Treetop is a new and experimental series drawn from a collective of travellers, writing with the most localised destinations in mind. Their books are designed to serve as intrepid and knowing companions to those venturing into and beyond the regular tourist circuit. Treat them as the ghosts of travellers past – your very own sherpa, chaperon and guide.
We do not intend to replace the somewhat heavier, humdrum travel books that inevitably weigh down tourist trunks, nor will we attempt to match their broad subcontinental coverage and standardised listings. Instead, we chart out a different path – one that we hope will be a refreshing alternative – personal, quirky, insightful, relevantly detailed, often visual and always intuitive. You would do well to think of it as a narrative, perhaps even a travelogue, filled with precisely the sort of uncommon but helpful observations that make a holiday all the more memorable. Because, sometimes, the most beautiful neck in the woods is a couple hundred yards away from where everyone else thinks it is.
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by Alay Mehta
Treetop presents its 2014 travel edition covering Havelock Island in the Andamans, a pristine gem in the Indian Ocean. As yet untouched by tourist waves, it finds only a cursory mention in most guide books. Our contributors have put together an exploratory tour of the isle, with 12 detailed maps including a survey of dive sites. Bonus sections: a localised reef guide + an ornithological handbook.
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