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Enjoy summer vacation at some cleanest cities around the world

by amit.uniyal 15. April 2015 05:00

Have you started making plans for your summer vacation this year? Then staying healthy and fit in the host destination should be your prime concern. After all, your health really matters and will undoubtedly make your vacations quite enjoyable. So, what do you do now!

Why not think of visiting some of the cleanest cities in the world this summer? Consider visiting Honolulu, Great Falls, Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm and Cape Coral where you will find the cleanest air and unpolluted atmosphere. These places are among the cleanest in the world today to enjoy your holidays. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended these places for your summer sojourn. You can hope to breathe a bit easier if you choose to visit these beautiful destinations. Let’s see what all these places have to offer to you.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu is the capital city of State of Hawaii. It is situated nearly 2,000 miles away from the U.S. mainland. The city receives plenty of rainfall and has astoundingly low levels of particle matter and ozone. The well-planned transit system with dedicated lanes for buses has significantly cut down on emissions thus making the air much cleaner and enabling the residents leave a relaxed life in complete harmony with nature. Honolulu has of late become one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. The extremely clean air of this gorgeous island is a major attraction for health-conscious tourists. The pollutants are instantly carried away by the Pacific winds and the regular rainfall keeps the air free of dust and dirt. The famous tropical paradise of Honolulu is in fact renowned as the “Pearl of the Hawaii” and is definitely worth visiting.
 
Great Falls, Montana
Great Falls is situated in north-central Montana on the Missouri River among the five falls. It is also the third largest city in Montana. The stunning place boasts of abundant natural beauty with gorgeous nature refuges and hiking trails. The air is clean here and perfect for a healthy living. The numerous power plants and dams here have given Great Falls the epithet of “Electric City”. The landscape in the city is simply awesome. Mountains and buttes surround the city from three sides, while vast plains are to its north.  The picturesque valley and winding river gorge are all set to enthrall you whenever you choose to visit the splendid Great Falls.

Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, is one of the cleanest metropolises in Europe. The government and the people have made tremendous efforts to limit emissions strictly from the industry and vehicles. The wide streets in the city have also helped in significantly curbing traffic congestion thus making the air quality excellent. Helsinki has also been ranked as the 8th cleanest city in the world and also ranked as the world’s most livable city for 2011. Over one-third of the city comprises of parks, nature reserves and other green areas thus making it as one of the world’s greenest metropolises as well. With its clean air, streets and atmosphere, Helsinki is surely a pleasant destination to visit.

Tallinn, Estonia
The small Baltic country of Estonia has been ranked by World Health Organization (WHO) as having the best air quality in the world. Nearly half of the country’s land space is covered by trees. Moreover emissions level here has been kept significantly low because of an excellent public transit system. With its many beautiful marshes, lakes, islands, straits and gulfs, a large number of tourists from different parts of the world visit Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, every year. The outstanding air quality has been a real treat for the health-conscious tourists from world over.

Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden, is among the cleanest cities in the world. The Swedish capital is also renowned for the largest numbers of clean vehicles in Europe. Nearly 5 percent of the vehicles in the country are hybrids. The clean air and greenery all around makes the city a wonderful place to be explored by simply walking around or cycling. Stockholm is not only renowned as a green city, but has also emerged over the years as a major ecological technologies hub. This one of the greenest and cleanest capitals in the world is surely worth visiting.

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Desert Safari in Egypt – A Rewarding Experience!

by amit.uniyal 14. April 2015 05:28

Embarking on a desert safari in Egypt is a rewarding experience in several ways. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to explore ancient ruins, see natural wonders and enjoy the calm of the desert. You can consider going on a desert safari lasting for few hours or even a day-long one or an overnight stay. It’s after all quite thrilling indeed.

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A long range desert safari in Egypt is simply the best when you are planning to get a fascinating insight into the deep desert. You may take the help of internationally recognized guides who will ably assist in exploring the Great Sand Sea and many other remote places in the country. You will however require military permits to undertake a deep desert safari. Your guide will be the best person to provide more information on this. Let’s take a look on the kinds of desert safari you should undertake and the places to explore.

Bedouin Village 4X4 Safari
Get a glimpse of the timeless lifestyle of people in Bedouin villages in the middle of the desert by going on a 4x4 drive. This will undoubtedly be an exhilarating experience on your sea and sun holiday to the resort destination of Sharm el-Sheikh. The welcoming tribes will be there to honor you, serve a herbal tea and even ask you to join them to share a shisha.

Bedouin Safari to explore Sinai desert
Exploring the magical landscapes in the Sinai Peninsula is simply awesome. Here you will find crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, deserts and mountains. The Dahab region is particularly great for sightseeing. You may also think of going on a Bedouin safari. This is surely the most exciting way to get an insight into the very heart of the Sinai desert. The excitement and joys of spending a night under the stars or the splendor of the color changing rocks during sunset will instill a feeling of romanticism.

Breathtaking views of desert oasis El Arag
The best thing to discover on a desert safari is an oasis. And, El Arag is one such uninhabited oasis waiting to be discovered in the midst of magnificent dunes. The charming spring in the middle of the oasis will be there for you to quench your thirst while on your way to conclude a long safari. The splendid views of the surrounding desert at El Arag will thrill you endlessly. The oasis is also home to two rock-cut tombs with spellbinding engravings, shards of pottery, artefacts and rich archaeological remains.

Visit Abu Ballas to see ancient pottery
Abu Ballas is yet another place to get a glimpse into the ancient past. This historical place in Egypt is situated nearly 64 km from Qasr el Sagha and can be reached after a desert safari in Gilf el Kebir. Here you will be able to see shards of pottery and thousands of ancient broken pots. The scattered pottery pieces mostly consist of Amphorae ceramics dating back to the Roman occupation of Egypt.

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Benefits of all-inclusive vacation package for your summer travel

by amit.uniyal 3. April 2015 07:57

Planning for a spring break vacation? So, now you have started getting jittery and worrisome. And, you know why. Several minute details are involved into your vacation planning – accommodations, food, excursions and other outdoor activities. Finding the right choices just might be stressful. But, you needn’t worry anymore and forget all your travel blues right away. Here’s better choice waiting just for you.

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Whether you want to enjoy your spring break in Cancun or other Caribbean nations, all-inclusive spring break vacation packages might be the perfect answer for you. This will instantly remove all your worries and vacation planning stress. The packaged deal is a sane budget choice for you. The package options are designed for singles, couples and families. The choice for this all-inclusive relaxing vacation solely rests with you. If you have rightly understood the benefits that come along with the all-inclusive travel packages, then you would of course like to know how this is going to be further advantageous for you. Here are some of the benefits of all-inclusive spring break vacation packages worth considering.

Helps plan your trip stress-free
The biggest benefit that comes with all-inclusive vacation package is that you won’t feel stressed out when planning your spring break holiday. The resort which you have booked as part of this package deal offers all that you might be looking for at a predetermined price. This will give you an idea of the actual cost that your vacation will entail. This includes your accommodation, dining options and outdoor activities. An all-inclusive vacation package is not only stress-free, but it significantly cuts your cost by nearly 25 percent, when you compare the prices of other things you need to pay as you move along.

Eliminates Transportation cost
The biggest saving that comes along with all-inclusive package is that on transportation. If you had ever thought of spending all by yourself instead of an all-inclusive package, the biggest spending during your vacation would have been on transportation. But if you choose to stay at an all-inclusive resort, then the need for a rental car is immediately eliminated. You are likely to pursue most of your activities at the resort itself where you will be staying. However, if you want to enjoy sightseeing then you can make use of the shuttle service provided by the resort or simply hire a car for a short drive. Most of the all-inclusive resorts provide shuttle services for sightseeing and picking up the guests to/from the airport thus completely doing away with the need of rental cars.

No need to spend extra on meals
You don’t have to worry anymore to spend extra on your sumptuous meals. The all-inclusive vacation packages also include the cost of your food which will be available at the restaurants within the premises of the resort. However, you need to pick your all-inclusive packages wisely. Some of these packages only include snacks, while there are others that include all-you-can-eat options. You also need to ascertain whether the packages also include drinks as well. If you want to opt for unlimited alcoholic beverages and soft drinks then you might have to pay additional costs. The best thing in this case will be to pay additional cost for unlimited drinks because buying them elsewhere might be quite expensive.

Don’t have to spend more on outdoor activities
If you want to enjoy outdoor activities during your holidays then you don’t have to spend more or extra on these. Apart from accommodation and food, most all-inclusive resorts offer on-site activities as well. If you choose to stay in beachfront resorts then this is undoubtedly the best option for you. The resorts will offer non-motorized watercraft, snorkeling gear, and even shovels and sand palls for your kids. The package might also include fitness, yoga and cooking classes as well.

The benefits of all-inclusive vacation packages are manifold. According to travel experts and other related studies, buying all-inclusive packages is emotionally beneficial too. Every time you are required to pay for your drinks, meals and other activities on your vacation, the pain center in your brain gets activated and you will just have to struggle to actually relax when making a purchasing decision. By having already paid in advance for your all-inclusive vacation package the pleasure of your holidays only gets further enhanced. So, just go in for an all-inclusive spring break package to make your holiday even more enjoyable.

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Celebrating Cherry Blossom Festival 2015 in Washington D.C

by amit.uniyal 2. April 2015 05:20

It’s a celebration of spring in Washington D.C. now. The capital of the United States is all set to welcome this beautiful season with the National Cherry Blossom Festival due to take place from March 20 through April 12, 2015.

The 3-week-long annual city-wide event is a joyous celebration of the age-old tradition showcasing the lovely 3,000 cherry trees given by the city of Tokyo to the U.S. capital as a gift of friendship. The festivities offer something for everyone – arts shows, exhibitions, sports activities, gastronomy delights and much more. You just name it and they will all be there for you. Get ready to be delighted with over 90 special events and more than 200 international cultural performances.

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It’s a visual treat to find the blossoming cherry trees in the city heralding the arrival of spring and spreading bright hues with the vibrant white and pale pink flowers in the areas surrounding the Tidal Basin or the Jefferson Memorial. The National Cherry Blossom Festival also marks the start of the busy tourist season here.

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The biggest challenge for you will be how best to enjoy this festival. It can be quite challenging to get around the city during this hugely popular event, particularly on the weekends. The city during this time offers limited parking. So, what should be done now! Make use of the public transportation to navigate the Tidal Basin and the National Mall.

There are some exciting things to do when in the Tidal Basin. Go on a walking tour in the early morning. This is the best way to avoid the crowds and soak up some breathtaking views of the blossoming cherry trees. You are going to thoroughly enjoy the amazing sight. Also, don’t forget to take beautiful photographs as well. If you are visiting the east side of the Tidal Basin, between the Jefferson Memorial and the National Mall, you are likely to face huge crowds. Nevertheless, this area is also great for a picnic too.

It will be simply great to take a free cherry blossom walking tour seeking the help of a National Park Service Ranger. You will get to learn a lot about the fascinating history of the cherry blossom trees and many other related things. There a many tourists who consider taking a boat cruise to enjoy the marvelous cherry blossoms. You may consider a 45-minute sightseeing tour or even a dinner cruise of nearly 3 hours.

The list of activities during the festival is endless. There are many people who enjoy paddle boating and enjoy the views of the beautiful Japanese cherry trees from the water of the Jefferson Memorial. This is also a great opportunity for you to know about the life and contributions of Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. President and writer of the Declaration of Independence. There are still many others who prefer taking a 2-hour bike tour particularly designed for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Ride past the Jefferson Memorial, Potomac Park, Japanese lantern, Hains Point, and more.

Enjoy cultural performances and special events
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a gala time. You can look forward to enthralling free cultural performances held across the city every day during the entire duration of the festival. These include martial arts demonstrations, song, dance, and traditional and contemporary music performances. Among the popular special events held during the festivities include the Opening Ceremony, the Sakura Matsuri- Japanese Street Festival, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, and the Fireworks Display on the Southwest Waterfront.

Conclude the celebrations with a special meal at one of the restaurants in Washington D.C. Most delicacies served at the restaurants on this special occasion have cherries added to their recipes.

The scintillating performances and special events held during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival are not to be missed in any case. It not only brings people together but also provides great opportunity to celebrate the season and Japanese culture in a unique way.

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Top ten world’s Island Beaches for Snorkeling and Swimming

by amit.uniyal 12. March 2015 02:59

Swimming and snorkeling can be great fun. It provides opportunity to see myriad colorful marine life underwater. Moreover, apart from enjoying a blissful snorkeling vacation, the activity will also let you keep your body in shape. Snorkeling doesn’t need rigorous training. If you are a good swimmer, then you can snorkel too. The pleasures of swimming and snorkeling become simply fantastic when you do it in some of the popular Island Beaches in the world. Here we have specially curated for you world’s top 10 Island Beaches you should consider heading for your snorkeling vacation.

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Honda Bay, Palawan - Philippines
The reefs off Honda Bay are particularly great for snorkeling as they are teeming with varied marine life, including ghost pipes, starfish, seahorses, and three kinds of endangered turtles. You will find at least 400 species of coral and 800 fish species. The white sandy beaches in Palawan also welcome avid snorkelers. If you plan deep-sea dive in Palawan’s waters, you may be lucky to see dugong or sea cows as well.
    
Rakeedhoo, Vaavu Atoll - Maldives
Rakeedhoo shouldn’t be mistaken for a beach. It’s in fact a small island in the Vaavu Atoll, which is flanked by broad coral shelves. An impressive array of marine life and coral species are ready to welcome you when snorkeling on the reef top. You will be thrilled to see turtles, sharks, tuna, hump head parrot fish and blue-fin jacks. Rakeedhoo Kandu being an excellent dive site in the Maldives is also great for swimming.
 
Smith's Reef, Providenciales - Turks & Caicos
Smith’s Reef is situated in the Princess Alexandra National Park on Providenciales’ northern coast. It is home to most diverse seascapes in  Turks & Caicos Island. You will love snorkeling here. Get ready to discover neon trumpetfish, yellowtail snappers, green parrotfish, purple gorgonians, and colorful fan and brain corals. You will also come to know about the reef’s marine life and ecosystem.

Carlos Rosario Beach, Culebra - Puerto Rico
If you want to skip the crowds at the beautiful Flamenco Beach, then simply head to the Carlos Rosario Beach, which forms the part of the Luis Peña Channel Natural Reserve. It is undoubtedly a good spot for swimming and snorkeling in Puerto Rico. The largest diversity of marine life and coral are to be found here. Want to hit “The Wall”? Then just swim a little north of the Carlos Rosario Beach to see the mile-long stretch of colorful coral with plenty of turtles, urchins and tropical fish.

Temae Plage Publique, Moorea - French Polynesia  
You will find it too tempting to spend some time lying on the deserted, silky shores of Moorea. The island is surrounded by turquoise waters teeming with rich, diverse marine life. The splendid Temae Public Beach or Temae Plage Publique is also a great spot to see colorful coral reefs with hawksbill sea turtles, trumpetfish and stingrays.

Jellyfish Lake at Eil Malk, Rock Islands - Palau
The silky white sands at Eil Malk are stunning. But the real discovery beneath its turquoise waters is its golden jellyfish or million mastigias papua. They are concentrated in the appropriately-named “Jellyfish Lake”. They are stingless, and therefore harmless. Snorkeling among them is quite thrilling experience as you can get up close or even touch them. Swimmers and snorkelers find it great with many reefs off Eil Malk.

Matira Beach, Bora Bora - French Polynesia
Bora Bora’s Matira Beach is among the most beautiful island beaches in the world. The clarity of water and temperature here makes it an excellent spot for snorkeling. The diverse marine life at its spectacular reef, including above 1,000 tropical fish species, octopus, eagle rays and manta rays prompt snorkelers to go for a snorkel safari and enjoy swimming among the reef sharks.

Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef - Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is home to hundreds of snorkeling spots. It has the world’s richest ecosystems and boasts of 2,900 individual reefs. However, Lady Eliot Island is at the top of the list. You can look forward to discover kaleidoscopic coral, carpet sharks, manta rays, tropical fish species and sea cucumbers. Snorkeling between November and March is the best as you will be able to spot green and loggerhead turtles nesting on the beach.

Mnemba Island - Tanzania
The tiny Mnemba Island in Tanzania has been declared as a Marine Conservation area. It is encircled by pristine coral reefs. The area boasts of over 430 species of reef fish and marine life, including turtles, stingrays, moray eels, and bottlenose dolphin.

Cayo De Agua, Los Roques - Venezuela
The Cayo De Agua forms the part of the Los Roques Archipelago National Park. It is the Caribbean Sea’s largest marine park. Its waters are home to around 280 species of fish, 200 species of crustaceans and 61 species of coral. You can enjoy leisurely laps in the crystal clear, pool-like waters surrounding the arch-shaped cay, if you are not in snorkeling mood.

These are undoubtedly among the best island beaches in the world for snorkeling and swimming. Plentiful marine life, gentle currents and clear water – are all that you need to look out for a fantastic snorkeling trip.

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Discovering natural beauty of eco-friendly Costa Rica

by amit.uniyal 9. March 2015 05:41

Costa Rica is one of the most eco-friendly travel destinations in the world. Discovering the natural beauty of this fascinating place has been a matter of great excitement for tourists from world over, particularly adventurous, young backpackers. This Central American country has so much to offer to people of all ages. It’s undoubtedly an enriching experience for all those visiting along with their families and kids.

There are various ways through which you can have enjoyable experience in Costa Rica. The activities can be quite hectic or you can have a relaxing sojourn. It’s totally your call and how you want to make the most of your holidays in this beautiful country.

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Costa Rica can prove to be a great destination for a family adventure. The best way to enjoy your holidays here is to be quite open to everything. You can thoroughly enjoy your stay at this ‘Pura Vida’, which literally means enjoying your life to the fullest. Here are some of the ways in which you can have a blissful sojourn.

Travel from one end to the other
The best way to have endless fun and excitement in this country is not to stay at only one place. Travel from one end to the other. This is surely one of the best ways to explore this fun destination. Plan a trip to the jungles, mountains and coasts. The beautiful diverse landscape presents an awesome sight. It will give a fascinating insight into this magnificent land. The lifestyle in Costa Rica is slow-paced. You will get opportunity to see and experience all that this country has to offer and de-stress yourself.  
 
While you travel from the northern coast to the southern part of Costa Rica, the journey can be strenuous as it involves travel by a boat, a small plane and a jeep. The experiences can be varied and exciting. The landscape is diverse from region to region. You will get to see much and enjoy most. There are different activities to be pursued in each region, such as surfing on the beaches or hikes through the jungle. You will also love getting closer to the wildlife, such as colorful frogs, giant golden orb web spiders, and howler monkeys.

Stay at fabulous resorts
There are many fabulous resorts where you can choose to stay while on your holidays. You need to do some careful research before choosing the right place to stay. Some of the resorts offer basic amenities and are affordable, while there are others providing many facilities and can be expensive. The all-inclusive Lapa Rios resort in Puerto Jimenez is a family favorite. It is nestled in southern Costa Rica’s rainforest and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The resort offers beautiful vistas and delicious meals prepared from locally sourced items. There are plenty of things to see and do while staying at the resort, such as bird watching, night walks and seeing waterfalls.

There are lots of excursions that you can undertake while staying at the resorts. Take your kids to Monterverde's Selvatura Park where they will enjoy activities, such as jumping from the Tarzan swings, zip=line excursion through the cloud forest, and nature hike.

Costa Rica is surely the place that will unleash the adventurer in you and provide a fantastic experience to your family that will remain etched in the memory forever.

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Exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia

by amit.uniyal 6. March 2015 06:45

Australia is home to a number of World Heritage Sites. There are a total of 19 such historic sites listed by the UNESCO. The prominent ones among these include some of the world’s oldest rainforests and nearly one-third of the protected marine areas in the world situated here. Let us take a look at some of the important regions in Australia where these World Heritage Sites are located.

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There are many World Heritage Sites in Western Australia. The famous sites worth visiting here include Purnululu National Park in the Kimberley. The Ningaloo Coast is the latest addition on the UNESCO list. The Ningaloo-Shark Bay National Landscape in this part of Australia has two World Heritage areas situated at its southern and northern ends. Even Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is also likely to gain the status in coming years as it is meeting 7 of the 10 criteria.

The Willandra Lakes Region in New South Wales, and the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia across New South Wales and Queensland have gained World Heritage status and attract a large number of tourists from different countries of the world.

There are several World Heritage Sites in Australia that can be found in remote locations. These include Riversleigh in Queensland and the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites at Naracoorte in South Australia. Visiting these places is an arduous task and you will require an adventurous spirit to do so.
 
There are a total of 11 sites that together fall under the World Heritage Australian Convict Sites. These sites include Old Great North Road near Wiseman's Ferry; the Cockatoo Island Convict Site and Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney; and the Domain and Old Government House at Parramatta. All these sites are situated in New South Wales and prominently showcase Australia’s rich history.

These are only few places mentioned here. Australia has many more similar World Heritage Sites and you will need to visit the country to discover all that remains unexplored.

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How Cool! The Best Ice Bars from Around the World

by amit.uniyal 26. February 2015 02:19

Ice bars don’t just sell ice, they are made of ice. From unique ice sculptures to walls made from ice, these cool establishments are definitely a place to chill out. Ice bars are hot tourist destinations, but they can make for some great Friday night fun too. You may be surprised to find an ice bar in your own city - or a place you are traveling too soon enough. Even more surprising, ice bars tend to pop up in some of the warmest destinations around the globe.

Even if you aren’t one for the cold, you have to visit an ice bar at least once in a lifetime - after all, how can you miss out on the opportunity to sit on a couch made from ice?

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Orlando, Florida: The First Ice Bar in the United States
The Ice-Bar, located in Orlando, Florida, is the first and largest ice bar in the U.S. It features unique ice sculptures by a Master Carver and boasts over 50 tons of ice inside. This icy crystal palace has a throne, sofa, fireplace and even chairs all carved out of ice. Cocktails are served up nice and chilled in glasses that are molded from ice - you will never have to worry about your drink losing its chill. The bar, walls and even shelves are made from ice too. You’ll want to bring along your coat, because while the temperatures outside are always tropical and inviting, the inside is certainly frosty.

Sweden, Stockholm: Absolut-ly Cold
The Absolut Ice Bar in Stockholm takes “on the rocks” to a new level. This bar, inspired by the Absolut Vodka brand, is a sight to be seen if you are in Europe. Drinks are served in hollowed out ice cubes over a bar made from solid ice. Walls and tables are made from ice that was harvested from the Torne River (between Finland and Sweden). Every six months this bar goes through a renovation - replacing and re-carving the iced up interior.

London: Frosty and Extreme
In London? You can experience an extreme ice bar where your glasses, walls, bar and even the tables are carved from some of the clearest ice you will ever see. Another Absolut Ice Bar establishment, this is the only permanent ice bar in the United Kingdom. The interior is kept at -5 degrees Fahrenheit at all times and everything inside is made from crystal clear ice that was harvested out of the frozen Torne River in Northern Sweden.

London: An Icy Space
London sure likes to keep things chill. Not only do they have a permanent ice bar, but they also have the Ice Space located next to the  Tower Bridge in London. This place features an entertainer dressed like an Ice Queen who performs daily. The icy interior is not all made of ice, but does feature ice sculptures, an ice bar, a skating ring and performance art. The attraction boasts over 2,000 blocks of solid ice that weigh more than 200 tons.

Tokyo: A Wintry Experience
Enjoy a frosty cocktail on a bar made from ice at the Absolut Ice Bar in Tokyo. This is Asia’s first ice bar that was made from ice blocks cut out from the infamous Torne River. The entrance fee is rather steep to this chilly locale - about $30 USD. You will get one drink and you will definitely want to wear winter clothes, because it is kept at a chilly below zero temperature at all times.

Take a Cruise and Stay Cool
Ice bars make their appearances all over, including on cruise ships. NCL Cruise Ships has their own ice bar - one of the first ice bars at sea. This bar is small, but still features ice seats, an icy bar table and unique ice sculptures created by world-class artisans.

St. Petersburg
Don’t be surprised - St. Petersburg, known for their below zero temperatures naturally, also has an ice bar (or two) popping up each year. These ice bars have hand carved ice tables, chairs, and drinks served out of carved ice cups. You can order everything from cocktails to mixers - all served in frosty mugs.

Ice bars are literally showing up around the world. The exciting fun experience you get into visiting an ice bar will make for lasting memories in your travel diary. You may even find one in your own state or a country you’re traveling to regardless of what time of the year it is.

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Why your next scuba dive trip should be to Abu Dhabi

by amit.uniyal 18. February 2015 23:22

UAE’s capital city Abu Dhabi has of late become one of the most frequented tourist destinations in the Middle East. The city offers all that a quintessential visitor might just be looking for – cosmopolitan outlook, great relaxation, hospitality, cleanliness and modernity. Above all, the city has also become a prime attraction for all those who love water sports and related activities. Before you head off to Abu Dhabi for enjoying great diving in the city, it would indeed be right to know some of the important facts to make your visit quite enjoyable and memorable.
 
Things to know before diving in Abu Dhabi

  • The waters of the Persian Gulf are known for warm temperatures and good visibility. It is quite appealing to both experienced and novice divers.
  • Water temperature averages 77 degree Fahrenheit round the year. However, during the summer months from June to August it can reach above 90 degree Fahrenheit.
  • The underwater visibility is good and you can hope to see 15 to 30 feet in the water, which though depends on exact location and depth.
  • Scuba diving is quite popular. The city also has only-of-its-kind free diving center in the UAE, where you can get beginner, intermediate and advanced free-diving courses.

Scuba dive trip in Abu Dhabi

Popular Dive Sites
A variety of dive sites can be found here. The deepest dive sites here include Jasim and Ledwen shipwrecks. Most of the dive sites are teeming with a variety of marine life. These include rabbit fish, emperor fish, goatfish, gobies, bream, anemone, angelfish, and large game fish and exotic fish of other kinds. Among other marine life found here include large barracudas, black-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, sea snakes and hammour. The popular dive sites in Abu Dhabi include Sea Hawk Water Sports, Desert Islands Watersports Centre, Western Marine Sports Club and Ocean Dive Center. Let’s take a look at these dive sites and see what all they have to offer.

Sea Hawk Water Sports: An Emirati PADI Master Driver owns the famous Sea Hawk Water Sports. This dive center offers certified courses designed for every visitor’s needs. For foreign visitors the center arranges special intensive courses for complete certification in only four days. The Sea Hawk Water Sports also provides daily packages for visitors to five dive sites off Abu Dhabi’sexpansive coastline, where you will get opportunity to get up close with the teeming marine life and explore mysterious ship wrecks.

Desert Islands Watersports Centre: Situated on the picturesque Sir Bani Yas Island, the Desert Islands Watersports Centre offers certification as well as diving expeditions. The waters around the island have abundant marine life of various kinds, most of them being unique to this region. The centre also allows remarkable snorkeling to the visitors.

Western Marine Sports Club:  The Western Marine Sports Club is situated in Al Gharbia. It is the first, purpose-built dive centre to be established in Mirfa. The well-qualified Emirati guides and instructors will be there for you to provide dive tips and lessons with their local experience and knowledge. You can look forward to a wide range of marine activities and sports.

Ocean Dive Center: The Ocean Dive Centre is situated in the Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers and has been into operations ever since it came into being in 2006. The centre is renowned for its PADI diving courses and experiences ranging from beginner’s courses, children’s diving programs to snorkeling.
 
Come and explore these amazing dive centers and sites. Abu Dhabi is beckoning you for a diving expedition in the warm waters of Persian Gulf!

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Best time to visit and enjoy vacations in Argentina

by amit.uniyal 10. February 2015 23:07

Are you planning to visit Argentina on your next vacation? Then you will surely want to know what, after all, is the best time to visit the country and how to enjoy your vacation fully. Here are some of the important facts to know in order to make your visit quite memorable.

When to visit Argentina

  • The best time to visit Argentina is during fall (March to May) and spring (September to November). The temperatures are mild during these periods.
  • The summer months (December to March) are the busiest. The resort towns and beaches are packed with tourists on vacation.
  • Summers are best to enjoy your holidays in the southern Andes and Patagonia. The days during this season are longer and warmer.
  • Iguazi and the Northwest are the best to visit during winter (June to August), when the heat wave and rains have subsided.

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Enjoying Festivals and Special Events in Argentina

  • Plan your visit to Argentina during June to enjoy the famous Carnaval (Mardi Gras). It is held a week before the Lent. The Gualeguaychú, in north of Buenos Aires, is the best place to participate in the event. Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun is another important festival which is celebrated in towns across the Northwest in June on the night before the summer solstice. It is celebrated to pay special thanks for the year’s harvest.
  • Argentina is renowned world over for its Tango dance. The country celebrates the World Tango Festival in October. The festival is marked by many events, with most of them being held in the tango neighborhood of San Telmo.  
  • The month of November is also great for polo fans. The Argentine Open Polo Championships, the biggest polo event in the world, is held every year during late November in the polo grounds in Palemo.

Knowing some of these important facts prior to your visit will undoubtedly make your vacations in Argentina quite enjoyable.

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