Wild Bengal tiger, India

Charlotte Lawton

  • Europe, Middle East and Indian subcontinent

My Expertise

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Charlotte is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Asia.

My strong sense of belonging in Asia stemmed from a childhood in Hong Kong and Nepal. My Grandmother was born in a tent in India. Some of my clearest memories are of walking through a dense, tropical jungle while hailstones the size of cricket balls rained down on us; of being carried on my father’s shoulders as we trekked through the Himalayas; my mother wearing flipflops on a snowy mountainside; and me falling into Dal Lake in Srinagar as we disembarked from our houseboat. 

I was destined to return to the Indian Subcontinent so, after University it was the first thing I did. I spent two years managing a safari camp based in the beautiful and vast swathes of Central India’s tiger country and every spare moment travelling the length and breadth of the country.

My love affair with India continues and having joined Steppes Travel I return to the region regularly. What enchants me is India’s ability to send you between the sublime and the ridiculous within a split second. It is utterly intoxicating, and everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. For me, travel is about connection, with the people and environment that you are visiting, the surprise, the unknown, the discovery.

Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada Mausoleum, Jodhpur, India
Jodhpur, India

The City of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Citadel of the Sun’ or the ‘Blue City’, due to the colour of its blue painted houses, Jodhpur was founded in the 15th century. It is probably best known for its exceptionally well-preserved ancient fort that dominates the city’s skyline.

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Amber palace fort
Amber Palace Fort, India, India

Finding the Soul of India in the Land of the Rajputs

“Namaste Memsahib”, a handsome, sparkly-eyed gentleman greets me with a warm smile, hands clasped in front of him as if in prayer. “Welcome back to India”.

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Flags on Tiger's Nest Temples, Bhutan
Tiger's Nest Temples, Paro, Bhutan

Why Visit Bhutan?

Bhutan is a land of breath-taking, far-reaching, mountain views, terraced farmland, dramatic river valleys and glittering streams, of people who are never in a hurry but are full of life, of unique architecture and impressive and colourful Dzongs.

I can confidently say that anyone who visits this incredible land cannot fail to be affected by its beauty, spirituality and uniqueness. It left an everlasting impression on me.

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Taktshang Monastery, Paro, Bhutan
Paro, Bhutan

Beautiful Bhutan

“Have I just arrived in heaven” my sister whispered as we landed in Bhutan, a small, far-flung Kingdom hidden away in the heart of the Himalayas. I knew exactly what she meant as the sheer beauty of the surrounding scenery struck me.

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My Favourite Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Tiger, India

Track Tigers in Central India

Visit one of India’s wildlife parks – Madhya Pradesh, Kanha, Bandavgarh, Satpura and Pench in search for tigers.

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Flags on Tiger's Nest Temples, Bhutan

Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Hike to the Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), built on the edge of a cliff. Reaching this incredibly sacred building is a challenge but provides spectacular views across the Paro Valley.

Train from Kandy to the Tea Country, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Tea Estates

Wake early to see the tea pickers making their way to the colourful, sari dotted tea terraces.

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Lake Pichola & City Palace, Udaipur, India

Private boat ride on Lake Pichola

Board a boat for a private journey on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada Mausoleum, Jodhpur, India

Mehrangarh Fort by Night

The best time to visit the Mehrangarh Fort, with its unique and impressive setting, is after 5pm when it closes to the public and the sun is casting the last of its soft orange rays over the city. Joined by the museum curator, take a private tour through the fort that includes personal stories and anecdotes about the various exhibits and collections.

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