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Udaipur Attractions Feb 29

Udaipur is one of the most picturesque places in the world, and a magnet for tourists, If you are on a tour of Rajasthan than you must visit Udaipur. Udaipur attractions include its picturesque beauty; the city is renowned for its lakes, palaces, and the lush hills of the Aravallis. Udaipur tourist places make a visit to the city a must. An Udaipur sightseeing tour can be quite an unforgettable experience indeed.

Udaipur Tourist Places - The City Palace
Title: Udaipur City Palace

Udaipur has an ancient history. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, ruled by the Sisodias. One of the major Udaipur attractions includes the City Palace, on the banks of Lake Pichhola. The palace offers panoramic views of the lake and Jag Niwas (now Lake Palace hotel), which is right in the middle of the lake. Other Udaipur tourist places include the Fateh Sagar Lake, which was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1678, and Sajjangarh Fort, the summer resort of the maharajahs, located on top of a hill overlooking the lake.

Other places that figure prominently on the itinerary of an Udaipur sightseeing tour are the Jag Mandir, another palace on an island on Lake Pichhola, the ancient Jagdish Temple right in the middle of the city, and Saheliyon Ki Bari, a garden with lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant-shaped fountains.

A modern addition to Udaipur is the Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO), located on an island in the Fateh Sagar Lake. The clear desert air makes the city ideal for solar observations. The observatory was built in 1976 on the model of the Solar Observatory at Big Bear lake in Southern California.

There are other places of interest around Udaipur, like the pilgrimage site of Nathdwara, the Jain religious centre of Ranakpur, Chittorgarh, the ancient capital of Mewar, with a massive fort on a hilltop, Haldighati, renowned for the famous battle battle between Rana Pratap Singh of Mewar and the Mughal emperor Akbar etc.

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Agra Attractions Feb 27

Agra Tourist Attractions - The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan

One of the biggest Agra attractions is of course the Taj Mahal, which attracts tourists from across the world. The Taj Mahal is a monument of love built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th century. There are other Agra tourist attractions which make a visit to this North Indian city worthwhile. The city’s Mughal monuments are a must in any Agra sightseeing tour.

After the Taj Mahal, one of the biggest Agra tourist attractions is the Agra Fort, built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, and now a World Heritage Site. Other Agra attractions include Fatehpur Sikhri, again built by Akbar, and which has a number of striking buildings of historical importance. Other places on the Agra sightseeing itinerary include Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandra, the Mughal garden of Ram Bagh and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

There are many operators who offer sightseeing tours to Agra. For those who don’t want to stay in Agra, some operators offer daily trips from Delhi, which start in the morning and return you to the capital the same night.

Getting on to a golden triangle tour of North India is also a good and affordable option for travelers, as they don’t only get to visit Agra, but they also get to visit Delhi and Jaipur.

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Greece Holidays are full of beautiful surprises Feb 25

Greece Holidays are a preferred option for many because of the unlimited options that accompany your travel. Holidays in Greece are always a good reason to enjoy your vacation to fullest, as you cast your worries away visiting an enchanting place, full of adventure and natural beauty.

One of the best ways to enjoy Greece holidays is by spending a leisurely time at some of the most beautiful islands and pristine beaches, caressed by the Aegean and Ionian seas. Sample your way through eclectic Greek cuisine in the form of lamb, pork, fish and the indigenous Green salad served with olives and feta cheese. For those who have a deep-seated love for archeological treasures, Greece does not disappoint. There are some wonderful ruins and temples to visit in places like Olympia, Crete, Delphi, Athens and the Peloponnese Peninsula. The pleasant weather and the beaches among other attractions add to the quality of stay in this country. Rhodes, Santorini, the Acropolis of Athens, the monasteries of Delphi and the Mikonos are some of the best places in Greece to visit.

The beauty of Greece lies in its mystery. With the help of a vast network of inter-island ferries and hydrofoils(boats with wing-like foils), you can explore and discover many of the small islands that are lesser-known but very picturesque and attractive.

Many of the Europe holiday packages are cost-effective. You can easily find the best hotel and accommodation in Greece or in any country of Europe for that matter . Since tourists come to Greece not just from Europe, but from all around the globe, you can expect on-going demand for tourism in this country. You may have to book your flight and hotel booking in Greece well in advance so that you get the cheapest deals and also be able to travel and stay in Greece with convenience and comfort.

The historical monuments, the lovely picturesque scenery and the rich culture of Greece have attracted people to Greece since time immemorial. Holidays in Greece are a popular option for newly weds to enjoy their honeymoon thanks to the romantic charm that this country exudes. There is probably no place in the world that has rich, natural beauty in the form of beaches, rivers, water falls, caves and mountains all in one place, like Greece.

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Jaipur Attractions Feb 23

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is one of the most popular  destination for travel in India. It became known as the pink city after the entire city was painted that colour to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1853. Key Jaipur attractions include its palaces, ancient forts and other interesting remnants of yesteryear.

Jaipur Tourist Places - Hawa Mahal
Title: Hawa Mahal

Among the many Jaipur sightseeing attractions include Hawa Mahal, a unique palace built by the poet-king Sawai Pratap Singh in the late 19th century. It is part of the City Palace complex, and has over 900 small windows facing the street. The idea was to allow the royal ladies to view the goings-on in the street without being seen. The breeze blowing through the windows also keeps the palace cool, and gives Hawa Mahal its name. Jantar Mantar, a monument built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh to observe the movement of the stars, Nahargarh Fort, Amber Fort, Gaitore, Central Museum and the City Palace are among the other major Jaipur tourist places.

Jaipur offers an exciting range of activities for visitors. You can enjoy excursions to Sanganer, known for its Jain temples and handmade paper industry, Ramgarh Lake or shopping in the city’s colourful markets. Shopping is one of the great Jaipur attractions; the city is renowned for kundan jewellery, brassware, textiles, quilts and footwear. Elephant/ camel rides and playing elephant polo at the Rambagh Palace can be an unforgettable experience.

While visiting Jaipur tourist places can be fun, one way of getting the total Jaipur experience is by being there during one of its many colourful and vibrant festivals.

Other places on the Jaipur sightseeing agenda include Jaigarh Fort, Govind Deoji Mandir, Kanak Valley and the Laxminarayan Temple.

The old city of Jaipur, with its beautiful monuments and colourful bazaars, offer tourists a fantastic experience. Many hotels in Jaipur also offer cultural programmes that include puppet shows, music performances and folk dances that make a tour of this city memorable.

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Fascinating Sydney Attractions and Things to do in Sydney Feb 18

Sydney is arguably one of the most beautiful places on the face of Planet Earth, if you are on your tour to Australia than you must visit sydney.When it comes to Sydney attractions, one landmark creation which is synonymous with this city is the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The Pylon Lookout offers the opportunity to know about the history of the bridge and also take snaps of the bridge. The Bondi Beach is another popular Sydney attraction and a hot favorite among tourists. However it may not be suited to take children there because public display of affection and nudity are common on this beach. For children especially, the Luna Park is one of the not to be missed Sydney attractions. The Tango train, Prison Break and moving around the Coney Island are some of the popular rides and exciting things to do in this Sydney park.

Sydney Attractions - Sydney Harbour Bridge

One cannot but reach out to the Sydney Tower, one of the famed Sydney attractions. It is the tallest building in Sydney which includes two restaurants with a buffet, a coffee lounge and an Observation Deck. No other place gives you as good a view of Sydney as the Sydney Tower.

Sydney Attractions - Sydney Opera House at dawnA visit to the Sydney Opera House is simply not to be missed; the grand architecture, the royal white sails and the backstage tours will enthrall you. If you love performing arts, buy a ticket and watch interesting theatrical shows, musicals and ballet.

Taking the Harbor cruise is also highly recommended among the things to do in Sydney. You can choose from a variety of cruises for adventure or comfort travel like jet boat rides, morning coffee cruises, sunset cruises etc. Another popular Sydney attraction is the Sydney Aquarium. It is home to nearly 11,520 aquatic animals. For those who like to visit zoos, the Taronga Zoo in Sydney has some interesting species of animals like Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, lions, tigers, monkeys, koalas and more. You can also take guided tours if you like to watch animals up close. Sydney attractions promise you fun times full of comfort, luxury and adventure. For any traveler who appreciates beauty, Sydney sightseeing makes for an interesting experience.

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Top Reasons to Visit Sicily Sep 23

In the event you enjoy archaeology, then once you are in Sicily, you have to go see the Valley of the Temples, the greatest and most noteworthy collection of ancient Greek ruins located anyplace. You will also discover necropolis, residences, avenues and all the other artifacts you’d expect to see in an ancient metropolis. You are going to definitely would like to see the tiny amphitheatre, the quite a few auditoria, and also the world-class archaeological museum. Do not leave out the Concord Temple; it has 13 tall columns that show the effects of the wind. Located outside the city of Agrigento, situated on the southern coast of Sicily, the temples appear dramatic within the evening when floodlights outline their shape and size.

Valley of the Temples
Title: Valley of the Temples

December four, Saint Barbara Day, is celebrated within the Sicilian town of Paterno on the slopes of Mount Etna volcano. Right after the parade citizens set up a nativity scene. Santa Lucia Day, December 13, is celebrated in quite a few Italian localities including the city of Siracusa whose huge parade includes a golden coffin carrying the saint towards the Church of Santa Lucia. There is a week of festivities culminating with a major fireworks display over the harbor and a different parade that brings the coffin back towards the crypt. Among the a lot of nativity scenes be sure to see one in Custonaci, which is re-enacted inside a cave. The exhibition consists of a regular nativity scene and an ancient village total with shops. The town of Acireale is also known for its nativity scene. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Palermo with fireworks and an outdoor music show.

Mount Etna
Title: Valley of the Temples

Practically every region on the island has a museum dedicated towards the history of it. This one is dedicated towards the ancient city of Agrigento plus the surrounding region. Like a lot of other Sicily museums, this one displays antiquities discovered for the duration of excavations that occurred inside the 20th century. The highlights of this museum contain finds from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and nearby cities.

Examples of other tours the tourist may well enjoy incorporate: In Trapani, the “Myth, History and Ancient Cookies: Erice and Segesta”
tour, which is often a full day private tour to discover concerning the history of Sicily, view a Greek temple and theatre, and sample the almond cookies and marzipan from ancient recipes; the “Alcantara Gorge and Fancavilla” tour, which is a private tour along the gorge to witness how the lava flows affected the river creating the impressive gorges and ravines and where the tourist can rent hip-waders to obtain the full river experience; there is also the “Messina Taormina Jewish Tour” where visitors can see the Jewish quarter in the city of Messina.

For those who desire to obtain a lot more info concerning the Sicily island, I’d like to show you these further resources:

- If you want to get more travel info to tour Sicily, I’d suggest you have a look at these traveler’s F.A.Q. Sicilytraveltours.com has a nice table which will help tourists to find what is the best period of the year to plan their vacation on this page

Guest Post by Marla Alexander
About the Author: Prof. Alexander has traveled in Italy over A decade. She currently lives nearly 3 months in her house in Sicily. She was also a family consultant in California for 5 years. Her travels have included every city of Sicily. She enjoys going to traditional festivals and learning the local folk dances and sampling the regional cuisine.

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New Cuddle Class Facility to be Introduced by Airlines Oct 12

The travel industry, today, has become very competitive. The players in the travel industry are always looking out to capture the market. With the new cuddle class facility to be launched next month, some airline carriers are targeting the different classes that continue to grow within their business.

So, what is this ‘New Cuddle Class’ facility?
Firstly, not all the airlines have started this facility. Under this facility, when two travelers traveling together buy two seats; they can buy the third seat at half the price. Some of the airlines are starting to introduce this, rows of three economy class seats that are bought together that can be converted in to one large seating space. This facility is more conducive for travelers traveling with their families or for couples who prefer their own cuddling space.

The cuddle class seats also known as the Skycouches would be launched only on some airlines like the Air New Zealand. In fact, Air New Zealand is set to launch this service from Auckland to LA in November.

Boutique travel agency Travel Associates general manager David Lovelock said that class divisions in the sky are narrowing as airlines move away from just the traditional economy, business and first class cabin configurations. People want more, and airlines are preparing to give them more.

Another, interesting news from the travel industry is the vertical seats. Yes, low cost carrier Ryanair has announced its plans to sell vertical seats. As the name suggests, vertical seats would be those seats where the passengers would be standing during their flight journey. Though, not everyone prefers having a standing journey. But the ones who prefer the same can pay less for their tickets.If these initiatives are successful at Air New Zealand and Ryan Air, they would definitely catch up with other airlines. And who else, but the passengers are definitely going to benefit from these innovative initiatives.

Src: news.overseas.com.au

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