NGT Rewind: Australian Road Trips, Colombian Coffee & Edible Bengali Jewels

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from July 11-17. | By NGT Staff  
Twelve Apostles Australia
The limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles rise along Australia’s dramatic southern coast. Photo: Robert o Seba /Visions of Victoria

What’s New

DEAL ALERT: Vistara and GoAir have announced new connections from Delhi and Mumbai to Port Blair, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Flights begin October 1, from as low as ₹5,500, just in time for the Diwali break.

Travel Reads

NOT WITHOUT MY THEPLAS: Making a (hilarious) case for one of India’s most vilified yet versatile travel foods: the thepla.

EYE IN THE SKY: The winning shots of the International Drone Photography Contest 2016 are spectacular. See Italian basilicas floating on a bed of clouds and soaring pinewood forests here.

BOOK EXTRACT: Valmik Thapar’s “Winged Fire” is not a typical book about birds. Its accounts span centuries, including anecdotes of using trained falcons to hunt birds during Akbar’s time and Ruskin Bond’s description of a noisy barbet.

Trip Ideas

BEYOND BIRDS: Bharatpur is most popularly known as the base to visit the nearby Keoladeo Ghana National Park. But the Rajasthani town has a lot more to offer travellers. Begin at the fort famed as one of the strongest in the subcontinent.

INTO THE ZULU KINGDOM: The South African city of Durban is a sensory overload. There are art deco buildings, game reserves teeming with lions and zebras, beaches full of surfers and hipster neighbourhoods just waiting to be explored. Use our tried-and-tested guide to make the most of your visit.

COFFEE IN COLOMBIA: Drinking a good cup of coffee is just the beginning of a trip to the Colombian town of Minca. There are hiking trails, and hundreds of bird and butterfly species to encounter.

100 DAYS IN HIMALAYAS: Between February and December 2016, Bollywood composer Shantanu Moitra and wildlife photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee will make a series of trips in the Himalayas with top for their Project #100DaysInHimalayas. As they cross the half-point of their journey, they share some unforgettable lessons along with the best of their photos.

SWEET DREAMS: In Bayonne, the French capital of chocolate, cocoa is a way of life. Sweet discoveries await in the city that introduced chocolate to Europe.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE: There’s change brewing in Beaujolais. Unlike the rest of France, the region’s wine producers are making small-scale wines from chemical-free grapes. Warm up to the region and its cheery inhabitants here.

GEOLOGICAL DISNEYLAND: Lebanon’s Jeita Grotto, a massive subterranean cave system, is one of the oldest such caves in the world, with some formations dating back to the Stone Age. While the cave is open to the public, certain sections are accessible only by a select few. Here’s what you haven’t seen.

DEEP-FRIED JEWELS: On a quest in the Bengal countryside for the dying art of creating gayna bori, lentil cakes made to resemble a bride’s ornaments.


BOOMERANG ROAD: Encounter cuddly koalas and soaring limestone cliffs as you drive down Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Watch out for roadblocks in the form of kangaroos.

KNOW YOUR WAFFLE: In Belgium, there’s a waffle for every mood. Our guide will ensure you can discern between the Liège and the Brussels.

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