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Tibet Festivals 2017

Tibet Festivals 2017

Summertime sees numerous festivals here in the UK, but it's not just at home where festivals are enjoyed at this time of the year. In Tibet too, June, July and August is a time when several important Buddhist festivities take place and, just like our festivals, they are characterised by music, dancing and great celebrations. ... Read more

24 Hours in Thimphu - the Royal Visit to Bhutan

24 Hours in Thimphu - the Royal Visit to Bhutan

With barely a day dedicated to Bhutan on William and Kate’s tour schedule, there’s hardly enough time for them to leave the ceremonies and speeches behind and experience the Thunder Dragon Kingdom for themselves. But if they could just be regular tourists for a day, how should they spend their 24 hours in Thimphu. Here’s our guide …... Read more

The royal visit to India & Bhutan - Kaziranga National Park

By Mountain Kingdoms - 7th April 2016

The royal visit to India & Bhutan - Kaziranga National Park

As part of their upcoming visit to India and Bhutan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend two days in Assam. They will meet local villagers, see young film makers, enjoy festival celebrations and visit world-renowned Kaziranga National Park.... Read more

2015 Photo of the Year Competition

By Mountain Kingdoms - 24th March 2016

2015 Photo of the Year Competition

We had a great response to our 2015 Photo of the Year competition. The standard was impressively high and we received a varied selection of pictures of mountains, wildlife, people and places to choose from. Needless to say there was much debate in the office when it came to shortlisting our five finalists. Here’s our final five with news of the winning photograph.... Read more

2014 Photo of the Year Competition

By Mountain Kingdoms - 23rd March 2016

2014 Photo of the Year Competition

A big thank you to everyone who sent in photos for this year’s Photo of the Year Competition. It was a near impossible decision to choose just five from the many we received but, after much discussion and debate, we’ve come up with our finalists. Here they are, together with a little bit of explanation about where they were taken.... Read more

2013 Photo of the Year Competition

By Mountain Kingdoms - 22nd March 2016

2013 Photo of the Year Competition

Wow, what an amazing selection of images you’ve sent us from your holidays around the world. As you can see from our final five photos, we’ve got temples in Burma, Italian peaks, Venezuelan falls and stunning Himalayan scenery – a positive cornucopia of travel experiences. As you can imagine, it was incredibly difficult choosing just five finalists and led to a great deal of heated debate in the office but, we hope you’ll agree, our final shortlist is pretty special. Now it’s over to you to vote for your favourite from those featured below.... Read more

Easter Island - the Mystery of the Moai

By Mountain Kingdoms - 21st March 2016

Easter Island - the Mystery of the Moai

Easter Island must surely be one of the greatest mysteries of human civilisation. Many theories have been formed over the years about where the original inhabitants came from, why they built hundreds of monumental statues called Moai, how they transported them and why the people who made them eventually died out. Despite much scientific research and investigation over recent years there’s still a lot we don’t know. But here’s what we do know about one of the most remote and intriguing communities in the world.... Read more

Prince Harry and the Gurkhas - a brief history

Prince Harry and the Gurkhas - a brief history

The visit of Prince Harry to Nepal will no doubt bring worldwide attention to the Gurkha people - particularly when he goes trekking in the Annapurnas and spends a night at the home of a Gurkha family in a small village in the foothills near Pokhara. The Prince’s connections with the famous regiment goes back several years to when he served with the 1st Battalion the Gurkha Rifles during his tour of Afghanistan in 2007-8. At the time he memorably commented “when you know you are with the Gurkhas, I think there's no safer place to be, really.”... Read more

Yeti prints on world's highest unclimbed mountain

Yeti prints on world's highest unclimbed mountain

Tracks have recently been found next to the highest mountain in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and they may prove that the Yeti still exists.... Read more

Guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp - On trek

Guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp - On trek

In Part 1 of our our Guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp we looked at how to prepare for the trek before you fly out, in Part 2 we'll tell you all about the route, accommodation, food and drink, how to stay healthy and how to trek responsibly. In fact, everything you need to know to successfully complete one of the world's most iconic treks.... Read more

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