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Tired of the usual stuff?
Tired of doing the same thing again and again?
Tired of leading a life in monotony?
Well who doesn’t need a change?
How about checking these 10 offbeat places and bringing back the thrill in your life?
Situated somewhere in the southern tip of Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi is in the southeast of Pamban. It is a jinxed place where a cyclone in 1964 killed 1800 people and through various rough weathers and twist of fate, the place has retained a ghost look for decades. Today only a few fishermen can be seen on the beaches. Another attraction at Dhanushkodi is the Adam’s bridge, the significance of which dates back to the time when Lord Rama was supposed to have built the bridge for crossing over to Lanka.
You may have just seen them in movies but you actually hear stories in abundance in this place called Bhangarh fort. It is based in Rajasthan where everyone visits Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer but a place like Bhangarh fort is discussed only in hush whispers. It is believed that this place was cursed and people are not advised to go there alone or beyond a certain time. It is also the only historical site in India where there are no ASI offices. Maybe it could be a figment of one’s imagination, maybe the ghostly stories are mere hearsay… why don’t you check it for yourself?
Roopkund is a large grassland with beautiful streams and villages adding to the landscape. It is one of India’s most famous trekking places. Based in Uttarakhand, it is a beautiful and mysterious glacial lake. The main attraction of Roopkund is the banks of the lake. Here, one can find human skeletons dating back to the Paleolithic age.
If Switzerland is your dream destination, think again! You need not travel that far. Khajjar a quaint village in the Chamba district of HP is India’s very own Switzerland. The place is picturesque in every possible way. Lush greenery, mountain ranges, lakes, Deodar forests, beautiful meadows just blend together into a beautiful array to give you one of the most amazing experiences you can ever imagine!
Few people know about Drass and that’s not what makes it an interesting place. It is often referred to as Gateway to Ladakh. Situated in Kargil district of J & K, The valley touches an altitude of 10,990 and the ridges in the mountain ranges from 16,000 to 21,000. It is also the second coldest colonized place in Asia.
A tiny village, Malana is unique in every possible way. Situated in the North east of Kullu with only 100 houses, it is believed that the Malanis are descendants of Alexander the great! Another highlight of this village is that “Charas” or “Malana Cream” is grown here. Malana is also called as the “Little Greece of Himachal Pradesh”
For a trekker, the ultimate achievement would be to reach the mountain peak and then sink into the journey that they just made upto. Sandakphu is one such range nestled in Darjeeling. The name signifies the height of poison due to the plants that grow at the peak of this mountain. Once you reach the mountain top the view is amazing and is just worth all the trouble one goes through to reach there. Another highlight of this range is that once you reach the top you can view four of world’s five tallest peaks namely Everest, Kanchenjunga, Maklau and Lhotse peaks. No wonder it’s called the Paradise for trekkers!
If you are in it for altitudes, then you can’t miss Spiti valley which is located in Himachal with a towering 12,500 feet above sea level and having only mountain ranges for company. Soaring peaks, snow clad mountains and having two of the oldest monasteries in the world; the Ki monastry and Tabo monastery both which are a favourite of the Dalai Lama.
Gravity defying palace
How can a hall with a spread of almost 50 metres, three stories high be constructed without any beams or pillars. Built by an eighteenth century monarch Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula, it is both a blend of Arabic and European architecture. The main hall was built intricately with interlocking brick-work and is famous for its enigmatic architecture of “Bhulbhulaiya or a dense maze”. This maze is made of more than 1,000 narrow staircase passages, to prevent intruders from entering the inner complex. Considered by many as a man-made wonder, this gravity defying palace is based in Lucknow, northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Still and calm waters, clear skies, bright sun shining above, trees swaying to the tune of the coolest breeze, snow-capped mountains to add to the aesthetic appeal. Can you ask for more?
Well, the Pangong lake is just that and more. Situated at an altitude of 4350 meters, it’s only post card picture perfect. The Pangong lake is the highest situated salt water lake. It is 134 Kms long and almost 5 Kms wide and more than 60% of this lake extends onto Tibet. This place really makes for one of the best tourist attractions.
Valley of flowers
What if you are suddenly thrown in a place where there are only flowers as far as your eyes can see? Well, imagine no further coz’ the great Himalayan range has exactly that and much more to offer you. With the vast Gharwal hills in Uttaranchal there dwells the most amazing flora that you can ever imagine! There lies the Valley of flowers National park featuring the rugged and much rocky mountain wilds of the Nanda Devi National Park. It is spread over ninety square kilometre, a home to the rarest of rare flowers such as tulips, orchids, daisies, primulas, poppies etc. The next time you wanna woo your loved one, this place will surely do the trick.
The warm summer months are the perfect time to enjoy a holiday away from home, where you can relax on a beautiful stretch of beach. Lounge back by the water, splash around in the calm waves, indulge in cocktails and fine food and simply have fun. To make the most out of your summer beach holiday, it’s always best to travel prepared. Because you will be out and about in the sun, it is important to protect yourself from the harmful rays that the sun produces. By bringing these beach holiday essentials, you will be able to protect yourself and have a fun-filled time with friends and family.
Sunscreen is an absolute must-have when going on a beach holiday this upcoming summer. In the UK alone, more than 8,000 individuals are diagnosed with skin cancer which is commonly caused by not protecting yourself from the sun. While this type of cancer is usually able to be treated if caught early, it is best to protect yourself rather than dealing with the consequences. Many opt to not wear sunscreen because they feel that it will not let them tan or obtain any color while on holiday. This is simply not the case. By regularly applying a sunscreen of at least SPF 30, you will achieve a golden tan look rather than a sun burn. Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes prior to swimming for the best effect.
When you’re out having fun on your beach holiday, it’s easy to forget that you need to drink something in order to stay hydrated. Remember to pack a bottle or two of water into your beach bag to bring with you. While cocktails and tropical beverages can be enjoyed during your holiday, they do not replace the benefits that water gives you.
Invest in a pair of sunglasses that have UV protection lenses before going on your beach holiday. Not only will this protect your eyes from the suns rays, but it will also enable you to see easier without having to squint in the sunlight. Sunglasses are a major staple of any beach outfit.
You simply can’t go to the beach without having a swim suit with you. Whether you plan on tanning in the sand, curling up with a good book, or wading in the water, you’ll be the most comfortable while wearing a swim suit. There are many different types of swim suits out there including one-pieces, tankinis, bikinis, shorts and more. Look for a style that fits your body shape and provides you with the comfort that you need while spending a day at the beach.
Waterproof Shoes or Flip Flops
The sand at the beach can be scorching hot during the summer. So much so that it may hurt your feet to walk on it. Bring along a pair of waterproof shoes or flip flops that can be worn in the sand and in and out of the water.
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London is a beautiful city and an ideal holiday destination for people of all age groups. . It is home to some of the most iconic attractions in the world. Once you are in the city, there are lots for you to do. After you have had a room booked in your favourite luxury hotel, you can start discovering the beautiful city. Below are mentioned some places that you cannot afford to miss while in London.
London Eye – Taller than the Big Ben, it is amongst the most popular attractions in London, offering a splendidly beautiful view of the city. However, if you have a fear of heights, be careful, as when you reach more than 400 feet high, the 360 degree view you get can be a little perplexing.
Tower of London – Though the exterior might not be really impressive, the interior always bustles with activity. There are actually 20 towers each equally beautiful. Do not miss seeing the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s Scepter with Cross.
Buckingham Palace – it is the London home of Queen Elizabeth II and is open for tours only during summers when her majesty goes out on vacation. You will get to see the State Rooms which are beautifully decorated with candelabra, chandeliers, and French and English furniture.
St Paul’s Cathedral – this is a very popular tourist attraction, and is immensely stunning. The Cathedral has the tombs of famous historical figures like the Duke of Wellington and Lord Nelson.
Westminster Abbey – this medieval church gives you glimpse of London’s far-reaching history. Make sure you visit the Poet’s Corner which is the final resting place of famous authors like Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Geoffrey Chaucer.
National Gallery – this is a must visit place for the art lovers. It has a huge collection of Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. In this gallery you can get to see works of famous masters like da Vinci, Van Gogh, Titian, Constable and Stubbs.
Victoria and Albert Museum – This museum has beautiful artefacts up to 3000 years old from all around the world. Beautiful paintings, furniture, metalwork, sculpture and textiles are only amongst few things that you will get to see in the museum.
Madame Tussauds – here you will get to see some of the most renowned faces of the world. Shakespeare, Lady Gaga, influential figures from sport, showbiz, politics and royalty, replicas of all of them are present in the Madame Tussauds.
Natural History Museum – if you are visiting London with your children this museum is worth a visit. It has a collection of the rarest, tallest and biggest animals in the world. A 40 million year old spider, a life-sized Blue Whale and much more is in store for you in the Natural History Museum
Shopping – the shopaholics are sure to have a great time in London. The city is well-known for its famous street markets including Portobello Market, Greenwich Market and Camden market. Apart from these markets there are many famous malls, boutiques and stores from where you can purchase both branded and non-branded products.
Whether you plan to visit the city with your family, friends or your beloved, your trip to London will surely be one that will live down your memory lane for a long, long time.
Perhaps you, like me, dream of going to England someday. Perhaps you, like me, love beaches. If so, you must visit Cornwall, England’s south-westernmost county. Cornwall offers the sunniest, mildest weather in all of the UK. Home to dramatic sea cliffs and sheer drops, Cornwall borders the Celtic Sea and the English Channel and has over 250 miles of coast. It’s not all rugged cliffs, however. Cornwall boasts over 150 individual beaches, most of them sandy and family-friendly. This list of the top six beaches in Cornwall should help you maximize your time there.
• Two beaches, Perranporth and Penhale, merge during low tide to create a huge blonde sand expanse.
• Enjoy nearby Perranporth, an entertaining beach town.
• Penhale features a Special Area of Conservation, sand dunes which cover the ancient church of the patron saint of Cornwall.
• Visit rock pools, caves, a stream, and Chapel Rock.
• Beloved by surfers and families.
• Overlooked by the South West Coast Path, high above on fascinating English cliffs.
• When joined, one of the largest beaches in Cornwall.
• Soft, sandy beach popular with families.
• Area for advanced swimmers due to steeply shelved beach.
• Area for children in stream also on beach.
• Lifeguards provided May through September.
• Near MinackTheater and Telegraphy Museum.
• Near Land’s End and St. Ive’s.
• Large parking lot with bathrooms.
St. Ive’s Harbour Beach
• Sheltered, sandy beach that doesn’t disappear even in high tide.
• Working harbor provides plenty to see and do.
• Backs to St. Ive’s, full of cafes, shops and eateries.
• Surrounded by scenic views and historic buildings.
• In low tide, joins with nearby beaches.
• Gives access to the famous South West Coast Path.
• Clear blue-green water backed by flower-covered cliffs.
• Golden sand beach near Newquay.
• Huge stretch of beach will allow you to find seclusion, avoid crowds.
• Excellent waves good for surfing, kitesurfing and kite buggying.
• Lifeguards provided May through September.
• Dogs welcomed year-round .
• Internationally recognized surfing center.
• Beautiful golden sand.
• Between Pentire and Towan, towns with lovely Victorian buildings.
• Three beaches in one: South Firstal, the Main Beach, and Little Fistral, only there at low tide.
• Lifeguards provided April through October.
• Dogs welcomed all year.
• Near bathrooms, cafes, surfboard and wetsuit rental shops, surf instructors, and the Surf Centre.
• Turquoise water and white sand.
• Dotted with islands and caves.
• Unique cliffs and rock formations appear at low tide.
• Owned, protected and maintained by the National Trust.
• One of the most beautiful and scenic coves in Cornwall.
• Accessible by the South West Coat Path.
• Near the Lizard National Nature Reserve, the Lizard Lighthouse and Heritage Center, and Mullion Cove.
It’s hard to go wrong when visit Cornwall’s many gorgeous beaches. Before you go, decide what type of experience you’re hoping for, and then search for a beach that can make your dreams a reality. Hopefully these six beaches will be on your list!
Abi writes for The Cornwall Hotel Collection, owners of The Greenbank and Alverton. For a quality restaurant in Truro or wedding venue in Falmouth visit The Cornwall Hotel Collection.
Like any kind of holiday, sailing holidays in Lefkas are best taken within specific windows to ensure optimum conditions both for sailing and for living. The Mediterranean famously experiences much warmer average temperatures than the United Kingdom, but it still gets cold in winter. There are certain times of the year that may also be less enjoyable due to the volume of other travellers in the area.
In general terms, the temperate months in the Mediterranean are the same as they are supposedly in the UK, roughly between Easter and October. The two months leading out of winter and spring are considered to be pleasant weather wise, though the Mediterranean waters may still be quite cold after a winter of low-temperature winds. The months after summer are again very pleasant in terms of weather and the sea is at its warmest, having spent the summer months of June, July and August warming up.
UK travellers should note that the summer months feature some relatively hot weather; and prevailing winds, (which make for good sailing, but can also burn) would not disguise the true effects of the UV rays until it is too late. Plenty of sun cream, plus good hats and sun clothes are essential for travel at this time of year.
Sailing conditions remain good through the spring, summer and autumn. Sailing holidays Lefkas experience their greatest amount of travellers through July and August. This is not necessarily because of better winds, but because these are the months when most families take their time away.
There are other things to note when specifically considering a sailing holiday (as opposed to a holiday in a villa or at a land based resort). Key among these are the different types of sailing holidays that Lefkas has to offer, most of which are defined by the level of crewing or assistance delivered with the boat.
Mainly, sailing holidays all across the Ionian tend to be bare boat, that is, a yacht is hired to the holidaying family or group, with no skipper or crew. In order to take on a bare boat charter, it is normal for a sailor either to produce the relevant skipper’s qualification, or to conduct an in depth phone interview with the yacht’s agents. In general terms, yachting agencies operating in the area are aware that not everyone who can sail has the papers to prove it. But of course, there must be some way of checking, so the interview may be the preferred option.
The other levels of yacht hire are skippered and fully crewed. A skippered yacht allows a non-sailing, or novice, family or group to go on a full yachting holiday without fear. The skipper instructs and will take over where it is necessary. Though again in general terms, the idea is to facilitate yachting for the holidaymakers rather than the captain.
The full crew option may be used where no experience is owned nor wanted, and where the holidaymakers wish to experience life on the ocean without any worry.
About author: Drusilla Anderson is a freelance content writer. In this article she shares her experience about Sailing Holidays Lefkas.
Beauty in the ruins, tombs, temples, forts and palaces is what Orchha is all about. Situated in the Bundelkhand region, this pretty locale is bestowed with natural beauty and splendor. It presents a matchless spectacle to the tourists and serves as a delight for the photographers. The beautiful place in the state of Madhya Pradesh tempts the travelers of different parts of the globe. Visitors will find most of the monuments and temples spread around the Betwa River and the reflection of the cenotaphs or the chattris of the Bundelkhand Kings on the sparkling water when the rays of sun falls on it are picture perfect on the lenses of the camera.
The historical monuments of Orchha still hold the charm and narrate stories of the war, peace, love and destruction. This effervescent city with the glorious past is renowned for the world class murals. The marvelous palaces and beautiful temples display outstanding frescos; it makes the viewers spellbound how precisely the paintings are done on the walls. The elegant architecture and the unique sequential development of the arches, domes, pillars and ledges of the various monuments in Orchha attract attention of the eye-balls of the viewers.
Inside the fort complex of Orchha, Raj Mahal is one of the oldest historical monuments is famous for the cenotaphs. The interiors of the palace are decorated beautifully with various types of murals. Jahangir Mahal is a reminder of the friendship between the Mughals and the Bundelas which lasted for long time. The visitors can have panoramic views of the surrounding area from the various balconies of the palace. Even the ruins of palace like Rai Praveen Mahal attract interest of the tourist. Though a small one, it is believed that the height of the palace was built to match the height of the trees of the surrounding gardens.
On a distant horizon of the Orchha Fort lies the Laxmi Narayan Temple which is hardly visible in the mist. It depicts a curious mix of fort and temple architecture with the grand display of murals which bring to live variety of religious and secular themes. Sprawls around the temple, there are many little shrines and memorials each with its poignant historical importance contributing to the beauty of Orchha. Nevertheless, Orchha is all about history and legends but it has natural splendor of a wonderful valley where the crystal-clear waters of the Betwa flow quietly along the banks for which solitude is a way of life. These Orchha tourist attractions allure the tourists to this small but enchanting place and hold an important place in the tourism map of India. This place is located on a close proximity to another famous tourist destination, Khajuraho. A Madhya Pradesh tour will give the visitors two wonderful treats in the fascinating place of Khajuraho and Orchha.
Small group tour allows the travelers to enjoy more as they get more time to explore the places with their friends and families. Exploring the places with the near and dear ones in the wonderful locations of Madhya Pradesh is perfect treat.
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