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Conde Nast Traveller India

Conde Nast Traveller India June - July 2018

Conde Nast Traveller is the world’s most iconic luxury travel magazine. It is the most independent and authoritative source of luxury travel and lifestyle. CNT India is created for the sophisticated Indian traveller who is looking for authentic travel experiences, discoveries and journeys.

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WE ASKED OUR CONTRIBUTORS WHAT PLACE WOULD YOU SAY BEST DEFINES YOU, AND WHY? GHALIB SHIRAZ DHALLA Who: Filmmaker, author, writer; Saudades for Rio, p148 A: “Based on who I am today, Rio, for fusing elements of the places I love: the tropical clime, coastal life and fruit of Mombasa; the cosmopolitanism and irrepressible spirit of LA. And because, many times, beautiful Brazilians and Indians cannot be told apart.” @gshiraz RASHMI UDAY SINGH Who: Writer; Spa time, p50 A: “Mumbai’s Breach Candy Club swimming pool. It’s a heady combo of sea, sky, nature, swimming and music. Why music? Because whenever I swim, I listen to music on my waterproof iPod. Everything from Mozart to Take 5 to Lungi Dance.” @rashmiudaysingh PRI SHEWAKRAMANI Who: Writer; Insta-worthy romantic holidays, p80 A: “Mahabaleshwar, where I spent most vacations growing…

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editor’s letter

I was 19 when I fell for a Greek guy who lived in New York City. He was incredibly smart and articulate, and despite my aversion to NYC at the time, convinced me one night to skip school, get on a bus from my college town and visit him for the weekend. It was one of the most exhilarating trips I had ever made: a fire broke out in his best friend’s restaurant so we spent a lot of our time helping restore the place; we went to a great Middle Eastern bar so I could practise belly dancing. We didn’t make a single proper plan (and not a single reservation), but ended up enjoying ourselves so much that I skipped class on Monday, too. It was the first time…

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crater expectations

Even as we make our way to the gurgling volcanoes and psychedelic wilderness of Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, we know we won’t get the most sanguine welcome. This geological depression, part of the East African Rift Valley, is a fierce, inhospitable host. Here, in one of the hottest places on Earth, temperatures can reach 50°C. Then, the road to get here from Mekele generates the feeling of being shaken vigorously in a large container—in this case, our 4WD. A condition not improved by the dust swirling about us. Grubby and sore, we arrive at the campsite in Hamedala. There’s no running water for a bath, no toilet at all. Flies make every effort to annoy us into leaving. There’s barely a bush thick enough in this flat, arid landscape to shield…

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fresh out the oven

Whether you are in New Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai, cool new restaurants are popping up all over. Like Flea Bazaar Café (70459 39983), the shiny new ‘permanent pop-up’ in Mumbai, that is a whole bunch of restaurants rolled into one fun package. It features seasoned stars such as Goila Butter Chicken, Yugo Sushi, The Bohri Kitchen, Lucknowee (a franchise of the famous Tunday), Chakna by Soam and rookie ventures like El Chapo, Del Italia, Hung Li and Bay Burger. The choices simply boggle the mind. And that is why there is a PK Wines outpost here so you can grab yourself a bottle of cool white while you make up your mind. Banjara (022 3015 1844), a Bengaluru favourite, is also headed to Mumbai with hits such as matka biryani…

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no   borders

Picture a beautiful, tastefully decorated Portuguese colonial house in the south Mumbai neighbourhood of Khotachi Wadi, hiding delicate, vintage lace Valentino tops, brown pinstripe Dior suits with ’90s-style shoulder pads, thick worker suit-style jumpsuits by Norma Kamali and crisp white shirts from Issey Miyaki and Kenzo. But not just that. At No Borders (noborders. in), Mumbai’s brand-new haven of all things elegant, these classics share shelf space with contemporary designs by local sensation James Ferreira (who happens to own the house the store is located in) and péro, swimwear by LA-based designer Pari Desai alongside beautiful cross-stitch artwork with Pashto typography by Afghan-American designer Negine Jasmine and colourful graphic design by Ayqa Khan. “The whole concept of No Borders is just that,” says Kanika Karvinkop, the owner. She hand-picked the…