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Essential Guide To Rasdhoo Atoll

Rasdhoo Atoll:

Welcome to Rasdhoo Atoll – The heart of Maldives! Rasdhoo Atoll is the capital of the Alif Alif Atoll administrative division. The local island is majorly known for its local Maldivian culture and recreational watersports like scuba diving and snorkeling.

Top Things To Do In Rasdhoo:

  1. Go scuba diving.
  2. Go snorkeling.
  3. Taste the Maldivian staple food.
  4. Go night fishing.
  5. Visit the sandbank.
  6. Take drone shots/Underwater pictures.
  7. Visit the Bikini beach.
  8. Go shopping!!

Where To Stay and How to Reach Rasdhoo?

  1. Choose a local island to stay on.
  2. Choose the window seat on your plane.
  3. Enquire about transport from Male to your island.

I couldn’t ask for more during my first ever international trip – I saw a world that I never knew existed, became a PADI certified Open water diver, ate the traditional Maldivian cuisine, flew a drone, went fishing, and did so much more. Quickly jumping back to the list:

1.Choose A window seat on your plane:

Ensure you select a window seat at least once, either while traveling to the Maldives or traveling from the Maldives.

Why?

You don’t want to miss this!!

Where To Stay In Rasdhoo And How To Reach?

2.Choose a local island to stay on:

Two types of islands in the Maldives:

  • Resort Islands
  • Local Islands

Resort Islands:

These islands are exclusively dedicated to resorts. They have everything from alcohol to private swimming pools. I didn’t opt for these resorts as they are very costly. The per-night cost for these resorts, on average, starts from Rupees 1 lakh and above. I felt I could do a hell of a lot of things during traveling with the cash I can save just on my stay by opting out to stay in these resorts.

Local Islands:

On local islands, you could stay in excellent hotels and experience the local Maldivian life. I choose to remain in the beautiful island, Rasdhoo- The heart of Maldives!

3.Enquire about transport from Male to your island:

Generally, the resort you book would book your transport from Velana International Airport to your resort. In my case, I stayed at Palm Residency, which my scuba diving center itself arranged, and they took care of my transport.

Time:

The time taken to reach Rasdhoo Island: 1.5 hours.

In-Boat Availability:

Water bottles, Sea-sickness bags

To know more about how to travel from Velena International airport, check out our blog here.

4.Go Scuba Diving!

Scuba diving is an underwater sport. With self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and some training, you can become one of the beautiful fishes and swim with them underwater.

I took my scuba diving session from Jerry through his PADI-certified scuba diving center called Jerry’s Dive Club. I am so grateful for them, as they took care of everything- from planning my dives to my accommodation. They also gave me a handsome discount on all my scuba dives. From sharks to Manta rays, I swam with them all!!!

Well, you must be thinking I am a swimming champion of some sort to pull off this kind of sport. But the truth is, I don’t even know how to swim correctly. Yes, you don’t need to know how to swim to become a scuba diver!

Today I am a super happy PADI Open water scuba diver.

5. Go Snorkelling!

Snorkeling is a water sport generally done in shallow lagoons. You will be on the surface but can see the beautiful underwater world staying right on the surface.

What all did I see snorkeling at Rasdhoo:

Thanks to Jerry and his team, they selected the right spot for snorkeling, where I could see tons and tons of different fishes, stingrays, and I even saw a grey reef shark.

6.Taste the Maldivian staple food:

If you are in the Maldives or planning to go to the Maldives, you must try their staple Mas huni. They serve a thin bread (Chapati) with their famous tuna salad mixed with coconut dash. I am sure you will be amazed by how well they go with each other. Thank me later, when the juicy explosion blends in your mouth.

7.Go fishing!

You can go day fishing or night fishing based on your travel plan. With Jerry’s dive club- I opted for the night fishing activity. It was an unforgettable experience.

Here’s me with a big Tuna that my dive buddy caught!

If you get the chance to choose day or night- go for night fishing!

Why?

My experience while night fishing:

I am sitting amidst the blue bioluminescent water filled with glowing planktons and the sky filled with twinkling stars, just thinking how lucky and grateful I am to be here.

8.Visit The Sandbank

Walk, jump and dance on the water and nothing will happen to you here!

9.Take drone shots/Underwater pictures:

Make memories for a lifetime by taking photos at the world’s most picturesque location. What’s visiting the Maldives without actually taking a beautiful drone or an underwater picture!!

10.Visit the bikini beach

The bikini beach is serene isolated, and I want to go back there…

11.Go Shopping!

Maldivian authentic shopping is something you can do only if you choose to stay on a local island. A few shops in Rasdhoo offer beautiful handmade wooden carving, traditional Maldivian clothes, and home decor items.

Meghalaya- The Abode of Clouds

It is a beautiful North-Eastern state, also called the Scotland of the East has majestic mountains and rangy trees along its side and it is divided by the boundaries of Assam in the North and Bangladesh in the South. It was formerly a part of the Assam. The name ‘Meghalaya’ was given by Rabindranath Tagore. The Seven Sisters of North-East India can be quickly reached via this state. You would surely have a feeling that you are in heaven as you drive between the clouds. It has magnificent caves and appealing waterfalls which will definitely not take a second to ruin over your heart.

 Also, while reaching out to the root bridges, it will be an amazing journey all along. You would remain awestruck when you get to see the crystal clear water with stones beneath and fishes roaming everywhere in lakes and rivers while taking a boat ride. All the residents of Meghalaya happen to be the friendliest ones and also, works as a responsible citizen by maintaining the roads clean and also by guiding the tourists. It has tremendous spellbinding waterfalls which will just let you feel as if you are just in your dreams. Mawsyram and Cherrapunjee are considered to be the wettest places on Earth. Also, Mawlynlong is Asia’s cleanest village where you would certainly get a positive vibe when you walk along the streets of the village and notice greenery and cleanliness everywhere. Meghalaya consists of three tribes, the Garo, the Khasi, and the Jaintia. Also, the society is matrilineal and their respect for women is immense.

How to Reach

Take a flight, train, or bus as per your convenience to Guwahati. From there, you can take a taxi or shared cabs or can rent a car with the help of Taxibazaar and reach Shillong. You will find our services at plenty in Kamakhya Railway Station and Paltan Bazaar.

Prime Tourist Attractions

Since it is famous for the subtropical biodiversity, natural beauty, and highest rainfall, there are some aesthetic places which are just awe-inspiring. There are some fascinating lakes, rivers, and waterfalls like Dawki LakeUmiam LakeNohkalikai WaterfallsElephant FallsSeven Sister FallsDain-Thlen FallsKynrem FallsKrang Suri FallsByrdaw FallsLangshiang FallsThum Falls, and Wards Lake. Next, come the wondrous famous Living Root Bridges and Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge which is more than 180-year old which are impressively built by the Khasi tribes supported by Mother Nature. Then, we jump on to the gigantic caves like Mawsmai CaveGarden of CavesSiju Caves, and Arwah Cave which are ages old. Even, there are the cleanest villages like the Mawlynlong village and Khasi Heritage Village. Then comes the world of greens including forests, rocks, valleys, and canyons such as Mawphlang Sacred ForestKyllang RockLaitlum Canyon, and Mawkdok Valley. Also, there are some beautiful parks, viewpoints, and sanctuaries like Shillong PeakEco ParkLady Hydari ParkMawkdok Valley View PointThangkharang ParkSiju Bird Sanctuary and Tiru Peak.

Other must-visits and must-dos are David Scott Trail, Don Bosco Museum, shopping at Police Bazaar and Leh Duh Market, and golf in Shillong.

Food

The predominant food in Meghalaya is rice with spicy meat and fish dishes. Also, they relish the meat of goats, pigs, fowl, ducks, and cows. The famous dishes of the natives are Jadoh, Ki Kpu, Tung-rymbai, and pickled bamboo shoots.

Handicrafts

As you are visiting the most naturalistic place, you must take some souvenir along with you to gift your loved ones so you must the indigenous beautiful baskets which is known as ‘Meghum Khoks’, Open Weave Carrying Basket, Closed Weave Carrying Basket, Small Storage Baskets, Coiled Cane Containers, Large Storage Baskets, Rain Shield and Headgears, Winnowing Trays & Fans, Mud Shovels, Shield made of bamboo plints, Khasi Bamboo Comb and Khasi Bamboo Pipes.

The Major Festivals

Wangala Festival. Wangala is one of the important festivals which is also known as the Hundred Drums Festival. It is mainly celebrated by the Garos. It is a post-harvest festival which is celebrated at the end of the year. It is a thanksgiving festival to Misi-A-Gilpa-Saljong-Galapa, the god of fertility. Rice Beer is a famous food that is cooked during this special event.

Behdeinkhlam Festival. It is a four-day festival and is mainly celebrated by the Jaintias. It is celebrated before the seed sowing season in July. The literal meaning of Behdeinkhlam is ‘Chasing away the Plague’.

Shad Sukra. This is another festival that is primarily celebrated by the Jaintias. It is celebrated before the sowing season which is basically in mid-April or May.

Shad Suk Mynsiem. It is the most important festival of the Khasis and is also celebrated by Gars and Jaintias. It is celebrated in April. This is a three-day festival which is called the ‘Shad Phur’.

Nongkrem Festival. It is mainly celebrated by the Khasis. It is a 5 days thanksgiving festival which is held in October or November.

The languages which are spoken in Meghalaya are Garo, Rabha, Khasi, Assamese, Koch, Marathi, Hajong, Maram, Nepali, Sylheti, and Hindi. Mekhla is the most recognisable traditional dresses here. The females of the Khasi tribe wears a dress called ‘Jainsem’. The females of the Jaintia tribe dresses like the Khasi females but with the addition of a ‘Kyrshah’. The females of the Garo tribe women wear a blouse, raw cotton called ‘Dakmanda’, and the ‘Daksari’ which is wrapped like a ‘Mekhla’. The jewellery they wear is called ‘Kynjri Ksiar’, which is made of 24-carat gold. Then, the men of the Garo tribe wear a loincloth as their traditional dress. The men of the Khasi tribe wear a long cloth around their waist which remains unstitched and the dresses of Jaintia tribe tend to have similarities with the Khasi tribe.

Why visit Croatia, Hvar Island in the summer of 2020?

A journey that will leave you with an unforgettable memory for the next 2020 season. Thinking of vacation or traveling to places we’ve never seen before. Europe, or more precisely Croatia is an ideal place to recharge your batteries well and gain an unforgettable experience.

Why visit Croatia in 2020?

Croatia is a European country that exudes beauty and offers many interesting activities. Especially in the summer season. In the mention of the Adriatic Sea, the first association that comes to people is Croatia.

Let’s share some worth info about one very interesting location in Croatia. Which you will never forget if you decide to visit Croatia.

The Old Town as the most beautiful destination of the island of Hvar
The sunny island of Hvar locates in the heart of Dalmatia. Better known as the most beautiful region in Croatia. Hvar itself is beautiful and attractive. Many tourists are guests who have already visited the island of Hvar. But what will leave you the most beautiful experience if you visit Hvar? It’s the place “Stari Grad” in translation The Old Town. The most beautiful place in the entire Dalmatian region.


Why does the Old Town on island Hvar leave such a striking impression?

Old Town, the oldest known settlement in Europe. The settlement dates from 384 BC. This place has retained its uniqueness, buildings, and lifestyle. Regardless of the modern trends that echo in Jelsa or Hvar itself. Or the other islands or places in Croatia. The Old Town is a small corner of the island of Hvar with very hospitable and convivial people.
By itself, it is neither big nor small. Everything’s at your fingertips and accessible. It’s not too small to get crowded. A sense of rest and inspiration will go with you throughout your adventure.


What Old Town has to offer from activities

Besides rest and a sense of serenity. The Old Town offers a variety of sports, cultural and entertaining activities. From sports activities we emphasize:

  • Kayaking to local bays and localities
  • Vidova Gora Paragliding
  • Hiking through the hills that surround the old town


Cultural activities

Old Town inhabited in ancient times. This place has a very interesting history, tradition, architecture, and society. Numerous exhibition galleries and handicrafts are offered in the narrow streets of the Old Town. You can find the best traditionally produced olive oil on almost every corner. Aromatic lavender and native tinctures for health and beauty. The most natural and healthy you can find locates in the Old Town. Walking through the main square, you will come across houses built hundreds of years back. Still populated and maintained almost as if they were just built. The Old Town center and waterfront are very unique locations that you do not want to visit only once.

The most beautiful houses, though more modern, are located on a hill above the center. With a view on the Old Town, the sea and the waterfront. Uphill houses and apartments surrounded by pine tree forests. The scent of pure forest and nature, the scent of the sea and the view of the beauties of the Old Town, will make you feel relaxed, happy and inspired.

If you are a person who can afford good real estate for your needs or business. Browse real estate listings in the Old Town. You will be surprised at affordable prices in such a special place. Tourism and construction are on the rise and buying a property here, can be a source of good income for you.


Accommodation and food in the Old Town of Hvar

Whether you travel alone, with your partner or family, accommodation is easy to find. Offers are good and prices are more than acceptable. Besides that, you will find delicious food every step of the way. The seafood specialties and popular Croatian cuisine will impress you with good preparation and even better flavors. The Old Town has a large selection of cozy restaurants with quality and delicious food. Professional and experienced staff will give you a nice experience.


Arrival and departure to the island of Hvar

You can reach the island of Hvar by ferry, which will take you and your car at an affordable price. You can also rent a boat or one of the very impressive yachts on offer and sail to the island. Traveling to the island of Hvar and vacationing in the Old Town provides an unforgettable experience.

Plan your travels for summer 2020. And pack your bags for arrival to Hvar. You can’t go wrong.

Unveiling 5 Offbeat Tourist Destinations in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a treasure trove with its resplendent Hawa Mahal, the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, shimmering Lake Pichola, flamboyant Rawla Narlai, and a lot more. There is much more to it, and you should explore some unexpected gateways away from the crowded streets and tourist circuit. I won’t give you travel tips but some amazing places to consider for your next vacay.

5 low-key destinations that you must include in your bucket list

Escape the horde and experience some of these below lesser-known gems as you take a ride on the sands of time.

1.Barmer

Here, you can explore the richness of colour, the warmth of locals, delectable food and the fondant of age-old traditions that would force you to stay longer. Barmer or popularly known as ‘The hill fort of Bar’ is in the western part of Rajasthan forming a part of the Thar desert.

The best time to visit is in March during the Barmer festival.

What to see: Explore the real side of the desert with its long stretches of barren land, rough terrain, extreme temperatures and more. Explore the architecture of Rajasthan  along with its exquisite wood carvings, intricate embroidery, carpets and such.

2. Dungarpur

This lively city located in the foothills of the Aravalli Hills is just as exotic as the green marble found here. It is home to exceptional architectures and royal residences to make your stay worth. The city of hills will give you a sight that you will struggle to find elsewhere.

What to see: Feel mesmerized in watching the stone structures adorned with jharokhas (an overhanging enclosed balcony) that were built during the Maharawal Shiv Singh reign in the 17th century. Other places to visit include Deo Somnath, Galiakot, Nagfanji, Vijay Raj Rajeshwer Temple, etc.

3. Kuchaman

Kuchaman

This small village houses the 1200-year old Kuchaman Fort that is situated 105 km northeast of Ajmer in Nagaur district. The age-old fort is characterized by picturesque ramparts, terraces and balconies that speak about the rich history of the fort.

What to see: Get drenched into the silence of the desert with a peaceful and tranquil rural setting with a radiant blue sky, unlike the cities. You will love the semi-precious stones, glass and gold paint displayed inside the fort. The Sheesh Mahal is a masterpiece in itself and will look more colourful during the Pushkar Camel Festival.

4. Rawla Narlai

Rawla Narlai

The 17th-century fortress turned into a heritage hotel located beneath a huge 350 ft high rock is a rare brilliance of Rajput rulers with beautiful gardens, courtyards, balconies, porches and verandahs wherein guests get to stay in a royal setting.

What to see: The fort is pestled among hillocks and temples to give you a panoramic view of the entire city. Feel elegant like a king or a queen during your stay in the fort.

5. Banswara

This city is known as the ‘Cherrapunji of Rajasthan’ as it receives the highest rainfall in Rajasthan. Now, you know when to visit this beautiful place! The city is covered with bamboo grooves and is inhabited by the Bhil community.

What to see: Fall in love with the ancient architecture and explore the untouched islands, also known as ‘City of Hundred Island’. Do visit the Anand Sagar Lake, the grand temple of Lord Shiva and the artificial lakes on the east.

Top Online Casino Games to Play

Everyone loves to have a gamble and play casino games but unfortunately we don’t always win, but the real fun is in the playing, not the winning.  I’ve we’ve put together key information on top casino games like Slots, roulette, blackjack,  Poker, Craps, Keno, Bingo, baccarat, Wheel of Fortune, Pai Gow, Sic Bo and Caribbean Stud. Here is a list of the top 12 Casino games.

1. Slots

Slots are machines that play a number of different games. They are very popular. In general the player will insert coins into the machine and either pull a handle or press a button. This causes the wheels to spin. In older styled slot machines there were 3 wheels. In the newer machines they tend to have 3 to 5 simulated wheels. When the wheels stop, the player is paid based on the pattern of symbols.

One of the most popular gambling games to play. Online slots will provide you with hours of fun, as well as offering you the opportunity to win real money on one of the many progressive jackpots available. Discover some of our best tips and find out how to win at slots.

2. Roulette

Roulette

In roulette, the player places his chips on the table where they would like to wager. The table consists of number 0-36 and 00 and then has additional betting for even-odd, red-black, low 18-high 18, low/middle/high 12, and for the first/second/third columns. A player may also place their bet between 2, 3, 4, or 5 numbers and may cross bet between the additional betting area. The dealer will signal no more bets. The dealer will spin the wheel in a clockwise direction then roll a ball in a counter-clockwise direction. The ball lands in a numbered slot on the wheel. All bets that correspond with the number win.

3. Blackjack

This hugely popular card game is a digital favorite and is now available in a huge number of variants that will keep you busy for months on end. Try to overcome the house edge by playing with the best odds and strategies.

Blackjack is a card game played between the house and the player. The dealer deals out two cards to each player and their self. The dealer has one card face up and one down. The players then take turns trying to get as close to 21 without going over. Aces are equal to 1 or 11. Face cards are 10 and number cards are face value. The player calls hit to get a card, and stand to end their turn. A player may also call double to double their bet and may only receive one card and the turn ends. If a player has two identically numbered cards, they may split. This requires them to double their bet and then get two more cards making two new hands that they may play. After all players turns are over, the dealer reveals their card. The dealer then hits if the total is 16 or less and stands on 17 and higher. Everyone who has a hand that beats the dealer without going over 21 wins.

4. Poker

Poker is a card game base on a 5 card hand. The ranking of hands from lowest to highest are high card, pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush, and royal flush. The player with the best hand wins. There are many versions of poker such as 5-card draw, 5-card stud, Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hold’em, Razz, Pineapple, and 7-card stud.

5. Craps

Craps is a high energy dice game based on 7. The player places bets around the table. There are many places to bet. The Pass line is the main focus of the game. 7 and 11 win on this line while 2, 3 and 12 lose. All other numbers rolled make an established point. If that number is rolled again before a 7 is rolled, the bet wins. The Don’t Pass line is just the opposite, 2 and 3 win where 7 and 11 loses. The Field line wins on 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12. 2 and 12 pay double. The Come line is playable after a point is established. It plays the same as the Pass line. The Don’t Come plays like Don’t Pass after the point is established. Then you also can make bets on the horn. These bets are on getting 2, 3, 11, or 12 on the next roll. Other bets include Big 6/8, C&E, Any Seven, and Craps.

6. Keno

Keno is a lottery game. The player get a card numbered 1 to 80. The player then picks up to 20 numbers and a wager. The card is then registered and the game begins. The caller announces 20 randomly drawn numbers. The player tries to match as many called numbers to their selected numbers. The more numbers matched the higher the winnings paid against their wager.

7. Bingo

Bingo is a game in which players try to match randomly selected numbers to the numbers on their card. The card consists of a 5×5 matrix where each column is represented by the letters B-I-N-G-O. The middle square is typically a free square. The first person to form a specific pattern (usually a straight line) calls out “Bingo!”. The card gets checked for accuracy and the winner is announced. Then a new round begins.

8. Baccarat

In Baccarat each player has three options: Player, Tie, and Banker. When all players have placed their bets, the dealer deals out two 2-card hands, one is the banker hand while the other is the player hand. The hands are added up. If a hand totals over ten, the ten is dropped (I.E. 9+5=14=4). A hand equaled to 10 becomes a 0 or baccarat. The winning hand would be the higher of the 2 and anyone who placed a corresponding bet wins.

9. Wheel of Fortune (The Big Six)

This game is played by placing your bet on one of 6 symbols on the game table. Then the wheel is spun. The wheel is divided into 52 equal sections that are separated by pins around the edge. When the wheel comes to a stop, the pointer will be between two pins. All bets placed on the symbol the wheel stops on, win.

10.Pai Gow Poker

PaigowPai Gow Poker is played against the house instead of the other players. The dealer deals out 7 cards to each player and himself in rotation. Everyone then looks at their cards and tries to make the best 5-card and 2-card poker hands. The 5-card hand must rank higher than the 2-card hand. The hands are then compared against the dealers. If both hands beat the dealer, the player wins. If both lose, the player loses. If both the dealer and the player win on a hand, it is a push.

11. Sic Bo

Looking for a simple yet fast-paced game? Give Sic Bo a try! This dice-based casino game allows you to enjoy the thrill of betting on the outcome of rolling 3 dice.

12. Caribbean Stud

A version of 5 Card Stud Poker, this exotic variation has grown in popularity rapidly and is immense fun to play.

8 Santiago Souvenirs To Bring Back Home

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Seasoned travelers will tell you that a trip isn’t really complete unless you collect enough souvenirs to bring home to your people. Speaking of souvenirs, you need to pick up only the things that your host country is primarily identified with. The next time you visit Santiago de Chile, therefore, be sure to sample the wide variety of local crafts, wines, and wall art canvases for your trip back home. Without a doubt, Santiago is a great place with some of the best memories you will ever have in life. That is to say that besides the physical gifts that you will carry home, you will have a rich memory full of exciting stories to tell your grandkids.

It is, however, worth noting that you will only have a great time in Chile if you pack the right items before you leave home for Santiago. Without the right hiking boots and clothes, for example, it might be hard for you to collect souvenirs from the Andes. That is why you should ensure that you acquire all the necessary stuff before departing to Santiago. This is actually very easy and convenient, really: Simply go online shopping and order clothes in readiness for your trip.

Back to the souvenirs, here is a list of 8 original Chilean items that will help you bring some Chilean vibe into your home:

1.         Lapis Lazuli

For $50 USD or less, you can bring home unique and stunningly beautiful jewelry made from Lapis Lazuli. This azure stone is magical and will make any average jewelry look irresistible. Gift shops across Santiago stock up these pieces of jewelry, but if you are looking for better prices, look for it in any of the major Chilean open-air markets. The Bellavista district in Santiago is one of the surest places to acquire cheap Lapis Lazuli souvenirs.

2.         Some copper

Chile’s economy relies greatly on the sale of copper and copper products. Why not bring home a piece of the most valuable export your host nation boasts of? Anything made of copper is fine, from simple bookmarks and chains to large carvings and wall hangings. Your budget will be your only limit in this case.

For a more personalized copper souvenir, you can buy a copper plate of whichever shape and then hire an artisan to draw a map or put your initials on it.

3.         Traditional Chilean outfit

If you love to dance, Chile has a lot of dancing opportunities for you. The good thing about this South American nation is that every dance has its unique outfit. Cuea dance, for example, requires you to be dressed in a colorful poncho, a straw hat, knee-high boots, and a huaso jacket. And because this dance is the nation’s unofficial national dance, each of these items is hand-made to make it unique and stylish. You will never find them anywhere else in Latin America.

Note that Huasa is to women what Huaso is to men. On top of the hat, boots, and poncho, women dress in a colorful country dress with high ruffles. All these are good souvenirs to bring home. What’s more, you will get the entire outfit for less than $300 USD.

4.         Onitas

When visiting Patagonia, don’t leave without a stuffed figurine. These stuffed animals are made by local artisans from the Ona community as a representation of their dancing tradition. You can also find nice Onitas that are made in the shape of iconic Chilean destinations and legendary people.

5.         Alpaca

Alpaca wool is used to make ponchos, scarves, cardigans, and jackets. The wool comes from the Chilean lama that lives up in the cold regions of the Andes.

6.         Hand-made pottery

If you are looking for a nice gift for your mother, a clay pot will do. Greda, as the traditional clay utensils are fondly known as in Santiago, is firm and durable, without forgetting that they retain dish flavor with every use. And because there are specific meals Chileans cook using greda, be sure to bring home some of those foods. You can even learn their recipes and cook some for your loved ones once you get home.

7.         Vuelvo al Sur

Vuelvo al Sur hats, socks, and gloves are mostly found in Santiago. They all have unique designs that are inspired by the ancient Chilean culture and fabric patterns.

8.         Moai Statue

First, ensure that you pay the Moai statues a visit, and then secondly buy earrings or key chains made from mini Moai statues.

In conclusion

After bringing home tons of gifts for everyone, did you remember to but something for your home decoration? If you haven’t, don’t start panicking just yet. Simply order a wall art canvas that will act as your constant reminder Santiago’s beautiful skyline and landscapes.

6 Best Places to Visit in Uttarakhand – Land of Gods

Uttarakhand became a state in India in the year 2000 before which it was part of the large state of Uttar Pradesh in India and there are best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand is a Himalayan state in India which is also known as “The Land of Gods” as there are many temples and pilgrimage sites in this state visited by pilgrims from all over the world.

Uttrakhand
Uttrakhand

Millions of tourists visit Uttarakhand every year as it is a multifaceted tourist destination in India that not just attracts pilgrims but also nature lovers, adventure sports enthusiasts, families and honeymooners from all over the world.

The following are some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand:

1.Valley of Flowers National Park

This is a flower park that is located in North Chamoli and is known for some of the most beautiful alpine flowers in the world.

This mountainous park in Uttarakhand which is located in Northern Uttarakhand in a high altitude Himalayan valley has many endangered animals and birds.

In pristine lands...The Valley of Flowers National Park
Valley of Flowers National Park

It has an excellent variety of hundreds of species of flowers like the Himalayan Bell Flower, poppies, orchids, marigolds, daisies, Geranium, and Morning Longifolia to name a few.

This is a vacation destination, a tourist’s hotspot, a pilgrimage destination and also this park has beautiful trekking trails popular with tourists.

2. Badrinath Temple

The Badrinath Temple is a major Hindu temple in Uttarakhand that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

This temple is one of the four temples that are visited by tourists on the famous and very religiously important Char Dham yatra.

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Badrinath Temple

The temple is located in the Garhwal Hills in the Chamoli district on the banks of the Alaknanda River.

It a major pilgrimage site with religious festivals and this temple is visited by tourists as well as pilgrims every year from all over the world.

3. Har ki Pauri

Ganga is a very sacred river in India and Har Ki Pauri is a ghat located on the banks of river Ganga in Uttarakhand. This famous tourist attraction and pilgrimage destination are located in the holy city of Haridwar.

Har ki Pauri

Har Ki Pauri is especially festive during the Kumbh Mela when it takes place once in 12 years. Tourists like to participate in the famous Ganga Aarti that takes places at Har Ki Pauri.

4. Rajaji National Park

This is a great destination to visit for different types of tourists as it is a national park and a famous tiger reserve in Uttarakhand.

There are beautiful forests with lovely flowers, trees, and alpine vegetation in this area.

Chital (Axis axis), Rajaji National Park, India
Rajaji National Park

This natural reserve is located in the Shivalik Ranges. Some of the animals at this reserve include tigers, elephants, chital, sambar, hog deer, nilgai, sloth bears, and leopard cats.

5. Lakshman Jhula

Lakshman Jhula is a suspension bridge over the River Ganga in the city of Rishikesh. Lakshaman Jhula is a bridge used by pedestrians as well as motorbikes.

It is named after Lakshmana from the Ramayana and is one of the largest bridges in the area.

Lakshman Jhula
Lakshman Jhula

Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula are major bridges on the River Ganga, they have become major tourist attractions in the area.

6. Nainital Lake

One of the main tourist places in Uttarakhand is Nainital. Nainital Lake is the top tourist attractions in the city and here are the lots of adventure activities that you can do.

This lake is a tourist favorite and this is a kidney-shaped lake and it is a famous lake in this area.

Nainital lake
Nainital Lake

This is a great lake surrounded by peaks on all side and by coniferous trees. Boat rides on the lake are romantic for honeymooners visiting this is.

There are plenty of shops and restaurants for tourists in nearby areas surrounding the city.

Shaza Hotels: Redefining Arab Luxury in the Middle East

The holy city of Makkah attracts believers from all over the world. The annual Hajj pilgrimage is a must for every Muslim. The last month of the Islamic calendar brings a multitude of people to Makkah. During the other months, Umrah pilgrimage keeps the city bustling with visitors. The takeaway here is that Makkah plays host to a wide range of the population. 

shaza hotels

The constant influx of pilgrims creates a demand for quality hotel accommodations in Makkah. As the pilgrims come from varied backgrounds and rich and poor visit the city with equal enthusiasm, there is a need for 5-star hotels in Makkah Saudi Arabia. Many luxury hotels in Makkah cater to the increased demand. However, there is one that truly stands out from the crowd. The Shaza Hotel Makkah is the epitome of Arab luxury. The rooms, amenities, facilities and service put it in a class of its own. Here are the reasons why Shaza is one of the best hotels in Makkah.

Location

Given that the purpose of visiting Mecca is to visit Kaaba, wouldn’t it be an extraordinary experience to be able to see the Al-Haram Mosque from your hotel? Many suites in the Shaza hotel offer extensive views of the Haram. You will always feel closer to Allah in this hotel. Shaza hotel Makkah in Jabal Ka’aba is only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre.           

Service

The generous culture of the East is an integral part of the Shaza experience. From the minute you step into the hotel, you will be awestruck by the warmth and sincerity of the staff. The travel-weary guests start relaxing from the moment they enter with dates and a cooling drink. The check-in process is a smooth sail and puts you at complete ease.
If you are lucky enough to stay in the Tiara Suite or one of the much sought after Silk floors, then you would even have a Morafik at your service 24×7. The Morafik can make all your wishes come true. Even the nightly turn-down gifts are a delight. 

Shaza understands the needs of the parents travelling with their children. The dedicated kid’s club is designed with the utmost care to encourage children to learn while playing.
Do not want to miss out on work during your pilgrimage? Don’t worry! The business centre at Shaza hotel has you covered. While the rooms become your home away from home, the business centre does the same for your office.     

The pilgrimage is physically demanding and takes a toll on your feet. The time-sensitive rituals associated with Hajj and Umrah leaves you with stressed out feet. A foot massage from the Afiya in Shaza helps you relax. It energises you for the demands of the next day.    

The attention to detail and personal care bestowed upon each guest makes this one of the best hotels in Makkah near Haram.

Rooms

The rooms in Shaza 5-star hotel in Makkah are designed to cater to a wide variety of the population. The deluxe room, deluxe quad room, junior suite and one-bedroom suite are perfect for a family. The muted decor and excellent amenities put your mind at ease and transport you into a world far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Looking for something more luxurious? Try the Tiara suite. This serene, graceful and refined suite has a living room, dining room and kitchenette in addition to the master bedroom. The bedroom also has a walk-in closet. If you are travelling as a large group and a need more personalised service, opt for the Silk floor. The Silk guests are received at the airport by a Morafik and receive exceptional service throughout their stay.   

Dining

There are two all-day dining options at the Shaza hotel Makkah. The open kitchen in Midan offers fine dining on international cuisine. The chefs here can transport your senses to a different world. Shalimar is an all-day lounge that serves signature mocktails. You can catch up with friends and unwind with a mocktail. Shalimar also hosts a unique tea ceremony that is accompanied by mouthwatering delicacies.

Stay at the Best Hotel in Saudi Arabia

The phenomenal service, luxurious rooms and unique experiences make Shaza the best hotel in Saudi Arabia. You can do your Shaza Makkah hotel booking online via the hotel’s website. Shaza hotel is in a class of its own. Stay at Shaza during your next visit to Makkah for a paradigm-shifting experience.  

A Complete Guide to Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Grand Canyon helicopter tours are a splendid method to see the stunning views of the Grand Canyon from up above. While the views you witness standing on the ground blow your mind, imagine having the ability to see the whole canyon from up in the air. However, before you take that helicopter tour, there are a couple of things you ought to do to get ready for and know ahead of time.

Here are just a few things to know before your helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.

Secure loose items or leave them behind

If you have long hair, make sure you pull it back into a ponytail and ensure the hairband you use won’t drop out of your hair. Abstain from wearing necklaces, bracelets or any other accessories that could easily fly off in the wind. These things could pose a danger risk if they fly off and get caught in the rotor blades, which could cause an accident.

Dress appropriately

Regardless of what time of the year it is when you take your helicopter tour, you need to dress appropriately for the ride itself. Get a lightweight jacket in case you get cold and make a point to wear boots or tennis shoes rather than flip flops or sandals, as they can fall off your feet too easily while in the air.

Find out what you can bring

Talk with the helicopter tour guide to find what sort of things you are permitted to take on the tour with you, for example, cameras, mobile phones, and binoculars. Chances are, those types of things will be allowed on your visit, as long as they are attached to your body with a wrist strap.

What to do on the Tour

Ensure your seatbelt is safely affixed and remember to wear some sort of eye protection, for example, shades or protective goggles to protect your eyes from dust and wind. Wear a noise canceling headset to keep your ears protected.

Continuously listen to the pilot’s instructions, as it is his or her job to ensure you stay safe while entering and leaving the helicopter. Your pilot will instruct you with regards to the safe places to walk when you are close to the helicopter, ensuring that you do not get injured. Taking Grand Canyon helicopter tours can give a lot of fun, energy, and excitement. Do not miss the chance to see the canyon in a brand-new manner and experience all the magnificence it gives.

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS: 3 Things to Bring for Your Kid Who Has Travel-Sickness

Traveling is so much enjoyable especially if you go with your dear family. It’s not always that you get to spend such a lovely time with them. When you travel, you experience beautiful and amazing things and bring back home unforgettably wonderful memories together.

There are however some struggles that go with traveling. Particularly when you travel with your young kids, you know that things might get a little more playful and worrisome despite the fun and thrill. If it’s their first time riding a plane, going to a far destination and experiencing different time zones, they might experience travel-sickness or motion sickness.

If you’re wondering and worrying about what to bring for them, here is a list of 3 things to help you:

[1] DOCTOR-PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS

First and foremost, before you leave for your travel, let your kids drink medications that will prevent the occurence of motion sickness. Don’t just give them any medications that match you. There are proper aids for them.

What suits you might not suit them as kids, so don’t hesitate to consult their doctors to be initially safe. Those which are particularly named as adult medications are strictly prohibited for kids, so keep a keen eye on the labels.

Be certain that they will drink it hours before the travel or as indicated on the medicine’s packaging. If they are first time travelers, your kids’ body might really react even if they drink motion sickness medications, but it’s possible that it won’t be as bad as when they don’t. It can help lessen any effects of flying up high in an airplane for the first time or sailing on the ocean in a ship.

[2] FAVORITE TOY

If your kids still got motion sickness after consuming preventive medications, you might need to just entertain them and let them forget about their feeling. Bring them something that will keep them alright like their favorite toy.

Put away electronic devices and gadgets from them. Using them can cause and can worsen travel-sickness. Let them use other stuff instead. Think of alternatives to those gadgets if they look for them. Explain to them how playing with their devices can affect their health and their current travel-sickness so they won’t insist.

[3] SLEEPING ESSENTIALS

If you’re still on board, there’s nothing much that you and your kids can do but wait for the landing. During the travel, let your kids sleep so that they can rest from the strain that motion sickness can give and leave them with. Bring their sleeping essentials so they can shut their eyes and relax.

After landing and even when you’ve already reached the hotel or inn you’ll be staying in, they can still feel dizzy and nauseated. Take their sleeping necessities so they can take a sweet nap even inside the hotel that they’re not used to. It’s possible for their bodies to find it hard to adapt to the new sleeping environment, and their sleeping essentials like personal blankets, pillows and even stuffed toys might lend a helping hand!

Sleeping will enable your kids to recharge and gain more energy and to put off the motion sickness they’re experiencing. Waking up, they can feel better and enjoy traveling more!

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STUFF FOR YOUR KID’S MOTION SICKNESS

It’s sad and hard to see your kids having a hard time during your travel. Instead of having a good time, they’re not feeling well and you’re stressing out as well. For you to help your kid and yourself too, know the necessary things that must be brought.

The above-mentioned might be only some of the few helpful stuff but they can truly do a lot, so make sure to take note of them.

AUTHOR BIO:

Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Travel, health, shopping, lifestyle and business are among the many subjects she writes about. Through quality and well-researched writing, she informs and even entertains readers about things that matter. She is also interested in film critiquing and filmmaking. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.

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