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

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

Best Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

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

1. Bhojpur

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

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

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

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

2. Gwalior

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

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

3. Jabalpur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Khajuraho

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Pachmarhi

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

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

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

6. Sanchi

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

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

7. Bhopal

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

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

8. Jhansi

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

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

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

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

Ideal for: history buff

Things to do: sightseeing tour

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

9. Chambal

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

Best Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

10. Chhindwara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Things to Do in Costa Brava

Here are the best things to do in Costa Brava.

1. Discover hidden coves in Playa Cala Aiguablava

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Try authentic Catalan cuisine in Calella de Palafrugell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can You Take Snacks on an Airplane?

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

What foods are not allowed through airport security?

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

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

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

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

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

Best Airplane Snacks for Long Flights

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

1. Dried Fruit and Nuts

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

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

2. Quinoa or Chickpea Salad

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

3. Popcorn

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

4. Protein bars

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

5. Hummus and Crackers

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

6. Crunchy Cheese Bites

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

7. Vegan Tuna Sandwich

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

8. Vegan Dark Chocolate Brownies

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

9. Peach and Tomato Salad

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

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

10. Butter Tart

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

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

Final Words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Things to Do in Yellowstone National Park

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

1. Get Acquainted with Horses near Union falls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. Roosevelt Arch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. West Yellowstone

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

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

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

No matter how you decide to do it, it is an adventure of a lifetime. Truly an amazing place. Take lots of pictures and you will have lots of great memories.
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  • Saturday, August 08, 2020
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Another tourist year is on the horizon, and we have assembled a comprehensive collection of exciting things to do in Alaska customized to satisfy your requirements. Alaska cruises are more popular than ever, and you have a choice of cruise tour packages developed in all the major cruise lines. Or you could plan an ideal holiday in Alaska by selecting from day excursions, accommodation and transportation choices.

Many feel that the name of Alaska comes from an Aleut word meaning land that is not an island. Alaska is the only tundra in the middle of nowhere due to its distance from the lower 48 states and since the majority of the tales you hear about Alaska generally links to the snow and cold and vast, bare, open spaces. However, it is not fully correct.

Alaska - the largest country (by landmass) is also be among the most populated and is a land that combines the gorgeous snowy scenery of the Alps' with the adventure trip. Get Delta Airlines tickets for cheap flight fares and great deals on vacation packages to Alaska.

Best Things to Do in Alaska

1. Fjord Exploration in Kenai Fjords National Park

Alaska is the place to be if you have ever dreamed of experiencing the absolute magnitude of a glacier, which the pages of a novel or movie cannot communicate. Of course, most favour Iceland or Greenland for this chilling experience. Fjord exploration is just a few of many reasons why people ought to be thankful to the first State of Alaska.

2. Dog Sledding in Juneau

This is the most popular game in Alaska and an experience worth telling your grandchildren, friends, or whoever will hear it. Should you choose, check it out yourself or can see dog sled races too. The Huskies are trained, so there is no need to fear. Additionally, you may sled with the husky owner.

3. Expeditions into Round Island

So, you have not seen any of these furry critters? Wind up searching for more of an experience as opposed to a one? Or maybe you're happy to watch it. You can see other marine mammal’s like walrus and bird species from the deck of a yacht. It is possible to take a hiking excursion and watch more of this wildlife if you would like a little more of a challenge.

4. Sea Kayaking in Prince William Sound

This experience is one that you can experience by visiting Alaska. This ensures you don't try this and isn't for the faint of heart.

5. Backpacking in Brooks Range

There's practically nothing compared to backpacking in 18, an experience you have to grab. Of course, you can choose your adventure travel destination: Arctic Refuge, Brooks Range, Talkeetna Mountains, and Wrangell-St. Elias.

6. Rafting in Kenai

You can raft to your hearts' content and pretend you are a wanderer with experience in the middle of this vast selection of wildlife. Travel and experience the many wonders of Alaska. Listen to the tales of the natives. Catch a glimpse of eagles as you hold on for dear life during Kenai River Canyon raft trip.

7. Fishing in Resurrection Bay

Folks envision a land of ice and frozen dessert whenever someone mentions Alaska. So, it is somewhat difficult to imagine people being able to fish in this place. However, Alaska is a place full of experience, a location well.

For the Alaska fishing experience, you can try your chance at hooking any of several prized fish such as Silver Salmon in Resurrection Bay during August and September, the King Salmon in the Lower Kenai River from May to July or even Red (Sockeye) Salmon.

8. See bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve

The Novarupta volcano on the Alaska Peninsula violently erupted and shook the area we now know as the Katmai National Park and Preserve. The wilderness became a dynamic landscape of smoking valleys, mountains covered with ash and small holes and cracks that gave off steam and gas. There was a single eruption in history, apart from this, on the Greek island of Santorini, in 1500 BC, which dismissed more ash and pumice.

Nature lovers with their cameras and fishermen with their rods have much to see and do in the Katmai National Park and Preserve, in the southern region of Alaska, on the Pacific, known as the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and inhabited by grizzly bears. In this region of alpine tundra, forests, lakes, rivers and swamps is a very diverse fauna.

In addition to the bears and salmon at Brooks River, you can see moose, caribou, wolves, foxes, waterfowl, bald eagles, seals and whales. Katmai also hosts the wild river Alagnak and several large lakes. The Naknek Lake is the largest and contains the five species of Pacific salmon, as well as Rainbow trout, Char alpine fish, Arctic grayling and Northern pike, making the park a famous destination among recreational anglers.

Walk the park by boat or on foot, and always have the camera ready. This park is a reserve that protects an active volcanic landscape and is a very important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears that feed on these fish. Travel by kayak through the chain of lakes and rivers known as the Savonoski circuit, the picturesque American Creek River and the Savonoski Loop River fed by the glacier.

With no road connection to any city, Katmai requires additional planning, including costs and reservations in advance, in cases of extended visits. Packages of bear sightings to the park, including day trips, can be arranged from Kodiak, Homer and Anchorage.

Most people think of bears when they think of Katmai. This National Park is one of the best areas in the world for the sighting of bears. It is home to over 2,000 brown bears, many of which are concentrated in the Brooks Camp area to hunt red salmon in the Brooks River. You can take a short walk to reach three platforms along the river from which you can see how the bears dive to get their dinner.

Nunathloogagamiutbingoi, is the name of an Alaskan beach in the Cup’ig (Central Alaskan Yupik) language.

Are you now convinced that traveling to Alaska is an experience you should not miss? Before making reservations, make sure that you've got a pair of hiking boots and different types of clothing for a vast range of temperatures.

Other than the convenient travel packages being offered by the travel agencies that cater to Alaska, you can create your travel itinerary and then hire a guide to help you.
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  • Thursday, August 06, 2020
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If you’ve never considered going to Santa Fe, you might have the wrong impression already. What many think of as a dry, arid town in a desert is actually a vibrant, historic town with relaxing temperatures in every season and attractions all year long. It’s also one of the best places to visit in USA if you’re looking to both go on vacation and not go into massive debt.

From local museums to self-guided tours and tons of nearby outdoor activity, Santa Fe is an affordable way to visit a new place with tons of unique attractions. While not necessarily a hidden gem, it is a popular city in New Mexico that might not initially come to mind when you’re planning your next big trip.

Best Things to Do in Santa Fe

Below are our best tips for making the most of your trip on a budget.

What to Do in Santa Fe?

Now let’s get down to the reason for this or any trip: the stuff you’ll see and do while you’re there. From visiting historical sites or museums to hiking to shopping, there is plenty to do no matter what you’re in the mood for. Depending on your budget, you can pick and choose which activities make the most sense for you.

1. San Miguel Chapel

The oldest church in the United States is in Santa Fe, which is pretty cool regardless of your religious affiliation.

2. George O’Keeffe

For museum and art gallery enthusiasts, you’re planning a trip to one of the lesser known but biggest hubs in the nation. With the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and the George O’Keeffe Museum (and many more), you can get your fill of beautiful, historic art and artists in only a few days (or just one day, if you’re very ambitious).

Museums, of course, cost money, so check for local specials or packages if you’re trying to save money and visit as many as possible. At Museum Hill, you can spend $12 for a pass, good for each of the five museums located there.

In downtown, you can enjoy shops of all kinds, though if you’re on a budget, you’ll want to be careful. While the city is known for some amazing Mexican food, you can also get your lunches and dinners via street food fenders boasting incredible fajitas and burritos in the city square to save some cash.

3. Historic Walks of Santa Fe

Speaking of driving, Santa Fe is an extremely walkable town. You can get through all of the main historic areas in downtown Santa Fe in only thirty minutes to an hour if you’re not stopping to enjoy the scenery and attractions. If you’re flying into town, you can save money not renting a car by paying a little more for your lodging so that you’re right in the middle of the action.

If you are driving into town and you’re a fairly active person, you can get pretty much everywhere by either walking or riding a bike. If you don’t feel like hauling your bike across state lines to ride, you can always rent one on a daily basis at a local shop like Mellow Velo. Basically, there are plenty of options to get around Santa Fe and, unlike many other, larger cities, the city is small enough to enjoy without spending tons of time in the car.

Nearby Attractions in Santa Fe

Finally, if you want to spend the majority of your time in the great outdoors instead, the nearby area is perfect for you. In any season, the Santa Fe National Forest includes a wide variety of trails ranging from amateur to expert, and can be traversed and enjoyed for basically your entire trip if you’re brave and strong enough.

In October, you can drive an hour to nearby Albuquerque for the famous hot air balloon festival, though you’ll have to wait until 2021, as this year’s has been postponed.

Seasons of Santa Fe

One of the many reasons people visit Santa Fe and northern New Mexico in general is that, despite it being a desert, it’s actually a relief from most summer climates. Strangely enough, being in a desert and mountainous region means less humidity (close to none) which leads to lower temperatures during the day, with highs in the 80s even in August, and really cool nights.

In the fall and winter, the temperatures drop dramatically, even leading to snowfall, but it doesn’t get as brutally cold as it does in more northern areas where the wind feels like it’s going to melt your teeth. What we’re saying is, Santa Fe is a great middle ground, as its extremes on both ends are more temperate than in other nearby cities and states.

If you’re asking, “When should I visit Santa Fe?” the answer is, whenever you want! It’s great all year long.

The Layout of Santa Fe

Before visiting any place, it’s good to figure out where everything is so you’re not spending a big chunk of your vacation time lost and confused. Santa Fe is a unique city in that most of its attractions are located in the center of town and they sort of spread outward from there like a spiderweb. The farther you get from the city center, the less there is to see (unless you enjoy seeing residential areas when you vacation, which, no judgment).

Once you get outside the actual city, you’ll find yourself in either gorgeous, rocky desert or forested mountains. In this way, you get to see the best of the great outdoors as well as historical sites and museums and shopping centers. The city has something for everyone.

Where to Sleep in Santa Fe

Now onto our budgetary needs. In almost any case, the hardest pill to swallow when traveling is the cost of wherever you’re staying. Most hotels cost at least $100-150 per night, which means in a 7-day trip, you’re going to end up spending close to $1,000 on lodging alone. While there’s no getting around paying something to sleep somewhere, there are a few more affordable options.

First of all, the rise of rental sites like AirBnB and VRBO have created great options for anyone who absolutely needs a place indoors but doesn’t want to break the bank. While rentals close to the heart of downtown Santa Fe are likely going to lean closer to hotel costs, there are options farther out that will be a bit cheaper.

Going beyond that, it’s easy to forget that Santa Fe is right next to the Santa Fe National Forest, which offers a wide variety of camping areas at a much more reasonable price. However, with this option, you’ll need to drive more to get back into town.

Santa Fe includes something for everyone, and traveling there on a budget means enjoying the sights and sounds without necessarily paying for every single attraction that the city has to offer. There are so many free or low-cost attractions that you can enjoy a busy, active trip without spending a fortune.
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  • Wednesday, August 05, 2020
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Known for its top-tier educational system and plethora of heavy metal bands, Finland may not strike you as an ideal place for a vacation. Yet from the best places to see the Northern Lights to the many famous saunas, Finland is an ideal travel destination. And where better to start than with its capital, Helsinki?

All in all, there are so many places to see in Helsinki that we couldn't possibly cover them all. The ideal time to visit is in the Summer, when the temperatures are more moderate and the greater Helsinki area is more beautiful. If you travel to Finland in the winter, the Laplands are a great place to go.

Whilst travelling around the city, both the metro and bus tours are wonderful options. The metro is elegantly designed, with easy to navigate stations. The subway only runs east-west, but is well integrated with other transit systems. Fare zones are announced (also in English) through the PA systems in the very clean cars. To be able to keep track of it all, the HSL app makes things easy. As an added bonus, the trains even run on time.

However, should you get lost, many of the people around you will speak English, and you should have no fears for your safety: Helsinki is one of the safest cities in the world.

Finland is home to many music festivals in the Summer. They embrace many styles of music, from heavy metal to indie.

Best Things to Do in Helsinki

So, what to do in Helsinki and where are you supposed to go?

1. Central park

The Helsinki Central Park is more akin to a forest than an actual park. It encloses about 10 square kilometers with animals such as elk, muskrat, and arctic fox living inside. The Helsingin keskuspuisto also includes a large swath of environmental diversity. Nature is not the sole purpose of the park. Humans can wander its nature trails, gaze at the old fortifications from World War I, or take part in a number of recreational activities, from horseback riding to table tennis.

2. Sibelius monument

This monument to one of Finland's greatest composers is located in the Sibelius Park. Sibelius-monumentti consists of 600 steel pipes and a metal bust of the composer’s face. If you visit, you should go in the early morning or late evening, to avoid the other tourists who frequent those times. Plus you should go give one of his pieces a listen.

3. Uspenski Cathedral

One of the Helsinki sights you are bound to adore is its churches. Visit the Orthodox and Lutheran cathedral and the huge Senate Square, surrounded by a modern but quiet atmosphere, characteristic of the Nordic countries.

The Orthodox Cathedral in Helsinki represents one of the best places to visit in Finland. Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral is a gorgeous building that is quite close to the harbor. So, after your visit, you should proceed to it. This church is the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe. Icons, crosses, and altars all either depict a scene from the Orthodox religion or have a place in its traditions.

4. Helsinki cathedral

Another church to visit is the Neoclassical Lutheran Cathedral. This humongous landmark on the hill behind the harbor is definitely worth the visit. In front of it, you will see the Senate Square, which is one of the most beautiful town squares in Europe.

With its brilliant white facade, Helsingin tuomiokirkko, Suurkirkko stands out above its surroundings, as it once was a landmark for those arriving by sea. The twelve apostles accent the rooftop, looking out upon the city. Entrance is free, and the inside is very simple, echoing a restrained style of decoration, which separates it from other European Catholic Churches. If you are so inclined, the crypt is a wonderful exploration.

Island-hopping in Helsinki!

The Helsinki area is filled with over 300 islands, and hopping from one to another is a popular tourist attraction.

5. Suomenlinna

To continue your Finland visit, we suggest that you head on to Suomenlinna Fortress. The Swedes built this Fortress in 1847 in order to deter Russians from attacking. Unfortunately for them, the Russians were hard to deter. They later conquered the fort along with the rest of Finland. But this doesn't take away from the beauty of the fortress and its historical significance.

In fact, UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site. This should at least give you an idea of why you should consider this one of the best places to visit in Finland.

This fortress, known also by its Swedish name Sveaborg, was built across eight islands by the Swedes in 1748. Today it is one of the most popular places to visit and picnic. But this set of islands is much more than an idyllic spot - they house a community of 900 people, 350 of whom work year-round.

Thus visits can be more than just sightseeing adventures, even though there is a lot to see, from the numerous museums to the last remaining Finnish Submarine, the Vesikko. The Nordic Arts Centre was established on the islands, and the summer theatre performances regularly draw full houses.

Getting to and around the islands is simple, as the ferry system is connected to the rest of the Helsinki Region Transport Authority. As such, the HSL app connects to the ferry services as well.

Kaunissaari island is out there, as the ferry ride takes about an hour. But the trip is very much worth it, as this island combines stunning beaches, rich fishing grounds, and great views of Helsinki. If you are between 18 and 65 you will have to get a permit, but that can be done online.

6. Pihlajasaari

This island once housed a summer villa, but now is open to all. It houses a restaurant, very colorful changing booths, and a solid quantity of sheep and goats for maintaining the grounds. It is also an enjoyable camping ground.

7. Lonna

In just 10 minutes by boat you are in Lonna, a perfect place for lunch.

8. Vallisaari

Continue on to Vallisaari, perfect for nice walks. Experience a city without chaos, but with lush, green and beautiful nature.


Soma restaurant is a small, cosy affair, offering an interesting specialty: the sushi burrito. It can be served “to go” in boxes. It can be expensive.

On the third Saturdays of February, May, August, and November, anyone is allowed to open a restaurant in Helsinki. Restaurant Day (Ravintolapäivä) tradition has spread to other countries, but the Finnish beginnings have led to hundreds of pop-up restaurants being set up on these days. It invites new and out-of-the-ordinary ideas to the food scene in Helsinki.

9. Fazer Experience Visitor Centre

A Finnish Brand, this chain of cafes serves its own brand of coffee, along with oven-fresh bread, pastries and chocolates. There are thirteen locations around Helsinki, making it easy to find.

10. Market Square

Helsinki, the coastal city with a pleasant atmosphere is considered one of the best cities to live. Stroll through its streets and reach the market in the port, to mingle with the local inhabitants.

Well, to get the true feel of the people of Helsinki, we suggest that you head on to the Helsinki harbor. There, you will see Finish people going about their daily business and enjoying their wonderful country.

Just remember to bring an open mind. You can taste local cuisine from food vendors that cook the freshest possible fish and visit Kauppatori, the outdoor market square that is open year-round.

Text BY: Jakob Schreiber
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  • Friday, July 31, 2020
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Budapest is one of the countries with numerous fun spots that you should visit at least once in a lifetime. Hungary's capital is an excellent site with fantastic architecture, flavorsome food, good music, stunning art, and fascinating hospitality. Budapest is also known for its communist and Jewish heritage, not to mention its distinctive folk culture.

This is one city with a vast number of fun places to visit, and you can never be bored in Budapest. The atmosphere here is electric, and the views from around the Danube are absolutely stunning. Go to Budapest if you enjoy the alternative side of life, you’re on a budget, you’re interested in the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.

Looking for the perfect combination of culture and luxury, Budapest, the Hungarian capital, is the hottest spot for new couples. This place is lovingly called 'Little Paris in Central Europe'. There is no shortage of magical spots, world-class restaurants and shopping places in Budapest. The city has a rich history of thousands of years.

As soon as you reach Budapest and check in your hotel, go straight for a free walking tour around the city covering the following places - Vorosmarty square, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Castle Hill and Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephens Basilica and finally see the Hungarian Parliament lit up at night. The fascinating places of Budapest are Chocolate Museum, Budapest Evening Sightseeing Cruise, Chain Bridge, Margaret Island, and Lake Balaton.

The best thing is how safe the area is, especially for tourists. The city holds one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe. There are around 200 museums, thermal baths, vibrant street art, alternative legendary nightlife, delicious food and lot more places.

Most importantly, there are famous ruin bars build on old buildings which became the most visited and attractive point for visitors to enjoy its cheap drinks and maze rooms. Most of the Historic destinations and the city center of Budapest lies in a walkable distance. As traffic is restricted on Castle Hill, walking is the best way to visit places in the city and so pedestrian paths are made in the Pest.

Like other cities, Budapest also has an amazing public transportation system, where most of the streets are lined up with cables, streetcars (trams), trolleybuses and efficient subway system.

Best Things to Do in Budapest

It can be hard to decide what to do and where to go, but these are the top-rated fun places that you should not miss visiting when in Budapest.

1. Margaret Island

Margaret Island is a place you should stop by if you love islands or have never been to one. You can get to the bridge by boat and have a pleasant experience - the ride is totally free! Alternatively, if you fear water, you can go by train or bus. That will cost you a small amount, but you will get to the island within no time.

Why Margret Island? This island has fun activities you can visit. If you are a swimmer, there is the Olympic swimming pool, go running, and zoo for animal lovers. Other fun activities are climbing the water tower, observing the island's landmarks, checking out the musical fountain, and wandering the Japanese Garden.

2. Shoes on the Danube Bank

Budapest offers spectacular views of the Danube River and good opportunities for lovers of opera, museums and spas.

Hungary’s Parliament Building lies on the banks of the river Danube. So visit the Danube Promenade next. Shoes on the Danube are an important memorial on the promenade. The significance of the 60 pairs of iron shoes is to reminisce the dark times of Hungarian history. It is a tribute to hundreds of those who lost their lives during World War II due to the Arrow Cross Rule.

3. Heroes' Square

Next set foot in Heroes’s Square. It is a popular landmark and the largest square in Budapest. The art in Hungary is impressive, and Heroes Square, in Andrassy Avenue, is proof of this. This is an ever-busy place, and it's advisable to book a spot in advance. This square is said to be the largest in Hungary, and it is symbolic as well.

The sculptures in Heroes Square pay tribute to the superiors of the Hungarian tribes who established Hungary. This site is lovely, especially at night.

4. Fisherman’s Bastion

The Fisherman’s Bastion is a startling and beautiful pillar that is found in the Buda castle. If you are a lover of fairy tales or have kids who love Disney stories, the Heroes square is a replica of the magical castles depicted in these stories.

The castle was built in the 18th century, and it is always open for visits at any time and day. The entrance fee is also very affordable. This is an excellent location to take charming and likable photos.

5. Gellért Thermal Bath

Budapest is a spa mecca of all varieties baths from healing waters, Turkish bath, water and natural sources. Budapest is famous for its various indoor and outdoor pools and is also the city of spas.

Gellert baths is the best thermal spa baths worldwide. What makes it unique is that Gellert baths is a naturally existing hot spring bath. This is a good relaxation point that helps to relieve stress. Aside from its stunning hot water, the place also has incredible landscapes and architecture. Visit Gellert baths for cosset massage therapies and spa treatments at cost-friendly prices.

6. Szimpla Kert

Having come out from behind the iron curtain 30 years ago, Hungary has quickly gone about carving its own post-soviet path. Nowhere is this better encapsulated than in Budapest, and in particular in the city’s Jewish Quarter. The area’s ruin bars, where drinks are served in repurposed factories, offices, garages and homes, offer an amazing experience, and street art is found everywhere.

Jewish Quarter is ideal for a number of fun activities. This place has a fascinating and colorful history which you can learn when you get there. The Jewish Quarter has excellent restaurants like Dobrumba with amazing delicacies. This Quarter is bright-colored and beautiful, especially at night. You can buy fashionable clothes and other stuff at relatively low prices.

Finally, end your day have fun at one of the Ruin Bars. They are super cool. Visit this place called Szimpla. One of the characteristics of Budapest is its crowd of ruin bars. They have become a symbol of the Hungarian capital and a full-fledged tourist attraction, as well as being the cornerstone of the nightlife in the city. The name is due to the poor state of the buildings in which these bars are located.

The building is not officially in ruins (since it would be totally illegal to set up any kind of business here). It's just old, disheveled, with chipped walls, retro furniture and screaming for reform. But that is the essence of all this. Many times the whole building works as a bar. In other cases it is only a part, but in general there are usually many rooms and nooks or hiding places with tables and chairs reused, old and different from each other.

There are furniture and vintage and retro objects, and decorative objects that range from bicycles, computer cathode monitors, bathtubs and even Trabants. The first Ruin Bar was the Szimpla, the most famous of all Budapest, so famous that most of its visitors are tourists, in fact many just go to take the photo and take a tour of the bar without consuming anything.

The tourist boom has pushed up prices a lot and the usual clientele has almost disappeared and marched to the new Ruin Bars that have sprung up in the capital like mushrooms after the rain, and which are cheaper and less saturated. In spite of everything, Szimpla Kert in the Jewish Quarter in Erzsébetváros is a must on a trip to Budapest, and it is still advisable to have a beer, a shot of Palinka (the typical Hungarian brandy), or a cappuccino.

With an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, Szimpla Kert is a pub and a tourist attraction. It is loved for the cheap priced drinks and its peaceful environs. This famous ruin bar in Budapest became popular because it was established in a deserted place.

Szimpla Kert is definitely for everyone, and the place is harmonious, and the people there are amiable. Szimpla Kert is crowded mostly at night with lovely people- it's an excellent place to meet and make new friends. This bar offers drinks, tasty street food, baked products, and other mouth-watering delicacies. This amazing place also randomly offers free weekly concerts to people.

7. House of Terror

Next, go sightseeing to the State Opera and the House of Terror. Nothing is terrifying yet exciting at the same time as horror. The House of Terror in Budapest is a museum that explores horrifying historical memories. This museum is located at Andrassy út 60, and it commemorates all the evil and suffering that took place in Hungary during the 2nd world war.

The House of Terror is a place for people to learn the harsh reality of war and brutality. This place is not for the weak-hearted because the museum exhibits frightening happenings that are not so pleasing to the eye. All in all, the museum is legendary, and it opens from Tuesday to Sunday.

8. Szechenyi Thermal Bath

Have lunch and to ease yourself, take a dip in the waters of Szechenyi Thermal Bath. Well known Széchenyi Thermal Bath holds Europe's largest thermal baths. Experience the Sparty, spa and party in one.

9. Hungarian State Opera

This opera house is located in Andrássy út, Budapest. The architectural design of this opera house is just out of this world. All people who love opera should visit the place. Even those who don't should visit this opera house because it might change your mind about opera music.

The first activity in the Hungarian State Opera House is a guided tour in various languages throughout the fantastic building after the tour comes a short period of opera concert, which is optional.

10. Central Market Hall

This is yet another excellent tourist attraction site in Budapest. Budapest has different markets like Central Market (Great Market Hall), Szimpla Kert Sunday Farmer’s Market, Hunyadi Square Market, Belvárosi Piac (Hold Utca Food Market), Fromage.

There are also delicious food at restaurants. Langosh is the place to explore and taste the best traditional Hungarian food. This is a best-rated hotel and the best option for a tourist because of its exclusive hospitality. Why should you go to Langosh? Good cheese and bread, the best you will ever taste. If you ever feel hungry in Budapest, drop by Langosh, and you won't regret it.

The traditional food of Budapest is Goulash and Stropachka (a Hungarian version of spaetzle). Langos is the popular street food of Budapest with ingredients such as fried dough, shredded cheese, and sour cream. The weirdest thing is Jewish cuisine is readily available in the city but not in Jewish quarters.

Budapest is generally expensive in terms of food as compared to many other places in Europe but there are many restaurants which are comparatively cheaper than other restaurants. The restaurants that offer low-cost food for the one with less food budget in Budapest are Bors GastroBár, Buddies Burger, Pizzica, Retro Büfé, Lángos Papa, TöLTő, Budapest Bagel, Street Food Karavan.

The Ecseri Flea Market, also known as Ecseri Bolhapiac, is a place to buy reasonably priced unique antiques and goods that will help you remember your trip to Budapest. This market has a variety of exciting vintage merchandise like jewelry, toys, furniture, paintings, and other things from the previous centuries. If You are a lover of history and culture, you should visit the Ecseri Flea market and purchase a unique piece of worldly goods.

11. Gellert Hill

Wake up in the wee hours of the morning and hike up the Gellert Hill. It is a long walk with a considerable number of stairs, through the view makes it worthwhile. Next visit Matthias Church and finally take a stroll around the Central Market Hall. Since Budapest is home to a large Jewish community, make sure to visit Dohany Street Synagogue. End your day exploring cafes and fashion places at Vaci Street.

12. Buda Hills

As part of the honeymoon celebration, newlyweds can go for a walk in the garden of St. Park with their hands on the water. Buda Hills can be chosen if you want to spend some time alone. There are opportunities to control stress and enjoy the charming nature of motorcycle rental. It might be nice to go to the Stalagmite Cave there.

There is bus transportation available also in Buda Hills. There are some night buses run which are marked with alphabet ‘E’ on it.

Budapest is indeed a fun place with a variety of exciting activities. These are just but some fantastic places in Budapest because there are hundreds of interesting sites in Hungary. Budapest is ideal for enjoyment since it accommodates all kinds of interests and people.
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Home to the iconic Beatles and two tremendously successful football clubs, Liverpool is one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in UK after London. From museums to art galleries and some of the world's most renowned cathedrals, Liverpool has plenty to offer to its residents and tourists.

Whether you're looking to know some of the coolest Liverpool destinations for your weekend family trip or want to visit this legendary city from some other state or a country, you've come to the right place. Make sure you get in touch with the best immigration lawyers in Liverpool if you're looking to visit this magnificent city from any other country. Your immigration lawyer will guide you about the best travel visa categories.

best things to do in Liverpool

Here we've put together a list of best places to visit in Liverpool so that you don't have to struggle once you enter this historic and culturally-rich city:

1. Albert Dock

The rich and vibrant center of the city's ancient waterfront, Albert Dock is a must-visit destination to play, eat, and have some quality time with your family. This place was designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick, and it was the first structure in Britain that was erected from cast iron, brick, and stone instead of wood.

It is a massive five-story complex of buildings adjoining the popular Harbor Basin. These beautiful Victorian-style buildings are constructed around the arcaded passageway. The beautifully restored warehouses include luxury apartments, cozy cafes, museums, and state-of-the-art designer boutiques.

In addition to that, there are many tourist attractions, including the Beatles Story Museum, International Slavery Museum, and the Border Force National Museum.

2. Croxteth Hall

Croxteth Hall is situated in West Derby and is famous worldwide because of its mesmerizing Georgian architecture. Stroll around the luxurious hall, luscious botanical gardens, and a beautiful working farm. Get insights into the lifestyle of the elite Edwardian family and its servers. Admire the classical Tudor architecture, premium furnishings, and tastefully maintained gardens.

Croxteth Hall is open daily. Also, you have to pay separate charges for the hall, gardens, and farmland. Don't forget to explore the country park that is home to a vast range of wildlife. There's an adventure playground for kids that will keep them busy and happy for a long time. Croxteth Hall also hosts many events throughout the year. Especially, you can join orienteering and horse riding lessons if you visit this place during the summer.

3. Metropolitan Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is another prominent tourist attraction that welcomes thousands of visitors every year. This church sits atop of the city and offers a peaceful place to worship and pause for the visitors. Because of this cathedral's beautiful architecture, the Metropolitan Cathedral is loved and admired by people from all faiths.

If you admire heritage and history, then this church is a must-visit place for you. While Metropolitan Cathedral was closed due to Covid-19, it was reopened on 1st July 2020 for private prayers.

4. Tate Gallery

Tate is a famous institution in Liverpool that is home to Britain's national collection of modern and contemporary art. This institution was established by Henry Tate in 1897. There are four art galleries, including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St Ives. The first three galleries are free to enter while you'll have to purchase tickets to get access to the fourth one.

Whether you want to discover an extensive artwork of famous artists or want to build your own portfolio, Tate can be your safest bid. Also, there are many fun-filled learning opportunities for kids and adults that help you grow as a budding artist.

5. Merseyside Maritime Museum

The Merseyside Maritime Museum is part of the National Museums Liverpool and is home to different exhibits covering the life of immigrants who left Britain between 1830 and 1930 through Mersey for North America. This museum features a memorable collection of different artifacts, vessels, and model ships. Here, you'll also discover exhibitions relating to the tragic history of Titanic and Lusitania.

Other highlights include U-boat Story, which showcases life on the ship during wartime. Also, there's a Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches Museum, where you get an insightful glimpse of the Royal Navy in WWII.

6. St. George’s Hall

St George's Hall attracts thousands of art and music lovers across the globe every year. This place is decorated with Corinthian columns and eye-catching sculptures. The beautifully adorned Great Hall is used for a variety of purposes. Organizations hire this place for concerts, award ceremonies, weddings, and other special events and get-togethers.

There is the expansive St. Johns Gardens to the back of the building that houses statues of famous Liverpudlians.

7. Birkenhead Park

Birkenhead is located on the west edge of the Mersey. This park is linked to Liverpool via tunnels and a dedicated Mersey Ferry service. Birkenhead is the first funded public park in Britain. It was designed by Joseph Paxton and opened for the public in 1847.

This park has three entrances, and each one of them boasts a unique architecture. The first amongst them features Gothic architecture. The second entrance features Italianate architecture, while the third entrance is all about Norman architecture.

Birkenhead is a family-friendly place. There are many lakes, playgrounds, cafes, and restaurants. Don't miss out on Birkenhead if you have a family with you, and you want to spend a calm and fun-filled day with eye-catching surroundings and cafes.

8. National Waterways Museum

Are you looking to spend an awesome day near Chester? Then you should head to the National Waterways Museum. This place offers a vast range of activities for both adults and kids. The museum showcases different indoor displays, Victorian-era architecture, and a canal with its numerous locks.

This place was designed by Thomas Telford, who was a famous civil engineer of his times. The buildings look stunningly beautiful with breathtaking surroundings. If you love history and admire maritime things, then this place is a must-visit spot for you.

9. Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool accentuates the city's timeless history and culture. Here you can find exclusive displays relating to port and its people. The Museum of Liverpool is home to ancient artwork, costumes, and artifacts. This place displays a perfect fusion of Liverpool's social and urban history. There are old testimonies and pictures that breathe life to the available archaeological material.

This museum also houses a Lion steam engine, erected in 1838. If time allows, pay a quick visit to the World Museum that is home to some other amazing things and artworks.

10. Pier Head

The Pier Head in Liverpool includes an amazing trio of Three Graces. This trio includes three buildings: the Port of Liverpool Building, the Royal Liver Building, and the Cunard Building. Here you'll also find the Titanic Memorial celebrating the 'Heroes in the Engine Room', the famous Queen Victoria Monument, and an ancient Georgian Town Hall.

Liverpool is home to outclass destinations, museums, cathedrals, lakes, and gardens. It's a perfect tourist spot where you can find restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, and different kid-friendly activities.

Hopefully, travel restrictions will be lifted soon. Liverpool is an ideal place where you can spend your upcoming holidays. So, don't wait any further. Apply for the visa, pack your bags, and take a flight to Liverpool.

Happy Travelling!
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