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Sufi Music Festival, Rajasthan, India

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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Luxury tours of Rajasthan

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

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 Landour near Mussoorie. I stayed at Rokeby which was built in 1840 by Captain G.N. Cauthy which is one of the great landmarks of Landour.

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Awe inspiring places to visit in the Himalayas

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 orange and magenta.

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Floating Homes – The Houseboats of Kashmir

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 fishing – as it inevitably must with a houseboat owner of his pedigree.

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

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 adventure holiday off the beaten track.

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What should the best vacations in India include?

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 action in Maheshwar, a 4,000-year-old town in Madhya Pradesh. Its ramparts reach into the Narmada, one of India’s holiest rivers, said to have been formed from a drop of sweat from Shiva’s forehead.

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World class diving sites in Sri Lanka

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 species of tropical fish and other marine life to breathtaking ship wrecks making this beautiful tropical island paradise one of the best world class diving sites!

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Ulley Snow Leopards, Wolves & Mountain Goats

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 for several more meals.

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Unique must-do experiences in Sri Lanka

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 rare spices, precious stones and magnificent elephants.

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Where are the best Snow Leopard Safaris?

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 years ago when we first designed the Snow leopard treks in collaboration and with advice from the Snow Leopard Conservancy based out of Ladakh it seemed scarcely possible that such ‘quests’ could ever have a successful outcome.

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How to enjoy the best Family Holidays in Sri Lanka

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 important in Sri Lanka as anywhere and so you will find that travelling with your children and loved ones will actually enrich your journey through the island.

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Must see places in Burma

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?

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 holiday to this beautiful island. So when is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

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Where is Nepal?

Where is 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-tropical jungles where 15 foot high grasses shelter tigers and one-horned rhinoceros at an altitude of 150 m to Everest – the highest peak in the world.

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In search of the elusive Snow Leopard

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 Snow Leopard Conservancy, India based out of Ladakh it seemed scarcely possible that such ‘quests’ could ever have a successful outcome.

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Best Luxury Tours of India

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 connecting the North Western foothills. On arriving at Kalka, I was whisked through the crowds to board the quaint little Himalayan Queen that embarked on a 96 km journey to Shimla offering an unforgettable experience.

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Family Holidays in Sri Lanka

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 followed by wildlife viewing at Yala finally ending at a gorgeous beach along the southern coast.

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Where to see tigers in India

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 the famed royal Bengal tiger is so elusive which is so difficult to believe, isn’t it?

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Luxury North India Rajasthan

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 quality? How to engender sufficient intellectual stimulation?

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Holidays to Borneo

Holidays to Borneo

With some of the most magnificent forests, wildlife and landscapes on Earth surrounded by azure seas, Borneo is one of the great holiday destinations on earth.

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India Luxury Rajasthan

India Luxury Rajasthan

When I think of an India luxury holiday, Udaivilas always happens to be on the top of my list. Touted as the Venice of the East, the city of Udaipur is built around the picturesque Lake Pichola and is home to one of the most beautiful city palaces in Rajasthan.

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India Luxury Cycling

India Luxury Cycling

India displays diversity unparalleled to any other country in the world. It is blessed with the highest mountains, the mightiest rivers, vast flatlands, dense forests, sun soaked beaches, a great desert and hundreds of tropical islands.

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Luxury Kerala Holidays

Luxury Kerala Holidays

Kerala can now offer a fantastic experience to the discerning traveller. Nowhere in India will you find a more gentle and relaxed state than Kerala; tucked away in the south west corner, between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats.

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Luxury Adventure Holidays to India

Luxury Adventure Holidays to India

If you saw the film, The Darjeeling Ltd. and thought you might like to recreate the adventure, then plan a trip to Glenburn! It was whilst staying on this, the most magical of tea estates, that Anderson conceived the idea for the film. Quite frankly, he could hardly have been anything but inspired.

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India Luxury Holiday

India Luxury Holiday

When I think of an India luxury holiday, Udaivilas always happens to be on the top of my list. Touted as the Venice of the East, the city of Udaipur is built around the picturesque Lake Pichola and is home to one of the most beautiful city palaces in Rajasthan.

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Bespoke Tailor Made Holidays to India

Bespoke Tailor Made Holidays to India

My most recent trip to South India gave me the opportunity to explore Tamil Nadu and to see some rather interesting places. Having travelled for three weeks through this beautiful region, there are several interesting ideas that I wish to share with you.

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Himalayan Holidays

Himalayan Holidays

The great soaring peaks of the Himalayas, stretching in a vast arc across the north-eastern borders of the subcontinent – and indeed defining the subcontinent – are today one of the last natural wonderlands of the world.

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Bhutan Holiday

Bhutan Holiday

A Bhutan holiday is quite an extraordinary experience. Bhutan truly is one of the Earth’s blessed Acres. It’s a small country with a very low population density – itself a unique gift in over-populated south Asia

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India Tiger Safaris

India Tiger Safaris

Tiger safaris are a wonderful way of exploring some of the finest wilderness in the Indian subcontinent. Tigers continue to suffer from a host of pressures but we believe that tiger tourism – if done sensitively and imaginatively in a well-regulated environment – is in fact a powerful tool for conservation.

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