Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

The Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage is one of the most arduous and challenging treks for religious pilgrims in the world. Mount Kailash is abode of Lord Shiva and the mountain is the source of the giant rivers of India the; Brahmaputra, Indus, Sutlej and Karnali. Ancient texts refer to the mountain as the center of the world. The symmetrical mountain is one of the most beautiful and sacred of the Himalaya. A series of five ancient temples are situated around the mountain flanks. A journey around the mountain will free pilgrims from endless cycles of birth and death. Pilgrims having been making the trek to the region in a tradition that dates back at least several thousand years. The journey is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists while followers of the Jain and Bönpo religions travel the 52km trek around the mountain in a counterclockwise direction.

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5 Great Attractions in Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is home to 12 million people and the Greater Tokyo area has a population of 35 million people making it the most populated urban area in the world. Depending on how you count it the Pearl River Delta might be as high as 40 million if you include Shenzhen. No matter which is the biggest Tokyo is a huge, wealthy and fascinating metropolis which brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan.

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Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park

The rugged volcanic landscape around Mount Bromo is itself reason enough to visit Indonesia. It’s relatively easily accessible and an easy hike to the view points around Bromo. The more adventuresome can plan a two day overnight trek to Mount Semeru (the highest in Java at 3,676 m).

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African Fish Eagles of Lake Naivasha

The African Fish Eagle is well known for its hunting abilities and can be seen eating fish and even small crocodiles. Lake Naivasha (1900m) is itself too cold for crocodiles. Touring the lake on a small boat, it is possible to get your boatman to call for these majestic birds and bait them out with a small fish (Tilapia). The Fish Eagles typically pair up and spend most of the day in their nests high in the Acacia Trees surrounding the lakes.

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Rishikesh: From Sadhus to Hippies

Whether you’re just tired of Delhi or wanted to escape away, Rishikesh is one place you can visit. It is a small town located in Uttarakhand that had its fame when the Beatles visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram.  A sacred place for all Hindus, it is where the River Ganges sets down from the Himalayas. It is place for yoga, river rafting, adventurers, sadhus, hippies, gurus and devotees.

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