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Visiting Singapore is like being treated to an expansive buffet of delicious dishes; it spoils you for choices and satiates you at the same time. While Singapore might look like it’s all about fancy high rises and humongous malls, if you lift that concrete veil, you will be delighted to see massive parks, unmatchable art, lip-smacking street food and sparkling beaches. The Lion City’s flawless transport, clean streets and safe environment are icing on the cake. Singapore, with immigrants from all over the world, has a complex cultural history with Malay, Indian, European and Chinese influences. It is a country where people belonging to various religions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity peacefully co-exist. Singapore has four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. Many Singaporeans also speak Colloquial Singaporean English or Singlish informally. 

Most travellers spend around four days in Singapore to cover all the obvious ‘must-dos’. However, the city deserves a longer stay than that. After you have visited the standard but fascinating Gardens by the Bay and Jurong Bird Park, peek into the country’s interesting history at Battlebox (a military museum), experience tranquility at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum or escape the city’s hustle-bustle at MacRitchie Nature Trail. 

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Travelling from one place to another will never be an issue, thanks to the easy and accessible Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT). Singapore has a tropical weather throughout the year which means it is always hot and humid. Average temperatures vary between 24 degrees Celsius and 35 degrees Celsius. The city experiences heavy rainfall from November to January and highest temperatures in May and June. All in all, the best time to visit Singapore is from July to September and February to April. Singapore celebrates many festivals with enthusiasm but noteworthy are Chinese New Year in end-January or February, Deepavali in October or November and Christmas in December.

Singapore Visa

The number of travellers from India to Singapore for leisure is increasing, thanks to the latter’s relaxed visa terms. If you are an Indian passport holder, you can apply for a Singapore tourist visa with which you can stay for maximum period of 30 days in the country. This multiple-entry visa is valid for two years. All you need to do is download a free application form from any of the two official websites – Immigration and Checkpoints Authority or Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore. The visa processing fee is around S$30 (or INR1,500) and the processing period is one working day. For more details, visit the High Commission of the Republic of Singapore (New Delhi)’s website.

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Things to do in Singapore

Photograph Singapore’s showstopper skyline from Esplanade – Theatres of the Bay and then stroll along its picturesque waterfront. Spend half a day at Chinatown shopping souvenirs, visiting museums, sampling lip-smacking street food and peeking into Singapore’s culture and history. When you are craving some entertainment and adventure visit Sentosa Island to experience Universal Studios Singapore or S.E.A. Aquarium. You could also chill at Palawan Beach in Sentosa or take a thrilling ride at Mega Adventure Park Zipline. History buffs can visit the National Museum of Singapore where they can learn about the country’s modest past through interesting exhibitions and movie screenings.

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Food in Singapore

Singaporeans take their food very seriously. The city is studded with some posh restaurants offering unmatchable culinary experiences to lively hawker stalls creating dishes that will tantalise your taste buds in ways unknown. For a sensational gourmet food affair, reserve a table at Raffles Grill at Raffles Hotel Singapore. Sip your favorite wine while soaking stunning city views at Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore. If you are looking for some budget-friendly food options without compromising on the taste, Singapore won’t disappoint you. Head to Michelin-star hawker stall – Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle – and eat a delightful meal for as low as S$2 (INR100)!

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Shopping in Singapore

Singapore has the perfect balance of luxurious shopping malls and value-for-money street shopping options. To get a huge dose of sophisticated shopping at international brand outlets, head to Orchard Road where you can explore shopping precincts such as ION Orchard and Paragon. For shopping knick knacks, artifacts and souvenirs, visit Chinatown Street Market. If you feel like splurging, check out the Marina Bay Sands complex to shop some high-end brands. In case you want to get your creative juices flowing, check out MAAD – Market Of Artists And Designers – an inventive marketplace of creations by the art and designs community in Singapore held every month on a Friday night at the Red Dot Design Museum.

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