Hill-Stations in India – Places For Great Summer Vacation

Hill-Stations are summer resort for city-slickers, who desire to escape themselves from the daily monotony. Most of the hill-stations in India were discovered by Britishers in the 19th century. And as the name indicates, they are treasured with hill and mountains, which usually measures between the altitude of 1200 meters to 2250 meters. Popular hilly places are perched in the Himalayan region and on south in the peninsular region.

Check out some famous hill-stations in India:

Ooty

The Queen of Hill-stations, Ooty is located 105 kms away from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. This most popular place is well known for its acres of tea-gardens and sprawling Botanical Garden. The mesmerizing Ooty Lake is a favorite hangout zone for locales and tourist, as well. Both budget hotels and luxury resorts like Holiday Inn Gem Park, The Monarch, Hotel Sinclaris and lot more offer comfortable accommodation in Ooty.

Shimla

Make a trip to Shimla and explore the picturesque summer hills, divine Shirigui Temple, wild Churdhar Sanctuary, silvery Chadwick Falls and lot more. The ‘Summer Capital of India’ is dotted with tourist places, all of which stands out of any kind of comparison. This world famous tourist destination was discovered by Britishers in 1819 and hence preserves interesting history and heritage. Accommodation at hotels like Moon International Hotel, Clark’s Hotel, Hotel Himland East, The Cecil Oberoi Resort offers the charm of sightseeing in Shimla.

Manali

Positioned at an altitude of 2, 050 m above the sea level, Manali is attracts adventure seekers and nature lovers all through out the year. This Himalayan hill-station is treasured with tourist attractions like Hidimba Devi Temple, Gulaba Camp, Malana Valley, Solang Valley, Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and Rahala Falls. One ultimate way to explore all at one go lies in staying at luxury resorts in Manali which includes Span Resort, Hotel Manali Ashok, Piccadily Hotel, Timber Trail and Ram Regency Honeymoon Inn.

Darjeeling

Space some time of yours and visit Darjeeling in West Bengal. The toy-train in this mesmerizing hill-station attracts tourist from different parts of the globe and suggests to explore the sprawling tea-gardens. Tiger Hill is popular hang-out location for visitors and locales. Other attractions of note are Brick Hill Park, Everest Museum, Passenger Ropeway, divine Kali temple and the Observatory Hill. Budget travelers can arrange staying at Darjeeling Tourist Lodge Lowis Jubilee Complex, Hotel Mohit and the New Elgin.

Dalhousie

Sandwiched between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, Dalhousie presents the serene beauty of Himachal Pradesh. The hill-station suggest visitors to explore its unexplored beauty on foot and take back home some million dollar memories. Must-visit travel destinations in Dalhousie are Kala Tope-Khajjiar Sanctuary, Jhandrighat, Tibetan Handicraft Center, Bakrota Hill and Chamera Dam. Popular hotels like The Grand View, Alps Holiday Resort, Hotel Spring, Mehar’s Hotel and lot more offers cozy vacation to the travelers.

Other popular hill-stations in India are Dharamshala, Nainital, Gangtok, Gulmarg, Ladakh, Leh, Almora and Mount Abu.

Enchanting Hill Stations of South India

The cultural, environmental and geographical diversities of South India made it a traveler’s favorite holiday destination. Apart from this, South india has much more natural beauty to explore and appreciate. South India hill stations are visitor’s heaven gifted with deep gorges, green valley, cascading water falls and enchanting lakes. These flourishing hills are broken by rolling slopes covered in tea and spice plantation.

From the hills, the exotic view of the small village and picturesque rawness of the rugged ground looks so lively that no scenery could have ever looked so better. The serene environment and the magical charm of the south India beckon you to explore the same.

Kerala Hill Stations: Kerala, is situated on the south western tip of India with the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m on the east. Kerala, the most beautiful and cleanest state of India, has been recognized as most favored holiday destination in summer because of its stunning beauty of hills. Some of the most famous hills of kerala are:

Idukki Tours
Munnar Tours
Devikulam Tours
Ponmudi Tours

Tamilnadu Hill Stations: The state of Tamil Nadu is located on the south eastern part of the India. The coastal plains border the state on the eastern side while the Northern and the Western parts abound in hilly regions. The charming hill stations of tamilnadu are its major attraction. Some of the most famous hills of tamilnadu are:

Ooty Tour
Kodaikanal Tour
Coonoor Tour
Kotagiri Tour
Velliangiri Hills

Karnataka Hill Stations: India’s 8th largest state, karnataka is famous for its outstanding view of hills and deep valleys. Hilly regions of karnataka are largely located in the various ranges of western ghat mountains. Each hill station of karnataka acquaint you with different experience and attract you towards its lush greenery and tranquil beauty. Some of the most famous karnataka hills are:

Nandi Hills
Chikmagalur
Coorg
Kemmanagundi
Madikeri
Biligirirangana Hills
Agumbe

Andhra Pradesh Hill Stations: Some of the famous hill station of india are located in andhra pradesh. Enveloped with pastoral beauty, andhra pradesh hilly regions are well known for their pleasant weather and salubrious atmosphere. Holiday in andhra pradesh is so exciting as traveler gets to see wild animals and various verdure of species. Some of the most famous hills of andhra pradesh are:

Horsley Hills
Anantagiri Hills
Araku Valley

Hello From Niagara Falls – Exploring the Clifton Hills Entertainment Area & Doing A Little Gambling

Yesterday morning my last full day in Niagara Falls, Ontario, had arrived. After a packed schedule the day before that had included a wonderful presentation at the Imax Theatre, my up-close encounter with the Great Falls at the Journey Behind the Falls and an entertaining show at the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Theatre, I got ready for another full day of explorations in Niagara Falls.

I already got a great start to the day when Kevin Kilpatrick, the gourmet chef and co-owner of Kilpatrick Manor, prepared an absolutely scrumptious breakfast for me: after a delicious fresh fruit platter with yoghurt and freshly made banana bread I feasted on “breakfast ravioli”, one of Kevin’s unique culinary inventions. This light yet tasty breakfast dish features scrambled eggs, bacon and old cheddar cheese surrounded by thinly rolled out pasta and a home made tomato sauce with garlic, white wine and leeks. Kevin, with his gregarious and outgoing manner, sat down with me and kept me entertained with stories from his international hospitality adventures in France when he and wife Nance were managing a large chalet in the French Alps.

After this great start I rushed out to take my rental vehicle back to Budget Rent-A-Car since my husband was coming in from Toronto to join me in Niagara Falls. Although I had driven only 78 kilometers in two days, my little Toyota Yaris had served me extremely well in getting around Niagara Falls at a reasonable price.

On this sunny yet very cold day we started with a nice walk at the foot of Clifton Hill, strolling westwards along the Niagara Parkway towards the Canadian Horshehoe Falls. A brilliant blue sky bathed the Niagara River in bright light, and some of the metal railings next to the walkway were covered in sparkling ice formations from the mist that is formed by the Horseshoe Falls. Dozens of other tourists were also taking a noon-time walk and were snapping pictures of their friends and families against the backdrop of the mighty Niagara Falls.

Our real destination for today was the Clifton Hill area – Niagara Fall’s main tourist promenade. Clifton Hill, the street, extends from the Niagara Parkway next to the Niagara River to Victoria Avenue on top of the hill and features dozens of restaurants, gift shops, fast food outlets, hotels and various attractions such as haunted houses, wax museums and other tourist entertainment. This popular tourist trap is often packed to the gills with people strolling up and down, soaking in the boisterous carnival atmosphere of this area.

Clifton Hill has a long-standing history as an entertainment area: hotels have been in existence here since the late 1800s. During the 1920s this area developed into a popular tourist destination and several additional inns and tourist camps were constructed nearby over the next few decades. Since the 1960s several museums have been built, which include the Houdini Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Wax Museum, the House of Frankenstein, the Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and several others.

We decided to make our first stop at the Niagara SkyWheel, a recently constructed giant ferris wheel whose 42 climate controlled gondolas provide an excellent view over all the main attractions of Niagara Falls. During the 10 minute ride on this 53 metre high ferris wheel we had a magnificent view over the Canadian and American Falls as well as over all the other attractions and the residential areas of Niagara Falls. Fortunately, the weather was perfect for this experience and our 360 degree panoramic view extended for many miles.

Because of the brisk weather we decided to duck inside and headed into the Guinness World Records Museum. Formerly called the Guinness Book of World Records, this institution has a colourful history: the managing director of the famous Guinness Brewery in Ireland happened to ask himself during a hunting party in 1951 which bird was faster – a grouse or a golden plover? Unable to find an answer to this question in reference books, he figured that there would have to be thousands of other questions that could not be settled by consulting a reference book and decided to create a book to supply answers to these types of questions.

The book became an overnight surprise hit and eventually an updated version featuring new records was published on a yearly basis and has evolved from a text-heavy reference book into a colourful, richly illustrated publication. In recent years several small museums have been created in locations such as Tokyo, San Francisco, Hollywood, Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach and Copenhagen to showcase noteworthy, and sometimes bizarre, world records. The location in Niagara Falls features photos and descriptions of many examples of world records including such curiosities as the world’s tallest man and the world’s smallest woman.

We explored the many interactive displays that feature world records in the spheres of entertainment, art, literature and sport. Natural disasters and scientific achievements are covered as well. Some of the records on display truly boggle the mind and it makes you wonder who has the time to come up with some of these rather offbeat ideas for world records, and who might have the time to execute those ideas. Images of record holders such as the man with the world’s longest ear hairs (4 inches!) were a little scary, to be honest.

Our next destination featured similarly off-beat human feasts: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, built to look loke a collapsed Empire State Building with King Kong standing at the top, is a true collection of human oddities. Robert LeRoy Ripley (1893 to 1949) was a cartoonist, entrepreneur and amateur anthropologist whose newspaper panel series featured odd but true facts from all over the world. Ripley travelled a lot and became a collector of unusual items from all sorts of exotic destinations around the globe. From 1929 onwards Robert Ripley fascinated readers of seventeen national newspapers with his Believe It Or Not syndicated newspaper panel series. At the height of his popularity he was said to have received more mail than the American president. Ripley became a true media giant of his time and expanded into radio and early television before his death of a heart attack in 1949.

At the Niagara Falls Ripley’s Believe It or Not! we continued our exploration of strange and exotic things and were greeted right away by a three-dimensional sculpture of the world’s largest woman. True oddities such as vampire killing kits, a collection of macabre yet funny gravestones, two-headed piglets and a variety of life-sized optical illusions transported us into the land of the surreal and bizarre. To round out the collection of oddities, Ripley’s also operates a Moving Theatre and Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in Niagara Falls.

After these explorations of the strange and unusual we decided to head back to our cozy bed and breakfast, the Kilpatrick Manor B&B. Chilled to the bone we decided to relax on the comfortable king-size bed, turn on the fireplace, watch a bit of TV and warm up under the soft cotton covers. A luxurious shower in the multi-jet Neptune shower helped to warm up my frozen bones. Now I understood what the owner Kevin Kilpatrick was referring to when he told me that guests just like to “nest” at their bed and breakfast. It was indeed a supremely comfortable relaxing environment that got us ready for our last evening in Niagara Falls.

We decided to have dinner at the Frontier Grillhouse which is located adjacent to the Best Western Fireside Hotel with a great view overlooking the Niagara River. This modern casual restaurant features an extensive menu with a variety of freshly prepared breakfast dishes or an all-you-can-eat breakfast. The dinner menu has a large selection of appetizers, soups and salads and a wide range of grilled dishes including prime rib, New York striploin, Filet Mignon, T-bone steaks. Pastas, seafood and desserts round out the offering at the Frontier Grillhouse. I enjoyed my piping hot French onion soup and garlicky escargots with gratinated mozzarella while my husband treated himself to a very generous plate of Fettucine Alfredo. We couldn’t have added dessert even if we had wanted to.

We could have relaxed for even longer at the Frontier Grillhouse, but one more adventure was waiting for us: a bit of gambling at the Fallsview Casino Resort. Niagara Falls has long been a popular destination for gambling. On the Ontario side there are two large casinos: Casino Niagara, located in the Clifton Hill area, and the recently opened Fallsview Casino Resort which has been enticing gamblers since 2004. As we had already explored Clifton Hill, we decided to visit the Fallsview Casino which is an impressive hotel, shopping, gaming and entertainment complex located on a hill with an amazing view of the majestic Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

The entire complex is mind-boggling – with a 100,000 square foot gaming floor it impresses even the most experienced casino-goer. Since it was our first time here and neither one of us is a casino regular, we were astounded by the seemingly never-ending gaming floor which features 3000 slot machines and 150 table games. Everywhere lights are blinking and the chime-like sounds of the slot machines fill the air. My husband is quite a talented hobby poker player, and he checked out the amazing array of table games, which include poker games like Let It Ride and Caribbean Stud. Other table games include Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and Spanish 21 as well as more exotic varieties such as the ancient Chinese Sic Bo game of dice, Pai Gow Tiles – a Chinese version of dominoes, and Pai Gow Poker which combines elements Asian Pai Gow and Western-style poker.

I decided to just watch the action and sit back as my husband tried his hand at different types of poker. Lady Luck was shining on him for a while, but as the evening progressed he gave back all his winnings and lost a bit of money. But I could see from his face that he had thoroughly enjoyed himself and had a great evening. We resolved to come to Niagara Falls again and next time we were going to bring my mother-in-law as well who loves playing the slots occasionally.

Nicely tired from a full night of entertainment we got back to our cozy B&B and just fell into bed for a great night’s sleep. This morning it was time for us to leave, but before our departure we enjoyed one more delicious breakfast at the Kilpatrick Manor B&B. Chef Kevin had prepared an absolutely scrumptious strawberry crepe with Grand Marnier sauce (absolutely heavenly!) while my husband enjoyed Kevin’s “full-on fry”, featuring eggs any style, bacon, sausage, potatoes and toast.

We regretted to have to leave Niagara Falls, but fortunately our adventures were set to continue with a trip to Buffalo and a subsequent flight from Buffalo for a quick tropical jaunt to Puerto Rico. But this three-day adventure in Niagara Falls has been a great entertaining winter getaway from the city. Despite my tightly packed schedule in Niagara Falls I have only scratched the surface of things to see and do and I plan to come back some time in the summer to see enjoy some of the outdoor activities that Niagara Falls and the surrounding region have to offer.

Susanne Pacher is the publisher of a website called Travel and Transitions. Travel and Transitions deals with travel to foreign countries and is chock full of advice, tips, real life travel experiences, interviews with travelers and travel experts, insights and reflections, cross-cultural issues, contests and many other features.

Horsley Hills Is a Hill Station of Diverse Natural Beauty in Andhra Pradesh

India is a nation where beauty and heritage mixes making it uniquely diverse compared to the nations in different continents of the world. In the heritage south Indian state of Andra Pradesh, there is a wonderful hill station by the name Horsley hills. From Bangalore, the tourist can reach this hill station after covering a distance of one hundred and forty km. In this region, one can find the Mallamma temple, a beautiful temple. Another attraction of this part of the world is the famous Rishi Valley School founded under the vision of J Krishnamurthy. From this wonderful hill station, the tourist can also visit the Koundinya wildlife sanctuary located at a distance of eighty seven km from here.

In the earlier times, the name of Horsley hills was Yenugu Mallamma Konda named after the girl Mallamma who grew up under the care of the elephants. She cured many tribal people on hills but one day she suddenly disappeared and the locals of the region considered her as goddess from that time. Later the region was named after British officer named WD Horsley who was collector of Cuddappah district. He visited the hills during the years 1840-43. He chose the place as summer residence. In the present times, the governor uses the house of WD Horsley as summer residence.

One can reach Horsley hills via a very scenic narrow road. From the road, one can see the trees like eucalyptus, jacaranda, allamanda and Gulmohar. In this part of the world, one can see the tourist places like Lake Gangotri, Highview seeing place, Gaalibanda, Environmental Park. To know many things about the past of this place, one can also see the Horsley hills museum. Zorbing in Horsley hills is a special experience. In fact, this is only among the few hill stations of India that offers such an experience. Two other adventures the tourist can enjoy in this region are trekking and rapelling. The tourist can also see the environmental park in this part of the world. Move a distance of 15 km from Horsley hills to reach a famous temple of lord Shiva.

One enjoys the fragrance of the beautiful flower called Sampangi. This flower grows on the hills of this place. In the forest area of this region, one can see the flora like Reeta, Shikakai, Amla, Beedi leaves and Bay leaves, Sandalwood, Red sanders, Blue gum, Mahogany and Bamboo.

Tour to Famous Hill Stations of India

Hill stations in India are among the well known destinations which summon scores of tourists to enjoy nature at its best. These hill stations are not only renowned for their salubrious climate and stunning scenery but also for serene ambiance of meadows and dense forests. Though most of the famous Indian hill stations are located in the foothills of the Himalayas but the Western Ghats, the Niligiri and the Palani Hills of the southern India also have some of the beautiful hill retreats. Thousands of tourists prefer hill station tour while they travel to India so that they can escape the cacophony of cities and towns. Some of the famous destinations in India are:

Darjeeling

This is among the most romantic hill stations of India which is located in the state of West Bengal at an altitude of 2,134 meters above sea level. The abundant natural beauty and its closeness to the Himalayan massifs make it a most enchanting hill station which draws large number of tourists from several parts of the globe.

Darjeeling offers many interesting and exciting tourist attractions, the Toy Train being the biggest crowd-puller of this place. The Batasia Loop 5 km from the main Darjeeling city is another attraction of this place which is known for its soul stimulating natural beauty. The serene and scenic natural ambiances of Himalayan ranges and forests make it a paradise for nature lovers. But it is also a known destination for adventure freaks who love hiking, trekking and camping on Himalayan Mountains.

Ooty

The verdant hills, the lush green valleys and the pristine natural beauty make Ooty among the most famous hill resorts of South India. The serene and scenic beauty of lofty Nilgiri Mountains, dense forests, sprawling grasslands and miles of tea gardens designated this place with the title of ‘Queen of hill stations’. Botanical Garden, Kalhatty Falls and Ooty Lake are some of the prominent attractions of this place which are must see attractions for tourists who visit this place from several parts of the globe.

Shimla

The awe-inspiring greenery, snow capped mountains and beautiful landscapes laden with pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests make Shimla among the most famous hill resorts of North India. This is also the capital city of Himachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 2,128 meters above sea level. The nature’s splendor and salubrious climate summons both national as well as international tourists from far and wide to enjoy pleasant summer and bone chilling winter. Viceregal Lodge, Photo Art Gallery, Sankat Mochan Temple,Tara Devi Temple, Shimla Ridge Christ Church, Jakhu Temple and Glen are the famous attractions of this place.

Almora, Srinagar, Mussoorie, Mount Abu and Munnar are some of the other prominent hill stations which are visited by nature lovers and adventure freaks during their travel to India.

Hill Station Tours in India – In the Lap of Pristine Nature

As a tourist destination, India offers an extensive list of places to visit with each destination offering a distinct experience. India is famous for its diversity, be it cultural or geographical, attracting tourists from around the world. Besides the exotic beaches of South India, princely Rajasthan and the historical heritage buildings in and around Delhi, the hill station tours in India make for an elegant and serene Indian holiday alternative. There are a number of travel operators in India who offer an array of flexible itineraries as hill station tour packages across India.

Talking about hill station tour in India brings to fore, names like Shimla, Ooty, Nainital, and Srinagar among others. Notwithstanding the fact that these are some of the most frequented travel destination in India, there are many breathtaking picturesque havens among mountain ranges that make for an enchanting expedition during Indian travel.

The sweeping valleys and lush landscape of the Himalayan range in the north offer some of the choicest retreats in India. Besides panoramic views, charming ambience and a serene jaunt, tourists can also follow trekking trails and embark on adventure trip of the scenic Himalayas some of which are virtually pristine.

Mount Abu situated amidst the highest peaks of the Aravali Range is one of the prime destinations in Rajasthan, away from the scorching heat of city. Ooty, Munnar and Kodaikanal are some of the tourist attraction which offers tranquil sanctuary in the southern part of India.

Travelling across the sweeping hills and mountains also has its own benefits. One advantage is that the travelers get to witness the pristine beauty and the diverse flora and fauna offered by these breathtaking destinations. Other advantage of hill station tours is that since they are located at moderately high altitude, these places are cool haven as compared to the relatively warm temperature of India. Also these destinations are sparsely populated hence lesser congestion, traffic and pollution as compared to the cities and towns of India.

India is a large country offering an array of hill station tour options and could pose a serious challenge as which destinations to cover. Since a traveler only has a limited time and resources, it is virtually impossible to travel across the destinations which are scattered over a large area. Travelers on an Indian holiday may find it rather knotty to choose from among the choices that are available and it is here tour packages offered by travel operators come in handy. The customized itineraries have been designed by the operators for the hill station tour packages in order to optimize the resource utilization. These tailored packages – which can be flexible – ensure that the travelers make the most of their limited time and resources.

Besides it is rather difficult to identify and opt for a destination in an unexplored place for tourists since they are mostly stranger to the place they are visiting. Hence a travel operator comes in handy while trying to plan an itinerary for hill station tour in India.

The picturesque haven of Indian hills are endowed with lush meadows, panoramic views, salubrious weather, cascading streams and waterfalls which is well complimented by the serenity and splendor of a rejuvenating experience that pervade through eyes, bedazzle the heart and touches the soul, bringing about a harmony of being.

Hangzhou Travel – Solitary Hill

Of all the travel spots commonly listed in Hangzhou, the Solitary Hill is the only one actually on the lake itself. Unlike the other travel spots, you do not need to buy a ticket to see Solitary Hill, there are no opening times and you can include it in your walk around West Lake.

The Facts

The hill stands alone on the lake surrounded by water so it was called Solitary Hill. It is also a place of solitude for ancient poets and scholars.

The peak of the hill is 38 meters above sea level and easily scaled making Solitary Hill more of an island with a bump than a real hill. It is the only natural island in West Lake.

Points of Interest

There is (to me) no one particular point of interest there that stands out as a must see. There are a number of points that are worth visiting as you make your way round the island.

Ancient Palaces – This part of Hangzhou was the home of three ancient imperial palaces. Emperor Lizhong of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) had their palaces on Solitary Hill. You can see the foundations of these palaces as you walk around the island and some of the older foundations have been enclosed in protective display cases.

Tomb of Qiu Jin – Qiu Jin was a famous female revolutionary at the end of the Qing Dynasty. Qiu Jin was a member of a revolutionary society dedicated to the overthrow of the corrupt Manchu government. She was caught and beheaded in 1907, only 5 years before the formation of the Republic of China in 1912.

Lin Bu’s Tomb – Lin Bu is one of the well known poets of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1227) who chose to live at Solitary Hill in isolation. Ironically he was a poet of the reclusive school/field of poetry.

Crane Pavilion – Also called the Tending Crane Pavilion. Lin Heqing, a famous poet from the Song Dynasty lived in seclusion at Solitary Hill where he tended plum trees and a crane. The Crane Pavilion was built in his memory.

Getting There

Solitary Hill is located at the northern end of West Lake and can be accessed from the eastern side by Bai Cause Way and from the western side by a bridge near the Temple of General Yue Fei and near the beginning of the Su Causeway.

You can ride onto the island and access most parts by bike and there are bike stations at the causeway entrance. You can also catch the K7, 81 and 850 public buses and the Y9 tourist bus.

How to Get Incredible Airport Transfer Services While Visiting El Dorado Hills, California

One of the concerns that travellers always have when visiting new places, is an availability of transport means. Convenient transport means can give a traveller a nostalgic feeling of the place, years after he left the place; the opposite is true if the transport services did not appeal to the person.

This is a requirement that Sacramento international airport has taken deep into its heart while developing its market niche in the transport sector.

Due to its proximity to Northern California, the airport boasts tremendous traffic. In fact, it has witnessed an astounding increase in annual traffic from eight million passengers in 2001 to ten million in 2016.

Travellers use the facility while visiting the numerous surrounding world-class destinations: The scenic northern coast, Lake Tahoe and most importantly, the thrilling Eldorado hills.

This has made it necessary for Sacramento international airport to have excellent airport transfer services. The airport has greatly achieved in the provision of world-class airport transfer services. The following can be witnessed by travellers who have used their services.

Convenience

At the airport, there is El Dorado Hills Airport Shuttle terminal, where all the rental car companies (which are agencies of Sacramento airport) are located. Rental car shuttles are then assigned by the terminal. There is a rental car shuttle arriving at designated stops every ten minutes. This makes it very convenient for travellers to reach their respective terminals.

People with disabilities are properly taken care of, as there are vans that are friendly to their needs.

Taxi Sacramento has also made available in the website, information on utilizing their services. This includes locations for pickup, terms and regulations. They also offer luxury transportation for corporate events, weddings and airport trips.

There is a wide variety of meticulously maintained vehicles available to suit all customers’ needs, including Limousines, Priuses, Caravans Camrys, and Scions among others.

Since the drivers live and work in Sacramento, they know the place and its environs all too well. Passengers are assured of getting to their destinations safely and quickly. The drivers also recommend to the passengers popular places to visit, restaurants, clubs or anything they want.

For convenience, passengers for El Dorado Hills Airport Shuttle are not limited to one payment method. They are allowed to pay through cash, credit or debit cards.

Reliable and Safe

Taxi Sacramento ensures that high-quality taxi services are provided on demand. All the cars are branded and are required to maintain high standards of cleanliness and customer service.

Since safety is a top priority of El Dorado Hills Airport Shuttle, each taxi is inspected and serviced after every 5000 miles and replaced after every three years. They are also fully insured throughout the year.

Before hiring drivers a comprehensive background check is conducted. The drivers are then extensively trained, not only in driving but also in customer service.

There is an incredible system of recovering lost items for passengers, which makes it more attractive to use taxi Sacramento services.

All a passenger does is to call a given number or send a message, give his or her details, clearly specify the item he or she left behind. He/she will be traced and given back the item

Affordable

Sacramento independent taxi owners association has very pocket-friendly rates, with even some categories of travellers like military personnel getting discounts.

To ensure they have affordable prices, Taxi Sacramento has explored and come up additional ground transportation options. For instance, there is the van service which provides on-demand service to El Dorado and other areas. The super shuttle can take up to four passengers, therefore, making it cheaper.

Passengers are never worried about the seasons as the price never surge no matter the season, as is the case with most airport transfer service providers.

Sacramento allows passengers to book for airport transfer services online. This further reduces the cost of travelling. This is because the passenger is in a position to compare the prices between different companies which operate under the Sacramento agency.

It is the dream of any traveller to have value for their money. Most importantly every traveller would wish to have an ecstatic experience in whatever destination they visit. This thrilling experience is to some extent a derivative of the means of transport they use to reach the said destination.

For that reason, it is important to wisely choose that very means that will perfectly match one’s expectations.

Great Golf at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa

Deep in the heart of Texas, you’ll find a gem of a Texas golf vacation resort at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio. This beautiful AAA Four-Diamond resort defines the “full-scale destination resort” moniker with 27-holes of championship golf, a luxurious spa, a fun-filled water park, award-winning dining and much more to keep the whole family entertained. All of this fun in the Texas sun is situated around classic accommodations reminiscent of a grand ranch house.

You really never need to leave the secluded setting of the resort with all of its wonderful amenities and dining. It’s easy to forget that you’re in charming San Antonio, with all of its own wonderful attractions. The resort is adjacent to the family fun destination of SeaWorld of Texas and a short drive to other top San Antonio attractions such as The Alamo, San Antonio’s River Walk, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme park.

But for those of us who love golf, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa offers up a golfers delight at the Hill Country Golf Club. With 27-holes, a wonderful practice facility and the challenges of Texas hill country design, you’ll understand why the course was named one of the top 10 new public course in the U.S. by Golf Magazine when it opened up. The facility has also garnered attention as one of the top golf venues in the Conde Nast Traveler Golf Poll.

Award-winning golf course design firm Arthur Hills and Associates took great care to not only take advantage of the undulating terrain that they got to work with in South Central Texas but also took great care to preserve the natural landscape. The result is three different 9-hole golf courses, each with its own splendid character.

From the moment you arrive at the clubhouse, you’ll get the country club treatment. Sharp attendants take care of your every need before you head out to one of the three 9-hole courses to get your round started. The Oaks, Creeks, and Lakes Courses feature undulating meadows, wooded ravines, and a layout that challenges both your strength and your mind. The beautiful ponds partner with the strategically placed bunkers and grassy hollows to test your game on each hole.

Each nine plays to a par 36 and ranges from 2300 – 3500 yards based on the four tee choices. The different sets of tees accommodate players of all skill level and the course is particularly “women-friendly”, winning a prestigious award on Golf for Women magazine’s Top Fairways list. It’s difficult to pick a favorite of the trio, so hopefully you’ll have the opportunity to play a few days and get to experience all three at least once.

The Oaks Course plays to 3,438 yards from the black tees and offers a nice balance in length of holes. As the name implies, you’ll have towering oak trees to contend with so be sure to study the holes from the tee. There are definitely preferred sides to the fairway as you set up for your approach shots into the par 4 holes. Don’t just pull the driver out on the 400-yard par-4 holes…you’ll need to think your way through all holes at the resort and a lesser club off the tee may be the right play.

The 420-yard fourth on the Oaks will certainly challenge your strength and accuracy. You’ll need to be long and accurate off the tee in order to set up for an approach over a creek to a difficult green. The fifth and eighth may be the easiest par 3 set of all the nines, although a short tee shot on the fifth will cost you a penalty into the creek so be sure to use enough club. You’ll finish your side with a nice downhill par 5 and an opportunity for birdie as you approach into a huge shared green with the Creeks closing hole.

Another good tip to remember when playing at the Hill Country Golf Club is to definitely keep the ball below the hole on your approach shots. Downhill putts aren’t much fun and you’ll find three-putts the norm if you aren’t below the hole. That’s probably true on most any course but it feels even more pronounced in the Texas Hill Country.

In 2005, the resort reconfigured its original 18-hole course to accommodate a new 9-hole course to bring the facility to a 27-hole track. Many of the new holes are found on the 3429-yard Creeks Course. This nine has some great character and an opportunity to score on the opening two holes before being challenged with one of the toughest par-3 holes on the golf course, the 222-yard third. Par is an excellent score on this demanding hole.

You’ll then face the ‘creeks’ in the Creeks Course beginning with the beautiful par-5 fourth, a true three-shot route to the green at 538 yards and water protecting the green. The difficult seventh earns the number one handicap on the side and with good reason. A creek runs along the left and in front of the green on this dogleg left. You’ll finish up with a tempting downhill par-5 and an opportunity to hit a big drive off of a high-plateau tee. Water and bunkers protect the massive green but you may have the green light to swing away on your approach if you keep it left.

The Lakes Course is the longest of the trio, checking in at just over 3500 yards from the back tees. You’ll face your first stern test on the long par-4 third. Keep your tee shot left to have an angle at the tough green protected by sand on the left and a lake long and right. You’ll have fun on the short par-4 fifth, where your best bet is a long iron or hybrid off the tee to the right side of the fairway leaving you a wedge over a creek to a severely sloped green.

After the easy fifth, you’ll face four demanding finishing holes. The sixth is the first of two tough par-5 holes on the Lakes side. The tee shot has a dangerous lake on the left and a dry creek bed that twists from the left of the fairway and then right through it. Your second is to a narrow landing area before you’ll approach the well-protected green with water on the right. After a demanding par-4 seventh, you’ll tee it up against tall trees on the par-5 eighth, a 560-yard sweeping dogleg left. Stay right off the tee or you’ll struggle to the green.

You’ll enjoy the amenities and facilities at the golf club, including GPS systems in the golf carts offering exacting yardages and handy tips. Prior to your round, you can make yourself comfortable in the locker room facilities before warming up on the fantastic practice facility with a wonderful chipping green, large putting green, and expansive driving range.

It’s easy to work up an appetite during a round and you should check out the fine food and setting in the clubhouse overlooking the courses after you post your score. The Cactus Oak Tavern serves typical yet tasty American cuisine, including burgers, salads, and sandwiches in a casual setting with televisions and a pool table. Take some time to visit the pro shop for great selection of resort golf apparel and equipment.

While golf might be the primary reason for your visit to the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, you should consider the reason why the resort chose to put the word “Spa” in their name. The answer lies in the extraordinary Windflower Hill Country Spa. Located across the resort from the golf facilities, the tranquil spa is a throwback to the late 1800s and early 20th century, including a conventional red barn. The “Tee Time” package is perfect for the golfer after a day in the hot Texas sun, consisting of the Golfer’s Massage and a rejuvenating mini-facial and pedicure.

The spa is reserved for the adults of the family, but don’t think for a second that there isn’t plenty to do for the entire family. The resort truly does have something for everyone to keep as busy or relaxed as they wish. You’ll be able to bicycle around the nature trails (bike and helmet rentals are available) or jog around the clearly marked trails. Since the hotel is a certified Audubon sanctuary, you’ll have the chance to see some of the 100 species of birds that call this place home. Let the kids play on the playground complete with slides, swings, tetherball, and volleyball set.

But perhaps the most fun will be had at the centrally located four-acre water park. Float on an inner tube along the 950-foot Ramblin’ River or play in the sand at the man-made beach. For some fun in the water, you can play water volleyball in the free form activity pool. For the adults, there’s an adult-only Texas shaped pool with waterfall or an adult-only hot tub in its own private grotto.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort- Like many of the resorts in the Hyatt family, the kids programs are second to none. Camp Hyatt is an award-winning children’s program that takes great care of your kids aged 3 to 12 while you head for the links or the spa. In the Texas spirit, the camp has supervised activities such as hunting for arrowheads, learning how to read the stars or indoor crafts. You can also give your youngsters a taste of the relaxation experience at the SPAhhhT Youth Spa, with facials, massage, body treatments, and nail services for the under-17 set. Teenagers will also appreciate the Underground Teen Space, a hangout spot to check e-mail, play video games, and slurp up a smoothie.

With so much going on outside, it’s no surprise that classic Hill Country accommodations are outstanding. The hotel’s Town Square is at the heart of the resort and is home to a century-old Live Oak tree. You can sit on shady Aunt Mary’s Porch in the morning while planning the activities of the day. Inside, the grand lobby tastefully balances the elegance of a world-class resort with the liveliness of a family vacation spot. The 500 guestrooms surround scenic courtyards and a peaceful serenity when night falls.

Of course, a world-class resort wouldn’t be complete without outstanding dining and The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort does not disappoint. If you’re in the mood for a good cup ‘o Joe, head over the Hill Country Coffee & Creamery. Enjoy pastries and juice in the comfy lounge chairs with Wi-Fi service. For something a little more hearty mosey on over to the Springhouse Cafe, serving a buffet breakfast. For lunch, there are scrumptious sandwiches, soups, and salads, while for dinner you’ll enjoy juicy steaks, perfectly prepared pasta and seafood. The Antlers Lounge is the Hill Country Hyatt’s signature restaurant, named for the chandelier made from 500 pairs of antlers (all naturally shed). Serving traditional Texan cuisine, you’ll enjoy some Bison Tenderloin while sitting near a welcoming fireplace and tables set for your privacy.

If you’re looking for something to do outside the resort, you’ll have plenty of choices including the 33-acre San Antonio Botanical Gardens with a special rose, sacred, and authentic Japanese garden. The San Antonio Zoological Garden and Aquarium is home to over 750 species, including kangaroo, rhino, and leopards. Go and visit Shamu, the Clydesdales, penguins, and dolphins at SeaWorld. For some great rollercoaster action, head on over to Six Flags Fiesta Texas where you’ll get quite an adrenaline rush from the rides known as The Rattler, Superman Krypton, and Poltergeist.

Guests are be able to pre-arrange all their activities before even leaving the house with Hyatt’s E-concierge program. From the comforts of your computer log onto http://www.hyatte-concierge.com, and you’ll be able to make dining and recreational reservations, as well as tee times, transportation, and more. For extra customer service, the Hill Country Hyatt participates in the Babies Travel Lite Program (www.babiestravellite.com). You’ll have all of baby’s needs delivered right to your hotel, from formula to diapers, and everything in between, making this a truly family-friendly resort.

The award winning Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is the most welcoming of resorts, making you feel right at home in the most luxurious of settings. So, pack your bags along with your Stetson and head on over to the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa.

For golf information, please visit the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa website and check the Hill Country Golf Club website for special offers.

The Best of Bohol Island – Tourist Activities and Travel Tips

Bohol Island is one of the premier island destinations in the Philippines that draw in thousands of tourists and visitors. Good thing that you can choose to fly from Manila directly to Bohol or fly to Cebu and take the fast craft to Bohol and spend only two hours of sea travel. Once there you can contact many travel tour operator and pay only 60 dollars for a one day Bohol countryside tour covering the usual tourist favorites and then spend the other days lounging in a tropical haven, get a tan, have a spa and have the ultimate vacation.

Bohol, this little island in the middle of Visayas is famous all over the world for its geologic natural wonder, the Chocolate Hills and is also home to the world’s smallest primate the Tarsier and offers great spots for diving and snorkeling.

There are approximately 1200+ little hills that dot the Bohol countryside in the town of Carmen. These hills are very lush and covered with vegetation during the rainy season which dries up during the summer leaving behind brownish hill mounts that look like little chocolate kisses, hence the source of the name for Chocolate Hills. This amazing natural wonder can best be viewed in the Chocolate Hills complex where you have to climb 214 steps to the top for an expansive view of the almost uniform hills. Entrance to the complex is less than 2 dollars.

The very famous Tarsiers which is said to be George Lucas’ inspiration for the character of Master Yoda in his Star Wars series can also be found in Bohol. These nocturnal animals are considered the smallest primate in the world. You do not have to seek them in their natural habitat in the jungles and mountains of Bohol because you can see some of these tarsiers in RioVerde Tarsier Place and you can also take pictures of these very cute animals provided that you don’t use any flashes with your camera and you keep quiet as you explore the place for they are easily disturb and might be agitated. Entrance to the Rioverde center is free.

And another tourism draw to Bohol is its pristine white sand beaches in Panglao. There are two beach strips that travel vacationer frequent, Alona beach and Dumaluan beach. The beach strip in Alona is more alive compared to Dumaluan and highly recommended for those who want to party the night away with the presence of hotels and restaurants that offers buffet dinner for only about 11 dollars per person, these restaurants are beside the shorelines so you can hear and see the waves as you enjoy your meal and also listen to the live acoustic singers or bands that the restaurants throw in as an added attraction to guests. However, Dumaluan beach strip is longer than that of Alona and if you want relaxation and prefer to be away from the throngs of tourists then you will undoubtedly like Dumaluan more. When it comes to hotels to stay in no worries as there are lots of hotels in Panglao whether in Alona or Dumaluan but you really have to have prior reservation as Panglao Island in Bohol is also a favorite destination of locals.

Island hopping is also a favorite activity of Bohol visitors. For under 40 dollars you can go on a whole day island hopping tour and have the chance to see dolphins frolicking in the clear waters of Panglao. You can arrange your island hopping tour through your hotel or with the many travel tour shops you can find near the beaches. The tour will usually bring you to the best spot to snorkel or dive in the small islet of Pamilacan, Cabilao and Balicasag. It’s really a definite underwater paradise and one you should not miss when in Bohol.

Bohol’s other charm is it’s slow pace life and still rural vibe. If you come from big cities then you would love the uniqueness of this little island province.

The author is a passionate Filipino travel and personal blogger that loves to promote the Philippines as one of the best travel and tourist destinations in the world.