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Doha- A Traveller’s Delight

The capital city of  Doha is a rapidly developing city, progressing fast to become one of the premier cities of the Gulf. The city of Doha is home to several iconic attractions and can be dubbed as a regional cultural hub.

One can find a wide array of museums which depict the past, present and future of the country.  It is easy to get an insight into the local culture and heritage by visiting the following attractions-

  • Museum of Islamic Art- The museum represents Islamic art from three continents ranging over 1400 years. It hosts special exhibitions, events and activities regularly.
  • Weaponry Museum- It displays a splendid range of weapons and artefacts ranging back to the 16th century owned by the members of the Gulf’s ruling families.
  • Photography Museum- Designed by one of the most famous architects in the world, Santiago Calatrava, this museum has several historic cameras, some prominent photographs and historic documents on display.
  • Doha Heritage Village- An open air museum located along the Doha Corniche, it holds many cultural festivals.
  • Al Wajbah – Built in 1882, it is one of the oldest forts in Doha. The fort was an important location in the battle between army of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani and the Ottoman army.

Doha attains a fine balance between culture and entertainment. The Qatari government has spent considerable resources in constructing a modern outlook for the city. Some of the attractions to be enjoyed are -

  • Corniche- A long seaside promenade with a fabulous view of the Palm Tree island and the city’s skyscrapers. It is a popular hangout for the tourists as well as the locals.
  • Doha Zoo- It features a variety of animals. Oryx, the national animal of Qatar is also found here.
  • Cultural Village- It is a huge cultural city that houses several restaurants that serve cuisines from all around the world. It hosts museums, galleries, libraries  and aroman style public auditorium.
  • Jungle Zone- A popular theme park located at Hyatt Plaza that serves as a fabulous destination for family get together and is also a famous tourist attraction.

Shopping is a major leisure pursuit of the expats and Qatari natives and you can buy almost anything at lower prices than Dubai. Some of the famous shopping arcades in Doha are-

  • City Centre-Doha- It is the largest shopping mall in Doha which was opened in 2001 in the West Bay. It offers a fabulous shopping experience and houses all premium brands. Not only shopping, it is also famous for the recreational activities it offers. From a multiplex cinema to a bowling alley, from a children’s arcade to an ice skating rink, it has something to offer for everyone.
  • Souqs- Though the malls attract a large crowds in Doha, the souqs or markets of Doha have an old world charm and you get the best shopping experience in these souqs. The Gold Souq is the place to buy gold and jewellery, the Omani Souq offers a large variety of spices.

When you travel to a city like Doha, having your own means of transportation is essential. Hertz provides a fleet of premium luxury cars, sports vehicles and hybrid vehicles to choose from. Book a car to make your stay pleasurable and expedient.

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By Andreas Ambarchian

Lima is often just a stepping stone between one tourist hotspot and another. However, the Peruvian capital is well worth exploring with some great hostels from which to start the adventure. 

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1900 Backpackers Hostel, Central Lima

Set in a wonderful 20th century mansion, 1900 Backpackers Hostel in downtown Lima is ideal for those who want to enjoy the cultural side of the Peruvian capital. Inside, the hostel still has many of the features of the original building, while the historic centre of the city, where the government palaces are located, is just around the corner from the grand house, and the Museum of Art is just across the street. Guests in the hostel can expect free WiFi, a games room and an inclusive breakfast.

 

Kaminu Backpackers Hostel, Barranco

Kaminu Backpackers Hostel caters for the traveller who wants to immerse themselves in the coastal culture of Lima. Set just 200 metres from the ocean, in the historic centre of the artistic district of Barranco, the guesthouse is something of seaside specialist, with surfboard storage and neighbouring restaurants that serve fresh seafood, even at night. Facilities at the hostel include breakfast, WiFi and use of a clay oven.

 

Kaminu Backpacker

 

Hostel Domeyer, Barranco

Few hostels can compare to Hostel Domeyer when it comes to location. Situated on the quiet street of the same name, the brightly decorated guesthouse is less than five minutes from the clifftop boardwalk with great views of the far reaching coast of Peru's capital. A short stroll in the opposite direction leads to the centre of Barranco with a walk way down to coastline. As well as a relaxed atmosphere inside the hostel, reflecting the tranquil setting, Domeyer staff are friendly and helpful, however, weekend parties are not uncommon. Amenities include laundry, television with a wide selection of films and a bar. 

Pariwana Hostel, Miraflores

Pariwana Hostel is located close to the centre of Miraflores, one of the liveliest districts in Lima. At the weekend, nearby Parque Kennedy is frequented by food sellers, artists and a small number of variety acts, while at night the hostel is just a short walk from many of the area’s hotspots, without being right in the middle of the noise. Although it might not be worth booking a stay in the hostel for this reason alone, should your visit coincide with the annual Independence Day parade of 28 July, then the hostel offers unrivalled views of the event.

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Cirque Hostel, Miraflores

Cirque is located along General Cordova, one of the quieter roads in the compact district of Miraflores. Despite the peaceful setting, the atmosphere inside the hostel is fun, with plenty of opportunity to get together with fellow guests at the bar or on the rooftop terrace. Just a 10 minute walk away is the popular tourist street of Berlin, where visitors, expats and locals mix. Employees at the guesthouse are always on hand to help visitors and facilities inside include cable television, free WiFi and adaptors, a very useful extra in South America. 

Andreas Ambarchian is a freelance journalist from England. He writes about a variety of subjects including travel, wildlife and sport. He wrote this article on behalf of Tucan Travel, specialists in tours all over Peru and Latin America.

 

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By Andreas Ambarchian

With sweltering temperatures, a close, muggy atmosphere and more flying insects than seem strictly necessary, the Peruvian Amazon is perhaps not a place with which one would automatically associate a record breaking endurance event. However, as well as being home to Iquitos, the largest city in the world unreachable by road, and a multitude indigenous human tribes and rare and endemic species of animals, the rainforest region is also the location of the River Amazon International Raft Race: certified by Guinness World Records as the longest raft race in the world.

The Race

Held every September, the River Amazon International Raft Race comprises a gruelling 118 mile course along the Amazon River and its tributaries. The race begins on the Isla de Pescadores, located in the southeast of the Loreto region close to Nauta, finishing two days later at the Caza y Pesca Club in Bellavista, Nanay, close to the jungle city of Iquitos.

Before making their way to the start line, competitors must first construct their own rafts, a process that takes place in situ a day before the race. Despite the intimidating distance of the race, one crumb of consolation for the crews taking part in the competition is that the huge majority of the course is downstream (except for a challenging 500 metre home stretch, which is against the tide).

The race was originally organised by British born Iquitos resident Michael Collis and was first staged on 29 July 1999. The inaugural competition attracted 42 crews to take on the then 12 mile course. The following year, interest grew and 60 crews took part. By 2003 the course had been extended to 26 miles, becoming a two day event in the process. It was in 2006 that the River Amazon International Raft Race first took place in its current format.

Great River Amazon Raft Race

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The international race draws in competitors from across the globe, with crews from England, Scotland, Canada, and Germany among the numerous nations to have competed in past events. The record for the fastest time in which the race has been completed is even held by a crew from abroad: the Easy Living team from the USA, which won the 2008 race in a course record of 12 hours and 19 minutes. This year will be the 16th edition of the competition and crews from several new countries are expected to enter.

Despite foreign interest, however, it is the local teams who tend to dominate the competition: the last race was won by Los Invincibles from the nearby village of Padre Cocha. The Amazonian crews also tend to be more adept at building their rafts, while international teams often enlist the help of locals.

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In 2014, the race will be staged on Friday 19 and Sunday 20 September, with crews congregating in la Plaza Ramon Castilla in Iquitos on Wednesday 17 September for the Rafter’s Reception. The cost of entry is US$1000 per crew of four, with an extra fee of $250 for each substitute crew member (of which two are allowed). The fee includes all necessary transport, materials, safety equipment, accommodation and meals. Bottled water is also supplied by organisers. The winners will take home a grand prize of $5,000.

The event is now organised by the Regional Government of Loreto, however, Michael Collis keeps his strong links to the race and applications can be made through him by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Further information and updates about the race can be seen on the official web page of the event at http://dawnontheamazon.com/blog/2014/02/17/amazon-river-raft-race-international-16th-annual/.

Andreas Ambarchian is a freelance journalist from England. He writes about a variety of subjects including travel, wildlife and sport. This article was written on behalf of the Tambo Blanquillo, a family-owned Amazon jungle lodge.

 

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By Elena Porten

Myanmar is comprised of 5000 miles of navigable rivers. Only recently accessible to tourists, this predominantly Buddhist country is laden with hidden secrets and serene rivers that connect Buddhist temples to majestic gardens, bustling cities to remote villages.

The economy and agrarian culture of Myanmar unfolds and thrives around the riverbanks. Because much of the mountainous areas are closed due to unreliable infrastructure, the river network is an excellent way to travel.

This extensive river and canal system is vital to Myanmar’s economy, as it provides the main transportation method for people as well as exportable goods. There are four main rivers crossing Myanmar, the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy), Thanlwin, Chindwin and Sittaung rivers.

The Ayeyarwady is the country's largest and most vital waterway. Rice is produced in the Ayeyarwady Delta, and the country’s farmland is irrigated by river water. As a visitor to Myanmar one can observe how everyday life unfolds along the riverbank as barges, handmade bamboo and fishing rafts, water taxis, and cruise boats journey through the waters and bucolic landscape.

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Dream to have the most romantic weekend in your life? You won’t find a better place than Paris!

Glory of Paris as the most romantic city on the earth spreads around the world for a long time. The French capital is so original, so multi-faceted and exciting...it’s just woven out of fashion, arts, history, wine bars, sidewalk cafes and, of course, of romance!

Without any doubt, Paris is one of the most romantic places in the world and it’s considered as the best place to talk about your amorous feelings!

If you want to spend the most romantic weekend, let us to submit you several amazing places for you and your beloved one.

It would be better to get a rental car, because what is a romantic weekend in a bus or a trolley? So, if you’re ready, join your hands and let’s start one of the most exciting adventures in your life!

1. Climb up the Eiffel Tower!

Location:Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

GPS Position (parking): 48.856531, 2.298505

Length of visit: 1-2 hours

Of course, everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower and its charming atmosphere! This is unforgettable experience to climb up more than 1,000 feet of height with your loved one and enjoy enchanting beauty of the skyline! With its gorgeous views of the city and magical ambience, it’s the perfect place to propose, don’t you think?

Admission: 15 € for 1 person

Hours: daily 9.30am-11pm

 

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