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Why Savvy Travellers Book Villas in Asia

For many in western countries, staying in a self-catering cottage is a great way to save money especially when traveling as a group. This is because hotel rooms can end up too expensive, and the option to cook allows you to save money from having to eat out. However, in Asia, choosing to stay in that cottage or villa is the way to have a luxurious holiday. This is what you can expect from your rental cottage or villa in Asia.

beachside villasYou Can Have Your Own Beach

Why share the beach with hundreds of other hotel guests when you can have your very own strip all to yourself? Forget about watching other people half naked and burning under the sun, and enjoy lying on the sand without worrying about anyone disturbing you. In Asia, you can rent your own beachside villa, get out of bed and go straight to the water in a matter of minutes.

You Do Not Have To Do Anything

In the UK, for example, you would have to do your own cooking and cleaning while staying in a self-catering cottage. You might perhaps pay for general cleaning at the end of your stay, but you will still need to do the day-to-day chores like washing the dishes and doing the laundry. In Asia, you can very easily coordinate with your travel or booking agent to arrange for someone to do the housework, the cooking, and just about anything you would love not to do while you are on vacation. It is much like staying in your own space, but getting the daily cleaning services like in a hotel. You can finally spend your holidays truly being lazy the whole day.

You May Enjoy Exotic Spots

Whether it is by the beach, overlooking a volcano, over water, or in a rice field, cottages in Asia can be found in the most unique of locations. However, many would not have the full amenities like cottages in the UK, so if having a kitchen is important for you, you would find the list of options limited. Instead, many just arrange for daily meals to be delivered or simply go out to eat. Another wonderful thing is, eating out is much cheaper here.

You Can Order Just About Anything

More than just having your meals delivered to your doorstep, you can pretty much arrange for almost everything. You can have massage therapists do their magic while you lie on your own bed, you can have beauty treatments done there as well. You can also arrange for a personal driver who will come pick you up and drop you off, and drive you all over town (and beyond) for as long as you want them to.

In fact, staying in a villa or a cottage in Asia is equated to having a luxurious holiday, as opposed to those who opt to stay in budget hotels or hostels. You can also live in the traditional houses of the country you are visiting, which certainly adds to the exotic experience. So when you plan for that grand Asian trip, do not hesitate to book a cottage or a villa and enjoy all the benefits you deserve.

Wildlife

Kaziranga National Park

So far the history of Kaziranga is concerned Lady Curzon first heard about Rhino of Kaziranga from her British tea planter friends and came to Assam in 1904-05. Although she could not see the animal but spotted hoof prints with three toes. Which concerned Lady Curzon that such an animal did exist. On her return she persuaded Lord Curzon to do something to save these animals from total annihilation. Lord Curzon set the wheels of British bureaucracy rolling and on 1st June, 1905, a preliminary notification announcing the intention of the Government to declare 57, 27360 acres of Kaziranga as a reserved forest was issued. Finally Kaziranga was declared as reserved forest on 3rd January, 1908 and was officially closed for shooting.
On 28th January, 1913 the area of reserved forest was expanded with the inclusion of another 13509 acres. Kaziranga was declared as “Game Sanctuary” on 10th November, 1916. In 1938 the then conservator of forest, A.J.W. Milory stopped all poaching and opened Kaziranga to visitors. Because the word ‘game’ connotated animals for hunting, in 1950, the then senior conservator of forest Mr. P.D. Stracey, changed the term to ‘wildlife sanctuary’. Gradually the sancturary begun as a nucleus encompassing a small area, expanded to its present size. 0n 11th February, 1974, the designation was changed to “Kaziranga National Park’. And finally Kaziranga National Park was declared ‘World Heritage site”.

Major Wildlife Attractions of Kaziranga Wildlife SanctuaryAdventure

Beside of course the great one horned Indian Rhino, the other major wild attractions include a large population of Indian Elephants, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Hog Deer, Sloth Bears, Tigers, Leopard Cats, Jungle Cats, Otters, Hog Badgers, Capped Langurs, Hoolock Gibbons, Wild Boar, Jackal, Wild Buffalo, Pythons, Monitor Lizards, etc.Kaziranga National Park is a birding paradise; the grasslands are a raptor country that can be seen on safari makes a remarkable experience. These include the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-Shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Kite, Pallas’s Fishing Eagle, White Tailed Eagle, Grey-Headed Fishing Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, etc. Huge numbers of migratory birds descend on the parks lakes and marshy areas during winters, including Greylag Geese, Bar-Headed Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Falcated Duck, Red-Crested Pochard and Northern Shoveller.

Other Attractions In KazirangaSafari

Elephant Safari: The vast open country makes Kaziranga National Park very accessible and wildlife viewing fairly pleasurable. Here one can leave in the early hours of the dawn for an elephant-back-ride. Authorized and trained Mahouts who guide visitors through the park train the Elephants. One could see wild Elephant herds roaming around or Indian Rhinos browse past visitors unconcernedly. Since Kaziranga wildlife Sanctuary is easily accessible, its provides a chance to see animals in the wild at such close quarters, thus making a trip to this National Park a very rewarding experience.

Sightseeing in Kaziranga: Tourists can stroll through the lush coffee and rubber plantations of the nearby Karbi Anglong. Or visit the Karbi villages, meet the Karbi people and observe their way of living. You can also venture through the tea gardens that Assam is so famous for and watch how one gets one’s daily cup of tea. Film shows on wildlife can be arranged at the various tourist lodges in Kaziranga, on request

Best Time to Visit Kaziranga National Park

 Kaziranga’s visiting season is from mid-November to early April months. During the monsoons, the Brahmaputra River bursts its banks, flooding the low-lying grasslands and causing animals to migrate from one area to another within the Kaziranga National Park.

Fishing-enthusiasts

Remote Fishing Locations For The Adventurous

Fishing enthusiasts are willing to travel great distances just to find that perfect catch. Sometimes it is not only about the actual catch; it is about the trip itself and the experience overall. This is why many anglers want to head out to some of the remotest places on the Earth, to get away from everyday life. They want to experience the adventure, the solitude, the wilderness of the location. We prepared a few words about some of the most remote fishing locations where a few dare to venture.

Alaska

AlaskaSome say this is the last true wilderness of the United States. This is a vast arctic region covering thousands of square miles of nothing but wild expanses. People who come back from Alaska come back stronger, mentally and physically. Fishermen love it because of the clean waters, wonderful scenery and the wild feeling of the place.

 Canada

Canada is simply huge. You can travel for days without meeting another human. Canada has miles and miles of rivers and streams and thousands of lakes, so fishing opportunities are endless. Just to illustrate our point: most of the locations in Canada are so remote that you will need a float plane to access.

Amazon river

Amazon-riverThe sheer size of the gigantic waterway tells you everything. Just to put things in perspective: there are tribes in the Amazon watershed which still have not made contact with modern civilization. That’s how remote this area is. And the fish here is huge, but so are the snakes and the crocodiles.

 

Patagonia

From the northern tips of the Americas, we head to the utmost south. Patagonia is a rugged and barren land on the edge of South America, belonging to the states of Argentina and Chile. Many parts of Patagonia are still untainted by human activity. The waters here are crystal clear and abundant with fish.

Kamchatka

Making this list without mentioning Russia would be sacrilegious. Here we will only concentrate on a small region within Russia – Kamchatka. This unique peninsula hides so many secrets. But be prepared to fight the wilderness here.

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Festivals Of North East India: A Joy For All Your Senses

The Indian peninsula is an all-out attack on all of your senses. See the architecture, feel the heat and the cold, taste the food, smell the spices, touch the sand. Most importantly, meet the people. Festivals around India all share the same underlying purpose – for people to meet at one place and feel good. Join them, book your ticket and visit the colorful festivals/

Pangsau Pass Winter festival

The region of Nampong is something to behold. There are so many wonderful things to see here, not even counting the festival. This wonderful town is situated close to the border with Myanmar, in the Changlang district. You can visit the historical Stilwell Road. This was the most important trading route for the entire region. The serpentines here are breathtaking. Also, you can see the World War Two cemetery which holds the bones of brave soldiers who fought for freedom and protected India.

Shine a light festival in Sohra

This festival arose from the desire of a few local enthusiasts to keep Rock n Roll alive. It started out as a way to show support to local bands and performers and grew into something much larger. This is three days of pure Rock n Roll in the region of Cherrapunjee. While you spend your night headbanging, you can have some fun during the day hiking in the surrounding hills. You can explore the nature around the town and enjoy the beautiful wilderness.

Hornbill festival in Kohima

Hornbill-festival-in-KohimaOne of the easternmost regions of India, the state of Nagaland hosts the Hornbill festival in the city of Kohima. The whole town becomes a carnival during the festival days. There is something for everyone here, so make sure you spend more than a few days in this beautiful country.

Ziro Music festival in Ziro

This is a large event which attracts thousands of people to the state of Arunachal Pradesh. There are many national and international performers and every time this festival offers something new. The crowd will dance into the night, moving along with the sound of music. This is truly something to feel. Furthermore, this event raises awareness about the Indian art, culture, and music.

 

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Things To See In Meghalaya

The north-east of India holds so many secrets. This region is enclosed in the clouds, as though it is hidden from the rest of the world. People here call it the Abode of the Clouds. It is one of the wettest regions in the world, so make sure you bring your raincoat. But more importantly, bring your spirit because this place will make it shine. We prepared a list of the must-see places in Meghalaya.

The Living Root Bridges

The-Living-Root-BridgesThis may be the most famous attraction here. You will have to travel the dense forests and endure the beating rain, but, in the end, it will all be worthwhile. These bridges are true evidence of man’s ability to subdue the natural powers and harness them to his own will. The Khasi tribe trained the trees to grow a certain way and form these monuments of nature.

Mawlynnong Cleanest Village

The scenic area around this small village offers wonderful images of wilderness. Many people call it the “cleanest village in Asia,” while other also use the “God’s garden” nickname. This marvel of eco-tourism is a bamboo village with a beautiful platform which will give you beautiful views of Bangladesh, sitting just a few miles away.

The Sacred Forest of Mawphlang

The-Sacred-Forest-of-MawphlangYou will need about 45 minutes from Shillong to get to Mawphlang. This is a sacred place worshipped by the Khasi tribe, abundant with various kinds of medicinal plants. You can explore the region and soak up the culture of the Khasi. If you have a good amount of energy in you, go ahead and take the David Scott trail. The 16-kilometer trail will take you from MAphlang to Lad Mawphlang.

Meghalaya Caves

This country is full of caves; there are more than a thousand of them. The most famous one is Mawsmai, near Cherrapunji. The cave is tourist-friendly, lit up and prepared for scores of visitors. Other caves are not so accessible, so you might have a bit of trouble to reach them. Many local tour operators offer organized visits to various caves.

The Shillong Bazaar

A true, traditional market of the Indian North East, the Shillong Bazaar stood the test of time and beat all the invaders and economic hardships. People here are used to this chaotic rumble of people and goods. One more thing: do not leave before you try the local street food!