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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Torres del Paine: It’s a Pleasure
November 26, 2010 | Adventure Travel | No Comment
Torres del Paine: It’s a Pleasure
Torres del Paine National Park is separated from a fair distance from Santiago, which is the capital of Chile. The geography toward the south of the country is uneven. The climate, too, is not consistent. This makes Torres del Paine National Park a worthy place to visit. Adventure lovers will keep begging for more.The weather at Torres del Paine National Park can get rough. During summer days, the winds reach top speeds. Rain is not very frequent. In addition, do not expect snow storms.You can reach Torres del Paine National Park from three points: Puerto Sarmiento, Amarga Lagoon, and Azul Lagoon. There are seven centers for day-care, which are home to outdoor tours and activities.Torres del Paine National Park is universally renowned to be a beautiful nature spot. It seems that the hands of  [...]


Alhambra Palace: Full of Surprises
November 25, 2010 | Historic Destination | No Comment
Alhambra Palace: Full of Surprises
Alhambra Palace has served as a citadel and fortress. It was home to the Nasrid Sultans, officials of the government, court servants, and respected soldiers belonging to the Nasrid Dynasty. The dynasty was in power from 1238 to 1492. The dynasty was the ultimate   Islamic sultanate situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Alhambra Palace is arguably one of the most beautiful Islamic structures along with Mezquita of Cordoba.The Sultans of Nasrid chose Sabika hill as the site for their wonderful court. Alhambra Palace is located in the foothills of Sierra Nevada, along the Granada Plains. Alhambra Palace served as the vantage point for the kingdom. The older buildings belonging to the 13th century were mainly watchtowers. Some of them date back to the 11th century. It has been transformed into a  [...]


Tulum Ruins: Pride of Mexico
November 24, 2010 | Historic Destination | No Comment
Tulum Ruins: Pride of Mexico
The fame of Tulum rests on its unique location. It is situated on a bluff that faces the sun. Tourists get a spectacular view of the Caribbean Islands. Tulum literally means ‘wall’ in Mayan culture. The city got its name because it was predominantly a walled city. There are not many structures that can compete with Tulum.Research indicates that Tulum ruins were previously known as Zama or ‘dawn’. Its location makes the title apt. The city got the name Tulum following the exploration work of Stephens and Catherwood in the year 1841. This happened just prior to the Caste War in 1847. Both explorers ordered clearing of trees. Catherwood also made several illustrations of temples. These were later published in the book entitled Incidents of Travel in Yucatan. The actual discovery of Tulum  [...]


Redwood National Park: A Natural Wonder
November 23, 2010 | Travel Destinations | No Comment
Redwood National Park: A Natural Wonder
The coast redwoods are the greatest natural treasure of America. They are also among the tallest trees on the planet. Redwood National Park has been home to several species of these trees, which are simply magnificent. The lands of Redwood National Park are located along Northern California’s coast. Redwood National Park is situated between Orick and Crescent City. The park contains nearly 40% of the redwood forest. The forest once thrived along the north central and northern coast of California. Redwood National Park is spread over 75,452 acres. It includes 19,640 acres of old forests. Redwood National is not very large, but it is a sight to behold. The park comprises of four distinct units: Redwood National Park and three parks, including Jedediah Smith, Prairie Creek Redwoods, and Del  [...]


Godwin Austen: Scale it
November 22, 2010 | Adventure Travel | No Comment
Godwin Austen: Scale it
Godwin Austen Peak is also known as K2. Godwin Austen is called ‘Chogo Ri’ by the local inhabitants. It literally means ‘the Great Mountain’. Godwin Austen stands at an impressive height of 8611 meters. It is the world’s second highest mountain peak. Godwin Austen is situated on the China—Pakistan border. Godwin Austen adorns the powerful Karakoram Range. The routes that lead to Godwin Austen are not simple, making it one of the most challenging peaks to climb. The sheer size of the mountain is likely to give you goose bumps. Many attempts have been made, especially by Americans, to scale this peak. Most of these attempts have been unsuccessful. Godwin Austen is a rocky terrain stretching up to 6000 meters. Beyond it lies an ocean of snow. Skardu leads to the base camp of Godwin  [...]


Templo Mayor: A Classic Temple
November 19, 2010 | Historic Destination | No Comment
Templo Mayor: A Classic Temple
Templo Mayor or Great Temple is a temple belonging to Aztec times. It was discovered recently in the heart of present-day Mexico City. It was constructed in the fourteenth century to honor the Aztec gods of war and water. According to sources belonging to the Aztec era, the current spot was chosen for the temple’s construction because an eagle was perched on top of a cactus plant. It was seen devouring a snake. This was seen as fulfillment of a prophecy. Templo Mayor’s construction began in 1325 AD. During the next two centuries, the temple was expanded. During the Spanish Conquest of 1521, the structure became a focal point for the religious lives of nearly 300,000 individuals. The Spaniards destroyed the Templo Mayor completely during their conquest of Tenochtitlan. The site seemed to  [...]


Hagia Sophia of Constantinople: Pure Delight
November 18, 2010 | Historic Destination | No Comment
Hagia Sophia of Constantinople: Pure Delight
Hagia Sophia of Constantinople is also known as the Church of Holy Wisdom. Hagia Sophia is a former church belonging to the Byzantine era. It served as an Ottoman mosque in the city of Istanbul. Hagia Sophia is presently a museum. It is considered as one of the fine monuments in the world. Presently, the original Hagia Sophia is completely destroyed. Constantine the Great undertook the construction of this monument in the fourth century. Constantine served as the first, Catholic emperor. He founded the city of Constantinople. He called this city ‘new Rome’. Hagia Sophia of Constantinople is a premier church, located in an important city. When the church was eventually destroyed, the emperor’s son, Constantius, and the then emperor Theodosius, undertook the construction of a second one.  [...]


Mohenjo Daro: The rich Indus Valley civilization
November 17, 2010 | Historic Destination | One Comment
Mohenjo Daro: The rich Indus Valley civilization
Exactly meaning the Mound of the Dead, Mohenjo Daro refers to an ancient civilization that once was the pride of the Indus valley. However, even today this lost city of the Indus valley is continuing to be the most visited site in Pakistan for two reasons – archaeology and tourism. Also known as the Ancient Indus Valley Metropolis, the Mohenjo Daro civilization is now in ruins, but is designated as a World Heritage site. We all have read about it in our history books, but what is more interesting about it is the fact that it is among the largest city-settlements adorning the Sindh Province in Pakistan. The archaeologists are of the opinion that the Mohenjo Daro civilization was set in 2600 BCE and that it was considered as among the early urban communities on the planet. As per the excavation,  [...]


Pamukkale in Turkey: Behold the terraced water pools
November 16, 2010 | Travel Destinations | No Comment
Pamukkale in Turkey: Behold the terraced water pools
Nestled in the southwest district of Denizli, Pamukkale in Turkey has attained international recognition because of shimmering natural pools. It is a complex of terraced pools that has gained the attention of many experts as well as tourists since the ancient times. The Pamukkale pools are located in the Inner Aegean region that adorns the River Menderes’ valley where there is continuous moderate climate. Pamukkale in Turkey has now become one of the top tourist destinations because of its this unusual wonder that feature glowing white cascades. Pamukkale is a Turkish name, which in English stands for a ‘cotton castle’. It is made up of two words wherein pamuk indicates ‘cotton’, while kale means ‘castle’. This natural spectacle has been named so due to that catchy white color  [...]


Kakadu National Park: Aboriginal and wildlife treasure
November 15, 2010 | Travel Destinations | No Comment
Kakadu National Park: Aboriginal and wildlife treasure
Nestled in Northern Territory of Australia at a distance of 171 km from Darwin, the Kakadu National Park is a journey of exploration related to the Australia’s wildlife and the Aboriginal art. Designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site, the park’s name is obtained from the mispronunciation of an Aboriginal language called Gagudju. Nestled in the Alligators River zone, the Kakadu national park is very vast such that it measures equal to the nation of Israel in size. Since 40,000 years, this preserved area has been populated by the Aboriginal people and so you can expect an alluring glimpse of the aboriginal art and culture besides wildlife in this part of the Northern Territory. Today, this land is the home of around 500 Aboriginals of which many own the park. This esteemed area of the Northern  [...]


Ningaloo Reef: Exciting secret of Western Australia
November 12, 2010 | Adventure Travel | No Comment
Ningaloo Reef: Exciting secret of Western Australia
If you want a total aquatic fun, then this time plan a trip to Coral Bay. On my trip to this great destination, I found it to be the most calming as well as thrilling. It is very sad to know that this charming west Australian coast is famous only for backpackers. In fact, if you were to ask me, I would say that there is no reason as to why this should not be on the tourist circuit. Marine exploration, captivating reef, and marine national parks have left much scope for the water enthusiasts to rejoice in adventure sports such as snorkeling and diving. It is just the matter of coming to Coral Bay and experiencing it. I am sure that even you will agree with me after your trip that this is a genuine marine paradise. I first explored the eye-catching Coral Bay Walk Way that is 2 km long stretching  [...]