Cheap hot air balloon rides, a boon to frugal travellers



Reasons to visit Rajasthan are aplenty. Still retaining the vestiges of royal splendor, this princely state is huge and laced with the wonders of bygone eras. Its architectural gems are more than what the parables have spread. So is its culture that has a bold stroke of colours that evoke romance in the coldest heart. Now another recent addition to the tourism here has enhanced everything else; the cheap hot air balloon rides over the state. Imagine enjoying a satellite view of the intricately designed havelis, beautiful sand dunes, ancient temples, mighty fortresses, surrounding hills and everything that makes Rajasthan stands out from the rest. As of late a novel way of enjoying the beauty of this place has been developed; hot air ballooning. It is not just the satellite view of all these that is appealing, everything is packaged in the cheap hot air balloon rides approved here by the state tourism.

Hot air balloon flights present a microcosm of India, complete with the regal hospitality by the people, the glitz of camels, heavily mustached men clad in traditional clothes, soulful music, glistening sarees and a wide range of culinary delicacies. What is more charming, Jaipur’s pink façade or the carnival charm of Pushkar? You wonder. Jaipur Sightseeing is one of the main attractions offered by the hot air balloon operators in Rajasthan. Showering you in pink, Jaipur’s landmarks like the Hawa Mahal, the observatory, museums and Jain shrines speak aloud the tales of its victories. A walk around the city might be nothing less than a bedlam and also congested, but the bucolic aura is there nevertheless. Picturesque palaces perched atop hills and camel rides to the top have always given the tourists a chunk of local life. But nothing equals the balloon flights over these grandeurs while breeze gently caress your face and tousles your hair.

Most guests who have a flair for adrenalin-rankling experiences opt for a hot air balloon ride and those who have, voted it as one of the finest moments among their short spell in India. Even if you have visited Jaipur multiple times and know it from the back of your hand, a balloon flight once is a must to gain a new insight to something you know so well. Shaming even the birds successfully while enjoying a panoramic vista in all its elegance, it is a great means to explore the city. And it has already become a major event and activity in the towns of Pushkar, Ranthambhore and Jaipur.

 

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Australia for the Beach Lover Backpackers



The Land Down Under, Australia is one of the world’s top vacation spots for tourists with an adventurous streak.

Australia is the home of amazing tourist attractions such as the Opera House in Sydney, the world famous Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, the Blue Mountains, the Gold Coast, and many more. Because this country’s one of those with the most diverse natural environment, it is a haven for nature lovers and adventurers. It is home to kangaroos, koalas, possums, platypus, and a lot more. Marine life is also so rich – various species of sharks, stingrays, the box jellyfish, Portuguese Man-o-War, etc. Bottom line – Australia is a great place to spend your vacation in, especially if you crave for wildlife adventure with only your backpack!

Yes, Australia is one of the places where a trusty backpack like Paklite’s would be very much welcome.

Many who prefer inexpensive vacations will find Australia very suitable for their itinerary. There are gazillions of tourist destinations where you can use buses and trains. And when you use those types of transportation vehicles, a backpack would be most appropriate, as you may know.

If your idea of a backpack vacation is to be a beach bum, Australia has fantastic beaches. Start with Bondi Beach in Sydney. There’s also the  Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast in the north with a variety of aquatic activities and yes, parties! Now if you’d like to see one of the places where an amazing rainforest connects to the beaches and reef, Queensland is the place to go.

You are not to miss the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef system in the whole world. This is where you’ll find 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands.

In Western Australia is where you’ll find some great beaches around Broome, Monkey Mia, Shark Bay and Coral Bay. These are the spots where you can do snorkeling with manta rays and whale sharks and dolphin feeding.

Would you like to go to the largest island that is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage? Go to Fraser Island. This is where beautiful beaches, picturesque lakes, old rainforests, crystal clear creeks and colourful rock formations abound.

If you would like to see more of Australia’s tropical islands, Whitsunday Islands is located on the coast of Queensland. From Airlie Beach, it would be a romantic way to arrive to this spot if you go by sailboat. It has the Whitehaven Beach which beautifully changes shade as the light passes over.

What else could a beach addict ask for?

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Budget Travel Tips For Backpacking Southeast Asia



Are you planning on backpacking Southeast Asia and have a limited budget. Below are a few ways to get the most out of every dollar and still provide you with a great experience.

Discount Airliners: One of the most unknown things in Southeast Asia is how cheap air travel can be. Sometimes, it is marginally more than the cost of taking a bus. Both Air Asia and Bangkok Airways offer cheap airfare around most of South East Asia. Fares are regularly USD or lower. If you have limited travel time, it is highly recommended that you investigating flying between destinations.
 
Don’t pay in US currency: One of the biggest mistakes that travelers often do is try to pay in US currency. Pretty much everywhere in Southeast Asia accepts US Dollars, but the conversion rate offered by merchants is terrible. A lot of times, you can end up paying 30% more than you would have if you used the local currency. For the best rates, try to exchange some money before you leave. You can also exchange money at most major banks in South East Asia.

 
Watch Out for Scams: If it sounds too good to be true, you are probably being scammed. There are all sorts of scams in Southeast Asia that are aimed at taking you money, and returning an inferior product to what you should be getting. This can come in the form of lower quality tours, transportation that doesn’t take you where you want to go, or paying significantly more for a product than you should be charged. To avoid the scams, talk to travelers at your hostel to see what they did. When booking tours or transportation, try to book only from reputable companies, so you get the trip you are actually paying for. If you are taking a Taxi in some countries, request that they run the meter. Most drivers negotiate fares, and in most cases are way greater than if the meter is used. Some drivers will refuse to take you, but eventually you will find one that will use his meter. This can save you a lot of money. 

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Lightweight Backpacking – Tips to Lighten The Load



For those backpackers who are hardcore enough to enter the realm of lightweight or ultra-light backpacking here are some techniques that can lighten the load on your next trip. Some of these do tend towards the extreme and will test your skills in the wilderness so be aware that if you don’t know what you are doing you can get into more trouble then you might think.

The heaviest items on any backpacking trip are your tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. The first thing to consider going without is your sleeping pad. Knowing the environment where you intend to backpack will allow you to determine if there will be materials available that will allow you to build a natural mattress.

Dead leaves, pine needles, dead grass, and dry bracken ferns can be used to create a pile large enough to set your tent or bivy sack on. This gets you up off the hard cold ground and provides insulating value much as a sleep pad does.

When you break camp be sure to scatter your mattress materials and leave your site in its natural state.

A Wilderness Survival Course can also help you reduce the weight of your backpacking treks because the knowledge gained can help you make better more informed decisions on what to take. For instance if you know which berries and other fauna are edible you can get by with packing less food. You can also leave your stove at home if you bring ready-to-eat foods to go along with foraging off the land.

Take a look through all your gear and look for ways to save weight there. Do you need full on rain gear or will a lightweight poncho suffice. Cut the handle off your toothbrush and silverware. Do you really need that bowl and cup or can you drink your hot tea or soup from your cooking pan.

You can also update your gear with the latest and lightest equipment.

Down sleeping bags that weight less then 2 pounds but are good down to 15 degrees and lightweight backpacking tents can save pounds off your load. This lightweight gear is not cheap but it is well made and will last through many backpacking seasons.

Combining lightweight backpacking gear with some of the above techniques will allow you to truly enjoy the benefits of lightweight backpacking.

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Backpacking ? Suggestions for The Best Sleep System



By understanding a few simple facts you will find the best sleep system on a backpacking adventure. It is able to bring you a great night’s sleep and fully prepared.

Backpacking is great fun and if you are planning on a trip that requires camping out then you will need to understand which is the best sleep system for you. Even for the most experienced backpacker there are so many options available to choose from that could potentially confuse.

There are quite a few factors that determine how to choose your sleep system such as the weather – ie cool or warm, the terrain – ie rough or smooth terrain. So a lot depends on the area where you will be going to, the time of the year and the climate.

You really do need to have a good idea of the climate where you will be camping and have a good idea where you will be backpacking too. By being aware of your location will help decide what equipment and what material it is made from in order to make your sleep comfortable.

How much do you want to spend? Always go for what you can afford and there really is a wide range of sleeping gear available to suit all budgets.

If you can afford it buy goose down sleep equipment as it is a great insulator. For those on a budget then more affordable synthetic based gear is still a good choice too. Decide what level of comfort you want, For example, whether you want a mattresses or sleep pads in order to get a good night’s sleep.

On a backpacking trip you will be concerned about weight as you will have to carry everything. As some materials weigh more than others then it is important to choose not only the most comfortable and most insulating, but a lightest too.

 

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