India Luxury Cycling

India displays diversity unparallel to any other country in the world. It is blessed with the highest mountains, the mighty rivers, vast flatlands, dense forests, sun soaked beaches, a great desert and hundreds of tropical islands. Combined with a culture and people more diverse than its geography, and fueled by 3500 years of uninterrupted history,…

India displays diversity unparallel to any other country in the world. It is blessed with the highest mountains, the mighty rivers, vast flatlands, dense forests, sun soaked beaches, a great desert and hundreds of tropical islands.

Combined with a culture and people more diverse than its geography, and fueled by 3500 years of uninterrupted history, the country makes for a romantic affair for any traveler that wants to go on an India luxury cycling holiday. The romance is best experienced on the quaint country roads, where you witness the simplicities and eccentricities of Indian rural life. It really is the perfect way to explore the countryside in a relaxed fashion, getting under the skin of the country. Cycle with your guide, visiting remote, country villages – each tour is designed just for you!

India luxury cycling makes for the perfect pace to soak in the sights and sounds of this mysterious land. The unique luxury of staying in charming fort-palace hotels or plantation retreats, located at cycling distances, makes for the perfect cycling holiday to experience the enigma that is India. Pedal into Rajasthan to relive the old world charm while you ride atop your two wheeled steed from one erstwhile fort / palace turned heritage hotel to another.

Experience magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks and the amazing setting of the small villages dotted on the hillsides and charming local cultures in Uttarakhand. Or, ride through tropical forests, coconut and coffee plantations, serene backwaters and lush green hills in southern India. Ladakh offers a truly awe-inspiring ride as you pedal through the cold, high-altitude desert. This is a land of extremes with its brown mountains and blue waters, burning sun and freezing winds, glaciers, and sand dunes – it really is hard to distinguish between reality and fantasy in this mystical land. Also known as 'Little Tibet', Ladakh has beautiful monasteries, full of priceless art and antiques, scattered across its arid landscape.

Make time also to experience the forests and tribal villages of central India – ride across the pristine forests before heading deer into Gondwana land and the tribal countryside of Chhattisgarh, which is mainly inhabited by Baiga hamlets. Absolutely no tourism exists here which unintentionally makes it a magnificent ride. The final stretch takes you down the Chilpi ghat descending through the Maikal hills, entering the Bhoromdeo Wildlife Sanctuary where you can walk across to explore the 11th century temple complex.

Each destination in the country will provide you an amazing and unique experience, completely different from any other while on an India luxury cycling trip.

Solo Travel Summer 2014, Traveling Alone to Alaska

Looking out at the East Coast's massive snow storm, my prior Alaska trek immediately came to mind. It was there that I expected to see constant snowfall with no escape from the chill. Surprisingly, even in early June alongside icy landscapes, there were many sunny days reaching sixty degrees. America's fifteenth state, only admitted in…

Looking out at the East Coast's massive snow storm, my prior Alaska trek immediately came to mind. It was there that I expected to see constant snowfall with no escape from the chill. Surprisingly, even in early June alongside icy landscapes, there were many sunny days reaching sixty degrees.

America's fifteenth state, only admitted in 1959, Alaska is brimming with wildlife, rugged terrain and an independent spirit. Whatever the temperature, Alaskans still find a way to be hearty outdoorsmen. The accused Iditarod Sled Dog Race started in 1973 with an Alaskan woman, Susan Butcher, the best-known contender, having won four times. More than twice the size of Texas, its population is less than 1 million. From the state's largest city, Anchorage, at around 300,000, the population quickly drops to about 30,000 in Fairbanks and the state capital, Juneau.

Alaska has a colorful history. In the 1800's, a wide and colorful influx of fortune hunters overran the state during the Gold Rush. A different kind of “Gold Rush” recurred in the 1960's with the discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay. Alaska still has a pioneer flavor of the Old West.

With its rugged terrain, many areas can only be reached by air or sea. If you plan to drive to the capital in Juneau, you will quickly discover you may need to catch the ferry since there are no direct roads from points such as Anchorage. With a limited highway system and wide distances to cover, many Alaskans opt to fly their own planes. Having flown in small planes only under clear African skies, I was not too confident how they fare in a mysterious Alaskan blizzard.

In planning to see as much of Alaska as possible, I rule out driving or flying and chasing weather promises. Although I generally prefer river cruises in small ships, I chose an ocean cruise up Alaska's well-traveled Inner Passage. That solved the problems of navigating in a challenging climate and trying to access remote regions. This route provided daily stops and is known for smooth seas. I decided to balance the week's cruise with an active first week in national parks since there were lots of options from hiking to canoeing, white water rafting, kayaking and fishing.

Flying from the US East Coast to Seattle, my ultimate destination was Fairbanks. I was pleasantly surprised on arrival to find bright sunshine and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the first things I noticed was the long hours of daylight. At around 4-5 AM, I lifted the blackout shade in my hotel room and found sunlight as bright as a day at Miami Beach. At that early hour, I headed to what I assumed would be an empty hotel lobby. To my surprise, it was already bustling with fellow travelers eating breakfast. After getting an early start, I had my first taste of Alaskan wildlife viewed from a sternwheeler. Caribou with velvety antlers like candelabra grazed by the riverbank.

For the reminder of the week, it was off to Denali National Park and a view of Mt. McKinley. I again was surprised by the long sequence of daylight. I had been determined to photograph the sun setting behind “the Mountain”. The only problem? Even then, it was still not a true sunset so I have a photograph of twilight only. A local add-on I recommend is a day trip to the small town of Talkeetna. With only a few hundred residents, it is about a short 10 mile trip from Denali. Its local attractions included the fiddlehead fern featured on Talkeetna menus which we dutifully tried. In addition, it provided additional opportunities for biking, hiking, fishing or whitewater rafting.

Although roads were scarce, the local railroads were a great way to make the next leg of the journey extremely connecting to the bus to reach the ship heading down the Inside Passage. Sailing southward toward Vancouver, one of the most memorable first stops was Glacier Bay. In the hours of our approach, the visibility was almost non-existent. When the fog lifted, I watched as small but plentiful icebergs floated by. Having apparently seen the movie the Titanic too many times, I had some concerns but was soon distracted by the glaciers, themselves. They had a blue-green cast and could easily be seen “calving”, partly dissolving into the sea. At this the coldest part of the trip, I could not resist going up to the open top deck and jumping into a heated pool. The only other two occupants and I had a live chat. The bad news was discovering the only way out soaking wet was to traverse a very cold open deck. At the time, it did seem like a real stone.

As we made our way southward, from a tourist's perspective, the best day was spent in Skagway. The main streets looked like the Old West with colorful stories to boot: The tour of a local cemetery revealed a cast of 19th century characters, including some resting there after engaging in local shoot-outs. However, it was impossible to tell who were the real villains. A very special reminder of the Skagway visit was catching the White Pass. This famous railway which is suspended over a deep gorge connects Skagway with Whitehorse and Canada's Yukon (so remember your passport!)

Cruising once again provided the opportunity for multiple whale sightings. Having slept with one eye open as we made our way through scattered icebergs, I left that vista behind as the ship reached the southern climes of Juneau. There was no gold-domed state house in view. The biggest draw was the nearby Mendenhall Glacier, accessible for once by car or bus. Juneau, itself, is also a hub for day or extended trips to destinations like Sitka which can only be reached by boat.

The last, but very intriguing, stop before Vancouver was Ketchikan. Although totem poles could be seen through southern Alaska, Ketchikan had some of the greatest number relocated into local parks with tours explaining their history and meaning. Not to be limited to just one draw, Ketchikan is also the self-described “Salmon Capital of the World”. Before leaving Alaska, hardy travelers still looking to spot wildlife can hike the nearby Tongass National Forest.

Surprises I found in Alaska:
• The intense size of the flowers: The reason? The long daylight hours in summer create extra growing hours.
• The temperature: Although typical photos of Alaska show the glaciers / snow-covered mountains, it was not really much colder, if any, than a summer's trip to Maine!
• The shortage of roads: How could there be such limited access to the capital!
• The length of the sunny days: Rather than a dim twilight in the middle of the night, the sunlight rivaled an afternoon at the beach.

Alaska provides the chance to find adventure while sea kayaking, canoeing, navigating Class III / IV whitewater or flying on to glaciers in small planes. For a more leisurely option, you can view wildlife ranging from Humpback Whales to Bald Eagles, sea lions, grizzly bears, wolves, foxes and the plentiful caribou.

The one drawback is that the weather limits tourist travel large to the three summer months. On the positive side, lodging is moderately priced, and local residents are very welcoming since the onslaught of in-bound travelers. Alaska will provide you with a contrasting view to the “Lower 48” so make your plans now and start packing!

Trending Holiday Destinations for the Months of April and May

The months of April and May are great options for those people who wish to go on and take a break from working hard and the stress which today's working environment seems to effortlessly generate. There are a large number of places which can be visited in these months, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Depending…

The months of April and May are great options for those people who wish to go on and take a break from working hard and the stress which today's working environment seems to effortlessly generate. There are a large number of places which can be visited in these months, especially in the Northern Hemisphere.

Depending on the location of the destination, especially its distance from the equator, tourists who are heading to tropical regions can expect mildly warm to moderately warm temperatures since these months are right on the sunset of the summer season. Tourists who head to hilly regions in these times can expect the air to be cool, but the sun will be shining in most regions thanks to the clear skies which announce the arrival of summers.

This time can also be one wherein tourists who are traveling to more commercially popular destinations could possibly encounter large crowds of other tourists with their families, since it is in these months wherein most schools have their summer vacations, giving many families the opportunity to enjoy a vacation without having their children's education compromised in any way.

Tourist destinations in the southern hemisphere will have a cool weather at this time, making them a good destination for people who want to stay away from places with high daytime temperatures. Since most major tourist destinations in the Southern Hemisphere are in coastal areas, so visiting during these months is not especially recommended, since these places are usually on their off season at this time.

However, tourists who are traveling to more temperate regions which are a bit further to the north of the tropical regions are in for a very pleasant time, since these months do offer some reply from the usual cold which pervades these regions, thanks to the warm sunshine combined with the cool breezes which these tourist destinations are well known for.

People who love the summer, however, will have a great number of options available to them. Making the right kind of preparations, like carrying the appropriate clothing as well as equipment, like sunscreen, and resources, like water, should help a lot of those tourists who wish about the kind of impact in the last months, but are concerned about the kind of impact the weather will have on the vacation they have chosen to go on.

Tourists can go ahead and check out a number of options available to them on the internet should they need to get some information before they go ahead and commit in any way to the vacation.

There are a large number of websites which provide the kind of information which would be useful to these people, allowing them to check what the weather in the location would be like during a particular time of the year.

These websites can come in very handy for effectively planning out vacations which involve multiple destinations as well, since they cater almost exclusively to tourists, giving them all the informational resources that they need without having to leave the comfort of their homes.

Explore the Natural Wonder of Kinabalu National Park!

Kinabalu National Park is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site to support the conservation of an important landmark of nature! Traveling along the winding mountainside roads, the fantastic views of the rolling hills of the Crocker Range already indicative to visitors the…

Kinabalu National Park is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site to support the conservation of an important landmark of nature!

Traveling along the winding mountainside roads, the fantastic views of the rolling hills of the Crocker Range already indicative to visitors the impressively rich biodiversity to look forward to at Kinabalu National Park.

After registering at Kinabalu Park Headquarters, lovers of nature have the opportunity to venture jungle trails, with rivers and waterfalls.

The 753.7km2 area is protected for the biological value it provides. Scientists the world over explore the countless species of animals and flora and fauna endemic to Borneo.

The Giant Earthworm is one such example of an endemic species, which can be seen in the park and it typically appears during the wet season. Mount Kinabalu guides are local to the area and so very experienced in finding rare and exotic plants endemic to the area. The Nepenthes pitcher plant and Lady Slipper Orchid are other very interesting plants, which can be seen during the mountain climbing or walks in Kinabalu Park.

Experience the canopy walks of Kinabalu Park to enjoy the jungle from a different perspective and witness the Rafflesia, the worlds' largest flower. There are orang utans present within the park, but they are very shy and the park is so vast it is very rare to see them. The botanical garden offers information on species' variety in the park and a vast collection of rare flowers to admire.

A popular attraction is the Poring hot spring for the therapeutic properties of bathing in its sulphuric water. Visitors who visit Kinabalu Park may include climbing to the summit of Mount Kinabalu or participating in any mountain climbing activities within their adventure program. Many will find it ideal to visit the Poring hot spring as an effective method of quick recovery from their rigorous physical effort.

Visitors to the park who may want a more adventurous experience can opt to trek the summit trail to Layang Layang shelter, which, at 2,700 meters, is the halfway point along the jungle route to the Mount Kinabalu summit, Low's Peak .

The ascent to Layang Layang and descent back to Kinabalu Park depends on the individual climber, but a mountain guide will be present for safety.

Kinabalu National Park is a landmark for nature-enthusiasts and the conservation efforts are practiced to preserve the splendor for visitors' benefit.

Discover Sabah’s Natural Beauty at Kinabalu Park!

Kinabalu Park is located not far outside Kota Kinabalu City, but the biodiversity found is astounding! Adventurists and scientists alike, share a passion in its conservation, because of the wealth of rare species endemic to Borneo, which can be spotted during jungle walks within the UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. The panoramic views of the…

Kinabalu Park is located not far outside Kota Kinabalu City, but the biodiversity found is astounding! Adventurists and scientists alike, share a passion in its conservation, because of the wealth of rare species endemic to Borneo, which can be spotted during jungle walks within the UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

The panoramic views of the mountainous Crocker range valleys and hills are spectacular to behold as visitors journey to Kinabalu Park Headquarters.

Registration at Kinabalu Park Headquarters is necessary to receive a climbing authority and be associated with experienced mountain guide for any mountain climbing activity. Visitors are free to explore the park's canopy walks and jungle trails to witness the diverse plant and animal life.

The mountain guides are local people and possess a vast knowledge on the diversity, geology and history of the area. Their priority is climbers' safety, but visitors are advised to ask for any guidance and information for an original adventure experience.

The summit trail begins from Timpohon Gate, at 1,866 meters altitude, and the goal for many visitors is to reach Mount Kinabalu summit, Low's Peak, an altitude of 4,095 meters. There are numerous activities to experience, such as mountain climbing, rock climbing and alpine sport climbing, which can be attempted depending on the individuals' time availability.

The ascent to Low's Peak summit is an arduous challenge, physically and mentally. Therefore for those visitors wanting a more relaxed adventure the half way climb to Layang Layang is less challenging yet still still very rewarding. Along the summit trail from Timpohon Gate, there are Shelters per kilometer for rest and many climbers will climb to Layang Layang shelter at 2,702 meters altitude to enjoy the beautiful Sabah landscape below. After capturing the memory of visiting Sabah's natural landmark, climbers descend back to Timpohon Gate and Kinabalu Park Headquarters.

Climbers may be fortunate and will certainly delight in finding the varied life of species such as, the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world. Not only is the plant life rich in diversity, so are the indigenous animals and birds, with habitants from the Leopard Cat to the Crested Serpent Eagle.

Arriving at Kinabalu Park Headquarters, the World Heritage Site Information Center presents an array of information for public awareness on conservation efforts, as well as educating visitors on any unique encounters of rare species.

Kinabalu Park possesses another attraction, a particularly inviting activity to climbers, which is the Poring hot spring!

The sulphuric waters are believed to have the therapeutic properties, climbers or not, many visitors should try a relaxing soak to test the hot spring quality quality, and soothe any sore and aching muscles.

All visitors, no matter their inclining or for however many nights spent at the park accommodation, will definitively appreciate the natural richness of Kinabalu Park and create lifelong memories of their Borneo adventure to treasure before returning to the city.

Tips for Surviving an Unexpected Visitor to Your Safari Camp

I remember the first thing we learned when we went on our safari to Botswana. Whatever you do, DO NOT RUN! Appropriately to the wildlife, you're acting like something to eat. On our subsequent safaris, we have yet to have a guide not give us this advice. The guides know that during your stay you…

I remember the first thing we learned when we went on our safari to Botswana. Whatever you do, DO NOT RUN! Appropriately to the wildlife, you're acting like something to eat. On our subsequent safaris, we have yet to have a guide not give us this advice. The guides know that during your stay you might accidently come into contact with the wildlife. When my husband and I were staying in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, we had the pleasure of an encounter with a lioness who had decided to visit the interior of the camp. The layout of the camp was typical.

There was a large covered area for dining and cocktails, a small water hole from which animals could drink, a “bush TV” which is the African equivalent to listening to stories told on the National Geographic channel while sitting around an open fire. And next to this fire was a small bubbling fountain. On either side of the main camp there were five permanent tented rooms. We were the second from the end. When it was time to go back to our room, we were accompanied by a rather tall, thin gentleman who had a large stick.

My husband asked him the question, what do we do if we see a lion, other than perme soil our pants? He says, whatever you do do not run. Sage advice. Since I am a woman of a certain age, I took a sleeping pill and had a beautiful night's sleep. I wake in the morning to my husband leaving on his elbow, head in hand and staring at me. What's wrong, I query? He said he had been up all night. Did not I hear the lions roaring right outside our tent? I said, you're trying to pull a fast one. My husband is quite the practical joker.

There were no lions, I said. Oh, yes, there were! Right outside the tent! I said, honey, a lion's roar can be heard up to four miles away. No! They were right outside our tent! I even crawled on the floor to shut the shades. And I got the umbrella for protection and checked the strength of the bathroom door JUST IN CASE they clawed through the canvas to get in the room. My husband grew up on the mean streets of Little Italy, NYC and he's not afraid of much, except, apparently, lions getting in our tent.

We got up to go eat breakfast and I quickly inquired of the camp manager if, during the night, lions had entered the camp. I wanted to get my husband's joke over with. The camp manager stunned me. He said that he and some other guests had decided to sit at the “bush TV 'to regale each other with stories and soon after we had gone to bed in strolls a lioness. , which basically meant get the hell out of my way. The manager and the guests DID NOT RUN but faced her and slowly walked back towards the dining area. roared again, and walked out right by our tent.

I asked the manager if lions could get in our tents. Oh, yes, he said. One big slash of the claws and it would be in shreds. BUT, she had no reason to do that. She was simply thirsty. With umbrella in hand, my husband had vindication written all over his face.

Your Guide to Booking a Palawan Underground River Tour

According to the Deparment of Tourism of the Philippines, there were 3.5 million tourists who visited the Philippines in 2012 and huge percent went to Palawan.The province is a favorite of many foreign and local tourists because of its exotic wildlife and the white beaches that are spread all over the island. The Palawan underground…

According to the Deparment of Tourism of the Philippines, there were 3.5 million tourists who visited the Philippines in 2012 and huge percent went to Palawan.The province is a favorite of many foreign and local tourists because of its exotic wildlife and the white beaches that are spread all over the island. The Palawan underground river is one of the most famous places in the province.

Exploring a World Heritage Site

In 1999, the Palawan underground river was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, which led to the huge number of tourists visiting Palawan. The river is inside a national park where you can find exotic animals, such as marine turtles, monitor lizards and monkeys. The river flows through caves full of stalactites and rock formations. A trip to the river is a truly breath taking experience.

Booking a Palawan Underground River Tour

To maintain the beauty of the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the government strictly implements a “no permission, no entry” rule for tourists. The park only allows 900 visitors everyday. You may secure permission at the park's office located in the city or have a Palawan travel agent get them for you.

When getting the right on your own, visit the office along Rizal Avenue, which is only a few minutes away from the airport. The office allots about 100 slots for walk-in visitors. The PPUR office is open from 8AM to 4PM Mondays to Fridays and 8AM to 12PM on Saturdays and Sundays. There is always a long line in the booking office. There is chance that you may not get a permit as a walk-in visitor. The best way to secure a right is to let a travel agency do it for you.

During the tour, bring a valid ID, such as your passport or any ID cards issued by the government, as the park management will verify your right and ID at the Sabang Port.

Sometimes Visitor Entry Permits (VEP) are canceled because of bad weather conditions. In such cases, you can rebook your tour at a later date or ask for a refund.

Visiting the Palawan Underground River

Make your trip comfortable and fun with these travel tips:

1. Wear light clothes. Bring a change of clothes as you may get wet while ruing along the river. Pack a tube of sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses and your favorite beach hat.

2. Bring a waterproof bag for your important things, such as your IDs, wallet, and gadgets. You may also use a Ziplock bag, just make sure it to close it properly.

3. Do not feed the animals, especially the monkeys and lizards inside the park.

4. Palawan promotes preserving the environment, so do not litter anywhere in the park or inside the cave.

Have a memorable Palawan Underground River tour . Work closely with a reliable travel agent to make sure you have everything you need for your trip.

Waterfall Destinations Around The World

The chill of the high altitude, the fresheness in the air, the soothing green of the surrounding, and of course, the cascade of water torrenting down a rocky edge, but in a beautiful tranquil manner – everything makes waters the ideal sightseeing scene. Although some of the below mentioned waterfalls may be less approachable than…

The chill of the high altitude, the fresheness in the air, the soothing green of the surrounding, and of course, the cascade of water torrenting down a rocky edge, but in a beautiful tranquil manner – everything makes waters the ideal sightseeing scene. Although some of the below mentioned waterfalls may be less approachable than the others, you should know about them and chalk out a plan to take a trip there.

Gullfoss (Golden falls), Iceland

This is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls, especially during the winter. Gullfoss is particularly well known for its shape, this wild waterfall tumbles on the Hvítá River in two tiers at 90 degree angles to each other. Due to a crevice, the river Hvítá seems to disappear into the abyss. Set in an environment of mystique, the allure of this waterfall is in its surrounding as well.

Niagra falls, USA and Canada

Spanning across the two countries of Canada and USA, Niagara Falls is one of the most well-known ones in the world. Owing to its popularity, the surroundings are not as naturesque as the others. But easy accessibility and numerous view points make it desirable. It is formed of two sections – the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and the American Falls on the American side – that are separated by an island. The Horseshoe Falls are more impressive: water here drops 53 m, while the American Falls drop only 21-30 m.

Victoria falls, Zimbabwe

The largest single waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls spreads out to 1.7km with an average flow of 1 million liters every second! If these figures do not amaze you, then I do not know what will. If you go traveling near it, you will have a hard time keeping yourself dry, thanks to all the mist around it. An UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Victoria falls is really a work of sublime beauty.

Plitvice falls, Croatia

While most of the other waterfalls mentioned here are single ones, Plitvice Falls is more like a network of falls, making it one of the most unique one. The many drops end in various hues of blue, ranging from clear to azure to turquoise. These finally extend onto a limestone canyon. Located within a national park, one can hike around and across them. The national park is also an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Angel falls, Venezuela

World's highest uninterrupted, permanent waterfall deserved a place on this list. It falls mysteriously out of a tabletop mountain in Canaima National Park, in its full glory. Standing as tall as 979 meters, it's a sight to behold. Although reaching it is a bit of a complicated affair, it has not stopped the true lovers of nature. After reaching the national park, you need a river boat ride and a hike to reach the Angel Fall lookout.

Yosemite falls, USA

Located in Sierra Nevada, California, it is one of the highest falls in the USA (739 meters). Being easy to access, this is one of the most popular tourist destination. The fact that it's located in the incomparably beautiful Yosemite Valley, too helps its case. The source of this waterfall is melting snow, which is why, sometimes the stream may due due to a lesser amount of snow.

South Carolina Adventure Travel

British Adventure Traveler Claire believed that she might enhance her adventure vacation by planning it with the help of someone who lived at her target destination. On previous trips, Claire either cooperated with a local tour company or she hired a local guide upon arrival. For her trip to South Carolina in the United States,…

British Adventure Traveler Claire believed that she might enhance her adventure vacation by planning it with the help of someone who lived at her target destination. On previous trips, Claire either cooperated with a local tour company or she hired a local guide upon arrival. For her trip to South Carolina in the United States, she tried something different. Through BritishExpats.com, she made contact with countrymen who live in Charleston, South Carolina.

With their help, she determined to fly over for the final week of Charleston's Spoleto Festival and one of the expats that she contacted offered to guide her while she vacationed in Charleston. She also suggested that Claire break up her trip, to experience “Chuck town,” (Charleston) on the front and back ends of her holiday by renting a car for a trip upstate to get at a Carolina peach, freshly harvested from the orchard.

The Carolinians consider the Spoleto festival as a kickoff to tourist season, and while many of the events directly connect with the Italian celebration of the same name, the festival means party long and well. For the well-heeled, Spoleto Charleston provides opera, Shakespearian plays, and opulent balls. For Claire, an open-air jazz festival, dirty dancing in the street, and fireworks juiced her interest in American pub-style fun. She booked her flights with Aer Lingus after she learned that she could get a seat on one of their flights mostly occupied by Spoleto-bound revelers. As she hoped, that group adopted her during the flight, welcoming her to join them to experience as many of the Charleston events that she wanted.

Claire got little sleep in the first few days of Spoleto. She enjoyed a sumptuous dinner before a street party every evening, followed by a main event and fireworks. Up early the following day for a grand southern American breakfast with lots of coffee, Claire toured old town Charleston by carriage and she traveled by boat to Fort Sumter in the harbor. Claire power-napped whenever she could “recharge her batteries,” not wanting to miss anything. During her nap on the boat ride back from Fort Sumter, her sleepy head rocked over onto the shoulder of a British Navy Officer who had also traveled to Charleston on the Aer Lingus flight.

Gallantly, he did not wake her until the boat docked. After treating Claire to coffee, he invited her to join him for a tour of a visiting British warship at the Charleston Navy Base. At lunch aboard the ship with the officers and their wives, Claire mentioned her plan to go get a peach, and they all got into that too! Two days later, they whisked her away in a convoy of four cars as the British Navy Couples bulldoze on a “staff ride” to the King's Mountain Battlefield in upstate to pay their respects to Major Patrick Ferguson and his men, British casualties in the American Revolutionary War.

But, for Claire, their stop at a peach orchard in York set the stage for the high point of her holiday. There, for the first time in her life, Claire took a big bite into a dead ripe freestone peach. The incredibly sweet juice exploded in her mouth! It splashed onto her cheeks, dribbled down her chin, and onto her dress! Surrounded by cheers and the laughter of her newfound friends, Claire experienced the signature moment in her latest adventure travel. # TAG1writer

Trip to Three Jewels of North India: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra

Are you completely exhausted physically and mentally running behind the harsh day-to-day routine? Do you want to release stress spending some time with family? Are you planning for a vacation trip to rejuvenate and return with stress-free body, mind, and soul? Then, the golden triangle tour might be your right choice. During a Delhi Agra…

Are you completely exhausted physically and mentally running behind the harsh day-to-day routine? Do you want to release stress spending some time with family? Are you planning for a vacation trip to rejuvenate and return with stress-free body, mind, and soul? Then, the golden triangle tour might be your right choice. During a Delhi Agra Jaipur tour, you will be allured with the glimpses of fascinating art, the rich cultural heritage, and the lovable art of world monuments of different dynasties. Historical places of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur and sightseeing in those places will enthral your entire journey. The trip usually takes 7 to 8 days in total starting and ending in Delhi. Flights, trains, luxury Volvo buses, rented cars, and hotels whatever may be your choices are included in the charges.

Delhi

The capital city of India, Delhi is a blend of rulers from many dynasties, particularly the Mughals made many historic ports, iconic monuments, and tombs. The places of Delhi sightseeing that may create your interest to visit are the Majestic Red Fort, the Qutub Minar, the Parliament House, the India gate, the Gandhi Smriti. You will be fascinated by exploring the Lotus Temple and Laxmi Narayan Temple. The crowning glory of New Delhi, the Rashtrapati Bhawan or the President Palace will magnetize you with charm. Do not forget to visit the crowded colorful bazaars of Old Delhi.

Agra

Agra is the most wonderful destination of the tourists from all corner of the world due to the TajMahal, the iconic cenotaph of Mumtaj, the queen of famous Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. It is aptly regarded as the greatest wonder of the world and you will be amazed seeing its marble and enchanted watching the majestic grandeur on the marble. After visiting the TajMahal, it will be placed in your heart symbolizing and glorifying the eternal love. In the evening you can enjoy with your family the Mohabbat-e-Taj show describing the Mughal era. Visit other historical places of Agra, such as the Itmad-ud-Daula, the Tomb of Akbar the Great, and the Agra Fort. The Taj Hotel Agra is one of the famous hotels to stay in Agra.

Jaipur

Jaipur is the epitome of magnificence, the largest city of Rajasthan. The city is rich in majestic palaces, beautiful havelis, tranquil temples, and splendid fortresses. It is a versatile tourist destination captivating exquisite handicrafts and spectacular pieces of jewelery. Jaipur is renamed as the Pink City due to its picturesque view of pink houses. During your stay here you must visit Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, City Palace, HawaMahal, JalMahal, Jantar Mantar, and Abhaneri as part of Jaipur sightseeing.