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India's top 10 must-see highlights

No trip to India is complete without taking in at least a few of these unmissable experiences. Nina Karnikowski names her top 10 highlights.

Festival of Colours in India

A man daubed in coloured powder poses for a picture at a temple during

In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women.


Six of the best: wellness retreats

Bikini Boot Camp, Mexico, Tulum.

Looking to find a healthier and more balanced you? These top six retreats offer the perfect surrounding to relax and regenerate, writes Flip Byrnes.


The most beautiful spots in the world to watch the sun

Samoa item. AJYB5J Western Samoa, View of coast with fisherman at sunset. CREDIT ALAMY

Traveller writers reveal memorable locations to experience the beauty of the world in half-light.


Six of the best: desert camps

Amangiri, Utah desert camp

From Namibia to Mongolia to Chile, Ute Junker discovers six of the best desert camps around the world.

The tear-drop island

Bathing time at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka.

Take a look at some of the attractions of Sri Lanka, named the No.1 destination in the world for 2013 by Lonely Planet.

Cow festival in Nepal

A Nepalese Hindu boy dressed in festival attire is offered milk during

Members of Nepal's Newar Comunity celebrate the Cow Festival in memory of their family members who died the preceding year, believing that the cow will guide them in their journey to heaven.


One of the world's most spectacular road trips

SMH TRAVELLER JUNE 22. Himalaya road. Credit andrew bain . Village near Keylong, above the Chandra River on the Manali-Leh highway

Andrew Bain takes an unhurried trip through the soaring terrain of the ancient Manali-Leh highway through the Himalayas.

60th anniversary of the ascent of Everest

Statues of Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand, and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (R), the first climbers to conquer Mount Everest in 1953, are decorated with garlands during the 60th anniversary of their ascent, in Kathmandu May 29, 2013.

Mount Everest Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Kathmandu on May 29, 2013. Nepal marked 60 years since the first ascent of Everest May 29, celebrating the summiteers whose success has bred an industry...


Dream getaways: over-water bungalows

Club Med Maldives

Does it get any better than staying in your own bungalow over a crystal clear lagoon? Here are some of our favourites around the world.

Hindus celebrate Holi in India

TOPSHOTS  Indian Hindu devotees throw coloured powder at the Radha Rani temple during the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana on March 21, 2013. Lathmar Holi is a local celebration, but it takes place well before the national Holi day on March 27. AFP PHOTO/ Sanjay Kanojia

The tradition of playing with colours on Holi draws its roots from a legend of Radha and the Hindu God Krishna.


Places you will never visit

Never visit

No matter how much you travel, here are 10 places around the world you will never get to visit. From Daniel Smith's book, 100 Places You Will Never Visit.


High as a kite: India's spectacular festival

Indian visitors watch a heart shape kite fly during the International Kite festival on the lawns of Priyadarshani park in Mumbai

Check out the best and brightest images from the International Kite Festival taking place throughout India this week.


My humps: thousands flock to camel fair

A man tends to his camels for sale on the outskirts of the small town of Pushkar in the early evening of November 20, 2012.   The annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction.        AFP PHOTO/Roberto Schmidt

Pushkar Fair Festival 2012. Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus in Rajasthan, where an annual five-day camel and livestock fair is held.

Journeys through the lens: Conde Nast's greatest photos

South Beach, Conde Nast

Conde Nast Traveler has released a 25th-anniversary book of the best photographs that have appeared in the magazine since its launch in 1987.

The beauty of Bhutan

Bhutanese woman and child.

The remote Himalayan kingdon of Bhutan is going global and embracing the modern needs of tourism, such as ATMs and star-rated hotels.

Into the forbidden kingdom

Nepal, Mustang.

Louise Southerden takes a journey into the mountains of Mustang in Nepal.

Getting high in the Himalayas

The village of Leti, perched among the peaks of India's Himalayas, offers view of expansive vistas and luxury accommodation as the base for a three-day walk through the region.

Four suburbs in New Delhi

Smile by Louise Hawson

Armed with her camera and a bottle of hand disinfectant, photographer Louise Hawson looks beyond the squalor to find joy and beauty in New Delhi.

Demon festival

People celebrate as an effigy of demon Ghantakarna is set on fire.

The Ghantakarna demon festival in Nepal. According to legend, the demon is believed to "steal" children and women from their homes and localities.