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India unveiled: Tailored travel experiences for every adventurer

Craft your journey through India's hidden gems, from Spiti to Malpe Beach.
Travel Guide

If we think alike, then you know there is never a bad time to plan your next trip, but with the new year around the corner, and over 10 long weekends packaged in the year, now is a good time to start planning your dream vacation, while exploring offbeat destinations in India. 

Whether you’re a cultural connoisseur seeking ancient tales etched in stone, a gastronomic adventurer craving a culinary odyssey, someone in pursuit of tranquil beaches yearning for serene shores or in search of  bustling nightlife, this guide is your compass to the lesser-explored wonders of our incredible country. Navigate through a diverse tapestry of destinations, each uniquely suited to satiate your specific interests and create unforgettable travel experiences.

For adrenaline aficionados: Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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If you’re always on the lookout for the next adventure travel destination, then nestled high in the trans-Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh, India, Spiti Valley is a pristine, otherworldly landscape that beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. Renowned for its stark, dramatic scenery, Spiti is often referred to as “Little Tibet” due to its cultural and geographical similarities with the Tibetan Plateau. The valley is flanked by majestic snow-capped peaks, ancient monasteries clinging to cliffs, and quaint villages that seem frozen in time. Indulge in high-altitude trekking, river rafting, explore monasteries and partake in prayers along with the monks. 

For heritage hounds: Unakoti, Tripura

Unakoti is often referred to as the Angkor Wat of the Northeast due to its colossal rock-cut sculptures that bear distinct Mongoloid features, exuding a mystical charm reminiscent of the captivating figures in the renowned temple. According to historical accounts, this site traces its origins to the 7th-9th centuries, serving as a Shaiba (Saivite) pilgrimage destination adorned with splendid rock carvings, enchanting waterfalls, and captivating murals. The name Unakoti itself holds significance, translating to ‘one less than one crore,’ with a belief that as many as 99,999,99 structures grace this remarkable site.

For culinary connoisseurs: Puri, Odisha

Puri, a premier tourist destination in Odisha, stands out among Indian cities for its culinary offerings, particularly for those with a penchant for seafood. The main beach area is a seafood lover’s paradise, adorned with street-side vendors offering an array of delectably fried fish varieties. Puri’s restaurants elevate the seafood experience, featuring an exquisite selection ranging from fish and prawns to lobsters and crabs. The culinary journey extends to the Puri Temple, where the Mahaprassad, a divine offering, captivates the senses with its preparation infused with special ingredients, providing a heavenly delight for discerning palates.

For nature lovers: Wari Chora and Krem Chympe, Meghalaya

Delve into the concealed wonders of uncharted caves and canyons that add an extra layer of allure. Wari Chora, nestled in the unexplored realms of the South Garo Hills’ forests, unveils an untouched canyon where the Rongdik River gracefully meanders between towering gorges. A canoe excursion promises a mesmerising experience amidst this captivating setting. Meanwhile, Krem Chympe, a clandestine cave and India’s fifth-longest, welcomes adventurers with its entrance adorned by limestone formations, vibrant greenery, and a crystalline turquoise pool. Follow the cave’s passage to discover the awe-inspiring Chympe waterfalls.

For beach lovers: Malpe Beach, Karnataka

This beach, in Karnataka, unfolds with vast expanses of pristine sand and the crystal-clear waters of the Arabian Sea. Within its vicinity, four rocky islands grace the seascape, with St. Mary’s emerging as the most renowned among them. Offering a range of water sports activities, this beach has the added allure of being recognised as India’s first with round-the-clock WiFi service. However, one might ponder the appeal of staying tethered to work emails amidst such scenic serenity.

For wellness seekers: Shillim, Maharashtra

Nestled in the Shilim valley of the Sahyadris, Dharana is an eco-conscious luxury retreat featuring exclusive villas. Located in the vicinity of Mumbai and Pune, this tranquil haven offers an opportunity to reconnect with nature. Positioned as the ideal setting for Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing, Dharana invites guests to immerse themselves in the pristine surroundings.

For astrology enthusiasts: Hanle, Ladakh

While Ladakh makes it to the list of every adventure enthusiast for its lakes, valleys, and landscapes, here’s one reason astrology enthusiasts need to visit the destination. Ladakh is now home to India’s first Dark Sky Reserve. Imagine being able to see the Milky Way with your naked eye, an area with monitored light pollution Hanle provides total darkness with clear skies which makes sky observation an unforgettable experience.Situated in the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary in Eastern Ladakh, the Hanle Village Dark Sky Reserve spans an expanse of 1,073 square kilometres. Adjacent to this reserve stands the Indian Astronomical Observatory, recognized as the world’s second-highest optical telescope, positioned at a remarkable elevation of 4,500 metres. 

For nightlife aficionados: Goa

Goa, India

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Goa, a cult favourite, stands as an unwavering choice, especially for those seeking a perfect blend of vibrant nightlife, sun-kissed beaches, and delectable cuisine. With its array of night markets, dance clubs, and lively pubs, Goa’s nightlife offers an all-encompassing experience. The coastal state is a haven for those yearning to unwind in the company of great friends, making bar-hopping through Goa’s finest establishments an essential part of the experience. Whether it’s the pulsating beats on the dance floor, the allure of night markets, or the laid-back ambiance of beachside pubs, Goa’s nightlife ensures an unforgettable and diverse journey for every nocturnal adventurer. We also have a complete guide to Margao, if you would rather spend your holiday in that part of Goa.