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  • Advice on trekking to Everest Advice on trekking to Everest Base Camp

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      When you get to the Everest Base Camp at the foot of the world’s highest peak on foot step by step, you must feel extremely proud of yourself. That is why the Tibet trek tour from Tingri to Everest Base Camp becomes one of the classic trekking in Tibet. Here is some advice on trekking to Everest Base Camp.

      1. Take your time.

      Remember, you are doing a trek at an altitude over 4,000m, you are not doing a race and nobody is judging how quickly you get up the hill. Acclimatize properly, drink plenty of water and if you need to take an extra rest day. Nobody is going to ask you how long it takes you to get to Everest Base Camp; they are just going to be amazed when you made it. Your guide and porter will not mind if you hire them for an extra day or two. They will be glad for the work. 

      2. Bring a book.

      Trekking from Tingri to Everest Base Camp takes several days and it can get a little boring at times. You may only have the energy to lie in bed and read a book, so bring a good one. You can buy books in Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

      3. Bring a water purifier or purification tablets

      Do not drink the water found in the rivers and lakes in Tibet when you are making a Tibet tour. The safety of drinking water in Tibet has been bothering rural Tibetans in Tibet's remote farming and pastoral areas. Drinking water in Tibet should be purified with iodine or other purification tablets to prevent intestinal complaints.

      4. Buy your gear in Lhasa

      You can buy all trekking gears in Lhasa, trekking poles, hats, gloves, socks, down jackets, sleeping bags etc. Everything you could possibly need to trek to Everest Base Camp is available in Tibet. If you need it or forgot it, you can get it.

      5. Bring chocolate and any treats that you want

      It is easily to lose energy when trekking on the high plateau. So it is best to bring some chocolates or any treats you want. Sometimes when the altitude gets to us, the only thing that feels good going down is chocolate. It is a good idea to have some with you and you can buy it in Lhasa.

      6. Give Yak and its owner the right of way at all times.

      You may hire yak to carry luggage for you or meet yaks and Sherpas during your trek. When a yak train comes, move to the mountain side to get out of the way. You don’t want to be nudged off a cliff by a yak. Sherpa’s and porters work hard on Everest, they are constantly taking supplies up and down the mountain. Help make their life easier by staying out of their way.

      7. Have a good first aid kit. 

      Altitude sickness is the biggest risk for travelers who travel to Tibet. Diamox is a must for altitude symptoms. Follow the directions and take 1/2 of a 500 mg tablet twice a day. Make sure to have decongestants, Advil or your choice of pain reliever, lip balm and sunscreen is a must. I had a woman give me salve for my sinuses to moisten them. My nasal cavities dried out and I suffered from severe nose bleeds which were quite scary. I will always have a lubricant for my nose from now on.

      8. Keep batteries close to your body at all times.

      Sleep with them in your sleeping bags. It is difficult to find a place to charge batteries. The cold temperature drains batteries quickly, so you need to extend their life by keeping them warm.

       

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  • Beautiful Xishuangbannan in Yu Beautiful Xishuangbannan in Yunan Province China.

    • From: x123456
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      Xishuangbanna, an autonomous prefecture of the Dai ethnic group which covers an area of 20 thousand square kilometers borders on Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam, located in the south of Yunnan Province in the People's Republic of China. Its one of the well-known tourist cities in China where the Water-Sprinkling Festival is held each year in the middle of April, famous for natural landscapes of tropical rainforests and minority folk-customs. Many of tourists from around the world visit here every year, especially in the boom season of tourism. If you like, you can go visit Xishuangbannan anytime in a year, since the weather temperature there keeps averagely 16, and only 28 even when its very hot in summer. Its a sunshine place where it never snow.       

       

       

      Rubbers, tea leaves, sugarcane, spices, tropical fruits and some other special local products are all produced in Xishuangbanna, and also there are some developed scenic spots, such as Primeval Forest Park, Wild Elephant Valley, Botanical Garden, tropical rainforests and so on. It is one of the scenic areas and also an important tourist development zone with abundant tourism resources. As you enter Xishuangbannan, you will feel as if you are in a green world where primeval forests, rubber plantation gardens and orchards all come into your sight.  

       

      The Peacock Lake which is surrounded by lakes around it looks as clean as a mirror, covering an area of 18700 square meters. It was developed as a park in 1977 where there are pavilions, exotic flowers, peacocks,pythons, foxes, wild boars, moneys, thrush birds, and some other endangered animals. And there is a waterside pavilion in the middle of the clean rippled lake, on which Pattra leaves, coconut trees, areca-nut trees and oil palm trees are all reflected. What’s more, visitors are allowed to enjoy scenery by boat on the lake.                   

       

      The Wild Elephant Valley of Xishuangbannan is situated in a natural preservation area in the north of Jinghong where there is a vast tropical rainforest that makes it possible for tropical plants to grow and wild animals like Asia elephants to live. There are only 300 Asia elephants in total now. They often haunt as a group at rivers, dense forests, or near people’s residences to hunt for food and water, or to take a walk. On the other hand, a number of tourists from the world are attracted by the landscapes of the tropical rainforest and wild Asia elephants.

       

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  • An exciting tour in Guilin Chi An exciting tour in Guilin China

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      Having reserved flight tickets a few days ago and made a plan of travel routes, I and some of my friends came to Longsheng County in Guilin by flight. We paid a visit to the scenic area mainly for hot spring bathing, which is said very famous across the country. After 2 hours’ drive, we arrived at Longshen. Putting on bathing suits, we began enjoying hot spring bathing. In the hot spring bathing pool, there are only four of us, probably because it’s too early in the morning. However, we enjoyed the hot spring bathing so much that we didn’t even realized how fast time had gone, for it’s already lunch time. As soon as we put on our clothes, we went to a restaurant nearby to have lunch.

      In the morning on the next day, we were waken up by a birdcall. I looked out of the window, seeing the ground was wet, and it must have rained last night. The air was very fresh outside, so four of us decided to get some fresh air. At 9 am, the driver picked us up and we were loath to leave longshen, one of the famous scenic areas of China.

      After the next 3 hours’ drive, we arrived at Guilin. Having had lunch, we began visiting the scenic spot, Two Rivers and Four Lakes, by sightseeing ship. Two rivers include Lijiang River and Peach Blossom River and four lakes the RongHu Lake, SanHu Lake, GuiHu Lake, and MuLong Lake. During the sightseeing tour of the one and half hour, we were able to have a good view of the beautiful scenic spots of Guilin, such as Elephant Trunk Hill, Diecai Hill, Fubo Hill and so on. Solitary Beauty Peak, a historical and cultural attraction in the scenic area of Jingjiang Princes City witnessed the change of Guilin history. What was excited is that we four people climbed it up.

      Visiting Lijiang scenery on Lijiang River is a highlight. We were actually wondering whether we should do that by bamboo raft or by cruise ship. Some of the advantages of visiting Lijiang landscapes by bamboo raft is that we would be able to see the most beautiful scenery of Lijiang River on its both banks, and also that we were allowed to have some food on the bamboo raft we brought, as we enjoyed its scenery without being disturbed. So we made our decision to take bamboo raft to visit Lijiang River.

      When night fell, our tour guide showed us to a restaurant where there are dishes like bamboo chicken, bamboo rice, and fish cooked in the casserole. Bamboo chicken tasted very delicious, cooked with slow fire in bamboo tubes, and fish also tasted good. After dinner, we went back to our hotels to get some sleep. This trip to Guilin ended like that.

      If you like, you can go travel in China to visit those enchanting landscapes by yourself.

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  • Planning Your Amazing Adventur Planning Your Amazing Adventure Holidays in Alaska

    • From: jamespattrick
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      Alaska is a vast state full of wilderness and potential adventures. From hiking to fishing to skiing, you are sure to find an adventure holiday that suits your needs and desires. Here are a few things to consider when planning an Alaskan holiday.

      Decide when to visit Alaska

      Alaska's peak tourist season runs from about the middle of May through mid-September. The long days and warm temperatures make this a great time to go camping, hiking, bird watching and general sightseeing.

      The flowers show up at the beginning of summer, so vacationers can enjoy nature in her full glory. Alaska's protected waters, rivers and lakes also offer you the great opportunity to go rafting or kayaking in a beautiful wilderness setting.

      Summer is also the season of higher prices, however, with July being the absolute worst when it comes to cost. If you plan to go to Alaska during the peak tourist season, be sure to book well in advance to ensure you have the necessary lodgings.

      The "shoulder seasons" occur in early May and late September through October. An increasing number of vacationers are taking
      Alaska holidays during these shoulder months to take advantage of mild weather, reduced crowds and discounts on activities and travels. The shoulder months are the perfect time to go boating and fishing.

      The Alaskan weather patterns typically change at some point between late August and the middle of September. Frequent rainstorms and cooler weather cause the foliage to turn vivid, bright colors. It's also a great time to view the wild animals in their natural habitat.

      Winter runs from November through April and contrary to what many people believe, Alaska isn't dark and inaccessible and the people don't hibernate. While daylight isn't as abundant as in the summer months, many parts of the large state still enjoy 6 to 12 hours of sunlight every day.

      Alaska offers plenty of cold weather activities for snow lovers to enjoy. More sporty types might enjoy trying their hands at snowmobiling, snowboarding, downhill skiing, dog sledding, and ice skating or curling.

      Fishermen might like to try ice fishing for king salmon or rainbow trout, both of which are commonly caught in the winter months. You can spend the long evenings at a cultural festival, viewing the Northern Lights or cuddling with that special someone in front of a fireplace.

      Set your trip itinerary

      some of the more popular tourist destinations include Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park and Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America. It's also worth taking a driving tour of the picturesque coastal towns and taking a short day cruise to view aquatic wildlife at its very best.

      Another option is to choose a travel package offered by a reputable adventure vacation company. For example, Grand American Adventures offers several popular Alaskan tour packages. Sign up for one of these and you'll get to enjoy 8 to 21 days of unique adventures, private transportation and the advice of a professional tour leader.

      Alaska is teeming with the opportunities to enjoy outdoor adventures. From water activities to winter sports, you'll find activities that suit your style in America's 49th state.

      Author’s Bio: James Pattrick is known for writing informative articles on Tavel Guide and Home Security Equipment related issues. He writes for HomeAlarmMonitoring.org also.You can catch him on Google+,Facebook And Twitter.

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  • The reason why come to Vietnam The reason why come to Vietnam

    • From: acitvetraveasia
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      Known with many famous tourist sites with natural beauties, tranquil villages, ancient pagodas, beautiful lakes, Vietnam has been a popular tourist destination in the world. Not convinced as yet? Here are the top reasons why Vietnam should be your next destination.


      Magnificent terrace field


      A stunningly beautiful country

      Vietnam is just beautiful, its geography, topography, landscapes, and especially 3265 km of coastline. Magnificent mountains, Red River and the Mekong deltas, rivers and primary forests make the country an amazing land to visit. The top destinations for ideal Vietnam travel is the 2000 fascinating naturally sculptures rising up from emerald water in Halong Bay. Or head to the Northwest and enjoy the spectacular scenery of terrace rice fields in Sapa, occupied by different tribes. In the central region, Vietnam boasts its best beaches on earth and ready for your golden holidays in Cua Dai beach, Nha Trang beach or Mui Ne beach. In the Mekong delta, tourists get amazed by amazing ways of life from floating villages and floating markets.

       

      World Heritages

      Hoi An ancient town

      It is not difficult to find out key highlights of Vietnam. The small country is proud to have rich heritages, from natural ones to man-made spiritual. So far Vietnam has 7 UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites which contribute to its appealing beauty, including Hue Complex Monuments, Hoi An ancient town, My Son Holy Land, PhongNha-Ke Bang National Park, Halong Bay, The Cultural Space of Gong in the Central Highlands, the Royal Court Music of Hue. Other intangible heritages that attract tourists are Xoan singing, Folk songs and Ca Tru.

       


       

      Friendly and Hospitable People

      Friendly people

      Vietnamese people are the most hospitable and friendly in the World. This feature is popular in all regions of the country. You can find happy faces everywhere from cities to the countryside. You will have a chance to talk and chat with them happily. Foreignkids with blond hair and blue eyes will be most adored by Vietnamese women. Visiting their home, guests will often be offered all kind of fruits and food prepared with great attention for free.

       

      Multi-ethnic Cultures 

      The country is populated by 54 groups of people living happily and sharing unique cultures. Each of the group has their own cultures, languages, customs and clothes which make Vietnam a multi-cultural destination. For example, the black H’Mong ladies’ clothes are in black color while the Red Dzao ladies’ clothes are colorful with red scraps on their heads. Visitors will learn different ways of life and it is just making their Vietnam holidays more interesting.

       

      Best Cuisine on Earth

      Vietnamese cuisine is just awesome, and hardly could any visitors have negative comments on Vietnamese food. There is admirably a great balance between vegetable and meats, as well as a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste. Vietnamese food can be considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is appreciated for the freshness of the ingredients and for the minimum use of oil which makes this cuisine very healthy. Hardly do families use processed food for daily meals. Most visitors to Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City will try to plan for a half day cooking tour to learn hands on cooking skills.

       

      Amazing Development

      One reason that draws more visitors to Vietnam is its steady and rapid economic growth. It is not a war anymore. After some 3 decades of open door policies, the country is now in the middle income country. In cities, sky scrapers, high office buildings, residential towns and services are booming. Most visitors will be surprised to see luxurious cars and items are on the markets in this once war torn country. More and more foreigners work in Vietnam, which is seen as a tiger in Southeast Asia.

       

      Top Security in the World

      Last but not least is the country’s top security in the World for your dream holiday. Vietnam is now one of the safest countries in the world. There are no fears for long term strikes, protests, terrorism, guerilla attacks, bombings, kidnaps or killings that affect your holiday. With one party, Vietnam is highly controlled with its own system. In particular, foreigners in Vietnam are highly protected by the legal systems and authorities. Vietnamese government will give a very strict penalty to Vietnamese people who cause damages to foreigners.

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  • Winter Sunrise @ Bear Lake Winter Sunrise @ Bear Lake

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      Bear Lake sits at 9475 ft. elevation in Rocky Mountain National Park.   A paved road open year around takes you to within 100 yards of this beautiful alpine lake.  Hallett's Peak ( Elev. 12, 713 ft.) is in the spotlight due to the rising sun at dawn on a winter morning in January 2009.

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  • Jungle Safari in Nepal Jungle Safari in Nepal

    • From: redpandatravel
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      Jungle Safari

      Jungle Safari

      Nepal is mostly known for its Mountain, Culture and Natural diversity. However we say this is not allabout Nepal. There are still lots of resource, which make Nepal affluent and wonderful place.

      Jingle Safari is one of the main attractions of Nepal. It has several national parks and wildlife reserves most of which have dense tropical Jungle teeming with diverse wildlife and birds. Jungle safari is the fourth most popular tourism activities in Nepal after trekking, climbing and tour.

      Jungle safari is an outdoor activity in to the wilderness to see the wild animals, birds and natural diversity. We have more than 800 species of birds which is more than the combined number of USA and Canada. Our national parks are home to the some of famous and endangered animals such as Royal Bengal tiger, One horned rhinoceros, wild elephant, wild boars, deers, crocodiles and many more. It is also an opportunity to pay your respect to the nature by indulging with them.

      Chitwan National Park is vary popular among the visitors while Bardia and Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve are widely regarded as best place for nature observation.

      Jungle in NepalJungle in Nepal

      Royal Chitwan National Park

      Chitwan National Park is the most popular destination for tourists wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife. It was declared a National Park in 1973. In 1984, UNESCO designated Royal Chitwan National Park a Natural World Heritage Site. The Park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild elephant, striped hyena, Genetic dolphin and wild bison. There are estimated to be 470 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds, 126 species of fish, 150 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles in the park! A recent study also points out that over a third of Nepal’s tigers are in Chitwan.

      The Park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of the kingdom. The forest cover is predominantly sal forest, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

      The best time to visit Chitwan is from October through February, when the temperature averages 25 degrees Celsius. The months of March, April and June can be extremely hot, while July-September is the monsoon season when rivers swell and parts of the park are inaccessible.

      Animals that can be seen during Chitwan Jungle Safari are :

      Some of the animal species that can be seen roaming around the park are Royal Bengal tiger, Gangetic dolphin, One-horned rhinos, Golden Monitor lizard, Wild Asian elephant, Gaur, elephant and Gharial crocodile. Though all through the year this park is frequented by a huge number of travelers, in monsoon season usually people avoid to go to this place. At that time, roads become inaccessible.

      This park of Chitwan has a long history. In the past, this park used to satisfy the kings' quest for hunting. On the other hand, during the late 19th century it becomes a highly preferred destination for safari hunters. However, with the course of time as the number of rhino and tiger started to decrease, in the year 1963 its southern part was announced to be a Rhino Sanctuary. Later in 1984 Chitwan National Park was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

      This park also acts as the home ground for various types of birds and reptiles. Sal forests and Grasslands cover the most part of this park. Almost 50 types of grasses can be seen here. Elephant grass is one among them. The hills and the lakes have made the landscape of Chitwan National Park a unique one. The total area of this park is around 932 square kilometers.

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      Royal Bardia National Park

      The Royal Bardia National Park is spread over 968 sq km and located in the Western Nepal Terai. It is easily the largest and least disturbed wilderness spread in the Terai, and is predominantly Sal forest interspersed with tall grasslands. It is bound on the north by the Chure hills and is skirted on the West by the Geruwa river, a branch of the Karnali which is a major tributary of the Ganges.

      It is generally known as the best place where your chances of spotting a tiger in Nepal are the highest (even Chitwan comes a second!). Other animals include the rhinoceros, swamp deer, leopards, jungle cats, blue bulls (nilgai), sloth bears, barking deer and langurs. There are a few wild elephants here and one of the males is considered the largest in Asia!

      The Geruwa river that rushes in through a break in the hill range, silt laden and full with snowmelt, is home to the famous Mahseer game fish, gharial, mugger crocodile and the freshwater Genetic dolphin. The park also has cobras, kraits and pythons.

      The park boasts more than 250 species of birds, including the endangered Bengal florican, Sarus crane and many species of geese, ducks and parakeets.

      The activities here include jungle safari on elephant back, jungle walks, boat rides and jeep drives. The best time to visit the park is from October through March. The months of April-June are unbearably hot while July-September is monsoon time.

      Royal Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve

      Suklaphanta is a smaller (305 sq km) version of Bardia in many ways. Located at the southwestern extreme of the kingdom, its topography is primarily riverine floodplains and open grassland and sal forest. It also has a large lake and the Bahini river flows through the park.

      The park is home to tiger, leopard, a good number of swamp deer (prime habitat, often sighted), otters, hispid hare, blue bull (nilgai), leopard, hog deer and wild boar.

      The park also has over 300 species of birds and most of the tourists who make the trip here are keen bird watchers. Reptiles include gharial and mugger crocodiles, Indian python, cobras, kraits, rat snakes and monitor lizards.

      Activities here include wildlife watching on elephant back and jungle walks. The best time to visit the park is Feb-March. December and January are cold and visibility is poor due to foggy conditions, while April to June is hot.

      Parsa Wildlife Reserve

      Parsa Wildlife Reserve is located to the east of the Royal Chitwan National Park. It is spread over 499 sq. km of hills and flatlands, and has a sub-tropical monsoon climate. The forests are predominantly sal (Shorea robusta), with other tree species like chir pine, sissoo and khair, and grasslands making up the rest. This reserve has tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild dogs (dhole), deer, blue bull (nilgai), hog deer and barking deer. The reserve also records over 300 species of birds, including the endangered giant hornbill and the Bengal florican. Snakes found here are cobras, kraits and pythons.

       

      The best time to visit the reserve is during October to March, when conditions are best. The summer months April-June can be oppressively hot, while July-September is the rainy season. Activities here include safaris on elephant back and jeep, and jungle walks.

      What to bring along

      Although the Terai can be cool during the winter, it can be stiflingly hot during the summer months. If you are headed here in winter bring a sweater or jacket along. Summer months require cool clothes. Good walking shoes, a good shady hat and sunscreen may be considered essential. Make sure your clothes are in neutral colours that help you blend into the background. Red, yellow and white are conspicuous.

      Carry along some mosquito repellant, anti-diarrhea tablets and anti-histamines. Lastly, along with photo equipment, a pair of binoculars will prove invaluable. If you are closer to the monsoon months carry some waterproof jackets. Just in case.

      The Terai jungles are also famous for leeches that appear in the monsoon and are around for a few months after. Salt or a lighted cigarette will make them fall off; do not pull them off as the wound may get infected. Try an insect repellant to keep them away.

      1 night 2 days

      1st day:

      • Pick up from bus park
      • Welcome drinks.
      • Introduction to your room
      • Lunch
      • Briefing session
      • Ethnic village tour to Tharu museum
      • Sunset viewing
      • Tharu stick dance
      • Dinner

      2nd day:

      • Wakeup call
      • Breakfast
      • Elephant back safari
      • Departure

      2 nights 3 days

      1st day:

      • Pick up from bus park
      • Welcome drinks
      • Introduction to your room
      • Lunch
      • Briefing session
      • Ethnic village tour to Tharu museum
      • Sunset viewing
      • Tharu stick dance
      • Dinner

      2nd day:

      • Wake up call
      • Breakfast
      • Canoeing + bird watching + nature walk or Elephant breeding center visit
      • Elephant bath
      • Lunch
      • Elephant back safari
      • Dinner

      3rd day:

      • Wake up call
      • Breakfast
      • Free morning
      • Departure

      3 nights 4 days:

      1st day:

      • Pick up from bus park
      • Welcome drinks.
      • Introduction to your room
      • Lunch
      • Briefing session
      • Ethnic village tour to Tharu museum
      • Sunset viewing
      • Tharu stick dance
      • Dinner

      2nd day:

      • Wake up call
      • Breakfast
      • Canoeing + bird watching + nature walk or
      • Elephant breeding center visit
      • Lunch
      • Jeep safari (seasonal) or
        Over night stay at tower or
        20 thousand lake visit
      • Dinner

      3rd day:

      • Wake up call
      • Breakfast
      • Elephant breeding center visit
      • Elephant bath
      • Lunch
      • Elephant back safari
      • Dinner

      4th day:

      • Wake up call
      • Breakfast
      • Free morning
      • Departure
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  • Kerala trip: Attracting Travel Kerala trip: Attracting Travelers From Across the Earth

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      Kerala is one of the most preferred holiday places. Rewarded with pure marvels and astounding natural exquisiteness, Kerala the state positioned in the southwestern part of India is consecrated with stupendous natural gorgeousness, exciting allure and idyllic climatic conditions.
      Kerala has few of the most pleasant tourist appeals that plead thousands and hundreds of traveler’s from athwart the nook and corner of the globe. It has stunning hill stations, mesmeric beaches, pleasant wildlife parks and sanctuaries, blissful waterfalls and on top lively cities and towns. It is abode to affluent culture and customs, rejuvenating Ayurveda treatment, affluent ethnicity and customs and on top friendly people that make the Kerala Trip really an exhilarating experience.
      Tour to Kerala
      The state Kerala is bestowed with dazzling tourist appeals among which the top tripped places by the travelers are Munnar, Wayanad, Kumarakom, Kasargod, Kollam, etc. All these sightseeing places are sanctified with stupendous natural amazements and allure that engross the travelers on their Holiday in Kerala.
      Kerala Backwaters  Well despite from the numerous tourism lures with which this state is tripped, backwaters top the list. Sanctified with the appealing natural splendor and amazements, the natural stupefactions generated by the lagoons, lakes, rivers and glaciers waters, the Backwaters of Kerala occupies a well-known spot as the chief lure of Kerala Tour. Most of the backwaters here are acknowledged for providing tours which are just beyond the range of words to explain. And so is the reason that travelers who travel this state never fail to miss to enjoy the once in a life travel over the dazzling and appealing Backwater Destination of Kerala, India. So if you happen to drop here for holidays, don’t miss to savor backwater tours over the customary houseboat, well crafted with up to date amenities and much more.
      Kerala is as well renowned for its cool climatic conditions, dazzling tourism spots and chronological forts and architectural amazements that pleas travelers and nature lovers from athwart the nook and corner of the world. So come and soak in the grandeur of the nature and savor vital holiday with friends and families in an enchanting and unforgettable way. Truly speaking, Kerala Tourism has great potential and proffer magnificent chance for travelers to enjoy unforgettable holidays exploring the beauty and wonderments that is afar the visual and verbal portrayals.

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  • India Tourism The Some Popular India Tourism The Some Popular Options

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      Tourism in India is a remarkable experience for every tour and travel enthusiast. Lots of tourism options are available in the country for enjoying the vacations. In the northern part pleasing hill-stations, pilgrimages and heritage sites are the most popular attractions. If tourists want to explore some unmatched natural beauty with several other exciting attractions can proceed to southern part of the country. With large numbers of tourist attractions the country has the right potentials to entertain all kind of travelers and offer an unforgettable experience to them.

      Hill stations are the most popular tourist attractions of India. These hill stations are ideal options for enjoying summer vacations. Kashmir Tours package is also important place in India tours. Most of the hill towns of the country are blessed by the remarkable natural beauty. Towering hill peaks covered with snow, flourishing forests, beautiful lakes and rivers and scenic valleys make these hill towns most eye-catching and sought after destinations.

      There are lots of tourism options also available in South India. The most popular are the beach and backwater tours of Kerala. The state contains several well-known beaches and backwater destinations. Kovalam is the most popular of them and also counted in some finest beaches around the world. Kumarakom and Alleppey are two popular backwater destinations of the state; here tourists can enjoy the houseboat journeys over the tranquil backwaters of Kerala.

      South Indian temples are also most deserving options of the India tourism. Several complex architectural temples are located in different states of South India. Most of these temples are based on the Dravidian architecture. These temples are the live example of fine Indian art and cultures. Some most popular temples of South India are Meenakshi and Mahabalipuram temples in Tamil Nadu, Sivagiri Temple in Kerala, Virupaksha, Chamundeswari and Hidimbeshwar temples in Karnataka. For Information about India tours you can also visit Kashmir tour packages

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  • Fishing boat in Glacier Bay Al Fishing boat in Glacier Bay Alaska

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      Pic taken in May 2007 on an Alaskan Cruise.   The glaciers and snow covered mountains dwarfed this little fisning boat in Glacier Bay. Alaska.

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  • Family Trip to China with Chin Family Trip to China with China Highlights

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      Family Trip to China
      with China Highlights
      6/15-6/29/11

       

      This trip came about due to a desire to introduce our grandchildren to China.  My husband and I became interested in the country after living in Taiwan among the Chinese in 1966-67, when he was stationed there during the Vietnam War.  We had since made 3 trips to China—the latest in 2000, and felt it was time to visit again, before the country was irrevocably changed.  Our grandchildren, ages 14 and 12, were at a good age to take this trip—old enough to appreciate and enjoy the sights, but young enough that they weren’t too tied up with their own activities at home.  After we invited them, our daughter and son-in-law decided they would also like to accompany us, so we had a family group of six.  

      Although we had traveled independently on past trips to China—a process made considerably easier by my husband’s ability to communicate (at a basic level) in Mandarin—we decided to get some help with the logistics this time.  We had only two short weeks due to other commitments, so we didn’t want to waste any time.  I searched the Internet for tour companies, and came upon China Highlights—a branch of CITS.  They offered both group and private tours, and one of their stock tours was quite similar to the itinerary I had in mind.  The price seemed quite reasonable compared to some other tour companies I researched.  Also, the reviews I found online were all positive.  When I Emailed the company, a tour advisor named Grace Wang responded.  She was my contact throughout the process, and, if she was out of the office, one of her colleagues handled my inquiries.  I must say I was impressed with their quick follow up to my questions and concerns.  I selected the tour which was closest to my desired itinerary to get a price, and then made a few changes in destinations, hotels and activities.  One of the things I did was to eliminate all the planned shopping stops, so we would have more sightseeing or free time.  China Highlights had no problem with this.  They also arranged all my requested hotel and itinerary changes with no problem—and made helpful suggestions.   It all worked out very smoothly. 

      I arranged our own International air, and it took awhile to find what I considered a reasonable fare.  I booked with ANA in February, although I wasn’t entirely pleased with the schedule—it contained layovers both to and from China, with an overnight in Narita, Japan, on the return.  I was especially concerned about the overnight after the big earthquake and possible nuclear disaster.  Since I could cancel these reservations for a $300 pp charge, I continued to search.  About a month before our departure, I found a better schedule with Continental on Orbitz, with a price that just about covered our cancellation fees.  The flight to Beijing was direct, and we had only a 1 ½ hour layover in Narita on the return from Hong Kong.   Although our flights were long and uncomfortable, they were on schedule. 

      China Highlights:  I really can’t say enough about our satisfaction with them.  I’ve already mentioned that the planning process went very smoothly.  In the execution, our guides were all excellent.  They were always prompt, helpful, flexible when we wanted to change or add to our itinerary, and very knowledgeable about the cities and sights.   We were ferried around in comfortable air-conditioned vans or small busses.  Of course, the drivers were Chinese, and their way of driving is sometimes a little (or a lot) frightening.  However, except for a small fender-bender, we survived intact. 

      Cities & hotels:  3 nights in Beijing at the Park Plaza Beijing, 2 nights in Xi’an at the Grand Noble Hotel, 1 night in Chengdu at the Haiyatt Garden, 3 nights in Guilin at the Guilin Bravo Hotel, 1 night in Yangshuo at the Green Lotus, and 3 nights in Hong Kong at the Salisbury YMCA.   I feel this itinerary was just right for us, and I wouldn’t have changed any of it.

      I was pleased with all our hotels.  They ranged from 3 to 5 star hotels, and all in good locations, which is the most important thing to me.  At all of them we were just short walking distances from pedestrian shopping streets, night markets, and interesting restaurants.  Our included breakfasts were excellent in all but the Green Lotus in Yangshuo, which fell a little short in this category.   Winner for best breakfast would be the Salisbury YMCA in Hong Kong, with its great service and sunny restaurant with a view of the harbor. Winner for best view from our rooms was the Green Lotus with its stunning view of the Li River.   I didn’t get the lake view I had expected at the Guilin Bravo, but we were upgraded to nicer rooms in their new wing.  And they had a very nice outdoor pool and fitness center.  The kids also enjoyed the pool at the Green Lotus and at the Salisbury YMCA in Hong Kong, although the pools at the latter were not really geared to hotel guests and my grandson were rather disappointed that he had to pay extra to use the fitness room there.  The rooms were small and simple in the YMCA, but we couldn’t beat the price for the location--a couple blocks from the harbor and Star Ferry and across the street from a subway station. 

      Food:  Breakfasts at our hotels were generally excellent with lots of food choices and made-to-order omelets.  Lunches were included with our tour, and the restaurants chosen were generally good and included local specialties.  We could order from the menu or enlist our guide’s help.  Since the menus are so large and the dishes so unfamiliar, it was usually more efficient to have our guide’s recommendations.  Meals were a special challenge for me, because I have Celiac Disease, and am “allergic” to anything containing gluten (wheat, rye, barley).   During the planning process, I had a card with instructions for the restaurant translated into Chinese characters by Grace Wang.  This helped a lot—especially for dinners, where we were on our own.  I must say that China is a pretty tough country for those with gluten-sensitivity, but our guides all did their best to insure that I had something gluten-free to eat.  The main problem is the soy sauce which is used in so many dishes, and which almost always contains wheat.  I brought a bottle of gluten-free soy sauce with me, and some of the restaurants would use this to make a dish for me.  Generally, I ate mostly steamed rice, fried rice with egg (without soy sauce), and sautéed vegetables.  So I didn’t starve, but I couldn’t partake of some of the more interesting dishes.  The rest of the family loved the food.  Only once in awhile, toward the end of the trip, did anyone choose a pizza or hamburger instead of Chinese food.  The guys reported that the beer was also very good, but, again, I couldn’t partake because beer contains barley.  And, unfortunately, the wine in China still leaves much to be desired.   Meals which were especially memorable were our Peking Duck dinner at the Da Dong Restaurant in Beijing, lunch at the Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant in a garden setting near the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, the lunch of locally-grown organic foods at Longji Ping ‘an Restaurant at the Longsheng Rice Terraces near Guilin, Nomad’s (Mongolian Barbeque) in Hong Kong, and our final dinner splurge at the Hutong Restaurant with an unforgettable view of Hong Kong Harbor.  There was only one restaurant—in Chengdu—that was not good.  I don’t have the name, because our guide changed the itinerary restaurant to one in which she felt it would be easier to get some gluten-free dishes.  Although the food was fine, the atmosphere, service, and the restroom cleanliness left a lot to be desired.

      Shopping:  My daughter and son-in-law made their largest purchases at the Terra Cotta Warrior site near Xi’an.  This included a terra cotta warrior replica about 18” high, and a lovely celadon tea set.   For artwork and general souvenirs, we had the most luck in Yangshuo, Stanley Market and the Lady’s Market in Hong Kong.  We were more receptive to shopping there because it was near the end of the trip, and we wouldn’t have to cart our purchases around so long.

      Memories:  Oh so many, but here are some of the highlights.

      Beijing:  Of course, hiking on the Great Wall—the Mutianyu section.  The expression on my grandson’s face after he tried a snake skewer in the night market on our first night (he was a little more cautious in his food choices after that).   The grandeur and history of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.   Having our photo taken in Chinese finery at the Summer Palace.  The beauty of the Temple of Heaven.  The pedicab ride through a hutong (the old traditional housing area), followed by tea and conversation with a local resident.  Our first attempts at bargaining with the vendors at the Great Wall.  The traffic and crazy driving.  The hordes of people—especially at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City on a hot, steamy Saturday.  The forests of new apartment buildings to house all those people.  Our Peking Duck dinner at Da Dong.

      Xi’an:  Of course, the awesome Terra Cotta Soldiers.  My husband’s hilarious terra cotta warrior photo.  Biking along the city wall early in the morning.  Our auto accident which we knew was bound to happen (luckily, it was minor).  The tea ceremony.  The very entertaining Tang Dynasty show.  Walking in the rain through the Muslim Quarter.

      Chengdu:  Of course, the Panda Research Center.  My granddaughter having her photo taken holding a baby panda.  We couldn’t believe the number of people who were willing to fork over the equivalent of $150 to have this photo.  Of course, it was for a good cause.  Wu Hou temple and the restored old Jinli Street.

      Guilin:  Of course, the gorgeous scenery of the Li River Cruise.  The huge Reed Flute Cave, in which President Clinton once held a dinner party.   The visit to several classrooms in the Children’s Palace.   The visit to the boathouse of a local fisherman, who plied us with his homemade wine, peanuts, watermelon and lychees.  Our visit to the offices of China Highlights and our lunch with Grace Wang.  The colored lights and entertainment along the shore as we enjoyed a night cruise through the 4 lakes and under numerous bridges.  The view of the Longsheng Terraced Rice Fields, and my husband being carried in a sedan chair (he has bad knees) up the mountain while enjoying a beer.  The firecracker “welcome” in the minority village.  The relaxing foot massage enjoyed by the entire family—except my grandson, who luxuriated in his first full body massage. 

      Yangshuo: The awesome limestone karsts (mountains) which line the rivers and surround the city.  The cart ride into the countryside and visit with an old woman in her ancient home.  The “WOW”of the Impressions Light Show with its 600 actors and 2500 spectators.  The efficiency of our guide and driver in getting us in and out through the mobs of people at that show.   Being slowly poled down the Yulong River on bamboo rafts.  Souvenir shopping on West Street.  My husband’s hilarious Chinese hamburger incident.  The anxiety of almost missing our flight to Hong Kong followed by disbelief when they held the plane for us for more than a half hour—a delay that was extended because the security officers wanted to have their photos taken with my grandson!!!!!

      Hong Kong: Of course, Victoria Peak, the Star Ferry, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen Harbor.  Shopping & lunch by the water at Stanley Market.  Our evening harbor cruise to see the lights along the shore.  (For the girls) shopping in the pouring rain at the outdoor Lady’s Market.   (For the guys) shopping for electronics at the huge Golden Mall.  The view of the city and laser show and our farewell dinner at the Hutong Restaurant.  Listening to jazz at Ned Kelly’s Bar.

      In summary, our itinerary offered a wide variety of sights and experiences that were of interest to all the different generations of our family.  Although my husband and I had seen most of the major sights before, it was so enjoyable to experience them again with our children & grandchildren.

      Much has changed since my husband & I last visited most of these same cities 15 years ago.  The people enjoy considerably more economic freedom, and there are many signs of conspicuous consumption—such as upscale malls, designer labels (not always fakes), very expensive cars and small dogs (we rarely saw any sort of pet before).  They consider themselves more Socialist than Communist these days.  However, they are still subject to the political control of the Chinese Communist Party.  The one-child policy is still in effect, with some unavoidable consequences, such as an increasing surplus of bachelors.    Before, the streets were thronged with bikes, while autos have now taken over.  The traffic is so heavy, especially in Beijing, that the government has taken measures such as banning certain cars from the city on certain days of the week—depending on a number on the license plate.  Crossing the street can be dangerous, and we were warned not to rely on a green “walk” signal for safety.  The smog wasn’t as bad as we had expected—a result of the continuing dismantling of old coal-burning power plants.  However, rain shortly before we arrived probably also helped.  There also wasn’t as much littering and spitting as before.  Even cigarette smoking seems to have abated, and is not allowed in numerous public places.  These latter improvements came about in preparation for the Olympics which Beijing hosted in 2008.  Many of the old hutongs (housing areas) have been razed to build skyscraper apartment buildings, but the government seems to be more aware of the importance of preserving some of the old areas.  We didn’t get nearly as many stares as before; the Chinese people are much more used to seeing Western tourists.  Still—there were several instances where Chinese wanted to have their photos taken with us.  One thing that hadn’t changed was the friendliness we encountered everywhere.

      I’ve always said China is my favorite country for travel, and, although I’ve traveled to many different countries in the past few years, I would still rank it Number One.   

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