Hong Kong will be witnessing a spectacular series of summer extravaganzas. Topping the list is the Dragon Boat Carnival (23-25 July). Starting from East Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, the 640m race course will see the world’s leading paddlers compete in multiple dragon boat races, amid much colour, costumes and revelry. Don’t forget to sample the rice-and-meat dumplings that are an intrinsic part of the festival.

Dance of the dragon: The Dragon Boat races are the highlight of the summer fiesta. Mike Clarke/AFP

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Snake charming

Just 400km short of Bangalore lie the forests of Agumbe, one of the wettest places in India. In the heart of the Western Ghats, it’s also home to the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, the country’s first investigation centre for tropical flora and fauna. Set up by Romulus Whitaker, popularly known as the snake man of India, the centre’s flagship species is the king cobra.

Regal: A king cobra at Agumbe. Amoghavarsha

Besides photography, you’ll be exposed to life at the research station and first-hand experience of the rainforests, so you’d presumably be keen on wildlife as well, and be ready to rough it out with the basic facilities. The two-day expedition, over 10-11 July, costs Rs9,600 per head, inclusive of Bangalore-Bangalore travel, the service of a guide, all food, accommodation and permits. Only 10 seats are available, so call Amoghavarsha on 09901044344 to register.

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