The New Year isn’t new anymore, the winters are fading & the joy of the vacations are being masked by the monotony of the daily schedule. What if you get a lucky chance of 2 days off & few extra bucks in your pocket? Put it in a short trip & recharge yourself before the year-ending exercise of the workplace.
As we know, our nation has a vastly different topography & climates, hence there is no dearth of locations as per your choice. Do you want to hit each other with snowballs or you want to build sand castles on the seashores? Here’s a list of destinations you can choose &visit as per your choice without costing a bomb.
For the North Indians, there are numerous troves you can visit on an errand-
- Heavenly Himachal Pradesh- Icicled hilly tops
If you think it’s only Shimla which you’ve been visiting since your boyhood then waits & grab a map. There are many other beautiful gems awaiting the arrival of admirers. The state has many gems such as Dharamshala-a tranquil city near the banks of riverBhagsu is truly virgin territory. There are more unexplored destinations like- Dalhousie, Manar&Khajjar.
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- Unbelievable Uttarakhand- Feat with flakes of snow
Known as the Devbhoomi, this land has a kooky side with a flair for adventures. Auli topping the list for the adventurous activities, Nainital is too better than just a pilgrimage. So if you want to ski or just experience frozen yet acrobatic winters then head for this beautiful Himalayan state. The authentic Garhwali cuisine is a bonus.
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- Remarkable Rajasthan: Royalty Redefined
Come to the land of Rajas, who had a knack for forts &Havelis. The forts built with burnished blocks of stones & marbles reflect the brilliant engineering & resource management techniques of the ancient Indians. The same genius is reflected in the handiworks & beautiful Bandhanis, available in the bustling markets of present-day Rajasthan.
Witness the zeal of nomadic tribes who’ve tamed a mighty desert into an inhabitable land. A night of desert camp, atypical camel milk cuisine, folk songs reciting folklore & much more awaits this February for you, at the –Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur & Jaisalmer.
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- Glorious Gujrat: Concoction of Colors & Cultures
The westernmost state of India, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi & a land famous for Dandiya has an amalgamation of various ethnicities & diverse civilizations. The rainbow hues are reflected, when you take a tour of the arid but fluttering Rann of Kutch. You can join us to this magnificent celebration of the sui generis Indian sophistication.
The weird wilds of Gir can give you the glimpse of a peacock strutting along the bushes or the majestic Asiatic Lion. The beautiful tribal handicrafts & souvenirs can be the best gifts for the friends back home.
And there’s much more to astonish you at every halt of your exploration of the splendor of Gujrat.
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- Gleeful Goa- A Portuguese panorama
Goa was a Portuguese colony & the state has a long history of different dynasties coming to the power, hence Goan culture is a conglomeration of different cultures & ethnicities. This reflects in the lifestyle & cuisine as well.
Goa being a daughter of Arabian Sea is blessed with a diverse flora & fauna. The long list of rulers, from time to time build towering structures some of which are now, world heritage sites. The Hippy heaven of the 80s, Goa is a hot favorite among both national & international tourists.
So if you want to taste a different wine, come to enjoy the exciting aquatic sports like snorkeling, kayaking & scuba diving. If you’re a night owl then this is your jungle. The state boasts of an atypical nightlife & cocktail culture. Get foreign goods at dirt cheap rates; if you can bargain.
Now lets us head to our enigmatic East which mesmerizes the visitors, new & old alike.
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- Bewitching Bengal: Uncharted territories in North
We’re all familiar with Darjeeling the hilly town has become synonymous with tea cultivation &its global supply. But there are more troves, in Northern Bengal which are masked by the popularity of the Tea Queen, Darjeeling.
Let’s start with the gates, yes! Duars literally meaning the Dwar or gates, has been the entrance point of Bhutanese to India. The beautiful duars have a lot to be appreciated. If you want to acquire a firsthand experience of the Hilly lifestyle &Lepcha culture then this is your kind of tour. Experience a village homestay inside the territories of a sanctuary. Live life more nature-friendly & fulfilling. Breathe in the fresh air, scented with the Himalayan orchids, rhododendrons & other flora. Sip the freshest tea while gazing at the remarkable sunrise on the hilltops.
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- Opulent Odisha: A Seaside saga
A land which has been known to us through the glorious history of King Ashoka who gave up war, after the bloodshed he witnessed during the conquest of Kalinga.
Yes! It was Odisha which was known as Kalinga in ancient India. The state has an incredible history to study, geography to explore & spirituality to feel. If you want more than” just a tour” then Odisha is something you should set your eyes for.
If you’re honeymooning then this tour will give a loads of memories, right from seeking blessings of the Almighty at Puri to bathing in hot springs in Taptapani& visiting the Kashmir of Odisha aka- Daringbadi, named after a British Officer Daring sahib, this tour has a tranquil spot like the Gopalpur beach where you can spend quality time with your new partner.
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- Uncharted Andaman: A splash with History & Nature
The notorious Kala Paani prison of the colonial era has stood as a testimony to the struggles of our freedom fighters. The brave souls gave up their lives in the prime of their youths so that we can breathe in the air of Independent India.
The Island has a taste of history & patriotism along with a list of adventurous aquatic sports like scuba diving & snorkeling.
The Islets have a squeaky clean ambience with pristine flora & fauna. If you want to inhale the freshest air of India & still enjoy a variety of sports then Andaman is your destination, this February.
- Cyanic Karnataka: Immaculate ambience
Coorg, the Scotland of south India has been a playground of various ethnicities & religious communities. This is reflected in the architectural marvels of the place. This quiet but quaint townhouse a gothic style Church with a museum. A citadel belonging to the Hindu dynasty of the ancient Karnataka &Omkareshwar Temple. A perfect blend of both Indo-British tastes, this town can give you an experience of Colonial-era with an attractive twist.
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- Sightly seven sisters: The novel NE
The prepossessing northeast has a very old school feel with strokes of snazziness. The 7 states share a lot of common communal & ethical tastes hence are called 7 sisters, fondly. The states have been a shelter of indigenous & native communities of Eastern Himalayas. They have an influence of Hinduism, Buddhism & some native religions too.
This all has brewed up an astonishing concoction of sophistication & languages, reflected across the 7 states. The inclusion of Sikkim in India has become the icing on this cake of 7 colors.
So if you want to see the land of Lepchas, experience Bhutanese cuisine or walk around total women run market then pack your bags to tour across these captivating daughters of Eastern Himalayas & adjacent hills.
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- Unmatched Uttar Pradesh: Native land of Nawabs
The land has become synonymous with sophistication & decorum of nawabs& the sui generis culture flourished, blending the best of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood. Still, this state has a real wild side; it houses the oldest national park, named after the famed British hunter Jim Corbett, the Corbett National Park.
The park is famous for the dense canopy, tigers & other fierce but spectacular wildlife gems. A safari through the forest, studded with occasional glimpses of some wild troves, can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
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