Exotic Destinations

Exotic Destinations INDIA Awesomely vast, anciently exotic, divinely colourful, India is a mesmerising portrait of sheer beauty and diversity. Holidays in India are full of surprises and delights designed to enthral. BHUTAN Bhutan, nestling in the heart of the great Himalaya, has for centuries remained aloof from the rest of the world. Since its doors were cautiously opened in 1974, visitors have been mesmerised; the environment is pristine, the scenery and architecture awesome and the people hospitable and charming. NEPAL Situated between India & Tibet, the Kingdom of Nepal is filled with many different ethnic groups, customs and traditions reflected in a wonderfully diverse geography. SRI LANKA Delve into the past of ancient Sri Lanka to find sacred monuments, magnificent palaces, recumbent Buddhas, ruined temples and entire lost cities. Be enchanted by the fascinating cultural heritage. TURKEY Get acquainted with 20 ancient civilisations, encounter unmatched natural beauty, experience the warm hospitality of the people, and taste the specialities of Turkey's world-famous cuisine. GREECE Greece is a vacationer's paradise. Ancient sites and a magnificent playground of islands, each with their own charm and distinct character, offering an abundance of turquoise beaches, clear skies and friendly people. JORDAN A kingdom layered in antiquity, from the work of the Nabatean stonemasons to characters such as Moses and Lawrence of Arabia; from ancient cities and Biblical sites to desert castles, Crusader forts and Byzantine mosaics. EGYPT From desert landscapes and dry, rugged mountains that reach to the sea, dusty cities full of exotic sounds and smells and green strips of agricultural land snaking along the banks of the Nile. Egypt has something for all travellers from all walks of life. SOUTH EAST ASIA Incorporating Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. OMAN Oman, The essence of Arabia, see turtles lay their eggs at night, dolphins and whales, brilliantly coloured coral reefs, camels, mediaeval forts and watchtowers, local markets, date palm plantations, sand dunes, natural pools in the mountains, beautiful beaches, Bedouin villages and spectacular fjords! U.A.E The United Arab Emirates on the south eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula is a bit of an anathema in the Middle East. This union of seven sovereign sheikhdoms was formed when the British withdrew from the Gulf in 1971, and today it is a modern, trend setting conglomeration of high rise cities with state-of-the-art tourist infrastructure, magnificent beaches and a paradise of duty free shopping. Indonesia This Southeast Asian nation is one of the most diverse and attractive destinations in the world, with a long string of volcanic islands and a range of topography and culture. It could also be the best value on the planet, with cheap hotels going for $5 a night, often right beside great snorkeling spots. Bali is the most developed island, but even there you can find plenty of deals. On Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi, however, it's easy to branch out like an intrepid explorer or get pampered on the cheap in the most popular spots. Mexico In mid-2008, the peso was at 10 to the dollar. Now it's close to 13. That's a discount of more than 25 percent in a country that was already a deal. Plus Swine Flu followed by drug gang violence on the U.S. border has meant that travelers have tremendous bargaining power on hotels and tours. To find the best values, visit the historic colonial cities or beach areas where Americans don't outnumber the locals. (As in places where there's no Senor Frog's in sight.) Honduras Few people knew anything about this country until it was all over the news last year when the president got forced out of office. You can find fabulous deals on scuba diving packages on Roatan Island. This Caribbean island sits next to the second-longest coral reef in the world, and every hotel seems to offer attractive package plans no matter the season. On the mainland you've got tropical national parks, the rugged Moskito Coast, and Copan, one of the key Mayan sites in the Americas and a great little colonial town. Guatemala This is only a shade farther to fly than Mexico, but it is a truly exotic destination. The descendants of the Mayans still dress in traditional clothing in the villages surrounding stunning Lake Atitlan. The Spanish colonial buildings in the city of Antigua are older than anything left standing in our historic city districts. The sprawling archeological park of Tikal is the granddaddy of Mayan ruins, and still surrounded by jungle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR1w6TRmURA