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  • 5 Perfect Weekend Getaways Aro 5 Perfect Weekend Getaways Around Delhi

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      As the name itself suggests, weekend getaway happens to be a breather from work at the end of the week. It can be elaborated as short respites that help you regaining the spirit and unwinding yourself with no responsibilities and discipline. If you are a Delhi-based traveler and looks forward to a much awaited weekend getaway, you have too many options in your plate. Being centrally located, the capital city offers you an array of choices with ample of wildlife sanctuaries, heritage sites, hill stations and offbeat destinations, and that too all within 3-8 hours drive.

      For everyone seeking a perfect break from scheduled life, short weekend trip is your pick. To mention, below are a few of the special destinations that offer you memorable moments.


      Route: Delhi - Moradabad - Haldwani – Bhimtal

      Named after the Mahabharata character- Bhima, Bhimtal is one of the largest lakes around Nainital. Having an island in the center, it can only be approached by a boat and has a proper restaurant area. It also boasts of much cleaner environ and treats you with gaggle of ducks! Talking about the recreation, one can do boating at the lake witnessing the large Victorian dam at one corner and terraced flower on the other side. Exploring the surrounding jungle on foot is also a great option offering you utmost adventure and thrill. Next to the dam, positioned is the Bhimkeshwar temple dedicated to Bhim.

      Godhakhal Temple is again 3 km from Bhimtal. Another interesting stopover is The Museum of Folk Culture (Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya) exhibiting collections of folk paintings and ancient wooden artifacts. Bhimtal is undoubtedly an enthralling off beat destination both for the family and corporate travelers.

      Places of interest: Bhimtal lake, Naukuchiatal, Nainital, Mukteshwar.


      Route: Delhi - Karnal - Panchkula - Kalka - Kasauli

      De facto, you have chosen to visit Kasauli for its tranquility and serenity. To be clear, there is practically no such activity to do in Kasauli. If you need escapade from technology and machine-lifestyle, then the only best thing you can do there is to go for long hand-in-hand walks admiring the Mother Nature in its best form and shape. To catch the dazzle of the river Sutlej, Dauladhar range and Chur Chandini peak you need to wait for a clear day. April and June bring wild blooms and their amazing aroma. Wild rose, rhododendrons, coral tree, flame of the forest, katchnar and kashmal add on to the temptation that the place throws at you. During the monsoons, pave the way for romantic moments if you are here!


      Route: Delhi - Dharuhera - Behror - Kotputli - Shahpura - Jaipur

      Located in the desert land of the royal Rajasthan, Jaipur is the first planned city of India. The architecture of the state capital gives you a taste of Rajputana clan, however presently it serves as one of the major business centers nationwide. The vibrant streets of Jaipur get huge number of visitors, every year at their footsteps. The city exemplifies magnificence in the form of famous structures like Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort, the best architectural epitome of India. Artistic temples and gardens of Jaipur is another feature to attract travelers from across the globe. Marking the surroundings with serenity and aestheticism, the land of Rajasthan observes its ethnicity in celebrating various festivals like Kite festival, Elephant festival and many others, of Indian origin.

      Places of interest- Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar(Observatory), City Palace and S.M.S. II Museum, Ishwat Lat, Central Museum, Dolls Museum, Birla Planetarium, Jalmahal, Gaitor, Jaigarh Forth, Nahargarh Fort, Galta, Motidoongari, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Maharani Ki Chhatri, Sisodia Rani Garden, Vidhyadhar Garden, Kanak Vrindavan, Amer


      Route: Delhi – Hapur Byepass - Gajraula - Moradabad - Kashipur - Ramnagar - Corbett

      Established as the first national park of India, on 6th August 1936, it was renamed in 1957 as Corbett National Park, in memory of Jim Corbett, the iconic hunter and naturalist. Along with the launch of Project Tiger in 1973, the Corbett National Park was picked as one of the well known tiger reserves. Being a milestone in the efforts in saving wildlife, Corbett is exclusively one of the country’s most eclectic, quaint and widely acclaimed National Parks.

      Being India's most popular wildlife sanctuary, Corbett has the highest density of tigers in India. Other animals comprise of the leopard, elephant, jungle cat, bear, wild boar, sambhar, hog deer, barking deer. Relaxing in the sun on the banks of the Ramganga, you can find the slender snouted gharial and the ferocious crocodile.


      Route: Delhi - Meerut - Khatauli - Muzzafarnagar - Roorkee - Dehradun – Mussoorie

      Mountain mist, ancient architecture, the fragrance of flowers and streams transport you to the romantic times, long ago. Mussoorie, fondly famous as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ showcases the breathtaking view of extensive Himalayan snow ranges to the north-east, and glistening views of the Doon Valley and Haridwar to the south. The town takes you to the fairyland!! The scenic beauty offers you enchanting pine covered hill slopes and snow capped mountains, leaving a lifetime impression in your eyes and on your mind.

      Sightseeing: Bhadraj Temple, Camel's Back Road, Gun Hill, Mussoorie Lake, Kempty Falls, Surkhanda Devi, Dhanolti.

      Now, after being through the above article, choose the best weekend tour from Delhi when you plan your next short trip. Weekend getaways around Delhi are opted keeping the driving distance in consideration.


      Choose the most suitable one and Laze Around the next weekend!!

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  • Camping on Antarctica Camping on Antarctica

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      We camped on cold dry snow covered Antarctica for one night only. Why? Because we could. Nothing could be left behind, so a porta-potty was brought and NO food either. Sun down to horizon at midnight and up again at 3 AM, hence very little sleep.

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  • 10 Luxury Family Holiday Desti 10 Luxury Family Holiday Destinations 2014

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      As travel to the four corners of the world has become more accessible, an abundance of choice has been created for the family traveller. Yet at the same time as the globe opens up, the options available for a rarefied experience narrow. 

      For family holiday makers in search of luxury, the chance to provide their children with culturally rich excursions that expand their world view are proving to be key drivers in determining choice. To help, here is a list of ten destinations that offer children and adults alike the chance to indulge in the luxury of experience in the maximum of comfort. 


      The culture the exotic island of Barbados is defined by is its West African, British and Indian historical legacy. This ensures that cricket, afternoon tea and Christianity remain staple passions of the local Bajans, who need no excuse to proudly boast of the fact that there are more churches than bars on the island. 

      The aesthetic too is shaped by this legacy, as the old stone churches and sugar plantations characterise the scenery of this Caribbean gem as much as the glorious white sandy beaches and dreamy ocean views. In terms of luxury hotels, Sandy Lane provides a plethora of activities and facilities to cater for every family need. 


      As recently as 20 years ago, Dubai as we know it simply didn’t exist. Now, however, it’s a bustling ever-changing metropolis set in the heart of the Persian Gulf. A destination of complete opposites, the tranquillity of the desert close by provides a taste of traditional Arabia that is of stark contrast to the ultra-modern shopping malls and extravagant opulence found in the city. 

      Excursions and activities for the whole family are integrated into Dubai’s vibrant tourist economy. For example, one of the most expensive and extravagant hotels found anywhere in the world, the Burj al Arab, now runs the the Jumeirah project; a turtle rehabilitation programme that in its final stage allows children to release the reinvigorated reptiles back into the sea. 


      Since the dawn of its ancient civilisation Egypt is a country that has been synonymous with luxury. And with its wide range of world class hotels and facilities, this statement is as true today as it ever was. 

      For family travellers looking to indulge into the rich history of Egypt, the city of Luxor provides the ideal central location to plan your adventures from, with the Valley of the Kings nearby. Similarly, as Egypt is home to two of the Seven Wonders of the World in the form of The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the timeless options for families in search of cultural enrichment are plentiful. 


      From the romance of Paris right through to the mountainous vistas of the Alps, France is home to a rich and varied landscape. In terms of culture, food and drink is central to the way of life. Therefore France is the perfect country to refine the palette of young and old, with dynamic markets, top class restaurants and hidden eateries aplenty.      

      The Evian resort, just 3km away from the gorgeous Lake Geneva on the Swiss border, provides a fantastic family choice regarding accommodation. For more information on the Evian resort and the activities on offer there, visitwww.totstoo.com/destinations. An additional consideration for those with a very young family intent on embarking on a foreign holiday is the relatively short travel times between the UK and destinations in France. 


      An expedition to Italy offers families a varied spectrum of classical ruins, impressive architecture and fine food, that as a collective represent an amalgamation of culture and history which any place in the world will struggle to compete with. 

      Venice and Florence are just two of many cities that offer a multitude of iconic and beautiful experiences. Whilst Lake Garda which resides within the foothills of the beautiful Dolomites, presents a package of gorgeous hotels, stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits to satisfy even the most demanding of luxury family holiday makers. 

      The United Kingdom 

      For those families with a large brood, travelling abroad in search of a luxury experience can be a daunting and stressful experience. This is why many are choosing keep their holiday plans restricted to local shores, as destinations can be reached simply by jumping in a car or on a train. 

      Rural escapes like the Yorkshire Moors, the Cotswolds and the Jurassic Coast provide rugged and beautiful landscapes full of adventure and opportunity for exploration. Furthermore, cities such as London and Liverpool offer vibrant, multicultural environments that provide an illustration of what defines modern Britain.  


      Even though the land mass is small, the Seychelles landscape is diverse, encompassing mountains, tropics, coral islands and  isolated beaches that are the epitome of paradise. For tourists that hold nature close to their hearts, the islands are home to the world renownedCousin Island Special Reserve, a national park teeming with wildlife that is famed for its approach to conservation and eco-tourism. 

      As tourism is the lifeblood of the island, there is a number of beautiful and facility laden hotels and resorts optimised for family comfort. All things considered, the Seychelles offers a unique opportunity for families to explore and absorb the rarest of things; paradise on earth. 

      Finnish Lapland 

      It’s not just the prospect of seeing Father Christmas that makes Finnish Lapland a magical family holiday prospect. Situated near the Arctic Circle, the country is one of the few places on earth that is ideal for viewing the spectacular skies that the Northern Lights produce. 

      Surrounded by amazing alpine surrounding, Hotel Kakslauttanen presents the perfect winter bolthole complete with a range of family-centric activities nearby. These include snow rides led by both huskies and reindeers that traverse icy roads and a possible visit toSanta’s resort.

      It goes without saying that for the best experience families should visit during the festive period, and although this will be expensive, children will be provided with an experience they will never forget. 


      Sweeping deserts and idyllic coastlines provide the unadulterated beauty that has seen Oman fittingly referred to as the Jewell of Arabia. Juxtaposing modernity and tradition the country of Oman delivers a holiday experience that is unique to anywhere in the world. Although because of the extreme heat experienced in the summer months, the best time to visit Oman is between October and March. 

      The influx of wealth to the country has ensured that holidaymakers are able to enjoy access to an innumerable range of world-class, child-friendly facilities, which include resorts, shopping districts, attractions and hotels that cater for every family need conceivable. The most accessible part of the Oman coast resides near the capital of Muscat, where there is the opportunity to embark on dolphin watching tours that will cast each generation in a state of awe and provide an unforgettable experience.  


      For children who are old enough to appreciate it, a visit to Greece offers the chance to appreciate the uniquely rich cultural heritage of a country that has shaped much of what continues to define western civilisation. 


      Made up of over 2,000 islands, Greece includes golden sandy beaches, seafront taverns and amazing hotels, including Westin Resort Costa Navarino. From here families can engage in water sports and other activities, as well as using it as a hub for nearby excursions which take in the countries rich historical legacy. 

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  • Utah - view of Mt. Timpanogos Utah - view of Mt. Timpanogos

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      I looked over to the bell tower as it began to chime and snapped this photo of Timpanogos and the first snow of Fall.

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  • First snow - Sundance Utah First snow - Sundance Utah

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  • Top 5 Relaxing and Rejuvenatin Top 5 Relaxing and Rejuvenating Destinations for Luxury Romantic Holidays in India

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      As soon as the hustling and bustling of your wedding in over, there will certainly be a desire of wanting a relaxing cum rejuvenating vacation with your partner. India, being the land of topographical diversities, offers choices of destination to the honeymooners. Depending upon the preferences of newlyweds to enjoy relaxing vacation, destinations like Goa, Udaipur, Kerala, Mussoorie, and Shimla are considered perfect. These destinations have abundant of natural setting to showcase that leave the newlyweds mesmerized and enjoy the quality time together. Further, making the vacation totally stress free and sublimely relaxing, stay at luxurious hotels, resorts and inns add cherry on the top of iced cake.

      Goa:- Goa is the all time favorite detonation for the honeymooners. If you want to spend quality time with your partner, the serenity and tranquility of Goa supports the best. To experience the true colors of the place, explore different attractions like the colorful flea markets of Anjuna Beach, and the amazing nightlife at the shacks of Calangute beach as well as Dona Paula. For water sports lovers, Palolem Beach is a must visit place. Further adding a dash of luxury to your honeymoon, you can plan your stay at luxury hotels in Goa. Do not miss out the multi-cuisine restaurants that are laced with excellent infrastructure and modern amenities.


      Kerala is the next sought after destination for honeymooners. The lovely beaches like the Varkala Beach, the Fort Kochi Beach, the Kovalam Beach, the Alappuzha Beach, etc., are blessed with natural beauty that helps to enjoy a relaxing vacation with your partner. You can also enjoy water sports like water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, yachting, and windsurfing. This place also offers with choices of activities to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul, like spa, Ayurvedic treatments, etc.

      Mussoourie :- To get close with your partner in the lap of nature, Mussoourie could be the best destination you can think about. Soothing green landscapes, rich flora and fauna, exciting amusements, etc., add the element of relaxation to your honeymoon trip. The ambiance replicates the fairytale atmosphere. Gun Top Hill, Kempty Falls, etc., are some of the attractions you can enjoy with your partner.

      Shimla :- How can you skip Shimla from the list of top five honeymoon destinations? This place is synonymous with peace, tranquility, and natural beauty. The picturesque green hills of the city itself welcomes you explore the retreating view of snow covered peaks. The peaks surrounded by the dense forests of  pine, fir and oak, Adds to the beauty of the place. In the list of attractions, the ancient  Vice Regal Lodge,  and the Christ Church make their place along with Lakkar bazaar, Rivoli Bus stand, Chadwick Falls, the Summer hill the Jakhoo hill, and the Prospect Hill. You can also enjoy a leisure walk at the Mall Road.

      Udaipur :- It would be injustice to exclude Udaipur from the list of exotic honeymoon destinations in India.  The combination of luxury, indulgence and romance helps the honeymooners to enjoy blissful vacations with each other. Further to add the royal opulence, you can consider Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur for a perfect stay.

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  • It's Cold Out There! It's Cold Out There!

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      Flying into Salt Lake City Utah a day after first snow of winter season this year.

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  • Shelapani Shimla hills India Shelapani Shimla hills India

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      About  shelapani    


      Shelapani is situated at a height of 7500 fts, in the north central  Mandhol village in jubbal tehsil 85 km from 

      shimla town. The place had been founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1953. 


      According to a legend Shelapani (cold water ) got its name after a natural spring water, flowing since the

       place was discovered 1n 1910 by the area Namberdar Gopi chand Khimta .Because it was the time of

       global change in the  economy, the impact was on this place too .People started planting apple trees 

      leaving the agricultural business aside . According to the story! mr chand  said, "The water  can 

       digest the stones ." 


      Shelapani is a tourist and commercial area because of its marvelous landscapes, fishing in mountain 

      , and a lot of natural spaces for hiking, camping, cycling, horseback riding and skiing. Shelapani does

       not hosts a variety of exquisite shops, restaurants and entertainment for each tourist  rather give them 

      the nature delight in peaceful environment and healthy atmosphere far from the crowd. Fishing is very

       popular in pabber river valley, Himalayas ,snow bounded Mountain Lake and  Recreation Area. Snow 

      skiing can be practiced at shelapani jungle on the badrol Mountain . 


      Shelapani’s pine forest was endangered in 1953 by a large village fire,and after from de-forestation. 

      Because people needed wood for house construction, but some how managed to be saved . 


      Shelapani offers plenty of tourist attractions.  1.5 km a beautiful jungle walk and wonderful PWD

       rest house and mandhol village with ancient Mahasu temple. West of Shelapani can be admired

       vast apple orchards which looks beautiful in apple season time. On top of that, Shelapani ows a 

      beautiful bungalow built in european style and one of its kind in whole of Himachal Pradesh & other 

      community facilities include a library,fire place ,fish pond ,badminton court,grassy lawns,jogging path


      ,wonderful views ,modular kitchen,and all modern amenities, a lot of picnic spots and historical places . 

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  • DRS front view DRS front view

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  • Crater Lake Sunset Crater Lake Sunset

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      Sun was setting at Crater Lake In Oregon. Crater lake is a beautiful park. The water is so blue. The water is from rain or melting snow.
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  • Great Time On JInshanling Grea Great Time On JInshanling Great Wall

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      Jinshanling is a good 2 hr drive from Beijing and we could have done a very cheap trip on one of the mini bus tours but given that it was one of the main reasons for the trip and we had spent a fair amount getting there we decided to spend a little more and do a private visit. We were looking for a true local and not through a large travel company and after trolling the web and Tripadvisor we were lucky to stumble across a couple of mentions of a young guy named "Snow" Cui who runs personalized custom tours out atJinshanling Great Wall22.jpeg Jinshanling. Snow has lived all his life in the family farm alongside the wall at Jinshanling. Due to the difficulty of making a living off the land the family initially started doing homestays in their home and then Snow began guiding. In recent times they have constructed a number of basic motel style units alongside their home and Snows mother and wife now also operate a home style restaurant for their guests and locals.

      Because Jinshanling Great Wall has located little bit far from Beijing, so our guide should picked us up from the hotel about 6:00am. Hiking the Great Wall of China is a must do thing if come to Beijing. The Great Wall which famous around the world has magnificent architecture and layout. The wall built in the ancient times of China on the mountain to protect attacks from enemy. It is such a huge project with great purpose to protect the country.

      So Welcome to Jinshanling ! And as Jinshanling Great Wall is the most natural part of the great wall !It's perfect to have great wall hiking on it !

      Jinshanling Great Wall Tour is also very hot in China ! Cheap price and many fun things to do. ok join great wall of china tours !

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  • Sightseeing places in Dubai fo Sightseeing places in Dubai for children- 7 attractions your kids would love

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      Dubai is a place where both adults and kids can have fun! It is one of the best holiday destinations in the world and one that has been invented almost entirely by man. From the Palm Island Beach to the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) to Burj Al Arab (the only 7-star hotel in the world) - all the major Dubai attractions are manmade. And there is a lot in store for children too!

      So, here are the top places to visit in Dubai for children:

      Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates: Mall of the Emirates is one of the most famous shopping complexes in the city. Its biggest claim to fame is the Indoor skiing facility where your children can indulge in snow-fights or learn skiing or snowboarding! These are real snow, so you must laud the arrangements! Oh ya, it will be slightly expensive but worth the money!

      Wild Wadi Park: Wild Wadi Park is a water park which is located by the Jumeirah Beach. It is an all-fun place with some daring rides and slides. While the kids certainly would love this place, even their parents will have a memorable outing.

      Children’s City: If your kids are aged between two and fifteen, then make sure to take them to Children’s City. Apart from offering entertainment, this place will also educate the kids since there are attractions and exhibits themed on science, anatomy, nature and astronomy!

      Wonderland: Wonderland is another top amusement park where families can have a splash! Situated beside the Dubai Creek Park, its water slides and dry rides would make your kids extremely happy.

      Desert safari: If you are looking for some really unique places to visit in Dubai, then you can also head for a desert safari! Board a camel and sail through the arid lands of infinite sand! It would be an experience which your kids won’t forget in a rush.

      Dubai Museum: We personally feel that fathers should take their kids to museums! A trip to historic museums can open their mind to new horizons and also entertain them. Dubai Museum is home to a number of artifacts, tools and weapons from the past. It could enlighten your children with the local culture and history.

      Others: Some of the other attractions for kids are Dolphinarium (where dolphins rule), Dubailand, Encounter Zone and Magic Planet. 

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  • Top 10 picturesque lakes in Ti Top 10 picturesque lakes in Tibet

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      Almost every tourist traveling to Tibet would drop a visit to a holy lake in Tibet. The most frequently visited lakes in Tibet are the top three holy lakes, Namtso, Yamdrok and Manasarovar. In fact, there are thousands of lakes across the Tibetan Plateau. The following is a list of the top 10 picturesque lakes in Tibet.


      1. Lake Namtso


      Namtso, meaning a "heavenly lake" in the Tibetan language, is reputed as the most beautiful lake in Tibet and was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by Chinese National Geography magazine in 2005. It is situated between Damxung County and Bange County, 240 km away from Lhasa, capital of Tibet. The lake, covering an area of 1,940 sq km, lies at an altitude of 4,718 meters. It is the largest salt water lake in Tibet and the second largest salt water lake in China. Its purity and solemnness are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Platean. Its touching beauty should not be missed by any visitor who makes a Tibet tour.


      2. Lake Yamdrok


      Located on the way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp or Kathmandu, Yamdrok is also frequently visited by travelers. Lake Yamdrok is surrounded by numerous snow-capped mountains and has a power station at its western end which is considered to be the highest in the world. The lake is fan-shaped, and is around 72 km (45 miles) long. In Tibetan Yamdrok means "the Lake of Swans". Tourists and pilgrims can be seen walking or prostrating themselves along the lake's perimeter. On a steep mountain slope southwest of the lake lies Samding Monastery, which is the only Tibetan Monastery headed by a living female Lama.


      3. Lake Tangra Yumtso


      Lake Tangra Yumtso, the largest holy lake worshipped by ancient Bonpo of Tibetan Buddhism, is the third largest lake in Tibet. It is located in Xainza County, Nagqu Prefecture, northern Tibet. Lying at an average altitude of 4,600 meters, the lake covers an area of 1,400 sq km, with 70 km in length and 20 km in width.


      4. Pangong Tso


      Pangong Tso, meaning "long, narrow, enchanted lake" in Tibetan language, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.


      5. Lake Manasarovar



      Manasarovar, meaning "an invincible lake of jade" in the Tibetan language, is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. Lying at an altitude of 4,588 meters above sea level, the lake covers an area of 400 sq km, with the circumstance of 90 km. Together with Mt Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a pilgrimage site. There is a pilgrimage path around the lake and a circuit is a little over 100km, taking 4-5 days to complete. Chiu Gompa, 30 km south of Darchen, is a good starting point for a circuit around the lake. It is a must-visit for a tour in Tibet covering western Tibet.


      6. Basumtso


      Basumtso in Tibetan language means 'green water'. The lake definitely deserves that name: the views are breathtaking, and those glaciers, which cover on the upper reaches of the lake, are beautiful and at the same provide fresh water for the whole region. The lake covers an area of 26 square kilometers. You can see the beautiful snow-capped peaks reflected from the green waters of the lake. The beautiful view of the lake and the glaciers even makes some European visitors think of the inspiring Swiss Alps when they see the majestic view on the shoreline of this lake. Standing by the lake side, you can see fish shoaling in the water, birds circling in the air and beasts roaming in the forest. You can find a harmonious scene of animals living a comfortable and easy life in Basum with human. The World Tourism Organization listed the lake as a world tourist site.


      7. Selincuo


      Selincuo Lake located in Northern Tibet Autonomous Region and covering an area of 1,800 sq. km, is the second largest saltwater lake, second only to Namtso Lake. Lying at the junction of three counties, it can be seen from afar, a beautiful vast waterscape surrounded by golden grasslands of the Tibetan plateaus and snow capped mountains under clear skies. The natural sights here are absolutely breathtaking and after sunset the deep blue waters melt into one with the shadows of looming mountains, creating an air of mystery and intrigue.


      8. Lake Rakshastal


      Lake Rakshastal lies close to the west of Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash. The Satluj River originates at Rakshastaal's northwestern tip. Despite its close proximity to Lake Manasarovar—over the road to Purang County, Lake Rakshastaal does not share the lore of worship with its east neighbor. The name of the lake literally means "lake of the demon" in Sanskirt. It is also known as Ravana Tal, as it is considered to be the place of severe penance tapasya by Ravana, demon-like egoistic King of Lanka in Hindu theology. In Buddhism, Lake Manasarovar, which is round like the sun, and Rakshastal, shaped as a crescent, are respectively regarded as 'brightness' and 'darkness'. Its salty water, a stark contrast to the fresh water of Lake Manasarovar, produces no aquatic plants or fish and is considered poisonous by locals.


      9. Cuona Lake


      Covering an area of over 400 square kilometers, Cuona Lake is regarded as the highest freshwater lake in the world. Cuona Lake means 'Heavenly Lake' to the locals. Numerous believers often come all the way to worship this holy lake. The water here is crystal clear with fish jumping freely. Together with the boundless plains and clear sky, the scenery surrounding Cuona Lake are of great beauty, attracting cranes, mandarin ducks, swans and other wild animals. Around the lake is the famous Qiangtang Nature Reserve where Tibetan yak, donkey, snow leopard and so on live.


      Cuona Lake is the nearest lake to Qinghai-Tibet Railway with the nearest shore only tens of meters distant, so passengers can enjoy the serenity of the lake with great ease.


      10. Peiku-tso


      Peiku-tso is located 40km to the east of Jirong county town and 250km from the Tingri County. It's just on the way to Ngari, between Zhangmu and Saga. With the elavation of 4,590 meters above sea level, Peiku-tso lake is the biggest lake in Shigatse area. It's a light salty lake with an area of more than 300 square kilometers. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, it is bright turquoise all year around. Traveler can make a detour to this lake when doing a tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu.



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  • How to plan a Tibet trekking t How to plan a Tibet trekking tour

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      With the modernization of major cities of Tibet, travelers to Tibet cannot find original Tibetan taste. Many Tibetan people in cities live a modern life, wearing fashion clothes, using latest new mobiles. What you see is just out of your expectation. But making a Tibet trek to remote areas of Tibet, you will find the traditional Tibetan style. But you may ask how to plan a Tibet trekking tour? Just follow Tibettravel org, you will get a perfect answer.


      Where to Go


      The inaccessibility of many areas of Tibet offers lots of chance for travelers to do a trek in Tibet. Trekking from one holy site to another one or just around a sacred mount or lake in Tibet is the most popular trekking way in Tibet, for instance, trekking from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery or from Tsurphu Monastery to Yangpachen Monastery, or trekking around holy Mt. Kailash.


      Generally, Tibet trekking can be classified into Tibet pilgrimage trek, Tibet culture trekking and sightseeing trek, but most Tibet treks combine the three types together. During trekking in Tibet, you can visit sacred monasteries and other holy sites, view fabulous landscape of Tibet, drop a visit to a traditional Tibetan village, etc. 


      When to go 


      Tibet trekking is not feasible from December to March as the temperature goes very low and also the days become much shorter. During the snowfall not only the mountains are inaccessible but the highways that take you to the trail heads are blocked. Generally from April to October, the best time to travel to Tibet, is also great time to trekking in Tibet. Rain is not a problem for trekking in Tibet as it receives only little rain being in a rain shadow zone behind the Himalayas. Rather rainy season is the best time for trek, as the weather is mild and the ground in mountain valleys turn green and alpine flowers bloom in profusion.  


      Tibet Permits


      Depending on the area you hope to visit in Tibet, you may need as many as four different permits. Of course, Chinese visa is the first permit you should apply for. Then, Tibet Entry Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau is a must for foreign travelers to travel to Tibet. Besides, Alien’s travel permit is required if you visit places outside Lhasa and military permit is needed for visiting militarily restricted areas of Tibet. These Tibet permits cannot cost you too much and are easy to get thanks for the new policy on Tibet travel permit 2013.   


      Equipment for Tibet trekking


      A trekking tour in Tibet is usually made at areas far away from main road and lack of tourist infrastructure, so you at least need a tent, a sleeping bag, and a stove to stay warm and well fed. All of these things can be purchased or rented in Lhasa, though quality may vary. White gas for western liquid fuel stoves is not available in Lhasa, though pressurized fuel canisters for canister stoves are found everywhere. Owners of multi-fuel stoves capable of burning regular unleaded will find gas stations in Lhasa. Ration 4-6 ounces of liquid fuel per person, per trekking day.


      Besides, warm clothing and a good pair of shoes are essential for a Tibet tour, and can be purchased in Lhasa, but the price is usually a little high at the tourist city. It is best to buy clothes and shoes in your hometown or big cities of mainland China. Waterproof, high-top hiking boots are better suited than ventilated low-top trekking shoes to the snow covered high mountain passes common on Tibetan trekking routes. Gaiters, knee high canvas leggings that attach to your boots, are extremely useful if snow gets above the ankle level.


      Food for trekking in Tibet


      Usually, there are no restaurants or shops on the trekking route. So you need to prepare food by yourself or hire a cook to prepare food for you. It is a good idea to bring enough food for your entire trekking tour. Though western style dehydrated "backpacker meals" are not available in Tibet, a wide variety of non-perishable foods at the local supermarkets makes it easy to eat well on your trek. Hot chocolate, dehydrated fruits, candy bars, and instant noodles make good staples. If your Tibet tour is long, it is best to hire a cook to cook food for you.  


      Drinking-water for Tibet trek


      Drinking large amounts of water is the most important key to beating the altitude. Tibet's backcountry is full of grazing yak, sheep, and goats so stream water must be treated before drinking. Lodine, chlorine, and mechanical filters are all good treatment options. Western filters cost a fortune in Lhasa, iodine isn't available anywhere in China or Tibet, and Chlorine tablets were in stock in limited quantities in Lhasa. Boiling water is effective, but Tibet's high altitude puts the boiling point lower. Bring water to a rolling boil for at least a minute before drinking.


      Water from locals is a good way to fill water bottles when passing through small villages. Though they may not have much if anything to offer in the way of food, every family keeps a large thermos of boiled water on hand. Just be sure you know what you're getting before pouring, or you may end up with a water bottle full of yak butter tea.


      Altitude Sickness


      Altitude and the related effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) should be taken seriously if you travel to Tibet. If ignored, AMS can progress into High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), both of which can be fatal. Before starting your trekking tour in Tibet, you should give yourself a few days to acclimatize. During trekking, move slowly and try not to sleep at the day's highest elevation. Most importantly descend to lower elevation immediately if any of your companions seem to act drunk, complain of a headache that is not relieved by ibuprofen, or become nauseous and vomit. 


      Hiring a Pack Animal


      It is very hard to walk at high altitude with a heavy backpack. It is wise to hire a pack animal, usually a yak. Yaks can be rented in villages of almost any size, and can make a trek more enjoyable by taking weight off of your back. Yaks come with yak men to herd, handle, and feed them and some yak men can speak a little English. 


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  • Hiking along Tiger Leaping Gor Hiking along Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan

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      People who love the outdoors hiking all know that the Tiger Leaping Gorge is famous for its risk. On the canyon’s sides, mountains are standing high.

      Tiger Leaping Gorge is a canyon on the Yangtze Riverupper stream---the Golden Sands River, located 60km north of Lijiang, Yunnan. It is about 15km long. The canyon is located between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain with a series of rapids and steep 2000m cliffs.’s

      It has Yulong to east with snow capped throughout the year. Silver Peaks insert to the sky with absurd rocks on the mountainside. Old vines coil and wind here. 

      So, for I who like the outdoors, it is sure a spots that could not to be missed, even it was raining. When coming to Yunnan in the rainy season, you should prepare for the rainy weather. 

       How can the long and slim gorge withstand the raging water in the river? 

      Turbulent Jinsha River runs through the Shigu town--- the first Yangtze River bay, and makes a sudden U-turn northward from the cracks between the Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and forming of the world's most spectacular Grand Canyon.

      The narrowest part of the canyon is the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is said that a tiger stepping on the huge rock in the river can skip the Jinsha River.

      Most tourists who come to Tiger Leaping Gorge will visit the Upper Tiger Leaping Part, so, for avoiding the crowded tourists we chose to start our hiking from the middle part of the gorge.

      The hiking of middle gorge is from the Zhang Laoshi Lodge. Before we started hiking, the old women in the lodge asked us 10 CNY each one as passing fare, as the path was constructed by her family. 

      Just hiking half way, there is another old woman stopped us to ask for another 5 yuan for the passing fare. She said started from here, the way was built by her family. 

      After the hiking of the middle gorge, looking back to see the way we passed, it was seemed no as hard as imagine. 

      When passing the upper gorge, we saw lots of tourists, so we did not climb down to the bottom of the gorge; instead we looked down and find the scenery more momentum.

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  • Sled Dogs and Auroras, Yellowk Sled Dogs and Auroras, Yellowknife

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      Sled dogs wait to go out on frozen Madeline Lake in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada, as aurora borealis dances overhead. Boy, was it COLD!!!!

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  • Railfanning in the Snow Railfanning in the Snow

    • From: Paul parrothead
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      Had a couple of hours before going to our nephew's wedding. Haven't photographed trains in the snow in a long time.

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