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Does your job demand excessive travel? More often than not, those who wield heavy professional travel schedules loathe the thought of hopping yet another plane in the name of relaxation. There are ways to unwind, disconnect and relax without leaving the zip code. Take a page from your father’s play book and plan on a staycation in your own backyard. Take those funds you would have earmarked for yet another set of plane tickets for your family and create your own backyard oasis. Follow these recommendations from the professional landscape architects to start your plans for a never ending series of staycations. The options are truly only limited by your imagination.

The first step is to set a budget. The sums homeowners spend today on outdoor spaces varies as widely as the expense for an in ground pool to the cost for a simple water feature. Take stock of your basics. Is your decking or patio sufficient for relaxing and entertaining or do you have a desire to enlarge this outdoor space. Has your landscaping been neglected and now would be an ideal time to tame the shrubbery and consider fresh landscaping for a privacy fence?  Decide how you want to spend your time in your outdoor space and design a realistic budget accordingly.

If your time and budget are limited, focus on ramping up your deck or patio area. Repair any loose mortar or decking boards for safety purposes. Apply a fresh coat of stain to the deck if needed. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select all of your lawn and garden items from the huge selection available from Home Depot.  If you have adequate space on your deck for dining and lounging, consider defining these areas with an outdoor carpet. Comfortable outdoor seating arrangements are available today in a wide range of prices and styles. Ramp up your dining area with a fresh dining set. Splurge on colorful cushions and a complimenting umbrella.  Finally, spring for some potting containers and fill with colorful seasonal bedding flowers. You’ve just succeeded in creating a back yard oasis. Enjoy your staycation!

 

A road trip to the royal city of Mysore includes many cultural and scenic destinations on the way. Enjoy a blend of natural experiences and fascinating history lessons as you discover some of the popular sites en-route to Mysore.

The easy availability of Bangalore to Mysore cabs makes it an easy tour to plan. Here are some of the interesting spots you can visit on the way.

Srirangapatna

Just 15 km away from Mysore, Srirangapatna is an ideal stop for history and culture enthusiasts. The town is a river island and features many famous landmarks, many of which are associated with the reigns of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, which punctuated the 330-year reign of the Wadiyars at the end of the 18th century.

One of the greatest battles of the 18th century was fought at Srirangapatna; one that arguably started the total dominance of the British in the region, as Tipu Sultan and his forces bravely fought and fell in 1799.

Famous landmarks around the town include the ancient Ranganathaswamy Temple and the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan. Spare some time to walk around in the gardens of the Daria DaulatBagh and witness the architecture of the summer palace.

TriveniSangam

A serene sight greets you at the confluence of three rivers near Srirangapatna – the Cauvery, Hemavati, and Lokapavani. The site is a good place for photography or just to relax in the beautiful natural landscape. Pilgrims come and take holy dips here, and find magic in these waters.

Some of the other attractions here include a temple dedicated to the holy site. There are also eateries where you can grab a quick snack before resuming the trip to Mysore.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Step into an avian paradise at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, which consists of islets on the gushing Kaveri, providing habitat to many rare birds. The bird sanctuary falls on the route of many migratory birds who head down from their northern homes. Boat rides are a favourite activity for many visitors.

The pristine, verdant landscape is perfect for photography enthusiasts. Well-manicured gardens and a pleasant walkway on the banks of the Kaveri also add to the essence of the place. This picturesque location is also critical for the conservation of many species. It is a perfect nature stop on your Mysore road trip.

Ramanagara

We all remember the booming dialogues of Gabbar Singh in the ’70s blockbuster Sholay or certain scenes from another famous movie – A Passage to India, both with a Ramanagara connection. The rocky, wild west setting that has been immortalized on screen is just a few kilometres away from Bangalore on the Mysore highway. That is not its only claim to fame. The rock formations and scrubland jungles provide a great stage for a hike and some adventure activities like zip lining, rock climbing, and rappelling.

The sheer diversity of these Mysore detours, from desert-like rocky landscapes to wetlands full of life and old forts, gives you a glimpse of the many faces of Karnataka, and you would have barely scratched the surface.

Book a taxi in Bangalore and enjoy this trip with friends, family or even solo. Reliable companies like Savaari Car Rentals are a trusted transport provider across many cities in India with a loyal customer base. Start planning now.

Tuscany is one of the richest regions in Italy, but not rich in the real sense of the term, but figuratively. Art, culture, good food and good wine, sea and mountains, all these things make this place a tourist destination to visit, more than once, because at every opportunity you can discover corners of paradise unknown even to the locals.

Siena, Florence and Pisa are perhaps the most visited cities, but not necessarily the richest of treasures: there are medieval villages, less famous city that internally guard wonders and fabulous environments.

Lucca, for example, is a small town surrounded by a city wall, which is growing every year as a percentage of tourists: the city is not invaded by so-called mass tourism, but it is also a tourist interested in knowing the tradition of a land ancient, which has preserved the historic centre perfectly and gives visitors unforgettable moments.

What to visit in Lucca? The beauty of this place is by strolling through the narrow streets of the centre, passing through the main squares, such as the ancient Roman forum or the amphitheatre, strolling along the main road, Fillungo street, that cuts the city into two, full of shops and boutiques. Lucca is also called “the city of the 100 churches”: some no longer consecrated, still remain almost all accessible and rich in unparalleled cultural heritage.

Another place to visit is Guinigi Tower, a wonderful medieval building, one of the few towers that have not been destroyed over the years and has a unique peculiarity in the world: trees have been planted on its summit. Once you are captured by the beauty and the peculiarity, you can still look at the city from above and enjoy a breathtaking view.

Lucca is also full of villas and palaces: one of them, the Bernardini palace and also offers the chance to stay for tourists. In fact, on the second floor of this palace, is located one of the Lucca luxury apartment: it was built around 1520 and the apartment has just been renovated during the 17th and 18th C. The furniture has been chosen in accordance with the history and the tradition even if you have all the comforts.

A holiday in Lucca, in the heart of the historic centre, between art, culture, beauty and luxury, to live an unforgettable experience and enjoy the beauty of a unique place in the world.

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