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Bahrain An inspiring destination within reach
A hidden gem located in the Persian Gulf in the Middle East, Bahrain is an exotic island destination with endless discoveries and experiences. Bahrain is a multi-cultural destination that welcomes travellers from all over the world. If Indian travellers want a vacation filled with stunning heritage, exhilarating adventure activities, breath-taking architecture, local treasures, and eclectic food experiences, then Bahrain is the destination for them. A journey through culture
Bahrain is a one-of-a-kind country with a long and illustrious history. Despite modernisation and cosmopolitanism, Arabic culture is still deeply rooted in the roots of this destination. Bahrain is considered one of the friendliest countries in the world, with a level of hospitality second to none. Bahrain’s Arab culture is proudly displayed in its architecture, mosques, and communal entertainment venues, such as souks and cafes. While traditional pastimes such as falconry, horseback riding, and poetry remain popular, more modern activities such as soccer and international travel have gained popularity.
Bahrain has an interesting fact. The capital city, Manama, was named the Capital of Asian Tourism in 2015 and the Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013. It was also nominated as the Capital of Arab Culture in 2012.
Island escapes and beachy days
Bahrain is the only island nation in the Middle East region making it exotic. The islands here have pristine beaches, luxury beach resorts, amazing water sports activities like jetskiing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, SUP yoga, and the list goes on. Some of the islands and beaches one should definitely visit for the first time should be the famous Al Dar island, the magical Jarada island, Ritz-Carlton beach, the one-of-akind white sandy beach of Solymar Beach, adventure-filled Coral Bay Beach, Marassi Beach, etc.
One very exciting and unique activity that everyone must try is pearl diving in Bahrain. For more than 2,000 years, Bahraini pearls have been prized as some of the best natural pearls in the world. People can hunt for their very own pearl in the waters of Bahrain and enjoy the thrilling excitement of opening the oysters to discover if they have found a pearl. Over here they have something they call “finders keepers”, which means if you find a pearl, you get to keep the pearl.
A journey through heritage
For the history buffs out there, Bahrain is home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites and has a history dating back to the ancient Dilmun civilisation. The three sites recognised as UNESCO World Heritage
Sites are the Pearling Path, Qal’atal-Bahrain, and the Dilmun Burial Mounds. The destination is rich in Arabic culture, which is reflected through its architecture, mosques, and souqs. There are many places that tourists can visit in Bahrain where they can experience the rich heritage and culture, like the Arad Fort, Bahrain Fort, Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort, Al Fateh Mosque, the 200-year-old Hindu temple, over 19 churches, and even a synagogue.
Enjoy local food and world cuisine
The real treasure in Bahrain is their beautifully simple yet distinctly delicious local cuisine. From traditional Bahraini cuisine to fine dining to burger places, Bahrain’s food scene will satisfy one’s cravings. Most Bahraini traditional food consists of fish, meat, rice, and, of course, dates. The cuisine is renowned for its fusion of many flavors. Some must-try local delicacies are machboos (meat or fish served with rice), falafel, balaleet (sweet saffron noodles served with a savory omelet on top), and, of course, every Indian’s favorite biryani and the traditional Gahwa coffee. The destination is picking up its game when it comes to vegan and vegetarian food as well. When in Bahrain, one can enjoy and indulge in cuisines from all over the world, like Japanese, Thai, Irish, European, American, seafood, Italian, Mexican, just name it, and they have it. For an amazing gastronomical experience, visit Block 338.
Shop till you drop
All that glitters in Bahrain is usually really gold! The Gold Souq in Bahrain is without a doubt a mustsee attraction for anyone visiting Bahrain, and it draws a large crowd due to its Hallmark gold. As one travels around this exotic destination, one will come across the best malls that not only define luxury but also provide the experience of global shopping with stunning architectural malls housing world-famous brands all
Bahrain is the place for adrenaline junkies and sports fans
The country also provides many exciting activities and attractions for the whole family, and even for kids. So, take the time to explore some places and discover the best activities in Bahrain. When one travels to the destination, here are a few things they should definitely do. Camping in the Sakhir desert is one of the most popular activities in Bahrain. Experience the beauty of the desert and the stunning sunset on the Karbabad beach and Bahrain
Fort on horseback. Spend the day at thrilling water and amusement parks with the kids. At the Bahrain International Karting Circuit, people can put their need for speed to the test and give their racing skills a test. Even the little speed racers can race on this track. Defy gravity and experience the feeling of free fall at Gravity, the first ever indoor skydiving facility in Bahrain with the tallest wind tunnel in the world. Kids and adults are both welcome to experience this thrill. And let’s not forget that here one can watch the world-famous Formula 1 race live at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Well, no matter what the traveller’s preference is, the spectacular Kingdom of Bahrain is going to have them spoilt for choice.