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Conde Nast Traveller India

May - June - July 2021

CNT India's Summer Family Travel Issue will focus on Summer Vacations, and provide not just inspiration but specific information on 'How to Make the Most of This Summer'. As more and more people are looking at travel as a way to reunite and spend time with their loved ones, this issue will help covert all that pent-up demand into real, concrete plans and bookings. Look out for 50 Best Villas across India curated for the very first time by CNT, 50 Amazing Family Experiences in India, CNT’s Annual Hotlist of the Best New Hotels in India and Around the World and Features and essays on key Destinations in India abroad, including road trips and culinary expeditions. PLUS Readers’ Travel Awards 2021 are here! All the details on how to vote--and the grand prizes you can win by voting!

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4 min

RAJ KACHORI AND BIKANERI RASGULLA A sweet-cum-savoury specialty, Raj kachori is a popular breakfast snack in Bikaner. Inflated deep-fried balls of white flour, hollowed out to make way for a stuffing of moong and boiled potatoes, drizzled with a mix of chilled yoghurt, tamarind chutney and coriander-mint chutney, and garnished with coriander, pomegranate pearls, and baby sev, Raj kachoris strike the perfect balance between flavour and texture. Established in 1990, Chhapan Bhog in Bikaner serves up the perfect Raj kachori as also the most delightful Bikaneri rasgullas imaginable. While one may associate rasgullas with Bengal, Bikaner’s spin on this sweet is a worthy competitor—smaller in size and less spongy than their Bengali counterparts, they come with the benefit of a longer shelf life. KESAR FINI Like all self-respecting Rajasthanis, the locals of Bikaner…

3 min

KER SANGRI An authentic Rajasthani meal would be considered incomplete without ker sangri—a vegetable preparation that forms an integral part of Jaisalmer’s food tapestry. Comprising pickled wild local berries and beans, both ingredients—dried berries (ker) and beans (sangri)—survive in the harsh Rajasthani summers as the khejri tree bears fruit or bean pods called sangri, which are harvested, dried, and preserved for years to be used as vegetables during a drought. Slow-cooked on low heat using locally available spices, the mouth-watering dish tastes best with bajre ki roti. While ker sangri is found on the menu at most restaurants in Rajasthan, it is also made into a pickle by combining the dried berries and beans in mustard oil with red chillies and spices. GHOTUA LADDOOS Made from desi ghee, gram flour, cardamom, and saffron,…

4 min
shopping in munich

COOL CROCKERY Named after the temperature at which ceramics are fired, 1260 Grad (1260grad.de) in the French Quarter is a compact store and workshop. It’s filled with handmade vases, jugs, plates, bowls, cups and more—some fresh out of the kiln—which are displayed in apple crates. Owner Petra Fischer uses a distinct palette for her pieces, and sells a range of porcelain with intricate patterns created by laying over antique lace sourced from second-hand fairs. WIDE-RANGING READS Literatur Moths (li-mo.com) is a popular bookshop that doubles as an exhibition and events hub. Located close to Isartor, one of four medieval city-wall gates, the midcentury, loft-style spot houses new releases, old favourites and rare gems. The books are selected by owner Regina Moths, who also arranges the ever-changing, installation-like window displays, often sculpted out of…

1 min

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where to stay

ANANTARA DHIGU MALDIVES RESORT Indulge your inner adventure-seeker and book a dive or learn to surf. If you’re content enough to just be, watch the sunset from your private plunge pool. Getting there: 30 minutes from Velana International Airport. anantara.com CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI A stay here is sure to see every whim taken care of by the resort’s Ambassadeurs. Guests can also book the private island and plan everything from cocktail evenings to poolside barbeques. Getting there: 40 minutes from Velana International Airport. chevalblanc.com CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND Home to the Muraka, a three-bedroom residence, including one that’s submerged, this hotel features three pools, an underwater restaurant and relaxing spa. Getting there: 30 minutes from Velana International Airport. conradmaldives.com DUSIT THANI MALDIVES This resort has a spectacular spa and a house reef that…

2 min
contributor speak

VIDYA BALACHANDER Writer; Girls, Uninterrupted; p106 “One of my all-time favourite summer trips with my family was in 2001. We travelled through a swathe of Tamil Nadu, making pit stops in Madurai, Ooty, Kodaikanal and Coimbatore. We took long walks on wooded roads scented with eucalyptus, and felt the distinct chill of the mountain air. I wrote a travelogue about our trip in my journal after I returned—my mum treasures it as my first ever piece of travel writing (while I cringe).” @vidya83 CHAITALI PATEL Writer; 50 Essential India Experiences with the Kids; p48 “A summer we spent in London in 2016 was one of my favourites. All of four, my daughter was a real trooper. We walked, used public transport, explored museums, spent days at the park and treated ourselves to afternoon teas.…