Archive for March, 2010

  • Forbidden City of China – Mukden Palace

    Posted in China | March 31, 2010
    Also named as the Shenyang Imperial Palace, the Mukden Palace or Shenyang Gugong is the royal monument in China belonging to the early Qing Dynasty. Standing in the middle of the Mukden city in Manchuria, the great palace was constructed in 1625 by the Manchu ruler – Nurhaci who defeated the Ming Dynasty. It was the imperial residence of the first three Qing emperors from 1625 to 1644. Although the Mukden Palace was aimed to look similar to the Forbidden City in Beijing, it has showcased the traces of Manchurian and Tibetan styles preserved even today. There is no doubt in stating that the Mukden Palace has been the most popular historical site that attracts thousands of tourists every year. Since 2004, it has become a part of the UNESCO World  [...]
  • The Incredible Bamyan Buddhas of Afghanistan

    Posted in Afghanistan | March 31, 2010
    Located in the Bamyan valley of the Hazarajat region in central Afghanistan, the Buddhas of Bamyan actually refer to the two giant standing statues of Buddhas sculpted at the side of a cliff in the 6th century. These statues were those of the Buddha’s form of Vairocana and Sakyamuni that was evident from their different mudras exhibited. The higher statue of 181 m in height was built in 554 A.D., while the other one of 120 m in 507 making them the largest carvings of standing Buddha on the planet. It is said that these statues were built by the Kushans who were directed by the local Buddhist monks. Exhibiting the Indian art and the Gandhara style, they were famous as the cultural landmarks in the valley and are also designated by UNESCO as  [...]
  • Tropical Rainforest of Sumatra

    Posted in Indonesia | March 30, 2010
    The tropical rainforest of  Sumatra, a site listed in UNESCO World Heritage in 2004, comprises three national parks on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, namely, Gunug Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, and covers an area of 25,000 square kilometres. The tropical rainforest of Sumatra is a place of great biodiversity and scenic beauty. All the national parks that make up the forest site are located in the Bukit Barison Mountains range, called the ‘Andeas of Sumatra’. The blending of the beautiful lake Gunung Tujuh (the highest altitude lake in Southeast Asia), the splendid Mount Kerinci volcano besides numerous small volcanic, coastal and glacial lakes make the tropical rainforest  [...]
  • Samarra is Bliss for All those Who Visit

    Posted in Iraq | March 30, 2010
    One of the four sacred Islamic destinations in Iraq, Samarra is the city on the east bank of the Tigris River some 78 miles north of Baghdad. The city’s name comes from an Arabic word Sarr man raa, meaning a delight for whoever visits. Holding archeological and spiritual importance, Samarra is the largest old city on the planet whose imperial ruins is really vast, even though, surprisingly, it was sparsely populated in the olden days. It goes without saying that even this site is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prime Attractions I first visited the Great Mosque that is a glorious monument and also was once the largest mosque on the planet. Made only using bricks and clay in the 9th century by Caliph Al-Mutawakkil, its layout  [...]
  • Persepolis is the Complex of Terraced Monuments

    Posted in Iran | March 29, 2010
    Located at 70 km northeast of the Shiraz city in Iran, the excavated ruins of  ersepolis was the traditional capital of the Persian Empire representing the majestic power of the Achaemenid dynasty (550-330 BC). However, the remains date back to as far as 515 BC. Known by the old Persians as the City of Persians, this archaeological site now-a-days is called Takht-e Jamshid (Throne of Jamshid) and Parseh and it is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for utilizing the wooden columns, the buildings in the complex are categorized into three groups namely, military chambers, the treasury, reception halls, and the king’s special homes. Among them, the attractions are the Great Stairway, Gate of Nations, Tachara Palace of Darius, Apadana  [...]
  • The Impenetrable Himeji Castle in Japan

    Posted in Japan | March 29, 2010
    Perched in the center of the Himeji city in Hyogo Prefecture, the Himeji Castle is a complex of nearly 83 wooden edifices on the hilltop of Himeyama. Sometimes called the Hakurojo or Shirasagijo (“White Heron Castle”) due to its outstanding white look, it is designated not only as the National Treasure with its five buildings, but is also the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Himeji Castle’s white walls, pillars, and eaves are layered with white plaster making it fireproof, as it is made up of wood rather than stone that calls for protection from fire. Further, the complex is full of complicated paths and confusing walls making it a maze wherein there are full chances of getting lost despite of the marked routes. So, be with your group  [...]
  • I was Blessed to be in Old Jerusalem

    Posted in Israel | March 26, 2010
    Located in the walled area of the modern city of Jerusalem in Israel, the old city of Jerusalem is the religious site for three main ethnic groups of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. For Jews, the Temple Mount and its Western Wall is important, while for the Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. For Muslims, the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque is of utmost significance. No wonder, it has been now declared as the part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Jerusalem Israel Tourism First, I strolled along the Via Dolorosa known as the Road of Sorrow and the Way of the Cross. Yes, you guessed it right! It was precisely on this route where Jesus was been carried on the Cross to his crucifixion. Nearly, 14 stations are marked along the way  [...]
  • Dissolving in the Pilgrimage to Preah Vihear Temple to Reach the Home of Gods

    Posted in Thailand | March 26, 2010
    Perched on atop a 525-metre (1,720 ft) cliff in the Dangrek Mountains in the Preah Vihear province of northern Cambodia near the border with Thailand, Preah Vihear is an 11th century temple having the most outstanding environments as compared to the other Khmer temples. The so-called name of the temple literally means Mountain of the Sacred Temple. Although in Cambodia, the temple is also accessible through the Thailand’s Sisaket area. Listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temple exhibit many architectural styles as it was altered by many Khmer kings due to its spiritual significance. The Site The temple is along a north-south axis holding a causeway, five gopuras, pavilions, and steps to the hill towards the sanctuary. It marks the  [...]
  • Travel around the exotic Thailand islands and beaches

    Posted in Thailand | March 25, 2010
    Thailand islands are been gifted with superb natural beauty as well as leisure. Groomed carefully for the beach vacations seekers, these exotic islands make available exceptional recipe of spectacular Thailand sightseeing, glittering action along with gripping Thailand water sports. It is no bolt from the blue that the Thailand islands are leading advantage of Thailand tourism. At this juncture you will come across information regarding Thailand islands so that you can get pleasure from your Thailand island travel tours to the most entire. Huge amounts of tourist are attracted to these wonderful islands all through the year. Koh Chang, Thailand Koh Chang Island is speedily gaining a huge popularity as a popular tourist destination in Thailand,  [...]
  • Hong Kong, the Oriental Pearl

    Posted in Hong Kong | March 25, 2010
    People who are not familiar with Chinese tradition and culture, they will surely love Hong Kong. It has perfect image of Asia as well as known as “the Gateway to China”. Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Flag Hong Kong previously it was just a small fishing community and now it has turned out the world’s fourth biggest financial and banking center as well as its trading economy stands on eight ranks. Thought the population of Hong Kong is mixed, the common widespread religion is Christianity and Buddhism. Hong Kong was ruled for 150 years by the British as a result it is greatly influenced by the west, which can be seen now as a cosmopolitan center. However, t is still uniquely Chinese. In Hong Kong there is no language barrier as English is  [...]