Uniqueness of Bali

Kuta is administratively a district (kecamatan) and subdistrict/village (kelurahan) in southern Bali, Indonesia. A former fishing village, it was one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development, and as a beach resort remains one of Indonesia’s major tourist destinations.

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Kuta is now the center of an extensive tourist-oriented urban area that merges into the neighboring towns. Legian beach, to the north, is the commercial hub of Kuta and the site of many restaurants and entertainment spots. Most of the area’s big beachfront hotels are in the southern section of Tuban.

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Nanga Parbat : The Killer Mountain

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She is a cutthroat but alluring bonny. She stands with all her grace since centuries in the greatHimalayan range in the south of the mighty Indus River. She is truly the prestige of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The mountaineers worldwide at once would have known that we are talking about the astounding eight-thousander, the naked mountain which is commonly known asNanga Parbat. Nanga Parbat is a Sanskrit word which literally means the Naked Mountain. We named it as cutthroat due to its devastating trekking history which has killed many of the climbers in past. Even today it is famous with the name of Killer Mountain.

For the climbers and mountaineers, Nanga Parbat is certainly is a sensational destination that is no doubt monstrous in the sense of world’s the most dangerous summits. But for a naturalist, Nanga Parbat is a wonderful place to be visited once in a life. The Naked Mountain or Nanga Parbat is the world’s 9th highest peak having a summit elevation of 8,126 m (26,660 ft ) which is also not far from Karakorum range and it is located in the Astore District of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. For its deadliest trekking, Nanga Parbat is declared in the most prominent peaks of the world as well.

Nanga Parbat was first climbed on July 3, 1953 by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl, a member of a German-Austrian team. The climb of Nanga Parbat is so lethal due to the severe weather conditions and the dangerous avalanches. Nanga Parbat had taken more lives of the climbers than any other peaks of the world. Another prominent feature of Nanga Parbat is that it has never been climbed in winter. Nanga Parbat has three faces, the Rakhiot (Ra Kot) face in the north and south silver crags and silver plateau; the rocky Diamir face which converts itself into ice fields around Nanga Parbat peak. The Rupal face of Nanga Parbat is deemed the highest precipice in the world. It would not be an overwhelming statement that Nanga Parbat, the Killer Mountain is the top most dream for any professional alpinist, hiking of which is filled with ultimate adventure and thrill.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque Of Brunei

Sultanate of Brunei is a wealthy and developed state of South East Asia and considered as one of the richest nations due to its extensive petroleum and natural gas fields. The capital of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan which is also the largest city of the Sultanate of Bruniei.

We’ll tell you about the most phenomenal feature of the capital Bandar Seri Begawan which is Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. This royal mosque is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is located on the bank of the Brunei river at Kampong Ayer which is also called as “village in the water”.

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is deemed as the most exquisite architectural achievement by Brunei. The mosque occupies a very large area and it reaches a height of 52 meters and is topped with a gold dome supported by walls of Italian marble, which also forms the mosque’s columns, arches, and towers. Yes! The main dome of the mosque is covered with pure gold and thus it becomes the most distinguished feature. The Minaret is a very tall structure which provides a panoramic view of Bandar Seri Begawan. The stained glasses are fantastic which are handmade in England. The carpets are specially brought from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Similarly the marble is imported from Italy and the granite used in the building is brought from Shanghai.

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque of Brunei is the  most attractive tourist destination of the country specially for those who have interest in the unique architectures.

Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia

Indonesia has a fantastic Islamic structure which is famous for its magnificent white walls and superb black dome. This is known as Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia located in the center of the city of Banda Aceh, Aceh province.Baiturrahman Grand Mosque Of Indonesia

Baiturrahman Grand Mosque is a 130-years old mosque which truly represents the culture of the Acehnese people of Indonesia. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was designed by an Italian architect and built by the Dutch colonial administration as a token of reconciliation following their destruction of an older mosque during the Aceh wars. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was survived from the devastating tsunami in 2004 when hundreds of people sought refuge and the whole city was destroyed.

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The historic facts suggest that Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia was firstly built from wood in 1612 under the reign of Sultan Iskandar Muda. Although according to some historians Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was firstly constructed even earlier in 1292 by Sultan Alaidin Mahmudsyah. During the Aceh war in 1873, Baiturrahman Grand Mosque got fire and it was burnt to the ground. In 1879, Major General Vander who was acting as the Military General reconstructed Baiturrahman Grand Mosque as the symbolic emblem of the Acehnese culture. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia has a 35-meter tower, 7 grand domes and 7 minarets in total.

Whimsical Wisteria Gardens and Tunnel in Japan

I think this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Welcome to the Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan. The natural tree setting allows the perfectly lined strands of wisteria to fall where they may, and the varying lavender hues able to fade in and out to give the gardens some depth. The most fantastic part of this area is the tunnel formed from wisteria flowers, which would be an amazing place to let the mind, body and soul wander.

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The Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan embodies all of that and more. The natural tree setting allows the perfectly lined strands of wisteria to fall where they may, and the varying lavender hues able to fade in and out to give the gardens some depth. The most fantastic part of this area is the tunnel formed from wisteria flowers, which would be an amazing place to let the mind, body and soul wander.

Kawachi-Fuji-Garden-Wisteria-TunnelIt’s very far and few between these days that gardens are playfully constructed with the user’s perspective in mind. Japan has some interesting landscaping going on in many forms– with one of our favorites being a floral escape that’s just perfect for an Alice in Wonderland type day.

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Mountain of Forty Souls

HAZARGANJI

THE POSSESSOR OF THOUSAND TREASURES 

Leap Of Faith

Leap Of Faith

Balochistan is a country rife with tales of hidden treasures left behind by passing hordes through the long and creative years of history. From the arid wastes of Makran through the juniper-scented valleys of Kalat to the sun-baked hills of the Marri-Bugti area, echo tales of hidden riches. Some, therefore, believe that the name refers to that untold and undiscovered wealth in Hazarganji.

Some 20 kilometres south of Quetta, past Dasht-e-Bedaulat (‘Wretched Plain” — a misnomer now because electricity and tube wells have turned this once barren land fertile) there rises an imposing purple loom west of the road. Rising to 3,308 metres (10,850 feet) above the sea, this, in common parlance, is Chiltan. Ask any Brahui who lives in its shadow and he will call it Chehel Tan — Forty Souls. He will also tell you that the valleys below are called Hazarganji — Possessor of a Thousand Treasures.

Hazarganj National Park

Hazarganj National Park

Aside: Balochistan is a country rife with tales of hidden treasures left behind by passing hordes through the long and creative years of history. From the arid wastes of Makran through the juniper-scented valleys of Kalat to the sun-baked hills of the Marri-Bugti area, echo tales of hidden riches. Some, therefore, believe that the name refers to that untold and undiscovered wealth in Hazarganji.

But the Brahui will tell you another story. Long years ago, there lived a poor Brahui shepherd and his good wife who remained childless despite years of wedlock. Then, Providence gave them not one nor two, but fully forty children. Worried how they would feed this brood, the couple resolved to keep one and abandon the others in the forests of Hazarganji. Days went by and reports filtered in of the mysterious ravines being inhabited by a bunch of elfin children who enticed travellers away. No one could catch them and anyone who pursued them was forever lost in the unknown folds of Hazarganji.

Shamed that he and his wife had not kept faith and abandoned the children, the shepherd went into the forest with his remaining child in order to lure his progeny back. But the pixies of the forest were too smart for the old man: they stole their last sibling and made off into the forest to forever become ghosts that everybody heard of and few laid eyes upon to survive to tell the tale. And so the mountain came to be called Chehel Tan.

Ratti Gali Lake Of Kashmir

Pakistani administered Kashmir is full of breathtaking rivers and lakes that fascinate for their bewildered charm and enchantment. Dowarian or Duwariyan is also a phenomenal spot situated 22 km above Athmuqam at an altitude of 1615 meters in Neelam Valley which is surrounded by mountains full of conifer trees. From Dowarian a headstrong and ruthless trek leads towards the Ratti Imagegali Pass which about 30 kilometers towards west, connects the Neelum and Kaghan Valleys. There also lies a mesmerizing beauty which is known as the Ratti Gali Lake and the trekkers or climbers have to track 2 days from Duwariyan to visit Ratti Gali lake which is located almost 12,100 ft high above sea level. In the summer season, the whole area around this mesmerizing lake becomes a place of lush green meadows, wild and magnificent flowers and radiant alpine plantations while in winter this valley is covered with white snow and big chunks of Glacier floats in the dark blue magical water of Ratti Gali Lake like huge swans.