The rich history, diversity of cultures, colours and spiritual influences have been a magnet since Alison’s first visit to Agra in 1979, then Sikkim in 1983 (image of Sikkim beauty). More recently, her journey to Wayanad (early 2012), revealed an oasis of beauty in Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary (, where a dedicated team of conservationists are ensuring that the rainforest and indigenous species reign supreme… a legacy for future generations.