India is incredible with its spellbinding natural beauty, majestic monuments and rich flora and fauna. Millions of tourists visit India every year to witness the glory of the country and if you’re planning to go, you can make your vacation special here with the following luxurious recommendations:
1. Balloon Rides at the Pink City
Hot balloon rides are one of the most romantic and thrilling activities that you can enjoy in Jaipur. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Pink City from the top with these rides. It is really a magical sight when numerous colorful balloons start flying over the sky. The beauty is enhanced by the backdrop of the rising or the setting sun since balloon rides generally take place during dawn or dusk.
Some of the other must do activities in Jaipur are visiting palaces and forts, shopping and enjoying elephant rides.
2. Traveling on Maharaja Express
Maharaja Express Train is one of the classiest trains of India. The train chugs off through the remarkable tourist destinations of India, offering a comfortable living and a lavish dining experience. This is a completely air-conditioned trai, where the suites are richly decorated and equipped with soft beds and vintage furniture. The television sets, writing tables, free internet facility and 24/7 room service are some of the exquisite features of this train.
The train also comes with a couple of dining cars and a lounge bar, well-stocked with high quality drinks. This prominent luxury train received the World Travel Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It was also awarded by the Seven Stars 2015 for the league of “Luxury Hospitality and Life Style Awards”.
3. Stay at the Floating Palace, Udaipur
The Lake Palace in Udaipur is the ultimate place of opulence. Floating over the crystalline waters of Lake Pichola, this palace offers a terrific holiday experience. You will enjoy the pleasant breeze and the ripples of the water amidst world class ambience. The palace also has an exquisite spa and yoga facilities to rejuvenate your body and mind. Tourists can also use the gym, enjoy cultural shows and go through astrology sessions to have a powerpacked vacation.
4. Experience Ayurveda at Himalayas
The Ananda, Himalayas is your ultimate destination if you want to restore your health and wash away all stresses of life. Located near the holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, this luxurious spa resort brings you close to nature. The Ayurveda spa massages offered here are free of any adverse side effects and is immensely popular among tourists. The resort also accommodates tourists in private suites which promise amazing comfort. The food served here is not only delicious but also good for your health.
5. Cruise on a Houseboat at Kerala
The mirrored backwaters of Kerala are your destination if you want to simply unwind with your loved ones. There are beautifully-decorated houseboats floating over the backwaters which take you through the lush greenery of the place. Known as Kettuvalams in local language, these wooden boats are visually-stunning and are equipped with all modern amenities. While sailing on these houseboats, you can also get down at the nearby villages to check out their lifestyle, relish steaming hot rice and fish curry cooked in coconut oil. Food is served here on fresh banana leaves. Boat races are another Kerala attraction you should check out.
6. Go for Scuba Dives at Andaman
The underwater world of Andaman Nicobar islands is a miracle of nature. Enjoy scuba diving at the Havelock Beach for a closer look and feel of the rich marine life.
7. Yachting at Goa
Goa is a favorite among young tourists because of its adventurous offerings. You can book a private yacht here to create special memories with your loved ones. You will be able to enjoy and appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the sea. You can also book yacht for parties, corporate events or celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries.
8. Night at the Thar Desert Camp
Nothing can be more romantic than spending a night under the starry sky at the middle of a quiet desert. The Thar Desert camps are equipped with all modern comforts like hot and cold water facilities, personal verandah, mashals, lanterns and candles to retain the mystic appeal of the desert at night.
9. A Treehouse Stay
Surrounded by natural charm, the Treehouses of Kerala offer a fascinating experience. This eco-friendly style of living brings you close to nature without taking you away from the modern comforts and facilities. If you are looking for a calm and cool holiday, this spot is highly recommended.
10. Visit a Tiger Camp
Immerse yourself in a royal lifestyle near the Ranthambore National Park at Aman-I-Khas. Get a stunning view of tigers, leopards, deer, sloth bears, jungle cats, antelopes and migratory birds or nest thrilled by the stillness of the forests. These camps ensure superb luxury with air conditioned suites, large beds, private washrooms, writing desks, and dining tables. Last but not the least, relish authentic dishes cooked with vegetables grown in the resort’s own garden.
China’s Wealthiest Village is a Mysterious Communist Utopia
You might be surprised at the many amenities residents can enjoy in this communist utopia in China!
Located to the east of Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province is a communist village that claims to be the richest in all of China. It's called the Huaxi village and it's a 24-acre "communist utopia." It was founded by Wu Renabo, who was the former secretary of the Huaxi village communist party committee.
Huaxi used to be a poor farming community but it has since been transformed into a multi-billion dollar conglomerate in the steel and shipping markets. The village's steel, silk and travel industries have flourished, and this contributed to its $9.6 billion profit in 2012. Part of this profit is divided among its stock-holding residents.
Some of the village's factories.
79-year-old Grandpa Creates the World’s First Electricity-free Amusement Park!
This grandpa created an amusement that runs solely on muscle power and gravity!
Some of us are truly children at heart and nothing proves that better than this 79-year-old man who has created the first electricity-free amusement park in the world.
Bruno Ferrin looks like your typical lovable grandpa. But behind his friendly face is a physics and engineering genius who has spent his time and energy creating an electricity-free amusement park that kids can enjoy for free!
Bruno Ferrin conceptualized and created all the rides in his amusement park.
Murphy’s Haystacks: South Australia’s 1,500 Million Years Old Stonehenge
These rock formations are the popular tourist attraction on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
In Mortana, off the Flinders Highway between Port Kenny and Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, you'll find these rock formations that you may genuinely think are haystacks from a distance!
You'd have thought you were looking at giant haystacks from a distance!
It's said that sometime at the start of the 1900s, an agricultural adviser was passing by and saw these giant wind-word boulders. He initially thought they were haystacks and asked the owner of the property, Murphy, how they could produce so much hay. He remarked, "the farmer must have harrowed his land to produce such an impressive abundance of hay." The owner replied that they're just rocks and that's when they were named Murphy's Haystacks....