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Specialists in tailor-made holidays & group tours in Asia
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In the Land of the Rising Sun, cherry blossom – ‘sakura’ – is much more than mere eye candy. Symbolizing the fragile beauty and fundamental transience of life itself, it is a central trope of Japanese philosophy and culture.

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Orangutans – the ginger-furred ‘Old Man of the Forest’ – number among the rarest mammals on the planet. Only two vestigial populations survive, in remote tropical enclaves on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.

In this article, we focus on the work of one such partnership – between the Sepilok Centre in Sabah (Borneo) and their UK-based fund-raiser, Orangutan Appeal UK (OAUK). 

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Summer is a blissful time to explore the great grasslands of Mongolia. For a few fleeting months between mid-June and September, the numbing, sub-arctic cold is banished. 

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For aficionados of Indian monuments, architectural historian George Michell and his archaeologist partner, John Fritz, need no introduction. For the past forty years or so, the pair have been documenting ancient sites across the country, and writing about them in a series of landmark books.

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Hemis nestles inside a fold in the colossal wall of mountains sweeping from the left bank of the Indus River. Overlooking a swirl of barely terraces and little cuboid farmsteads festooned with prayer flags, it’s a textbook Tibetan monastery.

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The lengths the British were prepared to go to in order to escape the rigours of the Indian summer must have been a source of amazement to their subjects. Each year, the entire administration of the Raj, their families and households, used to travel 1,000 miles across the Gangetic plain from Calcutta to Shimla.

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Wars have been fought over it, and the fortunes of empires decided by its trade. But the humble tea plant, Carmellia sinensis, was for thousands of years an exclusively Chinese commodity.

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Travel writer David Abram tells us why his first trip to the Far East won’t be his last.

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To mark the return of the Real Marigold Hotel to our screens, we thought we’d put together a selection of our consultants’ recommended hideaways on Kerala’s coast and backwaters. 

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Imagine waking to the sound of birdsong, a shaft of angled sunlight scything through a gap in your curtains, without a single car horn and diesel engine to disturb the stillness outside.
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