Soviet Art in Kazakhstan When the Kazakh khanate splintered into three hordes in the early 17th century, they became vulnerable to raids from Mongol tribes, primarily the Dzungars (dson, “left”; gar, “hand”) who formed the left wing …

The Bund The Bund, a stretch of historical buildings lining the western bank of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China (“bund” derives from the Hindustani word band which means “embankment”), was initially a British settlement that at …

India’s Mughal Empire

India's Mughal Empire

India’s Mughal Empire More than 4 centuries ago the   Mughal empire was an immensely successful empire, covering the entire subcontinent of India and reaching a population of 100 million at its peak. It is …

Exploring Kazakhstan

Small Group Tour - Kazakhstan

Exploring Kazakhstan. “Land of Wanderers” Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world and covers a landlocked area bigger than all of Western Europe. But unlike Europe, it does not figure prominently in the …

A Short History of Tokyo Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, the busiest intersection in the Japanese metropolis The history of Tokyo is intimately intertwined with that of Japan’s. In this article, we’ll explore Tokyo’s history from …

Forest Bathing in Japan

Forest Bathing in Japan

Forest Bathing in Japan is an unusual concept to the traditional western mind. Forests are a fundamental part of the Japanese national character. They are often treated with spiritual reverence, and shrines and places of …

Japanese cherry blossoms The cherry blossoms of Japan are known to admirers the world over. But their brief, beautiful season is not just a draw for international travellers. Japanese people celebrate this time with festivals, …

Tours of Japan Visiting Japan, a land of dazzling contradictions, is an unforgettable experience.  High-tech cities harbour relics of a fascinating past.  Futuristic fashion and gadgets share the streets withRead more