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UK bans travel from India starting Friday. Here’s what it means | Condé Nast Traveller India

Advertisements Advertisements Photo: Drazen_/Getty Images Following the cancellation of UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s India visit due to the COVID-19 crisis, India has become the 40th country on the UK’s Red List. By implication, most travellers won’t be allowed to enter the UK if they are coming from or through India. Health Secretary Matt Hancock […]

How has your city changed over the last 37 years? Google Earth’s Timelapse will show you | Condé Nast Traveller India

Advertisements Advertisements Watch the urban expansion of Greater Noida on Google Earths Timelapse feature. Photo: Google Earth You may not be able to travel at the moment due to the pandemic, but you can travel back in time thanks to Google Earth’s new Timelapse feature. You can watch the Bandra-Worli Sea Link pop over Mumbai’s […]

Some Mumbai 5-star hotels are being turned into COVID care facilities. What does it mean? | Condé Nast Traveller India

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And so, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has planned to turn a bunch of hotels across Mumbai into COVID care centres, or what are being termed as “step-down facilities”.   As per this order dated April 14, these step-down facilities will be used for COVID patients with mild symptoms. Those with […]

The secret to perfect fried rice, according to cookbook author Anissa Helou | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

In our series #CommunityTable, tastemakers from India and around the globe celebrate their favourite restaurants, veggie meals and ingredients. Anissa Helou’s cookbook Feast:Food of the Islamic World documents Islamic food culture in a way it hasn’t been before and presents an exquisite journey through place and time, from Senegal to Indonesia via the Arab, Persian, […]

Are hotels still open in Maharashtra and other travel-related questions answered | Condé Nast Traveller India

Advertisements Advertisements Travellers arrive at Mumbai International Airport. Photo: Imtiyaz Shaikh/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) In a move to contain against the second wave of COVID, the Maharashtra government announced a 15-day curfew on Tuesday. Section 144 will be enforced from 8pm on 14 April until 7am on 1 May. All non-essential, non-emergency travel is […]

This Indian startup lets you order in from your favourite restaurants from across India | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

Advertisements Advertisements A selection of Indian dishes. Photo: Magdalena Bujak / Alamy Stock Photo You may not be travelling much these days, but thanks to this startup, you can still relish your favourite meals from across the country. JustMyRoots is an online food delivery service that not only caters to those specific lockdown cravings but […]

Latest lockdown rules: What you can and cannot do in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad | Condé Nast Traveller India

Advertisements Advertisements Gateway of India deserted after a night curfew between 8:00 pm to 7:00 am came into effect in Mumbai. Photo: Hindustan Times / Contributor With the second wave of COVID-19 in India, several cities are now implementing strict restrictions to curb the spread of the disease. From night curfews and weekend lockdowns to […]

The one meal Harsh Goenka can’t stop thinking about… | Condé Nast Traveller India | International

 In our series #CommunityTable, tastemakers from India and around the globe celebrate their favourite restaurants, veggie meals and ingredients. RPG Chairman Harsh Goenka loves to travel, is a patron of the arts and experiments with local cuisine wherever he goes. In this interview, he tells us about his most memorable meal and more. The best […]

Chef Prateek Sadhu launches a spice brand that celebrates India’s diverse flavours | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

Picture saffron straight from the fields of Pampore, Bhut Jolokia from the southern Nagaland and fiery dried red chilies from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. It takes a chef to understand the value of provenance. Award-winning chef Prateek Sadhu’s travels across India have taught him precisely that. His search for exciting hyper-local ingredients has taken him to […]

This Kerala couple is travelling across India, living in their car and bathing at petrol pumps | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

For Thrissur-based couple Harikrishnan J, and Lakshmi Krishna, the pandemic was a blessing in disguise. It helped them realise their ultimate travel dream. In fact, it was even before the pandemic hit that the couple had begun planning for a lifetime of adventure and exploration. “Our love for travel resulted in a backpacking honeymoon trip […]

“I have started using local vegetables as substitutes for exotics” | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

In our series #CommunityTable, tastemakers from India and around the globe celebrate their favourite restaurants, veggie meals and ingredients. Lifestyle influencer Mira Kapoor loves everyday Indian sabzis and believes in sustainable healthy eating. In this interview, she tells us about her favourite vegetarian dishes, ingredients and more. What’s the best vegetarian dish you’ve ever eaten? […]

The top vegetarian restaurants in Colombo, New York, Dubai, Singapore, London and Zurich | Condé Nast Traveller India

Vegetarian food is no longer a poorly thought-out list at the end of a restaurant menu. Across the world, restaurants are embracing the flavours of local vegetables and bringing a whole new range of food to the table. Here’s where you can find the best vegetarian food in Colombo, New York, Dubai, Singapore, London and […]

Thandai: the summer drink that celebrates the spirit of Holi | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

Advertisements Advertisements Thandai. Photo: ajaykampani The festival of Holi is all about letting go and celebrating. Vibrant colours are flung into the air, white kurtas become canvases for splashes of coloured water and fistfuls of bright-hued powder, and everyone from little children and parents to grandparents join in the fun. If there’s one drink that […]

These 7 Indian craft breweries are celebrating regional ingredients with their beers | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

Advertisements Advertisements Beyond Your Wits by Great State Ale Works; The Maka di Honey Ale and Belgian Blanche. Photos: Instagram/@greatstate.aleworks ; @we.are.maka As summer comes around and temperatures rise, Sunday afternoons are best spent with a chilled beer. While beer is largely associated with German or English pub culture, a lesser-known fact is that there […]

4 Indian whiskies the world loves

Up until a decade ago, Indian spirits were lesser-known among their global peers. But it’s a different story today. There’s a small but growing tribe of brands that are producing some top-quality spirits in the country and Indian whisky is leading the pack. These brands are putting India on the world whisky map with nuanced […]

Hopping from Mumbai and Maldives to Pavna, this multi-destination wedding pulled out all the stops | Condé Nast Traveller India

How do you plan a wedding during a pandemic and ensure you get all your friends and family to be a part of your celebration? By hosting it across different destinations for something that’s equal parts gram-worthy and memorable. That’s just what Shaza Morani, director at Cineyug, an entertainment and events management company, did for […]

Jil jil Jigarthanda: The drink from Madurai that cools the heart and warms the… | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

A cold, cold heart is Elton John’s elegiac reprise in his chart-topping ballad Sacrifice. A cold heart is also a thing of joy in Madurai. The curiously named jigarthanda (literal translation: cold heart) is a drink that celebrates excess, eschews conventions and piles on known treats of summer (think ice cream, chilled basundi, cream, milk) […]

Just 2 hours from Chandigarh, this Himachal home is cut off from the world | Condé Nast Traveller India

Advertisements Advertisements This special series invites you into homes of interesting people in interesting places. Read the other stories here. You can sip tea at a different spot every day for a month, says Usha Hooda, who has opened up her dreamy mountain home in Himachal Pradesh to guests. Called Mayascrest, the stone mansion sits like […]

Booking an Udaipur hotel now requires a negative COVID-19 test result | Condé Nast Traveller India

Advertisements Advertisements City Palace and Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Photo: John Philip Harper After a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Udaipur, the district administration has directed hotels, airport authorities and airlines to exercise caution when working with travellers from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.   Hotels in the City of Lakes now […]

This quaint farmhouse near Darjeeling will help you reconnect with nature | Condé Nast Traveller India

Takdah, which translates to “land of the fog” in the ethnic Lepcha language, is a British-era cantonment in West Bengal that offers sweeping views of tea gardens and mist-shrouded hills. At Prabhdev and Mridula Singh’s quaint farmstay Kaleege House, you won’t be short of either.  Why Takdah? Sitting at an altitude of about 5,000 feet, […]

Fed up with COVID, these senior citizens went on a 4,500km road-trip from Chandigarh to Chennai | Condé Nast Traveller India | International

The Bucket List has got a real-life remake. Except it’s not the final countdown that drove three senior citizens to make a road trip from Chandigarh to Andamans in January, but the pandemic. “COVID was boring the hell out of us. My wife, Amrita, and I were sipping on some Madeira. We were probably high […]

From organic milk to exotic veggies, here’s where you can order online for fresh produce in Pune | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

Advertisements Advertisements Strawberries at The Indian Organics farm As more and more people become conscious of what they buy and put on their plates, the need for farm-fresh produce and healthy alternatives is growing rapidly. A new clutch of farmers and entrepreneurs in Pune are upping the ante by introducing new farming techniques, intelligent supply […]

From Kingfisher to Parle G, Bengaluru’s artisanal ice-cream brands are scooping your favourite flavours | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

Ice creams form a sweet footnote in Bengaluru’s history. Way back in 1930, vanilla, chocolate and raspberry ice creams retailed at one anna at the Lakeview Milk Bar, a dessert started by an Englishman called James Meadow Charles. The first soft serve ice cream machines in India were brought in by the Mavalli Tiffin Room […]