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Sousse Tunisia Travel Guide

Sousse, in Tunisia, is a little laid back town with a lively street life. Located 40 miles south of Hammamet on the coast, it offers a beach, a sea front promenade, restaurants, cafes and shops along with hotels and some self catering accommodation. The town is particularly lively around the Avenue Habib Bourguiba. Sousse offers a great variety of restaurants serving all types of cuisine including Tunisian, French, Lebanese, International and some of the freshest seafood dishes available.

Sousse-Nord is a purpose built leisure complex which has a marina and golf course, hotels and holiday apartments.

Sousse’s Boujaffar Beach, backed by high-rise hotels, is a lovely long wide stretch of sand which runs alongside the town’s central promenade and is dotted with restaurants and cafes. The calm warm waters here, along with a variety of water sports including scuba diving, snorkelling and paragliding, are perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Some of the beaches in front of the hotels have sun loungers and parasols for hire if you are not a guest.

Sousse has many cultural attractions including the Great Mosque, the 8th century ribat (fortification), the Christian catacombs that date back to the 3rd century AD, the UNESCO World Heritage Medina and the privately owned Museum Dar Essid which is located in a traditional home (dar). The Medina is one of the finest old city shopping centres in Tunisia. Situated underneath the town’s fort, the covered alleyways of the Medina offer an eye-opening shopping experience. Selling everything from carpets and leather goods to antiques, the vendors will never expect you to accept their first price but to haggle for a price that suits you both. Don’t be shy when haggling as it is expected and adds to the experience of visiting Tunisia. Another great experience not to be missed is a visit to a traditional Tunisian bathhouse (Hammam). Here you can totally relax in the steam rooms and even have a massage and haircut.

Exploring Tunisia is easy when using Sousse as a base. You can take the train from the town up the coast to Tunis or south to Mahdia and Monastir and even as far as the desert town of Gabes which has an amazing oasis.

The resort offers a variety of both land and water based sports. You can enjoy a round of golf at the 36-hole championship course at Port El Kantaoui, take a trip out to sea for some dolphin-spotting or visit the Acqua Palace at Port El Kantaoui for a day of splashing around on the whirlpools, slides and chutes.

Sousse has plenty of lively nightlife on offer with some of the best live music venues, nightclubs and bars in Tunisia. The resort is also home to one of Tunisia’s biggest casinos, the Casino Caraibe.

April, May and June are regarded as the best times to visit Sousse. Good deals can be found for dates throughout the year although if you want to take a dip in the sea, Easter is not the best time as the water is usually too cold for bathing. Sousse is busiest in July and August when daytime temperatures are around 30C, rarely dropping below the low 20s at night. However the sea breezes do help to cool the high humidity levels.

Dharamshala Travel Guide

A visit to Himachal’s beauty – Dharamshala

Himachal located in the lap of Dhauladhar wings is a place of ultimate beauty and holiness. There are 12 districts in Himachal Pradesh. Each district defines their story in their own beauty. The small and beautiful towns located in Himachal made it a HEAVEN ON EARTH. Dharamshala is also one of the beautiful towns located in Northern India. It is also capital of Himachal Pradesh for the time period of 6 months that is in winters. Dharamshala is the art of God.

How to reach Dharamshala?

  • By Air: – Nearest Airport Gaggla(13 km from Dharamsala).Daily flights from Delhi – Air Deccan Airlines and Jagson Airlines
  • By railway: – Nearest Railway station Pathankot. Overnight train journey from Delhi-Pathankot. 3 hours drive by bus/taxi to Dharamsala.
  • By Bus:-HRTC buses ply between Delhi-Dharamsala. It’s a 13 hours journey. Buses are also available from Manali, Dehradun and other parts of North India.

MEANING

Dharamshala is combination of two words Dharam + Shala which means spiritual dwellings. According to Indian culture Dharamshala means a rest house for spiritual piligrims. Dharamshala is divided into two parts

• Upper himachal (area of Tibetan exile)
• Lower himachal (area of Himachali people and Commercial center)

HISTORY

In ancient time Dharamshala was ruled by the Katoch Dynasty Royal family of Kangra. The peoples of Dharamshala were basically called Gaddi’s but they lost their presence when British and Gorkhas arive in dharamshala in 1950. The presence of dalai lama and Tibetan has made dharamshala a place where nature is not only all that is visible to the eye but it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.

Tradition and culture of Dharamshala

Dharamshala is a basically enriched with two cultures. One side where Himachali culture is spreading a frangrance of Himachal among the area at the same time the rich culture of Tibetan exile is making dharamshala differ from all other areas in Himachal.

Top Attractions in Dharamshala

  • Indrunag (The Best view of Dhauladhar Range)
  • Adi Shakti Temple, Naddi
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
  • Bhagsunath temple
  • Chamunda Mandir
  • Chinmaya Tapovan
  • Dal Lake
  • Kunal Pathri
  • Lam Dal Lake
  • Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
  • Narghota
  • Norbulingka Institute
  • Church of St. John in the Wilderness
  • Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts
  • Naam art gallary
  • Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium
  • War memorial
  • Mcleodganj

Hotels and Resorts

  • Hotel Eagle Nest Mcleodganj
  • Hotel Spring Valley Mcleodganj
  • Meghavan Holiday Resort Mcleodganj
  • Hotel White Heaven,Naddi
  • Asia Health Resort, Naddi
  • Hotel Himgiri, Naddi
  • Hotel Snow Crest Inn, Naddi
  • Hotel Valley View Crest, Naddi

Shopping areas and markets

• Kotwali Bazar
• Mcleodganj
• College road Dharamshala
• Chamunda temple market

Time to visit Dharamshala is a place where winters is the best time to visit. One can see mountains covered with white glowing snow and its adds to the beauty of the place. Monsoon is not a right time to visit Dharamshala as heavy rains create the problems of land sliding and other inconvenience. You can visit the place in summers also.

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