Tea tourism in India is a buzzword. Think tea and verdant hues of tea gardens conjure up in memory. Holding my cuppa of green tea, I stood in the balcony of my room in Chalsa in the Jalpaiguri district of North Bengal. Sprawling blanket of fragrant tea gardens lay in front of my eyes. Fresh monsoon shower had just greeted the region, which made the
setting look straight out of a storybook. This was my first time in this offbeat region snuggled amidst thick rainforest, lush tea gardens and paddy fields, so no doubt I was excited to the tee. I was looking forward to a laidback and relaxing holiday so when monsoon started knocking my doors in Delhi, I decided to chuck conventional holiday destinations and pay a visit to the land of one horned rhinos, never ending tea
estates and Buxa tigers.
Lonely Planet, the numero uno in providing the travel content, marked its entry into the Indian market with the launch of ‘Lonely Planet for the Indian Traveller’, its official series of ten outbound travel guides customized for the Indian traveller.
A first of its kind product, Lonely Planet’s first locally produced guides for outbound destinations have been tailored as per the Indian travellers’ needs and sensibilities.
The collection consists of travel guides for 10 outbound destinations namely Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Dubai, Bhutan, China, Great Britain, London, France and Italy. ‘Lonely Planet for the Indian Traveller’ guides have been anchored by Indian authors living in respective countries who are aware of Indian travellers’ needs. The guides ensure travellers discover the best of a destination and return with great stories to share. Ideal both for planning and when in a country or city, the guides contain vital travel information including the must-see sights, shopping locations, Indian restaurants and local food recommendations, family ideas, itineraries and more.
Caption: Mr Sesh Seshadri,General Manager of Lonely Planet India,Tony Wheeler, Co-Founder- Lonely Plant & Mr. Matt Goldberg, CEO, Lonely Plant