Travelling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller, and this pandemic has definitely turned everyone speechless yet with more stories to tell. However, with the relaxation in travel restrictions, once again being on a holiday does not seem like some far fetched dream.
Life can be experienced by exploring new places and meeting new people. Travel is the only escape. Be it a family trip, solo trip, a trip with friends, or even a staycation, people desperately need a break from reality. We have curated a full fledged list of all sorts of travel destinations, domestic and international both, catering to the needs of each type of traveller. Luxury travel or travel on a budget, with the onset of the concept of Airbnb, studio apartments and hostels it is now easy for people to travel without money being a constraint. Now that renting a car or a bike is also very easy, planning a road trip is not an arduous task anymore.
Due to the pandemic and the travel restrictions to some countries, youth is now appreciating the beauty that India has to offer. There are three trips you take to India; the one you think you're going to have- that you plan for; the one you actually have; and the one you live through once you go back home.
Known for its serenity, a city so peaceful, surrounded by a breathtaking panoramic view and famous for its rich heritage, Udaipur is a holiday retreat. From backpackers to luxury travellers, it has offered solitude to all its visitors. Archaeological marvels such as Eklingji temple, Shri Jagdish temple situated in the heart of the city are more than a decade old and have beautiful carvings all over them.
Udaipur has hues of romance in its every nook and corner. Luxury hotels situated on and around Lake Pichola are renowned destinations for extravagant weddings. Architectural marvels such as the city palace, Kumbhalgarh fort, Sajjangarh palace are some of the best tourist attraction points. The city is enveloped with many natural as well as man-made lakes and has Asia’s second largest artificial lake. Solo travellers and backpackers often find solace sitting at the top of Mansapurna Karni Mata temple overlooking the city at the time of sunset.
Often referred to as the Great Wall of India, the Kumbhalgarh wall is the longest after the Great wall of China. It is situated in the Rajsamand district and is one of the majestic grandeur across the world, to be visited at least once in a lifetime. The fort has a special significance in the hearts of the Rajputi people and also in Indian history. There are many hotels nearby the fort for the tourists to stay and enjoy the beautiful landscape set amidst the Aravalli ranges.
Shrinathji temple in Udaipur is one of the most prominent temples all over the world. It has intricate carvings on white marble with simple architecture. There are a lot of sight-seeing places nearby the temple such as the haldighati battle ground, Maharana Pratap memorial and lord Krishna temple. Hence, one can plan a long trip or even a staycation, the beauty of Udaipur is there to stay in the hearts forever.
Jaipur is the finest jewellery created on earth where the king was the jeweller and bricks his gems and no one can agree more. Magnificent structures, vibrant culture, fine jewellery, delectable cuisine and generous people are what defines the beauty of Jaipur. The city has inherited its aristocracy from the Rajput clan and still holds true in the form of their descendants that is the Royal family of Jaipur.
This city is a treat to all the shopaholics as it offers a huge collection of textile heritage such as leheriya and bandhej. Jaipur is a perfect blend of modern and contemporary. Being Asia's first planned city, it is very artistically and skillfully constructed using ancient literature and Vastu shastra.
Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Sisodiya Rani Bagh, Amber fort, Jal Mahal are various historical places for sightseeing. Book a full day or half day bus as per your convenience and visit these architectural Marvels. Trek to Nahargarh for a beautiful sunrise and enjoy the view of the pink city from atop. Youngsters like to visit Jhalana safari, Nahargarh biological park and enjoy the scenic beauty. Moti Doongri temple and Birla mandir are among the renowned temples across India and people often visit from all across the country.
World-famous cuisines are a must try, such as missi roti and dal bati churma, a Rajsthani delicacy served with lehsun chutney. Gangaur, Teej and kite flying festivals bring out the colourful vibe of Jaipur wherein Ghevar, feeni and gajak are some of the commonly exchanged sweets. Jaipur literature fest is a world famous event that takes place during the month of January, however, due to the pandemic, it has been happening virtually for the last two years.
This Southwestern beautiful city of India is world famous for its exquisite and breathtaking beaches that are perfect to plan your beach-outing vacation with your friends or loved ones for a memorable and laid-back experience. Among all the great heritage architectural places and amazing experiences this city has to offer, tourists from all over the globe have fallen in love with its blissful beaches, casinos, fresh seafood and ancient churches.
Among many religious monuments that tourists love in this city are its beautiful churches and convents, which were announced as a World Heritage Site in the year 1986 by UNESCO. Designed with eminent proficiency, these places are a great reflection of Portuguese’s legacy and culture, and while looking at the astonishing architectural forms sited in these monuments one can gaze upon the artistic European architecture. You should visit Basilica of Bom Jesus, Mae De Deus Church, Se Cathedral, Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of Our Lady of the Mount, and St. Cajetan Church are some of the finest built churches that tourists love in Goa.
The reminiscing memories of any beach outing start with enjoyable moments spent during that time of the year when the climate of the city lets you appreciate all the great adventures that you planned to explore. The perfect time to visit Goa is between November to December, where you will be thrilled with the comfortable weather condition that is neither too hot nor too cold.
If you and your friends are looking to complete your visit to Goa with an incredible party life at a casino, then you should definitely check out Deltin Royale which is one of the best among other casinos available in this city like, Majestic Pride, DeltinJaqk, Casino Paradise, Casino Carnival, Casino Palms, etc. You can also enjoy the local events and Goa Carnival that is mostly held in the midst of February, bringing you a colourful experience for enjoying this time of the year in a festive mood. Based on the tradition of Mardi Gras, you can enjoy a four day carnival extravaganza of the luxurious feast, Red & Black dancing with a popular Fani drink.
The major attraction areas of Goa are their markets, such as Calangute Market Square, Baga Market, Night Market in Arpora, Anjuna Flea Market, and many more. You can have an incredible shopping experience and find a wide variety of everything from summer clothes to jewellery. To find the real flavours of Goa tradition, you can take home the freshly made spices, port wine, curry pastes, and cashew nuts.
To embrace the nature of Goa you must visit the majestic four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River called Dudhsagar Falls. With eye-catching views of the waterfall, you can also enjoy tracking to its bottom where you will find a naturally created pool for swimming. In monsoon, you can witness the natural beauty of the surrounding.
To all the adventure lovers out there, Leh Ladakh is the destination to fulfil the dream of your next road trip with friends. Buddhist monasteries, incredible scenic beauty and snowy surroundings are key highlights of the Leh. What can be better than experiencing peace and solitude in the lap of the Himalayas, after facing the harsh realities of life during the pandemic.
Throughout India, one can experience the vivid culture, food and festivals. Similarly, the culture and festivals celebrated here in Leh Ladakh resonate with the neighbouring Tibetan region. Butter tea and chhang are delicious traditional drinks served on every occasion. Maggie noodle fans must definitely try out Thukpa, a mix of assorted vegetables and soupy noodles to keep you warm and cosy.
Chadar trek in Ladakh lets you walk on the frozen river and this is where the fun and adventure lies. Trekkers can be a spectator to frozen waterfalls during the winter season due to extremely negative temperatures and it definitely gets your adrenaline rushing. There are plenty of treks in Ladakh, one can choose as per the difficulty level, time of the year, maximum altitude and scenic beauty they want to experience.
Camping near the lakeside under the stars surrounded by enthralling ranges is a perfect idea for a night out with friends. Although, it becomes mouth-numbing cold during the night, hence it is advisable to carry as many warm clothes as you can to feel cosy. Zanskar valley, Nubra valley, Panging Tso are some of the common camping sites with aesthetically gorgeous panoramic views where you can either do self camping or already available campsites. However, if planning a self camping trip beware of wild animals in the dark and make sure to arrange necessary items beforehand.
In the end, it is all worthwhile as it lets you soak in the fresh air and take a break from the hustle-bustle of city life at least for a while.
If you want to experience the best of both worlds, that is the architectural delight of France and the sensibilities of the Indian tradition then Pondy as people lovingly call it is the next dreamy escape. Witness a fairytale charm while taking a stroll in the rues and boulevards of Pondicherry.
The houses in town are draped in bougainvillaea which gives it a French feel and the streets are as silent as a stone. Bohemian stores, French bakeries, quaint cafes, churches and there is a lot more to explore while being in Pondy. Take a bike ride or just walk through the colourful and serene pathways which ultimately lead you towards the breathtaking seaside promenade.
Words fall short to express the true essence of the Bay of Bengal and its water gushing the shores playfully. Sit by the shore and enjoy the sound of nature, watch the sunset and believe that life is good after all. This beachside town offers innumerable nightclubs and parties around the beach along with lip-smacking cocktails and great music. Picturesque beaches such as Pondicherry beach, rock beach or serenity beach are sure to serve you with the Indo French culture, music and good food too. The cuisines served in the various cafes include French as well as international dishes.
Visitors with spiritual inclination from all over the world often visit Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram to dive deep into meditation and yoga. Pondicherry surprises its visitors in every form with its exotic character.
While India still has many untouched territories with spectacular views, for now, let us explore Bali and Maldives and appreciate the beauty they have to offer.
There is a saying in Bali: “We have no art. We do everything as beautifully as possible.”
A bewildering combination of partying hard and spiritual awakening all can be experienced at Bali at the same time. Indulge yourself in an all inclusive gladdening experience and book your tickets to this dreamy place to lose yourself. World acclaimed for its incredible beaches, fathomless coastline, elaborate temples, rice terraces, mouth watering dishes, scenic waterfalls, coral reefs and retreats.
A flawless amalgamation of leisure and a fashionable destination is Seminyak, a tourist loved destination in Bali. This beach attracts people like a magnet as it is a world renowned elegant beach. The water is crystal clear, hence folks indulge in water sports and other adventure activities. Horse Riding along the white sand beach will let you enjoy a dazzling view of the sun shining on the horizon.
Who does not want to swing amidst the clouds living a fairytale dream, no one ever said no to that. A mighty Bali swing lets you view the entire island depending on the height you choose from the various options. Trekking on Mount Batur which is a volcano starts at midnight and ends with a beautiful sunrise at the summit. The young crowd is often attracted towards Legian as it has mega-clubs, spas and boutique hotels. Sanur is a quiet beach perfect for families to enjoy and relax. Whereas, Ubud has maintained its traditional charm with Balinese art, temples, yoga practices, meditation and local handicrafts. In all, Bali is a complete package for everyone.
They say "the tans will fade but the memories will last forever", and we completely agree with this when it comes to the Maldives. It is the most mesmerizing tropical archipelago and exceptionally beautiful place on the planet. So relax and forget about the world under the huge palm trees and white sand beaches all around.
Set in the heart of the Indian Ocean, a beauty so vivid, encompassing lagoons, pristine beaches and coral reefs, it offers an experience of a lifetime. Island hopping, adventure activities, leisure stay, dining below the surface and a walk on the stars are a few of the many activities that Maldives has to offer. Be it a honeymoon, Bachelorette, family trip or a trip with friends, Maldives strikes a chord in the heart of every visitor. A place is so heavenly that it urges everyone to soak in its beauty and capture picture perfect moments to reminisce later.
There are innumerable activities to keep you engaged throughout the trip such as fishing, swimming, cultural events and parades in Male city, capital of Maldives. Also for a shopping frenzy person, the market of Male offers a variety of souvenirs and other good stuff to take home. The artificial lake in the Male has numerous fun water activities like kayaking, swimming and waterboarding.
Get your adrenaline rushing with the thrilling adventure that awaits in the Maldives in the form of flyboarding, fishing at night, skydiving, surfing, and even exploring sunken treasures underwater. If swimming alongside a whale shark is one of your bucket list wishes then it's time to tick that off. It is a kind of experience that reminds you that nature can be so grand, majestic and beautiful.
The traditional cuisine here is majorly prepared with coconut and fish which is unmatched with any other dishes in the region. Holidaying in the Maldives is not a dream anymore as there are a lot of options ranging from budget friendly chic boutique hotels to the most exotic and luxurious water villas.
Vaadhoo Island in Maldives is famous for its natural phenomenon, 'the sea of stars' which has captured the attention of many visitors since the time known. The presence of bioluminescent phytoplankton in the water, causes the water to shine as if the whole sea is filled with stars. Baa atoll biosphere reserve is home to tremendous amounts of biodiversity and also the seventh largest coral reef in the world.
While dining on land or a nearby seashore is a common thing here, you can experience having food with the view of coral reefs all above you, Ithaa undersea restaurant and subsix offers such treats to the eyes.
Conclusion (Choosing Your Dream Vacation Spot Can Now Be Easy)
The beauty of each and every destination mentioned above cannot be truly expressed just in a few words. From deserts in Rajasthan to snow covered mountains in Leh Ladakh, from getting a spectacular view of sunset at the beach to experiencing peace at the spiritually inclined places, we have got you covered. The spectacular, magnificent, and picturesque views are sure to leave your jaw dropping in awe. The list is endless but our time on this planet is limited, so why waste another day? Let's just book tickets to one of these places and experience the natural wonders that mother Earth has to offer. It is true that the feeling, the adrenaline rush that one is going to experience at these places is inexpressible. ‘‘No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” It is just the truth and no one would ever deny this fact that people never want the vacation to get over because it is the time when they forget all the worries and live life to the fullest.
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