Travel Series 3: Why travelling to Serbia should be on your bucket list this year?

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Serbia carries the charm of the old world, communist era countries with untamed natural beauty combined with architectural suaveness. Lonely Planet goes on to the length of describing Serbia as “A cultural fusion and a wild party” and “in sylvan hills and rugged gorges”. It is often said that Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia rivals Berlin for the party capital of Europe.

Though there still looms a huge specter of political correctness, Serbia is still a cultural hub and a melting pot of art, architecture, and history(This is the country which started the World War-1), and each of the city has something totally different offer.

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Belgrade

If you love food, or history or love to party or are just looking for a reason to travel, or none of the above, Belgrade is the place you should be heading to. Okay to be a bit more explicit, located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, this city is steeped in history of the bygone socialist eras, and scattered with eateries serving some amazing caviar and brewing its own indigenous beer(They have more than 100 microbreweries, with one of them more than a hundred years). The city also plays host to the Kalmegdan Citadel, a strategic fort in the pages of history, and has been under the occupation of Romans, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian and Austrian in different stages of history and now hosts an array of museums and a park.

As is often the case with capital cities(Except maybe in India and U.S.A,), all of them have an exceptional nightlife culture(Well, Mumbai and New York are the exceptions). British daily, The Guardian describes it as “Every night of the week Belgrade is home to a huge variety of clubs and parties. You can dance in old fortresses and on boats, in underground caverns and cocktail bars.”. Enough said!

Novi Sad

Novi Sad, how to put it delicately, is a hippie’s dream, with a lot of parks, open cafes, and beauty of a city sans the big town hustle. Often dubbed as the Athens of Serbia, this city has an identity of its own, with alternative art history, cultural hub-hub and a music festival of its own.That being said, Novi Sad is 2019’s European Youth Capital, and in 2021, it will become the first non-EU city to spend a year with the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture.

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Tara National Park

Tara National Park is a 220 square kilometer land encompassing more than 100 species of birds, a 1000 species of fauna, a lot more of the other wildlife including otters, foxes and lynxes, and also plays host to the endangered brown bears. The specialty of this park lies in Drina River canyon, the third largest of it’s kind. The same river cuts through the forest and makes this location a must visit for photographers and people who love river rafting.

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