Known as the Lion city, the Garden city and the Red dot, Singaporeis one of the most popular tourist destinations of South-East Asia. So ifyou’re thinking of a short holiday not too far from India? Look no further thanSingapore – the dynamic city-state, a short flight away from all major citiesin India. A heady combination of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Western influences,Singapore is truly a cultural melting pot. Delicious food, high streetshopping, contemporary arts – find all this and more. Here’s a three day itinerary toexperience the best of Singapore.
Book a direct flight to Singapore and try and get there early tomake the most of your short vacation. Begin your holiday in Singapore’scultural heart – Chinatown. Dotted with pagodas, mosques and shops, it is abustling ethnic neighbourhood. You can take a walking tour of Chinatown or ifyour visit coincides with either the Singapore Heritage Festival or Mid AutumnFestival, you’ll have plenty to do. Shop for some ethnic products and artifactshere. Then, head to Kreta Ayer’s Food Street or to one of the trendyrestaurants in Telok Ayer for lunch. Visit Orchard Road, Singapore’s shoppingdistrict, for high-end shopping in world-class malls housing multi-nationalbrands. Orchard road gets it’s name from the all the surrounding orchards thatexisted during the 20th century. After rehabilitation, The Orchard Road isflanked by pedestrian shopping centres, upmarket cafes, coffee chains,nightclubs and hotels. It is also the official site of residence and office of thePresident of Singapore, The Istana.
Head out to explore the city’s Civic District with its imposingbuildings housing the City Hall, the Parliament House and Supreme Court. ThePadang Cricket Club is also worth a visit. Then, head to see one of Singapore’smost important landmarks – the Merlion statue in Merlion Park. The park wasinitially designed to act as an emblem of The Singapore Tourism Board. Takeyour picture with this mythical part lion, part fish creature. The picturesqueMarina Bay with its long promenade, the Marina Bay City Gallery and the101-hectare Gardens by the Bay are other must-dos.
Visit Asia’s only Hollywood theme park Universal Studios, and loseyourself in the magical world of movies. The state-of-the-art rides take you ona journey through Hollywood favourites including Shrek, Madagascar, JurassicPark, Revenge of the Mummy, Transformers, Battlestar Galactica and many others.Stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and its Walk of Fame. With loads of restaurantsand food courts to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice.