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Asian Geographic - - Front Page - THE QUIZ OF ASIA

When In­dia is men­tioned, what springs to mind? The Ganges River? The Badri­nath Tem­ple? More often than not, it is the Taj Ma­hal. As vis­ually spell­bind­ing as th­ese at­trac­tions are, many tourists barely scratch the sur­face when it comes to ex­plor­ing the mes­meris­ing mar­vels of In­dia. In­dia has even more to of­fer than th­ese iconic main­stays of main­stream tourism guide­books. For­mi­da­ble in its vast­ness, and im­pres­sive in its di­ver­sity, In­dia in­vites you to ex­plore the legendary sto­ries that await the cu­ri­ous lis­tener.

In­dia caters to the in­ter­ests of all kinds of vis­i­tors, from history buffs to cul­tural ex­plor­ers, wow­ing pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts with breath­tak­ing scener­ies, sweep­ing moun­tain­ous vis­tas and re­mark­able col­lec­tions of his­tor­i­cal relics. The cap­i­tal, Delhi, is a great con­ver­gence of old and new – the his­tor­i­cal, and the cosm­poli­tan.

Dis­cover the Qutab Mi­nar, a 73-me­tre high tower built in 1193, and Pu­rana Qila, the old­est fort, de­signed with sym­met­ri­cal pat­terns in shades of ochre. Take a flight to Bikaner in the Thar Desert, adopt the role of ex­plorer and join a camel car­a­van – or at­tend the camel fes­ti­val. Ex­plore the Lall­garh Palace, a fu­sion of Ra­jput, Mughal and Euro­pean in­flu­ences.

For the ro­man­tic, sun-kissed Udaipur is a must. Often re­ferred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, the beauty of this city is in­dis­putable. Lo­cated in an in­ter­con­nected net­work of lakes in mag­nif­i­cent Ra­jasthan, the City Palace forms a labyrinth of in­tri­cately tiled arch­ways and pas­sage­ways which lead into panoramic views. Over four cen­turies in the mak­ing, this op­u­lent ex­pe­ri­ence cul­mi­nates in the Me­war Sound and Light Show, which tells this im­pres­sive story of over 1,500 years of Me­war history.

Tour­ing city after city can be tir­ing, which is why we in­vite you to kick back and en­joy In­dia’s fa­mous hos­pi­tal­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence the many once-in-a-life­time guided ex­cur­sions on of­fer. From be­spoke bou­tique ho­tels to lav­ish lux­ury re­sorts, there is a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion choices on of­fer to cater to the needs of ev­ery type of guest with ev­ery type of bud­get.

Re­laxed and re­ju­ve­nated, es­cape the beaten track and take a day trip from Agra to Mathura, the birth­place of Lord Kr­ishna. Ex­pe­ri­ence a taste of the unique nat­u­ral va­ri­ety of In­dia in Bharat­pur, which is home to a wide range of rare and ex­otic bird species.

In­dia is syn­ony­mous with bright, vi­brant colours and en­er­getic mu­sic, and fes­ti­vals are a good ex­cuse to en­joy both. Con­sider plan­ning your visit to co­in­cide with one of the tra­di­tional fes­ti­vals – such as the Brij fes­ti­val in Bhara­tour. Co­in­cide your trip with Holi – the fa­mous fes­ti­val of colours – or the Ele­phant Fes­ti­val in Jaipur, which hon­ours th­ese beau­ti­ful pachy­derms. If you fancy a bit of macabre mys­tery, pay a visit to some fa­mous ceno­taphs, such as Hu­manyun’s Tomb, which con­tains the graves of the 150 fam­ily mem­bers of Mughal Em­peror Hu­manyun, built in 1565 AD. Ad­mire the ceno­taphs erected by the Bhati rulers, which are sights to be­hold when basked in the set­ting sun.

With so much on of­fer, it is of lit­tle won­der that In­dia con­tin­ues to be listed as a must-see des­ti­na­tion for the ad­ven­tur­ous traveller. Its tapestry of di­verse land­scapes and cities and vi­brant cul­tures and tra­di­tions can only be called unique. The au­then­tic­ity of ex­pe­ri­ence of­fered by In­dia is what draws vis­i­tors to the sub­con­ti­nent, time and time again. Com­bin­ing history, cul­ture, ar­chi­tec­tural won­ders, de­li­cious food, rich tra­di­tions and warm hos­pi­tal­ity, we in­vite you to be fas­ci­nated in in­cred­i­ble In­dia.

What bet­ter way to fly than in lux­ury? Snug­gle into the plush seats of Air In­dia’s new B787 Dream­liner air­craft and en­joy avi­a­tion bench­marks in qual­ity, en­ter­tain­ment and ser­vice. Air In­dia’s new flag­ship car­rier car­ries up to 256 pas­sen­gers on board, boast­ing spa­cious aisles and ample legroom.

Pas­sen­gers are able to con­ve­niently se­lect their meals from a wide as­sort­ment of meal sets – up to 22 op­tions, to be ex­act. Cater­ing to the most spe­cific food re­quire­ments, Air In­dia in­vites you to tuck into a cus­tomer-cen­tric din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with a dif­fer­ence.

With a per­sonal en­ter­tain­ment TV screen al­lo­cated to ev­ery pas­sen­ger and an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of in-flight en­ter­tain­ment op­tions, you can un­wind with the lat­est blockbusters or the time­less clas­sics in film. Rest your eyes with a wide se­lec­tion of al­bums ac­com­mo­dat­ing an eclec­tic va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal tastes. Al­ter­na­tively, avoid the red-eye and sim­ply dream with the Dream­liner.

Soar higher with Air In­dia’s new Dream­liner

Ho­tel Clover’s two ho­tels in Chi­na­town are in­no­va­tive, con­cept-ori­ented, and cater to ev­ery type of traveller.

Whether you’re trav­el­ling for busi­ness or plea­sure, Ho­tel Clover 5 Hongkong Street of­fers con­tem­po­rary de­sign and com­fort with easy ac­cess to Sin­ga­pore’s city cen­tre. Com­bin­ing art, mod­ern de­sign aes­thet­ics, and cul­tural ac­cents from Asia, Ho­tel Clover 5 Hongkong Street show­cases the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween ‘old’ world charm and ‘new’ world com­forts. In the bustling heart of Chi­na­town, the ho­tel pre­sents the per­fect gate­way from which to ex­pe­ri­ence the di­verse cul­tures, unique ar­chi­tec­ture and va­ri­ety of cui­sine on of­fer in one of Sin­ga­pore’s most vi­brant, his­toric dis­tricts.

After ex­plor­ing the iconic shop­houses and eater­ies of Chi­na­town, re­turn to com­fort and tran­quil­ity, and cool off in the swim­ming pool on the rooftop ter­race. Soak up the sun­set with a view of the city sky­line, and cap this off with a sig­na­ture cock­tail be­fore mi­grat­ing back to the Sin­ga­pore River to en­joy the vi­brant nightlife. If at a loss on what to do and see dur­ing your time in the lit­tle red dot, tours can be ar­ranged by the ho­tel’s at­ten­tive, city-savvy staff.

If on busi­ness, rest as­sured that all rooms are equipped with com­pli­men­tary high speed wire­less in­ter­net, a lap­top safe, and free lo­cal calls to make your stay in Sin­ga­pore seam­less and has­sle-free.

A sec­ond flag­ship prop­erty, Ho­tel Clover 7 is also ide­ally sit­u­ated in Chi­na­town with easy ac­cess to the city and ma­jor at­trac­tions – but it has an outof-this-word twist! The hip de­sign of the lobby was in­spired by the sci-fi genre. Bronze-em­bossed tiles, am­bi­ent lamps and star-span­gled pur­ple and black walls in­vite guests to es­cape to an­other galaxy upon ar­rival. Of­fer­ing a home-away-from home with 27 guest rooms, cosy meets chic, and de­sign sen­si­bil­ity merges with con­tem­po­rary func­tion­al­ity, al­low­ing for the ul­ti­mate ur­ban bou­tique ex­pe­ri­ence for the mod­ern traveller.

Beyond Chi­na­town, Ho­tel Clover has five prop­er­ties in Sin­ga­pore, and launched its first over­seas ho­tel in Bangkok this year. Com­mit­ted to un­der­stand­ing and cater­ing to the unique needs of ev­ery kind of traveller, Ho­tel Clover in­vites guests to cre­ate mem­o­ries of Asia by join­ing them on a jour­ney through a unique hos­pi­tal­ity ex­pe­ri­ence.

Jour­ney to Sin­ga­pore’s Ho­tel Clover Chi­na­town

The ASIAN Ge­o­graphic Hot Soup Chal­lenge re­turns for an­other year to put Sin­ga­pore’s kids in the quiz hot seat and chal­lenge their gen­eral knowl­edge about Asia. The school chal­lenge will run in April 2017 un­der the theme of Cli­mate Change. Stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to study up on rel­e­vant is­sues through the Jan­uary edi­tion, which will ad­dress is­sues re­lat­ing to global warm­ing. This year’s chal­lenge will also dove­tail with the Asia Dive Expo, which runs at Sun­tec from 7-9 April. The con­test is bro­ken down into three cat­e­gories: • Ju­nior (age 7–12) • Stu­dents (age 12–18) • Open Cat­e­gory (age 18 and above)

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