The summers are here: 7 offbeat places to invade with your gang this year
It’s that time of the year when you desperately want to be away from the humdrum of the city. It’s that time of the year when you would do anything to escape the scorching heat of the sun. It’s that time of the year when the mountains have already stretched their arms and are calling you to experience the unadulterated air. You already know what are we talking about, the summers.
While the summers don’t come with a lot of comfort, this is the best time for a getaway. However, don’t end up in the tourist juggernaut as you do every year, but try something unique this time. Head to the less explored gems this country has to offer. Sound’s perfect right?
And guess what? We already have it sorted for you. Here are 7 places you can land up in with your gang:
Malana, Himachal Pradesh
An unusual village located in Himachal Pradesh Malana is home to an approximate 100 cozy houses. Though isolated from the main town, the place offers some breathtaking scenery for its tourists. Sitting quietly at the top of the mountain, Malana is separated by passes on all sides.
The place which is known for its famous charas or the ‘Malana cream’ as we call it, is also one of the oldest human settlements in the world. However, the cream is just one out of the many reasons to visit this beautiful place. The inhabitants of this place consider themselves to be descendants of Alexander The Great and therefore superior to others. Enough reason for a visit?
Diu is definitely one of the most underrated tourist spots in the country. Though it covers just 40kilometers of land, the place remains mostly untouched by the tourists. Head to this small town for some rich Portuguese history and intriguing architecture. Of course, you can’t miss out on the neat and clean beaches.
For a fact for you to be happy about, restaurants in this small town have their own brand of ice-creams and soda. Crazy much?
Chadar Trek, Jammu & Kashmir
The Chadar Trek or the Zanskar Gorge is a winter trail in the Zanskar region of Ladakh and is one heck of an experience. The Trek stands out from any other trek in the Himalayas, not for its level of difficulty but because of the unforgettable memories you are going to make. Walking on a frozen thick glass like river, with dramatic mountains on both sides is something that will be a reality when you are on this journey.
The trip definitely lives up to the phrase ‘Do or Die Trip’ with temperatures falling down to -35 degrees during the night time. Rations are transported on sledges and you will find refugees in caves. If that is not enough of an adventure for you, it also has the Nerak waterfall, which is frozen completely from top to bottom. Take your friends along for the most beautiful of experiences.
Gokarna has definitely been the latest craze among youngsters. While Goa is just 5 kilometers away, this replica of the ultimate tourist destination has managed to attract a plethora of visitors. However, what the place does not offer is the massive rush that you find in Goa. An icing on the cake, right?
Splendid beaches, chilled beer, delicious Indian and continental food, luxurious Ayurvedic messages and some refreshing Yoga sessions make Gokarna an absolution for the travelers. The place consists of 4 main beaches going by the name of the Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach. the place which is considered Holy for the Hindus also has a few temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Mahabaleshwar and the Ganpati Temple are worth giving a shot.
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
When your tripping along with friends, it calls for a crazy ride. It calls for some serious adventure. Test your bravery this time with a trip to Bhangarh, one of the most haunted places in India. regarded as the greatest unsolved mystery in India, the Bhangar Fort has a plethora of horror stories attached to it. And quite naturally, stories related to supernatural powers attract a lot of tourists to this place.
Visitors rush in to experience a major adrenaline pump and simply cannot get enough of the suspense associated with the story of the Bhangarh Fort. If you are one of those curious travelers, this place should be on top of your priority list this summer!
Devikulam is a pretty and charming hill station that has its strings attached to Ramayana. Located in the famous Idduki district of Kerala, the place boasts of picturesque lush green sceneries that will keep you hooked for hours. Of course, you can already smell the famous hash which goes by the name of Idduki Gold. According to the epic, Lord Rama and Sita took a bath in the Devikulam lake which is now known as the Sita Devi Lake. The water of the lake is also considered sacred due to its mineral composition and healing powers.
With as few as 350 people in the year of 2010, the place is calm, qiet and your ultimate dose of relaxation. The greenery of this pace is sure to bowl you over and the tea plantations are equally noteworthy.
Drass Valley, Kashmir
The Drass Valley is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Ladakh’ and is Cradled in the Kargil District of Jammu and Kashmir. the valley remains covered with snow throughout the year and is the second coldest inhabited place on earth. Wow, that’s for a fact. The temperatures drop down to minus 40 degrees at night the place offer some of the best scenic beauty in the country.
The exotic vegetation grows in full richness alongisde the quiet riverbanks which is a magnificent sight to catch. The Drass Mosque can be spotted from anywhere in the town and the Tiger Hill, which is the highest peak in the area is something you would want to visit when in Drass.
Roopkund (Skeleton) Lake, Uttarakhand
The Roopkund is a popular destination for trekkers but definitely not for the faint-hearted. The place known for its astounding beauty has its base covered with hundreds of skeletons of both humans and horses. These remains are believed to be of around 15th to 16th century when a strong hailstorm took away the lives of hundreds of helpless people who went there for pilgrimage.
The place also gives you a 360-degree view of the majestic snow-covered peaks and unconditional serenity. Pack your bags and set your journey for t is going to be one of a lifetime.
So, call your mates, prepare your gang and let us know which one are you heading to!