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Visit the beautifully blessed Boulder, Colorado



Visit the beautifully blessed Boulder, Colorado

Boulder is a beautiful city of State of Colorado in US, surrounded by mountains and greenery. It is located at 5430 feet above the sea level on the foothills of Rocky Mountains, Colorado. Boulder is 11th most populous city of Colorado and mostly famous for its trails offering great experience of hiking, climbing and biking, great weather, refreshing food, great scenic beauty, rich culture and great history. Boulder City was actually a part of Nebraska Territory in 18th century and became a county seat of the Territory of Colorado in 1861. Boulder started to become a business hub during 1950-70 and became one of the world’s largest tea producers in quick period. Boulder, once a part of the Great American Desert, has today become a great tourist attraction because of its healthy lifestyle.

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Because of the altitude way above sea level, Boulder has a mild climate with less humid summers and winters. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year and almost 300 days remain sunny. The summers are quite hot but winters are not so cold. The average temperature during winters is 45 degrees and offers great climate for outdoor adventures. July is the hottest month of the year.

How to get here?

How to get here

Boulder city is served by Boulder Municipal Airport which is just 3 miles from the city centre. The nearest international airport is Denver International Airport which receives most major airline carriers and just 45 minutes away from Boulder. You can easily get Yellow cab, Metro Taxi, airport shuttles, Buses and group charter to get to city downtown from airport. There are always limousines and rental cars available to wander around the city. If you are on the right day at the Boulder Municipal Airport, on Father’s Day, then you can be a part of celebration called Airport day.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation

Whether you need a luxurious hotel or a classic hotel or a boutique hotel, you will get any type of accommodation you want. The first choice of visitors here is Hotel Boulderado on 13th street which is famous as one of the first hotels in Boulder. It has 160 luxurious guest rooms and suites. There are other choices also like St. Julien Hotel & Spa with a package to give you 10% discount in the Spa gift shop. In budget accommodations there is Bradley Boulder Inn, Boulder Creek Quality Inn & Suites, Boulder University Inn, Hampton Inn, Foot on the Mountain Hotel, Boulder Twin Lakes Inn and much more.

The Kitchen, Boulder

Boulder is not famous for only its flagship college campus but it also has health focused and delicious food for its visitors. You will surely love pates, seared scallops and hand cut pastas of The Kitchen at Pearl Street and eggs pontchartrain or pain perdu of Lucile’s at 14th Street. Snarf’s on the Pearl Street is very famous for special sandwiches with salads, soups and sides. One of the best coffee shops is Atlas Purveyors with free wifi and board games. Other good options include Shamane’s Bake Shoppe, Frasca, Flagstaff House, Oak, Pizzeria Locale, Jax Fish House and more.

The Attractions

Flatirons

Flatirons

Flatirons are five natural rock formations located in Chautauqua Park and provide some iconic and breathtaking view of the mountains. There are some amazing climbing routes and climbs here on the foothills made of fountain formation sandstone. Hikers and rock climbers love this place because of excellent rock grades.

Pearl Street Mall

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Located on the Broadway Street, Pearl Street Mall is a four block public mall and a great shopping destination for visitors. The mall was constructed in 1976 and opened its gates to public in 1977. It was designed by Everett Ziegel Associates, CommArts Inc. and Massachusetts based Sasaki Associates. Pearl Street Mall is home of a lot of locally owned businesses, stores and restaurants. It also provides a stage for various events, street performers and musicians.

Flagstaff Mountain

Flagstaff Mountain

Flagstaff Mountain is a famous mountain located on the west of Boulder providing some spectacular views of the city. This area is operated by the Boulder Mountain Parks Division and the trails here are used by hikers, horseback riders, dog walkers and bicyclists. This mountain is one of the most famous areas for rock climbing in the whole city.

Mesa Laboratory

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The Mesa Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research is a research center designed by architect I.M. Pei during 1961 to 1967. It is located at Table Mesa Dr in Boulder and remains open for the public everyday. It features a lot of exhibits, public tours and custom school field trips so that people and children can increase their awareness about the atmosphere. The admission and parking is totally free here.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is a museum featuring five exhibition halls representing anthropology, botany, entomology, geology and zoology. The museum is located on the University of Colorado campus and easily accessible by buses, taxis and cabs. There is also the museum gift shop which offers pottery, rugs, toys and kits for children and some fine jewelry.

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The museum remains open everyday and admission is free but donations are appreciated by the museum which is $3 for adults and $1 for children and senior citizen. The museum holds a lot of adult educational programs and activities everyday including lectures, workshops and guided tours for children.

Other attractions include The Hill, Fox Theatre, Bolder Boulder, Coors Events Campus, NedFest, Avery Brewing Company and others.

Have an Amazing Experience in Madison, Wisconsin



Have an Amazing Experience in Madison, Wisconsin

The State of Wisconsin is also known as America’s Dairyland because of its huge range of dairy products, mainly cheese. It is also famous for beautiful cities, cranberries, mink pelts and beer. The State of Wisconsin is located in the north central United States and provides some great cities to live in like its capital Madison. Madison is the county seat of Dane County and located in the center of the County in south central Wisconsin and not very far away from Milwaukee and Chicago. Madison area was home to Native American for 12000 years and then the European settlers named it after James Madison. Being the capital of Wisconsin helped Madison grow a lot as a center of education, culture and politics. Today, this city is one of the most visited cities of Wisconsin and features some great pieces of architecture.

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Madison city has a humid continental climate and summers go quite hot with no dry seasons. The temperature varies from 11 F to 83 F during the year and the period of May to September is warmest with maximum temperature of 71 F. November to March is the cold season with temperature going down to -8 F sometimes. Rain is common here and light snow can be seen during January to March. The best time to visit Madison is during summers when the weather remains pleasant most of the time.

How to get here?

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Dane County Regional Airport is only some minutes away from the city downtown and receives huge numbers of flights daily from Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit and many other places. You also can reach Madison by car as the highways connect the city with Milwaukee, Dubuque, Chicago and other cities. Outside the airport you can easily get rental cars, taxis, limousines or airport shuttle to get to downtown. After reaching Madison, you can easily rent a bike to get around.

Accommodation and Food

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Madison has an exciting range of accommodation from boutique hotels to budget hostels in all price ranges. The best rated accommodation is the Blu Radisson Hotel which has been an award winning hotel from a long time. There is also Midwest heritage where you will get a number of hotels that assure that your stay is very comfortable and enjoyable. The best options include Americas Best Value Inn, Americlnn in South Madison, Arbor House, Best Western Plus Inn, Cambria Suites, Chalet Landhaus Inn, Campus Inn and Chancellor’s Club.

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You are sure to find rich and delicious food in every corner of the city as there is everything from food carts to five star restaurants everywhere along with some waterfront dining options. You will absolutely love the tasty cappuccino of Aldo’s Cafe at N. Orchard Street, continental food of Alpine Restaurant at New Glarus, amazing ice-cream at Artisan Gallery & Creamery Cafe and unique mix of cocktails at Avenue Bar at E. Washington Avenue. Other good options include Banzo, Basie’s, Bassett Street Brunch Club and the Bayou. Waterfront Restaurants include Paisan’s Italian Restaurant, Lake Vista Cafe and Brittingham Boats.

The Attractions

Wisconsin State Capitol

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Wisconsin State Capitol is a historic structure located on the isthmus made by Lake Mendota to the north and Lake Monona to the south in Madison. The ground in which State Capitol is situated, covers an area of 13.5 acres with 154 trees of 30 different varieties. It is home to the chambers of Wisconsin legislature and Wisconsin Supreme Court. The construction of Capitol was completed in 1917 and was designed by the architect firm George B. Post & Sons. The building of Capitol is 285 feet high and the exterior is made of White Vermont granite featuring one of the finest works of architecture. You can take guided tour of Capitol and learn about the great legislature of the city.

Henry Vilas Zoo

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Henry Vilas Zoo is a public zoo located at S Randall Avenue and covers a total area of 28 acres. The interesting thing is that the zoo charges no admission fee or parking fee and receives more than 8 million visitors every year. The zoo is situated on the land which was received by the city from William and Anna Vilas in 1904 for the purpose of public park construction. The main attractions among the animals of the zoo are golden lion tamarins, lar gibbons, grizzly bears, Bactrian Camels, penguins, peacocks, rheas, ostriches, rattlesnakes, anacondas, american badger, porcupines, red pandas, tapirs and white rhinoceroses.

Monona Terrace

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Monona Terrace is a famous convention center located on the shore of Lake Monona in Madison and also known as Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. It is mainly used for convention services, exhibitions, catering and wedding services. The Monona Terrace opened its doors to public in 1997 and was designed by architect Frank Lloyd as a recreational building. Today, more than 4 million people visit Monona Terrace every year and participate in many public events including Dane Dances. You can become a part of the guided public tours, group tours and student tours which cost differently depending on the tour type.

Camp Randall Stadium

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Camp Randall Stadium is an outdoor stadium located on Monroe Street and is home of Wisconsin’s Football team. It was built in 1917 and with the seating capacity of more than 80,000 people, it is included in the nation’s largest school owned stadiums. The stadium has been impressing fans since the first game played here in 1917. It has hosted a lot of events like UW football games, Drum Corps International, Green Bay Packer Exhibition games and much more.

Other attractions in Madison include Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison Children’s Museum, Overture Center for the Arts, Lake Monona, Chazen Museum of Art, Lake Mendota and others.

Zambia: The Real Africa



Zambia: The Real Africa

Zambia, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a huge country in the African continent. It has a very unusual shape, like that of a butterfly. It is surrounded by countries like Democratic Republic of the Congo in the north, Malawi in the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe in the south and Angolo in the west. It became independent from the occupation of United Kingdom on October 24, 1964. It was then when the country was renamed as Zambia, after the Zambezi River which flows through the west of the country. Zambia is known for its rich wildlife and landscape and is promoted under the name of ‘The Real Africa’. It is the house of the famous Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, besides a plethora of other natural water sources.  It is one of the world’s fastest economically reformed countries, as named by the World Bank.

Victoria Falls:

Victoria Falls situated at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe is an awe-inspiring sight that would not let you take your eyes off its beauty. Originating from the popular Zambezi River, it is well known as the ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. The extent of its grandeur can be imagined from the fact that nearly five hundred million cubic metres of water flows per minute, from a height of over hundred metres into a steeply walled gorge. Besides, there are two other spectacular sites across the main falls, the Falls Bridge and the Lookout Tree.

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How to get there?

The best way to get to Zambia for international tourists is through Lusaka, which remains well connected to places like Dubai, London, Johannesburg, Cairo and Nairobi. International bus routes exist too, from countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania. International ferry services are also available as Zambia is located near water sources. Although most of the reserves are truly remote, Lusaka remains well connected to them. You can also take a safari and have a perfect Zambia safari experience.

National Parks:

Zambia houses multiple national parks within its boundaries. Zambia has around 20 national parks and 34 game management areas, covering more than 30% of the country’s land. It has some of the most beautiful sites with the wide range of wildlife, natural waters and vast open lands. Some of the most famous game parks are the majestic South Luangwa, the Kafue and the Lower Zambezi, which have a whole range of wildlife from the giant elephants to the tiny tsetse flies. The safari experience in Zambia is a must, owing to the diversity of wildlife and the well-trained guides. It has made its name as a very promising safari destination in the recent times. There are different kinds of safari activities available canoeing safari or mobile walking safari.

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Adventure Hub:

All the adventure loving people would definitely love Zambia, as it is emerging to be Africa’s adventure and extreme sports capital. There is a pool of adrenaline spiking activities, mostly centred around the Victoria Falls. Abseiling, bungee jumping, elephant trails, horse trails, flight over the falls, gorge swing, kayaking, lion walks, walk with cheetahs, river boarding, river rafting are some of the activities to choose from. The flight over the Victoria Falls is known as the ‘Flight of Angels’ and is truly once in a lifetime experience with awe striking views.  You can try these adventure sports and make your trip to Zambia an unforgettable experience.

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Culture and Traditions:

Zambia has a very rich cultural diversity and is home to more than 70 ethnically diverse groups. It is amongst one of the friendliest nations on the globe and has a mix of people from all cultures and traditions. The Zambian culture and people are greatly influenced by the west. However, there are several festivals and ceremonies to celebrate the generation long customs, rituals and manifest social life. Some of the most important festivals are Kuomboka and Kathanga, Mutomboko, Ncwala and Lwiindi and Shimunenga. It is the time when the entire land is filled with colours and music. The Zambian music, like in most other countries is based on drums.

Leisure Holidays:

As much as people love Zambia for the adventures, they love it for its peace and serene surroundings. It offers plenty of options to spend your days leisurely. You can go for house boating in the beautiful lake Kariba and enjoy the tranquillity and serenity of calm water. You can also enjoy the luxurious cruises, available above the Victoria Falls and enjoy the beauty of Zambia. It also offers you the sight of beautiful sunsets and numerous nice pictures. You can also go fishing since most of the Zambian lakes and rivers offer excellent fishing opportunities. There are numerous great sites for tiger and fly fishing in Zambia.

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The Urban Zambia:     

Unlike most of Africa, Zambia is an urbanized country with over 44% population living in cities and towns, the highest in Africa. The capital city Lusaka, is one of the fastest growing cities in the whole of Africa. The government has made significant efforts in developing tourism activities which has contributed to the development process.  People in the cities are modernizing and have well adopted the cosmopolitan culture and commodities.

Famous Tea Gardens of Darjeeling



Famous Tea Gardens of Darjeeling

INTRODUCTION TO DARJEELING

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Darjeeling – The Queen of Hill Stations, Snuggled among the beautiful mountains with the shining Mt Kanchenjunga floating over the blue sky. Darjeeling literally means – The Region of Thunderbolt. The town and hill station of Darjeeling is situated in Northern West Bengal, India. Darjeeling is advantageously very important due to its closeness with Nepal and Bhutan borders. The ‘Dream-land of the East’ is famous for its natural splendor, clean fresh air, enjoyable weather and above all, tea estates and the legendary Darjeeling Tea… Darjeeling experiences an amusing weather throughout the year but the perfect time to stop over the hill station is from February to May and September to November. Tourists can reach to Darjeeling by means of air, rail, and road.

DARJEELING TEA

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Darjeeling tea is among the most exceptional teas in the world, and is known for its grace, softness and seasonal qualities. The cool and moist climate, the soil, the rainfall and the slopping terrains all combine to give Darjeeling tea its unique “sugary flavour” and “Wonderful Feast”. Darjeeling tea is cherished for its rich golden liquid and distinctive strong flavour. Darjeeling Tea occupies a place of superiority for the whole of India. The aroma and taste of Darjeeling traditional tea is matchless in the world. Darjeeling is 100% pure as it provides a unique logo by the Tea Board of India–which indicates that the tea is not mutual with other tea leaf types. Some of the famous Darjeeling teas are: – Black tea, Green Tea, Herbal Tea, Oolong tea, White tea and organic tea.

TEA GARDENS of DARJEELING

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Darjeeling produce the world`s best aromatic teas. Presently there are 80 odd operational tea gardens in Darjeeling which produces about 10 million kg of tea annually. Darjeeling is taking lead in tea tourism.  Darjeeling is after all the Hub of tea and spreading estates producing Teas adds pleasure to the world. Some of the famous tea gardens of Darjeeling are: –

  • AMBOOTIA TEA GARDEN

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Ambootia, in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, is one of the most illustrious tea garden in Darjeeling. . It was among the first tea gardens recognised by the British in the mid-19th century. It produces high quality Bio-dynamic and Organic tea which are 100% certified. The produce includes black, green, white and oolong tea. This land is one of the most beautiful tea garden with 100’s of old plantation. It is also home to many of the Indian birds with lovely chirping sound. The land covers an area of 340 hectares and employs over 900 workers. It is currently owned by Sanjay Bansal.

  • BALASUN TEA GARDEN

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Balasun tea garden is located at north Kurseong area in Sonada. The garden was initially established in 1871 and was named after the Balasun River that drifts through the bottom of the garden. The garden altitude varies from 365 metres and temperature ranges 7 degree in winter to maximum of 30 degree in summer. Balasun tea garden is prominent for manufacturing the greatest of brilliant quality tea with emblematic muscatel china flavour. The region is famous for its trekking routes and bird watching. The garden is easily accessible by road from Siliguri and the near Airport, Bagdogra which is 50 kms away. Jayshree Tea and Industries assimilated the garden in 2005.

  • HAPPY VALLEY TEA GARDEN

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 Happy Valley Tea Estate is a tea garden in Darjeeling, west Bengal. Established in 1854, it is Darjeeling’s oldest tea land below hill cart Road is worth visiting. Spread over 437-acre, it is positioned 3 km north of Darjeeling, and engage more than 1500 people. The scenic charisma of this tea garden is utmost gratifying which makes it a prevalent dwelling for the visitors. Happy Valley is the most accessible through Lochnager Road from Chowk Bazaar. The months of March to May are the demanding time here, because during this month all the plucking and processing are in progress. Garden is closed to public on Mondays.

  • NORTH TUKVAR TEA GARDEN

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North Tukvar Tea Estate is a tea garden near Darjeeling town in India. It was one of the leading money-making tea gardens to be recognised in the region and is eminent for Darjeeling tea. North Tukvar is situated 16 kms from Darjeeling and 7 kms from Jorethang which is one of the main towns of Sikkim state. The tea manor is placed in east Darjeeling and aspects the Kanchenjunga sierra. Out of 195 hectares of entire land-dwelling area, around 187 hectares of region is under tea plantation. The estate is maintained by Jay Shree Tea Company. Around 650 manual workers are engaged here. The North Tukvar tea plantation is known to produce best quality first flush teas from the month of February onwards. Darjeeling First Flush is also known as Spring Teas, as it is harvested during spring season, and they are light in appearance with a brisk flavour having a light yellow colour, with delicate flowery flavour and aroma.

  • RISHEEHAT TEA GARDEN

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Risheehat Tea garden is placed in one of most startling valley which is 15 km from the town. It is eminent for producing the best organic teas because steep land, rich and fertile soil, temperature and rainfall are most favourable here. The estate is owned by The Jayshree Tea Group. Both side of the garden natural perennial river flows and isolating from other gardens. The Annual gross production of organic tea in the estate is 120 tons and it is cultivated in an area of 256 hectares. The native populations grow oranges, cardamom, flowers and vegetables with gradual inputs. The beautiful temple of Lord Krishna and Radha is also constructed on the land.

‘Montana Magica Lodge in Huilo-Huilo, Chile



‘Montana Magica Lodge in Huilo-Huilo, Chile

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We all know that the tree houses as hotels are not certainly a new concept,but this Montana Magica Lodge in Huilo-Hulio,Chile is not just same like all other tree concept hotels.It is no doubt one of most unique hotels in South America.This whimsical eco lodge is shaped like a volcano and complete with every modern comfort,and like in volcano as the magma flows out on the same way water flows out through this giant structure,giving it a fairy tale like look.Beyond the obvious eye catching architecture of the Magic Mountain Hotel,the attractive thing at this place is the long list of services.Many of these services are beyond what you would typically find at hotels in Chile.

Hotel Montana Magica

Hotel Montana Magica

Architecture:

The hotel is decorated and built in a natural style that is closely look in a mountain style with locally available wood and stone.The main attraction of the hotel is the windows, walls, doors and stairs they are all carved out of the local rustic woods.These large structures of windows for the hotel add warm tones to the wood.The windows are large enough to look out at the excellent greenery of the forest.Each nine room is named for a different local bird species and all of them have private well-equipped bathroom too.The architecture of this hotel,along with the forest setting, makes this truly a magical mountain and forest.At the Magic Mountain Hotel it will be a hard task for anyone to find a right angle of any sort.The architecture and furnishings of the mountain are an intellectual wonderland of shapes and forms.As the construction consists of nature based things,so nature herself could come up with such complex lines, colors, and textures.

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Hotel-La-Montana-Magica-Most-Beautiful-Locations-in-World

Location and approach:

One of the worlds beautiful spot Montana Magica- Huilo Chile is located to the north east of the Mocho-Choshuenco volcano in Los Rios Region.The main entrance for this hotel is on the international gravel road that connects Panguipulli,with San Martin De Los Andes,Argentina.There is a facility of flights that can run to the Pichol International Airport, which is a very near place to the hotel.After reaching the airport from there we have to take a cab which takes about 2 and a half hour drive to the lodge.We can also approach to it htrough the Temuco airport which is the next closest,but it will take approximately three hours to reach the Montana Magica lodge.

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Hotel-La-Montaña-Mágica-Chile

Attractions:

Being immersed in a beautiful site of about 120.000 hectares,the Biological Reserve of Huilo – Huilo in the recently River Region of Chile, two amazing lodges offer their hosts warmth and comfort with their very special and extraordinary service.Among the services that are offered by the hotel,the most attractive services are hot tubs which are made out of huge trunks of trees,at first they are dug out,after that they are filled with hot water perched on a deck overlooking the forest.In addition to that another hot attraction is a mini golf course which is built into the forest itself,making obstacles in the games as nature itself.There are also various outdoor activities such as horseback riding, rafting, and hiking.It is a lodge built with quality material by craftsmen of surrounding communities and Puerto Fuy Neltume, small wood-based mountain villages.Montana Magica is part of the Huilo Hilo complex which also includes the Baobab Hotel.Both hotels are interconnected to each other.As they are connected to each other the management is also one and the same.This place is a must see, unique place to visit in the world.It is built in the middle of a biosphere and is declared as a national heritage by UNESCO.

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Huilo-Huilo

Huilo-Huilo

Getting to the depths of the private Huilo Huilo biological reserve is an adventure in itself, as every step brings in an incredible scenes and will become a thrilling experience.As one can expect by just looking at the shape and overall design of this hotel,the rooms are not too big,but it is the fact that cannot be believed until we look with our eyes that the beds are said to be particularly close and comfortable and the furniture is very fun and playful looking.The facilities that are provided by the hotel Montana Magica are playroom for children, a restaurant, a bar, a sauna and tubs in ancient trunks with naturally heated water.

interior Montana Magica lodge

interior Montana Magica lodge

swimming pool in Hotel Montana magica

swimming pool in Hotel Montana magica

Highlights:

Getting there over gravel roads people wont like most,but we must know that as in many other areas,roads are still rough surface than these roads.One enjoys the moment when they approach this hotel Montana Magica.It is having an excellent and helpful reception, friendly bellboy, the waitresses, the gentlemen at the bar, and many others.All of these people just try to provide an excellent service to all the guests.The spectacular sight of the hotel gives the feeling like been in Harry Potter’s age.A lovely view of the hotel and the inside decoration completely makes the people mad and catches one’s attention towards it.People spending few days in this hotel accommodation will feel like visiting it again and again.

corridor of Montana Magica

corridor of Montana Magica

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