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Ruins of the Inca Genius

The Inca civilisation flourished in South America before the conquest by the Europeans. According to folklores, the empire was founded by Mama Ocllo and Ayar Manco by fighting against the inhabitants of Cusco and conquering their lands. The civilisation had an estimated population of about four million people, who spoke the Quechua language. Four regions or suyus made up the empire and their borders met in the capital of Cusco. They worshipped many deities and believed in the theory of rebirth. Human sacrifice and deliberate deforming of skulls were common among the Inca people. Many studies and researches have been conducted to understand their culture and way of living, but little is known. The interest of people in this civilisation grew particularly after the discovery of Machu Picchu, which can be visited with Peru tour packages.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is situated in the southeast of Peru, at an elevation of 7970 feet from sea level. The site was built in 1450 above the Sacred Valley. The Incas abandoned it in 1572 in the wake of the Spanish invasion and it remained forgotten for almost three centuries. After being rediscovered in 1911, it instantly became a hit among tourists. Several theories have been formulated on the purpose of its construction and its usage. The site has two distinct sectors: urban and agrarian. Two towns are situated at different levels on the mountain. The upper town has temples while the lower one has warehouses. Buildings are built on terraces, surrounding a square aligned in the east-west direction. Well-planned channels facilitated irrigation in the extensively-cultivated contour farms. Staircases, built to connect the various levels, can still be seen by visitors.

Apartments were situated in the eastern section while temples and other religious structures in the western. A tower, probably used as an observatory, is present in the western section.

Intiwatana
Intiwatana

Intiwatana is a stone structure here, which could have been used as a sundial to keep track of time.

Inti Machay
Inti Machay

A feast, dedicated to the sun, was celebrated inside a specially-carved cave known as Inti Machay. According to accounts, only the nobles attended the party, which was associated with the winter solstice. Boys of the nobles entered manhood on this day by having their ears pierced. The cave utilises some of the finest masonry in the whole civilisation that can be seen in its entrance gates, steps, walls and windows. A window shaped like a tunnel is unique to the site. It was purposely built in this way to allow sunlight to enter inside during the solstice. The cave is located in the eastern sector of Machu Picchu.

The Incas were masters of construction and their buildings are a testament to their expertise. Polished bricks and dry stones were cut to make them fit one another without the use of cement or mortar. This method helped the buildings remain intact during earthquakes. Chips that were carved off of the stones were used to check the damage caused BY landslides, which were common due to the high amount of rain. These chips, along with dirt and soil, formed the three layers of the terraced farms. Machu Picchu is a great destination to include in a world tour package by visitors.

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Bangkok – a Marriage of Religion and Modernism

Bangkok is the cosmopolitan capital city of Thailand – the nation with a rich heritage. This mega-city is situated in the central region of the kingdom and is bordered by the Gulf of Thailand in the south. Its skyline is dominated by soaring skyscrapers while the roads and nightlife bustle with locals and people from other parts of the world. In the modern era, Bangkok has quickly developed into a major financial and cultural centre. International holidays have helped in making it a significant tourist attraction with over 30 million people flocking to the city as per reports. Along with its sky-high structures, shopping arcades, theatres and entertainment centres, its places of interest like the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew witness extensive tourist activities.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace
Grand Palace

Grand Palace serves as the residence of the royalty of the kingdom. The palace is divided into four sections; each having a separate complex of buildings. The outer court had buildings related to the administration of the kingdom that are now used by the family of the monarch. In the centre of the complex is the middle court, which is the largest and the most important section of the complex. Most of the residential buildings and administrative offices are located here. It is further sub-divided into three sections and each has a group of structures. To the east of the middle court is the Siwalai Garden, where many buildings were constructed and destroyed over the course of time. The inner court was used by kings, queens, consorts and children from the royal family.

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew, located in the north-eastern corner of the palace, is among the holiest Buddhist shrines in the kingdom. It is a complex of structures, built in the traditional Rattanakosin style of architecture. Green and orange tiles are used to decorate the roof and pillars of the central shrine. The triangular structure, atop the columns, is made of white marble. On the top of a high pedestal sits a statue of Buddha. It is made of green nephrite and is draped in cloaks made of gold that are changed thrice a year by the king. The changing of clothes is done corresponding to the three seasons – summer, winter and rainfall. Buddha in this statue is depicted sitting in a meditative position known as Padmasana. The shelter above the statue and the surrounding pillars are also covered in gold.

Walls, equalling 2 km in length, surround the temple and its constituent buildings, and are decorated with scenes from the Ramayana – a famous Hindu epic. There are a total of 178 scenes adorning the walls that narrate the entire story. The idea of these murals is to make people realise the importance of focusing on values of faith, devotion and honesty. Outside the central shrine are twelve salas built by king Rama I. Salas are open pavilions where people meet or come to protect themselves from the sun and rain. The pavilions inside the Wat Phra Kaew house various historical artefacts brought from countries like Java and Cambodia. People visiting it during their Thailand holidays must wear covered clothes like full-sleeved shirts, long pants and skirts.

Scenic Barossa Valley in Australia

Counted amongst the finest tourist destinations across the globe, Australia is a land of natural wonders and modern marvels. It earns worldwide fame as one of the wealthiest nations in the world and has a high standard of living. Nature has blessed this place with a huge and marvelous distinctness in landscapes. With every changing region, the topography of this country offers something different to behold. Throughout the year, travelers come to this place for exploring its picturesque beaches, hilly regions, isolated outbacks and sprawling deserts. Australia holidays are heavily focused on the natural aspect of this country that provides travelers with an unmatchable experience.

 

Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley

The pleasant climate and favorable conditions of this place form a perfect setting for the cultivation of grapes; thus, providing an ideal base for the production of wine. This is the reason why Australia is amongst the top exporters of this famous drink across the globe. Almost every state in this country is a producer of this fine beverage. The main regions known for the extensive plantation of grapes and production of wine are valleys like Eden, Barossa, Clare, Alpine and Hunter. Amongst these, the Barossa Valley in the south of this nation is a famous region for the same, and has turned into a major tourist destination with the passing time.

 

An Introduction to Barossa

 

Situated about 60 km towards the northeast of Adelaide, the valley is a significant wine-producing area. The North Para River forms this scenic vale, which is known for its natural beauty and economic significance. It derives its name from the mountain ranges, which were provided with the title by Colonel William Light in the 19th century. There are three main towns within the geographical territory of this place that are influenced by the old British and German settlements.

 

The dominant vineyard industry is the prime source of employment for residents. Sprawling vineyards stretched across several hectares of land are found here in abundance. Different varieties of grapes are cultivated here that, in result, are used in the production of a wide range of wines. The red wine produced here is popular across the globe for its fine taste and excellent quality. Penfolds Grange – the most famous beverage of this country – is also prepared here in large proportions.

 

Penfolds Grange
Penfolds Grange

Fabulous Celebrations

 

International holidays to Australia pay a great deal of focus on the various Australian celebrations. As wine is the major driving force behind the economy of this region, it is given huge importance by locals. Celebrations dedicated to this exotic beverage are organized here with great zeal and extravagance.

Barossa Vintage Festival
Barossa Vintage Festival

Barossa Vintage Festival – the week-long celebration – is the main event, which marks the end of the annual vintage season. Beverage-tasting competitions, music concerts, culinary events and grand parades are the main features of this splendid celebration.

Barossa Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend
Barossa Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend

Another major festival of the region is the Barossa Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend, which takes place for three days in the month of August every year. Food, wine and art are the main aspects of this festival, which is celebrated across local wineries and event venues.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden in Mauritius

Travellers, who are planning to go for international tour packages from India for the upcoming vacations, might want to consider the picturesque nation of Mauritius. This island country is located in the Indian Ocean around 2000 kilometres off the southern coast of the African continent and is a popular tourist destination. Soaring hills, expansive sandy beaches, pristine water bodies and lush green tropical forests characterize the landscape of this island. Visited by people from different parts of the world for its spellbinding topography, this isle is an ideal getaway for all – peace seekers, nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventurers. There is an array of attractions at this mesmerising location, such as Flic-en-Flac, Black River Gorges National Park, Tamarind Falls, Ganga Talao, Jummah Masjid, Blue Penny Museum and Pieter Both. One of the most prominent tourist attractions here is the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden.

 

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, which is known as SSR Botanical Garden, is one of the most prominent tourist attractions situated in Pamplemousses, which is near Port Louis in Mauritius. Established in the late years of 17th century, SSR is the most primitive botanical garden across the southern parts. It was first laid by Pierre Poivre somewhere around the year 1770. The park was named as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden after its first Prime Minister in the year 1988. Today, it stretches over an area of more than 35 hectares. One of the most prominent highlights of this sprawling grassland is the Victoria Amazonica – a large pond of giant water lilies.

 

Victoria Amazonica
Victoria Amazonica

Other major attractions here are trees planted by eminent personalities of the world, such as Princess Margaret, Indira Gandhi, Countess of Snowdown, Robert Mugabe and Francois Mitterrand. Besides, there are varieties of spices, sugar canes and ebonies in addition to ornamental plants and flowers. There are many ornamental plants and flowers as well. More than 85 varieties of palms from Asia, Central America and Africa are also seen here. The SSR was originally laid out as a nursery for the acclimatisation of potential crop plants from different parts of the world. The grasslands were given the status of Botanical Garden under the directorship of a well-known botanist.

This place is an ideal getaway for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, botanists and peace seekers. People can laze around at the beautifully manicured lush green grasslands amidst vibrant colours of floral plants. They can take leisurely strolls at this tropical paradise and enjoy a complete urban detox amidst verdant environs. Due to rich vegetation and pristine water bodies inside the complex, this place is home to vivid birds and animals. Butterflies, bees, rabbits and squirrels can be spotted all-year round. Though there are no herbariums or glass houses at this lawn, it is still considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens of the world and is a must-visit site. Guides are available on site to provided assistance in exploring this exquisite grassland. Those who are planning for Mauritius holidays cannot miss to visit this sprawling nest of nature.

Verdant Gardens of Costa Brava

Costa Brava is an amazing coastal region located in the north-eastern part of Spain, in the Girona Province. It is a must-visit location during Spain tours, especially for nature lovers, peace seekers, adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts. This place has been named so due to its rugged landscape, which is characterized by craggy mountains, forests and rocky terrains. Stretching from Blanes in the northeast of Barcelona to the French border, this place features wide beaches, splendid water bodies and a number of vantage points. Some prominent tourist attractions here are Lake of Banyoles, Medes Islands, Montgrí Massif, Ses Negres and Island of Ter. Besides, there are many sprawling gardens here that are ideal places to enjoy leisurely strolls in repose, away from the humdrum of city life. Three of the most popular grasslands in Costa Brava include Cap Roig, Santa Clotilde and Pinya de Rosa Tropical Botanical Garden.

 

Cap Roig

Cap Roig Festival
Cap Roig Festival

Cap Roig, situated in Catalonia, is a lush green park sprawling down in the form of terraces. These gardens were laid by Dorothy Webster and Colonel Woevodsky in the year 1927 around the castle built by them at this location. The work continued till the year 1974 until when a magnificent castle surrounded by steps of verdant grasslands was ready. This park stretches from the castle to the seashore and is beautifully manicured offering a mesmeric vista.

The entire green complex is constituted by Lovers Garden, Bassin Terrace and Nuns Terrace at the first step, which is connected by a Cypress Staircase. Spring, as well as Cactus Parks, and Geranium Walks are the areas, which remain carpeted with floral plants all-round the year. Beautifully manicured lawn of Cap Roig also features various sculptures and ancient images with intricate carvings and exquisite architecture. Tourists can enjoy breathtaking views of the ancient castle surrounded by lush green gardens touching the unending Mediterranean Sea.

Santa Clotilde

Santa Clotilde
Santa Clotilde

Nestled atop a beautiful cliff amidst spellbinding landscape, Santa Clotilde offers captivating vistas of pristine blue sea. It is one of the most popular attractions situated at Lloret de Mar in Spain. This grassland, laid out in the Italian Renaissance style, was designed by Nicolau Rubio i Tuduri in the year 1919. The beautiful garden features intricate marble sculptures, which exhibit exemplary architecture. There are several fountains across the garden that are decorated with colourful lights. The park does not have any flowers, but only vast stretches of lush green plants. The uninterrupted greenery and breathtaking surroundings of this beautiful location attract nature lovers and peace seekers from the near and far, all-year round.

Pinya de Rosa Tropical

Pinya de Rosa Tropical
Pinya de Rosa Tropical

Pinya de Rosa Tropical is a botanical garden located in Blanes and is a prominent attraction among tourists coming to Costa Brava on international holidays. Featuring tropical plants and trees, such as opuntia, cactus and aloes, this area is rich in vegetation. This garden was laid out in the year 1954 and is a popular picnic spot today. People come here with their loved ones to enjoy quality time amidst the pure and enchanting environs of this place.

The Wonderous Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies
The Canadian Rockies

The country of Canada is located in North America and it is a popular tourist destination visited by hordes of people throughout the year. Positioned in the north of the continent, the nation extends from the Pacific to the Atlantic and into the Arctic Ocean. It is the second largest country in the world in terms of area and has a scenic landscape as well as many prominent places of interest. Some popular tourist attractions here include Banff National Park, Niagara Falls, CN Towers, Stanley Park, Rideau Canal and The Canadian Rockies. People from every nook and corner of the world opt for Canada tour and flock here in thousands all-round the year. One of the most-frequented sites of this picturesque country is The Canadian Rockies.

 

The Canadian Rockies

The segment of the Rocky Mountains Range lying in Canada is known as The Canadian Rockies. It basically comprises of the Canadian Cordillera, which extends from the Rocky Mountain Trench of British Columbia to the Interior Plains of Alberta. Its end borders the Montana of the USA in the south. This site offers mesmeric vistas and panoramic views of lofty peaks, rolling hills, lush forests and pristine water bodies. There are a number of high peaks and ranges in The Canadian Rockies that attract tourists the most. The Rockies are primarily made up of limestone and shale. The range comprises a number of natural parks and it is a world heritage site.

 

Mount Robson

 

Mount Robson
Mount Robson

Some of the prominent peaks include the highest peak – Mount Robson, which is more than 12900 feet and Mount Columbia, which is more than 12200 feet in elevation. Mount Robson is a prime highlight of this site and renders an impressive view. It stands on the continental divide towering over the Yellowhead Pass. The base of this peak is barely 980 metres above sea level and it features a vertical relief of approximately 10000 feet. The base of the peak has a serene lake known as Kinney where tourists can enjoy moments of repose in the quiet of nature amidst spellbinding environs. The flora and fauna of this site is vivid and rich. Tourists can indulge in enthralling activities like rock climbing and mountaineering here. This peak is an ideal destination for all – nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, peace seekers and adventurers.

Mount Columbia

 

Mount Columbia
Mount Columbia

The second highest point in the Rockies, this is another spot of tourist interest, especially for mountain-lovers. Travelers can reach via an alternate route battling the snow. However, the more conventional pathway is across the Icefield. This path is generally covered within two days with a night stop at a camp. These places are ideal for those people who are ready to battle the adverse weather conditions to reach the summit. Most international travel packages comprise a trip to these quaint and desolate peaks. Enthusiasts can opt for such packaged trips for a memorable vacation spent at these peaks in Canada.

Enchanting Nice, France

France is the largest country in Western Europe and third largest in Europe, and it has been ranked as the number one tourist destination of the world. The country has more than 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and features exquisite destinations, which are visited by people who love going on international holidaysall year-round. One of the most prominent destinations in France is the city of Nice. Located on the south-east coast of the Mediterranean Sea, it is considered to be the second most popular French destination among tourists after Paris. The city is blessed by a temperate climate and is bright sunny almost round the year. It features exquisite seaside promenade, sandy beaches, fascinating museums and popular monuments.

Nice lies at a 4-hour distance by train from Paris and is well-connected by sea, rail, road and air. Lympia Port operates ferry connections and is the main harbour installation of this place. Nice Côte dAzur Airport, the third most important in France, is located on the Promenade des Anglais, near lArénas. International and regional flights operate from the two terminals of this airport. Besides, this place has the southern terminus of the Chemins de Fer de Provence railway line while suburban service is provided on the southern part of this line. The main railway station of the city is Nice-Ville, which operates daily trains in a wide network. Tram service promotes connectivity within the city making local mobility easy. The A8 road and Route Nationale 7, linking Italy with Marseille, pass through the city. Beautiful attractions and proper connectivity encourage tourists to visit this wonderful destination.

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais
Promenade des Anglais

This destination has several beaches and promenades, which feature pleasant environs and attract people from near and far. Promenade des Anglais, one of the most celebrated promenades along the Mediterranean Sea and the Baie des Anges, is a popular tourist attraction in the city.

 

Baie des Anges
Baie des Anges

This seaside features scenic environs characterized by the pristine sea and vast stretches of sand. Visitors can laze around at the banks of the sea or they can indulge in activities like skating, cycling and boating. Comfortable chairs painted in vibrant blue and cabanas are provided at the seaside for visitors to relax and enjoy the picturesque view of the mesmeric surroundings. This place hosts a number of significant events, including the Annual Carnival and the Battle of Flowers throughout the year. Promenade des Anglais was the venue for the team time trial for the 2013 Tour de France, which was held on July 2nd that year.

Picasso Museum, Nice
Picasso Museum, Nice

Other prominent places of attraction here include famous museums like Picasso, Modern Art and Chagall museums;

Chagall museum
Chagall museum

outdoor markets, revered shrines like the Russian Cathedral and quaint structures. Travelers can visit other popular cities of France, such as Cannes and Monte Carlo, which are in proximity to Nice, during France tour. From natural sights to spectacular man-made structures, from ancient forts to contemporary entertainment centers, this nation offers it all. This is why it is the top most frequented destinations of the world attracting thousands of travellers.

Why Hong Kong is a Famous Destination For International Holidays?

Hong Kong, one of the two administrative regions of Republic of China, has emerged as a global tourist destination in the last decade or so. Known for its deep natural harbour, this destination has become a hotspot for vacationers from around the globe. Often termed as the World City of Asia, this place has it all, from rich cultural diversity, cosmopolitan culture and ultramodern amenities to robust infrastructure. Besides these, it is also known for its mesmerising natural harbours and splendid scenic locations. Another important facet of this region is its vibrant culture that can be witnessed in events and festivals. Tourists planning for Hong Kong holidays during upcoming vacations shall make it a point to select their travel time in such a way that they are able to see and feel the vibrant culture of this region in full swing.

Cultural Celebrations

Known for its grand events and celebrations, this destination comes to life with brightest colors during the Chinese New Year. The streets are beautifully decorated with lights, colourful lanterns and other items to welcome the New Year. Thousands throng this region during the celebration to bask in the grandeur and celebratory pomp. People usually go for Hong Kong international holidays during this period to witness the mind-blowing celebrations and be a part of the most famous event in this region.

Revel at the Dragon Boat Festival

Another Chinese festival that takes this has a huge fan following is the Dragon Boat Carnival. The stunning Victoria Harbour hosts a dragon boat race and thousands of spectators throng this place to witness and be a part of this massive event. During this event, athletes from around the globe flock the area and take part in an exciting boat race. Apart from the intense adrenaline flow of the participants at the race, the spectacular decorations and the rhythmic beats of drums profuse the spirits of energy and vigour into the hearts of spectators. Non-stop music, free flow of beverages and live entertainment instil a spirit of celebration at this festival.

Beautiful Beach Destinations

Apart from these activities, tourists can also go for a retreating holiday at the outskirts of this destination. Though often termed as a restless city, due to its highly urbanised lifestyle, this destination has some of the best beaches to idly bask in the sun and engage in beach sports. These beaches have the serenity of the massive oceans and the golden sand offer some ideal grounds for a relaxing retreat. The coastal regions are dotted with plush hotels and resorts for travellers to stay near the coastline and have a memorable time near the wave front.

Nature Parks

Nature lovers can spend their time at natural parks to enjoy the tranquility of nature. This destination is bountiful with nature parks that have nurtured the tenderness of nature amidst the fast urbanising environment. Several species of flora and fauna can be witnessed at these havens of peace, and visitors looking to spend a quiet time at this place can visit these parks. Hong Kong has, thus, something to offer to vacationers with different tastes.