The month of August is our favourite this year. It has not one but three long weekends, of which the one that includes Independence Day and Krishna Jayanthi stretches across four days. If you start on Friday night, you can even travel to even further destinations. We have curated a list of choices just for you!
Perched at almost 1800 mts above sea level is the hill town of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. It is among the UNESCO’s world heritage site tentative list. Surrounded by hills covered with pine trees on all sides, Ziro is flat valley carpeted with wet paddy fields. Ziro is the district headquarters of Subansiri district and is inhabited by Apatani tribe. The rice fields across the district give a green –carpet-like feel. Cool breeze blows through the year. You must visit the Sidheshvar Nath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pure water stream flows continuously beneath the Shiv Ling. If you are a little more adventurous, hike up one of the smaller hills around the valley.
Lahaul & Spiti
Famous for its splendid views and untouched natural beauty, Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan culture, Spiti is a destination for trekkers, hikers – only the string hearted. The Lahaul and Spiti district comprises of both the valleys which are separated by Kunzum pass. One of the most unexplored destinations in Himachal Pradesh, Spiti or Spiti valley is located at a very high altitude in the eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. This region is a desert mountain valley and is known for its beautiful monasteries and untouched natural beauty. The terrain of Spiti Valley is highly difficult and the entire region becomes completely isolated during the winters. The Chandratal lake and Surajtal lakes are some of the most beautiful lakes in the world and are among the highest lakes in the world.
Ajanta Ellora Caves and Aurangabad
If you are curiosity driven kinds, this pleasant weather can be spent exploring the ancient structures and formations that echo the stories of the eras gone by. The Ajanta- Ellora caves themselves need atleast two days to explore while the remaining days can be spent in Aurangabad visiting Bibi ka Maqbara, Panchakki, Himroo weaving factory or Aurangabad’s very own set of caves which though not as magnificent as the Ajanta-Ellora but are a fine specimen of their rock cut architecture.
Maravanthe Beach is located 50 km north of Udupi and 105 km north of Mangalore. It is a scenic beach that is a must-see for every tourist visiting Karnataka. The golden sand, clear blue sky, swaying palm trees, and the endless shore provide an undoubtedly attractive tourist destination. The serene and unspoiled beach is at its best during the sun sets. Water sports at Maravanthe Beach are famous and one of the favorite activities among visitors. You can laze in the sun or take a drive along the shore. You can go scuba diving and snorkeling and get a glimpse of the coral reefs and marine life that is abounded with deep-sea creatures. The water is safe for swimming as the tides are gentle. Other beach activities include beach walk, meditation, and yoga.
Situated at 1,100 m, Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh is popularly known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ (Queen of Satpura). It sits beautifully, embellished with nature and history, amidst the Satpura range. Legend says the Pandava brothers visited Pachmarhi during their exile. This beautiful region in the hills, was discovered by Captain James Forsyth in 1857. This most popular hill station of Madhya Pradesh is a treasure with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in harmony with serene waterfalls. Pachmarhi is sure to make you feel calm, the way you felt when you put your bare feet on the garden grass for the first time, as a child.
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