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Duernstein is a major tourist attraction in Wachau Valley, famous for its picturesque vineyards, apricots farms and quaint villages along the Danube river. The blue church tower of the Durnstein monastery is one of the iconic landmarks here.
A heritage trail is perfect to learn and feel integrated into a whole new culture.

Bask in the scenic beauty of Danube
Explore the heritage trail of Wachau, Austria, an 180 km long-trail, which allows you to bask in the scenic beauty of Danube Valley and Wachau. This high altitude trail follows historical paths that link together the 13 communities of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape containing some of Europe’s most enchanting river scenery. Explore 20 fortresses, ruins and castles, stone terraces and steep hillside vineyards, three monasteries and Jauerling, the highest mountain along the course of the trail.

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Located in the province of Liège, Belgium, the Château de Jehay, an impressive historical building, surrounded by moats adjoining a lush expanse, seems like it jumped out of a fantasy movie.

Be enchanted by Wallonia
Belgium’s lesser known Wallonia region forms the southern portion of the country and has a distinct culture. Mons, which once enjoyed the title of European Capital of Culture offers a two-km-long trail to learn more about the unique tradition of Doudou. The folk festivities, which take place in June, recall the legendary combat between Saint George and the dragon through various fun events. Thereafter, reserve some time to explore the other jewels of Wallonia such as Chateau de Jehay.

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Cheer for Mexican ‘charro’ (traditional horseman) during the Charro Tournament the in Guadalajara, Mexico.

A tryst with traditional Mexican sports
Charreria is a traditional practice of livestock herding communities of Mexico. It is considered as part of the identity of bearer communities and their cultural heritage. These days, training schools assist in continuing transmission of this tradition. Some schools also showcase performances for visitors. Spectators can watch livestock herding skills such as roping and reining, which use wild mares and bulls. The colourful traditional apparel, as well as equipment, such as saddles and spurs, are designed and produced by local artisans. Visit during The International Charro Day, which takes place in September-October annually, in Guadalajara.

festive vibe
Maslenitsa Festival, a week-long holiday in March, celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of Spring.


Head to Kremlin Square during Maslenitsa Festival

Moscow is not only the capital city of Russia, it is the heart of the countryfs political, economic, and cultural scenario. Perched on the banks of the Moscow River, the main square of the city, Kremlin Square, offers rich architecture . from the colourful domes of St Basil’s Cathedral to the Federation Tower, reflecting a mix of Moscow’s colourful history. The best time to soak up an authentic piece of Russian culture is during Maslenitsa Festival.

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The magnificence of the temple complex of Angkor Wat, built in the first half of the 12th century, is unrivaled.

Explore the temple trails of Ankor
Angkor is an exemplar of culture, religion and symbolic values, as well as containing high architectural, archeological and artistic significance. Temples such as Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm showcase the fine elements of Khmer architecture. A full-day temple trail on a bicycle makes for a perfect exploration allowing you to observe the lesser known shrines of the Angkor complex. You also stand a chance to ride through hidden trails, jungles, and local villages.

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