Tours For 2 » Travel Tips For Couples http://toursfor2.com Romantic Escapes With The Love Of Your Life Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:06:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Five Tips to Keep the Spice in Your Romance http://toursfor2.com/five-tips-keep-spice-romance/ http://toursfor2.com/five-tips-keep-spice-romance/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:00:36 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1709 If you both plan on having a memorable vacation then it is essential to keep the spice in your relationship before you make plans to travel. If not, then your vacation may one that you wish you never took and could care less to remember when tensions build over wrong turns, detours or cancelled events. […]

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If you both plan on having a memorable vacation then it is essential to keep the spice in your relationship before you make plans to travel. If not, then your vacation may one that you wish you never took and could care less to remember when tensions build over wrong turns, detours or cancelled events. All things that are out of your control but these possible inconveniences should not stifle you romance.

Perspective

Life is always throwing you challenges, taking your time and making your lives an over business of day-to-day cares. These things can really bog down a relationship that was once hot, now seems routine.  Take even five to 15 minutes a day. It can be in small increments of even a minute at a time to think of your love. Put a visible picture on your computer screen or desk, perhaps even a quote that is special to each other reminding you of some romantic endeavor. Along with keeping your love as the perspective in your efforts learn what makes them tick.

Love Signals

Find out what love signal as best to stoke the fire, sort of speak. Did he or she prefer words? Then little notes here and there reminding of appreciation can go a long way. Do gift show your love your care? Perhaps it is quality time or even doing something special like picking wild flowers, fixing something that would be extremely appreciated. Some people tend to be very affectionate where hugs and cuddling is a nice way to get some sparks going. Keep in mind that you are looking for what benefits them.  Essential tip that if you think about it worked really great especially in your early dating days, so why stop? Apply some of those tender moments now. Invest a few minutes of your day after all a little spark can create a big fire.

Dinning Dates

Have a dinner date, with no worries about time. Make it really special; go somewhere fancy where you both need to dress classy. You may also think about a dinner where you can dress fun. You can have a picnic under the stars, just the two of you. You may also want to visit your favorite dinning place that has incredible memories. If your budget is tight then how about a dinner date at home and you have children be sure to have them visit family while you enjoy being home for dinner, just the two of you. You can plan your dinner date in conjunction with another event such as a nice walk, theater or even a music event. It is really nice if your dinner date can be an all-night event. Next take a look at some weekend getaway ideas.

Weekend Getaways

Getaways are always nice, especially if both of your lives are busy and being home is of little use with phone calls and people dropping by. Sometimes it is just nice to take off beyond the reach of interruptions where you both can cherish and enjoy each other. It can be a weekend at a local Bed and Breakfast. For the nature lover’s it can be a camping night under the stars. You may find a remote area in the middle of nowhere that has incredible comforts for just the two of you.  If you are on a budget then think about asking family and friends for ideas, it may surprise you that they may have a nice place to get away to.

Dream Vacation

This one may take a little more planning than a weekend getaway but you can make it one that is extremely memorable. This is where you will need to put all your efforts into action. Think of how this vacation will bring you closer together. Make even the planning stages exciting. Drop hints of some romantic plans with notes or little whisper as you hug your love. No matter what your dream vacation is it certainly can be the hottest you have ever taken when you make the proper preparations.

When you make plans to go out to dinner, getaways or dream vacations, by first applying the tips mentioned above concerning your perspective and love signals; then even if for some reason plans change you will certainly have all those little love expressions to fall back on. Making memories on the spur of the moment can also be fun and filled with exciting romance.

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Romance On The River: World’s Best River Cruises http://toursfor2.com/romance-river-worlds-best-river-cruises/ http://toursfor2.com/romance-river-worlds-best-river-cruises/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:14:37 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1704 Couples really need to relax and spend a nice quite time together from time to time but with the business of everyday life, this is not always possible. Nevertheless as busy as you might be you simply can’t go on working yourself to a frazzle. A cruise down the river is just what you need […]

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Couples really need to relax and spend a nice quite time together from time to time but with the business of everyday life, this is not always possible. Nevertheless as busy as you might be you simply can’t go on working yourself to a frazzle. A cruise down the river is just what you need enjoy a short break and a little time alone with your significant other.

River Cruises in Europe

Europe is at the top of the list for river cruises simply because here you have so many different options to choose from. The Rhine, Seine, and Danube Rivers are just a few of the options available for you to enjoy a nice river cruise. Many of the rivers in Europe pass thru several different countries so you enjoy seeing new places along the way. If you choose to do some river cruising in Europe then you should definitely check out the AmaWaterways cruise company which has a large fleet of ships that cruise a number of Europe’s rivers. With this company you there are 3 nights, week-long, and even a 27 day romantic river cruise to choose from.

River Cruises in Africa

The continent of Africa is certainly not the first place that comes to mind when you are thinking about taking a river cruise but it is in fact a great choice. As a matter of fact you can turn your river cruise into an all out safari as you float past a wide variety of species along the shore. For an all out romantic cruise you should book a stay on the Zambia Queen which will take you on a luxury safari down the Chobe River bordering Botswana and Nambia.

River Cruises in Asia

Anyone who has been to Asia will agree that it is a land full of adventure and sights to behold. With a Asian river cruise you can experience the unique culture of the area while at the same time enjoying a relaxing and romantic break. The Yangtze River and the Mekong River are just two of the beautiful rivers on the continent of Asia. There are different cruise lines to choose from if you decide to take a river cruise on the Mekong River depending on where you start. A cruise on this river can take you anywhere from Vietnam to Laos and thru other Asian countries such as China and Thailand.

River Cruises in South America

The thing that makes a South American river cruise unique is definitely the exotic tropical environment and all the beautiful scenery you will float past on your journey. In all reality there is probably no river in the area that is better known than the Amazon River which happens to be a great choice for river cruises. There are several small cruise lines that will take you on a unique and romantic Amazon cruise including the SeaDream Yacht Club and Aqua Expeditions.

River Cruises in North America

Although North America is last on the list of amazing places to experience a river cruise it is in no way less romantic than any of the others. To name a few, the Columbia and Mississippi Rivers are great options for a romantic river cruise and Hudson River in New York and the St. Lawrence in Canada are a couple more great choices.

Take a river cruise along with the love of your life to enjoy the relaxing break you deserve and a chance to chill out a bit and spend some quality time together.

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Exciting Romantic Rides For Couples http://toursfor2.com/exciting-romantic-rides-couples/ http://toursfor2.com/exciting-romantic-rides-couples/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:22:19 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1699 For couples looking for a little chance to get away for a little bit and spend a romantic time together, there are many different kinds of exciting rides you can go on all around the world that are both romantic and enjoyable. Train Rides To start off this list of amazingly romantic rides to go […]

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For couples looking for a little chance to get away for a little bit and spend a romantic time together, there are many different kinds of exciting rides you can go on all around the world that are both romantic and enjoyable.

Train Rides

To start off this list of amazingly romantic rides to go on, train rides are at the top, and for a reason. There is simply something special about a train ride that gives it a unique appeal to couples. Now in order for it to be a truly romantic train ride it has to be somewhere outside of the city. Try a train ride in beautiful Alaska where you can watch all the scenery fly past you. Other places such as Scotland and other spots in Europe are also great places to catch a romantic ride on a train. If you want to make it a unique experience for both of you try booking a couple nights on a luxury sleeper train and enjoy riding the rails with the one you love.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Not only is a hot air balloon ride a unique experience, it is also a great way to find some time alone as a couple. Floating high up in the clouds and watching as the scenery unfolds beneath your balloon is an adventurous ride you are not soon to forget. For the best hot air balloon rides you should definitely head to Albuquerque, New Mexico, known as the “Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World”. Here many colorful balloons dot the sky with weather that is almost always perfect for flying. In Albuquerque there are many hot air balloon companies that will help get you started on your adventure.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

For couples enjoying a getaway in the city, a horse drawn carriage ride is just what they need to top off their romantic little escapade. A unique perspective of the city is gained when you watch all the hustle and bustle rush by as you are carried along one hoof after the other. This also offers you and your partner a nice chance to snuggle together as you check out all the sights of the city around you. For the best experience, the lovely city of Paris, France is a great place to go where you can enjoy a truly romantic ride around the area.

River Cruises

To finish up this list of romantic rides to be enjoyed, a river cruise could not go without being mentioned. Make it in the evening and enjoy a delicious dinner as you watch the sun set behind the horizon or make it an overnight trip on the water. If you want to enjoy a romantic time together than a river cruise is definitely one of your best options. Basically if there is a nice body of water nearby you can probably enjoy a nice cruise but to start out check out the city of Venice or another European destination.

Now that you have an idea of what to do it’s time to strap on your seat belts, grab your partner, and get ready to go on the romantic ride of your life. Weather you choose take a train ride across Alaska or simply float down the river on an evening cruise you are sure to have an enjoyable time. With all the choices you have you simply can’t go wrong.

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Best Activities For Traveling Couples http://toursfor2.com/best-activities-for-traveling-couples/ http://toursfor2.com/best-activities-for-traveling-couples/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 06:17:58 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1689 Traveling as a couple is a great way to spend some quality time together. When traveling however, it is important to pick destinations that offer that will be enjoyed by both of you together so that your partner does not feel “left out”. Here are a few fun activities for couples that you might look […]

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Traveling as a couple is a great way to spend some quality time together. When traveling however, it is important to pick destinations that offer that will be enjoyed by both of you together so that your partner does not feel “left out”. Here are a few fun activities for couples that you might look into for your next trip.

Horseback Riding

A nice horseback ride in the country or along the beach is a great way for you to relax and gives you some quality time together as you gallop along enjoying all the beauty around you. Some destinations to visit for a great experience include the Arizona, Bahia Brazil, Egypt and Costa Rica.

Cycling

There are two things that make cycling a great activity for couples. First it is good exercise and helps you shed a few pounds and secondly it is just a great way to spend your time as a couple. You will find many great places to do some serious cycling all over the world and it mostly depends on your preference of terrain. Some countries you can visit for cycling include the U.S.A., Chile, and France.

Hiking

This is definitely one of the more physically demanding activities mentioned in this list but it is none the less a very enjoyable activity. The challenge it offers and the sense of accomplishment that comes from this activity make it a favorite activity for couples. If you plan it right, you can make it a hiking and camping trip which will give you even more time to enjoy each other’s company.

Swimming

The thing that makes swimming such a popular activity is that it can be done almost anywhere weather it is at the beach or in the backyard of your vacation rental. Swimming is good for your health and it is also a fun activity for couples. To add a unique twist to your swim try visiting a destination that allows you to swim with dolphins, turtles or even sharks.

Scuba Diving

The beauty that is found underwater really can’t be explained, it has to be experienced. And what better way to experience the wonders of the underwater world than as a couple. Scuba diving is a great way to get a glance at an untold number of fish and other sea creatures as well as the stunning beauty that covers the ocean floors. There are some absolutely amazing spots for a scuba diving adventure such as the Blue Hole in Belize, The Red Sea of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Koh Tao Island, Thailand.

Skiing

Last but not least on this list of fun activities for traveling couples, skiing is one thing that just couldn’t be left out. Sure it’s a little colder than most of the other activities mentioned but that is just part of the fun. The thrill of gliding down the slopes on a blanket of white while watching the rest of the world whiz past you leaves you absolutely breathless. Of course it can be a little competitive if you are skiing as a couple but then again that is what makes it so fun.

The list could go on and on but now you at least have an idea of some of the more popular activities that you can enjoy while traveling with the one you love. With this list you can now easily choose the best places to visit with activities that both of you are sure to enjoy.

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Romantic Getaway In China http://toursfor2.com/romantic-getaway-in-china/ http://toursfor2.com/romantic-getaway-in-china/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:37:34 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1676 China is an absolutely lovely country to visit with its natural beauty and the amazing culture of this vast land. When it comes to romance, China is one destination that is a haven for couples looking to spend a nice relaxing time together. Weather you decide to sneak away to a quite resort or to […]

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China is an absolutely lovely country to visit with its natural beauty and the amazing culture of this vast land. When it comes to romance, China is one destination that is a haven for couples looking to spend a nice relaxing time together. Weather you decide to sneak away to a quite resort or to travel around the country and explore, you can be sure you will have a very romantic time.

Make It Luxurious

If your idea of a romantic getaway is that of pure luxury then look no further than China. Here you will find many luxury accommodations offering you everything you need during your stay in order to make it as relaxing as possible. For honeymooners, China is an especially great destination with its luxury resorts and honeymoon tours catering to those who have just been married. With the luxury spas and other great romantic attractions around China you really can’t go wrong when choosing to make a trip here.

China’s Most Romantic Cities

While all of China is beautiful, there are some cities that stand out from the rest offering a greater romantic flair. The city of Hong Kong is an exceptionally romantic city with its wonderful culture and fun attractions. The city of Xiamen is located on the southeastern coast of China and offers a absolutely lovely escape. Other notabally romantic cities include Shanghai and Fenghuang Ancient Town.

Romantic Attractions around the Country

In China you will find there are some really exciting things to do and see while on your getaway in this beautiful country. A visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing offers you a truly unique experience as you explore the palace where powerful emperors once lived many years ago. For a nice quiet time you can take a stroll thru the Beihai Park in Beijing or the Yu Garden in Shanghai. For a unique romantic adventure you can take a cruise and float down the Li River in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Last but not least a visit to the Great Wall of China is always a must do when visiting the country.

Best Beaches in China for Couples

Although China might not be the first place you think of when it comes to a beach paradise, there are however some really beautiful and romantic beaches to be discovered in China. For some of the best beaches you should head on down to Sanya, China where you will find some pristine beaches offering you plenty of fun activities to be enjoyed. If you would like to spend your entire stay in China near a beach you will find some really great resort accommodations such as the Palm Beach Resort and Spa, The Ritz Carlton in Sanya, and the Whale Island Resort.

Favorite Hotels for Lovers

For traveling couples looking for a great hotel or resort to spend some quality down time together there are many great options in China that are not so close to the beach as well. The Banyan Tree is a resort and spa in Lijiang, China offering comfortable accommodations and some great amenities. The Peninsula in Shanghai offers a bit of luxury and a romantic atmosphere combined. The Four Seasons Hotel in Guangzhou and Amanfayun in Hangzhou are a few other great choices.

If you are looking for the perfect destination to enjoy a romantic getaway there is no doubt that China is one of few destinations that tops the list when it comes to romantic places around the world.

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Romantic Resorts For Couples On A Honeymoon http://toursfor2.com/romantic-resorts-for-couples-on-a-honeymoon/ http://toursfor2.com/romantic-resorts-for-couples-on-a-honeymoon/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:27 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1669 A honeymoon is a special time for couples in which newlyweds spend the beginning of a happy new life together. For such a special time it is necessary to plan ahead of time to make it an unforgettable experience. Here are a few resorts around the world that go out of their way to make […]

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A honeymoon is a special time for couples in which newlyweds spend the beginning of a happy new life together. For such a special time it is necessary to plan ahead of time to make it an unforgettable experience. Here are a few resorts around the world that go out of their way to make your honeymoon a time that will last forever in your memories.

Chiva-Som Resort Thailand

There are many great resorts all over the world but the Chiva-Som in Thailand is one that offers a unique experience for couples who were recently married. The culture of the country in which this resort is found adds to the romantic flair in the air and makes this resort a great choice. The Chiva-Som does everything within their power to make your stay comfortable and as romantic as possible providing amenities such as herbal massages and the service at this resort is exceptional.

Club Med Resort Kabira Beach Japan

The Club Med resort is another great resort for lovers found in Japan and is a great choice for couples wishing to spend their honeymoon in Asia. Club Med Resorts can be found worldwide but the one in Japan offers you a unique environment and you won’t be disappointed on your stay here. For a little excitement, you and your significant other can enjoy some time together on the beach or take part in a few water activities such as snorkeling and diving.

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort and Spa México

When it comes to all inclusive romantic resorts, the country of Mexico has a quite a few amazing ones to offer. One of these is the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort and Spa located in Cabo San Lucas. This resort provides quality service at a much cheaper price tag then some resorts around the world. The spacious rooms nicely decorated and quite make this resort a great place to spend your honeymoon. The fact that this resort is for adults only ensures that you will have a nice quiet time together.

Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay Bali

Bali is one destination where you simply can’t go wrong when choosing a place to spend your romantic holiday together. Around the island you will find some amazing romantic resorts offering lots of luxury and comfort to be enjoyed. When it comes to luxury the Four Seasons Resort in Bali tops them all off. This five star resort at Jimbaran Bay is a favorite among couples and offers plenty of room for you to spend a quite honeymoon with your wife.

Kamalame Cay Resort Bahamas

Though there are many other destinations that offer great resorts for couples, it would not be fair to go without mentioning the Bahamas. Here among many other resorts you will find the Kamalame Cay Resort. This resort is located on a private island in the Bahamas and is popular for couples going on a romantic vacation.  If you choose to spend your honeymoon here you can be sure you will have a lovely experience and will have plenty of time to enjoy each other’s company.

These resorts are just a few on the list of amazing resorts where you can spend your honeymoon but the ones listed above definitely stand out as being very romantic and are worth looking into.

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Most Romantic Destinations to Visit In 2014 http://toursfor2.com/most-romantic-destinations-to-visit-in-2014/ http://toursfor2.com/most-romantic-destinations-to-visit-in-2014/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 01:24:55 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1660 The New Year is just around the corner and it is time to start planning a romantic trip for you and your lover. There are many places you could choose to visit this coming year but here is a list of some exceptionally romantic spots that you should check out in 2014. Cancun Mexico First […]

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The New Year is just around the corner and it is time to start planning a romantic trip for you and your lover. There are many places you could choose to visit this coming year but here is a list of some exceptionally romantic spots that you should check out in 2014.

Cancun Mexico

First on the list of amazing romantic destinations to visit is the sunny city of Cancun, Mexico. This area in Mexico draws many tourists each year due to the fact that it is a great place to go for a relaxing break. But Cancun also has a romantic flair to it with its sun soaked beaches and beautiful tropical climate. Many resorts in the area cater to couples looking for a romantic getaway and dining in Cancun is first class. Enjoy a nice quite dinner on the beach or a lovely dinner cruise in the evening.

Bora Bora French Polynesia

The island of Bora Bora is a part of the Society Island group of French Polynesia and makes for the perfect romantic island getaway for couples. Bora Bora is the place to visit if you are looking for extravagance and luxury and things do tend to be a bit pricier here. But the price you pay for accommodations and dining is definitely worth it as you are sure to receive nothing short of excellence. The beautiful beaches and the barrier reef that surrounds the island along with all the scenery and natural beauty of the island make this a very romantic destination.

Hawaii

With six major islands that make up the State of Hawaii to choose from, you surely can’t go wrong when visiting this romantic hot spot. The pristine beaches that can be found all around Hawaii are really inviting and offer you and your lover a nice, quiet, relaxing time. Many different resorts around the island insure that you will enjoy the perfect getaway during your stay in Hawaii. Weather you choose to come here for your honeymoon, anniversary, or just to enjoy a nice vacation together, you will not be disappointed.

Bali Indonesia

If you are looking for the ultimate island destination, look no further than Bali, Indonesia. This group of islands in   is a romantic paradise for lovers.  The resorts and spas that can be found on the island offer you a relaxing time filled with comfort. The natural beauty that surrounds you in Bali is sure to keep you in a romantic mood all throughout your stay. Sneak away for a quiet time together on the beach or get out and about and take part in some of the adventurous water activities that can enjoyed here.

Venice Italy

So far quite a few tropical islands have been mentioned in this list of romantic destinations but you will also find some urban destinations to be just as romantic. Venice, Italy is one of these destinations with its canal, churches, bridges, and beautiful piazzas. The historic architecture, culture, and way of life in Venice blend together to add a unique romantic feel to the place. Many activities can be enjoyed in Venice such as a gondola ride on the canal exploring various points around the city and plenty of museums to visit and sights to see. You can be sure you won’t get bored as you explore this beautiful city and enjoy a relaxing visit together.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia http://toursfor2.com/addis-ababa-ethiopia/ http://toursfor2.com/addis-ababa-ethiopia/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:38:18 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1653 Addis Ababa is Ethiopia’s capital that acts as the heart of the country. In the city are headquarters of many organizations and agencies.  The city has a rich history and culture which are evident despite the direction it is taking towards modernization. The city of Addis Ababa offers an array of beautiful buildings and commercial […]

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Addis Ababa is Ethiopia’s capital that acts as the heart of the country. In the city are headquarters of many organizations and agencies.  The city has a rich history and culture which are evident despite the direction it is taking towards modernization.

The city of Addis Ababa offers an array of beautiful buildings and commercial centres for visitors and tourists. The city’s historic landmarks include museums while its modernity is seen partly in malls and centres. Addis Ababa welcomes visitors and wants them to see for themselves the wonderful historical sites and the modern structures and establishments it offers.

Structures and Establishments

The Addis Ababa Museum collects and displays exhibits and other items that depict the history and heritage of Addis Ababa.  The museum also aims to show the growth and development of the city and its future progress in terms of social, political, and economic aspects.  The museum is located in the first and oldest building of the city, owned by one of the warlords during the time of Emperor Menelik II.

The museum’s exterior is of quality and its architectural design is unique. It has eight sections with materials exhibiting each stage of the development of the city. There is a room that displays the first telephone brought to Ethiopia from Italy by RasMakonnen in 1890.

The Dembel city centre is a large western style mall, in which around 123 retail spaces are available for retail. The Dembel mall is one of the first to open up on western style modernization, with about 12 storey tall structure and having a contemporary architectural style. The modern design of the facade and interior is part of the construction boom of the country for which most of the buildings are of modern contemporary theme.

Mountains and Parks

Beyond its structures, Addis Ababa has beautiful natural sights for visitors to enjoy. Take for instance Mount Entoto which is the highest mountain overlooking the city.  Mount Entoto belongs to the Entoto mountain chain, levelling 3,200 meters beyond sea level.  It is a historical place with Menelik II residing and building his palace on it, when he came from Ankober and discovered Addis Ababa.

The city is considered a holy mountain that holds several monasteries. It is also noted as the place of a number of celebrated churches such as Saint Raguel and Saint Mary. The mountain is heavily covered by eucalyptus trees that were brought from Australia during the time of Emperor Menelik II while most of the planting happened during Emperor Haile Sillasie’s empire.  The mountain forest provides an important supply of firewood and building material in earlier years.

The Bihere Tsige Recreation Park is a popular destination for garden weddings and other popular occasions. The park offers grandeur of natural environment with the potential of interacting with the locals like in the case of a wedding ceremony.

The Bihere Tsige Recreation Park is a 400 square kilometre long park that is near a valley creek bed. The beautiful scenery of wooded park is astonishing to see along with many species of birds which visit and make the park their home. The amazing display of fauna in a natural setting is ideal for picture taking as a souvenir.

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Delhi, India http://toursfor2.com/delhi-india/ http://toursfor2.com/delhi-india/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 02:00:59 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1644 Delhi is India’s metropolitan city at the same time its capital.  It is ranked as the second most populous city in the world with 22 million residents.  The city is also the largest city in India in terms of area. Included in the National Capital Region are the cities of Baghpat, Sonipat, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida, […]

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Delhi is India’s metropolitan city at the same time its capital.  It is ranked as the second most populous city in the world with 22 million residents.  The city is also the largest city in India in terms of area. Included in the National Capital Region are the cities of Baghpat, Sonipat, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, and other neighbouring towns.

A City of Cities

Through most of its history, Delhi had been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC.  Delhi has been a capital of different empires and kingdoms. After its capture, ransacking, and rebuilt during the medieval period, the modern Delhi is now a composition of cities across the metropolitan, hence; a city of cities.

Baghpat as a city of NCR in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India is the administrative headquarters of Baghpat District.  Sonipat on the other hand is a municipal town in the Sonipat district in the state of Haryana, India. It is part of the National Capital Region and is about 20 km from Delhi. Faridabad in Faridabad district is the largest city in Haryana. Gurgaon is the city with the third highest per capita income in India while Noida has the highest per capita income in the whole of the National Capital Region of India.

Sites for Sights

Delhi, India has many UNESCO Heritage sites it can really be proud of.  The Qutub Minar at 72.5 m is the world’s tallest brick minaret.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built in 1560 is the Humayun’s Tomb which is the first model of the Mughal tomb complexes. Still another UNESCO World Heritage Site is Red fort, the location from which the Prime Minister of India speaks to the nation on Independence Day.

Other sights in India include the iron pillar of Delhi which is fashioned at the time of Chandragupta Vikramaditya of the Gupta Empire in 375–413.  Connaught Place in Delhi is another significant area being an economic hub of India’s National Capital Region.

Airport and Awards

Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was awarded by the Airport Council International as the fourth best airport worldwide in the 15–25 million passengers category, and the Best Improved Airport in the Asia-Pacific Region.  In 2011, the IGIA was ranked the second-best airport in the world in the 25-40 million passengers category.   In 2012, the airport was recognized as the 27th busiest in the world with handled, for a 12.7% growth in traffic over the prior year and for handling 39,887,866 passengers.

From being a city of cities, one can only conclude that Delhi is not behind in development.  As a matter of fact, it is beautiful as it is modern especially when it comes to its infrastructures within the NCR.  There are many state of the art structures and roads and pavements of new concepts and designs. Yet with its growth and development, it has not forgotten its roots as seen in several UNESCO HERITAGE SITES.  And the airport with its numerous awards, tourists will surely feel very important with its remarkable amenities.

However, since the city is greatly populated, it is better to travel with a companion especially in the busy shopping districts to avoid some untoward incidents.  Other than this, enjoy traveling to Delhi.

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Kunming, China http://toursfor2.com/kunming-china/ http://toursfor2.com/kunming-china/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 01:58:06 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1634 Kunming is the capital and largest city of Yunnan province in Southwest China. It was famous as Yunnan-Fou until the 1920s. It is a cultural, economic, and political centre of Yunnan as well as a home to several universities, galleries and museums. There are many businesses in Kunming too. Kunming consists of an old walled city, a modern commercial district, as […]

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Kunming is the capital and largest city of Yunnan province in Southwest China. It was famous as Yunnan-Fou until the 1920s. It is a cultural, economic, and political centre of Yunnan as well as a home to several universities, galleries and museums. There are many businesses in Kunming too. Kunming consists of an old walled city, a modern commercial district, as well as residential and observatory areas.  At the outskirts is a known bronze temple, dating from the Ming dynasty. Let us visit the busy streets and see what is in there that delights our eyes. And later enjoy the scenery of the parks to ease up the noise in the streets.

Kunming Streets

The city has grown rapidly under China’s modernization efforts. Kunming office buildings and housing projects developed at a fast pace while its streets have widened. Kunming is designated a special tourism center leading to a proliferation of luxury hotels and high rise buildings.

The city center has three major squares; Jinma Biji Square, Nanping Square and Dongfeng Square.  There are five main commercial areas in Kunming but the most popular pedestrian streets are Nanping Jie, Jingxing Birds-Flowers’ Market, and Jinma Biji Fang.

Kunming’s huge square outside the Workers’ Cultural Hall at the Beijing Lu-Dongfeng Lu intersection is a public focus with crowds doing taijiquan and playing badminton in the mornings.  Weekend amateur theatre acts are also performed in the square.  The city’s true center is west of the square across the adjacent old Panlong River  outside the Kunming Department Store at the Nanping Lu/Zhengyi Lu crossroads. This area is a densely crowded shopping district packed with electronics and clothing stores. The square is surrounded by many high rise structures.

The center is an area of importance to Kunming.  Under Kunming’s rapid modernization, the commercial street has been demolished to make way for apartments and shopping centers. Rising at the backdrop of a supermarket one block north of Zhengyi Lu, Nancheng Qingzhen Si is the city’s new mosque with its green dome and chevron-patterned minaret built on the site of an earlier Qing edifice.

Two large Chinese pagodas rise in the vicinity of Jinbi Lu parallel to Dongfeng Lu, each a solid thirteen storey of whitewashed brick crowned with four iron cockerels. The West Pagoda was constructed between 824 and 859, during the Tang Dynasty. The entrance to the West Pagoda is along a narrow lane on the right. In the surrounding courtyard, people allow their afternoons to while away playing cards and sipping tea. The East Pagoda which was built about the same time as the West Pagoda, is a more cosmetic duplicate standing in an ornamental garden.

Parks and Gardens

Cuihu Park is one of Kunming’s main parks and that is surrounded by a lake and greenery. It has a huge and elaborate network of winding paths and waterways, with lotus-covered pools and overhanging willows. It is a place where many people exercise, sing and feed the flocks of gulls. At the west side of the park is the statue of one of Yunnan’s popular patriots - Nie Er, the composer of China’s national anthem. Now it is open to public for free.

Daguan Park is on Dian Chi in Kunming’s southwestern limits. Originally developed by the energetic seventeenth-century Qing emperor Kangxi, it has been redesigned over the years to include a funfair, emporiums, and food stalls. ]Other parks in Kunming include Black Dragon Pool, and the Kunming Botanical Gardens in the north, and Wenmiao Tea Garden in Wuhua District.

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