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The Making of a Cookbook: Recipe Development

It’s hard to believe that I’m wrapping up the recipe testing for my cookbook, which will be coming out in Spring 2020! Leading up to its release (which I know feels far away but will be here before we know it!), I wanted to share some of the behind-the-scenes of what has gone into its […]

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Guidelines for a Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is situated in Poland and is named after the town of Wieliczka in the southern part of this country, where this rock salt mine was in operation till 2007.

Now this abandoned salt mine is enlisted as a national Historic Monument and also known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, due to the creations of many beautiful architecture and sculptures carved out of the rock salt columns.

So this place is now considered as a popular tourist spot, which is entirely built under the earth’s surface.

 

Special features of Wieliczka Salt Mine

  • This entire salt mine is created in nine levels, with the first level is located at a depth of only 64 meters below the earth surface; while the ninth one is at a depth of 327 meters. 

  • It is a huge underground labyrinth that consists of 2400 chambers, all of which are connected to one another with network of sideways of a total length of 245 Km.

  • There are plenty of galleries made in these underground chambers of Wieliczka Salt Mine, where the tourists can see marvelous statues carved out of the rock salts. All these sculptures were created by the talented miners and also some professional artists.

  • The tourists can also see the four chapels created amidst this rock salt mine and feel amazed at the beautiful architecture of these gray stone structures, which mightily look like the natural granites. Large chandeliers were made out of rock salt and processed further to give a transparent appearance like the glass chandeliers. Hence, this place is also fondly called ‘Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland’.

  •  The tourists are provided pick-up and drop-off facility from their hotels to the site of this Wieliczka Salt Mine as a part of their tour package, so that they do not need to worry about the transport for this sightseeing.

  • It is believed that the air passing through the rock salt is healthy for the people visiting this underground mine and spending some time there. The microclimate of this mine with a constant temperature of only 14 degrees is found to have positive impacts on the health conditions of the patients suffering from asthma and different allergy symptoms. There is also a private rehabilitation and wellness centre that helps in the improvement of the health of the tourists.

  • This is known as one of the oldest salt mines that have been included in the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites. It was treated as a fascinating tourist spot since the early 19th century, as an amazing Polish monument. The tourists can see the history of this salt mine and the legends related to it, which are depicted in the form of sculptures created on the walls of the underground chambers.

  • The tourists need to enter Wieliczka Salt Mine through a flight of 800 steps on the stairs that lead down to the galleries and chambers at a height of 64 meters below the earth. There are some underground lakes, several shrines and monuments till they reach 135 meters below the ground. Then they are brought back by a lift to the earth’s surface, after finishing the entire tour.

 

Hence, it is best to book the Wieliczka Salt Mine tour with any reputed travel agency and they can get a full refund of their booking amount, if they cancel their trip at least one hour before starting the tour program.

The cost of a local guide and entrance fee to this salt mine are also included within the tour charges.

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Popular Places to Visit in Thanjavur

Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Sited on the banks of the River Cauvery, Thanjavur is famous for its Brihadeeswar Temple built by Rajaraja Chola in the year 1010 AD.

Considered as an important agricultural centre located in the Cauvery Delta and is known as the 'Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu'.

Most of the Great Living Chola Temples which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments are located in and around Thanjavur.

 

Top 4 places to visit in Thanjavur

1. Brihadeeswar Temple

Brihadishvara Temple, is a popular and ancient Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva. This 212 ft. (64.8 meter) towering Shiva temple is home to one of the largest Shiva Lingas of the country. Built out of granite, the temple has a huge statue of Nandi and the outer wall of the upper storey is carved with 108 dance postures of Bharatanatyam. Considered as the big temple, the temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the 'Great Living Chola Temples'. 

The Brihadisvara temple continued the Hindu temple traditions of South India by adopting architectural and decorative elements, but its scale significantly exceeded the temples constructed before the 11th century. The Chola era architects and artisans innovated the expertise to scale up and build, particularly with heavy stone and to accomplish the 63.4 metres (208 ft) high towering vimana.

 

2. Punnai Nallur Mariamman Temple

Popularly known as Mariamman Kovil, Punnai allur Mariamman temple is one of the famous Hindu temples built by the Maratha rulers. Built over the natural formation of the anthill, the seven-tiered gopuram was erected recently. The Great saint Sadhasiva Brammendra swamy shaped the white-ant hill into a form of Mariamman and also installed a powerful Chakra.

 

3. Schwartz Church

Schwartz Church is one of the important old structures in India that were built during the British administration in the country. Built by Raja Serfoji in 1779 to honor the Danish missionary Reverend Frederick Christian Schwartz. Also known as Fort Church, the main attraction is the white marble monument and is noted for its intricate carvings depicting the final moments of Schwartz.

 

4. Thanjavur Palace

The Thanjavur Royal Palace is one of the ancient palaces in Thanjavur constructed by the Nayakas around 1550 CE. Also known as 'Aranmanai' and Maratha Palace, the palace hosts a myriad of primeval items including the Thanjavur paintings, statues from the Pallava, Chola, Pandiya and Nayaka periods. Divided into two parts, where the first part followed by Saraswathi Mahal Library is extended by Maratha rulers and it houses Royal Museum, Maratha Darbar Hall and Sangeetha Mahal. It is also one of the top places to visit in Thanjavur.

 

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Why Responsive Tourism is Key to Saving the Gorillas in Uganda & Rwanda

Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda has tremendously turned to be one of life’s bucket list wildlife encounters.

Responsible tourism par say comprises of conservation, preservation, maintenance and the protection of wildlife and their habitat. Promoting this kind of practice in Africa’s jungles, where these tremendous primates are kept, will in turn help to increase not only their population but also other wildlife species in the wild.

Around the 1970s, there were only 400 mountain gorillas in the whole world. Because of escalated interest in the conservation and gorilla tourism in the 1980s and 1990s, an increase in population of these critically endangered species was realized and currently, there are nearly 900 that are protected in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The increase in the mountain gorilla’s population is an indicator that responsible tourism plays an important role in the conservation and protection of these critically endangered species and their habitat.

 

Gorilla tracking as a fund raising tool

Gorilla tracking has not only become an important fund raising tool, in Uganda gorilla tourism contributes nearly 80% of the national wildlife authority’s general budget which also funds most of the country’s wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the year.

Today, mountain gorillas have become a valuable commodity in many local communities around national parks and governments at large. These humble creatures offer a lot more required financing for local infrastructure and job creation not only on a local level but also a national level as well as boosting the countries’ tourism sector. It is this revenue that governments raise from sustainable or responsible gorilla tourism in either Uganda or Rwanda that is used to finance various conservation projects such as anti poaching patrols and critically it makes the local communities to get aware of the economic value of that is derived from these world’s endemic species.

It is also one way that trekkers and other travelers around the world show off their passion, dedication and above all act as vocal advocates of conservation of world’s critically endangered species in their home countries.

 

Gorilla trekking for responsible tourism

Whereas a typical trekker’s major goal is to view mountain gorillas in the wild, in most cases they also end up traveling to more other national parks or exciting attractions in and around the region. Tourism has turned out to be the main player of national economy in respective countries. The Rwanda Development Board revenue has nearly doubled for the past 5 years and tourism accounts for 7.8% of the country’s GDP. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on the other hand estimated that every mountain gorilla generates $1 million in Uganda annual revenue based on the fact that these primates are not killed in the course of the year.

In addition, poachers are not usually after mountain gorillas as most wire snares might only be targeting the small animals, like duikers, but unfortunately the gorillas also get trapped in the course of the day. In 2013, the gorilla doctors, a veterinary group that offers mountain gorillas with medical care in Rwanda, Uganda and DRC, carried out 4 medical interventions on mountain gorillas that were trapped in wire snares. One of which was for a juvenile male mountain gorilla known as Kajeyo. The trackers had seen the wire snare covered around this young primate’s arms when they visited the gorilla family with visitors the day before. The operation on Kajeyo was successful unlike other mountain gorillas that rarely survive snare injuries. In the previous years, there were over 1200 snares that were and destroyed in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and this still remains as a main threat to these creatures.

Political unrest is another critical factor. Gorilla Trekking Tours in Uganda and Rwanda tours are unstable unlike DRC where political instability has inflicted not only gorillas and their habitats but also the local communities that have been displaced while others have lost their lives.

 

Health risk and growth rate for the gorillas

Also, health risk to these tremendous species has escalated due to increasing gorilla tourism. Mountain gorillas share nearly 98% of their genes with humans making them the most susceptible creatures to most of human infectious diseases. However, there are strict gorilla trekking rules and regulations which include, among others, a minimum distance of 7 meters and restrain any visitor from trekking these endangered species especially if such a person has transmittable illness. At times certain situations are unavoidable say for instance a gorilla approaches a tourist and gets in contact, you may be asked to step back but at that moment you won’t run away from contact.

More still, it appears there is a surprising relationship between habituated gorillas and the highest growth rate of these species. It is believed that the annual growth rate for habituated gorillas in the Virunga for instance is more than 5 times that of the unhabituated gorillas. This tremendous growth is attributed based on the fact that habituated gorillas have higher chances of benefiting from strict conservation practices like medical interventions unlike the absolutely wild mountain gorillas that are a bit difficult to treat when they are sick, injured by one another. Whereas habituated gorillas can be more vulnerable to human infectious diseases, they also have higher chances of healthy population growth.

Climate change has also continued impacting on the growth of these remarkable species since many farmers look for land at higher altitudes and this threatens the gorilla habitat. It is estimated that the growing conditions for specific crops after century will have increased to nearly 700 meters in altitude which indicates that there will be more demand for land on higher mountainous slopes of Bwindi or Virunga.

 

In conclusion, the survival of mountain gorillas is a significantly critical factor for both local and national economies. The threats that impact on the survival of these species in the world are ever on increase and the only way to save them from extinction is through responsible gorilla tourism.

At the end, respective national parks will also be well protected and many wildlife safari dwellers can be attracted into the destination to enjoy authentic experiences in African wilderness.

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Why Responsive Tourism is Key to Saving the Gorillas in Uganda & Rwanda

Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda has tremendously turned to be one of life’s bucket list wildlife encounters.

Responsible tourism par say comprises of conservation, preservation, maintenance and the protection of wildlife and their habitat. Promoting this kind of practice in Africa’s jungles, where these tremendous primates are kept, will in turn help to increase not only their population but also other wildlife species in the wild.

Around the 1970s, there were only 400 mountain gorillas in the whole world. Because of escalated interest in the conservation and gorilla tourism in the 1980s and 1990s, an increase in population of these critically endangered species was realized and currently, there are nearly 900 that are protected in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The increase in the mountain gorilla’s population is an indicator that responsible tourism plays an important role in the conservation and protection of these critically endangered species and their habitat.

 

Gorilla tracking as a fund raising tool

Gorilla tracking has not only become an important fund raising tool, in Uganda gorilla tourism contributes nearly 80% of the national wildlife authority’s general budget which also funds most of the country’s wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the year.

Today, mountain gorillas have become a valuable commodity in many local communities around national parks and governments at large. These humble creatures offer a lot more required financing for local infrastructure and job creation not only on a local level but also a national level as well as boosting the countries’ tourism sector. It is this revenue that governments raise from sustainable or responsible gorilla tourism in either Uganda or Rwanda that is used to finance various conservation projects such as anti poaching patrols and critically it makes the local communities to get aware of the economic value of that is derived from these world’s endemic species.

It is also one way that trekkers and other travelers around the world show off their passion, dedication and above all act as vocal advocates of conservation of world’s critically endangered species in their home countries.

 

Gorilla trekking for responsible tourism

Whereas a typical trekker’s major goal is to view mountain gorillas in the wild, in most cases they also end up traveling to more other national parks or exciting attractions in and around the region. Tourism has turned out to be the main player of national economy in respective countries. The Rwanda Development Board revenue has nearly doubled for the past 5 years and tourism accounts for 7.8% of the country’s GDP. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on the other hand estimated that every mountain gorilla generates $1 million in Uganda annual revenue based on the fact that these primates are not killed in the course of the year.

In addition, poachers are not usually after mountain gorillas as most wire snares might only be targeting the small animals, like duikers, but unfortunately the gorillas also get trapped in the course of the day. In 2013, the gorilla doctors, a veterinary group that offers mountain gorillas with medical care in Rwanda, Uganda and DRC, carried out 4 medical interventions on mountain gorillas that were trapped in wire snares. One of which was for a juvenile male mountain gorilla known as Kajeyo. The trackers had seen the wire snare covered around this young primate’s arms when they visited the gorilla family with visitors the day before. The operation on Kajeyo was successful unlike other mountain gorillas that rarely survive snare injuries. In the previous years, there were over 1200 snares that were and destroyed in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and this still remains as a main threat to these creatures.

Political unrest is another critical factor. Gorilla Trekking Tours in Uganda and Rwanda tours are unstable unlike DRC where political instability has inflicted not only gorillas and their habitats but also the local communities that have been displaced while others have lost their lives.

 

Health risk and growth rate for the gorillas

Also, health risk to these tremendous species has escalated due to increasing gorilla tourism. Mountain gorillas share nearly 98% of their genes with humans making them the most susceptible creatures to most of human infectious diseases. However, there are strict gorilla trekking rules and regulations which include, among others, a minimum distance of 7 meters and restrain any visitor from trekking these endangered species especially if such a person has transmittable illness. At times certain situations are unavoidable say for instance a gorilla approaches a tourist and gets in contact, you may be asked to step back but at that moment you won’t run away from contact.

More still, it appears there is a surprising relationship between habituated gorillas and the highest growth rate of these species. It is believed that the annual growth rate for habituated gorillas in the Virunga for instance is more than 5 times that of the unhabituated gorillas. This tremendous growth is attributed based on the fact that habituated gorillas have higher chances of benefiting from strict conservation practices like medical interventions unlike the absolutely wild mountain gorillas that are a bit difficult to treat when they are sick, injured by one another. Whereas habituated gorillas can be more vulnerable to human infectious diseases, they also have higher chances of healthy population growth.

Climate change has also continued impacting on the growth of these remarkable species since many farmers look for land at higher altitudes and this threatens the gorilla habitat. It is estimated that the growing conditions for specific crops after century will have increased to nearly 700 meters in altitude which indicates that there will be more demand for land on higher mountainous slopes of Bwindi or Virunga.

 

In conclusion, the survival of mountain gorillas is a significantly critical factor for both local and national economies. The threats that impact on the survival of these species in the world are ever on increase and the only way to save them from extinction is through responsible gorilla tourism.

At the end, respective national parks will also be well protected and many wildlife safari dwellers can be attracted into the destination to enjoy authentic experiences in African wilderness.

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Paneer Tikka Masala

We need a vacation. Somewhere warm and far away did you say? I’m in! Pull out your spices, turn on some music, and let’s take a trip to India with Paneer Tikka Masala. This healthy vegetarian dinner is a creamy, saucy curry with paneer (if you’ve never had paneer, you’ll love it, I pinky promise), […]

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