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Top 5 Places to Visit in Rameswaram, South India

Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu is well known for its white beaches and historic temples. Being a Hindu pilgrimage town, it receives a large number of domestic tourists, but it’s also a popular inclusion on South India tour itineraries for international visitors. A local travel expert recommends the top 5 places to see in Rameswaram for senior travellers.

Echoes of Asia in the Notre Dame Fire

The fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on 15 April 2019 has revived memories of how accidents and natural disasters have devastated sacred buildings in other countries. We take a look at similar tragedies in Asian countries, and how the authorities have handled them.

Best Places in Asia for Senior Travellers in 2019

TripAdvisor has unveiled its 25 top destinations for 2019 and, not surprisingly, they include many places in Asia. Its annual Travellers' Choice Awards are based on the reviews and ratings of TripAdvisor users around the world. Here’s a look at the 10 Asian destinations that made the list and what they have to offer senior travellers.

Sampling Asia’s Locally-Made Drinks

For those who enjoy a tipple, one of the pleasures of travelling in Asia is sampling some of the locally-produced drinks. A wide selection of alcoholic drinks is available, with many countries producing not only their own beer and wine but a sometimes surprising range of spirits. 

Victoria Terminus: Mumbai’s Grand Old Railway Station

Mumbai’s Victoria Terminus is one of Asia’s great railway stations. The 130-year-old building, now called the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, is a creation of British rule that has become a treasured symbol of modern-day Mumbai. It handles at least 3 million passengers a day, has featured in many Bollywood films and has even come under terrorist attack. It has a lot to offer any visitor interested in India’s colonial heritage.

Memories of the World Wars in Asia

Soldiers from Commonwealth countries who died in Asia during the two World Wars lie buried in impressive cemeteries across the continent. An inter-governmental organisation, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, maintains the cemeteries immaculately. They are sure to be of interest to many senior travellers, including those whose parents, grandparents or other close relatives served in the wars.

Exploring Rishikesh: The Birthplace of Yoga

Rishikesh, a laid-back sub-tropical town at the foothills of the Himalayas in India, is known as ‘The Yoga Capital of the World’. Baby boomers know it as the place where the Beatles held their 1968 meditation retreat. Today it attracts travellers from all over the world who want to learn about yoga, Ayurveda, naturopathy and meditation.

India Travel Guide

Senior travellers planning to visit India for the first time may feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of the place. It’s hard to decide which areas to visit and how much to try to see. It’s best not to try to cram too much in. Instead of rushing from here to there, day after day, a better approach is to choose one or two regions of interest, and spend most of the time there. This provides a chance to relax and savour the local atmosphere. This guide will help in making those choices.

Singapore: Home to Asia’s Best Orchid Gardens

The best orchid gardens in Asia are located in Singapore. They are arguably the best orchid gardens in the whole of the tropical world. Any visitor to Asia who appreciates the beauty of orchids should include these gardens on their travel itinerary. This short guide describes the three best places to see flowering orchids in Singapore.

Ladakh: India's Alternative to Tibet

Many older travellers have Tibet on their bucket list but are discouraged to travel there because of the travel costs and fears of altitude sickness. A cheaper alternative is India’s Ladakh region which is known as ‘Little Tibet’ because of its similarity in scenery and culture. It also offers options for overland travel to reduce the risk of suffering altitude sickness.

The Asian Bullock Cart, Still Rolling Along

The humble bullock cart has been an important means of transport in Asia since ancient times. It has survived into the modern age and continues to be used in many parts of the continent despite fierce competition from tractors and other motorised transport. The bullock cart represents a side of Asia where tradition holds sway even in the 21st century.

Asia’s Top Festivals: A Guide to 6 of the Best

When you’re travelling in Asia, you’ll probably want to see some of its famous festivals. Each country has its own, religious or cultural, traditional or modern. Some of the biggest festivals, especially religious ones, reach beyond national borders and are celebrated by huge numbers of people across the continent. Here’s a concise guide to six of Asia’s top international festivals.