While I was a resident in Muscat, I wasn’t able to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque as something or the other always came up. But I finally got my chance when I came in as a tourist courtesy Ministry of Tourism, Oman & Indiblogger.
Beautifully situated in the serene Himalayan mountains in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, the name Spiti means the Middle Land. It is the land between Tibet and India. The Valley lies almost 12,500 ft above the sea level. Just like a maze, the roads in and out of this valley are quite confusing. The backdrop and culture of this valley are quite similar to that of Ladakh and Tibet. Picturesque monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and monks in their orange robes add up to the mystic charm of Spiti.
Spiti has a number of alluring places in store that one should visit during their Himalayan Holiday Tour.
Everyone who ever visited Sydney realized that it’s a mixture of flawless seaside and cultural beauty, where amazing tropical climate, imposing architecture and laid-back lifestyle create its uniqueness. As a person who lives in Sydney for years, I just adore every part of it.
But when I became a freelance tour guide, I noticed that most tourists head for Opera House and Harbour Bridge, leaving all other magnificent spots completely undiscovered. Plenty of authentic suburbs, monumental places and secluded beach spots present amazing local nooks that show the real Sydney attractiveness. So let me discover the greatest Sydney attractions from a local perspective:
I had read a lot about Kidzania before visiting their outlet in Kuwait. Started in 1999 in Mexico City, Kidzania has expanded to 16 cities and more across the world in the space of a few years since they started a franchise model to expand their properties. With more than 31 million guests having visited Kidzania since its opening, it is one of the fastest growing edutainment brands on the planet.
So what’s Kidzania all about? Let’s check it out.
With immigrants from a varied variety of countries including India, Indonesia, China and Malaysia to name a few, Singapore is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the world. Be it tourism or infrastructure, Singapore always stays ahead of its competition in every which way you could think of. Amusement Parks, Greenery, Shopping, Food, Electronics and more – there’s so much to do for everyone.
But why food? Is it even important? The food in a country defines its culture and daily life. It defines the habits and persona of the people. As immigrants from different countries stream in one after another, they bring a taste of their country along with them. Haven’t you heard of the Kaya Toast or the Roti Prata or even the Icecream Sandwich? What are you waiting for? Read on!
I was in Singapore on a work assignment for more than 6 months and I must say that I was totally lost for choice seeing the food options on offer. Despite the variety of cuisines to taste, I have narrowed my list of favourites to the below 5 ones.
There are so many factors which people consider before deciding to settle down in a city. While professional growth in terms of the organizations and corporates is at the forefront of our decision, there are other points like education, healthcare, infrastructure, safety, tourist places to visit and the likes which we consider before making our decision as well.
In this context, Melbourne being voted as the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability survey for the fourth consecutive year is an achievement to be really proud of. In a world where terror is spreading its tentacles far and wide and policies of governments and corporates are changing frequently, the tag of the most liveable city is something which every resident of Melbourne can boast about.
So what is it about Melbourne that makes it so special?
In a continuation to my previous post on Wahiba Sands, I also wanted to mention about one of the mysteries I came across during my stay as well as watching the beautiful sunset and sunrise.
Since we had arrived around late afternoon, we set out to capture the sunset at about 5pm in the evening. With our cameras and smartphones in tow, we set out with Majid (our driver cum guide) in the Land Cruiser Prado to the vantage point which was to provide us the best view of the sunset.
Wahiba Sands (now known as Sharqiya Sands) is a desert area around 250kms away from Muscat and about 120 kms from the city of Sur in the Sultanate of Oman. It’s size is around 12,500 square kilometers. The vastness of the desert hits you in the face as you enter it.
There are dunes of varying heights in all directions. Some tower well above the others. There is sand visible everywhere as far as the eyes can see.
On the way..
Rugged mountains, smooth winding roads, chilly breeze and a Land Cruiser Prado to boot – The ride to Jebel Shams was an adventure in every way. Located about 2-3 hours by road from Muscat – the capital of Sultanate of Oman and an hour away from the town of Nizwa, Jebel Shams (Sun Mountain) is the tallest point in the Hajar Mountains and at a height of more than 3000m, it is regarded as the tallest point in eastern Arabia. The beautiful village of Al Hamra stands at the base of this mountain peak.
The winding roads uphill
Though its said that the journey is more important than the destination, in the case of Jebel Shams, both the journey to the top and the views from the top are nothing short of spectacular. As our driver cum guide Majid drove up the winding roads, we observed that the temperature fell from around 30 degrees to just about 12 degrees.
We move further into mountainous territory
In a matter of about 25 minutes, the heat was replaced by chilly winds hitting all our faces.
From spectacular natural beauty to historical legacy, Turkey has so much to offer for any tourist. And Istanbul with its strategic location in the Bosphorus straddling Europe on one hand and Asia on the other, keeps its place as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
From palaces to bazaars, from mosques to malls; Istanbul blends history with modernity. It’s also a beautiful melting pot of cultures from the European to the Asian traditions finding way in normal lives. To top it all, it has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well.
A trip to Istanbul was always a dream for me until I discovered that I was getting 1 lakh credit points to give wings to my dream. Now that I was being generously showered with this gift, I had to ensure that I planned my trip in the best possible way.
But little did I know the cumbersome process it would be. I was quite confused at the amount of information available on the Internet. But all the information wasn’t really aggregated in one place.
And that’s when I stumbled across Skyscanner’s Travel Wizard.