Travelling to different countries can be an educational experience. It allows you to meet new people, discover diverse cultures, eat varied cuisines, and – depending on your choice of destination – experience the ethereal beauty of nature. But closer home, India has all this and more. Its diversity has to be seen to be believed. The 29 states and 7 union territories that make up the nation have a lot going for them, from beautiful beaches to lush forests to snow-capped mountains. So, before you consider hopping on a plane to visit a foreign land, why not explore your own country? Here are some of the best places to experience the cultural diversity that is India.
1. Himachal Pradesh
Situated in northern India, Himachal Pradesh abounds with natural beauty. It’s primarily a mountainous region but you also have crystal-clear lakes, pine forests, apple orchards, and cascading waterfalls that will blow your mind. If you’re there during winter, the likelihood of snow is high – which means you may get to indulge in sports such as skiing. No wonder the state attracts thousands of tourists and nature lovers from all over the world every year. Head to Himachal Pradesh and feed your appetite for adventure!
Called Devbhumi by the locals on account of the many shrines that dot the area, Uttarakhand is also situated in the lap of the Himalayas and boasts of famous hill stations such as Nainital and Mussoorie. You can witness the snow-covered peak of Nanda Devi, and the carpet of blooms known as the Valley of Flowers. There are several trekking trails, and you can glimpse the Ganga and Yamuna in their pristine form. An added bonus is Jim Corbett National Park – an absolute delight for nature lovers!
Famously known as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala has abundant natural beauty. Evergreen forests, serene backwaters, and golden beaches all come together to make this a paradise on earth. This is where you must holiday when you want to get away from the bustle of city life. Kerala is famous for its Ayurvedic treatment centres. Bask in the tranquillity of nature, enjoy some great massages, and gorge on the local delicacies of Kerala while you are there. It’s your best shot at enjoying a chilled-out weekend.
You wouldn’t be wrong if you associate Rajasthan with royalty. It’s called the land of the royals because of all the spectacular architecture it has on display, from forts to palaces that bring alive traditions from the past. Places such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur are extremely popular with tourists, but you can visit offbeat places as well. After all, the desert has its own charms! If you want to spot a tiger your best bet is to head to Ranthambore National Park.
Goa is famous for its parties and nightlife. Looking beyond that, it was ranked the ‘best-placed state’ by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and quality of life. It’s famous for churches and forts that embody some great architecture. Then, of course, there are the beaches that the state is justly famous for. Though many beaches have become commercialised, thanks to the large influx of tourists, there are quieter spots too. Goa is an ideal getaway if you want to embrace the calmness of the sea. When in Goa, opt for Club Mahindra Goa resorts for a comfortable and pleasant stay with your family.
Every location has its own charm. Take your time and explore all these places and become one with nature. While travelling, stay at a Club Mahindra Resort for a luxurious experience.