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Seven Star Hotel In India
UAE/Dubai, why do you block flickr?? :(
What country, in their “leader’s/government’s” right mind, would block flickr? Flickr is an online photography site - view my flickr stream! ;-) You can find the link in my profile.
Leaders and government; that is the problem, for leaders and government are complied of people! People like you and I, but only in the sense that we all eat, sh*! and breath! We bleed the same too you know - and you know what else, we all eventually die the same!
Yea I know, I’m headed down a very painful road… A road that in all honesty I do not want to even step one toe onto…let alone attempt a suicidal journey down. But, there is something in me, some kind of “social” and or a genetic mutation that screams at the top of this mutation’s lungs… “ENOUGH!”
I’ve had enough of corrupt, hypocritical government leaders the world over! Did you know that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) blocks flickr as apart of its “Internet Access Management Policy”! I was truly left confused and shocked that UAE/Dubai would block flickr. What do the leaders of Dubai and the UAE fear from their citizens? Is individualism feared? How about creativity and expression? Wait, I’ve got more… Freedom? Liberty? What about you, can you think of anything I have left out?
I found myself in Dubai sometime last week after a sever case of “writer’s block“ - or what ever it is that gets into one’s mind making it hard to put words from thought to fingers to keyboard. I just couldn’t write anything. After weeks of monsoonal typing, a drought of biblical proportions set in with fewer and fewer words trickling down every day resulting in a severely dehydrated and malnourished computer screen. So with that, as one of my favorite Serbian motivational phrases goes, I said to myself, “JEBIGA!”(f--- it) and logged onto the internet and reserved a plane ticket from Kuwait to Dubai. I left that same day arriving only a few hours after clicking on the payment tab within Jazeera Airways payment system. Oh, jebiga quite properly translates (not literally of course) into Arabic as “inshala” ;-). Google “inshala” - quite interesting.
Why Dubai you ask? Well, it is only about an hour from Kuwait and it has alcohol. I thought I’d break my seven month liquor drought in an attempt to gain some kind of inspiration to create little black letters on a blank screen by overindulging on any kind of liquor I could wrap my hands around. Not only this but, Dubai had come recommended by many I work with as a “party-do” anything destination. Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth and I highly DO NOT recommend Dubai or anywhere in the UAE to any tourists out there thinking about coming here. Spend your money on something better! Dubai and the UAE is no different than Kuwait other than having cheaper alcohol.
It is quite funny actually and ironic, to me anyway, that Dubai has the world’s only seven star luxury hotel, the Burj Al Arab Hotel, smack dab in the middle of a “crap-hole”. The other night I was in my hotel bar when two New Zealanders walked up and ordered a couple drinks. The one closest to me turned in my direction and asked, “this your first time here?” I replied, “unfortunately…and my last!” The man looked at me with an ear to ear grin and let out a deep, beer-belly rolling chuckle… “Yea, I know what you mean, this is our first and last time too - this place is nothing but a big crap-hole”, as he and his friend turned and walked away. In turn I let out a mini, liquor-belly rolling chuckle of my own… I was laughing at the man's use of "crap"! It just sounded funny the way he said it like it was some kind of major cuss word in New Zealand. His accent was kind of cool too.
You want to know what I felt when I drove by this seven star hotel: corruption, greed, organized crime! It just didn’t seem fitting to have this massive “luxury” building sticking out of the sand with so much poverty around. Sure, Dubai is a wealthy city but only to a few. Dubai has many immigrants in the form of cheap labor mostly from the Philippines and India - modern day slave labor in my opinion! These immigrants have grown to outnumber the native UAE citizens.
I don’t know…again, it just didn’t seem right. Would it have been any more fitting to drive by this same hotel in downtown New York, Paris or Bangkok? I don’t know…and perhaps my whining attacks on Dubai and the UAE are fueled by flickr being blocked.
I do know that any government who tries to silence their citizens is full of some shady characters. And no, I’m not being Arab biased here, for the American government is just as screwed up as the UAE, again in my opinion. The world’s only seven star luxury hotel being spent on in the middle of some religious run, tiny, desert country is no different than the American Government wasting billions upon billions of tax paying citizen’s dollars on banks, insurance firms and car companies rewarding these entities for their failure and piss-po
Dalhousie is a quiet town, with a sense of enchantment. This hill station spreads over five low-level hills at the western edge of the Dhauladhar range, just east of the Ravi River. The picturesque town is interspersed with the Dalhousie, Himachal Pradeshcolonial-era buildings, low roofed stalls and hotels. The pine-covered slopes around it are intersected with paths and treks, which are ideal for short undemanding walks.
The gateway to the Chamba Valley, this colonial town was established in 1854 by the British governor-general Lord Dalhousie. Covering an area of 14 sq.-km and surrounded by alpine vegetation, Dalhausie has charming architecture and panoramic views of both plains and the whitecapped views of the mountainous ranges.
Prime Attractions of Dalhousie
Around half a kilometre away from the Subhash Baoli, Jandhri Ghat enfolds an elegant palace in the midst of tall pine trees. Chamba's erstwhile rulers governed from here till the advent of Lord Dalhousie. The palace houses a number of shikhar trophies.
Beside the palace, Jandhri Ghat offers heavenly spots for picnicking-gushing streamlets in the midst of fragrant pine-scented breezes. Bakrota Hills and the 'Round' (2085m): Less than 5 km from the town centre, the Bakrota Hills frame a breathtaking view of the further snow-clad peaks. The 'round' is a walling circuit around the hill, very popular with residents.
On the way to Panjpulla, at an altitude of 2,036m. (6,678 ft.), these seven springs are reputed to have great therapeutic value as they contain mica with medicinal properties.
: Commanding a view of the snowcapped mountains, 1.6-km away from the G.P.O. (check spelling) Square, the spring of Subhash Baoli is situated at an altitude of 2,085 metres (6,678 ft.).
The Catholic Church Of St. Francis
Dalhousie is another hill station with a number of old churches. The Church near the G.P.O looks untouched by time. The Catholic Church of St.Francis, built in 1894.
Excursions from Dalhousie
Villa in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Set amidst thick forest is the small temple of Bhulwani Mata, in the village of Ahla, on the way to Kalatope. A fair is celebrated in July to venerate the goddess. It is 4 km away from the town.
At an altitude of 2,745 m and 10 km from the town, this tall peak outside town affords a bird's-eye view on a clear day, of the hills, valleys and the river Beas, Ravi and the Chenab threading their silvery way down to the plains.
Just 2 km away from the town lies the 'five bridges' memorial, built in memory of Ajit Singh, one of India's well-loved freedom fighters. A natural tank and creams give the spot a fitting serenity.
How To Get There - Dalhousie
The nearest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra), 140-km from Dalhousie.
The nearest railhead is Pathankot, which is well connected to Amritsar, Jammu, Delhi and Jalandhar.
Onward journey from Pathankot to Chamba and Dalhausie is by road. Punjab and Himachal Roadways run services, as do private operators.
Places To Stay - Dalhousie
Being one of the most famous hill stations of Himachal, Dalhousie is well equipped with excellent accommodation facilities. One have got the options to stay from luxury and five star hotels to small budget hotels and tourist lodges, which offer accommodation at resonalble prices.
Climate - Dalhousie
Dalhousie ranges between 1,525m and 2,378m high from sea level. The maximum temperature of Dalhousie in summers is 30*C and the winter temperature comes down to almost O*C. Heavy woollens are required in winter and light woollens or tropicals in summer.
General Information - Dalhousie
Mid-May To Mid-October.
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