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21 Aug, 2017, 22:14
Four days in the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’  
Alex Jones

Bhutan, the tiny country half-crushed between China and India, is famed for it’s religious adherence and dedication to national happiness. Alex Jones has been there.

15 Aug, 2017, 16:33
North and South Korea – by someone who’s visited both  
Jacob Laukaitis

As tension mounts over North Korea, Jacob Laukaitis – who has visited both – has put together a timely video to illustrate what each country is actually like.

25 Jul, 2017, 10:08
Sri Lanka’s better off the tourist trail  
Lee Ruddin

Lee Ruddin finds many of Sri Lanka’s famous highlights overrun with travellers and spoiled. The overlooked town of Matara is much more to his liking.

1 Jul, 2017, 21:12
An momentary idlyll on Sri Lanka’s Aragum Bay  
Devika A Rosamund

Back in the 70’s the surf scene in Sri Lanka is pretty much a paradise, according to Devika A Rosamund. It probably still is.

18 Jun, 2017, 19:17
Skiing south on the border between Europe and Asia  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker tracks the border between Russia and Asia. It’s cold up there but Cally helps him travel a route with absolutely no transport infrastructure.

8 Jun, 2017, 18:51
Arrested for tourism in Russia’s far north  
Charlie Walker

Adventurer par excellence Charlie Walker runs into legal problems as he fights his way through a forgotten corner of the Soviet Empire. Who knew tourism was so illegal.

1 Jun, 2017, 19:39
Mother Teresa? Pah. What about Calcutta’s Major Gardener  
Devika A Rosamund

Years before Mother Teresa was sainted there was another philanthropist handing out food to Calcutta’s poor, Devika A Rosamund was in India when Major Gardener of the Salvation Army was equally famous.

30 May, 2017, 15:18
A series of luxurious events: Mauritius with money  
Adam Jacot de Boinod

Adam Jacot de Boinod tours the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, discovering plenty of luxurious hotels but – strangely – not much else.

25 May, 2017, 15:58
All you need to know about the birth of Buddhism  
Gordon Kerr

Goden Kerr is the master of explaining complex subjects concisely and clearly. In this extract from his latest book, ‘A short History of India’, he explains the birth of one of the world’s greatest religions in 500 words.

1 May, 2017, 18:12
Living a simple life in Pakistan’s Swat Valley  
Devika A Rosamund

These days the Swat Valley’s always in the news for the wrong reasons. Back in the 70’s it was very different, as Devika A Rosamund discovers as she peels off the ‘Hippy Trail’.

22 Apr, 2017, 16:52
A tank beats a trudge across the Soviet Arctic  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker’s latest expedition is tracing the border between Europe and Asia. His start, in the wintry tundra of northern Russia, makes it clear just what a task he’s undertaken.

22 Apr, 2017, 14:38
Exploring Myanmar’s Schwedagon Pagoda  
Sankar Chatterjee

Sankar Chatterjee flies into Burma and visits its most famous temple, the Schwedagon Pagoda in the largest city, Yangon.

10 Apr, 2017, 14:33
A moment of culture-shock in western Afghanistan  
Devika A Rosamund

Every traveller has experienced that moment when an unfamiliar environment feels overwhelming and threatening. Back in the 70’s Devika A Rosamund has a wobble on her journey to India.

1 Apr, 2017, 16:39
Hippy-trailing into Afghanistan in the days when you could  
Devika A Rosamund

On her slow journey East towards India in the 70’s, Devika A Rosamund finds Afghanistan provides a vivid experience of a medieval way of life.

19 Mar, 2017, 17:12
Yatra flight offers: save big on domestic flights in India  
Lopa Mohanty

Trains are notoriously inexpensive in India, but air flights are also the cheapest in the world. Lopa Mohanty has her head around all the terms and conditions.

13 Mar, 2017, 08:58
The unfortunate incident of the Beijing beans  
Chris Brauer

On a study course in China, Chris Brauer realises that Chinese students eat to live rather than live to eat. A trip to the Hutongs gives a rare opportunity to find food that doesn’t taste of cardboard.

9 Mar, 2017, 18:24
A small-town welcome in 1970’s Iran  
Devika A Rosamund

Devika A Rosamund takes the legendary ‘Magic Bus’ to India in the 70’s, but breaks away in Teheran to continue independently. Her journey suddenly gets a whole lot slower.

7 Mar, 2017, 21:06
Freezing rain and snow on the Triund Trail from Dharamsala  
Sankar Chatterjee

The Indian Himalayas are pretty unforgiving, even in summer. So it’s a brave move for Sankar Chatterjee to take his wife and nephew on what he probably thinks is just a winter walk.

6 Mar, 2017, 15:25
Cycling through Mongolia on an epic Silk Road adventure  
Charles Stevens

On a Beijing to Tehran bike ride, Charles Stevens makes some extended stops in the Steppe around Ulaangom. Here he pays homage to that symbol of nomadic life: the not-so-humble yurt.

1 Mar, 2017, 17:01
A horse-riding fail in downtown Herat  
Devika A Rosamund

In Afghanistan Devika A Rosamund, who’s only ridden once, rents a horse. Perhaps central Herat wasn’t the best place to do this as small boys gleefully send it bolting through the streets.

25 Feb, 2017, 10:11
Mapping Russia – in 1562  
Kit Mayers

In an age where Europe was ruled by powerful regional Kings, trade was opening up to Tsarist Russia. Kit Mayers recounts the story of Jenkinson’s Map, one of the first attempts to define the Russian nation.

16 Jan, 2017, 12:01
A very lively AA meet in the heat of southern India  
Mat Ward

When Mat Ward decided to use alcoholics anonymous to help kick the habit, he decided to travel the world visiting the worldwide network of this self-help movement. In the province of Tamil Nadu he finds recovering drinkers energised and active.

11 Jan, 2017, 13:39
The enduring appeal of Sri Lanka’s south  
Adam Jacot de Boinod

Adam Jacot de Boinod takes a seasonal tour of Sri Lanka, dangling like a pendant in the warm clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

28 Dec, 2016, 18:40
Overland across Russia – in 1557  
Kit Mayers

Kit Mayers follows early explorer Anthony Jenkinson as he travels from Russia’s northern coast to Moscow, deep in the reign of Ivan the Terrible.

10 Nov, 2016, 17:38
A glimpse into Burma’s only synagogue  
Sankar Chatterjee

Myanmar might have problems accepting its Muslims, but it’s not widely known there are also Jews in Burma. Sankar Chatterjee explores Yangon’s (once Rangoon) only synagogue.

4 Nov, 2016, 18:55
A slacker’s train-ride from Georgia to Armenia  
Gabi Gimsom

With little spoken Russian but a native taste for local wines, Gabi Gimson travels from Tiblisi to Yerevan, taking in the sights, sounds – and plenty of experiences – along the way.

31 Aug, 2016, 13:54
Riding a motorbike through three Indian States  
Jacob Laukaitis

India’s infamous traffic holds no fear for Jacob Laukaitis as he travels, with a friend, by motorbike through the world’s most chaotic traffic.

18 Aug, 2016, 18:36
Pamukkale, Turkey: odd and definitely dazzling  
Paul Michelson

Paul Michelson finds his first sight of Pamukkale, Turkey’s famous postcard highlight, something of a disappointment. But he gives it time and finds plenty to appreciate,

7 Jul, 2016, 08:41
An ascent to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro, Bhutan  
Sankar Chatterjee

A gentle hike through the Bhutanese Himalaya proves a rewarding challenge for Sankar Chatterjee as he makes a pilgrimage to the world’s most remote and enchanting Buddhist Monastery, Taktsang.

10 Jun, 2016, 09:48
A male-friendly guide to Thailand’s top spas  
Adam Jacot de Boinod

Spas are often seen as female domains, perhaps because the process is so dull. But Adam Jacot de Boinod says all that should change as he tries Thailand’s finest.

18 May, 2016, 18:29
Catching the cricket in Galle, Sri Lanka  
Christian Cummins

“It’s a good game, hey.” Christian Cummins finds that cricket has come to symbolize the pride and resilience of India’s southern off-shoot, the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Ceylon.

15 Apr, 2016, 13:21
Land-locked Laos – with three ‘L’s at the end  
Brian Fisher

Brian W Fisher takes a tour of Southeast Asia’s most reclusive country, tiny landlocked Laos. Distressingly he observes, in the end, it’s a ‘Land of Linear Litter’.

4 Mar, 2016, 17:49
Getting to know Colombo, Sri Lanka’s chaotic capital  
John Gimlette

A new travel book by John Gimlette is always quite an event. Despite being possibly the best of Britain’s travel writers he still has to keep his day job (shame) so only writes when he can. His new title describes his travels through Sri Lanka.

29 Feb, 2016, 17:16
To hitch from Turkey to Armenia you gotta go through Georgia  
Kris Mole

A long and bloody history means getting from Turkey to Armenia is never very easy. Kris Mole finds he has to go through Georgia, a trip that’s even harder as he insists on travelling for free. Little wonder that the firmest friend he makes along the way is a poverty-stricken dog.

26 Feb, 2016, 15:02
A video journey through China’s remote Yunnan province  
David Abram

Anyone who thinks China is modern and dull should check out the Songtsam region in the Chinese Himalayas. David Abram comes back with this captivating video.

16 Feb, 2016, 09:29
Face to face with a Nepalese rhino  
Alex Jones

Deep in the jungles of the Chitwan National Park, Alex Jones tracks a rhino by elephant, jeep and finally foot, braving the area’s tigers and snakes. Success, hard-won, is all the more valued.

13 Jan, 2016, 14:46
Stormy waters in Burma’s Inle Lake  
Brian Fisher

Myanmar’s photogenic highlight lures Brian Fisher to its shores. But a chartered boat trip becomes a nightmare when the weather turns.

7 Jan, 2016, 17:10
A Mumbai dabbawalla races a chauffeur-driven car  
Leon Garwood

Leon Harwood shows a video where a Jaguar XJ competes with public transport to deliver a lunch to India’s elite. The car wins, but at a cost.

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