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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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Delving Into The Forbidden – The Nelang Valley

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Delving Into The Forbidden – The Nelang Valley

Hidden away on the remote border district of Uttarkashi, this beautiful valley at the historically famous Indo-China border stands at a height of over 11,000 feet above the sea level. It gives rise to one of the largest tributaries of the Bhagirathi River, the Jadh Ganga. The Jadh Ganga is also a point of dispute for India and China; the valley being claimed by China and controlled by India.

The original name of Jadh Ganga was Jahanvi. Legend goes that the Sage Jahnu was very furious because the River Ganga kept flooding the place and damaging his hermitage. In his anger, he drank the whole river in a single gulp. Later, when he had calmed down, he released the river, which theoretically became his daughter. Hence, the river came to be known as Jahanvi.

The valley lies to the north-east of the rushing waters of the Jadh Ganga. Nelang (or Nilang) traditionally means the ‘place of blue stones’. It housed the Jadh people that gave the valley its name.

This is the same region that Heinrich Harrer had used during his dramatic escape from being a war prisoner of the British India, in 1944. It is also the same valley where the legendary British explorer JB Auden ended up while exploring the tributaries of Bhagirathi.

The 1962 conflict made sure that no more exploration of the area is possible. But when something is forbidden, what follows next are adventure, exploration and discovery. Since then, there have been numerous attempts by civilians to explore the valley.

The valley is open during the day for a few restricted hours. Only six vehicles are allowed to enter the area with just six tourists each. You can take a safari jeep from Bhairavghati which is about 25 km away, but make sure the jeep is registered with the forest department.

So, pack your bags and get to this unknown land and explore this delightful place that is the Nelang Valley.

                    

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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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Amazing Natural Wonders Of The World: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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Amazing Natural Wonders Of The World: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Nature is full of amazing  wonders, from sky high mountains, deep rivers,  blue oceans, unique caves, breathtaking islands, rich forest and so much more that it’s impossible not to be in awe of everything our world is filled with. The Halong Bay in Vietnam is definitely going to give you itchy feet!

There are over 1600 islands dotting the Ha Long Bay and the legend behind it is pretty out-of-the-world! Here's the look to it :

 

From the Lonar Lake, the Yoho National Park, and the Victoria Falls, to the Mount Everest, Thor’s Well or the Grand Canyon, we’ve tried to share some of the most interesting facts and awe-inspiring photographs of natural wonders around the world. The Halong Bay in Vietnam is definitely going to give you itchy feet!

The Ha Long Bay is located on the Quảng Ninh Province in Vietnam. The name of the bay roughly translates to descending dragon in Vietnamese

Legend has it that, when the Vietnamese were protecting their territory from invaders, they offered prayers to their gods who then sent dragons as the protectors of the place. When the invaders were approaching via sea, the dragons spat out jewels creating islands that lined the bay and obstructed the ships and boats of the invaders.

It is also believed that the bay has been inhabited by humans for at least a thousand years, making it one of the oldest inhabited regions in Vietnam. In fact, Nguyen Tai, a Vietnamese poet described the island as a rock wonder in the sky over five centuries ago.

These little islets are made of limestone and are of various sizes and shapes and a lot of them have quirky names based on their shape, like the kissing islands, elephant island and many more.

The town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. You can opt for a cruise, that will take you as close to a lot of these islets. Whether you’re a luxury traveler or a budget backpacker, there are various options for you to feel just as disconnected from the world as you please to!

                    

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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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