Unbeatable Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the most beautiful forts located on Aravali hills in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, 85 kms from Udaipur . The construction of this building began during the reign of Maharana Kumbha & later witnessed the birth of the great Maharana Pratap is one of the most beautiful UNESCO world heritage sites. The fort is a marvel of military architecture owing to its location at the height of 1914 meters above sea level & its 36 kms. long wall, the second longest wall in the world after Great wall of China. Today, Kumbalgarh has become a popular weekend holiday resort for people from Gujarat & Rajasthan, who come there to experience its history & relax at the many luxurious resorts in this area.

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The most remarkable palace in the fort complex is the Badal Mahal, where Maharana Pratap was born. The palace has beautiful rooms with lovely colour combination of greenish, turquoise and white which present a bright contrast to the earthy colours of the Fort. One can get an amazing panaromic view of Mewar & Marwad from the top with surrounding Aravali Mountains. The historic complex has a number of temples & gardens that are worth visiting. Moreover the sound & light show held every evening is a great way of witnessing hundreds of years of history in a moment.

Kumbhalgarh’s location has always been greatest advantage. It’s easily accessible from Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer – Pushkar & yet off the well trodden tourist routes. The route to Kumbhalgarh is very scenic, zigzag roads passing through magnificent Hills and forest giving a scenic view of all the beautiful landscape. The place has some very beautiful resorts that add to your weekend experience.

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Aodhi Resort :

Aodhi is a sanctuary resort besides the hills crowned by the majestic fort. One of theoldest resorts in Kumbhalgarh with all the basic and modern amenities. The rooms are built in heritage style with modern décor, making it a heritage luxury resort. Enjoy the afternoons by the pool side and indoor games facilities making a perfect holiday for a family.

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Kumbha Bagh :

Kumbha Bagh is a stunning hill-top Resort 3500 ft above sea level, same height as KUMBHALGARH FORT. It has been fantastically built into a luxurious, sophisticated and an outstanding romantic retreat. Nestled in the Aravali hills, each room at Kumbha bagh have stunning view of Fort. The Contemporary design showcased in this spectacularly built property, complemented by their cotemporary service makes your stay a memorable experience. One of the most unique features of this property is its landscape, which manages to strike a balance between modern and antique design.  The Kumbha and Pratap Suites, together form the front Arms of the resort & has its own private deck, Jacuzzi and balconies with a glorious view of Kumbhalgarh Fort and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary.

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Fateh Safari Lodge :

It is situated on the edge of Aravalli Hills. It is an ideal base for exploring stunning views of the plains of Marwar and the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience.  Guests can enjoy wildlife safaris to the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and soft adventure activities like bird watching, trekking, walking safaris, etc.

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National Parks in United States of America

United States of America has been one of the pioneers in establishing protected areas that are termed as National Parks. At the moment, USA is home to fifty nine National Parks and many of which are off the beaten path. These parks are not only important for conservation purpose but forms for great tourist attractions. Each park is popular for its unique characteristics and illustrates the untouched natural picturesque beauty of United States of America. So whether you are a Pro hiker or an easy walker, each park has something exquisite to offer you. Some of the most popular national parks are:

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Situated in Tennessee and North Carolina:

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The busiest park in USA receives more than nine million visitors every year. The park boosts of two visitor centers – Sugarlands Visitor’s Center and Oconaluftee Visitors’ Center which provides information on Wildlife, Geology and History of the park. The park used to be residence for indigenous people who migrated once the park was founded. Cades Cove, the valley where they resided still preserves log cabins, barns and church and self guided vehicle tours and bicycle tours offers visitors to glimpse back in time. The Park offers Hiking, Fishing and Horseback Riding facilities for the tourists as well.

Grand Canyon National Park situated in Arizona:

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The Grand Canyon in this national Park is a colossal tribute to the Canyons all over the world due to its sheer size, depth and layers. The canyon is formed of colorful rocks, which at times gives an impression of being an Artist’s Palette. The Park is divided in two parts – the north rim and the south rim. The north rim is remote and less tourist activity is seen whereas the south rim is accessible for Hiking, Tour drives, Walking tours, Mule rides and Helicopter or small airplanes tours. A skywalk was constructed in 2007 over western rim and has been a major attraction for tourists since then.  All in all, the Grand Canyon sight is that of magnificence and such that one must not miss!

Yellowstone National Park situated in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho:

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Famous for its geothermal attractions especially “Old Faithful Geyser”, The Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited parks of USA. The Yellowstone Lake is largest High- Elevation Lake in USA and is situated over a super volcano which is considered to be active. The park is home to grizzly bears, wolves, elk and bison. Apart from wide range of Flora and Fauna, the park caters to activities like camping, mountaineering and fishing for its visitors. It also has 9 visitor centers and museums which are responsible for maintenance of approximately 2000 historical buildings and structures. The best time to visit park would be in summer, from March to July.

Rocky Mountain National Park situated in Colorado:

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The park consists of the front range of the humongous Rocky Mountains that stretches across 4800 Kms from Canada to Southwestern United States. The Park has combination of Mountain views, mountain lakes, Wildlife, wooded forests and varied climates to entice its visitors. There are various lookout points for the visitors to enjoy spectacular views of the national park. Hiking, Backpacking, Rock climbing, mountaineering, camping and Fishing are some of the interesting activities offered at the park. During winter, when snow falls cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and Telemark skiing becomes the temptation that attracts tourists to this destination. It would be fair to say, that no matter what season you decide to visit the park it will always be a unique experience.

Zion National Park situated in Utah:

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A chance not only to visit the park but also to stay in the raw and wild natural beauty that is what Zion National Park has to offer. It provides its visitors with a chance to stay amidst the beautiful Zion Canyon at Zion Lodge. The park is a paradise for rock climbers’ and hikers with walls like Touchstone, Spaceshot and Prodigal Son and trails like weeping rock and Angel’s landing. Guided horseback riding trips, nature walks, and evening programs are available from late March to early November. The Zion lodge consists of motel rooms, cabins, cafes, restaurants and gift shop as well. However occupancy is fast filling and advance booking is highly suggested.

Yosemite National Park situated in California:

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Yosemite National Park is renowned for its granite cliffs, crystal clear water and numerous waterfalls. The park reacts to the weather conditions and pleases its viewers with different splendid sights. The park has a valley visitor centre, a museum, a lodge and a world famous Ahwahnee Hotel. Most locations in the park are accessible by vehicle. However for some lookouts, you might have to hike.  Summer is best time to visit the park since it offers wonderful water activities including rafting through Yosemite Valley. All in all, the park is worth a stop by if you are passing through that region.

To indulge in nature and explore unexploited places, National Parks is the best place to start with. Discover your inner self with these national parks and you will carry a memory of them for the rest of your life, that’s guaranteed!

EGYPT- The Land Of Pharaohs

Egypt is a country that lies on the southwest corner of Asia and northeast corner of Africa via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. It is the world’s only nation having borders adjacent to three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa. Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa and the Arab World. Majority of the people live close to the banks of the Nile River which has the only available cultivable land, whereas country’s majority of the area is constituted of Sahara desert which is sparsely populated. Egypt’s fifty percent population lives in urban areas in and around the Nile Delta, Cairo and Alexandria. The History of Egypt dates back to as long as 10th century BC.

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The significant political, cultural, and military influence has made Egypt a regional power in the Muslim world, Middle East and North Africa. It’s economy is one of the largest and most diversified in the Middle East, with sectors such as industries, tourism, agriculture and services contributing equally to the economy of the country.

In ancient Egypt, The Pharaoh was the political as well as the religious leader of the mass. He was given the titles ‘High Priest of Every Temple’ and ‘Lord of the Two Lands’. The word ‘pharaoh’ is the Greek form which was the designation for the royal residence. As supreme leader of the people, the pharaoh was considered a god on earth, the mediator between the gods and the people, and when he died, he was believed to become Osiris, the god of the dead.

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Additionally, the pharaoh would oversee religious rituals, choose the sites of temples and command what work would be done (although he could not choose priests and very rarely took part in the design of a temple). As ‘Lord of the Two Lands’ the pharaoh made the laws, was the owner of all the land in Egypt, gathered taxes and made war or safeguard the country against hostility.

Egypt is one of the most diversified and largest in the Middle East nations. It is considered as the birth place of civilization and has experienced some of the earliest developments of agriculture, writing, central government, urbanization, and organized religion in history.

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The most famous tourist attractions of Egypt are the centuries old monuments for which the Nile Valley is world famous. Major among them are the Pyramids and Great Sphinx at Giza, the Abu Simbel temples south of Aswan and the Karnak Temple Complex and Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Cairo also has the Cairo Museum and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha. The coastal areas of Sinai Peninsula are very popular with visitors as well.

ISTANBUL – The City That Lies On Two Continents

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey contributing to the history, culture and economy of the country. Istanbul is one of those very few cities in the world that lies in two continents, i.e, Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus strait that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara divides the city into its European and Asian parts. The city has pulled number of visitors, two years after it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city fifth-most-popular tourist destination in the world. The city is popular for its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cultural and entertainment hub of the city can be found across natural harbor, the Golden Horn. Rated as a global city, Istanbul is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan economies in the world. It accounts for more than twenty five percent of the country’s GDP and hosts the headquarters of many Turkish companies and media outlets. The city’s historical and commercial centre lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. By population, Istanbul is the fifth-largest city in the world.

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Istanbul is an ancient city that was inhabited by the Thracian tribe around 6th century BC and was named Ligos around 3rd century BC which became one of the most prominent cities in the history of the world. The city has been a witness to Ancient Greece, Phoenicia, Ancient Rome and Ancient Persia. The city had a major contribution in the elevation of Christianity during the times of Byzantine and Roman empires. The Ottomans took control of Istanbul in 1453 and converted it into an Islamic bastion and the seat of the Ottoman Empire.

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Because of its, strategic geographical location along the historic Silk Road, rail networks to Middle East and Europe, and the only sea route between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, Istanbul has been able to nurture a heterogeneous population. Since 1950, the population of the city has grown ten times, as migrants from across Anatolia have swarmed to the metropolis and city limits have enlarged to shelter them. At the end of the 20th century, arts festivals have been established, and the infrastructure improvements have produced a varied transportation network.

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Istanbul is one of the important tourist places not only in Turkey but also in the world. One can find thousands of hotels and other tourist related industries catering to both visiting professionals and vacationers. Istanbul has a number of prime attraction including the Blue Mosque (The Sultan Ahmed Mosque), the Topkapı Palace, the Dolmabahçe Palace , the Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, the Galata Tower, the Spice Bazaar, Pera Palace Hotel and the Grand Bazaar. With the opening up of malls and shopping centers, such as Akmerkez, Metrocity and Cevahir Mall, which is the biggest mall in Europe and seventh largest shopping center in the world, Istanbul has become one of the major shopping centers of the European region. There are various other attractions like museums, cultural events and sporting events.

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A few interesting facts on Istanbul :

  • Istanbul had more than 1400 public toilets under the Ottoman Empire putting to shame many European palaces and cities.
  • The origin of Tulips is in Istanbul. They were sent from Istanbul to Netherlands.
  • The Grand Bazaar has more than 3000 shops in 61 streets and is the oldest and largest historical bazaar in the world. It requires three days to see all the shops.
  • Istanbul is surrounded by sea, with the Bosphorus passing right across and yet, it has an average snowfall of 18 inches.
  • Istanbul has the highest number of mosques in Turkey. There are 3,113 mosques in the city.
  • From 1930 onwards, any mail addressed to Constantinople was not delivered by post office. This was to ensure that the people used the Istanbul name.
  • In 1954, the sea in Bosphorus in Istanbul froze. As a result, people were able to cross the strait by walking on the large ice pieces.
  • After London and New York, Istanbul has the 3rd oldest Subway in the world built in 1875.

 

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE: You Serve An Idea, We Deliver A Movie

Universal Studio is a theme park located in Sentosa Island, Singapore. It consists of seven theme zones which are based on our favorite TV series or Hollywood movie.  Each park has its own unique attractions, characters, shopping & dining places. It is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia on 28 May 2011.

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The seven themes, upon which the park is based, are:

1. Hollywood :

It is the main attraction of the park. It has several souvenirs shop & restaurants. The park is based on the theme ofHOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD – which also features the famous- HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. Entering into the Hollywood zone feel like you are in midst of an entertainment zone. The structure of the zone is framed by palm trees & beautiful architecture. The famous characters of the street are Woody Pecker, Winnie Woodpecker, and Minions from Despicable Me, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe & many more. The main shows performed there are:

  • Pantages Hollywood Theatre
  • Lake Hollywood Spectacular

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2. New York :

This park is based on the theme of modern New York City. The main shows of the zone are:

  • Lights! Camera! Action! show- which is a sound & action show
  • Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase

It also has the famous New York Public Library replica. Also special Sesame Street characters appear like: Elmo, Big Bird, Abby, Cookie Monster & many more.

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3. SCI-FI CITY:

Sci-Fi city is based on the theme of how cities & metros will look in next 20 years. It is equipped with modern technology & conveniences. It has one of the largest & tallest dual roller coasters- Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cyclon which is based on a blockbuster TV series- Battlestar Galactica. It also has many food & beverages outlets & souvenirs shops. The popular Must to do rides of the zone is:

  • Transformers: The Ride: It is 4-D Dark Ride Motion Simulator.
  • Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cyclone: it is based on your favorite TV series Battlestar Galactica.

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4. Ancient Egypt :

The zone has pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, tombs based architecture. It is based on the history of Egypt. And when enter the zone one will have the feeling of the typical Ancient Egypt. It is the replica of the popular film : The Mummy. It has an Indian Restaurant named OASIS Spice Cafe where you can enjoy delicious indian meals. The popular rides are:

  • Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride: It a high speed dark roller coaster ride
  • Treasures Hunt: It is a mini car ride

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5. LOST WORLD :

The Lost World is divide into 2 parts mainly: Jurassic Park & Waterworld. The Jurassic Park features the famous hit hollywood movie Jurassic Park. You can have an amazing feeling of dense forest with your best friends dinosuars roaming around you. There are majorly all different kind of dinosaurs, rocks, mountains & tropical forests. The main rides & shows are:

  • Waterworld Show: It is a live performance stunt show which involves actions, stunt in midst of a pool area
  • Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure: It is a featured water ride wherein you sit in a round circular boat & enjoy the dense forest with horrifying dinosaurs all around.
  • Canopy Flyer: It is a mini roller coaster ride
  • Amber Rock Climb: It is a rock climb ride

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6. FAR FAR AWAY :

It is based on the DreamWorks Animations where you can experience how fairy characters live in a real daily life. The main attraction of the zone is a big Castle named Far Far Castle. The famous characters are Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona & Puss in Boots. The popular rides & shows are:

  • Enchanted Airways: It is Roller coaster ride
  • Shrek 4-D Adventure: It is a 3-D adventure show with special effects based on Shrek & Princess Fiona Love story
  • Puss In Boots: It a large suspended family roller coaster ride

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7. MADAGASCAR :

Again based on the DreamWorks Animation MADAGASCAR Movie- famous four animals of the movie: Alex, Gloria, Marty & Melman. You can also have a photogenic picture with your favorite characters. The area has lush green tropical forests. The main ride is the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure wherein you enjoy a water boat ride.

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HOLLYWOOD DREAMS PARADE:

This parade was launched on fifteenth February 2015. The parade features a parade all over the park with new song & new choreographed act. Different kinds of props & beautiful costumes are used to make the parade a blockbuster hit of the day. The parade is performed on every Saturday & Sunday & sometimes on many public holidays at 5 pm. The parade passes through all the seven parks with all the characters playing a special role in it.

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Windsor Castle : The Royal Castle of England

Windsor Castle is a royal castle at Windsor in Berkshire. Known for its notable architecture, the castle has been associated with the royal families of England and later Britain. For more than 1000 years, the castle has been used as a residence of British kings and queens. Today, it is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. There are more than 500 people working and living in the palace. Various ceremonies and state occasions are held here including visits from guests like politicians and public figures as well as Presidents and Monarchs from abroad. The State Apartments are known for their significant architecture and many treasures of the Royal collection. The collections that can be seen here are the Royal Photograph Collection, the Print Room, the Royal Archives and the Royal Library. The palace covers an area of 13 acres. St George’s Hall is 55.5m long and can seat up to 162 for a State Banquet and is the biggest room in the castle. More than 40 monarchs, including Her Majesty The Queen, have called the Castle home.

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Founded in 1348 by Edward III, St George’s Chapel which is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter is also located in the Castle. The Queen uses the castle as her private residence and spends her weekends here. She also uses the residence during Easter in the month of spring for a month, and for a week each June, when she attends the order of the Garter and the Royal Ascot. William was the king who chose the site for Windsor Castle, on the river Thames and on the edge of a Saxon hunting ground. The construction began in 1070 which was completed after 16 years. By 1110, Henry had domestic quarters within the castle. Reconstruction and improvement work of the royal apartment was carried out by Henry III. Moving on, 100 years after Henry III’s major improvement work at Windsor, Edward III added a lot more to it. By spending £50,000, the palace was converted from a military fort to a gothic palace. He wanted to have both, the state apartments for ceremonial and official purpose and the King’s own private apartments in a single residence.

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During the English Civil War, the castle was used as a prison for captured royalist officers. In 1660, when Charles II came to power, the year of the restoration of the monarchy, he appointed Hugh May to modernize the royal apartments, which became the grandest baroque state apartments in England. The gothic transformation of the castle continued after George IV succeeded to the throne in 1820. After spending £300,000, the King finally took up residence at Windsor in 1828. During Queen Victoria’s rule, she spent the larger part of every year at Windsor. The Castle was visited by sovereigns, ambassadors and ministers from all over the world and was the setting for a series of splendid state visits by foreign monarchs.

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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were already living at Royal Lodge in the Windsor Great Park, and considered Windsor very much their home. The Castle survived the Second World War unscathed. However, 50 years later a fire broke out in Queen Victoria’s private chapel in November 1992. The fire spread to the roof spaces, destroying the ceilings of St George’s Hall and the Grand Reception Room, as well as engulfing the private chapel, the State Dining Room and the Crimson Drawing Room in particular. Restoration and repair work began immediately and took five years to complete.

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The oldest part of the castle is the motte on which the Round Tower sits, while, the newest part is the Lantern Lobby in the State Apartments. The oldest glazed window in the Castle dates back to 1236 which is believed to have been a wedding gift from King Henry III to his wife Eleanor of Provence. The Great Kitchen at Windsor is the oldest working kitchen in the country and has served more than 32 monarchs. In order to ensure that the food served to The Queen is never late, the clock in the Great Kitchen are always five minutes fast.

 

La Tomatina : World’s Biggest Food Fight

La Tomatina is considered to be the ‘World’s Biggest food fight’ where thousands and thousands people from all over the world participate. It is estimated that more than a hundred metric tons of over ripe tomatoes are thrown on the street. This food fight festival is held on the last Wednesday of August every year in Bunol town which is thirty eight kilometers from Valencia, Spain. Until 2013, around fifty thousand people took part in this tomato fight, overbursting the city which has a population of nine thousand. However, after 2013, the number of people taking part in the festival has been limited to twenty thousand by issuing official tickets to the participants. The town of Bunol has limited accommodation facilities for those who come to witness La Tomatino. Therefore, many of them stay in Valencia. Due to the food fight festival a lot of dirty mess ensues all over the place, the shopkeepers cover their store fronts with huge plastic sheets in order to protect them from the havoc.

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How did La Tomatina Start ?

Ever since 1945, the La Tomatina has been a strong tradition in Bunol. The exact origin of the festival is not known, however the probable speculations are that it began due to a local food fight among friends, a class war amongst juveniles, a cascade of tomatoes from bystanders at a festival display, a practical joke on a bad musician, and the lawless consequence of an accidental lorry spillage. Another favored belief is that the unhappy people of the town charged the town’s councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration. Whatever may be the reason, it was liked so much that it was rearranged the next year, and all years to come. During the reign of Francisco Franco, the holiday was disallowed citing reasons that it had no religious importance, but restarted in the 1970s after his death.

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La Tomatina festival starts around 11 am in the morning with lot of trucks hump the loads of tomatoes into the heart of the town known as Plaza del Pueblo. The tomatoes are procured from the region of Extremadura, where they are available at low cost. The festival officially begins only when one daring soul manages to climb to the top of a wooden pole known as Palojabon, that is greased up and is two storey’s high and has pork tied to it on the top. In actual, this exercise takes a long time and the festival begins even though no one gets to the top of the pole. The signal for the beginning of the fight is with the firing of water cannons, the festival is said to make a head start and then the real fight starts. There are no teams and every person is own their own, once the battle has begun.

After around a hour of fighting, the festival comes to an end. Once this happens, no one is allowed to throw any more tomatoes. After the end of the festival, the cleaning process of the mess starts. Water is sprayed on the streets with the help of fire trucks and water being used from a Roman aqueduct. Since the officers are busier with the cleaning of the town, the people go to the Bunol River in order to wash and cleanup themselves. Some locals may also allow the visitors by providing them water to clean up.

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  • Bottles or any hard article should not be brought along, as they can hurt other people and cause accidents.
  • Do not tear or wrest other people’s clothes.
  • While throwing the tomatoes, they must be squashed so that the impact is reduced.
  • Maintain a safe distance from the trucks and other vehicles.
  • Once the second shot is fired, throwing of tomatoes should be stopped.

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Advice for La Tomatina Celebration 

  • It is advisable to wear shoes that are closed type which can be thrown after use as wearing flip flops may hurt you or they could tear town very easily.
  • Old clothes or those that you would not reuse should be worn. The clothes are liked to get torn away or get very dirty.
  • Wearing goggles is necessary and also ensure to keep something to clean your eyes.
  • Carry a waterproof camera, if you want to capture some pictures.
  • Visitors are advised to look for and confirm their accommodation in advance due to limited availability.
  • The Palojabon is one thing that is not to be missed. It is a greased pole with pork on the top. Anyone who climbs the pole and gets the pork can keep it for himself.

The Luxurious Resorts of India

India  has some of the  finest luxury resorts in the world which offers world class hospitality.  Experiencing the high end luxury and its hospitality in India is very expensive but at the same time value for money. Its not meant for all class of people too but Monsoon is the season which gives you the chance to enjoy and experience this kind of luxury at  a very affordable price. The mesmerizing location of the resorts, the rich delicacies to satisfy your appetite, and the warm hospitality makes your  holiday,  a perfect one…

Here we have come up with some such luxurious resorts which suits your pocket and gives you a life time experience…“Welcome to a world of Grandeur & Luxury !!!!”

1) The Leela Palace Udaipur –

In the year 2009, one of the most luxury resorts of India has been added into the most happening city the city of lakes. Leela Palace of Udaipur offers the world class hospitality with sheer luxury. The guests receive a warm and Royal Welcome greeted in a Rajasthani style with traditional tikka, flower shower and garland. It leaves you with a feeling of Raja Maharajas welcome in the Palace and also treated to meals in the most traditional style with a combination of luxury, providing a personal butler service, a mesmerizing view and beauty of the Pichhola lake, an unforgettable palatial experience..!!!

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2) Ananta Resorts & Spa, Udaipur –

This mesmerizing Resort is located in the City of Lakes, and covers the land of 40 Acres which offers amazing view of Monsoon Palace of Udaipur (Sajjan Garh Palace)  The Resort is placed in hills having highest peak 150 meters. Ananta offer the best services to its  guests to make them feel extremely special providing high class amenities.

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3) The Lalit Laxmi Villas Palace, Udaipur –

The Oldest palace Hotel Udaipur is located just opposite of the Fateh Sagar Lake. This palace was actually built in 1911 by Maharana Fateh Singh and then the palace was converted into a Hotel by Bharat Hotels Limited. This luxurious city palace sits on a hill top overlooking Udaipur city.

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4) Orange County –

Orange County Resorts in Coorg & Kabini has come to be known as one of the finest resorts,  famed for its world class luxury holiday experiences. Enjoy in the cool comforts of a lush 300-acre plantation paradise, the resort is perfumed with the subtly intoxicating aroma of coffee and spice.  Staying at this luxury resort give you worth experiences which is unforgettable. Perfect place to spend a holiday for families as well as for honeymooners.

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5) The Leela Goa –

The resort is spread around 75 lush acre  of landscape  gardens  designed  to reflect Portuguese Heritage of South Goa, It has their own 12 Hole Golf Course area. The Club – a resort within a resort at The Leela Goa offers everything from limousine airport transfers to private plunge pools, dining areas and a designated Club beach. A place where the age old Indian tradition of “Atithi Devo Bhava”, meaning “Guest is God”, is a way of life. At The Leela, everyone is committed to taking guest service to reverential heights.

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6) ITC Rajputana, Jaipur –

A legendary 5 star luxury hotel of the city Jaipur,  located in the heart of the city.  This majestic property makes you feel like The Royal Rajasthani Maharaja. The interior of red brick exterior rising to different levels around Hotel and its Long corridors, Courtyards and simplified lattice work recall The Rajasthani architecture in a modern uncluttered and contemporary idiom.

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7) Devi Garh by Lebua –

One of the most luxurious Palace of India which is Situated in the Aravalli hills, the 18th century Devi Garh by lebua palace was in the village of Delwara, Udaipur. The palace is a stunning hill-top fort palace that has been fantastically restored into a sophisticated and romantic retreat.

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8) Wild Flower Hall, Shimla –

A beautiful resort in the lap of Himalayas, the wild flower resort by Oberoi, Mashobra is one  of the luxurious resort. Surrounded by pine forest and beautiful snow capped mountain views this resort gives the world class hospitality and a perfect place for relaxing and honeymooners. Come and explore and Experience this hospitality and luxury.

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9) The Leela, Kovalam –

This resort is its cliff-top setting looking out over the beaches to the far horizon. An Aesthetic Designs, Natural Greenery & Flowers and the most Traditional Kerala themed wooden structures welcome you at The Leela, Kovalam Beach Resort. A place where the age old Indian tradition of “Atithi Devo Bhava”, meaning “Guest is God”, is a way of life. At The Leela, everyone is committed to taking guest service to reverential heights.

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Sentosa Island- The State Of Fun

Sentosa in Malay means “Peace & Tranquility” which is derived from Santosha in Sanskrit. The tiny city-country comprises sixty three islands in Singapore amongst them Sentosa Island is one of the most popular island. The glamour and grandeur of the island leaves one mesmerized with its various fun filled activities and shows; meant for all ages. It is visited by twenty million tourists in a year making it one of the top tourist attractions in Singapore. The island is home to various beaches; hotels with golf courses, The Merlion Statue, Resorts World Sentosa Island & Universal Studios.

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MAJOR ATTRACTIONS OF SENTOSA ISLAND:             

1. CABLE CAR:

The Singapore cable car provides an aerial link from Mount Faber on the Main Island of Singapore to the Resort Island of Sentosa land. The ride above the jungle and sea will gave some amazing view and dozens of attraction points. It will give the bird’s eye view of the city skyline and the best and exciting ride.

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2. SENTOSA MONORAIL SYSTEM:

The Sentosa Monorail System was opened in 1982 & was in operation till late 2005. In 2007 this system was replaced by Sentosa Express. It is the light rail system which gave the closer fun and comfort ride of the island in less than four minutes. The monorail connects from Sentosa Island to harbor front. It has three stations: Waterfront, Imbiah & Beach station.

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3. SENTOSA LUGE & SKYRIDE:

Skyline Luge of Sentosa was opened in 2005 and first luge in Southeast Asia with two unique experiences, luge located in Sentosa, Singapore. The unique steering & braking system allows the ride as leisurely or as exciting. After the ride, sit on a four seater chairlift that takes back to the starting point.

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4. WINGS OF THE TIME:

The Wings of the Time was replaced by Songs of the Sea show in 2014. Marvelous, Mystifying & Mind boggling are the words with cross our mind when we hear about Wings of Time. Get mesmerized by the inspiring tale of courage & friendship that will leave you spell bound through their fire, water & laser effects all set in the panoramic visualizations. The show is performed in an open theatre which can easily accommodate 2500 visitors. The show operates twice every evening.

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5. UNDERWATER WORLD & DOLPHIN LAGOON:

An Oceanarium was opened in 1991. It is a living museum & has more than 2500 marine & fresh water animals from different region of the world. It has a spectacular 83 meter long tunnel that houses different fish species, star fishes, eels, sea horses, rays & much more. The UWW also has Dolphin Lagoon. It is a unique chance to experience these highly intelligent humpback Dolphins brought in from Thailand. A “Swim with the Dolphins” show is done daily to allow visitors to interact with the dolphins.

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6. SENTOSA 4D ADVENTURELAND:

It is Southeast Asia’s first 4-D theatre. There are several 4D Adventure land:

  • Extreme Log Ride
  • Desperados
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, The 4D experience
  • Green lantern: Fight against Fear

Sentosa 4D Magix presents an interactive movie experience with 4-dimensional digital effects. The seats are equipped with inbuilt speakers as well as environmental effects like water features, seat vibration, leg tickling to give you difference. Feel the wind blowing your face & water rushing your way.

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7. IFLY SINGAPORE:

It is the world’s largest themed vertical wheel tunnel. It has a flying height of 56.5 feet & 16.5 m in diameter. Before enjoying, the visitors get professional training from trainers.

The other major attractions in Sentosa Island are:

  • Butterfly & Insect Kingdom
  • Madame Tussauds Singapore
  • Sentosa Merlion
  • Tiger Sky Tower

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8. RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA:

It is an integrated resort on the island of Sentosa, off the southern coast of Singapore. The key attractions of Resorts World Sentosa are:

  • Singapore’s 2 casinos;
  • Universal Studios theme park;
  • Adventure Cove water park;
  • Marine Life Park- The largest oceanarium ;
  • Maritime Experiential Museum;

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Washington D.C – The City Of Monuments And Museums

“Washington, The District” or commonly known as “Washington, D.C.” is the capital of The United States of America. The city was founded in 1791 and named after the first President of the USA George Washington. The city is known for its heritage which includes national iconic monuments such as The Lincoln Memorial, US Monument, US Capital, White House and vast Smithsonian museums situated around National Mall. Being the capital of the USA, Washington D.C. is filled with the history of large and beautiful monuments stand tall to commemorate some of the most influential leaders this nation has been led by. It is the house of more than hundred’s of foreign embassies as well as headquarters of several International Organizations.

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Washington, D.C., is a planned city with not much of skylines which is as per law. The District is divided into 4 quadrants: Northwest (NW), Northeast (NE), Southeast (SE), Southwest (SW) and the road names include quadrants to indicate their location.

The city is also famous for its Hip Hop culture, where one can enjoy the hip hop festivals in DC at different venues throughout the weekend. There is a Shakespeare theater company bazaar known for wardrobe and furniture shopping where you can buy costumes and props from its past hit shows. Nearby one can feel the romantic and acclaimed music of ‘Once’ on Sunday evening at Kennedy Center.

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The city is not about monuments and museum but also lot of indoor activities for the kids in summer. The National building museum hall is sprawling big at an amazing ten thousand square foot featuring many exciting games, drinks, food and spellbound ocean made of recycle plastics. Kids can also enjoy the night at Museum where they can explore the exhibition, watch a movie and solve a mystery.

There is nothing you would not feel visiting; however, there are some top places you should not miss while you travel to Washington DC like

  • The Capitol Building – oldest structures in capitol and home to federal legislative bodies, the House & the Senate
  • Washington Monument – At  555 feet, it is the world’s tallest stone structure
  • The White House  – Residential place of President of United States
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – Modern art museum with more than 12,000 pieces donated by Joseph Hirshhorn.
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Kennedy Center – is divided into three theatres and five smaller venues with largest concert hall of 2400 seater.

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Washington, DC is a gorgeous place that has a lot to offer.  A diverse array of cuisines, cultures, and experiences are waiting for visitors looking to explore the capital of the USA. The place is the bridge where the glorious past is been preserved into monuments and the future shapes into reality. Just be sure to have your cameras fully charged and your walking shoes on !!!