Travel & Outdoor
Lonely Planet Magazine India

Lonely Planet Magazine India August 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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2 min.
travel for good...

Travel makes us happy. It is the rainbow on a few months or even a year of monotonous living, of sardine-like commutes, or even mind-numbing boredom. The ultimate travel is that which also makes others happy – when your tourism rupee helps a flagging economy to get back on its feet, and destinations across the world are recognising that Indians spend a good amount of money when they travel. In this special issue on reasons to travel, we have five destinations that deserve your attention – Kerala and Odisha, both welcoming visitors again after the big floods last year, Turkey, whose sites and sights transcend all threat of terrorism, Nepal, where your tourism spend will be much appreciated after the 2015 earthquake, and Sri Lanka. I recently met with Ms…

3 min.
take on the monsoon!

Out of MUMBAI (120km) Sign up for a monsoon trek in Igatpuri, Maharashtra Encircled by the highest peaks of the lofty Sahyadris at 2,000ft above sea level, Igatpuri checks all the boxes for a lovely weekend getaway – in the monsoons, it’s a welcome relief from daily city-life travails. Head westward for Tringalwadi Hill Fort, the area’s crowning glory at 3,000ft. En route, you’ll spot the ornate pagoda of the famous Dhamma Giri Vipassana Centre in the distance. After traversing through several freshly-ploughed fields, you’ll come across the Pandav Leni Jain caves – the overcast sky lends a haunting atmosphere to the derelict pillars, broken statues and chipped carvings. While it’s an easy climb, be careful as you follow the narrow path that leads up to the intriguing fort entrance. From the…

3 min.
live the good life in binsar, uttarakhand...

Out of DELHI (430km) Men huddled over lazy afternoon card games with fluffy dogs snoozing around them outside small, quaint shops that sell candy you last saw as a child. Lush, green terraced fields draped over the Himalayas like patchwork quilts. Fresh, crisp mountain air – The four-hour drive from Kathgodam to Binsar serves as the perfect indicator of what awaits you in the sleepy little town located in the district of Almora. Expect all things good for the soul – a rustic, no-frills way of life, languid days filled with birdsong and treks, and breathtaking views. At the Club Mahindra Binsar Valley Resort, expect all that and a warm, homey sense of belonging. The resort, with its 31 elegant, well-appointed rooms, each with a splendid view of the mountains, serves as…

3 min.
walk into the past in fort kochi, kerala

Out of TRIVANDRUM (215km) In Kochi, if you’re looking to step into a time capsule, Fort Kochi is it. It provides a sharp contrast to modern Ernakulam, and the changes are never so starkly rung in than when you drive off the roll-on, roll-off ferry into an era gone by (car: ₹ 65/ one-way). Start your day at the atmospheric Teapot Café (00-91-484-221-8035; Peter Celli St; 8.30am – 9pm; from ₹160). Sip on hot chai or an iced tea, try the blueberry cheesecake or a main; everything tastes wonderful when you sit amid teapots and tea-related miscellanea. Then set off for St Francis Church, believed to be the oldest European built church in India (Church Rd; 8.30am -– 5pm; free). Constructed in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars, the current edifice has replaced…

1 min.
moscow metro

1 After Joseph Stalin announced plans for the construction of the metro in the early 1930s, some 10,000 members of the Soviet youth league (or Komsomol) contributed their time to help build it. 2 The metro opened on May 15, 1935, at 7am. Thousands of people spent the night at the doors of the station so they might ride the first train on the red line. 3The lighting in many stations is dim and subdued – it was designed as such to add atmosphere, as well as to be efficient. 4 The metro has some of the deepest stations in the world, owing to the city’s swampy subsoil. Park Pobedy station is 84m below ground, and has the longest escalators in Europe. 5 Every day, almost nine million people travel on the Moscow metro.…

2 min.
brisbane, australia

1 TAKE A DIP AT STREETS BEACH Australia’s only man-made city beach, complete with white sand and subtropical plants, Streets Beach in South Bank is ideal for paddling, swimming and a relaxing time that’s free of cost. The lagoon is a popular spot for a unique beach experience with city views and free wi-fi. You can make it a day out with your family with the Boat Pool and Aquatavity Water Park nearby (www.visitbrisbane.com.au/brisbane/ things-to-do/sport-and-recreation/beaches-and-lakes/streets-beach). 2 MARVEL AT REAL-LIFE CUDDLIES You can’t visit Australia and not see a koala in its natural habitat. With free entry at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre, enjoy an experience that will amaze both you and the little ones. There are two different levels to view the koalas, and an observation tower – so you’re guaranteed impressive photographs,…