Visit Tangkuban Perahu China

Tangkuban Perahu is situated 30 kilometer from the city Bandung, the provincial capital to West Java in Indonesia. Being a dormant volcano it is very popular among tourists as they can hike and ride to the craters edge to get a good view of boiling mud and hot-water springs and even buy eggs cooked from the hot surfaces. This strato-volcano situated in Java, erupted last in 1983. Together with Bukit Tunggul and Mount Burangrang, one can see the remnants of Mount Sunda after a plinian eruption which caused the collapse of caldera.

Tangkuban PerahuIn 2005 April, Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation raised alerts forbidding visitors to go up the volcano. Sensors fixed on the mountains slopes- Anak krakatoa and Tangkuban Perahu showed an increase of volcanic activity and gas build-up. The meaning or the translation of the name in Sundanese is” upturning of boat” or “upturned boat”. The story behind the volcano is that there lived a beauty “Dayang Sumbi” who cast-away her only son “Sangkuriang” due to his disobedience. She was granted ” power of the eternal youth” by gods for her sadness. Sangkuriang returned after years of his exile, long after, when both had failed and forgotten in recognizing each other.

Sangkuriang loved Dayang Sumbi and wanted to marry her. But Dayang sumbi recognised his birthmark just when he was going for hunting. To evade the marriage from happening, Dayang Sumbi asked her son to build dam on Citarum river and also a very large boat for crossing the river. She told him to build both of these before sunrise. Sangkuriang meditated and got mythical ogres called the green giants or buta heige to complete the work. Dayang Sumbi was surprised to see that the works were completed almost, so she called her workers and ordered them to spread the red silk cloths on the eastern side just to give an impression of sunrise. Sangkurai believed that he failed to complete his task and kicked the built dam and unfinished boat which resulted in enormous flooding and from the boats hull, Tangkuban Perahu was created.

In 2001, a study was conducted and it was shown in that study that the volcano has erupted at least thirty times in about 40,750 years. Studies of tephra layers, that is within three kilometers of the crater suggested that 21 eruptions of minor intensity and nine eruptions of major intensity had occurred. The eruption which occurred before 10,000yeras were phreatomagmatic/magmatic. The eruptions which occurred after 10,000 years were phreatic. The recent eruption of the volcano was on October fifth, in the year 2013.

Circling the Kawah Rutu is a less dangerous and popular route as the cliffs edge is secured with sturdy fences. One can climb to the rims top where the geological station is present or can go down to the Domas crater and stand on bed of the stoney crater beside the boiling sulfur- water which comes out from the ground. From Domas, strolls can be taken via cool woods to reach main car park just beyond Kawah Ratu.

Top Beaches in Goa

Goa has many beaches which offers at-least something for everybody from make shift huts to trance parties. The right beach depends upon the experience one wants to experience.

Agonda

This isolated and long beach is very perfect for people looking for a get away from everything. It is calm, relatively uncrowded and quiet. For people looking for relaxation this is the right one as one can enjoy the nativity and stillness. But this Agonda beach is also being discovered by tourists. One can expect some tourists, restaurants and souvenir stalls.

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna beach is located to north of Goa, about eighteen kilometers from Panaji. The beach was once a home for hippies. Though most of the hippies have moved out, there remains their legacy. The flea market on Wednesdays is big and when the day gets over, crowds descend to the shacks and slip into psychedelic trance enjoying the sunset. Curlies, located near the southern side,  tends to be the most sought after and happening spot.

Arambol

The beach is located in North Goa and is fifty kilometers from the famous Panaji. This beach was a fishing village once. But now the place throngs with longterm travelers. The place is famous for its alternative therapies like yoga, reiki, meditation and tai-chi. Dolphin sight-seeing and water sports are the main attractions. The night life in the beach is more relaxed, with jam sessions and live music. North of the beach is the deserted Tiracol fort and keri beach which are worth walking over.

Calangate And Baga

Being the most commercial and the busiest beach, it is fully filled with foreigners who come for tanning on the side-by-side lounges. Baga beach is located just where the Calangate ends. Baga beach is better developed but less crowded than the Calangate. The beach offers many water sport activities and up-market restaurants for fine wine and dine. Baga beach is famous for its night life which includes cafe mambo and titos.

Candolon And Senquerin

The long stretch of the beach is fully lined with bars and shacks with beautiful sand dunes. The beach has retained its cleanliness and peacefulness making that a very good alternative to all the crowded beaches nearby. The beach is full of happening nightspots and tasty restaurants.

Colva

The beach is busy with domestic tourists and day-trippers. The weekends are crowded with locals and most busy in October when pilgrims swarm the Colva church. The area has plenty of beach shacks, budget hotels, small restaurants, bars and food stalls.

Ashwem, Morijim And Mandrem

These beaches are wide open and have become quite trendy. One can enjoy in the beach huts, bars and fashionable resorts. The area is famous for its yoga retreats and renowned for its protected population of turtles.

Palolem

This picturesque beach is semi-circle shaped and has soft sand and palm trees. It is a backpacker heaven with absence of permanent structures. One can stay in the temporary coco-huts erected every year.

Interesting facts about Greenland

The world’s largest island is located in between the Arctic and the Atlantic Oceans. Approximately either percent of this self-governed area is enclosed with several glaciers and an ice cap. Still, the ice-free area is approximately as huge as of the entire Sweden while only a miniscule portion of this area is arable land. The country has as few as 57, 000 inhabitants of whom only 10% (15, 000) live in the capital city of Greenland, Nuuk. Though it is technically a portion of the North – American Continent, Greenland is historically associated with European Countries like Norway and Denmark. Presently, Greenland is considered as a self-governing region inside the Kingdom of Denmark. Mostly, the Gross Domestic Product of Denmark is dependent of Greenland.

By area and geography, Greenland is unique, wherein the area of the world’s largest island is 836,330 square miles (2,166,086 sq km), yet it is not a continent. Owing to its large area and small population size that contains 57,600 people; the country is also known to be the most sparsely populated country in the world. The following is a list of interesting facts about Greenland.

  1. The country is considered to be inhabited by the Paleo – Eskimo groups since pre – historic ages. Yet few archeological research reveals that the Inuits entered Greenland somewhere in the year 2500 BC
  2. The Viking legends decipher the name as exactly as it suggest: Greenland – fertile and green land. But, in reality, only 16% of Greenland approximately is actually green. The remaining part of the land is covered with ice
  3. Greenland has no railway or road system though land area of Greenland is similar to that of Mexico. Planes, boats, helicopter, or Dogsled are used for commuting between villages and towns in Greenland
  4. The Northern settlements of Greenland can be ideally reached during the winter season from the Ellesmere Island of Canada on foot. But global warming and tough weather conditions hinders the attempts of ever repeating the same strategy that the Inuits and Vikings adopted in the past
  5. Though Thailand and Thailand are poles apart, there is an authentic Thai Restaurant in the capital City, Nuuk. The restaurant even serves Thom Kha Soup, heartily
  6. The word “Eskimos” are considered offensive by a few Greenlanders, The proper name to address a Greenlander is Kalaallit
  7. The official language of Greenland is Kalaallisut and is one of the most difficult languages to learn since the words are difficult to pronounce. The language as such features swallowed consonants
  8. Greenland, a barren area, has ruby and other precious gemstones in abundance. A time is yet to time when the ruby industry or gemstone mining is likely to surpass the conventional fishing industry of the country
  9. Just like most of the people in Los Angeles own a car, almost everyone in Greenland own a boat
  10. Greenlanders otherwise known as Kalaallit like bright colors so much so that most of the houses and buildings in the country are painted with bright colors like orange, red, blue, yellow, and green
  11. In 1946, the United States of America had plans to buy Greenland from Denmark but he Kingdom denied to sell the island
  12. The cities of Greenland are built only along the coastal line since that is the area which is ice – free

Places to Visit in Faridabad

Introduction

Faridabad situated in the state of Haryana is ranked as the Asia’s 9th largest industrial estate. It is considered as the economic and commercial of the state. The name Faridabad was derived from the founder of the city by name Shaikh Farid, the treasurer of the Jahangir. Major sources of revenue for the city come from the large-scale industries it possesses. Geographically, Faridabad borders the The Union Territory of Delhi in the north, Gurgaon District in the west, and the State of Uttar Pradesh in the east and south. The city was mainly constructed to secure the huge road running across Delhi – Agra. Here are some of the places of interests and famous festivals in Faridabad.

Festivals

1. Surajkund

SurajkundHosted by the Haryana Tourism Department, Surajkund is a fair held in the month of February that portrays rich crafts and folk arts culture from all over India. Thatched roofs are setup in the locality of the fair to display the craft items. Several artisans like embroiders, potters, weavers, metal workers, wood carvers, painters, stone smiths among others participate in this fair to sell their craft items. Various cultural events are also a part of this grand fair where jolly rides being a major attraction for children. Of course, any event is never complete without food. Watch out for the number of food stalls that serve traditional Indian cuisine from all over India.

2.  Kartik Cultural festival

The main objective of this cultural festival is to encourage and promote the traditional Indian folks art like music, dance, and songs. Held in the month of November every year the festival is conducted in a place called A. D. Nahar Singh Mahal. The Mahal was constructed in 1739 located in Ballabarh and is famous for the style of architecture. Apart from the entertainment it offers, the festival gives people across India to display their talents folk arts during this festivals.

Places of interest

1. Raja Nahar Singh Palace

Popularly known as Ballabgarh Fort Palace, the predecessor of Raja Nahar Singh – Rao Balram built the fort. The name of his predecessor was christened to the palace in his remembrance that died during the independence war. Located about 15 km form New Delhi, the palace contains guesthouses and also displays several relics and antiques of a long-gone past. The palace is a happening place to host several fairs and grand weddings in the state.

2. Badkhal Lake

Located at 32 km from New Delhi, the Badkhal Lake is an artificial or man – made lake. The best time to visit the lake during spring when a flower show is hosted around the lake.

3. Peacock Lake

This lake is situated nearby Badkhal Lake where one can entertain him with water sports, canoeing, boating, and kayaking among others.

4.  Baba Farid’s Tomb

Historically, the founder of the Faridabad is Baba Farid. In his remembrance the tomb was built and is located in the center of the city. It is an important pilgrimage location for both, tourists and the local people.

Visit Edinburgh & The Lothians

Edinburgh – awe – inspiring place with iconic landmarks, castles and rich histories dating back to centuries ago! This vibrant, cosmopolitan city is the capital city of Scotland. In an unforgettable setting, one can explore and discover beautiful scenery, magnificent architecture, fine cuisine, and to miss the scenic coastal areas and countryside in the neighborhood – The Lothians. Edinburgh is considered to be the world’s festive capital. It is a UNESCO world Heritage Site that attracts tourists from world over for the attractions it offers ranges from being the world’s festive capital to exhilarating outdoor activities. The Lothians is calm and beautiful countryside. If a traveller plans a trip to Scotland, then Edinburgh and the Lothians is a must – see place to be included in the itinerary.

EdinburghHistory

The name Edinburgh was given to the Old Town, which comprises of today’s Royal Mile, Castle, Grass market. Until the 18th century this placed wasn’t developed greatly when rich started to relocate them owing to not – so – conducive living environment. Earlier then, the rich and poor used to living in the same premises at different levels Subsequently a design was laid out in 1767 for construction of a new town and was completed in the year 1810. The history of Scotland dates back to the ages of Romans and Celts.

Architecture

By and large, the architecture of Edinburgh is a combination of renaissance, medieval, Gregorian and to some extent the combination includes the modern and neo – classical art.  The marvelous buildings take the time – machine of the visitors to ancient days while the museums display remains and artifacts from long-gone place. The architecture of AudReekie that ranges from the Labyrinthine medieval streets of the old city to neo – classical disciplined streets to the imaginative present day architectures like the Parliament of Scotland spans the ages.

Places of Interest

Lothians are the four geographical divisions of Edinburgh, which comprise of East Lothian, West Lothian, Mid – Lothian and the City of Edinburgh. Most of the places of attraction in Edinburgh are located within the city limits. The tour around Edinburgh can be best begun from the Edinburgh castle. Probably, the Scotland’s top most attraction, the Edinburgh Castle is proudly located on its pole of volcanic rock atop the Royal Mile.

Other major places of attractions in Edinburgh are the royal Mile, Holly rood House, The National Botanic Garden, The Museum of Scotland, and The Scottish National PortraitsGallery. Apart from these attractions, the Royal Lyceum theatre is also a highly rated attraction in Edinburgh.

Food

Edinburgh is flourished with a scene of restaurants that lures chefs to serve dishes from all over the world. The cuisine is undoubtedly the most exotic while genuine Scottish cuisine. The ala – Carte of this rich scottish cuisine contain dishes like haggis with neeps and tatties and Cullen Sink.

Handicrafts

Scotland is rich of history and culture. Hence, it is known for its unique furniture makers, artists, and silversmiths. Exploring the interior of Edinburgh for the instance, a village like Stockbridge will amuse the visitors with exclusive designer clothing, touchy knitwear, and other luxury or high – end products.