Monthly Archives: August 2017

Popular Bird Watching spots in Vancouver, Canada

Thanks to its temperate rainforest, alpine landscape, giant mountains, waterways and most importantly, the coastal location, Vancouver is a city rich in birdlife.

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From eagles to owls to jays to sandpipers to Spruce grouse to more endangered species of birds, this stunning coastal paradise is an ideal place to spot beautiful winged creatures. For bird watching is an interesting activity here, take a look at the list of popular places to spot colourful birds in their natural habitat.

Stanley Park Herons

Designated an ‘Important Bird Area’, Stanley Park’s Herons is home to the urban great blue heron (Ardea Herodias Fannini). With a dense population of other bird species as well, including the nestling pair of bald eagles, the park remains a major tourist attraction in the city. Usually the spring months are considered the best time to spot these winged creatures.

George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Established in 1963, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is one of the top attractions in the city. The sanctuary is home to a large population of native and migratory birds including sandhill, cranes, bald eagles, lesser snow geese, greater and lesser yellowlegs, long-billed dowitchers, and the western sandpipers. The months from December to April are usually considered the best period to spot these birds in their natural habitat before they fly back to the north of Siberia.

Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park

With a population of over 3700 bald eagles including the giant Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park is a terrific place to spot wild eagles. For those of you who are serious about eagle watching, the annual Winter Eagle Festival and Count, held in January, and the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, usually held in November, are must attend. Apart from eagle watching, fishing and game viewing can also be enjoyed in the park.

Boundary Bay

Home to rare species of birds and other interesting creatures, Boundary Bay is a popular attraction in Vancouver. The bay is known for being home to a diverse selection of waterfowl including anseriformes, duck, geese and swans. Eagles, hawks, owls and other migratory birds can also be spotted in this area. Apart from bird spotting, visitors can enjoy exciting water sports and activities such as hiking, trekking and camping in and around the bay.

Revisiting History: Best Known Museums in India

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Preserving a major chunk of India’s ancient and colourful history are some of the oldest and popular museums scattered across the country. An insightful trip to India is incomplete without a visit to at least a few of these museums. Take a look!

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Founded in 1814 by the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Indian Museum is the oldest museum in the country. Comprising of over 35 galleries spread across six sections, it features a wide collection of antiques, artefacts, fossils, paintings and other valuables. The National Emblem, an elephant skeleton, Ashok Stambha, rare Egyptian mummies and human skulls from the Indus Valley Civilization are among the major exhibits at the museum. Exhibitions, workshops, training programs, special lectures, seminars and other multi-cultural activities are organised regularly for the visitors here.

The Prince of Whales Museum, Mumbai

Now known as ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya’, The Prince of Whales Museum is a popular tourist attraction in Mumbai. Built in 1922 using Indo-Saracenic architectural style, the museum is home to approximately 50,000 artefacts along with several collectables including minerals, rocks and fossils. The Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala collection, manuscripts dating back to the early 11th and 12th centuries, sculptures, coins, plaster replica of Astamurti (a form of Shiva), statues of Buddha, Akbar’s armour and Japanese sculptures are among the famous items on display here.

National Museum, Delhi

Located in the capital city, New Delhi, the National Museum is one of the largest museums in India. Established in 1949 by the Government of India, it houses a wide collection of artefacts, manuscripts, miniatures, paintings, textiles, antiques, sculptures (stone, bronze and terracotta), jewellery items and other valuables. Items from the Indus Valley Civilization displayed at the Harappan Gallery are quite impressive. The dancing girl bronze figurine, toy cat, statue of Mother Goddess, seals, pottery items and bronze toys are other popular items displayed at the museum.

Government Museum, Chennai

Established in 1851, Government Museum is the second oldest museum in India. Located in the city of Chennai in the southern Indian province of Tamil Nadu, this historic museum features the largest collection of Roman antiques along with numerous artefacts, manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and other valuables. Amravati figures, Thanjavur armoury, South Indian bronze statues, copper plates and artefacts from the Megaliths are the key exhibits at the museum.

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

Located in the city of Hyderabad, India’s well known technological hub, Salar Jung Museum houses a large collection of antiques, sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, paintings and other interesting artefacts from India and other parts of the world. Aurangzeb’s sword, the wardrobe of Tipu Sultan and the paintings of legendary Raja Ravi Varma are all big hits with the visitors. The British Bracket Clock is among the most important artefacts in the museum.

Best of UAE – Famous Attractions in the Country

From stunning skyscrapers to palm shaped islands and city sized malls to terrific museums, the UAE is a beautiful mosaic of seven stunning emirates. Read on to learn about some of the country’s most amazing architectural wonders and top rated attractions.

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Burj Khalifa, Dubai

The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa is a fascinating superstructure located in Dubai. Dominating the skyline, this popular 125 floor architectural marvel is the best place to enjoy the fantastic 360 degree panoramic view of the city and its surrounding landscape. An evening at Burj Khalifa is certainly an experience of a lifetime.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

A masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is among the largest mosques in the world, located in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi.  With over 80 marble domes, over 1000 columns, 24 carat golden chandeliers and the largest hand woven carpet, the mosque is truly unique. Take a guided tour of the mosque and explore the different facets of it.

Dubai Museum, Dubai

Paying tribute to the Emirate’s history and culture, Dubai Museum is among the oldest surviving structures in the city. Offering you an intriguing insight in to the past eras, this 1787 construction is home to the emirate’s ancient artefacts and archaeological digs dating back to the 3rd Millennium BC. Learn about the rich legacy of this former fishing village through the many exhibitions lined up here.

Fujairah Museum, Fujairah

Preserving a major chunk of the country’s ancestral history, Fujairah Museum is another vital structure in the country. Displaying artefacts and antiques, this museum features ancient weapons, costumes, Bedouin jewellery and other interesting collectables. The ornate baroque style ceiling and wall carvings are big hits with the travellers.

Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain

One of the most prominent cultural places in the city, Al Ain Palace Museum is a popular tourist attraction. Opened to the public in 2001, this former palace of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is home to ancient collectables and valuables dating back to the emirate’s early years. Take a guided tour of the museum and experience the rich royal legacy of the city.

Al Fahidi Historic District, Dubai

Travel back in time and experience how the city looked without those tall skyscrapers and luxury malls. Make your way to the popular Al Fahidi Historic District to explore the rich historical legacy of the city by visiting some of the oldest sites, traditional souks, cultural museums and ancient craft shops.

Top Things to do in Perth, Australia

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Perth is among the most beautiful cities in Australia. And for the tourists in the city, there is a lot to do and experience in the city. Read on and find out.

Beaches

Located along the Indian Ocean coast, Perth is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Offering visitors the best of both sun and sand, beaches in the city are best to enjoy a quick escape from the bustling city life or indulge in numerous water sports including snorkelling and deep sea diving. Cottesloe Beach, Leighton Beach, Castle Bay Beach, Yallingup Beach and Turquoise Bay are among the best beaches in the city.

Wildlife

With over 100 national parks and natural reserves, Perth is a much loved travel destination among wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. The city is home a variety of birds, animals and even trees. Australian Sea Lions, Fur Seals, Kangaroos, Koalas, White-Faced Heron, Wedge-Tailed Eagle, Cockatoos and Kookaburras are some of the bird and animal species that can be spotted here.

Sightseeing

From ancient buildings to museums to cultural centres and other architectural wonders, the city is teeming with plenty of sightseeing choices for the tourists. King’s Park, Fremantle Park, Swan Valley, Adventure World, Perth Mint, Mundy Regional Park, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Crown Perth and Round House are among the popular attractions to visit in the city.

Adventure Sports

Owing to its extensive coastline, soaring mountains and other natural wonders, Perth is an ideal place for adventure enthusiasts. From exciting activities in the air to the ones on land or water, there is something in the city for everyone visiting it. Hot air balloon rides, scenic flight rides, helicopter tours, and bungee jumping are some of the adventure activities loved by the travellers. Plus, water sports, such as parasailing, snorkelling, swimming, deep sea diving, kayaking and jet skiing, are popular among tourists too. Special schools and workshops with specialized classes, professional trainers and instructors are recommended before taking up these activities.

Shopping

Selling everything from handicrafts to daily essentials to organic products, markets in Perth are surely worth exploring. The weekend markets and flea markets are best to buy a wide range of interesting goods and items at the most reasonable prices. The Western Farmer’s Market, Perth Upmarket, Swan River Community Market, Markets on Rockeby and E-Shed Markets are a few must visit ones. Don’t forget to pick some unique gifts, souvenirs and hand-made arts and crafts products for your friends and family back home.

The Finest Clubs for Partying the Night Away in New Delhi

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The vibrant capital of India -New Delhi – has a pulsating night life scene. Thronged by the youth, there are many clubs in Delhi that meet international standards in terms of music, food, service, ambience and safety. To make sure that you party at only the best places, we have put together a list of top five clubs in Delhi that you can consider if you are looking to paint the town red during your New Delhi visit:

Kitty Su, Vasant Kunj

Kitty Su is located in Vasant Kunj in South Delhi and is one of the most happening clubs in the city. Frequented by the plush South Delhi crowd, the club remains open till 3am in the night. Fans of EDM are sure to have a great time as the club is known for playing some intense EDM numbers. Kitty Su is divided into a Champagne lounge, an ‘A’ list section, a mini club, a tattoo parlour and a salon. The club remains open three days a week – Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  A night of partying for two people will cost approximately INR 3500 here.

Keya, Vasant Kunj

Located in the plush DLF Promenade Mall of Vasant Kunj, Keya impresses its visitors with its romantic outdoor seating area, a huge open lounge area and a classic indoor nightclub ambiance. Costing approximately INR 4000 for a night of dining and wining, Keya is one of the more expensive clubs in Delhi. Their signature cocktails remain quite popular and its hospitality plays a huge role in drawing visitors to the club.

The Electric Room, Lodhi Road

Newly opened, The Electric Room has everyone swooning over its live music performances. The club-goers are particularly excited about the Gin Fizz, Kimchi Bloody Mary and the Pomegranate Caprioska cocktails served here. And in then food department, the Crispy Soft Shell Crab Tempura Roll, the Philadelphia Rolls and Mac n Cheese has many takers. Perfect for an after-party, the club remains open till 4am. Depending upon the day of the week, the talented line-up of artists will make you groove to the Indie and Experimental music, the Club Tunes and the Underground music as well as the Pop Rock and Hard Rock music.

Lithiyum, Ashoka Hotel, Chanakyapuri

Launched in July 2017, Lithiyum is already making news, and getting rave reviews for being the first international and premium club, lounge and fine dine property in New Delhi. Divided into the Club Room, the Drawing Room & Arena, Lithiyum is being promoted as one of the best fine dining places, gastropub nightclubs and cocktailerias in the capital city. The club is also being appreciated for its brilliant lighting and sound system.

Privee’, Connaught Place

Located in the Shangri-la’s Eros Hotel, Privee’ enjoys a huge popularity amidst all the party people in the town. The club boasts a huge dance floor, and is all the rave for the hip hop music that specially plays here on Sundays. Their delectable cocktails are one of the best things about this place. It is important to note that the club hosts expat nights as well as ladies nights every Thursday.