10 reasons to visit Ethiopia this year

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10 reasons to visit Ethiopia this year
Ethiopia could be visited this year for connectivity of its airlines, landscape, wild life, historical places, its coffee, and for its diversified culture among other reasons.
1. Connectivity
Ethiopia is connected to India with double daily flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopia offers accommodation options that range from budget lodges to luxury hotels.

2. The landscape
Ethiopia has an array of sights to be seen. Among these are the Simien Mountains, the Danakil Depression, and the Blue Nile Falls.

3. The wildlife
Ethiopia has numerous national parks, such as Awash National Park, Abijatta Shalla Lakes National Park, Mago National Park, and more. These parks, along with the lakes of the Great Rift Valley, are home to rare species of birds and animals, such as the Mountain Nyala, the African antelope, the Walia Ibex, the mountain horned goats, and the Ethiopian wolf.

4. Historical places
Ethiopia has a rich history which can be seen through its historical structures. The 11 churches of Lalibela, for instance, were built during the 12th and 13th centuries. These churches are cut from rock. The Castle of Fasilides built in the 17th century is a popular destination among tourists. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Cuisine

One of the best known Ethiopian dishes is injera. Injera is used not just as a serving dish, but also as an eating utensil for sauces.

6. Coffee
Coffee is said to have been discovered in Ethiopia. Today coffee is still grown and roasted across much of Ethiopia. Taking part in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony is considered a good cultural experience.

7. Festivals

Ethiopia has a year-round calendar of celebrations which offer an insight into Ethiopian culture and tradition.

8. Nightlife

Addis Ababa boasts of its nightlife. The place is is said to be flooded with numerous bars, clubs, discs and other night spots.

9. Culture

Unlike the other African nations, Ethiopians were able to protect their country from the European colonisers which helped them in keeping their culture from the exposure of becoming a mixture of another. Every ethnic group has its own way of dealing with life.

10. Trip to Danakil Depression
It is one of the lowest-lying places in the world, dropping to 116 metres below sea level, while temperatures on its shadeless plains often soar above 50° celsius.

Source: Financial Express AND (EBC, January 26, 2016)

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