Why is Egypt worth a visit in 2022

Why is Egypt worth a visit in 2022

Is an Egypt trip on your travel bucket list this year? Are you excited to explore the ancient temples, tombs, and pyramids? Sailing down the Nile, dining on traditional Egyptian food? This might be your year!

Egypt Holidays in 2022 are surprisingly affordable. Egypt accommodation options are available throughout the country. If it’s a luxury Egypt tour, most options are a fraction of what you would pay in New York or Paris. You can save more money if you take a budget-friendly trip. Egypt warmer climate is ideal for year-round visits. The Winter season is much cooler. It is the perfect time to explore tombs without ending up overheated and dehydrated. Egypt has a fascinating history that has amazed the world for decades. A Nile cruise is a must in Egypt. Watching the sunset, farmers along the shore, glimpses of tombs and temples scattered in the distance makes it a relaxing voyage. Egyptian food is delicious and plentiful. Thanks to part of history, their food is quite the mix with plenty of vegetables, bread and meat. Their dishes have been around for centuries. It is worth a visit to please your taste buds with a centuries-old Egyptian cuisine.

Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab are the beach cities in Egypt; each city has a different vibe. Sharm El Sheikh is a honeymoon destination, and Egypt is a great scuba diving and beach destination with plenty of beach activities. Egypt has plenty of religious significance. Being a historical country, it is a mix of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. You will see plenty of centuries-old religious structures scattered all around. Also, Egypt is home to some of the best unique museums in the world.

Great Pyramids may be the best-known symbol of Egypt, and temples and tombs are second to none. Nothing can prepare visitors for the vibe they will experience walking through the ancient paths where Pharaohs once stood. Words cannot describe how fascinating this country is. A visit to Egypt will be one of your life highlights. A well-planned itinerary will make it a trip to remember. Egypt is definitely worth a visit.

Egypt: World Holiday Vibes Blog
Egypt: World Holiday Vibes Blog
Party, Romance, or chill? – Gili Islands, Bali

Party, Romance, or chill? – Gili Islands, Bali

Located off the northwest coast of Lombok, surrounded by white beaches and the tranquil sea, coconuts, and plains, is the Gili islands, a vision of paradise. If you are looking for a romantic getaway or an escape from your daily hustle, Gili islands are the ideal destination. It is a cluster of three beautiful islands in Bali.

From Party people to laid-back chillers and couples searching for serenity, these three islands are where you can find all-night full moon parties, marine life, crystal ocean, and breathtaking sunsets.

Gili Trawangan is the island for the party people and the best and the cheapest place to learn diving. Gili Air is for chilling with white beaches and a quiet and calm vibe. Gili Meno is for lovers that are fringed with coral reefs. All three islands have hotels, lodges and bungalows, restaurants and beach bars, clubs, and full moon parties. If you are looking for a good vibe, Gili islands are the place to go!

Gili Islands, Bali: World Holiday Vibes Blog
Gili Islands, Bali: World Holiday Vibes Blog
Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha

Located in the Sichuan province, the massive stone Buddha overlooking the Dadu river sits near Leshan city. This giant Buddha statue is 71 meters tall, making it the world’s largest stone-carved Buddha statue.

Leshan Buddha has it back on mount Emi, an area of immense cultural significance regarding where Buddhism was first established in Chinese territory.

Guangxiang Temple was the first temple built in mount Emi in the 1st century. There are 30 other temples, including the wannian temple built in the 4th century. Wannian temple has an 8-meter tall puxian bronze Buddha statue installed in the 10th century. Additionally, garden temples, pavilions and towers scattered on the mountain dates from the 6th century helped turn the mountain into one of Buddhism’s holiest places.

The Leshan Buddha is a seated “Maitreya Buddha”, which translates to “an individual on the path to becoming a Buddha” the fascinating fact about this stone-carved statue is its advanced drainage system. Behind Buddha’s head and between his ears and several other hidden gutters and channels scattered in his hair, collar, and chest have been carrying out rainwater to keep the inner areas dry. This advanced drainage system has helped prevent Buddha from eroding over 1200 years.

China is a land with many mesmerizing ancient attractions, and it is a bucket list destination. Visiting China will be an excellent experience for explorers especially. Make sure you have a pre-planned itinerary to China that ticks off the greatest attractions in the cities you set foot on.

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Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park

The largest and the Longest at one place – Gunung Mulu National Park

Listed as a world heritage site in 2000, Gunung Mulu national park is dominated by three mountains; Mulu, Api and Benarat, and covers 52,000 hectares of primary rainforest.

The park’s biodiversity is as impressive as its cave system, with Mulu containing 15 different forest types, including mixed dipterocarp, heath, peat, swamp, moss forest, and mountain vegetation. There are thousands of species of ferns and flowering plants, and the park houses a variety of wildlife.

Gunung Mulu park is famous for its limestone karst formations. Mulu is home to the world’s largest underground chamber, “The Sarwak Chamber”, the world’s largest cave passage, “Dear Cave”, and the longest cave in Southeast Asia “, Clearwater Cave.”

Four show caves can be reached by jungle trails, planks, walkways, or pathways through the caves. The dear cave is the most visited cave. It is over 2km in length and 174 meters high. A visit to the Dear cave is combined with a trip to Langs cave, a small cave with interesting rock formations. Clearwater cave and wind cave can be reached by boat. Clearwater cave is accessed via a 200-step climb. The underwater river that flows through the cave gave its name. The cave is approximately 227km long and the 8th longest cave globally.

If you are visiting Malaysia, this is a must-visit as it will be a memorable expedition tour in Malaysia with a good mix of tours and activities. Make sure you have a pre-planned tour as it is best to advise you to visit Gunung Mulu National Park with a well-experienced guide.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Sri Lanka has a long history of the presence and practice of Buddhism. The Dambulla cave temple represents one of the oldest sites for Buddhist monasticism, with a history as a pilgrimage site for twenty-two centuries. The massive cave temple complex is unique in Southeast Asia because monks carved the caves from the rock. The caves have been developed in stages in continuous use for more than two millenniums. The complex dates from the third and second centuries BCE.

Dambulla cave temple is, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka. Major attractions are spread over five caves which contain statues and paintings of Lord Buddha and his life. More than eighty caves have been discovered and documented in the area. A total of 153 Buddha statues, three Sri Lankan kings, and four statues of gods and goddesses have also been found and preserved in the five leading caves. Apart from the Buddhist related statues, there are several Hindu deities’ statues added later years at the old age. There are murals covering many cave walls depicting Buddha’s temptation by Mara and Buddha’s first sermon.

In his fourteen years of exile from Anuradhapura kingdom, king Valagambahu was given refuge and protection by the monks at the caves. When King returned to his throne at Anuradhapura kingdom in the 1st century BC, he converted the caves into a rock temple as gratitude. There is about a 300′ climb to reach the temple. It will take only 10 minutes to do the climb, but you will be sweating at the top if you are leaving in the middle of a tropical day. Sigiriya and Dambulla cave temple is a must visit if you are visiting Sri Lanka.

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Dambulla Cave Temple: World Holiday Vibes Blog
The rock that couldn’t save the king

The rock that couldn’t save the king

In 1831, British Army major Jonathan Forbes discovered Sigiriya during a horseback ride. In ancient times kind Dutugamunu fathered two sons. Moggolana and Kashyapa.. Kashyapa was the son of his mistress. Kashyapas brother, Mogollana was the rightful heir to the throne. Greedy for power, Kashyapa schemed with his army commander and overthrew his father, Dutugamunu. As the lore says, Kashyapa entombed his father in a wall while still alive. Fearing for a cruel fate Mogollana fleed to India.

However, Kashyapa was aware of the potential threat and conflicts that may arrive, and with the interest of self-preservation, he began work on the stone fortress.

Sigiriya fortress is truly state of the art. The rock is 200 meters high, and it is believed to be a lava plug left over from a long-extinct volcano. The entrance to the fortress is through a massive lion. Sigiriya was both Palace and a fortress, and Palace had two levels. Surrounding the Palace complex, King Kashyapa constructed lavish gardens consisting of ponds, canals, lakes, dams, bridges, and water pumps which provide water to the site gardens to this day! The upper Palace still has functioning ponds and beautiful gardens on the rock. The advanced irrigation and hydraulic systems dazzle modern engineers. Cisterns cut from the rock still function today!

Kashayapa originally installed the mirror wall so the king could see his reflection when walking by. Later, the mirror wall became a graffiti board with verses scribbled by visitors. Some scribbles date back to the 8th Century. Sigiriya is also renowned for its wall paintings (Frescoes)

Sigiriya became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982. With many impressive archaeological and architectural features, the upper place is the oldest surviving Palace in Sri Lanka, and the gardens are the oldest surviving in Asia. Sigiriya Museum shows photos of the excavation, reproduction of the frescoes, translations, and excavated artefacts.

If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka, you need to see this place. Kashyapa crowned himself in 477 CE, and his brother defeated him on the Sigiriya grounds, which resulted in Kashayapa killing himself with his sword. His reign ended in 495 CE. Unfortunately, the rock couldn’t save Kashayapa but is succeeded in preserving ancient Sinhalese culture.