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An introduction of Dhaka,Bangladesh!

Dhaka- The name “Dhaka” derived from a particular tree or grass called “dhaka”, which was plentiful in the region. However, many Orientalist thinkers believe that the name of the city came following the establishment of Dhakeshwari temple by Raja Ballal Sena in the 12th century CE. In 1666 the British East India Company established a trading post in Dhaka; however, Dhaka’s decline as a maritime trade centre had already begun. Dhaka remained the capital under the Mughals until 1704, when they moved it to Murshidabad.

Dhaka is the commercial heart of Bangladesh. The city has a growing middle class population, driving the market for modern consumer and luxury goods. The city has historically attracted a large number of migrant workers.

In 1887 Dhaka became a district capital of Bangladesh, and in 1905 Bengal was divided into east and west, the eastern section incorporating Assam (with Dhaka as its winter capital). From this point on Dhaka again began to assume some measure of importance as an administrative centre. Government buildings, churches, residential enclaves and educational institutions transformed it into a city of great prosperity. During the abortive Partition of Bengal in 1905, Dhaka was declared to be the capital of the newly established state of East Bengal and Assam, but Bengal was reunited in 1911.

In 1947, British India was partitioned into Muslim and Hindu sections, with present-day Bangladesh breaking off to become East Bengal, later known as East Pakistan. Dhaka was again the capital of the region. Later, East Pakistanis fought for their independence from West Pakistan, eventually succeeding in 1971 with help from Indian forces. This resulted in the establishment of the People’s Republic of Bengladesh.

Modern Dhaka is the centre of political, cultural and economic life in Bangladesh. Although its urban infrastructure is the most developed in the country, Dhaka suffers from urban problems such as pollution and overpopulation. In recent decades, Dhaka has seen modernisation of transport, communications and public works. The city is attracting large foreign investments and greater volumes of commerce and trade.

Dhaka has the distinction of having hosted the first official Test cricket match of the Pakistan cricket team in 1954 against India.

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Second largest City in Spain – Barcelona !

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid, and the capital of Catalonia, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits on a land area of 101.4 km2 (39 sq mi). Barcelona is today one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. Barcelona was probably founded by the Carthaginians in the third century B.C. Between 877 and 1137 it was the capital of the province of Barcelona, which was later united with Aragon. From 1918 to 1920 an acute struggle took place in Barcelona between the workers and democratic forces and the forces of reaction. In Franco’s Spain, Barcelona is one of the main centers of the democratic and workers’ movements (especially since the 1950’s).

Barcelona is the 16th-most-visited city in the world and the fourth most visited in Europe after Paris, London, and Rome, with several million tourists every year. Barcelona is the 14th most “livable city” in the world according to lifestyle magazine Monocle. Barcelona is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — consider printing them all.

Barcelona is located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, facing the Mediterranean Sea, on a plain approximately 5 km wide limited by the mountain range of Collserola, the Llobregat river to the southwest and the Besòs river to the north. This plain covers an area of 170 km2 , of which 101 km² are occupied by the city itself. It is 120 km (75 mi) south of the Pyrenees and the Catalan border with France. Barcelona was always the stronghold of Catalan separatism and was the scene of many insurrections. It was the center of the Catalan revolt (1640–52) against Philip IV of Spain. Later it also became the Spanish center of anarchism, syndicalism, and other radical political beliefs.

Barcelona’s official languages are Catalan and Spanish. However, most signs are indicated only in Catalan because it is established by law as the official language.Barcelona is great off-season and is a lovely city even in winter months of January and February as long as the possibility of rain is low. Given the high humidity, 19-23°C is considered comfortable weather, which is normally the temperature between April and June and between late September-November. This is the best time to visit the city. Anything warmer than this can feel too hot.

Barcelona, more than just a single city, is really a collection of multi-faceted and diverse cities. The visitor unfamiliar with its history might be surprised that such a modern and enterprising city preserves its historic Gothic center almost intact, or by the curious contrast between the maze of narrow streets and the grid-like layout of the Eixample, the urban planning “Enlargement” project of the end of the 19th century.

This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums, and churches) and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core center of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather. Barcelona contains 68 municipal parks, of which 12 are historic parks, 5 are thematic (botanical) parks, 45 are urban parks and 6 are forest parks. Barcelona beach gained the status of best urban beach in the world according to National Geographic and Discovery Channel, with total third best beach in the World.

Oni is an articles writer whose major area of focus is travel where she shares lots of travel information. In this article she is sharing her experience about Barcelona the perfect holiday destination. If you want to book Holidays in Barcelona . Please visit www.myvacations.co.uk

Madrid – The Sleepless City

Madrid The capital of Spain and the country’s largest political, economic, and cultural center, the capital of the province of Madrid and of the historical region of New Castile. Madrid is one of the world’s liveliest cities, a city that never sleeps (the Spanish would say it has “mucha marcha”), and here we list some of the places to go and things to do to enjoy “la noche”.Madrid’s nightlife has something for everybody, whatever your preferences, age or nationality. And don’t worry if you’re with kids. Children are freely admitted in all types of bars, cafeterias and restaurants and even some pubs, although this last idea is perhaps not to be recommended … at the very least the owner or bar staff should be consulted first.

Madrid Nightlife
Madrid is one of the world’s liveliest cities, a city that never sleeps (the Spanish would say it has “mucha marcha”), and here we list some of the places to go and things to do to enjoy “la noche”.During weekends or before public holidays, and also on the days running up to Christmas, it is not unusual to see more people out and about at 4, 5 or 6am in the morning than in many other cities during the day! Coincidence or not, it can hardly come as a surprise to learn that Madrileños are known locally as “gatos” (cats).

Madrid’s Urban Beach
Madrid is located approximately 350 kilometres (around 220 miles, around a 4-hour drive) from the nearest beach in the region of Valencia, but by the year 2010, the Madrid beach will be a reality!
Due to the move underground of a large section of Madrid’s inner ring-road, the M-30, 820 hectares along the Manzanares River will be converted into a long park, and including an urban beach, rowing lanes on the river, walks, bicycle paths, kiosks, cafés and restaurants, terraces, cultural and sports facilities, areas for pensioners and children’s play areas. All this just 1.5 kilometres from the Puerta del Sol in the centre of Madrid.

Madrid Museums & Art Museums

Paseo del Arte
Madrid’s Avenue of Art consists of the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen museums, and since 2007 also the CaixaForum. For 14.40 euros you can buy an “Abono Paseo del Arte”, a special voucher allowing you to visit all of the first 3 of these top class art museums once at any time during the year.

Museo del Prado
The Prado is one of the most important art museums in Europe and amongst the best in the world. The collection includes sculptures, drawings, paintings and other art objects. The Villanueva building houses Spanish paintings from romantic to 19th century styles, as well as important works by Italian, Flemish, French Dutch, German and English artists.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS)
Spanish artists from the late 19th century to the Second World War such as Pablo Picasso (including his famous Guernica painting), Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, etc. The second half of the collection shows artistic trends from from the 40’s to the early 80’s with works by artists such as Antonio Saura and Eduardo Chillida.

Shopping in Madrid
This shopping complex is found within the representative building of Estación del Norte (Railway Station).
Arturo Soria Plaza
Good shops, activities, exhibitions and fashion shows. There are also restaurants with a varied gastronomic offer and an area where the little ones can play and enjoy themselves.

ABC Serrano
Possibly one of the most posh in town,in one of the most elegant districts, offers those visiting it a relaxed atmosphere and a fascinating shopping environment. The building, impressive because of its architectural beauty, used to be the site of the old premises for ABC newspaper, hence the name of the Shopping Mall today. You can enter into the mall from Serrano street or from Paseo de la Castellana.
Moda shopping
Moda Shopping, where you will find over 90 stores and complementary services. Pleasant and peaceful atmosphere where you will find top name brands.
La Vaguada
La Vaguada M2, the biggest one, where around 350 shops in a large area are located along with all the complementary services. Plus, there is a level dedicated exclusively to leisure: cinema, bowling, discotheques, mini amusement park, and bars and cafes suitable to anyone’s liking.

Oni is an articles writer whose major area of focus is travel where she shares lots of travel information. In this article she is now sharing her experience about Madrid the famous destination for break. If you want to book Luxury Hotels in Madrid
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Sights to See During Your Trip to Lahore!

LAHORE POLO CLUB
Lahore Polo Club is one of the oldest clubs in the world. The game of polo has been regularly played in the city for over a millennium by Emperors, Kings, Rulers, Princes as well as commoners. Visitors are welcomed to watch polo matches during the season and admittance to these games are free of charge.
The season begins in the middle of October and ends around the middle of May. The tournaments range from low goals (0 – 4) to 18 goal tournaments, which are played around Feb. – March. A number of foreign players feature in these events regularly.

LAHORE MUSEUM
Faqir Khana Museum

The Lahore Museum, situated on the Mall, was established in 1895, and was for a while curated by Rudyard Kipling’s father.
The museum contains a fine selection of paintings and weapons, and is particularly well known for its collection of artefacts from the Gandharan civilisation. Probably the most famous exhibit is the spectacular ‘Fasting Buddha‘.

Lahore Fort
Lahore Fort is located at an eminence in the northwest corner of the Walled City. There are two huge gates in the fortifications, one each in the middle of the east and the west sides. The western gate, known as Alamgiri Gate, is presently used as the main entrance; however, plans are afoot to open the eastern gate, the Fort’s Masjidi Gate, to the general public as well.

Shalamar Garden (Mughal Garden)

The Shalimar Garden is really magnificent site to visit in Lahore. The problem is the garden is not maintained very well, the water is not that crystal clear. And you will see that all fountains look like not working (off) all the timeThe Shalamar Garden was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in Lahore in 1642. Garden is laid out in three descending terraces, which are elevated by 4-5 meters. To irrigate the Garden, a canal named “Shah Nahar” meaning Royal canal, was brought from a distance of over 161 kilometers.

Wagah Border

The India Pakistan border gate Opening ceremony starts one hour before sunset. I attended with family and the best time to reach there is 1.5 hours before sunset. It was great petriotic experience on both side of border. Wagah is the only road border crossing between Pakistan and India, and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Wagah itself is a village through which the controversial Radcliffe Line was drawn.

Sozo Water Park
Sozo water park provides good fun activities in summer season. Some of the rides are good as well. The park is situated on one corner of the city along with the canal, hence provides a good overview of the city en route too. Stunning water park. One of the best in the country, no doubt. It is open 24 hours a day. You might want to be weary of the late night crowd, but besides that, it is pretty great.

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Colombo – A Veritable Bonanza!

Colombo is the largest city of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, the capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo is often referred to as the capital of the country, since Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte is a satellite city of Colombo. Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins and a population of 647,100.[1] The Colombo Metropolitan Region, defined by the districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara, has an estimated population of 5,648,000, and covers an area of 3,694.20 km².

Climate
Colombo’s geography is a mix of land and water. The city has many canals and, in the heart of the city, the 65-hectare (160-acre) Beira Lake. Colombo’s weather stays evenly hot and humid throughout the year, with no distinct seasons apart from two rainy seasons. From March to April the temperature averages around 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit) maximum.[23] The only major change in the Colombo weather occurs during the monsoon seasons from May to August and October to January. This is the time of year where heavy rains can be expected. Colombo sees little relative diurnal range of temperature, although this is more marked in the drier winter months, where minimum temperatures average 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit). Rainfall in the city averages around 2,400 millimetres (94 in) a year.

Infrastructure
Compared to other parts of the country, Colombo has the highest degree of infrastructure. Electricity, water and transport to street lamps, phone booths and etc. have a considerably good standard. The majority of the major shopping malls in Sri Lanka are located in the city, of which all are wi-fi enabled. Apart from that, many luxurious hotels, clubs and restaurants are also situated in the city. In recent times there’s been an outpour of high rise condominiums in the city, mainly due to the very high land prices.

Port of Colombo
The Port of Colombo handled 3.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units in 2008, 10.6% up on 2007 (which itself was 9.7% up on 2006), bucking the global economic trend. Of those, 817,000 were local shipments with the rest transshipments. The port is close to its capacity for container handling. An expansion project, the South Harbour project, will increase the port’s capacity.

Transport
Colombo has an extensive public transport system based on buses. The bus service is operated both by private operators and the government owned Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB). Train transport within the city is limited since most trains are meant for transport to and from the city rather than within the city and are often overcrowded. However the Central Bus Stand and Fort Railway Station functions as the islands primary hub for bus and rail transport respectively. Up until the 1970s the city had a trams service, which was discontinued. Other means of transport includes auto rickshaws (commonly called “three wheelers” in Sri Lanka) and taxicabs. Three wheelers are entirely operated by individuals and hardly regulated whilst cab services are run by private companies and are metered.

Roads
A1 highway connects Colombo with Kandy.
A2 highway connects Colombo with Galle.
A4 highway connects Colombo with Ratnapura.
Rail
Main Line – Colombo to Badulla.
Southern Line – Colombo to Matara
Northern Line – Colombo to Kankesanturai deviates from the Main Line at Polgahawela junction – presently operating only up to Vavuniya[dated info]
Puttalam Line – Colombo to Puttalam
Kelani Valley Line (Narrow Gauge)now this is broad gauge – Colombo to Yatiyantota – presently operating only up to Avissawella
Mannar Line (Earlier Indo-Lanka Line) Colombo To Talaimannar – Divides from Northern Line at Medawachchiya junction – Not operational.

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Alicante – Holiday Destination

Alicante is a city in Spain, the capital of the province of Alicante and of the comarca of Alacantí, in the south of the Valencian Community. It is also a historic Mediterranean port. The population of the city of Alicante proper was 334,329, estimated as of 2011, ranking as the second-largest Valencian city. Alicante is famous for its wonderful boulevard with palm trees and shopping streets. The original name of the city “Lucentum” translates as ”City of Light”. This attractive town along the Costa Blanca has stunning beaches, old plazas, parks, adventure and great weather. The city provides fun, entertainment and also a great nightlife to the tourists who can hang around till the late hours.
Climate
Alicante enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures throughout the year and little rain, concentrated in equinoctial periods. On average the temperature ranges between 16.8 °C and 6.2 °C in January and between 30.6 ° and 20.4 ° in August, with an average annual temperature of 17.8 °C (64 °F). Daily oscillations in temperature are very small due to the influence of the sea, although occasional periods of Westerly wind can result in temperature ranges in excess of 15 °C .The average amount of rainfall is 336 mm (13.2 in) per year. September and October are the wettest months due to torrential rain caused by the cold drop, which can reach over 200 mm in a single 24 hour period causing severe flooding. Because of this irregularity, only 37 rainy days are observed on average per year, and the annual number of sunshine hours is 2,864.
Parks
The city has some excellent parks and some of them offer activities throughout the year.
Canalejas Park
This oldest park of the city was created in 1886 by the architect Gonzolez Altus. It has stone sculptures of dogs and lions at the entrance, beautiful fountains and a map of Spain carved out of stone.
El Palmeral
EL Palmeral is situated on the outskirts of the city. It has some amazing waterfalls, lakes and hundreds of palm trees. One can visit this park at any time of the day.
Mount Tossal Theme Park
This park has an interesting lookout over the city and its coastline. It offers rock climbing opportunities and games on the giant chessboard.
Parque del Morant
The best place in the city for strolling along with wide, flat shady walkways. The park has an interesting layout of sculptural plants and minimalist water features. It also hosts a large open-air auditorium that is used for summer performances.
Parque de la Ereta
The modern park designed by French architect with harmony to nature. It has a wonderful walkway from Santa Barbara Castle to the old town and the cafes for the refreshments.
Monte Benacantil
The green lung of the city containing pine and eucalyptus trees. It is said that this green area fulfills the need of oxygen for the city.Also at a driving distance of 20-30 minutes from the city; one can find several parks that provide some fantastic entertainment options for a family day out.
Terra Natura Park
This park is home for 1,500 animals of around two hundred different species. The park also has a water park, which offers lots of water rides and a large pool area.
Mundomar Marine Park
This excellent marine park offers unique experience to watch dolphins in their natural habitat. It has beautiful paths surrounded by plants and some crossing bridges with a colourful range of aquatic and tropical birds.
Alicante Theatre
This theatre with neoclassical style was completed in 1847. This grand construction with Italian typology of the period provides platform for ballet, opera and theatre activities. It has wonderful interior as well as exterior, with a six-columned porch.
Museum of Alicante
Archaeological Museum
Gravina Museum of Fine Arts
Asegurada Museum of Modern Art
Castle of San Fernando, ETC.

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