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Editorial
Publisher's Note

We kick off this issue with a piece on one of India’s most classic journeys – one through the desert state of Rajasthan. With a photo essay by photographer Gunther Deichmann, we take you through the 3 desert cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.

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Features
Now or Never – Myanmar’s Rural Pah-Oh
Most visitors to Myanmar have probably been to several of its famous sites, like the hyacinth-dotted Inle Lake, the pa­go­da-dotted plains of Bagan and bus­tling Yangon (the former capital). While all of these sights are worth see­ing, rural Pah-Oh’s villages in the centrally located Shan State are more than worth seeing.
The Varangian Road - From the Baltic to the Black Sea
Imagine silent fortresses and empty steppe, the echoes of bygone khanates in the shadow of cave cities, monastery catacombs where saints rest with folded arms. The Varangian Road – named after the Vikings who travelled, fought and traded on it in medieval times – traverses the frontier regions between the Baltic and the Black Seas. Like the Silk Road it conveyed people, goods and ideas, only it did so between north­ern and southern Byzantine-dominated Europe.
Gear Guide
Berghaus Vapourlight Hyper Smock 2
The Men's VapourLight Hyper Smock 2.0 is designed specifically with trail runners in mind. The updated smock is the world's lightest waterproof jacket weighing just 75g (size: large).
Mountain Light Cascade
The Tri Backpack M provides 3 ways to store, carry and use your gear. You may use it in the backpack, sling bag or “X” position. Suitable for your pro DSLR with battery grip, attached mid-range zoom plus 3-4 additional lenses, flash and accessories; media card storage and space for 11'' laptop or tablet.
 
Going Green
There are a number of things that can contribute to making a product more ethical than others. Is its impact on the environment as low as possible? Is it going to lessen the impact on the surroundings that you are travelling to? Are the people making the product treated fairly? It is a lot to consider but here are some products and organisations that are doing it right.
Eco Hotspots for 2015
If you’re thinking of an eco destination to travel to for 2015, here are some of the top choices chosen by experts on ecotourism. These are based on data regarding responsible, sustainable tourism opportunities each place has to offer. Cape Verde: A model for political and civil rights in Africa, the World Bank commended Cape Verde for its efforts to expand tourism while protecting their communities and environment. The nation is aiming for 35% renewable energy use over the next 2 decades.
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