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World’s top alternative holiday destinations

Dubai v. Oman

Dubai may have golden sands, souks and big hotels, but let’s be honest – it’s a bit of a building site.
And the number of footballers and daytime TV presenters looking for a huge home on a fake island shaped like a palm would deter the hardiest of us.
You won’t need your snorkel and mask – all that construction is churning up the sea nicely – so you’ll have to settle for the shopping malls.
Oman, on the other hand, is a Middle-Eastern country that hasn’t sanctioned land reclamation, so you can snorkel and actually see things. And at least Oman’s culture and fascinating history hasn’t taken second place to the interests of mass tourism. Continue reading “World’s top alternative holiday destinations”

The Kalash Tribe Of Pakistan

Kalash_women_traditional_clothingDeep in the Hindu Kush mountains of northwest Pakistan lies the remote and picturesque Chitral Valley – home of Tirich Mir, the 14th-highest peak in the world (25,550 ft), and of the legendary pagan tribe Kalash.

The Kalash, or “Wearers of the Black Robe,” are a Dardic people whose ancestry is enveloped in mystery: a legend says that five soldiers of the legions of Alexander the Great settled in Chitral, and are the progenitors of the Kalash. Today, the Kalash are one of the world’s endangered minorities, with a population of about 4,000 remaining. Continue reading “The Kalash Tribe Of Pakistan”