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From our Editor: You have great taste!

Europe's Best Rail Journeys
Photographer: Pete Seaward

You have great taste!

It’s that time of year again, when you, our readers, show different destinations your love – you pick the countries that promise and deliver the coolest experiences. This year is no different – the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2019 celebrate your chosen destinations, and what a wonderful variety there is to them! A big thank you to our travel experts who helped us shortlist the destinations in each category, and our heartiest congratulations to the winners!

Our theme for the awards this year is maps – and discovery. Enjoy the vibrancy and colour of our cover and special awards section (some creative liberties might have been taken, just saying); may discovery be your muse for travels this year.

There’s more to this issue, of course – we invite you to explore little-known corners of the Mediterranean, hit the rails for great train journeys across Europe, wander through Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, and add heartwarming animal encounters across South East Asia to your list of must-try experiences. These 10 wildlife-led journeys are a special part of our 10th anniversary celebrations all through this year.

Award-winning destinations, little-known gems that warrant repeat visits to get under their skin, or journeys to look for (or care for) the creatures of the wild – we’re thrilled to be your inspiration to discover the world.