Thursday, 4 December 2014

Ladak and it's monasteries

Alchi
Lying in a village along the Indus valley on a plain, this former monastery is neither imposing nor full of life. For visitors, it seems like just another quiet hamlet with a few random thrown roofs. A shop selling only one product a couple of llamas sit under an apricot grove exchange conversations. Hidden among the silent houses is the oldest monastery in Ladakh which houses some of the most unique paintings.
Inspired by the tradition of Kashmir, the monastery complex was built by Guru Rinchen Zangpo around the 10th century. Although, according to the inscriptions, he was assigned to a named Kal-dan Tibetan noble Shes-rab is said to have built the following century. A fusion of artistic and spiritual aspect of Hinduism and Buddhism is visible on the murals of the monastery.

Thiksey
Most tourists would think if they see a form of Buddha, it would be the same in each monastery. It is in fact not. Each monastery has different forms of Buddha as Avalokiteshwara, Sakyamuni, Maitreya. As you go deeper understanding of Buddhist iconography, you are amazed as you watch the 50-foot high statue of Maitreya Buddha in Thiksey, which is one of the biggest gompas in Ladakh. The colorful murals behind the statue tell the stories of Buddha's life, which is the future, say the lamas.
"We believe it is the future Buddha," they say, adding that the prophecy is it will soon appear on earth, as the next avatar or reincarnation. Thiksey was founded by the monastic order yellow hats under the direction of Tsongkhapa by one of his disciples called Sherab Sangpo in the early 15th century. It is believed that this monastery was built on the ruins of an earlier Gompa built by another monastic order known as the Kadampa.
As you look down, you can see tourists rotating prayer wheels, while a monastery guide explains the history behind the murals. A row of prayer wheels and mani walls fill the landscape like prayer flags flutter in the sky.

Hemis
Of all of the most popular monasteries Hemis is nestled in the hills along the Indus valley. Just 40 km from Leh, Hemis drew attention to tourism with colorful festival held in the summer when people from around the world come to Ladakh. Dedicated to Padmasambhava, a dance where hypnotize locals and tourists watching the dynamic spectacle. However, any other day, the monastery is just a quiet spiritual monument with colorful paintings of Buddhist iconography depicted on the walls like the others. Built in the 17th century under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyal, the monastery has several chortens - some money, while some are designed carefully. But the paintings were lost in a world of their own. A lama is one guard outside the main Gompa holding in his prayer wheel. A Gompa stands lonely place and as you walk past it, you go really matters sense of loneliness

Diksit monastery
The austerity of the landscape becomes more pronounced as you travel down one of the old trade routes. As you dive down, the landscape changes dramatically. If you look around you can see the Karakoram around you, the Siachen glacier in the distance and the river flowing beside you Shyok creating a lush valley full of apricot and apple orchards.
The monastery celebrates the feast of the scapegoat or Desmochhey with a mask dance that represents the victory of good over evil. Legends Mogul wants a demon that haunts this Gompa, even after he was killed. Locals believe that the temple guards still houses his wrinkled head and arm.
Driving through these valleys is one of the greatest experiences. If you are in line to purchase a bike or you can rent a Volvo bus that could take you through the highways and the rest of the area should be covered.

Special Tourist Trains in India

There is a special service that was launched by the Indian Railways called Bharat Tirth tourist train. Under this plan, different packages are offered that are for various shrines throughout the country. With the launch of this service we Pilgrim located in the Himalayas to Kanyakumari and Dwarka to Vindhya Parbat, Ajmer Sharif to Gangasagar and also from Madurai to Patna Sahib.

The Bharat Tirth tourist train provides the opportunity to people from all over the world to explore various pilgrim places located in the different parts of the country.

The different pilgrim's routes that are covered by various operational trains are listed below:-

1. Howrah-Varanasi-Howrah covering Agra, Mathura, Vrindavan, New Delhi, Haridwar and Varanasi.
2. Howrah-Chennai-Howrah covering Puducherry, Madurai, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, Bangalore, Mysore and Chennai.
3. Howrah-Araku-Howrah covering Vizag and Hyderabad.
4. Howrah-Allahabad-Howrah covering Varanasi, Jammu Tawi, Amritsar, Haridwar, Mathura, Vrindavan and Allahabad.
5. Howrah-Jaipur-Howrah covering Ajmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaipur.
6. Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai covering Tirupati, Kancheepuram, Rameshwaram, Madurai and Kanyakumari.
7. Pune-Jammu Tawi-Pune covering Jaipur, Nathdwara, Ranakpur, Jaipur, Mathura, Agra, Haridwar and Amritsar.
8. Pune-Ratnagiri-Pune covering Goa, Bangalore, Mysore and Tirupati
9. Ahmedabad-Ujjain-Ahmedabad covering Puri, Kolkata, Gangasagar, Varanasi, Allahabad, Indore and Omkareshwar
10. Bhopal-Jammu Tawi-Bhopal covering Dwarka, Somnath, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mathura, Vrindavan and Amritsar
11. Bhopal-Cochin-Bhopal covering Tirupati, Kanchipuram, Rameshwaram, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Trivandrum.
12. Madurai-Chennai-Madurai covering Kopargaon and Mantralayam.
13. Madurai-Chennai-Madurai covering Erode, Pune, Ujjain, Veraval, Nasik and Hyderabad.
14. Madurai-Chennai-Madurai covering Jaipur, Delhi, Mathura, Vrindavan, Allahabad, Varanasi and Gaya.
15. Madurai-Delhi-Madurai covering Varanasi, Gaya, Patna Sahib, Allahabad, Haridwar, Chandigarh, Kurukshetra and Amritsar.
16. Madurai-Hyderabad-Madurai covering Mysore, Goa, Mumbai and Aurangabad.

There are various other luxurious special tourist trains that are operated by the Indian Railways which are:-

1. Golden Chariot - Pride of South - This is a special train that covers a tour of 7 nights and 8 days. The theme on which the train is built is the intricate carving architecture of the Hoysala Temple. While on excursion through this train one can visit "City of Places" in Mysore, Wildlife reserve located at Kabini, World heritage sites at Hassan and Hospet, beaches at Goa.
2. Palace on Wheels - This special tourist train offers a tour of 7 nights and 8 days. The tour of the train takes one through various picturesque cenotaphs, havelis, palaces, national parks and also one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the great Taj Mahal. This train covers the following destinations Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Chittorgarh, Jaisalmer, Bharatpur and Agra. The train majorly covers Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Ranthambore National Park, Chittorgarh fort, Udaipur City Palace, Sandstone havelis located in Thar Desert, Mehrangarh Fort and Taj Mahal.
3. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels - Travels a tour of 7 nights and 8 days. The route traverse by this special train is through Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chittorgarh, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer, Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur.

The tourist spots covered via the trip are:

a. Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur
b. Khajuraho temples
c. Ranthambore National Park
d. Ghats in Varanasi
e. Cruise trip in Udaipur
f. Amber Fort in Jaipur
g. The Great Taj Mahal in Agra
4. Maharaja's Express - The interiors of this train gives a look of the royal carriages. Enroute this the train traverses through Ranthambore National Park, Taj Mahal, Khajuraho temple, City Palaces in Udaipur and Varanasi.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Top places to visit in the "city of pearls" - Hyderabad

Capital town of Telangana (new) and the states of Andhra Pradesh, the lively Hyderabad has become the fifth largest cosmopolitan city in India and the fourth populated modern wave. He was appointed as the "city of pearls" because it is the headquarters for finding pearls and diamonds in India.
Located on the banks of the Musi River, the city was cut off by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the head of the medieval city of Golconda Sultanate, in 1591, Asif Jah I rocked Hyderabad away from Mughal control in 1724 and therefore the power of the Asif Jahi dynasty, also known as the Nizams of Hyderabad.
With royal roots and rich cultural history, it has always been a laid-back style "Nawabi" to live in total relaxation and brilliant life around. Indian city of pearls is now famous as much for its status as capital of computers for its impressive sites like Charminar, Golconda Fort.
Yet for a truly exclusive experience in the city, we bring you the selection handpicked special survey activities on travel that you should visit during your stay in Hyderabad.

Ramoji Film City
Located on a 1,666 acre area, Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad is the best city of world cinema and a dream destination for relaxation and entertainment. There is also an amusement park and is a great production house some of the best talent in India with many films in different language films and several television commercials and series release here every year.

Salarjung Museum:
From the private collection of premier Nizam Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salarjung Museum emerged for the preservation of world-class antiques and paintings in India across the globe. Today, the museum is known for its fascinating exhibits and collection including more than 43,000 paintings, 47,000 books and 9,000 holograms and a lot of Indian art.

Qutub Shahi Tombs:
The famous Golconda Fort is surrounded by the Qutub Shahi Tombs who planned and built by Qutub Shahis themselves. A large group of tombs is located on a raised platform and is the oldest monument in Hyderabad.

Golconda Fort:
Golconda or kondais Golla is the most important historical site built by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah Wali. It is located 11 km west of Hyderabad. The Golconda Fort is a unique interconnection of four different and known for its magical acoustic system strong.

First Flow around India:
First registration of runner-India costing about Rs. 475 for one hour. You will enjoy every minute of the last Flow-runner Leonia and learn new tricks on the body board, a mix of the 21st century surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and wakeboarding. The new sport is exciting to drive and exciting to watch. Research has also shown that the FlowRider is a great stress buster and also a calorie burner.

Hyderabad has all the colors of life of multi-cuisines, sumptuous hotels mouthwatering delicacies and majestic monuments, very inspiring places that will spice up your life. A great place to connect to all this is the United States 21, Hyderabad, highly recommended as one of the best budget hotels in Hyderabad that suits the needs of the city for budget accommodations whether for business or recreation. It is also a special place to all the pleasures and password in Hyderabad and Secunderabad twin cities.

Ultimate destinations to romance in India

Love! is a feeling that grows over time expressing your affection to your partner so that both can benefit as well. Buying a gift for your partner or keep his / her family is a happy thing before marraige but when it comes to expressing the feeling of love for your partner after you get married, you have something really special.

Through research, it has been proven that couples traveling together are the most rememorable relationship. Known as the proper name of God, country, India, has many stories to tell symbolizing Love! with much to offer, you'll experience like never before.
Your experience Honeymoon in India prove looking for places abroad as an outdated thought. Meet some of the most romantic honeymoon getaways with its picturesque scenery, peaceful natural environment, relaxing beaches, art and culture and herbs and spices charismatic, famous around the world, will have the feeling of love to a whole new level. And do not forget the world famous monument of love "- the" Taj Mahal "in Agra.

We asked travelers and travel experts across the country what they saw on their experience of this magical place and found some of the rarest places and known to plan your honeymoon in India.

Agra
Agra is the geographical heart of India, home to the architectural marvel and one of the seven wonders of the world - "Taj Mahal" which was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of love for his wife in the 17th century and remains on the legends. Also in Agra, you can see the different cultural and architectural heritage that has inspired many artists in India.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Paradise for honeymooners, Andaman, is a constellation of islands in bloom in the Bay of Bengal to take in a different world. Hottest honeymoon destination for newly married couple that is completely enthralled with things such as trekking, scuba diving, snorkeling, shopping accessories one-of-a-kind traditional, rich marine life , deep forests and sunsets over the mesmerizing beach.

Coorg
Coorg, also known as 'Country Hills' is a better place to watch sunrises and sunsets. Just sit back, relax, hand in hand watching the sky canvas and revitalize your relationship away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you can start your morning with organic coffee and all of the farm.

Mahableshwar

Located in the state of Maharashtra this hill station is known for the view across the valley, sunset and sunrise ambient sun, pleasant climate. 'God of Great Power' in Sanskrit is a place that combines ancient times. Honey moon packages affordable are available in the United-21 Resort, which has excellent things with luxury and ambience.

Goa
Sun, Surf, Sea and Sand "is up to Goa, on the west coast of India. Enjoy your honeymoon with so much to do in this multicultural country. Golden beaches, scenic beauty, adventure sports and architectural grandeur makes refuge for all types of tourists. One of the best places to stay with your window room overlooking a beach, this is the Graciano Cottages.

Ranthambore Jungle honeymoon
Ranthambore is the place for that "adventure ignites Love 'and want to be in the arms of each other in the middle of a jungle in Rajasthan. Ranthambore National Park is the perfect place for star-grazing, lying under the clear night sky. To experience palace with your partner, you can also visit the United States 12 Lake City Resort, Udaipur with rooms made ​​in the traditional Haveli style for an unforgettable stay.

Kashmir
Kashmir is called the crown of India for her beautiful scenery of natural lakes in high altitude valley of colorful flowers and fascinating views. Places to visit Amarnath caves, national parks, sanctuaries, game reserves and wetlands, keeping close to your loved one. It is also famous for world famous houseboats Dal Lake and exquisite craftsmanship.

Alleppey (Kerala back waters)
Floating barge on in your personal Backwaters of Alleppey is a very enjoyable experience and a popular tourist attraction in the state of Kerala. Famous for its houseboat cruises, pristine beaches, snake boat races, diverse marine life and coconut business. For leisure activities visit the United States 21 Panoramic Sea Resort, a beach paradise specializing in traditional Kerala Ayurvedic massages.

Khajuraho
Honeymoon in Khajuraho is popular among newlywed couples for fabulous stone temples with elaborate carvings and deliciously sold. The famous temple of Khajuraho engraved with sculptures make love-that are meditative, conveying a mind-body-soul.

Lakshadweep Islands

An archipelago in the Lakshadweep Sea off the southwest coast of India is considered one of the most beautiful and romantic destinations in India undisturbing. A group of small islands has five submerged banks, twelve atolls and reefs three makes the atmosphere bring couples closer.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Top Islands in Southeast Asia

Best Islands in Southeast Asia: 

The many islands in South East Asia for sun, good food, parties, and romantic getaways! Use this guide to select one or more to visit on your trip. 

Islands in Thailand 
It should be no surprise that the islands in Thailand do to get the top of the list. They are not only great tourist infrastructure of Thailand is easily accessible, the Thai islands are diverse enough to please a wide range of travelers. 

From raging party scenes Islands with limited power to calm, you will find lots of action either as or as much rest and insulation than you can handle. 

Most Popular: Phuket and Koh Samui 
Top Picks: Koh Lanta and Koh Chang 
Where to party: Haad Rin on Koh Phangan; Koh Tao; Koh Phi Phi 
Where Chill Koh Lipe and smaller islands on the Andaman (west) side 
When: Koh Lanta almost shut down during the monsoon season. Read more about Koh Lanta Weather. 

Islands in the Philippines 
With more than 7,000 islands, the Philippine archipelago, you'll be spoiled for choice both in the vicinity of Manila and beyond. A quick flight to Cebu City offers a variety of options in the Visayas island on air or on the Philippines' busiest port accessible. Negros Iceland is an often overlooked option in the area. 

Philippine Islands are of volcanic rule, scattered with lush, hilly interior and many bays and beaches around the edges. Although the beaches in the Visayas are very photogenic and virtually untapped, not always expect fine sand; Many beaches are made of coral or rocks. 

Most Popular: Boracay and Panglao Iceland 
Top Picks: Watch these five major islands of the Philippines. 
Where to party: Boracay Iceland 
Where Churchill: Apo Iceland; see how to get to Apo Iceland. 
When: Read about the weather in the Philippines. 

Islands in Malaysia 
While Langkawi is undisputed island hotspot Malaysia, there are many other nice choices with pristine beaches and excellent scuba diving. The Perhentian Islands are an integral part of the Banana Pancake Trail for backpackers. 

Tioman Iceland, closer to Singapore, is a duty-free island with the two busy beaches and quiet coves. While Penang is a great place to visit, it's so big that you do not even know that you are perhaps on an island! 

Most Popular: Langkawi 
Top Picks: The Perhentian Islands (see some Perhentian Islands Tips) 
Where to party: Perhentian Kecil 
Where Churchill: Perhentian Besar and Tioman Island 
When to go: High season in the Perhentian Islands is from June to August. The islands virtually close down in the winter months. 

Islands in Indonesia 
For obvious reasons Bali is all the attention of visitors to more than 17,000 islands of Indonesia - but there are other pieces of paradise to be enjoyed. The three Gili Islands in Lombok are a good choice for island-hopping to find a balance between resting and socializing. 

You will find incredible diving throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Sumatra, the sixth largest island in the world, is the place for orang-utans, volcanoes, jungle and adventure. 

Most Popular: Bali (see: Where is Bali) 
Top Picks: Gili Air 
Where to party: Gili Trawangan and Kuta Beach in Bali 
Where Churchill: Gili Air, Gili Meno and Kadidiri in Sulawesi islands Togean 
When: The summer months are the best in the rule. Read more about the weather in Indonesia. 

Singapore 
Yes, Singapore is a city, island and country all in one! While notoriously expensive than its Southeast Asian neighbors, Singapore is a unique, world-class destination. 

Singapore might not be the first choice for clean beaches or loneliness, but you will do an amazing number of things. And expect not only an urban, concrete jungle - Singapore has plenty of green space for its size. 

See where Singapore is and some basics for travel Singapore. 
With these 10 Tips for Budget Travel Singapore. 
Visit some of the great museums in Singapore. 

Malaysian Borneo 
Many visitors to Malaysia forget that the third largest island in the world is just a quick, cheap flight from Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia shares the island of Borneo with Indonesia and Brunei. You will find a threatened species, national parks, exotic indigenous culture, green rain forests, and incredible diving. 

See where is Borneo and top events to do in Malaysian Borneo. 
Learn how to find cheap flights to Borneo. 
See you do some top events in Kuching.

The Gili, Indonesia islands

The beautiful Gili Islands in Indonesia has been a favorite track for Bali travelers seeking sun for decades. With the crowds galloping development and removing some of the charm of neighboring Bali, more and more people choose to spend their time between the Gili Islands-drenched paradise three.

Active government campaign to promote Lombok Indonesia as another top tourist spot is working. The Gilis not only draw backpackers and budget travelers; more accommodation in small islands is slowly dragging boutique label.

Despite the recent increase, the Gili Islands in Indonesia are far from giving up its charm yet. A lack of motorized transport maintains the serene life - between games anyway - and no high rise buildings threaten the view that only delights perfect water divers and snorkelers alike.

The Gilis be a good compromise of developed and rustic; Electricity comes and goes at the whim of the generators and not having to deal with too much concrete.

The three Gili islands in Indonesia
Perhaps the biggest advantages of this mobile from Bali to Lombok island is that the three Gili islands offer three unique experiences. You can choose one of the three or jump through daily speedboats.

Whatever island you choose to visit, three of the Gilis have beautiful beaches, large swimming pool, and lively coastal reefs full of life. The islands are small enough to walk and walk through the narrow roads of the interior of the islands offers quiet to take in the sunsets orange spots.

Gili Trawangan: The largest and most visited island with naughty games.
Gili Air: Island of medium size that can be circumnavigated in just 90 minutes.
Gili Meno: The smallest of the Gilis; quiet and rustic.

Gili Trawangan:
Affectionately shortened to just 'Gili T, Gili Trawangan is the largest and most visited of the Gili islands in Indonesia. Although the island has gained a reputation as the place to party in Indonesia, beautiful beaches and diving are cheap and excellent reasons to visit.

Despite being once primarily the domain of backpackers looking for a good time, the luxury development has skyrocketed in Gili T. The change in hotel availability is also causing a change in the type of clientele. Sleeping budgetary decisions are still available in the rugged interior of the island just a few minutes walk from the water.

Parties
Gili T is the epicenter of nightlife in this part of Indonesia. Small population of the island of about 800 residents swells to several times that as Indonesian and backpackers flooding in three games a week on the island.

On party nights Gili Trawangan could be compared to a smaller version of bully Indonesia Thailand Haad Rin on the island of Koh Phangan. Drugs, though still illegal, openly displayed on signs.

Warning: locally made spirit called arak can be a cheap option for alcohol in bars and restaurants in Gili Trawangan, but is responsible for numerous deaths of foreigners due to methanol poisoning. The government has remained largely silenced incidents.

Gili Air:
Much smaller and quieter than Gili Trawangan, Gili Air is actually closer to the mainland of Lombok. It also has a larger permanent population, perhaps because the locals prefer peace noise in Gili T.

Restaurants and elegant bungalows mingle with budget decisions that dot the island, which means it is a mixed crowd of travelers on Gili Air. Increasingly, backpackers, tired of the changes occurring in Gili Trawangan, Gili Air have passed.

While the beaches are not as large or as nice as the Gili Trawangan, you certainly do not have to share them both. In fact, you can walk all the way around Gili Air in about 90 minutes, depending on the amount of people in the area will stop to chat or show their children. A lush, dark interior is accessible via paths that align with coconuts drying in the sun.

Gili Air, despite being smaller, still has plenty of options for bars and restaurants, but places may close pretty early. Many dive shops offer PADI certification classes and access to the same excellent dive sites shared with Gili Trawangan.

Gili Meno:
Gili Meno is the smallest and most isolated of the three Gili islands and traditionally the choice for couples and families rather than those traveling to socialize. Despite having the best beaches and diving in the Gilis, Gili Meno resists pleasantly crowded.

See some of the best beaches in Asia.
While the basic costs of housing and living cost a little more in Gili Meno, has little to do with luxury. Electricity is irregular and the island has yet to get an ATM. The rustic atmosphere only adds to the charm.

Gili Meno is certainly not the place to come looking for nightlife; however, most visitors prefer to bring a book and detox after the madness of Gili Trawangan. A handful of dive shops offering PADI certifications and trips to dive sites around the Gilis.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Top Best Beaches India

According to Forbes, you can forget the beaches of Ibiza, Rio or even Australia. These days, the beaches of India are where everything is happening. It is true that India has some incredibly scenic beaches that offer everything from action to solitude, and parts of the course. The best beaches in India can be found on the west coast. Here is where to look.
1. Varkala
Stunningly picturesque Varkala beach is about an hour north of Trivandrum, in Kerala, and provides a relatively peaceful alternative to the now commercialized Kovalam. The setting of this beach is impressive enough to take your breath away, with a long and winding cliff and views that stretch over the Arabian Sea stretch.

2. Gokarna
Gokarna is a small and remote holy town in northern Karnataka, with four of the most secluded and pristine beaches of India located. Both pious pilgrims and hedonistic tourists with equal enthusiasm builds. Go there to get an idea of what Goa was in its heyday, although time is limited as developers are already seeing the potential of this area.

3. Palolem
Picturesque Palolem Beach, surrounded by a thick forest of coconut palms in the far south of Goa, is undoubtedly the most beautiful state beach. This mile long, shady, crescent-shaped beach continues to grow in popularity each year and has become very lively with the diverse crowd it attracts.

4. Baga
Of course, Baga Beach in North Goa may be touristy and crowded but for those who like action, is one of the most happening beaches on the coast. Water sports, parasailing, dolphin tours, beach bars, pubs, clubs and fine restaurants -'ll find everything there!

5. Marari
Little known Marari Beach, not far from Alleppey in Kerala, is perfect for those people exploring the Kerala backwaters who feel like the time on the beach. This beach is relatively quiet and undeveloped. A big drawcard there is earth conscious Marari Beach Resort.

6. Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)
Do you want to enjoy the beach atmosphere, but can not reach the west coast of India? Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram or as otherwise called), about an hour south of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, is the selection of the beaches of the east coast. The city is full of sculptures and interesting rock temples, including the Temple of windswept beach right at the water's edge. There is also a thriving backpacker scene.

Cheap Flights to Asia


Crossing the Pacific is just startling. Anyone who has flown to Hawaii, know the pain of the long flight, especially those who fly from the eastern parts of the United States. Now, take this flight and double - Hawaii is only about halfway to Asia!

With affordable accommodation and meals Asia is a great budget destination; However, there is a dilemma: always on the floor in the first place! Unfortunately, you can be hard to find cheap flights to Asia; the ticket price is proving to be a barrier for many Americans, otherwise visit the love of Asia.

Fortunately, there are some tricks for better rates or at least reduce the pain of ticket prices a little.

Break Up Your Flights
As noted above, sometimes a carrier to Asia cheaper than others because the volume fly. Try using a domestic airline to get to the west coast, then to one of the Asian airlines switch for the crossing of the Pacific. They hesitate about using Asian-based airlines do not; they often have better food and more leg room than our own airline!

These Asian airlines fly from Los Angeles and often have cheap flights to Asia:

Korean Air

Air China

China Southern

Asiana Airlines

China Airlines

EVA Air

Japan Airlines

Thai Airways

China Eastern

Singapore Airlines

Cathay Pacific

Learn to love the Budget Airlines
Although devoid of frills - at least free are, anyway - Asia is blessed with excellent low cost airlines. Tickets between countries can often be found for less than $ 50. AirAsia - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia based KLIA2 terminal - is the largest budget airline in Asia; they are the best choice for those looking for a cheap hop between major cities.

Find cheap flights of low cost airlines is usually made by booking in advance. Otherwise, sign up for AirAsia newsletter or follow them on Twitter to find out about last minute deals.

Always fly in large cities
Obviously flying into Bangkok is cheaper than flying into smaller airports like Phuket or Chiang to be Mai. If you find a flight to a neighboring country for much cheaper than the planned target, considering that the escape, then does "hop" with AirAsia or one of the other low-cost airlines to fly in Asia between the capitals.

Here are a few cities that serve as major hubs in Asia:

Beijing (PEK)

Hong Kong (HKG)

Tokyo (TYO)

Seoule (SEL)

Bangkok (BKK)

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) (See this guide to Kuala Lumpur flights)

Singapore (SIN)

Saigon (SGN) (Learn more about flying in Vietnam)

Consider Ground Transportation

Once on the ground in your destination country, you have a few more transport options. When it is the time less of a factor, you should take the train or by bus from the capital continue to your destination. For example, fly into Bangkok and taking the night train to Laos is often cheaper than in Vientiane, the capital of flying.

Ground transportation prices in Asia are generally excellent deals; However prepared for overcrowded buses, bumpy roads and delayed trains in developing countries.

Do not assume that all booking sites the best deal

Sometimes the big flight booking sites are consolidators and have no access to databases small budget airlines; You can not find or the cheapest rates available may, what also always made ​​despite promises.

Insider tip: Sometimes booking sites use nefarious means to you want to book a flight quickly. You can book flights for days around the day picked up an expensive show, so you assume prices will rise. Some sites will even your previous flight searches - because they know that you want a certain flight - then add an additional amount to these Airfare when you return to the site.

Use Frequent Flyer Programs
Flying over the Pacific Ocean and is an almost 10,000 frequent flyer miles is a shame; two return trips to Asia could easily net a free flight. Chances are good that you'll be hooked on Asia for the first time and want to come back - why not let those miles together?

These airlines offer cheap flights to Asia and Delta SkyMiles program:

Aeroflot Russian Airlines

China Airlines

China Southern

China Eastern

Korean Air

Malaysia Airlines

Thai Air Asia

Vietnam Airlines

Honeymoon Destinations in Asia

Once the accumulation, planning and the big day has come and gone, have a warm, beautiful and romantic place to undo all the stress that weddings ironically created. Honeymoon Destinations in Asia offer some of the most beautiful landscapes and memorable experiences for a lot less money than Hawaii or Fiji.
Whether you prefer quiet beach time or cultural adventures, you will not be disappointed with any of these top five destinations for honeymoon in Asia. Alternatively, you can plan the trip of a lifetime around some of these unforgettable World Heritage Site by UNESCO in Asia.

1.  Bali, Indonesia:
Not a big surprise that Bali island's tourist arrivals in Indonesia, is also one of the first places in the world for a honeymoon. The mere mention of Bali evokes exotic images of volcanoes and private beaches. Although the island is filled in the summer months, you can escape the crowds romantic beach villas and ecological refuges surrounded by green forests.

More than a party scene, the popular Kuta beach is not exactly romantic. Instead, go to some of the other beaches in southern Bali like Sanur, Legian or Seminyak. Once you've had enough time on the beach, you will find peace, a great atmosphere, and plenty of green landscapes in Ubud - the cultural center of Bali.

2.  Thai islands:

Thailand has some of the most beautiful and accessible islands in the world and the best tourist infrastructure in Southeast Asia, you will not have to worry about the hassles of travel in Thailand that interfere with their time together. Thai islands, both in the Andaman side of the country and in the Gulf of Thailand, are well suited for a romantic getaway.

If you prefer small islands, have a look at the tiny Koh Lipe side of Phuket in Thailand. Otherwise, consider Koh Lanta, Koh Samui, or some of the quiet bays dotted northern Koh Phangan. If things get a bit too quiet on the island, you can always take a boat to Haad Rin to dance until dawn with your partner!

3. Malaysian Borneo:
There is simply no other way to say: Borneo is a paradise for nature lovers. One of only two places in the world to see wild orangutans, you can divide your time in Borneo between finding wildlife tour through the rainforest, exploring the waterfalls in the national parks, and lying on pristine beaches. Flights to Borneo from Kuala Lumpur are cheap, often even until the last minute!

Borneo is divided into two states, Sabah and Sarawak, which are separated by the independent country of Brunei. Sarawak is quieter, cheaper and less crowded than the northern state of Sabah, East while Sabah has amazing snorkelling and natural attractions. You'll find plenty of wild beauty and friendly local culture in both places.

4. Srilanka
Although Sri Lanka off the southern coast of India receives almost as much attention as its northern neighbor, the islands there are among the best honeymoon destinations in Asia! Spicy Curry, friendly people, an interesting culture and a much more relaxed atmosphere attract more and more travelers each year.

A honeymoon in Sri Lanka is both an affordable and unique way to start a new life together.

5.The Maldives:
Not far from India, the island known as the Maldives is the smallest Asian country both in population and land mass. Lack of space Maldives to attract an estimated 600,000 tourists a year who come to enjoy the incredible beauty of the island and the world class diving is not stopped. Floating Bungalows and resorts honeymoon contained in some of the bluest water I have ever found that will make you and your new partner wants to stay forever.

Male is the capital, largest city and port of entry usual to visit the Maldives. While the beauty of the islands is breathtaking, a honeymoon in the Maldives will cost much more than one of the Thai islands.

The 10 Most Luxurious Hotels in Southeast Asia


Southeast Asia boasts some of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. Each year millions of tourists brave the sweltering tropical heat that prevails over this region, so they can enjoy all that this part of the world has to offer.

Those who travel to Southeast Asia to go there for several reasons, the first of which is the warmth of the sun. Studies show that many tourist are cold countries that have four seasons. Perhaps you are one of these people eager to escape the harsh winter of their country, trading snow boots for a tank top and flip flops.

Those who love the sun almost always love a beautiful beach so and Southeast Asia has some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Being in a tropical part of the world, it is natural that offers fine sand and clear waters for tourists to enjoy and explore.

Apart from the sand and sun, tourists visit Southeast Asia for big business, as many of its countries are buying Mecca for bargain hunters. Chatuchak in Bangkok to Divisoria in Manila in Little India in Singapore, each country offers a world of possibilities for shopping!

Many tourists are also food lovers who like to go to different locations to try the food. From spicy to sweet to sour, Southeast Asia offers all kinds of food, from the exotic to the mundane! Fine dining and street food alike are sumptuous to even the pickiest palettes. So gourmets who visit Southeast Asia should be prepared to gain a few kilos for your culinary adventures!

For all fashion and demanding properties are an important determinant of the trip. There are those who equate luxury of a good trip and have no qualms about shelling out hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a beautiful place to stay and Southeast Asia certainly not lacking in luxury accommodations!

10. Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort (Indonesia): $ 701/night for a 2 bedroom villa
Who does not dream of setting foot on the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia? This resort is flowing with tourists at all times of the year, due in part to the almost year round sunny climate, with the exception of a few months of thunderstorms. Apart from the stretch of beach, there are other tourist attractions in Bali as well as waterfalls and temples. One of the many hotels of choice is the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, a five star hotel set. Your two bedroom villa goes for about $ 700 a night. It is well worth the price when you see its amenities, including a large living and dining area, private pool and garden, and breathtaking views. Who could ask for a better holiday in Bali?

9. Shangri-La Hotel (Singapore). $ 1,320 / night for the Valley Wing Deluxe Suite
Singapore is not called the city of Leon at all. It is a melting pot of many cultures and traditions, with so many different nationalities living in this tiny nation. It is also the economic power of the South East Asian region, and as a result, many multinational companies have established their regional offices there. As a tourist destination, and one that is a bit more expensive than its other neighbors in Southeast Asia, which boasts of many 5-star hotels, one of which is the Shangri-La. The luxury hotel is located in Orchard Road, which is the main commercial area of the country. A suite goes for as much as $ 1320 per night. It is well worth the price because a stay at any Shangri-La property ensures guests a five-star service and amenities.

8. Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay at (Nha Trang, Vietnam). $ 1.490 / night for the Rock Pool Villa

Until ten years ago, Vietnam was not really the place to go for tourists. However, it has now become one of the main tourist destinations in Asia. Like many of its Asian neighbors, is proud to have beautiful beaches that dot its territory. A coastal town that has a beautiful coast is Nha Trang. Since it is a tourist spot, it has many hotels to accommodate visitors, one of which is the Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay. Villa of this luxury resort can cost about $ 1,490 one night and rightly so. Their villas in earth tones are located far from the madding crowd in a small secluded cove, offering the privacy and seclusion of a quiet traveler craves.

7. Amansara (Siem Reap, Cambodia). $ 1,500 / night suite by the pool

Before Angelina Jolie show their talents action hero in the film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Cambodia was under the radar for the Western world. However, as the film shows, where the Hollywood star was seen jumping and moving through ancient temples in Siem Reap, the main temple of Angkor Wat, suddenly became one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world . Some tourists do not mind shelling out a pocketful of cash to stay in a first class resort, as Amansara. Operated by the Aman group, the complex was once a private guesthouse of a former king and a whole can go for a hefty $ 1,500 per night. If you are looking to experience luxury Amansara is the place to be.

6. Shangri-La Resort and Spa Boracay (Philippines): $ 1,800 / night for a villa
Of all the nations of Southeast Asia, the Philippines may have the greatest number of beaches, being an archipelago of over 7,000 islands. Many of the beaches are still remote and unspoiled, but there are many resources that have emerged on the banks of the beautiful beaches in the country. Perhaps the most popular and visited the beach is Boracay Island Philippines. Nothing compares to the sugar white sands and clear waters of Boracay. So when a group like Shangri-La building a resort there, with villas that go for $ 1,800 a night, you can be sure you'll be getting the ultimate experience of luxury on the beach.

5. Rupar Mandalar Resort (Myanmar): $ 2,800 / night in the presidential suite
Another nation low profile comes slowly in the center of tourist attention is Myanmar. Once occupied by the British, Myanmar has a rich heritage and culture. Its beautiful temples and buildings tell a lot of love from Burma for aesthetics and attention to detail. Many stations have proliferated in tourist destinations, one of which is the Mandalar Resort Rupar. With its larger suite that cost up to $ 2,800 per night, the resort strives to give guests a feel of the local atmosphere, with its traditional decor and atmosphere Burma.

4. Hilton Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). $ 3,000 / night for the penthouse
There's more to Malaysia's Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur. Like Singapore and Myanmar, this small country also saw once a British settlement and as a result, is another Asian country with a fusion of east meeting west. For all who love the city, Kuala Lumpur is pleasantly cosmopolitan, modern structures and a large number of five-star hotels. The Hilton Kuala Lumpur caters to the modern traveler. With its contemporary style rooms and a penthouse suite which costs up to $ 3,000 per night, which is not only modern, but also high-tech, with the latest entertainment and information systems, even in the bathrooms.

3. Sofitel Metropole Hanoi (Hanoi, Vietnam). 3.240 USD / night for the Opera Wing
With its mix of culture imbued with the French colonists instilled as traditional Vietnamese traditions, Vietnam is a beautiful meeting of Asia and Europe. Its capital, Hanoi, is a testament to this mixture, with its many buildings and structures of European style. One such building is the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, located a few meters away from the Opera House in the French Quarter. With Opera wing of the hotel, which costs about $ 3200 per night, stay there brings you back to the pages of the history of Vietnam, when European opulence was frequent.

2. Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai, Thailand). $ 5,277 / night for a 4 bedroom villa
Thailand has the distinction of being the only Asian country that has never been colonized by the West. As a result, rich culture and no external influences is pure and Thai pride. This is one of the many reasons that attracts millions of tourists every year. Apart from Bangkok, the other tourists flock to the city of Chiang Mai is. It is here that the second most expensive in Southeast Asia hotel is located. A villa at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai can cost up to $ 5200 per night! Priced well, you're guaranteed a spectacular view of the beautiful hills filled paddy rice.

1. Raffles Hotel (Singapore): $ 9,674 / night for the presidential suite
It's no surprise that the most expensive in Southeast Asia hotel is located in the richest country in the region. Singapore is home to Raffles Hotel, the seat of the old world opulence throughout Asia. Built in 1887 and referred to in the literature by some of the greatest writers of the world, completely white walls Raffles' marble columns and further improve the class and elegance of the hotel. For a whopping $ 9,600 a night presidential suite of the hotel, every effort is made to ensure every guest at the Raffles is treated like a king.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Top Popular Asian Foods

Asia is a vast area with many different influences , tastes and cultures, it is difficult to choose typical Asian dishes. Fortunately, there are Asian dishes that are popular in more than one country in Asia and among Westerners alike.

Some even are so popular that there are wars among gourmets , who invented the dish and which country can claim the credit on their origin.

Let's take a look at the most popular and why they are so delicious :

10. Fish Balls
Fish balls for Asian are probably what hot dogs are to Americans. There are the testes of fish, as one might suspect , but powdered or pressed fish meat , eaten in soup or as a stick , mainly available in Asian stalls or street vendors everywhere in the region. He served boiled , fried or steamed and are considered as small snacks between flights or in some countries even as a "poor little hen dish ' .

Fish balls on a stickAlthough no restaurants for example, in Hong Kong , specializing in fish balls, which can then be quite expensive as well - I have yet to see a westerner Fish Balls considered a delicacy.

However, Fish Balls are very popular in Asia. Mainly eaten alone , marinated , dipped in a sauce or into a bowl - mixed with ' kway teow ' noodles, tofu or even rice.

Smell and taste are added as vinegar, garlic, chives sauce or sweet soy.

9. Laksa
Laksa is spicy noodle soup which is claimed to be invented by Singaporeans , but more likely derived from the Chinese / Malay culture. The name Laksa is unknown, but is now very popular not only in Malaysia and Singapore , but as far as Australia and beyond.

Bowl LaksaIf tried Laksa , know why, because as any explosion to the senses of taste , sweet blend ( coconut) with a sour taste ( lemon grass or citrus) influences with more standard fare ( thick noodles , egg, tofu ) . Sometimes Laksa gets more watery like a soup , while others prefer it as thick as possible , with as little liquid as possible. 'm Sure Singaporeans can write complete essays on appropriate essences Laksa and I hope for a lot of comments describing the right ingredients and just and .

Most Laksa lovers agree on the following key ingredients : thick noodles , sauce coconut based curry / soup, tofu, fish sticks , shrimp and bean sprouts . Sometimes seafood items are replaced with chicken or boiled eggs are added , although all the ingredients can vary widely. There Laksa wars there, where people discuss what the correct ingredients and which are not . Singaporeans are famous for driving for 20 dollar one end of the country to the other to try the best 3 Dollar Laksa there. Only the logic between food lovers , right? ;-)

8. Hainanese Chicken Rice
Hainanese Chicken RiceThis is a simple, plain and straightforward dish , mainly eaten in Malaysia, Thailand , Singapore and China.

White served with white rice and condiments like cucumber , lettuce or eggs - boiled plain chicken . Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of the less spicy Asian dishes , but nevertheless, its creation is a science in itself.

It can come with soup or clear broth chicken soup as a companion and is one of the signature dishes claimed by more than one country . Mainly boiled chicken 's own juices or broth - complete with bones and all - that is used over and over again to get the desired flavor. Sometimes consists of chopped chili , sweet soy and ginger are used to add flavor dips .

7. Spring Rolls
Westerners associate Spring Rolls as mainly Chinese dishes, but ask any serious chef in Asia and would probably give Vietnamese spring rolls the best. That does not change the fact that Spring Rolls are popular in most Asian countries, with China , Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan , Indonesia topping the list .

Spring rolls with rolls ShrimpsSpring rolled pastas that are filled with all kinds of meat or raw or cooked vegetables are mainly fried. There are versions that are not fried and are mainly consumed in Taiwan.

Depending on the country you are in , the ingredients for spring rolls can be raw , boiled or bleached .

The most popular ingredients are minced pork , carrot , bean sprouts , fresh garlic chives , vermicelli noodles, shitake mushrooms. Soy sauce , peanut powder and fish sauce are sometimes added to give better tickle your taste buds .

6. Dim Sum
Chinese dishes are very popular in most Asian countries. After all, the Chinese as avid travelers and migrants from antiquity constitute a considerable part of all populations in Asian countries .

They brought a lot of their favorites back home and merged with local dishes. One of the favorites is the Dim Sum , desire are lightweight , but hard to describe dishes , popular in all Asian countries Philippines , Vietnam , Laos and Malaysia and Indonesia. Ah , yes, of course , in Singapore , with its 60 % of the Chinese population also .

Breakfast dim sum in Hong KongDim sum derived from a Cantonese phrase meaning " a small sample " and describes the feeding little treasures hidden in small steamer baskets , various types of fillings, steamed buns and lots of small dishes served in small dishes.

Dim Sum is served mainly with tea and can have a delicious, sweet or plain flavor. The portions are small portions, but with lots of varieties.

It seems that one of the objectives is to try as many different flavors as possible in a very short time . Dim Sum can usually order from a menu , choose from a buffet or turned on carts by servers.

You take what you like and pay only what you eat. Ultimately an explosion of different shapes, flavors and types of food - rolls, paus , meatballs , meatballs, desserts , cakes, pies and desserts mainly include .

5. Fried rice ( nasi goreng )
Rice is the staple food in every country in Asia. Mainly white plain cooked with coconut sauce or saffron added and eaten fresh or immediately with any meat or vegetables come . So what do you do with leftover rice a few days ? You guessed it right !

Nasi Goreng - paella AsiaSimply throw everything in a wok , fry it well with vegetable oil, add a little soy sauce , garlic , onions and other spicy foods to cover the smooth flavor and serve as a separate dish . Hah !

While it is certainly do more to not let any food you lose , the fried rice is also a delicacy in itself . It's a cheap and tasty dish in all countries of Asia and comes with vegetables, meat or different sambals . Add eggs, satay, rice and prawn crackers ( Krupuk ) and you can have a full meal in itself that fills very well and takes you through the day.

Some would say Nasi Goreng is the Paella Asia, but I'm sure that the Spanish would protest that. ;-)

In the Western world , the name ' nasi goreng ' is currently connected with any Asian style fried rice. I remember my first encounter with him was a canned version in Germany many years ago. Simply heat in and fill the stomach . Oh man!

4 . Tom Yum
Tom Yum SoupOriginated in Thailand, the aqueous something in a container , it is now popular throughout Asia, but especially in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It may come as an appetizer, main dish or thin soup , eaten with or without rice, but almost always has a sour taste spicier with intensive crushed lemon grass , tamarind and lemon.

Add different meats and seafood to it, the most popular , such as shrimp, squid or pieces of fish or today, even mixed with chicken ( who came up with that? ) Or vegetables like mushrooms or oyster cilantro leaves .

If a Westerner wanting to show off their skills at home to cook, but is unable to produce that spicy flavor - spicy - sour typical home , you can simply buy Tom Yam paste in most Asian stores and produce back home a close -to-the - thing real experience. ;-)

3 . Chicken Curry
Chicken curry is a universal dish, which can be found on almost every menu in Asia. After all original spice islands a Portuguese sailor named Magellan was looking on behalf of the Spanish crown, is strategically located between the Philippines , Indonesia and Malaysian Borneo .

Pollo Rico CurryCurry tasty powder in all kinds of variations, tastes and colors are readily available throughout Asia - and very used to create heavenly curry dishes . Despite what is going to be your plate later in the name of curry may look and taste surprisingly different, depending on the country you are in.

Everyone knows the heavy masaman (some call -mama san curry,ahem ) or the Thai chicken curry , curry masala made ​​of heavy that are used by Indians as well.

Usually added coconut , saffron and ginger to the most distinctive tastes. Indonesians love their finest ' Kari Ayam ' , with more watery sauces , while Malaysia does not speak very decisive about his thick curry, depending on whether they live closer than Thailand or further south of peninsula Malaysia.

And yes, curry dishes are not only restricted to chicken, but they seem to be the most popular.
2 . Sushi
Sushi needs no introduction . It is popular worldwide and there is no exception to that of Asia. This is considered a delicacy mainly upper class and eat at fancy restaurants , but you can buy ready-made in supermarkets Sushi and regional Carrefour in Singapore , Indonesia or Thailand Tesco .

Delicious Sushi - hmmmmm Increasingly sushi franchises ( Best Denki , Sakae Sushi , Sushi Go) are multiplied throughout Asia, so bring Sushi for the masses too.

Sushi is much more than just raw fish and the creation / formation of sushi rolls is considered a science by many. Although actually just the right kind of rice , seaweed wraps and soy sauce is needed.

The other ingredients like sweet, pickled ginger and wasabi ( the , green tasty pasta similar to horseradish ) are sold almost everywhere . However you like sushi , made himself at home, delivered to your door or eaten at a fancy restaurant - do not forget to drink Ocha (green tea) with your sushi.

1. Satay
Satay is the undisputed king or queen of Asian Foods. Of course the spelling is different from one country to another , either sate , satay , satey , sati or whatever - it's basically a meat grilled over charcoal or open fire stick.

Available everywhere from Singapore to Philippines , Vietnam to Papua !

While in the Muslim countries of Indonesia and Malaysia is mainly chicken tenders or beef , chicken or delicious meat SatayThailand is very famous for its organ sate , being the liver, heart and stomach of pigs or chickens. You can also find frogs or even a bug meat , fried in oil or ' natural ' , post again, especially in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

Satay usually comes with various sauces , peanut sauce is the most popular and mostly have sticky rice or lontong him . Most times you have chopped onions, cucumbers and other vegetables too.

Satay seafood is very popular, so yes - fish, squid , shrimp and other marine creatures are very well fried on a stick, so a cheap and delicious way to fill your stomach on the road, or a snack in between.

You can not go wrong with satay on your trip through Asia . When fried, roasted or grilled over open fire , generally is delicious and safe to eat , so do not let anyone ruin your appetite!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza , located near Al- Jizah , is a popular site in Egypt. This archaeological site located on the west bank of the Nile part of the Great Sphinx guarding the pyramids of Khufu ( Cheops Gr ) , Khafre ( Chephren Gr ) and Menkaure ( Mycerinus Gr ) - pyramids of all the prominent leaders of the Fourth Dynasty (circa 2550 BC). In front of the pyramid , there is a temple ruin , where users click photographs of the pyramids.
With height of 481.4 feet (147 meters), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made building until the 1800s . Visitors can enter the Great Pyramid through a passage in the brickwork. The pyramids still stand out for their amazing construction , with a high degree mathematical accuracy. It is constructed from limestone and granite. Many theories about how the pyramids were built without the help of modern machines have postulated.The mystery of the pyramids still not resolved .
The Great Pyramid is also called the Pyramid of Khufu ( Cheops) , after the Pharaoh who probably had the pyramids built . the other pyramids are called the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure.
Each side of the Great Pyramid is oriented with the cardinal directions (north, south , east and west ) . the Great Cheops Pyramid consists of an estimated 2.3 million blocks of stone, and is estimated to weigh 5.75 million tonnes.
The Pyramid of Khafre ( Chephren ) , the second pyramid is located southwest of the pyramid of Cheops. Although it appears to be higher than the Great Pyramid, as it is on the top floor , this pyramid is actually lower than that of Cheops. This pyramid was built by Khufu 's son Khafre .
The third pyramid, the Pyramid of Menkaure ( Mycerinus ) , the smallest of the three, which means some 67m ( 220ft ) high, was initiated by Khafre 's son Menkaure.
In front of the Great Pyramid is the Sphinx , a statue of a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a man. The Sphinx , which is 20 meters ( 66 feet ) high and measures about 73.5 meters long, was probably carved over 4,500 years ago out of the sandstone.
The mystery of the pyramids has attracted many archaeologists to discover the secrets hidden in the toms . Dr. Zahi Hawass , former Minister of State for Antiquities and an Egyptian archaeologist , he has led several successful campaigns to unearth the secrets of the pyramids.
Some hieroglyphics have been found in the pyramids in one of the more recent expeditions .
There is a disputed theory known as "The Theory of Orion Correlation " proposed by Robert Bauval , author of " The Orion Mystery " which states that the layout of the three pyramids of Giza was inspired from three stars in Orion's belt .
The Pyramids of Giza with the architectural style of ancient Egypt to promote tourism in Egypt. People travel from around the world to see these wonderful sights . You can ride a camel , or just walk around and see the pyramids. Be sure to see the pyramids
Giza Sound and light show held at night. The Sphinx guarding the place for the evening show performed by the MISR Company for Sound, Light and Cinema . Book a tour to Egypt to enjoy the view of these wonders .
Travel Tip : Vendors , street vendors and resellers are more aggressive in the pyramids. Stay in a group to protect itself.
While in Egypt, you can also plan to visit the Museum Complex and Egyptian Pyramid of Saqqara located near the pyramids .
The Pyramids of Giza are a group of pyramids (also called the Pyramids of Giza ) that were built as tombs for the Egyptian royals .
The largest of the pyramids , known as the Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World .
Out of the three pyramids , the Great Pyramid of Cheops which was built by the pharaoh Khufu around 2560 BC , is the oldest and larger.
Pyramids of Giza Facts
The Giza Necropolis is located near Cairo , Egypt, in a town called Giza. Pyramids are about 25 kilometers ( 15 miles) away from the city ​​of Cairo in the desert and along the Nile River. From Cairo International Airport , you can hire a taxi to visit the Great Pyramids . metro Line 2 connects Cairo to Giza and the Giza station , you can take a taxi, bus or mini bus to the pyramids.
What are the coordinates of the Pyramids of Giza ?
The latitudinal and longitudinal ranges of the Pyramids of Giza are 29.9792 ° N, 31.1344 ° E.
To what extent are the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo ?
There are three suggested routes to reach the pyramids :
The route of the ring road : distance of about 22.4 km ; Estimated travel time : about 26 minutes.
The road and the Cairo - Alexandria desert highway route: distance of about 18.5 miles , estimated travel time : about 26
minutes.
The Nile Corniche and the bypass route : distance of about 22.4 km ; Estimated travel time : about 28 minutes.
To what extent are the Pyramids of Giza Sharm el- Sheikh?
The pyramids are located at a distance of about 526.4 kilometers from Sharm el- Sheikh. It takes about 5 hours and 59 minutes to get pyramids through road.
The best times to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza are during winter or spring, to avoid the intense desert heat in summer.
hours

Note : The Pyramid of Cheops is closed from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm .
tickets
General Admission Tickets include admission to the Valley Temple of Chephren Pyramid Hetepheres ( G1a ) , Pyramid of Meret - ites ( G1b )
Pyramid Henut -sen ( G1c ) , Idu 's tomb , the tomb of Qar , Seshemnefer grave , grave Sennedjem - Ib , the tomb of Pa -sen , the tomb of Ka- emankh and Tomb of Nen - sedjer -ka .
charges :
Egyptian : 2 LE (Students : 1 LE )
Overseas: 50 LE (Students : 25 LE)
Separate entrance to the Pyramid of Chephren Tickets, the pyramid of Cheops, and the Sound and Light Show.
charges :
Pyramid of Cheops Egypt : 20 LE (students 10 LE)
Overseas: 100 LE ( Students: 50 LE)
Only 150 tickets are sold during the morning and 150 after 1:00 pm for entry into the Pyramid of Cheops.
Pyramid of Khafre Egypt : 2 LE (Students : 1 LE )
Overseas: 25 LE (Students : 15 LE)
Update : Pyramid of Menkaure is closed .

What is inside the pyramids of Giza ?
Not the King's Chamber and Queen's Chamber inside the pyramids.
Why is the Great Pyramid of Giza 30 shorter than its original size feet?
The loss of the culmination and erosion caused the Great Pyramid of Giza 30 shorter than its original size feet.
How many sides does the Great Pyramid of Giza have?
It has four sides. The pyramid is built on a square platform and the four sides are inclined at a specific angle to meet at a point .
Can you climb the pyramids of Giza ?
Initially, the highly dangerous activity to climb the pyramids was a popular tourist activity . However, the government recently banned and climbing pyramids now considered a felony.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Suez Canal Travel Guide

The Suez Canal , sometimes called the route to India , is the link between Europe , Africa and Asia , connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. An artificial waterway , the Suez Canal is an impressive work of art that has facilitated international trade since its opening in 1869. A sum of 100 million dollars were spent in the construction of the canal. This channel single channel has two deaths knowledge areas . Ballah the bypass and the Great Bitter Lake .
 

Before the canal was built , cargo ships had to travel around the southern tip of Africa to make the trip from Europe to Asia , or the goods were to be transported by road. The waterway is controlled by Egypt, but under an international treaty so that its use is shared.
The Suez Canal takes more traffic and larger ships than the Panama Canal . It also significantly reduces the transit time being the shortest route between Europe and Asia.
The Suez Canal is named Qanat - Suways Arabic. Being one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world , the channel has become one of the most vital waterways in the world. The sea water circulates freely without passing this latch . The Authority of the Suez Canal in Egypt owns and maintains the channel .
To make the secure channel, the canal banks are supported by barriers to protect the channel against washing and waves due to frequent transit of ships. Ships move slowly in the channel to prevent soil erosion . The ideal way to see the canal is by boat or a cruise.
Waterfront Quarter , Military Museum , De Lesseps House, Museum of Ismailia , Suez Canal House, Lake Timsah and Garden stelae some interesting places to the channel.
Update: The Minister of Investment said recently that Egypt nailing a tender for the development of the Suez Canal at the end of November 2013.

Facts :
The Suez Canal was opened in November 1869.Today ( after expansion projects ) , the Suez Canal measuring 193.3 km ( 120.11 miles ) long and 205 meters ( 674 feet) wide, and about 24 meters ( 79 feet ) deep.

Where:
The Suez Canal is located in Egypt, which extends from Port Said to Port Tawfiq in Suez. As the channel is approximately 200 kilometers long, it is not frequently traveled by tourists and can be seen at various points along the way. Alternatively , cruises do not move down the Suez Canal for a complete experience. Otherwise, a good place to see the channel is at the Friendship Bridge , where it can be crossed near Port Said or Ismailia .

When :
High season in Egypt in winter , from December to February , when temperatures are cool , so close to the water Suez Channel temperatures are mild .

More Attractions : Cairo, Great Pyramids of Giza and Alexandria.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Merlion Park - Singapore

The Merlion Park in the city -state of Singapore has installed a beautiful park with the unique structure Merlion . This statue is a creature that is half- mermaid ( or fish) and half lion attracts a number of tourists and has become a landmark of Singapore. With the head of the lion and fish -like body , the fountains - Statue appeals to the audience . It looks especially in the glowing lights in the night turned on is amazing.
Merlion Park: SingaporeThis statue was originally at the Merlion Park along the Esplanade Bridge. The then Prime Minister of Singapore , Lee Kuan Yew was the installation of the statue solemnly on 15 September 1972 carried out . Now this statue has a new place that has been moved in the vicinity of the hotel Fullerton .

The lion head represents the lion that was spotted by Sang Nila Utama , a prince Srivijayan . The Malay Annals records the incident took place when the prince rediscovered Singapura in 11Ad . The fish tail of the Merlion represent the ancient city of Temasek , which means sea in the Javanese language . It symbolizes the fact that Singapore was originally a humble fishing village , although now it has be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
The Merlion statue was built by the late Mr. Lim Nang Seng artisans from cement fondue. Mr. Lim built another small version of the Merlion 2 meters in height and weighing three tones. The body of the statue was made ​​of cement , while the skin of Porcelain plates and eyes : small red teacups.
You can see the beautiful view of the colonial district of Singapore enjoy taking a walk in Merlion Park. There is a gift shop on its premises Merlion that sells T -shirts and other gift items.
Facts
The Merlion was originally designed as a symbol of the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964.
The lion's head was originally conceived by Mr. Fraser Brunner .
The Merlion statue measures 8.6 meters in height and weighs around 70 tons.
The park covers an area of ​​2,500 square meters.

Where
The Merlion Park is a situated at One Fullerton, Singapore. It takes around 20 minutes by car to reach the park from Singapore Changi International Airport.

When
The best time to visit the Merlion Park is cool during the morning, evening or nights as the weather.

Hours
Merlion Park open 24 hours during the year.

Tickets
Admission to the park is free.

More
Points of Interest : Singapore Asian Civilisations Museum, Boat Quay , Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, National Museum of Singapore Art Science Museum and Thian Hock Keng Temple .

Maldives Travel Guide

Why go
These are the most beautiful small islands on the planet . They are safe, there are no hawkers selling sarongs and tours and taxi unless you get them, no distractions . There is no agriculture and no industry and turquoise lagoons are clear. Strange to think that the idyllic Maldives have only been a holiday destination for 40 years or more.
The Maldives consist of 26 coral atolls in a chain down through the equator. Within these 26 atolls are about 1200 islands and about 200 of these are inhabited and 100 are stations .

That does not mean it is not also one of the holiday destinations of the most sophisticated in the world. A race to the top has seen the quality of the service, rooms and food increase exponentially over the last 10 years. Now, instead of the dreaded buffet , it is superb à la carte cuisine , there are cellars cheese , meats , wine and chocolate. First underwater restaurant in the world under the water nightclub and spa underwater are to be found here.
The explorer Thor Heyerdahl perfectly summarizes in his book The Mystery of the Maldives : " This afternoon we had the most beautiful islands of palm trees I've ever seen with the sun low on our starboard , he threw on a bright window . small islands , which seemed to float by as flower baskets ... Under the spell of this picture of an earthly paradise , I made an entry in my diary that the Maldives is more beautiful than all the coral atolls in Polynesia " .

When to go
The Maldives has a mild climate, with year-round temperatures between 79F and 86F (26C - 30C) . He never suffers from tornadoes if it has a monsoon season in November is better to avoid unstable time and may persist well into December, but then the rain tends to be short, afternoon breaks only.

High season extends from November to April , with Christmas and New Year is the most expensive time to travel. The months are perfect January, February and March, when the sky is blue and calm water , it could be glass .

April is a period of " shoulder" , prices are lower, then it may see the start of the low season when the weather is less predictable but rarely severe enough to disrupt a holiday.
Getting there

Flights
Vacationers arrive at Malé International Airport. This takes all of Hulhule , which is like a powerful aircraft carrier , a short distance from the island capital, Malé Island.

All charter flights from the UK are direct , as are regular flights operated by British Airways ( ba.com ) and most regular flights Sri Lanka ( srilankan.com ) , although some go via Colombo thereof . Other carriers go through their hubs Emirates ( emirates.com ) via Dubai , Qatar Airways ( qatarairways.com ) in Doha and Oman Air ( omanair.com ) by Muscat . Direct flights take between 10 and 11 hours. A free 30-day visa " is issued to visitors on arrival.

Transfers
Transfers used to be a matter of jumping in a dhoni and blowing off your station . These days the stations cover the entire archipelago so that your transfer could be done by boat, plane, or both. Outboards have replaced Dhoni for stations closest ; seaplanes take clients to the most remote and plans with fixed wheels are invited to five regional airports, where there is another trip on a speedboat.

But there are two more obstacles to negotiate before you can go around your station : wait immigration queues and waiting times long enough to transfer . Be patient and know that once you reach your station , frustration and anxiety slides here soon.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Moenjodaro Travel Guide

Mohenjo Daro along with Baalbek is one of the oldest settlements that were obtained in ruins, in the territory of present-day Pakistan. Mohenjo Daro is located in the south of Pakistan modernity in the province of Sindh . The ancient settlement, which completely reversed the age of the knowledge of Indian descent , stands on the right bank of the Indus River. Mohenjo Daro since 1980 is included in the list of world cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Built between 4 or 5000 years ago and abandoned 3700 years BC, Mohenjo Daro was one of the largest cities in the Indus Valley Civilization . Scientists long believed that Indian civilization dates back no earlier than 500 BC, so that only about 200 years before the invasion of Alexander the Great on the subcontinent. With the discovery of Mohenjo Daro , a century ago , this view has changed radically .

Mohenjo Daro Essentially are extremely complicated built cities. Harappa , which is also in this area that is now Pakistan - It was opened together with another ancient city. Mohenjo Daro Literally translated the name means "Hill of the Dead. " Amazing in these settlements is that they are highly developed, leading archaeologists to believe that before it's built , they were conceived as a whole , makes .

Mohenjo Daro is a remarkable early example of city planning and the sewage system of the old village , built thousands of years ago is largely better than that of modern cities in Pakistan , India and some Asian countries.
Mohenjo Daro was the largest village in the valley of the river Indus. In it lived at least 35 000 people from the Harrapan Civilization , which is comparable to those in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. Probably Mohenjo Daro inhabitants lived in houses made of brick thick and reaches a maximum of three storeys. It is amazing that there are bathrooms in the apartments, which are connected to the sewer .

Many scientists believe that the people who have built Mohenjo Daro civilization , the city had a plan , which requires not only his time , but was . At the level of thousands of years in the future Moreover, the inhabitants of ancient settlements are traded with other cultures. Evidence for this Mohenjo Daro comes from ornaments found with stones brought from distant lands furnished. This tells the scientists that this ancient civilization knew and loved art.

It is not entirely clear what happened to the people Harrapa , but they have abandoned village are BC Among the hypotheses around 1700 natural disasters such as flooding and movement of the tectonic plates that formed the Himalayas and has a huge and devastating earthquakes. Some hypotheses about the disappearance of the inhabitants of Mohenjo Daro refer to the conquest of other cultures.

Excavation begins the settlement between the years 1922-1927 under the direction of Banarjee , continues in the coming decades , and today archaeologists continue to discover new artifacts. Among the most valuable exhibits a miniature bronze statue of a naked woman as a dancer known , was found in 1926 , was a table found on the seals of Mohenjo Daro as SonnensymbolRad .

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Giant Buddha of Leshan - Tourism Guide

The Giant Buddha of Leshan (aka Dafo ) is the largest stone Buddha statue in the world, carved by a monk of the eighth century in southern Sichuan Province in a rock . The Giant Buddha overlooks the confluence of the Minjiang , Dadu and Qingyi rivers and faces the sacred Mount Emei ( with which it derives its status as part of the World Heritage ) .
History
The construction of the Giant Buddha began in 713 AD. It was the idea of a Chinese monk named Haitong , the Buddha , which calm the turbulent waters that ravaged hoped the movement on transport ships in the river. His plans are not only supernatural - the enormous amount of debris would be carved away from the cliff are deposited in the river , changing currents and calm waters.

When was government funding for the project at risk, said the monk , who started his own eyes to show his piety and sincerity. The construction project was continued by his disciples and finally completed by 803 local ruler .

Today, there are still some strong currents where the three rivers meet - but none that threaten the tourist ferries . "Mount Emei Scenic Area with Leshan Giant Buddha " was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.
What to see
Known as Dafo , the statue depicts a seated Maitreya Buddha with his hands on his knees, across the river , eyes narrowed . Maitreya is the Buddha of the future , which is displayed on the dharma when the teachings of Gautama Buddha has disappeared preach. It was especially popular in the 4th Century 7 and his paintings can be found throughout the Buddhist world , its characteristic air transport of hope and promise .

Standing 71 meters (233 feet) high , is the largest Buddha statue in the world Dafo . His shoulders are 28 meters (92 feet) wide and her little foot nail for a sedentary person . Each eyebrow is 18 feet long. According to a local saying: " The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain. "

Prevent certain passages in the hair of Buddha drainage , neck , chest and the holes at the back of the ear that the hidden Buddha serious erosion and weathering. It has been carefully maintained regularly on their 1200 years of history, but it is still a bit of foam.

Visitors watch in awe of the Buddha tourist ferries and a terrace next to the ear. On one side of the terrace is a modern statue of the monk Haitong , and behind the Lingyun Temple Museum with exhibits on the construction and renovation of Dafo .

Southern Giant Buddha is Wuyou Yes, give the visitor on the way to the ferry to the Buddha. A pink walled monastery founded in 742 AD, is decorated with splendid impressive , including gatekeepers , painted scenes of Journey to the West ( in the second room ) and amusing sculptures arhats (in Terminal Louhan ) .

On the other side of the gorge on Lingyun Shan, there are signs of Han burial chambers - which was sacred to this site, before the Buddha carved .
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