IN­DIA

WHY IT’S HOT: NEW FLIGHTS AND OLD ICONS COM­BINE.

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Wonderlust Travel Hot List 2019 -

We say: In­dian visas may still cost a for­tune, but change is afoot as the first low-cost UK flights land in New Delhi (via Reyk­javik) this De­cem­ber. The catch for UK trav­ellers is an ex­tended flight time – dou­ble that of most di­rect routes – but an Ice­land stopover is hardly a bad trade-off.

The new flights ar­rive in time to mark 150 years since the birth of Ma­hatma Gandhi, the man who led In­dia to in­de­pen­dence. Pay a visit to Gandhi Sm­riti, the Delhi house where he was as­sas­si­nated in 1948, and wan­der his old quar­ters, pre­served just as they were at the time of his death. Mean­while, the Na­tional Gandhi Mu­seum of­fers the chance to ex­plore his legacy, and that of his satya­graha phi­los­o­phy of non-vi­o­lent re­sis­tance, through some of the ob­jects – shawl, watch, even one of the bul­lets that struck him – that de­fined his life.

But Gu­jarat is where Gandhi is best re­mem­bered. In Ahmedabad you can even live as he did, with a mind­ful stay at the Kochrab Ashram that Gandhi built in 1915 (live­gand­hi­forawhile.com), or just wan­der the fa­mous river­side Sabar­mati Ashram that was his long-time home. Fin­ish in his birth city of Por­ban­dar, where a shrine to his life (Kirti Mandir) was built next door to his an­ces­tral res­i­dence upon his fi­nal re­lease from prison in 1944. A fas­ci­nat­ing look at a cru­cial pe­riod of In­dia’s past. Don’t miss: Pay a visit to the Gir For­est Na­tional Park to glimpse Gu­jarat’s other icon, the Asi­atic lion. The west In­dian state is the last re­main­ing refuge of the en­dan­gered beasts, of which only a few hun­dred are left.

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