places to travel in 2017

39 Places You Can Book A Flight To in 2017!

We wanted to make it easier for you to choose places to travel in 2017 and thus here are 39 alluring destinations for you to choose from.

(Wait. Did we just make the choice even more difficult? Oops!)

39. Cuba

 

Cuba

From the allure of colorful mosaics to the vintage car-filled streets, there is plenty to love about the destination–including its sun-drenched coastline. The warm weather and turquoise water welcomes visitors year-round, as average temperatures rarely seem to dip below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter which part of the country you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some relaxation time on the beach.

 

38. Bermuda

 

Bermuda

Bermuda may be known for its pink sand beaches and colorful namesake shorts, but it will soon be synonymous with one of the world’s preeminent regattas, since the mid-Atlantic island will host the 35th America’s Cup in June 2017. Book your tickets y’all!

 

37. Athens

 

Athens

Travel to Athens is a must for history and archeology buffs, but the city’s hillsides and picturesque vistas will be equally appreciated by nature lovers. When you visit Athens, be sure to take in the city’s legendary historical sites – The Acropolis, The Parthenon, The Temple of Hephaestus, The National Archeological Museum, The Ancient Agora, and Mount Lycabettus.

 

36. Bali

 

Indonesia, Bali, Sidemen Valley, Iseh, Rice Fields and Gunung Agung Volcano

From active volcanoes to wild jungles, Bali truly has it all. But, most versatile are the many beaches that line the island’s shore. The picturesque view of the mountains complemented by blue skies is the view I’ve been dying to experience.

35. Angra dos Reis, Brazil

 

Angra dos Reis, Brazil

Angra dos Reis is a Brazilian municipality in southwest Rio de Janeiro state, and it’s oh-so-gorgeous! It’s made up of 365 islands and a small port surrounded by steep, forested coastline. The region is known for its many beaches and biodiverse Ilha Grande, the largest island. Vila do Abraão is the island’s main village, with amazing restaurants, bars and the St. Sebastian Church at its heart. Want to rejuvenate this 2017 in a beautiful location? Then Angra Dos Reis is your best bet!

 

34. Scotland

 

scotland

Scotland – a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene. This is a perfect location to live a fairy tale vacation with castles, mountainous views and scenic blue skies.

 

33. Portugal and the Azores

 

Portugal and the Azores

All the islands in Portugal and the Azores have volcanic origins, although some, such as Santa Maria, have had no recorded activity since the islands were settled. Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft). The Azores are actually some of the tallest mountains on the planet, measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean to their peaks, which thrust high above the surface of the Atlantic.

 

32. Croatia’s Coast

 

Croatia's Coast

Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it’s also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Dubrovnik has these gorgeously massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings is a memory you would want to create in 2017. So go get yourself some white sand, salty blue water, and the amazing vibe of Croatia!

 

31. Jerusalem

 

Jerusalem

If you’ve had enough of beaches in 2016, Jerusalem promises to be a good change in 2017. Holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jerusalem’s Old City is one of the world’s foremost pilgrimage destinations. Visit Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of prophets, pray in buildings constructed by order of caliphs and kings, and overnight in hospices where Crusaders and cardinals have slumbered. With the soundtrack of church bells, the muezzin’s call and the shofar (ram’s horn), and the streets smelling of everything from church incense to the heady aromas of the spice souq (market), it’s a sensory and spiritual experience unlike any other.

 

30. New Zealand

 

New Zealand

As the planet heats up environmentally and politically, it’s good to know that New Zealand exists. Make this uncrowded, green, peaceful and accepting country the ultimate escape. Sometimes, it’s good to feel at peace in a world trying to rush into madness.

 

29.  Zimbabwe

 

Zimbabwe

It’s been my dream since forever to visit the majestic Victoria Falls. Get a slice of adventure, and adrenaline in a land known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife.

 

28. Rwanda

 

Rwanda

Not many are aware of this beautiful location, neither was I until I started typing this list of destinations you could visit in 2017. Rwanda is a East African country with green, mountainous landscape. Fly down to Rwanda to get a taste of its renowned Volcanoes National Park, mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Now, who wouldn’t want to mingle around with golden monkeys!

 

27. Buenos Aires

 

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Buenos Aires combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sexy and alive, this beautiful city gets under your skin, and for all the right reason. Soak some sun in this colourful city for a happy 2017!

 

26. Chilean Patagonia

 

Chilean Patagonia

If you’re like me, you would rather go to someplace unknown than known. Chilean Patagonia is a mountainous region in the southern part of South America. It’s beautiful setting will be a fantastic backdrop to just ponder over life in general. Would’t it?

 

25. Uruguay

 

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Progressive, stable, safe and culturally sophisticated, Uruguay offers visitors opportunities to experience everyday ‘not made for tourists’ moments, whether caught in a cow-and-gaucho traffic jam on a dirt road to nowhere or strolling with mate-toting locals along Montevideo’s beachfront. Short-term visitors will find plenty to keep them busy in cosmopolitan Montevideo, picturesque Colonia and party-till-you-drop Punta del Este.

 

24. Belgrade, Serbia

 

Belgrade, Serbia

Warm, welcoming and a hell of a lot of fun – everything you never heard about Serbia seems to be true. Visit Serbia to know why it needs to be famous for the forts, churches, museums, and picturesque locations.

 

23. Cambodian Coast

 

Cambodian Coast

Fly down to Cambodian Coast to answer the call of the beach, the South Coast will not disappoint. While brash Sihanoukville isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the islands offshore have something for everyone from die-hard partiers to those seeking sandy solitude. Pick your beach, sprawl on the sand, make friends with your hammock. There’s a reason many visitors decide to never leave.

 

22. Guayaquil, Ecuador

 

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil is a port city in Ecuador, known as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands. Stretching along the Guayas River is the waterfront Simón Bolívar promenade, home to La Rotonda monument. In the north, Las Peñas is a neighbourhood full of colorful houses. Stairs lined with cafes and art galleries lead up Santa Ana Hill, site of Santa Ana chapel, a lighthouse and views of the city. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

 

21. Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Cincinnati, Ohio

Get a spoonful of wildlife, art museum, conservatory, casino, underground rail and more at Cincinnati, Ohio. Make this your summer vacation, and we promise you will never regret.

 

20. Helsinki, Finland

 

Helsinki Cathedral from the public square below on a December day.

It’s fitting that harbourside Helsinki, capital of a country with such watery geography, entwines so spectacularly with the Baltic’s bays, inlets and islands. While Helsinki can seem a younger sibling to the Scandinavian capitals, it’s the one that went to art school, scorns pop music and works in a cutting-edge studio. The design scene here is one of the most electrifying in the world today, with boutiques, workshops and galleries proliferating in the Design District, Helsinki’s thoroughfares and intriguing backstreets. The city’s foodie scene is also flourishing, with hip eateries offering locally sourced tasting menus, craft-beer bars, coffee roasteries and microdistilleries popping up at dizzying speed.

 

19. Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland is definitely where I would love love love to visit over and over again. From the beautiful botanical gardens to the majestic castles, Belfast has so much more to offer. Also, here’s to future husband, this would be one ideal honeymoon destination.

 

18. Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

An all in one destination. It’s known for being a volcanic landmark with military history, and also for its uber fantastic snorkelling activities at the beach. Hawaii is the vacation you deserve!

 

17. Hamburg, Germany

 

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16. Noosa Heads, Australia

 

Noosa Heads, Australia

Noosa is one of Australia’s most fashionable resort towns, a salubrious hub backing onto crystalline waters and pristine subtropical rainforest. The town is located within the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, a Unesco-recognised area famous for its highly diverse ecosystem. While planning a trip to the land down under, don’t forget to visit the gorgeous Noosa!

 

15. Nashville, Tennessee

 

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, capital of Tennessee, lies almost in the center of the state on the Cumberland River. With its many universities and colleges, along with its superb reproduction of the Parthenon, it’s often called the “Athens of the South.”  The city serves as an excellent jumping-off point to explore the rest of Tennessee, and Nashville’s surroundings offer many historical and recreational attractions, including old plantations and Civil War sites.

 

14. Madagascar

 

Madagascar

Get moving in Madagascar already! Madagascar is unlike anywhere you will ever be – fantastically beautiful, amazingly diverse for its size (similar to France) and still so unspoiled. Vast tracts of the country are virtually uninhabited and seldom explored, and nothing comes easy. But that’s what makes it so unique and rewarding.

 

13. Hampi, India

 

hampi

The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travellers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over miles of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. While it’s possible to see this World Heritage Site in a day or two, plan on lingering for a while. It will be worth every moment.

 

12. Norfolk, Virginia

 

City of Norfolk

Set on the shores of Chesapeake Bay and part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, Norfolk is a historical city with a long standing connection to the ocean and is known in particular for Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. In the vibrant downtown area, visitors can experience some of the history first-hand by visiting Nauticus and touring the Battleship Wisconsin, stopping by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, taking a Naval Base Cruise, or hopping aboard a tall ship for a quick sail.

 

11. Panama City

 

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Panama city is famed for colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidencial and bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with cafes and bars.

 

10. Paros, Greece

 

Paros, Greece

Paros is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea best known for its beaches and traditional villages. Parikia, the bayside capital, is a boating and transportation hub for the Cyclades region. The north coast’s Kolimbithres is a beach where naturally sculpted rocks form swimming coves. For an over the top experience, book a flight to Paros soon.

 

9. Perth, Australia

 

perth

Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, art galleries and the Western Australian Museum.

 

8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With giant NYC less than 100 miles north and Washington, DC, due south, Philadelphia often gets knocked down the must-visit list. In many ways, though, the City of Brotherly Love can be as rewarding as its bigger neighbors.

 

7. Salta, Argentina

 

Salta, Argentina

Salta is a provincial capital in mountainous northwestern Argentina, known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Andean heritage. Explore Salta for the outstanding architecture, and art!

 

6. Leh Ladakh, India

 

leh

Drive off to nowhere with a view like this? Yes please! Leh Ladakh will inspire you to an extent you would never imagine. It will inspire you to seek more in life, seek better, seek beautiful, seek peaceful. It will teach you to be calm outside, while being eccentric inside. Visit Leh Ladakh for a life altering experience.

 

5. Himalayas, India

 

Himalayas India

Waking up to the view of beautiful snow clad mountains is a dream I wish to soon tick off. Go to Himalayas to live off the edge every moment, to be with people who won’t ever judge you, to know what it feels like to be alive and kicking!

 

4. Seychelles

 

seychelles

When I think of the Seychelles all the colours in my mind go electric. The sun reflecting off the white sand, turquoise water, green jungles and fiery sunsets make everything surreal, a tropical dream-come-true. No matter how many times I heart about this bijou archipelago, its beauty still leaves me wanting to hear for more. I can’t wait to happily spend my days lazing on idyllic beaches at Seychelles!

 

3. Rome, Italy

 

rome

A heady mix of haunting sights, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s Eternal City is one of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring capitals.

 

2. Paris

 

Paris

Why is Paris on this list? For the romance. You live once, if you don’t feel the romance now, then when? And trust Paris to make you feel head over heels romantic! Pack your bags now, as an outstanding concentration of 180 museums and monuments await you!

 

1. New York, New York

 

New York

Number 1 on this list. My most favourite destination. Epicenter of the arts. Dining and shopping capital. Trendsetter. New York City wears many crowns, and spreads an irresistible feast for all. While there are many reasons to fall for New York, I’ve always wanted to experience the energy in NYC. There’s so much creativity in the air, with wildly imaginative works filling the city’s galleries and concert halls – not to mention its restaurants, with ever more inventive mash-ups of global cuisines. I can’t wait to be there!

So, which of these destinations will make your 2017 memorable?

indian destination - Spiti Valley

14 Indian Destinations on my to-explore list!

I love India! I’ve fallen in love with every Indian destination I’ve visited so far. Not many, but enough to make me fall in love with my country.

Like any other traveller, I also have an extremely vast to-explore list. It’s so vast, that I fear I won’t tick off every destination. Anyhow, along with the frenzy international destinations, my list also has amazing Indian places the traveller in my craves to visit. Because, I still remember the vast tea gardens in Darjeeling, the sunflower fields in Punjab, and the gorgeous snow in Kashmir. This assure me there’s more to what’s been shared about India, there’s more than what meets their eyes!

And thus, I’ve this exclusive list of destinations I want to visit in India. Read on to know why their significance on making to the list-

 

Lachen

 

Indian Destinations - Lachen, Sikkim

The simple, and serene beauty of this place is why I crave to visit Lachen the most. I have this intuition that I will either fall in love with Lachen, or fall in love with life on my visit to this heavenly place. You know what I mean?

 

Leh-Ladakh

 

Indian Destinations - Leh ladakh

I have to go here! I envy people who have been to Leh Ladakh. I listen to their Leh stories like a 2 year old excited about her first story! I’m damn sure the snow laden mountains, crystal clear water, and the fresh cold wind at Leh Ladakh will put all my life’s puzzle back together.

 

Kerala

 

Indian Destinations - Kerala

Because what is prettier than tall coconut trees, boats and backwaters? (Snow, but never mind :P) There is a reason why Kerala’s called ‘God’s own country’, and nothing speaks better than experience. Get it?

 

Madhya Pradesh

 

Indian Destinations - Madhya Pradesh

Safari. No other reason. I want to go on Kanha Safari so bad!

 

Himalayas

 

Indian Destinations - Himalayas

A girl loves mountains. A girl loves snow laden mountains more!

 

Dalhousie

 

Indian Destinations - Dalhousie

Dalhousie is pretty well known for its pleasant climate, and natural beauty. I don’t see any reason to not visit this beautiful indian destination. I could settle down here…for like a month. :)

 

Jaipur

 

Indian Destinations - Jaipur

For all the alluring forts, and to discover why is it called the pink city. Do you know why?

 

Shimla

 

Indian Destinations - Shimla

I wanna visit everywhere it snows, and I cannot imagine skipping Shimla. Plus, I really really want to travel in that train reading my favourite series – Harry Potter. Because, what is life if not a little bit filmy?

 

Darjeeling

 

Indian Destinations - Darjeeling

Oh my! I have been to Darjeeling before, and such pleasant memories this place has to offer. I could visit this indian destination every other year just to bring some love and freshness right back in my life. I absolutely, irrevocably love Darjeeling.

 

Pondicherry

 

Indian Destinations - Pondicherry

This indian destination is on my list for I can imagine me and my sisters fooling around the beaches, gossiping, and enjoying our love-hate relationship to its best. So, yeah for a quick getaway with my sisters!

 

Munnar

 

Indian Destinations - Munnar

I really want to take a solo trip in life, and I want to go nowhere but Munnar. I want to sit on top of a hill and just ponder over life, and being alive in general. No extraordinary dreams.

 

Nainital

 

Indian Destinations - Nainital

Because look at it. Doesn’t it look like the perfect place for a picnic. Told you, no extraordinary dreams. Just the regular human-y dreams.

 

Shillong

 

Indian Destinations - Shillong

See the 3 kids in the pic? Well, I would love for them to be me, my brother, and my sister! Just being our silly selfs in Shillong will be one hell of a memory to share with our respective kids later in our life. Okay, too much na?

 

Rishikesh

 

Indian Destinations - Rishikesh

I’ve high expectations from Rishikesh. I want it to show me who I am. Too much to ask? I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

 

So, this is my to-explore list in India, hoping to cross off 1-2 destinations this year. There’s more to this list, but for now these Indian destinations are on priority.

What’s your travel plan for 2017, and the absolute silly reason behind it? Do keep us posted!

Love & happiness…always!

chadar trek

37 ways to fall in Love with India

Not that you need 37 ways to fall in love with India. But, here they are!

Fall in love, make merry, with the most misunderstood country…India. Do let us know if you change your mind about India after reading the below post. Dive in already!

1. Catch South Asia’s only active volcano on a liveaboard

 

Barren Island

Witness the plumes erupting from Barren Island, part of Andaman Islands, on a cruise aboard The Infiniti. And then dive in the waters around to spot unique stone and lava formations.

 

2. Pamper yourself on a private spa boat in Udaipur

 

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AHA! Heaven alert! A Jacuzzi on a boat in the middle of lake is the perfect way to spoil yourself, isn’t it?. Charter the Taj Lake Palace’s Jiva Spa Boat to relax and rejuvenate, accompanied by a glass of wine in hand.

 

3. Take in the Taj Mahal on a full-moon night

 

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The Taj Mahal is gorgeous, on any day. But, under a full moon, it turns ethereal. Sign up with the Archaeological Survey of India for a tour, or book the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Amarvilas (from INR 7,50,000 a night!) for an uninterrupted view.

4. Explore Kerala’s gold-filled temple vaults

 

goldtrail

While most take the regular temple tours of southern India, few know of the gold trails that take one through the temple vaults. It’s a little-known secret, but hey, now you know.

 

5. Walk over a frozen river

 

chadar trek

Test your nerves (and luck) on the Chadar trek, which takes you over the frozen River Zanskar for seven cold days. With just a few inches of ice between you and a raging icy river, this one’s not for the weak and the meek.

 

6. Feast on a Kashmiri wazwan

 

kashmirwazwan

An elaborate affair that involves a total of 36 courses, a wazwan is a feast fit for the royals. Meatballs, seekh kababs, spare ribs, Kashmiri pulao, phirni, kahwa… it’s a meal you won’t finish or forget in a hurry.

 

7. Go horse-riding in Rajasthan

 

horse riding rajasthan

Sign up for a journey on horseback from Dundlod to Alsisar. It’s strenuous, no doubt, but the charm of Shekhawati will take you over with its historic forts and palaces, quiet villages and painted havelis.

 

8. Rent a palace for two in Kochi

 

chittoor

Once the rest house for Rama Verma, the maharaja of Cochin, the Chittoor Kottaram is now a single-key hotel, which means there will be no other guest apart from you! With room for up to six, the property is reachable by boat and lets you spend your days in royal style and even eat what the royalty did.

 

9. Play the archery lottery in Shillong

 

archerylottery

At the grounds near Ward’s Lake, archers from across Meghalaya bet on the number of arrows they will hit on a bamboo drum. After they send thin arrows at the drum, the organisers count the ones that hit the mark. Meanwhile, people across the state have placed bets on the final score. Those who get it right go home richer.

 

10. Learn cheese-making from a Bollywood film-maker

 

cheese farm

See how to make Gouda, Parmesan, mozzarella and more at Acres Wild, Coonoor, a gorgeous 22-acre farm owned by film-maker Mansoor Khan and his wife, Tina.

 

11. Stay with the king of Ladakh in his palace

 

stokpalace

The fact that all areas of Stok Palace are open to guests makes this an experience by itself. Watch the royal family go about its routine, chat with the king, and check out the thangkas and the queen mother’s crown at the palace museum.

 

12. Ride like royalty on rail

 

deccanodyssey

Take one of India’s several luxury trains to experience the classic train journey. Board the Maharajas Express for a tour that includes Rajasthan and Agra (INR 4,44,440 per head) or on the Deccan Odyssey, which takes you on a heritage trail across Maharashtra and southern India (doubles from INR 5,36,710).

 

13. Celebrate Holi in Mathura

 

mathuraholi

In Mathura, the land of Krishna, the festival of colours takes on an unbelievable hue. There is bhaang, of course, but there is also food, music, and of course, colour. For the best experience, get yourself to Vrindavan.

 

14. Stay in a treehouse in Kerala

 

treehousekerala

Ditch the luxury of a hotel for a stay amid nature. There’s Vythiri Resort in Wayanad, set in a biodiversity hot zone, and Rainforest, Athirapally (pictured) where the jaw-dropping views of the gushing Athirapally Falls will take your getaway to another level.

 

15. Float over a fort, forest and fair

 

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Hop into a hot-air balloon for the best sights of Rajasthan. A flight from Jaipur will take you over the sprawling Amer Fort, from Pushkar over the colourful camel fair, and from Ranthambore over the home of the tiger.

 

16. Read Ghalib at Ghalib’s home

 

ghalibhaveli

This restored haveli where Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib lived is charming enough to turn anyone into a romantic. Take a copy of ‘Ghalib: Life & Letters’ and find yourself a spot under one of its many archways.

 

17. Surf the waves off Puducherry

 

puducherry surfing

Serenity Beach, 10km north of Puducherry, draws surf addicts from across India. After the devastating 2004 tsunami, the Tamil Nadu government built two long piers to protect the beach, which created a surf break that provides great conditions for learners and professional alike.

 

18. Walk Meghalaya’s living root bridges

 

meghalayarootbridge

Built out of the roots of ficus trees—some even dating back 500 years—these bridges can withstand the heavy rainfall the region is famous for. Check out the Umshiang Double Decker root bridge in Nongriat village, south of Cherrapunji, and the one in Riwai near Mawlynnong.

 

19. Watch a boat race in Kerala

 

keralaboatrace

Dubbed as the largest team sport in the world, snakeboat racing is a heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping affair. The splash of dozens of oars in perfect rhythm is a treat for the eyes. Catch Alleppey’s Nehru Trophy Valam Kali on the second Saturday of August every year.

 

20. Cycle around the ruins of Hampi

 

hampi cycling

There are many ways to explore the ruins that date back to the 3rd century BC, but renting a cycle is perhaps the most enjoyable. Pedal your way around the various sites, and as dusk falls, load your bike into a coracle to arrive at the hippie side of town.

 

21. Pamper yourself at a Himalayan spa

 

anandainthehimalayas

Frequently ranked among the world’s top spas, Ananda in the Himalayas offers myriad treatments, from Ayurveda to stress management. Whether you’re tackling weight issues or you just want to relax, its customised programmes are ideal.

 

22. Get married in a Rajasthani palace

 

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Can there be a more spectacular setting for your wedding than a historic palace with all its attendant royal trappings? Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace; Udaipur’s Jagmandir Island Palace, The Leela Udaipur, The Oberoi Udaivilas, Taj Lake Palace and The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace; and Jaipur’s Samode Palace(pictured), all offer the perfect setting for you to exchange your vows.

 

23. Bike the Manali-Leh highway

 

manali leh

Open from mid-June to October, the 476km highway guarantees a daring journey with jaw-dropping views. At its highest, it reaches an altitude of 16,000ft. Bragging rights guaranteed.

 

24. Ski in Gulmarg

 

gulmarg skiing

India’s most popular ski destination pulls everyone, from amateurs and professionals, to its slopes each season. Its gondola is one of the highest in the world, and the ski-town now offers world-class lodging facilities. Sign up for heli-skiing to take things a notch higher, quite literally.

 

25. Dine at India’s best restaurant

 

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The only restaurant from the country to rank in the world’s top 100, Indian Accent is an experience not to be missed. Chef Manish Mehrotra’s gutsy and modern take on Indian food is worth a trip to Delhi, from anywhere in the country or even the world.

 

26. Dance away on the sands of Goa

 

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All-day parties, international DJs and the best of dance music—Goa’s music scene rocks comes alive in December with a clutch of events. Pictured: Sunburn Festival

 

27. Take the palace trail through Madhya Pradesh

 

mppalacetrail

From the Jahangir Mahal of Orchha to Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior to Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar, the state is rich with royal homes, most of which are in excellent condition. Pictured: Gwalior Fort

 

28. Soar over Bir and Billing

 

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In May and October, these towns in Himachal Pradesh, about five hours from Shimla, pull paragliding enthusiasts from all over the world. Great weather and the sight of green terraced fields all around make this a spectacular experience. Follow up your flight with a visit to the Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan settlements nearby.

 

29. Hope for a glimpse of the Kanchenjunga

 

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At 8,586m tall, it is the third highest mountain in the world and Sikkim’s most sacred landmark. The snow-capped Kanchenjunga plays peek-a-boo with you from behind the mist, and you could spend an entire week without as much as glimpse. But when it does reveal itself, it’s a sight to remember for life.

 

30. Spend the night in a houseboat in Srinagar

 

srinagarhouseboat

Pick one of the many ‘floating palaces’ anchored on the Dal or Nagin Lake for a classic Kashmir experience. Each houseboat comes with lavishly furnished rooms, verandahs and a terrace that serves as a sun-deck for evening cocktails. That’s one way to float in paradise.

Pictured: WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats

 

31. Drive to the mountain desert of Spiti

 

spitimonastery

Rugged and remote, the Lahaul & Spiti district is a part of Himachal that’s yet to be discovered by tourists. The roads are terrible, the passes high and tricky, but the journey is its own reward. Head here to discover the simple life in a Himalayan desert.

 

32. Sign up for a tea trail through Darjeeling and Assam

 

teatrail

Earn your badge as a tea connoisseur with a trip through India’s tea country. It helps that there are several tea estates that provide fine luxury accommodation and extensive courses in tea appreciation.

 

33. Brave the rapids at Rishikesh

 

rishikeshrafting

River Alaknanda joins the Ganga near Rishikesh and offers grade III and IV rapids. Need more thrills? Follow up with adventures such as cliff-jumping, body-surfing and kayaking.

 

34. Trek to Roopkund Lake

 

roopkundtrek

The trek to Roopkund Lake in Uttarakhand is at once beautiful and haunting. Lush Himalayan forests, gurgling brooks and undulating meadows all take you to this lake at 16,500ft above sea. It’s all pretty till you see the dozens of skulls and bones lying at the bottom of the shallow lake since the 6th century. You’ll have chills running down your spine for more reasons than one.

 

35. Ride the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

 

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Fondly known as the Toy Train, this narrow-gauge railway runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. The most popular route, however, remains from Ghum to Darjeeling, where it cuts through streets and markets. In service for over 130 years, it has earned UNESCO World Heritage status.

 

36. Watch polo in Ladakh

 

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Believe it or not, polo has been a tradition in Ladakh for centuries! Watch professional teams from the villages of Ladakh square off at one of the world’s highest and prettiest polo grounds.

 

37. Spot the tiger, if you can

 

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The No. 1 item on every safari-lover’s list is worth all the fuss. The majestic but shy Royal Bengal Tiger is quite a sight. For best odds of spotting the cat, head to one of the national parks in Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan.

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16 Motorcycle Tours in India Every Biker Must Explore!

Motorcycle tours in India, because the thrill of maneuvering your bike through difficult terrains is second to none!

If you are a biker who loves the idea of experimenting with different routes, then Motorcycle tours in India are for you! India is home to some of the most difficult trails and ranges that make for fulfilling bike rides.

Any biker would swear by these 16 routes for motorcycle tours in India!

Steeped in natural beauty, the trails test the biker’s endurance. The bikers are overwhelmed with joy on reaching the destinations after taking these challenging routes.

Are you a travel enthusiast, looking for a bike tour in India? Then, look no further! We have collated 16 of the most fascinating routes in India that every biker must explore once in their life.

Let’s feed your bike some adventure!

1. Manali-Leh Ladakh

 

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Manali – Leh Ladakh is not a route meant for the faint hearted. This route is considered to be one of the most difficult routes to ride on. This trip calls for a minimum of 15 days, as you just can’t rush through this route. You will find this ride to be magical, thanks to the extraordinary view offered by the snow clad mountains. the beautiful valleys and nature wrapped in the blanket of clouds.

 

2. Shimla – Spiti Valley

 

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The natural and awe inspiring beauty that one witnesses on the route is absolutely breathtaking. Riding on the Hindustan-Tibet highway the adrenaline rush you get is beyond compare. With apricot and apple orchards of Kinnaur valley and Satluj River to keep you company on the way, ride to Spiti Valley gives every rider the correct dose of adventure and excitement. Thus, Shimla to Spiti Valley is one of the most beautiful motorcycle tours in India!

 

3. Bangalore- Kannaur

 

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Exhilarating is the word that best describes this journey! Leave the madness and chaos of the city behind and enter the lap of nature in a matter of few hours. Bikers love this route for the spectacular views and the hassle free rides alongside the exhilarating nature.

The best part is that this scenic biking trail is home to several scenic lakes. These lakes make a beautiful pit stop for you to sojourn amid your bike tour!

 

4. Siliguri-Yuksom

 

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Be it any season, riding through Darjeeling and Sikkim is always fun!

Apart from the beautiful valleys that you pass, this route also offers glimpse of the mighty mountain range of Himalayas. You also get to peek at the gorgeous Kanchenjunga while you are on the adventurous bike tour. Ride through the colourful markets of Kalimpong, and don’t forget to treat the foodie in you. All in all you get several opportunities on this route to explore the untouched beauty of North India.

 

5. Bhalukpong-Tawang

 

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Another beauty and another adventure await you on the rather difficult route of Bhalukpong to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

Stop along several villages on the way and soak in their amazing culture. The sight of lush green mountains and deep valleys is beyond spectacular. Avoid the colder months of December to February as it can get difficult for you to ride while ice cold winds hit you on the face.

 

6. Barmer-Bikaner

 

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Riding through this dessert route can be challenging, but there’s no challenge a biker can’t overcome! The endless stretches of sand can tire you a bit but it is not every day that you get to ride through the majestic Thar Dessert. The minimal traffic on the roads makes it for a dream ride and can actually make you feel like a royalty.    

 

7. Guwahati-Khasi Hills

 

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This one can get quite daunting what with the damp and wet roads to keep on alert. Once you have made it past Shillong up till Khasi Hill, the sight of the lush green landscape and exquisite mountain range will enthrall you. The wondrous waterfalls and living root bridges you cross on the way make for an awesome stopover for photo-ops.

 

8. Mumbai-Trivandrum

 

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You will pass through the beaches of Goa, and the tourist-friendly Cochin and Alleppey among others. The breathtaking views of the coastal area will give you a fun and vibrant view of western India. Moreover, whenever you feel tired just pull over and walk on to the countless beaches you’ll pass through to relax and lounge.

 

9. Delhi-Mandawa

 

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The cultural richness of the place combined with the forts and palaces one comes across on the way adds to the charm of riding through this route. Pass through the historic cities of Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur and Pushkar and indulge the tourist in you by stopping over and checking out the beautiful monuments these places are home to.

 

10. Chennai – Pondicherry

 

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You can enjoy the magnificent views of the beaches of Southern India while on a Motorcycle tour on this route. The East Coast Road is a smooth one, and thus, makes for a fun riding. You can stop at Mahaballipuram on the way, to soak in a bit of history. For the foodies this place is like a treat as the food they serve here is lip-smacking!      

 

11. Rann of Kutch

 

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A ride through the white salt desert of Rann of Kutch on a full moon night is a vision every biker dreams of!

Push your bike to the limits of its speed while soaking in the surreal sight of this white dessert. Start from Surendranagar through Dhrangadhra and reach in time for the Rann of Kutch dessert festival that starts from mid November and extends till end of February.

 

12. Mumbai – Goa

 

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Surreal is the word to describe this route. The roads are clean, smooth, and make for an easy ride all the way to Goa.

The picturesque beauty of the coastal area adds to the charm and the several green stretches that you encounter on the way acts like a cherry on the cake. This is one fun adventurous ride you can plan anytime of the year and we assure you that it will not disappoint you ever!

 

13. Pollachi-Chalakudy

 

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This one is another of those absolutely gorgeous road trips down South for motorcycle tours in India. It takes you all the way from Tamil Nadu to Kerala, and the route is marked with scenes of lush valleys and greenery all around. The best part about riding through this forest area is that the ride makes for a cool one especially through the area of Valparai all the way to Athirapally.

 

14. Old Silk Route

 

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This route connects Lhasa in Tibet to India through the Jelep La Pass in Sikkim. The ride provides spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the beautiful landscape in the vicinity. You can start your journey from Gangtok in Sikkim and go up to the Nathang Valley.

On the way you can stopover at the splendid Menmecho Lake, Mandakini Waterfall, and view the entire winding route from Thambi View Point. Seasons to avoid are from January to April when the roads are covered with snow, and it becomes nearly impossible to maneuver the bike on such a terrain. Thus, this route is considered for some challenging motorcycle tours in India.                                 

 

15. Puri-Konark

 

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It can’t get anymore spectacular than this! The cool wind brushing past your face, the trees on either side of the road to shade you from the sun, acres and acres of farm lands, and some interesting small villages on the way, makes this journey absolutely mesmerizing. Enough for you to come back for it again!

 

16. Pamban Bridge (Rameshwaram)

 

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Opened in 1914, it was India’s first sea bridge. Pamban Bridge was also the longest sea bridge in the country till 2010.

This cantilever bridge connects Pamban on Rameswaram Island to Tamil Nadu. This is one of the must motorcycle tours in India for every bikers bucket list. The spectacular view of the deep blue ocean is a sight to behold. A ride on this amazing bridge makes for an once-in-a-lifetime adventure that no biker should ever miss!

 

So, where do you think will your next adventure be? Don’t forget to keep us posted!
Safe Travels!