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Ranakpur Tourism

Ranakpur Tourism

Ranakpur is an important pilgrimage of Jains situated in the state of Rajasthan, 60 km north of Udaipur in Pali district. This place is renowned across the globe for its beautifully sculptured temple complex which enthrals tourists who come here from across the globe. Although it is a Jain pilgrimage centre but its architectural glory lures large number of tourists during their Rajasthan Tour.

Along with the architectural legacy this place is also renowned for its scenic beauty. It is surrounded by Aravali mountain range. Ranakpur temples were built in the 15th century. These temples are counted among the largest and the most important temples of the Jain cult.

The well known Ranakpur Tourist Attractions are

Jain Temples

Chamukha temple is the main Jain temple dedicated to the Tirthankara Rishabdeoji. This temple is known for its architectural beauty which attracts visitors who come here from far away places. The temple has 24 pillared halls with 8 domes underpinned by 400 columns. The foremost attraction of this structure is 1,444 intricately carved columns and the interesting thing is that all the columns look different. Inside the temple one can find the idols Lord Mahavir Swami, Parshvanath, Adinath and Ajitnath. Another attraction which amazes tourists is the assembly hall which contains two big bells, each weighing around 108 kg.

Sadri

This is a wonderful destination situated 8 km from Ranakpur. The main tourist attractions of this place are the beautiful Jain temples and an old shrine of Khudabaksh Baba. The Varahavtar and the Chintamani Parsvanath are the two most popular temples of this place known for their design, decorations and architecture.

Ghanerao

It is a captivating village situated close to Ranakpur which is famous for its ancient temple’s step-wells, mansions and havelis with marble archways. The most famous attractions of this place are Ghanerao Castle and Muchhala Mahavir. The Ghanerao Castle is famous for its architectural beauty showcasing the wonder of yesteryear. This castle has been converted into a heritage hotel. The Mucchala Mahavir temple is another attraction of this place famous for its elaborate and excellent decorations. It is one of the popular Jain pilgrimage sites where tourists as well as devotees come in large number.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

This is a famous wildlife reserve situated at the foothills of Aravali hills. Along with the diverse flora species this wildlife sanctuary is also famous for its wild animals and birds species. The wild animals which can be seen during safari at this place are hyena, leopards, sambhar, jackal, hyena, sloth bear and many more.…

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Explore the Heritage of Tamil People

Explore the Heritage of Tamil People

India is full of tourist spots and it is visited by millions of countries every year. It is one of the popular tourist spots in Asia and you can also read about it in various travel portals, books and references. So if you have your vacation on the block and you want to enjoy it to the fullest then planning a trip to this country would certainly work out for you. You can travel to different places and learn more about the diversity of this place and if you are interested in history then you should choose Tamilnadu tourism.

This state is the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula and you would love to travel to and explore the heritage of the Tamil people. This is the location where the Tamil race flourished first and then it moved to other countries like Sri Lanka and other southeastern Asian countries. Hence Tamilnadu tourism has a lot in store for you and you can see excavations, old temples, sculptures and many such items of historical significance. You would also be able to enthrall yourself by visiting eight UNESCO heritage sites in this state. So be ready to plan a Tamilnadu tour.

One can easily reach this state by air, trains, and buses or by hiring a taxi. The capital city of this region is Chennai and you would find it be a hospitable city with fine people, cuisine and a lot of places to visit. Planning your Tamilnadu tour would certainly help you out in cherry picking the locations that you want to explore and it would also save a lot of your time. This fine state is definitely the right choice for you and you would love to travel around and explore the deptss of Tamilnadu tourism.

Even though you can book the air tickets and also get the reservation of the hotel rooms done all by yourself, hiring a travel planner can help you avail some fine deals on travelling. You can thus devise an itinerary for your Tamilnadu tour and then can buy a travel package. The websites on the internet can also offer you a great deal of information and you would love to read more about your destination. So if it is time of the year when you head out of your home then you should certainly delve into Tamilnadu tourism and you would come out to be a wiser man.…

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Living In Nicaragua – Is Tourism Devastating For Nicaragua?

Living In Nicaragua – Is Tourism Devastating For Nicaragua?

Tourism is the biggest industry in the world today, involving more than 100 million people. Third world countries, like Nicaragua, are easy targets for the exploitation and destruction from transnational companies which dominates the global tourist scenery. As a traveler you see the same giant resorts, looking the same, everywhere you go in the world.

We want to travel, we want to meet and learn from each other. Broaden our horizons, our minds and become more accepting and non judgmental towards people who do not look and speak exactly like we do. Sadly most people have forgotten this and the negative consequences of our visits outnumber the positive – even though we like to believe the opposite.

Cash starving countries see the tourism as a highway to heaven – but in reality it is the high way to hell.

Tourism makes the poverty problem worse, destroys the environment and violates basic human rights. Employment in the tourist sector is often inhuman and the direct relationship between local companies or local services is often small, if it exists at all. Problems with property rights are common, as big investors manage to steal land from the indigenous.

Tourism is one of the most dynamic sectors in Nicaragua today. Quickly becoming one of the countries main sources of revenue. Nicaragua welcomed more than one million tourists in 2011, generating 350 million US dollars extra in income. The growth in this sector was a remarkable 7% from 2007 – 2011, all according to the Nicaragua Tourism Board (INTUR).

Nicaragua is one of the richest (yes you read that right) countries in the world with over 22,000 km2 of nature reserve and over 700 km of coast with beautiful beaches on the Pacific and the Atlantic side. This makes eco tourism one of the fastest growing and most popular tourism. However it has proven not to be that sustainable when you look closer seeing visitors invading protected wildlife. This is just another excuse to profit in disguise.

What can we do?

The answer is not to stop traveling or investing in a new home abroad. Like in everything else you have the power as a consumer. Get the facts before you buy something. Ask questions. Eat and shop locally. Check your behavior, what are the consequences of your actions. Raise your consciousness and be as smart as you can be.

Warning signs for the future of Nicaragua.

I have been to Spain, in the 60A�s as a kid – I know how that ended. I have been to Greece in my youth – I know how that ended. I have been to Thailand in the 80A�s – and we all know how that ended. I donA�t even have to mention Costa Rica. If you been around you have seen the signs. If you have been a traveler around the world you know how it goes.

One of the consequences with globalisation is giving away the power to a few giant corporations. This is happening in Nicaragua today. We still have time to stop the devastation of Nicaragua’s natural resources, allowing what has happened to other third world countries serve as a serious warning.…

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Business and Industry in Portsmouth

Business and Industry in Portsmouth

Portsmouth is known as one of the major industrial centres in the UK. In the times of Henry VIII it became the first place in the world to have a ‘dry dock’ built, following this it became one of the Royal Ports and its tradition of repairing and building ships for the Royal Navy began.

Vosper-Thorneycroft (VT) is the major ship-builder still located in Portsmouth. It carries on the long tradition of naval ship building and repairs that dates back to Tudor times in the city. Currently building the Royal navy’s new Type 45 destroyers, it has also recently won a contract to build smaller vessels for the Royal Oman Navy. In 2003 Rolls Royce acquired the marine electrical systems side of Vosper-Thorneycroft’s business. Like VT, Rolls Royce has several manufacturing sites across the UK working on military projects. Its Portsmouth factory at Cosham employs about 120 people working on a range of electrical products from propulsion units to control systems. Mclaren Composites is a company that occupies a niche between the old manufacturing industries and the newer ‘hi-tech’ ones. Originally established in 1989 as Mclaren Cars by the former racing driver Ron Dennis, the company became the first to manufacture a F1 racing car with a composite body. Mclaren composites relocated from Guilford in Surrey to Portsmouth in 2003. Apart from making some of the best racing car bodies in the world, Mclaren Composites also work with high volume car manufacturers, such as Mercedes-Benz, producing Carbon fibre bodies for the SLR range of vehicles. The Pall Corporation has its UK offices in Portsmouth at Europa House on Havant Street in the city centre. Pall Corporation is one of the worlds leading companies in filtration and purification systems and works primarily on related technologies for the pharmaceutical industry.

To give it its full name, Her Majesties Naval Base Portsmouth is undoubtedly the single largest employer in the city. It employs several thousands of people working on the ships that have their home port in Portsmouth. Two thirds of the Royal Navy’s ships are based here meaning there is an abundance of repair and logistical support work available.

Realising that it could not for ever be reliant on ship-building or heavy industry, Portsmouth has been successful in attracting some ‘hi-tech’ and ‘blue chip’ companies. One such company is EADS-Astrium; a leading space telecommunications company which has premises in Portsmouth. The company specialises in constructing satellites that aid military navigation and communications. The UK Ministry of Defence uses their SKYNET 4 & 5 systems. IBM has for many years used Portsmouth as one of its major locations within the UK. With a location at North Harbour visible from the M27 motorway the Portsmouth offices of IBM are their Head Offices in the UK. IBM – International Business Machines, was established as a company in its own right in 1911 in the USA, its Portsmouth office employs several hundred people locally and several thousands throughout the UK. For many decades now it has been one of the world leaders in developing Information & Communication Technologies. A younger ‘hi-tech’/computer company based in Portsmouth is Climax who produce cross-platform games for the computer industry. Established in 1988 they are the company behind the ‘computer’ version of the television game – ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’. Actually involved in the manufacture of computers is NovaTech who have their Head Office and manufacturing base in Portsmouth. They are based in the Castle Trading Estate at Portchester, where they both build and sell computers. Established in 1987 they originally sold through ‘mail-order’, but are now one of the larger UK makers and sellers of low-cost desktop and laptop computers.

Portsmouth is a major harbour for all manner of sailing vessels, Ferries sail from Portsmouth to Santander in Spain, St Malo & Cherbourg in Brittany, Caen in Normandy, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. The two main ferry companies operating out of Portsmouth are P&O and Brittany Ferries, both of which are important employers in the city. Brittany Ferries was originally a freight carrier between Roscoff in Brittany and Portsmouth delivering artichokes and cauliflowers to Britain. Whilst still involved in the …

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Live the Dream – Christ Church, Barbados

Live the Dream – Christ Church, Barbados

Barbados tourism accounts for more than half of the economy’s growth. Yearly, Barbados holidays entertain more than half a million island guests and another half a million cruise ship touring passengers-a total of more than 1 million visitors a year. What is good about it is that more than 25% of the tourists that spent their break in the island keep coming back year after year. More than 11,000 are employed in the tourism industry. Politically and geographically speaking, Barbados is divided into 11 different parishes namely Christ Church, Saint Andrew, Saint George, Saint James, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Lucy, Saint Michael, Saint Peter, Saint Philip and Saint Thomas.

Of the 11 above-mentioned parishes, Christ Church houses the The Crane Beach-which was cited by the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” to be one of the ten best beaches in the world. Crane has also become a favorite spot of most Hollywood celebrities and important sports personalities. It was built in 1887, and since then the picturesque resort has been developed to become he finest in the whole of Caribbean and the planet. Food, white pink sand, romantic sense of seclusion, sunny weather, world class hotel accommodation, vibrant night life, azure waters and friendly people-these are the things that Crane can offer every guest during their Barbados holidays.

Grantley Adams International Airport id also situated in Christchurch; arguably one of the most important ports in the island. Grantley caters to more than 2 million passengers yearly and has modern facilities to greet the vacationers each time. Here, people can avail of direct flights to and from United Kingdom, United States and Canada.

Night life is perhaps one of the main attractions of this parish, for one gleaming reason-St. Lawrence Gap is here. St. Lawrence Gap is a long stretch of bars, restaurants and music lounges that come alive as the sun sets. Tourists enjoy the finest rum in the world, cocktails, good food, jazz and reggae music, theatrical plays and more. A stay in the island would not be complete without dropping by this place and savoring the goodness of one of the liveliest night life at the Caribbean.

Still in Christ Church, families and kids would surely enjoy a visit to the Ocean Park during their Barbados holidays. Here, hundreds of sea creatures can be seen. The colorful marine life and vibrant movements of these creatures will leave your children craving for more. After that, the family can head straight in Chancery Lane Swamp. Chancery Lane Swamp is another gift of Mother Nature to the island. Not too far is the Graeme Hall nature Sanctuary which is a famed tourist mangrove attraction within Christ Church. Meet and greet with exotic animals like Scarlet libis, Flamingos, parrots and hundreds of other captive birds.

Before going back to the hotel or resort, drop by one of the oldest school in the parish-The Christ Church Foundation School which was built in 1809.…

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Mahabaleshwar – A Fine Escape

Mahabaleshwar – A Fine Escape

Mahabaleshwar is one of the largest hill stations in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations of India, blessed with the goodness of nature which lend the region a very picturesque and serene look. The hill station lures in tourists from various corners of the country and abroad to relax and rejuvenate.

Mahabaleshwar, located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, at an altitude of 1372 m above sea level, offers a mesmerizing view of the soaring peaks, green valleys, verdant forests, sparkling rivers and much more, all adding to the grand beauty of the region. The hill station served as the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency under the British rulers, remnants of which is still witnessed among the various aspects of life in the region. Mahabaleshwar is pleasantly sparsely commercialized and has managed to retain its old world charm that draws in tourists in large numbers to the region.

For tourist attractions in the region, there are plenty of notable points of interests in Mahabaleshwar, a majority of these tourist attractions consist of the various vantage points and other natural attractions. There are altogether 25 vantage points of which the most popular ones include the Lodwick’s Point, Arthur’s Point, Babington Point, Wilson Point, Kate’s Point, Bombay Point, Elephant’s Head Point and the Lingmala Falls. Other tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar include Mount Malcolm, Pratapgarh Fort, Mahabaleshwar Club and others.

For accommodation, there is no dearth of good quality hotels in Mahabaleshwar offering quality lodging facilities along with various services and facilities to the thousands of tourists visiting the region. The hotels in Mahabaleshwar are present across all budget categories, ranging from the luxury hotels and resorts to the budget hotels catering to the varying needs and preferences of the myriad of travelers visiting the region.

The best time to visit the region is during the months of March to May, when the weather is pleasant allowing all sorts of outdoor activities. Mahabaleshwar is also well connected to the rest of the country and can easily be accessed from any parts of the country. The nearest airport from the hill station is in Pune, located at a distance of 120 km approx., while the nearest railway station is in Wathar but, Pune railway station is a better option. Lastly, a large number of state and private buses can be easily availed from all parts of Maharashtra and neighboring areas for the hill station.…

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Abu Dhabi Ranked in the Top 10 Cities to Travel in 2010

Abu Dhabi Ranked in the “Top 10 Cities to Travel in 2010”

For a period of a decade or so, Dubai continuously overshadowed its neighboring estates by attracting the bigger chunk of tourists and visitors from all over the world. Such was the magnetism and charisma, that the majority of people who visit UAE didn’t even know the names of other estates, let alone visiting them. Slowly but surely other estates are catching up one by one, and not surprisingly Abu Dhabi is the first one to get there. Recently, the famous travel information portal lonely planet has compiled a list of top ten cities to travel in 2010 and it’s name is included in the list. What’s there that makes Abu Dhabi appear in the list with the likes of Kyoto, Lecce, Charleston, Vancouver or Singapore? Let’s take a look.

Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates (and you thought it was Dubai… Eh?) With all of its oil reserves and a visionary ruler like Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, it is rapidly developing a world class infrastructure to promote tourism. It includes huge developments like Sadiyaat Island, Al Sowwah Island, Yas Island, highways, museums, hotels, parks, zoos, and shopping malls. Following in the footsteps of Dubai (while learning from its mistakes) it has employed a more careful approach. Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (established in 2004) has set their sights on attracting more than 3 million visitors annually by 2015. The goal doesn’t seem far fetched, given the kind of finances they’ve got.

Abu Dhabi has got plenty to offer to the tourists arriving at this vibrant city, from first rate golf courses to skiing facility, from ice skating to scuba diving. It is famous for its cultural activities; you’ll find all sorts of events including art exhibitions, traditional music and folk dances. Emirates Palace, Beach Rotana Hotel and Hilton Baynunah are some of the most famous hotels. Abu Dhabi has just hosted Formula One Grand Prix, and the 5.5 km long track is set to host many more. ADTA is planning to build up to 17,000 new hotel rooms before the end of 2015. Other noteworthy projects include the expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (which is already the second busiest airport of UAE), Khalifa City, Mussafah, Corniche and City Center. At the moment, tourists may or may not agree with the lonely planet ratings, but if everything goes according to the plan, Abu Dhabi is going to be one of the world’s top tourist locations by 2015.…

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Why is Cologne Worth Touring?

Why is Cologne Worth Touring?

Beyond history and culture, Cologne is also one of the German cuisine’s champions. From brewers honorable as age and tradition, with the famous Kolsch beer and the unique city delicatessen, to rich restaurants, you will find more than 3000 distinct regions in the whole city.

Here, the headline is on ethics and quality, but you will also find specialties of international culinary art, at great standards but prices to match. Life here is like food: colorful, amusing, hard to forget and easy to enjoy.

In Cologne the number of monuments, old buildings and other attractions is notable, the entire city is an open-air museum that relies upon you to explore its long and beautiful history.

Here is a list of Cologne touristic attractions that you should categorically see if you visit this city:

– Krieler Domchen – in the smallest and oldest remnant of the church established around 900 in Suitbert-Heimbach-Platz, three Carolingian stone monuments remind of a church that was located in the same place and was destroyed by the Normans.

– Roman churches – Cologne is a city of churches. Like no other German city, twenty monasteries and churches of the nuns monasteries are positioned in an area limited by the the city’s Gothic walls, churches that are among the most famous in Western Europe.

– City Hall or Hansasaal was established in 1330, with the Renaissance arch and the tower that were attached later. The building complex sustained heavy damage during the Second World War and has gone through reconstruction until 1972.

– City Gates – Severinstor, Eigelsteintor, Hahnentor, three of twenty city gates of the Gothic citadel (1180 – 1220) were well preserved and are used today in specific ways. Ulrepforte tower and other renovated sections of the city walls can be seen along the circular boulevard, Sachsenring.

– Overstolzenhaus was the home of a Roman patron, used today by the Cologne Media College.

– Old town homes / the Fish Market – town houses (XIV-XVII centuries) in and around the Old Market and Martinsviertel district.

– Gurzenich Manor – representative with its ballroom for citizens of Cologne (XVth century). Today, it serves as a center for international congresses.

– Zeughaus – city’s former arsenal (1594 – 1606), today the Cologne City Museum.

– Hansahochhaus – at the time of its construction (1920), it was entitled the “skyscraper” of Europe. Today is a commercial and administrative building. Inside you can discover the warehouse with the biggest audio media selections in Europe (Hansaring).

– Flora / Zoo – the gardens were designed in 1863. The Botanical Garden was established in 1914. The place, which was devastated during the Second World War, has been fully rebuilt and now has a collection of plants with approx. 12,000 species. Cologne Zoo is located next to the gardens.

– House 4711 – new Gothic headquarter of the producer of the famous “Cologne”. The number “4711” refers to the numbering system of houses, adopted by the French who came to leadership in 1795. For greater clarity, all private houses were numbered sequentially from 1 to 7404, (Glokengasse).

– Opera / Theater – both buildings (1957 – 1962) of Offenbachplatz were established by Wilhelm Riphahn and are able to receive 1400 spectators (Opera) and 920 (Theater).

Tourists can’t moan about hotels when visiting Cologne; the city offers more then 230 hotels of several categories, from cheap ones to private five-star hotels.…