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Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos

Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos

An excursion to the Bandelier National Monument is an ideal trip to explore about the ancestral pueblo people (Anasazi) and visualize their skills in the wonderful valley. The Anasazi relics here are believed to be among the two vital sites of Indian ruins in New Mexico of which the other is Chaco Canyon. Refugees from Chaco had settled on the Pajarito Plateau’s in the Frijoles Canyon leaving behind the awesome ruins today due to which the Bandelier National Monument has become one of the most thronged sites today. Hiking along the ruins Unlike other sites of ruins, you can grasp the most rare opportunity here to climb into these old dwellings via the ladders and become like those ancestors for a while. In addition, you can spot archaeologists discovering more structures and also supervise  [...]

Pulau Pramuka – Amazing for diving

Pulau Pramuka – Amazing for diving

All the backpackers who come to Indonesia are very well-versed with the amazing holiday destinations such as Jakarta, Bandung, and Bali. However, this time, I as one of them planned for a less familiar holiday spot – Pulau Pramuka. Surprisingly, there is so much here to see and do on this island, which kept me thinking as to why this has not yet become a famous vacation retreat. However, I spent my full time in diving. Pulau Pramuka is among the closest, biggest, and most inhabited islands in Indonesia. On Saturday early morning, I visited the ODY office at 7 and was on time to leave for the Ancol Marina from where we will begin our journey to this island. ODY offers its own port and resort for an intimate diving experience. With me, there were some more six people all of whom were from  [...]

Bonita Beach attractions

Bonita Beach attractions

Bonita Beach in Florida is one of the top attractions for backpackers. Nestled at the North of Naples, this beach is an unspoiled zone lined with beautiful dwellings, quaint cottages, and miles of immaculate ambling zone. Regarded as ‘The Gateway of the Gulf’, the area of Bonita Beach is just ideal for pleasant walks via which you can explore the legendary homes, cypress trees, and beachfront restaurants. It enjoys subtropical climate due to which it is called ‘The Paradise Coast’. Among all the great attractions here, the Lover's Key State Park is so enchanting with its barrier islands, nestled to the north of Bonita Beach. This is where you will enjoy trails for bicycling as well as hiking; a canoe launch, miles of unspoiled mangroves, kayak and canoe rentals, and stretches  [...]

Sabarimala temple: Best pilgrimage spot in Kerala

Sabarimala temple: Best pilgrimage spot in Kerala

Pride of the Sahyadri ranges nestled in the Gods’ own country Kerala, the Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is the most thronged pilgrimage site perched at a great elevation. It is one of the most vital Indian shrines. Simply called the Sabarimala (Mount Sabari) temple, the shrine is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa who is the third son of Lord Shiva and had meditated at the site after slaying Mahishi, a demon. According to one more legend, the creator of Kerala, Parashuram, enshrined the idol of the Lord here for revering him. Today, the temple has become so famous that besides the countless devotees, tourists from all around the world come here during the peak times from November to January. Unique aspects Sabarimala temple is unique in many terms. First, although it is open to anybody  [...]

Storms in Europe and the Slugging Travel

Storms in Europe and the Slugging Travel

The festive as well as the holiday season has already arrived. People have set plans for visiting places across the globe, and the travel bags are ready to be packed. Some have already spoken to their cousins and relatives, in other countries, of coming over for the festive holiday week. And what is this? The snow falls heavy on all the plans and breaks them like glass, without sound. Europe is laden with snow, carried in storms, and people have been jailed in their homes, without actual locks on the doors. The snow on the roads and on top of houses has worked instead of locks and chains, to bind people to their homes, in Europe. Those who are already out of houses, on the airports, have been facing conditions even worse. They could neither pass through the plan of traveling to other parts  [...]

Thar Desert Safari: Cruising the sand dunes

Thar Desert Safari: Cruising the sand dunes

A safari of the Thar Desert is a refreshing as well as exciting sojourn with camels, caravans, and royalty. Nestled on the Rajasthan’s western frontier, the enormous expanses of this Great Indian Desert is among the unique topographical exhibit of India. The moment we hear 'Rajasthan', nothing but the shimmering pictures of extensive sand dunes butter up our vision. And it is this never-ending spheres of blonde sands that engulf a plethora of probing legends of merchants along with their caravans that even today has a say in the world of local traditions as well as story books. If you are a valiant as well as inquisitive for plunging into the Thar Desert, then a festival of entertainment is just about to approach you of which the golden scenery is first to hit. So, get ready to explore  [...]

Monet garden: Pride of Giverny

Monet garden: Pride of Giverny

Nestled at a distance of 50 miles from Paris, Monet garden in the Normandy’s Eure Department is among the most praised cottage gardens in the world. Designed by the internationally acclaimed French Impressionist painter Claude Monet, the garden in the Epte River valley is now 84 years old. In the olden days, the landscape design of Europe was much influenced by art and literature. Monet was an expert in both landscape design as well as landscape painting. However, the Monet garden design was strongly influenced by the landscape painting. Today, the garden reveals this influence very well. Further, Monet always loved to paint in the open air and that too at different hours for revealing variation in light. Therefore, the Monet garden is a picture rather than a painting subject attracting  [...]

Cinque Terre: Scenic hiking trip

Cinque Terre: Scenic hiking trip

Regarded as one of the Italy’s treasures, Cinque Terre is a rocky coastal area adorning the Italian Riviera’s Liguria region. It is the home of ‘Five Lands’ that encompasses five famous hamlets namely, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, Corniglia, and Riomaggiore. These villages, shoreline, and the flanking hillsides now belong to the Cinque Terre National Park. This World Heritage site is remarkable for its natural beauty and the settlements that people have made over centuries along with terraces upon the steep and rocky landscape ending on the cliffs projecting into the sea. Upon a look, it might look scary, but it is a pure fun! Undoubtedly, Cinque Terre is the very famous destination on the tourist map. Although the villages are connected by trains and boats, tourists like  [...]

Playa Montroig Camping Resort

Playa Montroig Camping Resort

Welcome to one of ideal camping European resorts! Nestled in the woods along the Costa Dorada’s sandy beaches, the Playa Montroig camping resort is a dream retreat for you and your family to uniquely explore the best of Mediterranean and enjoy the never-felt comfort with its kind service. To explore Playa Montroig means experiencing the ultimate tranquility, harmony, relaxation, comfort, nature, strict hygiene, and family environment required for a truly memorable holiday. In this resort, you will encounter all types of amenities including shops, restaurants, clubs for adults and children, games room, theater, fitness centre, beauty salon, mini golf, diving centre, tennis, and an activity centre. Costa Dorada is a land of diversity with its miles of beaches as well as bays, serene hamlets,  [...]

Mexican cave diving in the famous Yucatan

Mexican cave diving in the famous Yucatan

Looking for some challenging adventure in the waters of Mexico? Then, it is none other than cave diving – the most dangerous and exciting on Earth! Mexican cave diving is just matchless because of its opportunity to see its indigenous marine species that are not found anywhere else on the planet. Considered one of the world’s best experiences, the diving here is of two types namely, the cave diving and cavern diving, which also are the unique types of cenote diving. A cenote refers to a fresh water body linked to the underwater caverns as well as other cenotes. A round hole in ground is a standard cenote seen all across Mexico. Now, a cavern diving refers to dive near to the cave entrance and being under the sunlight; while a cave diving involves swimming in the cave where there is no sunlight.  [...]

Jomsom Trek: Part of Annapurna circuit

Jomsom Trek: Part of Annapurna circuit

Belonging to the famous Annapurna circuit trek, the Jomsom trek is one of the most taken up hiking adventures that takes one through the Kali Gandaki River’s valley from Pokhara to the most sacred destination of Muktinath. This latter spot is a pilgrimage destination on the Tibetan plateau for both Hindus and Buddhist. Not rising over 3800 m and taking you via its highest elevation point of 5400 m Thorung La, this trek is comparatively easy and is known for its wonderfully diverse experience. The Jomsom trek is certainly a great chance to explore the charm as well as witness of the Annapurna. It is 8 to 10 days trek that begins from the Pokhara city in north and then meanders via the Poon Hill as well as the Dhaulagiri icefall offering each hiker the delightful vistas of the mountains.  [...]

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