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Travel + Leisure India & South Asia

Travel + Leisure India & South Asia

July 2021

Travel + Leisure South Asia, a stylish and authoritative guide for today’s global traveler, offers stunning photography, incisive commentary, vivid narratives and practical travel information with a strong emphasis on Asia. From the best spa’s to the tastiest street food, from the most luxurious resorts to the hottest rooftop bars, from the latest restaurants to the region’s top designers, from the quietest beaches to the busiest shopping streets – Travel + Leisure South Asia delivers, month after month.

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Burda Media India Private Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
the magic of rajasthan

UDAIPUR, ON A HAZY November morning, is a mirage of fronds and white marble. The daily puja at Jagdish Temple is in full swing, both figuratively and literally—awash in oceanic ripples of saris, blooming in every last colour. Water droplets are cast from the altar, landing into the frenzy of the crowd; their mellifluous chants reverberate through the temple sanctum like little miracles. Here I am, standing along the edges of that crowd—a spectator entirely overwhelmed by this distillation of pure joy, of indulgent humanity. I watch as the individuals gathered here melt congruously into one entity, and it fascinates me in a way only India can: the unabashed wonder at life’s idiosyncrasies, and the preservation of centuries-old history so tactile it bears resemblance to taste. I am floored by this…

13 min
these are the days of miracle and wonder

THE FORECAST couldn’t have been gloomier. December 12: rain. December 13: rain. December 14, the day of the solar eclipse I’d travelled 8,851 kilometres to see: more rain. I’d flown on the 11th, mid-pandemic, sitting masked up on a tense flight from New York to Santiago, then on to Temuco, in southern Chile. Of course I had registered the dour weather predictions before boarding, but after nine months of house bondage, I didn’t care. The idea of perfect conditions or a perfect experience had long since fallen off the menu. Throughout history, eclipses have been interpreted as cosmic, spiritual resets. Folklore from Scandinavia and Asia to the Americas depicts these events as a battle between light and dark, with the moon (or other malevolent actors like wolves, bears, frogs, or dragons)…

2 min
day 2 the kaleidoscope of khajuraho

A LITTLE LESS THAN five hours from Orchha by road, Khajuraho is fairly popular among tourists. While Orchha is an iconic remnant of the Bundela dynasty, Khajuraho has its roots in the Chandela era. It is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site: a collection of 23 Hindu and Jain temples—classified into western, eastern, and southern groups—and known collectively as the Khajuraho Group of Monuments. Dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries, these structures are rare surviving examples of the Nagara style of temple architecture. The most iconic and best-preserved temples fall under the western group, which also draws eyeballs with a unique set of erotic sculptures. Much like any novice in Khajuraho, I arrive at the western group brimming with curiosity. The temples—and their infamous erotica—often elicit mixed…

3 min
beyond borders

What do you miss the most about India? My close friends and colleagues with whom I spend most of my time in India. However, when I travel for shows in India, I am always struck by the diversity and details that make each place unique. Each city has its own food, language, and customs, which makes travelling a pleasure. As an Indian living abroad, what is that one aspect of the country you try to hold on to? There is a general sense of community that you feel in India; it’s a part of the culture. I look for those qualities in my friends and the community I choose to build—both in India and abroad. What was it like growing up as an Indian in New York state in the late 1970s? It was an…

4 min
the oz connection

What brought you to India the first time? What was your first impression? I was invited to be part of the Oz Fest in Delhi back in 2012. I instantly fell in love with the colours, sounds, culture, the wonderful sense of humour, and goodwill that India shares with Australia. And of course, the food was so exciting! My last visit was in November 2019. Which places in the country have you visited so far? I’ve been to India a number of times now; I think around 12. I’ve been to Jaipur, Jodhpur, and the big cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. Which is your favourite Indian destination? I love Jodhpur; there’s something special about its sky and sunsets, maybe because it’s on the edge of the desert. I was lucky enough…

1 min
native fashion