Singapore is considered by many to be a land ahead of its time. This can be credited to its futuristic marvels and sky-kissing buildings among many other things. The city-state becomes an experience of modern architecture when it is lit with bright lights at night-time. Otherwise, Singapore is renowned for its extremely fast-paced growth, which seems to continue into the year 2020. Part of this growth is the introduction of new shopping malls, unique dining venues, luxury hotels, etc. Even without considering what the future holds for Singapore, the existing attractions and activities can be sometimes overwhelming to choose from. Hence, now is the perfect time to book your tickets, get a Singapore Visa and visit this marvellous destination. Here are some attractions you must explore and some activities you must participate in to get the proper Singapore experience:
Take a night safari
Traveling to the northern reaches of Singapore is well worth the effort as gives you a chance to get an up close experience of wild animals at night. The reason that a night safari is recommended is because the wildlife park is situated next to the Singapore Zoo and only opens from 7:30pm to midnight. Wandering the footpaths and bridges of the fragrant night-time jungle will provide a pleasant yet eerie experience. Moreover, it offers you the chance to observe around 120 species of nocturnal creatures up close. These include tigers, fishing cats, and alligators, etc. Electric trams run around the perimeter of the park, making stops at several places. These trams are highly recommended to take a guided tour on.
Wander around Gardens by the Bay
One of Singapore’s exquisite marvels is Gardens by the Bay, which consists of futuristic botanical gardens with bio-domes and supertrees. A pedestrian walkway away from the Marina is Singapore’s premier green space covering 101 hectares of reclaimed land. This greenery houses biodomes that house well over 800 species of plants from different climate zones. For example, the Desert Dome has giant cacti, the Cloud Forest Dome has a waterfall cascading from a 35m mountain, and the Flower Dome replicates the Mediterranean climate including the ancient olive grove. The surroundings of these gardens are dotted with various sculptures. One of the most prominent ones is the Planet by Mark Quinn. The sculpture looks like a giant sleeping baby that seems to hover in mid-air. Moreover, Towering above these gardens and the sculptures are 18 supertrees. Theses supertrees look especially beautifully when they are lit up for the Garden Rhapsody sound-and-light show. This show is held every night from 7:45 – 8:45pm.
Shop on Orchard Road
Orchard road in Singapore is the city’s main shopping street. Among the many stores it has, it is most famous for its fashion stores. The name of the street, however, is very ironical. Despite beg named orchard street, there is not one orchard in sight. Instead, it is filled with gleaming malls, department stores, clothing stores, and designer shops, etc. The food stalls in this area can keep you sustained for days if you choose to spend all your time on the street. ION Orchard is solely focused on high street fashion on its lower floors. On the other hand, if you want to explore haute couture, you should get on the upper floors. A shopping centre known as 313@Somerset stocks reasonably high-priced street brands and, hence, it is popular with younger shoppers. The Takashimaya Food Village is a food court that is part of an enormous Japanese department store. Moreover, if you wish to purchase Asian art, ornaments, and carvings, you must visit the retro Tanglin Shopping Centre.
Day out at Universal Studios
The popular movie production house has several of its theme parks around the world. The one situated in Singapore is one of the most popular ones and is divided into seven ‘worlds’. It is the star attraction of Resorts World on Sentosa Island at southern end of Singapore. Generally popular with families, it has a great set of attractions are suited to both children and other family members. These attractions include rides like Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey in Far Far Away, Dino-Soarin’ in The Lost World, and the all-singing, all-dancing Sesame Street Show in Hollywood. If you are someone that seeks thrill I n everything you do, you should run straight to Sci-Fi City. It has the tallest duelling rollercoaster in the world called ‘Battlestar Galactica’. Another great attraction in Sci-Fi City is ‘Transformers the Ride’, which takes you on a 3D thrill ride into an urban otherworld.
Eat your way around hawker centres
You will not be able to experience the true taste of Singapore, until you visit hawker centres where Singapore’s best street food is served. Hawker centres are basically large food courts that house a large number of street food stalls serving a wide range of eateries from snacks to entire meals. Singaporeans hold their food in high regard, and in a generally expensive city, eating at hawker centres is a vibrant experience. Hawker centres tend to get crowded fast, so to you need to secure your seat. To do that that, the culture in Singapore says that you should place a packet of tissues at a table to indicate that it is taken.
Indian nationals who want to visit Singapore as a tourist for a short term period of 30 days need an e-Tourist visa in the form of an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). One can download the Singapore visa application form from www.ica.gov.sg or obtain one from any of the authorized travel agents. All visa applicants are required to fill the attached visa application form 14 A in full. Applicants whose application has been approved can have their e-Visa printed by the authorized visa agents.
Here is the list of documents required for Singapore Tourist Visa
- Valid passport with at least six months validity on the date of entry into Singapore along with two blank pages
- A clear photocopy of passport first, last & any observation page
- 2 passport size colour photographs taken within the last three months
- Duly filled and signed Visa application form
- Confirmed Booking for Return Flight to India
- Confirmed Hotel bookings or accommodation
- Last 6 months bank statements
- Covering letter including the purpose of visit, date of travel, no of passengers, details of land itinerary
- Company ID card & 3 months’ Salary slips if the applicant is an employee
- Certificate of registration of the company / Partnership deed & Covering letter on the company letter head along with financial documents (if the applicant is a company owner or self-employed)
- If travelling with a child (below 18 years), birth certificate or NOC
- If invited by family or friends then an invitation letter from your family/friends in Singapore
With the process of applying for a visa entirely online, Indian tourists need to submit their applications to an authorized visa agent as the Singapore High Commission does not accept individual walk-in applications since 2009. An alternate way to apply for a Singapore Visa is to visit a travel website that helps you with the application and guides you through the entire process.
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