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Throwback to the Romance of Train Travel

4 Routes That Will Take Your Breath Away

Step aboard a timeless carriage and into a world of luxurious charm and hospitality, from where you get to uncover the mysteries of far flung lands. Train travel is once again finding its day in the sun, with so many luxurious options bringing back the romance and decadence of the past. Think plush interiors, spacious suites, exquisite dining and the classic charm of leisurely travel onboard the most exclusive trains in the world! Here’s our pick of four breath-taking train journeys to try in 2019, featuring the world’s highest, remotest and most popular routes!

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Australia: Where Summer is Winter!

There’s nothing quite as unique as Australia to visit over the Indian summer, since Winter sets in at this island nation through June, July and August. Our Destination Experts have rounded up the best experiences to try in Australia this winter – from a Christmas experience in July to a rare whisky auction, stargazing in the Outback and the biggest Indian film festival outside the country!

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Honeymoon Destinations for 2019

Every love story is unique and so should be the honeymoon! Whether you are beach bums, wildlife lovers, adventure enthusiasts, winter babies or simply want your own slice of heaven for a few days, we have our pick of the hottest honeymoon destinations this year.

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Finland is set to host the legendary Neste Rally Finland from 1st to 4th August 2019. The Finnish round of the FIA World Rally Championship, based in Central Finland, is known around the world for its fast-flowing gravel stages, spectacular jumps and fabulous lakeside sceneries. The rally is one of the biggest annual events in the Nordic countries and attracts one of the largest entries in the Championships.

The Great Migration has already been sighted in the Maasai Mara with the front of the herd recently crossing the Kenyan border. Conservationists say the unusual occurrence started on May 26 as the Mara ecosystem has enough grazing land. About one million wildebeests are expected to cross the river from Serengeti for what has been described as one of the seven modern wonders of the world.

NASA is set to open the International Space Station to tourists. From 2020, the US space agency said it would open the orbiting station to tourism and other business ventures. NASA’s plan is to enable private astronaut missions for the duration of 30 days on the ISS. Two short private astronaut missions are planned per year. The expected priced is $35,000 (£27,500) per night.

Experience Masseria Torre Maizza Resort in the beautiful Apulia Region, the most glamorous destination on the Italian Adriatic coast. The resort is inspired by the sensational landscapes of Puglia. Surrounded by ancient olive groves, the renovated 16th century masseria (country manor) also features a 9-hole executive golf course, a private beach club and an indulgent spa.

Tourists will soon be able to fly directly from Mumbai to Nairobi on Air India. The direct flight will fly 4 days a week and is set to commence on World Tourism Day on 27th September 2019. India is a fast-growing, emerging market for tourism to Kenya and this move by Air India is a testimony to the rising demand for better connectivity between the two nations.

Israel's most luxurious hotel chain has opened the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem. Located in the heart of the German Colony, the hotel features 243 rooms and suites in a newly constructed building, inside two well-preserved Templar buildings of the late-19th century. Other amenities include an indoor pool and an outdoor rooftop infinity pool with a unique view of the Old City.

Howard Smith Wharves is Brisbane's newest entertainment and lifestyle destination. Nestled between Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge and the New Farm cliffs, with a 180-degree vista of the city skyline and river, a steady stream of restaurants, bars and event spaces have opened here since late 2018. Look out for Art Series’ new hotel, The Fantauzzo.

Thaa Atoll in Maldives welcomes its first hotel, COMO Maalifushi, located in the archipelago’s southern reaches. The architecture includes low-lying gardens and overwater villas, with views of white beach, tropical greenery and cobalt lagoon. A 60-minute seaplane journey from the capital, Malé, guests can also enjoy yoga and holistic Asian therapies here at the COMO Shambhala Retreat.

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Short Breaks Special: Four Days in Almaty

A short 4-hour flight from Delhi, Almaty in Kazakhstan has become a popular weekend break offering an array of experiences. From the glitzy glamour of the city to the quiet serenity of the mountains, here’s what to do in and around Almaty, on a three-night trip.

Day 1: Arrive at Almaty
Take the cable car ride to Kok Tobe, the highest point in the city, known for its panoramic views and fun activities. This is a great spot to soak in the city and enjoy a meal with a view.

Day 2: Drive to Kaskelen
And try a buggy ride through the ravines; a thrilling off-road adventure through shallow fords, steep slopes and deep ditches. Or pick up some shooting skills on a colossal AK 47!

Day 3: Visit Shymbulak Ski Resort
To explore the Zailiyskiy-Alatau mountain range. While ski season is December to April, the place is popular year-round for its paragliding, selection of restaurants and relaxing spa.

Day 4: Head Back
Take a last day to explore the city and its glitzy glamour, before heading back home!

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