Vivid Varanasi

Friends tell me they are off to India, and that one of the places they must-see is the Holy city of Varanasi, the spiritual capital for Hindu pilgrims. Instantly, colorful images of that incredible city – it sits on the banks of the Ganges River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh – flood my memory from a recent visit. The sights there remain so vivid, but relating those experiences to someone else falls rather flat.

But, do listen to my interview with tour guide Sanjay Nepal on Travel Writers Radio for a taste of what travellers will find there. His description is far better than mine could ever be as he has lived and worked there for many years.

 

Oz cruise season

International cruise ships are sailing into Australian waters at a rapid rate of knots as the summer cruise season Down Under gets under way. Reporter Veronica Matheson chats to MD of Cruise Lines Internationl Association (CLIA) Australasia about the bumper season ahead, and about what is trending on the cruise scene right now.

Forest retreat

Just weeks ago bushfires were raging across the Gold Coast hinterland, close to the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park where O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat hosts birders and bushwalkers from around the world. Reporter Veronica Matheson chatted to Shane O’Reilly about the bushfires, his family’s long association with the area, and how they built the world’s first boardwalk in the rainforest’s tree canopy.

Photo: Regent Bowerbird at O’Reilly’s. More: www.oreillys.com.au/