NGT Rewind: Insider’s Guide to Reykjavik, Dancing Holidays, and Egypt Itineraries

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from September 12-18. | By NGT Staff  
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, you’re never too far from a tango performance. Photo: Eyeswideopen/Contributor/Getty Images News/Getty Images

What’s New

RESTAURANT WEEK Restaurant Week India officially kicked off on September 16, with over 100 great restaurants offering set menus at lower prices across Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Bengaluru, and Chennai. The multi-course meals range between ₹750 and ₹1,300. Until Sun Sept 25. More here.

STAR TREK Earlier this week, the European Space Agency released a 3D map of over one billion stars in the Milky Way, photographed over a thousand days. More here.

PHOTO STORY Unusual travel photos from Myanmar, Peru, and France. More here.

Trip Ideas

DESERT SOUNDS Start planning for the RIFF folk music festival that takes place every year at Jodhpur’s iconic Mehrangarh Fort. The five-day festival begins on October 13. More here.

DAMSELS OF THE SKY Right now, flocks of dainty demoiselle cranes are flying from China and Mongolia, over the Himalayas, and to the Rajasthani village of Khichan for their winter migration. More on where you can spot these graceful birds here.

MOUNTAIN HIGHS IN KUMAON The hilltop village of Kasar Devi may be tiny but its impact is huge: Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, and Jawaharlal Nehru frequently vacationed here. More here.

DANCE HOLIDAYS Forget about having two left feet, these learning holidays around the world are all about having fun. Pick up the tango in Argentina and shimmy with belly dancers in Istanbul. More here.

ALONG THE NILE A journey through Egypt’s architectural and historical wonders in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel gives one writer a glimpse of the African country’s riches. More here.

CLASSIC DRIVE The historic Route 66, which winds its way across the breadth of the United States of America, turns 90 this November. More on why the route is still the best way to see the country here.

Travel Reads

DANCING TO FORGOTTEN TUNES In Khajuraho, a traveller uses classical dance to decode the temple’s intricate sculptures. More here.

BREATH OF FRESH AIR Editor-In-Chief Niloufer Venkatraman on the importance of exploring the outdoors to replenish our lungs and souls.

FLOATING ISLANDS Over 500 years ago, Peru’s Uru tribe left terra firma to avoid persecution, and made their homes on the waters of Lake Titicaca. More here.

EATS, SHUCKS, AND LEAVES Quaffing oysters on Canada’s Prince Edward Island helps a traveller create connect with the land and its produce. More here.

A TALE OF TWO REYKJAVIKS A local shares his guide to the edgy Icelandic capital: the one its residents love, and the one they love less. More here.

SWAY WITH ME From reading grand tales of ballroom dancing in college to signing up for waltz classes in Vienna. More here.

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