Hardik Kothari

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Mauritius wildlife holiday: beyond the beaches and luxury hotels

Often when we travel we see things that horrify us but which are also slightly thrilling. I came across two things like that in <b>Mauritius</b>. The first was an ugly, reddish bird, a bit like a prehistoric dove. Although its numbers are slowly recovering, it’s still one of the rarest birds in the world. …

Cairns mudflats reveal world's most incredible long-distance voyagers

The great knots, sharp-tailed sandpipers and tiny red-necked stints that wade the mud flats have made it all the way from Siberia, but habitat destruction now threatens to disrupt their migratory routes<p>The mudflats that stretch along the Cairns Esplanade (a posh word for seafront) may not be much …

The most romantic hotels for a Mauritius honeymoon

Mauritius, with its miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, backed by lush forests and dramatic volcanic peaks, is made for romance, with some of the best luxury hotels in the Indian Ocean. Private plunge pools, butlers and helicopter transfers are on offer, along with some of the best gourmet …

Melbourne named world's most liveable city

<b>Melbourne</b> is ranked as the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for the fourth consecutive year.<p>The organisation’s annual EIU’s Liveability Ranking put the city of around four million residents in the Australian state of Victoria at the top of its list.<p>In a …

Road Trip: Banff and Jasper National Parks, Canada

One of the crown jewels of western Canada, here you'll take in exhilarating vistas of forest, crag, and glacier.<p>Starting on the fringe of the Great Plains and climbing through the incomparable mountain scenery of Banff and Jasper National Parks, this magnificent drive—one of the crown jewels of …

Top 10 extraordinary places to stay in 2014

Think back to where you stayed on your last trip. Was it simply a place to rest your head, or did it immerse you in local colour, surround you by wildlife and fire your imagination? We asked Lonely Planet’s authors and editors to nominate the most extraordinary hotels and hostels around the world. …

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The world's best alternative theme parks

Yes, you might have visited Six Flags and Disneyland in all its iterations (in Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and come 2015, Shanghai).<p>But what about all the other weird and wonderful theme parks out there? Here's a small selection of delightfully different theme parks, to give your travels an offbeat …

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The Best Driving Roads in Europe

From highways that swerve around the contours of Norway’s wild fjordscapes to iconic routes traveled by Napoleon through the French hinterlands, …

European Travel

The best photobombing animals

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