Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Grand Teton National Park, located in the North Western part of the state of Wyoming in the United States is one of the most beautiful and scenic National Park, it lies in the Rocky Mountain Range. This National Park is just around 10 miles south of another famous park - Yellowstone National Park. Grand Teton is a popular destination for some of the activities like hiking, mountaineering, fishing, boating, etc.

Grand Teton Mountain Range

Scenic view from Oxbow Bend

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Yellowstone National Park, the world's first National Park was established in 1872, located in the state of Wyoming in the United States. Majority of the park is in the state of Wyoming, but the north entrance is in Montana & the west entrance is in the state of Idaho. It has the world's largest collection of Geysers, the most famous one being the Old Faith Geyser. Yellowstone National Park is a wonderland with vast population of wildlife, geothermal features, waterfalls, lakes, hence it attracts a lot of tourists every year from all around the world. Yellowstone National Park was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The National Park is in the shape of number 8, every corner of the 8 has a different category of places. Starting from south west corner, which has a concentration of geysers, the most popular one being the Old Faithful Geyser is located here. Going next to the north west, where the Mammoth Hot Springs is located, here you find the calcium deposits, hot springs, the wild life, especially the elks. Proceeding further, the north east has the beautiful valley, the Lamar Valley where you see a herd of bison. A little down to the east, is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, which has beautiful waterfalls (Upper & Lower Falls). And then the other end, the south east side, there is the big Yellowstone Lake which has a lot of water sports activities. A little further down is another Geyser Basin called the West Thumb, which again has a small collection of geysers.

Mullayyanagiri Peak, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India

Mullayyanagiri, located in Chikmagalur district, in the Indian state of Karnataka, is the highest peak in Karnataka, at an altitude of 1930 mts (6330 ft) from sea level. From the top of the mountain, the view of the hills of the western ghat is amazing, especially during the sunset, its a spectacular view.

 View from the Peak down to the Base Car Parking

 Entrance to the Temple at the Peak

Churches in Goa, India

Other than the Beaches, Goa is also popular for the beautiful Churches constructed during the Portuguese rule in India around 16th century. Most of the Churches are in Old Goa, which is around 10 km east of the state capital Panjim. The Churches & Convents of Old Goa are the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here are some of the popular Churches in Goa:

Basilica of Bom Jesus:
This is one of the oldest Churches in Goa. Bom Jesus means "Good" or "Holy" Jesus. The Church located in Old Goa, holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The public viewing of his body will be held once in 10 years. The artwork inside the Church is too good.

Annapoorneshwari Temple, Horanadu, Karnataka, India

Annapoorneshwari Temple also called as Sri Kshethra Horanadu, is situated on the banks of river Bhadra in Chikkamagalur district of the Indian state of Karnataka. The place is surrounded by lush green mountains with natural vegetation, forest on the Western Ghats. Its an ancient Temple of Goddess Annapoorneshwari which means "Feeding one and all". 

Entrance to the Main Temple

Beaches in Goa, India

When you talk about Goa, its the beautiful beaches which makes it exciting for the tourists. The beaches in Goa are warm, winter is the ideal time to visit beaches in Goa, the temperature hovers around 22-28 degree C. North Goa Beaches have a lot of water sports & other adventurous activities, a majority of youth crowd goes to North Goa, on the other side South Goa beaches are quite & peaceful.

North Goa Beaches:

Dona Paula Beach:

This place is actually a land projection in to the sea for some distance & both sides you can see the sea. But today due to commercialization, the beauty of it is lost due to small shops along the path. But still its a great place to hang around especially during the evening to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

Hong Kong is one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China the other being Macau. It is situated on China's south coast & enclosed by the Pearl River Delta & South China Sea. Hong Kong was a British Colony from 1841-1997 (Excluding Japanese rule from 1941-1945). The transfer of Sovereignty from United Kingdom to People's Republic of China happened on July 1st 1997. With a land mass of only about 1104 sqkm, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the World.

View of Hong Kong Central, Kowloon from The Victoria Peak

Hong Kong Skyline from Pier 7

Fort Aguada, Candolim, Goa, India

Fort Aguada located in south of Candolim in the Indian state of Goa at the shore of Mandovi River was constructed by the Portuguese in 1612 to guard against the Dutch & the Marathas. Fort Aguada was the most priced & crucial fort of Portuguese. It is now a popular tourist place in the state of Goa.

Light House on top of Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada from the Arabic Ocean