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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 VivekTarange on 2010-08-06 18:27:42
Date of Trip : 2010-07-10 | Destination visited : Harischandra Fort-Malshej Ghat
Traveller rating
5 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
'Harishchandra Fort' is hill station like Mahabaleswar of Nagar District! It lies, on the boundary of Thane, Pune and Nagar and on the left hand side of 'Malshej Ghat'. If you want to study of fort, this is one of the best example. Height: 4000 Feet Ghat: Maleshj Ghat District: Ahamed Nagar History:- 'Harishchandra Fort' is more than three and half thousand years old. In 1747-48 this fort was won by 'Maratha' Empire from 'Mughal' and 'Late Krushnagi Shinde' was appointed as care taker. How to reach:- From Pune drive via 'Aalephata' and from Mumbai you can drive via 'Kalyan-Murbad-Malshej Ghat' and reach to 'Khubiphata'. After reached 'Khubiphata' you have to walk on the dam to reach 'Khireshwar Village' (Khubiphata-Khireshwar Village - 5 km/1 hrs). From 'Khireswar Village' one needs to walk for 1 km to reach 'Nageshwar Mandir'. This is the oldest temple since in eleventh sanctuary, and is the starting point of the trek. To reach the top of 'Harishchandra Fort' via 'Tular Khind' takes 4 hrs (If you start from 'Khireshwar Village').
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Place for visiting:- 'Harischandra Temple'- Via 'Tolar Khind' you will be reach 'Rohidas Fort'. From 'Rohidas' it takes one and half hour to reach at 'Taramati Fort'. At bottom the 'Taramati Fort' there is 'Harishchandra Temple'. Just behind the Temple there is small cave. Once you enter the cave one can see an underground room. This is where 'Chandev Rishi' wrote his 'Tatvasar Grantha'. 'Kedareshwar Cave' ?ǣ On the left side of 'Harishchandra Temple', there is one more cave called the 'Kedareshwar Cave'. In this cave there is an ancient 'Shivlinga' which is 1 meter high and 2 meter wide. If you have to reach to 'Shivilinga' you have to cross water which is 4-5 feet deep in the rainy season. It takes 5 minutes for one round of the 'Shivilinga' and water is very cold (During the Rains). 'Taramati Fort'- 'Taramati Fort' is 4850 feet high. There are 7 caves at the bottom of Taramati Fort. In one of the cave there is a 'Ganesh Idol' which is 8 feet in height and is called the 'Ganesh Cave'. 'Konkan Kada'- 'Konkan Kada' is a main attraction for trekkers. It's 4500 feet from the bottom. This is best sunset point during winter. One younger committed suicide from here - saying that he doesn't want live without this beauty of nature. In his memory his name is written there in marble. Living Arrangement: 7 Caves are there for night camp Foods and Drinking Water: Available at 'Khireshwar Village' and on the top of the Fort Traveling journey time: Takes 4 hrs from 'Khireshwar Village' by coming from Pune and Mumbai
My advice to fellow travellers
Visit this place once in lifetime which is heaven on the earth especially in rainy season
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.
Yes I would recommend this destination to fellow travellers
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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
Yes I would recommend this destination to fellow travellers
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Shared by Dianawilliam on 2010-07-16 17:33:50
Date of Trip : 2009-11-15 | Destination visited : MANALI
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
i ENJOYED ROHTANG PASS AND THE SNOW!!!!! IT FELT SO CLOSE TO THE ULTIMATE
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
shopping was good and with reference to food they are great with the servings of chicken portions especially on the mall road
My advice to fellow travellers
Please ensure you carry good amount of wollen clothes
Yes I would recommend this destination to fellow travellers
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Shared by NehaVaidya on 2010-07-16 17:46:33
Date of Trip : 2010-04-08 | Destination visited : Kenya
Traveller rating
0 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Kenya is a must visit for people who emjoy wildlife amd if not then they will certainly start loving it...it gave us a chance to be in the wilderness and experience nature at its best. The mighty King of the Jungle - The Lion was at its best and surely a must see in its natural habitat...If given a chance visit Kenya during the migration when animals migrate from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. Kenya certainly is a destination for both backpackers for whom various campsites are available and for luxury travellers with best of properties like the Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club being one of the many!!!
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
The food is amazing in Kenya with options of game meat, normal continental and ofcourse for the Indian clientele our very own desi khana...A must visit for amazing food is The Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi. Sightseeing would mainly be the national parks and when in Masai Mara dont miss the Masai Village which gives one the insight into the life of the local Masai Tribe and their daily lifestyle. One must certainly pick the souvernirs there of the BIG FIVE along with some handmade costume Masai Jewellery made in the Masai Village.
My advice to fellow travellers
Kenya is a relatively save place now, but do not try to venture out along after the dark in the national park. Do carry a torch along and keep it handy at all times. Yellow fever vaccination is a must and should be taken minimum 10 days prior to departing to Kenya. Do carry photocopies of your yellow fever vaccination certificate along with the original as the same might be asked at the immigrations once you land in India.
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Shared by MangeshShinde on 2010-07-16 20:28:29
Date of Trip : 2009-02-13 | Destination visited : Mahabaleshwar
Traveller rating
4 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Mahableshwar is a great holiday destination & hill station.
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
The food was very nice in mahabaleshwar because there are so many hotels & restaurants. Mahabaleshwar is famous for strawberries, honey, Jams, crushes and chikki. Mahabaleshwar is known for its numerous sightseeing points. We saw dinosaurs point, mountain range & old mahabaleshwar. We saw mahabaleshwar Mandir & panchganga mandir, which is famous for springs of five rivers.
My advice to fellow travellers
U can visit mahabaleshwar in jan to may because it is hill station & good place for Honeymooners. During the late-June to mid-September period, torrential rains virtually shutdown this hill station.
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Shared by OswinDcunha on 2010-07-17 00:22:32
Date of Trip : 2009-01-20 | Destination visited : goa
Traveller rating
5 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Goa is one destination that you want to keep coming back to. I had been to goa with my friends on college trip. We had a blast, from Candolim beaches, water sports to sight seeing, you just never seem to get enough of the sun, sand and beaches. Its the best place to get away from the hectic work schedule, just lying on the beach or partying around. Goa has something for every one, if you are with your loved ones, Goa will never disappoint you it is the best get away
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Well the sea food is awesome, as specially the tiger prawn fro rs 400 it was worth it, the fort agonda is amazing, you might get view of dolphins if you are lucky. if you are at a beach dont miss the water sports as specially the para-sailing is awesome. you can also shop for collectibles near the beach shops but dont forget to bargain but i think the best of goa is the night walk on the cold beach sand in moonlight
My advice to fellow travellers
My advice stay at one beach and enjoy nature if you travel too much you may miss the best part of it. It is the best get away from the daily urban lifestyle, the beaches and the forts are amazing. dont miss the water sport and dolphins. just relax and goa will enchant you.
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Shared by PrathameshKhule on 2010-07-26 11:10:42
Date of Trip : 2009-07-10 | Destination visited : Alibaug
Traveller rating
2 / 5
My views/experience about the destination
Alibaug is a nice place to visit specially the fort in a deep sea,
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Food was quite good.
My advice to fellow travellers
Never visit Alibaug its too crowdy.
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