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  • Skydiving in India

    Skydiving is a fun sport. The feeling of flying in the sky is unmatchable. You are falling freely from a limitless sky, as the land and the buildings appear tiny. In that moment, you get to know how the birds may feel while flying high in the sky. But skydiving is an adventure sport with its own set of challenges. All it takes is a tiny mistake and you may end up dying. That’s why you must seek only those skydiving destinations which are tried and tested. Here is a list of top 5 Skydiving destinations in India to discover yourself.

  • The Wild Camel Expedition

    The wild camel (Camelus ferus) is a critically endangered animal residing in very remote and inhospitable areas of Mongolia and parts of China adjacent to or in the Gobi Desert.  There are less than 1000 surviving with numbers declining each year due to environmental and human pressures.  Scientists at the Institute of Population Genetics at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna have recently confirmed the two-humped wild camel to be a separate species from the domestic two-humped Bactrian or single-humped Dromedary camels.  Their ancestral lineage diverged from the common ancestors of current camels 700,000 years before current camel species developed.

  • Visit Dharamsala: Home to the Dalai Lama

    Situated in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala stands at a height of almost 1,500 meters. This city has a lush green cover of trees and is surrounded by spectacular mountains. The city also holds major political significance because of the presence of a large number of Tibetan refugees as well as His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself.

  • Central Japan’s Takayama Festival

    Marian visits the Takayama Festival in Central Japan.

  • Atami & Shuzenji Hot Spring Resorts: A Relaxing and Cultural Alternative

    Tokyo to Hakone to Kyoto is the most popular itinerary for first time travelers to Japan.  As such, it is often called the “Golden Route.”  It covers the modern vibrancy of Tokyo, the historic serenity of Kyoto, and the relaxing hot spring resorts (onsen), with views of Mt. Fuji.

  • Looking Forward to a Cultural, Culinary, and Jewish Heritage Tour to Georgia and Armenia with My 80-year-old Mother – Part II: Armenia

    Last week, I shared the Georgia part of a culinary, cultural, and heritage tour that I will be taking Mary 27-June 9, to Georgia and Armenia with my 80-year-old mother. This week, I want to highlight what we will experience in Armenia, June 5-9, 2017. This portion of the trip is just $1420!

  • Year-End / Year-Beginning Holiday Food in Tokyo, Japan

    Food is central to every holiday celebration, and Japan is no exception. The fresh, seasonal ingredients, precise preparation and the complete visual aesthetic—color, balance and design—of traditional Japanese cuisine represent thousands of years of traditions, stories and symbolism.  But it’s not just traditional Japanese foods that make this country a stand out in the world of gastronomy.  The Japanese are particularly adept at taking foods and traditions from other countries and turning them into something better.

  • India: 7 Perfect Road Trip Destinations

    India is a wonderland where one can experience totally different shades of nature, culture and even weather while travelling from place to place and if you choose to travel by road, you have a lot more amazing experiences along the way than you may have while taking a two-hour flight! So if you have a luxury of time, there are some wonderful road trips in India that will make you literally live the saying - ‘the journey is sometimes more beautiful than the destination.’ So here is a list of few such road trips destinations:

  • Jikabuki – Local Kabuki Theater – in the Mountains of Central Japan

    Kabuki is a traditional Japanese performing art, registered as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage" by UNESCO. In Gifu Prefecture, part of the Shoryudo, Central region of Japan (http://shoryudo.go-centraljapan.jp/en/index.html), a couple of hours north of Nagoya, you can experience Edo-period (1603-1868) style Jikabuki or "local Kabuki" theater up-close-and personal. You can even have a chance to watch a local townsperson actor(s) get ready before a performance – makeup, costume, wig, and all.  Or, you can even try getting made up as an actor yourself!

  • What Lies Over the Wall? - A Profound Sense of Hope

    Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” Thich Nhat Hanh.

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