It is time to take your girl squad out for a mini-vacay before you become a “missus”. The wedding preparations are in full swing and amidst all that chaos, you never got a chance to sit down with the girls and decide on a destination. It goes without saying, especially with the growing popularity of bachelor/bachelorette trips in India, one wishes to travel to places that are off beat and out of the ordinary; some place no one has been to before. The usual; Goa, Manali, or Pudducherry is out of question. Read along to discover some uncharted gems in India.
1) Shojha, HP
This Himalayan hamlet is the perfect getaway if you are looking for some peace and quiet before the big day. Excellent for walks, treks, bird watching and a nature centric experience, Shojha has an undiscovered feel to it. With sloping mountains covered in verdure, conifers and deodars stretching for miles around, and an incredible view of the snow-covered peaks, this is a breathtaking spot. This place will most definitely leave you speechless.
2) Kausani, UK
A quaint hill station in the lap of the Himalayas, Kausani is a backpacker’s happy place. It is known for the panoramic view of Himalayan peaks such as Trishul, Nandadevi and Panchkula. Kausani isn’t just called “The Switzerland of India” for any reason, it is sure to bewitch you with its beauty. Tea gardens, treks, museums, temples; there is a whole lot to do and explore.
3) Ziro, AP
A small town in Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro is home to a unique tribal group (Apa Tani) and a balmy climate. It has been a favourite town for World Heritage Site for many years now. Full of lush green forests and small rivulets, this place is a peace seeker’s paradise.
4) Gokarna, KT
The land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands, Gokarna is a pilgrimage town in Karnataka. This town is primarily known for its beaches and temples. And the best part is that this place can be visited at any point of time in the year.
5) Maravanthe, KT
Maravanthe is a village and a beach near Kundapura, Karnataka. It can be best described as nature's basket full of mesmerizing picturesque views. A beautiful beach town with white sand spread miles and miles along the coast fetches the beach a nickname of Virgin Beach. Being a coastal town, Maravanthe offers oceanic activities like swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving while the Kodachadri Hills offer trekking trails, which are fairly difficult.
6) Varkala, KL
Despite its backpacker vibe, Varkala is essentially a temple town, and the main Papanasham Beach is a holy place where Hindus come in to make offerings to those who have passed away. As amusing as it may sounds, Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Some famous tourism spots are the Varkala beach, Paravur,Kappil Lake and the Anjego Fort. One can find pristine beaches, hills, lakes, forts, lighthouses trhought its landscape.
7) Chopta, UK
This is a scenic hamlet which is still unexplored by travelers in India. It is situated amidst thick forests of pine deodar & rhododendrons, and offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan range. Wake up to the chirping of birds and mild breeze blowing through the air. The Chopta - Tungnath - Chandrashila trek is a famous destination for trekkers. During the trek, you can take part in activities like camping, yoga, skiing, rappelling, rock climbing, etc.
8) Parule and Bhogwe, MH
The Konkani settlement of Parule was once Parulya gramam. Stay with the Samants at “Maachli” while enjoying life on a farm—milk a cow, get a fish spa treatment in a natural stream, go on a plantation walk, as you relish delicious Malvani cuisine. Go on a morning nature trail to a trek to the beach. Nearby, Bhogwe has remained unnoticed by travelers, which offers stunning coastal views and an enriching experience. Visit a devrai (sacred grove) or cashew-processing units, go bird-watching in serene mangroves in country crafts, and enjoy sunsets at Kille Nivti fort before taking a boat ride to Golden Rocks.
9) Gurez Valley, J&K
Gurez is an ideal place for spending couple of days camping, rock climbing and fishing. This valley is surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It has diverse fauna and wildlife including the Himalayan brown bear and the snow leopard. The Kishanganga River flows through the valley adding to its scenic beauty. The Razdan Pass, Dawar, Habba Khatoon and the Harmukh peak are major attractions.
10) Kavartti Island, Lakshwadeep
Quietness, pure air and unpolluted nature; you find all these at one place. Kavaratti is the capital of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep in India. It is well known for its pristine white sand beaches and calm lagoons. The beaches are laden with the swinging coconut trees, and once you take a dip inside the vast expanse, you can witness the abundant marine life of the island.
11) Talasari, OR
The name Talasari is derived from the two words Tala (meaning Palm) and Sari (meaning row); the palm trees surrounding the place give it this name. Untouched by a maddening tourist rush and pollution, this is an escapade for one and all. You can sit back or lie down and let the babbling of the waves and the lovely breeze calm your soul. There is amazing food around the beach, bike rides and some green coconut water which is filling and refreshing.
So what way-out destination have you chosen?