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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…

Here are ten great reasons to visit Patagonia. on a Dragoman overland trip. The haunting moorlands of Patagonia cross both Argentina and Chile and is one of the few regions where its land mass spans to three oceans; the Atlantic, Pacific and the Southern Ocean. The term "patagon" was first used by Magellan describing the indigenous tribes of the region. With fantastic trekking, huge outdoor spaces, wonderful wines and great food; overlanding through Patagonia with Dragoman has a huge amount to offer the intrepid traveller that really wants to get off the beaten track. 1. Visit a Chilean winery and…

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.   The Taj Mahal  The Taj Mahal is one the most famous and iconic buildings in the…

Patagonia is the name of the vast sparsely-populated southern regions of South America, spread over Chile and Argentina and is one of the most popular region's for overland travel with Dragoman. 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…

Rob Paget, has been part of Dragoman's crew for many years but here he tells of his first experiences of India, this ‘oh-so-colourful’ country. “You hear all the time about how India will be a culture shock. You hear that it will be crazy. You hear about the infamous 'Delhi belly.' What you don't hear about are the other things that make it a place you just fall in love with." "After being in India for a month and a half, the thing I have been most surprised about is the warm, welcoming and inquisitive nature of the Indian people.…

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…

Travelling on rural roads in Africa "exhilarating" says Lost Kingdoms of Africa presenter. Trying something unusual while on a trip to Africa, such as embarking on a Dragoman overland adventure to see remote and often overlooked areas, could be the perfect way to explore the continent.