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Best of Beijing

China is so vast that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the thought of planning an itinerary that captures the essence of the country and its people. One way to meet the challenge is to focus your plans on a limited geographic area that boasts some of the most iconic China experiences. You don’t need to look further than Beijing …

Spectacular spiritual destinations of Asia and India

India and Asia offer some of the most compelling spiritual destinations for travelers and pilgrims. Sacred sites, shrines, temples, and religious communities attract worshipers and day-trippers alike. Some locations are holy sites for multiple religions or have been occupied by successive religions over millennia.  In many countries, religion and spirituality is everywhere, deeply embedded into every aspect of daily life. In Japan …

Hands on arts and crafts in India

When you travel to India you will be overwhelmed with the variety of arts and crafts you’ll see, and the distinct regional differences in cultural traditions which inform these practices. Buying arts and crafts in India supports local makers and helps keep communities economically viable. You may even be able to have some hands-on fun and learn how to make …

India Bucket List

India is such a vast and diverse country that it’s impossible to capture every incredible experience in just one trip. Many travelers find themselves returning again and again as they discover the richness and variety that India has to offer. There are some essential Indian experiences which can allow you to immerse yourself in the true essence of India. These …

Bird and animals in Indian culture

The animal kingdom is not separate to the human realm in Indian culture and mythology. Both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs situate humans, animals, and birds on the same plane of existence, sharing cycles of reincarnation. In India, sacred animals are highly visible in everyday life as they are venerated. Both wild and domesticated animals also play a prominent role in …

Indian films that will make you fall in love with the country

If you’re planning a trip to India, one of the best things to do while you wait for your departure day is to immerse yourself in books and films about the country, its history, and people. These days Bollywood films have a very high profile around the world but the local film industry is more diverse than you might think. …

Architectural wonders of India

When you think of India you probably think of the color and vibrancy of the arts, crafts and textiles, the rich and sometimes spicy variety of delicious foods and the hustle and bustle of some of the world’s busiest cities. But do you think of India as a place featuring some of the most spectacular and stunning architectural wonders of the …

Our five favorite street foods from India and Asia

When you’re travelling, there’s nothing more rewarding than a stroll through the bustling streets of the towns and cities of the country you’re exploring. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of a new culture, up close and personal. While you’re wandering, people watch and check out the tasty morsels of street food vendors cook up on the side …

How to spend Christmas in Japan

Christmas in Japan is a delightful secular festival of fun, food, shopping and magical illumination. If you’re looking for a uniquely different travel destination this festive season, Japan offers something typically quirky and special to enjoy. Christmas dinner for couples and families Image courtesy of kimuburt via Flickr For young people, Christmas Eve is celebrated much like Valentine’s Day is …

The best of Bali’s hidden secrets

Chances are if you haven’t been to Bali you’ll know someone who has. It’s been a favorite of travelers for generations. Visitors love the laidback ambience and the friendly locals, not to mention the stunning beaches. But don’t be afraid to explore the Bali that most tourists never see. Here’s your guide to the best bits of Bali that are …

Top 5 places to visit in Vietnam

Vietnam has an interesting history – from colonial outpost to civil war to tropical wonderland. While its past is omnipresent, it’s a holiday destination that is also forged in the modern day world. While one could spend months ambling up the thin coastline of Vietnam if you’ve only got a short time, here are five places that you shouldn’t miss. …

Women’s Tour of India

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