INDIA & ARABIA &India Arabia Remote islands, vibrant cities, ancient temples and bustling bazaars. For an adventure of a lifetime, journey to India and Arabia to be immersed in the diverse mix of cultures, landscapes and iconic sights that this part of the world has in abundance. Explore near-deserted, white sand beaches in the Andaman Islands; uncover the colourful Indian cities of Chennai and Mumbai; and encounter the ‘perfume capital of Arabia’, Salalah in Oman. Remote Islands The tropical Andaman Islands are around 1,000 kilometres off the east coast of India. Due to their remote location the majority of the islands are still uninhabited, leaving the lush forests, white-sand beaches, unique wildlife, beautiful corals and fascinating marine life almost untouched. At Port Blair, the capital of South 14 www.fredolsencruises.com Andaman, a Tuk Tuk ride is the way to capture a glimpse into the city’s local life. Delve deeper into the islands’ history on a visit to the Cellular Jail, built by the British to house political prisoners; explore nearby Ross Island, now home to the ruins of an intriguing colonial past; or visit the Anthropological Museum, which illustrates the lives of the aboriginal tribes that still reside within the islands’ forests. For something a little more relaxing, take a catamaran to idyllic Havelock Island. It’s excellent for snorkelling or sunbathing on palm-fringed beaches washed with turquoise waters. Vibrant Cities & Ancient Temples Over to the coast of the Bay of Bengal is the South Indian city of Chennai. It’s well known for its traditional dance shows and vibrant Tamil film industry. As a culturally diverse city, it benefits from a blend of architectural influences, from the colourful Dravidian style of the ancient Kapaleeshwarar Temple, to the Roman Catholic San Thome Cathedral. Browse the hectic market at George Town before taking a stroll along the laid-back sandy Marina Beach, or step into the tranquil grounds within the Ramakrishna Mutt Temple, set amid the hustle and bustle of Chennai’s streets. The commercial capital of India, Mumbai, is a bustling metropolis of soaring skyscrapers with clusters of old buildings nestled between. Formerly known as Bombay, this vibrant city boasts beautiful buildings dating from the British period, including the town hall, the Mumbai University library, Mumbai railway station (or Victoria Terminus) and the Rajabai Towers, to name but a few.
Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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