Exploring global options. ere are a few important tips for any traveller. First and foremost plan your trip. The earlier you book your tickets, the more reasonable a price you will be charged. Airlines also have special fares which they announce from time
Melbourne and see the lovely South Sea (you can actually go down some two hundred steps and take a wash in the sea every few hundred metres) and reach the Philip Island where you can watch the beautiful penguin parade. In Sydney you can see an opera, or see manmade structures which are beautiful. But on the coastal area you can see natural rocks sprouting in the waters or take a helicopter ride to see them from above. These two, New Zealand and Australia, being in the southern hemisphere, the weather is totally opposite from ours. They have winter when we have sweltering summer and vice versa. And these two countries are the latest on a traveller’s itinerary.
UK is very beautiful. You can see the rolling green meadows, the mountains and lakes of Scotland, the Lake District of England and the golf courses of Edinburgh. Since the British ruled India for two hundred years, we know their history, we have heard and learnt of their poets, Wordsworth, Shelly, writers Shakespeare and are quite at home here. We have Mumbai buses like the London ones, we have red postal boxes like theirs and there are many familiar sights. We lived in Sheffield, in the centre of England for some years and we used to take a coach or drive to the coast on either side or go up to Scotland or down to London whenever we wanted. It was just a few hours away as UK is not very big.
An unusual place we went was the island of Orkney. Believe it or not, there is not a single tree on the entire island which is north-east of Scotland and, on a clear day, you can see the coastline of Norway. To go there you have to cross the choppy seas (believe me, the North Sea can be quite choppy and you have to hold your breath as the tiny motor boat seems to be going through water as the waves are so very high). But it is worth a visit. The Isle of Skye on the north-west of Scotland is another beautiful place. From Inverness you have to go past the 22-mile-long lake in which the Loch Ness Monster is supposed to reside (we travelled here many times but never saw the monster!). In UK the sun can rise as early as 4 am and set at 11 pm in summer especially in the north, while in winters the sun can be a watery one rising around 11 am and setting by 3 pm with heavy dark clouds literally at hand touching distance.
Short and tourist-friendly vacays
However, if you want short vacations and tourist-friendly ones, then Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia are the answers. The weather is the same round the year and as they make their living through tourism, there are new sights every year and they are beautiful. Whether they are animal or bird programmes, or whether they are manmade scientific edifices, these places are worth visiting. In Singapore we came across a robot who could answer any questions. Only when we asked who is Shahrukh Khan he answered that he was a monkey!
Nearby natural beauty
Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sikkim are places one can go to see natural beauty as well as manmade ones. In Sikkim there is a fresh water lake at a height of some 12,000 metres, just about 15 kms from China and water, which is very pure, blue and beautiful. Called the Tshangu Lake, it has a small clean and neat Shiva temple, plenty of hairy yaks and lovely mountains to see. A hilly place, it has cardamoms and other spices but there is no regular farming and so they have to depend on tourism for income so that they can get food items from other places. People here are nice and friendly though a bit lazy. We found them so maybe because we went soon after Dasera which is the time the Sikkim people travel to meet their family members and hence were reluctant to work.
Nepal, frankly, is not very clean. But there is a lot to see. You can travel from west to east and see rugged mountains, sparse population and grassy slopes. Hindu temples are a plenty and the Hanuman Dhoka is the place of the famous Virgin Goddess or Kumari. She is a small girl below 10 years
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