Monday morning blues, traffic, work stress, deadlines…who wouldn’t want a break. Here are a few peaceful getaways in India.
Nubra valley, Ladakh
Almost on the edge of the Indian map, this quiet valley is for those who want to stay off ‘the-beaten-path’. It is lost among the the Karakoram Mountain range and can be reached only by crossing the Khardung La – one of the highest motorable mountain passes in the world.
The Backwaters of Kerala
Offbeat or not, it is impossible to strike out God’s own country from our list of most serene places in India. Rent a houseboat, lay back and relax as the tiny islands and villages pass by. Get acquainted with the locals and enjoy the simple life.
India’s coffee country is blessed with mountains, spice plantations, estates, charming villages and home stays run by local families – this is where you could actually do nothing and still be entertained.
Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Khajjiar, often referred to as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’ is tiny hill station in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy a rare combination of 3 ecosystems here – lakes, forests and pasture lands.
Malana, Himachal Pradesh
Untouched by modern civilization until recently, Malana is known as the “Little Greece in Himachal”. The people here are believed to be the descendants of Alexander the Great. The village is nestled close to the majestic peaks of Chandrakhani.
Phutkal Monastery, J & k
This massive 12th century cave monastery enjoys a unique status among the other monasteries in the Zanskar valley. If not for the spiritual calmness and inspiration, its breath – taking beauty would put you at peace.
Andretta, Himachal Pradesh
The Italian name is sure to grab attention, but this quiet and sleepy village is also a potpourri of culture and home to several artists. Tucked away amongst the plains of Kangra valley, it is blessed with an exclusive panorama of the mountains.
The land of the Lepchas is a strikingly beautiful hamlet in the northern part of Sikkim, with the majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Meeting and interacting with an indigenous tribe would itself be a one of kind experience.
This tiny island in the middle of the Brahmaputra is home to many Vaishnava Monasteries and unique combination of art forms like dance, music, literature and art. Like many other remote but unbelievably unique places in the north-east, Majuli does not enjoy much attention from the outside world.