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Traveling is one of the best hobbies to have for the simple reason that you can’t run out of things to visit. Traveling is fun and there is always plenty of exploring to do; whether you’re checking out thingstodoinamerica.net, looking into visiting Natchez or New York. Today we’re taking a look at the New York City, one of the biggest cities in the world. You can expect to choose from quite a few attractions since it’s not just big, it’s also old and full of history. So here are top things to do while in the Big Apple.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Visiting a museum might not have been on your priority list but this isn’t just any museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a place where 5000 thousand years worth of history collide in millions (2 million to be more precise) art pieces. It’s definitely a place for those passionate about both art and history.

Go down in Time Square

Time Square is an iconic landmark in its own right so if you’re in New York City you just have to go see it for yourself. You’ve definitely seen it in movies and other media, but it’s a completely different experience when you’re right there, in the middle of the crowd. It’s definitely a chaotic place as well, where you can expect your body to be pushed into overdrive due to all the things that attract your attention at the same time. From the huge crowds making their way from one side to the other, to the different events or manifestations in the streets, to the infinite number of billboards and publicity display panels, there are loads of colors and sounds all mixing into one big boom.

Climb the Empire State Building

Of course, we mean climb it from the inside, not Spider-Man your way to the top. The Empire State Building is another iconic landmark that pretty much defines New York but also represents a pure portion of America’s essence. The Empire State Building passed the 100th mark when it comes to how many floors it has, and the higher you go, the more breath taking the view becomes. Those who make it all the way to the 102nd floor are rewarded with a truly incredible oversight of the city. That’s the kind of mental picture that never leaves you, and that’s also probably why the Empire State Building is the most popular place for tourists to visit in the Big Apple.

Photo courtesy of  Prathamesh Kale

India is dotted with many splendid and striking cave sites. From the aesthetically pleasing cave sites in Ajanta to the spiritually soothing caves of Tabo to the historically invigorating caves of Bhimbetka or the natural splendor of the Borra caves, the vision they provide is enticing and beguiling. The many beautiful cave sites of India bear a witness to its diversity.

Ajanta and Ellora

Kailash Temple, Ellora, Photo by Kunal Mukherjee, CC BY-SA 2.0

Around 5th century BCE Buddhism was gaining importance as a faith in the Indian subcontinent. During that period of time, many wandering monks found residence in the caves of Ajanta and Ellora. These caves bear a testimony of their teachings through the many exalted and illustrious sculptures and paintings. These caves were used as assembly or prayer halls and called ‘chaitya-griha’. Despite being famous for the Buddhist caves, this site also has Jain caves and Hindu temples like the Kailasanatha temple. The Kailasanath temple is a monolithic rock-cut temple meant to house the great lord Shiva. This marker of religious and aesthetic beauty lies in the district of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. To know more about these caves and it’s nearby attraction read this article for tourist places to visit in Aurangabad.

Elephanta Caves

Photo by Ashwin Kumar, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Elephanta island is a short ferry ride away from the bustling city of Mumbai. In this serene and aloof setting, we find a network of caves dedicated to the Shiva cult. The cave showcases three aspects of Shiva that are the essence of the Hindu mythology: creator, destroyer and preserver. He is shown in his many avatars, like that of the nimble Nataraja or the ferocious Mahadeva. The island has a network of caves with the most important one being the grand cave 1. This is a site that can and should be frequented by the many residents of the city when in need of a break from the hectic city life. To know more tourist places in and around Mumbai, check this article.

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Things you need to know for a road trip in Europe

Road trips are fun and surely give an amazing experience that one remembers throughout their life. You visit new places. You observe cultural diversity. You explore unfamiliar maps. You travel to places that you have planned for a long time. And have lots of fun. But road trips can be hectic as well, if you haven’t done proper preparations.

There are some must-know tips that one should know, before embarking on road trips. But they differ according to the locality. Europe, being an amazing place to explore by road trip, has a lot to offer to travelers.

The continent Europe has 48 sovereign states, and has different customs and traditions throughout the land to offer. Below are some things that you should have knowledge of before your expedition.

Hiring a vehicle abroad

What is the cheapest way for renting a car? Which will give you the most mileage per gallon of fuel? How do you deal with car insurance?  Even though hiring a vehicle has many benefits but a road tour is more ideal for countryside trips. And it will save you from the city’s traffic too. As exploring Europe through a road trip is your pre-travel decision, the most major thing on your preparation list is hiring a vehicle abroad.

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India is a country of surprises and wonders which make it famous. The beauty and uniqueness of this Hispanic nation are can’t be defined.  There is an intensive blend of customs, food, traditions and protocols, making it Incredible India. India has a rich and varied history which is the source of strong culture and roots. There are various archaeological sites in India that are world famous and the history and beauty are interesting and exuberant respectively. In this great land of Gods, the heritage and integrity of India’s archaeological sites have been preserved. In this article, I will suggest archaeological sites in India that are worth exploring.

Top 10 Archaeological Wonders in India:

Lothal, Ahmedabad

Photo by Gpratik, CC BY-SA 3.0

Lothal is located in Ahmedabad city of state Gujarat. Lothal is believed to be one of the oldest planned cities in India. It is believed to be as old as 2400 BC. This city was found by ASI- Archaeological survey of India in 1957. This city was well planned with all the basic amenities like city drainage, water storage, bathroom toilet system etc. The town planning was impressive and archaeologists from around the world come here in heavy numbers and explore the history and secret behind this ancient city. If you are an explorer and you have immense love for history then this place is for you.

Qutub Minar, Delhi

Photo by Sakeeb Sabakka, CC BY 2.0

Photo by Sakeeb Sabakka, CC BY 2.0

Qutub Minar is one of the marvels of ancient engineering in India. Qutub Minar is 75.5 meters in height and it is also the India’s latest single piece minar. Qutub ud din Aibak led the foundation of Qutub Minar in the year 1192 and this minar is standing tall and solid since then. Qutub Minar was also declared as the world heritage site by UNESCO. 379 stars are there in Qutub Minar and the highest base diameter is 14.3 meter. 

Buddhist Monuments, Sanchi

Photo by PRONagarjun Kandukuru, CC BY 2.0

Photo by PRONagarjun Kandukuru, CC BY 2.0

Buddhist Monuments in Sachi are located in the grand incredible state of Madhya Pradesh. These monuments are the foundations of Buddhism in India as they depict the rich roots and history of the Buddhism. Sanchi is the most sacred place for Buddhists in India. Every year thousands of Buddhists from all over the India and the globe visit here in heavy numbers to pay their respect. World heritage site is also here; tourists may visit in Sanchi, from morning till evening. These ancient monuments are well preserved and secured by Government of India.

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The Northwest impressed me with the most majestic mountainous scenery. We went through five provinces located in the Northwest region during five days this year. We passed over 1000 km by experiencing Vietnam by motorbike, went for trekking to A Pa Chai – the West pole, had a view of terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai and Sapa in fog and conquered three of “Four great passes” in the North.

All of our Northwest Traveling Schedule, Experience and Expense in August are shared in this post. I hope that they will be useful for travelers who desire to drive on challenging and majestic mountain roads.

Preparation

Roadmap 

Google map is the best choice. It’s necessary to save topographic maps, offline maps and mark some destinations on road.

Budget

Our estimated expense would be around 2,000,000 – 2,500,000 VND/person. We separated cash, ATM cards and kept in different things like backpacks or brought along with us. (Detailed budget included at the end of this article). 

Identification

ID, Passport and driving license were put in different things. These are significant for the flight back, motorbike or hotel rent, etc.

Gear

  •  3/4 or full-face helmet was compulsory for the safety. Armor protection also needed.
  • A raincoat set per traveler, raincoat for backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Ties to fasten backpack and sleeping bag
  • Technology devices and backup battery and members’ phone numbers as well.
  • Snacks and dry food.
  • Drinking water and gasoline reserves

Flights

All four of us were from Ho Chi Minh city, so we decided to fly to Noi Bai airport at night and return Ho Chi Minh city in the early morning after five days wandering through the Northwest.

Vietnam has three major flag carriers. The price is fairly cheap at Traveloka VietNam Consider VietJet Air  and Vietnam Airlines

Schedule

Total distance is approximately 1041 km.

Day 0: Sai Gon – Hanoi

Sapa in a shining day (on the far side, Hoang Lien Son range and Fansipan summit appeared)

Sapa in a shining day (on the far side, Hoang Lien Son range and Fansipan summit appeared)

Day 1: Sapa – O Quy Ho pass – Muong Te – Pac Ma (242 km). Maps did not show a road segment in day 2. From Muong Te, the route should have been Muong Te – Pac Ma – Chung Chai – A Pa Chai, but Muong Te – Muong Nhe – A Pa Chai as in the map).

Silver Fall

Silver Fall

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