Recently, I was reading an article on how photographers and Instagrammers are ruining Panjim’s famous Fontainhas, ignoring locals’ requests not to disturb them. This reminded me of my own trip to Panjim, where I saw hundreds of photographers armed with their mobiles and DSLRs creating a nuisance for local residents in the beautiful Fontainhas area. In our fun moment, we conveniently ignore that our actions might go against the culture and way of life of the locals. What kind of pleasure do people get by ignoring local people’s requests? Even a “no photography” request sign fails to deter the tourists. I myself have witnessed it. We should always respect the local people and their culture while on our trips.
Malaysia’s Langkawi is replete with splendid spots. One of them is Eagle Square, which is also known as Dataran Lang. It is a man-made structure, which is the symbol of Langkawi. The massive sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight is definitely eye-catching and absolutely stunning. The 12 meter tall sculpture at Eagle Square attracts hundreds of tourists everyday, thanks to its amazing design. One of the iconic structures of Langkawi, the statue is surrounded by waters and bridges that provide mesmerizing views to tourists. The massive eagle sculpture greets everyone who comes to Kuah by ferry. The afternoon here could be too hot. So it is advisable to visit the place either in the morning or evening. As I was staying in Tubotel hostel, I rented a taxi and reached the place along with my friend. After spending 40 minutes there, I returned to my hostel. It is a beautiful place, which I recommend you to visit.
Lots of people suggested me to visit Panjim’s Joseph Bar. It was early morning and the staff was not interested in me. They might have figured out this guy won’t spend much here. And I too realized this is not my kind of place. So I ordered a beer, finished it quickly and left the place after clicking few images. The interior part of the bar was very impressive. Soon I reached a hole-in-the-mole bar (since 1976). Ordered a beer and started conversation with the owner of the bar. When I asked him why people recommended Joseph Bar ? He just smiled. He told me It is crazy. All most all the tourists spend money there. Don’t we have a right to survive, he asked me ? My answer was – of course, yes, that’s why I am here. Ordered another beer with some snack. After spending around one hour I left for my room.
Ladakh is no more a hidden gem. Millions of images are all over the Internet. When I was there I had no option but to approach a local travel agency to arrange a trip for Ladakh sightseeing. Why an agency? The reason is pretty simple. I do not know how to drive a bike, which is necessary if you want to explore this paradise by yourself. A guy gave me his number and told me that he can take me to a number of places at a discounted price. I trusted his words. Yes, not only he took me to a number of captivating places, but also briefed me about those places as a guide. One of those places is Sangam, which is the confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers. Located 35km from Leh in Nimmu, this confluence provides a fabulous view. Zanskar river, which comes from Zanskar valley of Ladakh, meets the Indus river at Nimmu. Enjoy a few snaps which I have clicked with my Canon 750D. Isn’t this place spectacular?
The Ministry of Economy and Innovation & Lithuania Travel has launched a new travel campaign to entice travelers.
Up to 500 Lithuanian short-term accommodation providers have joined forces with the Ministry of Economy and Innovation & Lithuania Travel, the national tourism development agency, for a new tourism campaign: tourists who stay in the country for three nights or more will get one night free of charge. 10,000 registered independent travelers will receive a complimentary night at an accommodation provider not exceeding €65 to tour the country for one more day.
It is an interesting travel contest. If you win, you can receive free flight tickets, courtesy Air Baltic. I have already participated. You can participate here. The competition will conclude on January 3. Good luck to everyone !
Visit to Langkawi is incomplete without a trip to the famous Sky Bridge. This was exactly what I felt when I reached there. Situated at 660 metres above sea level at the peak of Gunung Mat Cincang on Pulau Langkawi, this spectacular bridge, surrounded by vast and thick forests, is 125 metres long, and 1.8 metres wide. Visitors first have to take the Langkawi Cable Car to the top station and then they are required to use an inclined lift called SkyGlide to reach the bridge. It is believed that around USD 1.2 million was spent on the construction of the mega structure, which is suspended by eight cables from an 81.5m high single pylon. I spent around two hours there due to Me and my friend hired a taxi from our hostel to reach this place, using Malaysia’s popular taxi sharing app Grab.