Journey Idea » Ricky Travel across the world with Journey Idea Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Go Down the Memory Lane to the Ruins of America Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:00:46 +0000 Ricky America is a land of the ancient Maya civilization, which existed here years ago. Copan is an interesting ruin here in the Honduras with relics of impressive Columbian art. A major tourist spot, these ruins in western Honduras have attracted the attention of many tourists in the recent past.

Copan is a beautifully fertile river valley ensconced in the surroundings of greenery and hilly regions. It is at a height so it is quite cool here like many of the Central American forest regions. There are innumerable shuttle buses that bring you to this place from any part of Honduras, Hedman Alas, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Honduras El Salvador

Being a small place, you can even enjoy tours here by foot. The cobblestone streets here are a fascination for many a traveller and streets are safe even after the dark. The ruins are a little away from the main town and tourists come here and enjoy the short tourist walks around to smaller ruins nearby.

These ruins might not be as big as the Tikal ruins of Guatemala but there are lot of sculptures and art forms here, which are an attraction. There is an archaeological park with a magnificent museum of the Mayans. Some artifacts, a reconstructed temple, tunnels, are other sights here. It is better to come here early, as it gets hot by afternoon.

Tikal Mayan ruins Guatemala Aguas Termales

Besides, visit places like the Luna jaguar Aguas Termales. This fresh, natural hot spring is a refreshing spot for those who come here in the sun. Visit the macaw mountain, which is an enchanting bird sanctuary. Enjoy the swimming hole and the birds here. Go to the Centro de Mariposas, the butterfly sanctuary, and experience the world’s longest zip line, the canopy here. Also, enjoy the exciting horse rides here.

The ruins of the America are a very intriguing lot to travellers coming to this part of the world. Experience the adventurous pleasures here and take back with you invaluable, travel tales.

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The Arubathimoovar Festival Of the 63 Nayanmars in Chennai Fri, 29 Mar 2013 07:02:53 +0000 Ricky The Arubathimoovar Festival is a festival that is always in the news in the months of March and April in Chennai in South India. Held in celebration of the deities of the ancient and famous Kapaleeshwar temple in Mylapore in Chennai every year, this year it is being celebrated  from  March 1 to April 30, 2013.

This unique Indian festival is mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva’s 63 saints or Arubathimoovar or 63 Nayanmars who led a life of self mortification and devotion. The tradition is to take out a procession of the bronze idols of these 63 saints with pomp and grandeur.

Arubathimoovar Festival Parade Kapaleeshwar Temple in Mylapore

Devotees come from across the state of Tamil Nadu to attend the festival which been taking place since four centuries and more. Preparations begin at least  before a month and a half. There is no space to stand outside the temple during this time. It is really astounding to see so many devotees braving the heat of the April sun, and waiting with resilience and devotion  just to get a glimpse of the saints ‘ idols and get the blessings of their favourite God.

Arubathimoovar Festival in Chennai

Mylapore,  a popular area in Chennai and gets its name from the word  “Myil “meaning peacock in Tamil and “ooru” meaning place. During the festival offerings of flowers and fruits are also done. Bright designs adorn the front portion of the houses while folk dances like Koothu and Kokkalikattai and thoippavai puppet shows are performed for the public.

Celebrating The 63 Saints of Shiva

The highlight of the Arubathimoovar festival is the way in which the people of Chennai come together and contribute to giving food and drinks to all these tired devotees who come here from far off places. One can see some giving rice khichdi, some others giving rose milk, some giving buttermilk while others giving fruits. People feel fulfilled that they have contributed to God in this manner

India with its myriad festivals thus gives the Arubathimoovar festival to the kitty in this month of April.

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Unmissable South American Travels Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:10:48 +0000 Ricky When you are in South America, the Patagonian land is one place you should surely not miss. The surroundings provide you with a beautiful feeling of being in the right place at the right time. Amongst the ideas to make your South American travel interesting, a visit to Patagonia is surely a fantastic one and is really a must do in travels to this part of the world.

With a sea of nothingness and lovely sights of bunch grasses in desolate areas, the tours here are filled with awe and surprise. The harsh climate of the steppe region makes the landscape here very interesting and unique. The howling winds only complement the different experience here and tourists come back with a cherished travel kitty of estancias or ranches and god forsaken villages.

Places to Visit in Patagonian land

The place has been in existence since hundreds of years and they bring out the spirit of an old Patagonia land where settlers and Anglican missionaries dominated life. They were here to evangelize luck. There are many tales of adventurers like The Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy notwithstanding the outlaws of American origin who used to urn the land here. So the log cabins on the outskirts of Cholila a beautiful village here used to be the mainstay of everyday life here in earlier days.

Patagonia is also famous for the volcano Mount Hudson that is seen bordering the southern part of Andes between the regions of Chile and Argentina. In the early half of the nineties, Mount Hudson blew its top with a typical apocalypse nature and lot of livestock died and the entire area was weakened. The ewes were destroyed and this is popularly called the Pompeii of Patagonia.

Mount Hudson in Patagonian
Since this event, Patagonia is a tourist spot for travelers who love to come here, tour the estancias, and spend time in an ancient historical land in South American travels.

So get spiced in South America travels by visiting Patagonia and come back with a valuable experience.


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Top 5 Cars for Driving Holidays Mon, 11 Mar 2013 05:10:14 +0000 Ricky To road trip or not to road trip, that is not the question Direct Car Excess is asking. The foremost decision in embarking upon that cross-country adventure is not the route to take, not the accommodations along the way, not even the national treasures that are a must-see. It is the wheels! No matter what stage of life someone is embracing, whether it is student, family, midlife crisis or those golden years, the how to get there is vital.

Keeping fundamental criteria in mind when choosing a vehicle, such as fuel economy, reliability, comfort, safety and road handling capacity is imperative to the success of the long road trip; however neglecting to consider the overall image of the vehicle with a nod to luxury and sportiness would be a flaw.

Toyota Prius

With that in mind, here is a list of five ideal companions for your next long journey. Amid fuel prices sitting at record highs, running an inefficient car on long journeys is no longer desirable to many. Hybrid cars have been making great strides to ensure the driving experience is satisfying and comfortable while ticking the economy and low carbon emissions boxes. A leader in this end of the industry is the Toyota Prius. Two engines, one petrol, one electric work in tandem to provide a smooth, almost silent travelling experience, while surrounding its passengers with all the latest technological comforts and advances.

Skoda Octavia

Along the same vein, cleaner conventional engine technology is paving the way for more luxurious cars to compete with smaller, lighter ones that in recent years have been favoured because of economic factors. A fashionable choice in this class is the diesel-engine Skoda Octavia. A reasonably priced car with improved fuel consumption and emission figures coupled with elegant lines and generous interior space makes this a solid choice.

Mercedes Benz GL Class

However, if ample comfort and cabin space is more important for the perfect road trip, the interior of the Mercedes-Benz GL class is elegant, exceptionally comfortable and practical. All quality materials are used and many extra features can be chosen for optimum personalisation. There is seating for seven which can be reconfigured in a variety of ways making this the perfect versatile carrier.

New Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

Not to be outdone in this category is the Grand C4 Picasso. Also containing seating for seven and a flexible seating design, it provides plenty of interior space, comfort and versatility for the larger groups heading out on the open road.

Jaguar F Type

No list would be complete without including decadence and the Jaguar F-Type is just the sports car to take anywhere. Alone or with that special someone, the feel of the wind, the stretch of the road and the feeling of invincibility will enhance this excursion like none other.

The road trip is an experience everyone should partake of, whether they are in the back of their parents Picasso, heading off to college in that Skoda, flying in the F-Type or visiting the grandkids in the Prius. Enjoy the voyage fellow travellers.

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Temples of Asia Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:47:01 +0000 Ricky Asia is a land of temples, destinations, and lovely locales. One can find the best of travel delights and tour luxuries Lets see which are the temple locales that are best visited in Asian tours.

Visit Bhutan, which is a lovely destination and has magnificent temple structures. Go to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and see how this unique construction is balanced on a cliff that is at a height of 3000 feet. Located in Paro Valley this is a wonderfully built structure and has a legend attached to it. It is said that Guru Rinpoche meditated in this cave and spread the religion around. Earlier known as Taktshang Goemba, this monastery is open only to the Buddhists and is out of limits for tourists.

Taktshang Goemba Temple of Asia

The Wat Rhon Khun temple also called the White Temple is another temples of Asia. A very revered Buddhist temple destination this has been constructed by Chalermchai Kositpipat the great Thai artist. It is called the White temple due to the mosaic mirrors, which shine here all day and make the temple shine in a white glory. The temple will take another 90 years to get over totally and is very similar to the Sagrada Familia church that is located in Barcelona.

White Temple of Asia

Then you have Praramban in Indonesia, which was constructed in the year 850CE and is in Central Java in Asia. There are eight shrines and 250 smaller shrines that surround this holy spot. The walls of the temple tell stories of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu through beautiful carvings. The stories of Ramayana and Hanuman are also shown here.

The Shwedagaon Pagoda too is one of the holiest and most sacred spots for Buddhists in Asia and is famous across the world. Located in Myanmar this is a Pagoda that has a lot of unique features and special characteristics. Legend has it that this pagoda was a construction of the 6th century and went on till the 10th century. Archaeologists say that the temple is at lest 2500 years old. Also called the Golden Temple the entire temple is made of gold. With 2000 rubies and 5000, diamonds etched in the temples there is also a 76 carat diamond at the tip. This temple is said to be very holy for the Buddisht as it has eight strands of hair from Lord Buddha’s head.

Shwedagaon Pagoda Temple of Asia Temple of Heaven in Asia

The Temple of Heaven also is a fantastic temple in Asia. Said to have been constructed in the 14th century it was Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty who constructed it. The temple is located in China and Emperor Yongle constructed Forbidden City too and it is said that he used to come to this Temple of Heaven and pray for the security and safety of China. It is said that people come to this temple to pray for a good harvest and to atone for any sins caused.

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Travel delights at Puerto Iguazu Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:08:16 +0000 Ricky While on tours to South America, enjoy the pleasures of being in a travel paradise and bask in the delights of a beautiful land filled with the best possible tour experiences. Puerto Iguazu in South America is one such beautiful travel destination in this part of the world. Located at a place where the three countries, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina meet, this is one location that is a must see in tours to South America. With the Tancredo Neves Bridge connecting Iguazu with Brazil, this is a place where one gets to see interesting sights and memorable locales.

The Mborore Museum is one such place here where you get to see the best of museum collections. Besides, you also have a bird rehabilitation centre where you get to know a lot about birds and their descriptions. The Iguazu National Park is another place of interest for travellers providing the best of natural ambience and the most of serene surroundings. With the Iguazu waterfalls complementing the beauty of the natural magnificence here, it is a totally unique experience to visit this one stop destination in South American tours. Visit the Iguazu waterfalls and marvel at the manner in which they fall from a height of around 270 feet. It is said that there are at least 275 waterfalls here. With the warm winters and the hot summers, the temperatures test the traveller’s capacity when they rise yet the interested tourist would more than adjust to all these natural changes and enjoy his tours to Puerto Iguazu.

Iguazu Waterfalls

Tourists mainly get attracted by the natural beauty here and enjoy the lovely scenery alongwith the pleasures of being in a beautiful land. Visit the Three Frontiers Landmark here and see how beautifully the regions of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil come alive here. This is a spot that remains etched in your mind and is a must see in Puerto Iguazu.

Then of course as mentioned you have the Iguazu Falls, which is today, regarded as one of the natural wonders in the world. Enjoy the pleasures of sighting a toucan, caiman and much more. Travellers coming here enjoy a hiking experience here in the early mornings when the sight of the falls in the background and the natural ambience beckon you to explore more. There are hikes up the island trail, which is even more exciting as it involves a boat trip across the river. Puerto Iguazu is also a place where you have the best sightseeing experiences of not only the Brazilian but also the Argentinian side of the waterfalls here and Puerto Iguazu more than makes up for everything by providing the sights of the Iguazu falls from both sides.

Guira Oga wildlife in Puerto Iguazu Guira Oga Wildlife Sanctuary

Another interesting and cherishable experience is Guira Oga a lovely locale in Puerto Iguazu, which gives you the best sights of animals like the toucan, caiman etc. Guira Oga is actually a hospital for animals and also a centre for rehabilitation of injured animals. There is a breeding program for the endangered species here. Tourists enjoy going around the park along with a biologist who would detail about the creatures, the problems they are facing and how they are being treated. This tour takes around a hour and a half and is a tour very much looked forward to by tourists in visits to Puerto Iguazu.

Hito Argentino is another lovely place to visit lying at the confluence of the Rios Parana and the Iguazu Falls. Here you would get to see both Brazil and Paraguay thus making it a great attraction for tourists coming here.

Jewellery Shop in Hito Argentino Tourist Place in Puerto Iguazu

Puerto Iguazu has some of the best experiences of shopping. There are lots of souvenirs available here and all tourists love to shop here to their heart’s content.

Restaurants are a mainstay of tours to Puerto Iguazu and with the presence of palatable cuisine it gives the best of culinary experiences. In fact after a day of touring here, food is what relaxes the mind, body and soul of the tourists here.

Thus, tours to Puerto Iguazu are filled with adventure, fun, travel delights, and cherishable memories. With so much in tow, a visit here is a must indeed.

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Games in Venetian Macau Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:33:56 +0000 Ricky When one thinks of casinos around the world, more than likely the  Chinese region of Macau probably doesn’t come to mind instantly. However,  if the casino industry in that country has anything to with it, it soon will. Macau is becoming one of the fastest growing gambling locales in the world – already surpassing Las Vegas. The biggest casino in Macau is the Venetian Macau and boasts the largest casino floor in the world. The Venetian Macau is based on its Vegas predecessor. However, the Venetian Macau was built with larger proportions. For any online casino fan who has yet to experience a world casino, this is definitely one to consider. The Venetian Macau offers a great variety of casino games. In fact, it has more tables as well as table games than other casinos. There are many different poker casino games which can be found at the Venetian Macau. One of these includes a game referred to as Sands Stud Poker. This game is similar to the online casino game of Caribbean poker.

Casino Hotel in Venetian Macau

The major difference with the variation played at the Macau casino is that the side bet is varied. Typically, the side bet is $25 when playing Caribbean poker at an online casino like the ones in However, with the  Venetian Macau’s version players may opt for other bets including $50,  $75, $100 or $125. Before visiting the Venetian Macau, one can hone their skills are playing Caribbean poker online or with friends. This version of stud poker is similar to blackjack in that players are competing against the dealer rather than the other players at the table. Therefore, certain strategies typically used in poker are not applicable in Caribbean poker. For  instance, bluffing would be a waste in this version of poker. For this reason, Caribbean poker is ideal for playing in a friendlier environment where bluffing isn’t needed.

Casino at Venetian Macau Venetian Macau Casino Games

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Hostels: An Economic Place for Travelers! Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:11:33 +0000 Ricky Hostels are an economical and affordable way to accommodate safe and sound with compatible travelers around the world. Hostels, also known as Hotels in some cases, generally feature security, social life, showers and rooms with multiple bunks. Some hostels are just having bare bones beds, while some are quite luxurious.

Hostels Luxurious Room Hostel Canteen

Hostel are having good accommodation with dorm rooms and multiple beds in it, shared bathrooms, check in area, cooking and food area, and also at times a safe spot for your pack. Furthermore, they also usually have common areas for socializing, even if merely picnic tables in a courtyard. Laundry facilities are as well offered in some Hostels aka Hotels, and sometimes one can also have access of bars, tourist desks, and internet too. In many Hostels, you will be also given with in-phones and television sets. At the check-in counter, you may also be asked to leave your passport at the desk as a deposit, or a huge amount of cash deposit if you won’t.

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Xunantunich Ruins in Belize Sat, 02 Feb 2013 07:47:44 +0000 Ricky The ruins at Xunantunich is a very ancient archaeological site in western Belize and belongs to the Mayan group. Lying around 80 miles to the west of Belize City in the district of Cayo, this is around 8 miles to the west of San Ignacio Town. Xunantunich is situated on top of a ridge above the River Mopan and was an earlier Maya civic ceremonial centre in the Terminal Classic periods. Xunantunich’s name means Stone Woman. It is mix of Yucatec and Mopan. It is actually a modern name and the Stone Woman refers to a ghost of a woman who is believed to have lived here in the year 1892. Dressed in white it is believed she has fire red eyes. It is believed that she ascends the stairs and then disappears into a stone wall.

Xunantunich was first explored by Thomas Gann in the middle half of 1890. Gann then settled in Belize, as he wanted to explore the archaeology here more. He was the first to bring the concept of ceramic chronology here.

Xunantunich Ruins

Xunantunich is reached by driving through the western highway and through the San Ignacio town. You then would cross the San Jose Suiccotz village and take a ferry on the River Mopan to reach Xunantunich. This was a region, which flourished in the Classic period and is said to have survived the collapse of the Mayan civilization. It was a very important population centre till 1000 D. The site has five plazas out of which there are three plazas open for the tourists today. The El Castillo dominates the sites and rises to a height of around 120 feet. The climb is a favourite of all adventure enthusiasts and the main point here is on the top from here there is an awe inspiring sight of the entire region. The River valleys of Mopan and Belize rivers are seen from here and the Guatemala region is also seen from the top. There are two special friezes made of stucco here. and this is another attraction for all. There is a small museum and a visitor centre with authentic food providing places.

Situated in the heart of the district of Cayo this is a lovely ruin here and is a site of attraction for many. Overlooking the beautiful San Ignacio, the Xunantunich tours also combine a visit to nearby Cahal Pech. This is another Mayan centre and is located on top of an acropolis on the River Macal. There are thirty four structures in the middle of Cahal Pech and there are many artifacts in the visitor’s centre here.

Cahal Pech

Xunantunich also has some interesting craft shops to visit and the gifts here are good quality Belize products. There are lovely items to pick up and special souvenirs, which would give you a memorable tour to take home. There is a local market here, which has Mennonites and farmers selling their produce. This is a great place to pick up jams, haberno sauces, and honey.

Xunantunich is one of the most visited Belize ruins in the world. Belize cruise ship tours take tourists on trips here and it is very interesting to see the manner in which this region comes alive with tourists loving every bit of the time they spend here.

Xunantunich opens at 7.30 in the morning and closes at 4 in the evening. The cruise ships come here at around nine in the morning and leave by lunch.

Mayan Ruins in Belize

Xunantunich was earlier reached from the Lower Dover. It is possible to hitch hike a ride here, the walks here are also very common and exciting for some others. There is a lot of walking to be done in treks here so it is important that you have water alongwith you.

Mayan artisans sell crafts and arts here near the ferry and these are said to be some of the best in the entire country. there are many who sell the Mayan art who are said to be the descendants of Don Elijio Panti who was a great expert at Mayan medicinal plants.

With the best of archaeological ruins and the most of visual treats, Xunantunich comes across as a place that has a lot to show and lots more to take home. Tours here are very inspiring and enchanting, and provide you with a lot of exciting experiences and beautiful memories. Travels to this part of the world includes interesting delights and great memories.

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The Travel Guide to Trinidad and Tobago Tue, 29 Jan 2013 07:05:47 +0000 Ricky Visit the lovely land of North America and get the best of tour delights at Trinidad and Tobago the lovely travel destination in this part of the world. Visit this lovely Caribbean island group, which is a great way of enjoying tours here and is the right manner in which you could take back with you a great travel kitty.

With the Creole culture dominating the region, this land has the best of diversity and the most of commerce. Trinidad also has love of oil and gas and has a great cultural diversity. The lovely land is filled with a lazy ambience, which relaxes the visitor totally.

The place has a lot of history attached to it butt Trinidad Tobago and so tours here would never go without fun and enjoyment. Come here and enjoy the kiosks in the shoreline of the Store Bay.

Trinidad and Tobago

The entire beach here has the best of amenities of the Caribbean and carries with it a lovely background. So the bone white sand that you see here alongwith the lovely blue sea would completely fulfill your stay here too.

Visit Pigeon Point and enjoy the shores from afar. There are Caribbean beaches here and they are really a great temptation for all the visitors coming here. Take a snorkeling experiences here by going to the Buccoo Reef.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Caribbean Beaches

Then you have the Asa Wright Nature Centre, which is where you have more than 400 species of birds as well as 55 kinds of reptilian species. With at least 25 amphibians, there is a certain charm here for all animal and nature lovers. The Asa Wright Centre is full of such sights and more and is information for science.

People normally spend an entire day in the huge stretch of the park and explore the grounds to their hearts’ content. There is a small admission fee, which takes you on a guided tours. Spend the day here and bask in the pleasures of an idyllic land.

Asa Wright Nature Centre Asa Wright Nature Centre Species

The annual festival at Tobago is another major attraction. You also have the lively Carnival at Trinidad. It is a rich experience and fills your heart with a warmth that is unbeatable. Here there are many towns which give you the best of travel experience make your tours here very interesting.

There are some events like the Goats and Crab Races in Buccoo, the Old time Tobago Wedding in the Mariah village are a greatly popular trend.

Anyone coming to Trinidad and Tobago Islands would surely love to see the Caroni Bird Sanctuary. It gives the same kind of excitement that one gets at the Asa Wright Nature Centre. Visit the Caroni Sanctuary and enjoy sights of the scarlet ibis, which is also the national bird of this lovely island region.

Crab Races Caroni Bird Sanctuary

The scarlet ibis looks like an orange flamingo. The ideal time to see the ibis is in the late afternoon so come here early and keep waiting for it to come. There are lot of mosquitoes here and reptiles. If you are all right with the varied forms of natural, then you have the lovely sights of the beautiful sanctuary here so just are ensconced in the lovely ambiene and give yourself the time of your life.

With the best forms of sights to see and the most of natural delights tours to this part of the world indeed is an experience to go through. Come to Trinidad Tobago and take back our girl.

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