The Real Story Behind Petra in Jordan
Dec24

The Real Story Behind Petra in Jordan

Jordan is a Middle East country (Arab Kingdom) located on the Eastern bank of the Jordan River. The country is rich in history, culture and tradition and has plenty to explore for international tourists. Plenty of guided Jordan tours are available to spend a holiday in in this fascinating country. The country’s greatest attraction is the lost city of Petra, a historic city completely carved out of rose colored sandstone cliffs for which it is also known as Rose City. Petra has some great historical facts that are less known to the tourist world. Here, we provide you five great aspects that makes Petra the magnificent city that it is. 1. Early History of Petra: Petra had settlers by 1200 BCE; the site was populated by Edomites who controlled the trade routes from Damascus to Arabic. Edomites were wise people known for their skills in making textiles, ceramics, metal works. Eventually, they were forced to move to Palestine as the more-powerful Nabeteans occupied their land. Nabeteans made Petra their capital in 312 BC. During the peak of their civilization, they had built a system of water ways that fulfilled the city’s water needs. Under their regime, the city thrived in caravan trade and became a junction where traders from far away places like China, Egypt, Greece, Syria and Arabia came to trade silk, spices, etc. 2.The Roman Conquest: In 64 BC, the Roman General Pompey conquered conquered the city and merged it into the Roman Empire; Petra was made the capital of Arabia Petraea. Although the native dynasties perished, the city flourished in trade. It suffered a severe earthquake in 363 AD which destroyed half of its structures, but the residents somehow managed to repair them. A more severe earthquake in 551 CE caused the city to come to a ruin. It was abandoned till 1812 when Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a famous Swiss explorer, discovered it. 3. Religion, Culture and Art: Nabeteans worshiped pre-Islamic Arab gods, goddesses and kings. Many artworks honoring them can still be found on the structures. Slowly Christianity found its way into the city in the 4th century. It became the major religion until Islam took over in the 7th century following Muslim invaders (image by Franco Caruzzo). 4. Structures in Petra: Petra is a Greek word meaning ‘rock’. It consists of about 800 structures including temples, buildings, tombs, arched gateways and baths They are just 20% of the them it once had before the earthquakes. The city’s best monument is the statue of Dushara, a male deity, carved out of a a 2100 pound sandstone. A mausoleum named Pharaoh’s Treasure is also very popular. Tourists...

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The Most Visited Island in the Maldives
Dec21

The Most Visited Island in the Maldives

Maldives is one of the countries with the most beautiful and romantic beaches in the world. Its white sand shores, heart melting sunsets, and warm breeze will surely capture your soul. However, as climate changes and global warming are happening these past years until now, Maldives islands are threatened to disappear one by one. There are about more than a thousand islands in Maldives, but due to its tiny land mass of sand and corals, some of the small islands have now been entirely covered by water when the sea water rises. So, visit these lovely islands today and experience the magical pleasure that these islands bring. Here are the most visited Maldives islands today that you should never miss to go to. 1. Alimatha Island at the Vaavu Atoll This amazing tropical island is located on the eastern part of Maldives group of islands. This island offers one of the most luxurious beach life for the tourists. If you want to experience the best and comfortable life on the beach, you should go to this place. It has a complete Maldivian facilities with great diving spots and world-class water activities right on this island’s crystal clear beaches. This island and resort is one of the most visited islands in Maldives, because it caters to the needs and desires of tourists for luxury, comfort, and great experiences. 2. Kuredu Island Resort in Lhaviyani Atoll This island resort is so famous and well-visited by tourists from around the world, because of its natural beauty and its wide range of accommodations to choose from. Kuredu Island Resort is one of the large islands in Maldives that is home to lots of restaurants, bars, and shops around the island. Kuredu also has the first golf course in Maldives, where both locals and tourists enjoy. You can also have the most awesome experience in snorkeling, diving, fishing, and have the most peaceful sun-bathing moment on the white beaches. 3. Sun Island Resort and Spa in South Ari Atoll This is yet another great island to visit in Maldives. If you want the most luxurious lodging experience in Maldives, you definitely have to book in this island resort. They offer modern facilities in the Maldivian way of life that you will surely appreciate and remember in your whole life. You will see some of the exotic flowers and greenery that this humble but exciting country brings to their visitors. This island also feature one of the best lagoons that you will ever see in your life. These are only three of the most visited islands in Maldives. There are actually more, but you will...

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6 Amazing Outdoor Activities in Barbados
Dec20

6 Amazing Outdoor Activities in Barbados

Barbados is well known for its stunning beaches, but that doesn’t mean surfing and relaxing in the sand are the only ways you can enjoy this breathtakingly gorgeous island. There are several outdoor fun activities that allow you to get a nice tan while experiencing all that this place has to offer. Listed below are six of them: Let’s Go Kayaking Want to venture out into the ocean and explore the area without getting yourself wet? Then kayaking might be an ideal option for you. Kick start your tour at Surfers Point (situated at the southern tip of Barbados) and travel over magnificent coral reefs, while observing the amazing underwater life. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll bump into a group of sea turtles. Don’t forget to say ‘hello’ to them and take a lot of snaps! These gentle and docile creatures are very friendly and enjoy interacting with new visitors that come their way. Scuba Diving For The Adventurous If this is something you’re looking forwarding to ticking off on your ‘Holiday To Do’ list, Barbados is the perfect vacation spot to do it. The stunning barrier reefs located a mere two miles from shore and home to Hawksbill turtles and hoards of beautiful fish, serve as the perfect location for scuba diving. Cycling, Anyone? Now you’re probably saying to yourself… ‘Hang on, this place isn’t really known to be a cyclist’s paradise…’ Well, while that might be partly true, race bicycling and mountain biking happen to be hugely popular activities among the natives. So the next time you step outside of your hotel, team up with an experienced local guide and spend the day soaking up the delights of this incredible island, comfortably seated on a bike (image by tejvanphotos).   Fishing For Fish Are you a fishing enthusiast? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that the warm waters of Barbados makes for a fantastic fishing experience. From Barracuda to Tuna, you’ll be spoiled for choice. On the other hand, if you prefer to take a fishing tour instead, get in touch with High Seas Fishing Charters or IOU Charters – two of the island’s popular Game Fishing Operators. Get Ready For Some Hiking There’s more to this destination than sandy beaches. By stepping off the beaten track and traveling on foot, you’ll be able to explore the many incredible subtleties of Barbados and gain a fascinating insight into life on the island. Who Else Wants To Go Paragliding? This is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. If, however, you happen to be an adrenaline junkie and the thought of flying thrills you to bits, make a...

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The Four Famous Hiking Trails in Nepal
Dec18

The Four Famous Hiking Trails in Nepal

Nepal is considered to be the best trekking destination in the world because it hosts the world`s highest mountain known as Mount Everest. It is the world`s highest peak located on the north eastern region of the country on the Sino-Nepalese border. Some of the mountains found in the country include; Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjuga and Annapurna. There are various adventurous activities such as hiking, trekking and mountaineering which attract thousands of tourists annually. The other reason why many tourists travel to Kathmandu is simply because of its amazing trails. These trails are breath-taking as it involves some famous activities like camping, tea house trekking and mountain biking. These famous trails include; Annapurna circuit, Everest Mountain, Everest base camp and mount Kangchenjunga. Mount Everest Circuit. Mount Everest Mount Everest is known by the locals as Sagarmatha which means ‘Mother of the Universe’. It is located in Khumbu region which is home to Sherpa and Tibetan Buddhist culture. Trekking in this region takes about 17 to 25 days depending on the route. Trekkers begin their journey at Lukla and head towards Namche Bazaar and end up at the Gorekshep. Gorekshep is a small township that provides unique views of the moutain. The cost of climbing Mount Everest ranges between $19,700 to 37,700 per person plus it also comes with extra expenses like $7,000 for climbing gears, $ 10,000 for emergency equipment like medical kits, communication devices and $ 8,500 for oxygen masks and climbing sherpas.  The fees might change in the near future. Check out this travel news site revealing that the Nepalese are considering reducing the great fees involved in trekking the Everest. (image by Larry He). Annapurna Circuit. This is the major trekking circuit in west Nepal. The circuit takes about 16 to 20 days from Pokhara, which is the country`s third largest city. The circuit takes tourists through the incredible mountains and glaciers of the Annapurna conservation area. This circuit is popular because it allows trekkers to travel through diverse terrain like jungles, alpine areas and regions filled with the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Trekkers have the opportunity to view the Mustang region which goes all the way to Tibet. It costs about $1,075 per person but it does not include the following; international flights, tips, trekking meals and Nepal entry visa fee. Mount Kangechenjunga Circuit. Mount Kangechejunga is the world`s highest peak and its known as the ‘queen of mountains’ because it is surrounded by other relatively high peaks. It supports diverse ecological zones like subtropical land and the glacial wilderness. Some of the attractions in this circuit include; the rhododendron forests, challenging...

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10 Best Outdoor Family Activities Around Las Vegas
Dec17

10 Best Outdoor Family Activities Around Las Vegas

Las Vegas is famous for its shows, casinos, girls, gambling and wild nightlife but it offers much more. This area is a recreational playground. Families can find plenty of outdoor activities in Las Vegas whether they have a weekend or an afternoon to spare. After having a busy schedule during the week, the following 10 best outdoor family activities around Las Vegas can do them some good. 1. Jumping off the Tower of Stratosphere This three-legged tower, which soars 350m above its strip, is the tallest structure of this type in the western part of the US. You get dizzying views of its strip that has neon lights that flash at night if you zoom up its high-speed elevators when you take an ear-popping ride that lasts less than one minute. This Sky Jump attraction is open every day when the weather permits. 2. Hiking in the Fire Valley You should drive northeast of the state park Fire Valley’s strip if you want southwestern desert scenery that resembles Hollywood westerns. The desert landscape features bizarre rock formations that have memorable names like the Mouse’s Tank, Arch Rock, and White Domes. If you take a closer look, there are Native American Petroglyph inscriptions on some rocks. The best time to hike or take photographs of the all-natural landscape is in the late afternoon or early morning.(image by Ken Lund). 3. Kayaking River Colorado The Colorado River, which carves its way across the Grand Canyon, goes through the Hoover Dam. Taking a tour through the dam, which allows you to see the electricity generators at close range by going deep underground, is an extremely popular day trip that is meant for people who visit Vegas. 4. A helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon, which is a multicolored chasm that measures one mile deep, is probably the signature natural attraction in the USA. A window seat in a helicopter is a better way of appreciating its scope as compared to the way you would from the air. In addition, a helicopter is the fastest way of getting to this canyon from Las Vegas. 5. Golfing in Angel Park There are many award-winning courses in Las Vegas for keeping golfers busy throughout the year. Some of these golf courses have long waiting lists, a snobby atmosphere, and exorbitant fees. However, things are different at Angel Park, which is in suburban Summerlin. This laid-back park is a favorite choice for locals because it has 36 holes that are designed by Arnold Palmer. It offers inspiring vistas of the Red Rock desert and Las Vegas Valley. 6. Cycling in Red Rock Canyon...

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