Belogradchik Rocks

One of the most famous and most visited natural wonders of the world, the Belogradchik rocks are almost 30 km length, 3 – 5 km wide and approximately 200 m high. The Belogradchik Rocks cover the western side of the Balkan Mountains and are spread over an area of 50 sq km. They stretch out from the Belotintsi village of in the east to the Rabisha village in the west. Continue reading “Belogradchik Rocks” »

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Delta Works or Zuiderzee Works of Netherlands

Fifty years of toil gave rise to this blessed man made genius in helping preserve life and more.

Engineering high and a marvel of man’s perseverance and intelligence was created in May 1997 when the Delta works or Zuiderzee works were completed to perfection. Safety of Netherlands coast lay in the balance due to the high level of the seas and the guaranteed possibility of storms hitting the mainland. Continue reading “Delta Works or Zuiderzee Works of Netherlands” »

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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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Shenandoah National Park, Washington DC

For the inhabitants of the Washington DC, the Shenandoah National Park is a perfect escape on the holidays as it is comfortably accessible in just 90 minutes from the Capital Beltway. Besides soaking into the spectacular scenery in the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the visitors including the locals as well as the foreigners also like to experience its several recreational activities. On this lakhs of acres, more than 500 miles are dedicated to the trails of which 101 miles are of the world-wide popular Appalachian Trail. In addition, the Shenandoah National Park is most admired for its breathtaking panoramic vistas along Skyline Drive that is over 100-mile path meandering via the entire park. Continue reading “Shenandoah National Park, Washington DC” »

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Ajmer Sharif: Most revered site in Rajasthan

Also known as the Dargah Sharif, Ajmer Sharif is perhaps the most valuable gem of the great Ajmer city of Rajasthan. Regarded as the resting place of Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, this mausoleum is among the most sacred sites of worship not only for the followers of Islam but also for the other religion disciples who believe the saint to be of the high spiritual character. All those who come here respectfully call the saint as ‘The Khwaja Saheb’ who is considered to be the eternal spirit of harmony as well as peace, which earns him universal reverence since his holy feet touched the powerful soil of India. Not surprising, the people from all over the world come here for fulfilling their ‘reasonable’ wishes for which the Dargah is considered to be very miraculous too. Continue reading “Ajmer Sharif: Most revered site in Rajasthan” »

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Taipei Zoo: Fun + education in Taiwan

Largest in Asia and one of the world’s 10 largest municipal zoos, the Taipei Zoo or the Muzha Zoo is undoubtedly the best zoological garden in Taiwan. This is one of the most visited family attractions and is at the Section 2 of the Xinguang Road. The fun starts right from the journey to reach here as you might experience the thrill of hiking the hill as it is perched uphill. However, getting to the Taipei zoo is quite simple by catching the MRT Muzha Line until the last Taipei station. Continue reading “Taipei Zoo: Fun + education in Taiwan” »

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Virginia Zoo, Norfolk

Want to offer your 5- or 10-year old kids a bite of wild adventure? If yes, then bring them to the Virginia Zoo for a spring break camp to explore and learn about the wonderful wild life. This Zoological Park is 100% fun-filled land for children of all ages, which you can access from anywhere in the city by just a short drive. Chic and well maintained, the Virginia Zoo is entered via a big headquarters building from where you will obtain a zoo map. But wait; guys! Before going in, do look for the two giant observation towers that undoubtedly will offer a spectacular birds-eye vista of the zoo. Now come down and enter the gate where a wide plaza is encountered with the fully loaded fountains squirting water, obviously not at you intentionally. However, if you wish to get wet with your kids, just walks over these ground level sprays. I am sure your kids would definitely like to join those other kids getting wet on a hot sunny day. Continue reading “Virginia Zoo, Norfolk” »

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