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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,, 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 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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Visa-on-arrival to India for 43 countries (Updated)

August 15, 2013

India Visa On ArrivalUpdate: 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.

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Travel Photo: Twelve Apostles, Australia

August 12, 2013

12 Apostles

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Musical road, Lancaster, California (VIDEO)

August 12, 2013

Musical Road, LancasterAbout 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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Currency – iOS app review

August 2, 2013

Currency iPhone App


Published: August 2, 2013
Link: iTunes
Cost: $0.99

Bang for buck:
Ease of use:
The looks:

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.

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Amazing Madrid travel with a limited budget

August 1, 2013

Plaza Mayor de MadridAs 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.

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Heathrow starts tracking passengers running late

July 30, 2013

PB1As 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.

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Travel tip: Scan and save these images on an online cloud before traveling

July 29, 2013

Prescription MedicineYou 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.

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Botswana safari camp builds elephant bunker

July 29, 2013

Senyati Safari CampSenyati 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.

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Travel tip: Angle laptop to avoid neck hunch on a flight

July 26, 2013

AngleLaptopSeat 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.

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