Located in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, Cherrapunji has been touted as wettest place on earth. For those who want to see and experience something new, something they’ve never seen before, this is the place to be. The surreal beauty and root bridges will leave you wanting for more.
Jammu and Kashmir
We wanted to write about a specific place, but this place in its entirety is like Emperor Jahangir had described it. Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto (If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here). Travel through the state while exploring its scenic and beautiful mountains and valleys and you will experience heaven on earth.
Andaman Nicobar Islands
When you find the Indian mainland so scenic, why ignore the part that is slightly detached. Surrounded by blue water on all sides, some parts of these islands have been totally untouched by civilization. Thus it will take you away from your usual hustle and bustle. While there, conquer your hydel fears and go scuba diving, ZNMD style. This trip is sure to be something you’ve never experienced or never will.
Coming back to our northern sojourn, here is another little piece of heaven nestled in the hills. This place is one of the must-visits before you turn 30. Ride on long, empty and winding highways, find yourself by getting lost in the middle of nowhere and enjoy the simple yet warm hospitality of the locals. The experience you get by camping under the stars will be far better than what you get by staying in 5 star hotels.
It is possible you’ve never even heard of this place. Also you may think it exists somewhere along or beyond the north-eastern borders of India. No, it is a village which lies in the northern part of Karnataka. One of the largest and richest cities during its prime, Hampi lies within the ruins of Vijaynagar city. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is considered one of the best places to be explored.
While we are treading down the southern part of India, how can we resist not mentioning Coorg? Described as ‘Scotland of South India’, Coorg is located in the state of Karnataka at a driveable distance from Bangalore. A trip to Coorg will make you feel that you’ve stepped out of the civilisation and into the pre-historic wilderness.
If you are wondering how this little state of India made this list, it is imperative that you put this one on your to-be-travelled list of places. A miniscule landmass on the north-eastern border, Sikkim houses a number of Buddhist monks housed in many picturesque monasteries. Even if you’re an Atheist, the mystical essence of Buddhism will leave you spell bounded.
Get in touch with the history of India, listen to stories about bravery and valour of the Rajput warriors. Look at the forts sprawling across acres, the defences mounted back in the day and what our ancestors have left for us as their legacy. Even if the desert is sweltering hot, it has a lot to offer. Go explore.
Another one of picture postcard towns nestled in the Himachal Mountains, Kasol can not only give you a sense of freedom but will actually set you free. It is an entirely different world. There are people not only from India, but from all over the world who are there to explore themselves and unwind.
Some might wonder, why is this concrete jungle in the list of these natural and scenic beauties? There is a reason why this is called a city that never sleeps and the land of dreams. We know why, it is for you to find out now!!!