Sunday, 27 July 2014

Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden



Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is one of the best botanical gardens on earth and also one of the most popular tourist attractions of Mauritius. The botanical garden is placed on the Southern Hemisphere of Mauritius and is considered to be the second best after the Kew Gardens in London. The Garden has been named after the first Prime Minister of Independent Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam.

Initially the garden was opened as a private garden by the French governor Mauritius about 300 years ago. The place served as a prime research center for the French and the British during the colonial period. At this date, the place is a home to several varieties of medicinal plants, palm trees, fish pond and a stunning collection of Queen Victoria water lilies. No doubt, the garden is popular among the domestic and international tourists.


Attractions
The different varieties of palm trees of the garden form the major part of the plant species of the place. You will find amazing varieties of shapes and forms of palm trees at this garden.  Among these, the most renowned ones are the tall royal palms, stubby bottle palms and the talipot palms, which flowers once in 40 years and then it dies. Other varieties of palm trees that you can find at this botanical garden are fever, fan, sugar, raffia and sealing wax. Besides the palm trees, the place also exhibits few other interesting species of trees like the fish poison tree, the marmalade box tree and the sausage tree. The fascinating part of the trees grown in this botanical garden is that they are named after some renowned world leaders and royal kingdoms, such as Countess of Snowdon, Francois Mitterand, Princess Margaret and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. 

At the center of the botanical garden, there is a pond filled with giant Victoria amazonica water lilies. The young leaves of these lilies emerge as wrinkled balls and spread into a classic tea-tray shape for about 2 m, in a matter of hours. The flowers that sprout from the center of these leaves, open white the first day and close red on the next day. The best time to witness the beauty of these lilies is during the month of January, when they flower to their biggest size.


Other attractions of the botanical garden are the diverse species of birds that can be found at this place. There are also some considerable number of deer and a dozen giant aldabra tortoises, found close to the northern exit of the place. Close to this place, is the funerary platform of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. Various international personalities have planted trees around the garden, like Indira Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and a number of British royals. 

Opening Hours
The Botanical Garden opens on all days of the week from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Entry Fee: The entry to this place is free but you have got to pay for hiring a guide. The rates of the guides at this place ranges from Rs 40 to Rs 50.

Parking Facilities: Parking facilities are provided free of charge at this place.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Strange Hotels



The 9-Hour Hotel - Japan's Most Efficient Capsule Hotel
Capsule hotel is associated with Japan since the last 30 years and to express the glory of the same we have 9 Hour Hotel where travellers would need to pack themselves within the limit of 9 Hour which means the Hotel would give a classified time to all your stuffs.
7 hour to sleep, 1 hour to get ready and 1 hour to shower, although this might sound bizarre but this the main highlight and it is quiet common here and travellers who just wishes to spend their night comes in here and checks out early before an elapse of 9 hour deadline.


Sweden's Treehotel - Stay in a Human-Sized Birdnest
Isolated above the branches of the tress the room here might give an impression of mad approach but the Tree Hotels here at Sweden are quiet familiar to the people living here. Imagine going to your room via ladder and securing your mind within the core of silence would give a feeling like you are under the lights of Solitary Confinement but that’s what count in terms of making this hotel bizarre and brilliant.


Madonna Inn - A Hotel Room in an Underground Cave
 Inspired by an underground thoughts the room here are influenced by several themes from where tourist can look to pick their desired one. When it comes to the features which in turn make this hotel peculiar and exclusive is its theme and thoughts and to name some of their unique creation than they have cave room, rock room, shower room and many more.

The Hobbit Motel - Live Like Frodo and Sam
Indulged with the wonders of Pothole windows the idea which comes handy in making this motel different as compared to other is the feeling that you will get once you will enter at the site. Located at the hilly slopes of New Zealand the size of the motel looks quite a dimensional and you would be shocked to know that each of the unit has a potential of accommodating 5-g people, which is impulsive in its own kind.


The Library Hotel - Accommodation for the Serious Bibliophile
Imagine staying under the bulks of book where you would surely get a feeling like prodigy is the new heights of the Library Hotel. Each of the rooms here is addressed by the series of books from where you can look to pick the best you want to read. Beside that its theme that looks to cover the mystery of science and music thrills the mind of traveller who walks in here to get bizarre.

Seaventures Resort - A Converted Oil Rig
Perched perfectly at the Sipaden Island of Malaysia the theme of the resort is to mould the perks of marine life. Nestled under the plunge of blue lagoon the adventure related with water would find its meaning and if you are more interested and enthusiastic regarding the core of scuba diving and snorkelling than the resort is the place where all your wishes would find its share.

Airplane Suite - Your Hotel Room Is an Actual Retired Plane
Imagine propelling down within the heights of land where amazing service would allocate your mind within the capacity of numerous people. The Airplane Suite was an exclusive idea of the Netherlands Company to suit the bizarre thoughts of the people who wish to experiment with the idea of Airplane.


Propeller Island City Lodge – Berlin
Peculiar idea that serves the course of Berlin is redefined by the guards of the Propeller Island City; the theme city lodge where traveller walks in to experience the strange manner of hospitality is supported by their amazing thoughts.
The room and the beds here are designed under the course of different themes and to name some they have bed supported by the suspension, rooms argued by the mirrors, bed coveted by the coffin like structure and many more.

The Wigwam Motel - A Classic Route 66 Motel
It was in 1949 when Teepees here established itself to be the home of the traveller. An exclusive and strange shape of Teepess which actually looks like a home of the Americans in California is designed to give their tourist the sense of peculiarity.

Karosta Prison Hotel - Where Guests Pay To Be Treated Like Inmates
Latvia Karosta Prison hotel is based under the theme of prisons where travellers would be given an opportunity to live under the confinement which in turn would give them a feeling like as if they are real Nazi prisoners.
The site of Latvia Karosta was in fact the cell of Nazi prisoners during the time disparity between Nazi and Soviet Union but after the fall of German Empire the prison was transformed into hotel where travellers comes in and witness the page of history.

Bubbletree - Stay in a Bubble
Located throughout the site of France it was Pierre St├ęphane Dumas who designed and executed the brilliant idea of Bubble and with the growing influence the Bubble Tree in France has become a familiar concept for traveller who walks in here to experience the bizarre idea.




Quinta Real Zacatecas - A Converted Bullfighting Ring
Coveted with the beauty of grand stone the central courtyard of the hotel is in fact the real bullfight ring which was owned after bullfighting was banned. The beauty of the hotel which looks to give its traveller an amazing experience is complimented by its amazing suites and rooms which overlooks the area calls for a strange manner of living.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cinque Island



Cinque Island, addressed in Andaman Island is one of the most prominent Islands among all. It is located at a distance of 26 kilometers away from Port Blair. It is well known Island among tourists as a dive destination. The Island offers you its finest sandy beaches and a visit to this Island is a unique opportunity for you to explore the rich coral reefs and picturesque views around. It is rich in flora and fauna which makes itself a perfect place for eco tourism. The Island is a home to various shells, multicolored fishes, starfish, coral reefs, turtles, crocodiles, water snakes and sea anemones. Cinque Island is divided in two parts north Cinque Island and South Cinque Island. These both Islands are connected by massive sand bar and they are a part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, the major attraction of the Island. The park is also called as Wandoor marine National Park. 


If you are travelling towards Andaman seeking fun and refreshment then make sure you do visit Cinque Island, a perfect place to rejoice. It is the most visited destination by tourist round the weekend. The splendid beauty of the nature and the magnificent views of the sea along with its exotic beach carry huge numbers of fun lovers towards it. The moment you step in towards Cinque Island, is the moment you will start to rejoice. The lush greenery of the island and the cool refreshing air catches your mind in no time. It is a fact that most of the tourists spend their time in searching the right destination for their vacation and loses time. There is no need to worry for those and also for the beginners as the island is safe and secure for everyone.



Cinque Island nestled in Andaman is an ideal location for your vacation packed with outnumbered sightseeing’s, attractions and activities. One can enjoy water sports and other fun things. Some of the major ones are like scuba diving, snorkeling, game fishing and camping. One can enjoy walk on the beach side on the evening and it would be a unique experience as one can also catch a glimpse of sunset during beach walk. Enjoy nature walk along the dense forests and enjoy night stay but, one must be granted permission from the Forest Department. 

The astonishing view of the Cinque Island and lush greenery allures nature lovers and adventure seekers throughout the weekend. It is a complete tourist destination as it fascinates all type tourists at once. It is a worth visiting place during your Andaman tour. The best time to visit is during the months from September to December but, one can also make their visit during July to August. The weather conditions remain pleasant and are suitable for all kinds of tourist activities. It is important to know about the timing of the place you are heading towards so that you do not spoil your precious moment. 


Port Blair is well connected to all the major cities like Delhi, Calcutta, Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai. One can also travel by sea and the major sea ports connected to Port Blair are Calcutta and Chennai. In my suggestion the best way to travel is by airways. At present there are regular domestic flights to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi. The choice is yours.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bhilai



Bhilai, which is also known as the Bhilai Nagar, is located in the Durg district of Chhattisgarh. It is the second largest city of the state, located at a distance of about 32 km from Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh. Bhilai holds one of the largest steel plants in India, which is known as the Bhilai Steel Plant.  It is the first plant in the country that was credited with the ISO 9002 quality certification. Besides the steel plant, there are several other factories and mines that support the economy of this place. The city is also very much rich in culture, as the people from different religions inhabit this place. Bhilai witnesses the celebration of various festivals belonging to different cultures throughout the year. The place is also known for its numerous religious sites.

Attractions

Dhamda- It is a popular tourist spot in Bhilai, located at a distance of about 35 km from the city. Dhamda lies on the way from Durg to Bemetara and the place houses an ancient fort and a temple. It is also facilitated with restaurants and accommodation for overnight stays.

Ganga Maiya Temple- Ganga Maiya temple is situated at Jhalma, at a distance of about 60 km from the main town of Bhilai. The main deity of the temple is said to have been established by a local fisherman. The main deity of this temple is very much revered by the locals of this region.

Tandula Dam- The dam is located at a distance of about 60 km from Bhilai and is constructed on the Tandula River. It is a scenic spot and a popular picnic destination of the place, which is visited by a large number of tourists during the winter season.

Civic Centre- It is a chief shopping hub of Bhilai, which holds a number of social and amusement activities. The shopping centre has undergone several changes over the years and it also includes a children’s garden, which is equipped with a toy-train, though not operational. The place has a supermarket, which is used for art-exhibitions. At the eastern side of the Civic-Centre, is an ‘Open Air Theatre’, where a number of cultural activities and musical nights are organized.



Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the place is during the winters, which is during the months of October to March. The place experiences a mild and pleasant climate during this time of the year, which is ideal for various outdoor activities.

Accommodation
The place is dotted with several budget and mid budget class hotels that are available at reasonable rates. These hotels are equipped with almost all the modern day amenities ensuring that you will have a comfortable stay at these places.

How to Reach

By Air: The nearest airport to this place is the Raipur airport, located at a distance of about 42 km. The airport conducts regular flights to places like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmadabad etc. Local and hired taxis are available from the airport to get to the place.

By Train: The nearest railway station to this place is Durg Railway Station, located at a distance of about 9 km. The station is well linked with various cities in the country like Bhopal, Nagpur, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, Bilaspur, Howrah, Chapra etc. Tourists will get local as well as hired taxis from outside the station to get to the city.



By Road: Bhilai has a well established network of roads that connects it with different parts in the state as well as the neighboring states. The city receives regular public and private buses along with the taxi services from places like Raipur (32 km), Durg (11 km), Bilaspur (137 km), Gondia (158 km), Tumsar (227 km) and Nagpur (255 km).

Monday, 14 July 2014

Adams Peak







Adams peak which is also renowned as Butterfly Mountain is a conical shaped summit which is located at the core of the Sri Lanka is renowned for its Sri Pada. Sri Pada which means the Sacred Footprint has a worthy association with the pinnacle that measures the height of 2243 m and talking about its relation with the crest than the rock formation here depicts the glory of Buddha footprint.

Geography
The pristine peak is perfectly perched within the ambience of the Central Highlands of Ratnapura district of Sri Lanka. The amazing essence of the atmosphere which is complimented by the dense forest, hilly slopes and mountains actually relates the glory of natural phenomenon of the site.

Nomenclature
When it comes to its spiritual and religious orientation than one must understand that Sri Pada which according to the faith of Buddhism is the footprints of Lord Buddha. The same according to the belief of Islam and Christians depicts the glory of Adams.


As per the Hindu mythology the footprints which are to be found at the rock formation is the keepsake of Lord Shiva and following the same course the formation is renowned as Shiva Padam where traveller from all across the world comes in to devote their time to understand the mythological synonyms of the same.

History
When it comes to its chronicles than the name of Sri Pada was first mentioned within the core of Deepawamsa which is believed to be pre-historic Pali chronicle. Beside that the same was mentioned within the legacy of 5th century Mahawamsa where it is mentioned that Lord Buddha visited the summit.
  
Another historic tale which is associated with the documents of Sri Pada is incident of Fa Hein, the famous Chinese pilgrim. It is believed that he stayed at Sri Lanka during 411–12 CE and had mentioned the bequest of Sri Pada. 

The Sacred Mountain
To understand the importance of the Sacred Mountain one has to walk the stairs which begin from the walks of Nallathanniya. Reserved as holy pilgrim the people here following distinguish religions like Buddhism, Islam, Christian and Hinduism walks here and pay homage because each of the tale has something to do with the footprints which are commonly renowned as Sri Pada of Sri Lanka.

Especially for Buddhist the footprints mark as a centre of reverie where devotees from the entire world treks the difficult route to reach the heights to witness the same. The journey to meet with the testimony of lord is not easy and requires strong endurance because travelling an uphill might take several hours to reach the summit.


The main theme of the journey is to be at top during the time of sunrise when the idiosyncratic shapes of the crest moulds into triangular shade after surrounding the plain which can be traced while moving downward during the call of sun rise.

Best Time to Visit
The climbing season here starts during the time of April when you will witness the large numbers of devotee coming around to see the same. Beside that it is best recommended to trek the heights during the call of night when constellation of stars guides your way to see the amazing and spiritual formation of footprints.






Thursday, 10 July 2014

Seychelles



When I think about Seychelles the first thing that runs through my mind is its alluring ambience and I still remember those days when I was standing on the deck of the ferry and the wind struck my hair with its aerial motion. While cruising within the line of Silhouette Island I was welcomed with amazing backdrop of surroundings which is complimented by its Bay, stretch and narrow lanes.

The sands here were ever beautiful like snow and the water were ever transparent like blue sky and on top of that the crystal view of mountains and breaking dawn of horizon really separated the brilliance of Seychelles archipelago with others.


While you come here you will get the feeling like you are within the wonders of Mauritius because 115 Islands of Seychelles archipelago actually connotes the theory of relativity between the two Island territories.  While talking about the most popular and accessible within those 115 Islands the name of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue requires special mention.

Mahe
Mahe, the largest island in Seychelles is actually a love affair of Islands as its fascinating ambience and luminous atmosphere would even asked a dead people to open their eyes to witness the gorgeous beauty on earth.

My very affair started the moment I landed here, surreal strip of water logs and its hilly interiors from where you can dive down to witness the treasure beneath the blue would call for brilliance of time. 

Now once you are done appreciating the wonders of Mahe drive down to capital city of Victoria which is believed to be the smallest capital city of the world is driven by French architecture and while revolving around the universal arena makes sure to shop at street markets which can be considered as star.


Praslin
Praslin the second biggest island of Seychelles is connected by ferry from Mahe and would take approximately an hour to reach here. The sparkler beaches and destined sands flux with Coco de Mer palms one of the expensive coconuts discovered by Arabians during 70s attributes and acknowledges the beauty of the Praslin.

While understanding the excellence of Praslin make sure to visit Vallee De Mai nature reserve where you will witness the diversity of Coco de Mer palms and within the turquoise existence of flora and fauna you have amazing wings of birds and Madagascar Foddy reserve.

La Digue
La Digue one of the ecological island of Seychellois is attributed for its ecological policies.  Leaving the modern conventional transportation method La Digue people loves saving the energy and efficiency by riding by-cycles.

Even if you will witness the rides of ferry the people here are better about riding bicycles and to give you a generous company you will find human of ages and each of them represents country’s ecological policy.




  
Although I was not aware about Bicycle culture so I rented one for me and after trailing through endowing coastal line and forest area I decided to stay at small resident and while sitting there I sensed an aroma of nature which was complimented by the Vanilla plantation.