Singapore, city of the lion

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They say that it is a playground for the rich, but I can say that there’s no other place like Singapore. This vibrant city-state boasts of beautiful cultures, delightful culinary experiences, state-of-the-art accommodations and exciting nightlife; a totally different kind of experience from the one you could expect in other Asian countries.

The Gardens by the Bay are a must visit in this iconic city. It’s a stunning and breathtaking 250 acres nature park in the central region of Singapore. This park consists of three waterfront gardens, the largest being the Bay South garden. It’s flower dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world.

An absolute must is to have the Singapore Sling at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel, with all the monkey nut shells on the floor. The Raffles, originally opened in 1887, was under renovation for more than two years and recently opened its doors in 2019 (check date for reopening)

If you have visited China before, Singapore’s china town neighborhood will take you back there, from the authentic Chinese food to the bright red lanterns. Visiting the impressive beautiful Sri Mariamman Temple, Arab Street & St Andrews Cathedral clearing brought to light the melting pot of cultures.

For those with kids Sentosa Island with all its adrenaline packed activities and Universal Studios is a must. Right next door is the huge Vivo shopping mall.

We really had an amazing experience in Singapore and we would like to have the same. Send us an email on [email protected] for our holiday packages.

Photo of the week – Budhist monk meditating at Lion’s Rock summit – Sigiriya Sri lanka

On my visit to Sri Lanka, everyone from the Taxi drivers to the locals kept asking me if I have visited Sigiriya. I couldn’t stop wondering why a rock could be worth visiting. What was so important about this rock? Anyway, I decided to satisfy my curiosity and once I got there, I understood why this place was a site to behold. Why hadn’t I visited this place earlier?

The term Sigiriya originates from the word Sihagri, i.e. Lion Rock and is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka, mostly referred to by the locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World and is one of the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka. It is an ancient palace that has significant archaeological importance.

Sigiriya refuses to reveal its secrets easily, and you’ll have to climb a series of vertiginous staircases attached to sheer walls to reach the top. 1200 steps to be precise. The rock satisfies both adrenaline freaks, the history buffs, art people and those who are looking for a great view. Whatever attitude you bring to the rock, you won`t be disappointed!

The main entrance is located in the northern side of the rock and was designed in the form of a huge stone lion, whose feet have survived up to today but the upper parts of the body were destroyed. The stairway used to enter his mouth.

I suggest arriving early in the morning and climbing as soon as possible. The site opens by 7:30am, and you should aim to get there as early as you can. Not only does it get busier as the day goes on, but the weather gets hotter and hotter. Pack lots of water, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. If you can’t make it in the morning, aim to go in the late afternoon. Just try not to visit when the sun is at its brightest and hottest.

The best reward is when you get to the top. The view astonishes the visitors with the unique harmony between the nature and human imagination. Every angle showcased the natural beauty Sri Lanka’s landscapes. From the countryside to the jungle, everything was so green. Definitely a must visit place in Sri Lanka.

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