Estonia is a small country in Europe's Baltic region. It is bordered by Latvia and Russia and has Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland coastline. Though small in area, Estonia packs amazing variety to catch the fancy of even the travelers from large countries. This variety is discernable in its landscape, seasons and flora, besides its cosmopolitan centers, which coexists perfectly with medieval castles. Estonia had been under control of Germans, Danes, Swedes, Poles and Russians since 13th Century, before attaining independence from Russia in 1918. However, the joys of independence were short lived as Russians again occupied Estonia in 1940. The country regained its independence in 1991.
The most interesting thing about Estonia is that its various attractions are inseparable from its history. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia located on its northern coast, is a historical town. The remarkably well preserved Old City of Tallinn is its main attraction. It is a walled town with 26 towers. Toompea Hill, the tower of Oleviste Church and Town Hall provide a bird's eye view of the city. Toompea Castle, built in 13th Century by the Danish, now houses Estonian parliament. The Dominican St. Catherine’s Monastery, dating back to 13th Century, is also a popular attraction of Tallinn.
Tartu, the second largest city of Estonia, is located in its southern part. The University building, St. John’s Church and Town Hall are important attractions of this city. As much as heritage, Estonia is well endowed with natural beauty. Lake Peipsi, located east of Tartu, is the fourth largest lake of Europe. Located near Tallinn, the Jagala Falls is the country's largest and one of the most picturesque sights. Karula National Park, Lahemaa National Park, Matsalu National Park, Soomaa National Park and Vilsandi National Park are the best places where one can have tryst with the nature at her best.
Estonia has more than 1,500 islands and islets. Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, two of the largest islands in the Baltic Sea, are hot spots for eco tourism and adventure tourism. Western Estonia, with its breathtaking landscape and beautiful beaches, offers endless opportunities for activities such as hiking, canoeing, bird watching, horse back riding and golfing.
Sikkim, a vertical land in India
One of the smallest states in India (which was slightly less than Friuli) had an independent history as far back as 1642, under the dynasty of kings Chogyal, Tibetan term translated from the Sanskrit "Dharmaraja" or "King defender of the dharma." In 1975, through a referendum, it became part of India. In the territory of Sikkim entirely mountainous and with only a few green houses ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post
Laos seems like a long shot to become Southeast Asia’s next big thing. The food doesn’t win any prizes, the roads are severely potholed by frequent flooding and locals regard the prospect of increased tourism with a sunny indifference that exceeds even Mediterranean proportions. Laos is the least developed and most enigmatic of the three former French Indochinese states ... Read full Blog post