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Conde Nast Traveller India February - March 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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1 min

ARZOO DINA Writer; Here’s To Smart Travel; p126 A: “I’m hoping to travel more consciously this year. That includes cutting out single-use plastics and purchasing local so local communities benefit. I also want to indulge in some slow travel and (hopefully) cross off some of the lesser-explored destinations on my list.” @arzoodina TARUN VISHWA Photographer; Cover A: “My resolution this year is to travel more in the first place. And I mean travel for pleasure and not just for work as I usually do.” ARJUN MENON Photographer; Electric Nagaland; p140 A: “Last year, I started to consciously make an effort to travel with a purpose. Not just to escape city life but to engage with a place. Be it through volunteer work, photography, or learning a new language.” @artleavesamark PRIYADARSHINI CHATTERJEE Writer; Table Talk; p130 A: “No more travelling…

3 min
editor’s letter

This year, Condé Nast Traveller India turns a whopping 10 years old. While our anniversary isn’t officially until 1 October, we decided now is as good a time as any to take stock and reflect on the past decade. Much has changed in the world of travel in these years: airlines have come and gone; airports have been revamped; there are apps for every stage in the travel process; while old favourites are clamping down on overtourism, new destinations have become hip and cool; hotels have become super-luxe and also more conscientious; homestays have become the rage; the number of international travellers crossed the one-billion mark; and the Indian traveller continues to go further and farther, becoming more adventurous, creative and intelligent about where they are going and how. We were so…

4 min
the taste of home

A short while ago, while researching a story on kunafa, a decadent Middle Eastern dessert made of sugar-drenched phyllo pastry and salty cheese, I became aware of the fact that it is considered the shared culinary inheritance of several countries in the region. Just as loved in Lebanon as it is in Turkey, it has not only been adapted by the countries in the Middle East but has also been embellished by the cultural differences that separate them. Most of all, I was struck by the idea that a dish could be shared with such fluid ease between the well-drawn boundaries of modern nation states. Even though food writing often highlights the singularity of culinary customs, there is something humbling—and powerfully moving—about the realisation that they have emerged from a shared…

4 min
elizabeth gilbert

Besides the Jaipur Literature Festival, what have you been up to on this trip to India? I very spontaneously decided to go to the UtsavaMaa festival. It’s so weird how I do things. The woman who used to colour my hair back home in California came to one of my book events last April and I hadn’t seen her in a really long time. I said “What are you up to? What are you doing?” We were just chatting. She said, “I’m going to India in January. I’m going to this women’s festival outside Jodhpur in the desert and then I’m going off on a camel trip. I thought, “Oh, I’m going…” Which is often how these things work. The festival was held at this ashram (Shri Jasnath Asan) where…

5 min
the winners

1 Indian Accent, The Lodhi, New Delhi 2 The Bombay Canteen, Mumbai 3 IZUMI, Mumbai 4 The Table, Mumbai 5 Toast & Tonic, Bengaluru 6 Bomra’s, Goa 7 The Bangala, Karaikudi, Chettinad 8 O Pedro, Mumbai 9 The Black Sheep Bistro, Goa 10 Dum Pukht, ITC Maurya, New Delhi 11 Wasabi By Morimoto, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai 12 Gunpowder, Goa 13 Bukhara, ITC Maurya, New Delhi 14 Masque, Mumbai 15 Gajalee, Vile Parle, Mumbai 16 EDO Restaurant & Bar, ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru 17 Bengaluru Oota Company, Bengaluru 18 Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, Bengaluru 19 Yauatcha, Mumbai 20 Avartana, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai 21 The China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Delhi 22 The Permit Room, Bengaluru 23 Kappa Chakka Kandhari, Chennai 24 Slink & Bardot, Mumbai 25 The Fatty Bao - Asian Gastro Bar, Bengaluru 26 Adaa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad 27 Tres, New Delhi 28 Mustard, Mumbai 29 Le Cirque Signature, The Leela Palace, Bengaluru 30 Bastian, Mumbai 31 Dakshin,…

4 min
word of mouth

MOODY BLUES Here are 12 ways to celebrate the rich, versatile Asian Paints Colour of the Year 2020, Curiosity Blue ART ALERT The Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements (dhakaartsummit.org; 7-15 February), curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, will take over four floors of the Bangladeshi capital’s Shilpakala Academy and feature the likes of Murtaja Baseer, Quamrul Hassan and Rashid Talukder. The fourth instalment of Art Connects Women (artconnectswomen.com; 5-8 March) will be held at One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai. Also in the city, Madinat Jumeirah will host Art Dubai 2020 (artdubai.ae; 5-28 March) with galleries from 38 countries. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum in North Naples, Florida, is hosting Monet to Matisse: French Masterworks from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens (artisnaples.org; till 22 March), featuring a wide body of work by Pissarro, Renoir, Chagall and…