NGT Rewind: Prague’s Bitcoin Cafe, Goa’s Best Stays and Holidays for Book Lovers

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from September 5-11. | By NGT Staff  
Fort Tiracol, Goa, has seven rooms, and a terrace restaurant with views that mesmerise, by day and night. Photo courtesy Fort Tiracol
Fort Tiracol, Goa, has seven rooms, and a terrace restaurant with views that mesmerise, by day and night. Photo courtesy Fort Tiracol

What’s New

GO NOW: The Naropa Festival, also known as the Kumbh of the Himalayas, is all set to take over Ladakh’s famous Hemis Monastery starting September 13. Over a million attendees are expected at the sacred celebrations, which take place every 12 years. More here.

BREWING REVOLUTION: There’s more to Prague than wizardly neighbourhoods. Case in point: its bitcoin cafe. More here.

HEAD’S UP: The Belgian city of Bruges is giving beer lovers much to hop about. This weekend, the city will inaugurate the world’s first beer pipeline. More here.

THE BOOK HUNTERS: Move over, Pokémon Go, there’s a new game in town. Belgians are searching their cities and towns for abandoned books, as part of the online game Chasseurs de Livres. More here.

GRIN AND BEAR IT: How a tragedy in the Filipino sugar capital of Bacolod came to inspire a festival of smiles. More on the Masskara Festival hosted every October, here.

RECORD-BREAKER: Assam’s Majuli Island was recently declared the world’s largest river island by the Guinness Book of World Records, beating out Brazil’s Marajo isle. Here’s why you should go.

Trip Ideas

HOLIDAYS WITH SOUL: A wellness vacation doesn’t have to be austere. And it doesn’t have to cost the earth. India’s sunny coastlines and breezy riversides are sprinkled with comfortable stays that offer nutritious food, yoga, and detox therapies. More on our favourite relaxing retreats here.

SPINE-TINGLING TRIPS: Always wondered what sleeping in an old library would feel like? Secretly want to run a bookstore? Our list of travel experiences for book-lovers spans cemeteries, amusement parks, even a perfumery that creates scents inspired by Sylvia Plath and Jane Austen. More here.

GOA STATE OF MIND: It’s always a good time to visit Goa. Our list of the best homestays, hotels, and eco resorts will ensure you enjoy Goa’s finest delights, no matter what time of year. More here.

SINGAPORE FOR THE SENIORS: Travellers in their sixties will find Singapore a joy to navigate. There are lush parks for nature lovers, delicious food, heritage trails—and it’s easy to get around. More here.

WILD REMEDIES: The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge on the outskirts of Maharashtra’s Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, is an antidote to the maladies of the urban jungle. More here.

SEEKING THE STRIPE: Bandhavgarh is one of India’s most picturesque national parks. Located in Madhya Pradesh, the park is home to tigers, leopards, jungle cats, and hornbills. More here.

Travel Reads

ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: A travel writer’s ode to Ganesha, part-human, part-animal, and divine all at once. More here.

PERFECT CIRCLE: We’ve all spun globes in our classrooms and homes, but what goes into actually making one? In a quirky video, London-based Bellerby & Co. shows us just how much precision it takes to create a globe by hand. More here.

MUSCAT SWAG: Beaded dresses and colour-coded scarves are the norm for an evening at Muscat’s Royal Opera House, one of the best places in the city to go people watching. More here.

PLACE LAG: A writer decodes why she feels like a fish out of water every time she travels, the lows of being in a new place, and how to deal with it. More here.

DESERT SECRETS: The sprawling Thar Desert is filled with mysteries, some of which can only be experienced upon spending a night in the dunes. More here.

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