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Bikaner Havelis – On the Merchant’s Trail

When we were invited to stay at Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner, the itinerary included a few curated experiences to showcase the best of Bikaner to us. Among these, was a chance to see the Bikaner Havelis on the Merchant’s Trail. The very name brought to mind images of flowing silk, heavy bundles of wool, perhaps even spices, camels, and wealthy merchants that were favoured by the Maharaja. Turns out we weren’t

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Essential Hong Kong: Our list of things to do in Hong Kong

If there’s ever a travel destination I had the wrong idea about, it’s Hong Kong. I expected a typical South East Asian glass and chrome city with more plastic, less character and even less to see and do. And I couldn’t have been further from the truth. There’s a beautiful balance of the old and the new when it comes to experiencing Hong Kong, and no matter what you do,

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flydubai Business Class – A wonderful surprise 35,000 ft in the air

2016 couldn’t have had a better end. Back in November while we were trying to make plans on where to escape one last time in 2016, flydubai pleasantly surprised us with an invitation to join them on a quick trip to Dubai. Given that fact that our love for Dubai has steadily grown through the years, we didn’t have to think twice about agreeing and before you knew it, the date

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Cathay Pacific Business Class Review – Life Well Travelled

Between the two of us, we’ve had our fair share of business class and premium economy travel on long hauls over the years. Most of my upgraded travel was when I was younger, so a lot has changed when it comes to J class travel, and I couldn’t wait to check out the much discussed new flatbeds on Cathay Pacific’s Business Class A 330. And what better way to do

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The 5 vital Reasons to Visit Israel – Why India is discovering it

Our reasons to visit Israel are manifold. Charles and I have both been reading a book that presents an alternate history of the world. One that reveals it wasn’t the Mediterranean that was at the centre of history, but in fact, the Middle East. We’ve been devouring page after page of fascinating and shocking information about once flourishing cities, cultures and peoples that were at the epicentre of civilisation. Israel features as

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Pench Tree Lodge – Living Mowgli’s life

Pench Tree Lodge has been on my mind ever since I found out about it’s opening in February this year. I’ve been wanting to discover the park and couldn’t wait to do it through Pugdundee Safaris since they’ve already wowed me with their experiences in Satpura (Denwa Backwater Escape), Kanha (Kanha Earth Lodge) and Bandhavgarh (King’s Lodge). The prospect of staying in a tree house had me super excited. While

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Mount Nebo, Jordan – The holy land

While Mount Nebo may not have been at the very top of my list of things to see and experience in Jordan, I couldn’t deny the palpable excitement I felt as our bus turned off the highway and into the parking lot. Neither of us are very religious, however our interest in religious history is deep seated in the impact it has had on civilizations and cultures. Jordan had already

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What to do on Staycation – Make the most of being away from home with Hyatt Regency

When the Hyatt Regency asked me to make the most of being away from home, it had me wondering what to do on Staycation. Our travel style always involves making the most of our time in a particular destination and honestly that often means staying in wonderful hotels but not really getting the kind of time we’d like to truly enjoy the luxuries they offer. We’d already staycationed at the

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The Beatles in Rishikesh, India – My Magical Mystery Tour to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram

That India had once received The Beatles in Rishikesh was a revelation to me during the peak of my teenage “why wasn’t I around in the 60s?” phase. I grew up listening to the Beatles since my parents were big fans. Years later, when I was a teenager completely infatuated with everything that the likes of The Beatles, Hendrix and the ilk stood for, I made a startling discovery. I

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Bangkok Boutique Hotel: The uber-chic Oriental Residence

Driving from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Oriental Residence, a Bangkok boutique hotel, we couldn’t help but think back to all the time we’d spent in Bangkok (and Thailand) and how much we love the place and the people. We’ve been here more times than we can count and on each trip, there’s always something special we’ve taken back with us. Little did we know that we were on our way to

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Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Luxury Hotel That Outshines The Rest

We couldn’t look much further while looking for the ultimate Bangkok luxury hotel. The Mandarin Oriental is the oldest hotel in Thailand. La grande dame de Bangkok. Close to 140 years of elegant luxury. The hotel that has seen the likes of  Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham walk its hallways. And we were standing in its lobby, surrounded by smiles as large as ours, about to be checked in at an experience

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