Voyages et Plein air
Conde Nast Traveller India

Conde Nast Traveller India August - September 2019

Travel faces its biggest-ever challenge in these times and this issue of Conde Nast Traveller highlights all the things that unite us ‘Under one Sky’. Also, in store is a series of love letters to the travel industry penned by the biggest names in the business, striking photo essays by top photographers and a tribute to all those who form an integral part of the travel ecosystem.

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3 min.
contributor speak

AMAR GROVER Who: Writer; Tranquil in Tamil Nadu; p200 A: “The western edge of China’s Sichuan province offers magnificent scenery and a fascinating shift from Han Chinese to Tibetan culture. Good roads and decent—but not luxurious—hotels mean visiting is no longer an expedition, though only a few operators really know this region.” @therovergrover ANGELINA JOSEPH Who: Hair & makeup artist; cover A: “Gansu province in China is the best kept secret in Asia. It is steeped in the history of the Silk Road and has the prevalence of much Islamic and Tibetan influences. The region is abundant in natural beauty, deserts, heritage sites and man-made monasteries. There could not be a better spot for an avid explorer.” @angelinajoseph NEHA PRASADA Who: Writer; Girls Gone Wild; p127 A: “The most underrated Asian destination for me would be Myanmar.…

3 min.
editor’s letter

It’s hard to believe we’re over halfway through 2019. The year is speeding past us, and there’s little time remaining to check off our lofty New Year’s resolutions, or even the destinations on our bucket lists. As I write this letter, it’s still tense in Kashmir; all flights to Kochi have been suspended due to heavy rainfall; and Taiwan has been hit by an earthquake. Everything seems to be a little precarious right now, and more and more people seem to be Googling “Mercury in retrograde” than ever before. Yet, we know life will go on. I’ve never visited Lebanon, but I remember a friend telling me why she loves it: because of the years of conflict Beirut witnessed, its citizens are determined to make the most of every day. They party…

5 min.
journeying by the book

We are all armchair travellers. For some of us of a certain vintage, our flight of imagination took place before our first flights out of home. Literature gave us wings. “I decided that travel was flight and pursuit in equal parts,” wrote Paul Theroux in that landmark of travel writing, The Great Railway Bazaar. While books, like travel, were an escape, they also became the destination. What’s London without a visit to The Old Curiosity Shop? No visit to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the Beat mecca, City Lights bookstore, or a drink at Vesuvio next door, hangout of Kerouac and Ginsberg. And when Anne Frank wrote her diary, she couldn’t foretell the crowds that would throng her beloved home in Amsterdam. The hills, to me, evoke the works…

2 min.
culinary capers

Planning a quick getaway to the country’s Garden City? Bengaluru, with its booming businesses, beautiful weather and lush foliage, is nearly every traveller’s happy place. So, we can see why you’ve chosen to embark on that much-needed vacation to this precious gem. To take your experience here a notch higher, we recommend staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru. Located at destination Embassy ONE, this 230-room property promises to wrap you in its luxe environs. Reflecting the city’s innovative, cosmopolitan spirit, the hotel is packed with vibrant restaurants and lounges that are culinary masterpieces in themselves. Case in point? The 21st floor, a swish destination offering two distinctive experiences—the Far & East Asian brasserie and the Copitas bar. Prepare to experience a sense of elevation as you’re transported multiple floors away from…

5 min.
a charmed life on the go

The quiet charm of Udaipur enamours you the minute you land. The rain doesn’t bother you either—the monsoon only heightens the beauty of the city, bringing to life the colours of the surrounding Aravalli hills. It helps that our mise en scène is the dreamy Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur—the historic 18th-century pleasure palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II of the Mewar Kingdom. Casually planted on an island in the heart of Lake Pichola, the property was originally built for the after-hour escapades of the royals. It’s a particularly cloudy evening in Udaipur, and we are at the Taj Lake Palace’s Mewar Terrace, the water of Lake Pichola dancing below us. While this fairy-tale like scene unfolds before us, the neighbourhood’s resident pigeons have front-row seats as our leading lady, actress, producer and…

5 min.
hip hip hallyu

If someone had told me boy bands would feature so heavily in my playlists when I’m almost 40, I would have slapped them silly. But the truth couldn’t have been predicted more accurately—I have been swept away by the Hallyu wave, the incredible global popularity of South Korean culture. It started with K-pop and gradually moved to K-beauty, K-drama and even K-cinema now. K-pop bands are selling out stadiums worldwide (popular boy band BTS sold out Wembley), topping Billboard charts (three number one albums in less than 12 months) and headlining iconic festivals (Blackpink at Coachella)—and they did this while singing in a language most of their fans don’t even speak. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea inadvertently started the Hallyu phenomenon in the late 1990s as a way…