Monday February 11, 2019
Dubbed “The City of Lakes”, the former capital of Mewar is celebrated for its royal residences and artificial lakes. You could stay at Udaipur Lake Palace which is perched on an island in Lake Pichola. It is a luxury hotel, and you will be surrounded by palaces, marble temples, family mansions and beautiful bathing ghats. You could also drop in at City Palace located on the banks of Lake Pichola and be mesmerised by the kind of lives the royals led back in their days!
The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir is located on the banks of the Jhelum River. The crystal-clear Dal Lake undoubtedly holds the top position on the tourist’s priorities here. This is the perfect romantic getaway as you could stay at one of the colourful houseboats on the lake and then go for a stroll at the nearby Mughal Gardens which has a plethora of flowers in myriad colours and shapes!
Surrounded by mountains, misty landscapes, abundant in scenery and greenery - this is the closest it gets to heaven for a nature lover. Officially known as Kodagu, this is the most affluent hill station of Karnataka. It is dotted with numerous resorts and cottages ranging from budget to luxury and has a handful of attractions- the Abbey Falls, Nagarhole National Park which is famous for the abundance of rare birds and elephants and the endless slopes of spice and coffee plantations.
This hilltop tourist location is perched on a lovely plateau in the Shivaliks. The picturesque view here is one to kill for-the lush green plateau with pine trees closing in from all sides and towering mountains behind the host of trees.
The party capital of our country! Visit it a million times and you still would be as excited for the trip as the first time. This top-notch travel destination boasts a perfect amalgamation of Indian and Portuguese cultures. The beach resorts, which serve lip smacking seafood during the day and a variety of cocktails at night, are booked almost throughout the year.
My personal favourite and the biggest boost for Himachal Pradesh Tourism, this place never goes out of vogue. This trekking haven in the Solang Valley offers the perfect package for the adrenaline junkie with paragliding, rafting and mountaineering facilities. It is equally famous as a honeymoon and leisure destination. So, next time you go there, check into a hotel that overlooks the Beas and you could spend the morning with a cup of hot coffee on the banks, watching the mighty river wind its way through!
If you’ve read Ruskin Bond’s books, you probably have an inkling about how beautiful the place is and Mr. Bond sure did not fall in love without a reason! You could take in the mesmerising view of the snow clad Doon Valley and the Shivaliks from your balcony, take a nature walk down the misty Camel’s Back Road or set off for a picnic at the Kempty Falls-there are varied options for a lazy holiday!
This sleepy but scenic wildlife sanctuary is located atop the Jhandi Dhar Hills in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. This is the ideal place for relaxation with fantastic views of the Himalayan mountain range. Check into The Kumaon and spend the night star gazing on their high altitude wooden balcony!
9. Backwaters of Kerala
Located on the Malabar Coast, this chain of brackish lagoons, canals and lakes are one of the most popular travel destinations of South India. Thekkady and Vembanad top the list with the palm trees and pandanus shrubs painting them bright green. The heavenly experience of a cruise on the crystal blue backwaters is something you need to strike off your bucket list as soon as possible!
10. Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Located in the Ritchie’s archipelago, one of the most populated islands in Andaman is Havelock Island. The white, sandy Elephant beach provides dive sites for chilling out and a breathtaking coral reef too! Surrounded by a canopy of forests, this place is ideal for a lazy afternoon of bird watching. There are innumerable resorts but a special recommendation would be the Munjoh Ocean Resort as it encroaches right upon the ocean and you don’t even have to move out of your hotel room to enjoy the sun and sea breeze!
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