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7 Most Scenic Airstrips In India That Will Amaze You To Visual Delights

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7 Most Scenic Airstrips In India That Will Amaze You To Visual Delights

The dull monotony of airports is uniform the world across. Sure, there are some airports that have better facilities than the others but if you really think of it, airports are mostly the same all over the world… unless of course you find yourself looking out of the window at scenes like these:

 

1. Agatti Airport, Lakshadweep

The 4,000-foot Agatti Airport in Lakshadweep occupies 45.9 acres of land. It is surrounded by mesmerizing blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Flying from here is an absolute visual delight. One of the best scenic airports, the runway is located on a narrow stretch of land.

2. Lengpui Airport, Mizoram

The views of Lengpui Airport in Mizoram will treat you to lush greenery and mystic landscapes. Located at an altitude of 504 m above sea level, it is also said to be one of the largest airports built by a State Government. The runway is approximately 2,500 m long and one among the only three airports in India that has table top runway.

3. Dabolim Airport, Goa

The Dabolim Airport which is widely known as the Goa International Airport is one of the most scenic airports of India that has some spectacular views for travelers. You can enjoy the views of the beautiful blue washed Arabian Sea. It has a 3,430 mt long runway and is located at an elevation of 56 m.

4. Shimla Airport

Located in Jubbarhatti in Shimla, the Shimla Airport has amazing views of the hills which is a sight that every nature lover will love. Your flight journey will not be a boring one with such breath taking views of nature. This airport was made by cutting down a mountain top and the single runway was made after leveling the area. It is located at an elevation of 1,546 mt and has a 1,230 m runway with an asphalt surface.

5. Gaggal Airport, Kangra

Nestled amidst snow-capped mountains, The Gaggal Airport in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh spreads over 1200 acres of land. At an altitude of 2492 feet, the breathtaking views of the ‘Abode of Gods’ will leave you mesmerized.

6. Veer Savarkar Internaional Airport, Port Blair

Port Blair Airport or the Veer Savarkar International Airport is a customs airport that was named after freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. This airport is situated right amidst lush greenery on all four sides making it one of the most scenic airports of India.

7. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh

One of the highest commercial airports in the world, the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is situated at an elevation of 3,256 mt above sea level. Named after an Indian monk, Kushok Bakula, the majestic mountains and alluring landscapes is what you are treated to.

                    

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4 Off-Beat Places You Must Visit Before The Monsoons End!

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4 Off-Beat Places You Must Visit Before The Monsoons End!

The fresh showers bring old memories, the rains mean different things to different people. And what else can you do during the splendid monsoons but go on a vacation or even a short trip! While some people prefer lazing at home and cuddling up in a blanket, some others would rather visit some place new and just enjoy the beautiful weather.

Here are some of the unique places you must visit in India before the monsoons end!

 

1. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

Ranikhet is beautiful destination located in Uttarakhand. It’s a place that offers jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas, spectacular, lush landscapes and an amazing climate. It’s a lesser explored destination for a do nothing vacation.

2. Orccha, Madhya Pradesh

The architecture of Orccha is something to die for. Not many know about the rich history of this serene destination in Madhya Pradesh. Since not a lot of tourists visit this destinations, it is definitely a place you must visit for its breathtaking architectural and historic influence.

3. Kutch, Gujarat

Kutch is home to the mind blowing Rann of Kutch which is one of the most gorgeous destinations in India. The white desert is home to a unique culture and is often visited by bikers from across the country.

4. Pushkar, Rajasthan

Though for a lot of people, Pushkar is merely a pit stop, it’s a gorgeous place to visit, especially for those who prefer enjoying their peace and quiet. The great part of about Pushkar is that you can visit if you’re not too big on the rains and would rather spend it at some place where the rains won’t prevent you from exploring the place.

                    

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Chopta Valley - The Unexplored Destination

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Chopta Valley - The Unexplored Destination

The relatively unexplored and untouched Chopta Valley in north east Sikkim is very popular among trekkers as well as people of several faiths. Chopta is famous for its monuments of historical and religious importance — from Chandrashila to the Tungnath Temple and more.  

The valley, at 13,200 feet, is a preferred destination for hiking, angling and water sports and the trek from Chopta Valley to Muguthang Valley is considered one of the best. It lies in the Greater Himalayas at 15,500 ft. Trekkers are assured of scenic landscapes with snow-covered mountain peaks on one side and green pine forests and meandering rivers on the other.

PLACES TO VISIT IN CHOPTA VALLEY

Tungnath Temple - Situated at a height of 3680 meters, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.  The temple is one of the Panch Kedar and Lord Shiva’s arm is worshipped here. According to mythology, Ravana performed penance to please Lord Shiva at this site.

Chandrashila - It is the highest point on which Tungnath temple and Chopta are located. It is situated at a height of 4090 meters. From Chandrashila, one gets to see 360 degree panoramic views of the Himalayas. Chandrashila is summit of the Tungnath . It literally means “Moon Rock”. 

Thangu Valley - The Thangu valley is the most scenic of all in Chopta valley and even in North Sikkim. The alpine trees scattered around some wooden houses, the vegetation and the rare seen species of flowers are the major attraction of Thangu valley. High altitude flowers like orchids are also found in this valley.

THINGS TO DO IN CHOPTA VALLEY

Trekking in Chopta valley - The Chopta valley is considered as a paradise for the nature lovers. The Chopta valley is about 2680 meters high above the sea level. This valley offers a great trek trails to the trekkers and adventure lovers. The trekking trail passes through the dense forest of rhododendron, pine and deodar. 

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Best time to visit Chopta Valley

Best time to to travel to Chopta is in Summers (April – June) and Winters (Oct – Dec). Travellers interested in snow fall or want to experience snow trekking in Chopta then Jan to March are the best months.

                    

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10 Amazing Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Bhandardara This Monsoon

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10 Amazing Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Bhandardara This Monsoon

The charm of Maharashtra increases manifold in the monsoon months because of the rains that bring out the lush greenery and waterfalls in the region. Bhandardara which is a hill station near Nashik is one of the most scenic places you can go to in the monsoon. Not just a paradise for nature lovers, Bhandardara is also apt for trekkers for the many trekking routes it offers.

If you still aren’t convinced, here are 10 photos that will do the trick. Take a look.

 

Wilson Dam

Umbrella Falls

Amazing landscape at Bhandardara

Sunset at Bhandardara lake

Bhandardara lake during the day

A view from the top

Twilight at Bhandardara

Bhandardara in all its green glory

The setting sun against the calm waters of the lake

Nature’s beauty at its best in Bhandardara

Still need more inspiration? Happy Travelling!

                    

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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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