Saturday, 31 January 2015

Itinerary guide for carnival holidays in rio

Every year Rio de Janeiro is home to the mother of all carnivals, the legendary Rio Carnival when hundreds of thousands of people flock to the city to celebrate. It’s a time to sing, dance, party and have fun whilst immersing yourself in the Brazilian spirit. Start shimmying and shaking, because the Rio Carnival is one big party not to be missed! Thought to have originated in the 1700s as a festival before the sombre mood of Lent, today’s carnival now focuses on an annual samba competition.

Rio’s Carnival is the most famously over-the-top carnival. Every year approximately 500,000 visitors come to take part in this elaborate street party. Carnival storms through Rio with hip-shaking samba and frevo, spectacular costumes, and an unforgettable party atmosphere. The highlight of Carnival is the samba school parade, an imaginative, colourful, elaborate, and festival parade illustrating floats and costumes of each school’s theme.


Looking for carnival holiday trip? Free time for you to explore Rio de Janeiro and enjoy the world’s biggest party at Rio Carnival. Try your hand at samba dancing at the special bandstands that are erected throughout the city and its suburbs or join in the free street parties, singing and dancing with the locals long into the night. On Sunday night enjoy the famous Samba Parade at the Sambadrome.

On this trip you will visit:

Rio De Janeiro
Day 1
On arrival in Rio, you will be met and transferred to the Martinique Hotel, where you stay for 5 nights
Day 2
Morning excursion by open-top jeep to the historic area of Santa Teresa, followed by a drive to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer
Day 3
Afternoon shared excursion to Sugar Loaf Mountain, reached by cable car
Day 4
The morning and afternoon is free in Rio to allow you to get prepared for the night ahead. In the mid-evening, you will be transferred to the Sambadrome to witness the greatest show on earth - the Rio Carnival. The parade starts at around 9pm and continues long into the night. Your ticket will be for Sector 9 of the Grandstand for an excellent view of the procession below
Day 5
Free day to relax and explore more of the city
Day 6
The morning and afternoon are free. Transfer to the airport in Rio for your overnight flight to London! To know more visit: rainbowtours

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Experience one of the world's greatest parties when Brazil comes to a virtual standstill in an explosion of music, costumes, dancing and singing. We can arrange a Brazil holiday that takes in the Rio Carnival as well as other top highlights. Read more...

Friday, 9 January 2015

Romantic Valentine holiday guide

Discover your perfect Valentine's break! There are few things more romantic than jetting off on a romantic surprise getaway with your partner, so why not treat them this Valentine’s Day?Book a Valentine’s break to one of the numerous romantic European holiday destinations available today – just make sure you have plenty of spending money with you to make the most of the attractions and activities each city has to offer! Luxury Valentine's Breaks for Two Surprise, seduce and spoil your partner on a luxury Valentine's break away in one of our luxury properties ideally suited for two. Unique Home Stays’ romantic breaks for couples includes some of the most desirable and intimate places to stay in the us and overseas. Whether you are looking for a remote hideaway in the hills or a secluded cliff-top retreat where the sound of waves will lull you to sleep in the arms of your 'special someone'.

There’s nothing like it anywhere on this planet! Whether you gamble or not, it’s a magical place for an out-of-this-world honeymoon. Hundreds of couples marry here every Valentine’s Day. Thousands tie the knot in the glittering hotels and wedding chapels, and even more couples honeymoon here year round. This outrageous, action-packed place never shuts down and just about everything under the sun is at your fingertips at all hours of the day and night. All you have to do is choose what fits your mood at the moment. Some hotels have casinos and you can find myriads of places to be alone together in a beautiful setting. Get best spa services for couples in hotels and resorts.

Sensational shows, sparkling casinos, gourmet restaurants and an endless number of other activities await. You can “travel the world”— climb the “Eiffel Tower for a panoramic view, take a gondola ride on a Venetian canal, or hop a boat for a trip along the Nile. Just off the world famous Strip, you can explore the great outdoors together, see beautiful desertscapes, go climbing at Red Rock Canyon, marvel at ancient Indian cave drawings, or play golf on your choice of challenging championship courses.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Facts of Big ben clock tower, london

Big ben tower clock, famous for its accuracy and for its massive bell in london and around the world. The Elizabeth Tower is the name of the famous tower of Parliament - more popularly known as Big Ben. Although often referred to as Big Ben, this is actually the nickname of the bell housed within the Elizabeth Tower - and Big Ben's official name is the Great Bell. It is the great center of visitors.

The clock was designed by Edmund Beckett Denison (later Sir Edmund Beckett and Lord Grimthorpe) in association with Sir George Airy (then astronomer royal) and the clockmaker Edward Dent. Denison’s principal contribution was a novel gravity escapement that imparted unprecedented accuracy to the clock. In a pendulum clock an escape wheel is allowed to rotate through the pitch of one tooth for each double swing of the pendulum and to transmit an impulse to the pendulum to keep it swinging. An ideal escapement would transmit the impulse without interfering with the free swing, and the impulse should be as uniform as possible. The double three-legged gravity escapement designed by Denison for Big Ben achieves the second of these but not the first.

Contrary to popular belief, the clock tower itself is not named “Big Ben”.  Rather, it is named “Elizabeth Tower”, after Queen Elizabeth II; named such during her Diamond Jubilee (the 2012 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne).  Before that, it was just called “Clock Tower”. So why is it so often called “Big Ben”?  That is due to the great bell inside the tower that chimes the hour out and goes by that name.  Over time this has morphed into many calling the clock tower itself that even today, despite the recent, very public, name change.

So how did “Big Ben”- the great bell- get its name? People seemed to be in the habit of nicknaming giant bells and Big Ben was one of the biggest in the world and the largest in the British Isles at the time of its casting, so certainly name-worthy. The origin of Big Ben’s name is probably rooted in Sir Benjamin Hall. Hall was reportedly a large man (6 ft. 4 in. or 1.93 m, with a girth to match) and was the first Commissioner of Works, affectionately known as “Big Ben.” Go ahead...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Ancient Greek Gods Myths & Legends

Religion was important to the ancient Greeks because they believed that it would make their lives better while they were living. They also believed the gods would take care of them when they died. The Greeks believed that gods and goddesses watched over them. The gods were like humans, but immortal (they lived for ever) and much more powerful.

A family of gods and goddesses lived in a cloud-palace above Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece The gods looked down to watch what people were doing, and from time to time, interfered with what went on. The gods did not always behave very well. Their king, Zeus, was always being unfaithful to his wife Hera. He appeared on Earth as a human or an animal to trick women he had fallen in love with. The Ancient Greeks believed that all the gods came from Gaia (the Earth) and Uranos (the sky).They thought they were like adult humans - always falling in love, arguing, having children, playing music and partying. Like the Romans, the Greeks believed that different gods were responsible for different things.


Zeus was the king of the gods. He could control the weather. The ancient Greek poet, Hesiod, called him the 'cloud-gatherer' and the 'thunderer'. His most powerful weapon was the thunderbolt. The ancient Greeks believed that when lightning struck earth, it was a sign of Zeus being present. Zeus was also concerned with hospitality. If you treated a guest or stranger badly you could outrage Zeus.


He was made lord of the underworld, ruling over the dead. He is a greedy god who is greatly concerned with increasing his subjects. Those whose calling increase the number of dead were seen favorably by him. He was also the god of wealth, due to the precious metals mined from the earth. His wife was Persephone whom Hades abducted. He is great great olympian of greek.


Brother of Zeus. The God of the sea and worshiped by seamen. He married Amphitrite. His weapon is a trident, which can shake the earth, and shatter any object. He is second most powerful god.


Goddess of corn and the harvest. She taught mankind the art of sowing and ploughing so they could end their nomadic existence. She was of a severe, a beauty scarcely relieved by her hair. which was as fair as ripened grain. Poseidon coveted her, but Demeter refused herself to him. To escape him she fled to Arkadia where, assuming the shape of a mare, she mingled with the herds of King Oncus. Poseidon, however, succeeded in finding her, changed himself into a stallion and made her the mother of the horse Arion.


Ares was the great olympian god of war. He possessed very few temples and shrines in the ancient world, but was apparently honoured with rites in times of war. His cult seems to have been centred on the northern regions of Greece--Thessaly, Thesprotia and Thrake. However, there are no descriptions of these regions comparable in detail to Pausanias' account of the Peloponnese which might shed light on the cult of Ares in the north.

Monday, 13 October 2014

kerala holidays - Tourist Destinations

Kerala is one of the wonders of the world. It is a place where the serene scenic beauty merges with varied hues of enchanting seasons. Kerala has a lot more to offer than the popular destinations we see advertised all over the web and other media.Kerala tourist places are the most popular destinations in India. Kerala is well known for its Backwaters, Beaches, Wild life sanctuaries, Hill stations and Ayurvedic treatments. Kerala Beaches are spread along the 900 km Arabian Sea coastline and it become one of the main attraction in Kerala Tourism.  Have a look on following:-

Going to less crowded locations in Kerala is a great way to fully enjoy the green nature surrounding you. So here are some equally exotic places you could include in your travel itinerary when you plan your Kerala Holidays. These places aren’t exactly off-the-radar, but I am sure you will find these quite refreshing and thrilling. And don’t bug me if you find it crowded!!!

Chempara peak located 8 km south of Kalpetta town, is the highest peak in Wayanad. It is part of the majestic Western Ghats. You can reach there only by foot from Meppady, a small town near its valley. So naturally Chempara peak is a popular trekking trail in Kerala. One should get permission from the forest authorities before starting out.

Munnar is Known as Kashmir of South India & its situated in Kerala. Munnar is located at an altitude of 1600 feet above sea level. It is one of the attractions that contributed to Kerala’s popularity as a travel destination among domestic and foreign traveler's snuggled in the lap of such an alluring terrain, Munnar is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Kerala.

Silent Valley National Park. This is perhaps one of the last unexplored part of tropical evergreen forest in India. Silent Valley is situated in Nilgiri hills, Palakkad.

Kovalam is a beach town on the Arabian Sea located around 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala. It is also known as the paradise of the south. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline, the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach. Read more...

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Best places to Visit in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Are you looking for interesting places to visit in Saudi Arabia? Dammam is capital of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Saudi arabia's Dammam is popular for its seaside view, desert camel riding, heritage village, coral island fishing and etc. You can find these activites at best places and popular destinations of dammam. For you to make your stay in Dammam worthwhile here are some of the things that you need to include in your to-do list.

National Museum

Visit this best places of attractions in dammam. To gain a rich understanding of Dammam’s history, head down to the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography. Housed by the Public Library, the museum is home to an extensive collection of exhibits that illustrate the regions unique culture. Exhibition halls showcase a wonderful array of traditional costumes, Bedouin craftwork and Islamic ceramics. This is popular destination for tourists.

Desert Camel Ride

Situated in the outskirts of Dammam is a huge expanse of sandy desert. However, this barren and desolate land is home to a lot of camels. There are many tours in Dammam that offer you a chance to ride the backs of these majestic desert animals for only a few dollars. You have to be very careful though, as camels can be feisty and can throw you easily off their backs.

King Fahd Park

Visitors can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and slip into the shade of King Fahd Park. One of Dammam’s most popular spots, the park sprawls across a whopping 67 acres of land and is lushly landscaped with a wonderful display of trees and plant life. Cool evenings can be spent taking a gentle stroll, and when peckish, picnicking by the edge of an ornamental lagoon.

Visit the Heritage Village

The best place to see antique stuffs and old architecture is the heritage village. The heritage village stands like a solid fortress, offering a wide collection of antique jewelry, old photos, ancient weapons and others. This will give you a glimpse of how the people from Dammam lived their lives throughout the ages. Basically, the heritage village has everything that you need to know in Dammam.

Coral island for fishing

The best place to go fishing in Dammam is the Coral Island. This is an island tourist destination which is 1,800 meters away from Corniche. This place has a lighthouse and offers boating facilities for amateur sports fishing activity or you can just cast your line at the shore of the island where you are guaranteed to catch small-sized to average-sized fish using bait like cuttlefish and shrimp.

Dammam Corniche

Damman’s delightful Corniche has fast become a top spot for locals and tourists alike. This seemingly endless stretch of waterfront has been fabulously landscaped and adorned with a number of vibrant art installations. Best explored on foot or by bike, the area offers dedicated sports sections, plenty of places to snack and best of all, unrivalled panoramic views of the captivating coastline.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Bahai Lotus Temple Top Tourist Attraction in Delhi

Baha'i Temple in Delhi is often compared to the Sydney Opera House. Located 12km southeast of Connaught Place, has emerged as a top attraction for the tourists. Popularly known as the Lotus Temple, Baha'i Temple is a major feature of Delhi and is well known for its appearance. There is no doubt that in years to come the temple will prove to be a mecca for the visitors. Baha'ism is considered to be a syncretism of the nine great religions of the world and traces its genesis to its prophet Baha'u'llah, born in Persia in the twentieth century.

Bahá'í temples must all be a nine-sided circular shape as set out in their scriptures, hence the solution of a lotus shape. Bahá'í is an independent religion founded around 1844. Their belief is in a mystic feeling with unites man with God and they do not dictate how that be done, hence their openness to other forms of worship within their temples.                                                    

The Baha'i Temple of Delhi is spectacular in its design. 27 wonderful huge white petals of an unfolding lotus made of marble spring from nine pools and walkways. This symbolizes the nine unifying spiritual paths of the faith. Experience the solitude of Baha'i Temple with Hotels of Delhi. As a matter of fact no travel to Delhi is complete without visiting the temple.

The Lotus Temple is a “Baha’i House of Worship” emphasizing in Baha’i religion. It was ready to display in 1986. The aim of the religion is to gather people of different religions in one place to worship God without any denominational restrictions. In the temple premises, only the holy scriptures of the Baha’i Faith and other religious books of different religions can be chanted. Prayers can be chanted but without any musical instrument.

Nestled in a quiet stretch amidst the busiest streets of the Indian capital is the distinctively unique and fascinatingly beautiful lotus-shaped insignia of the Bahai faith - the Lotus Temple tourist attraction in delhi. Built in 1986 by Bahá'u'lláh, this Bahai House of Worship, draws into its sanctum sanctorum people from across the globe irrespective of creed and community.

Bahai temple is most visited places to visit beacuse, it is the national flower of India and thus it stands for national combination but at the same time, lotus also linked with all the major Indian religions like Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. Lotus stands being a symbol of religion and purity in today’s selfish world. You need to visit the large prayer hall. The Baha’i`is pray to 1 God, the Creator from the Universe.

The Bahai Faith What distinguishes the Bahai faith from the legion of other religious adherences, is its raw faith minus the pomp and show, priests and sermons. Theirs is an ensemble of all holy writings in the world and they provide refuge to all humanity, no matter what caste, color or religion. Believers join hands to the Lord in complete quietude. Even when they sing, it is only the human voice that resonates in the dome-shaped temple interiors, no instruments accompany. There are about seven Bahai temples across the world surviving the lineage of peace and harmony amidst a chaotic world shedding blood and tears even in the name of one's faith.

The Bahai temples share certain architectural elements like the nine-sided, surmounted by a dome and a single undivided room under it. The white marbled Bahai temple, here, looks like a lotus in half bloom with 27 massive petals that lie at the confluence of nine pathways and pools all mirroring the Bahai beliefs that there are nine ways to reach God. The very structure and its interiors inspire faith and tranquility. Visitors sit and meditate for hours in complete silence.