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Lonely Planet Magazine India

Lonely Planet Magazine India January 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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12 Issues


1 min.
2019 is ripe with possibilities.

Primrose Monteiro-D’Souza, Editor Follow me on Twitter @PrimroseDSouza & Instagram @primrosedsouza The new year brings with it the prospect of life-changing travel, of journeying out into the unknown, of rediscovering places that you thought you knew well. If you’re like me, you’ve already looked at which weekends can be extended with a judicious day off here, an optional leave taken there; or even which destinations offer shoulder season bargains. If you’re like me, you have a diary just for travel, full of notes to inspire you. Let us add Lonely Planet’s ultimate bucket list experiences to it: to see the red leaves in Chilean Patagonia (like on our cover), or to go full castaway on the Cook Islands. You’re sure to be envious of and inspired by Amrita’s trip-of-a-lifetime in South…

3 min.
get, set, go!

Out of BANGALORE (280km) Walk in the woods in Wayanad, Kerala It’s a long drive to Wayanad from Bangalore, but, once you leave the city, you will be rewarded with long stretches of smooth road, going through small green towns on the Mysore-Ooty road. Once you do get to Wayanad, go trekking – you can choose from hardcore climbs, like the one to the Chembra peak or short nature walks through coffee and pepper plantations. Next, head to Pookode Lake, for a leisurely boat ride or set out on a lazy lakeside stroll and take in the gorgeous views on offer. A short drive away is the almost-too-pretty-to-be-real Soochipara Falls. The hike is down a steep, rocky path, but the views on offer make it all worth it. While natural beauty is…

3 min.
ditch the tourist trail in ongole, andhra pradesh

Out of Hyderabad (330km) The Gundlakamma River meanders serenely through the countryside. Dragonflies buzz noisily on the sides of a small hill rising from its banks. A lone tractor trundles along. It’s a lazy hinterland scene. And, in the midst of all the quiet, a cluster of red structures stands benignly. There’s not even a board announcing that you’re at the Buddhist Mahastupa of Chandavaram. Considered second in importance only to the one at Sanchi, this magnificent dome dates back to somewhere between 2 BCE and 2 CE. At one time, the hillsides were littered with ancient artefacts. Many were spirited away by unscrupulous treasure hunters and the ones that weren’t are now in the safe custody of the Archaeological Society of India. The mahastupa has been painstakingly restored, and, for…

3 min.
take it easy in kanatal, uttarakhand

Out of Delhi (300km) “Life is old there, older than the treesYounger than the mountains, blowing like a breezeCountry roads, take me home…To the place I belong” When John Denver wrote this Grammy-winning song, little did he know that his words would resonate so strongly with a tiny hamlet deep in the woods of Uttarakhand! At The Hermitage, Kanatal, you wake up to the sun seeping through the forests and through the large, French windows, to a cup of tea waiting on a spacious verandah, bordered with pretty flowers, and prettier plants... To the soundof birds chirping and monkeys gliding from one tree to another… To days where you have absolutely nothing to do except an easy hike to the nearby temple after fueling up with aloo-pyaaz parathas and a glass of chilled…

2 min.
the beckoning cat

LONG BEFORE ANYBODY IN JAPAN had the idea to start a cat café, businesses across the land knew to put up feline statues in order to prosper. With right or left forepaw raised, the maneki-neko (‘beckoning cat’) brings in the punters for slices of sashimi, bottles of saké and boxes of electronic goods. The cat has caught on in Chinese restaurants too. Maneki-neko figurines seem to have developed late in Japan’s Edo period (1603–1868). They were definitely around by 1852, when the renowned woodblock artist Hiroshige produced a print showing them on sale at a stall in a busy market. Originally made out of ceramic, wood or papier-mâché, maneki-neko today are often plastic, with battery- or solar-powered arms. Legends about their origin are rife. At the simpler end is the story of…

2 min.
talking travel

December 1, 2018 marked the first-ever edition of the Lonely Planet Travel Talks. Held at Tappa: Progressive Indian Kitchen & Cocktail Bar, at Kamala Mills in Mumbai’s Lower Parel area, the morning event saw a full house of enthusiastic travellers and influencers, all ready to share their own travel wisdom. The panellists included MasterChef Shipra Khanna and Mr Ashutosh Mehere, COO – Alliances, Cox & Kings, in conversation with Ms Primrose Monteiro-D’Souza, editor of Lonely Planet Magazine India. It was a free-ranging masterclass about the destinations in the Lonely Planet Best In Travel 2019 list, focusing on Sri Lanka and Copenhagen, and about food and travel in today’s world of experiential journeys. Primrose, Chef Shipra and Ashutosh shared their tips and tricks on travel with over 60 travel enthusiasts, who participated…