Offbeat Destinations in India to Reboot youself after Lockdown

Gargi Mishra 06-08-2020 01:32 PM Wellness Tourism

A peaceful holiday away from the mundane lives we all have been living in the lockdown is what most of us are looking for right now. But as it is most of us, it means all the major tourist destinations are going to be packed with people. And that is definitely not what the lovers of peace want.

Right now, we need a place that is quiet so we can refresh ourselves, reboot ourselves and that is where the wellness of our body and mind lies right now. In the last few months, it has been like waking up to the same day with a different date. Our body needs an escape and as things return to normal (a bit). What could be better than spending some time to ourselves in a remote land and let nature heal you?

Here is a list of 5 offbeat destinations you can go to reboot your mind, body and soul.

Garli Village, Himachal Pradesh

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Garli is a quaint little village full of history and traditional architecture. It was declared a heritage village in 2020. Strolling through the streets of Garli is in no way different from a tour in an open-air museum. The village was home to the Sud clan, timber merchants who built grand homes here in the early 20th century. Garli showcases an amalgamation of architectural styles like Portuguese and Italian to Islamic and Rajasthani. If you are a lover of history, culture and peace put in together, Garli is your paradise. Reboot yourself in the lap of history and nature at Garli.

How to reach: The nearest railway station is in Ambala 25 km from here. The closest airport is Kangra's Gaggal Airport, 55 km from Garli. You can take a bus from Dharamshala to Nehran and then a taxi to Garli.

Sitla, Uttarakhand

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A drive to this village, surrounded by evergreen forests and orchards, full of breathtaking views, is definitely going to take the lockdown blues away in a blink. Sitla is a place you need to visit with your gang. Drinking hot ginger tea (too fancy? well our favourite adrak chai) in the morning to getting high on gin at night and dancing under the stars, the little town will make you forget you were away from each other for months. If you like bird watching, you might spot some lesser-seen ones trekking through the village. The market in Sitla sells the best apricot skin care products along with handwoven woollens and kumaoni products.

How to reach: Closest railway station to Sitla is Katgodham(85km) and the nearest airport is at Pantnagar (120km). You can take a bus from Anand Vihar ISBT to Haldwani and rent a taxi to Sitla.

Khonoma, Nagaland

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Khonoma, popular as India's first green village as hunting and cutting down trees is illegal here. Though reaching this village is a bit of a task as you will have to climb hundreds of steps to reach here but the once you reach here your efforts might seem too small for the view you get as your reward. The village is surrounded by terraced rice fields and Naga Hills in the backdrop. The locals mostly are involved in agriculture or weaving baskets and shawls. You can see little dormitories here where the craftsmen are at work called morungs. Do try the local cuisines here.

How to reach: You can book a taxi to Khonoma from Kohima which about one hour drive away. To reach Kohima, you can take a flight or train to Dimapur. Buses from Guwahati directly connect to Kohima.

Periyar, Kerala

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for every nature lover. It was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. Located on the southwestern ghats, Periyar flaunts a huge variety of flora and fauna. The best way to reboot yourself in nature can only be walking through the dense wilderness of Periyar. There are a bunch of activities you can try like nature walks, border trekking, tiger trails, bamboo rafting and many more. You can also spot various species such as cormorant, heron and egret. Kingfishers, storks and eagles are commonly seen here.

How to reach: Kottayam is the closest railway station at 110km, while Cochin Airport is the closest at 190km, if you are taking flight here. You can get a taxi to Thekkady from the airport.

Kamshet, Maharashtra

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Give break to the usual Lonavla and Kandala vacations and go discover the picturesque village of Kamshet not so far from there. Kamshet, though popularly known for paragliding and trekking, it has a lot more to it than just that. Sitting by the Vadivali lake, with hills all around will give the peace you have been craving for. Those in search of spiritual solace can visit the Kondeshwar Temple, surrounded by wildflowers and gurgling stream flows from behind it. The trek to the temple from Jambali is easy. The best time to visit Kamshet is monsoon so get planning soon.

How to reach: Lonavla is the closest railway station at 17km. You can drive here through the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Once you reach Lonavla take the old Highway to Pune to reach Kamshet via Karla. 

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