Top 5 Attractions in India that will Motivate You

The land of civilizations and the cradle of ancient cultures, India has had a long history. Many battles have been fought and lands have been claimed, religions and cultures have been shifted and spread. This country that claims unity in diversity has a large number of monuments ranging from religious structures to the buildings that stand for patriotism and freedom.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the charm that these monuments have holds a special significance for anyone who has ever seen them. Yet, there are a few that stand out. These special monuments have the power to shake our most long-held beliefs and motivate us beyond our imagination. Here we present to you a list of the top five attractions in India that will motivate you.

1. Taj Mahal

taj mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra is one of the seven wonders of the world. Built as a mausoleum, this monument is usually what comes to people’s minds when they think of India. Taj Mahal is the undisputed symbol of love and presents to visitors of Agra the awe-inspiring beauty that man is capable of bringing to life. To know more about Taj Mahal and city of Agra, visit this link.

The faultless symmetry, delicate designs, and beautiful wall carvings of the Taj Mahal have been paid attention to. Twenty thousand workers were brought to Agra and they created this stunning marvel in the seventeenth century. If looking at the Taj Mahal makes you feel inspired to do something great for your beloved, or makes you feel passionate towards working for your future with the same desire that the artists of this monument had once presented, you are not the only one!

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Autumn Activities in New South Wales, Australia

Autumn is one of those magical times in the year when landscapes start to change, with colorful reds, and warm yellows in bloom it is hard job to stay indoors. Enjoy six events around New South Wales, with a lineup of art, culture and entertainment there is something for every kind of traveler, adventurer or wine connoisseur.

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7 Lesser Known (Yet Mesmerizing) Destinations in Goa

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Goa is India’s own Las Vegas. We tend to ignore the hidden beauty of this place and only stick to parties and destinations which are visited by most tourists. The city is the home of many adventures and mysteries. Goa is not only the dream travel destination for the people in the country but is also popular among tourists worldwide. Escape the crowds by visiting unexplored destinations which will take your breath away.

Let’s go on the journey of the secret attractions which Goa has in store for us.

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Top 5 Things to Do in South Korea

South Korea isn’t a country that most people know a lot about. There’s a lot of stigma surrounding the country because of their grumpy neighbors to the North. I love Korea and have always felt incredibly safe here. If you’re considering moving or traveling to Korea, here are 5 experiences you won’t want to miss!

1. See the country!

Seoul is great, but it doesn’t give you a true feel for what Korea is really like.

Here are some amazing places you can see if you get out of the capital city for a bit:

Dongnae Eupseong Fortress is a hidden gem because it’s tucked away amongst the tall buildings and bustle of South Korea’s second largest city, Busan. Here you can you see the old fortress walls (reconstructed) that were put up to protect Busan from Japanese invasions. There’s also a science park, museum and ancient burial mounds! It’s my absolute favorite place in Busan.

Dongnae Eupseong Fortress, Busan

Dongnae Eupseong Fortress, Busan

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5 Things to See in the Czech Republic

Prague is on the bucket list of almost every traveler. Almost everyone falls in love with the City of Spires. I couldn’t understand it more. Prague is a city which bought me to tears, a city which fascinated me so much that I started to learn the language, graduated from Czech philology and became a translator. Sounds silly, right? I dedicated 5 years to Czech Studies. I spent one semester in Prague and one in Brno. I did two summer schools. I spent hours on the trains and buses wandering across the whole country. There is one lesson I learnt: Czech Republic is so much more than Prague. Trust me. Keep calm and spend your vacation there. Here are some of the true Czech gems. It was a trouble to choose just 5. I hope you discover even more hidden ones on your travels!

Karlštejn Castle and Velká Amerika

Karlštejn Castle and Velká Amerika

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5 Things to Do in Curacao

Curaçao is an island located in the Caribbean just outside of the hurricane belt, which makes it a great spot to visit year round. Situated just over 30 miles from the shore of Venezuela, this Dutch-influenced island provides an interesting mix of cultures. Our favorite aspect of the island, however, is the abundance of exciting activities throughout the island, and most of our favorites happen to be near the western side of the island. Here is a round up of five fun activities that Curaçao has to offer.

1. Diving

Diving at the Alice in Wonderland reef

Curaçao is home to some of the best shore diving on earth, meaning that there are many thriving reefs right off shore, no boat required. There are also many unique reefs a little farther off shore, such as the Mushroom Forest, Tugboat, and Car Pile. Not certified to dive? No problem. Just sign up for a discovery dive course like we did and get a look into a world of underwater beauty. We took the diving course from Go West in the small town of Westpunt and felt we couldn’t have made a better choice. The Alice in Wonderland reef just off the shore was breathtaking and teeming with sea life–we even saw an octopus!

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I Love Amsterdam

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Tomorrow I’m headed back to Amsterdam (and then off to Germany, Austria, and Czech Republic), so this seems like the perfect opportunity to share an Amsterdam-related guest post from Kaitlin at A Georgia Peach Abroad. (Yesterday I was featured in a guest post on her blog.)

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Outdoor Adventures in Mayrhofen

I’ve known Justin for almost 10 years (that feels super long when it’s written down!). We met through my best friend when I was a freshman in college, and clicked due to a mutual love for music, art, and later travel. He’s gone to a lot of really awesome, adventurous, and beautiful places, so I can’t wait to have him guest post again in the future about his travels!

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Living in the Heart of Japan

Today’s guest poster, Heather, was my best friend in elementary school. We played schoolhouse in her basement, traded best friend necklaces, and shared lots of fourth-grader-style secrets. We sadly lost touch for quite a few years when she moved away to Arizona. Thanks to Facebook, we reconnected last year, and I couldn’t be happier that we did!

Heather is a Librarian with two great loves in life: traveling and young adult fantasy novels.  Visit her book review blog at  http://ivorytowerlibrary.blogspot.com/.

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Pike Adventures in Sea Kayaking Glacier Bay National Park, Southeast Alaska

Biography

Melissa Pike grew up in Maryland, Southern California, and graduated from high school in Southcentral Pennsylvania. She attended Ohio University and graduated in 2003. Prior to the economic downturn in 2009, she worked in MD, PA and NJ prior to the economic downturn in 2009. After losing her job, she found herself departing the east coast and setting off for adventure.  She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband, Kevin, and their black lab, Kramer.  During the summer, she hikes, bikes, fishes, canoes, kayaks, camps, and explores Alaska with her husband and friends. In the winter, she skis (downhill, cross-country, and backcountry), snowshoes, snowmobiles, and enjoys the slower pace of winter in Alaska.  Additionally, she runs 5Ks, half-marathons, triathlons, and XC Ski Marathons to raise money for local charities. Melissa has traveled to Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, Italy, Iceland, Honduras, Canada, Hawaii, many communities in rural Alaska, and much of the continential United States. She enjoys sharing travel adventures through writing and photos. You can always catch her planning the next adventure and looking for travel deals. You can contact her at missyanne81@gmail.com.

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