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Trek up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Arriving at the monastery you may be given a cup of yak butter tea and be blessed by the head monk.

Miranda - Original Traveller

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Miranda Boord

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I have extensive travel experience throughout Indian Subcontinent and Japan.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • There are too many things, but I have a long list of animals that is only getting longer all the time! Here goes:
  • Go to the jungles in Borneo to see the Orang-utans
  • Go to Ladakh in search of a snow leopard
  • Visit Brazil's Pantanal to see jaguars
  • Seek out pandas in China

Best Moments

  • Seeing a tiger in the wild for the first time made the hair on the back of my neck stand up and sent shivers down my spine
  • Coming (almost!) face to face with a bull elephant when on a walking safari in Zambia - a serious adrenaline rush
  • A safari in Botswana for my fathers 60th. We were camping in the national parks and didn't see any other vehicles for days. It was incredible and we saw so much game.
  • Scottish reeling in the Wieliczka salt mines in Krakow - amazing
  • Flying into Bhutan - it's the most scenic flight in the world and you get a running commentary from the pilot as you fly past Mt Everest, landing into such a small valley you feel like the wings are about to touch the valley sides

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Not a great physical hardship, but it was heartbreaking when my camera memory stick went on the blink on a recent trip to Japan and I lost hundreds of photos

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Leaving the Indian jungle after five months of near solitude and silence and pitching up in Varanasi - a serious assault on the senses, a fascinating city, but completely chaotic and extraordinary after the seclusion of having been in the middle of nowhere for months.

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Six Reasons Why We Should All Go to China Right Now

China is a fascinating country in which to travel. However, I am not going to lie and say it will ever be my favourite destination; it is a tough country to travel in. There were times that I absolutely loved it and others when I was wondering what on earth I was doing there. However, I do…

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Eight Reasons To Go To India Right Now

India has long been a favourite amongst Original Travel staff and clients alike. It's the kind of country that inspires a lifelong affinity and, once people catch the India bug, they tend to go back again and again - there is always more to discover. With that in mind, here are eight reasons…

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Deepest Mani, the unexplored cradle of ancient Greece.

Fears of driving on uncertain roads melted away in the midday Maniot heat, as we climbed through mountains that tumbled into the crystal blue sea. My reward for braving the hairpin bends from Kalamata to the Mani, was the breathtaking vistas glimpsed in between Cyprus and Olive trees on the…

Tiger Tourism in India

Here at Original Travel, we love to stay ahead of the curve and keep up with what's going on in our favourite destinations. Myself and Milly, representing Team Asia, recently attended the TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers) Wildlife product update talk given by chairman Julian Matthews, which…

A Tiger Safari in India

Asia specialist Miranda is truly passionate about tigers. Here she shares her once in a lifetime tiger safari holiday in India - one of her most memorable travel experiences to date. Originally Published August 2013.

Fun Family Holidays To India

India is a feast for the senses for all, what can be more exciting having read Kipling's Jungle Book than seeing all the animals come to life in the Indian Jungle; ride Colonal Hathi trying to track Sher Khan, if you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of Baloo or Bagheera going about their…

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Vegetable Samosa Recipe

This vegetable samosa recipe was picked up by our Asia specialist Miranda, during a visit to her favourite hotel in Jaipur, India - Samode Hotels!

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Spanish Recipe: Ham Croquettes

Love Spain, Love Tapas? Here is a Spanish recipe for ham croquettes. These are absolutely delicious, but be warned, a bit of a fiddle to make….

Ginger and Honey Tea Recipe

This one is delicious… especially to warm you up on a chilly day after a long trek to Tigers Nest in Bhutan, also delicious after a hot stone bath and amazing massage at the Uma Paro spa. Let me introduce to you all...

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Whistler Ski Holidays

Canada is, for many people, the ultimate ski destination. Whether its quantity and quality of snow, the mountainside conditions and facilities, or even the in-resort features and standards; Canadian ski resorts are unbeatable on virtually all fronts. And none more so than Whistler. The…

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India: Something for Everyone

Such a vast and vibrant country, India has a huge amount to offer visitors. 2012/13 are certainly no exception to that; with new modes of transport, new accommodation, holy and musical festivals, plus a whole host of other cultural events taking place, India really does have something to…

Tiger Tourism Faces it's Biggest Court Case to Date

A tiger safari is the epitome of a memorable and unique holiday experience. But at the end of July 2012, the Supreme Court in India imposed an interim ban on all tiger tourism within the core areas of the National Parks in India. This ban is due for a hearing tomorrow.

Big Cat Safaris: Go Wild!

After a once in a lifetime holiday? Nothing beats spotting a big cat. Yes, yes, we all love a lumbering elephant or a cute orang-utan, but for the ultimate in wildlife watching it has to be one of the magnificent moggies that prowl around the wilder parts of almost every continent on Earth.…

The Best Exotic Hotels in Rajasthan

An 'absolutely definitely' must see...The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel currently out in the cinema is a heart warming story of a group of Brits from all different walks of life, heading out to India for retirement. Arriving at the hotel, it is not quite as it has been described in the…

80 Senses: #60 - Salvatore Maraschio, Concierge at Hotel de Russie

The man who makes the impossible possible... We at Original Travel send our clients off on city breaks with a detailed dossier containing our recommendations of the best restaurants, bars, places to shops and generally all the info you could need to make for the perfect Big Short Break. We…

80 Senses: #47 - U Bein Bridge, Lake Inle at Sunset

The ultimate photo opportunity. Burma is back, and Inle Lake is a very tranquil and relaxing spot after the hustle and bustle of the cities of Mandalay and Rangoon.

80 Senses: #37 - Things to do in Gozo, Village festas

Big bang fact, not theory... According to legend, Odysseus fell under the seven-year spell of the sea-nymph Calypso on the Mediterranean island of Gozo. Nowadays the smaller sister island of Malta basks in relative anonymity, and diving and spas have replaced sea-nymphs as the main lures for…

80 Senses: #14 - The Great Room, Southern Ocean Lodge

Here's a fun game. When staying on Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia, ask the nearest local how the island got its name, then wait for the exasperated - and possibly swear word-laden - response.

80 Senses: #3 - Hear the Tigers in India

A tiger's prey FEELS the roar and is - literally - scared stiff... Pedants, beware. Technically this should probably go down as a 'sound' but when you actually hear the roar of tigers in India, you realise it's so much more than a noise. Semantics aside, you might think roaring would be…

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Bhutan Holidays: The Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan should be on everyones must visit list...

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Glenburn Tea Estate

Glenburn Tea Estate is like a home away from home...

Madhya Pradesh: Patrolling Tiger Country

If you're a wildlife enthusiast seeking a truly original holiday experience, then the recently revived opportunity to patrol India's tiger country on foot will appeal.

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