Snorkel in Bali for a peep into the clandestine lives of eels and rays

Snorkelling is an experience which one doesn’t forget in a hurry. Granted that it is not as big a thing as scuba diving, but it is an underwater sport which is simpler, safer and easier. Bali, being the kind of destination that Bali is, is a paradise for the divers. The waters are transparent almost like a cellophane paper through which you can gaze at the other side, peeping like a stalker into the private lives of the eels and manta rays. With tour packages to Bali, something like snorkeling should definitely be included.

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Snorkeling does not entail any risk and so it does not necessitate any formal training. As long as you have eyes and as long as the ocean has treasures, snorkeling will come across as an unforgettable experience. Bali is a top Indonesian island and has a number of beaches and diving sites. Now, the interesting bit is that each diving site presents a new story where the corals are the protagonists and the fishes form the colorful characters. Amuk Bay, Tulamben, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Puri Jati are some of the more popular diving sites. Here, the life which is bubbling beneath is more watchable, more riveting and certainly more easily accessible to the eyes.

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Depending on the season and the tantrum of the weather, the visibility varies. If the sea is turbulent, the waves will be foamy and visibility will get compromised. On the other hand, stiller water paves way to deeper and clearer visibility thereby allowing your eyes an oceanic feast.

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Also, do keep in mind that the sea is not as friendly as it seems from the shores. The undercurrents can often take you by surprise. So, it is best to stick to a group or to stay under the glare of a trainer. You do not want to become an underwater creature yourself, do you?

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Bali all inclusive honeymoon can be super-fun. Snorkeling is just another form of romance, where your muse is sea and the bed is rather sandy (and stony) but enthralling nonetheless. Also, consult the local trainer/instructor to figure out the best time for snorkeling in a particular site.

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3 popular Ladakh monasteries you must visit

Ladakh is not the most habitable region in the country. Its terrain is hilly and the climate is bone-chilling. Yet when you buy a Ladakh trip package and head over to this land, you will discover that the locals out there are surprisingly happy and lead a simple yet contented life.

One of the best testimonies to their harmony and peace comes through to the surface in the form of Buddhist monasteries. These monasteries are spread throughout Ladakh and present a picture of serenity, spiritualism and solace. A trekking tour in Ladakh can be highly adventurous and will inevitably throw you before a number of such monasteries, both reputed and the obscured ones.

Here is a look at some of the best:

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Hemis Monastery: Hemis Monastery is amongst the most popular Buddhist monasteries in the town. It is a must-visit tourist attraction and draws both pilgrim travelers and general backpackers. This monastery is over 400 years old and witnesses some annual rituals and festivals which keep alive some of the deep-rooted traditions. One such festival is the Hemis Festival which is observed every year in the month of June/July. This is also a time when the weather is at its friendliest and so it is the best time to travel to Ladakh.

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Thiksey Monastery: Another popular pilgrim attraction, the Thiksey Monastery always houses dozens of monks who practice and preach the Buddhist principles. Thikse is also home to one of the most beautiful statues of Lord Buddha. This monastery is just 20 kilometer away from the capital Leh and is one of the most visited spots in the state.

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Alchi Gompa: You will love to book a Ladakh trip package yet again if you pay a visit to Alchi Gompa and discover the serenity it brings on you. This monastery is also famous for several paintings of Lord Buddha which are spread throughout and vary in sizes. When you visit this place, do keep some time at hand so that you can admire each of the paintings and images at leisure.

A trekking tour in Ladakh will also be your ticket to natural paradise, what with ravishing snow-crafted beauty and chirping mountain birds all around you.

Steering through the Ganga in Rishikesh

Situated in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand in North of India, Rishikesh is a picturesque spot and one of the prime pilgrim sites in the country.  But praying and paying homage to Lord Shiva at the temples is not the only thing to do in this hilly area.

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River Ganga, which flows very calmly at different parts of North and East India, is completely different at Rishikesh. Here the river flows between mountains at both sides and with tremendous force and current which makes Rishikesh a perfect spot for river rafting. Steering through the rocky terrains lying underneath the ‘pistachio’ green water of the Ganga is a horrifying activity that is also very exciting.

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Rishikesh rafting is a very popular activity in Northern India and is being performed by hundreds of people who look for adventure tourism opportunities. Steering through strong waves powered by tremendous current could be risky at times but there lies the challenge.

It is a big test for adventure lovers and they need to show perseverance. You can sail out on an adventurous voyage on a small boat, choose from different routes that differ in duration and enjoy indescribable scenic beauty of the surroundings of the river.

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There are different Rishikesh rafting packages that you can choose from. If there is a time crunch, opting for a half day rafting package for Brahmapuri-Muni ki Reti would be perfect. It’s an 11 km journey and you can complete it in three hours. The journey starts from Brahmapuri which is at a distance of 20 minutes. After reaching the spot, you need to walk to the river, take a boat and sail on.

If time is not a problem, then you can buy the full day Rishikesh river rafting package and sail out on the Shivpuri-Muni Ke Reti route. It is a 17 km journey and takes three to four hours to complete.  For this trip, you need to reach Shivpuri and start voyage from there. The Shivpuri-Muni-Beti Package is the most popular Rishikesh rafting option.

The Best Independent Theme Parks in the World

If you are part of a family who loves the thrills of a theme park ride and are looking for a holiday, then look no further than a trip to an independent theme park, which can offer the best in speed, adrenaline and family fun for all ages. While theme parks located close to home offer an excellent day out for the whole family, independent theme parks abroad provide an excellent entertainment option to enjoy whilst on holiday.

There is a good number of charming hotels in the centre of Chester which are ideal for families who are planning a break together. While exploring the city of Chester and the surrounding area, families will want to take the time to visit Gulliver’s World Resort with the kids. This family-run theme park offers a wide range of rides that are mostly aimed at children aged between two and thirteen years old. In addition to more than 90 different rides, Gulliver’s World Resort also provides special daily shows and other attractions that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Among the highlights here are pony rides, Gulliver’s Railroad, the large Pirate Ship and the Tractor Ride.

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Drayton Manor covers an impressive area of 280 acres of lakes and parkland and comes complete with a large number of thrilling rides. Drayton Manor is home to Apocalypse and Shockwave, which are unique rides where passengers stand up rather than being seated, making the rides even more thrilling! The popular water ride known as Stormforce 10 can also be found here as well as G-Force, a rollercoaster that reaches speeds of 70 kilometres an hour. Animal lovers will also want to stop by Drayton Manor Zoo, while Dinosaurland brings dinosaurs to life and is sure to be adored by the kids.

People who are planning to pay a visit to Drayton Manor can choose to stay overnight in Birmingham centre, where there are plenty of excellent accommodation options to choose from. Of course, this is also the perfect opportunity to explore the city of Birmingham and discover some of its world famous attractions.

If you are planning a trip to Thailand, make sure you add a visit to Dream World to your list of things to do. This impressive theme park is located on the outskirts of the capital city Bangkok and offers an excellent range of rides and other activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Dream World offers a fantastic range of rides for people of all ages and among the most popular are the aerial cable car that runs from one end of the park to the other, which visitors can find the Giant’s House, White Water Rapids and the Haunted House. Children of all ages are also sure to enjoy visiting Snow Town, which is a winter wonderland created inside a chilled room where they have the chance to get into snowball fights and take toboggan rides down a specially made snow-covered hill.

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The Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur is home to the world’s largest indoor theme park, namely Berjaya Times Square. There are plenty of rides for younger children here as well as a large rollercoaster and this is a great place to keep the kids entertained while enjoying a shopping spree in the enormous 13-storey shopping centre.

Best time to visit Goa: When should you visit India’s beach capital?

Goa is one of the best holiday spots in India and also makes foreign tourists sit up and take notice of its colorful persona and exotic beaches. Its laidback lifestyle, a touché of history and excellent nightlife have spiraled its popularity to peerless heights. Goa is also one of those destinations which are neither too hot nor too cold. So, you can plan a Goa trip round the year and you are sure to have a blissful and hassle-free holiday.

However, the best time to visit Goa would be during the autumn-spring season of October-March. The crowd count really goes up during this time and the entire state seems to overflow with tourists from disparate cultures. The beaches too offer the best ambience during this time. There is a huge rush during the week starting from Christmas and leading up to the New Year. Since, Goa is renowned for its winter festivities and carnivals, you cannot get a much more vibrant atmosphere in India than in its beach capital. Plus, since the state is a treasure house for some of the most captivating churches, it can be a unique experience to celebrate your Christmas in this part of the world. The only flipside is that the demand just hits the roof at this time. So, the hotel tariffs shoot up and it can still be tough to find a room.

Advance booking is strongly recommended if you are planning a trip during December or January. Just in case, you wish to plan a budget holiday (with cheaper flight and hotel bookings) and want to escape the crowd, then the off-season between May-August would be your best time to visit Goa.

Kerala packages: Top 4 wildlife parks in Kerala

Kerala tourism is noted not just for its backwaters and beaches, but also for its rich collection of flora and fauna. Tourists who venture out to Kerala usually end up sauntering into its wildlife parks which house some of the most stunning creatures that man has set his eyes on.

Here is a look at some top wildlife parks you can visit under Kerala tour packages:

Eravikulam National Park: Verdant hills crowned by domineering peaks and punctuated beautifully by waterfalls, Eravikulam National Park is your ticket to paradise! Its scenic beauty aside, this place also sets up your rendezvous with an assortment of animals including the tuskers (elephants) and the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.

Periyar National Park: Periyar National Park gives you that thrilling chance to head for a tiger trail. It is also a very picturesque place with stunning lakes and sky-kissing trees. Life indeed seems to come to a standstill at this park. The birds keep blabbering in chorus which is music to the ears!

Parabikulam National Park: Parabikulam National Park is quintessentially the abode of creatures. Right from the giant crocodiles to the waltzing peacocks to the musing herds of deer to the creepy snakes, the park houses a diverse range of beasts and birds.

Silent Valley National Park: Kerala tourism has received increasing number of plaudits for promoting this place which, true to its name, is a tranquil heaven. The eerie silence is occasionally disturbed by a cry of a bird or the scream of a cricket! The refulgent waterfalls and landscaped milieu add to the place’s romantic ambience.

London to … Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is like nowhere else on the planet and holds the well-deserved title as the entertainment capital of the world, complete with glamorous hotels and casinos and a wealth of bars and restaurants. More and more holidaymakers are choosing to visit this dynamic city every year, meaning Las Vegas is becoming a mecca for hen and stag parties, birthday celebrations and honeymoons alike.

You can jump on a flight to Las Vegas from most of the London airports, as well as Newcastle and Leeds Bradford airports, although for a considerably higher price. The flight time is approximately 10 hours, and there are regular flights throughout the week. It is possible to pick up a fare for as little as £400 return with an advance booking.

With many flights leaving in the morning you might want to consider staying in one of the many hotels near Gatwick or Heathrow airports. The cheapest option for travelling to Heathrow would be to go by the Underground. There is a fast train from Victoria Station to Gatwick Airport.

Once You’re There

Want to escape gambling and casinos and see what else Las Vegas has to offer? It is easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of the city but remember it wasn’t always like this. In fact, Las Vegas is just over a hundred-years-old with a history that is intertwined with that of Mexico, the growth of Mormonism and the Utah War, western pioneering and the enormous Hoover Dam and Manhattan projects.

It is in this vast desert that a helicopter tour over the area has now become one of the most popular tourist attractions. Conversely, if you want to find out about what it was really like to live in the Wild West you can go on a cowboy horseback tour! A helicopter tour will also carry you across the city for about $115 (£75). This is a memorable experience and you will certainly want to take your camera. Or, if you have a license and want to see the city a different way, you might want to rent a motorbike for your stay in Las Vegas. Although this can be a wonderful way to explore the city, the traffic can be heavy on most of the main roads.

If you are a lover of cars you will definitely want to visit the Auto Collections at The Quad on Las Vegas Boulevard. Here you will find cars from all around the world including plenty of classics. It is probably the most impressive collection of cars you are ever going to see. Or if classic cars don’t take your fancy maybe fast ones will? Las Vegas is home to many great films made about The Mob. The mafia is the most well-known criminal organisation in the world, and their inner workings have proved a fascinating subject, in books and films, most notably The Godfather trilogy. The Mob Museum is well worth a visit if you want to find out more about this notorious gang.