Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada, a beautiful resort destination on the Red Sea Coast of Egypt,Once upon a time, Hurghada was known as Ghardada and was a quite fishing village. The pleasant climate, excellent diving venues, sparkling clear water, shipwrecks, and coral reefs, have made Hurghada a popular holiday destination in Egypt.

Holiday in Hurghada
Hurghada is popular holiday destination for tourists of all ages. Elderly European and American tourists enjoy the warm weather and relaxed ambience of Hurghada. There are many excellent resorts at Hurghada, such as the Le Meridien Makadi Bay Resort that offer a complete holiday experience to visitors. Hurghada is also popular with the young party loving crowd. There are many clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and discotheques where the fun loving tourist can have a great time.

Water sports and Diving in Hurghada
Tourists can enjoy many water sports in Hurghada. These include swimming, windsurfing, sailing and deep-sea fishing. The most popular water sports here are snorkeling and scuba diving. Hurghada is famous as one of the world's best diving sites. The coral reefs and incredible varieties of fish seen in the warm waters of the Red Sea are truly breathtaking. Tourists can also view these natural wonders through glass-bottomed boats.

Other attractions in Hurghada are the aquarium and museum with extensive collections of marine life.

Tourist Attractions in and around Hurghada

Hurghada has lots of attractions to offer a visitor. Tourists can travel on Red Sea Cruises or take safari tours of the nearby desert and mountains. Both camel safaris and jeep safaris are available.

The stark beauty of the desert with golden sand dunes rolling away into the distance and the craggy mountains near Hurghada are a picturesque sight. There are also many other beautiful beaches and water sports venues along the coast near Hurghada, where tourists can enjoy fishing excursions and sightseeing tours.

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, popularly known as 'The Jewel of the Orient' is situated on the banks of the River Nile to the south of its delta.

History: Cairo, the Triumphant City and the glorious capital of Egypt as also known as the cradle of civilization. 'The City of the Thousand Minarets', Cairo is the largest city in the Middle-East and Africa. It's the best place where you can see past meeting present with the evidence of 2000 years of Islamic, Jewish and Christian Coptic culture that continue to flourish here. You can know more about the history of Cairo on Cairo Tour.

Tourist Attractions:

The Egyptian Museum of Antiques: This museum houses some of the greatest masterpieces like the statue of Khafre. Royal Mmummy Room and Tutankhamun Gallery are some of its major attractions.

Khan al-Khalili: Khan al-Khalili is considered to be one of the largest markets in the world. On the northern side of the bazaar is the Mosque of Sayyidna al- Hussein, one of the holiest Islamic sites of Egypt.

The Pyramids of Giza: Counted amongst the Seven Wonders of the World, The Pyramids of Giza is the oldest and the largest pyramid and the major attraction of Egypt. Just standing in front of the Great Pyramid, is the Sphinx, known as the Abu al-Hol. Explore all these places on Cairo Tour.


If you are on Cairo Tour, then don't forget to buy Perfume Bottles, from The Golden Palace perfume shop, known for selling the special perfumes of Cairo. You can also buy some beautiful post cards, jewellery, head clothes and replicas of antiques from Street sellers in Cairo. You can't resist buying Camel hair rugs from the Rug Shops. Then there are some Souvenir Shops selling t-shirts, books, silver cartouches with your name inside and many more things.

Legendary Khyber Pass, Pakistan

The legendary Khyber Pass in the North West Frontier is a 53 Kilometer passage through the Hindu Kush mountain range. It is the most famous passageway to the Himalayas. It connects the northern boarder of Pakistan with Afghanistan.
On the north side of the famous Khyber Pass rises the towering, snow-covered mountains to the Hindu Kush. Conquering armies have used the Khyber Pass as a point of entry or their invasions; in fact it has witnessed countless invasions.
British troops defended the Khyber Pass on the British – Indian side. Particularly well known is the battle of January 1842, in which about 16,000 British and Indian troops were killed. One cannot talk of the Khyber Pass without also mentioning the Khyber Rifles, during the British rule the Khyber rifles was one of the eight ‘Frontier Corps” or para-military units recruited from tribesmen of the North West Frontier. The headquarters of the Khyber Rifles was at Landi Koltal and their prime role was to guard the Khyber Pass.

For hundreds of years, great camel trains traveled through the Khyber Pass, bringing goods to trade. These merchants brought luxury silks and fine porcelain objects from China to the Middle East.The Khyber Pass today has two highways one for motor traffic and the other for the traditional caravans. A railway line also travels to the head of the pass. This was built in the 1920s. Whilst we are touring the Khyber Pass we will visit Peshawer and stay at one of the cities excellent hotels. Peshawar is the gateway to Afghanistan, which is situated at the mouth of the Khyber Pass.
Peshawar is the capital of the North-West Frontier Province. The name Peshawar means High Fort in Persian. During its history, the city was one of the main trading routes on the ancient Silk Road. A trip to Peshawar is not complete without visiting The Khan Club , which is a hotel from a by-gone era. The hotel has been fully restored and the result is magnificent. It is located in the oldest and most historic part of Peshawar. Each room has its own ‘jeweled’ theme. Wherever you meet the famous Pathans of the North West Frontier region they will greet you with their overwhelming hospitality.

Himalayan Foothills, Pakistan

Bordering Afghanistan, China and India, Northern Pakistan is a region of both great ethnic diversity and immense natural beauty and remains practically undiscovered by tourism. Setting out from Muree , Pakistan’s favourite hill station, which is only a distance of 50 kilometers from Islamabad and at an altitude of 2286 meters. Murree is famous for its cooler climate and lush green scenery. From then we wind through the tree-clad roads to reach Nathiagali which is possibly the most picturesque hill station in Pakistan. We will take many strolls the pine forests.For the slightly adventurous amongst us there will be a delightful horse trek – each with our own groom to the top of Mukshpuri, which is at 2800 meters.

Islamabad, Pakistan

Tourism in Islamabad offers the traveller a vast array of choices from the many beautiful buildings, Mosques and of course Parliament. Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan; it is relatively young, the capital being moved from the hot, humid city of Karachi in the early sixties. There are wide-open boulevards, tree lined avenues and parks.
It is overlooked by the Margalla Hills and has a most pleasant climate with little or no wind. Animals and Scooter Taxis are not allowed in the capital, which makes for a pleasant environment. Whilst touring Islamabad we will dine in Daman-e-Koh which offers fantastic views of Islamabad whilst dining, where we will also see monkeys roaming the hills.We will also tour Rohtas Fort, which is an easy 2-hour drive from Islamabad, where we will picnic in the open air. Or let us take you on a 2-hour journey west of Islamabad to visit the famous Prince Malik Atta as seen on the Michael Palin show, where the dashing locals will race bulls and ride Stallions tent pegging, only the most fearless will ride. Islamabad has many places of interest that you will wish to visit including many art galleries and museums. Rawalpindi is also within 15 minutes of Islamabad and is a bustling town full of life and bazaars. We offer the most comprehensive Islamabad holidays. You will have the opportunity to buy in Islamabad a stunning variety of goods from Kashmir silver to beautiful carpets. Yet another Pakistan tourist attraction is the famous Air Safari, offering travelers the opportunity to fly around K2 and take wonderful photographs.From Islamabad we will also drive out through colourful scenery to Taxila where we will be guided through the ancient ruins and museum.Islamabad also boasts the largest Mosque in Pakistan named after King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.Its pillar- less domed building can house more than 100,000 in prayer.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ooty Hill Station - Ooty, India

Ooty - emerald in the Nilgiris: At 7440 ft., Ooty or Udhagamandalam (recent official Tamil name) in the Nilgiris (the Blue Mountains), is a sheer beauty and pride of the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Miles and miles of plush tea gardens, plummeting orchards, streets lined with green pine and eucalyptus trees and multi-colored floral diaspora give Ooty its sliced-out-of-paradise vista. The ersthwile Ootacamund (an obscure name for the sylvan beauty, isn't it?), is inhabited by the Toda tribes and the forested areas have a legion of wildlife, including the endangered Nilgiri mountain goat. What the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Toy train) is to Darjeeling, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is to Ooty - indespensable and inherent part of the Blue Mountains.

Nainital Hill Station, India

Nainital - enigma for vision:
At an elevation of 6,350 ft (1938 m), Nainital is one of the loveliest of Kumaoni hill stations in the North Indian state of Uttaranchal. Way back in 1841, it so seduced the Briton, Mr. Baron that he construed a house called the Pilgrim's Cottage and gradually beckoned the world to behold at his quintessential new discovery and the rest is history. This erstwhile summer retreat of the colonial kingpins is now ranked amongst the best of vacationing destinations in India. This 'lake district' was once home to wildlife conservationist and man-eating-tiger hunter Jim Corbett, whose escapades and travelogues are still reiterated with pride. The Corbett National Park and the legion of lakes - Bhim Tal, Sat Tal, Naukuchia Tal and, of course, Naini - are Nainital's jeweled attractions.