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CITY OF CULTURE AND LIGHT

Download the PDF here. SITTING ON THE BALCONY, THE SUN SETTING ACROSS the Golden Horn, behind the ancient landmark of the Galata Tower, overlooking the vast Bosphorus Strait, I watch the oil tankers gliding down from Odessa and the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, pleasure boats bobbing aimlessly and ferries tacking across the vast channel. With Asia

In Search of Spices – a Keralan Journey

Download the PDF here. It is said that seafarers could smell the scent of spice on the warm trade winds as they neared the coast of Cochin. Kerala’s history is infused with the legacy of its spices, the lure of which attracted traders to the southeastern tip of India where its ports bustled with Chinese, Greek, Arab, Syrian and Jewish merchants; where

Tiny Noticeable Touches –
An interview with Bea Tollman, Founder and President of Red Carnation Hotels.

Download the article in PDF here. With the over-emphasis on luxury travel, social networking and haute cuisine these days, it’s easy to imagine an owner and founder of a successful global hotel empire as an international jetsetter caught up in the accoutrements of the industry. Someone who is constantly quaffing Champagne, tasting titbits, booking spa appointments, hopping from hotel to hotel, seemingly myopic

TRAVEL TRILOGY

Download the article in PDF here. WE WERE GLIDING SLOWLY THROUGH A TRANQUIL, mesmerising wilderness, lulled by the reflection of a winter watercolour blue sky above and a deep blue below. Winter n the Zambezi River is predictably pristine: perfectly stable 28-degree blue-sky days. It is impossible not to dream. From our canoe everything was magnified. The banks of the river were

Why book with us?

  Aside from being experienced travellers to the destinations you are visiting and being passionate about what we do, one of our greatest joys is to share the delights that we have experienced. And then there’s the following:   1. Souvenir Journeys is a growing collection of the finest boutique residences and experiences throughout India and Africa and are

An Aravali village walk

A simple early morning village walk in the Aravali’s can change your life. If you allow it. Around 7am we found ourselves making our way through mustard fields with women already stooping low amongst the crops, the herd boys with their flocks jingling past, the steaming breath of water buffalo in a paddy and the carefree chitter

Udaivilas, Udaipur, Rajasthan

It’s not often I will recommend a resort type accommodation but Oberoi does it in such style here in the Venice of the East that (if you can) you simply have to try it. Perched on teh western edges of Lake Pichola, its numerous domes have become a significant part of Udaipur’s western skyline; shimmering in the

Poolside at Shahpura Bagh

Shahpura Bagh is located precisely midway between Jaipur and Udaipur, and is the perfect stop over from Pushkar to Bundi or from Ranthambore to Udaipur or Jodhpur. This peaceful 45-acre wooded estate is one of our favourite destinations in Rajasthan. Beautifully appointed and set in a lush, verdant, estate, 800 square miles of which was originally gifted in 1630

Bhainsrorgarh, a boutique heritage hotel in Rajasthan

Dramatically perched over the shimmering Chambal river, on a steep slate ridge about 200 ft high, your first glimpse of Bhainsrorgarh Fort will literally take your breath away. Typical of the family owned and run heritage hotels in Rajasthan, Bhainsrorgarh is a jewel in these often dusty crowns. British historian Col. James Todd after seeing the splendid and

Rajasthan: Land of Princes

Kumbulgarh Fort Introduction For many, Rajasthan is the very essence of India, with crenelated forts and impregnable palaces that rise like giant fairy-tale sets above dusty sun-scorched plains and shimmering lakes. India’s second-largest state – similar in size to France – is largely covered by the ever-encroaching Thar Desert. Yet despite its aridity, Rajasthan was once remarkably

Patan, Gujarat

Rani Ki Vav stepwell, Patan Patan The old Gujarati capital Anhilawada Patan, 2km northwest of today’s dusty town, served several Rajput dynasties and the Solankis between the 8th and 12th centuries before being taken by the Mughals. In 1411 it began to fall into decline when Ahmed Shah moved his capital to Ahmedabad and today few signs

Gujarat, The Rann of Kachch

Little Rann of Kutch and Wild Ass Sanctuary Covering 1873 square miles the Little Rann, to the east of The Greater Rann or simply Rann of Kutch, is a vast, salt encrusted desert plain that becomes a marsh during the monsoon rains. It is home to nine communities including the nomadic Mir, the Kharapat Rabhari’s, Bharawads, Bajania, Kholi,

Gujarat and Ahmedabad

Gujarat: The eclectic, Wild West The eclectic and yet particular Gujarat is best experienced by the intrepid traveller on a third or fourth visit to India as it does not have the tourism infrastructure and focus, nor the upmarket accommodation and services that one is accustomed to say in Rajasthan. Rather, it is frequented by the intrepid

Paradise Found

Image – Poolside at Shahpura Bagh An overview of how to travel in India. Growing up in Durban, my first experience of India was of course local. My grandfather and father both did brisk business with Indian traders; I shopped at Grey Street for eccentric retail fashion – blue diamond shirts, leopard print vests, brogues, and bought

Rajasthan – Land of Princes

  Image – Oberoi’s Udaivilas, Udaipur, Rajasthan In the first of a 3-part series, David Allardice describes his experience of luxury in Rajasthan, how India “gets it right”, sets the standards for and delivers on luxury service and experience like nobody else. Lastly he reviews the new Taj Hotel, Cape Town and discusses how the Taj as

No Place Like Home | Wanted Magazine November 2011

Published in Business Day’s award-winning monthly Wanted Magazine. November 2011. In this second instalment of Wanted’s multi-part report on trends in the luxury travel market in Southern Africa, David Allardice focuses on Cape Town and its celebrated winelands, and travels further up the famed Garden Route to highlight some of the key industry players, their offerings, learnings

Spoilt for Choice | Wanted Magazine October 2011

Published in Business Day’s award-winning monthly Wanted Magazine. October 2011. Attending the Travel Indaba in Durban earlier this year was like walking the yellow brick road with Mickey and Minnie Mouse as a bright eyed child – a virtual dream come true, a Disneyland of travel destinations, experiences and brands, all housed together under one roof. So