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Top Five Places to Visit Away From London.

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Coming to London is always interesting, I have never got bored of this city. Even after knowing a lot about the city, as I have been learning about it since childhood, I still feel there is lot to learn about it, and lot to experience. In my previous article I wrote about the best bars in London in my opinion. Today I will talk about the places which are not in London, but interesting, near and easy to reach. London is surrounded by some of the interesting castles, towns and English country side.

I arrived in London for an educational trip. And since you know I love to go around the places I never miss the opportunity of utilizing my free time in travelling. In a sudden change in plan we had to shift our meeting place. I had to hire a meeting room in London as the one where we had planned, was undergoing renovation. And I am glad that we did. This new place was very beautiful in the premises of a college. It had a panoramic view across the Thames and was few steps away from the famous art gallery and London landmark, Tate Britain. Sitting there after the conference, I was thinking and talking to the students about the places they prefer to go during short vacations or long weekends near London. I am glad that I had traveled to most of the places which fellow students suggested me. Here is my list of top five places to visit from London.

1. Brighton – London by the Sea

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Brighton Pier, Photo by Helen Clark

Brighton is a famous sea side resort, a perfect getaway point for the ones in London who wish to celebrate their weekends away from the city. Brighton is known for its oriental architecture and large gay community.

Try getting down to Brighton Pier, it is a nice place to walk in the cool breeze, along the beautiful sea shore & in the calmness all around. This is a place that will get you revitalized if you need a break from your busy work schedule. It can be a long walk, there are cafes after a mile or two and public conveniences. The light reflected from the cliff is very bright making the place even more wonderful. The place is well lit at night and is good for making photos.

If you enjoy hiking like me then come to Devil’s Dyke where nature will treat you in its own way. If you are lucky to find clear sky, you will find the views over Sussex breathtaking which will make you just want to go on a long walk. It gives you a 360 degree views of Brighton out to the sea and across to North Downs. There is also a pub restaurant on the top. The pub is surprisingly good and gives you a great panoramic view if it is cold outside. The food is above average.

If you admire Indian architecture, come to Royal Pavilion, I had no idea such a thing existed in English cities when I went there to attend a friend’s marriage. Royal Pavilion is a brilliant piece of art designed with unbelievable architectural touches. Rebuilt in the 19th century by architect John Nash, this building features a unique mixture of classical and Indian styles, which has been labeled as “Hindu-Gothic. You can start your tour with the electronic headphone which can translate the history of pavilion into several languages. Paintings and other architecture inside the Pavilion gives you the Indian feeling.

2. Cardiff, Truly Welsh

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Bute Park, Photo by Sarah Barker

Cardiff is the capital of Wales in the United Kingdom situated on the south coast of the country. The city is gaining popularity with tourists who are interested in its history and Welsh culture. Cardiff is quickly becoming one of the United Kingdom’s tourism hot spots.

Away from London if you have come to Cardiff for walking or picnicking with your family and kids, then Bute Park is one of the best places. There is an amazing animal wall silence in the park which gives you the calmness and creates a romantic atmosphere. Waterbus is a really nice touch to the park. Hop onto the waterbus which takes you along the river past the Millenium Stadium to Cardiff Bay. It is of great value and is a nice ride along the river. The park has good networks of tracks for cycling along with good cafes.

I have visited a lot of castles but Cardiff castle was one of the best I have seen in the country. It has 2000 years of history together in an eight acre site: Roman, Norman, Plantagenet and Victorian history. You can go from the old Roman, Norman and Medieval ruins to the newer wartime shelters and lavishly decorated interiors. The main castle itself in the centre has some great views of the city, Millennium rugby stadium being one of them.

3. Cambridge, a University City

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Cambridge Backs, Photo by Paul Fenton

Cambridge allows you to form various impressions about the place. from world famous Cambridge Univeristy to breathtaking view of King’s College Chapel from across the river Cam. It is very common to see students pedaling their way to the lecture hall and people spending their lazy summers near the River Cam. The town also deserves your admiration for rich intricacy of Gothic architecture.

River Cam and the view of serene greenery and colleges makes Cambridge a place to relax being surrounded by some of the most genius people in the world. Come to the Backs which is known for their daffodils and crocuses in the spring and beautiful open areas and road through gardens behind many colleges along the River Cam. The river is a good for punting during lazy summers.

Visit a college and walk on their garden and enjoy student’s cafes and see if you can recall your college days. Entry inside the college campus may not be free unless you are member or if you have a local pass.

Also see Anglesey Abbey which is a few miles east of Cambridge, take bus no. 10 which plies every hour. It is a National Trust Property, a beautiful house having extensive trail of nature, pond with fishes, beautiful gardens big enough to lose oneself. It is a good place to take your kids and play. There is a water mill which functions whenever there are volunteers, it is fun for kids as they can mill flour. And you can buy the milled flour right there. The on-site catering is good quality, offering a fair choice of meals and snacks at lunchtime.

4. Northampton, Beautiful Countryside

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Coton Manor Garden, Photo taken by Elliott Brown

Not to be confused with the Northampton in Massachusetts (U.S), it is a largest settlement in U.K which is not classified as city. The place has beautiful gardens, lakes art galleries and museums.

Northampton is smaller compared to Cardiff and Brighton and there are less things to do. What I like here is the peace and experiencing true English country. My favourite place here is Coton Manor Garden which is among the best gardens I have been to. I was lucky to see real flamingos here. There are less but good cafes for refreshment. Entry fees £6 per adult is of a good value and Parking is quite big. If you are a gardener yourself or pursue it as a hobby then you may learn some tips and tricks at this place and even buy some plants for your garden. There are several different types of gardens, and they give you a map. Start by the house and you will appreciate the beautiful lawn, rose garden, a large pond and terrace gardens.

Another beautiful place is Stanwick Lakes. There is lack of public transportation and its better if you go by car. Keep binoculars with you if you enjoy bird watching. The entry to the place is free and parking fee is mere £2 for the whole day. There is a nice cafe and mobile drinks van for refreshments. Cycle tracks are nicely laid if you love cycling. The atmosphere is serene, pretty and oriented for all. The place is great for relaxing with family or playing with kids. People of all ages would enjoy here including a romantic visit for couples.

5. Oxford, It is not all about the University!

Christ Church Meadows, photo taken by Tejvan Pettinger

Known for one of the most famous university in the world, Oxford University is also the oldest university in United Kingdom situated 50 miles (80 Km) west of London. The earlier evidence of teachings dates as far back as 1096.

Much of the development in Oxford is surrounding the university, though Oxford is not all about the university. Train ride from London takes you Thames valley. Section between Reading and Oxford gives you some of the best views of English countryside.

Christ Church Meadow is my favourite place in Oxford. It is a beautiful place ideal for picnic spot or just relaxing. This scenic park offers you to walk through the meadows and along the river. The park is just two minutes walk from the main Oxford shopping street in the city centre and leads you down to the river banks of the Isis (Thames as it is known is Oxford). Take some cheese, bread, strawberries and champagne with you and head to the meadow watch the punters and enjoy the magnificent view of the Christ Church.

Another similar place is Port Meadow. Stroll by the river, have lunch and drinks in a pub, take horse ride or even feed the horses ducks and swans. It is a great open space with horses and cows around. Whether you do cycling or run or walk, this place is good for all and if you are here during winter you can even see kids from the neighbourhood skating on the frozen lake.

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What Malaysia Airlines’ First Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Surabaya Means for the City

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Just two days ago, Malaysia Airlines commandeered their first flight from Malaysia’s national capital and largest city, Kuala Lumpur, to Surabaya, a port city on the Indonesian island of Java. This inaugural flight has caused a stir, and the event was celebrated with a welcome and send off event at Juanda International Airport. Guests included Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim (the Malaysian Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia), Arved von zur Muehlen (Malaysian Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer) and several Indonesian local government officers. To add an extra special touch, guests on the flight were treated to a performance from dancers supplied by Tourism Indonesia and a whole range of other in-flight extras. So, what does this new airline connection mean for the country of Indonesia and its inhabitants? Stay with us as we explore the potential benefits for the region.

Potential Increases in Property Value

Improved and expanded transport links are massively beneficial for near enough any given location’s property market value. Think about it: when you’re searching for a home, you look for properties that have all of the necessary amenities nearby, or properties in areas with the necessary transport links required to get from your home to wherever you may need to be. Properties within walking distance of public transport links tend to be favoured. This demand transfers into increased interest in properties that fully cater to the market’s desires and the price of suitable properties increase dramatically. Now think about how beneficial the addition of an international airport that consistently works towards opening new flight paths may be to various individuals. Perhaps a potential tenant or buyer does business with partners in Surabaya. Properties in Kuala Lumpur will now look a lot more appealing to them, as they will be able to get to where they need to be with the least hassle possible. Perfect! So, if you’re planning on moving to Kuala Lumpur or investing in property in the city, it’s better to take action sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you may get to the marketplace a little late and find that the best properties have been snapped up, or prices have skyrocketed. So start viewing apartments for rent and sale now!

Increased Tourism

Surabaya has been known for its brilliant potential as a holiday destination for some time now. However, transfer flights and consequent longer travel times put many individuals from Kuala Lumpur off the area. However, this new flight path could massively boost the number of the city’s inhabitants who choose to holiday on the Indonesian island. With the commencement of regular flights between the two destinations, travel companies are likely to start setting up deals for package holidays to simplify the process and make a trip to Surabaya seem just what the tired city folk of Kuala Lumpur could do with. At the same time, many dwellers of Surabaya may well opt to visit Kuala Lumpur too! After all, these things work both ways. A holiday is generally best when you experience a change of culture and atmosphere, and the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur could prove to be an energising break for those habituated to island life. Both places can expect to see a dramatic increase in local income and the state of their economies through the tourism industry alone.

Improved Business Relations

Better and more open routes of transport allow for an improvement in business relations between two countries and cities within them. While many goods can easily be shipped overseas on, well, a ship, remember that planes don’t merely transport passengers. Many can also carry cargo for trade or sale. Planes are a much faster and more convenient option when it comes to getting items from A to B as quickly as possible. Especially considering the fact that we live in a more impatient consumer market than ever before. Many buyers expect the option of receiving purchased goods the next working day following the placement of their order. The increased ease that goods can be passed quickly between Kuala Lumpur and Surabaya will hopefully improve the working relationship between the two places to the equal benefit of both.

As you can see, the introduction of flights between Kuala Lumpur and Surabaya four times a week holds a lot of potential for Kuala Lumpur as a major city. Hopefully, the creation of this flight path will see an increase in the value of properties in the area, an increase in tourism, and better business relations. It’s all up from here on out!

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A comprehensive guide for visitors to Sunderbans

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West Bengal’s most famous landmark is undoubtedly the Sunderbans, which is located at the South Eastern tip of the 24 Parganas. It is a part of the world’s largest delta formed by the rivers of Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Of the entire delta, 4,262 sq kilometres of the Sunderbans is situated in India, while another larger portion is a part of Bangladesh. 2,585 sq kilometres of the Indian side of the Sunderbans is dedicated to India’s largest tiger reserve, the Sunderbans National Park.

How to Reach

Sunderbans is well-connected to Kolkata by an excellent transport network of road, rail, air and waterways. Hence one can rent a car in Kolkata and undertake a short two-hour journey (100 kilometres) to reach this amazing National Park and Tiger reserve. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience and visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an amazing adventure for the entire family to embark on.

The nearest airport to reach Sunderbans is Netaji Subhash International Airport, Kolkata that is about 112 kilometres away. For those who love the rail, Canning is the nearest railway station from Sunderbans National Park (about 48 kilometres). The adventurous ones can opt for motorboats which can be hired from Sagar Island, Namkhana, Raidighi and Sonakhali.

What can you see in Sunderbans?

The most famous and popular inhabitant of the Sunderbans is the Tiger and there are over 100 of these magnificent cats roaming the dense forests of this delta and even swimming through the network of channels and mangroves. It is an exciting adventure as you cruise through the world’s largest mangrove sanctuary and its waterways, all the while relishing the breath-taking sights. You can use one of the reliable outstation taxi services in Kolkata that will transport you to the Sunderbans quickly and safely.

The delta is also home to reptiles like the Estuarine Crocodile, the Olive Ridley Turtle and the Monitor Lizard too, all of whom are a part of a conservation program to safeguard their population. Keep an eye out for the playful dolphins, the saltwater crocodiles, the water monitor and kingfishers when you ride out on this expansive water body. The Sunderbans was once home to leopards, rhinoceros, swamp deer and water buffalo, which have turned extinct over the past few decades. Those wishing to travel with the extended family can book an Innova taxi in Kolkata for a hassle-free journey.

When to visit

If you can endure the heat, then the months of March and April are perfect to visit the Sunderbans for increased chances of spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger. November to February is a relatively cool period and is preferred by tourists too. Remember that during winter, the park closes earlier since the days are shorter, while during summer, you can stay in the park for a longer time. A large population of migratory birds also visit this place during summer and this gives you an opportunity to spot them. Travelling from Kolkata for a short trip? It is now easy to book cabs in Kolkata and enjoy this amazing adventure with family and friends.

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Live a fantastic experience in Perú with the best organized trips

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Perú is a country with much charm and a lot of history to reveal to the world, so If you are planning to book an organized trip, this can be one of the most interesting destinations, full of cultural and fun experiences at your disposal.

Enjoying tourism in Perú is a good way to have a lot of entertainment and fun activities at your disposal, with which to experience new sensations and spend an unforgettable time away. Without doubt it is a fantastic way to increase our culture while we have fun, which makes it an especially suitable experience for the whole family. So let’s go to analyze some of the most interesting possibilities to consider when we are organizing a trip to Perú.

Firstly we encourage you to enjoy the fantastic excursions along the Inca trail, neither more nor less than the popular Inca trail Tours, an amazing experience with which we will be able to enjoy the wild nature around, the history of many tours and the meaning it had at the time. And finally, we can live and understand in the present, events and situations that happened in the past.

The most important thing about this journeys is that we can enjoy and learn more about the history of the country, and there is no better way of doing this than living the experience and the best lessons through the Ina Trail Tours, a way to ensure that the whole trip will go to the perfection, so we just have to organize it in advance and be ready to spend a few fantastic days and satisfy all our expectations.

Get to know the secrets of the Machu Picchu

And when we talk about Perú, we must not forget the incredible Machu Picchu, and old town prior to the XV century located in the Mount with the same name, having at our disposal some of the most amazing and unforgettable views that nature can offer.

There are doubts about the true nature of this construction, as some consider that in fact it was a palace, while others think that its purpose was to be a sanctuary of that times, and there exist other options as it was build as a citadel or even a fortress.

Regardless, it is a good idea to travel to the place not only to listen to the different theories about it, but also to understand the dimension and wonder of being in such an impressive environment, full of the wisdom of this ancient culture that revels some mysteries of an impressive civilization.

We must remember that Machu Picchu is within the list of the Unesco, as it was declared World Heritage in 1983. This is why this trip became indispensable and today you can book your trip through Machu Picchu Tickets, that will allow you to enjoy a very enriching experience in every way.

The Rainbow Mountains of Perú

As a third alternative for your trip, which in fact is not incompatible with the other two options as long as you have enough time, is to visit the Rainbow Mountain Peru, a succession of mountains of diferent colours that create speechless sensations.

Without a doubt, a very original and special destination to be part of the dimension of something bigger than us: the nature and its ability to surprise us with creations that escape to our imagination and ability to understand the world from a very magical perception.

So as you know, all you have to do is pick a date and book in advance the upcoming experiences to live in Perú, one of the most beautiful and charming destinations you will find.

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