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The Best of Ladakh Cuisine

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Read time - 4 minutes

There was a sticky area on the white dusted top, a treacherous crust and the sides crumbled easily. But enough of the chocolate cake.

High altitude trekking in Ladakh shouldn't just be about food, but somehow the rarefied air heightens one's appetite and as ever food eaten after exertion, especially alpine food is particularly rewarding.

Eye for a bargin

The ground pitches and rolls beneath my foot. I capitulate precariously, grasping a rough knotted rope to maintain my balance. Fortunately it is stretched taught and holds my weight, allowing me to steady myself and clamber onto dry land with an undignified lurch. A week on the waves has clearly given me sea legs. Satisfyingly perched on a weather beaten mooring, I watch the others stagger drunkenly across the wharf.  The traditional Turkish gulet bobs on the tide, varnished wooden cabins gleaming in the Mediterranean sun.

The Benefits of Responsible Tourism

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Read time - 2 minutes

Chris Haslam is an award-winning journalist, and currently the Chief Travel Writer at the Sunday Times. This article originally appeared in an Exodus brochure. 

There's a school of thought that suggests we should be taking fewer flights, travelling less and spending our holidays at home. Its proponents say that travel for its own sake is both selfish and self-destructive, but there's a counter-argument.

Rajasthan Cycle Review

Rajasthan Cycle trip

Read time - 6  minutes

Like many people, India was one of the places that I had always wanted to travel to. I had read the books, seen the movies - and now I was sat on an aeroplane ready to go. 

The gentleman I sat next to on the plane (who turned out to be heir to a large rice empire, he assured me!) even gave me some top tips, one of which was to always pay 10% of the price you are quoted in the markets.  

The (Gastronomic) Mont Blanc Circuit

You might think that two weeks of trekking in the Mont Blanc region would be great way to lose a little weight. Tour Leader Charlie Boscoe explains why this isn’t necessarily the case! It is impossible to walk the meadows and passes below the towering peaks of Mont Blanc without feeling a stirring of the soul; a sudden comprehension of one’s insignificance in the vast chasms of time, but also an understanding that that blip of time can, and must, be enjoyed to the maximum.

The Amalfi Coast Best Bits - Eat, Walk, Love

Amalfi Coast

Read time - 3 minutes

The old man’s eyes are honest as he whispers to me, “Here, in this region, we have everything you can possibly look for." This wisened face belongs to one of the family who own the Hotel Le Due Torri where we are staying, high in the hills near the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

At first, I assume this statement is part and parcel of the typical patriotism that characterizes many Italians – but soon, I am proved wrong.

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