Ladakh, an Odyssey

              

 Driving on the world's highest motorable road, visiting monastries hidden in gorges and a desert safari are a few unforgettable moments of this Himalayan holiday.

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Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar is one of those destinations to be experienced atleast once in a lifetime. Where else will you find a Brahma Temple or Camels walking the ramp and playing musical chairs!

             

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Holiday in Egypt

 

A trip to Egypt will put you on an ancient trail that passes through magnificent monuments & treasures, tracing the very history of mankind. Come join me!

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Did You Know?

Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland is considered an insult! So beware
El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles del rio Porciuncula was the original name of Los Angeles. It meant "The Village of our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciuncula River"!
The Hollywood sign was first erected in 1923. It was a real estate ad with the copy "Hollywoodland". It is huge standing 50 feet tall, stretching 450 feet across and weighing 450,000 pounds

The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome  in 133 B.C. London reached the milestone in 1810  while New York made it in 1875. Ofcourse, we have lost count these days as there are more than 300 cities in this group now!

All gondolas in Venice are black, unless they belong to a high official. Actually they were not always black. There was a time when gondole were painted colourfully. Then in 1562 the chief magistrate of Venice handed down a decree that only gondole in the service of transporting important personages could be colored. All others had to be black!

Do you have a passion for Dueling? Are you a registered blood donor? If the answer is in the affirmative to both questions then Paraguay is your dream destination. Dueling is indeed legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors!

We all have read about the great Mayan civilisation and its cultural contribution to the world. But did you know that the hammock was invented by them? They crafted this from the back of the hamack tree.

"Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu" is the name of a hill in New Zealand and is indeed the longest name of a place in the world. In Maori language it means "''the hill where Tamatea, the man with the big knee who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, played his flute for his lady love".

Hell is the name of a village in Norway. Due to its name, it attracts many tourists who line up to take a photo at various points in the village where there is a sign board! Hell Blues festival has been a traditional annual event for the fans of Blues music. Recently the festival got renamed as Hell Music festival and now features all kinds of music.

As per law, citizens are supposed to smile at all times in public in Milan. Offenders are liable for a fine. An exemption is made for visitors at hospitals and those attending funerals. A grumpy face can leave you with damages of Euro 100!

Rabrinath Tagore composed his first play on the pristine beaches of Devbagh. He said Devbagh reminds us that the beauty of nature is not a mirage of imagination but reflects the joy of the infinite and draws us to lose ourselves into it.

Every year, Feb 2 is celebrated as Ground hog day in the north-eastern part of US called New England. This is a tradition started in the 1800s and a ground hog comes out of it's hole and predicts the length of the winter. If it sees its shadow, then it thinks it is still winter and goes back to its hole. So winter is supposed to last for 6 more weeks. If it is cloudy the ground hog thinks it is almost spring and remains on ground. That is supposed to predict an early spring.

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Quo Vadis? Are you lost? 

If you are suffering from wanderlust and are looking for holiday ideas off-the-beaten track, then look no further.

I was always fascinated by Marcopolo, Captain Cook, Ibn Battuta and the likes, making a living by discovering unknown places! Thankfully, a few surprises remain even today. Even in a tourist hotspot, you will find a secret lurking when you talk to the old man under the banyan tree!

So go ahead and discover something new. I hope some of my ideas will get you started.

BonVoyage, Madhusudan

I can be contacted at greatholidayideas@gmail.com

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