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Starry skies, Golden Eagles and Heavenly Horses. We're all wrapped up in our warmest clothes, watching a night sky literally full up with stars, on the edge of Song Köl Lake, 3070m above sea level. It's chilly, but worth it. Our yurts are full of warm blankets and with 8 people to a yurt, we'll be easily warm enough - so for now, it's hats, gloves and a rum and coke to enjoy the evening! I've never seen so many stars - 360 degrees and all the way to the horizon, the sky is totally lit up. This finishes off a few…

Following the Old Silk Road - Xian to Kashgar We left Xian nearly three weeks ago following the old trading route to Kashgar, all the way along the last stretches of Great Wall and finally skirting the edges of the Taklamakan desert, one of the most inhospitable places on earth. What we've just travelled in 14 days, I cannot imagine travelling on foot or by camel at a rate of only 10-20km a day, as the old Caravans would have. This area was a gold mine for the archaeologists of the 19th century who would make their name discovering and transporting…

Dragoman founder and co owner Charlie recently visited Kathmandu after a break of many years. He left a few days before the earthquake in April 2015. We now have a number of exciting new trips in Nepal starting in 2016, including a fantastic loop visiting homestays and lodges in some of the most beautiful and peaceful scenery on earth. KATHMANDU REVISITED: Charlie Hopkinson Kathmandu has changed beyond recognition in so many ways. The traffic, noise and the fumes are in stark contrast with the peace and tranquility that I remember from 30 years ago. But, and this is the BIG BUT…

Here are ten great reasons to visit Patagonia. 1. Visit a Chilean winery and sample some of the best vino in the world. 2. If Chilean wine isn’t enough then how about some Argentian Malbec? 3. Stunning drives through some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. 4. Get right up close to the Perito Moreno Glacier. 5. Hike the infamous W Walk in Torres Del Paine National Park. 6. Spot a Puma (might be hard). 7. Reach the most southerly land point and smell the fresh Antarctic air. 8. Gaze at the famous peaks of Mount Fitz Roy near…

Nestling in the green foothills of Darjeeling is a remarkable man, Andrew Pulger-Frame; well he's not really nestling, it is more his homestay, medical clinic and farm that does the nestling. It hunkers down surrounded by tall hills, deep verdant vegetation and small villages. It looks out over deep valleys planted with rice, potatoes, bananas and bamboo. It rests like an old English country house replanted in the foothills of the Himalayas and it feels like it to. But Andrew is not the impeccable English fellow that his name and the place suggest. We might sit around the fire in…

India has long held a magnetic attraction for adventure travellers and its appeal is stronger than ever. Dragoman have been operating overland trips around India for over 30 years and there is still no better way to see this vast country. More recently the Kingdom of Bhutan has also opened up to tourism and our trip there has been popular from the start. Last but not least, no trip to this region could be considered complete without a visit to the spectacular Nepal. At the time of writing, the country has just suffered a devasting earthquake - however we intend…

Patagonia is the name of the vast sparsely-populated southern regions of South America, spread over Chile and Argentina. The region encompasses many different landscapes, including the serene alpine lake districts and coniferous forests of Bariloche and El Bolson, the haunting desolate beauty of the moorlands and plains along Argentina's infamous Ruta 40, and the awe-inspiring fjords, glaciers and mountains of southern Chile. The whole region is arguably one of the most stunning places to travel through in the world and there are countless natural highlights to be seen, such as the active Villarica volcano in Pucón, the Perito Moreno glacier…

A couple who travel regularly with us, recently made a donation to a school visited on our Chennai to Kolkata trip. Clients are encouraged to visit schools as part of the overland experience in conjunction with Dragoman's whole ethical tourism policy. Responsible Travel has always been a very important part of our operation. We believe strongly that we should try and give something back to the communities in the countries we travel through. We are involved in a wide range of community-based tourism projects around the world and through our involvement in these projects, we try to ensure that local…