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Best Places to Visit in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s strikingly diverse terrain — lush forests, wildlife reserves, and tropical beaches — offers a little something for every traveler. Costa Rica merits repeat visits. But if you’re just starting your explorations of one of Central America’s most beautiful countries, these stops will steer you in the right direction. It has endless attractions and destinations to see that may take you a long time if you’re not sure of what you want to see and do, or if you have no idea of what the country has to offer. This brief guide to this beautiful country will give you an inspiration of which places to visit, things to do or where to stay to come into life your Costa Rica luxury vacations dream.

Poas Volcano National Park

The Poas Volcano National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica thanks to its proximity with the San Jose city and the international airport. The main crater of this volcano is one of the largest in the world and the expedition consists of a hike to the crater rim. A full day tour can be done if you’re planning to visit this active volcano or as a stop during a transfer to other destination such as Arenal. A stopover to this national park is a great addition if you’re going on a coffee tour to Doka Coffee Estate or visiting La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This is a great idea especially if you have more time to spend in San Jose.

The weather in this park is cold and humid, with possible rain all year round. It has an average temperature of 15ºC which is a great weather condition for lush, green vegetation around.

Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park is located in La Fortuna, Costa Rica surrounded with a variety of conditions and attractions that will surely capture your heart. This means that whatever it is that you’re looking for, may it be adventure, relaxation, or nature encounter, you’ll surely find it here in Arenal Volcano National Park.

Its main attraction is obviously the Arenal Volcano which currently in a resting phase. Its hot springs are also one of the things you should try here. Some of the most popular adventurous experiences include whitewater rafting, zip lining, hiking, walk on a hanging bridge and many more.  But if you’re just looking for a relaxation, you can simply enjoy the hot spring pools while enjoying the incredible views of the volcano. You can also treat yourself with a volcanic mud wrap or a stone massage in one of the best spas located in the hotels of the area.

La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall is located near the Arenal Volcano National Park area. It’s 5.5 kilometers away from La Fortuna San Carlos, next to the Chato Hill. It owns a beauty scenic surrounded by abundant vegetation and a great variety of flora and fauna. The waterfall is produced by waters from the Fortuna River and by tributaries located in the mountains of the zone.

Another item to tick on your bucket list is visiting the La Fortuna waterfalls. Viewing this majestic waterfall of 70 meters high in this tropical setting is breathtaking. Don’t forget to bring a waterproof backpack, raincoats and make sure you have your swimmers to jump in.

The admission is $15 USD for adults and $15 for children over 6. The hike down to the waterfall is short and arduous, along with a staircase carved into the hillside. Guests are encouraged to swim in the stream and small rapids below the falls, and there’s a lifeguard on duty.

Celeste River

Celeste River is a river in Tenorio Volcano National Park of Costa Rica. It is notable for its distinctive turquoise coloration. It also borders a few hot springs and has one large waterfall. One of the natural wonders of the country is without a doubt the Celeste River and maybe you have already heard about it, as it is one of the most famous places in Costa Rica. In the place, the blue volume surrounded by fumaroles can be appreciated, stones and brooks. The waters of the river are rich in minerals, as well as volcanic material as the copper sulfate and sulfur, that cause the water takes a crystalline color very similar to the sky color.

Along the trail, you can also see thermal hot springs and a blue lagoon. Visitors must stay on the trail so as not to disrupt any part of the forest’s ecosystem. It can be accessed from either Gautuso or Bijagua. Gautuso is about an hour from La Fortuna. It takes close to an hour and 45 minutes to reach Bijagua.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, encompasses rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches, and coral reefs. It’s renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species. This is maybe one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio National Park combines a variety of wildlife, a lush vegetation, and an incredible beach, and that’s why it is one of the favorite places of families, couples, and solo travelers.

It’s easy to spend your entire holiday in this area of the country! Manuel Antonio is the premier destination of the Central Pacific region offering a variety of small intimate hotels artistically built into a rainforest hillside between town and the popular Manuel Antonio National Park.

If you are planning a trip then most difficult part of your vacation may be deciding where to go and what to do.If you take some time to familiarize yourself with the parks you can ensure a well-rounded experience.You can go Walt Disney world.
Walt Disney World in Florida is not just a theme park but a huge resort complex covering 47 square miles.It has three separate areas containing shopping dining and entertainment facilities as well as a fourth area with nightclubs.The information guide here should make planning your Disney vacation a little easier.

AMERICA TOURISM

Tourism in America is a large industry that serves millions of international and domestic tourists yearly.Tourists visit America seek similar attractions as well as recreation and vacation areas.New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and San Francisco all major US cities, attracted A large number of tourists. The rise of urban tourism in America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries represented a major cultural transformation concerning urban space, leisure natural activity and as an industry.

The travel and tourism industry in America was among the first commercial casualties of the September 11 attacks, a series of terrorist attacks an the America. Hotels and travels agencies received cancellations across the world. The U.S.Congress issued a $5billion grant to the nation’s airlines and $10 billion in loan guarantees to keep them flying.

MAGIC PARK

Magic Park is a theme park at the Florida, near Orlando.Owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company through its parks and resorts division, the park opened on October 1,1971, as the first of four them parks at the resort.It is layout and attractions are based on Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and is dedicated to fair tales and Disney characters. The park is represented by Cinderella Castle, inspired by the fairly tale castle seen in the park hosted 20.39million visitors, making it the most visited theme park in the world.

Magic Kingdom opened as the first part of the Walt Disney World Resort on October 1 1971, commencing concurrently with Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian twenty-three attractions, three unique to the park and twenty replicas of attractions at Disneyland, split into six themed lands, five copies of those at Disneyland that is Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Magic Park was often used as an unofficial nickname for Disneyland before Walt Disney World was built. the official tagline for Disneyland is The Happiest Place On Earth. In 1994, to differentiate is from Disneyland, the park was officially renamed Magic Kingdom Park, but is known as Magic Kingdom or sometimes The Magic Kingdom. Alcoholic beverages are forbidden throughout the park, unlike at the other Disney attractions Worldwide.In 2012, the Be our Guest restaurant opened selling wine and beer for the first time. Land Magic Kingdom is divided into six themed lands. It is designed like a wheel, with the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, pathways spoke out across the 107 acres of the park and lead to these six lands.

MAGIC KINGDOM RIDS

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is known more for its boundless charm, immersive themes, and cuddly characters than for whiteknuckle, thrill rides.While no attraction at the Magic Kingdom can match the behemoth coasters and other adrenaline-pumping rides found at parks like six flags, it does offer some rides that include thrills.On the mild to wild scale, however, riders of nearly all thrill to lerance level should be able to handle Disney’s legendary mountain range and it’s classic dark rides.

SPACE MOUNTAIN

Space Mountain offers more psychological than physical thrills.Riders are generally surprised to learn that the legendary ride reaches A relatively puny top speed of 27mph.

SPLASH MOUNTAIN

Disney marries the classic log flume ride to an animatronics filled dark ride themed to the Uncle Remus Characters from the song of the south. Playing off the theory that”what goes up must come down there are A couple of false drops along the thrills.

BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD

With a top speed of 36mph, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is 9mph faster than Space Mountain.Thunder Mountain somehow feels slower.

THINGS TO DO IN WALT DISNEY AMERICA

  1. Spring for Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach
  2. Make Plans to Dine Out at Some Great Restaurants
  3. Drop In on the Tower of Terror
  4. Find the Best Rides for Young Person
  5. Go to the Galaxy’s Edge at Star Wars Land
  6. Yo Ho With Pirates of the Caribbean
  7. Journey to Pandora-The World of Avatar
  8. Stay at one of the Disney Hotels

It was a great experience visiting Delhi. I have gone there for three days and I almost covered most of the important destinations. Truly speaking I had a very good time in Delhi, the environment was little bit hot just because it is summers now, but rainfall saves me to some extent.

I reached Delhi on Friday morning from Railway station (NDLS) I have taken the Metro for Old Delhi and reached Red Fort. I have taken the ticket and entered the Great Red Fort. This monument is really amazing to visit. It was the main headquarters of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It was built from 12 May 1639 to 6 April 1648. It almost took 8 years 10 months & 25 days for this monument to built. The architecture was amazing and the red stonework was so beautiful. I had spent almost 4-5 hours and covered most part of the Red Fort.

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After that, I went to the old Delhi famous market for food. The taste is really good at a very affordable cost. After taking the lunch I moved to the next destination i.e. Humayun’s Tomb. This is one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen in my life. This Mughal architecture is very beautiful and symmetrical in design. No matter you are seeing it from any side it will be same in design. It is the Tomb of the Mughal Emporer Humayun. It was built by Hamida Banu Begum. The architecture name was Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. I had a great time there. The entrance gate was soo beautiful. After entering from the gate you have to take some steps toward the great Tomb. Overall it was a great time there. I really enjoyed there and also recommend others to visit this monument.

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Front view of Humayun Tomb

After spending 2 hours there, I moved to my another destination and it was Zoo. It was very difficult to cover the Zoo trip within 2 hours because I reached there around 4:15 PM and you can only take tickets for Zoo up to 4:30 PM and Zoo closed at 6:30 PM in summers. Even after having very less time, I manage to cover every part. I have seen multiple types of animals there. The best part was viewing the Lion. You can also take the internal buses for visiting the Zoo. They will help you to see the Zoo within a limited time-frame. The Zoo is full of Deer, Peacock etc. It was a good experience there. There I get to know that it was opened on 1959 and the total area is 71 ha.

So on my first day, I have covered these three locations – Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Zoo.

On the second day, I start from Qutub Minar. After entering from the gate the first view of the Qutub Minar was amazing. The architecture and work was fantastic. The height of this giant monument is 73 metres. It is located in Mehrauli. So overall it was worth going there. I have spent more than 4 hours there. Apart from Qutub Minar there are 4 Iron Pillars also. There is also one more stone structure which is very similar to Qutub Minar which is left half built. May be the Mughal emperor was trying to build one more Qutub Minar. The Minar style is basically Iranian, though likely patterned on Afghanistan’s Minaret of Jam.

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View of the Qutub Minar from the back side.

I get to know many historical facts there. The Qutub Minar is divided into 5 superposed, tapering storeys. The starting 3 comprises fluted cylindrical shafts or columns of pale red sandstone, separated by flanges and by storeyed balconies, carried on Muqarnas corbels. The 4th column is of marble and is relatively plain. The 5th is of marble and sandstone. Before 1974 it was allowed to enter the internal stairs of the Qutub Minar and you can go on the top of it to have a view of Delhi. But after an incident that was happened On 4 December 1981 the stairs was closed for the visitors. The staircase lighting failed and around 400 visitors stampeded towards the exit, and 45 were killed in that incident and some were injured.

The garden of the Qutub Minar is also very good and green. I relaxed there for a couple of hours. At Qutub Minar, visitors from all over the world came and enjoy the beauty and architecture of this great tower. One of the best thing that I had experienced at all these Moghul monuments is all the remains cool, even in the month of June and July they remain cool. After having such an experience at Qutub Minar I moved back to my hotel.

Then in the evening I again start my travel journey and I visit India Gate. It was worth visiting. I really enjoyed there. The height of the India Gate is 42 m. There I get to know that it was opened on 12 February 1931. India Gate was architecture by Edwin Lutyens. It was a lifetime experience there. People came there with their families and enjoy this spot as a picnic point.

On my last day of the journey, the third day. I visit the markets like Connaught place, Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar. So it was a great trip to Delhi and I recommend everyone to visit Delhi and enjoy all these historical monuments. Surely you will love it.

Best of luck for your trip.

I had heard much about Dubai – its glittering modern landscape filled with tall skyscrapers and man-made extravaganzas. From a distance, it all sounded like a fantasy; but the question remained. Can Dubai offer me the kind of soul-satisfying travel experience I want? The only way to clarify this was to get on a plane and so I did! Dubai didn’t disappoint – if anything, I’ve decided that Dubai is more than just a mere tourist’s fancy travel destination. Dubai is, the world on its own – incredible, irreplaceable,

My Own Unforgettable Overnight Desert Safari in Dubai

Overnight Desert Safari in Dubai – My first sight of the desert filled me with peace. Here at last was the real thing – the real Arab vista, the scene of long-ago battles, of smugglers and their caravans, of houris and djinns.  At the desert camp, I went all out dune bashing, dune driving and sand boarding. It was early evening, and not very hot, being January. Still, I was glad of the cool tent and some sweet Arabian coffee and dates.

A camel ride, under the darkening evening sky, in my traditional Arabian garb, with my head and mouth covered like a true ancient Bedouin. I was on my way to meet the beautiful houri who had promised herself to me. It was magical. The night that followed was even more so – with belly dancing, henna painting, puffing away on the shisha. A wholesome buffet dinner, after which we slept in tents for two in warm sleeping bags. It gets real cold out there at night! The stars were out, and the desert air smelled so sweet …. I could have stayed there all my life.

My Adventures in Old Dubai

Dubai is so new and sparkling that I got a desire to see things as they were once. Or at least what’s left. So I took a trip along the Dubai Creek on a traditional abra vessel. Old wind towers that once kept Dubai cool still stand. Heritage buildings, old houses and traditional markets thrive. I got off at Deira on the northern bank and watched the ancient dhows load and unload their goods.

Then I started walking along market alleyways – souks as they’re called – oh gosh the smells that hit my nose! Saffron, perfume, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon – so many exotic spices! And the gold on the window fronts – literally blinds the eye in the brilliant sun. Huge chest plaques, fat necklaces and bracelets so thick I am not sure anyone could wear them. I bought some frankincense, saffron, thyme and sumac. Dubai is old and new – and the old is not dead yet. That made me happy.

Sailing Along the Magnificent Burj Lake

The Burj Lake is a splendid, enormous man-made lake right in the middle of the city. The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, overlooks the lake. And right on the lake is the amazing Dubai Fountain, the largest fountain in the world. I didn’t want a seat on the sidelines – I wanted to get up and close. So I sailed slowly along Burj Lake in a small fishing boat, watching the magnificent fountains shoot water and light in time to beautiful choreography.

It was mesmerising. 6,000 lights illuminate the water, and 22 light projectors throw up unbelievable colours. And in the sun, the 22,000 gallons of airborne water glitter and sparkle with millions of rainbows. I’ve heard that it’s even more spectacular at night but it was sheer magic under the sunlight.

My Romantic Dinner Cruise along the Persian Gulf

Yes, yes, I was alone. Still – it was romance itself, sailing along the beautiful coastline on a dhow cruise in Dubai. My vessel was a replica of the dhow that was used by smugglers in ancient Dubai. The waters were pure turquoise – clear as a bell and sparkling with light under the sun. The double-decker dhow has bathrooms and a lounge and even air-conditioning! I bet none of that was there in the good old smuggling days.

As the vessel sped along, I could see Dubai’s brilliantly-lit buildings reflected in the water along the marina. Truly amazing. Sitting on the top of the dhow, I got a front-row view the beautiful waterfront and all major landmarks. We passed close to the spectacular Palm Islands, the Burj Al Arab and World Islands, and I my smartphone’s memory chip is full to bursting. The dinner was good – BBQ, both veg and meat and some traditional Emirati dishes. The onboard entertainment was fun, but I barely paid attention. I wanted to spend every minute gazing at the coastline and absorb the feel of the throbbing city into my very bones.

First time on a Hot Air Balloon!

Ok, I had read a lot of about going up in hot air balloon – seen pictures of the first balloons that went up during the Victorian era and all that. It’s just that I never thought I could stomach it. I did it though. I soared over the spectacular Dubai desert like an angel in a colourful silk hot air balloon for an entire hour!

There were others in the basket and enough drama with a couple of ladies screeching like magpies. Still, when I looked below, it seemed like the beautiful red dunes rippled and moved – there was such a mystical aspect to it, I was spellbound. It was early dawn – the sun’s rays barely hot, the air still cool. As we flew over Dubai’s huge buildings, I felt they weren’t all that big after all. Your perspective changes when you’re above everything else. It took me a few minutes to find my land legs when we got back. A lovely continental breakfast, followed by a trip to the hotel ended by adventure, but I am still up there – soaring away in the early dawn like a Valkyrie on steroids.

Conclusion

My Dubai adventures don’t end here – I had a few more, but these are the ones that I hold most dear to my heart. The desert awoke a pagan need in me to explore, to know more to get to the root of the mystery. That’s why I am booked to Dubai again, for more adventures. Look out for more of my Dubai adventures!

Hi All,

Last week I got a chance to visit Mussoorie with my family. In my post, you can find out the best tourist destinations in Mussoorie, top places where you can visit in Mussoorie. Here I have listed all the required information about the best places to visit in Mussoorie. Hope this information will help you.

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Mussoorie is a hill station and is around 35 kilometres from Dehradun. My experience was really awesome. I and my family really enjoyed this place. Surely your will love the Mussoorie. There are so many tourist spots available in Mussoorie where you can visit. But my favourite tourist destination was Company Garden and Gun Hill after that Kempty Falls. Initially, we reached Company Garden and have started our journey in Mussoorie from there and it was a very good place here you can find out different types of flowers. The main flower with different categories was Rose. We have never seen such types of rose before. In Company Garden you can also do boating and you can also enjoy the big rides. Food and refreshment facilities are also really good in Company Garden. I really enjoyed this place. Mussoorie tourism is one of the tourism holiday destination in India.

After that, we moved to the Gun Hill. It was also a good experience there. You have to take the Cable Car if you want to go to Gun Hill because it is at some height from the normal. So you can go there with the help of cable car. I have really enjoyed the beauty of nature there. We have taken so many photographs also. But now people have made this place more like as a picnic spot. I think it is the second highest point of the Mussoorie. You can also see the Himalayas range from there. Mussoorie tourism is world famous. Mussoorie tourism provides different types of destinations to the tourists and people came there from different countries and cities.

Mall Road Mussoorie

Then we moved to the Kempty Falls by taking the way from the Mall Road. Mall Road is a famous shopping market there. You can find different types of shops there for apparels and different types of jewellery. If you are staying there for one night then you should take a walk on the Mall road. I bet it will be an amazing experience. The Mall Road of Mussoorie is better than Shimla. It’s like a fair you are roaming in. My experience was really amazing at Mall road, I really enjoyed there with my family. There you can find out the best affordable gifts for your loved one. Most amazing artworks, wooden gifts and amazing sculptures. The Mall road of Mussoorie is really awesome, you should stay in Mussoorie for a night and enjoy the Mall road shopping.

After that, we moved fastly to Kempty Falls. And after reaching Kempty Falls I take the next step in my journey. Kempty Falls is really a nice place to visit. But there is a huge hustle and bustle there. When I had a conversation with some people there then I get to know that people from different people came here not only from India but from foreign countries also. It was a nice experience there seeing water falling down from a height and people are enjoying there by taking bath in that water. There is also a temple there. So many people also used to go there. Mussoorie tourism is having a large number of tourist visitors every year.

I have also visited the Mussoorie Christ Church. It was a very peaceful area. There are so many other tourist destinations also like Bhatta Falls Dehradun, Lake Mist, Jharipani Fall and Mussoorie Lake so I have spent some of my time at these spots also. But as I have limited time. So I am not able to enjoy these locations more. Mussoorie tourism is one of the most visited places in India.

We also went to the George Everest Point in Mussoorie. But truly speaking it was not a good experience there because we don’t find anything interesting there. I believe this is also one of the highest point/peaks of Mussoorie, there they have arranged some adventure sports, but when we visited there, nothing was functional so we had not enjoyed there.

But overall it was a nice trip to Mussoorie. I really enjoyed all the places. And I highly recommend you people also to visit Mussoorie at least one time. But I recommend you to take at least 3 days trip to Mussoorie, because if you are going for only 1-2 days then you can’t cover all the tourist spots. So take at least 3 days trip. Mussoorie tourism is very famous in India also in the world. Every year thousands of movies shot in Mussoorie.

Places to visit in Mussoorie in one day

  1. Kempty Falls
  2. Bhatta Falls
  3. Mossy Fall
  4. Lake Mist
  5. Lal Tibba
  6. Dhanolti
  7. Mall Road

Main Mussoorie points of interest

The main point of interest in Mussoorie are Kempty Falls, Dhanolti, Mall Road, Lal Tibba, Company Garden and Mossy Falls. These destinations in Mussoorie increase the number of visitors in Mussoorie tourism. People came to Mussoorie from every part of the world to enjoy their summer holidays. Kempty falls are situated on the hilly road of Uttarakhand, and it is 13 km away from Mussoorie on the Chakrata Road.

 

Story By: Sanaul Haq