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Bag-Pack-Tourism in C-Era

Tourism

 

If we combine each country’s loss in revenue, the financial impact of Covid-19 on world tourism has resulted in a total revenue loss of $195 billion worldwide so far.
 
If you calculate separately, France is the world’s most visited country with over 89 million tourists each year, but the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in a total revenue loss of £8.7m.
 
As some of the countries emerges from lockdown much of the world is sinking deeper into this exponential and existential crisis.
 
Travel and tourism have been one of the most disrupted industries by COVID-19. Travel and tourism are also one of the most disruptive negative forces impacting our natural environment and the health and wellbeing of our planet.
 
This blog aims to summarise the key points which emerged amongst our thoughts, as well as the direction of travel for the industry, in particular from a sustainable perspective.
 
My personal experience, having spent a decade working in the information technology industry, and having been fortunate enough to travel a lot approximately 27 countries over the past many years, is that travel and tourism will continue to contribute massively to diversity, cultural understanding, education, a global outlook and to contribute to a more harmonious and peaceful world for all.
 
However, the travel industry cannot and must not continue to have scant regard for the damage it does to the natural environment.
 
There is a huge opportunity post-COVID to reset, to create a new paradigm which is genuinely sustainable, where travel and tourism are framed in a more planet-friendly way and where people think before they moving into a plane.
 
With the industry on its knees, governments across the globe should consider following the lead of the French Government and link airline bailouts to their environmental policy and strategies.
 
In the context of a sustainable reset, we may travel less but we will most certainly enjoy it more and do less harm.
 
1. Deep Mingling experience
 
We have experienced in past days that we are now much closer to nature. Now further travel can open our eyes to the value of nature, different cultures and the interconnectedness of all of us.
 
The panellists made the point that in a post-COVID world, it is vital that we shift our mindsets from bucket-list ticking to a more thoughtful, deeper approach to travel.
 
We need to stay for longer in the places we visit; engage with local communities, and give back to them. When travelling with children, we should teach them about where they’re going prior to travelling and what to take care of whilst they’re there and help preserve the environment in doing so.
 
We should be more careful but more enthusiastic now when we are attending a religious ceremony in India, or a how-to prepare pastry’s lesson in Paris, or following any passion, we could experiencing life as a local, understanding it, and helping communities thrive who will, in turn, care more deeply for the environment around them.
 
We have spotted many innovators and startups who aim to help communities affected by tourism. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many startups has released evocative adverts aiming to pull tourists back once they are able to travel, in order to help the local community, and some startup already started co-operations that work with neighbourhoods and renters to create an ethical alternative to Airbnb, Oyo etc. type of companies.
 
2. Own the responsibilities
 
When we say “It is a local government Job”, then simultaneously we are trying to shun our duties and responsibilities and only remember our rights.
 
It’s easy to place the responsibility we have towards the environment and local communities when travelling on governments and big businesses. But in accepting that each individual traveller has a role to play, we can help to mitigate the negative aspects of the industry.
 
While tourism brings in massive revenues to local communities and helps to fund the wages of rangers and other wildlife preservationists who protect local species and the environment, communities can be overwhelmed and the environmental cost of travel and tourism is massive.
 
We should research the most environmentally-friendly travel companies, and which ones give back to and engage with local communities.
 
3. Environment-Friendly
 
Without a doubt, everyone agreed that younger generations are certainly becoming more aware of the need to travel sustainably and drive the demand for sustainable change.
 
Having an interesting, environmental edge, such as eco-friendly portable hotel concept is a major requisite for many young people and it’s important for the big players in travel and tourism to lean into this.
 
They need to be transparent about what they are doing to be more sustainable; like afford to send their employees on trains instead of planes, saving on carbon emissions?
 
Moreover, after months of remote working, is it necessary to travel around the world for work at all anymore?
 
We have certainly noticed a plethora of innovators seeking to make the remote working experience. some creative companies are also coming forward to accept this culture. In being selective about the environmental and ethical practices of the travel companies we generally use, we should put pressure on companies and businesses to live up to the same standards and open up conversations between governments and local communities.
 
4. Pack your bags for short travels
 
Kurt shared data that shows this is most likely to be short-haul and localised, with long-haul, international travel unlikely to return to normal until around 2023.
 
It is likely that, as the travel industry begins to reopen, there will be an immediate upsurge in cheap, accessible holidays in popular destinations, as tourist boards and travel companies try to rebuild themselves after the pandemic by offering discounts and cheap travel.
 
After being inside for months, travellers will likely be eager to travel at the expense of the environment and other considerations.
 
As we begin to rebuild the travel industry, we must make sure that sustainability forms part of the recovery plan; it is incumbent upon everyone to make the change permanent, to refuse to return to normal, to explore your local area rather than travelling a far, and to check the policies of your travel companies. Mitigation isn’t the solution.
 
5. Time to Give Back This means travelling lightly in terms of the environment, and deeply into the communities we should enter. All travellers either governments, or businesses or individuals, all are stewards for the planet, and we must give back in any way we can.
 
The new role for the travel and tourism industry would be, they should become unites, educators, great employers, and the drivers of empathy and change. And yes, they can do, if they are committed to doing so.
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic has made our world smaller than they have been for a long time, it is vital that we remember how privileged we are when it becomes possible to travel again.

 

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Cheapest Travel Destination

So, my friends, you are looking for the cheapest travel destination. Well, it is in the Asia continent but actually, it is situated between Asia and Europe because it is in the mountainous Caucasus region between them.

Armenia is a hidden country in all Asian countries. Many of you have never heard the name or don’t know the exact place of Armenia on the World map.

Exact location of Armenia

Let us discuss, why it is a cheap country to visit?

Accommodation:

You will get hotels in Yerevan approximately USD 20 per night.  Try to book with Hostelworld.com, generally, you get hostels and guest houses start from 10$. Well again depends upon property location, it could be a little bit higher side, if you are looking at it in the center of the city.

Transport:

Taxies are cheaper than in Europe, and the USA. The normal tariff is AMD 600.00 i.e for (first 5 km) it is approximately USD 1.2XX, then for every 1 km, it is 100 dram extra. Alternatively, you can use taxi mobile apps like GG, or Yandex which are cheaper and safer.

You will find public transport also cheaper to move around the city. the recommendation is always, to use public buses or Metro trains, but not private transport, Generally, the rates they charge are the same approx 100 Darm, which in USD comes approximately USD 0.20.

Food:

Food is also cheap, of course, if you’re not eating in a luxurious restaurant. You can have dinner within USD10. Besides that, there are many food courts with tasty dishes so you can save money on food, instead of trying the best Armenian dishes.

Fruit prices are lower and yes, they all are organic, so try Armenian fruits if you happen to be here. It would e a little bit costlier, in Yerevan, outside of the capital the prices get lower.

When to visit

Peak season is summer (Jun–Aug), which is warm and dry and features events such as the Yerevan International Film Festival (Jul) and the Extreme Sports Festival (Lake Sevan, Aug). Winters are cold and snowy, and the ski resort of Tsakhkadzor is open from mid-Dec through Mar or Apr.

Worth Seeing Places:

The Matenadaran, officially the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts is a museum, repository of manuscripts, and a research institute in Yerevan, Armenia. It is the world’s largest repository of Armenian manuscripts. For more information visit http://www.matenadaran.am/

Republic Square is the central town square in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. It consists of two sections: an oval roundabout and a trapezoid-shaped section which contains a pool with musical fountains. For more information https://www.yerevan.am/am/

The Cascade is a giant stairway made of limestone in Yerevan, Armenia. It links the downtown Ketron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. Designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan, and Sargis Gurzadyan the construction of the cascade started in 1971 and was partially completed in 1980 for more information visit https://www.cmf.am/

Zvartnots Cathedral is a 7th-century centrally planned aisled tetraconch type Armenian cathedral built by the order of Catholicos Nerses the Builder from 643-652. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of the city of Vagharshapat in Armavir Province of Armenia

The Armenian Genocide memorial complex is Armenia’s official memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, built in 1967 on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd in Yerevan. For more information visit http://www.genocide-museum.am/eng/index.php

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Coorg & Madekeri – A Live Destination Travel

Approximately 265 kilometers of distance from Bangalore, Coorg or you can say Kodagu, a district in Karnataka, and Madikeri is the district headquarter. Coorg is known as the Scotland of India.

Glance of History:
In 1834, the East India Company annexed Kodagu into British India, after deposing Chikka Virarajendra of the Kodagu kingdom, as ‘Coorg’.

Coorg Province was largely inhabited by the Kodava people who spoke the Kodava language.

During the 19th century, a number of coffee plantations were established in Coorg with the result that Coorg became one of the largest producers of coffee in the British Empire.

Accommodation

I will start with accommodation first;

I used to book my hotel thru Hostelworld.com and booking.com

I got a beautiful accommodation, in the mid of the forest, approximately 32 km far from city center,Madikeri. And that was Zostal Coorg. It starts from INR 499/- per dorm, if you are lucky then only you can get it. Dorm means one cot, it can be ground floor, or upper.

Located in the middle of a mini forest and coffee plantations, Zostel Coorg is a laidback backpacker hostel in the lap of nature. The hostel is 5 kms from the Siddapur town and is well connected by bus and auto rickshaw service.

Tucked away in the greenest lands of the town, Zostel Coorg offers a variety of dormitories, tents and private rooms. There is plenty of space all around the hostel for travelers to mingle apart from the cozy common room and the multi-cuisine cafe.

For the more adventure-loving of the lot, they have tents for you to camp with wilderness around you. There is a small pond within the property and hammocks are all around the place to just relax and do nothing.

Places to visiting in Coorg/Madikeri

I will not give you bunch of places. I will suggest only important main places mandatory to visit. It will not take more than 24 hours, but yes, you can spent more day, if you are going to my way. I spent two days and one night.

1. Coffee Plantations:

Coorg is renowned for its coffee plantations, which contribute around 60% of India’s coffee production. It also has plentiful teak, rosewood, and sandalwood forests. You have two choices: Either stay near by resort or join the group, who is visiting coffee plantation group tour. You can have a fresh cup of coffee definitely.

2. Waterfalls:

Abbey Waterfall

Abbey Falls and Irupu Falls are two of the biggest waterfalls in the Coorg region. Abbey Falls, located about 15 minutes north of Madikeri, is most accessible. Irupu Falls is nearly two hours south of Madikeri and an hour from Nagarhole National Park.

3. Dubare Elephant Camp

Dubare Elephant Camp

Dubare Elephant Camp is an elephant training camp operated by the Karnataka government. The camp is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.The elephants are located on an island within the camp and it’s necessary to take a boat to get there. Hence, if you want to experience the bathing try to arrive as early as possible, preferably by 9 a.m. You’ll be able to learn all about elephants, ride them, and even scrub them while they’re being bathed in the river.

4. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary:

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, also known as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka, is a bird sanctuary in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the state, only 40 acres in area, and comprises six islets on the banks of the Kaveri river.

5. Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery and Golden Temple

It’s located in Bylakuppe, near Kushalnagar. One of the must-see Buddhist monasteries in India, this monastery is home to one of the largest Tibetan settlements in India. The amount of gold in the prayer hall and temple is quite overwhelming, as too are the immense gold statues of Buddha.

6. Madikeri Fort

Madikeri Fort

Madikeri has an old fort and palace. Most of the palace has been turned into government offices though. A small part has been opened as a rather unappealing museum.

7. Nisargadhama hole National Park


Nisargadhama is a breathtakingingly beautiful island off the state highway, two km from Kushalanagar town and 28 km from Madikeri. The 64-acre island, surrounded by the Cauvery river, can be accessed by walking across a hanging bridge.

8. Rajs’s Seat

Raja’s Seat

One of the popular tourist spots, Raja seat literally means “Seat of the Kings”. Located in the town of Madikeri, it is a beautiful place presenting a refreshing setting and soothing environment.

The place is called as Raja’s Seat because it was the place where Coorg’s kings used to visit and enjoy the beautiful scenic beauty around. The sunset and sunrise make for mesmerizing view which is worth captivating in your cameras.

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GolKonda Fort, Hyderabad, India

Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad, India

So…excited…yes, this is a second blog from my side on the travel destination, but actually, this is not a blog, this is a Vlog because I came with the complete video shoot. There is a huge demand from foreign travelers regarding Indian heritage, Indian forts, Indian culture, so this time we picked up Golkonda Fort this is in Hyderabad, South India.
The name of the fort has been derived from the Telugu words “Golla” and “Konda” which together means ‘Shepherd’s Hill’. Founded in the approximately 12th Century by the Kakatiya Kings, this massive Golconda Fort with eight gates and 87 bastions was later built by Qutub Shahi Kings.
The king constructed a mud fort around this holy spot and after 200 years, Bahamani rulers took possession of the place. Later the Qutub Shahi kings converted this into massive granite fort extending 5km in circumference. The fort is considered a mute witness to historic events. The Qutub Shahis reign at Golkonda ended in 1687 when it was run over by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who intentionally left it in ruins.
The system of acoustics in the Fort is something which attracts each and every visitor. The sound of clapping at the entrance can be heard at the ‘Bala Hissar’ which is the highest point and almost a kilometer away. This system was apparently used for communication purposes, especially to alert the royal in case of an attack.
So ready to see…. here is the video…