Posted on 20 March 2011.
Canada tends to get overshadowed by its mighty next door neighbour, but it has a unique charm of it’s own and there are many places worth a visit in this very large and gorgeous country. It has some of the world’s most beautiful scenic vistas and many splendid beaches. The cities all have a charm of their own and you can spend many days travelling in this vast country.
1. Prince Edward’s Island:
A relaxed day doing nothing or a day at the beach or day walking around admiring the unusual red coloured cliffs, Prince Edward Island has all this and much more. The Prince Edward Island National Park stretches over 40 miles and has many scenic areas to wander through and enjoy
Vancouver is the city which has something for everyone. You can enjoy the graceful beauty of this city, you can go whale-watching along the coast or you can go skiing up at Whistlers. If you are more of a city person then enjoy the excellent night-life and some of the superb eating places in Canada’s most vibrant city.
3. Niagara Falls:
No matter which side you look at them from, Niagara Falls is a sight to behold. From the Canadian side you get an excellent view from the Queen Victoria Park, and from the observation deck of the Skylon Towers. It is easily one of the most spectacular sights in the world. If you are visiting make sure you book your hotels accommodations online so you can take advantage of Niagara Falls best hotels.
4. Quebec City:
With a theatre and a museum in every corner, visiting Quebec City is like visiting France in North America. A very unique city, it is one of the last walled cities in the world. Old Quebec City has some beautiful Renaissance architecture and the mingling of various cultures is very evident in the food and language and ambience of this lovely city.
A small little town, Banff is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. It is so popular that often it seems very crowded. You are assured of wildlife sightings in the mountains nearby and of excellent scenic sightings also. Spend some time enjoying the natural beauty this small town has been endowed with.
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Posted on 15 March 2011.
Every traveller dreams of visiting the United States and spending some time in this vast and varied country. There is so much to see here and so many different types of experiences to be had here that it is difficult to choose just ten out of them. Here are ten of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States:
1. Niagara Falls:
None of the photographs of Niagara Falls really do justice to the grandeur of these falls. They cannot capture the thunderous sounds, nor can they give you a glimpse of the grandeur and magnificence of this place. Situated on the border between the US and Canada, over 12 million tourists visit these falls every year. If you have the time, do travel on the “Maid of the Mist” boat, to get a totally different view of the Falls.
2. Disneyland or Disneyworld:
Walt Disney’s gift to the nation, both these parks are among the most entertaining places to go to in the world. You do not need to be a child to enjoy the ambience, the joy and youthful exuberance of these amusement parks. The scary roller-coasters, the fairy tales brought to life, the array of Disney cartoon characters, and an overall atmosphere of an unbelievable fairyland are just a few of the reasons why this is a must-have of every tour itinerary.
3. New York – The Big Apple:
This amazing city is like no other in the world. The skyscrapers are a unique part of it’s identity but so is Greenwich Village on one side and Broadway on another side. Times Square is throbbing with life all through the day and night and you can just sit on one of the wrought-iron benches and watch the world go by. Visit Ground Zero to get a taste of history, albeit a recent one!!
4. Yellowstone National Park:
Located primarily in the state of Wyoming, this park is renowned for its many attractions ranging from fishing, hiking, camping, and boating. But above all the popular attractions remain the geysers and lakes and waterfalls. Old Faithful, their most popular geyser erupts at regular frequencies to spectacular heights.
If you are a movie buff – then this is your Mecca. Situated in Los Angeles, it boasts of such attractions as the Universal Studio and the Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Even though most studios have moved away from here, yet Hollywood retains its glamour and sense of movie history.
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Posted on 09 March 2011.
It is a belief among travelers that you need a lifetime to experience and enjoy India. She offers so many varied experiences and so many amazing places to see, that you never seem to have enough time to imbibe and relish all that you see around you. If you are planning to visit this beautiful country, here are ten of its best attractions.
1. Taj Mahal:
For most people, Taj Mahal seems to signify India. It is its most visible landmark, and it is the first destination on any tour of India. Just a glimpse of this monument to eternal love is enough to make you realize why it is among the wonders of the world. There have been many articles and books about it, but you have to wander around this marble and sandstone creation to get a true sense of how extraordinary it really is.
A World Heritage Site, Hampi in the state of Karnataka, was once the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire. Today the magnificent ruins stand as mute testimony to the grandeur which was once present there. Rich, vibrant history seems to still be a part of this area, and you can wander around for hours visiting the various ruins and natural delights around you.
India is full of history and Jaipur is just teeming with it. Rajasthan has always had a colorful past and Jaipur has many places which are visible proof. The King’s palace and museum, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer Palace are but a few of the attractions of this place. You can even shop for some traditional jewelery and textiles to take back with you
Another city of Rajasthan, Udaipur is also known as the “Venice of the East.” The three lakes within the town, innumerable forts and palaces and a combination of the old and modern, have made this city a part of every tourist’s schedule. Bright colorful clothes, an exuberant culture and simple yet proud race of people are the hallmarks of this region.
Once again, we are in the state of Rajasthan. Ranthambore is a famous tiger reserve and national park in Rajasthan. It boasts of excellent scenic vistas, great hotels and resorts and excellent opportunities to get a glimpse of the king of beasts.
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Posted on 25 February 2011.
The lists of top 10 beaches are endless, so let’s concentrate on interesting destinations from another angle. Of course, it all depends on your personal preferences, but for cultural holidays you can’t beat these.
1. Athens, Greece
This is an amazing city with its mixture of ancient and modern. A wander around the Acropolis and seeing the Parthenon from so many places in the city has to be top of the list. The museums in this capital city are unique and if you have never been to Greece, then you really should make it the one place to visit on your bucket list.
2. Crete, Greece
The Minoan civilization is one that had the most amazing statues, architecture and running water. In the Palace at Knossos you can see the labyrinth where the Minotaur was supposed to have lived and devoured the maidens and young men sent to Crete every year. The whole island is steeped in myth and history and is just the place for people who want to combine culture with relaxing on pristine beaches.
3. Indus Valley, Pakistan
This area is unknown and unexplored by the West in comparison to Egypt for example. However the Indus Valley civilization was truly ahead of others not only in Asia but also in the world.
While this is not an ancient site in the same way as those mentioned above, it is well worth visiting, especially in springtime when the trees in the streets are in full blossom. There is the architecture to wonder at and the Torture Museum for those with a sense of the macabre.
5. Isfahan, Iran
This was once an important city in the Persian Empire and the artisans of the city still produce items which are exquisitely made and designed. The ornate gate at the entrance of the city is worth seeing and tourists will readily appreciate the beauty of this once splendid city.
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Posted on 18 February 2011.
With the winter setting in, your heart is longing for holidays in serene nature. You want to take a break from the monotony of your everyday life and spend some time with the close ones. Whether it is your family or friend, you can opt for Caribbean holiday destinations. Caribbean holiday tour is not all about cruise ships. You can get rejuvenated in the beautiful beaches at the Caribbean Islands. Caribbean beaches offer a complete holiday package for everyone. You can chill out in the beaches, or can enjoy some adventurous water sports with your friends. The nightlife here deserves a special mention as it is sure to spice up your mind. Caribbean beach destinations offer everything you may look for. Romance in the air of the Caribbean makes it perfect for any newly married couple. Caribbean islands are also the most appropriate place for planning a trip with friends. These islands have something for everyone, and that is why it attracts people of all ages. If you want to enjoy your winter in the Caribbean, you can surely check out the top ten Caribbean holiday destinations.
Bahamas is the best destination for someone who loves to explore islands. It boasts of seven hundred beautiful islands covered with white sand beaches. Turquoise water that surrounds the islands will surely warm up your soul. Apart from the natural beauty of this place, you can also enjoy activities like snorkeling and sailing.
The beautiful beaches and coral island of Barbados will surely amaze you. The natural beauty of this place along with deep ridges, rolling hills, caves, lakes and wide range of flora makes it one of the best holiday destinations world over. To make your trip comfortable, you can find some of the best accommodation facilities here.
3. Dominican Republic
When it is a romantic trip for a young couple, Dominican Republic is the place to be. The second largest Caribbean island, which boasts of a remarkable history, earns huge revenue from tourism industry. The tourism industry of this island is making a consistent progress. Ecotourism is also a major cause of attraction here.
4. Puerto Rico
If you are planning a holiday with friends and want to participate in adventurous water sports like scuba diving or deep sea fishing, Puerto Rico is for you. The smallest island among the Greater Antille has excellent road connectivity network. It also has nine ports helping the trade and commerce in the region. Here natural beauty runs parallel with modernity, making it the perfect choice for any vacationer.
Jamaica, with a well-developed network connecting different parts of the world, can surely be listed among the top five holiday destinations of the Caribbean Island group. Though people can come by air, road or railways, road transport will be the best option. The natural beauty of the place with golf courses and clubs makes it an appropriate holiday destination.
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Posted on 27 January 2011.
Tourist destinations of the Asian countries are attracting a large number of people these days. People’s Republic of China, popularly known as China, the country with the highest population count has seen a significant development in the tourism industry over the past few decades. Not only the different historical places of tourist attraction, but also the easing of the country’s law in the tourism sector has given this sector a boost. The immigration laws of the country have also become flexible compared to the earlier days, so people can easily plan a trip to this country. Different cities and villages of China offer everything that a tourist may need to make his trip memorable. Whether you want to be close to the Chinese history, or you want a rocking nightlife, China has everything. From modern shopping malls to ancient temples, you can find everything in China. Therefore, if you are planning a trip to this country, you should do a little research on the country. Gaining information of every city and town in China might not be a feasible option. So, you can just check out the top ten Chinese travel destinations you cannot afford to miss.
1. Great Wall of China
Originally constructed in the fifth century BC, for protecting the northern frontiers of the country, the Great Wall of China has become a historical spot. It is often said that this is the only manmade work that can be seen from moon. If you visit China, you should never forget to visit this wall which stretches for almost 8,851.8 kilometers.
2. Mount Tai
Mount Tai, which has been credited as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO is listed among the “Five Sacred Mountains” of China. Records state, this mountain has attracted pilgrims for almost three thousand years. Located in the southern side of Jinan and northern side of Tai’an city, Mount Tai provides simple connectivity route.
3. Forbidden City
When you are in China, you cannot miss out Forbidden City in Beijing. The city has imperial palaces of different rulers starting from the Ming Dynasty till the Qing Dynasty. The walls and gates across the Forbidden City will make you understand the architectural skills as well as the defense tactics that Chinese rulers have been using for ages.
4. Potala Palace
Located in the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa, the Potala Palace is a historical spot in China. Named after Mount Potala, this palace has been home to Dalai Lama till the 14th Dalai Lama decided to flee to India. Now, the Chinese government has converted this place into a museum.
5. Old Summer Palace
Old Summer Palace or the Imperial Gardens of China is known for its art works, architectural building, and obviously beautiful gardens. This historical place was destroyed during the English and French invasion in China. Yet, later this park has been named among the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
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Posted on 12 January 2011.
Choosing a honeymoon destination is not an easy decision to make for the newlywed couple. There are breath-taking places where you can have an unforgettable honeymoon experience. Let’s look over world’s top ten locations best considered for honeymoon.
Situated on the river Seine, Paris is the capital of France. Paris is known as ‘the city of love’. The country comes first among the best honeymoon destinations around the world. The reason is its beautiful sites, such as, Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Resort, The Louvre, etc. If you are in Paris celebrating your honeymoon, you will never spend a day out of romance. Paris is all about love and beauty. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. The museums, monuments and artworks of Paris are highly esteemed across the globe.
Situated in Italy, Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the capital city of Italy. It is the third most visited vacation spots in the world. This country has a very rich history of Italian art and culture. The history is as interesting as its beautiful eye-catching sites. Rome’s monuments and museums are among world’s top 50 most visited tourist destinations. A honeymoon is empty without beautiful scenery and surroundings and Rome is the city of beautiful ancient sceneries.
This city is the capital of the Veneto. It is situated in northern Italy. It is also known as ‘The City of Light’, ‘City of Water’, ‘City of Bridges’, and ‘Queen of Adriatic’. The city consists of 118 small islands stretching around the Venetian Lagoon. This is an extremely beautiful city famous for its history, cultural artifacts and beautiful sites around. The honeymoon couple will be surrounded by a relaxing water view. The ancient art and Venice’s beauty is extremely capable of extending your honeymoon vacation.
This country is made of 29 islands, 661 cays and 2,387 rocks is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The official language is English, making tourist vacations even easier. Your honeymoon vacation can never be better than it will be on Bahamas. Bahamas is famous for its white find sand, Coral Beaches, Tropical sceneries, clear sparkling water surrounding the island and glittering sunshine. Its capital is Nassau. Celebrating precious moments of your honeymoon in the beauty of Bahamas is worth it. You will find a spirit of joy and vacation in Bahamas.
Explore the beauty of ancient history and heritage in this city with your spouse. Florence is the capital city of Tuscany. The city is famous for its core importance in the Middle Ages and The Renaissance. The architecture of this city will become an unforgettable experience for you. Digging in to history is going to give you a memorable experience, more than adventure. The city’s artworks, architecture, tourist sites, museums and monuments have become one of the major attractions for tourists around the world.
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Posted on 11 January 2011.
The ones who are passionate about travelling and rejuvenating their body and soul, beaches are the perfect location for a cool holiday retreat. Beautiful beaches are plentiful all over the planet, with most adorable ones being located particularly in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, the Pacific and the Australian coastline also feature some of the exotic beaches in the world.
A general public poll would reveal that either the high hill stations with cool atmosphere and abundant natural beauty or the blue beaches with golden sand and the sun are the most popular holiday destinations of people across the globe.
A good beach is normally the result of good weather, a beach that is freezing cold to point zero is not welcoming, neither is the beach that reflects the sweltering heat of the region. A plunge into the various beaches around the world would be a great holiday recap.
Seychelles is the most popular name among the list of top beaches. Located off the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles sports the Anse Source d’Argent, which is the third largest island in the Seychelles as the most sought after holiday destination in the world. The white sandy beach with numerous granite cliffs and coconut palms is a delight for all tourists from all around the world. Warm, weather with cool atmosphere and turquoise waters is a scene to reckon with.
2. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii is the second name in the list of world famous beaches. The clean blue waters in this relatively small beach are an ideal place for a relaxing holiday. The view from the beach of the two islands called Mokuluas in distance is a treat for the eyes.
3. Fernando De Noronha, Brazil
Fernando De Noronha, Brazil is a World Heritage site acclaimed by the UNESCO. It is appropriately named as the most beautiful marine park in the world. This island is an archipelago of altogether 21 islands located off the Atlantic Ocean. This is not a very well known beach and very few people know about it, thus the credit for its calm beauty and serenity.
Maldives is another beautiful beach that is the hot favorite destination of most people around the world. The uniqueness of this beach is its calm waters and silence despite of the fact that it is mostly visited all throughout the world. It is for sure the best quiet beach in the world.
Anguilla is the next on the charts of popular and modern beaches in the world. Anguilla is the best possible tourist destinations in the world which was ranked as the number one beach of the world in the year 2005. Located off the Caribbean sea, this island is a great place to relax and get close.
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Posted on 25 November 2010.
If you are looking for a great holiday but can’t afford to spend a fortune, you need to know where the best places to visit on a budget are. The following list isn’t just a run-down of cheap holidays; these destinations add value to your trip by making it fun and exciting, as well as being light on your pocket. So, get out and book some cheap holiday fun before they are all snapped up!
1. Sri Lanka
Known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a beautiful tropical island near the tip of the Indian sub-continent. The temperature ranges anywhere from warm to hot with no traditional seasons. Due to its size, the island can be explored very easily and there are many cheap tours to take. For a relaxing beach holiday, Sri Lanka cannot be beaten.
If you have an interest in Buddhism or your spiritual side needs reawakening, Nepal is an excellent destination. Well known for being a great sanctuary for backpackers, the country is cheap and has a wealth of history to explore. The local villagers are generous with what they have and you can learn about the local culture while sampling ethnic dishes.
Due to the collapse of the Icelandic currency, now is the best time to visit Iceland and see amazing scenery unlike anything else on Earth. Volcanoes, bubbling mud and great nightlife in the capital make for an unforgettable trip; all this just a few hours from home.
This is where Americans head for their cheap holiday destination and we can make it ours too. With tasty food and even better beaches, which are backed up by great flight deals to encourage tourism in the area, it is certainly worth a look. You can even find cheap flights if you look online.
Cheaper than most of Europe, this country is steeped in history and has some great beaches. Package holidays are a dime a dozen and our currency is still managing to hold up against the local Lev. Bulgaria is still relatively undiscovered, ensuring your stay will be peaceful and quiet.
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Posted on 17 November 2010.
The choice of a holiday is dependent on many factors. They range from budget considerations to the kind of accommodations available. More and more people are travelling outside their country nowadays and many have now begun to opt for unconventional holidays, which take them off the beaten track and give them a chance to enjoy some unusual cuisines and destinations.
Here are ten unusual holidays which you can enjoy – some expensive and some within the range of the average traveler
1. Trekking in the Atlas Mountains:
Located in Morocco, these mountains offer stunning views and some amazing areas to go for a trek. With fitness holidays becoming a very popular aspect of people’s lives, a walking holiday through these mountains can give you many days of fun and satisfaction. Snow in winter, sun in the summer, a plethora of cultural experiences and some great places to stay in, all contribute towards making this a great holiday.
A place of stunning beauty, Ladakh is the home of many beautiful monasteries. There are many ways of moving around Ladakh, but the most popular means among the young people seems to be on the motorcycle. The barren landscape can take your breath away, and you will also be amazed at the calm and serenity of it’s people and their homes. Make sure that you stay in Leh for a day or two, so that your body can get acclimatised to the high altitude air.
Snow all around and yet, some amazing landscapes symbolize Iceland. It is rising steadily in the popularity charts as a holiday destination. The midnight sun is a sight which by itself can make the trip worthwhile. Time your holiday carefully, since winters here can be harsh with very little daylight time. Summers are surprisingly mild, and the people are very friendly. Their food is also great!
4. Villageways guided tours in India:
Guided walking tours through certain parts of the hinterland of India, with a chance to meet the local people and enjoy their culture are the speciality of Villageways. They take you right to the heart of the village communities where you have the opportunity to appreciate the lives of the village residents. There are many options available – ranging from weekend escapes to 10 days of walks around the regions.
5. Cruise down the Kerala Waterways:
Kerala’s houseboats are renowned for the comfort and beauty. You can take a houseboat and travel in a relaxed manner through some of India’s most beautiful regions. The houseboats will give you the privacy and luxury of a private hotel, and you can savour some amazing and delectable dishes which are the speciality of this region.
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