Situated in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh, the town of Khajuraho has been recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The town is famous for its imperial temples. The temples were built by the rulers of Chandela dynasty between 10th and 11th century. The construction of the temple just took around 100 years to complete. There were around 85 temples in the area but now only 22 exist. Rest are nothing more than ruins. They sure have gained popularity due to the erotic sculptures carved on the walls. However such sculptures cover only a small portion. The major share of sculptures are depicting the daily life of people in the rural India.
Friday, 31 May 2013
Located in Japan’s Tomamu Resort, on the island of Hokkaido, the Unkai Terrace is a unique scenic spot perched high atop a mountain peak that is often above the clouds, offering tourists breathtaking views of the white, fluffy sea beneath them.
The “unkai” (sea of clouds) phenomenon has been attracting tourists to the resort town on Tomamu for years. The natural hot springs in the area and the differences in temperature during the few hours when night turns into day determine the formation of an immaculate white blanket of clouds over the mountainous region, but only a few people had the chance to see the unique effect from above, until a gondola system was put in place. It takes early-bird tourists up the mountain to the Unkai Terrace, right above the sea of clouds, where they can watch the sunrise, take photos of the Hidaka and Tokachi mountain peaks as they pierce the fluffy fog and enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee or a bowl of soup. Although the gondola fare is pretty expensive (around $20), the view from Unkai Terrace is definitely worth every yen.
Thursday, 30 May 2013
The Maldive Islands are located in the Indian Ocean, south-west of India and Sri Lanka. Altogether there are 1,190 islands that form 26 atolls stretching in a form of a double chain perpendicularly to equator. Among all the islands only 202 are inhabited, including 88 islands with tourist resorts. The length of the Maldivian archipelago from north to south is of 820 km, from east to west - 120 km. The total area of the Maldives, with the land and the sea areas, is about 90 thousand square kilometers.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Yosemite National Park is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne,Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of California, United States. The park covers an area of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 km2) and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year most spend their time in the seven square miles (18 km2) of Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. Yosemite was central to the development of the national park idea, largely owing to the work of people like Galen Clark and John Muir in getting the Yosemite Grant passed by congress and signed by President Lincoln, paving the way for the United States national park system.
Las Vegas is now synonymous with gambling, casino, entertainment and tourism. But in the first years of its existence, it was just a major railway junction in the middle of the Mojave Desert, Nevada. Conventionally, the history of the casinos in Vegas can be divided into four epochs: 1905-1945 - the struggle for recognition, 1946-1960 - getting national fame, 1961-1988 - the golden age of the casino, 1989-2012 - on the world stage.
Las Vegas appeared in the central part of the Mojave Desert after the land auction, which took place on 15 and 16 May 1905. At the time, no one could have predicted the rapid development of the city in the next 100 years.
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
We believe that our earth is very big. But when we compare to other stars in our universe then we can not image the size of earth. There are several videos circulating showing a comparison of the largest stars. Hope you like this video
Grandma Bai, a 64-year-old animal lover from Chongqing, China, has spent the last 15 years taking care of stray dogs and cats, and has exhausted all her life savings in the process.
Case in point, Grandma Bai, a native of Leshan, China, who has spent all her savings and the last 15 years of her life taking care of over 100 stray dogs and 30 cats. Her love for these abandoned creatures and the sacrifices she has had to make have melted the hearts of millions, since the story broke out in China.
Grandma Bai used to live in the urban area of Chongqing, but as the number of animals she took in off the streets of China’s largest city grew, she realized she had to relocate to a nearby village, where the animals wouldn’t bother people so much. So, against the wishes of her family, she took all her adopted pets and moved to the country. Here, she built a home for them and continued gathering new strays from the surrounding area. Now the number of animals in her care approaches 150 (over 100 dogs and about 30 cats), and despite financial difficulties she’s still bringing in new members. According to the kind woman, the animals’ food alone costs 200 yuan ($32), and she has spent both her life savings and the money the Government paid her for demolishing her old home.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people for "spotted," an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area. It is globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, game, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is only a fraction of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, which includes the following Group Ranches: Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet.
Monday, 27 May 2013
The Sun Temple, at Modhera in Gujarat, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. It was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. This temple depicts the essence of ancient times. The sculptures and architecture present in this temple are still magnificent after all these years. In the present times, prayers are not offered in this temple. This temple is now under the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India.
Sunday, 26 May 2013
La Montana Magica is located in Huila Huilo, a private nature reserve in the Los Rios region of Chile. This is one of the most exotic hotels in the world, and its uniqueness is that it is designed to look like a volcano from which the water falls from the top. The hotel is covered with thick moss, and at first sight you may think you are in a fairy tale, and that it was built by fairies, hobbits, or other mythical creatures. However, the hotel was built by local craftsmen from the surrounding community, and very quickly became a place visited by many tourists from across the world. This unique hotel has 13 rooms which are reached by a wooden suspension bridge. The interior is made of wood and furnished in an antique style. Exterior and interior of the hotel is definitely something that you have never seen before. La Montana Magica is a strange and amazing travel destination at the same time. This hotel will give you an experience that you can experience only once in a lifetime and that will definitely make you forget for a little while on modern technology and enjoy the full enjoyment and relaxation.
Saturday, 25 May 2013
The Most Incredible Volcano Video ever shot ! Geoff Mackley, Bradley Ambrose, Nathan Berg, after an epic struggle with the weather for 35 days, we became the first people ever to get this close to Marum Volcano's famed lava lake on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Coming within 30 metres of the lava lake down a watercourse, it was possible to stand the heat for only 6 seconds. With Fire Brigade breathing apparatus and heat proof proximity suit it was possible to stand on the very edge and view the incredible show for over 40 minutes.
Although modern techniques often bring sugar and salt to our tables, these two simple treats for the palate are still harvested and processed in traditional, if not ancient methods the world over. Over 160 million tons of sugar is produced annually in well over 100 countries, most of it processed from cane in tropical countries. The world uses 240 million tons of salt every year in everything from food to industrial applications. Gathered here are images of the toils that result in two of our favorite flavors. -- Lane Turner
A cut stem of sugar cane stands in a field in Saraburi province, Thailand on May 9, 2012. Thailand is the world's second-biggest exporter. (Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg)
Friday, 24 May 2013
Breakfast is a key event for the human digestive system. No wonder they say that anything is better other than breakfast; it can be given to friend or foe. An imgur user SonicBomb has created a series of photographs, which presented traditional breakfasts in different countries. The breakfast of every country is radically different from each other.
Tornadoes can form anytime of year, but occur most frequently in April, May, and June, due to favorable weather conditions. Earlier this week a massive 200-mile-per-hour EF5 tornado hit Moore, Okla., killing some two dozen people, damaging thousands of structures, and causing an estimated $2 billion in damage. This year, twisters have already touched down in Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama.
A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on May 20. A tornado as much as half a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Nestled in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort lies on 2,500 acres in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, about 30 minutes away from downtown Salt Lake City. Snowbird receives 500 inches of annual snowfall and is known for its hospitality, terrain, and proximity to the Salt Lake City International Airport. Snowbird is a year-round resort and offers an array of activities including an Alpine Slide and Mountain Flyer, as well as a luxury spa and 15 restaurants serving everything from burgers to fine dining.
A $170,000 hot air balloon called the Skywhale has been unveiled to mark Canberra's centenary. At 34 metres long and weighing half a tonne, it is at least twice as large as a standard hot-air balloon. Former Canberra artist Patricia Piccinini was commissioned by the ACT Government to design the balloon for Canberra's 100th birthday, "The total project cost for the balloon is $300,000,"
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Over the past week, dozens of tornadoes have touched down in the plains states, from Texas to Illinois, and more turbulent weather is expected. Late last week, 16 twisters tore through parts of north Texas, killing at least six people. Over the weekend, more tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa caused damage, injuries and another two deaths. The National Weather Service forecasts extreme weather throughout the same areas today, bringing hail, lightning, and still further extreme weather.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Sigiriya or Lion Rock, Sinhalese is situated in the central Matale District of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The place receives its name from the huge column of rock almost two hundred meters high that was once the heart of the royal capital constructed by King Kasyapa. Sigiriya nowadays is the most favorite historical site in Sri Lanka. The environments all-around Sigiriya appeared to be inhabited since prehistoric times. There’s obvious signs that the numerous rock shelters and caves in the area were occupied by Buddhist monks and ascetics from as early as the 3rd century BC. In accordance the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa the site was chosen by Kasyapa for his new capital. It documents that he constructed a spectacular capital there and a stunning structure on top of this two hundred meter tall rock. The main city and also the royal palace were abandoned after the king’s death, it was used as a Buddhist monastery until 14th century.
Monday, 20 May 2013
Lechuguilla Cave is, as of February 2012, with 134.6 miles (216.6 km) the seventh-longest explored cave in the world and the deepest in the continental United States (1,604 feet or 489 meters), but it is most famous for its unusual geology, rare formations, and pristine ondition.The cave is named for Agave lechuguilla, a species of plant found near its entrance. Lechuguilla is in Carlsbad Caverns National Park,New Mexico. Access to the cave is limited to approved scientific researchers, survey and exploration teams, and National Park Servicemanagement-related trips. Lechuguilla Cave was known until 1986 as a small, insignificant historic site in the park's back country. Small amounts of bat guano were mined from the entrance passages for a year under a mining claim filed in 1914. The historic cave contained a 90-foot (27 m) entrance pit known as Misery Hole, which led to 400 feet (122 m) of dry dead-end passages.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Saturday, 18 May 2013
Chamba is an ancient town in the Chamba district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, in northern India. Located at an altitude of 996 metres (3,268 ft) above mean sea level, the town is situated on the banks of the Ravi River at its confluence with the Sal River. Though historical records date the history of the Chamba region to the Kolian tribes in the 2nd century BC, the area was formally ruled by the Maru dynasty, starting with the Raju Maru from around 500 AD, ruling from the ancient capital of Bharmour, which is located 75 kilometres (47 mi) from the town of Chamba. In 920, Raja Sahil Varman shifted the capital of the kingdom to Chamba, following the specific request of his daughter Champavati (Chamba was named after her). From the time of Raju Maru, 67 Rajas of this dynasty have ruled over Chamba until it finally merged with the Indian Union in April 1948, although Chamba was under British suzerainty from 1846 to this time.
Friday, 17 May 2013
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday declared this week as "Wildfire Awareness Week" in recognition of last week's devastating fires northwest of Los Angeles. His proclamation noted, "In an average year, wildfires burn 900,000 acres of California's timber and grasslands." Rains that moved into the area on Monday helped extinguish the fires that started last Thursday along US Route 101 near Camarillo Springs and Thousand Oaks, endangering some 4,000 homes. -- Lloyd Young
A man on a rooftop looks at approaching flames as the Springs Fire continues to grow on May 3 near Camarillo, Calif. The wildfire has spread to more than 18,000 acres on day two and is 20 percent contained. (David Mcnew/Getty Images)
Thursday, 16 May 2013
1. Cave spider with claws
This spider is called Trogloraptor marchingtoni because at the end of their feet has jagged claws, whose shape is similar to a scythe. Spider called "bandit cave." His body is a little more than usual garden spider, but when he pulls his feet, the width is nearly 4 inches. Entomologists believe this spider is an active predator, not ambush hunter, what are the most spiders. If next fly insect and accidentally touched his feet, then there will also be captured. Previously, scientists have not come across this kind of spiders, which means there is a whole family of unexplored and may soon be found similar creatures.......
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Cat belongs to Predators cat family. Cat is also known due to her highly developed senses of smell, hearing, vision, independent and freedom-loving. This animal is living with humans from thousands of years. The cat does not have a fixed location in the house, preferring warm, dry, comfortable and quiet place. The cat has a very positive effect on the atmosphere in the house. Capable of capturing tension, soothe and help with disorders. People rumored to cats and other medicinal properties. The cat is one of the most popular pet, after dogs! Now, I am going to share breathtaking cats photography that is photographed by Japanese photographer Seiji Mamiya. Have a look and be inspired.
Completed last year, the Landscape Laboratory in Portugal is a modern restoration of an old stone factory. The renovation was designed by Porto-based Cannata & Fernandes Architects, who sought to preserve the existing structures as much as possible. Many features - including the original stone walls - have been left untouched, while the interior was adapted to new times and uses. Located southwest of the historic city center of Guimarães, Portugal, the Landscape Laboratory stands in a rural area near the National Ecological Reserve (REN). The architects preserved the original factory typology, which consists of a series of modules surrounded by green spaces, water channels and trails. The stone façade was recovered, cleaned and fixed with bricks, while new concrete volumes were added to adapt the building for modern use. Its interiors are contemporary, bright, open and filled with natural light. Some areas (like a small kitchen) mimic the building’s exterior factory typology. Set next to the Ribeira de Selho canal, the Landscape Laboratory is a beautiful renovation that blends history and modernity under one roof
Monday, 13 May 2013
The Shilin Stone Forest is a set of spectacular limestone formations located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, in China, approximately 120 km from the provincial capital Kunming. The tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground like stalagmites, with many looking like petrified trees thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. Some of the stone formations are up to 30 meters tall. Over 270 millions years, abusive geological processes, and erosion by water has carved the limestone into shapes that we see today. The resulting formations are generally known as karst - a German term for the region in Slovenia where the process was first investigated.
Sunday, 12 May 2013
57th edition of one of the main bestselling book world - the Guinness Book of Records - was published in the Thursday, September 13, 2012. We suggest you familiarize yourself with the most unusual (and sometimes silly) advances new champions.
1. The biggest biceps in the world belong to Mustafa Ismail of Egypt. The left hand - 64.77 cm (in tension) and 62.23 cm (normal) right arm - 63.5 cm and 60.96 cm, respectively. The measurements took place in Franklin, Massachusetts, USA, where Mustafa lives in the moment. (Guinness World Records / PA)
Saturday, 11 May 2013
French Artist Bernard Pras recreates well-known images and icons out of specifically chosen found objects, arranged in a specific form. Pras sets up his camera at a well-defined angle so that the objects themselves merge and a portrait appears. Pras has created photos of personalities such as Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Che Guevara, Mao Zedong and pop culture icons like Porn star Lolo and martial arts master Bruce Lee. His inspiration also includes fine art like well-known paintings by masters like Guiseppe Arcimboldo, Edvard Munch, Salvador Dali, and Japanese woodcut artist Hiroshige. Bernard Pras was born in 1952 in the south-west of France. After more than 20 years spent as a painter, and also a sculptor of recovered objects, Pras conceived in 1997, this astonishing form of expression, using photography as a basis for the creation of what amounts to a form of installation art.
Friday, 10 May 2013
The most expensive coffee in the world is «Kopi Luwak». Originally this rare, with an extraordinary taste of coffee from Indonesia, its plantations are located on the islands of Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi. "Kopi" is translated from Indonesian as "coffee" and "Luwak" - this small animal, thanks to which the light appears on the expensive coffee.
The most expensive coffees in the world to produce East Java, near the Indonesian city of Surabaya. This coffee is made with the palm civet, a small wood animal, like a squirrel. This variety, also known as «Kopi Luwak», produced a very unusual way. Civet eats coffee cherries, which pass through the gastro-intestinal tract of the animal and go along with the feces undigested.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
The tower was built as Christea Turris in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoesecolony in Constantinople.The Galata Tower was the tallest building in Istanbul at 219½ feet (66.9 m) when it was built in 1348. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Old Istanbul or Constantinople and its environs. The nine-story tower is 66.90 meters tall (62.59 m without the ornament on top, 51.65 m at the observation deck), and was the city's tallest structure when it was built. The elevation at ground level is 35 meters above sea-level. The tower has an external diameter of 16.45 meters at the base, an 8.95 meters diameter inside, and walls that are 3.75 meters thick. There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which command a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Also located on the upper floors is a night club which hosts a Turkish show. There are two operating elevators that carry visitors from the lower level to the upper levels.
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Gardens and parks of the city is of great importance in Chinese culture. Imperial palaces all around the well-kept, flowers, trees, walking paths, gardens and ornamental ponds are located. When we came to this point, first built in the traditional architectural style of buildings in the Far East, and welcomes us to the streets decorated with red Chinese lamps. Shanghai weather is often damp and light rain everywhere, wandering with an umbrella. Almost maze-like streets of this area are in a state of mingled both tourists and locals strolling and shopping. Small shops, a traditional Chinese food, shrimp, fish and seafood food as sold. Also necklaces, rings, bracelets are a variety of shops selling jewelery and electronic goods.Here are a few stop is the jewelry shop. I'm very curious necklaces in particular that caught my attention immediately look at a few of them. All looks very beautiful. Ladies and showing it to one of my favorite necklace Seller. Takılabiliyormuş combining 3 different ways by changing the shape of the same necklace. Came to me, I can not get a little expensive, but the price is very impressive. Through crowded and narrow streets where we want to arrive at the actual arrive at Yu Yuan Gardens.
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
One of the latest design trends that seems to have found appeal among some architects is a towering skyscraper that twists its way up to the top. Possibly the first, modern, twisted skyscraper constructed was the Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden. The residential building is constructed in nine segments of five-story pentagons that twist as it rises, with the topmost segment twisted 90 degrees with respect to the ground floor. The construction of this building was featured on Discovery Channel's "Extreme Engineering" TV program. The tower received some more publicity when on 18 August 2006, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped off it and parachuted to the ground.
After the successful completion of the Turning Torso, designers started proposing similar audacious structures elsewhere. Many projects got shelved, others were passed and built, and a handful of them are currently under construction. Here we explore some of the most twisted skyscraper designs around the world, but first, a few pictures of the tower that started it all.
The Bungle Bungle Range, in Purnululu National Park, is one of the most fascinating geological landmarks in Western Australia. The range features distinctive beehive-shaped sandstone towers and conglomerates alternately striped in orange and black bands. The rocks rises up to 578 metres above sea level, and stand 200 to 300 metres above a woodland and grass-covered plain, with steep cliffs on the western face. From an airplane, the Bungle Bungle Range is an imposing sight.
Monday, 6 May 2013
"Post from the past" "What's her secret? "- The first thought that comes to mind when you look at each of them. "Recipe of her youth," of course, in each case, their, from a good plastic surgeon to a positive outlook. Some of them look incredibly young, some quite according to their age, but someone did compels us to believe in what age - is an illusion. And it was not wrinkled or lack thereof, and that all these women are beautiful and amazing.