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Lonely Planet Magazine India

Lonely Planet Magazine India May 2020

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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.
with you…

With the COVID-19 lockdown in place, Team LPMI is working at providing you with plenty of inspo to make the most of your armchair travel time. Along with our free digital issues, we’ve been hosting a lot of fun activities online, from an editor’s AMA, to polls, quizzes, Instagram lives with travel influencers, and more. We look forward to creating more fun and engaging content, all while inspiring you to plan your future adventures. Till then, keep liking, tweeting and commenting on our social media pages - we’d love to know what you’re up to!…

2 min.
let’s put the planet on our plates

Follow me on Twitter @PrimroseDSouza & Instagram @primrosedsouza INSPIRATION HAS NO EXPIRY DATE Travel safe: follow advisories before planning and setting off on journeys It’s very difficult to write an editor’s note from lockdown. I know I’m writing to fellow travellers who are champing at the bit to get out there, but who also know that we have a collective responsibility to stay in to make it safer out there. It’s also difficult to work out what will appeal to us just now, but, judging from social media and digital media and just conversations, it’s safe to say that we haven’t stopped eating:) Which is why this issue is all about food – our own food, and food and drink from around this glorious planet of ours. There’s a sake trail in Tokyo,…

3 min.
discover the unique flavours of madurai, tamil nadu

@guiltyasframed @krishnaprabakar One of India’s oldest cities, Madurai (formerly known as Madura) is home to and widely known for its thousand temples. But spend a day or two here and you’ll realise why the city has also earned a reputation as the food capital of Tamil Nadu. There are hundreds of eateries spread across the city, in every nook and cranny. From regional specialties to its popular street food culture, Madurai has everything a foodie desires. Begin your day with a traditional breakfast at the famous Murugan Idli Shop (00-91-452-234-1376; www.muruganidlishop.com; 196, West Masi Street). Steaming hot, fluffy and slightly sticky (a bit different from the regular and grainier Udupi version), these idlis are served with four kinds of delicious chutneys. If you still have room after this, don’t miss the onion uttapam…

3 min.
rediscover varanasi, uttar pradesh, with food

sum.err.pun Among one of the oldest continually-inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh draws millions of faithful to the banks of the River Ganga each year. Even if you aren’t big on spirituality, the ancient city has much else to offer. And, if you’re a foodie, there’s so much to indulge in. Start off early in the morning with some kachori-sabzi (fried flatbreads with a spicy potato accompaniment). Although there are vendors across the city selling this delectable local staple for breakfast, the one we recommend is Chachi’s Kachori near Assi Ghat (Sankat Mochan Rd, Saket Nagar Colony, Lanka; from ₹25). To wash down this delicious breakfast, hop over to Pahalwan’s Lassi for an earthen cup full of malaiyo (00-91-98398-62428; B 30/2, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Rd, Lanka Rd, Ravidas…

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the singapore sling

The Long Bar is a time capsule at the newly-restored Raffles Hotel – all dark teak wood, reed ceiling fans and peanut shells on the floor (the last tradition goes against the grain in this spick-and-span city). It’s also the home of the Singapore Sling: hotel lore says it was created in 1915 by barman Ngiam Tong Boon, though cocktail sleuths have found holes in this origin story. The likes of Somerset Maugham enjoyed simpler drinks known as ‘gin slings’, often sweetened with cherry brandy, soured with lime or spiked with Bénédictine. Although pineapple is a much-loved fruit in the region, its addition (indeed domination) owes more to the later tiki culture craze than colonial-era tastes. MAKE IT INGREDIENTS 30 ml gin 15 ml cherry liqueur (such as Heering) 7.5 ml Cointreau 7.5…

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THE LEAST MINIMALIST ONE KOH PHANGAN Sweden’s enduring love for the beaches of Thailand finds shape in Södermalm as an outrageously kitsch restaurant, best experienced at night. Tuck into chicken fried rice in a real tuk-tuk to the sounds of crickets and tropical thunder. www.kohphangan.se THE BEST-VALUE ONE HERMANS This justifiably popular vegetarian buffet (from ₹1,122) is one of the nicest places to dine in Stockholm, with a glassed-in porch and outdoor terrace seating overlooking the city’s glittering skyline from a clifftop perch above the popular Fotografiska museum. Fill up on inventive, flavourful veggie and vegan creations served from a cosy, vaulted room – you might need to muscle your way in, but it’s worth the effort. www.hermans.se THE HOTTEST ONE EKSTEDT Dining at this Michelin-starred restaurant is as much an experience as a meal. Everything is cooked…