The world-famous Taj Mahal and the Pink City Jaipur are both part of India's popular tourist route known as the Golden Triangle. Most Golden Triangle tours start in New Delhi one of India's most interesting cities to explore. This city - which is believed to be more than 5000 years old - can however be overwhelming for first time visitors, India's capital is incredibly busy and quite confronting; the people, the traffic, the touts, the noise ... Once you get over that, you will discover that New Delhi is a very vibrant city combining perfectly the old and the new world. It is home to two forts both steeped in Mughal legend and features landmarks such as Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar and the leafy Lodi Gardens. One day is hardly sufficient to see Delhi's highlights but lets give it a try ...
The National Parks in the US are the perfect destination for anyone craving adventure, excitement and above all breath-taking sceneries. These places have stunning landscapes and amazing wildlife waiting for you. Each Park is different and has something about it that makes visiting it a unique experience ... it may be the Bison in Yellowstone or the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park ... If you have not been to a National Park then now is the time to go see the wonders they hold. If you have been to some of them, then now is the time to go and explore the others. These 10 Parks are all very popular and for good reason ... it are some of the most amazing National Parks in the USA.
I'm always so in awe by the beautiful places I visit while traveling that I sometimes forget that there are also stunning places in my own country, Belgium. The historic town Dinant, located on the river Meuse in the Walloon region of Belgium, is one of those places. This beautiful historic city is the tourist heart of the Ardennes in Belgium, for good reason! History lovers, culture lovers, adventure seekers, families with children ... everybody loves Dinant. After my previous post about Dinant's fascinating history, I will focus in this post on "things to do in and around Dinant".
As I make my way through the dense jungle, the diversity in fauna and flora keeps surprising me. The further I go, the louder I hear the sound of splashing water ... at the end of the trail, I see a beautiful waterfall nestled amidst the forest surrounded by a little pool of water. I take a well-deserved rest here on one of the rocks while birds are chirping around me in an incessant cacophony. On the way back, I just cannot take my eyes off the impressive Volcano looming up in the background. I'm in Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica, Pura Vida!
After our visit to the beautiful Santa Cruz Island, we took a small boat to our next destination namely the stunning sea-horse shaped Isabela Island formed of 6 volcanoes of which 5 are still active. It was quite a rough but breathtaking ride through turquoise waters. Upon arrival in Isabela we were greeted by sea lions sunning on the dock. Can you imagine anything more unique? This island is the biggest in the Galapagos archipelago and with almost a million years behind it also one of the youngest. Undisturbed by progress, the human population here leads a peaceful co-existence with wildlife like giant tortoises, iguanas, blue footed boobies, sea lions, penguins, sea turtles and with white-tipped reef sharks to name a few. To preserve all this beauty, make sure to visit with a Green Awareness.
Jaipur makes up one of the three points on the tourist route called the "Golden Triangle", a justifiably popular circuit that - along with New Delhi (India's capital) and Agra (where the famous Taj Mahal is located) - provides an excellent introduction to India's diversity. Upon arrival in Jaipur, you'll quickly realize one essential thing: there is a great deal about the city that is over the top. This Indian metropolis, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, is jam-packed with brilliant color, extravagant architecture and cacophonous sound. It's a city of palaces, courtyards and Maharaja riches, but it's also a place teeming with dust, dirt and ceaseless activity. If you're looking for tranquility, Jaipur won't be your cup of tea but if you're looking for a vibrant slice of India, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better choice.
Many people visualize someone camping in the jungle or wading through a remote river when they hear the terms "Green Travel" or "Green Tourism". However, Green Travel encompasses a wide variety of tourism experiences and is something that can be enjoyed by all. People who enjoy comfort don't have to sacrifice this by staying somewhere without amenities. Green Travel can involve visiting large cities or smaller villages, staying in luxurious hotels or eco-lodges. The most important aspect of Green Tourism is to consider the environment you are visiting and to try to protect and preserve this environment.