Now that you’re acquainted with the aforementioned alternative holiday ideas in India, are you itching to know more? Open the door then. Put on those travel boots and come with us to seek those hidden treasures whose existence is known only to few lucky people!
1 EAT, PRAY AND LOVE
If you’re looking for mouth-watering food, breathtaking landscapes and spiritual wisdom in your next holiday, get yourself a ticket for Dharamshala! The fascinating small town has big surprises in store for you. You could go for a trek in the wilderness of the coniferous forests or take a stroll in the local market. Visit monasteries and meditate or enjoy an evening of bon-fire with local tea and Tibetan delicacies. If that’s not enough, the friendly locals are there to entertain you with mountain tales and local folklores. Indeed, a perfect escapade for the mind, body and soul!
2 NOT JUST FISH AND FENI
If you haven’t been to Goa during Carnival, you must, because that’s the time when the fun-loving state actually shows its true colors and spirits. Literally. Carnival is a unique festival that’s held in Goa, every year in Feb. It is a 3-day extravaganza but the fun and frolic lasts the entire week. Colorful processions, singing, dancing, street plays, lavish floats, and of course the fish and feni, make the festival so enjoyable and memorable. Carnival gives us yet another fun reason to go to Goa!
3 RENDEZVOUS AT THE VALLEY OF FLOWERS
If it wasn’t for Frank Smith, the mountaineer and botanist, Valley of Flowers would have been known only to the locals, who believed it was inhabited by fairies. Now, a world heritage site, the National Park located in Uttaranchal is a haven brimming with hundreds of kinds of flowers with rare ones like Brahmakamal, the Blue Poppy and the Cobra Lily, apart from endangered species and a wide variety of butterflies and birds fluttering in the lush vegetation. The splendid spaces of Valley of Flowers will envelope you and show you a world that’s beyond your imagination. But getting to this exotic place is not that easy. It indeed requires a trek of about 14km, from Govindghat, and is open only between June and October!
4 EXPLORE RAJASTHAN THE NOMADIC WAY
Those comfy cabs and convenient jeeps can only take you to popular landmarks and well-known towns and cities. But if you’re interested to go deep in the heart of Rajasthan, you’ll have to ride on those lanky camels! Camel Safari is an adventurous and fun way to explore the sprawling Thar desert and experience the rustic lifestyle of the locals. So, if riding on camel backs all day long watching the sand dunes and forts and retiring in the night in thatched mud huts and tents under the moonlit skies sounds interesting, then the desert is calling you! Camel Safari primarily operates in the Desert circuit, in the areas of Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer, and packages ranges from an easy 4-hour ride to 5-10 days of extensive tour!
Dharamshala town is almost divided into two sections – the lower town with its traditional settlement and market areas and the upper town of McLeodganj, And it is famous for celebrity resident, His pureness the Dalai Lama.
@Journeymart – Yeah, His Holiness makes Dharamshala all the more special!
Out of the above places, my vote is definetly for dharmshala.
@ Roh – Charming and spiritual place Dharamshala is. I heard Valley of Flowers is mesmerizing too.