NGT Rewind: Gandhi’s London, Bengaluru’s Offal Secrets, and Rajasthan Getaways

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from September 26-October 2. | By NGT Staff  
Among India’s best-preserved forts, Mehrangarh, in Rajasthan, has a museum with a priceless collection of miniature Mughal paintings. Photo: Aaron Su/Flickr/Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa)
Among India’s best-preserved forts, Mehrangarh, in Rajasthan, has a museum with a priceless collection of miniature Mughal paintings. Photo: Aaron Su/Flickr/Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

What’s New

MOVIES IN THE MOUNTAINS: Watch award-winning films with Dharamsala’s gentle mountain community during the Dharamshala International Film Festival, between 3-6 Nov 2016. Coupled with steaming momos and craft fairs, it is the perfect getaway. More here.

RED ALERT: A recent study has revealed that the last decade has seen the worst decline in numbers of African elephants, since the last 25 years. More here.

THE PIANO PROJECT: A few days ago, 60 pianos popped up around the U.S. city of Boston, with a simple invitation painted on: “Play Me, I’m Yours.” Decorated in funky ways by local artists, they are part of project Street Pianos, meant to encourage city folk to make some music and have fun with their environment. More here.

MANALI THRILLS: For an international skier, “curry powder” isn’t found in the Indian kitchen but on Himalayan slopes. It’s slang for the fine quality of dry, crisp, soft, freshly fallen snow that brings top skiers and snowboarders to practise on Kashmir’s slopes. The region’s sporting culture is not well known among Indians but Manali-born filmmaker Rohan Thakur hopes to change that with his new 30-minute documentary, Curry Pow. Watch it here.

Trip Ideas

QUICKIE GUIDE TO DEHRADUN: Dehradun still has its charms. Explore the town the way the locals see it, away from the tourists, with our guide. More here.

RAJASTHAN GETAWAYS: There’s more to Bikaner than its famous bhujia, and more to Rajasthan than heritage havelis. Explore with our guide. More here.

SAKLESHPUR GUIDE: Located between Coorg and Chikmaglur, Sakleshpur offers a year-round escape to city-weary souls in Bengaluru and Mangalore. Its slopes are filled with Arabica coffee plantations, gorgeous waterfalls, and trekking routes to suit all abilities. More here.

COLOMBIA CALLING: The tiny Colombian town of Minca should be on every coffee-lover’s travel list. Here’s why.

GANDHI’S LONDON: On Gandhi Jayanti, retrace Bapu’s footsteps in historic London, a city he was incredibly fond of. More here.

Travel Reads

FOR THE LOVE OF OFFAL: Bengaluru’s Shivajinagar neighbourhood has a treasured speciality: offal dishes. One writer discovers the area’s “spare-parts items” and comes away with lessons in taste, and what not to waste. More here.

THE NEED FOR A GAP YEAR: According to Editor-In-Chief Niloufer Venkatraman, gap years should be compulsory for all students and most adults too. More here.

THE ROAR OF TRÜMMELBACH: Switzerland’s Lauterbrunnen Valley is home to 72 waterfalls, but the undoubted star is the Trümmelbach Falls, Europe’s largest subterranean waterfall. Ten cascades transport a staggering 20,000 litres of water every second. More here.

DARK TOURISM: Cambodia’s bloody past unravels on a journey through the country’s gruesome killing fields and haunting museums. More here.

BIKING WITH DAD: Actor Kalki Koechlin and her father went on a nostalgia-and-adventure filled 4,000km bike trip throughNortheast India. More here.

POSTMARKED BULGARIA: A childhood stamp collection sparks a journey halfway around the world to a monastery in Bulgaria. More here.

SUPERSTRUCTURE: Copenhagen’s Blue Planet aquarium is a sight to behold, as much for its sparkling design as for its fascinating marine inhabitants. More here.

VIDEO: One of the largest hot-air balloon festivals in the world, the Alburquerque International Balloon Fiesta kicked off in New Mexico, U.S.A., this weekend. Thousands of colourful balloons in wacky shapes now dot the clear blue desert sky. More on what to expect here.

TRAVEL HACKS: Travelling as a vegetarian can be tough, but our nifty tips and ideas will ensure you never have to settle for plain old bread and cheese on the road. More here.

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