The legendary Indian ultramarathon athlete Al Howie (Part 3)

In 1983, Howie ran from Winnipeg to the Canadian parliament in the capital Ottawa. He was bitten by a black fly when he left town in Wawa, Ontario, causing a swollen face.

A beer company sponsors US $ 100 a day and gives it a try for free if the runner wears a shirt and hat with a company logo. An insider estimates Howie drinks 18 of their beers each day.

In the same year, Howie finished first in a 100 kilometer race in Toronto in 7 hours and 30 minutes, 31 seconds, nearly 90 minutes faster than the previous record. His strategy in such long-running races was very simple. It is running at a speed that can blot your feet from the first kilometer to discourage others.

In 1987, Howie ran 1,422 around Centennial Stadium, Victoria University, taking 104 hours 29 minutes 48 seconds to break the longest continuous running record that belonged to a Swedish runner. When it was announced he was successful, he still ran 18 more rounds to prevent confusion.

In 1988, Howie ran from John o’Groats, Scotland, to Land’s End in Cornwall, England, 11 days and 3 hours and 18 minutes, 22 hours faster than the previous record. However, this achievement was later surpassed.

In 1989, Howie became the first runner to complete the New York Sri Chinmoy Ultramarathon 1,300 miles (2,100 kilometers) with a time of 17 days 8 hours 25 minutes 34 seconds, still within the limit of 18 days. After more than 14 days of sleeping less than 4 hours a night, Howie rewarded herself with a 6-hour sleep and woke up in time to welcome the second.

On June 21, 1991, Howie began his journey across Canada estimated at 7,295.5 kilometers. He started from Mile 0 in the city of St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador province. Mayor St. John’s runs with Howie in the first kilometer.

The summer sun burned his lips in just a few days. His lips went black and began to peel. Then, Howie wears pants, a long sleeve shirt when running, covering a homemade cover over his nose. He looked no different from a child dressed up as a penguin.

Tips for Tiger Safari in India

Even in the highest tiger population density areas, spotting tigers is not certain. Some tourists must take back-to-back safari for several days to increase the possibility of spotting tigers.

Elephant safari is the best way to get closer to the tigers while Jeep safaris will allow deep penetration into the forest, into the habitat of tigers.

Always follow your guide’s instructions while on a safari, your safety is important. This wild animals is a well-known carnivorous. Absolute silence is needed for tiger spotting. 

Usually, summers are the best time to spot tigers as the water holes will be drained out, pushing tigers to reach out of their usual habitat to find large water sources. Also, the grasses will be dried out, increasing your visibility.

What to Wear For Tiger Safari

The prime tiger spotting time is during the peak summer season. Thus, you should wear fully covering thin clothing, comfortable shoes or any footwear that covers your feet completely, sunscreen and hat as exposing your skin to sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration and other skin problems. Remember to carry a large bottle of water. And if you prefer early morning safari, carry a thin jacket.
Many of the naturalists in India are incredible as they can hear alarm call, sound of engine from a great distance. When you enter the tiger reserves in India it’s incredibly easy to become detached by your guide’s notes, instructions and eye movements, assuming that they have some inside knowledge about where the tigers are going to pop up while in fact, they don’t. So don’t be afraid to look the other way, get involved and try to discern the different deer and langur alarm calls from the broad-spectrum of jungle noises. You’re not going to become an expert anytime soon but it certainly adds to the whole amazing experience. 

Discover Jaipur, an ‘eye-catching city’ in the heart of India (Part 2)

The wind palace used to be the harem of the emperor and has now become a symbol of the locals. This monumental building is famous for its many 5-storey wind cells, the balustrades are delicately carved to each line, creating an aristocratic royal look.

The architecture here is a harmonious combination of Hindu Rajput architecture and Mughal Islamic architecture represented by the dome, curtain columns, lotus and pattern on the wall.

Amber Fort

Amber Fort is located northeast of the city of Jaipur is a famous landmark that any tourist would like to visit. The fort was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. Amber was once the capital of the state of Jaipur, and is home to the Rajput rulers and Maharaja Man Singh I, the army leader of Mughal Emperor Akbar built this work in 1592 on the remains of an 11th century fortress.

Amber Fort still uses the familiar architecture in India with a combination of Rajput (Hinduism) and Mughal (Islamic) styles. The fortress looms with four tall walls forming a system covering the whole mountain. Inside there are gardens that are hundreds of years old.

To move to the fortress, you have to walk quite a long distance from the moat at the foot of the fortress to the top. The entrance fee to the inner fort is 500 rupees for foreign visitors, if you have an international student card, you only need to pay 400 rupees.

Water palace

The water palace, also known locally as Jal Mahal. This palace is frequented by kings or royalty in the summer. This palace is located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar, which was expanded and renovated by King Maharaja Jai ​​Singh II of Amber water in the 18th century, bringing the area of ​​the palace to 300 acres. This is also considered a strange and impressive work of India.

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 5)

 Bandipur National Park

Bandipur along with Nagarhole and Mudumalai are major Tiger population area in Southern India. The tiger population in the Western Ghats is estimated to be a quarter of the whole country’s tiger population. Bus safari, elephant safari and jeep safari are allowed in this park. If you are expecting to spot tigers, it is best to choose elephant safari or jeep safari.

Situated in the Ooty – Mysore highway, this park is one of the most popular destinations for sporting tigers and elephants. The park covers along two states. On the Tamil Nadu side, this park is known as the Mudumalai reserve. The northwest region of the park with Kabini region is popular for spotting tigers during summertime. Besides tigers, visitors can find Nilgiri tahr, leopard, langur, Indian hare, and many others.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to end of June

Safari Timing – 6 am to 9 am and, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm by bus; 10 am to 11 am by elephant safari and, 6 am to 9 am and, 4 pm to 6 pm by jeep safari.

Closest Airport is Coimbatore international airport, which is 85 km away from the park

Periyar National Park

Periyar national park is a well-known wildlife sanctuary and tourism attraction of Kerala. Besides tigers and elephants, this place is filled with Indian wild dog, sambar, mouse deer, wild pig, barking deer, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr and others.

As the probability of spotting tiger is very small in this park, you must arrive at the park early in the morning. Boating in the Periyar lake is the best way to see thirsty tigers with cubs. To increase the chances of spotting tigers, better bring along binoculars.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to end of June

Safari Timing – 7 am to 4 pm on boat ride, early morning to 3 pm by jeep safari.

Closest Airport is Kochi international airport, which is 145 km away from the park

The legendary Indian ultramarathon athlete Al Howie (Part 2)

In 1991, Howie ran through Canada for 72 days, a record unmatched for nearly three decades. Two weeks after the journey of life, Howie set a world record at the Sri Chinmoy marathon in New York City, running 1,300 miles, or about 2,100 kilometers, in 16 days.

Howie lived secretly in the following years. He had many health problems, including diabetes, but he often ran from Duncan to Victoria to handle personal problems and then run back.

Beasley describes when the two were chatting at Duncan, Howie wasn’t excited about everything except running.

‘Crazy’ runs

One day, when his colleagues debated how long a horse would run from Toronto to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Ontario, Howie insisted he could do it in a day. His colleagues mocked him, but soon after, he successfully conquered the 125-kilometer challenge.

After moving to a mill at a copper mine in Vancouver Island, BC, 20 kilometers from home, Howie chose to walk to work.

Howie’s actions were quickly noticed by the BC press. While people drive, fly by plane, bus to remote cities, Howie runs, simply because it is cheap. He often slept under the stars.

Al Howie is athletic, because his father is a boxer and his mother is a swimmer. As a child, he was trained from moving with his family to long distances by walking. Photo: Handout.

Al Howie is athletic, because his father is a boxer and his mother is a swimmer. As a child, he was trained from moving with his family to long distances by walking.

In 1978, Howie ran 500 kilometers from Victoria to Port Hardy, the northernmost point of Vancouver Island, to raise funds for charity.

In 1979, Howie ran from Victoria to Prince George to attend the marathon.

In 1980, Howie finished third in the Edmonton marathon before running back to Vancouver Island and finishing the Royal Victoria Marathon in 14th place.

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 3)

 Tadoba National Park

Tadoba is the oldest and biggest park of Maharashtra, being famous for spotting tigers from open air gypsy. Safaris begins from either of the two entrance gates, namely the Mohurli Gate and the Kolara Gate. Besides tigers, the park is filled with jungle cats, crocodiles, barking deer, sloth bear, small Indian civet, Indian python, sambar, Indian leopard, nilgai, wolf spiders and others.

The best tiger spotting area is the Mohurli gate region. There are also extremely good accommodation facilities in this region. The region will be extremely hot during summer time. If you are determined to visit the region for some tigers spotting action, it is better to explore this forest region during height of summer.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to May

Safari Timing begins from 5:30 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes with season)

Closest Airport is Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar International airport, which is 150 km away from the park

Nagarhole National Park

Named after the Nagarahole river of Karnataka, this national park belongs to Mysore and Kodagu and is a part of the well-known Nilgiri biosphere reserve. The park is famous for being a protected habitat for wild animal such as tigers and elephants. Apart from the majestic tigers of the land, the park is filled with leopards, wild boars, sloth bear, bison and more than 260 species of birds.

There are three entrance points for safari; the Veerana Hosahalli, Nanachi and Antharasanthe gates. There are two options to spot tigers. Visitors can take the canter safari or jeep safari which runs deeper into the forest and covers top tiger habitat sites. The second option is boat trips which are open during peak season.

The Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April to June

Safari Timing begins from 6am to 8 am and, from 3 pm to 5 pm

Closest Airport is Mandkalli airport, which is 100 km away from the park

Discover Jaipur – an eye-catching city in the heart of India (Part 1)

Discover Jaipur, visitors can not overwhelmed with the fortress, palaces, royal-style buildings with pink highlights.

General introduction of Jaipur

Jaipur is located in northern India, capital of Rajasthan state – one of the largest states. Jaipur is like a rose in the middle of a hot, dry desert. The city is not as crowded as Mumbai or New Delhi but it is peaceful and highlighted by the pink architectural works of Indian culture covering the whole city.

The pink color of Jaipur dates back to 1876, when the British occupied India. On the occasion of Prince Albert’s visit to the city, the indigenous people have painted pink paint on the whole building, houses so that they can have the affection of the British royal family and show their hospitality.

The tourist destination you should visit when exploring Jaipur

Jaipur is famous for a wide range of cultural heritages such as fortresses, palaces, royal buildings with the ancient architecture of a business town. According to a Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice survey, Jaipur is currently ranked 7th among the most worthy cities to visit in Asia.

Gaitor Palace

Gaitor Palace is located in a deep valley in Jaipur, including 3 main areas: a temple of Gan Ganesh, a monument of the rulers of Jaipur and an Italian marble tomb. It is also the former residence of the former kings and royalty of the former dynasty in Jaipur. The architectural style here is a unique blend of Hindu Rajput and Muslim Mughal.

This vast complex features impressively decorated gates, beautifully decorated inner gardens and a series of separate exhibits that are part of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. In addition, when passing through each area, you will admire the extremely intricately carved domes. The space here is quiet, soothing that helps visitors feel relaxed and comfortable when visiting.

Wind palace

The Wind Palace, also known as Hawa Mahal, was built in 1798 by the Emperor Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.

This is a check-in coordinates not to be missed when you explore Jaipur. It has a unique architectural fault with pink exterior paint and owns 953 small windows like beehives. The palace was completed in 1799, located in the heart of Jaipur and built a model based on the crown of Hindu god Krishna.

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 3)

Satpura National Park

Tigers are born predators by nature, familiar with lurk and survive in silence. Expecting such an animal to appear in front of a long row of canters and jeeps is unreasonable. Thus, Satpura permits only 12 vehicles per day. The best venue to find tigers is Sonbhadra River. During summer, visitors can spot tigers swimming in the river to avoid the heat. This is one of the very few tiger preservation sites where walking tours are allowed. Besides tigers, visitors can find chital, gaur, leopard, porcupines, wild boars, chinkara, hyena, black buck and others.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April and May

Safari Timing starts from 7 am to 11 am

Closest Airport – Bhopal Airport, which is 140 km away from the park

Pench National Park

This park is situated in the heart of the country, spreading 760 square kilometer of forest area. It nurtures 43 tigers within its boundaries. The lake regions are usually the most common tiger spotting areas. This park is one of the best sites to spot diverse wild animals. Besides the royal Bengal tiger, visitors can find sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, barking deer, hyena, Indian leopard fox, and others.

There are seven safari zones in this park. The Turla region is the most popular region for spotting tigers. The regions around the stream in Turla are filled with tigers during summer season. Night safari is also permitted in this zone. Canter and jeep safaris are common transportation to discover the region and spotting tigers.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to June

Safari Timing begins from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 4 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes among season)

Closest Airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International airport, which is 95 km away from the park

The Indian Premier League Faces A Crisis Because Of Clean Water

Protesters burned goods and shoved them to police outside Chennai’s cricket court in order to demand a cancellation of the IPL (Indian Premier League) cricket matches when the southern city was in turmoil panic of clean water.


According to the Daily Mail, hundreds of protesters, including those wearing black T-shirts and carrying black bubbles, gathered near the stadium, chanted slogans before the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. The situation forced the police to try to put protesters on buses parked outside Chennai (capital of Tamil Nadu state), where the Chennai Super Kings Club was about to play their first match at home when serving a 2-year sentence for illegal betting is lifted.

It can be said that the IPL popularity for tourism attracted millions of tourists to India during the IPL 2020 events in particular. However, with these uncertainties, it is not suitable to travel in India. Many demonstrations in Chennai in recent weeks have involved a dispute with neighboring Karnataka over how to share water from the Cauvery River, a hot issue in southern India. AFP quoted a protester as saying: “We want all 67 IPL cricket matches in Chennai to be postponed until our requests are met. We also call for the audience to boycott the match”.

The Chennai government has proposed to move the venue for IPL matches out of Chennai to avoid protests and pledged to ensure security if IPL still holds local matches. A police spokesman in Tamil Nadu told AFP that there were about 4,000 police officers who would be on duty around the stadium. They would watch everywhere to make sure nothing bad happens.

According to the schedule, the stadiums in Chennai will host IPL matches between April and May. Super Kings also inform their fans about not being allowed to carry cell phones, bags, and Other electronic devices to enter the yard. Meanwhile, some politicians in Chennai have criticized the organization of IPL cricket matches at a time of heightened sensitivity. Movie star Rajinikanth was also involved in the controversial issue, calling on cricket fans to support the protesters.

The legendary Indian ultramarathon athlete Al Howie (Part 1)

The late Canadian running leg Al Howie is considered an “ultramarathon legend” with incredible achievements and distances.

Al Howie, born in 1945 in Scotland, and his son to Canada in the early 1970s. He has a habit of smoking three packs of cigarettes a day. Howie later became one of the great long-distance runners in Canadian history. Howie’s story is so interesting that Jared Beasley, a journalist in New York, was attracted to the news. Beasley released the book “Deciphering Al Howie”.

The short marriage with an American woman made Howie become a rooster to raise children. While the two were still fighting for custody of the children, Howie took young boy Gabe to Toronto – the home of the woman he lived with. Because of this, he was wanted by Interpol on charges of kidnapping, and had to temporarily change his name until his dispute with his ex-wife was resolved. Here, in the winter he works in a foundry, in the summer he works in a quarry.

Howie had a daughter, Dana, in 1976 but the relationship with the woman living with each other worsened. He moved to Victoria, British Columbia (BC), in 1978, and started running long distances, sometimes from one city to another. He married Claudia Cole in 1986 and divorced in 2000, then moved to Duncan, BC, to treat diabetes since 2005.

Smoking three packs a day shows that this is a difficult habit to quit. One day, when he felt uncomfortable with cravings, Howie began to walk quickly on the street. He walked about 16 kilometers and stopped.

“I decided to jog to get rid of my bad habits,” he said. Running daily helps reduce cravings.

The distance Howie runs is getting longer. Howie’s first race took place in 1979 in the city of Prince George, BC, with a marathon. Howie ran 820 kilometers from Victoria to Prince George, not taking a ferry, to take the contest and finished third.

Howie’s performance was partly shocking because he was nothing like a runner.