Captivating Asian National Parks

Asia has several wild places, however a number of the foremost lovely and spectacular are protected and given national park status in order to protect the flora and fauna of the region. The subsequent national parks are among the foremost celebrated in Asia. Folks come to visit them from near and far in order to appreciate the unique qualities of the land and everything on it.Check out the captivating Asian national parks:

Masada National Park, Israel

Masada National ParkThis park combines compelling scenery with historic cultural attractions. Settled above than the Dead Sea high atop a plateau of the eastern Judaean Desert, the Masada National Park is one amongst the foremost popularly visited sites in the country. The traditional site of Herod the Great’s palaces, it had been additionally an area of siege and the mass suicide of Jewish rebels. As such, the park is visited by students and archaeologists similarly as tourists.

Jiuzhai Valley National Park, China

This extraordinarily beautiful park is famous for its enchanting blue-green lakes and waterfalls. Located in the Min Shan mountain range of Northern Sichuan, this south-western locale is a breathtaking park because of its scenery but it is also home to stunning flora like orchids and revered wildlife like the Giant Panda. This park was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, Japan

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National ParkAs the most visited national park of Japan, this celebration region is home to Mount Fuji, the country’s tallest mountain. This mountain, actually a volcano, attracts Japanese travelers as well as tourists from around the world. The hot springs of Hakone are also nearby as is the Fuji Five Lakes district that is splendidly scenic and revered for its beauty.

Sundarbans National Park, India

This West Bengal park is world known collectively of the last remaining wild places. Remote and denoted by coastal mangrove swamps, the park is especially known for its resident tigers–many of that are selected as man-eaters. As one of the wildest places on the world, this park is, nevertheless, one amongst the known wild-life sanctuaries in India. The national park has an area of 328,680 acres. The Sundarbans was established as a park in 1984. Its nearest city is Kolkata.

Goreme National Park, Turkey

Goreme National ParkFamed for its ‘fairy chimneys,” the other-worldly landscape of Goreme National Park is set in Central Anatolia in the historical region of Cappadocia. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the park is noted for its extraordinary rock sites and subterranean cities. The ancient frescoed churches of the rocks ar among its major attractions that lure travelers from around the world.


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A TASTE OF REFINEMENT AND MORE AT THE MONTCALM CLUB

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford”, said Samuel Johnson. London has been the torch-bearer of the British culture, refinement and history throughout the ages and continues to uphold its heritage even in a modern era with respect to the hospitality business. The city abounds in five star establishments which are preferred for staying in by the royalty, the corporate professionals and the tourists like us all over the world. Even with the infamous rain of the city, you are sure to be awed by how the hotels manage to capture the quirks and beauties of the city in each of their rooms so that even when cooped in you’ll feel your stay to be an adventure.

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The Montcalm Club hotels – An epitome of British luxury and refinement

The Montcalm Hotels are a highly regarded addition to the chain of hotels in London, which will make you feel at home as soon as you walk through their doors. Functioning by virtue of an unique blend of the old world charm and the contemporary amenities, it has to be watched out for its sheer brilliance and subtle efficiency.

Location- While staying in London, it is of utmost importance that your accommodation facilitates easy conveyance. Keeping this in mind, the hotel is located at the heart of the city and is in close proximity to St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s situated within a ten minute walk from the Barbican and Moorgate tube stations and a twenty minute walk from Mansion House, while the Liverpool Street Station is just a mile away from the hotel. The nearest attractions include China town, Piccadilly Circus, British Museum, Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace, Portobello Market, Hyde Park, Bayswater and Queensway which ensures that you never have a single dull moment during your entire stay.

Room facilities- Realizing the way internet guides our lives in the modern era, all the rooms are provided with complimentary Wireless and Broadband Services. An LCD television with international cable and satellite channels and an iPod Docking station have also been provided with a concern for your entertainment value. Bathrobes, rain shower, slippers and toiletries have been supplied in the bathrooms while the rooms boasts of complimentary fruits, water, a mini-bar and a telephone with voicemail and answer service.

Hotel services- The hotel has been provided with a 24-hour concierge service, room service and front desk. A steam, sauna and a fitness room in the adjoining property has been provided that your stay is healthy, two restaurants and bars which will sustain your gastronomic cravings with delectable cuisines and meeting and event venues for those of you who have come looking for the ideal place to conduct business in.

Unique perspective– To derive the most benefit from your stay, the Montcalm at the brewery London city has enabled you to become a member of the hotel so that with a simple online registration you will be able to earn 100 points which would further accumulate with your later stays and increase your tier status and benefits for a holistic hospitality experience.


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Responsible Tourism: Safaris

Some countries are better than others in providing responsible, sustainable tourism that benefits local communities as well as travellers. Others may promote their holiday packages as eco-friendly and sustainable, but at second glance reveal themselves to be nothing of the sort.

So what should travellers look out for before talking to experts such as Safari-Consultants about arranging a trip of a life-time? And remember, a modern-day safari doesn’t necessarily a trek to see the Big Five in Africa.

1. Costa Rica

One country that seems to have got it (mostly) right is Costa Rica, where nearly all hotels, lodges and resorts are being built with responsibly sourced materials by local craftsmen.

Locals find work in these resorts in many different ways and are paid a decent wage in addition to ongoing training. Resorts and eco-lodges offer safaris into Costa Rica’s stunning national parks, as well as trips to co-operatively run coffee plantations and cheese-dairies. The resorts and eco-lodges also provide agricultural communities with an income by sourcing all their food and some of the drink from locals, including coffee and cheese.

pony-trekkingActivities include such as pony-trekking through jungles, canopy zip lining or nature-walks as far as volcano terrain will allow it and white-water rafting in some regions.

The Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa for example offers luxury accommodation in the remote mountainous terrain of Guanacaste in the North Pacific region of Costa Rica. The resort, like many others in Costa Rica, makes excellent use of what’s already there as a sustainable tourist attraction, such as providing guests with onsite volcanic mud baths, thermal spring water pools and nature walks, off-road excursions in specially designed vehicles and canopy zip lining in the Rinco de la Vieja Volcano mountain range.

Many small eco-lodges offer educational programs that are open to locals and tourists alike, teaching in a fun and informative way about the flora and fauna, traditions and customs of their region, thus benefiting everyone.
It is easy to check with the country’s tourism board, which accommodation provider offers responsible safaris, because the tourism board rewards certificates.

2. Thailand

Thailand welcomes more than 15 million visitors every year. After decades of destructive mass tourism, Thailand has finally adopted a far more stringent approach to sustainable and responsible tourism to avoid further damage to the environment and local communities.

On the Island of Koh Phra Thong for example, the resorts have adopted a very different approach to that taken by other islands. Here the Golden Buddha Beach Resort is just one of many luxury accommodation providers where the lodges were created using hardwood grown at local plantations. Houses were built by local Thai craftsmen to building height restrictions and strict limits as to the ratio of how much construction covers a plot. This protects not just flora and fauna, but also local drinking water levels.

Some 90% of staff are locals and they get paid a decent wage including holiday pay, still unusual in the country. There is no hot water because it’s not needed and no air-conditioning; the resort has no swimming pool, since there’s a bay with warm water temperatures right on the doorstep. Resort waste is recycled and taken to the mainland to be responsibly dealt with.

ThailandDivers check regularly on the health of coral reefs, such as at the Naucrates Conservation Biology project for instance, one of many projects volunteers can get involved with. From sea turtle protection to mangrove rehabilitation, there’s something for everybody. The volunteers from overseas support the local Baan Lions villagers via home stay arrangements.

At the Blue Guru Conservation and Diving project, visitors can enjoy rainforest trekking trips, mangrove boat trips and village tours that use local guides, all paid to educate eco-tourists about the local cultures and environments. Transport and accommodation is also provided by local people, giving them an income. The dive centre was constructed by locals using natural materials sourced locally. The centre has no electricity and a strict policy of minimizing water consumption through the use of dunk tanks where divers clean their kits.

3. Uganda

After many years of civil war and political unrest the country is trying hard to open up once more to tourism, but doing it in a responsible and sustainable way this time round.

Rwenzori MountainsAs the neighbouring countries try to help by “restocking” Uganda’s depleted national parks with native animals, numerous conservation projects and eco-lodges offer safaris again. Not so long ago, The Independent newspaper listed ten of these projects, which included wildlife trips and gorilla-spotting safaris in the Bwindi Forest of Uganda.
The 9-day trip is run in conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority, taking visitors deep into Bwindi National Park. Only four people at a time are permitted to come face-to-face with the 11-member strong gorilla family. Numerous experts from world-renowned organisations like Gorilla Doctors for example offer educational background on the subject of primates along the way.


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Algonquin Provincial Park: Four Season Outdoor Fun in Ontario

Canada’s oldest provincial park and certainly one of its best-known, Algonquin Provincial Park is a year-round wilderness jewel: a moose- and wolf-roamed tract of lake-laced forests within easy reach of Ottawa and Toronto.

Algonquin’s Landscapes

The park encompasses a transitional forest bridging the southern hardwood and boreal zones, which makes for a particularly varied ecological roster. Moose are plentiful and easily seen–including along the roadsides of Highway 60, where the giant deer come to lick salt. Hunting the moose (as well as beaver and white-tailed deer) are the Algonquin Park wolves, which are genetically distinct from the gray wolves of boreal Ontario. They’re eastern wolves (sometimes called Algonquin wolves), smaller and more rufous-toned than gray wolves, and many biologists believe they’re closely related to the endangered red wolf of the southeastern United States.

Algonquin Area Public LibraryIn August, park staff lead Public Wolf Howls: guided outings in which wild wolves sometimes respond–thrillingly–to imitation calls. The howling sessions follow presentations on the natural history and ecology of Algonquin’s wolves at the Outdoor Theatre. Even if you don’t manage to hear the bellow of a free-roaming pack member, you’re not likely to forget the experience, chock-full as it is of raw excitement.

Black bears are also widespread in the park, feasting mostly on vegetation and insects but occasionally bringing down a moose calf or two. Follow bear-safety protocol when hiking and camping in the park, and savor any sighting of these magnificent critters.

And then there’s the scenery, which encompasses grand reaches of forest, better than 1,000 kilometers of stream- and riverway, and more than 2,000 lakes in glacially gouged basins. The terrain’s quite rugged, from cliffy shorelines and rough highlands to the dramatic 100-meter gorge of Barron Canyon. Heck, there’s even the broad depression left by a meteorite–Brent Crater.

Exploring and Appreciating the Park

Highway 60 offers vehicular access to the park’s front-country; take your Jeep Compass or some other adventure-ready vehicle along its scenic byway to look for moose or access miles of hiking trails. You can also access the park’s dozen developed campgrounds via 60 or Highway 17 to the north of the park. The bulk of the park is roadless wilderness–a canoeist’s paradise, sprinkled with farflung sites along breathtaking waterways and serenaded (in classic wilderness Ontario style) by loon calls and, once in awhile, wolf howls.

Spring brings wildflower displays in the leafing-out forests; autumn brings fiery color to the park’s hardwoods. Winter only ramps up the fun: From dog-sledding and snowshoeing to skiing and snowmobiling, the snowbound Algonquin forests are one giant, white invitation to adventure.

In addition to the developed and primitive campgrounds, there are also both vehicle-accessible and backcountry ranger cabins as well as a trio of commercially run lodges providing accommodations in the park.

Interpretive Sites

The great outdoors are the prime attraction–that goes without saying–but Algonquin Provincial Park also impresses with its interpretive facilities, which include a fascinating visitor centre showcasing the park’s wildlife, ecology, and human history. And speaking of history, the Algonquin Logging Museum elucidates the old days of timber extraction in the region; a highlight is a short, family-friendly footpath passing by an “alligator boat” (a steam-driven tug) and a reconstructed 19th -century “camboose” logging camp. And you can explore the intersection of art and nature at the Algonquin Art Centre, which includes both indoor and outdoor galleries.

Algonquin Logging MuseumExperience Ontario at its most primal and its most gorgeous: Make a pilgrimage to one of Canada’s most beloved parks, Algonquin!

John Pearcy is a fitness instructor and is a passionate outdoor adventurer. He likes to share his insights online and has already written for several outdoor and travel blogs.


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How to Get a Cheap Flight to Beijing

Beijing is China’s major business artery and this is always the best stop of music scholars, businessmen, and regular tourists craving a shot at the Great Wall of China, the old courtyards, and the Ming tombs. To get a cheap flights to Beijing, catch a schedule that offers discounted fares and better still, get a round-trip ticket to enjoy more mileage from the cheap flight promo. Cheap flights to Beijing are offered by commercial airlines for all destinations, including Beijing.

Forbidden CityBeijing city is a fantastic place to be. However, if you are visiting china or the Asian world the very first time, you could feel somehow disoriented while in the city. As a large stay, Beijing City Guide can be of significant help to you as far as navigating around the city and being familiar with the city attractions is worried. Being a capital of the great China, you can expect no limitation as to your skill or see in the city. Unlike most world cities, very busy metropolis city features a blend of modern living and ancient history buildings which makes it so awesome. The ‘Forbidden City’ will be the main attraction here which has about 800 buildings. Since it was closed removed from the public, it is rated as the best preserved place that showcases the good thing about ancient China. National Museum of China and Sun Yatsen Park will also be fantastic places to visit in Beijing.

Satin Chicken with chives and gingerAs a large city, there are lots of Boutique Hotels Hong Kong that offer excellent services for your stay and gastronomic needs. If you are coming to the iconic ‘Forbidden City’, the Grand Hotel will look after the resort needs in the best way you can. The contemporary city is situated in the centre with the city and the roof terrace provides a fantastic and interesting take a look at the location. Being a luxury hotel, you could expect only the best services and the rates are also highly favorable to complement your financial budget. The Red Capital Residence is much more when compared to a typical traditional hotel situated in Dongsi. It’s probably the most admired places of Where to Eat in Hong Kong offering visitors classic traditional Chinese cuisines along with dishes from western countries. As this is a boutique hotel which is relatively small, it is suggested you book well in advance to secure an area for yourself. Through the night, a night tour of Beijing city would have been a nice complement for your stay.

Park KingLocated in western Beijing, the Marriott Hotel serves as one of many Best Hong Kong Restaurants and Bars center that you can depend on to build your travel incredibly awesome and memorable. The Marriott is a full service hotel and it really is strategically located at Beijing Financial District. Rated like a 5 star hotel, the Marriott is a few kilometers from the air-port of Beijing and its rooms are well appointed and properly maintained. Travelers can expect an appropriate and intimate stay while in Beijing. Actually, these are just just some mentions of notable and world recognized stay centers in Beijing. There are many numerous places that also guarantee you highly affordable accommodation and eating joints while travelling in Beijing.

Cheap flights to Beijing and great accommodation are yours with just a click of a mouse. Do your online booking now and discover the great difference.


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Things to Consider Before Renting a Family Apartment in Munich

There is nothing like a long family vacation! But travelling with family is a lot more challenging than going on an adventure solo, since you have to consider options that suit each and every family member and their needs.

Whether you are visiting for a big fat family wedding or for a long holiday during your kids’ break from school, there are definitely lots of things to do in Munich! But, there is also the matter of hotel bills adding up to a fortune when one is on a long family trip. Therefore, for large families with kids who need lots of space to move and play around, hotel rooms can feel like confinement and it is more feasible (and economical) to rent a Munich family apartment during your stay in the city.

Theatiner KircheAlthough renting an apartment may be economical for a longer period of time, you will still have to give a lump sum to the property owners. Therefore, it is best that you consider a few things before you decide on a place to stay during your vacation in Munich.

It is never a good idea to spend more than you can afford. If you have set a limit on the amount of money you are going to spend travelling, you should try to stay within that limit. Travelling to a new city with family can be expensive, with the shopping, entertainment, and restaurant bills that are likely to add up, it is best to save as much as you can on accommodation.

The cost of a place often reflects the area it is located in, so it will be helpful to look at different neighborhoods before you start looking at different apartments. If you want to visit popular tourist attractions, you should consider looking at areas that are closer to those places. If you want to get a quiet sleep at night, you should avoid renting an apartment that is close to bars or clubs. One good way to know if you are choosing the right place is by using Google maps and making a list of popular places near the apartment.

Renting a studio apartment when you have 4-6 people with you is definitely not advisable. When looking at apartments, it is important to know the number and size of the rooms and the number of bathrooms that the apartment has. Consider the needs of your family and the space they require before you make a decision.

Neue MesseSometimes property owners don’t inform tenants about extra charges like parking, electricity, or utility bills etc. that they might demand from tenants later. That is why it is always best to book through a reputable agency. Remember to ask questions from the property owners, especially about who is responsible for maintenance and damage, and read your lease carefully if you are given one so you are aware of exactly what you will have to pay for.

You are always likely to have a great time when you are with people you love, and Munich is one of the best places to visit in the world! With a wonderful city to explore, great company and an ideal family apartment to kick back in , you will definitely cherish the days you spend in Munich!


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Lago de Atitlan Travel Guide

Regarded as one among the foremost lovely lakes in the world, Lago de Atitlan (Lake Atitlan) is found in Guatemala’s western highlands, ringed by majestic volcanoes, abundant slopes and picturesque villages wherever the Mayan culture still prevailing. The lake region’s natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere build it an increasingly popular destination among tourists and backpackers.Santiago - Lago de Atitlan

The scenic region around Lake Atitlan could be a natural playground where guests will get pleasure from variety of outdoors activities. The lake itself offers boat cruises, swimming, jet sport and kayaking, whereas the encompassing volcanoes, farms and hills gift opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, touring coffee plantations, and exploring archaeological Mayan sites such as those at Sambaj and Chiutinamit.

Lake Atitlan’s main entry point and best known city is Panajachel, that provides lots of choices for transportation, accommodation, restaurants and nightlife.

Muelle, Santiago AtitlanThe flourishing villages of San Juanand Santa Cruz la Lagune conjointly provide tourer amenities. San Pedro and San Marcos are additional laid-back villages, ideal for backpackers and people longing for off-the-beaten-path destinations. Santiago Atitlan and Santa Catarina Palopo are ancient villages where guests will expertise authentic Mayan culture. A variety of boats provide transportation across the lake and between villages.


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Essaouira Travel Guide

An 18th-century city on Morocco’s Atlantic coastline, Essaouira is one among the nation’s most well-liked beach destinations. White-washed homes sporting cobalt blue shutters offer a scenic backdrop for breezy coast adventures, that embrace kitesurfing and windsurfing. The city’s medina options crafts made using centuries-old techniques, as well as thuya wood carving and cabinet making. The argan oil trade is well established here as well, and the women cooperatives responsible for processing the argan nuts are instantly recognizable from their long white robes.

Essaouira bastionEssaouira, formerly known as Mogador, may be a natural port. It’s been prized as such since the 1st century, when the protected bay provided anchorage for Romans trading for the purpura shells they used to make purple dye. Roman artifacts from the period are on display at the city’s Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah Museum. Fortress walls originally circled the city’s borders,and lots of sections of the walls stay standing these days. Built by the Sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah, the fortifications combine European military architecture with African aesthetics.

Essaouira fishingToday, the harbor is one of the major fishing locations in Morocco, and the city’s restaurants and seaside stalls offer an array of fresh seafood, from lobster dishes to grilled sardines. In recent years, Essaouira has begun to achieve a name as a cultural center too. Art galleries are appearing everywhere the city, and every year, town plays host to the Gnaoua Festival of World Music, a four-day event that has multiple genres of music as well because the ancient Gnaoua African music. Whether riding a camel along the beach or touring the bird sanctuary at nearby Falcon Island, Essaouira offers a variety of nice travel experiences.


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Marrakech Travel Guide

One of the biggest cities in Morocco, Marrakech (or Marrakesh) was formerly one of the country’s imperial cities. Marrakech was founded in the 11th century by the Almoravides, a Berber dynasty who turned the town into a crucial center of commerce, religion, philosophy and culture. Under Almoravide rule, red sandstone walls, lavish palaces and Koranic schools were built of which much can still be seen today.

Marrakesh Train StationDuring the Nineteen Sixties, city was called a “hippie mecca,” attracting far-famed celebrities like The Beatles, Yves Saint Laurent and also the Rolling Stones. Comprised of lovely old architecture and courtyards of orange, palm, apricot and olive trees, Marrakesh today is still one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations.

At the heart of the Marrakesh is the Medina, a labyrinth of old walls and slender passageways packed with historic sites, museums, engaging food stalls and colourful souks, or markets. The focal point of the Medina is Djemaa El-Fna, the main square, buzzing with snake charmers, musicians, acrobats, storytellers, magicians and stalls marketing the likes of carpets, leather, pottery, hookahs and spices. Other must-see sites in Marrakesh are the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, th e Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace and and Majorelle Gardens.

Marrakesh foodsOutside the Medina is the new district, Gueliz, home to name brand stores, fast food chains and fashionable restaurants serving a variety of cuisines from ancient tagine and couscous dishes to international fare.


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Fes Travel Guide

Founded in 789,  served as Morocco’s capital for many years. Today, the nation’s third-largest town is best referred to as Morocco’s handicraft center. Fes is the ideal destination for guests who wish to expertise the heady and active ambiance of a Moroccan marketplace. The government is taking great pains to come back the historic recent city, the medina Fes el island, to its original glory. With a population of regarding 150,000 inhabitants, the medina is that the largest carfree urban area in the world by population.Traditional adobe homes and courtyards adorned with mosaic tiles line a maze of slim streets and alleys full of souqs and shops.

Fes Morocco Railway StationMuch of the fun of a visit to Fes comes through wandering through the old medina for up-close encounters with craftsmen making and selling their wares. Most of the traffic is pedestrian, though donkeys are typically used for transportation. The medina is wherever most of Morocco’s famous cobalt blue Moroccan ceramic tiles are made. Located in an 18th-century Moorish palace, the Dar Batha Museum houses a fine collection of ceramic tiles as well as other traditional Fes crafts, including woodcarving, copperware and sculpted plaster.

Karaouiyine mosqueFes is additionally home to the Karaouiyine mosque that houses a medersa that’s considered as the oldest university within the world. With its splendid copper doors, minaret and stalactite-domed entrance chamber, the Bou Inania medersa is price a visit as well. Like several cities in trendy Morocco, Fes also has a Ville Nouvelle, or New City, that offers modern and comfortable accommodations for visitors to the ancient imperial capital.


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