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Cangshan Mountain - also known as Diancangshan - is a well-known mountain overlooking Dali city in southwest China. The mountain area is particularly famous amongst nature lovers due to the abundance of flora and fauna in the region. Other notable features of Cangshan Mountain include its clouds, snow, moon, peaks and streams of the area which offer spectacular views of scenic beauty. The area is home to a few other attractions and cultural relics such as the three pagodas, Inaction Temple, Three Pools in Qingbi Temple and Zhonghe Temple which are all prominent places-of-interest amongst tourists. The mountain area is perfect for a hike, for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the surrounding scenery. ...more

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Cangshan Mountain - also known as Diancangshan - is a well-known mountain overlooking Dali city in southwest China. The mountain area is particularly famous amongst nature lovers due to the abundance of flora and fauna in the region. Other notable features of Cangshan Mountain include its clouds, snow, moon, peaks and streams of the area which offer spectacular views of scenic beauty. The area is home to a few other attractions and cultural relics such as the three pagodas, Inaction Temple, Three Pools in Qingbi Temple and Zhonghe Temple which are all prominent places-of-interest amongst tourists. The mountain area is perfect for a hike, for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the surrounding scenery.

Ticket Price

Resource Protection Fare costs around ¥30

Opening Hour

Open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 1 hour

Suitable For

Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children

Must See

Surrounding scenery and cultural relics

Prayer Facilities

Though designated prayer facilities at Cangshan Mountain may not be available for Muslim travellers, plenty of open space is available in the area to make use of during prayer times. Muslim travellers could also visit a few of the mosques in Dali such as the Xingsheng North Rd at the Northeast Gate, the Xiaguan Mosque, the Shen Hecun Msoque as well as the main mosque of Dali which is located on the Country Road near the Southeast Gate.

Halal Food

Muslim travellers will be able to find Halal food near Cangshan Mountain at some of the few Halal restaurants in Dali. It is best to enquire with some of the mosques in Dali about the best places where Halal food will be readily available. It is also possible to opt for vegetarian cuisine at some of the local restaurants, but inquiring about how food is prepared is highly recommended.

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  • Art Junkies, Boy Do We Have Good News For You!

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Berlin is intriguing, unique and will leave you with a sense of giddy wonder and excitement. The city’s busiest spot is the East Side Gallery, which is 1000 metres of kaleidoscopic murals. However, if you want to avoid the more touristy areas, it is not difficult to find world-class street art around the city. Every neighbourhood has its own unique art identity and you can find art adorning every wall, door, and roof, a great place to start would be at Kreuzberg. Street art is a crucial part of its history and a great example of how it is not condemned and has managed to persevere and survive in one of the world’s most famous cities. If you are looking for a more museum or gallery art setting, look no further than Museuminsel or Museum Island – and it lives up to its namesake. A whole island situated in the centre of the city is dedicated to art galleries and museums. It is home to five world-renowned museums. 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Miami boasts an energetic art scene that can be best experienced through one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs: Art Basel. The city also has a whole district dedicated to the arts (Wynwood Arts District) and this houses over 30 contemporary art spaces and studios! You can even enjoy a street art tour at the Wynwood Art Walk Block Party. If you want to witness the best Modern and Contemporary art that Miami has to give, head on over to the Perez Art Museum.   5. Tokyo, Japan Credit: @moriartmuseum on InstagramA city where the traditional co-exists with the Modern, it is definitely an exciting place to visit. You will find a myriad of galleries scattered across this fast-paced city, in between its skyscrapers, old houses and back streets. In an old, traditional Japanese neighbourhood lined up with wooden houses and temples, you can find SCAI The Bathhouse, one of Tokyo’s most prestigious contemporary art galleries. As its name suggests this was once a bathhouse and has been standing for 200 years. It has housed works by prominent artists such as Anish Kapoor and Tadanori Yokoo. If you are looking for a little more thrill, head to the skyscraper where Mori Art Museum resides at the 54th storey. The museum once exhibited the world famous polka dot art of Yayoi Kusama.   6. Florence, Italy Credit: Pexels Every Renaissance art fan should definitely visit Florence, home of some of the pioneers of the movement. Florence is home to the famous Uffizi Gallery which houses the vast art collection of the infamous Medici family, along with works by the masters like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli and more. Be sure to pay a visit to the Accademia Gallery to witness Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the world famous David sculpture. If you want a taste of authentic Contemporary Italian art, head over to the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, which is also known as the “Anti-Uffizi”.   7. 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  • 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Malaysia Perfect For Your Getaway!

    Great food, a bustling city, idyllic villages, little island paradises, beautiful beaches, and amazing hilly rainforests, Malaysia has it all! If you are starting to plan for your honeymoon, Malaysia should be number one on your list! There are many ideal honeymoon destinations in Malaysia, and you definitely won’t be disappointed with what the country has to offer. Whether you love adventure or calm peaceful getaways, Malaysia has just the right place for you. via GIPHY Surrounded by luxury resorts, this country houses resorts that offer 5-star quality service right at your doorstep. While these may sound expensive, some high-end hotels and resorts have great honeymoon packages to offer which are affordable and are within anyone’s price range. So put away your travel blues and read our list of 5 must-visit honeymoon destinations in Malaysia! 1. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Where the old meets new — Kota Kinabalu is a mix of modern malls and expensive apartments surrounding old markets selling fresh seafood by the fishermen themselves. It is an exciting culinary scene which spans street stalls to high-end cuisine, along with burgeoning art and music culture! All while fiery sunsets watch over this exciting bustling seaside city. Activities and attractions If you are a couple who’s up for an adventure - exploring new cultures, trying out new things - then Kota Kinabalu will not disappoint! Yes, the beach is great but what if you want to try something different? Visit the Mount Kinabalu, a World UNESCO heritage site valued for its biodiversity. Along the way visit the Mountain Garden to gain insight of its many flora and fauna and then head on to the Canopy Walkway for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding rainforest. You can even enjoy a warm local lunch before taking a dip in the Poring natural hot springs. (Disclaimer: If you're feeling extra pumped up, trek the 13,435 ft Mount Kinabalu. Just note that it is not a few hour's hikes. Most trekkers have been trained beforehand prior to the hike. It definitely takes a lot of mental and physical strength.) Head over to Sepilok to pay a visit to the Wild Man, commonly referred to as the Orangutan, these great reddish-brown haired apes are peaceful and shy, living mostly in the treetops and are sadly critically endangered due to mass deforestation. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre offers a close-up view of the Orangutans in their natural habitat. Credit: Sabah Tourism Interested in exploring new cultures? Mari-Mari Cultural Village is the place to go. Mari Mari showcases the cultures and lifestyles of the various indigenous peoples of the Borneo region – the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus, and Dusun. You will witness their traditional handicrafts such as blowpipe making and tattooing, their different types of homes, and their culture as a tribe. You might even enjoy some tasty local nibbles along the way! Accommodation Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa Credit: Shangri-la's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa What better way to experience Kota Kinabalu than to stay at a nature resort, one of the best in the area is the luxurious Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa. Set amidst a nature reserve and overlooking the South China Sea, the resort offers the best of both sea and rainforest. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa’s relaxing rooms are furnished with earthy toned elegant furniture inclusive of all the standard amenities such as a flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities as well as bathroom toiletries and bathrobes. Guests can choose between the rainforest view, garden view or sea view rooms, with private balconies, offering you a private calm and relaxing view to enjoy with your partner. The hotel also offers a secluded beach area as well as an outdoor pool area which offers stunning views of the sea and hotel. With a calm and relaxed atmosphere surrounding the hotel, it is the ideal resort for a couple’s retreat. You can approach their 24-hour front desk to inquire about activities such as horse riding and jungle trekking. Address: Pantai Dalit, PO Box 600, Tuaran, Sabah, 89208 MalaysiaContact No.: (60 88) 797 888 Website | Email | Facebook Borneo Beach Villas Credit: Borneo Beach Villas If you are looking for a budget-friendly vacation, Borneo Beach Villas is definitely a great option. Offering all the basic hotel facilities such as WiFi at the lobby and cafe, pool as well as a beach area with white sands, the hotel is ideal to accommodate you for your honeymoon in Malaysia. Their Spa Suites include a private steam bath and hot tub, whilst the villas include a private lap pool, all guest rooms and villas include satellite TV along with a DVD player, inbuilt bathrooms with toiletries. The room furnishings are minimal and comfy and provide sea views. The hotel gardens are well kept and lead you towards the white beach with lazy waves lapping against the sand. All the suites and villas include a fully equipped kitchen which would be ideal if you're thinking of whipping up a meal with your partner. The hotel is surrounded by seafood restaurants and groceries, this is a great option if you are trying to stick to a budget or you could order a la carte from the hotel cafe. Address: 163, Pool Villa & Locked Bag 100, Karambunai, 88993 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MalaysiaContact number: +60 16-832 9302 / +60 16 832 9340 Website | Email 2. Penang Penang is where all Eastern cultures converge to create one big melting pot of thrills. A cosmopolitan city dappled with old world charm, Penang is a perfect romantic setting for a couple looking for adventure! Activities and attractions This city has much to offer with a thriving art scene and culinary delights at almost every street corner this island has an adventure at every turn! Make your way to George Town to witness the amazing and interactive murals and wire art. Be sure to find the legendary Bruce Lee mural and snap a few badass pics with your partner! Most of the artworks can be found along Armenian Street and Acheh Street. George Town as a whole is going to be a memorable experience, with colonial buildings and old houses as well as a myriad of hawker stalls. Some of the must-try dishes are Penang Assam Laksa, Nasi Kandar and Penang Teochew Chendul which is a sweet treat! Another popular destination is the Penang Hill which is 2733 feet above sea level, and has the steepest tunnel track in the world! Take the funicular train ride to the top of the hill and enjoy the panoramic view of George Town, the day and evening views are equally stunning, however, when dusk sets in and George Town begins to light up, it adds a sense of romance – enjoy the spectacular view of Penang at night and if you want to stay longer the last train leaves the top of the hill at 11 pm! Also, be sure to explore the 1.6km nature trail of Penang Hill. It features suspended walkways amongst the canopies and, viewing platforms as well as pocket gardens. With its exquisite flora, you and your partner will not get bored. Accommodation Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion Buildings and houses in Penang have uniquely styled architecture, so where can you get the full experience of living in the colonial times? At none other than Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion! Credit: Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion on Facebook A beautiful 1880s mansion known for its iconic blue-hued walls which are a result of an indigo-based limewash was which common in George Town at the time. The boutique hotel has 18 personalized rooms divided into four categories – the Liang Collection, Ming Collection, Tang Suites, and Han Suites. Credit: Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion on Facebook The staff are friendly and will take you through all the amenities included in the rooms, the rooms themselves are beautiful with intricate detailing and colonial era style furniture you can experience the true essence of a time gone by. All the rooms include the basic amenities such as cable TV, attached bathroom with a bathtub, air-conditioning etc. The Tang and Han suites include direct pool access. The hotel has two restaurants, the main restaurant being Indigo, which offers a west meets the east cuisine, while the Courtyard offers anything from Nutella crepes to Nasi Lemak. Spend the day lounging with a cup of coffee at the Courtyard and make a surprise dinner reservation at the Indigo restaurant for a romantic candlelit dinner with your loved one. Address: 14, Leith Street, 10200 Penang, MalaysiaContact number: +604 262 0006 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Hotel Jen Credit: Hotel Jen By Shangri-La If you want a more contemporary stay at Penang head over to Hotel Jen, located at the bustling center of George Town, close to the commercial area of the city. Their rooms include all the basic amenities, the hotel also offers a 24-hour gym and a free shuttle service to the beach. The hotel is located close to Penang’s markets and commercial shopping centers. Address: Magazine Road, George Town, Penang, 10300, MalaysiaContact number: (60 4) 262 2622 Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. Langkawi An archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is surrounded by turquoise waters with white sandy beaches lined with swaying coconut trees. The inland landscape is made up of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Activities and attractions Have your perfect romantic getaway in one of the three famous beaches in Langkawi – Pantai Cenang, if you are looking to try water sports, Tengah, Tanjung Rhu which is more secluded beach and great to take a walk along with your partner. Looking for something more thrilling? Why not go for a walk on the 124 meters long, 700 m above sea level Sky Bridge? It offers spectacular views of some of Langkawi’s main attractions, the only way to get there is by cable car! A little fun fact: a scene from the 2006 Bollywood movie ‘Don: The Chase Begins Again’ was filmed on this bridge. If you truly want to experience nature, hike Gunung Raya, the highest peak in Langkawi. Standing at 881m the hill offers panoramic views of the island; the legend behind the island is that it is the cursed form of the giant Mat Raya who once inhabited the mountain. The hill forest houses some of Malaysia’s exotic wildlife like the flying foxes, great hornbills, leaf monkey, and macaques as well as other forest dwellers. Once you have covered the land sky why not go for an underwater walk, and no, it does not involve diving. Head over to Underwater World, and take the 15m underwater tunnel where you can get a close-up view of sharks, turtles and other sea life. Why not have a fairytale ending to your stay at Langkawi? Visit Taman Lagenda, a folk-lore themed park which is an open-air garden museum that is sure to whisk you away from reality and would make a perfect setting for a nice romantic walk. Accommodation Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa To truly experience tropical tranquillity choose to stay at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa in Langkawi. Their 355 rooms are clustered into wooden chalets all including private balconies which open to stunning views of the property and island. All rooms include the basic amenities that are expected at a five-star hotel. The hotel has two restaurants; Spice Market which is the main restaurant is inspired by the ancient spice route – combining the East with the West. The second restaurant called CBA will offer you the perfect tropical dining experience. The hotel grounds are beautiful and are great for an early morning walk after breakfast, before heading to the secluded beach. Address: Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, MalaysiaContact number: +60 4 952 8888 Website | Email  Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa  If you are looking for a more pocket-friendly place check in at the four-star Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa located only 15mins away from Langkawi international airport. The hotel is a vast property, offering great views of the beach and surrounding islands. All the rooms include the basic hotel room amenities. Be sure to check their romantic getaway offers on their website. Address: Lot 1698, Pantai Tengah, Mukim Kedawang, Daerah Langkawi, 07000 Kedah Darulaman, MalaysiaContact number: +60 4 952 9999  Website | Email 4. Tioman The biggest and most popular island in the Eastern Peninsula of Malaysia, Tioman Island is a thrill seekers paradise! Activities and attractions Famous for Diving and snorkeling, Tioman offers the best underwater experience to tourists. Most resorts on the island have a house reef, where you can snorkel right in front of your cabana, also snorkeling is a great option for non-divers! Tioman Island almost has no roads so you’ll have to do a light trek through the jungle to get from place to another, if you are a nature lover this definitely the right spot for you. The two most popular treks are the Tekek to Juara which is two hours and the trek from Tekek all the way to Monkey Bay. For activities like kayaking, jet skiing and other water sports Tekek beach, slang beach and genting beach are your best options. Tioman also has some beautiful waterfalls and these can be accessed by a light trek or a short boat ride, one the most famous waterfalls is the Mukut Waterfall, the largest waterfall on the Island is the Asah waterfall which is a 45 minute trek away from Mukut village, if trekking isn’t your thing opt for the boat ride. Accommodation Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa on Facebook Make your Tioman Island, Malaysia, dreams come true! Choose to stay at the Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa for a luxurious tropical island experience. They also promise a great honeymoon experience so do check their honeymoon offers! They have a total of 54 villas which are built to offer the utmost privacy to their guests; you have the choice of choosing between the garden view, rainforest view and the sea view villas. The villas come equipped with all the basic hotel room amenities ensuring that you are comfortable and at home during your stay. Address: Lot 20 & 21, Sarang Burung, Kg. Mukut, 26800 Pulau Tioman, Pahang, MalaysiaContact number: +607-7668886/ 8887/8888 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Paya Beach Resort Credit: Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort on Facebook Looking for a place that offers great service for affordable prices? Opt for the Paya Beach Resort, which also offers a great romantic getaway offer for couples. The resort offers villas and chalets as well as lodges as accommodation for guests, the villas are recommended for a romantic getaway. Address: Kampong Paya, Pulau Tioman, MalaysiaContact number: +65 6733 4333 (Overseas) Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram 5. Pangkor Pangkor translates to ‘beautiful island’ in Thai, and it definitely lives up to its name. The island is mostly mountainous and has rocky history due it being a center for piracy in the past! However, these days it’s just an idyllic tropical island where the main livelihood is fishing. Activities and attractions If you are interested in water sports, head over to Bogak or Nipah beach, you can try out banana-boat rides, and jet skiing. Pangkor town is the place to go if you want to try some authentic Pangkor cuisine as many local restaurants serving the most delectable dishes can be found. Go for a jungle trek to burn off the calories after eating all that food, the best hike is the Pangkor Hill hike. If you want to do something a little more Zen pay visit to Fu Lin Kung, a Taoist temple built at the foot of Pangkor hill. You can also pay a visit to the Kali Amman temple, which is the only Hindu temple on the island. Don’t forget to check out the Dutch Fort as well, built in the 17th century to regulate tin trade form foreign ships. Another interesting historical spot is the Batu Bersurat (Tiger Rock), the large boulder has historical inscriptions referring to a child and tiger with the initials of the Dutch East India Company engraved into it as well. Book a boat ride to Pulau Jarak, a secluded island with great Marine life, and it would be a great activity to experience with your partner. You can even rent a boat for the day and explore the surrounding scenery of the island if you are more adventurous hire a canoe! Accommodation Pangkor Laut Resort Credit: Pangkor Laut Resort One of the most famous resorts in Pangkor and possibly Malaysia is the Pangkor Laut Resort, named after the island itself and ranked number 1 in the World by Condé Nast Traveller and referred to as a paradise by the late Pavarotti! Offering comfort, warmth and contemporary elegance the villas are situated amongst the hills, lush gardens and on wooden stilts over the tropical sea. The villas are fully equipped with the usual amenities found in guest rooms assuring you have all the comforts you need during your stay. They have a great honeymoon offer so be sure to check it out! Address: Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, MalaysiaContact number: +60 3 2783 1000 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Sandy Beach Resort Credit: Pangkor Sandy Beach Resort on Facebook If you want to go for a more budget-friendly option the Sandy Beach Resort will be ideal for your stay on Pangkor Island. Nestled on the golden sands of the beach you can choose between rooms or chalets, the chalets are ideal if you are looking for privacy and they face the Pasir Bogak beach, who doesn’t want to wake up to the blue waters of the sea lapping against the sandy beach? Address: 30, Jalan Pasir Bogak, 32300 Pulau Pangkor, Negeri PerakContact number: +605 6853027, +605 6853037 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Hopefully, this list gave you some insight for planning your Malaysia honeymoon itinerary. Are you excited for your Malaysia honeymoon?!...

  • Hajj & Umrah: A Guide To Performing Hajj For First Timers

    Among the five pillars of Islam, Hajj is the one that makes Muslims experience the religion on a different spiritual level. Being called to the holy land of is the earnest desire of each and every believer, while seeing the Ka'aba with their very own eyes and experiencing the same rituals as fulfilled by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). If this year, you're planning to go to Hajj, there are certain things that you need to know as a first timer. As Hajj is a very important event in Saudia Arabia, the country hosts approximately 2 million Muslims. Here's a quick guide to the steps in Hajj. 1. State of Ihram Picture Credit: eBay The state of Ihram is the sacred state in which a Muslim enters as he crosses the outer boundaries of Makkah, called the Mikat. As soon as he enters the state of Ihram, he is prohibited from doing a certain number of things. The list of prohibitions is different for men and women. Men are not allowed to wear clothes that are stitched. They are not allowed to cover their head when in Ihram. Socks and covered shoes are not allowed as well. While women are allowed to cover their whole body with stitched clothing when in Ihram, except for their hands and face. Once they have entered the state of Ihram, they should start reciting the Talbiyah where they make the intention for Hajj. 2. Perform Tawaaf Upon entering the city of Mecca, the first step is to perform Tawaaf, which is to circumambulate around the Kaa'ba 7 times. The first round is done in a slow pace, the second one is done a little bit faster. The person has to go a little bit faster each time until he completes the 7th round. After performing the Tawaf, one must pray 2 Rakaa'hs before the Maqaam-e-Ibrahim (station of Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam). This is the place Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam stood to build the Kaa'ba. 3. Safaa Marwa Picture Credit: British Haj Travel The next step of Hajj is to perform Safaa and Marwa. This historical background of this ritual is found in the times of Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam when he was ordered to leave his wife and son, Isma'eel Alayhi Salaam in the desert. At some point, they were left with no food and water, so Hajar started searching for water, running from one hill to another 7 times. Then Isma'eel Alayhi Salaam started hitting feet on the ground and water sprouted from the earth. Pilgrims accomplish the Safaa and Marwa as a remembrance of Hajar Salamun Alayha. At the end of the Say', one must offer 2 Rakaah's of prayer in the Haram. 4. Head to Mina Picture Credit: SialNews The next step in Hajj is to go to Mina. Pilgrims can go there by foot or by buses and will spend the day in tents in the worship of Allah. At Mina, they will stay in tents and will only leave at the dawn of the second day. 5. Arafat Picture Credit: ICC Hajj Known as the most crucial part of Hajj, standing on the Mount of Arafat also called Jabbal ur Rehma is a step where Muslims ask for forgiveness and repent to Allah. Going to Arafat is such a crucial step in Hajj that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said in one of the narrations that' Arafat is Hajj. 6. Muzdalifah Picture Credit: UmrahInfoLinks Upon descending the Mount of Arafat, pilgrims spend the night in Muzdalifah, which is situated around 8km from Arafat. Arriving there, pilgrims have to offer Maghrib and Isha combined together. Muzdalifah is also the place where pilgrims will collect pebbles for the next step of Hajj which will last for three days. Make sure to collect enough pebbles for this crucial step in Hajj, which is the Rami-al Jamarat. 7. Rami al Jamarat Picture Credit: Ary News Also known as the stoning of the devil, the Rami al Jamarat is a significant step in Hajj as well as a reminder of the test of Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam. He, Aleyhi salaam was commanded by Allah to sacrifice his son Isma'eel Alayhi Salaam, and while he was on his way, the devil came to him three times. Each time, he would repel him by throwing stones at him until he reached his destination. Following the steps of Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam, Muslims around the world gather to proceed to the stoning of the devil. Hajj is then completed with the celebration of Eid al Adha for those who are not performing the pilgrimage, while those the pilgrims need to have their heads shaved while women need only to cut a fingertip length of hair. Once the shaving and cutting of hair are done, pilgrims are allowed to leave the state of Ihram. 8. Tawaaf al Ziyarah This Tawaaf is performed after all the rituals of Mina, Rami Al Jamarat, the sacrifice of an animal and the cutting of the hair. 9. Tawaaf al Wida It is the last Tawaaf performed before leaving Mecca, where one gets to glance the last time at this magnificent structure to which they direct themselves during the daily prayers. Tips for first timers As you will be new to this amazing journey, you ought to prepare yourself well and make sure that you're well equipped until the very end of Hajj. Adopting a healthy lifestyle Hajj is indeed a wonderful experience, however, it requires a lot of physical endurance, due to the number of outdoor worships. Thus, months before, make sure that you adopt a healthy lifestyle and develop a strong stamina so that you don't get easily worn out during the rituals. Vaccinations and medical checkup Prior to your departure for Hajj, make sure you get vaccinated and have a medical checkup. People usually tend to fall sick after long traveling hours or even due to a change in climate. So make sure you take the necessary precautions before leaving. Outdoor Essentials A lot of these rituals involve walking and being constantly outdoors. Before you set out on your spiritual journey, you might want to keep a few things in your backpack. Hand sanitizers, sunscreen, and baby wipes are a must in your backpack. Keep a bottle of water as well, in case you break your wudhu. Prayer tools As far as Ibadaah is concerned, keep a mini prayer rug that you can carry around without any problem, as well a pocket Du'a and Qur'an with you. Most of your times will be dedicated to worship, and since there are some places where prayer rugs and Qur'ans won't be nearby, you might want to take your own with you. Practical info The Saudi government has passed a law that bans selfies in the two holiest cities of the country due to the excessive number of pictures being taken, in order to avoid disruptions during the rituals of Hajj. Phones or other devices are banned in the city of Mecca and Medina. During the few days that a Muslim will be in the holy city, he will be experiencing a rekindling of his faith along with a yearning to become a better person. The whole process of Hajj is a testimony of faith, devotion, and love to our Master, bringing millions of people together, regardless of their status or nationality. This land brings Muslims together as one Ummah, making them experience the rituals of Hajj in the same way. Reminding them that they are brothers, standing shoulder to shoulder in prayer and coming together to serve the religion of one God. And when one enters the holy city with the intention of accomplishing the Hajj solely for the pleasure of Allah, he will find contentment in his heart and become a newborn soul, discovering this Deen all over again....

  • 6 Reasons to have a Muslim-Friendly Family Beach Holiday at Lombok

    Picture Credit - Lili Lengkana   Indonesia is globally famous for Bali Island, but did you know that there are other beautiful islands just like Bali? Lombok is just next to Bali; it has equally beautiful, sandy beaches all over the island and picturesque lakes, waterfalls, cliffs and mountains, yet it's less congested with tourists.  With several direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bali, Jakarta and other cities in Java Island, this island has attracted both local and international tourists, though it's still not as famous as its neighbour, Bali. This article will highlight why Lombok is worth visiting, especially by Muslim travellers. Despite its close proximity to Bali, it is interesting to know that the vast majority of the population in Lombok is Muslim. In fact, in Indonesia it's known as The Island with a Thousand Mosques (or "Pulau dengan seribu Masjid" in Bahasa Indonesia). This is because you will find Mosques, big and small, every 100 meters or so in Lombok, so you will hear the Adhan (Islamic call to prayer) synchronously when it is prayer time, just like in the old city parts of Istanbul, Turkey Lombok's Traditional Culture Furthermore, the following six reasons can be proposed as to why Lombok is the perfect place for a Muslim-friendly beach holiday. Picture Credit - Lili Lengkana   1. Less  Crowds Lombok is still not as congested with tourists as Bali, meaning that the beaches are relatively less crowded. This is better for us if we want to have a peaceful beach holiday. We can comfortably wear a burkini (swimsuit for Muslimah) or be donning a full hijaab and abaya and go swimming freely. We will surely have a wonderful time with our family there. Picture Credit - Lili Lengkana   2. The Beaches The sand in Lombok beaches come in many magnificent shapes and colours. In the beaches in the northern and western parts of Lombok, such as Senggigi Beach, you will find darker sand colour, ranging from greyish to black with smooth textures and gravel. In the southern and eastern parts, you will find beaches with white or lighter-coloured sands, and....... pink sand! Yes, pink sand! Can you imagine that? You will be amazed if you come to this majestic pink beach in Eastern Lombok called Tangsi Beach. Slightly before noon is the best time to see the pink sand colour, clearly accentuated by the sun. The crystal clear blue water of the beach completes the experience. We also recommend that you visit Southern Lombok, where equally beautiful beaches can be reached by only a 30-45 minute taxi ride from the Lombok International Airport. Here you will find light and gravel-textured sand in Mandalika/ Kuta Beach in the Pujut area. Don't confuse this with Kuta Beach in Bali though, for the difference is like the sun and moon! On the other hand, a powdery white sandy beach awaits you at Seger beach, which is very close to Mandalika/ Kuta Beach. These beaches in Southern Lombok are known for their big waves, so it is ideal for those who love to go surfing. Not far from many beaches in Lombok, you will find many little islands called Gili in the local language. There are many activities that you can do in these Gilis, such as snorkelling from one Gili to another, diving, boating and other water activities. Gilis in Lombok are very famous since they all boast a variety of fish and coral, so it is surely a heaven for divers. If you have not done snorkelling, but are tempted to try, you can surely do it here. You can rent a private motorised boat for the whole family or group, with the driver and guide. They will provide you with all the snorkelling equipment, and the step-by-step guidance you need. The best part is that it comes at a reasonable price, and will be a great and wonderful experience to try there. The famous Gili to explore is the Gili Trawangan at the northern part of Lombok. However, due to its fame, there are often many tourists visiting there as well; the less crowded yet very beatiful Gili is the Gili Petelu at the eastern part of Lombok. You can reach Gili Trawangan from Senggigi Beach and Gili Petelu from Tangsi Beach (the one with the pink sand). Picture Credit - Lili Lengkana   3. The Luxurious, Affordable Hotels You will be pleased to find that there are many luxurious hotels in Lombok with very reasonable rates compared to other resort Islands, with many of them located at the beach or very near to the beach. The rates you pay are usually nett rates, which includes tax, service charges and halal buffet breakfast, although for the latter it is better for you to always double check with the hotel when making reservation. Most of the 3-star hotels and above provide a mixture of Indonesian, Continental and American buffet breakfasts. If you come as a family or want privacy, some 4 and 5-star hotels also provide an option to rent a bungalow or chalet, which for many of them include private swimming pools for your privacy. Fear not if you are on a tight budget, because Lombok also has many hostels, B&Bs, holiday houses or villas to rent too, where breakfast may or may not be provided. When you make a reservation, don't forget to check for Wi-Fi access. Most, if not all 3-star and above hotels provide free Wi-Fi access to their guests but there are some who require guests to pay small daily fees for Wi-Fi access. As previously mentioned, in terms of location, hotels in southern part of Lombok near Pujut or Mandalika area are the closest to Lombok International Airport,(about 30-45 minutes drive) . On the other hand, hotels around Senggigi Beach are about 1 - 1.5 hours drive from the airport. However, you do not have to worry about this if you stay in 4 stars and above hotels, because they usually offer airport pick-up and drop-off services. Even if you are planning to stay in smaller hotels, you can rely on the taxi service in the airport from Blue Bird group. Picture Credit - Lili Lengkana   4. The Halal Food Abound For Muslim travellers, visiting Lombok is very convenient as we never have to worry about finding halal food. You can safely eat in all kinds of eateries, from small food stalls (or "warung" in Indonesian) to restaurants. However, in same rare cases there are also non-halal restaurants too, so if in doubt it is always better and safer to double check on this. This can be done by either checking the restaurant signboard or menu for any non-halal items, or you can ask the staff directly. A word of caution though: don't be surprised that many halal restaurants in Lombok serve alcoholic beverages. This is because they want to cater to tourists who come from all over the world so they are not really strict about alcoholic beverages option, even though their foods are halal. Alhamdulillaah that there are warungs and restaurants that comply to the halal rulings now. The authentic / traditional dishes from Lombok that you should try are Plecing Kangkung (Morning Glory Plant in English), Ayam Taliwang, Giant Crab with sambal plecing (fried/fresh chili crushed) and many more. They use a lot of chili in their ingredients, so be very cautious if you are not used to hot and spicy food. Their signature dishes are very hot and their chili is very famous as the hottest chili in Indonesia. It is even reflected in the name of this island; the name "Lombok" means "cabai" in Indonesian or "chili" in English, so yup Lombok Island literally means "the island of Chili". Picture Credit - Lili Lengkana   5. The Chauffeur Services You can easily rent a car, plus the driver as your guide, if you want to explore Lombok. Let's say for example, if you want to visit Lombok beaches from western to eastern parts of Lombok, the daily rental rate for a seven seater car is about IDR 700, 000.00 (approximately USD 53.00) for car only or about IDR 1,200,000 (approximately USD 90.00) for car with a driver/guide. These rates exclude petrol, meals and tips for the driver, so you have to fill up the petrol for your trip and buy meals for the driver. It is customary to tip the driver at the end of your trip and the amount is at your own discretion. Picture Credit - CLAUDIUS, autonetmagz.net 6. The Hiking and Trekking Trails More than just a beach paradise, Lombok is also known for its hiking and trekking scene. In this regard, Mount Rinjani is the favourite spot for trekkers due to its magnificent scenery. Mount Rinjani is the second highest volacano in Indonesia, standing tall at 3,726 meters high. Mountain climbing and trekking activities are usually undertaken at Rinjani National Park, where you can hike to reach the crater rim overlooking a beautiful crater-lake called Segara Anak in the caldera of Mount Rinjani. The pristine blue water in this lake resembles the sea. You can camp for a few days in the crater rim overlooking this lake and experience the magical sunrise and sunset over the mountain and the lake. The more adventurous trekkers can even make the more challenging climb to the highest point. You can try all these activities by using one of many registered hiking operators who can can provide you with an experienced guide and all the equipment you need for trekking and camping. The package is usually full board. Note: To avoid any problems, do not try to hire the unregistered operators just because of low prices.   Always plan ahead by researching the best place to visit in Lombok. Thererafter you can ask your hotel concierge about the places that you want to visit, or about trustworthy local tourist operators that can help you in your trip. Alternatively, the easiest and most convenient way for you is by booking your trip with a Halal Trip Travel Agent, who will manage all bookings, activities and oversee the trip so that you don't have to be worry about all these. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the wonderful experience in Lombok with your family or friends. Just take your luggage and go...   Read our Lombok city guide A Muslim's Guide to Lombok Island...

  • Avrupa’da Aileler İçin En Uygun Tatil Ülkeleri

    Seyahat etmek, nitekim Dünya’nın en güzel hislerinden birisidir. Farklı ülkeler, o ülkelerin farklı kültürleri, yeni insanlarla tanışmak ve dahası seyahat etmenin en güzel yanlarının başında gelir. Bu durum aile ile yapılıyorsa her zaman biraz daha ince düşünme ve planlama gerektirir. Hele ki bir ebeveynseniz, çocuklarınızın eğlenmesi sizin için tatilin en önemli konularından birisidir. Tabi bunların yanı sıra sizin de eğlenmeniz de es geçilmemesi gereken bir noktadır. Gideceğiniz yerin neresi olduğundan ziyade, çocuklarınızın kaliteli vakit geçirmesi için biraz fazla ince eleyip sık dokumanız gerekecektir. Evet, biraz telaşlandığınızı görüyorum. Sizin yerinize biz düşündük, şimdi arkanıza yaslanın ve sizin için hazırladığımız bu keyifli listeyi okuyun. Kaynak: www.sheknows.com İşte aileniz ile gezebileceğiniz Avrupa ülkeleri;   1.DANİMARKA Danimarka’da çocukların dikkatini çekecek en önemli yerlerden biri Legoland Billund.7 ayrı bölümden oluşan Legoland, minyatür bir şehirden oluşuyor. Parkta su oyunları ile ilgili birçok aktivite olduğu için yaz sezonunda gitmeniz çocuğunuz için faydalı olacaktır. Burası aynı zamanda her yaş grubunda çocuğa hitap etmektedir. Bunun dışında Kopenhag’da Guinness World Record Museum tavsiye ederiz. Burada Dünya’nın en büyük ve en küçüklerden oluşan sergileri muhakkak deneyimleyin. Aynı zamanda Kopenhag’ın denizinin dalgasız ve güvenli oluşu sizin içinize bir nebze su serpmekle birlikte çocuğunuzun da keyifle yüzmesine katkıda bulunacaktır. Ufak bir bilgilendirme Kopenhag’ın şehir merkezinde birçok alan trafiğe kapalıdır. Çocuğunuz bu alanlarda özgürce dolaşabilir.   2.PORTEKİZ Kaynak: www.oceanario.pt Eğer çocuğunuzun birazda olsa denize merakı varsa Portekiz kesinlikle gitmeniz gereken destinasyonlar birisi. Lizbon şehrinde mutlaka Lizbon Okyanus Akvaryumu görmeniz gereken yerlerden sadece biri. Aynı zamanda Sualtı Müzesini de gezmelisiniz. Eğer ailece vakit geçirmekten hoşlanıyorsanız Lizbon’a 40 dakika uzaklıkta olan Pena Sarayını ziyaret edebilirsiniz.   3.AVUSTURYA Picture Credit - www.hofburg-wien.at Avusturya’nın başkenti olan Viyana müziksever çocuklar için farklı deneyim sunuyor. Viyana sokaklarının hemen hemen her yerinde klasik müzik esintileri var ve bu sizi ve çocuğunuzu dinginleştirecektir. Bildiğimiz gibi, her çocuk masal sever. Viyana bu doğrultuda bize Sisi Müzesini karşımıza çıkarıyor. Çocuklarınızla birlikte müze ziyaretlerinden zevk alıyorsanız birkaç önerimiz daha var; Doğa Tarihi Müzesi ve Saray Arabaları Müzesi. Salzburg’ta bulunan oyuncak müzesi çocuk sinemaları ile çocukları, antika oyuncukları ile de yetişkinlere farklı bir deneyim sunuyor. Aynı zamanda eğlenceli olan bu şehir sizi hem eğitip hem eğlendirmeyi vaat ediyor.   4.İTALYA Kaynak: lakegarda.gardasee.de İtalya’nın Verona kentinde bulunan Gardalad, şehrin önemli eğlence oyun parklarından biri. Garda Gölünün kıyısına kurulmuş olan bu park hem doğayla iç içe hem de içerisinde su parkları, akvaryumları ile çocukları farklı bir deneyim fırsatı yaratıyor. Eğer İtalya’yı hem siz merak ediyorsanız hem de çocuğumuz eğlensin istiyorsanız Verona’ya göz atmanızı tavsiye ederiz.   5.İSVEÇ Kaynak : www.junibacken.seİ sveç’te bulunan Stockholm bilindiği üzere yaşam kalitesi sebebiyle Avrupa’nın en yaşanabilir kentlerinin başında geliyor. Burada rotanızı ilk olarak Junibacken Çocuk Müzesine çevirmelisiniz. Bu müze adeta bir masallar diyarını anımsatacak size. Çocuğunuz burada keyifli vakit geçiriyorken sizde bir kahve molası verip ve yanında güzel bir  Chakladboll (bir tatlı) ile zamanınızı geçirebilirsiniz.   6.KIBRIS Kaynak : www.cypnet.co.uk Her zaman çok uzaklara ya da biraz daha yorucu tatillere gitmek yerine bize biraz daha yakın yerlere gitmek isteriz. İşte bu doğrultuda karşımıza Yavru Vatan Kıbrıs çıkıyor. Hem yaz aylarında hem bahar aylarında, her haliyle güzel. Hem tarih kokan yapısı hem de sahildeki restaurantlarında keyifli zaman geçireceğinizden eminiz. Eğer burada bir tarih turu düşünüyorsanız, Girne’de bulunan St. Hilorian Kalesi ve Bellapais Manastırı sizin için uygun olacaktır.   7.ALMANYA Eğer ailecek bir lunapark meraklısı iseniz, adrenalini biraz olsun seviyorsanız kesinlikle önerimiz Rust kentinde bulunan Europark! Avrupa’nın ikinci en yüksek roller costerı Silver Star macera seven aileler için farklı bir deneyim sunuyor. Bu parkın içinde aynı zamanda pek çok Avrupa ülkesini de deneyimleyebiliyorsunuz. Nasıl mı? Parkın içinde farklı Avrupa ülkelerinin isimleri verilmiş sokaklar mevcut ve bu sokaklarda o şehirlerin yemeklerini yerken aynı zamanda manzaraları da seyretmek bir taşla iki kuş vurmak olacaktır. 8.İSPANYA Kaynak : www.portaventuraworld.com Eğer deniz, kum, güneş üçlüsü istiyorum ve aynı zamanda bir Avrupa ülkesi olsun istiyorsanız İspanya’nın Barselona kenti tam size göre. Burada bulunan plajların hepsi çok güzel ve aynı zamanda her zevke hitap ediyor. Eğer yeme içme merakınız var ise tapas ve şarap kültürü sizi etkileyecektir.  Ailecek futbolu seviyorsanız Camp Nou’yu ziyaret etmenizi tavsiye ederiz. Bunların yanı sıra PortAventura eğlence parkı ve resort oteller Barcelonayı aileler için uygun kılıyor. Not: Tapas, İspanyol mezelerinin genel adı.   9.İNGİLTERE Çocuklarınız başkent Londra’da Hamley’si keşfediyorken sizde Camden Market’si keşfedebilirsiniz. Tabii vakit sizin pek önemli değilse. Hamley’s aynı zamanda hem çocuklar hem de sizin için inanılmaz bir deneyim olacaktır. Çünkü 50 bini aşkın bu mağaza çocukla çocuk olmak için güzel bir yer. Bunların yanı sıra, Dünya’nın en eski hayvanat bahçesinin bulunduğu Londra Hayvanat Bahçesinde keyifli vakit geçirebilirsiniz.    10.FRANSA Genellikle aşk tazelemek için gidilse de Disneyland Paris hem sizin hem çocuğunuzun bir numaralı gözdesi haline geliyor. Tüm çizgi film karakterlerinin bulunduğu bu park başkent Paris’e 1 saat uzaklıkta. Disneyland aynı zamanda içerisindeki konsept otel olan Şato Otel’i de içerisinde barındırıyor. Bir diğer büyük eğlence parkı olan Parc Asterix zamanınızı güzel geçirmekte size eşlik edecektir...



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