Samode Safari Lodge – a fine heritage
Nov16

Samode Safari Lodge – a fine heritage

If ever there is an argument for visiting a wildlife park and never leaving your hotel then Samode Safari Lodge has to be it! It’s not often that we’re taken aback on entering an hotel room but at Samode Safari Lodge on the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park in India we experience a definite double-take! We should have expected a treat as Samode’s other hotels (beautiful heritage properties in Rajasthan) had, on previously visits to...

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Hong Kong – fairground and finance full-on!
Nov02

Hong Kong – fairground and finance full-on!

Although the transition from British to Chinese rule hasn’t been seamless, Hong Kong’s frenetic pace continues unabated as the world’s centre for decadence and money in all its forms. Long seen as China’s gateway to the west, Hong Kong continues to assault the senses with its aura of organised chaos. To liken Hong Kong to a fairground is to understand the riot of tradition and colour but to underestimate the sheer volume of money that...

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The Road to Mandalay – best by boat?
Oct19

The Road to Mandalay – best by boat?

For all its political turmoil, Myanmar remains a tranquil destination of gentle people and Buddhist harmony – somewhat at odds with its rough and potholed roads! A  trip down the Irrawaddy by our guest writer Helen Tippins If you’ve an aversion to visiting countries with questionable human rights records then Myanmar isn’t for you but if your quest is to visit places before they become swamped by mainstream tourism then now is the...

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Satpura‘s wonderful wilderness
Sep14

Satpura‘s wonderful wilderness

India’s Satpura National Park – the most stunningly natural tiger wilderness in India. Watch Mugger crocodiles slip noiselessly into the reservoir as you approach by boat, the exhilarating flash of a tiger’s markings amidst the foliage as you amble on elephant back, a Barrasingha deer wading at the water’s edge, huge Gaur blocking your way or vultures and eagles soaring overhead as you ride the dusty tracks amidst dense forest...

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Picture pitching-up in Pachmarhi
Aug24

Picture pitching-up in Pachmarhi

On a road to nowhere, there’s nowhere more pleasant in India than this Queen of the Central Highlands. Set atop a 12sq mile plateau in the heart of India on a road to nowhere, Pachmarhi, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh has to be one of the most beautifully preserved examples of Indian rural life and colonial heritage. First ‘discovered’ in 1857 by Captain James Forsyth of the British Army, Pachmarhi, although historically...

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Taken to the cleaners in Mumbai
Jul13

Taken to the cleaners in Mumbai

It’s not often that you’d regard a washing line full of drying sheets as a tourist attraction but in Mumbai it offers a fascinating and illuminating insight into the infrastructure that makes India tick. Notwithstanding the fact that many of the crisp white sheets you’ll curl into within your plush hotel accommodation whilst in Mumbai (or any other Indian city for that matter) are pristine, the chances are they’ve come from the...

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