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Head to the hills: Indian hillstations where you can escape the heat

Head to the hills: Indian hillstations where you can escape the heat

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.

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme

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.

Holidaying with kids in Asia: 4 fantastic options

Holidaying with kids in Asia: 4 fantastic options

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…>

The loss of a Burmese icon: ‘Moustache Brother’ Par Par Lay passes away

The loss of a Burmese icon: ‘Moustache Brother’ Par Par Lay passes away

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…>

Two wheels good: Celebrating the resilience of the humble bike

Two wheels good: Celebrating the resilience of the humble bike

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…>

5 great ways to unwind in Malaysia

5 great ways to unwind in Malaysia

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…>

In pictures: Charming Kochi on India’s south coast

In pictures: Charming Kochi on India’s south coast

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,…>

Fernhills Palace

Ooty, Tamil Nadu , India

Fernhills Palace

An 18th century palace retreat


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Fort Chanwa Luni

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Fort Chanwa Luni

A magnificent romantic fortress


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Carlton Plaisance

Mussoorie, Uttaranchal, India

Carlton Plaisance

British colonial hillside retreat


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Bal Samand Lake Palace

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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A lake Palace Retreat


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Balaram Palace

Chitrasani Village, Gujurat, India

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A neo-classical Gujurat palace


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Villa Kiara Boutique Hotel

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Barefoot Sakau Lodge

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The Peninsula

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Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit

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Shangri La Bangkok

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The Heritage House & Gardens

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