Think as far into the past as you can, of an age when Indian subcontinent was part of present day Africa. They the sea swelled, the geo plates shifted and India broke away and drifted to Asian plate. It crashed into the Asian Plate with such a force that the prehistoric Tethys sea disappeared and gave birth to a new mountain range â€“ The Himalayas. The land masses are still colliding into one another and the Himalayas are still gaining height.These lofty mountains are home to worldâ€™s highest peaks in territory that is still not wholly mapped. This is really lonely corner of the planet. The Himalayas are divided into three major divisions- The Karakoram, Himachal and Sivalik hills which span from the Ladakh in North west to the minor mountains and hills of north east.The higher reaches are snow capped throughout the year, have no vegetation or animals and have very low oxygen levels. The indomitable spirit of mankind has reached even this inhospitable terrain to establish temples of faith and monasteries of peace. The Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim centres are a wonder here in these forlorn far reaches.The shepherd nomads roam these semi arid wilderness with their herds of yak and sheep. Endangered animals like the snow leopards, himalyan lynx and fox cohabit with the Sherpas and other tribes.The fast flowing rapids of the mountain rivers, the craggy mountain faces, snow covered slopes, hot water springs and the biting cold are inviting for the rough band of â€˜adventuristsâ€™ who come from all parts of the world to test the extreme. White water rafting, trekking, pilgrimage, mountaineering, rock climbing, para sailing, sky jumping, skiing, biking, rallying and the list goes on, the reasons for being in the Himalayas anytime of the year. Pack your bags and get going!
Almora Perched on a five-kilometre long horseshoe-shaped ridge, Almora is situated 1,650 metres above sea level. The view of the fertile terraced valley and four ranges of hills, Banari Devi, Kasan Devi, Shyahi Devi and Katarmal from the town make one poetic. Whatâ€™s more, one can see the magnificent Himalyan ranges to the North with the peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot rising tall in majestic splendour.
Haridwar According to Hindu mythology, Haridwar is one among the four sites where drops of the elixir of immortality(amrit) fell and site for MahaKumbhMela every 12 years. On a daily basis pilgrims travel from all over the country to bathe in the Ganges and to take part in the evening puja(arati), a memorable and spiritual experience, with the river set alight with thousands of floating earthern lamps and flowers offered to the river deities by the worshippers.
Manali One of most visited hill stations in India, Manali stands in the KulluValkey at just under 2000 meters. A starting point for many treks in this beautiful region of the Himalayas, Manali is laid back and welcoming.
Shimla The summer capital of colonial British era, Shimla is also called "The Queen of Hill Stations". Situated in the north-West Himalaya, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, it derives its name from "Shyamala" - the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th Century. The English renamed it Shimla. Covering an area of 18 sq km at a height of 7,238 ft and surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests, its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of India's most popular and largest hill stations.
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Langkawi is a beautiful island in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia; many people describe the island as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The island is not (yet) spoiled by tourists, which makes it a perfect holiday destination for travelers. Accommodation is affordable on the island. You can stay in a resort for a mere $30 a night, but also for $3000 for a single night. The island is especially renowned for the many great attractions. Besides that you can shop at some of the shopping malls, you can have splendid dinners at one of the many hawkers, or you can rent a motorcycle (moped) to explore the island (RM40 for 24h). The island is easy accessible from Kuala Lumpur or the neighboring island of Penang.
Genting Highlands otherwise known as Resorts World Genting, is a hill resort in Malaysia developed by Genting Group.The hill resort is at an average elevation of 1,740 metres (5,710 ft) within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia. Resorts World Genting is operated by Genting Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Resorts World Bhd), which also operates Awana chain of resorts & hotels. It is accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour, or also accessible by a cable car called Genting Skyway, which at its opening was the world's fastest and South East Asia's longest gondola lift.The comprehensive indoor and outdoor theme-park was promoted as the destination for "Fun at The Peak". The entire resort was subsequently billed; "The City of Entertainment".Resorts World Genting is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country and is owned by Genting Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Group.
Tung Choi Street is a street situated between south of Sai Yeung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is one of the most well-known street markets in Hong Kong. Its southern section, popularly known as Ladies' Market or Ladies' Street sells various, low-priced products for women and also other general merchandise. Its northern section not far above Bute Street, has a wide variety of affordable plants, pet supplies and animals especially goldfish since it is also known as "Goldfish Street".
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Tsz), located Po Fook Hill at Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin in the New Territories is one of Hong Kongâ€™s most famous Buddhist temples and popular tourist attractions. The temple was founded in 1949 by the Reverend Yuet Kai and completed in 1957. The monastery is not residential and is managed by lay-persons. It should not be confused with the Po Fook Hill Ancestral Halls which lie directly below it. The monastery, which occupies over 8 hectares, is made up of two groups of architectural structures at lower and higher levels respectively. There is a pagoda, a hall, two pavilions and a tower in the architectural structure at the lower level. There are four halls in another structure at the higher level. The five halls in the monastery are used to house the statues of Buddhas. The main journey up to the monastery is an attraction itself, as the path is lined on both sides with golden Buddhas, each unique and in different poses.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, or the Great Immortal Wong. The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon. The architecture is the traditional Chinese temple style with grand red pillars, a golden roof adorned with blue friezes, yellow latticework, and multi-coloured carvings. Aside from the Daxiong-baodian or Grand Hall, Sansheng Hall and the Good Wish Garden are also worth seeing. The temple grounds also feature three memorial archways. The first one stands outside the temple and is carved with the name of the temple. If you walk past the soothsayers and the fortune-telling stalls, you can see another memorial archway. And if you continue further along the third memorial archway standing before you.
Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloonâ€“Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the cityâ€™s harbour.
Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is sited near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. One of the five large Buddha statues in China, it is enthroned on a lotus on top of a three-platform altar. Surrounding it are six smaller bronze statues known as "The Offering of the Six Devas" that are posed offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha. These symbolise the Six Perfections of generosity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom, all of which are necessary for enlightenment