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Lonely Planet April 2017

Feed your love of travel with award-winning Lonely Planet. Inside you'll find topical ideas for easy inspirational weekend breaks and more adventurous experiences to try out, helped by the insider knowledge of Lonely Planet's many experts around the world. You'll be taken on a journey through words and beautiful photography, with highly atmospheric features transporting you to spectacular landscapes and allowing local people to reveal their culture, history ,food, drink and the natural wonders that surround them.

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this month...

…we are agog at how the first 100 issues of this magazine have flown by. As we toast the milestone, we recall the dawning moments, pub debates and occasional chaos that went into putting the first issue (top left) together. Five of the founding staff members remain today, a testament to what a pleasure it has been to produce articles for such diverse, fun readers. You’ll find some of the highlights of our team’s adventures over the past eight-or-so years on p64. At the heart of what we do at Lonely Planet is a belief that travel is a force for good, a point that has been underscored in recent weeks. Our CEO Daniel Houghton spoke at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, about how travel can contribute to…

2 min.
behind the scenes

JUST BACK Writer Oliver Berry and photographer Jonathan Stokes spotted rhinos, crossed living root bridges and met Naga headhunters in northeast India, researching a story for our next issue. ‘On the island of Majuli, in Assam, we visited several monasteries,’ says Olly. ‘The monks are renowned for their dance and music, which explore stories from the life of Vishnu, and often involve fabulous masks. The best are made at Samaguri monastery, including this one of a monkey god.’ Asia expert Laura Crawford headed to Kyushu island in Japan. ‘It’s known for its hot springs and food, and is culturally interesting,’ says Laura, who explored its craft heritage, from paper-makers to sake distillers, and got some plane views of Mt Fuji to boot (left). Her highlights: Kumamoto – for its beautiful landscapes Kagoshima…

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postcards

ZAANDAM, NETHERLANDS Still waters Last spring my ex and I went to the Netherlands, pursuing our dream of witnessing the amazing places we saw so often online. As a passionate landscape photographer, I also wanted to contribute my own take. When we arrived in the Zaandam neighbourhood of Zaanse Schans, we found a unique place of windmills and wood bridges, the calm water all around adding a magical reflection. The weather wasn’t very pleasant, so we decided to wait until sunset, when the sun suddenly appeared from behind the clouds and illuminated the village, as in a fairytale. When I look at this photo, I want to go back – and I’m sure I will soon. SPITZKOPPE, NAMIBIA Rock-solid I recently visited Namibia with my wife and family-in-law. I was born there, but hadn’t visited…

4 min.
globetrotter

To mark our 100th issue, we offered our readers the chance to win a special edition of Lonely PlanetTraveller with their own image on the cover. We had nearly 2,000 entries capturing memorable moments on the road, from eagle hunters in Mongolia to fireworks over Sydney Harbour.The top 100 are printed here. Very well done to our winners! Our pick of new hotels Celebrate the oncoming arrival of spring at one of a raft of beautifully designed new hotels that have recently flung open their doors. Guests at renovated Pugliese palazzo Don Tutu are encouraged to treat it as their temporary home – albeit an extremely well-appointed one, featuring Art Deco chandeliers, mid-century furniture and a hammam. There’s a weekly outdoor cinema, and bikes and Vespa scooters to borrow, plus poolside gelatos…

2 min.
something to declare:

“I’ve seen things people wouldn’t believe. Trees weeping dragon’s blood on the mysterious island of Socotra. Men fighting crocodiles to drag building sand from the bed of the Niger River. A tribe painted in the form of skeletons, waiting at a bus stop in Papua New Guinea. Stephen Fry has given me a lift in a London black cab between the towering rock sculptures of Monument Valley. Dolly Parton has welcomed me to her Tennessee mountain home and Peter Jackson has guided me through the fantastical landscapes of Middle-earth. There have been raucous celebrations along the way. Watching bridges open beneath a midnight sun to mark the summer solstice in St Petersburg. Stepping smartly across flaming coals before a Hindu temple in Mauritius. Singing, dancing and drinking amid fields of wildflowers on…

2 min.
new film

Seventy years ago, British rule in the Subcontinent came to an end. Establishing India and Pakistan as two separate countries, the partition was the largest migration in human history, with over 14 million people displaced. Out 3 March, Viceroy’s House tells the story of events in 1947 through the eyes of Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville), who was the last viceroy. Gurinder Chadha (inset), who also directed Bend it Like Beckham, tells us all about making her first film shot entirely in India. Q WHAT WAS IT LIKE FILMING IN THE REAL VICEROY’S HOUSE IN DELHI? ‘It’s now the president’s home, called Rashtrapati Bhavan. The famous Mughal-style gardens – the lawns, canals and fountains – are open to the public every February. Filming in this amazing building was inspiring, but also overpowering. It…