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@MPTourism #MPTourism #HeartOfIndia Madhya Pradesh is the epitome of the real India. Earning its name as the Heart of India due to its central location, it is not only a hub for culture and heritage but it is also a rich destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. From the age-old caves, ancient temples, and delicious food to remarkable forts, thriving topography, and delicious local food, MP has always attracted travelers from different parts of the country and the world.

Remember to go there especially during the winter and spring season or in the time of some festival to get a deeper insight into the traditions, culture, and beliefs of India and Indians. Check out the well-characterized Madhya Pradesh tour itinerary to know more about this wonderful tourist site.

Best Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

If you are curious to explore the real heritage sites of India, then here are the top places to visit in Madhya Pradesh for a well-rounded wholesome experience:

1. Bhojpur

One of the main tourist destinations related to archaeology and a bit of history, are the famous ones Bhimbetka cave paintings. The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are located in the hills of Vindhyan, on the southern edge of the central plateau of India.

Within the outcroppings of massive sandstone, above the relatively dense forests, there are five groups of natural rock shelters, showing paintings that seem to date from the Stone Age cultures from the end of the Acheulian at the end of the Mesolithic period.

One of the many UNESCO world heritage sites in Madhya Pradesh these caves are an extremely precious and crucial source into piecing together the prehistoric periods of mankind panning from Paleolithic to Mesolithic ages. It is the oldest known rock art in the entire subcontinent and is one of the largest prehistoric complexes in the world.

These caves are an exhibit showcasing some of the earliest traces of humankind on earth. Consisting of a group of 750 rock shelters one can have a close look at the 10,000 years old (Indian Mesolithic period i.e. 8,000 BCE) cave paintings.

2. Gwalior

Gwalior fort has to be the unmistakable, majestic landmark and the face of Gwalior. Dating back to as far as the 6th - 10th century and depicting a remarkably dynamic historical account of the various rulers this walled defense complex is a must-visit in Madhya Pradesh. Did you know that the world’s 2nd oldest record of the number ‘0’ has been found in one of the inscriptions here which dates back to 1,500 years ago?

It is a wonderful example of impeccable and masterful architectural wonder that had existed during the 15th century.

3. Jabalpur

Jabalpur is covered by low and rocky barren hillocks which are mostly volcanic eruptions occurred long ago.

Bhedaghat, a beautiful town in Jabalpur district is renowned for Dhuandhar falls and Marble Rocks. It’s a must-see. Dhuandar falls cascade from the height of 30 meters and is splendid! This place is situated in the bank of River Narmada known for magnificent waterfalls which is also called as Dhuandhar Falls as the water falls with a great intensity making it misty all around.

To get the gist of this place you can divide the name of this place into Dhua meaning smoke and Dhar meaning flow which when combined you can know that the waterfall seems like the smoke - like the flow of water. Located on the river Narmada and falling from a height of over 30 meters high this place creates an extremely mesmerizing effect on all 5 of your senses.

The main attraction is the plunge that looks like a bouncing mass of mist and the roar is so massive that it can be heard from far off. Visit here during Sharad Purnima during the Narmada Mahotsav for an experience of a lifetime.

The best time to visit here is right after monsoon and upto winters. Famous for its Marble Rocks hills on both sides of the river makes it a unique place in the world. As regards Marble rocks, it is breathtaking. It has the river creating a beautiful canyon – a view you can’t forget. The boating experience between the high Marble Rock Hills and calm water is something not to miss when you are there.

During a full moon day these marble rocks radiates the moonlight and makes the sight an experience one can never forget.

The mystery of the Balancing Rock is still not known to many travellers! The Balancing Rock of Jabalpur is a sight in the ruins of Madan Mahal Fort (Rani Durgawati Fort). This rock balances over another rock. It has sustained earthquakes and is still there as it is. It is a delight for many visitors who wonders the physics behind these rocks. Lot of geologists also keep visiting this place to understand the natures magic!

4. Khajuraho

This famous UNESCO world heritage site is extremely famous all over the world for its erotic carvings on the temple walls. This goes on to show the kind of open-mindedness that had prevailed even during 950-1050 AD. The temples are of religious value for the Hindus as well as the Jains and showcases a high level of acceptance during that era in the society.

Currently out of 85 only 25 temples have survived the test of time and spreads out over an area of 20 sq. km. making a day spent here extremely memorable.

Khajuraho is one of the best cities to visit in India. Why is the Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh so popular? Why khajuraho temple was built? Why does the famous Lonely Planet guide recommend it? Why is it on all the tourist itineraries of those who visit India? Is it worth seeing the Kamasutra temples? What do we know about the Khajuraho mandir? In history Khajuraho was the religious capital of the Chandela dynasty, far away and long ago.

This place doesn’t need an introduction! There are over 20 temples abounding in sculptures. To be precise, it depicts celebration of love, worship and life. The temples of love are inside a very well maintained green property which is why it is very enjoyable to visit them, take pictures and play to find certain characters within the infinite temple carvings.

The Khajuraho sculptures represent scenes of the most varied from musicians, craftsmen, nymphs, mothers, children, lovers, etc. It is not about the sculptures of the Kamasutra as they are known. On the contrary, they only seek to reflect the daily life of that time. Tagged aptly as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This place is known for famous historical sites with a great mystery behind all of them.

Khajuraho has an Airport and descent rail and road connectivity. The best time to travel here is winters as you can easily spend time in these temples with stones being heat-feet-friendly! It is the only place in the world which has amalgamation of monuments of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist origin. It is known for one of finest sculptures in the world.

The daily night show in Khajuraho temples narrates the beautiful history of these sites which is definitely a no-no to miss. The best part of these narration is why these temples could not be invaded much as compared to other monumental sites. It was because Khajuraho is based in a location not so easy to reach due to huge forests around it and a difficult route with fairly less resources enroute.

The famous temples of Khajuraho are divided into eastern western and southern groups. There has been tremendous efforts from UNESCO to ensure the well being and upkeep of these temples.

Literally translating into ‘the great god of the cave’ Kandariya Mahadev temple is considered to be one of the most ornate Hindu temples in the world. Dated to the medieval era, this well-preserved piece of art and history can be seen in its glory, during the monsoon season in Khajuraho. Experts have deemed this temple to be in remarkable form claiming it to be one of the best examples of temples from medieval India.

Panning out to an area of 6 sq. km this place still has a peaceful aura and is an epitome of expert engineering and unparalleled craftsmanship.

Raneh Falls is located around 25 Kms from Khajuraho in the midst of dense forests (Ken Wildlife Sanctuary) and road less travelled. Travelling to this place is only suggested during the day as you would hardly find any habitats on the way and the jungle is known for its wild-wildest animals.

It is a natural water falls in Ken river. Kind of River Canyon! You can spot 7–8 diverse colors igneous rock like granite, dolomite, black basalt, Jasper, Quartz from shades of pink, red, grey, brown, black and spot the ageing of rock too. It is a beautiful breathtaking sight. ❤️

You can take a safari and easily spot wild animals like Wild boars, Deer, Gaur, Sambar Deer, Jackel, Fox, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Pigs. The best time for safari is early morning or just before sunset. There is a guest house for stay. We preferred staying after our evening safari and was curious for morning safari too- it was terrific night for me as I was very scared of the wild animals. But it was worth it.

5. Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is a popular hill station in the heart of Madhya Pradesh. A perfect place to visit near Indore, Pachmarhi will surprise you with its exhilarating beauty. It is famous for the Satpura Tiger Reserve, Apsara Vihar Pond, Bee Fall, and Priyadarshani Point.

If you are a hills lover and wish to explore the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh then Pachmarhi is the place to be. Often referred in Hindi as ‘Satpura Ki Rani’ or the queen of Satpura ranges these gentle green hills rise up to an altitude of 1,067 Metres above sea level.

Home to numerous gushing waterfalls, calming pools, a range of biospheres thriving in harmony with each other, and the Satpura National Park, Pachmarhi is a wonderful place to spend extended weekends.

6. Sanchi

If you remember your history well then you will know that Sanchi Stupa is one of the most iconic and important monuments representing the Indian architecture. This Stupa is located in the town that goes by the same name in the Raisen district and has particularly gained significance for being the oldest stone structures in India.

Commissioned during the third century by emperor Ashok the complex now stands for being one of the best-preserved groups of Buddhist monuments in India along with being the oldest as well as the largest Stupa complex.

7. Bhopal

The premier Anthropological Museum in the nation is the National Museum of Humankind or Museum of Man located at the Shyamala Hills in Bhopal. Built in 1979, the museum houses arts, artifacts, re-created tribal dwellings and their signature handicrafts and costumes from various tribal communities across the country. The comprehensive exhibit is well curated and attractively laid out over a sprawling 200 acre site.

The capital city of Madhya Pradesh is best known for its main attractions such as museums, mosque and lakes. The popular sights are Tribal Museum, Laxminarayan Temple, Taj-Ul- Masjid, Lakes (Upper and Lower) inside the city limits, Shaurya Samarak Bhopal, and Sanchi Stupas. If time permits, visit one of India’s lesser-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, which is about an hour’s drive from Bhopal.

8. Jhansi

Orchha is a place little visited by tourists. It appears in the recommended travel guides to spend the day just for the architectural wealth. And there are few tourists who come to the city. This village on the banks of River Betwa in Madhya Pradesh needs your instant attention. With a rich history of Mughal architecture, the atmosphere here will make you let your hair down and just chill.

From Khajuraho there is a train that stops directly in Orchha without having to make a combination via Jhansi. Orchha owes its popularity to its past. It was the capital of the Bundella dynasty, so its few streets intersect between temples and palaces where gods and kings lived and now forgotten.

Although it is small, there is a lot of movement of people, mainly in the Ram Raja temple, next to the main square. Located on the banks of Betwa River, it is a comfortable 1-hour drive from Gwalior. A peaceful place with well preserved palaces and temples. Three main palaces are enclosed in Orchha’s fortified walls. The Jahangir Mahal, is the largest.

There are two places that undoubtedly stand out above the rest. These are the Raj Mahal and the Jahangir Mahal. Chathurburj is a temple that dates from the ninth century, surrounded by colorful stalls selling tika. Surrounded by hills that rise, Orchha is located on the Betwa River and is crammed with sweet apple cream. This undulating land has temples and towering forts.

Ideal for: history buff

Things to do: sightseeing tour

What to visit: Jahangir Palace, cenotaphs on the river, Rai Praveen mahal, Phool Bagh

9. Chambal

Chambal is misinterpreted as a land of dacoits. But beyond that, you will find that its home to more than 500 species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. There is a National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to gharials (small crocodiles), the red-crowned roof turtle and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. We bet you didn’t know that!

Best Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

10. Chhindwara

While searching for best places to visit in summer in India, don’t forget that Tamiya Hill is the one! It is located near Satpura National Park, which provides the wildest scenery. Therefore, this place is an offbeat location in Madhya Pradesh which offers flora and fauna, and calm vibe which will help relax you.

However, there is no dearth of travel destinations in Madhya Pradesh but it would be too boring to read such a long article so we have compiled only a few of them. If you like this article then do appreciate us by sharing this article among your family and friends and we would also love to hear some feedback about this post.
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  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Catalonia, the north-eastern region of Spain, is well known for Barcelona. But along the coast between Barcelona and France lies Catalonia’s hidden gem: The Costa Brava, a long stretch of sand and rocky cliff is home to gorgeous beaches, historic towns, and authentic Catalan culture.

Beyond its capital Barcelona, ​​Catalonia is also to discover for its hinterland, its culture and its traditions while travelling to Spain. You can make a day trip from Barcelona to Costa Brava. Costa Brava is a portion of the coast (precisely) within the province of Girona, which is within Catalonia and on the border with France.

What essentially characterizes this region is its rugged coastline through the Pyrenees and the pre-Pyrenees. That is, here the mountain foothills meet the Mediterranean Sea, giving rise to rocky landscapes, small coniferous forests, and beaches enclosed and even hidden among all those landscapes. But Costa Brava is not just beaches and mountainous coast.

There are also extensive flat sandy beaches for miles, and above all, charming medieval towns in the interior, or old fishing villages on the coast. It extends through the counties of Alt Empordà, Bajo Ampurdán, and La Selva between the city of Blanes. The most important cities and at the same time most urbanized in every way are Roses, La Escala, L'Estartit, Palamós, Playa de Aro, San Feliu de Guixols, Lloret de Mar.

There is a good collection of charming villages directly on the coast, and many of them surrounded by coves and beautiful beaches that are the postcard pictures of Costa Brava. They are (ordered from the closest to Barcelona to the most distant) Tossa de Mar, Calella de Palafrugell, Llafranc + Tamariu, Begur, Cadaqués, Port de la Selva.

In the old port city that was invaded in the middle ages are several historical sites and buildings.

Best Things to Do in Costa Brava

Here are the best things to do in Costa Brava.

1. Discover hidden coves in Playa Cala Aiguablava

Drive along the coastal road and you’ll want to make lots of stops. Why? Because the rugged rocks along the sea host many tucked-away coves that mainly locals know about. The beaches are often sparsely populated and provide havens from the long busy stretches of sand that dominate the Costa Brava.

Coves like Es Codolar, Sa Sabolla and Aiguablava feature smaller crescents of sand flanked on all sides by tall rocks and trees, providing shelter from harsh sun and wind. The water is crystal clear, so be sure to pack your snorkeling gear!

2. Follow the artist’s path in Dalí Theatre-Museum

Costa Brava often played host to a number of famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, who was based near Cadaques, the northernmost town in Costa Brava. You can even tour his home and marvel at the works of art he owned and made. In Figueres you can visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum, which is another wacky, wonderful look into the mind of one of Spain’s most unique artists.

3. Go on a hike you’ll never forget in Cap de Creus

One of the reasons Costa Brava is so magical is because the mountains hug the coast, providing tons of opportunities for hiking with spectacular views all around. There are many beautiful stretches of coast with trails, but some of the most beautiful can be found along the beaches in Begur, which is a shorter and easier stretch.

Or take the walk beginning in Cadaques and ending in Cap de Creus, which is a bit more difficult but features tons of wild, unspoilt land. Exercise caution as you would on any hike, as trails are fairly well marked but parts of the coast can be quite rocky and rugged.

4. See medieval old towns and castles in Tossa de Mar

You’ll find many of the towns along the Costa Brava charming, but there are a few that will truly take your breath away. Castle-hop in the towns of Tossa de Mar, Blanes, and Lloret de Mar, all of which feature seaside medieval castles you can walk to for incredible views of the Mediterranean. For the full experience, visit Pals, a beautiful little medieval town built around a fortress with cobblestone streets you will happily get lost in.

5. Go wild in local festivals in Jardíns de Cap Roig

Spain is known for its abundance of exciting, unique festivals, and the Costa Brava is no exception. There are several festivals you won’t want to miss, such as Cap Roig Festival, a music festival with artists for every taste, housed in botanical gardens, and the Castell de Perlada festival, which features live music and theater and takes place in an actual castle.

The Girona Flower festival paints the streets of Girona with colorful flowers each May, while the Fireworks Contest in Blanes each July will leave you breathless.

6. Experience the Spanish beach bar culture in L'Estartit

Chiringuitos (the Spanish word for beach bars) are a common feature on the Costa Brava - you’ll be hard pressed finding a beach without one. They are great places to not only grab a drink and some food, but listen to live DJs and bands. The energy is warm and laid-back and, if you stay late enough, you might even get to enjoy an impromptu dance party with the new friends you’re sure to make.

Some of the most beloved are Boia Nit in Cadaques and Xiringuito Canyelles in Lloret de Mar, both of which feature live music and great cocktails. The town of l’Estartit with its long stretch of sand is the best place for the beach bar nightlife overall.

7. Try authentic Catalan cuisine in Calella de Palafrugell

Catalan cuisine contains lots of fish based dishes which gives a coastal area like the Costa Brava time to shine. Delicious fresh seafood can be found all along the Costa Brava, but nowhere does it feel fresher than in the historic fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell. Try Restaurant El Pedro for some of the best seafood on the Mediterranean.

Pals takes the prize for the best paella, while the most committed culinary buffs can marvel at the famous Celler de Can Roca in Girona, which has been named the best restaurant in the world in 2013 and 2015.

Round off with tapas at one of the restaurants along the promenade.

El Golfet is one step away from the city of Calella de Palafrugell. But there are also other coves that are further away and require a walk. For example, this marvel of a cove that looks like a natural pool is inside the path that was born in Palamós. The most famous coastal path of the Costa Brava is the Camí de Ronda.

8. Spend quality time in (or on) the deep blue sea in Medes Islands

The Costa Brava is full of towns where you can practice all kinds of water sports. Head to locations like Cap de Creus and the protected islands Illes Medes for scuba diving in the clear Mediterranean waters and finding eels, colorful fish, hidden coves and even shipwrecks. Cadaqués and the little coves around Begur are popular spots for sailing and yachting, and even has a river running through the town, giving you a Venice-like experience.

Jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing and paddle boarding can also be done at most major towns along the coast.

These ideas should serve as the perfect to-do list for your Costa Brava trip. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Costa Brava, you can rest easy knowing you’re experiencing one of the most special parts of Spain.
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  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Maintaining a healthy diet while you're traveling isn't easy. Also, most airports and airlines sell unhealthy, overpriced food, and sometimes, it is easy to give in to those when you are hungry. If you want to save money and avoid buying expensive airplane food, you need to pack your DIY healthy snacks and food. Bringing your food lets you avoid purchasing unhealthy food choices at the airport while helping you save money at the same time.

Can You Take Snacks on an Airplane?

The quick answer is, "Yes, you can." Still, you should follow the TSA guidelines. If you have to bring liquids or spreadables with you, like yogurt or peanut butter, they should go with the 3-1-1 liquid rule.

What foods are not allowed through airport security?

Here are examples of food that you are not allowed to bring through airport security:

• Yogurt over 3.4 ounces
• Any type of liquid over 3.4 ounces
• Any paste over 3.4 ounces

There are also foods you should not bring even if permitted. That's because it can annoy other passengers with its smell. Here are some examples:

• Tuna: They can be smelly on the plane.
• Bananas: These also come with a strong smell.
• Apples: They are noisy when eaten.
• Burritos: They make you gassy when flying.
• Liquids: They are likely going to spill.
• Yogurt: This tends to explode when you open it at high altitudes. If you have to bring it with you, make sure that you open it bit-by-bit.

Keep in mind that the food that you buy after the security checkpoint does not have to go with this rule. Meaning, you can bring spreadable and liquids that you have purchased at the airport. If you have more questions about a specific food item, check with TSA's snack regulations.

Best Airplane Snacks for Long Flights

Moving on, here are the best airplane snacks that you can bring for long flights:

1. Dried Fruit and Nuts

Dried fruit and nuts are some of the best airline snacks that you can bring with you. Although most airports and airline carriers will sell dried peanuts as a snack, bringing along your own trail mix is better. That's because it is more affordable, and you can customize its flavor to your liking. This is also a refreshing and healthy choice for snacks!

You can also buy different types of fruits and create your own trail mix to get a little bit of everything you love. You'll also have a great time mixing fruits and nuts that you like and will only cost you a couple of dollars. Not to mention that they are filling.

2. Quinoa or Chickpea Salad

Another satisfying and filling snack that you can bring aboard is quinoa or chickpea salad. This will help curb your appetite for long flights. Not to mention that quinoa and chickpea are considered superfoods.

3. Popcorn

If you're craving salty snacks, popcorn is a great option. This is a light snack to pack, and once you start eating, you can hardly stop! These can also be a healthier alternative that your usual airplane snacks. Over the last couple of years, companies and brands have also introduced a range of flavors like sea salt, to cookies and cream. Why should you limit popcorn to cinemas when you can take it to the skies?

4. Protein bars

Whether you're on a crucial business flight, protein bars can be fantastic sustenance. This chewy and delicious fight snack will keep you full, especially for long haul flights. Thus, you can maintain your focus and do last-minute business preparations when needed.

5. Hummus and Crackers

These are other great airplane snacks. For one, hummus comes in various flavors so you won't get bored snacking on it. Apart from that, you'll also enjoy all the nutrients that you can get from it. Hummus is a food that's made from chickpeas. They're also rich in protein, allowing to curb hunger pangs during a long flight. Plus, it helps balance your sugar levels.

6. Crunchy Cheese Bites

If you're a fan of cheese, pack up some crunchy cheese bites. They're high in protein, and a great source of calcium at the same time, making them a great companion for long flights.

7. Vegan Tuna Sandwich

You may have doubts about bringing a tuna sandwich onboard. But there's one way to ensure that it will not get stinky on the plane ‒ make it vegan. Instead of using fish, you can switch it with tofu. Dollop a little bit of vegan mayo, your seasoning of choice, and some pickles. This is an excellent snack for long flights.

8. Vegan Dark Chocolate Brownies

You can give yourself a treat every once in a while. Dark vegan brownies are another great treat that you can bring with you in your travels. With its fudgy taste and gooey center, adding a little bit of sugar helps cure a long, dull flight.

9. Peach and Tomato Salad

The tomato salad is the most practical salad when you are on a trip, and if it is also the tomato season it is one of the best recipes for travelling. It is ideal because it is basically simple and is one of those easy recipes when travelling. With tomatoes cut into quarters, a bit of salt and seasoning, a drizzle of oil, the one that falls under the hand, vinegar and the toughest stains are now behind us.

After all, everything is about pleasure and opportunities! Here, some peaches and herbs are not far away. Besides many other associations are possible. Fruits like vegetables can be married perfectly with the tomato! In addition, the beautiful red is present almost in all countries, so do not hesitate!

10. Butter Tart

Butter tart is a miniature pecan pie without the pecans. Except that it can have pecans or raisins, or walnuts, or chocolate drizzle. But it most classically has none of these, just the buttery, sugary filling in a shell about the size of a muffin’s base. And there’s no corn starch or flour in the filling, so it has a more gooey texture than the non-pecan part of a pecan pie filling.

Butter tarts are probably seen as a bit more rustic or less upscale than Nanaimo bars, and are best when found at the counter of a back road general store during a gas stop on a long road trip and purchased as thanks to the guy doing the driving.

Final Words

Here's the thing: Plane snacks don't have to be expensive and unappetizing. There are even travel blogs that share quick recipes that you can whip up.

When preparing your snacks, though, keep in mind how you will transport them. Use eco-friendly packaging like reusable ziplock bags, lunch boxes, bio paper instead of ziplock and foil.

We hope that the snack ideas listed above can help soothe your long-flight nerves. That's because bringing your own snacks will help you save money and time. After all, it prevents you from having to miss the good stuff because airplane food tends to be expensive.

Not to mention that homemade snacks are sure to satiate your cravings. Thus, saving you any pre-flight stress.
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  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Today, we will be talking about a majestic countryside that will make your jaws drop and your eyes pop out. It is an extremely popular tourist attraction in the United States, the Yellowstone National Park. Known for its wildlife and geothermal features, especially the Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone is the oldest National Park in USA. The feats of the Yogi Bear made the Yellowstone National Park famous.

The Yellowstone National Park was established in the year 1872, and is going to be 150 years old soon. Being this old, the park is actually one of the oldest national parks in the world. Despite being old, it is also one of the most scenic national parks in the world. It is stretched over an immense geographical area covering as many as three states in the US, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

Yellowstone Park is one of the most visited parks in USA, and rightfully so. Yellowstone boasts crystal clear waters and gorgeous landscapes of mountains. This is the place to be if you have never been there. The kind of biodiversity found in the park has made people want to come to see it in person. From grizzly bears and wolves to elks, a variety of wildlife can be seen upon your visit.

You want to apply for guaranteed installment loans from direct lenders to buy a car, do it after reaching home.

You want to answer your boss' constant texts and email, switch off your phone and shove it in your bag. You want to stress about the promotion announcement, do it when you are free, not in the Yellowstone park. Each time you occupy your mind with the worries of home, you will keep on missing the experiences and beauty of nature that is right in front of you.

And we do not come to Yellowstone National Park to miss out, we come here to get the full blown experience of the Wild West. So, shut your past and live in the moment.

Best Things to Do in Yellowstone National Park

So, without further ado, let us get into the must do things in Yellowstone National Park.

1. Get Acquainted with Horses near Union falls

Can you imagine a countryside that is without horses? Yellowstone National Park is renowned for the vast fields and terrains it offers to the horse riders. Be it morning or evening, you just have to saddle up your horse and take it for a ride that you will remember for a long-long time.

And you do not have to worry about the skills required to be an expert horse rider. You can just be a beginner or be a pro in the sport, your skills would be catered to by the Park and it’s services providers. In Yellowstone National Park, you do not need a car to travel around, a car is too reminiscent of a city.

At this park, you can take a horse, to see the water springs, to be awed by the sunset, or to watch the wolves in the Lamar Valley. A horse would be your companion throughout your visit.

2. See the Hot Water Eruptions of the Old Faithful Geyser

Are you familiar with hot springs? They are similar to a vent, but inside the earth’s surface, which burst hot water out of it. A geyser is a kind of hot spring that discharges boiling water. At Yellowstone National Park, there are over 500 geysers. However, there is one that outshines them all and that is the Old Faithful Geyser.

This geyser is known to give out eruptions regularly. Whenever the underground hot spring gets to its highest temperature, it bursts out and shoots up water at 200° F. The way and the speed at which the water comes out of the geyser appears almost magical.And this magical experience needs to be witnessed once in a lifetime.

Most of the crowds are on the road, in the parking lots or restaurants or at 5–6 highlight attractions. As for Old Faithful, viewers are kept back more than 100 metres. This is a result of one-viewing-then-on-to-the-next-attraction syndrome.

If you are lodging at Old Faithful and find out from the rangers what else is going to erupt and when, after you’ve seen bigger geysers like Grand, Great Fountain and Beehive, you’ll notice Old Faithful has been regularly performing but in the background, even in the middle of the night. Some eruptions are taller, some are shorter.

You may decide it’s a lot more fascinating than you first thought, once you allow it to be what it is, away from centre stage. But it you lodge elsewhere or camp, Yellowstone will present an entirely different mood than you thought it would have.

This is where the Earth is young and full of surprises. There is so much more going on than five or so famous attractions.

3. Go Fishing First and Enjoy a Bonfire Later near Yellowstone Lake

When you come and visit Yellowstone National Park, you will never be able to see its glory in just one day. So, you would have to stay a few nights at least. The lodges in the Park offer the utmost comfort and ease of staying here. Along the cluster of East Yellowstone Lodges, you will find a number of streams, these are streams with a diversity of fishes. You can also get day or weekly fishing license.

If you have only one day: tour the Lower Loop, unless your goal is seeing wildlife above all else in which case start predawn in Lamar Valley. If you have two days, do one loop per day. A third day will allow you to relax and enjoy the Upper Geyser Basin.

A fourth day opens up the other sites on the Lower Loop you weren’t able to see on your earlier trip around it. A fifth day allows a substantial hike. Subsequent days open up as many possibilities as you have curiosity and energy. Some guides swear by Norris Geyser Basin. Others insist on seeing West Thumb Geyser Basin. Great! It’s an individual choice.

Midway Geyser Basin view of the grand Prismatic Spring from the hill looking down at it is great if you have more time; it’s a 3.25 km walk. Others love to stop at Moose Falls, Lewis Falls and Isa Lake.

A short walk up the lodges you will come to the Blue-Ribbon Trout Streams, that is basically a fishing sanctuary.You can spend your evenings here fishing with your friends and family and then later at night you can have a bonfire and devour the meal you hunted earlier. Is this not a good life?

4. Marvel at the Majesty of the Grand Canyon from Lower Falls

The lower fall grand canyon has the most beautiful waterfall. Standing at the edge of it and looking down at the gushing water will make you truly wander at the marvels that our planet holds close to its heart. The grand canyon falls into the Yellowstone river and can be accessed from the north and the south to have the most wondrous views. Check it out from both the vantage points and see how majestic nature can be.

5. Astonishing view of deep blue water of Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone has geysers and other geothermal features. Yellowstone is a multi sensory experience where you can enjoy seeing the geysers, and grand prismatic spring, and morning glory pool.

Grand Prismatic Spring is a stunning and colorful hot spring. It has 121 feet depth and 370 feet diameter. You can find an astonishing view of deep blue water and patches of various colors like yellow, red and green. The temperature here can go up to 87-degrees.

You can feel the sun on your face, feel the wind in your hair, feel the mist from the steam, and feel the warmth emitted by some of the springs. You can hear the wind in the trees, hear the call of the ravens, and the occasional bugle of a bull elk, hear the clumping of the hooves of the bison on the road, the chattering of chipmunks and squirrels.

You can hear the glub, glub, plop sounds of the mud pots, the hiss of steam escaping the fumaroles, the splashing and gurgling of springs, waterfalls, and geysers. You can smell the pine trees, the smell of fresh air, earth, sulfur, and wildflowers and you can taste huckleberry ice cream.

Here grizzly bears live with black bears, coyotes with wolves and moose and bison with deer, among other species. But here, too, there are rivers for whitewater rafting, lakes, lush forests, canyons and hundreds of waterfalls dotting this natural space distributed between the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Its boasts of geological features you can not find anywhere else.

It’s also perfectly accessible, many of its most iconic attractions can be viewed on a comfortable scenic drive. The Golden hour, has pros and cons to that. Unquestionably most landscapes come alive at that time. But the famous Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin will mostly only show off ethereal atmosphere in its vapors at those times. When the sun is the highest is the time its astonishing colors are best revealed.

Unfortunately, that’s when the crowds are the most intense and when parking may not be available. Either arrive earlier and wait, as the world passes you by, or park further away off the road where legal and walk in. By the way, everyone will tell you don’t park at Midway and see it from the boardwalk. The superior view is from the overlook off the Fairy Falls Trail.

There are pros and cons again. Plan ahead; reserve your room in the park a year or more in advance to find a reasonable rate. Pad your travel time to the park from home. A two-day trip to Yellowstone is sufficient if you don’t plan to see attractions along the way or if you don’t want to be able to serendipitously follow your nose at times.

Once you’re past the famous, bucket-list attractions, you can relax quite a bit more and experience the authentic Yellowstone experience.

Choose your gate of access, the direction you approach the park from. There are many opinions about which gate is best but the most convenient is the one closest to you. The only way to get to Yellowstone originally was by taking a Northern Pacific Railway train to Gardiner, Montana. From Gardiner, passengers loaded into wagons to cross the rolling hills to Mammoth Hot Springs.

But officials felt that there was no real sense of place in that trip. No sense of having “crossed the threshold” into America’s Wonderland. So they built one.

6. Roosevelt Arch

While other parks might have amazing scenery just in or around an entrance, the Roosevelt Arch is the example of an amazing gate built on purpose, to really accentuate how you’ve entered into someplace special.

If you’re coming from Idaho and points west by all means use the west gate. It will give you quick access to the famous thermal basins south of Madison as well as Norris Geyser Basin on the way to Canyon.

Go through it before 8:00 am due to it being the busiest. There’s a daily summer morning and late afternoon traffic jam from people slowing down and stopping for elk even when there’s rangers waving people through. You’re going to see more of them, the elk. If you need to photograph them, park off the fog line and do it.

The eastern gate is via Theodore Roosevelt’s favourite road, Wyoming Highway 16. If you’re coming from points east it will amaze you. The towering rock formations, winding Shoshone River, Sylvan Pass and Yellowstone Lake are breathtaking highlights for this route.

In a perfect world, you’ll heed the advice of many that you need at least a few days. Some will insist lodging outside the park is best and some will say stay inside. It’s a very personal choice based on your amenity needs and how early you plan your trip and reserve lodging.

But, once you’ve made those choices, the amount of time you’ve allotted will help narrow down your attractions to see. This method works well for Grand Teton Park as well as any of the others. Plan ahead, reserve early and research the sorts of things you want to see, even/especially the hikes. Finally, get an early start. More time that you thought sufficient and getting out ahead of the crowd will open up the very best of any park you visit.

Once you’re past the competing-with-the-crowds-for-inadequate-parking phase you’ll find the park is huge and full of atmosphere all those competitors are missing like picnic areas, a walk along a gravel beach/bar, steak dinner with a singing cowboy after a horse or wagon ride, fishing, a boat cruise, history, more wildlife than you saw the other day, amazing changes in lighting and weather and more than 1,700 kilometres of hiking trails.

The first national park is more amazing than you’ve been led to believe. But, you need to have leisure to relax and take it in. The crowded path by midday to the brink of the Lower Falls has an entirely different atmosphere at 8:00 pm or 7:00 am or in between.

The entire park is that way. It’s like stargazing — not so rewarding to those on a tight schedule. You see a lot more after your eyes have adjusted to the darkness. And, though faint objects don’t look like much when observed directly, avert your eyes just a little. You’ll find they come into focus much better and with more clarity.

From the overlook, you are considerably farther from the brilliant Cyanobacteria in the water going directly under the walkway and within which are animal tracks. Delicately unexpected patterns in the vapors over the spring including rare vortexes are entirely missed by those up on the hill.

And the celebrated visual angle, looking down on the spring, is found looking into the larger Excelsior Geyser from much closer. Missing the yellows and oranges? Excelsior’s are enjoyed on the walk to and from the basin and missed on the hill. You need at least twice the amount of days you thought you need to experience the park.

Lodging inside the park allows you to not only experience the sunrise and sunset lighting but also the middle of the night. Additional, you will be well ahead of the daily masses. Before they arrive and after they leave, even Old Faithful and even in July becomes peaceful, serene and eminently photogenic. Reserve a year in advance.

Try not to buy food in the park as it's very expensive, You can buy a cheap cooler to keep in your trunk with drinks lunch meat fruits snacks. Yellowstone is huge, and if you have kids you will be glad you have food on hand. There are lots of pull offs with picnic tables and areas you can just have a picnic just remember to secure your food. Touch you are in grizzly country.

If you shop for T shirts and such the smaller shops in the Western towns are usually cheaper than the National Park lodges and stores. Also buy gas outside the park and fuel up the night before or early in the morning. There is so much free hiking and geysers and wildlife and just the beautiful scenery to see that doesn't cost anything except for your weekly pass into the park which is good for 7 days.

7. West Yellowstone

You’re welcome to stay outside of the park but if you don't reserve that early you’ll be paying the same as in but you’ll also have driving time to the park and you’ll miss out on relaxed ambiance before and after the summer hoards descend.

West Yellowstone is the exception. It’s right next to the park but still 40 minutes from Old Faithful and traffic is bad coming out of the park. If you don’t get going early, traffic is bad going in. But if you’ve reserved enough time in advance, you can relax and enjoy it.

West Yellowstone, Montana, just outside of the park has a remarkable history museum. There are also memorable museums at Quake Lake, just downstream from Hegben Lake and the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman is worth a visit or two. It’s a bit of a drive, but the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody will easily take up two days between its five museums under one roof.

No matter how you decide to do it, it is an adventure of a lifetime. Truly an amazing place. Take lots of pictures and you will have lots of great memories.
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