Vassi Koutsaftis's Top Five Cultural Destinations: India

Vassi Koutsaftis, a legendary guide who has been leading GeoEx tours for 29 years, was just named one of the best guides in the world by Outside magazine. The publication chose him as Best Cultural Guide in its 2014 Travel Awards, announced in the April issue. To celebrate, we asked Vassi to tell us his five favorite cultural destinations. We’re presenting one each day, illustrated with one of his extraordinary photographs.

India

What an incredible country! Every village you visit is like a different world, and there seems to be a celebration of something going on every day – the camel fair, the elephant celebration, the snake festival, the fact that it started raining, the fact that it stopped raining. You could spend a year there and go to a festival somewhere every single day. And then there’s the light and the color and the incredible food – it’s such a multi-layered culture!

To see more of his wonderful portfolio, visit his website. For more information on Vassi’s next trip, visit Pakistan’s Hunza Valley.

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Don George, Editor

Don George is Editor in Chief of Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler. He has been Travel Editor for the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle and Salon.com, and Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. Don has published eight books, including Travel Writing, A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and Tales from Nowhere. E-mail him at don@geoex.com.

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