South & Central Asia

Make new tracks: 10 secret ski spots

They may not be as famous as their big-name counterparts but these unsung ski destinations rival the best when it comes to the perfect powder. Felice Hardy goes off piste to find the top ten

On the road with… singer Julia Holter

The LA-based singer and songwriter on her life on tour, from memorable gigs in Warsaw to exploring India’s Varanasi

British Airways flies the flag for education in India

Offering discounted flights to New Delhi, British Airways is promoting a special British Education Centre in India

Five curious places to see art

You don’t need to go to a gallery to find art. From Lanzarote’s seabed to the rainforests of Belize, Katie Gatens discovers works of art in more natural habitats

The best (and worst) places for disabled travel

Decrepit buildings, lethal bike lanes, endless stairs – life on the road for travellers in wheelchairs is rarely easy. Here are blogger Anthony Tipling Bower’s findings from his attempt to become the first disabled traveller to visit every country

60 second interview: Mystery Jets

Ten years on from their debut, the band from Eel Pie island in Twickenham debut a more mature sound on their new album Curve of the Earth. Here guitarist and singer William Rees talks holy cities in India, embracing Americana in Texas and partying on Eel Pie

How is Nepal coping a year after the earthquake?

A year on from one of the worst natural disasters in its history, the impact of the Nepal earthquake can still be felt. Issy D’Arcy Clark travels to Kathmandu to discover how the country is recovering

The world’s best beaches 2016: best family beaches

Some of the best stretches to bring your brood – from toddlers to teens – might not be as obvious as you thought

Are you a cargo king or a cardboard box? Take our big air cargo quiz

Planes aren't just for holidays: hundreds of tonnes of cargo are shipped by IAG Cargo on British Airways passenger planes every day. So how much do you know about what’s travelling and where it’s going? Take our quiz to find out

David Attenborough: Any questions?

His voice is instantly recognisable and his contribution to our understanding of the behaviour of animals and plants is unparalleled. As he turns 90, High Life quizzes Sir David Attenborough on his long career observing life through a lens

How to plan an adventure holiday

From leaping out of a plane in Switzerland to scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, an adventure holiday is the best way to get an adrenalin rush, says Meg Jerrard of Here she shares her top six planning tips to ensure you get the most from your trip

Love is in the air: Eight Valentine’s Day gifts to pick up on your next flight

Need a last-minute gift for your other half? Editor of High Life Shop, Lisa Herriott, shares her favourite beauty buys from the Jan-March edition

What I pack... Gloria Steinem

Journalist, activist and avid spokeswoman for the feminist movement since the 1960s, 
Gloria Steinem has had a lifetime of travelling the world and putting it to rights. In our regular series, she reveals her essential items for any journey

The world’s hardest travel quiz

Think you know your capital cities from your continents and your roubles from your ringgit? Take our rock-hard travel quiz and find out whether you’re a just novice or the next Christopher Columbus

What makes a city ‘smart’?

Google ‘smart city’ and you’re likely to read about shiny technological utopias in the Middle East and South Korea. But according to Dr Adam Dennett, course director for CASA UCL’s MSc Smart Cities and Urban Analytics course, the most intelligent are the ones that use data for the greater good

High Life Entertainment guide: January 2016

Flying with BA this month? Here are the entertainment highlights to look out for – from Jonathan Ross’ review of 'Black Mass' to Cerys Matthews’ favourite new music

The Global City Index 2016

With most of the Earth’s population now living in urban areas, what does this mean for how we will all live and work in the future? Feargus O’Sullivan takes stock of the leading lights and unexpected new additions to the geographic grid for the year ahead

Quiz: which British Airways destination is right for you?

With the new year fast-approaching, there’s never been a better time to plan your 2016 adventure. But where to next? Take our quiz to find out which destination is right for you

Where next in 2016?

To discover the destinations that should be on your radar next year, who better to ask than leading travel editors, adventurers and globe-trotters from around the world? Issy D’Arcy Clark tracks them down

Six sure-fire ways to keep kids entertained on flights

Sarah-Jane Butler, founder of and mother of two, shares her favourite of travel games, toys and apps that will help keep your kids (and you) happy in the air — even on a long-haul flight

High Life Entertainment guide: December 2015

Your guide to this month’s inflight entertainment highlights, from Jonathan Ross’ review of Mistress America to London band Foal’s fourth album — and a healthy does of Frank Sinatra’s Christmas tunes

Future gazing: how will we travel in 2055?

By the time the next 500 issues of High Life are published — taking us through to 2055 — travel will have changed beyond recognition. But how? Here are the predictions from people in the know

40-odd years of travel: what has really changed?

Nick Curtis looks back at over the last four decades of travel and discovers that, despite making leaps and bounds in technology, some things haven’t changed all that much

Homecomings: five authors revisit their home cities

In 1973, the world’s biggest city was Tokyo with a population of 20,450,000. Today, we have global megacities, home to over 35 million people. From LA to Sydney, five authors revisit the places where they grew up to see what’s changed — and what hasn’t...

Lessons learned from travelling to 217 countries

It’s the ultimate travel ambition: visiting every country on Earth. After 1,426 days and four passports, Graham Hughes ticked off the final country on his itinerary, South Sudan — which didn’t even exist when he started the trip. He tells Emine Saner what seeing the world taught him

High Life at 500

All great institutions need a creation myth; here’s former editor Mark Jones on High Life’s

High Life’s most iconic covers

As High Life celebrates its 500th issue this month, we look back at some of our favourite covers from the past 42 years

City hot spot: Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

The once down-at-heel neighbourhood of Hauz Khas Village is thriving, thanks to independent designers, foodies, musicians and Delhi’s LGBT community

Peace out for International Peace Day

Ahead of International Peace Day on 21 September, we take a look at the numbers behind the day that is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace

On the road with… Kevin Pietersen

The South African-born English cricketer on adjusting to the British weather, playing cricket with locals in Sri Lanka and making a mad dash home from Barbados to London for his son’s birth

India: Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa

Set amidst the scenic landscape of the Western Ghats, and with one of the most extensive spas in Asia, this retreat takes the concept of rest and rejuvenation to a different level, writes Ruth Metzstein

Welcome to the new-look High Life website

Notice something different? We’re in the process of having a bit of makeover… take a look around and discover what’s new

Five of the world’s most extreme runs

From dizzying Himalayan altitudes to a 24-hour race against the clock in the Lake District, endurance athlete Lizzy Hawker picks the world’s most adventurous running trails

Keith’s connections: India

Our regular column by a frequent flyer*. This month, a first-time visit to India

Around the world… on one wheel

We meet the British teenager who has just set off on a mission to travel the world on a unicycle

Recipe: Sanjay Gour’s stuffed bitter gourd

Sanjay Gour was inspired by northern India’s Awadhi cuisine for his menu at London’s Michelin-starred Zaika. But his earliest food influences came from cooking with his mother in Mumbai. Here is his recipe for his favourite dish, for ‘bharwan karela’ or stuffed bitter gourd

India: The Oberoi Mumbai

Don’t be fooled by this hotel’s boxy exterior — the can-do-anything butlers and excellent contemporary Indian cuisine make it a treat of a place to unwind in a bustling city, says Ruth Metzstein

Mumbai’s best late-night eats

From sushi platters to fried potato dumplings, Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa and Bollywood actor Vivan Bahtena pick the Mumbai hangouts that will satisfy any night owls’ craving

Hey Mister DJ: Mixing the decks in Mumbai

He has played sets in some of the biggest clubs round the globe – and now Matty Wainwright is launching a series of DJ retreats across India. So can Will Hide master the decks?

René Redzepi's guide to Tokyo

As Noma, the famous nomad restaurant, sets out for Japan, chef and mastermind René Redzepi share his guide to Tokyo

The Jaipur Literature Festival

William Dalrymple on how the world's largest free literature festival got started in Jaipur — with a group of Japanese tourists attending by mistake

The High Life Hot List 2015

Our panel of travel-obsessed experts votes for the most intriguing cities, the emptiest beaches and the hottest hotels

Hot list 2015: the views you haven’t seen yet

Post social media, are all of our most popular, perfectly filtered travel snaps starting to look the same? Photographer and Instagram star Kirsten Alana gives her tips for a few views you won’t see everywhere

Hot list 2015: the cities to visit

The most exciting cities to mingle in, explore or simply go back to in the New Year

Hot list 2015: new hotels

The new openings we're excited about in 2015, from Euro-cool city pads to luxe tropical getaways

Hot list 2015: the best adventures

There’s adventure to be had from America to the Middle East, but which adrenaline rush is for you?

Hot list 2015: foodie destinations

Eating is as much a part of our travel wishlist as views and culture – but where will you find 2015’s best bites?

Hot list 2015: where to catch your breath

It’s not all about head-spinning adventures and rush hour cities next year — here’s where to do nothing

Hot list 2015: the best beaches

Unwind, swim, dive or dig on these exceptional bays, chosen by the experts

Hot list 2015: the countries to visit

The countries on our radar for next year, from far-flung Asia to Europe and African hot spots

Snow way: eight extreme skiing experiences

Fancy getting vertigo in the world's highest ski lift? Or how about skiing in the desert? Felice Hardy gives us the vital stats on the global ski scene

The off-season family travel guide

With a bit of imagination, you can escape the crowds – and avoid high prices. Francesca Syz and our weatherman Paul Simons find the best alternative destinations for every school holiday

The best place in the world to... an alien, become a millionaire, get hitched, do nothing... Whatever it is, there's an ideal spot for it. But, finds Simon Usborne, you may be surprised where you end up

Off-season family travel: summer holidays

Abandon the packed beach resorts next summer school holiday in favour of some Swedish style, Latvian living or Indian adventure

Mumbai: the city that always eats

Indians love to eat. And Mumbai is their food capital: whether it's tiffinwallahs delivering lunch or street stalls and cafés serving food from every corner of the subcontinent. Chris Caldicott grazes his way around town

Where to eat in Mumbai

Bombay Lunchbox author Carolyn Caldicott gives her tips for the best cafes, street food and thali restaurants to eat like a Mumbaikar

Four authentic tiffin recipes from Mumbai

Carolyn Caldicott, author of Bombay Lunchbox, picks four of her favourite recipes from the lunch-loving city of Mumbai

Stylish guide to Hyderabad

Hotelier and entrepreneur Priya Paul gives her pick of the Indian city's fashionable and design-loving hot spots

10 dishes you must try in India

Author and editor of Eat Travel Live, John Gregory-Smith, picks 10 tastebud-rousing specialities to tick off your list when travelling around India

12 of the world’s coolest festivals

Big names, iconic venues, far-flung destinations: Ianthe Butt has the definitive guide to festivals for the year ahead. Time to start zorbing...

British Airways launches new video encouraging couples to 'go further to get closer'

The airline's heart-warming new video was created with the help of one of India's most popular wedding filmmakers

Six of the best alternative fashion weeks

A handful of the best and most unexpected fashion weeks happening around the world

Where to stop on Kashmir's Jammu-Srinagar highway

Ianthe Butt picks seven essential stop offs from her road trip along Kashmir's Jammu-Srinagar highway

India: Wangnoo Heritage Houseboats, Srinagar

A stay on a luxury Kashmiri houseboat on Srinagar's peaceful Nageen Lake is an experience Ianthe Butt isn't likely to forget soon

India: Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, Gulmarg

With a pleasant mix of traditional and modern features, beautiful alpine views and a heavenly bathtubs, The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa is certainly Gulmarg's smartest hotel, says Ianthe Butt

India: Almond Villa, Srinagar

Ianthe Butt visits this unique homestay in India's Kashmir and Jammu region and finds a true home away from home

Bollywood dream: going to the cinema in India

Delhi resident and author Tarquin Hall takes a look at the unique experience of Indian cinemagoing — complete with rowdy patrons and melodramatic Bollywood plots

City hot spots: Bandra West, Mumbai

Stephen Fry tweeted about this bohemian area describing it as 'the Soho of Mumbai'. Rajini Vaidyanathan gives us the lowdown on where to eat, shop and stretch in Mumbai's Bandra West

India: Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Positioned where Mumbai's hippest neighbourhood meets the Arabian Sea, the Taj Lands End, with its thoroughly modern feel, perfectly suits the city's image as a burgeoning commercial hothouse, says Kim Willis

Seven hard-to-access destinations

Only the most tenacious travellers make it to North Korea. And it's not the only place playing hard to get

An alternative guide to Delhi

Tarquin Hall takes us off the beaten track in Delhi with the sights, shops, green spaces and, er, toilet museums you may not know about

India: The Leela Palace Chennai

Set on golden sands, Chennai's luxurious Leela Palace hotel combines modern luxuries with traditional décor and art — to great effect, says Mary Lussiana

The 1953 Everest expedition

On 29 May 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on the summit of the world's highest mountain. Wade Davis recalls the legendary explorers who went before them

Auroville: south India's utopian city

Utopian visions too often crumble in the cold light of reality. But in Auroville, visionary architecture, spiritual values and sheer hard work have transformed a 1960s commune into the world's first new-age city. Mark Jones seeks urban enlightenment

How it feels to climb Everest

Adventurer and Bear Grylls' climbing partner, Neil Laughton, on the select club of adventurers that has reached Mount Everest's summit

Global tribes: India's swami surfers

The global groups, trends and subcultures you may not know about. This month, the Indian swamis holding a board meeting out on the waves

On the road with... Marianne Faithfull

The legendary rock chick and singer talks surprising destinations and clean living on tour

The new Mumbai, by the city's British and American expats

After growing up immersed in two cultures, eating chana masala and cottage pie, an exodus of British Indians is returning to the homeland of their parents — and cashing in on the country's boom. Rajini Vaidyanathan reports

Singapore: six travel myths (and what you really need to know)

The Lion City is far more than simply a place to change planes. Indeed it's roaring like never before, says Claire Wrathall

The curious travel index

Travel is getting to know a place from the inside out, challenging perceptions and coming back different. Our esteemed panel of judges has deliberated and debated over all that has changed their minds and sparked their imagination in the past year. The results are now in...

Letter from Rangoon

This is a very attractive city: its decaying, colonial architecture hasn't yet been 
swamped by the tsunami of bland, ill-designed Asian office buildings. It still 
feels cut off from the outside world; it 
hasn't yet lost its old national character, therefore. Come here soon, because it won't last long

125 years of Raffles Hotel, Singapore

One of the most iconic hotels of all time celebrates its 125th birthday this year. Claire Wrathall remembers the racy days of Raffles 
in Singapore

packing: Meera Syal

Actress Meera Syal reveals what's in her suitcase

Shanghai's street food

Shanghai is a city of world-class dining. But it is the indigenous cuisine at its inauspicious street joints, back-alley kitchens and night food 
markets that truly tempts Michael Booth

Hong Kong: then and now

As Hong Kong marks the 15th anniversary of its return to China, former governor Chris Patten goes back to his old stomping ground to track down old haunts and unearth new treasures

Tokyo city guide

Ed Peters recommends the best hotels and restaurants, plus a few hidden gems, in energetic Tokyo

Five of the best Asian cities

Ed Peters counts down five of the best cities in the Far East, with a few top tips on dining out, sightseeing and accommodation

Singapore city guide

Ed Peters recommends the best hotels and restaurants, plus a few hidden gems, in diverse Singapore

Kuala Lumpur city guide

Ed Peters recommends the best hotels and restaurants, plus a few hidden gems, in metropolitan Kuala Lumpur

Five of the best airport hotels

Award-winning, compact or indulgent — your airport accommodation can be just as relaxed as your holiday

Six of the best cooking schools in the world

Take one foodie, add a sprinkling of culinary courses and bake in a tropical heat... Michael Booth tries out the tastiest culinary schools across the globe

Bhutan by mountain bike

High in the Himalayas is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain countries. And the best way to truly experience it? By bike, says Mark Jones. The panoramic views leave him gasping... in wonder

Bhutan by bike: need to know

Tips for tackling the rocky Himalayan roads of Bhutan, from dress code to pit stops

Ask the pilot: First Officer Kate Laidler

British Airways pilots have had some memorable flights — and passengers. 
This month, First Officer Kate Laidler on flying celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal

Weekend break: Shanghai

Nowhere in the world do the past and future jostle each other so excitingly as in China’s most vibrant city. Mark Jones soaks up the atmosphere

Five of the best hiking holidays

Gentle trekking on pretty paths, hard-core expeditions, journeys of self-discovery… Joanne O’Connor walks you through the scenic routes

Portrait of a city: Mumbai

Author Patrick French paints a portrait of Mumbai, India's beautifully chaotic city

Liz Jones' guide to Hong Kong

Renowned for its awe-inspiring skyscrapers, buzzing nightlife and designer shopping, the island has another side that's rural, wild and undiscovered. Liz Jones explores its alter ego

City secrets: Singapore

Insider tips for one of Asia's most exciting cities, from the people who really know — the locals

Bargain break: Singapore for less

Singapore is the perfect place to break your journey to Australia — with a weekend for two leaving you change from £300

Letter from Islamabad

Pakistan's capital might be turning into just another international city, but its citizens are still distinctly unique

Mumbai: travels with my mother

After a happy childhood in 1940s Bombay, Claire Wrathall accompanies her mother as she makes a return passage to India for the first time in 60 years. But how will today’s Mumbai compare with her treasured memories?

Shanghai: Tony Parsons

History meets the future in this glittering boomtown — Tony Parsons laps it in Shanghai

John Simpson: Letter from Mumbai

The grandest railway station in the world, absurdly medieval structures and warty fruit – a passage to India’s bustling city certainly reveals some sights

A novel encounter with Hong Kong

Author Will Rhode gave Hong Kong short shrift in his novel White Ghosts. But returning to the city on the 10th anniversary of its handover was the perfect opportunity to reassess

Karachi: Kamila Shamsie

Whatever you want, somewhere in Karachi you’ll find it, for this is equally a city of commerce and of the imagination, says Kamila Shamsie