TOURIOSITY  TRAVELMAG

​Touriosity Travelmag is an off the beat travel journal for people who love to travel or those who love reading travel stories.This travel magazine is aimed at making you a confident independent traveller. We aspire to give you wings by bringing to you inspiring stories of courage, confidence and great achievements from across the globe from people who achieved those feats and realized their dreams because they believed they could do it. We wish your wings will help you fly high and bring the world to your grip. By being with us you get to know that the world is such a beautiful place. Touriosity Travelmag is a travel magazine by people who love to travel for people who love to travel, be it globetrotters, backpackers, family travelers, student travelers, senior travelers or those that just enjoy sitting at home reading travel stories from around the world. We celebrate the indomitable urge to ‘drift and roam’ and the desire to get lost in the splendour of the world around. We promise to bring to you the best quality travel literature at the lowest affordable price

April

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April

2022

Forest Touriosity

An article on the Artist’s Impression of Gondar in Ethiopia is also part of this issue.

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March

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March

2022

World Heritage Touriosity

Historical, cultural and natural landmarks have always been on the
bucket list of travellers worldwide. Now that life is coming back to normal after the pandemic and travel is happening again we thought of bringing to our readers a list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India to help them prepare the post-pandemic travel bucket list. This issue contains all the basic information our readers need to plan their future trips to these prominent landmarks in the country. The issue is also replete with beautiful images and watercolour illustrations of these cultural and natural heritages of India.

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February

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February

2022

Canals Touriosity

Historically, waterways have played an important role in transportation
of goods and trading between regions. As a result some cities
around the world had a very developed canal system. Even today one
can find many such beautiful cities with gorgeous canals at the very
heart of them. While cities like Venice, Amsterdam and Hamburg are
quite known the world over for their beautiful canals, there are others
scattered across the globe that also abode a network of canals. This issue
of Touriosity is dedicated to these arterial waterways that bind the
regions of the Earth together.

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January

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January

2022

Asia Touriosity

In our series of issues themed on the Asian continent, this is the second and final one, for the time being. This largest continent in the world is known for its sheer beauty and diversity. While the previous issue was focused on this diversity of the continent in terms of its people, culture, religions, geography, architecture, natural beauty, food etc., this issue brings to our readers glimpses from and information about some of the least visited and lesser known countries of the continent. The issue is surely going to be very helpful for our readers in planning their future
trips to less crowded destinations in Asia.

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December

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December

2021

Asia Touriosity

Asia, the largest continent in the world, stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to that of the Pacific Ocean and home to about 60% of the world’s population, also has the second highest number of countries, after Africa. But no continent in the world can beat the diversity of Asia. This issue themed on ‘Asia’ (first in a series of two back to back issues) focuses on this diversity of the continent in terms of its people, culture, religions, geography, architecture, natural beauty and more. The issue provides necessary information about all the 53 countries and special administrative regions in the continent and lists their main attractions

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November

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November

2021

Aerial Touriosity

Aerial tourism has been popular, especially in some specific destinations around the world as also with photographers, for the last couple of decades. But the years 2020 and 2021 have seen exponential rise in the interest of people in aerial tourism. The reason, however, is easy to guess. In this issue of Touriosity, we have our focus on Aerial Tours. Various types of such tours involving different vehicles and aircrafts have been covered. All possible destinations in the 6 inhabited continents that one might put in the bucket list, have been included. There is also an Artist’s Impression article on Yazd, Iran.

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October

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October

2021

Polar Touriosity

The interest of travellers in polar tourism is on the rise. For the adventure enthusiasts a travel to the Polar Regions, being a test of endurance and fitness, signifies the ultimate exploration. Truly travel to the polar areas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This issue of Touriosity is dedicated to Polar Tourism. The issue seems more dreamlike than real. It covers extremely unusual destinations, adventures, journeys, wildlife, food, Inuit culture and some amount of history too, thus making a reading very interesting and informative at the same time. Away from the central theme, there is also an article on Artist’s Impression of Hoi An in Vietnam.

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September

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September

2021

Greek Touriosity

Greece is a good place to see the moon, they say. Indeed it is, and it is much more than just that. This country, which is the birthplace of modern democracy, philosophy, politics, art and culture, is blessed with everything that travellers crave for ... nature, sea, beaches, architecture, history, art, good food and more. For long we have had the desire to dedicate an issue exclusively to Greece. So here we bring to you this time a collection of great articles from some of the most beautiful and visitor-friendly places from across the country. In a first the issue also features three articles of an artist’s impression of three different destinations of Greece.

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August

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August

2021

Island Touriosity

For travellers and adventure aficionados island vacations are becoming increasingly popular. The exuberant verdure of pristine islands hypnotizes travellers, the fresh country air rejuvinates the mind and the body. Adding to the charm of the paradisiacal lands are the tropical fish and coral gardens. In most touristy islands, those willing to indulge in some activities and adventure sports also get ample opportunity for an adrenaline rush, with hiking, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and more. This issue is dedicated to such islands and island holidays. It covers some of the most beautiful, and yet unexplored islands of the world.

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July

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July

2021

Neighbourhood Touriosity

In this issue we bring to our readers 14 such destinations that have the air and feel of a foreign land and the good news is that you don’t even need a visa to travel here.

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June

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June

2021

Cuisine Touriosity

Food tourism is integral part of tourism as most tourists do indulge in some local delicacies while visiting a destination. For food adventurers or foodies however, food plays an important part even in planning a trip, for they travel with the desire of exploring local cuisines. World cuisine is so varied and interesting that we wanted to give our readers a sneak peek into the world kitchens. So as promised in our last issue, this time we bring to our readers a virtual gastronomic tour around the world. This issue of Touriosity will help our readers to draw up a bucket list of items you wish to taste the next time you travel to a country.

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May

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May

2021

Gourmet Touriosity

India being a big and diverse country, a single issue is not enough to cover all the regional culinary treats. So we have covered only half of the country leaving the rest for yet another issue in future.

Articles

"Darjeeling: The Foodies' Paradise" by Abhirup Ghosh



"Goan Curries: Seven curries to try when you're in Goa" by Sharvani Chandvale



"FENI: Goa's Magic concoction" by Sharvani Chandvale



"Traditional Dishes of Kerala" a Touriosity Feature



"A veritable paradise for foodies: Rajasthan" a Touriosity Feature



"A gastronomical trip to Kashmir" a Touriosity Feature



"10 Must-visit Food Streets of India" a Touriosity Feature



"Artist's Impression of Saigon, Vietnam" by Joaquin Gonzalez Dorao, Spain

Photo contributors for the issue:

Cover Page photo by Grete Howard, UK

Readers' Page photo by Josip Novosel, Croatia

Editorial photo by Zuzana Adamson, Paris

Article photos by
Abhirup Ghosh, Onkita Banerjee, Shilpi Gupta, Sanghamitra, Soul Travelling, Pushpa Shekhani, Deepak Patwa, Hanshika Dhadda, Shashi Baid, Vinita Lodha, Shilpa Baid, Sweeta Dhadda and Rupanjana De

April

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April

2021

Africa Touriosity

This issue of Touriosity is one of those rare ones - truly a collectors’ copy. It is dedicated to the diversity and beauty of the continent of Africa. For a change we are not talking about wildlife, forests or safaris. The issue is dedicated purely to the different cultures, traditions, lifestyle, people, scenic beauty, lesser known tourist attractions and less visited countries of the continent. We have covered 20 countries in all, of these 10 being the least visited countries of the continent and the other 10 being the most popular ones. There is also an article on an Artist’s Impression of Uganda.

Articles

"A country less visited: Comoros" by Grete Howard

"One of the least visited countries: São Tomé and Príncipe" by Grete Howard

"The land of the Baobab trees" a Touriosity Feature

"The largest African country: Algeria" a Touriosity Feature

"A country like none other: Ethiopia" a Touriosity Feature

"A tiny nation on the coast of the Red Sea: Eritrea" a Touriosity Feature

"Home to the highest dune and the oldest desert: Namibia" a Touriosity Feature

"Swimming with whale sharks in Mozambique" a Touriosity Feature

"The land of Honest Men: Burkina Faso" a Touriosity Feature

"An Artist's Impression of Uganda" by Joaquin Gonzalez Dorao

"10 most popular countries of Africa" a Touriosity Feature

Photo contributors for the issue:
Cover Page photo by Grete Howard, UK

Article photos by Grete Howard, Priscille d'Arifat Koenig, Amartya Mukherjee, Anindita Dutta, Saurabh Datta Gupta, Sanghamitra and Rupanjana De

March

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March

2021

Forest Touriosity

We are back with yet another Forest issue this time. But this is
not just an issue focusing on some national parks and wildlife
sactuaries as our readers might expect, this issue brings alive the
legendary Bagheera, the black panther from Rudyard Kipling’s
‘The Jungle Book’. There is also an article about a road trip across
Guyana in search of the elusive Jaguar. These two stories apart,
the rest of the issue is dedicated to colourful avian species from
around the world. The issue also includes an article about an artist’s
impression of Guilin in China.

Articles

“The real jungle book- Black Panther of Kabini” by Amartya Mukherjee

“Birds of Kenya” by Soma Dattagupta

“Birding in Chupi” by Dr. Ranajit De

“Avi faunal variety of Tanzania” by Grete Howard

“Birds of Pench” by Grete Howard and Anindita Datta

“My trip to Guilim” by Joaquin Dorao

“In search of the Jaguar in Guyana” by Grete Howard

February

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February

2021

Adventure Touriosity

Adventure Tourism is very popular with young tourists all over the world. Adventure activities appeal to tourists because they allow them to step outside their comfort zone. This month’s Touriosity is themed on ‘Adventure Tourism’ and the issue is a collection of articles about various types of adventures that tourists can take part in. From flying over the highest railway bridge to a trip to a village of former headhunters, there are many interesting stories inside. In the artist’s impression section there is a beautiful article about a trip to the ruins of Persepolis, in present day Iran.

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"Flying over the highest Railway Bridge in Myanmar" by Ei Kyawt Khaing



"A Journey to the 15th Century traditional mountain village of Syrrako" by Gaverides



"Backpacking to the village of former headhunters" by Rupanjana De



"Artist's Impression of Persepolis" by Joaquin Dorao

January

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January

2021

Journeys Touriosity

This issue of Touriosity is dedicated to Journeys of all kinds. From the comfort of a caravan trip to a challenging road trip on one of the world’s most dangerous roads, from a luxury train that can be afforded only by the filthy rich to one of the world’s most inexpensive train rides that takes passengers across scenic landscapes for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, from a dream bike trip to Ladakh and a walking tour of Bangkok to a compilation of the world’s most dangerous roads, this issue has all that our readers would ever want to know about journeys.

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“A road trip through the wild Caucasus of Georgia” by Christof Nettekoven


“Romancing the railroad with the deccan Odyssey” by Mahuya Paul


“Dream destination for every Biker” by Arunangshu Chakraborty


“The famous Blue Train of Srilanka” by Claus Andersen


“Caravan trip- On the road with a pet” by Amit Singh


“My trip to bangkok” by Joaquin Dorao

December

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December

2020

People & Culture Touriosity

This issue marks an incredible milestone for Touriosity. It’s the 100th issue of the magazine! In addition we also enter the 10th Year of the monthly publication. For the past 9 years we’ve brought innumerable inspiring stories of travel and adventure from every corner of the world. We thank you for embarking on this journey with us and to mark the occasion we celebrate the ‘People and Cultures around the world’ in this issue. There are photos, stories and illustrations from almost 100 countries in this Special Edition of Touriosity.

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“Glimpses of interesting cultures around the world through an artist’s vibrant brushstrokes” by Rupanjana De


“Kalashateibe of Pakistan” by Christof Nettekoven


“Kyrgyz nomads of Afghanistan” by Christof Nettekoven


“Eagle hunters of Mongolia” by Tamar Valkenier


“Orthodox Christian Culture in Ethiopia” by Madhurima Chakraborty


“Memorable experience in Portugal” by Claus Andersen


“My trip along the nile” by Joaquin Dorao

November

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November

2020

Prison Touriosity

Prisons continue to be like a mystery, to people in general and tourists in particular. There are many historical prisons and detention centres around the world that are tourist attractions today. Some of them have been converted into museums while others into hotels or other sorts of accommodation. The result is the increasing popularity of prison tourism as a form of dark tourism. This issue is dedicated to prison tourism and there are interesting stories about numerous prisons around the world. There is also an article on an Artist’s Impression of Angkor Wat.

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“On a trail of History and Nature in the Andamans” by Jency Samuel



“Prison Tours as part of Dark Tourism” by Rupanjana De



“My trip to Angkor Wat” by Joaquin Dorao

October

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October

2020

Durga Puja Touriosity

Like every year, we have dedicated this October issue to the annual
festivities of Bengal. During this time of the year Durga Puja dominates the life of people in this part of the country. With domestic
travel restrictions being eased to a large extent, we have made an
attempt to bring to our readers numerous small and big attractions
of the state so that they do not have to travel too far for the much
needed respite after months of lockdown. There is also a beautiful
article on Durga Puja of Bengal. In the ‘Artist’s impression’ section
one finds the watercolour illustrations of Lijiang in China.

Articles

“How to celebrate Durga Puja as Bengalis do” by Abhirup Ghosh



“Durga Puja Bengal’s Biggest Carnival” by Abhirup Ghosh



“Latpanchar a desire to get lost” by Alok Ganguly



“My trip to Lijiang” by Joaquin Dorao

September

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September

2020

In this issue of Touriosity we focus on time travel. We plan to take our readers on a trip to the ancient world, one that does not exist anymore. To put it simply, this issue is themed on lost civilisations and readers get to do a virtual trip to the sites that have the rem¬nants of some of the once flourishing civilisations. For the history buffs, there’s a lot information to gather from this issue, for others it is a sheer delight to go through the interesting articles. In the ‘Artist’s impression’ section one finds the watercolour illustrations of the historical settlements of Capadoccia in Turkey.

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August

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August

2020

After many months and many unique issues we are back with our most favourite theme - wildlife and forests. August 2020 issue is dedicated to the very tall and elegant giraffe. There are articles about the various sub-species of the animal, the best places to sight each one of them and a gory story of a ‘chase and kill’ in the wilderness. There are other articles too, unrelated to giraffes. There is an impressive ‘Artist’s impression of Tehran’ article and one about the mangroves of the Sundarbans. In addition there are also the regular features of News and Horoscope.

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July

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July

2020

impression of Guilin in China.

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“Birds of Pench” by Grete Howard and Anindita Datta

June

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June

2020

After three consecutives issues themed on ‘Virtual Tourism’ (because of a
worldwide lockdown due to COVID-19) we are back to our usual self with
a uniquely themed issue once again. The Snow and Ice issue has been long
overdue from our end. And with the mercury increasing, we thought this
was the best way to bring some respite to our readers. In this issue we have
addressed Snow and Ice tourism from all possible perspectives - must-visit
destinations, unique and offbeat places, ice hotels, sports and activities, festivals,
wildlife, cultures, tribes and more. This issue is therefore truly a ‘collectors’
piece’.

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May

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May

2020

The scare of the COVID 19 pandemic continues, quite contrary to what the world has been thinking in terms of succeeding in putting an end to the spread of the virus. A major part of the world is still under lockdown. But the good news is that countries are gradually opening up, airline companies are beginning their operations. But in order to reflect the true state of the current situation, we decided to have one more issue on Virtual Tourism, hopefully the last one. In this issue we provide glimpses into some rather unexplored countries of the world. There is also the recent updates on the pandemic in the News section.

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“My trip to Guilim” by Joaquin Dorao

April

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April

2020

In the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, the world is still under lockdown.
There is no travel and tourism almost anywhere in the world at present. But
hopefully things will get better soon. In solidarity with travel enthusiasts
around the globe who are sitting at home waiting for the menace to be over,
we decided to dedicate our issues during this pandemic to virtual tourism.
In this issue we give our readers a virtual tour of the remotest places of the
world. There is also news from corona-affected places. In addition, the issue
also contains a list of the best travel movies and travel books of all times that
one might want to watch or read now, since travel in reality is not possible.

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March

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March

2020

Travel and Tourism industry is probably the biggest sufferer during the COVID 19 pandemic that originated in China in January 2020 and swept across
many countries thereafter. It is still a big threat, and although China has overcome the setback and has gone back to normal life, most countries in the
world are still under lockdown. Amidst this travel ban, we decided to give
our readers a virtual tour of the world, bringing them not only the news of
corona-affected places but also glimpses of the most popular tourist destinations as on date. The issue also contains a list of the best travel movies of all
times that one might want to watch now, since travel itself is not possible.

Articles

“In search of the Jaguar in Guyana” by Grete Howard

February

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February

2020

It may sound quite unbelievable, but in reality the subterranean world is full of interesting sights and activities that regular tourists are unaware of. There are secret tunnels and passages with both interesting and grim history, buried towns and streets, underground palaces and historical chambers, catacombs, subterranean cities, hidden caves, waterfalls and rivers underneath many places. It is possible to make trips to these interesting places. This issue is all about such unique destinations that must feature in your bucket list if you are a real explorer at heart. One also finds in this issue An Artist’s Impression of El Calafate.

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January

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January

2020

The number of travellers preferring to go for adventure sport is on the rise worldwide. More and more tourists are also adding some adrenaline pumping activities to their regular holidays. No wonder, that destinations are adding new adventure activity options and more places are coming up on the map with extreme adventure sports. Over the years Touriosity has promoted adventure tourism and physical activity, and needless to say, these developments make us happy. This is our third issue dedicated to Adventure Tourism and it has interesting stories of scuba diving, hiking, backpacking and travelling to the end of the world.

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December

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December

2019

Food is an important part of tourism experience and for foodies, it is one of the top priorities while choosing destinations. This is the third Food issue of Touriosity and the first one to focus majorly on the cuisines of India for inbound travellers as well as domestic tourists ex¬ploring the other parts of the country. While we have reviewed a few restaurants across the country in this issue, the most important article here focuses on the street foods of India. We are quite sure that readers and visitors to this country will be happy to populate their bucket list after reading the article.

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November

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November

2019

Touriosity comes out with unique issues every month. While some issues are rather expected, some are not. This issue deals with one such very unusual sub-theme, Mud Tourism. Mud bricks have been known to be in use in construction since 7000 BC and the most remarkable thing about mud architecture is its durability and sustainability. This issue features some of the most beautiful ancient mud structures of the world that have stood the test of time and continue to beckon tourists from far and wide. In addition, it provides information to our readers about mud volcanoes, mud baths, mud festivals and more.

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October

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October

2019

Forest issues have been quite regular at Touriosity. But this one is the first one of 2019. Over the years, in our forest themed issues we have dealt with various sub topics like insects, birds, reptiles, tigers, endangered species, arctic wildlife and so on. But this one has a special focus, one which is very close to our hearts. In this issue we talk mainly of mothers and babies in the wilderness and one doesn’t need to be a traveller, an avid photographer or a wildlife enthusiast to read through these stories and find them interesting. The cover story on the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and a pictorial feature of birds of Tanzania are also engaging articles.

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September

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September

2019

Travel and journey are synonymous and one cannot exist without the other. Yet hardly do we realise often that it is so important to make the journey memorable in order that the travel stays etched in our memory forever. This issue is dedicated to the journeys we take to reach our travel destinations. It contains six articles that depict different types of journeys, starting from a very nomadic one, to the most sophisticated way of traversing lands. The issue is a celebration of the journey itself, and for a change, not the destinations. In this issue we are back with our News Section.

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August

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August

2019

Touriosity is liked by readers of all ages, whether travellers or not, because of the real stories it brings from real travellers. We are not dependent on commercials, nor do we promote tourism products for gain. But we do promote places, and the spirit of travel and exploration. And unlike other travel magazines, Touriosity has been relentlessly working at promoting Sustainable Tourism ever since its first issue of June-July 2012. To try and illuminate stakeholders in the Tourism Industry about the need of sustainability therein and the ways and means to achieve the same, we thought we should also dedicate an entire issue to Sustainable Tourism. In this section, we bring to our readers a quick look at the sustainability concerns that we have been voicing through our issues over the last 8 years. The concerns raised over the issues should also help guide our readers in their future travels. The issue also features the excerpts from International Conference on Sustainable Tourism 2019 held in Kolkata on 23rd August 2019 with the objective of examining critical sustainability issues for the Tourism Sector and explore what they mean for business in tourism . The objective is also to explore the pressing issues, bringing together the country’s opinion leaders for a day of debate and high-level discussions.

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July

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July

2019

Mountains beckon tourists for a variety of reasons. Some go there to relax and unwind amidst unexploited and virgin nature, some escape to the hills to find respite from the scorching heat of summer and especially so during the sum¬mer vacations of kids, some are drawn by the mountain and adventure sports that most of these locations have on offer, in a country like India a substantial percentage of mountain tourists are basically pilgrims coming all the way to perform their religious duties and last but not the least, there are people who go to climb mountains. This issue of Touriosity combines stories of all these types of visitors and the various types of mountain destinations accordingly.

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June

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June

2019