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A legendary legacy: eccentric tales of Indian Royalty

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The dazzling style of the Maharajas remain a source of fascination to this day, with books, exhibitions and films delving into the near mythical wealth and panache. The palaces, once elusive citadels, now have opened their doors to guests allowing a tantalising glimpse into a largely vanished world. Here we explore some of the eccentricities of a singular race of princes from a bygone era…

Cars & Cartier: Ampersand goes to Hyderabad

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We have just returned from the city of Hyderabad for the fifth Cartier Travel with Style Concours d’Elegance, one of the world’s most prestigious vintage car events. The glamorous celebration is held every two years at locations across the subcontinent and this year saw the ‘city of pearls’ hosting the occasion at the Taj Falaknuma Palace…

17 Dream Honeymoon Spots in Asia (Romance Guaranteed...!)

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Asia has an abundance of heart-stirring destinations and extraordinary experiences. From swimming in the gin-clear waters of Indonesia to discovering the majestic forts and palaces of Rajasthan, we have picked out the most dazzlingly romantic travel ideas for you and your loved one…

Insider Q&A: Indian food historian Jonty Rajagopolan shares her top Hyderabad travel tips

Welcome back to Ampersand’s Insider Q&A series where we pick the brains of our special suppliers and ask them to share their tips and local perspective on some of our favourite destinations. Sharing her insights with us this time is Jonty Rajagopolan, a great friend of ours and, we think, the best guide in all of India. She is extremely bright and cultured, with several libraries-worth of knowledge about India’s history (particularly its food history). Her skills go far beyond historical…

South India photoblog: Hyderabad & the Taj Falaknuma Palace

After 16 unforgettable days revisiting South India, Catriona and I are now back at our desks in London, but we have one final destination to tell you about. It was the crowning jewel in our itinerary and the most magnificent place to end any journey to India: The Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. This time last year we were doing a grand two-week research trip across North India – from Delhi to Agra, Ranthambore, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur. There is no denying that Ampersand’s primary focus…

Win a 6-night luxury holiday to India staying in royal palace hotels

To celebrate the new Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire exhibition at the British Library, Ampersand  Travel have teamed up with Taj Hotels to offer you a competition with a chance to win an incredible 6-day holiday to India staying at the country’s most luxurious and historic palace hotels. Once the exclusive seats of Indian royalty, these magical palaces are the perfect hotels to experience the bygone era of Mughal India. The prize Two return international flights to India plus…

Ampersand on location: Jessica steps back in time in Hyderabad, India

Like all of us here at Ampersand Travel, Jessica loves India. In fact, we’d go as far as saying she’s a tad obsessed – despite having been on 11 research trips to India in the last four years, she even goes there on her personal holidays! She is currently glowing from a family holiday during which she enjoyed sharing her passion for the country as well as discovering a few new haunts. Her new favourite place? Hyderabad. Here, she tells us a little bit about her trip and why this city is set to…
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