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Shared by Lloyd Dsouza on 2010-07-09 18:33:49
Date of Trip : 2009-12-18 | Destination visited : Jordan
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Jordan situated in the heart of Middle East, Jordan a land of many facets.......On arrival into Amman itwas cold and chilly as any of the European cities I have witnessed in the past. The highlight of Amman is the Citadel and the Royal Automobile museum, I was not to keen in seeing the Automobile museum it was nothing but an absolute waste of time. The excitement started on the second day after an hour drive from the Capital I reached the ?? Ajloun Castle? enroute the scenic beauty of the olive fields and vineyards, I was indeed unfortunate not to have been there on a clear day it was something I did not want , what a miss in getting the glimpse of the Holy city ?? Jerusalem? but yes something kept running down my spine and it was the cold and chilly morning of Ajloun. With a late afternoon drive to ?? Jerash? an ancient city which was discovered only a few years back ?? Just wondering how could a city be discovered! But yes that is the fact and you need to be there to believe it. But this time I was fortunate to see the Chariot race which happens only twice a day and I seen the second race, I was wondering if I was in 1100 BC seeing these men ride the Horse Chariot dressed like a Gladiator. Discovered another interesting fact after visiting the roman theatre in Jerash, that if you stood at the Epicenter of the theatre and screamed out your lungs your voice will echo but if you move a inch away from the epicenter and did the same thing there would be no effect to it, WOW something that was hard to believe. Late evening I reached back to Amman and did something that I always wanted to do ?? Have the traditional drink the ?? Aarak?. The third day was something that I was looking forward to ?? Mt Nebo? and the ?? Dead Sea? ( Lowest point on Earth ) both these places play a very significant role in the Holy book ?? Bible? . On Reaching Mt Nebo which is a 02 Hour drive from the Capital I was blessed since this was the last place where the ?? Prophet Moses? was seen and it couldn?t been a better place to visit this morning, after a short Prayer I left for Dead sea and stayed at the best Place which is on the banks of the dead sea i.e. Marriott ?ǣ Dead sea, a perfect place to experience the dead sea. I just couldn?t believe that you could float in this water irrespective if you know or don?t know to swim. But one thing you should remember that if you ever think of buying the dead sea products, Amman is the place and not the Dead Sea because the finished products are available only in Amman??. Do not miss out on buying the Dead Sea minerals. Each product has its own Medicinal value. But I just couldn?t believe two things at the Dead Sea, One was the drastic change in weather and the other was seeing another country ( Israel ) on the opposite side of the Dead Sea. You may need a Jacket in Amman because of the chilly weather but it?s the opposite in Dead sea you can survive in Tees and Shorts, Don?t you think I was right when I begun ? Jordan a land of many Facets. Morning was a holistic experience being at the Mt. Nebo but evening was ummmmmmmm??.. Watching Belly Dancers perform at the Hotel. The Fourth day was another Biblical experience visiting the ??Bethany- by Jordan? this is the place where Jesus Christ was baptized by ?? John the Baptist? something every Christian would visit. The distance to Israel from the banks is just a 02 minutes walk, but you need to have a valid visa to be there. En route to Petra I visited the ?? Wadi Rum? The desert of the east provides ample opportunities for exploration, by 4WD or camel. This is the old stamping ground of Lawrence of Arabia, and at Wadi Rum you can see where the English soldier led his band of tribesmen in the Arab Revolt. While I reached there in the afternoon it was different experience the weather was different it was much colder than the Dead Sea. But I was wondering what I will do in 4WD when there are no Sand dunes it would be an absolute waste of time??. But I got it wrong the experience was not about the 4WD it was all about the Sunset in the Desert, An awe-inspiring site the change in colors of the Rocky Mountains in the dessert, This was something I had never seen in my life??. Hence I have kept repeating Jordan a land of many Facets. Later in the evening I visited the ??Captains Dessert Camp? in Wadi rum it is a wonderful experience to stay here but I didn?t get the opportunity except to have a traditional coffee and move on to Petra. I was dead tired before while I reached Petra. The Next morning it was decided to visit ??Petra ??One of the world's most remarkable ancient settlements, the city of Petra sits in the steep sided canyon of the Wadi Musa. Known as the rose-red city, Petra has been hewn out of solid sandstone, its buildings carefully excavated caves, painstakingly carved by its founders over 2,000 years ago. But one thing you need to be sure while you travel to Petra you definitely to have a good pair of Shoes because from the gates to the main site is an hour walk one way and you cannot escape that if you need to see this lovely monument. I learnt a most important phrase while I was in Petra ??Do not ask a Bedouin his Knife , his wife and his life ?? he will never give it to you. The same evening I drove to Aqaba which is at the southernmost tip of the country, known for its duty free zone and the Biblical Red sea. The first thing I did in Aqaba was visited the local market for some shopping and the best things to buy is the Spices and the Dry fruits, do not get cheated by buying the Fake Chinese products, they are not worth the money . You may see a variety of Shops selling artificial jewellery, Do not buy this if you are an Indian since this all imported from India and sold in Aqaba. The other best thing to buy is Liquor only if you need it, it?s much cheaper than the ?? Amman duty free? but mind you there is a certain quantity you can carry , there is a duty check at the exit of Aqaba town. The next morning I visited Red Sea, the country's only seaside city. Enjoying balmy coastal temperatures year round it is the holiday destination of choice for domestic as well as international tourists. The city itself is full of attractions, including some fabulous historic and prehistoric relics. Today after a 05 hours drive I reached the Capital for an overnight stay . Today morning was a mixture of emotions , absolutely sad because I was leaving the Land of many Facets ?ǣ Jordan????. Ma?assalama (Good bye in Arabic)
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Food - Indian Vegetarian is a little difficult but can be found in Amman, the Best restaurant for Indian food is " Kashmir" in Amman. Shopping - Dead Sea Products should be Purchased in Amman instead of the Dead sea. Night Life- There are no much Clubs and Discos but yes you may find a few in Aqaba and Amman.
My advice to fellow travellers
Important Note: - Please do not discuss on Border disputes between Israel and Palestine it doesn't go well with the Jordanians.
Yes I would recommend this destination to fellow travellers
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Shared by AnjuKalra on 2010-07-21 19:29:29
Date of Trip : 2004-02-11 | Destination visited : Veneto and Venice
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
The Veneto FAM trip was organized by ENIT (Italian State Tourist Board) and courtesy AlItalia. An amazing and a beautiful experience when I experienced the snowfall and witnessed the world famous Venetian Carnival, one of its kind for the first time, where temperatures were at -2 & - 3 degrees Celsius in the most romantic city. Wow!!!!!!! I can still feel the chill!!!!!!!!... We stayed at Veneto for 3 nights. Veneto is famous for the vineyards where you visit the wine cellars, vineyards and can experience wine tasting sessions.. Delicious!! You can also shop different kinds of wines at their outlets at competitive prices. If you are in Veneto, you cant ignore the villas.. they are so beautiful, rich in history and tradition and preserved so very well, with landscaped gardens and tapestries. There are villas and vineyards everywhere.. It looks like experiencing a film & shooting in reality. On the last day, we took the train to Venice (the ICE train).. again the 1st time for me to get to the Eurail. On arrival we took a " Vaparetto" (water taxi) to San Marco. It was freezing colddddddd but we all were very excited. Everyone was dressed in their favourite outfits. It was like a fancy dress competition. And not to forget the lovely and creative " masks", which is the most important feature of the carnival. The locals were getting their face painted.. so we decided to get adventurous and get our faces painted or get some tattoos done. A cool experience. It was a "happy" atmosphere. The excitement was building as we were waiting for the "Carnival Parade" and then it happened. everyone dancing, singing and cheering on the streets. I danced and paraded down the street with them. It was an amazing experience. Out of this world. I just loved every moment about it. A very well organized trip.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Food: Veneto - Delicious Wines. You can taste different varieties at the factory outlet and make purchases. Venice - local experiences of the city is a must so we got into a nice cozy local restaurant to taste the worlds famous" Pizzas", with margherita cheese dipping into our mouths. Yumm.!!!!! and a nice hot coffee to keep our body temperatures in control so we don't go numb. For the vegetarians, there is a limited choice so be prepared - my veggie friends.. but be happy you will get lots of pasta made in cheese and tomato sauce or pizzas to make up for your hunger pangs. - Food for thought! We come back again to explore San Marco Island. visit the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge's Palace, the bridge of sighs, the Grand Canal. Visit the Santa Maria dei Frari Basilica, a famous church built in gothic style. very peaceful and amazing architecture. The only thing which we all missed was the very famous Gondola ride since everything was frozen so could not do much. Shopping: You can shop for wines, souvenirs, masks, Murano Glass gift items etc. Things to do: Visit the San Marco Square and take an excursion to the Murano, Burano and Torcello islands. Your trip is incomplete without the " famous and romatic gondola ride".
My advice to fellow travellers
Beaware of your belongings. You must be very very careful of your belongings in Italy right from the time you have arrived at the airport. Don't trust anyone. Italians are not conversant with English, hence there is a language barrier to an extent. Be formally dressed during meetings, dinners etc. Food :For the vegetarians..well there is a limited choice available but the best way is to freak out on the fruits, juices and wholesome cereals during breakfast and maybe some pasta for your meal. Keeps you fit and healthy for a change! Carry maps along with you. Also carry copies of your hotel addresses when you are traveling locally. It helps! I would always suggest to carry extra copies of your air tickets, passport copies and hotel details and keep them in your luggage. You never know when you would just need them. Also carry Travellers cheques and little currency in cash. You would anyways have a credit card! So here's wishing a Happy and safe journey to all my fellow beings!! Happy Memories & Bon Voyage!
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Shared by SumairaKabir on 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Date of Trip : 2009-08-08 | Destination visited : Gold Coast, Brisbane, Tangalooma, Cairns, Sydney
Traveller rating
5 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Australia as country offers a multitude of options for holidays. Be it a Honeymoon, or celebrating an anniversary, a family holiday or young working people wanting to get away and enjoy themselves.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Be it Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast or Brisbane you will always be falling short of time if you area a shopaholic. Multi cuisine Dining options are available in each city. Indian Restaurants are easily available for those who are looking for a taste of home.
My advice to fellow travellers
Travelling to Australia in the summers - carry a lot of Sun block, A wide brimmed hat/ cap, light cotton clothes and light shoes.
Yes I would recommend this destination to fellow travellers
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Shared by VinodSain on 2010-07-15 11:06:52
Date of Trip : 2010-04-14 | Destination visited : Matheran
Traveller rating
0 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
A popular weekend getaway for people from mumabi. Matheran is a very nice & quiet hill station for trekking. It has many point around 30-40. It is very good place for athletes. Very close to Mumbai and ideal stress buster. Matheran is one the best weekend destination in Maharashtra. The weather is pleasantly cold through out the year. Thousands of visitors visit the place every week. No cars!! No traffic, no noise, no pollution, Matheran is what a hill station should be. Board a train from Mumbai CST (Karjat or Khopoli local) to nerel about 2hrs. of journey. From nerel either toy train or shuttle cab.cab will take 20 minutes.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
You will get mostly all types of Indian Food. Just relax and enjoy the weather. Echo Point, Panorama Point (Sunrise Point), Porcupine Point (Sunset Point), One tree Hill, Garbut Point, Heart Point, Rambag Point, Charlotte Lake are some of the places to visit. Matheran has a very small market place. Matheran is most famous for its 'chikki', a strongly recommended purchase.
My advice to fellow travellers
Get a Karjat of Khopoli bound train from Mumbai CST and get down at Neral. From Neral you can get a joyous ride to hills in the mini train. By road you can reach only upto Dasturi. From there you have to walk on your feet or you can ride on horse back or hand pulled rickshaw. You The best time to go to Matheran is probably from September to June as the monsoons get really heavy during the rest of the year.
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Shared by pritikadam on 2010-07-16 16:44:28
Date of Trip : 2010-06-06 | Destination visited : Mathran
Traveller rating
2 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Matheran is a Best Hill Station In mumbai it is best to vist when it is rainy .The Climate is cool .For hangouts its best place where we can enjoy & have lots of fun to make the trip happening they provide the mini train which attract the tourist .Travelling by train is less expensive .&now a days people r very health concious so they will prefer more by train rather than bus or any other vehicle .If i will get an opportunity i will surly visit that place again.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Expereince About food was good but not fine .hardly we get sum thing to have our lunch we were so engaged in to trip.
My advice to fellow travellers
I will suggest my friends to visit matheran
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Shared by MayaNayak on 2010-07-16 17:47:26
Date of Trip : 2010-03-02 | Destination visited : Leh
Traveller rating
5 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
It was my dream to visit Leh. Ideal place for a trekker. Beautiful place up in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas and lots of activities to do. For a regular traveler it can be a nice place to relax and take in the fresh air (just what we wanted)
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
The local food is yummy..simple and delicious...their famous momos is a must have.. do not miss the German Bakery! One can visit the dilapidated monasteries and the gompas. cute little lamas with red cheeks are the major attractions though! Shopping is good in leh if you prefer silver jewllery and pashminas which comes expensive. one must bargain though. dry fuits though are very cheap!
My advice to fellow travellers
Advisable to rest to start with. The climate gets on you. Drink lots of water even if you are not thirsty. Helps to keep the altitude sickness away. Wear sports shoes. girls, no heels. big big mistake!
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Shared by Prathamesh Khule on 2010-07-16 19:31:30
Date of Trip : 2009-10-16 | Destination visited : Alibaug
Traveller rating
2 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
It's a nice place.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Food was quite good.
My advice to fellow travellers
Don't visit its a crowd y place...
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Shared by SunilMenon on 2010-07-19 18:28:11
Date of Trip : 2010-05-17 | Destination visited : Murud Janjira
Traveller rating
5 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Visiting the beach-town of ??Murud Janjira?? is akin to embarking on a historical voyage of discovery down the sands of time. A distance of 150 kms (it takes a little over 5 hours) separates this beautiful beach town from the city of Mumbai. Enjoy the drive along the rustic trail as you pass old towns and sleepy villages, enroute. As you approach Murud along the winding road, the beautiful coastline becomes visible on one side while the imposing ghats flank the other side. The sight of the waves lashing the white sandy beaches enlivens the soul as the pre-arrival excitement reaches a crescendo. The entrance to Murud town is heralded by a nondescript gate/post that announces the destination without any fanfare. The 2 kms long Murud beach is surprisingly clean and covered by white, firm sand interspersed with shades of black - remnants of silt left behind by the sea each time it recedes. While the sea is relatively calm here, the danger zone on one of its extreme ends is appropriately marked to warn the unwary tourist of the perils of the sea. There were no signs of any life-guard on the beach which only indicates that extra-caution needs to be exercised while frolicking in the sea. The water flaunts a dark hue possibly due to the colour of the silt that lies beneath. Don?t forget to feast your eyes on the sunset at the beach as dusk sets in stealthily. Sunset is beautiful and bathes the landscape in myriad hues of gold and orange.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
The food at the resort was not only palatable; in fact it was a gourmet?s delight. We were pleasantly taken aback at the choice of dishes and more importantly, the veg/non-veg buffet meals served were consistently delicious throughout our stay, reinforcing our resolve to recommend this resort to all who would care to lend a ear. For those who enjoy sea-food, there are some mouth-watering treats awaiting you at the Golden Swan Resort. There is also plenty to choose from Indian Tandoori, Chinese and the spicy Konkani cuisine. There are other hotels in the vicinity that also (reportedly) serve great food but we were not tempted enough to sample their fare. The AC deluxe cottage that we stayed in was very decent; in fact it was value for money. The spacious rooms and bathrooms were well-maintained and clean. There is a bunk-bed in one of the rooms which, contrary to our expectations, turned out to be a king-sized bed large enough to sleep all six of us. The exclusive sit-out that this category of cottage offers doubles as your perch to soak in the beauty of the resort in addition to spending time together and enjoying snacks/beverages amidst natural settings. Additionally, there are a couple of independent/unreserved sit-outs within the resort for the guests occupying other accommodation types. While alcohol is not sold/served in the resort, one can enjoy a drink in the confines of the room or at the sitout. There is a small park for children within the resort that is replete with swings, hammocks, sea-saw, slides, et al. Beach-chairs are positioned at the periphery of the resort facing the water-front for that relaxing siesta/??Classic?-reading experience allowing the moist sea breeze to soothe the body, mind and soul. Ample parking space is provided within the resort premises for guest vehicles. As if symbolic to the resort?s name, swans frolic around the resort unperturbed by the human presence around. The resort provides direct access to the beach. Walk through the rear gate and down a flight of stairs to get to the beach. One can hire bicycles at nominal rates from the resort itself for a quick ride through the sleepy town or for the simple joy of cycling on the beach mesmerized by the sound of the waves lashing the shore. An array of bicycles are on offer (though not all in mint condition) for hire ranging from geared to the ungeared and in sizes suitable for all age/gender groups. You can also experience horse-riding and parasailing on the beach offered by local operators, at your own risk. Visit the 2 island forts in the vicinity - the Janjira and Kasa (Padmadurg) forts. The impregnable, oval-shaped Janjira Fort that successfully warded off multiple attacks of the mighty Maratha and the English is nothing short of an engineering marvel. It was constructed towards the end of the 17th century by Malik Amber an Abssynian minister serving the Sultan of Ahmednagar. It is rumoured that Shivaji lanched more than a dozen futile expeditions to capture the fort. The fort is spread over 22 acres of land with a 40 feet high wall and 19 towers some of which still have cannons mounted on them. The fort still houses the ruins of a mosque, a palace, a bath and a sweet-water well. A visit to the fort is a historical indulgence like none other. One can reach the main entrance of the fort by taking a short boat ride from Rajpuri Jetty. The Kasa fort was built by Sambhaji on a rock almost a mile into the sea, possibly as an attempt (vain though) to outdo the Janjira Fort. The fort lies sprawled across 8 ?? acres of land and offers visitors a brief glimpse of the fierce battles that ensued between the Siddis and the Marathas. The sight of the mighty canons still entrenched within the fort?s crumbling walls is indeed awe-inspiring. The fort is inaccessible for most of the year and the gates are opened only with prior permission from the Port Trust authorities. Visit the isolated 2km long Nandgaon beach with its sea front lined with palms. The approach to this beach is flanked by betel nut plantation and is not easily visible. While the winding, muddy road leading to the beach is not particularly impressive, the beach springs a surprise by suddenly appearing out of nowhere. Visit the nearby Siddhi Vinayak Ganesh Temple that has reportedly been in existence since 1036 AD and is thronged by devotees and tourists alike. Myth has it that the ??panchang? (Hindu calendar) is blessed by this particular Ganesha. Ahmedganj Palace ?ǣ This palace is the estate of the present Nawab of Murud but is out of bounds for unsolicited visitors. Spread across 45 acres, it reportedly has a mosque and the tombs of the previous rulers. One can however catch a glimpse of the architectural beauty of the palace from the outside. 4 kms from Murud is the 100 feet high Garambi Waterfalls ?ǣ a popular picnic spot. The water from the scenic falls is supposedly pure enough to drink. Marvel at the falls, drench yourself to the skin and listen to the thunderous roar of the water gushing down in torrents. Nestled in the woods, this cascade is a delight to behold and one can spend hours watching the beauty of nature unfolding. Situated at a distance of about 4 kms is Khokri, home to the 3 massive 500 year old stone tombs of the erstwhile rulers of Janjira ?ǣ Surul Khan, Yakut Khan and Khairiyat Khan. These tombs built in the Indo-Saracenic style fall under the auspices of the Archeological Survey of India. Sample the popular Murud sweets, coconut chikki and barfi readily available in the local markets. In case you happen to visit Murud during summer, don?t forget to buy a box of Alphonso mangoes grown within the resort, for a steal.
My advice to fellow travellers
A great place to hibernate when you desperately need that ??break? from the rigours of daily life. It offers a blend of rich historical experiences and absolute tranquility by the shores of a not-so-tempestuous sea. Don?t forget to carry your own booze if you intend staying at the Golden Swan Resort else you may have to request the house-keeping staff to source them from the local market albeit at a premium.
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Shared by PanktiVora on 2010-07-23 11:31:10
Date of Trip : 2010-02-22 | Destination visited : New Delhi
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Delhi is a city of contracts.on one hand are Delhi's winding streets,passing through mosques,monuments,forts,lively and colorful bazaars with all sorts of items at steal prices,food stalls etc..while on the other hand,The imperial city of New Delhi displays the finely curved architecture of British Raj.The grand avenues and stately buildings of New Delhi are rich with history and culture.This city has something for every taste.You can find some gr8 nightclubs,theaters,restaurants,hotels etc. across the city...
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
This is the place to be for every shopaholic & food lover..Plethora of options to fit every wallet.karol bagh , Khan Market, Dilli haat,Sarojini Nagar are some good shopping areas.For high-end shoppers,take a trip to DLF Emporium..The most basic Dhaba has delectable food at gr8 prices.Visit the paratha gully(in Chandni Chowk) to savour the most unusual parathas & brilliant chaats..If History & culture interests you,must visit Red fort,india gate,Raj ghat,Qutub Minar,Aksar dham,Lotus Temple,Gandhi Smruti,National rail museum,Rajpatrh,Moghul gardens(only in Feb) etc...A trip on Metro is good fun..If have time also delhi monuments by the night as they are well lit up & have a charm of their own..the various museums across the city are worth a visit..also check if there are some exhibitions(eg:auto expo) happening while visiting....
My advice to fellow travellers
Bargain/Negotiate for better deals everywhere.Take a trip on the Metro.Check on the days you choose as some great places remain closed on particular days.@Females:please wear decent clothes. Dont travel alone late in the night.
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