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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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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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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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Shopping In Pretoria: 10 Best Places For Buying The Best Of Everything In South Africa

Pretoria is a judicial capital of South Africa and is one of the three national capitals of the country. The city attracts millions of tourists every year because of its natural beauty and historical monuments. There are so many things you can do in this beautiful city that not only adults, the kids with you too will enjoy exploring this amazing city. People not only from South Africa but also from across the world come to experience what Pretoria offers. Since the city is located at a comfortable traveling distance from Johannesburg, it is very comfortable to travel to and come back from Pretoria to Johannesburg. Pretoria has some of the biggest malls and shopping centers in South Africa and if shopping is what excites you, the below list of places for shopping in Pretoria will surely come in handy.

Here’s a list of the 10 best places for shopping in Pretoria that are perfect for buying everything from classy clothes to stylish footwear. Take a look!

1. Menlyn Park

Menlyn Park

Menlyn Park is a beautiful shopping center in Menlyn Pretoria where you get a wide variety of things to satisfy your hunger for shopping. This shopping center is designed into three parts- Food Court, The keyhole malls and the focal points. One of the best things about this place is that it supports local designers and you can get clothes from local designers at very affordable prices. Menlyn Park has over 500 stores 12 parking exits, 16 parking entrances and a total floor space of 177,000 square
meters.

Location: Atterbury Rd & Lois Ave, Menlyn Park, Pretoria, 0063, South Africa
What to Buy: Clothes from local designers at affordable price

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2. Waterglen Shopping center

Waterglen Shopping center

Waterglen shopping center is the one stop destination to all your needs in Pretoria. It is located centrally and is in a walking distance from various schools, churches, offices and public transport stations. There are several stores in the shopping center including KFC, Domino’s Pizza, Crawdaddy’s and many more for your convenience. The designer clothing and big brand shops are the attractions of this place.

Location: January Masilela Dr, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria, 0010, South Africa
What to Buy: Branded clothes from stores and dining in branded restaurants

3. Lynnridge Mall

Lynnridge Mall

The Lynnridge Mall was first started in the year 1962 and since then it has seen major upgrades. The recent upgrade to this mall was done in 2016 and now it looks exceptionally beautiful both from inside and outside. The comfortable and vibrant atmosphere here is perfect to spend whole day shopping what you always wanted to. The eat outs here are very well managed in the food court and energises you for your next store visit. The shopping center is flooded with light throughout the day and makes it an ideal shopping destination.

Location: J Hibiscus str, c/r, 278 Freesia St, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, 0081, South Africa
What to Buy: cost effective shopping and Arts and Crafts shopping.

4. Parkview Shopping Centre

Parkview Shopping Centre

Parkview is a contemporary shopping center that houses some of the prime quality retailers in Pretoria. It has a vast array of home décor, beauty, boutique, travel, restaurants as well as health & Fitness options. Such a wide variety of options makes it a perfect destination for the shopping enthusiasts to spend some quality time here. The different restaurants give you a lot of options to try ranging from authentic South African cuisine to Italian cuisine. There is a park and a lake adjacent to the Parkview where you can sit and relax for whole day.

Location: 24 Garsfontein Rd, Moreletapark, Pretoria, 0044, South Africa
What to Buy: Branded shopping.

5. Kolonnade Shopping Centre

Kolonnade Shopping Centre

The Kolonnade shopping centre has everything you are looking for in a shopping mall. From
restaurants to movie theatres, food court and entertainment section, the mall has everything to bind you for a whole day. No matter whether you are with your family or friends, this place has everything for everyone. You can also visit the exhibition centre to check what if there is
something that interests you. The parking is absolutely free that adds cherry on the cake.

Location: Sefako Makgatho Dr & Enkeldoorn Ave, Montana Park, Pretoria, 0159, South Africa
What to Buy: General shopping. Everything here is fantastic

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6. Hillcrest Boulevard

Hillcrest Boulevard

This shopping centre was completed in April 2004 and it is located on Lynnwood Road adjacent to the University of Pretoria hostel. It offers a variety of shops to its customers including Woolworths, Pick and Pay, KFC. The shopping centre is most convenient and is surrounded by the major banks. Parking facility is free and security controlled. A huge range of quality products are available under one roof you can select as per your requirement.

Location: Hillcrest Boulevard Centre, 361 Lynnwood Rd, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083
What to Buy: Woolens, Books.

7. Sunny Park Shopping Center

Sunny Park Shopping Center

This center is exclusively designed to offer Africa’s most unique items and is located in the heart of South Africa. You will experience an ultimate contemporary shopping experience here. This is one stop solution for everyone whether it is fashion, footwear, banking, etc. It was built is 1974 and they caters the large number of population also they provide constantly awesome shopping experience to their customers. You can have a peaceful shopping experience because of natural light, glass, warm natural material and modern architectural elements of the center are really worth praising.

Location: Level 4, Sunnypark Shopping Centre Cnr Steve Biko & Robert Sobukwe Streets Sunnyside.
What to Buy: Trendy clothing and footwear.

8. Brooklyn Mall

Brooklyn Mall

Brooklyn Mall is situated in the heart of cosmopolitan Embassy suburbs. The Brooklyn mall and square combines the entire component to create a vibrant hub of activity for the people who come here for shopping. Wide variety of national retailers along with almost 220 retail stores which provides the best luxuries choice for shopping. You can also go with coffee bars and restaurants there is also an assortment of restaurants and coffee bars satisfying the needs of different customers.

Location: Cnr Veale and Fehrsen Streets, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria
What to Buy: Cosmetics and Garments

9. The Grove Mall

The Grove Mall

This mall is situated in the east of Pretoria and is located close to NH1 and NH4 highway. It is surrounded by the numerous hospitals & schools the grove mall gives you the one stop satisfying shopping experience. The door of this mall was open for public in 2009. This mall provides its customers the 2898 parking bays leading into the mall 7 parking entrance. This mall consists of 120 stores in order to satisfy your shopping needs. Grove Mall has earned its name as the premium entertainment destination in Pretoria.

Location: Corner Lynnwood and, Simon Vermooten Rd, Equestria, Pretoria, 0184, South Africa
What to Buy: Jewelry and footwear

10. Wonder Park Shopping Center

Wonder Park Shopping Center

This mall consists of more than 180 shopping centers. Wonder Park Shopping Center has 7 entrances with wide walk and world class interiors. For the convenient traffic management free flow traffic with drop off zones for car and buses as well as fully equipped taxi rank. It is the largest shopping mall in the country which offers you an unlimited free parking facility. The center is easily approachable with easy access to different retail stores also you can avail free WIFI facility.

Location: Cnr Brits Road & Heinrich Avenue, Karenpark, 0118
What to Buy: Clothes

If you are in Pretoria and a shopping enthusiast, the above shopping centres will surely give you the best time of your life. So, head out on a trip to South Africa with TravelTriangle, eat, shop relax and come back home with some wonderful memories. Happy shopping!

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4 Exquisite Temples In Texas That Will Help One Experience Divinity

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It is no surprise that the long lasting life of a person is largely associated with their temple and the followed religion. It grants one with a unique identity to shine out in the crowd of the bustling world out there. For all the religious souls seeking a spiritual solace, Texas is the perfect holiday destination for you to escape to, along with your travel companions.

Texas is a paradise land of cultural heritage sites, splendid riversides, delicious cuisines and its wild nightlife. Apart from the scenic beauty, the city state also offers the travellers with enormous tranquil temples in Texas, the United States. As witnessed, christinity has taken power over all the other religions on the promised land. Moreover, churches are actually the spiritual temples to meet saints and get enlightened about our honor, dignity, and grace at its best. That is how people get to know their hidden gems and embrace them like no one else.

While exploring the magical land, one could learn all about the diverse religions and godlikes. Turning your ordinary trip to a remarkable one, we have provided to you plenty of religious attractions of the glorious city of Texas in the United States. Some of the famous temples in Texas are mentioned below. Read it out!

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1. Houston Texas Temple

Houston Texas Temple

Houston Texas Temple is one of the famous temples in Texas in the United States. It is believed to be the 97th temple, well operated by the worldwide popular Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. As the history of its establishment goes, the search for an appropriate site went endless as not even a single citizen was ready to give up their lands. After years, a developer proposed his land to the LDS Church in Houston for the holy construction. As heard from the locals, it was the doing of the god himself to let these men establish a magnificent temple in the city and enhance its glory. The complex comprises of ordinance rooms and sealing rooms covering over an area of 33,970 square feet. During the recent years, being left unused, it was decided to be renovated and rededicated in the year 2018. On your trip, do have a visit these shrine temples in Texas.

2. Lubbock Texas Temple

Lubbock Texas Temple

In the United States, Lubbock Texas Temple is a major religious pilgrimage site in the magical city. It is known to be the 109th operating temple constructed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. The holy place covering a vast land of more than 16,000 square feet, has been established by joining in three more temples operated by LSD Church. It is commonly popular for the beautiful exteriors of classic modern and contemporary designs, amusing all. Within the complex of all these mormon temples in Texas have two large ordinance and sealing rooms, adding up to its beauty. It provides shelter and services to over 220,000 saints of the churches residing in Texas, United States The Promised land is dedicated to serve New Mexico and the western region of Texas. Travellers from all over the world to explore the city in order to worship at the spectacular church.

3. San Antonio Texas Temple

San Antonio Texas Temple View

As known, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day dedicated 120th marvellous temple, namely the San Antonio Texas Temple. During the early 20th century, the increasing number of saints had to travel miles and miles to reach to Houston temple, being the nearest holy place in the city. Thus, later on, the LDS church ordered to construct this temple in San Antonio, Texas. It was dedicated to Angel Moroni whose gold leafed, 13 foot statue is carved on the central spire of the complex. The aesthetic interiors well furnished with glass windows, beautiful paintings of Jesus, African cherrywood and a mural were perfectly complementing the gigantic statue. Unlike other shrine temples in Texas, it has a baptistry along with two large ordinance and sealing rooms. The sanctuary is acknowledged for serving more than 45,000 members all the way from Hillsboro and Brownsville. Trotters cross the seven seas simply with the sole purpose to worship Angel Mornoni here.

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4. Dallas Texas Temple

Dallas Texas Temple In Texas

The Dallas Texas Temple is widely known as the 120th operating temple dedicated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. It is a heavenly home to more than 50,000 people residing in North Texas, and other significant parts of Louisiana. The property expanding over to the area of 6 acres land, is renowned as the first one to be established among all the temples in Texas, the happening city. Being located in the southern center of the United States, it was ordered to be remodeled in the late 19th century. Therefore, after years of additional constructions, it is now a complex comprising five ordinance and four sealing rooms at the floor area. Explore the sanctuary land and gain all the divine blessings you could ever get.

Are you awestruck by these ancient temples and their evolving story yet? It is known to all that these temples in Texas are an absolute bliss for one to acknowledge. So, do not wait any longer and plan a holiday in Texas in ordinance to seek divine blessings of the saints and turn your life all around. May you enjoy to your fullest!

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