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Portrait, Graceful in Old Age, Holipura, Uttar Pradesh

World Tourism Day 2020

What’s in a smile? I’ve been writing content for a new travel website for a client, somewhat optimistic perhaps, but he’s determined to be prepared.  In doing so, I was flicking through past content for other websites I’ve written seeking inspiration; “Infectious smiles,” was a phrase I came across and smiled to myself, and thought,…

The People of India Project – Kartick Satyanarayan

Kartick Satyanarayan is a well-known wildlife conservationist, who has been tirelessly involved in wildlife conservation, animal welfare and nature protection for over twenty five years. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS and heads the Wildlife SOS anti- poaching unit, Forest Watch. Kartick manages Wildlife SOS as CEO and oversees 10 wildlife rescue…

My Top Five Books Tiger Centric Books – A great and diverse small collection for International Tiger Day 2020

It’s International Tiger Day, social media will be flooded with images of this truly magnificent animal, hopefully also praise for the forest guards who spend their lives protecting them, the conservation groups who also do their utmost to raise awareness to protect this endangered species, and the lodge owners who provide wonderful accommodation for you…

Snapshots: A stay at Walterre and Discoveries around Dehradun

Woken by the sound of rain thundering down on the tin roof of the charming English meets India-style, country cottage. Ventured onto the terrace where we sat in comfort, under the shelter and sipped on g&ts whilst witnessing the angry skies thunder around us and the brilliance of the lightening showcasing the surrounding hills, standing…

Vindaloo,Who Knew?

This is, or should I say was, a pork vindaloo.  I kind of forgot to take the before picture. It was rather tasty. Now, the mere mention of a vindaloo in the UK gives connotations of toilet rolls being placed in fridges and lager louts at the end of the Westgate run, a pub crawl…

Snapshot, Dawn at Nagarkot, Nepal

It starts with a blanket of black, a darkness, a covering, the occasional twinkle of a star. As it lifts, hills  and mountains, shapes and colours start to emerge, layer upon interwoven layer, shrouded in mist, waiting to be discovered.  Soon birds emerge their slumber, dogs shout their final chorus of the night before settling…

People of India – Anand Sankar

Anand Sankar set up Tons Trails as a means of promoting off-beat travel in one of Uttarakhand’s most beautiful and undiscovered regions, offering tourism that is 100% locally run, socially responsible, sustainable and culturally immersive. Here are his 15 Questions in 5 Minutes: 1. Who you are (naturally!) Daydreamer. Period. 2. What inspired you to create…

Snapshots, a motorbike temple!

In India, always expect the unexpected. The trip that I had planned was to be, or at least I was hoping would be a a truly wonderful,  if incredibly unconventional trip through Rajasthan.  So, following local tradition, I figured I’d start by offering a quick puja for the  passage. Where better to do this than…

People of India – Vaibhav Kala

Adventure courses through Vaibhav’s blood – he is integrally responsible for opening up remote Himalayan valleys to adventure tourism, and has helped open up Indian river running like none before – with rivers like the Tons which was first run in it’s entirety 19 years ago,the Siang (Upper Brahmaputra), Subansari, Lohit in Arunachal Pradesh and…