It’s Valentine’s Day, a special occasion not just for couples but for singles too. Those staying solo can just backpack and set to celebrate their love for travel. Here’s a list of suitable destinations.
Stretched along the lovely Parvati River with mountains rising all around, Kasol is the main traveller hang-out in the valley. It’s a small village but heavily dotted with reggae bars, bakeries and guesthouses catering to a, largely, backpacker crowd. Experience the versatile nature as you trek against the beautiful and varying landscape.
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Alappuzha (Alleppey) is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters, home to a vast network of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats. Heading from the city’s centre, towards the backwaters, Alleppey becomes graceful and greenery-fringed, disappearing into a watery world of villages, punted canoes, and houseboats. Float along and gaze over paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks.
Lahaul & Spiti
These desolate tracts of Himachal Pradesh are among the most spectacular and sparsely populated regions. Crossing the Rohtang La from Manali, you arrive first in Lahaul’s relatively green Chandra Valley. Travel eastwards, up the valley and over the Kunzum La to land into Spiti, which is 7000 sq km of snow-topped mountains and high-altitude desert.
Located in the backwaters of Bhandardara dam, Sandhan Valley is a mid-level trekking destination. It is a ridge (or crack) formed between two mountains. The ridge at points is about 15 ft. wide and 150 ft. high. Adrenaline rush comes in staying at accommodation camps that are seen hanging down from the top of the ridge into valley. Photographers find a delight in capturing the play of light and shadow as well as vastness of the ridge.
This misty hill station, in the protected Palani Hills, is more relaxed and intimate than any other hill town in Tamil Nadu. It’s not all cold- days feel more like deep spring than early winter. Centred on a beautiful star-shaped lake, Kodai rambles up and down hillsides with patches of shola (virgin forest), unique to the Western Ghats.
Majestically rugged, the greatest attraction of this mountain-hemmed Ladakhi Buddhist valley is simply getting there, preferably on a trek. The main sights are timeless monasteries, notably at Karsha, Stongdey, Sani and Phuktal.
Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, at an altitude of 17,100m above sea level. Located towards North Sikkim and approximate 5km from China border, it is accessible via Lachen, a small but panoramic village at the foothills of Himalayan range. The lake is situated in the middle of a cold desert with minimum or no vegetation at all. Once you are here the serenity and calmness engulf you.