Beaches in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Framed by cerulean blue waters and virgin white sands, Scotland’s offshore Bahamian paradise draws many a comparison with the archipelagos of the Caribbean, only, the Outer Hebrides are congregated 4,200 miles in the opposite direction. Situated off the dramatic North Western shore of mainland Scotland, the Outer Hebrides (or Western Isles) are an oft forgotten extension of ancient Caledonia, despite being conveniently accessible via the time-served Oban ferry and Loganair Airlines. Of the 200-strong island archipelago, a mere thirteen are inhabited, lending credence to the Hebridian nickname – the “Edge of Europe”. Sparsely populated and almost lunar in parts, a getaway to the Outer Hebrides beaches really is an other worldly experience. Continue reading “Beaches in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland” »

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All Inclusive Caribbean Beach Holidays

As snow swirls outside your cubicle window and temperatures drop 20 degrees to the wrong side of zero, you decide you’ve had enough and it’s time to sip rum from a coconut shell under a palm tree on a sandy island beach. With your spur of the moment beach vacation plans, you instantly become a hero at the water cooler. For the best all inclusive Caribbean holidays visit Guide to Caribbean. Heading to a sunny Caribbean beach resort in the dead of winter may seem like a dream come true, but in high season your week of paradise is going to cost you a good chunk of coin. Continue reading “All Inclusive Caribbean Beach Holidays” »

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Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are among the most beautiful islands in the world, not only from the point of view of geographical beauty and position, but also from the point of view of plant and animal diversity. The biodiversity of this region of the world is known to be unlike most others in the world and the land is said to be blessed with amongst the most amazing plant, animal and mineral wealth on the planet. However, in recent times, all these natural possessions seem to be fighting a losing war against the exploits of man. Continue reading “Galapagos Islands” »

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Potala Palace: Former home of Dalai Lama

Nestled in the capital of Tibet, the Potala Palace is the historical landmark as well as the greatest monument. The white-shimmering palace soars upon the Marpo Ri hill that is believed to be sacred because of a holy cave where Bodhisattva Chenresi (Avilokiteshvara – bodhisattva of compassion) used to dwell. Further, the name ‘Potala’ comes from Mt. Potala of south India, which is the legendary mountain dwelling of the Bodhisattva. Some 50 years ago, this edifice of 1648 functioned as the main residence of the Dalai Lama. However, after a failed uprising in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama escaped to Dharamsala in India. Currently, the Potala Palace is now the site of a state museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ as per Good Morning America (show) and USA Today (newspaper). Continue reading “Potala Palace: Former home of Dalai Lama” »

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Lake Baikal: Pearl of Siberia

Nestled in south-east Siberia, Lake Baikal is a marveling blue freshwater lake that is the deepest on the planet besides being the largest fresh water reservoir. Among the tourists, it is known for its distinct water clarity as well as and diversity of flora and fauna. One more significance is that Lake Baikal is the vital sacred site for the Asians who pray to the lake and have faith in its power. This is evident via its coastal unique carvings as well as sections of the ritual buildings. I would recommend visiting this freshwater pool while you are in a Trans-Siberian train. Rather than sitting in for six days for Moscow, get down at Irkutsk from where it is easy to reach the lake. Continue reading “Lake Baikal: Pearl of Siberia” »

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Lake Titicaca: Scenically sacred

If you are planning to take a tour of Peru or Bolivia, do not come back without exploring the Lake Titicaca. Situated on the edge of Copacabana, this shimmering water body is famous among the backpackers for its blue charm. In addition, it is also one of the deepest, largest, and highest lakes on the globe. Not only from the tourist point of view, but Lake Titicaca also holds significance from the religious viewpoint. It is thought to be the birthplace of God Viracoca who emerged from the waters so that he could make life on Earth as per the Incan mythology. The religious significance becomes evident if you get a chance to a large temple that was recently spotted below the waters invoking many speculations. Continue reading “Lake Titicaca: Scenically sacred” »

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Best value Golf Courses in Hua Hin

One of the great things about booking a golf break in Hua Hin, is the excellent value for money.  There are plenty of top quality, championship golf courses to choose from and due to the cost being very reasonable, it’s possible to play a number of golf courses, during a golfing break in Hua Hin. Continue reading “Best value Golf Courses in Hua Hin” »

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Ode to meadows, mountains and green glades of Kashmir

The birch trees hang in the air as the valley below looks green and soft. The sun has casted it’s long shadow as we start our hike through a trail before approaching Sonmarg.  This place is called Gaggenger. It’s just few kilometers ahead of the famous tourist spot called Sonmarg.   This place sonmarg is known to everyone,  a famous picnic  spot for both tourists  & local kashmiri.   It solves many purposes,  often called the gateway to Ladakh as this highway connects  Leh with Kashmir . Continue reading “Ode to meadows, mountains and green glades of Kashmir” »

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A Beginners Guide to Traveling Around the US by Plane

America is a very big country. As a first time traveller, its size can overwhelm you. The U.S states are the same size as many European countries, and moving cross country can take from a couple of hours to days, depending on what mode of transport you are using. Continue reading “A Beginners Guide to Traveling Around the US by Plane” »

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Top 5 Tourist Mistakes in Vienna

Vienna is the ultimate place for you to visit, either in terms of history, cultural heritage, art or deliciously sinful pastries, not to mention the great classical composers. The most impressive thing about Vienna is that it stands out as a “new old city”, meaning that it is a city in transition from an older “picture city to being a global city. Continue reading “Top 5 Tourist Mistakes in Vienna” »

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Discovering the IT Hub of India with a Luxurious Stay at ITC Gardenia Bangalore

Bangalore, fondly known as the Garden City, is among the top metropolitans of the country. It is also considered as the Information Technology (IT) hub of India with several software companies headquartered here. Hence, apart from leisure travellers, the city receives a number of business tourists on a daily basis. Its pleasant climate is a major reason for it being a popular destination among tourists. Continue reading “Discovering the IT Hub of India with a Luxurious Stay at ITC Gardenia Bangalore” »

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Mesa Verde National Park

Regarded as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mesa Verde National Park is situated in Montezuma province of Colorado. Mesa Verde is the Spanish word that when translated into English means ‘green table’ due to its forests of juniper and pinon trees. The main unique feature of this 81.4-square-mile park is its array of ruins of homes and villages that were built by the ancient Pueblo folks called the Anasazi. The park, today, preserves more than 4,000 archeological sites including 600 cliff dwellings, which are among the most remarkable in the United States. Continue reading “Mesa Verde National Park” »

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Let’s Plan for a Holiday in Bali

Bali is a world-wide famous city for its pristine beauty and temples. Not only will the adults love coming for a vacation here, but even the kids will enjoy too. Miles of sandy beaches great for surfing, scenic rice terraces, soaring active volcanoes, untouched crater lakes, sacred caves, 20,000 temples and palaces, and tropical forests packed with exotic wildlife – all never fail to allure you. Continue reading “Let’s Plan for a Holiday in Bali” »

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Royal Ontario Museum: Taking a Tour

Nestled in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; the Royal Ontario museum is recognized as the largest museum of global culture and history in the nation. Situated at the corner of Bloor Street and Avenue Road and commonly known as the ROM, it is the fifth largest museum in North America offering six million items and 40 galleries. The Royal Ontario museum is also the home of the largest display of fossils and over 150,000 samples. The museum is really famous for its displays of dinosaurs, African art, and European and Canadian histories. Continue reading “Royal Ontario Museum: Taking a Tour” »

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St. Louis Zoo, Missouri: Top 7 highlights

Nothing can be as appealing as the St. Louis zoo in the nation, which is also the leading one in the fields of research, management, conservation, and information. Nestled in the Forest Park, this zoo is the best one in the country as per the Zagat as well as Parenting Magazine. This proud zoo not only outclass the art of making the guests come face-to-face with animals, but also excels in making creative, but original-looking habitats that make up for the animal exhibits. And the best part is that all this requires a free entry. Surprising, right? However, some of the highlights are charged. Continue reading “St. Louis Zoo, Missouri: Top 7 highlights” »

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Places of interest in New Mexico

It is only a 3 -4 hr. trip but the trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico from Chaparral, New Mexico which is a small community just north of El Paso, Texas can find many interesting stops. There are two primary ways that to travel to Albuquerque from the El Paso area. One is up on I-25 through Las Cruces, T or C, Socorro and on into Albuquerque; and the other is on US 54 to Corona and then on state roads 42 and 41 through Willard and Moriarity and then on I-40 through the Tijeras Canyon. The more direct route is on I-25 but the US 54 trip is more scenic. Continue reading “Places of interest in New Mexico” »

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