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Buddha statues: Five tallest ones

Buddha statues: Five tallest ones

When Gautam Buddha was alive, he had enamored the world with his unique compassion towards the human beings and his incredible state of enlightenment. And this even continues today in form of the great Buddha statues that pulls people of all castes from across the world. In fact, the territory of the Southeast Asia is adorned with astonishing Buddha sculpture showing different Buddhas. These Buddhas are now one of the top attractions in this part of the globe. Some of these Buddha statues are simple, while a few of them shine well. Irrespective of where you are a Buddhist or not, these Buddhas will continue to fascinate you on your trip to the Southeast Asia. So, this time when you plan to visit this part of the Earth, do take a tour of these tallest Buddhas on Earth all of which are in China,  [...]

Bondi Beach: Paradise for beach fans

Bondi Beach: Paradise for beach fans

Nestled at a distance of 7 km from Sydney, the Bondi suburb is well known for its globally famous Bondi Beach. Regarded as the dreamland of any beach lover, this glorious beach is 1 km long and 100 m wide in south forming the widest beach in the great city of Sydney. The name ‘Bondi’ means the sound of the breaking surf, which is actually an Aboriginal term given to this attractive beach. It somewhat makes sense to name the beach with an Aboriginal word as in the north; you can spot a few Aboriginal Rock carvings at Ben Buckler. When I was here on my trip, I enjoyed exploring its myriad of highlights. I first visited its Marine Discovery Centre at Bondi Pavilion Queen Elizabeth Drive. This is the hub of the Bondi marine life and that the major attraction here is the awesome vista of  [...]

Thredbo ski resort

Thredbo ski resort

If you are in Australia and love skiing, then do plan a trip to the Thredbo village to grasp the maximum thrill via its ski resort and snowy runs - the longest in winter. Nestled in the New South Wales’ Snowy Mountains, the Thredbo ski resort offers some of the best adventures on the Thredbo snow. Besides skiing, the Thredbo village is the main site for more adventures in form of abseiling, hiking, rock climbing, and cross-country cycling. Pride of the Kosciuszko National Park, this European destination of skiing boasts the steepest terrain not to be found anywhere else in the continent as well as the highest point at 2037 m. This is a contrasting fact as the Thredbo village is nestled on a low altitude at the Crackenback Valley’s bottom. It is precisely because of this reason that the  [...]

Mohenjo Daro: The lost pride of the Indus valley

Mohenjo Daro: The lost pride of the Indus valley

We all are aware of this ancient civilization of Mohenjo Daro that once used to thrive in the Indus valley. Literally meaning Mound of the Dead, Mohenjo Daro is also called the Ancient Indus Valley Metropolis. The ruins of this popular ancient city is even today in the Indus valley, which is now an important archaeological as well as a World Heritage site. The Mohenjo Daro civilization is regarded as among the largest city-settlements and today is nestled in the Sindh Province of Pakistan. As per the archaeologists, the Mohenjo Daro civilization came into existence in 2600 BCE during which it was regarded as one of the early urban settlements on Earth. Originally, the city was erected on a Pleistocene ridge that was in the flood plain, which has submerged today because of the frequent flooding  [...]

Top 5 most haunted castles in Europe

Top 5 most haunted castles in Europe

Irrespective of whether we like history or not, castles and palaces are among the most exciting sights that are adored on our vacation tour. This is certainly because of the giantess, unique location, style, architecture, facilities, and legends related to these castles and palaces. In this article, I am going to focus on the ‘legend’ aspect of some of the most famous castles and palaces. Specifically, this article will reveal to you some of the most haunted castles in Europe. Dare to explore it? Then, continue reading on… The Tower of London This is the most infamous castle in the world where for many centuries, blood-drenched battlements were witnessed. As a testimony to the tower's wicked history, many personalities have been wandering here for 800 years making it among the most  [...]

Alhambra de Granada: An architectural retreat

Alhambra de Granada: An architectural retreat

Welcome to the palace city! Also known as La Alhambra, Alhambra de Granada is a legendary marvel for all the history lovers. Nestled atop a hill in Granada, Spain; La Alhambra is known as the history venue where the scholars as well as artists took refuge after the defeat of Al Andalus by the Christian Spain. Today, the entire zone is a threefold establishment holding a palace, a castle, and a dwelling wherein the myriad of edifices are on a height and reflect the look and feel of medieval Christian edifices. Among all these buildings, the citadel or alcazaba is the most ancient building that still lives on the secluded, steep land. In the 11th century, the Alhambra de Granada after being abandoned for almost two centuries castle was renewed by Samuel of the Zirid Dynasty. He did so for  [...]

Panama Canal cruise, Aruba cruise – Top cruising vacations

Panama Canal cruise, Aruba cruise – Top cruising vacations

We all love to be amidst water on our holidays and this is the main reason why we always look for islands on every summer vacation. On the beaches and bays, we love to experience swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Aren’t you tired doing all these adventurous activities? This time I am going to share with you something new and interesting to be done on the waters of the islands and seas. Stop tiring your body and get ready to relax both body and mind on a cruise trip amidst natural splendor. This is the only peaceful way to enjoy the nature in all its grandeur, the soaring mountainous ranges, and the surrounding flora and fauna bringing some excitement in life. Do all this by just sitting on a high deck and sipping some coffee. Listed below are the top 6 cruising vacations. Panama Canal  [...]

Jordan: Tracking the historical and adventurous heritage

Jordan: Tracking the historical and adventurous heritage

What comes to your mind when you think of Jordan? Petra, Jordan River, or Dead Sea? Well, all these are the min-blowing attractions of the Middle East. Petra is among the New Seven Wonders of the World, while the Jordan River was the site where Lord Jesus was baptized. Besides these, there are many more highlights here in the form of ruined Roman cities, forts, Crusader fortresses, and mighty biblical sites. For those who love adventures, they can head to the Dead Sea and Gulf of Aqaba for having fun under sun and with bun. Above all, the Middle East nation of Jordan is the safest place for a vacation. I first visited the Citadel Hill that is the capital Amman. This is where you will know about the historic times of this city through the old ruins and artifacts of the Stone Age now housed  [...]

Magnetic Island: Water sport haven

Magnetic Island: Water sport haven

This beautiful gem of Australia is an all time vacation spot for both the locals and the travelers. Nestled at a distance of 8 km offshore from the tropical Townsville in Queensland, the Magnetic Island truly functions as per its name – pulling new and new tourists all the year round. Your fun starts right from the journey of reaching the island and does not end before you see your own home. Believe me; because the only way to reach here is via a car or passenger ferry that marks the beginning of an exciting holiday. Above all the highlights here, people throng the Magnetic Island due to its scenic beaches that are great for swimming, diving, snorkeling around its coral reefs, sailing, kayaking, and motor boating. Therefore, expect maximum fun under water. But, there are fun mediums also  [...]

Angkor Thom: City of Riches

Angkor Thom: City of Riches

Literally meaning the big city in Khmer, Angkor Thom is a magnificent ancient city dedicated to the Buddhists in Cambodia. This is one of the ancient treasures of the region, which even today boasts a myriad of interesting sights for the travelers. The main attraction here that pulls tourists from all the parts of the world is its Bayon Temple. I am sure you must have heard of this great shrine of Buddha, just imagine his four giant stone faces and you will know the grandeur of the temple. Well, this is not the only draw here; there are some more to it. Founded by the ideal king of Angkor who is Jayavarman VII during his ruling time from 1181 to 1219 A.D, the city in the past was actually the abode of nearly one million inhabitants. Wow! Surprised to know that a southeast Asian city can  [...]

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