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Get a Glimpse of India’s Religious Bearing through Varanasi

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We all know that India is a strong advocate of keeping their religious roots intact compared to other nations in the world. If you wish to really immerse yourself into knowing how India’s religions were crafted and conceptualized and still feel the importance of it today, then planning a trip the holy city of Varanasi should come naturally. Still thriving in its olden ways, the mighty preservation of how things were is certainly an asset that Varanasi has.

This little town will take you on a trip down memory lane, and looking back at the past is quite a serious concept to Varanasi locals. Expect ancient ruins, rundown temples, yellowing pavements and the absence of anything modern here, as you’ll be subjected to embrace a lifestyle that seems defunct to the modern world.

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Specifically, Varanasi can be found lying on India’s topmost edge. Some of the known spots that surround Varanasi include the Ganges Valley, the iconic state of Uttar Pradesh on its eastern edge and the huge Ganges River. Varanasi is known to be elevated at 264.80 feet above sea level and is the appointed headquarters of the Varanasi District.

If measured by its proximity to other Indian supercities, Varanasi is 39 miles from Jaunpur, 200 miles from Lucknow, 495 miles from New Delhi and 75 miles from Allahabad.

Climate

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According to the very reliable Koppen Climate Classification, Varanasi is categorized under the humid subtropical climate. This means that the city experiences a wide gap between its winter and summer seasons. The highest recorded temperature in Varanasi is an average annual mark of 48.0-degrees Celsius, with the months of April until June as the hottest of them all.

Temperatures are observed to drop when November kicks in, stretching until the month of March, with 0.3-degrees Celsius as the coldest record. Annually, accumulated precipitation is at 41.66 inches with average rainy days marked at 51.5.

Transportation

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You’d be delighted to know that Varanasi manages to connect itself to other Indian cities and provinces via all conventional modes of transportation such as road, rail and air.

Lying about 16 miles from Varanasi’s city center is the Lai Bahadur Shastri International Airport which just recently received its international airport status. The aforementioned aviation terminal connects Varanasi to flights going to Kathmandu, Sharjah, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyberabad.

When traveling through public transportation, you’d better know the ins and outs of the familiar Varanasi Cant Railway Station, or more popularly known as the Varanasi Junction. Certain trains with different routes run through this railway system, and the trains which can transport you to major cities around India are named the Udhna Varanasi Express, the Kashi Vishwanath Express, the Varuna Express, the Sabarmati Express and the Kanpur Varanasi InterCity.

What to See

Ramnagar Fort and Museum

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Built as far back as the 17th century, the Ramnagar Fort and Museum is a great place to visit when you want a panoramic view of the whole city.

Rich in artifacts and mementos, this museum is now home to vintage American automobiles, chairs that are adorned with rare jewels, an intriguing astrological clock and an impressive weaponry collection on display.

Bharat Kala Bhavan

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Situated within the walls of another famous landmark which is the Benares Hindu University, the Bharat Kala Bhavan is slowly gaining popularity through word of mouth and countless tales of surprise and applause. This museum is expansive in terms of the things that can be found inside, and people are commenting that the various pieces inside it are truly worth the visit.

Some of the things that visitors can drool over and explore include a wide collection of creative miniature paintings, palm-leaf manuscripts dating as far back as the 12th century, genuine sculptures and historical displays relaying local culture.

Manikarknika Ghat

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If you want to feel morbid and historic at the same time, then a trip to the Manikarnika Ghat will satisfy your craving for the weird and the quirky.

Mainly for ceremonies in cremation, the people of Varanasi highly regard this place, hence the almost-perfect preservation observed within this tourist spot. Here, the tour will be conducted by a priest, leading you to areas wherein old cremations were performed.

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See More:

Varanasi – Lonely Planet
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/uttar-pradesh/varanasi

Varanasi Tourism – Travel to Varanasi – Varanasi India
http://www.varanasicity.com

Paul Intalan

Get a dose of the yesteryears at Fenghuang

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There is more to Fenghuang than the majestic beauty of the nature that surrounds it. Hailed as a Phoenix city of China, the evolution of the city from a mountain city to one of the country’s biggest tourist destinations is due to the preserved culture that emanates from the city in an effortlessly impressive manner.

Aside than the nature found here, get a little more intimate by taking a trip to some of its famous tourist attractions that schools visitors about the town’s heritage and culture.

Location

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The ancient town lies under Hunan province in the country of China. What makes this town exceptional is the preservation of the olden culture from art, traditions and architecture that make up Fenghuang.

The natural beauty mixed with interesting ethnic culture makes it a standout that attracts travelers from all over the world. Become cultured by setting foot in a town that serves as your gateway to the past.

Climate

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Climate in Fenghuang is classified as subtropical monsoon humid. There are four distinct seasons that attributes to a good amount of sunshine and ample rainfall.

The average annual temperature is 12 degree Celsius. July is considered to be the driest month while January is known to be the hottest.

Transportation

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Those who will travel internationally should book a flight to neighboring cities such as Huaihua or Zhangjiajie. From there, arrange a connecting trip to Fenghuang, wherein the most advisable way is by bus.

Those who will come from other cities are also suggested to take a bus as most of them pass by Fenghuang. There is no railway in town but those who will come across Jishou or Huaihua can travel via train and resort to riding a bus to reach the city.

Attractions

Huang Si Qiao Castle

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Formerly called as Feiyang Castle, what makes this attraction exceptional is the fact that it is made of bluestones put together by sticky rice and cornstarch.

The scientific wonder behind this architecture is the fact that it is sturdy enough to have withstood the long period of time since it was founded.

The castle was originally built as a representation of the firm government against attempt rebellion of the Mioa ethnic tribe.

South Great Wall

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This is the Great Wall’s version in the southern part of China. Created by the Ming and Qing dynasties, the main purpose of this 190 kilometer-long division is to set territories between the minorities residing around the southern part of the country including the Miao ethnic group.

The former military defense station is now a heritage site that embodies the history of not only the city, but also of the country as a whole.

Shanjiang Miao Village

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This ancient town hosts the culture cultivated by the past that was able to survive even until the modern times. This is where the impressive Miao culture can be seen.

The ethnic group that was suppressed by China’s past dynasties proved that they are stronger than the attempts of abolition as they remained sustainable which is considered as a gift to the present generation. See their traditions and cultures as displayed in their houses, traditions and art.

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See More:

Fenghuang Attractions:
http://www.chinahighlights.com/fenghuang/attraction/

Phoenix Ancient Town (Fenghuang):
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/hunan/zhangjiajie/fenghuangcheng.htm

Aira Algado

Experience Taiwan’s Latest Offering for Travelers: Tamsui District

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Tamsui has never been a hot destination in Taiwan until 1998 when the MRT line was extended to touch the historic ends of this town. Since the nation that it belongs to is quite small in size, Tamsui has been regarded as a sweet escape from the city even though it is not that far from the metropolis.

Cutting past thick shrubs and sturdy mangroves, Taiwan has opened new possibilities for Tamsui to be a tourist destination.

Tamsui is now a bustling town full of beauty, promise and enjoyment. If you want to get away from the crowded city center, then get a train ride to this modern paradise where nature and development meet. Be amazed with all the foreign influences preserved in Tamsui, all the while marveling at towering mountains, volcanoes and thick greenery.

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Known to be a part of the recently established New Taipei City, Tamsui is strategically located at the topmost part of Taiwan. Due to its close proximity to the famous Tamsui River, the city has served its purpose of being a passageway for the country’s booming commerce.

Hailing its name from a word that means which is ‘fresh water’, Tamsui has been inhabited by a total of 162,441 residents since January, 2016.

Climate

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Many tourists have commented that one of the best parts of staying in Tamsui is the well-balanced weather brought about by the town’s position in the globe.

Since it faces a huge body of water, the direct heat of the sun is toned down by the strong, cold winds coming from the Tamsui River, making it perfect for a day outdoors or a beach escapade.

Transportation

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One of the main modes of transportation that connects Tamsui from all over Taiwan is the Tamsui Station. Recently opened, the Tamsui Station caters to as much as 77,000 passengers daily and is located specifically in Zhongzheng Road.

Using the Tamsui Station will let you see other points of interest within the town such as the Danshui Old Street, Tamsui Customs Wharf, Fort Santo Domingo, Tamsui Church, Drop of Water Memorial Hall, Tamsui District Office and the Tamkang University.

What to See

Yinshan Temple

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Constructed in 1872 by Hakka immigrants, the Yinshan Temple is a landmark in Tamsui that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. The Yinshan Temple takes part in Tamsui’s rich heritage and homage to worshipping gods, emperors and queens.

Be mesmerized by the intrinsic architecture that this landmark has in store, and be informed of some temple customs and traditions once you’ve taken the short tour inside it.

Maritime Museum

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One thing you’ll immediately notice in the Maritime Museum is its ocean liner shape, which is extremely appropriate to what can be found inside. This four level museum is home to a wide array of nautical artifacts and essentials, which are quite important to Tamsui’s roots as a town near a huge body of water.

Specifically, the Maritime Museum is located at the infamous Tamkang University campus and here, you’ll be exposed to a wide array of maritime displays like steamers, frigates, carriers and aircraft all frozen into replicas and models.

Tamsui Art and Culture Park

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Due to the influences of Dutch conquistadors, there were several buildings and structures constructed during their colonization period in Tamsui. One of these is the Royal Dutch Shell. Over time, this once wondrous edifice has lost its use and was later converted to be the home of the Tamsui Art and Culture Park.

Now bustling with Tamsui’s most creative minds, the park is dedicated to showcase local talents through changing exhibitions and displays. Also, a small cafeteria has been set up for the growing number of tourists visiting this destination.

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See More:

Taiwan Travels: A Day in Danshui/Tamsui
http://howibecametexan.com/2013/01/19/taiwan-travels-a-day-in-danshuitamsui-淡水/

13 Things to Do @ Danshui, Taiwan – Always Travelicious
http://alwaystravelicious.com/2015/07/07/danshui-taiwan/

Paul Intalan

Be in The Middle of Growing Lilongwe and Be Impressed

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You’ll definitely trade the tranquil life for a beach club or a mountain trail when you get to know more about Lilongwe. Hundreds of business establishments line the streets and it feels just like New York in a Malawi setting.

Be delighted to know that Lilongwe also is home to several public markets that might drain your finances due to the variety of culture seen in their local products. Furthermore, satisfy your culinary cravings and taste the way Lilongwe residents cook via endless strips of fine restaurants that will surely placate your hunger.

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Despite the seemingly chaotic community that lies within, Lilongwe managed to preserve some of its beautifully structured ministries, embassies and shrines while keeping up with the growing demands of the world economy. Truly an interesting place to visit, get in touch with old monuments and the modern fancies of Lilongwe, a city of ambivalence and excitement.

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The whole of Lilongwe lies on the Central Malawi plateau and along the famous Lilongwe River. If you look at it on a map, the city is an elongated patch of land which forms part of the East African Rift Valley.

Lilongwe also borders two African nations which are Mozambique and Zambia and is currently populated by almost 1.1 million inhabitants. Lilongwe is also said to be subdivided into two parts which are named as the New and the Old City.

Climate

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Due to Lilongwe’s altitude of 1,050 meters, it is classified to be under the humid subtropical climate that borders on the subtropical highland type according to the Koppen Climate Classification. This type of climate equates to mild and breezy winters with pleasant and balanced summers. Throughout the year, Lilongwe experiences long dry summers and hot spells with a much-awaited wet season that runs from December to March.

Before the rainy season, the hottest temperatures are said to be observed in September to October that can go as high as 36-degrees Celsius. Furthermore, a whopping 8.27 inches of rainfall comes in the first quarter of the year.

Transportation

The main aviation entry point for Lilongwe is in Kamuzu International Airport, which is specifically located in the city’s northern region. Only specific flights are catered by this airport including Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lusaka and Addis Ababa with selected domestic inter-flights to Blantyre.

The airline carrier that serves passengers is the Malawian Airlines. If you want to get in and out of Lilongwe, regular bus trips are also available which connects the city to the neighboring towns of Mzuzu, Kasungu and Zomba.

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Also, if you wanted to be transported by a railway system, Lilongwe has trains to Zambia and Solima as destinations for its west and east lines respectively.

What to See

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

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Summing up to a vast 180 hectares of wilderness and protected wildlife perched between the Old and New Town is a cistern called the Lilongwe Wildlife Center.

Like the safari-inspired scenes seen in movies, setting your feet within the realms of this complex will need a caged vehicle, which would not put you in a place to see the animals per se. Thus, there are animal enclosures for you to see domesticated animals collated and currently cared for.

Kamuzu Mausoleum

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Located in Heroes Acre, feel the valor and dignity of Malawi’s first ever President, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, and be astounded by how beautifully his mausoleum was built. Aside from the fact that you’ll be able to pay respect to the remains of Dr. Banda, you’ll also be treated to a historical venture through the library and research center found inside.

Tobacco Auction Floors

A worker at Boka Tobacco auction floors displays some of the tobacco crop, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday May 14, 2013. The country's tobacco selling season kicked off in February and to date tobacco worth over $400 million dollars has been sold to buyers mostly from China and the European Union.

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As what the name suggests, the Tobacco Auction Floors is where commerce, trade and the pumping economy of Lilongwe rest on. Visit the Auction Holdings warehouse just a good seven kilometers away from the city center and find your way through an assortment of locally produced goods and souvenirs.

Parliament Building

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After you visit the Kamuzu Mausoleum, get in touch with Lilongwe’s administrative seat of power by going on a sidetrip to the Parliament Building. Just recently completed, be amazed by how the granite stone and marble floors give-off a very serious yet enchanting ambiance to this government office and be acquainted to how the leaders of Lilongwe craft development for its people.

See More:

Lilongwe | Malawi Tourism | Malawi Safari | Malawi Attractions
http://www.malawitourism.com/pages/attractions/the_attraction.asp?AttractionsID=13

Lilongwe – Useful Information about Malawi’s Capital City
http://www.kumbalilodge.com/lilongwe/

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Paul Intalan

Peek at the ancient city Xitang

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Discovering China and its unique culture as seen in its one of a kind architecture is like a trip through time. Going here makes you feel as if you are stepping into a different dimension that is truly exceptional. Going on a trip to this country and exploring every city helps you understand the charm this place exudes.

Xitang is an ancient town that history lovers and oriental fans would surely find endearing. The known water city was once a hub for mercantile transaction. Stepping foot here means discovering China’s important history especially from the remnants of the great Qing and Ming dynasties. So prepare your eyes to be left in awe as Xitang unfolds its own beauty that makes it an interesting place for your next vacation.

Location

The captivating town is found in Zhejiang Province in Jiashan County. There are a lot of antiquities that can be found here. The history can be traced back to the Spring Autumn Period, dating 770 BC – 476 BC.

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Adorned by the beauty of nature and the rivers that surround it, the town is a picturesque view and a total must-see. Its allure even made it one of the places featured in the famous film Mission Impossible III.

Climate

Climate in the town of Xitang is classified as semitropical monsoon. Manifested by four climates, going here in any month of the year will let you see different facades of the place that are apparent in each season.

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The average temperature per annum falls between 15.5 – 15.8 Celsius. Sunny days last to up to 2,000 hours.

Transportation

Going to Xitang from different cities in China is accessible via bus rides. From Shanghai, travelling to this town can take up to one and a half hours.

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Those who will come from Hangzhou can either take a bus or a fast train through the Hangzhou East Railway Station going to Jiashan Station.

Attractions

Bridges

Travel above the abundant bodies of water that hug this town. Due to the amount of water that surrounds Xitang, coping with it meant building bridges.

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There are approximately around 100 bridges that can be seen in this town. Each are characterized with interesting designs including rainbow and flute-like architecture.

Covered Corridors

The scenic town is dominated by covered ceilings that have served their purpose especially during ancient times. It was very useful especially for the traders who maneuvered on the edges of their boats.

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Today, these covered corridors provide a picturesque view especially for those who will be experiencing its ambiance for the first time.

Ancient structures

Its ancient lanes are other unique attributes that add charm to the town of Xitang. Do not worry about getting lost in one of these lanes as they have their own names.

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Each are have different sizes between 80 cm to 120 cm. One of the most famous would be the Sixianci Lane, which measures 236 meters.

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See More:

Xitang Brief Introduction:
http://www.shanghaihighlights.com/neighbours/xitang.html

Bamboo Compass / Xitang:
http://www.bamboocompass.com/xitang-travel-guide-251.html
Aira Algado

Skagen is a No-Fuss Beach Town

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If the idea of crowded beaches is a hassle, then the atmosphere on Skagen may work for you. Expect tranquility and remoteness as this secret paradise in Denmark holds beautiful scenery and astounding beaches that will help you relax without any pressure of socializing unlike other beach destinations surrounded by pubs and clubs.

As neat as it can be, have a peaceful vacation while getting the best of silence found in Skagen.

Location

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Found in the northernmost part of Denmark, Skagen is to the northeast of Aalborg. Due to its location, it is common to see fishing ports and harbors located on its coasts.

This destination is blessed with oceanic waters, which is why lingering at the beach is very conenient.

Climate

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Skagen has an oceanic climate, which means that it has moderate temperature and more days of sunshine compared to the rest of Denmark.

The most ideal time to go here would be during the months of July and August as they are known to have fine weather. The coolest month is January while March is the driest.

Transportation

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The most ideal mode of transportation going to the city is the bus. The best starting point would be Blokhus that passes through Hjørring and Hirtshals before reaching the last stop, which is Skagen.

Trains are also an option especially for those who come from Frederikshavn, a city in North Jutland.

Attractions

Grenen Beach

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Perhaps the most famous attraction in Skagen, see two oceans collide and experience the ‘two seas phenomena’ first hand. This is where North Sea and Baltic Sea meet.

See the picturesque scenery from the waves meeting each other creating a scenic view that cannot be translated in photos. It is best to see this in the summer as cloudy and rough weather can affect witnessing this beauty of nature.

The Grey Lighthouse

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This historic structure was restored after being abandoned in 2013. With the aim of it being fully operational, there was a collaboration of concerned groups and sectors.

Designed back in 1858, this point of interest has a unique facade even though it is made of bricks. Current renovations made the surrounding buildings in yellow.

Tomb of Drachmann

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This place was built to honor the Danish poet Holger Drachmann. What makes it unique is that this can be found near the Grenen Beach.

The dramatist’s contribution to the field of literature was never forgotten as this also serves as a reminder of his greatness when he was alive.

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See More:

Guide to Skagen – Everything a Tourist Wants:
http://www.danhostel.dk/en/news/guide-skagen-everything-tourist-want

Welcome to Skagen:
http://www.toppenafdanmark.com/ln-int/north-jutland/welcome-skagen

Aira Algado

Urbane attraction in Sheffield

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Sometimes, it’s better to keep walking forward and see what the present will bring as it connects to the future. Take a break from usual destinations that look back at the great old times. Sure, castles and fortifications have an appeal of their own, but try engaging in a place that celebrates modernity in the jovial city of Sheffield.

No longer is this city restricted by steel as it grew substantially into a hub that honors innovation through the abundance of museums and other art locations that will surely inspire the cultured side of its visitors.

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A city found in South Yorkshire, Sheffield is within the valleys of the River Don. As a matter of fact, the name of the city itself came from the River Sheaf and has gained prominence especially during the 19th century due to its contribution when it came to steel innovation including stainless steel.

It is found within the four tributaries of the River Don namely Loxiety, Porter Brook, Rivelin and the River Sheaf.

Climate

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The climate in the city is temperate with precipitation even in months considered as the driest. December is the wettest month while July is the driest and the hottest.

Winter happens is from December to March.

Transportation

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The city does not have its own airport but is surrounded by other international airports nearby including Doncaster International Airport, Leeds Bradford International Airport, East Midlands Airport and Manchester Airport.

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Trains are also one of the options to reach this city. Operated by the Midland Main Line, cities like London, Liverpool and Manchester can be reached via trains that pass through Sheffield.

On the other hand, East Midland Trains travel all the way to France and Belgium as well, which is why travelers coming from these countries cans resort to this route, too.

Attractions

Millenium Gallery

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This is a prime location for art enthusiasts found in the city. The museum was founded in 2001 and has gained prominence. It is even charted as one of the most visited spots in Europe.

Here, there are two permanent exhibits including Ruskin and Metalwork collections. Temporary exhibits and corporate functions are also allowed here.

Winter Gardens

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This large and innovative glasshouse serves as a home to more than 2,500 species of plants that are found in different parts of the globe.

Composed of numbers of greenhouses, this award winning temperate glasshouse is also one of the most famous destinations in the city.

Kelham Island Museum

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This is where the industrial history of the city is told. Opened to the public in 1982, this museum exhibits different memorabilia that tracks back to the prime days of the city when it was being hailed due to its contribution to the steel industry.

Peace Gardens

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The park is a public space that boasts some of modern features including the Goodwin Fountain that was dedicated to Sir Stuart and Lady Goodwin who happened to be one of the leaders of the stainless steel industry during the golden days of the city.

There’s also the Holberry Cascades that signifies the four rivers surrounding the city and the steel industry that put the city on the map.

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See More:

Welcome to Sheffield
http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/visit

Introducing Sheffield
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/england/yorkshire/sheffield

Aira Algado

Take the Mystified Streets of Bandipur and Revel in Them

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Coming out from the ashes, the small city of Bandipur in Nepal is set to uplift the country’s looming tourism with recent developments that have been implemented for the city’s welfare. Now enriching what Bandipur has as an ecological area, the city is now pegging on activities and edifices to preserve its natural wonders.

From the ruins of the decrepit temples now rise luxurious cafeterias and affluent restaurants, and the pulled-back vibe of the city is now prepped to surge forward and become a relevant part of Nepal.

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The glorious architecture dating as far back as the 18th-century is now used as an advantage to lure more and more tourists, giving Bandipur the luster it deserves.

A former part of a huge kingdom, Bandipur is now paying homage to its roots and thriving to be one of the newest destinations to ponder in Asia.

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Location

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Set at 1,030 meters above sea level, Bandipur is a hilltop suburb on the bed of the Gandaki Zone, also known as the Tanahun District. It is a good 143 kilometers away from the capital city of Kathmandu and the equally relevant town of Pokhara is 80 kilometers away from its eastern tip.

Today, this patch of land almost kissing the heavens is home to an approximate of 16,000 inhabitants and they are living a life of advancements without letting go of their rich cultural heritage.

Climate

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With its prime location on top of a hill, the climate and weather observed within Bandipur is such a sweet treat for travelers who exert the effort to be there. According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Bandipur has a warm and temperate climate, which is owed to the cooling temperature from its rainfall that can be experienced all year long. Temperatures are expected to rise when the months of April until July kick in, with June getting the hottest temperature of 25.2-degrees Celsius.

If you want to go here without releasing a ball of sweat, the perfect months to do so would be from December to February wherein recorded temperatures are said to drop as low as 6.8-degrees Celsius. July is also known as the rainiest month accumulating a total average of 506 millimeters of rainfall, while November gets a minuscule share of 9 millimeters for the whole month.

Transportation

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You won’t be able to reach Bandipur directly as you need to pass through some big cities and get onto different modes of transportation to get to the hilltop. The best way is to come from the capital city of Kathmandu and ride a bus, which would then transport you to Pokhara.

From Pokhara, there are scheduled trips going up to Bandipur and this will just cost you less than getting a chartered flight. Once within the humble city of Bandipur, every corner can be explored by means of walking or renting a bicycle to get around more conveniently.

What to See

Tundikhel

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As if Bandipur’s altitude from the ground is not enough, Tundikhel is an observation deck that you should visit if you want to see more of Nepal and the city itself. Known to be a man-made plateau, Tundikhel is actually a place where trade and commerce take place, with respect to the view that it offers to tourists.

Be in touch with the locals and visit this place on weekends to see merry families and travelers camp out for picnics and daytime relaxation.

Silkworm Farm

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If you want to know how the delicate silk is made, then a trip to the Silkworm Farm will aid you in being more knowledgeable. Here, you can visit anytime of the day and be acquainted with the processes of crafting a weave of silk.

You’d be exposed to some mulberry plants and the worms responsible for creating tapestries of silk for commercial produce. Better than what’s being shown on the Knowledge Channel, this first-hand experience is something you would remember for the rest of your life.

Siddha Gufa

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The cathedral-like facade and the mysterious vibe being channeled by the Siddha Gufa is truly worthy of a visit. This cave in Bandipur is slowly becoming one of the most visited destinations for its majestic stalactites and stalagmites and the second-to-none tour of this natural structure.

Getting there might cause you to walk for a long duration, but the scenery and view will relieve all of the exhaustion.

Khadga Devi Temple

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As a sign of worship, getting to the Khadga Devi Temple would require you to take a wide flight of stairs just to be greeted with an important artifact essential to the foundation of Buddhism. What lies at the summit of this shrine is a sword said to be a gift from the Buddhist God Shiva to the people of Bandipur.

Feel the electrifying ambiance of religion, faith and belief when you see people scouring around the said artifact and believe the power of religion coursing through your veins after a visit to this ancient place.

Images
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See More:
Bandipur Things to Do – Virtual Tourist
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Nepal/Bandipur-1299570/Things_To_Do-Bandipur-TG-C-1.html

Bandipur Tourism: Best of Bandipur, Nepal
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Tourism-g1949120-Bandipur_Gandaki_Zone_Western_Region-Vacations.html

Paul Intalan

Sit back and Enjoy the Sweeping Ambience of New Zealand’s Napier

 

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Movies have made us aware of what it is like to live in a city that hugs a huge body of water. Commonly known as seaport cities, these fascinating areas are dotted with various interesting things.

From the sound of the chaotic ports for its daily activities, the humid or frigid ambient air that would touch your skin while sipping at a cafeteria with a sweeping view of the port, to the majestic feeling of wonder for what lies on the opposite side of the lake or sea.

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The relaxing way of life with the sound of water splashing against the shore and the horizon standing mightily every waking day are just some of the things adorable to New Zealand’s port city Napier.

If you traveling to the Pacific, putting this humble seaport town at the top of your list would be an undeniably good choice. Behold the wondrous town of Napier and prepare your mind for one of your best vacations away from home.

Location

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Napier is located at the southeastern tip of the famous Hawke’s Bay and is perched on the larger expanse of land collectively called as Napier Hill. Surrounding Napier is the towering range of the Heretaunga Plains which is part of New Zealand’s North Island territory.

Within Napier lies a group of suburbs such as Bay View, Greenmeadows, Hospital Hill, Meeanee, Napier CBD, Marewa, Pandora, Tamatea and Taradale. Currently, Napier is home to a total of 60,400 residents, all perched in a total land area of 54.16 square miles just for its urban grounds.

Climate

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According to the reliable Koppen Climate Classification, Napier’s proximity to Hawke’s Bay is the main reason why it has an oceanic climate. Generally, the weather in Napier is warm and relatively dry, which is quite enjoyable for people who would want to spend time outdoors.

The hottest temperatures are experienced in the months of December and can even stretch further until March with an average of 24.1-degrees Celsius. The rainy season starts in the month of June, with 8.8 precipitation days, while the succeeding months of July, August and September are wetter. Napier experiences a whopping total of 2,258.7 hours of glistening sunshine, making it one of the sunniest places in New Zealand.

Transportation

Going in and out of Napier via air would definitely require the services of the Hawke’s Bay Airport, which is currently being remodeled and refurbished for better customer experience. The location of the airport with respect to the town is quite beneficial for travelers as it is only 22 kilometers north of Napier’s Hastings Aerodome.

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If you’re on the more adventurous side, Napier and some of the cities connected to it have made options for visitors to see the town better through hiking and walking trails. Truly, these walkways are the town’s homage to minimizing pollution and traffic, and are considered to be a great start in your whole Napier experience.

Every day, many locals and tourists do take advantage of the Hawke’s Bay Trails via jogging, cycling and walking. As for mass transport, Napier is served by Go Bus, which is government-operated and is the best option for you if you want to go to different parts of the city.

What to See

MTG Hawke’s Bay

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Napier loves to gather its folks into one communal experience through film screenings, live concerts and mass performances. Due to the fact that art is adored by Napier’s residents, the MTG Hawke’s Bay was constructed, all gleaming in white and functions as a museum-theatre-gallery.

Here, visitors will be immersed into a world full of art and crafts, always changing to give locals a chance to showcase their talents.

Daily Telegraph Building

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If Paris has the Eiffel Tower and London has its Big Ben, one illustrious landmark in Napier is the Daily Telegraph Building. Now functioning as a real estate building and office, this tower is actually an art-deco installation meant to amaze and raise the bar in construction within Napier.

Be stunned with the Daily Telegraph Building’s ziggurat aesthetics, forms and shapes, well-crafted zigzags and the intrinsically-restored foyer open for tourists.

Centennial Gardens

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Also a part of the art-deco installation ventures within the town of Napier, behold the magical and gargantuan waterfall flowing in the middle of everything called the Centennial Gardens.

While it’s an accepted fact that a water pump powers this man-made waterfall, locals and visitors from all over the planet still crowd at this place to be amazed.

Bluff Hill Lookout

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If you want to spend some quiet time with Napier’s flora and fauna, then a trip to the Bluff Hill Lookout is what you’re looking for.

Bring some picnic essentials and relax while taking in all of nature’s blessings. The convoluted route which is 102 meters to the top of Bluff Hill will definitely be a drive, or hike, to remember.

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See More:

Things to see and do in Napier, New Zealand
http://www.newzealand.com/int/napier/

Napier New Zealand Travel ~ Napier NZ Information
http://www.napier.nz.com

Paul Intalan

Revel on Coober Pedy’s Well-Hidden Sights

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To some, living underground is a daunting task but to others, it’s a way of life. People who have stayed in this little town in South Australia deserve a tap on the back for simply living in their so-called ‘dug-outs’.

Aside from their odd and somewhat primitive abodes, the locals of this blessed patch of land in Australia are also known for the generous opals they export to the world, hence being dubbed as the “World’s Opal Capital”.

With almost two thousand inhabitants based on the last census, the people of Coober Pedy have no plans of moving out and transferring to more modern cities, and there are plenty of reasons why they choose to stay.

Location

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Situated 846 kilometers from Adelaide’s northern tip is the small town of Coober Pedy. Due to its size, you can barely notice its existence on the map as that dot between Adelaide and Alice Springs.

Climate

Australia is known to have a very arid climate and so Coober Pedy has the same. Specifically, Coober Pedy has a desert climate according to the Koppen Climate Classification. While visiting, expect to have warmer days and cooler, breezier temperatures during evenings.

In April and October, very mild weather is noticeable while December to February becomes much warmer than the remaining months of the year. There can also be rare episodes of dust storms.

Transportation

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If you expect to enter Coober Pedy by air, then you’d surely land in the sole airport servicing all travelers which is the Coober Pedy Airport.

Coaches from Adelaide mainly provide road transportation called the ‘Ghan’.

What to See

Old Timers Mine

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Be submerged into a labyrinth-like underground complex which was built as a mining facility in 1916.

Get around and below Old Timers Mine via self-guided tours and look for the museum on the very veins of this underground destination.

Tom’s Working Opal Mine

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For a fee, you can witness how people of Coober Pedy manufacture their main export product: opals. Watch miners get into serious business at 8AM, 10AM, 2PM and 4PM.

Serbian Orthodox Church

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Despite the minuscule populace, Coober Pedy still upholds religion through this massive underground church adorned with well-placed wall carvings and a ceiling that’s hard to miss.

Big Winch

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Losing yourself off the Big Winch is expected as this is one of the few ways that you can see the whole of Coober Pedy above ground.

Images:
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See More:

Things to Do in Coober Pedy
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g255094-Activities-Coober_Pedy_South_Australia.html

Coober Pedy – Travel Information
http://www.cooberpedy.net/our-place/travel-information

Paul Intalan