No Indian City Makes It To The List Of Lonely Planet’s Travel Recommendations 2023: Shocking!

by Pratyusha Jana
No Indian City Makes It To The List Of Lonely Planet’s Travel Recommendations 2023: Shocking!

Lonely Planet’s travel recommendations for 2023 are out. And it has no Indian destination on the list. Isn’t it shocking? We know that travel and tourism are booming faster than ever in India. Let’s have a look.

Which Countries Made It To Lonely Planet’s Travel Recommendations for 2023?

The 2023 travel recommendations of Lonely Planet have five categories, viz., Eat, Journey, Unwind, Connect and Learn. Each category features destinations from all around the world. Let’s take a quick look.

Eat: Lima in Peru, Umbria in Italy, Fukuoka in Japan, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Montevideo in  Uruguay and South Africa.

Umbria in Italy
A luncheon amidst nature in Umbria, Italy. (Image Source: Flickr)

Journey: Bhutan, Nova Scotia in Canada, Parques Nacionales Naturales Colombia, Istanbul to Sofia Train, Western Australia, Zambia.

Highway in Bhutan - featuring in Lonely Planet's list of travel recommendations for 2023
Highway in Bhutan (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Unwind: Dominica, Halkidiki, Greece, Jamaica, Jordan, Malta, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Connect: Accra, Ghana, Albania, Sydney, Australia, Guyana, Boise and Alaska from USA.

Learn: New Mexico from the USA, El Salvador, Dresden in Germany, Marseille in France, Manchester in the UK and Southern Scotland.

As an Indian, planning to travel internationally this year, this list can be of great use to you. But what about India? Does it have nothing to offer?

India: A Multicultural Paradise

From the majestic Himalayas in the North to the simple coastal towns of Kerala in the South, India is vast, exotic and worth all your curiosity.

Eat: Take a food walk through the streets of Lucknow or Hyderabad. Gorge on some amazing Kababs, Biriyani, Tandoori food and Shahi Tukda. Actually, head to any Indian city and try their street food! It’s mouthwatering.

Journey: The Indian Railway has lain its tracks through some of the most scenic routes. Take a train to Goa and pass through the magnificent Dudhsagar falls. Or take a road trip through Odisha. Discover the Eastern Ghat Mountains, the plateaus rich with minerals and indigenous villages full of folklore.

train journey across doodhsagar falls
Train ride across the majestic Dudhsagar Falls, Goa (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Unwind: Get to the Himalayas. Practice mountain meditation. Unwind and relax in a quaint little hamlet near Darjeeling, West Bengal. Or take a walk through the apple orchards of Himachal. Let the tranquillity of the mountain control your life.

Connect: Travel to the largest state of India, Rajasthan. Once the land of kings and queens, it has a wonderful mixture of royalty and simplicity, luxury and endurance, chaos and calm.

Also read: The Ultimate Guide To Mount Abu, A Scenic Hill Station In The Land Of Sand

Mix Travel & Learning

Learn: Head to the Auroville Ashram in Pondicherry. Learn the basics of an assuring and spiritual life. You can also learn beach yoga in Goa. Pottery, sculpture, indigenous art and culture, innumerable dance and theatre forms and various schools of yoga—India has no dearth of resources when it comes to learning.

beach yoga in goa - add it to your travel recommendations for 2023
Beach Yoga in Goa (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

So if you’re a travel enthusiast, looking for some life-altering experiences, India is ready with hidden gems in every corner. Add them to your very own list of travel recommendations for 2023 and get going.

Feature image(s) source: Wikimedia Commons