Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beautiful Walled Cities: Naarden, The Netherlands

When visitors look down on Naarden from the air, the fantastical walls seem like something out of a Peter Jackson movie. In fact, the star shape was a popular style of fortification in Europe during the 16th century; it originated in Italy and is sometimes called a "trace italienne." Naarden is only 10 miles east of Amsterdam, making it an easy and worthwhile day trip. Take a boat trip around the moat (an actual moat!), and visit the fortress museum inside the walls.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wildflower Walks: Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

The Wayfarers, a company offering guided walking trips throughout the world, offers a walk through the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland July 24-31. The Bernese Oberland & Lake Lucerne trip offers moderate to energetic walking at altitudes up to 7,000 feet on paths with moderate climbs and some steep descents. Take a cog train up to Wegenalp and hike through flower-covered pastures and alpine scenery. You might even see this legendary wildflower made famous by a movie.
 
 

Wildflower Walks: Rhododendron Forests, Nepal

The Sierra Club offers guided treks through the rhododendron forests in Nepal, and these are not your grandmother’s rhodies. In the Annapurnas, these woody plants soar up to 60 feet tall. The Springtime in the Annapurnas, Nepal tour has come and gone for 2011, but it’s not too early to plan for next February and March. Hikers on this trip also see Himalayan vistas, explore the ancient Newari city of Bhaktapur, and visit numerous Buddhist temples, including the famous Monkey Temple.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Laguna Beach, California

laguna beach is located in California. It is known for its extensive artist community, seaside village atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and luxury resort hotels


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New in Disney Travel: Hawaiian Resort

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is scheduled to open Aug. 29 at Ko Olina marina on Oahu. The resort will have 359 hotel rooms and 481 Disney Vacation Club villas, two restaurants, a wedding lawn and a spa center. Water attractions will include a tube-floating watercourse, body slides and a snorkeling lagoon.

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World's Fastest Stuff: Cheetahs

Feel the need for speed? Bing Travel scoured the globe to find the fastest planes, trains, automobiles, park rides and even critters. Discover how to enjoy these speed demons, all guaranteed to get your adrenalin pumping.
The cheetah, the fastest land animal on Earth, can sprint at 70 to 75 mph for up to 1,600 feet and can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in three seconds. Unfortunately, the cheetah is also fast disappearing from the Earth. Fewer than 10,000 adults are estimated to be left in the wild today, according to Panthera, a wild-cat conservation organization. Travelers can still catch a glimpse of wild cheetahs in Namibia, Niger, Botswana, Iran, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

World's Most Beautiful Mountains: Mount Everest, Nepal-Tibet

The lucky and ambitious few who get to stand atop Everest are rewarded with a view from the rooftop of the world. The rest of us will have to settle for photographs of the magnificent 29,035-foot peak. Everest was first climbed by these men in 1953, who have been followed by ambitious climbers ever since. Sadly, some attempts, notably during 1996, ended in tragedy


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Monday, March 14, 2011

Sandals Honeymoons

No other resorts in the world are so completely dedicated to couples in love. That's why a Sandals tropical honeymoon is the kind of honeymoon you dream about. And only Sandals offers the ultimate luxurious accommodations and, the Caribbean's best land and watersports – from golf to scuba, and an array of top gourmet dining options. The best part...it's all included. So leave your worries and wallet behind and spend your honeymoon dedicated to each other.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Orlando, Florida

Once a quiet farming town, Orlando now welcomes more visitors than any other place in the state. The reason, of course, is Walt Disney World, which, along with Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and a host of other attractions, of varying degrees of quality, attracts millions of people a year to a previously featureless plot of scrubland. Most of the hotels are found along International Drive, Hwy-192 or in and around Disney World, all of which lie several miles south of the downtown area, which has the city's best nightlife. more

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Heritage Tours in Nepal

CULTURAL Nepal offers an incomparable scope to connoisseurs of art and culture to see and study the different aspects of fine arts in its painting, sculpture, woodcarving and architecture. The three main historic cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur with numerous historical monuments, old palaces and palace squares, Shrines and temples, ageless traditions and legends make it a veritable living museum.
Kathmandu Valley The history of the Valley begins with the Buddhist saint Manjushree who slashed a passage through the surrounding hills to drain out the primordial waters and make it inhabitable. Over the centuries, a refined urban civilization emerged, built on a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism. Dynasties came and went. Trade and the arts flourished. Its deeply religious and artistic temples that attracted devout pilgrims as well as rampaging invaders.

The Kathmandu Valley boasts seven World Cultural Heritage Sites all within a radius of 20 km.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
A couple of palaces, temples and traditional art of culture and it is protected as the Heritage Site in the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. It is called as Hanuman Dhoka. The site guarded by God Hanuman, the temple-resident of Kumari (Living Goddes) as Kasthamandap, after which the word Kathmandu is named.

Swayambhunath
This is regarded as one of the oldest Stupa in the world. Also known as "monkey Temple" It is said to be more then 2000 years old. The stupa perched on a sacred hilltop is crowded with votive stupas, gilded peacocks, Taras, Thunderbolt (Vajra) Mandalas, Tibetan monasteries and a temple of Harati Mata (Goddes of small pox). 


Patan
Also known as Lalitpur-city of fine art and architecture, is said to be one of the oldest and beautiful medieval cities of the world. The artist and artesian creates the greatest and most beautiful temples, Shrines and Palaces in the Durbar Square is still a wondrous place.

Pashupati Nath Temple 


Pashupatinath
One of the most sacred of all Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva. it is situated on the Bagmati River, where cremation Ghats are. That place will give you an insight into one of the world's gretest religions. Many peoples from different part of Asia visit Pashupatinath temple, During the festival Shiva Ratri, there is a vast crowed from many parts of Asia as this festival is the biggest festival of worshipping lord Shiva.
Boudhanath
Possibly the world’s largest Stupa. Is a site of a great veneration for Himalayan Buddhism. Being on the old Tibet Nepal trading route and many Tibetans living around the area has developed many monasteries of the different scats of Tibetan Buddhism. Walking around the Stupa will give you a little glimse of Tibet.


Bhaktapur
The city Bhaktapur known as Bhadgaon "City of devotees" is 13 km east of Kathmandu. This is most beautiful medieval town is the most preserved of the three medieval cities. exquisitely carved 55 windows palace. The Golden Gate an old palace, 5-stored Nyatapole temple and Bhairav Temple near by and Dattatreya square etc. can be observed.


Changunarayan
The temple built on a hilltop some 18 km east of Kathmandu dates back to the 4th century, is the oldest temple in Kathmandu Valley. In the courtyard among half a dozen Vishnu statues, a 5th century image with 10 arms is the masterpiece. There is also an image of Garuda, the mythical bird that serves as Vishnu's heavenly vehicle. Beside, there is one of the oldest and most important inscriptions of the valley.

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