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  • Pictures of Bhutan: the Happiest Place on Earth | Rough Guides
    Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports 18 evocative pictures of the happiest place on Earth By Margot Raggett June 1st 2015 View Comments Freelance travel and wildlife photographer Margot Raggett shares her beautiful photographs of the fascinating kingdom of Bhutan Whenever anyone asks me what Bhutan is like I find the best way to describe it is like Narnia it is so remote and unlike anywhere else on Earth that I ve visited And then I implore them to visit before it is too late before it all inevitably changes Bhutan is one of the last Kingdoms left on earth and describes itself as the happiest country on the planet and I have to say from what I saw they pretty much have it right The country s wealth is measured by the peoples happiness not its GDP they call it Gross National Happiness and the citizens are incredibly well looked after by the state Crime levels are low graffiti and rubbish non existent The people have to wear traditional national dress at all times which results in an explosion of colourful outfits wherever you go My jeans put me to shame I visited to coincide with the famous Paro Tshechu festival which includes days of traditional dances acted out for visitors who come far and wide in their best dress Aside from the many stunning temples and breathtaking scenery the best thing of all for me about Bhutan was the warmth and beauty of the people which is what I spent most of my time trying to capture It s truly a unique place to experience Monks making their way into the dzong monastery for the Paro Tshechu Festival Prayer flags in the wind Punakha Dzong Paro Locals walking past Punakha Dzong

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  • Travel Features by Margot Raggett | Rough Guides
    New Guinea Samoa Tuvalu Vanuatu Central America the Caribbean Bahamas Belize Bermuda Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala Jamaica Nicaragua Panama Trinidad Tobago Europe Albania Armenia Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi 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 Features Margot Raggett Sort by Date Popularity 18 evocative pictures of the happiest place on Earth Freelance travel and wildlife photographer Margot Raggett shares her beautiful photographs of the fascinating kingdom of Bhutan Whenever anyone asks me what Bhutan is like I find the best way to describe it is like Narnia it is so remote and unlike anywhere else on Earth that I ve visited And then I implore them to visit Margot Raggett 01 06 2015 Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Trending Articles Why now s the time to visit Nottingham England By David Atkinson The top gifts for travellers By Rough Guides Editors 6 reasons to visit Bogotá South America s underrated

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  • Traditional Dress Around The World | Traditional Clothing Around The World | Rough Guides
    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 Architecture

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  • How to get away from it all | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    icy depths you ll see the road s edge coloured with wooden poles tacked with fluttering ribbons shamanic totems where it s customary to stop and make an offering of a few coins Jack Sheremetoff a native of the nearby city of Irkutsk where you can stay at his Baikaler Hostel takes visitors from the hostel to explore this island where you ll peer over precipitous cliffs and shine your torch into icicle filled caves Accommodation is in the wooden home of one of Jack s friends where instead of running water there is a banya a Russian sauna to get clean Dinners include omul the salmon like fish found only in these waters Three night or four night tours start from Irkutsk a major stop on the Trans Siberian Railway five days travel from Moscow For more on Baikaler Hostel as well as tour details see www baikaler com Take the road least travelled in Bhutan If any country in the world can lay claim to the word unique it s the Himalayan mountain kingdom of Bhutan Where every other government in the world views economic growth measured via Gross Domestic Product GDP as the indicator of its success this landlocked region nestled between Tibet Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim has declared that its yardstick is GNH or Gross National Happiness Tourists are welcome as part of groups or escorted individuals and account for its second largest industry but they are still few and far between All tourism must be approved by the government as being environmentally and socially sustainable and as such the idyllic landscape scattered villages surrounded by terraced paddy fields soaring snow covered peaks and stone mountain fortresses with foreboding iron doors remains almost untouched by industrialization The close familial bonds religious devotion expressed publicly in an endless array of colourful festivals and the shifting of the seasons all still define daily life for most of the people you ll encounter Bhutan also has some of the best trekking in the world from short visits to the villages in the sacred Bumthang Valley to the awesome Lunana Snowman trek a 28 day high altitude trek into the most inaccessible parts of the country home to yaks yeti legends and the vast mountain of Gangkar Punsum Head off into the beautiful hills and you ll probably come across more yaks than fellow walkers If you re planning a trip the national tourism website of Bhutan is a good place to start www tourism gov bt Visit Maria Island Tasmania No cars no shops no worries was how the flyer for Maria Island National Park read a few years ago But it forgot to mention no people If part of the park s appeal is casting yourself adrift on an island that has barely changed since Europeans first waded through its aquamarine shallows around 250 years ago another is that most tourists haven t yet cottoned on that it s there Because it s 14km offshore

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  • Travel Photographer of the Year | Travel Photography | Rough Guides
    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 22 stunning images from the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards By Lottie Gross December 16th 2013 View Comments After a search for the most captivating exciting and beautiful travel photography the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards announced their final winners last week Here is a selection of our favourite images from this set of talented photographers Eagle hunter Alti Region Mongolia By Simon Morris www tpoty com Powell Point Grand Canyon South Rim USA By Gerard Baeck www tpoty com A woman serves butter tea in her home in Laya Bhutan By Timothy Allen www tpoty com Emma Orbach playing the harp in her mud hut in Pembrokeshire Wales By Timothy Allen www tpoty com Japanese Macaques Jigokudani Yaen Kōen Japan By Jasper Doest www tpoty com Nepali New Year festival Bhaktapur Nepal By Jovian Salak www tpoty com Lionesses hunting Chief s Island Botswana By Ed Hetherington www tpoty com Northern Lights Kirkjufell Iceland By James Woodend www tpoty com Lioness defends her kill from vultures hyenas and jackals Masai Mara Kenya By Nicolas Lotsos www tpoty com Phuket Thailand By Justin Mott www tpoty com Cheetah cub and mother Masai Mara Kenya By Marco Urso www tpoty com Altai Mountains Mongolia By Tariq Sawyer www tpoty com Kumbh Mela Allahabad India By Roberto Nistri www tpoty com Lionesses hunting Chief s Island Botswana By Ed Hetherington www tpoty com A spear

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  • Six up-and-coming destinations to consider | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    fascinating sightseeing the Navoi Literary Museum and the Fine Arts Museum of Uzbekistan being among the jewels of any visit In summer months temperatures in Tashkent can get very high and there s a decent public transport system making it reasonably easy to see much of the highly redeveloped city centre Being an up and coming city though it s worth bearing mind that many of the locals situations are still pretty tough and you ll get by a lot easier if you ve learnt a few Russian phrases São Tomé São Tomé and Príncipe The capital of Africa s second smallest nation has known peace for hundreds of years and with the equator skirting the tip of the southernmost island basks in a perfect coffee growing climate Tourism in the city is still up and coming with only twenty years since the first hotels were built it s certainly in relative infancy But the beaches around São Tomé are known for their remarkable beauty and clear waters each year drawing more people Activities wise boat hire and diving can be arranged as can walking tours through mountain rainforests and although shopping opportunities aren t plentiful some nice little boutiques can be found The national mood is described as leve leve roughly translated as slowly slowly You ll find it hard to stress about much here except perhaps how to keep the place secret Funafuti Tuvalu If you re in search of some peace and quiet destinations don t come much more exquisite than the remote Polynesian island nation of Tuvalu Tuvalu s only tiny airport is on the main island of Funafuti and here you ll be able to find plenty of accommodation much with views of the extraordinary Funafuti Lagoon a conservationist haven for tropical fish birds and green turtles with coral reefs ideal for exploring by diving and plenty of space to picnic and relax Time your visit well and you should also be able to visit Tuvalu s outer atolls on the monthly touring ships Although we tip this as an up and coming destination Tuvalu sits just 15ft above sea level and the time to see it may well be running out as it s threatened by rising sea levels Thimphu Bhutan A city which fought for hundreds of years to keep itself free of western influence in Thimphu there s an unusual purity to its remarkable cultural heritage you ll certainly feel like you re a long way from home It s the worlds only capital without traffic lights a set was installed but locals claimed they were impersonal so white gloved policemen were reinstalled to direct the traffic Visitors to Bhutan s capital are well advised not to expect much nightlife though a few pool rooms and nightclubs have sprung up in recent years notably the Om Bar and The Plum restaurant but these are as so often beyond the means of ordinary locals and largely serve the local elite and visitors Sofia

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  • The Rough Guide to First-Time Africa | Rough Guides
    useful contact details will help you plan your route All kinds of advice and anecdotes from travellers who ve been there and done it will make travelling stress free The Rough Guide First Time Africa has everything you need to get your journey underway The Rough Guide to First Time Africa now available in epub format EBOOK 9 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US Authors Richard Trillo Emma Gregg Format Ebook Watermarked More info Published April 2011 Series Inspirational Guides More Products Africa Related Guides 2 99 Essaouira and the Atlantic Coast Rough Guides Snapshot Morocco View Guide 7 99 The Rough Guide to Namibia View Guide 2 99 Sinai Rough Guides Snapshot Egypt View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Morocco View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide 2 99 Cairo and the Pyramids Rough Guides Snapshot Egypt View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Victoria Falls View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Cape Town The Winelands The Garden Route View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Tanzania Zanzibar View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Tanzania View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa Johannesburg and Pretoria View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Egypt View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Kenya View Guide 7 99 The Rough Guide to Madagascar View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to South Africa Lesotho Swaziland View Guide 7 99 The Rough Guide to Mauritius View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Marrakesh View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa The Eastern Cape View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa

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  • WWI Centenary: What it Means for Sarajevo | Rough Guides
    on being driven through the picturesque oriental flavoured Baščaršija with its mosques and bazaars on their first night Franz Ferdinand spent the Friday and Saturday dutifully attending the military exercises that were the official reason for his visit while Sophie took the opportunity to tour the sights and shop for hand woven kilims They weren t really supposed to be travelling together Duchess Sophie s middle class origins meant that she was effectively frozen out of court ceremonial and was prohibited by protocol from accompanying her husband on official business It was only due to Franz Ferdinand s obstinate refusal to follow the full logic of the ban that Sophie ended up sitting next to him in an open topped car trundling around Sarajevo on the morning of the 28th The spot where the assassination took place where ul Zelenih beretki Zelenih beretki street reaches the River Miljacka is marked by a simple plaque Positioned almost at floor level however it s quite difficult to read The Museum of Sarajevo occupying the building on the corner of the street is the place to go for a more thorough account of the events of June 28 Until recently a relief showing a pair of footprints was set into the pavement to show exactly where Gavrilo Princip was standing as he fired the fatal shots Designed by local artist Vojo Dimitrijević it was a deliberately understated monument to the young idealist who unwittingly set in motion a century of war nationalism revolution and mass murder Judging by the size of the prints Princip wore size 4 nowadays you have to go to the children s department to get shoes that small Princip s footprints were removed in 1992 put back in the late 1990s and then removed again The strange case of the disappearing footprints speaks volumes about the way in which the events of June 1914 can still be the source of controversy Yesterday s hero can quite easily become today s terrorist During the period when Bosnia Herzegovina was part of Yugoslavia Gavrilo Princip was universally perceived to be a freedom fighter who sought to liberate all the South Slav peoples from foreign domination The aforementioned Museum Of Sarajevo was originally called the Museum of the Assassination and Princip was presented on a par with Che Guevara as a local symbol of iconic revolt With the collapse of Yugoslavia however the idea of Princip as some kind of proto Yugoslav idealist suddenly lost its currency If you were a Bosnian Serb then Princip was a Serbian national hero If you were a Bosnian Croat or Muslim then Princip was a dark precursor of the Greater Serbian ideologues of the 1990s There s certainly very little Princip worship on display at the Museum of Sarajevo nowadays Indeed the Austro Hungarian authorities that ran Bosnia Herzegovina during the pre assassination years seem to come off rather better than the revolutionary firebrands of Young Bosnia History ghouls will not be totally disappointed however

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