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Hidden away along the Silk Route is a series of over 400 caves with preserved murals and painted statues spanning back 1,000 years. Monks carved the first caves, stretching one mile into the cliffs in Gansu Province. These magnificent caves, listed collectively as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offer a fascinating look at Buddhist art and the history of the area. One mural depicts a cultural exchange along the Silk Road with a camel pulling a cart. Others show workers in the fields, warriors, rivers, cities, temples, and caravans.
An ice abode in sparking blue surrounds you in a winter wonderland. This chilly cavern is only safe to enter in the winter months when the colder temperatures harden the ice. These caves are for adventure seekers who won’t be bothered by the cracking sounds of the ice as the glacier moves. Needless to say, warm layers of clothes are a must to admire this remote and stunning cave.
Take a boat from the Gateway of India to a remote island off the coast of Mumbai to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A climb up a mountain path lined with local artisans and curious monkeys takes you to the Elephanta Caves. Dating back to the 5th century, see towering statues of Hindu deities that were lovingly chiseled into the rock formations with pillars separating the various sections.
Located in the southwest portion of Slovenia, the Skocjan Caves shelter one of the world’s largest underground river canyons. The vast underground halls and chambers expose limestone bedrock. The roaring rapids and waterfalls here support endangered species, including the cave salamander and a number of crustaceans. This is one of the largest underground wetlands in Europe and a cave worthy of extended exploration.
This cavern located on an island off the coast of southern Italy in the Tyrrhenian Sea is a popular destination and was once the personal swimming hole for the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Hop onto a rowboat and make your way into the narrow mouth of this sea cave. Within, you’ll float atop a brilliant pool of blue light.
Cave exploration around the world is possible in so many places. Add one of these captivating caves to your next custom journey and contact your Ker & Downey luxury travel expert to start planning.
Sun, sand, spices, and a deeply fascinating culture splashed with vibrant colors and gorgeous architecture make Morocco a photographer’s dream. It’s truly difficult to narrow in on what’s most picture-worthy, but here are some of Ker & Downey’s favorites.
A warren of narrow lanes, ancient homes, and interesting archways, Fez’s medina offers a blast into the past. There’s something to snap at every turn. Artisans bang on copper pots and shimmering lanterns glimmer in the sunlight that filters down through the labyrinth.
Soaring above the sea, this massive mosque’s tilework, arches, and minaret are a grandiose display of the country’s attention to architectural details. The area surrounding the mosque is a popular meeting spot for locals lingering to chat and a great place to snap candid shots of daily life.
Even though you can’t actually go inside the palace, there’s plenty to see on the outside. Three arched, golden doors are surrounded by exquisite blue, white, red, and green swirly and floral tile patterns. It’s a remarkable entrance suitable for any royal.
A stay in a traditional Moroccan home will immerse you in the culture and beauty of this north African country. Villa Des Orangers in Marrakesh is an oasis of calm among the buzz of the city’s main sights. Built in the 1930s, the property is adorned with beautiful arched nooks, carved wooden doors, fragrant citrus trees, and bubbling fountains. Marrakesh is a cultural gem that can be discovered on our Journey Back in Time itinerary.
Ouarzazate and its neighboring Aït Benhaddou are sandstone cities surrounded by mountains, deserts, and palmed valleys, makes this a treasure trove of photo opportunities. Game of Thrones and plenty of movies have been filmed at this exotic outpost. Explore these quiet and remote parts of Morocco on our Land of the Berbers itinerary.
You won’t feel blue among the narrow lanes of this charming town, awash in a calming hue. Wander the medina in search of glowing metal lanterns and nibble delicious street food.
If there’s one thing you will see a whole lot of in Morocco, it is over-the-top doors. They are often arched, adorned with intricate patterns, brass knobs and handles, and surrounded by dazzling mosaic tiles. One of the most extravagant is the Bab Mansour Gate built in 1732 – definitely one of Morocco’s most photo worthy spots.
Rows of blue boats bob on the Atlantic waters of this coastal town, where whitewashed homes rise past the blue crashing surf. Take a stroll on the beach or through the streets to see the postcard-perfect turquoise doors and window shutters.
Contact your Ker & Downey luxury travel expert to plan a journey to magical Morocco to scope out Morocco’s most photo worthy spots.
The fragrance of flower petals, saffron, and cinnamon wafts through the air in these bustling, exotic, and colorful bazaars and souks. Ker & Downey takes you on a trip around the globe to some of our favorite spice markets. Add them to your next journey for total sensory immersion.
This 11th-century vaulted market is a maze of lanes selling carpets and crafts, but it is the pungent spices sold in canvas bags and bowls that stand out. Scents and samples will have travelers dreaming of the delicious Persian dishes and drinks that are infused with saffron, cardamon, and mint.
Indian food is known for its rich spices, and the Khari Baoli provides a dizzying array of nuts, foods, and spices to whet any appetite. Since the 17th century, spices like turmeric and crushed chili have been sold here in cone shapes, ready to be scooped up by the next chef. Tea leaves are also on display, perfect for a cup of creamy chai.
A vivid palette of color awaits in Istanbul. This market that was constructed in 1660 as a last stop for camel caravans travelling on the Silk Road from China,India, and Iran. But it isn’t just a market for spices; this maze-like bazaar sells foods, art, trinkets, clothing, and everything else imaginable and is a true shopper’s delight.
Curious foodies will find Moroccan saffron and an exotic spice blend of more than 30 ingredients among the spices sold at very affordable prices. The heaping cones in vibrant colors are almost too pretty to disturb, but the scents tantalize your senses.
Chilies, chilies, and more chilies. The oldest market in Oaxaca has been around since 1893 and is a blast of sights and smells. Wander around and find rows of stalls selling colorful local crafts and spicy cayenne.
Take a deep breath and dazzle your senses with the aroma of cinnamon and peppercorn. Walk along the narrow lanes and bargain on baskets of spices, dried fruit, nuts, rose petals, and incense. Dried hibiscus is boiled to make a fragrant tea.
Third and fourth generation sellers proudly show off their seasonings here alongside produce, meats and local ingredients. This is the place to people-watch and pick up the ingredients for a pot of paella in this sizzling Spanish city.
Spice things up on your next journey with a jaunt through our favorite spice markets. Contact your Ker & Downey travel expert to begin planning your own custom adventure.
Join Ker & Downey’s luxury travel expert Lisa Sun as she takes us on a journey to Japan spanning north to south. Lisa shares the highlights from her unique experiences in Hokkaido, Teshima, and Tokyo.
There are so many reasons to visit this beautiful country: unique culture, amazing sites, excellent shopping, superb cuisine, and friendly people. Solo travelers, couples, friends, and families will all find something to enjoy in Japan.
Located in the north, Hokkaido is a little cooler and more isolated than the rest of the country, but that’s part of its allure. It’s a smaller, unspoiled island that isn’t frequented by as many visitors.
Cold weather is no match for the Noboribetsu hot springs. Bubbling pools of scalding hot water and powerful jets of steam bursting from vent holes, slicing through the winter chill. In the summer, the fields are covered in a blanket of lavender, the scent perfuming the air during relaxing hikes.
Hokkaido should go on any foodies’ map. Dine on incredibly fresh and absolutely delicious seafood. King and snow crab, sea urchins, squid, and scallops grace the frigid sea, and trout and salmon thrive in the sparkling rivers.
See hundreds of graceful cranes year-round at the Kushiro Japanese Crane Reserve. These magnificent birds are often featured in Japanese paintings. In the winter the speck of red on their elegant necks really pops against the crisp white snow.
The small island of Teshima is dotted with lovely villages and surrounded by the deep blue waters Seto Inland Sea. Art lovers will feel at home on this island. Wander through the Teshima Art Museum for fantastic views of the sea. The museum itself resembles a water drop and merges nature, art, and architecture together.
In nearby Nara, stay in Sasayuri-Ann, a renovated 150-year-old farmhouse manned by a Buddhist monk. Rest on tatami mats, dine on traditional low tables and chairs, participate in a tea ceremony, and canoe on the nearby lake. A Michelin-starred chef prepares delicious meals at this authentic ryokan. We suggest always including these traditional inns on a Japanese itinerary to really get a sense of the culture and warm hospitality.
Bustling and bright Tokyo is a great place for families, too. Private guides take you on cultural excursions to dress up as a geisha or take a ninja training class. Learn more about computer animation at the Ghibli Museum for Anime. Natural beauty can be found within reach of the city with the snow-capped Mount Fuji looming in the distance.
Explore the bustle and beauty of Japan on a custom Ker & Downey journey to Japan. Contact us to begin customizing your own Ker & Downey journey.
Drift amidst a dazzling rainbow of fish and above a myriad of vibrant corals in these exotic locales. These are some of our top spots for snorkeling, where mother nature’s beauty shines bright beneath the waves.
This island off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula is the place to snorkel right next to whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. The sliver of an island is part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve where pink flamingos are a brilliant sight against the jade waters, and the beaches are soft coral sands.
The Coral Triangle is a marine area with a vibrant blast of colorful corals covering eastern Indonesia, Solomon Islands, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, and Malaysia. Raja Ampat is made up of 610 islands, composed of soft coral jungles in orange, red, purple, and pink. Here you will find some 540 species of coral and nearly 1,700 species of fish. Corals are in shallow waters hanging just below the surface, so it is easy to access these premium snorkeling spots right off the beach.
This is one of the world’s top spots for snorkeling that offers fun for everyone, even if they don’t want to go underwater. Sea lions perform swirling acrobatics and turtles swim in the waters off the Galapagos Islands. Leap into the shallow waters to watch these playful creatures in their wild paradise. We recommend a visit to the Galapagos Islands in the fall.
The world’s largest coral reef is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the natural world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its expanse is so large that it can be seen from space; it’s pretty amazing from a helicopter, too. The Great Barrier Reef is home to hundreds of islands, hard and soft corals, and countless fish, mollusks, starfish, turtles, dolphins, and sharks.
Step off the sand into a natural aquarium in these mainly uninhabited islands within the Indian Ocean. The shallow, clear waters of the hundreds of islands are brimming with lion fish and clown fish living amidst the hard and soft corals. You can also swim with manta rays in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
You’ll find the Phi Phi Islands in the Andaman Sea, not too far from the famous paradise of Phuket. These islands are part of a national marine park established in 1983 to protect the area’s biodiversity. The water here is a clear, green shade that shimmers like a sparkling gem surrounded by tall limestone cliffs.
The Ambergris Caye is home to coral underneath the turquoise waters of the Caribbean coast. Get up close to nurse sharks at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and float in tranquil seas of this beautiful paradise.
Ready to take the plunge? Dive into one of our top spots for snorkeling and contact us to begin customizing your own Ker & Downey journey. If all this tropical talk has you inspired, you might like our list of Tropical Tales, too.
Wild, windswept, and wonderful, Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is a place to explore nature’s beauty and dine on scrumptious fresh fruits of the sea and land. Ker & Downey shares some of our favorite ways to discover this remote and remarkable part of southern Australia. It’s just a preview of what you can expect to discover on our own South Australia Explorer journey, perfectly customized to your own wishes.
Splash along the crashing surf at one of the many beautiful sand dune-scattered beaches. Swim in the refreshing surf, go fishing, or learn to surf at Pondalowie Bay and Richards Breaks. There are so many secluded areas to choose from; Shell Beach, Berry Bay, and the Horsehoe. Snorkel to find a brilliant underwater world teeming with reefs, rays, sharks, and seahorses at one of the marine parks. Search for buried stories of the past along the Investigator Straight Shipwreck Trail, featuring dozens of shipwrecks; some can even be seen when the tide is low. Watch blue crabs scuttle in the shallow pools, build sandcastles, or wander the beach looking for shells. In some places, your footprints will be the only ones in the sand. Set sail to Troubridge Island to visit its 1850s lighthouse and a crowd of curious little penguins and home to a wide variety of nesting birds. Lighthouses dot the region as do coastal towns where friendly locals stop to chat. Nature’s bounty beckons to those who love being outdoors. Unwind at Yondah Beach House after a day of leisurely wandering.
Removed from the buzz of Adelaide, Australia’s Yorke Peninsula provides a much slower and quieter pace. The city is only 37 miles away, but the Innes National Park on the southwestern region of the peninsula seems like another world. Explore the abandoned mining town of Inneston, dating back to 1900 when gypsum and copper were discovered in the area. Ker & Downey can arrange a private guide to take you on a walk to learn about the ancient Aboriginal cultures that have long inhabited this pristine corner of the Yorke Peninsula. Stenhouse Bay’s water gloriously transforms from a sparkling turquoise to a deep blue, both in stunning contrast to the white sands. Watch a wild emu cross the road, kangaroos jump along, and dolphins leap through the sea. Jagged cliffs welcome crashing waves and the fresh salty air fills your lungs.
Walk the Yorke
This serene slice of Australia is a place where time seems to have stood still. Walk along the winding hiking trail that circuits the peninsula. Discover secluded beaches, historic lighthouses, rocky clifftops with breathtaking views, and coves that are only accessible on foot. Watch migratory birds soar and sing at the Coobowie estuary and in the spring, enjoy the wild orchids that blanket the land. Make sure to rise early to catch the sunrises blazing a burst of color across the sky.
Wine and Dine
Set sail on a small boat to catch, shuck, and eat fresh oysters after some hard work as the captain’s “decki.” The cuisine in the Yorke Peninsula is bursting with flavors from the sea. On land, there’s also a hearty bounty to be found. The northern part of the peninsula was once known for its copper mining. The grand buildings are a testament to this wealth and the Cornish miners that came to work here left their mark on the regional cuisine. Bite into a Cornish pasty from one of the local bakeries and sip on wine at Barley Stacks Wines set within the barley belt.
Ready for a relaxing and rejuvenating journey to Australia’s Yorke Peninsula? Contact your luxury travel consultant to include it in an Australian itinerary.
Before filming Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler traveled to Africa for the first time. Although the Kingdom of Wakanda is fictional, he said it was important to first experience the continent to make sure he authentically represented the film’s African setting. The influence of cultures and places from across Africa is evident on-screen. We’re taking a look at the way Africa was reimagined in Black Panther locations and characters. These sites and experiences should definitely go on your travel list.
Marvel Studios' Black Panther - Warriors of Wakanda - YouTube
Coogler and his team spent much of their Black Panther research trip in South Africa and the KwaZulu-Natal, the historic home of the Zulu Nation. From the ancient history of tribal struggles for power, to the more recent defeat of apartheid, the story of Africa comes full circle in South Africa. In Johannesburg, a visit to Soweto offers a unique “then and now” look at the discriminatory history. Spending time in the powerful Apartheid Museum is also a must. Regardless of your own history, you will emerge with a thoughtful understanding of the complex past in South Africa and beyond.
Dianai Gurira (General Okoye) with director Ryan Coogler | an Apartheid Museum exhibit, Johannesburg
Watching T’Challa during his two fateful trials at Warrior Falls, we couldn’t help but be reminded of one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders: Victoria Falls. Found on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, the landmark’s local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, directly translates to “The Smoke That Thunders”. Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a hot destination for adrenaline junkies – no hand-to-hand combat necessary. Bungee jumping, zip-lining, and a private helicopter flight over the falls let you experience its full majesty. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, take a dip in the swirling Devils Pool at the top of the falls, just inches from the tumbling water’s edge.
T’Challa faces Erik Killmonger | Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls
While there’s no vibranium technology to be found, Addis Ababa might be as close to Wakanda’s hidden city as you can get. Addis is a major modern metropolis; it hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the home base of the African Union. Glittering glass-and-steel skyscrapers in the financial district, an elevated light-rail, and the chaotic hubbub of its streets and markets certainly recall elements of Black Panther. Tech-savvy Shuri would feel right at home here among the blossoming population of university students from all across the world.
Beyond Addis is the gateway to rural Ethiopia and the unrivaled culture of the Omo Valley. Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter mentions a few Ethiopian tribes among her inspirations for the fashions and styling of the Wakandans. From major characters to background citizens, it’s easy to pick up on the details inspired by real cultures from east and southern Africa. The Mursi, Surma, Hamer, and Menit peoples in the Omo Valley are among those that still practice body modification with lip plates or scarification. We also recognized the hairstyles of the Himba, a nomadic society in Namibia who cover their skin and hair with stunning rust-red ochre.
Connie Chiume as Mining Tribe Elder | Traditional Himba style
The armor and layered jewelry of General Okoye and the Dora Milaje echoes the styles of the Samburu and Masai tribes in Kenya and Tanzania. Vibrant reds, blues, floral patterns, and plaids are prolific in Black Panther and throughout nearly every African country and culture. Even the modern fashions worn on film can be found in the boutiques of local designers in fashion-forward Brazzaville and Cape Town.
Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi | A Mursi lip plate | Samburu men in warrior dress
Finally, if M’Baku is your main man, find the spirit of gorilla god Hanuman on gorilla treks in the mountains of Rwanda and Uganda. Both regions differ greatly from the Black Panther locations depicted; think sweltering jungles instead of the snowy Jabari lands. M’Baku and his clan would likely opt to shed their furs in the mountains of Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi. June and July are the best months to go tracking in these areas, getting up-close to the wild families of mountain gorillas as they groom, eat, and play. You’ll be guided the entire way by trackers and rangers who have lived and worked in these regions their whole lives, and know each family of gorillas at first glance.
Joy, happiness, and a massive cloud of color fills the air every year during India‘s Holi celebration. The entire country busts out in a frenetic fervor, doused in a hearty splash of vibrant pigments. Purple, pink, blue, red, and green powders turn many cities and villages into a riotous rainbow.
What is Holi
Holi is a joyous festival welcoming spring’s arrival. The date Holi is celebrated changes each year based on the lunar cycle. Ancient poetry and plays dating back to the fourth century make mention of the gloriously vibrant festival. Hindu legend tells a tale of good defeating evil, and huge bonfires are lit to commemorate the triumph. Holi also remembers the love story of Radha and Krishna, a Hindu deity. Krishna playfully painted her face, and ever since loved ones have been tossing matching powders on one another.
How it is Celebrated
During the weeks leading up to Holi, colorful powder is piled up in silver bowls and huge sacks sold across the country, from Rajasthan‘s small towns to Mumbai‘s busy markets. When the day arrives, everyone wears white, providing a plain canvas to splatter an unimaginable amount of dyes upon. Children mix the powder with water, spraying wildly with water pistols. It’s nearly impossible to emerge from Holi without handfuls of color spread on your face and arms. Friends and family become unrecognizable after they have been completely covered in a very huge helping of bright hues. Young and old join in the merrymaking: everyone is laughing, singing, dancing, and tossing around the palette of powder. Bring an extra set of clothes: the Holi celebration is not the time to worry about the washing.
Meaning of the Colors
Each color represents deeply ingrained aspects of Indian culture. Blue symbolizes Krishna, while green mimic’s mother nature’s beauty. Yellow is associated with turmeric, the spice sprinkled into many of India’s delicious dishes. Red, a popular choice for brides, represents love and fertility.
Where to Go
India’s energy is magnetic and there’s a splash of color around every corner year-round. During Holi, this country is amped up with frivolity and vibrancy. Ker & Downey suggests a journey to Rajasthan’s beautiful Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur to get into the Holi spirit. A bonfire is lit on the grounds of Udaipur’s regal City Palace and a lively procession of music, traditional dancing, and brightly adorned camels and horses flood the streets. The evening ends with a lavish dinner at the royal abode and fireworks light up the sky. Many of this magical city’ s magnificent properties plan lively parties with DJs, food, and a whole lot of fun.
Ker & Downey can arrange a stay at the elegant Taj Lake Palace, the Oberoi Hotel Udaivilas, or many of Udaipur’s other regal hotels where you can experience all the magic and masti (fun) of India’s Holi celebration. Contact the travel experts at Ker & Downey to plan your own custom journey to India.
With the United Kingdom ranking among the top five tea drinking countries in the world, it’s clear that the British love their brew. Maybe it’s the frequent grey weather that makes them reach for a cuppa so often. Grab your own mug and settle in as Ker & Downey shares our top picks for an afternoon spot of tea in London.
Learn about the Victorian history of traditional afternoon tea and select from a variety of international brews. Afternoon tea became popular around 1840 during the reign of Queen Victoria, who was also an avid tea-drinker. Enjoy the Tipsy Cake—soaked in sherry served with custard—and sip on a fine loose tea blend from the East India Company.
After a private shopping trip to this iconic department store, rest your feet in the Georgian for afternoon tea. Nibble on crust-less finger sandwiches with a vegetarian option of hummus and roasted red peppers. Dainty deserts and a variety of teas are brought to your table; the crowning glory are the scones smothered with clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam.
The British empire once stretched across the globe, and this afternoon tea is reminiscent of that time period. The Jasmine Indian Afternoon Tea is inspired by the roadside tea stalls of India and the regal palaces of the Maharajas. Spiced cream cheese, crispy chicken tikka spring rolls, and syrupy sweets are washed down with a warm cup of tea. Opt for something more whimsical at the hotel’s Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party. Colorful cakes and pastries named “Queen of Hearts” and “Caterpillar’s Mushroom” bring the pages of the children’s story to life, made grown-up with a glass of prosecco.
Fortnum & Mason Tea Salon
Browsing the shops on Regent Street can be tiring, and we recommend this local favorite for an afternoon pick-me-up. This quintessential British tradition has been a standard at this salon for over 100 years. Teas are served in powder blue cups and pots alongside pretty cakes. You’re surrounded by a blissfully blue space that makes you feel like you are floating on a fluffy cloud.
Take a trip into the regal past at this Victorian Gothic hotel which opened in 1873. Snack on raspberry and dark chocolate scones while admiring this restored building, a place rich with rail history in London. Guests will want to savor every delicious bite and imagine the days when the aristocratic ladies of the past met to sip tea and chat.
Nestled in an elegant corner of London, the Knightsbridge Hotel serves up Rosie Lee in style in their drawing room. Indulge your appetite with scones, clotted cream, preserves, and savory sandwiches. Afternoon tea is meant to be enjoyed at leisure, and the Knightsbridge experience is warm and welcoming.
Experience a British tradition in a very English institution. The Palm Court is a feast for the eyes with glittering chandeliers, glistening mirrors, and a live pianist and harpist. This venue provides the perfect backdrop for cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and teacakes. Eighteen varieties of tea are on the menu, along with champagne. This is the only hotel in London certified with a Tea Sommelier, who travels the world’s plantations to source the leaves. It is a lavish affair with waiters dressed in formal wear and guests in smart suit and tie.
Feel like royalty in the blue tea room, topped with a domed glass roof that fills the room with light. The natural brightness makes crystal chandeliers and gold accents sparkle. Dainty cakes and macarons add to the elegant pops of color and lavish appeal of this iconic afternoon tea.
Are your travel ideas brewing? Contact the luxury travel experts at Ker & Downey to plan your afternoon tea trip to London, and check out our delightful journeys to the United Kingdom.
The One Thousand and One Nights are a collection of classic tales of love and adventure with genies, magical lamps, villains, and heroes. These stories were compiled over centuries and span many countries like India and Egypt, mostly in the Middle East and Asia. Aladdin, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Sinbad the Sailor are all stories that have lasted through the ages and have inspired Ker & Downey to compile a list of some of the places that are featured in these time honored tales.
Places Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights
Many of the stories find their source in ancient Persia. The original tale starts with Scheherazade, who went to a king and told him stories every night, in hopes that he would spare her life. One thousand and one nights later, he made her his queen. Today the written word is still celebrated in Iran and the beauty of this country has inspired writers and poets like Hafez, whose tomb in Shiraz is still frequently visited by people wanting inspiration from his words about love and the divine.
The land of the Pharaohs has frequently served as a muse for writers, and this is where a 9th century papyrus containing fragments of the Arabian Nights stories was found. In Cairo, visit the narrow lanes of the Khan al-Khalili market, dating back to the 14th century, where gold merchants and copper smiths sell their wares. This might be the place to find Aladdin’s enchanted lamp.
The Three Princes and the Princess Nouronnihar is a story set in India about a sultan with three sons who wanted to marry a princess. India has a rich history of royalty and opulent palaces, some of which have been converted into hotels. Visit the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, where guests can live like a king for the duration of their stay.
Sinbad the Sailor’s sixth voyage takes him to Sri Lanka where he said there were “diamonds in the rivers and pearls in the valleys”. This is a treasure trove of immeasurable natural beauty, from its lush tropical jungles and peaks, to its wildlife reserves filled with elephants, leopards, and birds.
Grand Bazaars, soaring domed places of worship, and glittering palaces once inhabited by sultans will all take you back in time. It is easy to imagine the colorful characters of One Thousand and One Nights living in the beautiful city of Istanbul.
There are only a small handful of surviving manuscripts of these stories, and they are all written in a Maghribi script that originated in North Africa. Morocco is a place of spices, Moorish architecture, and magical cities like Marrakesh and Fez. It is easy to imagine how the bustling and colorful souks, brilliant mosaic-covered buildings, and mysterious sands here inspired the writers to tell their tales.
Contact the luxury travel experts at Ker & Downey to plan your travel to the places inspired by One Thousand and One Nights.
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