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Queen Charlotte Track: Superb shoreside walk in New Zealand

Queen Charlotte Track: Superb shoreside walk in New Zealand

Nestled atop the South Island, the Queen Charlotte Track is the best way to enjoy a magnificent tour of the Marlborough Sounds including the Anakiwa in the Grove Arm and legendary Ship Cove featuring unrivaled vistas of Kenepuru as well as Queen Charlotte Sounds. Of all the three, the Queen Charlotte Sound is famous that is ruled by deep coves, bays, and bushy shorelines perfect for kayaking. The Queen Charlotte Track lies exactly in between the smallest Keneperu Sound and Queen Charlotte Sound, which is a 71 km long. This trail is now internationally acclaimed for its breathtaking vistas; skyline ridges; legendary landmarks; diverse landscapes of forest and bays; and stunning assortment of indigenous plants and wildlife. For any hiker or walker, the Queen Charlotte Track is the ideal paradise  [...]

Piazza del Campo: A Magnificent Public Square

Piazza del Campo: A Magnificent Public Square

Siena’s history centers on Piazza del Campo. It is popularly known as ‘il Campo’ by the local inhabitants. Piazzo del Campo served as the site for traditional games organized by the Sienese. Later, the games were held at Palio. Piazza del Campo is also the site for traditional markets. Piazza del Campo has been home to prominent individuals, who have contributed to the region’s rich history. Santa Caterina is one of them. He was a mystic saint that had a deep link to Siena’s image. Piazza del Campo has been home to artists, including Simone Martini and Jacopo della Quercia. Piazza del Campo Siena is a unique region in the world. The ground’s conformation has transformed the square into a huge conclave shell. The paving comprises of red bricks. The bricks are arranged into  [...]

Kabah: An Ancient Wonder

Kabah: An Ancient Wonder

Kabah is located in the Yucatan region of Mexico. It lies 67 miles south of Merida. Cancun is separated from Kabah by a distance of 255 miles. Uxmal is another 17 miles away from Kabah. Kabah’s Mayan ruins are situated along ‘Puuc Route’. Most buildings in the Uxmal region have been built in the style of Maya Puuc. Yucatan’s inland hill country is home to the most splendid Puuc architecture. Only a small portion of Kabah has been excavated. Kabah houses several intriguing and strange sculptures and buildings. Palace of the Masks is the central building in Kabah. The façade of this structure is built in Chenes style. It is covered with nearly 250 masks of Chac, who is the rain god. He is also known as ‘the Big Nosed God’. Kabah is a wonderful representation of Mayan architecture.  [...]

Potala Palace: Epitome of Perfection

Potala Palace: Epitome of Perfection

Potala Palace is wonderfully perched on Marpo Ri hill, which is nearly 130 meters above the valley of Lhasa. Potala Palace stretches for an additional 170 meters. It is one of the most popular structures in Tibet. Most legendary stories that concern the hill speak of a sacred cave. This cave is supposed to be the dwelling region of the Bodhisattva Chenresi, also known as Avilokiteshvara. Emperor Songtsen Chenresi used the structure as a meditation retreat during the seventh century AD. In 637 AD a palace was constructed on the hill by Songtsen Gampo. The structure stood in good condition till the 17th century. It was then made part of the greater buildings’ foundations. The fifth Dalai Lama ordered the construction of the palace in 1645. The construction of Potrang Karpo or White Palace  [...]

Shaolin Monastery: Spectacular in Sight

Shaolin Monastery: Spectacular in Sight

Shaolin Monastery is situated in Song Mountain, Dengfeng City, which, in turn, is situated in Henan Province. It is regarded as the ‘Number 1 temple under Heaven.’ Shaolin Monastery made it to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2010. Shaolin Monastery is the focal point for Chinese Zen Buddhism and Martial Arts, including Shaolin Cudgel. Over the mountains one can get a spectacular glimpse of pines and wild flowers. The scene is completed with the singing birds and spattering brooks. Shaolin Monastery has wonderful attractions, including Hall of Heavenly Kings, Pagoda Forest, Mahavira Hall, Shaolin Temple Martial Art Training Center, and Dharma Cave. Visitors can avail of the virtual guide at the Shaolin monastery. Visitors first encounter the Shanmen Hall. The hall is adorned with  [...]

Terracotta Army: Simply Terrific

Terracotta Army: Simply Terrific

The warriors and horses of the Terracotta Army are the most important archaeological excavations carried out in the 20th century. Work is still going on in this region. It lies nearly 1.5 km to the east of the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, located at Lintong, Xian, Shaanxi province. It is a must-visit for those who wish to tour China. Qin Shi Huang ascended the throne at the tender age of 13. He became the first emperor of China. He began the construction work for his own tomb. It was completed in eleven years. It is often rumored that several treasure items and objects of sacrifice served as an accompaniment to the emperor’s after life. A small group of farmers discovered some pieces of pottery as they tried to dig a well near the royal tomb in the year 1974. This discovery caught  [...]

The Roman Colosseum: Sheer Magic

The Roman Colosseum: Sheer Magic

The Roman colosseum is also known as the Flavian amphitheatre. The Roman colosseum is one of the most famous structures of Rome. The structure has endured a lot over the years. The Roman colosseum is a true representation of the ancient Roman culture. It was Emperor Vespasian who initiated the construction work. This was in the year 72 AD. Vespasian’s son was Titus, who presided over the completion of the colosseum in 80 AD. The Roman colosseum was constructed near the region of Domus Aurea or ‘Golden House’ of Nero. Vespasian wished to completely blot out the extravagant reign of Nero from people’s minds. The Roman colosseum derives its name from Nero’s ‘colossus’ statue, which lies in close proximity. The mammoth theatre initially encapsulated four floors. Three out of  [...]

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  [...]

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