Time to liven up your mind and the Instagram feed!
- Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh.
Quite aptly titled as Satpura ki Rani (Queen of Satpura) , the lush and beautiful Panchmari rests at 1,100 feet amidst the Satpura range, surrounded by mythology and nature at it’s finest. Interestingly enough, the place gets its name from the alleged visit of the Pandavas during their exile. Long never-ending roads running along the faint outline of the mountain ranges, is an image that stays. With treks to waterfalls hidden away in the lap of nature, to jeep rides to see the most beautiful sepia-hued sunset, Panchmari has everything to offer in all it’s glory.
- Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh.
Another marvel of the heart of the country, this remote city which used to be the capital of the Scindia clan of Gwalior is a must visit for people looking forward to a detox. Enveloped in culture and heritage of royalty, the city holds itself together, away from the hustle and bustle of busy-life. With the occasional chatris or cenotaphs of the Scindia clan to the luxurious forests takes away a piece of this city with themselves. This is a place to slow down and relax, and lose oneself in the midst of all the beauty.
- Morni Hills, Haryana.
A maximum of 6-hour drive away from Delhi, this dainty and peaceful hill-stationiin is the best example of a weekend escapade. Known for it’s flora and lakes, Morni Hills is the mellow answer to every craving of solace. The lakes are surrounded by the green hills, and a walk up and down the bending roads with towering Oak trees can cure every mind.
- Renuka Ji, Himachal Pradesh.
Named after the Renuka Lake in Sirmaur District of Himachal Pradesh, it is an embodiment of tranquillity and solace. The lake is the largest in Himachal Pradesh, with a circumference of 3214 meters. The place is riddled with exotic flora and beauty, with stories revolving around how the lake came into being. The perfect retreat to beat the heat, and to relax with the view of a magnificent lake. That’s why you should visit Renuka Ji.
- Orchha, Madhya Pradesh.
Along the banks of the river Betwa, the Orchha district falls 15kms away from Jhansi. It is the perfect combination of history and beauty. It was established in 1501, by Bundel chief Rudra Pratap Singh. With old Royal quarters made into tourist attractions and the mythological charm of the temples with too many contradicting versions of one story, Orchha is a place that houses the best holiday retreats and scenic marvels.
- Kanatal, Uttarakhand.
Another marvel in the lap of nature, Kanatal is a place to watch out for. It falls 38 km ahead of Mussoorie, and is a quiet retreat on its own. The long walks along the secluded roads leading up to the inviting woods have an eerie charm of their own. It has a lot to offer as per tourist attractions as well, with the Kodia Jungle and the riveting ride to Dhanaulti. It is par excellence in terms of scenic beauty, and holds itself away from commercialisation in a prideful manner.
- Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.
The Tea Capital of Northern India, Palampur is a stunning getaway option for a weekend. The best part about this trip would be the drive through Kangra Valley. The lush greenery is mind-numbingly beautiful and almost feels like a dream. An offbeat destination, complete with the fresh air, peace, and people (also, best Momos I’ve ever had), Palampur is the true definition of idyllic. It is a must-visit for tea aficionados as well, where tea can be sipped looking over one of the many memorable landscapes Himchal Pradesh has to offer.
By Anumon Banerjee