Kuala Lumpur’s Spectacular Thean Hou Temple

Even though I was quite occupied during my two-day trip to Malaysia, I couldn’t resist visiting the beautiful Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

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Built between 1981 and 1987, this world famous temple draws hundreds of tourists everyday, thanks to its stunning architecture. It is a six tired temple with four levels and is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. Also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, it has elements of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism structures.

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The amalgamation of contemporary architectural style and traditional designs made the temple stand out among other temples in Kuala Lumpur.

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Outside the temple, one can see statutes of representations of the 12 animals of Chinese astrology. The temple also has a Chinese medicinal herbs garden and a tortoise pond. A popular wedding venue among KL’s Chinese community, the temple attracts worshipers and tourists alike everyday.

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In short, your Kuala Lumpur itinerary must include this spectacular world famous temple.

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How to reach: The temple is just three km away from Bangsar station. Take a LRT to the station and then you can hire a taxi to the temple. I used Grab app and reached this place within 10 minutes.

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MotoGP Live At Sepang: Fast & Furious

Not everyday you win a travel competition and get a golden opportunity to witness Moto GP race live. I got this once in a lifetime opportunity last month, thanks to Sony TV https://www.facebook.com/SPNSportsIndia/

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It was an amazing experience to watch veteran riders giving their best on the tracks. The noise and the atmosphere doubled my excitement level. If you are sensitive to noise then I suggest you to carry a headphone.

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The speed of the bikes were so fast that it was not possible to capture the moving images of the bikes in my camera. The bikes were moving at an average speed of 100mph.

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Spectators were cheering their favorite riders, defying hot and humidity climate.
I was closely observing everyone – from cameramen to crew members.

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Within 45 minutes, it was all over. It was fast and furious. I was extremely happy that I was chosen by Sony TV to enjoy this epic moment of my life. It will definitely leave an everlasting imprint on my mind!

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Maharashtra’s Impressive Elephanta Caves

My search for an attractive tourist destination in Mumbai ended when a friend of mine suggested me to visit Maharashtra’s famous Elephanta Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage site, which draws thousands of tourists everyday.

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Surrounded by thick forest and Arabian Sea, the caves are divided in two parts – an array five caves and two Buddhist caves.

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Perched on Elephanta Island, the collection of rock art is believed to be built during the mid-fifth to sixth centuries AD. According to Archaeological Survey Of India, a number of dynasties, including Chalukyas of Badami and Yadavas of Deogiri had their control over this majestic place.

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Among all the caves, Cave 1 turned out to be impressive. The main cave includes Andhakasuravada murti, Nataraja; Kalyanasundara murti and Gangadhara murti.
In my opinion, the Elephanta Caves is a must place to visit for those who admire ancient art and architectures.

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Exploring the entire place takes almost 1 and ½ hours. Elephanta Caves is just 10 kilometer away from the famous Gateway of India. The boat services for this place start at around 9am.

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Chaainsheel Bugyal – Trek Of The Year

A group of passionate bloggers and trekkers were recently invited the by Uttarakhand Tourism Board and CrazeMag to explore Chaainsheel Bugyal – a lesser known destination of Uttarakhand.

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The seven-day journey began from New Delhi and ended in Chaainsheel Bugyal.

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Day 1: Reach Balawat. The drive from Dehradun takes around 10 hours.

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Day 2: Balawat (6,283 ft) to Sunaooti Thach (10,400 ft); 5-6 hours, 8 km

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Day 3: Sunaooti Thach (10,400 ft) to Samta Thach (11,647 ft); 7-8 hours, 14 km

Day 4: Rest and exploration day.

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Day 5: Samta Thach (11,647 ft) to Tikula Thach (10,203 ft) via Sarutal; 5-6 hours, 8 km

Day 6: Tikula Thach (10,203 ft) to Dagaan Moriyaach (9,416 ft); 4-5 hours

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Day 7: Dagaan Moriyaach to Chinwa; 3-4 hours. Depart for Dehradun.

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The next trek will begin on October 2 and you can contact India Hikes team for an unforgettable journey.

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Fore more information about this expedition you can contact:

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Review Of My Passport Wireless Pro: Wi-Fi Mobile Storage

As any other travel photographer, the pictures that I click are part of my hard work and sweet memories. I take no chances when it comes to preserving and storing these pictures. Mostly I store the pictures in a hard disk. I mainly prefer using reliable and industry’s best hard-drive. My search for a reliable hard drive ended once I got familiar with Western Digital’s unique hard-drive, which was launched recently.

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I was impressed with its features, which makes it different from others.
The device has an in built Wi-Fi system, which allows you to connect it with your smartphone or tablet via the free WD MyCloud app for iOS and Android.

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Being handy to use and smart in design, the device is expected to catch the attentions of others. I am sure its smart features will surely motivate you to buy this multi-purpose device, which is available around Rs20,000-21,000.

Product Features
Wireless storage wherever you go: Built with wireless 802.11ac techonology, you can quicky transfer images and videos wirelessely from a compatibale camera. Once on the drive, you can back up, view or edit your shots with a connected tablet or laptop.

Save Time With SD 3.0
Equipped with an SD 3.0 card reader, you can quickly back up photos and videos on the fly. Offload your camera’s entire SD card in one move and keep your workflow running smooth.

All-Day Battery Life: Up to 10 hours of continuous use. Bring it on all-day photo shoot and stay out in the field longer. Take it on a long trip and continuously stream videos on the road of in flight.

Built-In Power Bank: Charge your smartphone or other USB devices on the go with the integrated 6,400 mAh power bank.

Super-fast USB 3.0 transfer Speeds
Save time when moving or backing up. RAW images or HD videos with the transfer speeds of USB 3.0.

Import Media From External USB Devices: Use the convenient USB 2.0 port to easily transfer media from an external USB storage device, like a compatible DSLR or CF card reader.

Access Files Wirelessly: Wirelessly connect My Passport Wireless Pro to your mobile devices using the My Cloud mobile app so you can view, organize, edit and share your media files from anywhere with your tablet and smartphone.

Create Your Own Internet Hotspot: Use My Passport Wireless pro as a Wi-Fi hub to share an Internet connection with up to eight devices.

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I would like to thank Western Digital India for giving an opportunity to review this product.

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One Day In Kandy

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I should have extended my stay in Kandy. One day was not enough to explore this picturesque city, which is famous for its tea gardens and the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

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There are many amazing places which I missed. But, I still got to meet some very interesting people, relish Kandy’s delicious food and visit its colorful market. I stayed in a very comfortable hostel and the street food was finger-lickin good.

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The major part of my one-day stay in the city was spent exploring Kandy’s Central Market, where one can find from fruit to wine. It was a bit crowded, but that’s not a problem if you are a Delhitie.

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I visited the Temple of the Tooth Relic and soaked up the beauty of the Kandy Lake, which is also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk. This artificial lake is situated in the heart of the city.

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In the end, a bar was needed to unwind after a hectic but very beautiful day. I approached a gentleman to find me a good place and he told me to follow him. After a five minute-walk, we were standing outside a restaurant-cum bar. The gentleman smiled at me and said: “Welcome to my bar.” “You own this,” I asked with surprise. “O yes,” he replied.

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I entered the bar, and the first thing I noticed was its rustic decoration. Very artistic and well-maintained. I hit the bar a little too early and so was the only guest.
I ordered a beer and few snacks, and my perfect evening came to a blissful end.

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I left Kandy next morning.

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Win A Trip To Switzerland

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A golden opportunity to visit Switzerland.

We’ll invite you and a friend for a week’s stay in Zurich, Basel and Lugano. Good luck!

Closing date for entries: September 30, 2017.

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Be A Part Of UNWTO’s ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ Campaign

In the framework of the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is launching a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development. The ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign wants to engage tourists in making the sector a catalyst for positive change.

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The main message of the campaign is summarized by the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai: “Whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to: respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host. You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better future. TRAVEL, ENJOY AND RESPECT.

You can read more about the press release here.

You can be part of the campaign. Simply click here