A Nice Anniversary Surprise for Our Parents

When my boyfriend and I decided to surprise my parents with a surprise anniversary dinner, we originally thought it was going to just be the four of us. However, my two brothers and their families wanted to join in the fun. Both of my brothers have pretty large families with one having six children and the other having five. That made a total of 19 people getting together for this celebration. My oldest brother said we should look into a limo or party bus. I saw an advert stating to view our site for party buses not long before that, so I decided to go ahead and do just that.

I was really surprised with the buses that I saw. I thought that they would be nice, but I was not prepared for how luxurious they actually are. I was also impressed with how many different sizes there were. We just needed a small one because there were only 19 of us. If we had double that amount, there would still be a bus big enough for us. Continue reading →

Manas National Park Accommodations

Manas National Park is popular for its golden leaf monkey and majestic tigers. You will get a chance to see the endangered and rare animals. Accommodations around Manas National Park Bans Bari Lodge This lodge is situated right at the gate of Manas National Park. It has tea gardens and offers spectacular views of the Himalayan foothills. It also has about 16 spacious and comfortable rooms. All rooms have attached bathrooms with hot and cold running water. It also has writing cum dressing table, comfortable twin beds, colored television and cane chairs. The lodge has a welcoming atmosphere which includes a lobby where guests can relax and rest on sofas. The lodge also has a beautiful dining room, weather-resistant chairs and table set outside for breakfast and dinner functions. Manas Lifestyle Resort This 5-star resort is situated about 120 kilometers away from Mumbai via the Mumbai-Nashik highway. The resort is also situated 3 kilometers away from Igatpuri. It is segmented with rustic natural landscape that seems to purposely envelope the resort. This 5-star resort has an on-site restaurant that serves multiple-dishes including Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. It has 50 rooms categorized into deluxe cottages and standard suites. All rooms have colored television with several cable channels, direct dial telephones and attached bathrooms with hot and cold water. The resort features 3 conference halls, a swimming pool, beauty parlor, Ayurveda massage and sauna as well as a health club with Jacuzzi. Getaway Hotel This 4 star hotel is situated about 35 kilometers away from the Nasik Airport and 13 kilometers away from the Nasik Railway Station. The hotel is also situated near several attractions, including the Manas National Park. Gateway Hotel offers warm hospitality and excellent amenities. It about 75 guestrooms which includes 3 suites. All guestrooms have international direct dial telephone, a mini bar, colored television with many cable channels, a coffee maker and laptop connectivity as well as attached bathrooms with hot and cold running water. The hotel also features a safety deposit box, car rental facilities, a travel desk, business center and laundry services as well as currency exchange. About Manas National Park Manas National Park is a combination of many retrospects such as a Project Tiger Reserve, Wildlife Sanctuary, Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. This national park set in Assam, India, is known for its endangered and rare wildlife such as the Pygmy Hog, Golden Langur, Hispid Hare and the Assam Roofed Turtle. Guwahati city is the closest city from this national park. It is only 176 kilometers away. Fauna in Manas National Park Manas National Park has recorded about 380 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles, 55 species of mammals and 3 species of amphibians. The fauna of this national park includes the Golden Langurs, Capped Langurs, Asian golden cats, Clouded Leopards and Leopards, Tigers, Barasingha as well as Asian Water Buffalos, Indian Rhinoceros and Asian Elephants. It also includes the Assamese Macaques, Chital, Sambar Deer and the Hog Deer, Barking Deer along with Sloth Bears, Smooth-coated Otters, Hoolock Gibbons and the Slow Loris. Flora in Manas National Park The flora in Manas National Park includes the Syzygium cumini, Anthocephalus chinensis, Aphanamixis polystachya and the Bombax ceiba, Cinnamomum tamala as well as the Terminalia bellirica and the Gmelina arborea. The grasslands along this national park include the Arundo donax, Imperata clylindrica, Phyllanthus emblica and some species of Mussaenda, Premna, Grewia, Leea as well as Clerodendrum. How to Reach Manas National Park By plane, the closest airport in this national park is the Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, 70 kilometers away. You could travel by train through the nearest station at Barpeta Road. You could also drive en route to the closest highway called NH 31. This is about 22 kilometers away.

Touring and Staying at Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga is a national park in India. It is the home of various animal species. There are lots of hotels around this area, which offers the best scenic view of the forests. All about Kaziranga National Park The Kaziranga National Park is located within the districts of Nagaon and Golaghat in India’s Assam state. It is considered as a World Heritage Site. In addition, this park is the habitat of about 2/3 of the earth’s one-horned rhinoceroses. The park also takes pride of its numerous tiger species among the world’s most protected areas. Furthermore, the Kaziranga National Park was declared as a Tiger Reserve in the year 2006. It is also the home of large procreation populations of wild water buffalo, swamp deer and elephants. Birdlife International made this area as one of the most important for the conservation of bird or avifaunal species. The national park is situated along the edge of the biodiversity hotspot in Eastern Himalayas. This park merges high species visibility and diversity. The park consists of a vast stretch of marshland and high elephant grass as well as dense and moist tropical broadleaf forests crisscrossed by 4 main rivers like the Brahmaputra River. It also includes a wide variety of bodies of water. Several songs, documentaries and books have selected this area as its main setting and theme. It was established in the year 1905. This national park had recently celebrated its centennial anniversary last 2005. Hotels Within and Near the Kaziranga National Park Wild Grass Lodge This hotel is situated at the Joint Director of Tourism building within the Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat. It also lies close to the national park’s wildlife sanctuary. The average room rate of this hotel per night is approximately 1,500 Rupees. In addition, this lodge is located within 40 acres of land. It also uses a rural and traditional Assamese architecture. The hotel has large windows, thatched roofs, verandas and a pond as well as a Dirring River that flows through it. It features a wooden macchan with an overlooking view of the outdoor swimming pool. The resort’s Rang Ghar is composed of a big hall that was built by using the traditional Ahom architecture wherein the Assamese cultural programs are help for the guests. This hall is also made as a conference hall for business travelers. Resort activities include elephant rides, tribal village visits, tea gardens and trekking as well as jeep safaris. The best months to visit this hotel and national park are on November up to April. The guests have the freedom to choose whether to stay in Swiss tents or in double rooms. The hotel has a total of 18 double rooms and 2 of these are jungle lodges and 3 tents. All the guestrooms have private bathrooms with hot and cold water. Meanwhile, the tented camps have common tiled showers and bathrooms plus hot and cold water. The hotel serves 3 meals everyday and coffee or tea is available upon request. Cottage Hrishikesh This hotel is located near the Kaziranga National Park within the Golghat District in Asam, India. Room rates range from 800 to 1,500 Rupees per night. It also offers a free continental breakfast. Meals and other facilities vary upon the room and package you choose. Kaziranga Resort This resort is located along NH-37, Phulaguri in Kaziranga, Asam 785109 India. Room rates cost around 1,100 Rupees up to 1,500 Rupees per night. Bagori Rest House This rest house is located near the Kaziranga National Park. Standard room rate is not more than 500 Rupees.

A Trip to the Everglades National Park

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting one of the places that Florida is most famous for – the Everglades. I have lived in Florida over half my life and yet I had never been to the Everglades itself so I was very excited. First let me tell you a little about the Everglades. The Everglades are subtropical wetlands that stretch down the southern half of Florida from the Kissimmee River near Orlando through Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay at the southern tip of the state. In the wet season the water forms a slow-moving river that is 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long the giving the Glades their ‘River of Grass’ nickname. The Everglades has several different ecosystems this diversity makes it possible for many different species of plants, animals and birds to call the Everglades home. One of the places I visited in the Everglades was Everglades National Park. The Park was established in 1947 and covers the southern 25 percent of the original Everglades. It’s the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, and the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states. This year, I was one of the over a million people who visit the park annually. The Wet Season, May through November, is very hot and humid, the animals take cover and the only things flying around are mosquitoes. Most people stay away during his time of the year, but not me this is when I was there. Don’t get me wrong I had a great time when I went and can’t wait to go again but I wasn’t exactly the best prepared. First I wore a bright yellow shirt, not the best choice of colors, I might as well have put a bug target on my back, and then I didn’t put bug spray on right away – big mistake. I know no one likes to bring this up but, folks, it is a swamp and swamps have bugs, please take and use bug spray. Air boat tours are popular in the Everglades; we went on the Gator Park tour which was great. Again we saw many gators, birds and greenery and after the air boat ride we went to their animal show which included alligator wrestling, now before you think they are just being cruel you have to understand their purpose for demonstrating this. Back in the old days the native people would sometimes hunt for food days away from their villages but then they had no way of keeping the meat fresh until they got it back unless they kept it alive. They used the ‘gator wrestling’ technique to subdue the alligator, tied it up and take the fresh meat back to their village. This was important to their very survival which is why is it demonstrated. Speaking of the ‘native people’ the Miccosukee Indian Tribe make their home in the Everglades and have for many years. They have a great village with a museum, and an area where they showcase members of their tribe weaving and making things, a gator show where you learn about the tribe and of course there is a gift shop where you can buy things like handmade necklaces, clothing and blankets. I spent a great few days in the Everglades and can’t wait to go back again during the Dry Season. Even though I saw many animals and birds I know when I go back I’ll see even more, maybe different kinds, that’s the great thing about the Glades, it’s constantly changing so even if you’ve been, go back and by all means do not forget your camera.

Grand Canyon National Park Float Tours Are the Perfect National Park Day Trip

Back in the old days, people on family vacations to Grand Canyon National Park stopped at a couple of lookouts and that was about it. Today, more people are ditching the self-guided driving tour in favor of float tours. You only need a single day to enjoy this type of tour, and it will deliver a Grand Canyon experience never to be forgotten. These experiences are great for couples or groups of friends, but they are also perfect for families since you only need to be four-years-old to participate. There are many companies offering this type of tour on the Colorado River, but the best outfitters operate from Las Vegas or the South Rim area of the national park. Las Vegas outfitters only go to the West Rim, so you will explore the lowest portions of the river. This rafting trip starts off with an exciting helicopter ride to the floor of the canyon. From the floor, a motor coach takes visitors to the base of the Hoover Dam and it’s here wherein the 11-mile rafting adventure begins. Grand Canyon float tours will end at Willow Beach in Arizona. If you choose to book 1 day Grand Canyon rafting trips on the South Rim, you will start at Glen Canyon Dam and end at Lee’s Ferry. There are two options for this type of floating tour, but the most preferred trip starts out with a bus ride from the airport in the park to Page, Arizona, which takes about 2.5 hours. Along the way, you will see beautiful and educational sights from the Navajo Indian Reservation to the Painted Desert. After passing through a two-mile-long tunnel through the base of Glen Canyon Dam, the bus arrives at the boat dock. These adventure boats will hold up to seventeen passengers at a time. While this tour goes on for fifteen miles of water, there are several stopping points where the beauties of the canyon can be enjoyed. For example, after a short walk you’ll see ancient Native American drawings on a rock wall. Lee’s Ferry is the ending point for these tours, and that is also the starting point for white water rafting tours. The second South Rim float trip starts with a flight to Page (Arizona) Airport. Some of the sights you will see on this tour include the Zuni Corridor, Colorado River Confluence and the Desert Watchtower. A 4×4 ride through Antelope Valley kicks off this extended float tours. Your ticket for this type of tour will usually include return transportation to the airport, all rental equipment, and lunch. A certified river pilot guides each tour. You will depend on your guide to see you through the canyon and ensure you are educated and entertained every step of the way. If you go for 1 day Grand Canyon rafting tours in the summer, make sure to show up prepared for the heat. You will need a variety of supplies for this type of trip, including: SPF lip balm, sun block, hat, sandals, and sunglasses. You’ll probably get wet, so pack an extra set of clothes. Families and groups of all ages can enjoy this type of Grand Canyon tour. Even kids as young as four can participate. Make sure to plan for an entire day away, since these tours are day trips. These smooth water trips typically sell out early, so you need to book your trip as much in advance as possible. I also suggest you book your tour online, because that’s where you’ll find the best prices and promotions.

National Park Vacation At Borneo’s Mesilau Nature Park, An Alternative To Kinabalu National Park

One of the most popular Borneo destinations is undoubtedly Kinabalu National Park, where Mount Kinabalu resides. Each year, thousands of visitors visited Kinabalu National Park for either a refreshing National Park Vacation to escape the hot tropical sun and catch a glimpse of the highest mountain in South East Asia, or to conquer the mystical Mount Kinabalu. Nevertheless, for a unique National Park Vacation in Borneo, you must make sure that you drop by at the lesser known Mesilau Nature Park, which is just about 30 minutes by road away from Kinabalu National Park. From Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, Malaysia Borneo, it only takes approximately 2.5 hour drive to reach Mesilau Nature Park. Mesilau Nature Park is located within the vicinity of Kinabalu National Park on the Pinosok Plateau near Kundasang town. The stretch of the road from Kundasang town to Mesilau Nature Park, which is about 2,000 metres above sea level, is extremely steep and winding. However, the road condition has improved immensely in recent times, which makes the ascending ride a breeze. On the way, you will surely be captivated by the spectacular views of the Kundasang valley with terraced hill slopes planted with highlands vegetables, and parts of the scenic beauty of the Kundasang Mount Kinabalu Golf Course, a challenging 18-hole golf course for avid golfers, undeniably, the highest golf course in South East Asia. But once you get to Mesilau Nature Park, you will notice that the place is more natural and “virgin” than the now “commercialized” Kinabalu National Park. As the Park lies at the base of Mount Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu will look even more spectacular with a sheer wall of granite towering a few thousand meters from the virgin forest floor and ending in jagged peaks. This breathtaking sight is aptly called the Mesilau Pinnacles. To experience the best of what Mesilau can offer, you will need to spend a night or two at the eco-friendly Mesilau Nature Resort, which is nestled amongst the trees at the foot of the mountain within the Park. The Resort itself is amazing since it was carefully planned and built to blend into its natural surrounding. The chalets are on slopes surrounded by trees with the full view of the Mesilau River flowing below. And for food, the Kedamaian Restaurant is famous for its piping hot steamboat, and barbecue dinners, which makes it a good excuse to stay overnight. Mesilau Nature Park is also the starting point for the alternative and more challenging route up Mount Kinabalu. If you are of an adventurous kind, do trek the route up to a kilometres or two even if you are not planning to climb Mount Kinabalu. Since the Mesilau Summit Trail is relatively newer and less crowded than the old summit trail, your chance of encountering (tamed) wildlife is also brighter. One prominent feature of the route is the seemingly abundance of orchids (Rhododendrons) and pitcher plants. The world’s largest pitcher plant, the “Nepenthes Rajah”, is recorded to grow in abundance here. For most visitors, a less taxing guided nature walk around the Park is recommended. It will leave you with lasting “natural” memories. Mesilau will not fail to enchant you with its cool temperate climate (temperatures vary around 17-21 degree Celcius during the day and 10-15 degree Celcius at night) and serene surroundings as a truly astonishing nature’s paradise. Mesilau Nature Park and its Resort is an ideal venue for relaxation or retreat. The bio-diversity of the flora and fauna found here makes Mesilau a haven for naturalists. It is one of the best locations in Borneo for an unforgettable National Park Vacation.

Hiring A Limo Can Enhance Memorable Events

When most people think of a renting a limo, they either think of a wedding or prom. But these events are not the only occasions that may benefit from limousine rental from a company like Status Limousine Corp. Keep reading to find out other reasons you may consider renting a limo.

Milestones and Achievements

Milestones and achievements like graduating from high school, celebrating an anniversary, or turning 21 are reasons that many people rent limousines. A limo can turn these types of milestones into memorable events.

Party Buses

Are you heading out for a night on the town with friends? Some companies have smaller buses, known as party buses. As the name implies, these are ideal for a night out with a large group of friends. They work great for a trip to the casino or for a winery tour.

Airport Service

Limos are also great for transporting large parties to and from the airport. If you are hosting a family reunion or expecting a lot of guests for a wedding, hiring a limo is the ideal way to get everyone where they need to be in style. Limos provide plenty of rooms for luggage and they make your guests feel welcome.

Hiring a Service

As with any service, you should always check out a company before you decide to hire them. The biggest question is always about cost. Ask how much they charge by the hour and if there is a minimum amount of time you have to agree to use the limo. You also need to make sure they have a vehicle available for your date. Ask to see the vehicles so you can best determine which style suits the occasion. Inspect the interior of the car as well as the outside. Look for general cleanliness and that there are no tears in any of the fabrics.

Remember to inquire about safety records, too. Ultimately, when you hire a company like Status Limousine Corp., you are putting your safety in the hands of the driver. It is important that you feel comfortable with the company you hire to drive you and your guests around town.

Limousine Party Bus: Things You Need To Know

Being in a limousine party bus is one of the best rides you can experience in life. You can travel for days, weeks, and even months inside this bus. Or you may enjoy your parties by getting a full trip in the city. There are actually a lot of things you can do in the limousine bus; however, you need to know a few things first so you can be guided on the rental process.

What Is A Limousine Bus And What Should It Be Used For?

There are several types of limousine buses that are available for rental services. Exotic, antique, party, L series, and standard bus limousines are ready for your use. Most individuals rent these limousines for parties, a trip out of town, weddings, drop offs, personalized trips, bachelor parties, prom nights, city tours, and bar hopping activities. There are actually several related activities you can do inside the bus; and you’re sure to have fun in this kind of experience.

What Are The Advantages Of Limousine Bus Rentals?

The first main advantage of a bus is that you can transfer freely from one place to another. If you find one place boring, you can always easily visit a new place. You also do not have to worry about driving issues since an experienced chauffeur is with you. Safety issues are also addressed in these party bus rides.

Limousine buses also have several features inside it. There are CD players, car stereos, plush seats, laser lights, restrooms, and even luggage partitions. Parties are greatly celebrated in this type of vehicle because of the many available amenities a group can enjoy. It saves a person from the headache of planning a party and saves much of your time and effort too.

Is A Party Bus Always Available?

A limousine party bus is always available depending on the time you made the reservation. They aren’t usually available during the peak seasons because many have made their reservations already. That is why, you always have to book in advance so you wouldn’t have to worry about your parties. Limousine bus rides are also available for hourly, daily, or even weekly rentals. Of course, the price varies depending on the time you need it and on the occasion that you’re planning to use it.

How Do You Avoid Problems In The Rental Services?

There are actually a gazillion ways to avoid problems in bus rentals. By making reservations months before the event, you can be guaranteed of a good limousine ride. You also have to make follow-up calls on your reservation to make sure that you have your own limousine bus ride for a certain event.

Soirée Bus: The Party Bus

Nowadays, travelling to your night out in style is not all that uncommon. Limousine and bus rentals are affordable to large groups, meaning even unlikely customers (such as teenagers) can be seen whizzing around major cities in this sort of luxury ride. Paris, however, has taken this to the next level by not only renting buses to take people to clubs, but making the bus itself the club!

These types of mobile discos, which you may spot when travelling from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris in the evening, are known as ‘soirée bus’, which roughly translates as the ‘night-out bus’. They are, as the name indicates, converted buses, with strobe lights and disco balls installed, as well as a DJ table. They function just like regular night-clubs, with the added detail that, if standing up, you have to hang on to the guard rail – yes, the bus is moving the entire time, and drunker partiers may find themselves on the floor if they are not careful!

Inside the bus, a partygoer may find all the amenities a nightclub would offer, such as toilets, cloakrooms, central heating, plasma screens, a DJ booth and, of course, a bar. There are even bouncers at the door as the people come in! The space itself is tastefully decorated (in a mixture of venge wood and stainless steel), fits up to 60 people and contains 23 seats, making it well suited to medium-sized private parties. It is not, however, likely to be used as a weekly night haunt, since most of the party crowd will be hard-pressed to come up with the nearly €1000 a booking on the Party Bus demands.

If you are thinking of booking a party on one of these buses, but are somewhat self-conscious, be warned: just as you will be able to see the partygoers dancing if you cross one of these buses on your way from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris, so too will other people be able to see you and your friends during your party! So if you do end up hosting one of these mobile parties, also make sure to be on your toes and make sure nobody does anything out of line or embarrassing.

Unfortunately, Party Buses are only available for private hire, and do not double as shuttles. Can you imagine a more amazing way to undergo your commute from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris?

Comparing Grand Canyon Bus Tours

Did you know that Las Vegas is the Grand Canyon bus tour capital of the U.S.? That’s right. Sin City, located just 120 miles from the West Rim, runs coach trips to the canyon every day of the year. I put the best packages side-by-side. Take a look. I’m confident by the end of this article you’ll find the tour that best meets your needs.

The Rims

First thing to figure out is which rim you want to visit. There are two: The West Rim and the South Rim. The West Rim is closest. Buses take 2.5 hours to get there from Vegas. The South Rim is 270 miles away and requires a 5.5-hour drive. Most West Rim tours have you back by early evening. South Rim trips get you back to the hotel around 9 p.m.

Adventure or Nature?

The West Rim is famous for things to do. First and foremost, it’s the only place where helicopters are permitted to fly to the bottom of the canyon. You can also take a Colorado River boat ride. Lastly, there’s the Skywalk, the internationally famous glass bridge that lets you strut 70 feet past the edge.

The South Rim is referred to as the “official” National Park. The most famous pictures of the canyon were taken here. The Park is also renowned for its incredible lookouts, like Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and Yaki Point. There’s also Grand Canyon Village, the commercial hub of the South Rim, and numerous hiking trails that let you go below the edge.

The Route

West Rim and South Rim bus tours follow the same route and start by skirting the edge of Lake Mead before cutting south over the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. Nearly all tours double back for a Hoover Dam photo stop on the Arizona side of the Dam.

West Rim travelers will turn off at Diamond Bar Road for Grand Canyon West. A rough gravel road defines this stretch. Deluxe tour buses can handle it no problem. If self-driving, please, rent an SUV.

South Rim passengers will stick to the main highway to Kingman, AZ, take a break, then hop back on the bus and head to Williams, AZ, before bearing north and making the final run to the Park.

Kinds of Tours

Here’s a quick rundown on what’s available:

West Rim

Bus Tour. Takes you to Grand Canyon West. Up to 2.5 hours on the rim.
Bus w/ Skywalk. Best deal. Includes passes to the Glass Bridge and lunch.
Bus, Helicopter & Boat. The flight is phenomenal, and there’s nothing quite like a pontoon-boat ride on the legendary Colorado.

South Rim

Bus Tour. Guided South Rim tour. Includes several key lookouts. Lunch. Grand Canyon Village. Up to 3 hours of rim time.
Bus & Helicopter. Start with spectacular 30-minute, rim-to-rim flight, then wrap with 2.5-hour ground tour.

When to Book

Not at the last minute. Bus tours are a smash hit with groups and seats fill fast. Make sure you claim your spot. Book no less than 3 days prior to departure. If you can get a week between you and “go” time, do it.

Shop Online

Purchase bus tours online. It’s quick, easy and will save you a few bucks. Take your time when completing the order form, and make sure to properly identify all people in your party. Hit the “submit” button then check your in-box for your confirmation letter.

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