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  • Undiscovered India: 7 places to get off the tourist trail | Rough Guides
    down you ll easily have earned yourself a mouth watering unlimited thali another of Gujarat s highlights Photo by Helen Abramson 2 Feel the beat of the ritual drum in Kannur Kerala Between November and May each year evenings in the Kannur region in northern Kerala come alive with theyyem rituals Increasing numbers of travellers are heading here to seek out these intense displays of spirit possession but it s still well off the main Keralan tourist trail The several thousand year old ritual involves locals wearing startling face paint and dressing in elaborate costumes with colossal red headdresses Their bodies inhabited by deities the participants dance with increasing passion for hours on end and perform phenomenal godlike feats such as rolling in hot ashes 3 Take a slice of the deep south in Rameshwaram Tamil Nadu Just 50km from Sri Lanka the island of Rameshwaram is accessed from the Indian mainland by a 2km bridge affording epic views over the Gulf of Mannar The tiny island is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in southern India yet barely visited by tourists Turquoise waters lap at pristine beaches surrounding the island and glorious temples dot the scenery inland The Ramanathaswamy Temple dedicated Shiva the god of destruction is the main event with mesmerizing pillared walkways and brightly coloured patterned ceilings Pretty much year round strong winds make this an excellent kitesurfing destination too Photo by Helen Abramson 4 Chill out on Little Andaman Andaman Islands Seek out the most beautiful beaches on the Indian mainland and you re also probably going to find an awful lot of people The Andaman Islands over a thousand kilometres off the east coast in the Bay of Bengal and not far from Myanmar don t escape the crowds either That is except Little Andaman actually one of the biggest the least visited island of the archipelago and the furthest south tourists can travel A tropical climate crystal clear waters stunning reefs thick jungle bursting with wildlife and the best surfing conditions on the Subcontinent make this remote haven worth the admittedly long and difficult journey Back from fishing trip by Jakub Michankow via Flickr CC BY 2 0 5 Hike the Himalayas in Spiti Himachal Pradesh Way up in the Himalayas tricky to get to and almost touching the border with Tibet the Spiti valley is one of the world s highest and most isolated populated areas Surrounded by peaks with an average on 4500m the scenery is unfailingly dazzling hanging glaciers barley fields covered in layers of crisp snow vast rocky plains and monasteries balanced precariously on rugged mounds Buddhist culture similar to that of Tibet permeates the peaceful welcoming communities of the mud brick hamlets clinging to the mountainsides and trekking here allows a glimpse into a way of life that s barely changed in centuries Pin valley Spiti by Vikash Prasad via Flickr CC BY 2 0 6 Walk the wilderness in Namdapha National Park Arunachal Pradesh In the

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  • The southwest Guide | Colombia Travel | Rough Guides
    Guides The Rough Guide to South America On a Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Colombia View Guide The Rough Guide to Peru View Guide Buenos Aires Rough Guides Snapshot Argentina View Guide The Rough Guide to Chile View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Brazil Rio de Janeiro View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Peru Lima View Guide The Rough Guide to Ecuador the Galápagos Islands View Guide The Rough Guide to Brazil View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot South America on a Budget Paraguay View Guide Leaving the snowy white caps of the Coffee Zone behind the Cauca River Valley descends south and widens until you reach Cali gateway to Colombia s southwest and the self proclaimed world capital of salsa music A knuckle whitening detour from Cali takes you to the tiny town of San Cipriano Further south the Panamerican Highway stretches past steamy fields of sugar cane to the serene colonial town of Popayán known for its blindingly white Rococo colonial architecture The verdant rolling countryside around San Agustín is some of Colombia s finest and would be worth a visit even without the enigmatic stone statues remnants of a mysterious civilization that pepper the hillsides Tierradentro s ancient

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  • Cambodia Islands | Cambodian Islands | Rough Guides
    escapist s fantasy Just seven people plus a handful of roosters and dogs live permanently on this wooded 650 000 square metre isle along with the owners and guests of the Crusoe esque Nomads Land an idyllic five bungalow retreat set on its sand swept eastern shores If what you re looking for is complete tranquility a chance to channel your inner yogi time for beach combing on deserted sands or a perch to explore neighbouring islands few can beat this little gem Best for volunteering Koh S Dach With over 2000 inhabitants this small island houses the largest community across the Koh S Dach archipelago Fishing is king here and the authentic yet surprisingly prosperous village is unaffected by tourism Shallow Waters a British marine NGO has a base on the island and encourages wannabe marine conservationists to volunteer their services surveying coral reefs collecting data and getting involved in community projects You stay in over water dorms and non divers learn the ropes on arrival Best for beachcombing Koh Rong The paradisiacal snow white beaches all 43 kilometres of them aqua hued ocean and twilight phosphorescence make this a favourite island for many Its southeastern shores are the go to place for young party loving backpackers however with 78 square kilometres to explore most of which is undeveloped it s easy to find your own patch of paradise we love Long Set Beach s striking alabaster shores The verdant interior is also ripe for trekking Gil at Paradise Resort is always discovering new species on his guided nature walks Best for full moon parties Koh Rong Samloem Although Samloem has long been Koh Rong s quieter sister island and is for the most part laid back sunrise facing Saracen Bay s full moon parties are fast putting the island on the backpacker map Party boats leave Sihanoukville pier at 5 30pm on the day shuttles operate from Koh Rong for the all night beach rave The next day nurse your hangover in one of the many bungalows scattered between the island s striking deserted beaches including the idyllic Lazy Beach resort and newcomer Huba Huba on Samloem s only sunset facing shore Best for camping Koh Ta Kiev With a journey time of less than an hour from the mainland Koh Ta Kiev is one of Cambodia s most easily accessible islands Given that you can turn up at Crusoe Island a rustic campground and pitch your own tent or hammock on the beach for just a few dollars or have someone else do all the hard work for you it s mighty popular but don t let this put you off The jungly island is large and for those looking for more than a mahogany skin tone activities range from jungle trekking and snorkelling to Khmer cooking and spear fishing classes Best for bird watching Koh Thmei Located within Ream National Park this serene mangrove ringed island is home to just one very low key eco conscious

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  • Western Austria Guide | Austria Travel | Rough Guides
    and activities Travel essentials Inspiration Things not to miss Features Gallery Explore Vienna Central Austria Western Austria Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Western Austria Introduction Innsbruck See all destinations Austria Western Austria Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides Rough Guides Snapshot Europe on A Budget Austria View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Italian View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Berlin View Guide The Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes View Guide The Rough Guide to Spain View Guide The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands Islands View Guide The southern Dalmatian islands Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia View Guide The Rough Guide to Budapest View Guide The Rough Guide to First Time Europe View Guide The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget View Guide West towards the mountain province of Tyrol Austria s grandiose Alpine scenery begins to emerge Most trains from Salzburg travel through a corner of Bavaria in Germany before joining the Inn valley and climbing back into Austria towards Innsbruck A less direct but more scenic route more likely if you re coming from Graz cuts by the majestic Hoher Tauern site of Austria s highest peak the Grossglockner As Tyrol s main town Innsbruck offers the

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  • Pictures of World Transport | Travel Photography | Rough Guides
    Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports The best of Picfair transport By Lottie Gross April 9th 2015 View Comments Every month we put together a selection of our favourite travel photos from image sharing site Picfair This month we ve chosen twenty pictures of transport around the world Next month s theme is festivals so for a chance to have your images featured on Rough Guides upload to Picfair and tag your images with RGfestivals A taxi in Chongqing China badass taxi driver by Chris Petersen Clausen Picfair Alappuzha India School children travelling home by Frank Cornfield Picfair Kampot Cambodia PUBLIC TRANSPORT by Wilfred Seefeld Picfair Kabul Afghanistan Horse and Cart by Dastardly Whiplash Picfair Lisbon Portugal Remodelado tram Lisbon by Janne Juntunen Picfair Going to school Vietnam Go to school by wolf Picfair New Jersey USA Leaving Hoboken by Dan Martland Picfair Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station train driver by Chris Petersen Clausen Picfair Glasgow Scotland Lonely journey by Paul Stewart Picfair RAF Northolt England Fill er up by Steve Lynes Picfair Westbahnhof Vienna Austria Train Station by Dan Taylor Picfair Floating market Indonesia Going Home by Faizal fahmi Picfair Thanh Hoa province Vietnam Back home by wolf Picfair Maasai men Kenya Masai and camels in northern

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  • Tyrone and Fermanagh Guide | Ireland Travel | Rough Guides
    Guide to Brittany Normandy View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Spain The País Vasco and Navarra View Guide The Mediterranean coast Rough Guides Snapshot Turkey View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot England The Northeast View Guide Much of inland Northern Ireland is formed by neighbouring Tyrone and Fermanagh predominantly rural counties whose few sizeable towns with the exception of Omagh lie at the eastern and western fringes of the region Stretching from the shores of the vast Lough Neagh in the east to the Donegal border in the west Tyrone is primarily a farming country with little evidence of industrialization apart from the neat planters villages that grew up with the linen industry and a smattering of heavier industries in the towns near Lough Neagh The county s chief scenic attractions can be found in the wild and desolate Sperrin Mountains in the north where the village of Gortin on the Ulster Way footpath makes a good base The region s towns hold little of interest though the largest Omagh is near the Ulster American Folk Park which explores the connections between the Ulster province and the US In contrast to Tyrone Fermanagh attracts plenty of visitors chiefly for its watersports boating and fishing Justly famous for the intense beauty of its lakes much of its landscape is dominated by their waters which along with numerous rivers constitute more than a third of the county s area At its core is Lough Erne a huge lake complex dotted with islands and surrounded by richly beautiful countryside Lower Lough Erne in the northwest draws the most visitors but the Upper Lough in the southeast also has its attractions its hills wooded with oak ash and beech There are plenty of opportunities for watersports while the less energetic can get onto the lough by

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  • Alternative Morocco | Rough Guides
    else This well trodden triangle is Morocco s most popular tourist route for good reason but in a country that welcomes nearly ten million visitors a year venturing just slightly off the beaten track can make all the difference to your trip Here are five of our favourite low key alternatives and unheralded highlights to get you started MEKNES Morocco s forgotten imperial city is more intimate and manageable than Marrakesh Fez and Rabat but in many ways just as rewarding The souks of carpet traders basketmakers silversmiths and sweet sellers are on a smaller scale which means there s less hassle and the bargaining is more fun But the Medina is only half the story Just south of the old town lies the other half the Ville Impériale an immense walled complex of ceremonial gateways subterranean vaults and vast granaries that once housed over fifty palaces The lavish ensemble was the work of one man Sultan Moulay Ismail whose tranquil mausoleum pictured above is one of only three active shrines in the country that are open to non Muslims AÏT BOUGUEMEZ Until the late 1990s the only way into the glorious Aït Bouguemez was on the back of a mule Tarmac is still something of a novelty here and while a highly spectacular road now wends its way down to the lower end of the valley the villages that dot its barren slopes still feel wonderfully remote The hordes may flock to Toubkal but trekkers in the know head northeast out of Marrakesh instead the Aït Bouguemez s peaceful trails include a variety of mountainous day hikes or you can tackle the multi day ascent of Jebel M Goun one of Morocco s highest peaks TAROUDANT Taroudant was fleetingly Morocco s capital before the Saadians upped sticks for Marrakesh five centuries ago but while the Red City has become Morocco s number one tourist attraction its predecessor has slipped slowly off the radar Performers gather in the evening at the main square Place Assarag just like they do in Marrakesh s more famous Jemaa el Fna and there are a couple of interesting souks selling spices and jewellery from the Anti Atlas But Taroudant s defining feature is its majestic ramparts which encircle the town in its entirety rent a bike and head out in the late afternoon when the walls glow like toasted flapjacks BHALIL Few tourists make it to Sefrou an ancient market town near Fez that actually predates its more illustrious neighbour Even fewer make it to Bhalil five minutes further down the road and believed to be even older still Suffice to say you ll have this intriguing little village pretty much to yourself Bhalil is built on top of a network of caves many of them still in use as troglodyte dwellings and chances are you ll be invited in for mint tea pancakes and a large helping of genuine Berber hospitality ERG CHIGAGA Spending a night under Saharan stars is one of the

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  • World Dance | Rough Guides
    to travel 20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View by Theme Activity

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