Holi Long Weekend Is Here, Head Off To These Offbeat Places in India
Any travel plans on your mind for the upcoming Holi long weekend?
Here is an extensive list of offbeat places to travel in India on Holi long weekend
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
Being in the mountains is extremely humbling, serene and peaceful. A hilly retreat is all you need to reinvigorate yourself when you feel bogged down by the stress of responsibilities.
Pick any place listed below and head for a journey you have been badly longing for.
Munsiyari, Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand
Munshiyari treats both, adventure enthusiasts and peace seekers equally, as it has plenty to offer to both. The most popular treks or hikes that you can opt for in this region are Milam glacier trek, short hike to the Birthi waterfall and Khuliya Top hike (It takes you through pine forests and offers an enchanting view of the Panchchuli peaks). You can also enjoy a bath in the hot springs dotted in the Madkote village. The best time to visit Munshiyari is March-June.
Parashar Lake, North of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
One visit to Himachal and you will instantly fall in love with the mountains if you haven’t yet. Out of the many places you can visit in Himachal, one that will completely mesmerize you is Parashar Lake. It is ideal for those planning a short trip to north India. You can enjoy trekking and camping here while marveling at the stunning 180-degree views of the Dhauladhar Range.
Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Tirthan Valley is often listed amongst Himachal’s best-kept secrets. It is located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh and derives its name from the Tirthan River that winds its way through it. Here, you can opt for homestays and experience the rustic lifestyle, enjoy trekking through various offbeat paths or visit the hidden waterfalls (one can be spotted when you move towards a hike further from the Rolla Village).
Narkanda, 60km from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
If you are bored of visiting the mainstream hill stations in the north, then, Narkanda is the place for you. Located about 60 km away from Shimla, it is surrounded by the Shivalik Range, which spans a large part of Himachal Pradesh. This place turns into a ski resort during the winter months and is a perfect retreat for lazing around in summers.
“I now walk into the wild.” ― Jon Krakauer
Touch base with nature by visiting any of these wildlife resorts and nature parks in India.
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Dotted amidst the rugged and dense settings of Nainital district, this wildlife park is one of the popular projects set up to protect the Bengal Tigers. Today, it is known as a must-visit tourist destination amongst both, nature lovers and adventure seekers. Jungle safari is the main highlight of this place. You can opt for any of the following safaris – elephant safari, canter safari or jeep safari. Best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park is November to June.
Eravikulam National Park, Near Munnar, Kerala
Sprawling across an area of 97 sq. km, this National Park is located near Munnar and offers protection to the endangered, Nilgiri Tahr. It is one of the most scenic national parks in southern India and houses the Anamudi Peak (the highest peak in South India). You can enjoy safari or opt for early morning and evening treks. Best time to visit Eravikulam National Park is March-June.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
The Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in North India. It is spread across an area of 392 sq. km. Established as a part of Project Tiger, it has been a refuge for Royal Bengal Tigers, since 1974. Apart from enjoying the wildlife safari, you can also visit the fortress located on its premises.
Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka
The lush green Bandipur National Park is one of the gems nestled in the southern state of Karnataka. It was established in the year 1974 as a tiger reserve under ‘Project Tiger’. Best time to visit here is October to May.
‘One Can Never Get Enough of Vitamin Sea’
Beaches make everything better. The ocean breeze puts your mind at ease and offers instant relaxation. So, if you are a water baby, these beach destinations will definitely reignite your wanderlust.
Mandarmani Beach, West Bengal
This lesser known beach is located 22 km from Contai, a small township in the state of West Bengal. It is an ideal place to enjoy a laidback beach holiday. Mandarmani beach is one of the most beautiful and unpolluted beaches in the country. You can enjoy watersports or chill at the resort with your loved ones.
Cherai Beach, Kerala
Situated about 25 km from Kochi, the Cherai Beach is one the most pristine and understated beaches in Kerala. It is a perfect place to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea. The beach is generally clean and perfect for catching up some vitamin sea.
Malpe Beach, Karnataka
Malpe beach is situated in south Karnataka. You must visit it to enjoy the surreal sunset. Apart from lazing around, you can take a ferry ride to St.Mary’s island.
Butterfly Beach, Goa
If you are seeking an off-beat experience in Goa, you must visit the little beach on Butterfly Island in Canacona. To reach the beach either you have to trek through the forest on the island (for nearly two hours) or take a ferry from another beach.