Arunachal Pradesh from Kolkata Travel Itenarary

Day 1: Reach Guawahati and transfer to Bhalukpong, night stay at Bhalukpong, Rs. 600-1200 per rooms at lower Bhalukpong just after the checkpost of Assam Arunachal border.

Day 2: Start early enough and reach Dirang. Pemaling and Awoo are the two best hotels there. But more hotels are available in the market area. Take a walk to the Kameng river.

Day 3: Start for Tawang, again start early enough to cross Sella before noon, after 1-2pm the weather goes crazy there, snow falls and rains are usual in the afternoon. In road watch Jashwant Gar. 
Hotel Tawang is very good and cheap, and the the tourist lodge is even better. We stayed in the VIP suits there @1050 per night during 2011. The food is good too.

Day 4: Local sightseeing of Tawang, Tawang Monastery, War memorial are very good. Apply for permit to Bumla, the Indo-China LOC from DC office. If it is Sunday, then also you can get it from the office. Usually someone is there at the office to help the tourists, even you can get the signed form from the DC bunglow. Collect it before 5pm and submit in the BRIGADE beside War memorial as soon as possibe, usually before 6pm. At around 7pm they will give you the permit.

Day 5: Start for Madhuri (Or, Sungetsar) lake and Bumla. Use the whole day. The roads are pretty bad but not dangerous. Only SUV can reach to Bumla. The LOC at Bumla looks amazing. You can even see the Chinese soldiers through binoculars. The Indian Army welcomes you with hot tea and snacks.

Day 6: Start for Tenga. Many suggests Bomdila, but it is almost same as Tawang, with lesser cold. On the other hand Tenga is beside the river and is a military camp, very clean and very beautiful with the sound of flowing river all day through. Night halt at Hotel Aphet with Rs. 1100 per night. But the food is of real bad taste.

Day 7: Reach Guwahati, visit Kamakhya temple. It will take almost 10-11 hours from Tenga to Guwahati.

Travel Japan: Akihabara Electric Town

Akihabara is a famous shopping area  in Japan for electronic, computer, anime, and otakuchōme. New parts for PC-building are readily available from a variety of stores. Tools, electrical parts, wires, microsized cameras and similar items are found in the cramped passageways of Soto Kanda 1-chōme (near the station). Foreign tourists tend to visit the big name shops like Laox or other speciality shops near the station, though there is more variety and lower prices at locales a little further away. Akihabara gained some fame through being home to one of the first stores devoted to personal robots and robotics.

The area was just out of Sujikai-gomon city gate (present Mansei bridge) which was one of the city gates (Mitsuke) of old Edo (Tokyo). It was the gateway from inner Edo to northern and northwestern Japan and Kan’ei-ji temple in Ueno. You can read "HOW TO REACH AKIHABARA" for more details.

Many dealers, craftsmen and relatively lower class samurai lived there. Hundreds of electronics shops, ranging from tiny one man stalls specializing in a particular electronic component to large electronics retailers, line the main Chuo Dori street and the crowded side streets around Akihabara. They offer everything from the newest computers, cameras, televisions, mobile phones, electronics parts and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk.

A few chain stores, such as Sofmap, Ishimaru and Laox, each operate multiple specialized branches along the main roads, while small independent shops can be found in the side streets. The only mega sized store is the Yodobashi Camera

Note that some of the electronics on sale are only intended for use in Japan due to voltage and other technical differences, Japanese language documentation and limited warranties. However, several stores also feature a selection of international models intended for overseas use, and most also offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10,000 yen (passport required). goods, including new and used items. New items are mostly to be found on the main street, Chūōdōri, with many kinds of used items found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3- complex on the east side of the station. 

After shopping is completed, there are many restaurants and street side food stalls to hang out, like the below one.

Best Honeymoon Spot in Spain

Spain is a wonderful destination for honeymoons with its captivating coastlines, romantic wine country and fascinating cities. Customize honeymoon tours in Spain can be arranged in a variety of locations including: Gourmet Basque Country (San Sebastian, Bilbao, Hondarribia, etc); Barcelona and the Penedès winelands; Green Spain (Cantabria, Asturias, Basquelands and Galicia); Andalusia (Granada, Sevilla, Ronda, Córdoba, Jerez, etc); and the Balearic islands (wonderful Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera).


What To See in Spain

Art and gardens: No Spanish vacation is complete without a stroll through the renowned Museo del Prado. Commissioned in 1785 by King Carlos III, it houses the works of the nation's three great masters: Fransisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco -- not to mention a couple of famous and frightening works by Hieronymous Bosch. Next door to the Prado is the Jardin Botanico, a beautiful garden in the center of the bustling city. Spend an afternoon in the shade of this centuries-old garden that holds plants, trees, flowers, and cacti from around the world.

People-watch: You can see plenty of sights while simply lounging in Madrid's town squares, where Spaniards of all ages congregate for delicious coffee and churros (the Spanish version of a donut) in the morning, and sangria and tapas in the late afternoon. One of the most popular places to people-watch is the Plaza Mayor, which has seen everything from bullfights to royal marriages and public executions in its centuries-long existence. (That's quite a combo!)

Tapas and copas: You certainly won't go hungry (or thirsty!) on the streets of Madrid. The city is packed with bars, “cafeterias” (bars with meals), pubs, and terrazas (fancy outdoor cafés) -- and the bartenders aren't stingy. Be prepared for an array of tapas (Spanish snacks), and a hearty dash of liquor in your copa (a mixed drink in a tall glass). You'll find bars and discotecas (dance clubs) open at all hours, so feel free to party 'til dawn.
When to Visit Spain: September to November; April to June (Summers can reach highs of 104 degrees Fahrenheit and winters dip below freezing, so plan a trip in spring or fall for averages around 70.) 

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Singling, the Best Place in West Sikkim

Singling in Sikkim is a historical place which joined Bhutan to India in the ancient times. There were regular business of these two countries through this route. Now the lost route is a favourite trek from Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary to Singling or vice versa. A couple of days at this serene place and you will feel to be in the lap of nature. There is one ancient monastery, a lake and breathtaking mountain peaks to look out for. It is also a birder's paradise

Presently there is only one accommodation available at this spot, Dhusan Rai's Bunglow. The hospitality in the Homestay in Sikkim is fabulous with Dhusan's family taking care of your minute need. You can never again forget the evening with active participation in local dance, song. The barbecue in the chilly night will taste like anything, not to mention the generous 'tchhang' and the flavored Indian tea prepared in his home. 

And then if it is a full moon night, you must become romantic with the view of Darjeeling town in the backdrop of mountains. The morning Sunrise is very beautiful, so is the Sunset color on the Bunglow. You can go for nature walks or birding with Dhusan or his companions. The forest reminded me of Amazon rainforest. I am sure anyone adventurous in nature will enjoy the dark, damp forest.

To reach Singling in Sikkim, you need to take a share jeep to Jorethang from Siliguri (WB). From Jorethang hire a vehicle for Soreng. Alternately, you can ask Dhusan to arrange car for you. Once at Soreng, Dushan will take care of you. You can even stay one night in his small basic but clean hill side inn. Early next morning you'll reach upper Singling by trekking trough one of the most pristine and unblemished mountain folliage. A 3 Km trek will bring you to a most fascinating cradle of homestay with all the glory of Himalayan experience thrown in. The Trek is very easy and can be completed within 1-2 hours. Alternately Dhusan can arrange car to take you directly to Upper Singling from Soreng in another way. 

Singling is located in an important place to do number of treks in Sikkim, like Hiley- Barsey trek, Dzongri- Goche La trek etc. Also in close vicinity there are monastery, lake, Sherpa village etc. Popular destinations in West Sikkim like Peling, Ringchenpong, Kaluk etc are also nearby.  

Car Rental Hire in South Africa

Are you planning a trip to South Africa? Driving to the various tourist destinations in South Africa at your own pace allows you time to leisurely take in your surroundings as you pass through beautiful regions such as the renowned Garden Route, coastal roads passing the Atlantic Seaboard beaches and steep mountain passes that lead to the iconic Table Mountain. Renting a car in South Africa and touring the country independently is an excellent vacation option, especially for families with children. But before rent a car in South Africa you have to find information on car rental companies, self-drive tours, tips on driving in South Africa, distances between major towns etc.

Why Rent a Car in South Africa?

Renting a car means you can be more flexible with your travel plans. You can stop at places you didn't know the name even and you can also make a quick exit if a destination isn't quite what you expected. It'll also save you money. Renting a small car with full insurance will cost around 35 USD per day. South Africa is one of the few African countries where the roads are well maintained and you don't require a 4WD vehicle. Gas (petrol) is readily available at reasonable intervals along the roads and many gas stations are open 24hrs. A variety of excellent accommodation can be found throughout the country and there's plenty of opportunity to camp at well maintained sites. You'll find car rental companies represented in every major town, so you don't have to backtrack if you don't want to. With affordable domestic flights you can easily fly in to Cape Town for example, drive to Durban and then fly out from Durban.
Travelling to the vast distances between attractions and tourist hot spots in South Africa, using a low-cost South Africa car hire company is convenient for travellers exploring the country. Many popular tourist destinations in South Africa aren't easily accessible by public transport, and therefore opting to rent a vehicle  is an ideal solution.

In internet you can search for the leading vehicle rental company in South Africa. Most of the major car rental company have branches in all major provinces and cities, who offer one of the largest selections of vehicles to choose from. Ranging from compact economy cars that are fitting for couples and small families, to large luxury SUVs that will come in handy when conquering the dirt roads on the outskirts of South Africa, the best car rental company in South Africa stock vehicles that will match your travel needs precisely.

It is often cheaper to book your rental car through a broker, than directly with a car company. Shop around for rates online and check rates through a tour operator. 

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Romantic Europe River Cruise Destinations

Find below some of the popular European river cruises 2011

Danube River 
Discover the vast history and culture along the banks of the beautiful blue Danube River. The second longest river in Europe, the Danube flows through ten countries with numerous historical sites, Gothic cathedrals, exquisite vineards, and medival towns.
Cities include: Passau, Grein, Melk, Durnstien, Vienna, Bratislava, Esztergom, Budapest, Bezdan, Mohacs, Belgrade, Orsova, Turnu Severin, Giugiu, Ruse, Olteniza, Constanta, Tulcea and more.

Elbe River 
Discover days of a bygone era as you cruise down the Elbe River. Historic cities and quaint villages mingle with nature along its picturesque banks.
Cities include: Berlin, Dresden, Magdeburg, Meissen, Potsdam, Prague, Oderberg, Wittenberg, Stettin, Stralsund, and Eberswalde, just to name a few.
Gironde, Garonne and Dordogne Rivers Discover Bordeaux, an exceptional region as you cruise along the mighty rivers of the Gironde, the Garonne and Dordogne.
Cities include: Pauillac, The Medoc, Libourne, Saint Emilion, Blaye, Cadillac.

Holland Waterways
As you cruise down the waterways of Holland you'll discover charming towns vibrant with colors from gardens overflowing with tulips and other fragrant flowers.
Cities include: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hoorn, Volendam, Utrecht, Kampen, Drodrecht, Middleberg, Enkuizen and many more.

Mekong River
Discover the diversity of the most exciting river in South East Asia and the cities, towns and temples along its shores.
Cities include: Hanoi, Siem Reap, Angkor, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh, Sa Dec, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Portugal - Douro River 

Cruises A cruise along the Douro offers the best views of the terraced vineards that surround cities rich in culture and history. You will quickly discover why so many of the cities it have become world herritage sites as you explore their palaces, marvel at their medival monuments and sample their world famous Port wine.
Cities include: Porto, Regua, Pinhao, Guimares, Braga, Vila Real, Lamego, Barca D'Alva & Bitetos.

Rhine River

You will become enchanted by the many exquisite castles that line the banks of this majestic river. Flowing through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, the Rhine River has alot to offer with surprises at every turn.
Cities include: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Arnheim, Basel, Cologne, Mainz, Strasbourg, Cochem, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Ghent, Koblenz, Mannheim, Regensburg, Rotterdam, Speyer, Trier, and these are just the beginning.


Rhone River
Discover the romance of France while criusing down the Rhone River, past fields of sunflowers, sunny vineards and intoxicating of lavender. The Burgundy and Provence regions of Southern France host traquil towns, grand cities and the gastronomic capital of France: Lyon.
Cities include: Arles, Avignon, Chalon-sur-Saone, Lyon, Macon, Trevoux, Vienne, The Ardeche, Beune, The Camargue, Perouges, Turon and many more.


Best Nude Beaches in Europe

Always wondering what is a nude beach. It is now your chance to travel to the best nude beaches of Europe. The naked body amazes most of us. Seen as a source of visual evil by puritans, the human nude form has inspired artists and writers everywhere. Europeans are less likely than Americans to view the human body as evil. You'll see nudity at most any beach along the Mediterranean, or at least toplessness. That's the reason when Forbes released their Top Topless Beaches, 3 of ten are found in Europe. Find below some of the Best Nude Beaches in Europe:

Plage de Tahiti - Tahiti Beach in Saint Tropez, France

Saint Tropez is known for its beaches, and there are plenty of options for folks with families who wish to keep their modesty intact. The Côte d'Azur town is packed in summer. Avoid arriving on weekends, especially if you don't have hotel reservations.
Brigitte Bardot and Ursula Andress started the craze in itty bitty bikinis that shocked even the Europeans in the 50s. By the 60s, the trend toward toplessness became a steamroller, and now just about any beach along the Riviera is topless tolerant.
Plage de Tahiti is noted for its clothing-optional policy and risqué atmosphere, its name a tip of the hat to laid back (French) Polynesian culture. Go in Summer to see celebrity tanners.

Paradise Beach - Mykonos Greece

Mykonos is the most popular island destination in Greece. In the summer it's crowded and a bit expensive. You reach it by plane or ferry from Athens. Mykonos is also the name of the port city, where you'll want to stay if you're a partying beach-goer.
Paradise Beach can be reached from Mykonos town by bus, taxi, water taxi, or rented car or moto. One observant and math-savvy reader pointing out that it's "50% topless and 30% nude. All ages...teen to 70." This isn't your star gazing, relaxing bit of sandy shore, especially after 4pm when the beer and music turn Paradise Beach into the ultimate party beach. There are two bars at the beach, the Sunrise Bar and the Tropicana. Once a month in the summer they hold a full moon party at Paradise beach, so check your moon calendar if you like to party.

Playa d’en Bossa - Ibiza, Spain

Nudism is part of your rights in Spain. Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. Spanish company Trasmediterranea has a regular ferry service between Ibiza and the ports of Barcelona, Palma de Majorca and Valencia. Ibiza has a long history -it was founded by the Carthaginians in 654 bce. Its walls were built in the 16th century.
Playa d'en Bossa (Platja d’en Bossa) is the longest beach on Ibiza, a place know for hedonism and beaches, 3 km outside of the capital. Its popularity has caused it growing pains recently, but that means there's plenty of bars and cafes on the beach, which is very popular with partygoers heading over to the Bora Bora beach bar as well as families.

Best Travel City Destinations in Europe

There are lots of debate around this question "What are the best travel destinations in Europe" and none can answer with an exact list of the so called best tourist destinations in Europe. Below what we tried is to list some travel destinations in Europe in a random order:

Florence, Italy

Who Should Go Florence, Italy:
Art Lovers, Renaissance historians and pretenders with an eye for style, Leather Handbag Shoppers with high credit limits

Best Time to Visit Florence, Italy: Spring or fall is the best time to visit Florence. Sane wanderers avoid summer in Florence (and the thundering herds) like the plague.

What to See in Florence, Italy: Florence's most famous square is Piazza della Signoria, the heart of the historic center and a free open-air sculpture exhibit. Florence's most popular site is its Duomo (cathedral), the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore. The huge Gothic duomo was begun in 1296, consecrated in 1436, and holds 20,000 people. The Baptistery of John the Baptist, from the 11th century, is one of Florence's oldest buildings. The Ponte Vecchio (old bridge), built in 1345, was Florence's first bridge across the Arno River and is the only surviving bridge from Florence's medieval days (others were destroyed in World War II). The Galleria degli Uffizi holds the world's most important collection of Renaissance art but it's also Italy's most crowded museum so it's a good idea to buy tickets ahead to avoid long ticket line. Florence has some of the finest shopping in Europe. In Florence you'll find leather goods, paper goods, and jewellry as well as nice souvenirs and art productions. Florence has a number of open air markets selling food, clothing, and antiques. The most famous is around Piazza San Lorenzo where you'll find leather goods, too. Another good place is Mercato Nuovo (Porcellino) on Via Porta Rossa. Mercato Centrale is a great place for food shopping.

Venice, Italy
Who Should Go Venice, Italy:
The Romantic dreamers who like strolling through automobile-free streets.
Best Time to Visit Venice, Italy: February is when the famous Venice Carnevale or Carnival is held and the weather is usually cold and foggy, perfect weather for Venice. Venice should be viewed through a shroud that blurs the tourists and the neon so that the jewel of the ancient city shows through. But then, the curmudgeon is warm blooded enough not to mind the cold. Summer? Hefty tourists in shorts and whiny children ruin the atmosphere in the grand campos, but there are plenty of dark alleys for hopeless romantics to get lost in. Of course, you'll be perfectly thrilled in spring or early fall, too. 

What to See in Venice, Italy: Take note of the contrast between the opulent Doge's Palace and the nasty prison on the other side of the canal. Then again, anything touristy can be magic in Venice--it's just a crazy anachronism in a precarious environment. You need to see it. No one can explain it, not even Italo Calvino.

Rome, Italy

Who Should Go Rome, Italy:
Lovers of conspicuous consumption (plenty of ATMs and three streets Via Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina). History and archaeology buffs - anyone who's lent an ear. Youthful music-clubbers. 
Best Time to Visit Rome, Italy: Rome is a carnival all year long. Italians avoid Rome in August because it's hot and muggy and everybody is away at the beach, so August isn't even high season. You'll find lodging bargains in late July and August, but demand air conditioning and thick windows.
What to See in Rome, Italy: Rome, like Venice is a walking city. Lots of things you've always wanted to see are free or cheap, so don't sweat the entertainment budget if you're reasonably mobile.You must not miss the Amphitheater in Rome. An area in the south of the Eternal City called Testaccio is becoming a booming center of the Rome music scene in clubs dug out of a hill made up of old, busted up Roman amphoras. 

Amsterdam, Holland

Who Should Visit Amsterdam:
Bicyclists as it's a bike city in a flat land, those who need chemical assistance to accomplish the dream of free spiritage because they've exhausted all other possibilities and Unfree spirits; those who believe that allowing folks the slightest personal freedom leads only to despair and the eventual downfall of society.
Best Time to Visit Amsterdam: It can rain at any time in Amsterdam, but that's not a reason not to visit this fascinating city. Off season tourists will be rewarded with enough decent weather to stick around. April-May is tulip season in Amsterdam. Summer is good for sun worshippers--July and August is the peak tourist season in Amsterdam, but there is nothing like brooding off-season clouds for the photographers. 
What to See in Amsterdam: Munching at an Indonesian rijsttafel, wandering along the canals and through the Royal Palace, Rijksmuseum, and Van Gogh Museum. Heading off to the red light district and cafes may suit the free spirits and self-proclaimed, um, sex anthropologists (who should visit the Amsterdam Prostitution Information Center for the down-to-earth scoop) . And of course, Anne Frank's house to end it all on a thoughtful note. 

Tips for travel insurance

Many tourists ignore one important aspect of a foreign trip, Travel Insurance. That is the reason most of the Embassies and  Visa issuing offices made the travel insurance mandatory with the Visa application, like the European countries and USA etc. Japan and India is still allow tourists without the travel insurance, but every tourists are advised to insure himself during the travel in a foreign country.

Find below some important travel related costs that travel insurance can shield you from.
    * Travel Medical Insurance: covers everything from injuries and ailments to emergency evacuation which can costs upwards of US$ 18,000 depending on the distance and remoteness.
    * Additional Travel Costs: Medical situations have several associated costs like changing flights, additional accommodation, cost of companion, taxis, food, etc, which can run into thousands of dollars.
    * Personal Liability: This can cost you a lot of money in the event you are sued and in places like the US the risk is compounded.
    * Personal Possessions: This provides protection against loss, theft or damage of your expensive equipment, like cameras, notebooks, etc.
    * Trip Cancellation Insurance: Illnesses, accidents and life in general can happen to any of us at many time, but having to cancel your expensive holiday because of it doesn’t have to cost you money as well. Always buy your travel insurance the moment your trip is booked.

Who needs Multi Trip Travel Insurance:
Annual Travel Insurance is a money saver for people who travel frequently or at short notice. It is also useful for families that travel 3 or more times a year,  or for the project workers who have to travel frequently to client locations.

Multi Trip Travel Insurance Benefits:
    * No limits on the number of trips you can take in a year.
    * Automatic travel cancellation protection the moment you book a trip.
    * Children under 18 are covered for FREE.
    * It allows up to 60 days stay per trip and is Ideal for project workers who have to travel frequently.
    * Free Extras; like free ski insurance ranging from 10-21 days.
    * Multi Trip Travel Insurance is also known as Annual Travel Insurance.
    * It is a money saver!
    * Some Insurers also include domestic travel insurance in their annual travel insurance cover

Travel Medicare Insurance is definitely the most important cover you need while traveling because medicare is very expensive, no matter where you go.

Important Points you should Know about Travel Medical Insurance:
    * The deductible amount for travel insurance is what your insurer will deduct before paying you. Say you incur medical expenses of $800 and the deductible is $500; the insurer will pay you only $300, which is quite pointless. The deductible can range from $100 to over $1000 and the way it works is; the lower the premium the higher the deductible.
    * The cover for travel medical is always in the millions, but most insurers set ceilings on payouts for certain elements of the medical cover, so be sure to read their policy wording.
    * Check the policy wording and read what is covered. Sometimes this is written in legal double-dutch, so be sure to get clarification on points you don’t understand.
    * The policy wording also lists what is not covered so be sure to check for that. Also read the general exclusions because instances like war, riots, etc are not be covered.
    * Travel medicare insurances do not cover expenses incurred for, or caused by pre-existing medical conditions.
    * Check if additional incidental costs like flights, accommodations, even taxis charges are covered because with a medical situation abroad these costs are more than likely. Some insurers even covers these costs for whoever is staying with you.
    * Most trip medical insurance covers Emergency Evacuation, but do check the clauses.
    * Most insurers will have a Medical Emergency Number, be sure to make a note of it. The last thing you want to do is have to hunt for that in a crisis.

Travel Hawai, Honeymoon in Island

Hawaii is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Each year hundreds of newlywed Americans chose Hawaii as their honeymoon destinations. There are several reasons behind it. Hawaii is one of the easiest tropical islands to visit from USA. No passport is needed and no international hassles, numerous amenities and the quality of the hotels is much higher than on many tropical islands, the weather is terrific year round, including sunny skies and cool trade breezes. Not only Americans, tourists come to Hawaii from almost all countries to enjoy their honeymoon in Hawai. A honeymoon in Hawaii also includes white sand beaches, lush green forests, volcanoes, and dramatic coastlines. This scenic variety, mixed with the rich, native Hawaiian culture, creates the perfect romantic honeymoon in Hawaii. Each island, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Hawaii, and Molokai, has unique beauty and charm of their own.

What to Do during Honeymoon in Hawaii:
Honeymoons in Hawaii can never be boring. There are countless water activities in Hawai to do, like swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, windsailing, jet skiing, outrigger canoeing, and kayaking. These are obviously for more active or adventurous couples. For those who want to relax the sea beach is just perfect. For those who need to get out on the town, spend some time in Honolulu for fun nightlife. You can also try hiking for getting inside the nature. A great way to see the islands of Hawaii is by helicopter. Pass over the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” or the dramatic lava fields for breathtaking views. 

Hotels in Hawai:
There are some outstanding luxury hotels and resorts in Hawaii. For couples on a budget, many affordable accommodations in Hawai are also available. Some of the best restaurants in the world are scattered among the islands. Local Hawaiian cuisine, including fresh fish, succulent fruit and locally grown coffee, is popular, but there are many varieties of restaurants. Hawaii offers everything couples could want for the perfect tropical honeymoon.

Find below some of the best romantic Hawaii beachresorts:

    * Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Kauai
    * Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
    * Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, Oahu
    * Hanalei Colony Resort, Kauai
    * Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, Lanai
    * Fairmont Orchid, Big Island - Hawaii
    * Aloha Beach House, Molokai

Hope this article will help you in selecting the right travel deals for your honeymoon destination.

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Travel Tokyo: Sayuki Geisha from Asakusa Temple

Literally geisha in Japan means an "artist" or "performing artist". Another name for geisha used in Japan is geiko (芸子), which is usually used to refer to geisha from Western Japan, including Kyoto. Apprentice geisha are called maiko. The white make-up and elaborate kimono and hair of a maiko is the popular image held of geisha. A woman entering the geisha community before 21 years may begin her career as a full geisha with usually a year's training, but those who do go through the maiko stage can enjoy more prestige later in their professional lives of Geisha.

From a long time there were female entertainers in Japan. They were called saburuko. Some of these saburuko girls sold sex services in Japan, while others with a better education made a living by entertaining at high-class social gatherings. After the imperial court moved the capital to Heian-kyō (Kyoto) in 794, Japanese Geisha culture began to emerge, as it became the home of a beauty-obsessed elite. Skilled female performers, such as Shirabyōshi dancers, thrived.
In ancient Japan, for sexual enjoyment and romantic attachment, men did not go to their wives, but to Walled-in pleasure quarters  built in the 16th century, outside of which prostitution was illegal, and within which "yūjo" ("play women") would be classified and licensed. The highest yūjo class was the Geisha's predecessor, called "Oiran", a combination of actress and prostitute in Japan, originally playing on stages set in the dry Kamo riverbed in Kyoto. They performed erotic dances and skits, and this new art was dubbed kabuku, meaning "to be wild and outrageous". The dances were called "kabuki," and this was the beginning of kabuki theater.
The appeal of a high-ranking geisha to her typical male guest has historically been very different from that of his wife. The ideal geisha showed her skill, while the ideal wife was modest. The ideal geisha seemed carefree, the ideal wife somber and responsible. Geisha do sometimes marry their clients but they must then retire; there can never be a married geisha.
Geisha may gracefully flirt with their (often infatuated) guests, but they will always remain in control of the hospitality.

The first western Geisha is Graham, who is popularly known as Sayuki Geisha of Asakusa. She is an Australian by born.

Continue Reading more on the First Western Geisha, Sayuki Geisha.


Sayuki Geisha, the First Western Geisha Quits

Coming to Japan at the age of 15 on a school exchange programme,  in 2007, Australian anthropologist Fiona Graham began a new career as “Sayuki the geisha“.
Graham, the Sayuki Geisha of Asakusa, formally debuted as a geisha in the Asakusa District of Tokyo, after completing the normal preparation of around one year. She claims to be the first western geisha in Japanese history. Graham is taking lessons in several arts, but her main art is yokobue (Japanese bamboo flute). Her achievement of geisha status was praised in the Western media. She was even featured on Oprah.
Now, only a few years later, her geisha career has come to an end. Graham has left the Asakusa Geisha Association – either because she quit or because she was kicked out. Graham apparently did not follow the rules of the Association. She thought her single year of training was enough, despite being told by her elders that she needed to continue taking lessons. The situation got so bad that they stopped considering her a geisha and requested that she quit.
Graham stated that the Asakusa Geisha Association had rejected her request to operate independently from December 2010 after the "mother" of her geisha house fell ill. She would however continue to operate as a geisha despite the refusal, possibly in a different geisha district.

The Best National Park in USA, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Park is the first and oldest national park in the world and covers 8,987 km, mostly in the northwest corner of Wyoming. The park is famous for its various geysers, hot springs, and other geothermal features and is home to grizzly bears, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. Yellowstone park is a United States National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What to see in Yellowstone park
Yellowstone is world-famous for its natural heritage and beauty. Yellowstone park holds half the world's geothermal features. The wildlife of Yellowstone Park is tempting as well, with grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk, all while standing on the surface of the Earth's largest known "super-volcano".

  • Mammoth 
  • Norris 
  • Madison
  • Geyser basins 
  • Lone Star geyser
  • Grant Village 
  • Lake Area 
  • Canyon 
  • Tower-Roosevelt 
What to do in Yellowstone
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Horse Riding
  • Photography
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
Dangers in Yellowstone
Important, stay away from cute looking animals, they can be dangerous and potentially kill any human within minutes.

Weather in Yellowstone

The weather in Yellowstone National Park can change very rapidly from sunny and warm to cold and rainy, so it's important to bring along extra layers of clothing which can be used as needed. Usual Summer temperature varies from 25°C to 30°C and Winter temperatures often range from zero to -20°C. The record low temperature is -54°C.


All vehicles and individuals entering the park must pay an entrance fee that is valid for seven days. The entrance fee provides entry to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Fees are $25 for non-commercial vehicles, $12 for hikers and cyclists, and $20 for motorcycles and snowmobiles.

One year passes are available as an alternative to the seven day fee. The Park Annual Pass is $50 and provides entrance to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The Interagency Annual Pass is $80 and provides entrance to most federal recreation sites across the country including Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.

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What to Do in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is the oldest national park of USA. The following things a tourist in Yellowstone park can do:

Taking a few 3-4 hour day hikes on established hiking trails will make you feel the real beauty of the Yellowstone park.

Wildlife Viewing
There is a lot of wildlife to view within the park limits. Birds (osprey, bald eagles, and many, many other species,) bison, big cats, deer, wolves, fox, bears, big-horn sheep, elk, and other animals can all be seen within the park over a short period of time. The more time that you spend in the park, the more wildlife that you will see. Some animals, such as the wolves, bears, and the big-horn sheep are generally not viewable from the park roads. The spaces within the park are grand, so make sure to bring binoculars and/or a spotting scope to best view animals safely.

Horseback Riding
Horseback is a favorite way to explore the Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone park is a haven for landscape photographers. The natural environments, beautiful hydrothermal features, wild animals to be found throughout the park, the colors of the hot springs ranging from bland white to yellows and blues, greens and oranges, all are great subject for every photographer.

Fishing and Swimming
These are allowed (but not encouraged) at a certain section of the Firehole River.

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Tips on Visiting Yellowstone National Park

Though many of the animals in the park are used to seeing humans, the wildlife is nonetheless wild and should not be fed or disturbed. Stay at least 100 m away from bears and 25 m from all other wild animals! Bison, elk, moose, bears, and nearly all large animals can attack! For any doubters, the National Park Service has put a series of animal attack videos [24] online -- these animals are large, wild, and potentially dangerous, so give them their space.

In addition, be aware that odors attract bears and other wildlife, so avoid carrying or cooking odorous foods and keep a clean camp; do not cook or store food in your tent. All food, garbage, or other odorous items used for preparing or cooking food must be secured from bears. Treat all odorous products such as soap, deodorant, or other toiletries in the same manner as food. Do not leave packs containing food unattended, even for a few minutes. Animals which obtain human food often become aggressive and dependent on human foods, and many can suffer ill health or death from eating a non-native diet.

When camping, either filter, boil, or otherwise purify drinking water. Waters may be polluted by animal and/or human wastes, and intestinal infections from drinking untreated water are increasingly common.

Always stay on boardwalks in thermal areas. Scalding water lies under thin, breakable crusts; pools are near or above boiling temperatures. Every year visitors traveling off trail are seriously burned, and people have died from the scalding water. Park rangers can also issue $125 fines for being out of bounds. Note though, it's common to get sprayed with fine mist from the geysers. You don't need to worry about being burned, as the water has traveled sufficient distance to cool down, provided you're within the designated areas. No swimming or bathing is allowed in thermal pools.

The weather can change rapidly and with little warning. A sunny, warm day can quickly become a cold, rainy or even snowy experience. Hypothermia can be a concern. Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions by bringing along appropriate clothing. Lightning can and does injure and kill people in the park, so watch the sky and take shelter in a building if you hear thunder.

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What to see in Yellowstone park, the Best Park in USA

Yellowstone is world-famous for its natural heritage and beauty. Yellowstone park holds half the world's geothermal features. The wildlife of Yellowstone Park is tempting as well, with grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk, all while standing on the surface of the Earth's largest known "super-volcano".

Mammoth Hot Springs are the most popular toruist attraction in Yellowstone park. The hot water flows deposits calcite and other substances and form large terraces and other shapes. Some of the terraces grow several inches per day.
The Boiling River is another very famous tourist spot in Yellowstone National Park. This small swimming hole is one of very few spots in the park where visitors can soak in naturally-heated water. Naturally it tends to be very crowded, so try to visit very early in the morning during peak season.

Fort Yellowstone is another popular spot in Yellowstone. The historic center of activity during the United States Army's tenure of the park. You can also hike to the top of Bunsen Peak. It takes approximately three hours round trip. The peak overlooks the old Fort Yellowstone area. Bring water and snacks with you.

Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone park is home to Steamboat Geyser, the world's largest geyser, which can throw water more than 300 feet into the air when it erupts. The Norris area is the hottest, most acidic, and most changeable in the park.
Roaring Mountain is a very interesting tourist spot in Yellowstone. A collection of steam vents and hot springs which make noises ranging from a nearly inaudible whisper to a roar that can be heard miles away. 
Norris also includes other tourist attractions in Yellowstone like Gibbon River and Virginia Cascades.

Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone is a 84-foot falls tumble down a staircase-like rock.
Madison River in Yellowstone park creates a canyon with steep, tree-covered rock walls on each side.
Monument Geyser Basin which is largely extinct, but you can get some great views on its mile-long access trail.
Artist Paint Pots which is a half-mile hike takes you past many colorful hot springs, steam vents and bubbling mud pots.Terrace Springs.
Firehole Canyon Drive, Firehole Falls and National Park Mountain are some most popular tourist destinations in Yellowstone park. The National Park mountain is the spot where the Madison and Firehole rivers meet. As legend has it, this is where the idea came about to preserve Yellowstone as a National Park.

Geyser basins, including Old Faithful
Upper Geyser Basin is the most popular tourist spot in the Yellowstone park, the Upper Geyser Basin is home to the largest number of geysers in the park, with over 100 located within a one square mile area. Boardwalks allow access to the most interesting areas. Do not leave the trails; the surface here is thin and unstable and has a real chance of depositing you in a boiling pool of water if you walk where you're not supposed to.
Old Faithful is world's most famous geyser, with large eruptions occurring an average of about once every hour and a half. Despite its reputation for having eruptions you can set a watch to, the timing between each eruption has actually been increasing over the past several decades. Rangers are able to predict the geyser's eruptions to within about 10 minutes, provided the duration of the previous eruption is known.
Other geysers in Upper Geyser Basin that are well enough understood to be predictable are Grand Geyser, Castle Geyser, Daisy Geyser, and Riverside Geyser.
Lower Geyser Basin, unlike the Upper Basin, most active areas here are accessible by car. Great Fountain Geyser is the largest geyser in this group.
The Grand Prismatic Spring, viewed from above. There is a trail that goes around the back of the spring which has a small turn-off that lets intrepid climbers rise about 400 feet above the spring, and capture the entire basin in one view. For a closer view, there are raised boardwalks around the spring and nearby pools (viewable in the detail of the picture)
Midway Geyser Basin. This geyser basin is on a hill overlooking the Firehole River. The runoff from its thermal features flows into the river, leaving steaming, colorful trails in its wake. Absolutely spectacular!
Grand Prismatic Spring. Perhaps this geyser basin's most famous feature, this is a mass of sapphire blue hot water with bands of yellow and orange around its edges. This spring is more than 300 feet across.

Lone Star geyser erupting, Check at Old Faithful Visitor Center for times
Lone Star Geyser Basin. This and the following are more "Do" than "See," as they require some hiking to reach them. The route takes off from the loop road south of Upper Geyser Basin and follows an old, now-closed road for a total of about 3 miles (5 km). Bicycles can make it most of the way to Lone Star. Nice hike for families.
Shoshone Geyser Basin. Serious hiking is required to reach this remote basin, which is beyond Lone Star and a good 7 miles (12 km) one way from the trailhead.

Grant Village
West Thumb Geyser Basin is one of the best spot here.
Abyss Pool. There is an optical illusion with this brilliant blue hot spring that makes it look bottomless.
Fishing Cone where in the past, people used to catch fish in Yellowstone Lake and then cook the fish by dipping them into this partially submerged hot spring. This stunt is no longer allowed.

Lake Area
Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake at an elevation over 8,000 feet in the country.
Mud Volcano/Sulphur Cauldron area of the Yellowstone park has pools of mud that are constantly seething and boiling.

Dead trees near the summit of Mt. Washburn. These trees are the victims of a massive forest fire in 1987 that burned through over 30% of the forest running through the park.
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the best spot in Yellowstone park. Chemical processes over time have left stripes and patches of different colors in the rock of this canyon. Depths of the canyon reach 800-1200 feet. Trails lead along the north and south rims of the canyon, but while traveling the entire trail in one day is possible, it makes for a long and tiring day. Best to make it two shorter (~3 hour) day hikes.
The Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone are two largest waterfalls in the park. The Upper Falls is 109 feet tall and creates a small canyon. The large Lower Falls is about 309 feet tall, and creates the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Artist point is the best spot to view the canyon and the lower falls.
Hayden Valley is the best place to watch bison in Yellowstone. Hayden Valley is home to a large number of animals.
Mt. Washburn. One of the best places in the park for spotting bighorn sheep, a trail leads up the mountain to a lookout tower near the 10,243 foot summit. The altitude may affect some hikers, so it is best to be acclimatized to the higher elevation before attempting this hike. In addition, bring extra layers, even in the summer, since the top can be windy and cold.

Tower Fall is a 100-foot tall waterfall plunges down a rock, creates a thin canyon, and a rapid creek. Among others Calcite Springs, Specimen Ridge and Petrified Forest are some popular spots in Yellowstone park.

Travel Madeira Island

The island of Madeira is a haven from today's modern society and just a short traveling distance from most European cities. Madeira is in  the lap of Portugal, at the banks of the waters of the Gulf Stream with warm comfortable summers and mild winters which make it an enchanting holiday destination all year round. Below you will find some information which may help you plan your last minute travel deals to Madeira Island. Years ago people discovered on this island a welcoming population, a wonderful climate and an ever increasing and diverse supply of hotels and other tourist accommodation to suit every taste and budget. Early tourists to Madeira were the passengers of the great cruise liners because Madeira was an important station and excursions into the countryside were a pleasant day’s break from the rolling Atlantic. From then, Madeira is brimming with smiles and colour. It is, more often than not, warm, sunny and mild.

The first hotel was built on the western edge of Funchal bay and English tea for the cognoscenti has been served there ever since. Many eminent and infamous visited the island during this time, like George Bernard Shaw, Winston Churchill and Napoleon, to name a few.

You can also rent a property for a few months which will give you an insight into the culture and people of Madeira Island.

What to do in Madeira Island:
The islands of the Madeira Archipelago is most popular for its golden sandy sea beaches. You can lay down lazily, or can take part in some water sport, or swim at your own wish. If you are animal lover, Madeira has some presents for you. The sea life of Madeira is extraordinary, and a caravel is the most comfortable way to enjoy the sea life.  Bonita da Madeira is such a boat, offering half or full-day excursions to Madeira's beautiful bays and to the Nature Reserve of the Desertas Islands, 15 miles south of Madeira. Leaving for the Desertas at 10am and returning at 6pm, there is ample time to explore, swim and have lunch, not to mention the dolphin and whale watching.

Just a 20 minutes walk can bring you into the lush green Boa Vista Orchids. The gardens include one of the last and oldest remaining systems of walled stairs terracing, as they were back in the 19th century to be found within the close proximity of the city centre.

No holiday in Madeira would be complete without a visit to the historic Jardim Botânico (Botanical Gardens). Set high above Funchal with views of the city and surroundings, the real attention-grabbers are the many exotic plants and trees collected in this wonderful garden. Easy to reach either by car or bus, the preferred method is the Teleférico Cable Car. Connecting the Gardens with the old town of Funchal, the cable car floats over the gorges and hillsides with some stupendous views on offer.

Among other tourist attractions in the Madeira archipelago, there are 3 wonderful golf courses- Santo da Serra, Palheiro and Porto Santo Golf.

Tourist Information Offices in Madeira Island:
The tourism offices can provide you with useful information about interesting places in Madeira Island and also bus timetables, which bus to catch to see ‘that’ place, island maps and other related services.
Once on the island, you can contact the Tourist Green Line by telephone on 800 296 296. They will be able to help you in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish, advise you about places to stay, to see, to eat and give you information about cultural events and the major festivals happening at the time. This service operates everyday (including holidays), from 09.00 to 21.00 h.
But you can also go directly to the tourism offices spread around the entire island:

Funchal's Centre Tourism Office
Arriaga Avenue. Opened from 9.00 to 20.00 h Monday to Friday and from 9.00 to 18.00 h weekends and public holidays
Tel: +351 291 211 902

Best Luxury Hotels in Honolulu

Fine below some of the best accommodations in Honolulu, Hawaii:

Turtle Bay Resort

This secluded Kahuku luxury resort sits on a peninsula with nearly 5 miles of beachfront and views of Kawela Bay. Seven unique restaurants and a health spa are located on-site.
Rooms at Turtle Bay Resort are decorated in soft, tropical colors and equipped with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Oceanfront rooms feature private balconies overlooking the water.
A variety of gourmet and international meals is served among the resort’s restaurants. Island cuisine is offered at 21 Degrees North, located next to a waterfall and tropical trees. Leonardo’s serves fine Italian meals and desserts, and Hang Ten bar and grill serves drink in an outdoor surfer setting.
The beautiful Palmer Golf Course is open to guests of Turtle Bay and Spa Luana offers treatments with native ingredients including coconut and island bee honey. Guests can also learn yoga, tennis or horseback riding at the resort.
Turtle Bay Resort is 1.5 miles from Kawela Bay Beach Park and 10 minutes from the Polynesian Cultural Center.


The Kahala Hotel and Resort

The Kahala Resort is situated on a private beach in Honolulu, this luxury resort boasts 5 restaurants, a full-service spa, and a private lagoon with resident dolphins.
A free shuttle to Ala Moana Shopping Center is provided.
On-site activities include free surfing lessons and Hawaiian cultural classes. The Kahala Hotel and Resort also offers free bike rentals and daily walking tours.
Free access to the outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and saunas is provided to all guests. Kahala Spa features 10 private treatment rooms, massages and beauty services, and an open-air relaxation space.
Dining options include contemporary Island cuisine and authentic Japanese dishes. The Veranda features nightly entertainment.
The Honolulu Zoo is 4 miles from this oceanfront resort and Honolulu International Airport is 20 minutes’ drive away.

The Royal Hawaiian

This luxury resort located on the Waikiki beachfront in Honolulu offers a full-service spa, private beach access and rooms with flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.
A refrigerator and iPod docking station come standard in The Royal Hawaiian rooms. Decorated in tropical colors and themes with airy windows the rooms also feature views of the garden or ocean.
Guests at The Royal can swim in one of two outdoor pools or relax on the beach. The resort also features a jacuzzi and water sports rentals.
The Mai Tai Bar features tropical cocktails and nightly entertainment with views of Diamond Head. The Azure Restaurant serves seafood and Surf Lanai is open for breakfast and lunch.
The Royal Hawaiian is one mile from the Honolulu Zoo. The International Market Place is within a 5-minute walk of the resort.


Located directly on Waikiki Beach, the Halekulani is a luxurious, 5-star hotel. The hotel offers direct views of Diamond Head, 3 award-winning restaurants, live jazz lounge and spa.
All guests of the Halekulani will receive an escorted check in upon arrival and be greeted with a welcome amenity, which includes tropical fruits and custom made chocolates
This oceanfront hotel features a tour desk, business center, nightly Hawaiian entertainment and weekly evening receptions. All rooms offer a flat-screen TV, MP3 Docking Station and private balcony.
The Halekulani offers complimentary access to area museums, including the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Iolani Palace, Contemporary Museum and Bishop Museum.
The hotel is about 3 blocks from the Ala Moana Shopping Center which offers stores such as Louis Vuitton and Neiman Marcus. The Halekulani is also 20 minutes from the Honolulu International Airport.

Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk

Featuring a full-service spa and a beautiful outdoor pool facility with dining service, this towering luxury hotel is a less than 5-minute walk from the beach. Free Wi-Fi is available.
The Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk offers bright, elegant rooms with a 42-inch flat-screen TV and a kitchen or kitchenette. An Italian marble bath with bathrobe and slippers is included.
BLT Steak serves gourmet American cuisine in a steakhouse setting. The Wai’olu lounge offers a variety of special drinks throughout the day, including a liquid breakfast.
The Spa at Trump Waikiki features a selection of treatments using traditional Hawaiian plants and techniques. Guests can also enjoy the 24-hour gym and the library.
The Trump Waikiki Beach Walk is 3 minutes from the Waikiki Aquarium and 2 miles from Ala Wai Golf Course.

Sunshine City Aquarium

During my stay in Tokyo I have visited 2 aquarium galleries,  
  1. Shinagawa Aquarium  
  2. Sunshine City Aquarium

The Sunshine International Aquarium is located in the the Sunshine City building. This building also have an observatory in the topmost floor which can be reached by the elevator at a tremendous speed. The main attractions of Sunshine City Aquarium are seal and sea lion show, a feeding show with manta rays, utsubo, which is a very large fish that looks like a coin, and a large number of freshwater, brackish and saltwater tanks. The Sunshine City Aquarium also has an enclosure of penguins, another of some pelicans and a big enclosure of some land animals like monkeys, macaws, armadillo, anteater and something that looks like a mix between a deer and a rabbit where some persons can enter and have a stay with close proximity with the animals. The Sunshine City Aquarium is not a very big aquarium but it has a good variety of fish and sea life. The aquarium also has a section where you can touch and connect various type of animals, fish, birds, reptiles etc. which is very innovative and must conscious people about conservation of these beautiful animals.

The Sunshine International Aquarium has one the endangered Eastern Snake Neck Turtle. There are tanks featuring marine life from virtually all waters of the world. Several tanks showcase the diversity of Japan's coast, while others tour around Australia, the Caribbean, fresh water fish from the Amazon, Thailand and Africa, deep water fish and jellyfish.

The biggest tank, which holds the manta rays and utsubo, has a feeding show every couple of hours; a diver goes in and handfeeds some of the fish. Especially interesting is to see the manta ray devour in one gulp a baby octopus. During the show the diver tells something in Japanese which I could not understand but the children likes the show very much. They also give torch during the show in the evening and switch off the lights inside the aquarium to give a feeling of diving in dark underwater.