Theme Week Nepal – Janakpur

26 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Janki Mandir © Abhishek Dutta - abhishekdutta.org/cc-by-sa-3.0

Janki Mandir © Abhishek Dutta – abhishekdutta.org/cc-by-sa-3.0

Janakpur is the headquarters of Dhanusa District at Province No. 2 in Nepal. The city is a centre for religious and cultural tourism. It has been declared as the temporary capital for Province no. 2 until Province Assembly votes for a permanent capital. This city is also known as Janakpurdham, which was founded in the early 18th century. According to oral tradition, an earlier city existed in the area, also known as Janakpurdham, which was the capital of the Videha dynasty that ruled Mithila region in the ancient times. The city is located about 123 km (76 mi) south-east of Kathmandu. As of 2015, the city had a population of 173,924 making it the largest Sub-Metropolitan city of Nepal. Janakpur is currently the third largest city in the Terai (after Biratnagar and Birgunj) and the seventh largest in Nepal. The Nepal Railways used to operate between Janakpur and India.   read more…

Theme Week Nepal – Biratnagar

25 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Rickshaw © flickr.com - Prashant Shrestha/cc-by-2.0

Rickshaw © flickr.com – Prashant Shrestha/cc-by-2.0

Biratnagar is the second largest metropolitan city and the capital of the Province No. 1 of Nepal. It also holds the record for the second most densely populated (after Kathmandu) and the fourth most populous city of Nepal, with a population of 240,000. Biratnagar has politically been the most active city of Nepal, thus gifting a subtotal of five prime ministers along with hosting some of the most revolutionary incidents (the first labour strike leading to the first anti-Rana movement, the first plane hijack, the castle for Nepali Congress, etc.) in the modern history of Nepal. The city has a total area of 29.9mi² (77.5km²) and is located in the Morang District (in the previous Koshi Zone) of the eastern-most Terai region of Nepal. It lies 399 km east of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, and 6 km north of the Jogbani border of the Indian state of Bihar.   read more…

Theme Week Nepal – Pokhara

24 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Paragliders over Phewa Lake © flickr.com - jeeheon/cc-by-2.0

Paragliders over Phewa Lake © flickr.com – jeeheon/cc-by-2.0

Pokhara is a metropolitan city in Nepal which is situated in Gandaki Pradesh province of Nepal. The country’s second largest city, in terms of population, and, largest city, in terms of area, it is the capital of Gandaki Pradesh. The city also serves as the headquarters of Kaski District. Pokhara is located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu. The altitude varies from 827 metres (2,713 feet) in the southern part to 1,740 metres (5,710 feet) in the north. The Annapurna Range, with three out of the ten highest mountains in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — is within 15–35 mi (24–56 km) of the valley. Pokhara is considered the tourism capital of Nepal, being a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the Annapurna Conservation Area region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas. The city is also home to a large number of the elite Gurkha soldiers.   read more…

Theme Week Nepal

23 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Terraced rice farming, south of Ghara © flickr.com - Greg Willis/cc-by-sa-2.0

Terraced rice farming, south of Ghara © flickr.com – Greg Willis/cc-by-sa-2.0

Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is located mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. With an estimated population of 26.4 million, it is 48th largest country by population and 93rd largest country by area. It borders China in the north and India in the south, east, and west while Bangladesh is located within only 27 km (17 mi) of its southeastern tip and Bhutan is separated from it by the Indian state of Sikkim. Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and largest city. Nepal is a multiethnic nation with Nepali as the official language.   read more…

Chicago on Lake Michigan

23 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General

Chicago River ferries offer sightseeing tours and water-taxi transportation © flickr.com - John Picken/cc-by-2.0

Chicago River ferries offer sightseeing tours and water-taxi transportation © flickr.com – John Picken/cc-by-2.0

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994, it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States.   read more…

Château de Valençay

20 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

Entry © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0

Entry © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0

Château de Valençay was a residence of the d’Estampes and Talleyrand-Périgord families in the commune of Valençay, the Indre département of France. Although geographically, it is part of the province of Berry, its architecture invites comparison with the Renaissance châteaux of the Loire Valley, notably the Château de Chambord. The manor was praised as “one of the most beautiful on earth” by George Sand, who also noted that “no king has owned a more picturesque park”. It is at an elevation of 135 m.   read more…

Deerfield Beach in Florida

18 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami

© D Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-3.0

© D Ramey Logan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Deerfield Beach is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States, just south of the Palm Beach County line. The city is named for the numerous deer that once roamed the area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 75,018. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which is home to an estimated 6,158,824 inhabitants as of 2017.   read more…

Ironman World Championship in Hawaii

16 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

Almost 2000 triathletes begin the 2.4-mile swim at the 2005 Ironman World Championship triathlon © U.S. Navy - Chief Journalist Deborah Carson

Almost 2000 triathletes begin the 2.4-mile swim at the 2005 Ironman World Championship triathlon
© U.S. Navy – Chief Journalist Deborah Carson

The Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982. It is owned and organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. It is the annual culmination of a series of Ironman triathlon qualification races held throughout the world.   read more…

Alexander Garden in Moscow

13 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Living, Working, Building

Fountain 'Four Seasons of the Year' © SiefkinDR/cc-by-sa-3.0

Fountain ‘Four Seasons of the Year’ © SiefkinDR/cc-by-sa-3.0

Alexander Gardens was one of the first urban public parks in Moscow, Russia. The park comprises three separate gardens, which stretch along all the length of the western Kremlin wall for 865 metres (2,838 ft) between the building of the Moscow Manege and the Kremlin.   read more…

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