The Mesmerizing History of India’s Ex-Nizam State—Hyderabad Hyderabad—meaning lion’s abode—is the capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. A city that still shows traces of Nizam rule, has a lot to offer than just the beauty that hits you at first glance. From the old-charm lanes of the Old City to the hustle bustle of the new, there is something magical in the air.
While in the city, it’s very important to finish seeing as many heritage sites as possible. Visit the Charminar, Birla Mandir, Hussain Sagar, Golconda Fort, Chowmahalla Palace—to understand how the city was before cosmopolitan change took over. Also, the city is home to more than 140 lakes! There are artificial lakes in and around the city; their names usually end with the word sagar. Also, the cuisine is a must-try. Hyderabadi cuisine is famous for its spices; make sure you taste and don’t swallow everything that comes in front of you. You don’t want to have an upset stomach on your trip. What do you like best about your city? Hyderabad is like no other Indian city. Its uniqueness is its best part. Specially the Old City—you feel as though you’ve entered an old district in perhaps Afghanistan. Also, though the city is crowded, you have recreational options at almost every single corner.Read More
While there is an inexhaustible list of things that a visitor “must-do” in Chicago, the most valuable advice that I can give is that a visitor “must embrace being a tourist”. Don’t be afraid to stand on the sidewalk and gawk in open-mouthed wonder at the stunning skyscrapers (politely to one side, of course, as Chicagoans value getting places unobstructed). Chicago has a wealth of architecture that is unique and a joy to look at, including the most recent addition – the Trump Tower. Also, consider going to a Cub’s game at Wrigley; at $30 for the cheap seats, it’s a bargain and a fun way to really feel the vibe of the city. Start with some drinks at any of the bars surrounding the stadium and make your way to the gates with the rest of the excited fans.
What do you like best about your city?
Chicago has all the comforts and ease of a big city with a kinder, gentler populace and a cleaner atmosphere due to its abundance of alleyways. The public transportation is easy to understand and efficient compared to other US cities, so anyone can feel right at home in a matter of days. I love the huge variety of restaurants and the over-all attitude of Chicago’s citizens. Chicago has a rich history and you can still feel it walking into any dive bar in Wrigleyville.
During the Christmas season, you can walk from the Christkindlemart in Daley plaza, past the Macy’s windows displays, and down to Millennium Park to go ice skating under The Bean. Not only is it the perfect date night, it’s a great way to see the highlights of the city and get in the Holiday spirit. In any season, walking down the Magnificent Mile, even if it’s just to do some window shopping, is a definite must.Read More
There are so many great drinks in Mexico, you will be spoilt for choice. Especially these days as it is not difficult to find great deals for holidays in Mexico if you would just look for cheap packages online. Starting here with a tasty non-alcoholic drink that is also very refreshing.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
This is a popular drink all over Latin America. It can be made from any fresh fruit, but watermelon is particularly good. The fruit is freshly squeezed and blended with crushed ice. If you would like a little bit of a kick, then replace the crushed ice with frozen crushed white wine instead.
Margarita is a great traditional Mexican drink made from Tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice, blended together and served over ice. The addition of fresh fruit and Cuervo Gold are for European and American tastes, however fresh crushed strawberries or mangoes make for a delicious drink.
Traveling Through the Beer Capital of India—Bangalore
Bangalore is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka, famous for its climate, food, and culture. Once famous just as the capital city of the state, today it’s much more than just that. With a rich cultural scene and wonderful heritage, this city is a traveler’s delight.
Visit the age-old temples—Begur Nageshwara and Someshwara. A view of the Bangalore Fort will show you the strength of the city. Similarly, a visit to Bangalore Palace—a palace based on English style, will show to the different architectural wonders this city houses. Hesaraghatta Lake is a photographer’s delight, while St. Francis Xavier Cathedral is famous globally. For a lively evening, you must go to M. G. Road and visit several small-scale cafes and restaurants. This area is also famous among shopaholics. What do you like best about your city? Undoubtedly the climate. Bangalore monsoons are just right; never too much, never too little. There is something romantic about the monsoons. Everything seems new—the hills especially give a new backdrop to the city.
Ulsoor Lake is a famous among walkers in the city. It is one of the most beautiful assets of Bangalore. Similarly, the entire city revolves around Lal Bagh, another great place for an early morning walk.Read More
Exploring The Beautiful City of Pondicherry
Pondy, as it is lovingly called, is a pretty city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It’s real name Pondicherry—now Pudducherry—is long lost. A common weekend getaway for Chennai locals, this city is as universal as any city can be.
More than a list of must do, Pondy should have a list of what you can exclude. Everything is so beautiful that you have to see it. The four beaches—Promenade, Paradise, Auroville, and Serenity—are all famous in their own right, though Promenade is a special. Visit Aurobindo ashram and see the legacy left behind by a single man. Cycle along the French quarters to see wonders of the French colonization.Read More
Pune—the less said the better, the more seen the lesser. A city globally known as the Oxford of the East, Pune is everything a city should be—beautiful, unique, advanced, rural and urban at the same time. A city bustling with life and yet retaining its calm self, Pune is a jewel that few are privileged to live in.
There is a lot that you must do in Pune. Visit the forts—Sinhagad and Shaniwar Wada—to see history unfold itself in front of you. Hike to Sinhagad if possible; it’ll take 2 hours at the most. Visit the old city area and explore the peths—you’ll see the city’s true self. Visit Pune University and Fergusson College to see British-style architecture. Like all cities in India, Pune is incomplete without its temples.
Visit Chaturshringi and Dagdusheth temples if you want to see the famous ones. If you’re a traveler and not a tourist, visit all the manache Ganpatis; these are the most important Ganapati temples in the city—Ganapati being the most famous God in the state. Once you’ve taken in enough of the beauty, visit the tons of nightclubs in the night. You’ll see the city take a complete makeover.
There's a growing perception that with the growth and expansion of online gaming, the Las Vegas casinos have lost at least some portion of their appeal. The truth is that Vegas tourism is doing quite well, with numbers in 2013 only very slightly down from the previous year. However, it's easy to understand how online casinos and even mobile gaming may gradually draw some crowds away.
On the average mobile phone or tablet these days, whether operating on iOS, Android, etc., there are thousands of gaming apps available, and dozens of those fall in the casino genre. This naturally gives people the ability to play poker, slot machines, or whatever it is they prefer anytime, any place, without the necessity of visiting a real casino. Taking things a step further, the Bet Fair Internet casino, and some others like it, even offer live tournaments in an attempt to fully simulate the casino experience. So with this combination of fast, available, and competitive gaming available in our homes and pockets, some ask, why go to Vegas at all?
The clearest answer to this question is that the majority of tourists don't go to Vegas exclusively for gambling. They go for the shows, the clubs, the crowds, the food and drink, the world class resorts, etc. But even these aspects of Vegas are a bit less unique than they used to be, as there are more luxury destinations popping up all over the world year in and year out. But what many travellers don't realize is that Vegas has numerous attractions off the Strip, including a number of breathtaking outdoor experiences that can be the perfect complements to some time in the resorts. So if you're wondering if a trip to Vegas is worth it for you, here are five outdoor attractions in the area that might tempt you.Read More
by David Cronk
It's only a month until I'm off to Vietnam again and I can't wait.
Having a little more time in a few places that I loved the most this time around so should be able to really explore Hoi An particularly and give everyone some great advice here.
Will be spending some time in Hanoi, Singapore and Batam as well. I've been to all these places before so it's going to be great to revisit some places I really love and find some new places to love too.
I'm spending a little more money this time as well, last time I think I spent $1600 for the whole trip for 3 weeks including airfares. This time I think I've spent that just in airfares and hotels.
The Australian dollar would be worth 15-20% less than the last time so the Beer Hoi might cost 15c this time.Read More
by David Cronk
When you visit a new place you normally arrive with few preconceived ideas, but when I visited Mildura recently I did have a few.
The last time I visited Mildura, I arrived quite late around 8.30 - 9.00 pm but could not find anywhere to eat. I couldn't believe it everything was closed.
This time around I would be there for a week and should be able to get a better feel for what the local food scene is like.
You may know that Mildura is the biggest town in the Sunraysia area one of Australia's main food bowls irrigating the land using the water from River Murray, so you would expect that you should get good local food.Read More
The Transiberian train, the longest continuous railway and certainly one of the most impressive in the world, has been around for over a century. When it comes to historical significance, this may not sound too impressive, but that's only until you realize that the original plans for the world's longest railway were set in 1889. When other nations were still establishing local routes for their railway, Czar Alexander III was appointing engineers for what would turn out to be the single most expensive man-made construction in the world. It took engineers until 1913 to finalize the last segment of the train, just in time for the Revolution, which will turn the Transiberian into one of the most hated railways in the history of mankind - From February to October 1917, the train was primarily used to transport prisoners to exile and to connect Allied armies with the main forces stationed in Moscow.Read More