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Gwadar- A city with Infinite possibilities

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Before we start off with Gwadar, lets get to know a little more about Baluchistan the province in which the City of Gwadar is situated. Baluchistan is one of the 4 provinces(states) of Pakistan, by area it is the largest province and by population it is the smallest, a strange fact that can only be attribute to Baluchistan who is wildly large and deserted yet significantly beautiful and rich with earthly elements.

Geographically Baluchistan has always held its importance as it serves as a gateway between the southern and eastern Asian countries and the oil-rich middle east or MENA. The region is heavily politicized for various reasons like its significant geography and emplacement. But Baluchistan is not restricted to its Geography only frankly if you ask anyone who is ever been to the Province then they will tell you that Baluchistan is all about Culture, heritage and beauty. It is not the biggest province of Pakistan but it also if the Beautiful then one of the beautiful provinces of Pakistan.

But what makes it so different or vital for any traveler to visit, and it all leads to Gwadar.

Culture:

Gwadar can’t be described without mentioning Baluchistan and Baluchistan is nothing or incomplete without its culture. It is often said that Pakistan is the Land of Culture and Balochi Culture is its Trophy. The most prominent factor is Baluchi culture is their attire and clothing, Baluchi turban and Shalwar Kamiz is often regarded as the pride of a Baluch man. However, it is not only restricted to these two attires only, the clothing and attire listing goes well beyond than just these two.

Then comes their dance and food. It may seem very odd seeing food being regarded as a cultural element but it is true for Baluchistan. What we often witness all around the globe that food is often attributed to the origin but Baluchi food is all about its people and those who cooks it and hence it has become an integral part of their culture. If you ought to visit the land then it will be an oddly coincidence if you don’t see any of the above-mentioned Cultural traits.

The City Itself:

The city of Gwadar is the combination of whole Baluchistan, if described in words it is the Jewel of the entire province. It has the Beauty of Baluchistan, the significant Geography, deep warm water near to its shores and a strong economy. The city is linked with Karachi (the biggest and the most populous city of Pakistan) through a coastal highway along the Arabian Sea that adds more to its beauty, It may not be one of the famous cities but it surely is the city to visit if you’re a travel enthusiasm.  

The Beaches:

Gwadar and Baluchistan is surrounded by the Arabian Sea from one end which just makes it one the longest beach space in South Asia and because of the low population and wide area the beaches are quite, clean and vacant. With Clean water, blue sky, mountainous surroundings and moderately sunny weather it all adds up to a perfect beach environment.

KENYA: THE PILGRIMAGE OF TOURISM

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First, Africa is not a country, it is a continent. Of the countries in this beautiful continent is great Kenya. From preserved ancient local cultures across the various sets of diverse tribes to the very “abundantly rare” wildlife and the fascinating landscapes, Kenya has overtime been poised as the Tourism hub of the world. The presence of iconic landmarks such as tall mountains, the savannah, forests, waterfalls, tropics and beautiful lakes are a sight to behold.

A lot of its fame is gotten from being the leading wildlife and conservation parks on planet earth. This accounts for a huge chunk of Kenya’s foreign exchange revenue, right next to agriculture.

Due to the presence of ancient relics and artefacts, Kenya has also earned itself the nickname “Cradle of Mankind”, the people of Kenya are one of the earliest people to exist on planet earth and a lot has been learnt about ancient human history from them.

So let me be your guide through the earliest cradles of civilization, here are reasons why you should cancel every other vacation plan and visit Kenya

 

RELATIVELY CHEAP TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND COST OF LIVING

Not only is visiting Kenya pocket-friendly, but you also get as much satisfaction as travelling to any of the previous tourism countries, if not more. The cost of travelling is also economically decent, the food is less expensive, the hotels are very comfortable, affordable and properly maintained. 

THE VIEW FROM YOUR AIRPLANE

The large expanse of land, wildlife, lakes, hills, waterfall and colourful vegetation is a very pleasing sight to behold, the way nature blends in its natural, undisturbed form have a sort of therapeutic feeling on the nerves. So, when travelling, make it a note to be awake when you are closer to the country. Trust me, it is not a sight you want to be missing out on.

CULTURAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITIES

There are various tours that give you direct access to Kenya’s diverse groups of tribes and their cultural practices. You get to interact and mix with the Swahili, Massai, Turkana, Samburu, Rendille, El Molo, Pokot and various other tribes. You get to see the villages in its unadulterated forms, participate in cultural practices and native ceremonies; weddings, childbirths, naming, funerals e.t.c. You also get to watch closely the art of bead making, hairdressing, textiles and their food preparation. As a plus, these tribes are mostly living in beautifully designed nature-friendly locations. The views from the accommodations are also very stunning. Mechanical transportation is also very cheap

WILDLIFE AND THE WONDERS OF NATURE

From the Great Rift Valley to the rustic beaches, the great lakes, mild weather, beautiful mountains and observing the great migration of gazelles around the June/ July period, nature dazes you with its striking brilliance. The great rift valley has birthed a lot of unearthed fossils notable of high archaeological value and history, it also inhabits various rare animals like the

white rhino, leopard, flamingos and giraffes.  The warmth that accompanies the beautiful scenery can be quite compensating.

There’s also the allure of hiking, zip-lining, trekking, marathons and various other activities to get the adrenaline flowing. Kenya has an astounding amount of mountains e.g. Mount Kenya, Mount Longonot and Mount Elgon to mention but a few but most importantly the Kilimanjaro, though in Tanzania, it can be viewed from various highpoints in Kenya.

The most important part of tourism in Kenya is its wildlife. 

Kenya’s games and reserves are habitats to the largest groups of diverse animals in the world, from Elephants at the Amboseli National Park to herbivores such as zebras, antelopes, buffaloes, hippopotamus, rhinoceros and warthogs to the very animals at the top of the food chain; the lions, leopards, cheetahs and various others. If you have ever wanted to explore Nat Geo Wild in its rawest forms, there you have it. The parks and games employ safety precautions and barriers plus adequate transportation for the maximum comfort of the tourist. There’s also the fact that it is pretty cool you are helping with the funding for the preservation of wildlife and anti-poaching. 

Deep diving and exploration of underwater animals for animals such as zebrafish, snapper, scorpionfish and various others are other avenues to explore.

NAIROBI

Everything about Kenya is not about wildlife. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya also known as “green city in the sun” is a cosmopolitan city having the best of accommodations, gardens, parks, cinemas and leisure centres plus a variety of deliciously cooked meals in various restaurants. With the ease of transportation and navigation, Nairobi is really one place to mark in the bucket list and here are quite a few places you can visit in Nairobi: 

  1. Nairobi Safari Walk
  2. Paradise Lost
  3. Panari Sky Centre
  4. Splash Water World
  5. Bomas of Kenya
  6. Maasai Ostrich Farm
  7. Nairobi National Park
  8. Jeevanjee Gardens
  9. Uhuru Park
  10. Karen Blixen Museum

Saying you visited Africa without visiting Kenya is like saying you visited the White House without going to Washington, D.C.

 

Las Vegas: The “It” destination for honeymooners

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The city of Las Vegas does not have the need for any special introductions. It is just as flashy, extravagant and vibrant as the name suggests. The city of Las Vegas, popularly known as Vegas, is the most populated city in the state of Nevada. Las Vegas is known worldwide as a resort city, famous for its bustling nightlife, casinos, dining and overall entertainment.

 

Las Vegas is famously known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” and for good reasons. It has an infinite number of casinos and offers plenty of associated activities. Las Vegas always successfully finds a spot in the most visited tourist spots annually. Vegas is also known as Sin city because of its endurance of explicit adult entertainment.

 

Vegas proposes all sorts of entertainment for all types of tourists. There are plenty of exhilarating experiences in Vegas, some of which are listed below:

 

  • The Strip: The Strip is exactly what defines the word “extravagant”. The 2.5 miles long section of Vegas which runs from the northeast of the city to the southeast, is filled with luxury hotels, fine dining restaurant, entertainment theatres and performance venues. Vibrant neon signs adorn The Strip at night making it a sight not to be missed. To attain the best experience of The Strip, you might want to stay a night at one of the luxury resorts. Though, many tourists love to walk around and just enjoy the vibrant sights.
  • Helicopter Rides over The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas: If you have shortage of time, a helicopter ride all over Vegas and even The Grand Canyon will provide the best opportunity to explore all of the city. Helicopter riding facilities are offered by many companies or agencies these days. If you can spare a full day, you must take the 6.5 hours helicopter ride that will enable you to see all of Vegas and the surroundings.
  • Fremont Street Experience: The Fremont Street Experience is a spectacle of wonders. You can watch spellbinding, free light shows at the world’s largest video screen that are sure to leave you speechless. They are called the Viva Vision Light Shows. There are other thrilling experiences at Fremont Street like free live shows, free slot machines to name a few. The experiences are really endless.

 

Other tourist attractions include Venetian Hotel and Gondola Rides, Paris Hotel and the Eiffel Tower, Bellagio Resort and Fountain Show, High Roller Ferris Wheel on the Linq, Caesars Palace and The Colosseum etc.

 

The best time to visit Vegas is all year long. The colder season is great for sightseeing and warmer season is the best time to relax by the pool. However, Vegas is expensive. Make sure to carry sufficient funds and plan your stay carefully.

Sikkim: A Gateway to Paradise

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Hidden away safely from the chaos of the city life is a little Himalayan paradise named Sikkim. The state of Sikkim belongs to Northeast India. It is surrounded by Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west and West Bengal in the south. Sikkim is the second most sparsely populated state in India.

 

Why visit Sikkim; you might wonder. There are countless answers to this question. For starters, Sikkim is one of the calmest places you will ever visit. The people of Sikkim are very warm and welcoming to tourists. The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok, is unlike any other towns you might have visited. Gangtok is a picturesque little town with breathtaking views surrounding it. Serene waterfalls, gorgeous Himalayan mountains, enchanting Buddhist monasteries and crystal clear lakes; you get it all in Gangtok.

 

If you choose wisely, the balcony of your hill resort might offer a gorgeous view of Mount Khangchendzonga. When the first rays of the sun hits the superior mountain, it is a sight not to be missed. Whether you are honeymooners, relaxed tourists or interested in the Buddhist culture, Gangtok will never disappoint you. The heart of the city,  M G Marg, is itself a beautiful place to just sit and soak in the beauty of the nature.

 

If you are looking for sightseeing in Gangtok, you should visit the flower garden; take a ride of the cable car offering complete view of the Gangtok city or even take a tour of the various Buddhist monasteries rich in culture. You can hire a car to visit Tsomgo Lake which is about a couple of hours away from the main Gangtok city. It is a clear lake nestled between mystical snowy mountains. A little distance away from Tsomgo Lake is the Nathula Pass which is the Indian-Chinese border. Although, most foreign tourists are not allowed there and even Indians need special permission to visit the place.

 

You can also visit Aritar in East Sikkim if you are a nature lover by heart. Lush green forests, pristine waterfalls, calm lakes and dominant Himalayan peaks, Aritar offers them all. It is simply a nature lover’s paradise. Mount Khangchendzonga embraces Aritar from all sides, giving it an uninterrupted view of the beautiful mountain. This place is ideal for spiritual peace seekers, honeymooners, people looking for relaxation away from the city and of course nature lovers.

 

Other mentionable places around Sikkim include Lachen, Lachung, Pelling, Namchi, Yumthang Valley and many more. The best time to visit Sikkim is during Summer, through the months of March to June. Summer offers higher temperatures and mild weather for a perfect vacation. Winters in Sikkim can often be brutal with very low temperatures. Even while visiting in the warmer season, it is recommended to pack light winter clothes to avoid the overall cold climate.

Prague: A Bohemian Charm

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Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, is a beauty in its own. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. This city is filled with gorgeous architecture and is rich in history. Prague is also famously known as the City of Hundred Spires.

 

Prague is considered one of the most historic places around the world and for good reasons. Prague was home to several Holy Roman Emperors and was founded in Romanesque. The city flourished mainly during the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras. Prague played a vital part in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War and in the 20th century history as the capital of Czechoslovakia, during the World Wars as well as Post War Communist Era. These factors make it a city enriched with rich history.

 

The capital of Czech Republic is also considered one of the most beautiful cities of the world for plenty of reasons. This city offers beautiful architecture and many cultural attractions to tourists. Some of the main attractions are listed below:

 

Prague Castle: The Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world. It is the city’s most popular attraction. The Prague Castle looks like something straight out of a fairytale with its looming spires and towers. There is a spellbinding collection of museums, galleries, historic buildings and Cathedrals within the walls of this castle. Saint Vitus Cathedral dominates the castle grounds with its fascinating beauty as it is considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. However, visitors need to pass a security check before entering the premises and so, you should definitely carry your passport or proof of identification.

 

Charles Bridge: The Charles Bridge is for the romantics at heart. It will never fail to fascinate artists who love to pay tribute to the place through their work. With its immaculate collection of Baroque statues on both sides of the bridge and the superior Prague Castle shadowing over it, Charles Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places at Prague. The best time to visit is early in the morning or at dawn.

 

Veletržní Palác: It has an exquisite collection from the world’s best like Picasso, Van Gogh, Schiele and the likes. Some of the best arts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries are spread over the four floors of the building, making it a strong contender for Prague’s best museum. There is also an amazing collection of abstract, surrealist and cubist art.

 

Other attractions of Prague include Old Town Hall, Strahov Library, Municipal House, Prague Jewish Museum, Prague Spring etc.

 

The best time to visit Prague are the spring and early fall as the weather is mild and the crowds are fewer. Prague has an ideally chilly climate and hence most of the tourists visit during the warmer season making it overly crowded. The warmer season also offers relatively high hotel rates and overall expensive stay. Spring and early fall has lower hotel rates.

 

Overall, Prague is a destination not to be missed. Just make sure to plan your visit during the best season so that you can have the best possible experience.

Boracay: A Tropical Island Dream

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Boracay is a picturesque, small island located an hour’s flight away from Manila, the capital of Philippines. If you are looking for a few days of relaxation, Boracay is the perfect place for you.

Boracay is nestled by crystal clear water and dazzling white sand beaches. The beautiful beaches are lined with luxury hotels, bars, restaurants, shops and just about anything a tourist might look for. The beach facing hotels have lounge chairs by the front where you can relax and enjoy your time.

If you are a more adventurous person, you can take part in water sports and activities like surfing, snorkeling, sailing etc. Boracay has something or the other for everyone. The small island also offers a nightlife which comes alive at night with high energy parties and buffets which continue well into the night.

The best places to visit in Boracay include:

White Beach: This beach is the most popular among tourists and is divided into three sections, Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3. Station 1 is known to have the widest beachfront with luxury hotels and resorts. It is the most expensive among the three stations but the quality of stay is high as well. Station 2 is the commercial zone of the White beach. Tourists interested in shopping, partying ot trying out new restaurants prefer to be here. Station 3 is the calmest among the three stations with lesser crowds. It is also the least developed among the three, making it the cheapest. All of the White Beach is open to the tourists for them to swim or relax wherever they want to. The White Beach comes alive at night and is a spectacle not to be missed.

Puka Beach: Puka Beach is less crowded than White Beach and ideal for tourists who want to escape the crowd. Tourists love to have picnics on this beach. But, the shops around the beach cost a fortune for foods. It is best to pack your own food while having a picnic at Puka Beach.

Other attractions of the Boracay island include Motag Living Museum, Ariel’s Point, Diniwid Beach, Willy’s Rock, Crocodile Island,  Mount Luho, Crystal Cove Island etc. You can spend as many days as you want to without getting bored.

Boracay has a warm climate and hence you can visit this beautiful island any time of the year. However, it is better to avoid visiting in Monsoon due to rains. Tourists should choose locations and hotels according their budget. The ideal dress code for ladies would be bikinis and maxi dresses with comfortable pairs of flops. Men can rock their shorts and swimsuits as well. Packing good sunscreen will always be a good idea.

What to pack for Summer Trip in Iceland

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As opposed to our expectations of the weather during summer is not the exact one in Iceland. While visiting Iceland in summer is beautiful, chances of it not been a replica of the summers you are used to can be high.

You have many reasons to visit during this period because the midnight sun is usually very beautiful and the days longer. The environment is full with a beautiful green pasture as the sheep roam the country side. There is so much to do including rafting and whale tours as well as many fun festivals.

The main things you need to think of when packing are the same as those you consider during other seasons of the year. Be prepared always for wind or rain. It is not uncommon to have varying weather patterns in a day. The day can begin as a cool one and warm up at midday. Wear clothes easy for you to take on and off anytime.

Here is a list of what you need to pack.

Outerwear

Weatherproof shell; you will need a jacket that is water and wind resistant and still gives you enough warmth. It’s different from a rain jacket.

Pants and rain jackets: if you are interested in visiting the waterfalls, you can expect that you will get wet at some point. Having this two will come in handy. They can be taken on and off easily depending with the activity.

Hiking Pants: They should be waterproof to avoid wetness if you encounter any wet regions. They should be flexible, comfortable and able to shield you from weather elements.

Packable down vest or jacket: have a jacket or vest that you can add to the layer if you need extra warmth between your shell and base. They are useful because they are easily packed in a tiny bag.

Headband and hat: it’s unfortunate that you still need something that covers your ears and head during summer. It’s not mandatory on all days but there are days that you will need it. When visiting the ocean or the Northern parts of Iceland because they are cooler regions.

Layers

Thermal base: You should be safe to be warm and comfortable. It’s advisable that you pack both bottom and top, especially if you will be camping or heading to the interior regions.

Shirt: Unless you never get disturbed by cold, it’s recommended that you pack a long sleeved one. You might have nice days and others not so favorable as far the weather is concerned.

Fleece: It is easy if you need a layer or to wear alone if you do not need a jacket. Especially the moments you do not need to protect yourself from rain and wind.

Jeans: It’s good that you carry jeans to wear when you’re off to dinner or just hanging out.

Footwear

For your footwear you will require a lot more in Iceland. You will need hiking boots to navigate through rugged terrains. Walking shoes will be comfortable whenever you are having an easy day exploring Iceland. Flip flops to make it easier when getting in and out of the swimming pool and going back to the changing rooms.

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