Thursday, September 22, 2011

Phhtos of Various Countries

country is a region legally identified as a distinct entity in political geography. A country may be an independent sovereign state or one that is occupied by another state, as a non-sovereign or formerly sovereign political division, or a geographic region associated with sets of previously independent or differently associated peoples with distinct political characteristics. Regardless of the physical geography, in the modern internationally accepted legal definition as defined by the League of Nations in 1937 and reaffirmed by the United Nations in 1945, a resident of a country is subject to the independent exercise of legal jurisdiction.

Kodaikanal Tours and Travel Special Photos

Kodaikanal is referred as the “Princess of Hill stations” and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill resorts in India. It is a charming hill station.

Aweome Places Above the Clouds

Extreme Outdoor Photography

Mountains have always fascinated people with their beauty and grandeur. Robert Bosch understands this like no one else. For him, it has been more than 37 years of conquering mountains and tall buildings in search of magnificent views to be captured. Robert has visited every continent and conquered almost all of the most important climber’s challenges.
The most interesting part is how he takes off, look at the last photo.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Croatia (Listeni/krˈʃə/ kroh-ay-shəCroatianHrvatska pronounced [xř̩ʋaːtskaː]), officially the Republic of Croatia (CroatianRepublika Hrvatska About this sound listen ), is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic in Europe at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean. Its capital and largest city is Zagreb. The country is divided into 20 counties and the city of Zagreb. Croatia covers 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) and has diverse, mostly continental and Mediterranean climates. Croatia's Adriatic Seacoast contains more than a thousand islands. The country's population is 4.29 million, most of whom are Croats, with the most common religious denomination being Roman Catholicism.
In the early 7th century the Croats arrived in area of present-day Croatia. They organised the state into two dukedoms by the 9th century.Tomislav became the first king by 925 AD, elevating Croatia to the status of a kingdom. The Kingdom of Croatia retained its sovereignty for nearly two centuries, reaching its peak during the rule of Kings Peter Krešimir IV and Dmitar Zvonimir. Croatia entered a personal union withHungary in 1102. In 1527, faced with Ottoman conquest the Croatian Parliament elected Ferdinand I of the House of Habsburg to the Croatian throne. In 1918, after World War I, Croatia was included in the short-lived State of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs that declared independence from Austria–Hungary and co-founded the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. A Croatian state briefly existed during World War II as afascist puppet state. After the war, Croatia became a founding member and a federal constituent of the Second Yugoslavia, a socialist state. In June 1991, Croatia declared independence, which came into effect on 8 October of the same year. The Croatian War of Independencewas fought successfully during the four years following the declaration.
Croatia today has a comparatively very high life expectancy, literacy, education, standards of living and income equality, and it ranks high among Central European nations in terms of education, health, quality of life and economic dynamism. The International Monetary Fundclassified Croatia as an emerging and developing economy, and the World Bank identified it as a high income economy. Croatia is a member of the United Nations, the Council of EuropeNATO, the World Trade OrganizationCEFTA and a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean. Croatia is an acceding state of the European Union, with full membership expected in July 2013. As an active participant in the UN peacekeeping forces, Croatia has contributed troops to the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan and took a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2008–2009 term.
The service sector dominates Croatia's economy, followed by the industrial sector and agricultureTourism is a significant source of revenue during the summer, with Croatia ranked the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world. The state controls a part of the economy, with substantial government expenditure. The European Union is Croatia's most important trading partner. Since 2000, the Croatian government has invested in infrastructure, especially transport routes and facilities along the Pan-European corridors. Internal sources produce a significant portion of energy in Croatia; the rest is imported. Croatia provides a universal health care system and free primary and secondary education, while supporting culture through numerous public institutions and through corporate investments in media and publishing. The nation prides itself in its cultural, artistic and scientific contributions to the world, as well as in its cuisinewines and sporting achievements.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Pink Water Lake - Senegal, Africa

Pink Lake (Lake Retba) or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar.
 It is so named for its pink waters, caused by cyanobacteria in the water. The color is particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily. The lake also has a small salt collecting industry and is often the finishing point of the Dakar Rally. Its glamour color is due to many minerals and microorganisms in the water. Women in Senegal spend up to 14 hours a day on the banks of this lake to harvest salt. Each liter of water has about 380 grams of salt.

The Great Grand Canyons

The Great Grand Canyons
Upper Beaver Falls from trail – Grand Canyon
Comanche Point, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, above the Colorado River
Grand Canyon – behind Ribbon Falls
Grand Canyon view from Hermit’s Rest.
Mount Hayden and storm – Grand Canyon North Rim
Grand Canyon West – Guano Point.
Colorado River – Grand Canyon.
Muddy Whitewater rafting Grand Canyon.
Colorado River, Marble Canyon marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon North Rim Panorama.
Mount Hayden, North Rim Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona
Grand Canyon landscape
Grand Canyon in Winter
Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States.
Skywalk at the Grand Canyon.
Havasu Falls – a waterfall located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon.

Dal Lake India - Most Beautiful Lake of India

Dal Lake is a lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of the northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The urban lake, which is the second largest in the state, is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is nicknamed the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir or "Srinagar's Jewel". The lake is also an important source for commercial operations in fishing and water plant harvesting.

Powai Lake - Indian Beautiful Lake

Powai Lake is an artificial lake, situated in the northern suburb of Mumbai, in the Powai valley, where a Powai village with cluster of huts existed. The city suburb called Powai, shares its name with the lake. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay one of the premier institutions of science and technology in India is located to the east of the lake.[1] Another famous institution, the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) is also located close to the lake. Housing complexes and plush hotels are developed all around the lake periphery. Population around the lake has thus substantially increased over the years.

Kesaria is located in the district of East Champaran 40 km from its headquarters Motihari. It is reported to have the tallest and the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world, following its discovery in 1998 through excavation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Rising to a height of 104 feet, and much reduced than its reported original height, it is still one foot taller than the famous Borobodur Stupa in Java. The Stupa is located near the town of Kasaria, 120 km from Patna, capital of Bihar.

Barcelona Rock

Barcelona Rock is the latest concept from Polish studio, UGO Architecture. A hostel built into the mountainous region outside the Spanish city will stand over 300 feet tall, and was conceived for the international competition, Bohemian Hostel for Backpackers. Looking to create a balance between the new structure and the existing landmarks, the building adopts a stoney, ridge-like form that camouflages with its surrounding environment. Covered in greenery and providing shelter for birds, the hostel becomes a natural feature of the historic center.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Floating Village of Kompong Phluk And Reversing Mekong River of Cambodia

Kampong Phluk is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap lake, about 16 km southeast of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques, and 3000 human inhabitants.

The houses of Kompong Phluk are built on top of wooden poles and stilts between six and eight meters high and tower over the boats moored along the river, which snakes through the village before heading out into the Tonle Sap lake. During the dry season when the lake is low, the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. At this time of year many of the villagers move out onto the lake and build temporary houses. In the wet season when water level rises, the villagers move back to their permanent houses on the floodplain, the stilts now hidden under the water.

Fateh Sagar Lake India - Images & Detail

Fatah Sagar Lake is situated in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Said to be the pride of the City of Lakes of Udaipur, it is an artificial lake constructed by Maharana in north of Lake Pichola in 1678 and to the north-west of Udaipur.

Caspian Sea - World`s Largest Lakes by Area

The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea.The sea has a surface area of 371,000 km2 (143,200 sq mi) and a volume of 78,200 km3 (18,800 cu mi). It is in an endorheic basin (it has no outflows) and is bounded to the north by Russia, to the south by Iran, western Azerbaijan, and eastern Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

Caspian Sea Images

Lake Superior - Third Largest Lake in World

Lake Superior is the largest of the five traditionally-demarcated Great Lakes of North America. It is bounded to the north by the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of Minnesota, and to the south by the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Michigan. It is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area if Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are considered to be two lakes. It is the world's third-largest freshwater lake by volume.

Great Rift Valley Kenya - Images & Detail

The Great Rift Valley is a name given in the late 19th century by British explorer John Walter Gregory to the continuous geographic trench, approximately 6,000 kilometres (3,700 mi) in length, that runs from northern Syria in Southwest Asia to central Mozambique in East Africa. The name continues in some usages, although it is today considered geologically imprecise as it combines features that are today regarded as separate, although related, rift and fault systems. Today, the term is most often used to refer to the valley of the East African Rift, the divergent plate boundary which extends from the Afar Triple Junction (see Afar Depression) southward across eastern Africa, and is in the process of splitting the African Plate into two new separate plates. Geologists generally refer to these incipient plates as the Nubian Plate and the Somali Plate.

 Great Rift Valley Images

Temple Monkeys Of Sri Lanka

The “Temple Monkey” project studies 33 colonies of toque macaques. These macaques live in and around the ancient temple ruins in the Polannaruwa Nature Sanctuary and Reserve. The greatest threat to the monkeys is the destruction of their forest habitat. They are medium-sized monkeys that live in complex groups. The long term project goal is to understand the social structure of the monkey groups in an effort to understand these primates.

Yellowstone National Park - Images and Detail - Hot Park

Yellowstone National Park, established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, is a national park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone was the first national park in the world, and is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is dominant.

Yellowstone National Park Images

Yungas Road - World`s Most Dangerous Road - Death Road

The North Yungas Road is a 61-kilometre (38 mi) or 69-kilometre (43 mi) road leading from La Paz to Coroico, 56 kilometres (35 mi) northeast of La Paz in the Yungas region of Bolivia. It is legendary for its extreme danger and in 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank christened it as the "world's most dangerous road". One estimate is that 200 to 300 travellers are killed yearly along the road. The road includes crosses marking many of the spots where vehicles have fallen.

Yungas Road Images

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Travel and Tourism - Fabulous Egypt Holiday

Egypt is a fantastic country with fabulous ancient history and sights that can provide a magnificent tourist destination for families.

The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx must be the most impressive landmarks to represent Egypt, as they are some of the most remarkable tombs in the world with the most amazing archeological impact.

The temples of Ramsses II and Nefertari are the next must see ancient relics as they are the most beautiful example of past times archeology. The most interesting bit about them, is probably that they were entirely moved not too recently to a safer location where they are better preserved.

The River Nile, which is regarded one of the longest and largest rivers in the world provides a fabulous cruising experience to those who are willing to sail along its banks. Being the heart of egypt, many ancients sites and sights can be seen throughout the river, with some fantastic birds, crocodiles and constructs since the foundation of Egypt.

From the River Nile, one can visit the Beautiful Valley of the Kings, which is a sacred valley home to the tomb of the Pharaohs and is also one of the most remarkably decorated archeological site with many fascinating findings inside, including the ancient mummy of Tutankhamun, who was the Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, also known as the New Kingdom from circa 1333 to 1323 BC.

Current center of culture, the capital of Cairo, which is renowned for its vast markets, history and culture. Once in the city the museums are surely not to miss.

Besides the common tourist destinations, which represent ancient Egypt one will find the Red Sea resorts like Sharm el-Sheikh and Naama Bay to provide a most extraordinary beach holiday with magnificent diving spots and a sparkling nightlife.

The Exotic Rich Coast of Coast of Costa Rica

Travel and Tourism-The Exotic Rich Coast of Coast of Costa Rica

Located in the middle of the Americas, at the isthmus that connects the two continents, Costa Rica is uniquely defined by both its economical and political stability along with its prominent appreciation for its national reserves and parks as it is also regarded as the greenest country in the world.

The high season is from December to April while the dry season lasts. Applying for a tourist visa is not necessary, as it is automatically being stamped in the passport upon arrival and is valid for ninety days.

Being mostly an undiscovered paradise, Costa Rica is certainly on of those tourist destinations where one can enjoy the tropical skies and the clear waters. Having hundreds of virgin beaches along its long coast line, Costa Rica’s lagoons are the perfect spots for relaxation, swimming and surfing.

Besides its beautiful tropical beaches, Costa Rica offers various rain forests, volcanoes and rivers to explore once heading on vacation to that magnificent Central American country. Its vast jungles provide an abundant wildlife habitat for a most unique Eco system with countless species of exotic birds, reptiles, monkeys and insects, while the coasts are ideal for fishing and exploring marine animals.

Costa Rica’s natural beauty and great weather is a perfect tourist destination as it is also a safe and comfortable country to travel to with countless hotels, resorts and tour companies.

Anjuna Beach Images - Indian's Most Beautiful Beach

Anjuna is world famous for its trance parties held on the beach during the tourist season. Anjuna also hosts the famous flea market wherein you can purchase many things ranging from fruits to jewelry, clothes and electronic devices.

Anjuna Beach Images Gallery

Peyto Lake Of Canada - Images & Detail

Peyto Lake is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake itself is easily accessed from the Icefields Parkway. It was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.

Have You Ever Met So Many People In One Place?

Friday, September 16, 2011

You’ll No Doubt Be Impressed By This Country!

35 Amazing photos of Argentina

Argentina Listeni/ˌɑrənˈtnə/, officially the Argentine Republic (SpanishRepública Argentina [reˈpuβlika aɾxenˈtina]), is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous cityBuenos Aires. It is the eighth-largest country in the world by land area and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations.
Argentina's continental area is between the Andes mountain range in the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east. It borders Paraguay andBolivia to the north, Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast, and Chile to the west and south. Argentine claims over Antarctica, as well as overlapping claims made by Chile and the United Kingdom, are suspended by the Antarctic Treaty of 1961. Argentina also claims theFalkland Islands (SpanishIslas Malvinas) and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which are administered by the United Kingdom as British Overseas Territories.
A recognised middle power,[8] Argentina is Latin America's third-largest economy,[9] with a "very high" rating on the Human development index.[7] Within Latin America, Argentina has the fifth highest nominal GDP per capita and the highest in purchasing power terms.[10]Analysts[11] have argued that the country has a "foundation for future growth due to its market size, levels of foreign direct investment, and percentage of high-tech exports as share of total manufactured goods", and it is classed by investors as an emerging economy. Argentina is a founding member of the United Nations, Mercosur, the Union of South American Nations, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization, and is one of the G-15 and G-20 major economies.