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The best Family Holiday ever in beautiful Ladakh

I recently enjoyed one of the best family holidays ever – to Ladakh in the northern part of India close to the snow-capped mountains near Kashmir. As a family we are very seasoned travellers and quite adventurous, however the closer our departure date loome...

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Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park

Are you looking for something new and different? I came across two extraordinary safaris during a recent visit to a country that few tourists visit - the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So why the DRC I hear you ask? Exclusivity! Unlike its neighbouring c...

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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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Rhino conservation Safari in South Africa

This is the most wonderful thing to do as a family or with a group of friends or just as a couple! There is a fabulous owner managed lodge in South Africa, owned and managed by Ant Baber and his wife, Tess. Apart from being in the most beautiful area – fram...

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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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Andaman Islands Chic Robinson Crusoe Retreat

Deep in the Bay of Bengal about 1000km from the east India coast lies the most remote Indian state of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The area is renowned for exquisite beaches, rainforest covered islands and outstanding scuba diving and snorkelling on the...

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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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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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Spying on the Penguins

Penguins are one of nature’s most endearing birds with their comical waddle and curious nature. We simply can’t help but anthropomorphise these delightful creatures when we see their cheeky antics. But BBC1’s recent series ‘Penguins: Spy in the Huddle’ has ...

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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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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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Where are the best big cat safaris in India and Sri Lanka?

Apart from snow leopards, which surely must be on every wildlife enthusiast's 'to see' list, the following parks and reserves in India and Sri Lanka offer the very best wildlife sightings for big cats.

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Where are the best Snow Leopard Safaris?

There is no better way to look for snow leopards than the way we do it at The Explorations Company. Snow leopards come cloaked in such an aura of elusive mystery that to even attempt to try and see one seems to be the most forlorn of forlorn hopes. Twelve y...

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How to enjoy the best Family Holidays in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a wonderful place to enjoy a family holiday and for children of all ages. Almost all of the hotels and villas are geared up for welcoming families with fantastic facilities, and friendly, experienced staff. The concept of the family is as impor...

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Must see places in Burma

There is a Kiplingesque cadence to so many Burmese names that beckons to the imagination: Shwedagon, Rangoon, Mandalay, Irrawaddy, Chindwin, and Maymyo. Names that stir half-memories of Eastern romance and Imperial adventure.

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When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

Unlike many other Asian destinations, Sri Lanka can lay genuine claim to being a year-round holiday destination. You just have to know which side of the island to focus on in any given month, and this is never more important than when planning your special ...

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Is it Safe to Travel to Nepal?

Wedged between the plains of the north-eastern Gangetic basin and the high plateau of Tibet is one of the world’s most beautiful, complex and diverse countries. Compressed in a width of just about 90 miles from south to north, Nepal encompasses lush sub-tro...

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In search of the elusive Snow Leopard

Snow leopards come cloaked in such an aura of elusive mystery that to even attempt to try and see one seems to be the most forlorn of forlorn hopes. Twelve years ago when we first designed the Snow leopard treks in collaboration and with advice from the Sno...

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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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Family Holidays in Sri Lanka

A great way to enjoy best family holidays in Sri Lanka is by combining a stay at the fairly simple yet very comfortable Mud House, a two and half hour drive from the airport offering a bunch of interesting activities with a tea experience at Tea Trails foll...

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Where to see tigers in India

Whatever the government survey says, remarkably 38,000 square kilometers of wilderness is still protected, across 500 parks and sanctuaries, harboring not just tigers, but fantastic flora and fauna. Where to see tigers in India? Very difficult to answer as ...

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Tiger Safaris in India

Encountering a tiger whilst out on safari is one of the most awe inspiring, humbling experiences that one can ever have!

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Bengal Tiger Safari

Tiger Safaris are one of the most exhilarating experiences that one can possibly have!

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Luxury North India Rajasthan

Rajasthan can be daunting if you are a first-time traveller to this region and you want more than just a “Golden Triangle holiday”. How to plan such a holiday? How to avoid the pitfalls or mass market tourism? How to make sure the holiday is of the right qu...

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