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Places to visit: India is a place you will love to travel. 29 states, 7 union territories, 22 major languages, thousands of rivers, mountains & a big forest area makes India one of the best tourist destination.

India has over 2 million temples, over 3 lakh mosque & thousands of gurudwaras & church. So whatever religion or culture you represent, India will be the best places to visit.

Rann Utsav – Cultural Fiesta of the White Salt Desert

Rann Utsav Cover Image

Behind the dry and arid region of the desert, stands a place with rich history of arts, culture and heritage. The eerie silence of the barren lands is enough to give you goosebumps, but add to beauty of the place. I never knew deserts can be beautiful until I visited the magnificent desert of Kutch. That’s the unique charm of the place, which makes you wonder about the miracles of nature. 

Rann Utsav Tent city front image

Rann of Kutch is around 50 km from Bhuj city, hence if you visit there you must experience stay at tent city in Rann Utsav. Been there, done that, here is an account of magical experience at Rann Utsav.

The Arrival

Image of People welcoming with music at Runn Utsav
A Musical Welcome

The tent city is located at Dhordo village, which is located around 50 km from Bhuj city. The pick-up facility is provided by the Rann Utsav team, arranging pick-ups from railway station and airport. After a good 1.5 hour ride, as you step down from the vehicle, you are welcomed on the sounds of the dhol accompanied by folk dance. The energy of the beats wears off your fatigue. Above all, it livens up the atmosphere.

Tent City Experience

After checking in the tent city, you are at your leisure to explore the place. Spread across an area of 5000 sq.meters, tent city houses 500 tents and cottages, 2 dining halls, a shopping area, some photo points and one activity area. But, the good part is the availability of golf carts to ferry you around the place. 

For the shopaholic souls, there’s a dedicated area to let out the inner shopping monster. There’s a plethora of items on sale, for instance, bandhni duppattas, hand-woven shawls, metal artefacts etc. You can also try your hand at various crafts like pottery and clay modelling at nominal charges and make your stay worth. The dining experience is one not to be missed. An excellent spread of Gujarati cuisine is on offer, not once or twice, but four times a day. Enough to leave you with foodgasm. 

Magical & Mystical White Rann

As the evening nears up, you grab your camera and head towards the mystical white rann to witness the beauty of the desert. A barren salt flat that extends over an area of 17000 sq. km and stretches across International Border to Pakistan. Once upon a time this area was a seashore. But owing to tectonic movements, a part of ocean dried up in the region leaving behind the huge flat salt plain. 

White Lands and Purple Skies
Lit under Moonlight

In an honest opinion, the place is worth all the hype. The white backdrop appears so beautiful that you just cannot take your eyes off them. And it becomes even more beautiful when the full moon shines at night. As long as your sight reach, everything is shining and sparkling under the beautifully lit moon. It is one experience you must have in your lifetime. It’s just like a fairy tale ending to an eventful day.

If the moonlit desert wasn’t enough to enthral you, a captivating sunrise definitely will complete the formalities. As you notice the changing shades of the skies from black to pink to orange to blue, from the horizon, emerges an orange ball with a Midas touch, turning everything to gold. 

Captivating Kalo Dungar

Still being hungover from the magnificent views of the white desert, after a sumptuous breakfast, you head towards Kalo Dungar. Standing at an elevation of 300 m above sea level, Kalo Dungar is the highest peak of Kutch and was used as a compass in olden days while travelling. 

Sunset at Kalo Dungar

It takes around one hour ride from Tent City to reach Kalo Dungar. The peak is situated around 500 m from the parking spot and you can either walk or enjoy the camel-back ride to the top. Once at the peak, you have a panoramic view of the desert and the back-waters of Khari River. On a clear day, you can even see Indo-Pak border through binoculars. 

There is an interesting legend associated with the place. Over 4 centuries ago, there lived a saint named Pachmai Peer on the hills. One day a pack of wild jackals appeared in his ashram and stood expectantly in front of him. Looking into their eyes, he realized that they were famished. All that he could offer them was a spartan meal of rice and dal. And offer he did, and the jackals went back with their tummies full. 

Jackal of Kalo Dungar

The ritual of feeding continued for months till one day when there was no food in the ashram.  Realizing that his guests will have to go back hungry, the Peer, in a gesture of unimaginable generosity, chopped off his hand and offered it to the jackals, saying ‘lo ang’, which meant ‘here, eat my hand’. The jackals, as on every other day, went back satiated. But from that day onwards, the inmates of the ashram have made sure that the jackals of Kalo Dungar are fed, not once but twice a day. And they haven’t missed it even once in the last 400 years.

Marvelous Mandvi

After witnessing the generosity of the saint, we return to base and have a lavish lunch at the Tent City. After an hour of leisure time, we set off for Mandvi Beach. If anyone asks me about my favourite beach destination of Gujarat, Mandvi beach wins hands down. 

The pristine blue waters of the sea are a treat to sore eyes. The huge windmills set at the shore add to the beauty of the shores. And the flocking sea-gulls become an icing on the cake. 

A couple of kilometre towards the north of the beach stands the magnanimous Vijay Vilas Palace. The central high dome on the pillars, the Bengal domes on the sides, the windows with coloured glass, carved stone ‘Jalis’, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone-carved elements, make the palace worth visiting.  

The palace is hosts a private beach and is home to the Royal Family of Kutch. A closer look and you can recognize the shooting spots from the movies Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Lagaan.  The topmost point offers an unobstructed view of the sun slowly setting into the Arabian Sea, ending a day full of events.

Cultural Events at Tent City

You return from Mandvi around and have a gourmet dinner ready for you, but the fun isn’t over yet. You move towards the activity area where you will get up close and personal with the colours and flavours of Gujarati folk performances. 

The stand-out performance of the night is the Siddi Dhamal. The Siddis are the descendants of the indigenous Bantu tribes of East Africa, who migrated to the subcontinent during the Colonial Era. Bringing the African touch of Zumba and Haka, Siddi Dhamal is one refreshing act performed on the beats of the Bongos. It is another experience that livens up your mood and incites the inner aboriginal in you.

As the music plays in long into the night, you enjoy every moment of it and reminisce the wonderful moments spent in the magical, mystical and beautiful desert of Kutch.  

Mahbubnagar- A weekend spent in tranquility

There’s something pleasantly strange about history. While most ancient towns have assumed the features of a modern urban settlement, there still are a few places in India where time seems to have stopped at a certain era. Despite basic commercialization, these places will make you wind back in time and see through the cracked walls and relics of its grandeur and into the period when it was at its best. The district of Mahbubnagar in the state of Telengana is definitely one such place.

Sitting on the southwest edge of Telengana and bordering Karnataka, Mahbubnagar is a standing testament of its princely past.

History & Etymology

Mahbubnagar or popularly called Palamoor, was earlier called Rukmammapet. Later in 1890, when the 6th Nizam of Hyderabad- Nawab Mir Mahbub Ali Khan Asaf Jahi VI assumed the throne, the name was changed to Mahbubnagar in his honor. However, the region which comprise the district was the erstwhile kingdom of the Satavahana Dynasty from 221 BC to 218 AD. Later it also remained a part of the Chalukya Kingdom from 5th century to 11th century, then of the Kingdom of Golkonda, the Qutab Shahi dynasty and finally came under the control of Asaf Jahi dynasty in 1724.

Getting there

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The town of Mahbubnagar is roughly 110 Km from Hyderabad and takes about two and half hours. For a day trip, hire an affordable and highly rated cab service from Hyderabad and head out on NH 44 to reach the historic town.

Things to see in Mahbubnagar

The entire district of Mahbubnagar is a site of forts, temples, and antiquated structures that still manage to reflect its long lost magnificence. For a comprehensive tour of this ancient district, engage the services of a top-rated chauffeur-driven car rental company in Hyderabad and visit these must-see places:

Jain Temple in Alvanpalli

Built somewhere between 7th and 8th century, this is the oldest terracotta style Jain temple. This is one of the two structures of its kind built during the Gupta Empire, the other one being in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The temple once housed rare stone structures of Mahavira, Parsvanatha, and few other prominent figures of Jainism, which have been removed to the nearby museum in Pillalamarri and the State Museum.

Gadwal Fort

Image of Gadwal Fort in Mahbubnagar. Image Credit: Telangana Tourism

About 78 Km from Mahbubnagar bus station, the Gadwal Fort is one of the popular historical attractions in this district. The massive fort was built by Peda Soma Bhupaludu- the famous ruler of Gadwal. Although mostly in ruins, you can still see the huge walls that fortified the fortress inside and the moats built around it.

The fort premises house three temples, of which the Chennakesava Temple is the grandest with its high temple tower, stone dais (mandapa) and intricate carvings on the exteriors. There is also a 32 feet long cannon that the ruler of Gadwal won over from the Nawab of Kurnool.

Koilkonda Fort

Image of Koilkonda Fort

This fort area makes for a thrilling day trek. You can start hiking from the western side of the fort across a deep gorge and reach a flight of stone steps that lead to the fort. Perched atop a small hill, the Koilkonda Fort once used to be the outpost of the Qutab. You will need to cross seven gates to be able to enter the main fort area. The first gate has inscriptions of Ibrahim Qutb Shah from 1550 AD. There is a derelict palace, a mosque, an Idgah (an enclosure for offering morning prayers during Eid), and a revered congregation hall.

Pillalamarri

Also called Peerla Marri, is a natural enclave with an an 800 years-old banyan tree and is the most attractive aspect of Mahabubnagar district. Over the years, the oldest tree has branched out into smaller banyan trees creating a dense foliage across three acres of land. The shaded area makes for a relaxing time in the outdoors. There is also a mini zoo with birds and other animals in the area.

If you are a lover of history or all things antiquated, then you must put this tranquil little town on your next weekend getaway from Hyderabad.

List of Weekend Retreats for Delhiites: 12 Places Near Delhi

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Places to visit near delhi during weekends

Weekend Retreats have become a compulsion in today’s hardcore life. Everyone is in search of a quick breakout from their hectic scheduled life. Delhiites are the fun-loving weekend party animals. Thus here we come with a list of weekend retreats for Delhiites. 12 Places near Delhi to solve your time in thinking for your coming weekends.

1: Mussoorie

‘Queen of the hills’. This particular place never gets old. Mussoorie is best to visit for all Delhiites for a refreshing weekend. With a good pleasant weather, it is healthy for your pockets too. Hike up, dive into various adventures and enjoy the scenic views to cheer yourself up.

Distance: 275 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year except monsoon.

Mesmerizing Sunset at Mussoorie

2: Rishikesh

Known to be as the Adventure Capital of India. You will always be left with something from this place. Rafting, camping, trekking, bungee, zipping and then the yogic practices. Rishikesh is a perfect stress-booster destination. Relive the best moment of your life here.

Distance: 242 km

Best Time To Visit: September-April

White Water Rafting at River Ganges

3: Jim Corbett National Park

One weekend with the enthralling wildlife. Spend a day or two in the jungle in search of best views of Bengal Tigers. It is known as the oldest and prestigious National Park. Take a long weekend to have an evening amidst rains in Nainital. And a day with jeep safari at Corbett. 

Distance: 235 km

Best Time To Visit: October-June

Jeep Safari & Tiger Sighting

4: Mathura-Vrindavan

This blend of place slays with Lord Krishna. Dance with the Rasleelas there. Holi and Janmashtami are the festivals which will leave you enthralled. Pilgrimage is a fun activity with Lord Krishna. Try it out here. Both the places are scattered with numerous temples of Radha-Krishna. When done with all your party fever, spend a few time with decent fun.

Distance: 162 km

Best Time To Visit: October-March

Colorful Celebration of Holi Festival

5: Lansdowne

It is the most picturesque hill station near Delhi. Surrounded by lush pine forests, this little place is another home to heaven. Rejuvenate and relax from all the worries in this peaceful town. Reach Lansdowne and just do nothing. 

Distance: 246 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year with pleasant summers, pretty monsoons and chilling winters.

Serenic view in Lansdowne

6: Neemrana

For the most sorted weekend, visit Neemrana. The town of forts, lakes and attractions. Nestled in Alwar district of Aravalli ranges, this particular place is a walk in history. Neemrana Fort is a major attraction there which has now turned into a heritage hotel. Spend a royal night at the fort with a magnificent view. Also indulge in adventure activity there.

Distance: 121 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year.

Neemrana Fort

7: Solang Valley

The perfect destination for the adventure junkie Delhiites. Weekend is well settled with mountains in a chilling breeze with all various types of adventure activities. Glide with the paras, zorb in the bubble balls or ski board in snow during winters.  Also with nature at its best to make your weekends best.

Distance: 575 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year.

Adventure Activities in Solang Valley

8: Kasol & Kheerganga Trek

The dreamland trek for every Delhiite. Kasol has come as the new hippy home with all the fun. Be there with your bachelor group for most memorable days.  Kheerganga Trek never feels like a physical pain due to the scenic pleasure all through the way. A dip to hot water natural springs in cool mountains is a best long weekend solution. Also look for other bachelor trip destinations.

Distance: 520 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year.

Night Camp Stays at Kheerganga Trek

9: Jaipur

A weekend out at Pink City of Palaces. Look out for the ways of royalism in our blood, a gift from our classic kings. With it, they have left us with beautiful architectural buildings, to adore forever. Get the breezes at Hawa Mahal, know the stories or more at City Palace, rising up to Amber Palace and pride for the ancient scientific logics at Jantar Mantar. Also come back with the bag filled with alluring shopping items of Jaipur.

Distance: 268 km

Best Time To Visit: October-March

Magnificent view of City Palace

10: Chopta-Tungnath

Another camping destination, which is yet not common and crowded. Drive upto Chopta with your party stuffs. It is a beautiful meadow land between forests. Spend a day admiring the beauty of mountains and chilled nights. Also, trek up to Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila Peak for some hiking trips. You can also get options of hotels and guest houses there.

Distance: 394 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year with variant experiences.

Winter Scenes at Chopta

Also Read: 55 great treks to take up in India

11: Agra-Fatehpur Sikri

If your travel activity include history, art and archaeology, then take a weekend time for Agra. Taj Mahal needs no introduction. We are proudly owning this beautiful wonder of love. With it, Agra also has other important historical sites to visit. Fatehpur Sikri is still standing boldly with ‘Buland Darwaza’. And all of these places are worth a view.

Distance: 212 km

Best Time To Visit: October-March

Evening view at Taj Mahal

12: Kasauli

Head up for a bike trip or a weekend with your family. This place is another soothing destination with great weather. Delhi being in north, keeps it close to mountains. Kasauli is another such small hill town with Victorian buildings and atmosphere to soothe your mind. Drain out the pain of your hectic daily life in the calmness of this place.

Distance: 304 km

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year.

Christ Church in Kasauli

Head out with your destination and break up for a while from your scheduled Delhi lifestyle.

Also Check: 10 untrodden locations/places to visit near Mumbai-Pune.

Neelakurinji – Once in 12 years!

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Neelakurinji flowers

The creator with his paint brush sprays magic on the canvas called earth time and again. One is left awestruck and spell bound, every time they get a chance to witness that magic. This is one such magic, which happens once every 12 years, known as Neelakurinji.

The Blue Bloom

Neelakurinji – Once in a Blue Bloom

The Neelakurinji, literally meaning blue flower, are a rare species of flower that have a maturity cycle of 12-16 years. When blooming at its peak, it engulfs the entire stretch of the hill in the carpet of blue. The Nilgiri Hills have thus derived their name.

Blue Flowers in Green Grass!

Where to find?

The Neelakurinji are found in the southern part of India in the Nilgiri hills and western ghats. They are more prominently found in the valleys of Munnar in Kerala, since they require an altitude of 1200-2400 meters above MSL.

As one breezes past the beautiful tea estates in Munnar, you arrive at Eravikulam National Park, 10 km from Munnar town, one of the prime locations for the Neelakurinji flowering and is highly promoted by Kerala Tourism.

If you plan to go on a long weekend, make sure you book the tickets in advance online, as the National Park has a limit of 3000 people only per day. The park is open for public from 8 am to 4 pm.

Soothing Sight

Neelakurinji – The Experience

Once in a 12 year experience

A worthwhile experience is on its way as you hike along the roads of Eravikulam National Park with the beautiful blue flowers blooming at your either side. As the cool winds blow through the flowers, it makes the sight even more soothing and refreshing. Perched upon the hills, embracing in its arms, when you witness a carpet of blue, you get the feeling of Nirvana as the beauty of the place and magic of the nature makes a mark in your mind, body, heart and soul.  A must on the to-do list of nature lover, the flowers will make you feel obsessed with them.

So much so that you’ll sign off from Munnar saying, “See you in 2030, Neelakurinji!”

Pratapgadh Fort- A testimony to Genius, Marvel & Victory

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Image of Pratapgarh Fort
Outside view of the Fort

‘Gadh’, literally means stronghold, have been an integral part of the erstwhile kings and princes in India. It is strategically located across various parts of the country. The forts were the arsenal of rulers to deploy the forces when under attack. Maharashtra has over 300 such forts that played an important role during Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s reign. However, one fort holds a special place in the history of Maratha Empire owing to its architectural genius and the folklore attached to it. If your travelling activity accounts for history and architect, then Pratapgadh Fort is your destination. Here’s the account to the valour of Pratapgadh Fort- a testimony to genius, marvel and victory.

Main Gate of the Fort

Formation Story of the Pratapgadh Fort

Unlike other forts of Maharashtra that were majorly captured, Pratapgadh Fort was constructed by Shivaji Maharaj. It was built under the architectural guidance of Moropant Trimbak Pingle. The fort consists of 4 watchtowers in four directions, armoury, king’s quarters, army quarter, around 450 steps connecting it all. It was all constructed within a span of 2 years. Just imagine!! Around 500 years ago, without the use of heavy machinery and equipment, in a hostile environment, clandestinely stands a stronghold of Maratha bastion.

Hidden Tunnel

Complex Illustration

The intriguing part of the construction was that the main door of the gate is not visible from outside. As seen in the photos, an outside glance makes it look like an impregnable wall. But actually, the main gate is hidden behind the rocks, with a series of the curved staircase leading to the door. The curved staircase was an example of an ingenious construction. It protected the fort gate from being taken down by the enemy forces.

On the way up to the top, one can witness the weapons and armoury used at the time. Literally and figuratively, each of the weapons weighs about 20-30 kgs. Also, it is said that an average person then would practice with them for 6-8 hours a day. Clearly shows the strength in the limbs of our ancestors. The highest point of the fort stands on the edge of the 3000 feet high cliff, known as Punishment Point. The place was used to execute the criminals by throwing them down the cliff. A spine-chilling place even now as the cool breeze equivalent to that of an air conditioner with temperature dropped to the lowest. And the view is worth dying for!

Punishment Point

Significance of the name given- Pratapgadh

Among all the tales, the fort is well known for one which derived its name. ‘Pratap’ means victory, and the name of the fort is dedicated to the victory of Chhatrapati over the Mughal General Afzal Khan.

Chhatrapati Shivaji’s contemporary ruler was the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. He placed a handsome bounty on Shivaji Maharaj’s head. Afzal Khan was the Mughal General in the Deccan region and he accepted the challenge to defeat Shivaji Maharaj. Setting out a message of peace proposition to Chhatrapati at Pratapgadh, Afzal Khan had planned to kill Shivaji during the meet. Afzal Khan, as it is said, was a monster among men, standing at 7 feet tall and was strong enough to flip a raging bull without breaking a sweat.

Shivaji Maharaj, on receiving the invitation of the peace proposition, went ahead to meet Afzal Khan with 2 of his trusted generals. As they met, Afzal Khan tried to kill Shivaji Maharaj by squeezing his neck. However, Shivaji Maharaj, having anticipated such move, tore open Afzal Khan’s belly using the tiger claws he was wearing on his hands. Withering in pain, Afzal Khan retreated through the tent where one of Shivaji’s bodyguards decapitated him. The trumpet of victory was blown from the fort and hence the fort came to be known as Pratapgadh Fort.

Pratapgadh Fort is just 15 km from the famous hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Also look for other destinations to visit near Pune and Mumbai. Pratapgadh Fort stands tall reminiscing the valiant tales of the glorified Maratha history. 

If you are planning to visit pratapgarh fort & some other places together & you are low on budget, these tips will help you to save a lot of money while travelling. So plan your next trip there and be amazed by living the part of the history.

Waterfall en-route Pratapgadh Fort

55 Great Treks To Take Up In India

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Treks taking a new era of interests in today’s generation. Mountains calling is the new trend. Are you also searching for good treks to do for your next plan? India is no less. There is always a new route and another beauty in every corner you go. Continue with your adrenaline rush and look up for the 55 great treks to take up in India:

1. Chadar Trek

The icy winter trek along the frozen Zanskar River.

Chadar Trek
LocationLeh-Ladakh
Duration9 Days
Altitude
3470 m
Level
Moderate-Difficult
Best Time
January-February

 

2. Valley of Flowers Trek

A must trek for the nature lovers.

Valley of Flowers
LocationUttarakhand
Altitude3505 m
Duration6 Days
LevelEasy-Moderate
Best TimeMid July-End August

3. Gangotri-Gomukh-Tapovan Trek

Look up for the source of holy river Ganga.

Gangotri-Gomukh-Tapovan
LocationGarhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude4463 m
Duration11 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeMay-June, August-October

4. Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek

Trek for the marvellous view of Kanchenjunga peak.

Singalila Kanchenjunga
LocationSikkim
Altitude4940 m
Duration20 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeMid March-May, September-October

5. Pangarchulla Peak Trek

A mesmerizing round trail trek with a challenging summit.

Pangarchulla Peak
LocationUttarakhand
Altitude4480 m
Duration7 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeAll through the year except monsoon

6. Markha Valley Trek

Experience the variants from the cold desert to the tea house treks with peaceful monasteries.

Markha Valley Trek
LocationLadakh
Altitude5150 m
Duration7-9 Days
LevelModerate
Best TimeMid June-Mid October

7. Kumara Parvatha Trek

The scenic Pushpagiri Trek which is not in the north.

Kumara Parvatha
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1712 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time October-February

8. Darcha-Lamayuru Trek

Beat yourself by this Trans-Zanskar Trek Expedition.

Darcha Lamayuru
Location Ladakh
Altitude 5090 m
Duration 18-25 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time Mid June-Mid October

9. Roopkund Trek

Set your mysterious adventure experience.

Roopkund Trek
Location Uttaranchal
Altitude 4784 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time May-October

10. Hampta Pass Trek

A trek to roam between two valleys known to be as Hampta pass. Also, take a glimpse of Chandratal Lake.

Hampta Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4277 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time Mid June-Mid October

11. Chembra Peak Trek

Enjoy the panoramic view and the heart-shaped lake amidst the adrenaline rush.

Chembra Peak
Location Kerala
Altitude 2100 m
Duration 1 Day
Level Easy
Best Time All through the year except monsoon

12. Kuari Pass Trek

The Lord Curzon Trail to gaze the magnificent peaks with the grace of nature.

Kuari Pass
Location Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude 3814 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time November-March

13. Nanda Devi Trek

Flora, fauna, national park and nature’s epitome in the lap of mountains.

Nanda Devi Trek
Location Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude 4150 m
Duration 10 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time May-June, September-October

14. Nag Tibba Trek

Trek with stunning views with pleasant weather on a long weekend.

Nag Tibba Trek
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3022 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time All through the year

15. Goechala Pass Trek

Reach to the base of Kanchenjunga through rhododendron forests and snow-capped peaks.

Goechala Pass Trek
LocationSikkim
Altitude4602 m
Duration11 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeEnd April-End June, Mid September-End October

16. Pin Parvati Trek

Explore the Spiti Valley and monasteries crossing the Parvati River.

Pin Parvati
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 5335 m
Duration 12 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time April-October

17. Dodital Trek

Trek within scenic beauty with a lake of cultural importance.

Dodital
Location Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude 3307 m
Duration 6-7 Days
LevelEasy-Moderate
Best TimeApril-June, October-December

18. Stok Kangri Trek

The most magnificent treks for your higher peak treks.

Stok Kangri
Location Leh
Altitude 6152 m
Duration Challenging
Level 9 Days
Best Time May-Mid October


19. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

This is another jewel of Kashmir. Gallivant in the amazing surroundings.

KGL
Location Jammu-Kashmir
Altitude 4206 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time June-September

20. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Sum up the best experience of your life in the green beautiful meadows of Dayara.

Dayara Bugyal
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3674 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time April-June, End August-December

21. Milam Glacier Trek

It is the source of river Gori Ganga. This trek is truth to the imagination of a pleasing nature.

Milam Glacier Trek
Location Uttaranchal
Altitude 3800 m
Duration 11 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-June, September-October

22. The Shepherd Trail Trek

If your interest is to stay and look for the secluded villages and lifestyle that is different from those in metros, then this is your destination.

Shepherd Trail
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4450 m
Duration 18 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time Mid April-June, September-November

23. Rupin Pass Trek

It is one of the high altitudes of the trek with diversified trails.

Rupin Pass
Location Uttarakhand-Himachal
Altitude 4648 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time May-June, Mid August-October

24. Bhrigu Lake Trek

Beautiful lesser known small trek with best views.

Bhrigu Lake
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4270 m
Duration 4 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-October

25. Rajmachi Fort & Kondane Caves Treks

It is a weekend destination from Pune-Mumbai. Trek to the fort and explore it whole with good nature.

Rajmachi Fort
LocationMaharashtra
Altitude827 m
Duration2 Days
LevelEasy-Moderate
Best TimeJune-September

26. Parashar Lake Trek

It is a scenic, offbeat trek. Camp beside the lake and gaze the twinkling stars, any weekend.

Parashar Lake
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 2730 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year

27. Har Ki Dun Trek

This trek is all trekkers delight taking them to the ancient villages between mountains and valleys.

Har Ki Doon
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3657 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year except monsoon

28. Indrahar Pass Trek

This trek could be done in two ways. Both the trek routes offer great experiences with the best of views.

Indrahar Pass
LocationHimachal Pradesh
Altitude4342 m
Duration 4 Days (if you come back from the same route) / 9 Days (if you descend from the other side)
Level Easy-Moderate/ Moderate-Challenging (depending on the route you choose)
Best Time May-October

29. Sham Valley/ Apricot Valley Trek

It is a sweet- small trek with varied experiences.

Sham Valley
Location Leh-Ladakh
Altitude 3750 m
Duration 3-4 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time May-Mid October

30. Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek

The twin lake trek with the heaven of exquisiteness.

Tarsar Marsar Lake
Location Jammu-Kashmir
Altitude 4115 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Easy
Best Time July-September

31. The Phuktal Monastery Trek

The most peaceful trek in a remote destination. Monastery settled over a cliff which could be reached just by foot.

Phuktal Monastery
Location Ladakh
Altitude 3850 m
Duration 7-8 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time July-September

32. Kedarkantha Trek

The best winter trek for the best chilling days with mountains.

Kedarkantha Trek
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3810 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time December-April

33. Deoriatal-Chandrashila Trek

Visit Chopta and Tungnath from Deoriatal to the Chandrashila Peak. List of places on the way to the summit.

Chopta
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3993 m
Duration 5-6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year except monsoon

34. Brahmatal Trek

Picturesque beauty of streams with en-route challenges amidst Garhwal Mountains.

Brahmatal
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3704 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time Mid November-March

35. Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

A great alternative to its difficult version the Pin Parvati Pass Trek with varied experience each day.

Pin Bhaba Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4909 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time July-Mid October

36. Kodachadri Trek

Flora, fauna, amazing landscapes and pretty waterfalls with peaks to fulfill adventure thirst.

Kodachadri Trek
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1343 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time September-February

37. Triund Trek

For a refreshing weekend getaway in the laps of mountains.

Triund Trek
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3199 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time March-May, September-December

38. Sar Pass Trek

Rediscover  yourself with the beauty of majestic mountains.

Sar Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4206 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time May-October

39. Buran Ghati/ Barua Pass Trek

Pass with a story of mountains, meadows, village and forests.

Buran Ghati
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4550 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-June, September-October

40. Sandakphu Trek

Take a glimpse of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet on your trek with mesmerizing views and fauna.

Sandakphu Trek
Location West Bengal
Altitude3657 m
Duration6 Days
LevelModerate
Best TimeOctober-April

41. Pindari Glacier Trek

The easy accessible glacier in Kumaon Himayalas with package of full serenity.

Pindari Glacier Trek
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3353 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Easy
Best Time April-November

42. Kheerganga Trek

Mix up the spice of spiritual beliefs with adventure amidst mountains, waterfalls and lush greenery.

Kheerganga
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3050 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time All through the year

43. Kareri Lake Trek

Sight for himalayan birds with colorful orchards on the way to one of the mountain lake.

Kareri Lake
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3650 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-June, September-October

44. Beas Kund Trek

Trek for the peaceful time beside the water body just as the Sage Vyas.

Beas Kund
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3892 m
Duration 4 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time Mid May-Mid October

45. Siang Valley Trek

If already done with a lot many treks in the north then this could differ with location and great culture.

Siang Valley
Location Arunachal Pradesh
Altitude 1829 m
Duration 11 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time October-February

46. Kalsubai Peak Trek

Highest peak in the Maharashtra region of western ghats for a thrilling weekend.

Kalsubai Peak Trek
Location Maharashtra
Altitude 1646 m
Duration 1 Day
Level Moderate
Best Time All through the year with varied experiences

47. Shumga Trek

For a wilderness experiences in the remotest areas of Kullu Valley.

Shumga
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3810 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year

48. Japfu Peak Trek

The lesser known yet beautiful trek in North- East region.

Japfu Peak
Location Nagaland
Altitude 3048 m
Duration 4-5 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time October-May

49. Chanderkhani Pass Trek

Walk between the deodar and pine trees with a window to breathtaking views of himalayas.

Chanderkhani Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3648 m
Duration 5 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time May-November

50. Harishchandragad Fort Trek

Mixture of an architectural fort, temple, scenic views and adventure altogether at a most challenging trek in the Western Ghats.

Harishchandragad Fort
Location Maharashtra
Altitude 1422 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time October-December

51. Dudhsagar & Hivre Waterfall Treks

Amidst the beaches get some peaky adventure with water showers.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Location Goa
Altitude 320 m
Duration 3 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time June-November

52. Tadiandamol Trek

A beautiful serenic trek between the coffee plantations for your great weekend.

Tadiandamol
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1744 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time October-February

53. Lonar Crater Trek

Go for an offbeat adventure and come back with lots of amazed facts and queries.

Location Maharashtra
Altitude 563 m
Duration 3 Days
Level Easy
Best Time October-March

54. Kudremukh Trek

This one for a forest trekking with rich sighting of flora and fauna.

Kudremukh
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1891 m
Duration 3 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time All through the year

55. Bhimashankar Trek

With lush green forests, flora and fauna this place provides a spectacular view of Sahyadri mountains.

Bhimashankar
Location Maharashtra
Altitude 1004 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate-Difficult
Best Time All through the year

Every peak or mountain has its own beauty and charm. Thus, hike up more and more to reach the highest skies of thrill and experiences in your life. When done with all the adventure with mountains, also look up for Adventure in Water- Water Sports Destinations in India.

Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai: 10 wildly beautiful unexplored places nearby

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Panaromic view of nashik, maharashtra

Have friends in Mumbai Pune and want to spend time together or want to have a perfect relaxing weekend with your family? But aren’t we all tired of taking the weekend trip to the same old Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar? So if you are young at heart and do not look behind easily on the paths less traveled, so here is a list of,

10 untrodden locations/places to visit near Mumbai-Pune.

Valley of Flowers: Kaas plateau

Serenic view of plateau during monsoon at valley of flowers
Serenic view of plateau during monsoon

A UNESCO world heritage site, Kaas has colorful wildflowers from purple to white to green to yellow, stretching over a 1000 hectare area. The serene landscape and picturesque greenery are overlooked by a 16th-century Ajinkyatara fort from a height of 3300m. Approximately 01 km away from the plateau is Kamudini Pond dipped in fog, covered with thousand of Kamudini Flower floating on it and lots of cactuses at the edges. One can also visit Bamnoli lake; 10 km away from Kaas Plateau.

Best season to visitDuring and after Monsoon
Distance from Pune137
Distance from Mumbai267
Things to doPhotography, outdoor camping, trekking and caving

Crocodile and Dolphin Safari at Dapoli

Rare close view of crocodile at crocodile and dolphin safari at dapoli
Rare close view of crocodile

Want to see dolphins and crocodiles closely but never got the chance? Want to enjoy a weekend leisurely? A weekend to Dapoli not only offers you tranquil waves crashing on to sand but also amazes you with adventurous water sports activities. “Crocodile Safari” in Maldoli backwaters of Vashishth River gives you an opportunity to spot crocodiles basking on the bank of backwaters. Whereas a boat ride from Karde beach to deep sea offers you early morning Safari, sighting Dolphin Pods. Unhavare about 20 km from Dapoli is known for hot sulfur springs believed to have medicinal value. Enjoy a dip in the hot spring if you are on a long holiday in Dapoli.

Best season to visitSeptember to February
Distance from Pune184
Distance from Mumbai267
Things to doSightseeing, safari, dip in hot spring, water sports, Konkani cuisine

Cherapunji of Maharashtra: Amboli

Flabbergasting Falls at amboli
Flabbergasting Falls

Amboli lies in the Sahyadri hills of Western India, one of the world’s “Eco Hot-Spots”. It’s a paradise for Amphibian and Reptiles lover. You may have heard experts saying that “Forest gets Alive at night.” It’s time to come and feel it in Amboli, during exclusive “Night Trails”. And even if snakes and amphibians is not your calling, Amboli is enchantingly beautiful just after the monsoons, when the entire region is covered in a lush green carpet, with flowers blooming everywhere! Mist shrouded jungle paths and huge waterfalls are some of Amboli’s magical sights.

Best season to visitAugust to March
Distance from Pune348
Distance from Mumbai489
Things to doSightseeing, safari, photography, Konkani cuisine

Troplical Paradise: Maachli Farmstay

4. Life amidst nature at maachli farmstay
Life amidst nature

Situated in beautiful village Parule, on Konkan coast and in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Maachli offers tropical paradise away from all the hustle bustle of the cities. The Cottages are conceptualized as Maachli which is a regional term for the huts made to protect the crop. The cottages are tucked away in a very dense plantation, thus offer abundant, rich, pollution free and healthy environment for the Nature lovers. A 15-minute drive from the property enables you to be amidst the near-white beaches along the seas. The host’s mother herself strives to provide Saraswat cuisine to the guests. It’s a treat for food lovers.

Best season to visitAll Year Long
Distance from Pune412
Distance from Mumbai555
Things to doHikes, pottery, sightseeing, boat ride

Dual City: Nashik

Panoramic view of Nashik
Panoramic view of Nashik

Famous for its numerous temples, the city is also much famed for its numerous vineyards and wine tasting tours. Sula Vineyard is popular all across the nation for being the finest place in the country to produce wines. Then, what can be better than packing your bags for a tour to these vineyards and getting a chance to taste the wines relaxing in the vineyards itself? Offering many thrilling activities as well for the travellers to indulge in, Nashik is a good option for a driveable vacation.

Best season to visitOctober to March
Distance from Pune211
Distance from Mumbai182
Things to doHikes, caving, wine tasting, adventure sports, pilgrimage, sightseeing, shopping

Turtle Festival: Velas

The turtle beaches
The turtle beaches

Velas is a small eco-village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is well known for its beaches which reflect nature in its best preserved and pristine form. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisargmitra and the villagers committee has taken the initiative to conserve Olive Ridley Turtles by providing protection to their eggs till they hatch. It’s indeed a magical moment to see a baby turtle coming out of the egg and then finding its way to the sea by taking those little baby steps. Besides Velas beach, there are several other tourist attractions like the Bankot Fort and the Harihareshwar Temple.

Best season to visitFebruary to April
Distance from Pune194
Distance from Mumbai224
Things to doBird watching, ferry rides, sightseeing

Blessed with all: Bhandardara

Image of camps at Bhandardara

Bhandardara, in the Sahyadri ranges, is bestowed with all the nature’s blessings. From lush greenery to waterfalls to the mountains in the backdrop, it becomes a perfect weekend gateway for city dwellers. Apart from its scenic beauty, Bhandardara has its share of historical places too. If you are a history buff, make sure you visit Ratangad Fort. Amruteshwar Temple and Kalsubai Temple are the known temples in this hill town. The place also hosts fireflies’ festival in the pre-monsoon season.

Best season to visitAll Year Long
Distance from Pune172
Distance from Mumbai163
Things to doCamping, trekking, bike and cycle rides, ecotours, caving

Abode of peacocks: Morachi Chincholi

Dance your soul with peacocks at Morachi Chincholi
Dance your soul with peacocks.

A village with more peacocks than people, Morachi Chincholi is actually an unofficial peacock sanctuary. It’s a great weekend getaway for natural rejuvenation. The mango farms, the tractor ride, the bullock cart ride and the peacock dances give a glimpse of rural life. One can also visit Nighoj village around which is famous for the potholes of river Kukadi & hub of other birds.

Best season to visitJune to January
Distance from Pune55
Distance from Mumbai188
Things to doBird watching, star gazing, magic and puppet shows

Durshet

Scenic beauty of durshet
Scenic beauty of durshet

Set against the stunning Sahyadri ranges, Durshet is situated between two Ganesh temples of Pali and Mahad and is just off the highway near the village of Khopoli. Nestled amidst a pictorial landscape, resorts in Durshet are ideal to rejuvenate your mind and put your soul at ease. It offers a plethora of activities such as butterfly trails, nature trails, waterfalls exploration to name a few. The proximity of this place with famous attractions like Sidi Ashtavnayak Temples at Pali and IMAGICA Park are some other added perks that make this escapade worth visiting.

Best season to visitSeptember To February
Distance from Pune98
Distance from Mumbai76
Things to doBird watching, star gazing, magic and puppet shows

BhimaShankar

En-route bhimashankar
En-route Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar is a popular temple town. It is among one of the twelve traditional ‘Jyotirlingam’ shrines in India. For people having a great interest in nature and trekking, Bhimashankar is an ideal destination to visit. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary has rich fauna and numerous sacred groves, making it a beautiful place to visit especially during the offset of the monsoon season. Lush greenery and calm surrounding make it the best picnic spots near Mumbai and Pune.

Best season to visitOctober to March
Distance from Pune127
Distance from Mumbai213
Things to doTrekking, pilgrimage, wildlife safari

20 most popular places to visit in India during Monsoon

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Monsoon is a great time to pack up your bags and do the outbound to observe nature at its raw best. Touring in a country like India, which is rich in its natural heritage. Here is the list of places you can visit to look for the pleasure of monsoon in India. These places are best to visit in India during July-September.

List of 20 most popular places one can visit during monsoon.

Saputara

Falls amidst greenery

Gujarat’s solitary hill station is a popular tourist spot as soon as the rains begin. With the tourism department organizing the monsoon festival every year. It is a perfect place for a weekend getaway. Relax at the lakeside with corn on the cob. Paddle boat with friends in the lake. Witness the magnanimity of Gira Waterfalls. Get awed by the variety of flora at Waghai Botanical gardens and get familiar with the Warli paintings and art, as you breathe in a bit of Gujarat.

Lonavala

Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra

This one needs no introduction, as it stands out to be every Mumbaikar’s and Punekar’s favourite weekend destination. Located exactly at the midpoint of two cities, the journey is as pleasant as the destination. Mumbai-Pune express highway offers a completely different sight in the monsoons, with waterfalls mushrooming all along the road. Enjoy the long drives with near and dear ones while having a bite at the famous Chikki and jelly chocolates.

Matheran

Ways in Matheran. Clicked by Krutarth Vashi

India’s smallest hill station offers you the biggest of surprises in the monsoons. As the entire area gets covered with a blanket of greens, the viewpoints present a soothing view to sore eyes. The entire hill station is a no-vehicle zone. The only way to explore is by foot or horseback, which is an excitement in itself. Witness the sunrise and sunset behind the hills in the company of macaques while sipping a cup of tea among the clouds.  

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Lavasa

A planned city in Maharashtra

For those looking for a peaceful weekend, India’s first planned hill station is where you need to head to. On the banks of an artificial lake, stands a peaceful town, away from the hustle and monotony, with lovely views all around. There are lots of waterfalls on the way to the city and the valleys offer breathtaking views. In short, an ideal place to visit for spending a lazy weekend. Counting in the list of places to visit near Mumbai and Pune during monsoon.

Goa

For all those who think Goa is a beach destination, they must visit Goa during monsoon to see its other side. Charao Island, a little-known place just 30 mins from Panaji is the place to be in Goa when it rains. For hikers and nature lovers, Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is equivalent to a utopian society. But the cherry on the cake is the magnificent Dudhsagar Falls which offers a completely mesmerizing view of the monsoon. Explore an unknown side of Goa at a dirt cheap rate while devouring the Goan Fish Curry and nip of Fenny.

Agumbe

Forests in Agumbe

An absolute gem of a place in the heart of the Western Ghats. The serpentine roads lead you up to the peak which offers a breathtaking view of the forests. The ruins of Kaveladurg fort are perfect for a day out. Trek across the paddy fields enjoying the nature at its very best and hike all the way to the endpoint to witness a spectacular sight on three sides.  

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Kudremukh

Trek routes

A trekker’s paradise and a bike rider’s holy grail, Kudremukh National Park is yet another hidden gem of Karnataka. It springs to life during monsoon. If green pastures, misty backdrops & cool breeze are your things, Kudremukh should be on your bucket list. These places are best to visit in August in India. 

Gokarna

Beachside in Gokarna.

For those who feel that Goa is too mainstream, Gokarna is where you must head to. A few hours ride from Goa, Gokarna is an amalgamation of beaches and mountains. It has the lesser hustle and is more peaceful than any of the beaches in Goa. The beaches are secluded, peaceful and offer a beautiful view of the sun setting into the Arabian Sea. Relax on the shacks of the beachside cafes with chilled beer and Chicken Ghee Roast. Its the speciality of the region, while enjoying the stunning view around.

Munnar

Serene tea plantations

The gorgeous tea estates will escort you all through curvy roads of this tiny hill station hidden in the Western Ghats. More reasons to visit Munnar in August of 2018 is the blooming of  Neelakurunji, a rare blue flower that blooms once in 12 years, covering the region in a blanket of blue. Witness the raw beauty of nature at Eravikulam National Park. The enigma of nature in Neelakurunji Flowers, freshness of the tea gardens and the aura of the indigenous Nilgiri Tahr at Munnar this August.  

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Alleppey

Sailing houseboat.

Pristine and surreal backwaters surrounded by the beautiful paddy fields and coconut plantations on either side await you as you set your foot aboard the houseboats and sail lazily into them. August marks the harvesting festival, Onam, in Kerala and is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. The snake boat races are the main attraction of Onam and it is one experience to witness them. 100-120 men row the boats in an absolute synchronization while singing “Kuttanadan Punjayile” in the spirits as high as the coconut trees surrounding the area. Such places are must visit in August in India with family.

Wayanad

Surreal steps in nature

Adorning the northern hills of Kerala is the beautiful district of Wayanad. This area is famous for its large amount of camping and trekking trails, breathtaking waterfalls, caves, bird watching sites, flora, fauna and an overall plethora of magnificent sights. At Neelimala’s summit, you can get a view of the Meenmutty Falls, the largest of its kind in Wayanad. Get delighted by the range of exotic products including spices, coffee, tea, bamboo products, honey and herbal plants available here. Release your tensions with the Ayurvedic massage and get refreshed by the aura of the place.

Andaman Islands

View from the Island. Clicked by Krutarth Vashi.

Far off the mainland, there are a group of 400 little islands collectively known as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The volcanic islands are home to the best beaches in India. A rich underwater diversity makes it a top spot for scuba diving and snorkelling. Relive the moments of Indian Freedom Struggle at Cellular Jail. Witness the architectural genius at Ross Island. Get awed by the beauty of Radhanagar beach. Swim with fishes at North Bay Island and get lost in the mystical Chidiya Tapu beach while witnessing the unaltered beauty of nature.  

Meghalaya

Live root bridges.

‘It always rains in Meghalaya! That’s why it’s so beautiful!’ Meghalaya is gaining a reputation as a natural adventure playground, a prime destination for trekking, caving and canyoning and tribal encounters. Clouds and forests all around, Meghalaya has the best of the natural heritage in India. Be it the natural root bridges at Khasi hills or the clandestine caves at Jaintia. The magnanimous Nohkalikai waterfalls, these all are unique in their own ways. Experience the spectacle of rains and virgin beauty of the wettest place on earth like never before.

Valley of Flowers

Blooming flowers at the Valley

Perched at an altitude of 14000 feet above sea level, with the verdant beauty of the snow-capped Himalayas in the backdrop, the green meadows and cotton-like clouds blend in to make a dreamlike valley of flowers trek. Known as the most beautiful trek in the world with the blue Primula, Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand is a must do the trek for nature lovers. Blessed with exotic flowers, faunas and magnificent views this trek will take you to the world of snow clad mountains and high cliffs.  Listen to the sound of birds chirping and the musical sound of the stream during the trek. The soothing breeze and the enchanting beauty lure away nature and the photography lovers.

Rishikesh

It is every adventure enthusiast’s dream destination, Rishikesh offers you a plethora of options to try to satiate the adrenaline appetite. The gushing waters of Alaknanda create roaring rapids as you paddle your raft through them without ending up in the water. Rishikesh also hosts India’s highest bungee jump platform, paragliding, hang-gliding, kayaking and bridge slithering among various activities one can choose from. Camp by the riverside with barbeque and music for a perfect ending to a wonderful adventure. Also, soothe with some peace through yogic training.

Riverview in Rishikesh

What is your travelling activity

Hampta Pass Chandratal Trek

Five days of Hampta Pass & Chandratal Lake trekking will enable you to spend ample time amidst the flabbergasting serenity mixed with fun and excitement. The Chandratal Lake Trek is a treasure trove for the ardent as well as amateur trekkers and holds the charm and allurement like any other treks in the Himalayas. The scenic landscape exposes trails that meander through alpine forests, huge rock formations, and remarkably rich vegetation. Chandratal Lake trekking experience introduces you to the captivating beauty of the Himalayan meadows, flora and fauna of the Lahaul and Spiti valley. It also gets you close to the life and spirit amidst the lofty peaks. With easy gradients, climbs and descends, this trek will definitely satiate all your quench for trekking in the Indian Himalayas. It is the best place to visit in August in Himachal.

Trek Route at Hampta Pass

Create Your Trek Story at Hampta Pass

Forts of Maharashtra

The forts have been strongholds of the Maratha rulers since the reigns of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Tactically built over hilltop overseeing the valleys, these forts provide a gem of a sight after the rains turn everything green. Lohgadh, Raigadh & Sinhagadh forts are the most famous of the forts, offering a stunning view alongside a brilliant architecture. Visapur fort, Harihar fort and Torna fort are a few other in this long list of breathtaking beauty and architectural marvel. Be amazed by the rich history and the magnificent view of the Maratha bastions this monsoon in Maharashtra.

Pondicherry

Magnificent view at Pondicherry

‘Bonjour’ is what you’ll say as you step foot on the erstwhile French Colony in India. The hotels, restaurants and ‘lifestyle’ shops sell a seductive vision of the French-subcontinental aesthetic, enhanced by Gallic creative types and Indian artists and designers. The internationally famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its offshoot just north of town, Auroville, draw large numbers of spiritually minded visitors. Pondicherry’s vibe: less faded colonial-era villa, more bohemian-chic, New Age–meets–Old World hang-out on the international travel trail. The beaches are just as peaceful as the city, making it a must visit place for seeking inner peace.  

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Udaipur

Lakeside palaces

Rajasthan’s best-kept secret, shining on the shores of the shimmering Lake Pichola and surrounded by the brilliant Aravali ranges, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in all India. The grandiloquent palaces, havelis & the narrow streets add a human touch to the city’s natural charms. For a tourist, the tranquillity of boat ride on the lake, colourful bazaars, lively arts and the tempting shops along the lovely countryside that can be explored and enjoyed to the fullest. Make it more enriching while feasting on some of the most delicious street food the city has to offer.

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Kausani

Panoramic view of hills

Situated on a ridge, above a dense alpine forest, a small village in the Uttarakhand offers lovely panoramic views of the snow clad mountain peaks, fresh air & relaxed atmosphere. Kausani is a backpacker’s happy place and an author’s dreamland, offering exquisite views of the massive Nanda Devi and Panchachuli Peaks. The glory of the views reaches its pinnacle at dawn and dusk. Sun-rays turn the peaks into golden during sunrise and crimson at sunset, making a spectacle to observe and relieved in the memory box.

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There you have the best 20 places to visit this monsoon, so pack up your bags, pick up a place or two and blend in the surroundings of the mesmerizing places of our Incredible India. India is happening during New Year’s too. So also have a look at New Year celebrating destinations of India.

Varanasi Travel Guide: A walk in the alleys of Kashi

A sadhu at Ghat in Varanasi
A sadhu at Ghat in Varanasi

Brought up as the Cultural Capital of India from UNESCO, Varanasi is the holy city merrily singing, chanting, and holy praying. Although being the oldest living city, Varanasi is nurturing and growing every day. This city is a maze of alleys. Those narrow confused paths have some magic of lights which attracts tourists. Might sound ironic but people come to attain peace, in this crowded and busy city. Kashi might be the only city, where death is also celebrated. Living for these long years, the city has found itself in many sacred beliefs.

Evening view at Rewa Ghat, Varansi
Evening view at Rewa Ghat

The city geographically lies in the northern plains making itself in the state of Uttar Pradesh of India. Flowing beside the holy river Ganges. The city attains the fun of all weather. But the best time to visit Varanasi is from October-March with the pleasant cold weather, January being the coldest.

Top attractions in Varanasi

Places might be same but activities are enough to be done. The city holds the secret of excitement while you explore. Here are all ‘what you can do’ list of Varanasi:

Sunrise at Ghats with Boatride.

‘The Gold on Ganga’ is what the sight looks. From the darkness comes the beautiful rays of strength and beauty. Also, it is accompanied with chants of Morning Ganga Aarti. Not less to pure the souls within. Also, take a boat ride to know more about the cities and the ghats. Your early wake up will never be a disappointment in Varanasi.

Morning at Ganga Ghats
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Attend Subeh-e-Banaras at Assi.

Sunrise views are followed with yoga blended in soothing classical music at Assi Ghat. Your body and mind will attain the piousness of eternity. This is what makes the city lively. You don’t need to swing on hard music whole night. Rather an hour or two in serenity is magical.

Eat Out at Every Street.

Accompany the spiciest of snacks with the sweeter side of Kashi. Mornings with puri-sabzi with jalebis, fried idlis dipped in chutneys with lassi. Chat evenings or go for binge eating samosas and longlattas. The food culture here is another strong reason to love the city.

Malaiyo a sweet dish available at varanasi
Morning Malaiyo Delights

Get Holy Visiting the Main Temples.

Although the city has temples after every two steps, then it has some you would like to visit. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Kathwala Temple, Monkey Temple or Tulsi Manas Mandir. Crowded with deities will let you know the faith in God people holds here.

Golden Temple of Varanasi

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A Day at Sarnath.

Get a whole day free with Lord Buddha. Coming out from the loud, crowded Hindu temples, spend a day in the silence of Buddha. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first preaching. Visit the place, look at the Stupa, know more at the museum there and check for the other good Buddha Temples designed beautifully all in the Sarnath area.

Image of Sarnath Temple
Sarnath Main Temple

Know the Kingdom at Ramnagar Fort.

How the Indian Kings and Queens lived? If this is your question then check out the Ramnagar Fort. An alluring structure of history is worth a view today.

Ramnagar Fort

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Walk at Ghats.

Eighty or more ghats need time to know. Each ghat has its importance and stories. Take a walk through the ghats. Stop and make time at Burning Ghats- Manikarnika or Harishchandra. Get an answer to many questions of your life viewing those bodies turning to ashes. You will get meaning to your life through ghat walks.

Evening Ganga Aarti and Ghat Sandhya.

Evening Ganga Aarti is other magnificent attraction. Lighting lamps (diyas) of different sizes with chants and claps surround the whole environment. It brightens the darkness and prepares you for the night to hold. Followed with any of your evenings for Ghat Sandhya at Reva Ghat. If done with classical music then look for classical dance performances at this ghat. Revive with the beauty of expressions.

Glimpse of Ganga aarti at varanasi
A glimpse of Ganga Aarti

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Behold Sometime for Bharat Mata Mandir.

Unlike all the other temples of Varanasi, this temple does not have any idol of Gods and Goddesses. Rather it depicts the love for the country India. It has a big map of country India made up of marble. Representing the hills, mountains, rivers, plains, coasts & oceans. This temple was built to admire the country India and present it as the god figure.

Shop some Handicrafts of Varanasi.

Weaving colorful silk sarees, wooden bangles, thread & jute weaved bags or some pretty silk stoles. Or maybe some wooden souvenirs. Walk through the alleys, look for its processing, know about the lives of labors and pick your favorite collections to take back with you.

Local Shops in Alleys

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How to Reach Varanasi

Varanasi Airport, Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport is connected to major Indian cities. Also now many International destinations have reached directly to the Varanasi Airport.

The city is well accessible through railways and has three railway stations which are connected with various trains from all part of the country. The three stations are Varanasi Junction, Kashi & Maduadih. Also, visitors can look for trains to/from Mughalsarai, which is around 10km from the main city.

Also, Varanasi is well connected to major road networks. It has good public and private road transport connections.

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Where to Stay in Varanasi

Varanasi being the eye of the attraction of tourists has options of stays in all category. You may get classiest of stays with good locations and services to cheapest stays at homestays and guesthouses in the city. You can get good options to stay near ghats and markets. Common areas of stay for tourists are in Godowlia, Assi or Kedar Ghat Regions. And then mostly good 3* and above categories of hotels are in Cantonment area with all the best services. You can also use services like OYO Rooms to get luxury rooms at a very low price.

Places to visit near Varanasi

Chunar Fort and Nearby Waterfalls

Another beauty of history, Chunar Fort has been the attraction of people from years back. Even rulers have been admiring it. Also near to it are many attractive natural waterfalls to refresh you.

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Allahabad

The city is known for the confluence of two holiest rivers of India, making it the king of pilgrimage centers according to the Hindu Mythology. It is best to visit during the Kumbh Fare, happens once in 12 years in the city.

Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya is the place where Lord Buddha gained enlightenment under the Mahabodhi Tree. It is a sacred place. Also, visit Dungeshwari and Barbara Caves.

Tips to get good experience exploring Kashi

Although Varanasi is a magic to attract in itself but to enrich your experiences in the city, here are some help:

  • The city is more exciting to explore if you do it on a cycle- rickshaw, tuk-tuk (battery rickshaw) or on foot.
  • While walking through the Ghats you will commonly look for the cremations, watch it there and capture in your mind. Because capturing it in a camera is not allowed there.
  • Negotiate for the rates with the service providers/sellers in the city. It might save you some penny.
  • Be careful with the bulls/ cows and their shit too. You can find any of it on the streets just as you walking.
  • Keep your valuables safe.
  • Be careful when you are trying ‘bhaang’. Also, drugs are not legal in any part of India. Thus be safe and avoid such activities.
  • Hygiene and safety are still lacking in the city. Stay safe and careful. Also, avoid exploring the city late at night.
  • Varanasi is best to visit it during festivals. Some festivals which will enhance your experience of visiting the city are- Dev Deepawali, Holi, Mahashivratri, Naag Panchami.

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A sadhu at Ghats of varansi
A sadhu at Ghat

Come, visit and know the city with all the names given to it. Kashi, Banaras, Varanasi whichever you like. It has all the colors of culture, ethnicity and spirituality. Get lost in the alleys and in the magic of the city.

8 Destinations to visit for a good start of your next new year

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Ending with a good or bad year thought is now old fashion. Don’t look back on past and move for a better future, a great year is now the need of stressful life and in that, you need to start well to take it well till the end. Here is the list of ideas for your memorable 2018:

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Goa

Goa is never out of the list and never boring if it comes to tripping. January- March is the best time to visit the place. One can get into all type of water sports activities during the starting months of the year and that too with perfect weather for beachside fun. If still, Goa has just been your plan make it happen this coming year.

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Manali

Manali is another common destination but great for cozy winter fun. Between several adventure sports and snowfalls try being a bit hippy in Old Manali. Also a perfect trip for a family time, as its always good when it’s with the whole family together.

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Diu

Get a short budgeted trip to this tiny Island if have less time from the schedule to begin with the year. Beachside fishing time will refresh your mind and prepare you to handle the whole year without stress. Also can experience Portuguese culture here with massive forts on its eastern side.

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Jaipur-Udaipur

Best time to get the ‘Rajsi’ experience. Rome around beautiful forts and palaces with camel and elephant ride as the place is climatically best during winters. Also, a foodie traveler will always be satisfied when its Rajasthan.

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Tarkarli

A star- gazing, white sand beach destination. When you don’t have company or need some time for yourself, check out for this beach village of Maharashtra. This is the peaceful Goan style destination and will not let down your expectations.

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Rann of Kutch

Experience the surreal beauty of World’s largest salt desert (Thar) with camping, hot-air ballooning and cultural activities. Rann Utsav can give a remarkable start to your year. And full moon night can be an icing on the cake in this case, perfect beauty to adore forever in memories.

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Lakshadweep

Island tour filled with diving and snorkeling activities is always healing to life. Beachside time will let you admire your life for all its way. Starting the year with such a trip will help you throughout the year.

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Varanasi

May sound astonishing on the list but perfect for self- rejuvenation. It’s not always about partying. Get some time out for yourself peacefully at Ghat side or meditation at any corner of the city. This city will help you find the reason for your life and teach you great philosophies for a happy, satisfied life. Solo trip to this city may enlighten your 2018 and years following. Varanasi is also famous for its religious food. So don’t forget to try these 10 items of food to eat in varanasi.

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