Stonehenge in Wiltshire England

on Sunday, July 17, 2011

StonehengeStonehenge is a prehistoric and a mystical monument which is located in the county of Wiltshire, England. It is situated almost 3.2 km west of Amesbury. The Stonehenge is a formation of stones in a circular fashion that are standing upright. The construction of this prehistoric monument started some 5000 years ago and it is amazing to know that these stones are still in place after 5 millenniums.

Different scholars have different thought about the Stonehenge. Some say that the stones initially were to erect; it was only after 2400 BC that they changed positions. Others say that the blue stones could have been the ones that were erected. The site of Stonehenge is also another addition to the UNESCO and a part of the World heritage Sites since 1986. It is also protected by the scheduled Ancient monument. The Stonehenge is a pride of the national trust of the country.

Recent evidence has shown that the Stonehenge has served as a burial ground right from the beginning. It has been notified that the people who have been buried in the ground date back to the 3000 BC. The huge stone formation and a mysterious past is what draw maximum tourist attraction every year to this site. It is said that almost 8,000,000 visitors come to visit this place. All the stones are said to be placed perfectly with the sunrise and thus makes it very clear that the place was also being used as a ground for worship.
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Brazilian Carnival in Rio

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Carnival in RioThe Brazilian Carnival in Rio, Brazil is an annual festival that takes place four days before Ash Wednesday, which is described as the beginning of the 40 days fast, called lent. During the days of fasting, some Roman Catholics and Christians do not consume meat. The reason of the carnival is to bid farewell to some pleasures of the flesh and it is dedicated to Christ’s death.

The carnival in Brazil is a little different from its counterparts in Europe because it has a mixture of the Europe and African fundamentals. So much so that even the music, rhythm, and costume, changes a bit from one region of Brazil to the other. A fine example to quote the differences is seen in the southeast part of the cities, where the parade of the carnival is usually led by the Samba schools and only Samba school affiliates’ participate in it whereas in smaller towns, there is no public to view the carnival and hence, the carnival is organized in clubs. In the North east section of Brazil, even the common public is allowed to dance and take part in the parade and enjoy it to the fullest as they are made to feel a part of the big show. The Carnival is all about having fun, dancing to the catchy rhythm and wearing colorful clothes.

The modern carnival originated in the year 1641, it was actually a mimicry of the European style of having fun. However, over the years, it refrained itself and took inputs from different cultures like Europe, North America and Africa.Carnival in RioCarnival in Rio Festival
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Tibet Tourism

on Monday, June 20, 2011

Tibet is a plateau region in Asia, north of the Himalayas. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpas, Qiang, and Lhobas, and is inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft).
Tibet emerged in the 7th century as a unified empire, but it soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet were often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations; these governments were at various times under Mongol and Chinese overlordship. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule; most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. In 1951, following a military conflict, Tibet was incorporated into the newly established People's Republic of China and the previous Tibetan government was abolished in 1959. Today, the PRC governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region while eastern areas are mostly within Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. There are tensions regarding Tibet's political status and dissident groups are active in exile.

The economy of Tibet is dominated by subsistence agriculture, though tourism has become a growing industry in Tibet in recent decades. The dominant religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism, though there are Muslim and Christian minorities. Tibetan Buddhism is a primary influence on the art, music, and festivals of the region. Tibetan architecture reflects Chinese and Indian influences. Staple foods in Tibet are roasted barley, yak meat, and butter tea.

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Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples Lebanon

on Sunday, May 8, 2011

Baalbek is a small town situated in the Bakaa Valley, Lebanon. The city has made a name of its own because of the monumental ruined temples during the roman period. During that time, Baalbek was called the Heliopolis, which was one the biggest sanctuaries. This is said to be one of the greatest wonder of the ancient world and one of the best built of the roman dynasty. These are till date preserved as the best piece of art by the Romans.
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples
 Some of the gods that are worshiped here are the Harmony of Jupiter, Mercury, Venus etc. The city serves as the venue for the festival called Baalbek International that happens once in a year. Almost 85 km from the northeast is the city Beirut. The Baalbek temple is said to be one of the holiest and peaceful places and it is the biggest stone construction in the entire world.
The origin of the Baalbek is still unknown and different scholars have different thoughts about its origin. Baal means lord and this label was given to deity of sky. It means the Bekaa Valley’s god. Baalbek is also the place of birth of Baal. Most of the tourists in the Lebanon city come here to visit the Baalbek. It is also said that the admiration of Baal is the amalgamation form of God Jupiter, who was then called the Heliopolitian. It is said that the history of Baalbek is rooted to 5000 years back. A lot of tourists visit this place because of the spirituality that is attached to it.

Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy

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Leaning Tower of PisaThe leading tower of Pisa, also known as the Tower of Pisa, is a free standing bell tower next to the Church of the Italian city of Pisa. The Tower is located behind the church and is said to be the third oldest structure in Pisa. The tower was made to stand straight, however immediately after it was constructed, it started leaning towards the south east due to a weekly laid foundation and substrate that allows the foundation to change direction.

The total height of the tower is 186.27 feet from the ground towards the lower side and 186.02 feet on the higher side. Its width from the bottom is measured 13 plus feet and 8 plus feet from the top. The Towers total weight is 14,500 metric tons and has 296/294 steps.
The Tower Of Pisa was made over a period of 177 years in three different sections. The first floor was constructed in the year 1173 and it was in the year 1178 when the tower had the thirds floor, when the tower started to sink. The reason was that a three meter foundation had used unbalanced soil, which actually means that the design was flawed right from the beginning. Then the construction was halted for almost a century as the city was in continuous war and in the mean while, the soil got the time to settle in, else the tower was for sure to topple over. The tower also has a clock that was installed on the third floor.
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Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa

Sahara Desert Hottest Desert in the World

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The Sahara's boundaries are the Atlantic Ocean on the west, the Atlas Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea on the north, the Red Sea on the east, and the Sudan (region) and the valley of the Niger River on the south. The Sahara is divided into western Sahara, the central Ahaggar Mountains, the Tibesti Mountains, the Air Mountains (a region of desert mountains and high plateaus), Ténéré desert and the Libyan desert (the most arid region). The highest peak in the Sahara is Emi Koussi (3,415 m/11,204 ft) in the Tibesti Mountains in northern Chad. The Sahara is the largest desert on the African continent. The southern border of the Sahara is marked by a band of semiarid savanna called the Sahel; south of the Sahel lies Southern Sudan and the Congo River Basin. Most of the Sahara consists of rocky hamada; ergs (large areas covered with sand dunes) form only a minor part.
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 1. The Sahara, which is known in Arabic as aṣ-ṣaḥra´ al-kubra and means “The Great Desert”, is the largest hot desert in the world.
2. With a total area of more than 9,400,000 km², it is almost as large as the United States or the continent of Europe.
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 3. Over-all, when hot and cold deserts are combined, Sahara is the 2nd largest desert on Earth. It is next only to Antarctica which is classified as desert due to very low precipitation rates.
4. Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus, where you’ll find drawings of animals on the cave’s wall, is declared a UNESCO World
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 5. The countries within the Sahara Desert are Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Sahara.
6. Emi Koussi is the highest peak in the Sahara. It is 3,415 m tall and is located in the Tibesti Mountains in the northern part of Chad.
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 7. The Berbers, together with the Tuaregs, are the dominant ethnic groups in the Sahara.
8. Richat Structure is an unusual landform located in Mauritania. This prominent circular feature in the Sahara has attracted the attention of many due to its conspicuous bull’s eye form. This unique landform has a diameter of about 50 km.
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 9. Sahara has one of the world’s harshest climates. The prevailing north-easterly wind often causes the sand to form dust devils and sand storms.
10. Sahara is so dry that half of it receives less than 20 mm of rain per year while the reminder has up to 10 cm per year.
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11. Rainfall in the Sahara is extremely rare but when it does it is usually torrential when it occurs after long dry periods.
12. Its quite surprising but there is about 500 species of plants that grow in the Sahara Desert.
The Sahara, known in Arabic as as-Sahra 'al-kubra and means "The Great Desert", is the largest hot desert in the world. -With a total of more than 9.4 million km ², almost as large as the continental United States or Europe. the desert because of rainfall levels are very low.

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

on Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Shwedagon Pagoda or stupa is also called the Golden Pagoda and it is situated in Yangon, Myanmar. The exact height of the Stupa is 321.5 feet. The Shwedagon
Pagoda is located to the west of the Kandawgyi Lake, on the Singuttara hill. This Pagoda is considered to be the most religious pagoda of Lord Buddha for the Burmese. The Pagoda was built to give shelter to the hairs of Buddha.

The reason why the Shwedagon is so special because its Spire is made up of a thick quote of gold and has lots and lots of diamonds, rubies and precious gems embedded in it. The lighting effect in the Shwedagon Stupa gives it a different feel altogether, the entire place lilts as of it is the aura of Lord Buddha still prevailing in the place.

The exact age of the Pagoda is not known to anyone. It is estimated that the structure is 1000 to 2500 years old, made during the time of Buddha. However, it has been said that over the years, it has been destroyed numerous times in the past due to earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The Shwedagon can be reached from all four sides of the hill. On the east and south, one can see vendors selling different kinds of items like the flags, books and images of Lord Buddha. A pair of lions guards the entrance to the Shrine. It is also said that the entire city of Myanmar has contributed gold to the pagoda so that it can be maintained well. This all started from the queen of Shin Sawbu who donated gold equal to her own weight.
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Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
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Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda

Lijiang River and Its Cruise China

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The Lijiang River is also called the Li River in China and originates from the Guangxi Province. It is the highest holiday spot in the entire china. The river starts from the mountains in the Xigan County and covers the Guilin, Yangzhou and makes its way to the next 83 km stretch of natural scenic beauty and thick bamboo forests with amazingly strange rocky formations.

It is a very common sight to see the fishing board every now and then. However, the usage of birds as bait for the fishing is going down. If you decide to go on a cruise in the Li River, the entire boat trip takes a total of seven hours and with the help of a good guide, you can learn a lot about the beauty of the river. The journey includes Pierced Hill, Clean Vase Hill and Embroidery Hill. At about 100 km stretch, one can see one of the best scenic beauties in China.

Some of the best places to view during a planned holiday tour to the Li River are the Reed-Flute Rock, Seven Stars Park, Mountain of Splendid Hues, Elephant- Trunk Hill, Lingqu Canal etc. Also, there are some other packages that are worth every penny that one can spend during their visit to the Lijiang River in china. The scenic beauty of Li river in Guilin is used as a common backdrop for a lot of landscape paintings, poems etc. A common sight to this is bamboo boats, and water buffalo. It has also been said that the beauty of the Li River is so mesmerizing, that it attracts visitors from all over the world.
Lijiang River and Its Cruise
Lijiang River
Lijiang River and Its Cruise
Lijiang River
Lijiang River and Its Cruise
Lijiang River
Lijiang River and Its Cruise
Lijiang River
Lijiang River and Its Cruise
Lijiang River
Lijiang River and Its Cruise
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Varanasi and Ganges River India

on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Varanasi, also known locally as Banaras is situated on the banks of the river Ganges in utter Pradesh, India. It is also called as the city of lights and is known to be one of the most sacred places for many Hindus. It is also said that this city is one of the oldest in the entire world.

The river Ganges is known for its outing and the city has also chosen its culture based on the rivers purity and religious belief. Most of the prominent poets, writers and philosophers have been born in this part of the city. It is said that the entire city is blessed by gods, making it all the more popular for the common man of India. In fact, the origin of Ayurveda has also been associated with Varanasi. Followers of the Hindu community call this place the religious capitol of India. One can find thousands and thousands of temples in this city.

According to legend, the city was found some 5000 years ago by lord Shiva and thus is one of seven pilgrim destinations for Hindus. The city of Varanasi is known for its Ghats. It is said that the city owns almost 100 Ghats, some of them being owned privately. Some of the famous ghats of Varanasi are the Dashawamedh Ghat, the Manikarnik Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat and the Mana Mandir Ghat.It is estimated that more the 1,000,000 pilgims visit the city on a yearly basis. It is a belief that bathing the river Ganges will wash away all your sins.
Varanasi and Ganges
Varanasi and Ganges River
Varanasi and Ganges
Varanasi and Ganges River
Varanasi and Ganges
Varanasi and Ganges River
Varanasi and Ganges
Varanasi and Ganges River
Varanasi and Ganges
Varanasi and Ganges River
Varanasi and Ganges
Varanasi and Ganges River