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Tiger's Nest monastery
Indian Subcontinent Bhutan
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Our last full day in Bhutan saw us visit the amazing, gravity-defying Tiger’s Nest monastery. Setting off at the crack of dawn we undertook the long slog up the slope and the many steps to arrive as it opened and to have it to ourselves. The Tiger’s Nest, known as Taktshang Goemba in Bhutanese, hangs off a sheer cliff 900 metres above the valley, and is the most sacred Buddhist site in...

Golden Temple at Amritsar
Indian Subcontinent India
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WF traveller Peter Heywood visited Amritsar before joining the Slowly Down The Ganges tour in November 2016. Over breakfast in Amritsar I read the front page of The Tribune with mounting disbelief. The government had announced that, with immediate effect, all 500 and 1000 rupee notes (80% of all the cash in circulation) would no longer be legal tender. As I had just arrived in the country with ...

Fort Ogé
Latin America Haiti
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A Wild Frontiers recce tour is, by definition, "fantastic fun and highly rewarding", but "will not assuredly go 100% to plan". Not surprisingly then, our Haiti: The Undiscovered Caribbean tour, a recce one, was full of surprises, and sometimes we had to deviate from the original itinerary, thereby discovering something completely new to us and, possibly, even better than w...

Empty Quarter
Middle East Oman
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With the current political issues affecting the central Sahara – in particular Niger and Libya – Oman offers probably the best option in the world for a true desert adventure. In fact, having experienced both of those places, and more across Africa’s endless desert region, I'm not sure what I have just seen in the vast Ras Al Khadir – or Empty Quarter – is not act...

Alex to the rescue!
Indian Subcontinent Bhutan
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Christmas Eve, and we were en route from Gangtey to Bumthang. Sonam, our guide, has told us that the entire length of the main east-west highway across Bhutan is simultaneously being upgraded to two lanes and to asphalt – and guess which road we’re back on today? We were soon to be playing our own part in this enterprise, as about an hour after departure we reached an accident site whe...

The takin, Bhutan’s national animal
Indian Subcontinent Bhutan
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Where better to escape the rigours of the British winter and, should you feel so inclined, the festive season, than the happiest country on Earth, Bhutan? Our group gathered in Delhi to start our adventure in Bhutan. First was the flight to Paro, with the added bonus of flying over the Himalayas and a superb view of Mount Everest in full winter sunshine. Paro airport has the reputation of being on...

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This year’s Planet Earth II series was probably the most visually-arresting television of the year. Every single scene was stunningly shot, showing the world’s wildlife in a detail never seen before. It certainly inspired us here at Wild Frontiers, and if it inspired you as well, here is how you can enjoy your own encounters with some of the stars of the show. EPISODE ONE – IS...

Mehrangarh Fort
Indian Subcontinent India
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Last week I was fortunate enough to check out a new experience offered by Mehrangarh Fort; having a private tour of the fort and its palaces with the museum’s curator. Arriving just as the fort was closing while all the tourists were being shepherded out, I was taken to the battlements high above the city where I was introduced to Karni Jasol, a stylish man of around 50 years old, in a sm...

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