25 Best Places To Visit In India With Your Best Friends

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live.

― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

 

Admit it! The adventurous Bachelor’s Trip of the trio in ZNMD has only left us drooling over such trips with our own gang of bubbleheads. All of us, at some point of time, have wanted to escape into the blue skies, drown in those unbelievably azure waters or trek our way into conquering our fears much like Bunny of YJHD. Why look for such places elsewhere when India has such places safely treasured from the crowd and chaos of the world. While we continue with our drool-trips, allow us to plan your escape to some of the best places to visit in India.

Manali:

No points for guessing why this place made its way to the top of our list. While Shimla can surely wear the cape for being the Capital City, Manali definitely takes home the title of being the crowned prince of the state. Manali with its daunting snow clad mountains, charming pinewood forests, colourful prayer flags and plethora of other snow sporting opportunities  is as delightful as it is intimidating and is therefore the most favoured tourist place in  India.

Places to visit:

  • Rohtang Pass: At a distance of about 51 kms from the town of Manali, it provides a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains with a dash of the splendid waterfalls gushing out of the mountains to join the brimming Beas River that contours the town. However, it remains open from June to November so it is advisable to plan your trip accordingly.

  • Solang Valley: Located at a distance of 11-14kms further of Manali, this piece of paradise is in no way an less than a snow-themed park which is famous for the various adventure sports this place has to offer such as Parachuting, Paragliding, Sledge-rides, Ice-skating, Skiing etc.

  • Hidimba Devi Temple: Despite its allusion to the great epic The Mahabharata, this beautiful shrine is surrounded by cedar forests with a path leading to the Beas River. Built around a cave where Goddess Hidimba apparently meditated, this temple is build in the Pagoda style.

How To Reach There:

Manali is about 600 kms from Delhi. One can book a flight from Delhi to Kullu in order to save time and can reach Manali from Kullu which is hardly 50 kms away.

However, if one wishes to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and the scenic rivulets that come in the way from Delhi to Manali one can use a public or a private transport and reach Manali via Chandigarh and Kullu which is roughly a 10 hours long journey.

Weather Conditions:

In Summers, which starts from March till June, the temperature here ranges from 3 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius whereas in the winter months the temperature drops below 0 degree Celsius. The best time to visit Manali is from August to December as there is no blockage of roads due to snow.

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Kasol-Malana

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Because every trip to  Manali is incomplete without visiting Kasol. Though sometimes subdued by the reputation of Manali, Kasol has a charm of its own. Situated on the banks of the Parvati River, it has a laid-back culture that beckons travellers from across the globe. It is often touted as ‘Little Israel’ for it teems with numerous Israeli restaurants and coffeehouses, thereby making it the favourite holiday destination of Israelis in India. The humble town holds some of the best secrets and one such secret is the lovely village of Malana. It is believed that the denizens of this village are the descendants of Alexander, the Great’s soldiers.

Places to Visit:

  • Kheerganga Trek: It is one of the most famous treks undertaken in Kasol. Kasol Kheerganga trek is a 9 km long trail that takes about five hours with a trail that is a steep ascent at several points and a gradual one at the rest. The final stop of the trek welcomes you with lush green meadows and a breathtaking view of the mountains standing tall firm amidst the clouds in all their glory.

  • Tosh Village Trek: Tosh Valley trek is a popular small trek in the Parvati Valley which leads to the Pin Parvati Pass Trek and Animal Pass Trek. The Tosh valley Trek starts in a narrow constricted valley but as you trek along it unwraps itself and you come across several beautiful meadows.

  • Malana Village: Initially famous for the cultivation of Malana cream, a kind of hash, this place has garnered a lot of attention from backpackers all over the world.

  • Manikaran: Unwind yourself in the rejuvenating hot springs of Manikaran which is about 4-5 kms away from Kasol.

How To Reach:

Kasol is about 525 kms from Delhi. One can book a flight from Delhi to  Bhuntar Airport in Kullu in order to save time and can go to Kasol. Alternately, one can also hire private cabs from Delhi. There are also overnight buses running from Delhi to Kasol.

Weather conditions:

The  climate in Kasol usually varies from 3 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius in Summer to -4 degree Celsius to 10 degree Celsius in winters. The ideal time to explore the wilderness of this place is from March to June.

McLeodganj- Dharamshala:

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Amidst the  majestic mountains and lush green meadows resides the beautiful town of McLeodganj near upper Dharamshala. It has a mixed culture which is a beautiful blend of Tibetan and British culture. In addition to its scenic landscapes it is the home to Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Spiritual Leader. It is growing into one of the most favoured holiday destinations in India.

At about 10kms away from McleodGanj lies the humble city of Dharamshala, also known as the Lhasa of India. Dharamshala is located in a place such that it provides the picturesque view of the Dhauladhar ranges. It has the perfect blend of Tibetan and Buddhist culture. Dharamshala is also famous for its cricket stadium where International matches are played

Places to visit:

  • Triund Trek: It is an easy 4-5 hours trek to Triund which starts from McleodGanj or Dharamkot.
  • Dal Lake: Much like the Dal lake of Srinagar, this place is famous for its elegance that ricochets of the lovely deodar trees that surround it.
  • Bir Billing: Situated at a distance of 71km from McLeodGanj, this place is famous for Paragliding
  • Bhagsu Falls: Situated 2kms from Dharamshala are the breathtaking falls of Bhagsu Falls which appear like they ascend right from the
  • Nandi Hills

How To Reach:

McLeodGanj is an overnight journey from Delhi and is about 90kms away from Pathankot. One can take a train till Pathankot and drive their way  to reach Pathankot or take private buses or cabs to reach McLeodGanj.

The nearest airport is in Chandigarh and Jammu. But Chandigarh is more properly connected to the rest of the country. So one can take a flight till Chandigarh drive till McleodGanj which is a 6-7 hours drive.

Weather Conditions:

The best time to visit McLeodganj and Dharamshala is from October to June as the weather is quite pleasant with lush green Flaura and fauna spread out like carpets. The temperature falls below 0 degree Celsius during winters and the snow makes it look all the more breathtakingly beautiful. The Monsoon months from July to September are however not considered suitable to visit McLeodganj and Dharamshala.

Gulmarg:

Gulmarg  is truly a piece of heaven on earth which leaves you gobsmacked by its beauty. As you look towards this serene expanse of snow with varying vegetation of Flora and fauna, gleaming resplendently, you will realise that this is the place where all your fantasies converge. An escape from reality. It is one of the most beautiful places in India. The enchanting hills covered with  neatly spaced pine trees sedates you into a different time zone altogether. There are various snow sports that can be undertaken such as ice-skating, ice-skiing, ice-hockey etc.  It fits perfectly into Rumi’s description of heaven on earth. Something that seems too good and too magical to be true. And you wondered if magic existed beyond Hogwarts.

Places To Visit:

  • Kongdori
  • Khilanmarg
  • Maharani temple
  • Alpathar lake
  • Ningli Nalla
  • Ziarat of Baba reshi
  • Marry Church
  • Golf Course
  • Kanchenjunga Museum
  • Gulmarg Biosphere reserves
  • Maharani Temple

How To Reach:

The nearest airport to Gulmarg is Srinagar Airport which is 85 kms away from Gulmarg. One can hire private cabs to reach Gulmarg from Srinagar.

Direct overnight buses are available from Delhi to Gulmarg. The nearest railway station is jammu railway station.

Weather conditions:

Winters are the best time to visit Gulmarg attributing to the snow sports, snow-clad slopes and to enjoy the Gondola rides. Monsoon is however not advisable to visit Gulmarg due to heavy rains and landslides.

Shimla:

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Shimla can be termed as one of the best tourist places in India due to its enchanting hills and captivating beauty. It used to be the summer capital of India under the British Rule which explains its colonial-style architectural history. It is one of the few planned cities in India which is known for its impeccable cleanliness and aesthetic beauty. Due to its spectacular view and fascinating sceneries it is a hit among the youngsters and honeymooners alike.

Places To Visit:

  • Ridge
  • Mall Road
  • Toy train to Kalka
  • Theog
  • Kufri
  • Mashobra

How To Reach:

The Jubbarhatti Airport of Shimla is 20 kms away from the main city. One can catch a direct flight from Delhi to Shimla but it is often dysfunctional. Hence, one can catch a flight to Chandigarh and then rent a cab or take a bus to Shimla which is 3-4 hours long drive from Chandigarh. The nearest railway station from Shimla is Kalka Railway station which is at a distance of 90 km from Shimla. Only narrow gauge trains from Kalka arrive in the Shimla Railway Station.

Weather Conditions:

The temperature here ranges from 20-22 degree Celsius in Summers to lower than 0 degree Celsius in Winters. The best time to visit Shimla is from March to June. However, if one wishes to visit Shimla during the snowfall then the ideal time would be November to January as one can experience various winter sports such as skiing, ice-skating, trekking etc.

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Gangtok:

Gangtok with its charisma and natural beauty has bagged the title of one of the most beautiful hill stations in this country. The houses in this place are safely huddled on the top of a hill thereby providing a bird’s eye view of Mount Kanchenjunga which is a treat to the eyes. Gangtok is absolutely the right place to be if you need a breath of fresh air and are planning your escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Places To Visit:

  • MG Road
  • Nathu La Pass
  • Tsongmo Lake
  • Ganesh Tok
  • Ban Jhakri Falla
  • Kanchenjunga

How To Reach:

The nearest airport and the nearest railway station are about 4 hours away. Bagdogra is the nearest airport to Gangtok which is  roughly 125 kms away. One can take a flight upto Bagdogra and can  hire a cab or bus to Gangtok. One can also use the helicopter services which is available from Bagdogra to Gangtok.

The nearest railway station from Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri which is around 115 kms away from Gangtok.

Weather Conditions:

During  Summers the average temperature varies between 20 to 30 degree Celsius, whereas in during winters the average temperature goes below the freezing point. During Monsoons, heavy landslides occur in this region which makes it dangerous as well as difficult to reach there. Therefore the best time to visit Gangtok is from March to May.

Dalhousie:

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Also famously known as the Mini Switzerland of India, Dalhousie is one of the best tourist places in India. Safely tucked away from the common din of the cities, this place with its mesmerizing landscapes and surroundings sends you into a state of trance. The houses here are a perfect blend of Scottish and Victorian venture with a dash of  the British style architecture. The enchanting mountains that tower upon the lush green meadows and pine forests are a truly a sight to savour.

Places To Visit:

  • Khajjar
  • Panch Pulla
  • Satdhara Falls
  • Chamba
  • Kalatop Wildlife sanctuary
  • Daikund Peak
  • Barkota Hills
  • Subash Baoli
  • John Church
  • Chamunda Devi Temple

How To Reach:

Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge railway station which is about 80  kms away from Dalhousie. So one can take a train till Pathankot and then take a bus or a cab from there to reach Dalhousie.

Also, the nearest airport to Dalhousie is located in Pathankot. Since it is a military airport and is not well-connected to the major cities in India, it is preferable to take a flight to the Gaggal Airport in the Kangra Valley which is about 140 kms away from Dalhousie. Many buses and  cab services from Kangra Valley to Dalhousie are available.

Weather Conditions:

During winters, the temperature in Dalhousie is cold with moderate amount of snow fall. However, it remains pleasant with a moderate temperature and lush greenery throughout the year. Therefore, the best time to visit Dalhousie is from March to June.

Mussoorie-Dehradun:

Mussoorie, the queen of hill stations sits gloriously at an elevation of 6,170 feet above the sea-level. The hills that are beautifully decked up with lush green flaura and fauna along with the beautiful waterfalls that gushes out of them is as intimidating as it is breathtaking. It is one of the most favourite holiday destination of people in India due to the numerous natural beauty and scenic landscapes it has to offer. Not far from Mussoorie, lies Dehradun which is about 33kms away. Both the places famous for their bewitching mountains and picturesque landscapes can be covered in two days.

Places To Visit in Mussoorie:

  • Lal Tibba
  • Lake Mist
  • Kempty Falls
  • Paragliding and Trekking
  • Gun Hill
  • Cloud’s End

Places To Visit in Dehradun:

  • Robber’s Cave
  • Sahastradhara
  • Mindrolling Monastery
  • Har ki Dun
  • Fun Valley

How To Reach:

The nearest railway station as well as airport is located in Dehradun which is well connected to the  major cities of India. One can take a flight or a train to Dehradun and then take a cab or a bus to reach Mussoorie which takes 1 hour by road.

Weather Conditions:

The ideal time to visit Dehradun and Mussoorie is all throughout the year except in Monsoons when the roads experience frequent landslides. Hence, visiting this place in the Monsoon months of July to September should be avoided. The best time to visit this place is from February to May when the weather is pleasant.

Rishikesh-Auli:

 Rishikesh is one of the most favoured holiday destinations for Youngsters due to the innumerable adventure sports it has to offer. Starting from River rafting to Bungee Jumping, from  Mountain Climbing to Trekking, it has got plethora of opportunities for adventure enthusiasts. Apart from that, it is one of the most popular spiritual destinations of India with Ashrams that offer courses on Yoga and meditation.

At about 200 kms away from the adrenaline pumping town of Rishikesh, lies this beautiful town called Auli. Auli with its charming apple orchards, beautiful deodars and enchanting snow clad hills makes for one of the most favourite holiday destinations of India. It is also famous for various snow sports that are undertaken here such as skiing, ice-skating, sledge-riding etc. Both, Rishikesh and Auli can ve covered in a span of 3 days.

Places To Visit in Rishikesh:

  • Lakshman Jhula
  • River rafting in The Ganges
  • Triveni Ghat
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Jadh Ganga Trek
  • Neelakantha Mahadev Temple
  • Auli

Things to do in Auli:

  • Skiing
  • Chenab Lake
  • Trishul Peak
  • Kwani Bugyal
  • Gurso Bugyal
  • Rudraprayag
  • Nandaprayag

How To Reach:

The best way to reach Auli is to take a bus from Delhi To Rishikesh and explore the town of Rishikesh and then take another bus or a cab to Auli. However, the nearest airport to Auli is in Dehradun which is 150kms away. So one can take a flight to Dehradun and visit Dehradun and Mussoorie and then take take a cab or a bus to Auli and explore its wilderness and then take an overnight bus to Rishikesh and then come back to Delhi

Weather Conditions:

Rishikesh and Auli can be visited at anytime throughout the year. However if one is specifically looking for the snow sports  and skiing festivals in Auli then the ideal time would be from January to March.

 Nainital:

Surrounded by the Kumaon Hills, lies the beautiful hill station of Nainital which is known as the land of beautiful lakes, exotic sceneries and natural hot water springs. Nainital derives its name from the Goddess Naina devi. According to the Hindu Mythology, the eyes of the Goddess Sati had fallen in this site  and a temple called the Naina Devi temple was built around it worshipping the eyes of the Goddess. Nainital is however divided into two parts namely, Tallital and Mallital which are separated from each other by the Naini lake. Tallital is on the southern banks of the lake whereas Mallital is on the northern bank of the lake.

Jim Corbett National Park which is at a distance of 150 kms from Nainital is one of the major attractions of this place as it is one of the few Tiger reserves in India that allows night safari in the jungle along with an overnight stay in the resorts inside the park.

Places To Visit:

  • Naini lake
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Jim Corbett National Park
  • Eco Cave Gardens
  • Snow View Point

How To Reach:

The only feasible way to reach Nainital is via road as it does not have any major railway station or airport. However there is a railway station that is 35 kms away from Nainital in Kathgodam. The nearest airport located in  Patnanagar which is about 65km away is not well connected to major cities in India. Hence, it is not advisable to go to Nainital by air.

Weather Conditions:

The ideal time to visit Nainital is all throughout the year  except during late November when the winds starts to get chilly and misty. The best time is however from March to June.

Ladakh:

There is something fascinating about snow-capped mountains, enchanting monasteries and small towns situated amidst hills that always sedates one into a different time zone altogether.  Be it the people, their culture, their traditions or their lifestyle, it enthrals you in innumerable ways. And their serenity lies in their simplicity; away from the crowd, away from the common din, safely cocooned in layers of snow.  Ladakh happens to be one such region. It is one of the most beautiful places in India.

Its beauty ricochets off every mountain peak to narrow ravines and deep valleys. In this region lies a small town called Leh, gracefully dolled up with huge prayer bells, Dream Catchers and colourful Prayer Flags, something that restores faith in Prayers. One cannot help but wonder which is more bewitching, the beautiful meadows scattered throughout the town or the mountains beyond. If you are visiting Ladakh it has to be a good 10 days trip.

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Places to visit:

  • Sangam Point: It is a good 20kms ride from Leh and is the confluence of River Indus and River Zanskar. What is fascinating about the alliance of these two rivers is one can easily distinguish between the crystal clear waters of The Indus from the brownish-green waters of The Zanskar because the rivers despite meeting at Sangam Point refuse to mingle. Together they pass through Ladakh and flow into Pakistan as The Mighty Indus. One might come across various adventure sports such as River Rafting(though seasonal) and trekking commonly known as the Zanskar Trek.
  • Pathar sahib & Magnetic Hill: Magnetic Hill is located at a distance of 24km from Leh. There is a board that asks you to stop and turn off the engine of your vehicle in a square demarcated on the road and watch as your vehicle moves uphill, defying the law of gravity, due to the magnetic pull exerted by the Magnetic Hill. Pathar Sahib falls on your way back to Leh from the Sangam Point and is 20-22 kms away from the Leh town. It is maintained and looked after by The Indian Army.
  • Hall of Fame: Hall of Fame is a memorial for the unsung heroes of war who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak war. Located near the Leh Airfield, Hall of Fame is a museum built and maintained by the Indian Army to monumentalize the role of Indian Army in Ladakh, starting from helping the commoners during the cloudburst that occurred in 2010 to their pivotal role in the Siachen Glacier and most importantly in the Kargil War.
  • Shanti Stupa: It is a white domed Buddhist Stupa whose architecture is an Indo-Japan Venture. But personally, I would like to call it the sunset point as it is situated on the hilltop overlooking the panoramic view of the entire town of Leh sprawled below it and the hills surrounding it.
  • Chadar Trek: Chadar refers to a thick blanket or sheet. It is so named as the River Zanskar freezes in winter and a thick crust of ice is formed on the water surface, thereby, transforming a rapid river into a white blanket of ice. It is a 6-day trek done in inhospitable conditions as the temperature ranges from -10 during the day to -25 at night.
  • Khardungla Pass: Situated at a height of 18,380fts, Khardungla is considered as the world’s highest motorable road. This place gives you a bird’s eye view of the mountain ranges that remain covered with snow all throughout the year with feeble rays of the Sun penetrating through the gap between two mountains making it look like a “Stairway To Heaven”. It has to be seen to be believed.
  • Nubra Valley: And here are the straight roads that defines every Leh Ladakh road trip. Nubra Valley with its never-ending expanse of sand dunes and oases lies about 150 km from the town of Leh.
  • Pangong Tso: This lake stretches far and beyond the Indo-China border and is considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes of Asia.
  • Tso Moriri: Situated at about 250 kms away from the town of Leh this beautiful blue expanse of water leaves you gobsmacked by its beauty.
  • Chang La Pass: The gateway connecting the town of Leh with that of Pangong and Tsantse , Chang-La Pass is situated at a height of 17,590ft with its roads wider and smoother  than that of the Khardungla. The roads are cut through the mountains with white carpets of snow spread elegantly along the road.

Pondicherry:

Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry is one of the seven Union Territories is one of the best tourist places in India. Previously under French Rule, the French influence over the culture and lifestyle of this place can be strongly felt.  The French settlement along with several French cafes and restaurants can still be seen  today in the White Town.

This lovely town has several  beautiful beaches with white sands and emerald blue waters that provide surfing and scuba diving opportunities.  There are several beach side cafes that provide exotic sea food of all kinds. There  are several places that impart knowledge about Yoga and meditation. But  lazing around on the white sands with a book in your hand also sends you into a state of meditative bliss. For anyone who is looking for a peaceful weekend getaway, Pondicherry is the place to be.

Places To Visit:

  • Paradise beach
  • Serenity Beach- Surfing and Water sports
  • White Town
  • Auroville Ashram
  • Chunnambar Boat House
  • Rocky Beach
  • Arikamedu

How To Reach:

There are direct flights to Pondicherry that lands at Puducherry Airport at Lawspet. The nearest railway station is Villupuram Railway Junction that connects Pondicherry to the rest of the world.

Weather conditions:

October to March is the best time to visit Pondicherry as the weather is lovely and pleasant as the temperature ranges from 15-30 degree Celsius. Summers are however comparatively hot and are not ideal to visit Pondicherry.

Darjeeling:

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Darjeeling, the former summer capital of India under the British Rule,  is famous for its tea plantations and colonial architecture. The cultural diversity of this place influence the lifestyle, culture and traditions of this place. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. There is a toy train that was established in 1881 and runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. The train passes through hills and small villages with an amazing view of the scenic landscapes that seem to have come right out of a picture book.

Places To Visit:

  • Tiger Hill
  • Japanese Peace Pagoda
  • Rock garden
  • Sandakphu Trek
  • Bastia Loops
  • Tea Plantations
  • Toy Train Ride

How To Reach:

The nearest airport to Darjeeling is in Bagdogra which is 3 hours away from Darjeeling. So one can take a flight till Bagdogra and take a bus or hire a private cab till Darjeeling. The nearest railway station is in New Jalpaguri which is about 62 km and is well connected to the other major cities of India.  There is a toy train that runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling at a snail’s pace and takes 7 hours to reach Darjeeling. Alternately, there are cabs and bus services from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling.

Weather Conditions:

Darjeeling is cold throughout the year. Winters are very cold here as the temperature goes down to 0 degree Celsius. The Summers are still cold but have a pleasant climate. However, travelling to Darjeeling during monsoons should be avoided as the roads are prone to landslides due to heavy rainfall. Hence, the best time to visit Darjeeling is from  February to May and from October to December.

Goa:

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Goa is famously known as the Miami of India with exotic beaches and oh-so-happening nightlife. The many catholic churches, along with the charming villages that project the 300 years old Portuguese architecture have an elegance and style of their own. There are several cabs and vespas are available In Goa to ride along the soothing marine-drive and go from beach to beach. The clear sun, the white sand and the azure waters of the sea add to the elegance of this place.  The crowd here comprise of Russians to Portuguese, French to Italian and many more. Several beach parties and carnivals add life to these beaches at night.     Goa is also famous for its eateries that serve various sea-food  delicacies and cuisines from all over the world. Goa with its gorgeous beaches, crazy nightlife, laidback mornings and cosmopolitan culture happens to be the best tourist places in India.

Places To Visit:

  • Baga Beach
  • Calangute Beach
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Tito’s, Calangute
  • Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  • Dudhsagar waterfalls
  • Arambol
  • Palolem beach
  • Colva beach
  • Anjuna Beach

How To Reach:

The airport in Goa is well connected to all the major cities of India, So it is considered as one of the ideal means to reach Goa.  But going to Goa from Bangalore by road is generally preferred due to the scenic beauty the roadtrip has in store for the travellers.

Weather Conditions:

The summers here are quite hot. So the ideal time to visit Goa is anytime except Summers that is from September to March.

Ooty-Coonoor:

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Ooty is fondly known as the Queen of Nilgiris. Safely cocooned in the Nilgiri and Sandalwood forests Ooty or Ootakamund is a hit among the tourists from across the country due to its mesmerising sceneries, lofty mountains,  sprawling pastures and charming tea estates spread far and wide. There is a lake at the heart of the city that overlooks the lush green grasslands along with Nilgiri trees safely contouring the banks on the other side of the lake. This  place offers over 100s of varieties of Tea that appeals to your taste buds. It is one of the most beautiful hill stations of India and is the favourite destination spot for honeymooners and youngsters alike.

Coonoor on the other hand falls enroute Ooty and is equally fascinating with its rich greenery and sharply manicured hills. It is 19 kms away from Ooty. Coonoor along with Ooty is the perfect weekend getaway for people looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Places To Visit in Ooty:

  • Ooty lake
  • Nilgiri Mountain railway
  • Botanical garden
  • Dolphin’s Nose
  • Emerald Lake
  • Ooty Rose Garden

Places To Visit In Coonoor:

  • Sim’s Park
  • Laws Falls
  • Lamb’s Rock

How to Reach:

One can take a cab from Mysore to Ooty. The nearest airport is in Coimbatore which is 100 kms away from Ooty. The nearest railway station is in Coimbatore and Tiruppur. Coonoor is right at the foot of Ooty so the communication for Coonoor is same as that of Ooty.

Weather Conditions:

Ooty  and Coonoor remain cold and chilly all throughout the year. So they can be visited all throughout the year.

 Coorg:

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While all the other hill stations are famous for their far and wide stretching tea estates, Coorg is the only hill station popular for its coffee plantations. The lush green meadows perfectly blending with the mountains beyond is a delight to watch.

There are also several river rafting opportunities in the Barapole river. There are several homestay facilities available where the tourists can indulge in and imbibe the local culture traditions and lifestyle of this place which is a very enriching experience. Coorg  with its exotic landscapes and hospitable environment is sure to take your breath away.

Places to visit:

  • Abbey falls
  • Talacauvery
  • Coffee plantations
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • White River Rafting in Barapole
  • Burude Falls
  • Iruppu Falls
  • Tadiandamol Peak

How To Reach:

Coorg does not have its own railway station or airport. The nearest airport to Coorg is in Mangalore which is about 150 kms away and the closest railway station is in Mysore at a distance of about 120 kms. There are cab facilities and bus services from Mysore and Mangalore to Coorg.

Weather Conditions:

Best time to visit Coorg is during the Summers. The winters here are not frost bitingly cold either. So it can be visited anytime throughout the year.

Munnar

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Munnar is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India and  has one of the largest tea estates in South India. It also serves as a commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates.  The hills are covered with evergreen forests and the hills appear to be floating in the clouds. Its lush greenery and varying vegetation provides habitat to myriads of species of birds and animals. The Eravikulam National Park situated at a distance of 45 kms from Munnar is one of the UNESCO World heritage Sites

Places To Visit:

  • Echo Point
  • Rose garden
  • Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
  • Mattupeti dam
  • Eravikulam National Park
  • Chinnakanal waterfalls

How To Reach:

Munnar does not have its own airport. The nearest Airport to Munnar is at Kochi which is at a distance of 130 kms from Munnar whereas the nearest railway station is in Aluva at a distance of 100 kms. One can take cabs and buses from Kochi and Aluva to Munnar.

Weather Conditions:

Munnar experiences heavy rainfalls during monsoons. Hence visiting this place during Monsoons should be avoided at all costs. The best time to visit this place is from October to May as the summers rae generally pleasant and slightly warm.

Kodaikanal:

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Kodaikanal literally translates into the ‘Gift of the forests’ which is somewhat true as this place with its fascinatingly green pastures and neatly manicured hills does seem like a gift to the mankind from nature. There are several cottages available in this region that provide a panoramic view of the enchanting valleys and hills surrounding it. There is also trekking, boating and horse riding for one to undertake.

Places To Visit:

  • Kodai lake
  • Green Valley View(Suicide Point)
  • Bear Shola falls
  • Coakers walk
  • Devil’s Kitchen
  • Berijam lake
  • Thalaiyar Falls
  • Kodai-Palani Trek

How To Reach:

The nearest airport to kodaikanal is in Madurai which is 120 kms away. From Madurai, one can catch the local TNSTC buses that ply on  this route of hire private cabs to reach Kodaikanal. The nearest railway station to Kodaikanal is the Kodai Road which is 100 kms away from Kodaikanal.

Weather Conditions:

The best season to visit Kodaikanal would be during spring or during the falls. But ideally October to June is the best time to visit this place.

 Alleppey:

This city o Kerala is Kerala is infamous for its beautiful backwaters and boat races. Situated at the coastline of Arabian Sea, Alleppey has numerous backwaters and lagoons  that facilitate boating. The still waters are crystal clean and clear and boating in these soothing waters are an experience of a lifetime. It is often called as the Venice of the South due to the many canals.

The coastline of this place are dotted with coconut trees soaring sky high. There are several houseboats that have a class of its own. It is one of the best tourist places in India due to its easy accessibility, well planned canals and gorgeous backwaters.

Places To Visit:

  • Houseboats
  • Backwaters
  • Alappuzha Beach
  • Vembanad
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Snake Boat Race
  • Krishnapuram Palace

How To Reach:

There are direct trains to Alleppey from the  major cities of India. The Alappuzha railway Station is well connected with the rest of the country. However there are no airports in Alleppey. The nearest airport is in Kochi which is around 16kms away. The most feasible way to reach Alleppey is by train

Weather Conditions:

Summers here are extremely hot and humid with temperatures reaching 40 degree Celsius. The best time to visit Alleppey is therefore from July to March when the weather is moderate and pleasant.

Mount Abu:

In a state which remains hot and arid throughout the year, Mount Abu seems like a blessing in disguise. After travelling for days on the roads carpeted with thick layers of white sand on both the sides, coming across such lush green Flaura and fauna and beautiful lakes is like striking gold. The Dilwara Temple of the Jains is a  masterpiece of an architecture with its intricate details and near-perfection finish. The famous Aravali Range also lies in Mount Abu.

Places To Visit:

  • The Dilwara Temples
  • Nakki Lake
  • Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Achalgarh village
  • Toad Rock
  • Trevors tank
  • Adhar Devi temple

How To Reach:

There are no airports in Mount Abu. The nearest airport is in Udaipur which is approximately 175 km away. But it is nor properly connected to the major cities of India.  The second nearest airport to Mount Abu is in Ahmedabad which is like 221 kms away but is properly connected to the rest of the country.

The nearest railway station is on the Mount Abu road which is at a distance of 28 kms from the main city. It has trains running to and from New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Mumbai.

Best Time To Visit:

The best time to visit Mount Abu is from October to March as the weather is soothingly pleasant.

Jaipur- Udaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur:

Jaipur is indeed a lovely city with different shades of unparalleled beauty, outstanding architecture, glorious history and spectacular forts and palaces. With exciting camel and elephant rides,  luxurious food at par with the royalty, and the culturally rich lifestyle takes you back in time to the ages of Rajas and Maharajas. There various stores that sell handicrafts and handlooms that are renowned far and wide.  About two hours from Jaipur is the village of Mehendipur where live exorcism takes place and it is indeed one of its kind, enough to send chills down your spine.

Udaipur is the crowned prince of the state of Rajasthan. Every trip to Rajasthan is futile if one does not visit this beautiful city of lakes and palaces. It is surrounded by four lakes, Lake Pichola being an artificial lake. On it, gloats gracefully the Lake Palace. The Lake Palace is indeed an architectural marvel that was built centuries ago but gloriously sits on the lake till today. Udaipur is roughly 395 kms away from Jaipur.

Jodhpur is also known as the Gateway to the Thar desert. Itis one of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan with the majestic Mehrangarh fort overlooking the city. Mehrangarh fort is truly an architectural wonder with a history of its own. This man-made beauty made out of sand and dust has to be seen to be believed. The delicacies of this city are a royalty and hence attracts people from all over the country. It is about 335kms from Jaipur. Ajmer falls enroute to Jodhpur and the Dargah Shariff here is a must visit.

Jaisalmer is the city of  sandstones and sand dunes. It is called the ‘Golden City’ due to the golden sand. Like any other city of Rajasthan, this city also has lakes, forts, castles and Jain Temples. What sets it apart is the glorious Thar desert that starts at the end of this city. 20kms from this city lies the village of Kuldhara which has a legend of its own and is said to be haunted.  Jaisalmer is the perfect blend of exotic Indian food, desert culture, heritage and adventure. It is about 288 kms away from Jodhpur and 560 kms away from Jaipur.

Places To Visit in Jaipur:

  • City palace
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Amber Fort
  • Nahargarh fort
  • Govind ji temple
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Jal Mahal
  • Chokhi dhani
  • Birla temple
  • Mehendipur
  • Bhangarh Fort
  • Ajmer Shariff
  • Pushkar

Places to Visit in Udaipur:

  • Lake Pichola
  • City Palace
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Sajjangarh Palace
  • Jaisamand Lake
  • Vintage Car Museum
  • Eklingji temple
  • Gulab bagh
  • Bada Mahal

Places To Visit in Jodhpur:

  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace
  • Khejarla Fort
  • Jaswant Tada
  • Mandore Garden
  • Balsamand Lake
  • Mahamandir Temple

Places To Visit In Jaisalmer:

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Thar Desert
  • Gadisar Lake
  • Jain Temples
  • Badal Palace and Tazia Tower
  • Kukdhara Village
  • Windmill park
  • Bada bagh
  • Desert National Park

How To Reach:

Jaipur airport  is properly connected to all the major cities through airways , railways and roadways. From Jaipur one can take buses or hire private cabs to go to Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer

Weather Conditions:

Rajasthan has a very extreme climate which is very hot during summers and very cold during winters. However the ideal time to visit Rajasthan would be during December to March as the weather is pleasant, the days are soothingly warm but the nights are extremely cold.

Tawang:

Located in the Indo-China border, this Buddhist town has been in the news due to the dispute created by China. However, the people here are peace-loving and humble. It is famous for one of the oldest Buddhist Monastery that dates back to 17th century. This place has lush Flaura and fauna that adds up to its aesthetic beauty.

Places To Visit:

  • Bum La Pass: At about 37 kms away from Tawang lies the Bum-La Pass at the Indo-china border.  Special permit is required from the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Tawang District in order to reach this place. Due to its high elevation of 16,000 feet, tourists might suffer from acute breathing problems. The ideal time to visit this place is from May to October.
  • Bomdilla- Tenga: Indulge yourself in the natural beauty and the local culture of Tenga and Bomdilla which fall enroute to Tawang.
  • Shonga-tser Lake: It is located at about 12 kms from Bum La Pass and provides a panoramic view of snow-capped mountains. It is also known as Madhuri Lake after the famous Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit.
  • Jung Falls: Famously known as Nuranang Waterfalls, it is one of its kinds due to its breathtaking beauty and the scenic landscape that surrounds it. It is located in the route from Sela Pass to Tawang
  • Bap Teng Kang Waterfalls: Situated at a distance of 82kms from Tawang, this 100ft high falls send you into a state of meditative bliss.

How To Reach:

The most feasible to reach Tawang is to take a flight or Train upto Guwahati and then take a private cab to Tawang. Alternately, one can take a flight from Guwahati to Tezpur and then take a cab or a bus to Tawang. There are no railway stations in Tawang. The nearest  main railway station is Guwahati.

Weather Conditions:

Since it is located at an altitude of 8000 feet, visitors coming from a lower altitude are prone to minor altitude sicknesses. The place remains cold throughout the year and encounters heavy snowfall during winters.

Ziro:

Ziro is an old town situated in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of 1500 meters, Ziro is famous for the Ziro festival  which is held every year since 2012, spanning over a period of 4 days. It also has beautiful pine hills and exotic pastures in store for the visitors. The climate is balmy and soothing which is welcoming and hospitable for the tourists from all over the world.

Places To Visit:

  • Talley valley Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kile Pakho
  • Meghna Cave Temple
  • Pine groves
  • Ziro Music Festival

How To reach:

The closest airport to Ziro is in Tezpur which is about 280 kms away. But there are no direct flights from Delhi or Kolkata to Tezpur. Therefore the main domestic airport would be Guwahati. There are many government and private bus and cab services available from Guwahati to Arunachal Pradesh.

Weather Conditions:

The temperature of Ziro is moderate to mild throughout the year which makes it pleasant for the tourists from all over the world. Therefore, the ideal time to visit this place is all throughout the year.

Guwahati

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Guwahati can be safely termed as The Gateway To The North-East. This region abounds in natural beauty,  full of Flaura and fauna. It is situated on the banks of the River Brahmaputra. Guwahati has a mixed blend of cultural and religious harmony comprising mainly of Assamese, Bengalis and Muslims. The local language of this region is Ahamiya. However, a sizeable chunk of the population speak Bengali. A number of rivers flow through Assam, most of the districts are inundated by floods.

Places To Visit:

  • Kamakhya Devi Temple: It is considered as one of the four primary Shakti Peethas. It gets flooded with devotees from worldwide during Navratri.
  • Brahmaputra River: A plethora of cruising and river rafting opportunities are available. One can cruise through the river while enjoying the evening breeze in this enigmatic beauty of a river.
  • Kaziranga National Park: Situated at about 195 kms away from Guwahati, Kaziranga is a dwelling place of myriads of species of birds and animals but mainly rhinoceros. It remains closed during the monsoon months of June to September due to heavy floods. It is advised for the visitors to prebook their elephant rides online.
  • Orchid Park: At about 10 kms from Kaziranga Park is located the beautiful Orchid Park, where people throng to witness the varieties of orchids. In addition to that, the infamous Bihu dance is also performed by the local artist in order to entertain the visitors.
  • Agnigarh: In the romantic city of Tezpur which is about 184 km away from Guwahati, lies a hillock called Agnigarh which has a legend of its own surrounding the war between two Hindu gods, Hari and Hara.

How To Reach:

Guwahati can be reached by road, by trains, and by air. There are good communication facilities to this place. It is about 2000 kms from Delhi which takes about 34 hours by road. Therefore, it is advisable to board a train or a flight to this city.  Direct flights are available from Delhi, Kolkata and many other places

 

Weather Conditions:

It has a moderate climate with a temperature which varies from 30-38 degree Celsius in Summers and from 12-18 degree Celsius in Winters. It receives frequent rainfalls during the monsoon months which swell up the Brahmaputra River.

Shillong:

It is a picturesque hilly town in the state of Meghalaya. Beautifully decked up with pine trees on all sides, Shillong  stands gracefully at a height of 1486m above sea level.  The climate here is pleasant throughout the year except for the monsoon season. Frequent rainfalls are a perennial feature of this region.  The westernized culture  and hip lifestyle of Shillong  sets it apart from the other cities of the country.  It has many famous waterfalls and beautiful landscapes nearby with beautiful meadows spreading far and wide. About 40 kms away from Shillong, lies Mawlynnong, the cleanest village of India. With its hospitable environment and welcoming locals, Shillong is considered as one of the best tourist places in India.

Places To Visit:

  • Mawlynnong
  • Umiam Lake
  • Elephant Falls
  • Mawsynram
  • Ward’s Lake
  • Shillong Peak

How To Reach:

The nearest main railway station to Shillong is in Guwahati which is at a distance of 100km. The Shillong airport at Umroi is connected only to Kolkata. So Guwahati again is considered the nearest domestic airport that is well connected to the rest of the parts of the country.

Weather Conditions:

The weather here remains lovely and pleasant all throughout the year, However Shillong receives heavy rainfall during July to September and parts of the city get flooded. Therefore, October to May is considered as the best time to visit Shillong  as the weather conditions are favourable.

Bestfriends are the people with whom we have shared some of our best moments with. They make even the small events enjoyable and memorable, and it only makes sense if we choose them as our companion for those small escapes from life’s drudgery. Travelling isn’t just about those pictures people post online to show they have got it good or about the memories you make, if done right, travelling could help you out with life more than anything.

For those times when you are bored out of life, stressed about work or family or even looking for a change are the times when you should pack your bags, pick a confidant and venture into the wilderness. Go wherever the road leads you to for the best trips are the ones that are impromptu and unplanned. Irrespective of the place you choose to go, irrespective of the time constraint, we are pretty sure that a trip with your best-buddies is sure to be exhilarating  enough.

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