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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...

A Healing Land – Ayurveda in India

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The term Ayurveda literally means life knowledge in Sanskrit, and Ayurvedic medicine, as practiced throughout India, is one of the oldest known medicines, being passed down the generations for over 2,000 years. Here we explore one of the oldest medical theories and the ancient wisdom behind it…

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?...

Aurangabad: The gateway to India’s ancient treasures

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Aurangabad gives the impression of being a rather unremarkable destination; a bustling city surrounded by hot and dusty arid land. How looks can be deceptive! Aurangabad is the base from which to explore many of India’s ancient treasures – the famous Ellora and Ajanta Caves and the mighty Daulatabad Fort...

Varanasi: The holiest of holy cities

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Varanasi is a place that is described as ‘intense’ by those who visited it, but what the holiest of holy cities is really like in the flesh? Ellie describes her experiences exploring the frantic city made up of ancient narrow back lanes where life, death, and everything in between, come into contact...

Top 3 Spiritual Escapes

James Jayasundera, founder & MD of Ampersand Travel, opens up his Little Black Book… this time sharing his top 3 spots for a spiritual escape Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar, India Owned by Indore royal family, this palace hotel is as enchanting as they come. It is an un-commercial gem steeped in character, perched high above the River Narmada. I am so impassioned about Ahilya Fort I can never work out whether I’m frustrated or delighted that it is overlooked by most tourists! Away from the masses…
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