Where to go and what to know
Friday 01 November 2013
India's top spot
Elusive leopards will be the focus of Rajasthan's Jawai Leopard Camp when it opens in January 2014. Located between Jodhpur and Udaipur, the luxury camp will comprise eight tents, a dining room and spa, with daily game drives into the surrounding wilderness. Reservations are now open with tents starting at R40,000/£405 (sujanluxury.com).
A new underwater railway line opened beneath the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul this week. The link, which connects Gebze on the city's Asian side with Halkali on the European side, has taken nearly a decade to build, after Byzantine ruins were discovered during construction (marmaray.com).
The Luxury Travel Fair will be at London's Olympia from Thursday to Sunday, with talks from Simon Reeve; £14.50 (luxurytravelfair.com).
Rem Koolhaus's De Rotterdam “vertical city” opens on 15 November with offices, apartments, shops, restaurants and a Nhow Hotel (derotterdam.nl).
Simply Sweden has launched Simply Northern Lights: small-scale tours of Norwegian and Swedish Lapland in search of the Aurora Borealis. From £1,495pp (simplynorthernlights.co.uk).
Plan your next break using GoEuro. The site searches for the most convenient route for your journey by air, rail, bus, coach or car rental, giving results by length of time and price. The beta site currently covers the entire UK, German and Spanish transport network, with more countries launching soon (goeuro.co.uk).
Bali beach bliss
GHM Hotels has just opened a sister property to its Legian and Ubud resorts in Bali. The five-star Chedi Sakala is located on the Nusa Dua peninsula, with 261 suites and two-bedroom villas, a French/Balinese fusion restaurant and direct beach access (ghmhotels.com).
6: The number of items in Intelligent Pelican's gap-year travel kit. It includes a lock, charger, headlamp, adaptor, sleeping-bag liner and quick-drying towel; £125 (intelligentpelican.com).
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