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 this time.
The virgin beaches of Malvan will blow you away bringing back the vision of Goa a few decades ago. With gorgeous beaches and freshwater lakes, you can’t ask for a more ideal spot.
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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 place your sweet escape.
Imagine soft sand, gentle waves and secluded coves. The beach at Ganeshgule offers all this and more. The sky on a new moon night is an added bonus.
Tal Chhapar, Rajasthan
Tal Chhapar is a small sanctuary between Churu and Bikaner in Rajasthan. It started as a hunting ground for the Maharajah of Bikaner but is now said to hold the largest concentration of black bucks in a grassland. The sanctuary 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, Himachal Pradesh
Dream-like Dhankar Lake is an hour’s hike from Dhankar Monastery in Spiti and sees few visitors. Picturesque views are guaranteed.
Simar Sar Lake and around, Jammu & Kashmir
Nestled at an altitude of 12,000 ft, Simar Sar Lake is a part of the lakes of Pir Panjal range in Jammu and Kashmir. With its pristine surroundings and never-ending meadows, the place is a paradise waiting to be explored.
Malpe Beach, Karnataka
An untouched beach, quaint bungalows, a lighthouse and popular local Malvani seafood – there’s a lot to be done here. Besides, there’s a local surfing school so you can brush up on your surfing skills.
Sandhan Valley, 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.