Cultural Capital of Romania
Piata Mare is the historic centre of Sibiu and is, as the name declares, a large square. There are shops, restaurants and cafes on either side. Walking further takes us to the Christmas market, beyond which is Piata Mica and my awesome hostel. Looking for a free walking tour didn’t quite work out (they only have tours in the winter if enough people call and request for one because of how cold it is), so I was left to fend for myself and figure things out on my own. Brasov’s christmas market isn’t Romania’s largest (that distinction goes to Sibiu), but it doesn’t compromise on charm. The sun was shining, and the buzz of so many people milling about just made it all that much lovelier.
Everything is better after you’re full, no? I didn’t have much to do. It gets dark quickly in the winter so I just decided to make the most of whatever little time I had and walked around the city. What can I say about Timisoara? I don’t know much about it, frankly, and I didn’t get a chance to find out either. I can tell you it’s in Western Romania and is the third most populous city in the country. I can tell you it is called ‘Little Vienna’ for some reason (but I was in a foul mood that day and I refused to agree with whoever told me that). And I can tell you that it is a pretty city. If prettiness can show itself inspite of the snow, it’s a pretty city indeed!
The next leg of my journey was to the village of Bran which is famous of the Dracula Castle. This quaint village is breath taking and is located in one of the most picturesque regions of Transylvania.
After shivering in the snow for a few hours, I gave up on couch surfing and went to find a hostel. Quick Google search + Google Maps, and twenty minutes later I was in front of Hostel Costel. THANKFULLY they had room, and the hostel was nice and non creepy (that’s not something I can say about the hostels I stayed at in Rome. Shudder!!!).
The Peles Castle in Sinaia is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains. The train journey from Brasov to Sinaia is one of the best train routes I have taken in Europe and it has a mystical aura and energy to it. This castle is one of the most beautiful and widely appreciated castles in Europe. It is an elaborately decorated, fairytale-like Romanian royal palace.
Sighisoara is a UNESCO recognized town in Romania which is a tiny medieval city of winding cobbled alleys, steep stairways and secluded squares and places like this rarely exist. It has pastel-coloured buildings, stony lanes and medieval towers simply bolstering its beauty and making it an idyllic place to visit in Transylvania.
If you are looking for the absolute riches, creamiest, chocolatiest gelato in Florence – go to Venchi’s and treat yourself to the Cremino 1878 with any other flavor. You won’t regret it – I promise! Try the 1878 Cremino.
The place is basically known for a hydral project which is under Punjab government from the time of british rule. Barot is a beautiful village and definitely an unexplored region. Two rivers (Uhl and Lamba Dug) from different valleys meet here.