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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari Park : New Jersey

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Six Flags is considered among the top theme parks in the USA.
It has everything right from thrill, adventure, world-class rides to superb shows.


                                                                    Credit - Here

Recently I visited Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari Park in New Jersey and here are the top 10 things that you should definitely try when you visit this place -:

1. Kingda Ka
    You would have never seen such a ride in your life. This rollercoaster is the world's tallest
    coaster and the experience after sitting in this ride is for a lifetime.
    This upside-down U-shaped track bolts up 45 stories in the sky—that’s 456 feet high!
    Isn't that thrilling? Also, it attains a speed of  128 m/h in an unbelievable time of 3.5 seconds.
    The first ride to get yourself in.

2. Dare Devil Dive
   
Though this experience is not included in your regular pass and you have to shell out few bucks for
    it but that's actually worth it. After trying a variety of roller coaster when you are looking for
    something new to put your hands on, this is the thrill that is gonna give you the perfect experience.
    So get ready to experience the thrill of skydiving, hang-gliding and bungee jumping all rolled into
    one. Definitely, a must do.

3. Six Flags Animal Safari
    
If you are tired of getting upside down in different roller coaster, this is the perfect way to relax
    and set the mood for rest of the day. The safari off-road adventure is an amazing experience where
    you get to see over 1,200 animals in a 350-acre land. Feeding of animals is also allowed.
    Definitely, a must have experience.

4. Unleashed!
   
Head over to the Showcase Theater to witness one of the most amazing shows of your lifetime.
   I was stunned after watching such astonishing feats of acrobatic artistry and energizing dance
   stylings, definitely an experience which will leave you on the edge of the seat always wanting
   for more.











5. Joker
    
Have you tried a freestyle roller coaster in your life, if not this one is definitely for you?
    This unique roller coaster flips you head-over-heels providing you the feeling of weightlessnes.
    For sure a must try for all thrill lovers.

6. Superman: Ultimate Flight
   
Another unique and awesome roller coaster to try is the Superman ride.
   As the name suggests this ride provides you the thrill to see the world through the eyes of a
   superman. Face down and head first you travel at supersonic speeds in this 106 foot tall ride.
   Adventure, thrill and an experience of life guaranteed.

7. Nitro
   
Another unique ride of the park is Nitro. Also, it is the longest ride in terms of time and length.
   With a staggering length of around 5300 feet it takes around 3 minutes to cover the entire path
    of the ride. With a lot of loops, twists, turns and a thrilling 215 feet drop, this one is definitely a 
    complete adrenaline package.

8. JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis
   
So after a lot of twists and turns finally when you decide to relax, this is the perfect ride to try.
   This 4D ride is real fun. Armed with laser guns you are made to sit in a twisting 6 passenger 
   vehicle which takes you through a series of incredible scenes around the city of Metropolis.
   The animatronic characters, 3D animated images, and 4D experiences like fire and fog are truly
    amazing.

9. Skyway
    The best way to get a bird's eye view of the entire park is by traveling in this cable car.
    From 104 feet in the air, you can have a breathtaking view of the entire park by relaxing
    comfortably in this ride.







10. El Toro/ Green Lantern/  Batman      I can't fill the 10th position with just one ride as there are 3 options equally deserving the place.
      All the above 3 rides compete equally on the ground of thrill, adventure and experience.
      But if I am lagging on time and have to choose one of them, I will go for the wooden roller
      coaster - El Toro. This is rated among the top wooden roller coasters in the world and has 
      everything a roller coaster lover would crave for.





Monday, October 9, 2017

Best Airlines to Travel to USA from India - A Comparison

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The USA is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world and once in your lifetime, you would want to visit this place for sure.
I stay in India and have traveled multiple times to the USA for work. There are a lot of airlines that promise to provide the most comfortable in-flight experience during your travel from the USA to India and vice versa.





I have traveled with 4 airlines in the economy class and here are some tips and suggestions which might help you choose the best from the lot.
The airlines that will be compared are as below -:
1. Etihad Airlines
2. Emirates Airlines
3. Air India
4. Turkish Airlines

We will be comparing the airlines on below parameters -:
1. Entertainment
2. Food
3. Seating Comfort
4. Staff
5. Time
6. Money

Eithad

1. Entertainment
     
The in-flight Entertainment system has all the options that are provided in the world-class Airlines.
     GUI is classy and the navigation is easy. Few options are available for Bollywood movies.
     Hindi subtitles are not available.
     Rating – 4/5

2. Food
     Best Airline in terms of food. There is so much to eat that you would exhaust eating, but your taste
     buds would definitely thank you for the awesome treat. The taste and options are appreciable even
     in Veg.
     Rating – 4/5

3. Seating Comfort
     The seats are comfortable and provide satisfactory leg space though not sufficient.
     Rating – 3/5

4. Staff
     The Staff is smart and amiable. They can speak about 8-9 different languages.
     Rating – 4/5

5. Time
     Normally it takes around 21-22 hours to cover the entire distance which is bearable with one stop
     in Abu Dhabi. And the best part is the time at JFK airport gets saved as the immigration happens
    in Abu Dhabi itself.
    So an extra bonus point for that. Rating – 4/5

6. Money
    
Though it is not amongst the cheapest options available also is not a bomb on your pocket
.    You can get a roundtrip under $900 if booked a couple of months prior to the trip.
     Rating – 3.5/5


Emirates

1. Entertainment
     
The in-flight Entertainment system is the best among all the airlines.
     GUI is classy and the navigation is easy. A good number of options are available for Bollywood
     movies. Not quite sure of the Hindi subtitles.
     Rating – 4.5/5

2. Food
     Though not the best airline in terms of food but your tummy is satisfied with the offerings.
     The taste and options are satisfactory even for Veg.
     Rating – 3.5/5

3. Seating Comfort
     The seats are comfortable and provide good amount of leg space but still not sufficient.
     Rating – 3.5/5

4. Staff
     The Staff is the best among all the airlines. They can speak about 12 different languages.
     Really wow..!!
     Rating – 4.5/5

5. Time
     Normally it takes around 21-22 hours to cover the entire distance which is bearable with one stop
     in Dubai. Though there is not immigration clearance facility at Dubai making it 24+ hours
     including the immigration wait time.
     So it gets the lowest rating among all. Rating – 3/5

6. Money
    
Though normally this flight is reasonable but sometimes the fare can climb the ladder so it is
      wise to book your seats a good 2-3 months before.
     Rating – 3.5/5


Air India

1. Entertainment
     
The in-flight Entertainment system stands at the last position among all the airlines.
     GUI looks obsolete and the touch is not impressive. Navigation is ok. Hindi subtitles are available
     Rating – 3/5

2. Food
     So if you are an Indian you will love the food served on this flight. As it takes the least amount
     of time among all the airlines, the options are comparatively less but sufficient.
     Rating – 4/5

3. Seating Comfort
     The seats are comfortable and provide sufficient amount of leg space. I will rank it the best in this
      category
     Rating – 4/5

4. Staff
     In this category the airline ranks the lowest among all. The staff is elderly, especially the
     stewardesses, who sometimes gets rude while handling the young guns.
     Rating – 3/5

5. Time
     You can save a lot of time here as it takes the least amount of time and is a non-stop flight.
     Normally it takes around 15-16 hours. Definitely gets the highest ranking here. Rating – 4.5/5

6. Money
    
You need to shell some extra bucks for booking this flight though you can get lucky sometimes.
     Rating – 3/5

Turkish Airlines

1. Entertainment
     The in-flight Entertainment system stands parallel to what the best airlines in the world offers.
     GUI looks elegant and navigation is smooth. Headphones are chic and stylish, the best in the
     business. Hindi subtitles are not available nor Bollywood movies.

     Rating – 4/5

2. Food
     So if you are looking for good food, this flight is not for you as 50% of their dishes comprises of
     mashed potatoes. It also lacks in variety and taste.
     Definitely the lowest rating among all. Rating – 3/5

3. Seating Comfort
     The seats are comfortable and provide ample amount of leg space though not sufficient.
     Rating – 3/5

4. Staff
     The staff is smart and amiable. They speak only 4-5 languages which is something they need to
     work upon.
     Rating – 3.5/5

5. Time
     It takes the least amount of time after Air India so definitely a good choice when you are bidding
     on time as the factor. Rating – 4/5

6. Money
    
It is mostly the cheapest flight among all so best for your budget.
     Rating – 4/5


Transit Visa is not required for the layover country in any of the airlines.


Here is a comparative matrix in terms of rating -:

Airline
Entertainment
Food
Seating Comfort
Staff
Time
Money
Etihad
4
4
3
4
4
3.5
Emirates
4.5
3.5
3.5
4.5
3
3.5
Air India
3
4
4
3
4.5
3
Turkish
4
3
3.5
3.5
4
4


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Exploring Wildlife @ Yorks Wild Kingdom

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The Yorks Wild Kingdom is one of the main attractions in southern Maine and falls in the way on the return journey from Acadia National Park to New York.
It is home to wide varieties of wildlife, the stuff is helpful and guides you amiably during the animal feeding sessions. The food is also priced better as compared to other parks.

Here is a Photowalk of the Kingdom.















































Sunday, September 24, 2017

10 Things to do in Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor

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Two of the most visited places on East Coast; Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor are photo heavens for every tourist that comes here.
Majestic Coastlines, Beautiful Islands, Magnificent Mountains, Isolated Beaches, Lip Smacking Food and Breathtaking views, the combo of Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor has it all.


Recently I visited these places with my friends and here are the top 10 things to do in and around the duo -:

1. Cadillac Mountain
Standing tall at 1,530 feet, this mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and the first place to view sunrise in the complete USA from Oct 7 to Mar 6.
You can hike your way to the top of the mountain but it is preferable to get there by road.
Some of the most amazing and breathtaking views await your arrival at the top.
Big Cruises, numerous beautiful islands, marine life and lush green forests, watching all this from the highest point is definitely an experience of a lifetime.


2. Acadia Nature Cruise
It takes the first position in the things to do in Bar Harbor.
Cruise your way in a boat or yacht across the endless ocean witnessing a spectacular view of beautiful islands and the charming marine life on the way.
Mostly two boat tours are famous. The first one is of 2 hours which takes you around all the islands letting you enjoy the breathtaking scenery of coastal Maine.
The other one is a whale watching tour of around 4 hours where you are taken to the Gulf of Maine to witness the largest animals on the earth, Humpback, Finback and Minke whales.
You can choose any of the tours according to your time availability but definitely a must to do activity.




3. Eagle Lake
Eagle Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.
It has a lot of scenic views around and the best way to explore them is to take the Eagle Lake Trail.
It is a 6-mile loop trail on a well-forested path which attracts a lot of tourists every year.

4. Thunder Hole
Thunder Hole as the name suggests is a place to experience the thunder of the sea.
Located in Acadia National Park it is a natural rock inlet where waves make a loud sound while rolling in and during the way out water splashing out of the inlet to great heights. It mostly happens during the time of high tides.
Also from the rocks around, you get to see some breathtaking views of the endless sea.

5. Portland Head Light
This 200 years old lighthouse known as the Portland Head Light is the most photographed lighthouse in America. This iconic lighthouse located around 180 miles from Bar Harbor is a must visit place to enjoy the spectacular views of the sea. Huge waves crashing into the rocks, Gigantic cruises sailing across and blue water all around is indeed the best your eyes can get.


6. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Located around 120 miles from Bar Harbor lies the bed of natural beauty, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. This premier tourist attraction is home to more than 200 varieties of flora. So if you are looking for vibrant colors, a wide range of beautiful flowers and lush greenery, this is the perfect destination.





7. Sand Beach
Don’t go by the name considering it as just some other beach as it has much more to it.
Nestled in a small inlet between the mountains and rocky shores of Mount Desert Island, this stunning 290 yards of beach is a treat for the tourists. I couldn’t visit this beauty but saw it on my cruise tour. Definitely, a must visit for all the beach lovers.


8. Ocean Trail
Though there are a lot of amazing trails in Acadia National Park this one is at the top of the list. Ocean Trail begins at Sand Beach, and then meanders southward along the rocky coast to Thunder Hole, then continues further until it arrives at Otter Cliff. There are numerous excellent spots to stop and take in the fantastic sights around you. Overall it is a 4 mile round trip trail covering few of the best places to visit in Acadia National Park.


9. Hopping on some delicious seafood
Bar Harbor is famous for its seafood delicacies, lobster being the favorite of all.
Steamed lobster, lobster ice cream, blueberry soda and there are a lot more dishes to hop on and satisfy your seafood appetite. So all the seafood lovers head over to this place. 


10. Hiking & Trails
There are a lot of hiking trails in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor that will help you explore some of the best scenic views of the area. Most of the trails are interconnected and safe.
Some of the best trails include -:
a. Ocean Trail
b. Bar Harbor shore path
c. Gorham Mountain trail
d. Eagle Lake trail
e. Bar Island trail

Friday, September 8, 2017

Brooklyn Bridge Photo Tour

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Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the USA and among the top tourist attractions in New York. It spans the East River and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed.

Recognised as the icon of New York this bridge provides some amazing photographic opportunities from the elevated walkway along the centerline which is exclusively for the pedestrians and bicycles.

A photo-tour of Brooklyn Bridge and the panoramic view from the top of it.

Caption Credit -: Pooja Bhandari




        The way to the top is not easy but not impossible, Atleast give it a try.






Yes, all the bits and pieces are entwined together, yet life finds its way to emerge.






                 

Amid the chaos, life thrives..!!








Serene Water..!! Twirling Wind..!!
Contrast is always the best..!!







Connecting People, Connecting Hearts..!!







Let's cruise our way to success.
Be calm but have a thunder inside. A bliss to watch when finally revealed..!!








                                                                    A night to remember..!!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Statue Of Liberty Tour - US Diary

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New York is among the top cities in the USA, tourism being one of the major factors contributing in its way to the top.
Huge Skyscrapers and bridges which are the symbol of architectural magic, World famous museums which preserve the evolution of life on earth, Parks which are the reservoir of natural beauty and happening nightlife and places which can sweep you off the feet, this place has it all.


Among all the tourist destinations, Statue of Liberty is one of the top visited places in New York.
The tour of New York or I must say of USA is incomplete without paying a visit to this Lady.


This was my second visit to New York and I was all set to meet the lady.
There are 3 tickets available for the Statue Of Liberty tour.

1. Reserve Ticket
    It provides ferry access to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, plus the Ellis
    Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. It includes an audio tour of the Liberty and Ellis
    Island. This ticket is available even 24 hours before your trip.
    The cost of the ticket is around $19.

2. Reserve with Pedestal Access
    
It provides ferry access to the Fort Wood section of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, plus the 
    Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. It includes an audio tour of the Liberty and Ellis
    Island. This ticket needs to be booked at least 3-4 days prior to your planned trip.
    The cost of the ticket is around $19.

3. Reserve with Crown Ticket
    
It provides ferry access to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty, plus the 
    Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. It includes an audio tour of the Liberty and Ellis
    Island. This ticket needs to be booked at least 1 month prior to your planned trip.
    The cost of the ticket is around $22.

As our plan was made a day before hence we had to settle for Reserve Ticket.
We reached our venue around 15 minutes before the departure time of the ferry.
You don't have to print the ticket as normally mentioned on the site and even the customer care will tell you the same thing but mobile tickets will be perfectly fine till the time the cruise stuff can detect your ticket barcode.


It is a 20 minutes ride to the Liberty Island. It is a lovely ride which provides amazing photography opportunities of the stunning Skyline of New York and Statue of Liberty.
The Liberty Island tour can be completed in an hour if you have the reserve ticket.
If you have access to Pedestal then it will take around 3 hours to complete the tour.
There are a lot of food junctions on the island to treat your taste buds.


After you are done clicking pics of the Lady from different angles and of the amazing New York skyline, it is time to get back on the cruise for the next destination, Ellis Island.
Ellis Island carries the tag of being the busiest immigration inspection center of USA for over 60 years (1892-1954). It was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to USA.
In 1990 a museum of immigration was hosted here which has become a popular tourist attraction since then.
There is not much to do here but the 30 minutes movie based on the immigration process and detailing during those times is a good watch.
You can spend an hour here and then board your ferry back to New York.


Overall it was a wonderful experience not only in terms of knowledge and learning, sightseeing but also in terms of photography. Statue of Liberty tour is a must visit for everyone coming to New York or I should say to the USA.

Monday, August 21, 2017

US Revisited : Opening colors

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So after a year, I am back to the Mecca Medina of IT professionals, United States of America.
The previous visit was amazing in terms of travel, adventure and new experiences, the expectations are really high with the current one too.

Last time it was mostly solo traveling which is now soon gonna convert into couple mode.
Here are some opening shots from a short road trip which started from New York and had its final destination as Parsippany.

Plans are to come up with loads of travelogues, road-trips and some cool pics from my stay in the USA.
Hope you guys enjoy them :)
Till then Happy traveling..!!















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