Monthly Archives: November 2018

Explore Port Elizabeth, one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa

Famed as Africa’s Water Sports Capital, the ‘Friendly City’ Port Elizabeth is a lovely travel destination half-way between Cape Town and Durban in South Africa. It is the second oldest city in the country, offering plenty of wonderful beaches and incredible surf spots.

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If you are looking for a perfect beach holiday in South Africa with a bit of culture, good food and some retail therapy, Port Elizabeth is the place for you. Here are some of the best attractions to explore in the city:

Algoa Bay

Situated 425 miles east of the Cape of the Good Hope, Algoa Bay is an ideal adventure spot in the city. One of the world’s few bays with two huge harbours – Coega and Port Elizabeth – it is where tourists love to indulge in exciting activities such as sailing, surfing, kayaking, wind surfing and kiteboarding. The bay is up to 436 metres deep and lies adjacent to the harbour city. Besides, it is a perfect spot to enjoy whale watching and being part of sunset cruises.

Kragga Kamma Game Park

A wildlife haven situated less than half-an-hour drive from the city, Kragga Kamma Game Reserve is a must-visit tourist spot. Ideal for guided safaris and nature walks, the park promises exciting wildlife experiences to the visitors. From White Rhino, Zebra, Nyala and Cheetah to Giraffe, Buffalo, Lechwe and Bontebok, you’ll get an opportunity to witness them all here in the park. You can rent a car to drive through the park.

Bayworld

A unique place to explore, Bayworld is a cultural and natural history museum boasting of a Snake Park and Oceanarium. It is a long-running kid-friendly place presenting plenty of maritime and historical exhibits, and animal shows. Snake interaction sessions, and seal and penguin presentations are the major highlights here. Moreover, you can treat your eyes to the amazing view of the slithery reptiles and underwater marine wonders, and can also witness a shark through the safety of a glass window.

Addo Elephant Park

The third largest national park of South Africa, Addo Elephant Park is where visitors can have the true African safari experience! A malaria-free, big five game reserve, it is an ideal place to explore a wide range of landscapes and flora and fauna. There are around 550 African elephants here – among the densest in the world. Not just the elephants but you will also get a chance to spot rhinos, buffaloes, lions, zebras and penguins. Besides, visitors can enjoy several outdoor activities such as horse riding, hiking and guided walking.

Sardinia Bay

Bordering the Chelsea Downs Nature Reserve, Sardinia Bay is a beautiful stretch of beach called “Sards” by locals. The sub tidal rocky reefs and sandy benthos along the bay make a sight to behold whereas water sports opportunities offered here, including boating and diving, are a treat for adventure enthusiasts. The beach is frequently visited by a number of surfers, sand boarding enthusiasts and kite surfers as well as families.

Top 5 Cultural and Religious Sites of Sri Lanka

One of the finest travel destinations in the Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka has a rich culture, traditions and heritage! The cultural depth of Sri Lanka is recognised by UNESCO and appeals to the senses of travellers from across the globe.

Take a look at some of the prominent sites to get an insight into the island’s rich heritage:

Adam’s Peak

Located in the south of the central highlands, Adam’s Peak is a 2243 metre high mountain capturing the attention of tourists from all over the world. It has been a holy place for over 1000 years now. The unique rock formation is believed to be the footprint of Shiva among Hindus, Adam among Christians and Muslims, and Buddha among Buddhists. Also known as Samanala Kanda or Butterfly Mountain, it is also an ideal trekking destination in Sri Lanka.

World Buddhist Museum

The world’s first international museum, World Buddhist Museum is a major attraction of the island country. Situated next to the popular Temple of the Tooth and National Museum in Kandy, it is where you can learn about the fundamentals of Buddhism and its global history. Established with contributions of 17 nations, the museum boasts of individual exhibits on each of those countries. A large number of tourists pay a visit to the museum every year.

Dambulla Cave Temple

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Also known as the golden temple of Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple is one of the most famous religious sites in Sri Lanka. It is the largest cave temple in the country lying at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level. The temple houses five caves, three statues of the kings of Sri Lanka, four statues of gods and goddesses and 153 statues of the Lord Buddha.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Nestled on the edge of Lake Kandy, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a major draw among pilgrims as well as the tourists. It is the only temple in the world with a tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Also famed as Sri Dalada Maligawa, this temple is centuries old. Besides enjoying a tour of the temple, you must take some time to sightsee around the city and take in the beauty of the place.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

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The ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, Sigiriya Rock Fortress is one of the key historical monuments of Sri Lanka. Situated on a massive rocky plateau between the towns of Dambulla and Harbarane, the fortress is the single most dramatic site of the country. Comprising of remnants of a ruined palace surrounded by vast gardens, canals, fountains and alleys, it is an ideal spiritual as well as peaceful haven. Do remember to climb up through a stone-made stairway and witness the exclusive features of the complex that used to be the home of King Kasyapa.

Diwali Delight: Unique Ways and Places to Celebrate the Festival in India

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Diwali is one of the biggest and brightest festivals of India, celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm. Different parts of the country have different traditions and to be in the country around the festival, which usually takes place in October-November, is a nice opportunity to enjoy the many aspects of it. Read on and find out for yourself!

Discover the sparkling lights of Jaipur

The glow of lights and lamps, adorning homes and shops and the streets, is the essence of Diwali and the “Pink City” Jaipur is a terrific place to see it all. Not just the buildings even the street markets are lit up beautifully; in fact, a competition for the best decorated market is held every year on Diwali! Johari Bazaar, one of the famous markets of the city, is also known as “The Strip” when the festival comes up and attracts large crowds during the time.

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Treat your eyes to fireworks over the Ganges in Varanasi

Varanasi is an ancient Indian city renowned for its great religious and cultural wealth. But it is during the time around Diwali when this wonderful city seems to be illuminating literally in the radiance of traditions! Opt for one of the riverside hotels in the city and enjoy a stunning view of the fireworks over the Ganges River from the comfort of your room. Besides, you can attend the special Ganga Aarti and can explore the ghats lit with candles and diyas.

Go shopping at the markets of Delhi

Diwali is a lovely time to be holidaying in the capital city. Along with the wonderful balmy weather, you can enjoy the terrific line-up of treats that sprout up for the locals and visitors during the festival.  A number of special Diwali markets and fairs are organised all over the city. You can explore the famous shopping spot, Dilli Haat that hosts the amazing Diwali Bazaar every year, and can also shop for a range of fine handicrafts at the annual Dastkar Festival of Lights Diwali Mela.

Enjoy gambling and the destruction of Demon Narakasura in Goa

Goa might be more popular as a beach holiday destination but there’s much more to the state that makes it an ideal spot for Diwali holidays. The major Diwali celebration in the state includes the destruction of demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Many competitions are held across the villages and cities of Goa for coming up with the scariest image of the demon, which are all burned a day before Diwali. Moreover, you can try your luck at one of the top casinos enjoying gambling, a famous activity that takes place during the festival all over the state.