Nowadays, the lines between travel and vacation are blurring rapidly and to achieve both the motives on a single trip seems like a task. But not anymore. Read on to know such mind-boggling travel destinations for 2020 that can make both traveling and vacationing at the same time, a super joy ride.
A homestay that is in proximity to some of the prominent attractions of the city may help serve both the purposes. A drink with your loved ones while gazing at the beautiful hues of the sky from your private pool after experiencing the best of what the city had to offer appears like a dream, but not the one that cannot come true.
Specifically talking about India, with landscapes as vivid and vibrant as the cultures and traditions of India, choosing a holiday destination here can often be confusing. From the mighty Himalayas to the pristine backwaters, India offers something to everyone. The land of mysteries and great history, India boasts of a striking blend of rich culture, festivals, landscapes, architecture, food and much more. Here is a list of 5 such places that must make it to your itinerary of travel destinations in 2020.
Adorned with multi-hued skies and glimmering views of Himalayas, Gangtok makes it for a dream destination for those who love mountains. Vibrant lifestyle, breathtaking vistas, elegant flora and fauna, Buddhist shrines and a variety of butterflies fluttering is what Gangtok is all about.
What to do: Explore the beauty of seven sisters waterfall, visit Rumtek Monastery, experience the thrill of riding a Yak.
Where to stay: Debrung, Orchid Glade
What to eat: Thenthuk, Churrpi, Thukpa, Sel Roti
Seated at an elevation of 7,500 ft. Mukteshwar is one of the most sought out destinations offering the scintillating views of snow-capped mountains. Apart from the mesmerising vistas, Mukteshwar is also known for its alluring orchards, colonial bungalows and lush coniferous forests. Apart from this, Mukteshwar Dham is the prominent attraction of this sleepy hill station in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. A homestay in Mukteshwar is all you would need to compliment the beauty of this charming place.
What to do: Witness the beautiful view of Nanda Devi, go for trekking and camping, experience paragliding.
Where to stay: Iris Cottage
Where to eat at: Nirvana Organic Kitchen, The Hideout Crimson Hills, Chirping Tales Cafe
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Literally translating to ‘a spiritual dwelling,’ Dharamshala is tucked in the Himalayas with Deodar forests in the backdrop. Postcard perfect beauty, pristine waterfalls, calming lakes, charming monasteries and temples and vibrant museums and forts, altogether makes this place like no other. A homestay in Dharamshala is something that is going to make for the icing on the top of your cake. The beauty in the silence of the place is sure to be embraced with your loved ones on the terrace of your private villa brewing a hot cup of tea with your loved ones.
What to do: Visit the library of Tibetan Works and Archives, embrace the silence in Gyuto Monastery, visit St. John in the Wilderness Church.
Where to stay: Meraki
Where to eat at: Tibet Kitchen, Illiterati, The Taste of India, Woeser Bakery
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal is one of those rare places where your spirits will be washed clean. Blessed with lush green surrounding, charming rocks, serene lakes and unpolluted air Kodaikanal has rightly been referred to as ‘The Princess of Hill Stations.’ The all year round pleasant weather makes vacationing in Kodaikanal a perfect retreat. Kodaikanal if split into two words ‘kodai’ and ‘kanal’ in Tamil, translates to gift and forest alluding Kodaikanal as ‘Gift of the forest.’ Exploring its unexplored beauty is something that should make it your list of travel goals 2020.
What to do: Visit the star-shaped water body at Kodaikanal Lake, explore Bryant Park, experience the lush beauty from Green Valley view, go for night safari.
Where to stay: Eco Escape, Misty Cove
Where to eat at: Aby’s Kitchen, Tibetan Brother’s Restaurant, Cafe Cariappa, Tredis Tea Room
Fulcrum of Kerala’s backwaters, home to various waterways, a significant coir industry, Alleppey is also termed as the ‘Venice of the East.’ Gazing at the beautiful paddy fields, rice barges and village life along the shores is one of the most mesmerising experiences here. What adds to the delight is the houseboat cruise which is the revoked version of the Kettuvallams of the olden times.
What to do: Enjoy some activities like kayaking, cycling, cruising, fishing and boating. Visit Alappuzha beach, experience the best of backwaters.
Where to stay: The Rain, La Riva Heritage Villa
Food to eat: Puttu and Kadala, Idli and Sambar, the Kerala Sadya, Malabar Biryani, Idiyappam, Ela Ada