Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dubai Scenic Tour

Among the seven United Arab Emirates, Dubai is the largest among them. This country attracts millions of tourist from all over the world each year. Most of the population staying in this country is from U.K. or India, since most of them work there. Dubai is duty free port with no taxation, so mostly people make it a point to visit this country during the shopping festival during the month of January. You will find the world’s tallest building, the largest man-made island, massive malls and beautiful hotels and many more. Some of them are as follows:

BURJ KHALIFA: It is the tallest building in the world. It is a 162 floor building. This building contains offices, retail space, residential units, Giorgio Armani hotel, podium structure and two storey pools with world largest shopping mall. Along with all these there is also an aquarium, ice rink, Sega theme park and cinemas. You can go to the observation deck on the 124th floor and see the beautiful Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab and much more.

WILD WADI DUBAI: It is a water park located in Jumeirah. You can enjoy end number of rides in the water park like Jumeirah Sceirah: it is a capsule which is situated right on top, where the person goes inside that and then slides down at amazing speed,Burj Surj:It is a water slide, TANTRUM Alley, Juha’s Dhow ,Lagoon, flood river, wipe out and riptide. WildWadi is themed on the tale of Juha a known character from Arabian Folklore. This park is situated right in front of Burj Al Arab.

PALM ISLAND: Nahkeel is the main brain behind this Palm Island. This is a man-made island. This island is developed by dredging sand from the floor and spraying it to form shaped land masses, forming into a palm shape. This island is already packed with villas and hotels. David Beckham and sharukh khan owns a plot on this island. At the tip of the tree is the Atlantis hotel.

THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN: This is the world largest musical fountain situated at Burj Khalifa Lake. This fountain shoots water as high as 500 ft which is equivalent to 50 storey building. This fountain dances according to the classical, Arabic and world music along with super lights.

SKI DUBAI: It is situated in the Mall of the Emirates. It is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, playing with the snow penguins. It also allows us to swim with the penguins.
DUBAI DOLPHINARIUM: It is an indoor DOLPHINARIUM. They have dolphin shows where the fishes don’t let you feel bored with all the high jumps, fin sailing, aquabatics and balancing tricks. It is a nice way to spend your evening in Dubai.

DUBAI ZOO: It is the oldest zoo. It is the first Arabian zoo to breed the rare chimpanzee and Arabian wild cat. It is a popular attraction for families. There are different types of animals, birds, reptiles and an underground fish aquarium.

BURJ AL ARAB: It is a sail shaped hotel resembling the sail of a dhow a type of Arabian vessel with luxurious suites overlooking the Dubai coastline. It is a most expensive hotel. They have a Penthouse, swimming pools, rotating beds; bullet proof glass and gold leaf entrance. It is the world only seven star hotels. There is a tennis court at the top of the hotel. This hotel is connected the mainland by private curving bridge.

DUBAI AUTODROME: It is a multipurpose motorsport complex where they have a race, thrilling experience, music concert, go karting and drive centre. So if anyone who wants to experience the different races, then one must visit this place.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

In Japan Hell Is Due North

Valley of Hell/Isle’s Sulphurous/Belching/Bubbling Jigoku-Dani

The northernmost island of Japan,Hokkaido, is known for few things like beer in Sapporo, skiing in Niseko, ubiquitous uni or sea urchin and beef. Valley of Hell or the isle’s sulphurous, belching and bubbling Jigoku-Dani is not known to many, which is a 24 acre geothermal crater formed from the eruption of Mount Kuttara around 20,000 years back. Situated within Hokkaido’s Shikotsu-Toya National Park, where stirring lava pits together with simmering black sulphur calderas tend to lie in wait beneath a thick blanket of snow, it could sound like a vision of hell to some.

However, Jigoku-Dani, around 112 km south of Sapporo seems to also be an idea of heaven to others. It has a dozens of onsen or natural hot water baths which could vary from simple steamy streams where travellers could dip their cold toes to modern hot basalt baths where one could mediate over snow fall on bonsai trees.

Whenever snow monkey tend to bathe at the famous Jigoku-Dani on Japan’s main island of Honshu, Hokkaido’s Jigoku-Dani has an altogether another flavour. Jigoku-Dani’s baths unlike Japan’s traditionally serene onsen that tends to look calm scenes of cherry blossoms or scarlet maples has rugged ancient backdrops of bubbling geysers as well as steamy caves. These are prized especially for their variety.

Nine Forms of Thermal Water

There are nine various forms of thermal water found in Jigoku-Dani’s onsen town of Norboribetsu which comprises of acidic iron, alkaline, salt, radium and melanterite springs. Some of these have been suggested that it heals various medical conditions which include neuralgia, bronchitis and eczema, by balneologist. At Norboribetsu is an 18m tall red roadside demon or yukijin guarding over the approach road having an angry look and is fanged and horned with a pointed spiked club at oncoming drivers.

Considered to be a welcome demon, the locals are of the belief that it protects the hot springs, warding off evil spirits and pray for the good fortune of human beings. In the month of June, men tend to dress as demons with a display of fireworks, dancing to the bass heavy Japanese taiko or drums as a part of the Norboribetsu’s Demon Fireworks festival. There are nine various demon statues that are scattered all over the town, some of which are newly constructed for the benefit of tourist attractions.

Plethora of Hot Spring – Healing Centre For Wounded Soldiers

However, the yukijin at the town’s Enma Do Shinto Shrine that is found in an altar on a set of tree shrouded steps could be traced to the Edo period – 1603-1868. As per the belief of Shinto, Enma, the King of Hell, standing at the entrance of hell to decide which of the six paths a dead person will take. While some tend to go straight to hell or are reborn in the world of war, other are reincarnated as animals or tend to go straight to heaven.

The plethora of hot springs of Noboribetsu were earlier used as healing centre for the wounded soldiers in the Russo-Japanese War – 1904-05 resulting in the town’s architecture retaining a dark Brutalist feeling with several cold concrete hospital towers that had been transformed into onsen resorts. The onsens were well maintained and seemed to be a quiet area to soak prior to dinner.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dortmund, Germany


Dortmund – 8th Largest City in Germany

Dortmund, a city in Germany is located in the Bundesland of North Rhine- Westphalia having a population of around 575,944 – 2013, making it the 8th largest city in Germany. It is considered to be the largest city with regards to area and population in the Ruhr Area which is an urban area with 5.1 million inhabitants (2011), the largest urban group in Germany.

 Moreover, it is also a part of the larger Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area of over 12 million inhabitants. The Ruhr River flows south of the city while the small river Emscher flows through the municipal area. The Dortmund-Ems Canal terminates in the Dortmund Port, the largest European canal port which links Dortmund to the North Sea.

Dortmund is also known as Westphalia’s `green metropolis and nearly half of the municipal territory comprises of woodland, waterways, agriculture as well as green space together with huge parks like Westfalenpark and Rombergpark.

 Being the largest city in the Ruhrgebiet, it has built its prosperity on steel, coal and beer. Presently the mines are shut down, the steel mines quiet with more Zeitgeist compatible high tech industries taking their place while the breweries are quite strong churning our large quantities of appealing beer and ale, most of which is exported.

Part of Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr – VRR

The biggest city in the Ruhr Valley also has a wide range of possibilities in the sporting and cultural sector combined with a high quality of life. Football – soccer is a major passion in Dortmund. Borussia Dortmund, the city’s Bundesliga – Germany’s first league team, has been the national champion – eight times inclusive of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

Dortmund has perceived several changes in recent years where the former steel city developed into a modern as well as cosmopolitan metropolis, gaining fame all across Europe as an innovative destination for technological expansion. Traveller visiting for business purpose to Dortmund would find everything they require for successful and effective work.

 In the midst of the heaviest European motorway networks together with several airports, with hourly ICE, IC and EC trains, along with exceptional public transport, it is at the centre of fast connection. Dortmund is part of Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr – VRR, which is a collaboration of the regional transportation companies providing easy access for public transport in the entire Ruhr District in S-Bahn, regional trains, buses and subways. It central station, Dortmund Hauptbahnhof, is the connection of the national railroad system with the city subway system as well as the regional train system.

Historically – An Industrial Area

One can obtain transport with ease in the centre or any suburb through subway and bus. Moreover it is also easy to go to the neighbouring cities such as Bochum, Dusseldorf, Essen, Munster, Koln – Cologne, Wuppertal together with the rest of Northrhine-Westphalia and Germany through various regional or national train lines.

 Historically, Dortmund has been an industrial area which various companies headquartered there comprising of Signal Iduna, Thyssenkrupp Uhde Gmbh and Wilo. It is a home to various medium sized information technology companies most of which are linked to the local university TechnologieZentrumDortmund program.

Dortmund, a city of various cultural history tone are set by churches in the city centre where the towers characterise the skyline of Dortmund while the Reinoldikirche and the Marienkirche are considered to be gems of medieval architecture.

The city centre still holds the outline of the medieval city. A ring road marks the former city wall and the Western-Ostenhellweg, part of a medieval salt trading route continues to be the major pedestrian street dividing the city centre.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Places to Visit in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a part of Netherland. Here the people are very loving to each other and go out of their way to help others. The people from different fields, children and families enjoy the company of each other. This city is also famous for tourism. Thereare some places of interest where one would like to visit.

ANNE FRANK HOUSE: Anne frank was residing in this city. She and her family were hiding for more than two years during the World War II. She spent her two years writing a diary on her life during the period of world war. This diary tells the story of the wartime persecution of the Jews,contemporary fascism, racism and anti-Semitism. This diary is now on display at this house which is turned into a museum.

VAN GOGH MUSEUM: Vincent Van Gogh was a painter during the 20thcentury. His painting was not that famous when he was alive. But now this museum has become a tourist attraction. This is the only museum in the world that has many paintings, written documents, under one roof. Some of the famous portrait is Van Gogh’s self-portraits, the sunflower sand The Potato eaters.

THE ROYAL PALACE: It is called the eighth wonder of the world. The ROYAL PALACE is situated on the Dam square. This palace is still used by the Royal Family for state visit, New Year’s reception and awards.Paintings,sculpture,huge chandeliers etc. are admired by the tourist. They also have exhibition for the public.

DUTCH TULIP AND FLOWERS: The trip to the Tulip field is a must during spring. Tulip bulbs are seen growing with striking colours. Like red, pink, white, purple and yellow. It looks like a carpet of flowers. They are also display of flowers during Amsterdam Tulip festivals.

CANAL CRUISE: This is one of the most popular attractions. If one is interested in sightseeing then just hop on hop off is the service offered by canal bus .Different types of festivals are celebrated on the boat. The boat passes along the coastline of the beautiful city. There are different theme cruise while sailing. That is the beer cruise, burger cruise, candlelight cruise, Dinner cruise, and pizza cruise.

MUSEUM OF BAGS: It is a unique Museum with collections right from Middle age till the present. These bags have different variety of functions, form, material and decoration used through centuries. They also have exhibition and sale of these bags.

ARTIS ZOO: The surroundings are built according to the species. For a minute you feel that you are in African Savannah with the wild animals, zebras and gazelles and the next moment you are in the aquarium surrounded by coral reef and sharks.Artis is an entertainment place for kids. Kids can pet the animals. Art is is more than a zoo with aquarium, botanical garden, zoological museum, geological museum and planetarium.

VONDELPARK: This is the largest park in Amsterdam city. There are many ponds,lawns; gardens and winding footpaths .There is snacks counter. There are bikes, skateboards, cycle available to roam in the park. The garden is also filled with beautiful flowers. From May to September the Vondelpark open air theatre is packed with festivals, dance, cabaret, jazz and children’s theatre.

BIKE TOUR: You can tour the city on wheels. You can enjoy the ride and also stop at any place as and when required. You can visit the windmills and Breweries.

BLOKARTING: It is a sport played on the beach.It is very popular. It is also called as land based sailing sport. All the beaches do not have a permit but IJMUIDEN AAN ZEE has a special permit. Blokarting can be done on sand and in water too.

Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol – Second Largest Urban Part in Cyprus

Unknown to several people, Limassol or Lemesos is the most underrated cities. It is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus and the capital of the eponymous district. Besides this, it is also the second largest urban part in Cyprus having an urban population of around 160,000 – 176,700 and the municipality is most crowded in the country with inhabitants of around 101,000 till 2011.

The Port of Limassol is considered to be one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean transit trade being the largest port of Cyprus. It has now become one of the most significant tourism, trade as well as service providing centres and is well known for its extensive cultural traditions. It is also home to the Cyprus University of Technology.

One will find a wide spectrum of activities as well as a number of archaeological sites and museums to explore while visiting this amazing destination. Thus it draws a wide variety of tourist to this destination during summer season with accommodation available in a various hotels and apartments. A large marina is presently being developed in the vicinity of the old town.
Built Between Two Ancient Cites –Amathus/Kourion

Limassol has been built between two ancient cities – Amathus and Kourion (Curium). It was perhaps built after Amathus was ruined though the town of Limassol was inhabited ever since the ancient times. During the Byzantine rule, it was known as Neapolis – new town. Graves that are found here date back to 2000 BC while others date back to the 8th and 4th centuries BC.

Ancient writers make no mention about the foundation of the town. Towards 85 BC, the Armenian emperor, Tigranes the Great, had been to Cyprus to establish security as well as protection of local Greek allies against the Arabians and Rome which was followed by his conquest of Syria, Anatolia and Lebanon.

In 451, as per the Council of Chalcedon that took place, the local bishop and the bishops of Amathus and Arsinoe were involved in the foundation of the city. Bishop Leonitios of Neapolis was an important church writer during the 7th century and the records of the 7th Synod consider it as the bishop’s see. During the 10th century, the town was known as Lemesos.

Historical Centre – Around Medieval Limassol Castle/Old Port

Its historical centre is situated around its medieval Limassol Castle and the Old Port and presently the city extends along the Mediterranean coast and spreads farther than the castle and port where its suburbs stretch along the coast to Amathus.

Towards the west of the city lies the Akrotiri Area of the British Overseas Territory of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.Limassol is said to rank 87th worldwide in Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey in 2012, between Tallinn and Bratislava. Besides being a major tourist destination, Limassol is also a main hub for international business in Cyprus giving it a more international feel when compared to the other district centres.

With the recent renovation projection in the old town and old port areas, it will be more accessible as well as interesting for tourists visiting this destination. For tourists intending a holiday which takes in more than sun and sea, Lemesos is at the very heart of one of the island’s richest part to explore.