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Paris is regarded as a city of love and fragrances and deserved to be visited with your partner. Make your romantic moments more memorable in Paris as it embraces your Valentine's trip with a lot of romantic and nostalgic activities this year. I visited Spain on my last Valentine's celebration with Virikson Holidays and celebrated our special day with a lot of joy and sweet memories.

To visit Paris this year, you have to get to some instant activities on your fingertips.

things to do in Paris on Valentines day

Here are some top Valentine's Day activities for you to make your day more special and sweet in France.

1. Candlelight Dinner in a Private Environment


Find a good place in town and book your private table with a good romantic environment to have an opportunity for a very romantic candlelight dinner in Paris. When I visited Paris, I and my husband Sat in Le Reminet and it was amazing for us.

My friend also tried Le Louis, a literally perfect spot to have your candlelight dinner. Le Florimond is also a good option. If you want your eve to be more romantic, you can also opt for cruise dinner at Seine River. Eat good, and make your memories together in a city of romance.

2. Dance, Swing, Whirl along the Seine


Paris is like a garden of the world where people come to feel the actual vibes of love, kiss, and dance. Learn some steps of the couple dance before visiting Paris. Not in the mood to dance? No worry, you can sit and take the pleasures to see the couples dancing on the edge of the river.

This can never be missed mind it because this dance is organized every evening and you can avail the chance of dancing on the romantic beats any eve in your Paris.

3. Plan a romantic movie in the Cinema


Travelers mostly have a love of film. Traveling on Valentine's day with your partner in Paris would need to get a chance of a romantic movie in any of the good cinemas in town. I can suggest you one or two by my experience, as I sat in La Peniche Cinema, and Gaumont Opera and had a good experience of watching a movie.

You can also opt for the open-air Cinema watchlist that whether are they planning to play a movie of your choice or not.

4. Visit the Paris Aquarium


It would be a great idea to get into the very huge Aquarium in Paris. There are more than ten thousand species for you to get the wonderful views of your partner. You would also find a restaurant associated with the Aquarium so if you feel hungry, you can sit in the restaurant.

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5. Pubs of Paris are looking your way


It is a perfect time to take the right sips and dance on the romantic, fast or thrilling beats in the nightclubs of Paris. A number of Pubs are there in Paris looking your way. The reputed names are Frog Hope House, Ha’Penny Bridge Pub, Little Temple bar, or O Brien's.

I sat on the Green Goose, and in the Quiet Man when I was in Paris with my husband. You should also move to any of the good pubs and take the opportunity to de-stress and relax your nerves.

6. Hot Air Balloon ride in Paris


It is the most romantic activity being in Paris. I remember our very same activity when we were in Marrakech, the cultural hub of Morocco. Flying in the air and having breakfast and looking over the sun coming out, wow amazing. I wish to fly in the paris same way.

There are companies in which you can get your own self online or by getting there to book your ride. By the way, travel companies that are responsible for your package also can help you book the two seats in a very interesting air balloon ride.

7. A very Famous Eiffel Tower Visit


How is that possible if you visit Paris and miss to visit the Eiffel tower and take your memorable pictures there? It is the most romantic place to get I suggest. In day time or even at night, you can visit the Eiffel Tower with your partner and make your golden memories along with the twenty thousand gold lights of Eiffel tower. Surprised? Let's book to visit the place and explore.

8. Sit on the Romantic Cafes in Paris


Paris is all about romance. Every nook of the town owes romantic vibes for you, either you are strolling into the alleyways or sitting on the cafes, sipping warm coffee or tea of your choice. Get arms in arms with your partner and sit on any of the well-known cafés in Paris. We had perfect memories still in the pictures I had taken.

Interesting Reads: Best Hotels in Paris
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National forests cover much of northern Georgia, eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, offering many opportunities for mountain hiking in the Blue Ridge and other mountain ranges in USA. The Appalachian Trail begins at Springer Mountain in Georgia and climbs over 2,000 miles to Maine.

The trail passes through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina, providing spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, deep and wild forests, roaring streams and waterfalls. Appalachian Mountains are part of the impressive views of this park, where the Cherokee native Indians used to hunt.

The Clingsman Dome observatory is the highest point from which you can enjoy the most spectacular images of the place. Through one of the paths that run through this great forest, you can reach Cades Cove, a valley where there are still the wooden huts and churches that populated this place in the 19th century.

In total, the Appalachian Trail is about 2,200 miles long and it passes through 14 states. It starts in Georgia at one end, and starts in Maine at the other, and stretches across these other states: North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

It’s quite an amazing thing and hiking any length of it (no matter how long or short) is a great experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Each year, thousands of people jump on the Appalachian Trail at some point and travel a specific distance so they can say they took a piece out of the historic trail.

If you are preparing to hike the Appalachian Trail, you might want to do some planning. And you'll definitely want to do some strategic packing. Hopefully, you know all this already, or you might want to do some major research into just how big the Appalachian Trail is.

National Geographic actually explored the long path and released a 50-minute documentary that you can view on Netflix.

Hike the Appalachian Trail

Here are some things you should definitely pack when preparing to hike on the Appalachian Trail:

1. Bug Spray


The Appalachian Trail has been known to have its fair share of insects, which is never enjoyable. Keep these little buzzers away from you with a good bug and insect repellant that has been made specifically for hikers.

2. Flashlight


Even if you decide to stop hiking before the sun goes down, you will likely need a flashlight for when you are among the trees. Find a high-quality outdoor flashlight to bring with you and you’ll be thankful.

Whether it’s for going to use the washroom in the middle of the night or in an attempt to keep going after the sun slides below the skyline, a good outdoor flashlight is an invaluable hiking item that you’ll use every single day while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

3. Cookware


Depending on how long you are hiking the Appalachian Trail, you’ll need different amounts of camping cookware. I recommend doing your research to find the best backpacking cookware that will serve all of your needs while not being too large and heavy to carry every day.

This type of cookware has been extensively researched and designed to make it easy on the hiker, while also being able to feed them enough over a long period of time. If you are hungry while hiking, you’ll begin to feel sluggish and won’t be at your best. Bring some good equipment and you’ll be much better off.

4. Rain Gear


The rain is always a pain while hiking, but is especially annoying if you are hiking for multiple days. There is nothing worse than going to sleep wet and waking up wet. A good set of rain gear can be your best friend in the wild if you get hit by rain. Focus on gear to keep your feet and torso dry in particular – those are the main areas where rain can really drench.

5. Water Purification Kit


They say water along the Appalachian Trail is drinkable but you should definitely take a water purification kit with you to make sure. It would be horrible to have the trail's water negatively affect you during your hike and is not something you should risk. A simple purification kit won’t take up much room and can be extremely important while hiking for long periods of time.

6. First Aid Kit


This is an obvious one that could become very important to you on your hike for the wrong reasons. The best-case scenario is that you bring a First Aid Kit with you and never have to open it, but it’s better safe than sorry. Find one that has all the necessities packed into as small a pack as you can find.

7. Guidebook


My final item to bring along as you hike the Appalachian Trail is an official guidebook. You will use it over and over to map your route and see your progress. As we mentioned above, these trails are gigantic and span a ton of ground, so you’ll need one of these guidebooks to help you along the way.

Don’t find yourself lost in the woods without a guidebook to use for reference – I’ve done it on a much smaller hiking trail and it’s not a good feeling!
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Triund trek is one of the most famous treks in Himachal Pradesh along with the Hampta Pass Trek. This trek is like the jewel of Dharamshala where you will experience the majestic views of Dhauladhar Himalayan ranges, marvelous Kangra Valley and the most amazing sunrise and sunset. Triund trek is the easiest trek for all kinds of travelers of different age groups.

It is easy to trek and the beauty of this trek is incomparable with other trekking routes. The route of this trek goes through forests of Deodar Trees, Oak Trees and Rhododendron trees. Along the way, you will find small shops of tea, coffee and snacks. The total distance of this trek is 9 km which can be easily covered in approx 5 hrs by an average physically fit person. It is one of the most popular treks of Himachal Pradesh.

The Triund Trek is a serene, easy and one of the most pleasant treks in Himachal Pradesh, and it is one of the most popular treks in the country. It is situated in the midst of the cloudy Dhauladhar ranges, with the amazing Kangra Valley on one side, the Triund trek is perfect for first-time trekkers just as experienced trekkers or experience searchers.

Trek alongside the oak and rhododendron forests and exciting curves while getting a tea and snacks at rest stops. There are rock-cut gives in after the trek endpoint, which is one of the interesting things about this trek. Remember that the Triund Trek is very simple to do without a trekking guide.

triund trek in mcleodganj for beginners

Triund Trek Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival at Mcleodganj

After overnight journey reach at the Mcleodganj, check-in at hotel or guest house, take some rest and get ready after breakfast to explore the beautiful Mcleodganj. The point of attractions in Mcleodganj are Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang Complex and many more. After the whole day of sightseeing, return to the hotel for rest and dinner.

Day 2: Dharamkot to Triund

Dharamkot is 2 KM away from the Mcleodganj. You can drive to Dharamkot from Mcleodganj. From there you will start trekking for Triund. Now be ready for the most scenic views which come through your way. From Dharamkot, trek to Bhagsu Nag. Here you can hire a guide if you want however, the path is entirely all-around checked and with the assistance of local people, you will be effectively ready to explore the way yourself.

The starting path is quite direct and simple for the initial 5 kilometres. However, after a steady climb, you will find some tricky curves, yet sensible 22 curves before you reach Triund. The path is understandable all through and you will go over numerous trekkers on their ascent and descent, you won’t get lost.

After trekking 5 hours you will reach the Triund Top. There you will be welcomed by the breathtaking view of Dhauladhar Mountains and picturesque views of lush green Kangra valley. You may run over Buddhist priests looking for comfort, and friendly local people who run the slows down along the path.

Now the main excitement is awaiting you. Today you will experience the memorable sunset which you will have never seen before. After observing this magic of nature enjoy bonfire with dinner and share your experience with your trip mates. Stargazing will be the addition of the campsite.

Day 3: Return to Mcleodganj

Wake-up early before the sun awakes you. Again there will be the new wonder that will amaze you that is the most beautiful sunrise. After experiencing the sunrise rest for a while, have breakfast and get ready to head back to Mcleodganj. Experience again the scenic views on the route. As you reach Mcleodganj take some rest and have some snacks and then board on the bus for your ongoing journey with your best moments.

Things to Carry on Triund Trek


Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Jacket, Woolen Clothes, Sunglasses, Sunscreen Lotion, Water Bottle, Thermo Flask, Led Flashlights, First Aid Kit, General Medicine Kit, Backpack, Personal Toiletries, Sleeping Bag, Some Snacks, and Garbage Bag

Triund Trek Tips


1. Take a lightweight and comfortable backpack and remain hydrated all through the trek. Carry only necessary items in your backpack it will help you to keep minimum weight and will provide ease on the trek.

2. Carry essential identity proof with it will help you to avoid any kind of difficulty with the authority. Acquire permit/license before the starting of the trek.

3. Take a pain relieving spray, if there should be any injuries.

4. The use of drugs and any other kind of toxic chemical is not allowed on the trek. It may lead you in the difficulty and also it is illegal.

5. Do try to have heated arguments with co-travelers if you have any issue then report immediately to the team leader.

6. Try not to litter and don't be noisy.

7. Carry a light sweater or coat if not going in winter.

8. Pack a power bank, a Swiss blade and shades.

9. Wear great climbing shoes and take additional pairs of socks.

10. Try not to stress over carrying lots of food, there will be a lot of options on the path.

Best Time For Triund Trek


The best time to attempt the Triund trek is March to June and September to December. During these months the weather remains pleasant and suitable for trekking. This area receives heavy rain and there may be the chances of the storm or landslide so it is not advised to attempt in the monsoon.

The atmosphere is always wonderful and can get cold around evening time. Monsoons are also a decent time to trek however you might not have any desire to camp overnight, wherein case you can remain at a guest house in Triund. Winters are extremely cold here, however you can go in winters as well. The trek will be less packed. In the months of January to February this trek remains closed due to heavy snowfall.

How to Reach Triund Trek


Dharamshala or Mcleodganj both are the best places to reach for the Triund trekking. The trekking from Triund starts from Galu or Dharamkot where both the places are nearby Mcleodganj.

By Road: Mcleodganj is well connected with Delhi in means of road transportation. You can take government bus from the ISBT or private buses available from the Majnu Ka Tila bus stand. After an overnight journey, you can reach Mcleodganj, reach Dharamkot in 3 hours by taxi, and begin your trek. Taxis at Dharamshala airport is not a big deal. You can book a self-drive taxi from Delhi to Dharamshala, which you can benefit all through your remain and for your return journey..

By Air: The nearest airport to reach Mcleodganj is Kangra Airport strongly connected with the Delhi airport and also connected with other major airports via Delhi. After reaching there you can hire a private tourist taxi.

By Train: The nearest Railway station is Pathankot from there you can take a bus or hire some private taxi to reach Mcleodganj. Numerous Jammu Trains stop there. To go to Delhi from Pathankot, book tickets on Delhi-Pathankot Superfast Express or in case you're originating from Mumbai, attempt Mumbai-Jammu Tawi express. Take a bus or a taxi from Pathankot to Dharamshala which is around 2 to 3 hours away.

Triund Trek Cost


Travel: Bus from Delhi to Dharamshala will cost Rs. 600 to Rs. 1300 relying upon whether you book a customary or a Volvo transport. Taxi fares from Dharamshala air terminal to Dharamkot will cost around Rs. 2000. In case if you book a self-drive vehicle with a driver on the web, a 3-day outing would cost around Rs. 10,000.

Food: Food will cost Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000 every day.

Accommodation: Accommodation will cost around Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000 every day.

Triund Trek Packages


Trek administrators will charge around Rs. 1500 for Triund trek (does exclude transport charges or food charges).

Where To Stay at Triund


Most trekkers like to camp for the night under the stars. You can remain at Triund Mountain Lodge, Moonlight Rooms or Forest Department Rest House. But if you like, you can complete the trek and drop by late night and remain at numerous moderate hotels in Dharamkot. There are numerous hotels accessible at Bhagsu moreover.

Also you can stay at a youth hostel in McLeodganj. Hotels or hostels will charge you around Rs. 800 to Rs. 1000, there are also some better hotels with better courtesies that will charge from Rs. 2000 onwards.

What to Eat at Triund


There are such a large number of diners and curious little bistros beginning from Mcleodganj, Dharamkot, Bhagsu as far as possible up to Triund. The food is moderate and flavorful. You will discover bistros giving Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and Israeli foods. The laidback bistro culture of Dharamkot will be a relaxing and amazing experience.

This is all about the Triund Trek. Triund trek is as simple as it is charming. So stay blessed and keep trekking in the Himalayas.
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When we talk about India, the first image that comes to our mind is the scenic beauty of multi religions people living together happily. The snow-capped mountain ranges in the north, lush green Sundarbans in the east, golden city Rajasthan in the west and Indian ocean in the south. India itself is a treasure that holds several treasures inside her womb.

Being a secularist country, India is a place with different culture and treasure some of the magnificent scenic beauty of the world. If you ever plan to visit India there are a number of places that grab your attention and you may get confused about which one to choose for your first visit. Do not worry about the visa, as India's visa can easily be accessed via the e-visa service.

Dream Destinations in India

Let's not make you wait any longer:

1. Modhera, Gujarat


In India, there are staggered wells such as the famous Chand Baori, Rani Ki Vav or, especially, the Sun Temple located 2 kilometers from the Modhera town. Built in the 11th century by the Solanki dynasty in honor of Surya, the sun god, the Modhera Sun Temple is characterized by an indoor pool surrounded by various staircases and a temple that attracts hundreds of pilgrims each year.

Tourists from all over the world throng the place, so you might want to book your travel early in advance to get the best accommodations. Enjoy folk dances, folktales, performances, camel races, taste some of the best local cuisine and spend your day in frolic in the vast whiteness of the sandy ocean of the desert to truly discover yourself.

When referring to the village, the picture of dusty roads, bullock or horse carriages, raw-paved houses and far-sighted fields comes to mind, but there should be a village where there are paved and clean roads instead of raw, on them What if expensive cars like running Mercedes or BMW and restaurants like McDonalds are also seen at the village square.

Yes, Dharmaj village in Anand district of Gujarat is one such place, where you will see this prosperity scattered all over the place. The people of the village lead a life of both urban and rural surroundings. People of Dharmaj are settled all over the world. Dharmaj village is also called the village of NRI, where every person from every home does business abroad.

Here in almost every family, one brother lives in the village and cultivates, while the other brother goes abroad and earns money. It is said that in every country you will definitely find a person of religion. This will probably be the first village in the country whose coffee tablebook has been published expressing its history, present and geography.

2. Patan, Gujarat


One of the latest addition to UNESCO heritage sites is Rani ka Vav. A city situated inside the walls and the former capital of the state during medieval represents the Indian history and culture in olden times. Following the current of the Sabarmati River, you can enter the largest step well of India in the town of Patan.

An architectural jewel erected in honor of King Bhima I by his own widow in the eleventh century which consists of 7 levels where some 500 sculptures of motifs that will suppose a delight for lovers of history. Despite being abandoned and being invaded by the waters of the nearby river years later, Rani Ki Vav was rescued from oblivion in the 80s.

3. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


Explore the history behind ghats and temples, visit the families of weavers, and get your hands on a special Banarasi saree – all in one riveting trip! Set off for a getaway to explore the city of Banaras intimately. Book your spot and explore the local Banarasi flavour!

Varanasi is the spiritual land of India. It is located in the in Uttar Pradesh alongside the river Ganges and is considered one of the best tourist places along the riverside. It is said to be one of the oldest cities to be colonized and one of the oldest pilgrimage places in the world. It is believed that people come to Varanasi to wash away all their sins.

Varanasi was the name of the ancient Kashi Dham of Biswanath. It is said that this was the favorite abode of Lord Shiva at one time. The beauty and religious depth in the city are still there. Bordered with the Ganges, this is still regarded to be the holiest city of India and about the origin of the city – this is not expressed in years, but in Yugas and Kalpas.

Many people believe that this is the place that holds the key to rebirth and this is where the cycle of one’s life begins. Varanasi is a place that has witnessed the end of one’s life and has initiated a new life for others. It is a place of God that controls the cycle of life.

Kachodi - Sabzi is a staple breakfast for the Banarsi. You can find this snack in every nook and corner of the city. The Kachodis fried in Ghee had an amazing flavour. Try the Ghee fried Jalebis which literally melt in the mouth. Varanasi is a paradise for Chat lovers. Do try some spicy Lemon Tea from Assi ghat. Do try the Lassi in Lanka.

The guys make Lassi in the traditional, hand churning way. The awesome taste will make you forget the extra calories added by the thick layer of Malai. At the end, you would need some help for digestion. So don't forget to stuff your cheeks with a traditional Banarasi pan!

4. Gokarna, Karnataka


It is one of the holy places to visit in South India with temples such as Mahabaleshwar temple. You must visit the temple to take the blessings of Lord Shiva. Some other places which you must enjoy include the Gokarna Beach, Om beach, Half moon beach and paradise beach. For adventure activities you can enjoy banana boat riding, night stroll on Nirvana beach, street shopping and many other things to do in South India.

5. Odisha


Odisha is the land of the temple. This place has the most number of temples as compared to the other Indian state. This place is famous for temples engraved with deities, farmers, animals, and common masses. These temples have their own archaeological importance. If you love to visit offbeat places in India, then this is a place that you were looking for this whole time.

One of the famous attractions of this place is the forest hills of the southwest. It is home to the tribal people who live in the forest to date. You can visit their weekly market to meet them. Even if they are tribal people, they are very welcoming by nature.

6. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan


Jaisalmer is one of the most visited tourist places in India. It is located in Rajasthan. In the heart of the Thar desert, Jaisalmer is also known as the Golden City. Jaisalmer is called the Golden City because of the golden sand that inhabits the great desert of Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer is famous for its huge Haveli (big bungalow), huge lakes, and Jain temples. It is best enjoyed from the back of a camel. There is magnificent Jaisalmer Fort and there are intricately carved Jain Temples. Enjoying the mesmerizing view of the crystalline sand and spending nights under the clear in the golden desert is on the heaven of feeling.

Jaisalmer Fort stands at the center of the land and the people reside around the castle for generations.

7. Gangtok, Sikkim


Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim and is located at the edge of the Himalaya mountains. It shares its borders with China. Mount Kanchenjunga (third highest peak in the world) is one of the best touring sites in Gangtok, that flock tourists all around the world. The mesmerizing beauty of the mountain view and greenish plain is a sight to behold. Gangtok needs to be into your to-do list of dream destinations in India.

8. Kalimpong, West Bengal


Kalimpong is located in West Bengal and is one of the best places to visit in India in June. It is renowned for its lush green, scenic views, monasteries, churches and the Tibetan handicrafts. If you ever visit Darjeeling, you must spare some time for Kalimpong. It is just at a one-hour distance from Darjeeling. It is situated at an altitude of 1250 meters.

9. Sindhudurg, Maharashtra


Dotted with cashew and coconut trees, Redi is small coastal village situated in Sindhudurg. In the small village lies the abode of a divine and supernatural power – Ganpati. The divinity of this place attracts many devotees every year.

Sindhudurg Fort even after 300 years, still proudly flares the victory flag of Maratha Empire. The mighty walls of the fort hold the glorious history of Maharashtra. The construction of this enormous masterpiece still amazes today’s engineers.

Rock Garden is one of the many prime attractions of Sindhudurg. Surrounded by huge boulders, this place stands strong against the continuously crashing waves of the Arabian sea. This garden is decorated by the presence of rich marine life.

If you are a beach person, then Vengurla is a must-visit destination for you. Along with sublime beaches, the unending coastline of Vengurla is blessed with many pilgrim places and magnificent temples. Located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Vengurla is a charming city known for its temples, white and clear sand beaches, Vengurla rocks, mango and cashew plantations, and its folk art called Dashavatra.

The famous temples here are Shri Vithoba Temple, Sageshwar Shiva Temple, Mauli Devi Temple and Sateri Devi Temple. Bharadi Devi Mandir is predominantly known for its vibrant festival – Anganewadi Jatra. Situated in the village of Anganewadi, this pilgrimage is considered to be the one with high spiritual power. The popularity of this temple attracts many tourists every year.

The popular beaches are Shiroda Beach, Nivati ​​Beach, Vayangani Beach, Mochemad Beach and Sagareshwar Beach.
A variety of water sports is also available, along with delicious Konkan delights and seafood. Located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Parule village is sandwiched between the most popular Tarkarli beach to the north and the crystal clear waters of Bhogave to the south.

But what really sets Parola apart and has led to a surge of interest in recent years is the rich Konkan culture, which is both welcoming and enriching. Several popular farms and nature-friendly experiences have sprung up nearby and promise holidays that are both therapeutic and fun. Head to Maachli for a magical experience in the farm stay, or go for a lazy stay in the bamboo chalets of Bhogave.

Devbagh beach has an unblemished play of vast sea and soothing sun! This coastline opens a world of serenity and discovery. Tourists can enjoy a wide range of water sports from snorkeling to parasailing.

And if you are looking for something a bit more mainstream, the breathtaking views of the Nivti Fort sunsets and snorkeling or water sports in Tarkarli are within walking distance. Situated in the delta of Tarkarli river, the Tsunami Island is a fiesta for every tourist. With an abundance of adventurous water sports, this place is a real-life heaven for travel enthusiasts.

With the Arabian Sea to the west and Sahyadri Hills to the east, Sawantwadi is a lovely but unconventional day trip option from Goa. The unique feature of this place is the old card game called Ganjifa and the art of making wooden toys. In fact, wooden items are the best purchases here.

Other features that make the two-hour trip from Goa to Sawantwadi worthwhile include the tranquil atmosphere, the majestic Lake Moti Talao, the Sawantwadi Palace and quintessential Konkani food. Solkadhi is an appetizer drink usually served along with a regular meal in parts of Konkan & Goa. A blend of dried kokam and shredded coconut goes well with non-vegetarian cuisines.

Hot and spicy chicken curry, when combined with crisp and thick vade (typical bread of Konkan region) results into an amazing and drool-worthy dish – Komdi Vade. It is an iconic dish of Sindhudurg and is truly enjoyed by many foodies. Shark curry is another lip-smacking dish that Sindhudurg has given to the state of Maharashtra.

The aroma of the meat of baby sharks perfectly molded into thick and strong curry mesmerizes every person on the dining table.

10. Ratnagiri, Maharashtra


Ratnagiri proudly adorns the birthplace of the most dynamic leaders India has ever seen – Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Lokmanya Tilak’s native home has been turned into a museum which showcases the life of young Tilak. The 400 hundred years old temple Swayambhu Ganpati Temple is one of the major pilgrimage centers. The idol of Ganesha is a self-created monolithic, made from pule (white sand) and it is said that it was discovered 1600 years ago.

Prachin Konkan celebrates the rich history and cultural heritage of Konkan. It is one of the few open-air museums that depict the life of Konkan 500 years back. Experience the authentic lifestyle of Ratnagiri at Prachin Konkan.

Jaigad Fort symbolizes victory. The intelligent and brilliant planning used in constructing this fort is simply amazing. The vivaciousness of this architecture makes Jaigad a prominent tourist destination of Ratnagiri.

The amazing architecture and the scenic beauty around the Thiba Palace is beyond the imagination of any tourist. This luxurious palace was in fact the place for house-arrest of King Thiba. When in Ratnagiri, don’t forget to appreciate this architectural masterpiece.

If adventure sports leave your adrenaline pumping, then you will fall in love with the thrilling water sports of Ganpatipule. The raging waves of Ganpatipule beach and the roaring winds make the atmosphere blissful.

The loud rumbling sea waves and howling breeze surround the beach of Velneshwar. This crescent-shaped beach never fails to mesmerize the tourists with its crystal clear water and clean, sandy coastline.

Let's plan for the tour. After reading about some of the most visited places in India you must be really excited to have a look at these places with your own eyes.

So, what are you waiting for, grab your things, pack them up, and tour these places to experience the heritage and culture of India.
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Planning a winter vacation can be hectic even for a seasoned traveler, especially when it comes to choosing the right destination to visit and the right activities to take part in while there. But deciding to take a leap of faith and travel in winter could be the best decision you’ve made yet. There are many places in the world that are surreal but are known too many people which takes the uniqueness right out of it.

Winter might be the most magical time to kayak the Swedish archipelago. The Argentine Puna, on the other hand, is mesmerizing in any season, just remember that daytime temperature differentials are extreme in this eerily remote, high-altitude desert.

December marks the onset of the holiday season and winter. If you are looking forward to planning a luxurious holiday with an easy travel loan, you can explore countries that are bustling with activity this time of year. While you can do so within your country, you can also consider visiting an international destination.

The holiday is that the whole family dream. But sometimes it can be difficult to agree on what and where, a destination that makes everyone happy. Anyone wanting to experience as much culture as possible, someone loves sports and some just want to relax on a beach. Today we give you tips on destinations where many different interests can be combined.

Football matches, golf, shopping, sunbathing or sightseeing - find the favorite to suit everyone in the family.

Top Places to Visit in Winter

Here are few destinations you can consider for your winter holidays.

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia


Bora Bora is an island in French Polynesia located north of Tahiti, 260 kilometers from the capital of Papeete. If you want to enjoy a show of Polynesian dances, forget about those organized by the hotels. Throughout the month of July a Festival of Polynesian dances is organized throughout the country called Heiva, which you can attend for free. Discover it in Bora Bora. Possibly it is the most beautiful lagoon in the world.

One of the most beautiful and photographed motus of Polynesia is the Motu Tapu. From Bora Bora you can see the nearby islands of Tahaa, Raiatea and Maupiti. Do not forget the drinks, the delicious cocktails such as maitai (rum mix, fresh pineapple and Cointreau) and Banana Coralia (fresh bananas, lemon juice, strawberry syrup and coconut).

Luxury hotels abound, with Polynesian-style bungalows built on the waters of the Bora Bora lagoon, where breakfast can arrive on board a canoe. In addition, the national television channel also broadcasts Heiva live, so if you fall far or do not coincide you can see it quietly from the hotel room. In Tahiti rent a car and go around the island.

The best season to travel to Bora Bora is during the months of May to October. Hurricane storms are common during the rest of the year. For scuba diving in Bora Bora, the best months are from April to June.

The Rangiroa Atoll is the second largest atoll in the world and is a spectacular place to dive. A perfect place to drift dive, the tropical waters are full of dolphins, sharks, and green sea turtles. Very few people come here, making it the perfect place to get away from hordes of tourists and enjoy a truly unique dive.

2. Peru


Peru is ideal for a holiday in December, especially if you’re planning for a foreign trip for its impressive coastline. Popular beach stretches include Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra and El Silencio. Peru is ideal for those who love the surf and sand, but also has a lot to offer to those who wish to explore the Amazon.

However, as some parts of Peru may be rainy during December, remember to pack clothes and gear accordingly, especially if you wish to go on hikes!

3. Noumea, New Caledonia


South Pacific is known by tropical islands that feature sandy beaches, turquoise waters, an abundance of the underwater world and not so many people around. Noumea, on the contrary, is the capital city of New Caledonia located on Grand Terre Island that enjoys the status of the fastest growing city in the region.

If you’re looking for a comfortable vacation with your family where everything is just minutes away from your resort, then Noumea might be the place for you. All major beaches are just a walk away from the city and you can expect nice infrastructures such as plenty of water activities, beach bars, and cozy restaurants.

If you’re looking to do some snorkeling or diving, heading to Amedee Island and exploring the crystal clear waters and coral reefs is a perfect choice. Looking for an adrenaline boost? Check out Rainforest Canopy Adventure which features a zipline ride through diverse Koghis Forest.

4. Paraguay


The best thing about living in Paraguay is that you are really off the radar. Or perhaps the rest of the world is off your radar? In any event, you are truly elsewhere when you are in Paraguay. This is a place where you no longer know what year you are in, and you don’t care what happens in the rest of the world.

You’re detached from the buzz and the craziness and the worries that throw you, day after day, elsewhere. Especially if you live in the countryside. It’s all farm life, red soil, seasonal pace, and life with nature. Paraguay is a complete Time Out from the world. It’s a world where focusing on the immediate here and now is good enough and the most important thing.

And you get to enjoy the wonders of life without distraction, and at a fantastically slow pace. Of course, everyone experiences places differently.

5. Cambodia


If Southeast Asia is on your mind, consider Cambodia. December is an ideal time to visit this destination as there’s not much rainfall and you can enjoy clear skies and temperatures of around 20 degree celsius. Like other destinations in Southeast Asia, Cambodia boasts of pristine beaches such as Koh Rong Samloem and offers many water activities such as kayaking and snorkelling.

Cambodia is also famous for the Angkor Wat temple complex and the best part is that a holiday here is relatively pocket-friendly.

6. Lesotho


Lesotho is called the kingdom of heaven, home of the traditional Basotho people, where the shepherds take care of the sheep on the slopes and riders wrapped in mantles ride through the mountains. Lesotho is a tremendously undervalued destination. It is safe, cheap and very accessible from Durban and Johannesburg. In addition, it offers excellent opportunities for hiking and the infrastructures of its national parks progressively improve.

In the low lands (above 1000 m) the simple way of life of its people takes place, and in the ​​Teyateyaneng and Maseru area there is magnificent craftsmanship but we must not stop exploring the valleys and mountains crossed by streams that once were a playground for the dinosaurs.

Sani Top is on top of the pronounced port of Sani, on the only reliable (albeit sinuous) road that crosses Lesotho through the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range, in KwaZulu-Natal. Sehlabathebe National Park, the most undervalued reserve in the country is as remote as it is steep and beautiful. Katse houses the highest dam in Africa (1993 m), whose serene reservoir, surrounded by steep green hills, is a good place to make a stop.

Nestled in the bowels of the rugged Maluti mountains, Ts'ehlanyane National Park protects a beautiful area of ​​unspoilt nature at high altitude, which covers the only native forest in the country. The Maletsunyane waterfalls are an hour and a half walk from Semonkong. Mokhotlong is the main town north of the port of Sani and evokes a Wild West style environment.

7. Madagascar


With an area of over 587,000 square kilometres, Madagascar is the fourth-largest island in the world, after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo. This large island off Africa was isolated from the landmass for 88 million years, and is home to an abundance of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. It is nicknamed the 8th continent. There are paradise spots on the coast that are equipped for tourism, but the inland is only for the adventurous, as conditions are rough.

Madagascar possesses species of animals and plants unique in the world as a result of the isolation produced after the separation, millions of years ago, from the rest of the African continent and later from India. This fact favored that the evolution of flora and fauna there has been different from that of any other part of our planet and hence its exclusivity.

Can there be a better reason to visit a country than to see species that you have never seen before? This guide is designed to help the independent traveler who is planning his trip to this country. The visa can be obtained on-arrival at the Ivato airport. What to see in Madagascar?

The grand Tsingy de Bemaraha is known for its pointed rock formations, karstic mountains molded by the underground waters that have eroded it to give it that peculiar shape, so seen in the Madagascar guides. Undoubtedly one of the most famous places in Madagascar is this avenue in which the protagonists are the baobabs.

The avenue is very close to Morondava. The Anja reserve is very close to the town of Ambalavao. In this small reserve enjoy the catta or ring-tailed lemurs, the best-known animals of this island of Africa. Very close to the small town of Andasive is the Analamazaotra reserve, one of the parks where you can see the indri, the largest lemur of all.

Unusually, all the rodents on Madagascar belong to a single African family - the nesomyids. The most well-known would be the Malagasy giant rat, pictured, which has the size and appearance of a rabbit, and can jump a metre into the air. Another interesting one is the beautifully named bastard big-footed mouse.

Among its bird-life are many beautiful feathered friends, such as the Madagascar blue pigeon. Madagascan fish-eagle is possibly the rarest species of raptor in the world. Vangas are a group of birds which are typically black and white, resembling shrikes. However, there are several interesting variations and outliers - namely, the helmet vanga, which has a thick, bright blue bill, the sickle-billed vanga, which uses its thin, curved beak to probe soil, and the brilliantly coloured blue vanga.

The cuckoo-roller, a single species which has an entire order to itself, the Leptosomiformes. It’s quite strange for many reasons - it has an oversized head, with a stout beak and eyes set back far. Its feet are zygodactylous, with two toes facing forwards and two backward. Also, they’re unique among birds in that they are sit-and-wait ambush predators.

The asities are some of the planet’s most beautiful perching birds. The males of most species have brightly coloured fleshy wattles on their faces. The colour of these wattles is created by arrays of collagen fibres which reflect light in a specific way - in fact, no other animals have this. Additionally, asities have some of the shortest tails of any birds.

As well as mammals, Madagascar is also well-known for its chameleon fauna. In fact, about half of the world’s chameleon species live in this one island. Among them is the world’s largest chameleon, the Parson’s chameleon. As well as the world’s smallest, Brookesia micra. At around an inch in length, it’s also one of the world’s smallest reptiles.

And there’s also Labord’s chameleon, which has the shortest lifespan of any land vertebrate. It lives for only 4–5 months! They always hatch in November, then reach adulthood in January, mate and lay eggs in February, and die shortly thereafter. Because of this life cycle, there is an annual 7-month period when the species is extinct in the wild.

Coincidentally, Madagascar is also the only home of the world’s longest-lived land vertebrate, and it too is a reptile - the radiated tortoise. Tu’i Malila, a captive individual, died in 1965 at the age of 188. This makes it the oldest tetrapod whose age has been determined with certainty. That being said, there is currently a living Seychelles tortoise who might be 187, and one Aldabra giant tortoise died at an unverified 255, so it might lose its crown in time.

The two Madagascar blind-snakes, which are the sole species in the family Xenotyphlopidae. As its name suggests, it is completely blind. The head has a tough shield, used for burrowing, which makes it appear almost perfectly vertical. Sadly, it’s critically endangered, and may inhabit only about 10 square kilometres of land.

The also critically endangered Madagascan big-headed turtle. As its name suggests, its most noticeable feature is its very large head. Evolutionarily, it’s highly unique, having diverged from all other turtles 80 million years ago. Because of this, it is the highest land vertebrate on the EDGE list, which ranks species based on their endangerment as well as their uniqueness.

There is a near-endemic family (also found in Mayotte, a small island) known as the mantellas, which are essentially the Malagasy answer to Latin America’s poison dart frogs. Another example of convergent evolution at work. Another notable group are the tomato frogs, in which the females are very large and bright red.

The giraffe weevil, a favourite of many a macrophotographer. As you’ve probably guessed, the reason it’s called the giraffe weevil is because of its huge, extended neck. Males, which are 3 times bigger than females, use it for fighting other males, whereas females use it for building nests. They do this by rolling leaves into a tube.

There are many species all over the world in this group, but Madagascar has an especially high number of them. They’re famous for their macabre habit of drinking the blood of their own larvae in lean times. One Madagascan species, Mystrium capillae, can snap its jaws shut with dumbfounding speeds of 90 metres per second.

Mayflies are usually a few millimetres in length, but the larvae of this genus reach seven centimetres. They’re aquatic, and have rows of feathery gills on each side, which ripple in an almost mesmerizing way. Madagascar is a hotspot of mayfly diversity, with around 200 species (of which all but one are endemic).

The Madagascan fire millipede is the most beautiful myriapod in the world. Scientifically termed Aphistogoniulus corallipes, its carapace is scarlet red and black, while its legs are a fiery orange colour. Because of their attractive colours, they are popular as pets.

The Madagascar shell-squatting spider, Olios coenobiticus uses threads of silk to hoist snail shells off the ground, creating a home for the spider which is sheltered and safe from predators. This could even be seen as tool use. Unfortunately, very little is known about the shell-squatting spider, and the photos we do have of them aren’t of the best quality.

Darwin’s bark spider, even more amazing than the previous arachnid. The webs they build are the largest in the world, with 2.8 square metre surface areas. These webs span across entire rivers! The silk they use to build these webs is the toughest biological material in the world by a factor of two, ten times stronger than Kevlar. They also have fascinating mating habits, but that’s a story for another day.

To top it all off, there are many unique plants in Madagascar, some of them entire unique families. Baobab trees are an absolute icon of the island, and six of the world’s nine baobab species are only found on Madagascar. This includes by far the largest and most spectacular one, Grandidier’s baobab. There’s also the bizarre-looking octopus tree, which is 10 metres tall and densely covered in spines.

Madagascar periwinkle might look normal enough, but it’s the only source of the important drugs vincristine and vinblastine, used in the treatment of cancer.

And that’s just the extant wildlife of the island. During the last Ice Age, there were lemurs as big as gorillas, giant eagles, giant fossas, giant tortoises, and the largest birds of all time, all on Madagascar. Living alongside them were dwarf hippos (the only ungulates ever to inhabit the island) and crocodiles.

From the point of view of animals and plants, Madagascar is one of the most unique and interesting places in the entire world. And that’s not to mention some of its amazing landscapes, such as the world’s largest stone forest.

The Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is located about 20 kilometers from Andasive. The main protagonist is the dreaded fossa, the largest predator in Madagascar. Visit the Grand Tsingy de Bemaraha. There’s even a muskrat-like aquatic species. Surprisingly, tenrecs are more closely related to manatees than they are to any of these animals - a great example of convergent evolution. The fastest option is to go by road to Belo-sur-Tsiribihina and from there to Bekopaka.

Embark on the adventure of descending by canoe down the Tsiribihina River, camping on the river bank and being surprised discovering the wildest fauna. Antsirabe is located in the central area of ​​the country. Ambositra is the capital of craftsmanship in Madagascar, a town in the central lands where you can find wood carvings, raffia baskets or marquetry.

Morondava is a quiet coastal town in western Madagascar famous for being only a few kilometers from one of the most visited places in the country, Avenue of the Baobabs. Morondava is divided between the coastal town and the area of ​​Nosy Kely, near the beach of Bethany. Despite being the capital of the country, Antananarivo is not what one imagines and has nothing to do with a big city.

8. Seychelles


Seychelles islands are often perceived as one of those destinations unattainable by elitists and very expensive and an Eden reserved for patricians or wealthy newlyweds eager to celebrate love by spending money in handfuls. This being true, it is also true that there are ways to travel to Seychelles for a couple of weeks for much less.

Well, the first thing is to get to Mahé, where the international airport is. In it you can find the highest peaks of the islands of the Morne Sychellois and the Trois Frères. The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, is located in Mahé. Continuing down Benezet street you can reach the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, which on Saturdays offers a special spectacle of color and bustle in the middle of the different stalls.

The Francis Rachel street is known for the many shops that are located in it, by Kenwyn House, traditional style house and by the bust of Pierre Piovre who encouraged the cultivation of spices in the islands. Beau Vallon is the most popular beach in Mahé with three kilometers in the shape of a half moon. This beach has fairly swell waters so it is ideal for windsurfing.

In Seychelles, the world famous, top-ranked beach Anse Source d'Argent alone is enough to catapult Seychelles near the top! But there are even better, lesser known oceanfront areas including Anse Intendance and Anse Georgette!

Anse à la Mouche is much quieter and you can practice swimming and water sports with complete peace of mind. Baie Lazare is a pleasant fishing village with a beach shaded by trees that grow near the shore. Punta Noroeste, with its typical rocks and its exuberant vegetation, is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

The Baie Ternay Marine National Park is also very pleasant, less congested by tourists than Sainte Anne and in a better state of conservation.

Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles. Perhaps the greatest attraction of Praslin is the Vallée de Mai. In this valley the Coco de Mer, one of the symbols of the Seychelles, is preserved. Even quieter than the previous ones, La Digue is full of pink granitic rocks that have given it worldwide fame. On this island you can see great constructions of Creole style.

Anse Patate is a good bay to bathe before entering the wild coast where the wind blows with great force as in Anse Gaulettes, Anse Grosse Roche, Anse Banane and Anse Fourmis.

The islands are expensive and do not stand out for their great gastronomic offer. There are, of course, fish and fruits. But everything else is imported. So spending on food is as flexible as you want.

9. Kyrgyzstan


Cholpon Ata is one of the best-known towns of Issyk-Kul, the second largest salt lake in the world after the Caspian Sea and, the highest, after Titicaca. Issyk-Kul Oblast is located east of Bishkek and occupies an important part of the national territory. The fact that in Kyrgyzstan there is no sea beach makes the Issyk-Kul is chosen by the vast majority of the Kyrgyz (and even Kazakhs or Russians) as a destination to spend a few weeks on vacation.

Another one of the busiest is Bosteri. To go from Cholpon Ata to Bosteri we took a marshrutka that took us to Bosteri in 10 minutes. The marshrutka was going to Karakol but we asked if they could leave us there. Upon arrival we find the craziest site in the entire Issyk-Kul.

Bosteri is full of beach bars of all kinds of food, in addition to the corresponding street vendors. There is everything, even souvenirs, but mostly what you will find is typical food from Kyrgyzstan, such as manti or pelmeni, since it is a food that is eaten a lot. You can also find places to buy hamburgers, frankfurt, kebabs, shawarmas, soft drinks, etc. And all at an incredibly cheap price.

In the whole country you will find ice cream street stalls, written Морoженое in Russian. Yes, buying kumis in Bosteri is also possible.

10. Armenia


Armenia is tucked away and is unknown to most of the world but it is very surreal and is an ancient country with a long history and rich culture. The natural landscapes are so beautiful and are dotted with churches that are almost 2000 years old and other structures that date back to antiquity. Armenia is an open air museum and is unknown to the rest of the world but has some very surreal places that will impact you forever.

In the central part of Yerevan is the opera and ballet theater. A symbolic historical attraction is the Erebuni fortress. For hundreds of years, the city was the capital of the prosperous city of Urartian. Nagorno-Karabakh could be an independent country, except that no member of the United Nations recognizes it as such.

Although recognized by the United Nations as part of Azerbaijan, in practice the only way to get to Nagorno-Karabakh is by Armenia. Artsakh is mountains, for something it is called Nagorno.

Tatev Monastery built over a thousand years ago into the cliffside was a huge walled monastery complex in medieval Armenia. You can get there by taking the longest aerial cablecar in the world extending around 6 kilometers!

Echmiadzin Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in the world and was built in 303 AD in the holy city of Vagharshapat. It has been repaired and rebuilt subsequently in history.

Temple of Garni is the only Hellenistic Temple in the entire post Soviet Union area.

11. Bhutan


Why not head to the happiest country in the world? Bhutan is home to a world of scenic Himalayan landscapes and rich culture. Entrenched in traditions while also embracing the changes in the world, Bhutan is known for its highly sustainable tourism, which protects its environment and its cultural identity. Soak in a bath after a long day of exploration, visit the monasteries, and even brave Tiger's Nest. Pack your bags to unpack the secrets of this happiness!

Popularly known for being the happiest country in the world, its people will definitely make you feel that way. Your journey begins with the stunning, clear view of the majestic Himalayan range. Take a trip to one of the many monasteries that the country has, including one of the most daring treks to Tiger's Nest.

Or head to Dochula Pass, from where one can see 108 shrines overlooking the gorgeous valley. Take a walk on the longest suspension bridge near Phunaka Dzong, for some amazing photographic options (and if you're a fan of unique art, then you have to see the fertility temple at Phunnaka). Adventurous folks can even enjoy white water rafting!

Bhutan is a country that strongly protects its culture and traditions. Some consider it to be the last Shangri La, with an impressive landscape of illustrated fairytale, where the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas rise over shady gorges lined with virgin forests, and dzongs that rise like majestic forts and monasteries.

Bhutan is famous for having created Gross National Happiness as opposed to Gross Domestic Product based on 4 pillars of sustainable tourism, preservation and promotion of local culture and traditions. In few countries of the world such great importance is given to the local culture, conservation of the environment and good governance.

Bhutan has only one international airport that is in Paro, the third city in the country. Paro is 1 hour by car from the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. It usually appears on lists of the most dangerous airports in the world, although there are no records that there have been accidents in it since 1950. Only two airlines fly to Bhutan and both are local with Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines.

In Thimphu, the great Buddha Dordenma, from the top of a hill, leads the whole valley. Tamchhog Lhakhang, a small private temple accessed through a suspension bridge, and the Tashichho dzong, Buddhist monastery and fortification, imposing and harmonious, are essential visits.

The national animal of Bhutan is called Takin and is a interesting mammal that looks like a mixture between a goat and a cow. The trip to climb the Temple of the Tiger's Nest takes around 4 hours. It can only be accessed on foot or horse, after a long and intense road, but it is definitely worth it. The Tiger's Nest, called Taktsang Monastery, was built in 1692 around a cave in which a monk named Padmasambhava meditated.

This monk was the one who supposedly introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. The temple is spectacularly built on a cliff above 900 meters above the Paro Valley and 3120 meters above sea level. A few hours away from Paro by the highest passable road in the country, the little frequented Haa valley houses magical hermitages nestled in the rock, ancient temples and charming villages.

The Punakha Dzong fortress is the most impressive in the country and the second oldest. Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility, is a beautiful traditional architecture and colorful decoration inside. Go through the Phobjikha valley and see the black-necked cranes that migrate from Tibet, one of the birds most valued by the Bhutanese. Trek the Dochula mountain pass, with its 108 stupas and the temple on top of the hill.

The routes of Bhutan are physically demanding but at the same time very rewarding like Bumthang and Jomolhari and are ideal for day trips. While on a road trip, Phuntsholing is the official entry and exit points to Bhutan from India.
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One of my favorite memories of Alaska is being outside on a clear night and seeing the Northern Lights. They are beautiful and it's a great way to spend a clear night; if it's not freezing! The best time to see Northern Lights in Alaska is late August through early April, but the period between late September to February or March can be very cold in Alaska!

September and October are also perfect time to see northern lights in Alaska and the Spring Thaw in late March or early April can be fun filled as well as Aurora viewing filled! I spent time in Fairbanks at couple of different times and I was blessed to see some pretty amazing Northern Light displays. I mostly saw green and white Auroras - the most common colors of the Aurora Borealis.

At a latitude of 66-69 degrees north is the band across the globe known as the Aurora Zone or Northern Lights Zone. This is the ideal location to see the dance and beauty of the Northern Lights. These countries include, Canada, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Scotland and Greenland. A lot of places to see Northern Lights!

where to see northern lights in Alaska

Beautiful places, but Alaska is one of the most stunning places to visit to see the Northern Lights, conveniently located in a nice city, cute town or a stunning National Park!

1. Fairbanks


You don't need to trek to some remote spot for Aurora viewing. Fairbanks is 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle and has many spots with no or low light pollution, so you don't need to go far to enjoy a evening light show! Since Fairbanks is a large city it's easy to find spot and tours to see this natural wonder!

Fairbanks has some top notch spots for easy and prime viewing, like Chena Lake and Murphy Dome. Tours are offered to these spots, renting a 4 wheel drive truck is another option if you are not a tour person.

2. Denali National Park


There aren’t too many national parks that have just one 92-mile-long road, most of which is closed for eight months of the year, and where rangers use dog-sleds to patrol nearly 9,500 square miles. Well that majestic park is Alaska’s Denali, home to the tallest mountain in North America.

Alaska has many beautiful national parks, Denali is one of the states outstanding gem! The park has no light pollution and it's altitude will afford many spectacular spots to see the Aurora Borealis. Bring your camera for the light show and the amazing animals! Nome and Barrow: These small towns are remote and frigid but you could simply look out your window to see the Northern Lights. Both towns have cultural and historical significance.

Lack of light pollution and a clear night are two of the most important elements when trying to optimize the viewing experience. The University of Fairbanks has a geophysical institute that has a aurora forecast that is an invaluable tool!

Hot Springs are a fantastic spot for getting a birds eye view of this stunning natural phenomenon. Chena Hot Springs is 60 miles from Fairbanks and is to located under one of the most active of the Northern Light bands in the state. The resort offers some good choices of specialized Aurora tours.

When planning a trip to Alaska to view the Northern Lights be aware that late night to early morning hours are the best (10pm-3am) and the darker the night the better your chances. The clearer the sky the better and understand that many light displays may only last a few minutes; although they may come back. Auroras will be more vivid and frequent during high solar activity and high sunspot activity.

Cool facts about the Northern Lights

  1. The lights are the result of colliding, fast moving electrons in the magnetosphere and oxygen and nitrogen molecules in the upper atmosphere. The different colors are the result of whether the electrons collide with oxygen or nitrogen and with how much energy.
  2. Just because you can't always see the Lights doesn't mean they are not there. Apparently, they are always there, just not to the naked eye.
  3. Sightings of the Aurora Borealis has been recorded as early as the 500's, even some ancient cave paintings believe to have depictions of this natural phenomenon.
  4. There's an app for that! The Aurora Forecast is a downloadable app that tracks such variables as solar rays, wind speed and density.
  5. Some Native's believe that if you whistle loud enough you can make them dance! I actually saw this once. We were outside of Fairbanks and it was dark, clear and not too cold. The Lights were green and very low to the ground with a big band. I was there with 3 of my friends who could all whistle-I still can't! Anyway, they whistled really loud and yea, they waved a little bit! It was cool.

The Northern Lights, like all of nature, is unpredictable and will not show up just because you will it. But with tips, science, and the right conditions you can experience this wonder of wonders!
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Heading out on a road trip is a great way to spend time with friends, family and loved ones or to experience new things on your own. There are many great places to go and planning a road trip can be almost as much fun as living it. Some of the best road trip destinations can be found nestled within the mountainous regions of the world. These areas are often rich with history, natural beauty and diversity.

Best Road Trips in the World

Here we will look at some of the top road trips in the world.

1. Glacier National Park, Montana, USA


Commonly referred to as the American Alps, the mountains which make up this park provides a stunning environment for a nature based road trip. It would be hard to find an area in the United States that rivals the natural beauty or environmental diversity found here. It is home to the largest number of glaciers in the lower 48 states, some of which can be accessed via short, relatively easy trail hikes.

There are also dozens of large lakes, hundreds of small lakes, rivers, streams and miles of hiking trails to enjoy. The park is large enough and remote enough that you can experience true isolated backcountry camping at it's finest. For a more civilized stay there are numerous tent and RV campgrounds within the park and the surrounding areas. There are also several lodges and inns within the park.

One of the biggest attractions in the park is Going-to-the-Sun Road which is only open from around the first of July until the first snow in the fall. This 50 mile long road crosses through the heart of the park and offers many stunning views along the way. This road is considered one of the most beautiful mountain drives in North America.

It's not for the faint of heart. If you have a severe fear of heights or a strong aversion to narrow mountain roads you can leave the car behind and take a shuttle from the ranger stations at either end. There is also the Red Bus Tours which allow you to enjoy the road in old school style inside a vintage 1930's bus.

There is also a lot to do in the areas surrounding the park. The Flathead River is a great place for white water rafting and there are several outfitters in the area where you can book a trip. The nearby town of Whitefish has a great western/artsy/mountain vibe with some great restaurants, bars and stores to visit.

2. Astoria, Oregon, USA


It is a beautiful town. Just getting there is nice, you have to cross narrow roads between green forests with giant trees, or go through majestic bridges without being able to avoid remembering scenes from other movies. Enjoying the trip and not just the destination is one of the motto. So to see yourself in a vehicle and traveling around is an unforgettable experience.

Among things to do in Astoria, buildings such as the prison, the bowling alley, the history museum and of course, another of the emblematic locations took us to Cannon Beach. That coast is a natural spectacle, and those beaches of the Pacific are another story. Cannon Beach is part of a nature reserve.

Here you can walk through its forests facing the sea, see surfers on the waves or take a walk around the center of the town to eat and enjoy seeing the beautiful houses facing the ocean.

3. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA


Did you know Colorado is home to some really large sand dunes? That's right! Great Sand Dunes National Park is located in Southern Colorado. It is the perfect road trip destination to add to your trip! Check out everything you need to know, it may just inspire your next trip! The journey from the city of Denver takes about 4 hours because the dunes are about 384 km from this city.

The Great Sand Dune Park and Reserve is located in the south of the state of Colorado in the San Luis Valley. The largest dune rises to more than 750 feet. While atop the massive dunes, you can catch an entrancing view of the desert which stretches beyond what your eyes can see. You can also gaze on snow-capped mountains from here. The little cloudiness makes the days sunny and the nights full of stars.

If you visit this place near the new moon, we recommend you to stay and see the stars. The lack of clouds, the little light pollution (there are no big cities nearby) and the beautiful landscape will make this one of the best nights you can see in your life. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit.

4. Banff, Alberta, Canada


Not far north of Glacier National Park in the Canadian Rockies lies the town of Banff. This is a quintessential mountain town located within Banff National Park a natural attraction known worldwide. In town you'll find great restaurants, boutiques and shopping mixed among the many mountain style hotels and lodges.

The national park grounds surrounding Banff are home to a lot of wildlife including Grizzly Bears, Elk and Moose. Like most national parks, it is an outdoorsy person's paradise with great opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. In fact, Banff is the starting point of the Tour Divide Mountain Bike race each June where riders race unassisted 2745 miles along the Continental Divide to the US/Mexico Boarder at Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

Now that's a road trip!

5. Lausanne, Switzerland


Taking a road trip through the Swiss Alps to Lausanne, the fourth largest city in Switzerland, is a dream come true. While our previous two entries were more about the outdoors, Lausanne is more about the town. Yes, the surroundings are beautiful too, but with about 420,000 residents this town has a lot to offer as a road trip destination.

It is rich in history with medieval streets lined with shops, stunning architecture and a great assortment of fine museums and art venues. There really is something here for everyone. Combined with the beauty of the surrounding mountains and lake it is truly a must visit road trip destination.

6. Nordkapp, Norway


During a road trip in Norway you will come across the most beautiful natural sights anywhere on your travels. The Skipsfjorden bay is undoubtedly one of the favorites. In the beautiful Seibukta Bay there is a parking lot next to the E69 road from which the snow is removed during the winter. There you can observe the aurora in an environment full of peace.

Tufjorden fjord, on the coast of the island of Magerøya is a viewpoint on the way to the North Cape. The unaltered landscape allows to take time-lapse without interruptions. In Honningsvåg the electric lighting is so scarce that a dim corner is enough to admire the northern lights as much as possible. Around the North Cape you can also find small towns and places like Kåfjord, Repvåg, Skarsvåg, Nordvågen, Kjelvik, Valan, Gjesvær or Kamøyvær.

If you are fortunate enough, you will surely experience it and the memory if going to live with you forever. There are some other countries too where you can see Northern Lights, one of the famous destination is Iceland. You can also visit Iceland because the chances of Northern lights in Iceland are high as also you can see Northern Lights in Sweden.

Of course, when your vehicle doubles as a home, there are many other great places to go. The destinations are endless. Places like Estes Park, CO, Seattle, WA, The Austrian Alps, Central Spain, and the many mountain villages of western France. With so many great places to visit, choosing one may seem difficult. Just remember that the destination is less important than the experience, so get out there and experience as much as you can.
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Wayanad is a rural district situated in Kerala known for its soothing temperature all around the year. The rich soil of this hilly district is favourable for growing coffee, tea and spices. Wayanad located on the higher elevation of Western Ghats has different altitudes ranging from seven hundred meters to twenty-one hundred meters.

Wayanad came into existence on 1st November 1980. Wayanad is known as the home of three major towns namely- Sulthan Bathery, Mananthavady and Kalpetta. It is also home to many indigenous tribal communities. Some of the major tourist attractions of Wayanad are Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Karapuzha Dam, Paddy fields, Chembra Peaks, etc.

Wayanad is known for its rich soil and predictable climate. Horticulture is practised on a large scale here. Natives of Wayanad rely on agriculture for their subsistence. A major portion of areas in this district is utilized for agricultural purposes. Some of the important crops grown in this area are vanilla, tea, cocoa, pepper, coffee, ginger, rice, plantain, cardamom, etc.

farm stay in wayanad

Here are the different types of plantation stays in Wayanad:

1. Spice Plantation Stay


You must have noticed different spices like pepper, cinnamon, etc stored in the tin boxes by your mother. Did you ever wonder how these spices found their way into the kitchen? Well, thanks to Kerala. Kerala is known as the spice garden of India. Spice plantation is a common phenomenon in the state of Kerala. You can find both rich and modest-income households having a kitchen full of different spices.

Do you like experimenting with your food? If yes, black pepper is the spice you would add to your food to give it the much-needed taste. Not so surprisingly, black pepper is grown in Kerala amongst other spices. It is also referred to as black gold. No wonder it’s used sparingly in the dishes prepared in the kitchen.

It’s a known fact that Europeans came flocking to India in groups to trade in different spices. Black gold is one spice known to lure them to India.

2. Rice Plantation Stay


Not long ago, Wayanad was home to more than hundreds of varieties of rice. Today, you can find around 50 varieties of paddies in Wayanad. Matta rice has been grown in Kerala for hundreds of years, historically popular for it's unique taste. Red rice is used in many traditional Kerala dishes, like appams and idli, and is also a staple grain.

Most of the tribal communities, living in Wayanad, treat farming akin to a festival. They do not deem it an economic activity like us. If you wish to partake in this celebration and enjoy the rich culture of farming and harvesting, you should visit Wayanad in the months of harvesting. You will cherish this enriching experience, years down the line.

3. Coffee Plantation Stay


Coffee is grown simultaneously with fruits. This is so because the fruit trees provide shade to the coffee plants, they act as a canopy, they shelter the coffee plants from all kinds of turbulence in the atmosphere. Apart from that, in the areas covered with sloping terrains, fruit trees prevent soil erosion and prevent the plants from collapsing.

Coffee plants are harvested around November to January. If you take a walk through the farm of coffee plantation, you will spot coffee berries. These berries are green in colour and small in size. If you think these berries taste anything like coffee that we drink, you are misleading yourself. Pop one berry in your mouth and you will realize they taste nothing close to a coffee.

They are bitter. Wondering what gives it the taste of coffee that we are mad after? Well, these coffee berries taste like the ‘regular coffee’ after being through a roasting process.

4. Tea Plantation Stay


Even though people think that Wayanad is all about coffee and spice plantations, only a handful of them know that it is also one of the most favourable places for tea plantations. This culture of growing tea is Wayanad is almost a hundred years old.

A bunch of Englishmen came to Wayanad looking for gold. They dug here and there but left with disappointed face. But before leaving they gave a personalized touch to the breakfast table. They passed on their habit of sipping tea. Since then, this habit of growing tea has gone down to many generations.

It continues even today despite not being as famous as growing crops or spices. Some of the areas in Wayanad known for tea plantations are Vythiri, Thondernad, Pozhuthana, Tavinjal, Mananthavady, Muppainad and Meppadi.

The district of Wayanad is not only known for growing tea. Instead, it is also famous for manufacturing and transportation of tea across different cities of Kerala and states of India. Even though done on a small scale, tea plantation in Wayanad is just as important for its economy as coffee and spice plantation.

Booking your stay with one of the best luxury tea plantation resorts in Wayanad would help you enjoy the various activities such as a plantation walk, cycling through the plantation, tasting the tea and spices, etc.

If you have always wondered about different ingredients such as tea, coffee and spices that find their place into your kitchen, you should plan a trip to Wayanad. Don’t worry, you won’t be the only one going on this journey in the history of Wayanad. A vast majority of tourists find their way to Wayanad to walk through the tea, coffee and spice plantations.

You will learn about the different soils in which they are grown, different methods of harvesting them, etc. You must have learnt about these plantations in your school books. It’s time you learn something by experience. So, what’s spotting you? Book your tickets for Wayanad and get ready to process some information. Good luck!
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Well, a person who does not travel is like a person who reads only one page of a book. If you want the whole taste and versatility in life, then you must have a bucket list of places to visit in your lifetime. This post will shed light on the Northern areas of Pakistan. You will know places to visit, which are rated by thousands of tourists.

To satisfy your curiosity, we will show you places in Northern areas of Pakistan, which are worth every second to spend. So, you must keep reading further.

best places to visit in pakistan

Let's dive into detail.

1. Naltar Valley


The colorful lakes with transparent water surface will greet you when you step foot in Naltar valley. It is located at a 2.5-hour drive from Gilgit. The local population is famous for its traditional cultivation techniques. This valley is famous for the world’s tastiest potatoes. You can have a bite or a full meal if you talk to local men.

And it will never cost you a fortune. You will also witness the rare combination of trees and shrubs. Moreover, the taste of cold fresh air will surprise you.

2. Neelum Valley


Near the line of control when you cross the Chela Bandi bridge, there is a 240 KM stretch where you can find the tallest pine trees sped around mountain train. All mountains are covered in green. And you will find Neelum river passing through the valley in the shape of a large spindling snake.

Tourists tell tales after visiting this valley and always mention the intensity of calmness they experience. Tripadvisor is a Pakistani app you can use for planning your trip.

3. Skardu


People who love beauty, serenity, and wilderness have visited Skardu and stayed in Shangrila resort. Situated in the center of Gilgit division, you will find resorts as a home where your hermit nature can find solace and peace for a few days. Tourists escape from busy life and come to Skardu to enjoy absolute peaceful days in leisure.

With the genuine hospitality of locals, you can witness spots hidden from the modern world. It will lure you into a sight of pure wilderness that is simultaneously stunning and nurturing to the soul. MYTM is a traveling app in Pakistan, which you can use to plan trips perfectly.

4. Gojal


Situated on the borders of Afghanistan and China, you will find Gojal covered in snow almost all year. For a few months in a year, you will find Gojal shining under the blazing Sun. And you must visit Gojal in shining days to witness the colors of nature appearing out of the soil and making the landscape an unforgettable scene.

The Karakoram highway passes through the valley and you can extend your trip to Khunjerab Pass, which is a few miles from Gojal. The most important reason being getting to Attabad Lake is much easier riding on the super smooth Karakoram Highway. The colors of the lake is quite vibrant.

5. Deosai Plains


There is no place on earth, which is more than 4000 meters high from the sea level and has plane terrain with lakes and beautiful greenery. You will never find anyone selling something there. So, you must take your necessities with you. The best place to visit in Deosai is Sheosar lake, which is huge and kind of unique in the world.

You will find an amazing place all covered in flowers when you visit Deosai Plains in summer. If you visit in winter, then all the areas will be covered in snow. You will spend the rest of your life talking about your visit to Deosai Plains.

6. Rama Meadows


It is a plain area situated 11 kilometers from Astore. You will find cows grazing in lush green grounds. From the meadow, you will witness the unforgettable scene of Nanga Parbat. The killer mountain is standing right in front of Rama Meadow telling tourists that I am the mighty stone and do not try to conquer me. Plenty of pine trees will also provide you the freshest and pure oxygen than you can breathe.

7. Payee Lake


The only place that has an influx of tourists all year is Siri Paye in Northern areas of Pakistan. The green plateau is a tourist’s attraction is because of the clouds and fog that engulf the area and make it like a fairyland. Nature plays at its peak in Siri Paye. There are several small ponds with absolutely clean and refreshing water.

Some tourists claim that the water in Paye has a stunning effect, which you cannot feel elsewhere. The overall theme of Siri Paye is a mix of green grass and yellow flowers. You will find other rare purple colors present in wild berries. But you must not eat them because these berries are poisonous.

8. Chitral


If you are looking for calmness and solitude, then you should visit Ayun and Bhamburat valley. It is located near Chitral. You will have to travel 11 kilometers from the populated area. Then you will find lush green terrain with a smooth breeze that will refresh your soul. People come back from Ayun and always mention the picturesque beauty of the Ayun district.

This valley is also the home of Kalasha people who are descendants of Greeks and follow ancient traditions. They look Greek, speak an Indo-Aryan language and practice a mixture of ancient Greeks and Vedic traditions. They are believed to be descendant of Greek soldiers who came with Alexander the Great but never left.

They practice a pantheistic pre Zoroastrianism and an ancient form of Hinduism as their religion although many of them have converted to Islam in recent years. You must not take pictures of Kalasha people because it is restricted by the authorities. But you can photograph the landscape.

9. Swat


Situated 12 kilometers from Mingora city, you will find a white building standing tall in a valley. This palace is a historic building constructed in 1941. The specialty of this palace is the building stone, which is the same as the stone used in the Taj Mahal. To get in touch with history and nature, you should visit the White palace in Swat.

Wrap up

We have described a few best places to visit in Northern areas of Pakistan. And we think that our list will fill your bucket list. But we advise you to plan a trip with all the precautions because you will never find modern amenities in all the places that we have mentioned. Have a good day.
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Each type of travel requires a different type of luggage. A large suitcase isn’t always needed, and a carry on won't always fit all your necessities. The thing is, we’ve toured long enough and have visited too many cities to make us realize that choosing the right kind of baggage is one of the most important things in traveling.

They say it’s best to learn the hard way, but it sure did take a lot of money from each of us as well. Now, to kick off this baggage war, let me ask you a question: Do you know exactly what type of bag to bring for each of your trips? If not, let me break down the pieces for you.

what to put in carry on vs checked bag

What is Carry-on?


A carry-on is a term used for hand luggage that you can bring with you inside the plane's cabin. Because of its size, they don’t need to be stowed away in the cargo compartment. It can be a smaller version of your suitcase or a backpack that can fit right above the overhead cabin.

International carry-on luggage might be a little bigger but it still fits the size and weight limitation of cabin baggage. For the fun part, here are some of its advantages.

Pros:

  • It gives you more security as you well know that your baggage is just within your reach.
  • It’s a fuss-free kind of packing as it can really be just a straightforward way of doing it.
  • You can save a lot of money by just taking advantage of the free kilos that you’re allowed to carry inside the plane. No fees to pay! What a joy, right?
  • You won’t have a hard time moving around. Carry-ons are usually modest in size so that’s not going to be a problem when you walk from one point to another. If you’re constantly changing location, a piece of carry-on luggage is for you.
  • It rids you from stress. No need to worry about losing something. Packing can really be simple. No need to pay anything.

Cons:

  • Carrying them around can be a bit of a pain.
  • Anything that isn’t necessary is cut out from your bag along with other extra pairs of this and that. You would constantly ask yourself during the packing, Do I really need this or not?
  • If you’re traveling with your kids and they also have their own carry-ons. Then that means you have to watch over two or more bags during the entire airport stay up to the time you board the plane and down to deplaning.
  • And because you have a limited number of clothes, you have no choice but to hand wash them unless there’s an available laundry service near you.
  • That’s basically how carry-on luggage affects the trip both in good and not so good ways.
  • Checked baggage, on the other hand, is a different song to dance to.

What is checked baggage?


Checked baggage is the type of bag that you deposit into a check-in counter.

In that case, airport personnel take care of your case and put them inside a cargo cabin along with the luggage of other passengers. This means that you don’t have access to your bag once you leave them at the check-in counter.

You would only get your bag again after the plane has landed and you’ve finished all the necessary security checkpoints. It’s usually your last stop at the airport upon arrival.

Pros:

No need to carry anything around aside from that small pouch or tote to carry all your important travel documents and other valuables.

Once you board the plane, you have nothing to think about but to find your seat. You won’t have to rush inside to make sure you get a space in the overhead bin for your carry-on.

Checking in your baggage is usually an easy task. There’s nothing to worry about this one.

You can practically bring anything you want. Unlike carry-ons with a handful of restrictions, best carry-on gives you more freedom to bring all the extra stuff you want to bring. Its restrictions are mostly the prohibited items inside the plane like flammables and those that promote violence.

Airport security can be quite strict, so there’s a lesser chance to lose your luggage.

Cons:

Well, you have to pay a certain amount to have your luggage checked in. That depends on how much they weigh and how many bags are you going to check-in. Prices may vary in different countries.

If you have the means to pay for the corresponding baggage fee of huge luggage, then you’re lucky. But if you’re on a tight budget, you will be restricted to comply with the weight limit that you can afford.

There are instances where checked-in luggage can cause a delay. Sometimes, your luggage is the last to leave the cargo compartment and the last to be put on the conveyor belt. It takes patience to wait for your bag especially when all the other passengers beside you have already gotten theirs.

Now that we’ve laid out both the good and the dark side of either option, all you need to do is review them according to what suits your needs.

Checked baggage vs Carry on luggage: Should I Check my bag or Carry-on?


1. If you plan to buy a lot of souvenirs for everyone back home, do you think it would fit inside your bag? Or will you be willing to just ship them over and leave your bag with some room for other stuff?

2. Do you think packing light is an option for this trip? Or do you need a bigger space to bring certain types of the item for all your scheduled activities during the trip?

3. Do you feel more secure when you pack more? Or do you feel good when you know that you’ve packed less?

4. If you decide to pack light, you think that would be enough to last you the entire trip or would you need to purchase items once you’re there? Or are you confident enough about the packing skills that you won’t even have to worry even if you decide to pack light?

5. Are you okay with the idea of carrying all of your bags at the airport and once you board the plane as opposed to dropping them off at the check-in counter?

If you find the answers to this question in your heart and you give them with all honesty and truth, then you probably already know what to bring on your next trip. Just don’t overthink it. Sometimes the best answers come with the most basic reasons. So go ahead and start some luggage shopping.
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Pink lakes are a natural wonder and they can be found all around the world. Their special, bubble-gum pink colour makes them stand out from the regular-coloured lakes. There's something inexplicably satisfying in swimming in a lake that's coloured in a bright pink colour! But the question that tickles one’s fancy is what makes these lakes pink?

There's a perfectly logical explanation. A pink lake can be pink due to the presence of algae that produce organic pigments that give off a pink hue or from a very high concentration of salt.

best pink lakes in the world

Read on to learn about the astonishing pink lakes from around the world.

1. Las Salinas de Torrevieja, Spain


This famous pink lake lies on the Mediterranean Sea in a cool localized climate. Its salt content is not as high as in some lakes so the lake is home to several fish species, flamingos and other aquatic birds. It is generally a nice place to visit throughout the whole year, either with a family or as a solo traveler.

However, if you decide to travel alone in Europe, read on about the tips for solo travel in 2020 to avoid any unpleasant surprises and be prepared for everything. It’s a perfect place for a relaxing and pampering holiday experience as the lake has all the therapeutic properties of a natural spa.

You can treat yourself with a revitalizing mud bath and facemask, sunbathe and later rinse off with a soothing swim in the warm lake, with salt added to the complete relaxation.

2. Laguna Colorada, Bolivia


The colour of the Laguna Colorada is owed due to a mixture of red mineral sentiments and algae in the water with a heavy concentration of borax which turns the dark red to a nice pink hue. The lake is quite shallow (maximum depth is nearly five feet) and it is a part of the natural reserve. It is home to beautiful Chilean, Andean, and the endangered James’ flamingos which fit in perfectly with the scenery.

The lake is surrounded by the Andes Mountain range and rocky coast. What makes the lake a great touristic spot is a fact that it's easily accessible and surrounded by several small villages where travelers can spend the night.

3. Lake Hillier, Australia


The unbelievably pink lake Hillier is located at the heart of the island in Western Australia. The colour of the lake water is brightly pink and what’s more, it stays the same colour when scooped into a container. A very special type of algae makes the lake pink and the salt deposits can be found in the water as well as on the coast. Salinity levels in the lake are quite high.

With its vibrant colour, easily noticeable from the sky, the lake has attracted many curious visitors from around the world since its discovery. It is 1,968 feet long and 820 feet wide. For the scenic view of the magnificent lake, it is best to find private jets for hire from Perth, which will allow you to be maximally amazed by this natural wonder as well as to take some insta-worthy photos.

4. Lake Retba, Senegal


Meet the close rival of the Dead Sea, with the 40% salinity level – Lake Retba in Senegal. The lake is very easy to swim in, although, skin protection is advised. When collecting salt, the locals cover their bodies in shea butter to protect their skin. The hue of the lake highly depends on the amount of sunlight shining on the lake.

The best time to visit the lake and enjoy its stunning colour is during its dry season from November to June. During this period the lake is even saltier than the Dead Sea. The lake is located in a peaceful rural area, with plenty of places to stay overnight and experience the lake at different times of say.

The lake’s colour changes so it’s most pink around noon, more of a red-ish in the late afternoon and almost normal looking at the sunrise/sunset.

5. Hutt Lagoon, Australia


Hutt Lagoon’s salinity levels come from the proximity of the Indian Ocean and the presence of particular algae in the lake. It lies on the West Coast and a vast amount of the surface is made up of dry salt due to the high levels of evaporation. The lake is separated from the ocean by a series of barrier-dunes.

The shades of the lake vary from red and purple depending on the time of day, season, and weather. People say that the lake is the most beautiful when it’s mid-morning and at sunset. You can either choose to fly over the lagoon or you can choose to drive through the lagoon for the best experience. You can hire a campervan and go on your road trip as there are numerous reasons why campervans are best for a road trip in Australia.

The world is full of beautiful natural sites we should try to experience. These unique cotton candy-hued lakes are surely an example of the amazing things nature created. And the kind of photos you can take – WOW!
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