The Bangala hotel, Chettinad
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Chettinad

Where the sandy village streets are lined with lavish mansions

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas
The hot-air balloon fills, watched by monks
©Ken Spence

Hot-air ballooning in Bhutan

Inaugural flight opens up majestic views of Himalayas

Journey’s end at the Hongu Taisha temple
©Andrew Eames

Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail

A route that leads to the nation’s spiritual heart

Ladakh: on the path to enlightenment

William Dalrymple on the art and philosophy of this Himalayan region of northern India

Eagle hunter Tugelbaya readies his bird for release
©Mike Carter

The eagle hunters of Mongolia

On a pioneering trip to a remote corner of Mongolia, Mike Carter stays with a nomadic family who hunt with birds of prey

Illustration of Flinders Island
©Sarah McMenemy

Postcard from . . . Flinders Island

Mutton birding has been practised on the island since the first settlers arrived to hunt seal in the early 1800s

A high-speed Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train
©The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images

A new bullet train to Kanazawa

Starting next week, a new direct service will connect frenetic Tokyo to the laid-back city celebrated as a centre for traditional Japanese crafts

The ship True North and its helicopter
©Ken Kochey

Exploring the Solomon Sea

The islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea receive few visitors but a luxury cruiser, complete with helicopter, now allows adventurers to explore

Ralph (Henry Lloyd Hughes) and Alice (Jemima West) in 'Indian Summers'

On location: ‘Indian Summers’

Set in the foothills of the Himalayas in 1932, this 10-part drama was actually filmed on a Malaysian island

A cycling tour of southern India

Carole Cadwalladr leaves the British winter behind on a two-week group holiday riding through the hills and tea estates of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Fiji to banish Union Jack from its flag

Pacific island nation seeks to move away from ‘colonial past’

Island retreats just outside the city

A new resort just off Singapore — plus seaside sanctuaries near London, Rome, Hong Kong and more

A family holiday in Afghanistan

William Dalrymple takes his sons on a half-term break to the Bamiyan valley, a place of otherworldly beauty and fascinating history — despite the efforts of the Taliban

Aman Resorts’ new Tokyo hotel

The small but influential — and very expensive — luxury chain is embarking on major expansion while in the midst of a bitter boardroom battle

Hotel insider: the five-star surf shack

Nihiwatu, a much-loved surf lodge on an Indonesian island, has been been given a five-star makeover — but has it lost its laidback soul?

Iran — by luxury train

As more tourists return to the country, a new rail service lets visitors explore in style

Beyond India’s ‘Golden Triangle’

Caroline Daniel takes an alternative approach to the tourist circuit, exploring the key city sights but also getting a taste of traditional village life

Postcard from . . . Japan

Shinkansen provide an unequalled way to take in the countryside, flying beside paddy fields and hills rustling with Japanese maple

Postcard from . . . Japan

The centrepiece of the Dogo Onsen festival is a witty installation of nine rooms redesigned by the likes of artist Yayoi Kusama

Stay on Marlon Brando’s private island

A new development on the film legend’s atoll in French Polynesia promises ‘sumptuous accommodation with wild nature’

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