Indians love family vacations, and in the months of April and May, the vacation destinations are flooded with the tourists from all across the country. Everybody prefers the safe destinations, a place which would never disappoint or somewhere they have gone before, which leads to people brimming in the same place creating a mass collection of localities and tourists. Many uber rich people turn patrons to their foreign destinations, but very few prefer walking on the road less taken, literally!
India is often perceived as a continent because of its gamut of cultures and heritages which is suffused all across the country. Each and every state has its own language, culture and heritage. There are so many places in this country which are unexplored. So we will talk about those places which deserve our attention.
Laitlum canyons, Meghalaya
This place is situated in the suburbs of Shillong, Meghalaya. Meghalaya is also known as ‘Abode of Clouds’ and ‘Scotland of India’. It is a 90 minutesâ€™ drive from Shillong to reach the beautiful canyons of Laitlum. Even the localities hardly have any idea about the place but the travellers who are aware of it would never let the opportunity pass by of going to this place. The canyons are lush green and clouds couple of steps away. It is a great place to just observe the nature while sitting on the meadows. Make sure you visit it when you are in Shillong.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
This gem of a place in northeastern part of India is also the birth place of Dalai Lama. Tawang is filled with Monasteries. Tawang has always been a center of debates that to which country it belongs to? Tibet, Taiwan all have had their opinions but for now it is very much part of India. Tawang Monastery is the central attraction for the tourists. It is the largest monastery in India and the second largest monastery in the world. To visit this place, you need a special Inner line permit from the government.
Majuli is a river island situated in the Brahmaputra River. It used be a sprawling island of 1,250 square kilometers (483 sq. mi) but unfortunately it has shrunken to 352 square kilometers (136 sq. mi) in 2014. Majuli is known for its varied range of festivals. The spot is also famous for bird watching. November to March is the apt time to visit this place to enjoy bird watching. So don’t forget your Dslrs on your journey.
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
One of the most happening Hill stations of the country. Kasol has quickly became the best tourist spot for the youngsters. It’s a perfect destination spot for the hippies as they have access to everything and anything they want. Basically it’s a village situated near the river Parvati. A long stroll along the flowing water of Parvati is an experience everyone should have at least once in their life. Ruminating at the meadows is a stellar experience. Another past time in the valleys of Kasol is shopping in the flea market. You can buy some fancy t-shirts on which the photos of Bob Marley and Lord Shiva is imprinted. There is also something for the foodies, some great Iranian food is served in some of the cafes, and the most famous cafes in the valley are Jim Morrison Cafe, The Evergreen Cafe, and The Shiv Shanti Cafe. Put this place on your bucket list and make sure that you take off to the place, as soon as you can.
If you want a break from your mundane life, then this place is not so far, Kumbhalgarh is the perfect place to enjoy in weekends or in vacations. The name Kumbhalgarh is given after the name of great Rajput warrior Rana Kumbha. It is also the birth place of Maharana Pratap. The legends say that Maharana Pratap hardly ever came to Kumbhalgarh. The Centre attraction is the Kumbhalgarh fort, the fort has found a deserving place in the UNESCO World heritage sites. Kumbhalgarh is the second most prestigious fort for the Rajputâ€™s after Chittaurgarh. Kumbhalgarh is roughly 82 kilometers from Udaipur. Kumbhalgarh is filled with lavish resorts. The Kumbhalgarh fort also organizes a three-day festival in memory of Rana Kumbha. Visit the place to enjoy the laid back weekends with your family.
Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Mandu is known for its architectural beauty. It is situated in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh, around 35 kilometers from Dhar city. Due to the prominence and dominance of Mughal rulers in the ancient Mandu, the architecture of the notable places is quite astonishing. Jama Masjid displays the perfect example of Pashtun architecture. The other tourist attractions are Shri Mandavagadh Teerth, The Darwazas/Gates, Jahaz Mahal/Ship Palace, Hindola Mahal, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Rewa Kund, Roopmati’s Pavilion, Baz Bahadur’s Palace.