With Puja holidays approaching (15-18th Oct), it’s high time we plan our travel. Below are some vacation ideas to make this year’s puja holidays memorable one.
Sikkim is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful destinations in India. With high mountain ranges and massive glaciers, vivacious rivers and placid lakes, alpine meadows and dense forests; with as many as 5000 flowering plants, 500 orchids, 500 species of birds and 650 species of butterflies; with rich culture and colourful traditions… this tiny little state has lots to offer. If you still have not visited Sikkim, this is the year you must make it happen.
Duration: 6 – 7 Days
Suggested Itinerary: NJP/ Bagdogra – Gangtok – Lachung – Yumthang Valley and Zero point – Lachen – Thangu Village – Chopta Valley – Gurudongmar Lake – Gangtak – NJP/ Bagdogra
Lachung Lachung is known for its exceptional Himalayan views. Stay here at this rustic homestay located at the foothills and enjoy the warm hospitality of Hishey Lachungpa, an artist by heart and Animator by profession. He loves travelling and trekking, meeting people, sharing local folk stories and farming. You can participate with him in farm activities as well.
Follow the link for more details of the homestay – http://www.homestaysofindia.com/properties/lachung-homestay-north-sikkim/
Lachen This traditional home will provide you a unique experience of the local culture, traditional lifestyle and delicious meals. Lachen is a scenic mountain village about 107km from Gangtok. The valley is endowed with more than 65 glaciers and numerous glacial lakes & streams which bring with it a wide variety of biodiversity.
Follow the link for more details of the homestay – http://www.homestaysofindia.com/properties/lachen-homestay/
Trip Budget: Starting 15,000/- pp
Lush greenery, roaring waterfalls, floating clouds, amazing living root bridges, mysterious caves and crystal clear rivers – there’s a lot to explore and experience in Meghalaya.
Duration: 6-8 days
Suggested itinerary: Guwahati – Shillong – Mawsynram – Mawphlang – Cherrapunji – Dawki – Mawlynnong – Guwahati
Shillong: Stay in the heart of the town in an old colonial house that was built by the British tea planters in 1942 and was bought by local Khasi family in 1961. You will be hosted by a multi talented lady who is an excellent cook and also makes best wines in the town. Follow the link for more details: http://www.homestaysofindia.com/properties/1131/
Mawlynnong: Stay in a traditional bamboo hut at Asia’s cleanest village. You will be delighted with variety of flowers and butterflies in the gardens, the delicious food and simple people and their hospitality. Follow the link for more details http://www.homestaysofindia.com/properties/mawlynnong-homestay/
Trip Budget: Starting 14,000/- pp
And if you are done with mountains and want to explore a little bit of history and culture, head to Rajasthan. Explore forts, palaces and hawelis where stories of love, heroism and chivalry echo in the air. Sail through the golden sand dunes on camels, overwhelm yourself with the sun-kissed desert scapes, shop till you drop at the vibrant bazaars selling traditional clothing, jewellery, pieces of art and lot more, dance with tribals in remote villages, enjoy the mouth watering cuisine ranging from desert dishes to royal delicacies
Duration: 7 – 8 days
Suggested itinerary: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Mount Abu – Udaipur
Jaisalmer: Stay in a small village Khuri about 50kms from Jaisalmer. It is famous for the secluded Khuri sand dunes of the Thar that can be reached from the village in 30min on camels. This is an ideal desert village untouched by the modernity. Follow the link for more details: http://www.homestaysofindia.com/properties/khuri-homestay/
Jodhpur: Stay in a traditional home of rural Rajasthan at village Salwas and experience their warm hospitality. It is situated 25 Kilometers south of Jodhpur which is known for its vibrancy and culture. It is famous for durries (rugs) made by the local craftsmen. Follow the link for more details: http://www.homestaysofindia.com/properties/salawas-homestay/
Mount Abu: Stay at this boutique homestay perched on the edge of a cliff at a serene location. It is only 5 minutes’ drive away from Nakki Lake. There is a lush green lawn surrounded by ornamental and fruit trees and a terrace that offers a panoramic view of the valley.
Trip Budget: Starting 18,000/- pp