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It’s an irony that we take good care of our skin and hair all around the year to make it look beautiful and healthy but we forget everything in Holi. This is a festival of bright colors, fun, dancing and eating delicacy of Holi fest. But now it’s becoming more a festival of harsh chemicals and health hazards. It will be foolish to believe that others will be using natural colors instead of chemical colors. Despite of the known fact that these colors have adverse effect on skin, many people use such colors just for enjoyment. There are many cases of skin rash, allergy in eye or ear and much more reported after Holi. These colors are actually used as industrial dyes, and can cause serious harm to skin. But still you can’t be a spoil sport and sit home avoiding Holi. With some simple precautionary measures, one can actually avoid the effects of harsh chemicals and enjoy Holi fest.

Tips for a Safer Holi:

Celebration of Holi

  • Opt for natural or herbal colors as they are skin friendly. Use of too harsh chemicals will leave skin dry and even cause rashes and itching. These colors can penetrate into skin easily which can cause major skin problems. The best option for Holi is herbal gulaal which has powdery soft texture.
  • While playing with colors, avoid wearing contact lenses. If the color comes between your eye and lens, it can cause infection and even eye damage.
  • Try wearing clothes that covers maximum part of your body. Use a think body cream with UV protection that will prevent color to penetrate in your skin. You can also apply almond oil as this helps the color comes off quickly.
  • When the synthetic color comes into contact with hair or scalp, it tends to turn extremely dry and brittle. Sometime hair roots can also be damaged by coming in contact with this color. Try applying coconut oil in your hair before playing Holi. Also cover your hair with a cap or bandana in order to protect your hair.
  • If the color comes into contact with your eyes, ear or throat, wash off the color immediately. Try avoiding standing in sunlight as it will burn your skin.
  • To get rid of color, do not rub your skin vigorously. Try to remove it with some skin cleanser or almond oil as it will prevent your skin from rash. It’s must for those who have sensitive skin. You can also apply a mix of besan (Gram Flour) with milk and bit turmeric powder. Let it dry on your skin and rub off gently and then use water to remove it completely.

There is saying “Prevention is better than Cure”, so why not start a Holi by using natural or food colors. You should never forget that in festive enthusiasm, you may accidentally harm someone.

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We live in a time where every day something new comes to life and captures our attention. In the new era, everyday a completely impossible structure comes to life, all with a start of simple imagination. But, when we just take a step out of this magnificent world constructed by man, there are whole new natural wonders of the world which are waiting to be explored. This is my list of natural wonders of world which should be visited by everyone in their life.

  • Lake Retba:

    Lake Retba

    A lake with pink water!!! Yes you heard it right; Lake Retba or Lac Rose has pink colored water caused by Dunaliella salina algae that produce a red pigment. To see this natural wonder of nature, you need to travel to the north of Senegal’s Cap Vert peninsula. Not many people even know about this place but if you are a nature lover, this is one spot one can’t just miss.

  • Mount Everest:

    Mt. Everest

    Dream of every professional mountain climber, Mount Everest is the highest mountain, located on boundary connecting China and Nepal. The peak is 8,848m high and said to grow two to five millimeters each year. This marvelous structure is visited by many people. So, if you love climbing high mountains then why don’t you plan your next trip here and try conquering this mega structure of nature.

  • Death Valley, California:

    Death Valley

    Even the name can bring shivers down the spine. Death Valley is actually a no man’s land due to its harsh environment. Adventure lovers visit here to see the “sailing stones” on Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa. The stones here move and the tracks can be seen in the dusty ground of Death Valley. Even the scientists aren’t exactly sure why or how these rocks move. So, why not go for a road trip to Death Valley and see the mysterious movement of stones.

  • Caño Cristales River:

    Cano Cristales

    When you see a river, its either blue, green, or brown because of muddy water!! But ever wondered of a river in rainbow color. The thought seems something from a fairy tale, but no its not. Caño Cristales River in Colombia is river with five vivid colors. This miracle happens for a brief period of time between the wet and dry seasons. Every year when the water level and temperature get just right, a unique species of plant “Macarenia clavigera” covers the river floor and turns into bright red color. Many splotches of yellow and green sand, blue water, and many more shades in between can be seen. This natural phenomenon makes Caño Cristales River “The Most Beautiful River in the World”.

  • The eye of the Sahara:

     Eye of The Sahara

    This is definitely the strangest place on Earth. The eye of the Sahara is located in the remote area of Sahara Desert. One couldn’t make out much about this place by just walking. This was the reason it was never noticed by people who walked by this natural wonder until it caught the eye of some astronauts who made reports about it. This 50 km structure has a giant circular depression 30 miles across caused by a geological formation exposed by erosion. The best way is to see its full glory is to see it from top.

    These wonders of the world are true example of the nature creation. It will be a lifetime experience visiting these places.

    Let us know if you know of many such mysterious natural wonders of the world in the comments below..

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Summers are approaching and temperature is rising with the exam fever among children. This is time when each every person dreams to get a break from harsh heat and busy life. So why not plan a trip to place where you not only beat the heat but also treasure and cherish the time with your family.  So here we give you some the ideal getaway destination in India to experience that perfect holiday.

  • Srinagar:Visit Srinagar This Summer

    Even with the name, you can feel the cool breeze coming from the mountains, a slow and mesmerizing ride of Shikara and talk of humble people. Srinagar is an ideal place to go for summer vacation. This city is also the summer capital of State Jammu and Kashmir. Known for its beautiful gardens built by Mughals, lakes and houseboats, Srinagar attracts tourist for all over the country. So, why not spend some time on this “Heaven on Earth” in this summer.

  • Shimla:Visit Shimla This Summer

    It’s the most popular hill station of India and is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla was developed and established by the British during their rule in India. Most of the buildings which were constructed during British reign are now repaired and converted into luxurious hotels.  This city is a perfect mix of British influence with the simplicity of Indian culture and heritage.

  • Manali:Visit Manali This Summer

    This a beautiful hill station located 2000 meters above sea level. Surrounded by magnificent scenery of mountains, streams, rivers and small waterfalls, Manali is favorite destinations for travelers who wish to spend some time around nature. This also the most preferred destinations for honeymoon couples. So, why you also plan a quiet trip to this gorgeous location!!!

  • Goa:Visit Goa This Summer

    Dream of beautiful beaches, slow pace life, and mouth watering sea food, then Goa is the place for you. Goa has moderate climate all around the year which makes its and ideal destination for summer holiday. Most of the people visits Goa during winter, especially during Christmas and New Year, yet many budget travelers opt for Goa as the most of the hotels in offer heavy discounts for summer holiday.

  • Kodaikanal:Visit Kodaikanal This Summer

    Popularly known as the “Princess of Hill Station”, Kodaikanal is located in southern state of India, Tamil Nadu. Established by British, Kodaikanal come under the top destinations for summer holidays. Enjoy a simple life of this beautiful hill station this summer holiday.

  • Nainital:Visit Nainital This Summer

    On the foothills of Kumaon range of mountains, Nainital is a popular hill station. Located in Uttarakhand, Nainital is 2,000 meters above sea level. The most popular tourist place is the “Naina Lake” which has a pear shape and is too miles in circumference.

These are some of the best places in India where you can chill out in this hot summer. Summer vacations have already begun and you are already researching where to visit this year. I hope that the above list of great chill out places will come handy to make your decision.

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Amarnath Yatra – one of the most popular pilgrimages of every Hindu who visit the most sacred and holy snow-clad cave shrine of Lord Shiva located in the beautiful northern part of India in Jammu & Kashmir. Every year the Amarnath Yatra starts in the month June till August with lots of devotees joining the sacred yatra. Visits (Darshan) to the holy cave in this part of the region open only in mid June or early July to August because of the geographical locations and risks involved. Thousands of pilgrims from all across the India and even for outside country travel to this trip in search of Divinity. After three long months, Amarnath Yatra is closed for public from the month of August around the Raksha Bandhan festival.

Legend of Amarnath:

As per the Vedas it is said that here on one day during the month of Shraavana, Lord Shiva was narrating “Amar Katha” to his consort Goddess Parvati who was the daughter of Himalayas. During this Parvarti fell asleep and two pigeons heard the whole story and attained immortality. Since then, this holy place is came to be known as “Amarnath” and it is believed that every year at the full moon day of Shraavana, a pair of pigeons can be seen inside the holy cave.

Icy Idol of Lord Shiva:

Amarnath cave shrine can be only accessed during the rainy months of July and August, as for the rest of the year whole area is covered with heavy snow. Inside the cave, a pure white ice-mound is formed in shape of a “lingam”, the symbol of Lord Shiva. When visiting one can see this mystiques ice-mound is washed by the water dripping from the top of the cave. It is said that the water comes from the Ramkund Lake situated above the cave, and drop by drop it purifies the “lingam”.

Amarnath Yatra

Travel to Amarnath:

To visit this divine place, you need to get a proper registration done. Without any registration, you will not be allowed to travel to the holy shrine. This is done for the protection and safety of pilgrims visiting the holy place. Amarnath is located at 14,500 feet above sea level and the oxygen is very thin here which can affect the health of people having high blood pressure, asthma or other heart related diseases. Therefore, Medical certification is also must before you go for registration as pilgrim. Nearest aerodrome to holy shrine is in Srinagar, Capital of Jammu & Kashmir or if you are travelling by train Jammu is the nearest railway station. Buses and taxies are easily available to reach Jammu or Srinagar. Most of the pilgrims cover the maximum trip by walk but vehicles can also be hired from Pahalgam, the base village of Amarnath Yatra. Though, the last 24 km to the holy cave can be only traveled on foot.

Facilities and Arrangements by Government:

Proper arrangements of drinking water and medical help are done by the government authorities for the pilgrims while traveling the holy cave. Proper power supply is maintained at the main routes especially from Sarbal to the holy cave, particularity when pilgrims travel in night. The departments of health and co-operatives maintain the food, water, medicine, oxygen cylinders, firewood, blankets and other necessities to make the trip smoother for pilgrims. But, it is also the duty of the travelers that they don’t waste any of the supplies or pollute the area in any way.

It is said that The Amarnath Yatra leaves a big impact on the pilgrims who walk all the way to enchanting and enthralling route to see shining glory of Lord Shiva.  So, why not be the part of this journey and unfold the mystery of Amarnath all by yourself.

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It might be tempting just to shut yourself away for the few months and wait for the warm weather to return, but a good winter break can really leave you feeling energized and revitalized  Of course, you may fancy jetting overseas to lap up some winter sunshine – and this is certainly not without its merits – but why not try a skiing holiday instead? There are scores of truly outstanding skiing resorts all over Europe and indeed further afield, so it’s well worth seeing what they have to offer. Of course, the prospect of chilling out and enjoying the après-ski scene might be almost as tempting as trying your luck up on the pistes.

Ski Holiday TipsKnow where to go

Still, knowing when to book and how to find the best deal can be very useful. It goes without saying that looking online is a great way of tracking down a bargain skiing holiday. The internet has completely transformed the way we book our holidays, and there’s so much to choose from you might have trouble working out where to begin. Nevertheless, shopping around can really work wonders – so don’t be tempted to just snap up the first deal you come across. Take a look at price comparison websites, and do some research to find out what each resort has to offer. This should help you avoid making any costly mistakes.

Book early

Booking early-season holidays is a particularly good idea. Many ski resorts tend to open in mid-December, giving skiers a couple of weeks before Christmas to play with. Of course, it may not always be possible to get away at that time of year – particularly if you have children who are still in school – but it’s an option that’s worth keeping in mind. Resorts are less likely to be packed out in the earlier part of the season, and prices may well be cheaper. It’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for potential early-winter skiing bargains, of which there are usually many.

Get in early for peak times

It goes without saying that the Christmas and New Year period is always likely to be very busy, so this is something you should be well aware of when you’re planning a skiing holiday. The sheer demand for places at that time of year is likely to be considerable and will therefore push prices up. Still, if you can afford to book around that time, the atmosphere at the big ski resorts is likely to be something to savour. Booking in mid-January or early February may provide some significant savings, though.

Furthermore, if you do have your heart set on a Christmas/New Year skiing holiday, you’ll need to make sure you book well in advance to ensure you get the resort and flights you want. If you have any beginners in your party, it’s worth arranging ski lessons well in advance. There may also be a number of early-booking incentives on offer, some of which could offer significant discounts. In the current financial climate, it’s particularly important to make the effort – and there’s no reason you should pay over the odds for your skiing holiday. A bit of resourcefulness, then, can make all the difference.

This guest post is written by Sheena Willis. Sheena Willis is a freelance writer, who often covers subjects associated with holidays and the travel industry. She is dead keen on the importance of getting your coop travel break booked as early as possible this year.

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