Japan is a world apart – a cultural Galápagos where a unique civilisation blossomed, and thrives today in delicious contrasts of traditional and modern. The Japanese spirit is strong, warm and incredibly welcoming.
One cannot talk about or consider visiting Japan without the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast Japan coming up. Yet, rather than focus on the immediate horrors and lingering fears of the tragedy, one should focus on the beauty and accessibility of Japan today. One should note how the Japanese people, resilient and steadfast, behaved after the waters receded: they gathered calmly in evacuation shelters, set off bravely on rescue missions, began the task of rebuilding.
Every image from those first weeks reflects some of the culture’s highest virtues: the ability to gambaru (do their best) and to gaman (bear suffering without complaint). They also capture the famous Japanese thoroughness and civility. This spirit will allow the Japanese people to rebuild northern Japan faster than anyone expects. And it is this very same spirit that makes travelling in Japan such a joy.
Japan is wide open for travel. If you have been considering your first visit to Japan or returning to re-experience the unique magic of the country, the perfect time to go – and to celebrate Japan and its people – is now.
Many of us long for little surprise in our day to day mundane
existence…We still get nostalgic remembering the wonder filled
childhood where we were always looking for constant thrills and
Life never seemed boring until we had this wonder in us …and then we
become “matured” stopped wondering and started rendering automatic
responses to all situations.
Little mysticism in life is an absolute necessity if you want to feel
alive and enjoy your life.
Sikkim embodies this mysticism in all its elements from its
breathtaking landscape to the renowned charm of its people,Sikkim
never seemed to stop surprising you.
The mere journey to this mystic land takes us to different world and
liberates from the self-afflicted busyness of our existence.
Sikkim,being one of least populated state offers us an ultimate
mystical experience of lifetime.
So go Sikkim and Be Mystified !!!
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Bordered by China, Nepal and Bhutan, Sikkim has long been regarded as one of the last Himalayan Shangri-las. Because of its remoteness and the fact that permits are required, Sikkim isn’t the most accessible area to visit in India. However, it certainly is one of the most energetic and refreshing. There’s something very soothing to the soul about the mountainous beauty and ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture in Sikkim.
Here are 5 top Sikkim tourist places to include in your itinerary.
In testament to the fact that Sikkim is a marvelous place for meditation, almost 200 monasteries dot the divine hilltops. The most visited monasteries in Sikkim are Rumtek (overlooking Gangtok), Pemayangtse (near Pelling in West Sikkim), and Tashiding (also in West Sikkim). Other monasteries that are worth visiting include the Karma Kagyu monastery with its 200 year old murals (in Phodong in North Sikkim), the Enchey monastery (in Gangtok), and the old Sanga-Choeling monastey (only accessible on foot from Pelling).
The monasteries hold many festivals, particularly around Losar in February/March. Tse Chu, in July, features Buddhist dancing at Rumtek.
Sikkim is a trekker’s paradise. The trek from Yuksom to Dzongri Peak, and further on to Goecha Peak if you’re up for the challenge, is the most popular trek in Sikkim. It passes through the unspoiled forests, magnificent rhododendron gardens, and powerful rivers of Kachenjunga National Park. Additional trekking permits are mandatory for foreigners. These are available at Tourism offices in Gangtok, or else contact Sikkim House in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
See what it’s like to trek the Dzongri Trail in this picturesque Dzongri trek photo gallery.
If you want to go on an organized trek, Gangtok based Eco Tours and Treks is recommended.
3. Teesta River Rafting
River rafting is the latest adventure activity to arrive in Sikkim, and the Teesta River offers some world class opportunities. The major route is Makha-Sirwani-Bardang-Rongpo. Grade 2 to 4 rapids are interspersed with placid patches to float along, and plenty of white sandy beaches exist for overnight camping. High cliffs and gorges, along with bolder-strewn river beds, add to the thrill. The Rangeet River, with its more turbulent waters, also offers advanced rafting opportunities from Sikip-Jorethang-Majitar-Melli. The best time for rafting in Sikkim is from March to May and October to December.
4. Flora and Fauna Sanctuaries
Sikkim is renowned for its astounding variety of birds, animals, and flowers — over 450 species of birds, 400 species of butterflies, 450 varieties of orchids, and 40 species of rhododendron. Two of the best places to see them are the Deorali Orchid Sanctuary in south Gangtok (visit from March to early May and the end of September to early December), and Kyongnosia Alpine Sanctuary around an hour from Gangtok on the way to Tsomgo Lake and Nathu La (vist from June until October).
Contact Help Tourism for birding, butterfly and other wildlife tours in Sikkim.
5. Nathu La Pass and the Old Silk Route
If you’re really feeling adventurous, nothing compares to a journey along the former Old Silk Route to Nathu La, three hours from Gangtok on the Chinese border. The border consists of a lone barbed wire fence, and you’ll get the strange thrill of seeing the Chinese soldiers on the other side. Unfortunately, only Indians are allowed to travel this far though, and only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. A permit is also required, obtainable through a registered travel agency.
Foreigners can go up to Tsomgo Lake, also called Changu Lake, 27 kilometers (17 miles) short of Nathu La. This spectacular high-altitude (12,400 feet) glacier lake remains frozen until May. For a quirky experience, ride a yak there!
If you’re suffering from too much heat, city dust and dirt, or just crowd overload in India, then a spell in the former kingdom of Sikkim is the perfect antidote. The clean, fresh mountain air of the Himalayas sweeps this state, the second smallest after Goa as well as the least populous. There’s room to move and even feel alone, but the people are among India’s most friendly, with a charming manner that’s unobtrusive and slightly shy.
Plunging mountain valleys are lushly forested, interspersed with rice terraces and flowering rhododendrons. Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries (gompas) add splashes of white, gold and vermilion to the green ridges and are approached through avenues of colourful prayer flags.
Sikkim’s big-ticket item is the majesty of Khangchendzonga (Kanchenjunga, 8598m), the world’s third-highest mountain straddling the border between Sikkim and Nepal. Khangchendzonga’s guardian spirit is worshipped in a series of spectacular autumn festivals and its magnificent white peaks and ridges can be spied from many points around the state. Dawn is its best show, when the sun lights up the eastern face.
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SINGAPORE, some refer to her as the “little red dot”, but Singapore’s presence in the world today is larger than that moniker. In fact, Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world-class living environment, with her landscape populated by high-rise buildings and gardens. One interesting facet you’ll discover about Singapore is a ubiquitous collage of cultures, where people of different ethnicities and beliefs coexist. Besides a vibrant multicultural experience, there’s more you can discover about Singapore.Lets see what Singapore has in her stock to entertain us….
Just 15 minutes away from the city centre is Sentosa, an idyllic resort island with pristine beaches, world-class attractions, sea sports, golf and retreats.
At Sentosa, there are endless activities to indulge your every interest. Our biggest attraction, Imbiah Lookout offers something for everyone; thrill seekers can take a ride on Skyline Luge Sentosa, nature lovers can explore the walking trails and wonders of Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom or learn about flora and fauna on a guided tour of Sentosa Nature Discovery. For some culture, try Images of Singapore. The sporty side of you can enjoy a game of beach volleyball on Siloso Beach, ride the barreling waves at Wave House Sentosa and at night fall, be awed by Songs of the Sea, a multi-sensory extravaganza. Feeling hungry? Our food for the gourmet soul comes to you in over 50 restaurants from casual to classy, and in every taste.
Sentosa enhances your leisure options with a world-class family resort, Resorts World™ Sentosa, great shopping and dining experiences at VivoCity and Harbourfront Centre, the multi-concept entertainment hub at St James Power Station, and nature trail at Mt Faber all located within close proximity to Sentosa!
On top of that, play to your heart’s content with our Sentosa PLAY Pass. Choose from our Day Play Pass or ‘Noon Play Pass or zip off to an exclusive adventure with our Premium Play Pass. Get all set for a fulfilling day that promises laughs, thrills and fun! It’s fuss-free, affordable and flexible – the perfect start to a playful day.
And getting to Sentosa has never been easier! Our Sentosa Rider offers holiday makers a fuss-free way to get to Sentosa from Singapore city centre such as Orchard Road, Chinatown and Marina Bay, for just $5 only! Our friendly tour hosts onboard will offer personalised assistance in planning your Sentosa itinerary. Enjoy savings when you purchase any one of the themed attraction packages available onboard, and beat the queues at Sentosa ticketing counters!
A must-visit destination for tourists and a popular recreational playground for all, so begin your Singapore experience with a trip to Sentosa!
Hope,by now you would’ve experienced the feeling of being in Singapore.Join with us to explore a new spot tomorrow….
Until then Good bye!!!
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I.N.D.I.A – INDIA ,the land known for its “Unity in diversities”,also holds good for its delicious food too..
Delicious Indian Food!
Of course India is a country which is famous for its scenic beauty, culture, tradition, linguistic diversity and above all food. It is a country of distinctive variety where people of all religion, culture, and language stay united. This is what gives a unique character to the place. This diversity has given birth to a large number of cuisines in India; many of which has earned prominence internationally too. So maybe it’s the food that keeps people coming back, it’s certainly something to do with it anyway – when you make it here, don’t miss out on these five dishes:
1. Idlis and Sambar: – A south Indian flavorful cake made by steaming a batter of fermented black lentils and rice. And this is usually served with sambar which is a vegetable stew. This is one of the most famous of all the south Indian dishes. It is not only light but, tasty too. Its popularity can be accounted from the fact that even the World Health Organization has declared it as one of the most nutritious and safe food to have outside home. It is nutritious as it is made with lentils a protein rich ingredient which is fermented and it is safe because it is steamed and does not contain any fatty ingredients. Idlis and Sambar is an ideal dish for breakfast. Healthy, cheap and delicious?! This is a real winner!
Idlis and Sambar
2. Mughlai:-This cuisine comprises of dishes that were prepared mostly in the kitchens of the royal Mughal Emperors in India. It is an elaborate buffet of main dishes with a large assortment of accompaniments. On eating Mughlai food, one can get a feel of the ground spices. The spices used in the preparation of Mughlai food are easily available. Mughlai food is a specialty among the people residing in the Northern parts of the country. Some of the Mughlai dishes have Muslim names such as Biryiani, pulao, kebabs, and kofta. The rich preparation of Mughlai food consisting of flavored sauces and butter based curries is so tempting that you are sure to crave for more. Once you sample Mughlai food, you’ll be dreaming about having it again for the rest of your life. You have been warned.
3. Aloo Paratha with Sweet Curd or Dahi: – Parathas are basically Indian flatbread made with whole-wheat. It assumes the name of Aloo (potato) Paratha when the flatbread is stuffed with potato and various other fillings. It is the most favorite dish of the Punjabis. The Paratha is generally cooked with pure desi ghee and hence, it contains lots of fats & cholesterol in it. But it’s very delicious to eat. The Punjabis make various kinds of parathas like Gobhi paratha, onion paratha etc. Often eaten as a breakfast, this is a cracking way to start your day.
4. Dal-Bati, Raabdi & Ghevar: – Bati is basically firm, unleavened bread which is eaten with dal a preparation of thick stew made from pulses. Ghevar is a traditional Rajasthani sweet made in various varieties and is usually disc-shaped while Raabdi is a dish made with yogurt, flour, muth and bajre ki roti. These are the three most famous Rajasthani Dishes. Rajasthani people generally prefer to use milk, butter milk, or butter in an unusually large quantity so as to minimize the amount of water used while cooking food. It’s very much known to us that Rajasthan suffers a problem of scarcity of water hence; this is how they prefer to substitute for the loss. This gives birth to a very original set of dishes, all of which are delicious!
5. Ilish fish paturi:- Ilish macher Paturi is a preparation of Hilsha Fish cooked in Banana Leaf along with a range of spices. This is one of the most famous of all the Bengali foods. Bengali’s are generally fond of spicy food and usually prefer fish more than anything else. In fact the staple food of the people of Bengal is rice and fish. The land of Bengal is always stocked with a wide variety of fish, the popular ones being salmon, Hilsha, bhekti, magur, carp, rui and prawns and this account for the huge popularity of fish preparation in delicious variety.
If you want to really taste these mouth-watering dishes,you are warmly invited to the Land of Delicious foods( INDIA).
With a sincere invite from the Team-Lincoln Holidays,its time to say Good-bye…Meet you soon with another travel thought…
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