Humans might rest at night, but many of the planet’s most interest creatures wake up after dark—owls hoot, raat ki rani flowers blooms, and bioluminescent fungi light up the dark. Editor-In-Chief Niloufer Venkatraman makes a case for stepping outdoors at night on your next holiday.
We’ve always said that trekking is something that the whole family can enjoy, and the winning story of the 2016 National Geographic Traveller Travel Writing contest attests to this. Read the heart-warming story of how a first-time trekker, her parents (both over 70), and her teenage son navigated Sikkim’s Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. It had us itching for a family trip to the mountains.
India’s artisans did some of their finest work for temples, mosques, churches, and other houses of worship. The gleaming façade of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the carved marble shrines of Palitana in Gujarat—these are all stunning examples of craftsmanship—and some say, of divine inspiration.
India is home to some fascinating wildlife species. Many are threatened, but thanks to the efforts of conservations groups around the country, they are making a comeback. This is celebration of the animals (and humans) that have fought back. Plus, where to see them in the wild.
India has many gems—like its 1,200 islands that are all but ignored. Some are beach havens, others are home to rare wildlife, and a few house ancient Vaishnavite monasteries that have stood the test of time. How many are you going to visit in 2017?
Looking for a Christmas break minus the cold? Set your sights on sunny Sydney, where the weather is fine and the living is easy. Tuck into hot meat pies at the city’s oldest food trucks, take a ferry ride in the shadow of the famous Opera House, and pick up authentic Aboriginal artwork at one of the city’s local art galleries.
Winter is the ideal time to visit the UAE, when temperatures are cool and nights are clear. Immerse yourself in the mystical desert culture of Abu Dhabi. In the shifting dunes of Rub al Khali, aka the Empty Quarter for its sprawling sea of sand, encounter nomadic Bedouins, learn their centuries’ old customs, and sleep under a sky full of stars.
Pune’s the place to be this weekend, thanks to the NH7 Weekender Music festival. But fortification is key if you're going to make the most of the festival's offerings. We're here to help: Here's a list of the best places for a champion’s breakfast (or to nurse that hangover) before heading out to the venue.
Pondicherry isn’t Tamil Nadu’s only colonial getaway. Get a taste of Danish heritage at Tranquebar, a seaside town that has centuries-old fort, ancient churches, and a museum with a whale skeleton. Winter is the best time to visit, so start planning.
Namaste, all. Just yesterday, yoga joined the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage—so what better time to pencil in a wellness holiday. India’s coastline and breezy riversides have a number of comfortable stays that give travellers the chance to connect with local cultures and reconnect with themselves. Take a deep breath, and start booking!
There’s plenty we love about trains: the views, the temporary friends we make on our journeys, that weird-but-good tomato soup. But there’s some not-so-pleasant stuff too, like trying to use the bathroom while the train chugs along the track. This hilarious video perfectly sums up the grisly equations passengers have with trains on the Indian Railways.
Make 2017 the year you explore the Earth's oceans. Swim with turtles in Malaysia, dive with (harmless) sharks in the Philippines, and spot frisbee-sized starfish in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You’ll return tanned, rejuvenated, and happy as a clam.
The Australian Outback is often described as raw, untamed and spectacular—perfect for a road trip. Our driving itineraries weave through martian-red landscapes, lush national parks, and caves with 20,0000-year-old Aboriginal art. Plus, the best way to see Uluru. Start planning NOW.