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What is the best way for you to experience a holiday in India’s remote Madhya Pradesh?

When I think of India, my home, I think of euphoric festivals, buzzing markets, vibrant costumes, delicious food, regal architecture, beautiful wildlife and peaceful countryside. More than anywhere else, India’s real charm and character lies in the hidden h...

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How can my safari to Africa contribute to conservation and communities?

Travellers are now beginning to seek more from their experiences, when on safaris or on holiday. No longer content with simply visiting a lovely place and then leaving it without a trace or any positive effect, but rather enriching these regions from their ...

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An insider’s tour of Japan exploring its Art and Architecture

Japan is a treasure trove of art and architecture. It is a society with great sensitivity to creativity and beauty and these inherent values shine throughout the culture.

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Why should you consider a Nicaragua holiday tailor made to your requirements?

Nicaragua has rather stolen my heart with its mix of history both old and new, some breath-taking scenery and totally unspoilt coastlines bordering two oceans.

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How does Japan achieve the perfect balance between tradition and transformation?

People always yearn for a sense of connection, be it social or spiritual, and religion plays an important role in our search for meaning in life.

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Why is Ethiopia’s Omo Valley region so rich in culture?

Ethiopia is home to some of the most fascinating indigenous tribal communities in Africa and culturally, the highlight of southern Ethiopia is South Omo.

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Where are the very best and most exclusive places in India?

With such a vast wealth of places to visit and sights to see, it can sometimes be quite overwhelming when considering which regions to include in a journey to India, for first and even second time visitors.

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Why should India be on everybody’s travel list?

It is almost impossible to fathom the depth of culture and complexities of this incredible country, but that is what makes India so enticing. It is a nation that is constantly evolving, at a rapid pace, yet where there are so many places seemingly so far be...

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How do you combine five star luxury lodge status with a caring social programme?

Visiting Zimbabwe, you will encounter an overwhelming sense of friendliness, humour and integrity amongst its people, with some of the top trained guides and highest standards of service throughout Africa.

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Why you should experience the Way of Tea in Japan!

“Konnichiwa! Hajimemashite.” I was greeted in Japanese by a gentle old lady dressed in an elegant kimono, as she welcomed me into her beautiful traditional townhouse in Kyoto.

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Why Namibia is the perfect destination for curious travellers

Having just returned from a month in Namibia, I have taken time to reflect on what an extraordinary country this truly is and why everyone should visit it – even if just once in their lifetime!

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A first timer’s guide to exploring Rajasthan

India is the visual explosion of bright sarees, cows pretending to be natural roundabouts, marigolds and lots of sunshine. It is everything, and more, all at once. An orchestra thanks to beeping horns, high-speed Hindi and the cawing of thousands of crows.

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How is 'Sustainable Travel' helping children in India's Samthar Valley?

In the Samthar Valley of West Bengal, sustainable travel is directly benefitting local communities through investments in infrastructure, environmental projects and educating local children at the inspired Awake and Shine School.

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How to create Kenyan bush cuisine like a professional.

Antonia’s Kitchen offers fabulous inspirational bush cookery courses in the Kenyan bush, where guests will learn to cook with passion, imagination, flair and lots of laughs!

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What are the 11 key ingredients of South Africa's Cape Malay cuisine?

The next time you find yourself in the city of Cape Town, make a turn past the vibrant Bo Kaap district to spend an afternoon on a savoury safari, creating a spread of spice-infused curries and snacks that are typical of Cape Malay cuisine.

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Why Peruvian Cuisine is ''The Next Big Revolution".

One of the great pleasures of travelling is a chance to try local dishes that are completely different to those one would try at home and use unique local ingredients. Peru is definitely at the top of our list when it comes to fabulous gourmet experiences, ...

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Why do Mexicans get so heated about their food?

Mexico has to be one of my favourite destinations in Latin America. Not just for its coast, although of course it boasts some sublime scenery, but mostly for its passionate embrace of all things that offer enjoyment of life: art, music, celebrated culture, ...

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Where is the Best Culinary Experience in the Himalayas?

At the turn of the 21st Century Nepal was considered a barren land in terms of cuisine. Bland curries were the staple of most hotels. But, sixteen years on, there has been an absolute sea change both in Kathmandu itself and further afield in villages such a...

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4 enchanting secret desert gems in Southern Africa

Lucia Van Der Post, the well-known writer for the Financial Times’ How To Spend It magazine, recently travelled to Botswana and Namibia for a life-changing desert experience, meeting the precious cultures of the San people that have lived here for tens of t...

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Bhutan’s top 3 off the beaten track treasures

I recently had an opportunity to explore the fascinating kingdom of Bhutan, often called the Land of Happiness. The amazing monasteries, the beautiful villages and their ever so cheerful people as well as the magnificent mountainous scenery - Bhutan is heav...

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Wonderful cultural experiences whilst on safari in Tanzania and Kenya

The main reason the vast majority of first-time visitors to East Africa make the crucial decision to go on a safari is to see the wildlife. But it isn’t until one gets to Africa that a truism kicks in: it’s the people you meet that make your stay even more ...

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Luxury holidays to The Ganges River & Varanasi

This is a perfect holiday to The Ganges River, which is the spiritual heart of India and where it is better known as Mother Ganga. For visitors, to immerse one’s self in this sacred river has the effect of washing away any previous negative karma.

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Exploring the Stunningly Beautiful Regions of Ladakh

Historically, Ladakh as a region encompasses a patchwork of several inspiring landscapes. However contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti to the south, the Vale of Kashmir regions to the west and the trans-Kunlun territory of Xin...

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Homestays in India, Sri Lanka & Nepal

Staying at establishments which are owner managed is becoming increasingly popular, allowing one to experience the subcontinent in a far better way. An owner managed retreat or a home stay is similar in concept to that of a bed and breakfast.

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Jamtara Wilderness Camp in Madhya Pradesh

Jamtara Wilderness Camp is the only camp located at the northern entrance to Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh and this is just one advantage of this superb camp. It is the creation of a truly passionate wildlife enthusiast, Amit Sankhala, who has himse...

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Where are the best Homestays in Latin America?

While Cuba’s Home stays are hard to beat in our book for an under-the-skin experience, offering a privileged window into everyday life, there are other places in Latin America where Home stays are also possible.

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Awe inspiring places to visit in the Himalayas

Find yourself a bit of high ground – not hard if you happen to be wandering in the Himalayas, get comfortable and wait for the Sun to sink low enough that its rays refracted by dense atmosphere, haze and water vapour, paint the high peaks in rich hues of or...

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What should the best vacations in India include?

Well it may be difficult to answer for many but a couple of years back I was very lucky indeed to experience a real gem in Central India. Just an hour and half away from the deserted city of Mandu is the gorgeous Ahilya Fort, right in the centre of the acti...

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Unique must-do experiences in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has seduced travellers for centuries. Marco Polo described it as the finest island of its size in the world, while successive waves of Indian, Arab and European traders and adventurers flocked to its palm-fringed shores, attracted by reports of ra...

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Best Luxury Tours of India

In November last year I set out on a holiday to rediscover Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital in Oberoi style. It’s one of the best luxury tours of India! I boarded an express train at the Delhi railway station to Kalka, one of the major rail junctions co...

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