Ampersand's Travels...

A mini-guide to Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon

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The mountain paradise of Bhutan, known as ‘the happiest kingdom on earth’ has always been a frontier land promising a unique adventure to any traveller. Land-locked between the goliaths of India and China, Bhutan is a diminutive treasure box of alpine scenery with pristine landscapes, intriguing architecture and perhaps its greatest asset – the gentle and gracious people...

Ampersand "In the Know" - A Travellers Guide to India

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We hold India very close to our hearts at Ampersand, and in the spirit of truly getting under the skin of this vast nation, we have asked 20 personalities from the fields of fashion, media, design, food and travel to share a glimpse into their own love affairs with the subcontinent revealing personal ‘in the know’ tips gathered from their lives and travels...

Little Black Book: Discover the Pink City – Jaipur

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By Cosmo BrockwayThe fabled city of Jaipur, rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, has been busy captivating travellers to the subcontinent for centuries, not least for its unrivalled collection of shopping and dining destinations. The bazaars and many boutique palace hotels hum with both established names and exciting new openings to suit every taste and budget. Well known as a hub of creativity and the arts, Jaipur has a loyal coterie of famous visitors, including designer Matthew Williamson and…

Dining with the Nawabs: A Culinary Tale of two Countries

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‘Dining with the Nawabs’ reveals a glimpse into the present-day lives of the rulers of India. An exquisitely produced book which profiles several Muslim royal families across India and Pakistan through their culinary traditions. Author Meera Ali, is herself married to the Raja of Kotwara, and uses her insider access to give us a rare seat at the tables of princely families of the subcontinent…

Lucknow – The City of Illusions & Princes

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Dotted with British Raj–era buildings, home to two superb mausoleums and a fabulous culinary and arts scene, Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh caters well to history buffs, without attracting the hordes of tourists. We speak to Muzaffar Ali, Raja of Kotwara about Lucknow’s reputation as a city of culture...

Taking it Izu: Stanley Stewart's search for Ancient Japan

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Our resident Japan expert, David Wall organised the offbeat trip for celebrated travel journalist, Stanley Stewart. David writes about how he worked with Stanley to create a truly bespoke trip to the Izu Peninsula, a land of hot springs and empty coastal headlands, where hospitality traditions haven’t changed for 400 years…

David’s Shooting Star: Jews of Mumbai



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India has ebbed and flowed with a kaleidoscope of races since time began and within this, the little-known Jewish community have a long and captivating story to tell. Their charming legacy, distinctly Levantine but infused with local colours, has been woven into Mumbai’s metropolis which was once a Jewish haven under British colonial rule...

What makes the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts so brilliant?

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What makes The Oberoi hotels so brilliant? It’s the exceptional service, genuine hospitality and a luxury environment as experienced by Lola on her recent trip to India hosted by the hotel group. Visiting Mumbai, Bangalore and Calcutta, Lola soon realised that this was a fabulous way to experience authentic, Indian hospitality…