For many inmates of the city, sighting a clear night sky is too dreamy to be real. In the past, sailors have used the stars to find their way back home. But the pollution of the present day on urban roads may not serve as a very good guide. In the bigger, star sighting or stargazing is mythical for the city people.
However, stargazing is not a complete dream. There are certain reserves and places across the world that offer some of the best stargazing and galaxy gazing views. These are mostly open camping facilities which means that you can spend an entire under the roof of stars.
Rann Of Kutch, Gujarat
As popularly known, the great Rann of Kutch is the largest salt marsh in the world. One can witness a strange light phenomenon which is known as the Chir Bhatti (Ghost lights) in the night sky. A lot of visitors have said that they can see nearly 6 magnitude stars with the naked eye. In India, it is undoubtedly one of the best stargazing spots.
Pic du Midi, France
It is here where NASA’s scientists studied the moonscape as a part of the preparation for the Apollo landing. You can take the cable car to the stargazing setting. Tourists can also spend the entire night in a package deal inclusive of overnight stay and meals, with an exciting tour of the telescopes and stargazing with astronomers.
Neil Island, Andaman And Nicobar
The Neil Island is one of Andaman and Nicobar’s 572 islands which is lit up with stars by evening, surrounded by its lush and green forests on land. With beautiful beaches, it is all blue here and the sky immersed in a twinkle of stars makes it a great place for stargazing in India. A telescope will improve the experience.
The Parc National du Mont Mégantic is the world’s first dark-sky reserve which gives the public access to the observation of astronomy nights for especially the starry-eyed visitors. Visitors are also allowed several other activities, such as hiking through the coniferous and mixed forests, skiing as well as snowshoeing.
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Spiti is considered to be a paradise for all tourists, especially for those who want to sight a night full of stars. The crystal clear sky here makes it one of the perfect places for stargazing in India. More specifically, Kibber town in Spiti Valley is the ideal spot for stargazing in India and is considered a location that stands out amongst all others.
Zselic National Landscape Protection Area, Hungary
The Zselic Starry Sky Park has near-unaltered, undisturbed dark skies, which offers the views of the Triangulum Galaxy on clear nights to the naked-eye. It also offers an astronomy program for visitors and tourists that includes movies at the planetarium, a tour of the meteorite collection, telescopic observation day and night, and nightly guided tours.
Strange Places In The World: Human Entry Prohibited
In spite of globalization, technology, and advances in transportation, there are some strange places which prohibit the entry of humans. While some of us are fixated on space exploration and colonizing Mars, the truth is that some parts of our planet are still practically untouched or have even been forgotten. Other areas are home to military bases, espionage secrets, or have even forbidden to the public on the grounds that they’re “legally haunted”. These forbidden places will blow your mind due to their weird past or some idiosyncratic secret.
Some of the strange places are:
Poveglia Island, Italy
Poveglia is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. Initially, used as a quarantine station for those suffering the plague and other diseases, and later as a mental hospital. Because of this, the island is frequently featured on paranormal shows. The mental hospital closed in 1968, and the island has been vacant since. Visits to the island are prohibited, but various books and articles discuss visits by a writer and/or photographer. One of the latter described a place of “peace and serenity.”
Snake Island, Brazil
The mysterious island is known as Ilha da Queimada Grande, and it is so dangerous to set foot there that Brazil has made it illegal for anyone to visit. The danger on the island comes in the form of the golden lancehead snakes – a species of pit viper and one of the deadliest serpents in the world. The island is small in size, only 43 hectares (106 acres), and has a temperate climate. The island’s terrain varies considerably, ranging from bare rock to rainforest. This strange place is extremely dangerous!
North Senital Garden, India
North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands, an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal which also includes South Sentinel Island. It is home to the Sentinelese, an indigenous people in voluntary isolation who have rejected, often violently, any contact with the outside world. They are among the last tribal people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilisation. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Act of 1956 prohibits travel to the island. The area is patrolled by the Indian Navy.
North Brother Island, USA
Japan is globally popular for its shrine culture and houses approximately 80,000 shrines. The most important among all is the Ise Grand Shrine. It is one of the most expensive temples in Japan due to its architectural grandeur. To maintain the Shinto traditions dating back to the 8th century, this temple is rebuilt every 20 years. And that comes with a million-dollar price tag. Unless you are a member of the royal family, you are forbidden to enter the hallowed halls of this ancient Japanese representation.
Area 51, US
Area 51 in Southern Nevada is always wrapped in conspiracy theories. It is a US military base and has the reputation of being the testing ground for weapons and aircraft. But there is wider speculation about the same. Conspiracy theorists believe that the officials conceal alien evidence at the base. It is totally off-limits to the commoners, and even the USA barely acknowledges the existence of Area 51.
Niihau Island, USA
Niihau Island, with a population of 160 inhabitants, is prohibited to the general public. The only way to visit this region is either to be a part of the US Navy or to have a relative on the island. To preserve the environment and wildlife on Niihau Island, the government has restricted the entry to outsiders. No wonder, it is a forbidden place that one cannot reach.
Spookiest Places To Visit For Tourists Who Want A Challenge
Are you one of those adrenaline junkies who’s always looking for the next thrill? The next thing to unnerve you… The next thing to settle a memory that you will never forget. Well, here’s a compilation of the spookiest places we could find on the internet for you!
Bhangarh Fort, India
Located just 100 miles southwest of Delhi, the lush ruins of Bhangarh Fort make for a curious juxtaposition. To this day, the oasis remains largely uninhabited due to an alleged curse cast by a disgruntled sorcerer after his advances were rebuffed by a local princess.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Canada
Built in 1888, this chateau-style hotel sits pretty by the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park. But it gets a tad more Gothic once you get inside. The Calgary Herald has reported several resident ghosts. One Includes a bride who supposedly fell down the stone staircase during her wedding. But there’s a less tragic spirit, too: Sam the bellman, who worked at the hotel until 1975 and claimed he’d come back to haunt the joint. His spirit supposedly pulls shifts helping people with their bags before disappearing.
Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France
One of the tallest castles in all of France. The seven-story Château de Brissac is perhaps best known as the home of “The Green Lady”. AKA the ghost of Charlotte of France. One of the spookiest places of all. The chateau’s website tells the legend of Charlotte, the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII, who was murdered by her husband after he discovered her having an affair. Named for the color of her dress when she was killed, the Green Lady can be found roaming the chapel’s tower room and moaning in the early hours of morning.
Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO
The Stanley Hotel’s stately Georgian architecture and world-renowned whiskey bar have lured travelers to Estes Park since opening in 1909. But the hotel reached new levels of fame after the iconic movie ‘The shining’ launched in theaters . The eerie association aside, many other ghost sightings and some mysterious piano music have been connected to the hotel. Also, The Stanley Hotel leans into its reputation with nightly ghost tours and psychic consultations from the in-house Madame Vera.
Catacombs of Paris, France
In the 17th century, due to overflowing and the poor conditions of the graveyards around the city, the government needed a fast solution to get rid of the piles of corpses.Therefore, Alexandre Lenoir and Thiroux de Crosne came up with the idea to place the bones underground in the now-famous Catacombs de Paris. Later, Louis-Etienne Hericart de Thury saw it as an opportunity to make it a work of art. He arranged the skulls and bones on the walls to create the scene today. It is said that the spirits of the dead haunt the catacombs and have even been caught on tape.
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International Airlines That Have Resumed Air Travel
Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still prevalent in many parts of the world, normal life activities are pretty much back on track. Of Course that comes a twist of how we do it, be it wearing masks or rubbing some sanitizer every hour or so. With several countries gradually opening their air space and lifting lockdown restrictions, ‘non-essential’ travel is slowly gaining momentum. Major airlines ramp up their services in time for the peak holiday season. However, most countries still have border closures and travel bans in place.
Borders across Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and some Pacific island nations have begun to reopen to non-essential travel even though many countries across Africa and South America are in lockdown. US border closures remain in place with Europe, Mexico, and Canada. Moreover, in order to kick-start tourism and help economies rebound, governments are implementing travel bubbles or air bridges between countries. This allows citizens to travel freely between specified nations. India has implemented a temporary reciprocal arrangement with the US, Germany and France and more countries like the UK and Canada will soon be added to the list.
The airlines that are all set to fly you are:
Chicago-based carrier United Airlines is going to resume service on more than 25 international routes in September 2020. It plans to fly 37 percent of its overall schedule in September as compared to the same period last year. It will be operating and adding flights to India, Israel, Australia, South America from Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Houston, Washington and Los Angeles. United plans to resume service between Houston and Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Aguascalientes, Tampico, Veracruz and Costa Rica soon too.
It will soon operate from London, Paris and Sydney to Tehran, Guangzhou, Addis, Oslo, Philippines and India. The company is planning to ramp up long-haul operations, Emirates has decided to expand its passenger network to 62 destinations in August. On August 1, Emirates became the first commercial passenger flight to fly to Seychelles since March. The carrier is also planning to increase its services to the Maldives in August.
It soon flies from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 58 destinations including several in India. Abu Dhabi’s state-owned carrier Etihad Airways will resume international flights from Abu Dhabi to 58 destinations in August, aiming to operate at about 45 percent of its pre coronavirus capacity this month. In June-July the airline was operating to 29 destinations.
It has begun its operations from Frankfurt and New York to Germany and other destinations in Europe, repatriation flights to India. Lufthansa has announced that it planned to operate more than 70 per cent of its long-haul routes by the end of October and 90 percent of all short- and medium-haul flights. It plans to fly to 130 destinations worldwide, with more than 2,000 flights weekly by October.
This company has been operating repatriation flights to India. British Airways, which had started skeletal operations in July to a few Caribbean nations and Dubai, is expected to resume flights to Russia and Pakistan this month. The first flight will land in Islamabad on August 14. Soon we will have many more flights flying.
The latest to join international services, operating from St Petersburg, Istanbul and Antalya to India. Turkish Airlines will be the first foreign carrier to resume flights between St Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport and the Turkish cities of Istanbul and Antalya, starting from this weekend. Five weekly services to Istanbul will begin on 2 August. Turkish Airlines flights from St. Petersburg to Antalya will launch on August 10.
It is currently operating from Atlanta to Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Munich and Dublin. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has said it planned to add 700 flights to its worldwide schedule in August. This is including the resumption of services from Atlanta to Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Munich and Dublin. As of July 28, Delta is flying to Amsterdam, Seoul, Shanghai Pudong via Seoul, Tokyo, Sydney, Tel Aviv, London, Shanghai and Paris.
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