Visit Japan and Discover its Magnificence

Visit Japan and discover its magnificence

The word Japan transpires a vision of a technologically developed modern country with its deep roots in ancient history and religion. Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with its cities bursting with imposing skyscrapers, majestic imperial palaces serving reminder of their glorious past, hilly national parks and ancient shrines and temples. Japan is exciting with its humble people who are filled with national pride for their country, their culture, their food especially sushi, rich heritage and their cutting edge technological advancement. This is not all, you got to visit Japan and discover its true magnificence.

Japan falls among the top attractions for the tourists as 19.73 million people visited Japan in 2015. It has lot to offer with nature’s blessings in its sultry sea beaches, landscapes, high mountains and panoramic kaleidoscopic sceneries. Here it is important to mention of their 19 UNESCO world heritage sites for the purpose of sightseeing.

August Overview-The land of morning sun leaves rains behind in July and the month of August has 83% chances of sunny days. The temperature would be pleasant between 23° to 29°c, though it will be bit humid. August is the peak time for beach activities, Hanabi-a festival of fireworks to ward off the evil spirits and 4 more festivals during August here. A great dance festival in Tokushima will be held between 12th to 15th August. In addition, there will be exhibitions and 97 trade fairs on variety of concepts. In fact, August visit will be very enlightening for the visitors.

Japan
Japan

How to reach Japan

Japan has very busy air traffic and has flights to its 4 International airports from all over the world.

Narita International airport Tokyo– is the biggest airport in Japan that is 60 km east of Tokyo city. One can take train to Tokyo city, Yokohama, Shinjuku, Shibuya etc. 

Haneda Internal Airport-  is in south Tokyo 22 km away, where one can ride on a mono rail or train to reach Tokyo. Haneda airport is the biggest domestic airport too in Japan.

Kansai International airport – is in west Japan located 40 km from Osaka. This airport is for reaching to Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, Kumano-Kodo.

Chubu Centrair International airport- 30 km from Nagoya. The cities of Takayama, Shirakwa -Go and Ise Shrine.

The flights to practically every city are available, besides bullet trains and other express trains that are the easiest mode of transport for travelling from one city to another.

Japan Accommodation facilities- Japan has numerous all budget hotels, in addition there are alternative accommodations available such as furnished apartments, hostels & dormitories, traditional style accommodations, capsule hotels with shared bath, a TV for males generally. Weekly and monthly hotels and flats too are available.



Cuisines

   Sushi – Sushi is a national dish of Japan. Rice and sea food variations include Nigiri, Gunkan, Norimaki etc.

      Bowl of rice – steamed rice, vinegar and soya sauce such as Donburi

      Rice balls (Onigiri) – Seasoned rice wrapped in sea weeds.

      Kare Raisu (Curry rice) – a curry and rice dish

      Chahan (fried rice) – with vegetables and eggs Chinese inspired fried rice

Kayu – a rice porridge

       Sashimi – Sea food dish, raw fish with wasabi and soya sauce

      Yakizakana  – grilled fish (such as salmon, mackerel, etc.)

      Noodles –  Soba- native noodles dish, Udon- wheat noodles, Somen- thin wheat Noodles

      Yakisoba – Noodles mixed with vegetables and meat. Eaten in fests

Nabe –       A soupy mix of noodles, seafood, mushrooms and vegetables, Sukiyaki is a variation.

      Meat dishes – Yakitori, Tonkastu, Yakiniku, Nikujaga and Teppanyaki etc.

      There are other Tofu and soya-bean dishes.

Sightseeing in Japan

TOKYO

The bustling capital city has numerous neon lighted skyscrapers and technology that reflects everywhere. The unlimited choices are offered in shopping, entertainment, culture and food fest of Tokyo. From 16th century one small castle town of Edo, as it was called, to one of the populous and happening metro, Tokyo has come long way. There are much to witness here.

Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo Imperial Palace – Emperor’s residence with beautiful gardens.

Parks – Odaiba and Ueno parks, Shinjuku Gyoen park with greenhouse, Koishikawa Korakuen, Hama Rikyu etc.

Tokyo Dome city – an entertainment district

 Exhibition center Roppongi – Art, nightlife, art galleries, exhibitions and aquariums

 Harajuku district – An locality of fashion, culture, shopping, art galleries and churches.

 Meiji Shrine – A Shinto shrine with aesthetic gardens

 Senso ji – Historic temple of Goddess of mercy

 Yasukuni shrine – A shrine dedicated to war dead

 Tsukiji Fish market – It is the largest fish market with all kinds of fishes

 Edo -Tokyo Museum excellent display of Tokyo’s history.

 Tokyo Skytree – 2nd highest structure at 634m in Sumida, having broadcasting center, restaurant and observation facilities.

OSAKA

A bustling port city and commercial center on the island of Honshu, is known for its contemporary architecture, lively nightlife and popular street food. Third most populated city in Japan at a distance of 515 km from Tokyo, on bullet train one can reach there in 2 hours 22 minutes. By air too there are so many flight every day. 

Okasa
Okasa

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Osaka’s Shogunate Castle –  is a 16th-century edifice which is its prime historical milestone, it is surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry trees.

The Shinto Sumiyoshi -Taisha Shrine is among Japan’s oldest of shrines.

Theme park – At Osaka water front

Osaka aquarium – Impressive aquarium

Minami (Namba) – Downtown for shopping and having fun

Tenjin Matsuri – Summer festival fireworks’ main place

Museum of history – city’s history well displayed

Shitennjoi temple – Ancient temple

Minoo park – on outskirts a forest park with waterfalls

Science museum – Interactive science museum

KYOTO

Once was the capital of Japan, Kyoto is a beautiful city located on the island of Honshu it has thousands of Buddhist temples and shrines. Kaiseki dining traditions, Geisha the female entertainers, Shinto shrines and wooden houses are its typical identity reasons. Kyoto is 513km from Tokyo and train takes 2 hours 18 minutes to reach there.

 

Kyoto
Kyoto

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Nijo Castle – famous wooden castle

Kinkakuji & Ginkaku -ji zen temple- famous gold color temple in serene and peaceful environment

Fushimi Inari Taisha – Shinto shrine with unique gates

Temples – Ryoan-ji, Nazan-ji,

Arashiyama – bamboo forest with monkeys

OKINAWA

Okinawa comprises of 150 islands in the East China Sea, lies between Taiwan and Japan’s mainland. World War II sites are its uniqueness. It’s known for its tropical climate, broad beaches and coral reefs etc. 2115 km is the distance of Okinawa from Tokyo and flights from Haneda airport are available easily. Although ferries are the option too but these are expensive and time taking.

OKINAWA
OKINAWA

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Naha – Okinawa’s capital is famous for its Shuri castle

Miyakojima – Known for Snorkeling, scuba diving, golf, sea turtles, beaches etc.

Ishigaki – beaches, blue coral reef and mountains

Iromote Jima – Water buffaloes, waterfalls, water sports such as Scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing

Okinawa island, Kumejima, Kohama island, Onna Okinawa – famous for whale watching, cycling, snorkeling, scuba diving, caves and beaches

FUKUOKA

Fukuoka is the capital of Fukuoka region on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island. It’s known for its ancient temples, beaches and modern shopping malls, including Canal City. The city is also renowned for Tonkotsu ramen food, offered at the street stalls. At a distance of 1087 km, the trains take 5 hours to reach there. You can fly directly there too.

FUKUOKA
FUKUOKA

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Ohori park – A nice park

Kushida shrine – an ancient shrine

Fukuoka castle – a historical castle in a huge park

Canal city Hakata – a shopping center

KyushuNational museum – Culture is the concept and is displayed nicely

Marine world Uminonakamichi – Aquarium with sea life, otters and dolphins are its main attractions.

Join the growing number of tourists to this beautiful country and discover the magnificence of Japan for an ultimate experience.

Visit Malaysia for Awesome Vacation Experience

Visit Malaysia for awesome vacation experience

Malaysia is a tourist friendly place that has numerous matchless attractions, from the condensed urban jungle of Kuala Lumpur to the unspoiled beaches of the Perhentian Islands. Malaysia is stunning in its beauty and often undervalued in comparison to its neighbors Singapore or Thailand. Its location is on Asian main land and partly in the island of Borneo. There is much more in store for you than its capital Kuala Lumpur. Visit Malaysia this August and find new tourism vistas open for you in this Federal Constitutional Monarchy.

Discover Malaysia

Spend the day with an ethnic old tribe or in a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands or ramble through the huge national parks of Gunung Mulu and Taman Negara, coming across exciting wildlife that includes Malaysian tigers and Orangutans. Make Borneo part of your itinerary and discover the jungle and dive at Sipadan island, an excellent marine habitat and one of the best diving spot in the world. Here mentioning is mandatory in regards to the great mixed ethnicity in Malaysian food from Indian curries, Chinese cuisines to Malay specialties, that’s truly savoring. Malaysia is unique in true sense.

National park Gunung Mulu
National park Gunung Mulu

August Overview for travel

Malaysia generally has dry weather in the month of August. The east coast of the peninsula remains sunny and dry, the islands there offer fair opportunities for snorkeling and diving adventures. The visitors throng the place in August as it is considered best time for sea sports activities. West coast islands will be humid, though drop in the temperature might be noticed after heavy showers that won’t last long. Overall August is a month to enjoy nature, wildlife and beautiful urban gardens.



Events in August that you can combine

Rainforest World Music Festival from 5th August in Sarawak, Penang has George Town Festival- a culture showcase event on 29th July to 28th August, sports lovers can enjoy Port Dickson Triathlon events on 20 & 21 August

How to reach Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is well connected by flights from most of the countries. If direct flights are not available one can reach through Singapore or Bangkok.

Local transport

For distant destinations, domestic flights are available, that’s one easy way. Regular ferries, Bus and train services are available as well. For commuting within cities, one can have taxis, boats, tri-wheelers and car rentals facilities.

Hotel facilities in Malaysia

There are great numbers of hotels that facilitate all the budgets, in all the cities of Malaysia. In addition to the hotels there are short term rooms on rentals, guest houses, religious housing, upscale hostels, farm stay options etc. that can facilitate your longer stays at one place.

Malaysian Cuisines

  • National dish– Nasi Lemak a Malayan dish of rice, coconut and Pandan leaves
  • National drink- Teh Tarik is a beverage, Tea mixed with creamy milk, it is very popular there.
  • Chicken preparations– Chicken satay, chicken curry, Malaysian Mango chicken, chicken dry stir- fry, spicy turmeric chicken, Sesame oil chicken, chicken rice and chicken Randang etc.
  • Sea food- Preparation of fishes, Prawns and shrimps in the shape of fish balls, prawn mee, Shrimp with curry leaves, stuffed crab (poo cha), Sambal Udang (Prawn sambal), Nyona Acar fish, curry fish head, chili crab,
  • Noodles- BeeThai Bak (Rice noodle soup), Pan Mee (hakka flat noodle soup) etc.
  • Desserts- Coffee ice cream, Pumpkin roll, Seri Muka, and great variety of cakes and pastries.

Sightseeing in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR

You are likely to spend many more days in Kuala Lumpur than anywhere else. The city is a bustling jungle of the buildings and people. Here you can see vertical delight in Petronas Twin Tower about 430m tall, you can also walk on the open bridge connecting two towers and can have a panoramic view from that amazing height. The capital city has a remarkable bird zoo and about 10 well developed beautiful parks, that act like the green lungs to the city. Perdana Lake Gardens, Butterfly parks, Orchid garden and Hibiscus garden to name few gardens.

KUALA LUMPUR
KUALA LUMPUR

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Perhentian Island

One can take flight to Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu, from there taxi or bus will take you to Kuala Besut Jetty, boats take 1.5 hrs. to 2 hrs. from there to reach Perhentian Island, total 330 km from the capital. Island is known for snorkeling and diving besides its amazing sea habitats, corals & reefs and aesthetic pristine sea beaches.

Perhentian Island
Perhentian Island

PENANG

About 300 km from Kuala Lumpur Penang can be reached by Air, Bus or Train. Trains are more advisable, it goes up to Butterworth, from there taxis and ferries go to Penang, colonial time edifices are the identity of George Town its capital. Sights not to be missed are its lovely beaches, forests, Nature, Penang National Park and Churches. The absorbing activities one can really enjoy there are Hiking, backpack tours, surface water sports, shopping and relish amazing sea food.

PENANG
PENANG

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JOHOR BAHRU

Johor Bahru is 331 km from KL, one can reach easily by Air, Bus or train. It’s the capital of state of Johor at the southern tip of Malay peninsula. A causeway across straits of Johor takes you to Singapore, 300,000 locals go on it and work in Singapore. Johor Bahru is known for its nightlife, shopping malls, main boulevard of main business center Jalan Wong Ah Fook. The tourists’ favorites are Legoland & Danga Bay amusement parks, Istanana Besar palace, Pulai waterfalls, Johor Baru Chinese temple and Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque.

 

JOHOR BAHRU
JOHOR BAHRU

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MALACCA

Malacca city is the capital of central state of Malacca. At a distance of 122 km from KL, this is one of the oldest place in the straits of Malacca. You can reach Malacca city by Bus conveniently from KL. For local transport well colorful Trishaws are available. Its attractions are breathtaking nature’s visuals, churches, street food, The Stadthuys a 17th century Dutch building, Butterfly & Reptile sanctuary, Malacca Sultanate palace, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park.

MALACCA
MALACCA

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KOTA-KINABALU

Sabah state’s capital Kota Kinabalu is 1623 km from KL, can be reached by air, train or bus easily. Located on Borneo Island this coastal city is surrounded by rain forests in parts. Known for boardwalks along the beaches, the city is the hub of commercial and entertainment activities, Kinabalu beaches, Kota Kinabalu mosque, Kinabalu National Park where 4095m high Mount Kinabalu is located. It is known for its excellent food and entertaining evenings.

KOTA-KINABALU
KOTA-KINABALU

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Visit Malaysia this August and enjoy the fun filled vacation to the hilt, considering that Malaysia is one of the most economical places in Southeast Asia.

Travel to Thailand – the Fun Capital of Asia

Travel to Thailand – the fun capital of Asia

When you sit and ponder about the destination plans, then you must look for South-eastern Asian countries for variety of reasons primarily because of their contemporary modern hi-tech tourism infrastructure and well- preserved ancient traditions. The name of Thailand will come spontaneously in the mind, when you look for complete action packed holidays. The Thailand visit will open up plethora of nature’s bounty that will unfold right there in front of your eyes. It is the fun capital of Asia with its nightlife, spas, malls, beaches, excursions on water and land, to name just a few.

VISIT THAILAND

Thailand is by far the most visited country, especially the city of Bangkok that attracts largest numbers of visitors in comparison to the other landmark cities of the world. The Global Destination Cities Index in 2013 placed Bangkok ahead of London, as most visited destination by foreign tourists in the world. Probably the biggest reason for its enhanced tourism being in its location in Southeast Asia, where tourists from Asian countries, in particular hugely populated India and China tourists visit Bangkok frequently.

August overview– August is the right time to visit Thailand. This is the time when summer and winter rush is less, hence one can have best of deals in hotels and other travel expenses. Another August tourism    preference is related to its weather, as Thailand experiences rainfall and temperature dips low, it becomes all the more reason for travel to Thailand, although humidity remains high. Northern Thailand cities like Chiang Mai get heavy rains in August. When looking for sunny and sandy coastal places, look for Hua Hin, Pranburi, Cha am amongst others.



How to reach

Suvarnabhumi Airport of Bangkok gets flight from all parts of the world. The city is 33 km from the airport, the taxis and buses are available from there.

Thailand Hotels’ facilities

Bangkok is a happening city, the hotels here compliment all budgets from extravagant hotels to budget hotels, on every location of the city, namely Sukhumvit on the 18 km long road stretch. The area caters to the needs of all. Riverside is a high end magical locality, with water taxis and barges plying on the river that is scenic and unforgettable. Silom area is more of a business area, here hotels and excellent restaurants are available in plenty. Pratunam, Siam, Chinatown, Old city are the bustling and fun area to take up a hotel accommodation.

Cuisines of Thailand

  • Tom Yum Goong- shrimp soup
  • Som Tum- Green papaya salad
  • Toma Kha kai- Chicken in coconut milk
  • Gaeng Daeng- meat and coconut based curry
  • Pad Thai- Thai noodles
  • Khao pad- Fried rice preparation
  • Pad Krapow Moo Saap – Pork and basil with rice
  • Gaeng Keow Wang kai- Chicken cooked in green curry
  • Yam Nua- Beef salad
  • Kai Med Ma Muang- Chicken and cashew nut dish

Sightseeing in Thailand

BANGKOK

‘City of Angels’ as Bangkok is referred in Thai language, the city is modern in its outlook and carries popularity for its beaches, historical locales, skyscrapers and shopping facilities. It has certain notorious entertainment attractions for certain tourists in its red light areas. The massage parlous and spas here do great business and have an element of attraction for a section of tourists, probably because of its affordability and high standards.

Bangkok, Thailand

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The city has various attractions in the form of monuments and locations.

  • The Grand palace– A magnificent palace in the city
  • Wat Arun– temple of Dawn
  • Temple of Emerald Buddha
  • WATS- Mahathat, Pho, Woravihara and Traimit
  • Baiyoke Sky Tower- Tallest building of Bangkok 310meter high
  • Museum– Jim Thomspon House and Ban Kamthieng house
  • Victory Monument
  • Best beaches around Bangkok- Hua Hin, Koh Samet.
  • Nightlife in clubs and trendy malls
  • Floating boat markets

 PATTAYA

Pattaya is an eastern Gulf Coast popular tourist destination, famous for its entertainment tourism, nightlife and beaches. Jet skiing and para sailing are very trendy for adventure lovers.

PATTAYA
PATTAYA

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How to reach

By Air-Pattaya’s airport is U-Tapao Airport located 30 kilometres from Pattaya. Flights are very frequent.

By Bus– Buses and taxis ply from Bangkok to Pattaya covering a distance of 122 km.

By Train– An economical way to travel between Bangkok and Pattaya, it has regular availability.

Sighseeing– Jomtien beach, Walking street, Ko Phai, Bira circuit auto racing, Sanctury of Truth-wooden building, Srirach Tiger zoo, Water park etc.

 PHUKET

The coastal city of Phuket is very famous for its beaches and blue sea. It’s also called paradise island. A modern city having extreme fun, mixed with adventure opportunities, is known for the speed boats travels to adjacent islands such as Bond island. City’s golf courses, cruises, sail boats and yachting, eco-adventures and never ending fun on Patong beach makes Phuket an unforgettable destination.

PHUKET
PHUKET

Hotels– There is no dearth of excellent and pocket friendly hotels in Phuket.

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How to reach – 2nd busiest airport of Thailand, it has regular inbound and out-bound domestic and international flights. Flights from Bangkok 686 km away are more preferred, though the bus service is also there.

CHIANG-MAI

An ancient mountainous island in northern Thailand is a picturesque place. A 12th century Buddhist town now a much visited tourist destination with sights like temples WATS in Thai, namely Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Man, Phra Singh and Chedi Luang besides other ancient temples and other religion’s spiritual monuments. August is rainy time here normally, so check out before going there.

CHIANG-MAI
CHIANG-MAI

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How to reach– By air one can reach easily here, 3 km from city, the airport has international and domestic flights both. Bangkok being 695 km by road from here, the buses too are available. Regular train service is available.

HUA HIN and CHA-AM

How to reach–  200 km from Bangkok, Trains, taxis and buses are available to these places.

The twin coastal towns of Hua Hin and Cha Am are 25 km from each other. The unique feature of Hua Hin is its guest houses built on jetties, besides numbers of ancient and modern all budget hotels. A popular destination of European tourists, there are sightseeing opportunities such as Klai Kang Won, royal residence, long sandy beaches with beach facilities, adventure sports such as jet-skiing that are available along with many other water sports.

HUA HIN and CHA-AM
HUA HIN and CHA-AM

Travel to Thailand if you really want to know the definition of one never ending big party, then travel to Thailand this August.

Top Destinations to Visit in August

Top destinations to visit in August

South-east Asian countries have something unique about them. Most of them are modern yet stick to their ancient traditions, religions, preserve their culture and food habits. If you have some plans to travel somewhere, don’t look beyond Thailand, Malaysia and Japan, as these are among the top destinations to visit in August.

August overview- August is preferred by regular travelers who like to travel in this month only. As weather in Malaysia is rainy at certain parts of the country, the temperature drops down to around 29°c or less. In Malaysia mostly weather remains good and sunny in places like Redang, Perhentian, Kuala Terengganu and Tioman. In Japan the temperature in August remains between 26°c to 29°c, the rains are sparse in the month of August there.

In Thailand the weather remains good with the temperature dropping to 28°c, except in the northern parts of the country in the hill island Chiang Mai, that gets fair amount of rains during August. Rest of the places can experience some showers, that one has to check before proceeding there. The bottom line is   that, in all these countries, August month is the best time when rush of people is less.



VISIT THAILAND

Thailand is a country with a big appeal for the tourists of all kinds, for the secluded kind there are beaches, cool hideouts, bars and unexplored wilderness. For fun lovers there is plenty, from the shopping malls, Massage spas, bars, classy red light area, all night activities clubs etc. For adventure lovers, there is so much to do such as jet-skiing, yachting, speed boat rides and deep sea diving.

Thailand map
Thailand map

Cities in Thailand to see

  • BangkokThe capital city where fun never sleeps

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  • Pattaya The blue sea and sandy beaches, a picture perfect place
  • Phuket- A well -known coastal town, where one can enjoy the sunshine, water sports, speed boat rides to the islands and picturesque panoramic scenes.
  • Chiang Mai – A northern island is a Buddhist monument’s city, besides great fun with its beauty.
  • Hua Hin and Cha-Am- The twin coastal towns are great for Europeans who enjoy great facilities on the sandy sea beaches.

VISIT MALAYSIA

Malaysia is a pleasant and hassle free country, it’s vibrant with multi-cultural population that includes Malay, Chinese, Indians, other ethnic and indigenous groups. This exotic country has all, historical monuments, temples, nature’s wealth, beaches, jungles, wild life and good transportation system.

Malaysia map
Malaysia map

Cities in Malaysia for tourists

  • Kuala lumpur- The capital city’s skyline is covered by skyscrapers such as 451 m tall Petronas twin towers.
  • Penang On Malay Peninsula, by the strait of Malacca, this is the state of Malaysia it has Penang island where its capital George Town is located.
  • Johor Bahru- at Peninsula connecting Singapore, Johor bahru is a happening place with its night life.
  • Malacca cityMalacca city reflects its colonial past with beautiful churches and monuments
  • Kota Kinabalu- Capital city of Sabah state it is a lovely coastal place.

VISIT JAPAN

An island nation in the Pacific Japan is technologically happening, full of high rise buildings, Shinto and Buddhist temples and gardens.  A country that should to be seen to believe.

Japan map
Japan map
  • Tokyo Capital city, it is bustling, modern yet culturally strong, a beautiful city.

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  • Osaka On Honshu island, Osaka is a port city and a business center.
  • Kyoto On Honshu island, it has great Buddhist and Shinto shrines, attractive culture showcase.

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  • Okinawa- A big island city has plenty of attractions such as Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, beaches etc.
  • Fukuoka- Huge city on Kyushu Island, malls, beaches, art museum has plenty of monuments.

Certainly the top destinations to visit in August as described, will motivate you to travel to Thailand, Malaysia and Japan, and have great time there.

Beautiful Bhutan Enjoys Nature’s Generous Bounty

Breathtakingly beautiful Bhutan enjoys nature’s generous bounty

Bhutan- the last Shangri-la on earth

Overview

Bhutan is a small land-locked country located in the north- east side of India. China is located on its north and other three sides are covered by Indian territories. Nepal is at its west, separated by India’s Sikkim state, farther south is Bangladesh beyond Indian states of West Bengal and Assam. Breathtakingly beautiful Bhutan enjoys nature’s generous bounty. The land of ‘thunder dragon’ Bhutan has ancient temples and fortresses and its rich treasure of the culture. It fits description of Shangri-la to the boot, as depicted in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon.

In 1974 Bhutan came out of self-imposed isolation and started promoting tourism discreetly. They love their culture, natural habitats and heritage so much that they are still careful about volume of tourist inflow. Visa for all is mandatory to take, except for the citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives.

Bhutan

How to reach

Air- Paro International airport is located deep in a valley 2,235 meters (7,333 feet), and is surrounded by   imposing mountains of 4,900-meter height. Druk Air of Bhutan is the only way to fly in and out. It’s connected to Indian cities Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Bagdogra and Gaya; Bangladesh, Nepal and Singapore.

Train– Nearest railway station is Hasimara, from here distance of last Indian town Jaigaon is 15 km,  from Jaigaon to Phuntsoling is 4 km, Thimpu (capital of Bhutan )from here is 164km.

Road– Road journey to Bhutan’s bordering town Phuntsoling is scenic. Distance from Siliguri to Jaigaon is 94 km.




Sightseeing

Thimpu

Capital of Bhutan was established as the capital in 1961. It has colorful weekend market and quirky shops, museums and landmarks like the National Memorial Buddhist Chorten that is built by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This small city is without traffic lights. Amazing? Surly it is!!

Thimpu

Culture

Thimpu is a perfect showcase of Bhutanese culture. Exotic national dress code, dances, media and monastic traditions. Tshechu is an important 4- day festival performed with jest in autumn. A famous mask dance Cham dances are performed in the courtyards of Tashichho Dzong.

Taktsang Lhakhang

High above the Paro valley tucked at 3,000m, this monastery is known as Tiger’s Nest. It was built in the 8th century, when legend has it the 2nd Buddha, Guru Rimpoche, meditated here. For Buddhist pilgrims this is one of the most sacred sites in the Himalayas. For any onlooker this place is amazingly panoramic.

Taktsang Lhakhang

Gangtey

This splendid glacial valley lies at an elevation of 2900m. After climbing up through dense forests enriched with flora and fauna, you will be startled to find open expanse of dwarf bamboos. The valley has two beautiful nomadic rivers, Nakay Chhu and Gay Chhu. Overlooking this almost flat valley is the village and monastery of Gangtey.  Regarding its fascinating wild- life the black-necked cranes, barking deer, wild boars, red foxes, leopards and Himalayan black bears, are exemplary.

Gangtey

Tashicho Dzong

Tashicho Dzhong was originally built in 1641. Known as the ‘fortress of glorious religion’, It was rebuilt in 1952 by the third king and is now used as the seat of the Royal Bhutanese Government. Situated in beautiful gardens, it is also the summer residence of the central monastic body.

Tashicho Dzong

Jigme Dorje Wangchuk National Park

A remote village in the Rukha is a hidden wonder. Accessible only by a precarious rope bridge, Experience the other face of Bhutan’s hospitable rural community.

Jigme Dorje Wangchuk National Park

Activities when in Bhutan

  • Cycling
  • Hiking & Camping expeditions
  • Nature & Wild life tours
  • River rafting and tubing
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Horseback riding tours
  • Golfing
  • Scenic drives
  • Ethnic shopping & tasting Ethnic food

Few interesting facts about Bhutan

  • Bhutan’s king is Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, in 2008 Bhutan transited from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy.
  • In 2006 Bhutan was world’s 8th happiest and happiest Asian country.
  • TV and internet opened up in 1999 by government of Bhutan for all.
  • Druk Air has fleet of 5 planes and to 10 destinations it has its services.
  • Vajrayana Buddhism is the state religion of Bhutan and Hinduism is second after this.
  • Bhutan’s main language is
  • Buddhism was introduced in 7th century by Tibetan king Songstan Gampo.
  • Bhutan maintains strong economic, strategic and military relations with neighboring India.
  • Its Royal Bhutan Army has 16,000 soldiers trained by Indian