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Sagrada Familia to look like this when completed in 2026

September 26, 2013

Sagrada Familia
Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, Sagrada Familia, began in 1882 and he was killed by a train in 1926. But after eighty six years, the Barcelona basilica is still under construction with none architects working on this never-ending project. But according to Jordi Faulí, the current architect on the magnificent life-sized sand castle, it’ll be done by 2026 and this is what it will look like:

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Travelers must leave all Indian Rupees in India before departure

September 25, 2013

Indian_rupeeIf you have a passion to collect currencies of the countries you visit, and if you’re in India, then according to a new directive from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), every foreigner leaving the country will have to compulsorily change Indian rupees in their possession into a foreign currency before they board the flight.

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urWurld Travel Guides for iOS – app review

September 25, 2013

urWurld Travel Guides

urWurld Travel Guides

Link: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
The looks:

Travel guides from urWurld are not something that you would want to have in your smartphone! With no new or relevant information, these guides are basic information of sights-to-see, restaurants, activities et al for some cities in the world.

The app opens with a list of countries, tapping on which will show the list of cities that the guides are available for. Tap the ‘refresh’ button (yeah, we know!) to download the guides and you will be presented with some of the most useless information out there as compared to other apps.

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Oktoberfest celebrations at Frankfurt Airport

September 25, 2013

oktoberfest-platterIf you are flying via Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in the next few days, then make sure to stop by the Terminal 1’s concourse “Z” for Oktoberfest celebrations until October 6. Designed in style for this popular annual festival, concourse “Z” will feature brass-band music, traditional Bavarian costumes, and schuhplattler-style folk dancing to create the atmosphere of the Oktoberfest beer tents.

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Wildlife sanctuaries’ financial status demands more visitors

September 17, 2013

indiawildlife_tnIndia is a home to many wildlife sanctuaries. These wildlife sanctuaries make the country a paradise for a nature lover. There are about 515 wildlife sanctuaries in India among which 43 are declared as the tiger reserves under the Project Tiger. Some of the wildlife sanctuaries are distinctively named as bird-sanctuary as they are conserving the endangered species of birds. Wildlife sanctuaries have their national significance as they safeguard the rare wildlife species.

Wildlife sanctuaries in India have rich and diversified flora and fauna. They showcase a variety of captivating scenery, all kinds of shrubs, herbs, trees, grasslands and prominently some of the rarest endangered animal and bird species. The wildlife sanctuaries are a suitable place for the ornithologists, researchers, wildlife photographers and essentially the animal and plant lovers.

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Indian Himalaya tourism: A best way to explore the fascinating Himalayas

September 13, 2013

MountainBikingThe Indian Himalayan belt is bestowed with a unique blend of splendor and thrill. On one hand it offers picturesque beauty to treat the eyes of nature lovers and on the other it’s fast flowing rivers, sky kissing peaks and tough treks serve as an ecstasy for adventure junkies. The best part is that there is plethora of options for experiencing thrill cuddled in the mighty Himalayas. Fleet a look below to know the best ways for exploring the fascinating Himalayas.

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Did you take the unluckiest flight? Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th

September 13, 2013

Finnair-FIN_tnFinnish Air AY666 to Helsinki (airport code HEL) is usually a full flight on Friday the 13th from Copenhagen. In fact they fly twice on that day instead of the usual daily flight.

The daily flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki falls on Friday the 13th twice in 2013. Friday the 13th is considered bad luck in many countries and the number 666 also has strong negative biblical associations. There are 12 hours, 12 months and in Christianity 12 apostles and this is a divine number. Add one more and it brings in a certain element of chaos.

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Explore the Galapagos Islands with Google Street View

September 12, 2013

GalapagosOne of the most bio-diverse places on the planet, The Galapagos, can be explored through Google’s 360-degree imagery on Street View. Marking its 178th anniversary of Darwin’s discovery of the Galapagos Islands, this volcanic archipelago has species that have remarkably adapted to their environment. Through observing the animals, Darwin made key insights that informed his theory of evolution. Here’s a short documentary that captures the 10-day expedition:

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Apple’s new iOS 7 will be great for travelers

September 10, 2013

iPhone5Camera_tnApple announced the iOS 7 in June this year and new iPhone today. So how does this new operating system compel the travelers to buy this new gadget or even upgrade their existing ones (note: iOS 7 will be available to iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S and 4 on September 18, while iOS 7 will be available for the second-, third- and fourth-generation iPads plus the iPad Mini later in the year)?

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Himalayas: Heaven of winter adventure sports

September 8, 2013

SkiingThe mountain ranges of Himalayas are a blessing to India. They moderate the climate of India by acting as a barrier to extreme cold and hot winds emerging out of central Asia. Various forms of flora and fauna flourish on the slopes, in peaks and valleys of the Himalayas. Major rivers of Northern India find their origin in the mighty glaciers of Himalayas.

The life sustaining Himalayas are also a place of immense beauty and adventure. People come here to find peace, rejuvenation and an opportunity to indulge in the activities which promise to thrill them to the core.
In winter season, the snowfall makes the already beautiful Himalayas, alluring. It also makes the area appropriate for certain sporting activities like skiing, trekking, sledging and the like.

Following are certain adventure activities which are enthusiastically undertaken by the adventure seekers:

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Rio de Janeiro in time-lapse

September 5, 2013

RioTimeLapseBrazil’s second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro, is captured with intense immensity and color by photographer Joe Capra in this time-lapse video.

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The easiest ways to learn German on the road

August 29, 2013

German LanguageLearning a new language to the point where one is flawlessly fluent is quite challenging, especially in the years of adulthood. As a child, or when at school we are physiologically and psychologically more prone to picking up faster as our lack of higher responsibility, stressful duties and the rhythm of our lifestyles dictate meanwhile being an adult means less concentration, less time and less space on our hard drives.

Learning a language the hard way, forcing ourselves into boring intensive courses with ages of complicated grammar and academic vocabulary we ain’t even able to spell is most probably beneficial at some point yet mostly it tends to get frustrating and resentful.

The art of learning a new language must be natural, fun and exciting keeping one attentive enough to feel comfortable to dive deep into exploring all the open doors and possibilities these magical letters offer, making a game out of it to gladly challenge and impress the self and the ones we interact with.

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Predict the best time to book your hotel room with TheSuitest

August 23, 2013

TheSuitest_tnMost of the agregator websites like priceline, hotels.com, orbitz, expedia, etc. will display hotel rates but will not tell you if you need to book your room now or later for the best price. Similar to Kayak, that predicts air fares, TheSuitest predicts hotel room rates.

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Tips on best seats to catch some Z’s on an airplane

August 23, 2013

Sleeping passengersSleeping on an airplane is not comfortable so how does one know which seats will give the best sleep? John E. DiScala, the editor in chief of the travel-information site johnnyjet.com and a guy who knows a thing or two about getting shut-eye above 30,000 feet shares tips:

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Lotus resort in China’s desert

August 21, 2013

DesertLotusHotel_tnIn the Xiangshawan Desert, a remote stretch of dunes in Inner Mongolia, about 350 miles west of Beijing, an architectural lotus recently blossomed: the Desert Lotus Hotel, that doesn’t seem like a particularly convenient place to vacation. The hotel is part of a new resort built amid a vast sea of sand dunes, increasingly popular with Chinese tourists, close tot he city of Baotou, that mines more than half of the world’s rare earth minerals.

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