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Wednesday, 26-Jun-2013 10:26 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Dona Paula, Goa: The Beach of Romance and Tragedy

Dona Paula is one of the most famous Goa beaches and is definitely worth a visit. It is also one of the most stand-out beaches since it is known more for its haunting tales than for anything else. The legend has it that a lady called Dona Paula had taken her life at this place after a failed love affair! Though, the incident is apocryphal and may have taken place hundreds of years ago, it is still believed that her soul haunts this beach and often frequents the place during moonlit nights. Hence, the beach is called as the Dona Paula Beach (named after her) and has got immortalized on the pages of romance and tragedy (much like the Taj Mahal)!

However, it is a popular tourist attraction and enjoys a salubrious location, just 7 km off state capital Panjim.

There are a number of facilities for water sports at this destination. Some popular ones include water scooting, parasailing, skiing, snorkeling, yachting and windsurfing. As a die-hard adventurer, you should not be satisfied with anything less than snorkeling or parasailing. However, there are certain risks and responsibilities attached with both these sports. Hence, the operators take every precaution to make sure that nothing goes wrong. This, in turn, also leaves you under the mercy of the weather. If the wind conditions are not friendly, then parasailing is not allowed (even if you are ready to pay the money, which can be as high as Rs 1500). Snorkeling too may not be permitted if the water is turbulent or the weather conditions are not perfect.

Nevertheless, a holiday in Goa is incomplete without a visit to Dona Paula. The town also houses attractions like the National Oceanography Institute and Cabo Fort, which are not far from the beach.

Overall, Dona Paula’s charm and romance would haunt you for the rest of your life. It is serene, placid, musical and heart-rending.

Monday, 3-Jun-2013 06:10 Email | Share | | Bookmark
3 Popular Holiday Destinations Near India

If you are looking for an offshore destination somewhere in the vicinity of India, then here are some top recommendations. These destinations would offer you fun and won’t be too taxing on the pocket:

i. Singapore: Singapore is one of the most favored offshore destinations by Indians. It is reachable in just a 4-hour journey by flight and is loved by all for its sundry landmarks and attractions. From beaches of Sentosa to the markets of the inner regions, this nation enjoys massive popularity. Some top-notch attractions are Orchard Road (a hub of shoppers), Statue of Merlion, Universal Studios and Jurong Bird Park. Singapore tour offers a potpourri of delights and includes both sightseeing excursions and adventure sports. Besides, Singapore packages can be bought very cheaply.

ii. Thailand: Another destination which is not far from India is Thailand. It is a destination popular amongst both honeymooners and family vacationers. It has cities like Bangkok (a shopper’s delight), Pattaya (a beach lover’s paradise) and Phuket (a charming and cosmopolitan town noted for its beaches, pubs and markets). Thailand tour too can be done at a medium budget and offers plenty of attractions to the eye. The country is noted for its Buddhist temples like the Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. It is also famed for its beaches like the Patong Beach and the top adventure sports like parasailing and snorkeling. The markets of China Town have a resounding presence in the heart.

iii. Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka is also emerging as a popular international destination for the Indians. This nation holds a special charm since it is the Lanka nagiri made famous by the epic tale of Ramayana. The city of Colombo is easily the most coveted destination and enjoys popularity for its temples and wildlife corners.

Friday, 31-May-2013 12:07 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Kaziranga National Park: Ogle At The Rhino, Spot The Tiger

If you are interested in wildlife trips, then you must someday plan a tour to Assam. The state in the north-eastern part of India is home to the famous Kaziranga National Park, the most noted place for the one-horned rhinoceros. The one-horned rhino is the pride of India. But unfortunately, its population is declining very fast owing to several factors like poaching. The rhino’s horn is considered very priceless for its medicinal properties. Poachers can easily make lakhs of rupees by selling its horn to foreign merchants. Even the hide of the rhino can fetch them a lot of money. Cases of rhino-killings have been common all over the country.

Kaziranga is one place where one can still spot a sizeable number of rhinos. However, you may not be able to see them after a few years, if their death and decline continues in the same speed. So, why not book a north east tour package and travel to this wildlife park to ogle at the monstrous creature! These packages can be bought from the internet easily and at very cheap rates.

Apart from the rhino, which is indubitably the star attraction of the park, you can also feast on the beauty of other animals and birds. The forest is green and has enough space for plenty of beasts including the elephant and the tigers. However, spotting a tiger would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. But you can easily catch a leopard or a bear.

Commonly seen creatures include names like bison, langurs and deer. You would have a great time taking pictures of these beautiful animals.

Though, north east packages is available throughout the year, you must remember that the park stays closed during the monsoon months. So, plan a trip accordingly.

Thursday, 30-May-2013 10:07 Email | Share | | Bookmark
3 Towns You Must Check Out During A Himachal Trip

Himachal Pradesh is a state which does not need an introduction. Its beauty is timeless and its viewpoints are panoramic. One can even go on to say that no other state in the country has such a beautiful set of hill stations to offer.

So, when you are on a Himachal tour, do make sure to check out these three fabulous towns:

i. Shimla: Shimla is the ace of the state. This mighty hillside destination is easily the most favorite of hill stations in India. It has a unique mix of attractions. From the heritage buildings of Viceregal Lodge to the beautiful waterfalls of Chadwick Falls to the religious temples of Jakhoo Temple to old churches like the Christ Church, Shimla certainly is a delight to tour.

ii. Manali: Manali can be best described as ‘soothing’. It is serene and really picturesque. When you walk into Manali, you would feel as if you have stepped inside a canvas of a beautiful painting by God himself. These hills are extremely green and studded with scores of streams and waterfalls. There are adequate numbers of temples to add to the charm. Kullu-Manali is also a hot adventure destination and offers an array of sports like paragliding and zorbing. So, most tourists these days are making sure of including Manali in their Himachal tour packages.

iii. Dharamsala: Dharamsala is a small and quiet town. It is sparsely populated and enjoys a rich Tibetan presence. The mornings at Dharamsala can be extremely leisurely and serene. The culture of the locals is another thing which would have a heartening effect on your soul. One of the key reasons why tourists travel to Dharamsala is to take part in meditation classes and spiritual lessons. Most Himachal tourism packages of today offer a cheap trip to Dharamsala for the entire family.

Tuesday, 28-May-2013 06:36 Email | Share | | Bookmark
3 Popular Churches in India You Must Try Visiting

Churches have a special charm about them. They exude serenity and quaintness. Since most of the churches in India date back to the medieval era, one feels nostalgic on visiting such attractions. India may be a Hindu-dominated country but there is a sizeable number of Christians living on the nation’s soil. Besides, the country has always prided itself on its religious diversity and cultural tolerance.

Here are 3 special churches in India which make for great tourist attractions:

1. Christ Church, Shimla: If you ever make a Shimla tour (which is strongly recommended), then do not forget to visit the famed Christ Church. This church certainly enjoys a massive popularity amongst both Indians and foreigners. It is impressive in architecture and exuberant in history. It is also a site where the Bollywood movie ‘3 Idiots’ was shot recently. There are a number of attractions in this town. But if you are looking for a religious cum historic attraction, then this church should be in your wish list. Christ Church can be easily visited with the help of Shimla packages.

2. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa: Welcome to Goa, the land of churches, beaches in Goa and forts. Goa tour brings a number of attractions to the table. But the heritage structure that stands out is the age-old Basilica of Bom Jesus. It is a church which is around 500 years old. But it is also one of the largest churches in the continent and is the great attraction of Old Goa.

3. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata: In Kolkata (Calcutta), you will come across the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is one of the most well-preserved heritage attractions. It is visited by thousands of locals during festive days especially on Christmas.

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