Making holiday plans is no easy job. The art of checking everyone's calendar, budget and preferences and then settling on one destination must be appreciated. Hence, we thought we'll help you out this time with places you can visit this August.
August 15th is not only bringing Independence parade, but also an opportunity to take a couple of days off from work and plan a five-day vacation. It's falling in the middle of the week, so you can take two days off either on August 13-14 or August 16-17 and take off for five days. Hills or beach, national or international, whichever location you prefer, we're here to help.
Buddies, raise your beers, on a beach. Listen to the sound and sight of the clear waters, go cycling and scuba diving, and enjoy fresh seafood. Nothing can beat the chill vibes of those luxurious looking cottages by the beach. So, if you're a water baby, that's where you should be.
Best known for: Watersports and clean, blue waters
One of the happiest places on Earth, Bhutan is a gem for peace lovers. Mountains, monasteries and music, that's what the roads of Bhutan are all about. Once you visit the Buddha-land, you won't miss the city, I promise.
Best known for: Landscapes and monasteries
Another option for water babies is the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, a perfect blend of city and nature. It has a beautiful culture, colourful landscapes and drool-worthy seafood. Temples, monasteries, church, all the buildings in Colombo are the sight to see. The architecture is beautiful and the people welcome you warmly into their home.
Best known for: Culture and scenery
Located in Bageshwar district, Uttarakhand, Kausani is a lesser-explored hill station. It is less crowded and more peaceful. It's surrounded by Insta-perfect landscapes and waterfalls. It's colourful in summers and snowy-white in winters. The best way to travel to Kausani is by road. You can book a cab from Delhi or Chandigarh or catch a train from anywhere in India to Kothgodam near Nainital and then take a bus to Kausani. The nearest airport to Kausani is in Pantnagar.
Best known for: Maggie, tea and hills!
Binsar is a scenic place in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand and offers spell-binding view of the Himalayan peaks. The region is encircled by a wildlife sanctuary that welcomes rare species, and it's perfect for camping. With beautiful orchards and lakes, the small town is a lesser known tourist destination. To reach Binsar, you can take a flight to Pantnagar and a cab from there. The nearest railway station from Binsar, Kathgodam is 119 km away.
Best known for: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
This place is a pure haven and has a mystical vibe. It's a region in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Most of the year, the place is surrounded with the peaks partially covered in snow. Rivers, lakes, waterfalls, dense green areas, Munsiyari is all about nature. To reach Munsiyari, you can take a bus to Almora and then take another bus to Musiyari from there or you can hire a cab to the hill station. Nearest airport to the region is in Pantnagar. If you want to take a train, the nearest railway station is in Kathgodam.
Best known for: Landscapes, trekking and camping
Situated in North Sikkim and Uttarakhand, Chopta valley is one of the most colourful places you'll see in India. It's also known as Mini Switzerland. Located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, Chopta Valley is lush green, surrounded by the quiet mountains and velvety meadows. Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is the nearest one from Chopta. You can also take a train or bus to Rishikesh and a cab for the next 200 km.
Best known for: Trekking, camping, landscapes
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