Each year there are dozens of festivals and events world over that truly are worth attending, either as part of a larger visit to the destination that hosts them, or for the event itself. Officially every year on the 5th January, the Harbin Ice Festival begins, though in truth much of it is already on display before, and often well after the festival finishes. What though is the Harbin Ice Festival you ask! That is what we want to let you know about today.
Originally an Ice Lantern festival back in the 60’s it did lapse for a while and has since bloomed again into a massive international event, with Ice Sculptors from the world around descend on Harbin to prove themselves and display their skills with sculpting snow. In the frozen north a virtual city of ice arises, with sculptures ranging from icons to building, which of a night are lit up in a fantastic display. There are also Ski challenges, though these are less visited, the option of visiting Stalin Park, a chance to Ice Fishing, or Ice Swimming if you are as game as some of the locals. It is also a chance to visit the Siberian Tiger Park, a preserve dedicated to increasing the Siberian Tiger population, while not a draw-card in itself to get you to Harbin during the warmer months, during the winter it is a must see visit in connection with the Ice Festival. Harbin also boasts a Pole Aquarium, and is a fantastic chance to see Belugas, Polar Bears, Arctic Foxes and more.
This truly stunning event is limited to the winter season, for reasons that are obvious – Ice after all only lasts so long and under certain conditions – and is definitely the best time to visit the region. It is also a perfect time to combine Harbin with some of the more incredible sights of China, and encounter them in a way many won’t see, such as the Great Wall covered in snow. If this all sounds interesting just continue reading to see a suggested programme for the Harbin Ice Festival!
India is a destination with an incredible array of sights to see, people to meet and foods to taste. People travel there regularly to do all three, and enjoy themselves immensely. Sometimes though, it is worth putting a trips effort into one aspect of what you want to see .. and in this case we are pleased to preview one of our favourite tours, a delightful culinary tour of India. Filled with gourmet foods, unique cooking experiences, luxurious accommodations and incredible sights.
On this tour we will experience some of the finest restaurants, stay at some of the finest hotels and experience the most exotic sights and the smells of the spices and delightful foods. Cultural visits, cooking talks and demos, visits to spice markets, boat ride (Shikara) on the Dal lake and catch your own trout fish in the serene streams of Kashmir. This tour offers not only culinary and cultural highlights but also fest to keen photographers.
We spend a fortnight exploring the highlights of North Indian, Mughlai, Hyderabadi, South Indian and International platters as we explore Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Sringar and get a taste of the history of the Nizams, the Mughals and the Shikras
Allworld Journeys and Mongolia Tourism, are extremely proud to be able to let people know of our incredible relationship with Juulchin, one of the more pre-eminent land operators in Mongolia. We have been working with them for a number of years, and through several of our managerial staffs varying offices. What we are most proud to announce though is that we are now representing them here in Australia under the banner of Mongolia Tourism. We do have a dedicated site for all things Mongolia and you should feel free to visit it at www.mongoliatourism.com.au
To let you know how excited we are we have decided to run one of our annual escorted departures to Mongolia in 2015.
We realise that not everyone is exactly comfortable heading to a foreign country and being met by someone local, to that end we regularly run tours ex-Australia that are fully escorted by our Australian Staff so that there is someone at hand to smooth over any communication difficulties, see that things run smoothly, help you out with ideas for free time and generally enhance your journey. To that end we will be running a special departure in July 2015 ex-Australia to Mongolia, fully escorted and guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.
This tour will cover (in brief) the following:
- Covering Central, North and Southern Mongolia
- Highlights Include Ulaanbaatar city, Great White Lake, Karakorum, Tsenher Hot Spring, Yol Valley, Khongor Sand Dunes
- Length of stay is 15 Days in Mongolia, a total of 17 days travel Australia-Australia
- Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar will be at the Ramada or similar standard hotels
- Accommodations in the Mongolian countryside will be in Modern Ger camps
- The Tour Fully escorted ex Australia by an Australian Qualified Travel Manager experienced with travel in Mongolia based on reaching minimum numbers
Should you like more information please read on after the break!