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.
If you’re one of those that always need an extra nudge to get out of their comfort zone than you’ll probably have problems making yourself go on a trip – alone. But in fact, making a decision to travel alone at a certain point in your life can truly be a groundbreaking experience and can help you experience lots of new things and change your mindset completely.
Looking into volunteering abroad as an alternative to the boring beach holiday? You might be intimidated by the exorbitant costs of some programs, with some companies charging thousands of dollars for a few weeks’ stay. In some cases the high costs are justified, as most of the money might go to the project itself, but if you’re on a budget it just isn’t doable.
Volunteering on a budget is possible, and there are a few different ways to do it depending on your preferences. Have a look at this list and find out how you can volunteer abroad for less.
Indonesia is an amazing country that’s long been a favourite for backpackers. It offers incredible beaches, beautiful jungles, volcanoes, and some incredible cities. The blend of modern living in the big cities and rich cultural and historical heritage in the countrysides draws so many visitors to Indonesia every single year. But a lot of them end up going to the same place. Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 tiny islands, the most famous of which is Bali. It’s the typical backpacker location with buzzing beach resorts and secluded countryside to explore. It’s easy to see why so many people flock to Bali every year. The beaches are beautiful and there are so many amazing things to see there, but what about the rest of the country. Bali might be great but it’s certainly not the best Indonesian island. If you only go there and nowhere else, you’re really missing out on some of the incredible things that the rest of the country has to offer. If you’re planning a trip to Indonesia and you’re only looking at Bali, here are some other great islands that you should definitely add to your itinerary.
A small city located in eastern Rajasthan, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary should be on every bird watching enthusiasts travel list. The city has one of the best bird sanctuaries in the country. Since it is located close to Delhi, tourists can reach Bharatpur by hiring a cab from Delhi to Agra and travel to Bharatpur by road. The city is steeped in history, beginning from 5th century BC when the Matsya kingdom ruled the land. Tourists who are fascinated by history and also want to enjoy bird can get away for a relaxing holiday in Bharatpur.