In 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.
Update: November 26, 2014
Tourists traveling to India from 43 countries will now be able to apply online and receive the approval within four working days, before getting their visa at an airport on arrival. Britain, India’s former colonial master, is not included on the new list.
Under the scheme, tourists will be able to pick up their visas from nine Indian airports. Tourists can apply twice a year for 30-day visas which cannot be extended. Tourists must also have a return ticket.
Citizens of 11 countries – Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia can now avail of tourist visa on arrival with a maximum validity of 30 days, in India.
The passports of the applicants should be ordinary, should be valid for at least six months and should contain minimum two blank pages.
About one hour’s drive north of Los Angeles, in the city of Lancaster, lies one of four musical roads in the world. The Civic Musical Road is at Avenue G between 30th Street West and 40th Street West. Covering a quarter-mile stretch of road, the Musical Road uses grooves cut into the asphalt to replicate part of the Finale of the William Tell Overture and is only in the far left lane of the westbound side of the road.
Address: 3187 W Ave G, Lancaster, CA
Directions: Follow I-405 North until it merges with I-5 North. Take CA-14 North (Palmdale, Lancaster) and take Avenue G exit. Turn left from the exit and follow the road for about 2 miles to reach the Musical Road on the left lane.
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Although most of the currency conversion apps provide the same basic functionality of, you guessed it, currency conversion, there are some that stand out in the way they perform. With a clean, sleek and modern interface, Currency has potential in the design playground, but lacks in ease-of-use for a first timer.
As a teacher and traveler in Spain I’ve had the opportunity to explore almost every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, but none holds such a special place in my heart as Madrid. Madrid is the capital city and cultural and economic center of Spain. This vibrant metropolis is home to some of the world’s most famous art museums and some of Europe’s oldest buildings, but what I love most about Madrid is the vibrant, energetic neighborhoods.
Throughout my many visits to Madrid, I’ve found that it is the perfect place to travel while on a budget. Although Madrid may be one of the most expensive cities to visit in Spain, compared to other cities of its size and reputation in Europe and around the world, Madrid is one of the most affordable travel destinations today. I’ve learned that in Madrid, many of the most interesting attractions and most beautiful sights are 100% free. Here are some tips on what to see, where to sleep, and how to eat, to save money in Madrid.
As a part of the ‘Positive Boarding’ program, London’s Heathrow Airport started using technology to inform airlines when individual passengers are running late and haven’t yet entered the security checkpoints; or if a traveler hasn’t yet made it to a checkpoint and has less than half an hour before their flight departs, they’ll be stopped by automated gates.
Being the first of its kind in the world, Heathrow aims to reduce airlines’ last minute searches for passengers or their bags, as well as give travelers more accurate information to help them smoothly through their journey. The software, now live in Terminals 1 and 3, has been designed so it is compatible with all airlines’ computer systems. It enables airlines to see what stage of the departure process a traveler is at and gives passengers bespoke information to help make their flight on time.
You must have heard from a lot of travelers, or read it online about being vigilant of your passport while traveling. And a lot of travelers don’t pay attention to that detail, until you come across someone who’s backpack got stolen and along with that was their passport, smartphone, etc. In such cases, the copies you may have made of the passport or credit cards come handy.
Senyati Safari Camp in Botswana has constructed an elephant bunker at their lodge near Kasane. It was a massive undertaking with huge earth works to dig a tunnel to allow people to walk quietly and unseen to the waterhole where they are allowed to watch and photograph wildlife at ground level.
Seat space, hence leg space, is getting smaller on planes and no one gives a rat’s ass about ergonomics. So if you plan to use a laptop while flying, get one of those laptop stands and keep your laptop at an angle to avoid hunching and hurt your back.
Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometers inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Jani Kolman who, during a sand storm, abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement. Once a small but very rich mining village, it is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NamDeb (Namibia-De Beers), who arranges for permits with relative ease. Kolmanskop is the most popular excursion from Lüderitz and has been partially restored as a tourist attraction where the sights of decrepit buildings being invaded by dunes is simply too surreal to describe.
An intellectual rightly said (though not in these exact words) that dreams are meant for open eyes if they are to be accomplished and a dream most adventurous individuals cannot stay away from is traveling to places ‘normal’ being can dare to dream. And so the journey begins- hunting for some of the greatest spots for some of the coolest extreme fun, which not surprisingly takes to some places which never cease to throw challenges. How about white water rafting in Ladakh, trekking in Sikkim Himalayas and motor biking in Darjeeling, and this is just a speck of the ‘big thing’!
Here we go dreaming up a trip from North to North East with nothing except adventure buzzing in mind and adrenaline pumping in veins.