The beginning of the year is a good time to reflect on your travel goals for the year – and planning ahead gives you greater opportunities and choice. It also allows for anticipation, which we think is part of the fun of travel!
According to ABTA’s Travel Trends for 2018, 27% of British holidaymakers are keen to visit a country they’ve never been to before this year.
There are many fantastic reasons to travel to our destination lands. For now here are eight good reasons to make a visit to India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and the Kingdom of Bhutan top of your travel list in 2018….
1. New hotels
Get off the beaten track and be one of the first to stay at Six Senses Bhutan.
Set in rural Himalayan surroundings these five properties offer great intimacy in just 82 suites and villas spread across Bhutan, in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. Set in gloriously stunning natural scenery the resorts are all within 5-6 hours drive from each other, allowing you to explore this Kingdom – the Happiest Place on Earth – in style and comfort.
Another destination we would recommend is the Andaman Islands. Here you will find gorgeous rainforests and unspoilt beaches and coral reefs – with some amazing diving and snorkelling.
The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is due to open shortly here, in addition to some existing beautiful resorts and boutique hotels.
2. Learn a new skill
We are increasingly keen to combine holidays with learning new skills.
Combine some wandering and exploration of ancient sites and temples with a rural yoga retreat; a cookery course involving visits to local markets and spice plantations; learn more about textiles and handicrafts, or dance and drama – you will find much to spark an interest.
3. Push your boundaries
Step outside your comfort zone and embrace some new thrills and experiences.
Whether it be zip-wiring over the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort in the blue city of Jodhpur; a hot air balloon ride; trekking and adventure sports in the Himalayan mountains; a camel safari through the desert ….
4. Indulge your senses
Simply by wandering the local food markets and spice plantations.
You will find local markets that are brimming with fresh spices and local fruit and vegetables – many of which you may never have seen before. Try out some of the delicious street food – freshly cooked and piping hot.
Visit spice plantations; see fields of pineapples, papaya and other exotic fruits. There are rubber plantations and cotton fields too. It’s all real!
5. Support Responsible Tourism
Here at Maxwell Scott Travel we are committed to responsible and sensitive tourism; we actively and financially support charitable based projects in our destination lands.
We are especially pleased to help support wildlife conservation and local community programmes through TOFTigers, a worldwide business to business campaign. This is run by passionate travel industry professionals who believe that well-conceived, well planned and well managed tourism plays a vital part in helping to preserve wild habitat, promoting conservation and supporting rural community development in India.
For every traveller who visits a National Park with us, a contribution is made.
6. Explore Colonial Life
Enjoy the colonial heritage in many cities in India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
Walking tours – in cities such as Colombo, Kolkata, and Yangon (formerly Rangoon) are fascinating. Architecture, history and stories unearth the legacy of the Dutch, British and Portuguese. Discover more how colonial rule shaped the city and its way of life.
7. Glimpse Buddhist monastic life
Perhaps the most stunning Buddhist monastery is the Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan.
Perched precariously on the edge of the cliff, this is one of Bhutan’s most enduring landmarks and a must-see for any visitor to the country. Reached by a steep hike, you are rewarded by fabulous and pristine views of the Kingdom below.
8. Camp on the wild side
It’s camping, but perhaps not as you know it!
Luxury tented camps can be found in both India and Sri Lanka. Hand-stitched campaign style tents with block printed interiors and locally crafted furniture for a luxuriously comfortable camping experience.
Take in the surrounding scenery with a sundowner on the terrace; opt for a bird-watching excursion; venture out on a jeep, camel or horse safari.
Or opt for a more rustic camping experience with some hiking and trekking included.
There are also some incredible Village Walks in Northern India giving an authentic underfoot experience and providing a snapshot of rural life in the Himalaya. Journeys between village houses are on foot, by river raft and by vehicles with stops at unspoilt Buddhist monasteries along the way.
These are just a few good reasons to visit India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (previously known as Burma) and the Kingdom of Bhutan. We are happy to share more and confident there is something for everybody.
Please do contact us to explore and find out more.
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