Thursday, June 28, 2012

America's best July Fourth celebrations

 New York City's Independence Day celebration is possibly the most spectacular in the country (iStockphoto)

Uncle Sam’s favorite holiday bursts upon the scene midweek this year, causing a bit of a problem: Should you celebrate the weekend before, the weekend after, or on Wednesday, July 4th?

Most big cities will mark the traditional date, July 4th, with landmark fireworks shows and parades, but many smaller towns are holding events before or after the actual date, with the weekend of July 6-7th lining up as a favorite.

The bottom line: Independence Day 2012 offers a prime excuse to party all week long.  Where should you go to see the biggest, boldest, most spectacular celebrations of our nation’s 236th birthday?

We asked a couple of people who know how to set the sky on fire – fireworks experts – for advice. “New York City tops the list,” says Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, the trade association of the U.S. fireworks industry.
Her other raves include the shows in Lake Tahoe, Ca., Washington DC and Nashville, Tenn. And, she adds, “There are so many wonderful July 4th celebrations across the country and even the smallest hometown community display can be spectacular!”

 We also talked to Jim Souza, owner of Pyro Spectaculars, one of the nation’s top fireworks manufacturers.  Souza’s five-generation business has been lighting up the world’s celebrations for almost 100 years, including Olympic Games, presidential inaugurations, Super Bowls and Disney amusement parks.

“All the rockets are on the launch pad,” says Souza, who will produce 400 shows on July 4, including about half of the nation’s largest.

He agrees with Heckman that Macy’s New York show (which he produces) is the best. 
“When you hear the crowd cheer, that’s the payday for people like us.”

(Courtesy of Pyro Spectaculars)

New York City

The experts’ choice for biggest-and-best show in the nation is Macy’s Ignite the Night extravaganza, which returns to the West Side this year with two tons of explosives scheduled to be fired from barges on the Hudson River.  More than 40,000 firework shells will light up the sky during a 25-minute synchronized display.

Produced by Macy’s and designed in conjunction with the Rialto, Calif., company  Pyro  Spectaculars, the show will be seen by more than three million spectators and millions of viewers nationwide. According to Amy Kule, executive producer, the display “is like no other, filled with incredible high-flying effects choreographed to a soaring, patriotic and exuberant score.”

If you can’t be there in person, you can still check it out on NBC (9 to 10 p.m. ET). Regis Philbin will emcee the program, “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular,” which will feature Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney.

(Gabe Weiner / Welcome America Inc.)


They really know how to throw a party in Philadelphia, especially on Independence Day.  But that’s not surprising, given that the city played such an important role in our history, including setting the stage for the nation’s founding fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence here in 1776.

Philly’s free party runs from June 25 through July 4, making the City of Brotherly Love home to the longest Independence Day party. The Wawa Welcome America celebration (Wawa is a mid-Atlantic chain of stores) includes concerts, festivals, educational exhibits and movies. Fireworks shows are scheduled on Saturday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 4.
The Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks will include a concert with The Roots, Queen Latifah and others.  It will be followed by fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Colonial Boston didn’t care much for Mother Britain; that’s why residents staged the famed tea party in 1773, laying the groundwork for the American Revolution.

Today Bostonians still love to celebrate their independence. And for the past 39 years, the focus of that celebration has been the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, the orchestra's annual free outdoor concert.
The show, sponsored by Liberty Mutual, draws a half-million spectators who pack Boston’s Charles River Esplanade. Several million more viewers will see it on CBS (10 p.m. ET). Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will perform and Emmy winner Michael Chiklis will host the event.

The patriotic program features fireworks that are shot over the Charles River and choreographed to burst as the “1812 Overture” and other bombastic tunes are played by the orchestra.  The show, produced by Pyro Spectaculars, “epitomizes the concept of sky art,” says Souza.



Washington, D.C.

What could be better than celebrating the nation’s birthday in its capital? Independence Day is Uncle Sam’s chance to shine.  And Washington, DC, knows how to shine, with a red, white and blue program called A Capitol Fourth that will keep visitors happy all day. Best of all: Everything is free.

The holiday begins Wednesday morning with a 4th of July parade featuring marching bands, floats, military units and VIPs; next on the agenda is “A Capitol Fourth,” an Independence Day tradition on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building that includes a live concert by the National Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is followed at 9:45 p.m. by fireworks, which are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.

(Courtesy of Michael Krouskop)

Nashville, Tenn.

Nashville is known for its music, but it’s also winning rave reviews for its annual fireworks show, which experts say is the largest in the South and one of the best in the nation.

Music City’s signature July 4th celebration, Let Freedom Sing  is a multi-day tradition with festivities, live music and fireworks taking place on July 3 and 4.

The July 4th evening concert will be followed by a fireworks display choreographed to live music by the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  Also on the stage:  The Mavericks, Craig Morgan and Sarah Darling.

(Keith Levit Photography)


Fireworks fans don’t need to wait for July 4th to celebrate in Chicago. Navy Pier sets the stage all summer long, offering shows over Lake Michigan twice a week. And Chicagoland residents have lots of other events to choose from, too, including a festival in Barrington, a picnic in Plainfield and fireworks in Rockford and Evanston.

The major event, however, is Navy Pier’s show. The pier, built in 1914, extends 3,300 feet along the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It features entertainment, shopping, dining, parks and other attractions.

Fireworks shows are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.



In the Pacific Northwest, Seattle’s Family 4th at Lake Union event is the place to spend Independence Day. Funk, blues and soul groups perform during the day and a spectacular 21-minute fireworks show lights up the night.

The event’s claim to fame is its high-flying bursts of pyrotechnics: that soar 1,000 feet over Lake Union.  Fired from barges, the show includes high aerial shells and ground-level barrages of fountains, comets and 5,000 mini-bursts that take place in the span of seconds.

(Courtesy of Pier 39)

San Francisco

The City by the Bay will give a star-spangled salute to the holiday when the annual City of San Francisco Fireworks Extravaganza  kicks off at 9:30 pm, July 4.

The 30-minute show caps a day that includes hot dogs, picnics in the park, cruises on San Francisco Bay and other festivities.  Or stop by Pier 39, where rock bands will begin playing in the late afternoon.

The Fireworks Extravaganza will light up the waterfront from Aquatic Park to Pier 39, with rockets being shot from both the Municipal Pier and barges north of Pier 39.

(Courtesy of Pyro Spectaculars)

Lake Tahoe, Calif.

As the largest synchronized fireworks display west of the Mississippi, Lake Tahoe's  Lights on the Lake Fourth of July fireworks show offers a lively salute to Old Glory.

 NBC’s Today Show selected Tahoe South’s display as one of the country’s top Fourth of July celebrations.

Best viewing spots are around South Shore’s sandy beaches or on the lake on board M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen paddle wheelers.
The annual display, which dates to 1981, is fired from barges on the lake and requires the efforts of 12 licensed operators and Pyro Spectaculars crew members to set it all in motion.

(Courtesy Fair St. Louis)

St. Louis, Mo.

If you miss the show in July, come back during the Labor Day holiday, when another fireworks show typically ends high season at the lake.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

'America's Most Beautiful Motorcycle' Can Be Yours For $95,000

For the deep-pocketed, "Easy Rider" types, a one-of-a-kind motorcycle owned by famed racer Mike Avila is on display at Arlen Ness in Dublin, Calif. and available for a cool $95K.

As one Arlen Ness sales associate described: It's "rolling art at its finest."

All hand-built, with hand-shaped metal construction and no visible welds, seams or fasteners, the wine-red bagger took first place as "America's Most Beautiful Motorcycle" at the Grand National Roadster Show in 2010.

Dubbed "Crazy Horse," it has a price tag of $94,995.

The 2008 motorcycle was designed and built by Avila, along with top designers Arlen NessGreg Westbury, Carl Brouhard and "Solis," (that's his first name; no one knows his last name) and painted by Mazz Enterprises in colors "Candy Brandy Wine" and "Candy Red Flake."

And Avila can attest to the bike's brawn, as he gave it a test ride from California to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held annually in South Dakota.

"The bike has air ride on the back and is ready to ride," Avila wrote of his custom creation.

Biker buffs who can't afford to buy, can still look -- Crazy Horse can be viewed seven days a week at the Arlen Ness showroom/museum on Dublin Boulevard.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Introduction to Oahu

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.
Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.

Everyone ventures to Oahu for something different. Some come to the emerald island to laze on its pristine sandy beaches, hike its lush trails, snorkel in volcanic craters, or witness history at Pearl Harbor. If it's glamour you seek, Waikiki Beach delivers, with its backdrop of gleaming Honolulu skyscrapers. If you want to learn about Oahu and its people, just smile and say ""Howzit?"" and you'll usually make a new friend.

Things to Do
Sun lovers will find much to worship on Oahu, especially Waikiki Beach. Take a sightseeing boat, where you can observe the island rising out of the cobalt sea. Trek into virgin rainforest in the Makiki Valley, or venture to the North Shore for unparalleled surf. A hula performance is a popular way to get a taste of traditional Hawaiian culture; the best is performed every weekday at the Bishop Museum. A visit to Pearl Harbor is a sobering reminder of this island's place in America's history.

From posh European to locally made, avant-garde to unspeakably tacky, Oahu's offerings are wide-ranging. Among the designer boutiques on Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue plenty of booths hawk airbrushed T-shirts, gold by the inch, and tasteless aloha shirts. Instead, surprise your friends with patterned aloha shirts and sarongs. Buy bowls and baskets made of pandanus leaves or stock up on local Kona coffee. No trip is complete without purchasing a lei, and on Maunakea Street, Hawaii's finest floral creations go for as little as $3.50.

Nightlife and Entertainment
Nightlife in Hawaii begins at sunset, and there are few more pleasing spots in Waikiki than the benches at the water's edge at the Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue, where everyone stops to see the sinking sun. Afterward, revelers head for Waikiki and Honolulu, where clubs and bars are strung along the illuminated shoreline.

Restaurants and Dining
Choose among chef-owned restaurants, neighborhood eateries, fast-food joints, ethnic spots, and restaurants in shopping malls. Don't miss a traditional luau on the beach. Savour succulent kalua pig (slow roasted underground) and fried rice, accompanied by cold lomi-lomi salmon (salad with salt-cured salmon). If you're up on the North Shore, visit a shrimp truck for the sweetest, juiciest shrimp.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cancun’s Underwater Museum

Submerge yourself in one of the most beautiful and clear waters of the world; The Mexican Caribbean.
In the near future these crystal clear waters will be home to one of the largest underwater museums on the planet, located in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Forming this museum will be a series of underwater sculptural installations all sited within the protected National Marine Park, of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

Divers and snorkellers will have the opportunity to admire more than 400 original sculptures in depths ranging from 9 to 20 feet. The artist behind the project Jason deCaires Taylor offers a contemporary and cultural view of how the Mayan people have evolved through out the years in “The Silent Evolution”. This monumental installation consists of more than 400 life size figurative sculptures. Also located in the museum, near the island of Isla Mujeres, a sculpture entitled “The Dream Collector” will be submerged, along with many other unique master pieces.

Threefold Purpose
• To provide the visitors the opportunity to visit our pristine natural reefs while giving the opportunity to see the gorgeous sculptures. This way we will be helping the conservation of the natural corals.
• Promote Cancun as a cultural and artistic developing area.
• Continue the growth of the project, by inviting many oher fine artists for many years to come.
Cancun Nautical Association, Isla Mujeres Nautical Association together with the National Marine Park Autorities, have developed this wonderful project, motivated by these great goals.

Environmentally Friendly
The sculptures are all designed to become artificial reefs and are constructed from special materials which promote marine life and create areas for corals to flourish and marine creatures to breed and take refuge, boosting the local ecosystem. The appearance of the sculptures will change over time as the coral grows and marine life colonize the structures. You cannot miss it.

About the british artist
Creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, Jason de Caires Taylor has gained international recognition for his unique work. His sculptures highlight ecological processes whilst exploring the intricate relationships between modern art and the environment.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Phuket Sea Canoe

The biggest Island located in Thailand that attracts large numbers of global visitors with lots of mind-boggling opportunities is Phuket. This island comprise of numerous attractions, from water activities Phuket Sea Canoe, Cave Canoe Phuket, beaches, dinning, shopping zones, shell museums and theme parks. Get yourself chilled and explore some of the vibrant places like Phang Nga, Phi Phi Island along with others. The Phi Phi Island is as well known as Hong Island or Bamboo. Break your hectic work schedule as well as take a break on the beach. There are excellent numbers of beaches that you can choose to make your trip to awesome.

Before going for a tour it's necessary to hire a vehicle for your satisfactory journey. So you need to book a vehicle which is the most well-known and suitable way for your satisfactory journey. When you are thinking about the journey or tour to an island then, it's a better option to select Phuket which is a place seems as heaven in the earth. Phuket Island is providing so much of appropriate places to tour for. As it's an island so you must be sure that you are going to find loads of fun with natural beauties. Phuket Sea Canoe will make you comfortable for touring. Phuket Car Rent will provide you the best rental touring journey, through its suitable and satisfactory price to your budget with lots of options. Most significantly, the day light will give you a furious and mind blowing view for the journey to Phuket. So Cave Canoe Phuket tour can be treated as the best moments for the tour.

Phuket is a place of island heaven. Here you find numerous places with natural beauties. In those you find lots of beaches, beside all the beaches the most developed and visited one is the Patong Beach. It's a perfect place for swimming, Phuket Sea Canoe, Cave Canoe Phuket water sports like windsurfing, skiing, parasailing and snorkeling etc. There you can as well find various adventure trips bearing inland towards jungle trekking, climbing mountains or white water rafting etc. For those attractive and sporting enjoyment, will bind you to stay long as you have decided earlier in your programmed set up. Therefore you need to book resort in advance for staying. Phuket day tour will present you the facilities to move around all the beauties in natural sunlight since it's dangerous to move around the jungles in night.

Phuket Sea Canoe provides another place to move on. It's the Phi Phi Island which is an extraordinary place for attraction. The Andaman Sea is bordered by the Phi Phi Island as it includes six islands. It looks so eye-catching that you must like to tour it again and again.

Phuket day tour will provide the option for exiting trip to Phuket Sea Canoe. You will get the outstanding experience and have a high regard for the natural beauty beneath fantastic atmosphere. Enjoy Cave Canoe Phuket all along the remarkable landscape of Phang Nga cave. You can as well enjoy your tour by observing kingfishers, macaques being eaten by crab and the sea birds. An additional exiting feature you like to go for Phuket day tours is the elephant riding. It's a fabulous thing to enjoy by riding the elephants on furthermore through the greenly but wild forests.

So don't waste your time just go through the web and search about Phuket day tour and set yourself for exciting moments in the island. One more thing doesn't forget to book a resort as the place is so wonderful that it will bind you to stay long. 


A Bite of China - The Gift From Lakes

China boasts vast territory with various geographic environments that are instrumental in forming and preserving sorts of species. No countries other than China possess such abundant raw materials of foods. And its people are collecting, digging, picking and catching these gifts of Mother Nature throughout the year. China is also a populous country with distinct tastes, but inviting Chinese foods never fail to appeal to people. Lotus roots are one of the gifts from part of nature - lakes, and delicate dishes made of them are always mouthwatering.

Lotus roots, rhizomes of nelumbo nucifera, are one of high-yield vegetables growing in the mud under the lake. And Hubei province of China abounds with this delicacy from nature, especially Jiayu County which falls within the subtropical monsoon climate with temperate weather, abundant rainfall, sufficient sunlight and high humidity. The average annual precipitation there is about 1370mm and the average annual temperature is 17.0℃. All this conforms to the growth conditions of lotus roots.

When it comes to October, Jianghan Plain of Hubei province and Dongting Lake Plain of Hunan province witness autumn's arrival. During this season, it is common to find the water level going down, which enables Chinese people to get access to the bottom of the lake. Each year, many a lotus roots-digger begins their arduous work in September. It is a new challenge and opportunity for them in that what they are going to undertake is to dig out lotus roots.

As these vegetables grow in the glade, digging out them is by no means an easy task. It needs both patient and skills; otherwise, you can hardly have a clear idea of growth tendency and the length of lotus roots before removing the mud on them. In addition, lotus roots look less fancy if they are broken instead of being intact and worse still, they cannot sell at a good price unless they are not filled with ooze. Therefore, every lotus roots-digger must be meticulous whenever they are working.

Onerous the work is, professional diggers are willing to undertake it because of high payment. Every year, they have to leave for in the places teeming with lotus roots for consecutive several months. They understand that the harsher the working environment is, the greater the dividends are paid.

Of four seasons, diggers are fond of winter most. It is not because winter suits working but that more people would buy lotus roots than any other time. Accordingly, prices will shoot up.

As mentioned above, Hubei province is home to lotus roots and its residents know better different ways of eating this vegetable which is rich in starch, dietary fiber and vitamin C.

One of the most popular dishes in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province is Stewed Lotus Roots Soup with Pork Ribs. If you are visiting Hubei, you will always find this dish served in almost every household once or twice a month. But do you know how to make it? First, cut pork sternums into thick slices and simmer them in the marmite for an hour. Next, peel and wash lotus roots before cutting them into slices. Then when you put them into the soup, you should turn up the fire to the point of boiling. Half an hour later, this tasty dish can be enjoyed!

Another classic dish is Coupling Clamp. It is easy to make. First, chop pork and mix it with eggs and chopped green onions. Then, peel and cut the lotus roots into two linked slices. After that, you can fill the lotus roots with chopsticks and make sure the fillings are evenly spaced. Next, cover them with flour paste and fry them until they turn golden.

Generally speaking, not only are lotus roots one of the raw materials of foods bestowed by Mother Nature, but also vegetables obtained via manual labour. The only way to get them is by man rather than by machine. From this perspective, lotus roots are more valuable than any other vegetables. So whenever we enjoy the lotus roots, we should never forget those loveable and respectable people who make dainty meals available to us.

Guide to Peru Northern Treasures

Most travelers to Peru tend to focus on a few well known destinations, such as Cusco and Machu Picchu, or Puno and Lake Titicaca. Of course, these are incredible places that are without a doubt the highlights of any travel to Peru, but if you have a little more time on your hands, and wish to stray away from the crowds to experience the real Peru, a visit to the northern parts of the country is a must.

Many have heard of Chiclayo and Trujillo, the most accessible cities in northern Peru. These two coastal towns boast a laid-back atmosphere as well as architectural and archeological treasures which make them worth a visit. One of the most important remnants of Peru's pre-Colombian civilizations, dating back to long before the reign of the glorious Incas, lies in the area. Known as the Chan Chan site, located a mere 5km away from Trujillo, this archeological gem is a testament to the ancient Chimu civilization.

Another impressive archeological site lies not far from Chiclayo, the Sipan complex. Pyramids hold ancient treasures dating back to pre-Colombian times. You will see here fine objects of art by the talented and technologically advanced Moche culture as well as Moche tombs. One of the latest finds, in 2007, which can be admired here, is the 4,000 years old Ventarron temple and its beautiful murals.
Fairly unknown compared to the towns of Chiclayo and Trujillo, yet just as pleasant to visit and teeming with interesting sights, is the historic city of Piura. Founded in 1532 by Spanish conquerors, the city is home to beautiful and well-maintained parks as well as historic buildings from the colonial era. Even new buildings that are constructed in town are made to blend in with the dominant Spanish architecture and make for a cohesive and charming ensemble.

Among the most interesting attractions in Piura, you will find many on the city's main square, Plaza de Armas. The Cathedral with its golden altar and striking paintings is a sight to behold. So is the San Francisco church, only a few block away, where independence from Spain was declared on 4 January 1821. Located right next to the Museo de Arte Religioso (Museum of Religious Arts), the church Maria Auxiliadora is also noteworthy. Finally, make sure to stop at the bustling Mercado Modelo to browse the stalls of local handicrafts. There are plenty of lodging opportunities as well as excellent restaurants in Piura, which make it an excellent spot to spend a few days on your Peru vacation.

Copenhagen - The Royal Capital of Denmark

Known as the royal capital of Denmark, Copenhagen is located in the islands of Zealand and Amager. Considered as one of the world's greenest and coolest cities, it became the Danish Capital only at the beginning of the 15th century. Tradition states that in the early 11th century, Copenhagen was already a small town with a large estate, a small marketplace and compact habitations that were spread all over the area. In the middle of the 12th century, the town came under the leadership of Bishop Absalon and grew in terms of commerce and business. Thus, the Bishop made various structures that fortified the town, which eventually led to the foundation of what Copenhagen is today.

With the use of its harbor, the city prospered as a main commercial area for ships and traders. Thus, the name of the city is derived from the Danish word which means merchant's harbor or buyer's haven. Battles and wars made the city a dwelling of intense historical significance in terms of the evolution of modern Europe. In the early years of its existence as a major trade center, it was repeatedly attacked by the Hanseatic League. The group was basically a formation of the continents' leading trade cities that stretched from the Baltic Sea to the North Sea. World War II led to the occupation of the city by the Nazis until May 4, 1945.

Copenhagen is a city that lives with an oceanic climate zone and is comparable to a humid continental climate. Situated in an area that is prone to low pressure systems, it has that unstable and ever-changing weather pattern for the entire year. With over a million inhabitants, it is one of the continents oldest cities that offer you a historical grandeur of what Denmark is all about. As a metropolitan area, it is still one of the largest centers of commerce in modern times.

The Destinations Worth Seeing

A visit to Copenhagen will not be complete without passing by the landmark that defines the city. The Little Mermaid is the most popular tourist attraction in the city. Based on the story of famous Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, the statue is a synonymous with what Copenhagen is. Hourly canal tours all pass by the Little Mermaid statue at the Langelinie, located at the city's waterfront.

Amalienborg Palace is the true and genuine royal castle. Named after Queen Sophie Amalie, it was burned to the ground in 1689 and was later rebuilt to display the royal boldness of the country. Nowadays, the castle serves as the winter residence of the Queen and serves as the viewing area for the royals to greet their subjects.

Cruises To Make New Year Delicious

People around the world welcome the New Year greatly with full passion. The celebration also mainly focuses on family and friends because it is a time when everyone gets together and enjoys some pleasing moment. The New Year holidays are so enjoyable time and many families got together to celebrated the day. There are several of ways of celebration that give really much pleasing during the vacations. In which, most popular and admired tradition is new year cruises that give lots of happy moment during the celebration. You can enjoy it greatly with friends and family during your vacation. With cruising, you must sure to spend some memorable time because it gives you huge experiences and opportunities to discover new places, new things, and sea life. I mean, you are thinking about such adventurous and wonderful ideas of celebration. There are several cruises ideas that really give full entertainment and happy moment during your New Year vacations.

New Year eve cruises is a truly an amazing way to celebrate the holidays time of New Year. Before approaching of New Year, people are normally seems to busy in preparation of celebration and evenly plan for cruises, eve and other different types of celebration mode. One of the best ways of celebration is new year eve cruises which you can heartily enjoy. It has own class and style that offers a fantastic night with extravagant food, wine, champagne etc. The eve cruises also offer some magnificent moment as fireworks display in major part of the world and wonderful night at the bank of river, sea etc. However, some of the best location in the world as London, New York, Sydney, Miami, Rio de Janeiro etc where you will truly enjoy your vacation.

It is a time to enjoy and celebrate the New Year with your own style and fun way. There are several cruising ideas that you can apply during your vacation. If you want to enjoy really some pleasing and memorable moment with your family and friend, the river cruising can be best option for you. Just plan for new year river cruises and give a surprise to your family members and friends. It will give you a big opportunity to spend some happy moment with near and dear ones. Find some useful ideas that will help you in preparation of cruising. You can also become familiar with some agents who provides best cruising services and suggests you some of the best river location in the world. I think, London will be best place where you can enjoy cruising at Thames River. It is one of the beautiful spots in the world. There are also some of the best destinations for river cruising, you can look for.

Last minute cruising is most adventurous way to spend your vacations or holidays leave. It offers something best as convenience of making impulsive entry and some biggest values for you vacations. By dealing with last minute cruises, you will enjoy same as other cruising packages. You will entertain similarly all your favorite dish, preferred accommodation, world level of entertainment and plethora of fun activities. It is mainly for those people who have no time for preparing before the time. They normally seek some special ways of celebration. If you are looking for last minute cruising, you must contact some of the trusty and famous agent who will provide you best services and suggests some cruises packages and best destinations around the world. You can choose packages and destination as your preference. Just deal with some packages and give surprise to your family and friends. If you want to spend your holidays in some luxurious ways, the new year luxury cruises gives you really a best moment to spend. You will enjoy the fireworks and laser display, some New Year activities and other different kinds of funny things that will be long lasting memory.

Costa Rica The Perfect Place to Enjoy a Vacation

When you visit Costa Rica, you will discover that there are always going to be plenty to do for you. Explore the many options for zip line tours Costa Rica and you can have a hard time deciding where to start or which to choose. In fact, you will find that opportunities for Costa Rica zip line canopy tour are endless. The country has a vast and beautiful nature, which means there are endless activities. Your Canopy tours costa rica will take you to the beautiful beaches and pristine. No where on earth is going to offer you these beautiful beaches. The great thing about is that they are still relatively intact.

They were not too affected by the tourism market, which means that many of them are simply the way they always have been. All are open and accessible to the public as well, because one of the greatest things about going on a all inclusive in Costa Rica means you will be able to access some of the most beautiful places on earth and you will not have to pay extra. There is nothing like going on a zip line tours Costa Rica and spend day after day relaxing on one of the wildest beaches in the world. There are also some larger resorts you can stay on when you are on Costa Rica zip line canopy tour. There are the stations and name brands that you can stay, where you can stay in hotel rooms of class and enjoy the food and luxury aspects of your visit. There are resorts and hotels for all budgets, from luxurious resorts to small and modest hotels you can stay.

Costa Rica vacation is for all and sundry
You can also pay big dollars for a visit to Costa Rica that includes a stay in a little shack right on the beach. This is something that is completely worth because you find that you can be where the action is and where the most beautiful in the world are. You should know that canopy tours Costa Rica does not even really cost you much money. There are so many ways that you can operate when it comes to paying for your all inclusive in Costa Rica and one of the best things you can do is simply look at all your options.

Go at different times during the year and taking different types of visits will allow many more options you had at first thought. Costa Rica sits astride Central America and has coasts on the Atlantic and Pacific beaches with both black and white bathers. The more active water sports include snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, parasailing, kayaking, windsurfing and more. Boredom is not an option when taking a trip to Costa Rica. With so much to see and do, you'll find yourself wishing you could stay longer and start making plans to return to this tropical paradise.

Shimla And Manali - Enriching And Enticing

Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, is rightly called the 'Queen of all hill stations'. This place rose to prominence during the colonial rule when it was made the summer capital meant to provide solace to the Europeans from the sweltering heat in the plains. Till date, Shimla has managed to attract tourists from all over. If you want to know what prompted the Europeans to choose Shimla among the various other places, you must plan a Shimla tour during summers and witness the pleasant and cool atmosphere of this spectacular hill destination. With a wide range of hotels in Shimla, you can make your stay comfortable as well as affordable.

Located at the foothills of the Shiwalik range, this place is adorned with huge mountains covered with lush green pine and deodar trees with the snow clad mountains as the backdrop. The colonial dominance is quite evident from the old and great architectural buildings. The Vice regal Lodge is a perfect example of the beautiful architecture of the past. This building has now been converted to Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. The State Museum will further enrich you with the past history of this place.

A Shimla tour can never be complete without visiting the famous temples like the Jakhu Temple, Kali Bari, Sankat Mochan Temple and Tara Devi Temple. The Christ Church stands majestically on the ridge. The busiest place in Shimla is the Mall. Housing prominent shopping complexes and restaurants, this place is always full with activity. A number of hotels in Shimla are placed here. Kufri and Chhail are two beautiful places that are not very far from Shimla and are less crowded, thus allowing you to enjoy the beauty of nature amidst serene surrounding. For honeymooners, these are simply perfect.

Shimla, with various high peaks and low slanting mountains, provides the perfect landscape for trekking. Shimla receives heavy snowfall during winters, thus providing apt locales for winter sports such as ice-skating, skiing and heli-skiing. You can also add other outdoor activities like camping and golfing to your Shimla tour. Many hotels in Shimla will guide you regarding these outdoor expeditions.

Manali, located around 260 kms from Shimla, is yet another hill station that offers you with natural beauty that is beyond imagination. With snow peaked mountains, dense forests with pine trees, beautiful fruit orchards, huge stretches of meadows filled with flowers, mystic endless gorges and exotic valleys amidst vibrant rivers, make this place a perfect holiday destination. A Manali tour package can help you plan your trip effectively and see to it that you do not miss out anything.

Manali Sanctuary gives you a chance of camping in the midst of dense forest that will enable you to have a sneak peek into the habitation of the forest. Besides wildlife experiences, a visit to various temples and monasteries can also be added to your Manali tour package.The Rahla Falls and Solang Valley provide you with great sceneries. These places provide mountain trekking and skiing activities for tourists. A visit to the famous Rohtang Pass must be included in your Manali tour package. Located at an altitude of more than 4000 meters, the enchanting beauty of this place will keep you spellbound. Huge glaciers, deep and ethereal canyons and endless snow covered landscape make this place magical.

Brazil Tours Top Beaches in Salvador de Bahia

Travelers go to Salvador de Bahia for the food, the music, the capoeira, and the huge Carnaval party, one of the largest and most distinctive celebrations of its kind in Brazil. Most of all, travelers go to Salvador for the fabulous beaches. In this northeastern city with dozens of kilometers of coastline stretching north and south, travelers will find a beach to suit any mood - be it an rough beach with excellent swells for surfing or a more tranquil, secluded beach for a romantic afternoon. For travelers planning some beach time in between Brazil tours, we profile the best beaches in and around Salvador.

The main beach in Salvador is Porto da Barra, where soterpolitanos (natives of the city) spend their free afternoons. Located within Todos os Santos Bay, the beaches here have soft white-sand and gentle waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling. This popular beach is the best place to mingle with locals, relax in the sun or shade while listening to music, and sample the snacks for sale. The nearby Farol da Barra is marked by the lighthouse right on the point that is the entry to the bay. The waves here are stronger and preferred by surfers. At this beach, travelers can indulge in the barracas - thatched huts that serve snacks and drinks.

Also on the bay side are Praia da Boa Viagem and Ribeira, located on the same peninsula as the famed Igreja da Bonfim, where the traditional washing of the steps by Bahian women takes place annually. Both beaches are characterized by panoramic views of the city and calm, beautiful water that draw many swimmers on the weekends.

On the coastal side of Salvador, one of the most popular beaches is Ondina, a beach with lots of rocks that form natural pools as well as courts for practicing beach sports. This neighborhood also has some of the best hotels and restaurants in the city. A bit further up the coast is Praia de Itapoan (or Itapua), a beach immortalized in popular songs on account of its idyllic setting and laidback culture. With calm reef-protected waters on one side and rougher Atlantic swells on the other, Itapoan accommodates for activities as diverse as sunbathing, swimming, windsurfing, surfing, and other water sports. There is also plenty of good food and chilled ambience to keep travelers relaxed and content in true Brazil fashion.

For travelers looking for something more secluded, there is Praia do Forte, part of the Coconut Coast that extends north of Salvador. All the beaches along here are quite beautiful and ideal for snorkeling, sailing, and swimming. Praia do Forte is also known as "Brazilian Polynesia" for its clear blue waters, huge coral reefs, and natural tide pools. The area around here is also ideal for exploration of the Atlantic rainforest.

Travel to Indonesia Online Travel Guide to Indonesia

Travel to Asia lets you know a country filled with volcanoes, coral reefs, beaches and more charming. Here you will find a manual for great adventures and explorations in this magical and exotic island. Insurance back soon to have much more to tell ...

Map of Indonesia
Indonesia is a large archipelago consisting of 18,108 islands, but only 6,000 are inhabited. Its location on the map is between Southeast Asia and Australia, just surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. This country of 1,919,440 square kilometers is ranked 16 of the largest countries in the world. Its population is located mainly on the islands of Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Borneo. The latter shared with Malaysia and Brunei.

Safety trip to Indonesia
Indonesia is a country that has a tight control on drugs, so we have to be careful with them because the country does not distinguish between hard and soft, use or trafficking. In Bali we constantly offer marijuana and other herbs ... but again we say that the issue of drugs is punishable by jail, and no joke. On the other hand if you are traveling to Jakarta and the island of Java is advisable to register with the Spanish Embassy in these areas. Also we advise against travel on Aceh, northern Sumatra, and the central part of Sulawesi, Irian Jaya (the western part of Papua New Guinea), Kalimantan (Borneo) Moluccas and Timor. If you take a vacation in Bali, be careful when walking, as there look thefts pace with the tourists.

Climate. When is the best time for a trip to Indonesia
The climate of Indonesia is tropical and humid. It has 2 seasons that vary with the equatorial air circulation and the Southern air. Therefore, during certain seasons can find monsoons. The dry season is from June to September rainy season is from December to March. The country's tropical areas have rains during most of the year, but the climate of Central Maluku is an exception and goes in reverse. In this part of the territory, the rainy season is from June to September and the dry season from December to March.

Why is it interesting to visit? I. Historical Highlights
Indonesia has been inhabited for 500,000 years ago by the "Java Man", a form of Homo erectus. Later came the Papuans, who was followed by the Malays, Javanese and Polynesians.
In the sixteenth century, the territory was occupied by the Majapahit Empire. Soon came the Muslims.
When Europeans arrived in the early sixteenth century, settlers colonized the country; it was precisely the Portuguese and Dutch. They established the East India Company, with which imposed a monopoly of trade in spices, sugar and coffee.

By the early twentieth century, people began to rebel against the colonia.Durante
World War II, Indonesia was occupied by the Japanese, and at the end of the war, came armed nationalist guerrillas for independence, is how the get the August 17, 1945. The first 20 years of independence were dominated by the nationalist leader Sukarno. During his government, began promoting a spirit of nationalism and ideology Indonesia are: Belief in one God, humanitarianism, national unity, democracy and social justice. Following a coup, took power and genocidal General Suharto authoritarian, who murdered more than half a million of its militants and communist sympathizers and imprisoning more than a million of them. After 32 years of government was forced to leave office following a series of uprisings of the people and was replaced by BJ Habibie. The first democratic election was held in October 1999, winning the presidency Abdurrahman Wahid. Currently the country has different territorial problems for religious and nationalist among others.

Why is it interesting to visit? II. Major destinations and monuments
Discover with Travel to Asia new destinations. This time we have very good reasons to visit Indonesia: To start from 1991, the country has opened up to tourism letting show its enormous cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Have you ever heard of the technique of batik painting and engraving? As Indonesia is its cradle. Places like Bali will fascinate you with its magnificent sunsets. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary experience. Remember that if you need to know more about Indonesia can access the section on the country. Sign up for our newsletter or visit us soon for more information!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Caribbean Vacation for the Summer Vacation

By: Lena Hilltorp

For Americans summer has always been the time to go out on holidays and enjoy the beach and the Sun. what could be a better place for that than the Caribbean Islands with their lovely beaches, blue waters and the most pleasant sun. In fact the Caribbean has been such a huge hit with American tourists that today the tourism industry is one of the biggest industries of the place. 

There are numerous islands in the Caribbean, but some have been all-time favorites with the tourists. The biggest destinations are the islands of Anguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Curacao and the British Virgin Islands. A visit to any of these islands will leave you with happy memories, you can hardly ever forget. 

Bahamas has always been a very popular destination for the American tourists because of its proximity to the country. Still having a feel of the British colonial days in its buildings and architecture, the Bahamas is also very tropical in spirit. Known for its beautiful beaches pine forests, Bahamas is the perfect place to sit back and relax. 

If you are in the Bahamas you should never miss the Rand Nature Center where you get to see the exact recreation of a Lucayan Village, which has everything, from the chieftain's house to the dwelling huts. And if you are a food freak you got to taste the local snacks from a Bahamian straw market.
The Atlantis Resort is located on Paradise Island, near Nassau in the formerly-British Bahamas just a hop from Florida. 

The guidebook "Caribbean With Kids" calls the Atlantis on Bahamas "one of the most lavish properties in the entire Caribbean": which is saying something, considering what the region offers.
The Atlantis Bahamas grounds have waterfalls, streams, lagoons filled with sea creatures, underwater viewing areas: with 11 exhibit lagoons and 11 million gallons of water, the resort claims it has the "largest marine habitat in the world". 

The world's largest marine habitat, the largest casion in the Bahamas (and the Caribbean), a 15 million dollar marina, lagoons, waterfalls and the underwater ruins of Atlantis itself....Atlantis Bahamas Resort has achieved a distinctive combination of comfort and adventure unlike any other vacation destination.
Atlantis on Bahamas is a deluxe high rise with 2300 rooms and casino situated on the beach. Three towers make up the complex, the Beach, Coral and the newest is Royal Towers.
One of the best family destinations in the Caribbean, Anguilla is famous for its neat beaches many of which are non-commercial. And of course you have the rare opportunity to share the waters with dolphins in Dolphin Fantaseas - one of the biggest attractions of Anguilla. Another place to b e in is Scilly Cay - which provides the perfect setting for barbecue and snorkeling. But the most special thing about Anguilla is her people. They are among the warmest in Caribbean and they go all the way to make you feel comfortable and at home 

"One Cool Family" is the program organized by the Aruba government to pull in new tourists as well as bring back those who have already been to this lovely island. Such schemes emphasize how important tourism has become in these places and when the government is coming up with such ideas you can rest assure there would be enough effort to provide you with the finest holiday ever. 

Apart from the exotic beaches and the clear blue seas other attractions of Aruba include Boca Prins, the perfect destination for dune sailing and land sailing. Of course there are arrangements for the regular activities like snorkeling and scuba diving. 

Just two and half hour from Miami, Curacao is unlike any other Caribbean island. Of course it has got the beaches and the lovely seas, but this dominion of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is also special because of its diverse mix of history and culture. The experience you have at Curacao is, in that sense unique among the Caribbean islands. If yours is a family which is into adventure this can be the perfect destination as you can head for the Hato Caves to witness the amazing dry land sea caves complete with underground pools, cave drawings and fossils which date back to millions of years. But if you are more interested in just lying back and enjoying your vacation you can do that too while enjoying the best of Curacao culture that has a strong influence of the Dutch. 

British Virgin Islands
Once a haven for the pirates, the British Virgin Islands is today the perfect place for diving and snorkeling. It also provides you with the very best opportunities to sail. And if you have been a fan of Stevenson's Treasure Island, you can actually see for yourself from where it was inspired - the Norman Island. With calm waters, swimming is also one of the favorite activities among tourists. 

Author Bio
Lena Hilltorp is a freelance publisher based in Sweden. She publishes articles and reports and provides Antlantis Bahamas resources on
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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Going to Nile River

 Photo Of Nile River

Brimming with epic World Heritage Sites and rife with pharaonic treasures, Egypt luxuriates in its rich history as it romances the afterlife.

A third of the world's antiquities are found in Egypt, far more than all the country's museums can possibly house. The three Pyramids of Giza rise on the outskirts of Cairo, along with the enigmatic Sphinx. In ancient Thebes, now known as Luxor, pharaohs constructed monuments to both themselves and their gods, assembling dazzling tombs for the afterlife in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Nearby, the Temples of Karnak represent the largest religious establishment ever built.

Uniting all of these sites is the Nile River, which wends through virtually every page of Egypt's history. Although modern Egypt is more than twice the size of California, more than 94 percent of it is arid desert. The Nile is the country's lifeblood—the source of its water, its food, its commerce. As such, a cruise down it is a time-honored passage through Egypt's veins—the best way to become immersed in its stories and antiquities. Couples represent a big portion of the clientele for the more than 250 cruise boats plying the Nile between the cities of Aswan (the last city before the Sudan border) and Luxor (300 miles south of Cairo). The floating hotels lay on varying levels of creature comforts, but private bathrooms, a sundeck and pool, a disco, air conditioning, and TVs are the norm. With its period veneer and decadent meals, Abercrombie & Kent's 18-cabin Sun Boat III is among the most luxurious.

Although sailing the Nile is an essential Egypt experience, at least two locations deserve more than a once-over. One is Cairo, a city that confounds as easily as it delights. The antiquities-choked Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza, and the stalls of the sprawling Khan al-Khalili Bazaar lead the parade of must-sees, while wandering through the softly crumbing labyrinth of tenth-century Islamic Cairo allows lovers to break away from the usual tourist agenda. And sunset against the city skyline aboard a felucca—the traditional single-sail boats of Egypt—is a quixotic way to close out the day. A number of fine Cairo hotels cluster along the banks of the Nile, but the top choice for couples is the Mena House Oberoi in the suburb of Giza, a quarter-mile from the pyramids.

The other location worth a closer look is Luxor. Here, the pharaohs built their edifices on the east bank of the Nile and carved their tombs into the nondescript hillsides of the west bank (the burial chamber of King Tutankhamun is one of only 63 tombs to be explored in the Valley of the Kings). The Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor makes an excellent base for exploring.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Nepal’s Most Dream Destinations to Visit: Fan page survey in Facebook!!

Facebook, a great way to meet friends and keep up on what they are doing and updating .It has been a very vastly cherished social network. We got more than 20,000 fans in this network and this phenomenon is going rapidly. Keeping the theme of promoting Nepal Tourism Year 2011. We have posted many fine destinations to visit within Nepal and the mostly visited places by our fans are:

Antu Danda-Ilam
Antu Danda, Illam

Antu Danda is located in the Eastern part of Nepal and is one of the highly potential places for tourism. It is delimited by captivating views with greenery tea plantation. Antu Danda is also the best destination to view the scenic sunrise and sunset.
It is situated at an altitude of 1,677m in Ilam district and is famous for the splendid views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga that it commands. Another must to be viewed place is the Lepcha museum at Aantu. Illam reflects affluent cultural and social heritages of people living in concord.

Saleri - Solu Kumbhu

A place with very incredible discovery is with high Altitude the ‘Solukhumbu ‘starting from Jiri which end on Lukla. The Solukhumbu area is divided into two distinct regions, Solu and Khumbu.Most of the tourists trek from Salleri or Jiri to Lukla or in the reverse direction. In Khumbu, many tourist routes are used extensively to trek into the Everest region, but some new alternate trails can also be explored. The most visiting place in this region are Sagarmatha National Park, Mt. Everest, Pikey Peak Trek, Thuptenchholing Monastery, Dudh Kunda- Khaling Rai Trek, Thuptenchholing Monastery and many others.

Diktel, Capital of Khotang district

Khotang District is one of the large districts of Sagarmatha Zone. It is situated in Eastern Nepal where Diktel is a district headquarters. It is situated in the North-East of Khotang District. It is a remote place but in nature a very beautiful where we can view the natural landscape and inhale natural air. Diktel bazaar is one of the busiest places of Khotang. Diktel-Khotang is the second major strategic centre of the hilly areas after Dhankuta in eastern Nepal.

Muktinath & Jomsom
Muktinath temple

It is believed that all miseries/sorrows are relieved once you visit this temple Muktinath (Mukti=Nirvana, Nath=God). The famous temple of Lord Muktinath lies in the district of Mustang and is situated about 18km northeast of Jomsom at an altitude of about 3,749m. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindu & Buddhist. The holy shrine at Muktinath is in a grove of trees and includes a Buddhist Gompa and the pagoda style temple of Vishnu Temple, Containing an Image of Vishnu. Many best places to visit in this region are the Kunda, Mukti Dhara, Jwala Mai Temple, Gomba Samba, a “newly built monastery”. Another attraction for the pilgrimage is the River kali Gandaki from where one can collect fossils too.

Tansen – Palpa
Rani mahal-Palpa

It is a part of western Nepal. Situated at an altitude of 1,343m, Tansen is the most popular summer resort in western Nepal on account of its position and climate The Nepali topi (national cap), Dhaka – the most popular hand woven cloth of Nepal comes from this region. The most famous places to visit in Tansen are Tansen Bazaar, Palpa Ranighat; an ancient building (palace) set on a massive rock, Tansen Durbar Palace and the stunning ranges of mountains.

Pokhra Valley
pokhara with Begnas

Pokhara, an enchanting city nestled in the tranquil valley (827m), is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destinations. It is one of the most picturesque spots of Nepal. Its serene lakeside locality and immediacy to the Annapurna mountain range connote it is an supreme place for recuperating from a trek.


Chitwan is one of the finest national Parks in Asia, renowned for its dense concentration of wildlife and top class tourist lodges, which provides the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat. The Royal Chitwan National Park, established in 1973, provides a great wildlife experience with its rich flora and fauna An elephant ride is the most popular way of exploring the Chitwan jungle.

Lumbini, Mayadevi kund

Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, the Shakya prince and the ultimate Buddha, the Enlightened One, is the pilgrimage destination of the world’s millions of people faithful to all schools of Buddhism. Lumbini is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas in modern Nepal. The site is a large garden with a grove of pipal trees. The area around Lumbini is entirely Hindu, but many Buddhist temples and shrines from various nations are scattered around the holy site itself. The most important temple at Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which enshrines the traditional site of the Buddha’s birth.

Bandipur view

Located on a 1,000m ridge in Tanahu district some 140km from Kathmandu, Bandipur’s hallmark is its beautiful scenery. Bandipur is a part of western Nepal.Bandipur has been described as a natural view tower; indeed, one can enjoy a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang. Besides from the dazzling views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi Valley, a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at Newar cultural life.

Sindhuli Gadhi
BP Highway-sindhuli

The city is in the Sindhuli Valley of central south Nepal. The historic symbol of the Valley, Sindhuli Gadhi fort, is at the peak of a hill of the Mahabharata range. The city is in the plane valley in the side of Kamla River. Sindhuli is very beautiful because this valley is crossed by Sunkoshi Roshi, and Kamla river place by place.The spring falls of the valley are famous, also Sindhuli is ever green and full of fruit and vegetables irrigated by the water of Kamla and other rivers.

Swargadwari, Puthan
Swargadwari Temple

Swargadwari is a hilltop temple complex and pilgrimage site in Pyuthan District of Nepal commemorating the special role of cows in Hinduism. It is said to have been founded by one Guru MahaPrabhu who spent most of his life in the vicinity herding and milking thousands of cows. According to traditional stories, some of his devotees followed him to see where he took the cows, but they never could find him. Evening “Satang Program” and the different kinds of diversity of the land, cultural, and life style are most to be watched there.

Rara Lake
Rara Lake

The best destination for trekking western Nepal .Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal surrounded by Rara National Park. The route follows off path all the way where you have a splendid view of Nature and its beautiful components. The trek also grants magnificent view of the Himalayas passing through forests with pine, spruce and juniper, including breath taking views of the snow capped Himalayan peaks. Rara trekking is one to take your breath away.

Everest Base Camp
Everest Base camp

The Mount Everest or Solu Khumbu area is the first most popular trekking destination in Nepal. The primary objective of Everest treks is either the Everest Base Camp, about 5, 340 meteres, or Kala Pattar, an unassuming (5, 545 meters). A trek into Mount Everest Base Camp is one of the most spectacular adventure treks in the world. Everest Base Camp is not the sole preserve of high altitude mountaineers. Everest Base Camp trek is the quintessential trek to Everest journey begins with an early morning flight from Kathmandu to the Mountain airstrip at Lukla in the heart of the Khumbu region. There follows a fairly easy day of around three hours to our first stop Phakding. We continue North up the Dudh Kosi Valley to Namche Bazaar, quite a hard day, where we spend a day acclimatizing, good food and accommodation. From Namche we trek to Khumjung Tengboche monastery, the seat of Sherpa Culture. it is mainly a gradual push up to Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp resting one day in Dingboche or Pheriche for some side trips and further acclimatization.

Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp

Trekking in Annapurna provides you with unparalleled access to spectacular horizons of snowy peaks, and the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek combines some of the most fantastic mountain scenery with a fascinating insight into the life of middle hill Nepalese. The trail takes us through an ever-changing landscape of rice fields, misty forests and lowland local villages to the glacier. It offers a fine opportunity to surround oneself with Himalayan peaks and to witness the glacier basin of Annapurna Sanctuary formed by Annapurna, Machhapurchre (Fishtail, Himchuli, and Manaslu). This used to be a complicated trek due to problems with food and lodging. However, there are now many facilities between Ghandruk and Annapurna Base Camp along this trail only used by trekkers. Annapurna Base Camp can be approached by at least three different routes. Here we have described one of three options.

Ghale Gaun Village
Ghaleghaun village

Ghalegaun, placed at the base of Lamjung Himal in the north of central Nepal, offering pristine beauties of majestic western Himalayas including Machhapuchhare(6693m) Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna II (7939m) Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal, Buddha Himal(6974m), Himchuli (6747m) and many more smaller peaks offering nature at its best with an untouched culture. Ghalegaun remains home to the Gurungs who nestle amidst mountains, rivers, streams, waterfalls and green forests. A visit just to forget all the bad memories of life.

Ghorepani Poonhill
from Ghorepani Poonhill

One of the famous trekking route in Nepal for both teahouse and organized. Ghorepani trek offers a wonderful opportunity to witness the beauty of the Annapurna region with a shorter trek. This place is rich of hidden treasure of Nepalese culture and tradition. During the trek the trail passes through world’s famous the Gorkha warrior clan the Gurung and Magar’s charming village, dense rhododendron (Nepalese national flower), Oak forest full of birds, green hills and patchwork valleys.
It is just about every angle is a tantalizing glimpse of Mt. Fishtail (6,993m,) Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167) range on the initial part of the tour is breathtaking. On an excursion to Pun Hill one can observe the entire mountain ranges; covering red and pink rays of the Sun in full bloom at the Sunset and Sunrise. It’s an amazing treks that can be enjoyed by every lover of nature.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Destination of the Month: Zooming Through Monaco

Photo: Courtesy of Visit Monaco

One of the most glamorous destinations any time of year, the Principality of Monaco really heats up this month when it stages its annual Grand Prix, arguably the world’s most important Formula One race, from May 24–27. For the ultimate Grand Prix experience, the well-connected Canadian company Roadtrips, which specializes in high-end sports-oriented travel, can put together an itinerary that will make you an instant A-lister. Among the perks of their five-day (May 24–28) Monaco fling are accommodations at the legendary hotels Hermitage or Metropole, helicopter transfers from the international airport in Nice to Monte Carlo, Grand Prix trials and race-day viewing in your choice of prime spots (from the grandstand to a private terrace or yacht). There’s also a VIP tour of the Royal Palace, a day at the nearby Cannes Film Festival (May 16–27), chef’s dinner at Joël Robuchon’s Michelin-starred Yoshi restaurant, and, for tooling around the Corniche in style, use of a Ferrari F430 for a day;

Photo: Courtesy of Roadtrips, Inc

A few other good reasons to hit Monaco this month: On the heels of the country’s first International Rose Festival and a major auction of classic automobiles at Espace Fontvieille comes a special exhibition offering an intimate portrait of the country’s movie-star first lady, “Princess Grace: More Than an Image,” at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, through May 20; The Hôtel de Paris will be the place to be for the gala Nights in Monaco on May 23, in the presence of Prince Albert and Bill Clinton, to benefit their respective foundations; And no matter when you’re in town, check out Monaco’s hottest new table, La Montgolfière. Here, just a few steps from the palace, star chef Henri Geraci updates classic Monegasque dishes and serves them in a dining room that accommodates only nineteen patrons, with a few tables al fresco; try the sushi risotto and the foie gras Nippon style; 377. 
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