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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

Mesa Lab with backdrop of Flatirons (DI01713)

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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Montaña_magica_Lodge

montana-magica-lodge inner look

montana-magica-lodge inner look

Yokohama – Japan’s Pride



Yokohama – Japan’s Pride

After Tokyo, the most populous city in Japan is the City of Yokohama with a population of 3.7 million. It is the largest incorporated city of Japan. It lies on Tokyo Bay’s western coast, which is to the south of the Tokyo, on the island of Honshu. The city is the commercial centre of the region of Greater Tokyo. After mifd-19th century, it developed rapidly. Many foreigners are found in this city visiting this place for commercial as well as tourism purposes. It was the first port that was opened for foreign trade in 1854 and ever since then, it has been a growing graph for Japan as well as Yokohama.

The Tallest Structure amidst a park:

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The tallest structure on the Yokohama land is the inland lighthouse named as Yokohama Marine Tower. It is situated in the Naka ward. This is not just the tallest structure of Yokohama but is also the tallest lighthouse in the world. It is located right in front of the Yamashita Park. Yamashita Park is another very famous attraction of Yokohama. The park is 750 meters long and is a great place for the locals as well as the visitors.  From this park, you can watch the entire port of Yokohama and a lot of greenery of the space makes it a spot to freshen yourself up and relax a bit. Many street performances can be noticed in and around this park which are super fun to watch. Some of these performances also include fire stunts. The park is very near to Osanbashi Pier which is another place of Yokohama every person must visit.

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The tallest building of Japan after Tokyo Skytree is the Landmark Tower which is also located in Yokohama and is a major attraction for the foreigners because of the height. The Landmark tower is the third highest structure on earth made by men. It has an observation platform for the tourists on the 69 floor of the building which is the top floor. It provides exceptionally good views of the Yokohama land and its skyline. The fastest elevators in Japan are inbuilt this great and giant piece of architecture. You can also go to the 70 floor to have a cocktail and a fine dinner.

Arena and Museums:

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The largest arena in Japan is the Yokohama Arena which is only at a five minute walking distance from Shin-Yokohama Station. Many famous musicians perform and hold concerts here. Among the many museums, the most commonly visited museum is the Yokohama History Museum that depicts the history of Yokohama from Primary period of ancient times to the Modern period of today. The museums are historical and classical. Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is also a very different kind of museum. It is the museum of the Japanese noodles. The interior of this museum resembles a Tokyo Town and was designed in the year 1958. There are 9 ramen restaurants in this museum and upstairs, there is a history museum. Another such example is the Yokohama Doll Museum. You should also visit the Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature.

Motomachi and Chinatown:

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The best place for shopping lovers in Yokohama is the Motomachi. Yokohama Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in japan and one of the largest Chinatowns in the world. It is as old as the times of Opening of Japan in the year 1859. This place is a major tourist attraction because of the umpteen numbers of Chinese grocery shops and also the place to buy cheongsam dress at cheap rates and or jade knick-knacks at reasonable prices. Though you may find these places a bit crowded on the weekends but the items available here are unique and cheap at the same time, especially at Motomachi. Chinatown is more known for the food you get there which has an unforgettably yummy taste.

For the Sports Fans:

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The City of Yokohama is the home of the baseball team – the Yokohama Baseball Team of the Central League. The Stadium of Yokohama known by the name Bay Stars Stadium is the best place to watch a match of baseball in the whole country of Japan. This stadium was constructed on the remains of Cricket Ballpark of the previous century. This stadium has open roof architecture and the grass on the ground is naturally grown and thus the green color is natural and comfortable to the eyes every time. And for the Soccer players, the Nissan Stadium of Yokohama is the best spot.  Nissan Stadium is a very large stadium and was the host for the 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP’s final match. The J League Soccer team is the home team of Yokohama along with Yokohama FC.

And the waterfronts:

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The historic port of Yokohama is Kannai. But the most famous waterfront of Yokohama is the Osanbashi Pier from where you can watch the sun rise and sun set events which looks beautiful every day. You can get the complete view the Bay Bridge without any obstructions and on a day with clear sky, you will be able to see the Mt. Fuji clearly.

Other interesting places of Yokohama are the Yokohama Science Center, Minato Mirai 21 Area, Kirin Yokohama Beer Village, Kogane-cho, Noge, etc. The Yokohama city is as good as it seems from the outside. The people are friendly and language is also not a big problem as most of the population communicates in English. When visiting Japan, a stop at Yokohama will be worth your time.

Giethoorn- The Venice Of Holland



Giethoorn- The Venice Of Holland

Giethoorn-Venice of Holland

Giethoorn a beautiful village in Netherlands also known as “Venice of Holland”.It is also known as “Small Venice of the north”.In this village we cannot find single car as there are no roads.It became locally famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert haanstra made his famous comedy Fanfare there.This village of 2,500 inhabitants located in the province of Overijssel is best accessed by foot, bicycle or canoe. All the houses are lined up along the canals and the preferred method of transport is punting.there are 4 miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th century.

Giethoorn-Venice of Holland

Giethoorn-Venice of Holland

History:

The history of this village is around 1200 when Franciscan monks settled in the area.In the marsh lands peat was formed and when the settlers started to use the peat, canals were dug for transport. Big areas became lakes, many of them not deeper than three, four feet.Giethoorn was a separate municipality until 1973, when it became part of Brederwiede.There’s a story about how all the lakes came to be as well.The story begun when the huge and big flood disaster destroy this town. After this flood, first inhabitants found masses of horns of wild goats, which had probably died in 1170 during the flood. They called their settlement Geytenhorn (geit = goat), ulimately becoming Giethoorn (dialect goat = geit = giet).

Giethoorn-Holland

Giethoorn-Holland

Locaion:

Giethoorn is located at the edge of a national park, a beautiful area.The tiny Dutch village of Giethoorn,right in the middle of the De Wieden nature reserve, is fondly known as the Venice of Netherlands.It is quite an apt name for the place, since it has distinct features that are reminiscent of the romantic Italian city – 7.5 km of canals.The Giethoorn village is home to less than 3000 people.Most of them live on their private islands as the city consists of minute areas of land beautifully surrounded by water. The  180 bridges are the only way to reach many houses, other than the boats.

dutchvenice-map route

dutchvenice-map route

Attractions:

Most of us are familiar with the scenic beauty of Venice also known as the ‘Queen of the Seas’, in which the various islands are interconnected through water transportation.  It would be close to imagine another place quite the same as Venice- and this is where we are mistaken!  There is almost an identical place in Holland called Giethoorn in the province of Overijssel which, like Venice, is an idyllic place that is connected through canals having practically no roads whatsoever.The Victorian-style houses and cottages located on private islands and the 180 odd wooden bridges that serve as links to houses appear as if out of a storybook.  Since water transportation is the only way to move about, you can indulge in a sightseeing boating trip or perhaps even be a little adventurous by hiring a ‘whisper boat’ or punter to roam around by yourself.Many houses are as it were built on little islands, reached through a high bridge. All this imparts to Giethoorn a beauty unequalled anywhere else.

In winter Giethoorn is a very popular destination for ice skaters.The little  reed covered farm houses and beautiful gardens and also canals, in the center is not a road but a canal where you have to travel by boat. The canals, the uncountable caracteristic wooden arch bridges and have given Giethoorn the nickname the Venice of Holland. The travelers who adventure here are usually mesmerized by the familiar atmosphere, bohemian canals, small wooden bridges, vivid flowers and colorful 200 year old homes.Canal tours are popular with the many tourists.

Village full of tourists

Village full of tourists

The boats called punters are typical to Giethoorn, however, and have become famous the world over. They are driven by an electric motor that make a sound no louder than a whisper. The village itself is the main attraction, where the atmosphere is said to be extremely peaceful and relaxing. Tourists also love admiring the classic Dutch architecture, including houses with thatched roofs and some carefully preserved 18th and 19th century farm houses.This town is very clean and very fresh. What is more enthusiastic and can reflect the real heaven besides the green town.you inhale fresh air in your nose without any contamination or pollution.We can find connections from house to house through foot over bridges made of wood and looks spectacular.

houses connection through footover bridges

houses connecting through footover bridges

Highlights:

The whole of Giethoorn is a highlight in itself.The people of the village are proud of their characteristic houses with thatched domes overlooking the canals.If you ever want to get away from city life and find peace in a beautiful place, the perfect destination for you is Giethoorn in the Netherlands.Beautiful nature, old houses, ride boats in channels or walk after numerous wooden bridges … Simply, it is a place that offers you relaxation and also to briefly forget the noisy cars, because they are here not welcome, primarily because this tale like place does not have roads..In Giethoorn there are various museums where you can learn about the life and work of the last 100 years, to see pottery works, as well as old cars, bikes and sleds. There are also organized numerous art exhibitions, and there are special activities for children. During the winter, this place is extremely attractive for fans of ice skating.We can get rented bikes also depending on the route the cost depends.

Overiew of giethoorn

Overiew of Giethoorn

cycling in the village

Cycling in the village

houses with parking of boats

Houses with parking of boats

Calgary: The Heart of New West



Calgary: The Heart of New West

Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is situated approximately 80km to the east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River. The major source of income in this land is energy, financial services, film and television, transportation, technology, aerospace, manufacturing, retail and tourism sectors. It is Canada’s fourth largest metropolitan area with a population of over 1,220, 000 (as of 2009). It is also the house of head offices of major corporate houses in the country. It also became the first city in the country to host the Olympic Winter games in the year 1988.

It is a modern and clean city, with a booming oil and energy economy. It has led to an influx of well educated and affluent workforce into the city. Calagarians are looking for new type of lifestyles, leading to opening of new restaurants, theatres, boutiques, hotels, and high-end recreational outlets. It is a very exciting place for all those who love shopping and sports.

How to Get There?

Calgary is well connected to all the neighbouring cities and you can get there either by road or air. The Calagary International Airport is well served by Canadian as well as international carriers, such as WestJet, Air Canada, British Airways, etc. Several volunteers, dressed in red and white Western wear are always ready to serve the tourists and direct them. Though it is well connected to most other Canadian cities, it is better to drive from places across the border.

Calgary is well accessible via road too. It is just an hour’s drive East of Banff and about 3 hours South of Edmonton. There are several buses services also. However, due to service cuts in 1990, it still remains inaccessible via rail. However, there are rails to nearby places like Vancouver, jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.

Weather and When to Visit

The best time around the year to visit Calgary, is from late May to the end of September. In winters, the weather can be greatly unpredictable. There is a plethora of exciting things to do for winter enthusiasts. However, if you are not really a winter fan or have budget constraints, you should reconsider the idea of visiting this area in winter. Also, you may find heavy snowfall during winter months, covering the mountain peaks.

Calgary Stampede:

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The Calgary stampede is the western themed, grand festival hosted in Calgary. It is celebrated for around ten days in the early July. It is very popular and draws crowd from several parts of the world, justifying its name ‘Stampede’. The bookings and reservations are done well in advance and last minute arrangements may not be a good idea. It adds big wads of dollars to the local economy each year. It is one of the most looked up to event in whole of Canada. It has games, concerts, rides and the class rodeos. The nightlife is awesome with tents set up on the fairgrounds for the Cowboys.

The Calgary Public Library:

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The Calgary public library is the biggest public library network of the city, which is second largest in Canada. It loans books, CDs, DVDs, e-books, Blu-rays and all other form of electric and non-electric media. The number of members borrowing from its seventeen branches, makes it the sixth largest municipal library system in the entire North America.

The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium:

The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is the centre of celebrating art and culture. It is one of the two twin art facilities in the province, with the other being located in Edmonton. It was opened in the year 1957 and has a capacity of 2538 spectators. It has hosted several Broadway musical, theatrical, stage and local performances over the years. It is run by the provincial government and underwent a major renovation in 2005. It is the home of Alberta ballet Company, the Calgary opera, the Kiwanis Musical Festival amongst others.

Shopping Hub:

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Calgary has a number of exciting shopping centres such as The Core Shopping Centre, Stephen Avenue and Eau Claire Market. The market is full of branded stores as well as eclectic collections. There are numerous locally grown products and craft articles prepared by local artisans which can be easily found. The Core shopping Centre also houses the Devonian Gardens, the largest indoor gardens, situated on its fourth floor. Another exciting place for shopaholics is the 17 Avenue, located in the heart of the city, which holds a plethora of restaurants, bars and nightclubs too. All those who love shopping, would definitely love this place!

Other Attractions:

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There are numerous other attractions too. It is a must-go place for all the art lovers. There are several museums and art galleries like the Chinatown district, the Calgary tower, the art gallery of Calgary, Military Museum and the Glenbow Museum. A major tourist attraction is the Heritage Park Historical Village, located on the west of Calgary. It is a live depiction of life in pre-1914 Alberta, with replicas of buildings, historic monuments and even the vehicles such as steam train and electric sheetcar. Other attractions include Prince’s Island Park, the Calgary zoo, the Telus spark, the Telus Convention Centre, amongst others.

The Amazon: World’s Largest Rainforest



The Amazon: World’s Largest Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical Rainforest in the world, covering over five and a half a million square kilometers and is being the home for many wildlife creatures.It is a home for almost one-third of all species, the Amazon Basin is the planet’s greatest reserve of all the life forms,it is home for many species which are not found any where else in the world.Although exact numbers are not known, the basin may contain up to one million plant species Almost over two-thirds of the fresh water that is present on the earth is found within this Amazon basin.Over 20% of the earth’s oxygen is produced here itself.The Amazon is made up of a mosaic of ecosystems and vegetation types including Rainforests, seasonal forests, deciduous forests.The Amazon forest stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the tree line of the Andes in the west.

Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest

History:

The Amazon Rainforest has been continuously inhabited for at least 10, 000 years and even more.The Forest area was formed during the Eocene era after temperatures had dropped around the world as the Atlantic Ocean had widened, paving the way for a warm and wet climate.The earliest inhabitants in this area were stone-age peoples, living in hundreds of far-flung tribes, some tiny, others numbering in the tens of thousands. It was from the west that Europeans explorers first arrived.According to the scientists, the Amazon Rainforest was created millions of years ago when the Amazon River changed direction from west to east.This forest has a history of at least 55 million years old. After the extinction of the dinosaurs, the climate got even wetter and the Rainforest grew as far south as the 45-degree latitude. The Amazon River itself was “discovered” by a Spanish explorer and conquistador.

Amazon-Worlds largest Rainforest

Amazon-Worlds largest Rainforest

Location:

The Amazon Rainforest,which is also known as the Amazon Jungle is located in South America in an area known as the Amazon River basin.It covers an area of 7 million square kilometers.The forest covers several countries,out of which Brazil and Peru holds the largest portion of this Rainforest.The Smaller portions exist in countries like Venezuela, Colombia, French Guiana, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, and Suriname.Amazon Rainforest is located in the upper section of Brazil south of the Equator. The Amazon River is located 2 to 4 degrees south of the Equator.Because of this the temperature around this is humid and wet.

Geographical location of Amazon_rainforest

Geographical location of Amazon Rainforest

Wildlife in Amazon Rainforest:

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest home for  wildlife,Here we can find tiny insects to huge predators, it’s a vast and interconnected web of life.And there are all naturally provided facilities to all type of species to survive.It is home for 60% of the wildlife species which is about one tenth of the wold’s species.Till now we can find at least 40,000 plant species which makes the rain forest looks like huge monster green covered on the land,It contains 427 mammals species including familiar forest mammals such as raccoons, bats, mice, deer and otter iconic rain forest mammals, such as jaguars, spider monkeys, black howler monkeys, anteaters and armadillosit also has strange and unique mammals such as capybara, freshwater dolphin, tapirs, peccaries, sloths and agouti,it comprises huge bird life about 1,300 birds species like harpy eagle, toucan and hoatzin and many more,378 reptiles species like boa and it also contains more than 400 amphibians like dart poison frog and many others.With around 3,000 freshwater fishes including the piranha have been found in the Amazon itself.

Wildlife in Amazon

Wildlife in Amazon

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arapaima

Squirrel monkey, Amapa, Brazil

Squirrel monkey, Amapa, Brazil

People and Communities:

More than 30 million people, including 350 indigenous and ethnic groups,live in the Amazon Forest area and these people depend on the natural resources that are available in abundant amount for agriculture, clothing and traditional medicines. Most live in large urban centers, but all residents depend on the Amazon’s natural bounty for food, shelter and livelihoods.However we can find thousands of distinct ethnic groups with their own distinctive language and culture that even remain today in tropical Rainforests around the world.Most of the tribal people don’t ever go to school like us,indeed they learn about the forest areas from their ancestors and few people in their communities.They learn about hunting,fishing and they also learn about the medicines available in those forest areas and how it must be used.

Indigenous people amazon

Indigenous people amazon

People in amazon

People in amazon

  Destruction of Amazon:

Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest has increased almost about one third in the past year, reversing a decade-long trend of better protection for the world’s greatest Rainforest.Till now in this Rainforest the destruction cleared the area larger than 200 football fields.The worst year in which most of the destruction of the forest area took place is 2004,about 27,000 sq km of forest was destroyed.The increase in deforestation was largely caused by the expansion of farming areas and the development of infrastructure projects.

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Amazon-deforestation

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Amazon-rain-forest-destruction

Highlights:

Travel to Amazon Rainforest offers the opportunity to breathe in some of the purest air on the planet and see some of the world’s most amazing birds and animals.We can have a look from the bullet ants to tarantulas, jaguars to capybaras, piranhas to giant river otters, capuchins to howler monkeys and much more.This is a must visit place by everyone in his life time and can have best memories in his life spending in this adventures Wildlife.Houses and cottages are also available for tourists near the forest area.

Houses in amazon rain forests

Houses in amazon RainforestsHouses for touristsHouses for tourists

Transport through water in the rain forest

Transport through water in the Rainforest

The Rose Bowl – Stadium for the Immortals



The Rose Bowl – Stadium for the Immortals

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Legends, heroes and immortals are stuffs of fantasy and myths but in real life all such figures come to life inside a sporting stadium. Sports are the best way one can find heroes, legends and immortals. Sporting personalities and moments allow us the chance to enjoy, live and celebrate are heroes and legends. And the theatre for such great athletes, heroes and legends to perform is known as a stadium, an outdoor building, and a cauldron where the greatest moments of sporting history are performed and lived. There are many stadiums world over which are known for their history, their size, their fans, the great sporting history that has been created in them and the teams they represent. For fans of a particular sport or team their stadium is their temple, a place where they worship their immortal players and one such stadium located in the city of Pasadena in California is called the Rose Bowl Stadium.

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The Rose Bowl is an outdoor athletics stadium situated in Pasadena, Los Angeles and is the home of the football teams of University of California at Los Angeles as well as the host of the most famous football bowl game in the United States of America, the Rose Bowl football game. The stadium is a landmark in American and Californian history with the distinct honor of hosting events of two Olympics held in Los Angeles in 1934 and 1984, a Soccer World Cup Final in 1994 and Women’s Soccer World Cup Final in 1999. The stadium came up at a time when American Football was developing into a national game with great popularity and following, all over the country there soccer stadiums coming up. Los Angeles itself had its own showcase event “the tournament of roses” which was played on the New Year’s Day and known as ‘America’s New Year Celebration’ it was held for the first on January 1st, 1902 at Tournament Park. For the coming 14 year the event lost much of its sheen and was dominated by other side vents instead of Football as the game were too lopsided to draw crowd.

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But in 1916, under the official name of the Rose Bowl the Football match was re-instated as the showpiece event soon it became an annual event and started drawing crowds of over 40,000 thousand on the game day. This led authorities to commission the building of a permanent stadium at Arroyo Seco some three miles south of the original Tournament Park. The designer of the stadium was Myron Hunt who was inspired form the design of the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut which was built in 1914; the stadium was originally built as a horse shoe and opened in 1922 hosting the first game between USC and Cal in October of 1922. The official opening of the stadium as the Rose Bowl though happened on January 1st, 1923. Since its opening the stadiums has undergone many renovation project which has led to the expansion of its capacity and facilities. The horse-shoe shape of the original design got converted into a full bowl in 1928 after the development of the southern end of the stadium.

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After the building of the southern end the capacity of the stadium rose to around 55000 thousand, each year at the bowl game the stadium would be packed to quarters building an atmosphere which was never seen before in any American stadium. After the Second World War more expansion happened and by 1972 the stadium became the largest in USA with a capacity to hold 104,000 plus spectators for a game, from 1972 till 1997 the Rose Bowl remained the stadium with the highest capacity but was surpassed by the Michigan State University stadium which held a capacity of 109,000. From the wooden benches of the early years to the bucket seats of today, spectator comfort has come a long way for the Rose Bowl. Today the Rose Bowl stadium can host around 92000 spectators at a time with numbers touching the 94000 mark sometimes. The stadium has also been host to many other events such as rock concerts, a soccer world cup final with an attendance of 93000 and the NFL Super Bowl.

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Rose Bowl stadium and its showpiece event the Rose Bowl game is considered to be the showcase of the immortals, a place where some of the defining moments of American Football’s history have been created. The Rose Bowl game which sees the participation of the two of the biggest and best teams in American College Football has captured the imagination of millions of American and is the biggest game in College football and second biggest in American Football after the ‘Super bowl’.  In 2014, the stadium held its 100th Rose Bowl game which was eventually won by Michigan State University Spartans, the most successful team at Rose Bowl games have been the University of South California, Michigan State University and the Washington State University. The Rose Bowl game is an annual showcase of the greatest talent there is in American college football, it represents an integral part of America’s sporting culture and its heritage.