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  • Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China – Part III
    Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China – Part III
    Bund, an emblematic quintessence of Shanghai’s past got christened from a deserted beach located outside old Shanghai city. Sauntering through Shanghai is like penetrating a maze of varied world structural design that echo the insight and effort of its developers. The tree lining walkway of Bund alongside the west bank of the Huang Pu River was in the past the significantly famed street in Asia with key Far East firms having their head offices in the sea- facing buildings. One is enthralled by the plethora of sights on the Bund like the splendid Pudong skyline located on the east and several quaint buildings tracing back to the colonial times. The sights of Bund at night is a feast to all senses with buildings on either side being illuminated, rendering a spectacular sight. The indubitably novel icon of Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl  [...]
    Posted at August 8th, 2009 at 05:08 am
  • Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China – Part II
    Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China – Part II
    Coming to China, one must pay a visit to the eighth wonder of the world, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. Those keen in Chinese art and culture artefacts will definitely find it the most spectacular place to explore. Fortuitously unearthed in March 1974 in a location nearly 31kms away from Xi’an by the farmer community of Xianyang village who were digging a well and suddenly came across wrecked ceramic figures. After detailed excavation was initially uncovered an oblong shaped pit area full with buried terra cotta warriors and horses that belonged to the Qin Dynasty following which two other pits were unearthed that were located to the north of the first one, each of the two measuring 20 and 25 metres respectively. The first pit is oblong shaped with five slanting access ways located to the east and west sides of it. Within  [...]
    Posted at August 7th, 2009 at 06:08 pm
  • A Bikers Experience With My Partner Royal Enfield Delhi To Leh Ladakh
    A Bikers Experience With My Partner Royal Enfield Delhi To Leh Ladakh
    Trip Planning and Preparation This has been one of the most adventurous journeys in my life. It all started at a coffee shop when a friend challenged me if I could do this amazing adventure. First I did not take it seriously but looking back at my life I realized that I had to accomplish this challenge. For me the challenge was to move from the regular 150 cc bikes to the 350 cc Royal Enfield which is often just called as Bullet in India. To make this dream challenge a reality there had to be a lot of planning and preparation. I had first work on sharpening my skills to do makeshift repairs in case my bike broke down in the journey. I decided to do a crash course with a local mechanic who trained me from basic like repairing the chain, changing the break and accelerator wire to handling the puncture. I also picked you extra spares  [...]
    Posted at August 7th, 2009 at 06:08 am
  • Multi Faceted Mardi Gras
    Multi Faceted Mardi Gras
    The New Orleans city in the face of calamity perseveres in moving ahead with restoring several years of history and carrying on the three centuries old tradition of Mardi Gras as it is called in French or Fat Tuesday in English. The significantly popular tradition goes back to 1699 when the voyagers held the festivities of this French holiday on the Mississippi River banks, with the New Orleans locals every year adding several new features to the celebration like wide scale parades and balls backed by associations that attract hoards of crowds from across the globe who come here to sample the prolific entertainment the locals have to offer. Between the years 1835-1837, New Orleans got to experience the premier float and from 1856 onwards, the festivities included a splendorous sight of a fleet of floats sashaying down the main  [...]
    Posted at August 6th, 2009 at 06:08 pm
  • Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China Part – I
    Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China Part – I
    China with its wide-ranging topography, climate and brilliant history is a sure-fire formula for a magnanimous holiday. A famed Chinese adage seen on the Great Wall goes that ‘ He Who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a Real Man’, is rightly said so having a rich history tracing back to more than 2000years with an indubitable reputation of being the longest fortification wall worldwide and the sole man-made object observable from the moon. Also called the Ten Thousand Mile Wall, this commanding symbol of primeval Chinese civilization commences at Jianyuguan Pass on the West and ends in the east at the Shanhaiguan Pass with the part located at Badaling being highly famed as it is closely placed to Beijing City and well-preserved. The striking Badaling Great Wall in Yanqing County, Beijing, is symbolic of the haughty eminence  [...]
    Posted at August 6th, 2009 at 07:08 am
  • England Travel – Punting Paradise Destination
    England Travel – Punting Paradise Destination
    Those who prefer leisurely pursuits then engaging in punting is the best option. No place better than Cambridge is the ideal destination with its fine history, majestic elaborately designed college structures and chapels found frequently at every corner. Cambridge and the adjacent area have an unsurpassed repute as centre par brilliance in education and locales. Cambridge is unanimously associated with enthralling sights of the spring blossom inundated Backs, the King’s College Chapel and the ideal unwinding destination would be to engage in punting on the Cam river. Lounge on the Edwardian era punts that are flat based wooden boats driven by elongated, wooden rods commencing one’s journey at Madgalen Bridge or the Mill punting up the quaint Granchester village or slither alongside the River Cam that extends past nine bridges  [...]
    Posted at August 5th, 2009 at 09:08 pm
  • Jakarta Indonesia – Embracing Coercive Privation
    Jakarta Indonesia – Embracing Coercive Privation
    For those who seek to exploring places that swerve off beaten tracks, to experience the true flavor of the place sans the frills attached and feel an assail to all senses, then one must undertake a venture through Jakarta’s impoverished slum areas. Jakarta is a bustling town with sharp contrasting lifestyles from the affluent sections of society to the other hidden sections that is a far cry from the plush shopping centres and luxury hotels. The perpetually enduring slum areas of Jakarta are home to more than half of its inhabitants. In Galur, the informal sector comprises of a majority section of people involved in plantation, tofu, tempe industrial units, conveyance using motorbike taxis and three wheelers. Many earn their livelihood working in metal shops or numerous small scale factories and vending food. Pass through tail  [...]
    Posted at August 4th, 2009 at 04:08 pm
  • Dharavi Slums – A Diamond In The Rough
    Dharavi Slums – A Diamond In The Rough
    Dharavi and its residents were in news headlines as it was a shooting location for the Academy award winning movie SLUMDOG MILLIONAIR. Some of the cast of the movie were actual residents of the Dharavi Slums. The vast 530 acre sprawl of Mumbai’s most dubious address, the Dharavi is the abode of nearly 100,000 people and considered the largest slum in Asia. An engaging sight of shanties located amongst the tall rises is widely gaining momentum as the new tourist destination that is an exemplary example of ingenuity in the face of adversity. Dharavi is not simply a slum but a significant node on the worldwide economy generating approximate annual revenue of 665million dollars through its wide array of manufactured products like ceramics, leather items, tapestry, plastic items, bluejeans amongst several others. Dharavi with its large  [...]
    Posted at August 4th, 2009 at 12:08 pm
  • Guernsey Islands – A Traveller’s Paradise – Part II
    Guernsey Islands – A Traveller’s Paradise – Part II
    Guernsey, a thriving island part of the Channel Islands has an impressive blend of fascinating vistas and modernity. As it is situated close to the UK mainland, it is the ideal place to head off to for a family vacation where the kiddie brigade won’t get weary with the travelling. The park at St. Pierre Du Bois is a wonderful place to unwind. A visit to the Guernsey Folk Museum is bound to transport you into the past where one find Victorian styled classrooms, play areas, cleaning house, dairy and till area that all showcase the lifestyle of people living in the past century. The Fort Grey constructed in the 1804 for shielding the island from French incursion, is an amusing fort called locally ‘Cup and Saucer’ due to its characteristic shape is situated in the most pictorial areas of the island on the rocky west coast of Guernsey  [...]
    Posted at August 4th, 2009 at 04:08 am
  • Geo-Catching Through Yorkshire
    Geo-Catching Through Yorkshire
    Yorkshire, home to wide-spanning wondrous landscapes is best explored by hiking, mountain biking or horseback ride. One can unravel miles of undulating hills abuzz with the resonance of gentle winds blowing and the sights of lapwings, heather swathed moorlands with vast sky panoramas, stalwart ancient villages, pastures bequeath with flowery abundance, luxuriant ranches, serene valleys and an added bonus of incredible shoreline of rock-strewn crags and sandy beaches. The amazing scenery is shielded by two national parks namely the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors along with many parts of innate beauty in all its splendorous forms. The superlative way to explore the landscape can be by walking, cycling through four of Britain’s premium National Trails like the Cleveland Way that commences from Ryedale, meandering around  [...]
    Posted at August 3rd, 2009 at 06:08 pm