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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...

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…

Heritage & Hindustan: Nathdwara, A Divine Art Form

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They say a picture describes a thousand words, and to the artists of the Hindu temple town of Nathdwara, art has been a traditional way of depicting sacred imagery of gods to countless illiterate worshippers over the centuries…

The Most Extravagant Valentine’s Day Gifts Around the World

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Valentine’s Day is a time to really splash out on the one you love, and there are some truly elaborate ways you can celebrate your blossoming romance to show your beloved just how much they mean to you. This infographic is about luxury gifts for travel lovers, so you can say “I love you” in style…

Ellie’s Top 10 Northern India Holiday Highlights

By Ellie Boulstridge, Ampersand Sales Specialist India has completely captured my heart like no other country – to my surprise I have become a complete and utter Indophile. My first day at Ampersand involved flying to India for the first time for a three week trip; I fell in love and have never looked back. Having been at Ampersand for over three years, I have just come back from my fourth trip to the country. My previous trips have centred around Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle, or…

Confused about India?

Fascinating, intense and at times maddening, India – like the most interesting people – can be mystifying. Here, the Ampersand team answer your questions and fears, and share our top luxury India travel tips India was the original destination Ampersand started selling many years ago and it is not only the destination we know best, it is also the closest to our hearts. Having put together thousands of tailor-made tours of India for our clients, we know that it is a country that confuses and…

How do you take a 10 day holiday using only 4 days leave?‏ Simply use your Easter bank holidays wisely!

Forget Christmas, Easter is just 3 months away! Did you know that by making good use of Good Friday (29 March) and Easter Monday (1 April) public holidays, you can enjoy a nice long 10-day holiday by taking just 4 days off work? Simply depart on Thursday 28 March and return on Sunday 7 April. Easy!10 days is a wonderful amount of time to be away. It is long enough to visit virtually anywhere in the world and get a really good break, but it's short enough to slip straight back into your day to…