Experience the magic of Rhododendrons in the Himalayas, India

While we are all under lockdown, some miracles are still happening and remain untouched by the current situation. The Rhododendrons are blooming in the Himalayas and this year no one will witness this artistry of nature, except the fortunate ones who live high up in the mountains. These bright red bell-shaped beauties, locally known as burans, grow on small evergreen trees between March and May. There are around 80 species and 10 subspecies of the tree in the Himalayas. It is the state flower of Himachal Pradesh, the national flower of Nepal and the tree is the state tree of Uttarakhand and Sikkim as rhododendrons have a deep-rooted local cultural significance. The landscape in these mountains turns bright red as the flowers blossom in the valleys.

The social, economic, and religious aspect of these flowers makes them an elemental part of Himalayan village life and a prized commodity for the locals as the rhododendrons have many assorted benefits. For instance, wine (Sur) made from the flower, apart from being a great drink, prevents altitude sickness. Further, these flowers are used to treat various ailments, including diarrhea, headache and inflammation, as well as bacterial and fungal infections. They are also intertwined with the religious aspect of life. Local community members use the flowers as sacred offerings to adorn their deities in temples and monasteries.

You can experience the magic of Rhododendrons while you take a short hike or visit a local village home. Community members will welcome you with freshly squeezed Rhododendron juice. In addition to juice, they use the flower to make jam, jelly, chutney, tea and local wines. You can try and buy these products in most Himalayan villages.

A must-try experience in Kangra valley is Rhododendron tea. You can learn to make this special tea from a local and enjoy a cup in the serene vistas of the valley under the shade of a Rhododendron tree.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town Tourism has launched a new campaign with the theme “We Are Worth Waiting For!

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Mauritius a Beautiful Destination for a Holiday

There are a bunch of beautiful destinations in the world, but as far as islands go, Mauritius has to be on-top of the list. Whether you are there to Kite surf, play golf, explore the markets of Port Louis it’s bound to be one of the best holidays of your life. Open below link to watch the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbIRtaQ29Es

Experience the magic of Rhododendrons in the Himalayas, India

While we are all under lockdown, some miracles are still happening and remain untouched by the current situation. The Rhododendrons are blooming in the Himalayas and this year no one will witness this artistry of nature, except the fortunate ones who live high up in the mountains. These bright red bell-shaped beauties, locally known as burans, grow on small evergreen trees between March and May. There are around 80 species and 10 subspecies of the tree in the Himalayas. It is the state flower of Himachal Pradesh, the national flower of Nepal and the tree is the state tree of Uttarakhand and Sikkim as rhododendrons have a deep-rooted local cultural significance. The landscape in these mountains turns bright red as the flowers blossom in the valleys.

The social, economic, and religious aspect of these flowers makes them an elemental part of Himalayan village life and a prized commodity for the locals as the rhododendrons have many assorted benefits. For instance, wine (Sur) made from the flower, apart from being a great drink, prevents altitude sickness. Further, these flowers are used to treat various ailments, including diarrhea, headache and inflammation, as well as bacterial and fungal infections. They are also intertwined with the religious aspect of life. Local community members use the flowers as sacred offerings to adorn their deities in temples and monasteries.

You can experience the magic of Rhododendrons while you take a short hike or visit a local village home. Community members will welcome you with freshly squeezed Rhododendron juice. In addition to juice, they use the flower to make jam, jelly, chutney, tea and local wines. You can try and buy these products in most Himalayan villages.

A must-try experience in Kangra valley is Rhododendron tea. You can learn to make this special tea from a local and enjoy a cup in the serene vistas of the valley under the shade of a Rhododendron tree.

Emirates Holidays

3 Nights Istanbul Flying Package

  • 3 Star Hotels from USD 776 per person sharing
  • 4 Star Hotels from USD 810 per person sharing

 

3 Nights Istanbul & 2 Nights Flying Package

  • 3 Star Hotels from USD 903 per person sharing
  • 4 Star Hotels from USD 946 per person sharing

Valid up to 31 May 2020

Inclusion: Return flights in Economy class, accommodation on bed & breakfast, seat in coach airport transfers in Istanbul & private car transfers in Dubai, 48 hours Dubai transit visa, taxes.

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo, the largest event ever staged in the Arab world, is set to welcome 190 participating countries, and millions of visitors from across the globe. Here you will experience warm Emirati hospitality at its finest, as well as the United Arab Emirates values of inclusion, tolerance and cooperation. Youth are at the heart of World Expo. That’s why Expo 2020 aspires to create a meaningful legacy that will benefit generations to come, both locally and globally, spanning everything from innovations and architecture to friendships and business opportunities.

4 Nights Package in a 4 Star Hotel

  • USD 559 per person sharing

Inclusion: 4 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast, return airport transfer in Dubai, 2 full day Dubai Expo visit with tickets and return transfer on private, Abu Dhabi day trip: Abu Dhabi City tour, Grand Mosque plus Theme Park access (choose any 1 Theme Park – Ferrari World, Yas Water World,  Warner Bros) and return transfer, taxes & service charges.

Valid from 20 Oct to 10 Apr 2021 (except 25 Dec to 5 Jan 2021). Excludes flights

New – Kuriftu Resort & Spa, Bishoftu, Ethiopia

Kuriftu Resort & Spa offers high-end luxury in an Ethiopian paradise setting.

Breathtaking landscapes encompass the resort as guests enjoy the natural wonders of Lake Kuriftu. After taking in the natural beauty of the wildlife and countryside, organic spa and gourmet restaurants are the perfect place to relax.

The Kuriftu Water Park is East Africa’s largest, spanning at over 30,000 square meters and features a wide range of activities such as two water houses, a boomerang slide, a spiral slide, a wave pool, The Famous Fekat Circus, food court and a performance center for weekly special acts.

Kuriftu Cultural Village is where guests can socially engage with Ethiopian crafts & activities in a comfortable, safe environment. The village is truly a “one-stop” destination to find the champion products of Ethiopia. It is designed with the country’s rich history in mind. Using contemporary features, traditional thatched roofing methods as well as landscaping to capture the essence of Ethiopia.

 

Family Package

3 Nights USD 570 per room (2 adults & 2 children under 12 years)

2 Nights USD 417 per room (2 adults & 2 children under 12 years)

 

Ultimate Couple’s Experience

2 Nights USD 370 per room

Inclusion: Accommodation on bed & breakfast, steam & sauna, Swedish massage or reflexology, water park pass: all rides included, fekat circus pass, access to cultural village shops, kayaking, billiard, table tennis, gym, cinema, free wifi, Kuriftu welcoming gift.

Package are subject to change based on your preferences. And passes are one time use only.

Valid up to 22 Jun 2020

Johannesburg South Africa – Tours by Foot Historic City Tour

Twice a day from Johannesburg Park Station on the Wolmarans Street side. Tour starts at 10.30am, duration 1 hr 45 mins. Come join a tour of Johannesburg city centre where the ghost skyscrapers hover over an ocean of African traders and mini bus taxis. Walk downtown Joburg as you will be told the story of the different eras in time and show you historical landmarks, such as the Chancellor House where Mandela worked as a lawyer in his younger days, the Beautiful Victorian Style Post Office or the buzzing Diagonal Street where you might enjoy a corn on the cob or visit an old herbal shop. Some personal anecdotes will be shared from lives in and around Joburg and you might be even shown a sneaky old bar where you can enjoy a beer after the tour.

Braamfontein Tour

Once a day from Johannesburg Park Station on the Wolmarans Street side. Tour starts at 3.30pm, duration 1hr 30 mins. Come walk through this increasingly hip and happening area with its sleek cafes and bars, its rich cultural life and very colourful history. Hear the story of Braamfontein’s change over the last 10 – 20 years and see some of the popular results, such as a beach bar on a roof top or the very popular Saturday food market where thousands flock for a craft beer or a genuine butcher’s boerewors. You will be taken to the university campus hosting 30,000 students and famous for its disagreement with the apartheid regime. You also be shown the characteristic Brutalist style Civic Centre and point out a few examples of street art as you pass it on the way. You might even be told about what happened when one day 56 tonnes of Dynamite blew up at Braamfontein Train Station.