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Top 10 World’s iconic Sky-High Restaurants…!!!

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As the Quote says “SKY IS THE LIMIT” but still everyone have a dream of throwing a party at the top of the limits and feel the intensity of horizon.

Which is why it makes sense to combine a cloud-level gawp at a sprawling cityscape with dinner.

From blossom Moroccan roof terraces to whirling Chinese skyscrapers, we’ve rounded up the venues with their eye-catching interiors and delicious menus which attracts people to it.

Check out the list of the top most restaurants through out the globe which will blow your mind :-

1. Duck and Waffle, London

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London’s highest restaurant is also one of its best.
Open 24 hours a day and located 230 meters above street level, Duck and Waffle has an all-day menu of sharing plates.
Chef Dan Doherty’s imaginative dishes include ox-cheek donuts with apricot jam is one of the speciality of this beauty.
Window tables on the west or southern sides have the best city views.
Haute cuisine: The namesake “duck and waffle” — crispy confit duck leg, duck egg, a fluffy waffle and lots of maple syrup. It’s even dairy- and gluten-free .

2. The Ides at The Wythe, New York City

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The Ides in Brooklyn has the awesome view of any New York bar and restaurant.
This Williamsburg rooftop at The Wythe Hotel looks across the East River to Manhattan, giving guests a head-to-toe panorama of the whole island while they sip crisp martinis and share small plates.
Haute cuisine: Cocktails change with the seasons. Top of the list for summer is the Frozen Paloma, made with tequila, grapefruit, agave and lime.

3.Sky on 57, Singapore

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There’s no missing Marina Bay Sands: Three towers joined by a single rooftop of bars, restaurants and a giant infinity pool.
Visitors and locals book Sky at 57 well ahead for Justin Quen’s Asian fusion menu — lobster noodles and foie gras bao, for example — and entire view across the Pacific to Malaysia.
Haute cuisine: Quen’s signature miso black cod is baked until flaky and tender, and served with lime and ginger butter with fluffy sauce.

4.Aroma, Rome

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What’s better than a bird’s-eye view of the Colosseum?
A bird’s eye view with a plateful of spaghetti of course.
That’s where Aroma, an acclaimed restaurant on top of the Palazzo Manfredi, comes in.
Aroma has huge picture windows and a garden terrace overlooking both the Colosseum and Emperor Nero’s Gardens.
Haute cuisine: The veal fillet — it’s served with fresh herbs plucked from Aroma’s terrace

5. Le Jules Verne,paris

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The Eiffel Tower offers several dining options, of which the highest is Le Jules Verne.
Of course it’s touristy, but with a menu overseen by Alain Ducasse, the tasting menu is as impressive as the location.
Diners can gaze through Gustave Eiffel’s wrought-iron web across the Seine and towards Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur church.
Haute cuisine: The five-course “experience menu” includes seared langoustines and roasted pigeon.

6. Terraco Italia, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Brazil is mainly famous for their mind blowing dj nights and car racings,but this restro is the luv of the citizens and they show their keen interest in it.
This classic Italian restaurant lays on the romance (candlelight, a grand piano) with its views.
Terraco Italia is on the 42nd floor of Edificio Italia, Sao Paulo’s answer to the Flatiron Building and one of Brazil’s tallest structures.
There’s an outdoor terrace for 360-degree views of the Sao Paulo sprawl.
Haute cuisine: The raviolini is freshly made, stuffed with rich veal-rib ragu and served with its juices.

7. 360 Istanbul, Istanbul

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Built on top of a 19th-century apartment building, 360 Istanbul is a modernist glass construction with unobstructed Istanbul views.
The outdoor terrace is particularly popular at twilight, when locals and visitors sip Turkish wines, order gourmet kebabs and watch the lights come on across the Bosphorus.
Haute cuisine: Octopus shish with a sumac glaze and quinoa and avocado salad, accompanied by a glass of Turkish Chardonnay.

8. Kozue tokyo

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Movie buffs might know the Park Hyatt Tokyo’s bar from “Lost in Translation.”
Its fine-dining Japanese restaurant Kozue shares those famous views — to Mount Fuji by day, and the hazy blue cityscape by night.
Signature dishes include a wagyu beef tenderloin.
There’s also an extensive sake list.
Haute cuisine: Kozue’s gourmet takes on home-style hotpots are well worth a detour from the sushi and sashimi lists.
The cockle hotpot with yams and pork is one of the vital dishes here.

9. El Techo, San Francisco

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Ice-cold margaritas, house-made chorizo skewers hot from the grill, Latin-American street food: El Techo would warrant a visit if it was a basement dive.
In fact, its rooftop eyrie above steak restaurant Lolinda is high enough to experience the beauty of all the way to San Francisco Bay.
Haute cuisine: El Techo’s margaritas made with pueblo Viejo tequila, fresh lime and triple-sec are a locals’ favorite (especially at happy hour).

10.Dos Cielos, Barcelona

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Rooftop restaurants can sometimes coast on mediocre food.
Not so Dos Cielos, which has a Michelin star for Javier and Sergio Torres’ innovative cuisine.
Dos Cielos is on the 24th floor of the Melia Barcelona Sky hotel, with an outdoor terrace and views of the Mediterranean, city and mountains.
Haute cuisine: The menu degustation. The Torres’ brothers menus evolve according to what’s in season, so the tasting menu is the best way of getting a feel for their modern Catalan cooking.

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Delhi Ring Railway to soon see steam-hauled service to attract tourists

Two options are being considered: A round trip or a hop-on-hop-off ticket.

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Steam locomotives will be chugging along on all hill railways across the country — besides charting out a new course on the Delhi Ring Railway — as the Railways pushes the idea of reviving the glory of its steam heritage.

With the successful operation of a steam-hauled train on the Palanpur-Jogindernagar section of Kangra Valley Railway, all five hill railways now have steam loco services to attract tourists.

Kangra Valley Railway, which is on the tentative list of Unesco’s World Heritage Sites, witnessed the revived steam loco operation recently after more than 20 years. The regular steam loco operation is expected to boost tourism in Himachal Pradesh.

While Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Nilgiri Mountain Railway have regular steam locos services, the Kalka-Shimla Railway and Matheran Hill Railway are equipped to conduct chartered services on tourist demand.

But the big thrust will be seen in the capital’s long-neglected — and once-popular — Ring Railway, that has fallen by the wayside as the city expanded rapidly.

“It is a big revival of steam locomotives in Indian Railways, and our aim is to have regular steam loco operations in all hill railways — and also in the long-awaited Delhi Ring Railway route,” said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with rail heritage.

With the advent of diesel and electric locomotives, steam engines were phased out in 1995 by the Railways.

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Though there was a move to run a steam locomotive on the Delhi Ring Railway during the Commonwealth Games in 2010, this did not materialise for various reasons.

However, the state-run transporter is now actively working on reviving the service to showcase its heritage, bring back the romance of steam engines and promote tourism. The task has been assigned to Northern Railway.

The existing 34 km-long ring railway, which runs parallel to the Ring Road, passes through several prominent places of Delhi like Chanakyapuri, Safdarjung and Sarojini Nagar and is expected to attract large numbers of tourists and rail enthusiasts interested in steam locos.

As per the plan, the train, comprising four heritage coaches with a steam locomotive, would start from Safdarjung station and travel to Anand Vihar, Old Yamuna Bridge, Old Delhi, New Delhi and Nizamuddin station before returning to Safdarjung.

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Tourists will be able to visit the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, National Rail Museum, the historic Old Yamuna Bridge, Humayun’s tomb and rail buildings such as Old Delhi station, Kashmere Gate and Baroda House by using the service.

“The landscape along the proposed route will be beautified, besides other necessary arrangements to make it operational. The fare structure and timings are yet to be decided,” the official said.

“Two options are being considered: A round trip or a hop-on-hop-off ticket,” the official added.

At present, there are very few steam locos across the world that are still in working condition.

By : Arun Kumar Das

(Arun Kumar Das is a senior Delhi-based freelance journalist. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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62% prefer self planned trips over travel packages: Survey

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New Delhi, Feb 6: As many as 62 per cent people prefer self-planned trips over the packages provided by travel agencies, according to a survey carried out in six metro cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune and Bengaluru.

The survey, conducted by Chrome Data Analytics and Media, was conducted on 2,468 people in the age group of 35-54 years constituting 52 per cent males and 48 per cent females.

It said that 59 per cent of the respondents would prefer a nature-related destination for holidays. It also said that 48 per cent would prefer travelling with their friends.

According to the survey, US is the dream destination for 35 per cent of the respondents.

At least 60 per cent of the respondents “usually” holiday for less than seven days, it said

Around 33 per cent said that their travel plans got affected by the number of official leaves they got.

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Why a visit to the world’s largest river island is a must

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Bamboo house of Mishing tribe

By Natalia Ningthoujam

Kamalabari (Majuli), Feb 5: Assam’s Majuli faces flood fury — and the threat of erosion — whenever the mighty Brahmaputra river swells. So take a break from your high-tech lifestyle and hop on that double decker boat to live the simple life in the world’s largest river island before it loses the title.

Cruises on luxury vessels can take you to your destination, but to understand the locals’ lives, it is best to travel like them on a rickety motor boat, which can also carry cars, bikes and anything that can’t swim, from Neemati ghat to Kamalabari ghat.

First timers might fear for their lives but for the frequent travellers, it’s like any other public transport. Some are so carefree that they even play cards.

After the half-hour ferry ride, you will reach the shrinking island, which is located over 300 km from Guwahati, Assam’s main city, and is home to approximately two lakh people consisting of Brahmins, Kalitas, Mishings, Deori and more.

Visitors can stay in various resorts, which might remind you of your hostel days due to availability of only basic amenities, or limited homestays.

While driving to your accommodation, you will see paddy and mustard fields, and bamboo plantations along the roads.

Out of the various house forms, the bamboo stilt houses — with an open fireplace in the middle — of the Mishing tribe, are quite unique, and you will see women working on looms made with bamboos and a cycle’s wheel.

Unlike the people of Sualkuchi, a silk-weaving village in Assam, Mishings here make “mekhela chador” and other traditional outfits only for their own use. And men use their physical strength to make beds out of bamboos or other furnitures, when they are not farming.

Majuli, a hub of the Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture, has many satras (religious and cultural institutions).

“Earlier, there were over 60 satras in Majuli but due to erosion, there are currently just 32 satras here. Auniati Satra is the biggest one in Assam. The land measures up to 500 bigha,” Anant Kalita, the satra’s museum guide, told this visiting IANS correspondent.

“We don’t call ourselves monks or pandits. The ones who stay in satras are called Vaishnavs. We worship lord Krishna. We dance, pray and do dramas, which were created by (saint-scholar) Sankardev,” he added.

The satra is open to all — Brahmins, Kalitas and people from other communities of Assam.

“Even Muslims can come. Ladies can come but can’t stay in the satra. After marriage, people need to stay out of the satra.

“There are 350 people in the satra. Vaishnavs and bhakhts stay in satras, the ones who are outside are called disciples,” said Kalita, who has been here for the past 18 years.

The Samaguri Satra, on the other hand, has kept alive the tradition of mask-making.

Its studio houses numerous masks, like those of Narasimha, Ram and Laxman that are used during festivals and Bhaona, which is a traditional form of entertainment through which religious messages are shared.

Explaining the process of mask-making, popular mask artiste Hem Chandra Goswami’s brother Tilak Goswami said: “The masks are made of mud, cotton cloth, cow dung and vegetable colours. One mask takes about 15 to 20 days to make.”

“Our entire family knows how to make masks. We have been making masks for the last six generations,” added the 65-year-old.

After learning the craft here, some even go to Dibrugarh or Guwahati.

It’s not just the people at satras who are warm and welcoming. Once the local children spot new faces, especially with DSLR cameras, they will happily follow you and strike a pose.

You might have to use a lot of hand gestures while communicating with the locals as they aren’t fluent in English or Hindi, but they will leave you overwhelmed — irrespective of their financial condition, they will not let you leave empty handed.

A cup of tea or a plate full of home-made sweets (rice flour pitha) is the least they can offer, and a request: “Please visit again.”

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