Thursday, April 21, 2011

Visit Malaysia Tour For A Truly Asia Experience

Malaysia lures every tourist to see the land of endless beauty. It is a home for many ethnic groups like Malays, Chinese, Indians, all co-existing in peace and tranquility  This multiculturalism has made Malaysia a tourist haven. Hundreds of vibrant festivals are held in this land of wonder and excitement.

Picturesque spots, majestic buildings and breathtaking scenery are present throughout the length and breadth of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia, is studded with sky kissing skyscrapers. The main attraction in the capital city is the historical twin Petronas towers. Sparkling night markets, bustling Chinatowns, etc., are the main adornments of these twin towers.  In the city of Putrajaya, the chief visiting places are, Putra Mosque, Perdana Putra, Seri Wawasan Bridge and Putra Bridge. There are also many places of cultural importance, such as, War Museum, Snake Temple, Fort Cornwallis, George Town, Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Bridge and Penang Hill. Among the historical places, Jonker’s Walk, Portuguese Settlement Village, Muzium Budaya, St. Paul Hill, Poh San Teng temple A’ Farmosa Fort, etc., are the most famous. Perhentian Islands in Terengganu state is a group of Islands, with sun kissed beaches, famous for breathtaking sunset scenes. Other famous destinations are: Cameron highlands (famous for tea plantations), Kinabal National Park (for mountaineering) and Redang (Island destination).

Malaysia is growing as a hub for various exciting activities. Visitors engage in a plethora of adventurous in Malaysia. The most popular among them are scuba diving, White-water rafting, Trekking and caving, Golf, Karate, Traditional sports, Longhouse visits, Jungle railway, etc.

Futuristic malls, exotic cultural stores, lively markets, make Malaysia a frequented place for shopping. The best time for shopping in Malaysia is during the annual sales, i.e., from July to September and November to ending January. The most popular city for shopping in Malaysia is the capital city Kuala Lumpur. There is no better shopping place for fashion products and electronic goods in the world other than Kuala Lumpur. The shopping time is mainly from 1000-2200 hrs daily.

As far as Malaysian cuisine is considered, it is spicy, delicious, mouth watering and appetizing.  Food stalls are to be found in the streets as well as in towering buildings. One can taste various cuisines in Malaysia. Nasi lemak, Sambal, Acar and Rendang are the famous dishes in Malaysia. Regarding accommodation, every visitor should kick this worry out of his mind. Hotels dot every square metre of Malaysia. Being a member of International Youth Hostel Federation, Malaysia is a home for numerous Youth hostels. The facilities in these hostels are very good and young people get home away from home.

Malaysia is an amalgam of different ethnicity  Different people of varied cultures co-exist peacefully in this beautiful land. Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc., all live in harmony.  People of Malaysia, known as Malays, are very hospitable. For them entertaining visitors is a type of worship. Throughout the year, the climate is mainly tropical. However, the months of October and November are the months of monsoon. Tourists generally like to visit Ultimate Vacation in Malaysia during the summers to enjoy the waters and beautiful beaches.

So, in coming summers, do visit the country of bliss and happiness. Malaysia takes you into a world free from trouble and worries. It fills your heart with joy and makes your soul cherish the beauty of Mother Nature. A visit to this wonderland is must for all nature lovers.

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Top 5 Most Popular Hill Stations in India

Running around from office to home, managing an ailing mother, a house under renovation and the rush of year-end in the office was driving Ramona out of wits. When things were a little settled she just decided to give herself the much needed respite by planning to visit an Indian hill station.

Being a Sri Lankan, many of her friends talked about the cool environs, lush green hills and mouth watering cuisine that was always available in a number of sumptuous varieties. Though she had often visited the country, but it was mostly as part of an official trip, which hardly ever left her with the time to relax and pamper herself with relaxed sightseeing. But she had heard about the popular destinations. Some of these were:

  • Ooty: There was a time when the Britishers established this hill station in the early 19th century as the summer headquarters of the Chennai government. It has now evolved into a soothing and serene destination that can help to escape the summer heat of Tamil Nadu. Ooty Hill Station most popular attractions are the Botanical Gardens, boating in the Ooty Lake, and trekking to reach Dodabetta Peak for an excellent view of the Nilgiri hills.

  • Nainital: This lovely destination is part of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state and was once upon a time a popular summer retreat of the British. It still harbours the serene and emerald colored Naini Lake that is surrounded by the action filled Mall lined with restaurants, shops, hotels, and market.

  • Kodaikanal: Nestled 120 kilometers from Madurai in the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal means "Gift of the Forest". True to the meaning, the destination is full of many varieties of flora and fauna. The city also boasts of an annual horticultural show at the landscaped botanical Bryant Park in May where people enjoy the waterfalls, boating in the lake, along with simply walking on the nature trails. Herbs and aromatherapy oils are also some of the most interesting things to buy in the hill station of which eucalyptus oil is the most popular.

  • Darjeeling: This famous hill station in West Bengal is full of lush tea gardens and is also blessed by the stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak. Some other popular attractions include the monasteries, botanical gardens, a zoo, and the longest cable car in Asia- Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway cable car. Darjeeling Hill Station also a wonderful place to walk around, and explore the tea estates and greenery around.

  • Shimla: The summer capital of erstwhile British Raj is now the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. Well-known for its wonderfully cool and charming town that sprawls along a mountain ridge and is almost enveloped in oak, pine and rhododendron  forests. Famous for colonial style buildings and historic railways the place is always seem to be welcoming tourists with its old Christ Church having beautiful stained glass windows,the mesmerizing scenery from Scandal Point, and the Viceregal Lodge  on the Observatory Hill.

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Destinations in India for Summer Holiday Camp

Summers are usually the time when summer heat sizzle the country; luckily this is also the time when kids have summer break from their respective educational institutes making it an ideal time to plan a break with family. Statistics of Mastholiday shows that most of the people try to escape the heat by heading towards hill station, as a result what one gets to see are overcrowded places. But what Mastholiday recommends is just akin to its name-summer holiday camps, which are absolutely masti in ultra cool natural environs.

These holiday camps are not just the best way to de-stress your body and soul, but is also the best mechanism to bond with the family while having a wonderful time together. Expertise of Mastholiday shows that some of the popular holiday camps are the ones where people can indulge in fishing, canoeing, hiking, and trekking and may also include additional attractions like campfires and visit to areas of wilderness.

What these camps offer to the young minds is an opportunity to adjust to any circumstances while making an effort to know total strangers. However, if such camps are organised for corporate employee then it gives them an opportunity for complete rejuvenation, leading to better co-ordination and camaraderie.

Some of the favourite summer camping Holiday Destinations in India are:

  • Saat Tal: Comprising of seven astonishing lakes and just 22 km away from Nainital, this camp site is situated at a moderate height of 1300 meters above the sea level. What is most interesting about this destination is that one can go for camping in this area throughout the year because of its favorable climate.

  • Mukteshwar: Located in the Kumaon region of Uttaranchal, India and perched on the Mukteshwar ridge, this camp can be enjoyed on different terrace levels and is just 50 kms from Nainital.

  • Munnar: Nestled in the hills of Kerala this tea garden hill station offers excellent backdrop of adventure camps for school children and corporate. Some of the locations in Munnar are also ideal for ecotourism as those give one perfect idea of the life of local community besides providing them an opportunity to earn money. As per the choice of tourist, these camps can be clubbed with trekking and visit to tea factory.

  • Rishikesh: Situated on the banks of holy Ganga, this place is tranquillity personified. Special features of the Rishikesh tour and the camps organised in this area are the range of activities that one can have here as the area has it all-a splashing river, waterfalls, greenery and places to trek so one can chose between rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, and trekking.

In fact the destinations given above are just a fraction of what India offers. The list is as endless as the diversity in the country. So if you have the time and inclination don’t just think twice. Get in touch with Mastholiday to take care of the rest for you and while the rest sizzle in the heat of summers, you freak out with your family.