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Conde Nast Traveller India

Conde Nast Traveller India June - July 2019

CNT India's Summer Family Travel Issue will focus on Summer Vacations, and provide not just inspiration but specific information on 'How to Make the Most of This Summer'. As more and more people are looking at travel as a way to reunite and spend time with their loved ones, this issue will help covert all that pent-up demand into real, concrete plans and bookings. Look out for 50 Best Villas across India curated for the very first time by CNT, 50 Amazing Family Experiences in India, CNT’s Annual Hotlist of the Best New Hotels in India and Around the World and Features and essays on key Destinations in India abroad, including road trips and culinary expeditions. PLUS Readers’ Travel Awards 2021 are here! All the details on how to vote--and the grand prizes you can win by voting!

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3 min

FATIMA BHUTTO Who: Writer; Vienna: a tale of two cities, p152 A: “The Oberoi Philae used to wrap towels into terrifying shapes like crocodiles (and once, a human, wearing my hat and sunglasses) and leave them on my bed every night. And The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney framed a photo of Esfahan, Iran for me because they read a piece I wrote and knew I loved Iran.” @fbhutto RENEYSH VITTAL Who: Writer; Closet encounters, p124 A: “The rooms at the Baccarat Hotel in New York have buttons for ondemand Champagne (served in their signature crystal). Game- and life-changing!” @rvittal SALIL DESHPANDE Who: Writer; The Roseate Ganges, p100 A: “A manta leaping out above the surface of the ocean—from the deck of my villa at Amari Havodda Maldives.” @sa1i1 PRASAD RAMAMURTHY Who: Writer; Travel in the time of Grindr, p120.…

5 min
these are a few of my favourite things

I love hotels. I love the promise of a new base from which to explore a destination. The idea that there are places in the world designed solely to make your travels comfortable and exciting. This is why I love the Hot List. Putting together our annual pick of the hottest new and revamped hotels of the last year is a mammoth task, but one I look forward to. Because, when you choose them right, hotels aren’t just places to rest your head at night. The best ones are full of little details that surprise and delight; they curate the local experts who curate authentic experiences for you; they bring a bit of the outside world in and pamper you. Listed here are few things that bring a smile to…

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bottle stops


2 min
african wave

In the past 10 years, the big surf discoveries, have, surprisingly, been in Africa—and the scene here doesn’t involve any Hawaiian shirts and SoCal woody wagons. “Here, surfing is about explorations,” says Andy Davis, cofounder of Cape Town-based surf brand Mami Wata (named after the African water spirit), “in places that are still so wild—jungles, deserts and unspoiled vistas—where there could be crocs and hippos in the water.” Davis, owner of South African surf magazine Zigzag, launched the brand along with Nick Dutton, a former advertising executive, and Peet Pienaar, a designer. The trio develops and manufactures all of Mami Wata’s products locally. And its three stores, in hipster Woodstock, the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood and on trendy Kloof Street, double as urban surf clubs, with fair-trade coffee and TVs playing big-wave…

4 min
museum update

In DC, Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture opened this month at the National Museum of African American History & Culture (nmaahc.si.edu). On till the end of the month, the exhibit will use the story of America’s first female African American billionaire and her legendary daytime talk show to examine her impact on the country and vice versa. While you’re there, check out the never-before-seen portrait of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Also in the American capital, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (naturalhistory.si.edu) is all set to welcome back many of its residents, including the iconic T. rex, after a five-year renovation of its fossil hall. The new 31,000sq ft hall will be home to more than 700 specimens of dinosaurs, plants, insects and other animals.…

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rajasthan, in a palace

Deemed as one of the finest luxury palace hotels in the country, and an iconic landmark heritage hotel, this is where you will witness Rajasthan’s cultural, royal and architectural beauty, complemented by a series of curated experiences. Once home to the Prime Minister of the Princely state of Jaipur, today Jai Mahal Palace is thoughtfully restored to provide every luxury under the sky, while still grasping onto its historic past. From royal feasts to regal evenings, opulent chambers to tailor-made wildlife tours—whether you are a history buff, a new-age explorer, an art connoisseur or someone who loves the lavishly appointed, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur will leave you charmed long after you leave its embrace. Transporting you across time and terrain, here you will see princely peacocks strut around and enchanted Mughal gardens…