Jehan Numa – Gateway to the ‘Tiger State’
Dec07

Jehan Numa – Gateway to the ‘Tiger State’

We’ve long been fortunate enough to know the Rashid family, owners of the Jehan Numa collection of lodges and hotels – from the days when theirs was our only haven of respite from the jungles we lived in within India. In those days they were in the formative years of turning their ancestral home – formerly the palace of the Begum of Bhopal (the first female ruler of a principality) – into a charming and impressive heritage...

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Laos low-down
Nov30

Laos low-down

Our introduction to Laos gives an insight into a beleaguered people’s assimilation of modern life while trying to retain traditional lifestyles Our guest writer Helen Tippins sheds some light on this emerging but still little known country. Although nominally Communist since 1975, as the Lao people’s Democratic Republic, Laos remains a spiritual country with Buddhism influencing all aspects of daily life. Much of the country is...

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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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