July 26th, 2015Author: fauzi

Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, India, is known for its numerous tourist locations. It has many historical, educational and cultural heritage sites that attract lakhs of tourists from across the world every year.

The historical monument Charminar, palaces, museums with rich treasures of traditional arts and crafts, etc. are few worth-visiting places in the city. However, as each one of them is located at different part of the city, a right plan to commute in the city is important. Not only will this save your time but also money. You could make your trip memorable and enjoyable by choosing the right means of transport. For this, you need to know the various means of transport you can avail in the city.

There are city buses run by APSRTC and other private organisations, local trains run by Indian Railways, auto-rickshaws and private taxi cabs. As a tourist, you can use one of these. Let us discuss about each of them in brief.

APSRTC city buses – An economical way to commute:

The APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) buses connect most places of interest in the city. The organization runs as many as 4,000 buses in the city, making nearly 40,000 trips, carrying around 36 lakh people every day. You can get these buses from major bus stations – Secunderabad (Railway Station and Rathifile bus stop), Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), Central Bust Station (CBS) and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Bus Terminus. Buses will stop at all bus stops located at every two kms within the city limits.

You can find compact ordinary buses to spacious air conditioned buses in the city. With a minimum fare of Rs 5 (ordinary bus) you can travel a distance of 2-3 km in the city. The maximum fare in ordinary buses it is around Rs 17 with which you can travel about 35-40 km in the city. If you want to travel in air conditioned bus, it would cost you around Rs 65 only. If you are planning to travel one whole day in city buses you can buy a ‘Travel as you like ticket’, which is a one day pass to travel in city buses.

Buses in the city are not only economical but are safe as well. You can see typical Hyderabadis (people of Hyderabad) while travelling in these buses; this gives you the real feel of the city. However, it is better to avoid using these buses during peak hours as they will be crowded with working people of the city.

MMTS Trains – Fastest and cheapest way to commute:

Run by Indian Railways, MMTS (Mutli-Model Transport System) is a local train system in Hyderabad. Compared to APSRTC city buses, travelling in local trains is less expensive, fast, and safe. However, currently local trains are running only in two major routes – one Falaknuma to Lingampally through Secunderabad and the other Hyderabad to Lingampally. It may be a little tough for a new person to take these trains to visit the tourist places as they are not well connected to the roads.

You can definitely try MMTS, if you want to experience the journey in Hyderabad local trains, which takes you through the rock formations and lakes in the city. The minimum fare in these trains is Rs 3 with which you can travel up to 0-10 km and the maximum fare is Rs 10 for a distance of 35-40 km. Isn’t it economical?

Auto-rickshaws – For convenient travel:

Popularly, known as Tuk-Tuk, auto-rickshaws are three wheeler passenger vehicles, commonly seen in the city. As many as 70,000 autos ply in the city limits. Painted in bright yellow colour, they are small in size, cute and can easily accommodate 3 people. As per the current rates, the minimum auto fare is Rs 16 (first 1 km) and on every additional km it increases by Rs 9. These rates are applicable anywhere in the city from 5 am to 11 pm. From 11 pm to 5 am the charges multiply one and half times the original fare.

Besides regular auto-rickshaws, the other types of auto-rickshaws you can find in the city are 3 or 4 wheeled seven seated auto rickshaws. They are often used to carry passengers who would like to share their travel with others. However, you can only find them in some parts, mostly city outskirts, as they are restricted at a few places to maintain free flow of traffic.

Taxi-cabs – Cosy and comfortable:

Schedule your travel and hire a taxi-cab. You could use a single cab for your travel all day long. They are metered, cosy and elegant, but you have to pay a few more bucks compared to all other means of transport. The fare varies based on many factors like type of the hired vehicle, duration, distance, etc. The passenger should also pay for waiting charges along with parking fee of the vehicle, if applicable. Compared to all the above three discussed means of commute, hiring a taxi cab is comfortable and convenient as the services are available 24/7.

Come to Hyderabad and travel in the city – we bet you will surely enjoy your travel and admire these means of commute that help lakhs of people reach their destinations every day.

July 23rd, 2015Author: fauzi

Ahmedabad named after a medieval ruler of Gujarat Ahmed Shah who is the founder of the city, is the textile city of India and is known as “Manchester of the East”. Boasting about tourist attractions that are a perfect blend of ancient heritage and a vibrant modern city life, Ahmedabad has something for everyone visiting the city. So if you find yourself in this beautiful city of textiles then here is the list of five must see places in the city.

1. Law Garden:

Visit to a Law Garden is a must as this a hub for local vendors to display and sell beautifully embroidered mirror worked short kurti, ghagra cholis, handbags, table cloths, bed sheets, bed covers, cushion covers. Apart from which one can also find some beautiful oxidised jewellery either in a set or individual pieces. If you are a shopping freak and know how to bargain you can get the quality stuff at quite a cheap price.

If you don’t love shopping then worry not as Law Garden is also one of the most popular picnic spots of the city with the wide range of activities going on the premises. So head to the sprawling expanse of the garden either for a quite evening with friends or to savour some Gujarati delicacies at the Khau gali which roughly translated means Food Street. The garden’s sprawling expanse also makes it an ideal venue for garbha nights and musical concerts hosted by the city.

2. Walled City and the gates

Tracing the history of wall encircling the city it is believed that after Ahmed Shah founded the city started growing steadily and became a power centre hence Shah’s grandson Mahmud Begda decided to protect the city by fortifying it. Hence the 10km wall in circumference was built around the city protecting it from invasion.

This wall originally had twelve gates, 189 bastions, over 6,000 battlements and these were added to over time. However as the city grew steadily most of the wall was knocked off but the gates are still standing as the witness of passage of time, an era gone by. Few of the gates that are still standing like a unique structure amidst the busy traffic are Shahpur Gate, Delhi Gate, Dariapur Gate, Prem Gate, Kalupur Gate, Panch Kuva Gate, Sarangpur Gate, Raipur Gate, Astodia Gate, Mahudha Gate, Jamalpur Gate, Khanjia Gate, Raikhad Gate, Ganesh Gate and Ram Gate. These gates with their beautiful carvings, calligraphy, and few of them with the balconies retained have become a meeting place for the residents as they sit beneath them creating a historical ambience in the middle of the ever growing city.

3. Teen Darwaza and Rani no Haziro

Apart from being an architectural delight the walled city is also famous for its various products and one of them is cloth market. So if you are interested in fabric from Gujarat then head to the markets in Dhalgarwad, Teen Darwaza area, Sindhi Market and Rani no Haziro area which are cloth heaven of the city. This apart, they sell other knick knacks as well which make a great souvenir for the tourists.

Rani no Haziro is the Gujarati translation of the Queen’s tomb where women members of the royal family were buried. Today Rani no Haziro is a market for women’s clothing and accessories.

Teen Darwaza, one of the longest and the oldest gateways of the city, is another architectural wonder, comprising of intricately carved arched gates. It is believed that Mughal emperor Jahangir used to come here along with his beloved wife Noorjahan, to take a look at the procession that started from this grand gateway and went non stop till Jama Masjid.

Today the area within this beautiful structure boasts of a market selling everything from fabric to traditional artefacts and handicrafts. The structure is truly an epitome of fine Islamic architecture with semi circular windows beautifully decorated using mesh.

4. Museums

Since the city is drenched in the glorious past a visit to the museums of the city is a must. Providing a valuable insight into the lifestyle, culture of old Ahmedabad, the museums like Calico museum of textiles, Sabarmati Ashram – the central point from the from where the struggle for India’s Independence was started, Hussain Doshi Gufa also known as Amdavad ni gufa – an underground art gallery displaying the works of famous Indian artist MF Hussain and designed by the famous architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi hence the name Hussain Doshi Gufa. It is called ‘gufa’ because the structure resembles a cave.

5. Akshardham

Established in 1992 in the dedication of Lord Swaminarayana, Akshardham is an example of brilliant craftsmanship and truly an architectural masterpiece. Located in Gandhinagar city (25kms), Akshardham temple is famous for its various activities like art, education, exhibitions, and research all under one roof. This apart, other highlight of the temple is the seven feet long idol of Lord Swaminarayana, the chief deity of the temple.

Intricately carved structure of Akshardham was built using pink stones and with the measurement of 240ft in length, 131ft in width and 108ft in height, it is the most magnificent edifice of modern India.

6. Walking History lesson

Whether you have limited time or ample time you must go for a two hours of heritage walk as it is a walking history lesson. Starting from the picturesque Swaminarayana Temple in Kalupur and ending in the most glorious architectural legacies of the Jama Masjid, the walk covers numerous pols, havelis, ornamental facades, workplaces of artisans and number of magnificent Hindu and Jain temples. There is also a half hour special slide show running through pages of the city’s history unfolding back its birth from a 10th century AD ancient site known as Ashaval to the present walled city re-founded during the period of Ahmed Shah and onwards.

July 19th, 2015Author: fauzi

A city break can be anywhere and anything. If you’re in need of a relaxing break or an exhilarating adventure, try out one of the city breaks available all over Britain. From the most northeasterly point of Britain, John O’Groats, to the Lizard, Cornwall, Britain’s most southerly point, there are places to go and things to do and see.

Among the things that will take you to the city of your choice might be “the beautiful game” – football. As a keen fan, you could combine your trip away with a chance to see your football heroes show what they are made of. A trip to London might include a visit to the Emirates Stadium, the home of the Gunners (Arsenal). And then there are Fulham, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur – any of whom might be playing in London during your city break. And, let’s not forget Wembley. If your team happened to make it to the finals, cheering them on is a great reason for booking your London city break at that time. Be sure to book your tickets well in advance so your seat is secure for the kick-off.

It’s not only London that has great football – Manchester is another super football destination. The rivalry of Manchester City and Manchester United means watching them play each other could add a thrilling experience to your city break.

Along with football opportunities, there are many other attractions to take in while in cities such as London e.g. Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the London Eye, Big Ben and Madame Tussauds, etc. Every city has its particular pleasures – Bristol and its Balloon Festival, Ludlow (and many other cities) for their Food and Drink Festival or Christmas Markets, Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival, London for the Notting Hill Carnival. Part of the fun of planning your break is to see what all you can combine with your time away.

City breaks can be the reason for, or combined with, special occasions such as an anniversary or birthday, the January sales, the upcoming Royal Wedding, St. Valentines Day, even half term. The Chinatowns in various cities around the British Isles will be welcoming in the Year of the Rabbit on the 3rd of February 2011 or as on the Chinese Calendar, Feb. 3, 4709!

City breaks can be expensive if the only option considered is big hotels. However, using apartments or small boutique hotels can significantly cut your accommodation costs, leaving you with more money for sightseeing and shopping. The apartments available include 1-2 bedroom or family apartments, studios, some executive and deluxe, and even penthouses. Many are in the city centres and they are often contemporary examples of how ‘real people’ livein that city. There are over 190 destinations and 100’s of apartment options.

The cities of Britain buzz with excitement. There are coastal cities like Brighton or Blackpool, architectural cities like Bath, Cheltenham and Chester, cities for shopping like London, York and Harrogate, and of course, the food – from fine dining to street food – every city has lots to offer. So whether you are looking for a short break or a longer stay, there are some wonderful cities that deliver the experience you’re looking for.

July 14th, 2015Author: fauzi

Palma attractions

About the city

Palma is a major city and port on the island of Majorca and is also a capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is situated on the south coast of the island on the bay of Palma. This city was founded as roman camp upon the remains of a Talaiotic settlement and it was finally established by James- l of Aragon. The land area of the city is about 21,355 km with the altitude of 13 metres and the city is bordered by the rocky inlets and marinas on the south side. This city has many beautiful things to see and many wonderful places to visit and has remained one of the most preferred places for the tourists around the globe.

Major attractions of the city

1. Cathedral (Le Seu) – it is one of the most famous attractions of the city where we can see many great collections related to the history of this city. It is one of the most famous religious sites of the city and also houses a history museum; moreover to visit this site you do not have to pay anything as to visit here is free of cost.

2. Soller railway (Trn de Soller) – it is one of the great little railway journey of the world, which runs from train terminal, just off the Plaza de Espana, in the centre of Palma to the town of Soller. It is one of the most beautiful scenic railroads of the world and is situated 0.5 miles from the city centre.

3. Son Amar- this is also one of the most famous attractions of the city. It is a dinner theatres where you can enjoy dinner with some live entertainment. It is situated at Soller road Palma and you have to pay some fee to get in there.

4. Bellver Castle (Castle de Bellver) – this large, 14th century castle overlooking the town of Palma now houses a museum and is one of the most famous historic sites of the city, which is situated at a distance of 1.7 miles from the city centre.

5. Museu d Art Espanyol Contemporani-Fundacion Juan March – It is also one of the famous art museums of the city, which is situated 0.2 miles from the city centre. It is housed in a former mansion and display’s the work of twentieth century Spanish artists such as Picasso, Dali and Antoni Tapies.

6. Divemans Plongee – it is a famous Marinas of the city where you can get a best diving experience in the supervision of trained instructors. This place is situated 4.9 miles from the city centre.

7. Passeig des Born – it is famous for landmarks and points of interest and is situated 1.4 miles from the city centre. This place has some great cafes for lunch, best with a view of the cathedral.

8. Poble Espanyol – it is one of the most famous speciality museums of the city and is situated 1.2 miles from the city centre. This place showcases different styles of architecture, with reproduction houses from Cordoba.

July 9th, 2015Author: fauzi

If you are moving to the Central Ohio area and want easy access to the downtown area, then buying a Grove City home might be the right choice for you. Located just 15 minutes southwest of downtown Columbus, Grove City still enjoys a quiet, rural setting free from many of the stresses of big city life. It became an incorporated town in 1866, and the building of a rail line between Grove City and Columbus led to steady growth through the next century, and the town was officially incorporated as a city in 1959.

The city also works to offer incentives and lower operating costs for businesses and industries, and its convenient location at the intersection of the I-71 and I-270 corridors, as well as the three local and international airports nearby make it an ideal home for thousands of local and international businesses. Finally, the residents can quickly enjoy all the amenities Columbus has to offer, or they can stay at home and take in the theater productions at The Little Theater Off Broadway, one of Ohio’s oldest community theaters.

To serve these families, Grove City offers 16 elementary schools, five intermediate schools (serving students from grades 4-5), five middle schools and five high schools. The school district also offers a variety of after-school and extracurricular programs including Head Start, after school care, food programs and technical education programs. As a district, the schools earned an Ohio state rating of “Excellent” for the 2009-2010 school year. The city is also home to three private institutions, offering young families a range of choices for the children’s educational needs.

In addition to the schools, Grove City itself offers a wide variety of activities, facilities and events for residents and visitors to enjoy. Youth and adult sports leagues, classes and a preschool are offered by the city, and it maintains several playgrounds, parks, sports fields and even a water park. For young parents, the city helps organize playgroups filled with both structured and unstructured events and playtime. Residents can also participate in a host of other events, including the seasonal weekly farmer’s market, art fairs and the annual “Soggy Dog Swim”, where owners can watch community dogs enjoy the cool water of the city pool- held the weekend after the pool is closed for the year, of course. The city also hosts an outstanding collection of restaurants and service organizations, a collection of gardens and arboretums, biking and hiking trails and a popular skate park for the city’s youth. The city library also boasts a collection of over 3 million books and other materials, drawing in more than 5,000 annual visits from local children alone.

Grove City features a wide variety of affordable housing options, ranging from the low $100,000s through the $300,000 plus range. Its multi-unit housing market is robust, and enjoys values well above state averages. It is an attractive market for individuals looking for a more affordable single-family option than most of Franklin County; while the average house price in the county is $214,513, the Grove City average is $183,691. This affordability makes it a popular destination for young families and working professionals who wish to commute in and around Columbus. With the close proximity to downtown Columbus, all of the great schools and activities, and the great housing options available, choosing a Grove City home is great choice when moving to the Central Ohio area.