Our list of off-centre places will have you packing that bag in a second. So, read on and plan a different kind of Valentine’s Day.
The virgin beaches of Malvan will blow you away. Imagine it to Goa a few decades back. Brings back quite a vision, doesn’t it? With gorgeous beaches and freshwater lakes, you can’t ask for a more ideal spot.
Mawsynram is a small village in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya and is said to be the wettest place on earth. If serenity is what you seek, make this your sweet escape.
Imagine soft sand, gentle waves and secluded coves. The beach at Ganeshgule offers all this and more. The night sky on a new moon is an added bonus.
Tal Chhapar, Rajasthan
Tal Chhapar is a small sanctuary between Churu and Bikaner in Rajasthan. It started as the hunting ground for the Maharajah of Bikaner, but is now said to hold the largest concentration of Black Bucks in a grassland. Tal Chhapar also plays host to a large number of migratory birds that visit the grassland during winters from as far as Russia and Central Asia.
Dhankar lake, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Dream-like Dhankar Lake is an hour’s hike from Dhankar Monastery and not many visit here. Picturesque views are guaranteed.
Simar Sar Lake and around, Rajauri, Jammu & Kashmir
Nestled at an altitude of 12,000ft, Simar Sar Lake is part of the lakes of the Pir Panjal range of Jammu and Kashmir. With its pristine surroundings and never-ending meadows, it is paradise waiting to be explored.
Malpe Beach, Udupi, Karnataka
An untouched beach, quaint bungalows, a lighthouse and popular local Malvani seafood – there’s lots to be done here. Besides, there’s a local surfing school so you can brush up on some surfing skills.
Sandhan Valley, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
Part of the Bhandardara dam, Sandhan Valley is a mid-level trekking destination. It is really a ridge (or crack) that formed between two mountains. The ridge at points is said to be about 15ft wide and 150ft high. Taking love to new heights was never this fun.