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Top 12 slow travel destinations this summer

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While we’re all on the clock each day planning things by routine, a change might be all you need. Take a break and pamper yourself with a holiday, not to tick off places to see but to laze away days doing very little or nothing. Let your itinerary breathe giving you relaxation and a stress-free vacation.

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We have picked the top destinations:



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Stretched along the lovely Parvati River with forested mountains rising all around, Kasol is a travellers’ hub in the valley. Live in the lap of nature, spending evenings exploring the multiple cafes around.


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Enthralling, historical Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world.


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Ladakh is almost supernatural landscapes. Spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enfold this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom.


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Agra is the majesty of the Taj, as it is the star attraction. Spend your days soaking the magical allure of the city full with attractions of the Mughal architecture.


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Floating along and gazing over paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks in Alleppey is one of Kerala’s most mesmerisingly beautiful and relaxing experiences.


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Almora is a fascinating place to stroll, people-watch and shop. On clear days, you can see Himalayan snow peaks from various spots around town.


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A short distance away from Thiruvananthapuram, life seems to stop at Ponmundi. Heavenly landscapes, multiple waterfalls and a wildlife sanctuary- is what greets visitors apart from the much needed calm.


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The rolling hills around Munnar engulf visitors in a thousand shades of green. The low Western Ghats scenery is magnificent – you’re often up above the clouds watching veils of mist clinging to mountaintops.


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The home of Dalai Lama is where you’ll find peace and calm at its best. Dharamshala has a very Tibetan essence and the sight of monks heading in and out of monasteries is quite common.


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Untouristed Thrissur is the cultural cherry on the festival cake, with a seemingly endless list of energetic festivities. The outskirts of the city offer more relaxing landscapes.


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The bowl-shaped, pine-ringed meadow at Khajjiar is a major draw, 22km down the Chamba road from Dalhousie. It’s touted as a ‘mini-Switzerland’ and is quite attractive.

Tirthan Valley

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Exceptional mountain-backed scenery, charming riverside villages, slate-roofed hay barns, great walks and inviting guesthouses all come together in the Tirthan Valley. It’s dotted with rural, riverside getaways that form a trekking gateway to the World Heritage–listed Great Himalayan National Park.