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Are you a world travel expert? Try our quiz!

We have compiled an unusual quiz as part of the “Travel From Home” series we are running during the Covid-19 pandemic. The quiz is designed to be challenging, stimulating and amusing; how will you fare?!

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Where are the best holidays and vacations in Nepal? - An expert’s guide

Perched between the mighty empires of India and China, Nepal is a mystical land of towering peaks that has attracted great sages, Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims as well as adventure seekers and mountaineers for centuries.

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Where are India's top 12 Culinary holidays and expert cookery classes?

Like most things in India, food is an event, a celebration, and it is one of the core elements that defines the Indian way of life. It’s a process, a journey that is as multifaceted, refined and devotional as any fine art.

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10 Top African and Asian music albums for your playlist

Music is known to do wonders to raise the mood, beat despair and fill emptiness and especially at this time, we wanted to give you the chance to transport yourself to exotic faraway places through inspiring new sounds.

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What are the top 10 travel films for 2020/21? Our experts' guide

Films and documentaries can always be relied upon to visually and emotionally transport us to the most fascinating regions of the world. From intimate insights into wildlife species’ behaviour to colourful imaginings of stories and events, here are some fil...

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Which top 10 travel books have our in-house experts picked for your reading pleasure?

Emily Dickinson said “There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away”. At times when I am unable to travel in person, I indulge in reading and allow my imagination to provide the escapism that many of us crave.

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Where are Sri Lanka’s best wildlife safari destinations?

I recently had the privilege of chatting to one of Sri Lanka’s finest wildlife experts, Ramani Jayewardene, about her views on wildlife conservation in the country and the role and future of sustainable tourism.

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Where are Sri Lanka's top three summer holiday destinations?

A family holiday to Sri Lanka during the ‘secret season’ of July could be just the opportunity you need for your family to spend quality time together and explore this diverse country which is full of hidden gems.

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How does sustainable tourism help support wildlife conservation and local communities?

‘Luxury travel’ has a new meaning. It’s not about the thread count of the bed sheets or the sparkle of the crystal anymore. The true luxury of travel is to have phenomenal experiences that you will remember forever, whilst supporting conservation and commun...

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An 'Expert's Guide' to the best safaris and holidays for 2020

Over the last year my colleagues and I have travelled extensively exploring new destinations, inspecting newly-opened hotels, villas and camps (and re-evaluating existing ones) and sampling the most exciting and unique experiences imaginable.

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Where are Sri Lanka's 6 best culture and history holidays?

On my recent travels of South and West Sri Lanka I was lucky to revisit some of my favourite places on this resplendent isle. I believe that these gems give one the most diverse insights into quintessential Sri Lanka.

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Where are India's best kept secret holiday destinations?

Think culture and it is hard not to think of India. With a vast population of more than a billion, spread across 29 different states, speaking 22 different languages with over 720 dialects, India is truly beguiling and multicultural.

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Where on holiday to Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle can you see primates?

The ancient jungles of Asia are home to an astounding array of flora and fauna. It is therefore not surprising that some of the finest hotspots for observing primates in their natural habitat are located in Asia.

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An expert's guide to the best walking holidays and treks in the Indian Himalayas

Walking journeys are undoubtedly the most eco-friendly, low-impact and sustainable form of travel that can for many lead to a profound and transformative bond with nature and their inner-self. I would recommend everyone explore the Himalaya on foot at least...

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How is conservation-led tourism helping to protect the endangered Snow Leopard?

With a high altitude desert dominated by rugged snow-capped mountains and deep turquoise lakes, Ladakh is one of the most picturesque places on earth. It is the home of the “Ghost of the Himalaya”, the enigmatic snow leopard, and is considered to be the bes...

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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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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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