INDIA’S former British residents utilized high altitude towns across the nation as a place of refuge from the intense summer heat of the plains. Many of these had a central mall or a focal point such as a lake, around which activities could be based. Today the idea of the hill station is not lost on modern day tourists with Indian and other visitors flocking to places in Kerala, Uttarkhand, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and other states for a little respite.
THE Indian visa office in Kathmandu’s Thamel district has long held an allure for spur-of-the-moment travellers. Located on a cramped street flanked by open sewers and loitering rickshaw peddlers, it is one of Asia’s few Indian visa offices that issue all foreigners tourist visas on short notice.
TRAVELING with children doesn’t have to be difficult in Asia. Not only do the varying cultural delights offer interesting options for kids but there is wildlife, healthy food, affordable accommodation and excellent beach resorts and activities to keep them occupied. In addition to that, Asian cultures are excellent at including and catering for children so…>
MOST tourists that made the trek north to the Burmese city of Mandalay would have stopped by the Moustache Brothers for their nightly cultural shows. However, the comedic trio of U Par Par Lay, U Lu Zaw and Lu Maw lost the leader of their troupe last week when Par Par Lay passed away. Aged…>
WE’VE all heard tales of China’s, and indeed all of Asia’s, rising middle class spending their money on all kinds of things from cars, to luxury foods and travel thanks to their booming economy. However one of the latest fads has been high end bicycle models. This is probably most surprising as bikes have long…>
By Lakshmi Sharath SING with the birds or indulge in a spa – Malaysia is where you need to head for a relaxing holiday Think Malaysia and the images that come to mind are varied and myriad. The skyline dotted with the tallest towers merges with the beautiful beaches and takes you into a world…>
KOCHI, formerly Cochin, is a port city on the west coast of India. What makes Kochi unique is that it was once the centre of the Indian spice trade. Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Greeks, Romans, Jews, Arabs and Chinese all traded here and all left their influence on the city in a collection of religious establishments,…>