Archive for May, 2009

  • Lamanai….. City of Crocodiles
    Lamanai….. City of Crocodiles
    Located on the banks for the New River Lagoon is the ancient ceremonial centre of Lamanai. The impressive Mayan ruins are the largest in Belize and the English translation of Lamanai means submerged crocodile. The city has one of the longest occupation span amongst all Mayan cities lasting over 3,000 years. The city is well engulfed by the forest and one has to climb on top of the temple pyramids to actually get a real picture of the surrounding landscape. Lamanai is also amongst the very few Mayan cities where the archeologists have uncovered the original name. It is believed that the occupation of the city started in 1500 BC, but the majority of the city construction started around 4th century BC and the Mayan’s occupied the city till 1600 AD. At its peak more then 35,000 Mayan’s lived in the city. Today much of the city remains  [...]
    Posted at May 21st, 2009 at 08:05 am
  • Uxmal…. City That Was Built Three Times
    Uxmal…. City That Was Built Three Times
    Uxmal is a large pre-Columbian city of Maya Civilization in Yucatan, Mexico. It is located at a distance of 78 kilometers from Merida. Archeologists have come out with a census that the city was first inhabited as early as 800 BC. The city was abandoned in 1450 AD after the Toltec’s rose to power and established their capital in Chichen Itza. The city at its peak was inhabited by over 30,000 people and most of the buildings in the site were constructed between 700 AD and 1100 AD. The main ruins of Uxmal are spread over an area of 150 acres and the residential district spread beyond the main ruins. Unlike other cities in the region which were build in proximity of cenotes, Uxmal is rather unusual. There are many man-made reservoirs and were probably used for storing rain water, one of such cisterns is located just near the entrance  [...]
    Posted at May 21st, 2009 at 12:05 am
  • Chichen Itza
    Chichen Itza
    Chichen Itza which means ‘At the mouth of the well of Itza’ is one of the most visited pre-Columbian archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsular in Mexico. It was one of the key cities and the focal point of the Mayan Civilization. Sometimes Chichen Itza is also referred in the ancient archives as Uucyabnal which means ‘Seven Great Rulers’. The site contains many buildings including temples, palaces, stages, markets, baths, and ballcourts. In the heart of Chichen is the El Castillo or the Temple of Kukulkan. It is a step pyramid and has stairways on all four sides. During spring and autumn equinox the rising and the setting sun the structure casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent. One can see the entire archeological site after climbing to the top of the pyramid. Much of the site is still engulfed in the forest  [...]
    Posted at May 20th, 2009 at 06:05 pm
  • Angkor Wat …The Largest Religious Monument In The World
    Angkor Wat …The Largest Religious Monument In The World
    Angkor Wat is part of the two great religious cities in Southeast Asia, one at Bagan in Burma and the other at Angkor in Cambodia. The temples of Angkor were built between 802 and 1220 AD by the Khmer Kings. Suryavarman II the Khmer King has been the key behind the constructions on the temples. In it peak time Angkor Kings ruled over a vast territory extending from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The Temple structure at Angkor consists of more than 100 stone temples were part of a large metropolis where the other buildings like castles, residential and commercial area was constructed of wood which could not stand the test of time. The temple site is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a symbolic representation of Hindu cosmology. The main temple symbolizes Mt. Meru and its five inter-nested rectangular walls and moats represent  [...]
    Posted at May 20th, 2009 at 05:05 am
  • Temples in Bagan
    Temples in Bagan
    Bagan is located in the Mandalay Division of Burma on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarady River. The region was under the rule of the Pagan Kingdom and the Kings constructed over 13,000 temples, pagodas and other religious monuments. After almost seven centuries only 2,200 temples have survived the floods, earthquakes and treasure hunters. Some of the key temples in Bagan are: Ananda Temple The temple was constructed in 1091 AD by King Kyanzittha and is modeled after the Nandamula cave. The temple construction has influences of Indian architectural styles and is 51 meters in height. The temple has four standing statues of Lord Buddha which have been covered in gold leaf. Gawdawpalin Temple The temple was constructed in the 12th century by King Narapatisithu and is the second highest temple in Bagan with a height of 60  [...]
    Posted at May 19th, 2009 at 05:05 pm
  • Switzerland – Paradise On Earth
    Switzerland – Paradise On Earth
    God’s own country, affluent with tantalising sights of ice kissed mountains cape, dense forestation and gorgeous scenic backdrops beacons even the weariest traveller. Switzerland prides itself of the finest array of Swiss knives, mouth-watering cheese, wines, intricately crafted wooden bird chime wall clocks and startling city locales. Geneva, with its predominantly French dialect, is picturesquely huddled between the mount Jura and Alpine summit and situated in the bay of Lake Geneva, known for its metres high jet water spray. The Lake Geneva is the place from where the Rhone commences it journey. With its empathetic spirit and multi-ethnic, broad minded panache, Geneva is regarded as the most superlative global city. It is the European Head Office of the Union Nations and the Red Cross. Geneva, globally renowned for its watches,  [...]
    Posted at May 19th, 2009 at 07:05 am
  • Calakmul…. The City Of The Two Adjacent Pyramids
    Calakmul…. The City Of The Two Adjacent Pyramids
    Calakmul is probably the largest Mayan city ever uncovered till now and is located in the Mexican state of Campeche. At its might the city was a Mayan superpower in the region of Peten and Yucatan. Archeologists have discovered 6,750 ancient structures in Calakum and are spread over an area of 70 square kilometers. The city at its peak equaled the power of Tikal and a lot is being known about the Mayan culture and its power from the deciphered Stelae and Murals that have been found in the city. The city grew from a small settlement around 500 AD. Most the great constructions happened between 550 AD and 700 AD. The end of the city was abrupt and is said to be in 810 AD. The city also is home to the largest Mayan pyramid. The Great Pyramid is 55 meters high with an area of two square kilometers and has four tombs inside it.  The Great  [...]
    Posted at May 19th, 2009 at 12:05 am
  • Exploring New York, The City Of Diversity And Contrast
    Exploring New York, The City Of Diversity And Contrast
    There are so many movies made about New York that even if you have not visited the place you have thorough knowledge about it. Most of the people are familiar with icons like Statue of Liberty and Empire State building. I have visited the apple city a couple of times but I still feel I have only scratched the surface. It is a city of diversity and contrast. The mix of different cultures that is seen in New York is probably more evident than any other city in the world. You will come across the elegant architecture of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) to the fine Beaux-Arts building that is Grand Central Station – a spot for many romantic meetings since it was built in 1903. You have everything from Chinatown to Little Italy to the skyscrapers of Wall Street and the now fashionable areas of Soho and Tribeca along with the little  [...]
    Posted at May 18th, 2009 at 12:05 pm
  • Dubai Desert Safari- A Not To Miss Opportunity
    Dubai Desert Safari- A Not To Miss Opportunity
    Desert Safari in Dubai presents a real taste of true heartland of UAE. A visit to Dubai would remain incomplete without a trip to the Desert Safari in Dubai. The action packed desert safari takes you on a journey from a desert to a mountain in a 4 wheel drive to a camel ride and then to an isolated village. You have options of morning safari, evening safari or overnight safari to choose from. It is ideal to take the evening safari or an overnight safari to escape the harsh sunlight and the scorching day time temperatures. The morning desert safari is suitable for people who do not have time to spare in the afternoon or evening. They start at 9.00 and move straight towards the desert where they enjoy 20 minutes of dune bashing and then they are taken to a camp where they can try out 15 minutes of quad biking, camel riding, and sand  [...]
    Posted at May 18th, 2009 at 01:05 am
  • Cherish memories of Gold Coast in Australia
    Cherish memories of Gold Coast in Australia
    While in Australia you cannot afford to miss the visit to Gold coast. It is situated in Queensland, on Surfers paradise beach which is one of the longest beaches in Australia stretching nearly 2 kms. Gold coast has a perfect blend of Australian culture with a tourist atmosphere. There is something for everybody that is readily available. You have access to a bar, restaurants, trendy shopping, luxurious resorts, day spas, beaches, etc. The Gold Coast also plays host to world famous theme parks such as Dream world and Sea world. These two theme parks offer an all day adventure that will leave you with life long memories of fun and adventure. You can find fun rides, animal sanctuaries and a chance to meet your favorite cartoon characters in the theme park. You can visit the Warner Brothers Movie World which is a magical place loved  [...]
    Posted at May 17th, 2009 at 01:05 pm