Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Adventurous Ride! Toyota Fortuner

Toyota Fortuner, the giant SUV creation of Toyota Kirlosker Motors. Year 2009 was its fortune year when it first stepped in Indian shores. This was the most magical moments of Team Fortuner against its contending teams. To make it true fighter, dexterous experts of TKM have innovate sound and powerful mechanism for it i.e. 3.0 liter D-4D diesel power-train. It turned out as an adventure gateway for activityaholics and also one of the best ones in its segment. It having late launch in domestic market and to get it into lead creators have embodied it with all of possible tactics along with impressive price tag of Rs 20, 14,800.

Waves of excitement swept through the car buffs with its launch and within 9 months of its initiation it broke all sales records and pre-delivery stats. Toyota Fortuner is being launched in only diesel version to stay one jump ahead of its contemporary competitors.

Its admirers are still enjoying this 3.0 liter fitted diesel version. This seems really Think Hatke concept of its makers. It has initiated as luxury SUV and to carry its image it's also being embellished with leather upholstery and climatronic as standard. For now it's waiting period come down to three months and white is the most preferred color of its lovers.

Its 3.0 liter D-4D diesel power-train is sound to release the maximum torque of 343 Nm @ 1400-3400 and power of 171Ps at 3600 rpm. It also incorporates with manual transmission system for effective control over speedy drive and to carry on the excitement of enjoyers it delivers 11.5 km/l as its best mileage on highways and 7.8 km/l on city-roads.

In appearance it seems like a mammoth on wheels and to get into this massive nutshell its designers have worked hard. They have bedecked its exterior with heavy radiator grille which is being made up of tons of chrome. Well designed headlamps enhance its muscularity and also with roof rails, smartly designed front and rear bumpers, tail lamps, etc.

Being SUV Fortuner has laced with safest attributes for high-end safe drive. Dual Front SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, 15" Front Disc Brakes are its active features whereas LED High Mount Tail Lamps, GOA (global outstanding assessment) body, multi-reflector Quad Headlamps are some of its passive features. And for outmost comfort of occupant it's having all critical ingredients which make its ride luxurious. Powerful AC system, automatic climate control, MID (Multi Information Display), NVH, New Audio Head Unit with Bluetooth and Call Functions, etc are being fitted with it.

So, make the most of your adventures with Toyota Fortuner.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ultimate Africa Travel Adventure

A Kruger Park safari is not a once in a lifetime experience, simply because very few people go only once. The park has a huge amount of repeat business, in no small way due to the fact that it encompasses such a massive area of land, and includes so many different camps (with variant themes) and animals that no trip is exactly the same as the previous one.

The Kruger Park was originally known as the "Government Wildlife Park" which later became the Sabi Game Reserve and, when finally expanded upon into the geography we know today, ultimately became the Kruger National Park - so named after Paul Kruger, then president of the Transvaal Republic. The primary reason for the park"s establishment was to safeguard the animal population of the region against rampant hunting, but no one could have imagined just how successful Jakob Louis van Wyk's idea would become.

At this stage the park covers nearly 20,000 square kilometres and is, clearly, one of the largest national parks in the world today. To put this massive size into proper consideration, you could say that it is the size of a small country, though it is larger than either Wales or Israel. This kind of space has allowed the development of dozens of separate camps, each with their own themes and specialities, which is part of the reason for the park's vast success.

Thousands of people flock to their camp of choice each year to witness the Big Five in action, take in the African ambiance, adventure through the plains on a Land Rover expedition or to simply pass the time in a simpler world than the one they left behind. Two things that such places give the world exceed all others, and these are the peace of the spirit to weary mind and the critical nature conservation efforts of the park. African travel is vital, not only as a past time, but also as a means to expose us all to the very real threats to this beautiful environment.

Few things produce as much awareness as a Kruger Park safari and National Geographic has made many award-winning documentaries regarding the area and its graceful inhabitants. More than a few Hollywood actors have deemed it their haven and even Sir Richard Branson became involved in things with his purchase of the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve. All in all, the Kruger National Park stands as a beacon against the annihilation of not only African heritage, but the natural heritage of the world.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Adventure Tour To Ladakh

Ladakh can be best defined as land of mystical gompas and can be best spotted with its rugged terrains and several passes and rocks. Situated at an average height of 3,513 meters avove sea level in northmostern state of India Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is often called as “little Tibet”. Ladakh is also famous for Siachen, which is the world's largest glacier. Endowed with mesmerising natural beauty, Ladakh has always been paradise for adventure lovers. The mesmerising land is surrounded by enormous snow capped mountain peaks ranging from 2,500 to 4,500 metres. People from different parts of the world come here to experience the best adventure tour possible on earth.

Climate in Ladakh: Ladakh is known for its extreme climatic conditions, specially winters when temperature slips as low as -20C, while maximum temperature remains up to 15C.

However, summers are relatively better as the temperature hovers between -3C to 30C. The most suitable season to visit Ladakh is from April to June and September to November.

Trekking In Ladakh: Ladakh region is no less than heaven for trekkers. Trekking is the most carried out activity in Ladakh. In fact it is the most popular adventure activity in Ladakh. There are various aspects of this mesmering region which draws attention of nature and adventure lovers across the world. Some of the most popular trekking trails to explore mystic Ladakh are o Ladakh are in Zanskar Valley, Nubra Valley. Trekking expedition in Ladakh helps you explore into a completely new lifestyle, culture and traditions of local natives.

The Buddhist monasteries scattered in various parts of the region, exclusive views of snow capped Himalayas and of course the complete isolation from hustle bustle of cities bring you much closer to the nature divine.

Jeep Safari in Ladakh: Well, it will be not wrong to say that adventure is complimentary word to Ladakh. Both go hand in hand. Jeep safari is one of the most enjoyable options of exploring the zigzag valleys, rugged terrains during a Ladakh adventure tour. It is one of the most popular options for those who are hesitant to explore Ladakh on own. To put in, Jeep Safari In Ladakh is a fabulous experience to explore high passes, valleys, glaciers and some of the wonderful lakes.

Mountaineering in Ladakh: Ladakh is also perfect for mountaineers. The presence of some mesmerising mountain peaks make this region simply delight for mountaineers. Zanskar range is one of the most popular destinations for mountaineering. The rising number of people thronging Ladakh for mountaineering shows the popularity of this kind of adventure.

Monday, June 8, 2009

That Son adventures


Cars and buses stand in queue, heading from Chau Doc to Nui Sam. They are pilgrims going to the temple of the region’s Holy Mother. With visitors flooding in on weekends, every year 2 million people pass through Chau Doc According to legend, an old statue embodies the region’s Holy Mother. For nearly 200 years, it was under siege by the Thai enemy and was placed at Sam Mountain for safe-keeping.


On April 25 of the lunar calendar, a ceremonial transfer takes the Holy Mother status to the temple. There must be nine virgins to help transfer the statue. Ceremonial procedures also call for the holy Mother statue to be bathed with a new gown and bonnet. Hundreds of elegant gowns and housed in a larger store. There is a street in Ho Chi Minh City that specialized in tailoring these kinds of clothes.

Some are even sent from aboard.


The grandiose architectural complex of the temple is built with an Asian flair: a layered and curled roof, green tiles, an emanated tile floor, and wooden doorframes with carved decorative patterns. The airy entrance is majestic, with a wide space and high ceilings above the holy Mother statue. The statue itself is an artwork of vermilion stone made in 6th century. The Holy Mother is posted in a thoughtful stance and is form of Vishnu worship.


Tay An Pagoda

Over one hundred meters away from the temple, Tay An Pagoda stands at the mountain’s foot.

The pagoda has three onion- shaped turrets in Muslim style architecture. The central turret is for Buddha worship, while other two house a drum and a bell. The pagoda, locate on a terrace. Has a statue of a mother carrying her child, reminiscent of the front yard; the white one has six tusk and the black one has two. There is also a statue of the superior Buddhist monk Thich Buu Tho, his stick in hand as he sits at a desk. Thich Buu Tho is credited for restoring the pagoda.


There is no statue, however, of Monk Phap Tang, who founded Buu Son Ky Huong School and is regarded as the Buddhist teacher of Tay An. Born Doan Minh Huyen in 1807 in Sa Dec (Dong Thap province), he was a patriotic scholar, dissatisfied with the feudal court and full of revolutionary spirit. He spent his life helping people and thus was suspected of being a disloyal Taoist hermit. He reached Tay An pagoda when Monk Hai Tinh Nguyen Van Giac reigned and was permitted to become a monk. Though Phap Tang died soon thereafter, he retains fame for being a Buddhist teacher who sanctioned the resolution. With such rich history tied to Tay An Pagoda, even those who are not religious find meaning in their visits.


Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum

Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum is of literate, transported by junk boats from Bien Hoa. The mausoleum is unlit with o duoc mortar as there wasn’t cement at that time. A high one mater – thick wall surrounds the mausoleum, aged with time. The mausoleum houses one votive tablet of Thai Ngoc Hau and two for his wives, also displayed are his gown, bonnet, turban, bell and an altar with bronze urns. The large front yard opens to an imperial structure which stores a Thoai Son stele, a commemorative funerary tablet.


Born Nguyen Van Thoai in 1761 in Quang Nam province, Thoai Ngoc Hau was a mandarin in the Nguyen Dynasty trying to reclaim and develop the southwestern region. His biggest project was the Minh Te channel along the southwestern border which linked Chau Doc, Ha Tien, the Chau Doc River and the Thai Lan gulf. At over 90 kilometers in length, the channel was constructed from 1829 to 1824 with over 80 thousand workers. It was named after Thoai Ngoc Hau’s wife.


Thoai Ngoc Hau lied at the age of 68, leaving behind two wives. He planned and founded mausoleum before his death, in front of his mausoleum sits the anonymous tombs of courtiers, royal relations and meritorious officials. These tombs called Nghia Trung, are designed in different shakoes, from a lying elephant to a peach to a hat. Legend has it that the peach – shaped, and hat – shaped tombs belong to an actress and actor in his performing troupe.