Friday, May 18, 2018

El Nido Palawan, A Tropical Paradise

 El Nido Palawan
El Nido is a dream place to spend your vacation because it is known for its blue lagoon, its white sand beaches, its clean and clear water, its welcoming and friendly people and sunny weather. It’s a cluster of 45 small islands. But sometimes as you know nothing is perfect in this world. There are few things you need to know before you arrive at El Nido to avoid any disappointment or inconvenience.

There is no Atm in El Nido, so see that you bring in enough money with you in the first place. It will save your time and trouble.

Find a place, where to stay is not that easy so it is better to book in advance your hotel stay.

For sure not everything is perfect in El Nido but the most important is that you will find there what you’re coming for beauty, friendliness and a pleasing sense of simplicity. El Nido is famous for island hopping. One must disappear into the heavenly marine reserve that is Bacuit Bay. It is truly and inspiring place.

Many activities like cliff climbing, waterfalls, kayaking, cave exploration, windsurfing, hiring a motorbike can be enjoyed.
 El Nido Palawan


Vigan and Snake Island. The name Snake Island was given to the place because of the fine natural S shaped sandbar that looks like snakes off its shores. The sand pit is clearly visible but when the tide is down. Along both sides of the sand pit is shallow swimming area.

Paradise Beach: with its fine white sand beach lined by coconut trees, the paradise beach is a perfect example of a tropical island. Paradise beach is a place for picnics. Good swimming site especially for beginners are available on the beach. Dive sites are located on the west and south sides of the island.

Swim through the hole to Secret lagoon: The Secret lagoon is located on a small island reminiscent of the movie the “Beach” surrounded by limestone cliffs. Once you enter in a small hole, you will see a massive caldera that was once a cave which had collapsed and now is surrounded by cast cliffs. In the centre is a lagoon. Grab your kayaks and get rest for the most breathtaking, jaw dropping. As you head out to Bacuit Bay, the most popular spot for Kayaking. There are three spot for adventure big lagoon, Small lagoon and Minilic Island.

Stare into the Turquoise waters of the large lagoon: the large lagoon in El Nido is a magical place. The water is one of a kind colour surrounded by tall rock formations. It’s nothing short of breathtaking. It’s a paradise.

Zip line: This is one of the activities in El Nido to go with your family or with a group of friends. There is 750 m zip line joining Las cananas to snake island.

Watch the beautiful sunset of El Nido: El Nido town is facing to the west so every night you are blessed with an amazing sunset to finish your action packed day in El Nido. The best place to watch the sunset is on Caalan Beach.

Party on the beach: there is actually only one place to go for a little party and that is in the Reggea bar on the beach where all travelers meet after too many beers. For a best atmosphere Sava Beach bar is a great hangout. The El Nido Party boat is a good attraction with unlimited alcohol, carefree travellers and world class scenery all under one roof. One can enjoy his booze on top of the boat .The cruise visits 3 to 4 beaches in El Nido where you can jump off and play around, there will be a BBQ on board and snacks all day snorkel, dance, swim and make some new friends during the next boat trip ever.

Camping on the beach is a fantastic way to be on the beach. Whether you stay with locals on Nacpan Beach or bring a tent in your kayak and come on one of the deserted islands.

Who doesn’t love a good massage? Island hopping is exhausting. Your body is craving some relaxation time along with a good massage. There are so many massage parlours along the main strip of El Nido and the cost keeps on varying.

The number of bars offer different entertainments including billiards, dancing, live music, and karaoke and of course alone at the beach front and watch the beautiful view as the day comes to a close.

Scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and kayaking are some of the sports practised here. El Nido’s beaches are rich in marine life. And all over the area you will find various companies offering several adventure dive packages.

There are three ways to travel to El Nido by Air, Boat or land. Travelling by Air is the easiest and fastest way to El Nido.

Hotels rates differ from each other. There are budget friendly rooms or you can even rent an entire beach from home on airBnB.

Enchanting El Nido is truly breathtaking may leave their lives changed by this magical place.

Once you leave ElNido you’ll have only one wish: coming back.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Adventure Festival for Adrenaline Lovers

Adventure Festival
Mountain climbing to sleeping on a hammock suspended between cliffs, the Sherp has put up list of festivals which will excite, inspire and guarantee you the rush of adrenaline.

Bridge Day, Fayetteville, West Virginia: the world’s most unique festival. Bridge Day is a fantastic place to make your first jump. This festival is held in October on the third Saturday. Over 100000 people come to watch the BASE jumpers leap from the bridge that’s 876 feet above the New River. The New River Gorge Bridge is a big challenge for jumpers due to the wind conditions and a river with rapids force at the bottom. Bridge Day is West Virginia largest one day festival with largest extreme sports events in the world along with great view, food and crafts vendors. The town is a beautiful blend of old and new excitement, relaxation, mountain and valley. On the festival of the Bridge Day the traffic is shut down so that the spectators can safely and legally walk across the world second longest single arch bridge located in Fayette County, West Virginia.

Crested Butte Bike Week, Colorado: it is a four days event celebrated in the month of June. This festival consist of all activities right from mountain bike, races, bike films, and clinics, free guided rides, kid’s activities, fun tours, costumes and the chainless world championships. It is the oldest mountain bike festival in the world. This is where a rider can experience one of the birth places of mountain biking and ride miles and miles of single track. The week ends up in a party and live music in downtown Crested Cutte.

Royal Gorge white water festival, Canon City, Colorado: This festival occurs on June 22 and 23rd. The Royal Gorge White water Festival is a two day event held in Cenntennial Park. There is a very popular community Raft Race where there are crew navigating the frothing water of White water park, where spectators line the banks to cheer them on with local craft brews in hand. You will not only enjoy the festival event but also plenty of food, beer, vendors and entertainment for the entire family. It is the biggest party of the summer in Canon city and one not to be missed.

World ski and snowboarding festival, Whistler, British Columbia has been popular for the past 22 years. It’s the festival that takes the spirit of spring in Whistler and mixes it with the best of our mountain culture for 10 days of non-stop. Snow lover’s takes part in the ski and snowboard competitions, Demonstrations, action photography, theatre film and concerts. Freestyle open slope style, big air and other events keep the action going all day and non- stop night life.

Lower keys underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef Florida. This festival is held in July. Scuba divers and snorkelers take part in the underwater concert. The unique event showcases the colourful diversity of marine life that characterizes North Americas only living coral barrier reef plus instruments. There is actual music piped into the sea. Those planning to submerge themselves in the festival can stop by Looe Key Reef resort for a free dive clinic, buoyancy tests and equipment checks to get divers ready for the unique underwater experience. This year’s theme includes humpback whale songs and melodies like the Beatles “Yellow Submarine and jimmy Buffett’s, Fins. The audience enjoy the tunes from underwater as well. All divers and snorkelers participating in the marine musical event are encouraged to wear costumes and aim for a prize for the best dressed.

Kila Raipur Rural Olympics: the Kila Raipur sports Festival is a rural festival depicting salt-of-the-earth sport and games from Punjab. This festival attracts thousands and thousands of tourists every year. It is a 3 day event. Do not miss out on the bullock cart races, camel races, the tractor races, the horse dance and last the tug of war. If you‘re into adventure sports and are backpacking across northern India this would be an apt pit stop for you.

So enjoy at this U.S., Canadian and Indian festival that celebrates the comradery and thrill for outdoor adventure.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Places to Visit Before They Disappear

Kiribati
Earth is a home to incredibly beautiful natural sites. Because of climatic changes and human carelessness some of them are in danger of disappearing in the next 100 yrs or even sooner, whether it’s the rising sea levels, torrential monsoons or melting glaciers, climatic change is rapidly altering the landscape of out planet. Some of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights are threatened by encroaching development and climatic changes. Man could disappear in our life time.

Here are few of the world’s most scenic places that could disappear in the next few decades.

MALDIVES: A vanishing paradise is known for its ultimate honeymoon destination. The Maldives is expected to be swallowed by the ocean in the future. 1190 tiny islands and atolls in the Maldives is the lowest lying country in the world making it particularly susceptible to a rise in the sea level. Most of the country roughly is 4 feet above sea level and many inhabitants live along the coast. Some of the coral island with their stunning white sand beaches is just 5.9 feet above sea level creating a threat from global warming. If at all the sea level continues to rise, the Republic of Maldives will be the first nation to disappear into the ocean.

European Alps: it took a long time for the earth to create the Alps. This is the best place to ski because of the high peaks and endless runs of the European Alps. The dream of skiing on the alpine snow is going to decrease slowly. Why not visit the Alps and hop on the Gondola sooner rather than later, because the Alps are at a lower altitude than many other mountain ranges. They are more prone to global warming and temperature are increasing at more than twice the global average, some prediction are that the glaciers will only last until 2050 before they disappear.

Venice Italy: the Italian city is considered as one of the most romantic cities in the world. It is also known as city of canals. With increasing severe floods each year could leave Venice uninhabitable by this century end. The 118 small islands that make up the city of Venice shave been sinking for centuries. , The rising sea levels have caused many to wonder how long the floating city will stay afloat. In the next 20 yrs from now there won’t be any gondola rides, no more cozying up in the water canal, no more romantic evenings in the water. The loss to the romantic world will be irreplaceable.

Fiji Island: the surging tides have already forced some villagers to move away from their homes in Fiji. It is a collection of 800 or so volcanic and coral islands. There is one village called Vunidogoloa, where it had to be moved a mile up onto a hill after it started sinking into the Pacific. Villages such as Nukui and Vunisavi are also under the threat of disappearing.

Republic of Kiribati: Kiribati is a nature lover’s paradise. Villagers in the small town of Tebunginako are ready to relocate after rising sea swallowed their home. Kiribati which is between Hawaii and Australia has already seen most of its population move to the island of Tarawa due to the land disappearing into the sea.

The Seychelles: it is a popular destination especially for honeymooners or paradise seekers. Areas that are covered with trees are now beaches, the trees toppled by the ever advancing waves. Local are noticing their beaches shrinking, tourist cramming in to smaller and smaller areas as the land continues to disappear the approaching water. The islands of the Seychelles are slowly vanishing because of the erosion of the beach. They’re in danger if they are completely found disappearing in the next 50 to 100 years. It is just matter of time before the beautiful Seychelles Islands are gone.

The Great Wall of China: it is the largest man made structure in the world. The Great Wall of China has survived for over 2000 years. Over farming and air pollution are the main reasons for turning the heritage site into just dilapidated ruins. Nearly two third of the wall has been damaged. The wall could be reduced to ruins by erosion in a little as 20 years.
Do visit these amazing places before they vanish.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Most Beautiful Place in the World to Worship

Whether one is religious or not, one of the most fascinating places found on Earth are also most surprising.

Some of the most well known places of worship in the world are not only popular because of the devotion but are also admired for the magnificent architecture and rich cultural heritage. From temples to churches here is just some of the world’s most breathtaking religious structure found around the world that will give you a deeper and higher sense of spiritual being.

The Big Temple which is also known as The Brihadeeswara Temple in Tamil Nadu. This temple is the best example of excellent workmanship grandeur and it has stood the testimonial of time with its magnificent central dome which is an attraction for one for all. The temple is most famous due to its uniqueness as among the greatest glories of the Indian Architecture. It is one of the few temples that have Ashta-Dikpaa lakas Idols. Chola frescoes depict Shiva in different poses. Brihadeeswara temple is the first granite temple in the world. The statue of Nandi at the entrance of the temple is carved out of a single stone. The Shiva lingam here is gigantic more than 12 feet tall. There are also bundle of surprises like the shadow disappear at noon. The Brihadeeswara Temple is one of the tallest temples.

The Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar also known as the Golden Pagoda. This Golden Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred site in Myanmar. It is said to be the home of the relics of all the four Buddha. The elegant Shwedagon Pagoda is Yangon’s most famous landmark. The stupa is 99 meter high with gold plated topped with diamond studded spire. Sunset is definitely the best time to visit Shwedagon Pagoda. The light is magical at this time of day and getting to see the lights come on and watch the stupa glow in the darkness is truly an amazing experience. Irrawaddy River Cruise are famous for their excursion at the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Dress code: visitors are required to remove their shoes, socks or sandals before entering the temple. They also see that their legs and upper arms are covered. In general it’s best to err in the side of caution and dress modestly.

The Lotus temple in New Delhi: this Temple is one of the most picturesque temples of India. Lotus Temple experiences a sense of perfect spirituality and enjoys the architectural marvel during your visit to Lotus Temple. It got its name from the stunning 27 blooming petal structures that are made of pure white marble. The lotus temple is also known as the Bahia House of worship. The whole marble structure is also called the Taj Mahal of the 20th century. The Lotus temple is a famous tourist attraction of the city. Million of tourists visit the Lotus Temple just because of its beauty and architectural wonder. The Lotus is a symbol of peace and the Lotus Temple embodies that very spirit. There are no statues, idols, pictures or scriptures inside the premises of the temple but yet it binds all the visitors with its aesthetic value. If you want to witness this architectural site in a different light, visit at dusk. The entire arena is illuminated and the Bahia Temple almost shines like a diamond at the centre.

The Paro Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan is Himalayan Buddhist sacred site built in 1692. It is situated on a steep cliff. Don’t miss out the breathtaking view of the beautiful Paro Valley. Taktsang Monastery is also called as Tiger Nest Monastery. It is located in Paro Bhutan. The monastery is one of the places of pilgrimage in the Himalayas. The Tiger’s Nest can be visited by walking or by riding on a horseback. Since it is a challenging trek, you gain merit with every step.

The Harmandir Sahib referred as Golden Temple is a Sikh Gurdwara in the city of Amritsar in the Punjab region. The Golden Temple in Amritsar ha been ranked 3rd in the country on the travellers choice landmarks. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims come to the Golden temple throughout the year. The Golden temple is famous for its architectural beauty and charm. The most sacred part of the temple is Hari Mandir or Darbar Sahib. This part of the temple is famous for the Exquisite golden structures at the centre; there are also many shops and dining hubs where travellers can go after making a visit to the Golden Temple.

Mecca Saudi Arabia: the focal point of Islam and Mecca is the Ka’aba a cube shaped building within Islam’s holiest mosque, Al-Masjid Al- Haramn. Muslims believe that the Ka’aba was built by Ibrahim as the first site in the world, built to worship Allah. But unfortunately unless you’re a Muslim, visiting Mecca is not going to happen. The city is completely off limits for Non-Muslim, so getting in requires being either a Muslim or somehow sneaking in. Every year Muslim across the world gather in the holy city of Mecca at the end of a religious pilgrimage known as the hajj.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Compostela Valley in Philippines

Philippines
Compostela Valley,Philippines is a peaceful province located in Southeast Mindanao. This province is known for its gold mining. Compostela Valley is more popularly known as COMVAL that is a Haven.

Compostela valley is nature’s magnificent work of art. It stands as a strong tourist spot because of its beaches, waterfalls, forest, mountain ranges, caves, lakes, rivers, hot and cold springs. There are many activities that you can enjoy when you go to this new province. Being a budding tourism destination you can expect pristine and unspoiled attractions that only a few tourists have discovered yet.

Here are some things to do if you’re heading here.

See a giant flower: the rafflesia Mira is a parasitic plant that happens to be the biggest flower in the world. It’s a natural marvel and known for its bad odour despite its beautiful appearance. A good place to see this flower is at Mt. Candalaga. 

Awao Falls: it is commonly called as Fall 1. It is a curtain of cascading water dropping from a height of approximately 80 feet into a shallow and rocky catch basin. Despite of its grandeur, Awao falls is still generally offbeat and unspoiled. The local community is banking in its potential to attract more tourists and make it one of Mindanao’s tourist hotspots.

The world biggest rosary: it is located in the heart of Tangum City. The rosary garden is found at the back of New Christ the King Cathedral. It is simply amazing. Each bead weighs so heavy. It is not just a tourist attraction, but a reminder of our catholic faith.

Take a dip in a hot spring: if your main purpose to visit Compostela valley is to relax perhaps you’ll enjoy taking a dip in a nice hot spring. Hot springs are said to have healing properties because of their natural waters contain special minerals. One of the tourist spots in Compostela valley is the Mainit Sulphuric Hot Springs. It is also known as steaming waterfall. Being the home of Mt Leonard Kniazeff, one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines, the water at the falls is warm which will surely give you a soothing bath under its cascades. There are also some natural pools with warm water. You will surely enjoy the warm water of the hot springs that is said to improve blood circulation and relieve tired and aching muscles. If for an overnight stay there are cottages and some room.

One of the pride beach resorts of Comval province is the Sea World Oasis resort. This resort is located at Lower Lahi, Magnaga, and Pantukan Comval Province. This resort is commercialized. You can also buy souvenirs and dresses. They have a pool for Kids and adults. They also have Karaoke Machine where you can sing your favourite song; they also have a billiard table to make boys enjoy more fun. A diving spot is connected direct to the beach, if you don’t want to join the people in the pool.

You can further explore Compostela valley and discover more of what it has offer. You can choose to explore mountains and waterfalls. If you want to descent from the highlands and go coastal, why not visit the islands of Kopiat and Lunod. With white sands and rich underwater life, while the latter is popular as an eco tourism park, Lunod Island also becomes magical at night as the entire place is illuminated with thousand of fireflies.

Since gold made Comval famous, Bulawan festival is celebrated as a tribute to the famous metal. The local value the beauty in Compostela valley, you need to make sure you can’t destroy the beauty while enjoying it.