ROMANIA – @toma_bonciu
”Nothing’s far when one wants to go there.”
Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe. It enjoys great natural beauty and diversity and a rich cultural heritage. Romania enchants visitors with its scenic mountain landscapes and unspoiled countryside areas, and also with its historic cities and its busy capital. Rugged stone churches and dazzling monasteries dot a pristine landscape of rocky mountains and rolling hills.
Transylvanian towns have stepped out of time, while vibrant Bucharest is all energy. Tourists from western countries might still, even today, enjoy some surprising experiences in Romania. This is a large country which can sometimes be shocking with contrasts: some cities are truly Western Europe; some villages can seem to have been brought back from the past.
In ancient times the territory of the present day Romania was inhabited manily by Dacian tribes, who had a remarkable, although not very well known, culture. The Dacian empire reached its peak in the 1st century BC, when their great king Burebista ruled from his power base in the Carpathian mountains over a vast territory stretching from Central Europe (southern Germany) to the southern Balkans (Aegean Sea). The intriguing network of fortifications and shrines built around the historical Dacian capital Sarmizegetusa, in today’s south-western Transylvania, has been relatively well preserved through the ages and is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Transylvania, the land that gave us Dracula, has no shortage of jaw-dropping castles pitched precariously on rocky hilltops. There’s spooky Bran Castle, of course, with its spurious connection to Bram Stoker’s fictional count, but don’t overlook beauties such as Hunedoara’s 14th-century Corvin Castle or King Carol I’s sumptuous 19th-century pile, Peleş Castle. In medieval towns like Braşov, Sighişoara and Sibiu, cobbled walkways support chic streetside cafes, while a cacophony of sounds emanating from student bars and clubs echo off the Gothic and baroque facades in lively Cluj-Napoca. Transylvania’s Saxon villages boast fortified churches that date back half a millennium.
Plan a trip to this beautiful country and get lost in its elegance layered with history. There are one stop flights available from India to Romania. The currency used in the country is Romanian Leu (1 RON = 18.20 INR). Go on and experience this beautiful country in the Balkans.
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