Waking up in the hills miles away from your home , in a wooden cottage with some mesmerizing Darjeeling tea, or going to sleep in a sleeping bag under a blanket of stars above you , camping with random travelers , singing old songs, heating marshmallows in the bonfire , all this sounds like something straight out of a Imtiaz Ali film but then who doesn’t want a perfect trip now and then to rejuvenate and revitalize the soul.
Afterall all that hard work, all the deadlines, the incentives, juggling between multiple clients at the same time, all of this for what? just because you want to move into a bigger house, buy that tuxedo or that fancy car you saw earlier today? Is that It? NO… right? Each one of us have this buried wander lust inside of us, like a child it wants to come out and play, wander into the unknown, take the path not taken.
Let’s tickle your wanderlust a bit and talk about places which are sure to uplift your mood and make you want to live the hippie life! So today we talk about 5 places in India you must visit in your lifetime so that next time you don’t regret sitting in your cubicle and hustling for hours.
Jaipur, also known as the pink city, the capital of Rajasthan is a flamboyant coalescence of the old and new. Along with Agra and Delhi, Jaipur forms the golden Triangle, one of the most preferred tourist circuits of the country. Jaipur is home to many awe-inspiring forts, palaces, museums and temples. You can also go bazaar hoping which includes Tripola bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Johri Bazaar.
You can also come across modern amenities with some of the most exquisite hotels and resorts in the world. People from all parts of the world come here at least once in their lifetime to spend their time in sheer luxury. The big fat weddings that we hear about in the news, most of them take place here every year.
Udaipur is called the ‘Venice of the East’ or the city of lakes is surrounded by abundance of natural beauty, magnificent temples and the breathtaking Aravali Hills making it a must-visit destination. A boat ride along the waters of lake pichola is a must whenever you pay a visit. The grand architecture, natural serenity and historic temples are proofs that Udaipur is truly the crown of Rajasthan.
The capital of Jammu and Kashmir lies on the banks of the Jhelum river and famously called the ‘Heaven on Earth’. This city has lived up to the name as it is as picturesque as one can imagine heaven to be. From the magnificent open pastures of Gulmarg to the serene waters of Pahalgam, the beauty that resides in Srinagar will mesmerize you in more ways than one. You can hire a houseboat to visit Dal lake. Dal Lake is surrounded by the hills in all of Kashmir. There are other activities which you must try Like Kayaking, Shikara ride, and skiing.
Famously known as ‘God’s own country’, Kerela is located on the Malabar coast of southern India. Known for its trail of tea gardens, long coastlines and Languorous backwaters, Kerela is paradise on earth and one of the best tourist destinations in the country. You can go on a hike to Munnar hill station or just chill at the beautiful Kovalam beach surrounded by palm-trees. The long coastline provides opportunity for fishing, there are mountain ranges, wildlife sanctuaries, palm tree beaches, greenery and some of the most beautiful rivers. There is no second thought to the fact that this place is considered among the ten paradises in the whole world.
We all have a pre-requisite mind set about this place whenever we hear the name. You must have seen goa in many movies – busy narrow lanes, crowded beaches, bars, casinos, Cheap booze, well Goa is a lot more than that. Goa is a place that holds rich history about Portuguese architecture, Goan people and their food. North Goa has so much to offer that it may take you more than one trip to cover everything. The never-ending list of restaurants and bars will keep you busy until you come across those busy lanes where you will find so much to shop and take home as souvenirs, when you are done you will be welcomed by Goa’S crazy nightlife , something you might not see in any other part of this country is why Goa is known the Party hub of India.
After you are hungover from north Goa, it is time to explore the serenity in south Goa. Here, you will find long coastlines stretched over 100 kilometers. Famous Churches, Portuguese architecture, Greenery, coconut and palm trees, Wildlife and some of the most peaceful beaches- a perfect hangover kit.
Known as the ‘Queen of the Himalayas’ Darjeeling is all about the most amazing sunrise, the untouched hills, the jaw dropping view from wherever you stand and of course the lush green tea plantations. Standing at a height of 2,050 meters above sea level, Darjeeling was once called the summer capital of India during the British Raj. You can enjoy the famous toy train rides which have been a part of Darjeeling since 1881. Other popular attractions include a zoo, monasteries, botanical gardens, tea estates, markets and villages. You can also enjoy the longest Asian cable car also known as the Darjeeling-Rangeet valley passenger Ropeway cable car.
Sometimes It’s okay to just shut down your laptop, pick up that rug sack and fly away to the destination you’ve always wanted to go. Your wanderlust must not die because of something as petty as money. Get hold of the best travel cards in the markets to avail frequent flyer points, fuel surcharge waiver, discounts on selected outlets and a lot more! You already know where to find the best credit-cards don’t you? So, what are you waiting for? Just grab your bag and Get-Set-Go! Happy buying!