Karma in Carcassonne

Karma in Carcassonne

Karma’s latest acquisition inhabits a region steeped in history, beauty and the very best of French agrarian culture…

Located in the Toulouse-Montpellier-Barcelona triangle, Carcassonne has long been a vital link between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic – a major stop on trade routes going back thousands of years which provided a vital link between cultures and the movement of ideas and goods to all corners of Europe.

From the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Carcassonne’s La Cité (old medieval city) and the Canal du Midi, to the green hills of the Languedoc wine route, the region offers discerning travellers a very different slice of French provincial life.

Walking through history

No trip to Carcassonne is complete without a day spent wandering the cobbled lane ways of La Cité, the UNESCO listed medieval city that sits atop a hill with commanding of the surrounding countryside.
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Culinary India – a food lover’s journey

Culinary India – a food lover’s journey

India may be known for the heat and spice of its cuisine, but what’s not commonly understood is how flavours, textures and tastes change region by region. With Karma Royal Resorts and Karma Retreats in the north and south of the country, let us take you on the briefest of culinary journeys…

Jaipur and Rajasthan

India’s northwest is known for heat – both on and off the plate! The desert and arid vistas of Rajasthan have imbued the region’s cuisine with a heat all their own. No visit to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, would be complete without sampling Laal Maas – a fiery slow-cooked lamb stewed with hot red chilies and whole spices.

Another famous Rajasthani dish is Ker Sangri, a local berry stewed with the hardiest of desert beans, sangri. Historically in times of drought sangri was a staple; the long bean thrives where other vegetables fail.
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Doctors Adrift for a good cause

Doctors Adrift for a good cause

It seems that we live in a time where recognition requires extremity. Some 4,000 people have climbed Everest (ho hum), over 36,000 people ran the London Marathon last year (yawn), and 536 people have ventured into space.

Ok well that last one’s still a pretty exclusive club yet not nearly exclusive as the one junior doctors, Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner – otherwise known as Doctors Adrift –  hope to join in about three months time.

Welman and Faulkner, both 26-year-old medical doctors working in south London, are hoping to join the honour roll of intrepid adventurers who’ve made the journey across the Indian Ocean in a rowing boat, and all in the name of a good cause. The pair hopes to raise an impressive  £100,000 for Médecins sans Frontières – a global medical charity that provides much needed emergency medical care in areas affected by conflict, epidemics or natural disasters – in completion of the attempt.
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Agios Nikolaos- Crete’s cultural epicentre

Agios Nikolaos- Crete’s cultural epicentre

If you haven’t visited the summer playground of Crete, Greece’s largest and southern-most island, you’re missing out.

Once home to the mighty Minoan empire – rulers of the waves, keepers of the mysterious minotaur and perhaps the culture that gave birth to the myth of Atlantis – Crete has morphed into a thoroughly modern tourist mecca with all the charm of Greek island life.

While popular attractions, such as the ancient Minoan city of Knossos, and the stunning pink sands and turquoise waters of Elafonisi beach, are must-sees as part of any Cretan adventure, the island also boasts a wealth of beautiful towns, stunning vistas, unique culture and cuisine, and of course miles of pristine Aegean coastline to explore.

The boutique charm of Agios Nikolaos

Situated to the east of Crete’s capital, Heraklion, and strewn along the sparkling bay of Mirabello, Agios Nikolaos is perhaps the poster-child of Crete’s rise as a world-class travel destination.
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India’s rising football star a force to be reckoned with

India’s rising football star a force to be reckoned with

At only 15 years old, Somaaya Mukundan has already had an illustrious football career. Appearing in India’s national Under 14’s national team and more recently as the leading goal scorer for the Under 19s Futsal champions of India, Goa, the young striker has quickly become a must-watch player in the subcontinent’s burgeoning domestic football scene.

As part of their commitment to healthy living and youth development, Karma Group has undertaken to sponsor Somaaya in her quest for glory. Given the opportunity to speak with her between a busy school and practice schedule, we couldn’t help but leap at the chance!

So Somaaya, what got you into playing soccer… sorry, football?

I began playing football with some of the girls in school at the age of 10. I wasn’t so passionate about the game back then, I barely even watched football on television!
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