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Yala National Park

Yala National Park

Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east, hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and declared a national park in 1938. The park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. Divided into five blocks, the park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Two blocks are currently opened to the public.

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Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival

Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival

2014 is year two of the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival in Jackson, Mississippi where Interstate 20 meets Interstate 55. This premier music festival will feature some of the biggest names in rhythm and blues music on August 15-16, 2014. Rhythm & Blues enthusiasts from all over the world will gather on the rustic grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum to enjoy what festival promoters are calling a 'Summer of Music' in Jackson.

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Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

The Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur was originally named Sudarshangarh, and there is a strange story behind the change of name of the fort. The story goes that when work began on this fort, strange things happened there at night. Every morning the workers would find that the previous day’s entire construction was destroyed. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur then found out that the land had once belonged to a dead Rathore prince named Nahar Singh and his spirit did not like the sudden disturbances in his abode. To appease the soul the fort was renamed Nahargarh.

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Ca'Sagredo, Venice

Ca'Sagredo, Venice

Stepping into this Venetian gem is the equivalent of stepping back in time to a grand and elegant palace. Ca'Sagredo, Venice with its 42 rooms boasts of magnificent masterpieces designed by famous 17th and 18th century Venetian artists like Nicolò Bambini, and Giambattista. The combination of traditional Venetian cuisine, interiors, a great staff and a magnificent view over the canals make you feel like a Venetian nobleman during your stay.

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