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10 Amazing Things to do in La Paz

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10 Amazing Things to do in La Paz

La Paz is a city that isn’t on every traveler’s radar, but it should be. It’s an amazing city, set among the Andes Mountains and is the highest capital in the world. As Bolivia’s largest city there is a wealth of things to do in La Paz: great museums, stunning views of the mountains and the opportunity to get around by cable car rather than a boring public bus.

Here's a list of few things which can be done in La Paz :

 

10. Chacaltaya Ski Resort

Chacaltaya Ski Resort was Bolivia’s only ski resort. Unfortunately, the 18,000-year-old glacier it sat on no longer exists. Little remains today of what was once the world’s highest ski resort because the glacier melted, a victim of global warming. There’s been no skiing here since 2005.

9. Plaza Murillo

Surrounded by government buildings, including the Presidential Palace, and a cathedral, Plaza Murillo is the central square in La Paz. The square is filled with pigeons, people feeding them and people resting on benches when the city’s high altitude overcomes them. The plaza is also a place where many city celebrations take place.

8. Witches' Market

Visitors may want to take an amulet to ward off evil spirits when they go to the Witches Market or Mercado de las Brujas. Herb and folk remedies also are available as are products used to manipulate spirits that exist in the native world.

7. Huayna Potosi

Experienced hikers and mountain climbers may want to give Huayna Potosi a try, but only if they’re fully acclimatized to high altitudes. Located about 24 km (15 miles) from La Paz, this is the most popular spot for hiking in the area.

6. Basilica of San Francisco

The Basilica of San Francisco predates the founding of La Paz by a year. Construction on the church, dedicated to St. Francisco of Assisi, started in 1548. The church is a blend of cultures: Bolivian native and Catholic art. Its Baroque exterior is decorated with native symbols, including birds, snakes and dragons.

5. Calle Jaen

Calle Jaen, near the Plaza Murillo, is a cobblestone street that is considered the finest colonial street in La Paz. The narrow street is lined with brightly colored houses built in the 16th century. Boutiques, cafes and entertainment spots also make up the street’s complexion.

4. Valle de la Luna

Only a handful of people will ever travel to the moon, but those who want to see what it’s like can visit Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) just a few miles outside of La Paz. Not really a valley, but an amazing collection of canyons and spires that are reminiscent of the moon’s landscape. 

3. Cycle the Yungas Road

Dubbed the “World’s Most Dangerous Road” Yungas Road runs from La Paz to Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest region in the north of the country. From La Paz, the road climbs around 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) before descending around 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) to the town of Coroico.

2. Day trip to Tiwanaku

Located 72 km (44 miles) west of La Paz, near the south-eastern shore of Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku is one of the most important precursors to the Inca Empire. The community grew to urban proportions between the 7th and 9th centuries, becoming an important regional power in the southern Andes. 

1. Mi Teleferico

Travelers looking for a different way to get around La Paz may want to consider Mi Teleferico or My Cable Car. It’s a great way to get bird’s eye views of the city while moving around. The state-of-the-art cable car system opened in 2014 with three lines serving 10 stations; additional lines are planned. When it opened, it was the longest aerial cable car system in the world at 10 km (6.2 miles). 

                    

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Upcoming Festivals In August Which Are A Must Visit

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Upcoming Festivals In August Which Are A Must Visit

Monsoons are around the corner and if you feel like stepping out, we’ve got a lot of festivals for you to try. Experience some thrill at the boat races in Kerala or get dirty, very dirty at ‘The Mud Rush’ held at Silvassa. One can also experience some traditional festivals across the country.

Here's a list of festivals which will force you to get out and start heading to it : 

 

1. The Mud Rush

Want a better way to spend your Monsoons? Check this out – The Mud Rush, an all-terrain marathon style fun run. The Mud Rush stretches across a more than five kilometer circuit with twenty one obstacles encompassing 30-foot stacks of hay, water bodies, barrier walls, 100 feet stretches of tires, 45 degree sloped hills, fire, ice, and, of course, a whole lot of Mud.

2. Nehru Boat Race

When August comes, the placid water of the Punnamada Lake becomes a track on fire. Magnificent snake boats compete for the prized trophy to commemorate the visit of Jawaharlal Nehru, to Alappuzha. The Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race is one of the most exciting races of the year. The rhythmic and the synchronized way of rowing the majestic snake boats make it a rare spectacle. 

3. Independence Day

Independence Day is a historic day of the celebration of India’s independence from the British rule. The Red Fort in Delhi is where the real action takes place where a flag hoisting ceremony is held along with cultural programmes. Kite flying is a tradition associated with Independence Day. The skies come to life on this day with colorful and tri-colour kites flying on rooftops.

4. Velankanni Church Feast

Every year from 29th August to 8th September, the Annual Feast Of Our Lady Of Health is celebrated in Velankanni, which is attended by an estimated 3 million people. Velankanni lies in the Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu and is home to one of the country’s biggest Catholic pilgrimage centres- Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, which attracts 20 million pilgrims from all over India and abroad.

                    

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10 Indian states that foreign tourists cannot get enough of!

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10 Indian states that foreign tourists cannot get enough of!

While there are several surveys that keep doing the rounds, the figures that really matter are the ones released by the Ministry of Tourism. According to the ministry these are the ten most popular states for foreign tourists. The ministry arrived at the data going by the number of foreign tourist arrivals in each of these states.

Here's a list of the places which attracts lots of Tourists and you may be surprised to learn which one made the top of the list :

 

10. Goa made a comeback to the top ten list just by the skin of its teeth. In 2015, Goa recorded 0.54 million foreign tourist arrivals.

9. Karnataka that finds itself sandwiched between two tourism superstar states of Kerala and Goa did a good showing as it welcomed 0.64 million tourists in 2015.

8. Bihar ranked number eight with 0.92 million foreign tourist arrivals…

7. While God’s Own Country, Kerala, saw 0.98 million foreign tourists arriving on its shores to rejuvenate themselves.

6. At number seven was Rajasthan that said ‘Khamma Ghani’ to 1.48 million foreign tourists.

5. West Bengal edged past Rajasthan by just 0.01 million more arrivals and finished number five recording 1.49 million foreign tourist arrivals.

4. There was Delhi that came fourth with 2.38 million foreign tourists arriving at its gates.

3. Uttar Pradesh attracted 3.1 million tourists in 2015, a number that isn’t surprising given that it is home to the iconic Taj Mahal.

2. Maharashtra finished second with 4.41 million foreign tourists arriving in the state in 2015.

1. But it was Tamil Nadu that bagged the top spot with a whopping 4.68 million tourists making their way to the southern state in 2015.

                    

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5 Most Beautiful Norwegian Fjords

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5 Most Beautiful Norwegian Fjords

During the ice ages, deep valleys and narrow inlets filled with ocean water, creating the natural wonders that the modern world often refers to as fjords. Although there are many fjords across the globe, the ones that grace the Norwegian coastline reign as the most popular because of their astonishing beauty. 

Here's a list of top 5 places you should definitely put into your bucket list:

 

1. Nordfjord

Located in western Norway, Nordfjord is favored for its perfect blend of incredible scenery, historic sites and wide range of fun activities. No matter what the season, Nordfjord offers plenty of things to see and do such as taking a boat cruise around the fjord itself to revel in its awe-inspiring beauty.

2. Hardangerfjord

As the world’s third largest fjord, Hardangerfjord is popularized by its vibrant region that is often called the Orchard of Norway because of its colorful fruit trees and gardens. Many travelers choose to visit here during May to see the blossoming of trees like apples, plums, cherries and pears.

3. Lysefjord

Although smaller in size than many other fjords in Norway, Lysefjorden attracts about 300,000 visitors annually. What makes this fjord so special is Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock. Standing atop the wide, flat plateau of Pulpit Rock gives visitors an adrenaline rush like no other as they tower nearly 600 meters (2,000 feet) up in the open sky over the vast fjord.

4. Sognefjord

As Norway’s largest fjord, Sognefjord also offers huge fun and adventure. Popular sightseeing options here include Norway’s oldest stave church at Urnes, the Viking Village in Gudvangen, the Magic White Caves of Gudvangen, and the Aurlandsdalen Valley, which is often called Norway’s Grand Canyon because of its vast beauty and wildlife diversity.

5. Geirangerfjord

With its remarkable scenery of deep blue waters and majestic mountains, it is no wonder that the Geirangerfjord is among the most visited Norwegian fjords. When visiting here, a must-do is a sightseeing cruise on the fjord to view its astonishing beauty and its famous waterfalls, the Seven Sisters, which plunge directly into the fjord.

                    

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Famous Landmarks In Germany You Should Visit

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Famous Landmarks In Germany You Should Visit

A trip to Germany can be a truly iconic getaway. Nowhere else in the world does the culture so seamlessly blend historic architecture, medieval streets and a modern, progressive society. Perhaps most importantly, you won’t want to miss any of these famous landmarks in Germany.

Here's a look to few famous landmarks in Germany you should definitely visit :

 

1. Sanssouci Palace

In the heart of Sanssouci Park in the city of Potsdam, you’ll find the incredible New Palace, often referred to as Sanssouci Palace. Built in the 18th century under the commission of Frederick the Great, the palace is a beautiful example of baroque architecture and design.

2. Monument to the Battle of the Nations

The city of Leipzig is an industrial hub and a cultural destination in Germany, but what it is best known for is the Völkerschlachtdenkmal, or the Monument to the Battle of the Nations. The monument, which is nearly 300 feet (91 meters) high, was erected at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig.

3. Nuremberg Christmas Market

There is no bad time to visit Germany, but there is something truly magical about visiting during the holidays. In November of each year, Nuremberg transforms into a winter wonderland thanks to its Christkindlesmarkt, or outdoor Christmas market. 

4. Neuschwanstein Castle

If you’re a fan of fairy tales, then don’t leave Germany without seeing Neuschwanstein Castle in person. Located just outside of the town of Füssen in Bavaria, Schloss Neuschwanstein was commissioned by King Ludwig II in the 19th century.

5. Mount Zugspitze

If you’re after spectacular views, then nothing can compare to the vistas from the top of Mount Zugspitze. Located in the Wetterstein Mountains, Zugspitze is the tallest peak in the country and a popular spot for photography as well as outdoor recreation. In the winter, the mountain is ideal for skiing and snowboarding, and in the warmer month it is perfect for hiking. 

6. Heidelberg Castle

The city of Heidelberg is a medieval history lover’s dream, and it boasts everything from the oldest university in Germany to remnants of the Bibliotheka Palatina, which was the nation’s first library. Perhaps the biggest attraction in the city, however, is the Heidelberg Castle.

7. Reichstag

Visiting Berlin is a must for anyone in Germany. More than just the German capital, Berlin represents a part of the country that was divided in the 20th century into East and West. A unifying German landmark rich with political significance is the Reichstag, which is where the German Parliament meets.

8. Brandenburg Gate

Another iconic landmark in Berlin is the Brandenburg Gate, which was once a 18th century city gate and now stands as a symbol of the city. The Brandenburg Gate is built in a neoclassical style, and was commissioned by a Prussian king as a symbol of peace.

                    

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