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Donuts are considered one of the most popular desserts in the United States from Nashville, Denver, Anaheim to Colombus. Sweet and luscious, this fried confection can be eaten at any time of the day. Americans even celebrate National Donut Day, which proves the popularity of this delicious dessert in the US. It will be held on the 7th of June this year.

No one knows when or where this sweet dish was first prepared. However, according to some historical records, the Dutch made a sweet treat known as olykoeks or oil cakes during the mid 19th century. They were basically round balls of cake, deep fried in pork fat. These were stuffed with fruits, nuts, or other fillings.

Through the Dutch immigrants in North America, the olykoeks were popularized and were subsequently prepared in many different ways, using a variety of recipes. Gradually, these olykoeks evolved to become the delicious donuts of the modern era.

Donuts and alcohol are two of the most popular edible items in modern America. Hence, these two items were eventually combined to form a unique dessert. This boozy dessert has been gaining popularity as a homemade dish over the past few generations. Typically, donuts are a part of the breakfast menu, and boozy donuts are gradually topping the list of popular desserts these days.

Let's learn some amazing drunken donut recipes that can be tried at home. These donut recipes can be used to make the perfect dessert item for Sunday brunch. The dish can also be added as a unique sweet dish at cocktail parties.

Drunken Donuts Recipe

How to Prepare Boozy Donuts?

All variants of drunken donuts are prepared from one simple recipe. The basic donut preparation method with alcohol is given below.

Servings: 12 (approx.)

  • 2 cups of all-purpose baking mix
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Alcohol (as suggested)


Prepare a mixture of baking mix, sugar, and egg by stirring the ingredients in a bowl. Once you have the base mixture, you now have to add alcohol to this concoction. Make small lumps of the batter and lighten it up by adding alcohol. Blend everything finely together and coat each of the lumps with flour, until the pieces are half an inch thicker. Now, slice these lumps in the shape of donuts. To do this, you can make use of a shot glass or the rims of a highball.

You can either bake or fry the donuts, depending on your preferences. When you want to bake, take a parchment lined cookie sheet and place it in an oven, which should be preheated to 425 degrees for eight minutes. If you prefer fried donuts, make sure that the frying pan contains enough oil to submerge the donuts fully. Turn the pieces of donut over when they start floating. To cook the other side of the drunken donuts, another five minutes will be required. Then, leave them for five more minutes to cool before you add the frosting.

Drunken Donuts Recipe

Procedure for Making the Frosting

Take ½ cup of powdered sugar and some alcohol. This is enough to make about 12 donuts. To cover the donuts with this frosting, you can utilize a basting brush or a spoon.

Drunken Donuts Recipe

Varieties of Donut Preparation Using the Aforementioned Basic Donut Batter

Mimosa Donut

While making this donut, pour 1/3 cup of orange juice into the base donut mix and also a small amount of triple sec. Blend all the ingredients together well, and bake or fry the donut pieces according to your liking. To prepare the icing, add one shot of sparkling wine to the powdered sugar, and then a splash of triple sec.

Old Fashioned Whiskey Donuts Recipe

Combine one-third of a cup of bourbon or rye whiskey with the base donut batter, and add a few dashes of bitters. Prepare the frosting by mixing one tablespoon of cherry juice with the powdered sugar. You can then enjoy these drunken donuts in the best way with a glass of straight whiskey. For beginners, the old fashioned donut is the best one to start with.

Cosmopolitan Donut

For preparing this version of a drunken donut, choose citrus or top shelf lime vodka and add 1/3 of a cup of this drink to the base mixture. The frosting is prepared by using a single shot of cranberry liqueur or cranberry juice.

Pina Colada Donut

Coconut is widely used in many baked treats. Prepare Pina Colada donut by pouring 1/3 cup coconut rum into the batter, along with a shot of pineapple liqueur, in order to make the icing. For extra garnishing, sprinkle coconut flakes on top of these boozy donuts.

Black and Tan Donut

The idea for this type of drunken donut originated in the popular beer cookies. The flavor of beer works well with rich chocolate in a dessert. Take your basic donut batter and add three tablespoons of baking cocoa, and 1/3 cup of pale ale. For icing, use a shot of chocolate liqueur. Dip these black and tan donuts into a glass of Guinness for the best taste.

In Conclusion

Try out the above-mentioned mouth-watering drunken donut recipes and surprise your family and friends with your cooking skills. Include any one or two of these sweet desserts in your next party and make it a roaring hit!
  • 18
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Kalyan Kalyan Author
Among places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang in northeast India is nature's gift to mankind. Whether you are an adventure seeker, a nature lover, looking for spirituality or just wanting to unwind for a while, this is a destination in India for all.

A place with pristine beauty coupled with a spiritual atmosphere all around makes Tawang one of its kind destinations. Surrounded by snow-clad Himalayan peaks and home to lakes and waterfalls with breathtaking beauty, the serenity and aura of this place are sure to reinvigorate your body and soul alike.

Hi guys! From the above description, you must be wondering if Tawang is a paradise on earth? Well, it couldn't be farther from the truth. The mesmerizing natural beauty of the place and the calm spiritual vibes in the atmosphere make it appear like a heavenly place. The best part is that Tawang is a less explored territory unspoiled by the human invasion.

So you can enjoy quiet time admiring nature's work and soaking in the positivity all around which will recharge your spirit.

Tawang is situated in northwest Arunachal Pradesh at an altitude of 3048 m (10,000 feet) on the border of India and Tibet. It is a very sacred place for Buddhists as it is considered as the birthplace of sixth Dalai Lama. The Tawang monastery is the largest Buddhist monastery in India. Apart from this, Tawang is a destination in India for many adventures like trekking, mountain biking, hiking, wildlife adventure etc.

And on top of it, the tranquillity of the place gives you an added incentive to explore the place to the fullest. There is something in the air here which immediately fills you with peace and serenity. With a population of just about 11000, Tawang is very different from those crowded places we are so used to seeing. You can be yourself here. No pretensions needed.

places to visit in Tawang travel guide

1. Tawang Monastery

Among places to see in Tawang, this is the largest Buddhist monastery in India. It was founded in the year 1681 by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso following a request by the fifth Dalai Lama. This belongs to the Gelugpa sect and is the biggest attraction in Tawang. It has an awe-inspiring architecture and looks like a mini-kingdom from a distance. It has huge doors of about 10 to 20 ft height.

Inside of the monastery has fabulous artwork and you can find sketches of various saints. A massive statue of Lord Buddha adorns the northern side of the monastery. Sitting at a height of 10000 ft, the monastery offers a panoramic view of the entire Tawang town.

2. Madhuri Lake

How many of you have seen Hindi movie Koyla? The original name of this lake was Sangestar Tso but ever since Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit shot a song here for her movie, this lake has come to be known as Madhuri Lake. It is said that an earthquake in the year 1971 led to the formation of this lake which was otherwise a grassland. It is perhaps one of the remotest lakes in the world. But for you, it is the breathtaking scenery, that will pull you towards it like a magnet.

Imagine being at a lake at an altitude of 12000 ft in the middle of rocky mountains. Can you feel that tingling feeling? That is the thrill you get when you are at such a place. The upright tree trunks standing at the center of the lake seem to be there to protect it. Madhuri lake holds a special place for Buddhists who come here especially to pray. When here, you will feel one with nature.

You can go on clicking the pictures of the lake and its surroundings and still you will not have enough. Although it is situated 42 km from Tawang, Madhuri lake is a not to be missed attraction.

How to Reach Madhuri Lake - You will need to hire a taxi from Tawang to reach Madhuri Lake.

3. Nuranang Falls

A white sheet of water falling at high speed from a height of 100m is a breathtaking sight. Just thinking of visiting places in Tawang. There is Nuranang falls. Tucked in a remote area deep in the forest, this place is largely unknown to the average tourist and hence largely unexplored. Nuranang falls is also called Jang falls and Bong Bong falls. The highlight of this place is its pristine beauty.

The high mountains surrounding it, covered with thick greenery and mist over the hills present a soul-stirring spectacle. You can feel a strange kind of joy by just being at this place. The tranquillity and the serenity of the Nuranang falls are sure to rub on you. Don't miss Nuranang falls even if you have to travel an extra mile. You can also visit the small hydel plant located at the base of the falls.

How to Reach Nuranang Falls - There are buses available from Tawang to go to Nuranang falls. Alternately, you can hire a taxi from Tawang.

places to visit in Tawang travel guide

4. Jaswant Garh War Memorial

About 25 km from Tawang is this amazing place at a height of 10000 ft, telling the tale of a brave soldier who made the supreme sacrifice for his motherland. Jaswant Singh Rawat was a rifleman in the Indian Army when he fought the 1962 Indo-China war and was martyred fighting valiantly. He was awarded the second highest military honour of Mahavir Chakra posthumously. The memorial is built like a temple structure and a garlanded statue of the martyr stands tall in the premises.

The most interesting part about this war memorial is that there are five to six army men still deployed there who not only take care of the upkeep of the memorial but also Jaswant Singh Rawat as if he was still alive. He is served bed tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the appointed time. You can enjoy hot tea or coffee at the memorial in the cold weather along with some crispy samosas and pakoras. These beverages and snacks are prepared and served by the army men present there for nominal charges, which are used to maintain the memorial.

places to visit in Tawang travel guide

5. Sela Pass

This is the lifeline of people of Tawang as this pass connects it with the rest of the world. But more than that, it is the beauty of the place that will stun you. Located at an altitude of 13,700 feet SELA pass is often termed as Heaven on earth, and not without reason. It is mostly covered in snow but is open throughout the year.

It is about 80 km from Tawang but you cannot resist stopping here and spending a few hours admiring the pristine beauty lying all around the place. The snow-covered mystical Himalayas are so near and the gap in the peaks is covered with the clouds. It becomes difficult to distinguish where the clouds end and peaks begin.

And the icing on the cake is the number of lakes around SE LA pass, the most noticeable being the Se La lake. It is said there are 101 lakes around SE LA pass. The Se La lake is generally frozen but even in this state, it presents quite a picturesque view. The pine trees around this place covered in snowflakes add to the charm. Se La pass and lake are enchanting places and you cannot help but marvel at these wonders of nature.

Things To Do In Tawang

Trekking - For those of you who are adventurously inclined and love trekking, there are ample trekking routes around Tawang. To start with, Bomdila-Tawang area has many trekking routes. Then you can go on Jung to Mago trek passing through many scenic places and waterfalls.

But the most popular trek starts from Siang and passes through a thick forest. For wildlife lovers and photographers among you, this is the best trek as there is every possibility of encountering some wild animals in the forest which you can capture in your cameras.

Boating - You can enjoy boating at the Salley Lake nearby. Boating facilities are available for the travellers here.

Apart from this, you can hire a bike and go on motorbiking. Enjoy driving in nature on curvy roads through mountains, halting in between to admire the creations of mother nature.

places to visit in Tawang travel guide

How to Reach Tawang

By Air - The nearest airport to Tawang is Tezpur in Assam which is some 350 km away. Tezpur is connected to Guwahati and Silchar. However, Guwahati international airport would be a better option as it is connected with all the major cities of the country and many international destinations. It is 480 km from Tawang. You can get a bus or a taxi from Guwahati or Tezpur to reach Tawang. There is a twice a week helicopter service also from Guwahati. You can avail that too.

By Rail - The nearest station to Tawang is Rangapara in Tezpur, which is some 315 km away or Guwahati. It is connected to the major cities of the country. From Rangapara or Guwahati, you can get buses or taxis to reach Tawang.

By Road - Tawang is very well connected by road to major cities like Guwahati, Silchar and Tezpur. Regular bus services are available from these cities. You can also hire shared taxis for economical travel. Of course, you always have the option of hiring a private taxi.

And for those of you who are more adventurous, bikes are available on rent from Guwahati. You can experience the beauty of your journey at your own pace.

Hotels in Tawang

Tawang has a good range of private hotels and guest houses to suit every budget. You can also avail of the accommodation in government guest houses, circuit house and lodges. There is also quite a number of registered homestays in and around Tawang.

While talking of Arunachal Pradesh, you cannot afford to miss visiting the amazingly beautiful Ziro Valley. Read more here.

VERY IMPORTANT - Whether you are an Indian national or a foreigner, you have to get an Inner Line Permit to visit Tawang. The ILP is obtainable from government offices in New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Tezpur.

So pack your bags and set off to a once in lifetime exciting experience of Tawang.


Vimal Bhatia, a passionate traveller and keen travel blogger writes about some really stunning but unexplored places. A solo traveller so far, he hopes to find his travelling companion someday, maybe on one of his sojourns. For more such stories about enchanting places, go to his website. He is already planning his next trip. Suggestions are welcome. Which place you would like him to go to and write about? Mention in the comments.
  • 14
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Kalyan Kalyan Author
Bring your shades along with the caps and comfortable clothes. We are headed to some of the best places to visit in Kochi! Cochin is a part of the Ernakulam district and is the biggest seaport city. With the blooming heritages and cuisines, Kerala, aka Gods Own Country is an active tourist place since the 1980s. The state is filled vastly with hills, beaches, waterfalls, dams, mountains.

If you love to see the beaches, then Kerala has lots of beaches where you can just sit by the beachside to watch the magnificent view, or you can also engage in some water sports. And breathe. A romantic getaway is a perfect opportunity to relax and there are lots of ways to do that in India, whether you venture to the countryside or spend some time on one of the beautiful beaches of the west coast.

From wildlife sanctuaries to temples, tourists get to experience nature much better than most places around. The easy-going locals are always intrigued by the outsiders and the conversations that comes up along. One can rent a self-drive car in Kochi to visit from place to place along with a travel guide. So with less far ado and more coconut oil, here are the most exceptional places near Kochi.

places to visit in kochi

1. Athirapally Waterfalls

Just 70 km away from Kochi, Athirapally Waterfalls is one of the best places to see in Cochin, filled with many extravaganzas. Many tourists visit here often between September and January. Animal habitat doesn't hinder, so it's worth mentioning that Athirapally Waterfalls is home to many species such as the great hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, leopard, bison, sambar lion-tailed macaque Malabar grey hornbill, Indian grey hornbill, Asiatic elephant, tiger, etc.

This is the biggest waterfall in Kerala, where multiple streams of running water join together. 31 km further, lies Sholayar Dam which the second biggest dam in the whole of Asia. This destination should evidently be on your list!

If you are looking for something more out of the ordinary or a one day trip in Kerala, why not take a cruise along a river in Kerala from Ernakulam? Houseboat Tour in the backwaters of Kerala is the most unique and incredible experience you can have. You will set off in a thatched bamboo boat called a kettuvallam, complete with your very own captain, guide, and cook.

Kettuvalams in Kerala is a houseboat which is a wooden boat and is tied with coir knots. Kettuvalam is constructed with embellished natural products. It was used earlier as a transport medium for carrying huge amounts of merchandise and grains. To promote tourism, Kettuvalam was converted into a tourist boat and put up with modern facilities.

It is the most exclusive and luxury experience for travellers who offer convenience and comforts. Sit back and as you navigate the waterways and watch the world go by in the tourist places in Kochi for one day. Visit the Athirapally waterfalls near Vazhachal. Vazhachaal waterfalls is a bit ahead of the Athirapally falls even though it is a smaller one high up the mountain. The spectacular and impressive waterfalls are located 7 km from Athirappilly and 75 km from Kochi. There is a park on the way to Vazhachaal Falls and the fence is very close to the falls so we have a close view of the falls.

Vazhachaal Falls has a lot of natural pools and rocks everywhere and make everything look beautiful. There are many benches to sit in the garden and this place is friendly children and elderly. Vazhachaal Falls has a lot of natural pools and rocks everywhere and make everything look beautiful.

The travel route to Vazhachaal is rich in flora and fauna and includes dense green forests too. The waterfall is 300 feet. Ideal for day trips, the best time to visit the Vazhachaal waterfalls during September, October, November, December, and January. You can proceed to Masinagudi, a small village located near the wildlife sanctuaries in Muthumalai and Bandipur.

Athirapally or Athirappilly is famous for the largest waterfall in the state. It is also called as the Niagara of India. It is located 1000 ft above sea level. The waterfalls are surrounded by forests. Apart from Athirapally falls, other attractions include Charpa falls, Thumpurmuzhi garden, forest garden, Sholayar dam, Peringalkuthu dam, Anakkayam and others.

It is the favorite place of some prominent film directors and many sequences of films such as Dil Se and Baahubali were filmed here. The best time to visit Athirapally is between June and December.

2. Idukki

Idukki is the perfect summer tourist destination in South India and place to visit in Kochi. Nestled in the hills of the Western Ghats, the city enjoys a healthy climate. How many places can really boast of forests, lakes, waterfalls, walks, picnic spots in one place? Hiking, backpacking and camping are some of the things to do in Idukki.

The reservoir of the Mattupetty dam, the reservoir of the Malankara dam and the Mullaperiyar dam make interesting outings. Idukki also has many beautiful waterfalls, a sandalwood forest naturally, and the first dam of the Indian arch. Go explore on foot or relax in your luxurious accommodation. The city of the hills has a way to calm their tired souls.

Places to visit near Idukki are Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi, Mattupetty Dam, Malankara Dam, Mullaperiyar Dam, Parunthumpara, Meesapulimala. Full of spices and tea plantations, the place is about 150 km from Sabarimala that does not allow women in the age group of 10-60. You can find numerous animals with their cubs near the lakes in the wildlife park.

Having the best peaks of Kerala under its belt, Idukki is every locals favorite place to be. The hill stations have great weather to escape the humidity. Their peaks range as high as 2000 meters. The highest of them all is the Anamudi, which is 2695 meters. It has the most famous Idukki dam, as well the Pamba river, originates from here. This place offers a wide range of treks, species, and spice plantations.

3. Kottayam

This fantastic place is 63 kms away from Kochi and is known to have many things for tourists. From crafted stuff on the street to the plantations and selling commercial crops, Kottayam is the central part of Kerala. Apart from these, the place is home to the Kerala backwaters as well, prominently, the Kumarakom, the most famous backwater. Its cultural value is significant, as it is the gateway to Sabarimala.

4. Kumarakom

The village of Kumarakom is a group of small islands in Lake Vembanad, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which stretches across 14 acres, is a favorite haven for migratory birds and the paradise of ornithologists. Herons, darts, herons, trullos, aquatic birds, cuckoos, wild ducks and migratory birds like the Siberian stork visit here in flocks and fascinate all visitors.

A lovely recreational destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. At the Taj Garden Retreat, an old Bungalow-turned-Resort, you can go boating and fishing.

5. Thrissur

Thrissur has a vast history. Starting with its name, it is derived from Thiru – Shiva and Peru which means town of Shiva. It has some of the most famous temples and churches. Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple and Paramekkavu temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Syro-Malabar Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral are nice places near Thrissur. The most famous one is the Guruvayur Temple (Krishna temple), which is close by.

Thrissur is a Kerala's hub of culture and religion. Also, the biggest festival, Thrissur Pooram is held here. It is tagged by UNESCO as the worlds grandest festival, where colors, elephants, prayers, fireworks, locals, parties are combined for 36 hours. On the other hand, there are many famous rivers, waterfalls, dams, and sanctuaries here with places for couples to come and have fun.

6. Cherai Beach

This famous beach is only a couple kilometers away from Kochi, located in the Cherai village. The beach is a 15km stretch of sand, clean and pretty shallow waters. It also has a lagoon and a clear cut view of the ocean in the distance. There is a sideways and walkway for people to walk along the beachside, and the newly added lamps, that makes the beach more enjoyable at night.

The shores are filled with shells and other stunning things that the waves leave behind on the coast. Dolphins are a tourist attraction are, as well as the childrens park, and fishing, with Chinese fishing nets. The beach has a tourism festival every December.

7. Idamalayar Dam

Firstly, the place looks so good that tourists feel like staying there, and never think of leaving. It is a heaven for most people for its serenity hooks onto you. The dam is 76 kms away from Kochi and is one of the most vital reservoirs for Kerala. It has a majority of unique species there. This is built on the Idamalayar river, which connects to the Periyar river. There are many forests around, and for tourists, there is a bird – watching, trekking, biking activities, boating.

8. Fort Kochi

It is one of the best place to visit in Kochi and is about 17 kms away from Cochin. The place is a mix of British, Dutch, French, Portugal and Indian culture. Even just walking and looking around is fun at Fort Kochi. There are so many places to visit in here, like the Vasco da Gama square where the people come to see the locals fishing using Chinese fishing nets that are 10 m high.

At the heart of Kochi, there is a very famous church, called the St. Francis church, which is the first European church in Kerala. Legend has it that Vasco Da Gama was buried here and years later his son took his body to Lisbon. There’s always something to witness.

9. Alleppey

An ideal winter destination in India surrounded by numerous lagoons that are interconnected with large lakes, rivers and canals that run along the Arabian Sea. Board the House Boat (Kettuvallam). This type of boathouse in Kerala, traditionally a barge to transport rice, is today specially arranged to spend a pleasant cruise.

Discover the lives of locals at the edge of Kerala's backwaters, visit the villages or churches that line the canals and rivers and enjoy typical Kerala dishes with sweet spices.

The Venice of India, Alleppey is a popular tourist spot in South India. Enjoy cruising in the backwaters on a houseboat. It doesn't matter how tired you feel after exploring Kerala but, a houseboat cruise through the backwaters will surely rejuvenate you. Kerala has hundreds of luxurious houseboats that cruise over the backwaters while offering you an amazing stay experience for a lifetime. You can sail and have meals throughout the day and rest in the stationary houseboat at night.

Take time to be pampered with Ayurvedic therapies and treatments. Savor the delicious cuisine. Go bird watching, visit the villages in the Reagua or explore the incredible architectural wonders of the reeds. Heal your weary spirits in the blessed surroundings of Alleppey. Places to visit Alleppey are Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach, Karunakaran Museum revival, Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha.

Pathiramanal is a beautiful uninhabuted island in the middle of backwaters on Muhamma-Kumarakom water route that can be accessed only by boat. It is surrounded by Lake Vembanad on one side and Lake Kayamkulam on the other side and is home to thousands of migratory birds from different parts of the world.

10. Thommankuthu Waterfalls

Located 20 km from Thodupuzha, 48 km from Munnar and 25 km from Idukki, Thommankuthu waterfalls is a magnificent and wonderful 300-foot waterfall. The view of the waterfall is impressive and the hiking in the surrounding mountainous area is also an important point when visiting Thommankuthu Waterfalls. The best time to visit the Thommankuthu waterfalls is during the monsoon season.

The best places to visit while the waterfalls are Thommankuthu Varambetta Mosque, Karalad Lake, Banasura Hill, and Kakkayam Dam.

11. Valara Waterfalls

Valara Waterfalls is on the way to Munnar and is located next to the Cheeyappara waterfalls and is adorned with dense forests. The waterfalls are 1000 feet high and provide a great view of the visitors. The region is also well known for hiking. The Valara Waterfalls is ideal for a day trip and the best time to visit the falls is during the monsoon season. The Valara Waterfalls is located in the middle Adimali and Neriamangalam.

During the rainy season the flow will be thick and during the summer season, the flow of water will also be less. Valara Waterfalls is on the way to Munnar and is located next to the Cheeyappara waterfalls and is adorned by dense forests.

Cheeyappara Waterfalls is located next to the Valara waterfalls and is quite a lovely waterfall. The Cheeyappara waterfalls are located between lush dense forests and are a chain of waterfalls of the Deviyar River. It is an ideal place for hiking, climbing and exploring. The Cheeyappara Waterfalls has located 42 km from Munnar and is a main destination in Kerala ideal for a day trip and when you travel to Munnar you can stop at Cheeyapara and Valara waterfalls for a quick getaway.

12. Munnar

Munnar is one of the most unique hill stations in South India and an ideal honeymoon pleasure spot. Known as the land of the three rivers, due to the convergence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers here, Munnar is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The atmosphere is a romantic and dreamy, with fresh air and green to add to it.

Although there are many activities to do in Munnar, strolling in tea plantations and lush green forests will definitely get in touch with your inner being in the midst of nature. There are many wildlife sanctuaries in the surrounding forests, where you can go and spot exotic animals such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Greylag Giant Squirrel and Nilgiri Langur, as well as the elephants.

The most unique thing about this hill station is that every 12 years the blue hills with Neelakurinji flower in full bloom. This phenomenon is the reason why these hills are known as Nilgiris. While it's cold here all the time, the best time to visit Munnar is during the summers from March to May, to beat the heat of the city.

Munnar has tea gardens and colonial heritage, and is also a popular destination for travelers from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. You can explore this hill town and savor its irresistible scenic treats.

13. Vagamon

To witness and feel the best of Vagamon, a famous hill station located on the border of the Idukki and Kottayam districts of Kerala, choose summer. The place is nice at that time of year. Summer highlights all the beautiful features of the mountain station.

The pleasant climate and the cold sea air are discarded by the climate of Vagamon from March to May. The clear sky pleasant sun and the fresh fragrance of tea leaves refresh the mind and soul and make the summer a better choice for tourists who are looking for a visit to Vagamon. Vagamon is famous for green valleys, photography, green hills, crevices and majestic pine forests.

Vagamon hill station has three charming hills such as Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill, and Kurisumala. Vagamon enjoys a healthy temperature throughout the year, compared to other hill stations in Kerala. Visitors can enjoy elephant rides without problems during the summer.

Vagamon is also a sought after place for adventure lovers and secret places to visit in Kerala. With paragliding, hiking and trekking opportunities, Vagamon serves the purpose of sporting activities and gives the much needed adventure option for visitors. If you like adventure, take days off in the summer, get yourself to Vagamon and enjoy the fun-filled hiking and trekking experience. Vagamon is also best known for kayaking, canoeing and boating. The Lakes in Vagamon are very famous and attractive.

5 Things To Do in Kochi

1. Viewing the Chinese Fishing Nets

Without a doubt, Kochi's most popular sight is that of the Chinese fishing nets. These were introduced to the fishermen of Kerala in the 14th century and they bought them out from the court of the then Chinese emperor. You can purchase the fresh morning catch from the fishmongers and have it cooked. You can also enjoy a lavish seafood meal in the nearby shacks while taking in the breath-taking sunset.

2. Visiting the Mattancherry Palace

A fine mix of Kerala and colonial style of architecture, the Mattancherry Palace is set on the backwaters of Kochi. It speaks the tales of the lifestyle and grandeur of the royals in the bygone era. It also houses a temple that is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati and a famous museum that holds intricately detailed, ancient and exquisite Kerala murals for all visitors to see.

3. Enjoying a Kathakali Performance

Kerala has given birth to some of the most popular dance forms in India. One of them is Kathakali. It is a classical dance form of Kerala and has today become an iconic cultural symbol. While visiting Kerala, you must attend a Kathakali performance, in which performers do not sing or speak but enact the stories through graceful gestures, postures, and facial expressions. Other cultural performances including Bharatnatyam, Koothu, and Mohiniyattam you must need to see in Kerala.

In the evening, enjoy a kathakali dance show. Devikulam is nothing less than a call for those who want to know why Kerala is called God's Own Country. Your trip to Kerala is incomplete without attending a cultural show and enjoying a dance show. The elaborate makeup, intricate eye and body details and bright costumes makes the performance even more lively.

4. Shopping at Princess Street

This pulsating street is the hangout place for all the social party-loving people and is one of the best places to visit in Kochi on the way to Munnar. It gives a European feel to the by-passers owing to the small houses built with French and Portuguese sensibilities. It is also dotted with coffee shops and quaint eateries that serve lip-smacking food and beverages.

5. Trying the Varied Cuisine

The cuisine of Kochi is influenced by different ethnicities from across the world. Banana makes an integral part in its preparations and Pazham Pori, Kurukku kaalan, Appam and freshly fried banana chips in coconut oil are must-haves.

There's one thing in common, all of these places have the best foods to experience the Kerala cuisine! So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags! Your summer vacation is here.
Kalyan Kalyan Author
From the scorching heights of the hill to the bottom of the sea, every place is a tourist attraction in the landscape of Costa Rica. As holiday planners, tons of questions and concerns run through our mind. First, we begin with knowing the budget to visit the countries. But would you decide the budget without knowing the famous attractions of the place?

A situation like this feeds the curious mind looking for things to do near Tamarindo in Costa Rica. And while the to do list is as long as the ocean of the country, we have some best picks to spark light on your vacation plans. The place may seem all about adventures, but the peaceful shore of the beach helps to calm your soul and body by the end of the day.

If you are wondering about what to do in Tamarindo and planning to head back to your resort or hotel room after the dawn, then you have probably not heard about the nightlife of the country.

Also. Oh wait, did we get talking too much? Enough of talking around the bush. Let's talk about some real experiences of the city. After all, you would also need an personal itinerary to explore the woods and waterfall of Costa Rica. Before we directly plunge into the activities, it would be best if you knew the weather condition of Tamarindo.

Things to Do in Tamarindo Costa Rica

1. Make Time in the Ideal Holiday Season

Before crossing the borders of any country it is a mandate and quite natural to check upon their weather conditions. Hence, when you step foot around mid-November to April in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, the place will be brewing at a temperature of 78℉ to 100℉. Being the most ideal time of vacation, you may end up doing all the activities that we shall list down.

2. Hit the Beach with a Surf Board

The moment you have entered the country, the first thing to visit are some of the beautiful beaches of Tamarindo. Every beach in the entire coast of Costa Rica, showers with the joy of surfing. Don't worry even if you are a non-surfer. The professionals at every coast will ride along with you on the board, to chant the best and most exciting adventures of the country.

While there are plenty of beaches, Iguana Surf has the highest amount of tourists. The place is all filled with surfing boards, seafood stalls, and sea life jewelry. Thereby, urging the visitors to hit the food stalls after a tiring surf ride.

Things to Do in Tamarindo Costa Rica

3. Kayaking in Nature's Lap

The coastal beauty isn't just for the adventures that give you goosebumps. The beach resides in itself the peace of nature and wildlife. At all the crowded beach spots, you can find locals taking the visitors on a once in a lifetime nature visit. On your way, what you will see is the playful act of monkeys, scary eyes of crocodiles, and symphony of birds chirping around you.

Making a note on your budget, the Kayaking nature tour starts from the minimum cost of $40. Hence, the only way to lose money is, if a monkey steals your wallet (just kidding) on your Pacific journey.

4. Embark on a Roadtrip with ATV

Water splashes with boat and kayaking were a great deal of adventure. Now its time to hit the road (literally) to embrace the beauty of bushes and trees along the roadmap. The ATV; i.e All-terrain vehicles are ridden by the tourists, but not without the help of an expert guide. It introduces you with the rural part of the country. Here standing in the middle of nature you can scream your name.

While all the beaches entail the ATV ride, Playa Tamarindo has the best-tailored guide taking you on a 3-hour ride, through the mountains, valleys, and viewpoints.

Things to Do in Tamarindo Costa Rica

5. Flying along the coast of Tamarindo

Although we cannot really fly like the birds in the beautiful sky along with clouds but what if we tell you that same experience can be through wandering around the coast of Tamarindo. Yes, the beautiful city of Costa Rica makes way for Zipline activity that rushes you through the bushes of the jungle. Just hold the rope and gear up with the carabiner, it will give the same joy as flying in the sky.

Literally, sky surfing through the bushes of the jungle, you may see monkeys and other land creatures with your naked eyes and is one of the exciting and fun things to do in Tamarindo.

6. Caving into the National Parks

Tamarindo is as beautiful underneath as it is in the open sky. On one hand, all the above activities are made to enjoy the open air of the country, it all brings tourists down into a cave. The caves around the city known by the name of Barra Honda National Park offer a unique and out of the box experience to the visitors.

It is quite captivating and thrilling adventure from everything you did the entire day. The structure of the caves will leave you in wonder.

Apart from the real caves as national parks, Tamarindo brings in the wildlife nature inside the Palo Verde National Park. And if you wish to only talk with nature make way into Rincon de la Vieja National Park and experience the joy of standing under the waterfalls.

Things to Do in Tamarindo Costa Rica

7. A Tucked Away Side of Tamarindo

Whilst, we all have seen the wild side of the country, there is a hidden peace and relaxation in the cultural life of the people. The hustle of the city finds a way to continue every day with cultural activities like concerts, rodeo or celebration of small and big festivals. The international festivals are brought into the limelight so that tourists can see the colorful side of the city.

Let's take an example of the Tamarindo Art Festival where the classic enthusiasts show their creativity. The participation in these events is open so whether it is local public or tourist, all of them can have a taste of the culture.

Are you on a family trip with the kids? Then worry no more, because the Tamarindo city is scaped with playgrounds on all the corners and is one of the fun places near Tamarindo for teenagers. The kids and teenagers enjoy a fun time playing in the soccer field, basketball court, skatepark, etc.

If you are looking for a life away from the stress of daily life, then Tamarindo is the best way to embrace exciting, thrilling and peaceful experiences. Mark you calendar in the dry season to inhale the refreshing air of Costa Rica.
Kalyan Kalyan Author
If you get the chance to visit New York there are places that every RVer must see. New York is rich with history, as well as beauty. From stunning waterfalls to breathtaking mountains and sandy beaches to star-filled skies, there is a fantastic destination for anyone’s taste. Even if you prefer the exciting culture and speed of New York City, there is a campground sure to be found and plenty of sight-seeing to do.

While there are amazing destinations throughout the state, these few RV parks in New York make the top of our list.

best new york rv parks campground rental

1. Herkimer Diamond Mines and KOA Resort

Herkimer is an amazing camping destination. They have custom cabins that you can rent, if you have family or friends that you want to meet up with on your RV trip. If you are a star-gazer fan, there is an Astronomy Lodge with an elevated observation deck and high-powered telescope. The Solar Kolony is a group of cabins entirely powered by solar panels.

In addition, if engineering is your thing, the Robotics Lodge is a must see. Designed by Binghamton University students, this cabin is truly a gem. The highlight of the resort includes its proximity to the Herkimer Diamond Mines where visitors can dig for quartz crystals that are millions of years old. Other amenities at the resort include:

• Onsite restaurants

• Trout fishing

• Pool

• Camp Store

• Tubing

2. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campgrounds

If you are traveling with a young family, the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campground is the destination for your summer RVing vacation. This camping resort has family friend activities, including:

• Pools

• Water Slides

• Water Falls

• Mini-Golf Course

• Obstacle Courses

• Game Rooms

Of course, no camping trip would be complete without a visit from Yogi Bear himself. You may even get to see his friends! There are seven Yogi Campgrounds scattered throughout upstate New York.

3. Kring Point State Park

If you need to be near the water, then Kring Point State Park in Alexandria Bay is the RVing destination for you. Located on a narrow peninsula in the St. Lawrence River, Kring Point offers absolutely amazing views. Half of their campsites have direct waterfront access, and every campsite has a view of the river or bay.

While there, campers can go: boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and canoeing. If you want to leave the campground and explore, the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center is nearby.

4. Four Mile Creek State Park

If Niagara Falls is on your bucket list, you must stay at Four Miles Creek State Park in Youngstown. This campground is located near Lake Ontario and is just 15 miles away from Niagara Falls. During the stay, guests can hike a variety of trails and enjoy all that nature has to offer. The campground has amenities, such as:

• Restrooms

• Laundry rooms

• Camp store

• Playground

• Swimming at Fort Niagara State Park

Discount tickets are available to area attractions, including Niagara Falls State Park.

5. Camp Chautauqua

Another great park near the water is Camp Chautauqua in Mayville, NY. This beautiful, large private park is on the shores of Lake Chautauqua and features a boat ramp with docking facilities, large sites, a fishing pond and a large entertainment facility.

There are at least five main draws to the area. A few miles to the south of the campground there are two excellent breweries, Southern Tier and Ellicottville Brewing Company. Southern Tier is the larger of the two with on-site manufacturing and an adjoining distillery. You can grab a bite to eat here on their outdoor patio, play some outdoor games, enjoy live entertainment and take a tour of the brewing facilities.

Ellicottville Brewing Company is a brewpub in Bemus Point. This quaint town is an excellent place to spend a sunny afternoon strolling along the lakeshore. For some outdoor adventure, you can visit Panama Rocks Scenic Park. This privately-owned area has a loop hiking trail that is about a mile long. Entrance fees are modest and parking was easy.

Within that loop lies the worlds largest example of glacial cut ocean quartz conglomerate which dates back as much as 400 million years. The rocks form towering columns up to 60 feet high, creating a lot of crevasses and small caves to explore. While the trail is only about a mile long, you can easily spend hours here exploring the rocks and enjoying the beautiful environment.

To the north of Camp Chautauqua is the Chautauqua Institution. This is a world-renowned arts facility which draws over 100,000 people per year to its art programs for both adults and children. A little further to the north you will find the Lake Erie Wine Trial where you can enjoy wine at dozens of wineries.

The trail runs from the Grand River Valley in North Eastern Ohio eastward along the southern Lake Erie Shoreline up to Buffalo, NY. The largest concentrations of wineries are in the area between Lake Chautauqua and Lake Erie. If you pick up some wine to bring back to the campground make sure you stop at the Reverie Creamery right across the street.

You can walk there from the campground and they offer some amazing cheeses that they produce in house and their service is first rate.

6. Black Bear Campground

This campground in Florida, NY is one of your best bets if you would like to visit New York City. Visiting NYC directly by RV is not something the average RVer should consider. RVs within the city are considered by the city to be commercial vehicles if they are carrying 10 lbs or more of propane.

As such, they cannot travel through any tunnels without prior permission. You must also traverse multideck bridges using the top deck only. There are also restrictions on RVs traveling on the Parkways which include vehicles over 5500 lbs, anything classified as a trailer, or uses combined plates.

Parking within the city is technically legal for up to 24 hours at a time, but in practice it is extremely difficult to do and is therefore not advised. The best way to RV to NYC is to find a park near the city that offers convenient access without the hassles of driving in directly. Black Bear Campground is just such a spot.

Located Northwest of the city, Black Bear offers a rural setting with easy in and out by RV. It also has full hookup sites and they can accommodate big rigs. For visiting NYC, they offer tour bus trips that depart directly from the campground. This is an exceptionally convenient option which brings you to see all the key points within the city.

If you prefer to tour on your own time and schedule there are rail stations in Warwick, NY (8-minute drive) and Harriman, NY (28-minute drive). Take a train from either town to Hoboken, NJ. From there you can change trains to get into Manhattan.

If you want to be even closer to the city, try Liberty Park. It is located in New Jersey just across the river from lower Manhattan. It's not as nice, harder to get into and out of and does not offer full hookups (only electric/water). On the plus side there are PATH stations within walking distance that will have you to the World Trade Center or Greenwich Village in 15 minutes.

7. Oak Orchard Marina & Campground

Located just off I90 in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, this campground offers access to a broad variety of activities. The campground itself offers water/electric and full hookup campsites with direct access to boating, fishing and paddling activities.

The central location of the campground between Syracuse and Rochester makes is a great base camp for visiting the sights in the area. Either city is less than an hour drive. In Rochester you can visit the George Eastman Museum which showcases the history of film and photography in a mansion originally built in 1905. For the kids, or the kid in you, there is also The Strong National Museum of Play. In Syracuse there is the Erie Canal Museum and the Everson Museum of Art.

Other nearby cities include Ithaca which is the location of the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. The Corning Museum of Glass is located in Corning, NY which is a short drive from Ithaca. There are so many wonderful things to see and do in New York. From the coastline to the Catskills, there is a destination that will fit anyone’s tastes, hobbies, and passions.

8. Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway, a road affectionately known as the Gunks stretches 140 miles between small towns that look like American movie outlets, and Minnewaska itself, whose route is especially beautiful in the autumn. Between September and early October, many families leave the city and visit the area to harvest their own pumpkins for Halloween decorations. Beyond them, apples are also harvested.

If you continue on I 87, take the exit for New Platz, 299 West, you will come to Minnewaska. Just before arriving at the park, there is a belvedere, including parking for cars, from where you can see the valley! I suggest you stop there at the end of the afternoon, when you are coming back, so that the valley is not against the light. It is possible to see Awosting Falls at the top and at its base.

From there, a trail runs along the Peter's Kill River. Lake Minnewaska, has two belvederes. The trail does not end there. Continuing, it is possible to go around the lake, past the dam that is at the other end.
Kalyan Kalyan Author
With India becoming one of the leading destinations for adventure tourism across the globe, adrenaline junkies have numerous options for bungee jumping at their disposal. If you happen to be one of them, you can pick and choose your destination to make your plans for the adventure sports - a reality.

If you are not scared of scaling the vertical heights, then here are some of the best places to go bungee jumping and leading destinations for bungee jumping in India at which you should definitely try your luck.

best places for bungee jumping in India

1. JumpiN Heights - Rishikesh

JumpiN Heights is one of the most remarkable places for bungee jumping in India. It is located in a village in Rishikesh namely Mohan Chatti. A height of 83 meters above the ground provides for the solid platform for bungee jumping for adventure lovers. You can realize your true potential for the sport and put it to test here.

2. Gravity Adventure Zone - Goa

If you are a newbie and are testing waters in bungee jumping, the Anjuna beach in Goa is the destination wherein you should try your hand. The platform in this location for bungee jumping is not too high, unlike the other locations. So, it is relatively safer for beginners to start their journey for the adventure sport. A height of 24 meters is perfect for a beginner and is less likely to scare them with the vertical height.

The only catch is that it would need you to fork out Rs 500 for every jump. For an adventure sports lover with a spike of adrenaline running in the body, this is worth an investment.

3. Wanderlust - Delhi

Wanderlust in Delhi is one of the leading spots for bungee jumping in North India. Here, you can expect to have a decent experience without facing too many risks. The staff members are well trained to help those who wish to engage themselves in adventure sports.

The best part about this bungee jumping destination is its equipment. All the pieces of equipment are ordered from Germany. So, you can expect them to be sturdy and up to your expectations of standard equipment for this sport. Further, those pieces are also based on German technology which is trustworthy.

Here, the jumpers are required to jump from a height of 130 feet above the ground. If you are comfortable with this height, be prepared to be a thrilling experience at this place.

4. Ozone Adventures - Bangalore

Unlike the fixed platform at JumpiN Heights at Rishikesh, the one located at Ozone Adventures in Bangalore does not have a fixed platform. As such, one needs to be a little careful while translating one’s plans for bungee jumping sport into action. If you still wish to go ahead and test your skills at this venue, you need to be ready to jump from the crane. It can be a little risky, so make sure you are thoroughly acquainted in doing it before taking your final call.

With a mobile crane which is 130 feet in height, Ozone Adventure in Bangalore tops the chart as far as the ratings of bungee jump locations with non-fixed platforms are concerned.

5. Della Adventure - Lonavala

Lonavala is one of the important spots of attractions among bungee jumping locations in India. This place offers a longer leap to a jumper which can last for a few minutes and the price at which it makes this facility available to bungee jump lovers is also reasonable. A jump from the height of 45 meters above the ground level is the standard height which any fan of bungee jumping would expect.

Tips for Risk-Free Bungee Jumping

  • If you are fond of adventure sports, your adrenaline rushes can prompt you to go for bungee jumping without much consideration. However, it is important to remember that there is no point in compromising your safety to play any sport.
  • If you play a sport safely, it doubles up your fun. Here are some important points to remember before you take the plunge.
  • Make sure a trained person or professional accompanies you before you jump.
  • Get all your doubts cleared before proceeding with the plan to take your final plunge. “Better safe than sorry”, as the saying goes.
  • Check whether the equipment for bungee jumping at your disposal is up to the mark.
  • Take the surface of the place wherein you are going for bungee jump into consideration. It should not be rocky or covered with trees.
  • Avoid attempting bungee in case you are a patient with heart or breathing problems.
Lastly, do not forget to check out coupons as you can make your expenses come down a lot and at the same time, you can also win other exciting offers by virtue of this option.
Kalyan Kalyan Author
Broadly known as Devbhumi, or the Land of the Gods, Uttarakhand is a place where there is immaculate normal magnificence and glorious other worldliness. Cut out from Uttar Pradesh, the State, some time ago known as Uttaranchal, is a spot that not just brags of a glimmering perspective on the Himalayas yet additionally shows a social ethos which discusses a shortsighted and symphonic concurrence with nature.

With oaks, birches, silver firs and rhododendrons decorating the precarious mountain slopes, Uttarakhand offers you a look into an untainted, ideal tourist places, straight out of the pages of some antiquated peaceful writing. Uttarakhand is an extremely mainstream journey site, seeing as it is the starting spot of the Ganga and the Yamuna, two of the most consecrated waterways for Hindus.

Uttarakhand is home to the Char Dhams in India, which are four of the most devout destinations of journey worshiped by the Hindus – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. A large number of sightseers visit Uttarakhand yearly to pay reverence to the Char Dhams along with Haridwar and Rishikesh. Thus, even with all the commercialized places, Uttarakhand still has some offbeat places to offer its tourists.

Camping in Auli

1. Peora Village

A quaint village situated in the lush green Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand. It truly defines what you call an offbeat place, with very less population in the village of about 250 people, you will feel more connected to the culture. The locals in the village are very helpful for any tourists visiting the village.

It gives you an added benefit of the breathtaking view of Kumaon Hills, with endless ranges in front of you. The village is situated near the famous hill station Nainital, taking you away from all the bustling noises of commercialized place into a peaceful journey of its own.

You can visit the local temples in village, or trek to the nearby hills to get a sight of mesmerizing sunset behind the hills of Uttarakhand. You can also visit an NGO in the village, known as Aarohi, which has its own school, where it teaches kids from all around the village. There are homestays in the village at a reasonable rate, for the accommodation of tourists visiting here.

If you are interested in knowing more about the village, then read this Guide on Peora, it has all the information you need (accommodation, how to reach, when to visit).

2. Bhimtal

Bhimtal is a lake city named after Bhima, the magnetic legendary character of Mahabharata. Loved for its stylish excellence, Bhimtal gladly sits at a height of 1,370 meters above ocean level. This lake city is picking up ubiquity with every day as it is situated in the region of Nainital and highlights a portion of the stately inns that are relatively less expensive than that of Nainital.

Bhimtal is predominantly mainstream among the voyagers for the grand Bhimtal lake. You can do sailing in the lake and furthermore visit the island in the inside that must be gotten to through water crafts. Strolling around the slopes of Bhimtal is extremely prevalent as they are thick and are a perfect spot for winged creature viewing and photography.

You can likewise visit Garg Parvat which is the wellspring of waterway Gargi. Sattal Lake is another lake that vacationers can visit, yet it is less voyage. It fills in as a perfect spot for winged animal watching and is the home of numerous transitory fowls. While you are there you can likewise visit the Hidimba Parvat. You can trek up to the top. It is an exceptionally calming spot.

3. Mukteshwar

The small town of Mukteshwar is an easy drive from Delhi and is one of the most beautiful monsoon destinations in Uttarakhand. A rich bouquet of flowers, birds and variety of trees is a delight to watch. Famous for its quaint cafes and the 360 view of the Himalayan range from the famous Mukteshwar temple top, Mukteshwar is a not too near- not too far destination from Delhi. A river picnic or easy trek walk in the mountains with your camera will capture the most gorgeous views and memories.

4. Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal, a little beautiful lake town is a goal for the individuals who look for solitude and serenity underneath the shade of unadulterated nature. As the name of the spot recommends, this spot is for the most part known for its nine cornered lake which measures up to 1 km long and 40 m profound.

Lying at some separation from clamoring slope station of Nainital, this spot is likewise appended to a legend. It is said that one look at all nine corners of lake with the two feet on the earth can influence the watcher to vanish into smoke to accomplish nirvana.

With numerous chances to restore your body and soul, Naukuchiatal is honored with extensively impressive environment and enamoring lake. The excellent climate consistently and a few attractions like lakes and sanctuaries makes a point to make your outing a flabbergasting knowledge.

5. Saloor Dungra

Every year, at the end of April, the twin villages of Saloor Dungra celebrate the Ramman, a religious festival in honor of the local tutelary divinity, Bhumiyal Devta, in whose temple most festivities are celebrated.

6. Dharali

The Selku festival is an agricultural celebration that takes place in the Dharali village. It is a set of ancestral rites that have more to do with the paganism of the Himalayan peoples than anything else. Its calendar is lunar, so the beginning coincides with the full Moon.

Like all peoples and cultures, the fascination with fire is present. The night of the beginning of the party is all followed by games with firebrands, torches and mallets of firewood, where the young people of the town and the region, demonstrate their skills and courage in the manipulation of fire. Later they dance around the fire, in a very communal link.

The main object of the celebration will be observed quickly. It is a strange totem covered with silks and beads, which dances from the hand of men (only them) in another strange and ritual dance.

7. Landour

Landour, less than 6 hours drive from New Delhi, is pretty cool year round. The town which is made up of a series of crossroads on mountain ridges, is home to a cluster of writers and artists like Ruskin Bond too. Take some steep walk up and down flinty trails in the bracing thin air, and then enjoy some peaceful contemplation eating momos and other Tibetan snacks, or tea and pastries, in Landour's many cafe's and resting stops.

8. Chakrata

If nature is a chocochip cake, Chakrata in Uttarakhand is like your favorite piece of that cake. Dehradun and Mussoorie are so basic and are always flooded with tourists. If you are looking for an unexplored, less traveled destination, take a trip to Chakrata. Chakrata is one of the army cantonment stations in India. Tiger falls is 6 km from Chakrata.

Falling from 312 meters high, the water that gushes noisily between the hills producing the sound of a tiger's roar. Therefore, the name. There is a pool below the fall that you can consider as your natural Jacuzzi. The weather is pleasant in the summers. In winter, the hill station is flanked by snow.

Deoban, the Gods own Forest is where you can find exotic bird species such as the white-necked blackbird and the woodpeckers of the Himalayas. A walk through the woods gives you a true and peaceful atmosphere, and a time for contemplation. 15 minutes on foot through the dense forests will take you to the place where Rishi Vyas wrote the epic Mahabharata.

Budher caves remain unexploited to date. Exploring the cave would be your closest experience living as a caveman. Also known as the place of the Mioli caves, the only way to get to these caves is by trekking. Walk to the highest point of Chakrata, which is the neck of Chilmiri, and admire the magnificent views of the Himalayas.

Breathe your lungs with some fresh air as you walk to the point of Chilmiri Neck. Your reward will be the amazing view of the beautiful Bandarpoonch, Rohini and Swarg Peaks. Located on the banks of the Yamuna River, Kalsi is a historic city where the stone edicts of King Ashoka are present. The landscape is beautiful for a picnic. You can also fish in the river if you have a prior army permit.

9. Almora

Almora is one of the famous destinations in North India and this is a perfect place to plan your trip with your family, friends or loved ones. Bhowali is a gateway to many places in the Kumaon such as Almora and Bageshwar. The lakes nearby Bhowali are Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchiatal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukha Tal and Khurpa Tal. Bhowali is famous for its scenic grandeur and as a hill fruit market. It is located near Ghorakhal, known for Golu Devata temple.

Ranikhet is the queen of Kumaon Hills. Ranikhet reflects the best of the celestial Himalayas. Its lush green forests, majestic mountain peaks, exotic plants and attractive wildlife. To see the nature and the elements in total harmony of the Himalayas the right place is Ranikhet.

One of the best excursions that can be done on a weekend morning is the hike to the Syahi Devi temple, a natural and cultural wonder. This place is a great place to go birding for the beginner and expert. It would be a steep climb at first through dense pine and oak forests. The trail meanders through the Shitlakhet market, though it is the most convenient way to approach this sanctuary and to go around is to walk trough from Chaubatiya or from Kakrighat.

Through the jungle you will sometimes see views of the valley. Then, you reach a small plateau that is the location of the Syahi Devi temple.

The walk ends at the temple with views of the Himalayas. The temple was one of the places where Vivekananda meditated while on his own journey through the Himalayas. It is one of the quietest places you will find and a great place to enjoy a game of chess! Some of the great places to travel in Uttarakhand in less budget would be the Katarmal Surya Temple.

Almora is a small village located in the state of Uttarakhand. Its beauty of hills, snow-capped mountains and green valley can not be ignored. Almora gives you some stunning natural beauty, panoramic views of the Himalayas, tasty cuisine and rich cultural heritage.

8 km north of Almora, is the pleasant village of Kasar Devi. The cedar and rhododendron forest below the modest temple of Kasar Devi is nicknamed hippieland by some of the locals. Vridh Jageshwar is only 40 km from Almora with innumerable temples of Shiva and the legends that exist of these. Stop to visit the Kainchi Dham Ashram, where Steve Jobs stayed many years for hismeditation and introspection practices.

Pack your bags for a fascinating time in Binsar, which is also very famous as a bird sanctuary. Get uninterrupted views of the Himalayas, an interesting insight into the life of the Kumaon hills and enjoy nights of stargazing. And if it gets too foggy to look at the stars, light a fire, curl up in a blanket, take a book and sleep in the heat of the Himalayas. No wordplay here.

Bageshwar is about 75 km from Almora. Bageshwar is famous for the confluence of the Rivers, Sarayu and Gomti. The ancient temple dedicated to Shiva, built by the Katyuri kings attracts many pilgrims to this site, especially in January on the religious occasion of Makar Sankranti. There are other places to visit in Uttarakhand from Almora such as Baijanath and Gananath.

Camping in Auli

10. Auli

Get ready for some adventure in Auli this winter. Auli is a stunning hill station in Uttarakhand and an ideal weekend getaway from Gurgaon. If the words camping in the wild, trekking and skiing makes you feel thrilled and excited, you need to head towards this fabulous little town of Auli on a weekend. It is amidst the snowcapped hills and mountains that you will get over all the stress, anxiety about travel and tiredness from those long working hours.

Get allured by the spectacular sunrise. Go on a trek to Nanda Devi Peak, the second highest peak in the country through the not-so-wide pathways and catching the amazing sight of the Himalayan ranges. At night, spend quality time with your group around a campfire. Every corner of this amazing place is blissful and charming for an onlooker.

At 10,000 ft altitude, 3 km from tower 10, the last one for the ropeway originating from Joshimath lies the Gorson Bugyal amidst the tall ranges of Garhwal Himalayas. Quite popular for the trekkers since this is on the way to Kunwari pass a popular trekking destination. This amazing meadow is covered with snow during the winter.

As the temperature rises the field is slowly unleashed, nature then stitches it with green grass and then it is perfectly ready to offer you a Green carpet welcome. This place is easily accessible by foot if you stay at Upper Auli or reach the last tower by cable car. Else one can hire a horse for Rs 1000 (to and fro charges).

The dense pine forest on the way to Gorson is a bonus on this route. A beautiful temple in the solitary of pine woods is always there to welcome the tourists. The adventure freak crowd loves Auli only in winter but believe it or not this amazing hill station has so much to offer even in summer especially for someone who loves greenery on the hills and enjoys solitary.

11. Rudraprayag

As a break from the days you can enjoy an interesting session of yoga and meditation classes in the morning in Devprayag, where the rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet in the Ganga. After having breakfast you can go on a city tour to Rudraprayag where we can visit Guptakashi and Mahadev Koteshwar Temple. Also visit the local markets and get to know the life of the people in Rudraprayag.

12. Munsiyari

Start the tour with a wildlife safari and a stay in the Corbett National Park. Then you can visit the Corbett museum in Kaladhungi as well. Arrive at Nainital. Go on a horse tour around Nainital. Head to Mukteshwar for a full day excursion. Located in the Kumaon hills, Mukteshwar is popular tourist destination.

Look for the blessings in the Mukteshwar temple, which is an ancient temple located in a beautiful isolated place. You can also visit the small church that is 75 years old and located on the side of the hill. In addition, you can enjoy a cable car ride up to the point of view of the snow.

Leave for Pangot, 15 kms from Nainital, for a nature walk along the Kilsbury point. Our next destination, Binsar, is known for its exotic bird population and staying there gives you the opportunity to experience some bird watching.

Then drive to Kausani. Chaukori is a tiny hill station in the Pithoragarh district set among the lofty peaks of the western Himalayas. It is located about 10 km from Berinag, another small hill station. Very close to Chaukori, Jhaltola is a must to see birds and great views of the Himalayas of Kumaon. Gangolihat, 35 km away, is an important religious center in the Haat Kalika temple.

There are also some other temples in the area surrounding, such as Mahakali Temple, Patal Bhuvaneshwar, Mostamanu Temple and Ghunsera Devi Temple. Askot is a village in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Askote is not only one of the pitstops as it moves towards the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage, it is also home to one of the rare deer species. Askot is known for its Askot Musk Deer, which is a must see.

Depart to the small and picturesque city of Munsyari, a small town in the picturesque Pithoragarh district, with beautiful Panchchuli peaks with views. Trek to Upper Khaliya, located at 11,500 feet. Munsiari, is a great attraction for trekkers, photographers, adventure sports lovers and peace seekers. The mesmerizing sight of sunrise and sunset in the mountains will surely rekindle your love.

Walk along the Gori Ganga River, part of the Milam glacier. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy reel fishing.
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  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Cape Town is known to be the mother city of paradise for people in love. It is on the checklist of almost every couple. This phenomenal coast of South Africa is what you will reminisce somewhere down the memory lane. Whether you want to celebrate Valentine's Day or your engagement anniversary, it is one of the best destinations for a happy holiday.

Cape Town has plethora of amusing activities. It's one of the most romantic places for couples due it's gastronomic delight, breathtaking beaches, mountain vistas and what not! For all those couples visiting Cape Town – the city holds a lot for you, but here is a list of romantic things to do in Cape Town for couples.

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1. Shark Diving in Cape Town

There are a number of activities happening in Cape Town, but this is for thrill-seeking couples. The couples have to go inside a cage to go for shark diving. If you and your better-half are adventure freaks, then this should be on the top of your bucket-list. To go for shark-diving, you need to muster up your courage – you will face some great white sharks in person.

These huge sharks are separated by only slim bars of steel cage and they move all around you. Yes, you will be surrounded by some real sharks! Pictures would never do justice to this magical trip of a life-experiencing thing. Some couples end up holding their breath out of fear. Well, that's just a little test to be with each other at tough and rough times!

2. Ballooning in Cape Town

This is something very famous at Cape Town. You get to feel the breeze which caress your cheeks and blows your hair – nothing less than a romantic scene from a Hollywood movie. It's just a 40-minute drive from Cape Town. The place is breathtakingly beautiful – the stunning panoramas would leave you on a constant high. There are many companies offering you cool hot-air balloon packages.

You need to inquire about all these activities before your arrival so everything is planned. The average cost for a hot air balloon ride is around SGD 400; it would include some champagne and mouth-watering breakfast. They will take you up so high that you will be able to witness the majestic Table Mountain range, wheat fields, vast orchards and Vineyards.

Make sure to soak all these intimate moments with the love of your life by capturing some pictures and taking selfies. Do bear in mind that this activity is dependent on the weather. On days with rough weather, hot air balloons do not operate. So, choose a bright-windy day for a hot-air balloon ride.

3. Open Air Cinema in Cape Town

Who doesn't love movies and nature – that also altogether! Cape Town offers this opportunity and they have taken it to a next level with Galileo Open Air Cinema. There are special screenings of your favorite movies – like Romeo and Juliet, perfect for a couple night out. This place opens its doors on 5 pm so you need to arrive early to get your seats reserved and grab yourself some snacks.

There are various food stalls where you will find artisanal food and beverages. These cinemas are set on different places daily, sometimes at Waterfront’s all-new Battery Park, Kirstenbosch. Make sure you decide on a day where the venue suits you guys the best.

Make sure you are dressed comfortably; since it's a movie night, a pair of jeans and tee or a Tank Top with high waist trousers would do the job. The movie begins right after sunset — before that, you will be entertained with some interactive games and music, so you don't get bored at all!

4. Visit Kirstenbosch Gardens for a Romantic Picnic

This is one of the most enticing, yet a fascinating garden. This lush garden is a heavenly backdrop for wonderful afternoon picnic with your better-half.

Just pick a spot with an exquisite sight and enjoy each other's company while digging into some tasty sandwiches and some champagne. You can also ring up a company that specializes in themed picnics and outdoor dining experiences.

These experts would make sure you have a night full of amazing experiences. Indulge in cheese platters, tasty cupcakes and all what you need. These experts would also meet your preferences and all the intricate details you want to add.

Not just this, but you can also explore the stunning viewpoints that are at least 12 meters above the ground. You can also take some hiking trails to witness the massive nature reserves.

5. Table Mountain Cable Car

Table Mountain is one the most exotic tourist destinations. The mountain is standing tall at 1086 meters; it's one of the symbols of Cape Town.

Most people opt for hiking to the Table Mountain. Rather than going for vigorous hiking, settle up for cable car option — it would take you up in just 4 minutes. You’ll be able to witness the scenic beauty of the whole city through a 360-degree angle.

The best time to go here would definitely be during sunset, because the transition from day to night brings a dreamlike change in all the surroundings. The city lights would turn on and you will get to witness how beautifully Cape Town illuminates – that also with your loved one!

If you want an adventure, then you can abseil down a cliff at Table Mountain. Its followed by a 45-minute procedure with all the safety precautions. You will descend down the 1086 high cliff with the Atlantic Ocean touching your feet. This would be a pulse racing but very exciting experience; this activity operates daily at Table Mountain, so make sure you give it a try!

6. Boat Cruise in Cape Town

Your trip to the most romantic city would be considered incomplete without having some of the finest seafood. There are a variety of things that would be offered to you, once you are onboard – ranging from juicy calamari to fresh Pacific oysters and a lot more.

You will also be able to take advantage of the stunning coastline along with some delicate scenery while you witness the most beautiful sunset. Top that off with some champagne and your partner. The tranquility of open water – the sun setting over is one of the most pleasing backdrops on the planet.

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is the most perfect setting for a romantic dinner by the wharf and Table Mountain watching you over. On the cruise, you will get to witness some amazing traditional African performances, exotic desserts with some retail therapy — it's nothing less than any entertainment hub.

7. Full day trip to Hermanus from Cape Town

Visiting Hermanus during your trip to South Africa is the unique opportunity to experience an overwhelming, exciting and exceptional show. At 120 km from Cape Town, Hermanus is one of the few places on the planet where you can spot a large number of whales from the mainland. At the end of September the Hermanus Whale Festival takes place.

Instead of settling for a short stop, as most tourists do, I advise you to spend at least one full day in Hermanus. Throughout the ten kilometers of walk, you will see dozens and dozens of whales. Some show the head, the back or the tail. Others jump and cause a huge explosion of water. Sometimes they get so close to the shore that they can be heard communicating with each other.

It is fascinating. If along your walk you hear a kind of trumpet, do not get confused. It is simply the sound of the whales warning the population of their presence. A unique activity in the world.

Cape Town is huge and there’s so much to it, but somethings are vital and unique, which you won't get do anywhere else in the world. While you are travelling with your partner, you need to make sure that you get the most out of your trip. If you have less time or you’re confused where to spend your time, our enlisted activities will help you while visiting Cape Town.
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Everyone is looking forward to having the best summer getaway. If you haven't listed Australia in your bucket list this year, then you're clearly missing out. The Land Down Under is not only among the most highly urbanised countries of the world but is also home to tons of natural wonders consisting of beaches, diving sites, wineries and more.

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When it comes to island hopping in Australia, there are things you need to remember to ensure a fun-filled a trip - your favourite women's rash guards included.

1. Carry Designer Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses are very important in daily life since they protect your delicate eyes from a number of elements as well as provide relief to those with eye problems. The best part is that you can still maintain a fashionable look even with them as part of your life and the only way to do this is by matching your eyeglass with your outfit. To avoid finding yourself in a mismatch dilemma, you need to pay attention to some wardrobe tricks.

2. Pay more attention to your accessories

It is very reasonable to match your glasses with your outfit, but then, that is not the only way to achieve a brilliant look. You can always try and blend them with accessories such as scarves, cape, and jewelry. You can also match them with your shoes. This step is always the simplest and the easiest way to make your eyeglass correspond with your outfit.

The biggest mistake you can make is to try and blend your frames with your handbag. At one point during the day you will be forced to drop it, and your frames will end up lacking something to correspond to thus ruining your entire look.

3. Don't get carried away with dark neutrals

People have realized how easy it is to pair dark neutral frames with numerous outfits and they are busy taking advantage of it. This has made them completely lazy fashion-wise. You should always yearn to achieve a chic look by going beyond the obvious. You can always shop for glossy pink, gray or red cat eye glasses from Voogueme.

This is a leading provider of stylish prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. With them, you will be able to brighten up your look and break the monotony while maintaining an admirable style.

4. Use oversized sunglasses with casual outfit

The toughest thing to do when it comes to eyewear is pairing your eyeglass with casual clothes. Most people often end up making a big matching mistake. If you know you will be wearing full casual like a T-shirt and jeans, try oversized sunglasses. These will transform your whole appearance and make you very appealing.

If at all the T-shirt is plain white, try something colorful and sporty to add swag to your look. They will also make you be vibrant something that not just any glasses can achieve.

5. Use the color wheel

The first thing that determines what outfit will go well with certain glasses is color. This is why knowing the color wheel might be the best way to come up with a great blend of the two. The color wheel is designed to enable you to tell what kind of eyeglass color will match with your outfit color. You will know which colors contrast perfectly and which complement each other.

Once you have this sorted out, you can decide to use an analogous matching style where you pick two colors that are close to each other or use the complementary color style to match two completely contrasting colors like blue and orange. This will enable you to match your eyeglass with your outfit without going through huge trouble.

6. Match your personality

The clothes we wear always display a huge statement about your character. You should also go ahead and use the same analogy to pick out your glasses. If you are a vibrant and charming person, you can always go with bright colors. If you are always classy, you can always try something more stunning but laid back like brownline eyeglasses.

This will not only give you an easy time matching your glasses to your outfit, but it will also show your character in detail.

The above tips highlight some of the best and easy ways that can help you to match your glasses with your outfit. The tips focus on ensuring that you have the right eyewear for your outfit, be it casual or official while maintaining your character. To have numerous choices, you will have to get additional frames online and use them to improve your look.

By following each tip, you will find yourself making the best eyeglass-outfit matches throughout.

7. Dress For An Adventure With Womens Rash Vests

When island hopping, it's best to wear sun-protective clothing. Wear water-sensible shoes or flip-flops, a light windbreaker on top of your swimwear and sunglasses and a cute hat. Don't forget about womens rash vests!

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8. Why Womens Rash Vests

There are lots of womens rash vests that can keep you warm while you're enjoying the crystal clear waters in Australian beaches. Surf rash guard womens come in different designs. You can get one with long sleeves, or if you like it short, there are tons of women's short sleeve rash vest available in the market.

9. What to Consider When Buying Womens Rash Vests

Not all rashies are created equal. We are not only talking about the type of material used or its design. You should not limit yourself on a single rash guard women target since we all have different needs. Check your itinerary, plan your activities and you will be able to find the best rash guard for females for your trip.

Island hopping will always be one of the best ways to spend the summer. Achieve your summer travel goals by keeping these tips in mind when exploring the breathtaking islands of Australia.
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Perth is one of the iconic cities of Australia in one of the best countries to live in. It is one of the largest and most populous cities in Western Australia. The city was founded in the year of 1829 as a colony of the British Empire. It is the capital of the state of Western Australia. Parliament and Supreme Court of the state is located there. Additionally, you can also find out the Governor of the State' residence there.

Many people book Perth flights for visiting the tourists attractions of the city. No matter the time of the year, you will always hear Perth as an excellent tourist destination. Because, why not? Perth has clean air, is safe, has a low population density with a virtually non-existent unemployment rate.

Plus, its wildlife and untouched natural territories make it one of the best places to go for a day trip - so what's not to love? In the north we can visit the Pinnacles desert, the Ningaloo reef and Monkey Mia where the dolphins almost reach the shore and the Karijini National Park. In the south we find Fremantle, the wine region of Margaret River and Rottnest Island. In the extreme northwest is Kimberley with its abrupt canyons and a beautiful ocean.

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Day Trips in Perth

If you're keen on visiting Western Australia anytime soon, it pays to learn about the different tourist spots and the best things to do while taking road trips near Perth.

Why Day Trips in Perth?

Day trips from Rockingham aren't the only popular joy rides tourists and locals alike enjoy in this side Of Western Australia. Don't limit yourself by wandering around the city - we recommended taking the popular day trips in Perth for a vacation well-spent.

Let's now have a look at the tourist attractions in Perth. Here are some of the must-see and must-do activities while exploring Perth.

1. Wander Around Swan River

Swan River is the main river of Perth. There are trails located on the sides of the river. You can walk around the trails. The river looks exceptionally beautiful at different times.

2. Talk with Kangaroos on Heirisson Island

Heirisson Island is situated on the middle of Swan River. It can be easily accessed from the city. On this island, there lives a group of birds and animals. On the day time, they are usually sleeping so you should disturb them. They come out when the temperature is cooler. They come out for the purpose of grazing around. It sounds interesting to look at the kangaroos living in their natural habitat.

3. Spend the time at Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe is a famous beach which is considered as the most beautiful beaches along the West side of Perth. You can do a lot of activities which are related to water. You will do swimming, snorkeling, and surfing along the water. The place is a great chance to do water activities in this exotic location. You can also approach this beach for a picnic.

You can also lay down on the sand and watch the beach waves. It is one of the greatest beaches where you can also get along for spending some marvelous holidays.

4. Shopping in Perth

There is an abundance of shopping options in Perth so if shopping is for you, you are in for a treat. From electric markets right through to stylish malls with boutiques stores; you have it all. The two main places to check out the shopping area downtown in the Murray and Hay street malls where you will find a variety of specialist stores, whether you are just window shopping or are looking to buy something, in particular, you are sure to find what you are looking for.

Perth has all of the favorite malls and shopping centers which you want to visit. Names of the two bigger malls are Murray and Hay Street Malls. Myer and David Jones are two main departmental stores from where you can buy each and everything. Approach all of these stores when you have to buy departmental needs.

5. Visit the Bell Tower

Swan Bell Tower is the second largest tower in the world having sixteen bells. It is one of the largest skyscrapers in Western Australia. Martin’s Society of Change Ringers Inc. Members can change or knock the bells. This tower has become an iconic landmark for the state of Western Australia.

6. Travel through the Claisebrook Cove Bridge

It looks very glamorous when you walk through Claisebrook Bridge at the night when lights of the buildings have been set on. It is the time of the night and you have to follow this schedule for watching the marvelous scenery.

7. Walk Around Fremantle

Fremantle is a great place around Perth city. It has both artistic and alternative options for the Australia culture. You can explore more city and find a lot of restaurants and markets where you have stayed in the city. It is a great place to spend time in this location.

8. Discover More Kings' Park

Kings' Park is one of the largest parks in Western Australia. It has many species of plants, fungus, and birds. Many of the people like to spend time in this park. They usually come with their families. Events and festivals are also held in there. Many of the popular avenues are located inside the park like War Memorial, Honor Avenue, Bali Memorial, and many others, etc. Botanic Gardens are located in this area. If you are going to visit Kings Garden then you must visit these gardens.

9. Go Around Leederville

Leederville is a place located north of Perth city. There are two famous streets there which are Vincent and Oxford Street. There is a famous design market which is located in Perth. It has various art collections and posters. It is a very interesting region to explore and you must not miss this golden chance.

10. Visit Caversham Wildlife Park

Caversham Wildlife Park is a park dedicated to animals and birds species. You can interact with them easily. You can feed some of the animals on the risk of your own however it is a great place to visit animals in their natural habitat.

11. Walk Around Mundaring Weir

The Mundaring Weir is a popular destination. You can have a glamorous view from the north side. You can also walk around the Maundering Weir. The natural scenery looks of the marvelous views which you can see from the north side.

12. Eating out in Perth

Northbridge is an excellent market place which consists of many shops, cafes and another kind of restaurants. You should be also trying them. There is a lot of delicious food which caters to the need of everyone. If you are a lover of seafood then you can find the greatest options here in this city.

Greenhouse Restaurant is located on St. Georges Terrace. It has kept a standard of cleanliness; vegetables are also grown on the top of the roof. From one end it has covered a major portion of the wall and it looks quite interesting. Administration of the hotel quickly makes everything clean for the service of the customers.

Don't skip the opportunity of exploring this wonderland and start creating your joyride itinerary in Perth.
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Slovenia is a country in the South Eastern Europe, which is known by its beautiful and unspoiled nature. So it is not surprising that more and more tourists go there every year to explore its amazing beauties. Moreover, Slovenia is one of the greenest places in all Europe, since more than 50 % of its landscape is covered by woods and is one of those best places for canyoning.

When the sun falls behind the hills surrounding Ljubljana and the lights of the streetlights dimly illuminate the city, you will cross the dragon bridge over the Ljubljanica River in search of the secret of the attractiveness of the old city, among its cobbled streets, under the castle that rises imposing over the city.

When you turn each corner it will seem that you have traveled in time to medieval times, and maybe you feel the magic that surrounds this wonderful city with the name of a woman, and that houses legends and mysteries in every corner. Located in the center of Slovenia, Ljubljana is one of the most beautiful small cities in Europe.

It is pure romanticism, and despite (or thanks to) being less well known, it has not yet been devoured by mass tourism and retains a wonderful essence. Stroll along the two banks of the river, crossing its historic bridges, from the mythical Dragon Bridge to the Zoisova Bridge. Its warm terraces are always full of people enjoying a beer while playing background music, either from an urban musician or from Some DJ from a bar.

Get lost in its streets, climb up to Tivoli Park, walk down the Castle Hill or sit in a square to watch life go by. Metelkova is a kind of Christiania in Copenhagen, but without having its charm or size. It was an old military barracks in the former Yugoslavia, now converted into an area where alternative artists create art in the form of graffiti, music or any other artistic expression.

The coast of the Adriatic Sea of ​​Slovenia is not well known, but if you have time you can not miss the chance to visit one of the most beautiful seaside towns in Europe: Piran, as well as its neighbors Koper, Izola or Portoroz.

The urban parts of the country also have a lot of green places. Therefore it is not a surprise that the country's capital received a title, the greenest capital of Europe. There are many places worth visiting in Slovenia. However in this article we will only cover the topic of outdoor sports in the west part of Slovenia, or canyoning Soca in Bovec area, to be more specific.

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The area where canyoning in Soca takes place

The Soca River (gave its name also to the valley through which it flows) is considered to be the Europe’s most beautiful river and its magnificent emerald colour will amaze not only the nature lovers, but also everyone who comes in the area. The valley is surrounded by the Julian Alps, which consist of the highest Slovenian mountains.

Imagine spending a day in this beautiful scenery? It sounds like a fairy-tale, doesn't it? This is definitely the best place to practice water sports, especially canyoning in Soca. All you have to do, to be able to attend this best outdoor activity in Slovenia, is to contact a company and join them.

What to bring?

The best time for canyoning in Soca and best time to visit Soca valley is in spring or in summer when the water is warmer. In those parts of the year the water usually reaches 10 ℃ in summer, therefore a neoprene swimsuit is needed. If you book your canyoning adventure, they will prepare all the equipment and everything else needed for your safety.

You just bring a bottle of water, a swimsuit and a towel with you. One other thing you must not forget is good mood.

Duration of Canyoning in Soca

Canyoning in Soca usually lasts about 7 hours, since it take about an hour to get to the destination. When you reach the destination, the staff of the agency will first explain everything you need to know about canyoning Soca to avoid any possible accidents and mishaps. You will begin with smaller jumps to get accustomed to the feeling and activity.

In some cases you won't have to jump, but you will just slide down the natural slide. Sounds like a lot of fun, right?

The guides

The agency's staff will also contribute to this amazing experience. They are very friendly and funny and will definitely make you laugh. Moreover, the staff, the guides have all the licences needed to be able to perform this activity and they are also licensed lifeguards, will also encourage you during the whole canyoning of Soca.

Therefore, if at any point during the activity you feel scared of jumping into the river pool, the staff will offer you all the support and motivation needed. However, if you decide to pass a jump, because you are too afraid to take it, the team will lower you down by the rope.

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Other activities that can be done in the area

As mentioned before, the western part of Slovenia offers many different possibilities to practice any other type of sports. For example rafting and kayaking are the best for water sports lovers. On the other hand, those who prefer solid ground under the feet might enjoy the hiking and trekking around the highest Slovenian mountains.

You can also join the company on one of their climbing Mount Triglav adventures. The highest Slovenian mountain is 2864 meters high and can be reached in one day (by very experienced hikers) or in two days (more common). It is also possible to book one of the multi pitch climbing tours on the Triglav's north face, which is, due to its difficulty, available for more experienced climbers.

However, in each case it will be an amazing experience. If the weather is nice and clear, you might be able to observe the ships floating on the Mediterranean Sea. This really is an experience that not a lot of people have been able to attain.

Each country has its own symbols of recognition and identity, and Slovenia is no exception. One of the best known is the proverb that you only become a true Slovenian when you have conquered Slovenia's highest mountain. Climbing Mt Triglav and the path that leads to it, is neither short nor easy.

However, when you reach the top of this beautiful peak, you feel the tremendous pride and accomplishment. The climb to the summit is, of course, possible not only for Slovenians, but also for all those who wants to visit Slovenia, provided that they are in good physical condition and have passion for this type of adventure.

The 2864 meters high peak is located in the centre of the beautiful national park, which consists of mountains, lakes and valleys. The name of the mount comes from the fact that there are three peaks that form it, the middle one is the highest.

The mountain is also represented on the Slovenian coat of arms with three yellow stars above the mount, representing the three counts of Celje, and the curves under the mount, representing Slovenian rivers and the Mediterranean see.

The best seasons for climbing Mt Triglav are the summer and the beginning of autumn, when it is not covered with snow, making the climb less dangerous. It is recommended to take two days to complete your trip. Most people make an even longer stop once they reach one of the largest huts before the final climb to the top.

The Slovenia's highest mountain hut is Dom na Kredarici (Lodge in Kredarica) at 2515 meters. From there it takes about an hour to reach the summit of climbing Mt Triglav. You can also spend another night at the lodge to rest and return to the valley the next day.

Once you reach the top of the mount, you must of course take a picture in front of the cultural and historical monument called the Aljaž's Tower and relax while enjoying the breathtaking view.

Insider Tip: Lake Bled is an hour or so by train or bus, and it is one of the typical excursions from Ljubljana. One of the typical products in Ljubljana are the Cevapcici, which are rolls of minced meat with many spices, and you will find them by many restaurants in the city. Do not fail to try Slovenia's wide range of craft beers, called Slovenian Pivo.

Where to book?

If you are convinced that canyoning in Soca, or any other above mentioned activity, is the adventure you want to experience this year, book your summer vacation in Slovenia. You will definitely be amazed by its beauties and don’t forget to bring your camera, since it is said that a photo can tell more than a thousand words.

The staff will also take pictures of you with their cameras, so you will have more photos from different angels. If you have any questions considering your canyoning adventure, the company will be happy to answer them.
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