Tadoba National

Tadoba National Park Birds

Tadoba National Park is situated in the centre of India, at Chandrapur district in the state of Maharashtra. The name of the reserve is – Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, it is the biggest Tiger reserve forest and largest National park in Maharashtra. Andhari is named after the Andhari River that flows through forests and thereafter it was named as Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.

Tadoba reserve is said to be the biggest dense forest in Maharashtra, considering the density of the jungle it is called as the perfect destination for birding in the National Park. The whole park with its magical tweeting and chirping of birds starts from dawn continues till the dusk.

As per the records, it is found that there are many species of birds including the migrating birds such as Orange head thrush, Indian Pitta, Crested treeswift, Stone curlew, and many more. The park is densely covered with bamboos, grasslands, trees, and soiled lands with small ponds, which comprise entire forests wildlife and birds. There is also a wide diversification of birds and raptors and also water birds and endangered species. Major attraction for any tourists or travellers is tigers. Tourists from all over the country arrive in the National Park for the sightseeing of different species in the Tadoba wildlife reserve. Tiger is mostly seen around the lake side and coincidentally in the channel of roadways; tigers mostly resides inside the dense forest and occasionally pays visits outside to the visitors.

Resorts in the tadoba national park are very beautifully built for the tourists and provides luxurious rooms for the halt after excursions around the forest. The resorts in the national park are very well organised by the authorities with proper butler facilities and services of cater and other important necessities. The resort is well maintained with multi-cuisine restaurant serving your taste buds right with the delicacies as per the menu.

Tadoba reserve has initialised an online source for booking of wildlife safaris and the resorts with special packages all together for the tourists. The resort is fully loaded with modern amenities and standard class with defined services provided to the guests. The tourists have to book online for the jungle wildlife safari tourism and also for the stay in the rooms before hand or before arrival in the park.

The most important characteristic of the wildlife sanctuary is that, the whole forest is surrounded by rivers and lakes, which therefore provides the different wildlife species and birds to take shelter. Tadoba National park is one of the distinguished bird sanctuaries for both wildlife and birding in India.

Sun City South Africa

Sun City – South Africa

Sun City is a luxury resort and casino that is situated in the North West Province of South Africa. This wonderful resort is located about 2 hour’s drive from Johannesburg near the city of Rustenburg. It is nestled between the Elands River and Pilanesberg. It borders the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Sun City was developed during the 70’s by the hotel magnate, Sol Kerzner as part of his Sun International group of properties. It was officially opened on the 7th of December 1979 and was located in the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana. South Africa’s government at the time declared Bophuthatswana an independent state although no other country recognised this. During the 70’s gambling and topless shows were banned in South Africa, but it was allowed in Bophuthatswana which ensured that Sun City became a very popular holiday and weekend away destination.

The United Nations imposed a cultural boycott on South Africa in condemnation of apartheid. Kerzner offered substantial financial incentives to performing artists to use Sun City as a venue. Many artists performed at the venue including the Beach Boys, Cher, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra, Status Quo, Rod Stewart and Elton John. Queen also performed here in 1984 which caused lots of criticism in the British music press.

This venue has hosted a heavyweight boxing championship fight between American Mike Weaver and South African Gerrie Coetzee as well as Miss South Africa, Miss South Africa Teen and Miss World pageants.

Sun City continues flourishing since Bophutatswana was re-incorporated into South Africa in 1994. The resort has four hotels including Sun City Hotel, Cascades Hotel, The Cabanas and The palace of the Lost City. The complex includes time-share facilities, which is a popular self-catering facility.

There are also two international standard 18 hole golf courses. The first on is The Gary Player Country Club which is home to the prestigious Nedbank Gold Challenge and the second is the Lost City Golf Course which is noted for the 38 crocodiles in the water feature of the 13th hole. Both were designed by Gary Player.

In 2014, the movie Blended with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, premiered after being filmed mostly at the resort.

A brand new water slide was installed in 2016 and expanded accommodation choices to countryside like Cabanas Chalets was just completed. The new Chalets are located 750m from the Cabanas hotel, nestled beside the Letsatsie bush which is close to the Cultural Village of the resort.

The Valley of Waves re-opened after its annual winter maintenance with another heart stopping ride to try. The new water slide, White Water, sees visitors have the ultimate 17m plummet body slide adventure in a capsule. It sends riders sliding at 40mph (65km/h) before being swept upwards into a near-vertical loop. G-force pins the riders as they slide up, over and then down before crashing into the splashdown lane. It is not for the faint hearted…

Sun City also has the largest permanent maze in the Southern Hemisphere, The Maze of the Lost City. It was constructed from artificial stone and wood which creates the illusion of an ancient archaeological discovery. It covers half an acre. The maze is accessed via a 100m suspension bridge from the Entertainment Centre and offers the most spectacular views of the resort. At night time flaming torches light the paths along the chambers…

Mountain Range

The Grand Teton Mountain Range

I am sixty years old, which qualifies me to give advice to young adults. I said that to get your attention, but a lot of folks my age and older have been there and done that and can be a valuable source of knowledge to those in the twenties and thirties. My advice centers on understanding that at a young age, under most circumstances, your most valuable commodity is time.

There is so much you can do with time, unless you are limited by poor health or insufficient wealth. Assuming that you do not yet suffer from the former, the chances are greater that you are afflicted by the latter. That is why you are likely investing your time and money into educating yourself, in competing for a better job, or in cobbling together more jobs. You marry and have children, a blessing, but also a condemnation of you to work until you are my age. Before these things take hold of you completely, right now, decide to experience wild America. Go see the west!

You need a target. I suggest The Grand Teton Mountain Range in Wyoming. Organize your favorite people and suggest that all of you should invest time into getting into great shape by hiking, biking, and climbing. Find the local trails, campsites, and nature’s beauty that you can see and enjoy with borrowed or used gear so that you can learn your level of commitment and decide on which gear you will buy. But, while you get yourself into great shape and while you bring your friends up to the thrill of adventure, set your sights on the Tetons.

Your greatest expense will likely be flying to Jackson Hole. Coordinate your first trip with your friends and try to get a great air fare for late Spring or early Fall. The Tetons are north of Jackson Hole. Jackson Lake Lodge is the best place to take in the panoramic view. It is expensive to stay there, but you can go there for free and have a great lunch with a view for a reasonable price. Once that view gets your heart pumping, follow your plan to hike and camp along one of the ten major trails that lead into the range. You will never forget this!

Likely, you will be fired up to take on the rest of wild western America while you are still young. Yellowstone is north of the Tetons. Southern Utah red rock country simply must be experienced. Yosemite in California, Denali in Alaska, and hundreds of other hiking locales beckon. You must start young, be in shape, have a plan, and just do it or you will squander your time and be sixty-years-old, compelled to only look at these adventures from your hotel.

Take precautions: Don’t do unsafe things in wild America. Be careful with fire, respectful of weather, mind your footing, keep a good source of communications, a reliable means to filter water, travel light, bring bear spray, and rope to put your food in a tree away from a camp at night. Travel in a group of at least four people. Other than that, get your happy face on and use your valuable time to get to the marrow of life. Go wild!

Biking Trip

Nainital Corbett Biking Trip

When it comes to exploring Himalayas, most of us like to go for trekking. However, that is not the only way to scale the distances around the Himalayan Mountains; Mountain biking is also a great choice. This sport isn’t as popular in India as in the western countries. Nonetheless, it is gradually, but surely catching up.

Exploring Himalaya on your bike is a whole new experience altogether. Biking is an adventure sport and the Himalayan terrains provide abundant opportunities to those who wish to get the adrenaline gushing through their veins. Himalayas span across many countries, but India gets the biggest share of it and the best one too. There are long stretches of plains where the bikers can ride casually and easily. At the same time, there are the steep climbs which give the thrill the bikers are looking for.

Go for Nainital Corbett Biking Trip

There are many mountain biking treks in Himalayas. However, if you are a beginner, you would like to consider Nainital Corbett Mountain Biking trek. During the trek you will see some of the most incredible views quintessential to Uttarakhand. The trekking route is not exactly very easy. In fact, most who have been there find it quite challenging at certain points. But for the most part, it is easy to moderate. There are times when you will just sail through the plains with the gentle wind blowing across your face. But, there will be climbs and ascents that will truly test your endurance and will.

Trip Overview

The trip could take up to 7 days depending upon your personal stamina and the itinerary. The itinerary comes into picture when you have opted for a mountain biking trekking package for this trip. In that case, you will be accompanied by other bikers and, there is a fair chance, there will also be a guide.

The base camp is usually at Pangot, which is approximately 2 hours drive from Kathgodam. If you have a package, you will be picked up from the Kathgodam railway station and driven to Pangot. At the base camp you will get to meet the leader of the biking trek, who will also be your guide. The orientation will be completed at the base camp. Also, your bike will be checked to make sure that it is in the best condition to endure tough terrains of the Himalayas.

Remember that most of the MTB packages do not include the bicycle renting. You are recommended to bring your own bike which is meant for mountain biking. But, the bikes are also available for rent. You may have to pay anywhere between 5,000 to 10, 00 as rent for the bike for the trip. It is best to buy your own bike and ride it regularly to get a hang of it. Also, in case you plan to bike trip regularly, owning a bike would be cheaper.

You can go solo if you like that. However, it could be a risky, especially if you do not have any prior experience of mountain biking.

Solo Travel Guide

Solo Travel Guide

The beauty of solo travel is the ability to immerse yourself into the community. Some women love traveling alone. Travelling teaches you so many things like culture etc.

Packing:
After buying a ticket and booking a hotel room, it’s time to pack. You should pack important things. Firstly you should fold your clothes neatly on the bed, shoes. before finally pack them in your bag. Try to pack clothes according to weather condition. Don’t pack his shoes. Pack formal and comfortable shoes. You should pick out small makeup kit. Wrap small towel, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, cream.

Learn basics of local language:
Not being able to communicate is something that puts travelers at a distinct disadvantage in many situations, so having the basic words in the local language for basic needs, directions and how to ask for help is crucial.

As well as being useful for dealing with everyday activities, it can also help you to avoid being ripped off. Many locals show more respect to visitors who make an effort to learn some of their native languages.

Travel Insurance:
Places provide travel insurance to individuals, couples, or families to cover all manner of unexpected costs. For a reasonable fee, they will not only cover medical and dental emergencies, but also reimburse you for lost baggage, trip cancellations, or delays, rental car damage, and more.

Copy your documents:
you should give a copy to someone at home, keep a copy in your purse, an extra copy in your suitcase.

Be patient:

It can be difficult arriving in a new city alone. Take your time. Take a day to relax, watch the city function, and settle in.

Make local friends:
You should make new friends. There are many female travelers all around the world. Make plans to meet up

Having fun:
You should enjoy each and every second of your trip. Take pictures of important places. Meet with different people. Eat different delicious food. See the culture. Experience the magic of European cities at night. Go for a walk in streets. Don’t go dangerous areas.

Stay connect:
Always remember to use some form of communication to let them know you’ve reached your next stop and that you are safe.

Events and Festival:
You should wear the local dress, Go and enjoy local events and festival of your destination.

Shopping:
You should visit the shopping mall, markets, and some bookstore. You should buy some gifts for your family and friends. Try to buy some local things and other things which your friends and family like.

“It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially molded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others. Being strictly observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the friend’s questions and remarks, or feel the need to make ourselves seem more reasonable than is good for our curiosity.”

Full Day Tour

Arequipa to Colca Canyon Full Day Tour

Let’s give credit where credit is due: Colca Canyon is a sight to behold. At 10,725 ft deep (3,270 meters) it is one of the world’s deepest canyons, more than doubling that of the US’s Grand Canyon.

Even without the sweeping, jaw dropping vastness of Arizona’s claim to fame, standing there along the rim of southwestern Peru’s epic, bottomless void at the Cruz de Condor vantage point, it’s hard to take your eyes off the beauty of Mother Nature’s impressive handiwork.

That is, unless you have a three and a half year old who’s suddenly decided she’s had just about enough of the five hour, mere morning portion of the day’s Arequipa to Canon Colca full day tour. And with another nine hours left for the return trip to play out before getting deposited back in the colonial center of the city of Arequipa, let’s just say Kaia was on to something.

This being the fact that fifteen hours on a bus for what amounts to a total of fifty minutes attempting to jostle prime photo real estate at the canon rim simply doesn’t make sense. And considering we’d decided to pay decent money and cram doing so in between an overnight sleeper bus to Cusco made even less…

But that’s another story altogether.

The fact is, the full day Canon Colca tour out of Arequipa starts with a 3 a.m. hotel pick up. Of course, this fact alone should be enough to give most rational thinking souls pause for concern. Especially souls with a three year old in tow. But considering we were literally next door (160 km/100miles) to one the world’s deepest canyons and the fact Kaia’s had more than proven her travel savvy to that point, we were up for the challenge. Or so we hoped.

So aboard we’d climb in the inky black, wee morning darkness donning shorts and light jackets with a still sleeping Kaia in our arms where our guide’s verbalized concern for our chosen attire fell on deaf ears. The fact was we were dressed for what seems to be norm for bus travel in much of South America. This being the pleasure of taking a seat amidst an oven like heat cranked full bore.

And this morning would be no exception with most of the day’s first three hour, breakfast stop run to Chivay spent pleading with our driver and guide to turn down the heat. This in direct contrast to the pleading of a Peruvian local layered up as if auditioning for a Shackleton Expedition re-enactment.

After an included breakky of bread, butter, jam, tea and juice it was back aboard from what hindsight says should be the day’s true starting point of Chivay. From there it’s two more hot and dusty hours over kidney jarring dirt roads to the day’s big Colca Canyon photo opp. A run that allows for a stop in the first of the day’s open air market like shopping strips in the shadow of the town of Maca’s white washed cathedral.

There locals hawk various alpaca attire, jewellery, and trinkits while offering the opportunity to pose with condors and llamas while off main street residents accost you for one sol ‘propinas’ for having snapped a quick spoof photo of their miserable looking burro, tied up out front a dishevelled, cinderblock abode that won’t be making the tour brochure anytime soon.

This ‘cultural exchange’ complete, the road opens up, winding through a mountain valley landscape that begs your camera’s attention around every corner.

But fear not. As the fact nearly two thirds of your day (nine whole hours) is spent backtracking, rest assure you’ll have more than ample time to snap away. As in what seems like every five minutes where, any roadside space wide enough to accommodate more than one bus becomes prime roadside stall real estate. Corners of capitalistic endeavour where without fail Murphy’s Law will undoubtedly put you in the presence of that one couple. People who, with the nonchalant aire of those on a private tour, insists on making an entire busload of people wait and extra 15 minutes each stop as they each take turns shooting countless variations from every conceivable vantage point.

Throw in an hour and a half buffet lunch (one we’d be forced to spend twenty minutes having to verify we’d in fact paid for), a steady diet of road side check points, an endless gauntlet of overloaded and slowly creeping trucks to navigate around, on often blind curves and, best yet, a good hour or more pushing through the soul killing sprawl of Arequipa’s afternoon traffic and, just like that, in the blink of an eye, your Colca Canyon full day tour mercifully comes to an end there in the heart of Arequipa’s tourism fuelled center.

A center awash in a steady barrage of travel tour agents waving various brochures every five feet. Agents who we’d do our best to wave off with as polite as humanly possible ‘been there, done that’ smiles all the while certain there had to be a better way to take in such a magnificent work of natural beauty.

And while Bec and I both agreed basing out of the little outpost town of Chivay seemed as practical a first step as p

Travelling

Out Of Office: How To Manage Life And Work While Travelling

With the passage of time, I had the luxury to travel around the world while never risking my work, but at the same time, I have learnt it’s crucial to keep it balanced. Managing work and life at home is difficult, but maintaining traveling and work is something of fine art. Fortunately, with the help of today’s technology, it’s easy to stay connected to your inbox and clients. With just a smartphone and 4G connection, you have your office at the tips of your fingers anywhere in the world. So here are some tips for you to enjoy your next travel while balancing your work and life.

Take Advantage Of Free WiFi

While I was traveling in Costa Rica I became an expert in seeking out free Wifi as being a blogger I need to regularly update snap chat, social media and blogs, etc. 3G is hard to find so finding hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants that offered free Wifi became second nature. So have your Instagram posts already saved in the drafts and your email prewritten, so as soon as you get access to the internet, you can just click and send it.

Schedule

This one is vital if you are a blogger or you work in social media. Scheduling apps like Buffer, Hopper and Hootsuite are essential for you to keep your consistency across the social media channels while traveling. You don’t want to worry about keeping your Twitter updated while sunbathing or trekking.

Use Apps To Stay Connected

While it’s an amazing feeling to escape the routine’s of your life, it is also important to stay updated with the people who you care and love. Download apps like Facebook Messenger, Skype and Whatsapp for staying connected with co-workers, friends and family – while also saving money – just as long as you are using free WiFi

Maintain A Routine

Create a schedule for your day and establish a routine while traveling is pretty important if you want to manage your time and be certain to have a happy life and work balance. Personally, I find it pretty difficult to relax knowing that I have got tons of work to do, so I usually set my alarm early in the morning and take my laptop to the hotel balcony, watching the sun come out and ensure my emails and posts are on track.

Make Time For Yourself

Arguably this one is the most important! Traveling is truly an amazing experience, but it can quickly turn from a relaxing experience to a stressful one, if you don’t keep a balance between your work and life. By establishing your working hours and routine, you should make time for yourself. Take advantage of your hotel gym or take a walk around the park.

And this is all for managing work and life while traveling the world is quite easy once you have established a good routine and are using your resources.

Female Traveler

5 Safe Destinations For The Solo Female Traveler

Travelling alone is an excellent opportunity to find out new people and places, but it is also a good time to discover yourself – if you love to travel alone. Women can benefit a lot from travelling alone; it helps to increase their confidence and makes them independent. However, many women are not comfortable with the idea of solo travelling because of the perceived dangers. To assist you out and allow you to reap all the amazing benefits of travelling alone, here is a list of top five safe destinations for the solo female traveller. Pack your best dress and selfie stick – the adventure is just about to begin.

Iceland

Iceland is among the top destinations that are safe for travelling for single female travellers, both for its incredible scenery, comfortable and relaxed environment. The land of fire and ice, Iceland is truly a safe country for women. In Reykjavik, you can find the most amazing nightlife and also experience the local lifestyle, as well as the local music. There are many other activities you can also do in Iceland like bathing in a lagoon, snorkelling and hiking on a glacier.

New Zealand

New Zealand is a land of utmost adventure. It has great opportunities for different fun activities and the most magnificent landscape. You can fly in sightseeing plane, hike the famous Routeburn Track, ride a horse, enjoy the beautiful town of the shire from the book The Hobbit, go for paragliding and the list goes on. If you are not a sports lover, you can just enjoy the breathtaking views of New Zealand and feed the wildlife, which is nothing like you’ve ever seen before.

Thailand

You must have heard a lot about Thailand, and I’m quite sure whatever you have heard must be good. Thailand is a safe country for solo female travellers. The food, the beaches and the lush scenery are its attractive features, and while you are visiting Thailand you can enjoy a little pampering, many affordable resorts offer decent luxuries.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica was made for those who love surfing: those pristine beaches and the perfect waves is just what you need. This is an ideal destination for those women who love to travel alone and also love the waves, swimming and safari.

Bali

Bali has a trend for entertaining travellers who travel solo and with a backpack. Women can without any fear travel in Bali as it is a safe destination for solo travelling. You can find cheap accommodation and food. The residents of Bali are very friendly. And one more thing Bali is the ultimate romantic destination, so if you don’t have the intent to travel alone then travel with your loved one.