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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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The Bay of Bengal: India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar
September 27, 2018
Blog Post

It’s the largest bay in the world, and at its widest stretches some 1,000 miles, from Myanmar in the east to India in the west. Maritime traders and migrants created a colorful tapestry of cultures. Rivers, including the sacred Ganges and legendary Irrawaddy, empty into the bay and create dramatic landscapes and wildlife habitats for migratory birds and even swimming tigers. With ports of call ranging from remote villages and nature reserves to bustling cities and vast Buddhist ruins,...

worlds best cultural festivals
May 1, 2018
Blog Post

If you want to get an overview of a destination’s traditions, cultural festivals are often a great place to start.

Whether it’s art, dance, food and wine, music, or religion you’re most interested in, festivals offer a great chance to mingle with the locals and get a taste of the region’s culture in the process. Check out our guide to 10 of the world’s best cultural festivals, from South America and the South Pacific to Africa, Asia, and Europe: 

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Foodie Travel
April 25, 2018
Blog Post

Are you a cultural traveler? Always interested in history, art, architecture, music, and, of course, food?

There’s no better way to delve into a place than through its culture and cuisine. Here are our top 10 foodie travel destinations for cultural connoisseurs:

1. ALASKA

Alaska is known for its deep history and majestic landscapes. The state’s cultural history includes indigenous Alaskans (229 tribes, including the...

Bagan, Myanmar
April 18, 2018
Blog Post

Located in the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal is the largest bay in the world. It encompasses approximately 839,000 square miles, and is bordered by India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.

Nearly a dozen different rivers feed into the bay, including the mighty Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna. The expansive delta created by these rivers is a diverse marine ecosystem that includes the...

November 1, 2017
Blog Post

The Himalayas is a majestic mountain range in every way. One of the youngest mountain ranges, they are home to many of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest.

At 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), Everest is the highest mountain on Earth—and also one of the most mystical. It seems to compel thrill-seekers...

Elephants on Safari
April 9, 2018
Blog Post

I’ve been a nature-lover my whole life, but I began traveling specifically to see animals in the wild back in the early ’90s. Still in my early 20s then, I was fascinated by watching wildlife. My passion grew exponentially as I took up photography and became more adept at spotting hidden animals.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve been blessed to explore over 40 countries on six continents. The one thing most of the places I’ve visited have in common? An opportunity to...

Dharamsala, India
June 22, 2017
Blog Post

In March of 1959, a young, bespectacled Buddhist monk born under the name Lhamo Thondup secretly escaped from his home among the snowcapped Himalayas. Leaving “the rooftop of the world,” he disguised himself as a soldier and, along with a retinue of supporters, traveled through the rugged mountain terrain towards freedom and safety.

For two weeks, the world wondered and waited, not knowing whether he was dead or alive. On March 31, he reached Arunachal Pradesh in...

Hornbill Festival
February 15, 2017
Video

This November, we'll be traveling to India by Rail with the Hornbill Festival, with social anthropologist, Shirley Campbell. An annual rite of passage, watch as Shirley describes the festivities with...

Tiger, India
October 6, 2016
Blog Post

Living amidst the forests of Asia, tigers are the largest felids on Earth, reaching up to 12 feet in length and upwards of 575 pounds. They are also one of the most critically endangered species, occupying less than 7 percent of their historic geographic range.

Perhaps the best place on the planet to see these incredible creatures is India; indeed, it is home to nearly half of the remaining cats in the wild. Thanks to a highly successful conservation effort,...

India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives
August 27, 2015
Blog Post

Exotic figures striking Kathakali poses grace the famous frescoes of Kochi’s Mattancherry Palace, and appear among the stone carvings in Kerala’s many temples, as well. Indeed, colorful Kathakali images adorn everything from travel posters and guidebooks to T-shirts and coffee mugs, and have become the de-factor symbol of this southwest Indian state.

One of the world’s oldest theater forms, Kathakali—which translates to “story-play”—is rooted in Hindu mythology, particularly...

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