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Lonely Planet Magazine India September 2019

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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lonely planet magazine india

Chief Executive Officer Deepak Lamba Chief Community Officer & Editor: Primrose Monteiro-D’Souza Senior Assistant Editor: Amit Gaikwad Chief Copy Editor: Samarpan Bhowmik Senior Features Writer: Amrita Lall, Aurelia Fernandes Travel Researcher: Aishwarya Menon Senior Editorial Coordinator: Lalitha Luke Art Director: Mahesh Sagari Deputy Art Director: T. Krishna Prabakar Assisstant Vice President - Digital Revenue & Marketing - International Brands: Priyadarshi Banerjee Manager - Marketing: Asha Kulkarni Chief Financial Officer: Subramaniam S Head Human Resource: Meghna Puthawala Content Studio: Vidyut Patra Experiential Marketing: Aakash Mishra Publisher: Joji Varghese LONELY PLANET INDIA PVT. LTD General Manager & Director: Sesh Seshadri LONELY PLANET GLOBAL LIMITED International Licensing Manager: Joe Revill Editorial Director: Tom Hall LONELY PLANET TRAVELLER MAGAZINE UK Editor: Peter Grunert BUSINESS DIRECTOR Sunil Wuthoo sunil.wuthoo@wwm.co.in BRAND SOLUTIONS WEST VICE PRESIDENT - Brand Solutions & Business Head - Femina Salon & Spa Gautam Chopra gautam.chopra@wwm.co.in Mumbai GENERAL MANAGER Neelam Menon neelam.menon@wwm.co.in Jiten Shivlani jiten.shivlani@wwm.co.in Shveta Somvanshi shveta.somvanshii@wwm.co.in Pune Ekta Dang ekta.dang@wwm.co.in Ahmedabad Kamal Rajput kamal.rajput@wwm.co.in NORTH VICE PRESIDENT -…

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i love travellers’ tales.

I enjoy seeing where my fellow travel enthusiasts are, where they’ve been, what they did there. Living vicariously through others’ journeys is an effortless way to absorb so much more of the world. I know that I might never make it to some of those destinations – I might be too unfit for some experiences, some places might just be above my pay grade – but that doesn’t stop me from constantly adding elements to my bucket list. The Lonely Planet way is to find the unfamiliar, even in destinations that you’ve been to before. Finding the unusual adds a fillip to an exploration, and it is aspirational and inspirational. In this Hidden Europe special, we know we’re going to get you to look at some familiar destinations with new eyes…

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take on the monsoon!

Out of KOLKATA (Fly 1.25hrs) Find inner peace in Thimphu, Bhutan If you’re looking for a different monsoon experience, head north across the border to the kingdom of happiness – Bhutan. The capital Thimphu is remarkably clean and well planned. A monumental tribute to the religious leader, the Buddha Dordenma Statue towers over the city and makes for an awe-inspiring welcome. The crafts bazaar in Norzin Lam is a must-visit, with its many handicrafts and curios. When you want to take a break, settle down in one of the many pubs and restaurants in the area. The locally-brewed beer pairs perfectly with all kinds of food. Done with the bustling streets? Head to either the National Memorial Chorten or the Phajoding Monastery for some spiritual time out. Visit the open-air zoo, Takin…

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embrace a laid-back getaway in goa

Out of MUMBAI (600 km) In a quiet corner of the sunshine state, a resplendent Indian monsoon leaves Ashvem Beach awash. In giddy proximity to, but serenely distinct from the party cruises and thrilling watersport spots of north Goa, the sands of Ashvem drape themselves around polished rocks and retreat from the swaying palm trees that dot the shore. Under the leafy shade, you might spot a hammock or a sunbed calling out to you to spend an afternoon with a book and a cocktail. The only footprints in the sand for miles to come will be your own, with the exception of perhaps a newly-settled foreign visitor who has found their temporary paradise – in which case, you’re sure to leave having made a friend. For an early breakfast, head to…

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be a water baby in gokak, karnataka

Out of BANGALORE (530km) Just about 500km from both Mumbai and Bangalore, on the road to the popular coastal destination of Goa, lies Gokak. The Mumbai-Bangalore highway is an easy and quick route to navigate for even amateur drivers; this is one road trip on which you’d definitely want to grab the wheel yourself. Leave town early to beat highway traffic and get on the smaller country roads as soon as you can. It’s only when you turn onto these small roads – black streaks of tar cutting across the lush green of the northern Karnataka countryside – that you truly appreciate the monsoon. Verdant farmlands as far as the eye can see, waterbodies swollen and spilling over, roads snaking between the rolling hills of the Western Ghats, you’ll come across…

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weird museums of europe

TORTURE MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM Be prepared to have your belief in the basic goodness of humanity tested. The exhibits at the Torture Museum are mind-blowing and stomach-churning. Here are the tools public authority used to exercise its power over people in the most gruesome ways. Take the Skull Cracker, or Head Crusher, a metal skull cap connected to a metal plate that sat beneath the victim’s jaw. When the handle was turned, the cap and plate moved closer with hideous results. The Hanging Cages and the Heretic Fork make the guillotine look humane. A stiff drink is in order afterwards (www.torturemuseum.com) THE GREEN VAULT, DRESDEN The curio collection of Augustus the Strong, ruler of Saxony from 1694 to 1733, can be seen at the Green Vault. His royal oddness is on show in a…