“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo
The human life is all about making memories and exploring new dimensions and what could be better than doing both the things at the same time. Yes, we are talking about travelling with your gang. From the adrenaline rush of trying some adventure to just relaxing on the beach everything becomes better when you have your friends by your side. So, today I will list down my top 10 favorite Indian destinations which are a must visit for every friend circle:
1. Alleppey (or Alappuzha)
Also known as the “Venice of the East” serves as the perfect destination for a group which prefers a laid back holiday. The serenity and calmness of the place takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and adds to the beauty of the place. Enjoying steaming hot dosai/sea food while relaxing in a houseboat with your friends in Kerala backwaters is once in a lifetime experience. From being home to longest lake in India to clean beaches where you can even spot dolphins if you are lucky enough, Alleppey won’t disappoint you. Thus, Alleppey serves as a perfect destination to detox from the city life recalling the old memories while creating new ones.
Must Visit Places: Alleppey Beach, Marari Beach, Backwater canals, Vembanad Lake, Krishnapuram Palace.
Best Time to Visit: November to February (However if you want to witness the famous snake boat face it happens on second Saturday of August every year).
Situated at an elevation of about 2,400 metres Tosh is a small village in Parvati Valley. Tosh serves as a perfect destination for a group consisting of both adventure junkies and laid back people. Surrounded by snow-capped hills and lush greenery along with the hippie culture Tosh will surely transport you to another world. For the adventure junkies of the group one of the most famous treks of the country, Kheerganga starts from Kasol (near Tosh) along with various other smaller treks. Tosh is famous for its cafes and eateries which serve different kind of cuisine and the view from any of the places is never compromised. This quaint village will make you fall In love with it and visiting once would never be enough.
Must Visit Places: Kheerganga Trek, Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib, Malana, Café Hopping
Best Time to Visit: April to July
Who needs an introduction to this place? The smallest state of India, Goa is amongst the ultimate party destinations of the country and is a perfect blend of white sand beaches, crazy nightlife, mouth-watering sea food and listed architectural sites. While North Goa caters to the party animal and shopper in you, South Goa serves you with laid back beaches. For the adventure junkies, Goa offers a plethora of water adventure sports to choose from and you can always try your luck at some of the casinos. So, if ever your group finds it difficult to decide a place to visit then pack your bags and head straight to Goa.
Must Visit Places: Calangute beach, Fort Aguada, Chapora fort, Dudhsagar Falls, Arpora Night Market
Best Time to Visit: November to February
Officially known as Kodagu, is a breath taking and exotic destination in Karnataka. A heaven for nature lovers with lush green mountains and small streams, Coorg never fails to disappoint anyone. Enjoying the hospitality of the local people while sipping a freshly brewed coffee amongst the heavenly surroundings takes away all the stress of arduous city life and take you closer to nature. Also known as “Scotland of India”, Coorg offers varied range of activities from trekking to white water rafting. And like any other place in our country, Coorg offers lip-smacking food with home grown and home-made spices and also do try the local wine.
Must Visit Places: Abbey falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Mallalli Falls, Mandalpatti Trek, Suntikoppa
Best Time to Visit: July to September
5. Rann of Kutch
For groups looking to experience something other than the beaches and the mountains this is the place to be. One of the greatest salt desert in the world is located in close proximity to the India-Pakistan border. A part of the place remains immersed under water during the rainy season and when water dries out you can see white salt covering the land for as far as the eyes can see. A perfect place to plan a bike trip to through the vibrant cities of Gujrat, the Great Rann of Kutch will provide you with an experience of a lifetime. It is also a home to the very famous Rann Utsav which serves as an amalgamation of colours and cultures. So, for groups out there who are neither mountain people and nor beach people this is a place to head out to.
Must Visit Places: Dholavira, Mandavi beach, Rann Utsav, Narayan Sarovar and Koteshwar
Best Time to Visit: November to February (Time of Rann Utsav)
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