Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bucket List (1-5)

1. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali, Indonesia- This famous water temple dedicated to Lord Shiva Hindu god. Located on Lake Bratan surrounded by the beautiful Bedugul Mountains. It was built in 1663, it is used for the ceremony praising Dewi Danu the Bali water goddess.  You can hire a car for $45 (500,000 Indonesian rupiah) a day and explore the mountains. In the same area you can enjoy the Bali Botanical Gardens, canyoning down waterfalls, and my favorite trekking. I cant wait to experience the serenity of this beautiful place.

Chittorgarh Fort
2.  Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India - On my visit to India I missed one of the most beautiful states, mainly due to it was summer and the state is completely desert. Rajasthan is known for its immense fortresses. Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India, and one of the most famous. It was buit in the 7th century AD. Its control was fought over in many battles, and it housed some of the most famous warriors. It sits majestically over a hill sprawling 691 acres (Over one square mile) featuring beautiful carved towers, temples and reservoirs.

3. Angle Falls, Venezuela - This is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world at 979meters (3212 ft). It was named after Jimmie Angle, the first aviator to fly over the falls in 1933.  Its located in Canaima National Park. To get to the park you must fly from Ciudad Bolivar. You must take a dug-out canoe to the falls, which are located deep within the park. You can swim in the pools below the falls, you can also explore the rest of the jungle. Three day treks are also offered to the small village of Uruyen from there you can climb Auyan-tepui which is where Angle Falls arises. Its a rock scramble up, but I have heard the views are amazing.

4.  Neuschwanstein Castle Bavaria, Germany- you can say I am still a little bit of a Disney princess, I have always wanted to live in a castle. Germany is home to many famous castles, Neuschwanstein being one of the most famous. It was finished in 1892. It was contracted by King Ludwig II. It houses 200 rooms, but many were not finished. Its attracts almost 1.3 million guests a year.

5. Everest Base Camp, Nepal - Since I have given up all hope of actually climbing Mount Everest, I have settled on Everest Base Camp. I climbed to Throng La Pass 5,416 metres (17,769 ft) a little less than 2 years ago, so Everest Base Camp 5,364 metres (17,598 ft)will be a piece of cake, right? From Lukla it takes 9 days to reach the base camp. With 2580m (8,464ft) of elevation gain its a somewhat grueling hike. Maybe at the bottom of Everest I will have some inspiration and next thing you know I might be on my way up to the top...probably not, but I can dream.

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