FUN THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES

By alexatravel on December 5, 2019 Family Vocation

FUN THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES

A city of South California with sprawling districts and suburbs, tropical climate, immensely cosmopolitan, string of sandy beaches, sun-baked hills, beautiful pacific coastline, cultural art institutions, superior museums, theme parks and not to forget home of Hollywood.

The categorization of Los Angeles…… naaa…. Not an easy task to sum up the vibrant and exhilarating city which cannot be defined.

What can you say????

Or what not to say about the city of everything…. Home of the Beach Boys and Linkin Park…..

You can have a romantic weekend or an adventurous tour with your friends or family a refreshing trip with your loved ones in the “City of Angles”.

Bewilderment is usual when you decide to traverse one of the most diverse cities of United States. You can spend days strolling through the studio tours and pilgrimages to places from TV and movies or go deep and discover the taco truck.

Alexa Travel is here to fog you out from the mesh of desirable destinations and by sharing with you the 8 coolest places that you can visit and have fun during your stay in Los Angeles.

  1. GRIFFITH PARK

An eminent park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains has an assortment of fun things to do for you. You have been to LA and not get indulged in one of the top rated activities….

For film fanatics thefabulous Hollywood sign standing tall on Mount Lee in Griffith Park since 1923 (originally put up as “Hollywoodland”) is admirable. For an up-close peek you can hop on the back of horse and get along the network of trails of Griffith Park in a one hour ride for 50$ or two hour ride for 75$. And hiking up to the 53 mile park ….. Though tough yet worthy with every stop giving you a spectacular view of the cityscapeand never gets old. This big a sign is perfectly visible across the canyon by parking at the Lake Hollywood Park.

The Zoo of Los Angeles and Botanical Gardens offers a wide range of plants and animal species including elephants, koala bears, apes, lions, tigers, hippopotamus along with number of amphibians and reptiles.

Spend a beautiful day golfing at the two historic golf courses: Wilson and Harding with the amenities of golf shop, diving range and a restaurant.

A fun ride of a pony or a miniature train that takes you along the perimeter of the Travel Town Museum with a warm welcome by the two miniature goats: Itsy and Bitsy comes with a complete package of enjoyment for youngsters.

Have a refreshing picnic on the grassy areas of the park. The most desirable location is Amir’s Garden with a phenomenal oasis and amazing views, and the abundant of picnic tables.

Crazy for batman???

Bronson caves are for you made from the 20th century rock quarry used in innumerable movies and TV shows. It is accessible through an easy hiking to the caves emerging from the Canyon Drive.

Your amazement gets manifold with the “Christmas present” of Griffith J. Griffith in form of Griffith observatory and Greek Theatre. At the dreamy terrace of observatory behold the twinkling city at night or witness the city rippling in sun. The Samuel Oschin Planetarium screens Centered in the Universe offering you a trip through time with the discoveries by Ptolemy and Galileo, and space, through the Milky Way.

Become the spectator of several live comedy shows, musical performances and plays all along the year along with the sensational mountain views.Explore the culture, history and art of America at the Aurty Museum of American Westexhibiting variety of Native American art, paintings and historic firearms.

  1. THE GETTY CENTER

The Getty Center, an awe-inspiring modern fortress atop Santa Monica Mountains in Brentwood is a labyrinthine complex stretching up to 110 acres of Travertine reflecting light at the hilltop.

Spoil yourself with the astonishing art collection from Stone Age to medieval times to present from different nations embellished with the manicured gardens. The incredible architecture of light-colored marble bob having circular concrete-and-steel structure among pools, fountains and ever-changing Central Garden, the Cactus Garden, the outdoor sculpture along with a knockout view of the city make this a must-do destination, even if you are not into art.

The finest collection comprises ofRenaissance paintings, Italian, Flemish and Dutch painting from the 17th to the 19th centuryEuropean paintings, 20th-century American photography, Baroque sculptures, historic and illuminated manuscripts, the huge assortment of Impressionist painting and exquisite decorative arts, as well as 19th- and 20th-century photography.

This multifaceted attraction avails free 45-minute guided tours (for 15-30 people) at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., moreover the complimentary headsets are available for self-guided audio tours.

The fee to visit…. Yeah ……Important thing…. It’s free!!! You just need to give the parking charges 0f 20$ (you can avoid even this with the provision of city bus which drop you at the gate).

  1. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington, one of the world’s greatest research libraries in San Marino might be considered a little extravagant, however with every moving step it becomes apparent that it’s worth every penny spent.

Looking for a garden or in search of some art…. Or want some peaceful reading in a library or to get a glimpse of magnificent aromatic flowers….. Or what you can think of….. History?????

Whatever intriguing thing you are thinking, you are going to get at this sprawling estate stretched in 120 acres adorned with more than a dozen themed gardens including aesthetic desert garden, flabbergasting Japanese garden, Chinese garden and fragrant rose garden. The county withholds nine million items from alluring artifacts to inspiring manuscripts from 1000s to 21st century, Henry David Thoreau’s manuscript of Walden, for instance,and the documents from Abraham Lincon’s life are like an icing to the cake.

That’s not it… the exhibition spaces has an engaging display of literature and paintings and lush botanical gardens have an assortment of orchids, bonsai, cycads and camellias. Don’t miss out on the works of Rogier van der Weyden, Gainsborough and American artists like Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol at the Huntington Art Gallery with a marvellous exhibit of painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

  1. DISNEYLAND RESORT

What’s your age??? Ahhh ….. Forget it… who cares???

Whatever your age…. an obligatory trip to Disneyland Resort is on the top of your bucket list because you are never too old for DISNEYLAND.

A premier family vacation destination is offered by the incorporation of two theme parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, connected via outdoor shopping area, Hotels, Restaurants and Downtown Disney.

The park offers legendary rides like Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad combined with the ecstatic experience of elaborately created sets based on movie themes.

You will get fascinated with the charm of old Hollywood and the buzz of Disney’s Marvel and Pixar movies in the park. People especially the tiny visitors cannot get out of the fun and enchantment of Main Street parades.

Have you already been to the place????…. No worries….A new land is opened in 2019 for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, designed in collaboration with Lucas film.

  1. VENICE BEACH

Thinking of VENICE …. Two words pop up…. Amusing and vibrant having its own unique vibe.

Developed in the early 20th century by Abbot Kinney, the two and half mile stretch of golden sand, known as the Venice Beach boardwalk never fails to create an impression with the daily procession of scantily clad beachgoers and packed withconstant stream of  walkers, cyclers, rollerbladers, and joggers among the eclectic characters.

Name a fun activity …… Muscle Beach, cannabis shops, a skate park, street performers, tattoo parlours, international cuisine, innumerable trinket hawkers….. And it’s there.

The bohemian epicenter of California boldly embraces its eccentric spirit with its arcaded historic buildings, canal side resorts, funky boutiques and restaurants.

For a vacation filled with cool and fun activities, Venice Beach is free for everyone for the whole 24 hours (though parking can be a hassle) and easily accessible through nearby bus stops.

6.     Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The linchpin of Los Angeles museum district with the expansion of 20 acres ornamented with a medley of seven uniquely architectured buildings is the largest museum of the western United States on Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile.

Get mind-boggling experiences of the vast collection encasing every nook and corner of the world exhibiting almost 130,000 artifacts from Impressionist paintings to modern art and admire the Chris Burden’s Urban Light installation, designed from 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps.

Some of the visit-worthy pieces include inventories of Greek, Roman with enthralling Etruscan, American, Latin American, Islamic, Asian art, photography and film as well as eye-catching permanent art installations.

There’s much more to this thought-provoking place like Diego Rivera’s Portrait of Frida Kahlo (1939), Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio by David Hockney (1980), Titian’s Portrait of Jacopo (1532), The Swineherd by Paul Gauguin (1888) and the most recent expansion Transformation.

You can avail this terrific experience with an admission ticket of 25$ for adults and the smaller visitors (17 or younger) gets a free pass.

  1. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The largest natural history museum of western United States encompasses 4.5 billion years of history within three museums:The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the The Page Museum at The La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park and the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum in NewhallSanta Clarita, California.

Get amazed with the Spanish Colonial Revival designed mansion circumjacent by the trails, farm animals, bison, park and a cheerful picnic area. The museum carry forward Hart’s legacy withholding the possessions of movie stars along with Native American artifacts. The charm of the museum gets enhanced with the commemoration of Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and Annual Hart of the West Powwow since 2015.

George C. Page museum is a story teller of the excavation of tar pits with the display of out of the ordinary specimens dug out from the pits. A stroll in the park offers you a splendid view of more than 100 tar pits and the life-size models of prehistoric animals.

The Natural History of Museum is house of immense agglomeration of specimens covering a range of topics on several galleries.

You will surely get astound by the 14,000 square foot Dinosaur Hall having a mind-blowing display of dinosaur skeletons and the spell-bounding experience especially for the younger guests to witness the growth series of Tyrannosaurus rex fossils ranging from baby to adult. You can never ever ignore to explore the 500 years of Southern Californian history in Becoming Los Angeles and the accompanying Discovery Center and Insect Zoo.

Searching for an added advantage??? Okay… there it is… you can have a tour of this amazing place without spending a single penny… yeah…. it’s free.

  1. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

Movies… all-time favourite source of entertainment…. We all concur to this fact.

And given the opportunity no one misses out to have a tour of the movie sets and if the tour is of Universal Studios…. It becomes a must-do trip.

The fun of having an hour-long tram ride is unmatched as it offers you a peek to the sets of movies like Courthouse Square (To Kill a Mockingbird, Back to the Future, Gremlins) and the house from Psycho (1960) with a fascinating view of certain famous movies, in addition to this you feel the shiver of couple of mishaps, like flash flood and earthquake.

The Universal Studios Theme park serve as the icing on cake with breath-taking theme rides based on blockbuster movies like Wizarding World of Harry Potter having the Flight of the Hippogriff rollercoaster and the Forbidden Journey, a dark ride through Hogwarts and the latest arrival of Jurassic World: The Ride, a “shoot the chute”.

You can meander on the City Walk and pamper yourself with the three-block entertainment area along with awesome places for dining, shopping and to enjoy theater.

It’s not possible to stay away from these dreamy destinations for a long…

So grab your luggage, pack and plan your trip to Los Angeles with Alexa Travel and avail the best flight deals from India to USA for your hassle-free journey.

Explore these winter destinations in India this Year

By alexatravel on October 14, 2019 Family Vocation

Explore these winter destinations in India this Year

This winter says bye to your boring workaholic life and makes it adventures and delight. Get up people and pack your bags and explore your favorite destination in India from USA at the cheapest price.

If you are a traveler and want to explore India in this winter then this post is definitely for you, here we compiled a full list of some most highlighted destinations in India which you must visit at least once.

JAIPUR (THE PINK CITY OF INDIA)

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the pink city of India.

The city is famous for its royal beauty in all over the world and in the winter season, the city organizes many popular festivals which will definitely gives you internal pleasure and also in this weather you can be the witness of amazing sightseeing views of this royal place of India.

Hawa Mahal, city palace, Amer fort, Jal mahal, and janitor mantra will defiantly attract you from there memorizing beauty.

UDAIPUR (THE CITY OF LAKES)

After seeing the royal beauty of Jaipur Rajasthan has one more blast and that is Udaipur. You can also say one of the most popular romantic destinations of India and it is popularly known as the Venice of Asia. This city is spotted with remarkable palaces and heritage sites which are turned in some famous and luxurious hotels now. You can have a boat ride and get the delightful experience of sightseeing with your loved one. The beauty of jag mandir, city palace, and lake Pichhola will defiantly take your heart. Udaipur is one of the best places to visit in winter.

PUDUCHERRY (THE FRENCH CITY OF INDIA)

Can’ t go France don’t worry you can go Puducherry anytime and feel like you are in France. It has rich French colonies which will take you to France surely. The main tourist spot in Puducherry is basilica of the scared heart of Jesus, Pondicherry museum and immaculate conception cathedral which will surely attract you.

MUNNAR (TEA PARADISE )

Munnar is located in Kerala, and it is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. You can do so many adventures there such as: “trekking, rock climbing etc) usually you can visit Munnar in any of the months but winter gives you more adventure at Munnar with its marvelous sightseeing views. Anamudi, TATA Tea museum and Eravikulam national park is the famous tourist sight in Munnar.

KARNATAKA (THE ANCIENT GLORY OF INDIA)

when you will see the history you will get to know that Karnataka was the center of most powerful empires of medieval and ancient India. Karnataka is one of the most popular choices for tourism in India. Ancient model temples , well-established city, dense Forrests in Karnataka are the full package of the tour with the cocktail of adventure and peace. The breathtaking view of Jog waterfall will defiantly make you insane and also the beauty of Coorg hill station Karnataka will surely attract you.

MYSORE (KARNATAKA)

Mysore is also famous for its royalty. The remarkable places of Mysore will mesmerize you with its royal beauty. Not only the paces intact the food such as mouthwatering Mysore Pak will leave the remarkable dot on your heart. There is no place in Mysore which you want to skip. Trust me this royal city is one of the best places in India to visit in winter.Famous tourist attraction of Mysore is Mysore zoo, Mysore palace, and Jaganmohan palace.

SHIMLA ( THE QUEEN OF HILLS)

Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and also famous as the queen of hills in India. And Shimla is the most highlighted and one of the popular places to visit in India especially in winter. This city has its own charm and it leaves the remarkable dot on the hearts through its amazing beauty. You can get the experience of heavy snowfall in the valley in winter and also you can do an adventure like ice skating and skiing in winter.

Jakhu temple and Shimla ridge will defiantly attract you with its beauty. You must visit Shimla at least once in life.

MANALI

Manali one of the famous hill station of India and of course how can we all forget “ yeh jawani hai deewani”.this the most highlighted destination for adventure here you can get the experience of trekking, skiing , you can enjoy the adventure of tent life while your Manali trekking trip.

The mesmerizing beauty of Rohtang pass, Solang valley, and Bhrigu lake will definitely attract you the most

RISHIKESH

Rishikesh is also famous as the adventure capital of India and winter is the best time to visit in Rishikesh. You may cherish yourself with various adventure activities such as bungee jumping, clip jumping, flying fox and river rafting.

If you are fond of such adventure things then you must visit Rishikesh at least once in a life.

So, here some best places in India to visit in winter so now leave the boring life and fill your life with lots of memories and adventure activities. But before packing your bags pleas do like, share and comment on this post.

Diwali Celebration In India 2019: Book Tickets and Get Discount

By alexatravel on September 26, 2019 Family Vocation

Diwali Celebration In India 2019: Book Tickets and Get Discount

Diwali or Deepawali, literally “the row of Lights”, holds an enormous significance for the people of India. In spite of being a culturally diverse, Diwali is celebrated throughout the country with enthusiasm and passion setting aside the religious differences.

The reason

The festivity manifesting the win of good over evil is celebrated in the honor of return of Lord Rama back home after completing 14 years of exile and demolishing the terror of demon Ravana.

The mythology behind the celebrations of Diwali in South India is the defeat of the demon Narkasur by Lord Krishna and on this day the demon is bestowed with a boon by his mother upon his request that celebration of his death will be a festival of colorful lights for everyone.

In western India there is a belief that on this day the demon King Bali was sent to rule the nether world by Lord Krishna.With the mesmerising lightning, people worship Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) to bestow her blessings and maintain prosperity with a credence that the goddess has incarnated on this day from the substantial Samudra Manthan (churning of cosmic ocean).

Sikhs commemorate this day as the release of sixth guru, Guru Hargobind along with 52 Hindu Kings from the prison of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

Celebrations

The festival is embarked with cleaning and decorating houses and workplaces. This auspicious occasion is celebrated with astonishing scintillating lights and gleaming diyas and lamps to illuminate the darkest night of Hindu Lunisolar month. The felicity and mesmerizing views of bursting crackers leaves everyone enchanted. The merrymaking is incomplete without new apparels, exotic dishes and most importantly exchange of gifts and worshipping.

Auspicious date

The festivities start 20 days prior to the main day with the celebration of Dusshera and this 5 days festival goes on with Dhanteras and Bhai Dooj. This year the auspicious day is falling on 27 October, 2019.

Cheapest flights

This festivity is enhanced when accompanied with the love and blessings of your loved ones. People move from all across the world to visit their family and feel the exuberance of the occasion. Along with this many tourists come along to catch a glimpse of the biggest festival of India.

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