Travel & Outdoor
Lonely Planet Magazine India

Lonely Planet Magazine India April 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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in this issue

1 min.
the outdoors is for everyone…

Primrose Monteiro-D’Souza, Editor Follow me on Twitter @PrimroseDSouza & Instagram @primrosedsouza Not just the fit and fast, who seem to cover its expanses in long strides, pay homage to its heights with grappling hooks and belay lines, or sink into its depths with oxygen cylinders and flippers. Mother Nature also lays out her treasures for those who stand and stare, who appreciate the fruits of foraging a picnic in a wild meadow, who sail her waterways. As long as we learn to leave no trace, as long as we pick up after ourselves and don’t crush the coral, there are so many ways we can immerse ourselves in the wonders of the great outdoors. In a smorgasbord of outdoorsy pursuits this issue, our features range from an easy exploration of the canals…

4 min.
ditch the big-city life (for a bit)

Out of KOCHI (103km) Enjoy the bucolic pleasures of Vagamon, Kerala Idyllic, unassuming and teeming with deep-fried snacks, Vagamon, located on the Idukki-Kottayam border of Kerala’s Western Ghats, is what vacations were like in the 1990s. There’s a standard bouquet of sights to see, and the chance to chomp on too many too-sweet banana fritters. It’s the perfect place to just be. If you do decide to hit the tourist spots, start at the Vagamon Orchidarium and Floriculture Project. A picturesque undertaking by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation, the nearly 40-acre property, full of meadows and hills, is perfect for a little picnic. Head next to the popular cliff-top pine forest that leans into a yawning gorge – enjoy the views for a while before heading out to see the Palozhugumpara waterfall,…

3 min.
explore the ghats and beyond in varanasi, uttar pradesh

Out of Delhi (825km) It’s hard to not conjure up images of Dashashwamedh Ghat when you think of Varanasi – thronged by devotees, the air filled with incense and the sound of prayers. The Ganga aarti is a phenomenon like no other but, unless your faith is deeply rooted and you have no fear of massive crowds, finding a spot to witness this one-of-a-kind act of faith is close to impossible. There is one way to witness an aarti that is almost as impressive in its glory, but it comes at a price – waking up really early to make it in time for the 5am aarti at Assi Ghat. While all the fanfare remains the same, there’s barely any crowd to brave, so you’re sure to absorb the act of devotion…

3 min.
discover cross-country culture in and around moreh, manipur

Out of Kolkata (1,615km) Tucked away in Manipur’s remote Tengunoupal district is the sleepy little town of Moreh. A scenic three-hour drive away from capital city Imphal, it’s widely considered India’s gateway to Southeast Asia. Located on the India-Myanmar border, the little town is a living testimony to a rich, cross-cultural heritage between the two countries, which lends the town a unique energy that you’ll be able to feel as soon as you step out of your car. At first, the chaos and energy of the town might feel a bit unnerving, but you’ll get used to it soon enough. It is, after all, just what one should expect in Moreh. As you navigate its tiny lanes and bylanes, you’ll be surprised at the diversity and multiplicity – you’ll spot people from…

1 min.
the vespa

TODAY IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO IMAGINE Italian cities without their legions of scooters propped up against ochre-painted walls, or bumping across cobbled piazzas with young couples on the seat. But, though the world’s first motorised two-wheeler had been built back in 1884, by the 1940s, the motorbike market had hardly spread beyond riders who didn’t mind wearing heavy-duty leathers. Enter Piaggio. The 1884-founded company was looking to diversify from military vehicles into low-cost motor-scooters to appeal to a country rebuilding after World War II. The first prototype, the MP5, did not impress the boss – the blocky design was nicknamed ‘Paperino’, the Italian for Donald Duck. The challenge was taken up by Corradino d’Ascanio, an engineer who’d been trained in aeronautics and disliked motorbikes. His prototype became the Vespa 98. It went on…

1 min.
take a vespa for a spin

Vespa’s hometown is Pontedera, half an hour east of Pisa on the highway to Florence. The Museo Piaggio tells the scooter’s story, and its 250 pieces include several rare models (www.museopiaggio.it; entry free). You can find Vespa rentals and tours all across Italy. Staying in Tuscany, you can take a day’s ride along country roads through olive groves and vineyards (www.tuscanyby vespa.com; Vespa option from ₹12,000), while those after some dolce vita in Rome can tour film locations (www.bicibaci.com; from ₹10,000).…