Bahrain is a small island off the coast of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in the western section of the Persian Gulf. Bahrain enjoys a deeply rooted set of history and traditions which remote back 2000 BC, when the Dilmun Civilization thought that is little island was the land of eternity and immortality. This lead to as much as 200,000 burial mounds being created in the island over the following millennia.
Thousands are now visiting Bahrain to see the crumbling ruins of the old Dilmun civilizations, the mighty fortress of Qalat Al Bahrain, the famous scuba diving sites, and the quaint desert towns and craft centers that dot the country.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Bahrain:
Some of the great highlights in Manama can be found in the throbbing souks where you can discover spices, pearls, and exquisite carpets, and you can also take a trip to the Bahrain National Museum to learn all about the Portuguese and Persian past of this city.
If you so desire, you can also find swish shopping malls aplenty, as well as luxury resorts that nestle along the Gulf Coast.
Riffa is located in the heart of Bahrain and it used to be the largest city in the country, before being usurped by its big brother Manama.
3. Amwaj Islands
The Amwaj Islands are an archipelago off the coast of Bahrain and present a lesson in Middle Eastern opulence.
The islands are made, as is often the way here, from 100% reclaimed land and you will find spectacular whitewashed towers here as well as luxury apartments.
Muharraq dates from the Dilmun Civilization but it was the Greeks that brought real prosperity to this northern city in Bahrain when they began a series of powerhouse trade routes here.
It used to be the capital of Bahrain but nowadays Muharraq is the entry and exit point of Bahrain as it is also the home of Bahrain International Airport.
5. Hawar Islands
The Hawar Islands sit at the southernmost point of the Bahraini archipelago and are just across the coast from neighboring Qatar.
These islands are uninhabited, although this is mostly due to the fact that this is one of the most arid parts of Bahrain and as such sourcing water is difficult.
Fly with Air India Express to Bahrain from Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore and Thiruvanathapuram.