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Journey through the last Shangri-La: Bhutan

The Land of the Thunder Dragon. The last Shangri-La. The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has been called many things, but only the few that have been lucky enough to peer through its doors can truly say what lies behind them. Can a country really create a national development policy that is based on a philosophy of happiness? How deep have the saffron robes …

From the moon to paradise: Ladakh and Kashmir

Tucked away in the north of India, few have the opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty and serenity of Ladakh and Kashmir. Thanks to altitude and cooler climes, there are only a few months of the year that make it comfortable to traverse this stunning region in its entirety. Dotted with turquoise lakes, remote Buddhist monasteries and a majestic desert that …

Explore Nepal: Culture, Jungle and Mountains

Once considered as mystical and inaccessible as Hilton’s Shangri-La, this landlocked country of valleys and peaks has attracted an astounding number of visitors for decades. From the endorsers of ‘Flower Power’ in the hedonistic 60s to the daring adventure traveler to the luxury traveler, Nepal has catered to the diverse needs of visitors in its own inimitable way.

India Dance and Music Itinerary

In the vast country of India, each state has its own unique heritage which has developed various forms of dance and music. The classical music be it Hindustani Classical, Carnatic, Ghazal or Qawwali is well practiced in India and is as popular as Indian contemporary music. It has stood the tests of time and is being carried on by the new generation. Over the course of time, the dance forms which were practiced in different parts of the country have developed distinct identities according to the geographic, socio – economic and political conditions of each region.

Wild Orchards & Jungles Northeast India Itinerary

This itinerary introduces you to the exciting land of Northeast India. The rolling hills, tropical rainforests, riverine grasslands, bamboo orchards and numerous wetland eco systems make this region a naturalist’s paradise amongst the richest biodiversity zones in the country interspersed with high alpine meadows. Especially exotic are the orchids and other flora that thrive in the high humidity of this unexplored region. In addition to flora and fauna, this area is one of the best in India for wildlife and birds.

Bhutan: Druk Path Trek and Cultural Tour

This exciting Bhutan itinerary is a balance of mountains and culture. Hike Druk Path Trek that passes through beautiful landscapes of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while also having the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs (temples), dzongs and villages. Hikers will have amazing views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best time to hike the Druk Path Trek is between March-May and September-November. Your Bhutan visit will include the sites of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha and a special dinner with the former Ambassador to the UN, Lhatu Wangchuk, and his family at his home in Thimphu. He was also his country’s Ambassador to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Pakistan and the Republic of Korea. Lhatu Wangchuk served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Chief of Protocol.

A Journey To Ladakh and Kashmir

This is a special journey to Ladakh and Kashmir, two unbelievably beautiful places in India. The tour leader is Muzaffar Andrabi who was born in Srinagar, Kashmir and has been leading tours for 25 years to many countries including central Asia, Tibet, China and many parts of the subcontinent and the Middle East. He was recently mentioned in an article on Kashmir in the Wall Street Journal (October 2015). Susan Geringer, owner of Geringer Global Travel, will be the escort.

The Spiritual Places in India Not To Be Missed

Spirituality is intertwined with every day life in India, across all religions. Regardless of whether you are a devout follower or atheist, it’s almost impossible not to be charmed by the devotion and beauty of the country’s many spiritual sites. While there are too many to list them all, here’s some places we think you shouldn’t miss. 1. Varanasi   …

The Spices of India

India is synonymous with spices. From the fiery curries to natural remedies or the heady scents that mesmerize the senses as you walk through markets, spices are an integral part of experiencing the country. As you travel through the sub-continent there are many opportunities to learn about special spices and see them growing in their natural glory. Here are some …

Eating out in Bangalore

The southern city of Bangalore is fast becoming one of the culinary hot-spots of India. A smorgasbord of cuisines to suit every budget are found throughout the city, but here’s some of our favorite places that serve local cuisine to satiate your tastebuds. Grasshopper More than a restaurant, Grasshopper is a farm, a design studio and one of the most …

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is synonymous with India, as a form of alternative medicine. But it’s much more than a modality to treat illness. For those who follow it, ayurveda is a way of life that promotes health and inner balance. It actually derives its meaning from the Sanskrit words of “Ayus” meaning life and “Veda” meaning knowledge. For over 5,000 years, this …