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     Print Edition: Nov 14, 2010


Great Himalayan Trail, Nepal
For pure adventure with a double shot, its difficult to beat the 1,700-km-long GHT. This epic trail traverses the entire length of the Nepal Himalayas. We wouldn't suggest tackling the entire trail, which would take some 160 days to complete. However, the trail is broken up into 7 stages (ranging from 18 to 34 days each), each of them a gem of alpine trekking. So whether you want to sleep in Everest's shadow, cross the famous Tilman's Pass down to the lush forests of Langtang, or trek through the Tibetan landscape of Dolpa, this trail has it all.
Where to stay: Trek organisers will provide you with tented/ tea-house accommodation wherever it is appropriate.
Website: www.thegreathimalayatrail. org

Biking in Cappadocia, Turkey
This spectacular 1000 m high plateau in the heart of Turkey is an otherworldly landscape of soaring rock chimneys, also known as fairy chimneys, cave dwellings and ancient Byzantine churches. One of the best terrains in the world for mountain biking, the trails are well marked and an average jaunt takes anywhere between 5 and 15 days. The region is ringed by volcanoes, the highest of which is Mt Erciyes. You can even climb it and check out the great views of both the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. Definitely a bike trip of a lifetime.
Where to stay: You can be accommodated in highly luxurious cave hotels, while you can also camp at appropriate campsites.
Website: http://www.cappadociaexclusive. com

Kayaking in Greenland
Greenland may be the climate hotspot right now, but at least for the timebeing, those gigantic glacial ice sheets that cover the continent are still standing. This makes kayaking in this Arctic environment all the more thrilling. The Inuits first used kayaks here to aid in hunting seals and whales. Today it's the best way to get up close and personal with the grand icebergs that dot the seas around Greenland. Experts can take their own kayaks but there are many guided groups who can give you some great days of Arctic kayaking.
Where to stay: Guided groups take care of your accommodation at selected wilderness camps.
Website: http://www.wilder


Seychelles Islands
Each of the 100-odd islands that make up the archipelago of Seychelles is a veritable Garden of Eden. The commercial hub of Mahe is picturesque with mountains rising from azure waters only to get engulfed in clouds at their peaks. Take a ride in an open air Mini-Moke or go paragliding. Exclusivity is the name of the game on islands such as the La Digue which has some great beaches. If that doesn't excite you, snooze with a tall glass of pina colada by your side or go diving or snorkeling off Denis Island. Seychelles' serenity is blissful.
Cox & Kings offers 6 days/ 5 nights allinclusive packages (excluding airfare) for Rs 37,755 per person.

Bora Bora Island, South Pacific
A sun drenched beach often called the 'Pearl of the Pacific', Bora Bora is the ultimate romantic get away. The white sandy beaches are a perfect blend of blue sea and green vegetation, while colourful marine life animates the coral reefs. Matira Beach is a great destination, while the islet of Motu Tapu is beautiful in its solitude. Besides diving and snorkeling, shark and sting-ray feeding are some other activities you can indulge in. Sway in your hammock or dip your toes in a clear lagoon, and enjoy yourself.
Cox & Kings offers 5 days/ 4 nights all-inclusive packages (excluding airfare) for EU 3500 (Rs 2,17,429) per person.

Kovalam Beaches, Kerala
Kerala isn't called God's own country without good reason, Kovalam's many beaches are perfect proof of Kerala's legendary beauty. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees, and sunsets over the palm fringed bays are as divine as they come. The Lighthouse beach, which is the southernmost of the Kovalam beaches, is a great place to unwind. You could spend a day at the Hawa Beach to watch the fishermen bring in the catch. Great little beachfront restaurants dot the main beaches, and your exploring is incomplete without delicious sea-food.
Cox & Kings offers 5 days/ 4 nights allinclusive packages (excluding airfare) for Rs 17,206 per person.


Rajasthan, India
It would be unfair to single out any one place in Rajasthan for shopping. KEM road in Bikaner is famous for Gesso work that uses camel hide in crafting products like lamp shades, hip flasks and vases. While Jaisalmer boasts a long and famous tradition of intricately carved wooden boxes and products made of the famous yellow sandstone, Jodhpur's old Chhattar Hill is the place to discover, among other things, fine pieces of antique furniture. In Udaipur you will find miniature paintings, and the city is also well known for its intricate silver enamel products.
Cox & Kings offers 6 days/ 5 nights all-inclusive packages (excluding airfare) for Rs 26,875 per person.

Tokyo, Japan
The land of the rising sun is also a land for some interesting shopping. The Oriental Bazaar is great for replica samurai swords, traditional fans and casual summer kimonos. If you're in a mood to splurge, designer boutiques of Omotesando and Aoyama are great options. Shops like Tokyu Hands are perfect for some lovely DIY hobby-kits. The Yamaha music store in Ginza is a musician's paradise. For street fashion head out to the narrow street of Takeshita-dori.
Cox & Kings offers 6 days/ 5 nights all-inclusive packages (excluding airfare) for Rs 77,600 per person.

Dubai, UAE
An open port with low import duties makes Dubai a shopper's paradise for international travelers. The Spice Souk in the Al Ras offers a quintessential Middle Eastern flavour to shoppers with tiny boxes of saffron, frankincense and traditional hookas. Since Dubai's gold is considered to be among the purest in the world- it's also very cheap-the Gold Souk in Deira is the best for buying high-grade jewellery. The Souk Madinat Jumeirah is great for splurging on high quality carpets, objet d'art, handicrafts and souvenirs. And then there's The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping mall for heavy duty retail therapy.
Cox & Kings offers 4 days/3 nights all-inclusive packages (excluding airfare) for Rs 6,693 per person.


Johannesburg, South Africa

The party capital of South Africa is famous for its lively nightlife. From cool shebeen dives to superplush cocktail lounges, Johannesburg definitely has something for everybody. South Africa is awash with local music like Kwaito music at the Carfax club. To enjoy some bonafide old-school Johannesburg culture, head to the Radium Beer Hall for drinks to go with spicy Portuguese cooking. The top class live music venue The Blues Room is a good place to enjoy jazz and blues with local and international artists performing there five times a week. For raves and international DJ sets and a decidedly more hip partying experience, head to the Monsoon Lagoon at the Emperors Palace Hotel which has an absolutely amazing state of the art sound and light system.

Cox & Kings offers 6 days/ 5 nights all-inclusive packages (excluding airfare) for Rs 26,875 per person.

Goa, India
Informal parties on the beach? Dancing through the night in discos and lounge bars? In Goa, there's always something new to set your nights on fire. Anjuna, Morjim and Palolem beaches in North Goa are famous for their beach parties with just music and drinks. For chilling out with a martini and grooving to hip hop, R&B and lots more, head to Tito's. Bet at the Treasures Casino at Salcette, the only legal casino in India.

Cox & Kings offers 5 days/4 nights all-inclusive packages (excluding airfare) for Rs 11,090 per person.

Macau, China
Let the 'Vegas of the East' show you how to party. At Macau's Coloane Island, you will find several romantic and private dining venues at the Westin Resort. Cocktail lounges offer live entertainment, blending vibrance and leisure gracefully. The Taipa island is the hub of Macau's nightlife with its vast assortment of predominantly Portuguese restaurants. Here, the newly opened Venetian Macau Hotel features swank drinking lounges and casinos. Macau's Outer Harbour Nightlife is where you can enjoy a drink 24 hours a day. Here, the Nicole Fashion Club is where the who's who from the world over love to be. If you plan to shake your booty, head to theD2 and Sky 21 dance venues.

Cox & Kings offers 6 days/5 nights all-inclusive packages (excluding airfare) for Macau and Hong Kong for Rs 24,575 per person.

Whether you're a relaxed vacationer, a party animal, a buzy beaver yearning for serenity or a dedicated adrenaline junkie looking for natural thrills, Thailand has something for all your needs! From picturesque environs to great deals on shopping and easy visas, what's not to love about Thailand? Read on for a bird's-eyeview of all the different things you can do in paradise.


Chiang Mai is nothing less than a treasure trove for adventure enthusiasts. You can bungee jump 50m down into a beautiful lagoon, or embark on a journey through the tough terrain of the jungle on an ATV buggy or a rough and ready motorcycle. If this isn't enough, tackle the high rapids of the Mae Taeng River amidst dense jungles and mountains.

Splendid sweeps of white sand stretching out beside crystal clear waters make up the legendary beaches of Koh Samui. The long shallows of Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui's east coast makes it ideal for a swim. If you're looking for an exclusive space to yourself, hit the beaches on the south and west coast for romantic moonlight strolls.

Patong Beach in Pattaya is famous as a wild party zone. The Bangla road has an arcade of bars from the clean and ordered 'Bar Sois' to the wilder 'Soi Tiger'. The Paradise complex on the Rat-U-Thit road boasts a variety of bars and clubs like My Way Cabaret.

Sukhumvit Road is one of Bangkok's best known shopping streets with both designer-wear and great imitations. A mustvisit in Bangkok is the local Chatuchak weekend market for wood-carvings, brass and bronze castings and leather goods.

Cox & Kings offers 5 days/4 nights all-inclusive packages (excluding airfare) for Bangkok and Pattaya for Rs 17,650 per person.

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