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Ladakh and the Hemis Festival


David Abram

I’ll never forget the one and only time I’ve ever ridden on the roof of a bus. I was a 21-year-old student, travelling on a shoestring around Kashmir and Ladakh, in India’s northwest Himalaya. The...

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If you like India, you will love China


David Abram

Travel writer David Abram on why his first trip to the Far East won’t be his last.

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Tea in China


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Wars have been fought over it, and the fortunes of empires decided by its trade. But the humble tea plant, Carmellia sinensis, was for thousands of years an exclusively Chinese commodity, grown,...

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A guide to the must-see sights in Shimla


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The lengths the British were prepared to go to in order to escape the rigours of the Indian summer must have been a source of amazement to their subjects. Each year, the entire administration of the...

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Kerala’s Real Marigolds


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 The second series of the BBC’s wonderful Real Marigold Hotel is due to be aired at 9 pm this evening. We loved the first, filmed in the Rajasthani capital Jaipur, and are looking forward to...

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10 of the Best Plantation Stays in India


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Imagine waking to the sound of birdsong, a shaft of angled sunlight scything through a gap in your curtains, without a single car horn and diesel engine to disturb the stillness outside. On the...

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February Festivals in North India


David Abram

This month marks the start of India’s ‘shoulder season’ – the period after the Christmas–New Year rush has subsided, when visitor numbers fall and the weather starts to warm up slightly.

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Adventure in Nepal


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Nepal’s awe-inspiring scenery provides an inspirational backdrop for outdoor pursuits of many kinds, ranging from soft day treks to full-blown climbing or rafting expeditions in the Inner Himalaya....

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Roads Less Travelled


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While Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan attract a steady flow of visitors, neighbouring Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan see comparatively few. There’s a simple explanation for this: none hold the...

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7 Highlights of Central Asia


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Encompassing some of the least explored mountain and desert regions on the planet, the former-Soviet states of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan (collectively known, for...

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