By Karina Acharya
Is the blistering dry heat making you losing your mind? Every time you close your eyes, do you picture yourself on a pristine mountain surrounded by nothing but crisp, cool air and miles and miles of scenic beauty? If so, these beautiful and inexpensive holiday destinations are sure to hit the spot.
A gorgeous hill station tucked away in the Palani Hills, a place where the clouds literally arrive at your doorstep. Home to breathtaking landscapes, immensely friendly people, and versatile cuisine that reflect Kodaikanal's hospitability. It is home to a significant Tibetan population. There is more to this little hill station than its scenic beauty. It is also a self-sufficient and peaceful community that accommodates a variety of talents, therefore making it a place where anybody and everybody can thrive. A must visit, not only to witness the beauty, but also to gain some perspective.
Can a country that prioritizes happiness on a national scale possibly have a downside? Bhutan is the last Himalayan Kingdom, rich in history and sacred heritage. It is the perfect destination if you are looking for some peace, quiet and some pure positive energy. It is impossible not to feel absolutely rejuvenated - physically, mentally and emotionally, once you have returned from Bhutan. The cuisine is cheesy and spicy so what’s not to love! Make it a point to visit monasteries and learn about the philosophies that the country represents. Teyatha tours and travels is local Bhutanese company that prides itself on engaging tourist in meaningful travel experiences that will promise to make you grow as a person. After all, isn’t that the ultimate goal of travel?
Why spend on extravagant holidays to Switzerland when Himachal Pradesh boasts equally beautiful mountains and valleys. What better way to beat the heat than by spending summer in the midst of snow and charming people? Definitely add forests walks and hikes to your itinerary as that is an excellent way to truly be one with nature. And when you encounter a gushing stream on one of your adventures, be sure to splash some of that crystal-clear water on your face and while you’re at it, take a few sips as well. Guaranteed, there is nothing on the planet that is as refreshing. Sometimes, all we need to do in order to get rid of our stress is to frolic around in the snow perhaps act like children. Himachal Pradesh is the perfect place to do so without any inhibitions.
As you sit there contemplating the scorching heat, you wonder “Where are the rains!” Why not go to the rains yourself this summer? There is something mesmerizing and beautiful about the sight, sound and smell of rain and what better place to witness this than the rainiest place on Earth. Meghalaya is a place where one can watch the earth come alive. Plush, green and cloudy surroundings will make you want to cuddle up with some warm chai and a good book and witness the rain in its ultimate glory. Meghalaya literally translates to ‘home of the clouds’, the rainfall creates beautiful waterfalls and is also home to some of Asia’s longest caves. So head there if you’re in the mood for some pitter-patter bliss!