Saturday, October 2, 2010
Las Vegas is the most populous city in Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling, shopping and fine dining. Las Vegas, which bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, is famous for the number of casino resorts and associated entertainment. A growing retirement and family city, it is the 28th most populous city in the United States.
Located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is hot and dry during summer with mild winters, and plenty of sunshine all year round. In the height of summer, during July and August, the mercury often soars above 100ºF (38ºC). Winters are cooler and bring winds and cold nights, with daytime highs of around 60ºF (16ºC) and chilly nights averaging 40ºF (4ºC). What little rain there is usually falls in winter, between January and March. In summer though there are sometimes late afternoon thunderstorms that move in from Mexico.
How to reach?
Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is centrally located between many of the major natural attractions in the US Southwest, and it offers a wide variety of competitively priced flights from most major cities in the USA. With over 500 flights per day coming from nearly every major city in the USA and from several foreign cities, it offers convenient access to the Southwest at competitive prices. If you wish to visit the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park or any of the great scenic attractions in the Southwest, consider flying into Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Shows
The top Las Vegas shows can be quite spectacular and very entertaining, but they are relatively expensive. Some of the lesser-known shows may not be quite as spectacular, but they can be just as entertaining for half the cost. Even better bargains can be found in the discount ticket shops at various locations along the strip. They normally offer surplus tickets to the less popular shows on the day of performance for discounts of up to 50%.
The best bargains of all are the free performances offered at some of the casinos. Rio provides a free sky show above its main concourse several times each evening. Sam's Town produces a Western Stampede Show and the outdoor concourse at Fremont Street offers its spectacular ceiling light show every hour in the evening until midnight. Strolling along the strip, you can see the fountain show at Bellagio, the erupting volcano at Mirage and the Pirates Cove Show at Treasure Island. Free musical and disco performances are available at numerous bars and clubs throughout the various casinos.
Las Vegas Local Attractions
There are a number of interesting natural attractions in the vicinity of Las Vegas or within a few hours drive. You can take commercial tour to most of these attractions. The tour operators will pick you up right at your hotel in early morning, take you to the attraction, and then return you to your hotel the same day. If you have a car, you can drive to the local attractions.
Red Rock Canyon is less than an hour from the strip. It is a great place to see the unspoiled desert landscape or to hike in some of the mountain canyons. The Valley of Fire is within a two-hour drive. It offers some strange volcanic geology. Death Valley National Park is within three hours and provides a glimpse of a most extreme desert landscape. The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world, and you can drive to the South Rim Visitors’ Center in less than five hours or to the slightly less spectacular West Rim in less than three hours. Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Sedona and the largest preserved sections of old Route 66 are all within a half-day drive of Las Vegas.
Shopping in Las Vegas
Nearly every casino in Las Vegas offers an array of shops selling a variety of merchandise. The Forum Shops in Caesar’s Palace and the International Market in Planet Hollywood have a wide selection. Many of these shops offer high-priced luxury items. You can even buy a Ferrari in the Wynn Casino. For bargain selections, visit one of the larger shopping malls. The Fashion Show Mall and the Palazzo Mall are located along the strip while Las Vegas Premium Outlets is located adjacent to the north end of the strip and Town Square Mall is located along Las Vegas Boulevard a bit south of the strip.
If you prefer something a bit more unique, you can visit the Gambler’s General Store on South Main Street for everything from a selection of thousands of different varieties of poker chips, cards and dice to a full sized roulette wheel or a slot machine. For the ladies, a visit to Strings, the Rainbow Feather Company, or Serge’s Showgirl Wigs can help you achieve your fantasy of dressing as a Las Vegas showgirl.
Best Time to Visit
October is a great time to visit Las Vegas. You can have a helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon to a Vegas bus tour, a night flight over the Vegas Strip to a Lake Mead cruise.
Dubai is the second largest emirate in the federation after Abu Dhabi and Dubai tourism has become a major focus of Dubai's economy. Dubai tourism guide takes you to the glorious past of Dubai with various historical places and museums like Al Fahidi Fort, Bin Muzaina House, Bait Al Wakeel, Burj Nahar etc display the rich culture and heritage of the city.
Dubai's whopping constructions and developments in various sectors through contemporary real estate projects, sports events, shopping festivals and conferences has attracted world-wide attention for Dubai City, establishing it as the world's leading business hub. Tourism of Dubai city also showcases numerous spectacular beaches, luxurious hotels, beach side resorts with excellent security in the world.
Dubai has a rich cultural scene with art museums, film festivals (Dubai film festival) and performing arts centers, in addition to being a shopper's delight, hosting the annually held Dubai Shopping Festival. Dubai is a city of amazement waiting to be explored holding the potential for one of the most significant international cities of the 21st century.
ClimateDubai has a hot & dry climate, where the summers are predominantly hot, windy and dry, with an average high around 40 °C and during the night lows around 30 °C. Well, it is hard to walk during the daytime in summer month’s i.e during mid April; so you must keep yourself well-equipped with skin protection ointment and adequate drinks to prevent yourself from getting drenched. You can enjoy lots of juicy dates during this period as it can be seen everywhere in the summer.
Dubai culture is a cosmopolitan one. With the arrival of great number of foreign population which includes, Persians, Indians, Baluchis etc, the culture in Dubai has become a global one. With Islam as its official religion, Dubai finds its deep rooting in Islamic traditions that is an integral part of Dubai way of life. Like religion, language, Culture in Dubai is also diverse and although Arabic is declared to be the official language of Dubai, other languages of the world co-exist with it.
Dubai Tourist Attractions
Dubai offers its visitors with great shopping, camel racing, mountains, beaches, deserts and oases, among many other delights. From the standstill desert to the lively bustle of the souk Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors., Dubai does not only boast the best enthralling sights but has also preserved some of the most alluring historical attractions. Since earliest times, Dubai has been a meeting place, bringing together the Bedouin of the desert interior with the pearl-diver, the merchant of the city with the sea-going fisherman.
Mostly known for its gold souks, Dubai is every shoppers delight. A range of shopping malls, gold and discounted electronics attract a large number of tourists. A proper planning and survey about the best shopping streets could be carried out prior your actual visit to avoid last minute hurry.
Dubai Travel Information
As per an individual’s nationality, he/she need to apply for a stay visa before visiting Dubai. The norms differ as per the nationality, and factors like the purpose, duration of your stay and total number of people along with you, etc require consideration. For this, the official consulate or the embassy can be contacted via correct channel to verify your VISA conditions well-in-hand.
The Dubai government is made up of the Supreme Council of the UAE - the highest federal authority - headed by the hereditary rulers of the seven emirates. It is responsible for general policy matters involving education, defense, foreign affairs, communications, development and the establishment federal laws.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
When the scorching heat becomes irrestible on the plain lands in summer then it makes people think of to escape somewhere where it is cold and cozy . In my experience I have seen people choossing Manali or to Shimla 8 out of 10 times. One of the best place among honeymooners and those looking for cooler climes – Manali is an ideal destination in Himachal Pradesh. But it is not only in the peak summer that people go to Manali, I have seen a lot of my friends going to Manali with their personal cars or rented ones in the months of December and January too to experience the snowfalls.
The scenic beauty of Manali and an irresistible appeal that attracts tourists to this small town located 274 kilometers north of Shimla. Its close proximity to the snow-line in the lap of the Kullu valley makes it a popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. Manali stands at an altitude of 2,050 meters above sea level. The Beas River that flows through the town accentuates its scenic beauty.
Manali is also called ‘Valley of the Gods,’ Manali literally means the ‘abode of Manu,’ a mythological character who believed to have survived when the whole world had submerged under the flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. This has made Manali a pilgrimage spot for Hindus. It also has a number of Buddhist monasteries as well.
Manali is just not a two dimensional tourist destination; it has other facts as well. Apart from the beautiful views of the snow covered peaks, Manali also offers good options for adventure tourism. One can try skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, trekking and mountain biking in and around Manali. It also has amazing snowfields and some flourishing apple orchards. Manali is a refreshing getaway and first choice for those who want to see and touch snow for the first time.
There are plenty of other exciting things to do in Manali. It is a typical tourist destination, where you get to do all sort of activities. Shopping, dress & photo in traditional Himachali costume, sit on a Yak & get yourself clicked, hold a rabbit in your lap and get yourself clicked again, learn skiing and stumble, try ice skating, go paragliding, visit ancient temples, and go for a trek. The multitude of options available in Manali makes it popular tourist spot among people of all age groups.
Other Places of Interest:
Naggar Fort, south of Manali is a reminder from the Pala Empire. The fort is made from rocks, stones, and elaborate wood carvings, which resembles the rich and elegant art works of Himachal. The castle was later converted to a hotel and is currently under himachal tourism.
Hidimba Devi Temple, erected in 1553, is dedicated to the local deity Hadimba, wife of the Pandava prince, Bhim. The temple is noticed for its four-store pagoda and exquisite wooden carvings.
Rahla waterfalls lie some 27 km (17 mi) from Manali at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, are the beautiful Rahla Falls at an altitude of 2,501 m (8,205 ft).
Solang valley, popularly known as Snow Point, is 13 km northwest of Manali.
Manikaran, located about 45 km. from kullu on the way to Manali is known for its hot spring near the river Parvati.
Rohtang, located about 40 km from manali is one of the most famous snow point, but its closed during winters due to snow.
The climate in Manali is very cold during winters, and moderately cool during summers. The temperatures range from 4 °C (39 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) over the year. The average temperature during summer is between 14 °C (57 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F), and between −7 °C (19.4 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F) in the winter.
Time to visit:
The best time to visit Manali is May and October but one can visit this place during winters too.
How to reach?
By Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar in Kullu about one and a half hour’s drive from Manali. Not all airlines fly to Bhuntar, only a few do. Please find out before you decide to fly to Manali.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Chandigarh at 310 kilometers and Jogindarnagar at 180 kilometers, which has a narrow gauge track.
By Bus: Manali is 570 from Delhi, from Shimla the distance is 280 km. From Delhi, there is a regular HPTDC Luxury and Volvo Coach to Manali from Janpath. There is one that leaves Janpath at 7 pm and reaches Manali at 10 am. On the way you'll cross Bilaspur, Mandi, Kullu before reaching Manali.
One can always make Delhi, India to be the centre point to visit Manali.