The north-eastern state of Sikkim is surrounded by the Himalayan mountain range. Going by the land area it covers, Sikkim is second smallest in size among all Indian states. But it is very important in terms of its geographical location. The state of Sikkim borders Tibet on the north, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and West Bengal in the south. The tourism potential in Sikkim is immense. The state offers fascinating views of the mountains, several high altitude lakes and hot springs, rivers flowing through hilly terrains, lush green valleys and meadows, and high altitude mountain passes.
Settled in between the Himalayan mountains, Sikkim is known for its mountainous landscape. The altitude across Sikkim varies widely with an elevation ranging from 280 meters (920 feet) to 8,586 meters (28,169 feet). Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world, lies at the border of Sikkim and Nepal. There are numerous snow-fed streams in these mountain valleys that eventually merge with Teesta river and Rangeet river. There are many high altitude lakes in the state including the Tsongmo, Gurudongmar and Khecheopalri lakes.
Sikkim is a great state for tourism. The mesmerizing natural beauty of the state and the allure of seeing the Kanchenjunga mountain peak are big attractions that draws tourists to visit this state all around year. There are many popular tourist destinations in Sikkim.
Gangtok is the capital city for the state of Sikkim. Located in the eastern Himalayan range, the town is set at an elevation of 1,650 meters (5,410 feet). It is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Nestled in between mountains and clouds, Gangtok offers some breathtaking panoramic views. On a clear sunny day, Mount Kanchenjunga is visible in the distant skyline. All this natural beauty becomes even more enthralling to see when viewed from the top in a cable car ride.
The city of Gangotk is one of the few hill stations in India that have an aerial ropeway running across different parts of the town. The 935 meters long ropeway in Gangtok was built in 2003 by Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited , one of the oldest ropeway construction companies in India. The ropeway is a major tourist attraction and passes through various points of the city. The Gangtok ropeway by DRIL begins at Deorali Bazar and stops at Namnang and Tashiling. Tourists can enjoy a complete panoramic view of the full Gangtok city while taking a ride in this ropeway. If the skies are clear, tourists can also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the snowcapped peak of the Kanchenjunga.
Gangtok is abundant in natural beauty and has various natural attractions such as the Tsomgo Lake, Nathu La Pass, Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint and many more amazing sights to see. The Rumtek Monastery and the Enchey Monastery are also popular among tourists. The River Teesta flowing nearby this town is one of the best spots for white water rafting in North East India. So there is something for everyone at this beautiful Himalayan state.
Nathu La Pass: Situated on the Indo-Tibetan border at a height of approximately 4,310 meters above sea level, Nathu La Pass is one of the highest motor able mountain passes in the world. There are a number of waterfalls along the way from Gangtok to Nathula, and also offers picturesque views of snow-clad mountains.
Tsomgo Lake: Located at a dizzying height of 3,780 meters above sea level, the Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake that derives its water from the melting snows of the mountains around it. It is one of the few high altitude lakes in India. Enveloped by snow-covered mountain slopes, the scenic beauty is overwhelming.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology: The city of Gangtok is rich in culture where people of different ethnicities co-exist peacefully. The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a great example of this where centuries old Tibetan Buddhist history and culture is preserved. The Museum houses a huge collection of masks, Buddhist scriptures, statues, and tapestries. It is a popular tourist attraction. This is also the starting point for the Gangtok ropeway ride built by DRIL.
Namchi is located at an altitude of 1,675 meters (5500 feet) above sea level. It is often known as the Culture Capital of the state. Namchi is most known for the world’s largest statue of Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim. The replicas of the four pilgrims (char dham) of India and the several monasteries nearby make Namchi popular among the tourists.
DRIL, the pioneers in ropeway building in India, built a cable car ride in Namchi from the Children’s Park to the Rock Garden. This ropeway was built on a difficult terrain with the dual aim of providing eco-friendly and energy efficient system of transportation and for the development of tourism. By taking a ride on this DRIL ropeway, tourists can view enjoy the aerial view of surrounding greenery, the Kanchenjunga mountains and the Padmasambhava statue.
The 5 Best Parks to Visit in Dubai
A holiday in Dubai often means hanging out at one of the celebrated hotels and beach resorts in UAE, going on a desert safari, checking out the tallest building in the world, and indulging in various luxurious food and experiences.
But aside from doing the usual touristy stuff, you can also commune with nature in this city known for its hot weather and rolling deserts. There are several beautiful parks and gardens you also have to visit in Dubai.
Mamzar Beach Park
Although this park is a bit far from Dubai’s central commercial area, the trip here will be worth your time and effort. This is because Mamzar Beach Park is one of Dubai’s top and biggest beach parks.
This park covers acres of open grassland, five beaches, and one large outdoor swimming pool. It has several restaurants and cafes and barbecue pits if you want to grill your favorite meats and veggies.
The Mamzar Beach Park is also home to:
- Beach cabins
- Basketball and football courts
- Children’s play areas
- Grocery stores
- Bikes for hire
- Train rides
- Running and bike path
If you want to hang out at a beach but still have access to other activities and facilities, you won’t go wrong with spending a day at the Mamzar Beach Park.
One of the oldest and most popular parks in Dubai is the Dubai Creek Park. It is located in the heart of the old city, on the shores of Dubai Creek.
Aside from being amazed by the beautiful landscape and green turf and getting a feel of Old Dubai, there are various activities here everyone has to try. These include:
- Riding the cable car
- Biking or cycling
- Riding the miniature train
- Roller skating
- Riding the go-karts
Enjoy al fresco dining in this park by bringing your own picnic basket and using one of the barbecue grills. If you don’t want to cook, you can have your fill of great dishes, snacks, and beverages at a restaurant or café here.
Safa Park is another well-known and relatively old park in Dubai. This 150-acre urban park has three lakes, over 200 species of birds, and 16,924 types of trees and bushes. 80% of the park is covered by grassy lawns and, as such, it is one of the greenest and loveliest places you can visit in this emirate.
The park also has a little forest, a waterfall flowing from the hill, and three lakes, with one featuring a fountain.
Other facilities you will find in this place are:
- Fun fair
- Picnic areas
Zabeel Park is one of the more modern and largest parks in Dubai. This park is so big that it is split in half by a road (Shaikh Zayed Road). To traverse the whole area, you can use the pedestrian bridges which connect the different parts of the park.
Aside from marveling at the landscape and interesting plant life, you can also enjoy these fun activities here:
- Ride a bike along the cycle track
- Ice skating
- Explore the maze
- Play tennis
- Climb the 45-meter panoramic tower
- Hang out at the Stargate – an educational entertainment center split into five domes
Similar to the other parks, you can also enjoy a picnic here or eat at one of the top-notch restaurants and cafes located within the park.
This family-oriented park is located in the eastern part of Dubai. It has a swimming pool which visitors can use for escaping the heat temporarily.
One of the biggest attractions of this park is the Small World replica houses. In this area, you will find replica models of traditional houses from the Arabic and Western worlds.
Other activities worth trying out here are:
- Riding the train
- Visiting the mini-zoo
- Playing basketball, volleyball and handball
- Horse and camel riding
- Enjoying a concert at the outdoor theatre
Mushrif Park is also great for picnics and barbecues. There are also several cafes and restaurants worth visiting here as well. It is simply a fantastic place for simply enjoying the outdoors with a green, lush background and fresh, cool breeze.
A visit to Dubai doesn’t only mean basking in the sand and crystal blue waters. You can also marvel at the green, lush landscape and plant life which you will find at its various local parks. You will also find a variety of fun, exciting things to do at these parks, too.
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Fantastic Trip to Belgrade
Belgrade is the up and coming city in South-Eastern Europe that seems to draw more and more tourists year in and out. The main reasons for it are the same reasons that have made Berlin popular with hipsters in the late ninety nineties and early 2000s – it’s cheap, it’s got a thriving nightlife and a budding cultural scene. Although these might be reasons enough for a prospective contemporary traveler, there is so much more to it than just the three. And it is safe to assume that the reasons to visit any place in the world go for Belgrade as well.
This brings us to the question: Why do we love traveling? The smart people from the aptly named website, have come up with five compelling reasons why we do it in general. Now, although it may seem counterintuitive to sum them up (instead of letting prospective travelers realize them after visiting the place), we will try to leave you with these foregone conclusions as ways of enticing you to visit the place and see if you would think the same.
So, we travel to learn.
And if you visit Belgrade soon while the marks of its recent history are still visible, you will learn pretty soon that Belgrade has had it rough in terms of history. As Ms Eve-Ann Prentice from the Guardian has put it it is the where the tectonic plates of Islam, Orthodox Christianity, and Roman Catholicism, alongside socialism and capitalism, have all collided in the past and this has left its mark on the city’s architecture. You will also learn that the place has been around for millennia, and yet the oldest surviving building dates back only 3 centuries, as it has been swapped between the empires for countless times.
And as Ms Mary Holand from the Vogue has said it – it’s in this moment of emergence that Belgrade should be visited. It’s a moment where attractions are plenty, but tourists are few.
Oh, and you might learn that the double S (silicone valley and skadarlija bohemian quarters) are nothing but tourist traps. Neither of them represents today the thing they were popular for in the first place.
So you travel to escape?
Well depending on which part of the world you come from you might escape the tidiness and punctuality of the west, or change the hectic pace and chaos of the East with a moderate chaos of the Balkans. In both cases, you get to see the middle ground. And if you come from the Balkans… well, you will feel pretty much at home, with a linguistic twist, and find that you have so much more in common with your neighbors than you have previously thought.
Oh, if you come from the West you will definitely escape the smoking ban, as Serbia is still quite a smokers friendly place.
An indigenous culture, that has a spoiling number of museums (which include automobiles, African Art, Nikola Tesla, and a non existent country – Yugoslavia), galleries, creative designer hubs (Drugstore, Supermarket), and really fine dining that amounts to the 1 fifth of what you would pay in some European or US capitals. You will get to see art noveu mixed with ottoman heritage and fairly authentic brutalist architecture all meddled in one. You might also discover that there are some damn fine spaces behind those dilapidated facades that can stand tall with their world peers. And you might also discover that in Belgrade you can get some pretty affordable accommodation that is at the same time world class.
Finally, you might discover yourself and your place in the universe. For older generation, it was all about juxtaposing the first, the second and the third world. For millennials, it is the developed and the developing…
To make friends…
That might be one of the easiest things to do in Belgrade. Belgraders are curious, hospitable and generally speaking warmly to exotic and different cultures. If you go with the flow and accept spontaneity as your mode of thinking, you are bound to strike a friend or two on your nighttime escapades.
And to experience…
To see what it looks like when the bulk of society lives on the fringes of poverty, with little or no prospects of thriving in the foreseeable future in a European setting and experience the priorities of people in such a setting. The atmosphere where partying like there is no tomorrow, because it either looks bleak or it belongs elsewhere, can lead to some pretty interesting connections in a moment. And life is really just a series of moments…
Did we get your attention?
Then book a first cheap flight and spend some of those moments in Belgrade. It will definitely be worth your time.
Sites You Must See at the City Palace While Visiting to Jaipur from USA
Jaipur is a vivacious city that has always been a favorite spot for global tourist. If you are also intrigued by the royalty of this city then book cheap flight tickets to Jaipur from USA. Despite the Mughlai architecture, the city has a great influence of Hindu Temples. The major attraction of Jaipur is City Palace which has basically Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple, Maharani’s Palace and the City Palace Museum.
Here’s is the brief description of must-visit tourist spots of City Palace.
Situated in the sub-category area of the City Palace i.e Mubarak Mahal, Textile Museum exhibits the ornaments and royal clothes the royal families used to wear at that time. An exclusive and notable garment that was worn by the Raja Madho Singh II, the garment was said to be 4 ft. wide and was designed by using 190-meter long cloth. There are several other attractions also but another prominent one is the polo uniform that Raja Man Singh II used to wear when he was alive. If you are living in USA and wish to see this palace, then there are cheap flight tickets avialable online for this route.
Located in Maharani Palace, the Arms Museum is another big tourists junction for exploring the collection of ancient war weapons such as the pistols different number of barrels, scissor-action daggers, etc. One of the most alluring attraction that intrigues all the tourists is the royal sword gifted to Maharaja Ram Singh by the English Queen Victoria in the 18th century. There are many other distracting weapons which would catch the visitors eyes such as the walking sticks which are convertible into guns, canon and shields, etc. If you are the you haven’t visited Jaipur yet and thinks that we are bragging about it, you are requested to book cheap flight tickets to India and see it for yourself.
This Museum is the most visited museum amongst all the sites in the palace. It is basically dedicated to Sawai Ram Singh who was India’s first photographer of India. The 3-D painting of Sawai Ram Singh is the creepy yet yet interesting site, the eyes of the king in the painting is said to be staring at you, no matter which side you look at it. And, not to forget the series of paintings of Sawai Ishwar Singh which were completely painted by hands. The museum also exhibits many rare and old photographs clicked by the price himself.
This place is a great junction for you, if you have a penchant for vintage automobiles. Here, one would find a collection of vintage and classic cars, old carriages, European cabs and palanquins. Many visitors from USA. The a traditional chariot- ‘Mahadol,’ is the magnetic attraction here, which was used to carry, queens, brides during wedding and also the idols of Hindu Gods. It also exhibits a carriage called- Victoria Baggi, that was presented by the Prince of Wales to the king.
Govind Dev Ji Temple
When people all around the world comes to India for travel and site seeing, they always often visit Jaipur. And this temple in the City Palace is considered as the major attraction. Govind Dev Ji temple was built by the king in 18th century, dedicating it to Hindu Lord- Krishna. This temple is situated in the complex of the palace. The ancient antique structure lies amid in the garden of the palace. The temple is full of beautiful religious and spiritual paintings, chandeliers, Lord Krishna’s idol.
Food and Shopping Corner of the City Palace
There are junctions available for both the purposes in the palace itself.
Well, it is obvious and maximum probable that in the middle of site-seeing fun, you might get hungry and to this you are prohibited to enter the premises again once you are off of there. So, keeping that thing in there is a restaurant- ‘Baradari’, which is in-house and offering delicious food to the visitors. Global tourists who love to come to India admits that the Rajasthani cuisine is royal in itself.
If you happen to have a flair for heritage handcrafts and handwoven clothes, then the city palace has a place called- ‘Palace Atelier.’ Earned money from the sales is used to support a foundation namely Princess Diya Kumari Foundation in order to strengthen the rural women.
The Timings for Visiting City Palace Museum
The City Place Museum opens daily from 9:30 to 5:00 pm and 5:30 t0 10:30 pm, except for national holidays according to Indian calendar. Also, City Palace Museum exhibits a Light and Sound show which is very pleasant to see.
Mentioned above are some of the major spots for site seeing in the City Palace Museum of Jaipur. We hope you like all the information provided about this museum in this post. If you like it then book cheap flights from USA to Jaipur.
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