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Lonely Planet Magazine India December 2019

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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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1 min.
a year of travel is coming up…

And we’ve got your back. It’s a good problem to not be able to choose from so many great experiences all over the world. Which is why you’re going to love Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 list. In a world of travel temptations, it draws from the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet’s staff, writers and online community to offer travel enthusiasts the reasons why they should pick some destinations over others in the year to come. Our top 10 countries, cities and regions are wonderful inspiration to help you live a life less ordinary next year. Bhutan is a must-visit country on the list – and we’ve got six steps to take you closer to getting under its skin. Salzburg in Austria is celebrating the 55th anniversary of The…

4 min.
choose a different road

Out of BANGALORE (450km) Go rock-climbing in Badami, Karnataka If you’re the type that revels in adventure and would rather head out for a challenging activity on a weekend rather than just kick back and relax, consider rock climbing. Not only is it a test of your physical prowess, but it also puts your mental abilities through a rigorous workout. One of the best spots in India for the sport of rock climbing is Badami, Karnataka, where people go up against both rock formations and artificial walls. There are a fair number of climbing routes across Badami’s sandstone hills, and plenty of organisations such as Sports Climbing India, that offer courses for all sorts of climbers (00-91-9844035741 [Praveen]). The routes sport creative names such as Bunks Bum, Master of Biscuits, Babu Killer and…

3 min.
travel back in time in belgaum, karnataka

Out of MUMBAI (484km) Belgaum, owing to its proximity to Goa, is often just a stopover for those on their way to enjoying a holiday by the coast. However, this little city in Karnataka has a fair bit to offer visitors. To start out, there’s the Belgaum Fort, a 13th-century structure right in the heart of the city. Built by the Ratta Dynasty and later controlled by various forces over the centuries, the fort has a deep and wide moat around it, designed to keep invading armies out. The gate used for entry these days is an impressive structure with a guard chamber; on the outside, there are motifs of birds and animals decorating it. An inscription in Persian on top of the gate reads: “Jakub Ali Khan, who is a joy…

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interesting ways to explore kolkata, west bengal

There is no one Kolkata that a visitor can meet. Instead, there are many cities waiting by the Hooghly River to welcome you, and the best way to get a quick introduction to some of the paras (neighbourhoods) is with a tour. One of these demands that you wake up quite early – at 5am. Soham Chakraborty of Calcutta Capsule will meet you in Shyam Bazar, taking you on the first tram of the day on his Magic Hour Tour across the city (www. bestwalksofkolkata.wixsite.com/calcuttacapsule; 3,000/ person). He likens the tram to Bengalis: charming but quite laid-back – in a nice way. From the moment he cajoles the tram driver from his first cuppa into the vehicle, Soham has a way of getting his timing right – on the five-hour…

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sand storm

Rajasthan has always been a popular option with travellers, given its myriad forts, havelis, heritage, culture and picturesque landscapes. There’s another reason to head to the desert this month. The Magnetic Fields Festival of Contemporary Music and Arts, slotted this year from December 13 – 15, is a grand showcase of music with artistes from all across the world coming down to participate. Of course, while electronic music is a focus of the festival, genres aren’t exactly limited here. Find showcases of Rajasthani folk music, storytelling, audio-visual experiences, live studio installations and communal feasts at long tables. Whether it’s food, art, music or just partying, there’s something for everyone here. And the best part? It all takes place amid the glistening sands of the Thar Desert. If you’ve never watched…

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christmas trees

Early Christmas tree decorations were often edible: dried fruit and nuts. Baubles made from blown glass originated during the 19th century in the glassblowing town of Lauscha in the German region of Thuringia, which is also renowned for its exceptional glass eyes. The tradition of exchanging presents is largely a Christian one – a homage to the three kings’ gifts for the baby Jesus. It seems Norwegians were the first to pile presents on the floor beneath the tree, their spruces being too substantial to stand on a tabletop. The first Christmas tree to be lit by electricity appeared in 1882. Edward Johnson, partner of Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb) came up with the idea for an alternative to risky candles. EVERGREEN TREES STOOD AS SYMBOLS of hope and rejuvenation long…