Category Archives: International Travel

Do you want to see the greater world? Do you dream of going to beautiful places you see on TV and in movies or read in books? International travel is taking your travel life to whole new level. It costs more money and time and it involves prior planning, visa, deciding whether you want to go solo or with friends or family. There is a lot and rightfully, the payoff is also many times more. More fun, more exposure, experiencing new cultures and seeing a whole different landscape, people and much more.

7 Interesting Facts About Indonesia

Indonesia is a popular tourist destination. The reason behind it is the gorgeous natural beaches and the lovely tropical climate. Travelers from everywhere flock here. Bali sees ten million tourists each year.

There are numerous islands present in Indonesia. You can’t help but love Indonesia. It is the top place for tourists in Southeast Asia. There are some facts about Indonesia that you might not know. We bring them to you.

SIX FOREIGN POWERS HAS RULED INDONESIA

It might be a shock to know as facts about Indonesia that a country now flourishing was once under the rule of others. But yes, Indonesia was in clutches of the Spanish, Dutch, British, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian. It was colonized by many. Still, it does not acknowledge any of the languages. They don’t speak Japanese, Portuguese or Dutch. Yay to Bahasa, It is their national language.

Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia by Hulivili CC BY 2.0

IT WILL TAKE YOU HALF A DAY TO FLY ACROSS INDONESIA

Indonesia has 17,508 islands. It can be called a collection of islands. The area spans from Asia to Australia. Numerically speaking the area is 1,919,440 square kilometers. With a land so huge how can you think of traveling fast? It will take you twelve hours to move from one end of the country to the other(on the flight). Take a deep breath before you get on the plane.

YOU CAN LIVE ON THREE DIFFERENT TIMES

We are not talking about a time travel movie. The truth is Indonesia is so vast that it covers three time zones. There is Indonesian central time that is UTC+8:00. Next is Indonesian eastern time – UTC+9:00. Indonesian western time is UTC+7:00. The time in Java, Kalimantan and Sumatra will be different from each other.

Komodo Island north aerial by jon hanson CC BY-SA 2.0

IT HOUSES THE WORLD’S LARGEST FLOWER

Indonesia is full of natural diversity. It has varieties of flora and fauna. Rafflesia Arnoldi is in Indonesia. The scientist J Raffles invented the flower. The rare flower is a parasitic one. It can be seen in the rainforests of Sumatra. If you are in Indonesia, you should not miss looking at Raflessia-The largest bloom on earth.

Rafflesia arnoldi by Rendra Regen Rais CC BY-SA 3.0

FOUR EARTHQUAKES SHAKE IT EVERYDAY

You can plan on visiting the lovely country. But at your risk. The location of Indonesia is such that it triggers a regular earthquake. It is in the region of Ring of fire. From the eastern fringes of Pacific ocean to deep waters of the western Indian Ocean. The tectonic plates between this region shift regularly. That is why earthquakes are an everyday occurrence here. You might feel a vibration or two while here.

YOU CAN’T BE AN ATHEIST IN INDONESIA

An Indonesian has to embrace religion. It has six religions which are acknowledged by the government. You can be a Muslim, Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, Confucian. If you are neither one of those, you cannot marry. It is even prohibited to marry outside your religion. Marriages can be held between the same religion. It is a Muslim country. Hence the traditions are conservative.

Masjid Raya Medan by a_rabin CC BY 2.0

HUNDRED OF ENDANGERED SPECIES

The rainforests of Indonesia cover only 1% of the earth. But you will be surprised to see the biodiversity in such a small area. It has 10% of plant species on earth. It is also a sanctuary for many endangered species. It is the only place where you can see Komodo dragons. A Sumatran tiger prowling in the forests can be seen specifically here.

A place where elephants, Tigers, Orangutans, Rhinos live in harmony. Hope you liked our article on facts about Indonesia. Leave comments!

 

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5 Things to do in Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs have been a popular tourist hub for celebrities. They tour around the sunny city in California. You can also have the time of your life when you visit Palm Springs. It offers you chic boutiques, vintage restaurants, and thrilling adventure sports.

You can pamper yourself at luxury spas. There is a tad many things you can indulge yourself in. Let us have a look at what we can do at the Hollywood playground.

BONDING WITH THE EXTINCT

Palm springs is a desert. There are many species which have lived here over the years. When you drive through the Living Desert, you will come across beautiful animal life. The Mexica wolf which was declared extinct in 1981 can be seen here.

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Steps are being taken to revive the species. Not only the Mexican wolf but many other endangered species are conserved with the effort of local volunteers. Many people donate some sum to save the species. The signs you will see portray the name of benefactors.

SCALING THE CANYON

You will be amazed by the giant San Jacinto mountains. Imagine climbing the height of 8600 feet. We know you will not be so eager to do that climb. But don’t worry you do not need to strain your legs. Francis Crocker had a quirky idea of making a cable car that would take you up from the Coachella Valley.

It is named the Palm Springs tramway. The route it takes is from the valley to the tip of the mountain. There is classy restaurant “ Peaks “ waiting for you at the station. Cable car taking you through the Eagle route is the largest rotating tram in the world.

FRENCH GOURMET

Southern California has tons of places you can savor the French cuisine. But on the top of the list is Le Paon. You can walk in the classic restaurant with a warm atmosphere. Located in the El Paseo. It overlooks fancy shopping options. You can have a table on the first floor.

Southern California has tons of places you can savor the French cuisine. Antoine will welcome you with a warm smile, and you can bite into the decadence of Eddie’s French dishes. Citon restaurant is another option where you can have an open air table. Delight in the popular Napa wine. Enjoy the sheer luxury of stardom here.

SHOPPING IN EL PASEO

We mentioned the region having top hotels. But did we say that it is the shopping capital in Palm Springs? You will be spellbound by seeing all the brand names in one place. From Ralph Lauren to Kate Spade.

Bay street shopping mall emeryville by Mercurywoodrose CC BY-SA 3.0

Not only is it rich in elegant boutiques it has amazing sidewalk cafes. Just take a break from the shopping spree and relax. If you are out for a whole day, there are many affordable places you can lunch. The shiny and posh blocks featuring gorgeous storefronts will make you wish you had a platinum card to swipe.

A BUMPY RIDE IN SAN ANDREAS

We did not make the ride sound interesting. That does not mean it is not interesting. San Andreas fault is one of the misshaped places in the world. It is really unpredictable when the ground beneath you might start to tremble. The North American and Pacific tectonic plates align themselves here.

Cement Plant Road Overcrossing – panoramio by Kurt Minard CC BY-SA 3.0

The landscape is thoroughly uneven. So, it is sure that your ride will be bumpy. But it is a place of geographical importance to visit. You can visit the nearby village. People settled here centuries ago. Have a look at their way of life. It will be an all-around trip.

 

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Must see places in Slovenia

Slovenia is not a popular destination among tourists. This small country nevertheless has beautiful spots. You can take a trip to the country and enjoy. Slovenes are a bunch of hard-working people. You can watch them playing extreme sports. They are very diligent in their work. When you visit, you will have a friendly atmosphere. There are exciting places you can go to.

BLED It is a town which is located in the Julian Alps. When you reach here, you will feel like you have stepped into a fairytale. There is a dark blue lake waiting for you in the middle of the town. A beautiful island is nestled at the center of the lake. When you watch it while rowing in the lake, it is magical.

The island houses a small church on it. Imagine the view of a on an island surrounded by the lake! You can ride a bicycle throughout the town and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. For a bit more extreme sports go for hiking or sit on a chairlift to the top of Straza.

VOGEL Slovenia has many sports destination. Vogel is one of them. It is also cheaper compared to many high-class resorts.It is not much crowded. Because it is not so popular among tourists.

Vogel Ski Resort from Top by Gremi35 CC BY-SA 3.0

But it has lovely cross-country trails and top notch ski slopes. It is the best destination for winter sports in Slovenia. You can come here if you are visiting during December to May. The snow clad hills and alpine scenery is fantastic to capture in the lense.

LJUBLJANA The capital of Slovenia is located beside the river Ljubljana. So the city is named after it. It doesn’t cover the much geographical area. There are hardly three lakh people residing in the city. Which is the reason you can discover the city leisurely on your foot. You should visit Ljubljana castle. The palace has intimidating clock towers. From here you can see the old part of the city.

The baroque architecture is intricate. When you are in the capital, you will find many symbols or pictures of the dragon. It is because the Greek hero Jason had killed a giant monster here. The prices are not high. You can stay at Hostel Celica, which was previously a Yugoslav prison. Now it has been renovated and has circle bed and trendy furniture.

SKOCJAN CAVES They have been listed in the list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. The old caves are located in an underground canyon. Hearing “ caves “ makes us think of bats. Yes. Skocjan caves have around fifteen species of bats. Be ready to be greeted by a swarm of bats once you enter.

Bridge Inside Skocjan Caves – Slovenia by TravelingOtter CC BY 2.0

 

You can walk across two ends of the canyon. Doing so you will feel the actual vastness of it. The canyon also has a cave hall. That cave hall is regarded as the highest in Europe.

PREDJAMA CASTLE Coming from cave this castle is also located on the edge of a cave as well as a cliff. It has stood on the mountain for seven hundred years. Are you a fan of Robinhood? Then this will be your heaven.

This is where Robinhood used to live. The notorious robber in the area who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. This place is of brave hearted heroes. You can see a dueling match going on if you visit during July.

 

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5 Must Do Things in Turkey

Turkey revels in the glory of the bygone period. It has tokens from Roman, Greek, Ottoman and Byzantine period. Historical heritage is not the only attraction in Turkey. The vivid sceneries and diverse climate add an unusual beauty to it. It is located between the two giants- Asia and Europe. The capital is Ankara. When you travel to Turkey, do not miss out these places.

STEP ON PAMUKKALE

The serene stretch of land greeting your eyes will amaze you. The white terraces are a stark contrast to the green scenery throughout. Pamukkale is a world-class tourist destination. You should see this once in your lifetime. It seems like the stairs that will lead you to heaven.

But sadly they don’t. Instead, there is a Roman ruin on top the stone hill. The Roman Hierapolis is present at the peak. The white stairs are called travertine. They have been created from calcium deposit of the nearby spring. Visit this unique natural wonder.

PARAGLIDING IN OLUDENIZ

It is one of the best paragliding location not only in Turkey but also in the world. Oludeniz is covered from all sides with natural barriers. The Babadag mountains rise above the shore of Oludeniz. White sandy beaches are a perfect spot to lounge in the sun.

Sometimes the beach can become stuffy. You can resort to paragliding then. Jump off the dense cliffs of mountain and experience the stunning view. Under you is dark blue water and green mountains rise around you. Above you is the never ending sky. In that moment of awe, you will experience all elements of nature.

EXPERIENCE THE GRECO-ROMAN

We had mentioned earlier that Turkey has many pieces of evidence of Greek and Roman history. You can roam around the nation and find the traces of past. One such example is Pergamum. In its days it used to be a library. But now its ruins are in parallel with that of Colosseum.

Built during the period of Marcus Aurelius Aspendos still, has the power to leave you breathless. It is a Roman theater. Many tourists folk here to have a look at it. You will be taken to Greece for a short time while you are in these locations.

CRUISE ON A YATCH

Are you terrestrial? Of course, you are! But many of us are water fans. For them, water is a wild mistress whom you cannot tame. If you are one of them, please don’t forget Bodrum. It is the place where you can soak in the sun on a lovely beach. You can take a cruise on Mediterranean waters.

A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE IN CAPPADOCIA

The rays of sun bathe the city in a golden hue. The rock structures seem like golden statue which come to life. Cappadocia is a place where you have a lot to do. You can click breathtaking pictures of the monuments. Rock Structures are from the byzantine period. From tall cliffs to deep ridges everything is made from rock.

 

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Travel Tips to Use When in Morocco

A land of deep sea breezes. Morocco is nestled between the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic. It has one of the gorgeous coastlines. It is an African country which attracts tourists. Don’t mistake it for being a cheap destination, though. Before traveling to Morocco, you need to know some tips. It will help you while you are on your trip.

PRICES ARE EQUAL TO EUROPE

We said you not to mistake Morocco being a cheap country. It is not as expensive as Paris or Fiji but is costly than Macedonia or Greece. Tourism flourishes in Morocco.  But if you are buying something from smaller shops, have some cash. Not all stores here accept cash. The ATMs are unreliable. They run out of cash very fast. So, whenever you exchange, do it in loads. Heaven knows when you will get another chance.

MAKE HAGGLING YOUR BUSINESS

No matter where you travel, this tip will help you. Whenever you try to buy from a local vendor, don’t give the quoted money. You will always be in loss. Try to lower the price by haggling. You can even get the good in twenty-five percent of the quoted money. Trust yourself to do the job. Do not trust the tour guides.

They might say they are helping you lower the price but in truth have dealings with the shop keeper. Cab drivers might also demand more money from you. Just give them the required fare and walk away. Tourism is the line of the economy here. Locals want to earn more out of it. But you should never get fooled.

FRIDAYS ARE OFF DAYS

Morocco is a Muslim country. You will find that all shops and hotels are mainly closed on Fridays. They take leave on a holy day. Whenever you visit, plan it ahead of time. So that, you don’t find it difficult to find hotels.

There are Muslim holidays all throughout the year. Check the national calendar and arrange your date. You might reach on Eid-al-Adha. Let us warn you; you will not like that sight. Keep in mind Fridays and Holidays and you will be okay. Your trip can go smoothly.

LEARN A BIT ARABIC

Languages are a medium of communication between people. You can get around easily if you know the native language. Many of us are don’t know a single word of Arabic. You can learn some important phrases required for you on the trip.

Eg- Hello is called Salam a leikum, No thank you is called La Shokran. If you are in the major cities of Morocco English will help you. But if you are in rural areas you need to learn a bit Arabic. It will come in handy.

KEEP LOT OF CHANGE

As mentioned earlier tourism is a central part of the economy in Morocco. The tourists spend a lot here. When you are hiring a cab, or you are in a restaurant, you need to have “change”. It is important because if you give the drivers total cash, they might not return it to you.

 

A standard cab drive costs roughly around 30 Dirhams. Keep that amount of change with you. In hotels, you can tip from 1-5 DH according to the service. But bear in mind to spend all the change before you head home. The change cannot be exchanged. You need to be wise about the amount of change you want to make. Because you have to spend all of it.

 

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6 Most Dangerous Places to Travel

Our world is a strange place to be in. It is not a bed of roses. There are many dangerous places which will scare you. If you are looking for adrenaline, be sure that this places will give you that. The badass in you will squeal at the prospect of this dangerous places. Live your holiday with an edge to it. Below listed places are deadly either by nature or by human atrocities.

DANAKIL DESERT, ETHIOPIA

You can test your endurance in the cruel of ways. The temperature soars to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot winds blowing across the desert will parch your throat. You will be met by a vast expanse of barren landscape.

Don’t be fooled by the barren scene ahead of you. Walking on the colorful landscape is tempting. You will be tricked by nature as well as people. The crime rates in the nearby region are terribly high. Many travelers go to Danakil seeking adventure.

DEATH ROAD, BOLIVIA

The name aptly describes the type of passage it is. You will wind down the dangerous road to meet your doom. Travelers and cyclists attempt to make this 11,000-foot path. You will just go down and down on the road.

The steady decline of height will make control impossible. Challenging the gravity is something adrenaline junkies have attempted yet failed. Three hundred motorists and cyclists die each year on Death Road.

THE EIGER, SWITZERLAND

TATAOUINE, TUNISIA

Are you a fan of Star Wars? Then you will recognize the farm buildings here. The idea of the planet was taken from Tataouine. The area has an alien feel to it. That is the reason George Walker made his set on this land. Skywalker buildings still stay here.

The place comes in the way of the most violent group of history-ISIS. The jihadists travel through this way. Take care if you are anywhere near. Traveling here might not put the fear of God in you, but it will put the fear of Jihadists in you.

BARDARBUNGA VOLCANO, ICELAND

Located in Iceland. It is second largest in the country. The dangerous thing about it is what lies beneath it. Tectonic plates are unreliable. The tremors hit anytime they want. It recently erupted in 2014.

Bárðarbunga Volcano, September 4 2014 by peterhartree CC BY-SA 2.0

The thrill of unknown barren landscape lures travelers. If you want to be adventurous, go there. But don’t be a fool. Going too near can lead to intake of poisonous gasses.

SANA, YEMEN

It sounds like a beautiful Indian name, doesn’t it? Its beauty is lethal. The top of the city is a dream come true. Tetragonal paragons are clustered upon each other. The Old part of city proclaims the glory of bygone days.

Sana, Yemen By yeowatzup  CC BY 2.0

The capital of Yemen is an architectural masterpiece. But it is declared unsafe to travel by British and American authorities. You never know when someone will slit your throat or gun you down. Now terrorism rules the ancient corners of the city. Travel at your own risk.

 

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7 Interesting Facts About Tanzania

Tanzania is an African country. It is located on the eastern side of the continent. It is not an affluent country. It does not have a thriving economy. It is not as huge in size too. But Tanzania is a lovely place to see the beauty of nature. It has got a dense area covered with vegetation. Many varieties of animals live in here, even the species which are fifty-five million years old. Yes, you heard it right. There are a lot of interesting facts about the country.

THE ELEPHANTS IN TANZANIA USED TO SWIM

You may say “I will visit Tanzania when Elephants start to swim.” If you do, then go visit Tanzania. Because elephants which wander in the forests of Tanzania used to be sea cows. The species of Dugongs have evolved. 55 million years ago they used to swim in the rivers of forests. They were 3.5 meters long. What a sight it would have been to see elephants swim. Alas, you can’t see that but you can see a lot of wild elephants for sure.

IT HAS 120 ETHNIC GROUPS YET NO CIVIL WAR

Talk about peace! Tanzania might not be rich regarding money, but it has got peace in spades. There are a lot of ethnic groups here. One hundred and twenty to be precise. Gogo, Christianity, Sukuma, Haya and many more groups reside here. The surprising thing is this country has never experienced a civil war.

25% LAND IS DEDICATED TO RESERVES

Tanzania has an immensely rich wildlife. The plantations are bountiful. It is a relieving to watch the country dedicate twenty-five of its land area to conservation. Many developing countries are finding new reasons for cutting plants. But Tanzania has taken the responsibility of preserving its natural heritage. The largest reserve in Africa is Selous game reserve.

RELISH THE COCONUT CRAB

It will not bite you. Don’t be afraid by the mere size of it. Tanzania is home to the biggest coconut crab in the world. You should not be intimidated by it. Just try a recipe of it. You will love how it melts in your mouth. It is found on Chumbe Island. Don’t wait. Head to Zanzibar and taste the largest delicious coconut crab in history.

IT HAS LARGEST MOUNTAIN IN AFRICA

The number of tourists visiting Tanzania has increased not because of its good relations with different countries but because of its rich nature. It has the highest mountain in Africa. The Mount Kilimanjaro pierces the sky. It is 19,341 feet above sea level. It can be bathed in the snow at cold time of the year.

HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF WILDLIFE ANIMALS

We know that Tanzania is popular for its wildlife. It has got the highest concentration of wildlife animals in Africa. It has a total of four million animals. There are four hundred and thirty species of mammals alone. Around a thousand species of birds are found in the reserves. Many wild animals can be seen in Tanzania. From water birds to hippo, warthog to the crocodile. You can see wildness of nature.

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EARLIEST HUMAN SKULL

Do you have an interest in archaeology? Then you will love this piece of information about Tanzania. The evidence of earliest human existence is found here. Olduvai Gorge is a must visit for archaeologists.

It is nestled between Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro crater. In 1959 the first hominin skull was unearthed by Mary Leakey.

 

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5 Must Visit Natural Beauty of Philippines

A Country of gorgeous islands. The Philippines is attracting many tourists over the past few years. The population is booming. You will find twenty volcanoes which are active here. The weather is not trustworthy in the Philippines. Some day you will get a sunny weather but most of the days typhoons are ruling the island. You can visit the beautiful nation. The places which it offers have a magical beauty to it. Explore.

STEP ON BANAUE RICE TERRACES

They rest on the mountain Lfugao. The primitively built steps are a delight to walk on. You will witness two thousand years of bygone glory. It was made with few tools. Till now people walk on them to go up to the mountains to plant. It is known as rice terraces because rice is planted on the mountains. No artificial thing made here to attract tourists. Nature is enough to pull you in.

VISIT THE PERFECT CONE

No! We are not talking about ice cream. We are talking about Mount Mayon. It is naturally shaped like an ice cream cone. But trust us, it is not filled with vanilla. It is an unpredictable active volcano. Don’t go too near it. It erupts frequently. That evacuates the nearby towns. But once you have a look at it, you will know that the risk was worth it. The national park surrounding is full of diversity. Visit the island of Luzon to take a look at the Perfect cone.

SUBTERRANEAN RIVER NATIONAL PARK

It is a national park that will steal your breath away. Your trip is going to be a lot more interesting if you visit the scenery of Puerto Princesa. The reserve has a set of age-old caves. Pray to God that you don’t get lost in them. They are too complex to figure out. Inside those caves runs an underground river. It sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? You can hire a boat and have a look at the nearby landscape. Beware of the thousands of bats which inhabit the caves!

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National park by Charima312017 CC BY-SA 4.0

CHOCOLATE HILLS

If you are starting to salivate at the prospect of Chocolate Hills, please don’t! The hills are not edible, sadly. Bohol has a colony of around a thousand hills. The grass which grows on them is naturally green. But during the dry season, it fades to a brown color. The hills get a brown covering of grass. From far it looks like heaps of chocolate. They are yummy to look at. Hills are not very high. So maybe you can climb them. It will feel good to be at the top of chocolate hills. If you are visiting the Philippines in the dry season, make sure to have a look at Bohol.

THE UNDERWATER GLORY OF TUBBATAH

Tubbatah is a secluded place. You can best visit it during March to June. It can be a hard place to reach. It is going to take you a liveaboard boat to get you to this location. But after you reach here, is just nature and you. You can dive into Tubattah and watch the underwater glory. The coral reefs are a wonder to watch.

TubbatahaReef by Philip Maise CC BY-SA 4.0

The diverse marine life will be a pleasure to watch.

 

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Top 5 Exotic Places in Cyprus

Cyprus is a tiny island with immense historical importance. Because of its geographical location, it has been the center of attraction for many rulers. Every great ruler coveted to rule this country. Those who held it in power had glory.

It is not about just archaeological sites, but the stretches of sands are also attractive. The ancient churches, mysterious castles and incredible flora and fauna are charms of Cyprus. You can visit it without any rush. It is not so huge that you will miss out anything. But it has many gems which need to be explored.

ST HILARION CASTLE

The mysterious castle is perched on St Hilarion. Legends say that a fairy resided in this castle. She used to lure farmers. The rocky climb to the castle will be worth it. You will find chambers and secret passages which lead to Top of the mountain.

Saint Hilarion Castle by Chris06 CC BY-SA 4.0

The view from the peak is ethereal. It is just like a fairy island. You will want to keep this Castle on the top of the list. Nothing like this can be found in Cyprus.

CAPE GRECO

A picture clicked in front of the orchid blooms of Cape Greco will be breathtaking. It is located on the southern coast of Cyprus. You can stay in Agia Napa.

Cape Greco by Anna Anichkova CC BY-SA 3.0

The orchid blooms are found east of the resort during spring. The turquoise blue sea beyond it is in stark contrast with the colorful orchids. You can follow the walking trails till you reach the easternmost point of Cyprus.

KARPAS PENINSULA

The untrodden area of Cyprus. You will not find a crowd in these roads. This area is hidden away from the population. Secluded among the ruins and sandy beaches Karpas is your getaway.

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You can uncover the historic sites which are yet to be discovered. Ride to Agia Triada, which has ancient mosaics. Then you can lounge on the series of beaches. The queen of them being the Golden beach.

KYRENIA

Do you want to feel the sea? An endless stretch of blue will greet your eyes. There are many cafes which are present near the harbor. You can walk along the criss-cross streets. The old houses are now either in ruins or shut down by wooden panels.

You can feel the exotic atmosphere. The architecture here is influenced by Ottoman style. At the top of Kyrenia Castle, you can see the bustling activity of the harbor.

TROODOS VILLAGES

The quaint villages form a myriad in the Trodoos mountain. They are built from stone. The huts are here from the medieval centuries. You can see the amazing paintings from that era. The narrow path joins the huts. That gives a rustic feel.

Some of the Villages are even listed on World Heritage sites of UNESCO. Numerous monasteries and churches are spread throughout the villages. You should surely visit Church of Archangelos Michall (Pedoulas).

 

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5 Best Gardens in the World

Gardens are places where you can relax or take a leisurely stroll. Everywhere around the world gardens have been created by humans. Our need for peace drives us into the arms of nature.

For some, it is a place of meditation, for others, it is about beauty. In this blog tour, we are going to take you to six spectacular gardens from around the world.

VILLA d’ESTE

Located in Tivoli, the villa is a symbol of Italian Renaissance. During the 18th century, the monastery was renovated to an elegant villa. It is listed in UNESCO’s artistic sites in Italy.

Every garden has lush greenery centered by a fountain. That is a picture that pops into our minds when we think of a garden.

Villa d’Este lives up to our imagination. It has a moss-covered fountains. They are created in the shape of the wolf suckling Romulus (Rometta fountain). You will also find Fontana de Bicchierone.

This fountain is made in the shape of a shell. Water splashing out of creatively sculptured fountains is beautiful. Everything in Villa d’Este is designed to sprinkle you with water.

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW

Villa had a signature feature-the fountains. In the same way, Royal Botanic Gardens in England has a defining feature-greenhouses.

It is not only a natural place but also a historic place. It houses the world’s largest Victorian greenhouse (Temperate House).

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew by Francesco Bandarin CC BY-SA 3.0-igo

Botanic gardens are located just 16 kilometers from London. Baobabs tree are a rare species. But the Palm greenhouse is designed to grow the trees in ten different climatic temperatures.

If you want to see the beauty of vanilla orchids and other plants, visit the garden. It will enhance your botanical knowledge too.

CHATEAU de VERSAILLES

Chateau de Versailles in France is a classical garden in every aspect. It was designed by Andre Le Notre. Located near the palace of Louis XIV.

The King had ordered to create the garden to enhance the magnificence of his chateau. It covers a massive area of 250 acres. You can sneak a spot here to relax.

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The park is littered with quiet corners with exquisite statues. You can click a pic of colorful flowerbeds along the path. An artificial canal was created in the garden.

The Sun King used to take gondola rides here. The scene composing the gorgeous palace and the green landscape is stunning. You will be transported back to the seventeenth century.

GARDEN OF VILLA EPHRUSSI De ROTHSCHILD

It is a modern version of classical gardens. Located in St. Jean Cap Ferrat in France, it was built in the twentieth century. 

A Baroness decided to build the Villa surrounded by different types of gardens. She added a feminine touch to it by giving it a pink color. The Gardens have seven different themes.

Each garden heroes a specific theme. A provincial garden is present which is decorated with lavender and olive trees. The main attraction is the French garden. It has a pond covered with lily.

A temple of love is built in the garden. The idea was inspired by Trianon in Versailles. Fountains are surrounding it, which gives it a splendid appeal. This is a myriad of gardens. You can discover the Florentine, Spanish, and lapidary gardens also.

POWERSCOURT GARDENS

A garden representing the gentle beauty of Ireland. There is not much effort put to make it look extravagant. The Wicklow mountains looming in the background do the job. It is located in Enniskerry.

It occupies an area of 19 hectares. It might be smaller as compared to other gardens on the list but equals them in beauty.

Enniskerry – Powerscourt Estate by Frabjousone CC BY-SA 4.0

The gardens are walled, which gives them a mysterious touch. You will feel like you are trapped in heaven. The soft pavilions are like walking on velvet. Feel the coolness of the waterfall surrounding you.

You can even walk up to luxurious terraces and view the garden. The Powerscourt is an enchanting place to lose yourself.

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6 Things to Know Before Traveling to Macedonia

Macedonia is a controversial country to be in. Greeks claim it as being a part of their nation. There is a feud on who should claim Alexander the Great as their hero. Most of the citizens are below poverty line. That did not stop the government. They spent a huge amount of money on Skopje.

All things aside, Macedonia is a peaceful and historic place to go. You will not buckle under our budget here. There are some things you should keep in mind before you come here.

MACEDONIA DOESN’T COME UNDER EU

You would think not being under the European Union is bad. But Macedonia will prove you wrong. They don’t have to meet every decision made by the Union. Maybe that is the reason Macedonia has a very high rate of food production. Not only that the quality of agriculture kings over any European country.

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Here you can taste some of the freshest salads. You can even drink from public taps. The water is safe and hygienic. If there are so many pros without being in EU, it is better Macedonia stays that way.

STARA CHARSHIJA IS LARGEST MARKET IN BALKANS

Girls! If you in mind for a shopping spree, head over to Skopje. The beautiful city is rebuilt into a mix of modernity and history. The Stara Charshija is around the corner of Skopje. It is the largest market in Balkans (excluding Istanbul).

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Depending on The history of the place you would expect something Greek. But the market gives you a strong Ottoman feeling. It is a busy place to shop around for handcrafted goods. Stara Charshija is a strong rival of Grand Bazaar (Istanbul).

BITOLA LACKS TOURISTS

It is one of the largest city of Macedonia. But you know what? It is not visited by tourists. The city has every European feature in it. From bustling bazaars to ancient ruins you will find everything here.

The city has great nightlife options. You can walk down the busy streets and do some crazy shopping in Bitola. It is the most European-looking country in Macedonia. If you plan on visiting the country, make sure you stay in Bitola for a fun day.

TIKVES IS AMBROSIA

You might never hear of Macedonian wine in posh restaurants. It is not as acclaimed at it should be. Macedonia produces some really heavenly wine. They don’t export much.

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That is the reason it is not as widely known. Tikves is the best brand to taste. You can even get a liter of it in just 99 denars. You should not miss drinking Macedonian wine. Alexander would be really proud of Macedonia now. Who will not be happy by ambrosia on earth!

HEELS IS A MUST WEAR

You will just have to live through the night with heels on! Yes, heels are a girl’s best friend. But you can’t wear it throughout the evening without welcoming a sprain. But Macedonian men have a totally different idea. Girls with heels are a turn on for them. So if you want to attract or hook up with a Macedonian man, don’t forget your heels.

When you are touring around, stick with wedges as they will be comfy yet attractive. Forget about flats. They will make you ugly in their eyes. Say yes to heels in Macedonia and you will have a good night ahead.

MACEDONIA IS CHEAPER THAN ALBANIA

The dwindling economy of Macedonia puts it in a “not-so-good” economic category. But for tourists, it is a win-win situation. The prices are extremely low. With $6 you can have a satisfying meal. If you want to be on budget Macedonia is the best place to visit.

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With only $10 in your purse, you can both eat and drink lavishly. When the bills come to you, you will be surprised. But in a good way. Price is much lower than anticipated. It is cheaper than Albania even.

 

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Top 5 Things To Do In New Zealand As Couples

A couple that travels together stays together. Traveling will help you bond intimately with your partner. New Zealand is a perfect location for you both to renew the magic. You will find lovely spots in New Zealand to add charm to your relationship. It has fresh white sand beaches to cool you down as well as geothermal springs to warm you up.

For a couple traveling together, there are plenty of places you can visit. The exquisite beauty of romantic landscapes will make your heart sing. We are listing a few places you can visit with your other half.

SNUGGLE UP IN RAGLAN

A sweet beach town in New Zealand. You can find a quiet spot for yourselves. Raglan is sparsely populated. You will find all the space and privacy that you want. You can take a swim at the ocean beach or surf on the long waves.

You can just cuddle up on the black sands and watch the night sky unwrap before your eyes. It is a place where you can silently commune with each other just through the beautiful atmosphere.

BOATING IN WAITOMO

You might have heard about this rare caves. They are known for glowing in the night. These caves were formed by running streams cutting through limestone. Now it is a unique place to visit. It has an intricate structure made with stalagmites and stalactites. You can walk along the underground caves and watch it unfold its magic before your eyes.

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You can even take on to rafting if you are adventurous. Above the cave lies the small town of Waitomo which has a limestone bridge called Mangapohue. Steal a kiss on the top of the bridge. The romantic countryside will take you on a love-filled journey.

WARM UP IN ROTORUA

Rotorua is a natural wonder of New Zealand. You can scent the sulfur in the air. It is a geothermal destination. Many thermal mud pools and geysers abound the area. The town also has the lake Rotorua.

You can cruise along to nearby Mokoia Island. It is full of Maori tribe. You can learn about the love story of Tutanekai and Hinemoa by the locals. The warm atmosphere and inspiring tale might boost you up to spice your love story.

STROLL ALONG ZEALANDIA

A microcosm of New Zealand’s wildlife. It was earlier known as Karori. It is home to many endangered species. The sanctuary is located near a reservoir. You can hear the tune of nature, bubbling in the forests. In such a secluded place you both can rejoice in the beauty of nature.

You will hear songs of birds chirping while you stroll through the forest. You can prefer outdoor walks during day or night tour. Endangered species like spotted kiwis, kaka, takahe can be seen here. Efforts are made to restore this stretch of rare land.

SUNRISE AT MILFORD SOUND

Relish the scene of sun rays filtering through the mists. Milford sound is the unacknowledged wonder of the world. It was created by glaciers during the Ice Age. You can take a boat trip with your partner and dwell in the magnificent beauty of Sound. The blue waters expand the horizon, making you feel like you are on a timeless journey.

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The peaks pierce the skies while waterfalls cascade through the cliffs. If you both love adventure sports, you can prefer Milford track. If you want a relaxing day, take a boat cruise.

 

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7 Interesting Facts About Somalia

Somalia did not have any tourists till 2010. Mike Bown reached the country and declared himself a visitor. It is not a stable country. We would not recommend it for your safety. Many militant groups are spread across the country. Riots and terror are a daily occurrence. If you are ready to risk your life while traveling, go ahead. Some facts about Somalia are surprising.

QUARTER OF CAMEL POPULATION IS IN SOMALIA

In the arid conditions of Somalia Camel is a friend. Nearly quarter of camel population is in Somalia. Camel was first domesticated here. Moving in sandy plains is difficult. That is the reason Camels are used for transport. Milk from them is also a source of nutrition. In the third millennium, BC camels were used as burden animals. From then on their use increased.

NO WORSHIP PLACES EXCEPT MOSQUE

It is not all tolerant of other religions. The Al Shabab has declared war against all other religions. You will not find a church or temple anywhere here. There are some Christians, Hindus, and Jews in the nation, still, they cannot practice their religion in public. If a public place of another religion is created, it is attacked.

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NATION OF POETS

It is unbelievable that in a land full of terror poetry still exists. People live and breathe poetry in Somalia. No business is conducted before a poem is read during the opening. Mothers write emotional poems showing their devotion to their newborn babies. Poetry is also used in politics as well as advertisement. Poetry has become a major part of Somalia.

CAPACITY OF A RICH NATION

It was a huge disappointment when the nation suffered an economic deficit of $300 million. But Somalia is a country which is fierce. It got back to its feet real fast. In the year 2008, it did the biggest export in history. An export of the exact amount $ 300 was made. It included precious stones, cattle, leather. The country has a potential of being a rich country. If only they stopped fighting.

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HIGHEST QUALITY MYRRH

Somalia is ahead in many areas. One of it is its Myrrh and Frankincense. 90% of world’s Myrrh and Frankincense is produced by Somalia. Their resins are one of the best you will find in the international market. They can be used for health purposes. It is used to cure gum diseases, skin diseases, digestion problems, etc.

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FIRST ATM IN 2014

It might have made a huge profit in revenue during the past years. But they are lagging behind in the field of technology. Forty-five years after the USA installed its first ATM Somalia installed it. It is not a great surprise that a nation which had its first tourist in 2010 got an ATM in 2014. Wonder what problems Bown must have faced?

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ITALIAN WAS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

Somalia might be intolerant toward religion. But the people here have made their business to learn languages. During the rule of Italy here, Italian was the official language. Its use has decreased to a minimum. Nowadays you can only hear older generations speaking the language.

 

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5 Must Visit Places in Ireland

Ireland is a country of a tragic history. It is the birthplace of many talented writers. It has got the highest number of Nobel prizes for literature. The people here are warm towards tourists. You will find that they are liberal minded people. Everything just perfectly goes together for Ireland. The alluring landscape, the outdoor activities, The rich literature each aspect will charm you. Some places in Ireland are a must see.

GLENDALOUGH

A city of saints nestled between two lakes. You will spend some quality time with nature in Glendalough. St Kevin established a monastery here. The towers and sites from the sixth century make this place come alive. The thick woods surrounding it will call onto you. You can just lose yourself in the silence of nature. Many archaeological sites are waiting to be explored. Just enjoy the diverse wildlife or plan a picnic here.

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

Queen Victoria graced the land of Kerry. In the nineteenth century, Muckrose House was built. The grand architecture and bewitching scenery will leave you spellbound. Killarney National Park houses this amazing House.

Everything here was made perfect for the arrival of the queen. They are faded beauties of past. When you visit the place, you will feel like you are a Queen. You can move around in horse carriages. Take the opportunity of enjoying the landscape in a medieval way.

GRAFTON STREET

Touring without shopping doesn’t sound exciting. But Ireland brings to you something more than shopping. Grafton Street is so much more than a shopping street. The colorful windows displaying flowers, the warm cafes, the artists performing all are a delight to watch.

In the midst of that lively atmosphere grab a cup of coffee and stroll to St Stephen’s Green. You will find an array of shops. Walk into which interests you. The service here is welcoming. Prices are also low. Happy shopping in Dublin.

ROCK OF CASHEL

It is rich in historical heritage. The aerial view is breathtaking. It is a group of Medieval buildings standing on rock formations. You will have to give the architects credits. They have built something iconic.

The buildings still stand tall and mighty. The oldest building is a Gothic cathedral of the thirteenth century. You can also see the High Cross. An audio-visual show is given to visitors. You will have basic knowledge of the historic buildings you visit. Engage yourself in a time warp.

ARAN ISLANDS

A secluded place for you to get away from the noise of the world. Aran Islands is a collection of three islands. Inishmore is the largest among them. It became popular after a documentary was made on the island. Visitors are tempted to uncover the mysterious islands.

The towering cliffs and ancient culture will trap you in Gaelic culture. Only twelve thousand people inhabit the islands. Walk on the stones of old stone fort Dun Aonghasa. You will feel the magic of the place. It can soothe to spend your time in this quiet scenic location. Therapy to heal your worries.

 

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Must See Beautiful Villages in Britain

Britain is not only known for its classy cities but the beautiful hamlets. You can travel to cities if you want the crowds and party. But if you are searching for a peaceful spot, Hamlet is an answer. Britain has some of the prettiest villages around the world. They offer you peace. You can experience the serenity of nature. Below are some villages if you ever want a short quiet vacation in the countryside.

PLOCKTON

It is located in the northwest of Loch Carron, which is in Scotland. During the eighteenth century, this village was a house of fishing community. Plockton is in a bay area. That is the reason fishing used to be a greater part of the economy.

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But now the main income comes from the tourists who visit it. It is an ideal place for a photographer. It has a lot of scenic charm to be captured. The pretty cottage is lined up down the harbor along with boats. Across the bay, you can see the Castle Duncraig. A calm village away from the world. Here you can commune with nature.

POLPERRO

Not all villages start with letter P. Polperro is also a coastal village. It was popular as a smuggling spot for contraband goods. Now this village is peaceful. It serves you delicious seafood. The cafes and pubs are a good way to refresh your mornings.

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A leisurely stroll on the street will bring you to tiny shops. You will be happy to browse the handcrafted goods. The streets are crowd free. You can even take a selfie in the middle of the street. If you want to getaway. Polperro is the place to find peace.

BEDDELGELERT

On the western corners of Snowsonia national park lies Beddelgelert. A place which is a perfect symbol of the countryside. The floral blooms across the fields will put a grin on your face. The village is situated between two rivers.

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Something else that adds to its beauty is its closeness to nesting ospreys. It has got everything that calls for natural beauty. The gushing water, colorful flower beds, chirping birds will bring out the poet in you.

CASTLE COMBE

Have you ever watched the movie “Warhorse” or “Stardust”? Both are popular movies featuring the village. It is one of the prettiest hamlets Britain has got. It lazily sprawls on the edge of Byrook river. The old streets are free to wander around. You can see the Cotswold stone wall cottages nestled beside the streets.

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Castle Combe has an antique location you ought to see. The St Andrew’s church has got the oldest medieval clock in Britain. It is a place you will stay to take your mind off things. Just enjoy the simplicity of countryside.

GROOMSPORT

The doom of Eagle Wing! Have you heard of that tale? In the sixteenth century, a group of Scot-ulsters made an attempt to travel to America. But they met their end. Every place has its story. Gloomsport was the launching place of Eagle Wing. This event defines Gloomsport. The village celebrates the Eagle Wing Festival every year.

The doom of Eagle Wing! Have you heard of that tale? In the sixteenth century, a group of Scot-ulsters made an attempt to travel to America. But they met their end. Every place has its story. Gloomsport was the launching place of Eagle Wing. This event defines Gloomsport. The village celebrates the Eagle Wing Festival every year.

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It is a celebration of three days. Tiny fisherman’s huts have been transformed into museums. The culture you will see here is raw and real. Bloom sports is sparsely populated with only three thousand inhabitants. A less populated place sounds pleasurable for a getaway.

 

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Top 6 Mouth Watering Culinary Destinations In Japan

Japan is popular throughout the world for its delicious dishes. It is in equal respect to as French cuisine. UNESCO has put it in the cultural heritage list. Many places in Japan will serve you mouth-watering dishes. Japan takes pride in its cuisines. You should visit the gourmet destinations in Japan.

KYOTO

It is the previous capital of Japan. You can imagine the history related to it. Kyoto is popular for its four-hundred-year-old restaurant Nakamura-ro. The specialty of the hotel is a multi-course banquet. The traditional name for it is kaiseki-ryori. Presentation of the dishes will get your stomach growling.

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The location of the restaurant is beautiful. It faces the intricate Daijji-in temple. You can relish your meals on china bowls watching the amazing scenery. If you are a vegetarian, you can prefer shojin-ryori( a vegetarian version of kaiseki-ryori).

TOKYO

You might think that sushi is a Hawaiian dish. You couldn’t be any more wrong. Sushi is Japanese cuisine. The savory pieces of raw fish served with vinegared rice. It has come to demand in the last decade. Locally it is called Edomae –zushi. Edomae means of Tokyo. Edo was the old name of Tokyo.

Take a stroll along the Tokyo Bay. It has the famous fish market. The yummy sushi is best in Tsukiji. Go to a stall and taste the signature dish of Tokyo.

NAGOYA

Did we hear Eel? Yay! Coming to Nagoya and not tasting grilled eel is like coming to beach nad not getting a tan. The traditional name of the dish is Unagi. It is served in many ways to get your mouth watering. First, it is served with a garnish of onions, horseradish, and seaweed.

Then it can be served with rice. But the best way to eat it is with hot soup or a spicy sauce. Hitsumabushi is famous for its grilled eel. Your palate will love the savory taste of Unagi.

TAKAMATSU

Nestled on the north coast of Shikoku. The place is beautiful so is the food here. Japan is known for its noodles. Takamatsu is a place where you will find wheat noodles. They are served separately. There is a unique way of eating it. You will be given a stock seasoned with horseradish (wasabi).

Dip your noodles in them and eat them. They are called sanuki-udon. You can travel to Shikoku-mura, an architectural park. Near that, you will see thatched roof houses. It is the restaurant Waraya. It serves some exquisite wheat noodles. Be ready to be gob-smacked.

NAHA

When you are in Naha, head out to Dai-ichi kosetsu. The famous food market of Japan. Naha is located on the island of Okinawa. It is known throughout the world for being home to highest number of people who hit hundred years of age.

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If you want to live long, you need to borrow some of their healthy recipes. Ryuku-ryori is a much practiced tasty dish. No part of the pig is left as a waste. Even the ears are cooked into something appealing. In the bustling food market, you can find refreshing seafood cuisines. What are you waiting for? Dig in!

HAKODATE

It is the gourmet capital of Japan. From seafood to noodles, you will find everything here. It is well known for the lamb barbecue. It is made on a table shaped grill which is convex. The representation is like the helmet of Genghis Khan.

That is not what makes it delicious, but the subtle mix of Japanese flavors. Whenever you visit a hotel here, order jing isu kan (lamb barbecue) on the menu. In Hakodate, you can wolf down a bowl of ramen noodles or rice topped with spicy seafood. Bon appetite or Itadakimaas(in Japanese).

 

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Things to Do in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe was one of the widely visited countries in the world during the twentieth century. But recently the number of tourists has dropped to 75%. The glory of Zimbabwe still survives. Sadly, there are not many people who travel here. It is full of natural beauty like any African country. There many adventure sports options available here. Something tells us that you would like to visit it. That is why we present to you a list of things you must do here.

JUMP FROM VICTORIA FALLS

Calm down! We did not ask you to do it without protection. We were talking about bungee jumping. It is the highest waterfalls in the world. Discovered by David Livingstone. Victoria Falls at a height of 111 meters. A fall from that high is sure to make your heart pound. Many adventure sports enthusiasts dive from that height.

It is organized by Zambezi Adrenaline Company. People from around the world visit the waterfall to experience the jump. You can even hear the water gushing from two kilometers away. How wonderful is that?

STROLL AROUND CHIMANIMANI

An aerial view of these ancient ruins is breathtakingly gorgeous. They are tokens of past. It was built by Gokomere tribe. Chimanimani, Zimbabwe has been on the ground since the eleventh century. History lovers can spend their time here. The site has been divided into three parts.

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The Great Enclosure is an assembly of granite blocks aligned together. The Hill Ruins is the bygone human settlements. They are the most visited. The Valley Ruins is a series of life in structures. A walk around this 750 hectares area will transport you back to ancient times.

CHINHOYI CAVES

Everything about cave sounds primal. You would like to discover the places where ancestors lived. There is an underground pool located inside the cave. It is a limestone structure. Caves are lined up together to form a myriad.

Sleeping Pool, Chinhoyi caves, Zimbabwe by Suesen CC BY-SA 3.0

The temperature of the pool is always nice for a dip. You can pitch your tent around the caves. There is a Caves Motel near the Cave. You can relax in the lush atmosphere. Reaching also is easy. Just 120 miles from capital Harare.

MUTARE TOWN

Are you tired of the scorching sun rays? Sub- Saharan climate of Zimbabwe can be quite exhausting. Mutare is a town that will be your reprieve. The climate here is pleasant. You can visit the Aloe Gardens here.

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The calm atmosphere will soothe you. Another place is the Mzilikazi Art Museum; you will find the crafts here worth your interest. There is Rhodes museum too. Chimanimani is close to Mutare town. Enjoy your day walking around these places sipping something cool.

DOON ESTATE

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If you want some time off shopping? Doon estate it is. Located in Harare, which is the capital city of Zimbabwe. There are lovely art galleries to surf here. Dendera, Zimbabalooba are your options. Locally brewed coffee is sold here. You can taste lip smacking dishes in the estate. The local lemonades are yummy. You cannot forget the taste it will leave in your mouth. Shop around in the streets. Visit chic boutiques and local craft stores. A Day in Doon estate will give you a memento you can cherish.

You can taste lip smacking dishes in the estate. The local lemonades are yummy. You cannot forget the taste it will leave in your mouth. Shop around in the streets. Visit chic boutiques and local craft stores. A Day in Doon estate will give you a memento you can cherish.

 

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Travel to the Longest Man-Made Dam

“Hirakud“ the name suggests a place of diamonds. If water is diamond, then Hirakud lives up to its name. It is the first multi-purpose hydro project built in India. Located on the river Mahanadi, it is the longest man-made dam in the world. It runs for 25.7 kilometers. Many places are hidden to us. We can’t visit them because they are not highlighted.

Hirakud is one such beautiful place which is underrated. Being the longest dam, you would think it is flocked by people all time of the year. No, Hirakud is a quiet place. Not many tourists visit it. What will I do here? You might ask. For that reason only we have listed some of the activities you can do when you visit Hirakud.

CLIMB ATOP GANDHI MINAR

If you are not afraid of heights, you can climb the spiral staircase of Gandhi Minar. It is located adjacent to Hirakud dam. At the tower, the view is gorgeous. Minar will start rotating if it is not overcrowded with people. You can see the vast body of water submerging nearby mountains.

The artificial lake Tehri is beautiful from here. When you visit it in monsoon, you can see the clouds crawling over water. The monsoon wind will blow over the minaret. And in flood situations the gates of the dam are open. You can see massive crests of water bubbling out of the dam. Watch nature in its untamed glory. Climb and withhold the communion of nature and man. Before heading here remember to book a pass at the counter on your way up.

DRINK FROM LOCAL CAFÉ

Once you have the view of the longest man-made dam, You can come down. The temperature here is always pleasant. A cup of tea sounds heavenly when the river is roaring beside you. Or if you crave something cold too, you can have ice-cream. It is more of a stall rather than a café. Just to add a romantic twist to tea, there are mini huts here. You can seek shelter there if it’s drizzling. Cuddle up with your partner and sip tea. The view of the river from the hut beside the café is lovely.

RIDE ON THE DAM

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? The thought will cross your mind here. Two minars are at each end of the dam. One is located in Burla, the other in Hirakud. There is a straight road connecting the two minars above Mahanadi. Just standing on the minar you will want to drive on that risky road. An epic ride on longest man-made dam!

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But you need a pass to take a ride along that road. Because it is dangerous, it is not frequented and is closed to locals. But if you have planned your trip ahead of time, you might get a pass. “ Water water everywhere not a single drop to drink.” We are quoting Coleridge, as that is how you will feel when you drive above that angry current of water.

RELAX IN THE PARK

When Hirakud was inaugurated in 1957, it was popular. Maybe because it was the longest man-made dam in the world, it was thought to become a tourist attraction. That is why there are some attractions created to lure tourists. Sadly, the number of visitors have decreased. But the park is still beautifully lush. You can walk hand in hand with your partner along plantations. Coconut trees are towering above the garden. The nearby Tehri Lake is also worth a look if you want to have a picnic.

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HAVE LUNCH AT HONG KONG

We are not talking about the city! But the restaurant. After your sightseeing, you can head to Sambalpur. It is 15 kilometers from Hirakud. After reaching there in no time have a delicious meal at Hong Kong. It is an exclusive Chinese restaurant. The little red lanterns hanging everywhere give a Chinese feel to it. You should try the momos here. They are lip-smackingly delicious. But if you prefer vegetarian you can order a hot and sour soup. What tastes better than it on a cold day.

 

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5 Money Saving Tips for Thailand

Thailand is becoming a favorite tourist destination. In 2016, Bangkok was the most visited city with 21.47 million visitors. You almost don’t need to ask why; the beaches, jungles, and palaces speak for themselves. In addition, the low cost of living here drives many travelers to Thailand. One Thai Baht is equal to 1.91 Indian Rupees, or you can say $1 = 35.2 THB. This exchange rate explains one reason it is so affordable for foreigners to visit Thailand.

You can live here for a month with only 8,000 THB in your pocket. That’s only a little more than $200! The affordable prices alone will make you want to visit. We recommend a few things that you can do to keep your budget in check in Thailand. Don’t miss out on any of these tips.

TASTE THE STREET FOOD

Thai cuisine has grown very popular over the past few years. Every restaurant has some Thai cuisine on its menu these days. Thus, you can’t come to Thailand and not eat Thai. It is just not done. Plus, the street food here is safe and hygienic.

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You will even save money eating here. It will be only 170 THB a day on average to eat. Plus, the food will fill your stomach. If you want something pricey, you can head to the restaurants. One meal might cost you around 120 THB at a restaurant. So come taste the flavors of Thailand!

BUY BEER AT 7-ELEVEN

Do you want to buy a drink? Well, don’t head to a fancy pub or bar, head to a 7-Eleven. Here you will get a beer at dream prices. You can even buy enough beer to drown in without breaking the bank. A beer costs around 150 TBH in a restaurant. But, if you prefer 7-Eleven, you can save up to 115 THB! You can buy an average beer at 35 THB if you visit 7-Eleven. What a dream price that is! Now, get outside and sip a cold beverage in Thailand.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS CHEAP

Affordable is an inadequate word to describe the price of transportation here since there is a range of transportation options which you can select from. Metered taxis are an option, although they will cost around 80 THB per trip on average. Local buses are cheap (8 THB) and help you get around cities.

Train prices are also reasonably low; the night rides cost 575 TBH. Whereas, the day train costs 50 THB. The islands here are another fun spot to visit. However, you will need to use boats to reach them. A boat ride will cost 300-500 THB.

STAY AT DORM ROOMS

You can even extend your visit without flinching at the expenses. While you stay here, you can opt for dorm rooms, which are the cheapest. A dorm room will only cost you 150 THB/night. There are also guest houses (hotels) in Thailand.

The costs vary based on location. A typical guest house room will cost 200 THB in the countryside and 300 THB in the cities. If you are well prepared with your budget, you can reserve air-conditioned rooms. However, an air-conditioned room will be slightly more than 500 THB. The high-quality hotels will charge you 1350 THB per night. Julies in Chiang Mai and Chada Guesthouse in Bangkok are safe places to stay.

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AFFORDABLE ACTIVITIES

Don’t worry about the money when you are in Thailand. You can do just about anything with nominal price here. If you are into trekking, it will cost you around 1,500 THB per day. The museums have entry tickets, which vary from 60 THB-100 THB. Plus, you can hire tour guides.

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The trip will cost from 500-1,300 THB depending on what you prefer to do. If you are a not Thai, you will pay higher prices. Thailand is well worth any cost since it is a place where you can come and enjoy yourself with very little money.

 

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An Epic Holiday In Madagascar

Madagascar is an unexplored beauty. The biodiversity here is astounding. You will commune with nature in Madagascar. It is one of the cheapest countries to travel to in Africa. The unique species of lemurs, the rare beaches everything is beautiful.

Your eyes will feast on nature’s wonder. There are many places here which are unexplored. Thanks to the rich and unique biodiversity. Madagascar always has something to take you by surprise. If you are taking a trip to this place, don’t forget to do these things.

BAOBABS PHOTOGRAPHY

Located just an hour away from Morondava. This place is full of Baobabs trees. Madagascar’s pride is in these trees. They are a rarity. You can seldom find them anywhere else in the world.

Adansonia grandidieri Morondava by Olivier Lejade CC BY-SA 2.0

So when you visit them, Make sure you click a picture. The appropriate time to visit it is when the sun goes down. The golden tinge of the sun will filter through the trees. Your lenses will capture the Queen of Madagascar.

TSINGY STONE FOREST

It is the largest forest of Madagascar. Located on the southern fringes of the country. The natural park is filled with forest. But the reason it is called Tsingy is entirely surprising.

Tsingy by Olivier Lejade CC BY-SA 2.0

It refers to the limestone structures which outline the natural reserve. The forest has seven kinds of Lemur species. You can find cute Deckens sifaka in here. As it is present in the west coast, you can witness a wide array of Mangrove forest.

DIVE INTO IFATY

It is a collective name was given to two villages. That village is popular for fishing. You can get a certificate for diving into the southern coast of Madagascar.The diverse coastline will give you a lot of opportunities to dive.

Ifaty beach by ReefDoctor CC BY-SA 3.0

But these fishing villages have a natural coral reef you don’t want to miss. The natural barrier makes it ideal for fishing and diving. The area around is desert like. The famous baobabs trees line this coast.

SHIPWRECKS AT ILLE SAINTE MARIE

It is located on the coast of Madagascar. In the seventeenth and eighteenth century pirates used to raid this island. The bays are protective in structure and that is the reason it drew pirates.

Ile ste-marie de madagascar by Larre CC BY-SA 3.0

Now you can see the shipwrecks from the Baie de Forbans. If you are tired of sitting around, go for snorkeling. You can do some whale watching. The whales migrate during summer.

EXPLORE WILDLIFE

Visiting Madagascar and not exploring the wildlife is a shame. It is the one place on the earth where you will find unique species of everything. There are a lot of natural reserves you can go like Ranomafana, Berenty, Mantadia, Kirindy, Masoala.

You will find seventy different species of Lemur in Madagascar. Talk about uniqueness! In Madagascar, there are five bird families, eight plant families and five primate families that you will find only here. Madagascar is a natural heaven. You got to visit it once in a lifetime. To behold nature in all its glory. Explore the rough terrains, lush plantations, unique wildlife. Travel to Madagascar for an epic holiday!

 

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