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Sacred Places on Earth


Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Throughout history, civilizations all over the globe have attached spiritual or religious importance to natural spots. These spots are not men made places. Here are some natural spots that are very scared.

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia: - It is located in the Australia’s Red Centre. This park is also called Uluru National Park, this is in the heart of the continent; these two natural rock formations are the main attractions of this park. The spectacular geological produce red sandy plain on central Australia. About 1,100 feet high and almost 6 miles around with deep-red color that change throughout the day. This site is also known as Ayers Rock. About 30 miles away from Uluru Kata Tjuta also known as the Olgas is made of more than 30 domes of varying rocks. Almost 1,800 feet high this rock is made of granite, sandstone and basalt. Both sites are sacred to those people who believe that the rocks were built during the ancient creation and are still inhabited by ancestor sprits. Owned by the Anangu and leased by the government, the park is open to the public, though tribespeople continue to perform rituals and ceremonies in various locations, such as the sacred “Dreamtime” track that runs near the modern hiking trail. The park also houses a Cultural Center and Aboriginal rock art sites, and ranger guided tours.

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Cenote Sagrado, Mexico: - The ancient Maya citizens feel deep respect for water for its life and sustaining power. They worshiped Chac, the god of rain. Many areas of Mexico are dotted with cenotes the natural underground holes. And the Maya people believed that some of these sites were visited by Chac himself. So some cenotes were designated as “sacred” and kept for rituals, offerings and sacrifices, while others were set aside for bathing, drinking and crop water.One of the most sacred springs is Cenote Sagrado located near the major Mayan archeological site Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula. This created from a natural limestone cave with 60 feet steep sides stretching above the water line. This was specially used for ceremonies and occasional sacrifices for the latter, men, women, and children were thrown in during drought times to appease the water gods. When archeologists dredged the spring in the 20th century, they found gold bells, masks, cups, rings, jade pieces, and more along with human bones.

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Mahabodhi Tree, Bodh Gaya, India: - According to Buddhist traditions, around 500 B.C., when the ascetic Prince Siddhartha was wandering through that is now the India’s state Bihar. He took rest under a native Bodhi tree. After meditating there for three nights, the prince awoke with enlightenment, insight and the answers he had been seeking, which developed into the teachings he went on to spread to his disciples. Naturally, the place where the Buddha reached enlightenment is one of the most sacred sites for Buddhists. A temple complex surrounds what is believed to be a direct descendant of the original majestic tree itself, which sits in the middle of a courtyard surrounded by protective carved panels. A beautiful Buddha statue under the tree marks the significant spot.

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Mount Kailas, Tibet: - This black rock mountain in western Tibet is something of a holy hat trick. It is sacred to Buddhists, Hindus and Janis. Hindus believe it is the residence of Lord Shiva and have celebrated the mythical Kailas in temple carvings throughout India. Tantric Buddhists say the mountain is the home of Buddha Demchog, who represents supreme bliss, and that three key Bodhisattvas live in the surrounding hills, while Janis believe it is the site where the first Jain attained nirvana. The peak is part of the Gangdise Mountain range and is set near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia, including the Sutlej, the Indus, and the Ghaghara. Nearby Lake Manasarovar, considered the source of purity, is another major pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.

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Mount Sinai, Egypt: - Some of the basic tenets of Judeo, Christian and Islamic beliefs can be traced back to this mountain on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, for it was at the top of this peak that Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments from God. Though there is not much archeological evidence confirming this as the exact place, and biblical scholars have theorized for years about the mythical mountain’s location, early Christian monks believed this was the sacred site and established several monasteries in the area.


Places You would Love to visit in San Francisco, California


Thursday, April 24th, 2014

One of the most visited cities in California is San Francisco. Beauty and soothing climate conditions attract many travelers every year. San Francisco city is located in small area of seven-by-seven mile square of land but there are lots of things that make it the best tourist place. This is also the financial and cultural hub San Francisco Bay area and Northern California. Here are some major things that you would love to do in San Francisco:

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Golden Gate Bridge:- This should be top of your list when you are in SFO. This is a suspension bridge between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This orange colored bridge is 1.7 miles long. Once it was called “the bridge that couldn’t be built” because the bridge was to be made with support of two long cables. Now, it is listed in the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is one of the most beautiful and most photographed bridges in the world.

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Harbor Tour: - One of the best ways to see the beauty of San Francisco is by water. There you can find lots of companies that offering harbor tours in different schedules and price. But if you want to go Alcatraz Island then only few island tours are allowed there, but the typical harbor tour will circle the island so you have plenty of options for photography.

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Ride the cable Car: - You can never end up your tour to this magnificent city without exploring the city via the famous cable cars. It is an iconic symbol of the city. This is one of the most ancient and comfortable ride. It is operated since 1800’s and is the last cable car system that is operated manually.

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The Golden Gate Park: - Golden Gate Park is famous for its countless trees and Victorian greenhouse. Victorian greenhouse is the oldest greenhouse. The park also has a Bison Paddock at one end, with a herd of bison you can observe.

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Art and Museums: - If you are art and culture loving then you have lots of options to see like concerts, plays, ballet and many other musical events. You can also see silent, classical and rare movies at San Francisco.

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Taste the best wine: - If you are visiting San Francisco and you should not miss to taste the savor wines that are produced at Napa Valley. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of the picturesque landscapes of these wineries. It is located in the north of the San Francisco Bay area and attracts many travelers towards it.

Not limited to these, you will love the night life, food and many historical places in San Francisco.


ANZAC Day Significance and Traditions


Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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ANZAC Day, celebrated on 25th April every year is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. This day is celebrated in the memory of all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. This Day is commemorated in many countries all around the world but primarily celebrated in New Zealand and Australia. This day commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) in 1915 on the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey as part of the allied forces attempt to capture Constantinople and open up the shipping lanes and access to Russia. Though the Gallipoli campaign failed to achieve its military objectives of capturing Constantinople, the actions of the Australian and New Zealand troops during the campaign bequeathed an intangible but powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as an “ANZAC legend or ANZAC Spirit” became an important part of the national identity in both countries. This has shaped the way their citizens have viewed both their past and their understanding of the present.

On this day, most of the tour companies arrive in the early afternoon on the 24th and it is time for everyone to find the best spot. The atmosphere is buzzing overnight as everyone feels a great sense of pride. Throughout the night there are readings from the diaries of various soldiers, documentaries movies played on a big screen, announcements from the leaders of New Zealand, Australia and Turkey and plenty of other things. Once the sun comes up the Dawn Service starts with national anthems, the Last Post played and readings from the many dignitaries that attend on behalf of the countries involved. At the completion of the ANZAC Dawn Service there are three other services throughout the day starting with the Australian service at Lone Pine, the Turkish service at the 57th Regiment and the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. The timing of these program changes every year. After the Memorial’s ceremony, families often place red poppies beside the names of relatives on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour, as they also do after Remembrance Day services.

Thousands of people around the world come to Gallipoli every year for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service to pay their respects to those that gave so much. It is a very special and moving experience for them. Most people will make their way to the Gallipoli Peninsular for the Anzac Day commemorations as part of a tour group. Tour companies today offer the easiest, best and most comprehensive way of getting the most out of your visit to Gallipoli. If you are looking for cheap travel deals to Gallipoli, Call us toll free @877-247-7183 and get huge discount on airfares.


Chicago – The Seat of Cook Country


Friday, April 18th, 2014

Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles. Chicago city is famous for its sightseeing, restaurant and nightlife. Chicago hosts around 45 million international and domestic visitors from all over the world every year. Chicago’s culture includes visual arts, novels, film, theater, especially improvisational comedy, music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, and the creation of house music. The city has many nicknames but the most famous name is “Windy City” and “Second City.” Chicago have some places that traveler must see.

Places to Visit in Chicago City

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Lincoln Park Zoo:- Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. It was founded in year 1868. The total area of this zoo is 35 acre. This zoo contains a large collection of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds from all over the world. There are also interactive farm houses where visitors can learn about all things farm life. In the farm house, you can also participate in the cooking classes. So whenever you go to Chicago must go to Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Navy Pier:- Navy Pier is a 3,300 foot long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. Navy Pier is Chicago’s landmark since it opened in 1916. Here you can find a variety of restaurants, shops, Crystal Gardens and plenty of entertainments for children in Chicago Children’s Museum.

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The Art Institute of Chicago:- Chicago is known for its museums and art houses. Chicago has great collection of art museums. The most popular museums are: The Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and more of the best Chicago museums base on art, nature, history and culture.

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Millennium Park:- City’s biggest attractions are Millennium Park. The 24.5 acre park is located right in the middle of the city centre and offers plenty of green lounging space, striking architecture, structural art and refreshments. The main things to see are Crown Fountain, two high towers made of glass bricks, a huge stainless steel structure that is highly polished and reflects from the surrounding skyline, and the Cloud Gate.

Chicago Botanic Garden



Chicago Botanic Garden:- The total area of Botanic Garden is a 385-acre. At there you can see living museum features, 23 specialty gardens and series of islands and lakes. The Garden features year-round exhibits, festivals, tours and special events. This attraction is in season of spring and summer.

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The Shedd Aquarium house:- The Shedd Aquarium house the world’s largest indoor aquarium offers more than 22,000 aquatic animals from around the world. So whenever you are planning a trip to Chicago, Aquarium house should on top of your list to visit.

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Chicago Loop Train Tour:- Take a virtual tour or browse on your own. Learn about the architects who influenced the city’s architecture and view their creations. Chicago is renowned for its architecture so this top thing to do in Chicago is absolutely free of cost.


Decoration Tips for Easter Egg


Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Easter is just round the corner and for many families that means it’s time to decorate Easter eggs, a very popular tradition on Easter. Everyone in the family, especially the kids actively participate in this fun activity with great delight and enthusiasm. Eggs of various sizes are colored, dyed and decorated and used for festival home decoration. They can be painted with various artistic patterns or with funny faces. All of these look very beautiful. You can encourage the child to use his or her talent and creative ideas to decorate the Easter eggs. Any bird eggs with strong shells are good for the decoration. The stores have a huge collection of eggs in various patterns, prints and designs and you can also buy a decorated egg from there. Do not miss out on using the eggs during the celebrations.

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The use of real egg is very challenging so arrange some artificial eggs for kids. Dip the eggs in colored dye and then make different designs on it. You can use different colors to decorate the eggs, also use lots of sequins and rhinestones to give the egg a pleasant dazzling look. Make sure, that kids do the decoration under adult supervision.

Here are some more decorating techniques which will take your Easter eggs one step further:
a) A simple way to do this can be to just use markers and make some attractive patterns or images on the shells.
b) Crayons, watercolor paints, stencils and colored pencils are also a good choice for decoration.
c) You can also use fabric colors to make beautiful designs on your Easter egg.
d) Use some gems and stones on your eggs!
e) Glittering stickers and silhouette papers can be also used all around the egg.
f) Attach miniature flowers and laces with the help of craft glue.
g) Fur, ribbons and cloth pieces can easily be used to give a unique look to your Easter eggs.
h) Use buttons to make adorable eggs that are as unique as they are cute.
i) Japanese Washi Tape in different colors and patterns can be used to give your eggs a gorgeous look.


Top Things Do in the Big Apple – New York City


Friday, April 11th, 2014

One of the most popular questions locals hear is, “what should I not miss when I come to New York?” Here are some of the most popular places that you must see when you are in New York.

Walk through Central Park:- New York City is the greenest city in America. You will be surprised to find out such open space at there. Central park is the fifth largest park in New York City. The total area of this Park is 843 acres. New York City actually has 1,700 parks that you can visit.

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Times Square:- The Heartbeat of New York City is Times Square. There are many best tourist attractions like Hard Rock Cafe, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Lazer Park, MTV’s Total Request Live, and American Girl Place. Other nearby attractions includes the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.

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Museums:- Some of the best museums in the world can be found in New York. Some of the most popular museums are: the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art and, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

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Theater:- There are 39 theaters that you can find on Broadway. Most of them are located in an area of New York City referred to as “Great White Way”. If anyone visits the city must see one show. You can choose from classics or also select that has just been released.

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Statue of Liberty:- The symbol of political freedom and democracy is a must-see. Located on 12-acre Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France. The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island, which is a 12-acre island inside the New York Harbor.

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FAO Schwartz:- FAO Schwarz, founded in 1862, is the oldest and biggest toy store in the United States. The company is not only famous for its unique high end toys, life sized stuffed animals, dolls and games but also outside the store you can see the live toy soldiers who put on a ceremony each morning will greet you and as you walk in the doors, you will be surrounded by huge stuffed animals. Inside the store, there is also a LED-grid light show on the ceiling, which is constantly changing and the floor piano has professional dancers giving performances throughout the day.

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Empire State Building:- The Empire State Building, which is 102-stories tall, is a New York icon because of its unique architecture and is classic Art Deco. The observatory deck is located outside, which provides you with some of the most amazing views of New York.

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Rockefeller Center:- The most popular activity at Rockefeller Center is the outdoor ice skating rink. This is open during the winter. During winter holidays the rink is more crowded. Even if you don’t ice skate, you can sit back and watch the skaters.

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Lincoln Center:- The Lincoln Center is the largest center for performing arts, which covers 16.3 acres area. Inside the center, you will find 12 different art organizations that are performing arts. You must see at least one performance while you are in New York.

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Grand Central Terminal:- The terminal was built between 1903 and 1931. The inside and outside of the building you have chance to see some of the most beautiful architecture in the city. There are also tours that you can take to learn about the history of the city.

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Coachella Valley Music Festival


Tuesday, April 8th, 2014



The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is annual music and arts festival organized by Goldenvoice held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. It is also known as Coachella Fest exhibits. The Festival started from 5th November’s evening in 1993 when rock band Pearl Jam played in front of 25,000 fans at a free concert on the desert lawns of the Empire Polo Club. From that day the nation’s biggest music festival started. This music fest is organized on 2nd and 3rd weekend of April. You do not need to be a music lover to join this festival. There are many things that can take you happiness to next level. This year the festival will start from on 11th April till 20th April. You can enjoy DJs, Dance, join games & competitions, joke contests, snowball fight and many more. Coachella is one of the most famous, largest, and the most profitable music festival in the United States.

In its early days of Coachella was held in the month of October. But the Festival Organizers realized the desert heat was in full bloom during that time of the year and decided to move it up into April when the heat was more tolerable. In this festival you can enjoy musical performances like Madonna, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Prince, Nine Inch Nails, and Jay-Z.

Coachella Fest is much more than just a musical event. It is a gathering of different people around the world. Here you can see variety of music as well as art work.


World’s Top Places for a Destination Wedding


Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Destination wedding has become very popular these days and many couples want their wedding to be a memorable experience amongst themselves and their close friends and family. Here are world’s top and best places for destination wedding:

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Mexico:- Mexico is famous for its diverse and beautiful beaches. The Caribbean and Gulf shorelines have plenty of snorkeling hotspots and colorful reefs. Mexico has more than 6,000 miles of stunning coastline makes dream destination for every couple for wedding.


Bahamas:- Bahamas has lots of islands that are very close to nature. The best beach amongst them is the Andros Island. The Abocos, Eleuthera Island, Nassau, The Grand Bahamas, The Out-Islands are also the top wedding locations in Bahamas.

Kauai:- If you are looking for world’s most popular island for your wedding then Kauai is best option for you. One of the oldest islands in Hawaii and full with greenery make it dream destinations for couples. Kauai is one of the most recommended places for wedding.

Caribbean:- Destination weddings can be unbelievably romantic if getting married on a beautiful beach with a fantastic view of the ocean in the background. The Caribbean offers some of the most spectacular sites for destination weddings. The top islands for wedding in Caribbean are St. Martin, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands.

Jamaica:- Jamaica is one of the popular destinations for weddings in the world. It’s beautiful scenery and excellent climate makes it a popular honeymoon and wedding location. Thousand’s of couples coming here every year for destination wedding.

Las Vegas:- And if you are looking for a wedding destination that is romantic as well as entertaining and happening then there is no other best option than Las Vegas.

Costa Rica:- Costa Rica is a popular choice for North Americans who decide for a destination wedding. This small Central American country offers U.S. and Canadian couples beautiful natural settings, low prices, safe environments, and friendly locals who are glad to help them with their very special day.

Bermuda:- Bermuda is a true paradise on earth. It is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. With huge greenery gardens, pink sand beaches, and unique coral reefs.

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