala (1hr 5mins, self drive).Taxis and buses are available from Kochi
Activities to do: Boating, Sightseeing

 

4. Take a Road-Trip Across Coastal India:

The best way to explore India is by taking a road trip. Best Coastal areas are Chennai, Kerala and Goa.The fancy highways, interior roads, beautiful landscapes, small towns along the way impresses everyone and provides a soothing experience. Go to the beach, eat sea foods, drink beer, and have some continental food, stay at a resort in Goa, and enjoy the serenity of Nature in Kerala. The Road trip will fascinate you in all respects. You can see many mountains, rivers, temples, waterfalls along side roads.

Best Time To Visit: October To February
How To Go: Chennai,Goa and Kerala are connected with almost all major Indian cities. You can take a straight way drive from Mumbai to Goa,Goa To Kerala and Kerala To Chennai.
Activities to do: Sight-Seeing

 

 5. Camp under open night sky at Kinner Camps, Sangla:

Probably the best place to do camping in India. The Baspa River flows between the camps. The beautiful mountains, the gushing sound of water, adds extra flavour to camping in this place. The river is at a walking distance of 4-5minutes from this place. Sit near bonfire, eat some local food, do some trekking, and have a view of the rich natural serenity. This place is the perfect place for visiting with friends and relaxing on the lap of nature.

Best Time To Visit: October To February
How To Go: Buses and taxis are available from Shimla on daily basis. Trains are available up to Shimla from Delhi, Mumbai, and all other major Indian cities.
Activities to do: Camping, Trekking, Swimming

 

6.Stay At a Heritage Resort In Udaipur:

This destination is one of the best destinations for couples to stay for a night or two. Resorts in Udaipur are unique of its kind. Udaipur is considered as one of the best romantic cities of India because of the presence of famed lakes and palaces. Sothis is undoubtedly a perfect honeymoon destination. The best palace is the Taj Lake Palace. The wonderful and splendid architecture of the palace impresses everyone. Services offered here are good. Rich cultural heritage and tradition of Rajasthan are reflected from the architecture of these palaces.

Best Time To Visit: October to March 
How To Go: Trains, buses, taxis are available from Jaipur to Udaipur. Jaipur is connected via Train, Bus and flight service with all major Indian Cities.
Activities to do: Sight-Seeing

 

7. Have a Visit to Varkala, Kerala:

This place is probably one of the best places in Kerala. The cliffs, greenery, and the sea combine to make the kind of awesome landscape that one can just relax. The Ayurvedic centres in Varkala that will help one’s body to get relaxed. One can stay at one of the cottage-style homes and can enjoy a peaceful climate, that will boost his mental condition  and will reduce stress. A perfect destination for everyone.

Best Time To Visit: October To February
How To Go: Trains are available from Cochin. Buses are also available on daily basis.
Activities to do: Sight-Seeing

 

8. Visit Agatti Island:

This beautiful island makes everyone spell bound by its unparallel beauty. The snorkelling is amazing. The crystal clear water of the sea and blue lagoons in the island impresses everyone. Stay in a beach side resort, enjoy continental food, have a drink and relax in the serenity of surroundings.

Best Time To Visit: December To March
How To Go: Nearest Railway Station in Kochi (458km from Agatti). Flights are available from Kochi to Agatti Island
Activities to do: Swimming, sightseeing

 

9. Visit Gangtok:

Gangtok, also called as the clean city, is perhaps one of the best destinations to travel friends and family. The city is refreshingly clean and well organized, and many tourists spend many days here to make travel arrangements and see the beautiful and fascinating sights. Gangtok is a real destination for nature lovers. It is undoubtedly the ideal place for tourists as the city is located in the eastern Himalayas range and features an excellent variety of flora and fauna in addition to a wider range of mountains and hill peaks, which gives this place a perfect taste.

Best Time To Visit: October To November
How to go: Nearest Airport is Bagdogra Airport. Helicopter service is available from Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok. Also nearest station is New Jalpaiguri station. Various buses and taxies are available from new jalpaiguri station to Gangtok.
Activities To Do: Trekking, Hot Air Balloon Ride

 

 10. Visit Kamshet:

 This place is just an ultimate destination for peace-lovers. Mountains, Lakes, Flora and fauna around the place will blow anyone’s kind. It’s a must visit place for Paragliding lovers. A reservoir is also present here and one can enjoy wading and swimming. The lake is very beautiful and its beauty is unparallel with any other attraction in this place.

Best Time To Visit: December To March
How To Go: Trains & Taxis are available from Mumbai on daily basis.
Activities to do: Swimming, Paragliding
Other attractions: Bhaja Caves, Kondeshwar Temple, Bedse Caves, Karla Caves, Forts.

Do these 10 things before you die. Visit the places, have a road trip, and enjoy in the beautiful beaches of India. Just take out 1 month from your daily work and live life for a while. People say, “Money can’t buy happiness”. But this proverb will definitely be proved wrong, once you get to live for some days in these places. One will surely remember his/her visit to these places for a life time.