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Famous Places in Brazil

Brazil is a country which has a lot of popular and fascinating places to attract visitors. It is fifth largest country of world having diverse cultures, traditions and a lot of tourists’ favorite places. Attractions in Brazil attract people of all ages. Some of its most popular and famous places are:

Fortaleza

Located in Northeastern area of Brazil, it is a popular tourists place because of its warm climate. Actually Fortaleza’s major attractions are its warm waters therefore its beaches are always crowded with tourists. Every beach in Fortaleza has its own individuality such as Iracema where people gather and do party for whole night. Another beach named Praia do Futuro is most popular for surfing therefore people who love surfing visit this beautiful beach.

Sao Paulo

It is one of the richest cities of Brazil that is located in South Eastern area. Most of the tourists come here to attend the Sao Paulo fashion week that makes Brazil a well-known country in terms of international fashion. Other different events are also held here that attract a large number of people from all over the world.

Salvador, Bahia

Major attractions of this beautiful city include magnificent architecture, lavish cuisine and beautiful and melodious music. This city also boasts of having one of the longest coastlines in Brazil. Beautiful beaches in this city are perfect for those tourists who want to explore life underwater or want to surf on huge waves of sea. Other than beaches, this place is also famous for its shopping malls that attract tourists who love shopping.

Rio de Janeiro

The most famous place of Brazil is Rio de Janeiro providing a lot of attractions to the visitors. It doesn’t only provide beautiful natural scenes but also lets the tourists enjoy music and other celebrations. Here you will also find two largest forests of world and at the same time you can drink and do parties in carnival celebrations which include parade, dance and music. Copacabana is a place located in the Southern zone of Rio de Janeiro which is famous for its marvelous beach. This beach becomes even more attractive during the celebrations of New Year’s Eve.

Santa Catarina

This place also boasts of its beautiful beaches. Most popular city of this state is Florianopolis that is famous for its more than 500 beaches. Moreover the state of Santa Catarina has varied climates attracting a large number of visitors towards it.

These were some of the most famous and popular places in Brazil providing tourists an utmost happiness and enjoyment.

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Historical Landmarks in India

India has an honor of being a country of sub-continent which is one of the richest places in the world in terms of cultural heritage and traditions. India is one of the most popular tourists’ destinations all over the world because of its historical buildings and monuments as well as its diversified culture, languages and traditions. Some of its historical landmarks are described below which are the most popular monuments among the tourists.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India that is most visited tourists’ destination because of its marvelous architecture.  It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and is located across the Red Fort in Delhi. It is a testimony of Mughal Emperors’ commitment towards their religion and traditions as thousands of Muslims pray in this mosque daily.

India Gate

This structure is 42 meters high and made of red sand stone and granite. It has the names of the soldiers adorned on it who participated and died in World War I. It is located in the heart of Indian capital New Delhi and has become a national monument of India.

Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple is called so because of its flower like shape. It was built in 1986. It is a Bahai House of Worship and due to its unique architectural design, it has won various awards. It was built in 1986 and has become one of the most well-known attractions in Delhi. It is located in the South of Delhi having acres of gardens in its surroundings.

Red Fort

Red Fort is also commonly known as Lal Qila. This fort is in the shape of an asymmetrical octagon and is located along the river Yamuna.  A 2.4km wall made of red stone surrounds this fort. This fort was also constructed by Shah Jahan after he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. This fort displays a high level of art work which is a synthesis of European, Persian and Indian art. The fort has two main entrances; the Delhi Gate and Lahori Gate. The Lahori Gate faces the famous Chandni Chowk of Delhi which is crowded and assorted market.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is built on the Southern bank of Yamuna River. It is actually a mausoleum that is located in Agra. It was also constructed by Shah Jahan in the remembrance of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and it is a sign of everlasting love. This building has an arch-shaped doorway having a large dome. This dome is made of marble and it is the most prominent feature of this building which is often called onion dome or guava dome. The top of it is decorated with lotus design. This lotus motif is also repeated on chattris and guldastas also. The chattris are actually kiosks which are placed at the corner of the building and guldstas are tall spires that extend from edges of walls.

Sun Temple

It is another temple that displays the beauty of Indian architecture. It was built in 13th century and designed in the shape of massive chariot, carrying the Sun god; named Suriya. There are 24 wheels of chariot that represent the distribution of time. This temple is worth-seeing as it has been made beautifully.

Ajanta

Ajanta caves were discovered in 19th century. Located in the state of Maharashtra, these caves have the paintings and sculptures that are a masterpiece of Buddhist religious art. These caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the year 1983.

Golden Temple

This temple is also known as Darbar Sahib or Hari Mandir Sahib. It is actually a Sikh Gurdwara that is located in Amritsar, Punjab. The dome of this temple is covered with a gold leaf and the interiors of temple are decorated with precious stones in a floral design.

These were some historical landmarks in India which deserve to be seen more than once in your life time.

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Major Tourists Attractions in Bangkok

Bangkok is a major city of Thailand and is very popular among the tourists because of its extravagant palaces and pagodas. It has proved itself as a tourist friendly and lively city because of its travel destinations and must see attractions. There are a lot of places to see in Bangkok but here I am going to describe some of its major tourist’s attractions.

Dusit Zoo

This zoo is located in the heart of Bangkok and attracts thousands of visitors every year. It was previously a botanical garden for King Rama (five) but now it has become one of the most popular family attractions. The zoo contains a large collection of different animals including 300 mammals. Its specialty is 1000 exotic birds. The animals which you will find here include monkeys, elephants, rhinos, crocodiles and some rare animals. It is one of the most visited places of Bangkok and becomes crowded by the people on weekends.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace is one of the most gorgeous buildings of Bangkok. It is located on the eastern bank of Chao Phraya River. The palace is built in such a way that it combines both traditional Thai architecture and European designs. It was once the official home for the kings of Siam but now it is the major tourists’ destination in Thailand. This palace is still in the use of King where ritual occasions are held. The most beautiful attractions within the palace include Royal Funeral Hall and Royal Coronation Hall. Another main attraction is the 45 centimeters Emerald Buddha. It is considered as the most religious object in whole Thailand. It is very beautifully engraved from one piece of Jade.

Lumpini Park

It is the largest and most popular park in Bangkok having entrance gates on all sides. In this park, lawns, wooded areas and beautiful walking paths surround an artificial lake. The best time to visit the park is early in the morning. At this time, you will see a lot of people doing exercise in the park. At the lake, you can also take rowing boats and puddle boats on rent and have a wonderful experience. Along the gates of the park, many vendors have arranged their tables to distribute fresh snake blood and bile which are considered good for health. In this park, some facilities are also provided for the people who come here for picnic. These facilities include snack bar, tables and chairs and rest rooms. There are also some tables where Chinese tea is served by ladies.

China Town

Visiting China Town is an experience which should never be missed. It is a beautiful place providing a chance to taste Chinese food, visiting markets and watching fine examples of beautiful architecture. There are a lot of gold markets in China Town. Besides visiting gold markets, you can also find ornaments, textiles, antiques, musical instruments and historical Chinese medicine shops.

Siam Ocean World

This is the largest aquarium in South Asia and is spread over an area of 10000 square meters. It displays hundreds of species of different water animals having a water volume of 5 million liters. It is located in the basement of Siam Paragon shopping mall and covers two floors.

These were some of the major tourists’ attractions in Bangkok. Whenever you get a chance to go to Bangkok, must visit these places.

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Five Best Attractions in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island nation located in South Asia. It is surrounded by Indian Ocean and has India and Maldives in its vicinity. The name of Sri Lanka has never been so popular among the top tourists destinations of the world but a visit to Sri Lanka may reveal that it has a large number of attractions which a tourist likes to see. There are a large number of tourists’ attractions in Sri Lanka but here I am going to give description of only five top attractions in Sri Lanka which are worth-seeing and should be a part of tour to this country.

Wild Life Safaris

Wild life safaris are very popular among the tourists who go to Sri Lanka. The most famous wild life park is Yala National Park that is popularly known for its leopard spotting. There are some other animals which you will find in almost any park. These animals include:

  • Buffaloes
  • Eagles
  • Peacocks
  • Deer
  • Wild Boars
  • Crocodiles
  • Elephants

The leopards and bears are those animals which are hard to find in these parks. It is an amazing and enjoyable experience to visit these safari parks. Here for the safety of the visitors, a wild life guard is provided with every safari so it is completely safe to visit these safari parks and get a detailed look of your favorite animals which you only see in movies and documentaries. These life guards also guide the visitors to the places where there is an abundance of wild life.

Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls

Sri Lanka is a country that is blessed with both hot and cold weather. You can find hot and sunny weather near beaches and you can enjoy a cool weather near mountains as well. There are beautiful gardens and waterfalls in these mountains that attract a large number of tourists from all over the world.  There are some of the most popular waterfalls of Asia that are present in Sri Lanka that provide beautiful scenes especially during the rainy weather. Special tours are arranged to these waterfalls and the tourists who go there become mesmerized by their beauty. The most beautiful and famous falls in Sri Lanka include:

  • Bopath falls
  • Bakers fall
  • Devon falls
  • St. Claire’s falls
  • Dunhinda falls
  • Diyaluma falls

A famous tourist attraction in the mountains also includes Worlds End in Horton plains which is a high mountain crest from where you can see the coastline. The other famous attractions are the botanical gardens having a large variety of trees and flowers. These gardens are not only visited by tourists but also by the scientists.

Historical Places

In Sri Lanka, there are ruins of some ancient cities that have become tourists destinations and people love to watch them. The most visited and ancient city of Sri Lanka is Sigiriya rock fortress and it is well-known and popular for its gardens and irrigation system that is still a source of amazement for the experts in the field. Other popular cities include:

  • Anuradhapura
  • Kandy
  • Polonnaruwa

Most of these cities are world heritage sites because some temples in these cities are preserved till now and they are capable of making the visitors spell-bound.

Elephant Back Safaris

Most of the tourists of European countries and US love to have a ride on the back of elephants. Perhaps the reason for this may be that elephants are not found in those countries. Whatever the reason may be, elephant’s rides are very popular among all the tourists. And the best place to see the elephants is Pinnawela elephant orphanage. This place provides you a chance to see this giant animal closely. Here you can also have an experience to feed the elephant babies which is a unique and wonderful experience. If you are not interested in riding on elephant and just want to watch them the best places for this purpose are Udawalawe and Wasgamuwa. Here you can watch the elephants in their natural conditions.” Ath athura sevana” is another place where you can get closer to the elephants to watch them.

Sunbathing

Sri Lanka is blessed by nature with an amazing and spectacular coastline. The most famous and beautiful beach is Nilaveli that provides a chances of enjoying the experience of surfing. Moreover sunbathing and sea bathing are some activities that are most liked by the tourists of European countries as these countries don’t have warm weather and beautiful beaches. But here in Sri Lanka, there are a large number of beaches near the capital city Colombo. Most of the tourists really enjoy a stay at beach resorts to have a memorable experience.

These were top five attractions of Sri Lanka. Plan a trip to Sri Lanka and enjoy yourself.

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Factors Affecting Tourism Industry of Pakistan

Pakistan is located in that part of sub-continent which has rich culture and traditions. Pakistan is such a country which is gifted with all blessings of God Almighty like high mountains, lakes, rivers, ocean, forests, ancient monuments, valleys and fertile plains. All these things make Pakistan the best place for tourists. But it tourism industry is not as flourished as it is expected. There are several reasons behind this. Some of these are given below.

Unfavorable Political Conditions

Pakistan has been one of the favorite places for tourists but now the situation has been completely changed. The reason is its unfavorable political conditions. People think it an unsafe place after the assassination of popular political figures like Benazir Bhutto and Salman Taseer (governor of major province Punjab). Moreover the corrupt leaders don’t pay attention to this major industry which can take its economy to the highest peak.

Lack of Proper Infrastructure

Infrastructure in Pakistan is a great cause of the failure of profitable tourism industry. There are not proper roads, railway tracks and other transportation services. So tourists find it difficult to visit different places in Pakistan. Poor infrastructure is a hindrance in the way of developed and flourished tourism industry.

Inability to Cope with Natural Disasters

Pakistan’s government lacks the ability to cope with the natural calamities. Northern areas of Pakistan have been the tourists’ favorite place but after earthquake of 2005, those areas suffered incomparable loss but nothing had been done for their re-construction and redevelopment. Poor disaster management caused a loss to the tourism industry.

Terrorism

Pakistan has become an unsafe place due to ever-increasing terrorist attacks. That is another major factor that is not only damaging the repute of Pakistan in the world but also causing its tourism industry to a decline.

Changing Weather

Global warming and pollution has caused to change the climate and weather conditions of Pakistan. The northern areas and snowy mountains have started loosing their beauty. So tourists are now attracted towards places having good weather and proper tourism facilities.

Rising Inflation

Inflation is considered another major cause of the failure of tourism industry. The hotel owners have to increase the price of food because of ever increasing prices of goods. High priced food has made Pakistan a place that is beyond the reach and affordability of tourists.

Tourism industry in Pakistan needs special steps to be taken for its betterment because it can serve as a source of developed economy. In spite of the above mentioned problems and factors tourism industry is still surviving as Pakistan has been ranked at 39th place for ground transport infrastructure. It shows that a little bit of attention can make it one of the largest industries of Pakistan.

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Marvelous Attractions in Zurich

Zurich is the largest and most important city of Switzerland providing a lavish life style to its citizens. It is a global city having both traditional and modern tourists’ attractions. Although there are a large number of tourists places in this city but I want to explain some of the best and worth-seeing attractions which you should never miss when visiting Zurich. I also had a visit to Zurich and the places I like the most are:

Zoologischer Garten

Zoological gardens of Zurich are popular all over the world because of their striking and spectacular aquarium and zoo. The zoo was established in 1929 and it is considered as one of the best family attractions since then. A large number of animals have been kept here which also include some of most rare and endangered species. Most favorite attractions of this zoo include big cats like clouded leopards, Indian lions and snow leopards. This zoo also boasts of an open-air aviary having a wide range of exotic birds. Other attractions in zoo are its different zones made there including the Exotarium, Africa House, Elephant House, Masoala Rainforest and lion enclosure. One more attraction of zoo is the cute-looking penguins which overwhelm people with their beautiful parade.

Urania Observatory

This is one of the oldest observatories in Switzerland which is more than 100 years old but still it is in admirable working order. Most liked attraction in this observatory is a huge telescope weighing 20 tons that helps to study planets of solar system and also provides a way to observe stars at night. For your information, I would like to tell you that observatory remains closed on cloudy days. Apart from observing distant planets and stars, you can also enjoy marvelous views of Alps and the lake.

Boat Tours

Taking a boat tour around Lake Zurich is the best way to see beautiful mountains that surround this city. Boats are very comfortable and provide you facilities of dining and relaxing while watching beautiful scenery.  These tours normally last for four hours but sometimes boats are stopped letting the visitors to visit some of the towns that are located in closeness to this lake. Boat tours are the most enjoyable activity in Zurich as they provide you a chance to watch beautiful shoreline and mountain ranges.

City Beach Resorts (Strandbad Mythenquai)

Strandbad Mythenquai resort is located alongside Lake Zurich and consists of long sandy beach which becomes a popular attraction in summer months. Strandbad Mythenquai also has a waterfront restaurant along with kids’ playgrounds and beautiful backgrounds of Alps. It is a wonderful experience to visit this resort.

These were some of the attractions which I really liked and I would also like that you people must also visit these places whenever you go to Switzerland.

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Tourists’ Favorite Places in Dublin

Dublin is capital and the largest city of Ireland which is located near the midpoint of east coast of Ireland. It is the cultural hub representing Irish traditions. There are lots of attractions in this historical city of Ireland for tourists and families as well but some of them are so beautiful that they have become favorite places of tourists. Thousands of tourists pay a visit to this attractive city every year. Some of the most popular and favorite places of tourists include:

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is spread over an area of 60 acres and consists of beautiful gardens and animals enclosures. There are more than 235 animals in this zoo including giraffes, chimps, hippos and tigers. A petting zoo is also a part of Dublin zoo where tamed animals are kept. These animals include goats, pigs, donkeys and sheep. These animals are free to roam about providing visitors a chance to interact with these animals. But you can’t do the same while watching crocodiles in Reptile House.

National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland provides a chance to the visitors to see the ancient and historical aspect of Ireland. Here you will find the items related to Ireland’s decorative arts, archeology and natural history. Items displayed in this museum include jewelry of 8th century BC and medieval antiques like Ardagh Chalice and Tara Brooch. In short a visit to this museum will show you entire history of Ireland.

St Stephens Green

St Stephen Green is a public park that is located at the top of Grafton Street. It is a beautiful park that provides a chance to get relaxed after spending a busy day. Here in this park you will find radiantly kept gardens and plants. The garden is also featured with a lake that is a home to beautiful ducks and other different birds. Apart from the beautiful gardens, there are also some statues and memorials paying homage to personalities like Robert Emmet and James Joyce.

Sea Safari

Sea Safari is a fun filled activity providing the tourists a chance to see beautiful and attractive sights. The boat journey also provides to have a look on Dalkey Island, Lambay Island and Kiliney Bay. Here you will also get a chance to see some sea life including seals, puffins, dolphins and many more. It’s a perfect excursion tour for those people who love natural scenes and beauty.

Guinness Brewery

Covering 64 acres of land, Guinness Brewery was founded in 1759. It boasts of being world’s largest beer exporting company. You can’t pay a visit to the brewery but you can watch and visit Guinness Hop Store. Its top story has been transformed into a bar from where you can view magnificent scenes while sipping your favorite beer.

These were some of the places in Dublin that are most liked by the tourists. If you ever get a chance to travel to Dublin, don’t miss these places to visit.

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