Relief from the Scorching Heat– Darjeeling

India is a land of diversity and when it comes to the hill station, India is filled with enormous of choices. One of the most preferred chilly locations to get a relief from scorching heat is Darjeeling. Located in the eastern part of India, in a state named West Bengal, Darjeeling offers the panoramic view of landscapes and snow capped mountains. When in summers, people are burning in heat, all they think of is some place where they can find a relief from the sweltering heat and Darjeeling solves the problem very well.

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Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, image by 40011Mauretainia

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Image by 40011Mauretainia on Flickr)

Not just the cool weather, Darjeeling has a lot more to offer to its guests. Charming tourism, alluring cultures and pounding array of escapade games will make your Darjeeling tour treasured. Darjeeling is also known worldwide for its Tea Plantation and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is proudly and profoundly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tea plantations are very well tracked by different hybrid and fermented techniques and that is why it is recognised and ranked internationally. There are more than 200 tea estates in the whole city, few of which are selected for tourism like Thurbu Tea Estate, Glenburen Tea Estate and Makaibari Tea Estate. The city is surrounded by beautiful snow clad mountains as the world’s third highest peak; Kanchenjunga is clearly visible from the city. If the weather is clear, you can also see Mount Everest from the main city of Darjeeling and that is why it is known as the Queen of Hills.

Darjeeling tea gardens

Darjeeling Tea Garden

It has been reported that Darjeeling is the mostly visited place in the eastern India. More than thousands of international and local tourists visit the place due to its unmatched climatic conditions. The temperature varies from 8 to 15 Degree Celsius throughout the year, making it an optimum place for the people who want to bang the blistering heat in plain areas of the country. You will surely spend your holidays in fun and frolic like you have always imagined.

Sandakphu  The kangchenjunga range (Pallab Seth)

Kangchenjunga Range from Sandakphu ( Image by Pallab Seth on Flickr)

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Himalayan Bear, Darjeeling

Sandkphu Phalut Trek is the route present in Darjeeling which will give you the view of world renowned Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga very clearly. You can watch the migratory fauna in Darjeeling which migrate to and from Tibet which are teals, ducks, gulls and plovers. You can also visit to Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary which was set in 1915 in Darjeeling. Different flora and fauna residing here are oak, sal and alpine trees and Himalayan black bear, barking deer, assam macaque, wild pig, Himalayan flying squirrel, jungle cat, common rhesus monkey and leopard respectively. The Sanctuary has two senchal lakes; sitting beside them would really be a great and wonderful idea to experience the nature’s beauty.

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The tika (in red color) and jamara (green color) used in Dashain.

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Elder person of the family putting Tika to the younger one

Darjeeling also has a cultural aspect for the tourists. You can enjoy the colourful festivals like Tika, Dashain, Tihar and Christmas as well. Darjeeling has all to offer to its visitors, be it the quiet and calm holidays, adventurous holidays, culture and heritage, breath taking view and sceneries, lush green tea plantations, exotic flora and fauna for nature lovers and above all a place where you can relax from the blazing heat in any day of the year.

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Great Remembrancers to Buy in Morocco Part 2

Continuing from our previous post…….
Read the previous post here.

Moroccan Tea Set

Drinking the tea in Morocco is a favorite pastime, due to this, market has a variety of silver plated tea sets. It can be found in any major city and surely buy a set of at least four tea glasses. This set will be heavy so, buy it at the end of your journey. In your home, keep it clean on the regular basis only with a silver cloth to remain its shine same as before.

Moroccan Tea Set

Moroccan Tea Set
Image by Isleofhope on flickr.com

Edible Items

Many edible items are available in the market areas of Morocco. Some of the special and popular items are spices, nuts, herbs, olives and Moroccan sweets. To buy all the edibles, you must keep any local person or a guide who takes you to the right shop to purchase the right item. The items should be approved by the food agency of the country.

Moroccan sweets

Moroccan Sweets
Image by FSCHD on flickr.com

Belly Dance Costumes

Belly Dance Costume is a perfect concomitant to a Moroccan music CD. It can be purchased from Fna market. You can also purchase a thin belt that is worn around the hip with jeans or can buy the belt with faux coins sewn into it that jingles when you move around. So, purchasing this is really a memoir to everyone visiting this country.

Belly Dance Costumes

Belly Dance Costume
Image by chris5aw on flickr.com

Leather

Leather from tanneries is one of the popular items that can be bought from the Fez. You can also visit the tanneries where leather is treated perfectly and dyed in traditional fashion. You can purchase traditional leather Moroccan slippers, purse or a chic, pure leather jacket, etc. You can also order products according to you in Fez and they will make it.

Leather products in Fes

Leather products in Fes
Image by Michal Osmenda on flickr.com

Thus, traveling and purchasing the items in Morocco is a lifetime experience and the remembrancers always reminds you of the amazing trip.

Great Remembrancers to Buy in Morocco Part 1

Morocco, one of the most westerly located North African countries is popular for holiday among the globe trotters. It is an amalgam of many cities. All the cities together make a unique country known as Morocco. From the whirling souks and grand palaces to the extensive space and confinement of the legendary Sahara Desert offers an unsurpassed experience. Besides this, shopping is another extravaganza for the visitors that make the trip memorable. Variety of shopping materials like crafts, arts, antiques, clothes, carpets, etc. available in different areas of the country that tempts the travelers to head home with an extra suitcase. For this, one must have knowledge of what to buy and from where to buy. Below are some of the famous items that you can buy as token of your trip in Morocco.

Carpets

Morocco is popular for its carpets. There are mainly two types of carpets here namely the Urban and Berber type carpets. Urban carpets are probably the common one made in and around the capital city of Rabat. These carpets are famous all across the globe. Thick pile weave, intricate borders, etc. often decorate around it carefully with geometric designs. To buy urban carpets, two best cities are Rabat and Fez.

Carpet Souk in Fes

Carpet Souk in Fez
Image by nickehle on flickr.com

On the other hand, Berber carpets are made in rural areas of the country. It is available in various designs as each tribe and region has its own style. For women, it has been an occupation for a long time. These carpets are thinner than urban carpets. They also make beautiful wall hangings. They are available throughout Morocco but the best place to but them is in Marrakesh city. Marrakesh is an important city to go to while visiting Morocco for tourism. The benefit of this occupation is that a larger portion of the profits goes directly to the workers.

Berber Carpet

Berber Carpet Design
Image by pietroizzo on flickr.com

Inlaid Wood

Essaouira is one of the best places to buy this wood and its products. The wood and wood product can be found throughout the country but purchasing through the Essaouira is the best one. Antiques made from this wood include wooden boxes, vases, chess sets and many more. You can purchase the gorgeous tabletops and other furniture items.

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Inlaid Wood Products in wood souks
Image by Sigrid and Alex on flickr.com

Silver jewelry

Morocco is popular for its best silver jewelry located in and around Southern Morocco. Tiznit is also a place of the country from where one can buy the best silver jewelry. It has dozens of shops that are dedicated to jewelry. From simple earrings with natural stone to complex Berber tribal jewelry sets. Bracelets, bangles, rings, etc. can be purchased from there.

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Silver Bracelets & Bangles
Image by ALSPICT on flickr.com

Pottery

Fez is also popular for the traditional pottery services. Plates, bowls, serving dishes and cups are all there that designed elegantly. Buy the pottery item but before it check surely that you should carry it home with a great care. Potteries are cheaper in an outdoor shop rather than in an indoor tourist shop.

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Safi Pottery District Morocco
Image by JoaoleitaoTRAVEL on flickr.com

Stay tuned for the next post in our two-post series of Great Remembrancers to Buy in Morocco.

Top Tourist Destinations in Romania

Romania, the eighth largest country of the European Union has many travel destinations. Destinations having unique surroundings, enchanting monasteries, friendly people, cool climate, vast history, etc. make it a best city in the whole Europe. Most of the time it’s recommended as a “Latin Island in a Slav Sea”. Many tourist attractions are there that are unique all across the globe.

10. Morii Lake

It is the largest lake in Bucharest having an area of 246 hectares approximately. Built along a dam 15 m high and a total length of 7 km. This lake captivates the crowd with a large number. It was made in 1986, mainly to protect the city against the floods as it occurs many times across the city. On the north side of the lake, an island is situated named Morii Lake Island. It is the only island in Bucharest. Many music concerts are available there. This lake is used as a recreation site by visitors. Boat-rides, water-sports, contests, music festivals and other concerts organized there. Windsurf and water-ski are the most popular water sports on the lake.

Windsurfers in Morri Lake

Windsurfers in Morri Lake
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9. Tampa Mountain

Tampa Mountain is the most famous place of Brasov, Romania. Due to its height, one can see it from the every corner of the city. Most of the part of the mountain is made up of limestone and looks like risen up gradually from the Earth’s crust. Its most of the part is declared a nature reserve as many rare species of plants and animals found there. The cable car facility is available to make the journey from the restaurant CASA Padurarului located at the base of the mountain to the Restaurantul Panoramic located at its crest. The summit of the mountain offers you the spectacular view of the city and also the entire Burzenland is visible from there.

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Tampa Mountain from Brasov old town
Source: arthistory390 on flickr

8. Statue of Decebalus

A 40-m high statue of the Dacian King Decebalus is the tallest rock sculpture in the whole Europe. It is located near the city of Orsova, Romania on the Danube’s rocky bank. This huge statue took ten years from 1994 to 2004 to complete. Twelve sculptors designed it beautifully. Below the sculpture of Decebalus, a Latin inscription is written over there which reads like a quote “DECEBALUS REX – DRAGAN FECIT” means “King Decebal—Made by Dragan”.

Statue of Decebalus

Statue of Decebalus
Source: Austin Donisan on flickr

7. Sinaia Monastery

As the name suggests, this monastery is located in Sinaia, Romania. It was named after the great Mount Sinai and situated in the Prahova Valley. The location and structure of monastery are very exquisite. It consists of two courtyards and in between them there is a small church. Many monks enchant in these churches. The monastery contains a library in which valuable jewels belonging to the Cantacuzino family, earliest Romanian translation of the Bible are stored in a large number. Gold mosaic paintings in the monastery in a neo-Byzantine style flourish the monasteries beauty.

Sinai Monastery

Sinai Monastery
Source: Aleksander Dragnes on flickr

6. National Museum of Art of Romania

One of the best places on our checklist is the National Museum of Art of Romania. It is located in the central Bucharest, Romania. This museum is pretty cool. Eminent collections of medieval and modern Romanian art are the main features of the museum. In 2005, it organized the exhibition of French paintings and turned out to be the largest French painting exhibition shown in the Whole Europe. The paintings included the masterpieces of painters like Poussin, Ingres, Picasso, Delacroix and Braque.

National Art Museum

National Museum of Art of Romania
Source: Dennis Jarvis on flickr

5. Sphinx

A natural rock formation in the Bucegi Mountains in Romania, located at a height of 2,216 meters is really a unique structure. It was in 1900, when the first photograph of this Great Bucegi Sphinx was taken and only after that it was named in the year 1936. This grotesque structure surely fascinate anyone.

Sphinx in Bucegi Mountains

Sphinx in Bucegi Mountains
Source: Monica Toderic on flickr

4. Scarisoara Cave

Apuseni Mountains of Romania contain one of the biggest caves named Scarisoara Cave. The locals considered it as one of the natural wonders of Romania. It was discovered by Emil Racovita, located at a height of 1165 meters above sea level and 105 m deep and 720 m long. The entrance shaft leads to a large chamber. From this point, three openings are visible, one leads to the church, another one leads to the great Reservation and the last one leads to the Coman Gallery. This ice cave was formed about 3500 years ago but nobody knows the exact date when it was discovered. The temperature inside the cave is up to +1 degree Celsius in the summer and down to -7 degree Celsius in the winter.

Scarisoara Cave

Scarisoara Cave
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3. Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum

The famous Village Museum is located in Bucharest, Romania. It is an open-air ethnographic museum boasting traditional Romanian village life. It is large enough as extending to over 100,000 square meters and contains 272 credible peasant farms and houses from all over Romania.

National Village Museum

National Village Museum
Source: Codrin Bucur on flickr

2. Sala Palatului

Sala Palatului, also known as The Palace Hall, located in Bucharest, Romania. Basically, it is just a conference hall situated behind the National Museum of Art of Romania. From olden times, it has been the site of conferences. Its main hall has the capacity to hold 4,060 spectators. Many festive events held there. Eight small conference rooms are there for small meetings gathering 20-30 people only. It is one of the worth visiting places in the dazzling country of Romania.

Sala Palatului or The Palace Hall

The Palace Hall
Source: Istvan on flickr

1. Bran Castle

In all over Romania, this is the most famous site commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”. Dracula is the word that haunts every person either they are kids or youngsters. This Bran castle is the home of Dracula located in the vicinity of Brasov. This castle is a national monument in Romania. Many people said that once it was the home of Vlad Tepes Dracula. Now, the castle becomes a museum having the inscriptions and sculptures related to Dracula. A small park showing the exhibition of Romanian culture is located beside it. Many shops are also available having Dracula masks, blood, paintings of Dracula, photos of Dracula, T-shirt having the imprints of Dracula. So it’s really the most exciting place to visit in Romania.

Bran Castle

Bran Castle
Source: Hugo Pelinski on flickr

 

Munnar: A Green Hilly Area of South India

Spending vacation at a hill station is an amazing idea. Munnar can be the option as it is one of the best hill stations and is prescribed by most of the tourists. Serene atmosphere, cool swing, exquisite wildlife, lush green tea plantations, cozy weather, sparkling waterfalls enthrall anyone to reside for his whole life at this place. It is an ideal honeymoon destination and also a great summer getaway for Indians as well as Foreigners. Due to its location, 1450 meters above the sea level, it becomes a beautiful hill station of Kerala and very popular among the tourists.

The name of Munnar comes from “three rivers” as there is a confluence of the three special rivers namely Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly. Due to the confluence of three rivers, it is named Munnar. Placid environs, picturesque valleys calm the body and mind of any person who wants to dismantle from his daily routine.

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View of Munnar by Krishna Kumar on flickr.com

Tea plantation is the main occupation of this place. Tea museum of this place is the auspicious one as it shows the history behind the tea plantation. Many historical equipments as well as machines are placed there. One room of the museum contains the different types of tea. A person is available there who helps you to distinguish between the varieties of tea. He also gives the demonstration of tea and tell you how to make the best tea.

Munnar Hills

Munnar Hills by Sreejith R on flickr.com

Flora and Fauna of Munnar are also very interesting and attractive. Nilgiri Tahr is one of the keystone species that can be seen there. Many protected areas in the form of wildlife sanctuaries are there to protect the rare or threatened species in a natural form. Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Palani Hills National Park and Anamudi Shola National Park are the famous ones for protecting the wildlife in their natural way. Many threatened species like Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Gaur, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar and Neelakurinji are the famous ones. Watching the birds is one of the popular activities in these parks.

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Munnar Tea Plantation by Shaji Sarasan on flickr.com

Many hotels and lodges are available on the high hills of Munnar which gives a picturesque view of the lush green vegetation and tea plantation across the city. Honeymooners enjoy this place too much as romance flourishes everywhere. Its calm environ and beautiful hills took the couples closer to each other to understand each other well.

For bikers and trekkers, it is just a paradise. There are a large number of Trekking and biking trails. They can engage themselves in casual activities like strolling through the long stretches of tea plantations and meadows. Climbing up the hills is another adventurous activity.

So, in the end, one can say that Munnar is perfect holiday destination for honeymooners, families, kids and youngsters.

An Amusing Holiday in Andaman

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal. These Islands are surrounded by dense green forest and innumerable exotic flowers. The melodious songs of migratory birds, white beaches and the pleasing ambiance always made these Islands poets and tourists paradise. Holiday in Andaman is a matchless experience that anyone would like to take. People from the abroad arrives this Island with varied perceptions so as to experience them at their best. If some like to get adventurous tours in Andaman then some like to explore its beautiful places. Adventure seekers always become crazy to get Andaman holiday package to make their holiday more entertaining indulging in beach activities.

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Wandoor Beach, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India

Think about the most exciting activity scuba diving and snorkeling that promises to pull you down from the world of human being to a marine world. This is the world of crystal clear water, colorful fishes, pearls and marine species. With the help of expert scuba divers you can safely go in the magical depths where you can involve in underwater photography.

Best place for scuba diving and snorkeling: Havelock Island and Neil Island.

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Andaman water sports complex offers almost all types enthralling activities like speed boating, windsurfing, skiing and paddle boat riding and they always magnetizes the fun lovers to login in the world of true entertainment.

People having interest in trekking, can take the way from Mount Harriet to Madhuban. Trekking routes are filled with rich flora and fauna and they lead the naturalists to the wonderful sites, showing the picturesque scene of the Island. Don’t need to worry about trekking equipments, those you can easily get from Andaman Teal House.

Trekking in Andaman

Trekking in Andaman

Visit to Andaman can be worth memorable if one likes to involve sightseeing of the Island in their tour itinerary. In such case customize tour package at MastHoliday suits the best. This enables the holiday lovers to take a round to the worth visiting destinations of Andaman like forest museum, science center, Samudrika Marine Museum and much more.