Goa, India

Goa is one of the smallest state in India located in the south western part of India. Its bordered by Karnataka to the east & south & Maharashtra on the north & Arabian sea to the west. Formerly a Portuguese province for over 450 yrs, Goa was annexed by India in 1961. The history of Goa dates back to 20,000 - 30,000 yes. Detailed history can be read here in wikipedia.

Goa is the richest state as per the GDP per capita. Tourism is the major industry with accounting to more than 12% of the foreign tourist to India. Mining is the second major industry with Iron ore as the major export. Rice, areca, Cashew & coconut are the main agricultural crop.

17 Mile Drive, Monterey, California

17 Mile Drive is one of the world's most scenic road located on the Monterey peninsula in California, United States.  There are multiple entrances to this road, but mostly the common entrance is to start from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. There are around 21 scenic spots on the 17 mile drive, the most popular ones are The Spanish Bay, Restless Sea, Point Joe, Bird Rock, The Lone Cypress, The Ghost Tree, The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

Below are pictures of some of the popular spots of the 17 Mile Drive:

17 Mile Drive

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, California, USA

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple located within the grounds of Mount Madonna Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences in the Northern part of the United States state of California is a very peaceful Spiritual place. Yoga, Meditation & other Spiritual disciplines are performed at the center, hence quite atmosphere is expected from the guests visiting this place.

Redding, California, USA

Redding is a beautiful city located in the Northern part of California, United States. The River Sacramento passes thru the city. Redding is one of the major tourist place where there are lot of beautiful places like the Lassen Volcanic National Park, Burney Falls, ... within an hour or hour and a half journey.

Sundial Bridge

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Lassen Volcanic National Park, located in the state of California in the United States, is home to beautiful lakes, mountains, volcanoes, boiling water springs. There are many places within the National Park, the important ones are .. Manzanita Lake, Bumpass Hell, Lake Helen, Sulphur Works

Manzanita Lake

McWay Falls, Big Sur, California

McWay Falls located in Big Sur, of the California state of the United States, is one of the beautiful tide falls where the water empties directly in to the pacific ocean. This is one of the only 2 in this region, the other being Alamere Falls, Point Reyes, California. This waterfalls located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park flows year-round.

McArthur Burney Falls State Park, California

McArthur Burney Falls, or just Burney Falls is located near Burney in the northern part of California. Its one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the United States. Its located north east of Redding, 6 miles north of HW 299 on HW 89 near Burney.

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

Crater Lake located in the southern part of the Oregon state of the United States is the deepest lake in the United States & 7th deepest in the world. A beautiful island in the south western part of the lake, with pure water so blue in color & the cliffs surrounding the lake covered by snow makes the lake picturesque.

Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Livermore, California

Los Vaqueros Reservoir is one of the beautiful Lake/Reservoir in the Contra Costa County of the San Francisco Bay Area. Its recently renovated with activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, ...

Shiva Vishnu Temple, Livermore, California

Hindu community & cultural center's Shiva Vishnu Temple located in Livermore, around 30 mins from San Francisco Bay Area is a very beautiful Temple. Its a Temple not just dedicated to one God, you can pray & get blessings from all the Hindu Gods.

San Diego, California, USA

San Diego located in the southern California bordering Mexico is the second largest city in California & 8th largest in the United States of America. Self proclaimed "America's finest city", the economy is largely composed of defense & military related industries & tourism. The weather of San Diego is pleasant, generally mild all round the year. Has many beautiful beaches, islands, theme parks, European settlements, parks, zoo & safari parks, monuments, educational institutes, research centers ... & many more things makes San Diego a beautiful & most attractive place in the USA.

San Diego Skyline as seen from Coronado Island

Children's Pool, La Jolla

Valley of Fire, Nevada, USA

Valley of Fire State Park, one of the oldest state park in the Nevada state of the United States of America is a very beautiful hiking, camping place. Its very near to the Las Vegas, a half day trip, also other places like the Lake Mead National Park & Hoover Dam can be covered along with this for a day trip. Landscape photographers would love to visit this place.

There is an entry fee of $10 for the State Park. Here is the official website ..