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Located off the coast of French Guiana is the Salvation Island. Known as the Les Iles du Salut, the island is an interesting place to visit. The island was once known to have the infamous French penal colony, one of the most feared prisons. The Salvation Island comprises of three islands namely the Ile Royale, Ile St Joseph, and the Ile du Diable.
The smallest of the three islands is the Ile du Diable or the Devil's Island. This island was used for housing political prisoners. This island has rocky shores and is a bit difficult to access. There is a small hotel on the island and also a museum. Guided tours of the island and the prisons are available.
The Ile Royale is the largest of the three islands and served as the administrative headquarters. There were a number of houses and official buildings on the island that have been converted into hotels and various facilities for visitors. Most of the cruise ships dock at the harbour of the Ile Royale.
The Ile St Joseph was a solitary confinement for prisoners. The prison bars are now covered with vine foliage. This island has white sandy beaches and visitors can also take a refreshing dip in the shallow waters surrounding the island.
Visitors to the Salvation Island can spot a wide variety of wildlife such as macaws, agoutis, capuchins and sea turtles.
There are no masjids or halal facilities available on the island. However, the restaurants serve some good seafood and vegetarian options.
Pokhara City is one of the major travel destinations in Nepal. The third largest city of the country, it is surrounded by beautiful lakes and exotic natural beauty. Pokhara is one of the cities that is worth visiting in Nepal. It also serves as a starting point for a number of treks in the Annapurna region.
Montezuma is a small town on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Known for its bohemian ambiance and beautiful beaches, Montezuma is a wonderful place to relax. If you love beaches and natural beauty, you will definitely fall in love with Montezuma.
There are no masaajid in Montezuma. Finding halal food in the area is also difficult, but you can find lots of places serving seafood. There is also a restaurant that serves only vegetarian and vegan food.
The town is surrounded by lots of scenic waterfalls, beaches and rivers. The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is located close to the town and is a great place to see natural beauty. The Montezuma Falls close to the town has three sets each falling into the other and then into the pool. It is difficult to climb the falls. The beach in the town is not very clean, walk a bit further to the northern end of the town where the beaches are clean. There are also a few nice and secluded beaches to the south of the town.
There are a few shops in the town that sell clothes, souvenirs and other important items.
The best way to travel around the town is on foot. Bus service is available to ply visitors to the Cabo Blanco National Park and Mal Pais.
Located in the Andean foothills of Ecuador is the small town of Mindo. The town is a popular destination among birdwatchers and also attracts people interested in nature. The town is set in lovely cloud-forest, the Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest.
The Andes in Peru is home to some of the most spectacular peaks in the world. These mountains have granite peaks rising above the snow-covered ridges and glaciers. The Cordillera Blanca is undoubtedly one of the most popular ranges. It includes over 33 peaks spanning over an area of 180Km in length and 21Km wide.
Located on the Gulf of Aqaba, is the only coastal city of Jordan, Aqaba. The city is located in the southernmost part of Jordan and is best known for its seaside facilities and diving resort. The city also holds importance of a commercial and industrial centre and is the only seaport of the country.
An ancient city located in the Air region in northern Niger, Agadez was founded in the 11th century. During the historic times, the city served as a major stopover for caravans crossing the Sahara Desert. The city today is the gateway to the spectacular desert and offers visitors with a lot of opportunities of enjoyment.
The most prominent masjid in the city is the Great Mosque of Agadez. It is visible from all parts of the city and can easily be reached. This masjid was originally built in the 16th century and was refurbished in the 19th century. There are a few restaurants in the city but their halal authenticity is not confirmed. It is important for visitors to confirm before dining in these restaurants.
The Grand Mosque is the main attraction of the city and is made out of mud-brick. It is said that the minaret of this masjid is among the highest mud-brick minarets in Africa. The Sultan's Palace is also good to visit. The palace is three-storeyed and visitors need a permit to visit it. The old town area consists of narrow alleys running around single storeyed houses. The residents of the city are friendly and help visitors whenever required.
There are several shops across the city selling locally handcrafted jewellery and souvenirs. You can get some good options in the street outside the masjid. The best things to buy include leather and silver items.
The city is small and most of the attractions are within walking distance of each other. If you want to set out on a trip in the Sahara, then rentals are easily available. It is important to hire a guide.
A popular bush walk in Australia, the Overland Track sees over thousands of walkers visiting the track every year. The Overland Track covers over 65Km and runs from the Cradle Mountain to the Lake St. Claire in the Tasmania region of the country. A number of walkers prefer including the hike along the Lake St. Claire making the total length up to 82Km. the best time to traverse the Overland Track is between November and April, when the weather is perfect.
The Global Islamic Economic Summit (GIES) 2013 is just around the corner. The much anticipated event will take place on the 25th-26th November 2013 at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE under the patronage of Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The event will give an opportunity to all stake holders in the Halal and Islamic market space to engage in discussions that will impact the future of these industries. Travel being one of the key segments which will be discussed, I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on this space.
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