Tips for finding best cruise ship for you

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Traveling by ocean liners has been one of the oldest and most romantic means of transport, until airplanes took over. But sea cruises have managed to retain their charm over the years. Read this Buzzle post to know how you can find the best cruise deals for your next vacation.

A penny-pinching tip.
Inner cabins (the ones without windows) cost less. So, if you're on a budget, these are the rooms you should be booking. However, if you are prone to seasickness, inner cabins may not be a good choice.
Sea cruises, without a doubt, spell class, style, and luxury. They seem to have it all―spacious cabins with top-of-the-line amenities, multi-cuisine restaurants, spas, swimming pool(s), recreation areas, and amazing live entertainment. And move over seasickness; because most cruise liners today are the very definition of comfort.

So, when you've got a liner that lets you travel in style to the most exotic destinations in the world, from Scandinavia to Antarctica, you naturally assume them to be jaw-droppingly expensive. Well, some of these sure are, but there also are a variety of options to suit your budget. The following pointers will come in handy to find you that dream cruise vacation.
How to Find the Best Cruise Deals
Begin with Research
Ship on sea
The first rule is also the most obvious one on the list; to be able to find a bargain on your cruise vacation, you need to invest a good deal of time in research. Get the basics in place by deciding:
  • your destination
  • your choice of ship (big or small)
  • type of cruise (adventure/family/singles/exotic)
Once you have these answers in hand, you can get to the task of zeroing in on the cruise that ticks all your boxes. Read up on cruise companies and their reviews on the Internet. This will help you shortlist a few options. You can even order brochures of the trips that interest you.
Proceed to Booking
Travel agency office
If this is your first cruise trip, it is suggested that you book it through a travel agent. A cruise, unlike a regular holiday, is like your mode of transport/accommodation/sightseeing all rolled into one. Which is why a travel agent's expertise will come in handy to book a trip that suits your needs. An agent can help you pick the right cruise, a good cabin, food and beverage options, age-appropriate entertainment for the family/group, include a few steal-deals, and perhaps throw in a discount as well.

A few cruise companies even appoint certain agents to accept bookings from customers. In such cases, the agent will not charge you anything for the service rendered, as he is already being paid a commission by the company. So, in case an agent is trying to coerce you into choosing a particular cruise, give it a deeper thought before you come to a decision.

Usually, the good agents are sure to have a Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) affiliation. A CLIA-certified agent is considered to be worthy and experienced to offer the best services, having completed a training program. Plus, you may also look for referrals, and pick an agent that has been recommended by someone you trust.
Finding the Best Deals
Travel agency office
Finding the best cruise deals requires some amount of experience as well as expertise. To a first timer, it is akin to rocket science; and there are more chances of the person being taken for a ride, rather than a cruise. But here's a thumb rule―your best chances of snagging a steal are at least 8 to 10 months before the sailing date. The best cabins are on sale during the early days, so you're ensured a wide choice. This is especially true of popular destinations like the Mediterranean or Caribbean. If you're thinking of going off-track, say Antarctica for instance, then you have to book at least a year in advance. Such cruises are not as frequent as the others, but are phenomenally popular (and not to mention, expensive).
Getting in Last-minute
Last-minute deals are a bit of a gamble when it comes to cruises. This is because, unlike regular vacations, your options are severely limited. So, while it's true that you may find some last-minute value deals, they may not necessarily be to your liking. If this is your first trip to the seas, it is recommended that you play it safe and book in advance. Once you gain experience, you'll automatically be trained to snag a steal at the last moment.
Be Weather Wise
Storm over the ocean
Ensure that you complete your homework regarding weather-related aspects before you book your trip. Be in the know about the kind of weather to be expected at your destination, plus the general conditions of the sea throughout the duration of your trip. Doing so is important because lull-season cruise trips may fit perfectly in your budget, but the dowdy weather conditions throughout the cruise may dampen the overall experience. This may seem a bit trivial to some, but keep in mind that if you don't like the weather, you simply can't leave a cruise midway, for obvious reasons.
Consider the Whole Hog
Accountant making calculations
A cruise isn't just about the ship. You need to add the cost of traveling to the port of departure, perhaps a night's stay here, and the return flight from your destination. Adding up all these things will give you an accurate picture of your actual expenses. Just ensure that your pre- and post-cruise expenditure does not eat into what you thought was a bargain cruise price.
There are endless number of things to consider when you're booking a cruise trip. But listing them all out would translate to a lot of confusion. So, don't be too pressurized, and book your trip in a relaxed state of mind. You're sure to get the best deal this way.


11 Best Magical Train Journeys in the World

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"It's not getting from A to B. It's not the beginning or the destination that counts. It's the ride in between...This train is alive with things that should be seen and heard. It's a living, breathing something ― you just have to want to learn its rhythm."
― David Baldacci
It's tragic how we've turned traveling into simply getting from place A to B. Today, more often than not, there seems to be a greater emphasis on the destination―what to see and what to eat once you get there. The journey itself is seen more like a hassle, a mere footnote in the grander scheme of things that your destination holds.
Stop and smell the roses if you will, the next time you're out on a holiday. The best way to do so is to pick a place so picturesque, that the only way to do justice to its beauty is to explore it by rail. We've got a few ideas to get you started.
Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre refers to a bunch of 5 idyllic fishing villages―Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Monterosso, and Vernazza―that lie between Pisa and Genoa. A gorgeous stretch of the Italian Riviera, this region is a national park and a vehicle-free zone. Thus, the best way to get around is to take the train which chugs along the tall cliffs, offering a magnificent view of the azure Ligurian waters extending as far as the eye can see. The Cinque Terre National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it's easy to see why. Though the region has fallen prey to tourism of late, its really refreshing to see the considerable lack of corporate consumerism in these villages. The restaurants here are more or less homegrown, and the people display the best of Italian hospitality and charm. The gorgeous views round up to make this an oft-visited destination for anyone who comes here even once.
Canadian Rockies
The Rocky Mountains in west Canada have some breathtaking landscapes on offer. The Rocky Mountaineer railroad snakes through glacier lakes, dense forests, and abundant wildlife. The train takes you on a two-day journey from the resort town of Banff in Alberta through the beautiful Canadian Rockies, culminating in the city of Vancouver. You have the option of picking the Gold Leaf Service which includes cooked-to-order meals and unlimited cocktails while onboard, making this an ultra-luxurious and idyllic getaway.
TranzAlpine train
The KiwiRail Scenic Journeys-run TranzAlpine passenger train promises to take you on the most beautiful train ride ever. Considering New Zealand's abundant natural wealth, it's wise not to dispute their claim, when you'd rather just jump aboard. This is a relatively short trip―under 5 hours―beginning in Christchurch, going through Arthur's Pass over to Greymouth on the South Island's west coast through the amazing misty mountain scenery of the Southern Alps.
Pikes Peak Colorado
The Pikes Peak Cog Railway takes you to the summit of the mountain, and offers stellar views of the mountainous Colorado Springs. The just-over-three-hours trip takes you through a dense green cover of Englemann spruce, Colorado blue spruce, and Ponderosa pine trees, crossing the Minnehaha Falls along the way. In fact, some estimates tell us that some bristlecone pines in this region are over 2000 years old. You get to spend some time at the summit, following which you return to Manitou Springs. This railway is considered to be the highest in North America, developed almost exclusively to foster tourism in the region.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railways
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway ranks among the finest legacies of the colonial era. Popularly known as the Toy Train, this railroad takes you from New Jalpaiguri to an elevation of 2200 meters to the hilltop town of Darjeeling. The DHR was declared a World Heritage Site, only the second rail network to be bestowed with this honor. Pictured here is the Batasia Loop section of the railroad, which offers panoramic views of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan mountains in the background.
 Inca rail Machu Picchu
The Belmond Hiram Bingham is a luxury train which takes you up the Sacred Valley to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Named after the American explorer who discovered the famed ruins, this train is the last word in luxury travel. A journey on the Belmond Hiram Bingham commences in Poroy, close to the city of Cusco. The train runs through Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, heading up to the ruins, believed to have been built in the mid-15th century and are the finest examples of Inca architecture.
Ghan Express
The Ghan Express follows a 1851-mile route from Darwin to Adelaide, crossing the length of this huge country. The trip takes three nights and four days to complete, with a stopover in Alice Springs. In true colonial style, the erstwhile Afghan Express was an offensive reference to the Afghan camel herders who were brought here to "help" explore the harsh expanse of the Australian desert. The modern journey is an experience in itself, offering several off-train excursions, including a helicopter ride over the Uluru.
Glacier Express
The Glacier Express is perhaps the most famous railroad in the world. The train travels from Zermatt to St. Moritz, winding through virgin mountain landscapes, glamorous resorts, gorges, and ravines via 91 tunnels and across 291 beautiful bridges. This is one journey where every moment is a photo op, seeing as you're traveling through the majestic Swiss Alps rising tall against the deep blue sky.
West Highland Line Scotland
This one's exclusively for all the Potterheads out there. And even if you don't happen to be one, this magical train journey across the Scottish highlands is a treat to the senses in every manner. This historic steam train is called The Jacobite, which runs from Fort William to Mallaig along the west coast of Scotland. The main highlight of the journey, of course, is crossing the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan viaduct, memorably captured in the Harry Potter films which overlooks the Loch Shiel.
Qinghai Tibet railway
Dubbed as "rocket to the roof of the world", the Qinghai-Tibet railroad is a landmark achievement in terms of human ambition and tenacity. The railroad extends 1215 miles from Xining, Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. The train runs through the Tanggula Pass, located 5072 meters above sea level, making it the world's highest railway. Along the way, travelers can witness unrivaled views of the Tibetan landscape including the Kunlun and Tanggula mountain ranges, Qinghai Lake, and the Tuotuo River. Breathtaking doesn't even begin to describe this experience.
Orient Express station Istanbul
Yes, yes, we most certainly realize that the Orient Express in its original avatar ceased its operations years ago. The original service ran from Paris to Istanbul, traveling through Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, and Budapest, thus connecting the world's finest cities. Little surprise then, that this journey was one of the most famous back in its time, featuring in several books and films of the era. The Venice-Simplon Orient Express, as it is now known as, offers a solitary trip from Paris to Istanbul every year. It is known to be quite exclusive, and thereby rather expensive as well, but if you are fortunate enough to have the means, this is one train trip that is highly recommended. Because when you embark upon a trip that begins in Paris and culminates in Istanbul, its surely got to create some fantastic memories.
Some train journeys really bring the element of romance and intrigue back into traveling. Don't believe us? Take any of these train trips to know for sure!


Central America Vacation Ideas

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Vacation ideas for Central America are actually endless. If you want to know some of the best places to enjoy a quality time in, then you have come to the right page.

The meeting point of the Northern and Southern American continents; Central America is considered as a subcontinent and is the isthmus of southern North America. It is spread across around 202,000 sq mi; with the Caribbean Sea to its northeast, pacific ocean to its southwest and the Gulf of Mexico to the southern side. The region is home to seven countries and is declared as a Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot. A biodiversity hotspot is the region with large amount of natural scenery, flora and fauna, that has a threat from humans. Having said that, Central America boasts of more than 7% of the world's biodiversity treasure. The region is a great combination of the wonders of natural, ancient and modern civilizations.

When it comes to planning a vacation to this beautiful part of the world, there are a lot of things for you to determine, in terms of sightseeing and traveling. The area is very large and hence, it is virtually impossible to cover each and every vacation destination on a single vacation. You may need to consider each and every country separately.

Best Places to Visit in Central America

Central America encompasses seven countries - Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The entire region is a tourist destination in itself, let aside the special vacation spots of each and every country of Central America.



Belize was initially know as British Honduras and it gained the independence, as late as in the year 1981. Belize is the only Central American country that has English as its official language, which makes it easy for all the non-Spanish speaking people to travel around. Similar to the rest of the Central American regions, Belize is gifted with copious and undisturbed tropical rainforest, pristine sandy beaches, numerous historical monuments and the best of modern infrastructure! Since Belize is the nearest country to North America, most of the American airlines offer short and inexpensive round trips to this mystical place. Here are some of the best places to visit when you are in Belize.

Barton Creek Caves
Located near the town of San Ignacio of the Cayo District, Barton Creek Caves are one of the largest caves in the world. The Mayans ruled these caves and used them for their infamous ritualistic ceremonies. You can still find skeletons of the victims of those ancient sacrifices. Another attraction here is the giant cylindrical walls (stalactites and stalagmites) in these limestone caves and a variety of flora and fauna.

Belize Barrier Reef
This is world's second largest barrier reef after the Great Barrier Reef. It is more than 300 kms long and is located around 25 miles off the northern coast of Belize. It is the best place for the snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving enthusiasts. You may also enjoy one of those cozy and cheap round trips by ferryboat, while staying in one of the nearby coastal towns.

El Caracol
This is one of the most famous Mayan ruins in Belize that unveils the temple pyramids including Canna, Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, Lamanai, Altun Ha, etc. El Caracol used to be a Mayan observatory where they made naked eye observations of the horizon and made their predictions.



The Republic of Guatemala is bordered by Mexico, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras and the water bodies of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Original name of this country was Goathemala, which means the "land of the trees". The country is rich with tropical rain forests, interesting biodiversity and historical Mayan ruins. This region saw the peak of the Mayan civilization, arrival of the Spanish colonists, independence from the Spaniards, the Mexican Empire and the modern-day infrastructural and economical developments. As far as your stay and traveling is concerned, Guatemala is a small country and most of its tourist destination could be visited in a single tour to the country.

Mayan Ruins
The entire country beholds many ancient Mayan ruins. But the places that anyone must never miss out on the tour of Guatemala are the ruins of the El Mirador and Tikal. Both of these are the unforgettable pre-Columbian places to visit for all of you who are interested in history and the ancient heritage.

Pacaya Volcano
Set at the altitude of 8,371 feet; this volcano is located near the Lake Atitlan. You can enjoy hiking up the Pacaya volcano with a knowledgeable tour guide and get some memorable thrilling experience. You can easily arrange such hiking tours from the nearest cities of Panajachel or Antigua.

Explore Guatemala
Apart from the historical and natural sites, you may like to enjoy a lot of other things like shopping in the colorful Chichicastenango market; visiting various cities like Flores, Panajachel, Antigua,; taking short term Spanish language lessons; or enjoying serene volcanic countryside and the beautiful beaches like Monterrico!

El Salvador

El Salvador

If you are totally into the adventure sports, water sports and other such thrilling outdoor activities, then El Salvador is the place for you. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the country shares its borders with the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua. Here you will get to enjoy lazy days, sandy beaches and the bustling nightlife that you may enjoy after spending the entire day in sightseeing! El Salvador is popularly known as The land of Proud and Arrogant Volcanoes. It was dwelt by the Native Americans, Mayans and the Spanish conquistadors! All these inhabitants left a rich and proud heritage which is still visible while you are in El Salvador. The country is rich with historical monuments, mighty volcanoes, playful beaches and serene forests. Here are the best vacation spots in El Salvador.

El Boquerón National Park
One of the most popular vacation destinations in El Salvador, this National Park is located in the crater of the dormant San Salvador Volcano that hasn't been active for more than 80 years now. The area has pretty cool temperature and it is enriched with nature's realm, various natural hiking trails and diverse wildlife. All this makes this place a must visit in Central America!

Los Planes de Renderos
Los Planes is a township in San Salvador, which is popular for its views and numerous parks like the Balboa Park, Family Park and La Puerta del Diablo, which is a place made of three rocks making different halls and caves that are located in this area. The entire region is a feast for the outdoorsy people.

Explore El SalvadorIn case you don't want to visit these natural treasures, you can always have the best of time by visiting various sparkling lakes; going to Punta Rico, which is the best surfing spot in El Salvador; enjoying shopping and clubbing in the city of San Salvador. You may also like to visit numerous art museums, historical museums, art galleries, live musical plays or simply spending your holidays one of the hilltop resorts!



Honduras is one of the largest countries of Central America. It is bordered with El Salvador and Nicaragua and the water bodies of the Gulf of Honduras, Gulf of Fonseca and the Caribbean sea. This is another beach country, with most noticeable traces of the indigenous cultures including the Mayans. Rich export markets of clothing and tropical fruits, make Honduras one of the noteworthy nations on the world map. The long coastline and diverse wildlife has made Honduras to be one of the bustling tourists spots in Central America. Vacation ideas for Honduras are just endless, provided you have enough time and energy for their execution!

Romantic Vacations
If you haven't considered Honduras to be one of the lover's nest for a romantic getaway or honeymoon vacation, then this is the right time to start doing so! You may visit the Bay Islands, Mosquito Coast, and various other islands like the Utila and Cayos Cochinos to experience the totally undisturbed paradise on earth. The region is blessed with exotic coral reefs, colorful fish and pristine beaches to accompany both of you!

Family Vacations
Along with various beach fronts, you can always visit various Mayan ruins like the Copan and learn about the historical heritage of this rugged country. You may also like to visit the Bay Islands and the Roatan Islands to enjoy the innovative eco-tourism of Honduras. You may also take the kids to Guanaja, which is a playful Caribbean coast with rich corals and kid friendly atmosphere.

Adventure Vacations
If you are planning the vacation with a group of friends, then you can rent one of the motels or hostels in the cities like La Ceiba, Tegucigalpa or San Pedro Sula and visit various beaches for watersports, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and even beach football! You may also consider living in the upscale areas like Puerto Cortes and Guanaja Islands!



The Republic of Nicaragua is the largest country here, which is bordered by Honduras and Costa Rica. The Pacific Ocean is situated to the western side and the Caribbean Sea is situated to the eastern side of Nicaragua. The country is divided into two cultural regions, Mesoamerican and Andean. Nicaragua was inhibited by various indigenous cultures, the most significant of them being the Aztecs and the Mayans. Later the country was ruled by the Spanish conquistadors. Nicaragua has had a troubled political past, until the revolution of 1961. The fertile west coast of Nicaragua is home to a diverse wildlife and tropical rainforest too. As a result, it is a great tourist attraction.

San Juan del Sur
If you are looking for a peaceful family holiday, this is an ideal place for you. San Juan del Sur is located on the Pacific coastline of the country. It provides good quality local infrastructure, the best beach front resorts, inexpensive hotels and plenty of watersports activities like surfing, snorkeling and fishing that offer you a guaranteed fun! The kids may also get to enjoy horseback riding along the seashore!

Trip to GranadaOne of the oldest cities in Nicaragua, Granada was established in the year 1524. The best things to do in the city of Granada include shopping for Nicaraguan souvenirs and munch on the delicious Nicaraguan cuisine in various city restaurants. You may also enjoy unhurried stroll in this city which is located near Lake Nicaragua, which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world!

Bosawas Biosphere Reserve
The Bosawas Biosphere Reserve beholds one of the largest tropical rainforest of the world, and is a UNESCO protected site in Nicaragua. The variety of flora and fauna in this reserve is a real treat for the nature lovers and the students of biodiversity. The forest has around 150,000 types of insects, 600 species of birds and numerous animals that are on the verge of extinction.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

The Republic of Costa Rica is the only Latin American country which is a part of the list of world's 22 oldest democracies. Literal meaning of the word "Costa Rica" is the "rich coast", which is quite apt. The country is bordered by Panama to the south, Caribbean Sea to the east, Nicaragua to the north and Pacific Ocean to its west. While in Costa Rica, one can still feel the deep cultural impact of various indigenous people that once inhibited this region. The most significant of them being the Nahuatl, Chibcha and the Spanish conquistadors. Costa Rica was one of the nations to gain early freedom from the Spaniards. Tropical Mediterranean atmosphere, more than average rainfall and rich historical background of Costa Rica has made it a famous vacation destination in Central America.

Costa Rican National Parks
The diversity of flora and fauna in Costa Rica is beyond one's imagination. To experience it in person, one has to visit various national parks like the Corcovado National Park, Tortuguero National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. All these parks are home to various exotic birds, amphibians, reptiles and some of the endangered species of various living organisms.

Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano is a highly active volcano where one can experience at least five explosions of lava on a daily basis. It is the reason why the resorts surrounding this volcano and other nearby spots like Tabacon Hot Springs are bustling with tourists who gather for this glowing miracle, that never fails your trip.

Water Adventures
Once you reach to Costa Rica, you will surely get to enjoy numerous water adventures. Some best things to do here include, white water river rafting, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, parasailing, and hiking up the natural trails that are located along the rives and sandy beaches of this natural paradise. You may easily find cheap beach rentals at the Jaco Beach, Guanacaste Beach, and other places like Playa Grande and Playa Hermosa.



The Republic of Panama is the last vacation spot of Central America. Located on the isthmus of the South and North American continents, Panama shares its borders with Costa Rica, Colombia, Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean sea. The country was explored and settled by the Spanish conquistadors way back in the wake of the 16th century. Today, according to the Global Competitiveness Index from the World Economic Forum (WEF); Panama is the 2nd most progressive nation in the entire Latin America. The country is also home to the largest rainforest in this region, outside the densely rich Amazon Basin. Panama is a great mixture of natural and man-made miracles like the Panama Canal. Because of all this, Panama is a must visit place for you as well!

Bocas del Toro
This is one of the most untouched islands of Panama which is located at the Panamanian border near Costa Rica. It is made up of around 7 islands and numerous tiny islets; that are rich with various opportunities for snorkeling, surfing and fishing and various other watersports. The friendly native of this island and the booming real estate here will definitely tempt you to stay here a bit longer!

Chiriqui Highlands
If you want to visit the most picturesque landscapes of Panama, then do not forget to visit Chiriqui Highlands. This is one of the developed areas of Panama which is easy to reach by the Pan American Highways. Visit various Chiriqui cities like David, Volcan and Boquete to enjoy the friendly natives, local culture and cuisine here.

Panama Festivals
Panama is also popular for various of its festivals and carnivals like the Boquete Flower and Coffee Festival which is held in January; New Orleans Mardi Gras, Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Panama Carnival which is held on Ash Wednesday and not to forget, the Panamanian New Year's Eve!

Well, these were some of my personal favorite places to visit when you go to Central America. Now that you are aware of almost all the best vacation spots here, vacation ideas would now be unending. In order to execute your Central America vacation ideas in the most appropriate way, make sure that you visit this region during the ideal traveling season and with the bookings and tickets in advance! Have a happy and safe journey!


Best Places in the World to Watch the Sunset

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Well, sunsets are meant to be seen that is why, unlike sunrises, they are in the evening. Sunset! Do you have a special spot marked for this purpose or are you still in search of the best place to watch sunset? Let us have a gist of best places in the world to watch sunset from, in this post.

Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us! ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan
Nature has created such wonders that keep reminding human beings that man can develop as many new technologies as he can but, the best and the real art of creating wonders is still and will always be with nature itself. Sunset is one such beautiful creation. Everyone of us have special feelings associated with sunset. We all connect with it in unique ways.

Sunset point is a highly romantic place for couples, on the other hand some feel saddened while watching it. But, arising of sad feelings associated with sunset in one, is a rare case. Generally, sunset can be best viewed from a beach. Maybe you like to observe it from other places, like mountains, historical places, from amongst the trees in a forest or even from the top of the sky-scrapers. Here are a few places short-listed for you to enjoy the sunset view, take a look at them.

Best Sunset Points
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Mesa Arch Sunset
Grand Canyon, Arizona is one of the seven wonders of the world. It is famous not only for its size, but also for the beautiful scenic views it offers. The views are so wonderful that they can leave you possessed for days. The month of May and October are the driest amongst all and are best to visit Grand Canyon. Three fantastic scenic view points are developed on the North Rim namely Cape Royal, Point Imperial and Point Sublime. The sunsets from these points are spectacular to watch. It is the time when the Grand Canyon shows the depth of nature's beauty. Many people stand on the rim with their hands in the air, as if to offer a solemn salute to nature and surrendering to the ultimate power of Grand Canyon maker. These actions give a spiritual touch to the visit and make the Grand Canyon stand apart from other sunset spots.

Taj Mahal, India
Sunset Over Taj Mahal
The term Taj refers to the crown and Taj Mahal signifies it as the crowning glory of all the man-made structures. It is the exuberant monument of love and beauty. It is one of the seven wonders of the world and most visited places in Agra, India. It is also the most photographed monument. The movement of the Sun from east to west has several light effects on the Taj Mahal. It blushes in the rosy glow of the dawn and it appears pinkish orange in the dusk. But, the most breathtaking view of Taj is from an octagonal tower of the Red Fort across the river Jamuna.

Cape Town, South Africa
Table Mountain Sunset
Cape Town is the mother city of South Africa. It is located at the southern tip of the African continent. One of the best views of sunset in Cape Town is from the Table Mountain Silhouette. Table Mountain is one of the famous places to visit in Cape Town. The highest point of this range is Maclears Beacon. It is around 1,087m high. At the time of sunset, the viewer standing inland can experience the African landscape becoming golden. Also the sunset from the Dolphin beach in Blouberg gives you an opportunity to have an awesome view of the Table Mountain.

Silhouette of Buildings at Water Front, Singapore
Skyline Of Singapore
The extravagant Twin Towers offer an awesome view of the vibrant city. It is situated in the heart of Singapore's financial center. The architectural credit of silhouette of buildings goes to Carlos Otts. It is the perfect location for the people who want to enjoy life to the fullest as it offers a spectacular view of sunset.

Another best place to watch sunset, in Singapore, is the Sentosa Island. Out of the 63 islands, Sentosa Island is the 5th largest island located in Singapore. The name of the Island comes from the terms peace and quiet in Malaya dialect. On the contrary, in the past it was referred to as the Death Island. No one knows the exact reason behind it but, it was probably related to the pirates that sailed around. The sunset views from the beaches here will make you feel breathless for sure.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini Sunset
Beaches are the perfect places to watch sunset. It offers you a look of the never ending sky, filled with extravagant shades of colors with the setting Sun showing its grandeur. Santorini Beaches possess typical beach characteristics of long stretches of black sand and small black pebbles. It is a unique feature for a beach to have and it is because of the volcanic origin of the island.

Other Greek islands like Naxos, Los and Mykonos have golden sand beaches. All the beaches are surrounded by spectacular rock arrangements. The Perissa and Kamari beaches are most famous beaches located in the eastern part of the Greece. Apart from these, there are two more interesting beaches, one is called Kokinni Ammos and the other is Aspri Ammos. Kokinni means red in Greek which complements the sand on this beach which is reddish in color, whereas Aspri means white and there are white cliffs from where you get the beach view. They are also called Red Beach and White Beach and are adjacent to each other.
Sunset! Though it is a daily happening, it looks different from every place on each day. Watching it gives so deep a pleasure that is not easily definable. Every one cherishes the sweet memories of such moments and steals a smile from them when the going is tough. I am sure, the above article will tempt you to visit a sunset point.