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Ladakh – a snapshot

Bucketlist Travels recently organised a mixed group trip to Ladakh. Nanditha, a HR Professional from Bangalore and a part of this group, beautifully encapsulates here, her experience of the enchanting Ladakh. You can also check out the trip pics on Facebook here

 Over to Nanditha… Oh btw, humor-wit happens to be Nanditha’s second name ;-)  

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The natural and mystical Light Show!

Aurora Polaris Pic source: www.wunderground.comblogJeffMasterscomment.htmlentrynum=314&page=1

Nature has many a mystical occurrences; Aurora Polaris (Polar lights) which I rightly call – natural and mystical light show; being one of them. It’s a sight in itself – spectacular flares in red, green, violet and blue hues light up the night sky naturally! Scientific explanation to this bizarre occurrence is that the light shows take place when solar blaze collide with the Earth’s magnetic field and ionosphere and is visible from high latitude regions (Arctic and Antarctic). Polar lights are a natural phenomenon found in both the northern and southern hemispheres and offer stunning displays. Northern lights are also called by their scientific name, Aurora Borealis, and southern lights are called Aurora Australis. Aurora Borealis (or the northern lights) was named after the Roman goddess of dawn, “Aurora” and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. The Aurora Australis is almost identical to Aurora Borealis but is visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

Polar Lights Pic source: http://elzo-meridianos.blogspot.in/2007/06/aurora-boreal.html

In places like Alaska and Greenland, Auroras are visible almost all the nights of the year and sometime even during day time. But the day ones are difficult to notice with naked eye. Auroras have been observed on other planets like Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune also, but these are visible only through a space telescope! The Scots from the North of Scotland called it Fir Chlis, that means Nimble man in Scots Gaelic or Merry dancers! The Northern Lights are a regular feature of the night sky from the autumn through to spring in the north of Scotland. The Hebrides, a group of islands off the North West coast of Scotland are believed to be a good place to watch the Northern Lights. The supernatural nature of this light show is intriguing enough to find a place in lots of people’s bucketlist. LIKE us on Facebook   and get travel tip, stories, pictures etc daily. You can also subscribe to our blog here…
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Its Tour de France time! :)

Tour de France

Every year in July, an armada of cycling fans from across the globe, focus their attention on France. Having followed the Tour de France personally, I find it difficult to explain the excitement around the event, the adrenaline rush as you see your favorite cyclist zoom past you in just a few words. Other work commitments have restricted my travel to France for TdF this year however, yours truly will follow it with unmatched passion through the electronic media and try to keep you all in the loop. The biggest annual sports event on a global scale is in its 99th year and will commence on 30th June this year and we await this epic saga being enacted over 3500km of France, Belgium & Switzerland in the history of this event. The biggest and most prestigious cycling palmares in the professional cycling world this year will see the top 22 teams in the globe put up their best 9 riders to take the glory in the 21 days of racing. The race starts off from Liege, Belgium on 30th June with a short prologue and finishes as traditionally on the streets of Paris, on the Champs-Élysées on the 22nd of July. This year the race promises more for the quick men on the cycles, than the climbers, as there are almost 9 flat stages & 2 individual time trails apart from the prologue. But all that apart, with 3 mountain summit finishes and almost 9 mountain stages, it might still be the climbers who might have the final say! The 2011 champion Cadel Evans of BMC Racing team is all set to defend his crown and at 35, he is still an old warhorse who knows just when to up the ante. To add to this is the experience of their road captain George Hincapie, who will be participating in a record 17th Tour. (He plans to ride just one more race after TdF this year before ending his professional career) Who will win the tour this time, is anyone’s guess right now. But be sure to watch out for a few names that the author feels will be in the limelight this year – Andre Greipel, Mark Cavendish, Levi Leipheimer, Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara, Ivan Basso, Bradley Wiggins and a youngster going by the name of Marcel Kittel, just to name a few. The TdF annually draws a crowd of over 20 million fans to this beautiful sport. With a television audience of over 6 million everyday and an internet audience of over a million fresh eyes daily, this event is telecast in over 150 countries. With over 75 countries doing the LIVE coverage and over 2500 journalists covering this event, it is little wonder that this sporting event is much awaited every year. The tourism angel on this event is so big, that its now officially rated as one of the biggest tourism draws in the world. This tour visits some of the most beautiful parts of Europe and this allows for the hotel industry to get a new lease of life. This year some of the places that the tour is going to touch include – * Serainge in Belgium – a small town with a Glass Museum & a Crystal factory, as also Macrales, who are the local witches!! * Tournai, another Belgium city with the Romanesque- and Gothic-style cathedral of Notre Dame de Tournai and the belfry, the oldest in Belgium, which have been jointly designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. * Rouen, a town in France which is also the historic capital city of Normandy, the city where Joan of Arc was burnt! * Limoux, Foix, Pau, Bagneres de Luchon, Peyragudes,…etc are just few of the towns that one can straight away list out. 14th of July, is the Republic Day / Bastille Day in France. A day that is a national holiday and in the evening there are mega fireworks in all major cities. This year the Tour happens to be near Montpellier on 14th July, so expect a spectacular night show in the skies followed by parties through the night in the city. For who will wear the Yellow jersey of the Winner of Tour de France remains to be seen and will be known on the 22nd of July on the streets of Paris. Like Bucketlist Travel on Facebook to get daily updates with travel tips, quotes & more. You can also subscribe to our blog here…
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Tick off Ladakh from your Bucket List!

This August Do Ladakh

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The BucketList Travel Company – Travel Differently!

Most of us would have at some time or the other picked up a travel magazine or switched on a TV channel showcasing a cuisine or a place and got instantly transported to a different location – only to be crudely brought back to the present where one ended up wondering “what am I doing slogging day in and out when there is so much out there to see & do?” Just like everyone else, we too were sailing in the same boat, till we decided to do something about it. From that thought process arose “BucketList Travel Company“. Today we are in the business of experiences. Providing you with travel, stay, people and food experiences that are one-of-it’s-kind and everlasting. What kind of travel experiences, you can ask? Well, we are quite clear what it’s not! And that’s the one-city-a-day, ‘look, quick, that’s the Eiffel Tower!’, if its Tuesday, it must be Tuscany’ kind of thing. Our kind of travel? Well, it’s different. Very different. More oriented on Experiences,than travel. It’s about travel that is tailored to one’s needs & desires. And not the other way round. It’s about getting under the skin of a city. Not seeing the sights and catching the last bus out. There is so much to explore, so much to discover that it sometimes seem unfair to be tied to the rigmarole of life’s routine monotony. Do we satisfy ourselves with arm chair traveling or do we set ourselves free and earn that little travel candy that our tired souls and thirsty mind truly deserve? You decide. BucketList Travel Company (BLTC) was born as a thought process of our conversations. The four of us who come from various fields had one thing in common – our love for travel experiences. Our passion for travel experiences encouraged us to create a platform where all of us can meet and share the same; a platform that helps people realize their travels and dreams. Hence we are in the business of experiences. Providing you with travel, stay, people and food experiences that are one-of-it’s-kind and memorable. The video below captures the essence of what we think BucketList Travel Company is all about… (if you are not able to view the video click here) Subscribe to our blog posts through e mail and stay tuned for travel information from around the globe. ….You can also follow us on Facebook BucketList Travel Company  
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