Adventures at Matheran Hill Station
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Matheran is a Hill Station located near Mumbai, Karjat.   It is located 800 meters above sea level in the Jambol Forest of Maharashtra.  It was found by Hugh Poynts Malet in May 1850.  It spreads over an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadri Mountains.  It is one of the best places to spend a two-day holiday if you are in Mumbai or in the vicinity of Mumbai or its suburbs.  To reach Matheran,  [...]

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Brunei Darussalam: A trip to mini Dubai

Posted on November 9, 2010 | Travel DestinationsNo Comment

Brunei Darussalam is regarded among the smallest countries in the world, which adorns the zone of the Southeast Asia. Holding of two tiny fragments of land at the northern coast of Sarawak, Brunei Darussalam is the most known nation for its largest oil fields, which once had covered the complete Borneo as well as the southwest Philippines.

For the tourists, the nation is a land of several surprises. When I visited this country, I was forced to change my notion for it being a total Muslim theocracy. In fact, Brunei Darussalam is no less than a small Dubai due to its soaring mosques, aforesaid rainforest, scenic coastal hamlets, interesting boat rides, and much more to ensure you a busy and exciting schedule of sightseeing as well as activities for soaking you here for a couple of days. When you come here, ensure that you join a packaged tour for the best trip.

I started my trip from its kind capital called Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) that boasts a silent zone adorned with many notable edifices. I would suggest to come here with some time as its suburbs have much to offer, which will give you an insight of the riches that the Bandar Seri Begawan has yet well preserved. On my trip here, I visited some of the most famous sights. The Brunei Museum at a distance of 4.5 km from the central BSB, is on a con overlooking the Sungai Brunei and offers a variety of stunning edifices. This is where you will admire the Islamic Art Gallery where the major highlight is a set of magnificently illuminated Koran replicas, unbelievable Dome of the Rock, and the abalone shell. Then, you can visit the Brunei Traditional Culture Gallery, which is also captivating with its wonderful collection of all elements revealing the nation’s culture. Here, check out for the picture of an unknown sport in which two youngsters are enjoying at a grass sledding. Next, in the museum area is the Oil and Gas Gallery that shows how the underground resources make a successful attempt to be at nearest gas pump.

From the museum, descend the stairs behind and go right to be at the Malay Technology Museum where you can behold the superb life-sized stilt houses along with the information on the traditions. Water villages adorn the Gallery 1 along with the evolution of the Kampung (village) architecture since 150 years; while Gallery 2 is the hub of charming displays of handicrafts from these hamlets.

One of the most interesting edifices in the Bandar Seri Begawan is the Istana Nurul Iman that is the largest palace on Earth as per a few calculations. Regarded as the official residence of the nation’s Sultan, it can accommodate a huge staff and currently holds 1,788 rooms, 200,000 sq. m of the floor area, and 257 bathrooms. Pay homage at the largest mosque in Brunei Darussalam – Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque that shows a superb Islamic architecture commemorating the Sultan’s 25th year of rule. Come here in the evening during which its two golden domes as well as four main minarets give a striking vista after getting lit. On Thursdays and Fridays, non-Muslims are not permitted within. It is on the route to Gadong at 2.5 km from the downtown.

Want to know the tallest edifice in central Bandar Seri Begawan? Well, this is the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque that was erected in 1958 and got the name from the 28th sultan of Brunei Darussalam. It is the tallest because of its 44 m tall minaret. Interestingly, the prayer call echoes throughout the downtown before dawn and at sunset.

Taman Peranginan Tasek on the north side is an extensive green land with picnic spots, waterfall for swimming in modest robes, calm walks, and a reservoir. In the early morning or late afternoon, spot the proboscis monkeys here.

Temburong is the district of natural sights due to its intact main rainforest. The main highlights here are the Peradayan Forest Reserve for walks, the Ulu Temburong National Park in the Batu Apoi Forest Reserve, and the Iban longhouse at Batang Duri. The Ulu Temburong National Park studded with flora and fauna offers a myriad of walking trails via which you can discover the surroundings well. The primary trail offers the longest canopy path in the world. On favorable days, undertake an outing to the Sungai Apan waterfall or stay for two days at Bukit Belalong after walking a rocky path.

Then, the Kuala Belalong Rainforest Field Studies Centre, a research centre of rainforest, is where many scientists as well as school groups stay along with the visitors via  a tour after permission. The main highlight here is the Outward Bound centre known for its outdoor adventure and programs. The permit is required only if you are not a part of a tour, which is time consuming. However, it is suggested to come here on a tour as this journey requires a boating that costs $150 per person. Otherwise the normal charge is $245 per person for a two-day trip including a stay at the Murut village.

Come here anytime except from September to January. Looking for a hotel in Brunei? Well, there are many good options to stay here. One famous hotel in Brunei is Ulu-Ulu Resort at the park. In the capital, look for the Rizqun International Hotel. Besides trying a hotel in Brunei, you can also choose the Lukut Intan Guesthouse at Temburong or the Intrepid Units Guesthouse at Central Bandar Seri Begawan.

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