Every week is a new journey of travel and discovery for us at Outlook Traveller. While we prepare to bring you more amazing destinations and experiences, here's a sampling of our favourite stories from last week.
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There are many amazing travel stories coming your way this week. While you wait, enjoy these 10 stories!
1. The Best Tour Operators for Family Holidays
Who do you turn to when you're looking to plan an adventure-filled family holiday which will leave the kids entranced? We bring you the 5 best tour operators for excellent family vacations. Read the story here.
2. Explore Bidar, the City of Peerless Heritage
Once considered a city of great learning, Bidar was the capital of the Bahmani Kingdom from the 15th to the 16th centuries. It is said to be the hometown of the mythical Vidur of The Mahabharata. Today, the city boasts of some amazing heritage monuments from the Bahmani era. Explore Bidar with our Quick Guide. Read the story here.
3. Camp with the Changpa Nomads in Ladakh
The mighty Changthang Plateau in Ladakh is a high altitude desert famous for lakes like Tso Kar, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. It is also home to the amazing Changpa nomads who roam the highlands with their flocks of pashmina goats. We go camping with them to understand their unique way of life. Read the story here.
4. Sail Down the Beautiful Jhelum River
Probably the best way to understand the multi-layered cultural life of Kashmir is to sail the Jhelum, the lifeline of the valley. We do just that, from the Dal Lake to Wular Lake. Read the story here.
5. Enjoy Delicious Mangalorean Cuisine in Delhi
Good, authentic Mangalorean coastal cuisine isn't easy to come by. That's why, when we heard of the new diner Sana-di-ge, we had to try their wares. And we're pleased to say, from the butter pepper garlic yetti to the mamsa pepper fry, it was all finger-licking delicious! Click here to find out more.
6. The Hidden Valleys of Kupwara
Kupwara in the Kashmir Valley is better known for its remoteness and proximity to the Line of Control. However, this shouldn't take away from the fact that this gorgeous outpost is home to three very pretty valleys: the Lolab, the Drangus and the Drangyari Valleys. Click here to explore Kupwara.
7. The Royal Sites of Ladakh
The Namgyals kings of Ladakh have an illustrious history dating back to some one thousand years. In this story, we take a round of Indus Valley, visiting the various royal sites in Ladakh, from the haunting ruins of the medieval fortress of Basgo to the Stok Palace, the home of the present Namgyal. Click here to find out more.
8. The Heritage of Aurangabad
The city of Aurangabad is one of the most underrated heritage destinations in India. There' so much to see here, from Mughal era monuments to ancient Buddhist caves that rival the nearby Ajanta and Ellora. Click here to explore more.
9. Our Guide to Zanskar
Once upon a time, not so long ago, the remoteness of the Zanskar valley gave rise to tall tales and amazing myths of a land of gold-digging ants and the real Shangri-La. These days, despite the roads and trekking trails, Zanskar remains mysterious and stunning. Click here to explore this Himalayan kingdom with our exhaustive guide.
10. A Fort on the Arabian Sea That Was Never Conquered
The majestic fortress of Janjira, built by in the 17th century by a Mughal governor, holds the enviable record of never having been captured by force of arms. Today, the imposing ruins of this sea-side fort, gives visitors goosebumps. Click here to explore Janjira.