Journeys International has partnered with one of the sharpest and most seasoned naturalist guides in India to create what is quite possibly the best wildlife safari in India. In addition to multi-day safaris in Kaziranga National Park and the Kanha Tiger Reserve, this tour also includes important cultural elements that help complete a visitor's understanding of how the wildlife in this region is connected to the people and place. Here, traveler Jill Pavlat shares her experience on the Tribal Culture & Tigers of Northeast India trip.
Long-time traveler Dick Siebel recently traveled to the once-forbidden fabled Kingdom of Lo in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal on a custom adventure with Journeys International. The trip was timed with the beginning of the harvest season and the spectacular three-day Tiji Festival.
Access to this region was restricted by the government of Nepal until 1992, and Mustang was accessible only by foot until the last bit of road was completed in 2015. Mustang's culture has descended in its pure form from the Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism (contrasting to the Yellow Hat sect to which the Dalai Lama belongs), and it remains one of the only spots on earth where Tibetans live according to their own unimpeded traditions.
While there, Dick witnessed the annual tradition of processing recently harvested barley, a crucial element to year-round food security.
The Amazon. No, we’re not talking about the Internet retail giant that somehow co-opted the name of a magical, mystical geographic destination. We’re talking Brazil’s Amazon and Pantanal with jungle and waterways and wetlands — a destination so steeped in legend that it promises adventure and bucket list experiences to anyone lucky enough to visit.
Imagine glimpsing wildlife you have likely never seen before, colorful birds, strange insects, and hearing wondrous sounds in the night floating across black, sometimes swirling waters. You can do all of these things and more on Amazon jungle tours with Journeys International.
What do you get when you take a camel, remove its humps, shrink it, and set it down in South America? A guanaco. Head to the Patagonia region, and odds are you'll see a lot of them. Here, Journeys traveler Kay Knapton shares her experience with these herd mammals—and how her group went from unabashed excitement to blasé familiarity.
Papua New Guinea festivals, culture, tribal life, and exotic remoteness make it a destination that will last with you forever. Journeys traveler Gary McPhee visited Papua New Guinea for the Goroka Show. Here, he shares his stories.
This post originally appeared on HI Travel Tales, a travel blog for people interested in adventurous, insider, curious, peek-around-the-corners travel.