Best Travel Magazines in India & why you should still read them

We love travel magazines. Some might feel travel magazines or magazines in general are a thing of past, but we strongly disagree. In today's world where we keep getting bombarded with information from all directions or simply do a google search to get the information you need, magazines may seem little less relevant to few. But there are so many like us who continue to see the benefits in subscribing to magazines and find it extremely useful. You may choose a digital version of the magazine if that is more convenient, but there is no denying the fact that magazines still have their place in today's world. In this article, lets dive into why you should still read travel magazines and see some of the best travel magazines in India.


Why you should read travel magazines? or any magazine?

How we consume content media today has evolved rapidly over last couple of decades. But what has also evolved is what kind of attention we pay to each form of media. If you monitor your screen time on digital devices, you might find that a lot of time you spend goes into skimming and scanning through your feeds be it social media, news, youtube or netflix. The nature of these forms of content is bound to be less targeted and less immersive for most of the audience. We tend to use these media forms less intently while dividing our attention through other means. Given that most of these forms are free and designed for general audience's consumption, you tend browse them more and soak in less. Note that these observations may not apply to all and may not apply to an individual all the time, but apply to most people most of the time.

Scrolling mindlessly through social media feeds does no good

Let us contrast this with the experience of subscribing and reading magazines. Firstly it starts with choosing the right magazine. It is then followed by payment. And this leads to consumption. The entire journey is far more intentional, based on trust on the quality of content you would receive and is topped with a feeling of guilt if you do not really consume it. The magazine too is designed for specific target audience and is hence far more relevant than any form of broadcast media. The focused and leisure driven nature of consuming a magazine is far more enriching than skimming through any sort of feed. Lastly, magazines are self-orienting. The time you spend reading a magazine is 'your time' and the more time you spend reading, the more satisfied you would feel. Consuming magazines is associated with well-being compared to broadcast media forms which would make you feel after extended consumption.

Immerse yourself in some 'Me time' by reading magazines

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How can you buy/Subscribe to Travel magazines in India?

So if you feel the urge to give it a shot, lets dive into some travel magazines in India. These travel magazines have both print and digital versions. We recommend getting digital versions as it is the more responsible way to consume it. Digital magazines save paper and does not require any fuel to reach you. However if you are one of those who loves the smell of paper and stores all magazines, go ahead and subscribe the print versions.

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Best global Travel Magazines in India


Some of the best global travel magazines available across the world and in India are :


National Geographic Traveller

In the world of magazines, National Geographic is definitely a legend. And in the world of travel magazines, National Geographic traveller is slowly becoming that legend. While the original National Geographic magazine started since 1888 focusing on Science, History, Geography, Culture etc., they started a travel specific version in 1984 known as National Geographic Traveller. Owned by Disney now, National Geographic Traveller has become a source of immersive travel experiences and authentic storytelling. It covers destinations in interesting ways and focuses a lot on culture, sustainable travel and stories. It is published across the globe but UK and Indian edition are the most popular.

Frequency - Monthly


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National Geographic Traveller India

National Geographic Traveller UK

National Geographic Traveler en Español

National Geographic Traveler Romania



Lonely Planet magazine

The story of Lonely Planet's origins is very inspiring and relatable. A couple - Maureen and Tony Wheeler travelled across Europe and Asia by land and arrived in Melbourne in 1972. This paved the way for their first book - Across Asia on the cheap and establishing what would become the empire of Lonely Planet. Over the years Lonely kept publishing travel guides for destinations across the world focusing on helping travellers plan their trips. In 2009, they started the Lonely Planet magazine which has earned equal reputation as their guide books. Lonely Planet magazine covers inspirational articles as well as informative ones answering basic questions such as how to reach, where to stay, what to eat, things to do etc. It currently has 8 International editions to suit needs of different locations across Asia, Europe & US.

Frequency - Monthly


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Lonely Planet India

Lonely Planet Taiwan (Chinese version)

Lonely Planet UK



Condé Nast Traveller

Condé Nast is a 100+ year old global mass media company named after its founder Condé Montrose Nast. It houses number of famous magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired etc. Condé Nast Traveller came into picture in 1987 with a focus on luxury and lifestyle travel. As one would expect, most people read it for its aspirational value and create a wishlist. The pictures here would be vividly instagrammish with a flair of its own and the content is primarily targeted towards premium customers. It has 9 different international editions spread across Asia, Europe and US.

Frequency - Bimonthly


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Condé Nast Traveller India

Condé Nast Traveller US

Condé Nast Traveller China



Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure magazine came into picture around 1971 in its current form. It was transformed from a 34 year old travel photography magazine to a general travel magazine. Currently Travel + Leisure is owned by Meredith Corporation which also houses couple of other dozen magazines such as People, Better homes & gardens, Health, Fitness etc.. Travel + Leisure also targets higher class and features high-profile luxury, lifestyle and niches such as wellness travel. You would often find articles written by non-travel journalists cutting across various poets, novelists, artists etc. It is known for using celebrities and models to make the destinations much more desirable. Their yearly issue on Weddings & Honeymoons is also worth checking out.

Frequency - Monthly


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Travel + Leisure India

Travel + Leisure India - Weddings & Honeymoons

Travel + Leisure US



Business Traveller

Business Traveller as the name suggests focuses on today's frequent fliers and corporate travellers. Started in 1976 in UK, it quickly gained popularity due to lack of competition in this niche and currently has 14 editions worldwide. With an aim of catering to its niche, Business Traveller covers information on airlines, airports, hotels, car rental etc. along with industry trends, weekend guides, climate etc. There is also a heavy focus on reviewing travel products, accessories, gadgets, loyalty programs, offers etc.

Frequency - ~10 issues/year


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Business Traveller India

Business Traveller Middle East

Business Traveller UK

Business Traveller China

Business Traveller Africa

Business Traveller US


Best Indian Travel Magazines


All the above magazines have various country specific editions which includes an edition for India. Let us now look at some home grown brands and see travel magazines in India which were found and are distributed only in India :


Outlook Traveller & Outlook Traveller Getaways

Outlook traveller is travel magazine from Outlook publishing house famous in India for some other magazines such as Outlook, Outlook business, Outlook Money etc. Part of Rajan Raheja group of companies, Outlook traveller started around 2005 and has since become one of India's most popular travel magazine. The focus varies from industry trends to practical advise and is usually simple and crisp in its writing. They also branched into creating travel guide books known as Outlook Traveller Getaways which focuses on a single topic, could be - a destination, a festival, or other allied travel themes.

Outlook Traveller Frequency - Monthly


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Outlook Traveller

Outlook Traveller Getaway



Discover India Magazine

Discover India magazine prides itself in being India's oldest magazine launched in 1988. Since then it has made a reputation for itself in terms of exploring and showcasing India. The magazine is currently owned by Indian arm of The Hubert Burda media group, Germany which also publishes Travel+Leisure India, AsiaSpa, Architecture + Design to name a few. Irrespective of the nature and background of the traveller, if the someone is looking to explore India, Discover India would be the best option.

Frequency - Monthly


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Discover India




Few other relatively lesser known travel magazines in India focusing on different niches and worth checking out are :


Discover India's North East

Buy latest digital issue or subscribe - Discover India's North East


The Luxury Collection

Buy latest digital issue or subscribe - The Luxury Collection


India outbound

Buy latest digital issue or subscribe - India Outbound


Hotel Business Review

Buy latest digital issue or subscribe - Hotel Business Review


The Traveller Trails

Buy latest digital issue or subscribe - The Traveller Trails


Adventure & Wildlife

Buy latest digital issue or subscribe - Adventure & Wildlife



Airport/Airlines magazines in India

A compilation of best travel magazines is incomplete without including Airport/Airlines magazines that you would come across every time you are out flying. They do largely focus on promoting themselves which is kind of a turn off, but they do have some interesting stories as well. Did you know that these magazines are also available online if you want to check them out? Check out some travel magazines in India published by Airport/Airlines :


Airports India by Authority of India

Checkout the free digital issues - Airports India


Go-Getter by Go Air

Checkout the free digital issues - Go-Getter


Hello 6E by Indigo

Checkout the free digital issues - Hello 6E


Shubh Yatra by Air India

Checkout the free digital issues - Shubh Yatra


Spice Route by Spicejet

Checkout the free digital issues - Spice Route


Trujetter by Tru Jet

Checkout the free digital issues - Trujetter


Vistara by Vistara

Checkout the free digital issues - Vistara


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