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Lonely Planet Magazine India November 2019

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1 min.
get that planning on now…

Primrose Monteiro-D’Souza, Editor Follow me on Twitter @PrimroseDSouza & Instagram @primrosedsouza Every year, mid-November onwards, we work a little harder at the LPMI office. We’re putting together, by then, our January issue, offering you suggestions for brilliant destinations to put on your bucket list, and our February edition, with cool breaks for summer 2020. Two issues together! All because we’re also getting ready to go on short breaks. Come the last week of December, all of us hope to be out and about, solo or with family and friends, to see off this year and welcome the new one. We know you love travelling as much as we do – which is why this issue features our second round of great suggestions for a winter break. Some of these are really last-minute…

3 min.
choose a different road

Out of GUWAHATI (214km) Catch a glimpse of fantastic birds in Nameri National Park, Assam Birders from all over head to Assam’s Nameri National Park to witness the fastest living creature – the peregrine falcon – move at speeds of up to 389kph. But they’re even more excited to spot the white-winged wood duck, a species officially considered endangered by the IUCN Red List. However, finding one could take days and might mean you miss out on hundreds of other species, estimated at around 380. And it’s not just the leafbirds, orioles, thrushes and flycatchers you go for, it’s the sheer joy of walking through this enchanting forest – a mix of dense moist-deciduous and semi-evergreen trees, interspersed with cane, bamboo and swathes of tora paat, a jute-like plant that’s a favourite…

4 min.
widen your horizons in bhubaneswar, odisha

Out of KOLKATA (443km) Odisha is among the few states in the country that still has considerable green cover. And that becomes amply clear as you descend into Biju Patnaik International Airport in the capital, Bhubaneswar. Seen from above, the landscape is swathed in green for miles across, intersected at regular intervals by mighty rivers making their way to the Bay of Bengal. While the airport used to be on the city outskirts, development over the last couple of decades has seen Bhubaneswar grow and it’s now well within city limits. The streets are broad and lined with neat stands of little trees; this is, after all, one of India’s first planned big cities. You do still see, however, some signs of the devastation left in the wake of Cyclone Fani,…

3 min.
become one with nature in wayanad, kerala

Out of BANGALORE (264km) Roll down the windows and feel the crisp, cool air run across your face. The stunning visuals on the way from Calicut Airport are just a teaser of what the hill station of Wayanad in Kerala has in store for you. Perched 2,100m above sea level, Wayanad is home to some of the most stunning waterfalls, hills, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries in the state. Make the 61-room Sterling Wayanad resort your perfect base for discovery. If you are travelling with kids, they’ll be thrilled with the number of activities planned and designed just for them. And you'll find plenty to do with all that child-free time in hand: Relax, unwind and spend a little time trying your hand at activities such as pottery, ziplining, archery and birdwatching. Set…

1 min.
snowy landscapes

Keep your camera in a weatherproof holster at your side. I find that if I put my camera in a backpack in these challenging conditions, it will just stay in the backpack. You want the camera to be easily accessible, but still protected from the elements. If you know you’re not going to use your camera for a while, take the battery out and keep it close to your body. Camera batteries lose power a lot more quickly in cold temperatures. Put a person or an object in the foreground to bring a sense of scale and space to an immense snowy scene. This gives a point of focus to the image. Change the camera settings to overexpose the image. This seems counterintuitive because the landscape is bright white, but a camera assumes…

2 min.
bars with a view

SKY BAR, BA NGKOK Sixty three floors up, on the roof of the State Tower, the Sky Bar juts over Bangkok’s skyscraper-spiked skyline. Punters enjoy alfresco cocktails and a 360o view of the sprawling city. The gaudy, incongruous architectural styles are all part of the fun, particularly in the spaceship-like circular bar, suspended over the city below. www.lebua.com/sky-bar OZONE BAR, HONG KONG Pay a visit to Ozone (pictured below right), if only for the view from the 118th floor. If ₹1,770 seems a lot for a drink, entry to the observation deck costs ₹1,636, so it’s actually a bargain. Try a Don’t Look Down, made with vodka, jalapeño, yuzu, hibiscus and raspberries. www.ritzcarlton.com/en MONKEY BAR, BERLIN From the wraparound terrace of the Monkey Bar, you can see the primate enclosure of Berlin Zoo. It’s also…