NGT Rewind: South Indian Road Trips, Himalayan Adventures, and Where to Go in September.

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from August 29-September 4. | By NGT Staff  
Valparai tea plantation
A trip to Valparai is best enjoyed by staying at a bungalow in one of the many picturesque tea gardens in the area. Photo: Aditi Das Patnaik/Flickr/Getty Images

What’s New

ILLUSTRATED: In April this year, Bengaluru-based artist Shikha Nambiar embarked on an ambitious project to document life in the city. The result is her quirky #100DaysInBengaluru project. More here.

VANISHING LEGACY: The Great Wall of Chinais slowly disappearing. Over the years, the monument has become 2,000km shorter. Here’s why.

FLAWLESS FACADE: Melbourne will soon get a skyscraper inspired by Beyoncé. The building aims to be tall, curvy, and strong, much like the pop superstar. More here.

Trip Ideas

WHERE TO GO IN SEPTEMBER: From Onam celebrations in Kerala to music concerts in Arunachal Pradesh, and bloom season in the Western Ghats—we’ve drawn up a list of trips worth making this September. More here.

TASTE OF TRAVEL: From floating dinner tables to fondue-fuelled hikes, here are snapshots of wacky and wonderful food cultures from around the world. More here.

GUJARAT’S DESERT ROSE: Three of many reasons to plan a getaway to the Little Rann of Kutch: Desert safaris, grand stepwells, and incredible handicrafts. Go, now!

MISTY TRAILS IN SOUTH INDIA: A road trip along National Highway 209 takes travellers through the lush Western Ghats and showcases the natural beauty of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. More here.

DANCE HOLIDAY: Explore classical dance and traditional art forms in the south Indian town of Kuchipudi, where Jayalalithaa, Hema Malini, and Rekha learned their moves. More here.

MUSIC GETAWAY: Hankering for the hills? Head to Arunachal’s Ziro Festival of Music from September 22-25 for an unforgettable weekend of  live gigs, mountain views and mugs of millet beer. More here.

Travel Reads

LUCKNOW’S PAST GLORY: Lucknow’s buildings were made for royalty. Everything in the City of Nawabs is a rich melange of cultures around the world, and that includes its timeless, beautiful buildings. More here.

TRAVEL HACKS: Planning a solo trip? Make sure to read our expert tips on how to have a stress-free holiday. More here.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: Spurred by Hindu gods and English explorers, a group of mad mountain men set off to conquer Uttarakhand’s treacherous Panpatia Col. More here.

MUSEUM OF SOUND: A collective of professional recordists, called Nature Soundmap, have created a virtual library of sounds that encourage listeners to explore Earth’s landscapes and species sonically. More here.

PAGE-TURNERS: Books, whether fiction or documentary, have the ability to shape our perceptions of places. The Nat Geo Traveller India team picked some of their favourite books that have impacted their travels. More here.

WALKING ON EGGSHELLS: In Cambodia’s Prek Toal sanctuary, poachers-turned-preservationists have helped create a safe haven for some of Southeast Asia’s most endangered waterbirds. More here.

SUPERSTRUCTURES: In modern architecture, rules are constantly broken. Straight lines are forsaken for fluid curves that rise and fall with the landscapes they inhabit. We rounded up some truly radical structures that are redefining rules and changing landscapes forever. More here.

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