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.

Adventure Destinations



If you are planning to spend your holidays, while getting indulged in some of the thrilling adventure activities in order to rejuvenate yourself then there are plenty of options available for you. You will find endless opportunities for adventure activities all around the world. Adventure activities like bungee jumping, wild safaris, mountain biking, paragliding, skiing, sky diving and many more are available for the ones who are in search of some adrenaline-rush.

If you are one of those who take pride in showing off your scars after your vacation instead of showing off some pretty pictures of scenic places, then you should certainly try some of the hot and happening adventure destinations around the world. Here is a list of some of the top adventure destinations dotted around the world, where you can visit to fulfill your desires of experiencing thrill and excitement.

Top Adventure Destinations

Mountain Trekking in Nepal
For those, who wish to experience adventure in the mountains, Nepal is one of the best options on earth. The country is home to some of the highest peaks in the world. Nepal is often regarded as the playground for the climbers and trekkers, who wish to try themselves in some of the world’s roughest as well as toughest conditions. Tourists from all around the world come to this scenic country to explore the snow covered Himalayas through trekking. You should certainly visit this Himalayan country if you wish to climb some of the highest snow covered peaks in the world. The country is blessed with numerous breath-taking trekking routes to explore the Himalayas, among which the most popular one is the Annapurna Base Camp Trail. Note that you need to be physically and mentally fit in order to trek in the Himalayan routes of Nepal.


Hiking through the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador
The Amazon rainforest in Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the earth. There are very few places on the planet that offers such raw untamed adventure. The unspoiled and largely unexplored wilderness of the region is inhabited by more than 500 species of birds, 15 separate species of monkeys and of course diverse species of tress per hectare than anywhere else on the earth.  Hiking through the unspoiled and dense Amazon forest which is filled with a diverse species of flora and fauna is certainly to be a memorable experience of your lifetime. The main highlight of the region is a trip through South America, which includes one of the most easily accessible rainforest. 

White-water Rafting in New Zealand
New Zealand has always been one of the most favored places for adventure seekers. The country is home to several thrilling adventure activities, among which, the white-water rafting is a popular one among the adventure enthusiast visiting this place. The place has something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip for participants as young as 5 years, to an action packed grade 5 raft trip. The Kawarau River and the Shotover River are the famed destinations for white water rafting in New Zealand. 


Skydiving in Florida, USA
There is no extreme sport in the world than skydiving. The sport is one of the most thrilling adventure sports on the planet which includes jumping form a plane, from a height of about 1500 ft. You will find numerous skydiving spots around the world, but the ones who have experienced it in Florida claim it to be the best. Skydiving in Sebastian, Florida is considered to be one of the adrenaline-pumping and the one of the most scenic one. During your fall, you will be treated with picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian River and the Kennedy Space Center that includes launch sites and the main shuttle assembly building.




Scuba Diving in Australia
There is no other better place on world than Australia for scuba diving. The place has endless opportunities for scuba diving, from the globally renowned Great Barrier Reef on the east coast, to the alluring dive conditions off Western Australia. The waters surrounding this country are filled with diverse marine life that attracts tourists from all over the world. The top diving sites in the country are Cod Hole dive site, Flinders Reef dive site, Fish Rock Cave dive site, Lord Howe Island etc.