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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Canadian Jewel – Banff And Jasper National Parks

Posted on November 5, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment


The bracing panorama of dense woods, cliffs and glaciers is a coalesce effect of a magnificent drive starting on the edge of the Great Plains and climbing through remarkable mountain vista of Banff and Jasper National Parks. The western part of Canada reveals some beautiful natural and historic elements, making it famous all over the globe.

The Roadmap

The exquisite trip of western Canada instigates near Calgary, flowing 84 miles west to the border of Banff which then progresses 36 miles northwest to Lake Louise through the heart of Banff. Forward. The forward route of 144 miles advances towards Icefield Parkway which is amongst the world’s most spectacular roadways, farther north to Jasper. Historic buildings, campfires and the sights of elk, bears, and other wild animals enriches this journey of over 264 miles.

Jasper National Parks

Cochrane

Follow the highway commencing from Calgary that is 1A northwest to Cochrane, an old town at the bottom of the Rockies which is now a Calgary bedroom Community. The Cochrane Ranche historic site (Junction of Highways 1A and 22; tel. +1403 932 4705) exhibits slight tinge of Cowboy age which headquarters for Alberta’s primary large-scale ranch – a flop of 109,000-acre, originated in 1981. An interpretive mural and bronze statue on-site exhibits memory of failure and conquest.

Cochrane

Through Banff National Park

Moving westward, Highway 1A entwines from pampas foothills and ascends along the Bow River towards Trans-Canada 1 and on into the woods, mountains and valleys of Banff National Park (tel. +1 403 762 1550;$9.80), Canada’s first national park established in 1885. The site of Banff and neighboring Jasper national Park is revitalized by high-lying mountains, glaciers and the largest ice fields south of Alaska. The surge of great rivers passing through U-shaped forested valleys impending from the gemlike alpine lakes crafts a marvelous view for the visitors. The forest vicinity is quite confounding, heart-swelling landscape with rich wildlife along the route of Rockies through hiking trail.

Banff National Park

Along the Bow River

Hotels, shops and restaurants view the Bow River flowing along the forested peaks and broad valleys adjacent to Banff, a rails road town and a famous tourist destination since 1880. An amazing blend of thick dark forests, rapid river-water of the Bow and mountains has maintained a favorable atmosphere that attracts ample of traffic for picnics, long drives and tourism, without tarnishing the pleasant air.

bow river trips

Momentous Whyte Museum

The Whyte Museum of Canadian Rockies (111 Bear St; tel. +1 403 762 2291; $6) displays the history of Banff’s varied human civilizations from nomads hunting Pleistocene mountain sheep with chert spears to gents from Victoria who tackled the peaks in ties and waistcoats. Sharing the same route lays Banff Park Museum (91 Banff Ave; te. +1 403 762 1558), considered one of the oldest natural history museum, illustrates the incredible era with stuffed bodies of bison, bears, moose, foxes, and many elegant birds in glass shielded cabinets.

Whyte Museum

Banff Museums and Natural Vista

The Park’s administrative building, a dignified stone façade redolent of an English country house is enveloped by extroverted green lawns, rocky caves, and terraced gardens. Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum (1 Birch Ave; tel. +1 403 762 2388; fee), demonstrates artful handiwork done by native people. Next, move along the Cave Avenue west through the forest towards the Cave and Basin National Historic Site (tel. +1 403 762 1566; fee) which is considered as the birth place of Canada’s National Park system. The native rocky complex of 1914 embraces the two sites, one inside the cave and other nestled against the hillside. The low lying tunnel in the cave and wide lake of sulfurous water with colorful reflections is worth watching. Wander through the cave.

Upper Hot Springs and Above

Driving forward, the route will edge you near a view of historic stone cabana with a pool surrounded with tilted gray blocks of Mount Rundle. This place on the Mountain Avenue is famously known as Upper Hot Springs. The adjoining Sulphur Mountain gondola, heights 2,292 feet vertical, clutches some of the best restaurants in the area with a remarkable alpine outlook.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Reach infamous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (405 Spray Avenue; tel. +1 403 762 2211; free for tours; offered daily in summer except Sundays) while driving back to Banff through the bridge to Spray Avenue. The Hotel resembles a massive stone palace which is quite pastoral, graceful and a bit medieval. Free for tourists now, cost $145.75 in 1941 for a week of room, board, golf in this hotel, and first class train ticket for round-trip in San Francisco.

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