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Let Switzerland Get You Into the Christmas Spirit

Christmas markets are big business in Switzerland.  Almost all major and smaller cities start setting up festive stalls towards mid-November to bring locals and tourists alike into the much-needed Christmas spirit.  Whether you opt for a smaller or longer Christmas market, they are held mainly between mid-November and 24 December.  Some are open for weeks, some just for a couple of days. Read more about Let Switzerland Get You Into the Christmas Spirit

Eat, Pray and Explore Osaka

Japan is a fusion of the ultra-modern and the ancient, a country of temples and traditions as well as soaring skylines and futuristic bullet trains. Osaka is no exception.  The iconic 16th-century Osaka Castle – the symbol of the city – with its famous five-layer donjon, which cascades down from its central tower, is set in 60,000 sq m of lawns with cherry blossom trees. Read more about Eat, Pray and Explore Osaka

Explore Kyoto’s Temples and Shrines

Kyoto has distinguish itself as a must see destination for anyone visiting Japan to experience more than a century of culture. Kyoto alone has 17 World Heritage Sites, these include Kiyomizu Temple and Nijo Castle.  The sheer number of breathtakingly beautiful shrines and temples, the Tamba Mountains, tranquil Japanese gardens, traditional tea houses, fantastic food, colourful festivals and everything you would expect to find in a modern, vibrant, futuristic city are what makes this former capital of Japan (before Tokyo) a destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Read more about Explore Kyoto’s Temples and Shrines

The Ajanta Murals at Ajanta Caves: India

Ajanta paintings

The Ajanta Murals are dated to around 2nd century BC – 7th century AD and said to depict scenes from the previous lives of the Lord Buddha. The walls in the caves are covered with paintings depicting mostly didactic, devotional, and ornamental.

The Ajanta Murals is one area of Buddhist art form - iconic. Buddhist art form varies across culture and time.  Earlier Buddhist painting, which started in India is said to be aniconic (none graphic representation of divine beings or religious figures). Read more about The Ajanta Murals at Ajanta Caves: India