We’ve been travelling India for eight years now, and it has been a wonderful journey of discovery. Over those 99 issues, we’ve found the beautiful, the heart-warming, the unusual, the unexpected. Each time a team has travelled to experience and photograph a destination, the writer and photographer have come back with stories, and, with few exceptions, the rest of Team LPMI has always wanted to pack its bags. This, then, is that inspiration in 100 travel ideas that span our subcontinent and invite you to go back to our collective roots.
We’ve divided these travel ideas into five sections: Awesome Activities, Culture Trips, Food Finds, Nature Trails and the Unexpected. These are only touch points to whet your appetite for India: the actual Easy Trips and other India stories are yours to browse through our free digital download this month, which you can access via the QR code in the magazine.
Of course, since we are collating these digital stories in their original form, as they’ve appeared in the 99 issues gone by (do notice and enjoy the evolving styles and layouts!), some numbers may have changed, some dining and stay options shut down. We’ve tried to update what is possible on the last pages of the digital special. But then, India is ever changing; that is just one aspect of what makes it so fascinating, so the ideas will endure. And India will endure.
From days spent paragliding over lakeside towns in the Himalayas and diving into the deep to spot manta rays and moray eels in Puducherry to spending whole weekends behind the potter’s wheel in Kochi and trying our hand at block-printing in Jaipur – over the years, we’ve spent a lot of time doing a lot of things. Here are our favourite activity-filled trips from the last 99 issues!
01 Try the Sandakphu-Rimbik trek, West Bengal & Nepal
Test your trekking skills as you go hopping between two countries in search of breathtaking views of the Himalayas and sightings of adorable red pandas.
02 Take a road trip from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Drive to find a million shades of green, unknown forts in the forests, interesting-looking bugs and much more.
03 Learn embroidery in Hubli & Dharwad, Karnataka
Enroll in a workshop to learn the ancient craft of kasuti embroidery, and take home a sari (or three!) as a wearable souvenir.
04 Dive in Puducherry
Sign up for a lesson in diving into the deep – you’ll spot moray eels, manta rays and tons of crustaceans. Unwind with some authentic French delicacies in the charming French Quarter.
05 Paraglide over Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand
Go paragliding over this tiny lakeside town for a bird’s eye view of the settlements below or hop on to a bright orange or pink swan-shaped pedal boat to spend lazy afternoons on the lake.
06 Zipline over Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Hook up your safety harness, lean back and ride the wind as you go ziplining over blue roofs and the Mehrangarh Fort.
07 Ride from Mumbai to Harihareshwar, Maharashtra
There’s really nothing like setting out on a road trip on a Royal Enfield that ends with a sunset by the beach.
08 Ride the waves in Puducherry
Learn to surf, indulge in some serious beach bumming, and make up for the lost calories with platefuls of authentic Creole delicacies.
09 Take to the skies in Bir, Himachal Pradesh
Paragliding in a tiny village in Himachal Pradesh is, arguably, the coolest way to spend a weekend.
10 Raft down the Zanskar River, Jammu & Kashmir
Of all the ways to see Ladakh, rafting down the pristine Zanskar River is, undoubtedly, the most thrilling.
11 Try bouldering in Badami, Karnataka
Make like Spiderman and clamber up a hill at a rock-climbing workshop: you can earn serious bragging rights and burn some major calories!
12 Enjoy with the fam in Bheemeshwari, Karnataka
The perfect adventure-filled weekend with the fam: there’s ziplining, kayaking, guided treks and more.
13 Learn kalaripayattu in Kozhikode, Kerala
Kick-start a new skill: sign up for a kalaripayattu class. Learn the art of mimicking an elephant or a boar and come away a warrior.
14 Go caving in Mawmluh, Meghalaya
Discover spelunking and test your fitness levels as you navigate stalactite and stalagmite caves.
15 Hit the trees in Mawlongbna, Meghalaya
Explore the jungles of a happy little hamlet in the East Khasi Hills: swing like Tarzan on creepers and discover intriguing rock formations.
16 Get crafty in Jaipur, Rajasthan
In the Pink City, watch skillful hands craft minakari jewellery and block-print sheets, then try to make your own!
17 Learn pottery in Kochi, Kerala
Sink your fingers into cool, soft clay and turn your creative flights into reality – there’s something special about getting your hands dirty at the wheel.
18 Try canyoning in Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa
Choose from trekking, jumping off a cliff, rappelling, and wading through rivers in South Goa.
19 Buy local in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Delve into the bylanes of the Blue City and find a wealth of local handicrafts and home décor essentials.
20 Snorkel off Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
There’s a wealth of marine life waiting to be discovered in the calm waters off this tiny island – it’s just perfect for snorkelling!