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Conde Nast Traveller India December 2019 - January 2020

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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in this issue

1 min
cnt picks: 20 places to visit in 2020

New ideas every day on places to see, things to do and ways to make your next trip spectacular THE BIG LIST The winners of the Condé Nast Traveller & Himalayan Top Restaurant Awards 12 WONDERFUL THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN 2019 New hotels, easier visas and other joys from around the world SAVE THE DATES All the long weekends coming up in 2020 and how to cash them FOLLOW US FOR MORE cntravellerindia CNTIndia IndiaCNTraveller PHOTOGRAPHS: JIACHUAN LIU/STOCKSY; ELLIS PARRINDER/GALLERY STOCK; PAUL LOVICHI PHOTOGRAPHY/ALAMY…

3 min
contributor speak

ABHISHEK BALI Photographer; Secret Delhi; p186 A: “With one leg in Delhi and the other in Himachal Pradesh, I have the good fortune of being able to see the sun rise and set over the Dhauladhars from my rented studio home. The mountain light is crisp and beautiful as compared to our metros.” @abhishekbaliphoto EKTA RAJANI Stylist; Cover A: “I actually love my home in Mumbai’s Juhu locality. I’m super fortunate to have the sun stream in both in the morning and evening. Sitting back, peacefully enjoying it in bed, or on the couch, or with family—just about anywhere really—is lovely. Look up at golden hour and it’s magical each time.” @eksters RITUPARNA SOM Writer; Chiva-Som, Thailand; p118 A: “I was recently in Hua Hin, a resort town near Bangkok, where I saw a Thai golden hour. There was no…

3 min
editor’s letter

One of the (many) things nobody told me before I started my career in glossy magazines was that writers are often just glorified assistants to photographers. When it comes to getting people to read, images are so important that while travelling for a story, everything usually revolves around a photographer’s schedule and preferences. Any photographer worth his salt will tell you that good images eventually boil down to the light. And for travel photographers, natural light is everything. Unfortunately for those of us who are not morning people, the best light in the world comes at the crack of dawn, when the first rays start spreading across the sky and earth, illuminating everything they touch with an ethereal, effervescent glow. These brilliant colours are gone in about an hour, only to…

5 min
all that shimmers

It is our most beautiful local attraction,” said the raspy voice in the Bordeaux café, as the clink of glasses being gathered up sounded in the background. “You should go to see the sunrise or the sunset.” The place in question was the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s largest sand dune, but the description had left me a little cold. I’m not naturally ambivalent about the attraction of sunrises and sunsets; that would simply be monstrous. Rather, a wariness has crept up on me because of panoramas that have been consistently oversold and over-egged, resulting in a sort of orange glow fatigue. At the crucial moment, a thicket of selfie sticks will probably be thrust into view, or a swarm of mosquitoes will aim for your ankles, or someone will try to…

3 min
stephen alter

How did you research for Wild Himalaya? I’ve been writing about the Himalaya for 40 years, and this book feels like the culmination of all the research I’ve done during that time and of the various journeys I’ve taken in the mountains. While I’ve read a great many books about the Himalaya, there’s no substitute for actually visiting a place. I like to experience the landscape first-hand, whether it’s the Solukhumbu Valley in Nepal that’s en route to an Everest base camp, or an unnamed pass in Ladakh marked only by the hooves of wild sheep. Why do you refer to the range as the Himalaya? Himalaya (without the ‘s’) is closer to the original Sanskrit and emphasises the singular importance of this mountain range. While we often think of proper…

5 min
acting with purpose

On screen, you have seen her opposing patriarchy and fighting for toilets. In the real world, you have heard her shouting slogans in support of the climate change movement at Mumbai’s Carter Road. These make one thing quite clear: wherever she goes, Bhumi Pednekar does not go unnoticed. Her versatility shines through in every role she portrays—be it as an overweight bride in her debut film Dum Lagake Haisha or a 60-year-old grandma who never misses a bullseye in Saand Ki Aankh. Powering through Bollywood, she has been breaking stereotypes one film at a time. She also hosted the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2019 in Delhi this November, where the theme was conscious travel. Amidst promotions for her films Bala and Pati Patni Aur Woh, she caught up…