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24Mar/16Off

How green is my valley Nainital

The state bordering Nepal in the east is Uttarakhand. Other states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim surrounding the Himalayan Kingdom. What makes is the state of Uttarakhand unique is it is a holiday destination in India littered with lakes all around. Nestled in the Kumaon region, the place is closer to the Himalayan Mountains and hence this area is very mountainous.

Kumaon region is a mountainous place in the outer regions of the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Tourism forms the basic and most important livelihood for the residents of Nainital. A tourist frequented place is Panchachuli Glacier. Its snow-capped mountain offers a scenic view; these mountains are best viewed by trek.

Nainital is a very popular tourist destination for both domestic and international tourists. Derived from the names of one of the Major Lakes – Naini, the place has some popular tourist spots like Haldwani, Kaladhungi, Ramnagar and many more. Nainital Lake or as the locals call it – Naini Lake is located in the middle of the town. The hills surround the lake and a stroll round the foot of the lake will relieve your stress. If that's the reason you decided to come to this place then you will be stress-free in no time! Yes, Nainital offers many wondrous natural beauties that no one would feel like leaving.

One of Uttarakhand's most prized possessions is the famous Jim Corbett National Park. A nature lovers and wildlife lover's paradise, the National Park is promoted for ecotourism. Originally founded to protect the endangered Bengal Tiger, the Park houses many more species of animals, plants and trees.

Jim Corbett Park offers trekking, Safari tours, Corbett Falls and many more. The area is limited to visitors and only a few places can be visited by tourists.

Travellers will find many other places like Naina Peak – the highest peak in Nainital, Tiffin top or Dorothy's seat. Nainital is really good when it comes to having some leisure vacation.

A picturesque hill-station offering a panoramic view of the Himalayas is Kausani. A hill station in the Bageshwar district – the destination offers a scenic viewing of the surrounding on a clear sky. The lush greenery houses an amazing variety of bird species that are native to this region. Nature lovers looking forward to a pleasant holiday will find this place more than what it could offer. This place is best visited throughout the year and if you like snowfall, it would be recommended to visit this place in January – February. Although winter starts in this region from November onwards, the region experiences snowfall around the months of January and February.

Uttarakhand offers many destinations for the travellers. Nature lovers have to visit this place for all the things it offers. Be sure to include this place in your travel places to the north as it's well worth the trip. Tour guides of the Corbett Park will still be able to show you areas which can be visited. Bird-lovers and Animal-lovers will truly enjoy basking in nature's warmth and its pristine surroundings and natural beauty.

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16Mar/16Off

Be An Explorer Circumnavigate These Islands In A Day

download (45)These tiny islands in the Philippines abound with various tourist attractions. Not only they have breathtaking beaches, but they also have other natural and historical spots that travelers will find interesting. These Philippine islands are so small (ranging from 9 to about 605 sq km) you can circumnavigate them in just a day while stopping to visit a number of the attractions they offer to travelers.

But to travel to these islands in one day, you must start early, to make the most of your experience. Or, explore these Philippine islands the day or night before to make the most of your exploits from sunrise to sunset.

Corregidor Island: A World War II Stronghold

 

Only about an hour or less away from Manila, Corregidor is the nearest where one can easily venture and it is so small, this island can be toured in one day. The easiest way is to take the tour package via the Sun Cruises, where you are ferried to and from the island, take you to the various sights around Corregidor on tram, have a sumptuous lunch at the Corregidor Inn, and enter the Malinta Tunnel. But who says you can't explore other parts of this World War II citadel in a different manner?

You can hike through the jungle or you can bike or drive an ATV around the tadpole-shaped island, from its head to its tail. Zip away from the Inn to the South Beach, where you can also kayak once you get there. Best of all, go around the island aboard one of the outrigger boats and see nearby islands, then cap it with some sport fishing before you head back to Manila.

How to get there:
Take the Sun Cruises ferry from the Esplanade Seaside Terminal. Ferry fare is part of the package.

 

Camiguin Island: An Island With Many Volcanoes

 

Another island that you can explore in a day is Camiguin. Start your whole day quest of experiencing what Camiguin has to offer from Barangay Mahinog, the western part of the island, where Benoni Port is located. Better to hire a multi-cab, which are usually parked at the port and can take you to the attractions you want to visit and enjoy. Take a dip at the Katibawasan Falls then proceed down south to the Kibila Beach and Giant Clam Santuary. Take the circumferential road as you go clockwise towards the Sto. Niño Cold Spring and Tuasan Falls before visiting the ruins of the Old Gui-ob Church and cross the sea to the Sunken Cemetery.

If you have more time, sunbathe at the sand bar called The White Island or end your adventure at the Ardent Hot Spring. Don't forget to buy some pastel as souvenir on the way back to your starting point.

How to get there:
From Cagayan de Oro, take a bus to Balingoan port, which is about 2 hours away, where ferries going to Camiguin leave every hour. The ferry takes an hour long and fare starts at Php 100 as it varies from one ferry line to another.

 

Siquijor Island: Veiled in Mystery

 

 

Known to be a mystique island because of the many healers that dwell here, Siquijor is often skipped by travelers, not knowing the many natural and historical gems this place holds. You can visit the various attractions of the island in just a day. As you arrive at Siquijor Port, you are instantly greeted by the breathtaking view of the clear water, white sand, and the green mountains. At the port, tricycles offer travelers a tour of the island. Better yet, rent a motorbike that you can ride as you circumnavigate the island.

But first, drop by at the St. Francis of Assisi Church, which is just outside the port. Ride to the town of San Juan, which is lined by beach resorts. Stop by the Century Old Balete Tree as you enter the town of Lazi and get some ticklish foot spa from the fishes. Visit the San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent at the town proper, then have a thrilling swim at Cambugahay Falls where you can swing by the tree and dive to its waters. From there, cliff dive at the Salagdoong Beach in Maria town. As you go counterclockwise circling the coastal areas, stop by some beach fronts or visit a healer for some relaxing experience. After that, continue on and before you know it, you are back at the Siquijor Port.

How to get there:
From Dumaguete or Cebu or Tagbilaran, take a ferry that plies the Siquijor destination. There are several ferry lines and schedules each day that you can choose from. The shortest route is from Dumaguete, which takes an hour long and fare starts at Php 160 as it varies from one ferry line to another.

 

Guimaras Island: The Land of Sweet Mangoes

 

Guimaras Island is another destination that you can tour within a day. Arriving at the Jordan port, you will find the Tourism Assistance Desk that can provide you with information on how you can tour the island, along with tricycles that you can hire as you go around Guimaras. In Jordan, you can see several attractions, such as the Smallest Plaza, Museo de Guimaras, Balaan Bukid Shrine and the Trappist Monastery.

Know more about the sweet mangoes of Guimaras at the Mango Research Center. Turn south to Nueva Valencia town, where the Guisi Lighthouse and Beach, Villa Igang Mangrove Trails, and Alubihod Beach are found. Go counterclockwise as you go to the western part of the island up to its northern tip. Visit mango plantations along the way, have fun at the Camp Alfredo Adventure Resort in Sibunag, view the Guimaras Windmills in San Lorenzo, go to the Roca Encantada and Navalas Church in Buenavista, then return to Jordan. If you are staying for the night, devote the next day for an island hopping tour to the smaller islands nearby.

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7Mar/16Off

Now Book Your Bus Ticket at Your Finger Tips Stonehenge Ecommerce

download (44)Few years back, bus ticket booking was a challenging task for most of the Indians. Right? And, bus is one the most cost-effective ways to travel one city to other. For most of the Indians, bus is the most preferred medium to travel. Earlier it was not easy to get the desired bus ticket in less time. But, with the upgrades and improvement in technology, it becomes an easy affair.  Let's take a quick look on the flashback of the past, when we had to wait hours just for booking the bus ticket or look for an agent if we want ticket on urgent basis but the charges levied by agents certainly burn the holes in our pocket. Isn't it? But, ever since the advent of Internet things become much easier than ever before. Now, anyone can book their bus ticket on their fingertips at the comfort of home. Just like other things, now bus ticket is also available at your fingertips.

Although there are so many websites available for booking bus ticket but some of them are quick, easy and reliable. Want to know these websites? Alright, let's take a quick look: redbus, yatra, makemytrip and runBus which is promoted by Stonehenge ecommerce Private Limited. By using them, you can book your ticket within seconds.They have live ticket inventory which allow you to check the real status of the tickets available.To book your but ticket, all you need to do is select your current city, desired destination, journey date and number of ticket that's all and you are ready to go. You can use your debit or credit card for the online transaction. Or, you can check whether the website is also offering bus ticket on cash on delivery option. As many websites are also offering COD services in some cities. If the website is not offering COD service, you can proceed with net banking or debit card/credit card. Once your transaction is completed, you will receive a SMS on your mobile number and an email which contains all the relevant details of your journey.

Enjoy 100% Safe and Secure Transaction While Paying Online

To make the online transaction highly secured, most of these websites use SSL (secure socket layers) to protect sensitive bank details of their esteemed clients. By using SSL, bank account number, debit card or credit card number, CVV, atm pin number, expiry month & date and all other information are protected in a secure manner. The additional benefit which a user gets from booking the ticket online is that if due to any reason, user is not able to travel he/she can refund the bus ticket and get their money back in the account. When you cancel your bus ticket, you will be provided by a PNR number which helps you to check the refund status of your ticket online. What else a traveler need, if there are bundled benefits of booking bus ticket online? From next time, whenever you have to visit to the other city always prefer to book your bus ticket online and enjoy endless benefits.

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2Mar/16Off

Shopping in the North East

download (43)What is travelling without shopping? Nothing! It's worth buying a few souvenirs that will jog your memories for years to reminiscence your visit. One has to be utmost careful when shopping at travel destinations as it's not your home town where you can simply splurge! The North-East offers a lot of places where you can visit to full fill your shopping wish and it will not need to burn a hole in your pocket. When travelling to a destination, the items for sale and discounts presented by the shop keepers may seem enticing enough, but not discouraging enough to stop you from buying. If you have cash to burn, then it's a different matter altogether. TravelHot offers some amazing travel packages to the North-East.

The most attractive and the most eye-catching of all the shopping items on your list will surely be –handicrafts. Gangtok has many souvenir shops and Lal Bazaar is the best place for shopping. Bargain hard before buying any handicrafts and souvenirs, they are worth it. MG road presents souvenirs on a pricey side and no bargaining is encouraged here. Travellers will find many things to buy besides handicrafts; they will also find bamboo products, wood carvings. If clothing is of any interest to you I would strongly recommend you to buy some traditional Sikkim's wear or any dresses that have traditional designs printed on them. You can also buy some Buddhist artefacts as well.

The next of the list of shopping destinations in the North-East is Darjeeling. Suggested items to buy when in this pristine Hill station are thangka – Tibtiean Paintings, Nepali Khukri and some brass objects. When in Darjeeling visit shopping places like: Chowk bazaar, Chowrasta and Mahakal Market.   In Darjeeling, there will be many stores that sell variety of items – it's the most visited place in the country for tourists. Subtle areas of interest which travelers will find are handlooms, jackets, saris, shawls and many more such items.

Lachung may not offer many options for shopping but there are things that will make you want to buy. Travellers will find local souvenirs, woollen clothing and few things that will be of little interest to you. Why did I recommend it? There are a few things like jewellery items and accessories.  Lachung is a cold place and it offers a good choice when it comes to winter wear. The choices here may not be that great but there's something for everyone.

Whenever one travels to different destinations, it is important to get carried away with the shopping. Shopping can be time consuming and making judicious use of the time allotted is the best thing what one should do. Travel itinerary is usual time bound, and if coming in a group one person's time may not be accommodated in the other one's schedule. These are the simple things that one should bear in mind to make sure a vacation is enjoyable and enough time has to be devoted to the other activities like sightseeing, shopping, eating, get acquainted with the local culture and many more.

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