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01: KATHMANDU ZHANGMU (2300M) 123 KMS.
Early morning drive to Kodari. After doing immigration and costume formalities
drive uphill to Zhangmu immigration Post. Complete custom formalities.
Overnight at Hotel Zhangmu
DAY 02: ZHANGMU XEGAR (4350M)- 244 KMS.
drive to Xegar crossing Nyalamu Pass (3800m) & LALUNG LA PASS (5050M). This
drive offers fantastic view of
the high mountains including Everest ( 8848m). Overnight at Hotel Xegar.
DAY 03: XEGAR XIGATSE (3900M) 244 KMS.
Drive (Approx. 8 hrs) to Xigatse. Xigatse has the famous Tashilunpo Moanstery
and the seat of Panchen
Lama. Overnight at Hotel Xigatse.
DAY 04: XIGATSE - GYANTSE (3900M)-90 KMS.
In the morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the free market of Xigatse. In
the afternoon drive to Gyantse
and visit Phalkor Monastery and Khumbum Stupa. Overnight at Hotel Gyantse.
DAY 05: GYANTSE LHASA (3650M)- 259 KMS.
The drive to Lhasa takes 08 hours. crossing two passes THE KARO LA (5010
M.) AND KAMBA LA (4794M. via Yamdrok Tso lake. Overnight at Lhasa.
Sightseeing tour of Potala Palace, Norbulinka palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung
Monastery, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Bazaar.
DAY 08: LHASA FLY OUT
Transfer to Gonggar airport for your onward flight to Kathmandu.
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famous explorer Marco Polo referred to the Maldives as the 'flower of the Indies,'
while the great traveler Ibn Batuta called her 'one of the wonders of the world.'
The archipelago of Maldives has been a constant source of attraction to many
tourists all over the globe. Its golden beaches, washed by the azure waters
of the Indian Ocean, are enticing to one who loves to venture into the sea.
The Maldives has always and will always remain a unique destination for the
fun loving tourist seeking an exotic holiday. Today, a common language (Dhivehi)
and religion (Islam) have been two blessings that unite the people into a
cohesive and peaceful society. Pride is taken in tradition though not at the
expense of liberal and enlightened compassionate thinking.
As trade along the sea routes blossomed, the Maldives became an important
stop for Arab traders on the way to the Far East, and along with these traders
came the influence of Islam. The legend of the conversion to Islam remains
a popular tale and a matter of recent controversy. It is believed that a Moroccan
traveler, Abu Barakaat Yusuf al-Barbary was responsible for this conversion,
but another version credits Sheikh Yusuf Shamsuddin of Tabriz, a renowned
scholar, for this deed.
With the growth of British influence and the expansion of their Empire, the
Maldives became a British protectorate, in an unusual arrangement where the
British ensured the defense of the islands yet were not involved in any way
with the running of the country. The close relationships with the British ensured
a period of peace and freedom from foreign interference. During the Second World
War, The British had forward bases in the north and south of the archipelago
and, in 1957, the RAF established a base in Gan in the south. This airbase closed
The Maldives became a fully independent nation on July 26, 1965, and a Republic
on November 11, 1968.
Fauna and Flora
Due to the small size of the islands and the resulting high soil salinity,
the natural vegetation has a high proportion of salt tolerant species of both
shrubs and trees.
Coconut palms cover the islands; except the capital, Malé, where natural
vegetation was cleared extensively for urban development. A few varieties of
vegetables and tropical fruits are grown in the islands.
In contrast to the deficiency of terrestrial biodiversity, the country is
extremely rich in marine fauna, especially in the coral reefs, making the
reefs of the Maldives one of the worlds most diverse marine environments.
Two groups of marine species most studied are fish and corals. Studies have
recognised 187 species of stony corals, 1,090 fish species and 5 species of
turtles. Marine mammals recorded include 7 species of dolphins and 9 species
the coral archipelago of 26 atolls and 1190 islands are located south
west of India, approximately one hour by flight from Trivandrum, South India
or Colombo, Sri Lanka. The inhabited islands number only 199, and the population
300,000. The word atoll is adapted into English from Dhivehi, the language of
the Maldives, with roots to Sanskrit and Pali. English is widely spoken. The
climate of Maldives is warm year round, determined by the monsoons. The Northwest
Monsoon (November - April) is drier, while the Southwest Monsoon (May - October)
brings more rain. However, the monsoons are mild and not as defined as in some
These islands stretch like a garland of emeralds on a sparkling blue sea
and dazzle with white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm waters and coral
reefs teeming with marine life, continue to fascinate visitors as it has fascinated
others in the past for thousands of years.
Culture in Maldives
The Maldives has been a melting pot of different cultures as people from
different parts of the world came here and settled down. Origin of the Maldivians
is lost in antiquity, but history reveals that the islands have been populated
for over 3,000 years ago. Early settlers were travelers on the Silk Route
and from the Indus Valley Civilization. Inherently warm, friendly and hospitable
by nature, it is easy to feel comfortable and relaxed with a Maldivian.
As one would expect there is a great South Asian influence in some of the
music and dancing and especially in the traditional food of the Maldivians.
However many of the South Asian customs especially with regard to women -
for instance the Sub Continents tradition of secluding women from public
view - are not tenets of life here.
In order to make the travel tour to Maldives even more joyful you need to
choose just the right kind of accommodation for you and your family or friends
in Maldives. The various hotels packages in Maldives offer the best of facilities.
You may take your pick from a range of luxury and budget hotels and lodges
in Maldives besides the star categorized accommodation hotels around the landmarks
of Maldives offer excellent view of the landmarks through their suites. Most
of the places to stay in Maldives are strategically located in the tourist
Planning a business trip to Maldives or enjoying your holidays? Currently,
we don't have any all-inclusive tour packages, tours and holiday offers for
Maldives. Though, we will be interested in offering a customized tour package
that will make your travel trip to Maldives comfortable and enjoyable. We
can provide a range of tour packages and holiday offers for Maldives that
will suit your requirements and budget. As per the nature, duration and the
accommodation required during the holiday trip or religious travel to Maldives
the tour packages vary. As per your requirements of accommodation, tourist
destinations of your choice and other travel needs you will offer the best
possible tour package.
Imagine the excitement of watching a great whale blowing, its powerful body
surging through the water. Or a host of dolphins leaping from the sea in energetic
bounds just a few feet in front to of you. If this appeals to you, then the
Maldives has what you are looking for.
in Maldives is still a developing and growing industry. Although Maldives with
its panoramic lagoons and bays is one of the most beautiful and serene tourist
destinations, it is also very expensive. The main reason for the high cost of
amenities is the fact that most of the things required to make tourists comfortable
have to be imported from outside the country. The tourism policy in Maldives
is such that though tourists are welcome to explore the wonders of this island,
the laws make sure that the indigenous people should not feel as though their
life is being disrupted. Those who are interested in spending a longer time
in these islands have to get special permits issued from the government of Maldives.
The various tourist destinations that you may visit during your vacations
and tours to Male are the National Museum, there are more than 20 mosques
that you may visit besides the Sultan Park and the Singapore bazaar.
Apart from Male you can visit Seenu, which is the second most important city
in the Maldives. The resort located on the island of Seenu is an interesting
place to visit, it is called the Ocean Reef Resort and the interesting aspect
of this pleasure resort is the fact that it had been a military base in the
Maldives is a group of coral islands that stretch along the 73rd meridian
between latitudes 0°42' south and 8°10' north. The shortest distance
from the mainland of India is 350 km and from Sri Lanka 740 km. The islands
lie in the northern Indian Ocean and the sea area is approximately 107,500
sq km. There are some 1,200 islands in the country, 202 of which are inhabited.
The archipelago is 823 km long and 130 km at its greatest width. The islands
are formed into 26 natural atolls but they are divided into 19 administrative
regions, also known as "atolls."
Each atoll is enclosed by a fringing coral reef that has a few deep, natural
channels serving as entry points. Likewise, a protective coral reef surrounds
each island. Most islands have a shallow lagoon, known in Maldivian as a villu.
Pirates and other powerful invaders of the day often disturbed the tranquility
of the islands. A Portuguese invasion resulted in their capture of the Maldives
for a period of fifteen years after which they were overthrown by a mixture
of early guerilla tactics and the difficulty of logistical support for the
occupying forces. With the growth of British influence, the Maldives became
a British protectorate-an odd arrangement where the British ensured the defense
of the islands, yet were not involved in any way with the running of the country.
The close relationships with the British ensured a period of peace and freedom
from foreign interference. The Maldives became a fully independent nation
on July 26, 1965, and a Republic on November 11, 1968.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Maldivian holidays are based on the Islamic lunar calendar and the dates vary
from year to year. The most important religious event is Ramadan (known locally
as rorda mas), the Islamic month of fasting. Other notable festivals are Kuda
Id, the sighting of the new moon (celebrated at the end of Ramadan), and the
Prophet's Birthday, which commemorates the birthday of the founder. The National
Day is observed on the first day of the third month of the lunar calendar and
marks the day Mohammed Thakurufaan and his men overthrew the Portuguese from
Malé in 1573, while the Republic Day is celebrated on 11 November, commemorating
the formation of the current Republic in 1968. The Victory Day marks the victory
over Sri Lankan mercenaries who tried to overthrow the Maldivian government
on 3 November 1988.
Once a popular pursuit among tourists to the Maldives, most resorts tend to
discourage water skiing these days. There have been many complaints that heavy
and regular use of fast boats near the reef is detrimental to the environment,
as well as a risk to people in the water. The prohibitive cost of petrol and
high maintenance costs make water-skiing an expensive sport in the Maldives.
Parasailing is also being discouraged nowadays. The large numbers of helicopter
and seaplane movements are causes for concern, albeit the operators are experienced
and take all precautions. For those who are lucky and still venture out, the
spectacular display of the islands and of the various shades of turquoise
lagoons is an ample reward.
HOW TO REACH
BY AIR -
Almost all visitors to the Maldives arrive by air. Malé
International Airport, situated in Hulhule Island, is just over a kilometer
or about ten minutes by boat from Malé, the capital. There are regular
flights to Colombo (Sri Lanka), Thiruvananthapuram (southwest India), Dubai,
and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), as well as many chartered flights from European
BY WATER -
Cruising among the islands may be an exciting alternative.
Yachts and yacht-dhonis with bunk beds or private cabins are available for hire.
These boats can accommodate between eight to twenty passengers on cruises that
sail for ten to fifteen days. Some of the larger vessels have scuba diving and
windsurfing facilities with qualified instructors on board. Food prepared by
the crew using the day's fresh catch of fish may be modest, but a tourist is
never too far to stop for a sumptuous meal or a drink. On a cruise, dining under
a clear sky in the Maldives can be an experience in itself. With the equator
running through the Maldives, it is an astronomer's dream too.
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