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Located in India, at the base of the Chamundi Hills, in the state of Karnataka is the major tourist city of Mysore. Also known as the 'City Of Palaces', Mysore is renowned for the number of buildings built by the Royal family. These exquisite buildings are great examples of Dravidian architecture and the lavish life that the Emperors who ruled the state lived. Apart from the numerous palaces and royal buildings found here, Mysore city also serves as a great base for excursions. It is known for its proximity to a number of popular attractions like Sivasamudram Falls, Srirangapatna and Krishna Raj Sagra Dam. In addition to its numerous attractions, the city of Mysore is also well-known for sandalwood products. With attractions for young and old, the city is definitely a must-visit when in India. Muslim visitors must be aware that finding Muslim-friendly facilities in Mysore will prove to be easy. Halal food in Mysore can be found all over the city at places ranging from food carts to top-class restaurants. There are also several mosques in Mysore at which Muslims tourists can offer their prayers. Mysore is a spectacular city, and the best way to explore the city’s numerous popular attractions is to go on a bus tour. Tourists therefore get to visit places like the Mysore Zoo, the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Chamundi Hill, Mysore Palace, and Brindavan Gardens. When in Mysore, exploring its fascinating heritage and stunning architecture is a must. A visit to Mysore is therefore not complete without a trip to the Mysore Palace, which is said to be the second most popular tourist attraction in India. Built over a thousand years ago, in 897 AD, this palace was the official residence of the Wodeyars. Since then, the palace has been rebuilt and is now as breathtaking as ever. The architecture found inside the palace is spectacular; Muslim, Hindu, Rajput, and Gothic architecture can all be found here. Also worthy of a visit is the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam and the adjoining Brindavan Gardens. Both of these attractions are located about 19 kilometers outside of Mysore. Frequented by thousands of locals and tourists, and home to dancing fountains and stunning plants, the one of a kind Brindavan Gardens will not disappoint. An attraction for those with kids is the Mysore Zoo. It is said to be one of the world’s oldest and most well-known zoos. Spread out across 245 acres, the Mysore Zoo is not only home to rare and exotic birds and animals; it also focuses on conservation education and breeding, and the rehabilitation of wild animals and birds. While here, visitors get the chance to observe tigers, bears, gorillas, hippos, rhinos, elephants and numerous other exotic species....more

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Located in India, at the base of the Chamundi Hills, in the state of Karnataka is the major tourist city of Mysore. Also known as the 'City Of Palaces', Mysore is renowned for the number of buildings built by the Royal family. These exquisite buildings are great examples of Dravidian architecture and the lavish life that the Emperors who ruled the state lived. Apart from the numerous palaces and royal buildings found here, Mysore city also serves as a great base for excursions. It is known for its proximity to a number of popular attractions like Sivasamudram Falls, Srirangapatna and Krishna Raj Sagra Dam. In addition to its numerous attractions, the city of Mysore is also well-known for sandalwood products. With attractions for young and old, the city is definitely a must-visit when in India. Muslim visitors must be aware that finding Muslim-friendly facilities in Mysore will prove to be easy. Halal food in Mysore can be found all over the city at places ranging from food carts to top-class restaurants. There are also several mosques in Mysore at which Muslims tourists can offer their prayers.

Mysore is a spectacular city, and the best way to explore the city’s numerous popular attractions is to go on a bus tour. Tourists therefore get to visit places like the Mysore Zoo, the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Chamundi Hill, Mysore Palace, and Brindavan Gardens.

When in Mysore, exploring its fascinating heritage and stunning architecture is a must. A visit to Mysore is therefore not complete without a trip to the Mysore Palace, which is said to be the second most popular tourist attraction in India. Built over a thousand years ago, in 897 AD, this palace was the official residence of the Wodeyars. Since then, the palace has been rebuilt and is now as breathtaking as ever. The architecture found inside the palace is spectacular; Muslim, Hindu, Rajput, and Gothic architecture can all be found here.

Also worthy of a visit is the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam and the adjoining Brindavan Gardens. Both of these attractions are located about 19 kilometers outside of Mysore. Frequented by thousands of locals and tourists, and home to dancing fountains and stunning plants, the one of a kind Brindavan Gardens will not disappoint.

An attraction for those with kids is the Mysore Zoo. It is said to be one of the world’s oldest and most well-known zoos. Spread out across 245 acres, the Mysore Zoo is not only home to rare and exotic birds and animals; it also focuses on conservation education and breeding, and the rehabilitation of wild animals and birds. While here, visitors get the chance to observe tigers, bears, gorillas, hippos, rhinos, elephants and numerous other exotic species.

Nearby Airports

The closest airport to Mysore is Coimbatore International Airport, which is located about 190 kilometers away. Also located about 193 kilometres away is Bengaluru International Airport. Both airports have international and domestic flights.

 

Halal Restaurants

Muslim tourists will be able to find several Halal restaurants in Mysore. Visitors will be able to find a number of restaurants serving Halal food in Mysore, near and around the local mosques. While in the city, a visit to some of the numerous bazaars and markets is also a must. Here, visitors will be able to find stalls and small restaurants serving cuisine authentic to Mysore.

Mosques

There are numerous prominent mosques in Mysore. Azam Baitul Maal Masjid-e-Azam, Masjid-e-Nimrah, Masjid-E-Kausar, Masjide Rahmania, Masjid E Firdous and Masjid E Seddique are just a few masjids in Mysore. While at either of the mosques, Muslim tourists can make inquiries regarding other prayer facilities in Mysore.

Things to Do and See in Mysore

  • Mysore Zoo
  •  Mysore Palace
  •  Brindavan Gardens
  •  Krishna Raja Sagar Dam
  •  Lalitha Mahal
  •  Chamundi Hills
  •  Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
  •  Jaganmohan Palace
  •  Railway Museum Mysore
  •  Bazaars and Markets
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  • 7 Desserts in Chennai and Where to Find Them

    Chennai is a great place to visit on your Muslim-friendly tour to India. The culture is modest and respectful, the people are friendly, there are so many great places to see, and let's not forget all the mouthwatering Halal food you can eat. For the best Halal restaurants in Chennai, check out our other article, but for now, let's get to desserts!   1. Mithai - Indian Sweets   When in India, eat as the Indians do. Yes, this bustling city has a lot of amazing dessert options, but you cannot miss out on the rich, delectable Indian sweets known as “Mithai”. There are so many amazing local sweet shops all around the city, but for now, let's focus on the best ones:   - A2B – Adyar Ananda Bhavan     A2B is one of the most iconic sweet shops in the city. A2B is also a vegetarian restaurant that serves some of the most delectable south Indian fares, but their sweets are to die for! Walk by and the smell of sweet treats made of ghee is sure to fill your nostrils and make your mouth water. Just writing about it is making mine! Total 37 outlets. Phone: 18001024545   - Shree Mithai   Another iconic local sweet chain store is Shree Mithai. It too doubles as a vegetarian restaurant, but you cannot leave without a bite of sweet mithai. The badam (almond) milk, although technically not a dessert, is one everyone raves about. And make sure to also try their kadju (cashew) barfis. Total 4 outlets. Phone: 044 28369999     - Sri Krishna Sweets   If someone brings you a box of Indian sweets, the name on the box most likely says Sri Krishna Sweets. This store is so famous and widely available that there's probably one very close to where you are right now, wherever that may be! You can pick up a wide variety of sweets here: from gulab jamuns and barfis to jalebis, Mysore pas and so much more! Total 34 outlets. Phone: 044 42136370       2. Brownies   Who doesn't love brownies? You might not be able to decide whether fudgy or cakey brownies are better, but one thing you do know is that all brownies are the best! Here's where to get the best brownies in Chennai:   - Brownie Heaven   Just as the name says, this place is every brownie lover's dream come true! They've got a wide range of varieties like the classic, almond, red velvet, white chocolate, cheesecake brownies, brownie shakes, doughnie (a doughnut brownie, how ingenious!), and more! With thick hunking slices, you'll also be getting value for money Total 8 outlets. Phone: 044 3083 3520 Wesbite:  www.brownieheaven.in     - Cafe Coffee Day   While you can definitely enjoy a cup of capuccino and a slice of cake here, one of their best items is the sizzling brownie. And yes, it is as amazing as it sounds! A warm brownie plated on a sizzling platter with chocolate sauce and ice cream. What more could you want? Total 36 outlets. Website:  www.cafecoffeeday.com     - Blondies & Brownies By Baker's Lane     This cozy little cafe is a great place to get some of the best (and most affordable) brownies in town. It also has an amazing variety of brownies including white chocolate, cookies and cream, Nutella, and more. Total 3 outlets. Phone: +91 9500118811     3. Ice Cream   Ice cream is a classic dessert all around the world, but it is always just a little bit different to reflect the local cuisine and tastebuds. That's why Chennai is one of the best places to get ice cream, because you can find the famed Indian kulfi as well as international ice creams like gelato and more.   Here are some of the best ice cream shops in Chennai:   - Haagen-Dazs     Who hasn't heard of this premium ice cream maker? Their ice creams might be a bit on the pricier side, but hey, quality doesn't come cheap and your wallet shouldn't feel too empty if you indulge just once in a while!   Total 3 outlets.   - Amadora Gourmet Ice Cream & Sorbet     This gourmet ice cream shop takes inspiration locally and internationally to create some of the most delicious and fascinating flavors, like the s'mores or filter coffee ice cream, ghee cake, tresleches and more. Let's not forget the “Underbaked”, a gooey under baked cake/brownie, that no one can stop raving about! Total 3 outlets. Phone: 044 42323482   - Roll Over     This is the best rolled ice cream joint in Chennai. And the novelty of the way their ice creams are served isn't the only thing that makes them special, but also the amazing flavours and generous servings. Total 2 outlets. Phone: 044 30853630       - Cream Stone   Another great place to get ice cream in Chennai is at Cold Stone. The vibrant display of ice creams and toppings draws you in, but the flavors will keep you coming back! You get to choose your flavors and toppings and watch them get handmixed on the cold stone before being served in a waffle cone. Yum! Total 6 outlets. Phone number: 044 30205510     4. Cakes & Cupcakes   Ah yes, how could we leave out the most popular form of dessert anywhere in the world? Cakes and cake-babies!   - The Cupcake Company     Craving cupcakes? You cannot go wrong with the cupcake company because many of their customers claim they have the best cupcakes in town! Classic and unique flavours fill their menu, and we recommend trying their Lady in Red, Pineapple Express, or the Cookies 'n Cream. Total 2 outlets. Phone: +91 7708611987   - The Table     This trendy new online bakery has brought the trendiest new trend to life – cakes in a jar – and it's so, so good! Feast on classic flavours like chocolate mud cake and red velvet cream cheese. They also get bonus points for being super Instagram-worthy! They only do deliveries, so hit them up and get a cake to your doorstep. Website: thetable.co.in Phone: +91 9962076600     - Cake Walk Picture Credit - www.arusuvai.com   Scoffing down an entire slice of cake from cake walk? Oh, that's just a cake walk, cause their cakes are so good. If you're looking for dessert places in the Nungambakam area to get an entire cake for a special occasion, cake walk is where you should be! They have delicious flavor combos and it's pretty affordable too. Total 2 outlets. Phone: 044 28252829     5. Ice Cream Cake   So, you want dessert, but can't decide between cake or ice cream? How about both!   - Ibaco     Ibaco is the best ice cream cake spot in the city. They have some of the most delicious and unique flavour combinations that are sure to keep you coming back to try more. The bill is calculated based in weight, so you can have as many scoops of ice cream and as many toppings as you'd like – and you'll never be overcharged (or undercharged either, I guess?). Total 17 outlets. Phone: +91 98842 47111     6. Pastries   Chennai's pastries might not be as good as the ones you'd get in Paris, but they're surely more than good enough to satisfy your taste buds while you save up for a trip there!   - Nicky's Cafe & Fine Pastries     This cafe is a great place to head to with friends and family for breakfast or brunch, but you'll definitely want to stay for dessert. Although not as extensive, their dessert menu consists of amazing dishes like the brownie rocky road, frozen masala chai, fruit trifle, and more. Address: Fagun Mansion, 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai. Phone: 044 43564826   - The French Loaf     The French Loaf is another popular chain of dessert shops in Chennai where you can enjoy a delectable variety of pastries and other baked goods. If you're looking to find dessert shops near you in Chennai, you'll probably be able to spot one of these!   Total 38 outlets.     7. Donuts   Yes, the doughnut craze has arrived in Chennai as well! From international brands to local ones, there are plenty of places to sink your teeth into those delectable, fluffy, fried balls of dough!   - Krispy Kreme     Krispy Kreme is a doughnut brand that needs no introduction because it is already made a name for itself all around the world. Well, now its captured the hearts of Chennaities as well! Total 3 outlets. Website: krispykremeindia.in       - Dunkin' Donuts     This is another multinational donut franchise that is just as famous as Krispy Kreme. We can't tell you which is better, but we can tell you their donuts are delicious! Address: G-13, Ground Floor, Phoenix Market City, Velachery Road, Velachery, Chennai. Phone: 044 33011690 Website: donuts-burgers.dunkinindia.com   - Donut House     Now, this one's a local chain of donut shops that you can find in Chennai. A good variety of flavours and donuts that are soft and buttery make them just as good as the seasoned veterans. Try their triple chocolate donut, you won't be sorry! Total 7 outlets. Phone: 044 48574400   NOTE: None of these places are Halal-Certified, although most of these places have assured us there are no animal products or alcohol in the preparation of their desserts. Many of them are also vegetarian only. So please do check with the staff beforehand.   Having trouble which sweets to try? Here is our list of must-try Indian sweets. For more information on where to find halal restaurants check out our food blog or download the HalalTrip Islamic Travel App.    ...

  • Top 5 Muslim-Friendly Cities to Visit in Karnataka

    Golden sandy beaches, glorious valleys and mountains and the breathtaking countryside that perfectly demonstrates the cultural and historical value of India awaits you as you explore the southern state of India, Karnataka. As this region is packed with the perfect elements to create an amazing holiday opportunity for those who travel India you should definitely consider this as one of your next vacation destinations. But of course, we understand your needs to plan out the most Muslim-friendly stay in India. That is why we have put together a list of the top Muslim-friendly cities in India you can travel to as you explore the wonders and glories of Karnataka. Read on to discover where you can find nearby Halal restaurants in Karnataka, mosques and prayer places in Karnataka and we have even included a shopping guide to Karnataka which will most certainly come in handy during your travels.   Bangalore First on our list of the best holiday destinations for Muslim families in India is the capital city of Karnataka – Bangalore. The city is home to the Bengaluru International Airport which is one of the two main airports in the region that cover most international flights. So, this makes it a great region to start your holiday in India. Bangalore is a region which boasts of the modern-day luxuries but also has perfectly preserved the various historic treasures that give the region its cultural value. There are quite a number of attractions and things to do and the weather is fine almost all throughout the year making this one of the best places to enjoy some lovely family fun you all can enjoy together. Some of the famous attractions you should include in your tour itinerary include the Ulsoor Lake, Lumbini Park, HAL Aerospace Museum, Bannerghatta National Park, Tipu’s Palace and the Bangalore Palace.   Since there is a significant Muslim community in the region you will be able to find a halal restaurant in Bangalore without much difficulty. The Aquarium Restaurant, Imperial Restaurant, Banana Leaf and Empire Restaurant are a few good quality restaurants you can drop by to enjoy Halal Indian cuisine. A significant number of mosques and prayer places in Karnataka are also located in Bangalore including the Jamia Masjid, Jumma Masjid, Hajee Sir Ismail Sait Masjid and Masjid-E-Khadria. We also recommend this city as part of the shopping guide to Karnataka because you will find quite a number of shopping malls like The Forum, UB City, Phoenix Market City and Mantri Square along with street shopping areas like Commercial Street, Brigade Road, MG Road and Vittal Mallya Road that are places known to attract crowds for their bargain prices and great deals.   Mysore The second largest city of Karnataka, Mysore is another top location you can visit to enjoy the best Muslim friendly holiday. Often dubbed the ‘City of Palaces’ Mysore is one of the most majestic regions decorated with a number of palaces and royal buildings, that display the finest historic architectural styles of India. As one of the cleanest and well-planned cities of the region, Mysore is a perfect location to explore the outdoors and gives you ample amounts of opportunities to capture amazing photos with scenically beautiful backdrops. Among the many places waiting to be discovered you should definitely try to include attractions like Sivasamudram Falls, Mysore Zoo, Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, and Chamundi Hills which are perfect stops for an unforgettable adventure. This is another city which has quite a number of mosques and prayer places in Karnataka. Some of the most prominent mosques every Muslim traveller should make a note of include the Azam Baitul Maal Masjid-e-Azam, Masjide Rahmania, Masjid-e-Nimrah, Masjid-E-Kausar and Masjid E Firdous. You will also find several Muslim hotels in Mysore located closer to these locations.   Hampi Located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, Hampi has gained world recognition as it is the home of one of the famed UNESCO World Heritage sites – the ruins of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. You will truly be amazed by the amazing stony landscapes that are on display. In addition to the vast array of stone ruins, you can also look forward to feast your eyes on other historic wonders like the Monkey Temple, Queen’s Bath, Riverside Ruins and Vijaya Vittala Temple. This best way to get around this historic location is by walking or by bicycle so that you can take time to witness the unique wonders that lie before you. There are also a number of government-approved guided tours you can arrange to get a guided tour to learn more about the history behind these wonders. As Hampi is considered to be a religious centre most eateries do not serve alcohol but you should check for Halal food or stick to their delicious Indian vegetarian meal options in case of any uncertainty.   Udupi If you are looking to enjoy the best beach holiday in Karnataka then a trip to Udupi is the best pick for you. Udupi is home to some of the most beautiful beaches like Kapu Beach and Malpe Beach, that is also not so crowded making it one of the best holiday destinations for Muslim families in India. If you are looking for more inland adventures you can explore the mountain ranges of Udupi that are perfect for hiking and trekking. Other famous attractions that will keep you engaged during your stay include St Mary's Island home to some spectacular volcanic rock formations, Manipal End-point Park which overlooks that Suwarna river and the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary. For prayer facilities, you could access the many mosques located in the city including the newly built Jamia Masjid – the district’s largest mosque.   Gokarna The little town of Gokarna is one of the popular tourist destinations in the region. The town is one of the most laid-back places due to the less commercialized atmosphere making it a perfect place to spend a relaxing vacation. Aside from recharging on some of the most serene beaches, you can also enjoy a variety of adventure sports like banana boat riding, snorkelling and parasailing. Visiting such a coastal town also allows you to taste some fresh and yummy seafood dishes prepared according to spicy Indian recipes.   Find Halal Food and Restaurants Near You Find Mosques (Masjids), Prayer Places Near You Halal-Friendly Travel and Holiday Packages   ...

  • 18 Must-try Traditional Indian Sweets

    India is one of the most fascinating places in the world that you can travel to. This massive country can seem polar opposite from one minute to the other, from snowy mountains to blisteringly hot beaches, from the super rich to those living in the streets, from incredible modern architecture to ancient buildings, India has all that and more.   Depending on which part of the country you go to, you are sure to find incredible Halal food places nearby. Though the food may range from vegetarian dosas to tandoori chicken, one thing all of India has in common is its sweet tooth. That's right, Indians love their sweets, and once you have a taste of authentic Indian sweets, you'll love it too!   Indian sweets, or “Mithai” as they are known, are mouthwatering little parcels of joy. They are often made with loads of milk, sugar, butter, ghee (clarified butter), fruit and nuts. The incredible smell of ghee is what makes them so unique, and what keeps you coming back for more. All traditional Indian sweets are vegetarian and alcohol-free, and therefore, Muslim-friendly as well.   Different Indian sweets come from different parts of the country. Many of them have been around for centuries, and you'll find classic versions of them as well as modern variations. You will be able to find most of these sweets, regardless of where they came from, in sweet shops all across India (and you will never be too far away from a sweet shop, that's a guarantee!)     Credit - giphy.com   Here are 18 must-try traditional Indian sweets that you'll find on your Muslim-friendly travel to India.   1. Gajar Halwa (Carrot Halwa) You might have snuck a few vegetables into your spaghetti bolognese to trick your kids into eating them, but the Indians have truly mastered the art! Gajar (carrot) halwa is a sweet or dessert that is made using carrots that are grated and boiled in sweetened milk. It is finished off with ghee (clarified butter) and garnished with nuts. This sweet can be enjoyed hot or cold. Gajar ka halwa is pretty popular in Punjab, and some say that this is where it originated from.   2. Barfi Barfi is dense milk-based traditional Indian sweet; sort of like the Indian fudge! This is one of the favourite sweets of India, and everyone loves coming up with their own adaptation of this classic sweet. There are so many types of barfi that come from all around India that it would be impossible to list all of them, but perhaps the most popular type of barfi is the kaaju barfi (cashew barfi). Barfis are also made using gram flour, pistachios, peanuts, and a whole host of other variations.   3. Rasgulla Rasgulla is another classic Indian dessert made with milk. Milk curds (chenna) are separated by curdling boiling milk with acid (like lemon juice) and then used to make a dough with a few other ingredients. This dough is then divided into golf-sized balls and boiled in sugar syrup until plump and juicy. This popular Indian sweet is said to have originated in East India, specifically in West Bengal and Odisha.   4. Rasamalai Rasamalai is a sweet that evolved through rasgullas. The dough balls of chenna are formed and boiled in cream with saffron, and nuts, which it is served in after. As a result, rasmalai is a softer, richer relative of rasgulla. Many believe that this dish was created by K.C. Das of the present-day K.C. Das Grandsons, a famous sweet shop in West Bengal, but others say that's not true.   5. Payasam Picture Credit - www.vegrecipesofindia.com   Payasam is a dessert/drink that is popular in South India, often served after a meal during special occasions like festivals and weddings. This is another milk-based dessert, and it is served with vermicelli and nuts.   6. Kulfi Picture Credit - www.archanaskitchen.com Kulfi is India's contribution to the world of ice creams, and it is a delicious one at that! Like most ice creams, it is made from a mixture of milk, cream, and flavourings (most often saffron, cardamom and pistachios or almonds). But it does not contain egg and it is frozen in moulds without being churned, resulting in a denser, richer product. Modern variations of this favourite sweet of India include flavours like chocolate, mango, strawberry, and so much more. This dessert is believed to have originated from the Mughal empire in the 16th century.   7. Soan Papri Picture Credit - food.ndtv.com   This is another traditional sweet that is a favourite of everyone. Thin, tiny strands of spun sugar are compressed together and cut into squares, served with flaked almonds and pistachios on top. The experience of eating a soan papri is almost like eating cotton candy in that it dissipates the moment it hits your tongue. You can find packaged soan papri in almost all Indian shops and supermarkets. These have a longer shelf life than most sweets, so you can take them back home from your Muslim-friendly travel in India as souvenirs!   8. Halwa Picture Credit - www.vegrecipesofindia.com   The Indian sweet Halwa shares its name with a load of other desserts from countries in the Middle East and Africa, but India's version of Halwa itself comes in so many different colours, shapes, and tastes. If you're in Karnataka, you'd be given “kesari halwa” made of semolina and saffron, while Tamil Nadu's city of Tirunelveli is famous for it's “Tirunelveli halwa” made of wheat flour and loads of nuts.   9. Gulab Jamun Gulab jamuns are another sweet that is prepared using khoya. A dough is made out of them, similar to a rasgulla, but it is deep fried until golden brown before being soaked in sugar syrup. Even though the preparations of both start out similar, the end product tastes pretty different. Gulab jamuns are one of those sweets that rank on top of the list of favourite Indian sweets all across the country.   10. Kheer Kheer is an Indian rice pudding that is made by boiling a mixture of rice, broken wheat or vermicelli in milk and sugar. Often flavoured with cardamom, saffron, nuts and raisins, this pudding is served as dessert after a meal.   11. Mysore Pak If you're in the search for the most decadent sweet in all of India, it might be time to call it to an end because we're pretty sure it's Mysore Pak. This rich dessert is made from cooking out chickpea flour and ghee (lots and lots of ghee!). The final product is a yellowish square of pure richness, and why not, as it comes from the royal city of India – you guessed it, Mysore!   12. Chikki   Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet that is said to have originated in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Chikki is a sort of brittle that is made of peanuts and jaggery. Apart from that, there are also many other varieties of Chikki made from different sugars, nuts, and seeds. Chikki is also something you can get from most supermarkets in mini-packets.   13. Phirni People in India often associate Phirni with Muslims and our festivals, so there is absolutely no way a Halal food guide to India's traditional desserts can miss out on it. This dessert is a pudding that is made by boiling milk together with semolina and sugar. It is traditionally served refrigerated in mini earthen pots.   14. Gujiya Picture Credit - www.playfulcooking.com   Guija is a traditional sweet that you are more likely to find in the Northern parts of the country, particularly Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. It is a sweet that has khoya (milk boiled until the liquid evaporates) stuffed inside a samosa-like encasing (although shaped differently) and deep fried. The filling can also vary to include various nuts, dry fruit, coconut, etc.   15. Ada Ada is another traditional Indian dessert that originates from the South, particularly Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A dough of rice flour, coconut and jaggery are steamed in between a banana leaf. Modern-day cooks also make it in non-stick pans, resulting in a something that resembles a pancake.   16. Laddoo Laddoos are round-shaped sweets made out of minced dough and sugar. These are often at the forefront of any special occasion, and an Indian sweet box would not be complete without the appearance of one of these bright-yellow balls of goodness. Laddoos have also been developed in different adaptations such as the chocolate laddoo, coconut laddoo, etc.   17. Jalebi Jalebi is a pretzel-shaped sweet that is made of deep-fried batter soaked in sugar syrup. It is slightly chewy in texture and yellow in colour, owing to the saffron infused in the sugar syrup. The best way to eat a jalebi is when it is hot out of the frier, while it's still slightly crunchy and soaked in warm syrup. Yum! Jalebi has many different spellings and variations in pronunciation depending on where you go in India, but one thing that's common all across is their popularity.   18. Modak Hailing from the state of Maharashtra, Modak is a sweet that looks like dumplings. Its outer shell is made of rice or wheat flour mixed with khoya and stuffed with a mixture of coconut and jaggery. This dumpling is then either fried or steamed and served with melted ghee.   Download Halal Trip app to locate nearby Halal food places >> https://www.halaltrip.com/islamic-travel-app/  ...

  • A 9D8N South Indian Episode

    Get ready to explore the most interesting South Indian destinations! South India consists of the five main states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala – complete with gorgeous beaches, tropical forests and intriguing historical sites. These are just some of the fascinating South Indian attractions that are perfect for those you wish to get immersed in a true travel experience. Whether it’s sailing through the backwaters of Kerala or ancient archaeological sites, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Take a good look at this South Indian travel itinerary to find out the best way to spend your holiday. Picture Credit - giphy.com   Day 1 – Day 2: Chennai Picture Credit - imgur.com  Nature and wildlife lovers cannot miss the Guindy National Park or the Arinjar Anna Zoological Park, where you can experience South India’s natural beauty. Don’t forget to drop by the gorgeous beaches either – Marina Beach and Elliot beach especially. For something more cultural, visit the Government Museum and Fort St. George – as well as the famous Kapaleeswar Temple to check out the unique colourful architecture and its significance to the city. Travelers can get around Chennai by buses, train or by metred rickshaws. You will be able to find Halal food in South Indian states quite easily or try the aromatic, delicious vegetarian or vegan food. Notable restaurants include Zaitoon, Palmshore and Aasife Brother’s Biryani Centre. Some hotels to stay at include FEATHERS – A Radha Hotel, Hilton Chennai and Ginger Chennai.   Day 3: Madurai Picture Credit - Imgur.com The next two days of your South Indian travel itinerary will take you to Madurai city which is most famous for its beautiful temples. You can travel to Madurai through domestic flights or by train for the longer, scenic route. Do make a trip to the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple which is one of the top South Indian attractions. You will get to see colourful intricate carvings of deities along with impressive wall paintings – and drop by the Temple Art museum too. This temple is an important historical building in Madurai that is also famous for the Hall of Thousand Pillars. Halal restaurants can be found in Madurai which includes Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant and Royal Park Madurai – or you can enjoy the local cuisine by visiting vegetarian restaurants instead.   Day 4 – Alleppey Your next stop will be Alleppey also known as Alappuzha, and the best way to get here is by bus. The Alleppey regions are where you can take a serene boat cruise in the Kerala backwaters to appreciate the lush greenery and rural scenery. The gorgeous Alleppey beach must be your next stop to catch the gorgeous sunset. There are plenty of vegetarian dining options around and two popular restaurants that serve Halal food include Mushroom and Thaff Restaurant.   Day 5 – Day 6: Wayanad The Wayanad region which is known for it’s gorgeous, unspoiled natural beauty and wildlife is the ideal place for nature lovers to enjoy the South Indian weather. Pay a visit to the famous Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary or the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary to see creatures of the wild in their natural habitat. The Eddkal Caves is another attraction that cannot be missed, and the natural formations are completely covered with stone age carvings. However, there are no direct modes of transport from Alleppey to Wayanad, so hiring a car would be the best option. Accommodation options include Wayanad Gate Hotel, Kallat Hotel and Petal Hotel to name a few. Halal food options will be quite limited in this area, but you will find numerous vegan and vegetarian places to try out. But have a look at the Wilton Restaurant and The Jubilee Restaurant who are known to serve Halal food.   Day 7 – Day 8: Mysore Your next stop will be the city of Mysore, and you can travel from Wayanad by taxi or bus. The fascinating city of Mysore is famous for the Mysuru Palace with its impressive sculptures and architecture. Mysore also has some popular spice bazaars such as the Devaraja Market which is an interesting place to visit and shop too. Those who love being outdoors can pay a visit to the beautiful Brindavan Gardens to enjoy South Indian weather be surrounded by bright flowers and greenery. Do drop by one of the oldest zoos in India, the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens which is one of the top attractions – do take a stroll by the Karanji Lake too that is located on the eastern side of the zoo as well. Some hotels to consider staying at include The Quorum, Ginger Mysore and Fortune JP Palace. You can also find many Halal restaurants serving a variety of cuisines within Mysore as well.   Free Day – Bangalore Picture Credit – www.excitingindia.in Your final day will be spent in Bangalore where you can kick back and relax – and get some shopping done too. You can head over to Brigade Road, MG Road or Collage just to name a few which are some great shopping spots. Muslim-friendly travel to south India will be much easier with this helpful South Indian travel itinerary - and you won’t miss out on the best spots or attractions to visit.   ...

  • 10 Cheap Vacation Ideas for Backpackers

    Backpacking vacations are becoming more and more popular as it is an ideal way to holiday abroad - specially for students and families looking for budget or cheap vacations ideas. It can be a lot of fun and will give you a very realistic view of the holiday destination, but do be willing to give up some luxuries! Source: Reddit With the increase in tourism in most countries, there are plenty of last minute vacation deals and all-inclusive family holiday travel packages to choose from; even for the budget traveler.   The list below includes some of the cheapest destinations for a backpacking vacation. So, enjoy these fun places for an all-inclusive backpacking vacation. 1) Vietnam Vietnam has been become a popular choice as a vacation destination over the last few years. Today, many people travel to Vietnam on backpacking vacations. While you need to be a bit careful not to get hoaxed into any tourist scams, this country has loads to see and do; from war museums to traditional village life...resulting in a fun vacation spot at cheap prices!  Things to do and places to visit: The most popular cities and towns to visit are Hanoi – the 11th century French influenced capital of the country, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – for a look at the war museums, NhaTrang – for the beaches, Da Lat – for fabulous lakes and waterfalls and the colonial landmarks, Ha Long Bay – for the famous junk boats and caves, Mui Neb – for a view of a traditional fishing village and a river canyon walk nearby, and Sa Pa – for a trekking adventure close to hill tribes and a look at the rice terraces. Accommodation: There are many hostels and hotels in Vietnam available at cheap prices as well as being Muslim-friendly...a search on the internet will get backpackers on the right path. If you are taking a family trip, then do search out hotels that have bigger rooms that can accommodate everyone.  If you are traveling with family and kids on this vacation, then checkout some of these family-friendly hotels in Ho Chi Minh City that offer children-friendly facilities - Tan Sot Nhat Saigon Hotel, Eden Saigon, Metropole Hotel, The Imperial and Golden Central.  There are also some hotels that are Muslim-friendly in Hanoi, including Vietview Hotel, Atrium Hotel, HanoiTirant Hotel among others, but they may come at a higher price. Transportation: Traveling around Vietnam can be done by bus – buy the tickets in advance or as you feel like it. For longer journeys, the country has a good train service. If you just want to have some fun, you can easily rent a motorcycle and travel off the beaten track at your leisure! However, be careful when you drive and cross streets, as motorcyclists will be zig-zagging to avoid you but may not want to stop.  Muslim-Friendly Facilities: There are quite a few hotels and restaurants that cater to Muslim travelers in the towns of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, while the smaller cities and towns in Vietnam may offer fewer Muslim-friendly facilities and Halal food. In this case, try the seafood dishes and the vegetarian street food as an option. In Ho Chi Minh City check out the street next to Ben Thanh Market for such hotels/hostels and also many restaurants that serve Halal food. NhaTrang has only one Halal restaurant that serves Indian food - Omar's Indian Restaurant. There are quite a few mosques in Vietnam’s districts and provinces, but the most are found in Ho Chi Minh City and there is also one in Hanoi.   2) India India is a hotspot for backpackers, with its widely varying landscapes, lifestyles and cultures. The Indian subcontinent is so vast that you may actually have to plan several trips in order to take in the essence of the country from its deserts to mountains to beaches, and the diversity in cultures and people that is only found in India. India is actually a good country to travel on family vacations and even travel with kids. There is usually plenty to do and see. Children will be accommodated and welcome almost everywhere you go. What to do and see: Just go about India, visit the different States and cities, and take in the different cultures and lifestyles. Visit the Himalayan Mountains which spans 10 States of India, go to Goa and live by the beach, visit some of Indian heritage cities and sights. Take a tour of the Golden Triangle of Dehli, Agra and Jaipur or the state of Jammu and Kashmir, visit South Indian cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Pondicherry, Ooty, Kodaikanal, and Kanyakumari, or venture into the famous Bollywood town of Mumbai…there is plenty to do and see…thus, giving you one of the best vacation spotsto visit. Accommodation: There are many hotels and hostels in most major cities of the country, choose one that fits your budget and requirements. But as you’re planning a cheap vacation, please do be ready to give up luxuries, although some Indian cities will surprise you with great value for money hotels. Transportation: The Indian public transport is quite extensive and cheap. There are also plenty of taxis or tuk-tuks depending on the city you are in. The Indian Railway system is quite fantastic and can be used for getting from one place to another in the city, between cities and even States. In some cities such as Mumbai, the train actually gets you to your destination faster because of traffic congestion on the roads...it’s also cheaper than being stuck in a taxi in traffic! Muslim-Friendly Facilities: Food in India is generally quite affordable and there are plenty of Halal food options in India. There are also ample vegetarian restaurants, which actually serve some fabulous Indian veg food… do try out the Gujarati vegetarian thaali, it’s truly a delicious meal, and you will not miss the meat! Indian street food is also delicious, cheap and a must try… just make sure you ensure the place is clean.  There are mosques in most major cities of the country, and generally, Muslim travelers should not find it difficult to find Muslim-friendly facilities in India.   3) Thailand  Everyone travels to; or wants to travel to Thailand… and why not? It is one of the cheapest travel spots of the world, known as a shopping heaven for shopaholics, and is has natural beauty together with a traditional cultural heritage. Thailand is renowned for its celebrated beaches and star-class resorts. However, it is also a go-to destination for backpackers worldwide. Sightseeing: Enjoy the lush jungles, hot springs, waterfalls and beaches of Thailand. Take the time to indulge in some world-class diving, snorkeling, kayaking and rafting. Enjoy hiking and cycling adventures through jungles and national parks. Visit museums, temples and ruins; and enjoy the floating markets, and take a boat ride or an elephant ride as you please. Some of the places to visit include Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. There are tour operators who will be able to arrange special day tours at reasonable prices, and if you are really into diving, register for the popular PADI dive certification course in this tropical paradise. An interesting beach holiday for family travel for Muslims visitors to Thailand would be the Krabi Province, which has a large Muslim populations and thus provides facilities for Muslims.  Accommodation: There is no dearth of hotels, motels, guesthouses, hostels and even dorm rooms in Thailand. As a popular tourist destination, the country has enough rooms to cater to tourists with wide-ranging budgets. With the increase in awareness on Muslim-friendly facilities, you can also find hotels and guesthouses that will cater to such clientele.  Transportation: Transport is also cheap in Thailand as is most everything else in the country. Options available are the local buses, the Metro, Skytrain and metered taxis in Bangkok. There are tuk-tuks as well, but these are not metered and usually more expensive. Motorbike taxis (in orange vests) are available all over the country for short trips – no meters but negotiate the price before you get in. Trains are another cheap option for longer distances and night travel. For going between islands, there are boats available. There are packages available for travel combining different transport modes – most commonly bus and boat, a cost effective option to use. Muslim-Friendly Facilities: Most of the major cities have Halal food and Halal restaurants. In some of the smaller towns, you may need check with the restaurants on the Halal options available. However, there is no shortage of seafood available in the country.  If you want to try out the street food, then Bangkok is your safest bet, as Pratunam Market has a few stalls that serve Halal food and drinks.  In the Krabi Province, you can be sure to get lots of Muslim-friendly facilities and enough Halal food.  As for mosques; Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Pattani do have mosques. For other places, I suggest taking your Qibla compass and prayer mat along on your travels.   4) Sri Lanka While Sri Lanka is a small island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the country is versatile in providing all types of holiday fun from luxurious upmarket holidays to cheap vacations for the entire family. Today, the country is becoming an ever popular holiday destination with its all-inclusive landscape, and the availability of all-inclusive vacation packages by many travel companies. Sightseeing: Sri Lanka also offers travelers options from beaches and jungles, to wildlife sanctuaries and rolling hills. Some popular sightseeing destinations have different rates for locals and foreigners – including museums, the Botanical Gardens in Kandy, national parks, cultural centers and archaeological sites. But a walk on the beach is quite free, unless you get haggled by the local vendors. Also take the time to wonder around the cities of Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Jaffna, to gain a view of the eclectic culture of the country. This country does also make a very good case for trying out a beach vacation – as it offers surfing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, water sports, as well as whale and dolphin watching! Accommodation: There are many hostels, rental rooms, small hotels/motels, and seaside cabanas available for use by backpackers.There are also some resorts and hotels that offer special off-season rates and this is truly a bargain with all inclusive deals for family vacations. Transportation: Public transport is cheap - use the bus or the train… they may not be high luxury but it will get you from one town to another. Another option is tuk-tuks for shorter journeys, and this is ideal if there are three people to share the fare… also make sure to ask them to use their meters, or foreigners can be charged extra! If you are willing to walk, that is also something that can be considered as things and places are close enough within some towns and city centers! For longer journeys there are rental cars and also long distance luxury buses. Muslim-Friendly Facilities: Having a large Muslim population, Sri Lanka can has enough Halal food and Halal restaurants, while many other restaurants are willing to accommodate your special requests to avoid certain ingredients in your meals. However, do try the more low key restaurants and food outlets if you are looking for cheaper prices. Some places may serve alcohol and non-Halal meats, but check if the chicken is Halal (which in most cases it is) and ask them if they can prepare it without mixing any non-Halal ingredients. You also need not worry about the availability of mosques, which are found in the majority of the towns and cities.   5) Cambodia Cambodia’s is another Asian country that is made for a backpacking holiday. Its landscape spans low-lying plains and mountains; and also includes the Mekong Delta and the Gulf of Thailand coastline. It is a country that is still coming to grips with development and its increasing attraction as a tourist destination, hence, the low cost hotels and tourist attractions! Sightseeing: Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh, is a must visit with its central market, Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. Then visit Angkor Wat, considered one of the famous sites in Cambodia’s northwest region. In fact, arrange a day trip there as it is quite close to Phnom Penh. Visit Sihanoukville for its selection of beaches from Serendipity Beach - a happening and partying stop for backpackers, to the Otres Beach – a place to relax and take in the sun. Try to include a day trip to Bokor National Park while in Sihanoukville. Also go to Battambang to get a feel of the colonial architecture and visit the surrounding hilltop temples and rustic villages. You can also take a scenic river trip here.  Accommodation: There are many hostels and low budget hotels available in Cambodia. Then, there are some better hotels that are also quite reasonably priced. There are also many Muslim-friendly hotels in Phnom Penh, but these are more expensive. In the beach towns, there are guesthouses and cabanas that can be rented.  Transport: Public transport is cheap but unreliable and cramped. However, there are metered taxis (a bit expensive) and the REUMORK (Tri-cycle motor) or Cyclo (Tri-cycle) which are the preferred method of in-city travel by tourists. The country does have private bus companies that operate semi-luxury and luxury buses from Phnom Penh to other provinces. The other way to travel is by Boat, but this is limited due to low demand and limited destinations, and tickets have to be bought a day in advance. There is only one train from Phnom Penh to Battambang Province which takes the full-day to reach your destination.  Muslim-Friendly Facilities: As Cambodia does have a small Muslim population, there are quite a few Halal restaurants in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Halal food is also available in other cities which are most visited by Muslim travelers. There are also mosques in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom.   6) Morocco Morocco’s mix influences make an in interesting and cheap vacation spot for backpacking enthusiasts! A North African country that borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, it has an eclectic atmosphere which is a mix of its Berber, Arabian and European influences. The country features on many travelers’ radar as a short stay travel destination, but has a lot on offer as a cheap and reasonable backpack travel destination. There are even travel companies that will pre-book and organize special travel packages custom-made to your needs and requirements.Morocco also has lots of family-friendly attractions and can be ideal a family vacation. Things to do and places to see: While in Morocco do not forego a trip into the Sahara Desert…wake up to a sunrise over the sand dunes, take a camel ride at sunset and drive through the Atlas Mountains. Visit a UNESCO world heritage site that has been used in famous films like the ‘Gladiator, Indiana Jones and Lawrence of Arabia’, take in the Moroccan architecture; its famous walled cities and the Kasbahs, and visit the monuments and famed-sites in the cities of Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier and Fez. You can also enjoy the beaches and water sports in many of the coastal cities of the country.  Accommodation: You can easily find cheap hotels and hostels in Morocco, and if you are trekking through the mountains then take the opportunity to sleep in a Berber tent. Also try the traditional houses known as ‘Riads’ – this will not only give you a truly authentic Moroccan experience, but will provide some privacy if travelling with family and children. Some larger hotels may have a liquor license, so if you want to avoid this, check when you make your reservation. Transportation: Public transport can be used and is cheap, but not very clean. Use sharing cabs or tour buses to take you to and from cities. The most popular tour bus companies are Supratours and CTM, these are cheaper than cabs but charge you for luggage. Buy the bus tickets a day in advance. There is also one train line to a few of the cities and can be used to travel on longer journeys in more comfort.  Muslim-Friendly Facilities: As nearly all Moroccans are Muslims, there are absolutely no shortage of mosques and halal food. All meat is halal, but there are some restaurants that serve pork and alcohol, as a means of catering to the growing non-Muslim tourist population. However, the restaurants in smaller cities and towns are still true to Islamic traditions. The cheapest way to experience the food of Morocco is to buy your meals from market stalls and street vendors.   7) New Zealand New Zealand is a very low-key country and should feature more often as one of the best vacation spots ideal for the backpacker! Synonymous with the filming location of the movie – ‘The Lord of the Rings’, the country has such a diverse landscape that you will wonder if you are being transported to different Lands throughout your journey. I would advise you to not forget to take your camera if you plan to make this country the next stop for a fun family holiday. Things to do and See: When backpacking through New Zealand’s two islands you will come across volcanic lakes, beautiful forests, mountains dotted with waterfalls, miles of beaches. But, while enjoying the breath-taking views of this ideal vacation spot, also take time-off to surf in Raglan, hike through the mountains, experience white water rafting down the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall, try out a few adventure sports such as bungy jumping, skydiving, hang-gliding and zip lining; and last but not least check out the famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Another exceptional activity that New Zealand offers is stargazing, possible because of its vast and natural landscapes, clear of man-made buildings!   Accommodation: As New Zealand caters to backpackers, there are plenty of accommodation options for backpackers from hostels to small rental rooms. These are generally clean and have sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities. There are also plenty of bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation on offer. And if you are travelling with family or a large group of friends, then try renting out holiday homes – ideal for  Muslim travelers, as it will give you the required privacy and you can cook your own meals! Transportation: New Zealand is made for backpackers… the country offers fabulous cycling and walking trails from the North to the South. There are also special backpacker buses where you can meet like-minded travelers! The best option may be to drive around the country using a rental car, or try something different if you are travelling with kids, and rent a campervan, also known by some as a motorhome – this will give you great flexibility, and allow you to travel at your pace. Don’t worry, the country has many camp grounds and holiday parks where you can park and take a break for the night. Muslim-Friendly Facilities: Due to the growing Muslim population in New Zealand, getting Halal food in the big towns of the country is quite easy. Also as backpackers, if you are willing to cook your own food, getting Halal meat is also possible. Read the article on New Zealand at this blog for more details   8) Portugal A country not always on the top of one’s ‘to visit list’, Portugal should be considered for a not so crowded backpacking vacation. Although more expensive than some of the Asian destinations listed in this article, it is still considered a cheap vacation spot especially being situated in Europe! With its unique allure of sandy beaches, rugged coastline, fabulous architecture, World Heritage Sites and vineyards, Portugal is worth a visit. For those Muslim travelers living in Europe and the West, I am sure that you can get hold of fabulous last minute vacation dealsto enjoy this summer vacation in Portugal.  Things to do and see: Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a cosmopolitan city with an old world charm and the architecture to blend. Visit the cities of Sinatra, Porto and Braga, and go to Cape Sagres to stand at the edge of Europe. For the beaches, visit the Azores Islands and Faro. Visit the region of Alentejo to find the vineyards, olive groves, and even Roman ruins. In all of Portugal there are 15 listed World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, and visiting these alone would make an interesting and educational family holiday. Accommodation: There are lots of hotels from two-star onwards in Portugal and you can make a choice from these to suit your budget. There are also many hostels and lower star-class hotels that are very affordable. As for Muslim-friendly facilities at the hotels, it will be best to check when making your reservation. Transportation: Taxis are an expensive form of transport in Portugal. It would be best to use the public transport system such as the Metro and buses in the cities or walk wherever possible. For longer distances use long distance buses and the Eurail network. Muslim-Friendly Facilities: Lisbon has ample Halal food and restaurants for Muslim travelers. Other restaurants may serve Halal food together with alcohol and non-Halal meats, so, check before you order anything. Other big cities like Faro also have a choice of Halal restaurants, and there are plenty of places that serve seafood. As for mosques, Lisbon has the most number, while some of the other cities may have one mosque. Best to be prepared to say your prayers in your hotel/hostel room.   9) Fiji  A Pacific island destination that offers travelers the beauty of a rugged landscape filled with lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and activities ranging from mountain climbing, zip-lining to surfing and soft coral diving. While Fiji has its share of luxury holiday venues, it is popular for mid-range vacation deals. However, today, the Fiji Islands are also emerging as another cheap vacation spot for a backpacking holiday, especially the Yasawa Island chain. However, the Muslim traveler will have to do some pre-holiday preparations before embarking on this particular vacation. Vacation Activities: There is lots to do from island hoping, dolphin watching to swimming with Mantra Rays, snorkeling (some islands offer this free of charge, so make the most of it!) and hiking in the Wasali Nature Reserve. Also visit the famous Blue lagoon on the North of the Yasawa Islands and try to spend a few days on the mainland of VitiLevu (in Suva and Nadi) doing the usual touristy things. You can also plan a day trip to the South Sea Island which is close to the mainland and is quite popular with travelers with kids. Accommodation:There are a variety of budget resorts to choose from in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island chains. These resorts offer basic accommodation which includes meals (check if they offer Halal food on reservation). Accommodation on the mainland of Viti Levu should not be a problem, although a bit more expensive. For the budget Muslim traveler, in Suva try the Roseland Inn which is run by a Fijian family and has a kitchen where you can cook your own meal. In Vanua Levu too you will find lodges and small hotels catering to the backpacker. Transportation: The bright yellow ferry (a trademark) will take you to the islands, as well as take you off the islands. The Ferry visits the islands daily so that travelers can be taken to the next island in the chain. It would be best to buy the ‘Bula Combo Pass’ that ranges from 5 to 21 days if you are planning to Island hop. There are also individual tickets available. However, be prepared to wait when catching the ferry, as it sometimes is quite flexible when it comes to timings. Muslim-Friendly Facilities: There are several Halal restaurants in Suva, the capital city, located on the main island of Viti Levu and all the McDonalds here are Halal certified. Also the island of Vanua Levu has a few Halal restaurants, but do check before you go. As for the popular backpackers destination of Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, availability of Halal food maybe a problem. But Fiji is quite famous for its seafood and that is an option to consider. Just check that they do not use any alcohol or any other non-Halal items in their food preparations. An alternate is to stock up on snacks and take some easy to prepare meals to these islands. A tip – buy bottled water from the mainland as it will be cheaper than buying it from the other Islands.   10) Croatia Croatia is an Eastern European country, encompassing more than a thousand islands, with a stunning coastline of the Adriatic Sea. The country is dotted with castles as well as medieval and Gothic architecture and buildings.The Dinaric Alpsalso crosses through the country. It is also a popular destination where backpackers can tour through the country onvacation packages… so, what more can you ask for on a backpacking holiday? Things to do and see: With over 1,000 islands, island hopping via the sea is the best way to see the Croatian coast with its unspoiled beaches, oceans and fishing villages. While on this tour, take some time to enjoy the many water sporting activities and also visit the ‘Blue Cave’ on the BiševoIsland and the famous Dubrovnik Old Town. To travel through time, go in-land to see the medieval castles, museums housing fabulous ancient art and objects, and the many other monuments spread across the country. Visit Split, the capital city of Zagreb, Rovinj, Motovun, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Šibenik,Korcula and Hvar. Accommodation: There are enough hostels in Croatia, similar to other European countries. There is also the option of renting rooms and apartments by using sites such as Airbnb. Croatia also has many hotels which offer good value for money. A popular option for the coastal region is small inns and guesthouses to get a real Croatian experience. For Muslim travelers, there are a few hotels that are Halal certified in Zagrib, SlavonskiBrod and Baska. Transportation: The most popular way to travel through Croatia is by Eurail. However, take note that the train only runs as far south as Split, and then you have to use buses. Using the bus network is another popular option and both local buses and regional buses for longer journeys are easily available. An interesting way to travel in Zagreb is to use the tram system. For island hopping there is the boat and ferry services. Muslim Friendly Facilities:The cities of Zagreb, Dubrovnik, and Split have Halal food and Halal-certified restaurants, as well as mosques. In other cities and towns getting Halal food can be a bit difficult, but they always will have a seafood option…just ensure it isn’t an exotic sea creature being served!     Click here for more trip ideas on your next Muslim-friendly vacation!   ...



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