<![CDATA[ZINNIA TRIP - Travel]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2023 02:39:46 +0530Weebly<![CDATA[Maldives : ​Top Attractions of Maldives]]>Tue, 20 Dec 2022 15:08:30 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/maldives-top-attractions-of-maldives
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                If you are looking for one of the best tropical destinations in the world to explore, Maldives has to be the right choice for you. The nation is situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is covered by powdered beaches and fishing hamlets. The best way to enter the Maldives is through the city of Male. There are tons of guesthouses, hotels, and resorts to choose from throughout the islands. Whether you are planning on going backpacking, seeking adventure, or hoping to spend some quiet, romantic honeymoon time, keep reading to find out some of the places you have to explore while you are in the Maldives.
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Male is the capital of the Maldives atolls and the best way to enter this paradisical tropical destination. It is like any other busy capital city- the streets throng with scooters and cars and are lined with Indian bazaars selling all kinds of exotic spices and coconuts. There are not many important or noteworthy attractions to look out for in Male; visitors generally take a seaplane directly to the resort they have booked. However, while you are in the city, you should make time and check out some of the attractions such as the gold-tipped Islamic center or the Friday Mosque dating back to the 17th century.
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Hulhumale Island

Hulhumale Island is close to the capital city and is quite an exciting draw away from the busy life that Male portrays. The Velna International Airport is also situated on Hulhumale Island making it another important gateway into this island nation. It is a charming island with terrific promenade walkways built over the Indian Ocean. It also has some fine beaches, though they are artificially built. Among other attractions, you have to check out the glass-topped mosque while you are here.
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Maafushi was hit by the terrible 2004 tsunami on the Indian Ocean and has been trying to recover from the severe damages ever since. However, this small fishing village still has plenty of charm to offer. In fact, Maafushi offers some of the most terrific options for homestays in recent years. This has made this place very popular among backpackers and budget travelers who can easily find cozy accommodations in this place. The beaches lined with palm trees are stunning to look at. You can sit back and relax in one of the many coffee shops as you gaze into the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean washing the shore.
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Utheemu is situated in the northern extremities of the Haa Alif Atoll, which is the northernmost island in the Maldives. Utheemu is a beautiful destination most famous as the home of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu. He was the revered leader of the Maldivian rebels who were successful in driving away the Portuguese from the island in the 16th century. You get to experience the usual sparkling white sandy beaches washed by electrifying blue waters in this place. However, there are a couple of historic attractions too such as Utheemu Ganduvaru, the childhood home of the revered Maldivian leader.
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Feydhoo is one of the most interesting places in the Maldives island chain to visit. Most of the inhabitants of this island shifted here during the 19th century. It was a time of great turmoil as the second world war was going on. During this time, the British converted the nearby island of Gan into an airbase and airlifted all its inhabitants to settle in Feydhoo, both situated in the Seenu Atoll. It is a welcoming and laidback place where you can stroll around on the streets and try the delicious local seafood curries.

​Maradhoo is nearby Feydhoo and connected to this island via a causeway. The causeway runs over the coral-lined shoreline of the Seenu Atoll giving you some stunning details to remember. It is a long and thin piece of land that juts out into the Indian Ocean and is lined with swaying palm-fringed beaches. The locals are very welcoming and you just have to try the many spicy seafood curries which are so easily available on this island. Link Road is one of the major attractions on this island and you have to take a stroll through it. The roadway is lined with many coffee and sandwich shops for you to relax in after a long walk.
Banana Reef

One of the main attractions in the Maldives is diving- most visitors to the Maldives are looking for a grand diving experience. And Banana Reef is one of the best places in the world to go SCUBA diving and enjoy the stunning underwater life up close and personal! The colorful underwater world covered in fruit-shaped corals and seaweed look as magnificent as your imagination permits you to believe. Among other marine creatures, you may also get to see reef sharks and barracudas as you are enjoying a breathtaking diving experience.
Alimatha Island

Alimatha Island is located on the eastern extremities of the Maldives situated in the Felidhe Atoll. This place boasts of some of the most exquisite cabanas, pristine sandy beaches which remain untouched by the general population, and some of the best SCUBA diving spots in the nation. The shores are surrounded by some of the most splendid coral formations and sea walls. You will get to have some mind-blowing encounters with aquatic life and are sure to see eels, jackfish, and morays in the surrounding waters. You can also opt for one of the night diving packages while you are enjoying some quiet time here.
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If you are looking forward to experiencing something unique in your Maldives tour, you should head to Fuvahumulah. this place will give you an experience like no other place in the Maldives. Firstly, you should know that Fuvahumulah is an atoll in itself, there are no other neighboring landmasses nearby. You will also find many inland lakes as you explore Fuvahumulah which is a unique sight in flatlands. Banging Beach is one of the most popular beaches in this area and you have to visit the place to enjoy crashing salt sprays. This is unlike the other places in the Maldives where you generally get gentle waves and relaxing lapping lagoons.
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Around the central-northern region of the Maldivian archipelago, you will find the self-proclaimed jewel of the Lhaviyani Atoll, Kuredu. This is a terrific place to find yourself. you will be welcomed by a small boomerang-shaped isle. A single resort covers the entire island and offers all kinds of amenities that you could ask for. You can stay in a bamboo shack or one of those exquisite bungalows with verandas overlooking the waves. This is a great place for adventure seekers since the SCUBA diving and snorkeling scene is on point here. It is going to be one of the most challenging experiences that you have.


<![CDATA[Krabi : ​Top Attractions of Krabi]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2022 14:44:41 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/karabi-top-attractions-of-krabi
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                Krabi is one of the most scenic places that you can visit in Thailand. Stunning white beaches, jungles, and a plethora of islands off the coast are just some of the amazing things that await you if you take a trip to Krabi. Situated on the southern side of Thailand, the best time to visit this wonderful place is between November and April. If you are planning on enjoying a memorable to Krabi, here are some places that you just have to visit while you are there!
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Railay Beaches and Caves

Railay Beach is cut off from the rest of Thailand by large cliffs making it quite inaccessible. The only way to enter this stunning beach would be through a boat ride. This is one of the most splendid beaches that you could visit in all of Thailand. There are even wonderful caves cut into the rocks that you could explore while here. There are some bars in the region where you can sit back, relax, and chill! If you want to get far away from the everyday hustle, this is the best place out there.
Thung Teao Forest
Thung Teao Forest Natural Park

The Natural Park is one of the most serene and relaxing places in Krabi that you can visit. This park holds a ton of trees and even exotic animal species for you to explore. One of the most promising areas to enjoy a great time within the park has to be the Crystal lagoon. It is also known as the Emerald Pool which directly indicates that you should be expecting crystal clear water. It is also naturally warm coupled with a nearby waterfall allowing a great swimming experience. It is also said that the Pitta Gurney bird, once thought extinct, could be spotted inside the park if you are lucky enough.
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Wat Tham Sua

Wat Tham Sua is a temple within a series of caves that are worth exploring on your trip to Krabi. The caves are situated deep within the jungles and house many monks who have come here to meditate. It is believed that the caves were once home to a tiger and the temple is named after the said tiger. There is plenty to explore in this area and it is going to be a memorable time for you whether you are an adventurer or not. If you are up for it, you should take the climb to the “footprint of the Buddha”. You have to climb up 1,237 steps which is quite a taxing affair. However, you get a remarkable 360˚ view from the top of the Andaman Sea and the islands therein!
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Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Islands came to the spotlight after being featured in the movie "The Beach" and has become a favorite among tourists ever since. You have to take a boat ride from the mainland which usually takes about 45 minutes to reach this amazing island. while you are here, you should know that two islands are waiting to be explored. Phi Phi Don is the inhabited island where you will find most of the crowd. Phi Phi Leh is much more solitary and is a great place if you are planning to get away from the crowd. The most striking feature about these islands is the crystal-clear turquoise water and the paradisical beaches.
Klong Thom Hot Spring

Klong Thom Hot Spring is part of the Thung Teao Natural Park but deserves a separate mention because of its exotic and captivating charm. This is one of the most relaxing places in Krabi that you could go to. A natural pool is made of smoothened rocks and fed by waters from deep-rooted thermal springs. The waters get comfortably hot to about 40˚C temperature and are loaded with naturally occurring mineral salts which have a healing effect on your body. There is a nearby stream where you can cool off if you want to.
Khao Khanab Nam

Khao Khanab Nam is a set of two mountains that are one of the most iconic landmarks of Krabi. These two mountains sit on either side of the flowing river giving rise to a stunning natural wonder. You have to look at them up close and personal to gauge how impressive they look. What’s more impressive is the fact that these two mountains stand over a series of caves underneath which are equally worth exploring. The caves are lined with many stalactites and stalagmites which just look excellent. Don’t be afraid of the human skeletons in the area- these belong to the poor souls who were trapped in the caves during a flood. If you have an adventurer's spirit, you should climb to the top of one of the mountains which is scalable- to get some of the most stunning views of the place.
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Night Market

Thailand is famous for the many night markets and you have to go to the night market in Krabi town. The market is open to everyone at the weekends and should be on your Krabi itinerary. You could shop for all kinds of souvenirs while you are here. There are also about 70 food stalls to try out the local delicacies. One of the stalls sells a special kind of coconut ice cream which you have to try while you are enjoying the Krabi ambiance in this market. You may also catch some shows prepared by local school children to collect money for school or some charity.
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Ao Nang Beach

If you are looking for a splendid beach experience then you are better off at Railey Beach. Ang Nao does not have attractive white sandy beaches or a tranquil setting. However, this place is known for the vibrant nightlife that it offers. There are tons of bars and restaurants in the area to try out. You will also get some of the best deals on tour packages in this area since it is a tourist hotspot and competitive operators are trying their best to sell their services.
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Phra Nang Beach

Phra Nang Beach is not only the most splendid beach in Krabi but has also been voted as one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world! The beach is about 20 minutes from Ao Nang on a boat and is a place of serene beauty and scenery. The perfectly white sandy beach washed by electrifying blue waters is the best respite from all your troubles. You can also partake in various activities such as hiring jet skis while you are in Phra Nang Beach!
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Wat Kaew

Wat Kaew in Krabi Town might not be the biggest temple but it is one of the most beautiful ones. The inside walls are painted blue and have many intricate Buddhist drawings to look out for. A large golden statue of Buddha stands at one corner and overlooks the temple premises. The setting is quite charming and you should also try the local food from the stalls outside!
<![CDATA[Barcelona : Top Attractions of Barcelona]]>Sat, 19 Nov 2022 14:33:08 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/barcelona-top-attractions-of-barcelona
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                The seaside city of Barcelona has some of the most gorgeous sceneries and breathtaking architectural works to offer. The allure for the enchanting seaside capital of Catalonia grows ever strong. The Mediterranean climate is coupled with an age-old magical charm that makes Barcelona such a happening destination among tourists. One of the best things has to be the fact that you can find your own magical corner in the city as you stroll aimlessly anywhere you like! So, if you are planning a trip to this magical place keep reading and find out some things that you have to try while you are in Barcelona.
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Basílica de la Sagrada Família

The Basílica de la Sagrada Família is one of the most iconic structures that you will see in Barcelona. It rises above any other building in the city making it quite noticeable from different parts of the city. The 18 spindly towers feature an unconventional style of architecture in Europe making it one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The surrealistic essence of Gaudi could be easily seen in the Art Nouveau style of architecture this building features. Though the Basilica yet remains unfinished, the expansive architectural style and the intricate artwork immediately captivate any onlooker.
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Barri Gòtic

Barri Gòtic or the Gothic Quarter is another part of the city that has to be on your itinerary. This part of the city was developed over the years and has served as the spiritual center of Barcelona for about 2,000 years. The Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, which is at the heart of the Gothic Quarter was constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries and is a remarkable monument to be witnessed.
The narrow lanes, quaint restaurants, and picturesque squares are some of the things that you should be looking forward to. If you get lost in this part of town, that’s when the true magic of this place will hit you- it will be like you have been transported to a faraway medieval world, free from the eccentricities of everyday life.
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Casa Milà

Casa Milà situated in the Eixample district is one of the most famous secular buildings constructed under the guidance of Antoni Gaudi. This building, resembling an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 and is known among the locals as “La Pedrera” or “The Stone Quarry”. You will not find a single straight line on the imposing façade of the building- even the widows and metallic balconies are rounded and the roof has an undulating form. The rooftop welcomes visitors to explore and look into the strangely shaped chimneys up-close. You will also get a grand view of the city from the rooftop.
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La Rambla

La Rambla, a tree-shaded avenue, is the heart of social life in Barcelona! This street divides the Old Town into two parts and runs up to the port from the 12th-century Convent of Santa Anna. This is one of the most popular places in the city to hang out lined with all kinds of restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and shops. The Mercat de la Boqueria is nearby which is one of the most vibrant places in the city with brightly colored fruits and vegetables, chocolates, pastries, candied fruits, burritos, bread, olive bins, and so much more. Live music, mime show, and other such impromptu street performances are part of the La Rambla experience. You should also head to Plaça Reial around the midway filled with elegant historic buildings turned into shops, restaurants, and cafes. You will also find Palau Güell, a majestic monument built by Gaudi in 1886 on this avenue! This is the place that you have to go to if you want to get a taste of daily life in Barcelona.
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Palau de la Música Catalana

Featuring the Art Nouveau decorative style and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palau de la Música Catalana was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and built between 1905 and 1908. The stunning façade depicting beautiful mosaics, intricate ironwork, and various sculptural elements would alone leave you spellbound. It is a huge concert hall that was initially built for Orfeó Català and could accommodate 2,200 guests. Every bit of the hall is covered in beautiful, eye-catching artwork! Even the ceiling is a work of art- it is a humongous stained glass skylight designed by Antoni Rigalt. Guided tours are available for you to enjoy all the intricacies of the Palau de la Música Catalana.
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Parc Güell: Gaudí's Surrealist Park

If there is one thing ever-present in Barcelona, it has to be its vibrant charm. And what can be more vibrant than Parc Güell featuring the surrealistic artwork and imaginative capabilities of Antoni Gaudi! Listed as a UNESCO site, this park was built between 1900 and 1914 and covers 19 hectares of hillside land. It is a magical world where you will find all such attractions as winding staircases. Elaborate fountains, a colonnaded hall, viaducts, grottoes, and exquisitely designed park benches. You should also head to Casa Museu Gaudi, Antoni Gaudi's residence for almost two decades featuring his life and works.
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La Barceloneta

Barcelona is a seaside city and you will be missing out on a lot if you do not explore its beaches. La Barceloneta used to be a small fishing village adjacent to Barcelona and bordering Sant Sebastià Beach. The beach is a stunning attraction and sees a daily array of locals who head there to enjoy, relax, surf, swim, and socialize. There are also many seafood cafes in the area for you to try. The Barceloneta Beach, quite popular among tourists and locals, is also in this part of the town. All kinds of facilities that you could ask for on a beach are available here.
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Parc del Laberint

Situated in the Horta-Guinardó district, Parc del Laberint is a 55-acre labyrinthine park that was constructed in 1792 and happens to be the oldest landscaped green space in Barcelona. It is an interesting botanical area that has combined the essence of a romantic garden with the functionality of formal gardens. As you stroll through the park you will be greeted with many small squares, neoclassical sculptures, vibrant and exotic flower beds, and an exquisite labyrinth. You should make it a point to visit the Torre Soberana, a 14th-century manor house, located within the park premises.

<![CDATA[Bali : Top Attractions of Bali]]>Mon, 07 Nov 2022 15:17:59 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/bali-top-attractions-of-bali
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                Bali could easily become one of the most charming and exotic destinations that you can ever visit. This small island in the Indonesian archipelago rose to prominence after being featured in the book and then movie "Eat, Pray, Love"! there is something for everybody to look forward to if you are planning a trip to Bali. Adventurers could go on surfing or hiking expeditions, art buffs could enjoy the vibrant art scene that Bali has to offer, and those looking for a spiritual turn would find solace in the many temples in Bali. If you want a traditional touch, you could always sway away from the beaten path and experience the charms of Old Bali! For those, who wish to be enamored by this amazing place, here are some of the most stunning places that you have to visit and things that you have to do while you are in Bali.
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Pura Tanah Lot

Build in the early 16th century, Pura Tanah Lot is one of the most iconic temples that you can visit in Bali. It is situated about 20km northwest of Kuta and attracts hundreds of tourists and visitors every evening. Though outsiders are not allowed entry into any of the temples in the complex you can easily stroll through the complex and take in all the charm and glory of the place. Watching the sunset from the temple is a mesmerizing affair!
The Batu Bolong temple is nearby and a pathway from Pura Tanah Lot easily takes you there. It is another sea temple built on a rock outcrop and is connected to the mainland through an eroded causeway. Once you are done visiting the temples, you can enjoy sipping into the famous Kopi luwak or civet coffee in one of the clifftop cafes in the place.
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Mount Batur

If you are looking forward to doing something romantic in Bali, an hour’s drive from Ubud will take you to Mount Batur. It is an active volcano in the Kintamani District sacred to the Balinese people and rising to a height of 1,500m. Visitors generally start the hike early before dawn such that they can enjoy a splendid sunrise from the top of the peak. If you are lucky to get here on a clear day, you will get terrific vistas of the surrounding landscape and lake Batur. While you are here, you could also go and visit Pura Ulun Danu Batur on the northwestern side of the lake or calmly soak in a hot spring in Toya Bungkah.
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Pura Lahur Uluwatu

About 25km away from Kuta, Pura Lahur Uluwatu is one of the most famous temples that you have to visit in Bali. It is built atop a cliff grating you some of the most stunning views ever. The temple is situated at the tip of the Bukit Peninsula making the name apt for it (Ulu= tip; Watu= rock). The best time of the day to visit this temple is also sunset when the sky and the sea glow together in unanimity. The temple is believed to have been constructed in the 10th century to ward off evil sea spirits! A beautiful pathway will take you to the temple from the entryway passing through some of the most stunning views that you’ll ever witness. You should also look out for the ceremonial sunset Kecak dance which is conducted every day!
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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

After visiting famous temples and age-old temples, it is time to take a trip to one of the most beautiful temples in Bali- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. This temple was constructed in the 17th century along the western shores of Lake Bratan and against the imposing backdrop of Gunung Bratan. The temple is reflected on the crystal-clear water of the lake and during high tide appears to float on it. It is dedicated to the Balinese goddess of seas and lakes, Dewi Danu. The temple also boasts of a Buddhist Stupa to the left which is indicative of how the Balinese Hindus had adopted Buddhist principles. The best time to visit the temple has to be early mornings when the hordes of tourists have not arrived yet. This is one of the most pleasant times and the temple looks most photogenic, often with mist covering the waterbody!
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The busy streets of Seminyak could become your favorite part of the Bali trip if you love to shop. From flamboyant designer items to chic shops, this place has all of it. Biasa, Bamboo Blonde, and Magali pascal are some of the top-notch boutiques. Seminyak Square and Seminaya Village are the major shopping malls though you’d find better deals in the small shops. There is also a flea market near Seminyak Square which will get you the most amazing deals if you just know how to bargain.
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Lempuyang Temple Complex

Pura Lempuyang is one of the most iconic places to visit in Bali- in fact, the intricately crafted white Gates of Heaven against the backdrop of crystal-clear skies is something that most people think of when talking about Bali. There is a series of temples to be explored while you are in the Lempuyang temple Complex. Pura Luhur Lempuyang is one of the most sacred temples in Bali and accessibility is quite difficult, albeit very rewarding. You have to climb 1,700 steps through the jungle to reach the top of the temple which is about 1,200 meters above sea level.
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The Sidemen Valley

If you want to feel the essence of Old Bali away from the hubbub of the busy streets, a 90-minute drive to the north-eastern side of Ubud would take you to Sidemen Valley. There are several small villages in the area where the locals tend to do their daily activities such as farming. There is also a path that would take you to the top of Mount Agung through the rice fields, and cocoa and coffee plantations. You could also partake in other activities such as traditional weaving and yoga while you enjoy your solitude.
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Sekumpul Waterfall

About 66km away from Ubud towards the northern side is Bali’s most beautiful waterfall- the Sekumpul Waterfall, a series of 7 falls cascading over a lush, green, jungle-clad cliff. You have to go on a trekking spree to reach near to the waterfalls through rice fields and forests of rambutan and durian trees. The round trip takes about 3 to 4 hours depending upon how fast you could do the trek. The trek could be strenuous at parts but the result is worth all the hard work!
<![CDATA[Cape Town : ​Top Attractions of Cape Town]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2022 15:22:58 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/cape-town-top-attractions-of-cape-town
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                Cape Town is as exotic and phenomenal a destination as any place could get. Long blonde beaches washed by the clear blue waters of the Atlantic and set against a backdrop of towering peaks are what awaits you if you plan a trip to Cape Town. It's wild, it's charming, it's irresistible! There are so many things that you could be doing while you are in Cape Town such as hiking, surfing, biking, paragliding, and even relaxing while whale-watching. Cape Town also has a rich history waiting to be explored. Thus, it is a brilliant idea to go on a trip to Cape Town, and here are some of the things that you just have to try while you are there.
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Table Mountain

Table Mountain is situated to the south of the city center and rises to a flat top at 1,087m from sea level. This unique natural feature is one of the most iconic and most-photographed landmarks in South Africa. It is not just a unique natural feature but also home to a humongous variety of flora and fauna, given that Table Mountain is part of the larger Table Mountain National Park experience. It is estimated that there are about 1.470 different flowering species of plants to be found here and animals such as caracals, baboons, and snub-nosed dassies are a common sight. If you are lucky, you may even see the tabletop laid out with a “tablecloth” formed from a layer of clouds cascading from the top of the mountain.
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. It is a spectacular place and should be on every traveler's itinerary and thus deserves a special mention. This garden was established in 1913 in an attempt to protect and conserve the indigenous flora. You will be astounded to find out that as many as 20,000 native South African species are taken care of and studied in this area. A journey through this garden is going to be extremely calm with all the vibrantly colored and sweetly fragrant blossoms all around you.
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The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is very similar to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. This beautiful stretch between two harbor basins is one of the most happening places in the city and is popular as an entertainment center. Whether you are looking for classy restaurants or jazz venues or just some alone time to mingle with the crowd- you have to head to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. There is also a Springbok Experience Rugby Museum which sports fans would love since it exhibits the story of South African Rugby. The Two Oceans Aquarium featuring more than 300 different species of fish is also an alluring place to visit.
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Robben Island

Robben Island could be visited by taking a ride from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Though it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site now, it has been one of the most brutal prisons in South African history for 400 years. This prison is of particular importance since Nelson Mandela had spent 18 years in a tiny cell here when apartheid was going strong in South Africa. As you explore the prison you will get guided tours and the interesting aspect of this is that the guides are former inmates who share their life’s tales from the prison.
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Chapman's Peak Drive

Affectionately known as "chappies" among the locals, Chapman's Peak Drive is about 25km away from the city center. This route is famed as one of the most splendid routes to drive through in the world. The road connects Noordhoek to Hout Bay and is cut into the sheer face of Chapman's Peak. The road goes on for 9 km and there are 114 curves cut into the rock face. Suffice to say it is going to be an exotic, memorable ride albeit bumpy and thus it is not for the ones who get motion sickness. Sunsets are one of the best and most crowded times to come to visit this amazing driveway.
Old Biscuit Mill

The Old Biscuit is an impressive place to visit especially to satiate your hunger for delicacies. It is situated in the Woodstock area in Cape Town and is open every day of the week, however, the weekends are the most happening times in the Old Biscuit Mill because it brings around the Neighbourgoods Market. Old Biscuit Mill is the place to go to if you want to experience South Africa at its truest forms- all kinds of artists making everything such as food, artwork, apparel, homemade goods, and so on flock together here to share and sell their wares.
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The Heart of Cape Town Museum

The first heart transplant in South Africa was conducted in the Groote Schuur Hospital by Christian Barnard in 1967. To commemorate this event, the Heart of Cape Town Museum was opened in the hospital in 2007. The tour mainly comprises a recreation of the operating facilities that took place when the original was being conducted. It is an interesting and interactive tour that details everything about that time and the complexities that were included in such an operation.
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Boulder Bay

Boulder's Bay, situated in Simon's Town, is about an hour away from Cape Town on a car and is a must-visit site for anybody, especially wildlife lovers. This area is a sheltered breeding ground for about 2,000 endangered African Penguins. It is part of the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area and is a worthy site to visit to complete your Cape Town tour. You should head to Boulder Bay to look at these cute birds up close and personal and how they go about their daily lives in their natural habitat. A trip to Boulder's Bay is going to be a very fulfilling experience for you.
Cape Point

Cape Point is about 60 km away from the city center on the southernmost tip of Table Mountain National Park. It is also part of the Cape Floral Region which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to the fact that it is one of the richest areas of vegetation in the world. With rich flora also comes a diverse range of fauna to look out for! There are about 250 different avian species to look out for. Among land animals, you can easily spot brazen baboons, Cape zebras, elands, and a variety of reptiles. Whale watching is also a common activity in this part of the world. You should also visit the Cape Point lighthouse and go to the top to get some of the most spectacular views of the trip!
<![CDATA[Sydney : Top Attractions of Sydney]]>Sun, 09 Oct 2022 12:56:57 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/sydney-top-attractions-of-sydney
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                The harbor city of Sydney is one of the best places to go if you are planning a trip to Australia. It is the biggest city in Australia as well as the oldest place where early European settlers developed their colonies. Sydney is a grand city and it is difficult to imagine a time when this was a place where offenders and convicts in European countries were sent for exile. There are so many things that you could do in Sydney, so many places to look out for! The attraction to Sydney not only lies in the grand cityscape but also in the surrounding wilderness where you can go for exhilarating day trips. So, without much ado, let's dig into all the fun activities that you should be looking out for when you are in Sydney.
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The Sydney Opera House

The Sydney harbor is a stunning place to find yourself and the remarkable Sydney Opera House stands out among everything that the harbor has to offer. This is a magnificent building designed to mimic billowing sails or shells and puts up one of the grandest appearances in the world. This could be understood from the fact that the Sydney Opera House is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many ways you can enjoy this prestigious monument. You may enjoy an exquisite meal in one of the restaurants, tour through the complex as part of a guided tour, or immerse in the grandeur of it as you glide by on a harbor cruise. If you visit Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, you will get some stunning photo opportunities!
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Just like the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is another stunning and iconic attraction that Sydney has to offer. It was built in 1932, is supported by gigantic double piers on either end and is the largest arch bridge constructed from steel in the world! If you just want to gaze at the beauty of the bridge, you can either cruise below it, or pass through it in a car or on a train! However, if you want to truly experience the bridge, you have to climb to the top. Reaching the top of the bridge at 135m is one of the top adventure activities that you could do in Australia. You might even opt for one of the guided tours to the top that takes you through the history and many interesting anecdotes about the bridge and takes about 3.5 hours.
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The Rocks

The Rocks, named after the rocky coast on the western edges, is the place where the Europeans first started to settle. It was also the home to Gadigal aboriginal people before the European settlement. Thus, you can understand how historically significant this place is to live in general in Australia.

There are many interesting places that you should be looking out for as you visit The Rocks. Cadman’s Cottage, Sydney’s oldest building, constructed in 1816 is located here as are over 100 other such heritage sites. You should head to The Rocks Discovery Museum to get a lesson in how this place transformed from the aboriginal lands to the hotshot tourist place that it is now! There are many amazing restaurants and cafes here that you can try or enjoy some relaxing time in one of the quaint galleries.
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Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney is situated a short walk away from the Opera House and was established in 1816, making it the oldest one in Australia. Palm groves, towering trees, ferns, orchids, succulents, and rainforests, tropical, and oriental plant species include some of the flora available in this garden spread over 30 hectares of land. You have to check out the Palace Rose Garden which boasts 1,800 roses at full blush! You should also visit Cadi Jam Ora- First Encounters Gardens which recounts the tale of the Gadigal aboriginals.
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Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building is one of the go-to places if shopping is on your mind! This Romanesque-style building dating back to the 1890s was recently restored around the 1980s as a shopping complex and has outstanding features to look out for such as mosaic flooring and stained windows. 20 smaller domes are circling a huge central dome within the premises. Over 200 different brands have set up shop in this building and you can find most things such as apparel, homeware, galleries, designer boutiques, and so on.
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Beaches in Sydney

Beaches are one of the most attractive things to look out for while you are in Sydney. There are hordes of beaches around the harbor city with calm waters ready to offer you some of the most amazing times in Sydney. Bondi Beach is one of the most attractive locations among tourists and is about 15 minutes away from the main city. If you happen to take the walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach along the coastal walking trail, you will come across some of the most remarkable vistas that Sydney has to offer. If you are traveling via public transport only, then Cronulla beach is the best choice for you. If you are looking forward to going surfing then the beaches in Collaroy, Dee Why, and Narrabeen in the northern part of the city are your best bet. If you head to Manly Beach (30-min ferry ride from Circular Quay) you could also avail surfing instructions. The beaches have a cool ambiance and you can visit the many shops and restaurants they offer.
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St. Mary’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral, situated near Hyde Park, was established between 1868 to 1882 and stands as testimony to the humble beginnings of Catholicism in Australia. The cathedral is a remarkable monument and features a neo-Gothic style of architecture. It is topped by twin spires and the building was designed on the lines of the Lincoln Cathedral while the façade reflects the style of Notre Dame in Paris.
Barangaroo Reserve

The Barangaroo Reserve is spread across 22 hectares of land near the ocean and has a stunning collection of 75,000 local trees and shrubs. There are also separate paths for walking and cycling through the amazing reserve while you’ll also find many shops, restaurants, and exhibition spaces here! It is named after the female indigenous leader while the Europeans were settling in Australia and were opened in 2015. You should head for the Wulugul Walk which is one of the most popular activities in Barangaroo. It is a waterfront promenade covering 6 hectares and has many unique attractions that you should look out for.
<![CDATA[San Francisco : Top Attractions in San Francisco]]>Thu, 06 Oct 2022 13:14:23 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/san-francisco-top-attractions-in-san-francisco
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                San Francisco could be regarded as one of the most beautiful cities you can visit if you plan a trip to the United States of America. It is rightly known as the jewel of North California with a terrific history and so many attractions to look out for. Its picturesque location with the beautiful beaches along the ocean, rolling hills along the beaches, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge truly sets the place apart. So, if you are planning a trip to San Francisco, it is time to take to our list and discover the most impressive places to visit.
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Alcatraz Island

The notorious Alcatraz penitentiary situated away from the mainland on an island has to be on your San Francisco itinerary, even if you are there for only a day. the prison was closed in 1963 after 30 years of service and has accommodated 1,576 convicts while operational. In 1973 the prison was reopened as a tourist attraction. Though there were 450 cells, the prison held a maximum of 250 convicts at a time. Some of the most infamous American convicts have done their sentences in this prison such as Al Capone and the Birdman.
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Golden Gate Bridge

When the Golden Gate Bridge was opened in 1937 after 4 years of construction, it was the most iconic sight in the US and also the longest suspension bridge in the world. It still is one of the most iconic features of California and one of the most photographed places to represent San Francisco. There are various ways you can enjoy this orange structure against the backdrop of clear blue water from both the San Francisco end and the Marin County end. You could take a stroll through the bridge or bike up to Sausalito, a nearby town. You will also get stunning photographs of the bridge from nob Hill on the San Francisco side! Remember to visit the nearby National Golden Gate Recreational Area on the Marin County side whilst you are here.
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Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf, once known as the Little Italy of San Francisco, is one of the most stunning places in the city for you to visit and has to be on your itinerary if you are there for just a day or two. The place is located along the water and is known for the many wonderful shops and restaurants and the exceptional views of the city from Pier 39. A stroll through the Fisherman's Wharf would get an exact feel of the city and how life is there. If you are lucky, you might also get to check out sea lions at Pier 39. There are many exciting attractions that you can browse through nearby such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, and Musée Mécanique.
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The Cable Cars

The Cable Cars in San Francisco were started in 1873 to help the locals travel through the many hills the city is built. Nowadays, only a handful of these cable car service remains posed as historic monument for the benefit of visitors. Taking a ride on these cable cars will immediately transport you to San Francisco from the 19th to 20th century and enable you to have a great time. The cable car route also connects some of the major attractions of San Francisco such as Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Nob Hill, and Lombard Street! This is even better as you could enjoy all the major attractions while enjoying a ride on the cable car. Tickets are available from conductors after you hop onto one of the cable cars. You could also go for a pass if you plan to stay in San Francisco for a few days!
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Twin Peaks

Los Pechos de la Chola as the Spaniards called the Twin Peaks are the only hills in San Francisco that remain in their original natural state. They are about 900 feet high and offer some of the most impressive views of both the city and the bay. You can easily get to the top of the hills by driving- there is even a car park at the north peak. However, if you have time and feel adventure, you can even take on one of the trails at the bottom of the peak and hike to the top. This is regarded as one of the best hiking experiences in San Francisco.
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Napa Valley

About 52 miles away from San Francisco lies Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley- two of the best and largest areas in California where grapes are cultivated. Napa is also one of the largest towns in California and is a fine place to relax and stroll through the vineyards. Founded in 1848 the valley was named after the original inhabitants, the Napa Indians, who have now gone extinct. This is a terrific place with some stunning places for you to look through along the way!
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Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square is situated near Fisherman's Wharf area and could be clubbed together on the same day as you visit Fisherman's Wharf. It is a restored factory surrounded by restaurants, galleries, and various shops in industrial buildings that have gone through considerable renovation from the inside. The square was so fashioned in an attempt to give new life to abandoned industrial complexes and was opened for public use in 1964.
Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument is situated about 45 minutes away from the city and is the best place around San Francisco if you wish to enjoy the warmth of nature. Covered in ancient redwood trees you will find many solitary paths winding through the trees. These trees are so ancient that some of them have grown to a height of about 260 feet and higher. It is an enchanting trip to walk through this 1,200-year-old forest. There is a visitor center where you can drop by if you are thinking of collecting souvenirs or have some queries regarding the park.
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Legion of Honor

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is based along the lines of the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris and is the most exquisite museum in San Francisco. It was donated by Alma de Bretteville Spreckles and thus is a replica of the Parisian monument, because of her love for all things Parisian. Among its impressive collection, you will find various European decorative pieces such as sculptures and paintings, antiques from the Mediterranean and Near Eastern regions, and so on. Outside the museum, you can take a walk through the path which takes you through some stunning vistas of the ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. You will also get stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate ridge if you take the Land's End Trail.
    <![CDATA[Shanghai : Top Attractions of Shanghai]]>Sat, 24 Sep 2022 17:03:01 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/shanghai-top-attractions-of-shanghai
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                    Shanghai is the largest city in China and has a whopping population of 24 million. It is a very modern city with all kinds of modern amenities available. However, there are also a horde of places that you can go to if you want to get a quieter tough or take a more historical tour of the city. It is situated at the mouth of the Yangtze River making it easy for you to travel using the inward water channels too! There are many fun and interesting places to go to or things to do while you are in Shanghai. So, here is a list of the few things you must definitely do in Shanghai, even if you are there for just a couple of days or even less.
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    The Bund

    Zhongshan Lu, popularly known by its Anglo-Indian name, The Bund, is a splendid riverside promenade along the western banks of the Huangpu Jiang River. It is a popular place to visit in Shanghai and is known amongst tourists as the area that has retained a European feel from the colonial times when it housed the international settlers. There are many buildings of English and French origins that display various architectural features such as Neoclassical, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Romanesque styles. 52 such unique buildings serve as various galleries, restaurants, boutiques, and even offices. In fact, as you walk from the southern to the northern end you will also get to see the old headquarters of HSBC. On the northern end of the promenade is Huangpu Park which was opened in 1886 and is the oldest public park in the country.
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    Yu Garden

    Yù Yuán or Yu Garden is situated in the northeastern part of the old town. Also known as the Garden of Happiness this was laid out in 1559 on 20,000 m2 of land and is one of the most splendid places you can go to in Shanghai. The huge area covered by the garden comprises an inner and an outer garden. The Outer Garden is the oldest section of the garden with the most recent structure being constructed in the 18th century- Sansui tang, the main hall was set up during that time. There are beautiful roof ornaments, dragon-adorned walls, window openings, and several figurines made in bas-reliefs. The Hall of Spring, which served as the headquarters of the Company of the Little Swords between 1853-55 is the most famous building in the garden. The newer Inner Garden was laid down in 1709 and also boasts many attractions such as the Chinese writer's garden, decorative stones, a theatrical stage, miniature models of mountain ranges, little pavilions, and much more.
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    Jade Buddha Temple

    The present Jade Buddha Temple in the Anyuan district was erected in 1928 as a replacement for the original temple which was constructed in 1882 to house the two jade Shakyamuni statues brought by monk Huigen from Burma. There are three halls within the temple and two beautiful courtyards. Tian Wang Dian or the Hall of the Kings of Heaven is the most notable one with four statues of the heavenly kings and two statues of Shakyamuni. Daxiong Baodian or the Hall of the Great Hero is also very interesting with the collection of Buddhas of the Three Ages and 18 other Luohan figures.
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    Shanghai Museum

    The Shanghai Museum is one of the most significant museums in China and has a vast collection of Chinese classical art. There are many impressive displays of bronze and ceramic works spread throughout the 4 floors of the museum. Among other works, the museum also houses several ink drawings, calligraphy works and seals, and a large collection of artwork collected from ethnic minorities. The museum displays such works dating back to prehistoric times up to the 19th century. You will also find a collection of coins, jade works, and furnishing items belonging to the Ming and Qing dynasties in the museum.
    Longhua Temple

    The Longhua Temple and the nearby wood and brick pagoda are two of the oldest religious structures in China with their origins dating back to 242 AD. Both the temple and the 40m tall pagoda have been rebuilt and renovated several times over the thousands of years with the present structures dating back to the 10th century. There are 5 main halls within the complex and regular Buddhist ceremonies are still conducted in the temple. The most notable halls to look out for are the Maitreya Hall, the Heavenly King Hall, and the Grand Hall of the Great Sage where there are wonderful statues and a great bell from the 16th century.
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    Nanjing Road

    Nanjing Riad is the place to be if you are fond of shopping. It was constructed in the 19th century and spanned several miles selling all kinds of wares that you can think of. Chinese souvenirs sold by street vendors to exquisite boutiques selling traditional artworks, from trendy shopping malls to departmental stores such as Yibai and Jiubai, you will find it all on this road. There are also many restaurants as well as many options to try out the street food in Shanghai. You will have most fun visiting Nanjing Road if you are perchance visiting Shanghai during the Chinese New Year.
    Xujiahui Cathedral
    Sheshan Basilica & Xujiahui Cathedral

    ​The Sheshan Basilica is a Roman Catholic church and quite a pleasant structure to visit while in Shanghai. It was damaged during the Chinese Cultural Revolution but has been impressively renovated since then. One of the highlights of visiting the Sheshan Basilica has to be the 14 stations of the Cross which take you zigzagging through the hill to the top where the church is situated. This journey is filled with some stunning vistas as you slowly travel to the top.

    The Xujiahui Cathedral is another such monument that indicates the multicultural heritage of Shanghai. It was built in 1911 and features a Neo-Romanesque style of architecture. This is the largest place in Shanghai for catholic Christians to worship and offers a beautiful location to witness for any visitor. There are 50m high twin bell towers that make this place a must on your itinerary. The finely stained windows and renovated interiors are also something that you should look forward to.
    <![CDATA[Manila : Top Attractions of Manila]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2022 12:09:04 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/manila-top-attractions-of-manila
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                    The capital of the Philippines, Manila is a very busy city loaded with all things modern with a gust of the ancient the over-crowded buses are one of the most important means of transport within the city and you should give it at least one try! The city is a curious mix of modern malls and ancient 16th-century structures. Manila Bay is a remarkable place often frequented by typhoons and any time throughout the year other than the monsoons between May to November is suitable to chill here! So, if you are planning a trip to Manila read about the most impressive places that you have to go to!
    Rizal Park

    Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park is one of the top attractions to go to in Manila. It is a peaceful place with a well-manicured outdoor garden situated in the city center. You will come across many statues and monuments within the park which pay homage to Manila's rich history. The Monument of Rizal is one of the most notable among the many monuments you'll find here. The park is a great place to get well-acquainted with the local flora and fauna. The small lake with man-made archipelago-like structures within the park is also very unmissable as is the Narra tree, the national tree of the Philippines.
    Quiapo Church

    Quiapo Church is a catholic church and one of the oldest ones in Manila. It is also one of the most admired ancient constructions in Manila. The Filipino people flock here every day and the place could get quite congested depending upon the time of the day. On Fridays, the church sees the biggest crowd when thousands of people gather together in the square giving you an excellent opportunity to witness the cultural traditions of the Filipino people.  The insides of the church are intricately built and you should take your time while browsing. Once done, take to the market outside to buy mangoes, peanuts, or traditional necklaces.

    ​Intramuros is the oldest part of Manila and you will pass by it as you are exploring the city- whether you know it or not. Intramuros has characteristic walled fortifications as it served as a walled city between the 1500s and 1800s during the Spanish colonial times. You could get into the fortifications and take a guided walk to learn about the significance of this walled city to the history of manila.
    Manila Ocean Park

    If you are looking for something unique to do while you are in Manila, you have to go to the Manila Ocean Park. It is one of the best things to do in Manila if you are especially visiting with your family. Various attractions within the park take you very close to the marine world such as "Sharks and Rays Encounter" and "Trails to Antarctica". The fish spa is an interesting part to visit where fish are used to clean your feet of dead cells in a pool of water. The park boasts of not only state-of-the-art aquatic facilities but also holds an enviable collection of birds and other animals.
    St. Augustine Church & Museum

    The St. Augustine Church in the Philippines is very much regarded as a national treasure since it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The detailing of the building tells the unique history of this Catholic church. Chinese as well as Spanish architectural features are easily observable in the design of this church. This is because the church has been rebuilt and renovated many times over the years after natural disasters or battles. If you are fond of learning about history and culture you should hire a guide who can describe intricate details about the church, some of which you may never notice without a guide.
    National Museum

    The best place to get an understanding of the history, culture, and traditions of the Filipino people is the National Museum of the Philippines. There are four main complexes for you to browse through within the museum. It also houses an elaborate collection of items pertaining to various fields such as art, anthropology, archaeology, biology, zoology, and natural history.
    Fort Santiago

    Fort Santiago has been quite an important structure to Manila in the past and played a major role in defending the Intramuros. It dates back to the 16th century and has much to tell about the history of Manila and the Philippines. In fact, it is one of the most important structures in Manila. The grounds can be easily explored and you should take your time while doing so. If you look for it you will still find some of the bullet marks on the walls of the fort. There is a visitor center on the premises which you should visit if want to learn about the fort and the history of Manila in more detail.
    Divisoria Market

    Every city has a place where you can shop to your heart's content while getting the best deals in Manila, it is the Divisoria Market. The market is situated in the center of Manila's Chinatown. Brightly hued stalls selling all kinds of things will greet you as you enter the market. The vendors come to sell everything from fruits and vegetables to flip-flops and beads. It is also a great place if you want to mingle with the crowd and get a slice of the daily lives of the Filipino people. This is the best place to shop for souvenirs to take home with you. Just remember that this is like any other flea market and good bargaining skills are key to an amazing deal.
    Bambike Ecotours

    ​Manila is a busy city and thus very pedestrian-friendly. However, if you are tired after walking long hours and choose to visit different places in some vehicle, there could be nothing better than going for Bambike Ecotours. Bambikes are ambitious hand-made bikes by the locals, made from bamboo. You can select different kinds of tour packages depending upon your interests ranging between history, art, and city life. By opting for an ecotour you will also contribute to supporting the sustainable efforts put up by local businesses to help boost the environment.
    <![CDATA[Paris : Top Attractions of Paris]]>Sun, 28 Aug 2022 10:54:20 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/paris-top-attractions-of-paris
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                    Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world. The French capital is bustling with all things beautiful. From the exquisite sunsets to a day out in the Eiffel Tower, there are a plethora of things that you could be doing in Paris. The Parisian skyline itself is something that you cannot get over easily. The museums are beautiful with exquisite collections. Everywhere you go, every twist and turn in Paris is supposed to bring you to something grand, something beautiful. So if you are planning your first trip to Paris, here are some places that have to be on your itinerary.
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    Tour Eiffel

    The Eiffel Tower, constructed by Gustave Eiffel is one of the most iconic places to visit in Paris. In essence, the Eiffel Tower can be regarded as the symbol that marks Paris. It is visible from many points through the city but a visit to the tower is both refreshing and exciting. There are three stories at the top of the tower, giving you remarkable picturesque views of the entire city. A vast line is always waiting in front of the tower to go to the top and if you are planning on saving some time, you should book your tour well in advance.
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    Musée du Louvre

    The magnificent Louvre Museum sees a footfall of more than 10 million visitors every year. It is one of the most visited museums in the world and quite naturally, one of the top attractions in Paris. Amongst the most impressive works to look out for in Louvre are the Mona Lisa, the statue of Venus de Milo, and the statue of the Winged Victory of Samothrace. It houses so many stunning and astonishing artifacts and has an elaborate Egyptian collection that includes mummies, European collections featuring stunning artworks from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century, and rooms full of exquisite tapestries, furniture, and ornamental objects.
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    Versailles Palace

    Versailles Palace boasts more than 700 rooms within the structure and is one of the largest such structures in the world. If you want an unforgettable glimpse into how royal life used to be, you have to head to Versailles Palace. Extraordinarily decorated rooms, the shining Hall of Mirrors, and many examples of priceless artworks are what await you in the grand monument. You could opt for a skip-the-line ticket and even go for a guided tour, which is the best bet to soak in all the glory of this palace. To get the best out of your tour through the palace you should go for the full-day guided tour package which also includes lunch.
    Quartier Latin
    Quartier Latin

    If you are looking forward to getting a glimpse of the olden Parisian lifestyle, then you should definitely make it a point to go to Quartier Latin. The Latin Quarter was first inhabited by the Romans in the 1st century and has since attracted many scholars, bohemians, and political protest. Medieval Paris can be easily seen in the architecture of the old buildings and the narrow winding streets surrounding them in this part of Paris. You could visit the tombs in the Pantheon, enjoy a drink in the brasseries beside the Boulevard Saint Germain like Hemmingway, or visit the Cluny Museum while you are here.
    Sienna River
    Sienna River

    The Sienna River flows through Paris and divides it into the Right Bank and the Left bank on the northern and southern parts. There are two small islands on Sienna and you have to visit Île de la Cité, which is historically regarded as the heart of Paris. The river Sienna could be enjoyed in a variety of ways- you could take a walk along its banks; you could check out the riverside booksellers or Les bouquinistes; or explore the riverside promenade Parc Rives de Seine, a pedestrian-only area between Place de la Bastille and the Eiffel Tower. You could also go on a cruise ride up and down the river and see the many stunning buildings and bridges from the river.
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    Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

    Notre Dame Cathedral is a fine example of the Gothic architectural style and is situated in Île de la Cité, the heart of Paris. There was a devastating fore in 2019 which means that entry into the structure is prohibited. However, though you cannot view the many marvelous works of art such as statues, paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, and so on, you can still admire the immense structure from the outside.
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    Montmartre and Sacré Coeur

    Montmartre was included in Paris in 1860 but it still features a charm of its own. The ancient buildings, winding tree-laden roads, and the impressive hillside gives it a unique feel much different from what you will find in the rest of the city. There are many cafes and cabarets and you can easily imagine the many artists, writers, and musicians who called this place their home more than hundreds of years ago. The white Basilica of Sacré Coeur, visible from different points throughout Paris, is the most famous attraction in Montmartre. Moulin Rouge Theatre in Pigalle is another brilliant attraction in this part of the city that you have to visit.
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    Musée d'Orsay

    ​The d’Orsay Museum is built on a former train station and has one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork in the world. Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Cézanne are some of the top-notch artists from the past who are featured in this museum. The famous “Starry Night” painting by Vincent van Gogh is part of the collection at Musée d'Orsay.
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    Arc de Triomphe

    The gigantic Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victories throughout Europe. It is one of the most stunning and recognizable features in Paris to look out for. It is situated at the center of a busy traffic rotary wherein 12 of the major streets of Paris converge. Though the gigantic structure is easily visible from a distance, the best experience would be to see it up close and personal.
    <![CDATA[​New York : Top Attractions of New York]]>Sun, 14 Aug 2022 19:06:13 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/new-york-top-attractions-of-new-york
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    ​New York is often regarded as one of the best cities in the world. It is always brimming with activities of all kinds. At every twist and turn, you will come across a famous site as you are exploring this city. From Broadway shows to exquisite shopping and dining experiences, from the magnificent Statue of Liberty to the majestic Empire State Building New York is filled with attractions and you need some time in the city to witness all its marvels. So if you are planning a trip to NY, here are some of the most awesome places that you just cannot miss!
    Statue of Liberty, Image by Bruce Emmerling from Pixabay
    Statue of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty is one of the first places that anybody thinks of when they are talking about New York. This monument built in 1886, was a gift from the French and is one of the most iconic places in the world! At 152 ft, this ever-standing symbol of freedom is one of the largest statues in the world. The best way to bask in the glory of this singular statue is to take a boat ride to Liberty Island and climb to the top of the statue. You will get a truly dramatic view of the city from the top. You could also halt at Ellis Island on the way to Liberty Island and check out the amazing Immigration Museum.
    Central Park, Image by Hyein Nam from Pixabay
    Central Park

    Central Park spans over a width of half a mile and is about 2.5 miles long and is situated in the center of New York City. It is a stunning place to be in while you are exploring New York and a walk or carriage ride is a must-do thing while you are here. There are also many attractions to look out for within the park premises such as the Belvedere Castle, the Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields, and the Lake. You can easily retrieve a map of the park in one of the visitor's centers and get going with your explorations through the park.
    Rockefeller Centre, Image by Michael Bußmann from Pixabay
    Rockefeller Center

    Rockefeller Center is another prime attraction of New York that should be on the travel itinerary of every visitor. It is a massive shopping complex in Manhattan and houses some media giants such as NBC-TV. The 70-story Rockefeller Plaza in the center is one of the major attractions in this place- you will get some of the most picturesque views of Manhattan from the Observation Deck in the plaza which covers the 68th, 69th, and 70th floors.
    Broadway, Image by Aurore Duwez from Pixabay

    Everyone has heard about Broadway- one of the premium theatres in the world! Broadway could very well be classified as the pinnacle of American theatre. Broadway refers to Broadway Theatre which includes many such venues in Theatre District. You should also visit Shubert Alley- a pedestrian-only zone and home to two well-known theatre halls. If you are planning on catching a popular show on Broadway you should book well in advance because tickets sell out very fast and easily!
    Empire State Building, Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay
    Empire State Building

    The iconic Empire State Building is a landmark structure in America much like the Statue of Liberty. It is 381m tall and has 102 floors making it one of the tallest buildings in the world. It has been a landmark structure since 1931 when it was opened. There are two observatories atop the Empire State Building both offering spectacular views of the city in front of you. On a clear day, you could even glimpse into the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The Observation Deck on the 86th floor is open and gets you the grand views while the one on the 102nd floor is enclosed. Generally, there is always a huge line of visitors who have come to witness this marvel and thus you could opt for the Skip the Line passes if you are in a hurry.
    Museums in NY

    New York is larger than life and so are its museums. Whether you are a history buff or not, you should make it a point to visit some of the museums in New York, especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and the American Museum of Natural History.

    MET was founded in 1870 and is one of the most famous museums in all of America. The permanent collection alone contains over 2 million works of art detailing about 500 years of history. American decorative arts, costumes, arms and armor, Egyptian art, photographs, musical instruments, and much more are part of the stunning collection. If you want to take a serious tour you should go for the VIP pass wherein you can visit the museum with 24 other people just before it opens for the day.

    The Museum of Natural History on the other hand has interesting exhibits about the environment, science, fossils, and much more. There are eight halls in the museum showcasing its permanent collection while special temporary exhibits are also put up. The Butterfly Conservatory is an amazing place to be in with about 500 different kinds of butterflies flying around you.
    Times Squre, Image by Theresa Schenk from Pixabay
    Times Square

    Times Square is another iconic place to look out for while you are visiting NYC, especially at night when all the bright billboards are lighted up. This is the famed location of the New Year’s Eve Celebrations in NYC during which time the streets are entirely filled up with all kinds of people. It is nearly always crowded and busy and bustling with life.
    Brooklyn Bridge, Image by Tobi from Pixabay
    Brooklyn Bridge

    The architecture of the Brooklyn Bridge is exquisite and cannot be missed on your trip to NYC. The arches are imbued with the Gothic style of architecture and coupled with the huge suspension wires; this is one of the most exciting features of NYC. The majesty of the Brooklyn Bridge has inspired generations after generations of songwriters, poets, painters, and other artists. Constructed in 1883 this is the first such steel suspension bridge in the world. The bridge is easily visible from various parts of Manhattan but the best way to enjoy its grandeur is to take an hour walk across the bridge. You will get stunning views of the city, the East River, the Statue of Liberty, and beyond from the bridge.
    St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Image by Bruce Emmerling from Pixabay
    St. Patrick’s Cathedral

    Another fine example of Gothic architecture in New York has to be the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The gigantic doors made from bronze, the façade made of white marble, the Great Organ, the spires towering at 330 ft from the ground, the bronze baldachin, the rose window, and the huge 2,400-seating capacity of the cathedral are but some of the fascinating details that you have to look out for. This huge cathedral is visited by hundreds of visitors as well as believers every day, throughout the year.
    <![CDATA[Los Angeles : Top Attractions of Los Angeles]]>Thu, 11 Aug 2022 15:17:07 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/los-angeles-top-attractions-of-los-angeles
    Urban sprawl fills the foreground leading back to the skyscrapers of Los Angeles skyline with cloudscape behind, California
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                    Los Angeles, one of the most stunning cities in the United States is also home to the famous Hollywood. There are so many things that you could be doing in LA irrespective of when you come to visit this place. It has been the place where so many actors flock to every year and that has been going on for over a century. It is a diverse city and also the creative center of the US. From exciting family attractions to brilliant museums, from a plethora of food items to a versatile shopping experience, LA has it all! There are so many things to look out for if you are planning a trip to LA that we should immediately take to it.
    Universal Studios, Hollywood
    Universal Studios

    Universal Studios has two parts- a fully functional set area where movies are shot and a movie-based theme park catering to popular movies such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Jurassic World, and Despicable Me, and Transformers. A Skip the Line pass is available at the entry that allows you one-time direct access to all the rides that the place has to offer. You could also get access to some of the behind-the-scene attractions that are otherwise unavailable to the general public. You may also opt for a VIP Experience which gets you to all the sets and areas which are inaccessible to the public. Once you have enjoyed the place to your heart's content, you should go on the CityWalk where there are dedicated shopping areas, dining places, theatres, and so on!
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    Disneyland is the premier destination for vacationing in Los Angeles if you are going with your family. It is one of the most magical places to go to in the whole world. Disney characters walking down the streets and some of the most fascinating Disney-themed rides make this place a not-to-miss attraction in LA. Newer rides are installed every now and then with the newest additions being the Star Wars-themed rides. Outside the amazing rides and the magical park, you could also get bookings in the Disneyland Resort. Staying within the confines of Disneyland in the resort is going to be an experience like nothing else!
    Famous landmark Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California.

    Hollywood is a suburb of LA and has a rich history pertaining to media arts coupled with some of the most iconic places in the US. Some of the top places that you have to visit are the Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, and the ever-iconic Hollywood sign along a hillside. If you have the luck, you might even come across a celebrity or two who are out shopping. The Walk of Fame showcases more than 2,500 stars immortalized in stone engraving and you could look out for all your favorite stars amongst them!
    Petersen Automotive Museum
    Peterson Automotive Museum

    As we said- LA has something for everyone out there and if you love automobiles then the Peterson Automotive Museum is your haven! The museum spans over four floors and has an exquisite collection of more than 300 cars and motorcycles from 1886 up to the present day. Some of the displays are permanently put up while others are temporary and are changed from time to time. You may also opt for an additional guided Vault tour which takes you through really rare and unusual cars.
    Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California
    Santa Monica

    The beachfront city of Santa Monica with the golden sandy beach and the iconic Santa Monica Pier is just a short drive away from LA. It is a unique, chic, and exotic place where you will find a peculiar mix of adventurers, yoga practitioners, skateboarders, and businessmen. The downtown district of Santa Monica is one of the most happening places to be in. You will find all kinds of shops from vintage and exotic ones to high-end boutiques. The Third Street Promenade is one of the most interesting attractions in this part. Getting to Santa Monica is also a fairly easy experience for anyone- just hop on the Expo Metro line which connects downtown LA to Santa Monica.
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Los Angeles, California, USA
    Natural History Museum

    The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is best known for the exquisite collection of dinosaur bones that it has on show. The Dinosaur Hall covers 14,000 ft2 and boasts an awesome display including t-rex fossils, triceratops, stegosaurs, etc. The t-rex growth series features three full skeletons of t-rex from baby to adult!
    Amongst the other collections, the natural history of California showcased in "Becoming Los Angeles" is an attractive experience. It details 500 years of the history of California. Younger visitors will find the "Discovery Center and Insect Zoo" to be fun since they will get a hands-on experience here!
    California Science Centre
    California Science Center

    The California Space Center is a very impressive place to visit and is the home to the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The space shuttle is housed in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion along with other artifacts that have been brought from space missions. There are other interesting exhibits too such as the Ecosystems exhibit which features a 188,000-gallon tank of kelp, live plants, fish, animals, etc. other than these permanent exhibits you could also browse through a plethora of ever-changing selection of items to see and learn from.
    The Original Farmers Market

    The Los Angeles Farmers Market was initiated in 1934 during the Great Depression when 18 farmers got together on a piece of land near Wilshire Boulevard and set up stalls to sell their wares. Their idea became quite successful and led to the growth of the ever-expanding farmers' market. Once only a fruit and vegetable market, today you get all kinds of wares such as toys, kitchenware, jewelry, and candles. There are even restaurants within the market for you to try all kinds of delicacies.
    La Brea Tar Pits in the Mid-Wilshire district.
    La Brea Tar Pits

    Formed 40,000 years ago, the La Brea Tar Pits offer you a unique opportunity to witness live excavations of fossils and learn a great deal about them. The fossils are very well-preserved in tar that seeped through the soil all those years ago and offer an exquisite look into a very different age! There is also a museum here that houses reconstructed fossils of all kinds of prehistoric lives that were found here. You could also get an idea of how the excavated fossils are converted into permanent displays. Some of the interesting fossils to look out for include mammoths, saber-tooth cats, and dire wolves dating somewhere between 40,000 to 100,000 years ago.
    <![CDATA[Bangkok : Top Attractions of Bangkok]]>Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:30:44 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/bangkok-top-attractions-of-bangkok
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                    Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is one of the most vibrant and colorful capital cities that you can go to. A trip to Bangkok is surely going to be a magical experience for you! It is a charming place where you will find an awesome mix of the ancient and the modern. From temples dating back centuries to ultra-modern malls, Bangkok is a place that has it all! Bangkok, being the capital city, is a gateway to other parts of Thailand such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui. If you are planning a short trip and want to stay in Bangkok only, well, even in that case there’s plenty to do!
    A Famous Landmark in Bangkok
    The Grand Palace & Wat Pho

    If you have time to visit only one of the many historic locations in Bangkok, this has to be it. This spectacular palatial building is indeed grand! It was constructed in 1782 and has served as the royal residence for generations to come. The best way to explore the Grand Palace would be by taking a guided tour. This will ensure that you do not miss out on important features of the temple. If you go for a guided tour you will be picked up by your guide at the hotel making the entire experience much simpler and hassle-free. Wat Phra Kaew is located on the premises and is an unmissable option as you are exploring the Grand Palace. Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha is regarded as one of the most important temples in all of Thailand. The statue is much smaller compared to all other gigantic statues but it has been sitting there since 1784 and sees thousands of tourists every year.

    Talking of grand Buddha statues, after you are done taking in the grandeur of the Grand Palace be sure to step into the nearby Wat Pho. This might also be part of your guided tour, but if not, be sure to visit the temple. This is the oldest temple in Bangkok and was built under the guidance of King Rama I. There was a pharmacy within the temple and it also served as Bangkok's first university under the leadership of King Rama III. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is one of the most famous attractions of Wat Pho. The 45m long and 15m high statue cannot be viewed entirely in one go and needs to be admired in sections. If you look carefully enough you will note the various symbolic depictions that have been incorporated into the statue.
    A Temple in Bangkok
    Temples of Bangkok

    Bangkok has had a rich cultural heritage and is surrounded by exciting and exotic temples. Of the many temples in Bangkok, you have to visit the intricate complex of Wat Arun. It dates to the time of the legendary battle between Siam and Burma wherein the Burmese won and Ayutthaya was reduced to dust. It was at this site that General Taskin vowed to build a temple and thus The Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun was constructed. One of the most spectacular things about a visit to this temple is the picturesque view you get from the top of the prang during sunset. In any case, sunset is the best time to really appreciate the temple in all its glory.

    Wat Traimit or the Temple of the Golden Buddha is another interesting temple to visit- especially because of the legend it holds. Around the 1950s the place around the temple was bought by the East Asiatic Company with the condition that the plaster statue of Buddha in the temple will be removed. However, the plaster statue appeared too heavy to be lifted by the crane arrangement. It fell and was allowed to sit there throughout a rainy night. The next day, as monks were passing by the site, a hint of gold revealed that the plaster cast was hiding away a 3.5m Buddha statue cast out of 5.5 tons of gold.
    Amusement Park Ride with Man and Woman on Swing Over Canyon
    Wat Suthat & The Giant Swing 

    Wat Suthat is one of the oldest and most stunning temples in Bangkok. It was constructed over three generations- started by King Rama I, continued by King Rama II, and completed by King Rama III. The impressive architecture coupled with beautiful wall paintings makes this temple one of the most pleasant structures in Bangkok. Since it is less popular, you can also enjoy the stunning works in a much more peaceful environment.

    The Giant Swing, situated adjacent to the temple is one of the most iconic features of Bangkok. It stands tall at 27m and dates back to the 1700s and was supposed to be used for religious ceremonies amongst Hindus.
    The Thai National Museum at the Sanam Luang Park in the city of Bangkok in Thailand.
    National Museum

    There is always someone in the group who likes to indulge in the history, culture, and tradition of a place/ for someone like that in Bangkok; there is no better place to start than the National Museum. Till the middle part of the 1700s, this was the sole museum in Bangkok which explains its immense collection of the museum. You will find all kinds of artifacts dating back several hundred years including musical instruments, ceramics, weaponry, games, religious and ceremonial artifacts, and the Viceroy's throne among other things.
    Thai people walking on the market at Chinatown or Yaowarat during quarantine at Bangkok.
    Shopping & Food in Bangkok

    Bangkok is a terrific place to shop with all its huge malls and kaleidoscopic shopping stalls. Amongst the many places where you can shop for stuff, you have to visit the Chatuchak Market. This semi-outdoor market is organized on weekends and is the largest one in the whole world. There are about 15,000 stalls spread throughout the semi-outdoor market selling all kinds of things that you can imagine. This is one of the best places to go to if you are planning to buy lots of souvenirs for friends and family. It is also a great place if you want a slice of daily life in Bangkok.

    Damnoen Saduak is another terrific market complex that you have to visit while you are in Bangkok. Unlike the normal market, this market, situated in Ratchaburi, is a floating market where you shop on and from boats on the river. It has earned the nickname “Venice of the East” because of its peculiar nature.

    As you are visiting the marketplaces in Bangkok you should also indulge in the local cuisines. You cannot get the full Bangkok package unless you have gone down the delectable lane of culinary experiences in Bangkok. Street food in Bangkok is a must-try and the Khao San Road holds the best options for you if you are up for such an adventure.
    <![CDATA[Kuala Lumpur : Top Attractions of Kuala Lumpur]]>Sun, 31 Jul 2022 20:52:41 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/kuala-lumpur-top-attractions-of-kuala-lumpur
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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    Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Kuala Lumpur. It is also one of the best gateways to an amazing trip through Malaysia. The city is huge and features a cosmopolitan lifestyle much like any other capital city. It still holds on to its rich tradition and culture and there is much to explore other than shopping malls in the city. The Petronas Twin Towers are the most famous attractions in Kuala Lumpur but still, there are many other things that you could be doing here.
    Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
    Petronas Twin Towers

    The Petronas Twin Towers is the most remarkable and most iconic landmark of the capital city. At one time this happened to be the tallest building in the world. It still holds the title of being the tallest twin tower in the world. There are 88 floors which feature a beautiful mix of the post-modern style of a capital city imbued with Islamic architecture styles. The 41st and 42nd floor of the tower looks immediately attractive because of the sky bridge joining the two towers. The spectacular bridge, so popular amongst tourists, serves an important purpose- it serves as a supporting structure during very windy days and prevents the tower from swaying.

    Most of the tower is rented out to private firms carrying on with their regular businesses. The lower floors are home to the Suria KLCC- it is a decorated and huger mall with more than 300 shops selling all kinds of things, an art gallery, a Philharmonic Hall, a science center, and so much more. The towers are a particularly brilliant sight after sunset when bright lights cover the entire tower giving it quite the majestic feel.
    Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
    Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

    The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park covering about 20.9 hectares is one of the largest in the world. It is home to about 2,000 different species of birds and is also an important scientific center wherein scientists study birds which are otherwise difficult to study in the wild. Most of the species displayed are local, though, about 10% of the birds have been imported from Europe and Tanzania. The bird park also boasts of a 30-feet waterfall among other things and the walk-in parrot enclosure is one of the most attractive points.
    Petaling Street

    Petaling Street is home to the Chinatown area of Malaysia and extends up to Chan See Shu Yuen Temple- one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Malaysia. The street is affectionately known as the Green Dragon among locals owing to the green shed that covers almost the entire street from start to end providing shelter against the hot midday sun or torrential rain.

    The most exciting activity to partake in while you are exploring Petaling Street has to be the gastrointestinal journey. This street is lined with all kinds of food stalls and you have to try out the various delicacies offered. You have to try the special south-eastern noodle dish known as Hokkien mee while you are here. You can buy all kinds of exotic spices from the many shops. You may also buy traditional toys and other souvenirs from the many shops.
    National Museum

    The National Museum of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur covers three stories and contains some of the most fascinating relics from Malaysia's history. It is a cultural and heritage museum and has a collection of various articles including ancient weapons, tools, toys, and even a set of wedding apparel! It is built on the same spot as the old Selangor Museum which was destroyed due to bombing during World War II.

    This is a peculiar museum with some of its most impressive exhibits being displayed outdoors. This includes a timber palace, built in the 19th century and showcasing a beautiful display of Terengganu Malay architecture. There is also a spectacular collection of sculptures made from stone and bronze within the museum.
    Central Market

    Kuala Lumpur has developed very and there are many upscale malls- but nothing beats the fun of shopping from a traditional market making the Central Market an unmissable destination. The Central Market dates back to the 19th century and has a stall format. Multicolored, vibrant stalls selling all kinds of wares are lined up beside each other and you will find everything from daily wears garments, to traditional Malaysian handicrafts to articles made from pewter or silver. You will also find a grand collection of ornamental wood carvings on sale here, something for which Malaysia is rightly famous.

    Kasturi Walk is an open flea market right next to the Central Market and is another must-visit site. Snacks, souvenirs, apparel of all kinds, and even live music throng this place sure to give you the complete Malaysian experience.
    Batu Caves
    Batu Caves

    Batu Caves are situated somewhat 13km away from the main city of Kuala Lumpur. you can hop on a train from the main train station in Kuala Lumpur t head to this exciting and amazing site. It is one of the most popular attractions in Kuala Lumpur and you just have to witness it. The journey to the caves on the train is also very scenic.

    The caves have a set of temples dedicated to Lord Murugan, the Hindu deity of war, and are thus quite an important site amongst Hindus. The gateway has a towering, one-of-a-kind, 43m statue of Murugan welcoming visitors.

    There are three cave systems to explore. The main cave is referred to as Cathedral One- it is 91m tall and there are 272 steps, climbing which, you will reach some truly remarkable stalactite formations. The second cave is known as Dark Cave- it is a protected area and access is only granted if you are part of a tour. The third cave is adventurous and will require some physical fitness since there is going to be a lot of crawling and twisting through damp earth with possible chances of you getting wet.
    Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
    Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park

    Covering about 7,500 m2 and housing more than 5,000 different species of butterfly, the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park is the largest in the world. The park is covered with a canopy of trees and walk-in areas are carved into the jungle. You have to be calm and quiet as you explore these paths to find all kinds of beautiful butterflies resting on flowers, trees, ferns, etc. There is a separate breeding area where the larvae are cared for till it grows into an adult, mature butterfly.

    The Perdana Botanical Gardens is situated next to the park and is another impressive place to visit. Covering about 92 hectares, the park dates back to colonial times and is just a couple of minutes' walk away from the National Museum.
    <![CDATA[London : Top Attractions of London]]>Sat, 30 Jul 2022 19:03:23 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/london-top-attractions-of-london
    London - Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay
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    London may very well be regarded as the most iconic city in the entire world. There is so much history in this city that awaits you. London has been the home to the Royal Family for a very long time and all the museums are filled with historically significant artifacts collected from all over the world. It is a charming place to be in and with time the city grows on you. So without much ado let's take a look at the most wonderful places that you have to be in if you are going on a trip to London.
    London Eye - Image by John Perrett from Pixabay
    London Eye

    The London Eye or the giant ferries wheel in London is the most iconic visual treat for anyone who comes to London. It was erected in the year 2000 to mark the millennium celebrations and a never-ending line of visitors has flocked in front of it ever since. At the highest point, the glass capsules will take you about 443 ft above the Thames River and get you some of the most stunning vistas of the city.  There is always a long-wait line but you can skip it by going for the more expensive Skip-the-line Ticket. Tickets to the ride start at $18.28 and it usually lasts for about 30 minutes.​
    Warner Bros. Studio - Image by Waldo Miguez from Pixabay
    Warner Bros. Studio

    The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is for all the Potterheads out there. The studio sets and locations used to create the magical Harry Potter films are stored and up for view for anyone who wants a delightful experience. If you come to the Warner Bros/ Studio Tour you can walk through exciting places such as the Great Hall or the classrooms where our young witches and wizards learn their skills. You might either go for a guided tour or wander about on your own. The ticket includes transportation to and from the studios situated in central London.
    Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay
    Madame Tussaud’s

    The Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London is one of the most remarkable fronts of the amazing works of Madame Tussaud your favorite stars are crafted into lifelike statues from wax in this elaborate museum. You can meet exact lifelike replicas of eminent stars such as Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, and even the Queen amongst the exhibits.
    Westminster - Image by Pfüderi from Pixabay
    Westminster Abbey

    ​The history of Westminster Abbey dates back to almost the 7th century and is a particularly iconic location in London to visit. The place has been associated with Christianity in London and has seen many celebrations, coronations, burials, and so on. A trip to London is surely incomplete if you do not take a walk down Westminster Abbey. A small entry fee of about £5.00 is charged for entry into the Abbey.
    National Gallery - Image by Lori Leidig from Pixabay
    National Gallery​ 

    London is the place to be if you are a history buff and the historical adventure could as well start at the National Gallery Museum. This museum has made efforts to do a complete survey and is an excellent storehouse of European paintings from 1260 to 1920. Some of the most famous paintings in the world such as Child by Leonardo da Vinci, Venus and Mars by Botticelli, Sunflowers by Van Gogh, and Monet’s The Waterlily Pond is put up on display here.
    Trafalgar Square - Image by David Mark from Pixabay
    Trafalgar Square & Piccadilly Circus  

    Trafalgar Square is a beautiful piece of history that you have to walk through while you are in London. It was built to commemorate the victory of Lord Horatio Nelson over the French. A 56m granite monument known as Nelson's Column is erected in the square for onlookers.
    Nearby the Trafalgar Square is the Piccadilly Circus which is one of the major intersections in London between some of the busiest streets. Piccadilly Ave., Regent Ave., Haymarket Ave., and Shaftsbury Ave. all pass through this intersection which is overlooked by the exquisite sculpture of Eros balanced on one foot.
    Hyde Park - Image by annamaria anderson from Pixabay
    Hyde Park

    Hyde Park covers an area of about 350 acres and is the largest such open area in London. The park was opened to the public in 1635 and has lots of attractions for visitors. The lake in the center of the park is a man-made addition and is known as Serpentine- people4 flock here to go boating and swimming. The Speaker's Corner and the Apsley House are also situated within the park premises.
    Big Ben - Image by Pexels from Pixabay
    Big Ben

    ​Big Ben is one of the most epic monuments that paint the London Sky and probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about London. It is as iconic a landmark as the London Eye and significantly more legendary. It is a humongous tower standing tall at a height of 97 m and houses and magnificently huge clock. The only thing that can do justice to the feeling of being there is actually being there.
    Buckingham Palace - Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay
    Buckingham Palace

    The Royal Family lives in Buckingham Palace which was built in 1837 since Queen Victoria came to power. It is a beautiful monument and there is much history about London, and the world that this place has witnessed. One of the most popular attractions of Buckingham Palace is the Changing of the Guards. It is an elaborately choreographed process wherein the guards cross and change with the highest precision.  You can take guided tours to explore the insides of the palace and you should get a full understanding of the intricate details of the palace.
    British Museum - Image by just-pics from Pixabay
    The British Museum

    If you are even remotely fond of history, historical artifacts, and lost treasures, you have to visit the British Museum at least once. It is one of the most fascinating places to be in all of London. The British Museum has a collection of about 13 million artifacts that tells the story of man from the dawn of time to the modern world. Articles collected from all over the world such as Assyria, Europe, Babylonia, China, India, Native America, and so on are put on display here. Many remarkable relics from the past including the humongous bust of Ramses II, Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, and Egyptian mummies among others could be found in the British Museum.
    <![CDATA[Las Vegas : Top Attractions of Las Vegas]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 16:18:05 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/las-vegas-top-attractions-of-las-vegas#lasvegas #usa #travel #destination #adventure #clubs #bar #nightlife #girls #dating
                    Situated amidst a vast desert, the city of Las Vegas seems like the most real destination to find yourself in. the city with its motley crowd of interesting buildings is an attraction entirely on its own! There is an entire street lined with all kinds of resorts that you wouldn't even dare imagine called The Strip. Walking through The Strip would seem like a walk down the fantasy lane. Some of the resorts and hotels along this path are attractions in their own right! The Grand Canyon is just a short distance away while the mountains surrounding the city offer ample opportunity to engage in some adventure activities such as hiking, camping, boating, and skiing. Here's a list of the top things that you have to do if you are planning a trip to Las Vegas.
    The Strip
    The Strip

    Between the Mandalay Bay Hotel and the Treasure Island Hotel, running from the northeast to the southwest lies the main charm of Las Vegas- The Strip. This 2.5-mile road is what people think of when they are planning a trip to Las Vegas. This is one of the most happening places in the whole world! There are variously themed hotels and you can visit anywhere from Venice to New York to Paris within a few minutes walk. The Strip is a particularly exciting sight at night when everything on the streets is illuminated by flashy neon signs. The Strip always promises a night of fun and goes on and on like a never-ending feast. You have to walk through The Strip and maybe stay in one of the major hotels on it to get the true sense of Las Vegas in your heart.
    Fremont Street
    Fremont Street

    A few miles away from The Strip, in old downtown Las Vegas is Freemont Street. This is one of the first places that you should visit while you are in Las Vegas. Freemont Street is pedestrian-only and no vehicle is allowed inside the area. and it is home to some of the most unique things that you will ever see. A section of Fremont Street covering 5 blocks is covered in LEDs which are used to color the sky in vibrant hues for you to enjoy!

    Freemont Street is not just a walk- it is an experience. Audio-visual shows are organized every night around the year with the sky being the canvas on this street. There are various street performers to be found and many special acts of entertainment. The best way to reach Freemont Street would be a taxi from The Strip.
    Horse shoe bend, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas - Image by 珂 杨 from Pixabay
    Grand Canyon

    The Grand Canyon is not very far away from Las Vegas. It is one of the most impressive natural features of the United States and has a certain charm to itself. However, traveling to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas is equally charming. Every experience in Las Vegas is larger than life and this is going to be the same. Many private operators organize helicopter rides from Las Vegas to give you a remarkable aerial view of the city. You could fly over the Strip and are allowed to take the helicopter as far up to the Grand Canyon. Witnessing the Grand Canyon itself would be a memorable experience- think how wild it will be when you get to see it from the skies!
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    The Hotels in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is a grand experience- everything here is larger than life. This includes the hotels in Las Vegas too which are attractions of their own! The Strip is lined with all kinds of hotels and you can visit a lot of the interesting cities in the world as you walk down the road.

    Situated across from Treasure Island is the Venetian Hotel- a slice of Venice in the middle of the dessert. Inside the premises, you will see the city of Venice recreated! There is a Venetian-themed shopping arcade with recreated attractions from Venice such as the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. You could also go on Gondola Rides within the Hotel premises. The attractions are not only limited to this and you will truly get a taste of Venice as you see this hotel.

    The most recognizable among the hotels have to be the Paris Hotel. It is marked by a scale model of the Eiffel Tower situated right outside the hotel while as you go inside you will find your way into the Paris Opera House. The top of the recreated Eiffel Tower serves as an amazing observation deck on the 46th floor that gives you a stunning view of the entire city. A floor below is a fine-dine restaurant with stunning views of the Strip.

    Next comes the Bellagio Resort, one of the most popular resorts in Las Vegas. It is a high-end hotel complex with all kinds of attractions that you wouldn’t even dream of. There are many fine restaurants within the complex along with such attractions as the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, a Conservatory, and a Botanical Garden. There is a showroom where the theme keeps on changing and gives you glorious presentations. And the water fountain- you have to at least witness the stunning dancing water fountain situated right outside the hotel on the Strip.

    Las Vegas is a resort paradise with hotels and resorts showcasing all kinds of themes. Other notable hotels and resorts you have to see while you are here are the New York Hotel, The Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace, the Luxor Hotel, and the MGM Grand Hotel. All of these hotels have all kinds of entertainment options that you can think of. And all of these hotels come in a theme that you cannot think of!
    Las Vegas Mob Museum - By Wtstoffs at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0
    The Mob Museum

    One of the most unique features of Las Vegas has to be its Mob Museum or the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement as it is actually called. It is built in a neoclassical building dating back to 1933 which used to serve as a post office and courthouse. The Mob Museum is one of the most standout features of Las Vegas and houses exhibitions which gives an accurate picture of the history of the Mob in America. From standalone characters involved with the Mob to the culture associated with them at different times- the museum has it all.
    Madame Tussaud’s

    Madame Tussaud's waxworks is famed all around the world and Las Vegas has its own display to be proud of. The Madame Tussaud's in Las Vegas is situated near the Venetian Hotel and you have to visit the place to witness sheer expertise. Lifesize models of your favorite stars decorate the walls of the museum with some of them being so lifelike that it seems that they are actually there.
    <![CDATA[United Arab Emirates : 10 Not-To-Miss Places in UAE]]>Sat, 18 Jun 2022 19:26:42 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/united-arab-emirates-10-not-to-miss-places-in-uae#uae #arab #emirates #dubai #travel #adventure  #clubs #bar #nightlife #girls #dating
    Capital : Abu Dhabi
    Airport : Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain   

    UAE has come to the forefront in recent years as one of the most stunning, most fascinating, larger-than-life travel destinations ever! The high-rise buildings daunting the Dubai and Abu Dhabi skyline are a magnificent sight to look out for. The UAE is the most happening place to be in if you are hoping to splurge as you enjoy all the joys of one of the richest cities in the world interspersed with a grand time on the beach. Some of the landmark attractions that the UAE has to offer have become everyday names such as Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi.

                    The United Arab Emirates has also become a very happening spot among shoppers. Huge malls have crept up throughout the city where you can shop for anything that you can think of. Coupled with extensive malls, you will also come across a plethora of theme parks that offer families and individuals alike to engage in some thrilling activities.

                    The United Arab Emirates has, even more, to offer in the form of the rich history of the Emiratis, exotic sceneries in the deserts and the Hajar Mountains, and so much more! There is much to explore outside the shopping malls of the UAE and you have to simply read on to find out the most exciting things that you could be doing as you plan a tour into the UAE.
    The Beaches

    One of the most attractive features of the UAE has to be its beaches. Lots of tourists, especially from the colder northern countries of Europe and North America flock to the beaches of Abu Dhabi and Dubai during the colder months. The weather between October and March becomes quite pleasant and appreciable in the desert landscapes of the UAE making it the perfect winter destination for these tourists.

    Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the most popular choices since tourists get the whole package of beaches, bars, shopping malls, theme parks, and so on. The coastal areas of both these cities are lined with luxury resorts where you can have a grand time relaxing. Some other interesting and popular beach destinations include the beaches of Ras Al-Khaimah and Ajman. On the eastern coast of the country Al Aqah beach, situated in the Emirate of Fujairah is another popular destination.

    Burj Khalifa

    The Burj Khalifa has become renowned throughout the world as the tallest ever man-made structure. It is one of the most striking buildings that you will ever come across! At a height of 828 meters, the topmost levels of the building easily reach the clouds and go beyond them! The building also boasts of other accolades such as having an elevator that travels the longest distance in the world, the tallest freestanding structure in the world, and the highest observation deck in the world. The observation deck on top of the Burj Khalifa is a mesmerizing spot and you could feel yourself being on top of the world here. A visit to the observation deck is unmissable if you are exploring the UAE and your trip will remain incomplete without it.

    Sheikh Zayad Mosque

    The grand mosque of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayad Mosque, is a new modern structure of breathtaking grandeur and beauty. Contemporary designs are excellently crafted together with traditional craftsmanship while the mosque was constructed giving way to a unique interpretation of Islamic architecture. The mosque is built using white marble interlaid with gold, mosaics, and glasswork combined perfectly to reflect various architectural styles from different Islamic empires. The prayer hall of the Sheik Zayad Grand Mosque boasts of having the largest carpet manufactured by hand-knotting the threads and covering an area of 5,700 m2. The chandeliers hanging from the prayer hall are made using pure 24 karat gold while the mosaics on the floor are made using semi-precious stones. Being situated within Abu Dhabi it is very easy to reach the mosque and you will be missing out on a truly magnificent site if you do not visit this grand mosque!

    Jebel Jais, Ras Al-Khaimah

    The emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah is a major place for different activities while you are traveling through the UAE. We have already told you about the fun beaches that Ras Al-Khaimah has in store for you but here’s another wonder to explore- Jebel Jais, the tallest peak in the UAE! Once you are in Ras Al-Khaimah, you can easily travel to Jebel Jais in a taxi or a public vehicle.

    Jebel Jais is a happening location filled with all kinds of activities. The viewing platform on top of the mountain gives you a grand view of the Ras Al-Khaimah emirate and is sure to take your breath away. There are also various kinds of adventure activities that you could partake in while visiting the impressive natural structure. One of the most thrilling things that you could be doing on this peak is go ziplining. Popularly known as the Jebel Jais Flight, this is the longest zipline in the world and you will reach a speed of up to 120 km/hr! If such adventure activities do not thrill you, you could spend your day wandering around the mountain, going on hikes and treks through them.

    Abu Dhabi’s Louvre

    Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of the newest jewels added to the crown of fascinating places to see in Abu Dhabi. It is a stunning place that will take you on an indulging journey through human history. The collection featured in the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi has been collected from everywhere around the world. It starts from relics from the earliest human settlements to fascinating works from some of the major artists of today's world! A museum is an inspiring place that aims at joining the threads that link cultures and civilizations. From world history to art, the museum is a motley collection of impressive relics and structures that is sure to leave you in amazement. Situated on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, it is also very easy to reach and has to be on your list of places to visit while you are in the UAE.

    The Deserts

    The United Arab Emirates is an amalgamation of Arab emirate nations spread across the desert. Before the region become so extravagant and wondrous it was arid, barren, desert land and you can still get a glimpse of huge expanses of sand and arid vegetation. All you have to do is head towards the southern, interior regions of the collective nation to head to a different kind of adventure.

    You can easily head to the deserts from any of the destinations within the nation. Once you are in the deserts you can sit back and take in the breathtaking raw beauty of the place. You may also indulge in some of the exciting activities which are offered in the region such as camel riding, sandboarding, dune buggy trips, and 4WD trips through the sand. If you go for a day trip to a desert from Abu Dhabi or Dubai on a package, scrumptious dinner at a desert camp would be part of the trip. You might go into the desert to camp for the night or look into the varied kind of desert fauna found in the place.

    Al Fahidi Quarter

    The Al Fahidi Quarter, also known as Bastakia, is one of the last remaining pieces of Old Dubai. This monument will give you an insight into Dubai during simpler times when the skyline was not lined with rows and rows of tall buildings. It is a small neighborhood and quite a pleasant trip to get a taste of the culture and tradition of Dubai. The narrow lanes and by-lanes are lined with old buildings, restored for your convenience, and looking out at you like some fairytale story from the Arabian Nights. Some of these buildings also house museums and galleries and craft shops for you to look around. The Sheikh Mohammad Center for Cultural Understanding is also a part of the Al Fahidi Quarter wherein you may get walking tours and traditional meals.

    Jebel Hafeet

    Jebel Hafeet is situated just outside Abu Dhabi and thus fairly easy to reach. It is nearer to the oasis city of Al Ain and could be regarded as an easy break from the bustle of the busy Abu Dhabi. During the summer months when the big cities become irresistibly hotter, Jebel Hafeet also offers a cooler alternative being situated amongst mountains.

    Jebel Hafeet happens to be the second tallest peak in the United Arab Emirates and you will get a terrific view of the desert landscape and the oasis city of Al Ain from the top. This is breathtakingly beautiful and quite the respite from your everyday life.

    Hajar Mountains

    Along the northern interior regions of the UAE lies the extraordinary Hajar Mountains, a must-visit site. This is one of the finest places in the UAE that nature lovers could go to. The wadis in the region, riverbeds that have dried up, or valleys, are some of the best locations within the country to go on hiking expeditions. You will also come across numerous species of birds as you are hiking through such wadis. You will also get details of tour expeditions through the wadis from various agencies in Ras Al-Khaimah and Dubai.

    You should definitely take to the Hajar Mountains through the roadways, it is a scenic journey in a completely different way. There isn’t much vegetation but the dry, barren, rugged mountains are sure to leave you awestruck. You will also come across several historic watch towers in some of the small villages along the mountains in Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah emirates. These are great stops on your way into the mountains. Hatta is one of the most popular bases as you are traveling into the Hajar Mountains. Mountain biking in the surrounding areas and kayaking on Hatta Lake have become favorite activities among tourists in this small village.

    The Souks   

    The UAE is held at a special place within the hearts of shopping enthusiasts because of the sheer opportunities that place such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai promise. This is, in fact, one of the main attractions that draw so many tourists into this collection of nations. There are mega-sized malls at every nook and corner selling wares from all the brands that one can think of starting from the airports to the big cities in the UAE.

    However, if you are looking for something more traditional and closer to the heart of UAE, the souks are not going to fail you. The souks or local bazaars are equally extensive as the malls and are loaded with all kinds of attractive, vibrant wares. If you are in Dubai, you have to head to the Deira and the Bur Dubai districts for the best souks. The Bur Dubai Souk, the Gold Souk, and the Spice Souk of Dubai are all situated here and are some of the most famous souks that the area has to offer. If you are in Sharjah you have to at least visit the Souk Al Jubail if you are looking for someplace to try out the local cuisines. The World Trade Centre Souk in Abu Dhabi is a modern addition but no less exciting than the other places mentioned here.
    <![CDATA[Nepal : 9 Not-To-Miss Places in Nepal]]>Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:25:14 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/nepal-9-not-to-miss-places-in-nepal#nepal #kathmandu #heritage #holiday #travels
                    Nepal is a small, quaint nation nestled amongst the Greater Himalayas to the south of Tibet Autonomous Region between India and China. The most attractive thing about Nepal has to be its geography- it spans from lush, dense forests to the cod, unbearable, gigantic mountains including Mt. Everest standing tall at 8,848m. The country is also significant to the Hindu and the Buddhist faith. The people in Nepal are easy-going and welcoming and will aid you in having a great time as you travel through the country. If you are an avid traveler, Nepal has to be on your list of places to visit at least once in a lifetime. So, without much ado, let’s directly jump to the most wonderful places that you have to go to while you visit Nepal.
    Himalaya, Nepal

    Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It is very easy to reach Kathmandu via flight through 30 cities in Asia and Europe. The Tribhuvan International Airport is one of the most popular airports in the country and one of the best entry points to start your journey through the country. If you are already in India, you could easily reach Kathmandu using the roadways. Several well-maintained international highways connect Nepal to India making it a very comfortable journey. There are however no direct train routes from India to Kathmandu.

    Though the streets in Kathmandu may be lined with decaying old buildings, the streets are very lively. Durbar Square in Kathmandu is a must-visit site while you are in the country. It is the largest of the palace squares among the three royal cities- Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Various temples pertaining to different faiths could be easily found on the street.


    Bhaktapur is also one of the old Royal Cities and is situated on the ancient trade route from Nepal to Tibet. It is located outside Kathmandu and thus very easy to reach by road. The location is quite remote which allowed the city to grow at its own pace making it significantly distinguishable from the other two royal cities. While Kathmandu and Patan have huge proportions of Buddhist populations, Bhaktapur mainly boasts of a Hindu crowd. The Darbar Square in Bhaktapur is also worth visiting. Though not as lively as the palatial square in Kathmandu, this is a stunning place to imbibe Nepalese culture. Throngs of people flock to this place at all times. You will also come across many age-old temples while you are exploring Durbar Square. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Boudhanath Stupa

    Boudhanath Stupa is situated just outside Kathmandu and could be easily visited as a day trip from the national capital. However, the ancient stupa constructed in the 6th century deserves a special mention since it is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It also lies on the old trade route between Nepal and Tibet and like Bhaktapur, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being near Kathmandu, you can go to the Boudhanath Stupa on-road using a taxi or a local bus. It will take you about half an hour and is just about 6 km away from the capital.

    The stupa is an abstract representation of the universe. It is steeped in symbolism and the different shapes on the stupa represent the different elements- earth, fire, water, air, and sphere. These also form the basic attributes of Buddha which are also represented through the stupa. Overall, it forms quite an interesting feature and a wondrous structure.


    Pokhara is one of the most scenic cities in Nepal and the ideal gateway into the Greater Himalayas. The city is surrounded by some of the tallest peaks in the world including Annapurna I, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri. You can easily reach Pokhara through the domestic airport from Kathmandu. By road, Pokhara is about 200 km away from Kathmandu and it is a very scenic journey. You could easily opt between private taxis and buses to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu on road.

    Pokhara is a fascinating place for trekkers since it is the starting point for treks into the Annapurna Region and Jomsom. In itself, Pokhara is a beautiful place and quite the tranquil hub to relax before or after you go on a tiring trekking expedition. Pokhara is also the second-largest city in Nepal with regard to the population. However, the ambiance in Pokhara is not like that of a big city. You will instantly feel the change in the environment as you travel eastwards towards Pokhara from Kathmandu. Lake Phewa is the best region in Pokhara where you can look for accommodations. There are also many restaurants and shops around the lake for your convenience.

    Annapurna Region

    Nepal is one of the finest gateways into the Greater Himalayas and the Annapurna Region is one of the finest examples of trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna Region is situated just outside of Pokhara and thus very easy to reach from this city. There are three main routes to trek around the Annapurna Region that intersect at various points allowing you a variety of options.

    The Annapurna Circuit takes you on a trek around the Annapurna Mountain Range and would require 21 days for completion.it is one of the most popular treks for those who have the required time to spare. A popular name for the Annapurna Circuit is the "Apple Pie Circuit". This is because of the fact that you'd come across many teahouses along the trek where they serve their characteristic versions of fried apple pie.

    Poon Hill is another exciting and popular trek route that adventurers engage in. Poon Hill is situated at an altitude of 3,210 m near the town of Ghorepani. It is one of the finest treks if you are looking for grand scenic views and oh, what a picturesque view it is! Most trekkers try to get a glimpse of sunrise from Poon Hill while the surrounding peaks of Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Singa Chuli, and Machapuchare, ever so near, give the view a note of completion.

    You could also go on a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary which would take you about 5 days. If you go by the Muktinath Route you could go up to Mustang, a charming village amidst the Himalayas with its own impressive culture and traditions.

    Chitwan National Park

    By now you might be thinking that Nepal is all about quaint hillside cities, beautiful vistas, and the highest mountains in the world. But there is also another side to Nepal- a wild side, one that could be best experienced at the Chitwan National Park. Chitwan is situated at an altitude of about 100 meters at the lowest and features a tropical monsoon climate and vegetation. This allows for a plethora of wildlife to throng this area. the national park is situated about 60 km from the capital and usually takes about 5 hours to reach. Most of the delay in the journey is due to the many traffic jams that you are likely to face on the way. However, much of the journey follows the Trishul Valley and is quite a scenic route.

    Of the many animals that you could find here, you are most likely to see rhinos, leopards, Bengal tigers, gaurs, deer, and sloth bears. Rivers and streams cut through the national park and are thronged by crocodiles and freshwater dolphins. Chitwan is a haven for ornithologists since it boasts about 500 different species of birds.

    If you are planning a trip to Chitwan National Park, try to come to this amazing wildlife destination between the cooler months of October and February. Most of the migratory bird species are visible around this time of the year.

    Langtang Region

    The Langtang Region, similar to the Annapurna Region is a favorite among trekkers. It is home to the Langtang National Park and features an exceptional array of trekking routes through high passes, stunning sceneries, and age-old monasteries. If you are trekking during spring, you will also see the paths turning a bright shade of scarlet owing to the bloom of rhododendrons. Langtang is situated about 200 km away from Kathmandu and can be easily reached by bus or a taxi. The journey would take you about 4 hours.

    This region is the home of the Sherpas and is somewhat less developed than the other trekking destinations in Nepal. This means that the routes are also less busy allowing you unhindered access to indulge in nature at its best. The Langtang Leung peak at an incredible height of 7,245 m is visible on clear days and makes way for one of the most magnificent backdrops to click photographs. There are various trekking routes to explore around the Langtang Region which span from a couple of days to several weeks.

    Everest Base Camp

    Everest, the highest peak in the world, is just at the reach of your fingertips while you are exploring Nepal. And it will be a sorry state of affairs if you miss this wondrous opportunity to witness the highest peak in the world! As you enter the Everest Region you will find that trekking in the area has become a very common activity nowadays. Though climbing Everest requires skill, patience, mental and physical fitness, and whatnot, climbing to the base camp is a much easier affair. Most trekkers simply trek to the base camp to get a glimpse of the ever-standing Mt. Everest.

    You should remember that it is not amongst the most scenic treks in the country. However, the allure of trekking through the paths that will take you to the top of the world is something that gets hooked on you like a drug. You could choose from among a variety of routes to trek to the base camp. The best time to take on this exciting journey is in spring or autumn. However, it is not mandatory to reach the base camp if you want to just look at the highest mountain in the world. If you are not that much of an adventurer and have just come amongst the mountains to relax and chill, you could get a glimpse of Everest from the nearby town of Nagarkot on a clear morning.


    The name of Lumbini is written in history books as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who later becomes the Buddha. Lumbini does not fall under the main tracks followed by tourists and could be regarded as an offbeat location that is worth a visit. The off-the-track feature also ensures that you could easily escape from the regular crowds and enjoy some alone time in peace and solitude. Lumbini is situated about 250 km away from Kathmandu and could be easily reached by taxi or bus.
    Lumbini has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This small town will give you a sense of tranquillity like nowhere else. This town also welcomes many pilgrims, majorly Buddhists, from around the world who have come to retrace the path of Buddha through the various eventful turns in his life. Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini is believed to be the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama and is dedicated to his mother. The temple houses an ancient stone relic that dates back to the 2nd century AD and depicts the birth of Buddha.
    <![CDATA[Namibia : 8 Not-To-Miss Places in Namibia]]>Tue, 14 Jun 2022 16:36:36 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/namibia-8-not-to-miss-places-in-namibia#namibia #holidays #adventure #package #travel
    Capital:  Windhoek
    Hosea Kutako International Airport  

    Namibia is situated on the southern side of the African continent and opens up into the Atlantic Ocean on the western side. Botswana is situated on its eastern side while South Africa shares borders on the southern and eastern sides. To the north of the nation, it shares its borders with Zambia and Angola. It is a land with great geographical diversity and you will come across everything from moving dunes to colossal mountains, from sunny savannahs to excellent beaches, and so on! There is so much that this nation has to offer and only a trip to Namibia can show you how wondrous this nation really is. So, let's just dig into all the stunning places that you just have to see if you are planning on a trip to Namibia.
    Etosha National Park

    Etosha National Park is one of the gems of Namibia and should be on top of your list of places to visit in Namibia. It is situated about 435 km away from Windhoek, the most common entry point into Namibia. It is well-connected by roadways and you could hire a private or a shared vehicle to make the journey. It will take you roughly 6 hours to reach your destination on road. There are no regularly scheduled flights, however, there are provisions for chartered flights in the form of airstrips within the park.

    Etosha is famous because of the number of rare animal species that you could spot here. It has been the hub for spotting rare animals for over 100 years and still continues to do so. The first time Etosha National Park was declared as a game reserve was in 1907. The region is lined with salt pans and trails often frequented by leopards. The famous Leopard Hills are definitely worth your time as you are exploring Etosha. You will also find African bush elephants and zebras near the water bodies within the park. The extremely rare black rhino might even make an appearance if you are lucky enough. The springing springbok is another of the rare marvels that the national park has to offer. In short, the variety of fauna has indeed made Etosha the safari kingpin of this nation.


    Sossusvlei is situated within the expanse of the intoxicating Namib Dessert and forms part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The best way to travel to Sossusvlei is by renting a car and getting all the way to your destination on road. You may also collaborate with a tour operator to get easy access to the region from Windhoek. However, if you are driving, be sure to take certain precautions and follow the traffic rules. This is especially important since there are no fences and there are high chances that you may find a wild animal resting on the streets.

    This is the place to enjoy the desert environment in its rawest form. All you will find are wind expanses of sand and dunes which occasionally shift with the change in the wind. Some of the dunes that you are likely to find at Sossusvlei could well be regarded as some of the highest dunes in the world. A fine example is the colossal Dune 7 which could go up to as much as 350 m above sea level after repeated deposition of sand by the wind. You could easily delve into the wildness of this arid region on a 4x4 and you are most likely to come across oryxes, springbok, ostriches, and antelopes in the region.


    Kaokoland is one of the destinations that is going to awe you the most. Few other destinations in the entirety of Africa or the world that could be so enchanting. In most cases, it is recommended that you hire a chartered flight to one of the airstrips in Kaokoland to reach the place. Driving a 4x4 is another option, though it is not recommended. You need to have the most exceptional skills with a 4x4 to make it safely into Kaokoland.

    It is one of the remotest regions in Namibia and the beauty of this place is raw, pristine, and untouched. Winding river systems criss-cross through the landmass like a gigantic, slithering snake, cutting through the rockiest of mountains. This region boasts of an entirely different kind of arid beauty and could be easily reached through a chartered flight from any of the hot locations in Namibia. The indigenous Himba tribe is one of the major draws for tourists who are planning a trip to Kaokoland- they are ever smiling and have lived for ages in the wilderness as nomads. You will also get to see mountain elephants here, a particular kind of elephant species that has evolved through centuries to live in the absence of proper water resources.


    Swakopmund is one of the favorite destinations along the Atlantic Ocean offering you the benefits of a beach destination. The best way to reach this amazing location has to be through the roadways though other methods of transportation exist. It is situated about 362 km away from Windhoek and takes about 5 hours to reach. There are no airports in Swakopmund but you may hire a chartered flight and end up in one of the airstrips in the area. you may take a private cab or hail the local minibus services to reach Swakopmund from Windhoek.

    This area was occupied by the Germans during the colonial era and it is very easy to spot the German influence in everything the Swakopmund has to offer. Saxon facades lining the outside of the Altes Gefängnis jail and the ochre-colored Woermanhaus are but some of the examples of the prevailing German architecture in this part. The beachside is lined with many beer bars where you can have a grand, relaxing time. The crafts markets are a great place to look for souvenirs and if you are lucky, you may even find such things as age-old Nazi trinkets.

    Skeleton Coast Park

    Skeleton Coast Park is one of the best examples of places that offers you a fine glimpse into the Namibian wildlife. There are different entry points into the park with the south one being the most popular. If you plan to enter the national park from the south, you have to travel about 200 km from Swakopmund or about 485 km from Windhoek on road. You could hire a private or a shared vehicle to make this journey.

    From top to bottom, Skeleton Cross Park covers a span of about 500 km- on one side is the huge expanse of desert with dunes while on the other side, it opens up into the Atlantic Ocean. The area where the desert meets with the ocean on the shoreline is delineated and is regarded as one of the most dangerous shorelines in the entire world. The rusting remains of age-old tankers, broken fishing boats, and rusting convoy ships bear witness to the dangers of this coastline. You will also come across tales of many a sailor who had lost their lives along the shoreline. Thus, the main lifeforms dominating this region are hyenas and Namid elephants.


    Twyfelfontein is situated on the northern side of Namibia and is barely a town, to say the least. However, it sure is one of the most impressive places that you could visit in this country. The region gained the status of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and was the first place in Namibia to be proclaimed so. It is situated about 430 km away from Windhoek, 300 km from Otijwarongo, and the nearest town is Khorixas just 99 km away. Most travelers going to Twyfelfontein start their journey in a car from Khorixas.
    The charm of the place lies in the humongous displays of ancient rock art. It is situated within the Kunene Region at the heart of the northern parts of the country. There are about 16 individual sites spread throughout this region that tells an interesting tale about human habitation through rock art. Each of these locations has unique petroglyphs specific to the region. It is estimated that the region has been inhabited for thousands of years easily dating back to at least the 6th century BC.


    Namibia is all about dramatic natural features and captivating landscapes and Spitzkoppe is one of the most fascinating structures that you are likely to see in Namibia. It is very easy to reach by road and is situated at a distance of just 180 km from Swakopmund and 280 km from Windhoek. The roadways are the best way to reach this destination and you will definitely be awed by what you are going to see here!

    When the Germans first came to the land and came across the Spitzkoppe in the early 1900s, they immediately compared it to the stunning Swiss Matterhorn. The comparison is very justified given that this natural structure is a gigantic mass of granite stone jutting out of the earth and reaching an elevation of about 1,700 m in the middle of the desert. There are many stunning rock formations to explore in this region which include bridges, arches, and caves that will leave you in absolute wonderment. The base of the Spitzkoppe is also lined with ancient rock paintings from the early inhabitants of the region. There is a campsite in the area where you could stay for a night or two and indulge in the raw charm that the place has to offer.

    Fish River Canyon 

    The fish River Canyon is located in the southern reaches of Namibia and is one of the most stunning sites to visit, especially if there is an adventurer within you. The Namibian side of the canyon is also the best place to get a taste of what the canyon has to offer. Some of the most picturesque views of the Fish River Canyon are available from multiple locations such as Hobas or Ais-Ais. The remote location of the canyon makes the journey long and arduous and it takes about 8 hours to reach the place from Windhoek. The region has an international airport and you could directly get down here instead of getting down at Windhoek.

    The region is a stunning sight, one that you are never likely to forget. The canyon is lined with red rocky mountains that soar high above the deep valleys in the region. Deep pits of sand, colossal boulders, and a stunning blood-red sunset against the Three Sisters are some of the most stunning things that you would see in the canyon. The adventurer in you could go on treks through the canyon passing through rough terrain, long dusty lanes, high passes, and so on, and stretching for about 88 km from start to finish.
    <![CDATA[Bhutan : 8 Not-To-Miss Places in Bhutan]]>Wed, 08 Jun 2022 16:48:51 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/bhutan-8-not-to-miss-places-in-bhutan#bhutan #thimphu #travel #adventure #asia
                    Bhutan, known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon is a quaint, peaceful, hilly country set amidst the Greater Himalayas. It is the smallest nation in the world and also happens to be the happiest country where the GDP is measured on an index of happiness within the population. The nation covers only 38,394 km2 and houses only about eight hundred thousand people. The country is situated between China and India on its northern and its southern and eastern sides respectively. On the western side lies another small mountain nation, Nepal! The most popular routes that enter Bhutan either pass through Nepal or India.
                    Bhutan is a monarchy presided by His Majesty, the King. The major religion in Bhutan is Mahayana Buddhism and thus you will get to see some of the most fascinating monasteries while visiting the nation. One of the best things about Bhutan is the welcoming population and the fact that crime is negligible.

    Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and what a truly remarkable city it is! It is the largest city in Bhutan and one of the most majestic places that you can ever visit. The best way to get into Thimphu would be through a combination of rail and roadways. You have to take a train to Hasimara starting from Kolkata in West Bengal, India. Taxis from the railway station will take you to Phuentsholing in about half an hour from where you can take a cab or bus to Thimphu. The road is one of the most amazing features of the journey since you will pass through steep high-altitude Himalayan roads which hold a charm of their own!
    Thimphu gained status as a capital city in 1961 when the royal family was crowned. Before '61, Punakha was the ancient site of central activity among the religious leaders of the nation. It is a wide, spread-out city with the Wang Chhu River flowing beside it and some picturesque views every now and then. There are some extraordinary places in Thimphu to visit which are surely going to enchant you. Tashichho Dzong around the edge of the city is an ancient and magnificent fortress-monastery that used to be the seat of governance. You could also visit the philatelic Bureau in Bhutan. You might wonder why a post office is suggested in the list of attractions. Well, if you have a digitized photograph of yourself, you could get a book of stamps with your photo on it for about 200 Nu at this post office. It is one of the best souvenirs that you could collect from Bhutan!


    Lhuentse is one of the most charming places that you can visit in Bhutan. Whether you start from Thimphu or Paro, Lhuentse is quite far off from either location. Since train or flight services are not available in Bhutan, you have to hit the road. It will take you about 14 hours from Thimphu and 13 hours from Paro to reach Lhuentse.

    Lhuentse is the place to be if you really want to go off the grid to a place that is not even frequented by many tourists. Lhuentse used to be the home to the royal family of Bhutan. It has beautiful mountain ranges that you can stare at throughout the day without ever getting bored. There are also many sacred places to go to while you are in Lhuentse such as the Jangchubling Monastery, Lhuentse Dzong, Singye Dzong, and so on. The weaving skills and textile traditions of Lhuentse are worth the mention and you have to see it to believe it! You can also set up camp in Lhuentse through a camping agency in Bhutan if there is an adventurer in you. The starry nights and exceptional sunrise are features to behold!


    Paro is the second-largest city in Bhutan and the only one with an international airport. If you are planning on getting to Bhutan by air, you would have to take a flight to Paro and then do the remaining journey through a network of excellent roadways. Being an important city, it is very well-connected to the rest of Bhutan through the roads.

    The city is situated along the banks of the Paro River and has been the site of some kind of monastery since the onset of the 10th century. The city was also the northern stronghold of the nation to prevent attacks from Tibet. You will see the exuberance and intricacy of Bhutanese architecture among the homes and shops on the main street of Paro. There are also tons of cafes and restaurants perched here and there for you to enjoy all kinds of delicacies particular to the Bhutanese people. If you are looking for some unique article with great antiquity, Paro is the place for you to be. (Remember though, you are not allowed to collect and take any antiquity item outside the nation!) There are many corner shops where you will find some beautiful Buddhist souvenirs to take home with you.

    Taktsang Monastery

    Though Taktsang Monastery is situated in Paro, it deserves a special mention. Taktsang Monastery is the kind of place which is made of legends of yore! The location itself is quite unique and exciting given that the monastery is situated about 800 meters above Paro valley. It is constructed along a ledge on the steep cliff-face of the mountain about halfway to the top! Taktsang is more commonly known as the Tiger's Nest Monastery and has gained quite the popularity throughout the world in recent years. It has always been a special place within the Buddhist community. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the first monk to have introduced Buddhism in Bhutan, landed on the ledge by flying on a giant tigress who is believed to be Yeshe Tsogyal, a consort. He meditated in the 13 caves for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days, and 3 hours. When he emerged, it is believed that he did so in 8 manifestations making this a very holy place amongst Buddhists from all over the world. The monastery was constructed around 1692 surrounding the ancient caves and is now regarded as a cultural icon of the Bhutanese people.


    If you are looking for a place that is far away from the population and offers some of the most majestic views of the Himalayas, you have to go to Haa. It is the smallest town in Bhutan but also happens to be one of the brightest jewels on its crown. You will get panoramic views that you have only dreamt of especially with Mt. Chamolhari and Jichu Drakey so near to you. It is very easy to reach Haa especially if you are in Paro Valley. Haa district is adjacent to Paro district and the small town is about 65 km away from Paro Valley. You can take a bus or a cab from Paro to get into Haa.

    It is one of the best places for photographers and travelers alike. The place is small and thus can be easily traversed through on foot. You will get picturesque locations in Haa which you will remember for a long time to come. The beautiful sceneries and many temples throughout the villages of Bhutan is very common. This represents a rich heritage and you will have to learn, taste and understand the Bhutanese lifestyle.

    Punakha Dzong

    Punakha is a must-visit attraction in Punakha and you’d surely be missing out on a lot if you do not visit this small town. The town is situated between Pho and Mo Chhu rivers and used to be the ancient capital of Bhutan while it was ruled by religious leaders. It is very easy to reach Punakha as it is well connected by roadways and lies about 120 km away from Paro Valley. One of the most attractive features of Punakha has to be Punakha Dzong, a fortified monastery from age-old times. The dzong was built in the 17th century under the leadership of Zhabdrung Rinpoche and is the second oldest one in the nation. It is also known as Pungtang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang which roughly translates to the “Palace of Happiness and Bliss”! Since it is one of the oldest structures in Bhutan you will also find some of the oldest relics of Bhutan here which includes artifacts from the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu School of Buddhism. Sacred items belonging to the first Zhabdrung Rinpoche could also be found in the dzong.

    Phobjikha Valley

    Phobjikha Valley at an elevation of about 3,000 meters from the sea level, is a U-shaped valley located in central Bhutan. Its altitude makes it a very remote location which means that it might be difficult for you to reach the place. It is situated about 140 km from Thimphu and 80 km from Punakha but no public vehicles are operating between these cities and the valley. You may be able to hire a shared cab from Punakha Valley or you can hire a private cab either from Thimphu or Punakha to reach the destination.

    It is one of the most awe-inspiring locations to be in while you are exploring Bhutan. It is also known as Gangten Valley owing to the eponymous monastery situated here. The Gangten Monastery is one of the most popular attractions in the Phobjikha Valley. The extreme altitude also means that there are chances of getting snow in the valley if you visit it at the right time- though there is the possibility of landslides or other such calamities which might make the valley inaccessible. The valley is a stunning marshland that allows diverse species of flora and fauna to thrive in the area. One of the most impressive features of Phobjikha Valley has to be the rare black-necked cranes. These migratory birds fly into the valley from Tibet during the winter months and circle the monastery thrice before taking shelter in the wetlands. The birds once again follow this mysterious routine as they ascend to leave the valley with the onset of spring in March. This curious behavior of the birds has not yet been explained though it is seen as a good omen within the Buddhist community. There are about 10 other protected species of animals and birds to be found in this valley.

    Jigme Dorji National Park 

    The Jigme Dorji National Park covers about 4,300 km2 and is home to 37 different endangered species of animals in Bhutan. It was established in 1974 and has since been one of the major attractions in Bhutan. The best way to reach the national park has to be from Thimphu. It takes about 4.5 hours to reach Jigme Dorji National Park from Thimphu and it is situated about 122 km from the capital.

    The national park passes through different geographic realms since it covers an altitude from 1,400 m to more than 7,000 m. Some of the rare animals that you might see through the expanse of this national park include snow leopards, Royal Bengal tigers, clouded leopards, Indian leopards, Himalayan black bears, and the stunning Bhutanese Takin. You will also find various species of sambars, deer, and gorals throughout the park. The park also holds a terrific diversity in flora owing to the rapidly changing altitude as well as avian species including migratory as well as indigenous birds. 
    <![CDATA[Nigeria : ​7 Not-To-Miss Places in Nigeria]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2022 14:21:06 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/nigeria-7-not-to-miss-places-in-nigeria#nigeria #africa #lagos #travel #holidays #adventure
    Capital  : Abuja
    Airport :
     Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS)       

                  Nigeria, situated on the western side of the continent, is the most populous and one of the largest countries in Africa. It is surrounded by Niger, Chad, and Cameroon on the northern and eastern sides while sharing its borders with Benin on the western side. The southern side of the nation opens up into the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. The largest city in Nigeria is Lagos and it happens to be one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world!

               The captivating thing about Nigeria is its diversity. The diversity could be experienced among its people where just a few miles bring you to a different tribe, in its geography where just by crossing a plateau you'd experience the change from huge expanses of savannahs to lush, green rainforests, and so on. The bigger cities such as Abuja and Lagos have charms of their own and truly bring city spirit to life! True to an African experience, you'd also come across all kinds of wildlife features as you travel through the country. All in all, Nigeria is a package of an experience, and here are some of the most impressive places that you cannot miss while on a trip to Nigeria.

    Lagos is the largest city on the African continent and it immediately shows as you step into this amazing city. It has a life of its own and would charm and captivate you with its uniqueness. Lagos is one of the best entry points into a Nigerian vacation given the fact that it receives regularly scheduled flights from a lot of international destinations such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dubai, South Africa, and the US. Lagos is also well connected by air, road, and railway routes to the rest of Nigeria allowing you easy access to the neighboring areas.

    This huge city is home to 18 million dwellers. The streets are filled with all kinds of people and you get to see the vibrant charm of Nigeria face on. There is a multitude of beer bars and clubs with live music and interesting food. If you are looking forward to exploring the party life in Lagos, you should head to Ikeja or Victoria Island districts where you find all kinds of people- locals, ex-pats, and sailors- sharing stories over mugfuls of beer. Lagos is near the coast and you could easily experience beach activities in the Lagos bar Beach area where the beautiful golden beaches mix with the clear blue of the Atlantic. If you like adventure you could head to Tarkwa Bay and try your hand at jet skiing. For the history lovers, Lagos' horrifying history could still be felt at the Point of No Return, where the slave trade prevailed extensively in the colonial era!


    Abeokuta is an interesting place that should be on your list of top places to visit in Nigeria. It is the capital city of Ogun State and lies on the northern side of Lagos. The best and most economic means of transport into Abeokuta has to be the railways. Regularly scheduled high-speed trains are available connecting Lagos to Ibadan. Abeokuta falls halfway between the two cities and it roughly takes about an hour to reach this city from either end.

    As you enter Abeokuta you will be passing through huge fields of yam and maize, large expanses of woody savannahs, and numerous fields of palm oil plantations. It is an important location in the history of Nigeria. Abeokuta used to fall on the route connecting Lagos to the heart of Western Africa and thus was witness to the extensive slave trading operations that happened here. Because of this, fortifications have also been raised around the city by previous inhabitants, examples of which are still standing today in some places. The gigantic Oluma Rock bulges out of the earth in the backdrop of this city and is, quite obviously, one of the most striking details about the city. There are several cultural museums that you could go to while you are in Abeokuta. The craft shops are a great haunt if you are looking to collect souvenirs. The caves around Abeokuta are interesting to explore and would give you an illustrious and detailed history of the ancient human settlements in the entire Ogun State region.


    Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria. It is neat and clean and offers you a relaxing time- however, it is not as grand or lively as Lagos. Being the capital, it receives regularly scheduled flights from international destinations including several European countries and the US. However, the best way to get into Abuja would be from Lagos airport if you are planning to fly in. being the capital city, it is also well-connected to the rest of Nigeria through a network of train and bus routes.

    It is a comfortable place to spend a night or two as you relax and prepare yourself for the energetic tour through Nigeria. There's not much to do here other than go for city-like attractions such as the Abuja Millennium Park. The Abuja National Mosque is a beautiful structure visible from afar thanks to its four towering, spear-like minarets and should be on your list of places to visit in Abuja. The National Assembly Complex will give you an insight into the modern political system that grips the nation while shopping at Wuse market could be a heart-warming experience for shoppers.

    Yankari National Park

    Yankari National Park was initially opened as a game reserve to the public in 1956 and attained national park status in 1991. It is a stunning visit and one of the most popular national parks to visit in Nigeria. The best time to spot a huge variety of animals at Yankari National Park has to be the dry seasons between October and May. It lies to the east of Abuja and can be easily reached from the major cities like Abuja and Lagos via flights which will drop you at Bauchi. The national park is about 110 km from Bauchi on-road and takes about 5 hours to reach.

    The verdant Yankari National Park sees an annual footfall of 20,000 people making it a very popular destination amongst tourists. This ensures that there are a lot of lodges to choose from and many tour operators who offer all-inclusive packages to explore the national park. The area boasts an excellent collection of flora and fauna to look out for. Huge herds of African elephants abound the place and you are sure to see them if not anything else. Many caves in the region have excellent records of the ancient settlers of the African continent. The Kalban Hill is easy to scale and you will come across several lookouts giving way to excellent vistas. The chiseled rocks of Tonlong Gorge are also an exceptional feature to look out for.

    Kainji Lake National Park

    The Kainji Lake National Park is one of the biggest protected areas in Nigeria covering an area of almost 5,000 km2. However, there is nothing natural about this area since Kainji Lake started as a huge water reservoir in 1968 and earned the status of being a national park much late as the flora and fauna around the area developed. There are two nearby airports through which you can head to Kainji Lake National Park, namely Minna and Ilorin Airport, both of which receive regular local flights. The area is well connected through a network of roadways to all the major cities in Nigeria and is a much better means of entering the national park.

    Three different regions together encompass the park- Kainji Lake, Borgu Game Reserve, and Zugurma Game Reserve. There are various kinds of flora to be found in this area. the fauna is also varied and ranges from predatory species to simians to other plant-eating varieties. There are many lions to be found in this region and it is regarded as a Lion Conservation Unit. Among other animals, you are most likely to see herds of elephants, Patas monkeys, baboons, green monkeys, buffaloes, warthogs, and Grimm's and Red-flanked duikers.

    Gashaka Gumti National Park

    Gashaka Gumti National Park is the largest one in Nigeria and was established in the last decade of the 20th century. It is situated along the north-easter border region of Nigeria. Access to the park is very easy either by air or through the road. If you are planning on flying into the national park you have to get down at Yola Airport. The cab ride from the airport will take you about 7 hours to reach Serti, the entrance to the park in the Gashaka province. If you are going on the road, Jos is the best place to start your journey and it will take you about 10 hours to reach the park gates.

    The Gashaka Gumti National Park covers over 6,000 km2 in area and was established in 1991 by combining two humongous game reserves in Nigeria. The rivers that pass through this park make it all the more famous, sometimes opening up into the most gorgeous cascading waterfalls. The diversity in fauna throughout the park is exceptional and it is noted that there are about 103 different species of mammals alone, not to mention so many species of birds, reptiles, and whatnot! It is a haven for bird watchers since it hosts some rare bird species too such as the red-faced lovebird. Elephants are a common sight as far as terrestrial life is considered and so is the African golden cat. Chimpanzees and buffaloes are also found in plenty as you explore the park premises.


    Erin-Ijesha is a quaint town situated at Ilesha in Osun state. There are several ways to get to Erin Ijesha including self-riding bikes. However, irrespective of the route you choose you would have to break your journey as you’d have to take a different vehicle from Ilesha to reach your final destination.

    The charm of Erin-Ijesha lies in the Erin-Ijesha waterfall, the most popular waterfall in Nigeria. Also known as the Olumirin Waterfalls, this is a seven-step waterfall and is the best haul for adventure enthusiasts. The city of Ilesha has its own store of history that intrigues visitors but the waterfall has some magic of its own! The first three tiers of the waterfall are easy to traverse and it gets more and more difficult as you go further down. Mind you, from the fourth tier onwards, the climb down is for the brave-hearted only. However, a trip to this amazing waterfall is mandatory if you are visiting Nigeria otherwise you will be missing out on a lot.

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    <![CDATA[Ghana : ​8 Not-To-Miss Places in Ghana]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2022 07:27:28 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/ghana-8-not-to-miss-places-in-ghana#ghana #travel #adventure #liesure #holidays #rest #Relaxation
                    Ghana is situated on the western side of the African continent and happens to be the second most populous nation in that region. The southern side of the country opens up into the Gulf of Guinea and then into the Atlantic Ocean. To the east, north, and west are the countries of Togo, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast respectively.

    Ghana is one of the most up-and-coming places in Africa and is clearly enjoying the benefits of a stable democracy. It is a very safe place to visit with north and south Ghana displaying cultures, religion, and geography which are entirely different from each other. Despite such differences, the country is moving forward at a good phase as one unit with welcoming and joyful people. There’s plenty to do in Ghana and if it’s your first African nation you’d be happy to know that the nation is also known as “Africa for Beginners”!

    Accra, the capital and the largest city in Ghana is very easily accessible from the rest of the world. All you need to do is board an international flight and there are plenty of options available. This is, in fact, one of the best modes to enter Ghana from outside Africa! After flying to the Accra Kotoka International Airport, you may either hire a cab service or bus services to reach the city center.

    Accra is such a place that has something for everybody. Whether you are traveling with your family or simply embarking on a solo trip, there are tons of activities that you could be doing in Accra. There are so many beaches that surround the capital city waiting to be explored. The most popular among the beaches have to be the nearby Labadi Beach.

    You may also head to the National Museum of Ghana, a splendid site to gain a perspective into the history of this nation. There is a collection that displays in detail the ills of the African slave trade and talks about all the lives and families that were destroyed because of it. You will also find great explanations relating to the ethnographic variety that is prevalent in Ghana. Traditional household objects, Ashanti tools, marvelous works of art, and a workshop to learn weaving Kente cloth are some of the other attractions that the museum has in store for you.

    Of the other notable places to visit in Accra, you have to have the National Theatre on your list. The International Trade Fair held annually in Accra is also a delightful visit if you get the chance. The Independence Square, the Kwame Nkrumah memorial, and the W.E.B. Dubois Centre are other important attractions to visit in Accra. The coffin shops located in Teshie are surely going to leave you awestruck. There are many markets to be explored throughout Accra where you can look for souvenirs to bring home. The food is delectable and you have to try the local cuisines in the restaurants and cafes in Accra.

    Labadi Beach

    Labadi Beach is situated in the Labadi suburbs in Accra but deserves a special mention. It is the most stunning beach that you can visit while you are exploring Ghana. Since it is situated near to the capital it is very easy to reach Labadi Beach. You may even set your base around the beach area as you explore the capital city.

    Labadi beach is also known as the La Pleasure Beach and is comprised of a stretch of white, soft, sandy beach washed by the Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf of Guinea. There are tons of hotels around the beach and with that, there are many options to eat and drink too. The restaurants and cafes around the region are very lively with wonderful music and delectable food preparations. There are many bars around the area too serving the best kinds of cocktails with a side of lively conversations. The best time to visit the beach has to be on weekends or during the festive times when the area becomes the liveliest. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the sunset and sunrise through the beach- this is going to be one of the most mesmerizing sights that Ghana has to offer!

    The Labadi Beach area also has numerous art galleries for you to explore, the most prominent among which is the Artists Alliance Gallery. Established by Ablade Glover, a Ghanaian artist, this is a three-storeyed art gallery filled to the brim with numerous Ghanaian artistic treasures such as furniture items, Kente cloth, Asafo flags, metal sculptures, and masks.

    Cape Coast

    When it comes to culture Cape Coast is one of the most significant places to be in Africa. It used to be the capital during the colonial era and has lots to offer in terms of attractions to any visitor. It is very easy to reach Cape Coast if you are starting from a major city such as Accra or Kumasi. There are regularly scheduled buses from each of the two places and it will take you about 3 hours from Accra and 1 hour from Kumasi.

    The history of Cape Coast is tragic. Once known as Cabo Corso by the Portuguese, the small town used to be the biggest slave-trading hub in all of Western Africa. It was right here that slaves were bought and sold, packed tightly under the fortifications of the fort like some commodity, and sent off to an uncertain and often traumatic future in the New World. The experiences you will find on Cape Coast are sure to move you and leave a deep impact on you.

    Nowadays you will find a relaxed atmosphere in this region with the town being predominantly a fishing settlement. The major attractions that you have to visit while you are on Cape Coast are Fort William, Cape Coast Castle, and Victoria Fort. You can go on relaxing walks through the streets lined with beautiful, old, colonial buildings and other structures. This is the best base if you are planning on exploring the surrounding Elmina, Anomabu, and Kakum National Park!

    Kakum National Park

    Kakum National Park is a beautiful place that you could be visiting while you are on a trip through Ghana. It is very near to Cape Coast and usually done as a day trip from there. If you want to stay the night at Kakum, you have numerous opportunities to do that too. Traveling to Kakum on a tro-tros is the cheapest mean of travel. You may even book a rental cab to take you to and through the national park from Cape Coast. It will take you about one hour to reach the national park from Cape Coast.

    Kakum National Park is a well-protected forested area that is covered in a diverse range of flora and fauna. there are about 40 mammalian species within the park premises to be found to begin with. There are also over 300 different species of birds to be found making it a haven for bird-watchers. Lepidopterology, popularly known as butterfly watching is another exciting activity to enjoy in this national park since it is a storehouse of about 600 different species of butterflies.

    Another popular attraction in the Kakum National Park is the canopy walk. This exciting addition includes platforms built high up amongst the trees and connected through an array of suspension bridges. The bridges and the platforms are built at a height of about 30 meters above the floor of the forest.


    Busua is another quaint African town situated along the coast of Ghana and is easily accessible through Takoradi, Cape Coast, and Accra, in increasing order of distance. Takoradi is the nearest town to Busua and is situated about 35 km away. The town itself is quite pleasant and offers a relaxing atmosphere for the travelers to simply lie back and chill. The most attractive draw to this town has to be the fact that it is strategically located between the exciting towns of Dixcove and Butre.

    Busua is especially a useful location among backpackers or those looking for a bit of adventure. People who love the beach vibe along with the opportunity to go on small excursions here and there would benefit most from a stay in Busua. Unlike the other beaches in Ghana, the waters in Busua do not have a strong surf making it an excellent choice to go swimming. You could even rent surfboards to go on marine expeditions. Bicycles are also available for rent to help you explore the town better. There are small and attractive restaurants serving exceptional food and good places where you can have a grand shopping experience.

    Mole National Park

    Mole National Park is one of the easier to access places in Ghana though there is only one main entrance into the park about 3 km from Larabanga. There are no direct bus or cab services to enter Mole National Park from anywhere in Ghana. You have to travel to Larabanga first and then rent a vehicle from there onwards. The national park is about 10 hours away from Accra, 6 hours away from Kumasi, and about 3 hours away from Tamale.

    This is an impressive place and best known as the safari option for families. The national park boasts about 300 mammalian species. It is also a great place for bird watching since the national park stores about 300 different species of birds. You can either go on hiking safaris through the park or go on driving safaris. If you do not have a vehicle, you can hire one of the park-authorized vehicles for your convenience. You get to see such animals as buffalos, warthogs, African elephants, kob antelopes, and baboons in the park. The best time to visit the park has to be the wintery months of December to April, though you will get animal sightings no matter when you visit the park.

    Akwidaa & Cape Three Points

    Akwidaa is situated towards the southernmost tip of Ghana and is easily accessible by road. If you are starting from Accra, it will take you about 6 hours in a private car to reach Akwidaa. You will have to follow through the major cities along the coastline and take a detour once you have reached Takoradi. Akwidaa is quite near to Takoradi on the Takoradi-Agona road and will hardly take you a couple of hours. If you are traveling by bus you have to change vehicles a couple of times. You have to get off at Takoradi and take a bus to Agona Nkwanta wherefrom you have to take another bus to Akwidaa.

    It is a beautiful place with a white sandy beach spanning through the entire length of the town and washed by the pristine, clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The beach in Akwidaa is a relaxing haunt and one of the best that the nation has to offer. There are nearby cocoa plantations and forests that you can explore in Akwidaa. You may also go on one of the guided tours into the turtle nesting sites along the beach at night. The place has a laidback, calming charm with a terrific bar scene intermingled with delectable food and seafood options. Cape Three Points, the southernmost point in Ghana is nearby and you can go on a day trip visit to this amazing place. The journey to the cape on a canoe is something from the Ghana trip that you will always remember and cherish.


    Kumasi has an ancient history once being the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom. Now, it is the second-largest city in Ghana and attracts quite the crowd. It is a beautiful city loaded with Ashanti culture and traditions even today giving you a great insight into the lives of the traditional Ghanaian people. The closest airport to Kumasi is located in Kumasi and the city is about 30 minutes from the airport on a bus. If you are traveling from Accra on road, it will take you about 5 hours 30 minutes to reach this city.

    The city is a beautiful and unique place to find yourself in. the city itself looks like a gigantic marketplace with the most terrific attraction being the Kejetia market. It is such a fascinating marketplace with so many things on offer that you could easily lose yourself amid all the wonders for a couple of days. If you are looking for a lesson on African democracy in its most traditional form, then a visit to the Manhyia Palace is essential. The National Cultural Center should also be on your list of places to visit in Kumasi. If you are not doing anything and just want to chill and relax enroll in one of the traditional drumming or dancing lessons in Kumasi.

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    <![CDATA[Uganda : 10 Not-To-Miss Places in Uganda]]>Tue, 24 May 2022 20:53:13 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/uganda-10-not-to-miss-places-in-uganda#uganda #kampala #kibale #travel #adventure #holidays
                    Uganda is a landlocked country on the eastern side of the African continent. It is bordered by Kenya, South Sudan, Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania on the eastern, northern, western, and southern sides respectively. The southern part of the nation is also washed by the waters of the gigantic Lake Victoria and water from the Victoria Nile River. A lot of political tension exists in Uganda and lots of precautions need to be taken care of while you are visiting the northern territories. However, Uganda is slowly coming up to be one of the top destinations to have a complete African experience.

    The country has all kinds of natural features to attract oncoming tourists. Wildlife is thronging throughout nature covered in all kinds of natural features such as rainforests, tall and misty mountains, and singular volcanos. Waterfalls are also a common occurrence throughout the country. Kampala, the capital of Uganda is beautiful in its own way and is steeped in African tribal history, tradition, and culture. Here are some of the most impressive places that should be on your itinerary if you are planning to visit Uganda.

    The Buganda Kingdom once ruled over the lands that now comprise Uganda and Kampala has been the capital then as it is now. It is a charming city that is loaded in history being of the first cities in Africa. You will also find a great inclination towards ancient African cultures and traditions in this beautiful city. The best way to enter Kampala has to be through the air. The Entebbe International Airport hosts regular flights from a number of international destinations and is situated about 35 km to the southwest of the capital. You have to get down at this airport and hire cab services to reach Kampala.

    Kampala has an engaging atmosphere and gives you a good sense of being in a big city, albeit with a touch of Ancient Africa. The Kasubi Tombs have to be top on your list of places to visit in Kampala- you will find some of the thatched relics from days of yore.  People watching would also be a great pastime in Kampala as you see the regular crowd moving onwards with their daily life. You should visit Owino market- this is the best place to experience daily life in Uganda and also happens to be the largest market area in central-east Africa. The Gaddafi National Mosque with its tall minarets is another site that you just have to visit. The Naskero Hills lies towards the edge of the city and has all the villas in the country.


    Entebbe is a city that will come on your way as you travel through Uganda. In fact, this is the entry point into Uganda for international tourists. While you are here, it makes sense to explore the city. And what a truly beautiful city it is! The city has a laidback atmosphere unlike Kampala and serves as a great spot for resting before taking on your exciting journey through Uganda. The international airport itself is a beautiful sight with the runway being washed by the waters of Lake Victoria on one side. Signs of colonial rule are very prevalent in the city since the British first settled in Entebbe. There are beautiful churches spread throughout the city that you would like to visit. The National Botanical Gardens developed during the colonial rule is also a terrific place to visit. The Ugandan State House is the presidential residence and is also situated in Entebbe.

    Kibale National Park

    Kibale National Park is situated on the western side of the nation and is easily accessible from the Entebbe International Airport. You would have to pass through Kampala by road if you take this route. Kibale National Park will open up towards the southern fringes of Fort portal if you take this route. The national park covers an area of about 800 km2 and is covered in dense, wetland forests. This national park is a storehouse of simian lifeforms with chimpanzees being the most common ones to be found over here. Amongst other simians, you will get to spot such species as the Ugandan red colobus or the rare L'Hoest's simians. Efforts have also been put to develop sustainable coffee plantations in this region.

    SSese Islands

    The Ssese Islands is an archipelago located on the pristine waters of Lake Victoria off the Ugandan coast. These are stunning and exquisite islands with golden, sandy beaches and easily rival those to be found on the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. These islands offer you a beach-like experience and are quite the spot for relaxation and leisurely activities. These are regarded as top-notch relaxation spots within the nation. Buggala Island is one of the most popular destinations among the islands closely followed by Bulago Island. The islands have beautiful hills offering you a chance to stretch your legs and explore through relaxing jungles. You could also partake in water sports activities such as kayaking on the islands over here.

    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is as much an exciting national park to visit as its name suggests. If you are traveling by road from Kampala, it will take you about 8 hours to reach Bwindi. It is about 3 to 6 hours away from Queen Elizabeth National Park depending on the route that you take. If you are traveling from Mburo National Park, it will take you about 6 hours to reach Bwindi. There are 4 entry points in Bwindi- Buhoma and Ruhija are situated towards the north while the southern side is accessible through Rushago and Nkuringo. Kihihi is the nearest airport to the northern trailheads as Kusoro is to the south. These airports receive scheduled domestic flights.

    The forests in Bwindi are as old as Africa, even older. You will find a mass of the densest forests interspersed with rocky peaks making the national park truly impenetrable. The region also has huge biodiversity to offer from gorillas to geckos to a huge variety of insects so much so that it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Chimpanzees and colobus monkeys are a common sight as you take a safari through the national park. The landscape, being part of the Albertine Rift, is simply breathtaking!

    Murchison Falls National Park

    Murchison Falls National Park could either be entered through the south from Kampala or the southwest from Fort Portal. The distance from the former is about 300 km and will take you about 5 hours while the national park is about 280 km away from the latter and takes about 6 hours. Several scheduled and chartered domestic flights are available from Entebbe International Airport to arrive at the Pakuba Airfield, the nearest airport to Murchison Falls National Park.

    The national park gets its name from the roaring waterfalls that cut through the middle portion of the park. You will find some of the most astounding wildlife activities in north-western Uganda as you explore this national park. It covers an approximate area of about 4,000 km2 and is regarded as the largest national park in the country. Amongst wildlife, you will find a huge diversity of animals on the park premises ranging from lions to giraffes to elephants and so much more. The most prominent attraction within the park has to be the 40 m drop of the Victoria Nile River through a tightly-knit gorge.

    Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Queen Elizabeth National Park, concisely known as QENP is situated about 400 km away from Kampala towards the west and takes about 8 hours to reach. Nearby airstrips include Kasese, Kihihi, and Mweya which receive chartered or scheduled flights from Entebbe International Airport. It is close to the shoreline of Lake Edward and lies on the DRC Border and is regarded as the best national park to visit in Uganda.

    QENP is one of the most popular attractions in Uganda among tourists and sees a footfall of thousands of tourists every year. Tourists frequent this place in search of the exotic Congo lions and chimpanzees who swing and mingle in the grassy savannahs as well as the Maramgambo Forest. Volcanic features are also abundant on this stretch of wildland, the terrific Katwe crater being one of the most famous ones. Exploring the national park is captivating and is sure to leave a mark on your heart.

    Mount Elgon National Park

    Mount Elgon National Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Uganda. It is situated on the eastern side of the capital at a distance of about 235 km. the road passes through Mbale town and leads on to Jinja, both interesting places in Uganda to visit. It would take you about 11 hours to reach your destination either by bus or by car including the time taken during transits.

    Mount Elgon National Park has a rocky appearance covered in jungles and hides away a plethora of natural wonders. Mount Elgon is one of the oldest volcanos in Africa and you will find a series of waterfalls, rugged canyons, and terrific cave systems as you explore the region. There are also several hot springs in the area which give off an interesting vibe allowing the visitors to experience the power of geothermal energy firsthand. If you climb further up you will find clear skies wherein African goshawks and bush shrikes fly freely. There are also different simian species to be found aplenty in this national park including colobuses, De Brazza’s, and blue monkeys.

    Lake Mburo National Park

    Lake Mburo National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Uganda but comes with quite the punch! It is situated on the route from Kampala to Bwindi and is generally used as a resting halt during the long journey. However, you should spend some time here to enjoy several activities and wildlife features. Grasslands mingled with wetlands give this area interesting biodiversity to explore.

    While you are exploring the Lake Mburo National Park you will find a variety of animals such as warthogs, vervet monkeys, lions, crocodiles, zebras, impalas, olive baboons, leopards, and so on. If you are an avid bird watcher, the wetland areas offer you a majestic opportunity since about 300 species of birds have been spotted over here. The area around Lake Mburo is great for game-viewing in the summer months when all the animals congregate around this area!


    Jinja is a quaint town located about 80 km away from the capital and best known as the source of the longest river in the world, the Nile. It is a relaxing place and you can either do a visit or stay in this town to bask in the relaxed atmosphere. If you have a thing for adventure activities you could also go white-water rafting on the initial cascades on the Nile. You should also visit the Jinja Market situated in the town center. It is lined with vibrant shops selling all kinds of wares from chicken hearts to parts of a motor.
    <![CDATA[​Mauritius : 7 Not-To-Miss Places in Mauritius]]>Tue, 24 May 2022 20:09:22 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/mauritius-7-not-to-miss-places-in-mauritius#mauritius #port #louis #flick #flack #seewoosagur
                    Mauritius is part of a group of islands on the Indian Ocean known as the Mascarene Islands which also includes Réunion, an island under the French. It is situated about 2,000 km off the African coast towards the eastern side of Madagascar. The Republic of Mauritius includes the islands of Rodrigues, Agaléga, and St. Brandon, along with Mauritius. It is a wondrous place to find yourself in and has called many visitors since its ancient days. It is such a splendidly beautiful place that Mark Twain had once proclaimed about Mauritius that it was built first and then heaven was built on its image! It is an especially charming place for couples looking to honeymoon or people simply looking for a place to laze around under a tropical sun. however, there is so much more than this small, charming nation has in store for its visitors. Fine dining options, luxury resorts, and wildlife activities are all part of Mauritius's draw and you will have a great time exploring the island nation. Now that we can guess how wonderful Mauritius can be let's look into the most stunning places that you should find yourself in while touring through Mauritius.
    Grand Bassin

    Grand Bassin, also known as Ganga Talao is one of the most popular attractions in Mauritius.it has interesting mythology associated with it wherein it is believed that the Hindu god Lord Shiva distributed the waters of the Holy Ganges River and part of it exists in this crater lake. It is also the biggest lake in all of Mauritius and a beautiful place that can be visited throughout the year. The weather is generally admirable though the Lake complex could get suddenly chilly due to the onset of mist from the lake.

    Being a revered Hindu site, this lake is often visited by pilgrims especially during Maha Shivratri, the grand night of Shiva! A temple dedicated to the Hindu God has also been built in the complex while several idols of Hindu deities surround it. The recently-constructed, 108 feet towering statue of Lord Shiva stands out of the lot and adds to the pleasant atmosphere around the lake. Making the pilgrimage involves a quint, serene mountain trek through the wilderness, one that you are likely to remember. Just remember to take off your shoes before entering the lake premises.

    Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

    Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens is an awe-inspiring structure and lives up to its international status being only second to the Kew Gardens in London. This place is a delight to spend a day while you are staying in Mauritius and could be a truly educational treat for you. There are about 650 species of plants to be found in the gardens, to begin with. The gardens become yet more attractive with 85 odd species of palm trees spread through the garden including the talipot palm which blooms after a period of 40 years followed by its death. The small water bodies in the garden area are covered in gigantic leaves of water lilies while the Spice Garden is also an interesting place to drop a visit. Among the interesting fauna of the region, you will come across giant tortoises and stags. It is open every day of the week from 8:30 AM till 5:00 PM.

    Pointe d’Esny and Blue Bay

    Mauritius is majorly a beach destination and Pointe d’Esny and Blue Bay have to be among the top picks for any visitor to this nation. Pointe d’Esny and Blue Bay area is well-connected to the major cities of Mauritius by a variety of bus routes. However, bus journeys are cumbersome and take a long while. Thus, the best option to arrive at Pointe d’Ensy and Blue Bay would be to drive through the highway into this impressive lagoon area.

    Pointe d’Esny and Blue Bay are one of the finest examples of well-preserved blue lagoons. The white, sandy coastline is lined with several holiday homes. There is a Marine Park that should be on your list of places to visit because of the excellent coral reef formations, the best in Mauritius! You have to go snorkeling to enjoy the full experience of being with the coral reefs. The quaint village of Mahebourg is nearby and should also be on your list of places to visit.


    The village of Mahébourg is situated on the opposite end of Blue Bay and could be easily reached from that area. if you want to experience traditional Mauritian life to the fullest, you have to come to this amazing village. The village was built during the 16th century when the Dutch landed. Within the village you will still find that old essence in rustic restaurants with the most terrific terraces where you can dine in comfort, busy marketplaces to collect all kinds of souvenirs, terrific beaches, and the especially delectable and spicy food! Of the places to visit is a quaint museum exhibiting details about the British-French conflicts that raged battles over the ownership of the island. There is also the bell rescued from Le Saint-Géran, an important part of Mauritian legends. There is a very laid-back, comfortable town and if you come here once, you will want to come here a couple more times.

    The Isle aux Aigrettes deserves a special mention and has to be included in your Mahébourg itinerary. Commonly known as the Egret Island, this place is entirely made of coralline limestone unlike the volcanic matter usually found on the mainland. The difference in the landscape is strikingly noticeable! Isle aux Aigrettes is a small patch of dry coastal forest covering about 27 hectares and is believed to be the ultimate resting place of the last dodo bird. This area has been declared to be a natural reserve and scientists are trying with all their might to introduce rare species and restore the ecosystem that once prevailed in most of Mauritius!

    Black River Gorges National Park

    Black River Gorges National Park has to be one of the most intoxicating places to visit while you are exploring Mauritius. It covers about 17,000 acres and is sort of like a Grand Canyon covered in a rainforest. It is very easy to reach the national park with the nearest airport being Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. You will get numerous bus options or a taxi service which will take you to the park.

    The National Park is the largest protected rainforest area in the nation. Within the park, you will find about 50 km of trekkable trails among various landscapes from a challenging trek to the summit of the highest peak to a gentle hike through the forest. Within the national park, you will find about 300 different varieties of flowering plants. Some animals such as wild boars, deer, and macaque monkeys could also be seen wandering within the park area whilst you are hiking. The cherry on the top has to the nine species of endangered birds, unique to the island that could be found here. With birds such as the echo parakeet, the Mauritius kestrel, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritian flying fox, Mauritius olive white-eye, and the pink pigeon, this national park is also a haven for bird-watchers.

    Blue Penny Museum

    If there is a history buff in you or you are simply interested in learning about the history of Mauritius and the Blue Penny Museum is the best place to go. It is situated in Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius, and is regarded as the most famed museum in the nation. There is a rich collection of artifacts that trace the interesting and terrific history of Mauritius from the old days. There are also collections of paintings and sculptures, engravings, marine maps from times of yore, and documents that show the rich history of Mauritius.

    The cherry on top of the cake has to be the one penny orange-red stamp and the two pence indigo-blue stamps to be seen here. These are issues of the famous “Post Office” stamp which was printed in 1847. These are priceless possessions of the museum and are regarded as gems in the philately world.
    The museum also has a gift shop which is the perfect place to collect souvenirs from. Decorative objects and stationery items, posters, and uniquely designed postcards are some of the pretty Mauritian items that you would find here.

    Grand Baie

    About 2 decades ago Grand Baie used to be a quaint fishing village situated about 25 km away, to the north of the Mauritian capital, Port Louise. Nowadays, it is quite a happening place and could be regarded as one of the most exciting hubs for tourism within Mauritius. Since Grand Baie is so near to the capital it takes about half an hour to reach the place by cab. If you are traveling straight from the SSR Airport, it will take you about 1 hour to reach the beach destination.

    It is a beautiful town to visit. The surrounding emerald blue waters of the Indian Ocean make it even more stunning and praiseworthy. Water-based activities such as sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, and swimming are very common in the lively waters of Grand Baie. You could also go on boat expeditions from Green Baie towards the northern islands such as Gunner's Quoin, Round Island, Serpent Island, and Flat Island. traditional shops, comfortable hotels, and terrific restaurants are all part of the Grand Baie charm. The nightlife of Grand Baie is another interesting aspect of the town- it is vibrant and lively and is a place for the night owls among you!
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    <![CDATA[Tanzania : 10 Not-To-Miss Places in Tanzania]]>Sun, 15 May 2022 21:17:25 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/tanzania-10-not-to-miss-places-in-tanzania#tanzania #zanzibar #victoria #travels
                    Tanzania is located on the eastern side of the African continent and offers some of the best safari options in Africa. It is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa offering some of the most picturesque locations on the continent. The nation also falls around the perimeter of the African Great Lakes making it an even more desirable location to visit. Due to the vibrant nature of its geography, it is the best place in Africa to partake in wildlife-related activities.
                    Tanzania has so much more to offer than simply wildlife activities. It has some of the most excellent beaches on the continent in Zanzibar. The islands of Pemba and Mafia offer plentiful opportunities to adventurers to scuba dive or go snorkeling in the coral gardens surrounding them. There's so much to do in Tanzania that you will only find out as you read on!
    Mount Kilimanjaro

    Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa at 5,895m had to be the star of the show as you start your travel through Tanzania. The area is surrounded by Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, one of the most diverse landscapes in the nation. However, the particular draw to this national park is not the wildlife available in nature but the picturesque and ever-changing vegetation against the backdrop of the stunning, snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro. The peak could be scaled by adventurers any time throughout the year but the best time to do so has to be the dry months between the later parts of June to October.

    Kilimanjaro is a popular tourist attraction as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site making it easily accessible from all sides. It was formed due to volcanic movements along the Rift Valley in Africa and there are three volcanic cones- Mawenzi, Shira, and Kibo. Uhuru Peak situated on Kibo is the highest point in the region and is listed as one of the Seven Summits of the World.

    The vegetation in the region rapidly changes as one travels upwards. At the lower reaches of the mountain, you will find farmlands. As you go up you will first come across lush rainforests, followed by soothing alpine meadows, and at the end, there is a barren moon-like rocky landscape for your wonderment. Bird watchers will have a great time within the alpine meadows especially because of the birds of prey to be found here.

    Serenegti National Park

    Serengeti National Park is a vast stretch of treeless land and the second largest national park in Tanzania. The best way to reach the national park has to be through the Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is about 46 km away from Arusha, the gateway into Serengeti National Park. You could also catch the flight to Arusha Airport. It is a terrific place and also happens to be listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    The most famous feature of Serengeti National Park has to be the migration of wildebeests who traverse through the park to look for fresh grasslands. You will also find a collection of other wild animals, the most impressive of which are the Big Five of Africa and different species of birds. The national park is a haven for bird watchers since about 500 species of birds are recorded to have been sighted here.

    March to May sees the onset of the monsoons with June to October being the coldest period in this national park. The best time to visit the national park is during the cold season when over 1.5 million wildebeests would travel through the park in herds. If you get to the park in May or early June, you will also find huge herds of Zebras and gazelles passing through, a wondrous sight that draws thousands of tourists to the Serengeti National Park every year.


    Zanzibar, also known as Unguja, is situated off the coast of Tanzania and forms part of the archipelago which includes the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia. It is one of the top tourist destinations in the nation owing to some of the most stunning beaches out there. De[ending on the region of the island you are on, the surf would vary. However, you will find soft, white, sandy beaches washed by crystal clear water, traditional boats lining the shore, and shallow waters on all sides.
    One of the most impressive places to visit within Zanzibar is Stone Town, situated right at the heart of the place. This is the oldest Swahili city still inhabited by people in the world. The ancient town is lined with small Arabian-themed homes connected through a network of narrow and winding alleyways giving it a unique feel. Most of these houses also boast doors made from intricately carved wood studded with brass. Stone Town was constructed majorly around the 19th century when trade through the Indian Ocean flourished to great heights. Some of the major attractions of Stone Town are the Darajini Market, City Hall, Beit Al-Amani, and the Anglican Cathedral, all to be found in the original Stone Town. Other notable attractions include Forodhani Gardens, the People’s Palace, the Old Dispensary, and the Hamamni Persian baths. The oldest structure here is the Old Fort and is definitely worth your time.

    Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    The Ngorongoro Conservation Area lies on the road connecting Serengeti National Park to Lake Manyara. The best way to enter this region is through the roads as you are returning from an exploration of Serengeti National Park. The road is scenic and good enough for travel in private cars.

    The Ngorongoro Conservation Area gets its name from the Ngorongoro Crater, a famed volcanic crater, and the area abounds in all kinds of wildlife activities. The crater is a hub for all kinds of animals since it is fed by a constant source of water. Because of this, the animals inhabit this region completely and are migratory. The visitors are gifted by sightings of large animals such as hippos, rhinos, buffalos, gazelles, elephants, and predators such as lions. The most viewed animals in this region are herds of wildebeests and zebras. The area also welcomes different species of birds making it an exciting place for bird watchers. The region around Lake Migadi is especially important to bird watchers since it is abundantly visited by birds of all kinds. Sighting flamingos is one of the major attractions in the region.

    The Crater is the largest among the ancient calderas of the world and dates back millions of years. The volcano, on the other hand, used to be one of the tallest mountains in the world. However, it was blasted off into a crater after quite an eventful explosion.

    Olduvai Gorge

    Olduvai Gorge is located within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area but deserves a special mention because of its scientific importance. It is a hub for archaeologists and has been so since 1911 when a German professor found remnants of ancient humans while looking for butterflies. The findings of skull fragments, bone fragments, and a whole skull in this region offer critical scientific leads about mankind in its earliest stages. The skull and bone fragments found in this region are believed to be about 2 million years old while stone tools and hunting weapons found in the area date back to 1 to 1.5 million years ago! One of the most interesting things to look out for in Olduvai Gorge is the footprints left by a family, a man, woman, and child at Laetoli, which is nearby. The discoveries in the area have led scientists to believe that at least three different hominid species inhabited this area about 2 million years ago!

    Lake Manyara National Park

    Lake Manyara is a great way to complete the circuit from Serengeti National Park through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and end at the lake. It is a beautiful place, especially because of the huge water body that covers almost two-thirds of the park. The easy availability of freshwater has made this area a hub for all kinds of terrestrial and avian fauna species. A lot of birds frequent this region, the most prominent of which has to be the flamingos. At certain times of the year, you could see flocks of thousands of pink flamingos immersing themselves in the cool waters of Lake Manyara.

    Other notable wildlife faunas that you are most likely to see in Lake Manyara National Park include herds of elephants and lions that could climb trees. You should also look out for hippos; this is one place where you will get a much closer look at them than anywhere else. The park also has a huge population of baboons, in fact, the largest concentration in the world! Some of the most popular activities that you could participate in while you are exploring Lake Manyara include canoeing (when water levels are high), wildlife drives, bird watching, and mountain biking.

    Mafia Island

    Mafia Island is part of the archipelago around Tanzania and is another of the wonderful treasures to visit off the coast. It is a true delight to visit this amazing island with terrific beaches and the Mafia Island Marine Park. The first settlers came to this island around the 8th to 9th century it became an important center around the 12th to 14th century when it became part of the East African trading route. This island provides ample opportunities for divers and snorkelers because of the delightful coral gardens underwater and thus brings in tons of tourists every year.

    The best time to go for diving adventures in the waters around the island has to be between October and March. The best time of the year to visit the island is between May to October. You should avoid the island in March and April because of the heavy rains which could be a serious damper to all your outdoor plans.

    The coral gardens are instantly captivating and made even more beautiful by a huge plethora of fish species. The waters are also visited by so many different species of birds and the waters hold at least 400 different species of fish. This also includes species such as tuna, sailfish, marlin, etc. which makes deep-sea fishing another exciting activity to participate in while you are on Mafia Island. the endangered green turtle is also abundantly seen on the Mafia Island since it is an important breeding ground for them.

    Tarangire National Park

    Tarangire National Park is another famous national park situated on the northern side of Tanzania. It is generally done with Serengeti and Ngorongoro since it forms part of the circuit. Just like Serengeti National Park, you have to start at Arusha and thus this place is also easy to approach. It was established back in 1970 and offers some of the most fantastical opportunities for game viewing! The months of July to September see the onset of the dry seasons and are the best time to visit this national park. This is the time when you will find the highest concentration of wildlife species that migrate from place to place.

    Of the most notable wildlife species to be found in this region, you will come across zebras, gazelles, wildebeest, impala, buffalo, eland, and hartebeest. Elephants are also a very common sight in this region. You will also see that unlike the other national parks in the northern part of the nation, there is a huge concentration of baobab trees in Tarangire. If you are an avid bird watcher, you have a collection of about 300 different species of birds to look out for while you are in Tarangire. These birds include huge birds of prey such as vultures, eagles, falcons, kites, buzzards, herons, and storks.

    Pemba Island

    Pemba Island too is part of the Zanzibar archipelago and is the northernmost island there is. There are also so many desert islands around Pemba that you could also go exploring. The island is surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean and is a favorite amongst scuba divers because of the exceptionally clear visibility! The underwater world around the island is loaded with coral gardens, sea fans, and vibrantly colored sea sponges. You could set your base in Chake Chake- it is the main center of Pemba Island and very popular among divers.

    The atmosphere in Pemba is lazy and laidback and is much less crowded than in Zanzibar. This offers ample opportunities for visitors to just lie back on the soft beaches and relax to their heart's content. The island being hilly with hills in the 1000 m range has become famous among mountain bikers too. Misali Island Beach is off the coast of Pemba Island and should be top of your itinerary- it is uninhabited and has the most stunning white sandy beaches! Pemba also has a mystic element based on its juju traditions that deal in medicines and magic. People from all of Eastern Africa often frequent Pemba Island to learn from the traditional healers in this area or to find a cure to their ailments. Pemba is also one of the major producers of clove in the world.

    Lake Victoria 

    Lake Victoria is the largest freshwater lake in Africa making it a very attractive site to visit as you explore Tanzania. It falls along the borders of Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. The White Nile River originates from the lake providing the lands around with freshwater and the inhabitants with guaranteed sources of income. The Tanzanian part of Lake Victoria is not much visited making it one of the best places to go to if you are looking for unexplored places. It is surrounded by the small towns of Bukoba, Mwanza, and Musoma all of which have their own set of attractions to look out for.
    Many islands around Mwanza and Musoma have earned the status of being wildlife sanctuaries allowing you ample opportunities to see wildlife, especially birds. Rubondo Island National Park is a collection of several smaller islands on the southwestern shores of the lake. Boat trips, as well as hiking expeditions, could be easily arranged in and around Lake Victoria.