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Wanderlust – Singapore

Reason”Life is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”

I am a voracious reader of this book of life and cannot feel happy without experiencing new things. I have travelled to lot of places in India, USA and Dubai (UAE) and also shared post about tourist attractions in some of them but this time I am going to write about a place which I am yet to visit, basically I am sharing my travel plan and would like to hear from my readers who may have have already visited the place, about how this can be improved maybe by addition of new attractions or change the order in which I view to attraction so as to optimise time, travel or more economic options basically any kinds of comments and suggestions are welcome.

There are many tour operators who provide complete group tour packages to the destination of your choice, all you have to do is pay the money and submit the required documents and just relax and enjoy your travel, rest everything is taken care of them.This is the easiest way to travel but this does not give you the complete experience of travelling I feel, there is different kind of joy in planning your own travel, researching internet for best attractions and prioritising them from not to be missed to only if time permits, approx time taken at each attraction, entry fees, flight tickets,best hotels as per budget available, shopping items etc sometimes the difficulties encountered in travel teach you valuable lessons and help build a stronger person.

Next place on my travel list is Singapore, an island city-state in SouthEast Asia is also referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City or Little Red dot.

Day 1– Reach Singapore preferably early in the morning and check into a Hotel in Little India preferably one near to MRT station so as to make local commute easy. Most of the hotels here have check-in time as 2 pm but some of them allow for early check-in Reason for staying in hotel in Little India is that there are lot of Indian restaurants around here with multiple vegetarian options.

In the afternoon post lunch take the Sentosa afternoon tour, pickup is available from select hotels details of which are available on tour operators site, pickup is usually around 1:30 pm.Tour starts by cable car ride from Mt Faber to Sentosa followed by visit to Merlion Tower and Tiger Sky Tower, Images of Singapore LIVE, the Wings of Time show (a music, light, fountains and fireworks show), Madam Tussauds wax Musuem and Sentosa 4D Adventureland for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

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Day 2– Next day post breakfast visit Asia’s biggest SEA Aquarium to admire the rare species of the marine world. After spending about 2 hours in sea aquarium visit the Universal studio to experience thrilling shows, and attractions like, Light Camera Action, Transformer, Accelerator ride, Revenge of the Mummy, Water world, Jurassic Park, Madagascar – A Crate Adventure, Donkey live, Shrek 4D adventure and flying Dragon etc. Both sea aquarium and Universal studio are open from 10 AM to 7 PM and are in close proximity of each other.

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Day 3– I would be booking a hop-on hop-off one day tour alongwith the night tour to visit following places Suntec City, Fountain of Wealth, City Hall, Orchard Road, Swissotel the Stamford – tallest hotel in Singapore, Parliament House, The Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion – Symbol of Singapore,Garden by Bay – Flower Dome and Singapore Flyer ride.

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Singapore Night tour– board a open double decker bus and watch city attractions at night. Watch a spectacular show of the supertrees coming alive at night with a dazzling display of lights across the sky at the Garden Rhapsody.

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Day 4- Take the Singapore river cruise, followed by visit to Jurong bird Park and then in evening visit Night Safari to experience wild animal encounter. Will be taking a Tram ride which takes through 7 geographical zones followed by dinner.

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Day 5- Morning free time for shopping  and later on board the flight to home town. Tour concludes.

All my readers please let me know your thoughts and suggestions in comments area. Finally I would conclude my article with a quote which I like

 

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. -Ray Bradbury”

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FDR Memorial

FDR memorial located in Washington D.C. is a national memorial dedicated to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of  the United States.I had the privilege of visiting this place about a year back. Spread out over a area of 7.5 acres this has series of sections designed to feel like room, each room covers one of FDR’s Presidential terms (1933 to 1945), and the historical events that took place during that time, through quotes, sculpture, and landscape elements.

Prologue Room– This section was added later to memorial in 2001, includes the statue depicting FDR  in his wheelchairl.

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Walk around the right side of the wall in front of you, and notice the bronze-cast Presidential Seal as you enter the first room of the memorial.

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Room One (First term 1933 to 1937)

First room represents Great Depression. It includes FDR’s famous quote “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” Under that quote is a bronze relief depicting his inaugural parade.

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Room Two (Second Term 1937-1941)

Second room has three scenes depicting the condition on American citizens during Great Depression. “Rural Family” is depicted suffering from the effects of drought, dust bowls, and poverty. “A bread line” is also shown, representing the poverty and desperation of the working class during the Great Depression.The Fireside Chat depicts the hope that Roosevelt’s inspiring words gave to ordinary people.The large stepped waterfall represents the Tennessee Valley Authority dam building projects, which helped stimulate the economy and electrify an area hard hit by the economic collapse.

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Room Three (Third Term 1941-1945)

Third room represents World War II. A waterfall crashes over scattered boulders, suggesting the destruction and violence of World War II. This room also has statue of FDR with pet dog “Fala“.

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Room Four (Forth Term 1945)

Fourth and final room has still pool of water with a relief above depicting the President’s funeral procession. It also has statue of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt with a United Nations emblem behind her to honor her contribution to the UN and human right causes.

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Konkan Tourism-Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar is small town in Raigad district on West coast of Maharashtra (India) also known as Kashi of the south. This town is not only known for its beach but also as a place of pilgrimage.

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Temple is situated at the mouth of river Savitri where it meets the Arabian sea and is surrounded by four hills Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri, and Pushpadri.Lord Shiva is the main deity of the village. The temple has the deities of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh along with Devi Parvati in the form of three lingas. Lord Vishnu has blessed the temple, and, it’s believed that his footprints are visible on the shore. Beside the main temple is the temple of Kalbhairav and Devi Yogeshwari. The Harihareshwar Temple grounds have Gayatri Tirth, Sita Sansar, Vishnu pad, Pandav Tirth, and 101 Kaurav Astitv. When entering through the wooden door of Harihareshwar Temple, devotees are greeted by murtis of Lord Ganesh and Garuda, who stand to the left and right, respectively, of the sanctum entrance.

Temple Parikrama

The parikrama goes round the temple and then climbs the hill directly behind it, proceeding down to the sea, along the shoreline, then back up to the temple. The pathway winds up and down some 200 feet. The waves have cut small caves and niches into the rocks here. At one such cove, sweet water flows back out of one of the crevices each night. Just above this spot, there is a natural ‘Aum’ formed in the rock. There are many beautifully carved sculptures carved into the rock along the route, and in one of the ancient caves resides a Shivaling. This route is quite challenging and dangerous during high tide as when the ocean surges up over parts of the parikrama route making it impassable.

 

Harihareshwar Beach

Black Sandy Beach surrounded by hills and  greenery lies right besides the temple. Watching the sunset on the beach can be mesmerising. However this beach is not safe for swimming.

Best time to visit

The winter months between November and February are the best time to visit  Harihareshwar. Monsoon should be avoided as heavy rains may force you to be confined to your rooms in this season.

How to reach-Harihareshwar is located at distance of 200Km from Mumbai and 170Km from Pune. State transport buses are available till Shrivardhan from there you can take a Rick. Nearest airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport- Mumbai (220km) and. Nearest railhead is Mangaon(65 km)

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Tourist Attractions Miami (Florida)-Part II

As I mentioned in my earlier post one article would be very less to cover all the attractions in this Beautiful Blue Florida city, I am sharing the part II of Miami tourism article with my reader…..

For those who have not read the first part of this article please click on the link below

https://itsgautamihere.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/miami-florida-part-1/

Bayside Marketplace–  This place is a festival marketplace in Downtown Miami wrapping around the banks of Bicayne Bay. This two level open-air center hosts more than 150 shops including retailers like ‘GAP’,’Victoria’s Secret’ etc and delicious restaurants to taste international cuisines.Apart from shopping and dining visitors can also enjoy lively performances from Miami’s best local musicians or hop on a refreshing Bay cruise, from tours of the celebrity homes on Star Island to party cruises on weekends.

Zoo Miami– Formerly known as Miami MetroZoo, is a zoological garden near Miami, is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida. This zoo housing over 3000 animals is divided into four section “Asia”,”Africa”,”Amazon & Beyond” and “Australia”.Alongwith  this zoo also houses “The American Banker’s Family Aviary, Wings of Asia” . The aviary features 300 rare birds of 70 species in a temperate mixed forest. Guest can also have the unique experience of feeding the Giraffe’s at Sambaru Giraffe feeding section.

Beaches & Water Activities- Take a dip in clear blue waters of Atlantic Ocean or stroll on the pristine white sand on beaches like South beach, Hollywood beach , North beach or Fort lauderdale beach. Also you can try different activities like snorkeling ,kayaking , scuba diving and glass bottom ride at Key Largo, Florida keys.

Cruises-Major cruise line operate cruises from Miami to Bahamas, Caribbean and to exotic destinations within central and south America. Most of these cruises run year round.

Malls– Miami has a host of malls for shopping. Some of these are “Dolphin Mall”, “Miami International Mall” , “Sawgrass Mall” “Dadeland Mall” etc from where you can shop for different brands like “Calvin Klein”,”Forever 21″,”Gap”,”Vistoria’s Secret” “Michael Kors”, “Levi’s” etc

 

With this I conclude this article on Miami Tourism I will be back soon with new toruist destination.

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Amritsar – Part 2

In my previous article I had written about ‘Golden Temple’ in Amritsar

https://itsgautamihere.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/amritsar-pond-of-nectar/

In this article I will be covering other major attractions in Amritsar

Jallianwala Bagh -This place at walking distance from Golden Temple is a public garden in Amritsar in the Punjab state of India, and houses a memorial of national importance,to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators including unarmed women and children by British occupying forces, on the occasion of the Baisakhi (a Sikh festival) on April 13, 1919.

Bullet marks can still be seen on the walls of this place.Till date the place has very narrow single entrance which made it difficult for people to escape and so many people had to jump into the well. This Martyr’s well can still be seen in the premises.

The Sound and Light Show at Jallianwala Bagh commences at 7pm in the summer months. In winter the show starts at 5pm. Unfortunately when I visited this place the show was not operational.

Wagah border ceremony– Indo-Pakistan border is at distance of about 29Km from Amritsar and share taxis as well as individually booked taxis are available from Golden Temple to reach this place. Share taxis cost about 120-150 INR per person whereas separately booked taxis might cost around 900-1200 INR.Make sure to reach well before time for the ceremony as the seats get full very fast.

The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides, and as the sun sets, the iron gates at the border are opened and the two flags are lowered simultaneously.It is called the “beating retreat” border ceremony on the international level.

With this I conclude my article on Amritsar sightseeing however no trip is complete without shopping and tasting the local food delicacies so in my next article on Amritsar I will cover these……..

Keep watching…..

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Amritsar – Pond of Nectar

Amritsar (Amrit meaning Nectar and Sar or Sarovar means Pond) is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, 28 kilometers from the border with Pakistan.Amritsar is easily reachable by train or road or Air.Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport named after Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru and the founder of Amritsar city, is an international airport about 11 kilometres northwest of the city of Amritsar, India.

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Sri Harmandir Sahib (The abode of God) , also Sri Darbar Sahib and informally referred to as the “Golden Temple“, is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism, located in the city of Amritsar, is not be missed by anyone visiting India.I got the privilege to visit this place only a week back but was mesmerized by the architectural beauty  and holy atmosphere of this place , hearing to the constant chanting of religious hymns makes you feel as if you are in heaven….

I would also like to add that there is a free bus service from airport or railway station to reach this place.Accomodation is also available on donation as per your wish.

Uniqueness of this place is everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race is welcome to Golden Temple.

As advised by Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji (3rd Sikh Guru), Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji (4th Sikh Guru) started the digging of Amrit Sarovar (Holy Tank) of Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1577 A.D., which was later on brick-lined by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (5th Sikh Guru) on December 15, 1588 and He also started the construction of Sri Harimandir Sahib. Sri Guru Granth Sahib (scripture of the Sikhs), after its compilation, was first installed at Sri Harimandir Sahib on August 16, 1604 A.D. A devout Sikh, Baba Budha Ji was appointed its first Head Priest. The Harmandir Sahib complex is also home to the Akal Takht(the throne of the timeless one, constituted by the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind). While the Harmandir Sahib is regarded as the abode of God’s spiritual attribute, the Akal Takht is the seat of God’s temporal authority.

Another thing worth mentioning about this place is the free kitchen referred to as ‘langar’ which feeds  vegetarian food to hundreds thousands of devotees 24 hours on all 365 days free of cost. All this is possible because of donations and devoted volunteers who assist selflessly in food preparation, serving food as well as cleaning.Everyone must sit on the floor as equals while eating, so all people are on the same level and nobody is ‘above’ anyone else.Cleanliness of this complex is also worth noting, inspite of huge no of devotees visiting daily this place is maintained spotlessly clean.

This place is treat to both eyes and soul and is must visit in early morning and night and is experience which cannot be described in words.Constant chanting of religious hymns adds to the holiness of this place and for everyone to understand these there are screens in the complex which display the meaning of these verses in English.Visit to this place is an experience in itself and words fall short to describe it….

I have written this article based on different posts on internet I had read before and during my visit and my personal experience on visiting this place if I have made any mistakes these are completely unintentional and please feel free to suggest necessary corrections.I apologize if I have unknowingly hurt anybody’s religious sentiments….

I will be posting one more article to cover other attractions in Amritsar keep watching……

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Hello Readers

Hi All,

As you all are already aware being a travel lover I recently added a new category on my blog for tourism. I posted my first article covering Miami (Florida) tourist attractions and I still have to complete second part of this article.

However in last week I was out on trip to Punjab (India) and Himachal Pradesh (India) and so could not make out time for writing but now that I am back so keep looking for more and more new articles covering various attractions in these places ranging from holy shrines,scenic spots in Himalayan mountains, places of historic importance,musuems, local shopping places and also sumptuous food items to satisfy your taste buds are not be missed (Stop worrying about the extra calories you will gather when you try these yourself:P) ……

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Tourist Attractions Miami (Florida) – Part 1

What could be a better start to series of articles on tourism than Miami (Florida) a hot vacation spot on the southeastern Atlantic coast of USA. I had the privilege to stay in this beautiful city for few months and so got to explore this place at leisure over the weekends. It is said that each place has something to offer for everyone but Miami has many things to offer right from pristine beaches with clear blue water and white sands,wild life excursion with zoo and aquariums, museums, malls for shopping, sightseeing cruises as well as a seaport for cruising around to places like Bahamas and a enthralling nightlife….

Some of major tourist attractions are

South Beach Miami– Nicknamed as “SoBe” this Miami beach  located in neighbourhood of city “Miami beach” between Biscayne bay and Atlantic Ocean is always mobbed by tourist. You can take a leisurely stroll on white sands or take a dip in clear blue waters of the ocean both in the morning and evening and also watch the cruise ships leaving from the seaport.

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Ocean Drive -Next to South Beach this place is bustling with crowd this gives us a glimpse of rich night life on Miami. Take a stroll on Ocean Drive in night and have look at the Art Deco buildings or eat and drink at restaurant of your choice.

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Vizcaya Museum & Garden -Trip to Miami is incomplete without a visit to this Itallian style Villa, winter residence of industrialist James Deering was built between 1914 and 1922 on the shores of Biscayne Bay.With the lush greenery this place will take you back to the time when Miami was choked with trees instead of traffic.The beautifully maintained 34-room mansion showcasing over 2,500 art objects and furnishings  is surrounded by acres of serene European-style gardens and waters of Biscayne Bay.                                                         Entry Fee- $18 for Adults (Discounted entry fees for Children,Students & Seniors)                 Hours -9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Miami Sea Aquarium – Sea Aquarium is 38 acres of tropical paradise, featuring dolphins, killer whales and more.This place host the four fun-filled shows Top Deck Dolphin show,Flipper Dolphin show,Golden Dome Sea Lion and Killer Whale & Dolphin which are delight to watch and should not be missed (Each show is conducted twice daily) alongwith this you can also watch endangered species like Manatee or get experience of touching a Stingray or have an encounter with tropical Birds in “Tropical Wings” or have a look at Penguins in “Penguin Isle”.                                                                                                                           Hours-10 AM to 6 Pm                                                                                                                                       Entry Fees-Different programs available please refer to website for details.

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One article may be too less to cover all the attractions in Miami so I will be soon posting the Part 2 of this article to cover this beautiful blue Florida city……

To read the part 2 of this article please click the link below

https://itsgautamihere.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/miami-florida-part-ii/

 

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Travel the world

Hi All,

I am adding a new category to my blog “Tourism” in which I will be covering sightseeing attractions across different tourist places I have travelled. I am a travel lover since childhood and have travelled a lot across the world and in based on some of my recent travelling experiences I know that it requires a lot of browsing on internet to find tourist attractions,time taken for each,best time to visit etc and planning the trip accordingly.

So to serve as a small aid to travellers across the world I will share my travelling experiences and major attraction to see and wherever possible pictures in this category , any feedback, comments or suggestion are welcome.

Soon I would be sharing my first post in this category any guesses which place that will be ?

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Miami Florida – https://itsgautamihere.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/miami-florida-part-1/