Monday, April 15, 2013

Why Visit Nepal?

Nepal is situated between two big countries India and China as a yam. Being a small country with an area of 147181sq Km Nepal possesses bundles of attractions to the tourists, providing unique cultures preserved from the past, exotic scenic beauty of landscapes, forests, mountains lakes and rivers beside these Nepal possesses great opportunities for different kinds of adventure activities. Nepal can also be called the mountain kingdom as around 64 percent of the total land is covered by mountain region. Nepal contains eight mountains more than 8000m tall among the 14 existing around the world and they are Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna, among these Everest is the tallest one throughout the world with the height of 8848m. Not only these but Nepal also had other many mountains smaller in height but great in their beauty and scenic views. Although Nepal is a small country, the natural beauty of Nepal is indefinable. Nepal possesses the great natural beauty from the plains of the terai to the peaks of the mountains; due to these Nepal can be stated as the,'Last Paradise on Earth'.

Nepal is also very rich in History and Culture as many of the historical and cultural sites of Nepal still exists in front of our eyes, which are now the main attraction for the tourists coming to Nepal from different parts of the world. It is a country of millions of Gods and the only country with the living Goddess called Kumari. The arts and articrafts found in the heritage sites are the property of Nepal and retains great value. There are 10 world heritage sites in Nepal listed by UNESCO among which seven are cultural and two of them are natural and they are Boudhanath Stupa, Bhaktapur Durbar, Changu Narayan, Kathmandu Durbar, Patan Durbar, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayabhunath Stupa, Royal Chitwan National Park, Sagarmatha National Park and Lumbini the birth place of Gautam Buddha, 'Apostle of Peace and light of Asia'. Lumbini is one of the holiest place of Buddhist religion and as well as Hindus where peoples from all around the world go there to pay homage. The site, described as a beautiful garden in the Buddha's time, still retains its legendary charm and beauty. Other places named as Pokhara, Mustang, Lumbini, Gorkha, Tansen etc... are the other beautiful touristic places in Nepal.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

3 Must-See Sights on a Botswana Safari

See the Small Town of Serowe on a Botswana Safari

This small, sprawling town makes a fantastic side trip to any Botswana safari holiday, and is a must-see destination to any visitor who wishes to learn more about Botswana's culture and history. Serowe was the birthplace of Sir Seretse Khama, the first president and founding father of Botswana who famously returned to his homeland from his studies in the UK along with an English bride - much of the controversy caused by the interracial marriage that played out in the aftermath of this took place in Serowe. You can still visit the couple's graves in the royal cemetery today. Serowe is the perfect destination to take it easy and enjoy a break from the wilderness of your Botswana safari adventure, and to just wonder around soaking up the atmosphere and the history.

The Okavango Delta

Generally renowned as housing one of Africa's most breathtaking selections of wildlife as well as stunning scenery, the Okavango is the world's only inland delta and a land of dramatic flood plains, palm-fringed islands and the mighty rushing river. If you possibly can, time your Botswana safari holiday with the Okavango's annual flood, which arrives each May and makes this piece of land the destination of choice from mass migrations of animals from all over the Kalahari. The floods not only ensure that you're guaranteed to good game viewing, but also create a stunning watery landscape in their own right, dotted with lily pads and ripe for bird watching.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Three Incredible Cities Found on the Yangtze River

At a length of almost 4,000 miles, the Yangtze River stands as the longest waterway across the whole of Asia and the third longest in the world - beaten only by the Amazon and the Nile. Flowing from the glaciers of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau before emptying into the East China Sea in Shanghai, it has been a longstanding hotspot among those looking to experience unbelievable river cruises. For those hoping to take to the waters in the near future, here are some of the best cities you can experience on your trip.

We begin our journey at Lijiang, a city which offers a stunning example of traditional life in China. One of the highlights which often draws visitors is the Old Town of Lijiang, a UNESCO protected site which demonstrates the historical architecture commonly found across China throughout history, also boasting an ancient water-supply system which is still fully operational to this day.

Another popular sight is Yichang, a modern metropolis which is filled with history spanning hundreds of years. Formerly known as Yiling, one of the most prominent early moments recorded here was when the Qin general Bai Qi set fire to the city back in 278BC, during the Warring States period. The city was also an important site during the Three Kingdoms period, standing as the location of the Battle of Yiling in 222AD. The modern day Yichang has grown into a sizeable city, being the second largest in the Hubei province and home to the China Three Gorges University.