Ampersand's Travels...

Art Fever: Visiting India’s Art Scene

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The Indian art scene is booming. With record-breaking sales and clamouring international interest, the ninth India Art Fair welcomed over 100,000 attendees and Kochi held its third Art Biennale. There has never been a better time to invest in Indian art, from emerging artists to the larger names who have seen their value skyrocket over the past few years…

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…

A Hindustan Calendar: Festivals & Events in India

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India undoubtedly has the world’s largest collection of 'happenings'. From the smallest jungle village to the sprawling cities, the joyful clamour and colour of festivals and events are a daily part of life. Millennia-old ceremonies and contemporary exhibitions jostle together in the most buzzing calendar in the world…

Polo and Peacocks: British Polo Day in Jodhpur

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A celebrated and ancient sport, Polo has been played since the time of the Mughals. But it was in the late 19th century that polo came to Jodhpur in its modern form. British Polo Day enjoys three days of events, rich in intrigue, romance and the majesty of India...

What brings you to Bhubaneshwar?

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Arriving in Bhubaneshwar after a whirlwind of colour and noise in Varanasi, was like landing into a different country. With wide spacious streets and one of the cleanest cities in India, it is a very laid-back and friendly place. But the very welcoming locals wanted to know what had brought us to Bhubaneshwar?...

14 Incredible Festivals to Visit in Asia

Thousands and thousands of festivals take place every single year. From music and performance to art and dance, food and gastronomy to wine and beer, religious ceremonies to street parades, historical celebrations to sporting events; it’s almost guaranteed that wherever you go in the world, whatever time of year, something amazing is happening. Here are 14 incredible festivals that you just have to visit if you’re travelling in Asia. INDIA 1| Diwali Festival Diwali is one of the most…

Catriona's journey through Southern India - Part 1: Northern Kerala

There is nothing more exciting than leaving a blustery and wet London and touching down 13 hours later in a gloriously hot India. Those initial steps off the aircraft onto the tarmac below make you want to run to the nearest swimming pool with a cool spritzer and to start your holiday in style (whilst those back in the UK are battling the weather with their soggy umbrellas!). In March this year, I embarked on an Indian adventure and took my mother along for the ride. We explored northern…