NGT Rewind: Music Festival Guide, Russia’s Anti-Cafes and the World’s Cleanest Air

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from August 22-28. | By NGT Staff  
Musicb Concert India
Most music festivals lend their stages to a great mix of established and upcoming bands. Photo: Shiv Ahuja

Trip Ideas

GIG ALERT: Music festival season in India kicks off in September, starting with the Ziro Festival of Music in lush hills of Arunachal Pradesh. Here’s a line-up of the country’s finest fests, from indie music celebrations like NH7 in Pune, to the Rajasthan
International Folk Festival in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

JOURNEYS OF A LIFETIME: From ocean adventures to volcano treks, adrenaline-pumping ways to raft, hike, and climb your way into the Earth’s beating heart.

WILDLIFE GETAWAY: Vanaashrya, a luxury camp on the fringes of Rajasthan’s Sariska National Park, offers plush accommodation, quietude, and a forest full of birds.

SHILLONG CALLING: Monoliths dating back to 1500 A.D., fiery bowls of aloo muri and bracing walks along lush, pine-scented trails are just some of the reasons why the capital of Meghalaya should be the next hill station you visit.

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE: In St. Petersburg’s “anti-cafés”, patrons pay for the amount of time they spend, not what they order.

Go GREEN: For your next holiday, choose from one of these 22 eco-sensitive resorts across India that blend sustainability and comfort.

Travel Reads

TIME AFTER TIME: The past is a foreign country, wrote British novelist L. P. Hartley. But sometimes, a foreign country also contains the past.

MATTER OF TASTE: Pondering potato chips, karela, and other matters of taste at the fascinating Alimentarium food museum in Switzerland.

IN PHOTOS: India’s biodiversity is breathtaking—and wildlife photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee cannot get enough of it. His new book turns the lens on the country’s one-of-a-kind landscapes and creatures, from India’s smallest species of mammal, about the size of a human thumb, to the bizarre red lion fish found in the Andaman Sea.

REEL-LIFE ROYALTY: At Jaipur’s Raj Mandir theatre, air-conditioning ducts release a floral scent during every screening, so guests feel like royalty. The quirky vintage theatre might also be inspired by a giant meringue. More here.

The WORLD’S CLEANEST AIR: How a bottle of overpriced mineral water in Chicago spurs a journey to Tasmania, in search of the world’s cleanest air.

TRAVEL HACKS: Vegetarians can have it tough while travelling, but our easy hacks for finding veggie meals anywhere are guaranteed to make your trips more flavourful.

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