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Spicing it up Delhi
A complex cosmopolitan that melds old and new, east and west, and commercial and spiritual, Delhi buzzes with enough diversity to have most people in a spin. But approach this city and its many beguiling sights armed with knowledge and a guide, and it’s a place where you can become immersed in an exciting culture and be witness to the ways of a fascinating array of religions. Seemingly ceaseless festivals such as Diwali (the Festival of Lights), Holi (the Festival of Colours), and Eid al-Fitr (the Sugar Feast) punctuate the year with joyous and often spiritual celebrations, that are as colourful as they are frenetic.
Classic dishes such as butter chicken, daal paratha and aloo chat are all regularly dished up in restaurants, cafes and colourful street stalls (you can smell it in the air) giving visitors an authentic taste of the country’s internationally popular spicy cuisine. And if you decide on a takeaway meal, a walk through the expansive, intricately manicured Mughal Garden, or a wander around the grand Lodi Gardens will present a quiet dining niche for a patch of peace in this bustling city.
Delhi has a long, rich and thickly interwoven history, with outstanding examples of its ornate architecture remaining today, such as the last refuge of Mughal Emperor Humayun – Humayan’s Tomb. It’s more of a palace, and the mausoleum is the first example of Mughal architecture in India. A century later, it inspired the construction of the more famous Taj Mahal – which, while in India you have to see, as its more impressive than any photo you will ever see.
So dive in and be ready to expand your mind – as Delhi is an exciting stopover on any journey through the great land of India.
The largest city in South Africa and the country’s cultural hub, Johannesburg is an underestimated treasure. In recent years, the city has seen immense progress and in the past few decades has turned itself into a powerhouse of economic growth and modernity. In the midst of all this, Johannesburg offers some really interesting sites that blend history, culture and intrigue.
The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage Site occupying land that is home to several caves, in and around which some of the oldest hominid fossils were discovered. There are many other museums and galleries such as the SAB World of Beer museum and the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and Joburg (as she is fondly known) is also home to numerous nature reserves hosting ongoing conservation projects. Here visitors can meet and learn about the country’s many fascinating animals.
For anyone who wants to understand South Africa and how it is today, a trip to the The Apartheid Museum is a chance to learn, be humbled, and even inspired by what this country and its people have been through, and still go through. It is an incredibly moving experience that sheds light on people and power, and one that will arm you with knowledge and some understanding of the past, before embarking on any journey in Africa
If a trip to Africa is on the cards, take the time to explore this city that many simply pass through without realising that it has many hidden attractions.
Arts, entertainment, impressive sporting venues, beautiful parks, breathtaking cathedrals, alluring libraries – Santiago de Chile – the capital city of Chile, has everything to offer visitors after culture and entertainment. There’s always so much going on, as 40 percent of the Chilean population lives in this buzzing metropolis.
Santiago was founded in 1541 by the Spanish and named after the patron saint of Spain – Saint James. Since its foundation the city has bloomed into a cultural mecca with noticeable European influence.
Famed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda called this city home, and his house has since become La Chascona Casa Museo, which is a must-see. Museums such as the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos are all well worth visiting, and they barely scratch the surfaces of Santiago’s many cultural institutions.
For those who prefer being out in the fresh air, head outdoors and explore an abundance of great spaces such as Parque Araucano, Parque Forestal, and Selva Viva ¬ all outdoor gardens and parks that are home to an abundance of birdlife, butterflies, reptiles and exotic plant species. Also renowned for its Neoclassical, Art Noveau, and French-styled architecture, Santiago city has many impressive landmarks to impress, such as the Cathedral Metropolitan (Metropolitan Cathedral), Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theatre), and La Biblioteca National (The National Library).
Santiago satiates the curious and lovers of history and art, so make time for exploring its many treasures on the fly-by.
No one should shoot by this happening Canadian city if it can be helped. To the many who know it well, it is a gem of a city that brings the great outdoors and city life together. It is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in the country, balancing nature and urbanity with style.
Stanley Park is one of the city’s must-dos that locals are rightfully proud of, and also take time to fit in VanDusen Botanical Garden, Queen Victoria Park, the Spanish Banks, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park – just a few great places for the avid wanderer and nature-lover. For those into art and culture, Vancouver will impress and even overwhelm visitors with her abundance of galleries sculpture, theatre and dance shows.
And before you head off, make sure you get up high and see Vancouver in all of her glory from the Sea to Sky Gondola, which takes travellers on a spectacular ten-minute ride up to 885 metres above sea level. On the ride to the top there are sweeping views of Howe Sound fjord, the coastal forest and surrounding mountains. At the summit, for the more adventurous and those after some exercise, here you’ll find access to walking trails with cantilevered viewing platforms, hiking trails, rock climbing areas and superb trails weaving out into beautiful backcountry routes.
Even if you stopped by Vancouver every time you visited a Canadian city, you’d find something new to enjoy every time.
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