Sunday, April 26, 2009

Udaipur, City of Lakes

After lunch at Kumbhalgarh we proceeded towards our journey to Udaipur. We reached our destination in the evening and rested for the day. Next day morning we started the tour of the city.

Now for brief history about this beautiful place. This place was ruled by Sisodia dynasty for 1200 years. As per the legend associated with birth of the city, while Maharana Udai Singh was hunting, he meta holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola. He blessed and advised Maharana to build a palace at this favorable located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude. The King followed his advice and the city was founded in 1559 A.D.

The most important tourist attractions here are:

The City Palace

Palace complex is actually a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas. Still the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. The various balconies, towers & cupolas add to thye beauty of place and there are wonderful views over the lake and the city from the upper terrace.

The entry to the palace is from Northern end. The gates that lead into the palace are Baripol of 1600 and the Tripolia Gate of 1725. This gate is carved with eight marble arches.

The main part of the palace is now preserved as the City Palace Museum, housing a large and varied collection of artifacts. The palace museum is entered through the Ganesh Deori. This entrance opens into Rajya Angan and it is believed to be the very location where the Sage advised the King to build the palace. Downstairs from the entrance is an armory section, sporting a collection of old weapons including a lethal two-prolonged sword.

The rooms of the museum are splendidly decorated with painting , tiles and mirrors. One can see exquisite glass and mirror work in the Manak Mahal. Krishna Vilas hosts remarkable collection of the miniatures. The Moti Mahal has beautiful mirror work and the Chini Mahal is covered in ornamental tiles. The Surya Chopar has a huge, ornamental sun-the symbol of Mewar dynasty.

At Mor Chowk one can see a collection of beautiful mosaics of the peacocks. In the Bari Mahal there is a fine central garden and from this place one can get excellent views of the old city. More beautiful paintings can be seen in the Zenana Mahal.

The entry ticket price to the palace more when compared to any other forts or palaces in Rajasthan. But it is worth as one can witness such beautiful architecture. the Photography is not permitted in Krishna Vilas.

Next we shall see other attractions of the city such as temples and park.

P.S: December is the month when lot of tourists land in Rajasthan. So if you really want all the arrangements to be done properly this has to be done before October end.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

By Train to Mangalore

From Bangalore by train to Mangalore is at a distance of approximately 350kms.

The train route is a very scenic one. For the nature lovers it offers a 55km stretch of Western Ghats on one side and valley on the another side. The train passes over 90 major bridges and through 57 tunnels. Ironically the train starts from Bangalore around 7:45 p.m and one will not witness much of this beauty.

But still I could get glimpse of what I had missed on this scenic route.

As Mangalore station was approaching, I could see large number of white spots on a big tree. But as the train approached closer, I could make out that they were white cranes that are sitting on the trees.

It would have been great if the train had operated in the day time so we could enjoy the beauty of nature.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress tourist attractions

Suwon (Suwon-si - 수원시) is a capital city of Gyeonggi-do Province. Suwon lies approximately 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Seoul and is one of the most populous of Seoul's satellite cities. It is traditionally known as "The City of Filial Piety".

Suwon is a basicley a suburb of seoul. It is worth coming here for at least one day to excape seoul. Plus i found the air better here and the people alot nicer. So many people would stop to say hello. I loved it here. Go see it.

To get to suwon you must get on the korean Railway. it's the same as using the subway. very easy and it doen't cost much. It's about a 40 min ride once you leave seoul. Make sure you get on the right trian!!!

Suwon has a rich history since it was founded during the Joseon Dynasty in the 18th century as a fortress city.

The biggest attraction in Suwon would be the big wall that goes around the old part of the city. This city was so well fortified becuase it used to be the capital of korea.

It's city walls are a world heritage site and it offers a look back at South Korea's past. It's home to Hwaseong Fortress, Woncheon Amusement Park, Everland Amusement Park, The Korean Traditional Folk Village, and various temples and tombs.

Suwon best tourist attractions and places to go are listed here, including the Fortress :
1. Suwon Fortress
2. The wall around the city
3. The bastions
4. Hwaseomun
5. Seobuk Gangno
6. eojangdae
The Bell of Hyowon
Hwaseong Fortress
The Divine Tree

Suwon Photos :

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Built in 1796, the entire city used to be encircled by the walls, but now Suwon has expanded beyond this boundary

Suwon at night, full of pretty lights

Suwon south Gate
Suwon south Gate

Suwon Stadium
Suwon Big Bird Stadium, a venue during the 2002 FIFA World Cup and home to K-League team Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Watch Suwon Hwaseong Fortress - 24 Martial Arts Performance Video here

there was a 24 Martial Arts Performance in front of the Hwaseong Haenggung, whereby the 24 types of actual martial arts skills recorded at the Martial Arts Picture Book (Muye Dobo Tongji) are reenacted.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mount Abu, a Hill station

Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan an is at a elevation of 1200 mts. This is the coldest place in Rajasthan an temperature is below zero in the night. In the day time it is definitely less than 10 degree centigrade during the winter season. The rich flora covering is the hillside is responsible for the cool climate in the region.

Next day after breakfast we set out for sight seeing of the place. As the Delwara Jain Temples are open for sightseeing only after 12:00 p.m we went to some of other sights and returned to the temple around the right

The other main tourist attractions of this place are:

Gaumukh Temple

The Gaumukh Temple is located in the valley and a path with 750 steps takes one to this temple. Here a small stream flows from the mouth of a marble cow, giving the shrine its name. You can also see here a marble figure of the bull Nandi. The tank here, known as Agni Kund, is believed to be the site of the sacrificial fire, made by sage Vashistha. An image of Vashisha is flanked by the figures of Rama and Krishna can also be seen here. Further down these steps one can reach a small temple.


There are various view points around the town. Most popular among them are:

Sunset Point, is about 1.5 km from the tourist office of Mount Abu. Lot of people visit this point in the evening to catch the setting sun. It is a one kilometer walk from the road to the viewpoint or you can hire a horse.

Honeymoon Point, can be reached via Nakki Lake. This view point offers an enchanting view of the verdant plains and valleys.

We missed the sunset as it was very cloudy during our stay in Mount Abu.

Nakki Lake

Nakki Lake is situated in the heart of the town. The location of the lake makes it very pleasing to the eyes with the hills rising all around it. Boating is allowed in this lake and boats are available for hire around the lake. There are many rock formations around the lake. They have been named Toad Rock, Nun Rock, Nandi Rock and Camel Rock because of their resemblance to these figures.

This lake has an interesting history. It is believed that it was created by the fingernails (nakk) of a sage, Balam Rasia, in response to the demands of the stepmother of the girl he wished to marry. The girl, a daugh
ter of the then King of Abu, was also in love with the sage, but because of the evil stepmother the affair ended in tragedy, and has been immortalized in a temple of the Kunwari Kanya, alongside which stands a statue of her lover.

From Mount Abu we traveled to Kumbalgarh, the Unconquered Fort

Mount Abu ---> Kumbalgarh 240 kms

P.S: December is the month when lot of tourists land in Rajasthan. So if you really want all the arrangements to be done properly this has to be done before October end.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ronda - Un paseo por la Historia

Ronda - Málaga - España

A unos 110 km. de Málaga, una de las ciudades más antiguas de España, cuyos orígenes se remontan al Neolítico por los descubrimientos arqueológicos en su casco antiguo.

Pero la presencia del hombre en estas tierras es mucho anterior, lo demuestran sus yacimientos en cuevas, entre los que destaca la "Cueva de la Pileta", uno de los mejores exponentes de arte rupestre del Paleolítico de Andalucía.

En Ronda, existen asentamientos por todo el territorio que se han mantenido hasta nuestros días. Es una de las mayores en relevancia y monumentalidad como las necrópolis megalíticas: Dólmen de Chopo, de Encinas Borrachas, entre otras.
En la prehistoria se unieron dos poblados, Acinipo y Ronda, aunque sus períodos de apogeo se dieron con posterioridad, el primero de época romana y el segundo de la época medieval.
La ocupación romana ha dejado muchas muestras entre las que se hallan los descubiertos en la propia ciudad de Ronda. El yacimiento de la ciudad romana de Acinipo es el de mayor importancia por su estado de conservación, como por ejemplo el teatro.
Al caer el Imperio Romano, desapareció Acinipo y cobró más importancia ronda, que desde la edad media es la protagonista de todos estos monumentos y descubrimientos.
La trascendencia islámica ha dejado un legado cultural que se puede ver manifestado en urbanismo, tradiciones, sistemas de cultivo, gastronomía, etc.
Ronda llego a ser la capital de una de las Kuras (provincias) en las que se dividió al-Andalus (la de Takurunna) e, incluso se constituyó como un reino independiente, los llamados reinos de taifas, tras la desarticulación del califato cordobés.
Con la llegada del reino nazarí de Granada, por su proximidad a los territorios conquistados por los castellanos, hizo que esta ciudad fuera un enclave fronterizo de especial importancia.
Cuando la ciudad fue conquistada por los Reyes Católicos en 1485, se produjeron transformaciones económicas y culturales que se pueden distinguir en la fisionomía de la estructura urbana, apertura de plazas antes inexistente, ensanche de calles, etc.
Pero fue en el siglo XVIII cuando se marcó una época moderna y las pautas definitivas que desempeñaría Ronda en el contexto de Andalucía.
Se construyeron monumentos muy significativos y emblemáticos de la aristocrácia de entonces que han dejado un legado importantísimo en Ronda, como son El Puente Nuevo y la Plaza de Toros.
A partir de este momento y durante el siglo XIX, se forja la imágen más romántica de la ciudad, su serranía, que en el mundo del bandolerismo y de la tauromaquia causarán una profunda impresión en los viajeros.
Estos aspectos se han convertido en símbolos de cultura y tradición de Ronda. La riqueza cultural y tradicional es muy amplia y diversa.
Los monumentos que se pueden ver son muchos, entre ellos:




















Varios museos, excursiones, senderismo.
Sin lugar a dudas, un sitio obligado para visitar. Un Rincón de España que te dejará huella.

Las Fuentes del Algar - Cascadas

Callosa d'en Sarriá - Alicante - España

"El Algar", como se llama a este sítio en Alicante, es un espectacular barranco con pequeños saltos y hermosas cascadas, situado en la comarca Marina Baixa.

La visita idónea es hacer un recorrido por un circuito de 1,5 km de longitud a lo largo del cauce del Río Algar ("Cueva" en árabe). Es paisaje es fruto del modelado Kárstico de la roca caliza. En el trayecto se ve este río que lleva abundante agua fría, formando cascadas y embalses naturales a través de desfiladeros. La vegetación es muy abundante.

Es un lugar donde puedes disfrutar de la naturaleza muy de cerca.

Aguas que discurren por desfiladeros en busca de un valle que encuentran en el río con el Guadalest.

El sonido es una gozada y te llama a seguir subiendo para verlo. El barranco tiene unos escalones por donde discurre el agua y de vez en cuando estas aguas se interrumpen en pequeñas represas que hacen tolls (vasos), saltos de agua muy bellos como el Toll de la Presa o el Toll de la Caldera.

Las cascadas son muy bellas con gotas de color producidas por el sol típico de esta zona.

En estos lagos puedes bañarte y disfrutar de la naturaleza siempre con la música de sus pequeñas cascadas de fondo.

En Julio de 2001 se inauguró el "Jardín Botánico", que unos años antes empezó a crearse al pie de la ¨Sierra de Bernia. En la actualidad cuenta con una gran variedad y colección de plantas cactáceas y suculentas, más de 500 especies que ocupan 50.000 m2.

En verano este lugar esta abarrotado de gente, las recomendaciones son que si alguna vez puedes ir a verlo lo hagas antes de los meses fuertes de afluencia turística.

En verano, debido al gran número de visitas hay que pagar una entrada para poder ver y disfrutar de un baño inolvidable en "El algar". Por este motivo aconsejo ir en otras fechas, además de que no podrás disfrutar de un baño tranquilo, como se merece este lugar.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Zion National Park

Located in Washington, Iron and Kane Counties in Southwestern Utah, Zion National Park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. The park is characterized by high plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep sandstone canyons and striking rock towers and mesas. Zion National Park is a showcase of geology. Geologic processes have played an important role in shaping Zion. The arid climate and sparse vegetation allow the exposure of large expanses of bare rock and reveal the park’s geologic history.

This year, Zion National Park will continue to keep popular climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting peregrine falcons open one month longer than in the past. These areas will remain open to climbing through February 28, 2009. They will close to climbing on March 1, 2009. The closing date is based on analysis of information collected from 2001-2008 regarding the peregrines’ arrival time to their nesting cliffs in the park.
LA Times Photos
National Park Service
more on nesting peregrine falcons

Resort campgrounds appeal to thrifty travelers

As a former limousine driver in San Diego, Louis Tejeda knows the oceanfront hotels in Coronado, the hot restaurants in La Jolla and the hip clubs in the Gaslamp Quarter downtown. But on a recent Saturday morning, he sought something more affordable in these tough times. That's how he found himself in Chula Vista, where he and his five grandchildren planned to splash around in a heated pool, ride bicycles, roughhouse in a playground and listen to guitar music by the light of a roaring campfire. With the slumping economy and rising unemployment putting a death grip on travel budgets, Tejeda has joined a growing number of vacationers who are camping -- without roughing it.

Travel spending nationwide has taken a nose dive in the past few months but business remains brisk at many "resort campgrounds," privately owned suburban parks that offer family-friendly amenities such as pools, free Wi-Fi, furnished cabins, arcade games, hot showers and laundry service. Resort campgrounds, including the KOA camp in Chula Vista, are not immune to this recession, but campground owners say the weakening economy has attracted more vacationers looking to save a buck without having to sacrifice comfort and fun. "People still want to get away but are looking for more affordable vacations," said Linda Profaizer, president and chief executive of the National Assn. of RV Parks and Campgrounds, a trade organization that represents more than 3,700 privately owned campgrounds across the country.
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Never Sleep City - Las Vegas Nevada

Never Sleep City - Las Vegas Nevada
the Las Vegas Nevada is one of never sleep city on this planet.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bangalore, The Garden City

Bangalore, popularly known as Pensioner's Paradise or Silicon Valley. It is also known as the "Garden City of India", as there are many public parks and one can experience greenery on either side of the city roads. It is feast to the eyes as it is adorned with beautiful landscapes, flowers and hedges all through the city. Some of the trees across the city roads and parks are even as old as the city itself.

But sadly due to the rate at which the city is growing, from Garden City it is fast being converted into a concrete jungle. To add to this the trees on either side of the roads are cut in the name of resolving traffic problem by building flyovers, underpass and metro. There are instances where roads could have been made on either side of the trees by leaving those trees intact. But with no protest or awareness in the citizens this will continue to happen. I am afraid one day, 'The Garden City' title will no longer make sense for Bangalore.

We still have some greenery left in the city because of some parks such as
These parks attract a lot of people, tourists and locals alike, especially over the weekends. They are equally popular among children, young people and the old alike for their own reasons. They are also frequented by the joggers. The landscapes, variety of flowers, fountains make these parks really beautiful and form major attractions. These parks are well maintained and some of them occasionally charge some nominal fee.

In the days to come we will explore finer details of some of these parks.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Los Caños de Meca

Los Caños de Meca - Cádiz - Andalucía - España

Situada en la "Costa de la luz", es una pequeña pedanía de Barbate.

El ambiente que se respira es hippie y surfero. Las playas y la zona de Zahora que está junto al Parque Natural de la Breña, lo hacen un sitio ideal para estar en contacto con la naturaleza y pasarlo bien.

Es un destino turístico muy fuerte de la costa gaditana y muy de moda en las épocas de verano, aunque se puede disfrutar también en invierno, pero la vidilla de este sitio está claro que es en verano, a no ser.... que te guste el surf!!!! entonces.. ideal en la temporada invernal.

Muy buen clima, el ambiente especial que tienen sus rincones y encantos, hacen que sea un rincón de España ideal para visitar.

Las playas son muy abiertas al mar, por ejemplo la del Faro de Trafalgar es perfecta para practicar algunos deportes acuáticos como el body board o el skim board.

Después hay otras más cerradas como Marisucia, que nada tiene que ver con el nombre claro y esta situada dentro del cabo de Trafalgar. Cuando sopla el viento es uno de los mejores destinos para practicar el Kiteboard.

Otras playas como la del Pirata que posee una franja de rocas que están frente a la costa y que hacen que sus aguas sean tranquilas y cristalinas.

Playas naturistas y nudistas, no le falta de nada a este sitio. Pero si hay un sitio en Los Caños de Meca de visita obligatoria es la zona de los acantilados de "Los Castillejos", con las cortinas de agua dulce que caen desde varios metros de altura, que provienen del Parque Natural de La Breña, dándo nombre a este lugar espectacular.

Y como he dicho al principio, en invierno las olas de este lugar son ideales para practicar surf, además de otros deportes como el submarinismo y la pesca, que son muy populares en el lugar.

Hay rutas a caballo por la playa, el monte.. subiendo a la zona alta y atravesando Los Caños de Meca a vista de pájaro, viendo en el fondo el continente africano.

Un Rincón de España altamente recomendado.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Mount Abu, Hill of Wisdom

At Ranakpur we wanted to taste food at the Ranakpur temple to taste something different form hotel food that we are having on this tour. But unfortunately we were bit late and we missed the good food. So on our journey towards Mount Abu we had food at the road side dhaba. The food was not bad and in fact it was quite good. After a long drive with break for evening tea we reached Mount Abu late in evening after 7 p.m.

It was the eve of Christmas and we had the dinner at the hotel where we were staying. The travel agent through whom we had booked the hotel and vehicle had said that it was mandatory and we had already paid the extra amount for the dinner.

Now a little details about this place goes like this. A mountain range called Aravali range which is 800 kms in length runs from southwest to northeast across Rajasthan state. The highest peak in the range is Guru Shikhar and Mount Abu is located on this peak. The city is at a elevation of 1200 mts.

The literary meaning of Mount Abu is "Hill of Wisdom". In the olden days it was the home of many saints and sages.

The main tourist attractions of this place are:

Delwara Jain Temples

These temples were built during the age of Jain supremacy and are one of the finest Jain temples that one should visit once in the life time for their exquisite marble stone carvings. I personally (I am no expert) feel this is far more beautiful than Taj Mahal that India has to offer to the World. You can visit this place only after 12 p.m. Hence we covered some of the other attractions before 12 p.m.

From the exterior these temples are very simple and if one goes by its simplicity you would never want to see the temple. The interiors of the temple is a stark contrast to its external appearance. It exhibits the mind blogging work of human craftsmanship in marble. These temples were built between 11th to 13th century AD. The elaborate and intricate carvings in marble are unmatched. Each of the minutely carved ceilings and the pillars are very unique. No two ceiling or no two pillars are common and they are very different from each other.

This temple complex consist of five major shrines devoted to five Jain Trithankaras each with its own unique identity though together.

Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple

This is the first temple one would enter in the temple complex when entering through the simple gateway of the temple. This temple was constructed in 1582 and is dedicated to 24th Jain Tirthankara Lord Mahaveer. There are pictures on upper walls of t
he porch painted by artists of Sirohi around 1764 A.D.

Shri Adinatj Ji Temple

Next we proceed to Vimal Vasahi Temple or Shri Adinath temple which is build by Vimal Shah, a minister of Solanika ruler of Gujarat. This temple is the oldest of a ll and is the most famous temple in the lot. It is dedicated to the first Jain Trithankar Shri Adinath Ji.

This temple carved entirely out of white marble was built in 1021 AD. The entire shrine covers an area of 140ft long and 90ft broad. The shrine consists of main sanctum Gudhamandap, Rangmandap and Navachoki. There is also a circular corridor around the temple with 57 cells. Each cell has image of one of the Jain saints carved out of marble. One will be mesmerized by the carvings on pillars, arches, mandaps of the temple and they are simply breathtaking. The ceilings in front of the cells designs of flowers, petals and scenes from Hindu and Jain mythology.

The Rangmandap is a grand hall supported by 12 decorated pillars and nicely carved out arches with a simply superb central dome. The central dome is beautifully decorated with design's of flowers and petals and fine carvings hanging down nthe center. It appears as if the central dome is supported by 16 female figures each one different form each other. These 16 figures are Vidhyadevis - the Goddesses of knowledge each one having their own symbol. All the 12 pillars of the huge hall is decorated with the carvings of female figures playing musical instruments.

The Gudhamandapa is a simple hall with richly carved doorway. Inside the hall one can see the idol of Adinath or Lord Rishabdev, as he is also known.

The Navchowki has the name suggests has a set of nine rectangular ceilings. Each one of them contain beautiful carvings of different designs that are supported on ornate pillars.

Hastishala is constructed in front of the entrance door by Prithvipal a decedent of Vimal Shah.Inside this hall one can see 10 standing elephant statues in marble in 3 different rows. They were beautifully carved, but are badlu destroyed by Muslim army invasion. Special thanks to my friend Ram for the pics.

Shri Neminath Ji Temple

Next we proceed to Luna Vasahi Temple or Shri NemiNathJi Temple which is built in 1230 A.D. by two brothers known as Tejpal and Vastupal in memory of their brother Luna. It is dedicated to 22nd Jain Trithankar Shri Nemi Nathji.

In architecture this temple is similar to Vimal Vasahi temple but is smaller in size. The shrine consists of main sanctium Gudha Graha, Rangmandap, Navachoki and Kirti Stambha. In the circular corridor there are 52 cells and on front of the cells the ceiling is decorated with beautiful designs of flower panels, dancing postures, elephants, horses, musicians playing instruments.

From the circular corridor one can step down into main hall or Rangmandap. In the center of the hall, when you look up one can witness the central dome from which hangs ornamental pendant featuring exceptional carvings. About 72 Jain Trithankars in sitting positions are adorned in a circular band on the periphery of the dome. Just below them there are 360 small figures of Jain Monks in an another circular band.
The Navchowki is on a raised platform above Rangmandap. It showcases one of the most marvelous and delicate marble stone cutting work. Each of the nine ceilings here are different from one other and they outdo each other in their fineness and beauty.

The Gudhamandap is the main sanctum and it is simpler when compared to other parts of the temple. The black marble idol of the Shri Neminath Ji among all the white marble cuttings provides the right contast anr enhances the beauty of temple.

The Kirthi Stambha is again a big black stone pillar that stands on the left side of the temple on your way to Pittalhar Temple. The pillar was constructed by Maharana Kumbha of Mewar.

Shri Rishabdao Ji Temple

Next we proceed to Peethalhar Temple or Shri Rishabdaoji Temple built by Bhima Shah, a minister from Gujarat Kings. As the name suggests in this temple most of the statues are built using ‘Pittal’ (Brass). The shrine consists of main sanctium Gudha Graha, and Navachoki

Shri Parshavnath Temple

Next we proceed to Khartar Vasahi Temple or Shri Parshavnath Temple built by Mandika clan between 1458-59 A.D., This three storyed temple is the tallest among the 5 shrines. This temple has 4 big Mandapa's where idol of Pashwanath is installed. The carving on the pillars of this temple is magnificent and beautiful as in other 4 shrines.

The Dilwara Jain Temples are open from 12 P.M. to 6 P.M. for tourist's and photography is not allowed inside the temple complex. One way it is good as one can escape from going mad in not knowing what to leave without capturing through your lens.

P.S: December is the month when lot of tourists land in Rajasthan. So if you really want all the arrangements to be done properly this has to be done before October end.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

China Focus

We are currently running 6 promotional tours ranging from 7-15 days. If you book any promotional tour by May 31, 2009, you will receive $200/person off the listing price! If your final payment (due 50 days prior to your departure date) is paid in forms of a check, you will receive an additional $200/person off the regular tour fare (cash discount column already reflects this discount)! *Dates are subject to change.
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Peña de los Enamorados

Hay muchos escritos que verifican esta historia, pero siempre se ha contado como una leyenda. Quizás porque es más romántico o llama la atención de una manera especial. Pero la realidad supera a la ficción y a la leyenda. Ahí va.....


Cuenta la leyenda, que en Antequera, en esos años el límite fronterizo de la España cristiana con la musulmana, un joven cristiano llamado Tello, caía prisionero en una localidad próxima.

Tagzona. Foto adquirida de la web, mi cámara no la hizo bién.

La hija del que era mandatario moro en esa localidad, llamada Tagzona, fue por curiosidad a los calabozos donde se encontraba el apuesto guerrero.

Los dos, en una mirada casi única, caen completamente enamorados a primera vista y deciden escapar y marcharse.

Por aquellos siglos no estaba permitido contraer matrimonio a las parejas de distintas creencias.

Escapan de la cárcel, pero son descubiertos por los guardias que, con el padre de Tagzona al frente, salen a su captura.

Los moros se acercan y ellos ya no saben que hacer, no podían consentir que los capturaran, sería su separación para siempre y quizás la muerte.

Los dos, llegan a un peñón en la entrada de Antequera y deciden subir. Llegan a todo lo alto pero los arqueros del padre moro apuntan a los jóvenes.

Ambos se miran, se cogen de la mano y se colocan al filo de la cima. Ya no tenían escapatoria: rendirse, ser capturados y sobre todo, separados.

Tello, esta foto sí que es propia y aunque está hecha desde el coche, se puede ver perfectamente la cara de él.

Pero ellos decíden que no harán eso.

Tello y Tagzona, unidos por las manos, vuelven a mirarse fijamente y se despeñan, saltan al vacío.

El amor entre estos dos jóvenes es la mayor demostración de que el amor no tiene límites, ni los de las creencias ni las imposiciones que puedan poner los padres.

Hoy en día, todavía en la ciudad de Antequera, se toma como referencia en las declaraciones de amor entre los jóvenes enamorados, aunque sólo en palabras, no en hechos.

Hay algunos que le recitan a su amada la leyenda de la peña de los enamorados y otros que le interfieren con fuegos artificiales e incluso, algunos son capaces de alzar una avioneta con el nombre de su amada pasando por la peña.

Con el paso de los años, en la peña ha ocurrido algo muy curioso. Por un lado se ve claramente la cara de una mujer y en la misma peña por el otro lado, la de un hombre.

En las pinturas que existen de antaño de estos dos jóvenes, dícen que las caras que se reflejan en las montañas son igualitas a ellos.
Es algo impresionante y muy romántico cuando distingues esas caras en la peña.

Como he dicho al principio, hay escritos en los que se verifica esta historia a lo largo de los siglos, pero no se sabe la fecha exacta.

Os aconsejo ir, por un lado estaréis en Andalucía, para que hablar más, por sí sola ya es todo un mundo. También estaréis en mi tierra Málaga y en Antequera, toda la zona digna de ver y ya sabéis la gastronomía es de lo mejor.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Gyeongju Korea World Heritage Sites

Gyeongju or Kyongju (경주시) is a city in South Korea, lies in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsang Province, on the coast of the East Sea (Sea of Japan). Kyongju was the capital of the Shilla Kingdom for over 1,000 years. Thousands of historic buildings and objects have been maintained well throughout the city, truly making it the "museum without walls."

Gyeongju Tourism

Gyeongju is a major tourist destination for South Koreans as well as foreign visitors. Gyeongju is also home to South Korea's first nominated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Some of Gyeongju travel sites and tourist destination including temple, pagoda, shopping, museums and market :

Buddhist Temples
Bulguk-sa, Bunhwang-sa, Golgul-sa

Cities and Towns
Gyeongju City

Historical Areas
Cheonmachong, Seogbinggo (Ice Storage)

Anapji Pond, Bomun Resort, Cheomseongdae Observatory, Gyerim Woods, Hwangryong-sa, Tumuli Park

Eastern Historic Zone

Gyeongju National Museum, Silla History and Science Museum

Shopping Areas
Gyeongju Folk's Hand Craft Village

GyeongJu Tower
Gyeongju Tower height 82m

Gyeongju Bell Ulsan
Gyeongju - Bulguksa Bell

Gyeongju National Museum
Gyeongju National Museum

Watch Seokguram,GYEONGJU(ancient nation 'SILLA' Kingdom) SILLA Kingdom video here

Seokguram(built in 751~774) is a man-made grotto that houses a Buddhist shrine high above Bulguksa (temple) on the eastern slope of Mt. Toham, near the historic city of Gyeongju. It was built during a golden age of Buddhist art in the Silla Dynasty and embodies the highest principles of architecture, mathematics, geometry, religion, and art of its time. It has been designated Korea's National Treasure No. 24, and along with Bulguksa was proclaimed a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in December 1995.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Pretentious Venice - Venezia Italy Ttravel

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Shangri-La lost horizon city in Yunnan

Shangri-La is a city in Yunnan Province, is divided into two areas: Dukezong Ancient Town and a more modern city-like area. The two areas share Tuanjie Street as the common border.

Shangri-La official name was changed from Zhongdian in Xianggelila in 2002. In Tibetan Shangri-La means the “sun and moon in heart”, an ideal home only found in heaven. The lofty and continuous snowy mountains, endless grasslands, steep and grand gorges, azure lakes and the pastoral villages in this area always leave a deep impression on visitors.

In modern China, the Zhongdian county was renamed to 香格里拉 (Xiānggélǐlā, Shangri-La in Chinese) in 2001, to attract tourists. The legendary Kun Lun Mountains in Tibet offer other possible Shangri-La valleys.

Passu Hunza Vallery
A popularly believed inspiration for Shangri-La is the Hunza Valley in northern Pakistan, close to the Tibetan border, which Hilton visited a few years before Lost Horizon was published

Zhongdian Shangrila
Shangri-la or Zhongdian is a sacred scenic region blessed with majestic mountains.

Songtsam Hotel Shangrila
Situated in Shangri-La, Yunnan Province of China, Songtsam Hotel sits at the foot of Songtsam Lama temple, one of the largest Lama temple outside of Tibet. Refurbished from a traditional Tibetan residence, the boutique hotel has 22 rooms and suites that combine Tibetan ethnic style with modern comforts.

lake napahai Shangrila
The enchanting Shangri-la's Lake Napahai is studded among the stately mountains, sparkling like an invaluable emerald.