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Dhaka

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

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Dhaka is not a quiet, retiring place. The city, bursting with nearly 17 million people (most of whom often seem to be stuck in the same traffic jam as you), is a gloriously noisy and chaotic place, bubbling with energy.

It's a city that can sometimes threaten to overwhelm the casual visitor, but once you climb into the back of one of its myriad colourful cycle-rickshaws, Dhaka's charm starts to slowly reveal itself. Life flows from the boats on the Buriganga River to its unexpectedly green parks and university campuses. Mughal and British monuments speak of its history, its mosques and Hindu temples of its spiritual side, and the thriving arts and restaurant scenes – plus the rush to build new roads and a metro railway system – give a glimpse of the direction of future travel.

Dhaka isn't without challenges, but sooner or later you'll start to move to its rhythm and truly embrace this furiously beating heart of Bengali culture.

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7 THE SACRED VALLEY

Nicholas Gill FrommerMedia ePub

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the sacred valley

The Urubamba Valley was sacred to the Incas, and it’s not hard to understand why. Better known as the Sacred Valley, it’s a serene and incomparably lovely stretch of small villages and ancient ruins spread across a broad plain, split by the Urubamba River and framed by magnificent Andes peaks and a massive sky. The Incas built several of the empire’s greatest estates, temples, and royal palaces between the sacred centers of Cusco and Machu Picchu, positioned like great bookends at the south and north ends of the valley. Many visitors use the valley as a base for visiting the region, as it’s about 300m (1,000 ft.) lower than Cusco, making it a better introduction for visitors prone to altitude-related health problems.

History    The entire valley is suffused by the great, if brief, presence of the Incas. From extraordinary temples to fortresses, no region in Peru is more marked by the continent-spanning civilization. Today, Quechua-speaking residents work fields with primitive tools and harvest salt using methods unchanged since the days of the Incas.

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6. The Best Dining

Mark Baker FrommerMedia ePub

Dining Best Bets

 

Best for Kids

Rugantino $$ Dušní 4 (Go to Page)

Best Vegetarian

Lehká Hlava $ Boršov 2 (Go to Page)

Best View of the Castle

Bellevue $$$$ Smetanovo nábř. 18 (Go to Page)

Best View of the Bridge

Hergetova Cihelna $$$ Cihelna 2b (Go to Page)

Best Italian Hideaway

Peperoncino $$ Letohradská 34 (Go to Page)

Best for a Hearty Bowl of Pho

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan $ Anglická 15 (Go to Page)

Best Sushi

Sushi Bar $$$$$ Zborovská 49 (Go to Page)

Best Meal for the Money

Kofein $$ Nitranská 9 (Go to Page)

Best Czech-Mex

Las Adelitas $ Americká 8 (Go to Page)

Best Beer and Burger Joint

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2 Exploring The Big Island

Jeanne Cooper FrommerMedia ePub

A Week on the Big Island of Hawaii

Because of the distances involved, a week is barely enough time to see the entire Big Island; it’s best to plan for 2 weeks—or even better, a return visit. Here’s how to see the highlights, changing hotels as you go.

Day 1: Arrive & Amble Through Kailua-Kona

Since most flights arrive at lunchtime or later, check into your Kona Coast lodgings and go for a stroll through historic Kailua-Kona, by Hulihee Palace (p. 26) and Mokuaikaua Church (p. 27). Wear sandals so you can dip your feet in one of the pocket coves, such as Kamakahonu Bay, within sight of Kamehameha’s historic compound, and enjoy a sunset dinner at an ocean-view restaurant. Don’t unpack—you’ll be on the road early the next day.

Day 2: A Morning Sail & Afternoon Drive

The day starts with a morning snorkel tour (plus breakfast and lunch) aboard the Fair Wind II (p. 99), sailing to the historic preserve of Kealakekua Bay. After returning to Keauhou Bay, head south to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (p. 68), by way of Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (p. 36) and the Kau Coffee Mill (p. 75), for a pick-me-up. Check into Volcano Village lodgings (p. 161) or Volcano House (p. 165) in the park, where you’ll dine in full view of Kilauea’s fiery evening glow.

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2 SUGGESTED HAWAII ITINERARIES

Jeanette Foster FrommerMedia ePub

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Suggested Hawaii Itineraries

What should I do in Hawaii? This is the most common question that readers ask me. The purpose of this chapter is to give you my expert advice on the best things to see and do on each island and how to do them so you can spend more time “doing” and less time “getting there.”

First, here’s the best advice I can give you: Do not plan to see more than one island per week. With the exception of the ferry between Maui and Lanai, getting from one island to another is an all-day affair once you figure in packing, checking out of and into hotels, driving to and from airports, and dealing with rental cars, not to mention time actually spent at the airport and on the flight. Don’t waste a day of your vacation seeing our interisland air terminals.

Second, don’t max out your days. This is Hawaii—allow some time to do nothing but relax. You most likely will arrive jet-lagged, so it’s a good idea to ease into your vacation. In fact, exposure to sunlight can help reset your internal clock, so I include time at the beach on the first day of most of these itineraries.

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