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Where are the top two travel destinations in Asia this year?

This time of the year, when the rest of the world is recovering from Christmas frenzy, there is tremendous anticipation and excitement across Japan for Fukubukuro or ‘lucky bags’.

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How is SEWA empowering self-employed women of Gujurat and beyond?

In our constant endeavour to engage with and support effective and innovative charitable organisations across our destinations, in India the Explorations Company is supporting SEWA, a trade union that supports and empowers self-employed women from underpriv...

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The top 3 luxury river cruises in Myanmar (Burma)

For those who appreciate the art of slow travel and are as interested in the journey as the destination, river cruising is one of the best ways to explore Asia, whether it is travelling on the holy Ganges in India, mighty Mekong in Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao...

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Cruising down the Ganges is one of the best ways to explore hidden India

For millennia the Ganges has nourished all of India’s great empires – from the Mauryas whose great Emperor Ashoka spread Buddhism around Asia to the Great Mughals and finally the British and other East India Companies.

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Where are the best trekking holidays in Myanmar (Burma)?

For those seeking real adventure, Myanmar remains one of the finest destinations in Southeast Asia full of untouched regions offering a world away from modernity where one could experience truly authentic tribal cultures and pristine landscapes.

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How can responsible tourism help to save the tiger?

Since the dawn of human civilisation, tigers have held a mystical place in our imaginations. Revered and feared by ancient cultures across Asia, tigers have been featured in many folklores and myths and have come to represent royalty, courage, wisdom, prowe...

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A luxury cycling safari holiday through Central India

Recently I had the most amazing experience of going on a three-day cycling safari through Central India, taking in breath-taking views through the Maikal Hills and exploring the tribal areas of Chhattisgarh.

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Why is Nihi Sumba Island the best luxury resort in Indonesia?

My family spent a magical holiday in Sumba last year, where we escaped reality on this mystical island of spirits and horses, barely changed by human habitation.

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Why was the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference so important for conservation?

The illegal wildlife trade is the fourth largest criminal activity in the world, whose actions impact not only the natural resources of each individual country but also the direct livelihood of local communities. Nearly 7000 species, and therefore their fra...

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The top 5 places to walk off the beaten track in Japan

Exploring places on foot with an expert local guide is often the best and least intrusive way to connect with the indigenous natural and social environment. The real charm of travel lies in slow travel and, personally, I find walking the most rewarding and ...

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Making a Difference: Funding tiffin lunches for a rural school in Nepal

The Explorations Company is funding a lunchtime tiffin programme for 60+ pupils at the Shree Kumrung Baraha School in Nepal.

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Want to Try the Ultimate "Glamping" Experience in Hampi, India?

Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a surreal and mesmerising landscape of impressive palaces, temples and ruins surrounded by the Tungabhadra River on one side and rocky hills on the other three sides. It is an open museum of architecture, history and...

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A safari at luxury Jawai Leopard Camp in Rajasthan, India

On a recent exploration off-the-beaten-track in Rajasthan, I had the pleasure of staying for a few nights at Jawai Leopard camp, a luxury safari camp lying at the heart of an untrammelled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free.

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How can you enjoy privileged access to experience China’s out of bounds locations?

Regarded as one of the cradles of civilisation, China is one of the most mystifying travel destinations in Asia. It offers so much for anyone interested in history, architecture, breath-taking scenery, incredible art work, culture, trekking, river cruising ...

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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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Where are the best 3 places in China to see Giant Panda in the wild?

The Giant Panda population was down to just 1,000 by the late 1970s and they were declared endangered in 1990. Rampant poaching and rapid destruction of natural habitat had brought them on the brink of extinction.

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Tibet’s top six travel highlights are included in this tailor made vacation

“Imagine a culture in which everything is geared toward helping all individuals become the best human beings they can be; in which individuals are driven to devoting their lives to becoming enlightened by the natural flood of compassion for others that aris...

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Top five reasons why you should take a tailor-made holiday to Myanmar (Burma) – Asia’s forgotten land, beautiful and mysterious

From opening its doors to tourism just a handful of years ago, Myanmar (Burma) is slowly becoming a highly desirable destination for its charming landscapes and friendly people without being surrounded by throngs of tourists.

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What makes Japan the ideal family-friendly destination you’ve never probably thought of?

An important consideration when planning a family friendly holiday is variety and if you are anything like us, as parents you strive to make family holidays as interesting, fun and meaningful as possible with immersive experiences that can be enjoyed together.

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How does Reni Pani Jungle Lodge combine an authentic Indian wildlife experience, new levels of luxury and responsible tourism?

In Central India, a particular favourite of mine is Reni Pani Jungle Lodge in Satpura National Park (Madhya Pradesh) for the experiences that they offer in terms of wildlife but also for what they are investing in the local community.

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Why is Bhutan called 'Land of the Thunder Dragon'

The Druk is the "Thunder Dragon" of Tibetan and Bhutanese mythology and a Bhutanese national symbol. A druk appears on the flag of Bhutan, holding jewels to represent wealth. In Dzongkha, Bhutan is called Druk Yul "Land of Druk", and Bhutanese leaders are c...

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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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What are Asia's most endangered species?

World Wildlife Conservation Day on December the 4th raises awareness of the troubles many well-loved endangered species face in their fight for survival. Many issues are due to human conflicts and this is just as true in Asia as in the rest of the world.

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Davina Roberts shares her 5 favourite travel books

For those who love to travel the next best thing other than actually getting on a plane is to journey through the pages of a book set in lands afar and dream of one’s next adventure. My favourite books are varied and all, in my mind, travel inspirational.

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Chinmay Vasavada shares his 5 top Asia travel books

Books can greatly enhance one’s travels. They have the ability to ignite the imagination and broaden perspectives, which in turn makes the journeys more unique and meaningful.

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What is the best way to enjoy the unique and untouched landscapes of wild Mongolia?

There are few places that encapsulate the essence of nomadic lifestyle as Mongolia does. This is still a country that has relatively little tourism and has a real edge of authenticity about it even in the more populated areas.

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How will your visit to the wilds of Borneo help save the ‘Critically Endangered’ Orangutans?

Both orangutan species are now on the path toward extinction. The Bornean orangutan is now critically endangered, with populations in sharp decline due to habitat destruction and illegal hunting.

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Enjoy the art and fun of Kung Fu training at The Shaolin Temple in China

Kung Fu training can be great fun for individuals as well as active families and it is possible to train at The Shaolin Temple and other specialist schools across the country. You would get a first-hand experience of the rigours of the training and learn ab...

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India’s Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is simply perfect for those wanting to go off-the-beaten-track

Going on a safari to India is not just about game viewing. It is as much about observing, experiencing and learning about the complete eco-system and there is no better or more eco-friendly way to immerse in nature and explore the wilderness than walking sa...

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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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