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Posts Tagged ‘temple’

There’s More to Goa, India, Than Just Goa Beautiful Beaches

  • 25 March 2013

One of the many hotspots in India is Goa, the famous former Portuguese colony on the country’s west coast. Goa has a bit of something for everyone. Its incredible beaches and natural beauty are certain to impress, but its long and storied history and full menu of activities will interest everyone from history buffs to sports enthusiasts. Even its local cuisine is sure to satisfy the fussiest eaters. Here are five of the best things to do in Goa.

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Photo of the Week: Kyoto Annual Archery Festival, Kyoto, Japan

  • Aaron Davis (Photo and Text)
  • 29 July 2012

Kyoto is a city that lends itself to festivals, and there are numerous possibilities for exploration during these many great festivals due to the honouring of traditions and ancient events. The surreal temple complex of Sanjusangen-do in Kyoto hosts a traditional annual archery festival with a 400-year tradition that includes young women turning 20 in the coming year.

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Homestays: Experiencing the Real Laos

  • Cindy Fan
  • 16 July 2012

We’re in the small village of Ban Dong Muong in southern Laos. We’ll be staying in someone’s home tonight – no hotels here. Our accommodations will be the floor of a simple home. Village life is an integral part of Lao culture and society, and this homestay will allow us to experience how the majority of people in this developing country live.

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Riveting Hurghada, Egypt’s Red Sea Resort Town, Is a whl.travel Place to Go

  • whl.travel
  • 1 June 2012

Dusted in the golden sands of the Red Sea coast, the popular resort town of Hurghada is the perfect place to visit for a beach holiday in Egypt. Visitors flock here from all over the world to relax on Hurghada’s fine beaches and swim in its turquoise waters, notably full of intriguing coral formations and schools of colourful fish. Hurghada is also one of the best places in Egypt for water-sports enthusiasts.

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Bisket Jatra: Ringing in the New Year in Bhaktapur, Nepal

  • Purushottam Dhungel and Navin M. Shrestha
  • 26 March 2012

Every year, the whole city of Bhaktapur, Nepal, empties itself into the streets for over a week to celebrate Bisket Jatra, which starts four days before the Nepalese New Year and continues for four days after it. Lasting from April 9 until April 16 this year (2012), the multifaceted festival is a ritual welcome extended to the New Year and carries immense cultural significance for the people of the city.

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Seven UNESCO World Heritage All-Stars and Alternatives

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 12 December 2011

UNESCO recognition through its World Heritage List and time in the subsequent travel spotlight can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a new site gets a big status boost and some protection. On the other hand, an influx of tourists adds pressures and more need for protection. One way to curb this effect is for travellers to visit alternative heritage destinations where high tourism congestion isn’t causing problems.

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Finding Peace on the Sacred Grounds of Wat Phou, Laos

  • Kamran Marwah
  • 9 December 2011

Nestled in the foothills of the Phu Pasak mountain range of southern Laos, the ancient ruins of Wat Phou, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site, have a special atmosphere to them, inspiring serenity and bliss in those who walk the sacred grounds. In addition to the site’s clear historical appeal, a trip to the ruins is essential for anyone with spiritual inclinations: the calm surroundings, the inherent mysticism and few visitors make it a great place to meditate.

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Photo of the Week: Abu Simbel Temple, Luxor and Aswan, Egypt

  • Alfred Molon (Photo) Hossam Mostafa (Text)
  • 18 September 2011

The mighty temples in this Photo of the Week have made the name of Abu Simbel internationally famous since their rediscovery in the early 19th century. Originally constructed during the reign of Ramesses II in the mid 13th century BCE, the temples were lost in the shifting sands of the Nubian desert for many centuries.

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The Inside Word on… Luang Prabang, Laos

  • Tamarind
  • 1 July 2011

Luang Prabang, the focus of this month’s Inside Word, was once the royal capital of ‘The Kingdom of a Million Elephants,’ retains the beauty of its regal and French colonial past. Well-preserved buildings and a plethora of glittering Buddhist temples nestle at the confluence of two picturesque rivers and against a backdrop of densely forested mountains.

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Photo of the Week: Evening Aarti Ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi, India

  • Yogita Ranapaheli (Photo and Text)
  • 26 June 2011

The picture here is of an evening Aarti performance at Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi, India. While many ghats performs this grand prayer ceremony, the one held at Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the largest and best known. Here, five young, extremely talented Hindu priests preform the highly choreographed ritual with super agility and dexterity.

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