NGT Rewind: Learning Holidays, Walking Sculptures, and Where to Go in January

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from Jan 2-8. | By NGT Staff  
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ARE THOSE SCULPTURES WALKING? You’re probably used to seeing rubber duckies and floats shaped like whales when you visit the beach. But what about sculptures that walk along the sand just like the rest of us? More here.

Trip Ideas

2017 LONG WEEKENDS CALENDAR Unlike last year, 2017 has plenty of long weekends. Let’s make them count! There’s a potential long-weekend later this month. More here.

WHERE TO GO IN JANUARY Begin the New Year the right way: With a trip! Listen to Baul singers in West Bengal, shop in Bhuj, or visit the Republic Day parade in Delhi. January also brings the potential first long weekend of the new year! More here.

GET HIGH AS A KITE IN GUJARAT Every Makar Sankrati, Ahmedabad turns into a giant playground for adults with kites of all shapes and sizes taking to the sky. Some of them, though, are pretty radical. More here.

TAKE NOTES IN UDAIPUR Udaipur comes alive during the annual World Music Festival (Feb 10-12). Spend cool winter evenings, soaking in Afro-Cuban rhythms and Indian fusion bands along the banks of the shimmering Fateh Sagar Paal Lake. More here.

SOAK IN SNOWY VIEWS IN BINSAR Looking for a quiet weekend? Time flows like honey at the Grand Oak Manor, situated in the heart of Uttarakhand’s Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s a space to wind down, take in lungfuls of clear mountain air, and marvel at the glory of nature. More here.

CATCH BAUL SINGERS IN WEST BENGAL Around Makar Sankranti (Jan 14), Bengal’s wandering Baul singers will converge for the annual Joydeb Mela in Kenduli. The village is transformed into a riotous carnival of song, dance, and local handicrafts. More here.

DRINK UP AT NASHIK’S SULAFEST SulaFest (Feb 3-5) has everything a good party needs: great music, buzzing crowds, and copious amounts of wine. Plus, its outdoors. More here.

LEARNING HOLIDAYS IN INDIA Learn something new every holiday: There are pottery classes in the Himalayas, surfing lessons in Kerala, and cheesemaking in Tamil Nadu. More here.

ROAD TRIPPING THROUGH SOUTH INDIA Misty valleys, winding roads, and piping hot cups of filter coffee to beat the winter chill—The weather’s perfect for a road trip. Start planning!

5 RETRO HOLIDAY IDEAS This year, turn back the clock and relive the good old days when you could drive around in campervans exploring the countryside. More old-school trip ideas for 2017 here.

Travel Reads

SEARCHING FOR SHERLOCK IN ENGLAND All hopped up on the new season of Sherlock? Go on a quest for the sleuth through England and visit sites that inspired author Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless detective capers. More here. 

M FOR MUZUNGU A charming look at life in chaotic Uganda, where the colours are bright and the smiles are brighter. A traveller returns with beautiful illustrations of vibrant wildlife (giraffes by the road!) and fascinating food (roasted plankton!) that has us itching to book our tickets right away.  More here. 

DISCOVERING SEOUL’S GANGNAM WAY OF LIFE Remember that song K-pop superstar Psy sang about? More on what the glitzy South Korean neighbourhood of Gangnam is really like here.

PROJECT #100DAYSINHIMALAYAS VISITS NEPAL Since February last year, wildlife photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee and music composer Shantanu Moitra have been making a series of trips to the Himalayas as part of their #100DaysInHimalayas project. Their first dispatch of 2017 comes from Nepal, where they meet dreamy singers. More here.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND OUR WANDERLUST Ever wake up with an urgent need to travel? It could be in your DNA. More here.

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