NGT Rewind: India’s Best Hostels, Chettinad Food Trails & Foraging in Nagaland

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from July 4-10. | By NGT Staff  
Old Quarter, Goa
Old Quarter is easily spotted on walks through Fontainhas, thanks to its brightly tiled exterior. Even if you’re only passing by, drop in at the cafe for a quick pick-me-up. Photo: Jolly Schawrz/courtesy The Hostel Crowd

Taste of Travel

Our delicious July issue digs deep into food and drink cultures around the world, from the French-Tamil cuisine of Pondicherry to tequila towns in Mexico, and the izayakas of Japan.

FOREST TO TABLE: A trip to Nagaland’s remote villages reveals a world where life, labour and land align in a cuisine that encompasses meat, insects, pulses and wild greens.

TABLE FOR TWO: In Pondicherry, food helps Nat Geo’s Fabiola Monteiro and her dad come to terms with being rained-in on holiday. (Plus, the ultimate food guide to eating in the French-Tamil town).

BEYOND SUSHI: Set afloat by Pico Iyer’s descriptions of Japan many years ago, a writer finds her own bond with the country in izakayas and markets across Tokyo and Kyoto.

GUTS AND GLORY: There are two reasons people visit the Tamil town of Madurai: The goddess Meenakshi and mutton. Web Editor Neha Sumitran tackles the meat on a food adventure through the Chettinad region, discovering the truth behind its spirited cuisine.

Travel Reads

CATCH ‘EM YOUNG: Children absorb a variety of lessons when they travel and it’s never too early to start showing them the world, writes Editor-In-Chief Niloufer Venkatraman.

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. In this week’s dispatch, the duo navigates treacherous roads in Himachal Pradesh.

BOOKSHELF ADDITIONS: New travel books that transport you from the clear waters of Polynesia to the streets of Paris.

AWARD-WINNING TRAVEL PHOTOS: The winners of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 offer breathtaking glimpses into cultures around the world, from the freezing plains of Mongolia to the concrete jungles of New York City.

LURE OF THE OPEN ROAD: Rishad Saam Mehta’s new book, Fast Cars & Fidgety Feet, documents a road trip junkie’s driving holidays around the world. Read an excerpt of his time in Bavaria here.

Trip Ideas

LIT FEST ALERT: Bhutan’s spectacular Mountain Echoes lit fest takes place from 25-28 August 2016. Sign up for mountain views, and to listen to Pico Iyer and Amitav Ghosh.

FOREST BATHING: In Japan, spending time among trees is considered deeply rejuvenating. Read about shirin-yoku or forest bathing.

CONSERVATION STARTERS: The next time you’re planning a forest holiday, try one of these eco-resorts in the country: They’re all set in privately owned reserves set up by the owners themselves.


H FOR HOSTEL: Cheery stays with quirky decor, cosy rooms, and free W-Fi. We’ve rounded up India’s best new hostels.

TREKKING MUST-HAVES: The monsoon is great for hiking. But before you get your boots muddy, make sure to read our checklist of essential hiking gear that will keep you safe and dry.

CAFFEINE KICK: There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee to start the day right. Around the world, from Addis Ababa to Stockholm, cultures have developed their own ways to enjoy a cuppa joe. Here are some of the most interesting ones.

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