Making New Traditions: Where to Holiday this Diwali
For many, Diwali is all about the festivities—sweet treats, family gatherings and colourful rangolis. For others, it’s a long weekend waiting for a vacation. If you fall in the latter category, we’ve got you covered. Here are quick escapes to different corners of India, for food, culture, cities, and even for a luxurious stay.
For the Love of Food
“Visiting Pondicherry is like taking a bite out of the tastiest parts of Europe—spiced up to match Asian sensibilities, it’s a veritable paradise for lovers of Euro-Med-Asian fusion,” writes Zac O’Yeah in his guide to food in the hip South Indian town. Also in the story: the best dive bars Pondicherry has to offer.
Gorge here: http://www.natgeotraveller.in/on-pondicherrys-platter/
For a Luxury Stay
In Haryana’s hinterlands, Humaira Ansari finds herself at Noor Mahal, a luxury palace stay in Karnal. Her first impression? “Airlifted from Rajasthan, airdropped in Haryana, with a layover at a Mughal hotspot.” A must-try is the tuni khatta meat at the Frontier Mail restaurant.
Read more: http://www.natgeotraveller.in/luxury-stay-haryanas-stately-palace-on-fields/
For City Stories
Allahabad, or Prayagraj as it is now called, has a storied heritage. “From being a historical hub of seminal Indian writers to being one of the four pilgrimage sites where the massive Kumbh Mela is held, Allahabad is a hotbed of tradition and excitement, waiting to entertain travellers with all it has to offer,” pens Kalpana Sunder, as she lays out a 48-hour guide to the city.
Plan here: http://www.natgeotraveller.in/48-hours-in-allahabad/
For the Culture Geek
Benaras is steeped in classical music traditions, and caters to both—the aficionados familiar with every alap and newbies looking to hear their first raga. Chandni Doulatramani finds herself in four cozy cafés where the music is welcoming (and not daunting), and the food, good.
Sing-along here: http://www.natgeotraveller.in/singing-along-to-benarass-classical-music-traditions/
For Immersive Travel
Madhya Pradesh is home to jungles and UNESCO sites, finger-licking street food and ancient art, and one way to explore the region is by visiting the Satpura range, or the Gateway to the Deccan. Follow Ambika Vishwanath and Hoshner Reporter’s trail to find mystic monuments in Mandu, spiritual haunts and mawa jalebis in Burhanpur, and secret stories in ghats by the Narmada in Maheshwar.
Explore more: http://www.natgeotraveller.in/exploring-the-gateway-to-the-deccan/
For Those Who Want it All
Unravel Manipur, whose unassuming exterior hides a state of “mystery, age-old traditions, pristine natural beauty and eclectic food,” finds Shivani Kagti. From a floating homestay atop the pristine Loktak Lake and sangai-spotting at the world’s only floating national park, to art which tells a story at RKCS gallery, there’s something for everyone in this northeastern state.
Bookmark this: http://www.natgeotraveller.in/make-time-for-manipur/