My 4 years trip around the world ,part 20 .Port Blair and Andaman Islands

Port Blair is the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India. Located at 11° 40′ N and 92° 46′ E, Port Blair is the municipal council in the southern part of Andaman, a part of India’s Union Territory.
Port Blair is mainly famous for the Cellular Jail. Being located on the coastal line of Bay of Bengal, the town has got palm-lined beaches with spectacular view of marine life and rare corals. A drive on the bumping roads amidst the lush green forests will make you fall for the place.

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Andaman Islands, island group, Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory, India, lying in the Indian Ocean about 850 miles (1,370 km) east of the Indian subcontinent. The Andamans have an area of 2,474 square miles (6,408 square km). They are one of the two major groups of islands in the union territory, the other being the Nicobar Islands to the south; together they constitute an archipelago that forms the boundary between the southeastern Bay of Bengal (west) and the Andaman Sea (east). The Andamans extend north-south for about 225 miles (360 km) and include more than 300 islands, some two dozen of them inhabited. The three major islands are North Andaman, Middle Andaman, and South Andaman—closely positioned and collectively known as Great Andaman. Also prominent is Little Andaman, to the south. Of the still-extant original inhabitants—including the Sentinalese, the Jarawa, the Onge, and a group of peoples collectively known as the Great Andamese—only the first three retain a traditional hunting-and-gathering way of life. The Andamans, situated on the ancient trade route between India and Myanmar (Burma), were visited by Lieut. Archibald Blair of the Bombay Marine (the East India Company’s navy) in 1789. The first European settlement on the islands was at Port Blair, situated along the eastern coast of South Andaman. It is now the union territory capital.

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La Braye – Recreation and Adventure in Pays d’Enhaut Château-d’Oex

From Dorf Château-d’Oex (Château-d’Oex Village) the aerial cable car glides over the Saane Valley. A chair lift then takes you to the foot of Rochers du Midi. The gentle landscape of Pays d’Enhaut as well as attractive packages make La Braye a family-friendly excursion destination.
The mountain became famous due to the treasure hunt that followed in the footsteps of the adventurer Mike Horn. The Ant Trail gives insights into the fascinating world of the little six-legged insects. A visit to a farm acquaints visitors with donkeys, cows, chickens and ducks.

A 248-meter Tyrolienne near the valley station located at 1625 meters offers adventurers an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for more adventure, test the downhill scooters (Trottinherbe) on an exciting descent into the valley, or ride a mountain bike and retrace the tracks of the Mountainbike World Cup.

In winter Château-d’Oex / La Braye is a family-friendly, small snow sports area near Gstaad. Children up to age 9 ski for free everywhere in the Vaudois Alps.

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The Best Time to Travel in Switzerland

Depending on your priorities, visitors can enjoy different corners of Switzerland at almost any time of year. Summer boasts Switzerland’s nicest weather, yet it’s also when the country is packed with tourists. Meanwhile, winter sports enthusiasts should head to Switzerland during colder months, and people looking for one-of-a-kind Swiss celebrations can choose among festivities throughout the year.

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Weather

Hemmed in by the Alps and Jura mountains, Switzerland is full of regional micro-climates. Weather in the sub-Jura valleys is the coldest in Switzerland, while the southernmost canton of Ticino boasts warm, Mediterranean-like weather. For the most part, the country’s climate is typical of central Europe, with cool daytime temperatures and sometimes frosty nights. Summers in Switzerland usually boast plenty of sun, though rain is just as common. Switzerland’s springtime and autumn weather is generally agreeable, if slightly chilly, with the exception of a stiflingly hot winds that occasionally blow through low-lying valleys.

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Crowds

Switzerland’s tourist season peaks during the months of July and August, when the weather is most pleasant. Travelers planning to visit during this period should book accommodations well in advance, as Switzerland’s youth hostels, hotels and inns fill up quickly in the summer. For those preferring to explore the alpine nation with less shoulder-rubbing, April, May, September and October are all ideal, since it’s less crowded, yet weather remains agreeable.

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Prices

Travel in Switzerland is pricier when tourists abound, so it follows that the best times to save cash are outside the summer months. During the country’s low season from November through March, it’s easier to find deals on airfare and accommodations, while prices begin to rise again in April. Visitors opting to spend their Swiss vacation on the slopes should remember that the country’s ski resorts are most expensive in winter, with a slight drop in prices in autumn and spring. Switzerland’s largest cities–including Zurich, Geneva and Bern–are notoriously expensive throughout the year, since they rely less on tourism as a revenue source.

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Outdoor Activities

For the many tourists hoping to take advantage of Switzerland’s striking natural beauty during outdoor activities, it’s important to visit at the right time. Skiers and snowboarders would do well to visit from December through March, as the snow starts to melt around mid-April. Those in search of sunnier outdoor pursuits should avoid the winter months and opt to visit from late June through September, when conditions are ideal for hiking, kayaking, canyoning or other alpine offerings.

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Festivities

In addition to religious holidays, Switzerland boasts numerous festivals throughout the year. During Switzerland’s National Day (Bundesfeier) on August 1st, towns countrywide celebrate with fireworks and concerts. The most famous Bundesfeier celebrations are at Rhine Falls, which are specially lit for the occasion.

In Geneva, visitors can enjoy the city’s annual “L’Escalade” December 11 to 13 festival commemorating Genevans’ holdout in 1602 against invading soldiers with modern-day re-creations featuring period costumes and parades. A month later, the Swiss celebrate Vogel Gryff Volksfest, a centuries-old tradition, wherein a wild masked man flanked by men bearing large flags and canons float down the river on a raft, meeting a lion and griffin on the Middle Bridge at noon. Onlookers celebrate this whimsical ritual with parades, traditional music and dances.

Interlaken Bernese Oberland

Interlaken
Bernese Oberland
Interlaken lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The vacation destination, which is presided over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, is the starting point for numerous activities.

By the beginning of the 19th century Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland had already become renowned for its impressive mountain scenery. Famous contemporaries such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Felix Mendelssohn traveled in these mountains. Interlaken’s success as a tourist destination was further enhanced by the completion of the Bernese Oberland Railway in 1890 and the Jungfrau Railway in 1912.

As a vacation destination and convention location of international importance, Interlaken is an ideal starting point for countless excursions. Over 45 mountain railways, cable cars, chair lifts and ski lifts lead to 200 kilometers of pistes and a dense network of hiking trails. Excursion ships, including historic paddle steamers, ply the waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

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Summer
Trains to the Jungfrau region in the direction of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen with connections to the railways to Mürren and from there to the Schilthorn as well as via the Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch depart from the Interlaken Ost railway station. A fleet of ships, including one historic paddle-steamer on each lake, cruises on Lakes Thun and Brienz. Interlaken is located on the «Golden Pass» panorama route from Montreux on Lake Geneva past the luxury holiday resort of Gstaad to Interlaken and from there across the Brünig Pass to Lucerne.

Just ten kilometres away from Interlaken, on a sunny south-facing slope, lies Beatenberg-Niederhorn, a paradise for paragliders. For hikers there is an extensive network of hiking routes. The Niederhorn also provides a habitat for ibexes, chamois and marmots.

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