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Conde Nast Traveller India

Conde Nast Traveller India October - November 2018

Conde Nast Traveller's 10th Anniversary issue is a celebration of a prolific decade since the brand's arrival in India. A veritable collector's item, this issue will explore the magazine's journey to becoming India's leading resource in luxury travel. This very special issue revisits and unravels our most cherished memories of travel as world-renowned writers relive their most memorable trips. That's not all! Also expect striking shots from the world's top travel photographers, handpicked from our decade-long archives and a one-of-a-kind collaboration between iconic father-daughter duo Raghu Rai and Avani Rai.

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WE ASKED OUR CONTRIBUTORS WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST AND WHY? GEETIKA JAIN Who: Writer; Disappearing treasures, p66 A: “Barry Lopez’s book Arctic Dreams has fired my imagination and I’d like to visit Lancaster Sound, near Baffin Island, Canada, to see the incredible conflation of wildlife in the summer and camp on a moving ice floe with the Inuit.” @geetikaforest AMRITA GUPTA Who: Writer; Soul food in Sikkim, p236 A: “Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route popular among backpackers and cyclists. A 500-mile walk in 30 days, from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. To me that sounds like the trip of a lifetime.” @sunshower123 AMITABHA BAGCHI Who: Writer; Masters of Mansions, p196 A: “Since I first heard Ali Farka Touré play the guitar, I have wanted to visit…

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editor’s letter

Eight years ago, when I was offered the job of launching and editing Condé Nast Traveller in India, the truth is I wasn’t quite sure I wanted it. I didn’t even read travel magazines! I was panicking. Back then, I had worked at Vogue and Time Out, both magazines known for their immediacy and urgency, the sort of things cool guys and It girls bought and devoured to stay cool and It. To me, travel magazines lacked that kind of street cred. You could buy one and read it three months later, and frankly, not much would have changed. That’s when we decided that Condé Nast Traveller would have to be different from other travel publications in every way: We had to capture the zeitgeist, we had to feel ‘now’,…

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in conversation with balkrishna vithaldas doshi

Congratulations on the Pritzker Prize! What does receiving it mean to you? There are no words to describe how joyous I am. It’s a crowning glory, a recognition of my life’s work. How would you describe the buildings you want to design? Flexible, spatial, extendable and most importantly, with the right proportions and connection with the cosmic forces such as light, air, water, sun. And so when the season changes, the interior spaces also change, because they give you different shadows, as if they are all living spaces. What do you think of when you design a building? What do you like to express in your creations? If you think a building is alive, your connections begin to change, your perceptions change, and you treat every space, form, structure, proportions, light, openings,…

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witnessing a vanishing present

About 15 years ago, I wanted to drown. This was not a suicidal urge. I was in an underground world of such breathtaking beauty, I wanted to stay there forever. My husband and I were snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), the largest living thing on Earth. Purple, orange, green, yellow, pink—the GBR looked like an acid-inspired dream. There is life, such life—fish, giant clams, turtles and then the corals themselves: fan-shaped, fern-shaped, blue, then green, then brown, then orange. Only, now, the reef is dying. Nowhere else is the effect of climate change as profound or visible as in a coral reef. Our earth is warming, and with it, our oceans. Indeed, the oceans have warmed by about a degree in the last 100 years, which has disrupted the relationship…

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a royal sojourn

Each beautiful brick and cornice of the Rambagh Palace, Jaipur echoes with a rich history, steeped in luxury. The vast and verdant Mughal gardens, carefully hand-carved marble latticework and graceful cupolas stand as stunning reminders of the property’s majestic yesteryears. A stay at the Rambagh Palace is guaranteed to sweep you back to an era of glimmering palaces and gardens dotted with dancing peacocks. If you like the thought of that, prepare to fall in love with Jaipur’s Rambagh Palace, promising an experience fit for royalty. Built in 1835, it was home to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and Maharani Gayatri Devi who was one of the most beautiful women in the world. Today, this luxurious destination has 78 beautifully restored rooms and suites and delicious cuisines to sample from, with…

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a winter wonderland

Snuggled between pine trees and snow laden paths. Perched atop the majestic Rajwas Plateau. Sitting idyllically in the poetic landscape of Pahalgam, also known as Kashmir’s “Shepherd’s Valley”. The beautiful luxury retreat akin to the gilded version of a mountainside manor—WelcomHotel Pine-N-Peak invites you in. One foot out of the snow, and you’ll be swathed in pure luxury. The views from inside are enthralling. Even the thesaurus will run short of adjectives to describe it. But simply put, you won’t be able to stop staring at the glimmering Lidder river from your luxe vantage point. That is when you are not spell bound by the snowcapped mountains that play with the sunrays, bathing the valley in a kaleidoscope of hues throughout the day. Immersing you further to the addictive sights…