You may not think of the lofty Himalayan peaks as a natural vacation spot in the winter, but there are wonderful sights and experiences there during the cold months of the year. The mountains are breathtaking in their beauty, the frozen lakes are spectacular, and winter sports activities abound. Three Himalayan states in India, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu and Kashmir, have wonderful spots for a Himalayan travel experience in the winter.
If you’re in Cape Town and you want to unwind on a lazy Sunday afternoon, get behind the wheel and drive to the amazing Cape Point. The road trip will exceed all your expectations. Packed with diverse ocean views, dramatic landscapes and beautiful sceneries, Cape Point is the perfect place to be if you want to relax while in Cape Town. As a matter of fact, the whole False Bay is famous for its fishing villages, wealth of activities and quaint towns.
The island of Madeira is best reached through its capital of Funchal. This city has just over 100,000 inhabitants, large enough to get lost in, diverse enough not to get bored of. Funchal boasts of two main personalities: Cristiano Ronaldo – footballer born in the suburbs of Funchal and Charles – the last King of Hungary/last Emperor of Austria, who is buried at the Monte Church.
Paris and Venice are wonderful, but such popular European cities are often thronged with crowds of tourists. If you want a more authentic experience, without feeling like you’re surrounded by a horde of visitors, check out these secret European hot spots. You’ll feel like you’ve discovered a hidden gem.
For those out there who’ve always wanted a trip down the magnificent Rhine or Danube etc., cruising Europe’s waterways has never been more in vogue. Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) announced earlier this month a new fall promotion for its most popular itineraries in Europe and Russia.
The Catalonian capital of Barcelona might as well be considered Europe’s capital of art. Artists like Joan Miró, Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Salvador Dalí are just a few of the big names – strong representatives from Catalonia. Museums and art creations by these artists are found in abundance in the city of Barcelona.
Porto is Portugal’s second largest city – major commercial and industrial centre and, it’s famous for the World-renowned port wine, which is produced there. But the city on the Douro River’s northern bank is also an attractive travel destination. Breathtaking views, the mentioned famous wines, the Douro River and the splendid architecture are all strong reasons for visiting Porto.
The Himalayan chain is home to the world’s highest and most impressive mountain peak, The Everest. Its plateau begins in Pakistan and it stretches all the way to beautiful India, Bhutan, and beautiful Nepal until it reaches China on the east. The landscape from the top is majestic; packed with surreal glaciers, deep valleys and hidden lakes, Himalaya is a dreamlike destination for avid trekkers.