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The underwater city of pirate: Port Royal, Jamaica

The underwater city of pirate: Port Royal, Jamaica

The words in the letter seemed too fantastic to be true, but there they were, staring back at me as clear as daylight. "The earth opened and swallowed many people, before my face, and the sea I saw came mounting in over the wall, upon which I concluded it impossible to escape." Those were the words of Edmund Heath, who eventually did survive (which is how he wrote that letter) in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that rocked Port Royal, Jamaica, in 1692. He penned those thoughts from the safety of a ship that was anchored in the harbor of his city and he wrote it as the city crumbled around him. Port Royal was, at one time, described as the “most wicked and sinful city” all over the world. It was known for the darkness of its heart and the magnificence of it all; the booze  [...]

Most Definitely a YES to Dover Islands

Most Definitely a YES to Dover Islands

Dover Island is better known to the locals as Nova Scotia’s playground of granite, and it’s a haven for adventure junkies. Hikers and those that love climbing rocks or even bird watching will absolutely love Dover to bits and the island is located just off of Halifax, which in itself is a town in the proper sense of the world. The panoramic views from the hill-top are plainly awe inspiring and enticing, leaving the traveler in absolute wonder of the virgin beauty of the Islands. Dover Island feels like a world wrapped in itself because it’s so removed from civilization that it makes you wonder larger questions. The seclusion from the city bustle is what stirs in pristine tranquility. The zig-zag boulders jutting out are like a green dagger aimed at the sky, and when the fog blankets it  [...]

The Jubilant Indian Festival of Janmashtami

The Jubilant Indian Festival of Janmashtami

India – A land of cultures, languages, diversity, religions, also a lot of people – which basically sums down to a lot many vibrant festivals and colorful celebrations. Every year Indians celebrate a host of vibrant festivals that keep the country abuzz with some or the other happening. Be it the splendors of the Arabic Seas or the wonders of the gigantic and very pristine Himalayan Mountains – religion and mythology finds a way to weave into the geography and one is living like the legends created by the divine force of Gods and Goddesses. Talking of the Gods, the Hindu mythology is a full of demigods, demigoddesses, even mighty demons and to establish the flag of goodness over evil the Gods. Hindu mythology is comprised of a trident that is made up by Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord  [...]

Going My Way at Mahe in Seychelles

Going My Way at Mahe in Seychelles

Envisaging an array of palm tree lining the shore with turquoise blue waters splashing the sandy golden beaches, a hibiscus tucked in the tresses and there you are all set to experience the Seychelles experience. In a nutshell, well quite a yes; but if that’s where the story ends then definitely not. Reviving back the lost islands in the depths of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles makes for an exotic and very vibrant vacation boasting a stunning cluster of islands that will have anyone up, close and personal for a wonderful rendezvous with the delight of nature. Much regarded as a heaven on earth, the beaches found here are spectacular that excites the visitor even in simple bask-under-the-sun sessions, leisurely gazing at the horizons and soaking in all the goodness of scenic splendors. The  [...]

The Very Majestic Destination of Malta

The Very Majestic Destination of Malta

Vacationing in Malta could be once in a life time experience. A popular spot among travel enthusiasts, what attracts the many visitors hitting the Malta Islands are the umpteen options when it comes to making a vacation in to a perfect vacation with its wide variety of options when it comes to entertainment, great locations, a perfect climate and most importantly the most amazing beaches that is no less than a haven for the sun-sand-surf lovers. The smiling locals with a friendly nature add to the overall experience of holidaying at Malta in the company of inhabitants who warmly greet the guests coming down for a good time. But if you thought, that was all you could claim from the scintillating island of Malta, then you’re certainly quicker than a frog to leap to such conclusions. Apart  [...]

Trotting the Asian Way at Borobudur, Bali and Jogjakarta

Trotting the Asian Way at Borobudur, Bali and Jogjakarta

It might seem surprising but it is a fact that if one has to search for the oldest and the most archaic of mythological Hindu temples anywhere in the world, the grandest and best specimens are found not here in India, but in South East part of the Asian continent i.e. countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. Of these countries, Central Java and Bali regions of Indonesia can boast of the oldest and the most important cultural heritage sites bundled with the archaic and the pious. The most captivating, ear and eye catching first sites in Central Java are the sights and sounds of Hindu gods and goddesses in a unique and picturesque spectacle not witnessed by the human eye anywhere else in the world. Though, older temples are known to exist there and elsewhere, the most famous of  [...]

St. Lucia – The Perfect Caribbean Getaway

St. Lucia – The Perfect Caribbean Getaway

If Caribbean transmits thoughts of just about beach, sea and surf activities then probably it’s high time you need a check. The island of St Lucia ascends from the Caribbean water beds as a jewel of jade on account of its lush green forests and wilderness that makes the island irresistibly attractive. Much looked as an ideal honeymoon spot; the destination certainly transcends the beauty of nature for an absolutely rejuvenating vacation experience. Staying true to the Caribbean experience, the beach activities are certainly the main indulgence, but if that’s where one’s vacation experience wraps, then they’ve surely missed on a whole lot of fun. The rainforests of St. Lucia can be compared as a canopy of emerald over these most spectacular archipelagos of Caribbean. So, as the sandy  [...]

Annapurna: the best trek in the world

Annapurna: the best trek in the world

It is without a doubt the best trek in the long distance category. Nepal is a good mix of pristine nature and rich culture. The terrain and its beautiful landscapes are constantly changing and fill my eyes with tears of joy. The thrill and excitement that cover the air cannot be justified by mere words. This stunning experience is only intensified by the dangerous throng la pass. We shot out cheers of joy as we made safely across the pass. At 5426m can be termed insignificant by many but still a danger. Annapurna region trek was our choice of a comfortable trek without the usual rigors and hardships. This time we didn’t necessarily want a sense of achievement an exciting and yet challenging walk into the wild corners of nature was more than enough. An 18 day trek was sadly not enough  [...]

Kayaking in Alaskan waters

Kayaking in Alaskan waters

We found adventure waiting for us in Alaska’s Inside Passage. The flat terrain with sheets of ice distorted the distance and would fool people with the misty fog that fills the morning air. A scene right out of the movie “free whilly” played in my mind as I could hear the characteristic blow of the orcas through the mist and I felt they were nearby. The mornings here in this winter land can be calm and yes, cold to the bone. Sunlight is blanked out by the mist and the beams make it through sometime. The silence and peace can be calming but deafening. An eagle flying solo makes itself heard through its piercing cry as it dives in for the fish. It feels divine kayaking with my loyal companion, my heart beat as it goes on a rampage when a sound breaks the quite air. Then all of a sudden  [...]

A Guarda, Spain’s unsung jewel

A Guarda, Spain’s unsung jewel

There is something about the place, and I cannot put my finger on it, that leaves with a distinct feeling of sleepiness. Not that leaden feeling that weighs down your eyelashes and dulls all of your collectiveness, but more of a calm that is so omnipresent that it slows you down along with everything else. And here in A Guarda, in Galicia at the toe of Pontevedra, it is as if time slows down and a sanguine laziness seeps from every pore of the little municipality’s ethos. Even as tourism starts to take off here, the town’s original 10,000 inhabitants still look to fishing as the cornerstone of their economy. Fishing How appropriate that that most leisurely of Sunday activities, that bastion of all things delightfully backward should be the plinth on which this town was built. The  [...]

Geoagiu Bai

Geoagiu Bai

The first question to strike my mind when I set foot here, the first question of many was why the hell is this place so off the map? I often hear that if there is a god at all, he is not merciful and kind and that he created humans as a means of amusement, puppets on a string dropped on a stage where there is no hope and no joy to be had. To all those people, I have two words to say…“ Geoagiu Bai”. No, I haven’t taken leave of my senses, yet. It’s just that I couldn’t believe how much cajoling and coaxing it took for me to finally come here. My rationale was that if it was so splendid, how come I had (or almost anyone else) heard about it yet? That probably explains why no one knows how to pronounce its name, barring Madalina whose tongue it rolls off sounding like freshly picked  [...]

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