Ashenda is a unique Tigraian traditional festival which takes place in August to mark the ending of fasting called filseta. This event is mostly for girls and young women, which they await very eagerly every year. It is unique to the people in the state of Tigrai which is in northern Ethiopia. The name of the festival “Ashenda” comes from the name of a tall grass that the girls make in to a skirt and ware it around their waist as a decoration.
Itegue Taitu Hotel is located in a quiet hilly area with a cool breeze, thus amazingly tranquil and peaceful. The Hotel, built in 1898(E.C.), is in the middle of the city (Piazza), where tourist guides, and souvenir shops are found at ease. It is 20 minutes drive from Bole International Airport, 5 minutes from Sheraton International Hotel and 7 minutes from UNECA. The hotel provides amenities including a variety of bedrooms, bar and restaurant services, live jazz music every night, internet, left luggage storage, laundry and more. The atmosphere is very charming and friendly.
Bahir Dar is a town set on the south-eastern shore of Lake Tana, where local fishermen still use
papyrus boats. It is situated 37 kms from Tisisat Falls. Here the Blue Nile creates “Smoking Water”
an awe inspiring sight as it plunges into the gorge below. From Bahir Dar one must explore some of
the ancient monasteries that have been built on the islands of Lake Tana,or on the many Islands.
These include Dega Estephanos with its priceless collections of icons, as well as the remains of
several medieval Emperors, Kebran Gabriel and Ura Kidane Mehret with its famous frescoes. Kebran
Gabriel is the principal monastery visited by male tourists from Bahir Dar, with its impressive
Cathedral-like building first built at the end of the 17th century. Dega Estephanos, which is also
closed to women, is on the island in the Lake, and the monastery is reached by a very steep and winding
path. Although the church is relatively new (only hundred years old), it houses a Madonna painted in the
15th century. However, the treasury of the monastery is a prime attraction, with the remains of several
Emperors, as well as their robes and jewels.
It is a medieval settlement in the northern Ethiopia and the site of eleven rock hewn churches believed to be built some 800 years ago. The town flourishes as a museum of rock hewn churches. The construction of these churches is attributed to king Lalibela at high point of Zagwe period, a memorial to the level of civilization reached during that period. The rock hewn churches of Lalibela have been recognized by UNESCO as part of the world cultural heritage site in 1978.
It is located in Afar region that lies at the altitude of 116m below sealevel.The Danakil ( or Dalol ) depression is making it to be one of the lowest, hottest and unique land formations in the great riff valley system. Still this part of the planet is very active geologically. Nevertheless, it has colorful and enjoyable landscape, which it make traveler feel that, they are in lonely planet. Afar is also a place where the world most significant hominid fossils have been discovered. The best known of these is ‘Lucy’ Our ancestor.
Awash National Park is the oldest and most developed wildlife reserve in Ethiopia. Featuring the 1,800-metre Fantail Volcano, extensive mineral hot-springs and extraordinary volcanic formations, this natural treasure is bordered to the south by the Awash River and lies 225 kilometers east of the capital, Addis Ababa. The wildlife consists mainly of East African plains animals, but there are now no giraffe or buffalo. Oryx, bat-eared fox, caracal, aardvark, Columbus and green monkeys, Anubis and Hamadryads baboons, klipspringer, leopard, bushbuck, hippopotamus, Semarang’s gazelle, cheetah, lion, kudu and 450 species of bird all live within the park’s 720 square kilometers.