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Monday, May 30, 2011

Visit The Majestic Attractions Of Ladakh For A Lifetime’s Worth Of Memories by Sara Hasan

Ladakh, 'The Land of High Passes', is a region sandwiched between two majestic mountain ranges of Asia; Karakoram range in the north & The Himalayan range in the south. It is found in the vicinity of two other ranges i.e. Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. Leh, the capital of Ladakh, hosts the highest airport of the world. The serene waters of the Indus, Shyok and Zanskar rivers originate from glaciers and traverse northwestward, transforming the otherwise barren region into a swathe of lush green pastureland. The region constitutes one of the coldest deserts of the world as well as lush meadows. It is known for magnificent, clear and refreshing waters, golden clouds, snow laden peaks, lofty mountains, shimmering brackish lakes and landscapes ranging from lush meadows to dusty slopes.

Some of the most popular and exotic tourist attractions of the region include:

Tso Moriri Lake: This exhilarating lake is situated in the Changthang plateau. White clouds with their reflection in its clear waters present a breath-taking view. Korzok, a picturesque village, lies adjacent to this lake. This village hosts a beautiful monastery and is a popular tourist attraction.

Pangong Tso Lake: It is the largest salt-water lake in Asia and forms a border with Tibet. Located 4300 meters above sea level, it is 5 km wide and 130 km long. This lake is completely frozen during the winter season, despite being a brackish lake. The marine life is absent, while only a few migratory birds like Brahminy ducks and gulls and the beautiful Black-necked Crane can be seen here. This lake changes colors with the seasons. The sparkling shades of green, violet, purple and blue present a delight to watch.

Yak Safaris: Yaks, locally called 'dongs', are the largest animals of the region. Safaris on Yaks bring travelers closer to the local lifestyle and culture.

Ladakh is known for its magnificent monasteries, locally known as Gomphas. They are situated on the hilltops and mountaintops. They are religious structures where Buddhist monks and nuns practice their faith. They reveal minute details regarding the Buddhist religion and culture. Some of the most popular monasteries of Ladakh include:

Thiksey Monastery: This splendid monastery is situated almost 18 km from Leh. Travelers from all over the world visit this place. The holy shrines in these gomphas bare witness to a glorious past. It is home to a historic temple, known as Lakhang Nyerma.

Alchi Gompa: It is situated 67 kms from the Leh town on the embankments of the Indus River. This Gompha, influenced by and built in traditional Indian architectural style, forms one of the most impressive monasteries in the region.

Owing to its location between famous Asian mountain ranges Ladakh is one of the most popular adventure tourism destinations of the world. Some of the activities include:

Mountain Climbing: Ideal period for mountain climbing is from June to September, when most of the snow has melted. Most popular peaks include Suru valley and Nun Kun.

Jeep Safaris: Jeep safaris provide the finest opportunity to explore Ladakh. Ladakh has a rough to moderate terrain and jeeps are the best options for the travel. Nubra, Tsmori and Dah Hanu as well as Khardung-la Pass provide a breathtaking and challenging drive.

Ladakh is the land of natural as well as spiritual beauty, and an exciting adventure destination. The more you visit it, the more you crave to visit again.

Sara has deep interest in writing informative articles on Travel and Tourism in India. Also given her words to a portal for Ladakh Tours where one can find info on Trekking in Ladakh, Ladakh Trekking Tours and other destinations of India. Explore- ladakh.india-tours.net

Zurich Is The City Made For Romance by Stuart Hely

Don't be discouraged by Zurich's identity as the financial capital of Switzerland. Behind the business persona of the city is a romantic setting complete with snow-capped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and dreamy architecture.

Zurich is nestled within the Alps on the banks of the Lake Zurich. This strategic location provides a beautiful backdrop for the city making it one of the most picturesque in Europe.

The best place to start your romantic rendezvous is in Zurich's Old Town with its splendid public squares, impressive churches and museum against a scenic lakefront. Walk hand in hand along the water front and treat yourself to the beautiful churches of Grossmünster and Fraumünster.

The Grossmünster is the largest cathedral in Zurich and considered to be the city's icon. It dates back to the 11th and 13th centuries. The Rathausbrücke is the best spot to observe Grossmünster because it offers a spectacular view of the church reflected on the waters of the River Limmat.

After Grossmünster, proceed to the beautiful church of Fraumünster. Its elegant spires adorn the skyline of Zurich and its exquisite stained-glass windows are awe-inspiring.

Take a short walk to the Zunfthaus zur Meisen or the 'zur Meisen' Guild Hall across the Fraumünster Church. The guild dates back to 1757 and considered to be the most intricately built of all guild houses in Zurich. It displays a fascinating collection of decorated porcelains figurines and pottery.

The Swiss National Museum is also idyllic for lazy strolls. It is located on manicured parklands and surrounded by the Limmat and Sihl rivers. The imposing castle-like museum displays an impressive collection of objects representing the Swiss culture.

If you want to rest your weary feet, choose one of the fashionable cafes lining the trendy street of Bahnhofstrasse. The whole district is said to rival the shopping districts of Paris and London. You'll find everything Swiss in this commercial district such as Swiss army knives, Swiss watches and of course, Swiss chocolates. Designer shops and boutiques are also plenty in this area.

After you have recovered from the sights and scenes of Bahnhofstrasse, explore the many art galleries and museums of Zurich. One notable gallery is the Kunsthaus Zurich or the Zurich Art Gallery. It houses an impressive collection of several masters such as Monet and Munch. It also features a good collection of expressionist paintings of Kokoscha, Corinth and Beckmann. However, the galleries claim to fame is the collection on the works of Alberto Giacometti.

If you wish to take a look at works of art outside of Europe, the Museum Rietberg is the venue for you. It offers a wide collection of art from different parts of Asia such as China, Japan and India as well as several artworks from Africa. If cupid is at work on the day of your visit, you just might be treated to a wonderful musical concert in the nearby Park-Villa Rieter.

To cap your visit of Zurich, a visit to the other side of the lake, in Rapperswil, is a must. It has immaculate rose gardens and castles that are perfect for a lovers' day trip. If you took the train on your way to Rapperswil, take the streamer back to Zurich and recapture the old-world romance Zurich-style.

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Holidaying on the North Norfolk Coast by Colin McDonald

Among the many things that make the North Norfolk Coast unique are its atmosphere and its fantastic location. Experienced travellers will tell you that it is an ideal spot for a fun-filled day out with the family, an 'escape' weekend for two or the annual holiday they plan for so carefully. Here are some of the highlights people enjoy when they go to the coast for a bit of rest and relaxation:

Today's tourists still marvel at the landmarks in Cromer that Victorian visitors came to see years ago, including its magnificent medieval church. In addition, crab fishing is the village's major industry, and it has become a centre for various sport and leisure activities that you will enjoy.

To learn more about the area's history, archaeology and geology, you can visit the Cromer Museum, which is near the church, and the Lifeboat Museum, located at the bottom of the Gangway. Also, the well-known Seaside Special takes place every summer on Cromer Pier in the Pavilion Theatre.

In Sheringham, you will find that its seaside heritage is very evident, and its well-marked terrain makes it an ideal spot for horseback riding, hiking and cycling. You will also enjoy visiting the Splash leisure complex, Beeston Common and the Little Theatre.

When you go to Wells-next-the -Sea, a harbour town, its narrow street will lead you to the quay. Tourists flock here during the summer because they don't want to miss the entertainment at the Granary Theatre, the popular Wells Regatta and similar events. In addition, <em>Holkham Hall</em>, located along the North Sea Coast, offers a beach front that some regard as the District's best and a 3,000-acre deer park that you can explore.

To some extent, the charming and busy seaside village of Mundesley is a well-kept secret, and it will interest you and your family if you are looking for a more traditional holiday. Visitors of every age enjoy a rare combination sandy shore and shallow pools, and fishing enthusiasts can take part in the sport here throughout the year. If you play golf, the nine-hole course provides remarkable views of the coast.

Although Waxham and Sea Palling are small coastal villages, tourists are impressed by their unspoilt natural beauty, award-winning beaches, and sandy bays that are the result of a successful reclamation scheme. Those who visit Palling enjoy a variety of sports that includes swimming and jet skiing. Waxham's beach is more primitive, and at a certain time of year, seals can be seen frolicking on the beach with their pups.


Colin McDonald writes on behalf Potters Holidays - weekend breaks and oneagency.co - seo agency

Zurich Is A City Made For Romance by Jeff Halter

Don't be discouraged by Zurich's identity as the financial capital of Switzerland. Behind the business persona of the city is a romantic setting complete with snow-capped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and dreamy architecture.

Zurich is nestled within the Alps on the banks of the Lake Zurich. This strategic location provides a beautiful backdrop for the city making it one of the most picturesque in Europe.

The best place to start your romantic rendezvous is in Zurich's Old Town with its splendid public squares, impressive churches and museum against a scenic lakefront. Walk hand in hand along the water front and treat yourself to the beautiful churches of Grossmünster and Fraumünster.

The Grossmünster is the largest cathedral in Zurich and considered to be the city's icon. It dates back to the 11th and 13th centuries. The Rathausbrücke is the best spot to observe Grossmünster because it offers a spectacular view of the church reflected on the waters of the River Limmat.

After Grossmünster, proceed to the beautiful church of Fraumünster. Its elegant spires adorn the skyline of Zurich and its exquisite stained-glass windows are awe-inspiring.

Take a short walk to the Zunfthaus zur Meisen or the 'zur Meisen' Guild Hall across the Fraumünster Church. The guild dates back to 1757 and considered to be the most intricately built of all guild houses in Zurich. It displays a fascinating collection of decorated porcelains figurines and pottery.

The Swiss National Museum is also idyllic for lazy strolls. It is located on manicured parklands and surrounded by the Limmat and Sihl rivers. The imposing castle-like museum displays an impressive collection of objects representing the Swiss culture.

If you want to rest your weary feet, choose one of the fashionable cafes lining the trendy street of Bahnhofstrasse. The whole district is said to rival the shopping districts of Paris and London. You'll find everything Swiss in this commercial district such as Swiss army knives, Swiss watches and of course, Swiss chocolates. Designer shops and boutiques are also plenty in this area.

After you have recovered from the sights and scenes of Bahnhofstrasse, explore the many art galleries and museums of Zurich. One notable gallery is the Kunsthaus Zurich or the Zurich Art Gallery. It houses an impressive collection of several masters such as Monet and Munch. It also features a good collection of expressionist paintings of Kokoscha, Corinth and Beckmann. However, the galleries claim to fame is the collection on the works of Alberto Giacometti.

If you wish to take a look at works of art outside of Europe, the Museum Rietberg is the venue for you. It offers a wide collection of art from different parts of Asia such as China, Japan and India as well as several artworks from Africa. If cupid is at work on the day of your visit, you just might be treated to a wonderful musical concert in the nearby Park-Villa Rieter.

To cap your visit of Zurich, a visit to the other side of the lake, in Rapperswil, is a must. It has immaculate rose gardens and castles that are perfect for a lovers' day trip. If you took the train on your way to Rapperswil, take the streamer back to Zurich and recapture the old-world romance Zurich-style.

This travel tip is brought to you by BookCentralCoast.com.au, the specialists in Avoca accommodation and Extended Stay America for all your NSW Central Coast accommodation.

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