NGT Rewind: Nepal Trip Ideas, Wildlife Getaways & Notes from Kashmir

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from August 15-21. | By NGT Staff  
Chitwan Nepal
Meals can be served in many outdoor locations at the Meghauli Serai. Photo: Taj Safaris-Meghauli Serai

Trip Ideas

SAFARI IN NEPAL: Nepal’s thriving jungles are often sidelined by its high mountains. For a glimpse of its wild side, check into the Meghauli Serai at Chitwan National Park where guests spend their days spotting rhinos and crocs on boat safaris and walks with naturalists. More here.

GUJARAT CALLING: Vadodara, Gujarat’s cultural capital, is loaded with art and heritage. Visit medieval bazaars and museums, tuck into thalis piled with farsan, and shop for hand-printed textiles in the city. More here.

RIO RHYTHMS: The seaside Brazilian city, now kicking with Olympic fever, stays lively year-round. A local returns to her roots in Rio de Janeiro, and writes about what the city is really like. More here.

IT’S NORTHERN LIGHTS TIME: The season for the Northern Lights begins in Iceland this October, and lasts until March. Here’s how and where to catch the phenomenon. More here.

HIDDEN GEMS: For Independence Day, we shared some of India’s (and our) better kept secrets. Our list includes submerged chapels, secret islands, and subterranean caves. More here.

FLOORED BY FOREST: Why Kerala’s Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of India’s most successful community conservation projects, and how to experience its many moods. More here.

CITY TOUR: Planning a visit to Kerala? Consider a weekend in Trivandrum, the state’s capital, for gorgeous temples, museums, and riveting kathakali performances. More here.

BEER AFFAIRS: Oktoberfest begins Sept 17 in Munich, Germany, and like any festival, it’s got a set of rules and etiquette, including Best Drinking Practices. More here.

Travel Reads

SEEKING KASHMIRIYAT: Holiday inspirations can come from anywhere: a story, a movie, even poetry can spark a trip idea. This traveller took a month-long trip to Srinagar, inspired by the words of Lal Ded, a Kashmiri female mystic and poet from the 14th century. Through long boat rides and conversations with residents, he attempts to find the essence of Kashmiriyat. More here.

THE LAND OF SACRED FIRES: For Parsi New Year, we shared our Editor Niloufer Venkatraman’s story about her trip to Azerbaijan. Each time, she encounters various elements—wind, earth, fire, and water—she finds herself contemplating aspects of her Zoroastrian roots. More here.

TREE HUGS: Ever notice the space between the foliage of trees? There’s a term, and a reason for it. More here.

THE WARMER SIDE: Singapore’s perfectly airbrushed skin can be hard to get under. This traveller finds that local literature is the best way to do it. More here.

PHOTO STORY: Earth’s climate today is changing so dramatically that it’s transforming land and sea, affecting all forms of life. As the world warms, which animals may suffer and which may thrive? More here.

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