10 Interesting facts about Stonehenge; Shakeel Anwar; Jagran Josh

The Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire in England is one of the remarkable examples of prehistoric architecture. It is on UNESCOs list of World

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Island hopping in Indonesia; Sudipta Dev; Express Travel World

Indonesia – Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

A visit to the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia, unveils not just the natural beauty of its islands but the essence of the land that is rooted in its rich history and multi-cultural traditions. By Sudipta Dev

The island country of Indonesia offers diverse attractions that are as varied as its eclectic culture. From Bali to Labuan Bajo to Komodo Island to Lombok, each destination is unique in terms of the tourism offerings. Bali, which has been India’s favourite outbound destination in 2015, taking into consideration the high growth rate, continues to spellbound even the repeat visitors. With a population of four million, 95 per cent of them being Hindus, one the highlights in Bali are the many Hindu temples, which are distinctively different from those in India. There are thousands of big and small temples ranging from the cliff-top Uluwatu temple to the Goa Gaja temple in a cave and innumerable family shrines that are found within the premises of local homes.

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Selous Game Reserve: Inside Africa’s largest protected area; Maureen O’Hare; CNN

Tanzania – Selous Game Reserve

(CNN) — It’s bigger than Switzerland and has one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. It has more lions than any other game reserve. It’s one of the most diverse undisturbed ecosystems on the planet.

So why have few people outside of Tanzania ever heard of its Selous Game Reserve?

A book by American photographer Robert J. Ross could help change all that.

With photos culled from more than 100,000 shot over four years, “The Selous in Africa: A Long Way from Anywhere” captures the fauna, flora and dramatic landscapes of this UNESCO World Heritage site. As Ross tells CNN, it’s like the reserve has been “hiding in plain sight.”

“I went there initially just to do a couple of magazine stories, but after a couple of weeks in one small part of the reserve, I realized how incredibly beautiful it is, how varied. It’s still an incredibly wild and pristine place.”

The threat of poaching

However, in recent years Selous has seen a dramatic increase in poaching and other threats to the reserve’s environment.

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Khajuraho Beyond The Erotica; Anubhuti Krishna; Huffington Post

India – Khajuraho Group of Monuments

We reach Khajuraho on a clear, bright morning and are soon at the gates of the Western group of Temples. Together these temples are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. I look for signs of a typical tourist centre — hawkers, touts, rickshaw pullers, beggars — but cannot see any; the place is clean, quiet and inviting. A few guides hover about but we refuse their services, buy the Rs 10 ticket and enter a sprawling expanse of lush green lawns, dotted with vibrant seasonal flowers — marigold, bougainvillea, candytuft — and numerous temples.

The origins of these temples are steeped in an enchanting mix of legend and history — the story of Khajuraho is said to have begun more than a 1000 years ago when Hemwati, the enchantingly beautiful daughter of the royal priest of Kashi, decided to bathe in a pond full of lotuses, on a full moon night. The moon god was so mesmerised by her beauty that he descended on earth and made love to her.

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Meet Skellig Michael, the Enigmatic Island Where Star Wars 7 Was Filmed; Low Lai Chow; BLOUIN ARTINFO

 

Ireland – Sceilg Mhichíl

 

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Mumbai Travel Guide; Pri Shewakramani & Purva Mehra; CNN

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India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

Mumbai is an energizing symphony of extremes. Insiders share tips how to do India’s biggest city right — from dining to tourist attractions.

Mumbai, India (CNN) — The best of Mumbai is heart-wrenching and energizing at the same time. Mumbai is India’s richest and most populous city. It’s home to Bollywood and the nation’s financial institutions. It also has the country’s biggest slum.

So when we say Mumbai is a city of extremes, it’s not just for dramatic effect. The juxtapositions can be difficult for some travelers, but they also can be inspiring. Visitors to the city are over-stimulated in the best way. Here’s where to find the best of Mumbai:

Dining

The Bombay Canteen

Since its launch in February,The Bombay Canteen has swiftly become the city’s favorite drinks and dining spot.

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Greetings From Havana, Cuba; Suzanne Cope; Paste Magazine

Cuba – Old Havana and its Fortification System

The United States eased travel restrictions to Cuba in early 2015, opening the door for Americans to enter a country that boasts beautiful colonial architecture, rich culture and people with a generous spirit. Here’s how to spend two days in the country’s capital, Havana.

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Keepers of the Flora’s Faith; Sunita Raghu; New Indian Express

India – Western Ghats

A surgeon-ecologist duo lead conservation efforts in the Kaas plateau.

Some 25 km away from Satara in Maharashtra is a place which is as unique as it is beautiful. Locals call it Kas Pathar, while others know it as Kaas plateau. Kaas showcases nature in its magnificent glory, but this precious ecosystem is a fragile one, with heightened tourism in the last few years disturbing its ecology. NGOs, the government and locals have now chipped in to conserve Kaas.

Leading the conservation efforts are Satara-based gastrointestinal surgeon Dr Sandeep Shrotri and Dr Aparna Watve, an ecologist with Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Maharashtra’s Tuljapur. Their efforts proved fruitful when in 2012 Kaas was included among UNESCO’s 39 World Natural Heritage Sites along the Western Ghats.

Growing up in Satara, Shrotri’s love for nature manifested itself in cycling trips to nearby vales and mountains with school buddies, with him setting up the NGO Ranwata Nature and Environment Conservation Society in 2002.

Ayurvedic doctor Dr Sanjay Limaye sparked Shrotri’s interest in Kaas.

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Why Albania should be high on your travel list and not just for the Adriatic beach parties; Diana Preston; Daily Mail Online

Albania – Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

 

  • Many holidaymakers opt for Greece over its neighbour Albania but this vibrant country has plenty to offer
  • The hilltop town of Gjirokastra is a picturesque settlement, with slate roofed houses, a fortress and cobbled streets
  • The bustling seaside resort of Saranda offers much in the way of beach parties, bars and places to do watersports

As the sun went down, a line of men in felt hats, baggy shirts and scarlet sashes performed a joyous dance on the terrace of a hilltop castle.

Across a narrow ribbon of sea, the silhouette of Corfu ebbed into purple shadow. I had to remind myself that this wasn’t Greece but its less visited neighbour, Albania.

A two-hour taxi ride along roads lined with oleander bushes had brought me across the border from Greece’s Preveza airport.

 

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These Rare Pictures Capture The Former Beauty Of ISIS’s Latest Target; Anup Kaphle; Buzzfeed

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra, whose ruins are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, risks destruction at the hands of ISIS after the group captured it earlier this year.

Source: These Rare Pictures Capture The Former Beauty Of ISIS’s Latest Target