World’s most beautiful gardens, visit at least once

World's most beautiful gardens, visit at least once

Here are the list of most beautiful gardens of the world.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation – Scotland
Open to the public only one day a year, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation takes science and maths as its inspiration. Quite simply, there isn’t another garden like it in the world.

Keukenhof Gardens – The Netherlands
An unprecedented wealth of spectacular floral displays planted in endless varieties, alternated with beautiful works of art.

Suan Nong Nooch – Thailand
This incredible park is situated in Pattaya, Thailand. It is popular among tourists because of stunningly beautiful landscapes and marvellous views.

Versailles – France 
Probably the world’s most famous garden, it was built for Louis XIV and designed by Andre Le Notre. The laying out of the gardens required enormous work. 

Jardim Botanico de Curitiba – Brazil 
Also known as the “Jardim Botanico Fanchette Rischbieter,” the Botanical Garden of Curitiba is a garden located in the city of Curitiba, the capital of the state of Paraná, and the biggest city in southern Brazil.

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Ruining the ruins: Keep vandals out

Hampi was a forgotten wonder until 1856 when it was re-discovered by Alexander Greenlaw of the East India Company.

Ruining the ruins: Keep vandals out

In 1988, UNESCO declared Hampi a world heritage site.

Winds of change are sweeping through the World Heritage Site, Hampi and nearby Anegundi, though they still lack several tourist-friendly facilities which other popular tourist sites boast of. Of late, the 15th century capital city of the Vijayanagar empire is not only attracting big crowds of foreign and domestic tourists but also young tourists particularly those from metros and has become a popular eco-tourism destination too. From ‘haalu Hampi’ or ruined Hampi, the ancient capital has come a long way with the New York Times recently placing it second on its list of must-visit places in the world. What therefore came as a shock was a video circulated in social media of some youth vandalising pillars at the famed site. A granite pillar in the prakara of the ancient Vishnu Temple, behind the Elephant Stables at Hampi was seen being pulled down by some miscreants. Maybe, those who hardly care for the glory of bygone ages, have also forgotten the hard truth that there can never be another Hampi, or a Collosseum or the great pyramids of Egypt for that matter for these were created at a time when kings and emperors chased thier dreams knowing no bounds of wealth or manpower and created marvels which have left posterity gasping for breath. Or have those who were supposed to keep these magnificent structures safe and away from meddling minds, not paid enough attention to the enormity of the task in hand? Shivakumar G. Malagi dwells on recent happenings and changes in Hampi which need the urgent attention of those in power.

Soon after the act of vandalism at Hampi came to light, the police arrested four persons from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh but the fact that they could carry out their despicable act with such impunity, created doubts about monument protection and whether the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is carrying out its duties efficiently.

In the recent past, ancient sculptures and monuments like the Koti Linga at Chakratheertha, the watch tower at the Raghunatha Malyavantha temple, and a carved pillar at Achyuta Raya temple have been vandalized at Hampi but there has been no headway in the investigation.

Hampi was a forgotten wonder until 1856 when it was re-discovered by Alexander Greenlaw of the East India Company. Until the1980s, it used to draw big crowds only during three festivals- Shivratri, Hampi Jatra and Phala Puja. Things started happening only after former deputy chief minister late Mr MP Prakash took the initiative to popularise Hampi as a tourist destination by organising the state-sponsored Hampi Utsav in the 1980s.

In 1988, UNESCO declared Hampi a world heritage site, which led to a boost in the number of tourists. Then came star-hotels , high-end tourists and the Centre’s regional air connectivity scheme UDAN which ensured flights from Bengaluru to Vidyanagar airport in the JSW steels campus. As tourism grew and tourist inflow increased, so did security threats and more so as the site is spread over 41 sq km, containing more than 1,800 heritage buildings, a royal enclosure, markets, fortifications, ponds and temples, settlements going back to the Megalithic age, rock cave paintings, and Ashokan rock edicts.

In 2002, the Hampi Authority brought 1,600 monuments spread over 41 sq km under the core zone to be protected and it became the responsibility of the Archaeological Survey of India to maintain and protect them.The ASI has recognized 57 monuments here as World Heritage Sites and the state archaeological department another 1,800.

Apart from boasting of the world-famed monuments of the 15th century Vijayanagar empire, Hampi has the Daroji sloth bear sanctuary, a river otter’s sanctuary in the backwaters of river Tungabhadra and the serene hillocks of Anegundi in the vicinity, a big draw for young tourists. And there is also Virupapura Gadde, a forest land surrounded on all sides by the Tungabhadra and a popular destination for the care-free generation.

With more and more youth heading for Virupapura Gadde, popularly known as ‘Hippie island’ and to glamourous resorts across the Tungabhadra river, where they can party to their heart`s content, the need for safety and security measures has also grown manifold.

But fame brings its share of infamy too. Anti-social elements have made the best of the anonymity the heritage site offers to their advantage. In October 2007, the police picked up suspected Pak-trained militant Imran alias Bilal with a huge cache or arms and bombs and Bengaluru city`s map. He was running a handicrafts shop right in front of Virupaksha temple for five years. Imran confessed to having undergone terror training in Pakistan.

Last year a foreign tourist triggered a ruckus at Hampi after carrying and consuming liquor inside Virupaksha Temple premises – a prohibited area. A picture showing him with a liquor bottle inside the temple went viral, triggering protests from local activists.

Liquor is prohibited in a 2-3 kilometres radius around the temple but even today, tourists manage to go around the heritage site with a beer bottle in hand and it is certainly an issue which has created huge doubts about the state of security.

“Tourists come here from Virupapura Gadde where hotels and lodges sell liquor. However they are able to get it inside the temple which is certainly a lapse on the part of the security staff as they should not have allowed it. The place doesn’t even have minimum security like metal detectors. If it is liquor today, tomorrow somebody may sneak inside with something really dangerous. It needs to be checked,” Ramachandra, a devotee said.

The negligent attitude towards the scattered ruins besides the big monuments is also shocking to say the least. Hampi authority officials admit that as they are spread across 29 gram panchayats in an area of 4,100 hectares with no less than 1,600 monuments, the Hampi ruins are virtually “impossible” to protect considering the scanty security personnel currently taking care of the area. Furthermore, fencing the entire 4,100 hectares is unlikely to happen as locals traverse through the place to their fields and also etch out a living by engaging in trade.

“We are planning to install more Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs) across the entire area to keep track of any vandals. We will then be able to apprehend the culprits within the hour if there is any act of vandalism,” said an official.

Fencing has been erected around many sites and monuments. “This looks odd and diminishes the look of the heritage site. There is a stone wall near a site called Queen’s Bath. If you put up fencing between connected sites, it distorts the context and meaning,” says Virupaksha Poojarahalli, professor, history department, Hampi university.

The irrigation for water-intensive crops in the area too poses a threat, especially to heritage structures located in agricultural fields, says an expert with UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. According to him, crops such as paddy and sugarcan are grown in water-logged fields that may weaken the foundation of monuments.However, the authorities say that the topic is “sensitive” as the local economy depends on farming. A strategy for managing this issue should be devised in close consultation with local stakeholders, they feel.

Residential layouts, business establishments, resorts and jaggery manufacturing plants too have come up distorting the orginal landscape of the heritage town. Neither ASI, nor the state archeology wing or the Hampi authority have bothered to connect the scattered monuments with the famed Hampi monuments. Many tourists guides do not inform tourists about monuments located in less-frequented locations, as a result, these monuments turn into dens of illegal activities and fall prey to miscreants.

Ballari Superintendent of Police Mr Arun Rangarajan says that the four culprits who have been arrested for the recent act of vandalism have confessed to it.

“They were excited on seeing the monuments in the Hampi. They claim to have toppled the pillar in sheer excitement.They had no idea how historically significant Hampi is” the SP explains.

The state government will no doubt have to increase the number of security personnel at Hampi for more efficient protection of the ruins and also train tourist guides on how to advise tourists to behave in the heritage site, says a tourism department official.

If this does not happen fast, future generations will have nothing to do but curse us for turning a blind eye to a treasure trove of history and for leaving them only haunting images in history books to admire.

Cruise: New P & O Ferries party route revealed – and Eurovision fans will love it

Eurovision will, quite literally, take to the seas next month in a cheesy-tune packed cruise. Company P & O Ferries has anticipated the swell of public love for the ionic song contest, broadcast every year, with a two-day route to drum up anticipation. The “all singing, all dancing” journey will be its first ever, celebrating “unity, diversity and equality”. Organisers promise a musical trip down memory lane, dating back from 1956 to the modern day.

No doubt the likes of ABBA, Bucks Fizz and Lulu’s iconic Boom Bang-A-Bang will all feature in the soundtrack.

Meanwhile more modern entrants such as Conchita will also feature, as well as George Michael, Madonna and Gloria Gaynor.

What’s more, in addition to the musical antics, stilt walkers and glitter artists will also help to create a dazzling two nights.

The live entertainment will be accompanied by an extensive food menu from the a la carte restaurant, The Brasserie, or buffet options in The Kitchen.

The mini cruise departs from Hull, with its destination port in Amsterdam, meaning travellers can explore the delights of the European city when they arrive.

Cruise: New P & O Ferries party route revealed – and Eurovision fans will love it

Cruises: P & O has launched a Eurovision themed cruise (Image: Getty)

The Euphoria Eurovision show sets sail on March 9, from Hull to Amsterdam.

It then returns to the Yorkshire port the following day, March 10.

Ticket prices cost from £89.

The route comes two months before the Eurovision contest, which this year takes place in Israel.

It comes after Israel’s victory at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal with the song “Toy”, performed by Netta.

Cruises: Toy, performed by Israeli entry Netta, won in 2018 (Image: Getty)

Cruises: The two day Eurovision sets sail from Hull (Image: Getty)

It will be the 64th contest in its history.

The UK entry for the contest has been revealed as Michael Rice.

The Hartlepool-born singer, 21, won the first series of BBC talent show All Together Now.

He later starred on ITV show, The X Factor.

He triumphed over five other acts during Eurovision’s You Decide contest, on 8 February.

Perfect romantic trip: Most romantic honeymoon places in India

Perfect romantic trip: Most romantic honeymoon places in India

It is the hardest jobs for any new married couples to decide where they should go for enjoy their honey time. In India, where lot of most popular honeymoon spots which compete with each others to attracts visitors for its uniqueness and popularity. Here are the list of 7 famous places for honeymoon in India.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The very idea of having a honeymoon on an island, surrounded by waters all around, is romantic. Be it the summer months or the winter, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are among the best places for honeymoon in India. It is exotic and private, with a mind-blowing repertoire of flora and fauna.

Jammu & Kashmir
This capital city of Jammu & Kashmir is a paradise in every sense of the word. The lush valleys, sparkling lakes, high mountains and picturesque scenery make it a perfect honeymoon destination that you will remember all your life.

Shimla
Shimla is one place you can never get tired of visiting. If you are not worried about learning more about your better half in the snowy outdoors, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is the place to be for you. During winters, owing to the heavy snowfall in the city, there are not a lot of tourists. 

Udaipur
If your idea of a romantic getaway includes many lakes and travelling back in time, Udaipur is the perfect place for you. Not for nothing is Udaipur called the City of Lakes.

Goa
Goa is one of the top honeymoon destinations in India. Couples from all over the world come here to spend their honeymoon. Goa offers pristine beaches, scenic views, warm weather and a lot of fun and activity.

Darjeeling
Darjeeling, again one of the top visited hill stations and most romantic honeymoon destinations of India, famous for its pleasant cold climate, natural beauties of pine trees, tea gardens, mountains, local traditional market and most famous toy train journey.
Gangtok
Experience the breathtaking sunrise over the horizon of Khangchendzonga while snuggling with your significant other.

A small group of cyclists is trying to transform the way visitors experience Goa

A small group of cyclists is trying to transform the way visitors experience Goa

It is 5 am on a cool morning in Goa. Eighty cyclists are pedalling through a rural area in the south of the state. They are surrounded by rolling rice fields, currently unplanted, the green shining against the first light of the day.

It is a sight far removed from the disco lights and beach shacks that most people associate with India’s smallest state. And, happily, the sight is not very rare. Goa is increasingly becoming home to bicycle tours that bring together hundreds of cyclists from around India and abroad. “Goa is blessed with natural beauty and its terrain is ideal for this sport,” said Kishore Kodolikar, who has been cycling in the state since 2015. “As compared to other states, the roads here are better, and there is less traffic and harmful pollution.”

The premier event for amateurs and professionals alike is the annual Tour de Goa, which is organised by Cycling Goa, a broad alliance of cycling enthusiasts. It is a combination of leisurely excursions in idyllic landscapes and highly competitive time trials, which pit the country’s best road racers against one another. The Tour, says Rainer Dias, co-founder of Cycling Goa, is a chance for visitors from around India and the world “to come experience the more rural parts of Goa, the quieter parts”. This year, the event was held on February 1-3.

The Tour was started three years ago. “We run it in a way [that] it’s not at all commercial,” said Dias, who is also a former champion bodybuilder and windsurfer. “It’s a passion activity centred on the community of cyclists who really like cycling.” Participants are charged a fee and their numbers are kept limited, so that they can be comfortably accommodated in the comparatively rustic accommodations set up for them across the countryside. All this, says Dias, adds up to a uniquely Goan experience that is authentically susegad (a local expression that means both laidback and content).

In a state that is known for its vibrant nightlife, such an experience, says Dias, may not be for everyone. Most of the cyclists who have been part of the event have been in their forties or older.

When Dias founded the group with his friends in 2011, he says there were 10 active cyclists in Panjim, where he lives, and “probably around 30” in the state. Now the city has over 300, with Goa’s cycling population at around “600 to 700”.

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Twenty-year-old Sanresh Shedekar, one of the prominent faces in the country’s competitive Indian cycling space, didn’t think twice before moving from Mumbai to Goa with his family to hone his cycling skills. The road conditions in the state, access to the Western Ghat slopes, and the relatively clean air that help in his training were the factors that prompted his decision. “There is very good scope for cyclists in Goa, mainly because of the roads and active organisers,” said Shedekar. “My quest for trophies and medals has really begun here.”

Despite its natural advantages and proliferation of events, Goa has to cover some distance to catch up with the boom in Indian cycling. In New Delhi, for instance, 25 cycle-sharing stands with 3,000 bicycles were set up in 2018, and over 5,000 residents signed up on the SmartBikes app. Through the app, they can make payments (Rs 10 per hour) and use one-time passwords to unlock bikes at the stands through the touchpads on the back of each cycle. The New Delhi Municipal Committee has promised to add more cycling lanes and increase the number of bikes available for sharing.

Like Delhi, many Indian cities have pledged to re-engineer road systems to become more bicycle-friendly. In Pune, city planners have set aside Rs 350 crore for a comprehensive bicycle master plan, with a commitment to add 470 km of cycling paths to the existing network of 73 km. In Bengaluru, the cycle sharing app Yulu has recorded over 2.5 lakh downloads since it was introduced in 2018, and there are over 3,500 bicycles available for sharing at stands across the city. The local administration is also getting on board, with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike planning to build bike lanes on over 100 km of roads, with the first 46 km phase expected to be completed within a year.

According to a study by The Energy and Resources Institute, India would save Rs 1.8 trillion annually if bicycles replaced motor vehicles for short trips. In addition, the reduction in pollution and other health benefits associated with a more active lifestyle would prevent 4,756 premature deaths over the next 15 years. The study suggests imposing congestion taxes and steeper parking rates to discourage vehicular transport and influence people to take up cycling as a more financially-viable option.

One of the biggest concerns for cyclists across the country is the lack of safe infrastructure. Even in Goa, “there are instances of two-wheelers and cars driving on the wrong side of the road, endangering the lives of cyclists,” said Kodolokar, a Cycling Goa veteran. According to the Transport Research Wing of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, 25,345 cyclists were killed on Indian roads between 2011 and 2015.

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While cycling in India is still primarily for commutes or recreational purposes, competitive cycling is also on the rise, growing rapidly over the last three years. The most important among these is Tour de India, a three-city race, with the cities changing each year. Nationally, as well as globally, Indian competitive cyclists are making their presence felt. Shedekar was the champion in the state-level men’s cycling race in Goa in 2015. Twenty-year-old Vedangi Kulkarni cycled for 159 days in 14 countries, at up to 300 km a day, in 2018, becoming the fastest Asian to bicycle across the globe.

“What I would like to see [in Goa] is getting more of the younger generation involved,” said Dias. “I hope to see more infrastructure put in [by the government that allows people] to go out and cycle, and cycle safely.” Creation of “bike parks”, he says, could be an important step in this direction. Though Cycling Goa had mooted the idea to the authorities, its execution was “totally different” to the original plans.

Brian Soarez of Cycling Goa participated in Tour de Goa for the first time this year. “The experience was wonderful,” said Suarez. “Witnessing the joy in the eyes of all the cyclists as they bonded over three days…was fascinating.” Small signs that suggest a cycling culture is slowly gaining a foothold in the state.

Capital’s unknown treasures

Capital's unknown treasures

The sandstone walls and dome of the Kali Gumti (in picture), are now more black than pink.

Most Delhliites asked to name all the heritage sites in the capital would obligingly list Humayun’s Tomb, the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, the sites in Hauz Khas enclave, and the tombs in Lodi Gardens. The response is on predictable lines because all these monuments are on the tourist circuit. As R. Dehuri, the Archeological Survey of India’s (ASI) deputy superintending archaeologist on the Delhi mini-circle says, “The efforts made to conserve Delhi heritage sites are doing well. The tombs in Lodi Gardens and Humayun’s Tomb are also in very good condition. It has improved over the last few years.”

STATUS CHECK

But other monuments outside this charmed circle are less fortunate. NK Pathak, superintending archaeologist of the ASI’s South Delhi Circle points out that, for instance, monuments such as “The Adilabad Fort and Nai-ka-Kot in Tughlaqabad, which are not at all in the limelight from the tourism point of view”, have not fared so well.

High-profile sites have high levels of maintenance. For instance, the recently-restored Sunder Nursery complex and Aadam Khan’s Tomb are clean; the masonry of their walls is intact and their decorations well-preserved. In recent years, a surge of public interest, as well as new collaborations between public and private institutions, have led to the restoration of more and more sites. “No other city in India”, says historian Narayani Gupta, “has such a high amount of protected or heritage sites.” Three heritage sites, the Qutub Minar, the Red Fort, and Humayun’s Tomb, have all been granted the hallowed UNESCO status (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which considerably enhances their protected reputation. Several ASI sites including Humayun’s Tomb, and the Sunder Nursery, a 16th century heritage park complex which is also an extension of the tomb’s precincts, have the protection of private foundations; for instance conservation work at the Humayun’s tomb has been carried out under the Aga Khan Foundation, headed by its director, Ratish Nanda. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is another.

LEGAL ANGLE

Historian and writer Swapna Liddle says, “As far as legal protection is concerned, we are quite far ahead. There are monuments that are protected under the ASI, centrally protected monuments. Then there are those protected under the Delhi State Act. The list is constantly expanding. They are always being notified about other monuments, so they are quite proactive about these things.” But the existence of conservation laws isn’t enough. Take, for instance, Bijri Khan’s Tomb, built in the 15th century. Located at Venkateshwaran Marg, in RK Puram, it is under the protection of the state government, and was declared to be of prime archaeological significance. The tomb is built on a high platform and its high dome was once covered with marble and red sandstone, which is no longer visible. INTACH recently started restoring the tomb, but, due to this site being surrounded by encroachments, is unable to finish what it started. Liddle points out, “Protection and conservation management are very different. As far as legal protection is concerned, we are doing very well. There is also a list under the Delhi Building Bylaws, which also have a heritage clause, and the majority of the heritage buildings in Delhi are protected under the Building Bylaws. The various sections of MCD have lists which are notified under these laws, as well as the NDMC and the SDMC.”

Yet the existence of laws do protect the monument. For instance, the small cluster of ASI protected sites in Deer Park, are also under the direct supervision of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Three of them are the Bagh-IAlam Gumbad, the Kali Gumti, and the Choti Gumti. The Bagh-IAlam Gumbad is adjacent to what is called a Wall Mosque. While the walls are in relatively good condition, the dome is heavily discoloured with very prominent graffiti. Nearby, the Kail Gumti, around 600 years old, is in the same condition. A small swing set stands in proximity, where children play in the evenings and on weekends, according to the gardener-cumsupervisor and lone guard.

GOOD GOING

Not very far away is the Idgah of Kharehra in Padmini Enclave. This is under the protection of the ASI, too. It is set in a fenced enclosure right in the middle of the colony and is used as a park. As Rashid Wakil, whose office is nearby, says, “My colleagues and I often come here for lunch. It is always more or less empty. Senior citizens and children do come here in the evenings, and there is a guard.” Monuments situated in upmarket residential spaces are in relatively better condition because the residents are more assertive about security and encroachments.

Explains RK Singh, who works in the South Delhi circle of the ASI, “As all these sites are in the middle of small parks, they are protected from encroachments. Conservation efforts had been made for them four years ago, and while they still may need some painting and plastering, and some of the extra growth and vegetation around these sites need to be cleared, they are all still in relatively good condition. As these sites are also smaller than the World Heritage sites, they do not require much effort to maintain.” Narayani Gupta adds, “The Delhi monuments are in large part in a reasonably commendable state of conservation.”

The Tohfe wala Gumbad, at the west end of Shahpur Jat, is under the aegis of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).

Its honey-coloured walls are cracked and an old game of hop scotch in chalk is fading on the floor; debris surrounds it.

REAL DECAY

Less deserted but also neglected is the palace of Bahadur Shah Zafar at the heart of Mehrauli village. Also known as Zafar Mahal, it is protected by the ASI. It is permanently closed, albeit through a small open section of the door, one can see that the interior of the decrepit two-storey structure consists of crumbling masonry and obviously new structures are being built almost on top of its walls. Sounds of construction can be heard all around.

Liddle observes, “One major area where the ASI has been remiss is allowing encroachments and construction around monuments to happen in prohibited and regulated zones. We have a lack of proper internal audit and inspection that the ASI should provide to monitor these issues of encroachment. These are management, not conservation or construction issues.” She emphasises, “If a building has lasted so many centuries, even if you don’t conserve it or repair it, it will survive. But it cannot survive deliberate human interventions of this sort.” Affirms Aga Khan Foundation’s director Ratish Nanda, “Even if we had not done anything to Humayun’s Tomb, if we had left it completely alone, it would still have stood for another fifty years. Liddle adds, “The pressures on heritage are also higher. Pressure to develop, pressure to accommodate more and more people in the city.”

Many point out that the ASI has to contend with other bureaucracies, such as state authorities, MCD, private contractors, and other agencies and its resources are finite. Pathak states, “These constructions and encroachments have been taking place for decades, before the laws against them were instated. This is happening due to pressures of the growing population, despite the notices and acts we issue.” When asked about the seriously deteriorating condition of Zafar Mahal, Pathak says, “There is to be an architectural study to be conducted on the Mahal, on the site and the materials. The foundations and the pillars are in good condition. This is a big project which will require time, research, and funds. Every monument has its own challenges.”

PRESENT AND FUTURE

However, as Singh observes, public awareness about the state of monuments is increasing. Besides the ASI’s programmes to raise awareness, the Heritage Walks, and efforts made by these organisations like INTACH and the Aga Khan Trust help raise interest.

But restoration efforts are hindered by lack of funding and bureaucratic obstacles as well as problems of encroachment and unclear ownership. Anish Vinaik, an associate professor in the history department at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, points out, “In general there needs to be more creative thinking about heritage and heritage sites. Lesser known ones tend to be locked up and prevent people from going in.”

Other organisations involved include the National Culture Fund, which helped complete a total of 34 projects, including Humayun’s Tomb, Jantar Mantar, and the Sunderwala Mahal, at the Sunder Nursery. Private groups such as the Dalmia Bharat Group – which has taken on the maintenance of the Red Fort, and will be in charge of its maintenance for the next four years – are also playing their part. As writer and lecturer on Indian history and architecture Giles Tillotson put it, “There are now a lot more people interested, many of whom are doing a lot of good work. But there is still a long way to go.”

Time travel PROOF? ‘Time traveller’ from 2030 warns Mexico SURRENDERS border to USA

The anonymous time traveller, who hides behind the name of Noah, said North America will go through tumultuous changes in the next 11 years. Borders will cease to matter as countries one by one merge forces into giant superstates across the globe. The time traveller said Canada and Mexico will both surrender their borders to form a “super-country” by 2030. Speaking to paranormal investigators from the YouTube channel ApexTV, time traveller Noah said he is the real deal.

The alleged time traveller said: “I am Noah the time traveller. I am a time traveller from the year 2030, which is exactly 11 years into the future.

“I’ve come back to this time to tell you the truth about the future and everything you guys need to know.

“Today I’ll be telling you the future of Canada. Yes, Canada goes through a lot of big changes in the future and I would like to tell you guys them because they are very shocking.

“First things first, Canada actually merges with the United States and Mexico in the future to make one giant super-country.

Time travel PROOF? ‘Time traveller’ from 2030 warns Mexico SURRENDERS border to USA

Time travel news: Time traveller Noah claims the US, Canada and Mexico will merge into one (Image: GETTY/APEXTV)

“Canada acts as a kind of district in this super-country. I’m not lying, this is serious.

“There are actually super-countries in the future.”

According to Noah’s incredibly bizarre confession tape, the phenomenon of nations merging together is not limited to North America.

Countries in all parts of the globe will strive to merge powers in the near future.

By the year 2030, Noah said most of the world’s superstates are still ironing out the details of merging their borders.

But the emergence of super-countries will become a widespread practice, were borders “basically act like nothing anymore”.

Time traveller Noah said: “And Canada’s population actually increases amazingly due to the fact that global warming, which is a really big issue in the future, starts making the southern area of Canada more hotter. In northern Canada, it’s a more normal temperature.

“The population of Canada in 2030 is 44 million because of this.

“People in the future that live in Canada, mostly live in the four supercities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

“These cities are basically super-cities – they’re huge, they’re developed and trust me it’s something you guys will love to see.”

The supposed , cataclysms and important moments in future history.

Time traveller Noah also appeared online to .

Time travel news: The anonymous man claims to be from the year 2030 (Image: APEXTV)

Time travel news: Noah said Canada will have a population of 44 million by 2030 (Image: APEXTV)

However, not everyone who saw Noah’s latest confession video was convinced the young man told the truth.

After Noah predicted a cataclysmic snowstorm would wipe out swathes of America in January and alien visitors would make an appearance, scores of YouTubers called out ApexTV for the video.

YouTube user Mady Dowd said: “Don’t forget the aliens in January. Oh wait, that didn’t happen.”

Shourya Singh said: “If he is a real time traveller, why doesn’t he go back where he has come from? Is he jobless?”

And Harley Miles commented: “Ok Noah, I am waiting for the huge snowstorm in the midwest of USA, February 2019. Then maybe I will believe you.”

Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2019: All you need to know

Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2019: All you need to know

Rajasthan is one of the most popular travel destinations in India with tourists flocking from the world over to soak in the serene beauty and the rich culture and heritage of the state. No matter how many times you visit the place, it always has a new surprise in store.

This year the ongoing ‘Jaisalmer Desert Festival’ is giving you an opportunity to bask in the glory and vibe of the city of Jaisalmer with a little difference. The Jaisalmer festival takes is an annual event that takes place in the month of February amidst the Sam dunes in Thar desert. This festival was initiated to promote tourism in Rajasthan and attract foreigners to get a glimpse of the charm and folk culture. The 3-day festival involves multi-faced activities and experiences that involve massive participation by visitors.

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Here are the details of the ongoing festival

WHEN

The festival commenced on February 17 and will end on February 19.

WHERE

The Sam dunes of the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer, against the backdrop the Jaisalmer Fort.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

The performers, musicians, and dancers from all over Rajasthan travel for this festival which is held a few days before the spring full moon. The whole place is in a trance with the flavour of local music and food.

Performances include puppet shows, acrobats, folk dancers, and singers.

Local food especially Rajasthani thali with authentic flavours and items.

Rajasthani handicrafts made by local craftsmen like carvings, accessories, home decor, and special jewellery and clothes are a trademark of the state and you won’t be able to resist picking them out.

On the third day and the culmination the festival, the celebrations continue into the night in the illuminating light of the silvery moon. Performances, dance, and music take place with pomp and glory.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Keep yourself prepared with jackets, socks, and gloves as the temperatures drop down and nights are chilly in the desert. Pack your sunscreen, glasses, and scarves for the day as the day can be extremely hot.

Keep yourself dehydrated as you may have to walk a lot in the day.

Meghan’s 10,000 miles travel REVEALED – despite duchess being seven months pregnant

Despite being around seven months pregnant, Meghan has not slowed down on her travel plans and is due to make more pit stops in three different continents. The Duchess of Sussex is currently in New York with friends, but will return back to London today – already travelling a total of 3,459 miles. Meghan spent five days in the Big Apple with 15 of her closest friends, who threw her a riveting baby shower at The Mark Hotel near Central Park.

However, the busy Duchess shows no signs of slowing down and will travel again in just three days.

Meghan and her husband Prince Harry will head to Morocco for a series of royal engagements on Saturday.

The royal couple will meet the British Ambassador upon arrival at Casablanca’s Airport and on Sunday, they will visit a number of schools funded by “Education For All” – an NGO in Morocco that ensures all young girls in the country have access to education.

Meghan's 10,000 miles travel REVEALED - despite duchess being seven months pregnant

Meghan will travel a total of 10,000 miles in a span of 11 days (Image: GETTY)

They will then travel to Rabat with Morocco’s British Ambassador, where they will meet young influential Moroccan women and entrepreneurs.

On Monday, the pair will round up their tour with a trip to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sport.

The royals will meet young people who have benefited from equine therapy – a form of treatment therapy that involves activities with horses improving one’s physical and mental health.

Meghan dressed up in a navy blue Victoria Beckham coat she wore on Christmas Day last year (Image: GETTY)

The Duke and Duchess will then view a cooking demonstration, before visiting a restaurant specially designed for disabled children in Rabat.

They will finish their trip with a visit to the Andalusian Gardens to hear inspirational stories about youth empowerment from young entrepreneurs.

Following their visit, Meghan will return back to London – clocking in almost 10,000 miles in 11 days.

Meghan was spotted roaming the streets of New York visiting fashion boutiques and restaurants (Image: GETTY)

Meghan travelled to New York to spend time with close friends before the arrival of her baby (Image: GETTY)

The Duchess of Sussex was spotted wearing a grey newsboy hat as she left a flat in New York City on Monday evening.

Meghan has since been seen roaming the streets of New York visiting restaurants and shopping boutiques with friends, always escorted by a group of plain-clothed security officers.

She was also spotted at a high-end eatery located a stone’s throw away from US President Donald Trump’s tower on Fifth Avenue.

Meghan visited Polo Bar in New York City with friends on Tuesday night (Image: GETTY)

Yesterday, The Duchess stepped out for a lavish dinner at Ralph Lauren’s restaurant The Polo Bar with her close friends, including tennis star Serena Williams.

Other friends who joined in the evening meal were stylist Jessica Mulroney and Markus Anderson.

The heavily pregnant Duchess was dressed in a navy Victoria Beckham coat, black maternity jeans by Hatch Maternity, and black Tamara Mellon boots.

Meghan will head back to London today (Image: GETTY)

She accessorised her outfit with a black scarf and matching black Stella McCartney bag.

The group of pals spent around three hours in the restaurant before going back to the Mark Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ Tour Inspires Houston Mayor To Build New Theme Park

Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ Tour Inspires Houston Mayor To Build New Theme Park



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Travis Scott’s Astroworld vision is coming to life in Houston. The rapper performed in the Texas city, his hometown, earlier this week as part of his Astroworld tour. Scott was joined on stage by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, who offered him a key to the city and announced that the “Sicko Mode” artist has inspired the reconstruction of the real Astroworld theme park.
Astroworld opened in Houston in June 1968 and was operated by Six Flags until October 2005. Scott’s third studio album and respective tour are named after the park, according to . Among the props on stage during his shows are a giant ferris wheel and a roller coaster, which fans have referred to as “mayhem.”
A video of the concert in Houston’s Toyota Center on Wednesday shows Turner entering the stage during Scott’s performance of his hit track “Sicko Mode.” Turning to fans, the mayor stated that, because of Scott, the city “wants to bring another amusement park back.”
The next day, Turner released a follow-up statement, explaining that the re-opening of Astroworld had been discussed for several years, but Scott’s album pushed the plan in motion.
“I first discussed the idea a few years ago and it recently gained momentum through my conversations with Grammy-nominated performer Travis Scott,” Turner explained to .

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Travis Scott’s Astroworld vision is coming to life in Houston. The rapper performed in the Texas city, his hometown, earlier this week as part of his Astroworld tour. Scott was joined on stage by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, who offered him a key to the city and announced that the “Sicko Mode” artist has inspired the reconstruction of the real Astroworld theme park.

Astroworld opened in Houston in June 1968 and was operated by Six Flags until October 2005. Scott’s third studio album and respective tour are named after the park, according to . Among the props on stage during his shows are a giant ferris wheel and a roller coaster, which fans have referred to as “mayhem.”

A video of the concert in Houston’s Toyota Center on Wednesday shows Turner entering the stage during Scott’s performance of his hit track “Sicko Mode.” Turning to fans, the mayor stated that, because of Scott, the city “wants to bring another amusement park back.”

The next day, Turner released a follow-up statement, explaining that the re-opening of Astroworld had been discussed for several years, but Scott’s album pushed the plan in motion.

“I first discussed the idea a few years ago and it recently gained momentum through my conversations with Grammy-nominated performer Travis Scott,” Turner explained to .

The mayor hopes that the venue will serve as a source of entertainment for both local families and Houston tourists, describing it as a “one of a kind permanent amusement park.”

Turner and the city of Houston are currently working with architects, developers, and investors to make the dream come true.

“Houston is a great city that offers many wonderful seasonal events and attractions. A permanent amusement park would create year-round opportunities,” Turner concluded.

The city currently holds two other theme parks–Typhoon Texas and Grand Texas. However, Six Flags did announce recently that a water park would be opening in Houston very soon.

Meanwhile, Scott did already help to form one miniature theme park inspired by his tour. With the help of his girlfriend, 21-year-old makeup mogul Kylie Jenner, Scott created an Astroworld-themed birthday party for their 1-year-old daughter, Stormi Webster, according to . The extravaganza was even dubbed “StormiWorld.”

The party included a live performance of “Baby Shark,” full-size carnival rides, and Louis Vuitton-inspired french fries. The entrance even donned a massive blow-up replica of Stormi’s head, much like the replica of Scott’s head on the cover of his album.

“I had to go all out for my baby,” Jenner said of the event.