Travelling is not about tourist-ing anymore. Many nature enthusiasts are readily being inspired by the countryside obsession of the 18th century English Romantic writers who would just go onto the top of a valley and drown themselves in the spring flowing beneath, metaphorically. Yes, I am talking about some crazy poets cum nature lovers like Wordsworth who still live on in a small corner of the hearts of the present day celebrants of our Mother Nature.
The new ‘in’ is not just to visit a place but live it. It’s not about cherishing the idyllic aura of the landscape but letting yourself sink into it, not tasting but cooking the local cuisine yourself, and last but not the least-it’s not about finding a hidden gem in the corners of the hills but about finding yourself in it. Yes, experiential travelling is the new in
To tempt you further, we’ve got a list of three never-ever-witnessed beauties of some places in our country, the charms of which are inherently blessed by the chill in the wind and the slush in the air.
Purushwadi, a village 71 kms from Igatpuri, Maharashtra, has a bounty of fireflies to offer to you when you want to make a wish. Especially when it is pitch dark,you can see the swarms of fireflies arriving. They are everywhere, producing a canopy of light for each path. It is almost like a light show sans the music. Viewing the fireflies do their thing is a glittering yet overwhelming experience. It retells you how gorgeous and extraordinary nature is. No camera can seize this mystic. And of all this with the aid oflong leisurely walks, dozing off by the waterside, assisting the villagers in their errands —sowing paddy, slicing wood, crushing wheat and learning a great deal about village life.
Shoghi, located in the heart of Himachal is best to be experienced by dashing through its bounty of sky-high hilltops and infinite woods of Oaks, Rhododendrons and Cedars. Go out of the conventional bounds of a walled hotel and experience the place to the fullest living in the well-equipped tents like those of . You won’t have to drive to the adventure main-spots cause here you’ll find the core of all adrenaline in paragliding, valley crossing, rock climbing, trekking or mountain biking.
Coorg also called as Kodagu is located in the south-west part of Karnataka bordering Kerala. Its natural splendor, the people, the culture and the food lets you experience the bestnd also has been called the Scotland of India by the British and the Kashmir of South India. New Year is the best time to visit the place and celebrate with the natives as they commence the symbolic harvesting of the crops. Special foods like thambuttu, kadaumbuttu, holige and puttaripaayasa are prepared on this occasion.
Mandawa is the most happening village of the entire Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Carrying a legacy full of Rajput Art, it is a dream stay for the heritage travellers especially where they get to live in a place where every street and house is painted with colorful frescoes made even more prominent during the New Year.
Lake Badi, Udaipur is one of the most beautiful and striking lakes of Rajasthan. Embraced amongst peaks, greens, havellis, shrines and ghats, it is the picturesque limelight of Udaipur. The artificial fresh water lake is located in the village of Badi thriving on the lake’s existence. To witness the gratitude of the villagers towards it and to feel it within you is the most overwhelming experience you can extract from the warmth of this place. To make your stay easy is the nearest hotel V Resorts which is not just closer to the place but to its very authenticity in its local cuisine and style of living.
Experience the place, live it, take it slow and breathe in the earthiness of it for at least a month. And you will see how different it is to be transformed inside out into something so refreshing and closer to your roots.