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Did You Know? | Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, India

Did You Know. . .

The name “Taj Mahal” means “crown of palaces” and it took around 22,000 labourers from 1632 until 1653 to finish the construction.

In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed, marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures.

Would you like to see the Taj Mahal in person? You will love our amazing 6-day “Golden Triangle” tour

  • Experience the ancient and the modern in the capital city of Delhi
  • Gaze in wonder at the romantic white marble Taj Mahal
  • Explore the ancient and imposing Amber fort and the famous Palace of the Winds
  • Learn the secrets behind the mysterious ghost city of Fatephur Sikri

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Traditions & Beliefs | Khumba Mela

The biggest peaceful gathering in the world!

The “Khumba Mela” is a mass Hindu pilgrimage that continues to break world records as the biggest peaceful gathering in the world!

Held every 12 years, the 2013 event in Allahabad, India was said to attract up to 100 million people over the entire span and could even be seen from space!

Story Behind the Image | The Monkey King

The Monkey King, Datanla Falls, Dalat, Vietnam

Following the commercial success of the 2014 Hong Kong-Chinese fantasy film ‘The Monkey King’ comes this interesting photo. . .

This man dresses up and waits for fans of this ancient Chinese legend to come and take pictures.  Located at the base of Datanla Falls, photos with the Monkey King cost 10,000 Vietnamese Dong, or about US$0.50.

Datanla Falls in Dalat, Vietnam, boasts a unique hand-controlled roller coaster which can take you to the base of the falls.  You have a choice of a gondola or walking to go back up.  Numerous interesting souvenirs are also made on site. Don’t miss out on this funny and quirky film when you visit Dalat on one of ICS’s Vietnam tours.

Destination: Vietnam

 
 

Seen on the Street | Street Art Series: Laos

Street Art: Laos

For the next few weeks, we would like to use our “Seen on the Street” series to highlight the tremendous diversity of artistic ability that is seen not only in markets, architecture and galleries of our destinations, but also literally on the street.

These are some of our favourite street art photos and we would like to celebrate our destinations as part of a global community of artists.

This week, we go to Laos!

Street Art: Laos

Street Art: Laos

Throwback Thursday | Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel - Yangon, Myanmar

Strand Hotel – Yangon, Myanmar

The famous Strand Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar was built in 1896 for the Sarkies Brothers, who also founded two other famous colonial hotels. . .Raffles Hotel in Singapore and the Bangkok Oriental in Bangkok, Thailand.

You can see many unique historic sites on our Old Yangon Walking Tour!

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Did You Know? | Peaceful Bhutan

Bhutan children

Did You Know.  .  .

According to the 2013 Global Peace Index (GPI), Bhutan is among the 20 most peaceful countries on Earth. Plus, Bhutan boasts plenty of spectacular attractions for everyone.

For thousands of years this country was cut off to the outside but is now allowing a lucky few to step inside and discover a mysterious medieval kingdom of sacred temples, ancient monasteries, dazzling rice fields, and villages that time forgot.

“It will soon become clear that you have wandered well off the beaten path and into the last remaining great Himalayan kingdom, the last Shangri-La.”

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Traditions & Beliefs | Thanaka

Thanaka

With a fragrance like sandalwood, Thanaka is a traditional cosmetic in Myanmar. Women of many classes and ethnicities apply Thanaka in intricate and beautiful patterns on their cheeks.

Thanaka is made from the wood, bark and roots of Thanaka trees and Wood Apple trees that are no less than 35 years old. It is believed to aid with sunburns, acne, and smoother skin.

When you visit our destinations in Myanmar don’t be surprised to see this unique cosmetic and even try some! Who knows…you might make some new friends in the process!

Story Behind the Image | Yangon Railway Station

I arrived at the main station after having enjoyed a ride in the Circular Train with two regular guests from Germany. The photo features a typical scene on platforms 6 and 7, where passengers go their way and local women try to sell produce and other goods.

Photo by Carsten Schmidt, Country Manager in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Seen on the Street | Street Art Series: Vietnam

Street Art: Vietnam

For the next few weeks, we would like to use our “Seen on the Street” series to highlight the tremendous diversity of artistic ability that is seen not only in markets, architecture and galleries of our destinations, but also literally on the street.

These are some of our favourite street art photos and we would like to celebrate our destinations as part of a global community of artists.

This week, we go to Vietnam!

Street Art: Vietnam

Street Art: Vietnam