Lush forests, emerald meadows, snowy peaks, strewn with exotic flora and fauna make this a perfect destination for the avid traveller. For nature enthusiasts, this is one of the few places where you can hope to spot the elusive snow leopard. From trout fishing to adventure sports, you can take your pick of fun activities to do! The best time to visit is from March-June or from October-November.
Located on the banks of the beautiful Parvati river, Kasol has recently transformed into a hub for backpackers. It is used as a starting point for many trekking expeditions. The cheap accommodation and eating joints interspersed with lovely, winding forest trails gives you the authentic hillside experience. Ideal weather is generally enjoyed during October-May.
When you reach Nubra Valley, you feel as if you have been transported to another country altogether. The jagged terrain and sparse vegetation make it a miracle worth remembering. Permits are required to visit certain areas, so make sure you have them in advance. June to October is the ideal period to visit Nubra Valley.
Having one of the highest tiger populations in the world, you can experience the real beauty and tranquility of the forest in Bandhavgarh. Take a jeep safari and get immersed in all the wilderness has to offer. The spring season from January to March is an ideal time to explore the park.
Having the second largest wall in the world, Kumbalgarh fort is also known as the ‘Great Wall of India’. The sand dunes of the Thar Desert can be seen from the fort walls. If visiting, make sure you don’t miss the Sound and Light show held in the evening, which takes you through the entire history of Mewar. Winter is a good time to visit as the heat is unbearable during the summer months.
The sculpted magnificence of the Sun Temple at Modhera are exactly what make Gujarat such a rich state. Sitting in between the reservoir you feel as if you’re in a different time, as if you’re right back to the ‘Golden Period’ of Gujarat. The Modhera Dance Festival, held in the third week of January is definitely one for your bucket festival. Various renowned artists enthrall the audience with the temple serving as the backdrop.
Gokarna’s laid back, unspoiled and rustic nature has made it a favorite hangout for youngsters and hippie tourists. You can rent a beach shack to experience the beauty of Karnataka in all its glory. Any time of the year is suited, however you should avoid the rainy months as the beaches become quite unkempt and desolate.
If pristine and untouched beaches are what you are looking for, Havelock is the place for you. Scuba diving and snorkeling are the highlights of this gorgeous place. Jungle treks and camping are meant for those who prefer staying on land. The best time to visit is from October to May, as the chances of sighting more marine life is higher at this time.
Offering unmatches views of four of the highest peaks in the world, Sandakphu is heaven for the avid trekker. There are over 600 varities of orchards here, and in every step you take, you can spot a stunning yet different type of flower. Spring is the best time to visit as you can see all the flowers in bloom during this period.
Caves of Meghalaya
This is definitely not one for the faint hearted. Exploring the dark, dusky interiors of caves in the Khasi Hills, can give you an adrenaline rush matched by none other. A few of the caves here have been listed as the longest and deepest in the world. It is a good idea to avoid this region during the dry season as some of the entrances can turn into deadly quicksand at the time.
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This article was contributed by Holidify.com, a portal which helps discover holiday options and weekend getaways from Delhi, Mumbai and other places in India.