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Lonely Planet Magazine India

Lonely Planet Magazine India May 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 lonely planet magazine india promise

Lonely Planet Magazine India provides trusted, independent travel advice and information that has been gathered without fear or favour. We aim to provide you with options that cover a range of budgets and we reveal the positive and negative of all locations we visit. Because we believe it is important that our journalists experience first-hand what they’re writing about and because you require comprehensive information from every corner of the world, at times it may be necessary for us to seek assistance from travel providers such as tourist boards, airlines, hotels, national parks, etc. However, when receiving such assistance, we ensure our editorial integrity and independence are not compromised through the following measures: by publishing information on all appropriate travel suppliers and not just those who provided us with assistance by never promising…

1 min.
you have great taste!

It’s that time of year again, when you, our readers, show different destinations your love – you pick the countries that promise and deliver the coolest experiences. This year is no different – the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2019 celebrate your chosen destinations, and what a wonderful variety there is to them! A big thank you to our travel experts who helped us shortlist the destinations in each category, and our heartiest congratulations to the winners! Our theme for the awards this year is maps – and discovery. Enjoy the vibrancy and colour of our cover and special awards section (some creative liberties might have been taken, just saying); may discovery be your muse for travels this year. There’s more to this issue, of course – we invite…

3 min.
beat the heat!

Out of KOLKATA (670km) Walk through the woods in Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Sikkim The first sight that greets you when you wake up in Sikkim’s Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is Mount Kanchendzonga, rising up through the clouds as the sun’s first rays light up its sides. In the sanctuary, you’ll have nothing but the birds, bees, fantastic views, and a whole lot of flowers for company. Through April to June, the flowers that give the sanctuary its name begin to bloom, and the green of the mountainsides is broken by bursts of deep pinks, reds and whites. The flowers attract an assortment of birds, including tragopans, larks and finches. Spend your days trekking through the woods; while clouded leopards and red pandas do live in the sanctuary, it’s unlikely that you’ll come across…

3 min.
unwind in nature in bhandardara, maharashtra

Out of Mumbai (185km) Acres of paddy fields, gushing waterfalls, vast lakes and misty mountains: in many ways, Bhandardara is the quintessential weekend escape from Mumbai when the city temperatures (and the humidity levels) peak. Located 185km away by road, the rustic little hamlet is crouched in the embrace of the Sahyadris in Western Maharashtra and is just right for city slickers looking to spend a weekend in the lap of nature. Being privy to the Sahyadris’ majestic Kalsubai, Ghanchakkar and Ajoba mountain ranges, Bhandardara is a good base for many scenic treks. Most popular among them is the one to the 400-year-old Ratangad Fort in the Ajoba mountains. Start at the base village, Ratanwadi, a 20-minute drive from Bhandardara. The trail will take you through manicured fields and past mossy embankments…

3 min.
live like royalty in jaipur, rajasthan

Out of Delhi (300km) Driving around in royal Jaipur is likely to leave you with a sense of longing for luxury and extravagance, and, as you see the Jal Mahal rest peacefully on the waters of Lake Man Sagar, you will wish you could live in a palace of your own. Make that happen by checking into the Trident, Jaipur. Set in the heart of the Pink City, the Trident nestles against the backdrop of the Aravalli Hills, which makes for a lovely view as you plunge into the hotel’s azure-blue pool (which provides much-needed respite from the unforgiving Jaipur heat). Or, you could just relax in your room – 34 of the tastefully-decorated rooms offer a view of the stunning Jal Mahal. Rest just a while, because, with the city…

3 min.
born in the usa

FOUND HOTEL Chicago The flagship of a new chain, FOUND Chicago transforms the Olympia, a former apartment block with a cast-iron exterior, into shared and private rooms aimed at millennials. Understated bedrooms feature textured white linens and dark-wood bunk beds, but it’s the communal spaces that really stand out. Follow the clock, from morning pastries and espresso at the coffee bar to lunch or dinner at stately Mason restaurant, which serves up classic Chicago dishes like Rockefeller oysters. Best of all is the hotel’s Asian-inspired lounge, Blind Dragon, which has a speakeasy-style bar and private karaoke suites. The hotel sits squarely among River North’s boutique shops, cafés and galleries. www.foundhotels.com; from ₹2,000 for a dorm bed, ₹7,800 for a private room The district around FOUND Chicago River North has the highest concentration of…