Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Masskara Festival 2016 

(Bacolod, Philippines)

 October 19, 2016

The Masskara Festival is the biggest annual celebration in the city of Bacolod in Negros Island in the Philippines. The city holds this festival every October for the past 30 years and it is now one of the most attended festivals in the country.
The word masskara means ‘mask’ and this explains the festival's distinct characteristic - dancers wearing smiling masks adorned with beads and other ornaments. The festival features carnivals, fairs and a Mardi-Gras style celebration by costumed and masked street dancers. The story behind this festival is quite sorrowful contrary to the smiling faces of the masks worn by people celebrating the festival. 

Other events that characterize the festival include a dance-off contest where participants show off their skills, a beauty pageant, and food frenzies as well as live music. So, do visit the Philippines this October to enjoy the Masskara Festival!!
It's more fun in the Philippines

Crescent-shaped beaches dusted with talcum powder-like sand; uninhabited tropical islands, lush impenetrable jungles bristling with unique wildlife, the thrusting soaring capital of Manila, historic cities, a diverse local cuisine and culture … the Philippines has all this and more. Go there and discover some of the 7,107 islands of this vibrant archipelago where English is widely spoken, the people are fun loving and life moves to a lilting beat.

Notes to Editors:
o   2016 is another banner year as the Department of Tourism has launched the Visit the Philippines Again (VPA) 2016 campaign. It is a retail based campaign to drive urgency and excitement among foreign travellers to visit the Philippines and return in 2016 for more fun, friendship, feel-good adventures, and fabulous memories to cherish.

o   Indian travellers holding any of the valid and current AJACSSUK visas (US, Japan, Australia, Canada, Schengen, Singapore and UK) are allowed visa free entry into the Philippines for a period of 14 days, from all international airports & seaports.

o   To know more about other events in the Philippines, please visit:,,,

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Monday, 29 August 2016


Travelling to New Zealand has been in my wish-list since a while now. I was overwhelmed knowing about the exquisiteness it holds in Spring Season. I would love to be left alone in the wildness of nature, to explore its virgin beauty with less crowd to disturb me. 

I would love to go for hikes for a couple of miles in the various shades of colourful vegetation around me. When I am close to the coastline, I would enjoy diving or kayaking in the calm waters, sitting back at one of the beaches in the hot spring & rejuvenate myself.

I have never tried skiing but experiencing new activities is what life is all about?  

I am fond of talking but when in such a beautiful views, who like talking? I would want to shut my mouth & let my camera speak a million of words with each click, I take. 

Making a memory for a life time to look back at the interminable beauty of nature.

New Zealand’s spring months – September, October, and November – set their own unique tone for enticing outdoor holiday experiences. 
Spring in New Zealand is a lively season inspired with colour, flavoured with early produce and new wine releases, and populated by new life and creative festivals celebrating everything from seafood to arts and culture. 

Blooming spring 
Spring is definitely the season to admire the beauty of New Zealand’s flora and forests, wild and landscaped, at their very best. From the yellow swathe of kowhai trees with their 
nectar-heavy flowers that are a magnet for native songbirds, and the surreal green of unfurling fern fronds to massed spring bulbs, wild lupines and brilliant rhododendrons, new life pops up everywhere to be celebrated in a series of garden festivals throughout October and November.  Hobbiton – New Zealand’s most famous garden – is never more glorious than when the pretty as a picture hobbit gardens blossom while, from north to south right across the country, many gardens of international and national significance open their gates to the public. 

Dip your toes in a spring 
A dip in thermal mineral waters holds extra appeal in spring before the summer heat and the crowds arrive. At Hot Water Beach, on the North Island’s Coromandel Peninsula, you can dig your own hot bath in the sand at low tide thanks to ancient springs beneath the beach and that makes for a convivial social event with your significant other or a group of friends. Just a little further south, Polynesian Spa – on the edge of Lake Rotorua - has been voted one of the world’s 10 best day spas. Soak off the day’s activities in a steaming, natural thermal pool or succumb to a reinvigorating mud treatment. 

Picture perfect spring 
All this loveliness and rampant new life on display means spring is a great time to be in New Zealand with a camera.  Beyond the extremes of winter and summer, the lengthening days mean photographers will be rewarded with lighter mornings to go with the flush of spring greens while snow remains on the higher mountain peaks making for excellent scenic images. Fields are filled with the bleating of spring lambs - a group of lambs in green pasture, back-lit with the morning sunshine and snow-capped peaks in the background is a quintessential New Zealand image. Off the beaten track, the ending of winter opens many unmade roads which are closed during the snow, allowing access with suitable vehicles to the road less travelled. 

Dive into spring 
New Zealand is long, relatively narrow, and encircled by an astounding 15,000 kilometers of coastline so you’re never far from the sea and large expanses of clear, calm waters that provide great conditions for diving, kayaking, fishing and other water sports.  
French explorer Jacques Cousteau named the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, just off northern New Zealand’s Tutukaka coast, as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.  The Knights attracts tens of thousands of divers annually who come to explore the myriad wonders of this colourful yet ethereal underwater world inhabited by an amazing array of marine life.

Swish into spring
And finally, after a bumper winter season and some early September snow, the Queenstown ski fields are gearing up for one of the best spring ski seasons on record. Spring skiing in New Zealand offers more opportunities for milder days on the slopes without the crowds. The ski season continues through until October, giving snow sports lovers an extended chance to experience uncrowded fields or off-piste skiing, snowboarding and heli-skiing. Meanwhile, down off the slopes, Queenstown and nearby Wanaka are enjoying pretty blossoms on the trees, daffodils bursting into life and crisp fresh mornings followed by beautiful sun filled days – perfect for a relaxing escape, or for exploring the trails by bike or by foot.

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Friday, 5 August 2016


Peru offers a wide spectrum of opportunities for the travellers, right from sightseeing to gastronomy, everything is magnificent and enticing. It is a country blessed with rich culture, mesmerizing beauty and breathtaking adventure sites. Machu Picchu is one of the major highlights of the trip of South America but there is much more to explore in Peru beyond this place. 


It has all the adventure the tourists would want to explore. They can enjoy a boat ride in 
Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world; enjoy a fancy picnic in the middle of the dessert in Paracas, under the spectacular star-filled sky; exploring the mysteries of the Nazca Lines, tracings of mysteriously preserved drawings in the desert sand; visit the Colca and Cotahuasi Canyons, the deepest canyons in the world; fishing piranhas in the Amazon River, the mightiest river in the world; or experience the modern lifestyle sightseeing in the streets of Lima, the only capital in South America facing the Pacific Ocean. The uniqueness in the landscape, the people and the rich experience here makes Peru one of the most extra-ordinary destinations to visit.


Nazca Lines is amongst the Top 10 places to visit in Peru. The Nazca Lines were declared a World Heritage Site in 1994. Find out how you can make the most out of this experience.

Nazca Lines were drawn on the surface between the period 550 – 600 A.D. These are the greatest known archaeology’s enigma owing to its size, continuity, nature and quality.  Geographers have depicted them to be the living creatures, imaginary beings,  stylized plants and also many kilometres long geometric figures. These lines are associated with some astronomical functions. These images on the ground are so big in size that the best way to get a full view of them is overflying them.

Flying over Nazca Lines leave all the tourists spellbound as they glare at the perfect shapes of a spider, a lizard, different kinds of birds like humming birds, sea birds, a monkey, a whale and even spot the design of powerful Andean Condor.  The planes that are used to take tourists fly over Nazca are of the optimum standard. All the airplanes can accommodate 4-12 passengers + 1 pilot + 1 copilot. The tour departs from the Maria Reiche Airport that is located in Nazca itself. All year round, the flights are scheduled daily, although they are subjected to weather conditions. Nazca-Lines are surely one of the most impressive and prevailing mysteries of the Peruvian history and it would be surely an experience to cherish for your lifetime if given a chance to fly over them.

You can reach Nazca by bus from Pisco and Lima. The bus journey from Pisco takes about 3.30 hours and from Lima it takes about 6 hours to reach Nazca.  You can even take regular daily flights via LC PerĂº Lima - Pisco – Lima and continue with your journey. During the peak season starting from June to September the tour must be booked two weeks prior to the travel date to get confirmed seats.0