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Travel + Leisure India & South Asia

Travel + Leisure India & South Asia June 2020

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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
letter from the editor

MY LOCKDOWN I have never been home for this long at a stretch. The lockdown confined us within our houses, but in a subliminal way, it also opened us up to emotions that we would’ve never paid heed to otherwise. This jolt came at a time when fast travel was becoming the norm. As I, along with the rest of India, gear up for the ‘new normal’, I also know that I will miss the time I spent at home, and the company I kept for the better part of the day. Or better still, it’s probably time to plan a road trip with my dog, Kara (in pic)! This time, we vow to make it slow, responsible, and rejuvenating. MAY HAS BEEN A SURPRISINGLY hectic month for us. Besides coordinating a…

1 min.
travelandleisureindia.in we support local

In our latest digital campaign, #TnLSupportsLocal, we bring you stories from India that will inspire you to explore home-grown resorts, iconic local markets, and hidden gems. It’s time to see the country in a new light. Familiarise Yourself with these Iconic Flower Markets of India To get your fill of fresh flowers and marvel at their vivid colours and aromas, visit these iconic markets of the country. travelandleisureindia.in /flower-markets-of-india Here’s Why Khari Baoli is on Our Minds Delhi’s Khari Baoli is the largest spice market in Asia and will transport you to a bygone era. travelandleisureindia.in /khari-baoli We’re Dreaming of these 10 Indian Luxury Boutique Resorts Here’s why you must visit these 10 luxurious Indian boutique resorts the first chance you get. travelandleisureindia.in/ 10-indian-luxury-boutique-resorts SPOTTED This man from Rajasthan is travelling across India on a bicycle. travelandleisureindia.in /cyclist-ankit-arora DISCOVER Tea…

6 min.
the road is calling

Sooner or later, we will travel again. While international borders may take some time to reopen, there are plenty of offbeat destinations that make for great drives from major Indian cities and lend their open spaces to social distancing. Here are 10 road-trip ideas to kick-start your post-pandemic travel plans. 1 PUNE TO MALSHEJ GHAT Driving to Malshej Ghat through the Sahyadri range that runs along the Konkan Coast, and lingering in this sylvan valley might just be the holiday you need after months of lockdown. Around 120 kilometres from Pune, this mountain pass has an abundance of wildlife and waterfalls. Come August, moderate showers make the valley and the four-hour drive from Pune even more alluring. Spend the day visiting the Malshej Falls, climbing up to the sixth-century Harishchandragad Fort, trekking…

2 min.
road to recovery

FRANCE’S TOURISM INDUSTRY is considered one of the jewels in the country’s economy. Naturally, the pandemic brought things to a screeching halt earlier this year. But the light at the end of the tunnel may finally be in sight. During the Fifth Interministerial Tourism Committee meeting held on May 14, the French Prime Minister, alongside key stakeholders, drew up a list of concrete steps that the government would take to support the tourism industry. The blueprint focusses on three areas. For starters, health measures, information, and reassurance for travellers will be priority. Secondly, in order to move from a state of emergency to recovery, a total of €18 billion has been extended to support tourism-related businesses, including sporting and cultural events. Lastly, the government plans on preparing a solid contract for…

3 min.
a delicious escape

IT TAKES ME AROUND 45 minutes to go from the airport to Gaj Kesri, a beautiful hotel tucked in a remote village called Nainon Ka Bas. The moment I land at the property, I realise I am in for a royal treat. I take a tour and glance through the art on display. I am told that it is Usta art—more specifically, naqqashi and manoti work practised by the legendary Usta artisans of Bikaner. Every corner of the hotel evokes a sense of heritage and tradition. It’s no surprise that Gaj Kesri is part of the Basavan Art Hotels. Next, I head to the hotel’s Polki Restaurant for lunch. It’s true to its promise of vegetarian Marwari cuisine. A delicious meal leads to a sound afternoon nap. In my room, some…

2 min.
shades of pink

JAIPUR, THE REGAL capital of Rajasthan, is a sea of forts, palaces, and streets brimming with vibrant knick-knacks. But the wonders of the Pink City do not end there. On its outskirts lie offbeat, desolate destinations that are ideal for a rebound road trip. A scenic drive of 42 kilometres from Jaipur via NH 48 takes you to the 475-year-old Samode Palace (samode.com), which is now a heritage hotel sporting beautiful intricate carvings, royal suites, and Mughal gardens. Close by is the Shekhawati region, which was the meeting point of camel caravans from the Middle East, China, and India in the 18th century. Once home to over 100 villages and forts, the region is perfect for a weekend of social distancing. It brims with forlorn havelis and frescoes. The town of Mandawa…