November 4 (TravelAndy): Kerala Tourism is promoting Vellur, a sleepy hamlet tucked deep away in the peaceful countryside of Kannur.
Visitors can experience panoramic vistas of green carpeted paddy fields and the centuries-old art and craft.
“A stroll through the flourishing fields lending your ears to the murmuring rice plants and bathing in the frigid waters of silver streams on a misty morning caters to the tastes of any ardent nature lover,” says the Kerala Tourism website. “Besides its natural charm, the village is renowned for its rich heritage and culture and Shaaliya Porattu, the folk art form, showcases this at its best.” Continue reading Indulge in slow travel through Vellur in Kerala
August 4 (TravelAndy): Over the summer months, Scottish Clans are putting the root of their very own definition front and centre by inviting young members, local young people and families to participate, engage and learn about Scottish history and heritage, as well as local traditions and culture.
The Clans, the name being derived from the Gaelic word ‘clann’ and meaning children,are joining the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 with an exciting programme of activities at their international and national gatherings across the country.
Clan Hay will be hosting Tartan Ties 2018 from 3 to 5 August. On 3 August, they are inviting visitors to a highly anticipated Medieval Banquet in Ballater – a fantastic chance to savour the sounds, sights and music of medieval Scotland, including a delicious hog roast and top class music from Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson. Young people are designing and crafting medieval items which will be on display at the banquet and will also participate in a challenging haggis hunt in Crathes Castle during the afternoon. Continue reading Scottish Clans inspire youth to celebrate local traditions
June 25 (Notintown.net): Shakhrisabz is one of the ancient cities in the Great Silk Road. Today the city has a lot of architectural sights; historical center of the city is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
This city is also famous for the name of the country where the great Sakhibkiran Amir Temur was born. Shakhrisabz is one of the most beautiful and colorful Uzbekistan cities, which is located 80 km south of Samarkand, beyond the alpine pass of Takhta-Karacha.
Whichever time you come to this ancient city, you will see all the beauty of this great green garden.Looking at the well-groomed modern appearance it is difficult to believe that this city is 2700 years old and that it has played a significant role in the history of Central Asian region. Continue reading Crossroads of cultures at Shakhrisabz in Uzbekistan
One day during my stay in Hyderabad when I was feeling particularly touristy, I decided to spend several hours at Golkonda Fort. I discovered that making use of the audio guide there is a great way to explore the historic site as a solo traveller on a budget.
Human guides cost around INR700 and that’s probably not a bad deal if you are in a group. But as a solo traveller on a budget, I thought that was a little too much.
I read the advertisement about the audio guide right next to the ticket counter. When I asked them where I could get it, they said it would be right at the main entrance of the fort. As soon as I got there, several guides approached me, but when I told them I was looking for the audio guide, they left. The place where they rent out the audio guides is bang opposite the main entrance. Continue reading The audio guide at Golkonda is a good idea
Woolly mammoths had probably stood on the very rocks as I did. However, I didn’t have the slightest clue about this fact when I visited the Yukon.
All I knew about the place was its association with the Klondike Gold Rush of the late nineteenth century. The gold rush, on which the tourism industry of Dawson City currently thrives, is no doubt a landmark event in the region’s recent history and inspired Charlie Chaplin’s famous movie, The Gold Rush, but equally interesting is the history of the place during the last ice age which ended some 10,000 years ago. Continue reading How much pre-trip research you should do
I was at the Hornbill Festival for just two of its 10 days. Yet, I found enough reasons to fall in love with it and want to return.
The northeast Indian state of Nagaland is known as the land of festivals with all its tribes enthusiastically celebrating their own festivals. To encourage inter-tribal interaction and promote the cultural heritage of the state, the Nagaland government organises the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. Continue reading Seven reasons to visit Hornbill Festival
The best way to go around is to hire a tanga (horse-drawn carriage) or a cycle-van. Continue reading Murshidabad: Your date with history