While taking a much-needed break can be a great opportunity to relax, when you travel to exotic, beautiful countries you also have a chance to learn. Maybe you relish the opportunity to try a new cuisine? Perhaps you enjoy uncovering the country’s history? Maybe you just want to experience authentic, traditional life in that part of the world, or soak up the culture of an interesting and unique area?
Whatever your aim, taking an educational holiday can be a great way to really experience a new country. Check out our quick guide below to find three of the best areas to visit and get some inspiration for your next trip!
New Delhi and Jaipur – India
India is famous for its rich heritage, stunning religious festivals and exotic foods. There are countless sights to see and places to visit in this beautiful country, but if you’re pressed for time, make sure New Delhi and Jaipur make the cut.
As India’s capital city, New Delhi is a tourist hotspot. The city is known for its stunning buildings and tree-lined streets, laid out by British architect Edwin Lutyens in the early part of the 1900s. Among the grand streets lie a wealth of cultural sights, from Gandhi’s home, to the National Gallery of Modern Art, and the India Gate, which was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Jaipur is not only the largest city in the Rajasthan state, but the cultural capital of the country. The chaotic, charming streets bustle with a mix of old residents and new visitors, swarming through the narrow lanes that encapsulate the city’s historical sites. The distinctive Hawa Mahal is a honeycombed building constructed from fairytale pink sandstone in 1799, while the legendary Amber Fort and City Palace give a glimpse into an earlier era of Indian architecture.
Mombasa and Nairobi - Kenya
Straddling the equator, Kenya is truly a beautiful country. The dramatically diverse landscape, incredible animals and warm people make for a once-in-a-lifetime trip. To get the best out of your time in the country, ensure you pay Mombasa and Nairobi a visit.
Home to one of the area’s largest and most impressive national parks, Nairobi is often used as a jumping-off point for safaris. For animal lovers, there’s plenty to choose from, from guided tours in the safari park, to a visit to the Giraffe Centre, where you can feed the highly-endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. Those looking to find out more about the cultural history of the area will enjoy the National Museum, which contains some of the earliest human fossils, as well as displays from Kenya’s various tribes and ethnic groups.
Mombasa is more suited to visitors looking to experience authentic Kenyan life. The bustling port city is filled with sandy beaches, fresh food stalls and historical sites, including the famous Jesus Port, the spiritual Mandhry Mosque and the bustling Spice Market, located just west of old town.
Nagasaki and Kyoto - Japan
Famous for its picturesque mountain ranges, bustling villages and high-rise cities, this Pacific Ocean island nation is on many people’s bucket list and is a unique cultural experience for any visitor.
Once Japan’s capital for over 1,000 years, Kyoto is perfect for those wanting to get the most out of their trip to the country, and is known for its incredible collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as having one of the country’s only working geisha districts and a range of delicious restaurants. A trip to the Kinkaku-ji and 15th Century Ginkaku-ji (Golden and Silver Pavilions) are a must. Follow it up with tea at a traditional Japanese teahouse in Gion and a plate of Kyo-Ryori or ‘Kyoto cuisine’.
After the hustle and bustle of central Kyoto, take a trip to Nagasaki. This vibrant, charming and beautiful area is home not only to a stunning natural harbour, cobbled streets and a collection of Shinto temples and shrines, but to the Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, commemorating those who died in World War II. If you visit during March or April, you may also be able to enjoy the Omura Flower Festival, where over 2,000 Omura Sakura cherry trees bloom.
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