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About Mauritius

Mauritius tourism is like a breath of fresh air in your vacation experience of the enchanting tropical paradise. It is an island country surrounded by  the Indian Ocean on all sides, has an affluent and diverse ecosystem with dense and lush forests, white-sand beaches fringed with swaying palm-trees, volcanic mountains, tea plantations, waterfalls, islets and many other points of interest that lure countless holidaymakers here all year long. To compliment the luxuries of Mauritius, you should book a stay at some of the world-class accommodations like the numerous 5-star resorts and beachfront properties and take the trip up twofold. 

To add to the beauty of Mauritius is also the maritime tropical climate with warm and balmy summers, and cool and pleasant winters. Both the seasons are almost alike with the only difference being humidity and rainfall, or the lack thereof.

With such comfortable weather conditions one can indulge in a plethora of fun adventure activities that are available here. You can see the underwater world by going for snorkeling, scuba-diving, sea walk, dolphin watching etc., or conquer the rugged and untamed terrains with skydiving, wildlife safaris, mountain-climbing, treks.

Now whether you are a romantic couple/honeymooners immersed in love, or a travel enthusiastic family, or a group of friends looking to make memories with your gang, Mauritius is for you all. There are stunning monuments and landmarks like the Black River Gorges National Park, Port Louis etc. that would make for the perfect addition to the family trip, serene beaches and islands such as Ile Aux Cerfs, Grand Baie, Trou Aux Biches that can become a lover's hideout, as well as many exciting restaurants, cafés, markets, and nightlife outlets where you can experience the local lifestyle at the fullest. So, if all this is something that appeals to you, then for your upcoming holiday, make it to Mauritius.

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Attractions

Grand Baie Mauritius
Grand Baie (Grand Bay) is a coastal village which is well known for its white sandy beaches and emerald sea. Resting in the natural cove in Mauritius, it serves as an excellent bay for indulging in swimming, sailing and various other watersports. The bay had been earlier named as De Bogt Zonder Einde in the 17th century by the Dutch, meaning the “Bay without an end”. Grand Baie is the most popular tourist destination of Mauritius owing to its mesmerising scenic beauty and it's bustling liveliness. The bay gets busy very early in the day being the point of departure for fishing expeditions and boat excursions to the northern islands such as Serpent Island, Gunners’ Quoin, etc.During the day time there are several water activities on offer for tourists such as windsurfing, water skiing, snorkeling, kayaking etc. Several tourists prefer to enjoy the beach by going for a swim and sunbathing. While there are others who go on cycling expeditions through the town or indulge in shopping. The nightlife in this place is also full of life with nightclubs and bars running in full swing such as Zanzibar, Buddha Bar, Bana Bistro etc. Most parties start at midnight and continue till early in the morning.
Anse La Raie Beach
The most amazing thing you would see as soon as you reach close to the beach is the different shades of blue. The waves of the water lapping against the sand will definitely make you feel good. Highlights: You can either go out on a romantic boat ride or else can go for some kite surfing too. You can eat some fresh fruits too which will make a good appetite. Complement the food with an amazing cocktail to make your visit enjoyable. This should be must visit place in your trip to Mauritius for honeymoon. Best time to visit: June is the best time to be in the place. Location: It is 27 km away from Port Louis.
Poudre D'or Beach
When you don’t find sand around, you can be sure that you have reached Poudre D’or Beach. It is more of a park than a beach and the water is considered to be quite muddy for a major part of the year. Highlights: You should be visiting the famous monument which was built in memory of two friends and lovers Paul and Virginie. Or you can take a short stroll by the bustling city of Goodlands. Best time to visit: March and May are the best time to visit this beach. Location: It is 23 km from Port Louis.
Poste Lafayette Beach
If you are a hard core beach trekker then it is best to take a walk by the beach. Poste Lafayette Beach. The scenery has some pristine white sandy beach which makes the place look even more beautiful. Highlight: The beach has amazing coral reefs too for you to witness. It is not an appropriate place for swimming because of harsh undercurrents. You will find many snack vendors selling local burgers in the beach which can satiate you palate. Best time to visit: April to September is appropriate to visit this beach.

Mauritius FAQ's

What is Malaysia famous for?

Malaysia Tourism is famous for numerous things including local delicacies, historical structures and adventure activities. Some famous things of Malaysia are:
- Batik - fabric made of silk
- Tropical fruit chocolate
- Sarong
- Beaches
- Shopping plazas of Kuala Lumpur
- Churches of Malacca
- Gunung Mulu National Park

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Which are the best places to visit in Mauritius?

1. Trou Aux Biches: This famous island in Mauritius is where you should be heading for a cozy and relaxing vacation. You can enjoy swimming, beach bumming, snorkeling and trying out the many food outlets here.

2. Black River Gorges National Park: This is the largest park with 68 kilometers of landmass, located in South West Mauritius. This place is an exemplary display of the rich biodiversity of the region. You can go for nature walks, treks, safaris and more during the visit.

3. Mauritius Photography Museum: This special attraction is a part of Port Louis and houses some of the best collections of photographs from Mauritius over the years. You can also find works of many renowned photographers as you explore the vintage exhibits.

4. Lighthouse of Albion: Standing on the west coast of the Mauritian shoreline is this one historically important lighthouse. Once it was used to navigate incoming shipments, now it is a place of tourist interest.

5. La Vanille Crocodile Park: Living up to its name, this park is one of the largest breeders of crocodiles in the world and is known for letting the public interact with them. The giant crocodiles may be the showstoppers of this park but many other animals also find home here including the giant tortoises and monkeys. Many different species of animals, reptiles and plants are located in this park, making it a preserved location under the watchful eye of the law. Getting into the pond is not allowed to the tourists, however if you are lucky enough to have a crocodile near you, you can get a chance to pet them under the surveillance of park authorities.

6. Chamarel: Exhibiting an unnatural looking land formation, Charamel is famous for being home to the part of earth which has seven colours. Leaving you perplexed and shocked at the same time, this formation has been attracting flocks of tourists from all over the world. There are two kinds of attractions, one is the sand dunes which contain multi coloured sand and the other is the formation of rocks. Due to repeated weathering and erosion, the formation has lost several colours which resulted in it having fencing all around. People are not allowed to cross the fencing, however they can easily enjoy the view from far. 

7. Tamarin Beach: Just after the village of Black River, the Tamarin Beach lies on the west coast of Mauritius. The beach is known for its white sandy shores where one can indulge in an array of adrenaline rushing as well as calming activities. Dotted with luxury resorts, one can also book their stay here and enjoy a perfect staycation overlooking the mesmerizing sceneries. The waves of this beach are perfect for surfing and the water is comparatively clear hence one can enjoy diving and snorkeling as well. Adding more adventure to your trip, the beach has various tour organisers as well who offer dolphin sighting cruise options.

8. Grand Bassin: Located in the heart of Mauritius, Grand Bassin, also known as Grand Talao is a famous hindu pilgrimage site. Dedicated to lord Shiva, this temple houses various sculptures and carvings dating back to many years. Standing tall outside the temple, one will find various statues of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and other hindu gods here. The beautiful pink coloured temple covers up a vast space which holds many idols of other hindu gods as well. Nestled amidst greenery, this place lets you enjoy a perfect natural outing with calming and serene surroundings.

What are the best things to do in Mauritius?

1. Snorkeling: Mauritius has some of the clearest of turquoise lagoons in the Indian Ocean which are home to a thriving marine life and colourful coral reefs. And to get the best view of it you can participate in a snorkeling activity around the Blue Bay and Flic n Flac Beach etc.

2. Scuba-diving: This adventure is a step-up from Snorkeling as you can take a deep dive into the unknown parts to see the colorful and unique aquatic world. From fish, crabs, corals, vegetation to sea-beds and much more. This activity can be best enjoyed at Grand Baie, Trou Aux Biches, Blue Bay Marine Park etc.

3. Trekking/hiking: It's not just the beaches that make up the scenic topography of Mauritius but also many gigantic mountains and volcanic craters, forests and other rugged terrains that are ideal for hiking or trekking adventures. Some of the best routes to explore include - Black River Gorges National Park, Corps De Garde, Tamarin Falls, Le Morne Brabant.

4. Dolphin spotting: The western coast in Mauritius is the most popular spot where large groups of dolphins can be spotted. The ideal time to go for such an excursion is during the summers and in the early morning hours. Along with this, you can also get to see whales in the region. The most common sightings are of - Spinner and Bottlenose Dolphin, Gray Beaked and Sperm Whale.

5. Walk Under the Sea: While the activities like diving, snorkelling and swimming are becoming a common activity, Sea walking is standing out as a new fun adventure. The sandy lagoons at the bottom of Grand Baye are considered to be the best spot to indulge in this adrenaline rushing activity. From marvelling at the fascinating corals to gazing at the splendid marine life around you, various once in a lifetime experiences can be enjoyed during this activity. The schools of colourful and tiny fishes along the sea beds will make sure that you get a perfect backdrop for your pictures. You will be accompanied by certified divers which will be there to take care of your safety. 

6. Hop on a Catamaran Cruise: Get driven towards the wonders of nature while traversing through the deep blue waters around you. Gaze into the uninterrupted views of the sea and enjoy the best sunset of your life. By taking a catamaran cruise ride, you will be rewarding yourself with a perfect fusion of fun, food and new experiences. These Catamarans can also be used for inter-island travels where you can visit from one place to another in a thrilling ride. 

7. Skydiving: Water activities are always readily available but if you want to enjoy something different which is only seasonal then make sure that you opt for a session of skydiving. Soaring high in the sky, one can experience the rush of adrenaline as they dive from a height. Proper gears are provided at all the diving centres and proper training is provided in order to make sure that you feel safe. From the height, you can gaze into the splendid scenery of the sea making a curve at its ends. This once in a lifetime will make sure that you enjoy a perfectly thrilling evening. In addition to all this, you can also click various pictures and get your videos made during the activity.

8. Submarine Tour: For the ones who wish to explore the underwater life but do not want to be wet, taking the Submarine tour is the best way to do so. In this activity, you will be guided towards the bottom of the sea where the splendid scenery awaits you. Get mesmerized by the colourful serenity around you as you look out from the glass windows. You will be accompanied by a certified submarine pilot who will provide you with all the necessary information about the aquatic life around you.

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What are the best things to do in Mauritius on honeymoon trip?

1. Catamaran Cruise experience: The Catamaran Cruise is your movie-like moment where you and your partner can set sail on these spectacular Indian Ocean, lagoons and bays around Mauritius. There are many cruise options available including sunset, island visit etc. There are also special performances, music, food and drinks to savor.

2. Adventure activities: The sea, lagoons, mountains, jungles and other splendid landscapes of Mauritius are all filled with opportunities for adventures and activities. From water-sports like scuba-diving, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing etc. to the more thrilling ones like mountain-climbing, trekking, hiking, wildlife safaris and more that honeymooning couples can enjoy completely.

3. Sightseeing: The island country of Mauritius has many beautiful gems up its sleeves that you and your partner can explore by going on island and city tours. Some of the most popular landmarks to see are - Port Louis, Casela Park, Albion Caves and lighthouse, Ile Aux Cerfs, Black River Gorges National Park and so much more.

4. Beach hopping: Mauritius is dotted with picturesque white-sand beaches that seamlessly merge with the cyan sea waves. And to best spend your romantic honeymoon moments, it is best to go on a beach hop around iconic spots like - Grand Bay, Pereybere, Belle Mare, and Blue Bay. Here you can have seaside dinners, water-sports, and plenty of leisure.

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Which are the best beaches to visit in Mauritius?

1. Mont Choisy Beach: Mont Choisy is one of the most picturesque and tranquil beaches in Mauritius. It is a picture-perfect beach, with swaying trees, water that is crystal clear and vast stretches of secluded sandy beaches.

2. Pereybere Beach: Pereybere is one of the most popular beaches in Mauritius where you can enjoy snorkelling some delicious snacks like sandwiches and kebabs that are sold in makeshift shops on the beachfront.

3. Flic En Flac: The Flic En Flac Beach is one of the most well-maintained beaches in Mauritius, with a thriving ecosystem of marine life and coral reefs. You can experience snorkelling, underwater sea walking and other fun activities here.

4. Trou Aux Biches: Trou Aux Biches, along with its white sand shores and stunning shoreline, is known for its beautiful sunsets that take place on the horizon, making it one of the most photographed beaches in the world.

5. La Cuvette Beach: The La Cuvette Beach, despite being a popular beach, allows you to explore unpopulated nooks and crannies on the shore, where the ocean meets the land. The beach is also home to a number of local restaurants that serve fresh seafood delicacies.

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What is Mauritius famous for?

Mauritius is famous for its turquoise oceans and vast stretches of pristine white sandy beaches. It is also famous for its thick sugar cane plantations and dense vegetation of eucalyptus and ebony trees. Water sports like snorkelling, scuba-diving, dolphin-spotting are also popular activities that people like to engage in when they are touring these islands. Mauritius has some of the best marine life in the world, which can be explored through these activities. Mauritius is also famous for its diverse population in terms of religion and culture, whose reflection can be seen in the food, architecture and festivities.

How to reach Mauritius?

The fastest way would be to board a flight from their respective countries to reach Mauritius. You would also require a valid passport with a minimum of 60 days of validity upon arrival. Most countries do not have to obtain a visa either. If you are traveling from India, there are many direct flights from the Delhi International Airport to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Port Louis.

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Is Mauritius expensive?

Mauritius is slightly more expensive when compared to India. The accommodation, food, travel and other activities could vary greatly from some modestly priced to the other being big splurges. An estimated 60,000 INR would cost one person to enjoy a 7-day vacation in Mauritius, covering all the primary costs.

What is the local language of Mauritius?

There is no official local language spoken in Mauritius. You can comfortably speak in English and have no trouble moving about the place or asking any doubts or directions. The people of the land speak a variety of languages though, Creole being the most spoken after English and also some French.

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Is it worth visiting Mauritius for a honeymoon?

Yes. Mauritius is an exotic tropical island country that attracts tourists from all over the world, particularly honeymooners and couples looking for a relaxing time together. The pristine beaches, islets, opulent biodiversity and a rich cultural heritage would all woo you and make the holiday an unforgettable experience.

Do I need a visa for Mauritius? How does one get a Mauritius visa?

You need not apply for a visa to enter Mauritius, as they follow a visa on arrival procedure. Your passport will be stamped upon arrival provided your stay is limited to 60 days or lesser. You will be required to show proof of your return tickets, eligibility to re-enter their country of origin and enough finances for your period of stay over there. However, if you plan on staying for longer than 60 days for any such reason, you must apply for a visa at the Mauritius High Commission in Delhi prior to your visit.

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Which are some of the best resorts to stay in Mauritius?

1. Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa: The name itself justifies that this one is a luxury spa which will load your vacation with some of the best facilities and entertainment options. With its private beach area, multiple restaurants and bars, big swimming pools, jacuzzi and ayurvedic spas, the Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa becomes one of the best stay options for the ones who want an all inclusive vacation experience. The resort also organises various tours like dolphin watching and glass bottom boat rides. Either travelling with family or on a corporate tour, you will be provided with many facilities like conference rooms, kids play area, beachside dining, bonfire facilities and much more.

2. The Oberoi, Mauritius: Located on the pristine white beach of the Turtle Bay, The Oberoi, Mauritius covers up an area of 20 acres. Loaded with swaying palm trees and an array of luxurious facilities, this resort is the perfect destination if you are looking for a stay for your honeymoon. Apart from being a perfect honeymoon destination, this resort also offers corporate facilities like conference rooms and projector facilities. Rest along the beachside sitout areas and spend your days basking in the sun as The Oberoi has its private beach area. The rooms in here are luxurious and are dotted with various comforting facilities. In addition to all this, the resort has its own spa where you can enjoy many healing treatments.

3. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita: Having the Bambou Mountain as its backdrop, this resort boasts of being the most beautiful stay of Mauritius. Having its own outdoor pools, golf courses, tortoise gardens and beach area, this resort makes sure that its visitors get to enjoy many top notch luxuries. If you wish to stay at a place where you can enjoy water based activities then the Four Seasons Resort will let you take part in various activities like boating, diving, and snorkelling. If travelling in a big group, you can also opt for the private villa in which you will be offered a personal pool, jacuzzi, private kitchen and a chef to prepare your desired meals.

4. Lux Belle Mare: Offering a plethora of collectable experiences, the Lux Belle Mare is one such property where you can get closer to nature while enjoying all the luxuries of the modern days. From farm visits to wine tours and from beachside adventures to luxurious spa, an array of entertainment options are available here. For more adventurous evenings, the Lux Belle Mare also offers bicycle tours in which you are guided towards the quaint greenlands and old villages.

5. Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort: With its colonial architecture buildings overlooking the panoramic views of the sea, the Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Wellness Resort is one of the top stay choices in Mauritius. Staying true to its name, this resort is made up on a heritage building and exhibits the best of craftsmanship. If travelling with family or in large groups, you can choose to stay in suites where you will be  offered facilities like a private pool, caretaker and butler. For your little ones, various entertaining and recreational activities are available including food picking, painting sessions, bicycle tours and others.

6. Sands Suites Resort and Spa: Tucked away in the west coast of Mauritius, the Sands Suites Resort and Spa aims to offer a secluded stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. From private villas loaded with luxuries to comfy rooms which stay light on the pockets, the resort makes sure that it lets you avail all kinds of stay options. Overlooking the turquoise blue waters, the Sands Suites Resort and Spa is a perfect getaway for your romantic trips. Its private beach area acts as a perfect spot to indulge in an array of water-based activities and its multi cuisine restaurant is known for serving various freshly prepared regional delicacies.

7. Baystone Boutique Hotel & Spa: The large, clean and updated rooms of Baystone Boutique Hotel & Spa aim to offer a seamless staying experience to their guests. With an open air restaurant serving delicacies while overlooking the panoramic views of  the sea, this place ultimately becomes the perfect option to stay at. To add the much required thrill to your vacation, this resort offers various activities including snorkelling, water skiing, hobie kayak, laser boat, paddle and much more.

8. Ambre Resort and Spa: With tons of watersports, an array of top notch facilities and a multi cuisine restaurant, the Ambre Resort and Spa is here to load your vacation with merry memories. Satiating your tastebuds and ensuring the best safety, this resort is the top choice of travellers. Majorly famed because of its spa, one can undergo various treatments here including ayurvedic massages and healing body scrubs. The resort has its own beach area where people can spend their evening basking in the sun and gazing into the uninterrupted scenery.

Is it safe to travel to Mauritius?

Mauritius is among the safest places for one to travel to. Being a popular tourist destination, the local law enforcement system abides to the best safety protocols. You can also seek help from the natives who are friendly and welcoming.

Which are the most popular cruise experiences in Mauritius?

1. Catamaran Sunset Cruise: This evening cruise sets sail on their north-west region of Mauritius which is said to have the most alluring sunsets. On this cruise you will also get to see the sea cliffs off the coast of the Coin de Mire Island.

2. Gabriel Island Cruise: This cruise Catamaran will depart from Grand Bay to sail to the northernmost end of Mauritius for a visit to the naturally opulent Gabriel island which is only 42 hectares in area. Along the way you will be entertained by traditional Mauritian music played by the crew.

3. West Coast Catamaran Cruise: With this luxury cruise you will get to explore the stunning South-West coast of Mauritius. During the sail, you will go around the Tamarind Bay to spot dolphins, snorkeling at La Preneuse lagoon before finally getting to Benitiers Island.

4. Ile Aux Cerfs Cruise: This private cruise sails along the west coast region in Mauritius before finally arriving at the Ile Aux Cerfs Island. Throughout the voyage you can enjoy drinks, meals, on-board entertainment, water-sports and more.

Which are the best places for shopping in Mauritius?

Though more of an island destination, Mauritius offers a range for both planned and impulse shopping. The best places to go for shopping in Mauritius and what they are famous for are:

Bagatelle Mall, Moka – luxury shopping, events, and hypermarkets.
Centre Commercial Phoenix, Vacoas-Phoenix – One-stop shopping spot
Flic En Flac, West Coast – Seashells souvenirs
Le Craft Market, Caudan Waterfront – Home decor products made of Cane
Curepipe, Plaines Wilhems District – gift items
Bay Bazaar, Grand Baie, Riviere du Rempart – Handicrafts and souvenirs
Floreal Square, District of Plaines Wilhelm – Factory outlet pieces.
Central Market, Port Louis – Homemade oils and traditional remedies
Quatre Bornes Market – textile cloths.

Is vegetarian food easily available in Mauritius? Where can I enjoy veg meals?

Yes. Indian food and particularly vegetarian Indian food is easily available in Mauritius due to the large population of people from Indian descends. Below are listed some of the best Indian restaurants that you can visit for a home-like meal in Mauritius.
- Safran Restaurant
- Delhi Taj Restaurant
- Indian King Restaurant
- La Boussole
- Sitar Indian Restaurant
- Indian Summer Restaurant
- La Chaumiere Masala.

Which is the famous local cuisine in Mauritius?

1. Curries and Farata: The heavy Indian influence has shaped a part of the Mauritian cuisine, curries and farata (paratha) being one of the combinations. Although the base sauces and flavours of the curries and bread are unique to the country and unlike you will ever taste.

Best spots - Sunshine Fusion restaurant in Poste Lafayette, House of India in Trou aux Biches, Saffron Grill restaurant in Riviere du Rempart.

2. Dholl Puri: This is a flat-bread or a pancake which has a split pea stuffing inside. Served with pickles, curries, chutneys and even as is, it is a scrumptious and super popular street-food in Mauritius.

Best spots - Dewa Restaurant in Moka, Four Angels Dholl Puri Restaurant in Bel Air.

3. Seafood: This is an unmissable item on the list while planning a vacation to Mauritius. The island country is surrounded by the Indian Ocean which is also the main source of the freshest and yummiest seafood. Crabs, lobsters, fish, clams, shrimps and more, you can enjoy the best of all.

Best spots - La Capitaine restaurant, Amigo Restaurant in Cap Malheureux.

4. Alouda - This is an icy, creamy and sweet goodness that is a very colourful Mauritius take on the Indian falooda. Made with vermicelli noodles, ice-cream and essences and more, it is a much Instagram-able dessert.

Best spots - Port Louis, Banana Beach Club in Grand Baie.

What is the currency of Mauritius and where can I get my money exchanged?

The currency used in Mauritius is called the Mauritian Rupee and the currency code is MUR. The exchange rate from USD to MUR is 1 USD = 39.85 MUR and from Indian currency is 1 INR = 0.53 MUR. The best place to exchange your currency would be upon arrival at the airport as they have the best exchange rates.

However, you could also get your currency exchange at foreign exchange booths or ATM’s found everywhere on the island, these have a better exchange rate than hotels and banks. Although some places do accept foreign currency, locals always prefer to be paid in the local rupee and keep in mind that in case you pay with a foreign currency, your change will always be returned in the local currency and you might lose a little money that way.

What is a blue safari submarine? Where can I experience it in Mauritius?

The blue safari submarine is an underwater adventure opening you to the beautiful adventure of marine life. Mauritius is the only place in the Indian Ocean that offers this adventure among the 12 places where you can experience this adventure in the world.

You can experience a panoramic view of the underwater world in an air-conditioned submarine that hosts a group of people where lunch and champagne are also served. This safari in Mauritius can be experienced at Route Côtière, Trou aux Biches, Ile Maurice. It’s open on all days and the operating hours are from 08:30 am to 04:30 pm. The minimum age limit for the submarine would be a minor of 3 years accompanied by someone.

Where can I do parasailing and kitesurf in Mauritius?

Parasailing in Mauritius is definitely a thrilling and beautiful experience given the magnificent and beautiful turquoise waters you will be flying over. Some of the best places to try this activity would be Grand Baie, Trou d’eau Douce and Ile aux Cerfs. Similarly, there are a lot of places where you can kitesurf in the island and the best amongst them are: Le Morne, Bel-Ombre, Pointe d’Esny and La Gaulette. It is important to plan these activities well in advance considering the time and place as the weather plays a major role.

Which are the famous water parks in Mauritius?

1. Casela Nature Park: As suggestive of the name, this park is boastful of the rich ecosystem of Mauritius. There are many fun activities and rides that you can enjoy around the wilderness setting. Safaris, swimming with dolphins, zip-lining etc. are just a few of the many experiences available here.

2. Splash n Fun Leisure Park: This is a pirate and shipwreck themed water-park that is perfect for a relaxed outing in Mauritius. There are many amusing rides like - Crazy Ride, Giant Body Slide, Aquaplay, Wave River, Bumper Cars, Merry-go-round, VR games and much more that will keep you engaged.

3. Tysplash: This water park is especially designed keeping in mind of the young travelers (children). There are plenty of rides, slides and special Tysplash activities that would be great fun for visiting families with their little ones.

How is the nightlife of Mauritius?

Mauritius has a happening nightlife, with multiple clubs and bars that remain open till late at night. Some of the most popular places include:

- Fifty-Five Lounge Club where you can enjoy live music, drinks, a dance floor and DJ.
- Zoobar, which is a laid back, relaxing venue where you can indulge in some fine dining.
- Kenzi Bar, which is a popular nightclub for its welcoming ambience and hippie culture.
- 7 Merveilles Restro-Bar that is famous for its amazing cocktails and hookahs.
- Lambic that offers over seventy varieties of freshly brewed beers in a 19th Century colonial warehouse.
- Several casinos, where you spend a fun-filled evening playing the Roulette, Blackjack, Slots, Wheel of Fortune, Baccarat and many more such games.

What are the famous snorkelling destinations of Mauritius?

1. Blue Bay Marine Park: Situated on the south-eastern side of Mauritius, the Blue Bay Marine Park is a popular snorkelling destination, ideal for first-timers and beginners.

2. Pereybere Beach: Pereybere Beach is one of the best beaches in Mauritius for snorkelling. This beach is famous for its clear water and numerous restaurants along the beach, where you can relax after your underwater session.

3. Flic En Flac Beach: The waters of the Flic En Flac Beach are shallow and calm with magnificent marine animals and well-preserved coral reefs, making it the perfect snorkelling destination.

4. Mahebourg: Snorkelling at the Mahebourg Bay amidst gorgeous fishes like needlefish, damselfish and clownfish is truly an out-of-the-world experience that you must not miss when in Mauritius.

5. Pointe Aux Piments: The narrow beach of Pointe Aux Piments is situated in the north-western coast of Mauritius. It is an ideal beach for snorkelling as well as sunbathing, picnics and leisurely strolls.

Can we go for Kareri Lake trek in Winter?

Yes. However, winters are the least favourable time of the year to attempt the Kareri Lake Trek, particularly for novice and amateur trekkers. But if you are someone who has trudged through tough terrains, Kareri Lake would be a fun and gratifying experience.

Best Time to go for the trek and what to expect:

The ideal time to plan a trekking trip to Kareri Lake is from April till December. These months cover summer, monsoon and pleasant winter seasons in the region. With every different month, you can see a dramatically different sight of the landscapes in the region.

Summers: This time of the year displays the trails in spell-binding lush greenery and vibrancy of other verdure. The weather conditions also remain comfortable for covering larger distances with ease.

Monsoons: A bit daunting to partake in monsoon, the Kareri Lake would require a bit more preparation and commitment during this season but would leave you enchanted with satisfying vistas of verdant vegetation that sprouts with heavy rains. The night time temperatures can drop to sub-zero but the days are nice and enjoyable.

Winters: This is when the entire trail gets covered in snow and the lake freezes completely. Although, the downside of this season is the equally freezing temperatures and a more asking trail, especially at night. But if you can get past it, the trek is a complete vision

Important Information:

Area: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 3 Days
Altitude: 2950 metres
Approximate Trekking Distance: 30 kilometre
Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate

About:

The freshwater mountain lake of Kareri sits in the Dhauladhar Range in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh at a higher altitude of around 2950 metres. This alluring site is also becoming a prominent tourist attraction because of its natural beauty and an exciting trekking route which can be attempted by beginners and seasoned hikers alike.

Throughout the trek, you traverse dense forests, streams, alpine villages, meadows, rocky grasslands and much more. The dynamic landscape also looks different in every season, further adding a uniqueness to the experience of trekking. 

Things to Carry:

- Backpack / Rucksack + A smaller Day-pack
- Trekking Shoes + Water-resistant Sandals + Slippers
- Regular Clothes
- Warm Clothes - Sweatshirts + Jackets (summers and monsoon), Fleece + Thermalwear + Pullover + Woollen Socks and Gloves etc. (winters)
- Caps or hats
- Sunscreen, Body lotion or any other Skin Moisturizers
- Reusable Water Bottle
- Flashlight (with spare batteries)
- Insect Repellent and Emergency Medical Kit
- UV Protected Sunglasses
- Lightweight Towel
- Wet-Tissue and other Toiletries
- Eatables
- Miscellaneous

Short Itinerary: Day 1 of the Kareri Lake Trek would commence upon your arrival in Dharamkot.

- The entire first day would be spent in getting acquainted with the surroundings.

- Day 2 is when the actual trek will start-off where you would walk past and through lush forests, over many rivulets and other resplendent landscapes of Himachal Pradesh till Reoti Base Camp and further to the endpoint, Kareri Lake. By the end of the day, you would return to the Reoti Base Camp and stay overnight at a campsite.

- Day 3 would be the end of the adventure with your departures for McLeodganj from Kareri Village.

Where is Mauritius Located?

The island country of Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa. Geographically, the country is a part of the Mascarene Islands, with its capital being the city of Port Louis. Mauritius lies around 800 kilometers east of Madagascar with its bordering territories being Rodrigues Island.

Encompassed by exuberant coral reefs, the Mauritius island has a volcanic origin with its highest point (2,717 feet) being Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire in the southwestern region. The vegetation of Mauritius features over 600 exotic species of flora and fauna and endemic birds.

Mauritius has gained a lot of popularity across the globe for its pristine beaches, fascinating history, endless shopping options, flavoursome seafood, and stunning nightlife. This place is also known for its adventure activities, including trekking and water sports.

Mauritius is blessed with a maritime subtropical climate, with significantly uniform temperature all through the year. The country experiences two prominent seasons, hot (December to April) and cool (June to September). One can easily reach Mauritius by taking a flight or even through cruises. From India, there are direct flights from Delhi and major carriers are Air Mauritius and Air India. 

What is the capital of Mauritius?

The city of Port Louis is known to be the capital of the island country of Mauritius. Founded back in the year 1735 by French Governor Bertrand-François Mahé de Labourdonnais, the city is an economic hub at the present day. Lying in the northwestern region of Mauritius, Port Louis presents to the world the mesmerizing amalgamation of modern glamour and 300 years old customs and traditions.

Being the business and administrative capital of Mauritius, Port Louis contributes profoundly to the tourism industry of the country. That said, the city is packed with a myriad of tourist places of interest, including beautiful shrines, architectural marvels, intriguing museums, lush gardens, lively markets, and charming waterfronts. Some of the popular attractions that tourists love to flock to in Port Louis, include Blue Penny Museum, Jummah
Mosque, Aapravasi Ghat, Port Louis Waterfront, Citadel Fort, & Mauritius National Botanical Garden.

The best time for visiting Port Louis is between the months of May and December. During this period of the year, the weather of the country is cool, sunny, and dry, which is suitable for enjoying fun outdoor activities.

Do Indians need a visa for Mauritius?

Yes, Indian citizens traveling to Mauritius need a valid visa for entering into the country. Indians traveling to Mauritius for holidaying or for corporate purposes can avail 60 days visa on their arrival from the immigration department at the airport. However, travelers who want to stay in the country for more than 60 days, need to apply for a visa. Indian travelers can acquire a visa for Mauritius completely free of any charge, provided they produce the following documents:

Documents for Mauritius Visa on Arrival: 
Two copies of recent coloured photographs
Valid original passport
Confirmed return ticket
Accommodation proof in Mauritius
USD 50 to 100 for stay per day 

Documents to Apply for Mauritius Tourist Visa: 
Valid original passport
Two copies of recent coloured photographs
Two completely filled visa forms
Onward visa
Confirmed return tickets
Photostat copy of credit card 
Proof of sufficient funds
Bank statement of previous three months from the date of visa application
Confirmed accommodation proof in Mauritius
Proof of sponsorship, if your trip is sponsored by a Mauritian citizen

Documents to Apply for Mauritius Business Visa: 
Valid original passport
Two copies of recent colored photographs
Two completely filled visa forms
Onward visa
Confirmed return tickets
Photostat copy of credit card 
- Proof of sufficient funds
Income tax proof of previous three months from the date of visa application
Confirmed accommodation proof in Mauritius
Proof of sponsorship, if your tour is sponsored by a Mauritian firm

Where is Port Louis?

Port Louis is located in the island nation of Mauritius and is known to be the capital city of this country. Founded in 1735 by French Governor Bertrand-François Mahé de Labourdonnais, this vibrant city lies in the northwestern part of the country.

Port Louis is well connected to all the important destinations across the world and can be reached by airways. You can take a flight from any important country, including India, and land at Sri Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, which lies at a distance of 47 kilometers from the city center. Popular airlines that fly to Port Louis include Air Asia, Emirates, British Airways, Air France, and Turkish Airlines. The flamboyant city of Port Louis is a charming mix of contemporary glitz and age-old traditions. The myriad of cathedrals, mosques, temples, and museums present in this city speaks a lot about its glorious history and culture, while the stunning waterfronts and swanky restaurant introduce you to its modern-day spark.

Port Louis is packed with every inch of attraction, starting from high-end boutiques and glamorous casinos to breathtaking gardens and intriguing museums. Some of the key interests of this city include The Le Caudan Waterfront, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, Place Sookdeo Bissoondoyal, and Chinatown.

How to get to Mauritius from India?

You can travel to Mauritius from India by airways and waterways.

By Airways

The easiest and fastest way of traveling to Mauritius is by taking a flight. Direct flights to Mauritius run from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Air India and Air Mauritius are known to operate daily flights between the two countries. Travelers can also take connecting flights from other prominent cities of India, including Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, and Kolkata. The connecting flights fly to Mauritius through Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saint-Denis, and Jeddah. Air India, Emirates, and Air Seychelles are known to operate on these routes.  

By Waterways

Travelers can also go to Mauritius from India through water, onboard a luxury cruise and get to enjoy maximum time with their loved ones. Cruises operate from two important ports of India, one in Mumbai and the other in Chennai. The cruises running from the Port of Mumbai to Port Louis in Mauritius cover around 3,175 nautical miles and conclude the whole journey in about 13.2 days. The cruises operating from the Port of Chennai to Port Louis cover about 3,079 nautical miles and reach Mauritius in 12.8 days approximately.

Mauritius Reviews

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Mandar Sabnis
Reviewed: 25 Oct 2022
5.0/5
Thank you team for making such a nice arrangement for our Mauritius vacation. Special thanks to Vikas and very appealable thing was he was all time reachable. Thank you for making such a wonderful memory for us.
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Cyntexa Labs Private Limited
Reviewed: 11 Oct 2023
4.0/5
We had a great experience with Thrillophilia, specifically with Akash, he explained everything to our whole team and helped us in every step. I would recommend whenever someone is willing to book a trip with thrillo, please ask for Akash, as he is one of the best. He took care of every aspect of our... Read More
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Prajakta Sambre
Reviewed: 16 Oct 2022
5.0/5
Got a superb deal from Thrillophilia for a 4 star resort in Mauritius. Whole team including Thrillophilia agents and local tour operators were very helpful and expert in their areas. Recommended!
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Dinakar Malik
Reviewed: 17 Jul 2020
5.0/5
Booked this tour through Thrillophilia and it turned out to be one of the best trips I have ever done, location, meals, everything was just great, in this price it was a bit surprising for me and was happy with it.
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Govinda Menon
Reviewed: 26 Jun 2020
5.0/5
Recently we went to Mauritius, and it was one of the best trips we have ever been to. The place is so beautiful and mesmerizing, the beaches are so alluring. The nightlife is so lit there, We even had fun exploring the historical sites in the city, and we even went to the temples. The entire trip wa... Read More
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Rameshwar Reddy
Reviewed: 26 Jun 2020
5.0/5
I was planning to travel to Thailand as I have heard about it’s beaches and great figures of Buddha. And I must say it was more beautiful than can be described. I spent a good no. of days and was completely attached to the place. It was nice being a part of Thrillophilia as a traveller. Hope to trav... Read More

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