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Bamiyan to Band-e-Amir Lakes photo gallery

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Bamiyan to Band-e-Amir Lakes, Afghanistan

Bamiyan to Band-e-Amir Lakes, Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a starkly beautiful country—remote, rugged, barren and graphic—dominated geographically by the massive Hindu Kush Mountains. Flying over these mountains in a small airplane is an emotionally charged experience—whether you are flying across the plains of Pakistan, only to move suddenly up and over a mountain-high wall into Afghanistan, or flying into the country’s interior, following a river valley to the ancient city of Bamiyan. Central Afghanistan has some of the most astounding landscapes in the … Read entire article »

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Two ways to travel around Sri Lanka

Two ways to travel around Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small country but not a particularly easy one to travel around. Train travel is limited and difficult to book in advance; bus travel is not very inviting; and there isn’t the shuttle-van network that you often find in similar destinations. Some resolve this by hiring a car and driver through a travel company for the whole trip and many hotels have places where the drivers can sleep. But if you want to … Read entire article »

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Galle and the south coast of Sri Lanka

Galle and the south coast of Sri Lanka

Many Europeans travel to the south coast of Sri Lanka for the sun, sea and sand and it’s easy to understand why. The stretch of beaches is almost endless and the Indian Ocean is not only warm but peacock blue. I started my journey in the south at Tissamaharama (usually called Tissa) where Yala, the best known wildlife park in the country, is found. I then arranged for a driver and car to take me to … Read entire article »

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7 of the World’s Best

7 of the World’s Best

Best Hikes Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain Inca Trail, Peru West Coast Trail, Canada Nijmegen March, Netherlands Dogon Country, Mali Tiger Leaping Gorge, China Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, Canada Best Gardens Les Quatre Vents, Canada Great Dixter, England Sissinghurst Castle, England Barnsley House, England The Humble Administrator’s Garden, China The Garden of Ninfa, Italy Royal Botanic Gardens, Sri Lanka Spiritual journeys The Ganges, Varanasi, India The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka Angkor Temples, Cambodia Bali New Year, Indonesia All Saints Day, Todos Santos, Guatemala Alms ceremony, Luang Prabang, Laos Wildlife adventures Penguins (and icebergs), Antarctica 30 bears, … Read entire article »

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