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Shirakawa-go Village, Japan



Shirakawa-go Village, Japan

Shirakawa-go village,Japan

‘The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama’

Shirakawago village is one of the most scenic places to be that is to be visited in Japan.It is surrounded by pine tree covered mountains and it is located along the Shokawa river.They are famous for their traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouses, out of which few are more than 250 years old. Gassho means praying hands, suggesting the form of hands raised in prayer to the Buddha.These villages have houses that are very big, and have thick thatched roofs that come down steeply.In this way the snow can slide off the roofs.There is also enough space under the roofs to store raw materials and supplies for long winters.Most house owners make the most of their inner space and use up every square inch by dividing it into several parts,sometimes up to five, levels.The inhabitants of these villages used to earn their money in the silk-industry.

Shirakawa-go village,Japan

Shirakawa-go village,Japan

History:

In the 8th century AD this ie., the Shirakawa-go village and Gokayama area was opened up as a place for ascetic religious mountain worship, centered on Mount Hakusan,for an order that combined ancient pre-Buddhist beliefs with esoteric Buddhism.There are approximately 180 thatched farmhouses, sheds, and barns, and most of them were built about 200-300 years ago.Shirakawa-go was a part of the territory Takayama Clan at the beginning of the Edo period,but from the late 17th century until the Meiji Restoration of 1868 it was under the direct control of the military government. Gokayama was under direct rule by the Kanazawa Clan throughout the Edo period.The remote mountain villages of Gassho-style houses in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama on the Hida Highlands were registered as cultural heritage sites during the year 1995.

Beautiful village in Japan

Beautiful village in Japan

Location:

Shirakawa-go is situated at the foot of Mt. Haku-san in northwestern Gifu Prefecture.It is a quiet mountain village with rice fields and a river running through it.The beautiful Shirakawa-go village is Located in a mountainous region that was cutoff from the rest of the world for a long period of time,these villages with their Gassho-style houses shows the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms.

Location of Shirakawa-go village

Location of Shirakawa-go village

Approach:

Shirakawa-go can be reached by using highway bus from most major cities in Japan.Tickets for buses to Takayama should be reserved before few days of our approach as Takayama is popular tourist destinations for both Japanese and foreigners.Beside buses we can reach the village by catching the Shinkansen Bullet Train to Nagoya and there we have to transfer to a standard train to Takayama. Then we can move to Takayama Bus Station and can take a ticket to Shirakawa-go.From this train one can enjoy mountainous beauty that Japan offers to the tourists.Another best option is to hire a car and drive to Shirakawa-go. A new ‘super-highway’ is now open which will have you in the village in under an hour.On our way we can see few more tourist spots too.

Bus to Shirakawa-go

Bus to Shirakawa-go

Train facility also available

Train facility also available

Attractions:

Suganuma,one of the main attractions of Gokayama, is made up of two areas,Sunganuma village and the Gokayama Gassho no Sato.The Pleasant and easy way to explore the village is by foot, the two areas are connected to each other by a tunnel, which also connects to the parking lot on the hill overlooking the village via an elevator.Near the village,we can find Gassho-zukuri Minka-en outdoor museum which is made up of 27 thatched roof houses that have been relocated from various areas in Shirakawa-go.We have two museums in this village: Saltpeter museum and Folk museum.Making saltpeter, an ingredient in gunpowder, was an important industry for the region during the Edo period.This museum has exhibits on the procedures, tools and history of the industry in Gokayama.Where as the Folk Museum displays tools and household items used in daily life.It also displays some of the exhibited items include tools used for farming, raising silkworms and making washi paper.

Houses in Shirakawa-go

Houses in Shirakawa-go

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Shirakawa-gifu-japan

To enjoy the village beauty the best time to visit is to go is during December until march, where you can still see the winter wonderland, best time to go is from morning until evening.We can enjoy the snowfall take snaps around the beautiful locations.There are several beautiful natural landmarks nearby this village.One is the Mount Haku and another is the Three Amo Waterfalls: Taka falls, Naka falls, and Ki falls which are must visit places when reached this village.The Doburoku Festival is held in the village every autumn.In this village Doburoku is a type of white,unrefined sake and it is served to visitors during the festival period.During this festival period the visitors can learn about Shishi-mai which is a type of lion dance.

Shirakawa-go village in winter

Shirakawa-go village in winter

Water is sprayed at Shirakawa-go

Water is sprayed at Shirakawa-go

Hospitality and Livelihood:

Although Shirakawa-go is well worth to visit,But for stay the people of Shirakawa-go only allow guests to a maximum of 1 night in each house.If you would like to stay 2 or more nights you will need stay each night in different houses.These Shirakawa Gassho village has a couple of places to eat.There are few restaurants available which will be opened only during day time.As the village mostly being visited during day times tourist oriented,so the restaurants over there will close down after the sun sets.

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Shirakawago_Japanese_Old_Village

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Shirakawa-interior

Umea : The City of Birches



Umea : The City of Birches

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Umea, popularly known as the city of birches, is the capital of Northern Sweden. The city, founded in 1622 by King Gustav II Adolf, is the biggest in Norrland and is twelfth largest in Sweden, having a huge population. In 1888, an enormous fire devastated the complete city and hence, was rebuilt with birches planted along the wide avenues to prevent fires from spreading. Umea is a center of education, technical and medical research in Sweden, with two famous universities training over 37000 students. The city has also been elected as European Capital of Culture, 2014.

Geography of the place

 Umea is located on the bay of the Gulf of Bothnia at the mouth of the Umea River, in the south of Vasterbotten and is spread about 600 km, the north of Stockholm and about 400 km, south of the Arctic Circle. It makes the city largest in north of the Stockholm-Uppsala region, and is sometimes referred to as the regional center of northern Sweden. A community of Holmsund situated near the city, servers as its port and from here, and a ferry line goes to the adjoining city of Vaasa in Finland. Because of the near connections to Finland, several Sweden Finns live in Umea too. Umea has a subarctic weather, with short and warm summers. The climate of Umea is subarctic, with short and fairly warm summers. The beach life and boat trips are quite splendid and can drive you crazy and cool. The rafting trips along Sweden’s national rivers, Vindelalven are mind boggling too. Not only in the summers but also in winters, one can enjoy a lot at the place. An ecstatic winter pleasure can be enjoyed by ice fishing on the frozen sea or a lake. Also, the place has many beautiful and pleasant snowmobile routes to explore. One can experience winters to be very lengthy and freezing over here, but it is due to the influence of Gulf Stream.

Education and research at the place

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Umea has been a center of education and training for Sweden. As it have some of the leading comprehensive universities of the nation having over 37000 international and multicultural students and over 4200 teachers and researchers from all over the world. The establishment of Umea university in 1965 has largely affected the population of the city making it 75,645 from 50000 inhabitants and is increasing further every year. The university is Sweden’s fifth oldest university. There are two campuses in Umea university, the main campus is located near the University hospital and where most courses and programs are held and where you can find the University library, administration, restaurants and Europe’s largest sports and fitness training center. The Arts campus is located on the east side of town by the banks of Umea River, hosting the Umea Institute of Design, Umea Academy of Fine Arts and School of Architecture.

Other attractions in Umea

Umea features many entertaining spots with beautiful architectures where one can enjoy a lot.

Umedalen Sculpture Park

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It is one of the Europe’s foremost sculpture parks, architecture by over 150 great Swedish and International artists.  The design of this beautiful park focuses on the contemporary art and demonstrates an antique collection of modern sculptures. One can enjoy with the eight exhibitions held here from September and May having massive outdoor art displays including the finest sculptures and a wide range of graphic prints.

The Tavelsjoleden trail

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This adventurous trail is spread along 39 kilometers and having breathtaking geological treasures: caves, heath with pine trees, valleys, lakes and bogs and then to have a glamorous view of the Tavelsjo community, one can climb one of the highest mountains in the Umea area.

The Elk House

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The Elk House is located to the west of Umea giving a complete educational experience for the kids and adults. The museum is having attractive displays which include the pictures of giant antlers, elks, rock carvings and other interesting finds. Here one can explore things about the elk habitat, what they like to eat. And the best things that can be enjoyed with are the gentle giants and their young in a comfortable enclosed environment.

Holmon Nature Reserve

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The Holmon Nature Reserve comprises of a stoical set of islands off the coasts of Umea. One can entertain himself with the sandy beaches, spruce and birch forests and bird watching on bicycles rented locally.

Some more facts about its culture and tradition

 Umea is famous for many beautiful things, one of them is the Norrland Opera and the other one is the Umea Jazz Festival, which is one of the largest Scandinavian festivals for modern jazz. These festivals are fabulously celebrated at the place with great joy and happiness.

One can also explore eternal art and beauty in the museums of Umea, Bildmuseet-Museum of Contemporary Art and Visual culture, museum of the country of Vasterbotten with Gammlia outdoor museum and Swedish Ski Museum. Umea is the center for cultural activities with films and music festivals. Also, the city is the center for television in Northern Sweden with SVT Nord and TV4’s northern region office situated in the city and the main newspapers of the country named, Vasterbotten are also based in Umea.

Umea is also referred to as the home of heavy metal band Meshuggah, quoted as one of the ten most important hard and heavy bands by the Rolling Stone. There are other precious metal bands in Umea too, which includes, Cult of Luna, Hollow, Persuader and  Nocturnal Rites. In 1990s, Umea’s hardcore scene grew due to the influence of Umea hardcore punk bands such as Final Exit, Step Forward, Refused, Abhinanda and Doughnuts and the local labels like Desperate Fight records and Busted Heads records.

The city is also famous for Ny Vag, and independent record label for releasing internationally known artists like AC4, Masshysteri and Invasionen.

Seoul hot spots: N Seoul tower



Seoul hot spots: N Seoul tower

Seoul’s most happening place is hands down the sky crawling N Seoul also locally called the Namsan tower. The tower that has been functioning as a tourist spot since 1980 stands a charming icon catering to every kind of tourist imaginable. It has woven itself into the cultural experience that the country has to provide for its throng of visitors. N Seoul tower isn’t just a bus or a train ride away. Its a cable car’s drive away! That’s right; standing tall on the lofty Mount Namsan is the city’s most happening place for tourists and locals . Although accessed by plying buses and foot, the cable car ride is part of the whole experience. Stretching sky high, it puts together a number of spots to take selfies from and engaging activities in its arsenal of interesting things.

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A climb up the steep stairs is met with the wooden landing before the actual tower begins. On reaching the tower’s landing, the first thing that hits one is the multitude of colors that seem to pop out of the sides. These baubles that look like frozen butterflies are to our surprise locks with messages hand written on them. The infamous “charm locks” of Namsan are found in this airy open deck with people adding a piece of memory every hour to this modern monument. Rows and rows of fences sit with not a glint of iron to be seen. They are clamped with thousands of colorful and patterned locks, Iphone cases and other items of interest with doodles and messages written on them. It has almost slipped into the Seoul culture as an unconscious tradition, these “lucky charm locks”.

Lines of ink marks the Seoul tower with walkways lined with little post-its in every spatial expanse, on walls pop out boards, and even the ceilings. So, get your markers and leave behind a piece of your thought behind in this tower of wonder. While at it, don’t forget to capture a the view down, from the deck – its one of the best bird’s eye vantage points exhibiting all of Seoul. The wooden landing also stages various performances. The very famous Pungmulnori, a traditional folk show is performed by local artisans for the gathering crowd to feast their eyes on.

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A few paces ahead, a giant ‘N’ perching close to the entrance welcomes everyone with its fluorescent face. Entering through the electronic gates into the tower, what catches the eye is the ease with which people walk in not looking one bit lost. The walls and pillars are all not merely glowing to add to the visual charm but in fact, serve as information dispensers. The high-tech ticket suites are also very helpful with detailed leaflets available in 4 different languages – English, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. It goes without saying that the influx of foreign tourists yearly is impressive given its charm and easy navigation.
Once you’re loaded on ammo (information), you can roam around the perimeter looking for whatever interests them. The electronic signs that read “Teddy Bear Museum”, “Restaurant” and “Souvenir shop” with elevators next to them are a prelude to what’s in store for a tourist.

The teddy bear museum is a place of awe for all children and teddy bear lovers. Every version of teddies with an array of costumes are stationed at different corners. One can also find a selection of these teddy bears to drop inside your shopping cart to take home. The Souvenir shop also helps in that area. Profuse varieties of gifts and trinkets with a hint of beautiful orient Korean patterns are available to bag. The ‘Hancook’ restaurant serves a nice quiet spot for lunch with its pleasant red and beige interspersed interiors and two dozen buffet meals to choose from.

After recharging your batteries, head out to the observatory which is next in list. Placed at a soaring elevation, it is a wide platform with digital high powered telescopes facing its own window panel. These windows as expected of a place so modernly stunning, has controls that can be used to navigate through the city views. This is very popular as a date spot owing to the fact its free of charge to avail the telescope and to enjoy the outstanding city-scape. There’s even an analog observatory with seats to observe the night sky.

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As the saying goes, the best is served for last. In fact it is served on a the finest of wares on a mosaic floor that revolves! The NGrill fine dining restaurant is the cherry on the top – found at the top most deck of the tower. It completes the whole experience with a revolving theme added to it. The entire floor revolves at a pace of 1 hour and 40 minutes. In that time span, the guests would have not only chosen from an eclectic selection of Beef steaks and Fish grills, but also taken a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Seoul skyline. There’s even a restroom on the top floor which is widely famous for its effusively rich interiors and spectacular views of the city wrapping up a unique experience in such an intimate setting. The sheer work and deco it rooms makes it a place to check out for tourists, funnily enough.

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As the day grows to an end and the night filters in, the roof terrace offers a brilliant vista overlooking reeds of lights shooting out as long stemmed flowers. By inserting a 100 won coin, you can make the lights also stream out as showers for a stretch of time. Those who visit between 7 pm to 12 am in the evening also get to witness the tower’s light shows illuminating the evening sky. A picture may speak a thousand words but the cliche takes a new meaning here. For this monument, speaks in pictures, words and even in different languages to anyone who understands the language of beauty.

Caracas: The Capital City of Venezuela



Caracas: The Capital City of Venezuela

Caracas, the capital and largest city of Venezuela is a beautiful city located right beside Mount Avila. The city is usually not considered to be on the most popular tourist spots in Venezuela and Latin American and it isn’t a rare sight to see tourists skip Caracas when they come to visit the country of Venezuela. But that being said, Caracas does have a lot to offer to any average tourist who plans to visit Venezuela. Like any other big South American city, Caracas also has a great nightlife, amazing food and several tourist attractions.

Things to Do

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In a city like Caracas one must always keep in mind that Caracas is in one of the most violent and crime oriented city in the world. The city has a very high crime rate and there are several restrictions placed on tourists from entering specific areas. It is specially suggested that one should be careful during the night time even though the city has a vibrant nightlife.

Another thing worth pointing out is that gasoline prices in the city are quite cheap when compared to the rest of the world (probably because it is a part of OPEC) and thus if you can rent out a bike or car it wouldn’t be considered a bad idea. Talking about the nightlife which Caracas has to offer, a few places like “Las Mercedes” and “La Castellana” districts are quite popular for their night life and it is not rare to see people partying till early morning.

The climate of Caracas is always something worth admiring because it is usually not extreme and is quite comfortable almost all throughout the year. Usually during the summer months the climate ranges from 18˚C (64˚F) to a maximum of 28˚C (82˚F).

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If you are one of those who love hiking or a scenic view then surely Mount Avila is one place which you should visit. The city of Caracas has this mountain as its background almost everywhere and the mountain is visible from every skyscraper in the city. A cable car provides you the ability to travel to the top of the mountain and enjoy the beautiful and scenic view from the mountain. Hiking is also another popular activity which any tourist can enjoy on this mountain. The view from the cable car as well is pretty magnificent, providing a great panoramic view of the city and its periphery. The top of Mount Avila is approximately 2600 meters above sea level. On a clear day one might be able to witness the Caribbean Sea towards the north of the mountain. If you want to try your hand at paragliding then that’s another fun activity which you can indulge in.

Major Attractions

La Plaza Bolivar

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The ‘La Plaza Bolivar’ is located near the Metro Capitolio and is one of the most beautiful political sights in Caracas. Some beautiful colonial architecture from the Spanish times can been seen at this venue and several Congress and other government buildings can also been seen. It also has a few statues of Simon Bolivar.

La Casa Natal de Simon Bolivar

La Casa Natal de Simon Bolivar

Among the long standing list of museums which Caracas has, one of the most popular and the finest museums in Caracas is ‘La Casa Natal de Simon Bolivar’. It is a fairly well preserved building hailing from the colonial era of Venezuela.  Museo Bolivariano is situated right next door and it shows some of Bolivar’s war relics

Bulevar de Sabana Grande

Without a doubt the ‘Bulevar de Sabana Grande’ can be regarded as one of the most popular shopping venues of the city. It has many outdoor and indoor shops. Also there are several restaurants and hotels in this place. It surely is one lively place to visit.

El Hatillo

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Another classic example of colonial architecture which can widely be seen in Caracas. It has several shops, restaurants and bars which cater to the needs of the middle class of Caracas. The place has a decent nightlife and restaurants that are good enough to provide you with lunch. The only trouble associated to this place is that reachability to this place is not so easy because public transport does not have access over here.

Las Mercedes

Regarded as one of the largest districts for shopping and other leisure activities, it is situated as a different district in the capital city of Venezuela. The district has several pubs and discos. The nightlife of this place is fairly popular all around Venezuela and so is the food and other activities. It contains art galleries, fashion stores and restaurants. Restaurants like Malabar and Maute Grill provide exceptionally good food especially wine, though a little expensive but the food is worth the money spent.

Word of Caution

Caracas has a lot to offer to any regular tourist but one surely cannot avoid the fact that the city is very dangerous. The city had a reported 7,676 murders in 2009. Several tourists get mugged by petty criminals in this city and safety measures need to be exercised when visiting this place. It is also advisable to carry a decoy wallet. Corruption, robberies and thefts are some major problems which plague this city.

Above all that Caracas is surely one place worth visiting if you want to feel everything that Venezuela can offer to you.

 

Kaleidoscopic insight to the Mini Portugal,Goa



Kaleidoscopic insight to the Mini Portugal,Goa

Firstly you guys have to keep this in mind, if you really wish to see the real Goa, the one which is just not beaches and booze, though we all like to think of it that way. But, trust me, it’s way lot better and more exciting than that! Now, here’s a list of the few most amazing and hardly-experienced, things you must do, see and eat in Goa, to get the bona fide feel, apart from, of course its pristine beaches and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious booze! And, oh yes! Don’t forget to look out for the Portuguese houses and typical Goan styled name plates or even hoarding boards, while on your drive to the hotel, because it’s truly appealing, and grandly beckons your arrival at Goa.

The DO and SEE-list!

  • Visit the Candolim beach, and halt at a small taverna (bar), for a drink of feni-a locally brewed drink made from cashew or coconut.

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  • Explore a ship-wreck underwater (some 400 years of Portuguese era!)Go scuba diving around the Mormugao harbour, near Grande Island and Bat Island.

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  • Parasailing and Paragliding in Anjuna beach! But, well, this isn’t a movie and this stuff isn’t a piece of cake, so all weak-hearts, step aside, as this might turn out to be more of a day-mare than an adventure!However, despite all the trepidation, this experience is of a lifetime!

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  • If you like a bit of spirituality on the way or simply wish to explore every nook of Portuguese influence in Goa, what better place than the Churches! Now, in this, land housing 160 churches, approximately, it’s hard tell which ones to visit and which to leave. At this juncture of dubiety, here’s a few most popular churches of Goa- Panaji or Panjim Church also known as The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Ruins of Church of St. Augustine, and Basilica of Bom Jesus, most of it in Old Goa.

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  • History freak ,architect, artist or simply a romantic, the Museum of Houses is your place! This cute little museum, created by a local architect, Gerard da Cunha is to illuminate it’s visitors of the history of Goan architecture and exhibits a fascinating collection of displays on building practices and the  local and European design unveiled there would surely unravel your insight of the Goan houses!

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 And, what can be more pleasantly surprising, to know that just next door, resides the Mario Gallery, displaying works by one of India’s favourite cartoonists, Mario Miranda. Both these places are at the north of Panaji in the Torda neighbourhood and the best way to get there is to board a Mapusa-bound bus till Okukora Circle, also known as Kokeru,a bumpy rickshaw-ride from there and back and all this will cost you almost ₹100.But if you’re not very comfortable in break-way rides, a taxi or a rickshaw is at your disposal and will cost you some ₹300 one-way.

  • Watch a Tiatr-Goan theatre in Konkani, also known as Nataks in Marathi.
  • Shop at the Antique and Flea Markets-Wednesday Flea Market near Anjuna Beach, 18 Kms from Panaji (11:00 am till sunset), Arpora Saturday Night Bazar near Anjuna Beach (7:00pm till early morning), and Mapusa Market, in Mapusa, North Goa (8 am- 6:30 pm).Don’t forget to bargain to the exact half price they say, or even less, and then according to its worth raise the bar slowly!

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  • Finally, end your Goa tour with a visit to the NGO, Children Walking Tall (www.ChildrenWalkingTall.com) and experience the unperturbed bliss of innocence with the kids at the shelter hope. You can take some clothes, towels, toys, chocolates anything along with you as gifts for the kids!

Authentic Goan Eateries in Goa!

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  • VENITE, Panjim (31st January Road, St. Tome Chapel, Panaji, Goa, 403001 Landmark: Near General Post Office)-with charming graffiti on the walls and lamps made out of coconut shells, the place provides an outstanding ambience. Try the mushroom pepper fry and banana-caramel ice-cream,spiced sausages and vegetable vindaloo there.
  • BHATTI VILLAGE (Bhatti Vaddo, Nerul, Goa, 403114, Landmark: Near the Sol Hotel)-It’s a typical homely Goan restaurant, hosted by a Goan family!

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  • MUM’S KITCHEN (854, Martin’s Building, D B Street, Miramar, Goa, 403001, Landmark: Near Times of India Office)-A bit high on the budget but has a breath-taking earthy ambiance, complete with a koi pond and a rustic bar and of course soul-quenching food! Try salted pork, Harem mass, and Almeachim Xacuti, here.

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  • LA FAYETTE, Chorao Island-This place might not be very known as it’s just a home cum restaurant hosted by an old lady but if you wish to get the feel of lunching on authentic Goan food made by your very own Goan grandma, in an old, withered yet welcoming house with a serene ambience under the sky of canopied coconut trees, then this is your place! Chat along with grandma while munching on extremely delicious Goan egg curry with poi (Goan bread) and beer, of course!

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  • ANDRON, Nachinola-Run by a retired navy-officer, this is a great place for having authentic Goan non-veg food under the dome shaped hut surrounded by yellow walls painted with scenes of village life!

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  • Benjoe Rail Restaurant(Railway Station, Margaon, Goa – 403601)- “Where there is humour I will do a cartoon. But when I do structures, I don’t do cartoons… I enjoy drawing much more than cartooning.”- Mario Miranda. Adorned with internationally acclaimed Mario’s sketches the walls of this restaurant speaks volumes about Goa’s day to day life, in the most exciting way! Hop in to this stop to experience this arty-ambience in the company of some mouthwatering delicacies!

The EAT-List

Once in Goa, you have to try at least some of these!

Hindu cuisines

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  • Fish curry known as ‘Human’ (in Konkani), and rice, also known as Kadi or Ambot.
  • Dhabdhabit or Fish Suke- Dry spicy preparation of fish, eaten as a side dish.

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  • Kismur– A type of side dish normally consisting of dried fish (mostly mackerel or shrimp), onions and coconut.

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  • Tondak-curry made with cashew, beans, etc. Try it with poi!

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  • Solachi Kadi-zesty curry made of Kokum and coconut

Catholic cuisines

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  • Arroz doce-Portuguese alternative of kheer.

Beef ambot tik

  • Ambot tik-sour curry with meat/fish.
  • Canja de galinha- A type of chicken broth served with rice and chicken, and is originally a Goan recipe.

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  • Xacuti-Goan curry with shredded coconut, and chicken/beef.

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  • Vindaloo-a spicy Portuguese-Goan curry, a HAVE-TO try. Don’t worry it’s unrelated to potatoes or ‘aloo’. Try and lemme know!

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  • Croquettes – Beef cutlets and beef potato chop that are common snacks

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  • Bibik or Bebinca– A layered pudding traditionally eaten at Christmas.

In spite of being one of the most visited holiday destinations,especially in India, travellers and tourists often fail to experience the true Goa, in the midst of the razzmatazz life on the beach. So plunge out of the known, much commercialized tour of Goa, hop on a public transit and get lost in the frolic air of Goa! A doce Vida!

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Zion National Park, Utah, USA



Zion National Park, Utah, USA

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Zion National Park,Utah,USA

Zion National Park,Utah,USA

Zion is the oldest national park in Utah and is well known for its spectacular canyons  and its breath taking views.It is one of the most visited national park in the world.It is named as the ‘Promised Land’ as it has an amazing landscapes and the best hiking which we may not forget in our lifetime.It is visited  by tourists in a count of 3 millions every year approximately.This park reveals its 8 layers of sandstone,which displas the oldest carves .It is really an enchanting place with long towering cliffs,deep red canyons.It is famous for its peaks which are unique.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

How to reach:

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location of Zion

Zion National Park is located near st.George and Springdale Utah which is 30 miles length and 15 miles wider,discovered in 1919.It is situated in the southwest corner of the Utah in Washington precisely.

How the history originated:

Zion’s first native people, Anazari people, who are invisible were travelling through camels and spotted this path .At that time due to the climatic conditions the animals died,but humans began to adapt to it and tuned their lifestyle.

The grave of Isaac Behunin

The grave of Isaac Behunin

The first permanent human in this place is an European-American named Isaac Behunin who built a one room log cabin which is near the present Zion lodge in 1861.Later on,many came to settle here and settled some farms here and began cultivation.

President William Howard, in the year 1909 signed a proclamation to protect Zion Canyon and its surrounding areas from where the development of roads,expansions,the status of National Park started.Slowly,it became into tourist place when the transport level to this place has been improved.They spent millions to improve this area for this wonderful landscape which is worth for it.

What to do:

Zion National Park contains a wide variety of ecosystems which is an amazing view to the tourists.It consists of different varieties of vegetations in this park.

Zion Canyon Visitor Center

Zion Canyon Visitor Center

Zion Canyon visitor center is the first stop which provides an mesmerizing experience which features the scenery and trails of the park with its length and adventurous trips.Through this,visitors can choose what they want to do.This is just like a menu serving people to choose what is best for them instead of thriving later and they can choose how much amount they can spend and how much time they can enjoy here.It is just an tourist friendly interaction

hiking in Zion

hiking in Zion

This landscape is known for its hiking which are very unique.You can take a hiking trip to the Canyon which is very frightening and also you can hike to a number of waterfalls over there.In summer ,most people hike directly to rivers as their wish.The best and frightful hike is the one to Angels.Hiking has become famous as the bottom up view is really amazing.

Exploring the park

Exploring the park

The elevations ranges from 4000 to 8700 feet which most people use to backpacking  and we can go camping which is also a great adventure in this park.

Zion lodge

Zion lodge

Zion Canyon  is a place where we have a Zion lodge which is the only one present in the park boundaries.The lodge has a beautiful scenery with its lawn and is an amazing spot to go for a picnic.It is just a combination of ancient architecture and stone towers.The lodge has two restaurants ,rest rooms and even a gift shop.

Life in Zion:

Zion consists an unique collection of species of animals and plants.There are 67 species of mammals,13 species of snakes,291 species of birds,900 species of plants and about 4 species of native fishes which are preserved in this park.

Virgin Spinedace

Virgin Spinedace

The mammals present here are Mountain-lions,ring-tailed cats,mule deer and bighorn sheep.The bird species includes blue grouses,wild turkeys,spotted owls ,bald eagles and peregrine falcons.The unique fish  species which is found nowhere but here is the

mule deer

mule deer

Climate:

Weather is the most important factor in Zion area as it is tremendously dangerous mainly near sharped cliffs as they may slid and heavy water flooding areas as they may effect with storms and flash floods.The climate is fine in summer months but if you insist on going in colder months,you need to take extra care and special precautions to take this adventurous trip.

Subway of Zion:

The Subway is the famous part which separates the amazing Canyon of the Left Fork of North Creek.The route starts at the Wildcat Canyon Trail head and descends to the Left Fork through a cross-country route that crosses Russell Gulch,It walks out a ridge and descends a steep gully.

THE SUBWAY, ZION NATIONAL PARK

THE SUBWAY, ZION NATIONAL PARK

The people who are interested in doing canyoneering wont leave the Subway.It is just a great and very adventurous consideration with its semi-technical route.The stream of water is the trial for most of the route.Some streams are deep enough to swim in this subway.This is mostly done from top-down as bottom-up is too risky.Also hiking in the subway is allowed through permits obtained by park website and any park visitor center .