While watching Football world cup in Brazil, we are unable to miss the enthusiasm of FIFA fans from all over the world…it is not only an occasion to satiate your sporting spirit but also wanderers spirit. We are sure fans would be having ball of a time with football, fun, shopping, adventure, cuisine, carnival what not!
Oh! You missed being in Brazil for FIFA 2014, fret not, Common Wealth games are round the corner to regale your sporting and traveller’s spirits. Start planning now to be part of this grand sporting event to be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 – August 3, 2014. Sports tourism is witnessing impactful growth now only in India but world over. You can plan your visit by opting for tour packages specially designed by Thomas Cook, Cox & Kings and Kuoni India.
Giving you an update on Common Wealth games, the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Glasgow on 20 July 2014 for the final four days of its momentous journey. Travelling 190,000 kilometres over 70 nations and territories and relayed by thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth, the baton’s journey ends in the Host City of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The People’s Palace will host the starting line for this fantastic event, before the baton journeys through Glasgow. Visiting the iconic landmarks that make the city famous, the baton will be cheered past the Gallery of Modern Art, George Square, Glasgow Cathedral and the Mitchell Library.
Glasgow’s west end will play host to the second day of the event, taking in venues including Kelvin grove Art Gallery and Museum, the Botanic Gardens and the Finnieston Crane. On the penultimate day of the relay, the baton will travel to the south side of Glasgow, past the Burrell Collection, Tramway and the Citizens Theatre.
You can expect an exciting night of music, special guests and surprises as Mother Glasgow opens her doors to the Commonwealth.Not only this, you can also experience the once-in-a-lifetime buzz of the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow at their biggest Festival 2014 Opening Ceremony party. Also you can enjoy a dazzling line up of Scottish musicians including Lulu, Eddi Reader, James Grant, Rab Noakes, Sarah Hayes (Admiral Fallow), Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire, Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert as they come together with friends to celebrate this momentous occasion. Don’t miss to watch the spectacular Opening Ceremony live on giant screens whilst indulging in refreshments from a delicious Scottish Food Village and bar area.
On Opening Ceremony night UNICEF will bring the Commonwealth together for children. Be a part of this special event at Glasgow Green Live Zone and for every ticket you buy, it will donate £1 to UNICEF in support of its work for children.
Those of you who are into outdoor pursuits, like water sports and hikes can head to Lochmond and The Trossachs and The Trossachs National Park, simultaneously can indulge in sea food culinary delights in the town of Argyll. Not only this you can take historic tours of Scottish castles like Stirling castle, Edinburg castle, Birkwood castle. Edinburg is supposed to be one of the most haunted spots in Scotland, frequented by long line of haunted ghosts.
If you area wine connoisseur, don’t miss to visit some of the finest distilleries in the world too, some of which are easy to reach from the games venue.
What is life without a dash of shopping to wherever you travel and which part of the world you travel, especially women travellers? Shopping in Glasgow is only second to London and must-do for Indian shopaholics. To begin with, you can head to Style Mile, refers to the square mile in the very centre of Glasgow which houses the most extraordinary concentration of shops – from unique designer stores to flagship stores for British and international retailers. Over 200 stores, many exclusive to the Style Mile are now open until 7pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Five of Scotland’s hottest designers have come together to create an exclusive collection of limited edition tote bags inspired by late night shopping on Glasgow’s Style Mile.
Bookended by two large shopping malls – Buchanan Galleries at the north end, and St Enoch Centre at the south – the pedestrian boulevard of Buchanan Street has been voted one of the world’s top retail destinations. And with the recent opening of Buchanan Quarter, home to Scotland’s first Forever21 store and many more retailers, this part of the city continues to offer the best shopping outside London’s West End.
Where Sauchiehall and Buchanan Street meet, Buchanan Galleries provides a gleaming, modern showcase for over 90 famous name retailers – anchored by John Lewis. This department store, renowned for exemplary customer service and its knowingly undersold price guarantee, has four floors filled with everything from fabulous fashion labels to covetable home wares.
St. Enoch Centre, Situated at the corner of Buchanan and Argyle Streets and anchored by a huge Debenhams store teeming with choice in fashion, beauty and home wares, St Enoch Centre is a gleaming modern mall housing the most popular names in High Street shopping plus a fantastic food court – all under one roof. Princes Square is one of Scotland’s leading speciality shopping centres, with an unrivalled mix of boutiques covering fashion, lifestyle, beauty, gifts, art and jewellery. Established 1849, Frasers is Glasgow’s Scotland’s Premium Department Store. Standing at the bottom of Buchanan Street, the most iconic building of Glasgow’s Style Mile offers five floors of temptation including an internationally renowned Beauty Hall and brands that you will not find anywhere else in Scotland. Located in the heart of the city centre, just off Buchanan Street, the Argyll Arcade offers the largest selection of jewellers and diamond merchants in a single location in Scotland. Ingram Street runs from Royal Exchange Square right through to the heart of the Merchant City, and is the city’s most exclusive fashion boulevard with a range of designer brands.
As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is renowned for its music scene and the city’s independent music stores play a big part in this culture. With widely acclaimed stores such as Albamusick, LostChord (the oldest second hand record store in Glasgow), LOVEmusic, Missing Records, Mixed Up Records, Monorail Music, Play It Again Records, Volcanic Tongue and Rubadub Records you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Would you like to miss on this unique opportunity to travel to Glasgow for unique blend of sports, fun, food, castles, culture, concerts, entertainment, cuisines, shopping what not?