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Off the beaten path: Top Travel Tips for Asia in 2017

Sophie Harrison

Celebrating ten years of tour operating experience in Asia this November, Luxury Travel company andBeyond share their top insider tips for exploring this fascinating continent…

Looking off the beaten track? The previously unexplored north of Sri Lanka offers a distinct architecture, cuisine and way of life for every traveler to discover…

Also largely undiscovered is the southeast of Sri Lanka. It is here that the famous Gal Oya National Park becomes a uniquely local experience, as guests get a glimpse into the ancient way of life of the Veddha people on a jungle walk hosted by the tribal chief, who provides a first-hand knowledge of the cave-dwelling way of life of these ancient hunter-gatherers.

It is years of experience that has allowed andBeyond to direct travelers to these out-of-the way gems. Even in a popular tourism destination such as Colombo, one of these places is Barefoot; a small local boutique that houses what we consider to be Colombo’s best bookshop, an eclectic art gallery with regular exhibitions of some of Sri Lanka’s leading artists. Owned by artist Barbara Sansoni, who once worked with renowned Sri Lankan architecture Geoffrey Bawa, Barefoot is best known for its fabrics and handmade products, made using natural yarns dyed and woven by hand using traditional techniques that date back 40 years.

andBeyond is also keeping an eye out for new experiences in India, such as the upcoming opening of the Alila Fort Bishangarh. The only warrior fort in India to have been lovingly restored and transformed into a luxury resort, this magnificent structure boasts authentic reminders of its history. Situated near the stunning city of Jaipur, the fort offers a range of activities aimed at travelers in search of culture, wellness and outdoor activities, as well as those looking to improve their culinary skills.

Yet another new attraction that echoes the grandeur of India’s past directs us back to the city. Built in the early 1900s, the Royal Opera House in Mumbai, which closed in the last decade of the 20th century, has been reopened and restored to its former beauty…

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Or for the die-hard adventurer type? Focusing less on culture and more on wildlife and natural beauty, andBeyond is introducing a 12-night expedition in the Himalayan landscapes of Ladakh in search of rare and elusive wildlife. Traveling through the foothills of this magical region, the adventurer must keep his eyes peeled for the snow leopard, ibex, Tibetan antelope, blue sheep and others.

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To get a fascinating glimpse of what undiscovered Asia has to offer, contact your preferred travel provider or visit www.andBeyond.com.


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