As winter has made way for spring, a new list of destinations is ready for you to explore and continue spreading the love for travel. Pick your place and get, set, go.
Varanasi is one of the most colourful and fascinating places on earth, surprises abound around every corner. It is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, and one of the holiest in Hinduism. Pilgrims come to the ghats lining the Ganges to wash away sins in the sacred waters and travellers seek the most serene views which also make for great photo ops. The so-called City of Light may turn out to be your favourite stop of all. Walking the ghats and alleyways or watching sunrise from a boat can be unforgettable.
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Serene Kochi has been drawing explorers and travellers to its shores for many years. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix: giant fishing nets from China, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. It’s a delightful place to spend some time and nap in some of the finest homestays and heritage accommodation. Kochi is also a centre for Keralan arts and one of the best places to see Kathakali and kalarippayat.
The enthralling, historical city of Jaipur is a gateway to the flamboyant state of Rajasthan. The splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world. Peep into the architectural and cultural past with a tour of palaces and forts dotted all around the city. The City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort are the main attractions.
With sublime silken beaches, twinkling teal shallows and some of the best diving options, Havelock has the well-deserved reputation of being a traveller’s paradise. Watch the sunset from different beaches like Radhanagar and Kalapathar. Don’t forget to visit the gorgeous ‘lagoon’ at Neils Cove, a gem of sheltered sand and crystalline water.
A mighty gash in the earth fringed by hulking mountains, Tawang Valley works a special magic on the minds of travellers. The valley is a gorgeous patchwork of mountain ridges, vast fields and clusters of Buddhist monasteries and Monpa villages. The setting is more beautiful than the town itself, but murals of auspicious Buddhist emblems and colourful prayer wheels add interest to the central Old Market area.
This misty hill station, in the protected Palani Hills, is more relaxed and intimate than any other hill town in Tamil Nadu. The weather is perfect here- days feel more like deep spring and nights are not shivering cold. Centred on a beautiful star-shaped lake, Kodai rambles up and down hillsides with patches of shola (virgin forest), unique to Western Ghats, and evergreen broadleaf trees. Do not miss the kurinji shrub, whose lilac-blue blossoms appear every 12 years, the next being this year itself.