Sprawling with a land area of 2.54 million square kilometers is the country of Sudan or the "Land of the Blacks" (Bilad Assudan), nestled on the northeastern part of Africa. In spite of its immense size, Sudan is one of the least-visited countries in the continent due to a seemingly endless civil strife that racks the land. Behind the dark cloud of war, however, the beauty of Sudan's culture and nature shines through.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy Sudan, starting from its ancient capital Omdurman, to the new capital, Khartoum. Omdurman's camel market and Arab souks are a crowd-drawer, while in Khartoum, Shari'a Al Nil or Nile Street beguiles with the picturesque view of its Blue and White Nile, cobblestone street, and whitewashed buildings such as Presidential Palace and National Museum, which contains archeological treasures dating back to as far as 4000 BC.
For those wishing to embrace Sudan's wilderness, there are the vast swamps, rainforests, and game reserves of Dinder National Park, home to wild animals such as black and white rhinos, elands, Nile lechwes, kudus, pelicans, bushbucks and crown cranes. The park covers about 2500 square miles of Khartoum, touching base with the Ethiopian border.
Sudan's highest peak is West Jebel Marra, which rises 10,100 feet above sea level. The mountain has waterfalls and volcanic lakes offering refreshing dips and views. Jebel Marra looms over the famous Red Sea, home to the country's marine gardens and coral reefs.
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
Palace on Wheels : A Royal Luxury Train Tour in India
Palace on Wheels is one of the most popular luxury trains running in India. It presents a great chance to travelers from across the globe to explore the fabulous destination Rajasthan and Agra sitting in the lap of exquisite luxury of the train. It is a well-known fact that Indian royalty was too fond of luxury trains. The princes of various princely states got their trains customized in England ... Read full Blog post