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  • Caribbean Sulphur Butterfly 2 Caribbean Sulphur Butterfly 2

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      Another view of a beatiful creature.

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      A beautiful, sunny day in Newfoundland.

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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.

      Bhimtal

      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.

      Kasauli                                                                                                                                 

      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!

      Jaipur

      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

      Corbett

      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.

      Mussoorie

      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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  • Brazil this Summer: FIFA World Brazil this Summer: FIFA World Cup 2014

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      FIFA Brazil ExcitementNothing more exciting is scheduled for this summer than FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Sports fans the world over will be making their way to Brazil for the international men's football (soccer to those in the United States!) tournament that is scheduled from June 12 to July 13, 2014. 

      World Cup has a long history; this year marks the 20th FIFA World Cup, with the first World Cup being in Argentina in 1930. It has been held every four years since then, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 due to World War II. In other words, World Cup is on par with the Olympics. 

      FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association, which oversees the sport. The tournament consists of 32 teams competing at venues within the host nation; this is the World Cup Finals and is the culmination of the previous three years of play and qualification. Currently, the champion is Spain. They won the tournament in South Africa in 2010 and are favored to win.  

      This is just the second time that Brazil was chosen to host the competition. FIFA chose Brazil after deciding that the tournament should be in South America. The last time the tournament was held in South America was in Argentina in 1978; the last time in Brazil was 1950. 

      There will be 64 matches played in twelve cities across Brazil in new or totally renewed stadiums. These matches will include all of the world champion teams since the World Cup began in 1930---Italy, Germany, Uruguay, England, France, Argentina, Spain and Brazil. 

      Brazil has a storied World Cup history as well, with five championships and once fielding the most well-known football player worldwide to ever play the game--Pele, who made 77 goals in just 92 appearances, Brazil's all-time leading scorer, who made a name for himself by making the winning game against its country's rival Argentina at the age of 16. Maracana stadium

      Awesome way to spend a week, or a whole month, in Brazil! My plans are to spend a week in Brazil seeing some of the sights, and I have already scored some tickets for myself and my brother and will be in the stands for the Spain vs. the Netherlands match on June 13 in Salvador! 

      I also got a great tip about transportation from a friend of mine who has spend lots of time in Brazil going to conferences. She said the taxi drivers sometimes scam tourists and it was safer to set up transfers online with Brazil Airport Transfers. She even said her plane was hours late and the driver was still waiting for her with a sign. That sounds like great service!

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  • Iguazu Falls rainbow Iguazu Falls rainbow

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      There is so much water in the air that rainbows abound. In places there are two at once. You can't help but get wet when touring the site, so keep your cameras dry. This view is taken from the walkaway in the Argentinian side of the falls.

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  • Iguazu Falls, Argentina Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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      These set of falls are to the south of Devil's Throat. The view was taken from the zodiac which gives a different perspective of the immense size and water volume of these complex of 275 waterfalls.

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  • River view of Iguazu Falls River view of Iguazu Falls

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      This view of the Devil's Throat is captured from the zodiac ride. We did it to experience the strength and ferocity of the river. We went under one set of falls as well. The warm jungle water was refreshing.

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  • Lemaire Channel, Antarctica Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

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      This view is of a channel we entered on an unsually calm and windless day. Actually, our whole trip was like this.

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  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Wit Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro With Children

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      Adult mountaineers have the prestige of reaching the Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit which is the highest peak in Africa. But who says the Mount Kilimanjaro’s adventure is only for adults? Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro can be a child’s dream adventure with the once in a lifetime experience. Rising from the East African plains, the mountain is a popular tourist destination with the promise of treating its visitors the chance of watching the spectacular view of the glaciers on the summit with a breathtaking experience of watching the sun rise over the beautiful landscape.

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      The Mount Kilimanjaro hike can be a great family adventure where parents can take their kids with them for a fun mountain trekking activity. Children below 10 years old however can hike up to 12,000 feet only. Only children 10 years and older may be admitted by the Tanzanian part authorities to climb the summit. Climbing the mountain can be a special bonding experience of children who are up to a climbing adventure with their parents. If you are planning to take your child with you it is possible to arrange the trip with the following tips and considerations:

      Prepare your child prior to the trip

      Preparing your child physically and mentally is very important. Make sure to give your child a briefing on what to expect during the activity. Make sure to buy them the appropriate equipment. Let your child wear it to get the feel of using the equipment to prepare them during the actual hike. It helps to let your child watch some videos on how it looks like to be there and what challenges to expect. It is important to ensure that you child is fit and well for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and you may find the need to obtain a medical clearance from your child’s pediatrician to be 100% sure they are physically ready for it.

      If you plan of taking your children with you up to the summit, you should consider the weather, the physical condition of your child and be realistic on what your child can achieve. The change in altitude can also cause some altitude sickness on your child thus you should prepare them prior to your planned trip.

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      Plan your trip itinerary

      Children who are older than 10 years old have the opportunity of reaching the Roof of Africa or the mountain’s summit called the Uhuru Peak. There are different routes to get to the summit which is also an important consideration when climbing the summit with children. It is best to discuss with your travel guide about your route options to reach to the mountain summit. The Lemosho route is highly recommended to travelers with children because it takes a longer time to hike, giving longer time for acclimatization in the body to take place at uniktour.com/fr/voyage-kilimandjaro. You may also prefer to go with outfitters offering private toilets to make your child comfortable throughout the hike.

      Taking children with you to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro can cause some trouble along the way but the quality of bonding moments with them is priceless. It usually takes timely preparation in order to ensure that you get to hike the mountain with your children with less stress and worries.

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  • Window View Window View

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      This a window view of the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico. The view is from a tower window.
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  • Mt. Tabor Star Magnolia & Rese Mt. Tabor Star Magnolia & Reservoir

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      Mt. Tabor Park in Portland, Oregon, has a path lined with these gorgeous star magnolias. It leads to Reservoir No. 5 on the east side, where there's a lovely view of downtown Portland.

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  • Top 5 Indian National Parks wi Top 5 Indian National Parks with a Unique Tale

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      Painted in the colors of biodiversity, the Indian National Parks are counted amongst best destinations for sighting different species of wild beings. Be it the mountains of the north or the wetlands of the south, there stands a well maintained national park in every corner of India. The icing to the cake is that every national park of India has something special that entices the wildlife buffs from far and wide. Penning down the unique selling points of every national park is an uphill task; therefore, mentioned below are the USPs of the top most visited wildlife destinations of India. Enjoy reading.

       

      Jim Corbett National Park

      Bengal Tiger

      Establishment Year: 1936
      Location:
      Uttarakhand

      The USPs:

      • Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park of the Asian Continent.

      The very first thing that everyone should know about the Jim Corbett National Park is that it was the first established national park not only in India, but in Asia. The establishment of this national park could happen only after the contributions made by Edward James Corbett. He was initially a British hunter who shot down many man-eating tigers, but later turned into a conservationist and provided a helping hand in setting up a safe abode for these wild cats.

      • The first reserve under the Project Tiger

      Instigated in the year 1973, Project Tiger is an initiative by the Government of India to save the big cats. The Jim Corbett National Park was the first tiger reserve announced under this project. In fact, it is where the project was launched.

      How to reach

      By Air: Located just 80 kilometers from Corbett, Pratapnagar Airport is the nearest airport to the park. Taxis and cabs are easily available at the airport.

      By Rail: Ramnagar Railway Station is the closest to the Corbett National Park (just 5 kilometers). This station is well connected with major cities and trains are also very frequent.

      By Road: Properly connected with motorable roads, Jim Corbett National Park can be easily reached via cab or bus. One can easily board a bus from ISBT Anand Vihar, New Delhi.

      Where to stay

      Being one of the top visited wildlife destinations, Corbett National Park is facilitated with various accommodation options. Some of the comfortable staycation choices are stated below:

      • Corbett Leela Villas
      • Quality Inn Corbett Jungle Resort
      • Dhikala Corbett Lodge
      • The Wild Safari Lodge
      • Wild Crest Resort

      These are just a few to name, followed by various other resorts and hotels in Corbett that offer value-for-money hospitality.

      Nearby Attractions

      Besides delving into the wildlife in Corbett, visitors can enjoy other charms as well, like:

      • Kosi River
      • Garjiya Devi Temple
      • Corbett Falls

      Best time to visit

      The gates are open from mid November to June end. However, as Jim Corbett is more famous as a tiger sighting destination, the best time to catch the glimpse of the big cats is March to May.

       

      Kaziranga National Park 

      RhinoRhino

      Establishment Year: 1974
      Location:
      Assam

      The USPs:

      • The Kaziranga National Park boasts off the world’s largest populace of One-Horned Rhinoceros.

      Situated far away from the hustle-bustle of present human life, Kaziranga provides a healthy home to the maximum number of One-Horned Rhinoceros in the world. One-Horned Rhinos are among the endangered wildlife species dwindling gradually. Kaziranga seems to be the last resort for this endangered mammal.

      It is not as easy as a pie to be called as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, but Kaziranga National Park made its way to this honor. The park won the title in the year of 1985 as it stood firm on the (ix) and (x) criteria of UNESCO that are stated below:

      (ix) to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals.

      (x) to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.

      • Proximity to The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation (CWRC)

      The Centre of Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation (CWRC) was set up in year 2002, under Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). Established near the Kaziranga National Park, it is the very first rescue and rehab centre for wildlife emergencies in India. Wildlife enthusiasts can visit this centre and witness the widely acclaimed wonderful efforts made by CWRC to help in the conservation of wild beings.

      How to reach

      By Air: There are two airports for reaching the Kaziranga National Park. One is at Guwahati, which is about 211.7 kilometers away and the other one is at Jorhat, which is approx 113 kilometers away from the park. Daily flights are available for both the airports. Upon arrival, tourists can hire a cab or mini bus to reach Kaziranga. 

      By Rail: The nearest railway stations to the park are at Jakhalabandha and Furkating.

      By Bus: Bus and cab facilities are available from Guwahati, a six hour drive and Jorhat, a two hour drive.

      Where to stay

      Some of the best hotels and resorts to stay in Kaziranga National Park are listed below:

      • Wild Grass Lodge
      • Bon Habi Jungle Resort
      • Kaziranga Resort
      • Landmark Woods
      • Aranya Resort

      Top notch amenities and matchless comfort are the main gifts that these hotels render at your disposal.

      Nearby Attractions

      Located near the park is the Karbi Village, which greets visitors warmly. A visit to the village offers tourists a walk amid the lush coffee and rubber plantation.

      Best time to visit

      November to end of April is the best time to visit the Kaziranga National Park.

      Gir National Park

      Asiatic Lion

      Establishment Year: 1965

      Location: Gujarat

      The USPs:

      • The only abode of the Asiatic Lions (Panthera Leo Persica)

      Earlier, the big cats were spread widely in different parts of the globe including Asia Minor and Arabia through Persia to India. Unfortunately, due to reckless hunting, the number of Asiatic Lions witnessed a great turn down. The state became so worst that these cats got listed under the Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Thanks to the continuous and effective conservation efforts. Presently, the Asiatic Lions have been set free from this disquietude. It is the Gir Forest National Park that provides a safe abode to the Asiatic Lions. As per the recent census of 2011, the count of big cats at Gir was 411.

      How to Reach

      By Air: The closest airport for reaching Gir is at Keshod (86.2 kilometers away). Daily flights are available from Mumbai to Keshod. Upon arrival, tourists can hire a cab or taxi to Gir.

      By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Junagadh. Trains from Ahmedabad, Rajkot and other major cities arrive here.

      By Road: From Ahmedabad it is 400 kilometers drive via Rajkot, Junagadh and Mendarda. Buses as well, are easily available.

      Where to Stay

      There is a plethora of budget, deluxe and luxury accommodation options in and around the Gir National Park. A few to name:

      •  Lion Safari Camp
      • Sukhsagar Resort
      • The Fern Resort
      • Gir Birding Lodge
      • The Gir Jungle Lodge

      Every hotel is special in itself, but there is one thing in common - ‘warm hospitality’.

      Nearby Attractions

      Along with the Gir National Park, visitors can also explore several other tourist charms located in and around the place. Some of them are stated below:

      ·         Kankai Temple

      ·         Bhimdeval Sun Temple

      ·         Orchards of Kesar Mangoes

      Best Time to Visit

      October to May is the ideal time for visiting the Gir National Park.

       

      Sundarbans National Park

      Sunderban National Park

      Establishment Year: 1984
      Location: West Bengal

      The USPs:

      • Home of the Amphibian Tigers

      Everyone knows that tigers are the beasts of the woods, but in Sundarbans the scene is tad different. The tigers of Sundarbans don’t only rule over the land, but also over the water. They swim and prey on aquatic species, which is not commonly found in most of the tigers.

      • Cossets World’s Largest Mangrove Forests

      The dense mangroves that sway on the wetland of Sundarbans are one of the most productive of all natural ecosystems. Further, this national park cuddles world’s largest cover of mangroves.

      • Stands as the largest tiger reserve of India

      Declared as a tiger reserve in 1973 (which means it was one of the first nine reserves established under Project Tiger), Sundarbans is famous for forming the largest tiger reserve of India.

      Like Kaziranga, Sundarbans National Park is also a part of the coveted list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The park got this title in year 1987.  The criteria under which the park was declared as a World Heritage Site are same as of Kaziranga National Park. Criteria (ix) and (x):

      (ix) to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals.

      (x) to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.

      How to Reach

      By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Airport, Kolkata is the nearest airport for reaching the Sundarbans National Park. It is just 140 kilometers.

      By Rail: Located just 29 kilometers from entry gate of the national park, Canning is the nearest railway station.

      By Road: The Park is well connected with Kolkata - Basanti Highway.

      Where to Stay

      Tigers have always been the first love of every wildlife enthusiast and thus, Sundarbans entices huge crowd in every tourist season. Considering the interest of visitors in the park, the authorities established several hotels and resorts in and around Sundarbans, some of them are mentioned below:

      • Sundarbans Mangrove Retreat
      • Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge
      • Sundarbans Tiger Camp

      Offering the best in class comfort is the specialty of these hotels.

      Nearby Attractions

      Besides the big cats, there are various tourist charms to experience while in the Sundarbans National Park. A few of them have been listed below:

      • Sajnekhali Watch Tower
      • Dobanki Watch Tower
      • Sudhanyakhali Watch tower
      • Neti Dhopani Watch Tower
      • Kumirmari Watch Tower
      • Jhingamari Watch Tower
      • Bonnie camp Watch Tower
      • Bhagabatpur Crocodile Park
      • Chargheri Char

      Best Time to Visit

      Though the park remains open throughout the year, wildlife enthusiasts who wish to catch the sight of the amphibian tigers must visit the place between October to April.

       

      Kanha National Park

      Kanha National Park

      Establishment Year: 1955
      Location: Madhya Pradesh

      The USPs:

      • The Land of Mowgli

      The Jungle Book would have been a part of everyone’s childhood, but do you know who played the major part in sketching the Jungle Book? Well, it was the Kanha National Park. The Jungle Book is one of the best selling classics written by Rudyard Kipling, and it was the wilderness of Kanha that helped the book in earning accolades. Be it the devilish Sher Khan (Bengal Tiger), the friendly Baloo (Sloth Bear), the notorious Bandar-log (bunch of monkeys) or the highly concerned Bagheera (Black Panther), all the wild characters were the inhabitants of the Kanha National Park.

      How to Reach

      By Air: Jabalpur and Nagpur are two nearest airports for Kanha National Park. Frequent flights to Nagpur are easily available from any airport across India. On reaching the airport, tourists need to drive to the park.

      By Rail: Similarly, the closest railway stations are also at Jabalpur and Nagpur. Without any hassle, daily trains can be boarded for both of the stations.

      By Road: First, visitors need to reach Jabalpur, Bilaspur or Raipur; thereafter, he or she can hire a bus or cab service to reach the Kanha National Park.

      Where to Stay

      Being the Mowgli Land, the Kanha National Park has always been a major wildlife attraction, alluring tourists from far and wide. Further, to ensure the comfortable stay of visitors amid the wilderness, there are various accommodation options in Kanha, to name a few:

      • Krishna Jungle Resort
      • Royal Tiger Resort
      • Kanha Jungle Lodge
      • The Celebration Van Villas
      • The Wild Chalet Resort

      Serving guests with top notch facilities and warm hospitality is the priority of these hotels.

      Nearby Attractions

      There is no second thought to the fact that the wild beings are the main temptation for the visitors but it’s not just the fauna and flora to be explored. Some other tourist charms in and around the Kanha National Park are:

      ·         Kawardha Palace

      ·         Kanha Museum

      ·         Mandla Fort

      ·         Ramnagar Fort

      Best Time to Visit

      The park remains open from October to June, but the ideal time for sighting tigers in Kanha is March to May.

       

      These were some of the most famous national parks of India along with their Unique Selling Points. Hope you had a wonderful reading experience. If you wish to know more about these parks, it’s better to plan a tour to the Indian National Parks.

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  • View of the Capitol Building f View of the Capitol Building from the Tidal Basin

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      We visited the tidal basin in November and I was able to catch this shot of the Capitol Building and the cherry trees in their fall finery. 

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  • National Park Safari Experienc National Park Safari Experiences within Sri Lanka

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      Sri Lanka has a beautifully diverse environment, with landscapes of rolling green hills, tea plantations, sandy coastlines and jungle roaming with wild life. It’s in this way that Sri Lanka holidays can provide a variety of experiences to tourists, with a choice in locations depending on holiday desires.

      Yala National Park

      The exotic creatures of National Parks like Yala are especially exciting, and put guests right at the heart of the country’s unspoilt nature. Such a setting is not only incredibly serene, but also exciting through the Sri Lanka safari excursions that can be enjoyed. A tour guide can take tourists through the wilderness in a land rover, providing information on various species and their behaviour, while also stopping to allow those on board to take as many pictures as they want.

      Yala is especially well known for being the best place to see leopards, as well as elephants, crocodiles, deer, wild boars and a plethora of fascinating bird species. There’s a sense of delving into the unknown on one of these tours, as you never quite know what you’re going to be lucky enough to see.

      SriLanka National Park Holidays

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      Sri Lanka Hotels

       

      When it comes to finding a hotel that is nearby to national parks, there are plenty to consider in Yala. Both the Cinnamon Wild Yala and Chaaya Wild Yala are well known for being luxurious and comfortable places to stay, with architecture that resembles the environment and in turn casts a warm ambience amongst the quiet greenery that it sits amongst. Those staying are sure to feel like they’re completely shut off from the rush of the rest of the world, able to relax and take in the sights.

       

      Sri Lanka Beach Holidays

       

      For those that want to be beside the beach, yet also have a chance to experience seeing some wild life on a safari can choose to stay in beach resorts that are nearby to national parks, or to stay in Yala and then take a day trip to the nearest beaches, which are Hambantota and Tangalle, potentially staying overnight in these if looking to have a few days in a different type of setting.


      Sri Lanka National Park holidays can be booked through Direct Traveller, a specialist tour operator to the region. Direct Traveller offers a quality service in the many areas of Sri Lanka.

      For further details visit  www.directtraveller.com or call 0844 414 3073

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  • View from our front door View from our front door

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      The view from the front door of our room at La Haut Plantation above Soufriere, St. Lucia. The hotel has beautiful views of Les Pitons from virtually everywhere on the property.

      It was very relaxing to sit on the porch just looking at the view. The upstairs rooms had even better views from their porch.

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  • La Haut Plantation pool La Haut Plantation pool

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      The view from the bar at La Haut Plantation over the pool and out to Les Pitons on the west coast of  St. Lucia.

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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. 

      Barbados 

      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. 
       

      Dubai 

      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. 

      Egypt 

      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. 

      France 

      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. 

      Italy 

      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.  

      Seychelles 

      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. 

      Oman 

      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.  

      Greece 

      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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  • 5 Tips for Booking Better Trai 5 Tips for Booking Better Train Travel Online

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      Sometimes, booking your ticket at the station ten minutes before your train leaves seems like the easiest option — even if it does raise your blood pressure and cost you more money. But what if we were to tell you that booking online can actually mean less hassle, less stress, and less money? Here are five top tips to help you book your journeys smarter:

       

      1. Book your tickets in advance

       

      The earlier you book your train, the more you can save. Most services will let you buy tickets up to three months in advance, and can offer savings of up to 40%. And you can choose where you sit, too, which means no more standing in-between carriages waiting for a free space.

       

      Some services will email you closer to the date, reminding you that you’ve booked a journey, but it’s best to take note of this yourself. The longer it is between booking and travelling, the more likely you are to forget times and dates, so stick a reminder on your smartphone or a colourful notice in your diary.

       

      2. Compare journeys

       

      Planning a holiday? You can save a substantial amount of money just by shifting the break forward by a few days. If your dates are flexible, it’s always worth comparing times and prices. You can save travel time this way, too — some journeys will stop at every station, whereas others will skip the smaller ones.

       

      Comparing journeys can also mean the difference between lugging several suitcases from platform to platform and waiting in the cold for a connecting train. Many services offer journeys with changes and journeys without, so it’s worth investigating before you book.

       

      3. Take note of company details

       

      What if you need to take an earlier train? What if you have to cancel your trip? These things shouldn’t put you off booking online, but you do need to think about what you’d do if they occurred. Make sure the company you book with has good customer service and a phone number you can call if anything goes wrong. If you’re worried, call them up in advance and talk this through with them.

       

      4. Bring your booking details with you

       

      Nowadays, most people have a smartphone, and pulling up a confirmation email is a lot less hassle than printing out two pages of booking details. Make sure your booking confirmation is already loaded on your phone, as a lot of stations have poor mobile service. If all else fails, just jot down your booking code somewhere and keep it safe — you’ll need it to retrieve your tickets from the machine.

       

      5. Don’t forget your payment card

       

       

      If you paid for your journey using a card that you don’t normally use — an emergency credit card, for example — don’t forget to bring it with you. You’ll need the card you paid with to collect your tickets, and if you haven’t got it, there’s not much you can do. Again, this is just a matter of being organised. It’s worth it, when you think about all the money you’ll save.

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  • 10 Most Colorful Cities in The 10 Most Colorful Cities in The World

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      While most cities are acres of boring gray concrete, there are some cities in this world that are like from fairy tale, magical and colorful, and they look much more attractive for residents and tourists. These colorful cities worldwide are much of a spectacular view for every taste. See through this list and consider visiting some of them, or maybe all of them.

      Read more: http://www.limitlesstravel24.com/10-most-colorful-cities-in-the-world/#ixzz2sMw4moZM


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