Bhutan is a small kingdom wedged between two mighty countries, India and China, in the shadows of the Himalayas. It is a country steeped in Mahayana Buddhism, myths and legends under the sovereign rule of the Wangchuck Dynasty. The magnificent landscape is picture perfect with majestic mountains sweeping down to lush valleys carved by cascading
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Japan is cherry blossom, and Japan is Hello Kitty. It’s neon signs, sushi, and it’s Sony, Nikon, and Nintendo. But beyond the brands and stereotypes which Japan exports, you will find a culturally rich, and a surprisingly diverse, country of fascinating sites to explore. Tokyo – a megacity Shibuya crossing, Tokyo (c) StockSnap The chances are
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With direct flights from the UK, taking around two hours, Turin is a convenient destination for a long weekend. Originally laid out by the Romans, the streets still follow the same grid pattern, and the centre is compact enough to explore on foot. This was a Royal city, first the capital of the Kingdom of
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The world’s best-kept travel secrets are out – but they won’t stay secret for long. Why? Because a leading tour firm have listed their top 20 following a survey when found that, when we find somewhere exclusive and special, we tend to keep it to ourselves. Little-known destinations such as Jaffna in the North of
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It was the start of a three day walk into Romania’s Retezat Mountains. Nik, my son-in-law, and I were going with Iulian Panescu, a mountain guide and photographer. Instinctively I’m not keen on being guided in the mountains, preferring to do my own thing. However, I began to consider the advantages of being with somebody
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As we ambled through the Knysna forest, gradually falling behind the faster hikers in the group, conversation turned to the topic of the near-mythical elephants said to still roam here. Once thought to number around 1000, the herd had been reduced to an estimated five females by 2007. None have been seen for years and
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Cornwall, with its hundreds of miles of accessible coastline, is a popular summer jaunt. Yet in the spring and especially around Easter, the sea begins to warm, the lifeguards take up their positions and the surf schools begin putting their boards and wetsuits out. But to get the best out of a visit at this time of year
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