Mount Luho, Boracay

Mount Luho is the highest peak on Boracay Island.

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Mount Luho the highest point in Boracay has an altitude of 100 meters above sea level. The viewing tower provides views over the eastern side of the island. There is an entrance fee to the tower.

You can get to Mount Luho by either hiring a mountain bike or taking a tricycle.

Entrance is north of Barangay Bulabog, on the eastern side of Boracay Island.

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Island hopping, Boracay

Island hopping is a popular activity for most first time visitors to Boracay, Philippines.

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Visitors can either hire a boat with a skipper or join an island hopping tour. We hired a private boat from the White Beach and explored a few of the small neighbouring beaches.

If you join an island hopping tour there will usually be up to 20 people on the boat. The tour will usually involve lunch and provide snorkelling gear. Most island hopping tours will involve opportunities to swim and go snorkelling.

Possible stops could include Crystal Cove, Crocodile Island, Magic Island, Puka Beach, and Ilig-Iligan Beach.

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Rotorua GLO Festival NYE

The 2018 Rotorua GLO Festival was a family-friendly New Year’s Eve event held at Rotorua’s lakefront Village Green.

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The evening line up included live music on stage from 4.30pm, a screening of the 2007 Disney Pixar computer-animated fantasy film Coco at 6pm, and then live music continuing as the sun set.

As well as the live music there were food trucks and Mahons Amusements hosted a carnival with carnival games, fairground food and rides including a Grand Carousel, Dodgem Cars, Fun Factory, Graviton, Round Up and the Pirate Ship.

A fireworks display on the lakefront concluded the night at 9.30 pm.

The decision this year to not have a midnight fireworks drew criticism from some members of the community. Despite this the Council reports 12,000 people attended the festival in its entirety and 15,000 people watched the 9.30pm fireworks.

Happy New Year!

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Agra Fort

Agra Fort is a historical fort in Agra, India.

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Construction begun in 1565 under Emperor Akbar and was completed in 1573. It was the central residence for four generations of Mughal emperors until 1638 when the capital moved from Agra to Delhi.

It covers an area of 94 hectares. The fort’s double red walls are more than 20 metres in height and 2.5 kilometres in circumference.

Agra Fort is approximately 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) from the Taj Mahal, so most tourists visit both sites in the same day. It is open from sunrise to sunset.

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Wagah border ceremony

The lowering of the flags at Wagah border is a daily military practice between India and Pakistan.

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The ceremony takes place at sunset at the Wagah border (its Indian name is Attari), a border town between India and Pakistan. Wagah is 27km from Amritsar on the Indian side and 29km from Lahore on the Pakistani side.

Both sides have visitor galleries. I viewed the ceremony from the Indian side.

The ceremony is very theatrical with the marching involving the soldiers raising their legs as high as possible.

The soldiers march towards the gate at the border, which is opened. The soldiers will then salute each other and the both countries will start lowering their flags at the same time. The flags are then folded and the gates slams shut.

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The Golden Temple – Evening Visit

The Golden Temple is a Sikh place of worship in Amritsar, India.

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This post is about my evening visit to the Golden Temple. Click here to read about my visit during the day.

In the evening the closing ceremony to observe is the sukhasan. Sukh means comfort or rest, and asan means position.

At night the Guru Granth Sahib scripture book is placed on pillow bed decorated with flowers and carried into the Akal Takht amongst chanting to symbolically be put to bed.

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The Golden Temple – Day Visit

The Golden Temple is a Sikh place of worship in Amritsar, India.

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The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, which means ‘abode of god’ is the holiest Gurdwara and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.

Gurdwara, which is a place of worship, means ‘door to the guru’. Sikhs welcome people from all faiths, including those who do not have a faith to their gurdwaras.

There are four entrances to the shrine from four directions signifying this point that all are are equally welcome.

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Construction on the temple begun in 1581. The temple has had to be rebuilt several times after being destroyed by Muslim armies from Afghanistan and the Mughal Empire.

The name Golden Temple came after the temple’s marble exterior was overlaid with gold foil in 1830.

The temple is surrounded by a manmade pool named Amrit Sarova, which translates as ‘pool of holy nectar’. There are many exotic fish in the pool. Devotees who visit the temple may bathe in the holy waters.

My small group visited the Langar, which is a community kitchen that serves free vegetarian food to everyone regardless of faith, gender or economic background. Everyone sits on the floor in rows and food is served by volunteers.

After lunch we visited the food preparation and cooking areas and participated in making the dough for roti.

Later in the afternoon we sat and watched a trio of Sikh musicians perform hymns with traditional instruments.

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