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PENANG, George Town – A Captivating Microcosm!

George Town is part of Penang island and the capital city of the Western Malaysian state. Ranging from Colonial and Chinese to even Thai and Burmese besides of course Malay, Penang offers a diverse experience and a tremendous mix of culture and history contained in its architecture, temples and bylanes. However, the interactive street art stole our hearts.

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The Elusive Great Indian Bustard At Desert National Park, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer – Beyond the Golden Fort, Havelis and Sand Dunes. We spotted the Great Indian Bustard, amongst the heaviest flying birds, the number having dwindled to 300, critically endangered now, amongst clumps of sewan grass and ker trees. The ‘Godawan’ is the state bird of Rajasthan, endemic to India. Also viewed vultures, eagles, chinkara, coursers, wheatears…

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Franschhoek – Historic Tales & Vineyard Trails

Franschhoek in South Africa’s Western Cape Province surrounded by the vineyards, lying in the shadow of dark enigmatic mountains has a storybook setting with a stunning landscape. It is considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa. The highlight of our stay indisputably was the The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour.

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Receding Glaciers – Himalayas In Winters

At 8000 feet, Binsar in Uttarakhand (India) surrounded by alpine flora, offers excellent views of the greater Himalayas. The 300 km spectacle of Himalayan Ranges are dominated by the massifs of Nanda Devi, Nandakot, Pachachuli, Chaukhamba. The forests of Himalayan oak, rhododendron and pine are excellent for trekking. The place to stay is within The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Bastakiya Quarters Dubai

Open Art Galleries in Bastakiya Quarters, Bur Dubai.

Bastakiya Quarters in Bur Dubai is a quaint neighborhood built in 1890s by Iranian merchants and restored by Dubai Municipality in 2005. Walk through labyrinth alleyways and visit heritage courtyard houses topped with wind towers. Enjoy the open art galleries and those within the restored traditional houses. Here is a photo essay of Bastakiya’s mystic old merchant settlement!

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