Some of us travel for adventure, some for peace and some for luxury. But there are some of us who travel for very peculiar reasons, to destinations that are not very conventional. From fanatics looking for Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes on the streets of London, to those looking for the Night King somewhere beyond the wall in Iceland, these travellers are those who travel to seek the heroes and villains of our beloved stories.
One such sect of tourists are the ones who travel to Romania in search of vampires. An 18th century Irish writer, Bram Stoker, wrote Dracula and based his character on Vlad III Dracula, the ruler of the province of Wallachia in southern Romania in the 15th century. Whether he was actually a vampire or not doesn't matter today. Today, all that matters is that Transylvania, and in extension Romania, has become the destination where people go looking for vampires!
But Romania isn't only about vampires! So while you are there looking for your very own Dracula/Edward Cullen, why not check out some of the best the country has to offer?
Romania is a country of contrasts. You can see horse-pulled carts overloaded with hay on the same highways cruised by speeding Audis and Mercedes. You see towns that have cobbled pathways and ruined castles standing side by side with gleaming modern buildings. Romania has stepped out of its history while still retaining the charm and mystery that surrounded it.
How to reach
From New Delhi, you can fly to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Average round trip economy class airfare is Rs. 37,000.
Romania is not yet a part of the Schengen countries and therefore you can’t visit it on a regular single-entry Schengen visa. However, if you have a multiple-entry Schengen visa, you can visit the country. Otherwise you can apply for a Romania visa here. The charges are Rs. 4,575.