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Why is Bhutan such an extraordinarily special kingdom?

Bhutan is an extraordinarily special kingdom and the only country in the world, where a government policy includes gross national happiness! Druk Yul, as it is otherwise known, is the perfect example of a successful country that preserves its ancient past w...

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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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Enjoy Sri Lanka’s hidden secrets by special arrangement only!

Sri Lanka is blossoming right now. For the last few years this pretty island has quietly been establishing its mark as a must visit destination, high on cognoscenti’s travel lists.

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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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A great Nepal combination - Helicopter to Everest Base Camp and soft trekking in the Annapurna Mountains

Nepal offers so much for anyone interested in breath taking scenery, incredible art work, culture, wildlife and trekking.

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Out of bounds Japan – by private invitation only!

Leisure travel can be characterised in two ways - vacation and journey. A vacation often focuses on the frills and indulgence, as its purpose is to relax and rejuvenate.

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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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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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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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Relax in Oman's Zighy Bay as recommended by Conde Nast Traveller

Perfectly hidden away on the Musandam Peninsula in the far north of Oman, and just an easy two-hour drive from Dubai, is the exquisite Six Senses Zighy Bay.

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Where are the best walking holidays in the Himalayas?

This is an experience that I would implore everyone to undertake! I would, however, recommend that prior to taking this walk, that some form of cardio fitness is undertaken just to make the beginning easier. The other alternative, is that like me, you get f...

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Tiger viewing in Tadoba Park, Central India

My latest research trip took me back to the national parks of central India. I had one of the most wonderful opportunities to walk from the beautiful Kanha National Park to Pench which became hugely popular due to the BBC documentary ‘Spy in the Jungle’.

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Exploring beautiful Rajasthan by Bicycle and Train

Cycling isn’t new to anyone however at The Explorations Company we invented a perfect way to rediscover the world slowly, to see it and to absorb it. Cycling and train tours of Rajasthan can be very thrilling without compromising on any comforts.

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The best family holidays in Sri Lanka

If you were to design the perfect family holiday, it would involve plenty of opportunity to enjoy the nature and wilderness, a bit of soft adventure and certainly beaches. That, broadly speaking, describes Sri Lanka.

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Where are the best family holidays in Asia?

There is no better way for your children to experience other cultures than by travelling. We all know that travelling with children can be extra work - but the rewards are surely more than worth it! Children love seeing new places and doing new things. They...

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Bespoke and customised luxury travel options and itineraries throughout India

At The Explorations Company we love luxury and style but we also love to engage with the destination and its local community. If that means the odd bumpy road or eccentric hotel in order to see something truly special, that's fine by us.

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The best Indian vacations for older people

Kerala is extremely popular for its panoramic and scintillating views. The fun filled beaches, backwaters and adventurous sanctuaries make it one of the best places to spend your vacation. Kerala is a quiet place and offers a great experience to the visitor...

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Customised luxury travel options in India

Cochin and the Kerala backwaters have a lovely collection of luxurious boutique hotels ranging from converted colonial mansions to retreats in the midst of spice plantations and idyllic waterways that are ideal for spending a holiday with an emphasis on rel...

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Wonderful Festivals Celebrated Throughout Asia

In addition to the fantastic music festivals which take place in Rajasthan, and the cattle fairs of Nagaur and Pushkar, the following festivals in Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Burma are also worth noting!

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Sufi Music Festival, Rajasthan, India

We are spoilt for choice with so many wonderful festivals that occur in India. However, whilst the Jaipur literary festival is always interesting, it is hard to beat the world sufi spiritual festival.

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Will the Tiger become extinct during our lifetime?

Watching last night’s last episode of the BBC2 series ‘Tigers About The House’ it was not difficult to understand why there was such an emotional bond formed between Tiger mad Zoo keeper Giles and his two Tiger cubs Spot & Stripe.

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Luxury tours of Rajasthan

Is there anything left to discover in Rajasthan, or has every last fort and palace been discovered? The answer is of course yes absolutely there is.

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A journey through the foothills of the Himalayas

If sitting on a recliner and looking out at the impossible bright blue sky or gazing at the snow capped mountains at a distance with a cup of tea, cookies and a delicious novel entices you, then join me on my holiday into the foothills of the Himalayas to L...

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Where to go to India to experience the height in luxury

I recently visited the hugely atmospheric city of Hyderabad which is a gateway to the south. Famous for its Charminar and Golconda Fort it now also has an incredible Falaknuma Palace hotel recently renovated by the Taj Group.

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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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Floating Homes – The Houseboats of Kashmir

Farooq Wangnoo has more white in his beard than the last time I saw him – mainly because that was 26 years ago and Farooq didn’t own a beard. He’s leaner but there is the same glimmering smile, the soft-spoken humour and the fanatic gleam when talk turns to...

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What are some of the best places to visit in India?

I recently arranged a holiday for one of my clients to one of the best places to visit in India. They had already been to India visiting the forts and palaces of Rajasthan as well as the pristine backwaters of Kerala. On top of their wish list was a soft ad...

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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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World class diving sites in Sri Lanka

Often referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an incredible place for world-class snorkeling and diving! Enclosed by a beautiful palm-rimmed coastline, there are many diving sites which provide spectacular sights ranging from abundant spe...

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Ulley Snow Leopards, Wolves & Mountain Goats

The fox fills the telescope. We watch from about 200 yards as it tugs and worries at the carcass of a young dzo – a cross between a cow and yak – that had been killed by wolves a day earlier. The wolves have feasted on the hindquarters but enough remains fo...

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