Discover India


- Aindrila Mitra

Other than being home to the wettest place in the world, Mawsynram in the northeaste­rn state of Meghalaya (p.84), India, is home to some of the most exotic locales that are at their romantic best in the rains. Looking for a unique destinatio­n to enjoy some quiet time, to feel one with nature, or better still, to pop the big question amidst the serenity of monsoon? This issue’s cover story on India’s ‘Top 10 Romantic Getaways’ (p.70) is everything you need to plan the perfect itinerary.

If you’re travelling to India for the first time, Jaipur is probably etched into your programme. When in this historic Rajasthan city, you must visit the beacon of royal splendour that is the City Palace— located in the heart of the city, and home to the Jaipur royalty. An exclusive interview with Jaipur Royal Family’s Princess Diya Kumari (p.36), who is putting India on the global map with her work for underprivi­leged women through her NGO, Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, is our star feature in this issue. Also, choose from a handpicked list of top 10 hotels for an indulgent stay in Jaipur (p.39).

If you want to explore the lesser-known side of India, a trip to the Northeast is mandatory. Whether it’s discoverin­g Nagaland (p.54) or Arunachal Pradesh (p.104), we have it covered with all the informatio­n you need to sketch out a bespoke itinerary. The comprehens­ive city guides (p.20) on Mumbai (home of Bollywood and the financial capital of India) and Kochi (in God’s own country, Kerala) give you an insider’s take on the best and must-have experience­s.

So, what are you waiting for? Let India’s treasure trove mesmerise you this season!

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