Harriet O’Brien is a travel writer and award-winning author. Her first book Forgotten Land, a rediscovery of Burma was published just before she joined The Independent, her second Queen Emma and Vikings, a few years after she left. She was on staff at The Independent during the 1990s and subsequently worked in Canada and then as managing editor at Conde Nast Traveller before going freelance in order to travel more. She mainly covers the UK, Europe and Asia, where she grew up.
18 November 2012 12:00 AM
This Ecuadorian gem is in the process of dramatic change, as Harriet O'Brien reveals
26 September 2012 12:00 AM
There's nowhere quite like Rajasthan and now is the perfect time to visit. So get ready for cities of pink, white and blue, for dazzling Indian festivals, and for deserts, palaces and luxury trains
07 September 2012 12:00 PM
The Auvergne's volcanic heart is now easier to visit thanks to a new railway to the top of its landmark peak, says Harriet O'Brien.
20 July 2012 12:00 PM
A newly revamped museum devoted to Albi's most famous son offers an intimate look at the artist's work, as well as an insight into his short life, says Harriet O'Brien.
13 June 2012 02:01 AM
In the south of India, little-visited Karnataka has plenty of surprises, from the bright lights of Mysore Palace to rare wildlife sightings in the jungle
08 January 2012 12:00 AM
Is this the new Napa Valley? Harriet O'Brien takes a trip to the vineyards of Nashik, near Mumbai, and discovers some fresh flavours to savour
19 November 2011 12:00 AM
The peace was palpable. Around the temple courtyard pilgrims were reading, praying, and sweeping the gleaming marble. Meanwhile the air was filled with music and chanting, relayed via discreetly placed speakers from the golden inner sanctuary that glowed magnificently through the darkness. It was just after 4.30am at Amritsar's Golden Temple. Here, in accordance with Sikh philosophy, all are welcome – including slightly spaced-out women just arrived from England.
05 November 2011 12:00 AM
A visit to the Indian Ocean's most alluring archipelago will redefine your idea of the perfect beach holiday.
25 March 2011 03:13 PM
Hostellerie St Alban, Nézignan l’Evèque
Set in an atmospheric old village close to the historic town of Pézenas, this gracious 19th-century mansion offers 13 comfortable bedrooms, a fine-dining restaurant and an attractive garden with swimming pool. The Mediterranean coast and the hills and wilds of Haut Languedoc are within easy reach to the north. Doubles from €98 per night, room only, logis-herault.fr
21 April 2008 12:03 PM
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
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