When your heart is a wanderer, you go places. And travel stories, my compassionate reader, are not merely a retelling of the enchanting places you go to; it’s a crepuscular melange of times and cities that made your life a little better, it’s a potpourri of vestiges that you can’t really blog about. That said, it would still be a sin to not let any of you readers be bereft of some of the most awesome suggestions for your travel destinations. So whenever you get some time at your hand and want to get out of the toil and trouble of everyday life, do try looking forward to these places and try to discover the life that you let go sometimes. As someone has aptly said- “Sometimes we travel to discover places; sometimes to discover ourselves.”
So without further ado, here goes the list of my top 5 favourite travel destinations.
To enjoy the beaches, go Goa. To enjoy the ocean, Go to Kanyakumari. There are few people who would place Kanyakumari on this list. But for reasons unknown, I do. Maybe it was the timing and sudden plan that lead to this trip of ours. And believe me, going without much planning or research pays heavily. When you visit Kanyakumari, you get to enjoy the mighty Indian Ocean in all its glory with two mighty structures catching the eye at the centre- The Vivekanada Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue. Far as beaches are concerned, the Kanyakumari beach would be the best. Also, nice markets to shop petty things around and get your hands on some raunchy food.Also, compared to places as awesome as this, Kanyakumari would suit your budget too. The stay is pretty casual and you can get a pretty decent room in a good area at a very healthy price. Far as food is concerned, if you take up the food of the place, it’s cheap as any.
If you travel during summers mostly, Manali might be the best bet for you. It’s quite cool and natural with pollution slowly taking it up too. Still, it’s cleaner than most of the other hill stations in India. And, you may get the best snow in summer at Manali. Main attractions include the Rohtang pass, Solan Valley and Hidamaba temple. The Maal road is pretty decent but costly. A note of Caution here- Manali is going to cost you, nothing’s cheap here.
#1- Agra-Mathura-Vrindavan circle–
OK, this is like three places but it’s a sin to visit one and leave the other two. With the ever so awesome Yamuna expressway connecting Agra and Mathura’s 80 odd kilometers, it doesn’t feel like travelling to another city and Vrindavan is practically in Mathura only. The places to visit are fab and the top spots go like this-
Agra- The Taj Mahal of course. Agra Fort and Dayal Bagh.
Mathura- The Janmabhuni, Dwarkadhish Temple and Radha Kund
Vrindavan- Banke Bihari temple, ISKCON temple, Madan Mohan Temple and a lovely lot more. It’s said that every home in Vrindavan is a temple and that every living creature born here is a god.
Also, lodging apart, things are relatively cheap in this tour and you can expect good decent meals at easy prices. Also, there are some big surprises for the people who love to shop.