It’s truly amazing to think that India has an incredible amount of diversity. From the snow-capped mountains in Himachal Pradesh to the incredible backwaters of Kerala; from the Great Indian Desert in the West to the mysterious and quaint North-East which has retained its charm over the years. Spoilt for choice, many ardent travelers ask the question – where do I go on a holiday?We pick out some of the best places for you to visit this year and we know you’d like to see some great attractions there, so we’ve chosen the must-visit attractions. The best part, they’re located pretty close to the luxurious Club Mahindra resorts at these destinations!
Himachal Pradesh is one of India’s most popular tourist destinations; and for good reason. Breathtaking mountains greet visitors at all over. Lying in the Kangra Valley, at the foothills of the Dhauladhar Range, Dharamshala is a small town that is bustling with activity. There are many things to do here, including a visit to the market and the famous Tibetan Monasteries. This little hamlet offers visitors peace and tranquility and a rejuvenating vacation.
Dharamshala has many amazing sights. Being the Tibetan Capital in exile, it’s home to lot of things native to Tibet. Be sure to visit the McLeodganj Monastery – a true delight for travelers. The St. John’s Church is a throwback to the Victorian Age and ardent fans of cinema might recognize this iconic structure – it served as the backdrop in many movies. Triund and Ilaka Trek and the Aghanjar Mahadev Temple Trek would satisfy the adventure junkies out there and offer amazing views of snow-capped peaks.
India has such a rich history that it seems to shine through the blaze of modernity that surrounds us these days. Take the Binsar Valley for example, ruled by the great Guptas – one of India’s greatest dynasties. Their signature architectural style is still present in the buildings here, including the Club Mahindra Resort. Soak in the rich history and head out for a marvelous journey at Binsar – it’s sure not to disappoint you.
Things to do in Binsar Valley:
Many famous temples are located in and around Binsar. These include the Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Complex, Bageshwar Baijnath Kausani and Gananath Temples among others. For nature lovers, it just keeps on getting better. If the breathtaking views aren’t enough, head over to the Binsar Bird Sanctuary where you get to see some truly exotic birds.
For the majority of India’s population, snowfall is something they’ll never experience in their home town or cities. Fortunately, there are some places in India that are surrounded by snowy peaks and where we can experience snowfall. Kanatal is one such place. The Club Mahindra resort in Kanatal is simply put, amazing! Mesmerizing snow covered hills; thick foliage, forget-me-not skies and pure air surround you during your stay here. It truly is a magical experience.
Things to do in Kanatal:
The Kodia Jungle trek takes you through dense forests on to a vast expanse of undulating hills and valleys. Tiny, gurgling natural springs pepper the way, and if you are lucky, a few wild animals will grace you with their presence. The Tehri Dam and the adjoining Pant Research Institute make for a great visit too. And if you’re feeling adventurous, head over to Shivpuri where you can enjoy some river rafting!
Cherai: Kerala is called God’s Own Country – and for good reason. The sights and sounds of this State are like no other. Cherai is a town that is unique in its locations – it is located between a lagoon and the beach. Hence, you get to enjoy two of Kerala’s most iconic things – the beaches, and the lagoons that are home to the world famous houseboats. The attractive landscape is peppered with palms and tropical plants.
Things to do in Cherai:
In addition to the amazing beach, Kerala’s very own backwaters and the lake beside the beach, there’s so much more to do in Cherai. If you have the time, do visit the Portuguese, Kottapuram and Pallipuram forts; they’re a throwback to Kerala’s rich history.
Yercaud: Nature awakens nostalgia at the rustic hill station of Yercaud. This quaint town is located in Tamil Nadu is a true hidden gem. Gorgeous Botanical Gardens, horticultural farms, a spectacular lake and a heritage that speaks for itself make Yercaud a must-visit destination for any serious traveler. The town has many coffee estates and has a history going back to the 18th Century. Also, this town was a favorite of the British to vacation in.
Things to do in Yercaud: Yercaud is a nature lover’s delight – the Botanical Garden & Horticultural farms are amazing to visit post-monsoon, with some exotic and native flowers. Yercaud Lake is the center of the town and the Killyur Falls that supply water to this lake are always a must-visit attraction.
Gangtok: The gateway to India’s North-East, Gangtok possesses that mystique that makes it dear to almost all travelers. The Capital of Sikkim is rooted in tradition and the sights and sounds of the town are truly breathtaking. Sikkim’s hospitality touches everyone who visits Gangtok. With views as majestic as the Chola Range and as lush as the green valleys, one enjoys the brew of old world charm and modernity at the resort, leading to a very pleasant vacation. Check out some amazing moments at Gangtok Here. Things to do in Gangtok: Where do we start! There’s so much to do in Gangtok! The ropeway that takes you on a slow tour and offers breath-taking aerial views of the city is one of the first things you should do. The Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa), Enchey Monastery and the Rumtek Monastery are places of great history and offer a glimpse into Sikkim’s heritage and culture. If you’re willing to travel a bit, Tashi Viewpoint offers a stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the Tsomgo Lake is sure to take your breath away. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can visit Nathula, the historic border crossing between India and China where trade has flourished for centuries and is now a popular tourist spot.