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Lonely Planet Magazine India June 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…

Lonely Planet Magazine India is with you during these tough times, with lots on our digital platforms to keep you entertained and updated with the world of travel. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - because #LPMIHappyToInspire! Join us in candid conversations with travel influencers and bloggers, find out how to cook dishes from different parts of the globe, put your travel knowledge to the test with our online quizzes and contests, and join us in saluting the #LPMICovidCrusaders. And, because we always want you to interact with LPMI, watch out for our #LPMIMadeWithYou initiatives, which invite you to be part of our digital issue. All this and much more coming up. Follow us on: Lonely Planet Magazine India lonelyplanetmagazineindia LPMagIn Stay safe and #stayinspired!…

2 min.
escapism in a time of lockdown…

Primrose Monteiro-D’Souza, EditorFollow me on Twitter @PrimroseDSouza & Instagram @primrosedsouza One of our main features this issue is My Happy Place. And it’s #LPMIMadeWithYou! You told us about the places you escape to when you think of travel, the destinations that bring a smile to your face when you think back to them, and we’re thrilled that you’ve shared them with us. And we’ve provided more inspiration for this wandering in wonder. Join us on a safari on the lesser-known Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya, where warthogs are star entertainers alongside the Big Five and the Ugly Five. Take lessons in happiness from Helsinki in Finland; you might find yourself wanting to relocate for a while after all this is done. Discover how Mexico City is bursting with creativity, and in…

1 min.
fly another day

A side effect of the release of any new Bond film is the descent of crowds on its key locations. Tempering our disappointment that No Time To Die – and Daniel Craig’s final appearance in the famous tuxedo – is delayed to November, let us give you advance notice of some spots you should be able to trace his Aston Martin’s tyre tracks through. The cover has long been blown for the haunting hilltop town of Matera in southern Italy, and the trailer shows glimpses of Ian Fleming favourite, Jamaica. The scene we’re most looking forward to is a promised car chase along the Atlantic Road (pictured). This four-mile, island-hopping marriage of engineering and nature is one of several Norwegian locations set to star (https://en.visitnorthwest.no). DREAM NOW… TRAVEL WHEN IT’S TIME!…

6 min.
desi dream weekend trips

PLAN TO BE SEDUCED BY HISTORY Uncover fascinating legends in Murshidabad, West Bengal At its peak, Murshidabad was the capital of the Mughal Empire’s Bengal state, encompassing modern-day Bangladesh, West Bengal, Odisha and Bihar. While its prosperity has long disappeared, traces of its cosmopolitan past remain and make for a fascinating glimpse into the proud history of the region. Explore monuments such as Hazaarduari Palace and Motijhil, or pick up silk, a craft passed down over centuries in the region. Seek out the Stone Age in Chitradurga, Karnataka This town is steeped in ancient history dating back thousands of years. Artefacts recovered from caves in Chandravalli and from other excavations in the region have revealed traces of humans living here from the Stone Age. There’s also the impressive Chitradurga Fort, constructed between the 11th…

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surfing in honolulu

1 In the strict class system of old Hawaii, the best surfing spots were kept for the ali’i (nobles). For kings such as Hawaii’s unifier, Kamehameha I (died 1819), surfing skill was a matter of prestige. 2 Many surfboards were shaped from koa, a kind of acacia wood that also became a favourite for making ukuleles. In a place where crops grew easily, there was plenty of leisure time for surfing. 3 Social upheaval after European contact put the survival of the sport at risk, though enough Hawaiians kept it up for a visiting Mark Twain to try ‘surf-bathing’ in 1866. He didn’t master the art. 4 The greatest reviver of surfing was Honolulu local Duke Kahanamoku – freestyle swimming world record holder from 1912 to 1922. His visit to Sydney in 1915…

2 min.
armchair adventures start here

TYLL Daniel Kehlmann A best-seller in Germany and soon to be a Netflix series, Tyll takes place in 17th-century Europe – specifically, the Thirty Years War, a protracted battle between Protestants and Catholics. Despite the context, this is a fun read – its title character, a figure lifted from German folklore, is a travelling entertainer, and his adventures are full of vivid detail that bring the villages, forests and cities of Central Europe to life. THE WORLD BENEATH THEIR FEET Scott Ellsworth In the 1930s, with tensions between some of the world’s great nations rising, a power play of a different kind was unfolding in a remote spot in the Himalayas. American, British and German teams had all set up rival camps at the base of the mountains, each hoping to triumph in the race…