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Portugal

While it is true that Portugal is no longer best kept in the Iberian Peninsula, the secret, it’s pretty easy to escape the crowds. Even in the most popular tourist resorts of the Algarve, it only takes a short bus ride or a walk through the field to show little frequented places that still offer a sense of discovery – a sentiment close to the Portuguese soul. Portugal has an old world charm, with medieval castles and picture-perfect villages scattered along the coast and winding hills covered with flowers. Of the ancient university city of Coimbra Portuguese favorite refuge of Lord Byron, Sintra, the country’s proud history can be felt everywhere.

Sun-drenched beaches like Cascais and Sagres offer temptations of a more hedonistic. In fact, the dramatic end of the world’s wild cliffs, beaches, dunes protected coves and sand islands off the coast of Portugal has long enchanted visitors and residents alike. Meanwhile, the nation’s capital, Lisbon, and its northern rival, Porto, are magical places for the traveler, river view, cobblestone streets and rattling trams framed by looming cathedrals.

Known as the Statute of Rome of Portugal, Braga compact center is full of splendid baroque churches. Baroque churches, and the clamor of bells, are a constant reminder of what’s in charge here. In fact, Braga has been a center of religious power and the conversion of the Visigoths in the sixth century. Its cathedral, built in the 12th century as Portugal, but was fought by the Moors – is the oldest in Portugal.
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But do not come alone waiting for mercy: the compact downtown pedestrian streets are bustling with cafes and worldly concerns, and students from the Universidade do Minho add except much younger.

India

There is simply no other word that captures convincingly the enigma that is India. With its in-your-face diversity, snow-powdered mountains to sun-drenched beaches, tranquil temples to feisty festivals, lit by streetlights villages to cities Supreme software, no wonder this country has been called the world’s most multidimensional. Love it or loathe it, and most visitors seesaw between the two, India is committed to pushing his whole being, and no matter where you go or what you do, a place you will never forget.

Home to more than one billion people, the subcontinent bristles with an eclectic mix of ethnic groups, resulting in a heady cocktail culture for the traveler. For those looking for spiritual food, India has lots of sacred sites and moving philosophical epics, while history buffs will find gems of the past almost everywhere – from large remnants of the British Raj calmly looking over species of swarming bazaars, crumbling the strengths that are about to plunge over cliffs. Meanwhile, fans of the outdoors can paddle in the shimmering waters of one of the many warm beaches, listening to the big cats of the jungle in a blood-pumping wildlife safari, or simply inhale air scented pine forest at the foot of meditation. And then there’s the food! From squidgy south Indian idlis (fermented rice cakes) to zesty north Indian curries, gourmets can enjoy a buffet of specialties savor seductive.

Once you land on continental soil, you will quickly discover that cricket – sports obsession in India – is one of the most energetic of the conversation, along with the latest antics in the display advertising world of Bollywood. However, it is the policy – whether national, state or town – that always dominates the headlines, with middle and upper class and India also very keeping your finger on the pulse of international developments. On the domestic front, economic issues high on the national political agenda. With one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India has certainly made great strides in the last decade. However, despite an average annual growth rate of around 9% in recent years, large segments of the population of one billion over the country have seen little benefit from the economic boom.
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In fact, the current challenge is to disseminate government both the load and the abundance of fiscal prosperity of India. Not an easy task as the gap between the haves and the have-nots is far from the reduction, and poverty is set to spiral upward if the rate of India’s galloping population continues to grow beyond economical.