Borneo is the largest island in Asia and the third largest in the world. The island is divided between the countries of Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. The southern part of the island is a part of Indonesia, whereas Brunei takes up a small section in the northern part of the island with the majority belonging to Malaysia. In the Malaysia side of Borneo is a hidden gem of a region, Sabah. There are lots of things to do in Sabah, such as trekking, canoeing, rafting, exploring Rafflesia and more. Continue Reading
South East Asia is one of the most popular destinations for Indians when they consider International travel. Although countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia are usually on the radar of Indian travellers, not a lot of people know about this hidden gem, Borneo. Borneo is the largest island in Asia and the third largest in the world. It is shared by three countries, Indonesia occupies the southern part of the island, whereas the northern side of the island is occupied by Brunei and Malaysia. Borneo is also known for having the second oldest rainforest in the world and is even older than the Amazon Rainforest.
In the northern part of Borneo lies the tiny nation of Brunei. Although small, but thanks to its extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, it is actually considered a developed country. During its peak, around the mid 1400s, Brunei used to occupy the majority of the island of Borneo. Now, most of the northern part of Borneo, majorly the Sarawak and Sabah region belong to Malaysia
The region of Sabah lies towards the northernmost side of Borneo. The capital city of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu which also houses the major airport in Sabah. Kota Kinabalu, popularly known as KK, is a major tourist destination and also a gateway to explore Sabah and Borneo.
How To Reach Sabah, Malaysia
In order to reach Kota Kinabalu from India, one would have to take two flights. One flight to Kuala Lumpur and then from Kuala Lumpur, another flight to Kota Kinabalu would be required. Indians only require a Malaysia Visa for both Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. It is fairly easy to obtain a visa as well. There are two types of Visa that tourists can apply – E-Visa and Entri Visa. While the E-Visa can grant multiple entries into Malaysia and takes about 3-4 days to obtain, Entri Visa is much faster granting single entry permit and can be obtained within a few hours.
Also Read: GUIDE TO KUALA LUMPUR
Currency in Sabah, Malaysia
The currency used in Sabah, Malaysia is Ringgit. The exchange value is around 17-20 Rupees per Malaysia Ringgit. Malay is the official language although English is widely spoken in Kota Kinabalu. Islam is the official state religion but you do see a lot of Christians as well. Most of the places in Sabah will have a Type G port for charging, so it’s always good to carry a converter while travelling to Sabah, Malaysia.
Sabah is home to Mount Kinabalu, which is the highest mountain in Malaysia with a height of approximately 4100 m. It is also one of the youngest mountains in the world and is said to be growing by a few centimetres every year. Popular activities in Sabah include diving and snorkelling in the water facing parts of the island and trekking or mountain biking in the interiors of the region with the picturesque view of Mount Kinabalu in the background.
Where to Stay
As per accommodation requirements, there are plenty of stay options at Sabah. For those who want to spend their time in the lap of luxury, hotels such as the Shangri La Rasa Ria, offer numerous options for relaxation. The resort has its own golf course, private beach and also provides multiple tour options to its guests.
For those who would like to live like the locals and experience the culture, one can explore homestays. Guests can choose to stay in nearby villages with the locals and experience their rich culture and delicious food. One of the recommended Tour Operators in Sabah is Trek Finder Tours, who offer a variety of popular tours and activities in the area.
It’s a great time to visit Malaysia and explore it to the fullest. The Malaysian Government is promoting Malaysia as one of the best destinations to travel. It has recently launched its campaign Visit Malaysia 2020 to attract more people to travel to Malaysia. In case you are planning a trip to Malaysia or South East Asia, Sabah should definitely be on your list.
Are you planning to travel solo to Orlando? A great idea, after all, Orlando an amazing vacation destination. However, while travelling on your own and alone can fun and exciting, it can be a bit overwhelming too, especially if you carry limited information. Orlando is a fun-filled city with endless attractions for its visitors. It is a great place to meet people and one can get adventurous and spontaneous.
Enriched with rivers, temples and natural resources coupled with the cultural heritage of India add a unique vibe to Andhra Pradesh. There are in numerous places here at Andhra Pradesh which are really alluring and tempting. This is the abode of various attractions with historical legacy, spellbinding culture and what not! Then come here at Andhra Pradesh that offers you wit amicable people and enjoy its worldwide repute. Apart from all these this country has the longest coastline in the country.
So grab the opportunity to soothe your eye in these delightful charms, have an excursion to the few mentioned tourist places and enjoy a memorable trip to India’s most inspiring state.
#1 – Lepakshi, Anantapur.
Lepakshi proves to be a small and a bit old fashioned town. This very small town attracts fascinating archeologists, calling out for the culture and history of loving enthusiasts. This place is known to be the treasure house of rich culture and historic temples.
The best time to visit Lepakshi is from October to February which you can plan at very affordable rates by using IRCTC Ticket Booking options from any place of India. The Vijayanagara architectural style has its own charm, boosting over the rest. So mentioning few attractions at Lepakshi:
- A huge statue of Monolithic Nandi carved out of a granite stone casting its spell on the passerby.
- The Veerabhadra temple is also popular for this sculpture and architectural beauty.
- The Lepakshi Temple has its own added charm.
#2 – Vishakhapatnam.
Want to spend some time with your loved ones in the middle of beaches, landscapes and man-made wonders at the same time. Then stop thinking for other options, stick to Vishakhapatnam, this is the place for you!
Vizag is also targeted by many due to its cultural past and also having the oldest shipyard in India. This “Jewel of East Coast’s” separates it from the other states. The few attractions which you would not like to miss there:
- The Submarine Museum showcases various pictures, artifacts and other articles revealing our glorious past.
- Araku Valley is another offbeat destination with immense natural beauty.
- Kailasa Giri is another fascinating hill station providing you with striking views of the sea.
- Rishikonda Beach is another must visit in Andhra Pradesh.
- Situated at a height of about 705 above the sea level, Borra Caves is considered to the largest cave.
Kurnool is the treasure house of various ancient monuments. Walking through the lanes of the historic city reveals you with the bygone era. The fort ruins and the caves are enough to cast a spell on you. It proves to be the appropriate place for the nature lovers to cherish the desired bliss here. Few attractions to mention are:
- Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary takes you deep into the wild.
- Belum Caves adorned with intricate patterns of water streams.
- Don’t miss the Oravakallu Rock Garden which is truly fascinating.
- Last but not the least Sri Yagantiswamy Temple in Yaganti offers you with an overview of the cultural rich tradition of India.
#4- Vijayvada, Krishna
This city is well known for the Kanak temple overlooking the city. Hieun Tsang the Chinese pilgrim decided to plan his stay here as he was unable to resist the ethereal allure. Book hotel at affordable rates from budget hotel to 5 star villas in Andhra using Oyo Coupons. Few must visit places of the city are as follows
- The Undavalli Caves showcases the Indian rock cutting architecture
- The Kondapalli forts allow you with an overview of the entire valley
- All above the Bhavani island is a much-awaited destination and relaxing gateways for the weekends.
#5- Tirupati, Chittoor
The Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy Temple, also known as Tirupati is one of the famous temples Of India because of its evoking spiritual feeling among the people. This city is considered as one of the best attracting tourist spots in India, calling over thousands of people each day.
- The natural rock amazing garden, the Silathoranam grabs the attention of many people.
- Akasaganga Teertham, as the name itself, has some immense religious significance.
- The Chandragiri Fort stands all the above overruling the city.
- The Swami Pushkarini Lake is considered to be extremely holy owned by Lord Vishnu.
Hope you enjoyed reading about the few mentioned places in Andhra Pradesh that or, the plan makes it different from the other states in India. After knowing about so many interesting places to visit for, it would surely urge one to plan their visit to Andhra Pradesh. So just don’t wait , just make your plan and enjoy your home stay!
What If I told you, that just 30 minutes away from the concrete jungle of Gurgaon is a sprawling golf course and a resort nestled among the Aravalis? Difficult to imagine right! Lemon Tree Tarudhan Valley is this and much more.
Whenever I see or hear about caves I am always in awe, wondering these are the first ever forms of what we know as ‘homes’ for the humankind. Perhaps these wondrous yet uncanny places are one of the most mysterious creations of nature. I believe that caves, naturally formed or made by ancient people tell the stories of their time. Belum Caves in Hyderabad are one such place.
Kuala Lumpur is a city which boasts of tall skyscrapers, smiling locals and lots of natural attractions apart from providing a splendid shopping experience. We stayed in the main part of the city called Bucket Bintang. It’s close to all the main attractions of the city like the Petronas Towers, China Town & even the KL tower. Moreover, malls like KLCC are just walking distance if you stay in an area like Bukit Bintang. If you’re a first timer in Kuala Lumpur, this is the only guide you will need for KL:
Do you ever feel like getting out of your dull and boring life and going on a holiday? If you do, then you aren’t the only one. The hectic schedules of the current age are making more and more people opt for frequent holidays. This is actually good as they are able to stress out by visiting new places. Georgia is a beautiful country that you may have heard of. The tremendous scenic beauty forces people to avail for a Georgia visa and go out for a long trip. So, here we will introduce you to the country so that you are the next one to book your tickets.
Georgia is a country that is situated in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. It falls between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. The capital of this country is Tbilisi which is also the largest city. Georgia took an active part in the world politics and is now in a stable and happy state with more than 3.5 million people residing in it.
The main religion of the country is Christianity of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Georgian is the language that is spoken countrywide. A lot of history is present in the country due to its crucial role with the world. A person visiting the country should definitely look into them.
Places to see in Georgia:
When you are in Georgia, you cannot miss out on its capital city. You will be amazed to see the beauty of the city along with the hospitality of the people. The city is situated in the banks of the Mtkvari river and enclosed by mountains. You will need to roam through the Old Town to take in all the colours. The city has the contrast of the modern along with the most basic life of people. Do visit the Narikala Fortress to get a panoramic view of the whole of Tbilisi.
Religion is a very important part of Georgia. They accepted Christianity a long time back and they still follow it dominantly. This city is the religious capital of the country and it holds some of the important churches. You have to visit the Svetitskhoveli, Jari and Samtavro Monastery to know more about the religion. You will also get to know about Saint Nino, a woman who is said to have spread Christianity in the whole of Georgia.
This spectacular place holds a cave monastery which looks extremely beautiful. It is situated in Southern Georgia near Aspindza. The monastery was constructed during the 12th century and several monks lived in it. It acted as a city in its own. You can roam through the places to actually see the brilliance of it. You will do need to pay a little fee to get inside the place.
When you are in a country like Georgia, you should see the native places where people actually stay and make their living. Svaneti is a province lying in Northernwestern Georgia at the heart of the Caucasus Mountains. You have to drive to the place crossing through the rugged terrain by the mountains. The villages are built along the slopes and they look strikingly beautiful. The Alpine landscape will give you the feeling of staying at the place. Ushuguli is a village that you must visit when you are in the province. It is 2200m above the sea level. You will also need to visit Mestia as it is the central village of the province.
So, here are the places that you must visit in Georgia. Make friends when you are in the country because you will fall in love with the people. We hope that you have a great time when you visit Georgia on your next trip.
Rishikesh, the land of Yoga and spirituality is all set to host International Yog Festival in 2019. Yoga is now famous world over as a physical activity that can heal the body and mind. Being practiced in India since centuries, it has now gained an international popularity.
This prestigious festival celebrating yoga will be held from 1st March to 7th March 2019 in Hotel Ganga Resort, Rishikesh. This global festival is being organized by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board in association with Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). Here yoga enthusiasts from around the world will get a chance to experience the divine art of uniting mind, body and soul.
A Brief Intro about International Yog Festival
This program invites yogis and yoginis from throughout the world to Rishikesh to participate in further educating themselves about yoga and its many forms. Here they will go through core yogic texts such as Hath yog Pradipika, Gherand Samhita, Patanjali Yog Sutra, Goraksh Paddhati, Shrimad Bhagawat Geeta and more.
The organisers are putting sincere efforts to bring the wisdom of these texts into their practice. Some topics that will be covered are:
The Yogic way of life
Yoga for women, beyond asana
Traditional vs. contemporary Yoga
Yoga before and beyond the asanas
The goal and the foundations of Yoga
This year, there’s also going to be demonstration and open challenges where people can inspire each other and have fun while at the International Yoga Festival. Besides all this, there will also be theme based classes about Traditional yoga, Contemporary Yoga, Celebrating “Shakti – the power of creation” and Therapeutic Yoga.
The Mission behind International Yog Festival, 2019
The mission behind IYF held by Uttarakhand Tourism is to create such a platform where all traditional and modern styles of yoga can come together and learn from each other. They also want to inspire more yogis who will learn, see and get inspired by the power of yoga.
In the words of Hon’ble Tourism Minister of the State, Shri Satpal Maharaj, “Uttarakhand is known for attracting a large number of people, who come here with a variety of different expectations. International Yog Festival is the perfect platform for those who are fond of enjoying the ancient art of Yoga amidst pure and therapeutic natural environs. Year on year, International Yog Festival has seen an immense participation and footfall of people from all over the world. I invite you all to be a part of the festival, which will not only offer the opportunity to practise the art of Yoga but will also enable you to immerse in the diverse knowledge tracing it back to its origins”
Participate in the IYF
There are many ways in which you can participate in International Yog Festival 2019. You can either be a presenter, a performer, a volunteer and as a seeker.
Check out the video below for more:
For participating in the above roles check out the details here.
For registering for International Yog Festival 2019, click here.