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Conde Nast Traveller India

Conde Nast Traveller India February - March 2019

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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“WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST ROMANTIC DINNER EXPERIENCE?” TARUN KHIWAL Who: Photographer, Cover A: “One of the sweetest nights I spent with my wife—at L’Abside, a restaurant in the enchanting Piazza dei Dogi in Amalfi. The warmth of the family who run the place, the cool breeze, the delicious food and the full-bodied red wine made sure we felt no remorse for having left our two kids back at the hotel.” @tarun_khiwal AMIT VAIDYA Who: Writer; Natural cures for your travel kit, p50 A: “There’s nothing more romantic than giving your time. My girlfriend and I would coordinate our travel schedules to have layovers that allowed us to have our dates in the terminal. Wolfgang Puck at LAX ended up being our go-to romantic dinner spot.” @live4todayamit JOANNA LOBO Who: Writer, Goa: India’s new food capital, p140 A:…

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editor’s letter

This Christmas and New Year break, I stayed in Mumbai. This is not usual practice; the end of the year is when I love to travel. And though I have sometimes been in party places like Thailand and Las Vegas, I prefer being in the middle of nowhere—on safari in Tanzania or holed up in a villa in Ubud, somewhere you barely register that it’s 31 December. I always return rejuvenated, my mind calm and prepared to take on whatever the new year brings, my heart full of gratitude for the year that was. I can’t say I wasn’t nervous about my decision to stay in Mumbai—escaping during the festive season does protect you from having to make plans, count your invitations, dealing with traffic, wardrobe decisions and a general feeling…

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in conversation with arianna huffington

There’s been a major shift in luxury consumption globally, from products to experiences—accounting for a major rise in travel. How does this trend impact the Thrive philosophy? I think it makes perfect sense. As our lives become more digitised and endlessly replicable, that puts a premium on anything outside that. At Thrive Global, part of our philosophy about the future of the workplace is that the rise of AI and machine learning will put a premium on uniquely human qualities that can’t be automated. And we can see this dynamic at play in people’s lives. Experiences are unique and involve a deeply human connection that objects and things can’t provide, no matter how luxurious. What is your own travel schedule like? Seemingly endless. Thrive Global now has offices in San Francisco,…

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the winners

1 The Bombay Canteen Mumbai 2 Indian Accent, The Lodhi New Delhi 3 The Table Mumbai 4 Bomra’s Goa 5 Masque Mumbai 6 Trishna Mumbai 7 Wasabi By Morimoto, The Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi 8 Artusi Ristorante, GK2 New Delhi 9 Slink & Bardot Mumbai 10 Toast & Tonic Bengaluru 11 Bukhara, ITC Maurya New Delhi 12 Megu, The Leela Palace New Delhi 13 O Pedro Mumbai 14 Bastian Mumbai 15 The Black Sheep Bistro Goa 16 Gunpowder Goa 17 La Plage Goa 18 The China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Delhi 19 Wasabi By Morimoto, The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai 20 Annamaya, Andaz Delhi 21 A Reverie Goa 22 Yauatcha Mumbai 23 Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel Bengaluru 24 Olive Qutub New Delhi 25 China XO, The Leela Palace Chennai 26 KOKO Mumbai 27 Mocambo Kolkata 28 The Restaurant, The Bangala Karaikudi 29 Elevar Goa 30 Avartana, ITC Grand Chola Chennai 31 Palácio do Deão Goa 32 Delhi Club House, RK Puram…

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word of mouth

BLUE IS THE NEW BLACK Order the Khao Phad Samunprai at Nara (, Mumbai, and you’re served ink-blue steaming rice seasoned with Thai herbs. Drizzle some lime juice on it and the rice pellets turn deep purple. This is no artificial food colouring. This is the magic of butterfly pea flower. Also known as clitoria ternatea—the flower is shaped like a clitoris—its origin can be traced to tropical Asia, and it has been used to dye drinks and food across Southeast Asia for centuries now. Tygr (@tygrofficial), a recent entrant to the Asian food scene in Mumbai, serves blue chicken dim sums while Foo (@foomumbai), another new restaurant, has butter Japanese fried blue rice on its menu. So, why are restaurants bleeding blue? For the gram, of course. Last year, the…

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steeped in regal resplendence

A few kilometres from Jaipur, there are two gorgeous heritage hotels that beckon you to relive the erstwhile extravagance of the Rajputs and the Mughals. SAMODE BAGH Reminiscent of the Mughal pleasure gardens, Samode Bagh was once the Samode royal family’s private garden retreat. Today, it continues to flourish with exotic flowers, water channels and bubbling fountains, to offer respite to modern city dwellers. Stay in one of the 44 luxuriously appointed tents, laid out like the ones in a royal encampment. Air suite bathrooms and private sit out areas, it will give you a glimpse into how royalty camped out. Better still, the dining pavilion is located in a large communal tent where you can dig into Indian, Continental, Chinese and traditional Rajasthani cuisine. Should you prefer to dine al fresco,…