Thursday, April 29, 2010

Madrid Daytrip Adventures

Madrid is the capital of Spain. But there are many interesting sights outside of Madrid. Day trips in Madrid can be undertaken using public transport, rented cars or excursion tours by professional tour operators. You can also opt for guided tours which give you the best of both worlds: good sights and comfort, as you are driven around with a tour guide to explain many interesting sights along the way. Hence, you should opt for many interesting combined guided tours that will take you around Madrid if you are in a rush. This way, you will be able to see more than what you bargain for. Most places listed below can be enjoyed within a day although there are longer stays if you have the time.

Barcelona - The best way to get to Barcelona from Madrid for a day trip is via Spain's incredible high-speed train or AVE system.

It may be a bit more costly but it is an adventure by itself if you have not been on one before.

Toledo – this is the former Spain capital which has a lot of medieval charm to enchant you. Its ancient city walls with its winding streets will captivate you as you travel along them for a view of their past.

Seville – this is a city that is located a little further from Madrid but not when you take the AVE train. You can enjoy the sights better with a guided tour which includes the train ride.

Cordoba – AVE would be the best form of reaching this city so that you can still call it a day trip; else a two-day visit is preferred.

Segovia – A day trip here will set you on the charms of its fairytale castle and Roman aqueduct make Segovia an essential day trip from Madrid.

Valencia – this is the third largest city in Spain with the nearest beach to Madrid.

Avila – this city offers charming and well preserved city walls from medieval times in the best of Europe.

El Escorial – there are plenty of monasteries and crypts of ancient kings that are over 400 years. This quiet town is a nice contrast to the tourist crowd at Segovia and Toledo.

El Valle de los Caidos – the English name of this town means ‘The Valley of the Fallen’ which refers to General Franco and the nation’s Civil War.

Aranjuez – this place hosts the royal residence which can be reached by a Madrid train.

Cuena – this town has unique looking houses that seem to be hanging off the precipice’s edge, known as ‘casas colgantes’.

Chinchon – Excellent Spanish cuisine can be tasted here.

Manzanares El Real – The impressive Mendoza Castle is the primary focus here with its well preserved structures.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Adventure Wedding in India

Adventure Wedding in India 

Indian weddings have always been admired for the grandeur and exquisiteness. India, considered the best venue for conduct theme weddings including garden weddings, royal palace weddings and beach weddings, now offers exotic venues for hosting adventure weddings. 

Marriage is a single time event that brings the two souls together. If you are an adventure freak and planning to execute wedding celebrations in the most stimulating way, then you should definitely consider the idea of adventure wedding in India before finalizing your wedding theme and venue.

This land of diversity is adorned by several adventure destinations that can adeptly be the wedding venues for adventure weddings in India. The most exciting fact is that Indian Wedding Planners offer different themes of Adventure Weddings in India to meet the discerning adventure tastes of varied people.

All you need to do is to select the theme of your Adventure Wedding in India and contact an Indian wedding planner offering customized wedding packages, and leave the rest on your wedding planner.

Let's have a glance at themes of adventure weddings in India. 

Jungle Weddings: To tie knot with your beloved in the jungles of India will surely make your wedding adventurous and thrilling. Corbett National Park and Bandhavgarh national Park are the preeminent venues for hosting adventure weddings in India. These wedding venues surrounded by the natural bounties are decorated with natural color schemes that easily blend with the environment making them incredible venues for adventure weddings.

 River Rafting Weddings: Kaudiyala is the finest river rafting adventure wedding in India where the wedding ceremony is performed on a raft followed by a gala dinner complemented by a wedding cake and champagne.

 Wedding in Mountains: Auli is a legendary wedding destination for performing wedding ceremony with a dreamland theme, amidst the sky kissing mountains of Himalayas clad with snow.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fun Online Adventure Games

Today, it has never been easier to conquer boredom with fun, exciting and high quality online games. The demand for these often free services is expanding rapidly and as a result lots of gaming websites are being created. Some of these sites offer amazing games that are incredibly absorbing, engaging and positively addictive. Adventure games, in my opinion, provide the best gaming experience of all the genres. Whether it is solving clues and puzzles on a breathtaking journey that pushes your perceptions of reality; journeying to a far away land on a quest for a ring that holds the key to a loved ones safety; or running your own virtual aquarium, fun is not too far away.

These games are far from complex - very user friendly and have amazing full screen visuals and cheeky, fitting sound effects that enhance your gaming experience to a level that will keep you glued to the screen.

One of the big differences between these types of games and more serious online multiplayer gaming is the bandwidth required. A lot less data is used which makes them suitable for all download speeds. They are especially suitable for those users of wireless internet - which can be both expensive and on the slow side. Many of these adventure games have a G rating making them absolutely perfect for the kids.

One of my favourite games is called "Governor of Poker" where you battle your way through poker tournaments and use your winnings to buy houses and means of transport to get you everywhere in Texas. The game brings a big smile to my face every time I play it. The characters are cute and have funny voices. Some of the other advantages of these adventure games are that they are mentally stimulating because they require a lot of strategy and problem solving, plus they are great for boosting your imagination.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Destinations For Adventure Lovers

A lot of people think about vacations as a time when they can totally relax and have fun, enjoy delicious food and drinks. However, adventure lovers always want a trip from which they can experience something really special and unique. If you are one of those who love adventurous trips, you can get to know some perfect places that can fulfill your desire.



Home of some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere on the planet, trips to Maui for adventure seekers often revolve around some of the gorgeous terrain that make up the mountainous regions of the island. Hiking through some of the primeval jungles of Maui can be awe-inspiring and can be the highlight of any trip to Hawaii. Outside of that, adventure-seekers will also be interested in the surfing that a Hawaii vacation has to offer that brings in people from all over the world.


Channel Islands

Located just off the coast of California, a trip to Santa Barbara or Los Angeles trip is not complete until you get to visit Channel Islands.

This chain of five islands is perfect for anyone looking for a paddling adventure and can be highlighted by sea caves, which dot the shore. Take an expert with you if you can and be sure to bring plenty of water and let someone know where you are when you're paddling around these magnificent islands.


Niagara Falls

This might a little outdated, but Niagara tours used to include a barrel and a whole lot of water. Now however, Niagara Falls tours are more likely to include a trip to this beautiful locale where you can see these raging waters up close and take in stories of adventures of the past.


The Galapagos Islands

The nice thing about a trip to The Galapagos Islands is that not only is this a great place to enjoy an adventurous vacation, but it can also be romantic.

Try snorkeling off the coast and enjoy the wildlife and aquatic life that resides just under the crisp ocean layer on a honeymoon or just go with some friends and enjoy the trip.


The Grand Canyon

Not that this needs much explanation, but trips to the Grand Canyon often include a helicopter ride over this giant chasm that's 18 miles wide, 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep. After your helicopter ride, check out various places that'll allow other adventure, such as hiking or mule rides down into the canyon.



Likely our coldest mention, Alaska vacations often include cruises. However, our more adventurous travelers might be willing to hop in a small vessel to do a little exploring of their own. While this might not be much of an adventure, it sure brings you up close to parts of the world you probably haven't seen before and hopping in a small boat on an Alaska tour might be one of the more adventurous things you'll end up doing.