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Venice: The Medieval Romantic Destination

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This romantic destination is located in the city of Italy. Venice is also, the capital city of Veneto Region.

LOCATION

Venice is a beautifully crafted city amidst a group of 118 small islands, that are internally separated by various canals and architecturally linked with each other by bridges.

The shallow Venetian lagoon possesses this beauty.

VENETIAN LAGOON

This enclosed bay of the Adriatic Sea hailing from northern Italy holds the beautiful Venice.

Adriatic Sea:

The Adriatic Sea is the water body that separates the Italilian Peninsula from the Balkan Peninsula and the Apennine Mountains from the Dinaric Alps.

This is the northern most arm of the Mediterranean region.

PRIDE

  • The Venetian Lagoon and a particular part of the city are a part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Venice has been ranked the most beautiful city in the world in the year 2016.

 

CLIMATE

Venice possesses a Humid sub-tropical climate, as surveyed by one of the most widely used climatic classification systems in the world, the Koppen Climate Classification.

Humid Sub-tropical Climatic:

This is the climatic condition that gives hot and humid summers, while the winters are mildly cool.

This kind of weather conditions is usually found in the coastal regions or somewhere near the coasts as it is sharply influenced by the adjacent water body, as is evident by it’s behaviour.

The winter , hence can be ideal for planning out a vacation, only if the summers are thought to be avoided.

 

GONDOLA

The gondola is the classical Venetian boat.

It is a flat bottomed traditional rowing boat.

Without the naming of which, the description of this city would lay rather incomplete. This amazing boat adds to the beauty of this place.

The gondola is nowadays mostly used by the tourists and by for weddings, funerals and other ceremonies. This transportation is mainly used to cross the Canal Grande in the absence of a nearby bridge.

I guess this journey truly romantic and interesting.

 

OTHER TRANSPORTATION

Venice is an urban car free area. This adds to the reason why Venice is nothing , but an unique destination in Europe. This is a successfully functioning city without the use of a single motor car or truck , that too in the 21st century.

Waterways:

Venice is basically the conjugation of many small islands, which significantly makes the waterways play a precious role.

Public Transport :

The chief public transportation of this region is the motorised water buses.

Trains:

There are trains, both regional and national,; some even connecting Rome to Venice.

 

DESTINATIONS FOR TOURISTS

  1. Grand Canal
  2. Saint Mark’s Basillca
  3. Doge’s Palace
  4. Piazza San Marco
  5. Rialto Bridge
  6. Gallerie dell’Accademia
  7. San marco Campanile
  8. Murano
  9. Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  10. Teatro La Fenice
  11. San Pantalon
  12. Museo Correr
  13. Saint Maria Formosa
  14. Punta della Dogana
  15. Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo
  16. Torcello Cathedral
  17. San Rocco
  18. Ca’ Pesaro

And many more to go.

 

This place is endlessly beautiful.

Rajasthan: The Famed Land of Warriors

India

Rajasthan is India’s  largest state in terms of area. The western part of the country that comprises of the “Great Indian Desert” is known as Rajasthan. This place also shares a border with Pakistan along provinces of Punjab embracing the Sutlej- Indus River Valley. Rajasthan is surrounded by Punjab in its north, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh across north east, Madhya Pradesh along south east and Gujarat to its south west.

HISTORY OF RAJASTHAN

Rajasthan was partly included in the Vedic Civilisation and the Indus Valley Civilisation

Vedic civilisation : is the civilisation during the Vedic period. The Vedic period is that period of the Indian History during which the different Vedas had been composed. The Vedas are remembered to be the oldest scripture of the Hindu Religion. The associated culture of this period of time belongs to Vedic civilisation.

Indus – Valley Civilisation : The Indus Valley civilisation or as commonly known as the Harappan civilisation is referred to the Bronze Age civilisation.

PLACES TO VISIT WHEN IN RAJASTHAN

  • Ranthambore National park
  • Amer Fort
  • Eklingji
  • Adhai Din kaJhonpra
  • Jaipur Zoo
  • Ram Niwas Garden
  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Lake Pichola
  • City Palace, Udaipur
  • Hawamahal
  • City Palace, Jaipur
  • JantarMantar, Jaipur
  • Keoladeo National Park
  • Kumbhalgarh
  • Jal Mahal
  • Dilwara Temples
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Junagarh Fort
  • Jag Mandir
  • FatehSagar Lake
  • UmaidBhawan Palace
  • Pushkar Lake
  • Sariska Tiger Reserve
  • Govind Dev Ji Temple
  • Aravalli Range
  • Jagdish Temple in Udaipur
  • Birla Mandir, Jaipur
  • Nakki Lake
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Brahma Temple, Pushkar
  • JaswantThada
  • Rambagh Palace
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Balsamand Lake
  • BadaBagh
  • Ana Sagar Lake
  • Shilpgram, Udaipur
  • Albert Hall Museum
  • Saheliyon – ki – Bari
  • Sambhar Salt Lake
  • Karni Mata Temple
  • Deeg Palace
  • Raj Mandir Cinema, Jaipur
  • Moti Magri
  • Ranthambore Fort
  • Bagore – ki – Haveli
  • Vijay Stambha
  • Sheesh Mahal
  • PatwonkiHaveliyan

 

THAR DESERT

The Thar Desert , also known as the Great Indian Desert, spreads its major area over India sprawling into some of Pakistan as well.

This desert is known to lay out a natural boundary separating The Indian sub-continent from Pakistan.

Pride : The Thar desert possesses international rankings. This desert ranks 17th in the world in terms of area. Also, it ranks 9th in the world in terms of area of subtropical desert.

Protected areas: The Thar desert comprises of several protected areas . The enlisted names are as follows :

  • The Desert National Park in India.
  • The Tal Chhapar Sanctuary in India.
  • The Sundha Mata Conservation Reserve in India.
  • The Nara District Wildlife Sanctuary in Pakistan.
  • The Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary in Pakistan.

 

RESIDENTS

The Thar desert is one of the most densely populated deserts in the entire world. Somewhere around 40% of the entire population of Rajasthan lives in the Thar desert.

OCCUPATION

The chief occupation of the inhabitants is agriculture and animal husbandry.

CULTURE

The people of this place have rich taste of culture. They are passionate towards folk music and poetry.

WATER

There are a few salt water lakes in the That desert. They are : Sambhar, Kuchaman, Didwana and Kharaghoda.

Mumbai: The Maximum City

India

Mumbai is a megacity and the capital of the Indian state named Maharashtra. This megacity is the most densely populated city in India. Also, Mumbai is enlisted at the ninth position in the list of the most populous urban agglomerations in the entire world. The estimated average city population ranges to an approximate of 18.4 million.

Mumbai has been named an alpha world city in the year of 2008.

Alpha world city : It is recognition of being a global city with respect to its contribution in the global economic system. Mumbai is believed to be a home to the highest number of billionaires or even beyond in the entire country.

Seven islands of Bombay :The 16thcentury territories belonging to the Potugese that had been lying off the west coast of India are cumulatively termed as the seven islands of Bombay.

Present day Mumbai , is basically the conglomeration of these seven islands.

The names of the original seven islands are :

  1. Isle of Bombay
  2. Old Woman’s Island
  3. Colaba
  4. Mahim
  5. Parel
  6. Worli
  7. Mazegaon

 

There seven islands had been home to the residents of the fishing colonies.

TOURISM

The places that are to be visited during a visit to Mumbai are as follows:

  • The Gateway of India
  • ChhatrapatiShivaji terminus railway station
  • Haji Ali Dargah
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Sanjay Gandhi National park
  • Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai.
  • Esselworld
  • GirgaumChowpathy
  • Kanheri Caves
  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra
  • Mahalaskmi Temple.
  • Babulnath
  • Elephanta island
  • Global Vipassana Pagoda
  • Jehengir Art Gallery
  • Baganga Tank
  • Rajabai Clock Tower
  • Mahalaxmi Racecourse
  • Taraporewala Aquarium
  • BhauDaji Lad Museum
  • Walkeswar Temple
  • Horiman Circle Gardens
  • Shivaji park
  • Worli Fort
  • Powai lake
  • Aksa beach
  • Nehru Science centre
  • Marine Drive
  • Marve Beach
  • Madh Fort
  • Mahakali Caves
  • Salsette Island
  • ISKON Temple , Mumbai.
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Castella de Aguada
  • Hanging gardens of Mumbai
  • Flora fountain
  • Film city
  • Bandra – Worli sea link
  • Fort George
  • GirgaumChowpatty beach
  • Mandapeshwar Caves

 

MARINE DRIVE , MUMBAI

This is boulevard which is often termed as the Queen’s necklace due to its beauty specially at night. The lighting system at night is magnificent.

MUMBAI FILM CITY

The Mumbai Film City had been renamed as the DadasahebPhalke Nagar in the year of 2001. This had been done to remember the first ever director, producer and screen writer of India, DadasahebPhalke.

This film city is however a major attraction in Mumbai. Besides drawing attention of millions of people who come to the city with high hopes to give auditions, there are regular tourists as well who stay amply interested in seeing this place.

The film is a work place comprising of studios, audition rooms, etc. and all that is required in the making of films. This a very hard working zone of Mumbai.

 

GOING OFF BEAT

Going off beat can be one of the most fun loving things during trips, especially for adventurous people. It is very important to plan such thing out. Unplanned outings are fun though !

Darjeeling: The Queen of Eastern India

India

A perfect place of thrill in concoction with the bliss of nature!

LOCATION

Darjeeling is located in the northern premise of the Indian state of West Bengal. This is one of the best places to fall in love with the mountains.

VIEWS

There are hilly areas with various high rising mountains capturing the views of millions of tourists.

There lies the spectacular Kangchenjunga mountains.

  • KANGCHENJUNGA MOUNTAINS- Is the world’s third highest mountains spreading through a part of Nepal and a part of Sikkim in India. It rises to 28,169 feet entering a section of the Himalayan range of mountains. The merging section is termed as the Kangchenjunga Himal. This enormous beauty is however limited by the Tamurriver in the west to the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La in the north followed by the Teesta River in the east.

The sunrise and sunset in the Kangchenjunga mountains offer a beautiful site worth seeing.

Another interesting fact is that when we are viewing the Kangchenjunga mountains, we are actually witnessing the second highest mountains of the Himalayas, which lies about 125 kilometre east-south-east of the Mount Everest.

Kangchenjunga Main is measured to be the highest mountains in India. It is summoned as ‘Five Treasures Of Snow’ due to it’s five peaks.

  • DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAYS: This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The trains of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways are also, colloquially termed as the “toy train”. This railway system is 2feet in length and runs from New Jalpaiguri terminal and ends in Darjeeling terminal and vice versa.

This railway, in constitution with the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and Kalka- Shimla Railway are altogether termed as the Mountain Railways of India. This entire system is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • The Tiger Hill is another fascinating location in Darjeeling.

 

GEOGRAPHY AND LIFE

Being a part of the Eastern Himalayan zoo geograpjic zone, Darjeeling is home several species of sal, oak, semi- evergreen, temperate and alpine forests. A wide variety of orchid is found in the dense evergreen forests of sal and oak, around the town.

There is one Botanical garden in this region named:

The Lloyd’s Botanical Garden, which preserves the rare and common species of plant life.

There is one zoological garden in this region as well :

The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Garden, which preserves the endangered species of animal wildlife in that region and works towards their conversation program.

Also, the West Bengal Forest Department protects the wildlife wing.

Migrating species of ducks, plovers and gulls are also found in the Darjeeling region.

 

TOURISM

Darjeeling is ideally termed as the ‘Queen of Hills’. There are a huge number of domestic and foreign touristsvisting this place every year. Darjeeling is rather, one of the top most googled tourist places or travel destinations to be specific in India.

 

FOOD

There is a mix variety of culture prevailing int his region, which naturally affects the cuisine.

 

THE TEA ESTATES.

This place is also known for its wide variety of tea estates.

Top 6 Adventure Destinations Worldwide

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Why waste your time on the lonely beaches doing nothing , make this vacation memorable by going out on an adventure! Adventure doesn’t really mean risking your life or working hard as an athlete in order to have fun. Adventure is all about having a once in a lifetime experience of craziness!

Here is a list of locations which will bring out the best in you:

  1. Central America:From Honduras to Guatemala,  from Nicaragua to Costa Rica, this part of the world is a hot bed for adventure lovers. Go on a volcanic trial along the active volcanos of Guatemala or explore the unknown in Honduras. Central America offers the travellers to take the road less traveled by and explore the beautiful and mysterious rainforests.Beautiful beaches with amazing surf spots awaits you. Create beautiful memories as you surf the waves at Boca Barranca in Costa Rica!
  2. Nepal :Nepal, being the home of the great Mount Everest and the Himalayas has many spots for adventures and exploration. People planning to visit this Himalayan kingdom can indulge in white water rafting. Rivers emerging out of snow clad mountains provide for some of the best spots of kayaking and rafting. Being at the foot of the hill, it also offers beautiful treks and rock climbing experience. It is every climbers dream to be at the summit of the great Everest. Remember, you must consider your expectations and fitness level while selecting your adventure tour.
  3. Dubai:Dubai and its man made skyline makes everyone jaw drop by its beauty and magnificence . But there is an even better way to admire this middle eastern gem and that is by free falling down from a plane from thousands of feet above the ground!Skydiving has become one of the major adventure activity in Dubai and attracts lots of tourists. You are in for an epic adrenaline rush. Camping in the vast and sacred desert of Dubai is also a blissful experience.

    Being a desert it has abundance of sand dunes and gravel plains which are best suited for off- roading. Hiking and kite surfing spots are also available here.

  4. Australia:Australia is a big country, there are so many things to do and to see in this vast country. The great barrier reef is located off the coast of Queensland in north-eastern Australia can be seen even from the space, but why go so far? Australia offers you an opportunity to go diving into the ocean and have a first hand experience of the great reef. Scuba diving in the crystal clear waters and exploring the abundant marine life is once in a lifetime experience one should not miss. The famous golden sands of the gold coast and the beauty of the Bondie beach attracts surfers from across the globe!Off riding and exploring the wild west is a good option too!
  5. France:France , the country that mostly rhymes  with romance and food , is also a base for various adventure activities.Go for an adrenaline rush as you take a canyon jumping adventure over the bourne gorges. One of the most extreme adventure activity in the world is not fit for the faint hearted.

    France is home to the beautiful Alps mountain range , Skiing on the white snowclad mountains is a perfect way to relax. Going on a biking trip with your companions and exploring the countryside as you cycle across this soulful country is a wonderful experience , no wonder Tour de France is so popular!

  6. New Zealand :This island nation in the Pacific ocean  is a wonderful place to be in if adventure travel and exploration  are your cup of tea . New Zealand helps in creating memories like no other country. Adventure sports are available in abundance here. It is believed that organised commercial bungee jumping originated here in these parts. This country is also inhabited by various caving sites where tourists can explore the ancient caves carved inside majestic mountains. Off road driving , skydiving, rafting and jet boating are some of the adventure activities you can indulge in whenever you visit New Zealand.

Top 5 Animal Lover’s Destinations

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Its common knowledge that Earth is not just our own. We share it with the other feathery and furry creatures. When it comes to loving animals you can start from your home. Feeding the ones that rot in the corners of your street. If want to take it a bit further and come in more contact with nature, visit the following places:

  1. Tropical Wildlife in Costa Rica:
    Costa Rica has been blessed with biodiversity. Any animal lover who is keen to meet monkeys, iguanas, toucans, sloths, butterflies and hummingbirds can do so by coming down here. After a tiring day, you can go and relax at volcano Arenal. Tabacon Hot Springs are present at the base. You would love to hop from one pool to another!
  2. Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda and Uganda:
    Gorilla trekking turns out to be a life changing experience for certain people. It’s either because of the grace of the gorillas combined with their wild outlook or their closeness to human beings. For your gorilla safaris, you can go to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or to Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains. Read more here
  3. A Big Five safari in Africa:
    Africa is definitely a gem of a continent.It’s a home to white rhinos, hippos, giraffes, zebras, wildebeasts and many monkeys. You can quench your need for animals by visiting this place and watching the beautiful ostriches galloping and the big five. (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, black rhino) It’s so thrilling to see the big five alive and respiring in front of you. This place is no less than an animal paradise.
  4. Invernesshire golden retriever festival, Scotland:
    The Guisachan gathering or the golden retriever festival as it is better known as is a festival of love, festival of furrrr and a festival of wagging tail. Held annually in invernsshire , Scotland where the golden retriever breed is believed to have originated.It is a must for all the dog lovers out there as you get to eat, sleep, dance and play with nearly 300 of man’s best friend. What could be a perfect way to spend a day than with happy faces ,wagging tails and soft and shiny fur all around!
  5. Thailand:
    One must visit northern Thailand and meet the majestic Asiatic elephants at the Elephant nature park in Chang Mai. You get a chance to get up close and personal with the beautiful giants , you get the opportunity to bathe them and feed them their favourite delicacies and maybe have a ride on one of them. Elephant nature park offers volunteer program which ranges from one to four weeks under which volunteers can do their bit to make a better environment for these animals. Bathing, playing , feeding the elephants can be done here,  volunteers can also  help in rainforest restoration by planting trees and plants. Apart from elephants the shelter also works as a rescue shelter for dogs, pigs, buffaloes and other animals.
  6. South Africa:
    Africa is synonymous with the Wild! Home to the world’s most fierce and wild animals , from zebra to giraffe to the big cat family of lions and tigers. This country has it all. Take a guided tour of the wildlife century and experience the journey of a lifetime. Get lost in the sacred jungles and explore the world of your favourite animals. South Africa also has many animal rehabilitation and care centres for animals for where you can get up close with some of the fiercest of animals. Africa is a wonderful journey of wild, love , beauty and beast!

Top 8 Destinations To Go Solo (& Chuck Your Girlfriend)

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Going solo on trips is the best because you get to decide what to eat, when to eat, where to go and how much time to spend. If you go wrong some where or get extra dizzy you’re not accountable to anyone. The only disadvantage is remembering the hotel room keys! We have come up with great places where you can travel solo:

  1. Lombok and the Gili Islands, Indonesia

    This destination is tailor made for solo travellers. Bali’s neighbour is gaining popularity for solo travellers who want to experience the joy of snorkeling, surfing and diving in clear waters. The lush paddy fields spread to a large area and then volcano Gunung Rinjani with its hotsprings and waterfalls gets solo travellers flocking to this place. Surreal landscape, attractive beaches, relaxing and easy going atmosphere puts it on every solo traveller’s bucket list.

  2. Cuba

    Low crime rate, cheap and affordable travel combined with lots of architecture and history to appreciate makes Cuba highly desirable for travellers who want to go solo on journeys. Smoking the world famous cuban cigar, dancing to the tune of salsa and visiting beautiful beaches makes this carribean island a favorite amongst solo travellers.

  3. Guatemala

    Don’t forget Guatemala if you’re travelling alone to Central and South America. Guatemala offers kayaking, hiking and white water rafting and gets many travellers to bagpack and fly down to here. It has Central America’s most active volcano and the stay here is very inexpensive. Try not to fall in love with this country after seeing the natural beauty it’s blessed with and the magical world known Mayan temples that still stand tall.

  4. Kenya

    Kenya is the place for all safari lovers. You can either join a group or book your own guide and explore the wilderness. Kenya has great connectivity making it easier to navigate from one destination to another plus it’s not very difficult to find accomodation here. Pickpocketing is common in Nairobi so be aware. The nightlife of Kenya is something that should not be missed.

  5. South Island, New Zealand

    South Island is for everyone who loves adventure. South Island is one big playground. The name itself gives me a rush of adrenaline. Tourists can do zorbing, skiing, horse riding, Sky diving, bungy jumping, kayaking, white water rafting, jet boating and hiking. With its snow clad mountains, glaciers and clear lakes, New Zealand deserves to be called the most beautiful country in the world.

  6. Barcelona, Spain

    It’s great if you know Spanish and its okay, if you dont. This city extends its arms to all and is one of the friendliest cities in the world. To avoid the hustle bustle of the city, you can go to one of its beaches and just laze around or you can just walk down a boulevard and sit outside in a cafe observing people. Be aware of pickpockets. Spanish food and wine will get you to lick your fingers.

  7. Nepal

    We know Nepal has recently been the epicentre of many earthquakes but the areas known for hiking remained unaffected. Besides, Nepal needs tourism to boost its economy. Annapurna circuit can be handled alone if you are an experienced trekker. But it’s safer to stay in a group. You don’t need to carry a lot of items as you can keep stopping by at tea houses and food joints. Solo travellers can’t help but marvel at the beauty of Nepal and the greatness of our Himalayas. The birthplace of Buddha is one place where you should travel alone.

  8. Hokkaidō, Japan

    Japan is a warm and welcoming country and suitable for travellers who are making the journey alone.

    It’s famous for its tradition and culture and is an amalgamation of historical structures, temples and mesmerising natural beauty. It’s not spoiled and within reach. If you pick this island, be ready to embrace the sight of cherry blossoms and flowers of vivid colours!

 

 

An Unforgettable Trip To Darjeeling With My Girlfriend

India

The name Darjeeling comes from the Tibetan word dorje, meaning the thunderbolt scepter of the Hindu deity Indra, and ling, a place or land.

Darjeeling is a beautiful place in West Bengal. It can be a perfect holiday with your family because you will get all the elements of beauty over here. The toy train and the tea gardens are the main attractions.

How To Go

By plane

The nearest airport is Bagdogra, near Siliguri , 96 km from Darjeeling. Bagdogra Airport is 2.5 hours by road from Darjeeling and 2 hours by air from Delhi, and 50 minutes by air from Kolkata.

Air India, Spice Jet, Jet Airways, Indigo, Go Air are some of the major flights.

By bus

There is a regular bus service from Siliguri to Darjeeling. However, these buses are quite slow due to the steep, twisty climb up to Darjeeling. Shared jeeps are faster, but the cost is double.

By train

The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri which connects the city with all the major parts of the country. There are a number of trains from several major cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar and Kochi.

From there (NJP), the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), known to all as the ‘Toy Train’ completes the journey to Darjeeling. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first, and is still the most outstanding example of a hill passenger railway. It is one of the major attractions in Darjeeling. People of all ages have this wish to ride in a Toy Train.

The steam ‘Joy’ train operates from Darjeeling to Ghoom round the famous Batasia Loop, four times a day – enquire at Darjeeling station. The average costs are  400.

Places To Visit

 

  1. Kanchenjunga

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    Kanchenjunga is the second highest mountain of the Himalayas after Mount Everest. Three of the five peaks – Main, Central and South – are on the border between North Sikkim and Nepal. Two peaks are in the Taplejung District, Nepal. You can experience the sight of snowcapped peaks from Darjeeling. The view is truly amazing!

  2. Tiger Hill

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    The Tiger Hill is located in Darjeeling. People go to this hill to see the beautiful sunrise. At sunrise, the peaks of Kanchenjunga are illuminated before the sun is seen at lower elevations.  It has a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga together. You can take a jeep to visit Tiger Hill.

  3. Tea Gardens
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    You can see a lush green area filled with tea plants. The tea leaves are picked by the females because one needs to be very soft and careful while picking up tea leaves. Several varieties of tea are available over here. Tea addicts would love this place and others must visit for the exceptional beauty of the big tea gardens.

  4. Toy Train

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    Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Toy Train is a main attraction of this place. The journey will definitely will a memorable one! Most of the original steam locomotives are still in use. It is famous for its authenticity.

  5. Mirik
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    If you go to Darjeeling, Mirik should be visited due to its natural beauty and pleasant climate. The centre of all attraction is the Samendu Lake, surrounded by a garden on one side and pine trees on the other and linked together by an arching footbridge. This place should definitely be visited.

After knowing the information, are you willing to visit Darjeeling? I am sure you all want to. Numerous hotels with range of tariffs are there; choose one according to your budget.

Do not forget to have the yummy momos and the aromatic Darjeeling tea which my girlfriend consumed in large quantities! But beware of putting on weight!

 

Top 5 Attractions In London That Entice Millions Every Year

London

London is one of the most visited places in the world. This is a place where most of us want to visit… it’s our dream destination.

Since my mom is from London, I have a special connection with London. I come here for shopping, sight-seeing and to just chill and imbibe the the charm that only London and Britishers can exude.

So, you want to know what are the top attractions of this London? Here is a list.

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British Museum

It was founded in 1753 and its remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centered around the magnificent Great Court.

World-famous objects such as the Rosetta stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by many tourists every year. In addition to the vast permanent collection, the museum’s special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent. This museum is open daily 10.00-17.30. It is open late on Fridays until 20.30

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Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames offering a wide range of cultural events. You can see music, dance, art, performance and spoken word. Do take part in some of the activities and enjoy yourself to the fullest!

Every year, more than 1,000 musicians and artists perform to 22 million visitors, making this one of the most popular cultural destinations in the country. Different festivals are held  throughout the year.

Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre has grown as a festival site, with art and activities inside and outside.

Somerset House

Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, between the Strand and the River Thames. During the summer months, 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London’s favourite ice rink. Somerset House also organizes open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors.

The mission and objective of Somerset House Trust is to conserve and maintain Somerset House to the highest standards and to develop the site as a public space which is universally recognized as a world class visitor attraction and centre of excellence for culture and the arts. This place is visited by several people every year.

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Tower Of London

The Tower of London is a major tourist attraction. It has been famous over the years.

You can discover the priceless Crown Jewels, join an iconic Beefeater on a tour and stand where famous heads have rolled, learn the legend of the Tower’s ravens, storm the battlements, get to grips with swords and armour, and much more! Tower of London is worth visiting for every toursist.

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Victoria And Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s greatest museum of art and design, representing more than 3,000 years of human creativity, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity.

In recent years, the museum has undergone a dramatic programme of renewal and restoration. The highlights of this museum include the Medieval Renaissance galleries containing some of the greatest surviving treasures from the period, the beautiful Jewellery gallery and the stunning British Galleries, illustrating the history of Britain through the nation’s art and design. Apart from these, many events and exhibitions are held in this place.

These are the top five places. Hope this article was helpful. Enjoy your amazing trip to London!

Christmas in Mexico – Feliz Navidad!!

Mexico

Christmas is a 48 days celebration in Mexico. It begins on December 16 with the posadas procession and continues till Candlemas on 2nd February. The celebrations in Mexico are very different from the entire world as they celebrate the festival for the longest duration. Mexican traditions are influenced by the Latin American culture.

And know that I’m with you always; yes, till the end of time – Jesus Christ.

The posadas are the main tradition of the Mexicans, they were earlier as a form of entertainment and are now have become a ritual. Kids or even family members enact the legend of birth of Jesus Christ. They dress up like pilgrims and carry idols of Mother Mary and Joseph. They knock at every house and ask for a shelter. They keep moving to and fro until someone finally allows them in. The posadas continue every day until the Christmas Eve ‘nochebeauna’. On The Christmas Eve the entire sky lights up with fireworks. People make artworks and keep candles inside of them and decorate their houses with it. Special decoration done in Mexico is making the piñatas stars. They have seven pointed tips and inside them confetti and candies are filled. Children using sticks break open the arms and grab the candies.

Every house there is a scenario of the Bethlehem Stable and The Three Kings, Shepherds and women working in a small replica. People eat circular ring shaped cakes on the Christmas Eve and a baby shaped item is inserted in it. Anyone who gets the baby in his or her slice is considered blessed. The Christmas meal has beuritos, salsa, puddings, tortillas and tamales. A special drink made of honey and dry fruits is served ponche con piquet.

The Mexican traditions are ab nitio creations. They have formed their own methods of celebrating the festival. After all Christmas allows everyone to celebrate and indulge in merry making the way they like – in the Church or under the Mistletoe!! 😉

Carols are the major part of any Christmas celebration. Mexican posadas are all about carol singing. People sing carols meaning that “Oh!! people inside the house we are tired pilgrims let us in” which is replied that “no we can’t allow you” until the last house door is knocked where the idols are placed. Then a thanksgiving prayer is done and the people proceed for the mid – night mass.

A very unique attribute is that Mexico has a warm pleasant weather during Christmas time and hence there is no snow. Christmas trees also don’t grow in that season and have now started becoming a trend in the Country. People go out shopping and enjoy buying presents for their family and friends. They also wish each other with Christmas messages.

The celebrations continue till The Candlemas Day on 2nd February. On this day people dress in their tuxedos and ladies in their most traditional gowns and they carry Jesus images to the Church. The people who had allowed the posadas presenters in their homes sell some sweets and cakes which are bought by the people.

The celebrations end after a long merry – making season!!

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