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8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka

Sigiriya - Rock Fortress

Going by Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites is an ordeal made a great deal more uncommon by the relative absence of sightseers contrasted with other South Asian nations. And from Kandy and Nuwara Eliya to Anuradhapura and Galle Fort, no visit to Sri Lanka is finished without seeing these historical places of Sri Lanka. Not many People know that ...

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Varanasi Ghats

Every year tens of thousands of pilgrims visit one of the 2,000-odd temples along the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi and bathe in the river. One of the seven sacred Hindu pilgrim sites in India, Varanasi is also one of the world’s oldest cities, where Lord Shiva is said to have made his home since the dawn of creation. ...

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Charmed at Songzanlin Monastery, Zhongdian, Yunnan

Travel in Yunnan is always a rewarding experience. Visiting Zhongdian, principally a Tibetan town with a mixture of Han, Bai and Naxi, constitutes a great sample of Tibet if you don’t have time to travel on to Tibet proper. The Old Tibetan Town plus Songzanlin Monastery are a must see places when in Zhongdian. Songzanlin Gompa is a clone of ...

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Visit Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark, the holiest temples in Orissa

Most tourists wanting to see India visit Rajasthan and then perhaps Goa and highlights of Kerala. Very few ever tour Orissa and visit Bhubaneswar and Puri. Yet these two cities on the eastern coast of India offer some of the most striking temples and can be used as staging points for tours into the interior of tribal Orissa. Bhubaneswar, the ...

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Yunnan Music – Bai Temple Festival, Erhai Lake, Dali, Yunnan Travel, China

bai temple erahi lake

Wondering the narrow alleyways of Erhai lakeside villages near Dali in Yunnan Province of southwestern China one can get lucky and stumble upon a genuine Bai village temple fest. Tourists who prefer to keep to Dali guidebooks most recommended sites seldom visit the smallest of these villages. Yet it is here at a typical village temple that a village folk ...

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Suru Valley & Pensi La, the Gateway to Zanskar

The Mulbekh Gompa, about three quarters of the way from Leh to Kargil, marks the end of the Buddhist Ladakh and the beginning of its Muslim parts. The Muslim culture here as in Kargil and from here on toward the alpine valleys of Kashmir as well as the first third of the way toward Zanskar, leading through the Suru Valley, ...

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Karsha Festival in Remote Zanskar, the Little Tibet of India

With the current lockdown of Tibet and the unlikely chance that even if Tibet reopens once again, tourists will not be allowed to roam about as was possible more than a year ago. It well may be that Ladakh, referred to as the Little Tibet, the most remote outpost of India and a cultural satellite of Tibet, will likely lure ...

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Time to visit Luang Prabang is now

Following end of Vietnam – American war and its postwar alignment with North Vietnam’s communist system of government, Laos fell into obscurity. With the fall of Berlin Wall and dismantling of Soviet Union, Laos as Vietnam slowly opened its borders to international tourism. Vientiane, the capital, became the first target as a result of easy access from well-developed Thailand to ...

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A lifetime dissolves on the “kora” around Mount Kailash

Sacred spaces and stunning landscapes! Magnificent temples, mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, nomad camps, pilgrims – this is truly a journey to stir the senses and nourish the soul – of all the destinations in Asia, the most sacred and sublime. The days of travel are long, the roads are dusty and bumpy – and it is a world that will ...

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Visit Fenghuang for a glimpse of old China

Offering a fine glimpse of Old China, Fenghuang is an ancient town on the Tuojiang River in Hunan Province. In Chinese Fenghuang means ‘Phoenix’, the mythical bird of good omen and longevity that is consumed by fire to be re-born again from the flames. The town is so called because legend has it that two of these mythical birds flew over ...

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