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National Holidays: Experiential Travel at Its Best

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 July 2012

The (northern hemisphere) summer holiday season is now well and truly upon us, complete with major celebrations. Independent travellers with a particular penchant for direct, deep and engaging discovery – something sometimes called experiential travel – of new lands and cultures often wrap their travel plans around these happenings. Here are some of our favourites.

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Finding Peace on the Sacred Grounds of Wat Phou, Laos

  • Kamran Marwah
  • 9 December 2011

Nestled in the foothills of the Phu Pasak mountain range of southern Laos, the ancient ruins of Wat Phou, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site, have a special atmosphere to them, inspiring serenity and bliss in those who walk the sacred grounds. In addition to the site’s clear historical appeal, a trip to the ruins is essential for anyone with spiritual inclinations: the calm surroundings, the inherent mysticism and few visitors make it a great place to meditate.

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Photo of the Week: Evening Aarti Ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi, India

  • Yogita Ranapaheli (Photo and Text)
  • 26 June 2011

The picture here is of an evening Aarti performance at Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi, India. While many ghats performs this grand prayer ceremony, the one held at Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the largest and best known. Here, five young, extremely talented Hindu priests preform the highly choreographed ritual with super agility and dexterity.

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The Holy City of Varanasi, India: whl.travel’s Newest Destination

  • whl.travel
  • 13 April 2011

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND HINDI. India’s ancient and spiritual city of Varanasi, also known as Benares, is located at the heart of the Ganges Valley. Believed to have been founded by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva around 5,000 years ago (making it one of the oldest cities in the world), Varanasi is regarded as holy to Jains and Buddhists, and perhaps the most important pilgrimage site for Hindus, who visit it from all over the world. Now you can book Varanasi hotels and tours through whl.travel.

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Photo of the Week: Krishna Mandir on Krishna Janmashtami, Patan, Nepal

  • Navin M. Shrestha (Photo and Text)
  • 27 February 2011

Captured in this photo are two monuments inside the Durbar Square of Patan – one of the seven UNESCO-listed Word Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. The monument on the left is the famous temple of Lord Krisha (Krishna Mandir) and that on the right is a temple of Lord Bhairab. The tall pillar in the middle has a statue of Garuda – a mythical bird described in Hindu mythology as a protector of the good ones, and also the ride of Lord Vishnu.

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Photo of the Week: A Jhakri (Shaman) of Darjeeling, India

  • Pravin Tamang (Photo and Text)
  • 6 February 2011

This photo shows a Jhakri – the local word for ‘shaman’ – who is taking part in the festival of Banbo, which takes place every year in Darjeeling in West Bengal, India. The proceedings are part of an ancient tradition that is enacted to bring good fortune to the area.

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Holidays, Celebrations and Festivals in Tanzania

  • Shafina Bandali
  • 14 December 2010

The multicultural country of Tanzania is home to an incredible range of tribes and religions. Due to this mixing and mingling of cultures – the majority of the population is Muslim, followed by Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other local tribes – there is no shortage of exciting holidays, a diversity of festivities in which everyone takes real pride. Tanzanians respect each other’s religious differences and enjoy a few notable celebrations, including Eid ul-Fitr, Christmas, Navratri and Diwali.

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Sikh Pilgrimage in Pakistan: Following in the Footprints of Guru Nanak Dev

  • Sadia Kalsoom
  • 7 December 2010

Pilgrimage is a common and important practice for adherents of many of the world’s major religions. By the hundreds and thousands, the Sikhs visit Pakistan each year to pay homage to the founder of their ancient religious order, Guru Nanak Dev. On three holy occasions, the government of Pakistan allows Sikhs to visit holy sites and ancient religious shrines, including the great Gurdwaras, meaning ‘Gateway to the Guru’.

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