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The Blue Eye of Albania, The Natural Spring



The Blue Eye of Albania, The Natural Spring

As the name might confuse you, Blue Eye is the biggest spring of all the natural springs in world, having the clearest of water you would have ever seen before. Located in South of Albania and also known by the name of Syri kaltër, there is a beautiful natural phenomenon occurring in this spring of water. It has a vibrant blue colour just like many other lakes of Albania in its centre, and a lighter shade of blue on its sides. This makes the water spring look like a blue eye with its dark coloured pupil in centre and a light coloured iris around. On the sides of the spring is green vegetation with oak trees, shadows of which give an impression of eye lashes thus making the whole spot all the more beautiful and mesmerizing. The name Blue Eye was supposedly given by an engineer in a hydro power station. When he saw the enthralling allure of this place he got reminded of the blue eyes of his beloved and gave this name to the water spring.

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The exact depth of Blue eye is still not known. However it is reported to be about 45 meters. An Albanian environmental journalist Xhemal Mato was the first one to dive in it. As told by Mato, when he dived in that deep blue water, he felt a strong current of water which appeared to be coming out from a dark tunnel. The current was so strong that he had to hold his diving mask and the pressure kept on increasing on going deeper. On reaching till some 20 feet Mato was unable to go further and decided to come back. After him a lot of other divers also went deep into the waters of Blue Eye but the strong current and the low temperature hasn’t allowed anybody to analyze its actual depth yet.

The Blue Eye water spring is not just famous for its captivating beauty but there also a few stories known to people which suggest this spring of water possess supernatural powers. One theory claims that a clever peasant burned a dragon and fed it a mule loaded with touchwood and cinder. Out of this dragon the water sprung creating this piece of nature. It is also said that in October 2002, there was an Italian representative who wanted to exploit the underground water and for this he came to Sardana. But all of a sudden the spring turned white with all its water dried out. This looked like an iris of a blind man. People believe that this was a punishment for anyone who tries to ruin the spring and there are divine powers bestowed in this water.

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The clear blue water of the spring forms bubbles on its surface which makes for a stunning site. The water of this spring feeds the 25km long Bistrica River. Electricity for the south of Albania is produced from this river. When you throw a stone in the centre of the pool it is pushed back at the surface after a while which makes a lot of tourists try this. The Blue Eye spring has a diameter of 10 meters and the temperature of the spring is maintained around 10 degrees Celsius. Although, one can take a dip in its water but going deeper than a foot is difficult.

Presently the Blue Eye is visited by a large number of tourists, especially German, Dutch, British and Polish, during the summer time. But this has not always been like this. During the communist days the Blue Eye was not open for general public and had a high level of reservation. Only the members of the ruling party and the communist elite could visit the place and enjoy its magnificence.

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While visiting Albania this place is a must visit as its stunning scenic beauty can leave anybody spellbound. The Blue Eye is nearly 8 miles from Sarande and located off the road between Saranda and Gjirokastra on Lonian Sea. One can park their car just a little away from the spring and take a lovely walk amidst the forest of hazelnuts, walnuts, cherries, pines and fir trees. After walking over a wooded path along the river you will step into the paradise. There are also a couple of beautiful restaurants around this spot where tourists can relax and indulge in some food. One restaurant located near the Blue Eye waterfall has its tables built on a balustrade which is over a fresh spring water river. Over here one can enjoy traditional Albanian food like grilled fish and roasted lamb and also feel cool breeze over them.

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Blue Eye is currently being used as a picnic spot for many tourists who also tend to create mess and filth around. The iris of the spring has become bit polluted due to plastic bottles thrown around and other materials. The local tourism of Albania is very proud of having this natural wonder in their country and Blue Eye is included in all the tourist guides provide by the tourist board. However people also need to respect this treasure and keep it clean and beautiful as ever.

The Garden of the Gods: A Beautiful Oasis in Colorado, US



The Garden of the Gods: A Beautiful Oasis in Colorado, US

Who doesn’t wants to go for a tour having the scenic beauty to an extent that it mesmerizes the viewer with its artistic effect? Yes, this place is the most visited place in Shwanee National Forest with its vivid formation of rocks and trails that makes it hits the lists of the tourists. This place is situated in the City of Colorado Springs and most beautifully defines the traditional city park. The place is responsible for adding tourism to the city with the visitors from all 50 states including more than 60 countries and has been said as the National Natural Landmark of the Colorado Springs.

Defining its name

The place was founded by two surveyors accidentally who wish to explore the town and started from Denver to explore city Colorado. This place which was first discovered in August 1859 was called “Beer Garden” because one of the surveyor said that it would be a capital place for a beer garden while his other companion says that it is the place where all gods will assemble and hence combining the names of both it was called “The Garden of the Gods” which is the best name describing the beauty of the place.

A National Significance become City Park

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This was done on December 22, 1909, when the Perkin’s wish to donate this ravishing place to the world as a forever gift was fulfilled.  Going to some flashback, the whole story is based on the overwhelmed and socially responsible man Charles Elliott Perkin.  His friend, General William Jackson Palmer who founded Colorado Springs asked him to buy this land of 240 acres which was called “The Garden of the Gods”.  Afterwards, he himself purchased some more 240 acres and this whole area of 480 acres together known as the “The Garden of the Gods” was donated to the Colorado Springs by his children after his sudden death in 1907.

This donated 480 acres have now extended to 1,367 acres and forms the major lucrative source of tourism at the center of the Colorado Springs and is still free to the world. This precious gift is and will remain free to the entire world and hence is turned this national significance was turned into a city park.

Ecology

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The place is well known for its contrasting features in terms of climate, mountains, biology, geology and scenery. Some new-fanged were found only in this area like a honey ant was discovered and was named after this place.  Some others like mule, deer, fox and some bighorn sheep were only found in this area.  Likewise, this place is home for more than 130 new species including Theiophytalia (a dinosaur specie), white-throat-ed swifts and canyon wrens.

Geology

The lure of the park is its sedimentary beds of various colors like deep-red, pink and white with the variety of stones such as sand-stones, limestone or conglomerates. These were initially horizontally rested forming the beds of the sediments which after the immense forces of various glaciers, uplift movement of the Rocky Mountains and Pikes Peak Massif or the terrific  sand dunes that changed the shape of these massive stones. The result of such erosion and eruptions led to the vertical titled, beauty personified ranges in “the Garden of the Gods” and is now counted in one of the richest geological formations of the world.

Attractive Features of the park

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The park pulls almost two million visitors a year and is the most visited site of the city. The park has almost 1.5 miles of paved path for the pedestrians. Also, there are two yearly events namely Pro Cycling Challenge Prologue and the Recreational bike rides which are also the crowd pulling factors of this area.

The place is also famous among the rock climbers because of its steep and strange mountain ranges allowing the climbers an adventurous climb. Although this sounds audacious, but there are some guidelines which need to be followed before climbing these bizarre set of ranges which are mentioned in the “Technical Climbing Regulations and Guidelines” having some of the constraints like proper required equipment s, a climbing buddy or following some pre-established routes. Also, climbing is only allowed to some registered climbed having proper climbing equipment s in order to avoid the fatalities that have happened in the past.

Visitor’s View

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To locate this most photographed area of the city, you need to go 1805 N. The formation of the garden with the amazing red rocks is presented in the form of short movie named “How did those Red Rocks get there”?  Also, it has an award winning gifts shops and balcony-side cafeterias which has increased the number of people visiting this place. The profit earned from these gifts shops and cafeterias of the park are used in the maintenance and management purposes of the park.

Taking all the above points into consideration, “The Garden of the Gods” is a perfect place from the tourism point of view. You can hike trails, see the magnifying beauty of the red stones, can go for rock climbing. So, this place is the perfect place to start your journey and make it the most memorable one.

The Stirring Valley of Bovec, Italy



The Stirring Valley of Bovec, Italy

The Littoral region Bovec is situated in the northwestern Slovenian Alps, which is near the border of Italy. It is the central arrangement of the metropolis of Bovec. Earlier, it was the historic region of Georzia but now only a few minority people stay here.

Bovec was being in notice in the year 1174, but if go inside the deep history then we see have to go to the Roman road through the Predal and the findings from the early Iron Age. Bovec was also an important route for traders in between the port of Wienna and Triest across the town. Studies showed that the area of Bovec was exaggerated by the battles of First World War.

The city of Bovec has a rich history. It belongs to the Patriarchate of Aquileia in the 1192. In 1420, it was a division of Tolmin, which was further occupied by the Republic of Venice and integrated further into the Domini di Terraferma. Various regions of Soca River were included by the Emperor Maximilian I in the Austrian Habsburg in the year 1509 which was further added to the Georzia, which was already inherited in the 15th century.

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When the First World War was taken placed, the area of landmark of the bloody clash of the the Battles of Isonzo, between the Austro-Hungarian and the army of Italy during the months between June 1915 to November 1917, which shattered the country completely. Bovec’s military cemetery east was expanded and the leftovers of Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers were relocated to a single cemetery from the distributed cemeteries of the surrounding. More than 600 soldiers are concealed in the cemetery where graves covered the entire cemetery area; the south quarter of the region has rigid grave marks. Even though there are no details of the person inside on the grave. Bovec is the main site of the mass grave of the Second World War. It is located near the entry of town cemetery. The graves were also maintained throughout the communist era with where funds were provided by the Graves Commission of German War.

When comes the period of World War II, between 1943 and 1945, the region was occupied by forces of Nazi German and a part of Slovene partisans were dynamic in the area. Various regions of Bovec were extremely damaged by the futile earthquake of 1976. Another thunder was experienced on the Ritcher scale with a magnitude of 5.6 which shook the city in the year 1998. The Paris Peace Treaties serve the township of Bovec to Yugoslavia in September 1947. In 1991, when they break up with Yugoslavia, it became a part of self dependent Slovenia.

Bovec is in the mid of Upper Soca Valley. Today, Bovec is one of the famous tourist’s attractions especially for the people who want to relax from the hustle and bustle of the daily routine and likes adrenaline junkies like sports. After that a numerous other activities of sports and the beat of rhythm of city is maintained by the city locals. There is a different surprise hidden in Bovec in every season. During winters, Kanin-Canin ski centre is the main attraction. There is a playground around Bovec valley for all kinds of sports. A wide variety of games like biking, mountaineering, hiking are practiced in Bovec from spring to autumn. Also, activities like snow-shoe trips and sledding sport agencies around the region. Various golf games are played, a variety of horseback trips and a wide range of white-water sports are there to choose form.

The beauty of Bovec is maintained with the high mountains, valleys, breathe taking waterfalls and the emerald river bathe. The valleys are covered by the green sheet and fresh air. Visiting Bovec will make your holidays sporty and admirable.

A range of traditional festivals of Bovec are also famous among its tourists. Festival Kluze is an event of show casing art. Numerous concerts are organised, various dramas and plays for children and adults. It takes place in between July and August in Kluze Fortress and various other places around Bovec.

Bovec Folklore Evenings starts in July after the end of International Folklore Meeting in the late June. This is also called as Thursday Evening because a different concert is organised in each Forklore Evening for the performances of singing and dancing of the neighbourhood folklore group.

Comparska Noc which means “potato night” is a traditional and enjoyable event. It takes place on a day near August 15 suitable for locals. There is also a famous dish of the festival of potatoes with cheese cottage named ‘compe an skuta’.

Ekoloski spust po Soci, which means the Eco descent of the Soca River, the festival is organised in moderate climate between summers and winters in the Soca Rivers. Everyone is allowed to join the festival in cleaning the Soca River, and its surroundings. It generally takes place in the first weekends of October.

Bovec Outdoor Film Festival which is about nature and especially for sports. Festival of Snow Sculptures also takes place with the Film Festival, generally in December’s last week.   

Eiffel Tower Paris – The Symbol of Love



Eiffel Tower Paris – The Symbol of Love

The Eiffel Tower is an iron tower masterpiece located in Paris. It is located on the on the Champ de Mars in the city. It was named after its constructor, the engineer Gustave Eiffel, who built this extraordinary tower. It came into existence in 1889 as the entrance arch for the World Fair of 1889. Since then it has become both an image of the brain of France and one of the most recognized constructions in the world. It is the tallest structure of Paris and the hotspot of tourists as it is the most visited monument in the world for which a fee is charged making it a paid monument. About 6.98 million people (according to a survey) visited it in 2011. The two hundred fifty millionth visitor came in 2010 to visit it.

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It is thee hundred twenty four metres (about one thousand sixty three feet) tall, which would take it to the same height of about an eighty one storey building. When it was being constructed, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument (the tallest building then) to be truly called as the tallest man made structure in the world. It remained the tallest building of the world until after 41 years the Chrysler Building was built in New York in 1930. It is the still the second tallest monument in France, after the Millau Viaduct.

It is truly a treat for the eyes to watch it when it is lit up at the night. For 5 minutes nightly, all the flashing lights on the tower are turned on, and it is a spectacular sight! It is wonderful, extremely wonderful. However, if you would like to examine the breath taking views that you simply would see if you queued for hours and went up the tower, take a visit up the Montparnasse Tower, an enormous edifice that appears like an office building, wherever on the highest floor there’s a public viewing space with a beautiful cafe! Same views that you’d get on top of the tower however hardly any queues!Both are worth a visit, however ultimately , try to see the tower in the dark (especially once it’s flashing!). It offers you goosebumps as a result of it’s a tremendous site.

The tower is close to give its guests with a step into dizzying suspension.  Not after very long guests to the primary level can look straight down the tower through a plate of glass rather than searching through the fence.  The thought of the creator, is to relinquish the impression of floating on top of Paris! Certainly a marvelous idea.

 

In its third major renovation since 1889, a little of the Alexandre Gustave Eiffel Tower’s solid flooring are going to be reworked into a one.  Associate degree inclined glass barrier is meant to exchange this grilled fencing. The present buildings from the Eighties with their reflected windows can settle to clear, windowed buildings to provide the traveler the sense of openness into the encompassing house. The lateral walls framing the glass façades are going to be painted within the original brown-red color of the Eiffel Tower.

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This 1st level is that the most versatile level of the tower. It homes the fifty eight Tour technologist edifice, a straightforward edifice, exhibitions, typically the rink (the 1st one was put in in 1969). In 2010 the primary level’s open space was reworked into a park with simulated grass, wild flowers, wood lounge chairs and restaurant chairs and tables. It receives, however, solely  half  the tower’s guests.The owner of the Eiffel Tower, town of Paris, proclaimed that the renovations can embrace  stores, a café and depository area. The edifice fifty eight Tour technologist façade can receive a face raise changing into as clear because the different buildings.  The price of the work is calculable at twenty five million euros. The primary level can stay open throughout the work and price ticket costs can stay unchanged.

The Tower’s beauty program involves sixty a lot of paint, that should be applied a minimum of each seven years to guard her from rust. Every paint job takes fifteen to eighteen months.  It is said that the tower would stand as long as it is protected from rust and for that meticulous painters are the only option that is let to them.Through the years the colours have varied from red to a bright yellow, and from chocolate to her current a special grayish-brown hue. To emphasize her fabulous silhouette as seen from the bottom, there are literally 3 completely different reminder the hue that amendment from dark to lightweight, the upper up you go.Painters should follow ancient strategies, that haven’t modified since her since the primitive days. Paint should be applied with the hands manually, with the help of brushes and rollers. Leave the paint guns reception. Lastly, work might not begin till every morning’s condensate has vaporized.

 

It is also a lovers’ attraction. The evening view of the Eiffel tower  encompasses a very large amount of love birds which are making love underneath. The view it casts is just awesome and it is a must visit for every person. It can be truly called as the paradise on earth.

The Beautifully Carved Grand Canyon, Arizona



The Beautifully Carved Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is among the most popular amazing structures across the world. The state of Arizona is blessed to have this structure which is sliced by the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles i.e. 446 km long steep-sided canyon and is almost a mile deep. The canyon comes within the Grand Canyon National Park and was managed by the Hualapai Tribal Nation and the Havasupai Tribe. The famous three Indian reservations named the Hualapai, the Havasupai and the Navajo are today a part of the Grand Canyon National Park.

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Even the President Theodore Roosevelt likes to visit the canyon particularly on occasions to enjoy the beautiful scenery the place offers. He was also a supporter of protection of the Grand Canyon Area. Many researches were done in that area and according to some of the previous researches the age of the Grand Canyon should be 5-6 million but later it was estimated that the river established its progression by the canyon 17 million years ago. But still this finding is debatable. Thus, nothing can be said about the years of existence of that place. It is also said that the Native Americans inhabited the place thousands years ago and after building settlements within the canyon, they are living there in their caves. Some people called the pueblo people consider the Grand Canyon a holy place and they even made tours to it. A man from Spain named Garcia Lopez was the first person who visited the Grand Canyon in 1540.

The U.S. government in the early 1800s spent a lot in the maintenance of the Grand Canyon. They began to explore and map the Southwest area which includes the Grand Canyon. In 1893, the Grand Canyon was titled as a Forest Reserve and later the government made it a National Monument. Until 1919 the Grand Canyon did not receive the title of a National Park. But today it is widely famous and occupies a land of 1 million acres. The number of visitors is close to 5 million each year.

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 The Grand Canyon is not the deepest and even not the widest canyon in the world. The deepest canyon in the world is in Nepal and is named as the Kali Gandaki Gorge. And the widest in the world is the Capertee Valley in Australia. However, this big fissure is popular for its elaborate and colorful landscape and its visually awesome size in the Colorado Plateau. The place is significantly known for the beauty of the rocks in the walls of the Grand Canyon. The walls of the Grand Canyon are made of quite thick arrangement of some ancient rocks which are beautifully visible and preserved.

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 The thing that we must know about the Grand Canyon is the variation of its weather. The weather at the Grand Canyon fluctuates according to elevation. The forested borders of that area receive winter snowfall but when we talk about the area in the Inner Gorge along the Colorado River the temperatures is normal and is quite similar to that found around Tucson. Annually the extensive precipitation occurs twice especially in winter when there is a shift in the seasonal pattern but normally the weather is dry. In summer the weather is quite opposite. Some moisture will be seen in the southeast causing localized and melodramatic thunderstorms. On an average the content of precipitation will be around 16 inches on the South Edges and will be higher on the North Edges( mainly around 27 inches with 144 inches of snowfall).

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The air at the Grand Canyon is found to be the cleanest air in the United States. The quality of air is sometimes get affected by some actions such as dust storms and forest fires which generally occurs in the Southwest area. There are considerable effects on the quality of air and that are mostly from the organics and the sulfates in the soils. The main origin of these sulfates is the continuous emissions from Arizona’s copper smelter area. In south California the urban emissions also add to the content of the sulfates. Forest fires, vehicle emissions, VOCs from the surrounding forests and long range transport from urban regions are the main cause of creation of Organic particles. Road dust and windy conditions create airborne soils. Many other things also affect the air of the Grand Canyon these things include the black carbon content resulting from forest fires and the nitrates being carried from the urban regions.

 Now, if we talk about the greenery of the Grand Canyon then there is much more to talk about. There are about 1,737 vascular plants, 64 species of moss, 167 species of fungi and even 195 species of lichen in the Grand Canyon National Park. This variety of species found at the Grand Canyon is all because of the elevation change of about 8,000 foot of the Colorado River. This elevation change is upto the peak point on the North Edge. The park owns a dozen of endemxtU_lants within its boundaries. A little of 10% flora of the park is exotic. Even the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave sixty-three pants of the Grand Canyon special status.

The Grand Canyon is among the Seven Wonder in the World. And it deserves to be the one because the place is naturally so beautiful and it can be seen in the pictures also. Thus, it will be a breathtaking experience to watch this place and trust me you will never forget the view of its landscape.

Walk Down the Tunnel of Love, Ukraine



Walk Down the Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

“And the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above And I’m just high on the world Come on and take a low ride with me girl On the tunnel of love!” Our world is an enigma. Nature has its own arsenal of paints and brushes that it has generally used in indulging our world with charm, romance and quiet mystique.  There are imposing structures and gorgeous views. And there are breathtaking sculptures. And then there are some places are so beautiful and peaceful that they nearly scream out ‘Love is in the air’. About 25 kilometers North West of the Ukrainian town called Rvine lies a quaint little village. Its name is Klevan. The village of Klevan is endowed with nature’s mastery and the locals enjoy the picturesque scenes surrounding their home. Between the two World Wars it was a part of Poland. Close to this beautiful village lies one of the most romantic spots on earth- the Tunnel of Love. Legend has it that if you walk down the tunnel hand in hand with your true love and make a wish, your wish will come true and the two of you will be bound eternally with the strongest of bonds.

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The Tunnel of Love is actually a hardly used industrial rail track. Trees have been cleared out from the forest and a rail track has been laid. A train runs on this 3 km log track three times a day, carrying wood to a nearby fibre board factory. Green trees have grown in a peculiar fashion all around the track and have entwined together to form a leafy shade over the ‘tunnel’. The picturesque tunnel is a beautiful example of the stunning visual ecstasy that can be created with nature’s beauty taking over a manmade canvas. The trees take on different hues with the change of seasons. In the summer, the rich green leaves are all gentle. The bright sunrays playing peekaboo through the leaves overhead are perhaps nature’s own way of expressing the warm caress of bright young love.

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And in autumn, the tunnel looks forlorn, as if in wait for a lover who has set out on adventures to take on the world. And then comes winter. The leaves are frosted; icicles sparkle like shards of diamond. The tunnel of love waits for the reunion of lovers. tunnelof love download

Then shines the sun, the ice is thawed, the birds sing. New leaves grow on the young branches of trees as spring comes singing its own love song. And it is nearly as if nature is celebrating the reunion of the proverbial lovers, with bright flowers and butterflies and a fragrant spirit in the air.

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How to find the Tunnel of Love

Type in the following coordinates into Google Maps 50.750726, 26.045555. However use Bing if you are looking for satellite images. This is a comparatively lesser known place and is hardly explored. The tracks originate from the Klevan railway station, which is also not without its own quaint appeal.

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However with the promise of eternal love with one walk down the Tunnel of Love, it is gaining popularity as a tourist destination in the recent years. Since the tracks are hardly used, the stunning green backdrop acts as a lovers’ walkway. Local romances bloom around the tunnel of love, and the rail track stands witness to whispered promises, sweet nothings and the tremble of young hearts. In the recent years, the Tunnel of Love has gained favor among professional photographers and is increasingly being used by newlyweds as a backdrop for wedding photo shoots. Indeed, what can be more romantic than getting to pronounce your views in one of the most romantic places on earth? The song goes- “She took off a silver locket she said remember me by this She put her hand in my pocket I got a keepsake and a kiss And in the roar of dust and diesel I stood and watched her walk away I could have caught up with her easy enough but something must have made me stay.” One of the most romantic places on the face of earth, the Tunnel of Love has borne witness to the fact that many a lover come and many a lover go, but love stays on, stronger than ever. It is indeed strange how a multi-tonne freight track has been transformed into one of the places which celebrate the spirit of love. Our world indeed is a strange place and there is nothing that a little harmony between nature’s whims and man’s industry cannot achieve. Thus, if you are one of those who are constantly bugged by the wander lust, add this place to your must-visit list. The promise of true love, and the breathtaking beauty of the 3 km long tunnel will be worth it.