“How I wish there were 28 hours in a day,” wonder many early birds whose dil mange more despite making the best of every moment of the daylight. And then there are the nocturnals who cheerfully ask, “Where’s the party tonight?!” These are denizens who get recharged only when the dusk sets in so they can burn the midnight oil by lounge prowling! Well, in a nutshell, some of us love to revel longer in sunshine while others like to bask in the glory of moonlight forever. What if there’s that one day when both get to rejoice equally! Now, that’s equinox for you! While the celestial dynamics make some days longer and some nights shorter and vice versa, there are two days in a year when the duration of daytime and night is approximately the same. And this year, September 23 is one of the two days (the other day being March 20) to witness this astronomical event.
So as the cosmic needle of balance weighs in favour of both ‘day and night breakers’ on equinox, we identify select locations that give you the best of both worlds.
The mecca of fashion, food, art and culture, Paris is a traveller’s heaven in every sense of the word! If the iconic Eiffel Tower amazes you with its towering presence in the daylight, the monument is a photographer’s delight at the twilight! And those of you who look up to the twinkling stars (pun intended), the dazzling Tower set against the dark sky, is sure to give you your ‘wow’ moment.
Day out: Shopping bonanza, grandiose churches, splendid museums, picturesque river bridges, culinary splendour
Night out: Pubs and bars at St Germain-des-Prés district and several other bustling spots a la Moulin Rouge, music concerts, movie theatres
One of the sprightliest cities of the world, Sao Paulo is for those who are game for urban indulgence. From gastronomic variety to ethnic diversity, the Brazilian spirit amazes you every moment. Sprawling architecture, lively culinary markets, the famous Jardim Zoológico and much more make your day (literally) even as electrifying entertainment districts keep the nocturnal party animals awake all night.
Day out: Architecture sightseeing, Soccer Museum, shopping, street art, coffee and other culinary outing
Night out: Samba Saturday, comedy clubs, music blubs, bars
The Lion City exemplifies the colours of Southeast Asia like no other city does! Known for its multicultural essence, Singapore embraces you with its warmth, vibrance and exuberance. An eclectic mix of natural beauty and urban alchemy, Singapore has a distinct appeal that attracts tourists from across the globe. No matter what time of the day, the city entices you with all its charms.
Day out: Botanic Gardens, Zoo, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Sentosa Island
Night out: Chinatown, cityscapes, night safari, shopping, dining
4. Dubai, UAE
Live life king size as you explore the best of Middle Eastern culture in Dubai. An oasis of luxury and extravagance, the Emirate makes you speechless with its splendid ultramodern cityscape, awe-inspiring shopping avenues and luxe nightlife. From kids attractions to family recreations and indulgence for the young at heart, Dubai has abundance for everyone!
Day out: Dessert Safari, shopping, breath-taking malls, souks and ‘gold rush’
Night out: Dinner cruise, gigs, concerts, nightclubs, Burj Khalifa at sunset
The city that never sleeps tops the list of locations in India, especially for those of you who wanna get an adrenaline rush no matter where you are – on streets, in pubs, by the beach or jostling your way into the local! Bustling with human sea at seven in the morning and action packed at midnight… Yeh hai Mumbai meri jaan!
Day & night out: Street food, street shopping & street walks, sunset/sunrise at beaches, cityscapes and British & Portuguese architecture, pubs and bars, bakeries & café culture
Coastal culture at its best, Goa is a perfect blend of greenscapes, picturesque beaches and splendid architecture. If the Arabian Sea satiates your thirst for refreshing breeze throughout the day, it’s the music, food and merrymaking that enliven your evenings. You may be a honeymooning couple, a bunch of friends or family on vacation, Goa cheers one and all.
Day out: Breath-taking churches and beaches, happy biking, Forts sightseeing, shopping, windsurfing and other water sports
Night out: Dine by the sea, night flea markets, pubs & clubs