Luxury Holiday Spots On a Budget

Kids are proving to be expensive enough these days huh?? Birthday parties, gifts, extra coaching, a new activity (their list seems endless right), and then there are new fitness trainers and routines to be met. So having depleted most of your hard-earned bucks on all of the above, saving coupla bob for the family’s funtime seems to be a mandate ain’t it? Be it a quick sun fix or your wish to explore someplace a tad more exotic other than the customary beach house, let us scour the globe for such affordable holiday destinations. Go on check out a handful of last minute getaways listed below that lays out the bliss of choosing from beaches and sunshine, good food and wine, art and culture creating a perfect weekend getaway in the process.

Goa – Famous for its backpackers and tourists, this city of beaches is quite colourful to explore and makes justice to the saying, “Live life king size.” Get there swim with turtles, scour for best deals in the flea markets, and also checkout kitesurfing. All these at a nominal rate including a sunset cocktail with food on one of the several stunning beaches the city has to offer. There are a variety of cheap private rooms to with a 10-minute drive to the Anjuna Beach that is known for its night life, awesome sea food that is served on the beach shacks, dolphin cruises and water sports. Rightly named a Yoga retreat it would be an ideal destination to meditate, keep yourself alienated from mad city crowd and chores. It would be the best place to head to if you are looking for a detox, time-out or just some “me” time when you are practicing your Virbadhrasana in sync to the sound of the waves

Travel agent servicesMcLeod Ganj –  looking for some out-of-the-world experience,then this would be the place that you gotta head to, a picturesque suburb city of Dharamshala that is thronged by tourists all year round. Once you reach Dharamshala (by air/raod) McLeod Ganj can be reached by cab or looping bus. The city has some amazing places to stay, exotic eatouts and cafes, breathtaking temples,  museums, galleries, and some cost-effective guided treks too are on offer.

Varanasi – Whoever said travel cannot be mixed with a wee bit of of spirituality? If you are pious and would love to mix travel with devotion, then Varanasi (Benaras) would be the place for you to hed to. The city oozes of divinity and purity and is one of the 7 holy Hindu cities. There are a variety of hotels and guesthouses to fit almost everyone’s pocket. While you are there, check out some amazing food options that the city has to offer along with stunning locations by way of ghats and vibrant temples in the city.

Amritsar: This is yet another holy city that oozes divinity from places like Golden Temple. Amritsar is considered a haven for devout believers, pious travelers and foodies. This holy city has other compelling reasons to visit other than the Golden Temple like the Wagah Border and Jalianwallah Bagh which oozes of patriotism with the walls of the place each having a spine-tingling story to tell. Also don’t miss out on the free stay at the Golden Temple and savoring the langar, which is an absolute delicacy that the city has on offer. Also while you are there polishing off some plates at a coupla dhaabas wouldn’t be a bad idea too.

Pondicherry – Also known as the French Riviera of the East thanks to the remarkable French influences till date in the Union Territory. Pondicherry offers you all – you name it, you find it pristine beaches, splendor, amazing cuisine,  tranquility, exceptional wine, matchless  French infrastructure, breathtaking and peaceful Ashrams together with pleasing culture, all of these at pocket-friendly rates. Without a stay in the Auroville Ashram (known for its highly affordable accommodation and a gratifying experience of pondy), your visit would be an incomplete one.

Kodaikanal –  Positioned at about 7200 ft above sea-level in Tamilnadu, Kodaikanal is fondly known as the “Princess of Hill Stations”. It boasts of an unexplainable splendor and also is famous for amazing street food at cheap prices. There is a whole range of options to choose from when it comes to accommodation, especially with not burning a hole in the pocket. You could either choose to try your hands on a lot of adventurous activities that is on offer or just laze around to thoroughly enjoy the beauty of nature.

Gokarna: An unspoilt beach town between Karnataka and Mangalore, Gokarna is an hit with foreigners and Indians alike. An ideal destination if you have these in mind – splendor, tranquility, and some fascinating places of worship. With an array of choice of homestays and guest houses, you can go on for days without really having to worry about the cost factor in a city as immaculate as this.

Hampi – Marvel architecture, temples, palaces, and historical structures then Hampi is the place to be. One can spend weeks together in his amazing city of Karnataka and watch travelling take a totally expression. There are budget cottages/hotels on offer along with some bicycles to rent and interesting eateries that is sure to change the definition of a holiday that is nonexistent in many other destinations.

Darjeeling: Yet another charming and breathtaking hill station  famous for its cottages and traditional homestays that comes at an unbelievable low budget. The exquisiteness of the snow-laden mountains are indeed a sight to watch, not to mention the incredible   sunrise and sunset. The divine flavor of the famous Darjeeling tea is indeed a must-try and one of the compelling reasons to add it to your bucket list of destinations.

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Top Wonders of the United States

AT about 3.8 million sq. miles America is a massive country that houses extravagant mountain ranges, deserts, archaic forests, volcanic features, canyons, swamps, waterfalls, caves and glaciers. And guess nothing beats awesomeness of this country. So let’s a take quick look at coupla wonders that the United States of America has on offer for tourists.

New-York-brooklyn-bridgeBrooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn, NY This Historic Landmark dates back to the early 1800s with the residents of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn wanting to have a connecting bridge that linked both the cities thus making life easy for people and goods to get across the East River. John Roebling, the mastermind behind this architectural wonder suggested a suspension bridge that got approved only after two years. With Roebling dead by then the same was carried on by his son, Washington and wife Emily. Even before its launch in 1883, the bridge was already considered a symbol of greatness and landmark of New York and continues to regain the 44th longest main span amongst the other suspension bridges in the World.

Empire State Building – New York, NY

Yet another Historic Landmark that was built during the Depression, the architecture speaks volumes about both the the Empire State Building is a work of determination and dignity and will power of the Amercians. What started as a competition between General Motors and the Chrysler Corporation on who would construct the tallest possible building resulted in this marvel with architect William Lamb finishing the building in high speed. It is believed that it is possible for the workers to maintain their speedy pace owing to the fact that the beams, windows and posts were built in factories and transported by trains to the work site.

Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, CA

The Golden Gate Bridge is flocked by millions of tourists every year who appreciate warmer weather and unique attractions. With chief architect Joseph Strauss proposing a budget of $35 million dollar that was approved by 6 countries, the project was well ahead of schedule and still continues to be one of the wonders of the US that was won abundant awards including “Distinguished Building Award” bestowed by the American Registered Architects

Hoover Dam – Las Vegas, Nevada-Arizona

After 60 long years of geological studies of the Colorado River, it was not before 1933 when the concrete was decided to the poured for the construction of the same. Despite lengthy negotiations between the 7 basin states on how the water is going to be distributed, bidding companies, site inspections planning and many more, it is a mere 5 years before this mammoth structure stood in its place. Now the dam stands as a tribute to the nation’s talent in constructing a Dam which is also a Historic Landmark.

Mount Rushmore – Black hills, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore also known as Black Hiills and a property of Sioux attracts about 2 million tourists every year.

Seattle Space Needle – Seattle, WA

This 605-foot tall structure was intended to endure winds at 200-miles per hour.

Washington Monument –  Washington, DC

A single glance at this obelisk design would suffice for people to know that they are in America. This monument is intended to celebrate the legacy of a single person, the famous George Washington, America’s first president.

A few other notable places of interest that is worth taking a trip to, especially for roadies and adventure-seekers would be Death Valley (driest, lowest, hottest place in North America); CA;  Kilauea, HI (one of the islands in Hawai’s that sends streams of lava gushing into the Pacific Ocean); Monument Valley, UT; Niagara Falls, NY (also known as the legendary Maid of the Mist), Redwoods, CA (where one gets to be in awe of the tallest trees in the planet), Grand Canyon, AZ (with the Colorado river still cutting); Mammoth Cave, KY (protecting a part of  the longest known cave of the world); Florida Everglades, (a super-slow 60-mile wide subtropical river edging the tip of Florida); Hubbard Glacier, AK; Black Hills, SD; The Missisipi (4th longest river draining 31 US states); Bryce Canyon, UT; Mt. Desert Island, ME; Crater Lake, OR; (a collapsed volcano that now turned blue lake); Arches, UT;Yosemite Valley, CA; Carlsbad Caverns, NM; Old Faithful, WY (a geyser in Yellowstone National Park spouting about 140-foot of water  at frequent 45 to 120-min intervals.

 

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Billionaire Vacation Playgrounds Around The World

The sheer advantage of having endless flow of cash is being able to afford finer things in life that most people can’t. It makes perfect sense for the rich and famous to dig out holiday destinations that a common man can only dream about. That is exactly the focus of this article, dream destinations that only the rich and famous can afford that literally is the quintessence of luxury. I bet most people wouldn’t even have a clue of coupla destinations listed below unlike the rich that are in total love with these destinations and frequent them regularly.

MALDIVES

This famous island nation situated in the Indian Ocean is a very common vacation spot for the well-to-do for many reasons with the most prominent being serene beaches, stunning  waters, unrivalled seclusion. The Island boasts of magnificent white sandy beaches, friendly locals and extraordinary weather. The island is a haven for celebrities that are starved of unrivalled privacy in addition to tropical luxury

BORA BORA

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This is yet another favorite destination among the elite that draws rich honeymooners plus high-end tourists. It is quite understandable as to why this French Polynesian pearl of the Pacific is a hit among romantics and the rich alike. Surrounded by a lagoon and barrier reef Bora Bora boasts of some of the finest aqua-centric resorts in the world. Activities like snorkeling and scuba-diving in and around the lagoon are a few of the popular pastimes out here. Do we need to say anything more, it sure does find a spot in the list of dream destinations?

 ASPEN

Aspen tops the list of dream destinations as a coupla celebrities themselves have vouched for the same that they just cannot get enough of this city. The city boasts of many attractions with the most notable being its celebrated and lavish ski resorts. It sure does exceed your vacation expectations particularly if you are staying in one of the best ski resorts in the world.  The tourists are so very in love with this place that a coupla them have chosen it as their permanent residence. This destination has become a place that only the rich can afford to live with reports stating single family homes are priced above one million US dollars.

 HVAR

Hvar is mostly an unheard of tourist spot to the common man unlike the rich and famous for whom it’s a most common holiday destination. They even compare it to St. Tropez in Europe thanks to its splendid Mediterranean coastline that is flocked all year round. A coupla celebrities that frequent Hvar would be Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Eva Longoria etc. A few attractions of the coastline include stunning beaches, isolated  coves, thriving vineyards, finest restaurants, lavish boutiques and vivacious nightlife.

BARTS

Yet another celebrity getway in the Caribbean would be St. Barts. It boasts of designer boutiques, spotless beaches together with lavish yachts. The most important thing that the island offers is the most sought-after time-out longed by celebrities from paparazzis and never ending camera flashes. The island is mostly flocked during winter

 SAINT TROPEZ

Situated in the French Riviera, this is yet another billionaire destination in France. The rich and famous love to brag, big time, about Saint Tropez’s glamour and archetypal luxuries. One gets to have the best ever yachting experience during this French vacation. Now you know where to head to if you wanna spend on some of the most luxurious and biggest Yachts in the world. Sounds super duper fin indeed.

A few other favorite holiday destinations among  celebrities would include Ibizia, Las Vegas, Monaco, and Dubai.

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Ways to be a Tourist In Your Own Hometown

Lack of time and low budgets sure does make a dent one’s vacation plans, beyond doubts. Well, that doesn’t mean that you cannot have a good time because you ain’t travelling far! Fondly known as “staycation” by coupla enthusiasts, we would also like to call it playing tourist in your own city. Well, here are  coupla tactics on how to go about them’.

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Sketch it out – like what would you like to do? Where would you like to go? What kinda cuisine would you prefer? Jot them down and try doing them one by one. Grab a brochure from one of the local motels and jot down a few attractions that catches your eye; like some of the archetypical stuff a tourist ends up doing, something you generally don’t pay attention to. Check out with the lady behind the desk as to what she would recommend for tourists wanting to spend a day in your city and also make sure you check out if there is any package or discounts for residents/locals (trust me, you’d be surprised at what you hear)

Explore new horizons – though technically you are a resident of your city all your life, there most definitely has to be places that you would have missed or left unexplored. You’d surprised to see the same things that you once saw as a kid that seem totally and extremely different as an adult. Explore areas that you have avoided all your life.

Asking a friend to take you around as a tourist wouldn’t be a bad idea too. What is special for him/her could possibly be a total alien place for you.

Revolutionize Explore new areas week on week, for eg if you have one neighborhood in mind this week, go up the mountains, if any nearby, the following week. Try a lake or a beach or a waterfront or a famous national park that you had been wanting to explore all your life. With more variety mounting the list, the less bored you are likely to get with it all.

Experiment stuff – Now being a tourist isn’t always about exploring the city, it would also mean changing the way on how to look at things. Try fun stuff like kayaking if there are waterways in your city, or zip-lining of mountains wouldn’t be a bad idea (there has to be mountains in almost all parts of the world, well if not nearby) or how about some new pastime that you discovered while traveling abroad, how about revisiting it again, at the comforts of your own home?

Clicking some cheesy pics wouldn’t be a bad idea too – Try posing in front of a well known statue that you’ve ignored all your life, a view of the downtown, a signboard of your city welcoming you. Embrace the cheesiness of the city by freezing some moments in front of em’.

Exploring new food (one of my favorite) Try grabbing an absolutely new dish that they swear they are best at, immerse in its glory or greasiness and as you grab a bite from some unvisited place also do look around; you never know you might unravel some cool history about that place as you munch on your new found food with some cool photos and history waiting to be discovered.

Finally, if none of the above appeases you and you are still hungry for more adventure or surprises try exploring nearby areas or towns that has been pending for long now. How about parks, or a hike maybe or a yoga retreat? Go on, make it special and check-in to a hotel turning it into a weekend getaway kind.

So for those of you all that miss traveling, but unable to do so owing to other commitments, playing a tourist in one’s own city would be your best bet. Along with getting a tourist experience even as you fulfill your day to day chores, there is no significant spending required in terms of travel/stay and yet adds some oomph to your otherwise dull day-to-day routine. Plus, it is sheer and absolute fun!

 

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Places To Visit In San Francisco

Tourists leave their hearts high on a hill, where lil cable cars welcome you with open hands offering you a ride to the stars. The city of San Francisco, in northern California, that lies on the tip of a peninsula is bordered by the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Renowned for its mountainous landscape, constant fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, vivid Victorian houses, cable cars and the notorious former prison, Alcatraz Island, sitting right on the bay, the city sure is a place where many reluctant tourists end their vacation leaving their heart behind. The Trans america pyramid is the Financial District’s most eminent skyscraper. The aforementioned Golden Gate Bridge, though not the tallest, largest or longest bridge in the world, still is the most celebrated one. Well, in contrast to its sister, the Bay Bridge (connecting the East Bay and San Francisco), it is open to cyclists and pedestrians. And of course, it is toll-free. Nevertheless, if you plan on driving into the city, don’t be surprised to be charged with a hefty 6-dollar toll. Now such a majestic structure doesn’t come for free right?

malibustockThe morning fog might get a bit chilly but then who cares, California is a dream-come-true for many to be bothered about such petty things. With its very own unique mythical aura, it attracts thousands from neighboring states and people all over the world.

Artsy – would be more an appropriate a phrase to describe San Francisco that has from the early 60s with its hippy culture loves all things creative and usually different. It is there right in the air, the prominent vibe of the city that enthuses one to be a free spirit always venturing into something unique.

Foggy, that would be best work to describe SFO’s weather as one would be welcomed by the fog almost every morning. Check out the San Francisco Burritos that are bigger than the usual ones. Your next stop would be the Silicon Valley, the land of the young, brainy and triumphant. Well, maybe if luck would have it, you might be the next Zuckerberg. So imagine you fell in love with the place and choose to be there for some time, then Oakland is the place that you gotta head to as SFO can turn out to be a very costly affair, especially the rent. But it Oakland the cost of living is relatively cheap and yet you still feel like being a part of SFO, especially with it being just 15 minutes away on BART.

Yet another attraction in San Francisco for free would be the Lombard Street that prides itself of being the world’s most crooked street. People drive down this street for fun and why not, it is one of its kind now, aint? Wannbe famous, trying dwelling in the crooked section of the Lombard Street with tourists taking pictures from every nook and corner of the street, you might almost get a celebrity feeling with paparazzi right outside your doorstep 24×7!

Next comes the Fisherman’s Wharf which is every tourist’s dream and the most visited too. By the docks of Pier 39 one gets to see a flock of Sea Lions eternally playing, swimming and love grabbing attention of people. Many a street performers take advantage of the site in trying to perform and earning that extra buck. Well, yeah watching is free, but they sure do expect gratuities. Beware of the Bush Man though! Nooo not President Bush, just a homeless man hoping to make that extra buck by jolting people in his shrub bush costume. Then there are the museums, some incredible ones, but the cost might be a bit too high, that is something that you gotta watch out. Again parks and beaches sketch the bay and is indeed a beauty of it. Any nature lover will be fascinated by it. And last but not least is the strange weather of SFO, that is mostly microclimatic. Well, think of it this way, while it gets too cold in one place, trying going someplace else in the city where the climate is quite the contrary. Solves the issue, ain’t it?

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Beautiful Places to Visit in Cornwall

Travel is truly a passion with many people and the urge to discover new places revisit favorite haunts are ingrained in them. For those of you who are bitten by the travel bug and wish to travel to the beautiful and scenic Cornwall, here are a list of must see places. Cornwall has plethora of places to offer even to most jaded traveler. There are beautiful quaint villages, beaches historic places to visit and is child and dog friendly to boot.

Places to visit in Cornwall

Penzance Corn wall is one of the best places to visit as it has very scenic views of lovely Mount Bay .There is a lovely art gallery in the town so that you can indulge in culture as well. Since it is a coast you can also take boat rides to nearby places. Mousehole is a small harbor located near the area of Penzance also to be visited as it has lovely village views of winding lanes and traditional cute cottages lining it. Do not miss their Christmas lights as it will transport you to fairytale Christmas scene. Lovely pubs are also here to put you in the spirit!

Sennen cove is a quiet harbor which is a place to chill out in the beach and observe sharks. It can get busy with people flocking to the place in summer. If beaches are your passion, two more popular beaches Gwithian and Godrevy beaches are your best bet for fun. They are both quite stunning in all weathers. It is a popular haunt for surfers and thrill seekers as there is a lot of activities to do like cliff climbing and kayaking.

Lizard Peninsula is a marvelous peninsula which has a jaw dropping sea view and peaceful atmosphere to soothe your frayed nerves. There are lovely areas to visit like rivers and beaches and can drive into the quiet countryside for picnics. Coverack is another one of those postcard villages set in Lizard peninsula. It has a romantic and adventurous past as a smuggling point. So indulge a few days in fantasy and make believe while you splash about in the little rock pools in the beach.

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Natural Ice Skating Places Around The World

Östergötland and Södermanland in Sweden: In Östergötland and Södermanland you can ice skate in the summer and winter. People even go for moonlight skating tours here. The ice is crystal clear in the cold months and placid in summer. There are professional guides and tour operators during all seasons and they will guide you to skate on the strongest ice and even customize the distances for you.

The Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Canada: This natural ice skating destination is famous not only for skating, but also for other winter sports, like ice hockey and ice walking. It runs through the centre of downtown Ottawa. During winter, the running water thickens into the world’s largest ice skating rink — the Rideau Canal Skateway, which is 7.8 km long and is floodlit at night. This is one of the most scenic ice skating destinations from where you can see the entire city, its landmark buildings and nature’s bounty.

Natural ice skating places around the world

Keystone Lake, Colorado, USA: The 5-acre Keystone Lake is a destination for families. It is known for skating as well as skiing. Here you will find the cleanest snow. The view is also amazing with snow-topped mountains and forested slopes. The place is famous for its gorgeous mountain view (plus plenty of room for hockey games). It is also a great shopping destination as it has several shops, restaurants, hotels and spas surrounding the place.

Lake Placid: It is famous for its winter resort — the Lake Placid Club, which has played host to two Winter Olympics. The lake freezes in the winter, and soon it becomes the hot spot for skating and hockey.

Lake Morey, Vermont: When temperatures drop and the lake freezes, skiers flock the place. The place is also known for snowshoeing.

Canyon Ferry Lake, Montana: This man-made reservoir near Helena is a favourite with natural ice skating fans since the weather is not too rough. The lake becomes a smooth sheet of black ice and it is great for iceboating, too.

Anchorage, Alaska: This is a place where you will find plenty of snow. The most popular place in Anchorage, Alaska, for skating is the frozen Westchester Lagoon. The place is well kept. The ice is smooth and clean as it is mopped every day. Even the thickness of ice is tested regularly.

Stockholm, Sweden: During the chilliest Stockholm winters, the city’s waterways freezes, and people start flocking for ice skating. An added advantage of this natural ice skating destination is that the brackish ice’s salt is less dangerous as it doesn’t crack very easily.

Kenai Lake, Alaska, USA: What makes this lake special is its depth. It has many skating locations, but Kenai is the most favourite.

Lac de Joux, Switzerland: Lake Joux is not very deep, and for the very same reason it freezes quickly. It is surrounded by unspoilt countryside and is a world of its own with a rugged charm.

Lake Lyndon, Canterbury, New Zealand: It is a glacial lake, which typically freezes every few years. It is a place where you can take your kids for fishing. It is nestled in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and is yet another popular natural ice skating destination.

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Natural Tropical Island in Queensland

Queensland is a celebrated natural holiday destination in the world. Queensland has the most exotic tropical islands off its coast along the great barrier in the northern part.  It offers something for everybody from sun kissed beaches to natural rain forests and wonders like Great Barrier Reef etc. A holiday in Queensland should be on every traveler’s bucket list. The Great Barrier Reef is a world heritage protected

When it comes to tropical getaways there are few places that can beat Queensland’s attractions. There are several natural tropical islands, several of them accessible only by flights, which offer perfect holiday spots to discerning tourists

Natural Tropical Island in Queensland

Hamilton islands are worthy of mention as a main island among 74 islands which are  most awe inspiring and jaw dropping beautiful  natural tropical island in Queensland. Whitehaven beach is a glorious spot to enjoy lovely sunset and sunrises, and a range of activities including golfing and diving, even night clubbing!

Fitzroy islands are one of those places where no amount of descriptions captures the pure natural beauty present. You can just relax and be at peace with yourself. Time slows down in these beautiful surroundings where you can trek through secret garden and the rainforest and come to the lighthouse and summit trail. Snorkeling is a delight in this place in peaceful surroundings.

Dunk Island is mostly a national park protected for its flora and fauna. Amazing rainforests are here home to exotic species of birds and butterflies including the celebrated Ulysses butterfly. There are a range of reptiles also that are rare and protected species. So the abundance of wildlife alone is worth making this trip for. There are jets skis and catamaran services locally available so you can be as active or laidback as you want to be.

Whitsunday islands are one of the most sought after destinations in the tropical islands of Queensland. It is extremely budget friendly place with the natural attractions present in all of queen’s lands tropical islands. A must visit island which offers easy connectivity to other islands from here.

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, look no further than Brampton islands. It is an Idyllic island which offers sunny beaches coral gardens, nature walking trails etc for your enjoyment. You can decide on the level of activity you want to take up. There are so much panoramic and simply stunning views all over the place that you may just lose yourself in the lap of nature.

Moreton Island is a sand island which is ranked third in the world. It is beautiful untouched and mostly protected by Natural Park. It has a lovely warm weather even in winter! Well connected by ferry, you can make this beautiful place home for a few days in your travel schedule.

Only a few islands are covered in this as there are simply too many islands and attractions. You will keep going back to the tropical islands of Queensland to relax and enjoy your holidays.

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Fascinating Swimming Pools around the World

The word ‘swimming pool’ conjures up images of crystal clear waters gently undulating in breeze, enticing us to take a dip. While this is true for even ordinary backyard pools, there are elegant, extravagant and outstanding swimming pools in the world.

Fascinating Swimming Pools around the World have lured many people around the world. The idea of swimming pools is to provide a place to cool off and let go of all your worries. Pools have now evolved into perfect backdrops for parties, they are temperature controlled, variously themed and is the main attraction in many resorts and hotels worldwide. So even if you are looking to build a pool in your backyard these ideas.  Let’s look at the best of swimming pools in the world at a glance.

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Mariay Sands Resort Infinity pool is a beautiful pride of Singapore. An infinity pool as the name suggest is made to look as if pool is never ending. You can look at Singapore at a vantage point from this pool. The next notable pool is the Hanging Gardens Ubud pool ails; in infinity style and it’s surrounded by lovely greenery so that you can feel one with nature.

If you thought all pools were sky blue, think again! The next pool which is ranked among the best is in Lhasa Tibet, called St Regis Gold energy. The pool is golden in color because of the tiling used. It looks opulent and lovely and temperature is perfectly maintained.

If you are a nature buff who is not attracted to luxury try the Chongwe River hous pool which is the pride of Zambia, Africa. You can swim in the lap of Mother Nature observing wild life all the time.  Tarangire National Park in Tanzania also offers the same features where you can observe animals right from the pools. Immerse and surrender yourself to nature at these beautiful stunning locations.

Golden nuggets Pool in Las Vegas is fitted with water slide so that you can make a splash! There is also a tank which has beautiful fish which gives you the illusion of swimming with them. If you fancy freezing weather there is the Cambrian which is situated in Switzerland which is surrounded by gorgeous mountains.

Apart from the movers and shakers of the world, Los Angeles offers a great luxury swimming pool. There is a rooftop pool called the standard roof top pool where you can chill in and watch celebrities. If celebrities begin to bore you, there are places like San Simeon in California which has the Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle. It has a lovely architecture and gorgeous Greek statues surrounding the pool. You can feel like a roman senator amongst all this opulence! While we are on topic the ultimate is the biggest pool in the world in Algarrobo, Chile. The pool is filled with sea water and is so enormous, that you feel that you are in an ocean!

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Top 7 Tourism Trends in 2016

Tourism is an evergreen industry and people of late have started venturing out more than ever. In a country like India with its mighty mountains, beautiful forests and valleys there are plenty of variety even to the most hardened person. All this natural beauty and spiritual places to visit; Indian tourism has to take note of tourism trends and move in tune with the changing times.

Travelers these days have all the information required and they often research the place before actually visiting it. Tourism industry has to keep pace with the informed traveler by fulfilling all the hype and promises made in their glossy websites. Service has to be impeccable to ensure survival.

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So what’s trending?

People are going off the beaten tracks and learning to explore the country with an aim to understand local flavor. Luxury hotels jostle with hostel kind of accommodation to cater to the budget conscious customer. Home-stays allow the traveler to actually live with a local family eat their food and generally experience a different way of life. This is a marked trend from staying in luxury hotels and generally looking at our country from a different view point.

Boutique hotels are also a growing trend to cater to the  rich. These are state supported hotels like palace hotels and usually provide luxury dwellings.

Adventure sports offering in the tourism industry has shown a marked increase. From kite flying in Rajasthan to paragliding to trekking and mountaineering, river rafting etc professionals offer the travelers a good time.

Nowadays new trends like customized tours, food walks, cooking tours, village stays and adventure camps are gaining popularity. This allows us to showcase our amazing culinary tradition to the world. Worldwide wine tasting and food trails are common. Of late large vineyards in India also offer wine tasting.

The local people put on culture shows and offer their handicraft for sale in hotels giving the travelers a chance to interact with them. Culture tours are fast gaining popularity.

Another trend is medical tourism. Many tourists are travelling to our country as medical care is of high standards. This holds true for allopathic and ayurvedas as well.People are opting for wellness packages to heal themselves in our traditional medicine systems and while they are here they tend to visit nearby areas as well.

Nowadays the Indians running tourism sites have in turn travelled abroad and learnt the tricks of trade from them.

Infrastructure improvement by state Government and central government has made the travel industry much more attractive to foreign and domestic traveler. But sometimes safety of foreign travelers is also seen as an issue. We need to work on this area in order to make people feel safe. If we can erase such fears of visiting foreigners by our strict vigilance the market will improve dramatically

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