How to Travel Cheap in India

Pregnant with steep valleys scattered with scanty shrubs and thorny bushes, I still remember my first indelible trip from Ajmer to Pushkar in Rajasthan. Literally sandwiched between two bulky Rajasthani women, with several other men wearing colourful turbans sitting in the front seat of the jeep, my local ride was entertaining, especially with the subtle local songs being played on the radio. I was profusely perspiring, wiping the streamlets of sweat wetting my forehead, grappling my backpack in the other hand and a bottle of water in the other. But I felt safe, something I never felt in foreign countries before.
As the half-an-hour ride ended, leaving us to the destination, with sands in my boot already collected massively, I tipped a dollar to the jeep driver. Perhaps, ten times more than what the ride actually would have been.
You would ask me why?

cheap travel in India
Well in Seattle, where I have often travelled in local transport, it meant peanuts. But here, I saw the driver smile, innocently, with eyes full of deep respect, as if I had just patted on his back.
Well, welcome to my story of travelling cheap in India.
See, India is one of the countries where you don’t go to explore the destination, but you yourself. And that is priceless, isn’t it? India is one of the cheapest countries to travel. And when it comes to travel, nothing beats the fact that you can explore the entire country, bit by bit and still end up saving a lot.
So, here are five important tips for travelling cheap in India.
1.    Budget Diary: Yes, yes we all talk about maintaining an expenditure diary. But we never do it, do we? Tell me when was the last time you counted how much you spent? Hardly remember, right? So, don’t do it in India. Here food, travel and accommodation are really cheap, especially when you know to haggle. Every city will cost different. For example, Delhi might be costlier than travelling in Jaipur, but you need to make a note, every day, write it down, how much you are going to spend. Nothing should exceed that, no temptation for that zari-work dupatta or those Karachi-imported silver jewellery. Nothing. In short, your wallet should be like your conscience, guiding you when no one is looking at you.
2.    Travel locally: Don’t hire a cab or a radio taxi, no matter how convenient it is. Travel locally in India, opt for buses, rickshaws, auto-rickshaws and even the metro. Or just walk. Hire a scooty for a day. Explore the nook and corner of the city which travel books will never tell you about. Even if you decide to travel from Mumbai to Kanyakumari, for example, take the train. Don’t miss out on the beautiful scenery. Believe me, it’s a gift to yourself. Trains in India
3.    No to Resorts: Ah, loved being pampered by the resorts of say, Goa? Or flashy Airbnb accommodations. Strict no  no to them. Why spend so much for just sleeping over, anyway? You are a backpacker, always remember that. Travel light and stay in local hotels, but make sure that they aren’t cheating you with over-priced rates. Go for the local fixed rate hotels for a day, which might not cost more than $10-15 dollar a night. And after a really hectic day of exploration, believe me you are going to sleep like a baby. Instead, spend that money on adventure, water sports, snorkeling, paragliding, spotting dolphins or taking a boat cruise ride.
4.    Get a local guide: There’s no dearth of English speaking local guides in India, especially near places of historical importance like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Humayun’s Tob, Red Fort, Qutub Minar or whatever. I chose an old Muslim guide for myself while exploring Agra Fort, someone who narrated me the entire Mughal history, as if they were real life characters, I had already met. And on top of that, he even took pictures. He charged me just $30 dollars, which is nothing in comparison to the value and gravity of knowledge that I had gained from his experience and unique narrative style. In short, don’t go for the pompous, full-of-themselves guides, luring you with their fake accent. They don’t know much, period.
5.    Eat Local: If you think eating spicy food in India is going to make you weep, redden up your cheeks and upset your stomach, you are wrong mate. Indian cuisine is full of flavours and variety. In Kashmir you have wazwan and in South India, the typical Idli-Sambar is soothing for your digestion. It’s just that we don’t know about it. But yes, don’t over indulge. Always carry hand sanitizer and paper soaps. Drink a lot of local juices; know why those commercial packaged fruit juices that you had stacked for years in your refrigerator were just high dosage of sugar intake, nothing else.
Read about India before you come. Read about Indians. The culture. Be a responsible traveler. The colours, crowd and hustle and bustle will soak you into chaos, but who says you wont find peace in it? Have you ever tried it? Get out of your shell and just explore, leaving all that you-can-do and can’t-do aside.

Experiment. It’s fun.
So, see you soon mate. Don’t be a stranger to India of course.

Take the leap of faith and jump in. Cheap India Travel

Top 4 memorable experiences at Beaches in Goa

Every time the idea of a Goa trip sprang in my mind, like a little fluttering butterfly, I found it harder to stay away. It’s funny how few places literally grow on your skin, layer after layer. Eventually we travel different destinations, quite often mentally, before taking that first step.

Goa Beach Holidays

Goa Beach Holidays

And sometimes, when you look back, the image of that destination—the idea of it—sticks in your memory for so long.

Something similar happened with me, during my recent Goan Beach Tour. An episode I am still trying to make sense of.

Last month, I chose Goa beaches travel package. It was customised—more personalised than other travel packages I had chosen in the past—and much more relaxing than what I had fathomed. To get the topography of this small state bordering Karnataka and Maharashtra, it is better to differentiate its beaches in Goa into north and south.

Starting with a motor bike ride to Anjuna Beach, located close to Mapusa in North Goa, I was quite captivated to witness the hustle and bustle of Anjuna Flea Market that Wednesday. Be it skydivers or hippies, I could spot an eclectic mix, especially in the popular nightclubs like Curlies and Paradiso near Anjuna beach. Rather than literally jaunting beaches in a spate of encounters, my Goa Beach Packages were tailor-made for ample breathing space.

Turning to the ‘Queen of all Beaches’, I went ahead to explore Calangute—one of the largest beaches in North Goa—with extreme fervour. Most of the foreign tourists simply love to unwind here, especially during summers when nothing recharges better than sun-bathing. In fact, I heard that it’s downright impossible to grab your space during Christmas and New Year. Ah, you can imagine how scintillating it might be then and still is! Several water sports like water skiing and para sailing are available at Calangute Beach in North Goa.

Few days later, after soaking in the other historical marvels of Goa—like churches, forts and national parks—I chose to explore Candolim Beach. Situated approximately 14 km away from Panaji, it is also quite famous for the historic Fort Aguada established nearby. But more than all of these geographical details, what really appealed to me was Calangute’s enigmatic history. For example, how would you react if you came to know that it was the birth place of ‘Father of Hypnotism?’ Just imagine the kind of stories that are a part of this beach, often unheard and untold. And to add to that, you can even fish here.

Parasailing on Goa Beach

Parasailing on Goa Beach

Lastly, trying to taste the air of South Goa, I headed for Palolem beach. Along with few foreign tourists, lazily settled in their Thai-style shacks and enjoying the solitude provided by the location, you can also spot several local fishermen, carrying out their daily chores. Out of all the beaches, I found it to be quite pristine and chaste, in its own way. Recently, it has also developed as a ‘pilgrimage destination’ especially for those trying to fulfil their spiritual quest.

Amidst all of this, I got ample time to even contemplate. Looking back at my life—like a third person—I could feel settled in spite of the travelling involved. Or perhaps, at peace.

That’s what Goa did with me.

How about you? When you are going to opt for Goa beach holidays. Hurry up, if you can. After all, not everywhere you get to have conversations with yourself.

Growth of Ayurveda in India

Let’s get it straight. At some point in life, we all have gulped down pills, often unnecessarily or just rushed to random doctors for dealing with health issues. Quite often, all this trepidation is simply not worth it. Especially, because they do not heal you to the very core!

Ayurveda in India

Ayurveda in India

But what if, there is a holistic solution possible? Quite indigenous to the native Indian sub-continent, growth of Kerala Ayurveda therapy has definitely grown in a remarkable manner. With more than 5,000 years of substantive history, it is an essential form of Vedic alternative medicine in India. History of Ayurveda treatment in Kerala, along with its development, can also be noted in the in famous Hindu epic religious text ‘Atharvaveda’ and dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation.

The Kerala Ayurveda packages include anti-ageing programme, anti-stress programme, body massage therapy and rejuvenation therapy. Over the years, Ayurveda practises have also included metal supplementation, herbal medicines, application of oil massages and surgical techniques.  Though, originating solely from Vedic philosophy, this healing medicinal value has also borrowed few concepts from Jainism and Buddhism. The five classical bodily elements like ether, fire, water, air and earth play a pivotal role in Ayurvedic diagnosis.

Kerala Ayurvedic trip is necessary for those searching for healing stress-related or metabolic/chronic conditions. Even beauty care and general rejuvenation are offered in these holistic treatments. Over the years, the medicines in these treatments are evolved from fruits, bark, leaves, with qualitative amount of cinnamon and cardamom in preparing it. Same way, when it comes to animal products, the list includes gallstones, bones and milk. Interestingly, the minerals consumed include lead, arsenic, sulphur and even gold.

Ayurveda Treatment Kerala

Ayurveda Treatment Kerala

Over the past years, the growth of Ayurvedic treatment in India has flourished, especially with the emergence of tourist destinations in Kerala, serving the interest. Fondly called as ‘God’s own country’, innumerable Ayurvedic treatment centres have grown in the state. At the same time, they offer matchless products at unbelievable rates, thereby attracting the best of foreign and domestic visitors.

The ideal time to invest in Kerala Ayurveda package is during rainy season, falling from June to September. The soothing environment also makes it easier for the body to absorb herbal oils, eventually leading to the needed therapy.

Therefore, if you too are looking to experience long term healing of your body, soul and mind, nothing works better than a trip to Kerala. Go on!

Four Exotic Destinations for tailor-made West India Packages

Shani Shignapur

Shani Shignapur

Soft and subtle. Yet chaotic, in its own way! Very different from the other countries I had travelled to. Maybe, it was the air that inhabited it, or perhaps the way the wind felt on my face. India had its own warmth, its own colour.

And it’s quite incredible how time flies by. It was only last year when I was debating the perfect trip to India! We all crave for that perfect tid-bit in our life. Most of the times, its travel that offers us that sense of triumph!

With all this and much more, I opted for Western India Travel Guide which includes Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat. What tempted me was much more than the search for exotic locations, dealing with picturesque vistas, highlands, quaint hamlets and dazzling beaches. It was originality, in its true essence.

Less is more, I strongly believe in. I was not in a hurry. West India trip did not mean visiting every tourist hotspot at once without taking a deep breath. After all, what’s the charm left in it, then? I wanted to be taste the essence of destinations, one at a time. Wanted to narrate the untold story of India, in a way it was never done before.

Maharashtra, definitely the sparkling jewel of West India Tourism, is known for several tourist attractions, like Mumbai, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Shirdi, Konkan Coast, Tadoba National Park , Matheran and Nashik.

But my tailor-made West India holiday packages were different. I started off with Shani Shignapur, a quiet little village, where Hindu planet God Saturn is prayed. There’s nothing interesting to tell you that India has several Gods you know it, or perhaps have the slight idea of it. But what if I told you, the villagers in this hamlet do not lock their houses. Yes, they don’t!

Kalavantin Durg

Kalavantin Durg

Then I headed on for Kalavantin Durg, one of the world’s most dangerous fortresses in Maharashtra. It is also called as Prabalgad Fort and is located between Panvel and Matheran. I did not know the magnitude with which the beauty and vastness of the picturesque bird’s eye view silently waited for me. Known as the trekker’s paradise, words cannot do justice to it. You need to see it to believe it.

Later, I headed on for Kamshet a must-visit destination for adventure seekers. In addition, you can also shoot your adventure, live in action. Few adrenaline-gushing activities include paragliding, trekking, rock-climbing, boating, angling and fishing.

In the end, I headed towards Igatpuri, located 2 hours away from Mumbai. Untouched by industrialization, it did feel like going back in time, perhaps the ancient man’s age. Lovely, was the word for it!

Thus, with a rendezvous with these unheard destinations in Maharashtra, I felt fulfilled. It somehow felt knowing a part of myself. Also, because, my West India holiday package was bespoke.

In a nutshell, it’s the journey that makes the difference. Especially, how you do it. So, in case you too are planning to explore India, do it in a special manner. For sure! Kudos!

Bask in different shades of India Travel Themes

Honeymoon in India

Honeymoon in India

India is a land of natural beauty, impressive artistic monuments and a rich past. With a history dotted with ups and downs, the country has evolved over the years to one of the most fascinating destinations in the world.

The theme travel packages help you traverse through the snow-capped mountains to sun-kissed beaches, expansive deserts to the lush-green woods. A rich blend of modernity and antiquity, every tourist destination in India offers a huge variety of bespoke holidays.

Amidst the wide variety of destinations, sometimes it gets confusing to select the perfect holiday package. So, to help you take a right decision for your tour, we have come up with a list of some most popular Indian theme tours. So, here it goes.

Honeymoon:

Your honeymoon is that beautiful album of pictures which you want to keep safe for eternity. It is like an investment into a lifetime of memories. Newlyweds look forward to a destination that has a soulful ambiance and is ideal for intimacy.

How about experiencing Honeymoon in India, which offers a myriad of possibilities? The options range from the exotic beaches at Lakshadweep to the picturesque tea gardens of Darjeeling. You can book one according to the season. Go ahead and make your honeymoon an eternal memory.

Pilgrimage:

These packages are meant for religiously inclined tourists who look for a soul-searching experience. Though it is mostly preferred by the older generation, it is never a bad idea for young ones to try it. Trip to beautiful temples, churches and mosques will leave you rich and satiated.

Some of the popular pilgrimage destinations in India are Char Dham, Amritsar, Ajmer, Vaishno Devi, Tirupati, Puri, Bodhgaya, Haridwar, Dwarka and Varanasi.

Adventure:

Adventurers have a multitude of choices to explore in India. You can go for rafting, paragliding, sailing, boating, hiking, rock climbing & angling. Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand are some of the famous destinations offering adrenaline gushing activities.

Wildlife:

Wildlife Sanctuaries India

Wildlife Sanctuaries India

Just like the diverse culture of India, wildlife encounters do cajole many photographers, travellers or naturalists. A major part of India is covered with forests, sheltering a large variety of wild animals.

With more than 500 wildlife sanctuaries in India, there are ample of opportunities to explore. The famous wildlife parks in India include Bandhavgarh National Park, Gir National Park, Corbett National Park, Periyar National Park and Kaziranga National Park.

So, book for Indian wildlife tours and watch the rich animal kingdom of India.

Tribes:

India is an amalgam of more than 400 tribes, living untouched from the modern world. Most of them are dependent on agriculture, fishing and hunting for their livelihood. It is an enriching experience to learn about different tribal groups. Locate popular tribal destinations like Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Arunachal Pradesh.

Fairs and Festivals:

Festivals are the foremost attraction of India. They reflect the vibrant culture of the country. Travel to any part of the country and be assured to find some festival going on. They bring out the true spirit of every Indian as well as their society.

Some of the popular festivals in India that are worth watching are Camel festival, Goa Carnival, Kumbh Mela, Winter Festival, Rath Yatra, Pushkar Fair and Holi.

In a nutshell, no matter how old you are and where you come from, go ahead and book these tours. At least, even one of them! It’s going to change your life. Ciao!

Reminiscing the incredible days of East India Tourism

Bodh Gaya Temple

Bodh Gaya Temple

Our East India Tourism experience will always be a lifetime memory of ours. We had booked our East India Holidays package at the eleventh hour after all that confusion. However, the visit to East India was the best decision we ever made.

There are several tourist destinations in East India. We started off our journey from the first attraction of East India which is Bihar. Amidst the monasteries, stupas and other architectural wonders, we first chose to visit the melting pot of Buddhism, which is Bodh Gaya. It is situated in Bihar and enjoys the pride of being the place where Lord Buddha had attained his enlightenment under a Peepal tree. Other places to visit in Bihar include Patna, Vaishali, Nalanda, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir and Pawapuri. Some significant tourist attractions of Bihar include Harmandir Sahib, Sher Shah’s mausoleum, Mahabodhi Temple, Pathar ki Masjid, Golghar, Sanjay Gandhi Zoological Park and Gandhi Setu Jalan Museum.

Next we travelled towards the closest neighbour of Bihar which is Jharkhand. It was like a 360 degree change from Bihar. This place boasts of the abundance of nature’s best creations. Shimmering streams, cascading waterfalls, green hills and mountains interspersed with deep valleys; Jharkhand has it all. The variety of travelling India was becoming evident after visiting Jharkhand.

It is a beautiful land, packed with great scenic charms. Carved out of Bihar in 2000, the State shares its borders with Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The major attractions of Jharkhand include the mesmerising Health Hill Resort Hazaribagh, Betla National Park, Netarhat hill station, Lodh Falls, architectural wonders like Sun Temple and Shri Digambar Jain Temple.

After the trip to Jharkhand it was now the turn of Odisha to be explored by us. We had read a lot about the beauty of this place and also the legends and history related to it. Set amidst the beautiful green mountains of the Eastern Ghats, Odisha is unique in its own way. It is bounded by the states of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand. The curvy rivers, palm-fringed beaches, blue hills of Eastern Ghats and pouring waterfalls make it a popular tourist destination.

Konark Festival Odisha

Konark Festival Odisha

Its vibrant fairs and festivals, celebrated temples, historical monuments and holy shrines attract several tourists every year. Konark Festival, Odisha State Museum, Konark Sun Temple, Jagannath Temple and Udaygiri Caves are major attractions of the state. Talking about travel destinations in Odisha, Puri, Konark, Gopalpur, Ratnagiri and Chilika Lake book their names in the list. We felt as if we had understood and very well seen the entire India.

By now, visiting Eastern India had proved its worth. However the best was yet to come, the fabulous West Bengal. It is like a painting with all naturally available colours sprinkled on it. The land where many civilisations left their marks, West Bengal speaks volume of its different ethnicity, religion, culture and languages. Kolkata, Darjeeling, Siliguri and Kalimpong are the major tourist places to visit here. The sacred river Ganges gushes through the rich alluvial plains through huge marshy land, which are called as the Sunderbans. One of the biggest populations of white tigers is seen in Sunderbans. This was a beautiful closure to our East India Visit and we decided to visit again soon.

Explore India Tourism Destinations with Kashmir

Kashmir Travel

Kashmir Travel

As you watch the dry deserts of Rajasthan thirsty for water, you will learn patience. In the same way, breathing in the Gulmarg drenched in rain, you will know your inner beauty. As observe the rural life of Bihar, you will learn simplicity, travel to India Tourist Places and you will learn how to live!

Amongst the numerous hotspots in India, all of them worth-travelling, the part that we liked the most is Kashmir- the paradise on earth. A beautiful combination of lakes, valleys, and stunning gardens, Kashmir is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque locations in the country.

Start your trip with a Shikara ride on the dark and divine water of Dal Lake in Srinagar. Soak yourself in the breathtaking views of the beautiful mountains that surround the lake. I could feel my summer itching being relieved by the cool breezy winds of Srinagar.

We were told a lot about the tourist attractions in India; however Kashmir stood a way ahead from our expectations. View of the apple orchards and saffron fields are beautiful but the towering Chinar trees that look like red spires rising from the landscapes of Kashmir are larger than life spectacles. They are called as ‘Booune’ in the local language of Kashmir and can be seen in every house of the Kashmir. They are long-living tree and Kashmir is believed to house Chinar trees as old as 700 years.

Simply wow!

We realised that Kashmir is so much more than what we had read about it. No books or travel guide can best describe the soothing feel to hear babbling sounds of the streams that run parallel to the houses, or the view of snow white hills, the love for beautiful Kashmiri women draped in stunning traditional attire, or the thrilling experience of Gulmarg Gondola, the highest cable cars in the world.

Nestled right in the Himalayas, Gulmarg is both a winter and summer destination with a perennial flow of tourists all year around. No one really lives here, except for the staff of around 40 hotels which are built here for tourists. Gulmarg is also the proud owner of the highest golf course in the world.

Tourist Attractions India

Tourist Attractions India

And how can I forget mentioning our skiing experience there. Oh! What fun.

Let me tell you that Gulmarg is also counted as the largest ski resorts in Asia. We lived the words of Incredible India Travel in real ways. After hours and hours of skiing we were frozen to death and therefore, warmed up ourselves with the local drink called kahwa. It had a taste unmatchable to any other drink we had tried in our lives, and also the aroma of it, I could sprinkle some on my sleeves as a perfume!

We also savoured some delectable local cuisines and our favourite was surely the Rogan josh- a non-vegetarian spicy dish of the state.

However, after exploring the rest of Kashmir like Sonamarg, Yousmarg, Betab Valley and the picturesque Drass, it was time to bid adieu to this life changing destination of ours. We returned to our country and the next thing we did was to plan another trip to other tourist destinations in India.

A Twist in South India Tourism with Andhra Cuisine

Andhra Cuisine

Andhra Cuisine

To start with, I wanted my Indian travel journey to be really special. But then, everyone wants it? So, how do you make it different from the rest? After all, not everyone craves to visit just the Golden Triangle in India. Also, not everyone is merely thinking about adventure, religion and romance. For example, look at me; I am so fond of lip-smacking cuisines that I wanted my entire South India Travel to be about different varieties of mouth-watering meals. Sounds different, doesn’t it?

To start with, there are several tourist places in South India, which should be explored, at the same time; they also flaunt hot and tangy dishes. So, to see if they were really taste-bud tingling, I chose Hyderabad to start my first experiment with Andhra cuisine. My experience taught me that Andhra food is hot, really so. It is spicy and Telugu cuisine is all about side-dishes, be it yoghurt, crisp poppadums or pickles. It needs to have the zing. I also tasted rice pancakes, called as ‘dosa’ in normal parlance, easily available in most of popular restaurants in Hyderabad.  The morning breakfasts are incomplete without ‘Idli-Sambar,’ an unbeatable combination.

One of the best aspects of South India Tour Packages is that they are flexible and thus, can be manoeuvred around. For example, if you wish to taste the local, culinary dishes near Charminar in Hyderabad, along with the sightseeing tour, you actually can. And in one of such tours, you get to explore what ‘biryani’ tastes like. The aromatic rice and meat preparation, zesty and tangy, it’s the charm of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. I also realized that the food here has Afghan and Persian roots, dating back to the reign of Muslim regime in India. Few of the other delightful dishes that I explored were Ulliakkukura (Spring-Onion Curry), Rasam, Karapu Annam (Chilli Rice) and Kakaraya Pulusu (Bittergourd Gravy).

South India Tour Packages

South India Tour Packages

While exploring the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh with South India Tours, I could eat more of the non-vegetarian dishes, be it the sea-food or prawn dishes. Over the period of time, I could feel myself falling in love with the authentic dishes, such as Katti Dal, Bhuna Ghost, Dalcha, Boti Kebab and Murgha Korma. The indigenous touch of the cuisines can be felt even in the way their names are pronounced, often with a lot of weightage and gravity.

With all said and done, food in Andhra Pradesh is cooked with a lot of warmth and love. I strongly believe that it’s only through the cuisines that you can get connected with a city, a country. If the first morsel does not taste well, your time is definitely going to be difficult. Believe me!

So, you too try out and experiment with your tours in a new and tasty way. Who knows what you discover next?

Unmask India in a different way with North East India Tourism

North East India Tour Packages

North East India Tour Packages

Travelling in India is unique. If you don’t believe me, try exploring the North Eastern Region, teeming with innumerable tourist attractions. The Himalayan embrace, along with lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls, snow-clad mountains and pristine lakes – makes it all a picture perfect shot.

Let’s be honest. Choosing your pick from the North East India Tour Packages can be a difficult task. After all, these destinations – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura have their own tempting flavour.

And yes, I can truly understand the maverick traveller’s soul in you who craves to explore, all at once. But you can choose cheap vacation packages to get a rustic feel of these ‘Seven-Sisters,’ famous for being few of the most adventurous, romantic and sacred destinations in India.

So, we chose Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya for our expedition. Starting with Tawang, a hill-station known for scenic lakes, we went on to explore other hotspots mentioned in our North East India Travel Guide. The best tourist destinations in Arunachal Pradesh included Roing, Itanagar, Bomdila, Ziro, Bhalukpong and Pasighat.

Turning to Assam, we were left spell-bound by the amazing power, feel and ambiance of the entire state. We started by pumping our adrenaline levels by visiting Kaziranga National Park and also experienced the Hindu rituals at Kamakhya Temple. In fact, we even found the ‘Switzerland of the East’ at Haflong Lake and were simply mesmerised by it.

Further exploring the beauty of travel attractions of eastern India, we headed towards Manipur, also called as the “Jewelled Land of India.” I wonder if anyone can remain insulated by the feel of Imphal, one of the most scenic cities of our trip. The image of Loktak Lake still continues to be my cell phone’s wallpaper. Additionally, we also explored Ukhrul, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Chandel, Senapati and Tamenglong.

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park

Last but not the least; we headed for our last destination- Meghalaya. Locally known as ‘abode of clouds,’ we started by exploring Shillong – the Scotland of the East. It was followed by Cherrapunji, famously known as the second wettest place on earth.

In the end of exploring the important tourist destinations in North East India, I could somehow feel a difference in me. Psychologically, it made me stronger to face the unknown tomorrow and be ready for any adventure. I was not nabbed into a static monotonous life and it continued to dictate my personality, in the years to come.

Even today, when it comes to travelling and exploring hotshot destinations, North East of India continues to be my favourite. After all, where do you get so much of love, warmth and hospitality?

In case you too want to explore India in a different way, just try out your luck. Who knows you too have an irresistible story to share.

Top 5 Hillstations in North India

Naini Lake Nainital

Naini Lake Nainital

What’s the very first idea that strikes your mind when ‘North India Tour’ is mentioned? No, no! Don’t try so hard. The image has already crossed your mind. Well of course, it’s the hill-stations. With a rich and varied topography, the irresistible charm of hill-stations in India has been from times immemorial.

Where else do you think could the British survive during the scorching summer months? Call them romantic, adventurous or even sacred; the hill-stations in India have an interesting variety in their repertoire. You still don’t agree? Well, let me tell you few of the must visit hill-stations in India.

  • Nainital: Quite synonymous with a tempting destination for North India Travel, it is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Fondly, it is also called the ‘Lake District’ of India. Don’t get confused with Udaipur, which is rather called as the ‘City of Lakes.’ For those seeking to pump up their adrenaline level, Nainital Mountaineering Club is going to be an exciting endeavour. For a very long time, Nainital has been famous as the perfect getaway destination in India. It includes several tourist attractions like the eye-shaped ‘Naini Lake’, Church of Saint John, Temple of Naina Devi and Dorothy’s Seat.

  • Shimla: What a beautiful blend of politics and lifestyle! Did you know that Shimla was the summer capital during British times? Well, this is just a tid-bit. The North India Tour Places will bewitch you with the old, amusing and definitely mind blogging details of the past. Now officially the Capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is more than a summer’s delight. If not anything else, the colonial architectural beauty will definitely win your heart.
  • Manali: Planning to have lasting and intimate memories of your honeymoon in India? Well, look no further than Manali. The charm of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is simply bewitching. Initially it used to fall on the trade route to Ladakh. Enveloped with several mythologies, Manali is fondly called as the ‘Valley of Clouds.’ Trout and apple trees were introduced in this famous hill-station by the British. Especially during winters, it attracts thousands of skiing enthusiasts. And you simply cannot avoid experiencing the beauty of ‘Leh-Manali Highway.’

  • Manali Hillstation

    Manali Hillstation

    Kullu: Well, quite naturally, it is impossible to not mention Kullu after naming Manali. Interesting festivals and temples in Kullu adds to its charm. Few of the important tourist attractions in Kullu include Bijli Mahadev Temple, Roerich Art Gallery, Kasol, Banjar and Manikaran.

  • Mussoorie: Located in Uttarakhand, quite close to Dehradun, the bewitching charm of Mussoorie can hardly be described in words. Fondly, it is called as the ‘Queen of Hills’. Its intoxicating charm can be understood by how Ruskin Bond fell hopelessly in love with it.

With all said and done, your way of exploring tourism in North India is going to be different than mine. But when it comes to these above mentioned destinations, nothing beats their magic.

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