India celebrates her sixty-seventh Independence Day on 15th August 2014. This year, Independence Day falls on a Friday which means it’s the perfect time for you to go out on a weekend getaway to recharge your batteries! We pick the top three destinations for you to celebrate the birthday of our great nation.
Ooty is called the ‘Queen of Hill Stations.’ Indeed, the small town which was used as a summer retreat by the British to escape the hot weather during the summers. Because of its location, it doesn’t receive torrential rains during the months of July and August like most places along India’s West Coast.
It’s a land of picturesque picnic sports and as it’s at a height of 2,240 metres above the sea, the climate here is simply amazing. A must-do while visiting Ooty is to travel on the ‘Nilgiri Mountain Railway.’
Naukuchiatal means ‘Lake of nine corners.’ This hidden gem is located in the heart of India’s fertile plains and has a meandering countryside surrounding it. It’s about an hour’s drive from another tourist hotbed, Nainital. The highlight of Naukuchiatal is of course the grand lake which provides the perfect setting for an amazing holiday. A boat ride in the lake or even spending time along the lake’s shore is sure to sooth you.
Rajasthan has always been a hugely popular destination with tourists. Some places are hugely popular that attract tourists from around the world. However, there are some truly amazing places that not a lot of people know of; Nawalgarh is one of them.
Rajasthan’s heritage comes alive in this small town and the seamless amalgamation of European and Rajput styles creates a unique style that is unique to this location. You can’t afford to not visit the Havelis here which are meticulously maintained. Another popular destination is the Taal Chapar Sanctuary where you can spot Chinkaras, the Black Buck, Jungle cats and a variety of birds including India’s National Bird – Peacock.