Bali – The Island of Beaches And Temples

The moment we think about pristine beaches; Bali is the name that rings the bell. Many people have this impression that there are mostly beaches and nothing more to do. I happened to have planned my reunion with old friends in Bali for 15 Days and we exactly knew what we are going to do for the entire trip; Backpacking!!! The whole idea was to explore the place like a local, experience the local culture and return home with not only memories but with different perspective. At the end I wish I had planned for more number of days.

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Our experiment with food was with, Sea side shacks and few high end restaurants. I would recommend; if you are in Seminyak, visit Potato Head Club and Ku Te Da both offering amazing view and top notch hospitality. Potato Head Club often hosts pool parties and is located right on the beach; whereas Ku Te Da offers more fine dining experience with huge variety of food. You can always find cheap and hygienic local food, Bakso! The food is actually cheap in Bali with average meal for one costing around Rs. 250 to Rs. 350.

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Bali is known for its beaches; there are tourist beaches and then there are offbeat beaches that one can enjoy on Bali tour. Padang is undoubtedly the most peaceful, clean and very small of them all. Located in Uluwatu; it is surfers paradise and people looking to have quiet time. Canggu Beach, little north from Seminyak is the next upcoming beach destination. Surrounded by the rice fields and villas located near beach makes it ideal for people looking to spend time away from the city chaos. People come to Canggu for mostly surfing. Another beach that is making wave is Sanur, perfect for surfers and great night life. Seminyak is undoubtedly the capital of nightlife in Bali with great variety of clubs and bars which are opened till 4 in the morning.

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Temples are Bali and Indonesia’s great heritage ranging from Hindu to Buddhist temples. One of the best temples that I visited was Pura Besakih located close to Mount Agung. It is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. The view surrounding the temple is simply a travelers delight; with clouds and mountains around. Pura Tirta Temple in Ubud is another temple that is home to nature hot springs, ancient architecture and Indonesia’s President spends his time in the villa located right next to the temple. Uluwatu Temple is another jewel located right on the cliff and the Kecak Dance (Part of Ramanyana) performed when the sun goes down.

There is more to do in Bali and explore which cannot be covered in 4-5 days, and there is something for everybody in Bali.

Highly recommend to plan your Bali trip.

AARE GORGE – Glaciation Beauty Of Swiss Alps

Switzerland is known for its natural beauty and people from across the globe travel to feel the experience and admire this beauty. One such natural wonder in Switzerland is the Aare Gorge which is situated close to the Meiringen town in the Hasli Valley. The Aare gorge is formed over river Aare that cuts through the limestone rock. Around 10,000 years ago, at the end of the Ice Age, the glaciers started to melt and the violent water along with the melting glaciers started moving, creating deep valley into the limestone rock due to erosion. This process of glaciation formed Aare Gorge which is around 1.4 kilometers long and 200 meters deep.

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The train journey takes you to the Aareschlucht  station where you get down for Aare gorge. When you walk further down, a small walkway leads you to the entrance of the gorge and which opens up your view to the emerald green waters gushing and thundering ahead through the narrow walls of the gorge. The view is simply amazing as you walk along the narrow bridge that is constructed along the gorgeous and easy walk that is mostly between 1 and 2 m wide, built up of wood, supported with steel frames, asphalt and gravel.

At the closest, the gorge is hardly apart and it is only in the afternoon that the sun rays gush into the gorge, making it look more astounding. While you walk on this carefully built narrow walkway, cautiously, you will applaud every step of the river. At times the paths will hug the rock walls while at other times you will walk above the green water.

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At one point the river and the path would squeeze through an opening. Then the gorge would open out as the high walls soar toward the brilliant blue sky. At some places the volume of the water will raise while at some there would be hardly any water and only pebbles can be seen and the roar of the water gushing in the background can be heard. The experience is absolutely amazing. It is approximately an hour’s walk when you reach the other end of the wonderful gorge. The one hour walk is so adorable that you just do not realize how time passes by while you admire the nature’s beauty.

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To access the Aare gorge one can board train from Interlaken or from Meiringen which is the nearest railway station and reach Aareschlucht. On reaching the cave like station, you can refresh yourselves with coffee, sandwiches and chocolates at the Aareschlucht Restaurant and move ahead for the stimulating yet wonderful experience. The entire journey would include bus and train journey, however, it is surely refreshing.

ALASKA – Land Of Heavenly Beauty

As I had traveled to a lot of scenic destinations like Canadian Rockies and New Zealand, I thought that Alaska will also quite similar. But No, it is absolutely gorgeous and has its own beauty. You cannot compare it with any other destinations. Alaska offers you ultimate natural beauty, wildlife, marine life encounters, deep thick glaciers, beautiful land scapes and a great weather from June to September.  The icing on the cake is the attitude of the people there. Alaskans are very warm, fun loving and  hardworking people.

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My Alaska trip started with an amazing 6 hours cruise to the very famous prince William sound from Whittier where one can see lots of Glaciers. While on cruise I spotted wildlife and birds like the bald eagles, seals & dolphins. But what had stunned me was the Surprise Glacier. And all on board the cruise could see the falling glaciers. The glaciers in the College and Harriman Fjords are worth a visit. In fact it’s a not to miss tour.

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Next I went for the National Park tour of the Kenai fjords from Seward. Seward is a very tiny scenic town of Alaska. It is a gateway to the Alaska land when you are coming from Alaska 7 nights cruise. I was very lucky to spot amazing wildlife like the sea lions, Sea Otters and killer whales or Orca. We had an awesome encounter with humpback whale. She was in a very good mood and would swung and dive in the open waters in front of our cruise. We could see her just some feet away from us diving and playing for about half an hour. This is going to be a life time and the most memorable experience for me. Also, very scenic journey throughout the day, with dense spruce trees and Glaciers.

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I had headed for Denali national park via Talkeetna. Journey till taleetna is about 3.5 hours. According to the local guides and drivers, we were very lucky, as out all the people travelling to Alaska throughout the year, only 30% lucky people could see the Mt. Mc Kinley on a clear day. What beauty it is !!!! From Talkeetna I hoped on a scenic Rail journey to Denali national park. The Dome Class service of the Wilderness Express Train is worth taking. The service, the food, the scenery everything wonderful. The wide landscapes which you can just fill in your eyes and save it for lifetime.

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Denali national park has so many activities to offer. You can chose from Water Rafting, Dog Sledding, Dog Mushing, Flight Seeing, Glacier Landing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Hiking or just relax with a cup of coffee in you amazing lodges which are built in the lap of nature.

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Anchorage which is like a commercial capital of Alaska sits on the terminus of the cook inlet. Surrounded by mountains on one side, the city is very lively, gives a chance for good shopping and great souvenirs. History lovers would find interest in the most famous Alaska Native Heritage Museum. I went for the Aurora Show which gave a glimpse on the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.

Be prepared to stay with a rustic feel when in Denali National Park. Food will be more of American style but yes, Vegetarian is easily available. For sure Alaska is a place with undefined natural beauty, lots of activities, abundant wildlife and nice local people. I would recommend it to people of all ages to take a vacation in Alaska.

Things Must Adopt From Japan

The land of the rising sun never stops to surprise us with its hidden secrets and culture. Today Japan is synonymous to precision and perfection in various fields. The confluence of old and new, traditional and modern is the character one can find in every corner of Japan. Just like India, this Nippon nation believes in the principle of life after death.

It is amazing to experience how detail oriented these folks are! One can start noticing from the small things like drinks in the machines, out of the world food, car designs and constant rush to get things done; so it is quite easy to blend in and reminds one of the similar metro city with people who enjoys to work hard, cherish their food and loves machines. Another area where the world scientist and management gurus have undertaken studies is the Japanese style of working. The idea is to know how they are able to increase the efficiency and decrease the ratio of errors. Everybody is focused in one direction and motivated to create a safe, clean and efficient society.

1)  Perfection:

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Perfection is very much synonymous Japanese products and their way of working. They enjoy and take due pride in the creation of the products. Bullet trains that are in integral part of Japanese life, are the perfect examples of the Japanese spirit of perfection. The train authorities apologize if the train is delayed by a few seconds. The documentary named, “7 Minute Miracle” shows how the train is cleaned and prepared for next departure in exactly 7 minutes. This perfection is maintained in the food, other public transportation.

2) Never forget your roots:

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Hospitality and traditions are at the heart of the Japanese Culture. These traits can be observed in all aspects of day to day life. As a guest over for dinner, it is considered disrespectful to not slurp your soup while eating. Chopsticks are essential part of dinner table etiquette, holding them correctly and not crossing them while eating are considered good manners. Always take directions from salaried men; they are very accurate and helpful. Try getting lost and people will come to your rescue as they want to practice their English.

3) No Tipping:

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Tipping has different definitions throughout the world; the western countries have set percentage to be paid/added in the bill. The same is not the case in Japan; there is NO TIPPING at all.  The workers simply don’t expect the tips from the guests in Japan. Even if someone tries to put down small amount of tip; they are being turned down. From high end hotels to the street side hawkers; the guests are served with humbleness and with heart. It is viewed in Japan that when you are paying for the service then why tip extra? There have been stories circulating in the media about staffs chase the guests to give them tip back that was left as a TIP. However there is different style of tipping that existed in Japan. If you want to tip someone who you think deserves it, and then simply put the money in small envelope. It’s very old custom, so always remember that it is considered to be rude when you just take the money out and hand it to the staff.

4)  Cleanliness:

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The concept of cleanliness is attached to the spirituality. They consider that everything surrounding us affects our life. It may be also the last place to see men and women wearing white gloves for the clean-up. The hygiene is of utmost importance which can be seen that from the way they wear masks to protect themselves from the viruses.  One of the most amazing sights is the sidewalks; they are so clean that one can literally sleep on them. The paved roads look as if it was newly built. Such is the cleanliness that we can sure learn a thing or two from them.

5) Modern Toilets:

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This is something the world is amazed to see how technology is blended into simple things in life. From fully automatic to water conserving toilets you can find them all in Japan. Today the government wants to market them around the world. On your next visit experience this technological marvel!!!

6)  Work ethics:

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People in Japan are very passionate about their work. They work very hard and demonstrate loyalty to their company. They never showed up even a minute to their job in Japan. If someone late more than three minutes to his job, then he can lost an hour of vacation pay and sat at desk with doing nothing for next seven hours. Japanese are mostly work around the group harmony principle. According to this principle, if any employee made a mistake, then he has to face public embarrassment for that mistake. Disrespecting the Boss even in his absence or indulging in office gossip is considered inappropriate.

7)  Safety:

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When it came to safety, Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. There is incredibly low crime rate and chances of any bad happen are slices to none. The media and government in Japan also promote the safe, lively and worry free environment. Everyone feel hundred percent secure, even the children roam around the mall, school and home without any adult supervision. Women are alone stroll back into the dark streets in both unpopulated and populated location with any worry and safety issues. They left their bags unattended at public places while going to bathroom.

8) Engineering:

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In Japan, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is the excellent and amazing sample of modern civil engineering. It is the largest cable bridge in the world suspended with no pillars. Japan is also famous for its most advanced technology and robotics the world ever made. A new age of robotics has arrived into the world of humans & Japanese technology has many variations in it. Japan is world’s largest manufacturer and consumer of robots. About fifty percent of world’s robot are made and utilized in Japan. There are different types of robots like Humanoid Entertainment robots, Androids, Social Robots, Guard Robots and many more. Japan employs over a quarter of a million in robot making industry. Japan estimates that number to jump over one million and expects revenue for robotics around $70 billion by 2025.

Adventures that should be on your bucket list

What’s life without Adventure? Explore the other side of this beautiful earth by going to the mountain biking, hike rough terrains, towering peaks, kayak through the fascinating rivers and be with natural in the outdoors. The world offers the desired adrenaline kicks to the adventure junkies. If your ideal holiday is less strolling around a new place taking in the sights and more dangling four hundred feet above them, then this is for you. From coming face to face with sharks to extreme sports that get your heart racing, these adventure activities around the world will be definitely appeal to the adrenaline junky in you. The following list represents the most popular adventure activities offered around the world, with tips on where you can do each one both near and far from home. Don’t just watch the adventure on TV; go out to experience it first’s hand.

1)      Everest Base Camp

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Everest Base camp is like living a dream even higher than the clouds for adventurous and mountain climbers to climb up the highest point exist on Earth. It is divided into two parts, South Base camp in Nepal and North Base Camp in Tibet. Far from the conveniences and daily luxury routine, the trip to the camp saturate the spirit and provide a strength and peace. The supplies which are used during the base camp can be carried with the help of animals, mostly on yaks. The Everest Base camp route is one of the most popular trekking routes in the world with thousand of trekkers visited every year.

2)    Khardung La : World’s Highest Motorable Road

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Khardung La is the highest mountain pass in the Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The elevation of the pass is 5359 meter and a gateway to Nubra valley and shyok in Ladakh. Khardung La offers amazing views of the Nubra valley and roads winding up the mountain. The fresh air, scenic locations and the feeling of being on top of the earth have made this pass one of the popular tourist attraction. Traffic on Khardung La is regulated to ensure smooth flow of vehicles. Traffic from Leh towards Khardung La are allowed only from the morning to the afternoon. During the month from May to October is the best time to visit the pass.

3)      Cycling on Brooklyn Bridge

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The Brooklyn Bridge is a cable stayed bridge and one of the oldest bridge in New York City. This impressive bridge connects the Brooklyn and Manhattan city by spanning the East River, which made it world’s largest suspension bridge. It has a separate elevated walkway for bicycle and walk along the centerline. The main road or centerline has six lanes for automobiles, while the other heavy vehicles are prohibited. The sideway has been open for the cyclists and walkers. It also have a wide pedestrian walkway and city’s first dedicated bike lanes with more than thirty one hundred cyclists and four thousand pedestrians every day.

4)      White Shark Cage Diving

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White shark cage diving is one of the most adventurous activity, which can be done in South Africa. The diving is hundred percent safe that can be done under most experienced crew. The custom made shark cages are well protected with a capacity of twenty passengers. White shark cage diving is breath taking experience, getting into the cage which is surrounded by great white shark that are roaming around face to face. The sharks are brush their teeth and tails against the cage but never attacks so strong towards the cage, as much as we afraid. Personal thought about one to one eye contact to the world dangerous animals is guaranteed exciting and adventurous.

5)      Mount Fuji Climbing

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Mount Fuji is the highest and most prominent mountain peak in Japan. The mountain itself has the most attractive view and climbing through it, is the most rewarding experience for the hikers. The month of September is the favorable for such an adventure when trails and mountain facilities are available. During this period, the weather is mild, mountain free from snow and huts are open. Mount Fuji is very popular among the local and foreign tourists, from which one third are hikers. Everyday large number of hikers climbs the mountain.

6)      Skydive over lake Wanaka

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Looking up to the mountain is easy, but looking down from the height of 15,000 ft above the land is most thrilling and memorable experience. Skydive over Lake Wanaka is most spectacular, intense clarity of sky, high altitude skydive and free fall from the fifteen thousand feet at two hundred km above the Southern alps of New Zealand. The scenic 360 degree view of mount aspiring and mount cook during the flight is breathtaking where glacier feed lakes and rivers. The New Zealand is the main hotspot for the airborne adventure.

7)      Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb

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The ultimate bridge adventure starts from exploring and climbing the climb base of Sydney Harbor Bridge. The best experienced crew equipped with all outdoor gear based for the weather conditions, health and safety essentials. The climb leader will guide and entertain by telling the interesting stories about the history of bridge. On each step enjoy the most iconic and scenic view of Sydney, counted as a most beautiful harbor in the world. Right in the heart of Sydney, the top of the bridge is 134 m above the sea level. For the safety reasons, no need to carry the camera and phone because climb leader have all the necessary items and they also click the photos.

8)      Surf at Surfers Paradise

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Surfers Paradise is a suburb with a wide surf beach which is very popular among the tourists. At Surfer paradise, it’s obvious to grab swim gear kit and head straight to the water to experience the surfing at one of the best beach on Gold Coast. The most vigilant and experienced lifeguards who are keep watching every activity going on the beach and guide everyone who need any help. There are lots of luxury accommodations with some amazing sight seen. Surfer paradise has lot to offer like visit skypoint deck on Q1, duck tour, cruise the waterways, Jet boating and much more.

9)      Cycling through Bordeaux Vineyards

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Bordeaux Vineyards is stretch over a Dordogne river and wine produced near in the fertile valley with a huge area where biking vacation. While roaming around the vineyard with cycle one can enjoy the fields of sunflower, notable cave paintings along the river, architecture of churches and monasteries. Biking through the wineries while enjoying the weather truly one of the memorable adventure that not to be missed!

10)      Gorilla Trekking

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When we thought about Gorilla instantly our mind takes us to the Tarzan and King Kong movies. Now it’s time to watch them live. Gorilla Trekking in the impenetrable forest watching gorilla closely feels amazing, thrilling and a lifetime experience. Tracking gorillas only done in South African mountain’s all year around in the city Uganda and Rwanda. There are only seven hundred eighty six mountain gorillas remaining in the world and all are found in South Africa.

Unbeatable Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the most beautiful forts located on Aravali hills in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, 85 kms from Udaipur . The construction of this building began during the reign of Maharana Kumbha & later witnessed the birth of the great Maharana Pratap is one of the most beautiful UNESCO world heritage sites. The fort is a marvel of military architecture owing to its location at the height of 1914 meters above sea level & its 36 kms. long wall, the second longest wall in the world after Great wall of China. Today, Kumbalgarh has become a popular weekend holiday resort for people from Gujarat & Rajasthan, who come there to experience its history & relax at the many luxurious resorts in this area.

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The most remarkable palace in the fort complex is the Badal Mahal, where Maharana Pratap was born. The palace has beautiful rooms with lovely colour combination of greenish, turquoise and white which present a bright contrast to the earthy colours of the Fort. One can get an amazing panaromic view of Mewar & Marwad from the top with surrounding Aravali Mountains. The historic complex has a number of temples & gardens that are worth visiting. Moreover the sound & light show held every evening is a great way of witnessing hundreds of years of history in a moment.

Kumbhalgarh’s location has always been greatest advantage. It’s easily accessible from Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer – Pushkar & yet off the well trodden tourist routes. The route to Kumbhalgarh is very scenic, zigzag roads passing through magnificent Hills and forest giving a scenic view of all the beautiful landscape. The place has some very beautiful resorts that add to your weekend experience.

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Aodhi Resort :

Aodhi is a sanctuary resort besides the hills crowned by the majestic fort. One of theoldest resorts in Kumbhalgarh with all the basic and modern amenities. The rooms are built in heritage style with modern décor, making it a heritage luxury resort. Enjoy the afternoons by the pool side and indoor games facilities making a perfect holiday for a family.

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Kumbha Bagh :

Kumbha Bagh is a stunning hill-top Resort 3500 ft above sea level, same height as KUMBHALGARH FORT. It has been fantastically built into a luxurious, sophisticated and an outstanding romantic retreat. Nestled in the Aravali hills, each room at Kumbha bagh have stunning view of Fort. The Contemporary design showcased in this spectacularly built property, complemented by their cotemporary service makes your stay a memorable experience. One of the most unique features of this property is its landscape, which manages to strike a balance between modern and antique design.  The Kumbha and Pratap Suites, together form the front Arms of the resort & has its own private deck, Jacuzzi and balconies with a glorious view of Kumbhalgarh Fort and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary.

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Fateh Safari Lodge :

It is situated on the edge of Aravalli Hills. It is an ideal base for exploring stunning views of the plains of Marwar and the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience.  Guests can enjoy wildlife safaris to the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and soft adventure activities like bird watching, trekking, walking safaris, etc.

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National Parks in United States of America

United States of America has been one of the pioneers in establishing protected areas that are termed as National Parks. At the moment, USA is home to fifty nine National Parks and many of which are off the beaten path. These parks are not only important for conservation purpose but forms for great tourist attractions. Each park is popular for its unique characteristics and illustrates the untouched natural picturesque beauty of United States of America. So whether you are a Pro hiker or an easy walker, each park has something exquisite to offer you. Some of the most popular national parks are:

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Situated in Tennessee and North Carolina:

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The busiest park in USA receives more than nine million visitors every year. The park boosts of two visitor centers – Sugarlands Visitor’s Center and Oconaluftee Visitors’ Center which provides information on Wildlife, Geology and History of the park. The park used to be residence for indigenous people who migrated once the park was founded. Cades Cove, the valley where they resided still preserves log cabins, barns and church and self guided vehicle tours and bicycle tours offers visitors to glimpse back in time. The Park offers Hiking, Fishing and Horseback Riding facilities for the tourists as well.

Grand Canyon National Park situated in Arizona:

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The Grand Canyon in this national Park is a colossal tribute to the Canyons all over the world due to its sheer size, depth and layers. The canyon is formed of colorful rocks, which at times gives an impression of being an Artist’s Palette. The Park is divided in two parts – the north rim and the south rim. The north rim is remote and less tourist activity is seen whereas the south rim is accessible for Hiking, Tour drives, Walking tours, Mule rides and Helicopter or small airplanes tours. A skywalk was constructed in 2007 over western rim and has been a major attraction for tourists since then.  All in all, the Grand Canyon sight is that of magnificence and such that one must not miss!

Yellowstone National Park situated in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho:

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Famous for its geothermal attractions especially “Old Faithful Geyser”, The Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited parks of USA. The Yellowstone Lake is largest High- Elevation Lake in USA and is situated over a super volcano which is considered to be active. The park is home to grizzly bears, wolves, elk and bison. Apart from wide range of Flora and Fauna, the park caters to activities like camping, mountaineering and fishing for its visitors. It also has 9 visitor centers and museums which are responsible for maintenance of approximately 2000 historical buildings and structures. The best time to visit park would be in summer, from March to July.

Rocky Mountain National Park situated in Colorado:

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The park consists of the front range of the humongous Rocky Mountains that stretches across 4800 Kms from Canada to Southwestern United States. The Park has combination of Mountain views, mountain lakes, Wildlife, wooded forests and varied climates to entice its visitors. There are various lookout points for the visitors to enjoy spectacular views of the national park. Hiking, Backpacking, Rock climbing, mountaineering, camping and Fishing are some of the interesting activities offered at the park. During winter, when snow falls cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and Telemark skiing becomes the temptation that attracts tourists to this destination. It would be fair to say, that no matter what season you decide to visit the park it will always be a unique experience.

Zion National Park situated in Utah:

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A chance not only to visit the park but also to stay in the raw and wild natural beauty that is what Zion National Park has to offer. It provides its visitors with a chance to stay amidst the beautiful Zion Canyon at Zion Lodge. The park is a paradise for rock climbers’ and hikers with walls like Touchstone, Spaceshot and Prodigal Son and trails like weeping rock and Angel’s landing. Guided horseback riding trips, nature walks, and evening programs are available from late March to early November. The Zion lodge consists of motel rooms, cabins, cafes, restaurants and gift shop as well. However occupancy is fast filling and advance booking is highly suggested.

Yosemite National Park situated in California:

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Yosemite National Park is renowned for its granite cliffs, crystal clear water and numerous waterfalls. The park reacts to the weather conditions and pleases its viewers with different splendid sights. The park has a valley visitor centre, a museum, a lodge and a world famous Ahwahnee Hotel. Most locations in the park are accessible by vehicle. However for some lookouts, you might have to hike.  Summer is best time to visit the park since it offers wonderful water activities including rafting through Yosemite Valley. All in all, the park is worth a stop by if you are passing through that region.

To indulge in nature and explore unexploited places, National Parks is the best place to start with. Discover your inner self with these national parks and you will carry a memory of them for the rest of your life, that’s guaranteed!

EGYPT- The Land Of Pharaohs

Egypt is a country that lies on the southwest corner of Asia and northeast corner of Africa via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. It is the world’s only nation having borders adjacent to three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa. Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa and the Arab World. Majority of the people live close to the banks of the Nile River which has the only available cultivable land, whereas country’s majority of the area is constituted of Sahara desert which is sparsely populated. Egypt’s fifty percent population lives in urban areas in and around the Nile Delta, Cairo and Alexandria. The History of Egypt dates back to as long as 10th century BC.

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The significant political, cultural, and military influence has made Egypt a regional power in the Muslim world, Middle East and North Africa. It’s economy is one of the largest and most diversified in the Middle East, with sectors such as industries, tourism, agriculture and services contributing equally to the economy of the country.

In ancient Egypt, The Pharaoh was the political as well as the religious leader of the mass. He was given the titles ‘High Priest of Every Temple’ and ‘Lord of the Two Lands’. The word ‘pharaoh’ is the Greek form which was the designation for the royal residence. As supreme leader of the people, the pharaoh was considered a god on earth, the mediator between the gods and the people, and when he died, he was believed to become Osiris, the god of the dead.

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Additionally, the pharaoh would oversee religious rituals, choose the sites of temples and command what work would be done (although he could not choose priests and very rarely took part in the design of a temple). As ‘Lord of the Two Lands’ the pharaoh made the laws, was the owner of all the land in Egypt, gathered taxes and made war or safeguard the country against hostility.

Egypt is one of the most diversified and largest in the Middle East nations. It is considered as the birth place of civilization and has experienced some of the earliest developments of agriculture, writing, central government, urbanization, and organized religion in history.

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The most famous tourist attractions of Egypt are the centuries old monuments for which the Nile Valley is world famous. Major among them are the Pyramids and Great Sphinx at Giza, the Abu Simbel temples south of Aswan and the Karnak Temple Complex and Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Cairo also has the Cairo Museum and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha. The coastal areas of Sinai Peninsula are very popular with visitors as well.

ISTANBUL – The City That Lies On Two Continents

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey contributing to the history, culture and economy of the country. Istanbul is one of those very few cities in the world that lies in two continents, i.e, Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus strait that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara divides the city into its European and Asian parts. The city has pulled number of visitors, two years after it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city fifth-most-popular tourist destination in the world. The city is popular for its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cultural and entertainment hub of the city can be found across natural harbor, the Golden Horn. Rated as a global city, Istanbul is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan economies in the world. It accounts for more than twenty five percent of the country’s GDP and hosts the headquarters of many Turkish companies and media outlets. The city’s historical and commercial centre lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. By population, Istanbul is the fifth-largest city in the world.

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Istanbul is an ancient city that was inhabited by the Thracian tribe around 6th century BC and was named Ligos around 3rd century BC which became one of the most prominent cities in the history of the world. The city has been a witness to Ancient Greece, Phoenicia, Ancient Rome and Ancient Persia. The city had a major contribution in the elevation of Christianity during the times of Byzantine and Roman empires. The Ottomans took control of Istanbul in 1453 and converted it into an Islamic bastion and the seat of the Ottoman Empire.

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Because of its, strategic geographical location along the historic Silk Road, rail networks to Middle East and Europe, and the only sea route between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, Istanbul has been able to nurture a heterogeneous population. Since 1950, the population of the city has grown ten times, as migrants from across Anatolia have swarmed to the metropolis and city limits have enlarged to shelter them. At the end of the 20th century, arts festivals have been established, and the infrastructure improvements have produced a varied transportation network.

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Istanbul is one of the important tourist places not only in Turkey but also in the world. One can find thousands of hotels and other tourist related industries catering to both visiting professionals and vacationers. Istanbul has a number of prime attraction including the Blue Mosque (The Sultan Ahmed Mosque), the Topkapı Palace, the Dolmabahçe Palace , the Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, the Galata Tower, the Spice Bazaar, Pera Palace Hotel and the Grand Bazaar. With the opening up of malls and shopping centers, such as Akmerkez, Metrocity and Cevahir Mall, which is the biggest mall in Europe and seventh largest shopping center in the world, Istanbul has become one of the major shopping centers of the European region. There are various other attractions like museums, cultural events and sporting events.

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A few interesting facts on Istanbul :

  • Istanbul had more than 1400 public toilets under the Ottoman Empire putting to shame many European palaces and cities.
  • The origin of Tulips is in Istanbul. They were sent from Istanbul to Netherlands.
  • The Grand Bazaar has more than 3000 shops in 61 streets and is the oldest and largest historical bazaar in the world. It requires three days to see all the shops.
  • Istanbul is surrounded by sea, with the Bosphorus passing right across and yet, it has an average snowfall of 18 inches.
  • Istanbul has the highest number of mosques in Turkey. There are 3,113 mosques in the city.
  • From 1930 onwards, any mail addressed to Constantinople was not delivered by post office. This was to ensure that the people used the Istanbul name.
  • In 1954, the sea in Bosphorus in Istanbul froze. As a result, people were able to cross the strait by walking on the large ice pieces.
  • After London and New York, Istanbul has the 3rd oldest Subway in the world built in 1875.

 

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE: You Serve An Idea, We Deliver A Movie

Universal Studio is a theme park located in Sentosa Island, Singapore. It consists of seven theme zones which are based on our favorite TV series or Hollywood movie.  Each park has its own unique attractions, characters, shopping & dining places. It is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia on 28 May 2011.

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The seven themes, upon which the park is based, are:

1. Hollywood :

It is the main attraction of the park. It has several souvenirs shop & restaurants. The park is based on the theme ofHOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD – which also features the famous- HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. Entering into the Hollywood zone feel like you are in midst of an entertainment zone. The structure of the zone is framed by palm trees & beautiful architecture. The famous characters of the street are Woody Pecker, Winnie Woodpecker, and Minions from Despicable Me, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe & many more. The main shows performed there are:

  • Pantages Hollywood Theatre
  • Lake Hollywood Spectacular

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2. New York :

This park is based on the theme of modern New York City. The main shows of the zone are:

  • Lights! Camera! Action! show- which is a sound & action show
  • Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase

It also has the famous New York Public Library replica. Also special Sesame Street characters appear like: Elmo, Big Bird, Abby, Cookie Monster & many more.

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3. SCI-FI CITY:

Sci-Fi city is based on the theme of how cities & metros will look in next 20 years. It is equipped with modern technology & conveniences. It has one of the largest & tallest dual roller coasters- Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cyclon which is based on a blockbuster TV series- Battlestar Galactica. It also has many food & beverages outlets & souvenirs shops. The popular Must to do rides of the zone is:

  • Transformers: The Ride: It is 4-D Dark Ride Motion Simulator.
  • Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cyclone: it is based on your favorite TV series Battlestar Galactica.

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4. Ancient Egypt :

The zone has pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, tombs based architecture. It is based on the history of Egypt. And when enter the zone one will have the feeling of the typical Ancient Egypt. It is the replica of the popular film : The Mummy. It has an Indian Restaurant named OASIS Spice Cafe where you can enjoy delicious indian meals. The popular rides are:

  • Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride: It a high speed dark roller coaster ride
  • Treasures Hunt: It is a mini car ride

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5. LOST WORLD :

The Lost World is divide into 2 parts mainly: Jurassic Park & Waterworld. The Jurassic Park features the famous hit hollywood movie Jurassic Park. You can have an amazing feeling of dense forest with your best friends dinosuars roaming around you. There are majorly all different kind of dinosaurs, rocks, mountains & tropical forests. The main rides & shows are:

  • Waterworld Show: It is a live performance stunt show which involves actions, stunt in midst of a pool area
  • Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure: It is a featured water ride wherein you sit in a round circular boat & enjoy the dense forest with horrifying dinosaurs all around.
  • Canopy Flyer: It is a mini roller coaster ride
  • Amber Rock Climb: It is a rock climb ride

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6. FAR FAR AWAY :

It is based on the DreamWorks Animations where you can experience how fairy characters live in a real daily life. The main attraction of the zone is a big Castle named Far Far Castle. The famous characters are Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona & Puss in Boots. The popular rides & shows are:

  • Enchanted Airways: It is Roller coaster ride
  • Shrek 4-D Adventure: It is a 3-D adventure show with special effects based on Shrek & Princess Fiona Love story
  • Puss In Boots: It a large suspended family roller coaster ride

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7. MADAGASCAR :

Again based on the DreamWorks Animation MADAGASCAR Movie- famous four animals of the movie: Alex, Gloria, Marty & Melman. You can also have a photogenic picture with your favorite characters. The area has lush green tropical forests. The main ride is the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure wherein you enjoy a water boat ride.

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HOLLYWOOD DREAMS PARADE:

This parade was launched on fifteenth February 2015. The parade features a parade all over the park with new song & new choreographed act. Different kinds of props & beautiful costumes are used to make the parade a blockbuster hit of the day. The parade is performed on every Saturday & Sunday & sometimes on many public holidays at 5 pm. The parade passes through all the seven parks with all the characters playing a special role in it.

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