Top 7 Nature Getaways: Get Calmness amidst Chaos this Diwali
“Boom, Wiiiiii, Whoosh, Dhaamm!!!”
It’s quite common, and even expected, to hear such background noises during Diwali. Some people thoroughly enjoy it, enthusiastically participating in firecracker bursting and creating a festive uproar. Often giving a bombastic side-eye to those who think otherwise. On the flip side, there are people in India who prefer to celebrate Diwali in a tranquil and peaceful manner. Yes, you read that correctly. Such individuals do exist, and this is for them.
This Diwali, consider leaving behind the commotion of a social Diwali filled with meetings, greetings, gossip, drama, and perhaps even some conflicts and reconciliations. Instead, escape to serene natural getaways in India, where the only disturbances you might encounter are the rustling leaves and your own contemplative musings.
Dang district, Gujarat
Why settle for a city when you can visit a district instead? Dang district is a beautiful area tucked away in the Indian state of Gujarat. Nestled in the sunny south, Dang is famous for its stunning nature and vibrant culture. With its beautiful green landscapes, dense forests, and hilly terrain, Dang truly makes it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and hikers.
Visit the Saputara Hill Station and feast your eyes on awe-inspiring views of valleys and forests. Lose yourself in the serenity at the sunrise point. Was the sun always so pretty? You can also discover the enchanting Gira Waterfalls, where the flowing waters create a peaceful and rejuvenating ambience. Of course, you cannot miss out on the delightful blend of traditional tribal dishes and delicious local Gujarati cuisine in its many eateries. Give it a try; it will soothe your soul.
Let me tell you about this place. Tucked away on Karnataka’s beautiful western coast, Gokarna is a perfect mix of peace and excitement. This beautiful coastal haven is famous for its spiritual importance, natural beaches, and breathtaking scenery, providing diverse and enchanting travel adventures.
Discover the hidden gems of this beautiful region, where untouched beaches like Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, and Half Moon Beach await. These tranquil havens call on travellers to relax and take peaceful walks along their pristine shores.
An adventurer? They discover their paradise with exciting water activities such as parasailing and banana boat rides. They can also embark on the renowned ‘Gokarna Beach Trek’ to enjoy captivating views of the coastline.
There are times when we want to travel abroad but, *whispers*, money crunches. Visit Alleppey instead. Known as the ‘Venice of the East,’ Alleppey in Kerala is a serene escape. Its backwaters, explored on houseboats, offer a peaceful journey through palm-lined canals and charming villages. Staying on traditional houseboats is a must for a unique experience.
The town’s rich cuisine includes coconut-based curries and fresh seafood. Its natural beauty, featuring paddy fields, beaches, and coconut groves, is a delight. Birdwatching and stunning sunsets over the Arabian Sea should not be missed either.
Alleppey also offers Ayurvedic wellness retreats for a rejuvenating experience. Thus, we can safely say that it’s the perfect place to slow down and unwind, making it a unique destination for travellers seeking both tranquility and cultural immersion in ‘God’s Own Country.’
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Settled in the embrace of Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is a hidden gem that effortlessly blends natural beauty and cultural charm. This Himalayan hamlet is an oasis for wanderers seeking respite and adventure.
Lying along the Parvati River, Kasol is a paradise for trekkers and backpackers. It serves as a gateway to the famous Kheerganga trek and the mystical village of Tosh. The lush forests, meadows, and pristine mountain streams create a perfect landscape for outdoor enthusiasts.
This small village is also a perfect companion for our tongue, as it is a melting pot of diverse cultures. Its vibrant Israeli, Tibetan, and Himachali communities offer a unique fusion of cuisines, languages, and traditions. Give yourself a chance to swim in the aroma of Israeli shawarma blended with the essence of Tibetan momos. Delectable!
We are talking about nature getaways, and how can we forget the northeast? Resting in the lap of the Himalayas, Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a balanced blend of tradition, nature, and modernity. Its name, meaning ‘hilltop,’ perfectly encapsulates its stunning location.
The town’s natural beauty is breathtaking. Encircled by snow-capped peaks, Gangtok offers a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga range. Treks to places like Tsomgo Lake and Nathu La Pass promise exhilarating experiences. Additionally, monasteries like Rumtek and Enchey offer glimpses into the spiritual heart of Sikkim, while the bustling markets and trendy cafes reflect the town’s vibrant urban life.
Gangtok isn’t just a destination; it’s an enchanting experience where ancient traditions meet contemporary living amidst awe-inspiring landscapes. It’s a place that leaves visitors bewitched and eager to return.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an Indian archipelago (island group) in the Bay of Bengal, is a tropical wonderland known for its widespread beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush greenery. It’s a destination that calls out to those seeking paradise on Earth.
The islands offer a treasure trove of scenic wonders. Radhanagar Beach, known for its powdery white sands and azure waters, consistently ranks among the world’s best beaches. Snorkeling and diving on Havelock Island reveal vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life.
The islands have a rich history too. The Cellular Jail in Port Blair stands as a testament to India’s struggle for independence. A visit here offers insights into the nation’s past. This is a must if you want to discover the allure of India’s coastal gem.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
From the state of West Bengal, Darjeeling is renowned for its stunning terrain and serene surroundings. It is situated in the Himalayan foothills, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, lush tea gardens, and deep woodland.
Darjeeling is famous for its picturesque tea plantations, and a visit to one of the many tea estates allows travelers to immerse themselves in the magical landscape while learning about the tea production process. The region is also home to diverse flora and fauna, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
As a visitor, you can explore the charming town, go for leisurely walks, or embark on treks to soak in the beauty of the area. Darjeeling is an ideal destination for those seeking a nature-centric escape, with its cool climate, verdant landscapes, and the opportunity to unwind in the lap of the Himalayas.
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla is a simple but mesmerizing place for nature retreats. Due to the numerous mountain vistas and lush green forests that surround it, it exudes a clean, crisp image. This hilltop truly serves as a tranquil refuge, offering respite from the chaos of daily urban living.
There are so many places you can visit for Diwali staycation. The Ridge offers stunning mountain views, while Mall Road entices with its shops and bars. There is also Jakhoo Temple, atop Jakhoo Hill, which offers a spiritual retreat and panoramic views. Kufri is just a short drive away and welcomes adventure and wildlife encounters enthusiastically. I understand that it is a nature getaway but you should not miss out on the Shimla State Museum which protects the region’s heritage. Shimla truly offers a blend of nature and culture for all visitors.
I also have a ready solution for your Shimla stay stress-free (alliteration!) Let me introduce you to The Byke Nature Villas, Shimla. We are a luxurious but affordable hotel situated at the foothills of this Instagram-worthy place. You do not have to worry about travel as we are conveniently located near several popular tourist attractions. And when it comes to dining, we’re a haven for vegetarians with our pure vegetarian restaurant! How great is that?
Don’t just stop here. Make it a mission to visit as many places as you can this year. And if you happen to visit a city where we are operational, The Byke Hotels and Resorts will always be at your service to provide you with the most memorable stay ever. It’s a promise.
It’s essential to remember that Diwali is a festival of light and joy. No matter how you choose to celebrate it, whether it’s a solo adventure or quality time with loved ones, do it with unwavering happiness and enthusiasm. Let the radiant spirit of Diwali fill your heart and create cherished memories.
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Sanchita Yadav – The Byke Team