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Take the awe-inspiring Everest flight which puts in perspective how insignificant we are compared to the mighty Himalayas.
While in India, self-drive your way to the valley of Leh and Ladakh passing through the highest motorable path in the world, or try river rafting the white waters of the mighty Ganges as she makes her way down to the plains.
Festivals are a time when people come together – families, neighbours, communities – to celebrate an auspicious event or a change of season.
Spring typically is the most popular and in Bhutan the Paro Festival celebrates its advent with revelry and dances, some of which are performed by monks; in India, Holi – also known as the Festival of colours – is a fun and vibrant celebration that also marks the beginning of this season, while in Nepal, Dashain celebrates the end of the monsoon with people taking colorful kites to the sky to brighten up grey skies.
In Bhutan try fishing in lakes that perfectly reflect the Himalayas or go mountain biking through scenic trails discovering verdant valleys along the way and villages where time had stopped.
Enjoy camping under the stars in Nepal after having completed the Annapurna trek and pinch yourself to realize you are not dreaming up the beauty of Nature that surrounds you.
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Or simply enjoying the bragging rights of teeing off at an altitude of over 7000 feet with the mighty Himalayas looking down at you at Royal Thimphu Golf in Bhutan or at the Himalayan Golf Course in Pokhara that is home to one of the best and most dramatic par fives in Asia.
And for the celebrity dancers corralled onto this year’s team, it’s time to buckle up their pumps and put their best hoof forward — yes, the curtain is about to rise on a new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
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