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DRIFT Travel Summer 2018

At DRIFT, summer isn’t just about beach living and road trips. This year, we are thinking bigger and further away than ever! Come along to Africa, India, Mexico, Russia and beyond. Discover ancient cultures, modern hotels and must have travel gear.

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TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL

TRAVEL MAGAZINE

OUT OF AFRICA

THE BEST SAFARI DESTINATIONS

HIGH IN THE HIMALAYAS

A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

RUSSIA BY RAIL

TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

LUXURY IN MEXICO

GRAND VELAS, LOS CABOS

FACES OF THE WORLD

CAPTURING THE UNIQUE HUMAN CULTURES

SUMMER 2018

COME ALONG ON THE JOURNEY at DRIFTTRAVEL.COM


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PUBLISHER

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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PRODUCTION/EDITORIAL

MARK BLANK, RUSS WALSH, GILAD FISKUS, SPORT

CHEK, BHARADWAJ KAMESH, SYLVIA TENNANT,

SARAH BENNETT, JULIE LEVENTHAL, ANNIE

HENNESSEY, AMANDA SOUFI, EMILY WILCHESKY,

JULIA GONSALVES

CREATIVE | PHOTOGRAPHY

MARK BLANK, GILAD FISKUS, BHARADWAJ KAMESH

, SPORT CHEK, SYLVIA TENNANT, SARAH BENNETT,

JULIE LEVENTHAL, AMANDA SOUFI , EMILY

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2015-2018

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INSIDE this issue

4 OUT OF AFRICA

Safaris and adventures.

10 WHALE SHARKS

Cancun’s gentle sea giants.

14 TRAVEL GEAR

New and cool travel products

FACES OF THE WORLD

16 Global citizens photo essay.

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TRAVEL MAGAZINE

LUXURY RESORT

26 Grand Velas, Los Cabos

TRAVEL ROUND-UP

32 Top pick for travel

34 SAR PASS, INDIA

A Photographic Journey

56 RUSSIA BY RAIL

Trans-Siberian Railway

OUT OF AFRICA

THE BEST SAFARI DESTINATIONS

HIGH IN THE HIMALAYAS

A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

RUSSIA BY RAIL

TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

LUXURY IN MEXICO

GRAND VELAS, LOS CABOS

FACES OF THE WORLD

CAPTURING THE UNIQUE HUMAN CULTURES

SUMMER 2018

COME ALONG ON THE JOURNEY at DRIFTTRAVEL.COM

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BHUTAN

Gangtey Lodge in the Kingdom of

Bhutan

52 BEAUTIFUL BEACHES

Six bucket list sandy destinations.

64 MALLORCA

What to do in Spanish paradise.

AWAKEN THE SENSES

68 In Playa del Carmen

At DRIFT, summer isn’t just about

beach living and road trips. This

year, we are thinking bigger and

further away than ever! Come

along to Africa, India, Mexico,

Russia and beyond. Discover

ancient cultures, modern hotels

and must have travel gear.

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Natural Habitat

Adventures in

Africa

BY: SARAH BENNETT

Africa is a continent

known for its natural

beauty and wildlife. It is

home to various species that

are rarely found anywhere else

in the world. The African Safaris

provide you insight into the lives

of these creatures by taking you to the

remote areas. There lie various insects, birds,

animals that dwell and live here, offering much

for you to visit and attain knowledge about their

habits and living conditions.

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1Mashatu Game Reserve: Northern Tuli Game

Reserve engulfs Mashatu. It is home to many

elephants and leopards. It offers quality sightings

of few flagship animals. The main attractions of

this reserve are the elephants and the predators. Other

animals that can be seen include leopards, lion, wild dog,

cheetah and spotted hyena. Various antelope species can

also be found such as giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, etc. Other

things that excite the adventurers include the scenery,

bushes and birds. The scenery of this reserve is exemplary

comprising of wilderness of savannah, wetland and

riverine forest. You will be excited to spot the cliffs of

sandstone, dry riverbeds that are frequently visited by

herd of elephants. The Machatu trees are found along the

riverside and provide food and shelter to various animals.

2Etoshia National Park: This largest national

park lies in the north of Namibia as it spreads

over 5000 square kilometers. It offers a beautiful

scenery as the area was once an ancient inland

sea. This provides holes of water for the various species

and creatures in the area. You will be able to spot various

unusual and rare animals, mammals, reptiles, birds and

threatened and endangered species like that of black

rhinoceros. The best time to go adventuring at this

national park is from April to October as the weather

conditions are suitable.

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3Serengeti National Park in Tanzania: The national

park of Serengeti in Tanzania is stretched over the

area of 1.5 million hectares. The endless plains,

wildlife and annual migration of Great Wildebeest

are famous here. The name of the national park refers to

the place where land runs forever, thus, explaining the

vastness of the plains. The area boasts of the oldest ecosystem

on the planet. The lions and cheetahs are very

common in Serengeti while you can spot the leopards

near the Seronera River. The area around the river is

frequently visited by most of the animals for water. Hippo

pods and crocodiles can be seen in the river bathing and

squabbling in the water to escape the heat.

4Kruger National Park: If you are among those

that wish to campaign in forest or national park

and also experience the best wildlife, Kruger

National Park is a must visit for you. This great

national park is the largest and the oldest in South Africa

as it spreads over 20,000 square kilometers. You will be

able to spot various iconic safari species, 137 mammals

and more than 500 different types of birds. This park

offers the best place to see leopards. With the aid of

highly qualified guides, you will be able to cover vast

span of area witnessing the wildlife and scenery. You can

also enjoy romantic dinners under a starry sky amongst

the bushes or in Kruger lodges.

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5Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana: Moremi

Game Reserve stretches over one-third of

Okavanga Delta. The two large islands, namely

Chiefs Island and Mopane Tongue lie on the west

and the east of the reserve respectively. The game reserve

won the title of “the best game reserve in Africa” in 2008

by African Travel and Tourism Association. Another

astonishing fact about this reserve is that it is the first

reserve in Africa that was established by the localities. The

reserve startles the adventurers with its unique landscape

as you can see riverine forests, marshlands, wetlands, and

savannahs, palm trees, etc. All these natural features are

sure to leave you in awe.

6South Luangwa National Park in Zambia: At

the tail of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, in the east

of Zambia, lies Luangwa National Park in the

valley of Luangwa. There are very small numbers

of visitors in this national park due to its remote location.

Thus, it offers an undisturbed haven for the animals and

other wildlife, providing a more thrilling experience than

the other reserves of the continent. You can know more

about wildlife there and attain knowledge if you walk

on foot. You are accompanied by an experienced guide

and you choose to have a one-day trail or enjoy trekking

for one long week. You will be able to witness the best

scenery, variety and density of animals such as impala,

leopards, hippos, giraffes, pukus, waterbucks, buffaloes

and elephants in Luangwa Park.

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7Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania:

Mahale is located in the west of Tanzania on

the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The place offers

the best chimpanzee viewing in Africa while

providing home to more than 1700 chimpanzees in the

region. It is the only place in the world that provides

homage to both chimpanzees and lions together. Mahale

offers a beautiful scenery with mist covered mountains,

lakes, crystal clear waters and white sands. You can visit

the park in boat on lake and not on the foot as there are

no roads or any other infrastructure.

If you are a nature and wildlife lover, these top

natural habitats in Africa are a must visit for you.

You can learn a lot more about animals, plants and

ecosystem in these habitats of Africa.

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Call 800.669.6529

moorings.com/drift

unwind

Life doesn’t come with a reset button,

but an undocked vacation without

limits could be the next best thing.

Out here, sitting on the edge of the

world, carefree living comes naturally

and undisturbed paradise beckons

in every direction. With every breath,

capture another unforgettable moment

on the water, and unwind—one

blissful exhale at a time.

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Cancun’s

Gentle

Giants

BY: MARK BLANK

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As our boat cut through the

small swells, my stomach turned.

I have never been one to get

sea sick even in rough waters;

but that day there was another

reason for my uneasy stomach.

Our vessel began to slow and I felt

the hum of the engine cease. Once

your boat’s engine turns off you

really began to understand how

powerless you are in the open sea.

You simply drift, completely at the

mercy of the vast blue expanse.

We began to gear-up and my

anxiety intensified. Wet suit,

fins, snorkel… check. After

awkwardly finding my feet in

my oversized flippers, the object

of my restlessness swam right

up against the side of our boat.

A dark shape nearly 40 feet in

length dwarfed our skiff and I

began to question my decision

to sign up for this excursion.

If you are lucky, you may have a few

moments in your life that begin

with terror and then manifest

into absolute wonder. Perhaps it

is sky diving or climbing a lofty

mountain peak. For me it was free

diving with the ocean’s largest fish

off the coast of Cancun, Mexico.

Every year from June to

September hundreds of whale

sharks find their way to the warm,

turquoise waters of the Mexican

Caribbean to feed on the dense

plankton populations. Whale

sharks are filter feeders which

means they eat tiny organisms like

krill, fish eggs and microscopic

crustaceans. I continually

reminded myself of this fact as I

was about to enter their habitat.

“There’s a big one!” our dive

guide shouted, and we plunged

in. The shark’s cavernous, wheel

barrow-sized mouth was at the

surface vacuuming in dozens of

gallons of water. I heard some

shouting from the crew on the

boat and turned around to see

another colossal whale shark

swimming directly toward me.

Its massive mouth was no more

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than four feet from my face. My

initial reaction was fear, but I

quickly noticed this animal had no

interest in me. With a flick of its

tail the shark changed directions

and continued its feeding path.

After the shock of the sheer

size of these animals subsided,

I soaked in the spectacular

experience. Looking into the

shark’s enormous yet gentle

eyes, it was hard not to wonder

what things these fish have seen.

The speckled leviathans are

surprisingly quick for their

size. Just a few swoops of

their powerful tailfins and

they were out of visibility.

By the end of the tour we had seen

at least 20 sharks and that was

a slow day for the world’s largest

concentration of whale sharks.

During the hour and a half boat

ride back to the main land, my

mind thought about the amazing

experience. Not many people get

to swim with sharks in their life, let

alone the largest sharks in the ocean.

My only fear is that experiences

like this may not be available for

future generations. Overfishing

and human stress on marine

environments threatens the future

of whale sharks. I am convinced

that if more people took

opportunities like this to witness

first-hand the beauty of the ocean,

the fight to protect the seas would

take a dramatic turn for the best.

So if you are visiting Cancun

and up for an adventure, a whale

shark snorkel trip is an absolute

must. Memories of sipping

cocktails by the pool will fade, but

swimming with these creatures is

something you will remember and

cherish for the rest of your life.

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TRAVEL GEAR

HOT NEW TRAVEL PRODUCTS

BY: RUSS WALSH

FLOATTI

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Innovation is built into every feature of the

Floatti suitcase, and yet each fresh idea is

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draws inspiration from the classic suitcase.

Combining the best of both worlds, Floatti

was conceived with the belief that truly great

design is timeless, while up-to-the-minute

technology and user friendly interfacing

can make our lives and our journeys much

easier. It gives you free hands, peace of

mind and keeps everything clean and

organized.

fl oatti.com

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NOMAD Battery Cable

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braided, MFi approved Lightning cable with

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Battery Cable knows your priorities: it charges

your phone fi rst before then charging its internal

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Pawscout, The Smarter Pet Tag

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Pawscout App.

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Lewis N. Clark

Anti-Theft Convertible Bag

Convertible design allows for

seamless transition from urban

adventure backpack to a cool,

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holds everything from a tablet, phone,

and wallet, to water bottle and other

essentials, while keeping everything

easily accessible, and it can even fit a

15” laptop.

lewisnclark.com

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FACES

OF THE

WORLD

BY: GILAD FISKUS

Photographer Dr. Gilad Fiskus was born in

Montreal, Canada and has lived in Isreal since

childhood. www.fiskus-photos.com

“My artistic photos concentrate mainly

around unique human cultures. Being an

autodidact photographer I am nourished by

my imagination and cultural ceremonies,

outfits and rituals are my passion. Over the

years my photos were displayed in more than

100 exhibitions around the globe. Nowadays I

travel once or twice a year searching for a new

authentic destination, and filling my soul with

new geographic photos.”

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Holy festival is celebrated every

year in India and Nepal. Here

in Mathura, the birth town of

Lord Krishna, colorful energetic

powder spray is everywhere.

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The Miao people are an ethnic tribe centered in southern

China. On special occasions, women wear silver crowns with

horns as a respect to the precious buffalo.

Every year, thousands of Buddhist pilgrims trickle in from across the

countryside of Bagan Myanmar to attend Ananda Pagoda Festival.

Barefoot monks, young and old, line up in long queues to receive alms.

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It is obligatory for every Burmese boy to become a novice Buddhist at

least once in his lifetime. The thousands of temples spread across the

plains of Bagan provide the holy atmosphere for that rite of passage.

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Women of the Mursi tribe in Southern Ethiopia are well known for the

tradition of wearing pottery plate in their lower lip.


The tradition of tattooing the faces of Myanmar’s Chin State was to

protect them. Known for their beauty, the women were prone to be

kidnapped by the king’s mercenary.

Walking up the streets of Havana, one can feel a special vibe. Kids

playing soccer on the streets beside samba bands create the city’s beat.

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Every year tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims come to celebrate

Easter in the holy city of Jerusalem. Eventually arriving at the church of

Holy Sepulcher the crowd welcomes the sacred fire.

On the 1th of October 1949 Mao Tse Tung announced the creation of

The Peoples Republic Of China - the communist rule to this day.

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Geisha is a traditional Japanese entertainer specialized in singing dancing

and playing ethnic string instruments. Although it rare to encounter them

in Tokyo, I was lucky to photograph them.

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The colorful Ethiopian church in the holy city of Jerusalem is a

pilgrimage place for a multitude of worshippers. Many families travel

each year to celebrate Easter in Jesus Christ’s birth land.

Golden Eagle Festival commemorates the tradition of hunting assisted

with eagles. Here in the valley of Ulgi, surrounded by the white snowy

Mongolians mountains, the festival takes place every year.

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Cormorant fishing is a traditional technique where fishermen use

trained birds to fish. Here in the Li river of Guilin, China very few

fishermen are left to demonstrate this heritage.

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Grand Velas

Los Cabos

BY: SYLVIA TENNANT

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The flight from Vancouver to

Los Cabos was nothing short of

entertaining. Yes, the aerial views

were stunning, but they paled in

comparison to the joyous energy

of the passengers. A spectacle of

high fives, cocktails and laughter

surrounded me as I watched

the incredible transformation

of cold Vancouverites becoming

Mexico-bound vacationers. The

flight attendant informed us that

someone was getting married

(massive round of applause)

and two others were celebrating

milestone anniversaries. I

couldn’t help but imagine myself

on a flying school bus destined

for paradise, which I’ve now

discovered exists at Grand Velas

Los Cabos. It was the perfect

setting for a girls’ trip with my

friend, Heidi.

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Situated just outside the hustle

and bustle of Cabo San Lucas,

Grand Velas Los Cabos is a

luxury all-inclusive beachfront

resort with a 5-diamond rating.

Impressive, given that my stay

overlapped its first birthday.

The reception area framed

the ocean view like a painting

and was lined with a curated

collection of art, including pieces

by acclaimed Mexican artist,

Sergio Bustamante. Check-in was

enhanced by an aromatherapy

shoulder massage, and at that

point I knew this would be an

elevated experience.

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The all-inclusive option is a

highly popular pillar of the hotel

industry, and for good reason.

Coordinating details, day trips

and meals is much easier on-site

and, in our case, with access to a

3:1 staff to guest ratio. The Grand

Velas brand is synonymous with

Mexican luxury resorts, and their

Los Cabos property is the crown

jewel of accommodations along

the Baja coastline. Set on the edge

of a flowering desert that meets

the union of the Sea of Cortez

and the Pacific Ocean, I found

myself in awe of every last detail,

beginning with the food.

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Never have I experienced allinclusive

dining quite like Cocina

de Autor, helmed by two-time

Michelin Star chef Sidney Schutte.

From the glowing LED menus

to the multi-course tastings

paired with fine wines, we were

completely spoiled with service

(and live saxophone). Other

dining options took us on a

journey around the world – Lucca

(Italian, boasting a wine cellar

of 3200 bottles), Piaf (French,

decorated with roses) and Frida

(contemporary Mexican) are

equally excellent, but if you’re

short on time, pop in just to

experience the innovative

restaurant designs. We left dinner

each night wondering how to

import our loved ones and live

in our expansive suite forever,

or as long as the L’Occitane bath

products and in-room tequila

would last.

Practicing self-care while on

vacation looks different for

everyone and I always applaud

resorts that incorporate a holistic,

mind-body wellness angle.

Grand Velas sets the bar with

their extensive list of services,

including a custom wellness suite

for those who want to go the extra

mile. After a hands-on Ayurvedic

body scrub workshop, we headed

underground for a seven-step

hydrotherapy journey – a unique

offering that felt like an energetic

reset button.

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Of all my Mexican adventures,

this was the shortest, but it

felt so indulgent. As I walked

back to our suite along the lush

pathways, the colors of the sunset

shimmered in the cascading

infinity pools. Grand Velas Los

Cabos is quite literally surreal,

which is reason enough to keep

coming back for more.

The perfect travel companion for a 4-day getaway:

The timeless and perfectly-sized Weekender bag by

Market Canvas Leather (marketcanvasleather.com).

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Ray-Ban RB3016 Classic Clubmaster

Sunglasses – Mock Tortoise Arista

Inspired by the 50s, Ray-Ban Clubmaster

Classic sunglasses are both retro and timeless.

{top picks

for summer

travel from

Dakine Split Roller

100L Wheeled Luggage – Carbon

The Split Roller is an iconic travel companion for the

adventurous traveler. The durable fabric and dividing

pockets will keep your thing safe and organized.

McKINLEY Women’s

Nicole Shell Rain Jacket

With Aquamax pro construction that is

fully seam sealed, the McKinley Women’s

Nicole Shell Jacket will keep you dry no

matter the weather.

Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide

Mouth Bottle – Pacific

The Hydro Flask will keep

your beverages piping hot or

icy cold, perfect for travel.


Sea to Summit Travel Adaptor – Europe

Use this compact and colorful travel adaptor

with your two-pin electrical devices while in

Europe.

McKINLEY Men’s Moree Bomber Jacket

The McKINLEY Men’s Moree Bomber Jacket

is both stylish and practical, with a waterresistant

and windproof

Aquabase Pro build.

Monster Clarity HD On-Ear Bluetooth

Monster performance, sound and

clarity.

Nike SB Courthouse Backpack

The Nike SB Courthouse Backpack is built with a durable

polyester design, including several organizing pockets,

and has ample room

for all of your gear

as well as straps

in front to hold

your board.

Sorel Women’s Campsneak Lace Shoes – Red

The Campsneak Lace sneaker is the only shoe you need

for chic and effortless style.

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Music is a big part of a region’s culture. Its value in society lies in its power to bring people

together and express themselves. A local of Pulga, plays the Karnal with a backdrop of

colorfully dressed locals dancing to his tunes.

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Himachal, India

a photographic journey

Featured Photographer:

Bharadwaj Kamesh

A 22-year old self taught photographer and film maker,

Bharadwaj Kamesh finds true happiness in capturing honest

moments of people. His passion for exploring nature and

culture brought him to Himachal, India, where he captured

the images in this travel photo essay.

“If there’s anything I want my photography to reflect, it is a strong

social commentary and I intend to get better at doing that.”

Instagram: @bharadwajkamesh

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In high altitudes, the weather never ceases to surprise. Dark, stormy

clouds approach the Naggaru campsite, covering only half the

landscape, while the sun sets, piercing itself through the clouds.

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A local from Solang weaving

patterned shawls made of wool.

Famed for keeping one warm

in the winters and cool in the

summers, these weaving machines

are found in every village through

Himachal Pradesh. The rich colors

and patterns are a reflection of the

locals’ creativity and personality.

Walking along narrow roads

snapping shots and freezing

moments.

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The younger generation of Grahan locals are cool, modern and yet carry the humble and

polite personalities of their elders. In this image, they wait at the top of Sar Pass for their

clients to collect their bags.

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In the cluttered yet silent village of Solang, an old man has to walk up to make

his way back home. This picture shows how most hardships in the mountains are

common, irrespective of religion, gender, age or money and therefore bringing its

people together. The mountains do not discriminate.

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Four Grahani women carry their client's

bags across Sar pass, well ahead of

their group in this cold, unforgiving

landscape.

The contrast in this image is the reason

its one of my favorites. While the older,

seemingly humble man walks past

my camera, the little girl stares into it

confidently.

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The most common trail for the Sar pass trek is through the village of Grahan. During

the trekking season, the people of Grahan open canteens in the trails, carry wood for

fire, and also work as porters. Here, a local carries a filled gas cylinder to the Naggaru

campsite, at an altitude of 13,800 ft.

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A typically misty morning in Kasol, where the clouds slowly glide through

mountains and trees, offering an observer a gloomy, melancholic perspective

of life. A warm cup of chai with such a landscape will help one kill hours of

time wondering about the meaning of life.

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Silhouettes have always held a soft spot in my photography. There

is something about the ambiguity of such a portrait that is meant

to reveal more about the picture than the subject itself .

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A villager from Pulga sits on the edge of his window to observe the variety of tourists

and travelers that have come to attend the annual Pulga festival.

Every year, the people of Pulga come together to celebrate their Devta, culture and traditions. They

eat, drink and dance, and the village lights up with a homely atmosphere. Everything about these

festivals is genuine, humble and truly beautiful.

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3 days

BY: JULIE LEVENTHAL

in Bhutan

Delving deep into the mystical regions of Southeast Asia, Eastern Safaris’ Gangtey Lodge in the Kingdom of

Bhutan delivers a genuine and authentic experience in one of the world’s most undiscovered destinations.

The remote glaciated Gangtey Valley and the Lodge provides a perfect springboard to Himalayan adventures

– with world-class luxury to return to at day’s end.

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Travelers can experience the unique adventures of Gangtey Valley

with the Gangtey Lodge thrill-seeking 72 hour itinerary, aimed at the

intrepid traveler. Whether it’s mountain biking or hiking, spiritual

experiences or complete relaxation, Gangtey Lodge has it covered.

Itineraries can be tailored to the guests’ personal preference.

DAY 1

On arrival, enjoy a late afternoon

mountain bike ride as the sun is

setting over Gangtey Valley. The

activities officer, Namgay, will

lead the ride. Upon return, dine

on the outdoor patio enjoying

cuisine created by the new chef

Adrian Broadhead.

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DAY 2

After breakfast, guests will drive

to Pele La Pass and begin the 3-4

hour “Longtey Hike” to Gangtey.

The hike takes you through a

wild rhododendrons forest and

offers spectacular views over

Gangtey Valley. For lunch, enjoy

a carefully curated picnic at a

remote meditation hut followed

by a traditional game of archery

against some of the lodge staff. At

the end of the day of adventure

and discovery, guests are invited

to experience a Bhutanese

hot stone bath, a traditional

Bhutanese Dotsho, at Gangtey

Lodge Bhutan’s new Hot Stone

Bath House and a sixty minute

massage.

First, the treatment starts with a

foot scrub for a gentle exfoliation,

followed by a luxurious destress

massage, using warm

aromatic oils. Your muscles are

continuously massaged along

with gentle stretching, which

encourages you to relax and

assists in toxin removal from

the body. Relieving physical and

mental stress transmitted in daily

life, this therapy offers renewed

energy and encourages repair and

renewal to all systems of the body.

It is believed that the heat from

the water, the minerals released

from the rock and the local herbs

all combine to produce medicinal

benefits for joint pains, stomach

disorders, arthritis, hypertension

and many other minor diseases.

Request a glass of champagne

to enjoy with your views of the

Gangtey Valley below.

The massage will be followed

by a Traditional Bhutanese hot

stone bath which is meticulously

prepared by heating river rocks

over an open fire and then

sprinkled with local medicinal

plants and herbs from the valley.

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DAY 3

Before sunrise, cycle down to

the valley floor and watch the

Black-necked Cranes wake up

from roosting. The Black-necked

Cranes of Bhutan are the most

mysterious and the last of the

15 species in the world to be

discovered. They are endemic to

the Tibetan Plateau and migrate

to lower altitudes, in autumn

and winter (usually from end of

October – February / March).

Phobjikha Valley is one of the

best places for bird-lovers to

spot this amazing species with

over 10% of the world’s total

population gathering there. The

Black-necked Crane is revered in

Bhutan as a symbol of longevity

and the annual migration is a

cause for great celebration, as

residents mark the passing of

another year against the arrival of

these famously long-living birds.

Following breakfast, take a

morning Gangtey Trail hike

down to Khewa Lhakhang. Visit

the black-necked crane center

and monastery on the drive back

up. The Black-necked Crane

center performs invaluable work

in ensuring the protection of

their roosting areas, educating

the locals & tourists of the

importance of the cranes to the

valley and in providing care &

shelter for an injured Blacknecked

Crane, Karma. In the

afternoon, cycle up to Lawela Pass

and enjoy the sun setting over the

snow-capped Himalayas.

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Gangtey Lodge Bhutan delivers

a genuine and authentic

experience in one of the world's

most undiscovered destinations.

Discretely nestled near a cluster of

farm houses, the remote location

of Gangtey Valley and the Lodge

provide a perfect springboard

to Himalayan adventures –with

world class luxury to return

to at the day’s end. The lodge’s

stunning design in the heart

of Bhutan allows one to take a

step back in time, away from

the stresses and materialism of

modern day life.

The 12 beautifully appointed

guest rooms, each with their

own cozy fireplace and spacious

private bathroom, reflect the

rich cultural heritage with

warm fabrics and earthen tones.

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Additionally, all guest rooms

command sweeping views of the

valley below and of the Gangtey

Goenpa, or monastery, just a

5-minute walk away. Heated

hand cut stone floors and deep

bathtubs next to wood burning

stoves complete the sense of

luxury and coziness. The stunning

main lodge subtly captures

the vibrancy of Bhutanese

artwork and monastic design,

complimented by the murals and

carvings created local artists and

masons reflecting images and

landscapes from the valley.

gangteylodge.com

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OUR PLANET’S MOST

BEAUTIFUL BEACHES

BY: EMILY WILCHESKY

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Koh Lanta, Thailand

Amongst the neon lights and

hedonistic full-moon parties

of Thailand is the hidden gem

of Koh Lanta. An untouched

haven, unspoilt by tourists and

appealing to all kinds of travelers.

This beautiful island is loved by

locals and travelers for its beaches,

relaxation and diving. Embrace

barefoot beauty and immerse

yourself in the rich island culture of

traditional fishing villages or kayak

through natures tropical mangrove

forests.

Where to stay: The luxurious Crown Lanta Resort & Spa is situated on an elevated peninsula in Koh Lanta

and offers guests a piece of paradise with their very own private beach, with breath-taking views of the

Andaman Sea. The resort is a perfect fusion of modern Thai style and extravagance, with spacious rooms and

beautiful sea views. Guests can enjoy a selection of restaurants, bars, a fully-equipped gym and free mountain

bikes, kayaks and snorkeling gear – perfect for exploring the natural beauty of the island.

Boracay, Philippines

At only 4.5 miles long, Boracay is

a picture-perfect postcard stretch

of sand white beaches lined with

luxury seafront resorts. Booking.

com travelers have endorsed this

piece of paradise for its beaches,

beautiful beach walks, water

sports and for the friendly locals.

It’s a secluded getaway perfect for

travelers seeking idyllic beaches,

timeless sunsets and friendly

islander locals.

Where to stay: Surrounded by a lush hillside overlooking the turquoise ocean, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort

and Spa provides a luxurious and secluded hideaway. Boasting a private beachfront, two stunning outdoor

pools and spacious guest rooms, travelers are sure to experience the true meaning of Shangri-La. The villas

and suites add a touch of first class with a butler service and either a private pool or hot tub. Whether you are

seeking adrenaline or tranquillity this resort can cater for all, with a selection of spa treatments or a range of

water-sport activities from kayaking, deep sea diving to even a romantic sunset cruise.

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Waikoloa, Hawaii

Whether you are taking a family

trip or a romantic getaway

America’s 50th state will not

disappoint. Unearth the tropical

beauty of Hawaii and surround

yourself with stunning ocean views,

pearl-dust beaches, vast green

mountains, and an abundance of

tropical wildlife, island culture and

food, making Waikoloa the perfect

place for the more than 46% of

Canadian travelers that a recent

Booking.com survey found choose

their vacation destinations for its

great food and drink.

Where to stay: Situated amongst 32 oceanfront acres on the Kohala Coast, the Fairmont Orchid is a

spectacular resort offering luxurious accommodation and extensive resort facilities to the discerning traveler.

The stunning beachfront location of powder soft sands and aquamarine waters even attracts a family of

sea turtles. Resort facilities include an array of first-class restaurants and bars, ten tennis courts, a 36-hole

golf course, and a unique outdoor Hawaiian ‘Spa Without Walls’, which features waterfall massage huts and

massage cabanas.

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Grand Case, Saint Martin

This small, 37 square mile Caribbean

island shared by France and the

Netherlands – offers travelers secluded

beach coves, a fusion of cuisines and a

vibrant island nightlife. Grand Case is

known for its sandy white beaches and

restaurants.

Where to stay: Discover the tranquil

French side of St. Martin at the beautiful

Grand Case Beach Club, with two

private beaches where guests can swim,

snorkel, and water-ski and all rooms

have a tropical garden or oceanfront

setting. Guests can enjoy an array of activities such as golf, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, and horseback

riding. The on-site restaurant, Sunset Café serves delicious French cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and

dinner. BBQ facilities are also available for guests to enjoy.


Chia, Sardinia, Italy

Discover the silky sands of Italy’s

Chia, lapped by turquoise-hued

waters and attracting visitors

from Italian families, local surfers,

dolphins and flamingos. This

coastal area in southern Sardinia

is loved by the locals because of its

beautiful seaside, tranquillity and

nature.

Where to stay: Guests at the Chia

Laguna Hotel Village can relax in

the luxurious infinity pool, unwind

in the Turkish baths or have a

cocktail or two at the poolside

restaurant specializing in Sardinian

dishes. Guests can enjoy stunning

beaches, a tennis club and the

location and merely one hour from

the Cagliari-Elmas Airport.

Punta Prima, Menorca

Explore the beauty of the

Balearic Islands and visit the

picturesque Punta Prima. Unlike

the neighboring island of Ibiza,

travelers to Menorca can experience

a laidback island lifestyle and

ultimate relaxation. Punta Prima is

highly endorsed by Booking.com

travelers for tranquillity and being

family friendly. This charming little

island offers scenic landscapes,

deserted beaches and turquoise

seas.

Where to stay: Guests will love the oceanfront setting of Insotel Punta Prima Prestige Suits & Spa, ideally

situated near the beautiful Punta Prima beach. Relax in your own apartment featuring a seating area, balcony,

kitchenette and private bathrooms, and take advantage of the complex’s outdoor pool, fitness center and spa.

Spend your days relaxing on sandy white beaches and indulge at the three restaurants offering a selection of

mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine and stunning sea views.

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The

Trans-Siberian

Railway

BY: ANNIE HENNESSEY

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At 102 years old, the

monumental engineering

feat that is the Trans-Siberian

railway is a travel marvel not

to be missed.

As the longest railway line in

the world, a lot of its appeal as

a travel experience lies in the

sheer distance covered. And

thus, the opportunity to see so

much of Russia’s commanding

and hybrid landscape in one

go.

But to make the most of a

Trans-Siberian trip, one would

be well-advised to soak up as

much as you can of Russian

culture along the way; attend

the ballet or the opera or try

some Russian street food at a

local market.

The starting point of the Trans-Siberian route is Russia’s capital, Moscow. It is most highly endorsed for

sightseeing by Booking.com travelers and as you dash between palaces and churches you’ll discover that almost

every corner of the city boasts some form of historic intrigue. First to visit would have to be Red Square and the

Kremlin. Then the city’s numerous galleries and museums, often framed by regal gardens.

Notably, the Tretyakov Gallery, containing the greatest collection of Russian fine art in the world. Take a stroll

along the Old Arbat, a street dating back to at least the 15th century that has been home to several Russian

heavyweights including poet and playwright, Alexander Pushkin. If you can get hold of tickets, catching a

performance at the Bolshoi Theatre makes an unforgettable evening.

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First stop, Kirov. As is popular

amongst visitors and local

alike, you’ll want to explore on

foot. The city is named after

Soviet leader, Sergey Kirov,

but its story goes back to the

14th century. Visit the Vyatka

Museum of Art, founded in

1910 by local artists and one

of the oldest of its kind.

This attractive city of Kirov is

best explored on foot.

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Yaroslavl’s winning feature

may well be its stunning

skyline. Thanks to some

generous religious patrons,

the city is filled with

churches, cathedrals and

monasteries. All of which

possess wonderfully garish

and bulbous domes, dripping

in gold and reaching up into

the sky.

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Yekaterinburg is perhaps

most famous as the place

where the Russian royal

family, the Romanovs, met

their tragic fate. But in their

memory, various typical

Russian churches have been

constructed, hence the town

being most highly-endorsed

for ‘temples’. While you’re in

town, potter around the busy

Bazaar for a taste of a real

Russian marketplace.

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The Novosibirsk Opera

and Ballet Theatre is the

largest theatre in Russia, and

modeled on ancient Greece.

It’s best viewed when lit up at

night and blanketed in snow,

dominating Lenin Square in

the city center with its sturdy

columns and palatial dome.

But this populous city has

many more delights, be it

nightlife, the restaurant scene,

or its many monuments, from

the Novosibirsk Rail Bridge the

Byzantine-esque Alexander

Nevsky Cathedral.

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Of all the stops along the Trans-

Siberian route, Khabarovsk is

perhaps the prettiest. Booking.

com travelers endorsed it

most for ‘parks’ but its whole

riverside area on the banks of

the Amur, filled with tsaristera

architecture and decorated

walkways, is the major

attraction. With good weather

comes live music, al fresco

eateries, and warm evening

walks but it’s equally majestic

when covered with snow.

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With sea mist rolling in from

Vladivostok’s Golden Horn

Bay and the city skyline

focused on its two mighty

bridges, this Pacific port

city feels reminiscent of

San Francisco or Istanbul.

Though its most endorsed for

‘excursions’, you could easily

occupy yourself for days just

wandering around under your

own steam. Walk along the

waterfront on Korabelnaya

Embankment to get the closest

views of Russia’s Pacific Fleet.

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MALLORCA, SPAIN

Five must-do experiences on one of the world’s most stunning islands

BY: AMANDA SOUFI

When thinking of where to venture off to next, it’s easy to pick the destination that

first comes to mind, like Spain, and that’s totally fine. But before you book that

flight to Barcelona why not consider discovering a hidden gem that will offer you

that unique experience you’ve been craving all year long? If Spain’s on your mind

you won’t find a more magical place than Mallorca. With so many picturesque

ports on this little island, the best way to indulge in all the fun is aboard your very

own yacht, giving you the ease to schedule in as many activities as you’d like while

taking in the scenic shorelines from a unique perspective.

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Cycling the Island

Immerse yourself in the history

and traditions of Spain as you

cycle your way through Mallorca’s

top attractions, including a stop

at the famous Palma Cathedral.

This beautiful landmark is one

of the most impressive sites on

the island, and makes for a great

photo opportunity, especially

once the sun has set and the

church is lit. Cycling the island

is a fun and cost-effective way to

explore all the beauty Mallorca

has to offer while providing

easy access to local shops, fine

restaurants, and tapas bars.

Guided Hiking

Swap the wheels for a pair

of sneakers and embark on a

journey through Mallorca on

foot! Torrent de Pareis is one

of the most scenic hikes on the

island. It follows a deep canyon

all the way to sea, opening on a

beautiful sandy beach in the bay

of Sa Calobra. If you’re looking

to spot local wildlife and be one

with nature, don’t forget to visit

Isla Cabrera National Park for

some breathtaking views and fun

onshore activity. After a long day

of trekking, put your mind at

ease knowing a tranquil serenity

awaits your return onboard,

where you can sip Sangria on

deck while watching the sunset.

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Foodie Tours

Let’s be real. European cuisine is

likely one of the major reasons

you decided to travel here in the

first place and who can blame

you? Tasting the local Mallorcan

cuisine should be on your list

of to do’s. Why not partake in a

few of the foodie tours offered

including a tour of a local olive

oil farm, where you can learn

about the traditional oil pressing

process and of course, taste the

goodness for yourself. Paella

tours are also a must along with

informal cooking classes. Shop

for authentic local ingredients

and put what you’ve learned to

the test by creating a traditional

Mallorcan meal back onboard.

Thrills & Skills

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Adrenaline junkies and adventure

seekers alike – read closely!

After fully immersing yourself

on land and on water, opt for an

aerial view of Mallorca by taking

a ride on a hot air balloon. The

Mediterranean island’s landscape

is full of white-sand beaches,

mountainous terrain and lush

pine-tree forests and is sure to

take your breath away. A visit

to Mallorca’s Forestal Park will

have you thrill-seekers climbing

through nets, crossing rope

bridges, and whizzing down

ziplines, all with expert guidance

and safety instruction from onsite

professionals.


Scenic Train Rides

All aboard! Departing from the

Plaza de Espana Station in Palma,

start your day on the Soller

Vintage Train and explore the

13 tunnels in the Tramuntana

mountainous region. This tour

offers the perfect companion

to sailing to ensure you see as

much of the island as possible.

The whirlwind of passages will

take you on a splendid adventure

with awe inspiring views of the

beautiful Mallorcan countryside.

The twists and turns of the

mountains is breathtaking and

because of the slow pace of the

train, you have plenty of time to

relax and enjoy the views.

Sail the Island

With charismatic culture,

historical sites, monumental

architecture, mouthwatering

cuisine and breathtaking scenery,

Mallorca is the perfect place to

explore the less touristy side of

Spain. Short passages, uncrowded

anchorages and endless seaside

towns mean there is no better way

to take in Mallorca than aboard

your own luxury yacht, allowing

you to cruise to your heart’s

content and get the most out of

this once in a lifetime vacation.

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Senses

At Fives Azul Beach Resort

Playa del Carmen

5BY: JULIA GONSALVES

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts newest

campaign, The Five Senses at

The Fives Azul Beach Resort

Playa del Carmen, centered on

the five senses embodied within

a luxurious Gourmet Inclusive®

Experience. “Awaken Your Five

Senses,” encompassing an array

of weekly on-property activities

and initiatives that stimulate taste,

sight, touch, smell, and sound.

From the moment you arrive

on property, your senses are

stimulated – most immediately

upon entering the lobby, where

The Fives signature scent of

green tea, verbena and mandarin

flows throughout. Greeted

with a scented cold towel and a

refreshing beverage, you are then

guided through the lush Mayan

jungle to their suite. “Sensational

Areas” are marked throughout the

resort, identifying which activities

cater to what sense.

Located on the turquoise waters

of Mexico’s Playa del Carmen, The

Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del

Carmen by Karisma, is a Gourmet

Inclusive® property featuring

ultra-spacious and luxuriously

designed resort residences with

shared living areas designed to

foster togetherness among guests

of all ages. Gourmet culinary

offerings are beyond compare,

encompassing exceptional a la

carte restaurants and bars with

cuisines from around the world,

including the popular Zky Bar

with stunning views of the

Caribbean and the new Club82

Wine Bar, the first international

tasting room by Jackson Family

Wines. With a variety of

exceptional amenities, modern

décor, warm hospitality, and a

15,000-square-foot Vassa Spa,

every aspect of The Fives Azul

Beach Resort Playa Del Carmen

creates a uniquely unforgettable

vacation experience.

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Sensory-stimulating

activities range daily:

Monday (Savor The Fives)

Activities to awaken and delight

the palate; from cooking classes

with Executive Chef Gusteau, to a

barbeque dinner under the stars

in The Love Garden. Catering

to multiple senses, the popular

“Dinner In The Dark” series

invites you to enjoy a decadent

5-course meal complemented

with wine pairings and alluring

music, all while wearing a

blindfold, bringing all the senses

to peak.

Tuesday (Feel The Fives)

You can dive into their creative

side with hand-made jewelry and

colorful Mayan hipils, and release

tension through complimentary

massages and reflexology

treatments from Vassa Spa.

Wednesday (Listen to The

Fives)Touching on the sense of

sound, you can enjoy various

live-musical performances on

Wednesdays from a Rock Disco

Party and Michael Jackson Show,

to Karaoke Night, storytelling

sessions and more.

Thursday (Aromas of The Fives)

You are encouraged to find

the aroma of happiness and

relaxation on Thursdays with

guided tours through the resort’s

nursery and participation in a

traditional Mayan Alux ceremony.

Friday (Unique Views of The Fives)

Visually stimulating shows and

activities play into the sense

of sight with fire shows, circus

performances, acrobat shows,

glowstick night parties, and

outdoor cinema showings.

Saturday (Day of the Body)

On Saturday, you can find

peace of body and mind with

physical activities such as

competitive sports games, canoe

tours, stretching courses and a

scavenger hunt for children.

Sunday (Day of the Spirit)

Spiritual activities including yoga,

a detoxing Mayan Cleanse and a

Mayan blessing ceremony to reestablish

harmony for couples, are

a few options for resort guests on

Sundays.

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