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10 Best National Parks In Egypt To Witness The Wild Side Of The Country!

Egypt is always associated with warm climatic conditions and arid landscapes but very little light is thrown on the National Parks and nature preserves that cover almost 12% of the country’s land area. There are about thirty national parks in Egypt with diversified species of flora and fauna, some of which are native to Egypt and can only be seen in the country. The locals of the capital city of Cairo also often flock to the National Parks as it gives them a breath of fresh air, away from the chaos of main city life. One of the main tourist attractions in Egypt are the national parks and nature reserves that pull in crowds from all over the world.

Take a look at the best national parks in Egypt that will give you an adventurous experience that you will remember your whole life!

1. Gebel Elba National Park

Gebel Elba National Park

Located in the South-eastern side of Egypt, the Gebel Elba National Park is one of the top 5 National Parks in Egypt and has some of the best views of mountains, valleys and hills that line the National Park. On one end of the park, you will see the Elba Mountain peaking high which is neighboured by a chain of valleys and, the Red Sea hills on the other side which separate the Red Sea coast from main Elba Mountains. Moving on to the Gebel Elba National Park that is spread over fifty square kilometres towards the north of Shalateen and at an approximate distance of 250 kilometres from the Southern side of Marsa Alam, a very well-known area in Egypt. The Elba park is known to have varied ecosystems ranging from coastal plains, marshes, mangroves and coral reefs to mountain high lands, valleys and sand dunes. This versatile ecosystem is also the residence of about 458 plant species, 86 different corals, a 104 fish species, 26 mammals and 60 bird species. You will get to see an array of wild creatures such as ibexes, Barbary sheep, gazelles, the Aardwolf, the Striped Polecat, the Egyptian leopard, eagles, falcons, the Egyptian vulture as well as the Bearded Vulture.

Location: The National Park lies about 250 kilometres away from Marsa Allam
Timings of the Gabal Elba National Park: The Gebel Elba National Park remains open from 7am to 4pm on all days of the week.

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2. Wadi El Gemal National Park

Wadi El Gemal National Park

The Wadi el Gemal National Park is located in the Red Sea region of Egypt, approximately forty kilometres away from Marsa Alam. Spread over a sprawling area of 7000 square kilometres which consists of land and sea, the park gives you a chance to have a look at its coral reefs that border the beaches in the region while the rugged mountains make for a contrasting sight to the beaches. The Wadi el Gemal National Park has lots of things to do, right from bird watching to hiking to guided tours on bicycles. Surrounded with mangroves and acacia trees on all sides, Wadi el Gemal has a large variety of wild animals including the Nubian Ibex, wild foxes, gazelles and birds that take repose at Wadi while they migrate to other places. Another very interesting thing to do at Wadi is to explore the world’s oldest emerald mine while you learn about the survival techniques of the local Bedouin. If you are looking for a place that offers snorkelling experiences, visit the Wadi El Gemal Island where you get to snorkel with turtles and dugongs.

Location: The Wadi el Gemal National Park is located in the Red Sea coast, which is at the southern part of Marsa Alam.
Timings of the Wadi el Gemal National Park: The Wadi el Gemal National Park remains open to visitors from 9am to 5pm.
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3. Ras Mohammed National Park

Ras Mohammed National Park

Declared as a protected area in Egypt in the year of 1983, the Ras Mohammed National Park lies in the southernmost region of the Sinai Peninsula, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the Gulf of Suez and Aqaba. The Ras Mohammed National Park is located at a distance of only twenty kilometres from Sharm but is a little far off from Cairo, at an approximate distance of 446 kilometres. The National Park is known for housing over 1500 marine creatures, one of the reasons why the park is the most sought-after destinations for snorkelling and diving. The coral reefs at the park are famous internationally but make for only half a part of the park’s beauty while the other half lies in the mountains, plains, valleys and sand dunes.

Location: The Ras Mohammed National Park is situated on the southern side of the Sinai Peninsula.
Timings of the Ras Mohammed National Park: The park remains open from 7am to 4pm on all days of the week.

4. Wadi El Rayan National Park

Wadi El Rayan National Park

The Wadi El Rayan National Park is home to Egypt’s largest waterfalls that flow in and out through the lake region at Wadi El Rayan. You will find a lot of hot springs and oasis that are visited by a variety of animals in the area and from the areas surrounding the national park. You will see lots of migratory birds, reptiles, and even two species of the gazelle that are endangered at the park. A variety of trees and plants can be seen in this region, especially the acacia tree.

Location: The nature reserve is located at Fayoum in Egypt.
Timings of the Wadi El Rayan National Park: The park remains open from 7am to 5pm on all days of the week.

5. Wadi El Hitan National Park

Wadi Al-Hitan

The Wadi El Hitan National Park is one of the most well-known national parks of Egypt and falls under the top 5 National Parks in Egypt. It is located in the ‘Whale Valley’ nature preserve, which is called so because of the presence of the fossils of whales in this region. These prehistoric whale fossils have made the Wadi El Hitan National Park one of the major contributors towards research in this area because of which the place was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2005.

Location: The national park is located at Giza in Egypt.
Timings of the Wadi El Rayan National Park: The park remains open from 7am to 5:30pm on all days of the week.

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6. Nabq Protected Area

Nabq Protected Area

Located close to the northern side of Sharm El Sheikh, the Nabq Protected Area was established in the year of 1992. The Nabq protected area has a lot of plants and trees that have sprung up owing to the heavy rainfall levels in the mountainous regions close to the park. Nabq is home to 134 plant species, out of which 6 are endemic to Nabq, the park also houses the Heron, Spoonbill and Osprey that are found in abundance at the Nabq.

Location: The national park is located at the South Sinai Governorate.
Timings of the Nabq Protected Area: The park remains open from 7am to 4pm on all days of the week.

7. Abu Galum Protected Area

Large fish view

Declared as a nature reserve in the early 1990s, the Abu Galum Protected Area lies on the Northern side of the Nabq Reserve, covering a massive area of four hundred square kilometres. When you look around from Abu Galum, you will see tall granite mountains that surround the narrow area which boasts of coral reefs and a beautiful marine ecosystem. A lot of tourists also choose to go diving at Abu Galum to get a view of the underwater caves, however, diving here is not very safe.

Location: The Protected Area is located on the east coast of South Sinai, between Dahab and Nuweiba.
Timings of the Abu Galum Protected Area: The park remains open from seven AM to five PM on all days of the week.

Pyramid view

The ideal months for visiting Egypt are the months of October through April, when the weather is pleasant, making outdoor activities like visiting the National Parks in Egypt, more enjoyable. If you visit in the months of December and January, you would find most places brimming with tourists as it is the peak tourist season in Egypt but this also means higher prices for everything, right from air tickets to hotel room rates. Avoid the summer months as Egypt gets too hot, especially the Southern regions of Egypt.

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Reaching Egypt by air from major cities is not difficult at all as most of the major cities have direct flights that reach you to Egypt. The main airports that you can choose to land at are the Luxor International Airport and the Cairo International Airport. Other major airports in Egypt are at Aswan, Sharm El Sheikh and Alexandria. Other points of entry are through Jerusalem, Amman and Tel Aviv.

These National Parks and nature preserves give you a chance to have a look at some of the most stunning wild creatures that reside within the confines of the parks. So, plan a trip to Egypt and get wild!

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Wasgamuwa National Park: A Pocket Guide For A Fun Wildlife Encounter In Lanka

The Wasgamuwa National Park is located in the Sri Lankan districts of Matale and Polonnaruwa. The natural park is about 225 kilometres away from the capital city of Colombo with the nearest town being Polonnaruwa. Wasgamuwa is spread over a sprawling 36,900 hectares, surrounded by River Amban Ganga and River Mahaweli Ganga on the eastern and western sides of the National Park. In the year of 1938, some parts of the park were declared as ‘Strict Nature Reserves’ after which the surrounding areas were also pulled in, that is how the whole park that is now spread over a humongous area of 36,900 hectares came to be known as, the Wasgamuwa National Park in 1984.

Best Time To Visit Wasgamuwa National Park

The best time to visit the Wasgamuwa nature park would be from the months of November to May as the weather is pleasant and also makes for the best time to spot elephants at the park.

Reaching Wasgamuwa National Park

The park location is suitable for travelers coming in from any part of Sri Lanka, especially those traveling from Kandy. The entry point to the park is at Handungamuwa and can be accessed from Kandy, Hasakala and Hettipola. The National Park is about 57 kilometers away from Kandy and takes about 1 hour to reach you to the entry point of Wasgamuwa.

If you’re going from the Kandy-Mahiyangana road, turn off at Hasalaka and go ahead to Wilgamuwa which leads you to the main gate of Wasgamuwa. If you’re going from the villages of Matale and Polonnaruwa, you can take off to the park from Laggala, the road directly takes you to the Wilgamuwa area, close to the National Park.

Entrance Fee: INR 1068

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Place to stay

There are three bungalows within the park where you can stay if you’re looking for an insider experience in the midst of wild animals. The three wildlife bungalows at the park are the Kadurupitiya bungalow, the Mahaweli bungalow and the Wawul Ebe bungalow. Looking for a more rugged experience? Stay put at one of the five campsites around the National Park. You can choose from the Medapitiya I and II, Mahaweli Ganga I and II, Waulebe, Hatharaman Handiya and the Ulpathhatha campsites.

Here is a list of some of the things you must try in this scenic national park of Sri Lanka to experience the best of wildlife around. Take a look for all you need to know!

1. Wasgamuwa National Park Safari

National Park Safari

Discover the beauty of the wild animals and birds at the Park through a safari ride that fills you up with some of the freshest air you’ve breathed in the longest time. While you enjoy the drive through the forest, the assigned driver drives you through the woods of the Wasgamuva National Park where you’ll see miniature versions of water pools. In these water pools, you’ll find pythons, crocodiles and other reptiles slithering all through the day while aquatic birds bathe themselves in the water pools of the park. If you love photography, Wasgamuva is the best place for you to pull out your cameras and capture nature at its very best. Make sure you don’t make noise while you are on the safari as most of the animals escape into the dense forests at the sight or sound of humans. If you’re lucky, you might also get to see herds of elephants chewing on fresh green grass while lounging in the open areas before it gets too sunny in the afternoons which is nap time for them.
Safari price: The safari price is INR 2139 and is inclusive of a guide who drives you around the park in a safari jeep. The jeep also offers pick-ups and drops to areas that fall within 5 kilometers from the park’s main gate.

Safari duration: The duration of the safari at Wasgamuwa is about 3 hours.

Best time for the safari: The best time to do a safari through the park is from 6am to 9am so you get a chance to hear the birds chirping around the forests along animals marching up and down in search of food. Another option is the evening slot which is from 3pm to 6pm. However, we suggest you go for the morning safari session.

2. Ancient Buduruwayaya Ruins

Ancient Buduruwayaya Ruins

The Buduruwayaya ruins are ancient monuments within the confines of the Wasgamuva National Park. Within the Buduruwayaya ruins are a group of 1800-year-old Buddhist temples. You’ll see a reclining Buddha statue that is fenced by archaic stone pillars in the temple. When you step out of the Buduruwayaya ruins and look across the River Amban, you will be able to see another reclining Buddha statue resting in the midst of green scapes. The ruins can be found on the map of Wasgamuva National Park, right at the confluence of River Amban and River Kalu.

3. Camping

Camping

If you’ve got enough time on hand and want to explore the wilderness of the park a little more in depth, we suggest you be a part of Wasgamuva National Park camping. The camp extends to three days and two nights, is inclusive two safari sessions at the National Park. The best part about the camp is that you’ll be living in standard tents with fellow campers and can have the time of your life while the organizers set up a three-course barbecue dinner for you that you can enjoy in the under a starry night sky. There are a lot of tour groups and companies that organize camps the Wasgamuwa National Park in Sri Lanka.

Prices for camping: INR 25,206 (inclusive of the tent, meals, barbecue night, two safari sessions and park entry, approximately)

Beautiful place

The National park has plenty of birds and animals that make up most part of the forest population. When you’re on the safari at Wasgamuwa, here’s what you should expect to see:

  • Wasgamuwa is home to herds of about a mighty hundred and fifty elephants that walk across the park and can be seen in larger numbers from the months of November to May. For the other parts of the year, they migrate to other national parks such as the Kaudulla and Minneriya national parks. The largest Sri Lankan elephants called marsh elephants the also reside in the Wasgamuwa park.
  • The park has an abundance of bears and boasts of having the highest bear population compared to any other parts of Sri Lanka. Locals believe that the name ‘Wasgamuwa’ is a reference to the Sinhalese words ‘Walas Gamuwa’ which mean ‘gathering place for bears’ when translated to English. Other bear species found in abundance at the park are sloth bears. In fact, the Wasgamuwa park is known to have the second largest population of sloth bears after Yala Block One.
  • Apart from bears, the park also houses the spotted deer, mugger crocodiles, sambars, purple-faced langur monkeys, leopards, water buffalos, the hare that hurry off into the wild at the sight of humans and the Sri Lankan native, yellow fronted barbet.
    There are a whopping 145 species of birds in the park including beautiful peacocks, tiny villus, preying fish eagles, purple heron, red-faced malkoha, storks including the white-necked stork species, bee-eaters and whistling ducks among many others. Out of the 145 bird species, 5 are native to Sri Lanka including the Sri Lankan junglefowl that screeches off over your head while you’re on the jungle safari.

A visit to the park is an escape into the wild and is a much-needed break from the urban lives that we are constantly entangled in. Find yourself in the midst of some of the most beautiful forests as you are enthralled by the soothing sounds of nature at Wasgamuwa National Park. So, book your trip to Sri Lanka with TravelTriangle and experience the best of its wildlife with your loved ones!

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4 Adventuresome National Parks In Czech Republic For The Love Of Nature & Wildlife

One of the most prized possessions of the Central European region, the Czech Republic is home to many tourist attractions in its area of 78,866 square km. With a highly varied landscape, the region offers stunning sights to thousands of visitors who flock the area each year. There are four national parks in Czech Republic and each one of them deserves a visit for their own unique reasons. Take some time from roaming round in the beautiful cobblestone streets in the capital city of Prague to the corners of the country where you will find these national parks, known for their breathtaking flora and fauna.

We have curated a list of the best national parks in Czech Republic to help you plan your itinerary better. So, which of these will you like to start your holiday with?

1. Krkonoše National Park

Krkonoše National Park

Often referred to as the best national park in Czech Republic, this beauty is located in the Hradec Králové and Liberec regions. The history of this park goes way back to the month of May in 1963 when it was first established. The park is located at an altitude that ranges between 1300 feet to 5256 feet in different parts and this park also inhabits a part of the Krkonoše Mountains, the highest mountain range in the Czech Republic. Of all the medals up its sleeve, it has also been given the recognition of a Biosphere Reserve Site by the UNESCO.

Krkonose National Park spans an expanse of approximately 363 sq. km and you can consider hiking to the summit for the gorgeous views of a Polish Hut and the chapel of St. Lawrence which was constructed in 1681. The summit offers unparalleled views of both Poland and the Czech Republic and gives you a rare chance to spot an alpine butterfly fluttering by.

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2. Šumava National Park

Šumava National Park

It is a fairly recent national park, when contrasted with Krkonose and is located in the Czech Republic’s South Bohemian Regions. It was first established in 1991 and the elevation ranges from 4,521 ft to 1,870 ft spanning approximately 685 sq. km. Sumava National Park is a part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve as well, and rightly so! Of all the beautiful elements of nature present here, a few are glacial lakes, peat bogs and patches of primeval forests. While the natural vegetation of the park has been replaced by spruce plantations; many non-native species thrive here today including an absolutely stable population of lynxes.

An interesting fact that you might not know is that there are more than 150 miles of ski trails inside this park. In the summer, one has the option to go hiking the trails in the park or kayaking down the Vltava, Otava and Vydra rivers. Try to spot the exotic and stunning Capercaillie (wood grouse) during your time here since there are only 300 birds left of this species.

3. Podyjí National Park

Colourful lizard view

The third National Park in this list but an equally important and beautiful one as the two mentioned above, the Podyji National Park is located in the South Moravian Region, where it has been since 1991. Podyji National Park was built with an objective to provide security to the Dyje River valley’s forested areas and is spread over an area of 63 square km with the elevation ranging from 534 to 214 m.

There is a wide variety of habitats here including grasslands, forests, shrubland, wetlands, arable land, etc. An interesting thing to do here is to visit and get pictures clicked in the ruins of ancient castles that can be accessed through many designated trails in the park. There are more than 70 species of plants that one can find here, 152 species of birds. 65 species of mammals and 7 species of reptiles.

For an ethereal experience, go for a hike in the Dyje Canyon where you can look at the stunning rock formations, boulder fields and rocky cliffs as you stand with your binoculars on to spot otters, eagle owls and kingfishers. Of all the things that this park is known for, a particularly interesting one is the presence of unique species of reptiles and amphibians such as the fire salamander, great crested newt, tree snake and emerald lizard. With so many things to do, you cannot go wrong with any of the national parks in Czech Republic.

4. Prague National Park

Prague National Park

This one is known by many different names such as České Švýcarsko National Park, Bohemian Switzerland National Park and is located in the north-western part of the Czech Republic, also known as the Czech Switzerland; this is one of the most visited national parks in Czech Republic. This is the youngest park in the list and was established fairly recently, in 2000 and is spread over an area of only 79 square km. The smaller size does not mean that there are not enough surprises inside!

The national park is known for its mountainous landscape which has patches of varying topography inside, ranging from patches of forest, sandstone arches, and other natural features. If that is not enough, one can spot many ancient castles in the region as well. You might have heard of the most popular feature here if you have heard of Prague National Park, which is Pravcicka Brana, known for being the largest natural stone bridge that exists in Europe.

Moreover, this is only one of the many attractions that you will find while hiking on the trails in this park. Climbers love this national park, but there are some restrictions so you should check out the website before planning anything crazy! All castles and no nature makes your vacation a dull one! The national parks in Czech Republic are tourist attractions that are waiting to be visited by you! Plan a comprehensive tour itinerary by booking your travel packages to the Czech Republic from Travel Triangle for an unparalleled holiday experience.

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If you are planning a trip to the Czech Republic, try aligning it during the spring season between mid-March to mid-May for an absolutely pleasant experience. Fall is another great option and any time between September and November will guarantee you a great crowd and pleasant weather. The high season in the region falls between June and August and if you are one for the crowds, you should definitely consider visiting during those months. If you are looking for a good vacation but not a lot of hustle, consider visiting Czech during the spring or fall months.

Excited much? We bet you are. These four national parks in Czech Republic are sure to leave you in a trance with their endless natural beauty, breathtaking landscapes, and a diverse array of flora, fauna, and avifauna. Make sure you visit all of them on your trip to the Czech Republic. And when you’re back, don’t forget to write about your awesome experience in the comments section below!

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Shopping In Varna: Find The Best Shopping Malls & Streets In This Small Bulgarian Town

Tourists can find excellent destinations for shopping in Varna to shop the best of things available here. It has numerous women’s and men’s clothing shops, functional stores with items for children, perfumery, and brand cosmetics stores. The shopping experience in Varna could be a great adventure if you choose the correct destinations for your shopping purposes. We have discussed below a great spot where you can experience the pleasure of comfortable, and easily accessible shopping venture.

Numerous notable shopping malls in Varna enable buyers to explore a broad array of items. We are here to make the visitors who are new to the town and looking for a one-stop destination where they can get what they are actually looking for without having to move around for searching their essentials. Let’s have a look at a few of the most prominent shopping malls in Varna Bulgaria.

1. Grand Mall Varna

Grand Mall Varna

Grand Mall is the latest and the most prominent center for shopping in Varna. A great position of the trade center with comfortable entrance to Varna railway station, Varna bus station, Varna airport, and the various significant landmarks of the town. It offers various possibilities for entertainment, shopping, and leisure purpose. It has around 1750 parking spaces, more than 220 shops.

Among the local and global brands embodied in the Grand Mall are the Inditex Group brands – Oysho; H & M, Pull & Bear, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Bershka, the brands of LPP Group – LC Waikiki; Reserved and Mohito; Arena IMAX and Arena Cinema with 9 movie theaters; supermarket BulMag, Technomarket. There are also the sports fashion brands Intersport, Sports Vision, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Humanic, Camper and Liu Jo, Deichmann, Guess, Replay, G Star, Scotch & Soda, Calliope, Terranova, Baldessarini.

Location: Varna, 2 Andrey Saharov Street
Timings: 10 AM – 10 PM

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2. Varna Towers

Varna-Towers

Varna Towers is among the largest shopping malls in Varna Bulgaria with a complete space of 83,000 square meters, incorporating with office space of 23,000 square meters and retail space of 60000 square meters. Each of the mall towers is rising to 70 meters high, and the apartment provides 800 basement and surface parking areas.

The most radiant attractions of the apartment are the only rotating eatery in Southeast Europe identified as Magneto, positioned on the Eastern Tower’s head. Correspondingly, the peak of the Western Tower emphasizes a “Helipad”, which is for the very first time that has been taken place in Bulgaria to be positioned on a building’s roof.

Location: Varna, Vlasdislav Varnenchik Blvd, Bulgaria
Timings: 10 AM – 9 PM every day

3. Mall Verna

Mall Verna

It is among the well-reputed shopping malls in Varna Bulgaria, offering a broad range of possibilities for shopping, leisure, entertainment, and relaxation best-fitted for all age people. It is one of the top-rated places for spending a good time with family and friends. In this trade center, you can visit cafeterias, and fast food restaurants are providing homely taste and extraordinary comfort.

Mall Varna possesses the movies “Arena” which has a 3D cinema and eight movie halls. The Mall encompasses the only hall for table tennis lovers in the town, furnished with the Mirror school of dance & movement, and trained flooring Gerflor. The spots of Playground recreation provide various points of attractions. It includes the comfort of a pub with multi-gaming tables supporting touch screens and the arcade games recent generation, associated by type.

Location: Varna, Bulgaria
Timings: 10 AM – 10 PM

4. Hypermarkets

Hypermarkets

Moreover, in the more Sofia’s outside quarters, hypermarkets of many retail chains are located there along with this: seven of BILLA, four of KAUFLAND, and two of METRO. There are many local retail series such as 345 and Elemag, Fantastiko. If you are looking for furniture, you visit Martineli, IKEA, Domo, Aiko, Domko, etc. Most of the furniture shop architectures you will get at the Sofia Ringroad’s South arch.

5. Shopping Streets In Varna

Shopping Streets In Varna

Sofia’s Traditional commercial centers are the Central Universal Store on the pedestrian Vitosha shopping street and Nezavisimost Square. On Vitosha Boulevard principally boutique stores of world-famous designer’s patterns of cosmetics, shoes, and clothes are located. A few of the mythical shopping spots in the downtown sector, such as Graf Ignatiev Street, Rakovska Steet, Pirotska Street along with Slaveykov Square are ordered as pedestrian alleys.

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Souvenirs such as Russian dolls, reproduction icons, jewelry, wooden items, ceramics, embroidered tablecloths, and lace are for available for sale on stalls at Alexander Nevski square of the very well-known antique market. You can get post stamps, antiques, communist heritage items, WWII items; from here one can also purchase KGB membership card and Russian soldiers hat.

Also worth searching for souvenirs are the stores in the road between Balkan Sheraton, TZUM and the National Ethnographic Museum’s ground-floor store. Luxury products to take home comprises wines of Bulgaria, prominently the rakiya (fruit brandy) and full-bodied red Melnik. Another social tipple is mastika, a drink of anis-flavor that is identical to Greekouzo. These can be accessed from stores across the city.

Varna is the place not just for shopping but you can spend a great time exploring a vast collection of items that will surely attract you as well. There are a significant number of Shopping streets, Marketplaces, Souvenirs, Hypermarkets, and world-famous shopping malls in bulgaria . If you ever plan an international trip to Bulgaria, these are the places where you should go shopping.

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5 Sparkling Bars In Sanur Bali You Must Check Out In 2019!

While exploring Bali you will come across many pristine beaches, mouthwatering seafood, majestic temples, and other heavenly attractions. Apart from the steady monuments and their charming beauty this ‘island of Gods’ is overflowing with captivating sceneries and stunning sea hues. This is a great destination for nature lovers as the place has much greenery, coral reefs and beautiful sands by the brim which overall offers a great view to anyone gazing around. After appreciating its great architectures and stunning natural beauty you must not forget to check out the bars in Sanur Bali.

Sanur, a seaside town in the southeast portion of Bali. The place has many shallow beaches and it also houses great temples for you to visit and pay your dues. However, the most happening and cheering places also reside over here. The leafy main street Jalan Danau Tamblingan is flooded with many art galleries, buzzing bars, and aesthetic restaurants. Visit this happening city and try the happening bars in here to experience the very trending tradition of Bali. Don’t miss your chance to interact with the natives as bars in Sanur are bound to offer you this amazing opportunity. So while touring Sanur spare some time and check out the great bars in here and savor the wide variety of drinks offered in here paired with exclusive food menus.

Although there are many bars in Sanur for you enjoy the amazing nightlife but here is a list of some of the most happening bars.

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For those feeling fabulous and in for something wild and fun for the evening, such Bali’s nightlife venues are a must. Visit these gay bars for an amazing nightlife entertainment in Bali, filled with fun entertainment and sexy shows. They offer a never seen glimpse of the place and the lifestyle.

Location: Seminyak
Timings: 3:00 pm -03:00 am
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Serambi

This is a popular art space and venue where arts and music enthusiasts gather. Serambi Arts Antida is dedicated to developing and promoting Balis local communities contemporary art and culture. If you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy live music by local artists and a place to enjoy contemporary Balinese art and culture, there is no place like Serambi Arts Antida. It features a caf- that serves superb food and drinks and also offers free Wi-Fi. If you want to experience Denpasar nightlife that is more laid back, head over to this amazing venue.

Opening Hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Location: Jalan Waribang 32, Kesiman, Denpasar

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Want a place to dance all night to house music mixed with progressive beats- Make your way to New Star Club where the resident DJs keep you grooving to the music throughout the night. If you are lucky, you can catch one of the guest DJ performances that are held once every month. With a capacity for 1,000 people, New Star House is a great place for Denpasar nightlife for singles. The club also features 16 karaoke rooms for 6 to 10 people and one with enough space for 20 people. Previously known as Nu Dewata, New Star House has a futuristic interior and a beautiful exterior in Balinese design style.

Opening Hours: 2 pm to 6 am
Location: JL. Gunung Soputan No. 16B, Pemecutan Klod, Denpasar Barat, Bali 80119

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Sector

Located right next to the greens of Bali Beach Golf Course, Sector Bar is a sophisticated place to go when you want to enjoy drinks in a bar that offers a superb selection of gourmet and rare wines. You can enjoy live jazz by a local band every night as well as Latin and salsa nights on Mondays through midweek. There are also live solo performances from 6 pm onwards every Friday. Sector Bar is a trendy lounge with an urban club atmosphere, ideal for those looking for Denpasar nightlife for couples. On some nights, you can dance to the hottest tunes spun by resident DJs till the wee hours.

Opening Hours: 06:00am to 10:00pm (You can find information about the bars hours at the venue)
Location: Jl. Hang Tuah No. 58, Sanur Kaja, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80227

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If youre eager to try some Indonesian curries and meat, this restaurant in Bali will not disappoint you. Kori Restaurant offers a multiple cuisine menu while you dine surrounded by descriptive wall hangings and mannequins of Balinese dresses giving a glimpse to their culture.

Cuisine: Indonesian, Western, Asian
Timings: 12 PM to 11 PM

Cost for Two: 375,000 IDR (INR 1800 Approx.)
Zomato Rating: 3.5/5

Location: Jl. Legian, Popies Lane 2, Kuta, Bali
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Casablanca is one of the best places in Sanur to witness the enthralling nightlife while in Bali. Resting at the main Sanur Route of Jalan Danau Tamblingan, this place is known for featuring live music gigs. And apart from that there is a variety of music played by various musicians every night.

Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan 120, Sanur
Timings: 10AM-12AM

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Another music themed bar is the Beatles Cavern which is known for being inspired by original rock and roll Cavern Club in Liverpool. The interior of this place gives a memory of the Beatles and also this is a haven for the people who love retro rock. This bar is a hidden gem which is settled at the inner streets of Sanur and offers a great ambience to enjoy the nightlife.

Location: Jalan Sekuta No 12
Timings: 10AM-9PM

Bars in city hall

This bar offers the chance to enjoy the Asian fusion cuisine along with giving the visitors a chance to enjoy the live local DJ’s. The place is a great option for the people who want to experience a fun evening at Sanur. The TKS bar is located at the Jalan Danau Toba and offers a wide range of cuisines and drinks on the menu.

Location: Jalan Danau Toba 11, Sanur
Timings: 4PM-3AM

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The Arena Pub and Restaurant is considered as Sanur’s one of the best places to go and experience the nightlife which is located at the bypass. This place boasts a pub and a bar along with featuring a bar which has a wide menu of drinks. For the entertainment part, there are options of live music performances and pool competitions.

Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai 115, Sanur
Timings: 12PM-1AM

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Jazz Bar & Grille is one of the most chic places to enjoy an incredible nightlife where the ambience is amazing and food is delicious. This is one of the premier places where Indonesian Jazz players play since 1999. Apart from this jamming sessions also take place on Thursday and Saturday. For the people who want to explore the nightlife, this place is a must visit.

Location: Komplek Pertokoan Sanur Raya, Jalan Byass Ngurah Rai, Sanur Read
Timings: 10PM-1:30AM

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The ideal time to visit Bali truly depends on the weather condition and on the variations of the season there, which actually affects the overall prices for accommodation. Usually, the month of July, easter holidays and new year’s and Christmas time seem to be much crowded and families are seen cherishing waves of laughter with their loved ones. But apart from that, there is no particular best time to visit Bali as it is a year-round destination.

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By flight:You can catch many various flights to Bali as this place perceives many flights from international places landing in and out of the country. In addition to that if you wish to travel from within the country to a domestic city then the option for that can also be availed without any hassles as the place has regular domestic flights flying to the majority of the cities within the country. From the airport, you can book yourself a taxi to your destination and treat your eyes with the view on the way.

By ship: To enter Bali through the sea route, you can catch a flight to Singapore, Sumatra or Java and hire a ship for your onward route to Bali and finally head to Sanur and relish the charming place and views on your way.

Tour around this magical paradise and relish the happening nights at the bars in Sanur Bali with all your cronies. Don’t lose out on the opportunity to meet and interact with the natives while you savor the fascinating drinks and mouthwatering dishes offered here. Start booking your trip to Bali and enjoy a happening holiday with your dear ones.

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Gates Of The Arctic National Park: Explore The Northernmost Park In The States!

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is an American treasure. Situated in Alaska, the national park is known all over the world for its exuberant wildlife and the appealing sights. The northernmost national park in the United States, this park has become a staple example all around the world for environmental preservation. The park has over the years become an escape spot for many Americans and tourists alike, from the hassle and busy life of cities into something soothing and stress relieving.

About Gates Of The Arctic National Park

Gates of the Arctic National Park was initially recognized as a monument, before being sanctioned as a national park in 1980. Since then, it has become a safe haven for many species of animals as well as flora and fauna. The visitors should keep a Gates of the Arctic National Park map at hand to navigate through the enormous preserve.

With a gorgeous landscape surrounding the place with glaciers, high mountains, dense forests, and much more. Gates of the Arctic National Park tours are the best gift you can give yourself if you want to experience nature in its full divinity.

Since the park is situated in the Arctic circle, the atmosphere here is cold all around the year, varying from mildly cold, to bone-chilling cold. One is therefore advised to carry at least two sets of warm clothes even if you visit the place during the summer. The visitors should be prepared for all kinds of weather when they come here.

The visitors who visit, go back with an unforgettable experience from here. This park also separates itself from the normal clichés of others. The park requires no permits to visit and doesn’t take a single penny from anyone coming here. The only costs that its visitors have to care about are the traveling and the amenities they’re packing. With no tracks or apparent trails inside the park, it is easy to get confused as to which part of the park to visit.

To help you with that and other things, you should contact Anaktuvuk Park Ranger Station before coming to the park. They will tell you the best nearby spots to hit according to your mode of transportation here. It is the only station inside the park and provides many other services too like air taxis, animal rescue and much more. It is open all year long. Other Ranger stations you may contact for more information are Bettles Ranger Station and Arctic Interagency Visitor Centre which can also offer you some good suggestions for the most amazing spots inside the park.

Amazing Mountains

Although the park is open all year long, it is advised to visit it during the spring and summer. It totally depends on the type of weather the traveler visiting the park likes though. But the park sees most visitors during the months of April to July. The weather is still unexpected though and can change at any time.

With its massive lands, beautiful landscapes, and an intriguing cultural presence, Gates of the Arctic National Park offers its visitors a wholesome experience. For backpackers especially, this is one of the best places to visit because of its sheer unpredictability and breathtaking views.

1. Go hiking

hiking Mountains View

There are no tracks or trails inside the park. But the amazing locations here for hiking offers one a chance to be one with nature, and get lost in the beauty and the surroundings here. Take a map, and hike through the Alaskan landscape of gorgeous mountains. The paths will lead you to stunning views and the experience would be totally memorable. If you are an adventure seeker, then this park is just the place you should head to, with of course a map!

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2 Enjoy Camping

Enjoy Camping

This is perhaps what most people who come here look forward to the most. The camping experience in this National Park is like nowhere else. With cool weather and an awe-inspiring setting, the place also serves as a perfect spot to leave behind the technical devices and work for some solidarity and a good time in nature. The park allows camping anywhere except the Native Corporation Lands.

3. Mingle with the natives

Mingle-with-the-natives

Since the park is open all year long, 24 hours, respecting the natives and their lands is very important. If you’re coming to the park through an air taxi, the village you land to has some of the best experiences lined up in your trip here. The native villagers are very welcoming and love interacting with the visitors if you treat them with respect. It gives you an amazing chance to know about a new culture and their ways of life.

4. Watch fauna and flora

Watch rare animal and flora

Situated in the Arctic Circle, the park is spread over a massive 30,000 square kilometers and houses many rare species of animals and plants. While hiking, look out for sightings of some very rare flora and fauna. The national park has been known famously for housing Lichens, which take as long as 150 years to fully grow and can be found here easily. The park also houses many rare species of animals like black bears, great horned owls, bald eagles, golden eagles, snowshoe hares, and many more.

How To Reach Gates Of The Arctic National Park

There are two ways by which you can enter the Gates of the Arctic National Park.

By Road: If you are looking for a road trip and don’t mind walking for long distances, you can take your car and drive on the Dalton Highway, which passes by almost 5 miles close to the east side of the national park. You can park your car there and take a long hike to enter the parkland. This is something that is done by very few people because it only gives you access to one side of this enormous park.

By Air: This is what most people choose to visit the park. There are air taxis running from Fairbanks and Coldfoot that run regularly. The park has many Native American villages, which have small airstrips for this very purpose. The largest airstrip here is in the Anaktuvuk Pass which is where most people go to. The villages here are welcoming to the visitors.
For the people looking to explore the wild side of the park, the air taxis also drop you off at specific locations on the rivers and lakes here and return back to a rendezvous point after the number of days or weeks you like. These are boat planes and usually, drop you off at either Summit Lake or the Circle Lake. Circle Lake is the most opted site as it has one of the most marvelous mountain structures in the world.

Where To Stay

There are no places to stay here. The park doesn’t offer any accommodations within itself. The only option here is camping. But if you are coming to the national park via airstrips and mingle with the locals here, they might offer you a stay at their homes if they like you. For people looking to stay outside the park, there are some options like Westmark Baranof Hotel, Super 8, Driftwood Hotel, the Alaskan Hotel and Bar, Best Western Country Lane Inn and Juneau Hotel. All these places are a bit far though, with a minimum of 30 minutes commute from the park and are also quite expensive. There are no cheap options available nearby.

Gates of the Arctic National park might not be visited by as many people as other national parks, but it is certainly one of the best out of them. With its breathtaking scenic landscapes and an amazing and thriving native culture, the park should be on your must visit places if you like backpacking or getting lost in nature. Book your trip soon with TravelTriangle!

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Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park: An All-inclusive Guide To This Wildlife Haven

Located in the state of Goias, in Brazil, is the Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park. A park that ages up to 1.8 billion years, yet discovered and established as a national park only in 1961 by President Juscelino Kubitscheck. Due to its brimming beauty, the park has been listed as one of the World Natural Heritage Sights by UNESCO in 2001. The park is an abode to innumerable species of flora and fauna, waterfalls and landscapes and therefore makes you one with nature and forget all your gadgets for the time being (except your cameras, they are important to capture the moment).

About Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park in Brazil

Once upon time, this area gave people around the world the gold rush, as it was a flourishing gold mine around the 18th century. And it was during this time when slavery was at its peak. However, with the mines soon disappearing, some clans escaped from the grip of slavery and sustained their nativity over the years. You may find many of these native and tribal communities such as the Quilombos and other such Kalunga communities, who with the idea of preserving their nativity and culture, engage with the tourists in the most welcoming way and give them a taste of originality.
Also, to make things more interesting, NASA has stated that Chapada is earth’s brightest point as seen by space because it lies on a bed of crystal quartz and reflects like a mirror. Spooky as it is, rumor has it that Chapada has had many frequent guest appearances by the foreigners such as the aliens.

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Things To Know About Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park

There are a few things that are better known if planning a backpack getaway to this National Park-

Opening timings: 8am- 6pm
Entrance fee: INR 190 per person
Location: Brazil
Park Area: 2,359.7 km2
Flora and Vegetation: Cerrado
Wildlife: The park resides many threatened animal species such as the giant armadillos, pampa deer, swamp deer, jaguars, guará wolves, rheas, crested seriemas, tapitis (small hare-like rodents), great anteaters, capybaras, tapirs, red-breasted toucans, king vultures, and black vultures.

1. Hiking and Trekking

Hiking and Trekking

These parks and sanctuaries have always been a hub for activities such as trekking and hiking. With so much variety and diversity all around, the park promises to indulge its travelers into wondrous hikes. But for the hearts that ask for more, there are many agencies that take up treks during the day to make sure you have completely seeped in all the evident essences of the park. The trek will keep you busy and will offer quite a lot of places to visit around this wildlife hotspot.

2. Canyoning

Canyoning

Love heights? If you do, the option of canyoning in the park is open. Quite a lot of agencies take up these activities inside the park and awaken the primate beings within you. However, to know the others, you need to do your homework. With many wells around, along with a private property, one can enjoy these pristine scapes on foot or on their cycles. On the other hand, for camp lovers, there are many camps in and around the parks which keep you still and amazed throughout the night.

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3. Visit the Waterfalls

Visit the Waterfalls

From the Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park, a lot of many waterfalls put a show of their evangelical beauty. of almost 30-40 waterfalls, the Almécegas waterfalls, Raizama waterfalls, São Bento waterfalls, Andorinha waterfalls, and Segredo waterfalls are quite famous. Usually, all the waterfalls are marked and a quick briefing is given on the noticeboards nearby.

One of the most famous waterfalls in the park is Loquinhas waterfall which has been lauded for its utmost beauty. Reaching out to these waterfalls will be a cakewalk for those who have a knack for adventure and a good spatial sense.

Mountains view

Being in the heart of a tropical land, the Chapada Dos Veadeiros weather is semi-arid, tropical and hot and therefore sunblock creams and hats are much advisable. The Park is shut down during the monsoons between December to February. However, it still rains almost every day and going near the waterfalls during these times is not recommended as it can be dangerous. After May, the clouds close their taps, leaving the lands almost deserted, but fit to travel. The best time to march would be between June and July as the probability of rains is low and water in the waterfalls is in abundance.

How To Get To Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park

The main gateway to the park is from the city of Alto Paraiso de Goias. Other places where you can sneak in from are Brasilia and Goiania.

By Air: There are no direct flights to Chapada but one can always fly down to Brasilia and then travel on land to any of the gateway routes

By Car: The roads leading to the park are not in their best shape. However, those who like the rough terrains and the jeep rides can always take up this option. BR-020 and the G0-118 roads access you to the park, taking you through the cities of Formosa, Sao Gabriel, and Sao Joao D’Alianca. G0-327 is another access that takes you to Sao Jorge village, which is the main entrance to the national park.

By Bus: Many buses depart from Brasília to Alto Paraíso. But there’s only one bus a day at 6 pm from Rodoviária Alto Parais that gets you to Sao Jorge.
After reaching the Sao Jorge village, the national village is at a distance of 300-400 meters which has to be accessed on foot.

Where To Stay In Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park

The park is in close vicinity to the villages of Sao Jorge and Alto Paraiso. So to rest your tired souls or soles after the adventure trip, but still being one with the beauty of wildlife, these places are quite accessible. However, they may not be like your atypical top-notch hotels and resorts. Being within and near the premises of the park, these places believe in keeping it a bit low so that they do not disturb the wildlife around them. So don’t be shocked and dulled if you don’t find illumination after a particular time.

With this we come to the end of our guide to Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park in Brazil comes to end. While we can certainly share all that we know about it, the real experience can only be enjoyed live. Equipped with this amazing guide, you will know what to see when here. So, don’t forget to pay this park a visit on your next trip to Brazil. 

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Shopping In Portugal: 11 Places To Go All Out With Retail Therapy

Shopping – when you hear this word, it lights you up and no matter what mood you are in, you suddenly are brimming up with energy. That’s what shopping is for many; it’s therapy when you are down or depressed. And when you are traveling, a visit to any place is not complete without the shopping; more so when you are in Portugal. It is said that one of the budget-friendly places to shop in the whole of Europe is in Portugal. Shopping in Portugal is a delight.

There are so many things that are unique to this wonderful country, where the sun always shines brightly. Here is a list of places you can head to in Portugal for shopping:

1. Under the Cover

Under the Cover

It is one of the best shopping outlets in Lisbon, Portugal. A short distance from the wonderfully arranged Gulbenkian park, this shop moves worldwide magazines of dazzling assortment. ‘It’s simply things we need to find out about,’ shrugs guardian Luis Kuna – a too-unassuming portrayal of this world-class party of allurements. A manual for the overlooked laborers’ designers of Istanbul sits alongside phantasmagorical photos of submerged free-jumpers by Francesca Rivett. ‘We consider the paper as well,’ says Kuna. ‘The structure, the smell; the physical part of perusing a magazine means the world to us.’

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2. Galaria Tereza Seabra

Galaria Tereza Seabra

Part display space, part workshop, and store, this previous eighteenth-century pullover manufacturing plant is loaded up with characterful current European adornments. You will probably discover two or three planners working at their work areas to the drone of John Coltrane. Youthful Swedish diamond setter Anna Norrgrann’s pieces especially emerge (shell-like fine metal, sheeny with shrouded hues). In any case, the work by proprietor Tereza Seabra is significantly beautiful, reusing nineteenth-century Portuguese coral with shining new rose gold. It is the best shop to do fabric shopping in Portugal.

3. Maison Nuno Gama

Maison Nuno Gama

Fittings for made-to-quantify fitting in the atelier of Portuguese menswear originator Gama are a hoot. One divider is fixed with tuxedos in dandyishly dynamic silk, while another prompts an enthusiastic barbershop. Gama has an affection for decorating within the most solemnly exquisite wedding-suit coats with customized weaving propelled by the sentimental society craft of Portuguese émigrés. ‘I adore a decent jacket, it’s key to me,’ he says, ever-occupied in his studio at the back, where the dividers are fixed with books by the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. It is considered as the place where luxury shopping in Lisbon is possible.

4. Casa Amora

Casa Amora

Set along a pretty road polished with quintessential Lisbon tiles, in the inventive neighborhood of Amoreiras, is this townhouse with a bunch of rooms. From its garden (a high-walled cavern of disintegrating blocks and ivy) voices ever-burble, with visitors eating unstable custard tarts for breakfast and staff prescribing neighborhood eateries and strolls, all under the shade of a gigantic avocado tree. The stylistic layout is exquisite retro, the palette distinctly quieting – suitable given it’s so near the absolute best lanes for shopping, including the Avenida da Liberdade and Rua de São Bento for absurdly extravagant and must-see collectibles. It’s additionally just a short stroll from the best gelateria in the city: Nannarella. Duplicates from about £70. It is the perfect place for shopping in Portugal.

5. Albufeira

Albufeira

Many intriguing trinket shops keep running in the city, so travelers go to World In store for essential blessings. An extensive variety of brilliant dress and handcrafted materials are dependably on offer. Here, you can buy charming splendid cushions, hair extras, infant garments, dream catchers and hand-sewn youngsters’ toys. Ladies will discover vivid sacks and outfit jewelery. The experience of shopping in Albufeira Portugal is the best experience of shopping you can have her.

6. Colombo Mall

Colombo Mall

It is one of the largest malls in the country and is a must-visit for those who travel to Lisbon. The amazing exteriors and the interior of the mall is magnificent. The mall houses more than 340 shops; you can shop till you drop…literally! This is what luxury shopping in Lisbon looks like. This mall is a one-stop shop for everything that you want to buy. While you are shopping, your children can hang out in the outdoor garden or the play area.

7. Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet

Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet

One of the best shopping outlets in Lisbon, Portugal, this is also a place where you can go crazy shopping and carry back loads of stuff home. It is a huge shopping outlet, just 30 minutes drive from the capital city and has also the top brands like Hugo Boss and Dolce & Gabanna and there is a year-round discount at this place, where at times it goes up to even 70%! At times, there are also free makeover sessions and stuff like that too happening. You can spend an entire day here and finish all the shopping that you want to do for carrying back home.

8. El Corte Ingles

El Corte Ingles

This place is not unique to Portugal as such but is one of the best options when you go shopping there. It is headquartered in Madrid, Spain, and is the biggest department store in the whole of Europe. From clothes to books to even furniture, you can shop for absolutely anything here and the best part is, it is one of the cheapest shopping destinations you will find in Portugal.

9. Feira da Ladra

Feira da Ladra

What can be a cheap place to shop than a flea market and Lisbon’s Feira da Ladra is one of the capital city’s best-kept secrets. Vibrant and colorful, the name Feira da Ladra, literally translates to “Thieves’ Market”, Ladra meaning woman thief. But, don’t you fear…this is just another name. Ladro also means antique and that is what you will find in plenty here. You will also find a lot of clothes, books, hand-made goods, home décor, coins, and even military objects. The market is held every Tuesday and Saturday, from dawn to the early afternoon.

10. LX Factory Sunday Market

LX Factory Sunday Market

This old, abandoned industrial site has got a ‘Hippie’ makeover. If you are a fan of all things quirky and vintage, this place is the right place for you to shop in. Though it is home to a number of start-ups and hip restaurants and also to the upcoming artists to showcase their works, this turns into a shopping paradise every Sunday. Lined up along the main street every Sunday, the artists showcase their funkiest works, from vintage to local designer clothes, handmade jewelry, vinyl, and old-school CDs, this place is a hit among the locals of the city. With some amazing food and great music, this a great way to add some quirkiness to your shopping list.

11. Casa Dos Tapetes De Arraiolos

Casa Dos Tapetes De Arraiolos

If you are wondering where you can shop for the amazing and unique fabric that Portugal is so famous for, look no further than this place. Be it rugs or tapestries, the products and the designs you will find here, are made with the popular Arraiolos stitch. The material they use is the wool yarn and the best of its kind. The Madeira designs on it are so soothing and come in a lot of varieties of flowers and leave design. They are all exclusive and, if you cannot carry it home, they will do that for you, at an extra cost.

A perfect balance of malls, factory outlets, flea markets, and boutiques – shopping in Portugal is an experience in itself. There are so many things that are unique to this wonderful country, where the sun always shines brightly. Also, being one of the cheapest destinations to shop in, you can splurge on shopping for the best and the most unique products like the cork-based products; now, where in the world will you find those and that too in so many designs and varieties! So, whenever you make that plans to travel to Portugal , make sure you have enough room in your luggage to carry back these a little bit of the country with you!

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Kaudulla National Park: An Untamed Safari Through The Sri Lankan Wilds

Sri Lanka is home to twenty-six national parks and the Kaudulla National Park is one of the most eminent parks, it is spread over a massive 6656 hectares and is home to a countless number of wild animals, aquatic animals, and exotic birds. The Kaudulla National Park is also connected to the Somawathie Chaitiya Park and the Minneriya Wildlife Park, both of which are excellent spots where you can explore Sri Lanka’s wildlife, especially elephants.

Elephants group view

Declared as a National Park in the year 2002, the Kaudulla National Park was the fifteenth nature reserve that was given the title. The Park also brings tourists and travelers from all around the world mainly to see the elephants population that lives in abundance at the Park. In the dry seasons, all the elephants from the surrounding National Parks including the Kaudulla, Wasgomuwa and the Somawathie Chaitiya Parks come together at the Minneriya National Park in an unofficial ceremony called “Elephant Gathering” by the locals.

When you look at the map of Kaudulla National Park a little closely, you will notice how the National Parks in Sri Lanka are so closely connected to each other, making it easier for animals to go from one park to the other in search of food, water or mates.

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The best time to visit the Kaudulla National Park is between the months of August and December so you can see a maximum number of wild animals at the Park. The famous Sri Lankan elephant gatherings take place in the months of September and October so plan your visit accordingly.

Cab View

You can reach Kaudulla National Park from the Colombo-Trincomalee main road if you are traveling by road. You can hail a cab directly from Trincomalee to the National Park which would cost about INR 2300 to INR 2800 and reach you to your destination in about 1 hour 20 minutes.

From Dambulla to Kaudulla National Park: If you’re traveling from Trincomalee to Kaudalla National Park, you can board a night train from Trincomalee that drops you at Galoya Junction in 2 hours, costing you around INR 29 to INR 100 (one way). From Galoya junction, you can either walk it up to the park (takes about twenty minutes) or hail a taxi.

From Dambulla to Kaudulla National Park: If you are staying at Dambulla, you can hire a taxi that will take you from Dambulla to Kaudulla National Park, covering a distance of 44 kilometers in 42 minutes, costing you around INR 1400 to INR 1800 (one way).
Kaudulla National Park Entrance Fee: INR 1280

The Kaudalla National Park lies between the coastal city of Trincomalee and Dambulla so you can find accommodation at one of the following hotels:

1) Dambulla Rock Arch

Dambulla Rock Arch

Dambulla Rock Arch is located only two kilometers away from the Dambulla International Cricket Stadium and only at an hour’s distance from the Sri Lanka airport, making it one of the great place to stay at when you are in Sri Lanka. Dambulla Rock Arch is a bed and breakfast concept with well-furnished rooms having access to beautiful views of the gardens. The guesthouse also has pick-up and drop facilities for guests coming in from the airport.
Where? 696/4, Anuradhapura Road, 21100 Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

Pricing: Moderately priced.

2) Sevonrich Holiday Resort

Beautiful Resort

The Sevonrich Holiday Resort is a great option for those looking for more of a fun time with family and friends. The resort is located in Dambulla and has an outdoor swimming pool that all the guests can use. The better part about this resort is that you don’t need to step out of the resort to grab a meal at the resort itself has an in-house restaurant that serves up yummy food. We suggest you go in for stay packages that are inclusive of the buffet breakfast so you can pack yourselves up on some sumptuous food before you take off to exploring the places around.
Where? No:151, 2nd Lane, Jayamawatha, Yapagama, Dambulla, 21100 Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

Pricing: Relatively expensive.

What To See In The National Park

What you will see on the park tour:

  • There are over 200 elephants in Kaudulla National Park so, if you want to go elephant-watching, there is no better place than Kaudulla.
  • Other than elephants, you will also find a lot of colorful peacocks, chirping birds, wild boars, Sri Lankan axis deer, Sri Lankan sambar deer, spotted deer, black bears and varied monkey species along with crocodiles lounging around the park.
  • If you are lucky, you might also get to see a few leopards with their baby leopards loitering around the forest when you are on the safari.
  • You can’t miss the main center of attraction, the Kaudulla reservoirs which co-incidentally also lie in the center of the National Park. The Kaudulla reservoirs were built in the third century by King Mahasen for irrigation purposes but were left in the ruins for the longest time. After a long period of desertion, the reservoirs are now major sources of life for diverse aquatic species and provide drinking water to all the animals residing at the National Park.
  • Around the reservoirs, you will also see a lot of birds such as the Spot-billed Pelican, Asian Spoonbills, the Grey-headed Fish Eagle, the Black-headed Ibis, and the Open Bill Stork that lounge around the water tanks, especially during the summer months.

1) Jeep Safari

Jeep Safari

If you want to explore the national park, there is no better way to do it than to do a jeep safari through the park. If you’ve been on safaris before, you might have had disappointing times where you don’t see any animals all through the safari. However, if you are on the Kaudulla National Park safari, you will see a lot of wild animals roaming about freely in the park. The jeep safaris usually start off from the main entry gate of the Kaudalla National Park and take you around the entire park to watch the wild closely.

Jeep safari timings: There are two jeep safari slots that you can choose from, the morning slot or the afternoon slot. The morning slot starts at 5:30am while the afternoon slot starts at 2:30pm. If you are going mainly for the elephants, we suggest you take the afternoon safari slot.

Duration of the Kaudulla National Park jeep safari: You would take about three hours to go around the entire National Park through the jeep safari.

Kaudulla National Park Safari price: The jeep safari costs around INR 3189 and is inclusive of a private safari jeep, Kaudulla National Park entry fees and a pick-up/ drop to your place of accommodation if it falls within five kilometres from the park’s main gate.

2) Elephant Gathering at Kaudulla National Park

Elephant Gathering

As you might have already gathered, the elephants at Kaudulla are the main stars of the National Park. Irrespective of whether you are fond of elephants or not, watching the “Elephant Gathering” at Kaudulla is a sight you that you just cannot miss! These elephant gatherings peak around the months of August and September where you can see herds of elephants coming together to chill by the park’s reservoirs while munching on some fresh grass.

3) Photography in the wild

Photography in the wild

We all have hidden photographers in us and the Kaudulla National Park is sure to bring out the photographer in you. While you are on the safari, be very vigilant and look around for wild animals that hurry through the forests, so you can quickly pull out your cameras and take beautiful shots of these animals as they are in their natural elements, jumping across the forests.

The flora and fauna at the Kaudulla National Park consist of diversified species of plants and animals that only add to the beauty of the verdant forests that surround the reservoir. Visit the Kaudulla National Park and the surrounding national parks to pack in your fix of wild adventures on your visit to Sri Lanka.

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Turkey Shopping Guide: All That You Can Buy From Its Ancient Bazaars & Glitzy Shopping Malls

From the 4,000 plus shops in the oldest bazaar in the world, to the 1, 76,000 sqm of stores in the largest shopping mall in Europe, it is not an exaggeration to say Turkey is a shopper’s paradise! Turkey straddles the two continents of Asia and Europe and continues it legacy of being an important trading capital since its time on the historical Silk Route. Turkey shopping is a wondrous mix of old and new, the perfect destination to stock up on traditional arts and crafts as well as avant garde high fashion.

Here’s our pick:

1. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Grand Bazaar is without a doubt the best place for shopping in Turkey! It is counted among the world’s largest markets and has been running since 1455. It’s touted as the first shopping malls in the world and has the widest assortment of things to buy. Step into the bazaar to go back into time, in a colourful shopping paradise!

What to buy: Carpets, Ceramics, Jewellery, souvenirs
Location: Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/Istanbul

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2. Bagdat Street, Istanbul

Bagdat Street, Istanbul turkey

Comparable to Paris’s Champs-Elesees and New York’s 5th Avenue, Bagdat is the hub for shopping in the city of Turkey. Running 9KM long, this main street has shopping malls, boutiques and department stores selling brands from across the world. Perfect for window shopping, you can spend hours eating and shopping on this street.

Where to shop: Vakko (Turkish luxury brand), Gilan (Jewellery), Pasabache (Glassware)
Location: ‎Maltepe-Kadıköy, Istanbul

3. ANKAmall, Ankara

ANKAmall Ankara

ANKAmall calls itself ‘The Shopping Centre of Turkey’ and has more than 1, 76,000 sqm of shopping and entertainment space making it the largest shopping mall in Ankara Turkey. Competing with the best in Istanbul, it has over 350 national and international brands as well as entertainment avenues for the entire family.

Where to shop: Koctas, Armine, Gulaylar, Karpinski, Swarovski, Zara
Location: Gazi Mahallesi, Mevlana Blvd. No:2, 06330 Yenimahalle/Ankara, Turkey

4. Forum Camlik, Pamukkale

Forum Camlik, Pamukkale turkey

Pamukkale is popular as a spa town thanks to its many thermal springs with beautiful terraces. It draws tourists from around the world and is one of the best Turkey shopping destinations for souvenirs. Visitors shop for the ‘Buldan’ which is a local fabric, semi-precious stones, leather, and ceramic goods. The area is also known for the famous ‘Calkarasi’ grapes.

Location: Mehmetçik Mahallesi, Doğan Demircioğlu Cd. No:2, 20170 Pamukkale/Denizli

5. Terracity, Antalya

Terracity Antalya

Antalya sits on the ‘Turquoise Coast’ of Turkey and is an entry to the Southern Mediterranean region. The city attracts a lot of luxury travelers and Terra City is one of the best Turkey shopping places. It has more than 180 brand stores that sell everything from Turkish textiles to tailored suits.

Where to shop: Bershka, Derimod, Ekol, Haribo
Location: Fener Mahallesi, Tekelioğlu Cd. No:55, 07160 Muratpaşa/Antalya

6. Contemporary Istanbul

Contemporary Istanbul

Turkey shopping is not limited to just clothing or handicrafts! The city organizes a Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair every year and will be conducted from 20-23 September 2018. In 2017, more than 1,500 art works from 20 countries were on display. It’s the best place to pick up some international artwork for your home and office.

Location: Istanbul Congress Centre and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre

7. Oscar Bazaar, Kemer

Oscar Bazaar, Kemer turkey

Kemer is a beautiful seaside resort town off Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast. Oscar Bazaar is one of the best places for shopping in Kemer Turkey. Right in the centre of the town is a medley of stores that sell anything from dry fruits to souvenirs. Grab pretty needlework items that are made by the local women.

What to buy: Dry fruits, Accessories, Textiles, Needlework
Location: Yeni Mahallesi, 07980 Kemer/Antalya

8. Cukurcuma Street, Istanbul

Cukurcuma Street, Istanbul turkey

Shopping at Cukurcuma Caddesi in Istanbul is akin to time traveling! It is one of the best places for antiques and quirky shopping where you can get cheap Turkey shopping prices. The winding streets are flanked by beautiful neoclassical buildings that are now restored and protected. A perfect combination of flea market and souvenir shopping, you will certainly enjoy a day out in Cukurcuma!

Where to shop: Anadol Antik, Levanten, Firuze, Leyla Seyhanli, D Art and Design, Cezayir
Location: Çukur Cuma Cd., Firuzağa Mahallesi, 34425 Beyoğlu

9. Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul

Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul turkey

Located in the Blue Mosque complex, Arasta Bazaar is the perfect place to combine sightseeing and shopping in Turkey Istanbul. The large open air bazaar is the best place to find handmade rugs and carpets, delicate ceramics, and mosaic tiles. Indulge in window shopping and get a cup of Turkish coffee on the go!

Where to shop: By Moses, Galeri Cengiz, Iznik Classics, Jennifer’s Hamam, Troy Rug Store
Location: Sultanahmet Mh., Kabasakal Cad Arasta Çarşısı, 34122 Fatih

10. Istiklal Caddesi, Istanbul

Istiklal Caddesi, Istanbul turkey

The Istiklal Avenue or Caddesi as it is known in Turkish as the perfect mix of ancient and contemporary Turkey. The old Gothic and Ottoman era buildings on the street host the biggest brands in International and local fashion. The quaint red tram that runs along the street adds to the perfect tourist experience.

Where to shop: Cicek Pasji, Atlas Arcade, Saray Muhallebicisi
Location: Istiklal Avenue, Beyoglu District

  • Bargaining in the bazaars is quite common. Prices can be negotiated anywhere between 10-40% off the rates
  • The best things to shop in Turkey are Kilims (Traditional rugs), silk head scarves, local textiles, traditional jewellery and spices
  • You can pick up souvenirs like flower teas, spices (especially urfa and maras dried pepper), Turkish honey, Turkish coffee and Turkish towels
  • Credit cards and travellers cards are accepted in almost all shops in Istanbul, you don’t have to carry a lot of cash for shopping

You probably have to carry an extra bag of luggage full of Turkey shopping while returning home! Book your Turkey trip and take a trip to the shopping heaven with your best friend, for a lifetime of memories.

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