Hey guys, this blog is for those who want to explore their wild side and indulge in crazy adventures. Traveling is undoubtedly a way to rejuvenate oneself and get relief from the hustle – bustle of daily life.
Embarking on a journey with your friends is an unpredictable journey that every person should experience at least once in a lifetime. Exploring a different place altogether, conquering new challenges and fears, discovering new perspectives and opinions builds strong relationships. The friends who travel with you will be some of the greatest friends you could possibly ask for. This is because your experiences are unparalleled to anything you encounter on daily life.
The 15 Places you should travel with your best friends : –
1. CHADAR – (THE FROZEN RIVER TREK) – HIMACHAL PRADESH
Chadar trek is perhaps the most glorious trek and is a highly praised trek world-wide. The surreal feeling of walking on a sheet of ice with river Zanskar flowing just some inches beneath, is an experience of lifetime.
It offers you a never ending experience. The life at Chadar is not easy but magnificent. This is surely a dream of every trekker out there. Any trekker who is an ardent adventurer and ready to encounter the harshest conditions cannot afford to miss this trek.
No trek in the world may have the aura of this frozen river trek which gives you a chance of walking over the frozen river at an altitude of approx. 11000 feet and at a temperature ranging from -20c to -30c.
2. SPITI VALLEY – HIMACHAL PRADESH
Popularly known as Little Tibet, Spiti valley is known for its snow- capped peaks and natural surroundings. Spiti –“a world within a world “as described by Rudyard Kipling (of Kim fame)- is a relatively unknown world ,tucked away in the Trans – Himalayan belt of himachal Pradesh . It is a home to a purely homogeneous Buddhist society of just over 10k, who bears stark cultural similarities with their neighbours in Tibet and ladakh.
Spiti literally means middle land as it is bordered by Tibet in the east, Ladakh to the north, Kinnaur to the south and Kullu – Manali to the west. It is situated at an average height of around 12500 feet above the sea level. It is not just culture and natural beauty that Spiti offers.
Trekking and jeep safaris are also some of the activities that you can enjoy with your friends. Tabo Monastery, one of the oldest Buddhism centers in western Himalaya is located in Spiti & should not be missed.
3. BHANGARH FORT – RAJASTHAN
Bhangarh is a town about 245 km from Delhi on the Alwar – Sikandra Road. The Archaeological Survey of India has also put a board inside the fort which says that nobody is allowed to enter this place after Sunset and before Sunrise.
People believe that there are various stories associated with this place and the fort is cursed. This place has also been a part of Bollywood movies like ‘Karan Arjun’ and ‘Trip to Bhangarh’.
The mystery behind this place attracts thousands of tourists every year. If you are brave enough and you would like to visit spookiest place in India.
4. MCLEODGANJ – HIMACHAL PRADESH
A beautiful & calm destination with smiling faces. Mcleodganj is a town situated in the upper Dharamshala region of Kangra, District of Himachal Pradesh. It’s an exotic destination which offers peace & serenity to visitors.
Founded by Lord David McLeod (British Lieutenant governor of Punjab province) who founded it in 1848 as a retreat from the heat of plains. It has a vibrant environment and is famed as the holy abode of Dalia Lama.
It has plenty of attraction like – Bhagsu falls, Dal Lake, Triund trek & Tsuglagkhang etc. Mcleodganj is not merely an expedition; this gives you a sense of satisfaction and exhilaration that cannot be compared. Also this place is flooded with beautiful cafes which are again a chilling spot for friends.
5. WAGAH BORDER – PUNJAB
Wagah Border is an India-Pakistan border located at about 30 km from Amritsar City of Punjab.
If you are visiting Amritsar for Golden Temple, you must not miss the” beating-Retreat” ceremony at Wagah border. .
This is a daily ceremony in which both Indian & Pakistani flags are lowered, changed and raised back again.
Before the ceremony takes place, a parade takes place at both the sides of the border.
The energy of this parade is a treat to the eyes. If you are a real Indian by heart, you would not like to miss this wonderful ceremony.
6. DUNE BASHING – RAJASTHAN
Rajasthan is mostly known as a royal state with beautiful heritage monuments. A lot of the areas in Rajasthan are covered by the Thar Desert. One such area is Jaisalmer, which is popularly known for desert based adventure activities like Dune Bashing. Some people also call Dune Bashing as Desert Safari.
There are two popular ways of desert safari in Jaisalmer – Indian style (on camel) & Dubai style (In SUV).
*The best time to visit Rajasthan would be during October to February (winter season).
The months from November to April are ideal hence December & January are the busiest months.
7. MANALI – LEH ROAD TRIP – HIMACHAL & KASHMIR
It is one of the most thrilling and adventurous, spectacular, breathtakingly beautiful road trip. It is an unforgettable experience.
If you plan your journey thoroughly, it can turn out to be the most memorable road trip of your life.
This highway is 464km long out of which 350km, does not have any civilization, for 365km on this highway, there is not fuel pump as well.
Thus, travelling on this highway needs proper amount of planning. It offers some of the most beautiful sceneries, Snow Mountains, and any destination to explore.
The adventure and mesmerizing beauty is a guaranteed in this road trip and is a must visit place to go with your best friends.
8. KASOL – HIMACHAL PRADESH
Get your bags ready to explore kasol, an ideal destination for avid travellers.
One feels speechless by admiring the beauty of Kasol, a landscapes worth a million thoughts. It is located in the magnificent parvati valley, nestled safely between the shielding mountains of Himachal Pradesh.
This is quiet and tranquil places and is much more than a delight for all the bag packers. To escape from the stresses of a mundane life, visit Kasol.
Kasol is known as mini Israel as it is flocked by young Israelis. Explore trek to Kheer Ganga, a long walk to Malanaor Tosh, visit Manikaran sahib, walk by Parvati valley, and try Israeli food, followed by others.
9. COORG (Scotland of south) – KARNATKA
It is perfect get away with your best friend. The area is spread over4102 sq. km, also known as Kodagu. Travellers who love nature and the unspoiled charm of villages should visit Coorg.
A region located in Karnataka State of India. A silent picturesque place, definitely a big thumb up for peace seekers, its peace and serenity makes it a heavenly get away known for its beautiful scenery and hospitable people,
Coorg is home to an indigenous and strikingly different culture of outgoing natives. Its landscape has fascinated the tourists until today. It holds opportunities in abundance to make your trip enjoyable and leaves an indelible imprint on your mind, body and soul.
10. RISHIKESH – UTTARAKHAND
Rishikesh is known as “yoga capital of the world “with masses of Yoga Ashrams which offers plenty of yoga and meditation classes. Apart from the spirituality, it’s now popular white- water rafting center, hang-out and Himalayan – trekking get away. Rishikesh has spectacular view and glorious attraction of Ganges herself. Every year during the month of March one week long international yoga festivals is hosted by Rishikesh.
To take a dip of salvation visit Rishikesh with your best friend, visit Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Parmarth Niketan, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple followed by others. Also do not forget to enjoy Ganga Aarti (Prayers), it is highly recommended for everyone. Rappelling and bungee jumping are famous adventure activities here. So this place is a must- must visit with your best friend as it holds t5he heart of traveller.
11. AULI – UTTARAKHAND
Go skiing in the Himalayan Mountains of Auli in Uttarakhand. Surrounded with magnificent Oak forests and enthralling views of Mana parbat and Neelkanth, Auli is one of the best skiing destinations of India.
It’s one of the less explored hill stations; Located in the cradle of snow-capped Himalayan mountains. Gradually Auli is growing as a best winter sports destination.
The bitter cold winds, the vast snow-covered landscape, the sylvan mountains, all add up to make Auli a skier’s paradise. Representing man’s constant endeavor to triumph over nature, Auli proves to be an ideal locale for the daring. If you can’t fund a trip to Switzerland then plan this Himalayan Skiing resort.
When it comes to travel with your best friends, Goa is the first thing which strikes in everyone’s mind. Goa is more than beaches and trance parties.
A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese culture, sweetened with sum, sea, sand, seafood, and spirituality, there nowhere in India like Goa.
The Beaches of north goa are considered to be more happening and lively than those of south goa which are quieter and secluded. Whether to explore the majestic forts or great architectures, waterfalls, churches, pretty beaches, museums, carnivals, temples & nightlife etc.
Goa is the place you can treasure all your travel cravings, “Goa nahi Gaye toh kahan Gaye“- this line is for all the youngsters out there who are still planning to explore something new. Justttttt go Goa!
13. MUMBAI TO GOA ROAD TRIP
Have you never ever wished to go for a Mumbai to Goa road trip after watching (Dil chahta hai) Movie ??
That is one trip that every traveler enthusiast wishes to experience at least once in a lifetime. It is considered to be the best road trips in the country where you can experience immense scenic beauty. A road trip with friends will strengthen your bonds and be a lasting well of memories .
This is one of those trips that can prove to you that it is not about the destination but about the journey. The enchanting route is awestruck and lefts you speechless.
It’s one of a kind trip, crux of a road trip lies in spontaneity so get drawn yourself in the beautiful scenario of Mumbai to Goa.
Nubra valley is so beautiful in July, that you might just want to settle down here forever.
The places in vicinity are also not to be missed as they just complete breathe taking experience. Ladakh is really like heaven and Nubra valley in Ladakh is like “Angel “of that heaven.
The best season to visit Nubra valley is the summer season. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for sightseeing.
15. ANDAMAN – NICOBAR ISLAND
Breathtaking beautiful coastline, the Andaman Island is a perfect place to ramble around with your best friend. Its shimmering turquoise water gives you goosebumps, its sugar white beaches meet under glorious flame and purple sunsets.
It comprises of 572 islands only a dozen are open to tourists due to threat from tribal areas. Bharatpur beach, cellular jail, Limestone caves, Marina Park and Aquarium, Radha nagar beach, Viper Island and the great Nicobar Island are amongst the best places to visit.
If you are planning to head here it will provide you with thrilling water sports, leisure facilities and of course your thirst for beaches.
Author: SHIKHA TOMAR
A Literature student, & a Travel Writer.
who loves to ponder over new places & meet new people.
She is a mystical adventurer, a wanderer & a Story Teller.
Shikha Loves Food & tried variety of different cuisines of India.