You may have heard of the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids in Egypt, or the Grand Canyon but aside from the very long list of great travel destinations there are still a lot of places that we can add to our list of must go places.
Here is a short list of great destinations which may not be hitting the headlines but you must visit in case you have a chance:
Ajanta Caves (India)
The Ajanta Caves is located in Maharashtra in India. The structure dates back before the time of Christ and houses sculptures and paintings that are considered priceless by the Buddhists. The caves were abandoned in the year 480 AD and was engulfed by the jungle. It remained unvisited until it was rediscovered by a British officer in 1819 while hunting tigers. You can still find the name of Captain Smith etched on the walls of the cave up to this day.
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When you are in one of these islands on our list, you just have to forget about everything and let go. Each is a paradise with pristine waters, lush green flora and fauna, and the breeze blowing against your face.
These are secret islands which only a few people go to. They are never crowded. They are specks of lands amid vast waters which do no boasts of luxury hotels but pure beauty you can only experience when you take the road less traveled. Every island on our list is a dream destination.
South Water Caye (Belize)
This island is just 14 miles off Dangriga and far from the busy scene of Ambergris. You will be fascinated with the barrier reefs which are considered to be among the longest in the western hemisphere. You will be able to spot dolphins, moray eels, eagle rays, and parrot fish.
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Mahatma Gandhi was instrumental in striving for Indian independence and even today he remains a worldwide symbol of peace. His name is something we all recognize, but few people know who he really was.
Recently, Gandhi’s home was sold in Johannesburg and after a French company managed to purchase the famous property, it was widely criticized.
The good news is, it looks like they will convert this rather historical building into a famous museum in the name of Mahatma Gandhi. It was here after all, in Johannesburg, South Africa where he spent a great deal of time pondering and formulating his philosophies on life.
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There are weird creatures that you may encounter during your travel adventures but there are certain critters that may just put your journey into a halt. Let us introduce you to the the most dangerous, creepiest creatures that might seem to be lifted from the pages of a horror tale:
Human Botfly in Belize
Human botflies have been inhabitants for the Americas for centuries now. They thrive in the regions between the northern portion of Chile and Mexico. Human botfly uses mosquitoes and flies as hosts of their eggs by attaching them to the undersides of these insects. So when a mosquito lands on the back of the a dog, a pig, or misfortune of all misfortunes, your skin, the eggs might hatch and send the larvae digging down your skin. Under your skin, human botflies will eat on your flesh and make it their regular meal until they need to burrow out as maturing pupae.
If you’re the type who works more than twelve hours a day, six days a week, it’s most likely that you’ve forgotten what your bed is for. Nearly all working Americans hardly get enough sleep, taking work and late night television to bed with them. These hotels might actually just give you the necessary refresher course on how to relax after a hard day’s work.
Loisaba Wilderness in Kenya
Who says camping out needs to be stressful? When you enjoy the wildlife of Kenya’s Loisaba Wilderness, you get to sleep under the stars in the comfort of a four-poster bed. Don’t worry because it’s covered by a mosquito net so those gigantic African bugs won’t be feasting on your blood while you sleep.
Bangalore is officially called “Bengaluru” and is the capital of Karnataka State and the story behind the naming of the city is great too. Bangalore, according to state historians, got its name from Bendakalooru (the town of boiled beans) after a king strayed into the area during a hunting trip in the late 14th century. A woman offered him a meal of boiled beans which the king enjoyed so much that he named the town after the dish. Bangalore is the 3rd most populous city in India with close to 6 million people living here. Bangalore is one of the fastest growing cosmopolitan cities in Asia. It is called as “Silicon Valley of India” with thousands of IT Companies and lots of outsourced jobs; it is an outsourcing hub where many of the critical projects from Fortune 500 companies are done here. Bangalore is also famous for its climate and is also called “Garden City of India” for its many parks and trees.
Bangalore is a mix of both old and new, with its palace, museums, parks, pubs, restaurants and many shopping malls. “Bangalore Palace” is one of the attractions; it was built by Wodeyar King in 1887. It was inspired by Windsor Castle. This palace was built keeping in mind the Tudor style of architecture with fortified structure, battlements and turrets.
If you are interested in nature, you can always go to “Lal Bagh” which is a well known botanical garden in Bangalore. It was constructed way back in 18th century by ruler Hyder Ali and the plants from various countries were brought by his son Tipu Sultan and planted in this 240 acre garden. It houses close to 1000 species of rare flowers and plants and it has trees well over 100 years old. It is place visited by lot of people everyday mostly joggers and nature enthusiasts. The Glass House which has many of the rare flowers is a center of attraction in “Lal Bagh”. The Lal Bagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth, dating back to 3000 million years is another attraction that brings in crowds. Cubbon Park is another famous park in Bangalore among joggers which is in the centre of the city.
There are many other attractions in Bangalore like “Vidhana Soudha” which is a seat of Karnataka’s State Legislature, “Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum” which attracts close to million visitors every year, “Bull Temple” which is a temple built in 1537 and has an idol of “Nandi the bull” and is a sacred place for many people.
Bangalore is also very famous for its pubs and nightlife; it has various pubs and discos which are pretty much in demand on weekends among the youngsters. Even though pubs in Bangalore close at 12.00 am, restaurants are open till 3-4 am. If you are interested in shopping, it is home to many shopping malls which have great offers running all through the year. Bangalore is growing up to be a great city but it also has its problem like high traffic, costlier than other Indian cities and lack of Infrastructure. But it is a great place to visit with its perfect blend of history and modernization.
Travelling to different places is not just about seeing the tourist spots or clicking away for great pictures. You also have to follow certain customs and practices so you will not offend the locals and of course, so you will enjoy your holiday.
In the streets of India, you will be often be greeted with smiles and laughter. The locals do not intend to offend you but this is their means of forgiving you for some social rules that you might have broken. We list down some basic rules so you will not be lost in the very different culture of India.
8 Simple Rules while you are on the streets of India
The streets of India mirror the diverse culture of the country. Anyone will enjoy the very busy streets filled with bazaars where you can get items to bring home or to add to your collections. Here’s how you can make most of the experience:
In the indian state of West Bengal you can find Darjeeling, a wonderful small town. It has a story, and I would like to unveil this story for you.
Supposing you are a british colonist from the XiXth century living in the dirty dusty hot Calcutta. In order to escape the big city, you need sometimes to go out. Where? You guessed, in Darjeeling!
Darjeeling is a little town surrounded by the hills announcing the high Himalaya. On all those hills, simply everywhere, there are tea plantations. The Darjeeling tea is one of the world’s best, and is very much beloved and appreciated in U.K. and other parts of the former British empire.
The most of the former residences are now hotels. You can enjoy a cheap luxury, pretending again being the british lord.