Visit Beautiful Places in Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf is famous for its fashion industry and art scene. It has many universities, too. You will find a lot of stylish shops, parks and gardens surrounding its lively downtown area. It is Germany’s most important cultural centre, and has many museums and art galleries. Dusseldorf’s location is its high point. It is situated on the Rhine and has many wide squares and magnificent riverside walkways. Here are a few must-see spots in Dusseldorf.

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Konigsallee, known as Ko, is for the shopping buffs. There are many exclusive shops, and luxury shopping malls. It also has numerous art galleries, restaurants and cafés, making it the best holiday destination.

Schloss Benrath

Schloss Benrath is a splendid decorative palace constructed between 1756 and 1773. The highlight is the interior of the palace. You can also take a leisurely stroll around its huge park and gardens. The palace has three outstanding museums, which throw light on 18th century Germany. The Museum Corps de Logis, which throws light on the history of Benrath and its architecture, is in the main palace building. Museum for Landscape Art and the Natural Science Museum are located in other park buildings.

North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection

The North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection or Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, is a large gallery with numerous works of modern art, and is spread across three locations in Düsseldorf. Nicknamed K20, it is one of the top attractions here.

Kaiserswerth

Kaiserswerth is one of Düsseldorf’s oldest neighbourhoods. If you love to see ancient architecture this is the place to be. Its many old buildings and picture-perfect location on the Rhine makes it a tourist’s haunt. The Church of St. Suitbertus, renowned for its beautiful reliquary of the saint, and the Kaiserpfalz, the majestic stronghold of Emperor Frederick I, better known as Barbarossa, are must-see places.

The Museum of Art: Kunstpalast

The Museum of Art (Museum Kunstpalast) houses fine art, sculptures and drawings, and innumerable graphic art, photos, and applied art works. You can also watch theatre performances and classical concerts.

Old Town Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf’s Old Town (Altstadt) is well preserved and is a great attraction. The central point of the Old Town is the Marktplatz where you’ll find the impressive Town Hall. Another must-see place on the banks of the Rhine is the Castle Tower (Schlossturm). The Castle Tower is home to the Schiffahrts Museum, one of Germany’s best marine museums with charming exhibits, which throws light on the history of shipbuilding and trade. Hetjens Museum, with innumerable ceramics, porcelain and earthenware, is also worth a visit.

Neue Zollhof and the Gehry Buildings

If you love modern architecture, visit Neue Zollhof, a stunningly redeveloped section of the city’s old port. The highlights here are certainly the office buildings of Media Harbor ­­- three fairly different structures that seem to challenge gravity as they bend and arch. It feels like they are wobbling, and is an amazing architectural feat. The nearby Rheinturm Tower, the tall telecommunications tower, is also worth a visit. You can enjoy an excellent view of the city from its observation deck. Dusseldorf is the best place for corporate tours to enjoy their lesiure time with their colleagues.

Best places to visit in Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is Italy’s most favourite tourist destination. Its breathtaking scenery, artistic heritage and amazing hill towns make it a perfect holiday spot. There are lot of must-see places in Tuscany. It is a mix of historic cities and art, great wine and food, sandy beaches, and beautiful countryside. Here is a list of places that you should be visiting in Tuscany.

florence-cityFlorence: Florence, in the heart of Tuscany, is the birthplace of Renaissance. Tourists flock here to feast on Renaissance art and architecture. There are many world-class museums and cathedrals in Tuscany that are awe-inspiring. Florence’s Cathedral with its famous dome and Baptistery are splendid. You can also visit several vineyards from Florence. Take guided trips or day trips from here to other Tuscan towns.

Siena: Siena is a classic medieval hill town in Tuscany, which is famous for its architecture. Piazza del Campo, Torre del Mangia, Palazzo Pubblico, and Palio di Siena (summer horse-race) will lift your souls. There are many other attractions in Siena like grand cathedrals and museums.

Pisa: Leaning tower is just one of Pisa’s many attractions. There are many other places to visit in Pisa like the Knights’ Square, Piazza Dei Miracoli, parks, statues, etc. Don’t miss the Clock Palace and the Piazza dei Cavalieri.

Lucca: If you are looking for an authentic Italian experience then visit Lucca – the walled city with one of the best-preserved Renaissance walls. Atop the walls there are walking and cycling paths and gardens. Just walk around to see Lucca’s historic centre. Lucca has quite a few towers from where you can get wonderful views of the city by climbing to the top. There are also several shopping and eating out destinations.

Cortona: Cortona is bordered by Etruscan walls, which is around 3000 years old. Here you will find majestic buildings, attractive medieval architecture, gorgeous views, and a large ex-pat community, with a lot of English-speaking crowd.

San Gimignano: San Gimignano, known as the City of Beautiful Towers, is a hill town famed for more than a dozen medieval towers. There are many fountains as well. From San Gimignano you can also visit Volterra, a quaint and quiet hill town.

Chianti Classico Wine Region: The Chianti region is the wine-making powerhouse of Italy, and is a very interesting region to visit. Other than wineries, the Chianti region has charming villages, and beautiful countryside.

Montepulciano: Montepulciano is a walled city in Tuscany, and it makes a great base for exploring Tuscan hill towns. The medieval and Renaissance hill town is the producer of the famous Vino Nobile wine. Apart from the wineries (there is a castle that is open for wine tasting), it has striking main squares and has many beautiful Renaissance buildings.

Pienza and Val D’Orcia: Pienza, the pretty Renaissance town in the Val D’Orcia of Tuscany, was designed to be the perfect city. It is well-known for its pecorino cheese, and Piccolomini Palace.

Montecatini Terme: Montecatini Terme is known as a spa town. It has several spas and centres for wellness treatments. You can take a tour to Montecatini Alto in the historic railway.

 

Zanzibar tourist attractions

Zanzibar was a land of sultans and slave traders, but today it is a place of many attractions like the white sandy beaches, dense rain forests and vibrant coral reefs. Zanzibar was known as the spice island and has incredible beauty that’ll leave you jaw-dropped. Here are the top attractions around Zanzibar.

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The Island is blessed with several hectares of virgin forest land surrounded by extraordinarily beautiful coral reefs. It houses over 200 species of stone corals and 400 fish species, turtles & dolphins. There is also guided walking into the small forest, snorkelling and swimming.

Jozani Forest Tour

This forest is home to Zanzibar leopards. It has several medicinal plants and other trees. This tropical rainforest has breathtaking beauty on all sides. The troops of Red Colobus monkeys jumping from branch to branch are a must-see. This swamp is surrounded by rich mangroves that protect the entire area.

North Coast Tour

A tour through the north coast gives you access to the traditional dhow making. Other attractions are the turtle sanctuary and the aquarium. The Nungwi village is a great way to experience local culture and cuisine.

Prison Island

Prison Island, though a Quarantine Station once, is now a bird haven with various bird species and Aldabra Giant tortoises. The sandy beaches and the thick forest seem like paradise on earth. The sight of the dhows fishing is a not-to-miss opportunity for travellers.

Spice Tour

Zanzibar used to export spices around the world. Now they pay a tribute this glorious past by arranging tours for travelers to purchase spices. Several tropical fruits are also included in this tour waiting to be tasted.

Stone Town

This is the old quarter of Zanzibar and also got an intricate Indian influence from the past. Places like the Sultan’s Palace, House of Wonders, Anglican Cathedral, Slave Market, the Old Fort, Forodhani Gardens, Old Dispensary, dispensary, Darajani Market, Peace Memorial Museum and the Hamamni Persian Baths are the several buildings in Stone Town that are waiting to be explored by the hungry traveler.

Sunset Dolphin Dhow Cruises

You can experience a beautiful sunset while cruising in the dhows. Your evenings can’t get more fascinating than this as you get to see bottle nose dolphins swimming alongside your dhow.

The Zanzibar Land Animal Park

The ZALA Park is a fine example of sustainable development. It has the Children’s Center for Environmental Education, The Reptile Collection, The Antelope Breeding Program and Small Mammal Collection, Research Opportunities in Wildlife, Conservation, and Environmentla Trends in Zanzibar, The New Nursery School in Mungoni, Aquaculture and Opportunities to Participate and to Assist ZALA.

Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

The Zanzibar Butterfly Center exhibits a live display of colorful Tanzanian butterflies. Funds are raised from tourist admissions to run the local projects.

How to Spend Days in New York City

New York City has tonnes of amazing places to visit. Restaurants to eat, bars to drink, monuments, museums, parks… the list is endless. You will take months to cover it all. We list a few must-see places.

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To see the Statue of Liberty get in line for the ferry from Battery Park early enough or else you will end up waiting for a long time. The joint effort of America and France, the Statue of Liberty is a stunning sight up close. If you have no time to wait, take the free Staten Island ferry. From here you can take photos of the statue.

Battery Park:
At Battery Park you can listen to street performers. It is the best place for relaxing and people-watching. You can also walk around the ruins of the old fort that once upon a time guarded the city.

Wall Street:
The bull is the main attraction here. You can click a few lovely pictures with the famous bull and also visit the Wall Street.

Federal Hall:
Federal Hall is situated just across the street from the NY Stock Exchange (NYSE). It was built in 1700 and was the first capitol building of the US. This is where George Washington took his oath of office. You won’t take much time to cover the building.

Trinity Church:
Trinity Church is one of the oldest churches in America built in gothic style. The highlight of the church is the colonial graveyard. It is here where you’ll find many famous Americans buried.

World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial and Museum:
Here you will get a lot of information about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. From the Freedom Tower you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The park commemorating the victims of the attacks is at the base of the tower. It also houses a huge museum.

 Brooklyn Bridge:
You can just walk into Brooklyn through the Brooklyn Bridge. It won’t take more than half an hour. You can click a lot of lovely pictures. The best time to visit this place is at night, and see downtown Manhattan all lit up.

City Hall:
City Hall is an architectural marvel. It also has a beautiful little park that’s frequented by office workers during breaks. Take a tour to see the landmarked rotunda, Governor’s Room, city council chamber, and the City Hall Portrait Collection.

Empire State Building:
You cannot visit New York City and miss its historical monument. The 1930s art deco interior is beautiful, and the view from the top is breathtaking. Visit the Empire State Building early morning or during lunchtime to avoid the rush.

Grand Central Terminal:
It is a historic train station, which was torn down in 1975. Thanks to Jacqueline Kennedy for raising money for its preservation. There are free historical tours on Wednesdays.

Times Square:
Times Square is always packed with tourists. There are pedestrian areas where you can sit and hang out. This is the best place to shop, eat or see a show. If you love to just hang out and people-watch, Times Square is the place to be.

Central Park:
This is the perfect place to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The entry is free. So you can hang around as much as you please. There are walkways, bike lanes, lakes to row in, and a zoo. If you are visiting the park during summer you can even enjoy concerts and theatre productions free of cost. You will also find excellent museums in and around the Central Park.

Stylish cities around the world

Los Angeles, California

You must be thinking the most stylish city in the US is New York. In fact, Los Angeles, California, takes the No.1 spot, thanks to its entertainment industry. Be it street-wear or upscale couture, you will find the most stylish stuff in Los Angeles’ small boutiques.

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New York, as we all know, is the fashion capitol of the world. It is also one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Celebrities, models, designers, artists, business magnets… anybody who falls in the elite circle would surely visit New York. It is the most preferred shopping destination of the rich and the famous. You will also find affordable fashion here. From luxury to affordable vintage, you will find anything and everything in New York.

Singapore

The City of Light, Singapore, is the city of the rich and stylish. It is home to the well-heeled and is an expensive city. It is one of the most fashionable cities in Asia, and is a melting pot of food, retail and culture. Its endless skyscrapers, and Art Deco-style buildings, only add to its style quotient.

Madrid, Spain

People in Madrid like to leisurely walk, and that makes it the best place for people watching. It is a cosmopolitan city, which features many famous designer shops. It is also known for its historic architecture and hosts its own Fashion Week.

 Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is undoubtedly one of world’s most exciting and stylish cities. The city has given us some of the leading designers in the international fashion circuit like Issey Miyake and Yoji Yamamoto. They put Tokyo on the fashion map. It is home to world-class shopping. What makes the city unique when compared to other stylish cities in the world is its street fashion, which is truly eclectic and prominent.

Berlin

It is one of Europe’s most stylish cities. Around 800 fashion designers call Berlin home! Isn’t that impressive! Berlin is dominated by creative people – artists of all types. You will find the most interesting shops and inspirational takes on fashion here.

Italy

Italy has many stylish city-states to boast like Florence, Milan, and of course Rome. Some of the world famous designers like Roberto Cavalli, Donatella Versace and Moschino are all from Italy. It is known for effortless glamour. Not just fashion, Italy is known for its architectural monuments and hotels, too.

Paris

The list of stylish cities is never complete without a mention of
Paris. It is synonymous with style, fashion and glamour. What is unique about Paris is its effortless style. The elegance of Paris is reflected in the beautiful architecture of the city. Parisian women are also known for their elegant and chic looks.

London

London is known as the “father of haute couture”. Everywhere you go in London it’s like a fashion show on the streets! Some of the fashion biggies like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Christopher Kane are from London. It is a great city for shopping and street style.

 

Top 5 palaces in India to explore with your partner

India has a rich history, and is famous for its forts and palaces. They are architectural wonders and anyone visiting India would certainly include these palaces in their itinerary. The opulence and grandeur of these palaces will take your breath away. A visit to these architectural marvels becomes even more enjoyable if you share the experience with someone you love.

What make these palaces unique, apart from their opulence, is the innumerable stories associated with them. Some stories are romantic, while others are haunting, but each story evokes passion and surprise. These stories are what make these palaces the perfect romantic getaway. Many palaces have been converted into hotels by their royal owners. Read on to discover the top 5 palaces in India to explore with your partner.

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Udaipur is known as the city of palaces and lakes. The City Palace Complex overlooks the famous Lake Picola. The Mewar royal family still occupies part of the complex. The rest of the complex has been developed into a tourist destination that gives the visitors an insight into the life and times of the Maharanas of Mewar. The City Palace Museum is also a must-see. At the museum you can see the Mardana Mahal (King’s Palace) and Zenana Mahal (Queens Palace). It also houses many art galleries, photographs and paintings.

Mysore Palace

Maharaja’s Palace, more commonly known as Mysore Palace, was designed by British architect Henry Irwin and constructed between 1897 and 1912. It is not a very old palace, and is owned by the Wodeyar dynasty. The first palace was built by the Wodeyar kings in Mysore in the 14th century. But they demolished it and tried to build it again several times. The current palace has Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic influences. It has huge marble domes, enormous public and private halls, art galleries, and lot more. The palace gets lit up every Sunday evening with 100,000 bulbs, and also during the Dussehra festival.

Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara

It is one of the biggest palaces in the world built in 1890. It has Indian, Islamic, and European influences. The arched entrances of the palm courtyard and fountains spread over 700 acres are the highlights of Lakshmi Vilas Palace. The Darbar Hall has stunning Italian mosaic floors and stained glass windows. The palace has a great collection of terracotta, marble and bronze artefacts. Its premise even has a golf course and a zoo! It also houses a museum that has on display various art works and articles belonging to the Royal family. Lakshmi Vilas Palace is, indeed, an epitome of grandeur, which makes it a must-see.

Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior

Located in Gwalior, which has a rich history, the Jai Vilas Palace will surely transport you back in time. It was built in 1874 by Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia in European style. The unique architectural marvel was designed and built by Sir Michael Filose. Its Durbar Hall is a sight to behold with gold furnishings, exquisite carpets and gigantic chandeliers.

Cooch Behar Palace, Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar Palace, also known as Victor Jubilee Palace, is noted for its elegance and grandeur. The Cooch Behar Palace has a rich history. It was built in 1887 using bricks in western classical style. In fact, it is modelled after the Buckingham Palace. The Cooch Behar Palace is a good way to explore the sophistication and splendour of West Bengal.

The Most Overlooked Sights In India

Wanderlust is the gravest of addictions and many people are afflicted by it. The only cure for wanderlust is apparently to travel to destinations new. If you have got tired of travelling to some of the famous tourist spots in India, it is time to visit some obscure or overlooked places in India, that have a lot to offer to visitors. We help you plan your next trip by listing some of the lesser known yet must see places in the country.

Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Assam
If you love horses this is the place to be. Not many people know that in our country there is a place where you can watch untamed horses in their natural habit. The sight of horses galloping on a grassy mound surrounded by nature’s bounty is something you have seen only in picture postcards. In fact, you can see it in your own country. The history goes that the ancestors of these horses were left behind to fend for themselves by British troops after the World War II was over. These horses soon wandered into the nearby forests and became wild and untamed.

Dhankushkodi, Tamil Nadu
If you like to wander into the unknown spiritual world or have a fascination for ghosts and ghost stories, you must pay a visit to Dhankushkodi. It is known as a ghost town in Tamil Nadu. This town was not always known as a ghost city. In 1965 it was ravaged by a cyclone and the impact was such that it washed away an entire railway line dragging with it an arriving train, which had more than a hundred people on board. Everyone died in the calamity and since then the place is apparently visited by the spirits of those people who died in the accident. The ruined church and the creepy railway station only strengthen these stories.

Murud, Maharashtra
If you like to visit historical places, Murud should be included in your bucket list. You can reach the Murud-Janjira Fort, which is situated on a rock off the Arabian Sea coast, only by a sailboat. You can see the 21 bastions of the fort, and many cannons of native and European make.

murud-janjira-fortTharangambadi, Tamil Nadu
This is again one other beautiful and tranquil place to visit, especially for history lovers. Tharangambadi would indeed surprise and baffle you. Here you will find a mix of Mediterranean and Danish influences. Just imagine such a place in India! Believe it or not, this is what you will find here. Two centuries of Danish lifestyle and culture left a lasting imprint on this panchayat town’s culture and architecture.

Tuophema, Nagaland
If you want to experience true Naga hospitality, make a trip to Tuophema. This traditional village is untouched by modernisation.  You will find traditional Angami Naga-styled huts. Visit the Tuophema Tourist Village to get a peek into the Naga village lifestyle. You can go for walks and treks in the village. The best part is you can eat the Naga people’s traditional food from their community kitchen. Don’t miss out their rice beer!

Inspiring Cities Around the World

People, places, history, present, future… inspiration comes from a variety of sources and reveals itself in many forms. There are several cities in the world which have their own unique traditions and rich history, and people never get tired of visiting these places time and again and draw inspiration from them. Choosing inspiring cities is not an easy task. It is like choosing dinner from a large menu in a wonderful restaurant. Here is a peek into some of the inspiring cities in the world.

New York

One of the factors that make New York inspiring, especially for artists, is the innumerable galleries dotting the place. There are 500 galleries in New York, a paradise, indeed, for artists. With its first-class art schools and premier trade shows and art events, New York’s art scene is always being reinvented. People-gazing, or simply a walk on the streets will present plenty of unforgettable moments, all of which light the creative spirit.

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The Eiffel Tower is the signature monument of Paris and attracts millions of visitors each year. It has three different floors spread over multiple levels. Here you can soak in the breathtaking beauty and tranquillity of Paris from different altitudes. Paris has many other world famous monuments, which are architectural marvels. Some of them are the Louvre or the Louvre Museum, which is the world’s largest museum and a historic monument. Notre Dame de Paris, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile are the other monuments that are truly inspiring for its architectural splendour.

Vermont

Vermont has inspired some of the world famous romantic poets like Robert Frost, who spent 20 years in Shaftsbury, Vermont, with his wife and children. And it is here that he wrote Stopping by Woods… along with two books of poems. The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is a tourist attraction and will surely inspire budding poets.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico’s capital city is also its creative capital. It is a city known for its cultural diversity and is a mecca for artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz in the early part of the 20th century. The beautiful city is proud of its creative community. The city is not stuck in its glorious past. It has a proud present, too with many contemporary, abstract, and avant-garde artists settling here. Like New York, Santa Fe also has innumerable art museums and galleries. It is a wonderful mix of nature, art and culture.

Los Angeles, California

It is the centre of the motion picture industry, and has around 850 museums and galleries, and thousands of arts organizations. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world and is full of artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians. It is a city of creative people, and what attract them to Los Angeles is its world famous museums like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Art, to name a few.

Hong Kong

When you think of Hong Kong, the first thing that comes to your mind is the luxurious malls. However, it has much more to offer. Hong Kong’s skyline is one of the most stunning in the world, with the surrounding mountains and Victoria Harbor complementing the skyscrapers. It is also a haven for antique collectors. The Lion Rock hike, the Lion Rock Country Park with its spectacular views, Tai Mo Shan, the highest peak in Hong Kong, etc attracts thousands of visitors every year.

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.

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.