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Devi’s Falls In Pokhara, Nepal

I have a hard time figuring what to write about Devi Falls as it is a pretty strange way to experience a waterfall. Pretty much it goes like this, you are…

I have a hard time figuring what to write about Devi Falls as it is a pretty strange way to experience a waterfall. Pretty much it goes like this, you are driving down a busy street and you stop by a massive amount of shops, in the middle of all of them is a small sign for Devi Falls. After walking through the shops you will be at the ticket counter and entering into the falls area, then boom, a waterfall.

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I love waterfalls and I go out of my way to see them, but it is not as enjoyable to have a relaxing waterfall experience in the hustle and bustle of shops and city. That being said I am still glad I went as the falls themselves were amazing and unique since the water runs through a tunnel from the lake before it enters the falls.

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Devi’s Falls were discovered in 1961 when a man named Daniel, who’s had a wife named Devi, were swimming in the lake and she got sucked into the tunnel. Her body was never found but the falls were discovered. After that the falls became a popular attraction for the many people in the area to come and see.

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Currently the small park offers a few nice views of the waterfall which descends through arches and tunnels as it makes its way to Gupteshwor Mahadevcave, the cave you can also visit across the street. Here are a few photos.

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The front view of the falls is the best as you can see most of it from here, I was a little confused about the layout of the other platforms as you walk to them and cannot see anything at all, so it seems like the layout could have been better.

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Here is a picture with me in it so you can get a sense of scale.

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There is also a wishing well that is very popular and you can get coins from the ticket counter to toss in.

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Lastly, there is a very random area with 3D clay people with no faces that you can pose behind if you want to have a quick laugh and a funny photo.

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All in all this is a nice waterfall, but you could see Pokhara without seeing it if you are rushed for time.

Pro tip – the shops outside the falls are pretty cheap. I bought a medium-sized sounding bowl for only 500 rupees here (after bartering).

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Sunrise at Sarangkot: Annapurna Range in Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara is known as the gateway to the Annapurna Range and you can see it with all of the knock off Northface shops they have in the area. However, no…

Pokhara is known as the gateway to the Annapurna Range and you can see it with all of the knock off Northface shops they have in the area. However, no trip to this city would be complete without marveling at the sheer size of these mountains from the cities best viewpoint, Sarangkot.

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This area is accessed by either taxi or hiking and having done both I would say taxi is a must for sunrise as the trail is very hard to navigate in the dark, but hiking is a good option for sunset if you are into a grueling walk up the mountain.

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After leaving the hotel at 4 in the morning I arrived at the top of the mountain around 4:30. After walking the last 20 meters to the top of the mountain and I was able to secure a great spot for the sunrise. Within ten minutes over 150 people came to the spot I was at, so I highly recommend getting there early if you want to get a good view.  You can also pay 100 ruppees to access the roof of a nearby coffee shop and enjoy a seat and a tea for the sunrise if that is more your thing.

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What followed was one of the best sunrises of my life. The massive above 20,000 foot peaks sparkled in the sun with their snow-capped peaks, and the sun itself split the mountains with rays you wouldn’t believe. I sat there for 45 minutes just taking it all in and taking photos. Here are some of my favorites.

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This was the first time I had seen these mountains on my stay as the fog had kept them pretty covered the rest of the time I was there, so I was blessed to see them as well as I did. The funny thing was when the sun was fully up, the mountains started to disappear into the clouds again and it was back to reality.

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I couldn’t believe how amazing this was and I highly recommend it as a must see in Pokhara. You may never see a better sunrise then this. The location itself is easy to get to and very popular, any taxi should be able to take you up the winding road to the top.

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Park Güell In Barcelona, Spain: Attractions you Should See

In the Northern part of one of my favorite European cities, sits the  strange and beautiful Park Guell, the brainchild of famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. While Barcelona itself is…

In the Northern part of one of my favorite European cities, sits the  strange and beautiful Park Guell, the brainchild of famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.

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While Barcelona itself is pretty much Antoni Gaudi’s city, his crowning achievements are Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. Park Guell was built between 1900 – 1912 after Guadi bought a house in the failed housing development and started to create works on the land. The house he lived in for 2o years is now the Guadi House Museum, as for the park, here are the sites you must see.

  • Cost – 8 Euro

The Gate Houses (Porter’s Lodge Pavilions)

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The first thing you will see as you as you enter are the two crazy looking buildings that sit on either side of the entrance. I often liken them to those of your favorite childhood stories with their free-flowing roofs and palette of colors and styles. One is also a lot taller since it has a massive spire with a cross on the top.

The Dragon

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This very popular piece, right as you walk through the entrance, is known as “el drac” (the dragon) and is a unique fountain that greets the visitors while they walk up the stairway. It is heavily watched by guards after it was vandalized a decade ago and they will even yell at you if you take to long posing for your picture to “move along.” It is a great spot for a photo opp though and you will see this famous piece in tourist shops all over Barcelona.

Hypostyle Room

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Right under the nature square is the Hypostyle Room, complete with 84 stone columns and a meticulously decorated ceiling. It is a good place to escape the heat or just to wander around while looking up at the ceiling. This room also funnels rainwater down to an underground tank and the excess water is what comes out of the dragons mouth.

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Nature Square

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One of the main attractions in this park is that of the Nature Square. This large dirt field sits atop the Hypostyle Room and provides an excellent vista point of the gate houses and the city below. It was designed to house concerts and other events but that has never really happened. It also features an exceptionally long sea serpent bench that extends around the entire interior and provides a place to sit and bask in the beauty and colors of the inlaid stones.

The Birds Nests

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These rock and clay sculptures look much like the bird’s nest you would see in a common tree, yet they are 10 times the size. I was also told that they are designed to look like the trees that were planted in them, a collection of shrubberies and palm trees and you can see the resemblance.

The Laundry Room

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This walkway, called the laundry room, which leads to another set of gardens is designed to look like a wave slanting out on top of the columns. It is a great place for a stroll and to understand a little more on the architecture of the area.

The Austria Gardens

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One of my favorite spots in the park, this collection of gardens are lush and overflowing with plant life. From here you can see the clay and stone walkways that will lead you up to the top of the park. I love the way these look, they are perfect for photography. The stones that make up the columns were taken from the site itself when they were built.

So there you have it, my favorite spots in the park, let me know yours in the comments and check out the pictures below.

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New Navajo Falls in Havasupai, Arizona

In the upper part of Arizona, just outside of Grand Canyon National Park, sits an Indian Reservation that houses some of the best waterfalls the world has to offer. They…

In the upper part of Arizona, just outside of Grand Canyon National Park, sits an Indian Reservation that houses some of the best waterfalls the world has to offer. They are only accessed by an 8 mile hike down from the canyon walls into the small reservation (the last place in the United States that still sends mail via horse) and you must have a permit to make the hike. There are a series of four waterfalls on this trail and the first that you will get to is arguably my favorite, New Navajo Falls. It has two distinct sections, Upper and Lower Navajo Falls.

Upper Navajo Falls

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When walking the main trail to the campground you will want to watch for a spur about 1.5 miles from the town. This is the spur that leads to upper New Navajo Falls and since it is easy to miss it is often less crowded then the other falls.

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This waterfall looked a lot different before a flood came through the canyon and made it into what it is now only a decade ago.It is now is a 150 foot wide majestic falls that cascades over jutting rocks and fills pools of all sizes at its base. To this day it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. You can swim in its water, head under some parts of the falls to find little caves, and just bask in the beauty that it creates for days without getting tired of it. The blue-green water that flows from it is a marvel in and of itself.

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Lower Navajo Falls

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About a forth of a mile down from New Navajo falls is lower Navajo Falls. While not as striking at its brethren, this waterfall houses a secretive back area that you can swim up to and climb into. It is a perfect place to watch the crazies cliff jump from above, as this is a popular cliff jumping spot, or to just find some peace and serenity while indulging in the sound of the water as it careens into the pools below.

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You can see how far the two falls are from each other in the picture below. Be sure that if you make the trek in that you get a campsite or a room at the lodge as you want to make sure you have time to see these falls plus the other three.

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This place must be seen to be believed and is one of my favorite places in the United States. Check out the other waterfalls here and make sure to leave a comment.

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Grey Whale Migration off the Coast of Cabo San Lucas & How to See it

If you travel to the tip of the Baja Peninsula from the months of December to March you really cannot leave without experience one of the most amazing sea life…

If you travel to the tip of the Baja Peninsula from the months of December to March you really cannot leave without experience one of the most amazing sea life migrations on the planet. Just standing on the cliffs in Cabo allows you to see whales multiple times per day out in the big blue ocean. However, if you are looking to really experience it you must do it up close, and here are the details.

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Boat or Catamaran

The two main ways people get out to see the whales are from small speedboats or large catamarans. The catamarans are usually cheaper and often come with free booze but if you are looking for the best experience, a boat is the way to go.

There are many companies that will set you up with a tour, but I like to just head down to the marina and book with someone right there on the docks, the water taxis can be had for a lot cheaper, are faster and are committed to providing a good time in hopes of a good tip (if you have fun make sure to tip). I booked a two-hour trip in the marina for about 40 dollars USA and had an amazing experience.

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If you book with a taxi or some of the other small companies on the marina you can also get them to take you out to Lands End on the way to see the whales. Here are some of our stops, all of which I recommend and seeing them only takes about 15 minutes off your trip time.

Lovers Beach

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Pelican Rock

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The Arch

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Sea Lion Rock

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Lands End

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After seeing all of these spots you will proceed out to where all the boats are congregating (usually means there is a whale). When we arrived there was one coming up and down who was surrounding by 8 small boats and a catamaran.

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I talked to our water taxi driver and asked if we could go explore and find our own without having to battle the 8 boats so off we went.

It was the best decision we made as after 15 minutes of full bore boating we came across a whale all by ourself. This was amazing as he breached multiple times and even slammed his tail.

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After following along we came across two more whales and the invigorating  continued. There were whales coming out of the water, tails smacking and the collection of 4 boats that were now around us all got an amazing experience. After just watching and taking it all in for a good 30 minutes, seeing at least 5 to 6 gentle giants, our taxi driver said “bye bye whalies” and we were on our way back.

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If you are in Cabo San Lucas when the whale migration is happening you have to check it out, you wont regret it (assuming you see whales). Make sure to leave a comment if you have suggestions.

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Glass Palace (Palacio de Cristal) in Madrid, Spain

This beautiful structure, located in the South side of the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid is one of my favorite sites I saw in the famed city. It is nestled…

This beautiful structure, located in the South side of the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid is one of my favorite sites I saw in the famed city. It is nestled in between massive oak tress across a green pond with a fountain and every angle you look at it from shows you something new. The glass palace is made mostly of glass with the foundation and framework from a strong iron. It is a sight to behold and one that you will have a hard to finding anywhere else in the world on this scale.

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The history of this building is that it was constructed in 1887 from a design created by Ricardo Velazquez Bosco and erected to be a home for plants from the Philippines during an exhibition that was taking place in this massive park right. The palace was built so that it could be relocated but that has never happened and it still stands in the same place today.

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When I was there I marveled at how well maintained and beautiful it was as well as how much work it must take to clean. There is nothing actually inside of the palace now but a blank floor and a small staircase to a bathroom. However they do have art exhibits that are shown in the palace. When I was there an art exhibit was going on that took colored circles and placed them in the palace. This neither added nor took away from the charm for me.

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One thing I didn’t consider before going there was all of the birds that would be trapped inside. As you can imagine, if a bird flies in it has a really hard time getting out as everything looks like an exit to them, so I heard many birds flying around the top of the palace.

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This location is free and is a must visit in Madrid, as is the entire park in which it is a part of. Please leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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