PP Underground river – New 7 Wonders of Nature : #PhilippinesDiary

What is to see around Palwan?  Was the first question to the tri-wheeler driver on the way to hotel from baby airport of Pureto Princessa.

You should go see Underground River….He said.

Underground river…..sounds interesting. Imagination about this unknown recommendation was in full swing. One more day and I was on the way to Underground river…excited 🙂

Known with a formal name as The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 80 kilometres from the city center of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.  The river is called Underground River because it flows directly underneath the St Paul Mountain Range. Besides being one of the longest underground rivers in the world, the PPUR is also one of the very few that outflows directly to the sea.

To reach to underground river, you will visit beautiful Sabang town. The little town offers amazing beauty of blue watered beach, friendly people, couple of very good resorts and lots of novelty fruit shakes. Time at Sabang will be the most exciting time, while waiting for your turn for ferry ride and enjoying the beauty of nature around, especially those splashing waves.

And the wait ends….the new journey starts and while ferry ride, you are not sure, on which side you should see because the stunning beauty, nature has spread around is much more than your eyes can drink in.

And finally, you are on another beach. The most clean, splendidly beautiful, white beach where you do not want to stop clicking. Five minutes of soft hiking from here will take you to the boat ride station to Underground River.

And now, the most exciting part starts….Are you ready to get into that dark, seemingly little entrance in the mountain? The audio tour will help you while whole boat ride of 20 minutes, where you will explore the underground river, those naturally shaped curves, which will be interestingly related to human body and lifestyle, by your boatman. BTW, let me tell you, in the dark, the headlamp of boatman is the only directive point for you. The boatman will ask you to be silent so that you can clearly listen to those click-click of bats, sweet chirps of all the fauna, which you might not have heard about in outer world.

Finally, that’s the way to go out to sunlight again and beautiful sceneries again.

And once out of boat, you will be transferred to ferry again to go back to Sabang. And believe me, those unforgettable memories will not allow you to sleep for longer.

Stay tuned for some more visual treats where I will take you to the beautiful islands, around Palwan 🙂

 

Why Boracay is the Paradise? #PhilippinesDiary

Located in central Philippines, this little jewel has received many awards from travel publications and agencies. It has made to list of “Top 10 destinations to visit in 2016”. And if I have to award it, I will address it as “Best place for honeymooners”:-).

Dancing on white bed of sand while listening to those wild waves of ocean is not a dream of yours? Treat your eyes here, rather than just imagining how it would feel.

The picturesque beach offers some of the best spots for pictures and I too did not miss the opportunity…

Sunset here is never to be missed. Those unnamed colors seen in the sky would be the lifetime memories.

Also, you will see the sand artist at their best, almost at every half kilometer….Keep clicking, I told to myself.

The happening beach is full of palm trees, bars and restaurants. Boracay is the best place for relaxation and nightlife and once visited, you will agree to that.  The night life here is all about exploring, walking barefoot, enjoying different cuisines, trying karaoke, relaxing while enjoying massage, observing and sinking in the ambience around and finally, sleeping on towels on beach, while looking at those shining stars…..

The blue water and white sand are not allowing me to go back to my real life, although I am already back and believe me, you too will not….

And with this, if you think, Boracay story is over here…..Sorry, my friend. Stay tuned to drink the beauty of islands around….

Photo Story : Taiwan – Part 4

After the visit of Sun Moon Lake on previous day, you are not ready for any ordinary sight and you love the day when your expectations are fulfilled or I should say, exceeded. To read about last three parts of photo story of Taiwan, please refer Part-1, Part-2 and Part-3.

Fo Guang Shan (Chinese: 佛光山) is around 50 years old, an international Chinese Buddhist monastic order and new religious movement based in Taiwan. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan, located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organization is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan.

Founded by  Hsing Yun, the order promotes Humanistic Buddhism and is known for its efforts in the modernization of Chinese Buddhism. And availability of Star Bucks inside monastery premises is the best proof of it. Number of restaurants, cafes and shops inside monastery never makes you feel that you are in religions premises.

The entrance is not extra ordinary and at entrance, you can never  imagine, what mixture of art, religion and technology, you are going to witness inside the monastery.

Beyond the Welcoming Hall are eight Chinese-styled pagodas on either side of the main avenue leading up to the Bodhi Square.  And every step towards Bodhi Square reminds you how tiny we are and our problems. A peaceful surrounding, artwork everywhere and Statue of Buddha at the highest point….what else can you think of?

 

And yes, looking back from different levels, from Bodhi square will never allow you to stop the camera clicks…Proofs 🙂

Above the hall are four stupas that symbolize the Four Noble Truths.

Standing behind, there is an enormous seated metal Shakyamuni Buddha of 108 meters height and believe me, that’s the most beautiful sight.

The Center was opened at an international ceremony on 25 December 2011 and the memorable picture from the opening ceremony is mind blowing.

And with this, if you are thinking, this photo story is ended, you are mistaken. Remember? I said, the dream place was Taipei….So, I am yet to cover the main part – Taipei City….And of course, one more beautiful place from Taiwan…Stay tuned 🙂

Quick peek and click lick

Click, click, click….

The camera said tick…tick…tick

I was quick…quick…quick

And suddenly, my eyes did not blink…

Without wait I sneak

Could not stop to think

Looking at friend, I wink

As I see magic

Wanted to have a link

To capture that lick

Enough is not the word to drink

Hands were on camera to pick

Knowing what could be the risk

Confidence of mine shrink

I act on the fear to kick

And concentrate on lick

Am I becoming a freak?

Are they kink?

Not sure…. again I peek

And it’s still on…the magic

Would you wish to be alike?

Photo Story : Taiwan – Part 2

Driving by pacific coastline in Taiwan is a memorable experience and you would not like to miss any moment of it, for sure. After enjoying the natural beauty at Taroko Gorge along with dark, hot coffee on Sunday morning, I was convinced that Taiwan cannot have anything more beautiful to offer. But as I said in first post, being proven wrong is something I like the most.

Located at the east coast of Taiwan, Qinghsui Cliff is considered as eighth wonder of Taiwan.

Not known about the fact, I was looking forward to reach to Taipei city by evening. When the driver stopped by the parking area and asked to walk by the cliff, I was wondering what could be special about it…

And here I was…..While walking on the black charcoal road and looking at clouds kissing mountain peaks; I could hear that lovely rhythm from Pacific again.

and that moment of AHAAA…..Those color tones from cliff and Pacific along with blue sky made the loveliest combination…

Knowing how Taiwan was formed was interesting…

The observation deck, where I can stand still for hours, looking the ocean blended in sky..

Splendid view of ocean hugging the tall mountains every moment, was magical.

Every step of the walk is picturesque and you don’t want to stop clicking…

Occasionally you hear the train whistling, at the bottom of cliff and I could imagine the joy of passengers enjoying the coastline from train.

And matching with blue and white colors of ocean and sky, I too did not miss out on opportunity of having beautiful picture here…

More about Taiwan……Tune in 🙂