NGT Rewind: Where To Go in October, Perfect Diwali Breaks, and Delhi Getaways

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from October 3-October 9. | By NGT Staff  
Gwalior Fort
The massive Gwalior Fort, a short drive from Delhi, holds not only numerous monuments, palaces, and temples, but also the Scindia School, a 600-student boys’ boarding school situated on 110 acres within the fort. Photo: Zoonar/Photographer/ZOONAR GMBH LBRF/Dinodia Photo Library

What’s New

TIGER BALM: There’s more reason than ever to skip the popular safari hubs for the lesser-visited Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra. An additional 1,200sqkm was recently added to the reserve, increasing the protected area for the state’s tigers. More here.

GO NOW: For many, the joy of the NH7 Weekender Festival is a weekend dedicated to listening to live music played loud while lying down on the grass—or moshing in a pit. You’re bound to come away with new favourite tunes, and a load of memories. More on this year’s venues and tips on where to sightsee, shop and eat beyond the festival here.

DEAL ALERT: Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia debuted its year-end sale for domestic and international flights earlier this week. Fares for domestic flights such as from Kochi to Bengaluru start from ₹999, but it’s the international flights that are the real steals. The sale ends at midnight tonight so hurry! More here.

VIDEO: Our mid-week mood booster was an adorable video of a butterfly photobombing a baby koala’s photoshoot in Australia. Watch it here.

TREASURE MAP: Rohan Chakravarty, one of our favourite illustrators, recently created a stunningly detailed map of the cultural and natural riches of the region around Mount Kailash. Take time to look at it closely—the fun is in the details. More here.

Trip Ideas

WHERE TO GO IN OCTOBER: October is a great month to hit the road. National parks have re-opened, there are music festivals to attend, and the mountains of Himachal Pradesh and beaches of Goa finally have blue skies again. We’ve picked trips worth making this month. More here.

DELHI GETAWAYS: Feeling sultry, Delhi? Take a short break. India’s oldest national park reopens its zones after the monsoon—the deer are jumping, the grass is green, nature’s calling. We’ve got 16 great weekend getaways to try this month. More here.

DIWALI HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Diwali usually means time off with your loved ones, so we’ve put together a list of great trip ideas from around India, for every kind of traveller. For more on our list of 27 Indian breaks that are ideal for families, friends, couples, and solo travellers, click here.

ROAD TRIPPING: From China to Chile, we’ve got 10 scenic road trips around the world that are jaw-dropping, hair-raising, and even gravity-defying. More here.

PLAN AHEAD: Water babies, listen up! Surfers from India and around the world will flock to Puri’s beaches for the India Surf Fest from Sat November 12 to Mon November 14, 2016. Cheer on the champions, or better yet, attend workshops on surfing, stand-up paddling, and skateboarding led by the pros. More here.

ANTELOPE EXPRESS: Spotting endangered blackbucks in the wild is a sight to behold, withthe graceful antelopes pronking around the grassland, airborne and unbelievably elegant.. The animals are particularly perky post the monsoon, making October a great month to see them. More on where you can spot blackbucks here.

STAY: Located atop a cliff overlooking Kovalam beach, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra is the perfect place to enjoy Kerala’s ayurvedic massages and beautiful heritage homes. More here.

Travel Reads

RAUCOUS RAMLILAS: Mustachioed kings and masala chaat vie for the audience’s attention at Mumbai’s colourful Ramlila shows on Chowpatty beach. One traveller writes about the old-school charms of these theatre productions and why she grabs a ringside view as often as she can. More here.

FOOD GUIDE: Vietnam brims with rich culinary offerings beyond spring rolls, from thick noodle soups to coffee that tastes like liquid tiramisu. Our food guide lists the top eats in the Southeast Asian country. More here.

IN MY CITY: A lovely column that reminds us to stay curious in our own city, and the many ways in which to get a fresh perspective on our home. More here.

WORLD’S HIGHEST POST OFFICE: On World Post Day, go on a postcard pilgrimage to the world’s highest post office in Hikkim, Himachal Pradesh. More here.

Wildlife Week

INDIA’S BLESSED WILD: In terms of forests and its wildlife, India is a sort of miniature representation of the world. Our wilderness spans rainforests, desert land, alpine pastures and coral reefs, and is home to species ranging from gibbons to lions, and from golden eagles to whales. Dhritiman Mukherjee’s pictures give us a glimpse of our country’s natural wonders. More here.

IN PHOTOS: Had a long week? We’ve got puppy-eyed seals, roaring tigers, and gentle giraffes to cheer you up. More on the many moods of the animal kingdom here.

PANDAS GONE WILD: Pandas are adorable—and that’s one reason why they’re no longer an endangered species. This fascinating tour of China’s panda breeding centres shows exactly what it takes to ensure a species’ survival. A panda video will never be the same again. More here.

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