Grand Canyon – Pride and Greatness of Arizona

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Grand Canyon on the Colorado River in northwestern Arizona, USA is consodered one of the greatest wonders of the nature. In places it reaches 5905 feet in height and that is why is considered one of the deepest canyons in the world. It is about 18 miles wide and 277 miles long. Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and one of the most popular tourist destinations. Located in the high desert plateaus, the famous canyon, the pride of Arizona, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1972, making it one of the top natural wonders on this list.

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Before reaching that its majesty, the canyon is more than 10 million years old. According to archaeologists this is the reason four geologic eras of our planet Earth can be seen there – Neoproterozoy, Mezoproterozoy, Paleoproterozoy, Neoarhay and Mezoarhay. During these eras the rocks in the plane under the influence of the ground forces shifted and slammed into each other and eroded. This huge space is not interesting only in size. It is not just a big hole in the ground. Anyone who visit it and look it from its highest point will notice that the canyon is filled with numerous rocks with interesting shapes. Here you can see the natural formations that look like Buddhist temples, small pyramids, towers, walls and much more. All these interesting “facilities” are made from the most skillful builder – mother nature. The bottom of the Grand Canyon is a typical Mexican desert landscape with agave, various cacti and Yuki. The rich flora includes a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. Among the rocks you can see  mountain lions, wild sheep,  lynx, American coyotes and others.

Grand Canyon helicopter rides

Grand Canyon visited by over many tourists every year. They come here to experience the unpredictable game of shadows and lights and the wonder of its always changing colors. The best time to visit it is the summer, late spring ir early fall. However the locals recommend the winter as the best season to visit, because then the view really is indescribably beautiful. People can arrive in the area of ​​the Grand Canyon from the north side, which is remote or the south side, which is more accessible. Either way there are several camping sites and a lot of restaurants and hotels. In summer, when there is a height of the tourist season, places are hard to find.

Grand-Canyon-SkyWalk

Fall, spring, and even winter are much better suited seasons to visit the Grand Canyon. There are steep at which paths the experienced tourists can descend on foot in the bottom of the canyon. For most adventurous tourists there are helicopter rides over the canyon. You can book such if you are located in Phoenix or Las Vegas for example. There are also airplane and mule rides as well. The last major tourist attraction is the Grand Canyon Skywalk, opened on 28 March 2007. It is a hanging glass terrace (in the form of a horseshoe) off the edge of the canyon. It is visited annually by million tourists, most of whom attended the south side of the park.

India – The place of art and culture

All over the world India is known as “unity in diversity” in many ways – for food, travel, people, economy. With a population of over one million people, India is a mixture of different cultures. It combines stunning beaches, sacred sites, glittering temples, cold mountains, carnivals, towns illuminated by lanterns and large cities. This country has everything to make your trip to it unique. Every corner of India offers something exciting for visitors.

Kerala – the land of god

Kerala - the land of god

The most famous destination in South India. Kerala offers natural beauty, amazing beaches of white sand, delicious seafood, health resorts, festivals and cultural monuments.

Attraction in Kerala are swamps formed a maze of canals that cross the city and crossed by boats. The view of the city invigorates the mind and soothes the senses. In the surroundings you san see amazing tea plantations. The destination is suitable for your honeymoon, vacation, cultural and medical tourism, yoga and meditation.

Agra – the city of Taj

Taj Mahal in Agra city

There is no way destination with three UNESCO monuments not to fall into our list. Located on the banks of the river. Yamuna, Agra is 200 km from New Delhi. In ancient history, mentioned already in the “Mahabharata”, the capital of the Mughal Empire, Agra shines with Mughal architecture. Taj Mahal is probably described the best by Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity.”

Attracting thousands of tourists every day, Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction works took 23 years and over 20 000 workers. The structure is perfect – appears equally from all four sides. Masters from Italy and Persia were hired to create the magnificent tomb.

Besides the inspiring Taj Mahal in Agra there are many other attractions – the fortress, Fatehpur Sikri, Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah. The city offers a craft market with lots of jewelry and stone figures. However, beware of being robbed and bargain hard as you can be sold something that is fake.

Agra has its bad sides – pollution and insolent hucksters. However, because its historical importance and tourist attractions you should not miss it.

Rajasthan – the land of the rulers

Rajasthan - the land of the rulers

The very name evokes images of Maharaj, fearless warriors Rajputs, stunning palaces and forts with royal hospitality and luxury. If there is a place to take you back to a bygone era, it is certainly Rajasthan. It is full of places full of history: the capital Jaipur, the lakes and the palace in Udaipur , the beautiful desert landscapes of Bikaner and many others – there is no end of the surprises! Theh istorical monuments seem encapsulated in time. If you are confused by the huge number of sights, get the so-called Palace on Wheels. This is the one kind of a train – a luxurious interior, delicious meals, class wines and personal service. Combining ancient charm with modern amenities, the “Palace” will make you feel like a real Maharaja. Besides everything else the area is a temptation for the buyer looking for fabric, semi-precious stones and crafts. The lovers of exotic cultures will find beautiful local music and dance.

Mumbai – the city of dreams

Mumbai Skyline at Night. Author: Cididity Hat.

Mumbai reminds you of a shine, film art, fashion and money. As a cosmopolitan city, Mumbai is quite diverse. Dotted with prominent places such as architectural marvel hotel “Taj Mahal”, famous skyscrapers and airport Chhatrapati Shivaji, the city is full of temptations. Food in Mumbai is worth trying, though sometimes the hygiene may not be first class. The most attractive destinations include the Gates of India, Hanging Gardens, Juhu Beach, Ajanta Alora caves, Haji Ali mosque. Mumbai definitely impresses with a combination of old-fashioned monuments, futuristic view, Bollywood movies, big markets, romantic coastline and much more. In Mumbai everything seems possible!

Ladakh – The Moon Land

Ladakh - the Moon Land

Located on 3000 meters altitude in the Himalayas, Ladakh is a plateau in the valley of the Indus River between the Karakoram mountains in the north and Big Ladakh in the south. Ladakh is known for its secluded mountain beauty and culture. It is called “Moon Land” and “Little Tibet” because of the natural beauty respectively of the landscape and population of Tibetans. This place is attractive with its inaccessibility – I recommend the transition by car, bus or bike to enjoy the view! So this will not be the usual walk. If you reach Ladakh do visit the many monasteries in the district Leh Palace and Lake Tso Moriri.

Kodaikanal – Princess of the mountain towns

Kodaikanal

One more wonderful destination in South India. This is one of the most peaceful and well-known mountain towns in India, located on the hills of Palani in Tamil Nadu, about 120 km from Madurai. Originally served as a refuge for British aristocrats, and today is a thriving summer resort.

Kashmir – heaven on earth

Visitors are wrong when describe it as “beautiful”. For lack of a better word, Kashmir is referred to as “Paradise on Earth”. It is an extreme northern point of India. The valley is adorned by lakes, clear streams, lush orchards, lush pastures, distant snowy peaks. The air is clean and fresh. For lovers of extreme sports in Kashmir offer water rafting, winter sports and abundant wild game. Kashmir is surely something for everyone.

Goa – Indian nights

Goa is the smallest state of India, which does not stop it from attracting about 2 million visitors a year with beautiful beaches, seafood, wild nightlife. For adventurers it offers extreme water sports. Although part of India, Goa has a unique look – a combination of national and international cultures, endless parties, golden beaches – some of the best in whole of India.

Mount Roraima – the home of Gods

Today in this post, I will just mention about an amazing nature’s formation. This is the Mount Roraima.

Mount Roraima. Photo by Paolo Costa Baldi. License: GFDL/CC-BY-SA 3.0

Mount Roraima one of the most incredible natural geological formations in the world. It is located on the border between Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, as three quarters of it are on Venezuelan territory. It is part of the National Park Kaynama and it is 2810 meters high.Photo by Paolo Costa Baldi. License: GFDL/CC-BY-SA 3.0

 

The name of the mountain literally means “mother of all waters”. This is due to the fact that from the mount many majestic waterfalls are streaming. It is considered one of the oldest geological massifs on Earth, dating back more than two billion years. There are several theories about the formation of the mount. The most curious of them is that in the Paleozoic era there was a continent called Gondwana, which disappeared due to cleavage of the surface. One of the subsequently formed mountains with flat top was precisely Roraima.

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The stnning view overlooks the thick clouds, creating a sense that they lead to heaven. Magnificent view inspired Arthur Conan Doyle for his book “The Lost World”.

Mauritius – where dreams become reality

Republic of Mauritius. Copyright: www.gov.mu.

Summer is officially over and the days took the rhythm of daily life. The heat of the sun began to weaken, but still pleasant autumn days managed to raise our mood. This leads us to begin to yearn for the next vacation and secretly think of it. If your dream destination is a tropical paradise, the island of Mauritius is a оне of the best плацес for such a getaway.

Mauritius is an island country and is considered the pearl of the Indian Ocean. With its endless golden beaches surrounded by coral reefs and outstanding climate, it is a favorite destination for lovers of tropical vacations. For it the great writer Mark Twain wrote: “God created Mauritius first, and only then, in his likeness, created the world.” Its symbol is the vanished dodo whose inability to fly made ​​her easy prey for the then sailors and local residents and causing its overall extinction in the seventeenth century.

Port Louis, Mauritius. Copyright: www.gov.mu

The African island nation is located about 900 kilometers east of Madagascar and has an area of ​​2040 square kilometers and a population over 1 million people. The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis, where the most important administrative, financial and cultural buildings are concentrated. The official language is English, but you can hear French and Creole as well. Hinduism is the dominant religion, followed by Christianity and Islam.

Mauritius belongs to one of the most developed countries in the world and boasts of ultra luxurious hotels that offer not only excellent service, but also accommodation of a new dimension.

Due to its distance from the mainland, the island has retained its virgin nature and mystery. So each visit is unique, leaving precious memories for life. Cobalt blue waters, clear lagoons, palm trees, luxury hotels, fine cuisine, fascinating culture and traditions, helpful and hospitable people – this is what ensures the visitors unforgettable days and makes them come back to this place again and again.

In recent centuries, the island was conquered by the British, Portuguese, Danish, Creole, French, Chinese and Indians. This is the reason for its variety of customs, traditions, culture and religions, expressed especially in culinary terms – the cuisine is a blend of French, Chinese and Indian, seasoned with spicy African spices.

The summer in Mauritius begins in November and continues to May. During this time the Emerald Island, steeped in the turquoise waters of the ocean turns into a real paradise. Lush greenery, countless exotic blooming flowers and trees, coral reefs, cool waterfalls and deep lakes are some of the unearthly beautiful landscape typical for Mauritius. Water sports lovers can admire the real beauty and in the waters around the coral reef through many opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Beach in Mauritius

Mauritius offers not only beautiful romantic beaches, luxury hotels and coconut palms. The remains of the first villages and impressive mansions of the French, Danish and British rule, will get visitors in the past and will provide a deeper understanding of life at that time. Old colonial plantations on the island are also interesting tourist attraction.

It is a little known fact that Mauritius is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of sugar cane. Parliament building in Port Louis, built in Baroque style, the Old Theatre, Natural History Museum and the Museum of CA brands also suitable for a visit from curious tourists.

Ganga Talao Lake

One of the wonders of the island paradise is the area Chamarel, which attracts dozens of visitors and should be seen by everyone who resides here. The volcanic rock formations dating back millions of years look like a colorful carpet in pink and purple hues. The lake “Ganga Talao” and the waterfalls “Alexandra Falls” offer some of the most picturesque views of the island. In the northern part of the island is Pamplemus botanical garden, which is known for the giant Amazon water lilies, many plants and over 85 type of palms. The lake “Ganga Talao” and the waterfalls “Alexandra Falls” offer some of the most picturesque views of the island. In the northern part of the island is Pamplemus botanical garden, which is known for the giant Amazon water lilies, many plants and over 85 species of palms. The park “Black River Gorges” and “Casela” are home to rare birds and plants, and at the Turtle Bay you can see gigantic creatures that quietly walk undisturbed.