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The Schlossberg in Graz is hard to miss as it dominates the city’s landscape. Literally meaning ‘castle-mountain’ the Schlossberg is a tree-clad hill situated in the centre of Graz. This popular attraction is the site of a fortress, beautiful gardens, and is where the symbol of Graz; its 13th century Clock Tower is perched. The fortifications have now been leveled and the hill has been turned into a public park. The natural spectacle is also known for offering stunning views of the medieval city and the surrounding hillside. Visitors will come across a few restaurants where they will be able to enjoy a drink or some food and admire the beautiful sunset. Climbing up the Schlossberg is a pleasant experience but can be a bit of a workout. Those who do not want to brave the steep paths and staircases can reach the summit via the “Schlossbergbahn” funicular, a railway system that has been built into the mountain.  ...more

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The Schlossberg in Graz is hard to miss as it dominates the city’s landscape. Literally meaning ‘castle-mountain’ the Schlossberg is a tree-clad hill situated in the centre of Graz. This popular attraction is the site of a fortress, beautiful gardens, and is where the symbol of Graz; its 13th century Clock Tower is perched. The fortifications have now been leveled and the hill has been turned into a public park. The natural spectacle is also known for offering stunning views of the medieval city and the surrounding hillside. Visitors will come across a few restaurants where they will be able to enjoy a drink or some food and admire the beautiful sunset. Climbing up the Schlossberg is a pleasant experience but can be a bit of a workout. Those who do not want to brave the steep paths and staircases can reach the summit via the “Schlossbergbahn” funicular, a railway system that has been built into the mountain.  

Ticket Price

Free unless the funicular is being used

Opening Hour

Throughout the day

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 1 hour or more

Suitable For

Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children

Must See

The Clock Tower and the breathtaking views

Prayer Facilities

The Schlossberg does not have prayer facilities for Muslim visitors, but the city of Graz is known to have quite a few mosques, due to its sizeable Muslim community. Some of the mosques and Islamic Centres in Graz include Al Nur Mosque, the Islamic Center of Graz, Mevlana Camii Moschee and Islamischer Glaubensverein Taqwa.  

Halal Food

As mentioned above, the Schlossberg does have a few cafés and restaurants. While these outlets will not be Halal certified, Muslim tourists are sure to find vegetarian and seafood dishes on the menu. Muslims visiting Graz will also be able to locate quite a few Halal restaurants, many of which are known to serve Turkish cuisine.  

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  • Travel to Sri Lanka for your Honeymoon!

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There are very much lesser people here so you can walk along the beach and have a romantic conversation undisturbed! Amagi Aria Hotel - 640/82 Suhada Mawatha, Puttalam - Colombo Rd, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka Even better, why not stay at the Amagi Aria Hotel and whisper words of forever as the sun sets leaving you and your spouse with warm lovely feelings. This is the perfect spot to have a heart-to-heart talk with your spouse. Alright, enough about the beaches! Let's go on to talk about just how gorgeous the train ride in Sri Lanka is!  Image Credit: YamuThere are so many beautiful places to visit via train. Places such as Ella, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy are among the top few for the must-visit! The journey to the mentioned places itself is such a breathtaking sight. Views en route from Colombo to Kandy Kandy Train Station  Things to do in Ella: 1.The Nine Arch Bridge Image Credit: Salt in our Hair This gorgeous bridge is located right outside of Ella. It will take about 30 minutes to walk through the woods and reach a beautiful tea field. Be there with your beloved and sip a cup of delicious Sri Lankan tea while watching trains pass by.  2. Swim at Diyaluma Falls Diyaluma waterfall - in Badulla district on the Colombo-Badulla highway, about 6km east of the regional town of Koslanda, and around 30km south of Ella.Image Credit: Pinterest The Diyaluma waterfall is 220-meter high and is the second-highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. On top of the waterfall, it has different levels of natural pools where you can swim. To get to this waterfall is not an easy task! A two-hour tuk-tuk ride from Ella to Poonagala through quintessentially lush Sri Lankan tea plantations followed by a hike downhill through long, dry grass for about 30mins before getting to the upper Diyaluma falls. A short hike further would bring you and your partner to the edge of the world, watching the cascading water drop 220m to the valley below. This is the start of a very challenging honeymoon thus far in Sri Lanka. However, such tasks would allow for a different kind of bonding as you learn more about your partner and even yourself! 3. Climb Little Adam’s Peak  Image Credit: Wandervisions To get to Little Adam’s Peak, you need to follow the trail which is right next to Ella Flower Garden Resort (3rd Mile Post, Passara Road, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka). An alternative entrance is also located at 98 Acres Resort (Greenland Estate, Ella - Passara Rd, Ella, Sri Lanka) and marked by a white Buddha. Just follow the trails and you would only need about an hour before you reach the top and have a lovely sunset view with the-love-of-your-life.    Things to do in Nuwara Eliya:  1. Go to the Tea Plantations Image Credit: Travel Triangle Nuwara Eliya has so many tea plantation fields. One of them is the Pedro Tea Estate. Pedro Estate is about 3.5km east of Nuwara Eliya station and is a 20 minutes drive by rickshaw from the station. You both can have an educational tour of the tea plantations here and learn the process of tea planting!  2. Take a stroll in Victoria Park  Image Credit: Kingsford Residences Well, why not take a stroll in Victoria Park (Badulla Rd, Nuwara Eliya 22200) and have a lovely chat while sipping a nice cuppa tea? This lovely walk with your soulmate will leave you with a tingling feeling and many gorgeous photos together!  3. Gregory Lake Image Credit: Sri Lanka Finder This enchanting lake (Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka) is a must to visit. It is just a 5 minutes ride on a rickshaw from Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy a breezy walk and cooling weather which definitely calls for a lovely picnic or a sweet ride on the swan boats. Over at this lake, it compels you to show how much you love your spouse by doing things together and caring for each other! 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Reaching to the 1000th step is already a great achievement but will definitely test you as your legs may go numb or feel very sore. However, with constant coaxing from the beloved, the pain would turn into motivation as watching the sunrise at the peak of the mountain is a glorious sight which leaves you feeling a sense of achievement. It takes a lot for couples to reach the top but hey, love conquers all (even the challenging Adam’s Peak!).  Sunrise at the top of Adam’s PeakImage Credit: The Partying Traveler One of the best feelings in the world is to pray with your spouse. Sri Lanka has a gorgeous mosque located at 2nd Cross Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The mosque goes by the name of Red Mosque or Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid.  Image Credit: Atlas Obscura Well, this honeymoon destination has loads of challenging activities to do with your spouse. Despite the pain, it is definitely a worthwhile trip to do together. Marriage may not always be smooth. There may be challenges. 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Don’t worry, your chances of getting eaten are slim as you will be caged while the shark swims free. It’s enough to say that this sport is for adrenalin junkies because it takes some guts to be so close to one of the world’s scariest predators. Who knows, you might just surprise yourself by trying it out and having one of the best post-graduation trips. The best feeling comes from giving back – to people and to this amazing earth – so lend a hand in preserving the nature you see and let it last longer for much more to enjoy.   3) India  The months before graduation are generally stressful and hectic, and all you want to do is get away and have a relaxing holiday. If you’re looking for places to go after high school graduation – or college – India is a great option. Not only is this graduation trip idea cheap, but there is so much to experience there. It is also one of the best graduation trips for families as there’s nothing like good company to make a trip more fun. From delicious street food (most places are vegetarian) to visiting the Taj Mahal – a Wonder of the World has to be on everyone’s bucket list – shopping for incredibly gorgeous ethnic wear, and even visiting schools in rural villages to remind yourself what a blessing your life is; this is one place that strikes a lot of chords.   4) Dubai  A tourism capital of the Middle East, Dubai is the perfect place to shop, eat, and experience a whole bunch of things in just one city – the perfect place for high school graduation vacation ideas. It is definitely the most Halal-friendly graduation trip on this list. There is no need to double check about restaurants being Halal as you can take the fact that you are in a Muslim country for granted. Despite being in the Middle East, the multicultural population assures incredibly diverse food that stays true to its origins, so you can eat your way around the world without breaking the bank in terms of travel. Not only does Dubai boast the tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), the only 7-star hotel in the world (Burj Al Arab), the biggest mall (Dubai Mall), and more, but they also host brands from across the globe which makes shopping extremely easy. From skiing in the day to a desert safari that same night, bungee jumping, paragliding, stomach-dropping rides at Wild Wadi Water Park, your high school graduation trip will definitely have a jam-packed schedule.   5) Kenya The Maasai Mara is the most popular safari in Africa, and rightly so. Bordering Tanzania, Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to the Big Five. Also known as safari royalty, the African lion, the African leopard, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, and the black or white rhino are generally the most sought-after animals to see. It is the best place to see lions in their natural habitat and to feel like one with the world. Migration period takes place between July and October where you can see hordes of wildebeest, zebra and antelope crossing the Mara River. Adjacent to the Maasai Mara Reserve is Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Much larger than Maasai Mara, it feels less crowded and is also perfect to spot lions and cheetah in action. The Great Migration here happens from November to June, when herds of zebra and wildebeest come together to graze, mate, and give birth. This trip will certainly go down as adventure student travel, and to see the animals in their natural habitat is a truly humbling experience.   6) Nepal  When it comes to affordable graduation trips, Nepal is a safe bet. It might not seem like the country has much to offer, but hiking to the base of Mount Everest is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Climbing the mountain is a task that you may or may not want to attempt one day, but the hike to the base is not to be missed. Meeting the people on the way, immersing yourself in culture and taking in the breath-taking sights is something to write home about. And after all that, when you are back in civilisation, volunteer at an orphanage and spend time with the children. Going that extra mile makes for an extra special graduation trip. The hike is best done from March to May and September to November when monsoon season has not set in.   7) Prague  A great high school graduation trip idea is the quaint city of Prague in the Czech Republic. It has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1992 as it is steeped in history which is very evident in the ancient well-kept building. The architecture is part of the reason that Prague is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and there is such a charm present in the city that you have to see it at least once in your life. History buffs will delight in roaming the streets and soaking in the sights, the skyline and the culture present. It is home to Prague Castle, the Royal Palace, the intricately detailed St Vitus Cathedral, the Astronomical Clock that still works to date, and so much more to be explored.   8) Greece  Images of picturesque towns on hills by the coast, surrounded by the bluest seas come to mind. Rhodes Town in Greece is home to historic sites and modern luxuries. Split into Old Town and New Town – you guessed it – the Old Town contains medieval castles, Roman ruins, a maze of ancient streets and a cathedral present under the Byzantine rule. The New Town releases one from the olden charm to trendy boutiques and bistros and of course, the beach. Greek cuisine sports some delicious dishes, but don’t hesitate to ask how it was prepared – whether it contains alcohol or anything you should be concerned about – and when in doubt, always stick to seafood and vegetarian options. There is fresh seafood available as it is a coastal area.     With so many places to go, take your pick and book your tickets. Your adventure awaits!   ...

  • Halal vs Haram Food - What Is The Difference?

    Halal vs. Haram Picture Credit: The Independent SG   You probably have heard the terms “Halal” and “Haram” at some point in your life, but you might not know what it means, what do Muslims eat and not eat and why. Here's a breakdown of what the term Halal means and what the term Haram means.   What is the difference between Halal and Haram Halal and Haram are two Arabic words. They form an integral part of how Muslim view all aspects of life.    Halal: This is an Arabic word which means lawful or permissible. It does not just refer to things that a Muslim is allowed to eat but also encompasses everything lawful in a Muslim's life. Nevertheless, it is most often uttered in reference to food.   Haram: Haram is the Arabic word that is opposite to Halal; it means something is forbidden or unlawful for Muslims to consume, use or do.   Halal and Haram in the Qur'an Here are some of the verses in the Qur'an which refers to Halal and haram, in particular to food:   In the words of Allah (SWT):   "O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and wholesome, and follow not the footsteps of the devil. Lo! he is an avowed enemy of you."  [Qur'an: 2:168]   "They ask you, [O Muhammad], what has been made lawful for them. Say, "Lawful for you are [all] good foods and [game caught by] what you have trained of hunting animals which you train as Allah has taught you. So eat of what they catch for you, and mention the name of Allah upon it, and fear Allah ." Indeed, Allah is swift in account." [Qur'an: 5:4]   "O messengers! Eat from what is good and lawful, and act righteously. Indeed, I fully know what you do." [Qur'an: 23:51]   What is Halal Meat Picture Credit: BBC You might have wondered what is a 'Halal' chicken, after all, all chickens look the same! So, what is it that makes this chicken, or beef, or mutton 'Halal' and others not? What exactly is the difference between Halal and non-Halal meat? The answer is that it depends on the way that the animal is bought up, and how it is slaughtered.   Halal meat is the flesh of the animal that has been slaughtered in the way prescribed by Qur'an and Hadeeth; this method is called 'Zabihah'. This procedure was taught to Muslims as the best way to slaughter an animal in order to cause it the least amount of pain.   A few important criteria that must be followed in order to slaughter an animal in the Islamic way. They are as follows: The slaughter of the animal must be carried out by a Muslim. The animal must not be dead. Animals for slaughter must not be grouped together or allowed to watch the slaughter of other animals in their herd. As with most things Muslims do, it must begin with the utterance of 'Bismillah', which means 'In the name of Allah. The animal must be slaughtered with a precise cut to its throat, severing it's carotid artery, trachea and jugular veins. The slaughter must be carried out with the use of a razor-sharp knife to ensure a quick death and that the animal dies as quickly as possible. The animal must be hung upside down in order to allow all the blood to drain. Find Halal Food and Restaurants Near You   Types of Halal Food Picture Credit: Regal Hotel   The general consensus is that everything that is not prohibited is Halal. We'll take a look at the types of Haram foods in more detail below, but for now, here's a list of the types of food that are considered Halal: Meat that is slaughtered in the Islamic manner Fish and other creatures of the sea (they need not be slaughtered) Fruits and vegetables Dairy products (barring cheese made using non-Halal rennet, etc.)   Types of Haram Foods   Here's a list of foods that are forbidden in Islam. To knowingly eat or drink any of them is a major sin unless it is an extreme case where no other food or drink is available and the person is in danger of starvation, or for medicinal purposes (granted there are no other alternates).   Meat that is not slaughtered according to the methods prescribed by Qur’an and Hadeeth. Alcohol Pork or pork by-products Blood Food that may contain any combination of the above three (gelatin made from Haram meat, cakes with alcohol, etc.). Delving further into the category of meat that is not Halal also considers the types of animals that one is not allowed to eat and the way in which the animal dies. These are the types of animals/meat that are Haram:   Carnivorous animals/birds (animals that eat the flesh of other animals or drink their blood). Animals that have been dedicated to or slaughtered in the name of anyone other than Allah. Animals/birds that have been dedicated to idols. Animals/birds that have died due to natural causes. Animals/birds that die due to strangulation. Animals/birds that die from being beaten. Animals/birds that die falling down from a height. Animals/birds that are killed and gored by a beast of prey. Animals that live on both land and in water (amphibians) such as frogs and salamanders. Why Do Muslims Eat Halal Food Picture Credit: The Muslim Press   The reason that we Muslims only eat Halal meat is for two reasons: to make sure that we are putting into our bodies is healthy and clean, and to make sure that it has been slaughtered in the most humane way possible.   As we saw above, the Zabihah method of slaughter ensures that both of these criteria are met. It makes for a quick and efficient slaughter, and also focuses on bringing the animal up in a way that it is not mistreated. Animals that are bred for Islamic slaughter must be fed healthy fruits and vegetables (and nothing that is considered Haram for the regular Muslim), and clean. It must not be tortured or harmed in any way and be given enough space to roam, graze and get plenty of fresh air.   The list of Haram meat listed above follows these guidelines. Carnivorous animals will have non-Halal meat or blood in their digestive systems, and animals that have died from the various reasons described in the same list might have contracted some form of infection or diseases; therefore, they are prohibited.   When Muslims go out to eat, we look for assurance that the food is Halal. One reason is to make sure that the meat served has been slaughtered in the Islamic method, and the other is to be certain that the dish does not contain other types of Haram food (e.g. alcohol, pig's oil, etc.).   How To Identify Halal Foods Eating something that is Haram knowingly is a major sin, and one that every Muslim should refrain from. Allah has provided us with such bountiful foods, and there is so much that we can enjoy, so we must make sure to stay away from that which is considered unlawful. It is also a sin if you neglect to find out whether the food is Halal or not, and it is best to stay away from foods that you are unsure of.   Here are a few ways to identify Halal foods in your country:   Packaged Halal foods often carry a “Halal Certified” logo awarded by the Muslim council or Halal supervisory board of your country. Some foods simply have the word “Halal” printed on them; this is fine too, but be careful in considering whether you are able to trust the source. If there is no Halal symbol, look for the vegetarian sign. This is the one that looks like a green square with a green dot in the middle. Check the ingredients to make sure it doesn't contain alcohol (most packaged goods will not), and you're good to go. Always check the labels. Checking the ingredients listed on the package is your best bet on figuring out if the food is Halal or not. In the case of confectioneries, look out for “gelatin” listed in the ingredients. If the package has no Halal or vegetarian symbol, then it's most probably not Halal gelatin. Some foods containing the non-vegetarian symbol, which looks similar to the vegetarian symbol but maroon in colour, can also be Halal. This may be because it contains eggs, and since there are no Halal and Haram eggs, there is no need to worry. If this is the case, it is usually mentioned underneath the maroon square and circle symbol. Check for foods containing emulsifiers. Look for Halal and Haram E-Codes online, or you can even download apps that scan the ingredients and tell you if it's Halal or not. But many emulsifiers may be derived from plant or animal sources (maybe Halal or non-Halal), so not all products will be the Halal or Haram. Nevertheless, here are a few of the Haram E-Codes to look out for: - E120 Cochineal: red colouring derived from female insects. - E441 Gelatine: derived from the bones/hides of cattle/sheep. - E542 Edible Bone Phosphate: extracted from animal bones. - E904 Shellac: a resin from the lac insect. If you are eating at a restaurant that claims to be Halal certified, insist on seeing their certification. If they do not have one, they will tell you that they source the meat from Halal suppliers and do not serve pork or alcohol. In this case, ask to see the certification of their meat supplier. Refrain from eating, even vegetarian dishes, from restaurants that serve dishes that contain alcohol, non-Halal meat or pork. This is because they probably use the same utensils to cook both dishes, and it is quite possible that there is cross-contamination even if the dishes have been washed. Some restaurants serve alcohol on the side. If everything else checks out, this is fine, but if there are other options, it would be better to go for them. If you're looking to buy Halal meat, local Muslim-owned butcheries are the ideal place for them. Muslim-owned restaurants also are credible, but if it is a chain restaurant, check their certifications before eating there. Share your Halal dining experience....

  • 6 Must-Visit National Parks in Sri Lanka

    Pay a visit to some of the top national parks in Sri Lanka to observe beautiful wildlife in natural habitats.  In Sri Lanka a wildlife safari is the ideal getaway for adventurous Muslim travelers and those who enjoy bird watching or wildlife. The Sri Lankan forests are home to numerous kinds of rare species of animals, birds, reptiles and flora that are unique to Sri Lanka.    1. Yala National Park Where to see leopards in Sri Lanka? As the second largest park, Yala National Park – offers some of the best wildlife experiences in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are open to the public where visitors get to experience amazing wildlife tours in Sri Lanka or a Sri Lankan leopard safari - Yala has the highest population of leopards in the world. Yala is also a popular place to view an elephant herd in the wild during the right season. This national park hosts different type of forests with 215 species of birds, 74 species of reptiles inhabiting the areas and some which are unique to Sri Lanka – including mammals such as wild water buffaloes and golden palm civet. Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara, two important religious sites for pilgrims are located in Yala too. Kumana National Park is located nearby which is great for bird watchers, while the Ruhnu National Park is also nearby and is worth a visit too.   2. Bundala National Park Bundala National Park is one of the top national parks in south Sri Lanka especially for bird and wildlife enthusiasts – with flocks of flamingoes, cormorants and other species of aquatic and flying birds. There are a few elephants to be seen too, including other mammals like leopards, languor, spotted deer, the Indian pangolin and much more. There also numerous kinds of fish, amphibians and reptiles to be seen in their natural habitat with four species of turtles visiting the coastal area of Bundala during the right seasons. Bundala National Parks is also considered as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.   3. Sinharaja Forest Reserve The Sinharaja Forest is one of the well-known Sri Lankan forests that is both a biosphere reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Going on a hike through these Sri Lankan forests is a rewarding experience to see wildlife in their environment among natural flora even though these are rare sightings. 160 bird species are part of the Sinharaja Forest habitat, with 45 species of reptiles and rarely seen mammals such as leopards, barking deer, squirrels or wild boar. There are also several trekking trails where tour guides or local villagers will guide visitors through the natural landscapes of Sri Lankan forests.   4. Udawalawe National Park If you are wondering where to see elephants in Sri Lanka, you must visit the Udawalawe National Park – one of the top national parks in Sri Lanka, where large elephant herds are attracted to the area because of the Udawalawe reservoir. Udawalawe National Park was initially created to provide a sanctuary for elephants. Sri Lankan leopards, rusty spotted cats, Sambar deer and other unique mammals and several species of aquatic birds including herons and storks can be seen too.  Udawalawe is ideal for bird-watching, where birds of prey such as eagles visit the park frequently.   5. Wilpattu National Park Wilpattu is another one of the top national parks in Sri Lanka that is great for a Sri Lankan wildlife safari  - visitors can choose between morning,  afternoon or full day safaris. There are almost 30 species of mammals such as spotted deer, elephants, wild boar and mongoose - including a wide range of bird species of owls, eagles, kites and much more. Reptiles such as unique lizards, snakes and even crocodiles can be seen too. The animals that are most well-known at Wilapattu are the Sri Lankan leopard and the Sri Lankan sloth bear which is a very rare species.    6. Minneriya National Park This national park is another great place to visit for those who need to know where to see elephants in Sri Lanka. The prominent Minneriya tank was built by King Mahasen during the third century and is an important relic - during the dry season the elephants flocks of different birds come to graze and fish when the tank becomes very shallow. This is known as ‘The Gathering’ that takes place between August and September at the peak of the dry season. There is a wide range of flora that is a part the beautiful landscape with at least 160 species of birds and 94 mammals and interestingly 75 species of butterflies. The HalalTrip iOS and Android App is a great tool for Muslim travelers who find it difficult to calculate prayer times and find the correct Qibla direction while traveling to an unfamiliar location. Click here for Muslim-friendly city guides to destinations in Sri Lanka     ...



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