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Lonely Planet Magazine India March 2019

The world’s most trusted source on travel, Lonely Planet has made its way to India. Through vivid writing and stunning color spreads from celebrated and seasoned traveller-writers and photographers, Lonely Planet Magazine India Inspires travelers to sample different cultures first-hand, discover new people, and learn fascinating stories about every place.

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we love our passports!

Putting together this issue has made us happy. As we went through visa requirements for travelling to different countries, we realised that more countries than ever before are making it easier for Indians to visit them. Visas on arrival, e-visa options or even visa-free arrivals will, happily, make it difficult for Indian travellers to shortlist destinations when the craving for a last-minute summer break hits. Let us add to the tumult. Keeping with the number 10 to mark our 10th anniversary year, we’ve got 10 great easy-visa destinations to inspire you. Keep in mind, too, how a single Schengen visa can open the doors to so many European countries, and how a US, UK or Schengen visa will allow you e-visa entry into others, like Turkey. More decision making about…

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take the road(s) less travelled

Out of DELHI (490km) Wander through the woods in Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh A deep valley with 150-ft tall cedars, five distinct, spectacularly beautiful seasons, and a glacier-fed river filled with trout – if there’s one place in all of Himachal Pradesh that you just should not miss, it’s Jibhi. Put on your hiking shoes and set out on a hike up to Raghupur Fort. The hour-long climb is quite a demanding proposition, but, standing atop the hill amid the scattered remains of the fort at 3,350m with the Shivaliks to your left and the Greater Himalayas to your right, you’ll be glad you endured the exertion. Then, in comparison, the hike up to Chaini Temple will seem like a breeze. A look-out post for the king of Kullu in the 14th century,…

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venture deep into kaziranga national park, assam

Out of Kolkata (1,200km) Kaziranga is believed to be home to one of the highest densities of tigers in the world – there are more than a hundred spread across the 460sqkm. Even then, tiger sightings are hard to come by – the tall, rampantly-growing elephant grass makes spotting a striped cat rather difficult. But, that is perhaps exactly why you must go to Kaziranga. Only when tigers are taken out of the equation can you really take in the myriad wonders that the park has to offer. Fed by the mighty Brahmaputra, the rich alluvial soil spawns an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Apart from the world’s largest populations of the one-horned rhinoceros and the wild water buffalo, there are over 30 mammalian species found in significant numbers. And, that’s not all.…

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escape the chaos in punakha, bhutan

Out of Kolkata (930km) When it comes to exploring Bhutan, the travel circuit is rather defined – Phuentsholing, Thimpu, Punakha and Paro. If Phuentsholing is the gatekeeper, then Thimpu is the metropolitan hub and Paro the spiritual centre. This leaves Punakha as the ideal place, at which to just relax. Located 85km from Thimpu, Punakha is famed for its dzong and water activities. Start your vacation by driving down to the Dochula Pass to marvel at the 108 memorial chortens (pillars). No matter how early you get here, it’s always buzzing with tourists, but don’t let that stop you from combing through the chortens (pillars). If the crowd gets overwhelming, escape to the quiet Royal Botanical Park nearby. With a gorgeous lake, an abundance of flora and fauna and sambars stalking the…

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unusual abodes

NAY PALAD BIRD NEST Kenya Standing in rolling savannah, this curious lookout appears to be in a state of cartoon surprise, with hair standing on end. In fact, the ‘bird nest’ is a ring of branches around a viewing platform up top, for a giraffe’s-eye look at the landscape. It’s on the grounds of the Segera Retreat, in itself a magical setting, which makes use of the actual biplane used in the filming of Out of Africa. Would-be Meryl Streeps and Robert Redfords looking for an extra bit of seclusion (on a Hollywood budget) can follow a game drive with a lamp-lit dinner at this eyrie, and a choice of a bedroom with wrap-around views or sleeping under the stars on the deck above. www.segera.com/nay-palad-bird-nest; Nay Palad Bird Nest surcharge from ₹ 92,000/…

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THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE SHAKING rain furiously from a forlorn umbrella (perhaps one that’s just inverted in a gale, jabbing you in the eye), consider its origins. The umbrella has been around for 3,000-odd years, and has taken a more spectacular journey than most humans: born as a parasol in the East, it crossed continents to be waterproofed in the West. The ancient Egyptians probably had eccentric proto-parasols – feather- and palm-frond contraptions shaped like oversized fans – but it is Indian legend that contains the umbrella’s most theatrical origin story. According to poetic Sanskrit legend, a heroic archer’s wife fainted in the afternoon heat. The furious archer shot an arrow at the sun; the sun begged for mercy and offered the archer the world’s first parasol to give to his…